Plaque to be Dedicated to Len Morano at Concert Stage

Jun 16, 2017

When the Barnegat Township summer concert series at the dock begins on Saturday evening, June 24, officials will be dedicating a plaque in memory of former mayor and committeeman Len Morano, who died last Thanksgiving at age 75.

Displayed at the June 13 township committee meeting, the brown rectangular shaped plaque reads, “‘A Man and His Music.’ Thank you Len Morano for your dedication to the summer concert series.”

“We thought it would be a fitting tribute because Len worked so hard at getting groups for the concerts,” said Mayor Albert Bille. “On the night of the dedication, the Sounds of the Street will perform, and that was Len’s favorite band. It will really seem strange not to see him there.”  

A Democrat, Morano had not been in office since the end of 2014, when he lost a re-election attempt for a fourth straight three-year term. Before winning that seat in 2005, he had served a total of nine years, beginning in the 1970s. A retired licensed insurance agent who later worked as a car salesman and a township school custodian, Morano was mayor in 2013.

But even after leaving office, he was a fixture at the concerts, often serving as emcee by introducing the band and then stirring up the crowd with ‘Are we gonna have fun tonight?!’

Bill Cox, who unsuccessfully ran for township committee in 2015 as an Independent, said, “He was very proud that he played a part in Barnegat’s concerts. On most nights when they were held he could be seen there listening, smiling and having a good time with many from Barnegat. This tribute is very well deserved.” —E.E.

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