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L. Manuel Hirshblond

The word "service" has long been associated with the name L. Manuel Hirshblond, Class of 1944. As a member of the United States Navy from 1945 to 1948, he served his country aboard a destroyer in the Atlantic Fleet and was honorably discharged as a second class storekeeper. He served the Township of Dover for more than twenty-five years, beginning in September 1961 when he was appointed assistant township clerk until his retirement as clerk-administrator, a position he had held since July 1972.

Manuel Hirshblond's business career began after graduating in 1950 from Rider College where he earned a B.S. degree in business administration. He was a theater manager for the Toms River Theaters Company, Inc. and Walter Reade Theaters, Inc. eventually becoming a southern division manager supervising the operation of New Jersey theaters in Toms River, Trenton, Manahawkin, Pleasantville, and Absecon. He resigned his position with Toms River Theaters Company Inc. to start his long career as Dover Township clerk and clerk-administrator.

Mr. Hirshblond's additional community service involved many Toms River organizations, such as the Rotary Club, Harmony Lodge #18, Business Men's Association, Chamber of Commerce, High School Alumni Association, First United Methodist Church, Fire Company #1, Jersey Shore Savings and Loan Association, and Community Medical Center. He served as vice-president and president of the Municipal Clerks Association of Ocean County, president of the New Jersey State Association of Municipal Clerks, and member of the By-Laws Committee of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. He was a recipient of the Paul Harris Award of the Toms River Rotary Club. The Toms River Junior Chamber of Commerce elected Mr. Hirshblond "Outstanding Young Man of the Year" in 1958, and he was awarded the title of "Clerk of the Year" in 1988 by the New Jersey Municipal Clerks Association.

Ever since his birth on September 8, 1927, Mr. Hirshblond has resided in Toms River. He and his wife Janet are parents of two sons, Thomas and Stephen, and are grandparents of one grandchild, David.

The Hall of Fame is proud to honor L. Manuel Hirshblond, the epitome of service to his community. Public recognition has not changed this modest man who has humbly placed and replaced flags on veterans' graves on Memorial Day for many years.

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