For all the talk about this new restaurant, or that new store, a place with as much historical cache as Morristown is bound to have a few businesses that have stood the test of time.
At least 55 businesses, in fact, were identified by the as having been operating in town for at least 25 years. Of those 55, 15 were selected to be profiled by broadcasting and journalism students for a video project called "Morristown's Treasured Businesses."
The videos, now showing at the Partnership's website, were created by students in Broadcasting teacher Michael Butler and English teacher Julie Delimon's classes. Voting is underway and will conclude on May 25. The winning entry will receive a $300 Morristown Partnership gift certificate, good at participating businesses in town; second place winners will receive a $200 gift certificate, while third place winners will get a $100 gift certificate.
The idea for a look at Morristown's veteran businesses began when Butler, a first year teacher at the high school and former senior director with Court TV, wanted to collaborate with the Partnership on a video project of some kind. The Morristown Partnership came back with the idea to highlight those businesses that have been operating in town for more than 25 years.
Some of the businesses, like on Washington Street, have operated since the early 1980s. on Speedwell Avenue, has called Morristown home since the 1970s. Others, like on Morris Street, have been here for over 100 years.
"With all the redevelopment going on, we really wanted to have people focus back on those businesses independently owned and in business for over 25 years," said France Delle Donne, director of development for the Morristown Partnership. "We wanted to make sure our youth would get to know these businesess."
It was a natural collaboration for the two organizations, with the high school often working with the Partnership on various projects, including its annual Festival on the Green, Delle Donne said.
"I am ecstatic," Butler said. "To think where this [project] was when I came in. I want these kids to see what it's like owning a business, instead of following the corporate grind."
Of the finished products, Delle Donne said, "they are absolutely sensational. We could not be more proud of what these high school students have accomplished."
Now, it's up to the public to decide which of the business profiles is most deserving of the big prize. You have until May 25 to decide.
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