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Celebrating Kathy Dwyer's Retirement

As Kathy Dwyer concludes her 37-year career with the New Jersey State Parks, Forests, and Historic Sites, the Twin Lights Historical Society would like to acknowledge her passion and contributions! Kathy's retirement represents the pinnacle of a long and impactful tenure that has left a lasting impression on our state's parks and historic sites.

Originally from Rumson, Kathy's interests in travel and tourism brought her to Taylor Business Institute and in April 1987, she joined the team at Twin Light Historic Site as a Clerk Typist.

Throughout her time at Twin Lights, Kathy's role expanded, and she became a key figure in all facets of the site’s operations. She led tours and educational programming, sharing the site’s history with all who visited. Kathy’s efforts went beyond on-site operations, providing research for the Society's award-winning 2010 short film, "The Twin Lights of the Navesink Highlands," and played an important role on the team that worked towards securing National Historic Landmark status for Twin Lights

Kathy was also a well known and well loved face among the Society’s volunteers. For many years, Kathy managed the volunteer initiatives at Twin Lights, and began the yearly Volunteer Recognition Dinners in 1990.

In December 2014, Kathy transitioned to Cheesequake State Park, taking on the role of Agency Services Rep and later as the Office Manager.

Kathy's enthusiasm has touched so many, including Twin Lights Historical Society trustee, Felix Choy. Felix met Kathy in 2004, when she recruited him and his wife Bea as volunteers at Twin Lights. Over the years, the two have stayed in touch, and Felix has continued to visit Kathy at Cheesequake.

“[Kathy] is a hard worker who consistently demonstrated dedication, tenacity, perseverance, and a strong commitment to excellence in everything she does. She always went above and beyond what is required, devoting a significant amount of effort and dedication to the tasks or goals at hand.”    
― Felix Choy                         

It should come at no surprise that in her freetime, Kathy enjoys reading historical fiction. She is also an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. 

As Kathy enters this new and exciting chapter of life, the Twin Lights Historical Society expresses our thanks to Kathy for all her years of kindness, dedication and the lasting impact she’s made on Twin Lights, Cheesequake, and our community!

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