LVGA Director Abe Littenberg was presented the 2020 Distinguished Citizen of the Year award by Mayor Tony Perry and the Middletown Township Committee at the April 19th Township Committee meeting.  Abe was recognized for his philanthropic leadership and for being an ardent supporter of Middletown businesses, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      As Chairman of the Middletown Economic Development Committee, Abe supported the Township's "Takeout Thursday" initiative by creataing a database of local restaurants to provide an easy way for community members to order meals from their favorite establishments during the lockdown period.  Abe also created a COVID-19 economic recovery plan to help fellow business owners navigate the pandemic, all while continuing to run his own Middletown-based businesses, Gutteplan's Frozen Dough and A Child's Place School, a school he owns with his wife Linda.  On behalf of Guttenplan's, a facility that produces frozen dough products, Abe also worked with Middletown Social Services and local food banks to donate bread to those in need.

       His personal and passionate commitment to bettering the lives of those around him is admired and appreciated.  We are incredibly fortunate to call Abe one of Middletown's own.  Please join us in congratulating Abe for receiving his prestigious award as well as a Key to the Township!    

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