Housing commissioners don't get fanfares and standing ovations for their contributions to a community's quality of life. So when Paul Hayes reached a full quarter-century of community service in Brick Township, municipal officials decided it was time to blow his horn for him.

Paul Hayes has earned the recognition of not only township Council members and mayors, but also New Jersey governors from James Florio through Chris Christie. He's worked above the political fray, earning the respect of Republicans and Democrats alike.

Paul Hayes Day in Brick this week marked his 25th anniversary as a commissioner on the township Housing Authority.

He was given a commemorative plaque at the Authority's March meeting by Chairman Steve Scaturro, Mayor Steve Acropolis, Township Council Vice President Bob Moore and Councilwoman Susan Lydecker.

They also used the occasion to acknowledge the Hayes family's other regular community contribution...those spectacular holiday light decorations that go up every Christmastime.

Hayes says he considers his greatest achievement to be turning the Authority into a high performer under the safety and quality standards set by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.