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Matheny vice president of operations Chris King, left, and pharmacy technician Denise Bettinger receive New Jersey Smart Workplace and Drive Less Somerset Employer Challenge awards from Michael Camerino, chair of the Ridewise board of directors, second from right, and Shadow Traffic/Metro Networks traffic reporter Bernie Wagenblast.

Matheny received three awards at the annual employer recognition breakfast held July 25 by Ridewise, the source for travel alternatives in Somerset County, NJ. The three awards:

• New Jersey Smart Workplaces Platinum Award (one of 19 employers honored).

• Second place in the Drive Less Somerset competition, which encourages individuals to limit driving in favor of active transportation.

• Second place in the “Drive Less Somerset Challenge,” won by pharmacy technician Denise Bettinger in competition with all registered employees throughout Somerset County.

More than 55 businesses and four municipalities were honored as New Jersey Smart Workplaces at the event, held at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Bridgewater, NJ. “The event,” said Donna Allison, Ridewise executive director, “is an opportunity for the agency to honor organizations, local municipalities and schools that demonstrate leadership and are forward thinking in the area of sustainable transportation.”