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Among some notable people who were born in, are/were residents of, or otherwise were closely associated with Jefferson Township, NJ is Derek David Drymon.

Born on November 19, 1968, Drymon is an American writer, storyboard artist, television director, executive producer, and supervising producer who has worked on numerous animated cartoon productions in the 1990’s and 2000’s, but is best known for his work on Rocko’s Modern Life, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Adventure Time.

Drymon was born in Morristown in northern New Jersey to parents David E. Drymon and Madelina A. (Licciardiello) Drymon and four years later his younger sister named Jennifer was born.

He attended Jefferson Township and Dover Public Schools as a child and enjoyed drawing and making comic books. Drymon graduated from Jefferson Township High School in 1987 and is perhaps best remembered as an offensive guard and defensive tackle on the high school’s state championship football team of 1986. At Jefferson Township High School, when not playing football, Drymon was sketching comic books.

He went on to attend the School of Visual Arts in New York to become an illustrator. After college, he was recruited by Disney feature animation for their internship program; and upon on finishing the program, he returned to New Jersey and then on to California.

Drymon was discovered by Nickelodeon in 1993 and moved to California to work as an animator for Nickelodeon. In 1993, Drymon also began working as a storyboard artist and writer for Rocko’s Modern Life. It was here he met two of his future employers, Tim Hill and Stephen Hillenburg. Hill was a writer, Hillenburg a co-producer and storyboard artist.

In 1997, Hillenburg created SpongeBob SquarePants, and Drymon performed many duties on SpongeBob, including being a writer on all episodes, then supervising director and producer, and eventually creative director.

Drymon also worked on the Cartoon Network animated series Camp Lazlo and on Tim Hill’s side project, the popularKaBlam! skit Action League Now! as a storyboard artist. He also wrote the Emmy Award-nominated episode of CatDog “Doggone”.

Drymon was an executive producer (with Fred Seibert) on the Cartoon Network series Adventure Time, created by Pendleton Ward for the show’s first season. He was no longer credited on episodes starting with the second season. Drymon is now currently working at DreamWorks Animation.

Drymon is married to Nancy (Moscatiello) and they have two daughters, Vera and Hazel.

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – last modified in February 2017

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Carol was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Jefferson Township with her husband in 1976. She initially joined the Garden Club of Milton, eventually serving as President. She was a co-founder of the ABC Mothers Group, active in the local PTAs, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts. She worked for AIM Newspapers as a reporter and eventually became its Editor. Currently, she is President of the Jefferson Arts Committee and the Recreation Program Coordinator in the Jefferson Township Recreation Department. She can be reached at carol.punturieri@thejeffersonchronicle.com.

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