This local business and civic leader made his home in Lakewood, New Jersey. Not only did Joe Buckelew serve his community in Lakewood as Mayor, Police Commissioner, and a member of its Township Committee, but he also served on the Ocean County Board of Freeholders. Buckelew is a former owner and one of the founders of Ocean Cablevision. He is also the former owner of Interstate General Media, which became the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com. He is currently the Chairman of Conner Strong & Buckelew, and he is on the Board of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission. His leadership skills and generosity to his community have earned him numerous honors, including a Distinguished Citizen Award from the Jersey Shore Council of the Boy Scouts of America, a Good Scout Award from the Ocean County Council of the Boy Scouts of America, a silver Gull Award for Business Achievement from the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council and a Humanitarian Award from Ocean County College Foundation. Buckelew received a Doctor of Humane Letter honorary degree from Georgian Court University and a Doctor of Public Service honorary degree from Monmouth University.