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Vol. 6 No. 2

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February 2014

MOHS Band Marches To Super Bowl As Cast Members

By Cheryl Conway ew Jerseyians can say the Super Bowl was in their backyard this year, but for some lucky ones, they were right on the field! Fifty students and seven chaperones from the Mt. Olive High School Marching Band were invited to act as casted fans on Sunday, Feb. 2, during the Super Bowl 48 Halftime show at MetLife Stadium in Rutherford. The MOHS band was among 2,000 total students from schools throughout NJ who were asked to participate in different capacities. The opportunity was one MO band members would not

march away from. When offered, For us it was an easy decision, says John Di Egidio, associate director of MOHS bands. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity. We dont know when the Super Bowl will be in the area again. It was such an experience to our students, to be in front of 80,000 people in the audience, to be part of 2,000 participants, and be televised to one hundred million people. Di Egidio received an email in early January from the casting manager of the Super Bowl Show asking if anyone would continued on page 8

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We will be holding a ticket pre-sale on Wednesday, february 26th at Mt. Olive High School in th Commons Area from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Cant make that date, go to www.MOHSBandTrickytray.com to order your tickets or contact Mary Lalama at 973-768-1815. You can also email us with any questions to mohsbandtrickytray@gmail.com

t. Olive High School Band Booster Association is hosting its annual Tricky Tray on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Mt. Olive High School Cafeteria, Corey Road, Flanders. Doors open at 6:00pm, calling starts at 7:30pm. Some of the larger items will include: Disney Park Hopper Passes, Grill and 8 Circus Tickets, and more!

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Mount Olive Area Chamber Lunch & Learn Focuses on Tax Implications
$20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Lunch will be provided for the event, which takes place at Nisivoccia LLP, 200 Valley Road, Suite 300 in Mt. Arlington. Members and non-members are invited to join the MOACC for an interactive session where guest speaker, Marcia Geltman, Partner, Nisivoccia LLP, will "review changes for 2014, how these changes will be impacting your business, and tips on how to manage these changes." Also on the calendar this month is the chamber's ever-popular Marketing in the Morning, scheduled for Wednesday Feb.19 at Route 46 Chevrolet, Mount Olive. To register, go to http://www.meetup.com/ Marketing-in-the-Morning-Mt-OliveArea/events/159890812/. This is free for chamber members, $5 for all others. The event begins at 7:15 a.m. Another monthly program of the chamber is hosted by the group's Young Professionals. This is always held the second Thursday. The March meeting is slated for March 13. Check the chamber's website for details. For additional information about the Lunch & Learn call 973-631-0109 or visithttp://www.meetup.com/Marketing-inthe-Morning-Mt-Olive-Area or visit www.mountolivechambernj.com.

he Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce's next luncheon meeting is of timely importance. The Lunch 'N Learn meeting, scheduled for Feb. 25, discusses tax implications for the year of 2014. The meeting takes place from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Cost is just

lease join us for our Cub Scout Blue & Gold Dinner Celebration on Friday, February 21st at 6:45p.m. at the Mount Olive Middle School Cafeteria.

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Dinner

Cub Scouts & families are invited to help celebrate the Moving Up Ceremony and Arrow of Light Ceremony. Dinner, Games and Fun!

Spaghetti Dinner
fee!!! It will be held from5pm to 8pm. The cost is as follows: $20.00 per family of four, $7.00 per Adult or $5.00 per child under 12. Contact Virginia at 973-584-3405 to purchase tickets or tickets can be purchased at the door. Come and enjoy good food while supporting our local Flanders Troop 156.

oy Scout Flanders Troop 156 will be holding their annual fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner onSaturday, February 22, 2014 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 3 Schmitt Lane, Flanders (next to Flanders Firehouse). The Dinner will include Spaghetti, Meatballs, Salad, Bread, Beverage and Yes dessert and cof-

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Page 4, February 2014, Tell Them You Saw It In The Mt. Olive News Like us on facebook www.facebook.com/mypaperonline from one dentist to another. One of the biggest challenges with dental implants is finding implants that are placed in poor positions, making them difficult to be restored correctly. This happens when the dentist who places the implants is not focusing on the restorations. This does not happen all the time, but when it does happen, it can be frustrating for all parties involved. It can also put the implants at risk of failure, which may not be apparent until a number of years have elapsed. When doing your homework on choosing an implant dentist, there are some important questions or topics you should consider asking your dentist and / or surgeon: How long have you been placing / restoring implants? What kind of training do you have? What implant organizations are you involved with? If more than one office is involved, how in-sync are the two offices? How long have you been working together? Can you please show me other cases you have completed that are similar to mine? Who will I see for maintenance and follow-up care: the dentist who placed the implants or the dentist who restored the implants? Do I have to see both? Will there be multiple charges for the maintenance visits?

re you in need of dental implants, and unsure of who you should see? Maybe you want your dentist to take care of them, but they are suggesting sending you to an oral surgeon or periodontist, and that makes you uncomfortable. Or maybe your general dentist doesnt get involved with implants at all. Choosing the right dentist for dental implants can be confusing and nerve-wracking. Its important to understand dental implants are not a specialty; so technically, any dentist can perform the procedure. Dentist have many different levels of training. Most dentists simply restore the implants with the prosthesis, meaning a crown, bridge, denture, or hybrid teeth. These dentists will work with an oral surgeon or periodontist to place the implants; this is where a referral becomes necessary. Other dentists are comfortable placing implants as long as they are straight-forward. If the amount of bone available is minimal, grafting may be necessary and referrals again become likely. Some dentists, such as Dr. Goldberg, are experts in implant dentistry with years of training and experience, and thoroughly enjoy implant dentistry. The advantage to this is one dentist is taking full responsibility for the treatment and you only have to visit one office, rather than getting bounced

Who Should I See For My Dental Implants?


What are my other options for treatment? If the dentist or surgeon answering those questions is fully capable and confident in their responses, you can be comforted they may be the right dentist to perform your implants. The office of Dr. Goldberg offers free consultations. If youd like to speak with Dr. Goldberg personally and determine the best course of action for your specific situation, please call his office. Dr. Goldberg is a general dentist located in

the Roxbury Mall in Succasunna, NJ. He provides dentistry for the entire family, including: cleanings, check-ups, whitening, veneers, crowns, root canals, dentures, periodontal (gum) services, dental implants, and much more. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Implantology/Implant Dentistry, holds multiple degrees and is recognized as an expert in dental implants. You can find additional information on his website: www.morriscountydentist.com. The office can be reached at: (973) 328-1225 or via email: frontdesk.mcda@gmail.com

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Plots Available at Community Garden


There is a one-time irrigation fee of $30 for each plot, paid the first year only. It has been a pleasure being part of the garden. The staff of The Conservancy has made this experience so easy, says gardener, Mary Adelman. It was well worth the $30.00 for the season; I made that back in two harvests. The garden is surrounded by fencing, to keep out deer and rodents, including rabbits and groundhogs. A shed is located onsite, which houses some gardening supplies. Gardeners are encouraged to bring their own gardening tools. Water is provided by The Land Conservancy by individual spigots and hoses throughout the garden. Only organic gardening practices are allowed at the Preserve. According to garden member and volunteer Kimberly Blais, the veggies were fantastic, and the deer really do stay outside the fences, but the best part about the community garden has been the people who garden here. Blais says,we laughed a lot in the garden and someone was always willing to water while youre away. An Informational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 26th at 7:30pm at the Mt. Olive Municipal building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Rd, Budd Lake. You can have all your questions answered and register for your plot at that time. In addition, a program entitled, Planning your Vegetable Garden is scheduled for Tuesday, March 4th at 7:30pm the

ovices and master gardeners are invited to purchase a 10 by 10 foot plot at The Land Conservancy of New Jerseys Community Garden, located at the intersection of Wolfe Road and Route 46 East. Now in its second year of operation, the 2014 gardening season will run from March 15 to November 15. The annual membership rate for residents of Mt. Olive Township and members of The Land Conservancy is $30 per plot and the rate for non-residents and non-members is $40.

Mt. Olive library. It is free and open to the public. Why not come and find out how much fun a vegetable garden can be! Two other programs are also planned for April, Whats Eating my Vegetables & Plants & Attracting Butterflies to my Garden. The Community Garden is located on a quarter-acre on the westbound side of Wolfe Road, near its intersection with Route 46 East. It is part of South Branch Preserve, which totals over 200 acres in this location. Preserved by The Land Conservancy and its partners (including Mt. Olive Township) this land was purchased to protect the headwaters of the South Branch of the Raritan River, a drinking water supply source for over 1.5 million New Jersey residents. For additional information, contact Barbara McCloskey at The Land Conservancy of New Jersey at (973) 5411010, x14, gardenmanager@tlc-nj.org or visit our website at www.tlc-nj.org.

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merican Legion Auxiliary 278 has an overnight casino trip to Foxwoods and Mohican Sun on March 1-2. The cost is $109.00 per person based on dbl occupancy.

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A Team of 6 Star Athletes Take Home 26 Medals! 6 Gymnasts from CS Gymnastics May Be On Their Way To The Olympics!
Ashley Miller not only brought home a gold medal for CS Gymnastics but she also now holds the State Record for the 11 & Up Age Group! Gold Medalist Ashley Miller placed 1st on Vault with an outstanding score of 9.575 taking home the first gold for her team! Miller also placed 5th on Beam with a 9.2, 4th on Floor with a 9.0, and 6th All Around with a personal best of 36.45! Cecelia Ossi also stood on the podium in the11 & Up Age Group! Cecelia took home the Silver Medal on Bars with a personal best of 9.425. Cecelia also placed 7th on Vault with a 9.2, 4th on Beam with a 9.25, and tied for 4th on Floor with a 9.0. Cecelia was the Bronze Medalist on All Around placing 3rd with a 36.875 AA score! Carley Anderson competed in the 10Year Old Session. Carley brought home 4 medals! placing 5th on Bars with a 9.35, 8th on Beam with a 9.2, 10 on Floor with a 8.95 and 10th All Around with a personal best ever AA Score of 36.75! Lucia Ossi competed with Anderson in the 10-Year Old Session. Lucia took home the Silver on Vault with a 9.7, 4th on Bars with a 9.475, 4th on Beam with a 9.55! Lucia Ossi also took home the Bronze on All Around with an outstanding 37.6 AA Score! Sophia Lemongello competed in the 8-

he Level 3 USAG Team from CS Gymnastics broke many records and many dreams have come true for them this season! This group of talented, dedicated hard working girls brought home 26 medals from USAG State Championships this past month! The majority of the gymnasts from this outstanding team started in the Level 1 Gold Medal Program, coached by USAG Head Coach Victoria Jakelsky, in September of 2012. Each girl mastered the required elements to make the Training Team by January of 2013. In July of 2013 they all started to train as the Competitive USAG Team from CS Gymnastics. All six of these incredible athletes qualified for Sectional (receiving a 30.00 AA or higher) in their first sanctioned meet; followed by all six of them qualifying for State Championships in their first Sectional Meet (receiving a 32.00 AA or higher). That in itself was quite an accomplishment, but that was not enough for this dedicated team. They worked hard through Christmas break and did not skip one day of practice with the goal to do well at State Championships! Well their commitment paid off as this amazing team of six brought home 26 medals at NJ USAG State Championships in January 2014!

Year Old Seniors session. Sophia had the best meet of her season! Lemongello placed 9th on Bars with a personal best of 9.375, 6th on Beam with a 9.225, 7th on Floor with a 9.225, and 7th All Around with an outstanding personal best of 37.175 AA score! Gemma Ossi competed in the 9-Year Old Seniors session. Gemma took home 5 medals including a Silver on Floor with an outstanding score of 9.525! Gemma also placed 12th on Vault with a 9.625, 7th on Bars with a 9.45, 4th on Beam with a 9.5, and 4th All Around with a CS Gymnastics Record Breaking 38.10 AA! The NJ USAG State Officials award the

top 15 in each age group with medals at Level 3 State Championships! The CS USAG Level 3 Team brought home 1 Gold, 3 Silver, and 3 Bronze Medals along with 19 other medals! All six of them placed in the top 10 in their age division in both All Around and on Beam! The town of Flanders should be proud as they just might have a team of Olympic Champions training in their back yard! For more information about this Team or the Gold Medal Program contact Coach Victoria Jakelsky at CS Gymnastics at (973) 347-2771 or go to http://www.csgymnasticsinc.com.

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Drive Comes as Winter Storms Drive Blood Supply to Critically Low Levels
of association that oversees the fire company. "This is another opportunity to do that, and you don't need to be a firefighter." The blood drive will be conducted by the Blood Center of New Jersey, which supplies many area hospitals with blood and blood products. Donors will have the opportunity to take advantage of one of the Blood Center's services that allows contributing twice as much blood, but returns plasma and other products to the donor so they actually leave feeling better. In addition, the Blood Center will make a contribution to the Flanders Fire Company #1 and Rescue Squad if 30 or more people donate blood. "We hope people will stop by and donate blood," said Fenichel. "It's an opportunity to do two good things for the community at once: give blood and help the fire company earn a donation. We can certainly sure the extra funds." Fenichel said people can make a reservation by calling (973) 676-4700 x 151. "Even if you don't call ahead, you're welcome to stop by," said Fenichel. "The Blood Center of New Jersey will accommodate you." The Flanders Fire Company and Rescue Squad No. 1 provides fire protection and emergency medical services to residents and businesses in Flanders and, through mutual aid, surrounding towns. It is made up of about 50 members, all of whom receive training in fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials response, homeland security issues and emergency medical services. The fire company operates two fire engines, one tower truck, one heavy rescue, a brush-and-foam truck, two ambulances, a multiple-casualty unit and a mass decontamination unit. In addition, the fire company offers public education services including lectures, demonstrations, training and a trailer that safely simulates a smoke-filled home. For information about membership, donations or public education, call (973) 584-7805 or click on http://www.flandersfire.org.

landers firefighters and emergency medical personnel will sponsor a blood drive from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Flanders firehouse, 27 Main St., Flanders. Donors will be helping the area address a major blood shortage while supporting the Flanders Fire Company #1 and Rescue Squad. "The Flanders Fire Company #1 and Rescue Squad is all about neighbors helping neighbors," said Doug Fenichel, president

endors Wanted for indoor/outdoor flea market Saturday, May 31st at the Budd Lake Fire House, 378 Rt 46 W. Its Spring Cleaning time so collect those treasures from your attic or garage and make some money! If you are a crafter or vendor, here is an opportunity to show

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Super Bowl...

continued from front page be interested in being in the show. Band members from schools all around NJ were asked to be LED holders- those who hold the lights; while band members, cheerleaders and dance squad members were asked to serve as casted fans. Student band members from MO in grades nine through 12 joined 900 other students from other high schools such as Sparta and Hackettstown to serve as casted fans. Out of the 80 students in the MOHS band, 50 were able to commit to the six blackout rehearsal dates. Students, teachers, parents all had to sign a confidentiality agreement to prohibit them from discussing their expected participation because of security reasons and other issues. If news was spread on Facebook, Twitter or other outlets, organizations would be cut from the show. MO fans started out situated near the bands drum set, five to eight feet to the left of Super Bowl 2014 entertainer Bruno Mars who played drums and sang during the half time performance. Bruno walked through Mt. Olive (fans) to get to the drums, explains Di Egidio. During the rehearsals, there wound up being two, MO had to practice running on to the field. Their second location as casted fans was up on stage. Rehearsals were held at the Morristown Armory, in which 900 people were taught field movements and how they would be getting off and on the field. The second rehearsal was held at the MetLife football stadium the Thursday prior to the big day. Participants went through three runs of the show, watching Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chile Peppers perform, and observed a sample of the fireworks. As casted fans, students were told you are to be acted as casted fans, explains Di Egidio. Your job is to act like you are at a Bruno Mars concert, to be jumping up and down,

dancing. This is why they picked marching band students, explains Di Egidio, because marching band performances last 10 to 15 minutes, and marching band members are conditioned for constant movement and playing an instrument for an extended time. For the 12 minute Super Bowl half time show, you are constantly jumping up and down, dancing, screaming. Singing was encouraged. They were taught double fist pump; both fists up in the air jumping up and down, cheering him on, he says. Students had strict guidelines like no cell phones and had to wear club sheik clothing in grays, browns, blacks or muted colors; no neon or bright colors, no big logos, no huge hats. Look attractive but be warm. The MO school district provided two busses and all transportation to students for rehearsals and game day. All 2,000 participants were stationed at the AMC Theater in Clifton at 3 p.m. The plan was to provide a live feed of the pre-game Super Bowl show to those waiting at the theater, but with technical difficulties We sat in a dark movie theater for three hours, says Di Egidio, eating food from Panera Bread. Since day one, it was made clear you will not be watching the game; you will be bussed in and bussed out. You are not watching the game, you are in the show. Students left the theater at 6:30 p.m., traveled down Route 3, which was shut down, to allow 40 busses by police escort get to MetLife Stadium without delays. Upon arrival, students went through metal detectors and were patted down for security. They ran in, did show, ran outside right onto the (MO) busses with eight minutes left in the third quarter when they were pulling out of the stadium, describes Di Egidio, and were back in MO right at the games end.

Although Thursdays practice was freezing, some wore five layers, game day was a mild 46 degrees. They were outside the whole second quarter. It was a wonderful experience for all of them, says Di Egidio. As Bruno Mars was passing through the MO fans during that Thursday practice, he reached his hand out to one of MOs female band members and he gave her a half hug. The girl had tears of joy to meet her idol like that, says Di Egidio. He seemed like the nicest guy. He didnt have to go out of his way to say hi to us. The guy is always smiling, hes always happy. Students had to act respectfully and were told they could not ask for autographs from Bruno Mars or the Red Hot Chile Peppers. About five students who taped the game from home, found themselves in the crowd. I thought it was cool going on the field with everyone there, says senior student Michael Lalama of Flanders, one of MOHS marching band drum majors. Everyone in the stands had headbands with LED lights that lit up the stadium. Although he had performed on that field before with the marching band for a competition, the energy of being on that field with so many people, was an amazing experience. It was exciting, says senior Sam Halper, MOHS marching band drum major, but weird that it was all a secret; we didnt know what we were doing until the first rehearsal. Although she is not a big fan of either entertainer, she wanted to participate because it seemed like something fun to do the day of the Super Bowl, she says. To be only about 50 feet away from them, cheering, jumping up and down, it was fun. Di Egidio concludes, It was an incredible experience, once in a lifetime. We are grateful we have a district that supports us in that.

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Gernant Retires

Mayor Rob Greenbaum, Carol Gernant and Councilwoman Labow.

arol Gernant has served the Township of Mount Olive since April, 1988; and began her employment as a part time Clerk Typist in the Health Department; and while working in the Health Department, Carol Gernant assisted in the flu and rabies clinics Carol went to full time status as Deputy Registrar of Vital Statistics in February, 1997; and then transferred to the Construction Code office in July, 2008; and while serving the Township of Mount Olive, Carol was always a very capable, thoughtful and caring employee, not only to her coworkers but also to the residents of Mount Olive and other members of the public that she dealt

with every day; and Aside from her great work ethic, organizational skills and efficiency, Carol always had a wonderful sense of humor on the job; and has retired from employment with the Township of Mount Olive on December 4, 2013; Her service will certainly be missed by the residents of Mount Olive Township; and during her over twentyfive (25) years of service to the Township of Mount Olive Carol earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues for her public service and dedication to the residents of the Township of Mount Olive; and The Township of Mount Olive wishes Carol Gernant the best of luck on her retirement.

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Science of Balance and Hard Work Takes Team To States


we are thrilled with the team's results! says MOMS Principal Susan Miranda. Great job to everyone! A special thanks to Mr. Cutro and Miss Cohen for their fantastic leadership of this team and hard work during the school year! Nick Cutro, one of the advisors of the team, says This is the best weve ever done in 10 years Ive been doing it. The Science Olympiad Team meets after school and is involved in problem solving, critical thinking and research with hands-on activities and cooperative learning through

team work. The team then puts their skills and learning to the test by competing against other teams throughout the state. Science Olympiad contours to different minds, explains Cutro. One student could be great at engineering, while another is a great test taker. Students then work together as a team to complete projects. The same group of 20 students is also registered to compete on Wed., March 26, in the NJ Technology Students Association (TSA) Conference at the College of NJ in continued on page 14

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by Cheryl Conway reparation and motivation has so far paid off this year for the Science Olympiad Team at the Mt. Olive Middle School. The team placed fourth overall last month in the Northern New Jersey Science Olympiad Regional Tournament. The 20 seventh and eighth grade students from MOMS competed on Jan. 16 at the New

Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark against 20 other science Olympiad teams from northern NJ. Placing fourth has guaranteed the team a spot to compete in the state finals on Tues., March 11, at Middlesex County College in Edison, against the top teams throughout the state. Teachers and school leaders are thrilled with the teams accomplishment. This is a prestigious competition and

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MOHS Jazz Ensemble Performs At Largest Jazz Competition


Hendricks. Its not too often that kids are that mature to go on a trip of this caliber. I'm very fortunate to work with 26 very responsible young adults. They were punctual, professional, and attentive to all of the activities that were offered during the festival. In this years MOHS jazz ensemble are seven seniors, nine juniors, seven sophomores and four freshmen. More than 200 bands and vocal ensembles featuring 3,000 students from 13 states, as far as California, and throughout the country were invited to compete at the festival. The kids were ready to see outside the New Jersey bubble, says Hendricks, who was a professional musician for 10 years, playing trombone in the Glenn Miller Orchestra, before his education career. Its best to see what else is out there. The MOHS Jazz Ensemble got to play three songs at the festival in front of judges. The students performed their very best and placed 14th out of 16, says Hendricks. This was a pleasant surprise for everyone. The point of this trip was not to win trophies; it enabled the MOHS Jazz Ensemble to get its feet in the door and compete with bands on an extremely high caliber.

by Cheryl Conway erformers of the Mt. Olive High School Jazz Ensemble took their horns on the road earlier this month to compete against other great musicians from around the country. The 26 students performed at the Berklee College of Musics 46th High School Jazz Festival at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA, on Sat., Feb. 8. This was the first year that MOHS was accepted into the competition, the largest high school competition in the United States. While winning was not the goal, performing and being among other aspiring musicians resonates stronger than any note reached that day. We had a fantastic trip and an incredible experience, says Darrell Hendricks, director of the MOHS Jazz Ensemble for the past three years. Anytime that students can have an opportunity to listen to live music and also perform is invaluable and rewarding. The jazz ensemble had to pre-audition and apply early to get accepted into the competition. Hendricks thought the experience would be well worth it. This is the first time this jazz ensemble is going to a national competition, says

The trip was a huge success, says Hendricks. The students were excited about their performance, viewing other performances by both professionals and students. Its a great way to experience it both musically and in life. They were bumping into a lot of kids with the same interest. Its a great way to share this with fellow students. Its always a neat experience to have the camaraderie.

Senior student Michael Lalama of Flanders, one of the members of the MOHS Jazz Ensemble, says it was really cool to go there and compete against a lot of other bands with a great reputation. They were very good. Its good to see how other ensembles do at other high schools. The musicians will take their experience and learn from it. continued on page 14

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Local Dance Company Raises High Dollars For Cancer


held. All the hard work from parents and volunteers- it was community effort- and I wanted to thank them, says Millene Michel-Schetlick, co-owner and artistic director at TDC. They want to help and they want to help raise money too. Parents, dancers and their families donate time and money to make this event a big success each year. As a survivor of breast cancer, MichelSchetlick was instrumental in organizing the fundraiser back in 2011, right after undergoing a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. One of her former dancers of the studio, Casey Markowitz, was diagnosed shortly after with Hodgkins Lymphoma. She spoke at the benefit this year, and in previous years, about her research and her own battle with cancer. Markowitz graduated MOHS in 2012 and currently attends Marist College as a freshman. To help raise money for Stand Up To Cancer this year, TDC invited several other dance companies to perform dance numbers. Performers included TDC Shooting Stars Competitive team; Essex Dance Academy in Fairfield; Perfect Pointe Performing Arts Studio in Sparta; Epic Dance Company in Flemington; and some TDC dancers such as Hands Down Tap Project, Iridescent Dance Company, and TDC Company B Dancers. Dancers and their families spoke about loved ones lost and surviving cancer. We have personally been touched here at TDC by cancer, says Michel-Schetlick. Weve seen the effects on our families and our loved ones. We want to find a way to change it and find a cure. The more research that is done, positive changes to patients and possible cure, thats our goal. Since the benefit began four years ago,

By Cheryl Conway heater Dance Center in Flanders raised its largest amount yet at its annual Dance For Cure fundraiser. Held 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19, at Mt. Olive High School, the dance center raised $14,000 this year to benefit Stand Up For Cancer. About 1,000 dancers, families and members of the community attended the three hour dance performance. Collaborative effort, dedication and hard work have made the fundraiser a success during its past four years since it has been

TDC has raised $38,000. We are now over our goal, says Michel-Schetlick. TDCs goal had been $35,000. Were ecstatic; its so exciting. Money is raised through ticket sales to attend TDCs Dance For a Cure 2014, as well as t-shirts. The full 100 percent of proceeds go to SUTC. Donations for this fundraiser are continuous. Go to theaterdancecenter.com for more information or call 973-584-5020 to donate. SUTC is an organization created to accelerate groundbreaking cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives. Its purpose is to enable cutting-edge research to find a cure to all types of cancer such as breast, prostate, skin and brain. In its 24th year, TDC teaches dance to 2.5 year olds to adults in ballet, tap, jazz, acrobat, lyrical and hip hop. We strive to train dancers who are serious for professional careers, says MichelSchetlick, as well as do it for love and fun and expose them to the art. Our staff is highly trained and experienced in working with children. We strive to inspire our students. We offer a large variety of classes and levels including many professional opportunities and we bring in outside professionals from New York, California to expose our students to more.

Page 14, February 2014, Tell Them You Saw It In The Mt. Olive News Like us on facebook www.facebook.com/mypaperonline continued from page 10 Ewing. The MOMS competition teams goal is to advance to the National Conference TSA tournament in Washington, DC, an event the team has yet to achieve placement into. We are pushing hard, says Cutro. Were very confident in the kids. We work

Balance and Hard Work...

hard as their mentors. We try to instill good work ethics. We really push for them to put a lot of time in and study so they are really prepared. Budgeting their time is so important. Kids are very involved in a lot of things, says Cutro. They need to work on having their balance. We are emphasizing

MOHS Jazz Ensemble...


The students are eager to return to Berklee next year with their new knowledge of what is capable by fellow high schoolers, says Hendricks. This experience has introduced new material to the students that they are eager to learn, especially in the area of improvised solos. Besides competing in the festival, Hendricks decided to make the visit to Berklee a weekend trip to enjoy Boston. On Friday, Feb. 7, the jazz ensemble attended a Boston Symphony Orchestra matinee performance; and on Sunday, they were planning on sightseeing and visiting the continued from page 11 aquarium in Boston. This year the MOHS Jazz Ensemble has been performing in the community a lot more compared to years past, such as appearances at the Christmas and Hanukka community-wide celebrations, and upcoming gigs to play at local merchants. In April, the MOHS Jazz Ensemble has plans to compete in the West Milford Jazz Festival as well as the North Warren Regional Festival. Its a young band but theres a lot of talent, concludes Hendricks. Its a good year to grow.

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they need to budget their time; dont spend too much time on one thing and not enough time on another. They need to balance their time out. Cutro credits his team success so far to the tougher selection process. This year to get accepted onto the team, students had to explain why they wanted to be on the team rather than just sign up, he says. About 35 students applied. They are also required to possess high academic standards and demonstrate high test scores. We have a very hard working group of kids this year because they were selected; they were proud; they delivered, says Beth Cohen, another advisor/coach to the MOMS Science Olympiad/TSA team. She credits the teams success to motivation. Kids this year were very motivated, says Cohen. They are excited to do the work and see their achievement in their work. They are also really hard on themselves; they surprised themselves. At the northern NJ Regional tournament last month, MOMS students competed in 13 events. Ten students from Mt. Olive took home awards. Aash Bhuva and Aum Bhuva placed 2nd in Dynamic Planet, in which they had to study glaciers and climate changes and were

then tested on their knowledge in areas such as glacier formation, glacier erosion, erosion of landforms and sediment transport Naveen Kamath and Alexandra Szewc placed 6th in Metric Mastery, in which they were tested on measuring objects using mass, area, volume, density, force, distance, time and temperature calculations Maddie Jordan and Justin Mickus placed 5th in Rocks and Minerals, in which students had to research rocks and minerals and identify their properties and were then tested on specimen identification. John Nguyen and Stephen Shenassa placed 2nd in Solar System, which involved identifying planets, moons, mars and comets based on pictures of surfaces and descriptions of atmospheres. Dana Faustino and Sofia Lake placed 5th in Write It, Do It, in which one participant had to describe a Lego constructed object on paper and then the other had to build the object based on the written description in a timed-based competition. To prepare for the next two tournamentsstates and TSA- students have been working on four to six new competitions, which will be coupled with the same 13 competitions that the students competed in at regionals. This gives kids a chance to improve and do better, says Cohen.

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Mt. Olive Girls Travel Volleyball Inaugural Season a Success


The Travel Teams impressive record included an undefeated record of 8-0 against 4 teams in the teams first ever tournament in October, and a 7-1 record also against 4 teams in its second tournament in November. Both tournaments were held at Powerzone. In addition, the team managed to dominate a very strong Montville team in its second match, sweeping Montville 3-0. Finally, MOVBA Travel Team was never swept in any of its matches. The Travel Teams success can be attributed to the

he Mt. Olive Volleyball Association (MOVBA) Girls Travel Volleyball Team had a very successful inaugural season this past fall. The MOVBA Girls Travel Volleyball Team competed against established Morris County travel teams, Montville and Jr. Knights (Morris Hills), as well as local teams from Powerzone Volleyball in Denville. Although this was the first season for MOVBA Girls Travel Volleyball, the team posted an impressive record of 22 games won with just 6 losses.

players willingness to be coached, and their commitment to learn and play hard, while having fun competing together at a high level. The Girls Travel Volleyball program was organized under MOVBA to offer an opportunity for girls in the 7th and 8th grade who live within the Mt. Olive School District to compete at a higher level beyond recreational volleyball, and to enrich the overall volleyball experience for the girls who qualify to make the team. MOVBA has offered a very successful recreational volleyball program for many years during the spring season, and the fall Travel Team is a logical next step to offer more opportunities to its 7th and 8th grade female constituents to further enhance the overall MOVBA program. Another benefit of the Travel Team is that it offers a local low cost, competitive program to keep the local talented players within Mt. Olive instead of these players seeking to play for other competitive teams outside of Mt. Olive. Also, the Travel Team could potentially be a viable pipeline for future quality players for the High School, with Travel players already having the train-

ing and experience playing at a higher competitive level before they even set foot on the court at the High School level. Finally, feedback about the MOVBA Travel Programs inaugural season regarding training, coaching, player development, and overall experience were overwhelmingly positive from players and parents alike. The MOVBA Girls Travel Volleyball season runs from September through November. Try-outs are expected to occur in late July or early August. Players are required to tryout and must be selected for the team. For more information about the MOVBA Girls Travel Volleyball (or the MOVBA spring recreational program), please contact MOVBA via e-mail at: email.movba@gmail.com, or check out The Mt. Olive Volleyball Association Facebook page. Players: Claire Patterson, Lauren Miller, Isabella Soriano, Catarina Dubeux, Allison Dombrowski, Jessi Lidwin, Annie Karle, Julia LeMay, Layla Cabo, Valerie Saporito, Britney Rivera, and Jean Nie (not pictured). Coaches: Regie Soriano and Braulio Rivera.

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Reunited After Three Months


came close to her. The Cat Chalet staff made it their mission to get her eating again. They were patient and slowly let Mitzvah come to them. Soon, she started eating wet food and wanted to walk around the kennel. After a few weeks, Shirleys daughter sent another e-mail: her mother was returning home and after a few days of adjusting back to her house, she wanted Mitzvah home with her. However, Shirleys daughter had a full work schedule and family obligations, and she couldnt bring the cat back to her mom. As it turned out, Shirley lived in Hackettstown where one of the Cat Chalet employees, Colleen, lived. Colleen offered to drop Mitzvah off at Shirleys house. When Mitzvah got home, she ran around the house, excited to be back with her owner. Shirley was excited to have Mitzvah back too, but she was having problems getting around. Colleen was concerned that Shirley may have trouble taking care of Mitzvah. Colleen agreed to come over and check on both of them until Shirley was able to do more on her own. Ever since then, Colleen has been going over to Shirleys house once a week to check on Mitzvah and her owner. Shirley is slowly getting back on her feet. She has said how grateful she is for the staff at the Cat

itzvah, a beautiful Seal Point Siamese cat, was finally reunited with Shirley, her owner, after several months. Shirley had been ill and was in a nursing home for two months recovering from surgery. A neighbor of hers was coming in every other day to feed Mitzvah and clean the litter box. But after a few days, Mitzvah stopped eating and seemed depressed. Shirleys daughter was distraught about her mothers condition and now the cats behavior. It was more than she could bear. Realizing she had to do something, Shirleys daughter e-mailed the Cat Chalet in Randolph, New Jersey, to see if it could help. Susan Mohr, owner of the Cat Chalet, agreed to take the cat, however, she knew that Mitzvah being united with her owner was not a guarantee. It was a risky proposition since the owner was elderly and ill, and anything could happen, but I felt I needed to help this cat and decided it was my obligation to see what I could do, said Mohr. Mitzvah came to the Cat Chalet extremely scared and skinny. It looked like she stopped eating soon after Shirley became ill. For three days, she wouldnt eat. Her eyes were as big as baseballs. She didnt trust anyone. She would back away if you

Chalet for taking such great care of her precious baby. Thank you for everything you have done for me and Mitzvah, Shirley has said multiple times to Colleen. At the Cat Chalet, the staff makes sure your cat is happy, safe, and sound. Whether it is ensuring a beautiful reunion or making a cat more comfortable during its stay, the

Cat Chalet will do everything it can to make every story have a happy ending. They are located in Randolph, NJ on Route 10. If you would like to see how the Cat Chalet can make a difference in your cats life, call ahead for a reservation, 973-989-6160, and visit the website, www.catchalet.com .

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lease do not miss Kindergarten Registration days for your child! Registration will be held in your child's assigned home school building on the dates indicated for that school: Mountain View School: February 5th, 6th -(snow date Feb 7) 9AM-11AM and 1PM-3PM Tine Road School: February 12th, 13th -(snow date Feb 14) 9AM-11AM and 1PM-3PM Chester M. Stephens School: February 19th, 20th -(snow

Kindergarten Registration Dates for Mount Olive

date Feb 21) 9AM-11AM and 1PM-3PM Sandshore School: February 26th -(snow date Feb 27) 9AM-11AM and 1PM-3PM Please have the following items when you arrive at your child's school registration day. 1.) Original Birth Certificate (with raised seal) 2.) A copy of child's official current immunizations. 3.) Proof of residency (Copy of Lease or Tax Bill, and 2 recent utility bills)

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ally takes a few days to a month for us to find these dogs their forever home. We have puppies, young and older dogs of different breeds and sizes. Please consider helping these homeless, wonderful dogs get a second chance in life. With your help, we can save these innocent dogs from being euthanized simply because there is no room at the shelter. If you are interested, please email us at Furever HomeRescue@att. net.

Mt. Olive Seniors Cub Trip

oin Mt Olive Seniors at Hunterdon Hills Playhouse Dinner Theatre, Hampton, NJ, Wednesday, April 2nd, $50.50 for play (Busybody) and luncheon. For info - Judy 973-4480253.

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Shoe Club Ties Into Life Long Skills


ing during school or recess where students can watch Pete the Cat videos and get motivated. The shoe tying club is inspired by two childrens educational books published by Harper Collins, "Rockin' In My School Shoes" and I Love My White Shoes. The main character, Pete The Cat, just keeps going along, explains Thompson, delivering a positive message to children about not giving up. Thompson uses a chant from the popular song Splish Splash I was taking a bath long about a Saturday night to new words, Criss Cross and go under the bridge and now you have to pull it tight to assist the students in shoe tying. She has been working with first and second graders on the skill, while kindergarten teachers have been helping their students. Some students do not own a shoe that has ties so Thompson encourages them to borrow their parents shoe or sneaker to practice at home. Besides gaining fine motor skills in their fingers and hands, students will also gain self esteem and independence by learning how to tie their own shoes. The goal of the club is to encourage kids to be independent, says Thompson. I can do it myself, thats huge. I tell them to keep trying. They have the pattern but they dont have the finger strength yet. Its not easy. It takes a lot of hard work and practice. Thompson says, I used to tell the kids, you know why Im so good at tying shoes?- because I tie 829 shoes a week. By being a member of the shoe tying club, students are also becoming great helpers. They are becoming helpers; getting independent, says Thompson. All the teachers know whos in the shoe tying club. They can ask the kid to help the other kids in the classroom to master their skills. Instead of taking instructional

By Cheryl Conway ying shoes is becoming an epidemic at Sandshore Elementary School in Budd Lake. About 50 students in grades K-2 have already signed up for Petes Shoe Tying Club, inspired by the book series Pete The Cat. Sandshore Physical Education teachers Kit Thompson and Shawn Buck started the program the second week in January, attracting new members daily. Too many kids are getting by with slip on or Velcro shoes, but are missing out on the life long lesson and development of finger motor skills developed through shoe tying. Joining the club encourages students to demonstrate their shoe tying ability and then lend a helping hand to their peers who are still learning the skill. Tying shoes and using their fingers are fine motor skills that they need, says Thompson who learned about the shoe tying club idea on the internet. We want everyone to tie their shoes. Your fingers need to develop muscle memory. Fine motor ability is an important skill. When muscles get stronger, students develop stronger writing ability with their fingers, as well as typing on a keyboard, playing a musical instrument, as well as hand movement with art and drawing, explains Thompson. In order to get into the shoe tying club, students must submit an application with signatures from three witnesses. Signatures must be from someone at home; an adult at Sandshore School; and either gym teacher, Thompson or Buck. Club members will then receive a shoe tying license and a certificate recognizing their membership which is displayed on a bulletin board in the main hallway. One girl came up to Thompson and said I brought my wallet in cause Im supposed to get my license. Another student has requested shoe tying club meetings like a real club. Thompson says she may add a club meet-

time away from the teacher, it allows the students to be independent and be a student assistant. These are wonderful things. Students of the shoe tying club are also on the playground with their peers. By having the skill to help others tie their shoes, more students can be safer on the playground without running around with untied shoes, says Thompson. The program is a plus all around. Their shoes are tied to stay safe; independence; and fine motor skills, muscle memory, finger index and finger dexterity. Its an important life skill they can develop it and master the skill. Applications are still being accepted. Once you learn to tie, you are in, says Thompson. We want everybody in the club.

Weekend Backpacks Provide Nourishment To Students


Backpack national organization, which then sends WalMart gift cards back to FEA officers to go shopping there to buy items for the backpacks. Although all the elementary schools in the district were informed about the program, CMS was the only school to sign up to participate. Every Friday, FEA volunteers drop off the filled backpacks to CMS just in time before kids leave for the day. Some food items are also donated by staff and administrators, adds Pasqualone. CMS Guidance Counselor Roberta Easton says when she got the invite for students to join the program three years ago, she sent a letter home to parents who did express interest. Im a great student advocate, says Easton, who keeps all participants names confidential. Im thrilled to participate in a program that would help my students. Every little bit helps. With rough economic times, nutritious snacks, fruits and juices would be really helpful. Why not take advantage of the program? Easton says the kids look forward to it every Friday. They come in and say are the backpacks here yet? Its a wonderful blessing for involved CMS students. The program is also a great lesson for those giving. Todays FEA students can learn pay it forward, says Easton. For teenagers, who are always busy in sports and activities, this is a wonderful experience to think of others and help others in need. Fundraising is done a year in advance for Blessings in a Backpack and include candle sales, bake sales, sponsors for local businesses, student dues. With 11 students signed up to receive a backpack this year, the FEA students had to raise $880. Some additional bake sales will be held in the spring at local grocery stores. Backpack recipients receive items such as a juice box, can of soup, package of Roman Noodles, fruit snacks, applesauce, oatmeal and a granola bar, describes MOHS senior Selma Musanovic of Budd Lake, president of the FEA. Blessings in a Backpack is a non profit national organization that started in Jefferson County Schools in Louisville, Kentucky in 2005. It has grown from three elementary schools to more than 10 cities throughout the nation. Hundreds of elementary school students, ages five through 11, are recipients. Generic colors of backpacks are provided by the national organization as a way to blend in to the crowd. Backpacks are anonymous enough so students who do participate in the program would not be identified, explains Pasqualone. The reason why the backpacks are distributed on Fridays is because Monday throughFriday they are getting lunch in school; by having a backpack of food to bring home, theyre getting something over the weekend, says Pasqualone. As a student teacher at CMS last year, Musanovic saw first hand how some students were affected by not having proper nourishment over the weekend. continued on page 20

By Cheryl Conway hanks to the efforts by the Mt. Olive High School Future Educators Association, about a dozen students in the district are bringing home some nutritional food every weekend. For the past three years, the MOHS FEA has been sponsoring a program, Blessings in a Backpack, to provide elementary students in need with backpacks filled with some nourishing food. Every Friday, 11 students from Chester M. Stephens Elementary School receive a backpack filled with healthy snacks, juice and soup. The goody filled backpacks are a true blessing to a child, as is the lesson to those students learning the importance of giving back to their community. Were giving back to our own community, says Susan Pasqualone, FEA advisor. Students do it all on their own. Theyre helping children that might be there neighbors. Mt. Olive is more of a middle class area primarily. Its eye opening for kids to see that this can be in your own backyard. If we can help a small number of kids in our community and theyre more nourished for Monday, thats a good thing. The high school FEA started participating in Blessings in a Backpack three years ago after a former MOHS student, Lori Tatum, learned about it on the internet. The FEA raises $80 per child to provide filled back packs every Fridayfrom October through June- to elementary students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. Blessing in a Backpack works in conjunction with WalMart. The FEA raises the money, sends it to Blessings in a

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Weekend Backpacks...
No food affects their performance in school, says Musanovic. It makes me feel good that we help that. The food is supposed to last them a couple of days. They look forward to them [the backpacks] every week. The FEA at MOHS has been around for four years and currently has 20 students involved. The purpose of the group is to facilitate communication through the community as to what educators do. Its good to see the good that teachers continued from page 18 do, says Pasqualone. The purpose of the FEA is to attract the best and brightest students to become educators and teachers. Every Thursday, the FEA works with senior citizens to teach them how to use a computer. FEA volunteers read to schools, tutor at the middle school and babysit at elementary school events. We do a lot in helping with the community which is our main goal, says Musanovic, who has been involved with the FEA since she was a sophomore.

Staying Safe on Frozen Lakes


devices until you can get to safety. * Do not take a vehicle onto the ice. Sixty-eight percent of the 117 ice fatalities that occurred in Minnesota in the last 40 years involved a vehicle. A car or light truck needs 8 to 12 inches of clear ice to be safe. * Be aware of cracks or fissures in the ice. Be extremely cautious crossing ice near river mouths, points of land, islands, and springs. Currents can cause ice to be thinner in these areas. * Carry a safety line. Such lines can be thrown to someone who has fallen through the ice. This may be the best method of pulling someone to safety. * Remain calm if you fall through the ice. Avoid thrashing, which can use up energy and body heat. Try to keep your head and face above the water. The body will react to the plunge by going into "cold shock," a condition characterized by hyperventilation, involuntary gasping and internal responses including hypertension (high blood pressure) and changes in pulse rate. You do have time to get out. Many people can last two to five minutes in cold water before strength and coordination are compromised. Try to normalize your breathing to ensure you get enough oxygen to react and get to safety. Concentrate on breathing slowly and steadily. Kick your feet and pull yourself out of the water at the strongest edge of the ice. Try to roll up onto

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nglers, skaters and outdoor enthusiasts often take to the great outdoors when lakes and other bodies of water freeze. But even after days of below-freezing temperatures, lakes may not be solid, increasing the risk that revelers will fall through the ice, possibly resulting in drowning or hypothermia. As a result, it is imperative that safety precautions be taken when spending time on frozen lakes. Though it can be fun to skate or fish on a frozen lake, ice is never safe and it's always in one's best interest to treat ice with caution. Ice strength depends on various factors, including daily temperature, water depth, water chemistry, currents, and distribution of the load on the ice. It is impossible to judge the thickness of the ice by appearance alone. Your best bet is to proceed with caution and follow these tips for survival. * Be prepared for any scenario. Prepare for the possibility of a plunge. Carry a long metal or metal-tipped wood pole, called a spud bar, which can be used to test the strength of areas of ice you are unsure about. The bar also can be used as a walking stick. Carry safety spikes to provide traction if you fall through and need to climb up onto the ice. * Avoid crossing frozen bodies of water in a single file, as it may stress the ice. Also, never venture out alone. Always go with a partner or alert someone to your whereabouts. * Always wear a life jacket. Life jackets act as flotation

the ice, staying flat to distribute your body weight. Roll yourself away from the hole into which you fell and remain on your hands and knees until you crawl several feet away. Only then should you stand up and walk to safety to get dry and warm. Spending time on a frozen lake can be fun, but it's also risky. Knowing how to react in an emergency situation may just save a life.

Educators needed at Historic Waterloo

inakung at Waterloo is seeking additional part-time seasonal employees to fill historic educator positions, needed to accommodate the demand of our educational history programs. Winakung at Waterloo Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that provides educational programming at Waterloo Village. On-site training is provided and required. Interested individuals should view the websitewww.winakungatwaterloo.com for more information and send a resume to the business administrator, Bonnie Brydon at winakungatwaterloo@gmail.com. Please add RESUME to the subject line.

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Students Design Ideas Play A Role In New Playground


Senior Center on Design Day on Nov. 7 to get more ideas. He then spent the rest of the day making a design that was later revealed that night at the Design Day party, explains Daggon. The design was then reviewed by the staff working on the playground project; some changes were recommended, such as moving a few components, adding another slide, changing an activity board and surfacing. Depending on the weather and other factors, prep work may begin in February. So far, about 100 volunteers have signed up to serve on the four committees. Anyone who would like to volunteer on the Construction, Art, Planting Day or Opening Day committees can contact Laura Rimmer at lrimmer@mtolivetwp.org. As we get closer to the build week, well have information for volunteers concerning when and where we will need their help, what to bring, what to expect, and other details, says Daggon. Construction of the playground will be a group effort. This is a hybrid combined build, with professionals, township employees and volunteers working on different phases of the project, says Daggon. The playground is irregular in shape, with bump outs for swings, benches and other components. It is about 12,500 square feet. The plan is for it to span the area from the paver area by the Gazebo to the parking lot sidewalk and from where the old playground was on the western side by the loop road, to the base of the slope eastward, toward the loop road, explains Daggon. Completion date is aimed for mid spring. There are many aspects that have to be coordinated and timelines will be affected by the availability of donated manpower, equipment, professional staff, weather, ground conditions, says Daggon. To fund the project, families and businesses have been asked for sponsorship. About 25 families have purchased engraved pickets for the fence around the playground. We have room for 400 engraved pickets, says Daggon. Picket information is due by March 15. Forms and information are on the township website atwww.mountolivetownship.com/rec_mtplaymore.html. The township has also received three donations for benches and one for a shrub. The Mt Olive Kiwanis Club collected donations at their Santa Breakfast in Dec.; more sponsors are considering how best to support the project. As of the end of January, the township has received (or received promises of) about $8,000 in sponsorship funds. Funding for the playground project is coming from a variety of sources, not just sponsorships and fundraising, says Daggon.

By Cheryl Conway ith all the snow and ice on the ground, it may be hard to imagine playing on a new playground with slides, swings, a tunnel and bridges. But the plans are in motion and a design has been picked, and if all goes as expected, Mount Playmore at Turkey Brook Park in Budd Lake could be competed mid-spring. Township officials approved of a proposal during the summer of 2013 to have a community built playground to replace the smaller tot lot that was there. During the past few months, students through the Mt. Olive school district were invited to create designs and sketches for the new playground. Some of those ideas are being incorporated into the final plans by designer Leathers & Associates. We are excited for the new playground and all the new ways to play, interact, grow and develop that it will provide for our children and our community, says Jill Daggon, supervisor of Mt. Olive Recreation. We are planning some fun fitness programs for families on the program and other activities at Turkey Brook Park that will include visiting Mount Playmore. The project is in full swing. We are working with a variety of professionals to help us with the next phase, excavating and preparing the ground and surfacing, so it can then be marked out for the build, says Daggon. Recreation has been seeking donations to fund materials needed for the project. Families can participate from volunteering on one of the committees (construction, Opening Day and Planting Day) to donating funds for pickets, benches, picnic tables, bushes, and more. In January, the old equipment was removed by township staff. The equipment was outdated and not suitable to use elsewhere, says Daggon. All the materials were recycled. Ideas for the new playground came from various sources. All Mt. Olive students were invited to submit drawings and ideas for the playground, from pre-k through 8th grade, says Daggon. Design Day idea fliers were distributed in school Friday Folders, posted on Board of Educations VirtualFriday Folder, and provided to area pre-schools. Daggon says, We received over 400 designs and suggestions. These were sent to the Leathers & Associates designer to review, as well as other pictures and historical documents so he could get a feel for what was unique to Mt Olive and what the children wanted in a playground. We also received several suggestions from the occupational therapist for the district, so we could consider the requests and needs of everyone. The designer from Leathers & Associates, Jim Houghton, met with children at the

From left to right: Varshitha Devagiri, Kaitlin Pettenger, Deanna Cohen, Hannah Lake

Our goal for fundraising is $45,000. We will gladly assist any service organizations, clubs, scouts, PTAs, etc with fundraising ideas. To make the project a success, recreation expects Excitement, enthusiasm, donated services and expertise, good weather and thousands of details to come together, says Daggon. For progress updates of the playground build visit the township Facebook page for Mount Playmore. Four seventh grade students from the Mt. Olive Middle School were excited to learn that some of their ideas may be incorporated in the new playground design. Deanna Cohen, Hannah Lake, Varshitha Devagiri and Kaitlin Pettenger, all 12-year olds, decided to work in a group for their Gifted and Talented class. Peter Hughes, director of Curriculum and Instruction at MOMS, allowed GT students to enter designs for the Mt. Playmore playground. On Jan. 6, Kaitlins mom, was scrolling through Facebook when she discovered that the playground design contained some of the features created by the four girls. The girls, as well as their teacher, were excited to learn of their contribution. Becky Hull-Clark, G&T teachers at MOMS, says So many of the GT students undertook the task with great enthusiasm, to help come up with ideas for the new playground. We did some "homework" about playgrounds, safety issues, materials equipment, costs and child development, says HullClark. The students were challenged to design a playground that might be unique to Mount Olive (or our region), that would be great for the very young and for the older child. Then, they "took off" with their own creative ideas. Hannah and Kaitlin like designing and

free hand art, while Deanna and Varshitha like sculpting with clay and sketching. We all enjoy how art allows you to think outside of the box and be as creative as youd like with no limits as to what you can accomplish, agrees Deanna and Kaitlyn. When it comes to art there is no wrong or right, you can do anything you want. During the designing of their Mount Playmore concept, the girls worked very hard as a team, each incorporating their own ideas. Deanna had the idea to have sections for the swing sets and more running around space; to have bridges connecting the towers; and a mural on the theater and the towers. Varshitha had the idea to have slides exiting the tower; and having a little kid playground for the younger children. Kaitlin created the murals on the tower tops; and separate swings for younger kids and older ones. Hannah had the idea of incorporating the seasons into the playground, using separate towers. Their design concept of Mount Playmore is based around the four seasons represented in New Jersey each year. There are four towers and bridges connecting each one so a child can cross from tower to tower, explain the girls. The bridges are a safe height and have railings so kids dont fall off. Slides come out of each of the four towers leading to the ground to an area where kids can then run around and play. A theater like room is attached to the bridges so kids can put on plays with their friends. Young kids have their own playground so they can play around without being intimidated by older kids. On the young kids playground there is one tower, a few slides, bridges, and a set of swings. The younger childrens tower is lower to the ground and safe for them so they dont fall off.

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Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce Building Successes One Business At A Time Fun, Active and Informative Group Is A Valuable Tool For Business People
mentor. I recently asked him how to get a press release out for one of my clients and he immediately sent me a format and several contacts. Another time I had in issue with a client not paying their bill and he gave me good suggestions on how to address the situation, which has since worked out well. Greg is always more than willing to answer my questions and share the resources that he has. Acknowledging that Mount Olive is a cog in a much bigger wheel, Stewart knocked on the doors of other local chambers. I wanted to leverage our synergy with other groups, such as Hackettstown, he said. Stewart also set monthly meeting dates, something that was lacking in the past. In fact there are three scheduled meetings during most of the year. A general networking meeting - Marketing in the Morning - on the fourth Tuesday; a young professionals (40 and under) on the second Tuesday; and, a Lunch and Learn on the third Wednesday of the month. I take great pride in the fact that we have a fun and active membership focused on helping each other. We have a great mix of folks, Stewart said, the meetings are comfortable, enjoyable and informative. The Lunch and Learn always features a keynotes speaker who is expert in different business areas. Recent topics have ranged from changes in the tax code pertaining to business to the best uses of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In. Explaining the MOACCs revitalization process King noted, The MOACC has been active in this area since 1955 but we felt that additional efforts were needed while in the midst of a deep recession. Many of our ideas were blatantly borrowed from other successful groups. For instance, Marketing in the Morning, both Greg and I have attended many of the Morris County Chamber of Commerces monthly networking meetings in the past. We felt this format would work well for the area the MOACC reaches out to. Sure enough, three years later, Marketing in the Morning is easily the premier monthly networking meeting in western Morris, southern Sussex and Warren counties. The Marketing in the Morning programs average 50-60 attendees each month and has a roster of over 250 businesses that have attended since its inception. Members agree that the learning opportunities alone are worth the price of admission.The Chambers seminars are helpful to the small business owner because we may not otherwise have the opportunity to learn important business skills that will help our businesses grow. This year there are meetings on taxes, social networking, marketing and branding, just to name a few. Marketing in the Morning [meetings] have been a great way to meet up to 40 other business professionals first thing in the morning to exchange ideas and spend some valuable time networking and connecting, said Jeska. Special quarterly Chamber meetings feature time with Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum and Township Administrator Sean Canning; scholarship and awards ceremonies; meetings with state and county legislators and in December the only meeting is the Annual Holiday Party. We are extremely fortunate these past two years to have been working with the Mount Olive Township administration under the direction of Mayor Rob Greenbaum. Mayor Greenbaum and his administration have a pro-business, can do mentality, said King. We, the MOACC, have worked closely with Mayor Greenbaum and the Township Administration and will do all we can to continue any joint efforts to make Mount Olive Township, and surrounding communities, the template for success in business growth, community/business joint efforts and more. Im very proud, said Stewart, we are giving an awful lot of value to our members and the folks up here are second to none. Stewart and King also expanded the Chamber Board to 11 members, allowing for a diverse representative group. The MOACC represents start-up businesses; established businesses; large employers; non-profits; community organizations; and, private individuals. In addition, Stewart who is now on the Board of Trustees, established an Executive Business Council with the mission of building relationships amongst senior business executives with a focus on important community and business issues that face the areas larger firms. Member companies include; Robertet USA; Givaudian Fragrances Corp; Healthcare Diagnostics; Siemens Hackettstown Regional Medical Center; Mt Olive Township; Morris County EDC; State of NJ Office of Senator Oroho; Mars Inc.; Veolia Environmental Services; Peter King, MOACC President 2014 (and Paragon Village); and Stewart, and NexGen Management. In January King took over the helm at the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce as the new president. Looking back and forward he said, We plan to continue the quick growth of the Young Professionals Group; we will be celebrating the third anniversary in April of the tremendously successful monthly networking event Marketing in the Morning and the MOACCs Executive Business Council is now beyond its initial stage of organizing and we see this group becoming a strong force in mutual cooperation between the largest employers in northwest New Jersey and the communities in which they are located. He added, Under Greg Stewarts leadership, the MOACC has always had front and center the following motto: How can the MOACC help you? We will continue this same attitude under our current board. Our goal is to help all businesses in the greater Mount Olive Area (including Western Morris, Southern Sussex and Eastern Warren Counties) in becoming successful, continue to grow their successes and to offer all businesses the tools for growth, sharing best practices, community outreach, and mutual, beneficial opportunities in joint economic, environmental, and social areas. For more information about the MOACC go to the website at www.moachamber.com

By Cindy Forrest or Suzanne Jeska of MRN Web Designs the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce (MOACC) has been a business bonanza. Jeska, a small business web designer, was originally prompted to join the chamber in 2009 to meet other business owners in Mount Olive but she got a lot more than she bargained for. I renew my membership each year because of the networking opportunities both in partnering with other business owners to provide my clients solutions to their needs and also in obtaining customer leads, she explained. The chamber has been invaluable in providing me with the resources that I have needed for my business. Most recently, I began partnering with two other chamber members, Mark Beck from the Boulevard Group and Justin Gross from YourWebGurus. Mark has provided my clients and me with excellent knowledge and experience in web design solutions as well as search engine optimization and Justin in Google Advertising. With these added partnerships I can now offer my clients not only a website solution, but also internet marketing solutions that helps bring potential customers to their websites. Under the leadership from 2012 through 2013 of former President Greg Stewart, and former Vice President Peter King, the MOACC has more than quadrupled its starting membership of 23 making it one of the largest local, chambers in the state. In fact its location on the edge of three counties has garnered membership from a large surrounding area. The MOACC Board of Directors members come from not only Mount Olive but also Chester, Hackettstown, Long Valley and Sussex. Unlike many other local Chambers of Commerce, The Mount Olive Chamber has no paid personnel and, therefore, it is through the generosity, dedication and support of the MOACC Board, the Trustees and the membership that it has been so successful. The MOACC closed 2013 with over 120 members and King expects to see a 1520% growth in membership in 2014. However, even more important than the numbers is the growth in the quality of the program. During his presidency Stewart put his efforts towards changing the dynamics of the group. We recruited folks willing to help others, he explained. Stewart doesnt just talk the talk, he walks the walk - leading by example. One of the most helpful business resources has been Greg Stewart of NextGen Management, LLC who has led the chamber over the past couple of years, said Jeska. Not only has he grown the chamber by leaps and bounds but he has been a great

Asthma and You


presentation will provide a simple step by step review of how to identify asthma symptoms and a guide to properly track those symptoms in order to minimize hospitalizations. Registration is requested. Call the library at 973-584-2400 ext. 501 or email comments@roxburylibrary.org to register.

ould you like to learn how to take control of your health and improve your lfe? If the answer is yes, then come join us at the Roxbury Public Library on Tuesday, February 25 at 2PM where Tara Moreloa from Saint Barnabas Medical Centers Respiratory Care Services department, will present a program on the management of asthma. The

The Stanhope Chamber of Commerce is looking for craft and general merchandise vendors for our 19th annual Stanhope Day. The event is on June 8, 2014, rain date is June 22. The event is outdoors and runs from 11am to 5pm along Main St.

Vendors Wanted

Stanhope. The cost is $30 for one 10ft space, $50 for 2 spaces. For an application go to stanhopenj.gov, Borough of Stanhope, click on forms and applications. For additional information call Paula 973-691-7449.

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The Blues Bash Has An "All-star" Flavor To It


awards, Allman, the son of Gregg Allman, Mike Zito, bassist Charlie Wooten and drummer Yonrico Scott, who also plays with the Derek Trucks Band, and has also played the sticks for Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers themselves. Last year Samantha Fish rocked the Blues Bash, prompting calls for her return! She literally blew away the crowd last year, and you can expect more of the same this year as she breaks out tunes from her newest CD, Black Wind Howlin'. The Kansas City-based Fish has been on a major roll ever since she teamed up with Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde on the 2011 release, Girls with Guitars. It is for sure that this talented woman is destined for worldwide bigtime attention in the very near future! Support for the Blues Bash also comes from Marley's Gotham Grill, Good Impressions Printing and Mailing, Kennedy Events, WNTI, United Jersey Blues Network, Cathy Miller Photography, HTVProductions, Karmabridge Acupuncture & Herbals, the Hackettstown/Mount Olive Monthly, and Scott A. Anderson, CFP. Super supports acts - including Bob Lanza Blues Band and Nikki Armstrong's Tribute to the Ladies of the Blues (Saturday) and also Shuffle Jump & Moan (Friday) - will help round out the two nights at Centenary, which will also showcase Steve Kirchuk on Friday and Ezra Tarlowe on Saturday. For ticket information and further details about the Blues Bash go to www.centenarystageco.org or phone 908-9790900. Premier seating for March 22 can be purchased by

uperstar-studded blues rock band Royal Southern Brotherhood, with Devon Allman, Cyril Neville and Mike Zito, along with the greatly anticipated return of Samantha Fish, will headline the 5th Annual Blues Bash at Centenary on March 21 and 22. The 5th Annual Blues Bash, presented by Joe Hirsh Productions in association with the Centenary Stage Company, features two full days of the blues at Centenary College, with several great acts taking the stage on Friday March 21 and Saturday March 22. Major sponsors for the 2014 Bash are The Star-Ledger, PNC Bank, the Inn at Millrace Pond in Hope, Tramontin Harley-Davidson, and the Hackettstown Business Improvement District. The Blues Bash takes place at the beautiful and nearly new state-of-the-art Sitnik Theater at the David and Carol Lackland Center at Centenary College both nights. Each day fans can attend "matinee shows" at Marley's Gotham Grill (Mike Frank & Friends Friday, Jordan Koza Family Band on Saturday), and a "post-show party" on Saturday night with Slackjaw, also at Marley's (free with Centenary ticket or $5). Doors at Centenary open at 6:15 at Centenary each night, with music throughout the nights, and headliners scheduled for around 9 p.m. The 5th Annual Blues Bash continues its tradition of bringing the best national acts to the region, with this year's headliners Royal Southern Brotherhood (Saturday) and Samantha Fish (Friday). Royal Southern Brotherhood's lineup has talent to burn with Neville, who recently garnered hree national blues

phone only. You can also LIKE the Blues Bash NJ page on Facebook. For more about Joe Hirsh Productions and its ongoing events, check out the Joe Hirsh Productions page on FB or visit www.joehirshproductions.com. You can also email joehirsh@msn.com.

Sussex County Arts and Heritage Councils 2014 Winter-Spring Workshop Series
Sat, Mar 8 Photo Clinic - Sat, Mar 15 Focus - Sat, Apr 26 Exposure - Sat, May 10 How to Critique a Photograph - Sat, May 24 Class size is limited to 15-20 students depending on the workshop. Cost for each workshop is $35. Most workshops run from 10 am to 12 noon, or 1 to 3 pm. Please visit scahc.org/events for a description of each workshop. For more information or to register, please visit www.scahc.org/events, call the Arts Council at 973-383-0027, visit the office, or email scahc@scahc.org. Registration can also be made by going to https://scahc2014workshops.eventbrite.co m. The Councils hours are Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

he Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council is pleased to announce that it will be offering a series of creative workshops in early 2014. Each workshop will explore a different media or process and provide students with an opportunity to learn, create, and enhance their artistic voice. The workshops will take place at the Art Councils office at 133 Spring Street, Newton, NJ and are open to adults and teens of all levels. The workshop series includes: Watercolor Workshop Series with Wendy Stamer Watercolor Flowers for Beginners 1 Sat, Feb 22 Watercolor Flowers for Beginners 2 Sat, Mar 1 Photography Workshop Series with Trevor Hodgson How to Prepare for a Juried Art Show -

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The Boy Scouts of Flanders Troop 156 and the Webelos of Flanders Pack 47 enjoyed a day of Klondike adventure at the Black River District's annual Klondike Derby. The event was held at Camp Trexler in Polk, PA on January 25th during cold tempatuers and falling snow. The boys pulled their sled to 13 stations where the showed off their Scout skills. Pictured are from left to right: Tyler Chmiel, Max Rieder, Shane Patrick, Shane Jones, Peter Huber, Patrick Dolan and Nicholas Grippaldi.

Mayor Rob Greenbaum, Manuel Brito Center Store Specialist Weis Markets and Dave Dellecker Weis Manager

ayor Greenbaum welcomes Weis Markets to Mount Olive Township during Breakfast with the Mayor which was sponsored by Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce.

Donate a Gently Used Dressy Dress


The dresses get sold and are for the benefit of Girl Up, a United Nations foundation. See girlup.org for more info. If you would like to donate a dress and can't make it at that time, or for more info, please contact Chris Bedrock at Bedrocks9@gmail.com

andolph Girl Scout Troop 81665 is collecting new and gently used "dressy" dresses or business suits of all sizes during their celebration of World Thinking Day, Saturday February 22 at Randolph Middle School 507 Millbrook Ave, Randolph, NJ. The event runs 10:30am- 3 pm.

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Police Headquarters 204 Flanders Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, NJ 07828 (973) 691-0850

Arrest Shoplifting Date: January 31st at 3:22 PM Location: Wal-Mart, ITC Shopping Center, Flanders Investigated by: Officer Michael Sciscione Involved: (A)Aldo Verdi, Budd Lake NJ, 56, M (A)Elizabeth Verdi, Budd Lake NJ, 46, F On January 31st at 3:22 PM the Mount Olive Police responded to a shoplifting complaint at the Wal-Mart located in the International Trade Zone Shopping Center. Upon patrol arrival, Wal-Mart Loss Prevention had detained (2) individuals for shoplifting $90.61 worth of merchandise. Both individuals were charged at police headquarters on Saturday February 1st. Mr. Aldo Verdi and Ms. Elizabeth Verdi were both charged with shoplifting and were released on their own recognizance pending a court appearance in Mount Olive Municipal Court. Arrest on Warrant Contempt of Court Date: January 31st at 11:44 PM Location: Route 46, Budd Lake Investigated by: Officer George Jadue Involved: (A) Jose Sanchez, Jersey City NJ, 24, M While on patrol in the Budd Lake section of town, Officer Jadue observed a 2013 Honda Civic pull out of closed car dealership on Route 46. Officer Jadue conducted a motor vehicle stop as the vehicle traveled east on Route 46 above the posted speed limit. Upon coming in contact with the driver,

(All Persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a Court of Law)

identified as Mr. Jose Sanchez, patrol determined that he had several bench warrants for his arrest. Dunellen Borough Municipal Court issued a $500 warrant and Newark Municipal Court issued a warrant for $350. Mr. Sanchez was arrested and transported to police headquarters where he was processed. Both Dunellen and Newark released Mr. Sanchez on his own recognizance pending a new court appearance at which time he was released from police custody. Arrest - Possession of a Syringe / Under the Influence of C.D.S. Date: January 31st Location: Indian Spring Road Investigated by: Officer Brian Braikovich Involved: (A)- Kenneth Roedel Jr. - Kenvil NJ - 31-M On January 31, 2014 at 1:44am Officer Braikovich was dispatched to a residence on Indian Spring Road regarding a male subject using C.D.S. The home owner contacted the Mount Olive Communications Center and advised dispatch that one of her daughters friends, identified as Mr. Kenneth Roedel Jr. was staying at the residence and she observed him using drugs. Officer Braikovich arrived on scene and investigated the incident. Officer Braikovich learned that Mr. Roedel Jr. was inside the bathroom for an extended period of time. The homeowner attempted to make contact with Mr. Roedel Jr. and when she was unable to the home owner forced open the door. When she opened the door

she observed Mr. Roedell Jr. with a needle in his arm suspected to be injecting heroin. Officer Braikovich observed a syringe on the bathroom sink. Officer Braikovich interviewed Mr. Roedel Jr. and he was subsequently arrested and transported to police headquarters. At headquarters Mr. Roedel Jr. was charged with Possession of a Syringe, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Under the Influence of C.D.S. Mr. Roedel Jr. was released on his own recognizance and he has a pending court appearance. Arrest - Shoplifting Date: 1/30/2014 Location: Shoprite - Bartley Road Investigated by: Officer Eric Krouse Involved: (A)- Linda Detorrice - Long Valley NJ - 54-F On January 30, 2014 at 2:27pm Officer Krouse was dispatched to Shoprite located on Bartley Road in regards of a shoplifter in custody by Shoprite Management. Officer Krouse arrived on scene and was able to identify the female subject as Ms. Linda Detorrice. Officer Krouse investigated the incident and Ms. Detorrice was subsequently arrested and transported to police headquarters. At headquarters Ms. Detorrice was charged with shoplifting. She was released on her own recognizance and she has a pending court appearance.

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News from Mount Olive Recreation


Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 Have the grey skies of winter made you glum? Are your children climbing up the walls at home? Mount Olive Recreation in partnership with Flanders Pediatric Dentistry is hosting a FREE family friendly event, Cabin Fever Reliever, on Saturday, February 22nd in the Mount Olive Senior Center located at 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road. Open to residents and non-residents this day of indoor fun will feature dancing, games, crafts, face painting, karate, and more! We have four different activity zones, Dance, Enrichment, Sports and Art to showcase our upcoming Spring programs and a variety of interactive performances for children ages 18 months to 10 years old, stated Recreation Director Jill Daggon. Mount Olive Recreation will also have volunteer sign up sheets and information to share on the new Mount Playmore coming to Turkey Brook Park in Spring of 2014. Boy Scout Troop 312 will also be on site selling hot dogs, hamburgers and juice as a fundraiser for their upcoming projects. Registration is not required for the event. Doors will open at 10:00am with activities wrapping up at 1:00pm. It is suggested that families arrive no later than noon to allow for time to engage in all the offerings of the day. For more information please visit our website www.MountOliveTownship.com/Recreation.html or call us at 973-691-0900 x7263.

Mount Olive Recreation Hosts a Free Event for Children & Families

Richard J. Moore, Jr., President of the Mount Olive Kiwanis, along with fellow Kiwanians, Steve Rattner, Kelly Gregory and Noelle Kehrley, presented Sean Canning, Town Administrator and Jill Daggon, Recreation Supervisor of Mount Olive Township with a check for $500.00. This check will be used to build the new Mount Playmore playground being built in Turkey Brook Park in the Spring of 2014. Mount Playmore is a kid designed, community build project that will replace the small tot lot on the Great Lawn in Turkey Brook park with an all abilities playground more than twice the size of the previous playground. As recognition of their donation the Mount Olive Kiwanis will receive a plaque on a free standing bench located within the playground area. The donation from the Mount Olive Kiwanis comes from the proceeds raised through their Santa Breakfast. If your group is hosting a special event between now and March 15th perhaps you too will consider splitting the net proceeds of your event with Mount Playmore! Mount Olive Recreation will help you promote and publicize your event to bring the maximum audience. For more information on how to support Mount Playmore as a group, individual or volunteer please contact Mount Olive Recreation at 973-691-0900 x7261.

Kiwanis Donates $500 to Mount Playmore

The old playground has been removed and the ground work has begun for the new Mount Playmore playground at Turkey Brook Park. In the coming weeks there will be clear signs of progress towards the build of our all abilities, kid designed and community built playground that will be the pride of Mount Olive Township. There are so many amazing features to this playground, stated Recreation Supervisor, Jill Daggon, but one of the things we know will excite our parents is the fencing that will surround the playground, ensuring the safety of our children. The opportunity to sponsor an engraved fence picket ends on March 7th. The personalized fence pickets are $50 each. Pickets can be engraved with up to 18 characters naming an individual, family, company, corporate or organizations name. Each picket will be an important and permanent part part of the playground. I imagine that my kids will enjoy seeing their names on a fence picket, knowing their family helped build the new playground, says Recreation Marketing Director, Laura Rimmer. This is an affordable way for families and businesses to help raise money for the new playground and show their belief in the safety of our children. Mount Playmore will be a huge draw for families in and around the greater Mount Olive area. Mount Playmores goal is to create a new, safe, accessible playground facility for children toddler age through 12 years of age that encourages physical fitness and development, social interaction, creative and cognitive growth and imaginative play. For donation sheets or to sponsor your picket online please visit www.mountolivetownship.com/recreation.html or call Mount Olive Recreation 973-691-0900 x7263. Please remember all fence picket donations must be received by March 7th to be properly incorporated into Mount Playmore.

Pickets for the Playground Ends March 7th

Fairy Dance for toddlers on Saturday mornings, Girls on the Run a program that teaches young girls to value themselves while promoting physical activity, Friends & Family CPR and First Aid training, and a Safe Sitter babysitting certification course. Were also working hard to develop new summer programs for Budd Lake Beach. Weve partnered with Tantrum Water Sports to offer wakeboard, wake skate and water skiing lessons and Pelican Sports to offer Paddleboard lessons. Staying in touch with the audience we serve and bringing them the quality programs they desire and deserve is always our top goal, stated Recreation Supervisor, Jill Daggon. For information on all the Spring 2014 programs, special events and registration please visit www.MountOliveTownship.com/recreation.html or like our Facebook: Mt Olive Recreation.

The Mount Olive Recreation Department has long prided itself on providing programs for people of all ages and interests that will get them engaged with others, learning something new and having lots of fun! We worked hard this past Fall to collect information through surveys and interviews with our audience on what we were doing well and where we needed to add programs to meet needs, stated Recreation Marketing Director, Laura Rimmer. Were really excited to announce a new line up of programming for Spring of 2014! In response to direct requests Mount Olive Recreation has partnered with North Jersey Aquatics to offer indoor swim lessons, Skylands IceWorld to offer ice hockey and skating lessons and Trinity MMA to offer Kids Kick Intro to Mixed Martial Arts. Additional new classes for Spring 2014 include: Teen & Adult Yoga, Mommy & Me Yoga on Saturday mornings,

Mount Olive Recreation Launches New Spring Programs

On Saturday, April 26th Turkey Brook Park is going to get very colorful as Mount Olive Recreation hosts the 1st event in the Motion Kia Prescription for Healthy MOmentum series, the GBW Insurance Do or Dye 5K Fun Run/Walk, a 3.1 mile course where participants get blasted with various colors along the route. The Do or Dye Fun Run/Walk will take the place of the 2013 Momentum 5K/10K race. Weve changed models this year because our main goal in Recreation is to help people have fun, stated Recreation Supervisor Jill Daggon. The Do or Dye Fun Run/Walk is a great event for people whove never participated in organized runs before, as it is not timed, meaning groups of friends or family members can walk, jog, dance and party their way along the course at any pace. Additionally, the Do or Dye Fun Run/Walk will serve as a fundraiser and public awareness campaign for the American Cancer Society. In the coming weeks Mount Olive Recreation will feature informational blurbs on their Facebook page Mt Olive Recreation - describing the different color cancer awareness ribbons and the services the American Cancer Society offers. Participants in the Do or Dye Fun Run/Walk will be asked to please raise $100 per person to donate directly to the American Cancer Society. Registration for Do or Dye is open now online www.MountOliveTownship.com/recreation.html. Additional event information can also be found online. Participants are encouraged to register early to take advantage of the early bird discounted pricing.

Annual Race Gets Colorful for a Great Cause

For more information please visit our website www.MountOliveTownship. com/Recreation.html or call us at 973-691-0900 x7263.

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Five Local Towns Ranked In Top 50 For Safety In NJ


serve. Some security programs the Washington Twp. police department offers include house checks, senior citizen assistance, education to the schools and residents, and we are very proactive in patrolling the township developments and businesses, says Bailey. He agrees that community cohesiveness has helped with crime stopping methods in Washington. Due to the size of Washington Township and the number of officers we can not be everywhere all the time, says Bailey. We rely heavily on the residents to give us information. Once we have that information we can take the appropriate course of action. Bailey gave examples such as when one of his officers was patrolling a neighborhood and he noticed heavy smoke emanating from a home. He made entry and found that the furnace was not working properly and filling the house with smoke. No resident was home at the time. They turned off the furnace, contacted the fire department and the homeowner and saved the house from burning. Another example was a sting of calls from residents in the area that involved a bunch of car burglaries. Each of the residents had a little information to add to what they saw and when all that information was compiled it led us to a vehicle and subsequently an arrest, says Bailey. With out the help from all of these residents we might still be trying to solve this case. Even ranked fourth, there is always room for improvement. The goal is always to be number one. We will continue to work hard with the residents to achieve that goal, says Bailey. I think the more we educate the community the better off we will be, says Bailey. I believe that we have to encourage them to call us even if they do not think the information they have is significant; when it is added to what we already have it becomes significant, and I believe you have to treat people with respect if you want to gain their respect. With the respect from each other you build trust, and that makes for a good working relationship. Morris Township Ranked 18 out of the top 50, Morris Twp. Police Chief John McGuinness notes the reduction in burglaries and the development of a proactive Crime Prevention Unit as key factors in Morris Townships recent ranking. I have been a police officer for just over 30 years, says McGuinness. When I started my career we averaged about one home burglary a day. Today and over the years we are proud to have reduced that number to typically less than 30. Also noted was the reduction in Morris Townships violent crime index from 60 incidents in 2011 to 15 in 2012, says McGuinness. Most of our township residents live in a neighborhood that are organized or have developed a sense of community that allows the police department to have an unfiltered means to communicate to our residents, says McGuinness. Communication is a key component between the police and the community. We use Email blast directed to our neighborhood watch group captains, Nixel Alerts, the Township Messenger and NEW web page to keep residents informed and provide an avenue for our citizens to talk to us. For security, Morris Twp. uses Neighborhood Watch with about 35 groups, as well as community outreach programs. I have met with our senior citizen, church groups and neighborhood to address concerns from traffic safety to lottery frauds, says McGuinness. On Dec. 18, a resident in a Neighborhood Watch area observed three suspicious males she did not recognize, describes McGuinness. She called 911 right away and when the patrol officers arrived they began to check homes and found a burglary in progress. Three suspects were arrested. While improvements are always needed, funding is a key factor in moving forward. Like any community if we could increase the funding for public safety, McGuinnes says there could be improvements. The township works extremely well within the fiscal constraints of the State of New Jersey to provide the residents with the best means to protect our community. Police, Fire and EMS could provide a wish list of equipment to purchase or personnel to hire. Until then, McGuinness says the goals of making Morris Twp. an even safer place to live is to Continue to grow our communications network with the community members; continue to take advantage and explore opportunities to train our police in the best manner possible; and access the best technology available to keep our community safe. Randolph Township Listed not too far below Morris Twp. is Randolph Twp., which was ranked 21. I was happy but not surprised to have learned of our ranking, says Chief of Police David Stokoe of Randolph Twp. Police Department. Randolph Township is a great place to both live and work and our police department works very hard every day to provide the best police services to our community. We are a very service oriented police department and we enjoy working with the community as a whole. Stokoe points out that Randolph is situated in the heart of Morris County which has one of the highest quality of life standards

By Cheryl Conway ood schools and quiet neighborhoods are attractive qualities in many towns in Morris County, but to be labeled as one of the safest in the state takes hard work, dedication and community cohesiveness, according to some local police chiefs. A recent study conducted by Safewise security organization identified five local towns as one of the top 50 Safest Communities in New Jersey. The Safewise Report reveals that Washington, Morris, Randolph, Mt. Olive and Roxbury townships are among the top 50 out of hundreds of communities throughout the state. To compile the report, the communityfocused security organization used the most recent FBI crime data from 2011, population, safety initiatives, security programs implemented within the past few years and other ranking factors. It then ranked the communities based on criteria met. According to the list, Washington Twp. was ranked fourth; Morris Twp., 18; Randolph Twp., 21; Mt. Olive Twp., 24; and Roxbury Twp., 42. From relaxed rural countrysides to fastpaced city living, the 50 safest communities in New Jersey share one critical, crime stopping characteristic: community cohesiveness, says SafeWise Security Analyst Alexia Chianis. The vast assortment of community committees, educational organizations, and charity groups I discovered was nothing short of impressive and undoubtedly helps foster a sense of respect and concern for neighbors thats imperative when fighting crime. Local police officers from the towns ranked in the Safewise Report recently commented on their ranking, their community safety and cohesiveness, initiatives and safety programs that they use as well as any forecasted improvements. To be ranked number four out of hundreds of communities is quite an accomplishment achieved by Washington Twp. It is not surprising, because we have very dedicated, hardworking officers that care about this community, says Police Chief Michael Bailey of Washington Township Police Dept. We just focus on good old fashion patrol tactics, staying alert and vigilant. I am just proud for the township and the police officers, who work so hard to make this community so safe, and we will continue to work in hopes to make people feel safe in this not so safe world. In comparing Washington Twp. to other communities, Bailey says the Washington Township Police department and the residents of Washington Township have a great relationship of trust. They realize they need us and we realize that without their help it makes our jobs a lot harder. The support by the residents is what drives our officers to

in the state. Randolph Township is an extension of Morris County and is situated in a great area which correlates into having a safer Township. Stokoe says, We are a very service oriented police department that is attentive to the needs and concerns of our residents. We place a great emphasis on responding to any/all calls for service that we receive from our residents regardless of whether or not they are what we believe to be law enforcement matters. We will always look to assist the resident with their situation. When it comes to safety, we will attempt to assist our residents with security issues on a case by case basis given our available resources, says Stokoe. We also conduct business and property checks as part of our normal patrol related activities. In looking at the towns crime statistics, Stokoe reports that the last homicide was in 2011. We are always extremely low if any for rapes, robberies and arson incidents. However, occasionally we will experience them as well. Each year we do experience some burglary incidents which run fairly consistent year to year. Community cohesiveness definitely plays a role in Randolph in maintaining safety. Having a close knit community means that people care about the community, one another and what happens, says Stokoe. This equates into people being more likely to watch out for each other and to work with the police which makes for a safer environment for everyone. As far as improvement, Stokoe says I would like to see residents report suspicious incidents, individuals and activity immediately as it is occurring. This affords the police department with the best opportunity to positively resolve the incident. All too often residents wait until well after the incident or activity occurred or until the following day to report the incident which significantly reduces our ability to resolve the matter. The Randolph Police Dept. is also working very hard to increase our current staffing levels, says Stokoe. For a number of different reasons, including economic, the police department was operating at 28 sworn officers in 2013. Currently, it has 32 sworn officers on the force, with two additional officers scheduled to join in February. We will continue our efforts as our goal is to reach 36 officers in 2014, says Stokoe. Additional officers will allow us to increase our patrol and service related activities. Mount Olive Township To be ranked in the top 25 for safest communities in NJ is something to be proud. "I was pleased but not surprised to hear continued on page 30

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continued from previous page we were listed in the top 25 safest communities in New Jersey, says Mt. Olive Police Chief Mark Spitzer. We have been working hard at making a difference and I think we are being very effective." Spitzer commends his patrol and investigative divisions in helping to lower the townships crime rate. "I think key efforts that are impacting our lower crime rate are the way our Patrol Division thoroughly tours the township in combination with expert follow up investigative efforts our Investigative Division delivers, says Spitzer. Lieutenant John Glinko heads the Patrol Division, and as part of his command he assures that patrols focus on the Directed Patrol List (DPL) which concentrates the officer's attention towards predetermined problem areas for daily observation. The DPL has been effective towards reducing crime, traffic issues, and other quality of life issues in areas that have been identified by previous crimes and intelligence information. Our patrol officers take it personally when something happens in the town, says Spitzer. They make every effort to deter crimes, to follow up on crimes that do occur with professional investigations. Our Investigation Division, led by Detective Lieutenant Dunn, is also a big part of keeping Mt. Olive safe and each of the detectives is equally disappointed when safety is threatened." One security measure in town, that helps to defend vacationing home owners from burglaries, is the Mt. Olive Vacant Home Check program. Burglars often target victims while they are away on vacation or away for some other reason, like a family member's funeral. In the event a resident knows they are going to be away for a period of time they can register with the police department by going towww.mopd.org and looking for the vacant home registry. That will add the resident to the DPL and will direct officers throughout the day to check on the residence when available. The web page has proved to be a useful communications tool in assisting the community." In Feb. 2013, the MOPD received State Accreditation status by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP), after the department was tested and measured for two years for its "best practices" as delineated by NJSACOP's Accreditation Program. The program further illustrates our commitment as a police agency towards a positive culture; one that works collaboratively with our partners in the community, says Spitzer. We were also awarded National Recognition by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)." Spitzer says, "I believe we do have a strong "Community Cohesiveness" and I think that sentiment emanates from many places. The police department is only a part of that unification. Certainly, our town government has adopted a very service-oriented approach and Mayor Greenbaum is extremely responsive to suggestions and requests from the residents. Our Business Administrator shares that sentiment and strongly advocates a desire to be accountable; the Township Council shares this concern for safety and service. The attitude is becoming more and more the culture of Mt. Olive. Additionally and sadly, over the last several years we have seen our share of tragedies in the community, continues Spitzer. The way the community has responded, and in a large part, the manner in which the families who suffered losses themselves have responded, has brought us together all the more as a community. Hurricane Sandy is another recent challenge that strengthened us as a community." Like other communities, Mt. Olive strives to be even better and safer. "I think that one issue that is still plaguing us is the drug problem, says Spitzer. It is not contained to Mt. Olive alone but seems rather to be nationally epidemic. We continue to see the abuse of prescription drugs. When the demands for more pills increase and addiction worsens and prescription abuse becomes financially impossible, we see heroin being used as a substitute. Addiction issues lead to increased property crimes like burglary and thefts; it also increases violent crime as well. As a case in point, the subject arrested and convicted for robbing the bank in Budd Lake, as well as other banks in the area, blamed heroin addiction for his actions." As far as goals to seek improvement, Spitzer says, "Our initiatives remain the same, and that is to best identify what is causing crime and attack that specifically; all while continuing to determine probable areas where crime is most likely to occur and being there to deter, interrupt or arrest those who commit it." Roxbury Township Ranked 42 out of the top 50, Roxbury Police Chief James Simonetti is pleased with the townships accomplishment. I was proud of the accomplishments and successes of all the contributors in our Township, who strived to make our community a safe one, says Simonetti. My mind then shifted to think of ways to improve our efforts in combating crime in our community and ways to challenge ourselves so we can achieve a higher ranking. Compared to other communities, Simonetti says in Roxbury Our officers are empowered to be creative and take crime that occurs in their assigned area personally. We also have great support from our Mayor, Council and the Township Manager. They provide us with the latest technology and equipment to keep the department in the forefront of crime prevention and enforcement. As far as statistics, in Roxbury the violent crime (Murder, Rape, Robbery and Aggravated Assault) per 1,000 residents remained at .4 percent; its nonviolent crime rate (Burglary, Larceny and Motor Vehicle Theft) increased slightly by 1.1 percent per 1,000 residents. Although final numbers are not in from the NJ State Police, Simonetti says he believes we have lowered our crime rate. For unique safety initiatives offered to its community, Roxburys Detective Division had started an initiative to target suspected individuals that were pawning stolen property at locations that purchase gold and precious metals. They teamed up with adjoining towns, Hopatcong and Mt. Arlington, to create an informal task force, describes Simonetti. They quickly found the association between our current drug epidemic and our nonviolent crime, says Simonetti. The suspects that are breaking into homes, cars and committing thefts are the same individuals selling prescription drugs and illegal narcotics in our area. In less than a year, they arrested over 100 individuals and our Burglary rate dropped 2.2 percent, our Thefts dropped 18.3 percent and our auto theft dropped 40 percent. For security programs, Roxbury police offer a Community Service Unit to provide information to senior high school students regarding recent crime trends and methods being used to commit crimes. We have an active relationship with our schools to provide a unified approach on keeping our children safe. Some of the special programs that we offer are Every 15 Minutes and Alive at 25 to our new drivers. If you are a victim of a crime we offer a crime survey and analysis to make recommendations to make improvements so that you make it harder for the criminal, explains Simonetti. Like the other safest towns, community cohesiveness shines in Roxbury. Our officers are involved in our community and our community is responsive and active in providing the information we need to improve our approach, says Simonetti. We have teamed up with our continued on next page

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Randoph Pound Cat Needs A Home!

CASA Seeks Volunteers to Speak Up for Abused and Neglected Children


more children waiting for someone to be their voice. You can be that advocate. For more information on how to become a CASA volunteer, attend an Information Session. Upcoming sessions in Morristown will be held on Thursday, February 27, at 1:30 p.m.; Tuesday, March 11, at 1:30 p.m. and Monday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m. Information Sessions will be held in Newton (Sussex County) on Friday, February 21, and Thursday, March 6, both at 1:30 p.m. For additional information or to register for an Information Session, visit CASAs website at www.casamsc.org or call the office at 973-998-7590.

ourt Appointed Special Advocates of Morris and Sussex Counties, Inc. (CASA) is currently seeking volunteers to speak up for the best interest of local children in foster care. CASA is a private not-for-profit corporation. Its mission is to provide a voice for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. CASA recruits, trains, and supervises community volunteers who provide a voice in court to assure that each child has a safe, permanent, and nurturing home. Currently, CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties has 166 volunteers advocating for approximately 379 children and there are

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uses his litter box. Laurie is a little shy, but he certainly is a handsome fellow. He is in the Randoph Pound foster program and is used to living in a home. To meet Laurie or find out more information, please contact Claudine at 973-8861485 or Doggie54@optonline.net continued from previous page schools and communicate regularly with them. Our officers assist in coaching several sports in the school and build those critical relationships with the students. In addition, Roxbury Twp. has many safe places available for the youth, which include a very active library with many programs, before and after school care, a huge youth recreation program, the Recreation Complex and the Imagination Station Playground. All these facilities and programs offer and support a safe environment for our children, says Simonetti. Many of these programs would not be possible without the volunteers who run them. Just in our recreation program alone there are over 300 volunteers. The community gives back and because of that we have residents that are vested in their community. They go above and beyond to make this a safe and positive learning environment for our children. The police department gives back to the community as well. The Roxbury Police Dept. has a special program in association with the PBA 311 known as COPS CARE. Active for eight years, this program has given $130,000 to needy families through fundraisers, such as whiffle ball tournaments, Flag Football vs. Roxbury Teachers, and other programs geared toward creating a bond between the community and police officers. Recently, the Roxbury PBA had a Veteran Appreciation Night and raised more than $15,000 that was donated to local veterans and programs for veterans. This is another example and bond that was initiated and developed by our officers and it is this bond that keeps the officers and community so strongly unified, says Simonetti. Roxburys approach has been recognized by national organizations like Americas Promise Alliance 100 Best Communities for Young People in 2011. This was a great achievement and was because of the cohesiveness and teamwork of all of the employees and residents in our community. In 2013, Roxbury Township Parks were ranked 13th nationwide by Coca-Cola National Park Contest. These achievements could not have been accomplished without the cohesiveness of our community, says Simonetti. As far as improvement, Simonetti says I believe that if we continue our goals of increased community involvement we can improve our approach in fighting crime. The cost of technology has dropped dramatically compared to years ago and the ability to have your home or business alarmed and a camera system installed will provide the police department with evidence needed to solve your crime. Simonetti says the goals of the Roxbury police dept. is to continue to improve on the communication between our residents and our department. An informed citizen is better equipped to protect themselves against crime. We implemented our Facebook page and it was greatly received by our residents and followers. The Township also has a Facebook page where all pertinent information regarding the town can be easily accessible. I want to build on that technology to provide information about crime trends and criminal activity to our community at a quicker pace. I want to also take this information and determine the best way to disseminate it to our residents who do not utilize the internet or technology.

aurie never found a home for Christmas. Laurie was found when he was a little kitten and for some reason, has been overlooked time and time again for adoption. Laurie is now about 10 months old. He loves other cats! Laurie is combo tested, vaccinated, and neutered. He always

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Luck O The Farm: Irish Field Hands and House Maids

he American landscape is a melting pot of diverse cultures that have come to this country for hundreds of years. Especially during the 19th century, many Irish flocked to the United States. They often heard the well-known phrase, Cead Mile Failte, which in English translates to, A Hundred Thousand Welcomes, as they embarked on a new life in America. Get to know the experiences of the Irish immigrants who came to the Morristown area and those who worked at Fosterfields. On Sunday, March 16, from 12 noon to 4 p.m., at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, in Morris Township, explore firsthand their lives and experiences in America as farmers and domestic workers. While touring Fosterfields, meet the farmers wife, Mrs. Cahill as she is busy in the Creamery building, churning cream into butter. Stop by the Carriage House and introduce yourself to Andrew Gibbons, the coachman, before boarding an open-air wagon ride around the farm. Join alongside the Irish farmworkers and roll up your sleeves to assist with brushing cows, weighing eggs, stacking wood, and cleaning harnesses for the horses. In the Farmhouse, follow the delicious smells to the kitchen, and discover what traditional Irish foods are being prepared on the wood stove. Role players portraying the Foster family, owners of Fosterfields, along with

their Irish house servants, welcome and invite you to tour The Willows, the Gothic Revival-style mansion. Outside The Willows, help the Irish servants do laundry and beat rugs. At the Visitors Center, attend a 1 p.m. presentation by Cheryl C. Turkington, author of Ordinary Days, Extraordinary Times: Morristown New Jerseys Irish Immigration Past, and gain an insight into the lives of other Morristown-area Irish residents. It wasnt all work and no play on the farm! You can revisit the Irish culture through the music of Linda Russell, hear stories of Irish folklore, learn to dance an Irish reel, and revel in the sounds from a piper. Also, families can make a fun craft to remind them of their unique visit to Fosterfields. Special event admission fees are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), $6 for children ages 4-16, and $4 for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members with a current membership card. For more information, please call 973.326.7645. The Morris County Park Commission features one of the regions best park systems in the state of New Jersey. It currently protects and maintains 18,730 acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy!

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ow is the time to enroll your children in the best summer camps while there are still openings. The Morris County Park Commission offers a variety of unique and exciting camps, all close to home, geared to kids with all types of interests, and lead by certified, professional, counselors. Choose from Adventures in Nature, where campers investigate the rugged outdoors, learn all about plants and animals, and how to survive in the wilderness of New Jersey. Or Travels in Time for budding young farmers to learn the day to day chores of the farm in the oldn days! For those looking for swimming and boating, beach-side activities, volleyball, crafts, and more, try Camp Sunrise Lake. And for all those interested in

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage In Morristown Collects Toys For Tots


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law enforcement, enroll in the Junior Police Academy, for both girls and boys. Learn handcuffing techniques, motor vehicle stops, help solve a case, and take a tour of the county jail. For the young athletes, specialty athletic camps including, ice hockey, and figure skating, are offered

throughout the summer. Theres never been a more perfect time to learn a new sport, or advance in one that your child is already involved in. For more information and registration visit w w w. m o r r i s p a r k s . n e t . Camp enrollment starts now, enjoy the experience!

oldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Morristown collected presents to benefit approximately 150 local children during its 2013 collection for the U.S Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program. For several years, the affiliated sales associates and staff of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Morristown and the local community have come together annually to respond to the needs of local children in need during the season of giving. This years Toys for Tots program was another overwhelming success, said Raffaele "Ralph" Ruggiero, the affiliated sales associate who spearheaded the real estate offices 2013 collection. "Being a Marine who served during Desert Storm, I cant help but feel overwhelmed with pride in the Toys for Tots volunteers, including the Marines both active and inactive and our awesome agents and brokers. Everyone came together to help children of less fortunate circumstances. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

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ccording to Chef Judson Allen, a Next Food Network Star finalist and chef who has maintained a 150pound weight loss, Americans can take care of their hearts without sacrificing their favorite foods. For Chef Allen, those favorite foods include fried pork, greens and corn bread a meal he remembers enjoying with his family on Sunday nights. Just like so many people across the country, there are certain meals that I just dont want to give up, said Allen. When I decided to create a healthier version of that dish, I used pork tenderloin, which is certified as heart-healthy by the American Heart Association, and so flavorful and versatile enough to include in any generational recipe. For a complete meal that everyone will love, serve Chef Allens BBQ Roasted Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Braised Collard Greens & Caramelized Onions with corn bread and a salad on the side. And remem-

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ectic family schedules dont have to get in the way of serving up tasty and healthy weeknight dinners, explains leading nutrition expert, cookbook author and television star Ellie Krieger, author of Weeknight Wonders: Delicious, Healthy Dinners in 30 Minutes or Less. Krieger notes that pairing the unique sweetness of healthy, fresh pears with savory proteins like pork or chicken makes for a satisfying supper that can be made in a snap. Pears are a perfect pick for weeknight dinners, says Krieger. Their distinctive flavor goes well in savory main dishes that are simple to make and will be enjoyed by the whole family. Kriegers recipe for Pork Chops with Pears in Port Wine Sauce from her new Weeknight Wonders cookbook will help add variety to the weeknight dinner routine. For more great recipe ideas, visit www.usapears.org.

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Check the Neck for Ripeness Pears are best enjoyed at the peak of ripeness. The best way to judge whether a fresh pear is ripe, sweet and juicy is to check the neck: Press the neck, or stem end, of the pear with your thumb, and if it yields to gentle pressure it is ripe and ready to eat. To ripen your pears at home, keep them at room temperature. Display these beautiful fruits in a decorative bowl as you wait for them to ripen. To slow ripening, simply put the pears in the refrigerator. Pork Chops with Pears in Port Wine Sauce Makes 4 Servings 3 large firm-ripe USA Pears, such as Bartlett or Anjou Cooking spray 4 1/2-pound center-cut bone-in pork loin chops (about 3/4 inch thick) 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth 3/4 cup tawny port wine 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard Peel and core the pears, then slice them into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and preheat over medium-high heat. Add the pears and cook, stirring once or twice, until warmed and slightly softened but they still retain their shape, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer the pears to a plate. Season the pork chops with the salt and pepper. Spray the skillet with cooking spray again, then add the pork chops and cook until just slightly blush in the center, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a second plate and cover to keep warm. Add the broth and port to the skillet, raise the heat to high, and cook until the liquid is reduced by about half, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the mustard and whisk until dissolved, then return the pears to the pan and stir to combine. Spoon the sauce over the chops and serve. Recipe adapted and reprinted with permission from the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, from Weeknight Wonders by Ellie Krieger. Copyright 2013. All rights reserved.

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Men Grow Beards To Raise Money For Mental Health Association


Dover suffers from bipolar and schizophrenia. Their mother, who has been a volunteer with MHAMC, introduced them to the organization. I realized how far a dollar can go, says DePatria. For me it was to raise money in a new unique way. It was all through social media. Rather than a dinner or golf outing, how about a more current fundraiser using social media? I thought it was a fun idea for guys to grow beards for the winter. So on Jan. 1, participating employees of Signpost shaved clean their beards and were not allowed to shave for an entire month. They then posted beards on Facebook and other social media networks to campaign for their cause. Out of its 100 employees, 45 of the male employees signed up. Throughout the month, they posted weekly updated pictures on Facebook of their growing beards and dollars raised. In less than a week of its launch, the campaign received more than 125 donations totaling over $5,000. Total monies raised as of press time reached $10,855, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the MHAMC. At the end of the campaign, female employees served as judges to award beargrowing employees with recognition, trophies and gift cards in categories such as Manimal Beard, Best in Show, Most Improved Beard, Longest Beard, Should Shave Immediately Beard. DePatria liked the idea of growing a beard because he says Its just something recognizable and visible. During the month, when people came into the company to visit or interview, they could see that everyone in the company has a beard. Its very visible. Its reason to talk about it. Talking about his brothers disease had been hard for DePatria, he admits, but after learning about MHAMC he felt that raising awareness can only help people like his brother who do suffer from mental illness and are in need of services. DePatria says his brother, who is 33 years old, did not have any signs of illness in high school. His symptoms developed in college when he was 20 years old. It took years to be diagnosed, says DePatria about his brother. He realized college was too tough for him. Hes an intelligent, good hearted guy who just cant function on a full-time basis. Hes a smart guy, especially with computers, but cant hold a full-time job. He suffers from social anxiety, acts differently each day and on some days is lacking the mental capacity to work. He needs money from the government to survive, says DePatria. The tone of the event may be light hearted and humorous, but the purpose is continued on next page

By Cheryl Conway aising money for a non-profit organization can get a bit hairy- but for some employees of a small software company, their fundraising profits, along with their beards, just kept growing. A marketing automation company, Signpost, sponsored a beard-growing fundraiser during the month of January and used social networking as its campaign tool to raise money for the Mental Health Association of Morris County. Called Manuary, the campaign was adapted from the traditional fundraiser Movember in which men grow mustaches to raise awareness on mens health issues. For the 45 participating employees, Manuary was an enlightening experience to those growing beards for the first time, learning about the MHAMC and using a cutting edge fundraising technique through social media. While raising money was the main goal, increasing awareness about mental illness was just as paramount. Mental illness has a bad stigma in the community, says Christopher DePatria, Signpost Vice President who initiated the fundraiser after witnessing how mental illness has affected one of his family members. Its more about the awareness. If we get 500 people to donate, its all about the cause. Fifteen people in Denver, 15 people in Austin raising money for Morris County (MHA) which is pretty cool. Theyre all raising money and they are all supportive. With Signpost having offices in three major cities, New York, Denver and Austin, DePatria has been able to spread the word about mental illness and the importance of the MHAMC. With employees then spreading their cause through social media such as Facebook, twitter and linked in, the campaign grew even larger than ever anticipated. After one month, participants had raised more than $10,000, twice the companys goal. DePatria, 31, of Hoboken, immediately surpassed his individual $1,000 goal. I got that just four hours of posting it, says DePatria, who works in the NY office. He received donations from $10 to $300 from more than 98 people, raising $6,356 from his own posts. DePatria decided to organize the fundraiser for the MHAMC after attending its charity golf outing in Sept. 2013. He wanted to help the organization generate greater awareness of the struggles of those with severe, persistent mental illness and the effect it has on the person, the family and the community. He brought the Manuary idea to his company in early Dec. 2013. DePatrias older brother who lives in

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continued from previous page real and serious: to raise awareness of mental illness and how MHAMC and its many programs are necessary to provide the help that is so needed for this population, says DePatria. Nearly 58 million Americans age 18 and older, or one in four adults, experiences a mental health disorder in any given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Only 36 percent of adults with mental illness receive medical treatment within a 12-month period. There is hope and possibility of recovery for people with mental illnesses provided they accept therapeutic care, says Lou Schwarcz, President and Chief Executive Officer of MHAMC. We at the MHAMC promote this recovery through our many programs and services. While the MHAMC is no stranger to fundraising events and receiving donations from companies, the organization applauds the efforts of Signpost and hopes it serves as a platform for other companies to help raise awareness and provide financial support. Im excited and amazed that these people are doing this, says Barb Flynn, Director of Development at MHAMC. They are young, and are an amazing social media company raising money through technology, through social media platforms. They are using their friends. Thats just great. Flynn mentions the huge stigma placed on families who feel self conscious about confronting the issues of mental illness with others. For DePatria to be willing to talk about mental illness with his company and his company to be altruistic enough, especially in three cities, to talk about the stigma of mental illness- its a model, to be creative on ways to do it and to make it fun; the camaraderie. Here they are doing this wonderful thing and its fun and its really going to help people who deserve some help. Founded in 2010, Signpost is an internet start-up company that helps small to medium businesses advertise and attract customers through the internet and on-line advertising. Manuary was its first big fundraiser. Although beards have been trimmed and maybe shaved off, donations are still being collected through www.crowdrise.com/signpostmanuary2014fundraiser. The MHAMC plans to use the funds raised by Signpost to offset costs in its Social Programs. Founded in 1953, the MHAMC is a non-profit organization that promotes mental health, supports and empowers people in recovery from mental illness through effective services, education and advocacy. Current services include information and refer-

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ormer President of the United International Chamber of Commerce, British-American Dr. Christine Overton, will be the guest of radio show Speak up and Step out, on February 18th, 2014, at 1PM Eastern time, USA. The show is hosted by Ms. Meena Singh, a radio and TV Producer and President of In Awe Foundation. The radio show is a live, call in program, through the Hunterdon Chamber of Commerce internet radio station. This show will be aired internationally via the internet. Go to http://www.inawefoundation.org/step-up-and-speakout-weekly-radio-show/ and from there follow the links on the Hunterdon Chamber Radio website by clicking on the flashing link, On Air, Listen Now which can be found on the middle right hand side of the page. To call in to ask Dr. Overton questions, please dial # 973-440-8427. Dr. Overton will be discussing the importance of Forgiveness and Honest Transparency in our communities, corporations, churches and government agencies. She will share her insights into why America and the world is declining rapidly, why our youth should be angry with the current state of our global economy, and why it is essential for all citizens to cast their vote in the elections of 2014 and 2016. Dr. Overton has a 30 year career in international Business Development. Her career includes serving 4 Chamber of Commerce's, Chief of Staff for Government Affairs, Agriculture, Energy, Natural Resources and Retail Development, and Senior Vice President to a Native American Indian Corporation which represents the 585 federally recognized Nations. Overton is a former UN Representative and board member for various education, health, security, government affairs, retail development, agriculture, natural resources and energy, trauma outreach and humanitarian committees. Dr. Overton is an accomplished key note speaker and a certified Hospice Minister, who is trained to sit with children and adults in their final hours so they do not die alone. She is a former radio show host; award winning film producer, and a Roman Catholic Humanitarian Missionary. She holds two Doctoral Degrees in Theology and Divinity, and is a graduate of Oxford University, The Royal School of Music, The Halcyon Theology Institute, Gillette Citizens Police Academy and the Gillette Area Leadership Institute, amongst other prestigious institutions. Dr. Overton has worked with key global humanitarian outreach programs following major catastrophes and wars in India, Africa, Japan, the Middle East and the USA. She is part of a team of volunteers, benefactors and leaders who provide essential emergency items including clothes, food, medical supplies and equipment. She actively campaigns for education, healthcare, clean water and food for all children and against religious genocide, elderly abuse, premature birth, the discarding of important organs for donation and unnecessary cruelty to animals. She advises Governments and community leaders on the importance of showing compassion and understanding to animals and birds who contribute positively to the overall ecology and rehabilitation of the country, its people and for the world's ecological balance. Dr. Overton has been recognized with 6 letters from U.S. Congress for business excellence and over 100 business, film making and humanitarian awards throughout Europe, America and India - including being named by six organizations as a Woman of Distinction and with a Scroll of Honor from Rotary International for her excellence in business acumen, global humanitarian work in the field of avoidable blindness and for the Indo-American relationship formed. Listen to the interview with Dr. Overton on Speak up and Step out is on February 18th 2014, at 1PM Eastern Time, USA. To listen live to the interview via internet, go towww.hunterdonchamberradio.com and click on the flashing link, On Air, Listen Now which can be found on the middle right hand side of the page. To call in to ask Dr. Overton questions, please dial 973-440-8427.

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Morris Habitat Volunteer Don Kuhn Receives Prestigious 2013 Huber Award for Outstanding Community Leadership

ong time Morris Habitat volunteer, Don Kuhn from Harding, NJ was honored at the recent annual meeting of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. He received the 2013 William P. Huber Award, given to an individual who has consistently shown outstanding community leadership. William P. Huber was President of St. Claires Health System and an integral member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. For almost 15 years, Don Kuhn, a retired AT&T executive, has been actively involved with Morris Habitat for Humanity and its mission to build safe, decent affordable housing for local families in need. Blair Schleicher Bravo describes Don as That rare volunteer; a renaissance man dabbling in many aspects of the organization and productive in every task he undertakes. To date, Don has been a Board member, Board Chair, early supporter of the ReStore (which sells new and gently used building supplies, furniture, appliances, etc. with proceeds going to build affordable housing) and a ReStore Advisory Team, Advisory Team Chair and member, weekly volunteer at the ReStore, and helpful wherever needed. Dons list of involvements is impressive, but what is even more awe inspiring is to learn that Don is 83 years old! While he is not the oldest volunteer Morris Habitat has, he is by far the most active. He inspires all around him with his vigor and willingness to help---whether it is getting his hands dirty at the ReStore, designing a poster, or writing business plans and procedures. Don is both a leader and a doer. He is very nurturing

and encouraging, thus getting the best from everyone who works with him. By virtue of all that he does, Don shows all other volunteers and staff, that they are not locked into doing just one thing. Morris Habitat needs help in many aspects to succeed and anyone can step outside of their comfort zone to help where needed most. Morris Habitat congratulates Don on receiving this wonderful honor and are so glad that others recognize what they have known all along, that he is an outstanding community leader! To learn more about Morris Habitat and how you can help, please go to www.MorrisHabitat.org or all 973-891-1934. About Morris Habitat for Humanity Morris Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles by building homes, communities and hope. Morris Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; advocating for fair

and just housing policies; and providing training and access to resources to help families improve their living conditions. Morris Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. Since 1985 Morris Habitat has served 280 households though home ownership opportunities, home preservation, and international home building programs. Morris Habitat has set a goal of 9 housing starts for 2014, completing 19 homes at 8 different sites during the year. In addition, proceeds from the ReStore, opened May 2007, have built 11 homes and diverted almost 4,000 tons of useable material out of landfills. Located at 274 South Salem Street, Randolph. Store hours: Tues 12 - 8 p.m., Wed & Fri 10 - 6 p.m., Thur 10 - 8 p.m., Sat 10 - 5 p.m. For more information about Morris Habitat call 973-891-1934 or visit www.MorrisHabitat.org. To learn about the ReStore call 973-366-3358 or go to www.morrishabitat.org.

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Route 80 Comes Alive At Rutherfurd

Charlie Fineran, President, Allamuchy Historical Society; Amy Hufnagel, Program/Artistic Director; Dr. Raymond Frey

t is amazing that whenever anyone hears the word, LECTURE, the event is put on the back burner. It seems to conjure up a picture of a sterile room, sitting it rapt attention - perhaps taking notes- with a person pontificating behind a lectern and boring the you know what out of the audience. Certainly, this was not the case on January 26, as Professor of History at Centenary College, Dr. Raymond Frey, took the audience on a memorable ride through New Jersey, accentuating the birth of Route 80, its impact on the Valley and the Rutherfurd Estate. He not only wrote about the history but, in many cases, he visited the areas and hiked the many trails throughout the state. The original need for Route 80 can be traced to a young Lieutenant after WWI, Dwight Eisenhower. He envisioned a road that can span the country from East to West. The plans were in the discussion stage when the country experienced the Great Depression, followed by World War II. Again, plans were put on hold until after the war, when General Eisenhower ,( 34th President) remembering the rapid movement of troops on the Autobahn, the need for employment for the returning troops and building homes for expanding familiesgenerally a work force ready for employment- initiated the Interstates, starting with Route 80. The Interstate was completed (East meets West) in November of 1973 at Columbia, New Jersey, at a cost of $345 million. Dr. Frey has published extensively about New Jersey and has been a member of the

Centenary Staff for 20 years. Using a slide projector as a backdrop, he orally and visually-with a vibrant sense of humor- jogged the memory of the audience of what was, what is and their imagination of what may be. Many remember the limited means of road travel in the 60s and 70s-all roads lead to and end on Route 46: the dreaded circles, Netcong/Sumerville(about 60 were in the state), and of course, Hot Dog Johnnys (still in existence) and the multitude of diners and Mom and Pop stores that lined Route 46, before Route 80. Smiles appeared on the faces, along with laughter from the standing room only audience when they recognized many of the areas, as they traveled with him through the environs of the state. He noted that it is evident to all of us, that the landscape has changed in 40 years and will continue to evolve. Dr. Frey peaked the interest of the audience with local history and lore with his casual yet informative delivery. He remained at the Hall long after the formal program was over answering questions. There was no charge-donations accepted- and refreshments were served. Rutherfurd Hall continues to present quality historical, cultural and architectural programs. Be a part of history. Become involved www.rutherfurdhall.org and follow the events in The Panther. The program was organized and sponsored through the combined efforts of the Allamuchy Historical Society and Rutherfurd Hall. Jack Sissick: 188 Goldfinch Ct. Hackettstown, NJ 07840 Ph: 908-9791943- Friends of Rutherfurd Hall.

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