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November 20, 2012

irl Scout Troop #792 participated in The Great Girl Scout Hike, where Girl Scouts of all ages from all across the globe are asked to pick a section of the Appalachian Trail to hike in honor of the Girl Scouts' 100th anniversary between March 12, 2012 (Girl Scouts 100th birthday) and ends on October 31, 2012 (Juliette Gordon Low's 152nd birthday). The Great Girl Scout Hike was inspired by Mary "Mama Boots" Sands who as a Kentucky Girl Scout Leader hiked and backpacked the whole Appalachian Trail in bits and pieces with groups of Girl Scouts. She started in the 1970s and it took almost 20 years to section-hike the entire trail. My troop hiked 3.8 miles of the Appalachian Trail on September 30, 2012 from Co. Rd. 650/Deckertown Turnpike to Sunrise Mountain. It was a beautiful sunny day up until we stopped for lunch 5 minutes into our hike at a picnic shelter. Where it then began to hail, thunder, lightening and rain. We were fortunate

The Great Girl Scout Hike

In the picture is Victoria Stabile, Morgan Thomas, Olivia Cafferty and Brittany Grosinski. enough to take cover in the same shelter where 100s of thru-hikers used as they journeyed through the New Jersey section of the AT and honored to be sharing this same shelter with a man who hiked all the way up from Georgia. Thanks to the abnormal weather we had time to write in the Trail registers and read about all the different hikers who passed by this way. It was really very interesting! There were jokes, poems, pictures, advise, along with messages documenting the weather and one person even changed his opinion of New Jersey after receiving a smoothie from a police offi-

cer and snack from another New Jerseyan. This was a really great experience for the girls - snakes, Red-spotted Newts everywhere and all!

t. Olive High School Parents Club is having their annual Tricky Tray on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at The Holiday Inn, 1000 International Drive, Budd Lake, NJ. Doors open at 6:00pm. The cost of admission is $25.00 per person which Includes hors doeuvres, chips `n dip, dessert, soda, tea, coffee (No outside food permitted) and ONLY if pre-purchased in advance, also included is 1 sheet of regular tickets, 1 medium ticket and 1 50/50 ticket. Entrance tickets must be pre-purchased by December 2, 2012. You can purchase your tickets online! Go towww.coolerads.com/mtolivetrickytray. When you purchase your tickets online you will also receive a FREE $25 Restaurant.com Card. You can also purchase your pre-order sheets & entrance tickets on Nov. 19 & 28 from 6:30-8:00pm at Mt. Olive High School Commons Area (Lobby). For additional information call Mary Lalama at 973-7681815 or Karen Clint at (973) 229-2840 or email mohsparentclub@yahoo.com.

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Craft Show December 2


Join us for a craft/vendor show being sponsored by Colonial Manor Nursing Home and Assisted Living. It is from 11 am to 4 pm on December 2nd in The Mallard House at Colonial Manor in Panther Valley. 1571 Rt. 57 Hackettstown, NJ 07840 "Booth space available, crafters/vendors wanted. Call Sandy at 908-343-4159"

Martha Gordon of Hackettstown, Left, was the winner of Apple Mountain Golf Club's Fall Ladies League. Placing second was Cecelia Snyder of Mansfield (on right). The Spring Ladies League will begin in Mid-April 2013. For information call 908-453-3023, ext. 1.

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Gandley To Lead Hackettstown Kiwanis

Steve Gandley, second from left, has been selected as the Hackettstown Kiwanis Club's president for the coming year. Gandley is joined here by L-R the club treasurer, Dave Nordquist, Pat George, Lieutenant Governor of Division 10, and Phyllis Sirkis, club secretary, and Jeryl Turner, the club's President-Elect, at a special ceremony to mark the occasion.

Local Cheerleaders to Perform in the London New Years Day Parade for the 26th Year
summer camps hosted by Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), All Americans are selected to try out based on superior cheerleading skills at camps across the country. Keri qualified at the Pine forest camp where the Hackettstown High School Cheerleaders attended in August 2012.. And Ana qualified at the camp hosted in her all stars team Garden

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eri Morabito and Ana Sodi from Hackettstown High School are two of more than 500 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the U.S. who will be performing in the world famous London New Years Day Parade. The individuals invited to perform in the parade qualified for the trip after being selected as an All American at one of the

Gator located in Hackettstown NJ. Both Keri and Ana are sophomores at Hackettstown High School and are proud to

Keri Morabito and Ana Sodi

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Hackettstown Scouts Advance

t. Marys School is holding its Annual Art Gala & Live Auction on Saturday, November 17, 2012. The event will be held in the schools dining hall at 159 Liberty Street in Hackettstown. Doors will open at 7:00PM with a preview of art and memorabilia, along with complimentary beer, wine, and hors doevres. The live auction will begin at 8:00 PM. Admission is $10.00 per person or

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Several members of Hackettstown Boy Scout Troop 158 advanced in rank and received merit badges during their Fall Court of Honor which was held on September 24th at the Living Water Church on Main Street in Hackettstown. Congratulations Scouts!

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Mount Olive And Hackettstown Officials Assess The Devastation Of Sandy, Hope For Quick Recovery
viate some of the pain in these incredibly difficult times that they face. In addition to these donations, of course, local officials are also focusing on making sure that residents have safe access to gasoline for their home generators if power has not yet been restored to their homes. Thousands upon thousands of New Jersey and New York households have not regained power to their homes yet as of our presstime. These residents are affected to the point that everyday living becomes needlessly difficult. Utility companies are working hard to repair severed power lines and snapped telephone poles in many regions of the state, as residents call and wait to get their power restored. Trees were ripped out of the ground from the heavy wind and rain in many regions of New Jersey and New York, and homes were destroyed and both states suffered some fatalities. Huge sections of communities were leveled or damaged severely across New Jersey and New York. People in the many coastal cities and towns lost loved ones, or had their homes destroyed and now suffer horribly as they exist day to day trying to figure out what to do. Recovery seems like a long, long impossible road. Hopefully, the rest of us can offer a glimpse of hope - by way of a few dollars or some food or household items - which can be forwarded to these victims and their communities. It is the least we can do if we have not had quite as bad as some others.

ur thoughts go out to the families in New Jersey and New York who recently lost loved ones in the horrific storm Sandy, and to those who lost their homes. This kind of devastation was not something we thought possible. Thousands and thousands of individuals in New Jersey and New York have damage to their property and homes, and are struggling to survive with no power. Our thoughts go out to them as well, and we hope that the horrific suffering subsides so that we can move on as best as possible. Some individuals have stepped up to offer donations to these families and community members all over New Jersey and New York. Police, fire, emergency and government officials have been working endlessly to help residents survive this turmoil, after Sandy wreaked havoc on New Jersey and New York. If anyone can donate services, goods or money to these families who are going through the most horrible of times, it is much appreciated. This could possibly alle-

By Ejvind Boccolini

We are all looking to put an end to the emotional pain as well, if possible, and of course, we know that rebuilding communities and providing hope to those who suffered the most will be a long process - and incredibly difficult. We wish everyone as much peace and productivity as possible, as our local and continued on next page

Tell Them You Saw It In The Hackettstown News, November 2012, Page 9 continued from previous page regional communities have suffered one of the worst storms in decades. And especially, our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones or their homes. If it is possible for us all to donate goods, services, or money to the victims, we should please try to do so. Officials from both Mount Olive and Hackettstown spoke out last week about the incredible turmoil and, even, the charity and

Hope For Quick Recovery...


donations offered in our communities. Wendy Stanton, the administrative assistant at Hackettstown's Business Improvement District, said the town's residents "have really come together." After the storm hit, most of Main Street and Stiger Street amazingly still had power, and residents and businesses have stepped up and provided services and donations to people in need - including aid for the coastal

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cities that were so affected by the storm. They luckily we able to open their doors for business soon enough. Free showering facilities and charging stations for cell phones were offered at several locations as well. Food, blankets, flashlights and cleaning supplies were collected for those in need, and were shipped down to the New Jersey shore. Businesses in town are now up and running and gathering these items to help out, and officials at town hall also worked hard to provide relief to the townspeople and beyond. In Mount Olive, many residents were unfortunately still suffering from not having power. Business Administrator Sean Canning said in a phone interview on Nov. 7 that about 30-35 percent of residents in the township were still without power. He said he was continuing to keep in contact with elected officials and employees to do all he could to improve the situation which he said was not acceptable. Canning said he was beleagured and frustrated with this situation after the storm. We wish Mount Olive residents and Hackettstown residents the quickest recovery possible from this turmoil.

As we have also seen over the past few weeks, many individuals were, of course, struggling through long lines at the local gas stations to get gas for their generators and vehicles. Many of these gas stations had makeshift cardboard signs placed on top of an orange construction cone which notified them that the line on the shoulder of the road was a "Gas Lane Only." It told the story the dire need for access to fuel which plagues New Jersey and New York. New Jersey and New York are still dealing with these horrors in the aftermath of storm Sandy. In some cases, individuals were looking to borrow generators because they do not own one, or because their generator broke down. And with the winter approaching, and some cold weather arriving in the past week, this became seriously urgent. Once again, we hope for a quick recovery amidst the devastation, and our heartfelt thoughts go out to the victims and their families. They need our help, and we will try our best to give them help. Many thanks to the local residents who have stepped up to help out those in need. Their goodwill is certainly much appreciated in this time.

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ost New Jersey families had it pretty rough in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Many had to endure massive power outages, gas shortages, and the lack of heat, running water and warm meals. Difficult times such as this often bring out the best or the worst in people. At St. Michaels School in Netcong, it brought out the best! When school reopened the week after the storm, many families were still without power. Some had temporarily relocated to nearby hotels. Others were making due at home. The St. Michaels community pulled together, demonstrating how much people care for one another by living in the spirit of Jesus. Through the generosity of two local restaurants and the helping hands of volunteers the school served a hot lunch to students and a dinner meal to school and church families this week. One family said, We now have no doubt that St. Michaels School is definitely the right place for our family! The school community has fed hundreds of people from all walks of life during this challenging week. The meals were donated by Simply Gourmet in Randolph and the Plaza

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Restaurant in Newton. The DeSarios, who own the Plaza Restaurant and are the parents of two St. Michaels students, said they are happy to help. They noted, If we are ever in need, we know we can count on our St. Michaels family to help us! When the school community first set out to help the families, some wondered where they would get enough food to feed everyone. School administrative assistant Terry Sydrock said, It was like the parable of the five loaves of bread and two fishes. When we told people there was a need, the response was overwhelming. We ended up with an abundance of food. But the food wasnt the only thing the families received at the meals. What stood out the most was the generosity of each and every family. Families provided encouragement, laughter and kindness for one another as they enjoyed the delicious meals. Many who were fortunate to have power displayed further kindness and humanity by offering those in need warm showers, laundry service, warm homes, generators and a listening ear. Principal Ernest Jackson, who is a U.S. Army veteran, said he learned a lesson years ago from his former military commander General Russell Honore that people need to take care of their own back-yard before they can successfully help people in other back-yards. At the St. Michael School, Terry Sydrock, teacher Diana Kuncken, several

other teachers and staff members worked tirelessly to take care of the families in their back yard by helping to helping the school and church community to feel safe, healthy and warm during this trying time.

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Zumba Party in Pink

umba Party in Pink", Dance for a Cure, is what Gold's Gym Hackettstown did to raise over $1,700.00 for Breast Cancer on October 5th. We had such a wonderful turnout! 75 people members and non-members were partying from 6-8pm on a friday night!

The members were rocking with Zumba Instructors - Tonie Lalite, Dena Bippart, Renee Dorn, Kelley Kisatsky and Irma Fonseca. A special thanks to our community donators!! We are so grateful for your generosity. Weis Market, GNC, Panera Bread, Fork It Up and our individuals Tonie Latite, Geril

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Baseball Player With Local Roots Is Achieving Greatness


intrigued with the game of baseball. He did play basketball and soccer as well, but baseball was the sport that he always had a lot of fun playing. In addition to this, of course, he had plenty of skill in the game. As a kid he watched the Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees frequently on TV, and mentions that his heroes were Chipper Jones, of the Atlanta Braves, Bernie Williams of the New York Yankees and Ken Griffey, Jr. of the Seatle Mariners. He said he always would dream of being a ball player as a kid, trying to imitate swings, noting that he always wanted to get there. "I always dreamed of it," he said, adding that he did not know if it was a reality or not until recent years. While in college, however, Lucas, started to develop a plan. Lucas began his college days at Kean University in New Jersey and eventually transferred to Wagner College in New York, where he had the opportunity to play at a Division 1 school - a specific goal of his. Though his grades did not quite meet the criteria at first to get into a Division 1 college such as Wagner right out of high school, he eventually achieved his goal of getting into Wagner, and his baseball career took off. He was now recovered from a shoulder injury in his freshman year, in which he "tore up my shoulder pitching." And so, Lucas was not to be held back any longer. When he began pitching again, after recovering from the shoulder injury, he soon began to get some of his velocity back. He soon thereafter had an invitation to work out with the Toronto Bluejays in North Brunswick in 2011, so scouts could watch him throw, hit, and time his running. All the while, he knew this could lead to a real opportunity. He was patiently waiting for a call, but did not hear anything right away. He even-

By Ejvind Boccolini native of the Hackettstown area is gaining recognition as a minor league baseball player, and training hard in case a bit of luck is on his side. Knowing he can get a call to enter the big leagues at anytime as he makes himself known on the minor league team for the Toronto Blue Jays, Jonathan Lucas is moving forward and honing his skill so he can be ready to pursue his dream. Lucas already made his mark at Wagner College, a Division 1 School where he earned "All Conference" as a designated hitter for both his junior and senior years. And, after recovering from a shoulder injury earlier in his college years, he was able in his senior year to step into his main calling in the game - pitching. This is the path he is still on. And he is forever working hard, training to be strong and prepared for his time on the field - and his chance at the big leagues. Lucas realized long ago that his chance of pursuing a career in Major League Baseball was a reality that could happen for him. And achieving minor league status is certainly an endeavor that few players pursue at all - let alone achieve. Lucas played little league and high school baseball while growing up in Hackettstown, and said he was always

tually was contacted regarding the fact that they wanted to sign him as a free agent, which they did. He was signed as a nondrafted free agent in 2011. Lucas, number 24 for the Vancouver Canadians, pitched 21 games in relief for the Bluefield Blue Jays (Appalacian League) in 2011, "doing 36.2 innings of work" as the back of his official Minor League Baseball card reads. It notes that, "he maintained a 3.93 ERA and a 3-3 record. His first pro victory came on July 8 continued on next page

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Messiah Returns to Dover

by Elsie Walker longtime Christmas tradition returns to the Dover area with a performance of Handels Messiah at First Memorial Presbyterian Church in Dover on December 16th at 4pm. The performance will focus on the Christmas portion of the work and features several local residents as soloists. The church is located at 51 Blackwell Street. Messiah was composed by George Fredrick Handel in the 1700s. The work tells the story of Christ from birth to death. Probably, the most recognized piece of the work is the Hallelujah chorus, which will be included in the Dover performance. Featured in the program are soprano Katherine deKonick of Hopatcong, alto Kathleen Meredith of Andover, tenor John Meredith of Andover, and bass Gregory Vionier of Rockaway The director is Nancy James, who is the Director of Music and organist at Grace United Methodist Church in Dover. There are 40 people in the chorus. Henry Repp, of Netcong, is the organist for the current performance. He noted that performing Messiah is a tradition that goes back decades at the church, although there have been some gaps between performances. He believes they started in 1932. He

was the organist for the fiftieth anniversary performance. After that, there were various choir directors and organists and some years it fell by the wayside. However, now it is back. Repp, who will be playing the churchs Austin pipe organ, is the organist/choir director at First United Methodist Church in Newton. Repps impressive background includes studying with Robert MacDonald at the Riverside Church in New York City and the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey. He has been accompanist for the Sussex County Oratorio Society, the Livingston Festival Choir Concerts, and the Livingston Broadway Show Tunes Revue. In addition, he has performed numerous organ concerts on a variety of organs including those at St. Thomas Church in Manhattan and the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Newark. He has been affiliated with the New Peapack Players, was the founder of the Peapack Reformed Church Community Choir, is accompanist for the Pike County Choral Society Reflecting on the return of Messiah, Repp shared that he is happy to be playing Messiah again and hopes that this tradition will continue as an annual event.

Page 16, November 2012, Tell Them You Saw It In The Hackettstown News continued from previous page in a 3-2 win over Danville, when he threw two innings, giving up no runs. Lucas dominated against left-handed hitters, holding them to a .146 batting average with one extra-base it. He was outstanding under the lights, logging a 1.95 ERA in night games." When asked how he deals with expectations about his "big league" dreams, he mentions that scouts never say very much. Although they are keeping tabs on your performance, they never let on what they are thinking. "Obviously, I'd like to get to the big leagues," he said, adding that in the midst of his hard work, "I kinda just live day by day." Lucas said he is pleased with his performance on the field as a relief pitcher. He said he came into a lot of games in which there was less than two outs and sometimes several runners on base. "I was pretty good at keeping those guys on base," and not letting them get around, he said. He added that he "threw a lot of strikes, so that always helped me." And certainly his continued love for the game and his talents brought him to the level he is at now. Lucas, 24, said that now, his philosophy is to throw "one quality pitch at a time." Also, 'get ahead of the hitters' - get one strike, and follow that up with another strike, he said. Throw good low strikes and get quick outs, he said. "Try to live up to that," he said, of this straight-ahead approach, which is certainly a challenge for any pitcher to achieve. Lucas said that obviously this is easier on some days than others. Now, Lucas' advice to young people in high school or college is to stay positive and work hard. "A lot of stuff is out of your control," he said. "Do what you can to make it a reality." Lucas, who earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology from Wagner, has travelled to many regions of the United States as a result of his career. He has worked hard and has seen some great parts of the country. He notes that he liked Boise, Idaho a lot, and also enjoyed parts of West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Now in Vancouver, he travels throughout Canada, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. As he travels, he sees fans collecting cards of all the upcoming players, and frequently gives autographs. "The fans in Vancouver - they were nuts," he said. Reporters are also often in the club house, and players are always working with "player development" instructors. These instructors watch a player's performance, and keep tabs on all of them. One of his best memories so far was winning the Mercer Cup, as a player on the Princeton Rays (also a minor league team for the Toronto Blue Jays) in West Virginia. It was exciting for the fans as well, he said, adding that it was a "good first year," to be in this Appalachian League in West Virginia. The minor league teams he has played on so far are "short season" teams, and Lucas said that next year, he would like to be on a "long season" team. These teams play from April to September, and Lucas said it would be a "step up" from what he is playing now. His last two seasons on "short season" teams were from the first week in June to the first week in September. To be on a "long season" team would require Lucas to relocate, but he would not mind. He said that, although, "they could bring you up at anytime," from the minor league, it is usually guys in Double A or Triple A inor league teams that are coming up. Lucas, a 2006 graduate of Hackettstown High School, works with Shawn Cavitch, of Califon, as his trainer. He is

Baseball Player With Local Roots

involved with strength and conditioning workouts, and trains four days per week. Lucas said he is also running on other days as well. In Vancouver, he has a strength and conditioning instructor as well, and does distance running and sprints. For relievers, they work out the next day after they throw in a game, and they work out several times per week as well. We wish Lucas continued success, and are proud that a local ball player has reached such heights thus far.

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by Elsie Walker ncorporating a variety of musical styles and skits, the story of the birth of Christ, from Zechariah in the temple to the visit of the wisemen will be portrayed through song, harp, drama, puppetry, bells, and sign as six area churches come together for the 10th Annual Christmas Arts program, to be held on December 2nd at 5pm at the Port Morris United Methodist Church, 296 Center Street in Landing. An offering for Hurricane Sandy Relief will be taken at the end of the program. Sharing the music of its bell choir and childrens choir will be the St. James Episcopal Church from Hackettstown. Louise Olshan is the director of the bell choir; Pam Laura directs the childrens choir. In addition, the St. James Players will take on a variety of roles including those of the wise men, the innkeeper and Bethlehem residents, and people in the temple. Reflective of its deaf ministry, the words of Mary will be done in voice and sign, with signing done by the churchs rector, the Rev. Dr. Cathy Deats. The sounds of the angels harp will come from professional harpist, Linda Planseon of Grace Church. She will accompany soloist Cathy Bingham (Flanders United

Methodist Church) on O Holy Night. Bingham, will also join her husband, John, in a duet of Thats What Christmas Means to Me. The Port Morris Chancel Choir, under the direction of Richard Boyer, Jr. will do the country favorite, O Beautiful Star of Bethlehem. Dana Berchak, as the prophetess Anna, will solo on the contemporary song, Mary, Did You Know? The Port Morris churchs Puppet Minister, Tina Berchak, and her bands of puppeteers will show what the night of Christs birth might have been like for the residents of Bethlehem. The Drakestown United Methodist Church Choir will reflect the feeling of the shepherds on the first Christmas night by singing Do You Hear What I Hear? The churchs pastor, the Rev. Bob Mayer will join Michael Robinson (Lower Berkshire Valley United Methodist Church) in a duet of the contemporary British carol, The Saviors Day. Joining together in the finale, members of the participating churches will take part in forming a living nativity. For more on the program information, call: 973-347-0381.

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Recently, St. Michael School held a Car Raffle fund raiser for scholarships. The Saint Michael School families were asked to sell raffle tickets for a 2012 Chrysler 200 car at a value of over $18,000. For just $75.00 a ticket this new economical car is an amazing deal! With only a maximum of 500 tickets to be sold, each buyer had a incredible odds to win a brand new car. It took a consorted effort of all school families to sell their allotted tickets. Mrs. Daniela Sacco of Hopatcong took home a new IPAD for selling the most tickets! It seems that many times this type of raffle is awarded to someone kind enough to support our efforts, but yet, still someone not known by many school families. This year, our car raffle was awarded to a St. Michael School family that has given many hours of time, talent and treasure to our school! The Formica Family is the winner of our car raffle! We are fortunate to have the Formica children in our classrooms and likewise lucky to have their parents involved in our school activities!

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Drakestown Church Travels to Appalachia


work teams which help to make homes safer and more livable in one of the poorest parts of the country. Four people from the Drakestown church went, joined by 10 from the Butzville United Methodist Church. The group went to Brenton, West Virginia, which is at the Southwest corner of West Virginia, close to Kentucky and Virginia. Most of the residents there are either coal miners, truck drivers or loggers. However, the area suffers from a high rate of unemployment. The homes are small and

By Elsie Walker he people of the Drakestown United Methodist Church felt that they wanted to contribute to a ministry outside of their comfort zone and outside of the local area. Their pastor, the Rev. Bob Mayer, said they have found just that through participating in the Appalachian Service Project (A.S.P.). This fall marked the third year the church has participated in the project. Churches pay their own way to travel to Appalachia where they are put on

Recently, members of the Drakestown United Methodist Church and Butzville United Methodist Church went on a trip to fix homes in Appalachia. Here they pose for a group photo. most have been in the families for years. The area we go to is very, very rural.lots of mountains and hollows. The roads snake in and out of these mountains. Houses are up in the hills and we pass several coal mines on the way. The nearest town with any sort of stores, restaurants or

medical facilities is Pineville, 12 miles away. So, it is definitely a remote area. But, I must say that the people are wonderful. They are grateful for what they have and thank God for taking care of them, said Mayer. continued on page 24

Page 24, November 2012, Tell Them You Saw It In The Hackettstown News continued from page 23 Once on the job, Mayers church group was assigned a project to help a young man living in a home built in 1936, but with no kitchen. We put in a new kitchen cabinet and sink and painted the bedroom and the outside. [We]put up a retaining wall, since the house is on the side of a mountain. We also redid the pipes under the house, said Mayer. He shared that the other work team added a 10 x 10 room onto a house for an older couple. However, the project was not as straight-forward as it may sound. In order to get to this house, they had to cross a homemade suspension bridge. It was 150' long and was about 30' over the water. The planks on this bridge would literal fall off as they walked across it. It was their only access to this house because a coal train was stuck on the railway that ran along the back of the house. Another group coming in later was going to repair the bridge,

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shared Mayer. While the repairs they made were certainly needed, Mayer noted that the A.S.P. stresses that the relationship the volunteers develop with these families is more important than the work itself. It is definitely a time in which people reach out to one another. Mayer reflected on what it meant to him. These folks were just so grateful for everything that they have and they don't have much compared to what we have here in Jersey. It is definitely a humbling experience for everyone involved. We are already in the planning stage for next year. Some of us will be making another trip in the Spring to work at the A.S.P. center itself. This mission to Appalachia is something that God put in front of us. It was, and is, an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others and it makes a difference in us. How can we not help those who are in need? We do what we can with what God has given us, he said.

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he hottest item to give and exchange this holiday season is a cookie. Thats because each cookie shared this November and December can mean supporting Cookies for Kids Cancer, a nonprofit that raises funds for pediatric cancer research through cookie sales. Glad has teamed with businesswoman and mother Ivanka Trump and award-winning chef and head judge of Bravos Top Chef Just Desserts Johnny Iuzzini to help spread the word. You can help in two ways: Send a virtual cookie to a friend at www.Glad.com. Host a Cookies for Kids' Cancer Bake Sale or Cookie Exchange. Register the event at www.cookiesforkidscancer.org and share how many cookies were sold or exchanged. Glad will donate up to $1 for each edible or virtual cookie exchanged, up to $100,000. Cookies for Kids' Cancer inspires indi-

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viduals, communities and businesses to join in the fight against pediatric cancer. Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of death by disease for children in the United States, yet approximately half of the drugs used to treat children with cancer are at least 20 years old, according to the Institute of Medicine. As a mom, I want to do everything I can to help our children, said Ivanka Trump. The Cookie Exchange reminds us that the simplest transactions can be most impactful. Everyone can make a difference, one cookie at a time. Here is one of Iuzzinis original holiday cookie recipes for inspiration: Lime Shortbread Makes about 2 1/2 dozen 2-inch cookies 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into small cubes 2 finely grated zest limes 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice continued on page 27

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Cheesy Potato Casserole Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 50 minutes Total Time: 60 minutes Makes 8 servings 1 can cream of chicken soup 2 cups sour cream 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded 1/3 cup green onions, sliced 1 bag Ore-Ida Country Style Hash Browns, thawed 2 cups corn flakes, crushed 1/4 cup butter, melted Preheat oven to 350F. Coat 13 x 9 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl, whisk together soup, sour cream, salt and pepper. Stir in cheese, onion and hash browns until well mixed.

Spoon evenly into baking dish. In a medium bowl, mix together cereal and butter. Sprinkle evenly on top of hash brown mixture. Bake uncovered for about 50 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with additional sliced green onion if

desired. Tip: If desired, substitute Ore-Ida Country Style Hash Browns with Ore-Ida Southern Style Hash Browns or Potatoes OBrien. If desired, substitute condensed cream of chicken soup with condensed cream of turkey soup.

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Thomas Edison Brought Modern Day Holiday Celebration to the American Household
1882 to have electric tree lights. But a few train commuters got to see an electric light show a few years before the Johnson family tree was lit. In 1880, these same strands of electrical lights were strung around the outside perimeter of Edisons Menlo Park Laboratory. Lucky New Jersey train passengers got to experience the worlds first electrical Holiday light display as the trains traveled pass his laboratory location. The first electric Christmas tree at the Johnsons home had a patriotic color scheme of red, white and blue and it also rotated. The American public was not eager to use electric lights for their trees because they feared the safety on this new technology. It took a President to start an American electric tree lighting tradition. In 1895, President Cleveland had the White House family Christmas tree illuminated with electric light bulbs. The tree was decked with hundreds of multi-colored lights. Although electric Christmas tree lighting may have taken over forty years from its inception to become an American household tradition, this was not true with the phonograph industry. Realizing the love of recorded music in American households (another holiday tradition), was discovered by accident. In 1890 Edison's Talking Doll with a pre-recorded cylinder became a marketing marvel. It was the first home entertainment prerecorded sound device. The talking doll industry proved to be a disaster with more broken dolls returned than sold making the Edison Phonograph Toy Manufacturing Co a short lived venture. However, it helped inspire the launch of a new market for the household phonograph and record industry. By 1902, having a record phonograph and prerecorded music in your home was on the To Santa Wish List for many American households. In 1902 Edison had perfected his music cylinder records with the Edison Gold Moulded Records, an improved hard black wax cylinder that could be played hundreds of times before wearing out. This music was brought to the American household through Edisons recording studio in New Jersey. It is this studio that concentrated the USA recording industry in the New York City - New Jersey area, making it the record capital of the nation. Another American Holiday tradition is watching Holiday themed movies. This is still another credit we can give to Thomas Edison. Besides a recording studio in New Jersey, he also produced cinema at the New Jersey movie studio in

By Michele Guttenberger t was Thomas Edison who gave the world electric Christmas tree lights and festive outdoor lighting manufactured from the Edison Illumination Company. Edward H. Johnson was both a partner and friend of Edison and was also the Vice President of the Edisons Illumination Company. Johnsons home became the first home in

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xperience life during the Civil War at Christmas time on both the home front and at a soldiers winter encampment on Saturday, December 1 from 12 Noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 2 from 12 Noon to 4 p.m. at Historic Speedwell in Morristown. At the encampment, visit and speak with soldiers from the 2nd NJ Brigade as they prepare for a holiday away from home. Walk inside their authentically reproduced huts, and watch them cook a holiday meal over a camp fire. On the reverse side, youll get a feel for the home life during this period as well. Listen to the family read actual letters from Union troops written to their loved ones at the Vail home and see how it was decorated during the Civil War. Attend a Civil War era Officers Ball, recreated in the 1849 Carriage House with live fiddle music, room decorated with pine and ribbon. An authentic period dance instructor teaches re-enactors and visitors on how to properly dance these historical pieces. Officers are clad in their best uniforms ready to dance with fashionably dressed women from the period. With traditional crafts, treats, and more, youll be sure to have a full-day (or two) of entertainment. Also visit the Speedwell Gift Shop for unique stocking stuffers and holiday decorations. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (65+), and $5 for children ages 4 to 16. For more information, please call 973-285-6550.

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udiences can begin the holiday season with a family classic brought to life in this musical extravaganza at the Sitnik Theatre in the David and Carol Lackland Center starting Thanksgiving weekend. Featuring a cast of 50 actors on the stage, The Wizard of Oz is a musical tradition following the story of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Lion and Toto, too. These beloved characters visit Hackettstown on their way to the Emerald City, as CSC presents the ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANYS (RSC) adaptation by Frank Gabrielson and John Kane, with Music and Lyrics from the MGM motion picture score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. The RSC said this adaptation came about when the Artistic Director of the company asked for a show that could be performed annually over the Christmas season, so this show is especially made for families to celebrate the holiday season. Artistic Director Carl Wallnau stated, You only have to say the title of the show to people, and a smile comes on their face. This production includes lively dance routines and familiar songs such as the Academy Award-winning song Somewhere Over the Rainbow as well as an added show-stopping dance number, The Jitterbug, which was edited out from the original movie. Directed and choreographed by Broadway, film, and television veteran Michael Blevins, The Wizard of Oz features a cast of 50 actors from the New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. This holiday musical is meant as a way to celebrate all the programs of the Centenary Stage, including talents from professional Equity actors as well as members of the acclaimed Young Performers Workshop, Centenary theatre students, and local performers. YPW Alum and Montclair State University Theatre stu-

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dent McKenzie Custin (Bethlehem, PA) is Dorothy. Scarecrow will be portrayed by Saquan Williams (Hoboken), Tinman will be played by local tap-dancing talent Nick Ardito-Martelli (Hackettstown) and the Cowardly Lion will be portrayed by Equity actor Jeremy Hilgert (Delaware Water Gap, PA). Other CSC performers include Equity Actor Lea Antolini-Lid (Sparta) as Auntie Em, Artistic Director and Equity actor Carl Wallanau (Hoboken) as Uncle Henry and Drew University Theatre Alum Jessica Rzucidlo (Parsippany) as Glinda. Rounding off the cast is Broadway (Crazy For You) and Regional Theatre veteran Colleen Wallnau (Hoboken) as the Wicked Witch. And Toto will be played by Magic, dog of cast member Anthony Zas (Hackettstown). Magic and Anthonys mom, Jacqueline Boelens, was excited to lend this young pups talents to the show and stated, I wish I was that famous at four months old. Flying by Foy, one of the most prolific and widelyrespected theatrical flying services in the world, headquartered in Las Vegas, has come to execute the flying of the Witches, the Wizard, the monkeys, and more, creating a spectacle not to be missed and a first for Centenary Stage Company. When asked how she felt about being flown high above the stage as the Wicked Witch of the West, Ms. Wallnau said, I am no stranger to aerial endeavors as, before becoming an actress, I was the first female installer, climbing telephone poles, for Bell Telephone in inner-city Trenton. The Friday, November 30th performance of The Wizard of Oz will coincide with Hackettstowns Hometown Holiday Celebration, which will include the arrival of Santa

in a horse-drawn sleigh, horse-drawn carriage rides between Centenary and the Holiday Gazebo, a parade featuring the Colonial Musketeers, performances by local choirs and a holiday bazaar. For more information on the celebration, visit the Hackettstown Business Improvement District website at hackettstownbid.com. The dining hall at the Lackland Center will also host a special Yule Fest dinner ($12.50) before the show dates on Saturday, November 1st and 8th and a brunch ($10.00) on Sunday, November 2nd and 9th. There will be different vendors from the community also set up selling special holiday gifts so that audiences can get an opportunity to catch up on their holiday shopping. The Wizard of Oz opens Friday, November 23rd and will run until December 9th. Tickets range from $20-$29.50 with discounts for students and seniors. Every Thursday night is Family Night, which offers a 2-for-1 rush ticket price when purchased at the door. Performance times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There are also 2 p.m. matinees on Friday, November 23rd (preview) and Wednesday, November 28th and 10 a.m. school matinees on Tuesday, December 4th and Wednesday, December 5th. To purchase tickets or to find more information on other performances in the 2012-2013 season, visit www.centenarystageco.org<http://www.centenarystageco.org/> or call (908) 979-0900. Patrons are encouraged to check the age recommendations for individual shows. The Wizard of Oz is sponsored in part by Restaurant Village in Long Valley and Hackettstown Regional Medical continued on next page

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Left to Right: Lea Antolini (Sparta) as Auntie Em, McKenzie Custin (Bethlehem, PA) as Dorothy, Jeremy Hilgert (Delaware Water Gap, PA) as Zeke/Lion, and Nick Ardito-Martelli (Hackettstown) as Hickory/Tinman [Photo Credit: Pat Lanciano]

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s the holiday season approaches, it is always recommended to take some time out to relax from the hustle & bustle of preparing for Christmas and family gatherings. Set aside some time amidst your shopping and holiday baking to attend Rutherfurd Halls Afternoon High Tea on December 9th. Enjoy the tradition of an afternoon tea, complete with scrumptious tea sandwiches, scones, and set amidst the historic backdrop of Rutherfurd Hall. Visit www.rutherfurdhall.org to use either an electronic or a printable invitation pre-designed for you to send to your friends to join you for an afternoon of tea and holiday spirit! December 9, 2012 2:00-6:00pm with limited seatings at 2pm & 4:00pm. Tickets are $20 Per Person Reservations are Required Accommodations for tables of 10 or less. Tickets are available through www.rutherfurdhall.tix.com Tickets also available at Mountain Villa School M-F 83:30pm and at Rutherfurd Hall on Wednesdays from 1-4pm and at our cultural events. Tickets will NOT be available at the door for this event. Rutherfurd Hall is proud to host a traditional Afternoon High Tea on December 9, 2012. Take a step back in time by reserving your spot now for this high society tea at historic Rutherfurd Hall, which will be festively adorned for the

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holiday season. Catered by Perona Farms of Andover, the high tea will include three kinds of tea and a buffet style setting of savories, scones, and pastries. Afternoon tea may have been started by the French, but it was the British that popularized this gathering. During the 1700s in England, only breakfast and dinner were served, with dinner often taking place later in the evening and leaving many wanting for something to satisfy their hunger during the afternoon. In the 1800s, tea became a popular drink and it is during this time that the Duchess of Bedford created the afternoon tea time. Suffering from a sinking feeling, most likely due to the long period of time between meals, the Duchess had servants sneak a pot of tea and some bread items into her room. Enjoying this small meal, she decided to invite her friends to partake in her afternoon delight and thus the afternoon tea was born. British high tea usually tends to be on the heavier side, as it is considered a meal in of itself. American high tea is of lighter fare, with pastries and small sandwiches to compose a menu of savories, scones, and pastries. Taking afternoon tea was a must among the social elite and also a means of preserving a tradition lent from the British. The Rutherfurd family enjoyed partaking in this pastime and now you can sip tea as Winthrop and Lucy Rutherfurd did at their Allamuchy estate. Join us for a deli-

cious buffet from Perona Farms and admire the ornate fireplaces, beautiful woodwork, and festive decorations of Rutherfurd Hall while imagining what it was like to take tea here in the early 1900s. Feel free to dress from formal to casual, whichever suits your preference. Sip tea, delight your taste buds with scones and pastries, and surround yourself with friends, family, and the spirit of the holiday season! About Rutherfurd Hall: Rutherfurd Hall has National and NJ State Historic Landmark Designation. Famed architect Whitney Warren designed the 18,000 square foot Tudor country home in Allamuchy, NJ in 1902. Warren also designed Grand Central Terminal in New York City as Warren and Wetmore Architects (1903-1911) and Frederick Law Olmsted & Sons designed the landscape plan; they are most well-known for Central Park in NYC, and the Mall in Washington D.C. The Vision for Rutherfurd Hall is to become a self-sufficient enterprise that protects and preserves its historical, cultural, and architectural integrity; all while providing educational and enrichment opportunities for the residents of Allamuchy and the surrounding communities. We are a growing cultural center and museum. Go to www.rutherfurdhall.org and click on Education and Events to learn more (and sign up for our monthly e-blasts!)

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Take a gander at Gandolph from Eleventh Hour Rescue. This very handsome 3 year old, American Staffordshire Terrier mix, has wonderful light brown hazel eyes that look up to you in the most adoring way, with a smile on his face and often with his head cocked slightly to one side. Always willing to please, he is a very active and playful boy. On the leash, although strong, he is easy to correct to keep him on track. When taken off leash in the fenced-in play area he is then in his favorite place to romp and play. Any toy will do, as long as there is plenty of action involved. He has a wonderful, short, smooth, silky coat that requires only limited grooming to keep him at his best. Once he has been properly exercised, he will rest quietly at your feet awaiting your next command. To read more about Gandolph, to see all of our adoptable pets, to see our upcoming events, or to make a donation, please visit: www.ehrdogs.org or call: 973664-0865.

Here is Kiwi Max from Eleventh Hour Rescue. This handsome man is a 6 year old Pit Bill mix with a big head and a big heart to match. He was found as a stray, completely undernourished, emaciated, and suffering with a case of Heartworm. Since that time, he was received loving care in a foster home; he has gained his weight back, and has been successfully treated for his Heartworm condition. Through it all, he remains a well behaved, loving, and faithful companion. He is now ready for the next phase of his life, to find that loving family to adopt him and bring him home at last. He knows some basic commands and gets along with other dogs. To see more pictures of Kiwi Max as well as a video, please visit: www.ehrdogs.org or call: 973-664-0865 for more information.

Meet the newest Odd Couple from Eleventh Hour Rescue. This is Sophia and Blanche. They were both found together in their house left abandoned when their owners moved out. Sophia is a small, 5 year old, female Bassett Hound mix weighing 50 lbs. Unfortunately, due to a severe eye condition, she is now totally blind and cannot see anything. However, she still exhibits a great deal of confidence in her demeanor and she is able to get around very well on her own. And she is such a pretty girl. Blanche, her partner, is a very tiny, older, fragile, 8 lb, Pomeranian/Shih Tzu mix about 9 years old. She prefers a quiet home with lots of opportunities to take a nap. Both dogs are low maintenance and rely on each other for comfort, so it would be best if they both get adopted together. To read more about Sophia and Blanche, to see all of our adoptable pets, to see our upcoming events, or to make a donation, please visit: www.ehrdogs.org or call: 973-664-0865.

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Meet Cassidy! Cassidy is a handsome puppy that is about 4-5 months old and weighs about 30 pounds. He has a shiny black coat with some white on his chest & paws. Just look at his cute face! Cassidy was found abandoned on the rural streets of NC, something we see way too often in that area. Luckily, we were able to save him and he is now in a loving foster home in NJ. Cassidy is shy at first when he meets new people or in new surroundings but warms up quickly. Cassidy is happy in his foster home & is getting lots of TLC. Cassidy just adores his foster family & his foster mom says "He is just a love!" He is such a good boy. If you have a furever home for Cassidy, please email us at FureverHomeResuce@att.net for an adoption application. For more photos fhdr.petfinder.com

Meet Fancy Fancy would like you to know she is looking for her furever home! Fancy is an affectionate and loyal pup who wants to be your best friend. She was rescued from a high kill shelter in NC and is now living in a foster home. She enjoys exploring & playing in the yard and she enjoys the company of other dogs. Fancy is a smart pup who loves to please and loves to be with you. She is a shepherd mix, about 8-10 months old and weighs about 30 pounds. She is beautiful with a petite body, adorable face and cute ears! Fancy loves to give everyone kisses. She would be a wonderful addition to any home. Everyone who meets her falls in love with her! If you have a furever home for this pet, please e-mail

Meet Kara! I am a go with the flow type of dog & my easy going personality will fit any home. I am now living in a wonderful foster home in NJ after being rescued from a high kill shelter in NC. My foster family says I am sweetie pie! I am affectionate, friendly & smart. I am already house trained and I know to sit before I get a treat or my food. I love giving kisses & getting petted behind my ears. I am having fun in my foster home playing with the kids & the foster's dog. I also like just playing by myself with my toys. I am a puppy who just likes to have fun! I am a lab mix, maybe mix with boxer, about 6 months old and I weigh about 25-30 pounds. Give me a chance and I will steal your heart! If you have a furever home for this pet, please e-mail FureverHomeRescue@att.net and request an adoption application. www.fhdr.petfinder.com

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All events (unless otherwise noted) will be held at: Temple Hatikvah, 58 Pleasant Hill Road, Flanders, 973-584-0212 Sunday December 2nd: B'Yachad for the Very Young 9- 10 am A monthly Jewish program (arts and crafts, storytelling and movement) for children ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Please R.S.V.P. to Terri Ellentuck Wolf at: BYachad @TempleHatikvahNJ.org. $10 per session fee. Come join us for a fun learning adventure! Sunday December 2nd Boy Scouts of America-- Jewish Emblems Class 12:30-2:30 PM Join Scouting Commissioner Jon Bittner, Chair of the Lenape Jewish Council on Scouting and Rabbi Rudin for a fast-paced and fun session on earning the Maccabbee, Aleph, Ner Tamid and Eitz Chaim emblems. These emblems are among the most challenging and prestigious in the BSA panoply but with Mr. Bittner and Rabbi Rudin's help, you won't believe how quickly you can master them and wear the emblems proudly! No preparation required- for more information, contact Rabbi Rudin at Rabbi@templehatikvahnj.org. Lunch served. Open to all Jewish Boy Scouts. Sunday, December 2nd Am HaSefer Book Club 4:30-5:30 pm For our first outing, we read the modern

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Tell Them You Saw It In The Hackettstown News, November 2012, Page 35 classic, Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Exploring the immigrant experience, fantasy and American popular culture, Entertainment Weekly says "This...novel blended comic books, Jewish mysticism, and American history into something truly amazing." Come, even if you haven't yet read the book. RSVP: Rabbi Rudin atRabbi@templehatikvahnj.org. Tuesday, December 4th Chanukah Boutique 4pm- 6pm Come support our Temple Gift Shop and fill your Chanukah gift lists at the same time! We have jewelry, household Judaica, kids' presents, ritual objects, menorahs, car mezuzot and much more on the way. If you have any special requests, or to make a personal shopping appointment outside of Chanukah Boutique hours, contact Ina at 973-584-0212 x822 or email giftshop@templehatikvahnj.org. Remember: Chanukah begins December 8 this year! Wednesday, December 5th Chazak Club for Jewish Seniors 12- 1:30 PM Is that Abraham or Avrameleh? Join Chazak, the Temple Hatikvah Seniors Club for a trip into American and Jewish history as historian Marty Alboum presents, Abraham Lincoln: the Jewish Connection! Learn about some of the intriguing conneccontinued on next page

Page 36, November 2012, Tell Them You Saw It In The Hackettstown News continued from previous page tions and relationships between Honest Abe and the Jewish community as the country went through its most tumultuous challenges ever! Marty Alboum lectures at Rutgers and Bergen Community College: so he knows what he's talking about! Chazak activies are sponsored by Temple Hatikvah and the Hirschorn Foundation Bagel luncheon included! Chazak Club activities are free for community seniors: donations are welcome! Sunday, December 8th Community Menorah Lighting 7-8 PM Join Rabbi Rudin and the fabulous musical ensemble The Kveching Schmendricks as we light the Menorah in Long Valley, ushering in the joyful festival of Lights! The Menorah lighting takes place on the porch of Splash Restaurant, 1 East Mill Road in Long Valley. Join us for delicious latkes and songs! Sunday, December 8th J-Summit Chanukah on Tap! 8-9 PM Jewish 20-somethings are invited to join winter brew beer tasting at the Brew Pub, 1 Fairmont Road in Long Valle, following community Menorah Lighting. Come by for Chanukah goodies, good company and the most famous beer in western Morris! For more info please contact: Rabbi Rudin

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at Rabbi@templehatikvahnj.org. Chanukah Fun and Storytime with Rabbi Rudin and Friends Chanukah Fun Time with Rabbi Rudin and Friends for children ages 2-9 and an adult caregiver. Come by for stories, songs, a craft and Chanukah goodies! For more info please contact: Rabbi Rudin at Rabbi@templehatikvahnj.org. Sunday, Dec. 9th 1-2 pm Mount Olive Library, 202 FlandersDrakestown Road Flanders, NJ 07836 Monday, Dec. 10, 10:30 - 11:30 AM Hackettstown Library, 110 Church St. Hackettstown, NJ 07840 Monday, Dec. 10 1-2 PM Washington Township Library, 37 East Springtown Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853 Saturday, Dec. 15th The New Chanukah Dance 6:30-10 PM CHANUKAH DANCE REMIX! The Kvetching Schmendricks are back with their Chanukah hits including a hot new release! Our Hebrew School kids take the stage for our opening number! Cost: $15.00/10.00 and children under three free. Admission includes dinner, latkes and rockin' out with the Bad Boys of Jewish Rock! Not to be missed! For more info please contact: Rabbi Rudin atRabbi@templehatikvahnj.org. Family Friendly event.

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