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Vol. 5 No.

February 19, 2013

Proverbs 3:5

opatcong Girl Scout, Christine Tregoning, has recently been awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. This award is given to Girl Scouts whose service project makes a lasting impact on an element in the community. Christine, who is a member of Hopatcong Troop 421, chose to work with Deirdre's House in Morristown, New Jersey. Deirdre's House is the center for abused children where they can go to escape the violence and then be treated. For her project, Christine chose to make 'care bags' and then collected items to fill the bags. She also made pictures that could be hung at the center for the children's enjoyment.

Tregoning Receives Girl Scout Gold Award

Pictured left to right are Amanda Scallan, Christine Tregoning and Tina Glosser.

Hopatcong and Roxbury Police Departments Achieve Success Via Collaborative Effort

By Ejvind Boccolini recent collaborative effort between Hopatcong and Roxbury produced widespread results that helped out both communities greatly. Operation Roxicong was a collaboration between Roxbury and Hopatcong Police Departments, said Roxbury Mayor Fred Hall in a recent interview, and it resulted in the arrest of 25 individuals for drug possession and distribution late last year. It was the culmination of a great deal of hard work on the part of both police departments. Hopatcong Chief of Police Robert Brennan and Roxbury Chief of Police James Simonetti, as well as many officers were part of what is being called a "tremendous accomplishment" in recent months, Hall said. Hall said they did a "spectacular job" to contribute to "the success of this effort." He also called it "great collaborative effort," and added

that it shows the professionalism of the police departments and their officials. Roxbury Mayor Fred Hall said in an interview last week that this crackdown on drug users and distributers - dubbed "Operation Roxicong" - was an event that these police department deserve a lot of credit for. In other Roxbury news, township officials are in the planning phase of a recreational facility, the Landing Road Recreational Facility. Residents are looking forward to this facility as well, as it will provide open space for public use and fields for baseball and softball use. Hall said he is excited that this project will expand the recreation opportunities for the community. The design phase will be done in the next month, Hall said, and then it will go before the council, and if they agree with the plans, it will go out for bid in 2013. He said a lot continued on page 4

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n March 7th, 2013 the Hopatcong Seniors, Inc. will be holding their first meeting for the 2013 season (Mar.-Dec.) The Hopatcong Seniors, Inc. is a non-political, non-denomtional organization that meets on the first Thursday of the month. We invite all Hopatcong residents who are 60 and older to join us. We have various activities throughout the year ie: 3 luncheons a year at the Arlington, 3 trips to casinos, and 3 dinner/theater trips. We also have over-night trips, this year we will be

Hopatcong Seniors Hold Their First Meeting

going to Amishland in May and the Finger Lakes in Oct. So come join us, the dues are $5.00 a year with a one time sign up fee of $5.00. As a member you get a garunteed seat on the bus. Meetings are held at St. Jude Parish Hall, 40 Maxim Drive, Hopatcong, NJ. starting at 10:00am. We also have guest speakers, speaking on such topics as, neutrition, safty and events slated for Hopatcong, Hopatcong days and the Farmers Market. Any questions call 862432-2595.

Stanhope Borough Senior Citizens Club Meeting

n Thursday, February 28, 2013 at American Legion Post 278, 119 Rt. 183/206 North, Stanhope. Refreshments provided 11:00 a.m. during social hour. Meeting begins 12:30 p.m. Guest speaker: Cynthia,a Paranormal Invetigator will bring in instruments she uses in her business and discuss her past experiences. Stanhope residents 55 yrs or older. $10/yr dues. Call Marsha Wyckoff at 973-347-4452 for more info.


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Page 4, February 2013, Tell Them You Saw It In The Musconetcong News continued from front page of good work will be done in 2013 toward making the facility a reality. Hall said it was purchased with open space funding from the county and the community open space fund as well. He said there will be softball and baseball fields, and a walking trail around the perimeter of the land tract. A playground area will also be included, as will a small building in the center of the land tract, that will serve as both a snack booth and an announcing booth for games. He added that there will be plenty of parking spaces at this recreational facility. Also, the Route 10 Commerce Boulevard Improvement Plan is another project, and a big endeavor indeed, that is "finally coming to fruition," Hall said. The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is making significant improvements to the traffic flow on Route 10, and "we're really looking forward to this," said Hall. Hall said that starting this month, there will be major alleviations in the traffic flow, and added that the designs are done and the plans will now be put into action. NJDOT will also be addressing traffic pattern issues on Main Street as well.

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Hall said that as a result of the project, there will be three ways to exit Roxbury Mall - via Commerce Boulevard, Mary Louise Road, and Hillside Avenue. So, there will be another way to exit the mall and go west on Route 10 toward Route 46. There will also be another way to get to Commerce Boulevard, Hall said. Hall said there will be "a lot of phased-in items," and added that there will be some stacking lanes for making left hand turns. There will also be improvements to the Route 10 and Hillside Avenue intersection, and The County of Morris will assist Roxbury Township in this portion of the project. Hall said that drivers coming out of Hillside Avenue and wanting to make a lefthand turn, will now have a turn arrow that will direct them to make these turns. With respect to taxes in Roxbury, Hall said there will be an increase of just over one percent in the municipal portion of taxes. He said this is a "very modest increase," and added that Roxbury officials have worked over the years to reduce the debt. Hall said "the plan is to be completely debt free by 2018," adding that the township will then be on a "pay-as-you-go" basis, as opposed to having the debt.

Also, Hall noted that he is proud of the community, its volunteers, and the police department and emergency services personnel. He said Roxbury has a tremendous administration and staff, and said the volunteers are "second to none." "We really have good people helping us out," he said, adding that during storm Sandy, people really showed their true colors. Police officials in Roxbury "do a spectacular job" he said.

"It's just a great community," he said. In the aftermath of the storm, emergency personel responded to people in need, police directed traffic, and added that clergy stepped up and opened up their facilities. Hall commended Roxbury Township's great community members. "They deserve a lot of credit for that," he said, adding that a lot of people stepped up to help out, whether residents urgently needed gasoline for their generators, or had other needs during power outages.


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Musconetcong Lodge #42 F&AM is holding a St. Patricks Party on Saturday, March 9th Enjoy Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner Followed by Dancing 7:00pm to 11:00pm, Donation $35.00 per person Rt. 46 & International Dr., Budd Lake To purchase tickets, call 908-303-2457

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LV Spring Soccer Open Registration Spring 2013 Season

Submitted by Matthew Fowler he Lenape Valley Soccer Club (LVSC) is accepting registrations for the Spring 2013 season. LVSC currently manages five different soccer programs for boys and girls, designed to introduce a child to soccer, develop skills, and allow them to compete in a team environment. The program is designed so those children who just want to have fun can do just that. Instructional programs begin with Preschool Ages 3, 4 & Kindergarten. (Held on Saturday morning) The Academy program begins with Grades 1 & 2. (Professional instructor and small sided games held on Saturday morning) Recreational Travel, grades 3 through 8.

(Professional instructor and small sided/full sided games held on Saturdays playing in the Rockaway Valley Recreation League) Please visit to register your son(s) and/or daughter(s) today. Registration deadline: March 02, 2013. Lenape Valley Soccer Club (LVSC) is a non-profit 501c3 organization located in the southern part of Sussex County, New Jersey. LVSC is not a private club. We are not exclusive. We provide for all kids. The Club maintains the position that we must put our faith and trust in "you" the community. LVSC is a volunteer parental structure, which provides administration and supervision for the activity of community soccer.

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Church Spreads Valentine Love

By Elsie Walker alentines Day is time for love to be shared.and Port Morris United Methodist Church believes in that in a big way. It distributed 784 valentines to eight area nursing homes and assisted living centers, plus offered some to the congregation to be given to family and friends. Three hundred and seventy-eight of those valentines were made at its annual intergenerational valentine making party held on February 3rd. I just love the team spirit that we have toward the common goal to make people really happy and it brings happiness to my heart knowing that they not only are willing to do it, but they look forward to it. We had children present from [ages] 3-17 and that is an honor and adults up to 89. It brings happiness to my heart knowing that there are others that care enough to take time [to do it], said Tina Berchak of Stanhope who organizes the yearly valentine effort. The churchs fellowship hall, filled with tables, decorations, and valentine-making supplies put everyone in the mood to share some love. Three generations gathered for the yearly party, that included Berchak and her sister Kathy Nieves of Landing , their children,

and their mother, 89 year old Gloria Gelato of Landing. I loved watching my mother participating for the two plus hours alongside my sister. She was so busy cutting out hearts and watching the others that she completely forgot about smoking. She also had a great time, quipped Berchak. Those who attended were divided into teams for some friendly competition. Each team picked its own name : Team roses, Team Spiderman, The Wild and Majestic Birdcats!, Team Yellow Stars, and Team Signed With Love. Gift of love was the partys theme. That feeling was shared by all. It is a way to make the seniors happy by bringing them some love and it gets us in the spirit. (like a prerequisite to love), said valentine maker, Debbie Hanna. We know that the people receiving the cards are going to smile, said the churchs co-youth leader, Jennifer Kasilag of Hopatcong. At the end of the party, valentine-making bragging rights went to Team Spiderman. Besides those valentines handmade at the annual party, there were 100 computerproduced valentines made by Robbie Post

of Landing, 191 store bought ones, and an additional 115 handmade ones done by parishioner, Debbie Huck of Landing. Its a way of sharing love and letting everybody ( nursing home residents) know that someone is thinking about you, said Huck. The homes and centers receiving valentines from the church were Merry Heart (Assisted Living), Merry Heart (Nursing Home), Regency Grande (Dover),

Two young valentine makers place their work in a "mailbox" created for the event.

Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation(Andover) , House of the Good Shepherd (Hackettstown), Homestead (Newton), Mt. Arlington Senior Living, and Bristol Glen (Newton). Bristol Glens were hand-delivered by a group from the church who visited the week after the event. Looking at all the valentines produced and given, you might say that the event lived out its theme of , A Gift of Love.

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CPR Course Open to the Public Offered at Giant Gymnastics

Submitted by Margaret Witt n February 24th from 11am to 2pm Giant Gymnastics in Hackettstown will be hosting a CPR course. Anyone aged 14 and up seeking to gain certification or renew their prior certification is welcome to participate. The course will cost $45 and be taught by Michael Craig, the CEO and founder of PEMSTARProfessional Emergency Management

Services Training and Resources. Giant Gymnastics coaches took this course last month, and co-owners John Skorski and Jennifer Packard are looking forward to giving the general public the opportunity to gain these key life saving techniques. Registration is required, and suggested as soon as possible as space is limited. Call Giant Gymnastics at 908-850-3746 to reserve your spot.

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By Elsie Walker ou may have seen them quickly run across the road on a dark night. Looking for food and shelter, they brave the traffic, hoping that on the other side there might be hope. Some dont make it and their bodies end up as road kill the next morning. Many of these creatures, dogs and cats, are homeless. Homeless pets are on the increase. One reason is due to overpopulation. Reminding pet owners of the importance of spaying and neutering their pets to cut down on over-population is what World Spay Day is all about. This year World Spay Day is February 26th. The website of the Humane Society of the United States ( explains what the day is: World Spay Day is an annual campaign of The HSUS and Humane Society

International that shines a spotlight on spay/neutera proven way to save the lives of companion animals, feral cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in a shelter or killed on the street. Local rescues are doing their bit to be part of the solution to pet overpopulation. Cassie Kowalchuk is the director of Once Step Closer Animal Rescue (OSCAR) in Sparta . Oscar does trap and release for local cats in Sussex County. It traps feral cats, gets them fixed, then releases them. OSCAR is on the list of NJ approved rescues to adopt from (and the adopted animal can get low cost spay/neutering): cd/documents/pafr_agencies.pdf The rescue is also listed on the Humane Societys website for food assistance/ low cost options: ml#New_Jersey

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ao of Chi, LLC Acupuncture is celebrating the Chinese New Year by offering massage at half price ($25.00) during February and March. AMMA Chinese Meridian Massage uses gentle circular pressure along the meridians

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With Spay Day approaching, Kowalchuk recently reflected on the subject of spaying and neutering pets, and what OSCAR is doing for animals in need. Spay/Neuter is a big deal! People think its not necessary for dogs or cats, but it is. If people would get their animals fixed, rescues wouldn't have to work so hard to keep up with the homeless animals The biggest problem is healthy well-mannered animals being put down because of overcrowded shelters. Our rescue saves animals from being put to sleep at shelters, so we see firsthand the amount of overcrowding and such great animals losing their lives because there is no space for them. Many shelters are so overcrowded that the quality of life of the animals isn't that great. We can change people's mindsets a little every day. The animal world has made such strides in the last 10-15 years. But there is still so much that needs to be done. One by one . said Kowalchuk. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), h t t p : / / w w w. a s p c a . o rg / H o m e / A b o u t Us/about-the-aspca, : Approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats). However, not only does spay/neuter help

in overpopulation, it also has health benefits for the animal. Kowahlchuk shared some of the benefits that notes. The benefits for female pets include that there are no heat cycles; therefore, males will not be attracted. Theres less desire to roam. Also, their risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and/or uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated (especially if done before the first heat cycle). Spaying reduces the number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies and dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives. The benefits of neutering are that it reduces or eliminates risk of spraying and marking. Theres less desire to roam; therefore, the pet is less likely to be injured in fights or auto accidents. The risk of testicular cancer is eliminated, and it decreases incidence of prostate disease. Neutering reduces the number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs /puppies and decreases aggressive behavior, including dog bites. It also helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives. Some people note that the expense of having a pet spayed or neutered is what is keeping them from having it done. We would be happy to go over low cost options with the community. We also have a tab on our website outlining options, said Kowalchuk. That website address is: on next page

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continued from previous page spay-neuter.html While World Spay Day focuses on curbing future pet reproduction, there are still pets already out there that are homeless and aching for a special loving someone to give them a home. One such pet is Comet. Hes at OSCAR. He yearns for a forever home, but let him tell you that for himself: "Hello. My name is Comet. I really love it here in New Jersey. Its a lot better than that high-kill shelter in Kentucky. Thats for sure! I love playing with toys and I especially love other dogs. But the thing I love most is... attention. I need a lot of it. I cant help it. I love to snuggle! My hobbies include following you around the house and letting you pet me. Please consider adopting me, then the thing I love most wont be attention. It will be you. Love, Comet" To find out how to adopt Comet or for information about OSCAR, see its website at: http://www.oscaranimalrescue. org.

etro's goal is to take care of all of their customers' home comfort needs and support the local community. Thats why they continue to sponsor and participate in charitable programs and events, like supporting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer by painting two of their delivery trucks pink. NJ residents may have seen the pink truck on the road and in their neighborhoods as drivers deliver heating oil to customers. On January 19th, Account Executive Mary Schneider and heating oil truck driver Gary Colton brought one of the pink trucks to support the "Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer" fundraiser at Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon, NJ. The Romp to Stomp event is a 5K snowshoe walk and race that benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure -- an organization

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that supports communitybased breast health education, screening and treatment programs. With 550 participants, the 'Romp to Stompers' raised over $43,000 and Petro was proud to be part of such a great local event to raise awareness and support an even greater cause. Be on the lookout for the

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Local Mother Helps Women Feel Fabulous Through Dance

class a name- Fabu. Besides teaching Fabu at the Randolph YMCA to members only, Morrissey has expanded her classes to some dance studios. She teaches Fabu at the Westside Dance Center in Randolph on Mondays at 9:30 a.m.; NJFAD in Byram on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.; and Art of Dance in Chester on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Classes are $10, one-hour long, and are open to the public to anyone 12 years old to senior citizens. Men can take her class, but Morrissey admits Ive feminized the whole thing. She says, Its all about letting your sexy out and finding your inner diva. Everyone has something inside of them that wants to feel in control and good about themselves inside and out. Morrissey says, Ive been trying to find a balance with simplicity of choreography. To not make dance intimidating is a challenge. Both young and old can enjoy Morrisseys choreography, which she creates herself. I give modification with everything I do, showing levels of low, medium and high impact. Some people have bad knees; its about embracing your own movements. I have a 65-year old grandmother and a 20 year old college student in the same class, and theyre both doing it in their own movement, she says. Fabu is your dance. I give you the tools and its your version. Older ladies have told her that the Fabu classes helps them with their memory. You have to remember what comes next. It helped train their memory to be stronger. Morrissey, who is group certified through AFAA, enjoys watching her students transition from unsure to secure. When they start out, they are in the back of the room, continued on page 12

By Cheryl Conway anel Morrissey, a mother of four of Hopatcong, stays true to herself by following her passion and motivating other women to feel fabulous. Morrissey, 34, is the creator of Fabu Fitness, a dance exercise form of fitness with classes in Randolph, Byram and Chester. Founded in Jan. 2012, Morrissey designed the class to help women let go while dancing to music and feel good about themselves. Dancing is not for everyone, Morrissey admits, but with Fabu women have the freedom to exercise in their own movement. Morrissey says I give you the steps; those are the tools and you do what you want with it. Its about letting go. Its about enjoying what you are doing at the time. Fabu is a different style of dance exercise. Fabu is the fabulous you, says Morrissey. Its about moving the way your body wants to move. The idea of Fabu grew from Morrisseys experience of teaching dance fitness five years ago. As a new mom moving to a new town from Pa to NJ in 2007, Morrissey says I needed to do my own thing. After learning about dance fitness in New York and taking different dance exercise classes, Morrissey says I wanted a class where I could dance for a solid hour and just let go. As a fitness instructor and motivational coach, Morrissey taught dance fitness classes such as Cardio Groove and Power Fitness at Results Fitness in Byram and North Jersey Health & Fitness in Ledgewood. While teaching dance fitness at the Randolph YMCA for the past three years, the group fitness coordinator sat her down and encouraged me to make something more out of what I do. That is when Morrissey decided to give her dance fitness

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Page 12, February 2013, Tell Them You Saw It In The Musconetcong News continued from page 10 says Morrissey. By week four, they are in the front row and dripping with sweat and letting it out. Its more about mental release; the mental state of giving the hour to yourself. Its about freedom- forgetting the stress of your job. Coming in for one hour and letting go; listening to the music and getting lost in it. Let the music be your boss. Let it guide you; let it tell you where to put your feet to go. Some women dont like fitness dance classes, says Morrissey, who is trying to teach them you are beautiful, just love yourself. Just let go. Stop feeding yourself the negative. Morrissey uses club mixes and hip hop as her music. We are dancing to the hottest music, she says. She makes a new playlist each month and teaches the same dance for one month so her students can really learn the routine. By repeating the routine, you see the evolution of moving harder, says Morrissey. I keep it super fun, big movements and super simple, staying away from the technical

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moves. I turn on the music and let it take me where it takes me. Her goal now is to make Fabu into a corporation, a certified program Where I can teach other women to teach Fabu. I want Fabu to be more than just me. I want to spread fabulous everywhere. As a mother of two three-year old twins, a four-year old and a six year old, Morrissey knows the challenge of mothers who want to raise their children but also maintain their passion. I know as a mom its so easy to get lost in motherhood, says Morrissey, who says that it is the support of her husband, Kevin, who makes it all possible for me to follow my dreams and my passion. Morrissey says, I do believe your children do come first but at the same time its important to be true to yourself. You want to raise your children as a whole person. Its good to be a role model to your children. Through exercise, Morrissey is teaching her children that exercise isnt a

choice or option; its just what you do. When I became a mother, I was so committed to holding on to who I am, to be true to who I am. What I do is so important to me. Just seeing the faces of my students just leaving the class and thanking me for a great hour, physically and mentally to relieve all the stress, to walk out with a giant smile on my face it makes it so worthwhile. Dancing since she was four years old, Morrissey says I never feel more free when I dance; feeling a sense of freedom is nothing more important to me. It makes me let go of whatever can be clouding my mind, gives her more energy and to eat healthier. I look forward to that amazing sweat that we get at the end of class, says Morrissey. I help others to fall in love with that. I want to help people fall in love with fitness and fall in love with themselves. Whether you are not there right now, you can get on the road to getting there, concludes Morrissey. Its about getting on the road and getting in the process to love yourself. For more information, go to

Q. Tell me about your practice? A. I am a neurosurgeon who specializes in minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery at Executive Spine Surgery in Hackettstown, NJ. I completed two fellowships in complex spine surgery at Stanford University in California and interventional and minimally invasive spine surgery at Semmes-Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute in Tennessee. I focus on treatment of spinal disorders through pain injections and minimally invasive spine surgery. Q. What is minimally invasive spine surger y? A. It is spine surgery with a skin incision less than 1-inch, but it is more than just a small incision. The surgery is done through a tube in between back muscles to decrease muscle damage and weakness caused by muscle retraction. Do not confuse minimally invasive surgery with the term microsurgery. Microsurgery only refers to the use of a microscope not the size of the incision or the amount of muscle damage. Q. How is endoscopic laser spine surger y different than minimally invasive surger y? A. Endoscopic spine surgery

is state-of-the-art minimally invasive spine surgery. A micro video camera is inserted through a small incision to the damaged area of the spine. The camera projects the images onto a video screen so the surgeon can easily visualize the pathology. Tiny instruments are inserted through the camera to remove herniated disks, fix arthritis or fuse the spine under direct visualization. The media often emphasizes lasers but they are only one of the many endoscopic instruments. Q. Why is endoscopic spine surger y better than traditional surger y? A. Traditional surgery is more destructive in its approach to the spine for the problem being treated. The larger the incision the more collateral tissue damage and consequential scar tissue that forms. This scar tissue may result in future difficulties. Endoscopic spine surgery is extremely minimally invasive, even for minimally invasive spine surgery. The incision is very small (the size of a fingernail) and there is minimal damage to blood vessels, muscle, ligaments and bone producing very little blood loss. No general anesthesia is required decreasing medical risks and improving access to surgery for high-risk patients. These benefits result in less post-operative pain and quicker recovery.

Q. What types of conditions can endoscopic spine surger y treat? A. Treatment is effective for conditions that cause back pain, leg pain, numbness and weakness, such as arthritis, bone spurs, bulging discs, stenosis, herniated disc, facet joint disease, sciatica, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis (slipped spine), instability and others. Q. What are the surger y options? A. Endoscopic Rhizotomy treats back and leg pain originating from facet joints and medial branch nerves. The medial branch nerves are found and cut through the endoscope. Patients usually have almost immediate pain relief lasting for years. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) only damages the nerve and usually provides pain relief for six to nine months. Recovery time ranges from one to three weeks. Endoscopic Discectomy treats back and leg pain resulting from herniated or torn discs pinching the leg nerves causing sciatica. The disc is found and removed through the endoscope, providing quick pain re-

lief. Recovery time ranges from two to 6 weeks. Endoscopic Fusion treats degenerative disk disease, spondylolysis (pars fracture), spondylolithesis and instability that cause back pain. The disk is removed through the endoscope and spinal endplates are prepared for fusion under direct visualization. Endoscopic fusion is done under general anesthetic with nerve monitoring to facilitate insertion of a cage and spinal instrumentation. Recovery time ranges from one to three months. Q. Why can you help people others say they cannot? A. Traditional surgery is limited because the surgeon requires direct vision of the pathology with their eye or microscope. The endoscope camera visualizes areas that are not usually accessible, through foramen and around corners. This greater visualization combined with less damage and surgical risk increases the spectrum of pathology that can be treated safely. This allows treatment of spinal disorders others say they cannot treat. This happened many years ago in orthopedics with introduction of endoscope to knee surgery. Today no one doubts the incredible benefits of endoscopy of the knee. We are seeing this happen with spine surgery. Q. Can you help ever yone? A. Not everyone can be helped or will be satisfied. This is still spine surgery. I do sincerely believe that in those that

are not improved, the negative consequences of the open techniques are at least avoided. Endoscopic spine surgery is the next advance in the treatment of spinal disorders. Q. Why doesnt ever yone do this surger y? A. These procedures require a unique combination of skills that take time to acquire; it is a hybrid procedure that falls in between interventional pain and minimally invasive spine surgery. They are cutting-edge techniques. I believe that with time these procedures will replace most open surgeries of the spine similar to orthopedic, urology, general and gynecological surgery. Endoscopic spine surgery is the future.

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he final count on the "Pink Extentions for the Cure" fundraiser at Alfonso's Salon is in. The salon rasied $3005.00 in Oct, Nov, 2012. Alfonso would like to thank everyone who participated. Of the $3005, a total of $2005 was raised through the application of pink extensions and related staff donations of tips, as well as donations collected at the Wine Rack liquors, Vallentinos Pizza restaurant, Pure Wireless Verizon store, Flanders Cleaners, and Manderine Village chinese restaurant. Alfonso and his team raised the additional $1000 through application of pink

"Pink Extentions for the Cure" Fundraiser at Alfonso's Salon

extensions to the nursing staff at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Alfonso would like to thank everyone at the salon and Morristown Memorial who participated to make our fundraiser a success. Special thanks to staff members Cara DeMare, Melanie Hughes, and Maria the cosmotology student from Somerset VoTech. He would also like to thank all of the nurses at Morristown Memorial that particpated and Martha Lopez and Colleen Golden, for getting approval for the fund raising event at the hospital. The salon donates 100% of the profits to

Pictured are (l to r) Janet M. Jannelli, Community Events Manager for the Susan G. Komen Cure of North Jersey, Melame Hughes and Alfonso Merola.

the Susan G. Komen Cure of North Jersey. Susan G. Komen for the Cure, formerly known as The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, often referred to as simply Komen, is an organization supporting breast cancer research. Since its inception in 1982, Komen has raised over $1.3 billion for reasearch, education and health services, making it the largest breast cancer charity in the world. Today, the Komen organization is recognized as the leading catalyst in the fight against breast cancer, with more than

100,000 volunteers working in a network of 125 US and international affiliates. Susan G. Komen for the Cure received Charity Navigator's highest rating, four stars. Alfonso's Salon will do the "pink extention's for the cure" fundraiser again in October, 2013. We hope we can count on everyone again. Alfonso's Salon is a full service salon specializing in all aspects of hair care. Alfonso's is located on Route 206, in Sutton Plaza, Flanders, NJ.

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ast week the Silhouettes gymnastics team at CS Gymnastics of Flanders, was excited to see how many cartwheels they could each do within a two minute time limit. It wasnt just to settle their curiosity, but to help a local Flanders CS Gymnastics team family work through a tragic death of a family member. The Cartwheel A-Thon for Katrina was the idea of CS Gymnastics team member Sophia Lemongello and her mom, when they learned of the situation that their fellow CS Gymnastics team family was going through. The CS Gymnastics families had a week to gather sponsors to contribute donations per cartwheel or a general gift. After a brief warm up time, the girls lined up for cartwheels. At the coaches signal all

Cartwheels for Katrina

you could see were 22 sets of legs in air, and parents counting cartwheels. At the conclusion of two minutes, 1,113 cartwheels were rolled over, and 419 push ups where cranked out for Katrinas three daughters. It was great to see us all

cheering each other on. We all were excited to be able to use our love of gymnastics to help out one of our own., commented CS Gymnastics director Cheryl Moormann, who also contributed 60 cartwheels to the total.

All pledges and donations are currently being collected, with hopes to reach a minimum goal of $500.00. For further updates on Cartwheels for Katrina, go to

ounty College of Morris (CCM) will hold an open house for adults Thursday, March 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Student Community Center, Davidson Room, on its Randolph campus, 214 Center Grove Road. Anyone who has been out of high school for a few years is welcome to attend. CCM faculty and advisers will be on hand to address those special circumstances facing adult students, such as juggling work, family and college. Participants also will have an opportunity to learn about financial aid and discover what career possibilities may be best for them. Given the increasing cost of college tuition, community colleges present an affordable option for enhancing a career, transitioning to a new one and developing additional areas of expertise. At CCM, students can select from more than 70 degree and 30 certificate programs. The $30 application fee will be waived for anyone who applies for admission at the open house. Those who wish to register for classes at the open house should bring the following items, if applicable: 1) an official high school transcript or a copy of their GED, 2) an official college transcript in a sealed envelope, 3) SAT scores. Open house visitors can park in Lot 6. For more information, go to or call 973-328-5101.

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From left to right is Per Taylor and Aaron Benson touching a python which is around Kiki at a recent event at the Stepping Stone.

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ew Jersey students who plan to continue their education should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Its the only way to apply for state, federal and/or institutional financial aid. Students and families who need help to complete the application should take advantage of free assistance offered at College Goal Sunday FAFSA Day, an annual event which has served hundreds of students in the past five years. The program is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA), the state agency dedicated to helping students with information and financial resources for college, university or vocational school. Data shows that 90 percent of students who submit a completed FAFSA enroll in postsecondary education, said HESAA Executive Director Gabrielle Charette. Filing a FAFSA is also the only way to qualify for New Jerseys Tuition Aid Grant, one of the most generous need-based aid programs in the U.S. College Goal Sunday FAFSA Day will be held between 1 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17 at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, and between 1 and

Free Statewide Event Helps New Jersey Students Open Doors To Financial Aid
4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the following locations: Camden County College, Camden; Kean University, Union; New Jersey City University, Jersey City; New Brunswick High School, New Brunswick; Ocean County College, Toms River; Passaic County Community College, Paterson; Mercer County Community College, Trenton; Cumberland County College, Vineland; and Centenary College, Hackettstown. HESAA co-sponsors the event with the New Jersey Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NJASFAA), which represents about 100 higher education institutions and organizations. NJASFAA President Karen Sokol said students should file a FAFSA regardless of whether they have been accepted to their school of choice. "We invite all potential students in New Jersey to take advantage of College Goal Sunday FAFSA Day, so they can complete and submit the application correctly, well in advance of the deadline, she said. The event helps first-generation and lowincome students, along with veterans, the unemployed or those in need of retraining, and individuals who receive social services. All students, however, are welcome. Each session includes a 30-minute presentation in English and Spanish, followed by one-on-one assistance to complete and submit the FAFSA. The sessions are staffed by financial aid experts from HESAA and educational institutions across New Jersey. Students who complete the FAFSA can enter a raffle for a $500 scholarship awarded at each session. Please visit www.njcollegegoalsunday. org for specific locations, and to see a checklist of documents needed to complete the FAFSA. Advance registration is suggested but walk-ins are welcome. The snow date for all locations is Sunday, March 3, 2013. College Goal Sunday FAFSA Day is made possible in part through a grant from USA Funds.

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Great Prices, Service Drives Customers To New Local Honda Dealer

shop us last. Give us the best price and we will beat it by $300. Customers can also take advantage of the service department opened Monday through Sunday; free loaner cars with every service; free car wash with every service; and free shuttle service within a 15 mile radius. Pearce says Hackettstown Honda will service any make and model, not just Honda. We really make it easy, says Pearce. We make car buying more of an experience as opposed to a hassle. The showroom floor features eight new Honda vehicles, with 300 new cars on site ready to purchase, as well as more than 100 used vehicles. Honda sells themselves, says Pearce, who has worked in the car industry for the past 13 years. Honda is very reliable, has the highest resale value in the market, and offers very competitive program for leasing. Like the saying, everyone knows someone who loves a Honda, Pearce says we want everyone to know about Hackettstown Honda. We want everyone to know someone who loves the Hackettstown Honda. All the technicians at Hackettstown Honda are certified mechanics. The store received a customer satisfaction score of 96 percent out of 100 percent. As a way to be a part of the community, Pearce says were trying to get involved with the community, such as sponsoring teams, offering small donations for recreation or the schools in both Hackettstown and Mt. Olive, to do whatever we can to be involved. As a way for saying thanks for helping out, Pearce says Hackettstown Honda offers a referral program in which $200 will be given to any customer who refers any family member or friend to buy or lease a

By Cheryl Conway ebruary is the month for love, but that is one feeling that wont run out of gas at the new local Honda dealer. Everyone knows someone who loves the new Hackettstown Honda on Route 46 in Hackettstown. Established eight months ago, Hackettstown Honda is opened seven days a week offering the latest and greatest in new and used Honda models at the best prices guaranteed. The store provides retail, sales and a service department to local customers and surrounding areas. With the closest Honda dealer 16 miles away, local residents no longer have to travel too far for great service and the best deals. Were trying to get our company established here, says John Pearce of Fanwood, general manager of Hackettstown Honda. The closest Honda dealers are Joyce Honda in Denville and Phillipsburg Honda. Honda decided that having a location in the Hackettstown/ Mt. Olive area would be beneficial based on statistics that show how many cars are registered in the vicinity. Having a nearby location will help customers to not have to travel so far, says Pearce. At Hackettstown Honda, Pearce says

new vehicle. We are always here to help out the community, says Pearce, who enjoys his career with Honda. I love the customers, the product, says Pearce. Everyday, I love dealing with the customers and we are lucky to have a great product to sell. It makes our job easier when you have a good product to sell. For the best prices, service and coupons, visit Prices for oil changes are as low as $19.95.

In 1878 Thomas Edison Measured The Total Eclipse of the Sun with Great Fanfare & Poultry Accommodations
application than practical application which gave him further notoriety for this celebrated eclipse event. In his work to improve Bell's telephone, Edison adopted compressed carbon as a telephone transmitter material - the "carbon button" telephone. He discovered a problem, the handheld hard-rubber telephone mouthpiece absorbed heat from the hand which transmitted pressure to the carbon button that resulted in loud static on the telephone line. He called it molecular music thermal motions of iron molecules - thermal expansion. He realized that this phenomenon could be applied to measuring radiant heat. Edison felt certain his device could measure the corona's heat during the forthcoming eclipse. He called his instrument the tasimeter. He wrote to astronomer Professor Langley and offered his tasimeter for his eclipse project. Langley insisted on conducting astronomical tests with his device before setting off to the eclipse. He wrote to Edison in early June asking him to send a tasimeter to the Allegheny Observatory for tests. Langley did not receive the instrument from Edison. What Professor Langley didnt know was that Edison himself was going to this eclipse in Wyoming. He did not get the invite from Langley and the leading astronomer team, but got his invite from Henry Draper, a wealthy medical doctor with an interest in astronomy. Edison joined the Draper party at the eclipse site with his tasimeter. Edisons trip to Wyoming was met with much fanfare including courtesy free passage aboard the Union Pacific Railroad Company. The New York press was at the Pennsylvania Railroad depot and recorded his parting words: "Yes," said Thomas Edison, "it [the tasimeter] will measure any degree of heat that can be measured. If the sun's corona has any heat of its own . . . the tasimeter will measure it accurately." When Edison arrived at Rawlins he found the professional astronomers already checked into the best rooms of the only hotel and claimed the most protected places to observe the coming eclipse. All that remained for him as a protected observation spot was a dilapidated but active henhouse. Among the hens, Edison used its doorway to set up his telescope and equipment. Edison was successful in getting a shot at the corona with his tasimeter. The New York

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by Michele Guttenberger homas Edison left his laboratory in Menlo Park, NJ, for an eventful trip to Rawlins, Wyoming, on July 18, 1878. It was an expedition that found him in a brief interlude sandwiched between his great endeavors - the phonograph (1877) and the incandescent lamp (1879). It provided him time for travels. At a young age of 31, he had become a famous inventor and the national press gave him title of Professor Edison for his modern day wizardry. However, Edison never had formal schooling or a degree. This irked many in the higher academic and scientific world. Likewise, Edison had almost no respect for either higher education or pure theoretical science. But, he had invented a measuring device that had more scientific

Herald reporter dispatched his report, "When but one minute of totality remained Edison succeeded in crowding the light from the corona upon the small opening of the tasimeter. Instantly the galvanometer cleared its boundaries. Edison was overjoyed." Langleys own equipment failed to detect the corona. Edison mockingly dedicated the tasimeter without patent to "the dilettantes in the higher branches

of science." Langley had his revenge by inventing the superior bolometer a few years later. Discover Edisons other inventions. Please visit the Thomas Alva Edison MuseumNPS Open Wednesday through Sunday. Hours are 9:00am 5:00pm Fee is $7.00 - 211 Main Street West Orange, NJ 07052 Visit website for more details dex.htm

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he Sussex County Arts and Heritage Councils annual Skylands exhibit has become a benchmark for quality art shows in the New Jersey highlands. All artists 18 years of age or older are invited to submit entries, and all media are accepted.

Call to Artists 26th Annual Skylands Regional Juried Art Exhibit

Last year 80 works of art were selected from over 400 entries by artists in the tristate area and beyond. This year the cash prizes total over $2,000. The juror is selected by a committee of experienced artists and professionals. This year Lydia Viscardi, a mixed media artist whose award winning fine art work is frequently on exhibition and is widely collected. Recent exhibitions include Flower (RE) Power and Splash, both at the Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT, Thick & Thin at Brooklyn Fireproof Gallery and Mic:Check at Sideshow Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Ms. Viscardi is the Gallery Director and Curator of the Betty Barker Gallery at the Carriage Barn Arts Center, home of the New Canaan Society for the Arts in CT. She teaches Studio Art at Quinnipiac University and Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, CT and paints portraits working on commission. Ms. Viscardi received a BFA from CW Post College of LIU, after studying two years at the Toledo Museum of Art School of Design, Toledo, OH, and received a MFA in mixed media from William Paterson University of NJ. The exhibition is well attended by the public and highly regarded by artists of all levels of experience. The gala opening

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reception, with champagne/wine, catered hors d'oeuvres and entertainment, will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 4 to 6 pm. The reception serves as a major fundraiser for the Council. Awards will be presented at 5:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance by Friday, April 19 and $25 at the door. Selected artists will receive a complimentary reception ticket. Reservations can be made by calling the Council or by going to http//www. Artists interested in entering can download the entry form by going to the Councils website, scrolling down and clicking on the link on the right. You can also call the Council at 973-3830027 or visit the gallery at 133 Spring Street, Newton, NJ. Hours are Tuesday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show continues through June 1 and can be viewed during normal hours Admission to the show is free.

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ids are more likely to eat what they help cook or bake. So if youre looking for ways to get your kids to eat more nutritious foods, its time to get them into the kitchen. That wont be hard with a delicious recipe for Peanut Pumpkin Muffins. Incorporating nutritious ingredients, such as peanut butter, can play a role in maintaining a healthy diet for the whole family. Peanut butter contains protein, fiber and good fats, which can provide long-lasting energy. One serving of smooth-style peanut butter offers a natural, plant-based source of eight grams of protein and more than 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients. From measuring and dumping ingredients, to whisking, pouring and sprinkling, kids of all ages will have fun making these wholesome treats. Get more nutritious, kid-friendly recipes at

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Making Muffins...
continued from previous page six ingredients until well mixed. In large bowl, whisk together brown sugar, molasses, oil and one egg until combined. Add the other egg, pumpkin and vanilla, and whisk again until combined. Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients, alternating with buttermilk, until just combined, being careful not over mix. Stir in 1/2 cup peanuts. Pour batter into prepared muffin pan, filling each one about 3/4 full. Sprinkle top of each muffin with remaining 1/4 cup chopped peanuts. Bake until puffed and golden brown, and a toothpick inserted into the center

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Are you ready to meet Randall from Eleventh Hour Rescue? Do you love a senior dog that still has lots of love to give? Looking for that special dog, but want one beyond the puppy stage? Randall is between 1-2 years old, but he looks and acts much younger. He is recovering from heartworm treatment and doing very well. He is a pit/lab mix and a true gentleman. This well behaved prince of a pup has a beautiful grey and white coat with a touch of brindle mixed in making him a very handsome guy. Please consider adopting him. To complete our adoption application, to read more about Randall, to see all of our adoptable pets, or to make a donation please visit: or call: 973-664-0865.

This beauty is Belle from Eleventh Hour Rescue. She is 8 years old and a total sweetheart of a dog despite her past mistreatment. She is the total embodiment of a dogs mission in life to be mans best friend. She is kind, warm, loving, gentle, quick to please, and a willing companion to all who will give her a chance. She was saved from a high kill shelter just in time, with less than 24 hours to go before her time was up. Her previous owner was sent to jail and therefore he was forced to give her up. For Belle, this almost led to her demise at the high kill shelter, but now that shes safe with Eleventh Hour Rescue and available for adoption to a home that will love and care for her forever, she is much better off now. Her foster Mom says that she is housebroken and a total joy to have at home. Next up for Belle is to be adopted into a loving, quiet home, so she can begin the next phase of her life. To read more about Belle, to see all of our adoptable pets, or to make a donation, please visit: or call: 973-664-0865.

Meet Mischief from Eleventh Hour Rescue. I was Mischiefs foster parent for almost two months. It only took less than a day though for us to become best friends. I renamed her Shadow around the house because she literally followed me everywhere, so close to the point I would sometimes almost trip over her. If we were sitting on the couch and I got up to go to the bathroom or something, she would get up right after me and wait for me outside the door. If I would leave the house for a few hours, my father said she would sit on the couch, looking out the window until I returned. She is the loving, loyal and makes you feel like you are the most important person in the world. At night, she loves to lie on the bed and cuddle with you. She usually let me sleep until about 8:30 or 9:00am. The only time she would wake me up earlier is if she really had to go to the bathroom, other than that she holds it through the night. She ate 1 cups of food twice a day and usually went to the bathroom within half an hour after eating. Throughout the day she enjoyed chewing on the rawhides and/or eating peanut butter, which she LOVED. She is house trained and crate trained. When you put her in the crate she does cry/bark a little, but then calms down after a bit once she realizes no one is home and is going to let her out. She is extremely smart. I taught her to sit and lay down in one day. I was still working with her to not jump when someone would walk in the door. She didnt do it to harm you; she was just really excited to see you. Once you say hello to her, she lies down and turns over for you to rub her belly (which again she LOVES). She is great with

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adults and older kids (about 6 years and up). I think with the little kids she doesnt realize how big she is and how playful she can be (but she doesnt attack them). She is okay with other dogs. During a walk, she met another pit-bull and they were playing for about 20 minutes. I am not too positive how she is with cats. I had two and personally I think she will be fine with them, but mine just wanted nothing to do with her. I think she was just really curious what they were and wanted to play with them. When she got near one, he would swat at her and she left him alone so it would just take time for them to get use to each other. She does not bark a lot at all unless there was a new person by the house or other dogs were barking at her. To read more about Mischief, to see of our adoptable pets, or to make a donation, please visit: or call: 973-664-0865.

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The Growing Stage: Then and Now

winners Celeste Holms and Gale Sondergaard grace its stage. During the mid-1940s- early 1960s, the Palace become a popular movie house. However, attendance started to decline. In 1981, the theatre saw itself changed into a moving company warehouse.a purpose it served to 1994. Meanwhile, there was The Growing Stage theatre. Founded by Executive Director Stephen L. Fredericks in 1982, it had a small professional staff and a number of volunteers. The theatres goal was to bring quality professional theatre to children and their families and it dreamed of becoming the states performing arts center for children and their families. Initially, its main stage productions were performed at the Black River Playhouse and the Williamson School in Chester, New Jersey. However, in the 1990s, it found itself in need of another venue and the Palace theatre was in need of another owner. When we moved out of the Williamson Building in Chester it was because the borough and township that owned the property wanted to sell the old school for a lot more money than we had or could possibly raise in order to not only purchase, but also maintain [it]. One of our trustees was in real

by Elsie Walker n its early days, the building at 7 Ledgewood Avenue in Netcong was a theatre where a variety of live entrainment thrilled its audiences. Later, it became a popular movie house. However, things started to decline and entertainment was no longer part of its life. It became a moving company warehouse. The place was no longer the Palace it once was. However, that changed in 1995 and now not only have new generations been bringing live entertainment to the theatres stage, but theyve also been learning the joy of the performing arts. The place is the Growing Stage Theatre in Netcong. A look at the theatre then and now was recently shared through its website, executive director, and performers. The theatre started as the Palace Theatre in 1919. It certainly lived up to its name. Becoming an entertainment landmark for 50 years, it was home to vaudeville, silent movies, minstrel shows, local high school plays and more. A highlight of its history came in the 1930s when The Hopatcong Broadway Players , a summer troupe of nationally known actors, used the theatre to try out productions headed to Broadway. The Palace saw the likes of academy award

estate and found the Palace just before it went to sheriffs sale. It was a tremendous risk, but how often do you find an abandoned theatre for sale. The fact that it had no heat, electricity, or a roof above the fly building, seemed secondary to the possibilities, shared Fredericks. The first production there was The Wizard of Oz in March 1, 1996.

The Palace theatre as it looked in the 1930s.

When asked about the most memorable production held at there, Fredericks shared,: Impossible to answer after 31 years of doing this work, but for sheer daring and accomplishment I have to go with opening night of the Palace because it was such a creative, inspired community and group continued on next page

continued from previous page effort. We purchased the Palace in 1995 and through mostly volunteer support, spent almost a year cleaning it out, stabilizing the property, installing electricity and plumbing. We built a temporary stage for the first season while we continued to raise money for other necessities. The night before we opened, I was in the bucket of a folk lift working a jackhammer to enlarge the space for the new exterior doors that were to be installed the next day. On our opening night, the plumber finally completed the heating system at 2:00 p.m. The doors were finally installed at 5:00 p.m. We did our cue to cue for lights at 6:30 p.m. I changed on the balcony and cut the ribbon with the assembled dignitaries at 7:00 p.m. and we started the show at 7:30 p.m. The temperature that evening never got above 50 degrees, but the support and love that was shared by the 300 people that attended that night made it truly magical. As an artist, you live for those moments. The theatre needed a great deal of work to restore it to glory. It would require a 17year renovation effort, capping at $2 million. In 2012, the theatre celebrated the completion of the final major capital project, the restoration of the Palaces front faade, During that time, Fredericks noted a

number of major milestone were reached, including having the property listed on the National, State and County Registers of Historic Places; receiving its first national recognition by the American Alliance for Theatre & Education in 2008 for making a significant contribution to the field of professional theatre for young audiences; and completing the restoration of the interior of the theatre which is highlighted by the murals created by The Growing Stage Resident Artist Perry Arthur Kroeger. Fredericks noted that the latter makes the space very special. Mostly recently, the theatre received Honorable Mention for the Most Write in Votes in the 5th Annual Peoples Choice Awards. The Growing Stage is known as Children's Theatre of New Jersey. Fredericks noted that its Board of Trustees first adopted that addition to its name in 2008 as a way to clearly define its place within the professional arts community in the state. The name became official when a bill sponsored by Senators Oroho and Bucco was presented before the New Jersey Senate in June, 2011 where it was approved 37-0. Indeed the theatre is the childrens theatre. It offers children and youth the chance to participate in productions and offers

workshops and summer camps in the arts. It is raising a new generation of artists. Matthew Fralley 15) and Hannah Percely (13) of Netcong, Samantha Grey (16) of Hopatcong, and Dalton Allison (14) of Andover are all in the upcoming production of JUNGALBOOK running March 8 17, 2013. Recently, they shared their feelings about acting and about The Growing Stage. This is not my first production at The Growing Stage. In fact, it is my 14th show at The Growing Stage in my four year existence at the theatre. My favorite role was when I played Wiley in Wiley and the Hairy Man in 2012. I have not done any work at any other theatre because I feel there is a certain loyalty and uniqueness to the way The Growing Stage operates. My favorite thing about acting is the ability to express myself without being, having to be myself. I also see acting as an escape from the normality of my school life, said Allison. Frailey will be playing Bagheera the Lone Panther in Jungal Book. Although hes acted elsewhere, hes been at The Growing Stage over five years and this is his 19th show. I love to be onstage and entertaining people. Ever since I first started in 2007, it kind of just started feeling like home. I used to play soccer and baseball and just never

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felt like I fit in. And when I am onstage, I feel like I am performing with family. It's just home. For Grey, acting lets her take on another personna, I love pretending to be someone that I'm really not. I think it's great when the audience gets drawn into a performance and they lose themselves in the story that we are telling. It's like playing make-believe and it doesn't matter how old you are. In Jungal Book I play Hathi, the Elephant, which is played by me and two others in order to create the illusion of the ginormous animal To say I 'like' acting would be an understatement, I love acting. I feel it is a way to channel your emotions and do things that challenge you, and to have fun! I love to put smiles on people's faces, and to see them laugh. To entertain is my passion, and its something I would like to continue my entire life. Acting is a way to take reality and make it something interesting and make everything seem larger than life. Having the experience to be in these plays is a blessing, and I am thankful . shared Percely. The Growing Stage has brought back glory to the once Palace. A place which was home to some of acting the greats of their time, is seeing itself reborn as a place for the newest generation to learn about, and enjoy, the performing arts.

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entenary College is one of 10 colleges in New Jersey to participate in New Jersey College Goal Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. February 24, 2013. This event, which is a financial aid seminar, was made possible through the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) and the New Jersey Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NJASFAA). During this event, volunteer financial aid professionals - including Centenarys Director of Financial Aid Evelynne Blatt and the entire Financial Aid Office - work one-on-one with students and families to help them complete and submit the electronic Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be completed to be considered for any financial aid for all types of education beyond high school. In addition to being open to high school students, members of the adult population are invited, including the unemployed, underemployed or those returning from military service. College Goal Sunday can also provide financial aid information and assistance to those who may need retraining or further education. Those who attend have the opportunity to win a $500 scholarship. This is a terrific opportunity for people

Centenary College Participates In College Goal Sunday

to learn about the financial aid process, which is a critical part of the college application procedure, says Blatt. It is our intention to answer questions and inform the public, so this experience is one that is positive and productive. To register, visit For more information, please call 908-852-1400, ext. 2207. Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College is an independent, coeducational liberal arts and career studies college distinguished by an accomplished faculty, small class size and diverse student body. Centenary is the only baccalaureate and masters degree granting institution in northwest New Jersey. Centenary Colleges main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County). The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in three locations: Hackettstown, Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey. The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.

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