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Vol. 1 No. 6 June 16, 2009

West Morris Central High School’s Sports 5th Grade Recognition Project
Performance in Post-Season Competition
By Josh Lashley

es, summertime is just about here and it’s
time for many of us to focus in ob beaches,
barbecue’s, hopefully both of which are com-
plimented by a vacation or two along the way. But,
before concentrating on those pleasant thoughts, let’s
take a quick look back at how many of the outstand-
ing sports programs at West Morris Central High
Boys Tennis: School performed in post-season competition. The
teams and individual’s below, along with all of the
West Morris student-athlete’s who participated in sports through-
out the school year deserve to be commended for their
topped third hard work and determination.
seeded Fort Lee, The West Morris Central boy’s lacrosse program
advanced to the semifinal round of the NJSIAA
Public Group II tournament before losing a 10-5 con-
3-2, in the test to South Jersey power Moorestown. Sam
Morrissey and Tyler Bertsen each posted two goals
quarterfinal for Central. Mike Burton added a single goal for sec-
Flocktown-Kossmann School students pose next to their ceramic tile wall mural named “A World of
ond seeded WMC. Third seed Moorestown outscored Possibilities”
round of West Morris, 7-0, over the second and third quarters.

West Morris had a record of 15-5 after 20 contests. th Grade Students “Give Back” to Hemberger of the Flocktown-Kossmann Art
Department, each child created a design for
the North II West Morris advanced to the semifinal round
encounter against Moorestown after topping Ramapo,
their School The 5th grade students of
Flocktown-Kossmann School in Long their individual tile based on the space and
9-6, in the Public Group II quarterfinals. Sal Carfaro, Valley have once again worked together to ocean theme.
Group III. Mike Burton and Morrissey each recorded two goals create a ceramic tile wall mural based on a The designs were then transferred to a
for the winning side. WMC held a 5-2 half-time Space & Ocean theme appropriately named tile and carefully painted with under-glaze
advantage. Ramapo was the No. 7 seed in the brack- “A World of Possibilities”. They have dedi- and then fired in the kiln. The tiles were
et. cated the completed mural to the then pulled together into the complete wall
Berntsen collected a game-high six goals for WMC Flocktown-Kossmann School from the 5th mural and installed into Flocktown School
en route to an 18-2 opening round victory over West Grade Class of 2009 as their 5th grade by Greg & Lisa Burns and Sundance
Deptford. Burton and Brett Bononno both netted hat recognition project sponsored by the PTA. Construction. The mural is ten feet wide and
tricks in the winning effort for WMC. The mural was unveiled at the school art three feet high with 108 5th grade students
BASEBALL: show this past week. This is the third mural contributing to the project. This is a unique
West Morris lost, 9-5, to fifth seeded Nutley in the that has been created and has proven to be a “leave behind” project that the children will
quarterfinals of the North II Group III playoffs. WMC great artistic experience for the students be proud of for years to come. The children
trailed, 9-0, before scoring four runs in the bottom of while closely integrated with the science are leaving behind a legacy that benefits
Continued on page 8 curriculum. Under the direction of Melinda Continued on page 7

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Washington Twp. Memorial Day Observance
Get Creative This Summer Right: Thomas McBride, Jr.,
United States Navy Hospital
at The Chester Library Corpsman 3rd Class, Keynote
speaker at the Washington
“Let’s Get Creative” this summer at The stages will present a delightful version of Township.
Chester Library and explore the worlds of the timeless classic “The Wizard of Oz”.
music, theater, art, magic, puppetry, dance, Two performers play all the characters in Below: World War II Veterans,
science, books, live animals and much this fun-filled 45 minute production, it is Mary Darter and Raymond
more. The 2009 Summer Reading Program designed for ages 3 and up. Millhime, accompanied by
is open to young people in Chester Tuesday, June 30th at 7:00pm children Boy and Girl Scouts from
Township and Borough with a valid Chester who know their numbers and letters are Washington Township lay a
Memorial Day Observance
Library card. All programs are made possi- welcome to attend, “Bingo for Books”.
Wreath at the Township's
ble through the support of The Friends of Everyone leaves a winner.
memorial site located in Rock
the Chester Library and are free to partici- Tuesday July 7th at 10:30 am: Preschool Spring Park.
pants. storytime presented by Kiddie Academy.
Registration for the Summer Reading Thursday, July 9th at 2:00: Magician Mark
Club begins on June 22nd and will continue combines comedy and magic as well as a
through out the summer. Upon registration, free kazoo and jumbo library card for every-
each reader will receive a small tote bag one.
filled with foam flowers and stems to keep Tuesday, July 14th at 10:30: Preschool
track of their reading time. After 2 hours of storytime presented by Kiddie Academy.
reading they may exchange the stems for a Wednesday July 15th at 2:00: Leap into
prize. The library hopes to have a garden of “Eyes of the Wild” with Wallaby Tales
reading stems by the end of the summer. ( live mammals and or birds)
The following programs require registra- Tuesday, July 21st at 2:00:Rock and bop
tion on-line at with Mr. Brian and the Boppets and become
Wednesday, June 24th at 7pm: The Bock part of his band.
family and Luna will talk about the St. Thursday, July 23rd from 4:00-5:30:
Hubert program for therapy dogs ”Paws for Vagabond Jones will create a song, with the
People” and introduce families to the “Paws participants, to be performed at the conclu-
for Reading” program that will be starting at sion of the session. Ages 6 & up.
the Chester Library. Tuesday, July 28th at 10:30: Story time.
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Full Day Summer Camp Program Host Baseball & Softball Camps

his summer the Mustard Seed will be morning worship, indoor/outdoor activities, Washington Twp. Recreation is hosting Washington Twp. Recreation is also
providing an 8 week session summer wet & wild days, and structured activities; the “Complete Player Baseball Camp”, June hosting the “Complete Player Softball
camp for preschoolers ages 2 ? to 5. all geared toward preschoolers. There will 29th to July 3rd at Palmer Park on Bartley Camp”, July 6th to July 10th at Palmer Park
The program will run Monday through also be some offsite field trips to local Rd., in Long Valley. The camp is from 9am on Bartley Rd., in Long Valley. The camp is
Friday from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM and kick parks, post office & fire house. – noon, for Grades 2 thru 8 and the campers from 9am – noon, for Grades 2 thru 8 and
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West Morris Community Concert Band
to Perform in Chester

he Chester Township Recreation them in the local parades throughout
Committee will hold its Annual Mendham and Chester. Band Directors
Concert on Friday, July 3rd at 7:00pm Gary Quam and Tracy Burke work in the
in Chubb Park featuring the West Morris West Morris Regional School district.
Community Concert Band. If it rains we The concert is free to all. Bring your
will be in the Firehouse. chairs, blankets and picnic baskets for an
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Chester Farmers' Market Location
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Holistic Moms Network Schedules Meeting
olistic Moms Network: Morris Kevin Brown has taken the wise tradi-
County (West) Chapter will hold it’s tions of Weston A. Price and created a life
monthly meeting on Thursday, July changing diet and fitness program for
16, 2009 at 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Zion vibrant health!
Lutheran Church, 11 Schooley's Mountain For more information email: hmnwest-
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For our monthly meeting, our guest More about Kevin Brown:
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discuss "The Liberation Diet". Kevin is the Trainers Inc., one of the largest personal
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until noon at 100 North Road, Chester's no charge for seat checks; donations to Safe
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Plaza Family Care Welcomes Dr. Libert
ZUMBA and Boot Camp Now
laza Family Care in ing a patient, especially a
Hackettstown and child. This point is empha-
At Active Weih Fitness Studio! Chester. Plaza
Family Care, PC is pleased
sized by the recent Swine
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at Romano, owner of Active Weigh fun and therefore, it is not an exercise class to announce the addition of want and deserve to know
Fitness Studio, 244 Route 206, that people “have to” do, but rather they Melissa M. Libert, D.O., to the answers and any possi-
Flanders, NJ, is introducing two new “want to” do. Zumba participants do not its Pediatric staff. Dr. ble complications. I treat
fitness programs to his studio, Zumba and say “I should” go to class, they say “I can’t Libert, her husband and 21 my patients and their par-
Calorie Burning Boot Camp. wait” to go to class! month old son are new resi- ents the way I want to be
Zumba is being offered at Active Weigh Zumba can help you burn 600 to 1,000 dents of the area. She has treated,” added Dr. Libert.
every Tuesday at 6 p.m. and the first and calories per hour and can help you reshape the understanding and com- Additionally, she offers late offers eight physicians who
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class is taught by Susan Marone, who is a and lower body, abdominals, heart and relocated young families Wednesday to accommo- Internal Medicine, Wound
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Susan is certified by AFAA and has been tion of dance and exercise, designed to put Dr. Libert believes in Family Care, PC was They are open 7 days a
teaching group exercise classes for over 15 “FUN” back into fitness! Call Active answering all concerns of founded in 1973 and has week, 365 days a year and
years. So, what is Zumba? Weigh at 973-927-9400 to try a Zumba parents upfront. She knows two offices located in provide a ‘sick-waiting-
Zumba is a Latin-inspired, dance-fitness class today! how important the first line Hackettstown and Chester, room’ and ‘well-waiting-
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movements. tion? Calorie Burning Boot Camp Classes
Zumba is designed for everyone, no are forming now at Active Weigh Fitness Hello Golden Gate, Goodbye Russia
dance experience is required. Participants
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Burn calories, build muscle and lose
Discussion at the Washington Twp. Library

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formula makes it easy and fun for everyone. alized instruction from a Certified Personal resident, will discuss her book, place to call home. Hello Golden Gate is a
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Zumba combines high energy, motivat- goals. Call Active Weigh at 973-927-9400 Russia on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at 11:00 East from the early 1920's through World
ing music with unique moves and combina- to reserve your spot in our Summer Shape a.m. at the Washington Twp. Public Library, War II and Chinese Communist take over of
tions that allow the participant to dance Up Program today! 37 E. Springtown Rd., Long Valley, NJ. An China. Call the Library at 908-876-3596 or
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Recognition Project...
Continued fromfront page Special Olympics Event
both the school with a great piece of art- Captions: Picture #1 – “A World of
work and the children in knowing that they Possibilities” tile mural created by the 5th Brightens Up Rainy Day
each had a hand in creating it. Many thanks grade students of 2009 and dedicated to the
to the following people for their donations, Flocktown School in Long Valley Picture
time and effort in helping make this project #2 – Flocktown-Kossmann students show
a reality. Everyone’s hard work and dedica- off their masterpiece – Morgan Gelsinger,
tion truly show’s in the outcome of this Matthew Zockoll, Joseph Turriziani, Ryan
beautiful mural – Flocktown-Kossmann 5th Antonelle, Dylan Doris, Robbie Ambrose,
Grade Class of 2009, Lisa & Greg Burns, Brianna McAleer, Felicia Burns, Madelyn
Sundance Construction, Melinda Lindquist, Jackie Zarzycki, Julia Morelli,
Hemberger - Flocktown-Kossmann Art Samantha Garretson, Jessica Roman, Leah
Department, Flocktown-Kossmann PTA 5th Bataille, Jessica DeLaCruz, Samantha
Grade Recognition Committee. Picture Heditsch

Jayne Krusman has been coaching participant Meghan Brauss since she started in elementary
school. Meghan finished the day’s events with four medals.
By Kathryn Davis What makes this kind of event success-

ray skies and drizzle didn’t dampen ful, and even possible, is the people who
spirits at the Special Olympics give of their time and energy to volunteer.
Track & Field event held recently at When Elissa Karpf started with the Special
Hackettstown High School. Friends and Olympics, she began by volunteering at a
families came out to support participants at volleyball event in Lawrenceville. “After
this year’s local event, and the sun even that, I was hooked.” She spent the next four
made an occasional, though slight, appear- years helping out, becoming involved with
ance to lend its support as well. Continued on page 15

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Post-Season Competition... Annual Strawberry Festival at
Continued fromfront page
the sixth and one run in the bottom of the
holes. Chris Edler from Rumson was the
individual after winning a playoff against
Stanhope United Methodist Church

seventh inning. John Jerman posted a dou- Jon Hartman from Seton Hall Prep. Edler n June 20th from 9am to 3pm, the Of course, there will be Strawberry-
ble for the home team. Central, the No. 4 and Hartman both shot 74’s through 18 Stanhope United Methodist Church themed items such as Strawberry Shortcake
seed, exits the contest with a 15-11 record. holes. Christian Brothers Academy won the will be having its Annual with Cliff's ice cream, pies, cakes, jam, etc.
GOLF: overall team championship. Strawberry Festival. There will be vendors Also, there will be hot dogs. Come by and
Senior Joe Shoemaker advanced to the BOYS’ TENNIS: (Tuppeware, Mary Kay, crafters and more) spend a time of leisurely shopping. The
NJSIAA Tournament of Champions after West Morris topped third seeded Fort plus a flea market area. (Vendors and flea event will be held rain or shine. The church
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Ride for Awareness and Bicycle Safety Day

n June 28 The David D. Hammar rain date for this event will be July 5, but
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Bicycle Safety Day”. The event will be held please visit:
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Congratulations To Art of Dance in Chester
he Astaire Awards Impaired. Our Director, Valerie Harman, nated for best Broadway Revival. Realize Mendham, Peapack/Gladstone and
( is an from the Art of Dance in Chester was rec- that you can not self nominate, pay for, nor Bedminster.
annual event that honors choreogra- ommended as someone that could provide audition for this opportunity. Someone They performed the opening number to
phy in theater and movies. It was this an opening tap number with local talent. within the "Astaire circle" has to nominate the award show this evening and received
evening at the Fashion Institute of They saw some of her work and she was you. thunderous applause !!!! Our local kids
Technology. The proceeds support the selected to create a dance to Luck be a Lady Within 2 weeks and multiple changes to were GREAT ! Not only was it a fantastic
Auditory Oral School for the Hearing to represent Guys and Dolls that was nomi- the version of the song, Valerie taught 44 experience for these kids (and the parents
young adults (ages 10-18) - 43 girls and 1 who saw the show featuring top names such
boy - a brand new tap number. They had as Bebe Neuwirth, Liza Minnelli, Stockard
over 20 hours of rehearsal while juggling Channing, Allan Cummings, etc (see the
normal school, finals for some, rehearsals website for all the stars) - but a wonderful
for the recital, and life. recognition of Valerie who works tirelessly
The kids are from all the local towns with these kids. They even walked the red
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CS Gymnastics Shadows Team Shines Bright At States

t was no “Luck o’ the Irish” back in floor exercise, vault, and all-around by
March that gave the CS Gymnastics Siddarth Shanmugam, of Roxbury. First
Boys 2nd Place at the USAG Level 5 place on parallel bars by Nick Polk, of
Team Championship, held in Lyndhurst, NJ. Flanders. Jeremy Lefurge, of Andover and
All six Shadows team members had worked Olesh Krul, of Long Valley also showed
extremely hard all season, and had steadily great determination on floor and were
improved their scores at each competition. thrilled to earn second place with their team-
Team Captain Steven Hromnack, from mates.
Blairstown, proclaimed, “I was really proud March 28 the CS Shadows and Coach
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Special Olympics...
Continued from page 7 years ago, she didn’t realize the impact it over, including area schools. Carlie Lopate, people love the individual events, but they
committee work, and then taking the posi- would have on her life. “I started with our a junior at Hackettstown High School and a really love being a part of a team. It’s nice
tion of Assistant Volunteer Coordinator. young children, kindergarten to second member of the Key Club, brings an enthusi- to see the kids coming along and getting
Last year she became Volunteer grade, just to get them involved in some- asm that is contagious. “Everybody loves into it. They beat the older group by just
Coordinator for Area 3, encompassing thing, to get them involved and to learn the hugs,” she says, “and huge high fives.” 2.03 seconds. Our usual group has been
Morris, Warren, and Sussex counties. New skills. Once you get involved, it’s very This was the third time volunteering for competing at the states in the summer
Jersey is divided into 13 separate areas addicting, very rewarding. You can’t stop. Jeremy Jessel, a senior at Walkill Valley games, and they’ll be going again this year.”
encompassing all 21 counties. We started with one child. I came to an High School. “I knew about the Special Participants in this event come from the
Talk to any of the spirited volunteers at a event and it grew. It hooked me right in. If Olympics and I signed up. It’s fun, exciting. three counties in Area 3. Local training pro-
Special Olympics event and you’ll hear we had a lot more that came and saw how It’s rewarding. You meet new people, make grams made up of various teams enter area
similar stories. Jayne Krusman is a special rewarding it is and how important it is to new friends.” competitions and are divided by age, ability,
education teacher and the head coach for the people who participate, they would be The mission statement of Special and sometimes gender. The largest group
Special Olympics at Lopatcong Elementary hooked and want to be involved too.” Olympics is “to provide year-round sports came from the Warren County ARC. Kelly
School. When she started the program 15 The events draw volunteers from all training and athletic competition in a variety Holzli, assistant director of recreation serv-
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“Lunch N’ Learn” Long Valley Recreation Soccer Sign Ups
oin Us for a “Lunch N’ Learn” with Shannon Mail in registrations are now being accepted for the Fall must be received by June 15 to guarantee being placed on a
Maldonado, Health Education Program Coordinator at Season of Long Valley Soccer Association. The program team. Consider helping out by coaching, lining fields, or
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feel like so much as happened to this country in one teleprompter that is all he can say because if he actually had Now the people that already have health insurance pay for
month. Since my last writing we have had two auto to think for himself it he couldn’t. those that do not. This will just add more money to the peo-
companies go bankrupt. As unemployment rises to Some of the simple facts. About 3 months ago Obama ple that already pay. Did you know that his administration
record highs. I finally heard our President say that he grew said that he needed to pump billions in the economy to save want to tax the health benefits that people receive now from
up in Muslim surroundings. 600,000 jobs. Forward to June 09 Obama said he expects to their employer or pay for themselves? Most people may not
In his big speech in Cairo, he made the case that a nation pump more money into the economy to save 600,000 jobs. realize but if you get benefits from work or pay for them
like Iran should have nuclear power. They should get the So far he planned to save 1.2 million jobs and we lost more you do not pay federal taxes on those benefits. Guess what
assistance necessary to build nuclear power. Meanwhile we that that since his pumping money in the economy. you soon might have to. The funny thing about this is
are building windmills because he doesn’t approve of At one point we had countries afraid of us. To me that is Obama ran attack ads against John McCain saying McCain
nuclear power here at home. a good thing. Now they laugh. Obama runs around apolo- wants to tax your health benefits. Then it was no good but
These were just a few more things that really made me gizing for the United States. When in the Middle East why now that he is in office it is a good thing.
realize that we are doomed as a country and as long as didn’t he mention how many countries butts we saved. The Lastly I would like to point out that I am proud that
Obama and his cronies are in office we will continue on a list is long all because the evil United States went to anoth- Obama is turning us into Russia. He has appointed Czars
downward spiral. er country sacrificed our soldier’s lives to help liberate for many positions. It has finally happened. With the nam-
I will try to make this as simple reading as possible for countries including Kuwait. ing of Border Czar Alan Bersin, the Obama administration
all the cool-aid drinkers who still think Obama is our sav- His plan to help the auto industry was to give billions has passed the Romanov Dynasty in the production of
ior. of dollars to them so they would not go bankrupt. Guess czars. The Romanovs ruled Russia from 1613 with the
So far in the past six months in office, unemployment what happened? They did anyway. In fact he knew that all ascension of Michael I through the abdication of Czar
has gone up, housing is still a mess, we spent billions on along it was just a way for him to have the government get Nicholas II in 1917. During that time, they produced 18
bailing out auto companies and they still went bankrupt. We ownership in an American industry as he did with the banks czars. While it is harder to exactly count the number of
will have the largest national debt, more than 4 times the and insurance companies. In fact it really was a way for him Obama administration czars, with this appointment it that
amount under George W Bush. to allow the unions to come out of this surviving instead of we will now certainly in exceed 18. The funny thing about
Iran and North Korea are thumbing their noses at us and being eliminated as they should be. The unions got some- these Czars is that they report directly to the king himself
doing what they want. thing like 15% of the GM and people like you and me who Obama. Since when did this country become a country that
These are just a few of the great things that have hap- had GM stock have the paper it is written on to spend. In is run by a single person?
pened in the past 6 months. fact in a recent poll only 21% of voters nationwide support Well people all I can say to the people that voted for this
Now most of these are George W Bush’s fault. They a plan for the government to bail out General Motors as part guy thank you very much. In no time at all he will make
have to be. If they were not the Democrats would have of a structured bankruptcy plan to keep the troubled auto George W Bush look great when all is said and done.
nothing to say. giant in business. It is good to see there are some smart peo- In closing I would like to leave you with one of the best
Even the beloved president says he inherited debt and ple left in the world. quotes I have heard in a long time. "If al Qaeda wants to
that the recession is deeper than expected. Not owning up Let’s move on the Obama’s health care plan. He wants to demolish the America we know and love, they better hurry,
to the fact that could have maybe made some mistakes but make sure every American pays for health insurance unless because Obama's beating them to it"
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Harlin’s Point of View.... Tom’s Point of View...
We The People America is A Christian Nation
by Harlin Parker what was good for General Motors was by Thomas Lotito noon May 23 rd 2009, God shed his grace

ith this G-d awful year of 2009 good for the United States (“and vice versa” n May 23 rd 2009, I had the distinct on the Memorial ceremony at Rock Spring
just about half done, we’re see- – that’s the part that everyone leaves out). privilege of attending the Memorial Park. If you didn't make it this year try to
ing what many believe to be the And yet here we are. General Motors has Day service at Rock Spring park. make it next year, don't forget to bring the
bottom of the worst recession since the gone bankrupt. Whatever emerges from the This event was something wonderful, spec- kids. Spring into summer is my favorite
Great One. How long the bottom will last ruins over the next weeks, months and tacular and transcendent beyond our every- time of year, we have three holidays that I
is anyone’s guess, but the “guessers” are years will not be General Motors even day ordinary existence. It never fails to look forward to every year. On Memorial
guessing the American economy will begin though it will be called that. Mind you, I amaze me the sacrifices that the American Day we remember, on Flag Day we salute,
growing at the end of this year or the begin- don’t shed any tears for the company itself. soldiers past and present have made in order and on the fourth of July we celebrate.
ning of 2010. It is my hope that we will Let’s be honest here, folks, the company to keep America free. Thank you Forrest Burgener, not only
look at this current recession, this current deserved to go out of business, a thought With an assembled audience of Veterans for your service to our nation in Vietnam,
crisis, and make some fundamental changes that first came to me in 1973 as I drove the and civilians, (someone announced that but for your constant vigilance and service
that will help assure that our economy rock solid, durable, well made Chevrolet there was a 92 year old Marine present, to the American Veterans association.
works for the vast majority of Americans Vega (hint: I had to pay to have someone sorry I didn't get his name) the planes flew Sunday June 14th, is Flag day there are
and not just the privileged and elite few as take it away). over head as the Colonial Musketeers (they plans in the works for an annual ceremony
it has during the recent past. Most people now understand that the last performed flawlessly) played patriotic at Rock spring park, because of planning
Right wing economic slogans (we can’t several decades have been marked by the music, the Stars and Bars went before the and logistics with the Township the ceremo-
really call them economic theories – those ascent of right wing sloganeering mas- Knights of Columbus Honor Guard. ny might not officially occur until next year.
are backed up by rigorous academic analy- querading as thoughtful policy. The right’s We prayed with Pastor Froehlke and our Don't forget to celebrate the Fourth of July.
sis) such as the ever popular “Trickle contempt of “government” has brought elected officials, Congressmen Rodney In other news, the price of a gallon of
Down” and Ronald Reagan’s personal about the effective abandonment of govern- Frelinghusen, Freeholder Margaret gasoline is steadily rising. According to Ed
favorite, the “Laffer Curve,” have been ment’s proper role to oversee and provide Nordstrom, Committeemen Kevin Walsh Wallace, Inside Automotive, the banks,
shown to be little more than the empty ves- for an orderly and fair capitalist economy. and Tracy Tobin. How beautiful and inspir- overloaded with TARP money, (Troubled
sels of political hyperbole that they are. Businesses were left to run amok. Banks ing were the Lorelei's rendition of the Asset Relief Program) is taking that money
With the ever popular Trickle Down, the were left alone. Financial firms were National Anthem, my son asked me why I and investing in oil futures. This is causing
idea is that wealthy Americans will invest allowed to meld together and to push “prod- was crying, embarrassed, I told him it was speculators to drive up the price of a barrel
the extra money they’ll have from lowering ucts” that nobody could even pronounce let my allergies. The highlight of the afternoon of oil. Despite the fact that in the entire his-
their taxes into private business, putting alone understand. And all for what? Short was to hear Tom McBride speak ( recently tory of the oil industry, oil capacity has
people to work. However, opening and term wealth creation which went to the top wounded in Afghanistan) I was humbled by never been higher. There are tankers wait-
expanding factories in China and other third 1% or less of the people who live here. You the way Tom spoke, he admonished us to ing at sea with no where to dump their
world countries, exploiting children and know, Americans? "live life to the fullest". Truly God has great loads. This means that the laws of supply
adults living in extreme poverty, is not what It’s time to shake off the stupor of ortho- plans for this young man. Thank you and demand are not controlling the price of
the radical right wing politicians promised doxy. To the rigid and unyielding radicals McBride family and all veterans past and a barrel of oil.
us. Wealth trickled down, alright. Trickle like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, your present for your service to our nation, Since 2004 America's oil prices are not
being the key word. The wealth remained 15 minutes are up, at least for the majority you're our heroes. being controlled by the production of West
with the wealthy. The poor in third world of us. We need to remember that our I was not ashamed of the words spoken Texas crude. Instead they are being con-
countries got a little sustenance and the American government is “of, by and for” as the Veterans folded the American Flag. trolled by a handful of speculators in
American worker got… what? the American people. Let us be clear and The flag folding ceremony represents the Atlanta and London. Where do Barack
Charles Laffer’s Curve looked to understand that We The People have much Judeo-Christian principles this country was Obama and the Democrat monopoly con-
“prove” that when government lowers more influence over our government than founded upon, a symbol of life, the gress stand on this? The silence coming out
taxes, especially the top rates imposed on we do over Wal-Mart. We can, and we acknowledgement of eternal life and the of Washington is deafening. Gasoline prices
the wealthy, that the total amount of taxes must, use the power that rests with us all death and sacrifice of the soldier. Putting rising at the pump is a tax increase. Any
paid will actually go up, as the lower rates through our government (on all levels – our trust in God, a tribute to America, we economic recovery of the recession in the
release the power of country’s economic federal, state and local) to make America pledge allegiance, one nation under God, to third and fourth quarter of this year will be
bulls to charge ahead with business activity work for all of us. Fair regulation and over- protect our Flag and country from all ene- null and void , eaten up by the rise in oil
that was held back by those nasty high tax sight, done intelligently and diligently, is mies whether they be found within or with- prices.
rates. Well, that was true, a little bit, for a absolutely necessary to create and maintain out our borders. We honor Christ, that we According to a recent Gallup poll for-
little while. The true believers failed to see an open, fair, and level “playing field.” The may see the light of day and our women for mer Vice President Dick Cheney now has
the reality of diminishing returns as their rights of ordinary people, of ordinary work- their faithful support of their husbands and higher favorability ratings than House
precious Laffer’s Curve soon straightened ers, need to be understood, respected, and sons. We also honor the Jewish citizen and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Cheney has finally
out and went flat. Darn. protected, just as we understand, respect glorify the God of Abraham, Isaac and come out and defended the Bush adminis-
As to American industry? Well, you and protect the rights of our capitalists. Jacob, and the Father, the Son and the Holy tration's policies on the war on terror. How
don’t have to be very old to remember And we are all Capitalists. Ghost. ironic is it Harlin, that Obama is embracing
when General Motors was the pre-eminent We The People. What a concept, eh? This is patriotism my friends, this is the all of the Bush Administration policies on
industrial company, not just of the United You can reach Harlin at heart and soul of America, God is inter- the war on terror and the left is apoplectic?
States but of the whole world. It was said twined in all aspects of American life, Does President Obama talk out of both
with a fair degree of real conviction that America is a Christian nation. That after- continued on page 24
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Attention Schools, Organizations,
Churches, etc. Our Spiritual Landscape
Send us your photos, press releases and upcoming
events and we’ll publish them in our next issue.
Email us at
Local Churches Offer Casual Worship
By Elsie Walker In offering this worship opportunity, Scrivens said that

t used to be that on Sunday morning, many families got he found it “fills a niche that was deeper than expected”.
into their cars and headed for morning worship. He shared that there are families with children in multi-
However, now, between youth sports, and jobs which ple sports that could never get everyone together to attend a
require working on Sunday, it is difficult for some families Sunday service, but are now worshipping together for the
and individuals to get to traditional services. Then, there first time in years and are overjoyed by that.
are those who are looking for a different experience. They The Community Presbyterian Church is located at 220
Main Street in Chester.
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With thsi coupon. Not valid with Hackettstown, have started addressing those needs by offer- “ This service was started to give people a different style
other offers or prior purchases.
Offer Expres 7/10/09 ing “casual worship” services. Although both churches of worship. We hope to attract teenagers and those who cur-
call it casual worship, there are differences in the approach rently do not attend church, “said the church’s pastor, the
and style of their services. Rev. Bob Mayer.
“It allows people to attend a traditional service at a non- Held in the sanctuary, the service has contemporary
traditional time,” explained the Rev. Chris Scriven, pastor Christian music with the words on a screen, some prayer,
of the Presbyterian church in describing his church’s serv- and a short message.
ice. “Sometimes one of the youth plays a djembe or a guest
Held every Saturday at 5:30 pm, Scrivens describes it as: guitarist helps out. It is a very informal worship, but still
“a ‘come as you are’ type of service.” For example, a fam- centered on Christ,” said Mayer.
ily that has just been to a child’s ball game could come right After the service, the worshippers go to the Friendship
to church without having to worry about going home and Hall for coffee and snacks.
changing clothes first. And although the thought was that the service would just
Scrivens follows in the casual vein by wearing a shirt appeal to younger worshippers, that isn’t so.
and jeans, rather than a robe. However, the service, held in “ Much to my surprise, many of our older adults are
the sanctuary, reflects what would be done on Sunday (ser- coming to this service and enjoying it,” shared Mayer.
mon, scripture readings, etc).
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A Christian Nation...
continued from page 242 debt instead of investing in China and raise
sides of his mouth? In a recent speech it's own living standards.
Obama said that America cannot sustain the How embarrassing for America!!
current level of "deficit" spending, and According to Rasmussen's daily tracking
warned of skyrocketing interest rates for poll 53% of voters say they at least some-
consumers if the U.S. continues to finance what approve of Obama's performance so
government by borrowing from other coun- far. That’s his lowest level of overall
tries. We cannot keep borrowing from approval to date, forty-six percent (46%)
China. The Obama administration revised now disapprove.
its own budget estimates and raised the pro- Congratulations to Ken Short and Bill
jected deficit for this year to a record $1.84 Roehrich for their June second primary win
trillion-why worry, this is your children's for Township Committee. And to Chris
problem not yours ( sarcasm). Christie, winner of the Republican guber-
As the news media continues to be natorial primary. This year's race between
America's version of Pravda, the following incumbent Governor Jon Corizine and for-
story was not in the news. Treasury mer federal prosecutor Chris Christie is get-
Secretary and tax cheat, little Timothy ting national attention. It has become a
Giethner, on a trip to China was laughed at mini referendum of Obama and the
by an audience of Chinese college students Democrat's socialist tax and spend policies,
when he said " Chinese assets are safe". which have failed here in NJ. Remember
Giethner was in China to reassure the America's future is in God, not in an over
Chinese Government's fears that the bloated top heavy Federal Government.
American dollar was strong, amid concerns Agree? Disagree? You can reach me at
of inflation and a weak U.S. Dollar, and that
China should continue to buy America's
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Restaurant Celebrates Anniversary in Community
By Kathryn Davis service are a staple they can depend on. herbs, things like that.” food network. It was a weekend of nonstop

oday’s world is moving faster than In the beginning, the business was a Some of his experiences went beyond the work, cooking for thousands of people over
ever. With the rapid pace and daily father/son team effort. Son Joe, a graduate of job itself. He recalls unique opportunities the course of one weekend.”
stress of our nation’s lifestyle, we’re a The Culinary Institute of America, was Head such as the Wine & Food Festival in Florida. Since returning to Branda’s, Joe has
people on the move. Yet with all our sched- Chef when Branda’s opened. The family had “It was amazing. I got to work next to some incorporated some of his experiences into
ules and appointments and commitments, been in the food industry since 1914, and the of the best chefs in the world, ones from the continued on next page
we still have to eat. According to the tradition continued. Then, in 2004, Joe was
National Restaurant Association, restaurants offered a tremendous opportunity. He was
will provide more than 70 billion meals and given the chance to work for a big luxury
snacks in 2009. On a typical day in America hotel company, spending time in different
during 2009, more than 130 million people regions of the country. In November, he
will patronize a restaurant. With all the returned from a four-year tour that took him
choices of eating establishments, how is it around the United States, and gave him a
that Branda’s Italian Grill in Mt. Olive has new perspective on his work.
continued to attract new patrons while still “It was a great experience,” Joe Branda
holding onto a loyal following? What is it explains. “Working in New Orleans, I got to
about Branda’s that made its recent 8-year work with French and Creole cuisine. In
anniversary party such a grand celebration? Arizona, I got to do a lot with southwest Tex
Joe Branda, son of owner Claude Branda, Mex style. I got a lot of hands-on experi-
says, “My father is the reason why we’re so ence. In California, it was more of the light
successful. He makes sure everyone that fare, the California Cuisine. In Miami, I
comes in here leaves with a smile. He’s the worked with what they refer to as Floribian
driving force, the backbone of this place.” Cuisine, a combination of Caribbean and
He could certainly be right. Loyal cus- South Florida foods; fresh seafood, gulf fish,
tomers have been returning to Branda’s for lots of citrus ingredients, and a lot of the
almost a decade, knowing that quality and Caribbean spices like jerk, toasted paprika,

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continued from previous page At Branda’s, that also means fresh.
his specials. But he says, “I want to keep the “Everything’s as fresh as we can get it,”
New York Italian traditional type of food explains Joe. “Nothing pre-made, all home-
here, like when you go to Little Italy. That’s made.” On my recent visit to Branda’s, I was
what the people that come in here enjoy.” He witness to the weighing and rolling of that
adds, “It’s not about being trendy. It’s about very fresh dough. The proficiency and effi-
being consistent.” continued on next page

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Restaurant Celebrates... pagne cream sauce was superb. Our waitress
confided this to be her favorite dish, and it
our waitress was happy to package the left-
overs for us.
continued from previous page The accompanying basket of hot fresh- was easy to see why. Then, in speaking with Joe and his father,
ciency with which they worked was delight- baked bread begged our attention, but we Admittedly, neither my friend nor I were we learned that they have something unique
fully impressive. were careful to leave room for the main able to finish our three delicious entrees, but and enticing for after dinner. “We have a
It was on this visit that a friend and I had course.
the opportunity to discover for ourselves just When our entrees came, it was not dinner
what has made Branda’s such an integral as usual. Because I knew I would be writing
part of the community. about my visit, I hoped to order something
We arrived early on a Saturday, well with a special reputation. Knowing I would
before the dinner crowd, and were seated be taking home leftovers, I ordered two
immediately. Within minutes, we were sip- completely different dishes, and my com-
ping cold drinks and placing our orders. panion ordered a third. We decided to sam- DINE IN OR TAKE OUT
There were some enticing appetizers. We ple each of the three together. My compan-
decided on the Eggplant Rollatini. Three ion chose Honey Mustard Salmon, a gener- Monday - Saturday 11:00am - 9:30pm
slices of breaded eggplant were each rolled ous portion of pan-seared salmon, moist and Sunday 11:00am - 8:30pm
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cheeses, then baked and topped with fresh sauce, served with seasoned crisp-cooked
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romaine, large chunks of ripe tomatoes, red and sprinkled with fresh parsley.
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with fresh Parmesan cheese. My companion dish, Roasted Pepper and Mozzarella
had asked for bleu cheese dressing, and I Ravioli, and can be described with one
opted for the house dressing, a light citrus word…outrageous. Each ravioli was stuffed
choice that I would certainly order again. with a rich filling, and the amazing cham-

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continued from previous page site. Menus with all dine-in and take-out
and enticing for after dinner. “We have a items are listed along with an extensive
pastry chef,” Claude told me. “Stacy; she pizza menu that includes a great choice of
does all our desserts. She does mini pastries, specialty pizzas. Daily dinner specials are
all the cakes, all occasion cakes, and special- posted by 4 p.m., weekly lunch specials are
ty cakes; really nice stuff.” posted Sunday nights, and the site includes
So, naturally, my friend and I felt we information on in-house and off-site catering
owed it to my story to try one of Stacy’s as well. Visitors to the site will discover a
desserts. Joe recommended the Amaretto variety of valuable offers and nightly special
Orange Cake, so we split a piece. Served events such as Ravioli Night.
with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and Branda’s Italian Grill maintains its suc-
sliced strawberries, the three moist cake lay- cess because it continues to provide its cus-
ers had a light orange flavor and a velvety- tomers with the same quality and value since
smooth icing. This distinctive treat was a it opened. “ We’re here seven days a week,”
perfect ending to our meal. says Joe. “The dedication, the hard work,
It’s a credit to any restaurant when it can being here early, staying late, for our guests;
celebrate eight years of successfully serving we want to make this a home away from
its community. When Branda’s closed its home.”
doors recently to celebrate their 8-year To discover what makes Branda’s Italian
anniversary, about 300 people attended. “If Grill so special, visit them online at
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Over the years, some things have evening, I brought home a pizza for the kids.
changed at Branda’s. In addition to the new After all, everyone deserves a little
From left to right are servers, Patti Caruso, Laura Gattuso, Stephanie Heasman, and Toni DeCandia
pastry chef, there is now an extensive web- Branda’s.
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Hotbox “Street Cuisine”

otbox Food truck oven on a mobile trailer to porate events and private
started in spring caramelized pears and parties.
2009 by Chef Panna Cotta served from a The second truck is in
Michael Christiansen, a truck. Hotbox Street the works which is a 1973
native of Long Valley, NJ. Cuisine is bringing all of the mini Winnebago which
Michael has been fortunate things you love about all of spans 23 ft of cooking
enough to gain many expe- the above except with a space. Hotbox Plans to
riences from around the more approachable and become a fleet up and down
globe. He found through trusting environment. the east coast in the near
his travels some of his Chef Christiansen, a future.
favorite foods came from graduate of the Culinary Follow the truck on
some of the most authentic Institute of America, honed Twitter and Facebook
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great foods were the fresh- Ogden, George Morrone 887 1710 or on the website
ness by nature of limited and Michael Mina. Under
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Street food is usually sim- fresh ingredients handled
ple, quick fare; indigenous with care and simple tech-
to the region it is served. niques. Chef Christiansen
One of the best things about is currently the Principal
street food is the lack of Research Chef for Unilever
rules and pressures of eti- working on new product
quette. The eating experi- innovation for brands such
ence becomes strictly as, Bertolli, Ragu and
focused on the food. Knorr, which has given him
While street food has the opportunity to travel
been a main stay around the extensively gaining global
world for centuries, the experience in Mexico,
trend of street food is com- Spain, Italy, Germany,
ing onto the culinary scene South Africa, Argentina just
as one of the hottest trends to name a few. Now he is
in the United States. From bringing all of this experi-
coast to coast, foodies are ence to suburban New
flocking to the rolling Jersey.
restaurants for delicious Michael has taken a 1982
eats. In the recent past, Mini Cruiser and turned it
street food in the North East into a mobile restaurant
has been mainly relegated to serving the Long Valley
hot dog stands and Mr. area of Morris County NJ.
Softee but we are now see- The truck will be parked in
ing an emergence of high different location through-
quality, gourmet foods out the town. You may also
made with fresh and local have the opportunity to
ingredients. It is now not catch the truck at festivals
unusual to find items such throughout NJ. Hotbox is
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