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Vol. 1 No. 4 June 16, 2009
Roxbury High School’s Sports Performance
in Post-Season Competition
By Josh Lashley

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es, summertime is just about here and it’s
time for many of us to focus in on beaches,
barbecue’s, hopefully both of which are com-
plimented by a vacation or two along the way. But,
But, when all was before concentrating on those pleasant thoughts, let’s
take a quick look back at how many of the outstand-
said and done, it was ing sports programs at Roxbury High School per-
formed in post-season competition. The teams and
Roxbury celebrating a individual’s below, along with all of the student-ath-
2-0 victory. Lindsey lete’s who participated in sports throughout the
school year, deserve to be commended for their hard
Williams hit a two-run work and determination:
SOFTBALL:
double in the top of the Someone forgot to tell Roxbury that they weren’t
seventh inning to help supposed to make much noise in the NJSIAA North I
Group III tournament this spring. The reason was
propel the Gaels to simple, as the No. 16 seed, the Gaels opened play in Whole Foods makes a donation to Noah’s Ark.
the tournament by traveling to take on No. 1 seed
victory. Ashtin West Milford.
Noah’s Ark 8th Annual Golf Classic
Helmer collected the But, when all was said and done, it was Roxbury Offers Doggone Purrfect Time for Golfers
celebrating a 2-0 victory. Lindsey Williams hit a two-
shutout pitching run double in the top of the seventh inning to help There is a natural affinity between ani- the homeless pets at Noah’s Ark, the
propel the Gaels to victory. Ashtin Helmer collected mals and the game of golf, and golfers from Doggone Purrfect Golf Classic is for you.
victory. West Milford the shutout pitching victory. West Milford entered the all over are invited to celebrate that and The event offers golfers a chance to play
entered the game game with a record of 20-4. raise funds for homeless pets at the Noah’s one of the top 20 courses in the state and
The Gaels were defeated, 6-0, by No. 8 seed Ark 8th Annual Doggone Purrfect Golf win great prizes. “We’re offering special
with a record of 20-4. Pascack Hills in the quarterfinals of the North I Classic on Thursday, June 18, 2009 at the prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive,
Group III tournament. Brittany DeMaio was the vic- SkyView Golf Club, 226 Lafayette Road, closest to the line, and best team. We excit-
torious pitcher for the home team. Hills had a record Sparta, NJ. ed to be partnering with Jim Salerno
of 24-5 after 29 contests. Most people know that an “eagle” is a Automotive who is offer a Pontiac G6 GT
BASEBALL: score of two under par for a hole and a car as our grand prize,” explains Lauren
Jacob Lloyd had two doubles and a home run for
“birdie” is a score of one under par. But did Swern, Development Director at Noah’s
eleventh seeded Roxbury in a 7-5 North I Group III
you know that a ball that lands softly on the Ark. Many local businesses and friends of
quarterfinal round defeat to third seeded host
Paramus. The Gaels tallied three runs in the top of the green is said to “land like a cat?” Or that the “Ark” are sponsors for this event or
first inning, but Paramus answered with all seven of “let the big dog eat” means hit the driver? have donated prizes. “We could not offer
their runs in the bottom half of that inning. After 25 Whether you are a serious player who such a terrific day for golfers without the
games, Roxbury had an overall record of 12-13. knows all the slang or just a golf-playing continued support of the many businesses
Continued on page 10 animal lover looking for a way to support Continued on page 10
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Art Exhibit of Noted Local Artist, Dr. Lorraine Robertson
and at the Art Center busy in retirement that she things keeps you young at

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he Morris County ing, currently working in classes at the Morris
watercolor, pastel, oil and County Art Association, the Manatee and the Lakewood might have to go back to heart. The Library is located
Public Library is fea-
acrylics. She has taken Somerset Art Association, Ranch Art Club in Florida work to get some rest. Dr. at 30 Hanover Avenue in
turing an art exhibit
and also studies privately Robertson is a living testi- Whippany. Dr. Robertson's
of noted local artist, Dr.
with a local artist. She tells monial to the fact that keep- website is http://Lorraine
Lorraine Robertson of
us that sometimes she is so ing busy and trying new Robertsonsart.blogspot.com
Chester Twp. during the
entire month of June. The
Library is located at 30 Attention Schools, Organizations, Churches, etc.
Hanover Avenue in Send us your photos, press releases and upcoming events
Whippany. and we’ll publish them in our next issue.
During the entire month Email us at mjmediaeditor@gmail.com
of June, The Morris County
Public Library is featuring
in their Second Floor
Lounge area the work of
their Artist of the Month,
Lorraine Robertson. Dr.
Robertson is a retired
Family Physician from
Rockaway, and now resides
in Chester Township.
Among the many things that
have entered her life during
retirement, such as the
piano, the flute, ballroom
dancing, and acting (she
and her husband have per-
formed in thirteen musicals
in local community theatre),
she has thoroughly
immersed herself in paint-

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Special Olympics Event Brightens Up Rainy Day
By Kathryn Davis volleyball event in Lawrenceville. “After

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ray skies and drizzle didn’t dampen that, I was hooked.” She spent the next four
spirits at the Special Olympics years helping out, becoming involved with
Track & Field event held recently at committee work, and then taking the posi-
Hackettstown High School. Friends and tion of Assistant Volunteer Coordinator.
families came out to support participants at Last year she became Volunteer
this year’s local event, and the sun even Coordinator for Area 3, encompassing
made an occasional, though slight, appear- Morris, Warren, and Sussex counties. New
ance to lend its support as well. Jersey is divided into 13 separate areas
What makes this kind of event success- encompassing all 21 counties.
ful, and even possible, is the people who Talk to any of the spirited volunteers at a
give of their time and energy to volunteer. Special Olympics event and you’ll hear
When Elissa Karpf started with the Special similar stories. Jayne Krusman is a special
Olympics, she began by volunteering at a education teacher and the head coach for

Volunteers at the Area 3 Special Olympics Track & Field Event at Hackettstown High School includ-
ed, from left to right, Hackettstown High School junior Kaitlin Trudgeon, Walkill Valley High School
senior Jeremy Jessel, and HHS juniors Carlie Lopate and Danielle Schulaka.

Special Olympics at Lopatcong Elementary The events draw volunteers from all
School. When she started the program 15 over, including area schools. Carlie Lopate,
years ago, she didn’t realize the impact it a junior at Hackettstown High School and a
would have on her life. “I started with our member of the Key Club, brings an enthusi-
young children, kindergarten to second asm that is contagious. “Everybody loves
grade, just to get them involved in some- hugs,” she says, “and huge high fives.”
thing, to get them involved and to learn the This was the third time volunteering for
skills. Once you get involved, it’s very Jeremy Jessel, a senior at Walkill Valley
addicting, very rewarding. You can’t stop. High School. “I knew about the Special
We started with one child. I came to an Olympics and I signed up. It’s fun, exciting.
event and it grew. It hooked me right in. If It’s rewarding. You meet new people, make
we had a lot more that came and saw how new friends.”
rewarding it is and how important it is to the The mission statement of Special
people who participate, they would be Olympics is “to provide year-round sports
hooked and want to be involved too.” Continued on page 6
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Congratulations To Art of Dance in Chester
Lady. You can not self nominate, pay for, Randolph, Chester, Long Valley, Mt. Olive,
nor audition for this opportunity, someone Tewksbury, Hackettstown, Mendham,
within the "Astaire circle" has to nominate Randolph, Peapack/Gladstone and
you and then they review your work to Bedminster.
determine if they like it. They performed the opening number to
Within 2 weeks and multiple changes to the award show this evening and received
the version of the song, Valerie taught 44 thunderous applause! Our local kids were
young adults (ages 10-18), 43 girls and 1 GREAT! Not only was it a fantastic expe-
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Special Olympics... into it. They beat the older group by just
2.03 seconds. Our usual group has been
for a couple of months. “We help them to
practice for a few Saturdays prior to the
Continued from page 3 also their local training and program coordi- competing at the states in the summer event.” When their relay team won, Holzli
training and athletic competition in a vari- nator. “Special Olympics is great for physi- games, and they’ll be going again this was thrilled. “This was just the best event
ety of Olympic-type sports for children and cal and social development for people with year.” ever. They’re fabulous!”
adults with intellectual disabilities, giving developmental disabilities. That’s what our Participants in this event come from the From June 12th to the 14th, the 2009
them continuing opportunities to develop rec program focuses on,” she explains. three counties in Area 3. Local training pro- Summer Games will be held at The College
physical fitness, demonstrate courage, Wolf had two groups competing in the relay grams made up of various teams enter area of New Jersey in Ewing. More than 2,500
experience joy and participate in a sharing event. One group has been competing for competitions and are divided by age, abili- participants from across the state are
of gifts, skills and friendship with their fam- several years, and the second was new to ty, and sometimes gender. The largest group expected to attend, along with thousands of
ilies, other Special Olympics athletes and the Olympics. ”The thing about the relay is came from the Warren County ARC. Kelly families, friends, spectators and volunteers.
the community.” people love the individual events, but they Holzli, assistant director of recreation serv- More volunteers are needed and there’s still
Carol Wolf is the director of recreation really love being a part of a team. It’s nice ices, notes, “We usually bring the largest time to sign up. Go to www.sonj.org, email
services at the Warren County ARC. She is to see the kids coming along and getting group to the Area 3 event. We had 54 signed sportsinfo@sonj.org or call 609-896-8000
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Our Spiritual Landscape
Local Churches Offer Casual Worship
By Elsie Walker Hackettstown, have started addressing those needs by

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t used to be that on Sunday morning, many families got offering “casual worship” services. Although both
into their cars and headed for morning worship. churches call it casual worship, there are differences in the
However, now, between youth sports, and jobs which approach and style of their services.
require working on Sunday, it is difficult for some families “It allows people to attend a traditional service at a non-
and individuals to get to traditional services. Then, there traditional time,” explained the Rev. Chris Scriven, pastor
are those who are looking for a different experience. They of the Presbyterian church in describing his church’s serv-
have been away from church or never went there before ice.
and feel a little uneasy about the Sunday worship atmos- Held every Saturday at 5:30 pm, Scrivens describes it as:
phere. “a ‘come as you are’ type of service.” For example, a fam-
Recently, two area churches, Community Presbyterian ily that has just been to a child’s ball game could come right
Church of Chester and Drakestown United Methodist of to church without having to worry about going home and
changing clothes first.
Scrivens follows in the casual vein by wearing a shirt
and jeans, rather than a robe. However, the service, held in
the sanctuary, reflects what would be done on Sunday (ser-
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Roxbury High School...
Continued from front page
Noah’s Ark... Zack Izzo was the shutout victor on the Danielle Conwell paced fourth seeded
Continued from front page mound as Roxbury opened play in the North Roxbury with a hat trick in a 10-5 quarterfi-
and friends of the “Ark” throughout our Noah’s Ark. Notes Swern, “His putting I Group III tournament by topping sixth nal round loss to fifth seed Morris Knolls in
area who make this possible, starting with needs some work, but he’s good at retriev- seeded Morris Hills, 8-0. Brad Hedden the North Group III playoffs. Breanne
SkyView Golf Club,” she adds. Other busi- ing the balls that go astray.” Funds raised launched a first inning home run in the win- Cullen collected two goals for the Gaels.
nesses who have sponsored the event from the event will pay for food, shelter and ning effort. Roxbury tallied three runs in the Knolls outscored Roxbury, 6-3, in the sec-
first inning and five runs in the third. ond half.
and/or providing prizes include Marshall, veterinary care for Tiger and approximately
GIRLS’ TRACK AND FIELD: BOYS’ LACROSSE:
Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin 700 other homeless dogs and cats who make
Ariann Neutts placed third in both the Justin Meeth posted a team-high three
Attorneys at Law (Roseland), Animal Care their way to Noah’s Ark each year. goals for Roxbury in a narrow 8-7 NJSIAA
Centers (Flanders/Landing), Christie So if you can “stay out of the kitty litter 800 and 1,600 for Roxbury at the NJSIAA
State Group III meet. Her time in the 800 Group III defeat to Morristown. Connor
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Artigliere Wins State Championship

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CS Gymnastics Shadows Team
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Held in the sanctuary, the service has After the service, the worshippers go to Voted “Morris County’s BEST
contemporary Christian music with the the Friendship Hall for coffee and snacks. Transmission Shop” (Daily Record)
words on a screen, some prayer, and a short And although the thought was that the
message. service would just appeal to younger wor-
“Sometimes one of the youth plays a shippers, that isn’t so.
djembe or a guest guitarist helps out. It is a “ Much to my surprise, many of our
very informal worship, but still centered on older adults are coming to this service and
Christ,” said Mayer. enjoying it,” shared Mayer.
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Restaurant Celebrates Anniversary in Community
By Kathryn Davis National Restaurant Association, restaurants continued to attract new patrons while still Arizona, I got to do a lot with southwest Tex

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oday’s world is moving faster than will provide more than 70 billion meals and holding onto a loyal following? What is it Mex style. I got a lot of hands-on experi-
ever. With the rapid pace and daily snacks in 2009. On a typical day in America about Branda’s that made its recent 8-year ence. In California, it was more of the light
stress of our nation’s lifestyle, we’re a during 2009, more than 130 million people anniversary party such a grand celebration? fare, the California Cuisine. In Miami, I
people on the move. Yet with all our sched- will patronize a restaurant. With all the Joe Branda, son of owner Claude Branda, worked with what they refer to as Floribian
ules and appointments and commitments, choices of eating establishments, how is it says, “My father is the reason why we’re so Cuisine, a combination of Caribbean and
we still have to eat. According to the that Branda’s Italian Grill in Mt. Olive has successful. He makes sure everyone that South Florida foods; fresh seafood, gulf fish,
comes in here leaves with a smile. He’s the lots of citrus ingredients, and a lot of the
driving force, the backbone of this place.” Caribbean spices like jerk, toasted paprika,
He could certainly be right. Loyal cus- herbs, things like that.”
tomers have been returning to Branda’s for Some of his experiences went beyond the
almost a decade, knowing that quality and job itself. He recalls unique opportunities
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given the chance to work for a big luxury his specials. But he says, “I want to keep the
hotel company, spending time in different New York Italian traditional type of food
regions of the country. In November, he here, like when you go to Little Italy. That’s
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around the United States, and gave him a adds, “It’s not about being trendy. It’s about
new perspective on his work. being consistent.”
“It was a great experience,” Joe Branda At Branda’s, that also means fresh.
explains. “Working in New Orleans, I got to “Everything’s as fresh as we can get it,”
work with French and Creole cuisine. In Continued on page 14
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Restaurant Celebrates...
Continued from page 13 panion ordered a third. We decided to sam-
explains Joe. “Nothing pre-made, all ple each of the three together. My compan-
homemade.” On my recent visit to Branda’s, ion chose Honey Mustard Salmon, a gener-
I was witness to the weighing and rolling of ous portion of pan-seared salmon, moist and
that very fresh dough. The proficiency and flaky, glazed in a luscious honey mustard
efficiency with which they worked was sauce, served with seasoned crisp-cooked
delightfully impressive. vegetables and rice.
It was on this visit that a friend and I had Our second choice was a chicken dish,
the opportunity to discover for ourselves just Chicken Balsamico. The tender slices of
what has made Branda’s such an integral sautéed boneless chicken breast, roasted red
part of the community. peppers, and mushrooms in an herb balsam-
We arrived early on a Saturday, well ic reduction were served over penne pasta
before the dinner crowd, and were seated and sprinkled with fresh parsley.
immediately. Within minutes, we were sip- Our other entrée choice was a vegetarian
ping cold drinks and placing our orders. dish, Roasted Pepper and Mozzarella
There were some enticing appetizers. We Ravioli, and can be described with one
decided on the Eggplant Rollatini. Three word…outrageous. Each ravioli was stuffed
slices of breaded eggplant were each rolled with a rich filling, and the amazing cham-
and stuffed with ricotta and Parmesan pagne cream sauce was superb. Our waitress
cheeses, then baked and topped with fresh confided this to be her favorite dish, and it
mozzarella and Branda’s own tomato sauce. was easy to see why. “Rolling out the dough” Branda’s makes everything fresh, including their breads, foccacias, pizzas,
My friend and I forced ourselves to leave the Admittedly, neither my friend nor I were and calzones. From left to right are Jake Vnenchak, Joe Branda, and Claude Branda.
third roll on the plate to save room for our able to finish our three delicious entrees, but
dinners. This was not as easy as it sounds. our waitress was happy to package the left- celebrate eight years of successfully serving a variety of valuable offers and nightly spe-
Branda’s knows how to prepare eggplant! overs for us. its community. When Branda’s closed its cial events such as Ravioli Night.
Our house salads were a mixture of crisp Then, in speaking with Joe and his father, doors recently to celebrate their 8-year Branda’s Italian Grill maintains its suc-
romaine, large chunks of ripe tomatoes, red we learned that they have something unique anniversary, about 300 people attended. “If cess because it continues to provide its cus-
onions, and plump black olives, all topped and enticing for after dinner. “We have a anyone came and didn’t realize it was a tomers with the same quality and value since
with fresh Parmesan cheese. My companion pastry chef,” Claude told me. “Stacy; she party,” Joe said, “we just said, ‘come on in, it opened. “ We’re here seven days a week,”
had asked for bleu cheese dressing, and I does all our desserts. She does mini pastries, it’s on us tonight.’ We just wanted to cele- says Joe. “The dedication, the hard work,
opted for the house dressing, a light citrus all the cakes, all occasion cakes, and special- brate. We had a DJ, 15 trays of food.” being here early, staying late, for our guests;
choice that I would certainly order again. ty cakes; really nice stuff.” Over the years, some things have we want to make this a home away from
The accompanying basket of hot fresh- So, naturally, my friend and I felt we changed at Branda’s. In addition to the new home.”
baked bread begged our attention, but we owed it to my story to try one of Stacy’s pastry chef, there is now an extensive web- To discover what makes Branda’s Italian
were careful to leave room for the main desserts. Joe recommended the Amaretto site. Menus with all dine-in and take-out Grill so special, visit them online at
course. Orange Cake, so we split a piece. Served items are listed along with an extensive www.brandasitaliangrill.com or, better yet,
When our entrees came, it was not dinner with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and pizza menu that includes a great choice of at the intersection of Route 46 and Mt. Olive
as usual. Because I knew I would be writing sliced strawberries, the three moist cake lay- specialty pizzas. Daily dinner specials are Road in Budd Lake. Call them at 973-448-
about my visit, I hoped to order something ers had a light orange flavor and a velvety- posted by 4 p.m., weekly lunch specials are 0300 for more information. When I left that
with a special reputation. Knowing I would smooth icing. This distinctive treat was a posted Sunday nights, and the site includes evening, I brought home a pizza for the kids.
be taking home leftovers, I ordered two perfect ending to our meal. information on in-house and off-site cater- After all, everyone deserves a little
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