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February 2014

Former Morristown Resident Alexandra Carpenter Heads for Sochi, Russia, with the 2014 Womens USA Hockey Team
school nearly every day. Everyone knew that she was an athlete, and she brought that same drive and perseverance to everything she did here work, play, friends, community. Elementary teacher Irene Avlonitis remembers her as conscientious and thoughtful, Alex was the quintessential Montessori student. Focused and reserved, she seemed mature for her age. She brought dedication and commitment to everything she did. One would have to say she had GRIT. On January 1, 2014, Alex Carpenter (Boston College,15) was named to the U.S. Olympic Womens Ice Hockey Team. Born in 1994, Alexandra Alex Carpenter will be just 20 years old in April, but shes already had an illustrious ice hockey career. Born in North Reading, Massachusetts, Alex moved with her family to Morristown, New Jersey as a child. She is the daughter of former NHL player Bobby Carpenter who played for the NJ Devils between 1993 and 1999. It was during his time with the Devils that he would help the team win their first Stanley Cup in the lockout-shortened 199495 NHL season. After retirement, Bobby Carpenter stayed on as an assistant coach, winning two more cups with New Jersey in 2000 and 2003. He even brought the Stanley Cup to Red Oaks in 2003. While living here in New Jersey, Alex became the first girl in 25 years to play softball in the Morristown Little League and was the first girl to ever play as a 10-year-old. She played pitcher, catcher and shortstop positions. She also started playing hockey. By her middle school years, Alex was following firmly in her fathers footsteps playing with a male hockey team that included her younger brother and Red Oaks/MCH Alum Robert Carpenter. She attended high school at The Governor's Academy, in South Byfield, Massachusetts, where she played for USA Hockey, the governing body of amateur level hockey, in a dynamic program for high school girls called the U18 program -- for players under 18. In the fall of 2013, Alex matriculated at Boston College and signed up with the Boston College Eagles women's ice hockey program, where she has distinguished herself and attracted the attention of Olympic hockey officials. An article written last spring for Boston College Magazine talks about Carpenters rise within the USA Hockey ranks, arrival at BC, and her bid for the Olympic team, training and qualifying at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid along with fellow BC student and player Haley Skarupa. When the national team roster was announced it included Alex Carpenter but not Haley Skarupa. That means Carpenter will be taking her junior year off from college, focusing all her efforts on workouts this fall with the national team and then, assuming she makes the final cut in December, preparing for the Olympics, which take place in February. (Boston College Magazine, Fast Break, Dave Denison) Recently, Alex Carpenter did make the cut,

hile she was at The Red Oaks School (then, Montessori Childrens House of Morristown) she wore her hockey jersey to

On January 1, 2014, Red Oaks School alum Alex Carpenter (Boston College,15) was named to the U.S. Olympic Womens Ice Hockey Team.

joined the U.S. Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team, and will be headed to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb 723. In USA Hockey Magazine Alex is quoted, It was an honor to be putting the Team USA jersey over my head, she says. Its really what every athlete in the U.S. dreams of. As one faculty member wrote across the top of a recent article about the USA team posted in the Red Oaks staff kitchen, GO ALEX!

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he Morris Educational Foundation (MEF) has ,announced that tickets are on sale now for its seventh annual Morristowns Got Talent Hollywood Edition! show. The talent show will showcase the best amateur talent from Morristown, Morris Plains, and Morris Township. The event will be held on February 26th, 2014, 7 pm at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, New Jersey. Over seventy acts auditioned for the show. There is a $1,000 cash prize for 1st place, $500.00 for second place and $250.00 for third place. Four distinguished judges from the arts profession will judge the competition. They are Alyssa Derling, performer, choreographer, teacher and artistic director for Derling Dance Arts; Anthony Krizan, premiere guitarist, songwiriter and producer in the New York metro area who rose to fame as a member of The Spin Doctors; Terrie Carr, Music Director and Midday Host at WDHA; and Jay Lustig Arts and Entertainment Editor for the Star Ledger. This years Master of Ceremonies and host of the show will be Morristown-resident Tara Bernie, senior producer for NBCs Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood LIVE. The Morris Educational Foundation is very excited about our 7th anniversary production of Morristowns Got Talent. We are

Morris Educational Foundation Announces Judges For 7thAnnual Morristowns Got Talent Hollywood Edition

proud to give our communitys local amateur talent an opportunity to perform in front of their hometown, and in a top notch facility such as the Mayo Performing Arts Center said Kim Pistner, MEF Board Member and Chairperson of the Morristowns Got Talent Committee. We are anticipating selling out the theater once again this year! Typically a sold out theater, purchase your tickets now for the event at the Mayo Peforming Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown, NJ; by calling 973-539-8008 or online at You can also be a sponsor or purchase an advertisement in the events playbill to cheer on the contestants and to benefit the Morris Educational Foundation. Download forms at Mill Creek Residential is lead sponsor fort this years show. The Morris Educational Foundation is a integral part of the Morris School District and this fund raising event will further the Foundations ability to distribute financial and other resources to and for the Morris School District for enrichment programs and other projects aimed at enhancing the quality of education and educational opportunities for students in the district, added Molly Servais, Chair of the Board of the MEF. Last year, the event raised over $50,000 for the Morris Educational Foundation.

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We will be holding a ticket pre-sale on Wednesday, february 26th at Mt. Olive High School in th Commons Area from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Cant make that date, go to to order your tickets or contact Mary Lalama at 973768-1815. You can also email us with any questions to mohsbandtrickytray@gmail. com

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

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Morristown Girl Scouts Mobilize to Feed Kids in Need

troops funds to have a party or go on a trip before graduation. Instead, they closed their bank account and used the money to provide lunch for two days for the children $250 worth of lunch meat, bread, fruit and vegetables. Then they used the remaining $100 to help pay for dinner for the kids. One troop leader even stepped up to buy a case of breakfast cereal, containing 96 individual bowls of cereal proving that even one person can make a big difference. Officials from the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges are grateful to everyone who took part in this effort. Lisa Kelly praised the overwhelming generosity of the Girl Scouts and all others who helped. The community really strengthened the Y, she said. Karen Robson said thanks to the outpouring of community support, many of our children never knew how close they were to missing a meal. We never had to look our children in the eyes and say that dinner was not coming tonight. Our children were able to laugh, learn and play because of this support.

irl Scouts from the Morristown Service Unit rose to the occasion when they heard an urgent call to provide food for needy children. It all happened earlier this month, when the East Orange YMCA was making a change to a new vendor that would provide a healthier menu for 210 children receiving federally subsidized meals. There was a seven-day interruption in services and thats when the Y staff, community members, area businesses, local religious groups and the Girl Scouts all rallied to help. Together they provided 300 breakfasts, 300 lunches, 1,000 dinners and thousands of

healthy snacks. Morristown Area Girl Scout troops donated 32 full bags of food. Daisy and Brownie troops joined in the effort, contributing snacks, juice, fruit and more at their January 4throller skating party in Florham Park, attended by over 200 kids and 100 adults. Cadettes in Troop 813 provided over $300 of lunch meat and 50 pounds of fruit. Cadettes in Troop 457 and Senior Scouts in Troop 415 donated 15 pounds of lunch meat and 12 loaves of bread. Ambassadors in Troop 2070, a group of high school seniors, could have used their

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Age in Place with help from VNA

n an AARP survey of New Jersey residents over age 50, 84% of respondents said they would prefer to age in place in the comfort of their own home. With some assistance from the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA), thats an achievable goal for todays seniors. In fact, the VNA offers flexible, customizable private care services a few hours each week, full-time or on a live-in basis. Theres no need to let chronic conditions and routine symptoms of aging hamper independence and quality-of-life. Its also not necessary to rely solely on a loved one for household assistance, transportation, meal preparation and other essentials. A carefully screened, specially trained VNA certified home health aide can provide those serv-

ices, along with companionship and encouragement. Aides and other home care professionals from the VNA are welcome visitors in the homes of residents across north and central New Jersey and theyre carrying on a distinguished tradition of caring that

began in 1898 and has thrived for more than a century. For further information about the VNAs Private Care Services program and a free, no obligation consultation, please call 1-800WE-VISIT (1-800-9384748).

Seniors Helping Seniors Comes to Morris County with Home Care and Employment
day life commitments, said Doris Dorey, SHS co-owner. Services provided may include companion care, respite for family caregivers, shopping, preparing meals, light housekeeping, transportation, medical/dental visits, house maintenance, small repairs and yard work. The care usually is provided in the seniors home but services also can be provided to seniors who may live with a relative or reside in an assisted living facility. Bringing seniors who need help together with seniors who want to provide help is the cornerstone for Seniors Helping Seniors success, said Doris Dorey, operator of the Morris County franchise and a 25-year Morris County resident. We carefully match the interests and needs of our providers and receivers, and find that seniors who work with other seniors understand and appreciate the challenges of remaining independent. Our caring seniors know from their own experiences the importance of respect, understanding and compassion. Our services are cost-effective because they are designed to address each clients individual needs versus charging for a standard minimum amount of time, Ms. Dorey said. We provide reasonable hourly rates for seniors who want services and reasonable hourly wages to seniors who provide them. Ms. Dorey, a Montclair State University graduate, has more than 20-years of human resources management experience, including Patient Care Home Health Services, health insurance and educational technology. A Certified Senior Advisor, she is a member of the Morris County Society for Human Resources Management and holds a Senior Professional Human Resources certification. It was her late fathers need for assistance that brought Ms. Dorey and her SHS coowners, her sister, Sue Erskine, and niece, Tricia Izadi, together to launch SHS here and in San Diego. (Ms. Dorey operates the Morris County enterprise while Ms. Erskine

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eniors Helping Seniors (SHS), a unique in-home services company that matches seniors who need help with caring seniors who want to help, has come to Morris County. Seniors Helping Seniors provides a wide variety of support services for seniors who choose to remain independent in their own homes, as well as flexible employment opportunities for seniors who still want to work, and peace of mind for the adult children of seniors who often struggle to balance their parents needs with their own day-to-

and Ms. Izadi operate two in San Diego.) Our father was an active, successful businessman diagnosed with Alzheimers in his mid-70s. As his illness progressed, we experienced firsthand the challenges and rewards of being caregivers while providing respite for our stepmother who lovingly cared for him at home, Ms. Dorey said. He also had two wonderful senior caregivers who became his friends and provided the support that allowed our father to continue the activities that made him happy, despite his cognitive issues. Each SHS care provider undergoes a thorough background investigation by an independent company specializing in these services to help ensure the safety and welfare of each SHS client. We want our clients, their spouses or companions and their adult children to have the same sense of trust we had with the caregivers who worked with my father, Ms. Dorey said. Persons seeking or providing care can contact Ms. Dorey at 973-435-4873 or by email at SHS, with franchised operations throughout the country, was created from SHS Chairwoman Kiran Yocoms personal mission to care for those unable to care for themselves. Ms. Yocom worked with Mother Teresa in India for 14-years prior to coming to the United States.

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Shared Health Services Move in Morris County to Save Taxpayers Money

mental health specialists, or sanitation inspectors. From 2009 until late 2013, the town has only employed one sanitation inspector. Rogers says that hiring an additional sanitation inspector had been on Morristown's agenda for quite some time, and that the move to provide the town and county with a second sanitation inspector has been easier on everyone involved. He explains that one of the biggest benefits is cost savings. Before the move, it would have cost Morristown more money to employ two full-time sanitation inspectors, especially when additional costs such as benefits were factored in. Before implementing the move, Rogers worked with Morris County to see whether it was possible for their health division to take on the needs and demands of Morristown as well. The county responded quickly, saying that it would be willing to cover Morristown too. Morristown is home to many different licensed restaurants, a town pool, and similar services. Obtaining coverage for these areas and more adds a level of safety and value to the community as a whole. Along with saving taxpayers money over the years, another benefit of the move is that two crucial part-time positions have been filled, a public health educator and a public health nursing supervisor. Additionally, County Health Officer Carlos Perez recently replaced Darleen O'Connell, the town's former health officer, who retired. Perez began his new job at the end of January. Ultimately, the services will help save taxpayers more than $570,000 for the duration of the agreement. The agreement happened relatively quickly, and went into effect in January 2014. Rogers says that there were almost no

By Kate Halse ntil recently, Morristown and Morris County have had separate health services and related expenses. All that changed when Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty announced an agreement between Morristown and Morris County to share health department services. Mayor Dougherty, who announced the move just two weeks into his second term, predicts that this move will help save taxpayers nearly $600,000 over the next several years. During the first regular council meeting of the year, Mayor Dougherty explained that the move for shared services makes sense, both financially and for the community. The overall goal is to save taxpayers money while providing quality health services for members of the community. Mayor Dougherty points out that the move allows for extra savings as well as a higher level and quality of service. Town Business Administrator Michael Rogers is equally enthusiastic about the shared services move. He points out that the move allowed Morristown to finally secure a health officer, which is a requirement for the town. He also noted that up until 2009, Morristown had two registered environ-

issues or challenges along the way, which helped make the process run a lot more smoothly. He says, "I'm glad that we were able to put this agreement together with the county so quickly." He continues, "This is a great example of a municipality with a county sharing services, and it makes a lot of sense in the health area." Rogers notes that it also helps that he has a good working relationship with the department of emergency management, particularly because of the communication services they provide.

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A Fresh Point of View
informed of the benefits of regular eye care. J. C. Reiss Optician has been serving New Jerseys optical needs for over 120 years. We believe in providing high quality service and developing lasting relationships with our customers. We offer a wide selection of designer frames and sunglasses for adults, as well as over 400 childrens frames in our pediatric department. We are located at 25 South Street, right in the heart of Morristown. Our hours are weekdays 10 to 6, Thursdays, 10 to 7, and Saturdays, 10 to 4. To schedule an appointment for an eye exam, please call 973-538-5287. P.S. The potential for vision loss that is associated with glaucoma can be averted if you have your eyes examined regularly. or most of us, at some point in our lives, we are very likely to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses. If we do not need lenses to correct refractive errors including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, nearly all of us will require reading glasses to correct for presbyopia. Vision-correction lenses aside, scientific research studies have shown that we should all protect our eyes from the suns damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV has been shown to cause vision threatening conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration and corneal damage. There are several other eye diseases and conditions that have the potential to threaten vision which can only be detected with a comprehensive eye exam. It is our sincere hope that reading this column will keep you

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage In Morristown Collects Toys For Tots

in Morristowns efforts to give back to the community doesnt end with the holiday season. The offices agents, brokers and staff volunteer and give throughout the year to many charities, often through Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares, the companys philanthropic arm. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Morristown can be reached at (973) 2678990. Listings can be viewed at w w w. c b m o v e s . c o m / M o r r i s t o w n ConventStation. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New Jersey and Rockland County, New York, a leading residential real estate brokerage company, operates approximately 56 offices with approximately 3,000 sales associates serving all communities from Rockland County, N.Y. to Monmouth County, New Jersey. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New Jersey and Rockland County, N.Y. is part of NRT LLC, the nations largest residential real estate brokerage company. Visit for more information.

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

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

Reunited After Three Months

too, but she was having problems getting around. Colleen was concerned that Shirley may have trouble taking care of Mitzvah. Colleen agreed to come over and check on both of them until Shirley was able to do more on her own. Ever since then, Colleen has been going over to Shirleys house once a week to check on Mitzvah and her owner. Shirley is slowly getting back on her feet. She has said how grateful she is for the staff at the Cat Chalet for taking such great care of her precious baby. Thank you for everything you have

done for me and Mitzvah, Shirley has said multiple times to Colleen. At the Cat Chalet, the staff makes sure your cat is happy, safe, and sound. Whether it is ensuring a beautiful reunion or making a cat more comfortable during its stay, the Cat Chalet will do everything it can to make every story have a happy ending. They are located in Randolph, NJ on Route 10. If you would like to see how the Cat Chalet can make a difference in your cats life, call ahead for a reservation, 973-989-6160, and visit the website, .

were patient and slowly let Mitzvah come to them. Soon, she started eating wet food and wanted to walk around the kennel. After a few weeks, Shirleys daughter sent another e-mail: her mother was returning home and after a few days of adjusting back to her house, she wanted Mitzvah home with her. However, Shirleys daughter had a full work schedule and family obligations, and she couldnt bring the cat back to her mom. As it turned out, Shirley lived in Hackettstown where one of the Cat Chalet employees, Colleen, lived. Colleen offered to drop Mitzvah off at Shirleys house. When Mitzvah got home, she ran around the house, excited to be back with her owner. Shirley was excited to have Mitzvah back

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Local Author Ronnie Hammer's Battles with Cancer Discussed in Newly Released Book
mostly from people she shared her story with. She found that the more she told her story to people, the more they suggested that she share it with a broader audience. At first, Hammer began by telling her story to those who were going through serious struggles. After noticing how much it helped them, she began to branch out. After her diagnosis, Hammer relied on her background and experience to get through the most difficult times. She previously worked in the Baltimore, Maryland school systems as a speech pathologist, then as an English teacher to newly arrived Jewish Russian immigrants. An internship with The Center for Pain and Stress Disorders in Morristown allowed Hammer to train with a Biofeedback professor from Columbia University School of Medicine, which gave her a deeper understanding of the human body. A subsequent job at the Biofeedback Clinic taught her more about how powerful the mind is for helping bodies heal, how stress can tremendously overwhelm a person's body, and how relief from stress can reverse any damage it may have caused. Hammer learned more about herself and the struggles that people face as she wrote her book, but the process didn't come without struggles and challenges. She recalls, "The biggest challenge was explaining my experiences accurately and in a way that made them come to life for the reader. I wanted to show the facts and the processes as they happened so readers would know what to expect in the treatments and not be blindsided like I was." To do this, she wrote in a way that allowed readers to understand the emotions she went through on her journey. She also did not want to sound as if she had all the right answers to cancer recovery, "knowing that not every cancer patient would have the same positive outcome as I did." Now that the book has been published, Hammer says that she is frequently told how courageous she is for writing about her

By Kate Halse ocal author Ronnie Hammer will never forget the terrifying moment when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Instead of letting her fear consume her, however, the En Garde: My Battle with Breast Cancer author took it upon herself to raise awareness of the disease and to help others who were struggling with serious issues. Although the journey hasn't been very easy, Hammer has learned a lot about herself, and others, along the way. Her book centers around "my secret weapon, a visualization in the form of a charming, imaginary six inch tall British gentleman named Percy Puddlethorpe." It was Percy who came along with her to her treatments and provided much-needed companionship during the most difficult periods of the battle against her cancer. In the short amount of time since the story has been published, Hammer has already seen the positive effect it has had on others. Hammer's inspiration for the book came

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personal story. She remarks that she doesn't see it as courageous, "but as sharing a wonderful technique that helped me get through the diagnosis and treatment of my cancer."

Making a "Super" Effort to Help

Community Options develops residential and employment supports for people with severe disabilities, utilizing technology and training. Here at the Morristown Daily Plan-It we keep very busy, said Janet Rosequit, Regional Director. Currently there are 24 individuals who come here Monday through Friday five hours per day. The optimum outcome from these experiences would be job placement in the community. In addition, here on site we also have a Supported Employment team, who help place and support individuals with outside employment. Through its Daily Plan-It locations, like the one in Morris County, Community Options offers office space with conference rooms rentals for small or start-up businesses along with a variety of low-cost services, including receptionist work, maintenance duties, filing, labeling, mailing and copying. Community Options also offers employment supports in its retail outlets, Presents of Mind a luxuriously appointed gift shop filled with trendy, classic, and humorous gifts, gourmet foods, local art, and exotic teas and Vaseful Flowers a florist shop. The services at all of these locations are performed by Community Options students, who are trained and guided by staff members. A big part of the success of the program is the dedication and caring nature of the staff, people like Donna Orr who takes pride in the success of her students. I have been working with a young lady who has been employed at Presents of Mind for the past two years, said Orr. She has enjoyed tremendous personal growth with her job skills as a sales associate. Her tasks included processing new inventory, maintaining displays, and working with customers to assist them with their shopping needs. Due to the success she realized working in our gift shop, she felt it time to expand her employment horizons and seek an opportunity in another setting. Throughout the job search process, she was invited to several interviews and accepted a position with the TJX companies, to work in a Marshalls department store. She now is employed as a Sales Associate, processing inventory, primarily shoes, in the stock room. Her co-workers find her a joy to work with and know they can count on her superior work effort. The Community Options enterprise, Presents of Mind, was invaluable in providing work experience that easily transferred to a position within the community. Students are referred to Community Options by the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities. Based on their capabilities each student is assessed and a plan for their individual growth is provided. The students families don't payout of pocket to have their children participate in the program. In addition transportation to the Speedwell location and back home is provided. The funding we receive for the individuals we support comes from a few different sources, Rosequit explained. Through Medicaid the state Division of Developmental Disabilities pays us directly per individual. The same agency also gives the guardian or parent a discretionary budget, with which they can decide how much time they are supported by us per day and they pay us directly. Finally the New Jersey Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation refers individuals to us to aid in job placement and support via a voucher program. Currently The Morristown Daily Plan-It location provides employment supports to over forty people with disabilities. In September Assemblyman Anthony Bucco (R-25) visited the Daily Plan-It and took the time to meet and interact with several of the participants receiving job training at the facility. He was impressed with the dedication of the staff and the depth of the options presented to the people working there. Calling it a great opportunity to learn about its workings Bucco observed, The Daily Plan-It run by Community Options, Inc. provides valuable services to the business community, while training and employing people with disabilities in an integrated community setting. All the while empowering these men and women with disabilities to benefit from and contribute to society. I think this is a wonderful win-win situation for all the individuals and businesses that are involved." Acting as a business partner to meet the needs of families with children with special needs Community Options works in tandem with both private and government agencies to screen, hire and train staff on proven methodologies of care and therapy services to create the best possible environment for people with special needs. This includes 24-hour residential services and supported employment matched with peoples individual abilities. The Morristown office opened in 1999 has been recognized by a number of political figures over the years. In addition to Assemblyman Bucco's recent stop, Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen visited in 2008, and in 2011, First Lady Mary Pat Christie toured the facility. continued on page 16

By Cindy Forrest hen Clark Kent, aka Superman, worked for the "Daily Planet" in Metropolis he was fighting for truth, justice and the American way. Today, at the "Daily Plan-It" in Morristown there are people working just as hard for positive outcomes - for people with special needs - and getting them. Upstairs at the Daily Plan-It is a conference and copy center designed to meet the needs of local businesses. Downstairs at the center the focus is on helping people with special needs, through one of many Community Options, Inc. offices. Together the upstairs and downstairs provide options and opportunities for businesses and individuals. For Morris Township residents Cathy and Jack Douma the Daily Plan-It has helped their son Jeffrey to become a contributing member of the community by not only working locally but also volunteering to help others. Jeffrey, 30, has attended the Daily PlanIt in Morristown since shortly after he graduated from school in 2005. He has autism and the program there has been great for him because it gives structure to his day. At the Daily Plan-It he learns job skills, social skills, and community integration. With the help of the Daily Plan-It staff, he has worked on a number of tasks (stocking supplies, yard work, vacuuming, cleaning) around the building, as well as in the community, Cathy explained. They have taken him to volunteer at local organizations like Washington Headquarters, Homeless Solutions, and the Morristown & Morris Township Library. A national agency and the seventh largest non-profit in New Jersey,

Staying Safe on Frozen Lakes

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

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

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

Educators needed at Historic Waterloo

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

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

business and property checks as part of our normal patrol related activities. In looking at the towns crime statistics, Stokoe reports that the last homicide was in 2011. We are always extremely low if any for rapes, robberies and arson incidents. However, occasionally we will experience them as well. Each year we do experience some burglary incidents which run fairly consistent year to year. Community cohesiveness definitely plays a role in Randolph in maintaining safety. Having a close knit community means that people care about the community, one another and what happens, says Stokoe. This equates into people being more likely to watch out for each other and to work with the police which makes for a safer environment for everyone. As far as improvement, Stokoe says I would like to see residents report suspicious incidents, individuals and activity immediately as it is occurring. This affords the police department with the best opportunity to positively resolve the incident. All too often residents wait until well after the incident or activity occurred or until the following day to report the incident which significantly reduces our ability to resolve the matter. The Randolph Police Dept. is also working very hard to increase our current staffing levels, says Stokoe. For a number of different reasons, including economic, the police department was operating at 28 sworn officers in 2013. Currently, it has 32 sworn officers on the force, with two additional officers scheduled to join in February. We will continue our efforts as our goal is to reach 36 officers in 2014, says Stokoe. Additional officers will allow us to increase our patrol and service related activities. Mount Olive Township To be ranked in the top 25 for safest communities in NJ is something to be proud. "I was pleased but not surprised to hear we were listed in the top 25 safest communities in New Jersey, says Mt. Olive Police Chief Mark Spitzer. We have been working hard at making a difference and I think we are being very effective." Spitzer commends his patrol and investigative divisions in helping to lower the townships crime rate. "I think key efforts that are impacting our lower crime rate are the way our Patrol Division thoroughly tours the township in combination with expert follow up investigative efforts our Investigative Division delivers, says Spitzer. Lieutenant John Glinko heads the Patrol Division, and as part of his command he assures that patrols focus on the Directed Patrol List (DPL) which concentrates the officer's attention towards predetermined problem areas for daily observation. The DPL has been effective towards reducing crime, traffic issues, and other quality of life issues in areas that have been identified by previous crimes and intelligence information. continued on next page

continued from previous page Our patrol officers take it personally when something happens in the town, says Spitzer. They make every effort to deter crimes, to follow up on crimes that do occur with professional investigations. Our Investigation Division, led by Detective Lieutenant Dunn, is also a big part of keeping Mt. Olive safe and each of the detectives is equally disappointed when safety is threatened." One security measure in town, that helps to defend vacationing home owners from burglaries, is the Mt. Olive Vacant Home Check program. Burglars often target victims while they are away on vacation or away for some other reason, like a family member's funeral. In the event a resident knows they are going to be away for a period of time they can register with the police department by going and looking for the vacant home registry. That will add the resident to the DPL and will direct officers throughout the day to check on the residence when available. The web page has proved to be a useful communications tool in assisting the community." In Feb. 2013, the MOPD received State Accreditation status by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP), after the department was tested and measured for two years for its "best practices" as delineated by NJSACOP's Accreditation Program. The program further illustrates our commitment as a police agency towards a positive culture; one that works collaboratively with our partners in the community, says Spitzer. We were also awarded National Recognition by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)." Spitzer says, "I believe we do have a strong "Community Cohesiveness" and I think that sentiment emanates from many places. The police department is only a part of that unification.

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Like us on facebook Tell Them You Saw It In The Morristown News, February 2014, Page 15 Certainly, our town government has adopted a very serviceoriented approach and Mayor Greenbaum is extremely responsive to suggestions and requests from the residents. Our Business Administrator shares that sentiment and strongly advocates a desire to be accountable; the Township Council shares this concern for safety and service. The attitude is becoming more and more the culture of Mt. Olive. Additionally and sadly, over the last several years we have seen our share of tragedies in the community, continues Spitzer. The way the community has responded, and in a large part, the manner in which the families who suffered losses themselves have responded, has brought us together all the more as a community. Hurricane Sandy is another recent challenge that strengthened us as a community." Like other communities, Mt. Olive strives to be even better and safer. "I think that one issue that is still plaguing us is the drug problem, says Spitzer. It is not contained to Mt. Olive alone but seems rather to be nationally epidemic. We continue to see the abuse of prescription drugs. When the demands for more pills increase and addiction worsens and prescription abuse becomes financially impossible, we see heroin being used as a substitute. Addiction issues lead to increased property crimes like burglary and thefts; it also increases violent crime as well. As a case in point, the subject arrested and convicted for robbing the bank in Budd Lake, as well as other banks in the area, blamed heroin addiction for his actions." As far as goals to seek improvement, Spitzer says, "Our initiatives remain the same, and that is to best identify what is causing crime and attack that specifically; all while continuing to determine probable areas where crime is most likely to occur and being there to deter, interrupt or arrest those who commit it." Roxbury Township Ranked 42 out of the top 50, Roxbury Police Chief James Simonetti is pleased with the townships accomplishment. I was proud of the accomplishments and successes of all the contributors in our Township, who strived to make our community a safe one, says Simonetti. My mind then shifted to think of ways to improve our efforts in combating crime in our community and ways to challenge ourselves so we can achieve a higher ranking. Compared to other communities, Simonetti says in Roxbury Our officers are empowered to be creative and take crime that occurs in their assigned area personally. We also have great support from our Mayor, Council and the Township Manager. They provide us with the latest technology and equipment to keep the department in the forefront of crime prevention and enforcement. As far as statistics, in Roxbury the violent crime (Murder, Rape, Robbery and Aggravated Assault) per 1,000 residents remained at .4 percent; its nonviolent crime rate (Burglary, Larceny and Motor Vehicle Theft) increased slightly by 1.1 percent per 1,000 residents. Although final numbers are not in from the NJ State Police, Simonetti says he believes we have lowered our crime rate. For unique safety initiatives offered to its community, Roxburys Detective Division had started an initiative to target suspected individuals that were pawning stolen property at locations that purchase gold and precious metals. They teamed up with adjoining towns, Hopatcong and Mt. Arlington, to create an informal task force, describes Simonetti. They quickly found the association between our current drug epidemic and our nonviolent crime, says Simonetti. continued on next page

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continued from previous page The suspects that are breaking into homes, cars and committing thefts are the same individuals selling prescription drugs and illegal narcotics in our area. In less than a year, they arrested over 100 individuals and our Burglary rate dropped 2.2 percent, our Thefts dropped 18.3 percent and our auto theft dropped 40 percent. For security programs, Roxbury police offer a Community Service Unit to provide information to senior high school students regarding recent crime trends and methods being used to commit crimes. We have an active relationship with our schools to provide a unified approach on keeping our children safe. Some of the special programs that we offer are Every 15 Minutes and Alive at 25 to our new drivers. If you are a victim of a crime we offer a crime survey and analysis to make recommendations to make improvements so that you make it harder for the criminal, explains Simonetti. Like the other safest towns, community cohesiveness shines in Roxbury. Our officers are involved in our community and our community is responsive and active in providing the information we need to improve our approach, says Simonetti. We have teamed up with our schools and communicate regularly with them. Our officers assist in coaching several sports in the school and build those critical relationships with the students. In addition, Roxbury Twp. has many safe places available for the youth, which include a very active library with many programs, before and after school care, a huge youth recreation program, the Recreation Complex and the Imagination Station Playground. All these facilities and programs offer

and support a safe environment for our children, says Simonetti. Many of these programs would not be possible without the volunteers who run them. Just in our recreation program alone there are over 300 volunteers. The community gives back and because of that we have residents that are vested in their community. They go above and beyond to make this a safe and positive learning environment for our children. The police department gives back to the community as well. The Roxbury Police Dept. has a special program in association with the PBA 311 known as COPS CARE. Active for eight years, this program has given $130,000 to needy families through fundraisers, such as whiffle ball tournaments, Flag Football vs. Roxbury Teachers, and other programs geared toward creating a bond between the community and police officers. Recently, the Roxbury PBA had a Veteran Appreciation Night and raised more than $15,000 that was donated to local veterans and programs for veterans. This is another example and bond that was initiated and developed by our officers and it is this bond that keeps the officers and community so strongly unified, says Simonetti. Roxburys approach has been recognized by national organizations like Americas Promise Alliance 100 Best Communities for Young People in 2011. This was a great achievement and was because of the cohesiveness and teamwork of all of the employees and residents in our community. In 2013, Roxbury Township Parks were ranked 13th nationwide by Coca-Cola National Park Contest. These achievements could not have been accomplished without the cohesiveness of our community, says Simonetti. As far as improvement, Simonetti says I

believe that if we continue our goals of increased community involvement we can improve our approach in fighting crime. The cost of technology has dropped dramatically compared to years ago and the ability to have your home or business alarmed and a camera system installed will provide the police department with evidence needed to solve your crime. Simonetti says the goals of the Roxbury police dept. is to continue to improve on the communication between our residents and our department. An informed citizen is better

equipped to protect themselves against crime. We implemented our Facebook page and it was greatly received by our residents and followers. The Township also has a Facebook page where all pertinent information regarding the town can be easily accessible. I want to build on that technology to provide information about crime trends and criminal activity to our community at a quicker pace. I want to also take this information and determine the best way to disseminate it to our residents who do not utilize the internet or technology.

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continued from page 12 Former Governor Thomas Kean shared his ongoing support for the Princeton-based non-profit as it celebrates its 25 year anniversary this month. Community Options has reopened doors and given hope to so many people with developmental disabilities across the country, said Kean. It is an honor to recognize such a wonderful and credible organization. Kean was New Jerseys 48th Governor, serving from 1982 to 1990. Thirty years ago, on May 24, 1984 he established a Governors Council on the prevention of intellectual and developmental disabilities. As a body, the Council was composed of Commissioners of various State departments and concerned citizens with distinguished records in the area of mental retardation and developmental disabilities. During his term in office Kean also signed legislation expanding the role of the NJ Department of Human Services from

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providing assistance to people with intellectual disabilities to supporting people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy and Traumatic Brain Injury. Community Options operates with a budget over $96 million and serves thousands of people with disabilities through 38 offices across eight states. Providing advocacy assistance to empower people with disabilities, Community Options believes that all people regardless of disability level should live and work in the community with dignity, choice, and self-determination. Community Options is always looking for support from the community in the form of volunteers, jobs for students, community out reach, etc. If you would like to get involved go to the website for more information: or call the Daily Plan-It (150 Speedwell Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960) at (973) 984-6545.

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Mansion in May 2014 to Benefit Morristown Medical Center

By Kate Halse ach year, the doors of the sprawling Blairsden estate in Peapack, NJ are opened to the public in May. This year's event runs from May 1 to 31, and the mansion is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds from this year's event will benefit an expanded pediatric intensive care unit and a new autism center at the Goryeb Children's Hospital at Morristown Medical Center. The magnificent Blairsden home once belonged to C. Ledyard Blair, a prominent New York City financier, sportsman, and commodore of the New York Yacht Club. With a total of 62,000 square feet, the Louis XIV chateau-style mansion attracted New York City's elite crowd, becoming a favorite destination during the Gilded Age. Guests enjoyed large, lavish parties, luxurious guest rooms, many miles of horse trails, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, several acres of formal terraced gardens, and the chance to swim at Ravine Lake. The home was designed and constructed between the years 1897 and 1903, and was considered a masterpiece of celebrated architecture firm Carrere and Hastings. The same firm is responsible for designing the prominent New York Public Library as well as the Frick mansion, which is now a museum. Over the years, Blairsden has been transformed, refreshed, and updated by over 50 interior and design landscapers. However, the changes have not disrupted much of the original architecture and landscaping that set the mansion apart from others when it was first created. An Italianesque formal hillside landscape greets visitors at the front of the mansion. Highlights include parallel rows of steps, each of which is separated by lush blooming plants and water. A pool and a fountain can be found farther down the hill, followed by several long sections of ramps that are elegantly paved with white and blue


stones in a mosaic pattern. Steep and dramatic, the hillside runs towards Ravine Lake and is accentuated by cascades, water jets, and around 75 fully-grown trees. The Blair family occupied the home until C. Ledyard's death in 1949. After he died, the 600-acre estate was divided. The mansion was sold to Sisters of Saint John the Baptist, who used it as a retreat center until the 1990s. During the time that the family occupied the home, all four of C. Ledyard's daughters were married at the home, with private trains that transported wedding guests from New York City. Today, visitors travel along a mile-long driveway that eventually leads to a 300-foot reflecting pool, large busts of the first 12 Roman Caesars, and more stunning displays of architecture. Tall, carved wooden doors give way to a long hall lined with walls that are carved of French limestone. 14-foot ceilings and over 24 fireplaces adorn the mansion. Since it began in 1974, Mansion in May has been a hallmark fundraiser in the area. Over the years, more than $8 million have been raised for Morristown Medical Center alone. Ticket prices range from $40 for advance sale tickets up to $100 for private and guided tour tickets. More information can be found at

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ince many people probably just got engaged over Christmas, New Years and Valentines Day, wouldnt it make sense to view a series of films about weddings? I mean, who doesnt like weddings? Well, The Morristown & Morris Township Library is here to help with that nuptial craving by featuring films about folks who are tying the knot! The free series of films will be held over fiveWednesdays in February and March with each film beginning at 6:45 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.). Refreshments will be served. This program is supported through funding from the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library. Wednesday, February 26, doors at 6:30 p.m., The Wedding Singer (1998) Robbie, the singer and Julia, the waitress are both engaged to be married but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes to help them discover each other. Starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. 95 minutes. Rated PG-13. Wednesday, March 5, doors at 6:30 p.m., The Syrian Bride (2004)

On the Israeli-Syrian border, Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian. Mona's father Hammed is a political activist (pro-Syria) that is on probation by the Israeli government; his son Hatten married a Russian woman and was banished; his brother Marwan is a wolf trader that lives in Italy; and his sister Amal has her own marriage crisis. When the family gathers for Mona's wedding, an insane bureaucracy jeopardizes the ceremony. 97 minutes. Unrated. Wednesday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m., Monsoon Wedding(2001) A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India. 114 minutes. Rated R. Wednesday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m., Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love. Starring Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell. 117 minutes. Rated R.

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appropriate framework for analyzing and designing smart, feasible strategies to promote responsible development and growth, while at the same time preserving and strengthening existing neighborhoods, it reads. Town officials are working on this and, of course, many items in general, and community members are invited to participate in the upcoming public hearing. The document is available for viewing at, where community members can see the final draft. In related news, new councilman Michael Elms spoke in a recent phone interview about redevelopment, commerce, traffic flow (vehicular and pedestrian), street cleaning, and garbage pickup. He has been on council since August, but he officially began on Jan. 1. Elms said Morristown officials are currently working with officials from Morris Township and Loyola House of Retreats (a spiritual retreat center located on James Street) regarding a project that would install a sidewalk all the way down James Street. Currently there is a section, about 1,800 feet, where there is no sidewalk, and officials would need permission to get the easements. Elms said they are looking into applying for grants to see if they can save additional money as they work on this proposed project. With respect to redevelopment, Elms has said it is essential to keep the character and history of the community and a good, and safe flow of traffic for drivers and pedestrians. Elms also previously said that new development must also be managed so the character of the town is not compromised, and so that the precious neighborhoods are well-kept. Keeping Morristown viable as an excellent business community is essential as well, and Elms said he will work to make Morristown the best it can be. Officials are working to better the arrangements and scheduling of street cleaning and garbage pickup, and alleviate traffic around town. They will analyze the traffic and timing at certain intersections, and decide what is best regarding this timing with respect to the volume of traffic. Elms, who also said in the phone interview that they have completed the labor term negotiations for fulltime firefighters, said he wants individuals to be able to best do business in town without having to experience as much waiting in traffic. Also in town news, officials sent out a notification (after many community workshops, events, meetings, hearings, and website interactions with the citizens of Morristown),regarding a final draft of Morristown Moving Forward: A Mobility and Community Form Plan, which is now available. The next public Planning Board hearing will be held on February 26, 2014, at 7:00pm in Town Hall. On behalf of Mayor Tim Dougherty and Planning Board Chairman Joseph Stanley, please plan to attend and participate in this hearing. The Planning Division is greatly appreciative of the interest and wonderful level of engagement people have had in developing and completing this document. We look forward to seeing you on February 26th. The document reads, in part, One of Morristowns greatest assets is its strategic location within the region, which is also one of its chief challenges. Morristown is located at the crossroads of major regional transportation corridors, including an interstate highway, significant state and county roadways, and commuter rail to New York City. These networks are at the core of the towns economic and social potential for success, but they have also facilitated unsustainable, auto-centric development patterns that, if left unchecked, would serve to undermine its small town urban character and form. Morristown is unquestionably a desirable place to live, work, and play. But as it is located at the crossroads of the region, so it is also at the crossroads of change. The demands on Morristown as a regional center are increasing. In recent years, the town has been challenged as it works to balance development and preservation goals, as well as the impact of redevelopment and growth, with roadway circulation and walkability. The purpose of this document, created with input from hundreds of members of the community, is to provide solutions to some of the complex concerns that development and growth create in a modern era, while preserving and strengthening the quality of life and historic character that define Morristown. The focus of this plan will be to ensure that policies and solutions are socially equitable, economically sound, and environmentally

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By Ejvind Boccolini orristowns elected officials are continuously busy working on town projects for its residents, and community members can now get more involved if they have not already done so. Morristown officials thanked the community for its extensive interest and input received thus far on a town planning document. And now, another public Planning Board hearing is set to be held on February 26, 2014, at 7:00pm in Town Hall. The document, entitled Morristown Moving Forward, A Mobility and Community Form Plan, is a well-researched and wellwritten historical account of the town with sound planning ideas, amidst some difficult challenges, for the future. It contains the

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responsible. Our goal is to create and preserve complete neighborhoods and communities where people want to live, where the needs of business and commerce are met, and where both can thrive. Our vision is to become the most welcoming, beautiful, healthy, resilient, and sustainable place to live, work, and play in New Jersey. In other news in Morristown, Morristown's Got Talent will be held at the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 100 South Street at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26. Debbie Sontupe, marketing chair for Morristowns Got Talent, offered a statement last week to the Morristown News, which read, that she is pleased to present the 7th Annual Morristown's Got Talent event. The evening, which typically sells out the Mayo Performing Arts Center is truly a celebration of Morristown, (and) filled with amazing talent at a beautiful venue alongside our neighbors and community all in support of our schools." This will surely prove to be an excellent event and we wish all the contestants well.

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Morris County Historical Society to Hold Presidents Annual Membership Tea

the Morris County Historical Society, and the benefits of Society membership. The Societys mission is dedicated to the discovery, preservation, promotion, and interpretation of Morris County history through events, programs, exhibits, and preservation advocacy. The Tea also gives current members a chance to meet one another, as well as MCHS president, board of trustee members, and staff. Current members are encouraged to bring a friend who may be interested in joining the Society. The Morris County Historical Society, founded in 1946, is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Its headquarters, Acorn Hall, is an Italianate Villa mansion open to the public on Wednesdays and Thursdays (11 a.m.4 p.m.) and Sundays (1-4 p.m.) For more information, please call 973-267-3465 or visit,

he Morris County Historical Society holds its annual Presidents Membership Tea on Sunday, February 23 from 1-4 p.m. The events admission fee ($6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for students) includes a tour of Acorn Hall, the 19th century house museum, the current main exhibit Bottoms Up: How Taverns Revolutionized Morris County and mini-exhibit Crazy Quilts, and a delicious afternoon tea buffet with light tea sandwiches and desserts served in Acorn Halls dining room. The event is Free for Society members, and the admission fee can be applied towards an annual membership in MCHS. No advance reservation is required. Acorn Hall is located at 68 Morris Avenue in Morristown. The Presidents Membership Tea is held each year to provide the public with the opportunity to learn more about

Kaballah Jewish Mysticism Focus Of Rabbi Nesson's NCJW, West Morris Series At Morris County Library

abbi David Nesson, spiritual leader of Morristown Jewish CenterBeit Yisrael (MJCBY)in Morristown, will lead a fascinating three-part series on KaballahJewish mysticismon Tuesdays, March 11, 18, and 25, at noon, at the Morris County Library, 30 E. Hanover Ave. (across from the Frelinghuysen Arboretum), in Whippany. The classes are free and open to the public. The series is sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), West Morris Section's Our Jewish World, co-chaired by Ellen Nesson and Melanie Levitan, both of Morristown. Rabbi Nesson's classes will focus on the following: * Session 1, March 11: "The Mystical Quest and the Early Roots of Kabbalah," delving into the Merkavah Mysticism. * Session 2, March 18: "From Spain to Israel," spotlighting the rise of Kaballah from the Zohar to Isaac Luria. * Session 3, March 25: "Kaballah Today," exploring the major ideas and practices; why mysticism is so popular; and whether Kaballah can be part of our lives today. A renowned speaker and community leader, Rabbi Nesson serves on the Board of Directors of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and its Executive Board. He was a founder and first chairman of the MetroWest Rabbinic Cabinet and and serves on the Religious Pluralism Committee. He served on the Board of the Hebrew Academy of Morris County and continues on the Rabbinic Council, as well as the Rabbinic Council of the Golda Och Academy. He is a member of the New York Board of Rabbis and the New Jersey Region of the Rabbinical Assembly, where he served as a vice president. He also served on the national scene as chair of the Rabbinical Assembly's Continuing Education Committee. The seminar leader is also a passionate teacher. He teaches adult education classes in History, Talmud, Kabbalah, Bible and Philosophy. He has also participated in several summer rabbinic seminars at the Hartman Institute and he has brought Hartman programs to MJCBY and the larger community. Preregistration is required for Rabbi Nesson's Kaballah series. To preregister,

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Hill Section & Dellwood Park Madison

irca 1880, Thomas J. Slaughter, a wealthy merchant owned an estate in Madison called Dellwood. Mr. Slaughter became a rose enthusiast like many other wealthy people in the area. He built a greenhouse on his property and grew these beautiful flowers. Overtime, this hobby of sorts continued over the years and became a popular industry for Madison. Hence, Madison became known as the Rose City. Years later, Dellwood Park was developed on the former Slaughter Estate. The name Dellwood came from the many dells on his property. The original gate house still stands as a private home today. The Dellwood section is a much desired area of Madison. Coldwell Banker is proud to present a magnificent custom home, located in the Dellwood section, 246 Woodland Road. This home has been newly and completely redone down to the studs. It has top quality everything from the walls, windows, floors,

Realogy Makes Donations To Morris County Homeless Programs

electrical, heating and air conditioning, roof and hardy plank siding, to the outside landscaping. From the moment you enter this home you know that it is well cared for and ready to move in. I am proud to present this 11 room, 5 bedroom, with a first floor master suite, 4 and 1 half bath home. To preview this home, please contact Denise Flanagan, Broker Agent, Coldwell Banker, 211 South Street Morristown, NJ 973-420-4590.

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ealogy Cares, the New Jersey Chapter of the Realogy Charitable Foundation, donated $31,000 in funds and helped raise $18,500 for 16 charities during 2013. In this photo, taken at Realogys Madison, New Jersey headquarters, Steven Yagozinski, director of Realogy Charitable Foundation and Realogy Cares member, presented the last two donations of 2013 to organizations that serve Morris Countys homeless population: Family Promise of Morris County and Homeless Solutions. From Left: Steven Yagozinski, director of the Realogy Charitable Foundation and Realogy Cares member; Stephanie Cicale, director of development, Homeless Solutions; Wendi Zimmerman, event manager, Homeless Solutions; Robert DiCostanzo, (incoming)

president of the board of trustees, Family Promise of Morris County, and SVP, Portfolio Manager, U.S. Trust; Joann Bjornson, executive director, Family Promise of Morris County; Carrie Ballone, board trustee of Family Promise of Morris County, and senior trainer, Realogy; and Karen Brown, board trustee of Family Promise of Morris County, and senior director, human resources, Realogy. For more information regarding Family Promise of Morris County, please contact Joann Bjornson at or 973-998-0820. For more information regarding Homeless Solutions, please contact Stephanie Cicale at or 973-993-0900.

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One Life to Another Homeschool Series at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum

This spring Macculloch Hall Historical Museums education department invites Homeschool families to mark the 350th anniversary of the founding of New Jersey with a focus on immigration. In this four-part series students will explore stories from people and ethnic groups who chose to make New Jersey their home. Activities and discussions will help students compare stories of immigration from the past with families immigration stories that continue to the present day.

Special Edition Visitors Guide Released

Gran Fondo bicycle ride is featured as well as Revolutionary Times, a celebration of Morris County contributions to the American Revolution on July 4th complete with the reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Morristown Green and fireworks held at Lewis Morris County Park. Additionally, all 165 MCTB members are listed with special sections featuring Historic Sites, Arts & Culture, Annual Events, Things to Do with Kids and Area Resources. To get your copy, please call 973-631-5151 or order on-line The Morris County Tourism Bureau is a destination marketing organization that positively affects the economy of Morris County by promoting the exceptional historic, cultural and recreational opportunities by providing services to residents, business travelers and tourisst.

he Morris County Tourism (MCTB)is planning for a very exhilarating 2014! With SB48 right around the corner and 2014 marking the 350th anniversary of the State of New Jersey, a Special Edition Guide was in order. 35,000 copies of the Guide have just been delivered; the 68 page color guide is now available to visitors and residents so they can discover all there is to see and do while in the area. New to the 2014-2015 Guide is a special look into the major events will be taking place including the 350th celebration of New Jersey and what Morris County has contributed. Each of the 39 town is seen through the lens of the three celebratory themes: Innovation, Liberty and Diversity. Additionally, there is a special focus on Super Bowl and our own American Quarterback George Washington. Septembers exciting and family friendly

Next Issue Date Marh 18, 2014 Deadline March 7th Call Ann Jabbour for info. 973-476-2986

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Tj Fifth Graders Raise Money For Natural Disaster Victims Through Books

Thomas Jefferson Fifth Graders join forces and sell books to raise money for Typhoon Haiyan and Mid West tornado victims. All proceeds from "Storm of Stories" will be presented to the Red Cross. Sitting in Bottom row (l to r) Jean Huiracocha, Stephanie Roldan Tacuri, Dante Soriano, David Horan. Second Row (l to r): Dylan Grniet, Karol Bedoya, Daneyah Thomas, Anjelica Perez Gomez, Nicholas Voltaggio. Third Row (l to R):Allan Alquinto, Kevin Dzikowski, Rachel Farbman, Katie Siverson, Olivia Kemper, Andrew Arzberger. Last Row (l to R) Wendy Terhune, Malachi Cameron, Kelis Curtis, Christopher Cruz and Karen Thompson.

5th grade class at Thomas Jefferson School in Morristownship, has already raised about $300 in their ongoing fundraiser--"Storm of Stories"-for the victims of recent natural disasters . Under the guidance of their teacher, Mrs. Karen Thompson, the students discussed, planned and are in the midst of executing the "Storm of Stories" fundraiser. They will present the American Red Cross with their earnings. The money is specifically intended for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan as well as the victims of the tornadoes in the Mid West. "At Thomas Jefferson Elementary, we place tremendous emphasis on character education," said Mrs. Thompson. "It is important for children to think of others and realize that they can make a difference in someone's life. Whether it is a kind word, a helping hand, or a fundraiser to benefit vic-

tims of natural disasters, every person can, and should have a postive impact on others. Students first built their book inventory by soliciting slightly used books from family, friends and the TJ community. Once they secured enough books appropriate for school aged children, they were ready to start selling to students during TJ's lunch time. Prices ranged from .25 cents to $2.00. "I believe the lessons students learn from helping others are ones they will carry with them for the rest of thier lives," said Mrs. Thompson. "I am very proud of the way my students have embraced this fundraiser and love that they were able to experience just how wonderful it feels to help others in need." Mrs. Thompson's class last year raised more the $1,500.00 selling bracelets for the Super Storm Sandy victims.

urever Home Dog Rescue saves adoptable dogs from overpopulated animal shelters. We are always looking for new families all over NJ to join our wonderful group of foster families who open their homes to foster a dog until they are adopted. It usually takes a few days to a month for us to find these dogs their forever home.

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We have puppies, young and older dogs of different breeds and sizes. Please consider helping these homeless, wonderful dogs get a second chance in life. With your help, we can save these innocent dogs from being euthanized simply because there is no room at the shelter. If you are interested, please email us at

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Morris Educational Foundation Will Award Largest Scholarship in Morristown High Schools History!
tives that have great impact on the lives of our students. Carl George Eklund graduated Morristown High School as an honors student. The 1939 Morristown High School yearbook, the Cobbonian, referred to him by the nickname Bing and states, The Class of 39 is proud to claim him as one of its members. After graduation, George joined the Army. In 1942 George married MHS classmate, Shirley Lanterman. Following an honorable discharge from the army in 1945 George began a distinguished and successful 40- year career with the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company. An avid swimmer, George pursued numerous other interests throughout his life, including sailing, archery, woodworking, gardening, and singing. The 39 Cobbonian recognized Shirley Lanterman as an outstanding commercial student who was engaged in many extracurricular activities, including the music program. Shirley joined the WarnerLambert Company in 1949, serving as an executive secretary for 32 years, retiring in 1981. Glenn Redbord, of Salny Redbord and Rinaldi, longtime friend and attorney for Carl George and Shirley L. Eklund, said, Education and music were both very important to George and Shirley. He was very accomplished and even taught himself to swim by reading a book by Johnny Weissmuller. I have many fond memories of talking with George and Shirley about their wishes in establishing a legacy at the high school to benefit generations of students. I truly miss them. Redbord added, George and Shirley were Morristown High School sweethearts. The Eklund Scholarship caps decades of support for Morristown High School by these two dedicated and gen-

he Morris Educational Foundation (MEF) announced today the receipt of its largest individual gift for the establishment of an endowed scholarship. The MEF has announced a $650,000 donation from the estate of Carl George and Shirley L. Eklund, alumni of Morristown High School Class of 1939, for the establishment of The Eklund Scholarship Fund, the largest endowed scholarship fund in support of Morristown High School students. The scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior student who demonstrates financial need and eagerness to pursue a career in teaching, preferably at the secondary level. Applicants are encouraged to apply in their junior year, as the award of this scholarship will impact their college decisionmaking process. We are thrilled to be the recipient of this amazing gift, said Molly Servais, Chairperson of the Morris Educational Foundation. We are committed to growing resources that impact the lives of our students and this includes our scholarship endowment, she added. The Eklund Scholarship Fund is the largest single gift ever made to the MEF and we are honored to administer this scholarship in perpetuity, Servais continued. "Philanthropic giving plays a critical role in advancing the work that we do here at the Morris Educational Foundation, Servais said. "The generosity of loyal alumni like George and Shirley is humbling." We are grateful for our district partner, the Morris Educational Foundation, who continues to attract donations in support of our students and programs, said Dr. Thomas Ficarra, Superintendent of the Morris School District. We are pleased to collaborate with the MEF on several initia-

erous alumni. The Alumni Association of Morristown High School was among many non- profit or charitable organizations supported by George and Shirley Eklund during their lifetimes. The Morris Educational Foundation is proud of its partnership with the 129year- old Alumni Association in support of MHS and the Morris School District. The Eklund Scholarship Fund represents a lifechanging opportunity for a qualified student who will pursue a career in teaching, said Mark Manning, Principal of Morristown High School. "Because this scholarship is designated specifically for a future teacher who over time will touch the hearts and minds of thousands of students, this gift will benefit generations to come," he said. The new Eklund Scholarship Fund will be available in spring 2014. It will be awarded to a qualified student who requires financial assistance in order to pursue a career in teaching. More information and applications for prospective students will be available after February 1, 2014, in the Guidance Office of Morristown High School. The student will be selected

by the Morris Educational Foundations Eklund Scholarship Committee. The Morris Educational Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) that seeks to attract private resources to support a variety of educational programs and

initiatives in support of the Morris School District. Through effective solicitation and distribution of funds, the Morris Educational Foundation helps enable the District to continue to be the model of

visionary social and educational leadership it has been since its inception. For more information, visit the website at

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Love Your Heart with Lean Pork Tenderloin

healthy by the American Heart Association, and so flavorful and versatile enough to include in any generational recipe. For a complete meal that everyone will love, serve Chef Allens BBQ Roasted Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Braised Collard Greens & Caramelized Onions with corn bread and a salad on the side. And remember, for a tender eating experience, cook pork loin roasts, chops and tenderloins to an internal temperature between 145F (medium rare), followed by a three-minute rest and 160F (medium), using a digital thermometer to ensure an accurate reading. Learn about all the leanest cuts of pork and try even more great-tasting pork tenderloin recipes at low-sodium chicken broth 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon honey 1 pound collard greens, washed and cut 1 tablespoon no-fat cream cheese 1 teaspoon hot sauce 1 pound pork tenderloin 1 1/2 cups any jarred BBQ sauce Tooth picks In heavy pot, add oil and onions and cook over medium heat until caramelized. Add red peppers, garlic, sea salt and black pepper. Cook for about 2 minutes. Add chicken stock, beer, vinegar and honey and bring liquid to a boil. Add greens to liquid. Cook for about 45 minutes to an hour or until tender. Remove pot from heat and drain remaining liquid. Add cream cheese and hot sauce and stir. While greens cook, prepare pork tenderloin. Butterfly your pork tenderloin by cutting a slit down middle. Do not cut through pork. Cover

ccording to Chef Judson Allen, a Next Food Network Star finalist and chef who has maintained a 150-pound weight loss, Americans can take care of their hearts without sacrificing their favorite foods. For Chef Allen, those favorite foods include fried pork, greens and corn bread a meal he remembers enjoying with his family on Sunday nights. Just like so many people across the country, there are certain meals that I just dont want to give up, said Allen. When I decided to create a healthier version of that dish, I used pork tenderloin, which is certified as heart-

Yield: 4-5 servings

BBQ Roasted Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Braised Collard Greens & Caramelized Onions

1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup onion, chopped 1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/8 teaspoon sea salt to taste 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock 1/2 cup stout beer or 1 cup

pork with plastic wrap; pound with flat side of meat mallet until about 1/2-inch thick, starting from middle and working outward. Discard plastic wrap. Spread collard green mixture over tenderloin and tightly roll. Secure seams with toothpicks.

Place pork in baking dish and brush liberally with BBQ sauce. Bake in 350F preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until internal temperature of pork has reached 145F. Let pork rest for 5 minutes and then slice and serve.


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