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Vol. 6 No. 4

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April 2014

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Scouts Help to Feed Others

he Boy Scouts of 156 of Troop Fanders along with their leaders assisted with the Feed the Need event in Clinton, NJ on Sunday March 30th. The Scouts packaged meals for impoverished children in Nicaragua as part of a two hour shift at South River Community Church. The Scouts packaged 45 cases of meals which translated to 1,620 total meals. The event, which ran for five days, exceeded the goal of 1,000,000 meals by completing 1,029,000 meals for the children.

Pictured from left to right are: Max Rieder, Nicholas Grippaldi, Shane Jones, Ryan Welsch, Brandon Shields, John Cowap, Patrick Salazar and Jason Cartier.

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MO Farmer’s Market Opens Stands Next Month
port all nearby small farming businesses. “It’s great,” says Mt. Olive Twp. Mayor Rob Greenbaum. “It helps out the local farmers; helps them to connect with residents in Mt. Olive Township. It also gives residents fresh from the farm as an outlet.” Laura Rimmer, marketing director of Mt. Olive Recreation, says “New Jersey is, after all, the GardenState and we would like to encourage Mt. Olive residents to buy local thus supporting small businesses and family farm operations in our immediate area.” A bunch of residents got a taste of a local farmers market last year at the Fall in Love with MountOlive weekend, when Mt. Olive Recreation hosted a one day Farmer’s continued on page 8

By Cheryl Conway ome May, there will be no need to farm hop for the freshest produce and flowers.

Just one hop to the parking lot at the Mt. Olive Township Municipal Building in front of the SeniorCenter in Flanders will do to select from an array of vegetables, fruits, organic choices, fresh flowers, plants, specialty items and crafts at the new Mt. Olive Recreation Community Farmer’s Market. Supported by the Rockefeller Group Development Corporation, the market will be open on Saturdays, from May 10 to Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Having a community farmer’s market will allow customers who frequent farms in and out of Mt.Olive to sup-

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Pre-Mothers Day ‘All You Can Eat’ Pancake Breakfast
The breakfast will include: Pancakes, French toast, Eggs any style, fresh breakfast Sausage, Donuts, Muffins, Coffee (Reg. and Decaf), Tea, Milk, Hot Chocolate and Orange juice. Donation: Adults $6.50, children 6 thru 12 $4.00, 5 and younger are free. Proceeds are used for Knights of Columbus charity programs. For additioal information call Pete Grice (973) 610-1308.

he Knights of Columbus, Council 5410, Blessed Mother Seton, Flanders, New Jersey, is sponsoring a Pre-Mothers Day ‘All you can eat’ Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 7:30AM to12 Noon. The location is the Council Hall, 3 Schmitt Lane, Flanders, NJ; across the railroad tracks from the Flanders Fire Company, off Main Street. This is no ordinary pancake breakfast!

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Mt. Olive Bark for Life
will have a variety of vendors at the event, selling their wares! Event Details: United Presbyterian Church of Flanders, located at 58 Drakedale Rd, Flanders on Saturday, May 31st (Rain date: June 1st) from 10:00am to 1:00pm / Registration begins at 9:30 am (Rain date times: 1 – 4 pm / Registration at 12:30 pm) Cost: $15 / per dog up until May 24th and $20 /per dog after May 24th. $10 Donation for spectators without canine companions.

e are so pleased to share that Mount Olive, NJ’s Relay for Life’s Team “Pennies From Heaven,” will be hosting an American Cancer Society’s BARK FOR LIFE on Saturday May 31, 2014 (Rain Date –June 1st). This event is a family friendly program and is a non-competitive walk event for dogs and their owners, raising funds and awareness in the fight against cancer In addition to the walk and demonstrations, we

he Flanders Boy Scout Troop 156 will be holding a fundraiser Yard Sale at 16 Hillside Avenue, Flanders. Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 8am - 3pm and Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 8am - 3pm.

Boy Scout Troop 156 Yard Sale Fundraiser

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There will be an assortment of items furniture, clothes, household items, etc. something for everyone. Come and support our Troop. For information call: Mike 973927-0260

Spring Fling
Mount Olive Lions Club and the Mount Olive Public Library. No registration is required. For further information call the Youth Services Department at 973-691-8686.

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lease join us on Sunday, April 27th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm for an egg hunt and crafts at the Mt. Olive Public Library. This program is for the entire family and is co-sponsored by the

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Without Breaking a Sweat

oin Wendy Miller on Thursday, May 1 at 10:00 am at the Mount Olive Public Library as she weaves storytelling with practical techniques to take home and use immediately. In this fun-filled morning, you will learn: • Simple techniques for out-smarting kids who argue, backtalk and beg • How to set and enforce limits • Tips for guiding kids to think creatively and solve their own problems, and more! Love and Logic® techniques are easy-tolearn, time-tested and work with children of all ages, toddlers through teens.

Register Now! Registrants are entered into a drawing for a gift: “Love and Logic Magic When Kids Drain Your Energy” CD Wendy Miller is an Independent Facilitator of Parenting the Love and Logic Way™, a series of parenting classes developed by the Love and Logic Institute. The series focuses on empowering adults with effective, easy-to-learn skills that address the needs of family life. * This program is not for children, but parents with young children are invited and may bring them!

Garage Sale Friday, May 2nd and Saturday, May 3rd from 8:30am-2pm. Loads of kids toys and books, baby items, household goods and more! 44 Vista Drive, Flanders

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Fish & Chips Dinner
Main Street (Rt. 46 West) opposite the First Presbyterian Church. Tickets cost $13.00 (adults) and $8.00 (kids under 12). To purchase tickets or for further information, call Vicky at (908) 8133418 or Barbara at (908) 852-3025 day or evening. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended as tickets sold at the door are limited.

he First Presbyterian Church of Hackettstown will hold its annual Fish & Chips dinner (provided by Tastefully British) on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dinners are served on a first come – first serve basis. Take-out dinners will also be available with tickets purchased in advance. Location: The Chapel building at 291

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Mt. Olive Junior Lacrosse

rakes Brook Park will be the future home of The MT. Olive Jr. Lacrosse Club, hosting players from KG-8th grade boys and girls. Mt. Olive Junior Lacrosse are selling DRAKES BROOK t-shirts, they range from $10.00-$12.00! Available in short sleeve and long sleeve, the colors are black and grey. Find Mt. Olive Junior Lacrosse on Facebook for upcoming fundraisers within our community... such as our CAR WASH on Saturday, May 10th from 9am to 3pm at the local McDonalds in Flanders on Rt. 206 North. Ritas Italian Ice, Flanders in June and

Panera's at ITC in May. If you own a local business and would like to purchase a banner please contact Susan Meo 201-362-9055. Your banner would be displayed all season at our Turkey Brook lacrosse field. Please come and support our players for the 2nd Annual Mt.Olive Lacrosse Classic on May 31st all day at Turkey Brook! Mt Olive Junior Lacrosse is accepting donations on our website or checks can be mailed to P.O Box 743, Flanders, NJ go to www.mojlc.org and check us out, any one with questions can send them to spiritwear@mojlc.org!

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Well Testing for Mt. Olive Residents

t. Olive Township residents can have their well water tested for commonly occurring bacteria, nitrates and other contaminants. The Township Environmental Commission and the Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA) are sponsoring reduced-cost well tests. A basic test for coliform bacteria and nitrates costs $60. Other testing options are available for additional costs. The well-testing kits contain easy-to-follow instructions. Kits may be purchased on

Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4 at the Municipal Building between 9:00 a.m. and 12 noon. Payment is by check only, to RHA. The water samples must be dropped off on Tuesday, May 6 at the Municipal Building between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. For more information, contact RHA at 908-234-1852, ext 401 or welltesting@raritanheadwaters.org. For detailed information about what to test for and how to take the samples visit the RHA website at raritanheadwaters.org.

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Finding Organizing Bliss For Spring
on to items for emotional reasons, recognize that the memories themselves will always stay with you. For items that serve an important function in your life, celebrate them by finding a worthy spot for them in your home. Continue this process throughout the room and then proceed to the rest of the spaces in your home. Everyday Organizing Solutions by Sherry provides sympathetic and nonjudgmental Professional Organizing and Decluttering services to residential and business clients, as well as helping female adults with ADD get their physical space/time management in order and helping children and teens to get organized. Sherry can be reached at: SOnweller@aol.com or 908-619-4561

n organized home is a comfortable place where you are able to find what you need and can feel proud. A place where all items are meaningful and useful. Disorganized spaces and clutter lead to feeling stressed, overwhelmed, anxious and antsy. Conversely, the feelings people have when they are in a tidy, uncluttered environment are those of happiness, calm, balance and peace. It is so important for our wellbeing that we pare down our belongings, only buying what we need and love, and re purposing and donating what we don’t need. As an organizer, my goal is to help people attain a sense of balance with their things. Think about what you can pare down. Select a room to start with, and begin the process of decluttering. If you are holding

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Ironia Free Methodist Church Hosts Garage Sale
Sale on April 5th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Vendors welcome. For info call 973229-5391.

he Ironia Free Methodist Church, located at 298 Dover Chester Road, Randolph (2 blocks from the ironia Elementary school), is hosting a Garage

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Local Networking Group Seeking New Members
have the opportunity to exchange business cards, learn more about the group, meet fellow area business people, and have an opportunity to expand their client base. Breakfast is complimentary and there is no obligation to join. Please RSVP by May 2 to LetipNWNJ@qmail.com.

eTip of Northwest Jersey, would like you to join us to explore a new networking opportunity in Randolph. We are a small group of business men and women and small business owners whose purpose is to refer business to each other. We will be hosting an open breakfast meeting to invite prospective new members on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7 a.m. Guests will

Next Issue Date May 20, 2014, Deadline May 7th Call Joe for info. 973-809-4784

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Boy Scout Troop 249 Annual Spring Clothing Collection to Start!
St. Jude Church Parish Center, located at 17 Mt. Olive Rd., Flanders, on the following Saturdays/Sundays in April 12th and 13th, April 26th & 27th between the hours of 9:00a.m. and 1:00p.m. Questions? Call Joe Gates (973) 2144332.

on’t throw these items away hats, belts, shoes, handbags, linens, stuffed animals any and all clean wearable clothing, donate them to Boy Scout Troop 249. Please place these items in a plastic bag and bring them to:

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Peggy Karr Glass Ready For Spring!
making them the perfect match for all your entertaining needs. Springtime is the best time to brighten your home with these sparkling glass creations. In addition to serving pieces you’ll find free standing decorative pieces as well as a variety of clocks and sun catchers. Look for our ad in this newspaper to save 20% on your next visit. The Outlet Store is located at 100 Washington Street in Randolph, just off South Salem St. and near Route 10. It is open Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

he Peggy Karr Glass Outlet Store is fully stocked for all your springtime gift-giving and entertaining. Whether it’s a Mother’s day present or a special something for that June bride, you’ll find just the perfect piece at a price you can afford. For over 25 years Peggy Karr Glass has been the nation’s Premier Fused Glass Studio providing the finest glass creations using their unique dry enamel process. In the Outlet Store, located adjacent to the factory in Randolph, NJ you’ll find a myriad of patterns including florals, whimsical cats and dogs, gourmet and holiday designs. All of the pieces are food and dishwasher safe

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Annual Fish and Chips Fundraiser

oxbury Fire Station #1 at 122 Main Street in Succasunna is hosting their fourth annual Fish and Chips Fundraiser on May 9th from 4:30 to 7:30 PM. Tickets will be sold at the firehouse every Tuesday night and at the door on the night of the event. Chicken finger plates and take-outs are available. Adults are $16 and children are $10. For more information call Jerry at 973-945-9423. Stop by and support your local fire and EMS volunteers!

Farmer’s Market Opens...
continued from front page Market in the Town Hall parking lot. “The intent was to determine if there was an interest amongst our audience for a market and to highlight all of the local farms and providers here in the greater Mt. Olive area,” says Rimmer. The market saw an audience of over 200 attendees on that one Saturday, thus prompting us to move forward with plans to instill a full season market for 2014.” The idea for a Farmer’s Market grew out of the Mt. Olive Recreation Department “as we continue to develop and implement programming that meets the needs and requests of our constituents,” says Rimmer. After the success of the Fall in Love one day market in the Fall of 2013, Rimmer along with Jill Daggon, Mt. Olive Recreation supervisor, joined the Northern New Jersey Farmer’s Market Association. “Through this organization we have learned a great deal about how to run a successful market, whom to incorporate as a vendor and what policies to put into place, ensuring everyone’s success,” says Rimmer. Recreation officials chose the area in front of the Senior Center as the location because “This will allow us to maximize the parking in the remainder of the Town Hall lot and use the Mt. Olive Public Library for overflow if necessary,” says Rimmer. It was also a good choice since “Mt. Olive Town Hall is centrally located between Budd Lake and Flanders.” Rimmer anticipates at least 15 to 20 vendors throughout the 24-week season each Saturday. “The goal is to have a set group of vendors who are there weekly,” says Rimmer. Every third Saturday, other vendors

Page 8, April 2014, Tell Them You Saw It In The Mt. Olive News • Like us on facebook www.facebook.com/mypaperonline including area crafters, artisans and artists will be invited to reserve a spot to feature and sell their work. As of March 1, seven full season vendors registered to participate with three more awaiting paperwork. RH Farms, Mini Mac Farms, Lazy Susan’s Granola, Honey Bee Farms, Flying Alpaca Farm, High Mountain Pasta and a pickle vendor have already signed on to the full season. “There is no deadline to join our market,” says Rimmer. “We have Full season spaces (24 weeks), Half season early spaces which are from May 10 – July 26, or Half season late spaces which are fromJuly 26 - Oct. 18 depending on the type of product or produce the vendor has to offer and it’s optimal harvest time.” Recreation’s goal is to allow more of the local vendors from Mt. Olive and surrounding counties to participate. “We are only allowing vendors in Morris County, Sussex County and Warren County to participate in our market so that we foster a sense of community and connect Mt. Olive residents with the producers who are right here in their ‘backyards.’” says Rimmer. The choices will be endless. “We are developing the market to be a hearty mix of produce, plants and flowers, honey, dairy products, organic poultry, meat and eggs and other specialty food products,” says Rimmer. The market will promote healthy choices with natural and organic food, representing farms and vendors that practice sustainable and natural means of production. The closest market is the Farmer’s Market in Sparta, which is also a member of the Northern New Jersey Farmer’s Market Association. “They and their market managers have been very helpful to us in developing our market,” adds Rimmer. Recreation hopes that the Farmer’s Market, which will be held rain or shine, will be a success so they can continue it annually. The Mt. Olive Recreation Farmer’s Market will open on Sat., May 10, with a special Mother’s Day Tea Celebration sponsored by JCP&L. All mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers and mothers-to-be are invited to join that morning for some shopping, a relaxing cup of complimentary tea in a special tent and a small gift. The May 10 market will include produce, flowers, meat, eggs and a host of artisans selling craft wares. Throughout the season recreation will offer special promotions featuring cooking demonstrations, themed weekends and educational opportunities that will foster “open communication” to highlight how various produce can be cooked and prepared in the healthiest way. Proceeds from the Farmer’s Market will cover its own operating costs. “All of our program fees and sponsorship levels are designed to cover the Recreation Department’s costs for operating those programs and events,” says Jill Daggon, recreation supervisor. “This includes the operational logistics of the 24 weeks of the Farmers’ Market, and all the research, development, marketing, signage, recruitment, etc. needed to make this program successful.” Funds to run the market will not be subsidized through the municipal budget or resident’s tax dollars. “The Recreation Department does not receive tax dollar based funding to subsidize our operation or programming,” explains Daggon. “This is a unique arrangement for a continued on next page

Like us on facebook www.facebook.com/mypaperonline • Tell Them You Saw It In The Mt. Olive News, April 2014, Page 9 continued from previous page municipal government. By operating as a Utility, it also allows us to be more quickly responsive to our community’s interests and needs and to interact with our local businesses, service organizations, schools and clubs.” Greenbaum says, “The town doesn’t fund any recreation event, including salaries of the employees, kind of unique in Morris County. The taxpayer doesn’t fund recreation. It’s all user fees. If you want to participate, you pay. We have one of the most active recreation departments,” adds Greenbaum. “The recreation utility benefits everyone. It allows recreation to work outside of a fixed budget. They can plan their own events; it allows them to be more creative and offer a breath of programs.” For more information on the Farmer’s Market or to reserve a vendor’s space, call Daggon at 973-691-0900, ext. 7263; or go to www.mountolivetownship.com/recreation.html.

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Open House, Art Show & Parent Café at Mt. Olive Child Care & Learning Center
first of many Parent Cafés which will focus on topics about which many parents have expressed interest. The Café Kick Off Session will be held in the evening from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. Child care and light dinner will be available to all parents and children signed up to attend. For further information, please call 973-426-1525.

t. Olive Child Care & Learning Center, a nationally accredited school, that has been servicing the community for the past 38 years, will be having an Open House and Art Show at 150 Wolfe Road, Budd Lake on Tuesday, April 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Children’s art work will be displayed. On the same day, we will be holding the

ount Olive Public Library has many fun and free programs for children planned for April. Preschool Play, Mother Goose, Storytime & Library Fun begin the week of now through the week of May 4th. Dates and times are subject to change as needed. Preschool Play: 2 through 6 years old, Tuesdays at 10:00am. No registration required. Mother Goose: Infants 6-23 months, Tuesdays at 11:15am. No registration required. Storytime: 2 through 6 years old, Wednesdays at 10:00am. No registration required. Library Fun: 2 through 6 years old,

April 2014 Youth Services Programs

Thursdays at 10:00am. No registration required. Special Programs Join us to make a craft celebrating our Earth! Grades K-5, Tuesday, April 22nd at 7:00pm. Registration requested. Pajama Time: A nighttime story time & craft for families. Children, wear your pajamas! Wednesday, April 23rd at 7:00pm. Registration requested. Lego Club: We pick the theme, you take the building challenge. Grades K-5, Saturday, April 26th at 2:00pm. Registration requested. For further information call the Youth Services Department at 973-691-8686.

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Find Unique Treasures and Antiques at the All-County Garage Sale
All proceeds from the All-County Garage Sale benefit the Historic Speedwell educational programming and historic preservation projects. The Factory Building, located on the Morristown site, is a National Historic Landmark featuring a brand new, hands-on, interactive exhibit on the telegraph and the development of modern communications. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and children 12 and under are admitted FREE. For more information on attending, or becoming a vendor, please call 973.285.6534.

et ready, get set, and GO! To the All-County Garage Sale as it returns by popular demand to Mennen Sports Arena, in Morris Township, on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last year, over 3,000 people attended the sale; many satisfied shoppers left with designer handbags, interesting antiques, delightful home goods, unique collectables, and so much more. Take the travel time out of shopping and find a variety of wonderful goods, at bargain prices, in one convenient location. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity; it’s a one-day shopper’s paradise!

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Weis Markets Offers Customers To Add To Cart Online

By Cheryl Conway our customers. "Customers today are busier than ever," says Berkle. he new online shopping service offered at the new Weis Markets in Flanders has opened up a world of "They are working more hours. Customers are looking for services that save them time out of their busy schedule. It's convenience for shoppers. a growing demand in the econoShoppers not only have more my we are in. We wanted to offer supermarkets to choose from in To try Weis Online Shopping, our customers a convenient servMt. Olive with the opening of Weis MJ Media Group readers can use ice. We wanted to take the hassle Markets in Flanders last month, an exclusive promo code to out of grocery shopping. If we but they also have more choices can save them an hour wandering when it comes to how they want to around our store, that's a great do their shopping. Customers can their online order option to our people." enjoy a 24-hour ordering service of $150 or more at any The online shopping service is selecting all of their groceries New Jersey Weis Markets location. currently available in 17 Weis online and then reserve a pick up at Just type in the promo code locations, with all stores in New their Weis store. Orders must be MJMEDIA20 when checking out Jersey offering the service. placed four hours in advance at online for savings. Berkle says the company is lookparticipating stores to allow The offer expires on May 10, 2014. ing to triple that number in two enough time for trained associates years. to shop for the freshest products "It's something we are quickly and arrange the order. With lives as busy as they are, couples working full-time expanding," says Berkle. "Customers are thrilled with the or multiple jobs, children in many sports and activities- gro- convenience stand point." Weis Markets is a chain of supermarkets based mostly in cery shopping is that one extra chore that must get done to keep the household going. The online shopping service is a Pennsylvania, with stores also in Maryland, West Virginia, great solution to those juggling time, new moms struggling New York, and NJ. Locations in NJ include Flanders, to transfer babies from car seats to shopping carts, and indi- Hackettstown, Hillsborough, Newton and Franklin. Other grocery stores do offer online shopping but curviduals with disabilities. "It's a great convenient way" to do shopping, says Paul rently none of them are located in Mt. Olive other than the Berkle of Flemington, project manager for Weis Online Weis store. The price for the Weis service is amazingly Shopping. "It's a service that definitely has a demand from affordable.

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For $4.95 customers can go online 24 hours a day and order their groceries without stepping foot out of their car. Customers can try it out for free for their first on-line purchase. Instructions are simple. Go to Weis Markets.com/onlineshopping; select a location for pick-up; review the circular on line, click on items for purchase and add to cart. Customers can browse by category, by canned vegetables, or they can browse by using search options to identify specific items. They also select the quantity, and can provide special instructions like "yellow bananas verses green bananas;" For meats customers continued on next page

Like us on facebook www.facebook.com/mypaperonline • Tell Them You Saw It In The Mt. Olive News, April 2014, Page 13 continued from previous page can specify weight; ripe verses less ripe. "You can add notes to any item," says Berkle. All items are available online, frozen, fresh, hot prepared foods like chicken or pizza. "We just need to time it," says Berkle, as they pick up their orders, so "hot items are fresh and hot for customers," and frozen items remain frozen. All weekly sale prices are included. As an added bonus, the website saves past orders so customers can add, delete or modify from their list. Customers can also select the items all at once or go back to their list during the week to add items to their order. Once they complete their order, they select the day and time for pick up in half-hour increments. There are 22 different time slots offered between the service time from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. There is no maximum or minimum order required. Upon arrival at the store, the customer pulls up to one of the three designated parking spots reserved for the online shopping service. With the online shopping service, a "customer never has to get out of the car," says Berkle. "We greet them, load their car, take payment. They pull into the space. There's a call box there." Payment options include Pay Pal online, or any mobile payment from their car such as credit or debit. The associate will have a mobile payment machine on hand for customers to make their payment, and associates will return back to the store if change is needed for payments received in cash. Coupons will also be accepted and scanned at the

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car. "We keep everything in proper refrigeration," says Berkle, when associates are gathering customers' orders. "We grab it out of refrigeration with payment device. For fresh items, we wait as close as possible when people shop them." One concern about online shopping has been entrusting others to do their shopping. "There's a certain personalized way that a customer does his shopping," says Berkle. "Our biggest obstacle is to get customers to try it for the first time. People are very skeptical; do I allow someone to pick out my items for me?" At Weis Markets, "we have specially trained associates in each department," says Berkle that know "how to hand select items in that department. They hand select each item. They are taught and trained to select those items as if shopping for their own household family. We're going to pick out the shiniest apple. We're going to pick out the milk with the latest expiration date." Berkle says, "Our associates are specifically trained in each department to pick out the best of what we have. Some like to handpick their things. We take special pride in handpicking what we have to make sure it's the freshest of what we provide. They do take special care. Our associates shop the order as if it's for their own family." "The service has been extremely well received," says Berkle. "It's been great for customers with kids; it's such a hassle for them to go into the store, unload them from the car seat, and worry about them crying in the store." All the mom has to do "is pull into the space. "Double households can pick up their order on their way

home from work. It's one less thing you have to worry about during the day. It's a great, convenient way to save their time throughout the day, between cooking dinner, getting children to bed, that gives me ten minutes of time to myself. Any time we can save for our customers is a win for us. "It's something our customers are loving," concludes Berkle. "It's something we want to continue with very strongly." It is "quick, convenient and easy." To try Weis Online Shopping, MJ Media Group readers can use an exclusive promo code to save $20 off their online order of $150 or more at any New Jersey Weis Markets location. Just type in the promo code MJMEDIA20 when checking out online for savings. The offer expires on May 10, 2014.

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Local Networking Group Seeking New Members

eTip of Northwest Jersey, would like you to join us to explore a new networking opportunity in Randolph. We are a small group of business men and women and small business owners whose purpose is to refer business to each other. We will be hosting an open breakfast meeting to invite prospective new members on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7 a.m. Guests will have the opportunity to exchange business cards, learn more about the group, meet fellow area business people, and have an opportunity to expand their client base. Breakfast is complimentary and there is no obligation to join. Please RSVP by May 2 to LetipNWNJ@qmail.com.

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Mount Olive Chamber to honor Jerome Hagedorn, Norman Worth at Annual Awards Dinner June 10
about kidney donations and how the chains work," he said. "Without the chains many thousands of people will die each year because of kidney failure." In addition, Worth has been honored by a host of other groups over the years. Among them: NJ Hospital Association, "Trustee of the Year", 2001; Boy Scouts of America, "Good Guy" Award 1992; Hackettstown Area Chamber of Commerce Humanitarian Award 1998, ARC of Warren County, Humanitarian Award 1999; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Warren County "Leadership Award" 2003; and Centenary College "Golden Dome" Recipient 2012. He twice has participated in the Trinity Methodist Church of Hackettstown's Haiti Mission Team.

he Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce will be honoring two of the region's leaders at its Annual Awards Dinner on June 10. Jerome Hagedorn, Site Head for the Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Flanders facility, has been chosen as the Business Person of the Year while Norman Worth of WRNJ has been selected as the Humanitarian of the Year. The dinner will be held in the Presidents Circle at the Lackland Center at Centenary College from 6-9 p.m. Peter King, President of the Chamber, indicated that the business group received many nominations. "There were a number of truly qualified people," he said. "The committee really had to work hard to narrow down the choices as so many people bring so much to the area." As part of his role as Site Head, Hagedorn has a leadership role for the Siemens Performance System (SPS) across the Operational Services Group and for both the Siemens Graduate and Leadership Development Programs. Additionally, Hagedorn continues to actively serve as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Flanders site. In this role, he supports such programs as Habitat for Humanity, Mount Olive Robotics Club, Mount Olive Emergency Preparedness, and local police, fire, and emergency units via the Siemens Caring Hands program. From January 2010 to February 2014, Hagedorn was Sr. Director and Head of Manufacturing at the Flanders site. In this role, he was responsible for instrument manufacturing and site logistics. Overall responsibilities included financial results, inventory, manufacturing, facilities, procurement, process engineering, product engineering, and manufacturing quality. In February he was named Site Head. Prior to joining Siemens, Hagedorn held a variety of senior-level positions with his career in manufacturing operations spanning 20 years and includes Director, Manufacturing, Bayer Healthcare, Mishawaka, IN; Director, Lean Manufacturing, Invensys, Columbus, OH; Manager, Automated Manufacturing, Siemens Electronic Components, Juarez, Mexico; and Manager, Manufacturing, Siemens Electronic Components, Marion and Franklin, KY. Hagedorn, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, is also a member of Toastmasters International, Association for Manufacturing Excellence, and Knights of Columbus. Worth, Managing Partner of WRNJ, has a long reputation as being involved in numerous non-profits and fundraisers. Personally and through his popular radio station, Worth has helped to raise millions of dollars over the years. Last year, in fact, WRNJ exceeded the million dollar mark in funds raised for the Arc of Warren after two decades of annual Radiothons. Through Worth's direction, WRNJ has helped raise funds for many other organizations and individuals, as well, including Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, NORWESCAP Food Bank, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Habitat for Humanity. In 2010 Worth was selected to the inaugural Warren County Hall of Fame class in recognition of his many efforts in the county and throughout the region. In 2013 he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from Centenary College. On a personal note, though, what may be most important to Worth is his title of "Kidney Donor." Last September he took part in a kidney transplant chain at St. Barnabas Hospital to ensure that his 24 year old son Armando would get a new kidney. "It's very important to spread the word

The Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce, along with many other area organizations and towns, presented Worth and WRNJ with well-deserved citations for being a lifeline to area residents during the traumatic days following Super Storm Sandy in 2012. Over the years, Worth has served on many different boards. He is currently on the Board of Directors for Fulton Bank of New Jersey, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, and Centenary College. And for over 30 years, Worth has served the community as a member of the Hackettstown Rotary Club. For more information about the awards dinner, visitwww.mountolivechambernj.com.

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In Awe Foundation, Inc. Upcoming Events
Keeping a Job, etc. You will learn about identifying if you are participating in an occasional party or have a possible addiction. An added benefit for all attending can receive a “free body composition analysis” as we will have the InBody 230 Body Composition Analyzer (Courtesy of Dawn Moore at this event). You can register via phone at 973-4408427 or email: Info@InAweFoundation.org. About In Awe Foundation: In Awe Foundation is focused on helping individuals struggling with addiction; with a focus on coaching. The Foundation blends in “coaching” to support patients’ make the transition into their respective recovery program smoother. The Foundation was awarded “Woman of Outstanding Leadership in Personal Development” by The International Women’s Leadership Association, New York, NY – May 2013. In Awe Foundation a non-profit 501 (c) 3 Tax ID 61- 1658271 http://www.inawefoundation.org or email: Info@InAweFoundation.org.

pril 29, 2014 at 7:30p.m. in cooperation with The Centenary College Counseling Center - They are sponsoring a movie screening of The Anonymous People at Bow Tie Cinemas in Mansfield. Tickets cost $12.50 and members of the community are invited to attend. This special event is a feature documentary film of how the more than 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. For more information, call Melissa O’Mara at (803)-81-InAwe Tickets must be purchased in advance at: http://www.inawefoundation.org/view-the-anonymous-people-movie/, April 23 from 12:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. In Awe Foundation will be holding a complimentary Addiction Awareness workshop at Metropolitan Fairleigh Dickinson University campus in Teaneck, NJ in the Student Union Building. This special workshop will help you “Overcome Addiction and DISCOVER THE REAL YOU!” It will help you learn about Addiction and how it affects things like: Grades Slipping, Saving Money.

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Morris Habitat for Humanity Restore Celebrates 7th Year
Saturday, May 3, 2014. For more information about the ReStore, the 7th Anniversary Event or opportunities to donate and volunteer, visit www.morrisrestore.org or call 973-3663358. About Morris Habitat ReStore Operated by Morris Habitat for Humanity, the ReStore sells donated building supplies, appliances and furniture at huge savings off normal retail costs. Proceeds from our ReStore, opened May 2007, have built 11 homes and diverted over 3,700 tons of useable material out of landfills. Information on donating, volunteering, or any other aspect of the ReStore can be found on its website at www.morrisrestore.org or by calling (973) 3663358. Located at 274 South Salem Street, Randolph, NJ 07869, the ReStore is open Tuesday 12-8, Wednesday & Friday 10-6, Thursday 10-8, and Saturday 10-5. The ReStore is closed on Sunday and Monday. Cash, debit cards, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Donation drop offs can be made during store hours, or for larger items call 973-366-3358 to schedule a pick-up. Donations are tax-deductible.

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Chabad Leader Hosts Torah Sessions For Women
Rashi.’ I feel privileged I can do this. I feel it’s an honor to do something in her memory.” Shusterman started Torah & Tea on Monday, March 24, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., inviting about 30 women in the community to join her to study that week’s Torah portion. The idea of her program coincides with a Torah & Tea program that her friend Rashi led every week for women in her own community. Twenty years ago is when Shusterman met Rashi as they spent two years together as classmates at Bais Chaya Mushka Seminary in Montreal, Canada, a teacher’s college. Over the years, the two friends kept in touch through social media. It was on the What’sAPP when Shusterman saw the post about her friend’s sudden death. “It was just heart breaking, “says Shusterman, who drove out that week to New York with her husband to pay their respects to Rashi’s family. “Ten minutes before 8 p.m. [on March 11], my wife Rashi sat at the head of the beautifully set dining-room table waiting for women to arrive for her weekly [Tuesday-night] class in our home called ‘Torah and Tea,’ ” writes Rabbi Hirshy Minkowitz, director of Chabad of North Fulton, as reported on the Chabad website. Just before the first guest arrived, Rashi, went to her room to rest from a bad headache. She never woke up. She was buried the next day. Shocked by the news, Shusterman says she felt like she had to do something in her friend’s honor. “The Lubavitcher Rebbe taught us that we must turn pain into action,” says Shusterman, who is not alone in her mission. She joins hundreds of her fellow Chabad leaders in launching a weekly women's class, Torah & Tea as “an everlasting tribute to Rashi.” In more than 150 locations—from Australia to Mexico—“Torah and Teas” are being formed in Rashi’s memory. “Rashi was a real powerhouse,” explains Shusterman. “She was incredibly dynamic, personable, warm and generous, and she impacted thousands of people worldwide

By Cheryl Conway ome send flowers, others send cards, but one local woman is hosting a new program in honor of her friend who recently passed away. Fraida Shusterman, co-director of the Chabad of Northwest NJ in Flanders, has started a new program - Torah & Tea for Women - in honor of her dear friend, Rashi Minkowitz of Atlanta, Ga, who died suddenly at the age of 37 on Tues., March 11. Minkowitz was a beloved mother of eight young children, a wife, and co-leader of a Chabad in North Fulton, near Atlanta, Ga. Organized in Mt. Olive for a decade this year, the Chabad of Northwest NJ holds various events annually, such as High Holiday services, Hebrew school, and Torah portion services for men- but as far as studying Torah for women- this is a first. “I definitely wanted to start this,” says Shusterman. “I didn’t have a Torah class for women. We did baking in the past, maybe because it was more exciting. Now, with Rashi gone, I felt I have to do something for her.” With a larger family of her own, Shusterman admits, “it’s not so easy, but I said ‘I have to do this.’ My primary focus is my family. I was never pushed” into having a class for women, “But this was something so tragic. She was in my age group. I have to make this world a better place; you don’t think twice, I said ‘I’m going to try. I’m going to learn Torah for

with her love and acceptance. In addition to creating a vibrant, growing Jewish community, building and running a beautiful Mikvah, directing a very successful summer camp and Hebrew school and other programs, Rashi taught a weekly women's class which she called "Torah & Tea". Rashi was bright and intelligent and taught Torah to hundreds of women throughout her 15 years of living in Atlanta.” Rashi, who coincidentally lost her grandmother at the same age of 37, ran a very active Chabad inNorth Fulton, with lots of kids, and had plans to build a new building continued on next page

continued from previous page with a Hebrew school and pre-school. Six months ago, when Rashi’s aunt died, Rashi ironically wrote “about how to stop crying, how to continue on with such tragedies; to move on and do what we have to do; don’t just buckle down, and to continue with joy,” says Shusterman. Ten ladies participated in Shusterman’s first Torah & Tea session. “It’s amazing to me that deep down we want to learn more about Judaism,” says Shusterman. “We women want to learn. We want to know how Torah works for us. I’m so inspired by everyone else.” Shusterman’s first lesson concentrated on

Like us on facebook www.facebook.com/mypaperonline • Tell Them You Saw It In The Mt. Olive News, April 2014, Page 19 that week’s Torah portion, in which the ladies read some of the portion, discussed the meaning behind it, and came up with a conclusion and how it affects them as women. “It was very interesting,” says Shusterman. “There are so many topics we can learn,” from prayers, to a Jewish home and the life cycle. “Women are intrinsically spiritual. We can understand it differently than men.” Learning in a group setting as opposed to reading the Torah by oneself is effective, explains Shusterman, because “learning as a group makes it so much more exciting, it’s richer. More questions and answers come up with different points of view.

Shusterman also stresses the importance of why women need to learn the Torah. “Women are the most important part of Judaism,” says Shusterman. “She is raising her children, her generations to come. If women learn the Torah, we can impact our families,” put them in a different direction and empower them to lead more meaning into their lives. Shusterman’s goal is “to learn to spread Torah, to learn together, to grow together, to really make this world a better place. When we finished we all felt good. We’re going to take this energy and do something good. We’re enriching our lives by studying Torah. It’s emptiness; we’re all trying to find a way to deal with our spiritual world. Some turn to

drugs, alcohol, psychologists- Maybe we just need Torah.” For more information about Torah & Tea with Fraida, call Fraida Shusterman at 973927-3531. Hour long sessions are held most Mondays. Registration is required. In Mt. Olive since 2004, The Chabad of Northwest NJ aims to build a strong united Jewish presence in Mt. Olive, Washington Twp. and Warren County and to enrich the quality of Jewish life through education, spiritual, cultural and social needs of all Jews in the area. For more information about the Chabad Jewish Center, visit www.mychabadcenter.com.

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Students To Dive Into Science At Summer Camp
The goal of the camp is “to build an awareness of science, technology, math and engineering in the young community,” says Valarie Moore, camp director of STEM. “Science is fun, it’s discovery and it’s exciting. It’s our future. STEM is current, it’s the future. It’s where jobs are headed.” The MO STEM Camp is set to run for two weeks from July 28 to Aug. 1; and Aug. 4 to Aug. 8, from9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Two sessions per day, with one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with different topics will be offered. Campers can sign up for one or two weeks. Cost is $200 per week and includes lunch, as well as free transportation for Mt. Olive residents. Students do not have to live inMt. Olive to enroll. Campers will be broken up by grade level with first/second graders; third/fourth graders; fifth/sixth; and seventh/eighth graders. The activities will be geared to their grade level, with older kids experimenting with rockets while the younger ones will experiment with gardening. The modules offered include: Kite Flying, in which campers will design and fly their own kites; Inventions and Rube Goldberg, in which campers will design machines to perform simple tasks; Summer Sprouts, for first and second graders to visit the Mt. Olive Community Garden to sample pond water, and observe organisms, icky worms, soil and light; and Spy Science, in which campers will solve crime scene mysteries with high-tech spy equipment and forensic tools. The older kids in grades third through eighth will choose from: Drones, Flying Saucers and UFO’s, giving students handson-experience with aerial robots and flying machines; Rocketry, which involves building rockets and launching; Robotics, teaching campers to program robots to perform simple tasks; and On The Trail, which will involve hikes, survival and shelter building skills. Hughes says he is hoping to enroll about 400 campers, with about 25 students per class. Certified teachers with a science background in either science, technology, math or engineering are being hired to help run the camp and teach the students. “For every 100 students we will enroll, we will need four teachers,” says Hughes. “I want to make sure every kid can get something out of it,” stresses Hughes. The district offered camp five or six years ago, but then recreation took over with planning camps throughout the township According to Hughes, the district felt that the best way to offer a camp that focuses on science was to follow district curriculum guidelines. “We could do it better because of our resources. The idea originat-

By Cheryl Conway magine designing and flying a kite or a machine then getting it to work, blasting a rocket into the air or programming a robot to talk. Students in grades first through eighth do not have to imagine anymore and can experience these real life hands-on-activities at the Innovation Station Mt. Olive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp being offered for two weeks this summer at the Mt. Olive Middle School. The camp, unique in Mt. Olive and the surrounding area, is being offered through the Mt.Olive Twp. School District. Camps are nothing new to kids who usually sign up for sports camps or day camps to keep their summers rolling. But a science camp to provide fun, interactive learning experiences to elementary and middle school kids is a way to get them ready and excited about the scientific-world that awaits. “We really want to ramp up our science education,” says Peter Hughes, director of curriculum and instruction for Mt. Olive schools. Having a camp in the summer is a “good opportunity to be exposed to really high curriculum in the summer” while having lots of fun. “The idea is to extend the school year for the kids with an amazing opportunity.”

ed by a very supportive board of education and superintendent,” as part of the district’s plan- Pathways to Excellence. “The district’s plan is to implement new STEM oriented ideas,” from robots to new scientific ideas, explains Dr. Larrie Reynolds, Mt. Olive Twp. superintendent of schools. “We wanted to really emphasize the idea of innovation,” says Hughes. “All of the activities we design get the kids to a higher level of innovation and science to make it more hands on.” One of the goals of the board of education and administration is to increase awareness of STEM careers,” says Hughes. “We believe that is the future of a lot of American industry. We want to make sure our kids are on the forefront.” The district does not intend to make a profit from the camp. All proceeds will be used to run the camp such as the cost for supplies, teachers, transportation and use of the school building. The district is getting four new robots to use for its regular curriculum and will be allocating $50,000 in robotics for the campers to utilize. “We thought it would be great for younger ones to be excited about robots,” continued on next page

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continued from previous page says Hughes. The idea is “to help younger ages to like science, to think of it as fun and inspire curiosity,” explains Reynolds. “The kids will be able to make the connection of science and how it will help them in everyday life,” explains Moore, who has taught high school level science to special education classes for the past 12 years. “We want to build that connection. The camp will introduce them to STEM. It’ll peak their interest; it’ll make them more excited; it’ll cause them to want to explore more concepts, more technology, more engineering.” Moore says “if we introduce STEM to them at a young age they will be able to look at it with a positive mind. They’ll look at it as something exciting, something fun. If we can get them interested in science, they might choose this as a career.” The camp is not designed for high school students since they are already being exposed to STEM, robotics and an extensive curriculum at the high school. “The things we have now at the high school can help kids to be innovators and inventors,” says Hughes. Science was the chosen area to explore for the camp because with science, engineering and mathematics, students require that extra time for hands-on activities. “We don’t have too much time during the school year as an enrichment program,” says Reynolds, to fly rockets and go on hikes. Moore adds, “Kids love lab when it comes to science. This is like being in a science lab all day long. You don’t get a lot of chances to make rockets and blast them in the air; to program robots to do what you want them to do, to obey your every command; to go in the wilderness and learn wilderness skills. It will instill a love in a lot of things kids don’t get to experience all the time. “There’s a camp out there for every sport in the world,” says Moore, “but not many for science.” Reynolds concludes, “We’ve started being a cutting edge” school district. “We’d like to set a mark to be the very best,” to be “leaders” who are “forward thinking and innovative.” For more information on the Innovation Station Mt. Olive STEM Camp, go towww.mtoliveboe.org/summercamp. Campers must register by May 15.

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Aggressive Pothole Repair Campaign Underway In Morris County
The county advises residents who encounter a pothole on a county road to report it via e-mail to PlanningPublicWorks@co.morris.nj.us or to call the county garage in Hanover Township at 973-285-6763. The county’s pothole repair campaign is part of the Freeholder Board’s 2014 capital budget, which contains $775,900 more this year to repave county roads than it did last year. The Freeholders increased county spending for road repaving from the 2013 level of $1.4 million to $2.2 million. Another $3.9 million will be coming from the state and $1.16 million will come from the federal government. While the Freeholders continue an overall reduction of capital projects from previous spending levels to reduce the county’s debt, they continue to invest in infrastructure maintenance and improvements.

orris County has undertaken an aggressive program to fill the potholes left behind on county-maintained roads by Old Man Winter. The county’s Roads, Bridges and Shade Tree Division has six crews out in force along the 300 miles of county roadways, locating and filling potholes. To assist the workers and to reduce the hazardous driving conditions potholes create for motorists, the Morris County Freeholders added $75,000 to the 2014 capital budget for the purchase of two Hot Boxes to add to the two others purchased by the county in 2013. A Hot Box keeps the asphalt used to fill a pothole heated at the right temperature to ensure a better, longer-lasting repair. Without such equipment, a pothole is filled with asphalt from the rear of a pickup truck, with the material losing heat as it is transported.

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n Saturday, April 26th Turkey Brook Park will be very colorful as Mount Olive Recreation hosts the 1st event in the Motion Kia Prescription for Healthy MOmentum series, the GBW Insurance Do or Dye 5K Fun Run/Walk, a 3.1 mile course where participants get blasted with various colors along the route. We encourage families to come out and participate together, as this event is open to all ages and abilities, but make sure you wear as much white as possible so you can really soak in the fun! Pre-registration will remain open online www.MountOliveTownship.com/recreation.html until Wednesday, April 23rd. Registration will also be available on site the morning of the race, opening at 8:00am and closing promptly at 8:45am in time for the 9:00am event start. Participants who registered before April 1st were guaranteed an event t-shirt. Registrations after April 1st will receive tshirts as supplies last. Beyond being the most vibrant Mount Olive event of the year, the Do or Dye Fun Run/Walk will serve as a fundraiser and public awareness campaign for the American Cancer Society. Participants in the Do or Dye Fun Run/Walk will be asked to please raise monies to donate directly to the American Cancer Society the morning of the event. Fundraising sheets and instructions can be found online at www.mountolivetownship.com/recreation.html. Additional event information can also be found online.

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Trophies Stacking Up For MOMS Science Team
Led by Cohen and her co-advisor Nick Cutro, 20 MOMS students- with 10 eighth graders and 10 seventh graders- competed against 17 other middle schools in various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) events at a very competitive TSA conference. Out of those events, 11 trophies were brought home from the MOMS students placing in their events. Aash Bhuva and Aum Bhuva took second place in the Agriculture and Biotechnology event in which participants had to conduct research on a contemporary agriculture or biotechnology issue of their choosing, document their research and create a display. Maddie Jordan, Brandon Mai, Justin Mickus and Varshitha Devagiri won first place in the Challenging Technology Issues event in which the students had to prepare and deliver an extemporaneous debate style presentation with team members explaining opposing views of a current technology issue. Eli Gabriel and Brandon Mai took home a second place trophy for the Construction Challenge in which they had to submit a display that documents the use of their leadership and technical skills to fulfill a com-

By Cheryl Conway he science/technology team at Mt. Olive Middle School is on a role this year completing yet another competition with successful results. Almost a dozen trophies were won Friday, March 26, by MOMS students who competed at the Technology Student Association NJ State Conference at the College of New Jersey in Ewing. About 20 students have been working hard all year on various problem solving, critical thinking and research hands-on and group activities for the MOMS Science Olympiad/TSA Team. After placing fourth overall at a recent Science Olympiad Regional Tournament in Newark, the team now brings home 11 trophies from the TSA conference. Their advisors/coaches are very proud. “The energy at the award ceremony was incredible with the kids cheering and highfiving their teammates,” says Beth Cohen, Synergistics/Robotics Club/TSA advisor. “Seeing the excitement on the faces of our students when they heard their names announced was very rewarding to us as coaches. It was nice to see all the time and effort they had put into their projects finally pay off.”

munity need related to construction. Dana Faustino won third place for Digital Photography in which he had to produce an album of color or black and white digital photographs that represent or relate to a chosen theme and place the album on a storage device for submission. Eli Gabriel, Justin Mickus and Alexandra Szewc won first place for the Energy Sources event requiring them to

conduct research on an energy source selected from one of three areas and develop marketing pieces that will be used to help convince their local government officials and citizens to make strides to implement the energy source. Aash Bhuva and Aum Bhuva got third place for Geospatial Technology to explore and gain an understanding of how geospacontinued on next page

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Twp. Officials Share Marvelous News with Land Acquisition
Maser approached the planning board five years ago and received preliminary approval for its acquisition of 248 acres of farmland near Flanders Valley Wedding and Banquets. Since then, the engineering firm has gone through the “state permitting process” requiring 17 permits dealing with the state, environmental protection, Highlands council and other agencies. Six of those acres are encumbered by wetlands or steep slopes, says Weiss. On the existing land sits a horse farm, and a horse training facility- known as Marveland Farms- that ceased operation about 10 months ago. Still standing remains a white house, three structures, three barns, an indoor training center and a one-mile sports track. The white house and its three structures will be removed, says Weiss. The plan calls for 227 age-restricted, detached dwellings plus a 4,500 square foot clubhouse recreation area, swimming pool, bocce courts, tennis court and a gated front entrance. There will also be three, three-story buildings containing 57 apartments which are reserved for low and moderate-income households under the Council of Affordable Housing (COAH), which will include a small park and passive recreation area along with a walking path to connect to Flanders Park. According to Weiss, the state requires that 20 percent of a residential development on a major subdivision must be reserved for affordable housing. The remaining 112 acres, which includes some wetlands to not be developed, will go to the township. “This land will be turned over to the township before they put a shovel in the ground,” says Weiss, “before any disturbance begins.” As an added bonus, Maser has agreed to some improvements such as fixing up the Cloverhill Sanitary Sewer Plant on Route 206 in Flanders, says Weiss. Maser engineering also agreed to install a traffic signal at the four-way intersection of Pleasant Hill Rd., Ironia Rd., Main Street and Flanders-Bartley Rd., located near Flanders Crossing and the Flanders Valley Golf Course. Maser has also come up with a solution to improve a drainage problem that has been flooding the backyards of some 34 homes near Mt. View School in the Cloverhill section of Flanders. The builder plans to take the water from the existing Rosewood Ditch and divert it onto his property into a newly storm water management system, explains Weiss. In looking at the whole project, officials are excited. “We’ve been very supportive of the application,” says Greenbaum. “It’s going to create a ratable for the township that’s not going to cause an overcrowding of the school system. It’s an attractive piece of property because of its location across from the golf course and its proximity to the shopping centers. We’re happy it’s moving forward.” Nicastro says, “This is a win win for all as it will generate significant revenue to the township with very low impact to our infrastructure. What I really like about it is that it allows residents of Mt Olive, who are thinking about downsizing, the ability to stay in Mt Olive and belong to an active adult community. I know, speaking for myself with my last child heading to college, this affords me the option to downsize and stay in Mt Olive. Plus the fact that it will be an active adult community will be a benefit to all who live there. “This is a huge benefit to the town,” getting 112 acres, adds Nicastro. “Formally nothing has been discussed but having the ability to use that property to benefit the residents in some fashion will be great,” says Nicastro. “There can be many options for the administration and council to look into and I am sure in the coming months we will take into consideration many ideas and listen to what the needs might be before making any decisions. We have a very qualified staff in town that will look over the property and make some recommendations on what is the best use for the property and the building that currently occupy that property.” There has been some general discussion amongst sporting groups to use the land. “We will look at the budget to see if the town has an interest or if sports clubs want to take an interest in that property,” says Greenbaum. “There is always a need for more fields,” says Nicastro. “With the growing sports programs in the township and limited fields we can always use more space. With the amount of children that participate in so many sports from soccer, baseball, football, lacrosse, basketball, volleyball and others we can always use more fields as the demands increases and more children participate.” Although excited about the additional land to provide opportunities to develop, Greenbaum says “whether it’s recreational, I don’t know yet. We’ve adequately provided for all sporting in the town. Right now we’re not looking to develop any additional facilities,” because of cost and need, “Until we decide there is a need and a will to develop it financially.”

By Cheryl Conway t. Olive has scored a big home run just in time for baseball season.

Up at bat, 227 age restricted single family homes; first base, 57 apartments for affordable housing; second base, 112 acres annexed to the township; third base, improvements to a sewer plant building, installation of a traffic light, and cleanup of an annoying drainage problem; homerun, more ratables for the town to offset tax dollars without overcrowding schools. Maser Consulting Co., an engineering firm, received final approval by the Mt. Olive Twp. Planning Board Thursday, March 20, to move forward with its plans on 248 acres of land in the township that it purchased five years ago. Located across the street from the Flanders Valley Golf Course, the major subdivision is known as Marveland Farms, and to township officials the plans are simply marvelous. Besides providing more housing opportunities to seniors and those with moderate incomes, Mt. Olive benefits greatly by getting 112 acres of “useable property.” As with any land purchase in the township, “fifty percent has to be turned over to the township,” as specified in a Mt. Olive Twp. Zoning ordinance, explains Howie Weiss, chair of the Mt. Olive Twp. Planning Board. “Amazingly great” for the township to get 112 acres of land dedicated to them, says Weiss, and “The property is perfectly flat,” requiring “minor work from the township. It is beautiful land that can be used for recreational purposes.” Usage for this land can be endless with ideas floating around from recreation fields, to a state-of-the- art equestrian center to maybe a public swimming pool. This is a “wonderful opportunity,” says Weiss, the “best opportunity since 20 years,” when Continental Properties built Flanders Crossing in 1993, giving the land across the street to the township, which allocated that space for Flanders Park. “We oftentimes get land donated to us, but nothing as significant as we are getting here,” agrees Mt. Olive Twp. Mayor Rob Greenbaum. “It creates a lot of opportunities for the township for future recreational needs. It’s not often that we get that property that has that potential.” Joe Nicastro, vice president of the Mt. Olive Twp. Council, says “The overall project is a win win for the township. The 100 plus acres, the township can use for all residents while keeping open space, makes Mt Olive such an attractive place to live.” In moving forward with the project, Maser Co. will actively pursue sale of the property, and within a year a developer will work with the township engineer for a developer’s agreement.

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Port Morris United Methodist Church to Hold Good Friday Services
Additional parking is available in the lot behind the church, on Main Street. For more information, please call: 973-3470381.

n Good Friday, April 18th at 7pm, the Port Morris United Methodist Church will have a service of music and meditation. All are welcomed to attend. The church is located at 296 Center Street.

continued from previous page tial data and related technology are used to prepare a profile of a geographic area of interest and solve a problem in a spatial context. Jean Nie and Alexandra Szewc won third place for Medical Technology Issues in which they had toconduct research on a contemporary medical technology issue of their choosing, document their research and create a display. Justin Mickus won second place for the Prepared Speech event in which he had to develop and deliver an oral presentation that reflects the theme of the current year’s national conference. Aum Bhuva, Kyara Chaparro and Viktor Nakev won third place for Tech Bowl, requiring them to complete a written objec-

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tive examination to qualify for the oral question/response, head-to-head team competition phase of the event. Aash Bhuva and Aum Bhuva won third place for Technical Design, and had to demonstrate the ability to use the technical design process to solve an engineering design problem. Brandon Mai, John Nguyen, Viktor Nakev and Stephen Shenassa won third place for Video Game Design. They had to develop an interesting, exciting, visually appealing and intellectually challenging Erated, interactive game that focuses on the subject of their choice. The MOMS team’s next goal is to compete against teams from across the nation at the TSA National Conference in Washington, D.C. from June 27 to July 1.

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Old Fashioned Milkmen Spill Strong Delivery Service To Local Area
make life a little easier. It’s one convenience they like. We put a box on their porch. Most want the convenience of knowing there’s fresh milk sitting outside,” especially in the morning as they are trying to feed their kids and get them off to school. The brothers admit that their milk may cost “a little more” than most stores, but customers are not only paying for the milk, with the option of glass bottles, but the convenience. “It may be a little more expensive than the stores, but it’s a dedicated reliable service,” says Jim. “When you order something, it shows up. When you order milk, you always have it. They go out to their milk box and their milk is there no matter what.” Franks agrees, “We don’t try to compete with the price. We compete with the convenience and old fashioned nostalgia.” At one point, back in the 1950s and 1960s, “Everyone got their milk by home delivery,” says Frank. Now, only one percent to two percent of residents use a milkman. When big supermarkets started coming in and corner stores, “Everyone was going to the supermarket. It’s a dying breed,” with less than 10 left in NJ selling and delivering milk bottles right to the door. “We had a milkman,” recalls Frank. “We had an old fashioned milk box. We never saw him. We’d get up in the morning and saw the

By Cheryl Conway ypewriters, payphones and the shoerepair guy may be long gone, but some things like newspapers, paper books, encyclopedias... and even the milkman…are still hanging on fighting for survival. Frank O’Brien, co-owner of Long Valley Dairy, still delivers farm-fresh milk to homes as well as other products every day after 25 years of being in the business. Although they share expenses, his brother, Jim O’Brien, started a similar but separate business, Shamrock Dairy in Hackettstown one year later. The two brothers of Hackettstown are the last of the few remaining old-fashioned milkmen delivering fresh milk right to the doorstep. The key ingredients that have kept their businesses alive have been the convenience, dependable service and the freshest products. “In today’s society, most couples are both working,” says Frank. “They’re running, dropping kids off at school, they’re running around. If he doesn’t have to go to the store, it’s a convenience, especially if you have young children and you need milk. “It’s more about convenience and service,” says Frank, who has run the small family-owned home delivery and commercial business with his wife Laura since 1989. “People’s lives are hectic. We’re trying to

milk.” With a degree in business from Bloomsburg University in Pa., Frank knew he wanted to own his own business one day. “He had been working in the corporate world for 15 years and realized “I didn’t want to be in the rat race anymore.” At the same time, his milkman was looking to retire after being in business for 20 years, so Frank, at the age of 35, decided to buy his business in 1989. He brought his brother, Jim out here from Wilkes Barre, Pa, to deliver his second run,

and then they decided that Jim should open up the other business, Shamrock Dairy. When Frank first started out, he was one of 41 independent contractors/distributors getting their products from Welsh Farms in Long Valley, which had been in business since 1891. “They had a very good product.” That worked out well until Welsh Farms closed its doors in 2000. Frank switched to Byrne Dairy in New York, a small family owned business since continued on next page

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Page 26, April 2014, Tell Them You Saw It In The Mt. Olive News • Like us on facebook www.facebook.com/mypaperonline continued from previous page the 1930s that was unique since it sold its milk in glass bottles. “No one in New Jersey was doing that,” says Frank. “We would have a unique product.” For each customer, the brothers put out an insulated porch box, in different sizes, for customers to store the milk for a number of hours until they can get to it. With the glass bottles, customers return the rinsed bottles to the porch box, which Frank then returns to Byrne Dairy to be sanitized and then reused. The bottle concept fits right into today’s world with the push for keeping green and recycling. “It hits both generations,” says Frank, about the bottle concept. The older generations like that it is “old fashioned” while the younger generations who are more environmentally conscious support the reused glass bottles. One of the benefits of having milk brought right to your door is to avoid the grocery store. “Some just go to the grocery store to get a gallon of milk which is all the way in the back of the store but you come out spending a $100 in other stuff,” says Frank. “In the grocery store, the milk is always in the back right corner which forces you to walk through the whole store to get to it.”

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Frank and his brother have about 500 customers, or 250 each, between their two businesses. With their own territories, Frank services most of Long Valley while his brother delivers to the other side of the mountain. The O’Brien brothers share the expenses of their home delivery/commercial service businesses, such as refrigeration, combined bulk pricing from supplier and some trucks, but they operate under separate entities each keeping their own profits. In addition to home deliveries, they sell to small businesses, with more than 50 wholesale accounts. “Small self-employed people that own businesses love the bottle concept,” says Frank. The whole sale companies such as Ashley Farms in Flanders and Donaldson Farm in Hackettstown charge their customers a deposit for the glass bottle so they return them to the farm. Their customer base for homes and businesses accompany most of north western New Jersey, in Warren, Hunterdon, Sussex, Somerset and Morris counties, stretching from Green Township, toSparta and Bedminster. They sell farm-fresh milk, dairy products, juice, water, eggs, coffee, teas, bread, bacon, yogurt, creamers, cheeses and more, right to their customer’s door. Each home is provided with an insulated

milk box near the front door, in sizes of extra large, large and small/medium. The extra large box can hold up to four bottles of milk, eggs and butter. “We serve a quality product,” says Frank. “When they taste it, it’s a very good product. Our milk does not have hormones.” Farmers sign a pledge that forbid them from injecting cows with hormones, he says. Customers can attest to the taste, quality and excellent service. “It’s always fresh, really good dates, he buys exactly what we order,” says Aimee

Ashley Myers, market manager of Ashley Farms in Flanders, a customer of Long Valley Dairy for the past ten years. “We like Byrne Dairy products,” with its no growth hormones. The service is amazing.” A fourth generation family-owned farm business since 1948- that raises turkey, vegetables and runs a retail farm market- Ashley Farms orders a half tractor trailer load from Long Valley Dairy. All of its milk, in both plastic and glass bottles, as well as its butter, cream cheeses, whipped cream and cottage continued on next page

continued from previous page cheese come from Frank. It “costs more to buy from Frank,” says Myers but she prefers the “quality. The milk in the glass is better, stays fresher, stays colder. It’s delicious. It’s been a good partnership for both of us; As a small business, if you can support a small business. It’s great service. It’s just a really good working relationship. He takes the orders and he delivers the milk. It’s a one-man show. He just always knows. It’s really personal stuff; he knows what we order; he knows where to put it.” Deliveries are early morning, weekdays, from 4 a.m. until about noon, concentrating on a certain area each day. After their deliveries, they sort through their orders to prepare for their next day’s deliveries. They each average about 50 home deliveries daily, plus their wholesale accounts, and make the deliveries themselves except when they hire parttimers when they vacation. For the most part- it’s a one man show. Frank’s wife Laura has helped with the billing and keeping the books, and his three kids have helped throughout the years. “It’s not easy,” says Frank. “Any small business owner, you have to put the time in. It’s hard work. I’m a small businessman. I’m an army of one. I wear many hats. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs, hard stuff, but we were able to survive.”

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Like us on facebook www.facebook.com/mypaperonline • Tell Them You Saw It In The Mt. Olive News, April 2014, Page 27 His youngest son, Michael, a high school senior, also helps out when he can, even when it was football season after his practices; as well as his 30 year- old daughter, Caitlyn of Jersey City, a new mom who helps take orders and keep spreadsheets. “It’s a family run business, always been,” says Frank, and with that he prides himself in teaching his children valuable lessons about managing their time, conversing with adults and building relationships. Although the work is hard, Frank says, “I like what I do. I know all of my customers; I like interacting with them. I’ve seen when their kids are born and now they’re going off to college.” He has seen them switch from whole milk as kids to two percent as teenagers. “When I pass the bus stop, they know who I am. That’s a good feeling.” Frank, who has been delivering products to some customers for 20 years, says, “My business is not based on price; it’s service, convenience and relationships.” He recalls back in the day when he took his son Frank with him to make deliveries, his son would get angry since it would take them 10 or 11 hours, rather than eight hours, to finish because of all the talking that his father did with his customers. Frank’s business motto has been “you have to converse with people, you have to talk. I can knock this out in eight hours,” admits Frank, “but two hours is building relationships. I enjoy this job because you have all of these relationships. I know they don’t have to buy from me but they like the relationship.” He realizes, as a businessman “I’m not making a million bucks (like the guys on Wall Street), but I’m happy with what I’m doing.” To receive the home delivery service, customers must have a minimum order of $15 per delivery. All products are fully guaranteed. Customers receive an itemized invoice every two weeks and 99 percent of the customers pay by credit card. “Everything is about convenience,” says Frank. With advances in technology, customers can email or text with any order changes 24 hours in advance, says Frank, who now has a smart phone as opposed to when he first started out with his “classic answering machine.” For more information about Long Valley Dairy go to www.longvalleydairy.com. For questions about delivery or billing, call 908850-3270 or via email at milkman@longvalleydairy.com. For more information on Shamrock Dairy, call Jim O’Brien at 908-852-8678; or go towww.shamrockdairy.nj. com.

Days off are rare. “I haven’t missed a day off of work in 25 years,” says Jim, even when laid up in bed after having his wisdom teeth pulled and a recent bout of the flu. “It’s just me. “You just have to get out of bed and go. You gotta get it done. You are the only one to do it. You gotta push through. “It’s a reliable thing,” says Jim. “They sign up for the service, when they order something, I’m there.” Franks says, “We go out in snowstorms. We are better than the mailman,” adding that he hadn’t gotten mail in two days this winter with the heavy snow, “but we still made deliveries. We are very reliable, very convenient. You are dealing with mom and pop. We are self-employed; Bigger is not better.” There are few sick days for Frank. “One time when the kids were small,” Frank had the flu, “we got a babysitter, I was driving with my dead over the steering wheel and Laura would run and make the deliveries.” There was another time, back in 2005, when Frank hurt his hip and could not make deliveries for a year with the required heavy lifting, so his eldest son, also named Frank, took a year long break from school to help his dad with the business, and then returned to get his degree in criminal justice. “We did a lot of things over 25 years to survive,” says Frank.

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Police Headquarters 204 Flanders Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, NJ 07828 (973) 691-0850

(All Persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a Court of Law)

Arrest - Disorderly Conduct / Under the Influence Date: 4/4/2014 Location: Super 8 Motel - U.S. Highway Route 46 Investigated by: Officer Michael Carletta Involved: (A)- Juvenile - Flanders NJ - 16-M On April 4, 2014 at 10:30pm Officers were dispatched to the Super 8 Motel located on Route 46 for a suspicious activity complaint. Officer Carletta and Sergeant Mase arrived on scene and observed a male subject lying on the ground at the bottom of a retaining wall. Officer Carletta and Sergeant Mase approached the male subject and he became combative and upset towards the officers. Patrol Units on scene spoke with witnesses and learned that the male subject was a 16 year old township resident who was high on acid. Sergeant Mase attempted to speak with the juvenile and at this time the juvenile moved to his feet and charged police. Sergeant Mase was able to escort the juvenile to the ground and Officer Carletta and Officer Barrier handcuffed the juvenile. The juvenile was taken to a local hospital for treatment for the effects of the C.D.S. in his system. The juvenile was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Being Under the Influence of C.D.S. The juvenile was released to a parent/guardian and he has a pending court appearance.

Arrest - Trespassing • Date: 4/5/2014 Location: Overbrook Road Investigated by: Officer Phil Ryan Involved: (A)- Jorge Medina-Arias - Dover NJ - 19-M On April 5, 2014 at 7:30am Officer Ryan was dispatched to a residence on Overbrook Road regarding a male subject entering a house without permission and falling asleep on the couch. While en route to the residence dispatch advised that the homeowner was able to wake up the subject and he left the residence. Officer Ryan arrived on scene and observed the male subject standing in the front yard. Officer Ryan was able to identify the male subject as Mr. Jorge Medinas-Arias who appeared to be highly intoxicated. During the investigation Officer Ryan learned that Mr. Medina-Arias was staying at a friend's house and while intoxicated he entered a nearby residence and fell asleep on the couch. Mr. Medina-Arias was subsequently arrested and transported to police headquarters. At headquarters Mr. Medina-Arias was charged with Defiant Trespass. He was released on his own recognizance and he has a pending court appearance. Arrest - Aggravated Assault • Date: 03/24/2014 Location: Eagle Rock Village Investigated by: Officer Matthew Carlson

Involved: (A)- James Cannizzaro - Budd Lake NJ - 54 On March 24, 2014 at 12:19pm Officers were dispatched to the area of buildings 33 and building 34 in the Eagle Rock Apartment Complex for the report of two males engaged in a physical altercation. Upon patrols arrival units observed the two males that were involved in the incident. The victim, a 56 year old township resident was laying on the ground with injuries to his face. The second subject involved, identified as Mr. James Cannizzaro was detained by police for questioning. Patrol units learned that the two subjects began to have a verbal argument over parking spaces in the apartment complex. The argument became more intense and the two began to fight. During the fight Mr. Cannazzaro struck the victim in the face causing injury. Hackettstown EMS arrived on scene to render medical aid to the victim who was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Mr. Cannizzaro was subsequently arrested and transported to police headquarters. At headquarters Mr. Cannizzaro was charged with Aggravated Assault and bail was placed at $5,000 with a 10% option. Mr. Cannizzaro posted bail and was released with a pending court appearance.

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Security Choices - You Have Choices When It Comes To Home Security
an option. As the economy worsens, the level of desperation in some people goes on the rise. There are plenty of professional burglars out there, but many amateurs are joining the crime wave, which is why property crime rates are on the rise across the nation. When you choose a wireless home security burglar alarm system to protect your home and your family, you’re choosing the most state-ofthe-art option on the market today. One thing there is no shortage of in the home security burglar alarm market is option and choices. There’s simply no question about the sheer number of choices you’re presented with each and every time you start to shop for a home security system. You can get a simple door and window alarm that attaches easily to door and window frames, and sound an audible alarm when one of the protected doors or windows is opened. This high decibel alarm could be enough to scare off most intruders, especially if they just want to get in and out of your home as quickly as possible with something – anything – of value. However, if a burglar is there to rob you blind, or worse, cause you or your loved ones harm, then you need a much more sophisticated home security system. This is actually the recommended approach versus simple door and window alarms, because you’re assuming a burglar means the worst, which means you’ll be prepared for them no matter their motivation. A wireless, monitored home security system, complete with two-way voice communication and panic pendants is truly the best way to secure your home and protect your loved ones. With a comprehensive home security system, your home and family will be protected around the clock. You will have highly trained home security experts monitoring your home every minute of every day – whether you’re home or not – which means the instant anything goes wrong in your home, emergency dispatch personnel are already alerting your local emergency response units, often faster than you can dial 911. If there ever were good arguments for not having a home security system, they’ve all become meaningless in this modern era. Don’t wait another day to start protecting your family against people who mean you harm. Discover the total benefits of a wireless and monitored home security burglar alarm system.

et’s not fool ourselves about the current state of crime in this country. There’s plenty of danger lurking, and one really doesn’t have to look too far or too hard to find it. You can’t turn on your satellite television news, or even pick up a local newspaper without discovering a story about a robbery, home invasion, or burglary. Sometimes these happen very close to home, and a neighbor or loved one is the victim. Protecting yourself and your family is no longer

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Pet Photos With the Easter Bunny To Benefit Coming Home Rescue
About Coming Home Rescue: Coming Home Rescue is a volunteer based, 501(c)3 organization focused on helping homeless animals in shelters throughout New Jersey. It is estimated that approximately 38,000 animals were euthanized in the state of New Jersey last year alone. Coming Home Rescue is dedicated to reducing that number by rescuing and re-homeing as many dogs from these shelters as possible. We have saved over 650 dogs since starting in 2009.

Looking For Our ‘Forever Home’

oming Home Rescue, a 501(c)3 non-profit dog rescue organization, will host a Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny event at Rockaway Garden Center, 296 Route 46, Rockaway, NJ, on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10am-3pm. All proceeds will aid the dog rescue group in saving more dogs in New Jersey. Photos are $8 each or two for $15 and can include pets, kids or the entire family. To learn more about Coming Home Rescue, see upcoming adoption dates and view all dogs available for adoption, visitwww.cominghomerescue.org.

Here are Betty and Wilma from Eleventh Hour Rescue who are 3 year old hound mix sisters. They belonged to an elderly man who could no longer properly care for them. A family took the dogs in and then to their surprise discovered that they were both pregnant. The dogs delivered and the pups were adopted, but the Moms were left behind. Both dogs are now fully vetted, spayed and micro-chipped and are ready to go. They do not need to be adopted together. Both dogs are housebroken and very sweet natured, and have now learned to walk on a leash. If you are interested in these lovely ladies, please read more about them and fill out an application by visiting: www.ehrdogs.org or call: 973-664-0865.

This is Bear Barnwell from Eleventh Hour Rescue. Bear Barnwell is a very handsome, 4 year old, male, Chow Chow mix. His owner unfortunately passed away and his remaining family members couldn’t take him in so he was left at a shelter. Once his time was up at the shelter, Eleventh Hour Rescue stepped in to save him from a different fate. He is a good boy who likes human companionship. He can be shy at first meeting and would prefer a quiet home without much excitement. He is used to living in a home environment, so he is housetrained and walks well on a leash too. To read more about Bear Barnwell, to see all of the adoptable pets, and to see the upcoming events, please visit: www.ehrdogs.org or call: 973-664-0865. Photo credit: Daniel Kerr Photography

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MO Girls Run Into Great Program For Emotional Well Being
throughout the United States and Canada. The program came to New Jerseyin 2001, and in Morris County shortly after. The NJ East Chapter consists of about 680 girls in Union, Essex and Morris counties. In Morris County, 10 towns now participate in Girls on the Run with more than 200 girls currently enrolled. Planned in Mt. Olive is a spring season and fall season with girls meeting twice weekly for 70 minutes at Turkey Brook Park with trained coaches. Meeting times have been set for Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.; and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. The program will follow a curriculum with three sessions: Self Care/Self Awareness/Knowing Themselves; Healthy Relationships; and Empowering. While each session will include running, the girls will be so engaged with games, activities, stretching, thinking that the “running” is “kind of disguised,” says Donath, who has served as a coach for Girls on the Run since 2002. “There’s something engaging them mentally,” she says. Life lesson topics are discussed to deal with emotions and empower the girls. In one lesson, girls learn how to be positive when they “are feeling down or feeling blah,” explains Donath. “We do talk about self respect, healthy living, girls stuff,” Donath explains as to why the program is only for girls. “There is a greater need for girls to be empowered with a sense of self-awareness and sense of self achievement, to be strong, to be confident. Girls lack some of those qualities.” The idea of separating the girls from the boys in this club is so “they feel comfortable,” says Donath. It’s a “girls club without judgment. They are very emotional beings. Girls have very specific needs.” Although there are other programs out there for girls that do deal with social, emotional health, Donath says they do not touch on the physical aspect as well. “This focuses on the whole person,” like a Yoga class, which is “not just a workout,” says Donath, who also teaches kids Yoga. With Yoga, participants are learning physical breathing, meditation, and physical thinking. “You are not just treating the physical body. With Girls on the Run, it’s not just about the physical body.” The lessons encompass social, mental, emotional and physical health, she stresses. At the same time, “It’s building the girls’ stamina to do a 5K at the end of the program.” At the end of the 10 week session, the girls will join hundreds of other girls and compete in a regional 5K in Florham Park hosted by the Jaycees. The program is “Great for that sporty girl,” says Donath. “It’s a great compliment to that girl who does a lot of sports, but it’s also great to that girl who is not involved in sports.” Surprisingly, it is the less sporty girls “who are the ones you really see bloom” by the end, says Donath. “You see them come alive because they become so proud of themselves that they can finish. The ones that are saying ‘I can’t’ are saying ‘I can.’” While running is more of an individual sport, with Girls on the Run, the girls run as a team. “Running can be an individual sport,” says Donath, “but the lessons encourage playing games together, bonding together. We encourage them to be interactive with each other.” “They are encouraging each other,” says Donath. “They’re supporting each other. In the program we encourage that, we reward that. The girls transform into a really awesome team. “Some fall in love with running,” want to continued on next page

By Cheryl Conway motions can run high for younger girls but a new program being offered in Mt. Olive will help them keep up the pace with their maturing minds and bodies. Girls on the Run is a new program being offered through Mt. Olive Recreation for girls in grades third through fifth. The nationally known program will run for 10 weeks for its spring season from April through June at Turkey Brook Park in Budd Lake. Besides training their bodies to compete in a 5K race, participants will be engaged in a life-changing, character development program that will empower them in years to come, building their self-esteem and leadership skills. The program “gives them great tools to deal with everyday challenges,” says Laura Donath of New Providence, Morris County director of Girls on the Run. “It’s a very special program,” says Donath, that “focuses on a physical thing, sports, nutrition, but it also helps on the inside stuff, emotionally.” Established in 1998 as a running program that would empower girls, Girls on the Run consists of more than 140 chapters

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continued from previous page do more races, run track or join other sports teams like lacrosse or soccer, says Donath. The program is offered to girls before they get in to middle school “to give them tools,” says Donath. At that age, “they’re still interested and impressionable enough to learn the specifics to make good choices.” Parents are given a guide that explains the lessons being taught so they can be supportive at home. A sister program, Girls on Track, for girls in grades sixth through eighth, also exists. Donath says she wants to get off the ground first with Girls on the Run and maybe form Girls on Track in the near future if there is an interest. Cost to participate is $185 for the ten week session. Scholarships are offered through monies raised by fundraising. Sole Mates Fundraising is an adult charity running program that recently participated in a race inMorristown and pledges raised were allocated to the NJ East Chapter of Girls on the Run. The girls also participate in a community project of their choice at the end of each session to raise money for a cause or for the program. Projects have varied from bake sales with proceeds going to an animal shelter, writing letters to soldiers and community service to clean up a park. The lessons learned from the program have been remarkable. “They’ll come away from the program changed,” says Donath. “We inspire girls to be healthy, joyful, confident, respectful to each other. Many parents have said they’ve seen a change in their daughter. This is something for that age range that can encourage girls to not be that mean girl. We reward being supportive of each other.” College graduates who had participated in the program when they were young come back and say “they’ve used what they learned in the program their whole life,” says Donath. “Be kind, thoughtful, be respectful of others, in addition to being strong and physical.” For more information or to register, go to www.girlsontherunnj.org; or contact Laura Donath atLaura@girlsontherunnj.org.

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Kniffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical Opens At The Growing Stage
power to make her father understand the emergency, but her father fails to see the issue at hand. Throw in adventure, song and dancing laundry into the mix and you have the perfect show for a family friendly outing. KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL features the talents of six professional equity performers in the cast. Emily Cara Portune of Jersey City, who played the title role in our production of Pinkalicious, returns to our stage as Trixie; J.D. Kellman of Queens, NY, last seen in Diary of Worm, Spider and Fly, plays Father; Jerielle Morwitz of Randolph, NJ, who recently played Lana Slomonsky in The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel, plays Mother. Rounding out the cast are Jane Keitel of Dumont, Brandon Hightower of Jersey City and Dorothy James of Manhattan, NY as Puppeteers. Enhance your theatergoing experience with pre and post show-activities. Dates and Activities listed on our website. The Growing Stage continues FUN-tastic Fridays with all tickets $15! Saturday and Sunday tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children and seniors. To purchase tickets, please visit our website at www.growingstage.com. You can always contact the Growing Stage Box Office at (973) 347-4946 or e-mail at boxoffice@growingstage.com. Group rates and Birthday Party packages are available.

he Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, located in the Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong, New Jersey is proud to present the final main stage show of their 32nd season, KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL from April 19th through May 18th with performances Friday evenings at 7:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:00 PM. We will have a special opening day performance on Saturday, April 19th at 1:00PM. Based on the beloved Caldecott Honor-winning picture book by Mo Willems, this musical features script and lyrics by six time Emmy Winner Mo Willems and music by Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Silversher. KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL is under the direction of Stephen L. Fredericks, The Growing Stage’s Executive Director with Musical Direction by Laura Petrie, Choreography by Jillian Petrie and Black Light Bunraku-style Puppetry created by the Growing Stage’s Artist-in-Residence, Perry Arthur Kroeger. KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL follows Trixie, her father, and her favorite stuffed bunny on a trip to the laundromat. The trip brings wonder, excitement and joy to the lively toddler, until she realizes she has left her Knuffle Bunny back at the laundromat. Trixie does everything in her

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Last Supper Comes to Life
years, members of the church’s United Methodist Men’s group and their friends will take on the roles of Jesus and His disciples. For years, Bruce Bristol, of Landing, has played the disciple, John. “As John, I have been part of Jesus' inner circle, sharing his trials and victories. I have come to understand and convince many people that by believing in Jesus you will not perish, but have everlasting life. Come so that you can understand why we believe.” Rounding out the cast are local area residents: Angelo Benincasa (James the Lesser), Randy Schrader (Matthew), Jayson Daniels (Nathaniel), Steve Wootton (James), Jim Oscovitch (Andrew), Fred Eckert (Thomas), Scott LeFurge

by Elsie Walker hey were His friends, His trusted companions, His disciples. He had shared everything with them. In turn, they had come to realize that Jesus was something other than just a carpenter from Nazareth. He was much more, perhaps even the Messiah. However, that was all about to change and very quickly. The disciples had no idea that they were about to have their last supper with Him…or that even more shockingly, one of them would betray him into the hands of death The Last Supper will come to life on Thursday, April 17th at 7:30pm at the Stanhope United Methodist Church. All are invited to attend this free drama. The church is located at #2 Route 183 in Netcong. A tradition for many

(Judas), Orson Gale (Phillip), Rick Munoz (Thaddeus), Jason Worthington (Simon the Zealot), Fred Samson (Peter) and Tony Reis (Jesus). As each disciples comes

to the table, he reflects on his relationship with Jesus and asks the agonizing question, “Is it I Lord?” Following the drama, communion will be celebrated. Rev. Tom Kinter, pastor of the church, said

that the communion is open to all who want to partake in it. Kinter also reflected on the drama: “When you sit and watch the Last Supper Drama, as each disciple comes into the room and takes his place at

the table, the words of the scriptures come off the page and become real. You are in the room with Jesus and his disciples, the breaking of the bread and the sharing of the cup become real.”

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Easter Brunch Made Easy with Delicious Make-Ahead Egg Casserole
Cheesy Bacon & Egg Brunch Casserole Serves: 12 8 slices bacon 1 medium onion, chopped (1 cup) 1 loaf (8 ounces) Italian bread, cut into 1inch cubes (5 cups) 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1 cup cottage cheese 5 eggs 1 1/2 cups milk* 2 teaspoons McCormick® Mustard, Ground 1 teaspoon McCormick® Black Pepper, Ground 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Nutmeg, Ground Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook bacon in large skillet until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels; crumble and set aside. Remove all but 2 tablespoons drippings from skillet. Add onion to skillet; cook and stir 3 minutes or until softened. Spread 1/2 of the bread cubes in 13x9-

lan an Easter gathering everyone can enjoy with a make-ahead menu that includes crowd-pleasing brunch casseroles packed with everyone’s favorite flavors – and leaves you plenty of time to spend with the family. “Combine all-star breakfast ingredients like eggs, bacon and cheese into a single dish in this Cheesy Bacon & Egg Brunch Casserole, seasoned with ground mustard and nutmeg,” said Chef Kevan Vetter of the McCormick Kitchens. “The best part about this recipe is you can assemble it the night before – just add an additional 1/2 cup of milk – chill it in the refrigerator and bake it off in the morning.” Serve a spring-inspired dessert topped with an array of fresh fruit to complement your brunch casserole. Find everything you need to create a complete brunch menu and more easy Easterthemed recipes at www.McCormick.com, www.Facebook.com/McCormickSpices and www.Pinterest.com/mccormickspices.

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continued from page 35 1/4 cup Dijon mustard 4 fresh thyme sprigs Place ham in large slow cooker. Whisk cider with brown sugar, bourbon, honey and mustard. Slowly pour over ham. Scatter thyme sprigs into slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours, or until very tender. Remove ham to rest on cutting board. Pass remaining cooking liquid through fine mesh sieve into saucepan. Simmer for 10 minutes or until slightly reduced. Carve ham into serving pieces. Brush ham pieces with cooking liquid before arranging on platter. Serve warm or at room temperature. Note: For a non-alco-

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f you’re a man who likes to sing in the shower or the car, or if you’ve sung in a school chorus, a community theater musical or your church choir, now you can turn your love of singing into a great hobby. The Morris Music Men will teach you how. “Give us six Tuesday evenings,” says the group’s musical director, Nate Barrett, “and we’ll give you the skills you need to experience all the fun of solo or group singing.” The course, called “Ready, Set, Sing!” is taught by Barrett. Both beginning and experienced singers are welcome and all learning materials are free. Advance registration is recommended. The next series of free Ready, Set, Sing! classes will take place on Tuesday evenings from May 27 to July 1 at 7:45pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 300 Shunpike Road, Chatham. “You don’t even need to be able to read music,” director Barrett explains. “We’ll teach you everything you need to know to

sing richly and resonantly and produce earpleasing harmony. You’ll soon be enjoying the ringing of beautiful a cappella chords, the company of a great bunch of fellow singers, and the thrill of performing for enthusiastic audiences.” Registrations are being accepted now. To register, or to learn more, call Mike Yodice at 848-459-6783 or email him at yodes89@gmail.com The Morris Music Men are a chapter of the 26,000-member Barbershop Harmony Society. The chorus meets Tuesday evenings at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 300 Shunpike Rd. in Chatham and always welcomes new singers. Learn more about them at www.morrismusicmen.org. Funding has been made possible in part by funds from the Arts Council of the Morris Area through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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