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Proverbs 3:5

Vol. 6 No. 12

December 2014

Hackettstown Author Helping Teens with

Life Challenges, Soccer Skills

By Ejvind Boccolini
Hackettstown High School graduate and soccer
coach has a new book entitled Fill Your Boots
which can help teens acquire the knowledge and
pointers to live a more balanced life.
Belvidere High School teacher Peter Huryk, offers
advice which most teens would probably welcome. He
addresses some difficult life issues, offers solutions, and
speaks about school, relationships, work, and sports, with a
strong focus on soccer and the motivation, teamwork, and
strengths acquired from this sport.
Huryk was part of an event held at the Northeast Branch
of the Warren County Library on Route 46 in Independence
in late October, at which he met with members of the public and explored some of the issues in his book. His book
was available for purchase and library representatives asked
him to come back for an event in the spring. Huryk said it
will probably be held in early April, at the beginning of the
spring soccer season.
In an advertisement for the event, it was noted that,
"Local author Peter Huryk explores several of the issues
that are faced by high school-aged soccer players on and off
the field. Fill Your Boots is intended to help young players
get past fear and doubt in order to reach their true potential."
Huryk also has a blog with some interesting ideas and
address, and Huryk notes that it is
almost a continuation of "Fill your boots."
One recent excerpt is, "Our beliefs are extremely important tools that we use to form who we are and who we can
be. Although the title of this blog may seem negative, it is

Peter Huryk

intended to have a positive outcome. It is intended to add

some inner dialogue that will help you to achieve a goal,
create something, improve something, change a habit or
any other endeavor that is difficult. Stop believing that it
will be easy! Stop believing that anyone will do it for you!
Stop believing that its too big for you to pull off! Stop
believing that You Suck voice inside your head! Stop
believing that you need to wait for the time to be right! Stop
believing that youre too tired! Stop believing that people
will laugh at you! Stop believing that anyone is going to
help you more than you help yourself! Stop believing that
there are too many obstacles! Stop believing that your past
failures matter enough to stop you from trying again! Stop
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Drop Off Your Toy/Clothing Donation by Dec. 20th!

MJMedia is hosting a clothing and toy drive, they are looking for people to donate new unwrapped toys, as well as new
clothing (sizes ranging from newborn to 14 year olds). Gift
cards will also be accepted.
Please drop off all donations to the following locations by
Sat., Dec. 20th.
MJ Media, 5 Vista Street, Flanders NJ 07836 (There will be
a bin by front door)
Weis Supermarkets, Rt. 206, Flanders (drop off at the courtesy counter)
Route 46 Chevy- 412 Route. 46, Budd Lake
Budd Lake Bagels -141 Route 46, Budd Lake
Mt. Olive Bagels - 135 Route 46 East, Paramount Plaza,
Budd Lake
Fanucci's - 134 Ledgewood Ave. (Rt. 46 E.), Netcong

Red Dot Firearms 22 Main Street, Stanhope

Philly Pretzel - 150 Mountain Ave, Hackettstown
( 3 FREE Pretzels when you drop off)
Hackettstown Honda - 48 Route 46, Hackettstown
Motion Kia- - 379 Route 46, Hackettstown
HomeTown Hardware - 234 Main Street, Hackettstown
Elements in Message - 170 Route206, Chester
Fresco Mexican 137 E. Main Street, Chester
JC Riess Optician -25 South St, Morristown
Global Home 31 Washington St., Morristown
For additional information regarding this toy drive or to ask
for a list of businesses involved, call mary on her cell phone at
(973)-768-1815 or email her at, she
will be able to help with any of your needs as well as comply
a list of children and gifts they want for the holiday.

Postal Customer

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Santa to Visit by Fire Truck

anta Claus has once again made

arrangements with the Schooleys
Mountain Fire Company to make a
special appearance and visit many of the
neighborhood children on Saturday,
December 20. He will be landing on the
mountain to hitch a ride with the firefighters
who will bring him via fire truck to the various developments on Schooleys
Santa and several of his elves will begin
their tour at 10:00 AM, and work their way
through various streets including Gentry
estates, Middlesworth Farm, Cobblestone
and Glen Ridge, and William Way. Theyll
also travel through Rock Road, Quail Run,
Terrace, Ann
Nestlingwood. Theyll travel along
Flocktown Road to Walnut and Hemlock,
then across Naughright to Windswept,
Cambridge, Salisbury and Warwick estates,

Thomas Farm and Arbor Way. Santa and his

escorts will head along Cindy Lane and
Paula Drive to Arrowhead. They will visit
Janet Drive, Jackie Drive, Kim Lane,
Manor Hill and Yorkshire Estates. From
there the team will fly to Brittany Hills,
Peachtree Village and Hastings Square.
Santa and his escorts will blow the sirens
and horns as he approaches, so youll be
sure know when hes coming to your area.
Hes bringing candy canes, along with fire
prevention material to all who greet him.
Hell do his best to make it to your street,
but you may want to make sure you see him
if you hear him nearby. By 2:00, Santa will
have begun his trek back to the North Pole.
So come out and meet Santa on his special visit on Saturday, December 20.
Remember to be extra cautious with
Christmas trees and decorations so theyre
fire safe, and to test your smoke detectors.

Special Holiday Concert at

Trinity United Methodist Church

rinity United Methodist Church of

Hackettstown, NJ to host a special
Holiday Concert by Impulse

Handbell Ensemble on Saturday, December

20 at 8pm. Concert is FREE with a free will
offering. Flyer attached.

Divorce and Recovery Support for Women

ave you been feeling out of control in

your relationship? Have you been
wondering if you should get divorced
or not? Have you talked to your partner about
the unhappiness and the differences?
How is divorce going to impact your life
emotionally, physically, financially? What is
your next step?
The divorce process can be intimidating,
but it doesn't have to be if you get organized
and are prepared when dealing with documents, attorneys, your spouse and other parties.

As a Divorce Coach, I will be there to help

you focus during this difficult process and
identify who else might be able to help.
If interested in participating of a Divorce
and Recovery Group for Women please call
me at 908.800.2094or email me at
The meetings will be held once a month at
the Panther Valley Ecumenical Church. This
months meeting will be on December 18th at
7pm. Meetings are open to women before,
during and after the process of divorce.

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St. Marys Academy Announces Name Change to

St. Brendans Academy In Memory of Brendan Tevlin

announced plans to change its name
to St. Brendans Academy in memory
of Brendan Tevlin -- the 19-year-old college
student who was tragically killed in West
Orange earlier this year.
Our group was deeply moved by
Brendans story, said Gregg Dudzinski,
SMA president, and we wanted to do
something to insure that hes remembered
for the way he lived and not just how he

According to Dudzinski, the organization had been talking about changing its
name because many confused SMA with the
former St. Marys School, which closed its
doors in May 2013 after 60 years of operation. When SMA Vice-president, Lina
Hollman, suggested that they consider
renaming the school St. Brendans
Academy in memory of Tevlin, it didnt
take long for the group to come to consen-

Sock it to Me!

ith winter approaching quickly

and temperatures dropping, homeless people are at a great risk of
becoming sick and while every type of donation is probably greatly appreciated there is
one item that most homeless people are in
desperate need of and that's socks. Most people think of socks as almost meaningless, that
they don't really make a difference, but to
people living out in the cold, socks provide so
much warmth and comfort. Sadly though,
homeless shelters and clothing drives rarely
get socks. Girl Scout Ambassador Troop
#792 will be having a Sock Drive thur Dec.

19, 2014 where the public can donate new

winter type socks for children and adults.
Donation boxes will be located at Mansfield
Elementary School, the Warren County
Northeast Branch Library on Route 46 in
Independence Township, the First Hope Bank
on Route 46 in Great Meadows, Barber Shop
II off Route 57 in Mansfield and Barber Shop
III on Route 57 in Washington. The socks will
be donated to Project Homeless Connect and
will be distributed to homeless people. Please
donate because every donation will make a
difference in someone's life and will be greatly appreciated.

We all feel that Brendans faith and
spirit reflects the mission and values of the
school and that hell serve as a great contemporary role model for its children, said
The name change is expected to go into
effect in early 2015 which is when its
planning to open its nursery school and preK. The organization recently found a suit-

able location in Hackettstown and is currently negotiating a contract. The organization is an independent school in the Catholic
tradition and has no affiliation with the
Diocese of Metuchen.
St. Mary's Academy is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and contributions are tax
deductable. For more information, or to
make a donation, please visit our website:

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Allamuchy Students Honor Vets

hey gathered in a
classroom, awaiting
the call . Many
enlisted at that time in history. Some of the veterans
wore their uniforms, representing various branches of
the Armed Services with
pride and enjoyed the
opportunity to meet, again,
at the Annual Allamuchy
Veterans Day Assembly. As

Processional, the troops
moved forward down the
hall of the school in formation and into the auditorium
where the audience- students from K-8, staff, parents and guests- quickly fell
into silence as they recognized the solemnity of the
occasion. This was some-

thing special. The walls of

the auditorium were decorated with patriotic art work
developed by the students as
were all the hallways and
When the last veteran
was seated, the bagpiper
strolled from the auditorium
with the doleful military
refrain still echoing in the
room and completed the





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activities in that manner. As

the program developed,
each grade level presented a
tribute to the veterans, in
song or narration. Emotions
ran the scale of joy to compassion. There was laughter
and there were tears. In
some cases, the audience
joined the performers with
their songs. Most memorable was the tune, God
Bless the USA. Each time
the refrain was repeated,
tears were evident in the
eyes of the veterans and
many in the audience. As
one veteran noted, I got all
choked up.
It was a team effort
and many times the expression becomes a clich for
closure. However, what was
presented to the veterans
was not only an assembly
but, truly, a production
involving a cast of hundreds
in the Allamuchy community.
Lt. Colonel Ingrid
Parker, keynote speaker,
while expressing her grati-

tude to the students, traced

her own success in the
Army to education and the
desire to persevere. Kudos
are certainly in order to
Andrea Aussems
Ashley Van Haste, third
grade teachers, who coordinated the entire production,
the Board of Education and
Administration, for promoting programs such as this
and to the PTO for providing refreshment for the vet-

erans. Sven Johnsons military equipment added a

sense of reality to the day.
Nevertheless, the bottom
line must be the entire
teaching staff - the troops in
the educational trencheswho daily contribute, cognitively and affectively, to the
total education of the students. Their enthusiasm and
creativity certainly motivated the students.

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(Photo Courtesy Hackettstown PBA#369)

From left to right: John Amey (PBA Member), Darren Tynan (PBA Member), Edward Blas (PBA
Member), James Murtha (PBA Member), Aaron Perkins (PBA Member), Sean Stone (PBA Member),
Glen Brotzman (PBA Member), Tom Smith (PBA Member), Scott Wheeler (PBA Member) , Jimmy
Laoudis (PBA Member), Brian Ficarra (PBA Member) and Halio Bayram (River Star Diner

n a snowy Thanksgiving Day the

Benevolent Association Local 369
purchased Thanksgiving dinners from the

River Star Diner in Hackettstown. They

then delivered the dinners to local people in
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Willow Grove K-Kids Club Supports Troops

he K-Kids Club at Willow Grove

Elementary School in Hackettstown
isn't wasting any time as the school's
newest club.
Off to a running start, the club, comprised
of 30 third and fourth graders, hosted a special Veterans Day event on Veterans Day and
are actively collecting items for care packages for soldiers overseas. In addition, they
are writing Christmas cards and letters to the
troops and making a 20-foot "banner" message with greetings and drawings.
"The K-Kids club is off to a great start,"
said Robin Gibbon, K-Kids Club faculty

advisor. "So much is happening already!"

The club, part of the Kiwanis of
Hackettstown family, got started thanks to the
efforts of Gibbon and the support of the
school's principal, Patrick McQueeney.
The club quickly agreed that it wanted to
support the troops this holiday season in some
"The kids were excited to spread the message of patriotism, and the importance of volunteerism!" said Gibbon.
Their patriotism shone brightly on
Veterans Day when the club hosted a Color
Guard Ceremony on Veterans Day that fea-

tured members of the Hackettstown

American Legion. The event also included
the pledge of allegiance, patriotic songs and a
Q&A with American Legion Post
Commander Don Hendershot. Henderson
was also joined by Legion members Paul
Sargeant and Mark Slachetka.
Officers for the Willow Grove K-Kids, all
4th graders, are President, Jaiden Liferiedge;
Vice President, Madeline Gonzalez;
Secretary, Grace Brameyer; and Treasurer,
Caitlyn Culp.
Members (3rd and 4th graders) also
include Alexandra Beard, Maeve Loughrey,
Kelsey Maxwell, Haylee McWilliams, Julia
Flynn, Angelene Mattingly, Kaylynn
Schiantarelli, Vail Carruthers, Amber

Deegan, Skyler Flynn, Kristi Kurilla, Morgan

Smith, Savannah Davis, Chloe Flynn, Megan
Gaida, Savannah Brady, Christopher
Flannagan, Olivia Hare, Anagha Nair,
Danielle Toth, Giuliana DiLillo, Colton
Hartobey, Joseph Racz, Rohan Arora, Brady
Hansson, and Jacob Kulyeshie.
Hackettstown Kiwanis Club member
Suzanne Gandley-Davis is the Kiwanis
Advisor to the club. Kiwanis Club is a service
organization that supports an array of community programs. The Hackettstown Kiwanis
Club "family" includes youngsters from elementary school to college, over 200 participants in all. For more information about
Kiwanis Club and how you can get involved,
call 908-852-2106.

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Hackettstown Author Helping Teens...

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believing that theres nothing you can do! Start believing in
you, in possibility, in the future! Stepping on the gas pedal
of life may get you there fast but without the steering wheel,
you dont get to decide where that is."
And in "Fill Your boots," there are many chapters that
are brief but equally concentrated with this kind of wisdom.
Huryk seems to predict some of the limiting attitudes that
we may have, and then works to convince us that we can do
better. There are words in his book and on his blog that can
motivate individuals who may not be teenagers anymore,
nor soccer players.
Huryk is grateful for the response he has gotten from the
public and is continuing to promote his book. It is available
at for $9.95 and at also for this price.
Search for Fill Your Boots on Google and it can be found.
One chapter, Horrible, Bad, Okay, Good, Excellent,
reads by keeping your expectations for improvement in
small increments, youll find it much easier to attain each
step. Imagine trying to jump from the bottom floor of a
building up to the second or third floor. Youd never make
it. Give yourself a set of stairs or a ladder and it seems
almost effortless by comparison.
Huryk is sympathetic to students in that he knows high
school years can be difficult. His book is generally for high
school boys, but girls can expect to see a book from Huryk
soon which focuses on their lives and their challenges.
One of his students, Kim Koeller, noted that, "The book

inspired me to dedicate more time to my soccer skills. It

gave me insight into the importance of focusing more on
different aspects of the game. I would recommend this book
to any athlete that is looking for honest advice about high
school soccer."
Huryk served as a teacher and a soccer coach for 14
years and and said that the chapters in his book include
things he says during half-time speeches and pre-game
speeches. With soccer being so popular nowadays, it is not
surprising that Huryk has weaved his life philosophies and
game philosophies into one book - though few could likely
do it as well as Huryk.
Nowadays, soccer tournaments are more commonplace
than they were 20 years back, for instance. Many more kids
play soccer these days. Huryk, a 1994 Hackettstown High
School graduate, played his first tournament in his senior
year, as an example.
Huryk said, nowadays however, Hackettstown usually
hosts one tournament in the summer, and there are sometimes 100 teams that participate. There will usually be vendors at the tournament in addition to all of the teams, and it
"takes over the town."
Huryk, a 1994 Hackettstown high School graduate, has
many interesting blog entires, and here are some excerpts
from a Nov. 27 writing: "Imagine there was a Happiness
Lottery. Once per week some lucky person would be awarded a lifetime supply of happiness. My hope is that you
wouldnt hang your hope for happiness on luck but rather

come up with a systematic plan to create happiness and

compound that which you already have.
The first step would be to take stock of what assets you
already have. Be grateful for the people and situations that
are already in your life that cause happiness. Write down
the happiness assets that you have in your life. The more
grateful you are for what you already have, the less likely
that you are to squander it. The second step would be to
look for ways to create more. Accentuate the areas where
you are creating great happiness and put more time into
happiness areas that may be lagging.
Diversify your portfolio. Dont expect all of your happiness to come from one area. If you lean to heavily on one
happiness source, tough times in that area will leave you
living very thin. Friends, family, hobbies, entertainment
and a slew of other possibilities exist for you to have a balance to happiness.
Cut down on waste. Recognize where you are putting in
great efforts but getting little returns. Perhaps an area that
used to be your biggest happiness producer is now a leach
but you dont see it.
Watch out for thieves! There will be thieves looking to
steal your happiness if you let them. With money we use
banks, vaults and safes to protect our assets. Happiness and
finances both need to be cultivated through some strategic
planning. Very rarely are either the result of the luck of the

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RE/MAX House Values 4 Participates in the Joan Knechel

12th Annual Cancer Walk

n Sunday, October 19th, 2014,

RE/MAX House Values 4 participated in the Joan Knechel 12th Annual
Cancer Walk at Riverside Park.
The proceeds for this rain or shine event
benefited the Joan Knechel Cancer Center at
Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. The
Walk included two one-mile loops through
River Park and afterwards, all participants
who reach their fundraising minimum were
invited to join the foundation at the American

Legion for a post-walk celebration featuring

local food vendors and live entertainment.
RE/MAX House Values was excited to
see the Joan Knechel 12th annual cancer
walk come to their neck of the woods and
showed their enthusiasm by raising over
for the cause. The total funds raised
exceeded $68K
We are always looking for ways to give
back to the community. This is a time for

remembering those lost but also to raise

money to find a cure and to give hope to
those who are still with us, said Denise
Scafati of RE/MAX House Values 4.
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Scouts' Good Deed

Local Scouts Matthew Harcher (second from left) and Aidan Park accept a donation of
food collected by Dr. James Fedich (left) and his Village Family Clinic in Allamuchy
Township as part of a project they are doing this fall. Food collected from Village Family
Clinic and other sites will help feed the hungry this winter season. Scout Master Brian
Harcher is on the right.

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Hackettstown Police Serious About Charity Work

And Program To Stop Drunk Driving

By Ejvind Boccolini
he Hackettstown Police Department is serious
about charity work this holiday season with its toy
drive being held through Dec. 19, and the police
department is also diligent about safety as it is cracking
down on drunk drivers with a program underway right
The Hackettstown PBA #369 Toy Drive is successful
so far, Sgt. Darren Tynan said earlier this month in a
statement to the Hackettstown News; he also mentioned
that a program to crackdown on drunk drivers has $7,500
in state funding behind it which will aid its success.
These two programs are just a few examples of the
steps the department has taken lately, as it continues to
work hard to keep the community safe.
With the crackdown on drunk drivers, the department
received $7,500 in state funding to pay for overtime
hours, and this will aid the program's success as officers
take action to combat the act of drunk driving. The
Hackettstown Police Department is serious about this
crackdown, and the program is underway right now.
There will be extra officers working through Jan.2,
2015 just looking for impaired drivers, Sgt. Tynan, who
also serves as the Press Information Officer of the
Hackettstown Police Department.

Sgt. Tynan also noted that the Hackettstown PBA#369

Toy Drive is successful so far this season, and noted that
it continues through Dec. 19.
A portion of the toy drive event was held at Applebees
Neighborhood Grill & Bar on Mountain Avenue in
Hackettstown on Saturday, November 29. The toys/gifts
will be donated to needy children in Hackettstown, and
the first 100 people who brought an unwrapped new
toy/gift to the event received a free thank you gift.
In other Hackettstown news, police are working hard,
responding to a few incidents in town involving theft and
other crimes.
Hackettstown Police made a weapons arrest/hindering
apprehension arrest on Nov. 28 at about 12:56 am when
they responded to the 200 block of Mountain Avenue in
reference to a dispute.
When officers arrived at the scene, a victim was standing outside an apartment and advised the officers that a
male was inside the apartment threatening to kill the victim. Through an investigation it was determined that 27year-old Welvin Flores-Benitez, of Hackettstown, NJ had
a dispute with the victim over the front door being locked.
Welvin then admitted to using an eight-inch knife to
threaten and chase the victim out of the apartment.
It was also determined that 19-year-old Katherine

Silva-Gallardo lied to the officer denying any knowledge

of the knife, when in fact, Katherine hid the knife behind
a radio. Welvin was charged with possession of a weapon
(4th degree), possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose (3rd degree) and threaten to kill (3rddegree).
Welvin was unable to post the $5,000.00 bail and was
then lodged in the Warren County Correctional Facility.
Katherine was charged with hindering apprehension (disorderly person offense) and was released pending a court
Also, on Nov. 15 at about 3:06pm the Hackettstown
Police responded to Centenary College on Jefferson
Street at the Reeves Dormitory in reference to a theft.
When officers arrived at the scene, both students advised
the officer that their dorm room was burglarized.
One student stated he had money stolen from his beat
box case and the other student, identified as 18-year-old
Keiji Villalona, of Paterson, NJ, stated he had his laptop
and sneakers stolen.
Through an investigation it was determined that Keiji
staged his burglary, where he reported several of his items
stolen, in an attempt to cover up the theft he committed.
Villalona was charged with theft of movable property and
filing a fictitious report. He was released pending a court

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Great Season for Hackettstown High School Boys Soccer

By Josh Lashley
n a script perfectly suited for a Hollywood
screenplay that instead played out in real
life, with real people showing real emotions, the Hackettstown High School boys
soccer program earned the NJSIAA State
Group II championships this fall.
It was final season at the helm for veteran
Tiger head coach Gary Thomas.
The Tigers finished the season with a stellar overall record of 23-1-1 and they were
undefeated in the Northwest Jersey Athletic
Conference Freedom Division. Hackettstown

Cinnaminson, 3-1, in the State finals.
This was my final season as coach, after
30 years as head coach, Thomas said. The
team is sending me out as the ultimate winner, State champs. I give credit to my assistant coaches, Steve Mensinger, Matt Winkler
and especially our varsity assistant Matt
DeMartini, who is the best player that has
ever been on our field. Without him, our success would not have been possible and I have
complete confidence that he will continue
with our winning program that only had three

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losing seasons in the last 35 years.

When a team has the kind of outstanding
campaign that the Tigers were able to put
together, it should come as no surprise that
leadership from the student-athletes on the
roster was in great abundance.
Amazingly, it was everyone who
emerged, Thomas said. While normally
one or two players might carry a team, each
player on the field stepped up in a big way.
Each player had a big game or scored the
game winner. In the Bernards game, Jeremy
Delvalle scored the winner with a header. In
the State final, Delvalle scored again, Josh
Weiss had a goal and an assist, Steve
Jaxheimer had two assists and Jared
Leckburg scored the game winner. In the
Ramsey game, it was Delvalle who assisted
Weiss and the shootout team all made goalsNick Corby, Leckburg, Weiss and Delvalle.
In the Garfield game Lucas Andrusin assisted
and Weiss scored, while Aaron Maciak
scored the game winner. Against Fort Lee, it
was Jaxheimer who scored and assisted on
another goal. Weiss scored again and Maciak
assisted. Jaxheimer tied the school record for
assists and Weiss tied the school record for
Goalkeeper Kyle Palomino was incredible during the State Tournament run and

should be a contender for Group II All-State

goalkeeper. Corby was a rock in the back and
repeatedly saved the day. Mike Taenzer, Sean
Kessell, Dean Hadzovic, Andrusin, Justin
Morris-Marano and Maciak were all crucial
in the success of the team, which was forced
to play defense for most of the State
Tournament run.
Thomas mentioned that each of the Tigers
victories in the post-season rank as most
memorable for the season.
For the record here is a list of wins that
Hackettstown earned during the playoffs, the
Tigers entered the North II Group II Sectional
bracket as the No. 3 seed:
North II Group II pre-quarterfinal round:
Hackettstown 3, No. 14 seed Hanover Park 0
North II Group II quarterfinal round:
Hackettstown 2, No. 6 seed Fort Lee 0
North II Group II semifinal round:
Hackettstown 1, No. 2 seed Bernards 0
North II Group II final round:
Hackettstown 2, No. 4 seed Garfield 1
State Group II semifinal round:
Hackettstown 1, Ramsey 1 (Hackettstown
advances after winning, 4-1, in penalty
State Group II final round: Hackettstown
3, Cinnaminson 1

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Mix Up New Years Eve With Music, Theater, Dance

By Cheryl Conway
tart 2015 off right, enjoying a night of
dance, comedy, theater, music and childrens performances all in the heart of
There is more brewing on New Years Eve
other than beer, champagne, Times Square
and the annual ball dropping extravaganza.
Grab the family, bag the babysitter this year,
turn the big screen off and join in on the fun
at First Night Morris County 2015. The event
is scheduled for Wed., Dec. 31, with performances to begin at 4:45 p.m., magnificent fireworks on the Green at 9:15 p.m. and again
atmidnight when the program ends.
With more than 80 performances scheduled, involving 200 individual artists, to be
held at 25 venues centering on the
Morristown Green, Theres something for
everyone, says Michael Schmidt, chair of
the Board of Trustees First Night Morris
County. There really is. Its a great event. It
caters to all ages on purpose.
Attending First Night- first when he was a
kid and then performing with his former
band, Old Man Out, 14 years ago at First
Night Morris County 2001, has had a lasting
positive influence on Schmidt who has served
as the event chair for the past four years.
Its really the value, says Schmidt. The
value is number one; you are seeing these

artists, many who charge $100 per ticket.

The diversity of events, diversity of talent is
really unique, with dance, comedy, rock,
jazz, blues, classical, childrens performances
and theater. You have all these different art
mediums in one place and sense of community all in one place.
The experience of being in the community
on New Years Eve and enjoying the arts has
a lasting impression on those who attend.
The sense of community, vibrancy of
being out in a safe engaging community, in an
alcohol-free event provides a nice alternative
to people, says Schmidt. Its a feeling of
vibrancy; its tough to describe but really
amazing until you go.
In its 23rd year, nearly 10,000 people
come out to First Night to ring in the New
Year with an unmatched array of performances! First Night Morris County 2015 is the
biggest and brightest New Years Eve celebration in New Jersey, providing a magnificent family-friendly and alcohol-free celebration, as stated in the program.
Founded in 1992 by the Morris County
Freeholders in collaboration with Morris
Arts, First Night Morris County is modeled
after the 1976 First Night in Boston, explains
Schmidt. We are the largest one in the state,
with other venues in Haddonfield, Ocean City
and Mt. Holly.

Seeing success in other communities, in

Morris County People wanted alternative
ways to celebrate New Years Eve, focusing
on the arts. It became a tradition. Arts and
entertainment is the focus.
Participants receive a First Night Morris
County admission button which gives them
access to innovative, diverse and high quality performances ideal for participants of all
ages. The venues- such as the Mayo
Performing Arts Center, library, Morristown
High School, The Hyatt and various churches- are within close walking distance of one
another at the historic Morristown Green and
free shuttles are also being provided by
Atlantic Health. All performances are indoors
and will take place regardless of weather.
Artists and performers are sought out each
year to perform at First Night Morris County.
Two-thirds of this years performers are new
to the program, adds Schmidt.
The British Invasion Tribute Band returns
to the Mayor Performing Arts Center this
year. Dinoman will also be entertaining for
the children with his large inflatable
Another highlight will be Comedian Jon
Fisch, who has appeared on the Late Show
with David Letterman and had also opened
for Jerry Seinfeld in the past.
New this year is the mobile website- first- highlighting the event with

all the performances scheduled, a map, the
program and frequently asked questions.
Attendees can now learn the performers in
advance, and map out their schedule for the
evening to get the most of their New Years
Tickets can be purchased before Dec. 31,
online at; from Mayo
Performing Arts Center (MPAC) at 973-5398008; or at the Box Office, 100 South Street
in Morristown.
Buttons can also be purchased the day of
the event at the Command Center, in the
Hyatt Morristown Conference Center at
Headquarters Plaza, Mayo Performing Arts
Center, and Morristown Library. Printed tickets distributed by the Mayo Performing Arts
Center for online orders can be exchanged for
buttons on the night of the event at any First
Night location.
With more than 150 volunteers needed at
the various venues to help provide a smooth
program, Schmidt says the organization welcomes new people to get involved. Volunteers
receive a free admission ticket to attend performances.
Tickets cost $20, or $70 for a four-pack,
before Dec. 21; and $25, or $90 for a fourpack from Dec. 22 through Dec. 31 Children
four and under are free.

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St. Therese Students Help Feed the Hungry

baskets. All donations went to local residents in Roxbury. This yearly project
encourages students at St. Therese to live
out their faith by helping individuals and
communities in need.
In addition to a values and faith based
education, St. Therese School offers students in pre-K through 8th grade a new

St. Therese 7th and 8th grade students helped to sort the food donations. Pictured left to right are:
Lucas Kaelin, Michael ORawe, Catherine Hinson, Marc Bain, Darya Don, Olivia Guevara, Sean
Murphy, Madeline Simone.

tudents at St. Therese School in

Succasunna participated in the
parish annual food drive again this
year, collecting over 50 bags of food items

that were part of the Thanksgiving basket

donations assembled by volunteers at St.
Therese Church. Each grade was asked to
contribute a different item to help fill the

STEM-based curriculum.
They are
encouraged to develop as individuals and
to fulfill their academic and spiritual
potential. For more information or a tour
of the school, contact principal Mrs. Lisa
Hirschfeld, at 973-584-0812 or visit our
website at

Interested in Singing
the Messiah?

Messiah concert is being held on

Sunday, January 25 at 3:30 p.m. at
First United Methodist Church of
Newton, 111 Ryerson Avenue, Newton.
Anyone who has sung Handel's Messiah
previously is welcome to sing with this
community Unity Choir. The concert will
be directed by Henry Repp, of Netcong,
who will also accompany the choir on a
three-manual Peragallo pipe organ. The
group will be singing Part 1 (the Christmas
portion) plus Hallelujah Chorus and
Worthy is the Lamb.
Rehearsals will be on Saturday, January
3 at 2 p.m.; Saturday, January 10 at 10 a.m.;
Saturday, January 17 at 10 a.m.; Sunday,
January 18 at 2 p.m.; and Saturday. January

24 at 10 a.m at the church.

Soloists will include Soprano Molly
Young who sings at the National Cathedral
and Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate
Conception in Washington, D.C. Her
father, Rev. David Young, pastor of
Newton Presbyterian Church, will return to
sing the bass solos. Alto solos will be sung
by Kathleen Meredith, an Oberlin graduate
and at member of the Newton Methodist
choir. Joining the group for the first time
this year will be Tom Carle, tenor, who is
pursuing a master's degree in voice at
Westminister Choir College.
Anyone who wishes to sing with the
group is asked to please contact Henry Repp
at 973-347-0945.

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Teens Shoot Down Drugs and Alcohol

In Music Competition

By Cheryl Conway
he countdown is on calling all Jersey
high school teens to compete in the
2015 New Jersey Shout Down Drugs
Music Competition.
In its 11th year, the NJ Shout Down Drugs
Competition is accepting applications until
theMon., Jan. 12, entry deadline. Sponsored
by The Partnership for a Drug-Free New
Jersey (PDFNJ), the contest challenges students to create music and lyrics that deliver
messages to prevent substance abuse of
drugs and alcohol.
Although contestants can be as far south
as Cape May and northeast as Jersey City,
the message is far reaching, more so than
ever before, with even greater advances in
technology, the internet, world-wide web and
so many more social media outlets.
When we do online voting in the preliminary and finals, we do get votes throughout
the country and the world, says Angelo
Valente, executive director of the PDFNJ.
During last years competition, 100,000
votes were casted last year in more than 60
countries in all of the continents around the
The messages shared in the songs created
by these NJ teens are reaching people around
the world helping to spread the messages
about substance abuse prevention, he says.
The contest has had an impact in residents around the world, says Valente.
Thats a new component that started three
years ago and has expanded even more with
additional social media outlets. Several thousand votes have come from England,
Germany and Japan. With social media and
technology it has spread. Through their
social networking circles it gets to expand.
Created in 2005, NJ Shout Down Drugs
invites high school students to create original
music and lyrics with powerful substance
abuse prevention messages. Types of music
can be from any genre such as rap, rhythm,
blues, jazz, ballads, rock-and-roll and even A
Cappella, which was last years winner.
County finalists are then chosen by peer
judges to perform their original songs at the
Annual Statewide Prevention Concert, which
is set to be held Fri., April 17, 2015, at the
New Jersey Performing Arts Center in
First, second and third place winners are
chosen by a panel of judges that night to
receive music contracts worth $5,000,
$3,000 and $2,000 to perform their winning
songs at different events throughout the state
during the year. The public is invited to vote
for their favorite songs through the contests
website by participating in two phases of
online voting. Since 2010, when the online
voting began, hundreds of thousands of votes

have been casted.

During the first level of the contest, about
40 to 60 submissions are received from about
75 to 150 students throughout NJ.
Submissions can be from individual students
or groups of students as large as six students
in a group.
Judges which are made up of officials
from law enforcement, prevention groups,
the community, media and even teen prevention leaders- review the submissions and
then select one group from each county,
resulting in 21 county winners, as well as
some wildcard groups, to perform in the
April 17 concert. Votes are also submitted
through online voting.
Entries for the competition can be
received either online or by a CD. Videos are
not accepted, only music and lyrics. To compete, participants must be high school students; NJ residents; in good standing in their
school district; submit a song up to three
minutes long with original music and lyrics.
Groups must be six members or less and students do not have to be from the same school
district to participate.
Many participants usually sign up right
after the winter holiday break as many use
that period to perfect their song and message,
says Valente.
Its a program that a student has to take a
lot of initiative and responsibility for, says
Valente, from filling out application, to creating original music and lyrics, meeting deadlines, and having the confidence to perform
in a concert.
All submissions must send a peer message about how important it is to be drugfree, says Valente. Some talk about experiences in their lyrics; others may mention the
options and the different paths students
choose to take.
Drugs and alcohol affect teens and can
destroy their lives, says Valente. Messages
must focus on how important it is to remain
drug free.
Judges consider the message first and
foremost, when picking the winners, says
Valente. Judges are looking at the message
being delivered. They are also looking for
original music as well as the talent and delivery of that music. Its not as much a talent
competition, but more of a message delivered by music.
The message is the most important part
of this competition, Valente stresses. We
encourage all high school students to participate.
The only competition of its kind in the
country, NJ Shout Down Drugs Music
Competition provides an opportunity for all
teens to come together for a good cause.
Winners will be given money and music con-

tracts to perform at different venues- from

minor league baseball games to Elk club
meetings- throughout NJ during the year.
We thought through music wed effectively reach these teens, says Valente. As a
teenager you spend a lot of time listening to
music. Weve found through our research
that music has a great influence on teens.
With the online voting, the messages for
drug prevention act as a springboard reaching more and more listeners. As an added
bonus, at the end of each entry, voters listen
to a prevention message from The PDFNJ.
Before anyone votes, young people get
to see this message, says Valente, which is a
30 second public service announcement,
which focuses on substance abuse prevention.
This years message will focus on prescription drug abuse that we continue to find
at alarming levels, says Valente.
The PDFNJ, out of Millburn, was formed
in 1992 as part of a national effort to create
smaller local chapters to join in the effort
toward substance abuse prevention. The
group provides workshops and training to

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parents, caregivers, educators, and municipal

alliances throughout communities in NJ.
To commemorate last years 10 year
anniversary of the NJ Shout Down Drugs
Music Competition, organizers produced a
CD to highlight all the first place contest
winners from the past decade. All high
schools throughout NJ will receive a copy of
the CD in an effort to attract more students to
enter the music competition. Schools can
also use the CD during assemblies in order to
send a message to encourage students to
remain drug free, says Valente.
All those who attend the April 17 NJ
Shout Down Drugs Music Competition will
receive a copy of the commemorative CD as
There is no cost to compete. Song and
lyrics need to be received by Jan. 12, whether
electronically or through mail. For more
questions or more information, contact Diane
Higgins, coordinator of NJ Shout Down
Competition,; or visit

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Local Handbell Choir Makes It

to Carnegie Hall!

The Trinity Ringers backstage at Carnegie Hall

Back Row: Thomas Smith, Matthew Bippart, Kristina Denzler, Nathan Anzel
Middle Row: Claire Sandrue, Kayleigh Morpeth, Nicole Stanton, Katya Reed, Katelyn
Philhower. Front Row: Rebecca Montross, Lauren Itkor, Samantha Savokinas, Jill Fedon
director, Sam Anzel
The Trinity Ringers
Thomas Smith, Katelynn Philhower, Kayleigh Philhower, Matthew Bippart, Kristina
Denzler, Sam Anzel, Nicole Stanton, Rebecca Montross, Samantha Savokinas, Katya Reed,
Claire Sandrue, Nathan Anzel, Lauren Itkor, Jill Fedon - director

by Darrell Sandrue
n October 30, 2014, Carnegie Hall
experienced a first, which is a rare
occurrence its 123 year historyhandbells and an orchestra made music
together. The Trinity Ringers of
Hackettstown, New Jersey, along with the
Camp Rhythmo Ringers, based in New
York City, performed with the Cross Border
Orchestra of Ireland.
Established in 1995 by Sharon TreacyDunne as a peace initiative between the then
troubled north and south regions of Ireland,
the Cross Border Orchestra, conducted by
Gearid Grant, today consists of over 100
young musicians from both regions.
The Trinity Ringers are part of a forty
year handbell tradition at Trinity United
Methodist Church. These thirteen middle
and high school students provide music for
worship monthly as well as holiday and special church events.
The Trinity Ringers and the Camp
Rhythmo Ringers, under the direction of Jill
Fedon, accompanied the orchestra during
four pieces throughout the concert, and
were given the spotlight for the opening of
the second act when Processional in C,
composed by Jill Fedon and Camp
Rhythmo co-founder Michael Bodnyk for
the performance, was conducted by Mrs.
Fedon from her orchestra seat in the center
of the third row. Starting with a single C3,
ringers of both choirs processed down the
left and right aisles, with the ringers assembling themselves in front of the stage, using

the first row as both the ringers music

stands and their seats during the songs they
were not performing with the orchestra.
With a 120-piece orchestra and a choir of
two hundred singers behind them, it was
standing room only for the bell choirs. They
performed with no tables, and it was quite a
choreographic moment when most of the
group would bend down, momentarily disappear, and reappear in unison for a key
Despite the chorographical challenges,
Mrs. Fedon had nothing but praise for the
opportunity to perform in Carnegie Hall.
The entire evening was magical and one
none of us will soon forget. Rehearsing and
performing with such talented musicians
and soloists provided these young ringers
with an amazing opportunity. We worked
hard to prepare ourselves for the performances and soaked in every moment and lesson while we were working with the orchestra. The experience has transformed who we
are as musicians and a choir. I cant thank
the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland
enough for inviting us to join them at
Carnegie Hall.
Two days earlier, the ringers joined the
CBOI and students at Moravian Academy in
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for an all day
Cross Cultural Music Festival. The evening
culminated in a concert that included several massed handbell performances. Many
musicians from the orchestra noted that this
was their first exposure to English

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CS Gymnastics Boys Team Muscle Up

he 2014 USA Mens' Gymnastics

season kicks off on Dec 14 at CS
Gymnastics, Flanders. Over 170
young boys from NJ will be competing in
the six men's gymnastics events; floor,
pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars,
and high bar. The CS Shadows team
members are excited to get out and show

their improved strength, and skills this

season. This seasons' members include
Matthew Eannone, Nate Bertha, Lucas
Sarnella, Jack Alexander, Ryan Peitz, and
Michael Eannone. To find out current
competition results go to, or visit CS Gymnastics at 4
Gold Mine Rd.

The Origin of Baby New Year

eople from around the world celebrate

to mark the arrival of the new year. One
New Year tradition that has survived
through the centuries is that of Baby New
Year and its image of a toddler wearing only
a diaper, sash and top hat.
Baby New Year can be
traced to 600 B.C. in Greece
and Egypt. Historians note
that Greeks believed
Dionysus, their God of
fertility and wine, was
reborn every New Year as a
spirit of fertility and luck.
Greeks would celebrate with parades
featuring a baby in a cradle to represent the
birth of Dionysus.
Ancient Egyptians used a baby as a symbol to represent rebirth as well. The child
symbolized the birth of the new year and the
passing of the old one.
Over the years, the tradition of Baby New
Year has taken on another meaning as well.
Some people believe the baby begins as an
infant in January and then quickly ages until
he is elderly at the end of December. Some
stories even suggest Baby New Year ages
until he becomes Father Time.
Early Christians did not like the tradition

of Baby New Year, feeling it was a pagan celebration. However, the Church eventually
revised its standing when it saw how much
people stood behind
the imagery of a baby
representing rebirth.
members to celebrate the new year
with a baby, and it
was believed the
practice symbolized
the birth and hope
offered by baby Jesus.
Baby New Year
symbolism has even been used for marketing
purposes. Retailers realized the cherubic
image would attract consumers, which is why
it is now used to promote New Year's sales.
But Baby New Year is more than just a
successful marketing tool. Each year, many
cities and villages name their own Baby New
Year, which is the first child born on January
1. Some attempts to name a Baby New Year
for an entire country have been made, but
there have been no official pronouncements,
as so many children have been born around
midnight on New Year's Eve that it has been
too close to call which baby arrived first.

Angel Trees Help Kids

This Holiday Season

ngel Trees are an ideal way for

groups, companies and even office
buildings, to bring some smiles to a
few unfortunate kids in their community this
holiday season. Everyone knows that many
families struggle throughout the year and it's
especially hard during the holiday season.
Many parents want to give their kids a gift
but they can't. An Angel Tree at your business will help.
An Angel Tree is very simple. You place
a Christmas/Holiday tree in a heavy traffic
area such as the front lobby of your office or
at the entrance to the cafeteria in your building. The tree is decorated with lights, bulbs
and with paper angels. Each angel has either
"Boy" or "Girl" written on the back along
with an age range such as 6 - 8 years or 10 12 years. No names are ever used.
People take one of the angels and buy a
gift for that kid. The wrapped gift is then
placed underneath the tree where it will be
given to a local charity that will pass it on to
a needy kid. You will need to find a local
charity that distributes gifts and ask them
when their deadline is.
You want to start your Angel Tree immediately after Thanksgiving and end it a few

days before the charity's deadline. This will

give you enough time to deliver the gifts and
the charity can sort them.
Businesses can also invite customers and
suppliers to participate by adding it to their
next newsletter or by sending an email.
Posters and notices can be placed around the
building to remind people to buy that extra
gift when they are out doing their own shopping. Sending out reminders just before the
deadline is a great way to encourage last
minute shoppers to get going.
For security reasons, you may want to
remove the gifts each night and store them
in a safe place. For office buildings, have
the gifts delivered to a secured location.
You can decorate the bottom of the Angel
Tree with empty boxes that have been
Immediately after the deadline, let everyone know how many gifts were collected. A
poster or email will help bring a little good
cheer to the people who gave as well.
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Hot Ground Italian Sausage
2 cups shredded Cheddar
1 1/4 cups baking mix
1/4 cup finely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped
1/4 cup milk
In skillet, cook and
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and lightly browned; drain.
In large bowl, combine
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Delightful Ham Dishes to Warm Up Winter

hile winter brings chilly temperatures and longer nights, theres

nothing that can bring a family
together like a warm meal.
In the hopes that everyone has a meal to
share with loved ones, country music star
Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town,
has teamed up with Smithfield, encouraging
others to lend a ham to those in need.
This winter, Schlapman is showing how
easy it is to give back. Simply tweet your
good deeds using the hashtag #LendAHam
and Smithfield will make a protein donation
to a local food bank, with the goal of donating up to one million servings.
Ham and Apple Butter Biscuit Sandwich
Created by Kimberly Schlapman
Servings: 6
For the Cheddar Bacon Biscuits:
8 strips Smithfield Thick Cut Bacon

1 cup onion, small dice

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
For Granny Becks Apple Butter:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 pounds assorted apples, peeled, cored and
cut into 1-inch pieces
3 cups apple cider
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
For the Sandwich:
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
3 tablespoons maple syrup
6 slices Smithfield Hickory Smoked Spiral
Sliced Ham, sliced in half
Apple butter (store bought or recipe below)

6 cheddar bacon biscuits, sliced in half

(recipe below)
10 ounces arugula
For the Cheddar Bacon Biscuits:

Preheat oven to 425F.

Cook bacon until crispy. Remove from
pan and drain on paper-lined tray. Remove
all but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat and
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To remaining bacon fat, add onion and
saut until caramelized, about 5 minutes.
In a large bowl combine flour, baking
powder, salt and paprika. Mix to blend then
make a well in the center of the bowl and
add buttermilk, butter, bacon, onions and
cheese. Mix gently with a wooden spoon
until dough is combined. It will be wet and
Using a 1/2 cup measure portion the batter onto a baking sheet, leaving an inch or so
around each biscuit.
Brush some of the reserved bacon fat on
the top of each biscuit. Bake in oven until
biscuits are golden brown and a toothpick
inserted in the center of one comes out
clean, 20 to 22 minutes.
For Granny Becks Apple Butter:
In a dutch oven over medium heat melt
butter and add apples. Cook until apples are

slightly soft about 5 minutes. Add cider,

lemon zest and juice, cloves, cinnamon and
allspice. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to
a simmer. Let simmer, partially covered and
stirring occasionally for about 1 1/2 hours to
2 hours until it is reduced and thickened.
Mash mixture with a potato masher until
uniform. Let cool before serving.
For the Sandwich:
Preheat grill or grill pan to medium high.
In a small pot over medium heat, melt
butter, brown sugar and maple syrup until
sugar dissolves. Brush mixture on ham and
grill slices until charred, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Baste the ham with more
maple syrup mixture.
Spread apple butter on the halved biscuits and top with grilled ham and arugula.
Top with other half of biscuit to make a
sandwich. Serve with more apple butter on
the side.

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he holiday season is all about making fun memories. Why not wear
something no one will soon forget
at your own ugly sweater party?
Hosting one is simple have everyone
show up in the tackiest holiday apparel
they can find, whether from their closet, at
a thrift store or something they blinged
on their own.
With the party attire planned, try these
easy and ugly dessert ideas from Wilton:
Soft, sweet and so ugly cakes: If your
guests apparel doesnt grab attention,
your cake sure will. Use the Ugly Sweater
Cake Pan to bake the cake. Style the decorating after your own garment use buttercream or fondant, holiday-shaped sprinkles and icing decorations to add some
ugly to your cake.
Cookie decorating fun: Bring the classic seasonal activity to your party by having guests decorate their own sweater
cookies. Set up a decorating station with
the Tacky Sweater Cookie Kit. With 12

Deck the Halls with Ugly Sweaters

pre-baked vanilla cookies, a dozen of your
friends can have a blast decorating with
the included green and red icing and sprinkles. Set up a photo station so guests can
take pictures of their silly cookies to share
Warm up with lattes: Who doesnt
love sipping hot beverages by a warm fire
with friends? Brew delicious Spirit of the
Season Mocha Lattes to toast a merry
Christmas. Offer assorted liqueurs for an
adults-only party.
Its time to judge: At the end of the
party, hold a contest for the ugliest sweater
both real and cookie. Award winners in
different categories, such as All-Around
Ugliest, Most Original, Funniest, Most
Non-Ugly or Most Ridiculous. Get creative with the prizes, too. Find an inexpensive and unique white elephant gift, or
hand out little first place ribbons.
Your party will be one to remember
with these ideas. For more fun and festive
party ideas, visit

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Ugly

Sweater Cake
Servings: 1012
1 package (16.25 ounces) Devils Food
cake mix
1/4 cup hot cocoa mix
3 eggs
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
Buttercream icing
Red Decorator Preferred Rolled Fondant
White Decorator Preferred Rolled Fondant
Primary Colored Fondant Multipack
Piping Gel
String licorice
Sprinkles: Sugar Pearls, Trees, Yellow
Colored Sugar
Preheat oven to 325F. Spray Ugly
Sweater Cake Pan with vegetable pan
In large bowl, beat cake mix, hot cocoa
mix, eggs, water, vegetable oil and pep

permint extract with electric mixer at low

speed 30 seconds. Scrape bottom and
sides of bowl; beat at medium speed 2
Pour batter into prepared pan, spreading to even thickness. Bake minutes 4447
minutes or until toothpick inserted into
center of cake comes out clean. Cool in
pan on cooling grid 10 minutes. Remove
from pan; cool completely on grid.
With spatula, lightly ice cooled cake.
Roll out red fondant 1/8 inch thick; cover
cake. Knead small amount of white fondant into remaining red fondant, white
with small amount of yellow fondant,
small amount of yellow fondant with
green fondant. Roll out all colors of fondant separately, 1/16 inch thick. Using
holiday cutters, patterns or cut free-form,
to make collar, ornaments and sweater
neckline, cuffs and bottom band. Use piping gel to attach licorice ornament hangers, sprinkles and sugars.
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Eggnog Ugly Sweater Cake
Servings: 1012
1 package (16.5 ounces) yellow cake mix
2/3 cup eggnog
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Buttercream Icing
Icing Colors: Juniper Green, Christmas
Holly Mix and Candy Cane Sprinkles
Preheat oven to 325F. Spray Ugly
Sweater Cake Pan with vegetable pan
In large bowl, beat cake mix, eggnog,
oil, eggs and nutmeg with electric mixer at
low speed 30 seconds. Scrape bottom and
sides of bowl; beat at medium speed 2
minutes. Pour batter into prepared pan,
spreading to even thickness.
Bake 3942 minutes or until toothpick
inserted into center of cake comes out
clean. Cool in pan on cooling grid 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely
on grid.

With spatula, ice cooled cake. Using tip

233 and green icing, pipe tree on cake.
Using tip 46 and red icing, pipe outline
neckline, sleeve cuffs and bottom sweater
band. Attach sprinkles.
Spirit of the Season Mocha Latte
Servings: 8
2 cups very hot strong brewed coffee
2 cups Wilton Dark Cocoa Candy Melts
6 cups milk
1/2 cup chocolate syrup
Assorted liqueurs and spirits (optional),
such as: peppermint schnapps, Irish cream
liqueur, creamy rum liqueur, chocolateflavored liqueur, cinnamon schnapps,
caramel-flavored vodka
In large bowl, pour coffee over dark cocoa
Candy Melts candy; let sit to melt.
In large microwave-safe bowl, heat milk
and chocolate syrup until steaming, about
4 minutes. Whisk milk vigorously to froth.
Whisk in candy mixture until combined.
Divide lattes evenly between eight mugs.
If desired, add 1 ounce of your choice of
liqueur to each drink.

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According to the Journal of Clinical
Psychology, 45 percent of Americans make
New Years resolutions each year, and
weight-related resolutions top the list.
Unfortunately, only about 8 percent achieve
any type of resolution, weight-related or not.
If youve made (and then broken) the
same old weight- or health-oriented resolutions each January, youre not alone. It might
be time to focus on research-proven
approaches to get healthier that actually work
without gimmicks, diets that eliminate
foods, or buying strange foods and equipment.
Start Well: Eat Breakfast
Start the day right, and it really can make
things go better all day. Research has repeatedly shown that people who eat breakfast
tend to take in more nutrients (calcium, iron,
protein and fiber), are more alert and can concentrate better, and may even have better success with weight management.
To get yourself off to a strong start, think
about combining protein, carbohydrates and
low-fat dairy. Some possibilities: whole grain
cereal and a high protein yogurt, an English
muffin with peanut butter, or an egg sandwich
with fruit and yogurt.
Eat Rough(age): Make Fiber a Priority
Fiber, found in whole grain wheat, barley,
corn and oats, as well as in fruits, vegetables
and beans, helps keep things moving easily
through the digestive tract. Remember that
grain fiber has different nutritional benefits
than fruits and vegetables, so you need both.

Resolve to Get Healthier

Fiber is also filling, providing volume

with few calories because our bodies dont
have the enzymes to break it down. But fiber
can be digested and used for fuel by the 10
trillion bacteria that live in the colon and prevent numerous health conditions.
Get Your Facts Straight: If It Sounds Too
Good to be True...
Losing 10 pounds in two weeks only to
regain it in eight makes no sense. Whether
youve tried to go gluten-free, low carb or
avoid all white foods, chances are quite high
that your efforts didnt result in long lasting
effects. What does work? A balanced eating
pattern and an active lifestyle.
There is no one perfect diet, and anyone
who says otherwise is typically selling a book
or products promising weight loss. Registered
dietitian nutritionists can be trusted to provide
credible, evidence-based information that can
be tailored to your lifestyle and taste preferences. In addition, eating patterns such as
those recommended by the Mediterranean
Diet, the DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to
Stop Hypertension) and MyPlate can provide
guidance on the types of foods to include in
your meals.
Move It: Walk, Dance or Ride Your Way to
Unless you use it often (23 times per
week or more), skip the gym membership.
Walk outside, walk the dog, dance in your
kitchen, work in the garden or ride your bike
to run errands. And, if possible, do it every
day with friends for fun, and make it part of

your regular lifestyle.

Make It Stick: Schedule and Track Your
Make a schedule of your health goals, and
keep track of progress by writing in a food
and activity journal or calendar. Write things
down; it makes them more likely to happen.
Note things like how you feel before and after
meals and exercise. You may be surprised by
what you learn.
How to Spot a Fad Diet in 30 Seconds or
Fad diets come and go and return again.
Here are some obvious clues that a diet is a
fad rather than a realistic approach for
becoming healthy.
1. Sounds too good or easy to be true
2. Promises rapid weight loss (510 pounds a
week) or miracle cures
3. Allows only certain foods or food groups
(cutting out others)
4. Promotes a product, special herb, vitamin
or other compound
5. Can only be followed temporarily but is
not supervised by a doctor
6. Hard to imagine or difficult to follow the
diet forever
7. Doesnt recommend a form of exercise or
says that its unnecessary
8. Warns that one food or food group will
make you seriously ill or worse
9. Makes recommendations based on pseudoscience not endorsed by credible organizations or peer reviewed by other scientists
10. Cites research that is preliminary, based

on animals, has very few subjects, or uses

poor methodology
The bottom line: Eat when you are hungry,
strive for moderation and move more to feel
Tips to Trim Mindless Calories
Eat mindfully
Put all of your attention on the food and
nowhere else.
Eat for hunger
Make sure you are eating because you are
hungry and not for other reasons.
Eat slowly
Youll stop eating sooner and register that
youve had enough.
Eat without guilt
Consider whether the food is an everyday food or sometimes food and eat
accordingly, enjoying every bite
For more info, try these resources:
US News and World Report Ranking of Best
Mediterranean Diet:
DASH Diet: http://www.nhlbi.nih.govhealth/health-topics/topics/dash/.
Find a Registered Dietitian: www.eatright.
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Creative Ways to Celebrate Chanukah

any jokes have been shared about the complexity

of growing up Jewish surrounded by Christian
friends and the overwhelming influence of
Christmas come the month of December. Seemingly everywhere you look buildings, stores and homes are decked out
in lights and decorations. But Christmas celebrants are not
the only ones with reason to be festive this time of year,
when Chanukah is also cause for celebration.
Perhaps due to its proximity to Thanksgiving and
Christmas, Chanukah tends to be the most widely celebrated Jewish holiday in America. Even though it is officially
listed as a minor holiday, Chanukah is important to families
across the globe. In fact, because the basis of Chanukah is
rededication to the faith, it very well may be an instrumental celebration for families who may need to find their way
back to the roots of their beliefs.
Chanukah celebrations may not feature lavishly decorated trees or scores of celebrants belting out carols, but it
bears significance for the thousands of people who celebrate each year. While Chanukah is steeped in tradition, the
following are a handful of ways you can add a creative spin
to your family's festivities this year.
Light: One of the major tenets of Chanukah is how light
can shine and lead a person through dark periods. This is
typically exemplified by the lighting of the menorah, which
is prominently placed in windows or other visible areas of
celebrants' homes. This Chanukah spend time with someone who may be dealing with an illness or the loss of a
loved one. You may be the light that inspires this person
each day. Give candles to friends and family members to

symbolize the light that will shine in the future.

Oil: Another component of Chanukah celebrations is
the focus on how a one-day supply of oil somehow lasted
eight days during the rededication of the temple's menorah.
Many ways to include oil in celebrations exist. Some people like to get creative in the kitchen, serving fried foods
and desserts. Think about giving gifts of oil, such as fragrant essential oils that can be used in potpourri or in the
bath or shower. Working alongside their parents, children
can see how a wick drenched in oil can serve as an efficient
lighting source and decorate the home with these homemade oil lamps.
Twenty-five: Bring attention to the number 25, which is
significant when celebrating Chanukah. The word
Chanukah can be divided into two: Chanu, meaning "they
rested," and Kah, which is the numerical value of 25. On the
25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, the Maccabees
rested from their battle with the Greeks and triumphantly
marched into the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Make 25 a part
of celebrations by inviting 25 people to celebrate with you
or ask children to make murals with 25 different adornments.
Charitable giving: Gift-giving is now a component of
Chanukah celebrations, but it wasn't always. Greater importance was once placed on the lighting of candles to publicize the miracle and evangelize the faith. Some poor people
could not afford candles, and these people would go doorto-door for candle funds, or "gelt," to be able to purchase
candles and kiddush wine. Some Jewish families prefer to
give money rather than gifts on Chanukah to keep with the


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tradition of Chanukah gelt. However, families also can

incorporate charitable giving in their celebrations as a way
to reinforce the customs of giving to the poor.

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Thomas Edison Like Ebenezer Scrooge Worked on Christmas Day

But Fatefully Changed His Ways

by Michele Guttenberger
n his twenties Thomas Edison worked at
the News Reporting Telegraph
Company in Newark. During this period of his life he was a very busy experimental research engineer for the telegraph company. He did not have much time for
romance. However, fate had helped him
find his new bride. She was a young school
girl named Mary Stillwater who was not yet
16. By chance she had ducked into the telegraph company to avoid a heavy rainstorm
on her walk back home. That is when
Thomas Edison found love at first sight. He
escorted her back home that day and for five
months there was a traditional courtship.
Her quoted thoughts of their first encounter
were, I thought he had very handsome
eyes, yet he was so dirty, all covered with
machine oil. On Christmas Day 1871
twenty four year old Thomas Alva Edison
married sixteen year old Mary Stillwater.
When the wedding ceremony was over he
returned to work on his stock ticker project
before the Christmas Day had ended leaving
his bride to wait for him on their first wedding night.
Thomas Edisons marriage continued as

it had started - the ever absent working family man. He was always in the laboratory
and hardly ever at home. Thomas Edison
had three children with Mary Stillwater.
When they reached their 13th year of marriage, it was abruptly ended not by divorce
but, by Marys untimely death at the age of
29. In the last few years of Mary Edisons s
life, she suffered chronic pain and relied
heavily on morphine to kill the pain and it
was this morphine addiction that tragically
took her life.
In the early 1880s Thomas Edison was
now the famous inventor and his latest project (two years before his wifes death) was
bringing electric lighting to NYC and he
spent his time not in his laboratory close to
home in Menlo Park, NJ but, at his Edison
Electric Light Companys location in
When the first electric lighted Christmas
tree was lit in 1882 this spectacle did not
take place in the Edison family home in
Menlo Park but in Manhattan. The address
was 139 East Thirty-Sixth-Street, the family home of Mr. E. H. Johnson. He was the
vice president of Edisons light company
and it was his familys Christmas tree that

made history. The Johnson family would

get encore newspaper coverage of this modern day Christmas marvel in 1884 by The
New York Times in the society page with
full technical details. The Christmas of
1884 found Thomas Edison a new widower
with three children. That same year he
almost lost his home in Menlo Park from a
lawsuit and court judgments against him
that led to a sheriffs sale. With no cash in
savings, Edison had to rely on a friend to
place a pre-emptive bid to save his home.
Years later Edison learned from his sorrowful regrets of Christmases past.
Although he still worked long hours in his
laboratory in West Orange, NJ, he reserved
Christmas Day with his second wife Mina
Edison. Together they had a festive and
decorated Christmas home for their three
young children. They married on February
24, 1886. He was 39 and she was 20 years
old. He gave her an outstanding wedding
gift - a beautiful Jersey countryside estate
called Glenmont nestled in the Llewellyn
Park section of West Orange. Glenmont is
a 29-room Queen Anne-style home only one
mile from Edisons labs and Thomas Edison
made sure he spent many Christmases with

his family at Glenmont. It is also no small

wonder why Edison produced Charles
Dickens A Christmas Carol in his movie
studio in 1910. It was a Holiday message
that he learned not to forget.
The Holidays at Glenmont guided
tours will be offered on Fridays, Saturdays
and Sundays between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00
p.m. through January 4, 2015. Tickets must
be purchased at the Laboratory Complex
Visitor Center on the day of your visit. The
Thomas Alva Edison Museum- NPS - Open
Wednesday through Sunday. Hours are
9:00am - 5:00pm Fee is $7.00 - 211 Main
Street West Orange, NJ 07052 Visit website

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Youth Food Drive Benefits

Local Pantry

Members of the food drive team load boxes of food going to the local food pantry.

by Elsie Walker
ne day in November, bags were left
at homes in Port Morris (Landing)
and on Main Street in Stanhope
with a flier and a simple request: if possible get one or more grocery items listed on
the flier, put the items in the bag and leave
the bag by the front door on a certain day.
What might seem like a simple request
would end up meaning so much to area residents in need. The food drive was a project spear-headed by the youth of the Port
Morris United Methodist Church in
Landing, and joined in by youth from the
Stanhope United Methodist Church in
Netcong. It was the latter churchs pantry
Approximately 60 bags of food were collected. A short thank you note was left at
each home that donated.
We are so thankful for the Port Morris
United Methodist Church youth and our
youth for their food drive. The kids were
all so eager and I feel this raises awareness
to them and their families that there are
many hungry people in the world and in our
own communities. The youth learned the
importance of caring for others, treating
others as themselves. The youth collected
boxes and boxes of canned goods, pastas,
soup, and other non- perishable foods that
will feed many families during the winter
months. These families are very thankful
for the assistance. They humbly come to us
for assistance and thanks to food drives
such as this, we are able to provide healthy
nourishment, said Lynn Zaremba, pastor
of the Stanhope United Methodist Church
The food drive team included 12 youths
and four adults from the Port Morris United

Methodist Church and four youths and two

adults from the Stanhope United Methodist
Church. The project included not only getting out the fliers and bags, but collecting
the food, checking the expiration dates,
sorting it, boxing it, and taking it to the
pantry. Tina Berchak of Stanhope, who coleads the Port Morris United Methodist
youth group with Jennifer Kasilag of
Hopatcong, talked to the youth after they
were finished. Some were surprised at how
often the food pantry is used. Overall, they
were happy to have done something to help
This event is so important because it
teaches each one of us that you learn how
to be a Christian by practicing your faith.
The youth group gets particularly excited
about this project because they know they
are directly helping someone in our community that cannot afford food and for that
I am very proud of all of them for working
together and seeing it to fruition, said
Zaremba noted that the Stanhope United
Methodist Church pantry can always use
donations of non- perishable food items.
These include, but are not limited to,
canned vegetables, meats, soups, stews,
beans and fruit; cereal and oatmeal, pasta
and sauce, rice, boxed potato mix, peanut
butter and jelly, mac 'n cheese, ramen noodles, pancake mix and syrup.
She shared, We are very thankful to our
community for all their support with donations and fundraisers that provide food for
those in need.
For more information, call the Stanhope
United Methodist Church at 973-347-0247.

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