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No. 7 Vol.

April 2015

CMS Fundraiser A Slam Dunk In School History

By Jason Cohen
ancing and taking selfies complemented the basketball experience at Mt. Olive High School on
March 12, where the School Community
Association (SCA) of Chester M. Stephens Elementary
School in Budd Lake, hosted the Harlem Wizards in the
largest fundraiser in school history, where close to 1,500
people attended and $13,400 was raised.
The Moore's Mirauders, consisting of CMS Principal
Kevin Moore, teachers, Mt. Olive Twp. Mayor Rob
Greenbaum and fifth grade students Robert Hermann and
Alexa Mangone, competed against the Wizards. The
Wizards won 73-69.
SCA President Jackie Richardson and fifth grade special education teacher Dani Marangon spearheaded the
We were very pleased, Richardson said. We didnt
know what to expect being this was the first time we did
something like this.
This wasnt a typical basketball game with set plays,
foul shots and timeouts. The Wizards perform tricks, but
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Good News Travels East and West

As Community Newspaper Co. Spreads Its Wings

By Cheryl Conway, Editor

lowers and green grass are not the only things blooming this spring. MJ Media LLC has blossomed from
eight monthly community newspapers to fifteen, and
is changing its name.
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for over 30 YEARS.
Serving Morris, Sussex,
Hunterdon & Warren Counties

recently merged with Broad Street Media, owner of the

Marketeer, and formed a new company- New View Media
Group LLC.
Publishers Joe Nicastro and Mary Lalama of Flanders of
the former MJ Media have formed a partnership with
Marketeer owner Darwin Oordt of Cherry Hill to establish
New View Media Group. In talks six months prior, the managing partners officially merged April 1.
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CMS Fundraiser A Slam Dunk...

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are really there for the people, said
Wizards player James Tyndal, known as
the Road Runner.
Tyndal, 28, of Bronx, NY, played at
Buffalo State University from 2005-2009
and joined the Wizards in 2009.
The best part is the kids, he said.
The Wizards, which started in 1962,
travel across the world interacting with
audiences and help schools and communities. Tyndal, who is known for the slide
dribble and his tricks on the floor, was
joined by Swoop, Dwayne Simpson;
Loonatik, Lloyd Clinton; Big J, John
Smith; Sarge, Roscoe Johnson Jr.; and
Sky-Walker, Gerald Warrick.
Marangon, CMS teacher for the past 10
years and organizer of the annual fifth
grade picnic, learned about the opportunity for the school to play against the Harlem
Wizards by her mother, Lynn Bobier, who
works in the Parsippany school system.
Marangon knew this would be perfect for
the community.
Since this required much more preparation than the picnic, she reached out to the
SCA and it immediately agreed to assist.

The SCA and the faculty wanted to hold an

event where everyone could attend. In
February, Swoop came to CMS and held
an assembly for the students giving them a
taste of what they could look forward to.
They have such personalities and they
are non-stop, Marangon said. The
amount of energy they have could control
700 kids in the drop of the hat.
Marangon, who did not play because
she hurt her back, cheered on her colleagues. Second grade teacher Lauri
Stokley, who has taught at CMS for 10
years, played in the game. Stokley said
when Marangon brought up the game in a
faculty meeting someone said, Make
Stokley play and from there I didnt really have a choice, she said.
Her son, Austin, 11 was embarrassed
she played, while Jordan, 10, enjoyed it.
Its such great family entrainment,
she said.
President of the SCA Dawn Scott, who
has a son Ian in the fourth grade, commended Richardson, Marangon and the
volunteers. After Ian and his friends
enjoyed the YouTube clips of the Wizards,
Scott knew this was something the com-

munity would like.

Im really glad that we were able to do
this for the school, she said. Its really
gratifying that something that we were
able to do is that meaningful to the children.
The CMS SCA also brought the community together for the event. Mayor
Greenbaum tipped the ball in the beginning of the game; a Mt. Olive police sergeant played on the Moores Marauders as
well as teachers throughout the district; the

MOHS Varsity Cheerleaders entertained at

half time; and the MOHS Boys Varsity
Basketball team played against the
Wizards during the third quarter actually
taking the lead at 67 to 64.
A portion of the proceeds from the
event will help fund the fifth grade picnic
and the rest will go towards school enrichment programs and help purchase materials for classrooms. Scott said the SCA
plans to hold the fundraiser next year.

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Community Newspaper Co. Spreads Its Wings...

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Unlike other newspapers that incorporate both the good and bad news, New View
Media Group will feature only good news.
We will have a group of community
newspapers with good family friendly content, says Nicastro. There are other publications as in any market we are in but we try
to bring a different perspective with all
good news.
The name, New View Media LLC, came
from The idea that we have a new view on
media, says Nicastro.
All community news, from schools to
government, people, organizations, places
of worship, libraries, non-profit organizations, volunteer services, childrens groups,
scouts, fundraisers and more will be featured in the pages of New View Media. The
companys philosophy is to showcase and
inform all readers about the good that surrounds them day to day, the positive, and
the uniqueness of their community.
Established in 2003 with just two monthlies in Mt. Olive and Hackettstown, MJ
Media which stands for My Jersey Media
grew to eight free monthlies over the years
reaching 84,831 homes and businesses.

They include the Mt. Olive News,

Hackettstown News, Roxbury News,
Randolph News, Musconetcong News,
Black River News, Morristown News and
Mendham News.
The Marketeer, a free shopper-type supplement delivered monthly to all homes,
has been around for the past 30 years. By
growing these papers, the community will
have all the positive news at their fingertips.
Both groups complimented each other
with their circulations so for local businesses it will be very beneficial, says Nicastro.
Despite the digital age, 2015 is a great time
for community newspapers.
Free community papers are different
than paid papers, explains Nicastro.
People want local news and it is hard to
find. The hyper local sites are good. There
is something about having a paper to hold,
people still call us for copies when their
kids are in the paper so they can cut it out
and hang it up- different than printing it off
a printer.
The additional seven papers include the
Livingston News, Hanover News, Caldwell
News, Verona/Cedar Grove News,

Hanover/Florham Park News, and
Maplewood/South Orange News.
The greatest challenge faced by the new
company will be Getting information from
the community, says Nicastro.
The community is the best source for
information. People serve as the eyes and
ears as to what is going on around them.
Please send all press releases and positive
news stories to

As a free newspaper, the company

depends on paid advertising. Contact Joe
Nicastro at 800-691-7549 or
New View Media Group LLC is located
at Melanie Lane Unit 22A, East Hanover,
NJ 07936. The company also operates an
online website, publishing all articles online
at For more
information and publication deadlines, visit

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Mt. Olive Area Chamber of Commerce

Receives 2015 NJ Excellence Award

t. Olive Area Chamber of

Commerce has been selected for
the 2015 New Jersey Excellence
Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the US Commerce & Trade
Research Institute (USCTRI).
Each year the USCTRI conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are
recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers
and community. Small businesses of this
caliber enhance the consumer driven
stature that New Jersey is renowned for.
Mt. Olive Area Chamber of Commerce
has consistently demonstrated a high
regard for upholding business ethics and
company values. This recognition by
USCTRI marks a significant achievement
as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the
industry should follow.
As part of the industry research and

business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to

choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a yearlong
immersion in the business climate of New
The USCTRI is a leading authority on
researching, evaluating and recognizing
companies across a wide spectrum of
industries that meet its stringent standards
of excellence. It has spearheaded the idea
of independent enterprise and entrepreneurial growth allowing businesses of all
sizes to be recognized locally and encouraged globally.
Mt. Olive Area Chamber of Commerce
serves the business community of the
greater Mt. Olive Area as a volunteer and
member driven business organization that
provides its members opportunities to
develop, promote, and pursue their business interests. To find out our more about
the MOACC, go to www.MountOlive

MO Library To Host Healthy

Eating Workshop

he Mount Olive Public Library

plans to host a workshop, The
Basics of Healthy Eating- Making
My Plate Your Plate on Wed., May 13, at
7 p.m.
Join Lydia Lelah, retail registered dietitian with ShopRite in Flanders, as she discusses healthy recipes, creative snack

ideas, meal planning and much more! She

will show you how to delete the word diet
from your vocabulary and replace it with
tried and true lifestyle changes.
There will also be a Q & A session following the presentation. For further information, visit or call the
library at 973-691-8686.

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Local Expert Shows NJ Parents

How To Get The Most Money For Their
Childrens College Education

ew Jersey parents suffering with

finding ways to pay for their childrens college education can finally
get the solutions to their college funding
Most families who earn $75,000 or more
and own a home assume they are not eligible for financial aid. However, most families
with income over $100,000 are actually eligible for some types of need based financial aid. They simply need to know how to
get their fair share.
According to Newell, there are several
easy things parents can do to substantially
increase the amount of money they get from
colleges. For example, There are several
schools that historically give better financial
aid packages than others, says Newell. If
families do proper income and asset planning before filling out the forms, they can
increase eligibility by thousands of dollars.
Newell offers a few simple tips to parents
with college funding problems. If a parent

has only half an hour to end their college

funding problems, I would suggest the following:
1. Make sure they do not over-value their
home on the financial aid forms
2. Try not to save money in the childs
name as it weighs more heavily than the parents savings
3. Dont be afraid to negotiate with a college for a better financial aid package.
Newell offers New Jersey parents with
college funding problems a free booklet that
explains the 9 most common college funding problems and solutions. Free copies will
be distributed at the seminar listed below.
Mr. Newell will be conducting a free
one-hour seminar for parents of college
bound high school sophomores, juniors and
seniors at the following location: The Mt.
Olive Public Library, on Wed., May 27th at
7 p.m.
Reservation only! Seating is limited.
Reserve your seat today by calling toll free

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Local Chevy Dealer Steps Up To Bat

For Youth Baseball Program

n the spirit of community collaboration

and teamwork taught through youth
sports, Route 46 Chevrolet is supporting
Mt. Olive Baseball & Softball Association
through the Chevy Youth Baseball Program.
This sponsorship will include both monetary and equipment donations during the
2015 youth baseball season.
Chevy Youth Baseball is a grassroots initiative that establishes a positive relationship between local dealers and the communities they serve. Route 46 Chevrolet is
sponsoring Mt. Olive Baseball & Softball
Association as a part of Chevrolets nationwide commitment to support youth sports,
one community at a time. Over the course of
the season, the car dealer will donate equipment to the league which may include:
equipment bags, baseballs, softballs, catchers gear, batting helmets, ball buckets,
umpires equipment, coachs kits, break
away bases and bat racks.
Also, thanks to Route 46 Chevrolet and
other participating area Chevrolet dealers,
youth baseball participants will have a
chance to attend youth clinics with local
professional baseball teams.

We are looking forward to a great season with Mt. Olive Baseball & Softball
Association that will be filled with exciting
games and an enhanced experience for the
teams through the equipment and cash
donations, said Kristen McAlevey of
Route 46 Chevrolet. Chevy Youth Baseball
is just one example of how committed our
dealership is to supporting the youth and
families in our community.
The 2015 program will provide assistance to approximately 300 organizations in
the Northeastern region and Chevrolet dealers will contribute more than $450,000 in
monetary and equipment donations.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is
now one of the world's largest car brands,
doing business in more than 140 countries
and selling more than 4.8 million cars and
trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers
with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature
engaging performance, design that makes
the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a
value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

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Shredding Event In MO

he Knights of Columbus, Council

5410, in Flanders plans to sponsor a
shredding event at its Council Hall in
Flanders (across from the Flanders Fire
Take advantage of this safe and secure
way of destroying confidential documents,
while helping a local charitable organization. Donations are $5 per bag (brown gro-

cery bag) or $7 per box (copy paper box

size). Hard drives, if removed from the computer will be punched destroyed for $5 each.
The event will take place on Sat., April
25, 8 a.m. to noon. Shredding is limited to
confidential and sensitive materials only. No
binders or magazines will be permitted. For
more information call 973-584-2960, 973610-1308 or 973-927-9022.

Mt. Olive Library Fun Free Programs

For Children

reschool Play, Mother Goose,

Storytime, & Library Fun through
May 3. Preschool Play: two through
six years old, Tues. at 10 a.m. No registration required.
Mother Goose: Infants six to 23
months, Tues. at 11:15 a.m.
No registration required.
Storytime: two through six years old,
Wed. at 10 a.m. No registration required.

Library Fun: two through six years old,

Thurs. at 10 a.m. No registration required.
Dates and times are subject to change as
Lego Club: We pick the theme, you
take the building challenge; Grades K-5th;
Sat., April 25, at 2 p.m.
No registration required.
For further information call the Youth
Services Department at 973-691-8686.

Attention Schools, Churches, Organizations Send

Your Press Releases to

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Girl Scouts Collect Food- Girl Scout Cadettes of Troop 374 hosted International Day, an evening
of world travel on Feb. 27. In conjunction with this event, the Cadettes developed a service project where they invited participants to also help Can Childhood Hunger by bringing a donation to
the event for our community pantry. Pictured are (Front Row, Left to Right) Caitlin Magnotta,
McKenzie Lynch; and (Back Row) Sydney Mullin and Megan Perry with the 344 food donations,
which were made by other Mount Olive Council scouts and their families.

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Social Media Seminar

Skin Cancer Screening

he Mt. Olive Public Library plans to

host Use Social Media to Expand
Opportunities on Tues., April 28, at 7
p.m. Janet Logan, professional certified
coach and founder of My Coaching
Services, will explain how social media
can have a profound impact on your career.
Learn how to expand your opportunities,

t. Olive Township Health Dept.

plans to hold a Skin Cancer
Screening on Thurs., May 14,
5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Appointment
Required. The screening will be per-

by using LinkedIn and Facebook. Bring

your lap top or tablet and make this time
extremely productive. Create, revise and
update your profiles with professional
list_events/70505321505; or call 973-8768572.

formed by a licensed Dermatologist.

Residents of Mt. Olive, Netcong and
Mount Arlington are welcome. Call Helen
Giles, RN for an appointment at 973-6910900 ext 7353.

MO Plans Relay For Life

Anniversary Event

he American Cancer Society Relay

For Life of Mt. Olive plans to host
the annual Relay For Life event on
Sat., June 6, at noon until midnight at Mt.
Olive High School, Flanders. The Society
is inviting all community members from
the Mt. Olive area and surrounding communities to participate in this fun day-long
event which will have a Big 3-0 birthday
theme to commemorate the 30th year
anniversary of the first Relay For Life!
The program will honor cancer survivors and caregivers and feature the
Societys mission to save lives from cancer.
Speakers will include local medical professionals, American Cancer Society staff,
Relay For Life team captains and event
leadership team members, all who will
share their stories and why they relay.
Attendees should register a team for the

event, by visiting the website

Relay For Life is a community event
where teams and individuals camp out during the day, and sometime overnight, at a
school, park, fairground, or facility and
take turns walking or running around a
track. Each team has at least one participant
on the track at all times and participates in
fundraising that supports the American
Cancer Societys mission to save lives and
finish the fight against cancer. Four million
people participated in more than 6,000
events worldwide in 2014.
to learn more about the event and how to
help your community fight cancer.
Additionally, you may contact Kris

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Caring For Caregiver Presentation

he Mt. Olive Health Department

has arranged for the Visiting Nurse
Association of Morris County to
present Caring for the Caregiver at the
Senior Center in Budd Lake on Wed., April
29, at noon. This presentation includes a
discussion of home care services including
respite, volunteer and free grant programs.
The telephone number for Visiting Nurses
is 1-800-WE VISIT.

The presentation will take place at the

same time as the friendship nutrition program for seniors which offers a hot lunch
for a suggested $2 donation.
Citizens wishing to register for the
County-sponsored friendship nutrition
program can call 973-285-6856.
Senior Citizens must sign up for the
nutrition meal in advance or there will not
be enough to be served.

Pancake Breakfast To Honor Mothers

he Knights of Columbus plans to

sponsor its Pre-Mothers Day
Pancake Breakfast on Sun., May 3,
from7:30 a.m. to noon, at the Knights of
Columbus Hall in Flanders. The breakfast
is an All you can Eat and will feature

pancakes, French Toast, eggs any style,

breakfast sausage, cupcakes, donuts, coffee, tea and orange juice. Donation: $6.50
per adult, $4 per child (6-12), and free for
children five years and younger. For more
information, call Pete at 973-610-1308.

MO Township Offers Free Child Health Exam

he Township of Mount Olive is

sponsoring a Free Child Health
Exam & Vaccines Tues., April 28,
from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Mt. Olive
Township Health Department in Budd
Lake. This service is for resident children

of Mt. Olive, Netcong and Mount

Arlington who do not have health insurance. A licensed pediatrician will perform
physical examinations and update vaccinations. For an appointment, call 973-6910900 ext. 7353.

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CMS Students Learn Business Skills In After-School Program

By Cheryl Conway
ome may have run a lemonade stand
or helped at a bake sale, but next
month these students will get to be
real-time vendors at a market place.
Fifth grade students at Chester M.
Stephens Elementary School in Budd Lake
are participating in a program introduced
to the school for the first time this year.
TREP$- short for entrepreneurs- is an
exciting, after school hands-on program
that is teaching kids basics of starting and
operating their own business.
After a ten week period and five workshops that began with the first session
March 18, 57 students that have signed up
plan to sell their product at the TREP$
Marketplace set for Wed., May 13, from
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the CMS gymnasium.
While some students are still deciding
on what product to sell, some of the items
students mentioned include: customized
light switch-plates, hand-sewn pillows,
various types of jewelry, school supplies,
various baked goods, notebook/chalkboard
combination and customized t-shirts.
Its a very well program, says

Jennifer Curry, vice principal at CMS, who

brought the program to CMS learning
about it through school in Sparta schools
where her kids participated. The kids
seem to be loving it. Teachers find it amazing.
Curry says Theres all 21st century
skill concepts for an entrepreneurial mind
set, that the kids are learning through
TREP$. Theres a lot of decision making, innovation, collaboration, problem
solving, confidence, leadership and social
The program at CMS is made possible
through the support of the CMS-SCA,
which has paid for start-up materials and
workbooks for each student. Three facilitator teachers are running the one-hour program after school with about 19 kids per
class. Each student is required to purchase
their own supplies to pay for materials of
the product they choose to manufacture for
the marketplace.
Regarding start-up costs, students were
required to sign a loan agreement with
their parents. It tries to take them through
real life business ownership, says Curry.
They will supposedly have to pay their

parents back with profit they make when

selling their item at the marketplace.
At the workshops, students are given an
engaging task each week, explain the facilitators. They work with different 'TREP$'
members to collaborate, create and promote a product they designed. The first
two tasks presented to the students

revolved around product appeal and revenue vs. expenses to make sure there is a
For workshop one, students had to
design an enticing candy wrapper and
create a commercial. For workshop two,
they discussed Money Matters involving
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key financial terms, profit and loss,
describes Curry. In workshop three, they
will discuss the four Ps- product, price,
place and promotion and prepare a business plan. Ad-ventures in advertising
will be the theme for workshop four; and
Successful Sales will be covered in the
final workshop.
The culminating event is the
Marketplace which will be open to the
community; cash only please. Students
will each have a fold-out table and trifold
display advertising their product. They
will also be responsible and will need
their own money to make change, says
We want it to be a big community
event, says Curry, with a banner/ribbon
cutting with members of the Chamber of
Commerce, school board and superintendent as guests.
This program is helping the students
develop a true sense of responsibility, the
facilitators agree.
"I have shared with the students how I

determined the price of each 'glitter tattoo'

I do depending on the cliental, says
TREP$ facilitator and CMS teacher Karen
Husser who owns Glitter Tattoos by Karen.
If I am at a fair I need to cover the cost of
the booth and determine a price that will
allow me to earn a profit and not be too
greedy that it would turn away potential
Enjoying being a TREP$ facilitator,
Husser says "Seeing the sparks flying during our "trep" workshops reminds me
weekly why I love to teach. The excitement the students come to the workshop
with is so self-motivating and contagious
that it promotes higher order thinking from
all involved.
Fifth grade teacher and TREP$ facilitator Karen Blomquist says TREP$ is a fantastic program that is providing students of
all ability levels the opportunity to shine.
Kathy Fiebel, TREP$ facilitator and
fifth grade teacher agrees, TREP$ is an
amazing program that is helping our students develop a stronger sense of responsibility and confidence!

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Jewish Center Offers New Course On Jewish Tradition

rom Sinai to Cyberspace is a new

six-week course being offered by
the Chabad Jewish Center with
classes at 13 Watson Way in Flanders. The
adult education course subtitled How
Ancient Wisdom Guides a Modern

World, will explore the 3,000-year journey of Jewish teachings from the Torah
(Jewish Bible) to present-day Jewish law.
Rabbi Yaacov Shusterman, director of the
Chabad Jewish Center, will instruct the
sessions. This course is meant to be an in-

Financial Advisor Plans

To Host Seminar

dward Jones Financial Advisor

Doug Sheroff of Flanders plans to
host a free presentation titled,
"Standing Guard: Protect What You've
Worked For," at the Oakwood Village
Apartments community center (formerly
the Village Shop) on April 23 at 6:30
As an investor, you've worked hard to
provide for your family. Whether you're
approaching retirement or recently
retired, your focus may begin to shift

depth, critical look at the evolution of

Jewish law, says Shusterman. We will
research the Written Law, the Oral
Tradition, the power of Rabbinic legislation, the methodology of Talmudic debate
and the application of Jewish tradition in
the modern era. The students coming out
of this class should acquire a thorough
understanding of the way an entire tradi-

tion has been preserved and taught over

three thousand years.
No previous knowledge or affiliation is
necessary for the course, which is open to
the public. Class is Sun., April 26, but its
not too late to sign up. To register or for
more information, call the Chabad Jewish
Center at 973-927-3531 or log on to

from building your financial foundation

to protecting the financial resources
you've created for you and your family.
"Standing Guard: Protect What You've
Worked For" shares proactive ways to
address key risks investors may
encounter and strategies to help prepare
for the unexpected.
Refreshments will be served. The
presentation is free, but space is limited.
To make a reservation, call Doug Sheroff
at (908) 850-1110.

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Chamber Of Commerce To Discuss

Click Advertising

ou hear the term often pay-perclick advertising. But what does it

really mean. Is it a good deal?
Does it help you track potential customers? What kind of payoff can you
The Mount Olive Area Chamber of
Commerces next luncheon meeting on
Tues., April 28, focuses on those very
questions. Find out first-hand what payper-click advertising means and whether or
not it is good for your business.
The meeting will be held at Enzos in
Budd Lake. Cost for the luncheon, which
begins at 11:45 a.m., is $10 in advance,
$15 at the door for members, $20 for nonmembers. The meeting is open to the business community as well as the public.
The Mt. Olive Area Chamber includes
business members from throughout
Morris, Warren and Sussex counties. The
Chamber recently received the 2015 New
Jersey Excellence Award from the US
Commerce & Trade Research Institute

The Mount Olive Chamber is also
excited to announce that it has initiated a
Womens Business Networking group. The
first meeting is set for April 21 at the
Taphouse Grille in Hackettstown at 5 p.m.
Cost is $10 and includes light fare.
For further information about this
luncheon or the chamber and other events,
Marketing in the Morning, a hugely
popular networking event hosted by the
Chamber, in association with the
Hackettstown Business Improvement
District, takes place the third Wednesday
morning of every month from 7:15 a.m. to
9 a.m.
The Chamber also provides a monthly
program for the area Young Professionals
to meet and network which meets the second Thursday each month at a variety of
Check the chamber website for further

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Local Author To Present Novels

he Mt. Olive Public Library presents, The Espionage Novels of

John Bushby on Tues., May 5, at 7

Flanders resident and author John
Bushby is coming to the library for an
intriguing discussion. Not only the author
of multiple espionage novels, Bushby is a
retired U.S. Navy lieutenant commander
and naval flight officer. Bushby, a devotee
of the noir genre, has focused his stories in

the days leading up to the beginning of the

Second World War. Set against the broad
panorama of a world descending into
chaos, Bushby has combined his knowledge of history and world affairs with the
pragmatic workings of the espionage agent.
Both of his main characters, Harry Braham
and Rick Kasten, find themselves pitted
against powerful and dangerous enemies.
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Cat Adoption Event

he Ladies Guild of Holy Wisdom

Byzantine Catholic Church in
Flanders plans to hold its Spring
Penny Auction on Fri., May 8. The doors

S Gymnastics USAG & USAIGC

teams will be hosting a cat and kitten adoption event for Mt. Olive
TNR Project on Sat., May 2, from 9 a.m.
to noon. The event will be in the CS

will open at 6:30 p.m. and drawings will

begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $6 and additional tickets are available. Refreshments
will be served at intermission.

Gymnastics parking in Flanders. CS

Gymnastics will be selling hot pretzels,
running a supplies drive, and taking donations for Mt Olive TNR.

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Mt. Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum thanks Hackettstown Mayor Maria DiGiovanni for attending the
Breakfast with the Mayor sponsored by the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce.

Allamuchy Twp.


WOW! Completely renovated end unit with 2 car garage. Multiple upgrades make this sun filled beauty a must see! Wood
burning FP with Lime stone hearth, hardwood first floor, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, deck, front porch, large bathroom and walk
in master bedroom.

Richard D. Tillman, Jr.

Broker/Sales Associate


Independence Twp.


Updated 4BR home set on over a 1/2 acre. Sit. on quiet cul-de-sac & boasts
lg. backyard w/loads of deck space. kit. & bathrooms remodeled. Gar.
turned into living space but can be converted back. Newer roof, open front
porch, FR w/gas fplc. Sliders ground level, nice patio. Loc. close to Hackettstown, easy commute routes 46 or 80. 3 bedroom septic.

Christopher John Kruk

Broker/Sales Associate


Allamuchy Twp.


Welcome to this lovely 4BR col. in the Bowers Glen sect.of

beautiful Panther Valley. Kit. has a cheerful breakfast area.
Gas fplc in FR for your enjoyment. 2nd level boasts 4 roomy
bedrooms and 2 full baths. Panther valley offers a gated entrance, three pools, tennis courts ,and a new playground.

Joan OBrien

Broker/Sales Associate


Liberty Twp.


4BR col. w/In law suite. Feats updated eat in kit. w/breakfast peninsula, center
island w/induction cook top, convection wall oven & built in microwave. Master
suite w/walk in closet, full bath w/whirlpool type tub. FR w/plc, Full walk out bsmt,
In law suite w/sep. kit., full bath, dining & living areas, sliders to patio off BR, 2nd
flr laundry. 2 decks, generator hook up, in-ground pool, 2 story barn w/workshop.

Matthew J. Erny, GRI

Broker/Sales Associate


Frelinghuysen Twp.


Exquisite 4BR Cape Cod on 1 acre of beautiful land. Lg LR w/HW flrs

and WBS w/tall brick wall behind. Eat-in kit. w/loads of counter & cabinet
space, newer SS appls. 1st flr BR w/bath. 2BRs upstairs w/lg closets.
Updates throughout: Brazilian hardwood deck, spac. bluestone patio,
newer roof, water heater and high efficiency furnace.

Hardwick Twp.


New carpets, interior freshly painted, generator hook-up, central air, new garage drs, new
SS well pump, 10 yr. old roof, 27x21 (may be considered rec. room) unfin. walk out bsmt
w/heat ready to be finished, custom stained glass windows in DR & kit. cabinetry, Kit. 14x10
plus addl DA 14x8 w/DR 16x10, 15x9 MBR w/MBA suite/dressing area & closets, 26x13
deck with sun setter awning, 20x11 shed, 15x10 barn style shed, 21x22 garage with built-in
cabinets, property professionally landscaped with brick pavers.

Harmony Twp.


Country home nestled

near farms and fields. 3
BRs. 1 1/2 Bths and .30
acre lot. Enjoy your rocking chair porch, the last
house at end of street.

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Mount Olive Twp.


Impeccable 2 story townhome w/walkout bsmt. Set in great loc. backing to wooded area & boasting
a patio and lanai. The home also features a great open floor plan. Main level: sizable kit. w/ center
island opens to DA. FR w/fplc. w/high ceiling opens to the upstairs hallway. MB feats 2 closets, lg
master bath. 2 BR are situated away from MBR. 2 car gar. is oversized. Community offers many
amenities including a pool. The home is close to Routes 46, 80 and 206 for easy commuting.

Sparta Twp.


Well Maintained Cape, Move In Condition, Hardwood, Brick WB fplc, MBR Suit Offers Lg closets, Lg Sitting
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Updated 4BR home loc. on prof. landscaped lot. Detached &oversized 2 car gar., C/A,
updated kit.and baths w/high end fixtures & much more. Home feats new water heater,
plumbing, wood floors. Bathroom and kitchen were completely renovated from top to bottom. New lighting fixtures and ceiling fans. Owner just had a large paver patio built, with
a large built-in fire pit. The backyard is oversized and wraps behind the neighbors house.

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VFW Offers
Annual Scholarship Competition

ocal high school students have the

opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and
a trip to Washington, D.C., offered by the
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Lakeland Post 2347.
This years VFWs Voice of
Democracy Scholarship competition
requires students to write and record a
three-to-five minute essay on the selected
theme using an audio cassette or CD and
present their recording, typed essay and
completed entry form to their local VFW
Post by Nov. 1. The 2015-2016 theme
selected is My Vision of America. Post
winners compete at the District level with
the winner advancing to the state competition.
All state first-place winners receive a
four day trip to Washington, D.C. and the
chance to compete for their share of more

than $150,000 in scholarships. The firstplace winner receives a $30,000 college

Broadcasters (NAB) started the Voice of
Democracy Scholarship program in 1947.
The VFW became a national sponsor in
the late 1950s and assumed sole responsibility for the program in 1961. The competition was created to provide students
grades 9-12 the opportunity to express
themselves in regard to democratic ideas
and principles. Around 40,000 students
participate in the competition each year
and VFW awards more than two million
dollars in scholarships every year.
Interested students and teachers should
contact the Voice of Democracy Chairman
at VFW Post 2347 by phone at 973-3479858 or email the Post at for more information.

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CS Gymnastics Boys Team Gets Olympic

Greeting At States

Volunteers Needed To Give Blood

ew Jersey Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center,

which supplies blood products
and services to 60 hospitals throughout
the state, is in need of volunteers at blood
drives. The blood service volunteer is an
integral member of the collection team
whose task it is assist donors with registration, escorting and canteen duties, and

to watch for post donation reactions.

Volunteers should have the ability to
relate to the public, be able to perform
different jobs as needed and have the
willingness to follow the rules. For additional information contact, Manager of
Community Relations, R. Jan Zepka at
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fter training hard throughout the

winter gymnastics season, all the
efforts of the USA Mens
Gymnastics Team at CS Gymnastics paid
off. The NJ State Competition was held
the weekend of March 14-15 at Colts
Neck High School and included over 20
teams representing USA Gymnastics
Clubs in NJ.
The six team members from the CS
Gymnastics Shadows Team, ages 7-10,
competed on all six mens events achiev-


ing their highest team score of the season,

180.8. This placed them 5th among all the
Level 4 teams participating in the state.
The day was topped off by an unexpected and exciting visit from Olympian
Jonathan Horton, who handed out the
awards to each of the gymnasts. Pictured
with Jonathan are CS Shadows team members, Lucas Sarnella, Ryan Pietz, Michael
Eannone, Jack Alexander, Matthew
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MO Junior Wrestlers Finish On Top, Qualify For States

By Cheryl Conway
he Mt. Olive Junior Wrestling
Association had an epic season this
year with 13 players qualifying for
states and several competing in the finals.
With 100 members strong ages five
(kindergarten) to 14 (eighth grade), Mo
Junior Wrestling Association competed
from Nov. 10 until states, which was held
March 14 and 15 at the Sun National Bank
Center in Trenton.
The Mt. Olive Junior Wrestling
Association had a fantastic year, says John
Bienus, club president and head coach.
After struggling through several years with
very few varsity team wins, the team finished 12-2 in our K-8 league and we won the
North West Jersey Wrestling League
An unprecedented 13 Mt. Olive Youth
Wrestlers qualified for the USAWNJ State
Tournament, he says. In order to qualify,
the wrestler had to compete and place in the
top three in one of eight state wide tournaments comprised of the best youth wrestlers
in NJ. Mt. Olive had six wrestlers place in
the top six in their respective divisions. We
are very proud of our kids.

The qualifying wrestlers were: Tyeler

Hagensen, Brady Bauman, Brian Bienus,
Michael McCreary, Rieley Gallagher,
Hunter Perez and Tanner Perez.
Place winners included: Jack Bastarrika
(3rd place; 10U 60 lb.); Tyler Bienus (3rd
place; 8U 65 lb.); Anthony Moscatello (3rd
place; 10U 110 lb.); Anthony Spera (5th
Place; 12U 144 lb.); Carson Walsh (6th
Place; 8U 55 lb.); Riley Camoia (6th Place;
10U 90 lb.).
This season was great because the kids
competed at the highest level and experienced a great deal of success says Bienus.
We competed against powerhouse programs like South Plainfield, Roselle Park
and defeated historically dominant programs like Phillipsburg, Sussex Wantage,
Hanover Park, North Hunterdon and
Flemington. We had multiple wrestlers
reach the finals in the year-end tournaments
and qualified 13 boys for states.
Hard work, plus experienced coaches
who are dedicated as well as parental support has been cited as the reasons for the
teams success this season.
The kids worked extremely hard in the
practice room and we had a tremendous

amount of depth, he adds. Having multiple

partners- all talented and driven kids- competing on a daily basis has made each
wrestler better.
Bienus says, We also have a great group
of dedicated and experienced coaches, comprised of accomplished high school and col-

lege wrestlers as well as former high school

coaches, whom have built continuity over
the past five years and instilled a philosophy
of hard work and sportsmanship. This combination along with a group of parents that
have supported the overall endeavor has
been the recipe for success.


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Dental Implant Public Awareness Seminar

ental implants are one of the most amazing technologies of the 21st century that provide people
with a new lease on life. Whether a person is
missing one tooth, multiple teeth, live in constant pain
with infected teeth, or have dentures that move, hurt, or
are just annoying, consideration should be given to what
these little innovations can do to turn your life around!
Dental implants are cylinders, traditionally made
from titanium, that are placed into the jawbone. Teeth
are built on top of them, and there are many configurations. The most typical are 1. A single tooth, 2. Multiple
permanent teeth (a bridge), 3. Stabilize dentures (which
are removable), and 4. Fixed-detachable, which is discussed below.
Fixed-detachable implant teeth are extremely popular today. The fixed refers to the fact you dont take
them in-and-out of your mouth, and the detachable
refers to the ability of your dentist being able to remove
them for maintenance & repairs. They have become
overwhelmingly popular for many reasons: 1. They
have significantly brought down the cost of traditional
implant procedures, 2. The need for major bone grafting
procedures has been reduced or eliminated, 3. The overall procedure time has been decreased, 4. They allow
patients to eliminate the endless cycle of cavities, fillings, root canals, crowns, and bridges.

The fixed-detachable class includes many brand

names you may have heard of: Teeth-In-A-Day, AllOn-Four, Hybridge, Prettau Zirconia Bridges, Teeth
Today, Teeth Tomorrow, RevitaliZe, and the list
goes on and on. Regardless of the name, they all fall
into the same class of dental appliance: FixedDetachable.
Whether you would benefit from a single implant,
multiple implants, denture stabilization, or a fixeddetachable appliance, the dentist or team of dentists you
work with is critical to your success and satisfaction.
Because dental implants are not a specialty, any dentist,
regardless of their training, can perform these procedures. As a consumer, it is very important you do your
due diligence when selecting an implant dentist.
Dr. Ira Goldberg is a recognized dental implant
expert, and has been performing implant procedures for
20 years. He is uniquely qualified in a number of ways:
1) He performs both the surgical aspect and restorative
aspect of dental implants himself: referrals to other dentists are rarely required. 2) He holds many degrees in
the field of implant dentistry, with the most prestigious
being a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral
Implantology, a title held by less than 500 dentists
worldwide. 3) He lectures to other dentists in the field
of computerized surgical procedures, and performs

these procedures regularly.

On Tuesday, May 19, Dr. Goldberg will be holding a
free Public Awareness Seminar on dental implants. It
will be located at the Holiday Inn Express in Mt.
Arlington. Details are available on his website at
Go to the Dental
Implants tab, and click on Dental Implant Seminar.
He will be covering many topics regarding dental
implants, but some of them include: single & multiple
tooth replacement, full jaw replacement, denture stabilization, mini-implants, bone grafting, fees, insurance,
and financing. An actual patient will be present to talk
about their dental implant experience, too.
Dr. Goldberg is a general dentist located in the
Roxbury Mall in Succasunna, NJ. He provides general
dentistry for the entire family, including: cleanings,
check-ups, whitening, veneers, crowns, root canals,
dentures, periodontal (gum) services, dental implants,
Invisalign, and much more. He is a Diplomate of the
American Board of Implantology/Implant Dentistry,
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office can be reached at: (973) 328-1225 or via email:

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Kindness Ripples Into World With CMS Google Hangout

By Cheryl Conway
t. Olive juniors have gone full
rainbow and are returning to
Chester M. Stephens in Budd
Lake this month to participate in the 2015
Kindness Tour.
It was eight years ago, when these high
school students helped originate the concept
of the Rainbow Connection at CMS, and
as they get ready for their last year in the district they will return on Fri., April 24, to
meet with second grade students to spread
some tips on kindness and wisdom they
have gained through their education experience in Mt. Olive.
A Google Hangout via the internet has
also been set up so the message shared by
these nine juniors will go beyond the walls
of CMS, reaching anyone who tunes in
worldwide. Go to: at 2:30 p.m. on Fri., April 24, to tune in
to see and hear the live presentation being
shared with second graders.
We are inviting the outside world and
other classrooms to learn how much
Kindness Matters throughout our school
years by hanging out with us, says Ann
Scotland, CMS second grade teacher and
Rainbow Connection leader. Clearly, our
message of kindness can be extended out
into the world through the use of Google
Hangout. It is very exciting to know that our
message can reach a variety of classroomspossibly even outside of the state of NJ.
Scotland says, We are hoping that a
variety of classrooms will tune in. We feel
that the lesson of kindness and what it can
offer needs to be mastered across the globe!
We can all profit from a refresher course
from time to time. The benefit could change
the world in a beautiful way. Children are
our future and how they move forward will
define the hope and promise of tomorrow.
The high schoolers who have been invited to participate were in Scotlands looping
class when they were in second and third
grade. It was during that time when they
came up with the motto Rainbow
Connection and joined their classmates as
co-authors of "Treasures of a Teachers
Heart~ Learning to Change the World With
Our Own Two Hands."
Scotland says I thought it would be nice
for those students to see how powerful their
voice has become throughout the halls of
CMS and even out in the community.
Kindness Matters has been our highlighted
motto since they created attention to it with
Rainbow Connections.

While they didnt get to be tourists of the

rainbow tour back then since it had not yet
existed, these students will now get their
turn in the program they helped to initiate.
With the first tour in 2009, this year
marks the seventh annual CMS Kindness
Tour, with 122 second grade students participating in activities throughout the day.
Some of the same activities will continue as
in previous tours as students start their tour
with a second grade Kindness Oath promising to blend our minds, hearts, and hands
in order to make a difference out in the
world, followed by ribbon cutting by the
school principal.
Students will then board busses and
make stops throughout the community. First
stop will be at the Warren Haven Nursing
Home in Oxford where students will sing
songs based on the theme of kindness, converse with their elderly friends and offer
them pastel tissue papered flowers.
At Trinity Methodist Church in
Hackettstown students will stock the shelves
at The Trinity Food Pantry with donations
offered from the CMS School Family and
present a Shop-Rite gift card to purchase
additional items. Students will also learn
about the Mid-Night Run Program that supports NYC homeless, and write encouraging
words on bags filled with toiletries and
warm socks for people in need.
Their last stop will be the Mt. Olive Post
Office in which students will mail letters of
gratitude to the military.
The day will continue with A celebratory lunch and exposure of ways to be kind to
themselves with calming activities through
The program will end with the high
school students Google Hangout, which was
arranged by Sarah Diczok, CMS
Educational Technology specialist.
These juniors in HS will be communicating how kindness mattered throughout
their journey as a student, says Scotland.
Each speaker will reveal some of his/her
challenges during their educational experiences and how kindness made the difference.
Scotland explains, We recognize that a
childs school day has become very challenging. With these challenges comes
stress. Knowing that kindness sometimes
means being kind to oneself, it was our
thought that the children learn how to make
fair and healthy choices as they walk the
Our alumni students are finishing up

their final years here in Mt. Olive. From

their journey comes wisdom. We thought it
was a perfect idea to get them involved and
hear their voices on the matter. Younger students respect and admire their older peers.
The knowledge that the high school students
can offer will be embraced by these little
hearts and minds. We have no doubt that the

older peers will have an inspiring imprint on

their little listening audience.
We all learn from each other and we all
have something to offer. When lessons are
life lessons from real experiences and individuals they stay with us forever. It is our
hope that we will all grow a little bit on this

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Long-time MO Health Board Officer To Retire

by Cheryl Conway
fter 18 years as the Health Officer
Director of Mt. Olive Twp., Frank
Wilpert Snr. of Jefferson plans to
retire July 1.
Whether he is issuing a dog license, marriage, birth or death certificates, or dealing
with animal control or sanitary issues,
Wilpert is always busy and has been an
impactful resource for the township. But
after 42 years in this profession Wilpert is
ready to step down and enjoy his grandchildren.
Im getting old, says the 63-year old
grandfather of five. Its time for me to make
a change and move on.
Wilpert started in his position as the Mt.
Olive Health Officer/Director of the
Registrar of Vital Statistics on Nov. 22,
1997. A 1973 graduate of Villanova
University with a major in geography and
environment, Wilpert became a Registered
Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) in
1975 and landed his first job as health director in 1976 in Denville, a job he maintained
for nine years.
In 1979, Wilpert became a licensed
health officer and in 1984 became Director
of Health and Public Safety for Sussex

County, a job he held for 12 years.

I usually stay for a while in my positions, says Wilpert. Those who have
worked with him hate to see him go.
Mt. Olive Township Mayor Rob
Greenbaum says I am very sad that Frank
has made the decision to retire. Over the
years, I have come to rely upon Frank to
protect the citizens of Mt. Olive and those of
the municipalities who have entered into
shared service arrangements with our town.
I am also happy for Frank in that I know he
will truly enjoy retirement and spending
more time with his grandchildren. I wish
Frank only the best and will miss seeing his
smiling face in the building and around
Mt. Olive Council President Joe
Nicastro says, Frank has been there for 18
years and has done so much good for the
town. Nicastro has known Wilpert since
joining the council four years ago, as well as
his role as Board of Health Chair since last
It was during that time as Chair that I
really got to learn all the responsibilities that
Frank and how much the health department
really does for the residents, says Nicastro.
Frank has more knowledge in his field than

I can ever have. He is a great person and

really cares about the community of Mt
Olive and its residents. I am proud to have
been able to serve under Franks leadership
and look forward to learning much more
from him before he retires.
Claudia Tomasello, MO deputy registrar
and Health Board member who has worked
with Wilpert for almost three years, says
Replacing Frank will be impossible. The
knowledge, the experience, the patience,
and his extreme desire to help the residents
of Mt. Olive is irreplaceable. He will be
greatly missed by all of us here in Mt. Olive
as well as the five towns he covers as Health
Officer. Frank always did above and beyond
what was expected of him.
One of Franks favorite sayings is I am
busier than a one armed paper hanger.
Looking at the improvements since he
has been on board, Wilpert says I hope Ive
made significant inroads to public health
and safety to the community.
He credits his greatest accomplishment
to establishing shared services when the
economy started to collapse. His was
instrumental in the first local services agreement established in 2000 between Mt. Olive
and Netcong. Shared service agreements
then followed with Mt. Arlington and
Wharton, adding Dover in 2009, he says.
Shared services include health officer,
sanitary inspectors, food inspection and
emergency preparedness. Mt. Olive also has
a shared service agreement for animal control with Byram and Washington Twp., he
Having shared service agreements
brings additional revenues into Mt. Olive,
by helping to keep costs down and taxes,
says Wilpert.
Another accomplishment was Wilperts
success in the $50,000 grant he received in
2010 from the State Department of Health

for two message boards used for emergency

notifications or health services. These
boards have been used over the years on
Route 46 and 206 to inform residents of flu
and rabies shots, childs health care immunizations as well as issue alerts like during
the H1-N1 scare and Hurricane Sandy to
inform residents locations of warming centers.
Police even use the boards for traffic control during the township carnival or road
repairs, he adds.
Its become a very useful too, says
Working with public issues and great
employees will be the greatest things
Wilpert says he will miss.
I want to thank the Mayor and Council
and Board of Health which hasnt changed
in 18 years, says Wilpert. This has grown
to be my second home. Ive enjoyed working with the public and issues. That is one
thing I will miss.
He says the health department its second to none in response to services. Weve
come together working as a team; theres no
I in team. The town cannot operate without
good employees. This is a great community
to work in. I will miss everyone dearly.
Greenbaum says, We have already
begun the process of looking to fill the
Health Officer position and look forward to
providing the same level of service to our
residents and the municipalities for whom
we provide shared services as under Frank's
The successful candidate is responsible
for day-to-day operations in the Health
Department to include: senior transportation, Registrar oversight, animal control,
public health nursing, sanitary inspections,
public health fairs, and day-to-day operations in four shared service community partner towns.

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In Final Stretch, Challenger Takes Lead Early In MO Big Loser Contest

By Cheryl Conway
ust one week until the
Mt. Olive Exercise
Biggest Losers Contest
ends, but there is one contestant so far ahead of the
game she is breaking all
records in contest history.
Maria Donovan, 41, of
Flanders has lost 36 pounds
as of press time since the
sixth annual big loser contest began on Jan. 3. The 16
week competition ends
April 25 as the eight contestants are still going
strong with exercise and
healthier eating through the
Mt. Olive Recreation program.
Donovans energy, commitment to the program and
results from just six weeks
has been quite inspirational.
I am so excited about
it, says Laura Hars of
Budd Lake, head instructor
of the exercise program.
Seven weeks into the contest, she had already lost
more weight than anyone
ever has in the last six
years. The record high for
16 weeks was 20 pounds.
She has been a role
model to many in the class
and has proven even a mom
with small kids can make
the commitment to an exercise program and a diet,
says Hars. There was one
period where her husband
traveled for two weeks and
she still managed to make it
to all the classes.
Hars says Maria has
been faithful to both her
diet- she watches her calories and keeps a food journal- and she generally
comes to six classes a week
and works extremely hard
when she is in the class.
As a new resident to the
area, Donovan moved from
Totowa with her family this
past July. With the stress of
moving, especially as a
mother of an eight year old

and a five year old,

Donovan gained about 20
pounds. At her former
neighborhood, Donovan
would walk five times a
week, work out at her home
gym and was active as a
soccer coach.
It was just around
Christmas time this past
year, after indulging in all
of the holiday treats, when
Donovan decided to make a
New Years Resolution.
When she saw the article in
the Mt. Olive News about
the Big Loser Contest, she
saw it as a sign so decided to sign up. As someone
who has always been
Donovan likes competition.
This was competition
for me, says Donovan. In
my mind it has to be first; it
has to be for me all or nothing. For somebody like me
who needs to lose weight
and get healthy, I needed
the determination and will
Since class is seven
days a week, I wanted to
take advantage of it; if Im
paying for something Im
going to utilize it.
Donovans goal is to get
down to 140 pounds, a reasonable weight considering
Everybody wants to look
like they did in college. For
me I want to fit in my
wardrobe and be healthier.
She also wants to set a
good example to her kids.
I wanted to show my kids
that even if you get older,
you need to keep exercising.
Now a size 14, two pants
sizes smaller from when
she started the contest, the 5
foot, two and a half inch
woman says, Im surprised
Ive lost as much as Ive
done so far. She says shes
been very regimen, very

conscious about making

choices, and has stopped
being a garbage disposal
of what my kids didnt want
to finish.
Donovan also keeps a
food journal, cuts her portions in half, makes smarter
food choices with less
starch, lots of sushi, nutritional shakes or nuts during
the day for energy, takes a
banana and a shake to kids
birthday parties to avoid the
pizza and cake, and does
not deprive herself of
indulging sometimes.
You need to indulge a
little bit, says Donovan. I
still eat the things I love,
like gourmet chocolates on
Valentines Day, but not
every day.
When the contest ends,
Donovan plans to continue
her membership.
This has become an
outlet for me, says
Donovan. I made some
friends and I enjoy that sanity time for me. Most can
take a lunch break, for me
thats my hour. This is me
time. I told my husband Im
going to be selfish.
The friendships Ive
made there has motivated
me to go, says Donovan.
You look forward to seeing them and when they are
not there you miss them.
Its more like a family-like
Donovan. I do it to keep
my sanity and its a stress
reliever. Theres some
really nice people there. I
recommend it to other
women who want to get out
and do something for themselves.
The class is my normal
activity like brushing your
teeth. Its a great way to be
active and social at the
same time. You see what
the women are doing; you

want to get lower in the

squat or get your leg up
higher. They are there for
the same reasons. Theyre
getting out; theyre working out; theyre having fun.
Women need a little fun in
their life.
Donovan also mentioned the smaller class
sizes for greater personal
attention, variety of classes
offered and diverse group
of women.
Having a supportive
husband has been the icing
on the cake for Donovan.
I have the best husband in
the world, concludes
Donovan. Hes very, very
supportive in what I want to
do. He will watch the kids,
give baths, clean up dinner.
I couldnt do it without
him. He doesnt complain.
Hes my number one fan.
Hars invited a nutritionist come in and talk to the

group about a healthy diet,

food choices and overall
nutrition goals for a healthy
lifestyle like portion sizes
and food groups. Also
several of the women purchased the "fit bit" and
found this a great way to
keep in touch with each
other during the week and
encourage each other.

For the spring, Hars is

offering a four-month
membership from MayAugust for $160, and a free
trial period the last week of
April. Register on line at
rcise; or call Hars at 973903-0453.

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Silly Leprechaun Visits Homes In Popular Childrens Book

By Cheryl Conway
ike other leprechauns, Silly McGilly
returned to Ireland last month to
make more shoes, but his time here
was well spent entertaining young and old
during the St. Patricks Day holiday.
Who is Silly McGilly?-some may ask.
He is a new leprechaun friend created by
three women of New Jersey, one who lives
right in Morris County. Michelle CoffeyDougherty of Montville, along with her sister Eileen Coffey-Cowley of Sea Girt, and
their sister-in-law Victoria Clark-Coffey of
Basking Ridge are the authors of Silly
Their book, Silly McGilly was written
two years ago in 2013, but first sold in
stores last year. Dougherty held a book
reading at the Learning Express Toys in
Morristown last month during Read Across
America Week.
With cupid on Valentines Day, and the
Easter Bunny on Easter, why not in
between introduce a cute and clever leprechaun parade into St. Patricks Day.
In an often overlooked family holiday,
Silly McGilly is a breath of fresh air, as
stated in the books press release. He vis-

its homes and classrooms to play fun little

tricks on children in the month, weeks,
days leading up to St. Patricks Day.
Michelle says she thought of the idea
after Christmas time when her seven-year
old son was saying how sad he was that
Christmas was over, what do we have to
look forward to?
We have a leprechaun but he comes
one night, explains Michelle, so why not
create a character to help raise awareness of
the tradition and create great family memories.
As Irish Americans, the three authors
wanted to breathe some new life into St.
Patricks Day, especially having 10 children between them, and their immense
love for family traditions.
Six months to write, the three sisters met
regularly to complete their book. We all
sat together; cousins would sit and play and
we would all work, sales Michelle, former
pre-K through second grade teacher. With
sales, marketing and teaching in their background, the sisters combined their skills to
self-publish a creative childrens book.
"Silly McGilly is a labor of love for our
entire family," said Eileen Cowley. "We

Michelle Coffey-Dougherty and Victoria Coffey.

were all brought up to appreciate our Irish
culture and particularly enjoyed the fun and
revelry of St. Patrick's Day. However, we
also recognized that there was no defining
story or character that young children could
embrace, both literally and figuratively.
And so, Silly McGilly was born!"
The book tells the story of the very lovable Silly McGilly. Silly is a friendly leprechaun who enjoys visiting homes and
classrooms to play funny little tricks on
children throughout the St. Patrick's Day
For some, Silly can visit every day in
March, others once a week, or the day
before St. Patrick's Day.
In Michelles house, Silly McGilly visits
for 17 days in March leading up to St.
Patricks Day. She uses it when March
When you read the book you put the
doll by the window as an indication for the
real Silly McGilly to come into your home
to do a trick, explains Michelle. Then
every day, kids wake up to new tricks by
the green leprechaun.
Examples of tricks, which are also outlined in the book, include turning toilet
bowl water green, or pictures turned upside
Maybe he's left some treats behind
such as chocolate coins, shamrocks or St.
Patrick's Day stickers. Or, maybe he's been
up to a little mischief, turning over chairs,
writing on the blackboard, or leaving the
kitchen cabinets open.
Michelle says, Its up to each parent to

decide what they want to do. Parents and

kids come up creative ideas each day. Then
after St. Patricks Day, he goes back to
Ireland to making shoes because thats
what leprechauns do.
We created a family tradition, says
Michelle. Kids are excited, they look forward to it. Kids wake up and are excited.
Its a great tradition creating family memories. Children grow up so quickly. Its
something to enjoy with the whole family.
Its a great tradition whether you are Irish
or not.
Teachers are using it in classrooms, prekindergarten through third grade, in all 50
Last year, Silly McGilly was so popular
he sold out. This year, sales have doubled
and orders are still coming in. Michelle was
heading to Ireland to meet with a gift shop
owner to carry Silly McGilly there.
A fun new childrens hard-cover book,
Silly McGilly is 24 pages long and selfpublished. Each book comes with an eight
inch, soft, plush leprechaun.
Whether youre Irish or not, wonderful
memories are waiting for you with this new
St. Patrick's Day tradition!
Its a great gift for a birthday, for the
holidays, at any time of year, concludes
Michelle. You can give it during the year;
its exciting and something to look forward
Sold for $29.99 on the website, the
book includes a keepsake box with the doll.
Go to or Learning
Express in Morristown to purchase a copy.

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Morris Habitat For Humanity Building Strong After 30 Years

By Cheryl Conway
s one of the oldest and largest of the
Habitat for Humanities in New
Jersey, the Morris affiliation has
made great strides in building and providing
homes to many in the local area.
The Morris Habitat for Humanity is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year since
its inception in Oct. 1985. More than 300
people were expected to attend the anniversary gala on Sat., Feb. 28, at Meadow Wood
Manor in Randolph.
The Morris Habitat for Humanity
Anniversary Committee is planning other
events throughout the year to celebrate this
milestone, including at Boy Scouts
Jamboree in October. About 5,000 boy
scouts are invited to Liberty State Park in
NY, to frame houses to be used for future
buildings by the habitat. The educational
event to teach others how to build house
frames is open to the public.
It was amazing to realize just how much
has been accomplished, stated Blair
Schleicher Bravo of Mountain Lakes,
Morris Habitats chief executive officer,
and we are committed to continue to build
on the solid foundation our founders have
As stated in a recent press release, From
small but determined beginnings, the affiliate has grown and prospered thanks to the
generosity of local corporations, municipalities, individual donors and thousands of
Bravo said, It is overwhelming at times
to see how all these projects come together.
It takes so many people putting their talents
to work and we are always pleased and
thrilled with the results.
Morris Habitat for Humanity started in
Oct. 1985 by four leaders of various churches in Morristown who heard about Habitat
for Humanity International, which had been
founded nine years earlier in 1976.
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry that builds
homes for people in need. It has grown to
1,500 local affiliates in the U.S. and 100
national organizations in 90 countries in the
world. More than one million families, representing five million people, have found
improved living conditions through Habitat
for Humanity.
The founders, Millard and Linda Fuller- a
married couple from Alabama- had organized a walk in 1984 with former U.S.
President Jimmy Carter- from Maine to
Atlanta, stopping in New York, to gain visibility and spark interest in the habitat. The

four local leaders from Morristown went to

see Pres. Carter in N.Y. to learn more about
the habitats mission, and then just one year
later started the local affiliate.
There are a lot of people that werent
able to take advantage of job or education
opportunities, explained Bravo, who has
been involved with the Morris Habitat for
the past 15 years. The goal is to provide
lower income families who cannot get a
mortgage an opportunity to become a homeowner.
Morris Habitat for Humanity is one of 24
active habitat humanities in NJ, says Bravo.
We are one of the older ones, next to
Patterson who recently celebrated their 30th
too. We are one of the largest and we also
operate one of the largest ReStores.
As volunteers, the organization works
with municipalities on affordable housing
obligations through the Council on
Affordable Housing (COAH), she explains.
They help us find property and housing
trust funds. Its a partnership; we are a nonprofit developer.
Many larger developments set aside ten
percent of their building space for affordable
housing, she says.
We offer ourselves as a partner to
municipalities and developers to offset this
obligation, says Bravo. They also work
with many agencies to identify families in
need of a home.
Through a selection process, the habitat
builds homes for families. It markets in a
four county area every time a property
becomes available for low income development. Individuals being considered are
required to attend four to six orientations
held at area hospitals, libraries and businesses in which they apply.
From there, applicants are selected based
on income set by the federal government;
need, in which they must demonstrate a
need to live in a house verses a rental; and
must qualify for an affordable mortgage.
Those names are then drawn out of a hat like
a lottery.
Out of 150 people interested with an
upcoming project on Harding Ave. in Dover,
for example, 40 apply, 25 will be selected
from the lottery to live in four homes slated
to be built, Bravo explains.
Its a bitter sweet day, she says. The
selection process is very specific.
If you are a dollar over, we have to comply with the state; theres no legal room,
she says. Also, they really cant have a
debt. If they have a debt, if its high, we help
them work that down.

Once selected from the lottery, applicants

must then adhere to certain guidelines:
Sweat Equity, which requires the future
homeowner to help build their home, maybe
once a week, to total 300 hours, says Bravo,
and they also must take 25 hours of home
ownership classes.
Their other requirement is they have to
meet a certain credit score to pay for the zero
mortgage held by habitat. We are the
lender, says Bravo. Its a forced savings if
you will. They have to be able to pay their
mortgage plus taxes. Also, if they want to

sell their home, it can only be sold to another affordable income household.
However they are doing it, their process
is working.
We never had a foreclosure in our history, says Bravo.
The program has lowered their monthly
payments from $1,500 to $2,100 in rental
fees to $500, $800 or $1,000 (on the high
end) mortgage fee, she says. This savings
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cational expenses for their kids, save for a
rainy day, lower their credit cards and save
for their retirement.
Their clients are so grateful for this
opportunity that many of them come back
and volunteer or donate to the habitat, she
More than 11,000 volunteers from
groups, businesses, congregations and
schools have come out on site visits to help
build these homes through the Morris
Habitat for Humanity, she says. It has about
300 regular volunteers that help out on advisory boards, ReStore and construction sites.
About 50 habitat faithful volunteers,
made up of mostly retired men and women,
rarely miss a build. It takes 1,500 volunteers
on average to build one home, she adds,
with nine to 12 months to build a single family home; 18 months to two years for a
duplex or larger.
We are always looking for single volunteers, she says, but must be older than 16 to
be under an active homesite. Those under 16
are allowed to come out and help plant or
visit after a home is built.
We use 90 percent of volunteer labor
and its a teaching program, she says,
which is why their building process takes

longer than a conventional builder.

The organization has had so many different volunteer groups. She and her husband
organized a Bridal Build in 2009 at a complex in Stanhope, inviting all engaged couples to come out to help build. One staff
member wore a veil under a hard hat, she
Weve worked with a lot of creative
ways in bringing out groups, she says.
Reunion groups come out to build, singles,
high school football teams come out for
Its a lot of team building, says Bravo.
Corporations come out on a building site
for different departments as a team building
Its a win win, she says. We need
them to come out, they need team building
or they have a corporate obligation to volunteer.
Last summer, a local church hosted 100
students from Woodsworth Presbyterian
Church in MD for one week to help Morris
Habitat with the building of the duplex on
Willow Street in Morristown.
Volunteering to build a home also provides a free opportunity for people to learn
how. Some people want to learn, like tiling,
so they come out to learn. We show them

how to hold a hammer.Families are learning as well.

During the journey, they are learning
about their house, and they are sharing their
story with others. These clients are educated
individuals, hard-working residents in
respectable jobs but make $35,000 to
$45,000 a year.
These are not homeless people, says
Bravo. They want an opportunity for the
American dream. We have a goal of ensuring that everybody has a safe, decent, affordable place to live and along the way other
people are assisted too. Its about the journey, in the end to provide a quality home.
To date, Morris Habitat has served 305
families though home ownership opportunities, home preservation, and international
home building programs.
Since it was started in October of 1985,
Morris Habitat has completed 68 homes.
The first home project (a fourplex) was finished in 1990. Since then, 48 of the homes
built were new construction projects, 19
were home rehabilitation projects and two
were what is called a home is a box projects (premade home sections sent to a build
site for Hurricane Katrina victims).
Currently, there are eight projects underway in Morris County. In the coverage area
of MJ Media, 25 unit projects in Randolph
plan to begin in 2017/2018; three projects in
Roxbury that include a fourplex in Port
Murray, a duplex on Edith Drive, and two
sixplexes on Main Street in Succasunna to
begin in 2016/ 2018; two single family
homes in Mt. Olive expecting to break
ground this year at Wallman Way in Budd
Lake; a fiveplex in Morris Twp. known as
the Carlton Project is underway; two
duplexes in Morristown with a third duplex
on Willow Street to begin later this year.
Despite the cold, we build all year
round, says Bravo. We try to get a home
enclosed by winter so we put up a warming
In 2014, Morris Habitat closed on five
homes, started eight homes and preserved
ten homes through home repair. Volunteers
go in and fix leaky windows and other
improvements through its home repair program. For 2015, it plans to close on six
more homes, start another six homes and
work on 12 home repair projects.
Besides local projects, the organization
plans to lead another trip to Armenia in June
for about ten days with 20 volunteers to
repair low-income housing units that are in
major disrepair, she says. Every habitat
affiliate must dedicate ten percent to international homebuilding, she says, so we part-

ner with another country. Over the years

they have worked with Honduras, where
they have become a sister affiliate and
built 35 homes in La Celba, Honduras, as
well as in Armenia.
Its a wonderful way to see whats happening around the world, not as a tourist but
as a partner to help in issues such as housing, says Bravo. Many are living in conditions that are shocking to say the least.
The accomplishments of Morris Habitat
for Humanity could not have been made
without the volunteers, generous corporate
and private donations and support from
In 2014 alone more than $2,400,000 was
It takes about three years to identify a
property and get a building permit, says
Bravo, adding that some towns have been
very supportive. She plans to attend an
upcoming council meeting in Mt. Olive
Twp. to recognize its support.
Mt. Olive has been a terrific partner
with Morris Habitat, she says, from its
administrative leaders, government officials
and community. They understand a community is made up of all types of people.
They help us identify property. They are just
very helpful and supportive of people who
need a place to live, as well as Roxbury and
Randolph too. The whole community is a
pleasure to work with.
Besides donations, Morris Habitat also
gets funds through its ReStore program, a
retail organization in Randolph that has
raised $1.5 million to offset the building program, says Bravo. New and slightly used
items, including furnishings, appliances and
building materials that would otherwise be
donated to landfills, are collected and sold at
Morris Habitat for Humanity is the recipient of the Making Lives Brighter Award
by Capitol Lighting; and Best Affordable
Housing Award by Metro Builders.
Moms are invited to come out on May 9,
the day before Mothers Day, with sisters
and grandmothers to help with the build at
the Hazel Street Duplex in Morristown.
In June, come out for Hammer for
Habitat at Morris Habitat for Humanity in
Randolph to build a wall that will be used as
frames for upcoming builds. School groups,
churches, scouting groups and families can
host, support or learn how to build a wall by
Home Depot experts who will be on site.
For more information on Morris Habitat
and its activities, or to join as a volunteer, go
to or call 973-8911934.

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Flanders Teen Videos Historic Sites For Preservation

By Cheryl Conway
icholas Mathus of Flanders has found his niche, and
how ironic that his passion for history stems from his
very own past.
Determined to share history with others and preserve our
nations past, Nick follows in the footsteps of his father and
grandfather (also named Nick) whose love for history is
much the same. Since he was three years old, Nick has visited more than 80 historic sites and videotaped their significance, all with the help from his father Glenn Mathus.
The fourteen year old is known as Nick The History
Kid, and he has teamed up his father, Glenn, to produce historical videos. An eighth grader at The PECK School in
Morristown, Nicks main goal is to show his peers how fun
and interesting history is and why sites should be preserved.
History is fun and should be preserved for future generations, says Nick. If we didnt have history we wouldnt
be here today. Its our nations past of how we got here
today. If we dont preserve it, its going to be destroyed.
His motto: New Jersey: from the Revolutionary War to
the Jersey Shore both History and Fun awaits You! Most of
his videos cover NJs historical sites, but also cover treasures
throughout the United States when vacationing or traveling
for sports.
When we go to swim or track we find historical places,
says Glenn, like Motown, Key West-Florida, Henry Ford
Museum in Michigan
Although Nick began his role four years ago as Nick The
History Kid and posting historical videos online, his first
video dates back to when he was three years old at
Gettysburg. In that video, Glenn recalls Nick saying Lets
Go Soldierand its been history ever since.
Thats how far it goes back, his love for history, says
Glenn. My dad passed it onto to him. My dad used to take
me all over in 1965. He loved history too; he was a big
George Washington man and Civil War. I grew up with what
my dad liked.
With 80 videos so far, Nicks footage lasts anywhere
between four to fifteen minutes, provide historical details of
the location with some humor to keep the viewers interest.
His visits have him flying an airplane and a helicopter,
scuba diving, high diving at the end of the West Point video,
and riding one of the oldest roller coasters.
For the video filmed at the Henry Ford Museum in
Dearborn, Michigan, Nick provides a brief history of the
helicopter and the museum, where the first successful helicopter is preserved, and then flies a helicopter.
Last year, they traveled everywhere from Detroit where
we are the only video on YouTube that takes you inside
Motowns Historic Studio A, and to the Confederate White
House in Richmond, VA., says Glenn.
His video on the Charles Lindbergh Crime of the Century
Video took two months to complete as they traveled to four
different cities to tell the whole story. They first went to
Washington, DC, showing the Spirit of Saint Louis which
was the high point of Lindberghs life.
Next, they visited the Lindbergh Estate in East Amwell
where Nick got special permission to film inside the babys
nursery, the scene of the 1932 kidnapping.
We filmed in the Lindbergh Babies nursery and recreated the leaving of the ransom note on the window sill,
explains Glenn. In 1935 Lindbergh gifted the estate to the
State of NJ, and it is now a juvenile state correctional facili-

ty. No tourism here, says Glenn. But, We were the first to

show the estate today and tour the grounds speculating what
happened that night in 1932.
They then went to the Flemington Court House where the
trial of the century happened; and finally to West Trenton to
visit the NJ State Police Museum where all the evidence
from the trial is kept; and the final scene, back at the
Flemington Court House where Nick is the judge in the
Retrial of the Century and convicts Bruno Hauptmann
based on what we believe happened.
This is truly a surprise ending that could not have happened without the help of many people in high places, says
Glenn. Nick got to sit in the judges chair as the judge and
the chair inside the cell that Hauptmann was electrocuted in.
People dont get to see the settings.
For sites indoors he receives special permission.
Our objective is to show people something they could
never see on any regular tour, says Glenn. In Nicks video
on the Hindenburg, we were given permission to climb historic Hanger number one with our guide. At 190 feet up at
the top of the Hanger one could imagine the Hindenburg
entering the hangar below us. Only the History Channel
and the Weather Channel were allowed to climb and film the
hangar from above.
Nick was also allowed to enter the mock-up control car
used in the movie Hindenburg starring George C. Scott.
Nick explains all the controls and demonstrates how the
Hindenburg was flown.
At Mount Vernon in 2012 Nick had the high honor of
participating in a special wreath laying at George
Washington's tomb in front of 100 people.
In his video highlighting cemeteries, Nick visits his
grandfathers grave as well as several famous people such as
Judy Garland, James Cagney, Ed Sullivan, Joan Crawford,
Babe Ruth and Malcolm X, all buried within an hour from
each other, notes Glenn.
In another video, he outlines the history of roller-coasters,
mostly in Coney Island, NY, and rides one of the oldest
roller-coasters- the Cyclone.
Its so cool to go to every event involved, says Nick.

Sometimes its difficult to find the time. We schedule it for

Saturday mornings or when they travel especially for swimming and track in which Nick holds multiple gold medals,
broken records and the title Junior Swimmer of the Year
for the second year in a row, says Glenn.
His latest mission is to help preserve the Martin Berry
House (built in 1720) in Pequannock, 12 years before
George Washington was born when the British ruled the
If the town doesnt buy it, it will be another strip mall,
says Glenn. We attended several of the monthly meetings
and will be involved in promoting the home, when its
acquired by the town. They plan to shoot a video at the
home then share that history with the local schools.
Nick and I are one of the many "Friends of the Martin
Berry House," a strong and dedicated group of history loving people who want to see the township preserve this beautiful home, one of the oldest homes in Pequannock. Nick
and I are committed to preserving, promoting and volunteering this historical treasure. Nick was the youngest attendee
to publicly speak at one of the town council meetings.
They are also trying to get permission to film the
Gallows of Morristown inside the Morris County Court
House. The last public hanging in Morristown was in 1835,
says Glenn, and the gallows have been stored in the old
courthouse in Morristown, he says.
Nick also promotes historic sites by volunteering his
time there. He currently has 96 volunteer hours at the
Washington Headquarters in Morristown.
We must remember our history and the people who paid
for our freedom, says Glenn. My sons message is good
and his goal is to raise interest in the leaders of tomorrow
that these historical treasures are to be preserved for future
generations to come. If tomorrows adults lose interest in
these buildings then funding will be cut off and they will disappear.
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Vendors Sought To Celebrate Fallen Heroes At Patriots In The Park Exhibit

By Cheryl Conway
lans for Memorial Day in Mt. Olive
are underway for Mon., May 25, at
Turkey Brook Park in Budd Lake.
Instead of a Memorial Day Parade and
Remembrance Ceremony- the path taken
for the past 30 years in town- organizers
have planned a Memorial Day Ceremony
and Patriots in the Park Exhibition, from
9:30 a.m. to noon. Vendors are being
sought to run educational booths, as well
as performers to entertain.
Though the parade will no longer be a
part of Mt. Olives Memorial Day Events,
we have embraced the change as an
opportunity to expand on the true meaning of this monumental day, says Charlie
Urhmann, originator/founder of the All
Veterans Memorial at Turkey Brook
In lieu of the parade, the AVM has
extended the ceremony to include patriotic exhibits that exemplifies our freedom
and the sacrifice of maintaining such liberties. We would like to extend an open

invitation to all veteran groups, churches,

civic organizations and clubs to participate in the Memorial Day events.
Registration deadline is May 15.
Urhmann has reached out to Mt. Olive
schools to recruit volunteers to offer various displays from our students that
would independently highlight the
Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI,
WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf
War and the Global War on Terror.
Bill and Linda Sohl, who were parade
organizers during the past three decades,
stepped down last year on the towns 30th
Memorial Day Parade Anniversary, handing the reins over to the township and
Urhmann and the AVM Committee
decided on the change for this year.
Patriots in the Park will be set up in the
large open field area next to the AVM
Complex. Educational displays will be
representative of the various wars to
include interesting photos, facts and/or
artifacts while at the same time conveying

a sense of appreciation to those who gave

their lives.
Informational/Service booths should
offer information or demonstrations that
benefit or supports veterans, families or
survivors. Food /fundraising vendors
must seek prior approval and all proceeds
must benefit veterans services.
While there is no cost to set up a booth,
each participant will be responsible for
providing their tent, table and chairs, and
a knowledgeable representative available
at all times. Booth setup will begin at 8
a.m., be ready by 9:15 a.m.
With overwhelming response anticipated, Urhmann encourages participants
to submit an application now. Booths
must be Memorial Day related. For more
information, call, 973-479-4959, or email
Please join our effort in honoring and
acknowledging those brave men and
women who gave their all so that we
could live free.
For the exhibition of American
Exceptionalism, each display and/or performance will be judged by six undisclosed AVM Board of Advisors and the
winners will be announced at 12:15 p.m.
The event itinerary includes Patriots
In The Park Exhibition with exhibits and
performances, 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.; AVM
unveiling of the formal Flag Burning
Stage; and Memorial Day Ceremony from
11:25 to noon.
For the 30 minute ceremony,
Urhmann is seeking individuals who lost
a loved one to participate as guests of
honor. The AVM will be memorializing

loved ones who lost their lives in battle

and will present each participant with a
special gift.
Organizers are also looking for military men and women to volunteer for the
It will be an amazing ceremony,
Urhmann says.
At the site, the AVM Master Plan will
be on display; information and applications for the Patriots Walkway and the
Path to Enduring Freedom will be available as well as sponsorships for NJ Fallen
Heroes; drop off sites for hygiene donations for homeless Veterans and American
Flags suited for retirement.
AVM representatives will also be
available to introduce its volunteer
rewards program for community organizations, churches and college bound students. The AVM Community Service
Award program provides middle and high
school students impactful projects to fulfill mandatory community service hours.
Projects from fundraising, troop supply
drives, event clean-up, to even stuffing
envelopes; these projects are vital to the
AVMs success and to the community it
To get the site ready, Urhmann is
seeking volunteers to serve on the Garden
Club, during the last week in April to help
Home Depot with its annual clean-up of
the AVM.
Its gonna be a great program to get
involved, concludes Urhmann.
to receive a list of volunteer opportunities; or call 908-684-0057.

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Matza Factory Adds Spice And Crunch To Jewish Educational Experience

By Cheryl Conway
ost kids who celebrate Passover
know that matza is a flat unleavened bread that comes out of a
box and they eat it for eight days.
But some kids last month got the inside
scoop of how the traditional bread is prepared from stalks of wheat, to rolling out
the dough, marking holes in each wafer
and taking the finished piece right from the
oven. About 30 kids, ages three to twelve,
from the surrounding area attended a
Model Matza Bakery at the Madison Area
YMCA on Sun., March 15, from 11 a.m. to
1 p.m.
The event was sponsored by the Chabad
of Southeast Morris County in Madison.
Its first year hosting, the chabad decided to
invite the children throughout the area,
even outside its membership. Kids came as
far west as Hackettstown.
We opened it up to northern New
Jersey communities, says Rabbi Shalom
Lubin of the southeast chabad.
Every year we always talk about
Passover, and get the kids involved in arts
and crafts and a mock Seder, says Lubin.
But getting the kids involved in the handson-process -The behind the scenes preparation for the most important part of the
Seder- the matza- brings even greater
meaning to the holiday, which lasted from
the first Seder night Fri., April 3, until Sat.
April 11.
Passover is celebrated as a commemoration of the liberation of Jewish freedom
from slavery in Egypt. The matza, is the
unleavened bread the Jewish people ate in
their haste to leave Egypt based on the
story of the Exodus.
This was a hands-on experience on
how matza is made, says Lubin.
Participants got to make handmade matza.
To set up the factory, Lubin had to bring
in an oven, all the supplies, a wheat
grinder. The chabad teamed up with Living
Legacy in Livingston, a non profit organization that provides a great resource for
creative, stimulating programming in
Jewish education. Living Legacy brought
in the matza bakery, the materials and
We booked this a year in advance,
adds Aharona Lubin, program director of
the chabad and Lubins wife. We run preholiday programming every year, but this
year we wanted to do something different. We are always looking to growing.

Participants started with stalks of

wheat, remove kernels from the stalks,
grind the kernels to make flour, mix flour
with water, roll the dough into flat discs
then perforate them with holes so they
dont blow up to pita bread, then put in
the oven.
Every kid got to grind their own
flour, says Aharona. Living Legacy
brought a hand mill to grind the flour.
It was fascinating, says Aharona. All
the kids got rolling pins.
It was a lot of fun, says Lubin, who
runs an educational, engaging and fun
program all year round. Some kids were
rolling out the matza then crunching on it.
It was very exciting.
This gives them the appreciation of
taking stalks of grain and turning it into
Passover bread, says Lubin. For kids to
have a hands-on-Jewish experience is very
important; classroom experience is important, but hands on approach, life lessons is
a wonderful thing.
Those that came from outside the southeast chabad were just as enthused.
We were so excited to participate in
such a good experience, a hands-on
Passover experience, says Fraida
Shusterman, co-director of the Chabad
Jewish Center in Flanders.
We learned how to make matza from
the very beginning, says Shusterman.
To join other Jewish children who celebrate Passover was also a great experience
for those who traveled from the west,
explains Shusterman.
The Jewish population in western NJ is
not as dominant as the eastern cities, so
sometimes kids from the Jewish faith may
feel separate.
Families are more spread out in the
communities involved in the Chabad
Jewish Center in the northwest. To be
with other Jewish Kids, they see theres a
big world out there, says Shusterman.
We are so isolated. Its such a Jewish
pride to be at this Jewish event; it was nice
for them.
I think they were proud to be there,
adds Shusterman. On the way there and
back they sang their Jewish songs. It adds
spice to Hebrew school when you go on
Jewish trips.
The best part.they got to take home
their own matza, says Shusterman.
Rabbi Yaacov and Fraida Shusterman
are co-directors of the Chabad Jewish

Center in Flanders. The Chabad Jewish

Center offers High Holiday services, educational programs, holiday programs and
other Jewish services as well. There is no

membership fee. For more information

about the Center, visit, or email rabbi@mychabadcen

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MOHS Students Redesign Book Covers In Art

ou can judge these books by their

covers! Despite the age-old
adage, we all do it: We judge
books by their covers.
Publishers know it and spend oodles of
time and money designing compelling,
dynamic covers. But todays trends are
tomorrows outdated styles. For a library,
that often means a sizeable part of its collection has covers that fail to connect with
modern readers.
Mount Olive High School has a solution.

In a joint project between the school library

and art department, the covers of nearly 60
books have been completely redesigned by
graphic arts students. The facelifts are giving
old books the chance to find audiences
Rebecca Bushby, library media specialist
at MOHS, selected novels with low circulation that could use a bit of cosmetic freshening. The titles ran the gamut from Newbery
award winners to classics such as The
Scarlet Letter. Each student in Megan

Megan Hemmerich, Kelly Mellusi, Ian Spitzer, and Kevin Lane hold up the book covers that they

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Boyds three graphic design classes randomly chose a book to work on.
In our graphic arts program, we try to be
as authentic as possible, said Boyd. If the
students were working for a company or
freelancing, this is the type of project they
would be given. It meshes creativity with the
practical since they had to include elements
such as bar codes, prices, summaries, and
publisher logos.
Just as in real life, each young graphic
artist had to get a sense of the tone, theme,
and content of the chosen book in order to
develop an appropriate approach. From
there it was research, inspiration, and experimentation.
Kelly Mellusi, for example, researched
Africa and African textile patterns for her
cover for The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm, a
novel set in Zimbabwe. Chris Somerville
descended into the lower level of MOHS to
the robotics lab for his redesign of the I,
Robot cover. Chris jacket for the seminal
sci-fi anthology featured a photograph of the

hand of a Nao robot reaching out and nearly

touching a human hand a futuristic allusion to Michelangelos famous fresco, The
Creation of Adam. And then theres Ian
Spitzer, who went through two dozen
designs of all sorts before settling on his
cover for Franz Kafkas Metamorphosis.
After sketching out final concepts, the
students used the Adobe creative suite of
Photoshop, and InDesign to complete the
assignment. The covers were ink-jet printed
on heavy matte paper and the fresh-faced
books were then put on display for librarygoers to admire and hopefully take out.
It just boggles my mind that high school
students can do work at this high professional level, said Bushby. They had an opportunity to show off their imaginations and
personalities, and really took a lot of pride in
what they did. Weve already had books
checked out that might ordinarily still be sitting on the shelves. That I think says a great
deal about their effort and quality of work.

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Boy Scouts
Collecting Clothing

Scouts Raise Money For Wounded Warriors

oy Scout Troop 249 plans to host its Annual Spring

Clothing Collection on the following Saturdays and
Sundays in April and May: April 25/26; May 2/3,
between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Dont throw these items away: hats, belts, shoes, handbags, linens, stuffed animals any and all clean wearable
Donate them to Boy Scout Troop 249. Please place
these items in a plastic bag and bring them to: St. Jude
Church Parish Center in Budd Lake. Questions, call Joe
Gates (973) 214-4332.

Boy Scouts Hold

Fundraiser Yard Sale

landers Boy Scout Troop 156 will be holding a

fundraiser Yard Sale on Sat., April 25 and Sun.,
April 26 between 8 a.m. 3 p.m. at 16 Hillside
Avenue, Flanders (by Ashley Farms and I Love Subs).
There will be an assortment of items - clothes, toys,
household items, etc. Profits from this fundraiser will
help the scouts to cut the cost of events and to purchase
camping equipment. For directions and/or information
call 973-927-0260.

n Feb. 22, Cub Scout Pack 62 from Sandshore

Elementary School held its annual Blue and Gold
Dinner. But this was no ordinary award and graduation dinner this year. The Pack came together with their
families and friends to help raise money for the Wounded
Warrior Project. The boys were able to collect $310 in
donations to be given to the organization. The Pack began
their collection at its annual Back-To-School Picnic in
September and continued through to the day of the Blue
and Gold Dinner.
Throughout the year the Pack comes together to help

out various community groups and even individual families. In the fall the Pack always takes up a collection of
food to be donated to the local food pantry and during the
winter holiday months, the scouts visit the residents at
Paragon Village to sing holiday songs and hand out cookies. Pack 62 also assists in helping its school Sandshore
Elementary School, in taking part in fall and spring clean
ups of the school grounds. For more information on Pack
62, contact Cub Master Jenevieve DAmico at sandshorepack62

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n Sat., March 14, students of

Sandshore School in Budd Lake
participated in the Fifth Annual
Science Fair. This years fair had a whopping 58 participants from grades K-5. The
experiments ranged from plant growing in
a jar and solar ovens to removing Sharpie
Markers and Elephant Toothpaste! Many
outside corporations came to help support
the fair while providing free demos for the
participants and spectators to enjoy.
BASF brought a candy chemistry lab
and Siemens demonstrated the Law of
Reflection. The students also enjoyed educational materials from the dietitian at
Shoprite of Flanders, Donaldson Farms
and Highview Farms. Highview farms also
represented their 4-H clubs by bringing in
baby chicks, rabbits and allowing children
to plant some seeds for the upcoming gardening season. The Mad Science of Morris
County also had a hands-on display table
for all to enjoy.
The science fair proved to be a success
with the help of volunteer judges that came
from near and far to help critic the participants projects. All the students worked
very hard on their projects and utilized the

Experiments Galore at Science Fair

scientific method while performing their
At the conclusion of the fair all participants received a certificate of achievement
along with a goody bag filled with free ice
cream from Ritas and Das Creamery,
lunch at Chilis, pencils, bracelets, a free
ticket to the Liberty Science Center along
with toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss
compliments of Dr. Manasse, DMD.
There were first, second and third place
winners at each grade level in addition to a
Kids Choice and Judges Choice Award.
Kids Choice was awarded to second grader Nadia Rock for her Elephant Toothpaste
experiment and Judges Choice was awarded to fourth grader Stephen Mickus with
his Conductivity of Electricity. Prizes
were given to those students who scored
the highest in their grade level. Some prize
sponsors included Adventure Aquarium,
LOMB and Aspen Ice, Mt Olive Carnival
and Jenkinsons.
The Sandshore Science Fair is a SHSP
sponsored event that was created by
Jenevieve DAmico, Liz Ouimet and
Nicole Mullin in 2011. It has been a fun
and successful event ever since.

2015 Sandshore Science Fair Winners- First row, from left, Akash Gopal, Imani Kurwa, Leah
Jones, Nadia Rock, Robert Galante, and Armiani Kurwa; second row, from left, Gabriella Harmon,
Gianna De Maria, Mishel Kurt, Ava Tabaranza, Armaan Shankar, Ryan Lessing and Sakket
Kularni; third row, from left, Principal Nicole Musarra, Olivia Aghabi, Tejashree Nagaraj, Jessica
Battista, Katarina Nikiforonk, Nicola DAmico III, Aditya Patnaik and Science Fair Chairperson
Jenevieve DAmico.

Right: Third Grader

Marcello D'Amico displaying his Breath Mint
Cooling Experiment

Below: Yes you are seeing

double! Third grade twins
Elizabeth and Isabella
Zeier displayed how they
grew plants in jars using
various types of soil and
non-soil items.

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Mt. Playmore Wins NJ Design Award

Mount Playmore Planning Committee with the actual award, from left to right, Jim Lynch, supervisor Parks, Buildings & Grounds; Liz Meininger, program director Mt. Olive Recreation; John
Geiger, foreman Parks, Buildings & Grounds; Jill Daggon, supervisor Mt. Olive Recreation;
Mayor Rob Greenbaum; Laura Rimmer, marketing director Mt. Olive Recreation; Frank Wilpert,
Jr., assistant director, Department of Public Works. Missing from the photo Sean Canning, business administrator; Lisa Brett, Special Projects coordinator.

MO Recreation Hosts Color Run,

Mud Run, Power Wheels And More

hy Do the Do or Dye Color Fun

Run? The Second Annual Color
Run to Benefit the American
Cancer Society by The GBW Insurance is
set for Sat., April 25, for friends and family
to get blasted with color, promote a healthy
lifestyle and raise money for a good cause.
The Do or Dye 5K Fun Run/Walk event will
benefit the American Cancer Society with
participants raising funds through individual
pledge sheets. The 2014 event successfully
raised $6,600 for the American Cancer
This is not your typical 5K, said Jill
Daggon, Mt. Olive recreation supervisor.
Nor is it just another fundraising event.
The GBW Insurance Do or Dye Fun
Run/Walk is for participants of all levels,
even those who hate running! There is no
age limit, whether young or old, in fact we
encourage parents with strollers, but Mt.
Olive Recreation does offer safety recommendations on its website for young children. The main objective is to get active,
have fun getting colorful, and raise monies
for the American Cancer Society.
Runners will register online, then use a

pledge sheet to collect donations for the

American Cancer Society, a nationwide,
community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a
major health problem by preventing cancer,
saving lives, and diminishing suffering from
cancer through research, education, advocacy and services.
Participants should wear as much white
as possible so that throughout the course
they can get splattered with paint creating a
work of art in motion. The course will begin
and end at Turkey Brook Park, Budd Lake
using a paved course along Flanders Road
which will be closed to traffic for the duration of the event. Register at
Go Go Power Wheels!
The Sixth Annual Power Wheels Event
for Children. The thrill of driving is something parents can share with their kids in the
Sixth Annual Power Wheels Event. Held on
four consecutive Thursdays, starting May 1,
at Turkey Brook Park, Budd Lake, in the
Soccer Parking Lot the children will hit the
start lines at 5:30 p.m. with all activities

wrapping up around 6:30 p.m. In the event

of rain, the races will be held the following
Open to children ages three to eight years
old, the event will feature three courses:
oval, straight-away and obstacle. The Grand
Prix will be held on the last day, Thurs., May
22, with an extended course added to the
courses and all children being awarded with
a certificate and small gift thanking them for
their participation. All courses are age
appropriate and drivers will be broken down
into groups according to the battery size of
their vehicles (6v, 12v and 24v).
Modifications are not permitted stock cars
Rev up your pistons and get your registration in now! There is an entry fee of $25
per child (non-refundable). Registration and
additional information can be found
Magical Forests Overtake Turkey Brook
The Seventh Annual Fairy & Pirate
Festival is set for Sat., May 16, at Turkey
Brook Park with magical wonderland of
games, performances and activities. Mt.
Olive Recreation in partnership with Bright
Horizons Early Education & Preschool is
hosting along with Invite An Enchanted
Princess and Flanders Pediatric Dentistry.
Celebrations will abound with bounce
castles, walk the plank giant slides, face
painting, pirate challenges, crafts, games,
pony rides, dancing and more! The magic
most certainly cometh! Attendees are
encouraged to come in costume as flowers,
wings, sparkles, eye patches and swords will
be plentiful.
The fair festivities begin at 10 a.m. and
continue until 1 p.m. No registration is
required to attend the festival.
Food Trucks & Fireworks Festival
What better way to kick off summer celebrations than with a festival featuring food
trucks from all around NJ and fireworks?
Mt. Olive Recreation in partnership with
Hackettstown Regional Medical Center will
host the first Food Trucks and Fireworks

Festival in Turkey Brook Park, Budd Lake,

on Sat., May 16, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
A variety of menus such as Romanos
Disco Fries, Johnnys Meatballs, Original
Soupman, El Lechon De Negro with roasted
pork and fried plantains, Chef Robs
Catering serving ribbon fries as well as his
award winning buffalo wings and
Empanada Guy. There will also be live
music, face painting, bounce houses, and
fireworks display at 9 p.m.
There are no tickets to pre-purchase and
no admission fee to the Food Trucks &
Fireworks Festival. Food is for purchase.
Run Amok with Mount Olive Recreation
On Sat., June 20, Turkey Brook Park,
Budd Lake, will host the Third Annual Mt.
Olive Recreation Raiders of the Lost Park
Mud Run, sponsored by Sams Club of Mt.
Olive. This years event will also serve as a
fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project,
with individual participants raising funds
through pledge sheets which will go directly
to the organization.
Comprised of 15 obstacles the course
will ensure a challenge and of course MUD!
The best part of which is that the Raiders of
the Lost Park Mud Run is open to athletes as
young as five years old. Registration is
available in three options: adults alone,
adults & child teams and child alone.
Weve changed the pricing structure to
this years event, said Recreation
Supervisor Jill Daggon. Our hope is this
will entice more people to participate in this
event and assist us in raising money for the
Wounded Warrior Project. Registration is
open now, with and early bird discount of
$30 per adult and $20 per child for those
who register before May 17.
The Wounded Warrior Project serves veterans and service members who incurred a
physical or mental injury, illness, or wound,
co-incident to their military service on or
after Sept. 11, 2001 and their families. To
register for the 2015 Raiders of the Lost
Park Mud Run or to learn more about the
event, visit:

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Fresh Way to Fiesta: Sweet ideas

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inco de Mayo is the perfect

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Mexican-inspired dishes, dips and
drinks. This year, put a tangy twist on
your festive favorites with a refreshing
new flavor.
Watermelon is a versatile fruit with a
flavor profile that pairs perfectly with
many of the ingredients in traditional
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Whether youre hosting a Cinco de
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Baja Fish Tacos
with Watermelon Guacamole
Servings: 1216 tacos
2 medium avocados, peeled and chopped
2tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons diced jalapeno pepper (or to
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 can (4 ounces) diced green chilies,
2 1/2 cups diced watermelon, divided
Salt, to taste
Cooking spray
1 1/2 pounds cod
Chili powder
1216 corn tortillas
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Watermelon Margarita
Servings: 1
1 1/2 ounces tequila
3/4 ounce Triple Sec
3/4 ounce Midori
2 ounces sour mix
6 ounces cubed, seeded watermelon
8 ounces ice
Blend all ingredients. Serve in 14-ounce
glass. Garnish with lime and watermelon
Watermelon Cilantro Salsa Tropical
Servings: 812
2 cups chopped seedless watermelon
1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
1 cup chopped fresh mango
4 limes (juice only)
1 cup trimmed and chopped scallions
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and pepper, to taste
Toss all ingredients in mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper just before serving.

Ice cream scoop or other large spoon

Fire and Ice Salsa
Chips, jalapenos, cilantro and lime, for garnish
1. Choose round seedless watermelon.
2. Wash watermelon and pat dry.
3. Use dry erase marker to trace design
around middle of watermelon.
4. Use utility knife to carve design (copy
design in photo).
5. Split watermelon in half, and use scoop to
carve out flesh.
6. Choose flat area of rind on other watermelon half to trace and carve out lizard
design (copy from image in photo).
7. Fill bowl with salsa.
8. Garnish with lizard, chips, jalapenos,
cilantro and lime.
Southwest Salsa Bowl
1 round, seedless watermelon
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3 cups seeded and chopped watermelon
1/2 cup green peppers
2 tablespoons lime juice

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon green onion
12 tablespoons jalapeno peppers
Combine ingredients; mix well and cover.
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Watermelon is 92 percent water, which
makes it a good option for hydrating your

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34 cups commercial
coleslaw mix (shredded
cabbage and carrots)
1/21 cup commercial
For guacamole, mash
avocados to mix of
smooth and chunky in
medium bowl. Add lime,
jalapeno, cilantro, garlic
and chilies and mix thoroughly. Add 1 1/2 cups
diced watermelon and salt
(if desired) and toss.
Cover and refrigerate to
let flavors blend.
Heat oven to 350F.
Spray cookie sheet with
cooking spray.
Place cod on sheet and
sprinkle with chili powder
and salt. Bake for 1220
minutes (depending on
thickness of fish) or until

cooked through. Remove

from oven and cut into
Heat tortillas on grill or
griddle. Top each with few
pieces of fish, 1/4 cup
coleslaw mix, heaping
spoonful of guacamole,
tablespoon of salsa and
few pieces of remaining
diced watermelon.
Watermelon Margarita
Servings: 1
1 1/2 ounces tequila
3/4 ounce Triple Sec
3/4 ounce Midori
2 ounces sour mix
6 ounces cubed, seeded
8 ounces ice
Blend all ingredients.
Serve in 14-ounce glass.
Garnish with lime and
watermelon wedge.

Salsa Tropical
Servings: 812
2 cups chopped seedless
1 cup chopped fresh
1 cup chopped fresh
4 limes (juice only)
1 cup trimmed and
chopped scallions
1/2 cup chopped fresh
Salt and pepper, to taste
Toss all ingredients in
mixing bowl and season
with salt and pepper just
before serving.
Southwest Salsa Bowl
1 round, seedless watermelon

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3. Use dry erase marker to
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4. Use utility knife to
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in photo).
5. Split watermelon in
half, and use scoop to
carve out flesh.
6. Choose flat area of rind
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leventh Hour Rescue plans to host

The Taste of Morris County for
Food, Wine, Fine Spirits, and Beer
Lovers on Mon., April 27, from 6:30 p.m.
until 10 p.m. at the newly renovated
Skylands of Randolph.
This event will benefit the rescues
Phase 1 Building Hope Project that is currently underway. The Building Hope project aims to raise funds to construct a new,
permanent kennel to house some of the
over 2,800 animals Eleventh Hour Rescue
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vendors. As proven in the past two years,
this event is a true form of the local community pulling together for a great cause.
Some in attendance this year include
Riverside Rhythm Band, Cricket Hill
Brewery, Fedway Associates with Grey
Goose and Dewars, Avas Cupcakes,
Down to the Bone and The Barn.
In addition to samplings of Morris
County there will be a 15 piece band,

dance floor, games, and a spectacular array

of items in the Silent Auction. A few highlighted EHR dogs will be making their
way into the event too.
Tickets for Eleventh Hours Taste of
Morris County are available for purchase
at or email with any questions.
Tickets will be available at the door for
$85 per person while space is permitted;
$70 for non-alcohol attendees. Please join
Eleventh Hour Rescue - a great cause is
always in great taste.
The rescue is still seeking sponsorship
and donations for the Silent Auction for
this event. This event is 21 and over
please. All attendees will need to provide
proper identification. Email
Eleventh Hour Rescue is a 501(c)3 that
saves dogs and cats from death row. All
proceeds go to the care of the animals.
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