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Vol. 2 No.


April 20, 2010

There She Is…


By Elsie Walker n the evening of March 27th, contestants stood on stage waiting eagerly to hear who had won a crown. They’d gone through interviews, a talent competition, a swimsuit competition and an evening gown competition. Now was the moment of truth. The site was not Atlantic City, but the fellowship hall of the Stanhope United Methodist Church in Netcong. And although Miss America wasn’t being crowned that night, the winners were on the road toward it. And sitting in the middle of the action was Stanhope resident, Terry Karns. For the last nine years, Karns has been a full time volunteer helping to put on preliminary pageants in the Miss America pageant system. However, Karns’ involvement with the Miss America pageant system actually dates back years before that. In the 1960s, while in the Navy, Karns ran pageants held on a base. Later, his daughter Kelli (Karns) Taggart competed in pageants. Among the titles she won during her 10 years of competition(age 16 – 26) were Miss Stanhope and Miss Sussex County. When she moved out west, Taggart competed in, and won, pageants there, too. It was one of the pageants that his daughter won early on that asked Karns for help. He saw what the pageants had done for his daughter and he wanted to pay that forward. Now Terry Karns continues to be involved as the executive director of the Miss Gateway Pageant. That March night three women were crowned; three different titles were won. Each young woman would be going on to

the Miss Jersey pageant. The winners were: Jeannie Revier of Howell – Miss Gatway 2009/2010, Melissa Ruiz of West Deptford, Miss Tri-County 2009/2010, and Michelle Goldberg of Rutherford, Miss Northern Lakes 2009/2010. In addition to Karns, other executive directors on hand included Jim Brembt, executive director for Miss Tri-County and Jeanne Viscito, executive director for Miss Northern Lakes. The pageants are all part of the non-profit Miss America franchise which not only crowns winners, but gives out scholarships, too. Across the country, millions of dollars are given out through the local, state, and national pageants. Fundraisers are held to help fund the pageants. Area businesses help, too. Some donate goods (such as bagels or flowers) for the events. Other businesses take out advertising in pageant programs or pay for the crowns. There’s a lot of work done behind the scenes before a pageant can happen and the day of the pageant is a long one. “We had about 50 people helping….it was a 13 – 14 hour day,” said Karns. Those people included masters of ceremonies Fidel Garcia (who has been associated with the Miss American system for 20 years) and Miss New Jersey 2006, Georgine DiMaria. DiMaria is also a former Miss Gateway (2003) and Miss Tri-County (2004). The contestants did a lot of work, too…..even before the competition began. “There’s lots of preparation, “ shared Karns. In order to qualify for the open pageant, continued on page 6

Community Runs to Help Girl with Cancer


By Cheryl Conway he Hopatcong community is running to raise funds for a local 12-year old girl fighting cancer. Run for Jordan – a 5K Run Fundraiser - is set for Sunday, June 13, to provide financial support to the Yaros family of Hopatcong. The Yaros’ are facing absorbing medical bills after one of their own was recently diagnosed with a rare bone cancer. Jordan Yaros, a seventh grader and track star at the Hopatcong Middle School, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in Dec. 2009. Ewing’s Sarcoma is a rare bone cancer that affects mainly older children and young teens. Considered the second most common bone cancer in children, it accounts for only one percent of all childhood cancers. Community members could not have picked a more fitting fundraiser for Jordan- a runner for the Hopatcong Hawks Track Program for the past five years since she was eight

Jordan Yaros years old. Last year, as a 6th grader, Jordan ran a 5:45 mile and was one of the top cross country youth runners in NJ. “It is a real big caring community in Hopatcong,” says Willa Scantlebury, public relations coordinator for the run and family friend of the Yaros’. “She’s a big runner,” says Scantlebury. “We got to do something for her; medical bills are absorbing. The town is really going to come together for this.” About 12 volunteers have been meeting monthly to coordinate the event. Details such as location, continued on page 15


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Lake Hopatcong Alliance to Host Season Kick-Off Dinner Dance


ake Hopatcong Alliance will host a dinner dance on Friday, May 14 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event will be held at Jefferson House, 139 Nolan’s Point Road, Lake Hopatcong, NJ. The cost is $45 per person. The “Season Kick Off Dinner Dance” will feature a special presentation from Marty Kane, president of the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum and author of Lake Hopatcong: Then and Now. The event will also feature a cocktail recep-

tion with complementary wine and beer, buffet spread, and live music from the band, Nite Shift. Proceeds will support the Lake Hopatcong Alliance and the Lake Hopatcong Awareness Campaign, a new public outreach and education program designed to protect and preserve Lake Hopatcong. For more information, please visit or call Yanique at 973-876-5427.

Hopatcong Women’s Club Members Honored at NJSFWC Performing Arts Day

Netcong Township To Offer S.M.A.C. Screening


he Netcong Township will be offering a S.M.A.C. screening on Saturday, May 15, 2010 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The screening will take place at the Netcong Township Municipal Building at 23 Maple Avenue, Netcong, NJ 07857. This fasting blood test includes a complete blood count, comprehensive metabolic panel and lipid information. The cost is $25 for Netcong residents and employees. Senior citizens will be

charged a reduced cost of $12. Additional laboratory tests may be added at an additional fee. PSA (for men only) is an additional $25. Homocysteine and high sensitivity CRP panel is an additional $28. Please bring two stamped envelopes with you so that we may mail your results to your physician and to you. For additional information, please contact (973) 691-0900, ext. 7353.

Pat Hoffman and Monica Cavano display the certificates awarded to them for their performances in the NJSFWC Performing Arts Day.

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More vendors needed for Cub Scout Pack 91 Vendor/Craft Fair & Mother's Day Flower Sale Saturday, May 8th 9:00-3:00 American Legion, Route 183, Stanhope, NJ Come support Pack 91 & vendors from Avon, Tupperware, Baseball cards, American Gold and Diamond Buyers (appraisal & cash on the spot!), & much more! $25 per table. For more info email

Knee Deep Club to Hold Pickerel Fishing Contest


n Sunday, April 25th the Knee Deep Club will hold its Pickerel Contest on Lake Hopatcong. The contest will begin at 5 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. The entry fee for club members is $20 and $25 ($20 entry $5 insurance) for nonmembers. A payout of 80 percent of the entry fees will go the the anglers

weighing in the three heaviest Pickerel. Entry forms are available on line at or at the club’s official weigh stations located at Dow's

Boat Rental, Nolan's Point, Lake Hopatcong and Lake's End Marina, Landing. Mail in entries must be received by Friday, April 23; in person entries can be made

until 8 a.m., April 25th. Please see the entry form for a complete list of contest rules. Additional information is available by calling (973) 663-3826.

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Pair of Jokers" with Jodie Weiner, the most popular comedian to grace our stage in our ladies let loose shows and her husband Vinnie Mark, comes to the Castle for one performance only; Saturday, May 8th at 8 p.m. Vinnies’ best

trick is to change traditional magic into non-stop laughs before your very eyes and Jodie is a full-out comedy assault. It’s an act not to be missed. All seats are $25. Please call the box office at 973-6912100 for reservations.

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Pet Adoption League (PAL) Spring Fundraiser

Melissa Ruiz Miss Tri-County MIchelle Goldberg Miss Northern Lakes Jeannie Revier Miss Gateway

ave a picture taken of your beloved pet and in doing so you will help the homeless dogs and cats in the

area. Patti Banks of Patrician Photography, a successful portrait, sports and events photo company will be taking photos of your pet(s) to benefit PAL on May 23, 2010 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. at the Ecumenical Church on Rt. 517, in Hackettstown.

Not only will you be able to take a print with you from the session, but you can order prints from your pet’s entire photo session at in any size and quantity. These are gorgeous glossy prints that you can frame and hang on the wall or keep in your photo archives. All proceeds benefit the Pet Adoption League.

contestants must register with Miss America’s partner, The Children’s Miracle Network and raise a certain amount of money for the cause. As far as competing, the contest is about more than looks. The contestants must be involved in continuing community service, have letters proving that and write an essay. Each contestant must have a platform, an issue which she champions and is of relevance to our nation. Twenty-five percent of a contestant’s score comes from interviews with the judges on the day of the pageant

which include questions on that platform along with questions on current events and entertainment gossip. Five percent of the score comes from on-stage questioning. The talent competition counts toward 35%, evening gown competition 20% and swimsuit competition 15%. 125 people came that night to watch the three young women take home crowns. All three will now go to the Miss New Jersey pageant, where a total of 27 contestants will vie for that crown. From there, Miss Jersey goes on to compete for Miss America.

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"HANDS FOR HOPE" for a Tobacco Free World


he Sussex County Cancer Coalition's Lung Cancer Workgroup is participating in a nationwide collaborative art project to increase awareness of the use of tobacco and how it can affect our lives and the lives of those we love. We are collecting hands from across Sussex County in an effort to make a clear statement for the continued need for tobacco prevention, education and treatment in our country. It is a very simple job to participate. Just draw your hand and add inside a message,

poem, or picture that you would like to share with our state legislators. Later this spring, members of the Sussex County Cancer Coalition will present our collage of hands, with other county groups to try to surround the Legislative building in Trenton with your messages of support and need for this funding to continue. Look for the collage of hands that link together messages from our county residents, both young and old. Opportunities to provide your message will be scattered in

different locations. Feel free to send the coalition your hand message to add to our collage and participate in a joint effort to stand up for something that will have an impact on our community. Please send your hand message no later than May 15, 2010. For more information, or to send your

hand message for the collage, call or write to: Helen Homeijer, R.N., Senior Public Health Nurse, Sussex County Cancer Coalition Coordinator, Sussex County Administrative Building/Second Floor, One Spring Street, Newton, NJ 07860. 973-5790570 ext. 1212

Hopatcong Republican Club Meeting


he Hopatcong Republican Club will meet at the Hopatcong Civic Center on Tuesday, April 27, 2010. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. We will host the Republican Primary Candidates running in the June 8, 2010 Primary Election. The County candidates for Freeholder and Sheriff will attend. The club will also have the candidates for Borough Council. Light refreshments will be served. This

meeting is open to registered Republicans. New members are encouraged, and should sign up with the Executive Board prior to the start of the meeting. Dues are $15 per couple, $10 per individual, per calendar year. Please e-mail Howard Baker with membership inquiries at Members can also find a meeting schedule listed under “GOP Calendar” at: e.htm.

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Lenape Valley Youth Lacrosse League Fields New 3rd & 4th Grade Team for 2010


he Lenape Valley lacrosse program is growing at an astounding rate commencing their fourth year of competitive youth and high school lacrosse for the children of Byram, Stanhope & Netcong! Entering into only their fourth year as a program in 2010, Lenape Valley high school will play a full varsity and JV schedule for boys and girls and field four teams at the youth level, with newest team of 3rd & 4th grade team. This new youth level will have over 20 kids learning the game and developing their skills to this new exciting sport. The growth of the lacrosse sports among children is one of the fastest growing sports in the area and Lenape Valley youth program is no different. Several surrounding high schools have now added varsity teams

to their athletic programs and the growth among area youth leagues in Sussex and Morris counties coincide with the growing popularity of the sport. To help develop the youth program at Lenape Valley, Lenape high school coaches and players are actively involved with all of the youth levels to help teach and develop the program on a consistent basis. It is this active participation and volunteering to give support back to the youth program, several of the new third & fourth graders practice along with the high school kids and know the high school coaches at an early age. For more information on the Lenape Valley Lacrosse program please visit their website at

Hopatcong Women’s Club to Host Fashion Show and Luncheon


he Hopatcong Women's Club will hold its annual Fashion Show/Luncheon on Sunday, April 25, 2010 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ridgewood Restaurant in Hopatcong.

Ticket price is $35. For further information and tickets, please contact Ellen Buongiorno at 973-398-5926 or Judy Vander Voort at 973-398-3626.

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Lenape Valley Regional Names Students of the Month


ontinuing its tradition, Lenape Valley Regional High School has recognized senior Michael Iazetti, junior Jenna Wilson, sophomore Deanna Inez, and freshman Joey Conciatori as April’s Students of the Month. Each month a specific department’s faculty selects students who strive to reach their potential, who are positive contributors to the learning environment, who demonstrate a passion for the subject matter and who improve the overall school community. This month’s students were selected for their talents in the Business Department. Lenape Valley Principal Mr. Doug deMarrais said these students’ selections “speak volumes about [the students’] commitments to their future and the values that have been instilled in them.”

Bottom row (from left to right): Sophomore Deanna Inez, Freshman Joe Conciatori, Principal Douglas deMarrais; second row: Senior Michael Iazzetti, and Junior Jenna Wilson.

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Learning to Help Young


By Elsie Walker ce cream smiles filled their faces. Some dressed in their pajamas, the children looked liked they’d just raided the refrigerator to have a snack. However, the ice cream sundaes had greater meaning than just a tasty treat. At the end of March, Kidworks of Netcong, held a pj ice cream- social to raise money for the National Lymphoma Society. Located in the Stanhope United Methodist Church, Netcong, Kidworks is an early childhood learning center. However, what the children learn about is more than their ABCs. “It is not only to start them with 1,2,3, and A,B, Cs, but building good character, “ said Kidworks director-owner, Kelly Murray Beers. “December’s theme was “Caring and Sharing’, but I like to carry it on throughout

the year,” she added. Through projects like the pj ice cream social, the children learn about helping others. The teachers talked with them about what the social was for and who it benefited. The children learned that you are never too young to be able to help. The participants in the ice cream social ranged in age from 1 to 5 years old. The social was $5 per person. In raising money for the National Lymphoma Society, the children were helping people with a variety of cancers. As explained on emedicineheatlh ( ): “Lymphoma is a type of cancer involving cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. Just as cancer represents many different diseases, lymphoma represents many different cancers of lymphocytes -- about 35 different
Participants of the Kidworks PJ ice cream social down their treats.

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Zach Rey Earns All-American at National Championships


by Tim Vanderhoof ach Rey traveled to the 80th NCAA Wrestling Championships in Omaha, Nebraska with one thing in mind, a national championship. A very lofty goal considering both the national champion and the runner-up from a year ago were once again in the field. Rey finished third, becoming the 128th All-American in the storied history of Lehigh Wrestling. "I fell short last year, so this year I was hungry for All-America status," said Rey, who reached the round of twelve as a freshman. "I'm happy with the way things ended, I didn't want to take the 'semis-slide' where you lose in the semis and slip all the way to sixth. I wanted to come out and fight hard and I'm happy with the results." "Zach coming back was huge," said Lehigh coach Pat Santoro. "If you can't win this thing you have to take third. It's all about your personal goals. You train hard for the tournament and try to win every match but if you don't, you have to come back and wrestle with a purpose. That's what Zach did." Santoro added, "He had the opportunity to wrestle last year's champion and the runner-up and he wrestled hard and found a way to win in the end." After losing 4-0 to #2 seed Jared Roshnolt of Oklahoma State in the semi-finals, Rey found himself matched up with Mark Ellis, the defending national champion from Missouri, in the consolation semi-finals. Trailing 1-0 in the second period against Ellis, Rey countered an Ellis shot and spun behind for a take down with 20 seconds remaining to take a 2-1 advantage. Rey added a third period escape to

win 3-1 and move into the third place match. There he would meet Konrad Dudziak of Duke, last year's national runner-up. In his final bout of the season, Rey battled Dudziak for over nine minutes. Zach was warned for stalling in the first period and had several quality scoring opportunities in the second period, third period and sudden victory. The Hopatcong High School graduate nearly rode out for the first 30 second tiebreaker period, but Dudziak escaped with just one second showing on the clock. Rey's escape in the second tiebreaker sent the match to a sudden victory period. In that period, Dudziak shot at Rey's legs, but Zach was again able to counter and spin behind for the winning take down to claim third place. "With Rey losing in the semi-finals and two other guys losing in the All-American round it left a bad taste in our mouths," Santoro said. "Zach wanted to come back strong to help himself and his team. If we want to be in this thing in the future, we have to go out there and fight for each other. That's what Zach did for us." Someone who is not surprised with Zach Rey's results is Eric Fajerman, the Hopatcong wrestling coach. "I think Zach is right where he should be, I wouldn't be surprised if he goes on to win the national championship in each of the next two years." Fajerman added, "Zach was a big athletic kid in the sixth grade when I first met him but he didn't wrestle, finally, as a freshman he came out for the team." "Zach's first few practices were rough" said Fajerman, "but he stayed with it and even surprised a few people at the end of that season."

"You could see right away that Zach was different, he would see someone do a move in a match and want to learn that same move the next day in practice. There are not many kids who can start wrestling as a freshman and win two state titles, surprisingly, Zach did it." Fajerman continued,"After doing that, nothing Zach does surprises me."

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ShopRite Partners In Caring and General Mills Tribute Winners in Hunger Awareness Competition with a Spot on the Cheerios Box
towards fighting hunger in their local communities. To recognize this dedication and effort, 86 ShopRite associates, selected by their peers, will represent their stores on a special-edition Cheerios box. The commemorative boxes will be available exclusively at ShopRite stores in March. In addition, each store was awarded $1,000.00 to donate to a hunger charity of its choice. Among this year’s winning stores was the ShopRite of Netcong, which selected Diane Critchley of Long Valley and Gayle Takacs of Flanders to be honored on 150,000 special-edition Cheerios boxes for their store’s commitment. The box will be unveiled during a ceremony at the ShopRite of Netcong on March, 18, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. The theme of this year’s Cheerios box is “Leading the Way to End Hunger” and features the store associates on a path toward continued on page 14

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Sussex County Libraries Provide Many Services


he Sussex County Library is a wonderful resource for County residents. The library offers an outstanding menu of services and programs. There's something for everyone! eBooks—The library offers the ability to download

Shaina (rear) and Susan from the Seeing Eye in Morristown demonstrate training techniques with Timber, an 8-month chocolate Labrador, at the Hopatcong Women's Club general meeting last month.

eBooks. These eBooks are compatible with the Sony Reader and the Barnes and Noble Nook. (At this time, the eBooks are not compatible with the Amazon Kindle.) To download an eBook, you go to the library's web page ( and follow the link. There are more than 100 titles available, and additional titles will be added on an ongoing basis. Audio books for iPod—The library has audio books that can be directly downloaded to an iPod. There are hundreds of titles available. Additionally, there are many other titles available that can be used on other types of MP3 players. Email Notification for Holds and Overdues—The library has begun using email to notify patrons of any holds they placed and for the notification of overdue materials. This new system will allow the library to notify patrons in a more timely fashion for both holds and overdues. And for overdues, a pre-overdue notice is sent out prior to a book becoming officially overdue. This reminder will save patrons money in potential overdue fines. Teens—At the Main Library, there is a book club for teens: Just Us Teens Book Club. The club meets monthly. Additionally, the Youth Services Librarian, Diane Sebastian, encourages teens to volunteer at the library. AquaBrowser—The library has a new online catalog. It makes searching for materials a lot more interesting, efficient, and fun. Notary Public—The Main Library and the Dennis Branch offer notary service. There is no charge to have a document notarized. An appointment is necessary, and the appointment can be made by phone. Internet—At all branches, the library has computers for

the public to use to connect to the Internet. In addition to those computers, each branch has a wireless connection. Meeting Rooms—All libraries, except the Dennis Branch, have a meeting room that can be reserved, at no charge, by individuals and not-for-profit organizations for educational, informational, and cultural reasons. Proctoring—All libraries proctor exams for patrons. Open Borrowing Program—This has been an extremely popular service. With a Sussex County Library card, a patron has borrowing privileges at the Sparta Public Library, and the libraries of Bergen, Passaic, Morris, Warren, Essex, Hudson, Monmouth, Union, Somerset (not all libraries) and Middlesex Counties. A green Open Borrowing Sticker, which is free, is necessary to participate. The sticker can be obtained at any Sussex County Library. Library's Webpage—The library's webpage ( offers many services available from your home: access to the library's catalog and your library account, electronic databases, Children, Teen, and Adult program listings, downloadable audio books and eBooks, and many other features. For many years, the library has offered many outstanding services and programs, including: Bestsellers, DVDs, music CDs, video games (for select systems), story times, a Summer Reading Program, and services for the disabled (the library is a Regional Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing). For more information, please contact any of the County's six libraries, or go to the library's homepage at

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Hunger Awareness Competition...
continued from page 12 raising funds, growing awareness, feeding families and ending hunger in a field of hope. “We are so thankful to ShopRite associates for their dedication to help those in their community who struggle with the issue of hunger,” said Christine Magyarits, spokesperson for ShopRite Partners In Caring. “It is truly remarkable how the involvement in our hunger-fighting activities grows every year, increasing the money raised for people in need. We are grateful to the leadership of our store associates and the support of General Mills, who make this all possible." The $500,000.00 raised was a result of offering $1.00 donation cards to customers at checkout, constructing displays to bring awareness to the issue of hunger and holding in-store events to support the cause. General Mills donated an additional $20,000.00 to the ShopRite Partners In Caring Fund, which is a component fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey. The winning stores in are New Jersey: ShopRite of Newton, ShopRite of Brookdale, ShopRite of Greenwich, ShopRite of Clinton, ShopRite of Mansfield, ShopRite of Byram, ShopRite of Flemington, ShopRite of Succasunna, ShopRite of West Caldwell, ShopRite of Ramsey, ShopRite of Somerset, ShopRite of Brooklawn, ShopRite of Passaic, ShopRite of Evesham Road, ShopRite of Mount Laurel, ShopRite of Flanders, ShopRite of Garden State Pavilion, ShopRite of Franklin, ShopRite of Marlton, ShopRite of Netcong, ShopRite of Montague, ShopRite of Lyndhurst, ShopRite of Rio Grande, ShopRite of Metro Plaza, ShopRite of Mullica Hill, ShopRite of Marmora, ShopRite of Medford. About ShopRite Partners In Caring ShopRite Partners In Caring is a yearround, community-based, hunger-fighting initiative that works with more than 50 food industry manufacturers to provide $2 million annually to qualified charitable agencies in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Since its inception in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $22 million to more than 1,500 charities. ShopRite Partners In Caring supports emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, child care centers, battered women's shelters, senior citizen programs, drug rehab centers, programs for the mentally and physically disabled, after-school programs and other organizations that aid those in need. The ShopRite Partners In Caring Fund was established in 2002 as a component fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey to accept private donations that help fund its charitable endeavors. For more information or to learn how you can help, please visit

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continued from front page crowd control, road blocks and t-shirt sales all come into play with a fundraiser of this magnitude, explains Scantlebury. The race, rain or shine, is open to all ages and walkers are welcome. The 5k, which equates to 3.1 miles, will begin at the Hopatcong High School track parking area at 9 a.m., continue through rolling hills and flat sections of rural Hopatcong and end on the school track. Mile splits and water near the half way point and finish line will be provided. A mile-fun run will also be open for participants who prefer to run/walk a mile around the high school track. Giveaways, DJ, raffles and goodies will also be provided. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place runners of the 5K. For Hopatcong students who participate, free homework passes will be granted to those who turn in their race number to their school. All contestants will receive a shirt that says “Run for Jordan” with highest sponsors advertised on the back of the shirts. In addition to runners/walkers, organizers are also seeking financial donations and sponsors to support the event. All proceeds will go the Yaros family to help offset medical bills from Jordan’s illness. Although insurance covers a portion of the medical expenses “It is very financially draining on their family,” explains Scantlebury. Julie Yaros, Jordan’s mother, is so overwhelmed by the outpouring and caring in her community. She and her husband Michael plan to use the money towards hospital bills. Unsure exactly what the insurance will cover, she says it may cover 50 to 70 percent. Surgery, alone, to remove the tumor will cost more than $200,000. “People are coming out from all over,” says Yaros. “At first I was just surprised. To me it happens to other people. All the people who want to help us… people are just concerned for her and for us. The day we got the word, there was food at our door.” The day they got the word…..Jordan was on her way home from the AAU Junior National Cross Country Championship in Disney World in early Dec. last year when she noticed that her right leg was swollen. “We had a lay over in Georgia and she noticed her leg was swollen,” describes Yaros. The next day, she took her daughter for a MRI and was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. “I knew when I went for the MRI,” says Scantlebury, that something was wrong. “You know when you just know there is something wrong. I just knew; it’s your worst fear. The worst thing someone could tell you is your kid has cancer.” Jordan’s cancer is not hereditary, nor is there anything that she did that caused it, explains her mom. “Two cells hit each other,” she explains. “They collided and didn’t get along.” While cancer does not run in Jordan’s family, Yaros is no stranger to the disease. She has worked at the Saint Claire’s Hospital registrar for the past 20 years to report to NJ all stage cancers. There are 400 cases a year in the United States of children diagnosed with the Ewing family of tumors. Early diagnosis and treatment is important. If found early enough, Ewing's Sarcoma can be treated before it spreads to multiple organs. Ewing tumors that grow in the bone are typically found in the long bones of the legs (as in Jordan’s case) or arms, or bones in the chest, trunk, pelvis, back, or head. Jordan’s tumor is high up in the femur bone of her right leg. In order to save her leg, shrink the tumor and stop the spread of the disease, Jordan underwent four cycles of chemotherapy since December before surgery earlier this month. She had been instructed to stay off of her leg since December, using crutches or a wheelchair. “They (doctors) told her if she breaks it they’d have to amputate it,” says Yaros. “It’s been a long winter,” Yaros describes. Strickened with fevers and a lung infection from the chemo, Jordan has spent many days and weeks at Sloan Memorial Kettering Cancer Center in NY. On an average day for chemo, Yaros would leave her house at 6 a.m. and not return until 8 p.m. “It was tough; it’s still tough. She’s (Jordan) tough. I don’t know too many people who can do what she’s doing.” Jordan underwent a 10-12 hour surgery on April 8 to remove the tumor in the femur. Surgeons removed her fiblia, the smaller bone in the lower portion of the leg, and graphed it into her femur bone. Although the tumor has been removed, Jordan faces several more rounds of aggressive chemotherapy to fight the cancer. “The cancer did not affect her hip like they thought it might,” says Scantlebury. “The surgery was very long and she is in a lot of pain, but they said it was successful! She will continue with chemo thru summer and with therapy on her leg. We can all hope for a near complete recovery by the end of summer! But it's still a long way away and chemo certainly takes a toll on her.” Jordan, who has been out of school since Christmas continued on page 16

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Calendar of Events
Wednesday, Apr 21 Men’s Health Screening – Health screening test includes PSA blood test for prostate cancer. Call for an appointment. Saint Clare’s Hospital, 20 Walnut St., Sussex, NJ. Open to Sussex county residents; 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm; $20, appointment req; 973-579-0570 Ext. 1211. Friday, Apr 23 Manhattan Comedy Night – Comedians Kurt Metzgar, Tom Van Horn, Pat Dixon, Daryl Lenox and Wally Collins will make audiences laugh the night away. Adult language and mature themes. Community Theatre, 100 South St., Morristown, NJ. Open to public; 8 pm; tickets $25; (973) 539-8008. Senior Citizen Social Event – Join other seniors for delicious hot buffet, dancing, live music, sing-alongs, and other activities. Transportation arrangements are available. Hosted by Seniors LLC. Comfort Inn, 1925 Route 57 West, Hackettstown, NJ. Open to seniors; 6 pm to 10 pm; $39 per person; (877) 637-7386. Saturday, Apr 24 Becca’s Closet Dress Open House – Find that perfect, gently used dress for proms and other special events. Centenary College, Joseph R. Ferry Music and Arts Building (3rd Fl), 400 Jefferson, Hackettstown, NJ. Open to public; 10 am to 5 pm; (908) 852-1400, ext. 4352 or Comedy Night Dinner and Show – Defiance Engine Company of Hopatcong invites you to join them for a night of good friends, good food and good laughs at this buffett dinner and comedy show special. Defiance Engine Company #3, 43 Hopatchung Rd, Hopatcong, NJ. Open to adults 21+; doors open 6:30 pm; $30 per person (includes buffet dinner, drinks and show); (973) 868-0839. Crafter’s Corner – Grab your unfinished projects, and join the handwork circle! Bring knitting, crocheting, tatting, quilting, embroidery, latch hooking, cross stitching, etc. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. Open to public; 10 am to noon; FREE, admission charge to tour the farm; (973) 3267645. Gaelic Storm – Enjoy an evening of modern Celtic music by a band known for creating compelling originals and fresh arrangements steeped in Irish traditional melody and acoustic instrumentation combined with a

unique blend of world rhythms. Community Theatre, 100 South St., Morristown, NJ. Open to public; 8 pm; $; (973) 5398008. Rutgers Day – Rutgers opens its New Brunswick and Piscataway campuses and classrooms to the public to sample an eclectic mix of about 475 free programs, something for every age and interest, including workshops on bhakti yoga, French cheeses and children’s poetry. Each campus will have signature anchor events. Over 50,000 people participated in last year’s event. Rutgers University (Piscataway & New Brunswick campuses). Opon to the public; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; free; (732) 9327823 or Spring Management of the Bee Hive – Learn how bee hives are maintained at Fosterfields as the farmers check the current hives.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. Open to public; 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.; $;

(973) 326-7645. Sue Sachs’s Student Jewelry Exhibit (Apr 2425) – Sue Sachs showcases continued on page 17

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continued from page 16 the works of her students in this special exhibit of handcrafted jewelry pieces. Riker Hill Gallery, Building 500, corner of Beaufort Avenue and Tamarack Drive, Livingston, NJ. Open to public; Sat & Sun from 11 am to 5 pm; free. Sunday, Apr 25 Hopatcong Women’s Club Fashion Show & Luncheon – Ridgewood Restaurant, 35 Brooklyn Stanhope Road, Hopatcong, NJ. Open to public; 1 pm to 4 pm; tickets $35; (973) 398-5926 or (973) 398-3626. Knee Deep Club Pickerel Fishing Contest – Catch the prize-winning fish at Knee Deep Club’s Pickerel fishing contest. Payout goes to contestants with the top-three biggest catches. Registration deadline. Lake Hopatcong. Open to public, registration; 5 am to 4 pm; $20 members, $25 non-members; (973) 663-3826 or Tuesday, Apr 27 Hopatcong Republican Club Meeting – Meet Republican primary candidates running in the June 8, 2010 primary election, including the County candidates for Freeholder and Sheriff and candidates for Borough Council. Hopatcong Civic Center, 42 Lakeside Blvd., Hopatcong, NJ. Open to registered Republicans; doors open 7:15 pm; Wednesday, Apr 28 Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Meeting – Eminent therapist Lisa Athan, MA, will discuss ways people can effectively deal with grief and loss. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ. Open to public; 7:45 pm; nominal donation requested; (973) 994-1143. SBDC Second Annual Job Fair – Attendees will have the opportunity for a formal resume review, networking and career counseling. Meadow Wood Manor, 461 State Route 10, Randolph, NJ. Open to public; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; (973) 402-6400, or Friday, Apr 30 Becca’s Closet Dress Open House – Find that perfect, gently-used dress for proms and other special events. Sponsored by Centenary College chapter of Becca’s Closet. Centenary College, Joseph R. Ferry Music and Arts Building (3rd Fl), 400 Jefferson, Hackettstown, NJ. Open to public; 5 pm to 8 pm; (908) 852-1400, ext. 4352 or Cabaret – Community Theatre, 100 South St, Morristown, NJ. Open to public; 8 pm; $; 973-539-8008. Mother’s Day Shopping Madness – Go crazy at Mother’s Day Shopping Madness and shop for jewelry, Judaica, jeans, art, personalized children’s items & gifts, and MORE! Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, Ross Family Campus, 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ. Open to public; 9 am to 3 pm; 973-530-3468. Saturday, May 1 Becca’s Closet Dress Open House – Find that perfect, gently-used dress for proms and other special events. Sponsored by Centenary College chapter of Becca’s Closet. Centenary College, Joseph R. Ferry Music and Arts Building (3rd Fl), 400 Jefferson, Hackettstown, NJ. Open to public; 10 am - 1 pm and 3 pm - 6 pm; (908) 852-1400, ext. 4352 or Explore the Farm: Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride – Take a horse-drawn wagon ride through Fosterfield Farm and learn about methods, equipment, crops, and enterprises of farming in the early 1900s. Pre-registration required. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. Open to public; 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.; $; (973) 326-7645. Jewelers Studio Guild Show – Find beautiful and one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelery designed by guild members at this spring event. Items are for available for purchase. Masonic Temple, 39 Maple Ave, Morristown, NJ. Open to public; 10 am to 5 continued on page 22

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opatcong Borough is looking for volunteers to join our “Firewise Communities Program.” This program is intended to serve as a resource for local agencies and fire departments who are working toward a common goal: reduce loss of lives, property, and resources to wildland fire by building and maintaining communities in a way that is compatible with our natural surroundings.

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continued frompage 15 tutoring at home, has remained strong and hopes to be able to run again. Her greatest run was in June 2009 during the Merry Heart Race in Roxbury when she ran a 5k in 21.19 seconds, she says. Long distance is her specialty, along with some sprints. Jordan ran spring track and cross country for the Hopatcong track team. Following the eight weeks of cross country in the fall 2009, the Hopatcong team attended the NJ state meet, followed by the regional meet in order to qualify for nationals. Jordan was one of 11 runners of various ages in the area to compete against other teams throughout the country at nationals last December, according to Dave Barnish, head coach of the Hopatcong Hawks Track Club for the past nine years. “She’s always happy,” says Barnish. “She always does the work, never complains. She did a lot of running on her own. Very competitive…hated to lose. She would get very upset if she lost or didn’t do her best. She loves to run. “She was one of the top runners in her age group,” continues Barnish. “She is one of the top runners in the state of NJ.” Beside track, Jordan also played point guard on the Hopatcong girls travel basketball team before the tumor was detected. “Being an athlete helps,” realizes Jordan. “I’m strong and competitive.” Jordan’s advice for other children with cancer is to “Stay positive- don’t think of the past. Think of what’s at the end and how you are going to be better.” In the meantime, Jordan says her focus is “to do well in school, beat this thing and get better.” She hopes to be at the finish line during the 5K fundraiser. For race applications, stop by any Hopatcong school office, the Hopatcong Civic Center or grab one from a local store. Applications are also available online at Registration will be held from 7:30 8:55 a.m. on Sunday, June 13. Cost is $25 per individual; $75 per family. Donations are also being accepted. Make checks payable to Lake Hopatcong Elks 782/Run for Jordan. Mail checks and registration to: Lori Sanchez c/o Run for Jordan, 9 Louis Drive, Stanhope, NJ 07874. All proceeds will benefit the Yaros family. For additional information, call 973362-8006




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ow do you outshine a successful 2nd place State Award? You come back the next year and be crowned USA Gymnastics State Champions! And that’s exactly what the CS Gymnastics Shadows, Men’s Level 5 Team accomplished. Led by Head Coach Craig Mason, the CS Shadows team members had individually worked hard all season, pushing themselves to improve their strength and gymnastics skills. When they arrived at the State competition in Marlboro, NJ, the young men were more than ready to raise the competition standard of excellence and show the judges they were there to win. In their individual age groups, each Shadow member earned their personal best this season in more than one event of the six required: Vault, Floor, Parallel Bars, Rings High Bar, and Pommel Horse. Special recognition went to Jeremy Lefurge of Andover, placing 1st All Around, and Nick Polk of Flanders placing 2nd All Around. and Frank Piacenti of Chester, 3rd All Around. Individual honors went to Burt Murphy of Mountain Lakes, placing 1st on Rings, and Olesh Krul of Long Valley, placing 2nd on Rings, Outstanding performances were also given at Level 6 to Siddarth Shanmugam, of Ledgewood, placing 2nd All Around, Vinny Molinari, of Sparta earning a top Blue Ribbon award at Level 4, and Julian Leaman, of Rockaway, receiving a Red Ribbon of excellence at Level 4. Any young men ages 5-12yrs who would like to take the “Shadow” challenge to see if you have strength, and speed, are brave and daring- come join Coach Craig and his

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Can Alimony and Child Support Be Reduced Because You Lost Your Job?


By Natalie L. Thompson. Esq. limony and child support obligations are almost always subject to review by the court. Individuals who find themselves unable to pay support at the established level may make an application (known as a motion) to the court. The court can reduce or terminate alimony. The court can also reduce child support, however the court will not terminate child support because a child has a right to receive support from both parents. In order to prevail on an application to reduce child support, the person filing the application has the burden of establishing a change in circumstances, which render him or her unable to pay the existing support. The first step in establishing changed circumstances is to establish loss of employment. The court has found that temporary unemployment is not a basis upon which support will be modified. Therefore, in order to be successful, the moving party must establish that the loss of employment is not a temporary one. Establishing that loss of employment is not temporary is very difficult, most often it is not that unemployed individuals cannot find alternative employment, but rather they cannot find employment in the same field and/or at the same rate of pay. An unemployed individual seeking to reduce a support obligation must apply for all positions for which they are qualified. The court will not modify support if there are positions that the unemployed person is qualified for and has not applied because he or she is set upon one field. In

one case, an accountant remained out of work for eight months, searching only for another accounting position. He acknowledged that there were other positions for which he was qualified, but that he had limited his search to only accounting jobs. The court said, "one cannot find himself in, and choose to remain in, a position where he has diminished or no earning capacity and expect to be relieved of or to be able to ignore the obligations of support to one's family." The court required that this individual broaden the fields in which he was seeking employment. On the flip side, an individual cannot expect to have support reduced if he or she loses their job and simply decides to leave a prior field and enter a less lucrative one. In one case, a computer hardware specialist lost his position earning $111,000 because of a work force reduction. He decided to move to Florida and accept a position earning $15,600 as a massage therapist. The court did not accept the change in careers and subsequent reduction in earnings. The court did grant some relief though, indicating that the prevailing wages for a computer service technician was $60,000. Given the experience level of the unemployed person, the court imputed income and determined that support will be established upon earnings of $60,000. When the court imputes income, it makes a determination that despite an individuals present circumstances, he or she is capable of earning a set amount and support will be established based upon that amount. In this case, the income level imputed to the unemployed individual was fifty percent less than he

was previously earning. The court therefore reduced his alimony obligation by $200.00 per week. The court indicated that in order to obtain a reduction in alimony based upon current earnings, an individual who has "selected a new less lucrative career must establish that the benefits derived from the career change substantially outweigh the disadvantage to the supported spouse." In order to establish that loss of employment is not temporary, it is necessary for the person who is unemployed to establish significant attempts to find comparable employment. These efforts should include maintaining a list of what jobs have been applied for as well as the outcome of the applications. Copies of job postings should also be kept, if available. If interviews were granted, a summary of the interview and the reason the job was not offered should be included. In addition, if the job search has included Internet search engines, each search engine should be listed showing jobs applied for and the outcome of each one. If a headhunter or similar service has been utilized, this information should also be included. The crucial point is to show the court that every possible avenue of employment has been explored and that no jobs are available. Natalie L. Thompson is an attorney with the law firm of Gruber, Colabella, Liuzza and Williams located at 41 Lakeside Boulevard, Hopatcong, NJ 07843. Ms. Thompson can be reached at 973-398-7500 or

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Superb Dining Experience at The Lamplighter


By Kathryn Davis ike most of us, I look forward to the weekends. Weekdays are busy with work, school, errands, and activities that culminate in the kitchen. By the time we’ve finished cleaning up from dinner, we’re already organizing for tomorrow. When the weekend arrives, it’s no wonder we’re looking for a change. Once in a while, we all deserve to have a special dining experience, just to rejuvenate our spirits. Recently, I visited The Lamplighter in Chester for dinner. It was one of the most enjoyable evenings I’ve had in a very long time. The Lamplighter is a family business. Bob Brady and his family opened The Lamplighter twenty-eight years ago. His two brothers, Gary and Ron, are the head chefs. His nephew , nieces, sister-in-law, and his son, Tom, are all a part of the business. Brady notes that his parents still come by occasionally, too. When my friend and I arrived at the restaurant, we were greeted by Brady. “I used to be a chef,” Brady tells us, “before I came out on the floor.” Later that evening, we discovered what a gifted chef he still is. In addition to having a reputation for good food and a warm, friendly atmosphere, The Lamplighter is also a popular destination for those looking for a night out on the

town. Friday nights the pub offers live entertainment. “We try to keep it local bands,” Brady explains. “It changes all the time. We’ve had 60’s bands. Normally we have 70’s and 80’s music.” Community groups like the Rotary, Lioness and Lions Clubs, and the NJ Horsemen’s Association are frequent patrons, as is the Black River Theater Group’s cast. “We’re their Sardi’s. If you want a little New York theater atmosphere, come here after a show. We stay open for them,” says Brady. Upon entering the restaurant, we noticed a list of specials on the board. In addition to its extensive menu selections, The Lamplighter offers a special themed menu during the months of March and October. “In March,” Brady explains, “We do all Irish food, and in October, we do German food.” The March menu includes favorites such as Shepherd’s Pie, Irish Stew, Fish & Chips, and of course, Corned Beef and Cabbage. The October menu includes desserts like German Chocolate Cake, which remains a favorite all year. “We’ll still do it during the year if a customer requests it,” says Brady. “It’s pretty popular.” There were some special desserts during March as well. “This month we had a Guinness Fruitcake ala Mode. The bread continued on page 28

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continued from page 27 pudding was made with Jameson sauce.” In October, The Lamplighter offers German beer. “We always have Irish beer,” he adds with a smile. Upon entering the restaurant, we were seated at a quiet table in the larger dining room. With divisions for the pub, party room, and main dining areas, the décor is cozy, with a rustic elegance. Beamed ceilings and soft lighting complement the charming brick fireplace with its post and beam mantel and frame. Each linen-covered table is candlelit and generously spaced apart, allowing diners ample room. We came early on a Friday, hoping to dine at a relatively quiet time. On the evening of my visit, I watched the dining area fill quickly. There were a few couples in the room of varying ages, a family with young children (Quite wellbehaved, I’d like to add!), a group of grandparents sitting around a large table (Yes, I overheard them bragging about their grandchildren.), and a woman seated in a corner dining alone with her laptop. I could see that The Lamplighter attracts a wide variety of patrons. Our server, Jessica, was friendly and patient as she answered our questions and offered explanations about the menu. We chatted about the menu items and she confided that their vodka sauce was especially good. “I like it a lot. In fact, all the girls get that quite frequently here.” When we asked to see the wine list, we found it was quite reasonably priced, with servings by the split, half bottle, or bottle, or simply by the glass. The choices included sparkling wines and champagnes, and wines from California, New York State, Italy, and France. I already knew about the soup choices. Brady had explained, “We always have French onion soup. That’s a standard. But we always have a soup of the day.” Although tempting, we opted to skip that course in order to save room for other choices. When our server placed a bread basket on the table, we were pleasantly surprised to see that, in addition to the soft, crusty Italian bread, which I learned was from Anthony & Sons Bakery in Denville, there were also slices of The Lamplighter’s authentic and delicious homemade Irish soda bread, a specialty only available during the month of March. A few crisp sesame breadsticks were also included in our basket. Our house salads consisted of fresh salad greens with grated carrots and red onion. My companion ordered the bleu cheese dressing, and I asked for the balsamic vinaigrette. Everything was fresh, crisp, and tasty. Our appetizers arrived soon after. My friend had ordered the Clams Casino. Six half-shells filled with a savory breadcrumb mixture with bacon and peppers was delightful. My shrimp cocktail was equally impressive. Each large succulent shrimp was deliciously fresh, and beautifully arranged around a serving of fresh, tangy cocktail sauce with a lemon wedge. For our entrees, my companion ordered the Shrimp Fra Diavolo, a very spicy Italian specialty. “Fra diavolo” is Italian for “brother devil” and is so-named because of the generous amount of red pepper flakes used in its preparation. He asked if the chef could prepare a milder version. Our server told us this was absolutely possible, that The Lamplighter is always happy to customize a dish to please their guests. As our host, Brady, had explained earlier, “We cook to order and we can alter any dish. If we have the ingredients, we can cook it.” Jessica had recommended the Surf & Turf, so I chose this for my entrée. The filet mignon was perfectly grilled, tender, juicy, and topped with sautéed mushrooms. The lobster tail was very tender and flavorful, and served on a split shell with three large beer batter onion rings, a golden slice of garlic toast, and my choice of side, a serving of crisp-tender broccoli. When Jessica asked if we were interested in dessert, I recalled Brady saying, “We don’t have a dessert menu per se. We make our own desserts one at a time so everything is continued on page 29

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continued from page 28 fresh.” I asked our server about the evening’s dessert choices. She said there are certain standards offered more frequently. “The dessert menu sells out very quickly,” she told us, “because they do make everything fresh. It’s always changing, depending on the season.” That evening, Jessica suggested the chocolate mousse cake and the cheesecake. One bite of the chocolate mousse cake and I knew I was going to have to bring family and friends here on another evening. It was light, yet so rich and decadent that I savored every bite blissfully. My friend had the cheesecake. When he told me it was the best cheesecake he ever had, I knew I needed a taste. He did not lie. Our host stopped by at our table, and we told him both desserts were amazing. It was then that we discovered what an incredible dessert chef Brady is. He surprised me again when he offered to share his recipes. He explained that his mousse cake contains close to two pounds of semi-sweet chocolate. “Someone once wanted me to make him the cheesecake commercially, but I didn’t want to do that,” he recalled. “So I told him if he gave me his recipe for chocolate mousse cake, I’d give him my cheesecake recipe. So we swapped!” My visit that evening to The Lamplighter was memorable, and I learned that dinner isn’t the only reason to treat myself to a visit. Even the lunch menu is distinctive. Their attention to detail makes their food exceptional. “We don’t use precooked corned beef for our Reubens,” Brady told me. “We use a brisket, and cook it up here. I think it makes a world of difference.” It’s just another example of what makes this restaurant special. It’s those little details, the extra effort to do things right, that makes a world of difference. The Lamplighter is located at 190 West Main Street in Chester. They offer both on

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What has Obama Done to This Great Nation?


By Luigi Luciano am so glad to be back and writing again. I was away for a while and a lot has happened to this country since then. Most of which is bad for anyone living here. Since my last article the government is now a majority owner of the a major auto manufacturer. Got its foot in the door to the health care industry. Became the largest employer in the country. Unemployment is at is highest in decades. The debt grew by 3 times from where is was and now we are in a deal with Russia to disarm 30% of our Nuclear weapons. Sounds like real change to me. Only change for the worse. #1 Let me start with the one that really gets the liberals going? Health care reform. When the bill was passed over 70% of ALL Americans (at least the ones that work) were against the bill. The cost of the bill, the increased premiums and the ultimate goal of having the government run health care people is what people are unhappy about to name a few. I believe that all Americans believe in the need for health care reform it is just a matter of how that reform is brought about. Instead of opening up competition in the insurance industry and allowing people to purchase polices across state lines which would drive down costs for people like you and me they went in a whole different direction. Open competition, restrict lawsuits and you will see a huge decrease in rates. In fact anytime the government has less involvement in anything it is a good thing and usually costs less. So the bottom line is premiums have already gone up now for families because the new rules do not kick in for another 4 years and the insurance companies want their premiums to be higher now for a higher average later. Obama will enforce this

law so if you do not have health insurance you will be fined and the IRS will take the money directly from you. In fact he hired over 15,000 new IRS people already. It is a mess, it is wrong and if you were wondering why he has it set to start 4 years from now instead of next year it is because it would be after the next Presidential election. If it were enforced today he would not win re-election. Lastly when this started Harry Reid and Pelosi said we have to pass a bill now because there are 3 million people dying every year because of lack of health care. So I guess it was ok to pass the bill and have it kick in 4 years from now when according to their own words more than 12 million people would have died before the bill went into effect. #2 The Stimulus bill. Obama said last year if we do not pass this bill now unemployment would raise to 10%. So the bill passed and billions went out to save jobs. Today we are close to 10% unemployment and rising. So I guess the urgency of passing this bill to save jobs actually just pushed us further in debt and was another lie. Just another lie. #3 The national debt. Obama has spent more money than all the other Presidents before him combined. Now the Liberals who are still blaming everything on George W Bush will say it was his fault. Get over it already. This administration has been reckless with spending and borrowing and has gotten us so far in debt that we will never get out of it. Worse is they are not through spending. We now have a 12.5 trillion dollar debt thanks to team Obama. How do we get out of this? Last weeks USA Today had an article about the Value Added Tax (VAT) being considered by the administration. First they tell us that the money for the new health care will covered from saving on Medicare

now they say we need another tax to cover the debt that will only go higher once the health care bill begins. VAT tax is used by many socialist countries. It adds a tax to every stage of production and then a tax to the consumer. One more lie. #4 The Obama team says this will be the most transparent administration ever. He said and I quote from his website “My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.” So he hold health care meting behind closed doors and doesn’t allow CSPAN in. Cuts backroom deals to get votes. Another Lie? You decide. #5 The Obama team said we need to bail out the auto industry. GM and Chrysler took money. Ford the only true American car company did not. Another decision by Obama that we must bail them out now. The result. GM reports 4.3 billion loss for the last half of 2009 while Ford Motor Co posted its first full-year profit in 2009 since 2005 and said it expects to stay profitable in 2010. The government owns 60.1% of GM and the unions 39% .Obama maybe free market does work? #6 Now Obama is excited that he is signing an agreement with Russia to disarm 30% of our nuclear weapons. Sounds good I guess. Especially to the Iranian and North Koreans who are building nuclear weapons and made it clear they would attack us if we attack them. See if they would have made that statement if Bush was still president. In fact the administration said it is good to lead by example so countries like Iran will see we are compassionate and caring. I’m sure

while their people are beheading an American they will do that with compassion as well. You see the pattern here? A president was elected on hopes of change. We have seen his change and it is not good change. All the changes put into place by this administration are changes that will destroy this once great nation. The inexperience of a leader has been revealed. The lack of respect for our leader and this country has been revealed. When people like Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro endorse the policies of Obama they cannot be good. I am not sure what the supporters of Obama still see in this man. He cannot speak without having something written in front of him. He lies outright and doesn’t seem to care. He does what he wants not what the will of the people he works for wants. I am a firm believer that things in life happened for a reason. Obama was elected for a reason. Based on what he has done in a little over a year I cannot see one find reason other than to think that we were meant to cursed as a nation with a president like Obama. I guess most people are feeling the same way I do now given his polling numbers. The same polling numbers the Democrats used daily against Bush. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for April 9th showed that 29% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. That means that about 81% of Americans believe he is not doing a good job. I what to know who the 29% are so I can sell them the Brooklyn Bridge! Comments? Email listentoluigi@gmail. com

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The Edisons Had the World Invited To Their House in West Orange NJ – It’s Not Too Late To Be A Guest There Too


By Michele Guttenberger est Orange NJ became one of the cultural exchange epicenters for the modern 20th Century due to the business savvy of a young bride who called herself not a housewife but a “Home Executive”. Mina Miller had a great understanding of the inventor mind since she was the daughter of a successful millionaire inventor. By the time the bright and beautiful young Mina met Thomas Edison, his name was already a household word. Fatefully, he became an eligible bachelor and widower of 3 young children in 1884. Edison fell madly in love with the intuitive young Mina Miller. They married on February 24, 1886. He was 39 and she was 20 years old. He gave her an outstanding wedding gift - a beautiful Jersey countryside estate called Glenmont. It is nestled in the exclusive gated Llewellyn Park section of West Orange. Glenmont is a 29-room Queen Anne-style home resting on 15 acres of land and only one mile from Edison’s labs and factories which is now the Edison Museum. The Wizard of Menlo Park knew when to snap up a good deal. The 1886 wedding gift to his bride (he affectionately called Billie) was selling at a bargain-basement price of $125,000 less than half the price it sold for only a few years prior. The former owner Henry C. Pedder was forced to relinquish his assets due to an embezzlement conviction.

Edison was ecstatic over the Glenmont estate purchase. His quote - ''When I entered this I was paralyzed. To think that it was possible to buy a place like this, which a man with taste for art and a talent for decoration had put years of enthusiastic study and effort into -- too enthusiastic, in fact -- the idea fairly turned my head and I snapped it up. It is a great deal too nice for me, but it isn't half nice enough for my little wife here.'' Mina knew her husband’s world was too busy to venture far from the lab just 1 mile away. But, she also knew the world clamored to see her preoccupied celebrity husband. So she opened up the 30 seat dining room to invite dinner guests that ranged from the Wright Brothers, Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, Helen Keller and the King of Siam. The home was more of a conference center than a family residence since they extensively entertained their illustrious guests. Edison too often did not make it home to bed after his long hours of lab work. Mina gave up waiting and instead installed a bed in the factory library. Not appreciated for her care giving nature by her husband, she found fulfillment in feeding the birds expending 50 lbs of birdseed each week for her Glenmont feathered friends. Today you can see the Edison home just the way it was with all its authentic personal furnishings. The museum curators see to it that the home is as inviting to guests as it was when the Edison’s lived there. It is easy to image them

entering the dining room at any moment. You can also tour the green houses and the garage which houses the electric cars. The electric car was their advocated power of choice (they were “Green” 100 years before the word was even coined) the Edison’s drove their gas free automobile often and everywhere to promote the Edison battery business. But best of all, somewhere in Mina’s garden book is a note from her man that says "Mina Miller Edison is the sweetest little woman who ever bestowed love on a miserable homely good for nothing male”. Mina must have loved her wedding gift. She stayed after all her stepchildren and 3 of her own children had long flown the nest until her final days. They both are buried side by side on the estate grounds. The Glenmont is also part of the National Parks Service. and still part of Llewellyn Park‘s private neighborhood. To visit Glenmont you must purchase separate tickets at the museum’s main visitor station and be assigned a time and car pass. The Glenmont estate is open Friday through Sunday from 11:45 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. The Edison Museum. Open Wednesday through Sunday. Hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm. Regular Entry Fee is $7.00 - 211 Main Street West Orange, NJ 07052 Visit website for more details index.htm

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