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re you a retiree who likes to tinker with engines in your spare time? A college student who wants to learn about fundraising or PR? Or someone who wants to respond to the scene of an emergency and help your fellow community members in a medical emergency situation? The Chester First Aid Squad (CFAS), an all-volunteer organization, is reaching out to residents of the Chesters to join its CFAS family of dedicated volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include both medical and non-medical personnel who perform a wide range of administrative tasks that keep the Squad's operations running smoothly. President Daniel Cribari said: "We welcome volunteers who are interested in becoming CFAS medical volunteers, and we ensure that proper training is given to anyone who is interested. There is also a great need for administrative volunteers to perform back-office tasks. Both are very important roles that are critical in

Chester First Aid Squad Seeking Medical and Administrative Members: Volunteerism is Urged as CFAS Operations Grow

( l. to r. ) Future CFAS Member Jack Rosenfeld; Associate Member Sophie Rosenfeld; CFAS Vice President & EMT Sam Rosenfeld. Family dog Chloe sometimes visits the family-friendly squad building.

running CFAS smoothly and successfully." Medical volunteers needed include: • First Responders • EMTs • Ambulance Drivers There are many different types of backoffice opportunities available, depending on a volunteer's interest and background, including: • Fundraising • Accounting • Mechanical/Ambulance Maintenance • Technology


• Marketing/Communications • Community Relations • Building & Grounds Maintenance • Back Office/Administrative • Strategic Planning According to Cribari, the time commitment doesn't have to be substantial. Any amount of time that you are willing to give is greatly appreciated and will be put to good use. Do you want to learn a new skill? Volunteering with CFAS will provide you with an excellent hands-on learning opporcontinued on page 14

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rt of Dance presented students for Affiliate Examinations in New York City on June 25, 2011. The American Ballet Theatre Affiliate Teacher is a level of distinction for ABT Certified Teachers that successfully present their students for examinations. Art of Dance incorporates the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum in their teaching, a breakthrough 8 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of ageappropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels. Primary through Level V is taught by ABT Certified teacher Erica Kolodny and through Level

Local Dance Studio Presents Students for Affiliate Examinations in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum
teacher training program that is both artistically sound and medically appropriate. Our goal is to provide teachers with the tools and information they need to provide the highest quality training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.” The National Training Curriculum fulfills ABT’s missions as America’s National Ballet Company in bringing dance to the widest possible audience. While several training methods are soundly in place within the United States, ABT’s National Training Curriculum can be used to enhance an existing syllabus and to assist teachers in

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working appropriately with young dancers. Attendees of the ABT Teacher Training Intensive program have the opportunity to become certified in the National Training Curriculum by successfully passing comprehensive examinations.

VIII is taught by Flavio Salazaar, who have both successfully completed these levels of the ABT National Training Curriculum. American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum is a program for the development and training of young students that embraces sound ballet principles and incorporates elements of the French, Italian, and Russian schools of training. Under the direction of ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, ABT’s National

Training Curriculum was designed and written by Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens in collaboration with ABT’s Artistic Advisors and the Medical Advisory Board. “As a national ballet company, ABT understands that it has a responsibility to take a leadership role in dance training and dance education in the United States,” said ABT Executive Director, Rachel Moore. “To this end, we have developed a new ballet curriculum and a

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ashington Township Recreation Department is celebrating the holiday season with their Annual Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Luncheon on Wednesday, November 16, 2011at 11:00am at the Senior Center in Rock Spring Park, Long Valley. The event will include a catered luncheon of Turkey with gravy, stuffing, vegetable, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and beverage.

Thanksgiving Luncheon for Seniors

The Long Valley Junior Women’s Club will be providing delicious holiday pies for dessert. The cost of this event is a non-refundable fee of $8.00 for residents and $9.00 for nonresidents. Please send your check made payable to Washington Township Recreation to: WT Recreation, 50 Rock Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853 before November 7th.


t The Little Gym of Roxbury, children are developing skills like balance and coordination, and so much more! In addition to the physical aspects of this program, kids are building confidence, making friends, and learning to take turns. They use their imagination as the instructors weave confidence building activities into

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ew Jersey parents suffering with finding ways to pay for their children’s college education can finally get the solutions to their college funding problems. 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

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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 child’s name as it weighs more heavily than the parent’s savings 3. Don’t 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 juniors and seniors at the following location: The Chester Public Library on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Reservation only! Seating is limited. Reserve your seat today by calling toll free 1-800-928-8464.


Page 6, October 2011, Tell Them You Saw It In The Black River News unemployed and about homeless families, the picture is even grimmer. In some cases, the cost is not “short term”. Many disabled babies never outgrow the need for diapers, requiring them through adulthood. Child and Family Resources notes that for child care, school, and job training, many disabled children and adults require incontinence supplies. Cloth diapers are not a solution. For adults, they are not readily available For children, child care programs require disposable diapers for sanitary reasons. The result of a lack of diapers or diaper changes is not just a mess. A child who is left in the same dirty diaper risks everything from skin problems to hepatitis. Then there is the child’s reaction. The baby cries. Prolonged, non-stop crying can become unbearable for some parents and caregivers. Child and Family Resources notes that children under age three represent 28% of all abuse and neglect cases. The answer to the problem is disposable diapers for the Diaper Bank and that’s where Child and Family services needs the community’s help. There are many ways it can be done. Child and Family Resources offered these ideas: “Host a Diaper Drive at your workplace, congregation, or organization. We are in great need of sizes 4, 5 and 6 diapers. Collect unopened diapers at an upcoming party or family event. Donate Dollars for Diapers by making a check payable to Child and Family Resources or host a fundraising event for the Diaper Bank at Child and Family Resources.” Diapers are distributed through the following affiliated organizations: Children on the Green, Interfaith Council for Homeless Families, Little People’s Academy, the Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance, Jersey Battered Women’s Services, NORWESCAP Early Head Start Program, Parsippany Child Day Care Center, Catholic Charities Hope House, Homeless Solutions and Samaritan Inn Shelter. There are babies in need, and Child and Family Resources is hoping that the community will donate for those who can’t help themselves. For more on the Diaper Bank contact Claire Bianco at: Child & Family Resources 111 Howard Blvd., Ste.201 Mt. Arlington, NJ 07856 (973) 601-6157 or

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by Elsie Walker his area and surrounding areas have been hit by high unemployment and problems associated with the recent flood conditions. While it is difficult enough for adults to try to keep their heads above water (so to speak), think about the effects on infants. Infants depend on a parent to provide necessities like food and diapers. However, when money is short or non-existent, parents may not have enough to buy diapers. Neither WIC, Medicare, nor food stamps cover diapers (except for hospice care). Parents of infants may resort to trying to stretch the diapers out, making the child go without a change or more. This can cause not only health problems for the infant, but a strain on the family that can lead to even more problems. The answer for many is the Diaper Bank, and Child and Family Resources in Mt.Arlington is hoping the community can help meet the need for diapers. According to statistics from Child and Family Resources, a healthy change of diapers costs $112 per month for children and $312 per month for adults. However, full-time work at minimum wage grosses only about $1,160 per month; at $10/hour, it grosses about $1,600. Now think that the average rent for a one bedroom apartment is $1,045 per month, leaving only $115-$5 in disposable income for all other expenses, including taxes, food, transportation, clothes, and diapers. When you think about those who are

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For Chester Township Horror Author, Every Day is Halloween
by Elsie Walker alem Pact”, “ “Touching the D e a d ” , “Vampire Resurrection” and “Deadly Innocence”…..all those titles sound like the perfect Halloween reading fare. Ask their author, Carlotta Holton of Chester Township, and she’ll tell you that she is definitely a


Halloween person. While she has fond memories of many childhood and adult Halloween parties, it may just be her writing that truly reflects the Halloween spirit in her. Holton was dubbed the “Queen of Superstitions” by her publisher when her book “Touching the Dead” came out. This month “the Queen” will be presenting various programs related to her books at the Ocean County Library Book Festival, Toms River; the Watchung Public Library; the Bound Brook Public Library and at a local Red Hat group. She will be marking Halloween by doing a radio show on WMBS-CBS, Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Holton’s books focus more on psychological horror than the gory. For her inspiration, she’s turned to some of the great historic mysteries:

“Unresolved mysteries from the pages of history, e.g. the Salem witchcraft trials, ancient ethnic superstitions, the lost colonists of Roanoke, the allegedly murderous Lizzie Borden, and the strange deaths in the Cornell and Borden families, sparked my imagination and have made for unique horror stories,” she said. For example, Holton’s book, “Salem Pact”, is about a college professor who gets permission to re-enact the infamous Massachusetts trials for the entertainment of visitors to historic Salem Village. Suddenly, the dramatic history lesson become a modern nightmare as innocent people are accused of serving Satan and sentenced to alltoo-real executions. Similarly, the missing colonists of Roanoke inspired “Vampire Resurrection”. The story takes place in Manteo, North Carolina where people start turning up dead or deranged. Two journalists with some history of their own, set about investigating the catastrophe which, according to a Native American sage, is that the people are falling victim to Count Roget, a French vampire believed to have devoured the members of the Lost Colony of Roanoke in 1587. One of her books,”Deadly Innocence”, addresses the idea of whether immoral behavior be inherited when murders start happening around eight-year old Grace. Grace’s ancestors include Rebeckah Cornell and Lizzie continued on page 8

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Borden. Has Grace a deadly gene? Unlike her other books, “Touching the Dead” is not one story, but a collection of 17 short stories which Holton describes as “alarming stories of superstition, madness, revenge, and the ancient struggle between good and evil”. For that, her inspiration was a little different than the others. “The stories are based on superstitions from across this country and around the world. Some were based on my own childhood beliefs, others garnered from travel assignments,” she said. Holton’s books have won her a variety of accolades including Best Anthology/Compilation 2008 – New England Book Festival; Best Horror Book Of The Year 2007, Books and; New Jersey Press Women, First Place, Fiction 2009; Finalist, Fiction, Horror, National Best Books 2009 Award USA Book News; National Federation of Press Women 2nd place fiction at large; and the Excellence Award in Fiction Writing 2011 from the New Jersey Press Women’s Association. Last year, he Morris County Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee honored Carlotta and six other women as “a new generation of

strong women who continue to achieve success”. Holton’s started her writing career as a journalist. Her positions included working as a reporter for the Independent Press, features writer for The Daily Journal, Health editor/travel writer at The Record of Bergen County, regular contributor to Jersey Weekly Section of The New York Times for six years, and stringer for The Star Ledger. She’s taught journalism, creative writing, composition and literature at the College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station and at Union County College. Most recently, she was Executive Director of the New Jersey Press Women. How did she go from journalist to horror maven? “Having written objective news for the media for so many years, I cherish the times I have for creating fiction. The evolution of my horror writing stems from two passions: the first is that I have always been intrigued with the many mysteries in the pages of history. These unresolved mysteries are perfect literary fodder for all kinds of suppositions. Secondly, I am fascinated with the power of the human mind and how psychological terror – as opposed to gory violence – has a sub-

tle, yet very corrosive impact, on the mind and soul. I love the stories of Edgar Allan Poe and contemporary horror novelist, John Saul. I think planting a seed of doubt and or fear creates an anticipatory anxiety or ‘what if’ thinking that preys on the psyche and can be crippling to the spirit over a long period of time,” Holton said.

Now, even while spending the month speaking and sharing about her books, Holton is working on more. She is working on “Touching the Dead … Again. Volume II” and a one-act play. Horror never takes a holiday, even on Halloween.

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cupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is observed annually. It is part of an effort designed to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine. In honor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day, Skylands Acupuncture will hold an Open House on October 29, 2011 from 10:00am- 3:00pm. On this day, Skylands Acupuncture & Wellness Center invites you to tour the office, learn about Acupuncture, ask questions, and even experience a Free Acupuncture De-stress Treatment! Since space is limited for treatments please call for an appointment. Free Acupuncture treatments are only offered to new patients. The National Institute of Health states

Skylands Acupuncture Hosts Open House on October 29

that, “Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body.” Acupuncture treats various conditions including but not limited to: Muscle & Joint problems, Allergies, Anxiety, Asthma, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Depression, Frozen Shoulder, Urinary Disorders, Incontinence, Insomnia, Nausea, Pain relief, Sciatica, Sinus Problems, Skin Problems, Women's Health Problems and Infertility. Skylands Acupuncture & Wellness Center: 59 East Mill Road, Long Valley NJ 908-876-364 www.skylandsacupuncture. com

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200 Years Old and Looking To The Future

by Elsie Walker rakestown United Methodist Church has dreams. Those dreams include ways it can move out into the local community to make a difference. Located on Church Street not far from Route 46 East in Budd Lake, the church has been part of the area for two centuries. Recently, it is celebrated its 200th anniversary with a concert by The Gospel Project and a re-dedication service with a pot lunch luncheon. However, while noting its heritage, the church’s focus is on now and the “future”. “We want to be known as ‘The Drakestown Church- a United Methodist Community’,” said the church’s pastor, the Rev. Bob Mayer. That community’s history began with Christians gathering in that place called Drakestown two hundred years ago. However, it wasn’t until 1858 that the actual church was built. Also, according to the New Jersey Civil War Cemetery site, there is well-kept small historic cemetery by the church. Looking at the church today, people can see some changes that have been made over

the years such as the change in the steeple and the addition of the basement and the handicapped ramp. The Friendship Hall, a separate building which was erected in 1956 (as a gift from the Smith family), offers space for a variety of meetings. However, one thing remains the same. The church cares and now reaches out to others near and far in a number of ways. “Our food pantry is very active. We work with the neighborhood schools at the holidays. We are sending our second team to the Appalachia Service Project this month. On November 19th, we will have our Free Community Turkey Dinner. We [provide room for] eight Alcoholic Anonymous meetings and one Overeaters Anonymous meeting each week, “ shared Mayer. Currently, one of the most visible signs of the church working in the community is its Drive In Prayer Tent. Originally a Lenten project, the tent now operates on Mondays from 6 - 8:30 am and 5 6:30pm. “We are praying for all the commuters and the community around us. It is our way of showing we care and we are there for them,” said Mayer.


Tell Them You Saw It In The Black River News - October 2011 - Page 11 The cost to participate is a non-refundable fee of $6 per child. Deadline to register is October 19, 2011. Pre-registration only, no walk-ins will be accepted. To register you may go online at Or visit the Washington Township Recreation Office at 50 Rock Road, Long Valley. Any questions please contact the office at (908) 876-5941.

ashington Township Recreation will be hosting its annual Halloween Costume Party scheduled for Friday, October 28 2011 from 4:00 – 6:00pm at the Senior Center, (Rock Spring Park) on East Springtown Rd Long Valley, NJ. Come join the fun for face painting, pizza, costume prizes, and our featured entertainer Diana Dove “Life-like Halloween Stuffed Animals.” Register ASAP, as space is very limited. Children from Pre-K to 5th grade are invited.

Washington Township Halloween Party

he Chester Lioness Club monthly dinner meeting will be on Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 at 6:30 PM in the Lamplighter Restaurant, 190 West Main Street, Chester, The topic for this evenings discussion will be: Mt.Olive TNR Project, presented by Michelle Lerner, Project Coordinator. Two years ago, Mt Olive residents did something that made a big difference to their town- they signed a petition supporting a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) ordinance for feral cats! This program has saved cats from the impounding facility and adopts out kittens and friendly adult cats. TNR provides temporary foster care for cats when residents face eviction or other crises and helps residents access low cost spay/neuter for their own cats.

The Chester Lioness Club News

Between 2008 and 2010 cats impounded came down more than 65% and the number of cats euthanized each year went down from 141 to only 4. This is a totally volunteer program. Funds are raised annually, and discounts on Veterinary care are given by local Veterinarians. Cats and kittens are provided foster care by volunteers until they are adopted. Foster Parents are always needed. For more information, access and attend this program. Attendance is by reservation only. Local residents interested in attending, or learning more about this program or the Chester Lioness Club may contact: Holly Simmenroth 908-879-5932.

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iding a surge of research showing that learning a foreign language early in life improves math and reading skills and SAT scores later in life, Foreign Language program Lango Adventures has begun teaching Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and French to kids ages 6 month old 11 years in the Northwest NJ and surrounding communities. Bringing Lango to this area is owneroperator and Chester NJ resident Agnes Beede. A mother of 6 Children who became unemployed after 9 years of working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Agnes started Lango a year ago after her daughter lost the Language program at her school, now her daughter is learning Spanish, French and Chinese after she decided to become entrepreneur. Convinced of the importance of learning new languages when traveling overseas, Agnes says that America falls far short when it comes to a key aspect of getting along in an increasingly global society. Joining forces with San Franciscobased Lango, Agnes has hired native-

New Foreign Language Program to Teach Mandarin, Spanish and French to Northwest NJ-area
speaking and certified teachers who use a proprietary curriculum, teaching classes in local schools, community centers and other facilities. Lango classes employ music, movement, playacting, games, reading and writing and art activities in a high-energy environment. “We strive to reach every child in the manner that best suits their learning style,” continues Aggie. “We believe that every child should learn another language, and that every child can learn another language. Our teachers work really hard to ensure that we make good on this belief.” Foreign language instruction among young children has indeed gained wide acceptance in recent years as numerous studies have shown that learning languages early in life impacts a child in a variety of ways. In addition to being able to speak the language devoid of accents that teenagers and adults typically appropriate, children benefit through accelerated cognitive development, which has been shown to result in stronger achievement in other subject, including math and reading, and even in higher test scores. “When you’re learning a second language not long after learning your first, your brain isn’t so cluttered, and it’s not anchored to the sounds and patterns you already know,” says Aggie. “They say those little kids are like sponges, and it’s

really true; I see it every day in our classes, as they soak it up readily and naturally. It’s a blast to watch happen.” Lango website Phone 973-476-3137 - Email

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hester residents, business people, and visitors are invited to provide input on a draft plan for trails that will link parks, neighborhoods, schools, historic areas, natural vistas and shopping areas through a network of multi-use trails and pathways. Join us on Thursday, October 20 at 7 p.m. at the Field House, 107 Seminary Ave, to learn more and help shape the plan for your town. This plan has been initiated by the Chester Borough & Township Green

Chester Invites Residents to Help Develop Integrated Trails Plan

Teams/Open Space Committees who received a joint grant from ANJEC (Association of NJ Environmental Commissions) to develop an integrated trails plan for the Chesters. The plan will be implemented with the help of Conservation Resources, a Chesterbased, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving open space lands in NJ. For more information, please visit


Chester PTO Holiday Boutique Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm, Dickerson School. Please join us and get a head start on your holiday shopashington Township Recreation is sponsoring a trip to the Prudential Center to see the NJ Devils take on NY Islanders on November 26, 2011 at 1:00pm. Bus leaves the Senior Center, located in Rock Spring Park at 11:00 and will arrive approx 5:00pm. Tickets are $48.00 per person which will

Chester PTO Holiday Boutique

ping while your children are entertained in our childrens corner. Questions contract Beth Boothe

Hockey Trip Planned

be given out on the day of the event. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Checks payable to WT Recreation, and mail to Washington Township Recreation, 50 Rock Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853 Attn: NJ Devils. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 908 – 876-5941.

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continued from front page tunity, whether it be related to operations, administration or medical service. Associate Member Sophie Rosenfeld, a marketing executive who heads her own Chester-based marketing firm, says: "My husband Sam is an EMT and Vice President with the Squad, and I also wanted to contribute my time but in a non-medical way. So I became an Associate Member and volunteer a few hours each month to work on marketing and press releases for the Squad to foster community relations. My professional services are useful to CFAS, and as a result I find my work with CFAS to be very satisfying. I'm thrilled that I can contribute to CFAS in the best way that I know how." Even the Rosenfelds' son Jack, 10, a 5th grader at Gill St. Bernard's School, is called upon to volunteer with CFAS, throwing candy to the crowd from the back of an ambulance at parades, or playing the role of a mock patient during training exercises. "We are a family of volunteers who wish to serve the Chester community," Sophie says. "It's important for us to be good role models for our son, and instill a sense of pride, leadership and community service in him. At a very young age, Jack understood the concept of neighbor helping neighbor and the

importance of an organization coming to the aid of those in need." Please consider volunteering your time and expertise with the Chester Rescue Squad and helping your community. For more information, call (908) 879-5560. About Chester First Aid Squad The Chester First Aid Squad (CFAS) located in Chester, NJ is a volunteer, nonprofit, organization that provides emergency medical services to sick and injured residents of Chester and surrounding towns. CFAS was established in 1945 and became independent from the Fire Company in 1987. CFAS currently operates three ambulances and a support unit and consists of approximately 50 members, many of which are certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). On average CFAS runs over 800 emergency calls a year. CFAS works closely with the Chester Vol. Fire Company, and Chester Borough and Chester Township Police Depts. In addition to these local organizations, CFAS works with other mutual aid squads in the area, hospital-based paramedics, and state and private Aeromedical helicopters. For more information about the Chester First Aid Squad, visit:


hester Borough and Chester Township Recreation are sponsoring a horsemanship program, Introduction to Horses and Ponies, for children aged 6-10. The 5-session program is held on every Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Oct. 25 to Nov. 22, 2011. The cost is $175. Class will be held at the newly renovated Sandy Hill Equestrian Center, a state of the art facility, located at 15 Larison Road in Chester. All participants should be dressed in comfortable long pants, shoes with a heel and wear a riding or bicycle helmet. Registration form and release must be completed and signed by parent in order for child to participate.

Chester Recreation to Offer Horse and Pony Program for Children

Tell Them You Saw It In The Black River News - October 2011 - Page 15 The class will teach English & Hunt seat riding and horsemanship. Riders will be divided into small groups. Instruction will be on safe, experienced ponies in either the indoor or the outdoor riding arenas. Horsemanship sessions are unmounted and will teach grooming, wrapping, clipping, bridling, saddling, and barn safety. Finally, classroom activities will include learning the parts of the horse, colors, markings, and basic barn and horse management techniques. If interested in signing up, please visit to download a form or send an e-mail to

t. Lawrence Catholic Church is holding an interactive theater production called “Late Nite Catechism.” The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at 8 p.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Rt 24, Chester, N.J. Tickets cost $30. The event is open to the public. The play is about an irrepressible Sister who teaches an adult catechism class to a

St. Lawrence Catholic Church to Stage Play ‘Late Nite Catechism’

roomful of “students”. During the course of the play, Sister’s abrupt mood swings are bound to resonate with everyone who survived the ups and downs of going to school. The date is Saturday, November 5, 2011 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Rt 24, Chester, NJ 07930, 8 p.m., $30 per ticket For tickets and information, contact St. Lawrence Parish Center at (908) 879-5371.

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Thomas Edison and The Ghost Machine – Truth or Dare
paper away from the stranger’s view. The stranger placed his hand on the assistant’s head and was able to call out every name on the paper. To confirm this was not a hoax, Edison asked if he could answer a question for him. The question he chose related to his storage battery. He wrote down – Is there was anything better than nickel-hydroxide? The stranger answered – “No. There is nothing better.” The mysterious man left without his calling card and never returned again. This incident gave Edison a more serious consideration to paranormal sciences and not to dismiss it as pure quackery. Edison met the famed medium Dr. Bert Reese. He thought Reese was a prodigy who had developed a new sense that all humans are capable of developing. Confirmation of Edison interests in determining if there was life after death appeared in a special January 23, 1921 New York Times feature story by A.D. Rothman entitled: Mr. Edison’s “Life Units” Hundred Trillion in Human Body May Scatter After Death – Machine to Register Them. Edison goes into details about his life after death theories and the apparatus that could register it. However, in final closing argument he denies that his experimentation has spiritual motives. He tells his audience during this interview: “The grub when it dies splits open. A remarkable change occurs, a butterfly comes forth. I am investigating the butterfly existence of human life, but I have nothing to do with transmigration of souls. One is scientific; the other I know nothing of.” Was Edison’s New York Times interview a bit of the Wizard’s sensational chitchat or was it a media premiere to

by Michele Guttenberger here is a long running legend that Thomas Edison thought it was possible that a machine could be invented for the purpose of helping humans communicate with the dead. Whether Edison had actually worked on developing this machine is pure conjecture. If you ask those who give credence to paranormal sciences, they claim that Edison was serious in his claim and had something in development. If you ask an Edison historian the verdict is – they were thoughts he gave some theory to. However, he left no records of any apparatus blueprints on application of these theories. In all the documents, notations and patent applications that have been archived and collected no one has found hardcopy evidence of its existence. Thomas Edison himself may be blamed on how these rumors got started. In a 1920 interview for Scientific American with B.C. Forbes (later founder of Forbes magazine), Edison was quoted saying: “...I am inclined to believe that our personality hereafter will be able to affect matter. If this reasoning be correct, then, if we can evolve an instrument so delicate as to be affected, moved, or our personality as it survives in the next life, such an instrument, when made available, ought to record something.” Edison attracted many people from the scientific community and that included those involved in the paranormal who wanted to engage his attention. One day a clairvoyant stranger had walked into his lab claiming he could read minds. Edison allowed the stranger to demonstrate his abilities. Edison’s assistant wrote some names on a slip of

new mind bending discoveries to come. To this day it still remains a topic for debate. Although, you won’t find the Ghost Machine, there are many mind probing exhibits at the museum. Visit The Thomas Edison Museum. Open Wednesday through Sunday. Hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm Fee is $7.00 211 Main Street West Orange, NJ 07052 Visit website for more details

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Tell Them You Saw It In The Black River News - October 2011 - Page 17 Mangano 973-398-7267. Sponsored by the Shore Hills Country Club For groups of 10 or more, reservations are encouraged 973-398-7267. Like to scare people? Want to volunteer to help with the Haunt? Contact Michael Mangan 973-398-7267, community service hours are available .

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Janice’s Blog
the slimmest laptop, it’s in the brand new model of that very thing we don’t really need but must have. But the more we distract ourselves with everything that’s outside of ourselves, the harder it is to see what’s inside. One of my favorite children’s books is Shel Silverstein’s “The Missing Piece” (and the sequel, “The Missing Piece Meets The Big O”). If you happen to be in the bookstore, pop on over to the children’s aisle and give it a read. Personally, I think it’s in the wrong section entirely, it should be in the adult “Self-Help” aisle. The idea is that a sweet, little pac-man shaped character goes looking for the missing piece that he thinks will make him whole, only to discover in the end, that there’s nothing really missing from his life after all. The search for what he thinks is missing was only a distraction from seeing the beauty of the fullness of his life. Oh, by the way, if you come to my house, you’ll find both of those books on my shelf, my most prized literary material! When you begin to learn to trust that you have everything you need, life just gets eas-

“The Missing Peace”

By Janice C. Molinari ometimes when a lesson comes, it hits you from all sides. It seems like recently, I’ve been hearing the same thing over and over. It comes in different voices trying to get me to pay attention. Maybe it’s time for me to really listen up and hear the message that’s being delivered. Here’s what it’s saying…”You already have everything you need for your own greatness.” That’s shocking. And at the same time, it feels like something I’ve always known deep down in my core. I’ve heard time and again “you do not GAIN something, you UNCOVER what has been there all along, what will always be there.” In a society that’s constantly delivering the message, “you NEED the latest and the greatest”, it is no wonder this message that is embedded in our very DNA, gets lost. We know deep down that we already possess everything we need. But somehow, we still get distracted by the message that what we’re looking for exists in something outside of ourselves. It’s in the latest iphone or

ier. We carry our greatness within us, we just need to remove the clutter and let it shine. We need to stop searching for the thing that we think will make us complete, we need to stop looking for our Missing “Peace” and realize that we are already whole and beautiful…all on our own.

Janice C. Molinari is the owner of Ananda Yoga located in Mendham, NJ . Join her at the studio on October 27th at 8pm for her FREE monthly workshop, “The Conversation”. A discussion group about what really matters in life. Visit for details.


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s we watch the seasons change, we can also see the positive changes of the pre-school students enrolled at CS Gymnastics in Flanders. Whether they participate in the Bunny tots (1 ½ -3yrs) with parents, Bouncin’ Bunnies (3-4yrs), or Gym n’ Learn Pre-School –combining PreK academics and fitness, these youngsters are having a healthy lifestyle reinforced in a Fun environment every week. The national organization, USA Gymnastics, strongly promotes the many benefits of being involved in a gymnastics program at an early age. Below are the top nine reasons, though you may think of more. Fitness - Experiencing fun associated with fitness activities early in life can create lifelong positive fitness habits. Mental Focus - Learning how to concentrate on a task and achieving goals. Balance - Walking beams can transfer later to riding a bike. Social Skills -Taking turns, working with partners, sharing , making friends and

The Benefits of Pre-School Gymnastics At CS Gymnastics

acknowledging the accomplishments of others. Strength - Climbing on bars and ropes develop muscle strength. Flexibility - Improved range of motion through stretching and holding body positions. Coordination - Hand-eye coordination improves writing ability while eye –tracking improves reading readiness. Burn Calories - Will help jump start a life a fitness. The sport of ALL sports - Gymnastics prepares kids for all sports. To see for yourself, come visit CS Gymnastics in Flanders during our upcoming Gym n’ Learn Back to School Night/Open House on Thursday, October 20th. See how you can get your special young ones involved in the Fun and over-all body developing gymnastics programs at CS Gymnastics in Flanders. Contact us at 973-347-2771, or visit

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osmetic Surgery in the United States is a multimillion-dollar industry; thousands of women are on a quest to restore youthfulness to their face and neck. As the risks and complications and at times, disfigurement, from invasive surgical treatments and chemical exfoliants become increasingly public, many people are discovering the effectiveness of cosmetic acupuncture to rejuvenate the face. By activating the facial muscles, increasing collagen and boosting the circulatory and lymphatic systems, acupuncture offers a completely natural path to facial rejuvenation that many have called a “magical experience.” Promoting collagen production increases muscle tone and elasticity helping to firm the skin, fill out wrinkles, and reduce bags and sagging without recovery time and no need to take time off from work. Facial rejuvenation utilizing acupuncture is becoming a more popular, non-surgical method for those who want not only to maintain beauty, radiance and vitality in the face, but also improve their overall health and well being at the same time. Cosmetic acupuncture has even been featured in the mainstream media, such as on ABC Television’s “Good Morning America,” Fox News and Public Broadcasting System’s “Healthweek.” Madonna, Jessica Parker and Cher utilize facial rejuvenation to maintain the work they’ve had done surgically. This delicate use of ultra fine facial acupuncture needles is arranged in a sequence that develops collagen and stimulates the rejuvenation processes. Each treatment is approximately 1 hour long and is part of a ten to twelve treatment series. For optimal results, it is recommended that the patient receive two treatments per week for 5 to 6 weeks. Maintenance sessions are scheduled according to the individuals needs and are usually recommended on a monthly basis to enhance results for many years. Changes may be seen as soon as the first treatment is completed, but each succeeding treatment builds on the last. The program is safe, effective and brings with it none of the great expense, adverse effects or toxicity of more invasive approaches that involve drugs or surgery. The following before and after pictures show the disappearance of lines utilizing only acupuncture: How Does Facial Rejuvenation Work? According to the latest research in dermatology and Dr.

FACIAL REJUVENATION – A Wonderful, Holistic Approach to Reversing the Aging Process
Howard Murad, a professor of dermatology at UCLA and Vogue magazines proclaimed “One of America’s top dermatologists”, the problem is free radicals. Aging skin ...wrinkles, sagging, enlarged pores, puffiness, thin and dry skin…is due to the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are destructive molecules. They destroy the integrity of other molecules. They first attack and destroy the walls of your skin cells. So if you imagine your cells as being like a water balloon, free radicals are like a knife that pokes holes into it. The balloon will then leak like a sieve…and your cells become dehydrated. They become deflated and dehydrated, because all the vital fluid and nutrients have leaked out. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture helps restore the integrity of your skin cells by stimulating the nervous, circulatory and hormonal systems to boost collagen and elastin production. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture can actually take five to fifteen years off your face. Some of the most common effects of facial rejuvenation include: · Reduction of fine lines · Diminished deep wrinkles · Droopy eyelids are lifted · Jowls are firmed · Under eye bags are reduced · Puffiness around the eyes is reduced or eliminated · Increase of blood and lymph circulation to the face increases skin moisture · Increased collagen production · Improved muscle tone · Dermal contraction · Tightening of pores · Brightening of the eye area · Improving hormonal balance to help with acne · Reducing evidence of stress from the face Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation is a safe and effective alternative to the use of more invasive therapies to regain your youth not only on the outside, but also on the inside. In our clinic, cosmetic acupuncture entails a detailed health history in addition to just doing facial acupuncture. To really get results, we also treat the underlying causes of each patient’s aging process. For example, a person with a lot of facial sagging and puffiness may also exhibit signs of indigestion, Before After

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insomnia, with some depression. This person will receive facial acupuncture in addition to being treated by tonifying her spleen, moving her liver Qi, and calming the mind. Hence, each treatment is highly individualized to meet the needs of each patient. In addition to the acupuncture treatment, many patients also receive Chinese Herbal formula’s to target areas of disharmony and renew original beauty by enhancing adequate blood flow, moisture, energy and circulation. Skyland’s Anti-Aging Program recommends the use of all natural facial cleaning and toning products to enhance your new youthful look which help to prevent free radical formation from harsh chemicals used in facial cleaners and cosmetics. In addition to your treatment you will also receive dietary and lifestyle awareness that will further reduce the production of free radicals that cause aging. I have been living my dream for over 10 years helping my patients to enjoy better health, living a more vibrant and energetic life, eliminating their pain, preventing heart disease and cancer through dietary and lifestyle awareness, helping couples achieve their dreams of having a child, and now helping our patients to turn back the hands of time. It is my pleasure and joy to help you to achieve your health, well being and longevity goals for 2011/2012. Our mission is to serve you and provide you with a total healing experience. Start today – move towards a healthier, more beautiful, energized, and younger-looking you! Call Skyland’s Acupuncture and Wellness for your FREE phone consultation with Deborah or Kearstin, both of whom are certified in Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation at 908-8763643. Deborah Waddell completed her Master’s level degree from the Eastern School of Acupuncture in Mont-clair, NJ. She received her Acupuncture Certification from the New Jersey Board of of Medical Examiners (C.A.) and from the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists (Dipl. Ac.). Deborah also has a degree in Biology and Chemistry with summa cum laude Honors from Felician College.

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Harlin’s Point of View....

Tom’s Point of View...

No Class, No War

By Harlin Parker merica is a great country. It’s our home, for all three hundred million or so of us. While we’re a disparate group (age, location, religion, culture, race, gender, education, jobs, and perhaps especially, political viewpoints), the one trait I’ve found that unites us, above all else, is our love for this country, our country. Other than for a few miscreants around here, we’re all patriots. We’re proud and honored, and thankful, to call ourselves American. So now what? What does it mean to be American? Rights? Yes, certainly. We have unalienable rights, guaranteed to each of us under our American constitution. But certainly being an American means more than that. It does. Along with our rights we have responsibilities; individual responsibilities to ourselves and to each other. This country doesn’t run itself. We all play a part. We all live here, as Americans, seeking to make our too short lives as good as possible (life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness). But nobody, and I mean nobody, can do it alone. Like it or not, admit it or not, we need each other. To use the old cliché, united we stand, divided we fall. And that, dear reader, is a point too many of us seem to reject these days. America today is stratified in a manner unlike any other period in America’s brief history. Obviously, people in this country have always had their differences (Civil War anyone?) but today’s America is no longer so much a melting pot as it is a boiling pot. We need to take stock, and take action, before things boil over. Because while America is the world’s premier country in so many ways, our continued greatness is not guaranteed and signs of trouble are all around us. So let’s ask ourselves a basic question. What are we doing here? Look around. Really, look. We have people in this country who are unable to care for themselves, whether due to individual problems (infirmity, age, etc.) or situational circumstances. These people don’t deserve our scorn, and they don’t deserve to be left to themselves. They need, and they deserve, our help. The vast bulk of us, though, get up every day and go to work. We do our work as best we can. And in our country, our land of opportunity, some of us have done better than others, which is fine. Americans strive for, and applaud, success. The late Steve Jobs was the great American dream writ large. Yet over the past thirty years, we’ve seen that for too many of us, the American dream has become not so much a nightmare but a mirage. Too many Americans have worked

hard, worked honestly, played by “the rules” only to find that the pot at the end of the rainbow slips further and further away. Why is that? Listen to those voices on the radical right. If you’re not rich, if you’re not successful, it’s your fault. Or, if it isn’t exactly your fault, it’s definitely the fault of trade unions, especially public unions. Those on the right tell us that “costs” are too high, by which they mean people who work are being paid too much, more than they deserve. Taxes are too high. Government is too “intrusive” and spends too much. And the answer, of course, is as it has always been for those on the right. Reduce taxes on those already wealthy individuals, the “rich.” Ah, but don’t call these people rich. They’re “job creators.” Yep, job creators. So tell me, how many jobs does Paris Hilton create? Charlie Sheen stands to be paid a whopping one hundred million dollars from the syndication of Two and a Half Men. How much of a “job creator” is good ‘ol Charlie going to be with that money? Hookers? Even that quintessential American company, Coka Cola, has created more jobs outside America then here at home. Those on the right like their slogans and they love their euphemistic labels. Facts and an honest view of history? Uh, not so much. But the inconvenient truth (there, I said it) is that wealth disparity and income disparity in America today is as great as it has ever been. All the wealth that has been created in America over the past several decades has gone to those in the top five percent, mostly to those in the top one percent. None (as in zero) has gone to the vast middle class. The rich have grown vastly more rich. The poor have become poorer. The middle class has shrunk, and their standard of living has gone nowhere but down. This is not the natural order of things. The past thirty years didn’t just happen. As much as the radical right rails against “government,” it has been government policies that have allowed the fruits of American progress to go to those at the very top, leaving those in the middle and at the bottom to whither. Lately, though, hardworking Americans are speaking up. We’re tired of good paying jobs being shipped overseas. We’re tired of tax policies that favor those who are already wealthy. We’re especially tired of right wing policies that punish the poor and squeeze the middle class more and more. We’re speaking out against decades of government and social policies that have brought us to where we are. Remember the question, what are we doing


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By Thomas Lotito ats off to West Morris Regional Board of Education for returning $458,594 of additional state aid to homeowners in July, creating a 0% increase in property taxes from the Regional HS school district. Whereas, Washington Twp's K-8 Board of Education did not return it's $409,565 in additional state aid to the taxpayers, leaving Long Valley home owners with a tax increase. Why? As I have stated many times before on these pages. The Washington Twp K- BOE does not have the best interests of the community at heart. The WT K-8, BOE administration's priority is to grow more infrastructure and create jobs while continuing to cut programs in the classroom. This summer while you were on vacation, the BOE administration added yet another "special services" position that was not in the budget. The BOE said the "need for this position" became apparent after the budget vote. Why was this position rushed through the hiring process? Why was there a need for a new special services position? Did suddenly the need appear that couldn't be handled by our many psychologists, social workers, counselors already on the school payroll? Why was the new position added under the radar during the summer months? The decision to ad another position while cutting programs leads me to question Superintendent Mohre and his administration's ability to asses the needs of our schools. Did Mr. Mohre and the BOE pull a fast one and see the $409,565 as windfall and an opportunity to go on a spending spree at the bequest of the teachers union?. According to K-8 business administrator Liz George, the K-8 BOE was flush with cash in at the end of the school year because in the warmer weather there are no heat bills. What the BOE isn't telling the public is that they are also flush with cash because of teacher retirements, and new teachers are hired at a lower rate. There is also moderate turnover rate at the end of every school year with the school administration hiring un-tenured teachers to replace un-tenured teachers. The practice of hiring a steady group of un-tenured teachers every year creates a positive cash flow for the administration for pet projects. So, if the BOE has all of this cash, why didn't they return the $409,565 in additional state aid? Moreover, the K-8 BOE is making a commitment to get into the bus repair business with the Washington Twp. road dept. on Rock

Rd. Even though the costs will be shared with the township, we're still talking about adding new positions. Garage mechanics, a secretary, and a supervisor. Why? Is this really the time to expand with the slow economy and a slow housing market, resulting in lower ratables and less revenue to our town? In other words, why is our local school government expanding, when revenues are down? Would you create more household debt if year after year you had less income? Then why should the school do it? Will you be happy when your child receives less programs in the classroom, all the while the BOE is on a spending spree creating infrastructure union positions? Isn't outsourcing bus maintenance less expensive? Let's keep in mind all of the money that is spent at the school is your money. I don't care if they tell you its in a transportation fund or this fund or that fund. It all comes out of the same pocket, it's your money. Now that I'm a parent with one child that has gone all the way through the Washington Twp school system, WMCHS was such a difference experience, compared to the K-8 schools. One of the most disturbing differences between the HS & the Middle school was at Christmas time the middle school holds a winter concert and purposely omits any references to Christmas and Hanuka in order to be politically correct. While WMCHS, it's a tradition to perform Handel's Messiah and sing Christmas Carols. Is it fair to say that the K-8 BOE and administration is theophobic? The middle school teaches Connected and Every Day Math. But, Connected and Every Day Math are not taught at the HS. The middle school holds pajama day, there is no pajama day at the HS. Any issues I have with the K-8 BOE & administration is about the taxing and spending, political correctness, and sub-standard math programs I encountered through the years, it's not with the teachers. To summarize; Are the K-8 BOE good stewards of your money, or did they see the 409,565 as wind fall for their agenda? Is the K-8 BOE administration putting aside the educational needs of our children in order to give the teachers unions a strangle hold on Long Valley taxpayers? Do we need a school that is growing now that Washington Twp. has gentrified because of the Highlands Act? These and other disturbing questions about where the money is going in our schools need answers. In other local news, it's election time, the

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aving friends and family over for the holidays doesn’t have to be difficult. With these tips and a savory recipe from the all new “Entertaining Chapter” of the latest edition of the “Betty Crocker Cookbook,” (Wiley, 2011), experienced and novice hosts can pull off a festive party with ease. Setting a Buffet Table Buffets are a great option when the gathering is less formal or you’re short on table space. • Buffets can be set up on a variety of surfaces, including a center island or counter, dining room table, sideboard or folding table. Allow ample room for people to move around the serving area. • Arrange buffet items starting with the main course and then the side dishes, salad, condiments, bread, flatware, with glasses and napkins last. • Make cutlery bundles for easier carrying. • If people will be standing to eat, skip paper plates and use dishes or plastic plates. If you must use paper, make sure they are heavy-duty. Avoid serving foods that require cutting. What to Serve

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Cheese plates are a great idea for an easy and elegant buffet. When selecting cheese, aim for variety – try mixing textures (soft, semisoft, hard and very hard) and flavors (mellow and sharp). Plan on at least 2 ounces of cheese per person. Here are some delicious cheese plate combinations: • Flavored cheddar, like chipotle, queso blanco and pepper Jack. Serve with grapes, pickled chiles, dates, grape tomatoes. • Gruyère, Havarti and blue or Gorgonzola. Serve with apple and pear slices, dried apricots, olive assortment. • Chèvre (goat cheese), Colby, cream cheese. Serve with chives, crackers, breads, chutney. Instead of serving a typical dip, try this scrumptious Smoked Salmon Cheesecake. It’s one of more than 1500 recipes featured in the 11th edition of the “Betty Crocker Cookbook.” In this edition you’ll find hundreds of new recipes, brand new features, all new photography and plenty of helpful tips and techniques. With the new “Learn to Make” feature to guide you through recipes, you’ll become an expert in no time. And the “Heirloom Recipe and New Twist” feature brings many classic dishes to life alongside up-to-date recipe versions

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1 cup crushed buttery crackers (about 24 crackers) 3 tablespoons butter, melted 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup whipping cream 2 eggs 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups shredded Gouda cheese (6 ounces) 1/4 cup sliced green onions (4 medium) 1 package (4 1/2 ounces) smoked salmon, flaked 2 tablespoons sliced green onions (2 medium), if desired 2 tablespoons red caviar, if desired Pumpernickel crackers, if desired

Heat oven to 375°F. In small bowl, stir crackers and butter until well mixed. Press evenly in bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake about 8 minutes or until golden brown. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. In large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add whipping cream, eggs and salt; beat until smooth. Stir in Gouda cheese, 1/4 cup onions and salmon until well mixed. Spoon evenly over crust. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until center is set. Run knife around edge of pan to loosen cheesecake. Cool completely at room temperature, about 1 hour. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours but no longer than 48 hours. Remove side of pan. Place cheesecake on serving platter. Top with 2 tablespoons onions and the caviar. Cut into wedges. Serve with crackers.

Serves 4 Olive oil 1 13-ounce to 1-pound turkey breast, skin left on Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 1 cup chicken stock 4 tablespoons butter 2 large oranges, segmented, membrane, seeds and pith removed (24 segments total) 4 tablespoons pistachios, toasted and roughly chopped 1/ 2 bunch chives, finely chopped Preheat oven to 400° F. Season turkey breast with salt and pepper. Set aside. Heat an 8 to 10-inch ovenproof sauté pan with olive oil over medium high heat. Place breast skin side down in hot pan, searing until skin is golden brown, for approximately 4 minutes. Transfer pan to middle shelf of preheat-

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ed oven, continuing to roast turkey skin side down for approximately 10 to 12 more minutes. Turkey should be done when internal meat temperature is between 170°F and 180°F and the flesh feels slightly firm to the touch. Remove from oven and allow to rest. In sauce pan, heat chicken stock over medium heat and reduce by half. Add butter and swirl into reduced stock over low heat. Add orange segments, gently tossing them in sauce and season lightly with salt and pepper. Taste and correct seasoning. Set aside on very low heat to keep warm. To serve, slice turkey on a bias into thin slices and overlap slices in a fan. Spoon warm orange sauce over turkey, and sprinkle with toasted pistachios. Garnish with chives and serve immediately on its own or with prepared rice or potatoes. For more tips and recipes from Chef Cat Cora, and to learn more about safe food prep, visit

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ou can host a fabulous holiday dinner party with a guaranteed-delicious menu like this one, crafted by Kendall-Jackson® and The Beef Checkoff. Sweet and Savory Petite Steak Sandwiches set the party off on the right note. The first bite of the entrée, juicy Pistachio-Crusted Tenderloin with Cabernet Sauce, will have guests begging for the recipe. And for the perfect ending, offer Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Riesling Raisins. Holiday Beef Roasts —Tenderloin Roast: The most tender of all, this lean roast is available whole or as a smaller center-cut. —Rib Roast: This show-

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Pistachio-Crusted Tenderloin with Cabernet Sauce

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No Class, No War...
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here? Aren’t we supposed to be making this country work for all of us, not just the privileged top one percent? And now those at the very top and their right wing, Republican, enablers and sycophants, cry “class war!!” Those in the middle class and below are engaging in war? Well, even if it is war, the middle class is doing nothing but shooting back, seeking to defend themselves against an onslaught of policies that hurt us and ultimately hurt our beloved country. But this isn’t war. Those on the right doth protest too much. Americans of all income classes are capitalists. We all support

private enterprise and we all appreciate those who work hard and find success. Do you know anyone who begrudges the wealth that Steve Jobs accumulated through his own hard work? I don’t. No, this isn’t war, and those who spit out such vile ideas have no class. No class, and no understanding of economics or history. Today’s income and wealth disparity is not good for our country and is patently unfair. Fairness in the distribution of wealth and income is all that the vast majority of Americans want. Not war. Peace. Send comments to

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year before a presidential election, usually a low turnout year. Locally, Republican Tracy Tobin will be on the ballot for Township Committee. Mr. Tobin has been appointed head of Long Valley's green initiative and has spear headed two successful collections for used electronics. It was a big disappointment that the fire works was canceled twice due to unusually high amount of rainfall. To my loyal readers, I missed two columns this summer because I was involved in the construction of a patio in my back yard. It

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Pay less for your electricity We have all been inundated with phone calls, emails and junk mail to switch to a different energy provider. Is it worth it? YES. Thanks to the deregulation of energy, you can now shop for a better rate. Just like the phone company and cable television, NJ, CT and PA and many other states have deregulated there energy market . Already, 40% of electric customers in CT and PA have converted to a different electric supplier and NJ customers are following this trend. In all the states mentioned, the local utility is still responsible for maintaining the existing wires, pipes and poles and billing. These new energy suppliers can provide the electricity at a lower cost than the existing utilities such as PSE&G, JCPL and ACE. However, when switching, beware, as some of these suppliers offer promotional rates which increase over time, have hidden fees and their rate does not include sales tax. Just make sure that the rate you’re offered is the rate you’ll pay. Lastly some have penalties if you want to switch, so read the terms and conditions, shop wisely and start saving There are many ways to cut energy consumption and be smarter in the way we use it. By doing just a few of the things mentioned in this article you will be adding money to your pocket.

t used to be so simple. “Just Turn the Lights Off!” Now with technology and competition, it’s become a little more complex. According to the Energy Data Book, heating accounts for 31% of the average energy bill, followed by appliances and electronics at 27% and water heating at 12%. Saving energy can be divided into three areas. 1. Use less. 2. Be more efficient when you are using it. 3. Pay less for it. USING LESS. The average family can cut energy consumption by more then 10% simply by doing the basics. Turn off lights, use timers on night lights, and turn your thermostat down at night. William Curcio, Executive Vice President at Eastern Propane located in Oak Ridge, NJ recommends the following six simple energy saving tips which can help you conserve energy and reduce your family’s home heating bills. • CHANGE YOUR FURNACE FILTER MONTHLY. Clean filters help your heating system work more efficiently. • DIAL BACK YOUR THERMOSTAT. You can cut annual heating bills by as much as 10 percent per year by turning your thermostat back 10-15 percent for eight hours per day. • GET A TIMER. Investing in a furnace thermostat timer saves you money by lowering your home’s temperature when you’re not at home. • KEEP JACK FROST FROM SNEAKING IN Reduce the air leaks in your home by caulking, and weather stripping windows, doors and other openings. • SCHEDULE A TUNE UP. A properly working heating system is more efficient and will save you money. • KEEP YOUR VENTS UNOBSTRUCTED. Arrange furniture and draperies so they do not block radiators, vents or baseboard units. The US Department of Energy recommends switching to more efficient lighting! BE MORE EFFICIENT. Switching to more efficient lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. An average household dedicates 11% of its energy budget to lighting. Using the latest lighting technologies can reduce lighting energy use in your home by 50% to 75%. Be sure to buy ENERGY STAR qualified. They will save you about $30 or more in electricity costs over each bulb’s lifetime. The top energy users for appliances are the refrigerator and washers, and dryers. When you shop for a new appliance, look for the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR products usually exceed minimum federal standards by a substantial amount. The Energy Guide label estimates how much power is needed per year to run the appliance based on the yearly cost. Many appliances continue to draw a small amount of power when they are switched off. These “phantom” loads occur in most appliances that use electricity, such as VCRs, televisions, stereos, and computers. Many people believe that equipment lasts longer if it is never turned off, this is an incorrect perception. Unplugging the appliance or using a power strip and using the switch on the power strip to cut all power to the appliance can avoid these phantom loads.

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