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By JIM WRIGHT
The Montgomery Sun
Montgomery EMS is one of
several nominees for Outstanding
Volunteer EMS Agency. Also, Bev
Glockler and Capt. Rob Giguere
are among the nominees for EMS
Volunteer Lifetime Achievement
Award and Outstanding Volun-
teer EMT-B respectively. The win-
ners will be selected by the State
Department of Health & Senior
Services, Office of Emergency
Medical Services as part of this
year’s New Jersey Statewide Con-
ference on EMS to be held in No-
vember.
“To even be nominated for
Outstanding Volunteer EMS
Agency helps us recognize the
tremendous dedication and effort
our volunteers donate to the com-
munity,” Giguere said. “Every
day our volunteers put their per-
sonal lives on hold in order to
help someone in need”.
In 2010, the EMS’s 70-plus pro-
fessional members donated more
than 41,000 hours of being on
duty, waiting to respond at a mo-
ment's notice and covering 99.2
percent of the 1,300-plus calls.
Montgomery EMS operates
three ambulances, two first-re-
sponder vehicles and a fire-rehab
trailer.
As an all-volunteer squad, all
the funds received are devoted to
the supplies and requirements of
providing emergency medical
services. Since expenditures for
salaries and benefits are zero, the
squad is very cost-effective in
these tough economic times.
Glockler joined Montgomery
EMS 24 years ago and has always
been deeply involved with the
squad. She has consistently been
one of the top responders. Bev
also wears many hats in the or-
ganization. She is a crew chief,
the squad treasurer, runs the
fund drive, has scheduled the day
crew for more than 20 years and
has been a mentor to many new
members.
Giguere has served with Mont-
gomery EMS for more than a
decade. Under his leadership the
squad embraced new technolo-
please see EMS, page 2
Montgomery EMS up for award
By JIM WRIGHT
The Montgomery Sun
About a dozen people were able
to get into the Halloween “spirit”
Oct. 18 at the Mary Jacobs Li-
brary during a presentation by
well-known paranormal investi-
gator and author L’Aura Hladik,
founder of the New Jersey Ghost
Hunters Society, the largest para-
normal investigating organiza-
tion in New Jersey.
Hladik, who has been investi-
gating paranormal activity since
1993, related an experience she
had at the Burlington County
Prison Museum while alone dur-
ing a visit.
As she passed into a breezeway
between the warden’s quarters
and the prison, she was “hit in
the face” with a strong smell of
cigarette smoke. When she asked
the museum docent if anyone
had recently taken a cigarette
break, he told her no smoking
was allowed on the premises be-
cause of its historic nature.
“‘You see that building across
the street,’” she recalled him
telling her. “‘That’s as close as
anybody can get to this property
with a cigarette.’”
Hladik, who is the author of
“Ghosthunting: New York” and
“Ghosthunting: New Jersey,” said
she also captured an Electronic
Voice Phenomenon, or EVP, a
whispered sound at too high a
pitch to be heard by the human
ears, of several voices, including
a man saying “committed no
crime” and the sound of some-
body exhaling on a cigarette.
She also spoke of the former
Bernardsville Library, now the
Meli Melo shop, said to have a
residual haunt of the blood-cur-
dling scream of Phyllis Parker,
who was engaged to one of the
boarders in what was at that time
the Vealtown Tavern.
But his body was discovered in
a coffin in a downstairs room
after he had been hanged as a sus-
pected Tory spy by General An-
thony Wayne during the Revolu-
tionary War.
A resident of the house first
heard the scream and footsteps in
1877 while working alone in the
house, and Parker’s ghost is said
to still haunt the premises, Hladik
said, adding that the library still
has her library card, “cause she’s
always around.”
An investigation in the house
in 2011, she said, captured a ghost-
ly head by a lampshade and a full-
body apparition of what appears
to be a man in a flannel shirt
standing next to the window.
“Full-body apparitions are
very rare,” she said. “I’ve been
doing this since 1993, and I’ve yet
to capture one.”
Another noted haunted loca-
Paranormal
presentation
at the library
L’Aura Hladik gets patrons
at Mary Jacobs into
the Halloween spirit
please see GHOST, page 3
gies, streamlined response time
and improved process resulting
in both service and quality im-
provements of our response.
As a founding member of the
Somerset County Chiefs Associa-
tion, he also fosters teamwork
across agencies and towns in the
county.
Formed in 1972, Montgomery
EMS primarily provides 911 cov-
erage to Montgomery Township.
It is not affiliated with any hospi-
tal nor is it a municipal entity.
All services provided by Mont-
gomery EMS are provided free of
charge. It relies solely on volun-
teers and the donations received.
The squad is always looking for
the next driver or EMT.
And please remember that
Montgomery EMS relies upon
support from the community we
support, today more than ever.
Find it on Facebook, visit us
online at http://www.mems47.org
or call 908-359-4112.
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Residents who sustained dam-
age from Hurricane Irene have
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“If you had damage and haven’t
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Even if an insurance settle-
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tion in New Jersey is the Stan-
hope House in Sussex County,
home of the “Singing Female
Ghost” that Hladik said has been
seen walking into a wall in the
parlor and vanishing, though she
could still be heard singing. The
location is also home to the neat
ghost at the bar who always uses
a napkin.
Hladik related that a manager
of the bar who was alone once no-
ticed that one chair was facing
the TV screen and a single napkin
was on the bar. She turned the
chair back to the bar and threw
the napkin away. When she re-
turned a short time later, still
alone in the bar, the chair was
turned back to the TV screen and
another single napkin was sitting
on the bar.
Two notable locations in down-
town Manhattan are also said to
be haunted, Hladik said. The
Bridge Café, known as the oldest
bar in New York City, having been
in business since 1794, and the
Manhattan Bistro on Spring
Street.
The Bridge Café, Hladik said,
has had documented cases of fly-
ing pictures, and a manager and a
rescue worker from the 9-11
cleanup at the World Trade Cen-
ter who were gathering food from
the temporarily closed restaurant
to give to other rescue workers,
were alone in the bar when they
heard footsteps coming from a
room that had been deemed too
unsafe for anyone to enter.
The Manhattan Bistro, which
is built above a well in which a
murdered young woman’s body
was found in 1799, has had re-
ports of flying wine bottles, an ex-
ploding wine glass at the bar and
smells of cigars and cigarettes,
though smoking had not been al-
lowed in the building for years.
“They’ve had electrical prob-
lems and plumbing problems, in-
cluding coming in to find several
inches of water on the floor be-
cause the sink was turned on
overnight,” Hladik said, adding
that the ghost of the murdered
girl Guiliana Elmore Sands, is
said to frequent the area next to
the maitre ‘d stand, which is built
right over the well where her
body was found.
Also haunted in New York is
Hart Island, which Hladik said
has “just the most creepy, heavy
energy to it.”
The mile island, she said, is a
Potter’s Field home to 800,000
graves of unknown names.
Michael Douglas, she said,
would not even do a graveyard
scene on the island for his 2001
movie “Don’t Say a Word.
“They mocked up the grave-
yard somewhere else and he shot
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Hladik said got into paranor-
mal investigating after she took
the ghost tour that Jane Doherty,
psychic medium, led at the Spy
House in October 1992. She had
been interested in ghosts and
paranormal activity as a child
when her dad introduced her to
“The Twilight Zone” TV show.
“After meeting Jane, I attended
some of her seances there at the
Spy House too and by 1993 formed
Ghost Hunters Inc. and sent out
business cards to all the new
age/metaphysical stores in New
Jersey,” she said. “ I landed the
first case via Audrey's Inner Vi-
sions which was in Denville. This
case took place at Fairleigh Dick-
inson University in Madison.
Hladik said what she loves most
about investigating the paranor-
mal is the fascination factor.
“I'll never get bored of this,”
she said. “As fast as I learn one
thing in this field, I end up with
six more questions to research
and answer.”
For more information on
Hladik and the New Jersey Ghost
Hunters Society, log on to
NJGHS.net.
GHOST
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Ghost hunter comes to talk
Halloween is a great time of
the year for you and your chil-
dren.
The kids get to dress up in al-
most any type of costume to go
trick-or-treating, make believe
they are someone else and get
tons of candy.
But Halloween also could be a
time of the year when trick-or-
treaters experience preventable
mishaps.
“Halloween is traditionally a
time for children to have fun, but
most often it is the children who
can be injured by situations that
are avoidable,” said Somerset
County Sheriff Frank J. Proven-
zano. “Be sure your child’s cos-
tume does not obstruct their vi-
sion and is not so cumbersome
that they can trip over it.
“In the excitement of the
night, kids often dart across
streets,” he continued. “Falls and
pedestrian accidents are statisti-
cally two of the ways most chil-
dren are injured on Halloween.
Be sure that, as a parent, you ac-
company your children for their
safety and your peace of mind.”
Below are some safety tips for
adults and youngsters so you can
enjoy this special night:
When purchasing or making a
costume, wigs or accessories,
look for one made of flame-retar-
dant material.
Don't allow children to go trick-
or treating unsupervised.
Pick a safe and familiar neigh-
borhood.
Don't allow your children to eat
treats of which you are unsure.
Throw away treats with loose
or broken wrappers.
Do not allow children to eat ap-
ples unless a parent inspects
them first.
Be wary of choking hazards for
small children, such as peanuts,
gum and hard candies.
Older children should go trick-
or-treating in groups. Be sure
they carry change for a pay phone
or a cellular phone in case of
emergency. Tell them to stick
with routes you have approved.
Discuss and be aware of the
neighborhoods where they will
trick-or-treat.
Review basics with your chil-
dren prior to going out, such as
looking both ways before crossing
the street and crossing at corners,
never between parked vehicles.
Never go to a house when the
lights are off.
Homeowners, make sure your
yard is clear of such things as lad-
ders, hoses, dog leashes and flow-
erpots that can trip the young
ones.
Tell your children that no mat-
ter how enticing the treats offered
them, they are never to go into
the home or car of someone they
do not know.
Be sure to take a flashlight or
glow stick with you.
If your children go on their
own, be sure they wear a watch,
preferably one that can be read in
the dark.
Review with your children the
principle of "stop-drop-roll,"
should their clothes catch on fire.
Secure emergency identifica-
tion – name, address and phone
number – discreetly within Hal-
loween attire or on a bracelet.
If you have any further ques-
tions on trick-or-treating, please
contact your local police depart-
ment. In case of emergency, dial
9-1-1.
Follow these tips and
have a safe Halloween
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The following reports were
available, on file, with the Mont-
gomery Township Police Depart-
ment.
On Oct. 16 at 9:30 p.m., a 19-
year-old Skillman was arrested
and charged with drunken driv-
ing, following a crash in his 2000
Jeep Cherokee at the intersection
of Montgomery Road and Route
206.
A caller reported that a vehicle
had just run over a stop sign and
continued to drive with the sign
wedged under the car.
The sign was located on the
southbound side of Route 206. Of-
ficer Dewitt Giles located the ve-
hicle in the parking lot of the
Wawa on Route 206. The driver
and his passenger were ques-
tioned about the incident. The
driver was subsequently arrested
by Off. Bleistine, and his car was
impounded. He was issued sum-
monses for drunken driving, re-
fusal to submit to breath testing,
underage drunken driving, fail-
ure to stop or yield, reckless driv-
ing, careless driving, leaving the
scene of an accident, failure to re-
port an accident, destruction of
agricultural/ recreational prop-
erty, and failure to maintain a
lane.
He was released and is sched-
uled to appear in Montgomery
Municipal Court.
On Oct. 16, a resident on Silcox
Court in Belle Mead reported
someone was alleged to have used
her personal identifiers to open
two credit accounts, amounting
to $17,861.
On Oct. 17, a resident on Muir-
head Court in Belle Mead report-
ed that someone entered both of
his unlocked vehicles parked in
his driveway between 7:30 pm and
4:45 am, and removed change and
a gift card.
On Oct. 17 a resident in Stone-
bridge reported someone entered
her room and allegedly stole $400.
POLICE REPORTS
The deadline to submit loan ap-
plications to the Small Business
Administration (SBA) is also Nov.
30. Completing and returning the
SBA application is an essential
step in the process.
If you are a homeowner or
renter and SBA determines you
cannot afford a loan, you may be
referred for other possible assis-
tance.
Additional information is avail-
able online at www.sba.gov or by
calling 800-659-2955.
To date, FEMA has approved
more than $136 million in assis-
tance to disaster survivors, while
the SBA has approved nearly $44
million in disaster loans to home-
owners, renters, businesses of all
sizes and nonprofit organizations.
“We don’t want to see anyone
left out,” said Lt. Paul Miller, State
Coordinating Officer for New Jer-
sey Office of Emergency Manage-
ment. “Registering is the only
way to find out if you’re eligible.”
There are three ways to regis-
ter – go to www.disasterassis-
tance.gov, m.fema.gov or call
FEMA toll-free, 800-621-3362
(FEMA).
Those with access or functional
needs and who use a TTY may call
800-462-7585 or use 711 or Video
Relay Service to call 800-621-3362.
Telephone lines are open from 7
a.m. to 10 p.m. ET; multilingual
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Bipartisanship is good
for the community
Recently, a Montgomery resident wrote
your newspaper to assert that our town-
ship’s all-Republican Township Committee
is fully representative of our community
and doing a great job. As a 28-year resident
of Montgomery, I have a different opinion.
I do not believe that most people in the
township want to be represented by mem-
bers of only one political party. Most peo-
ple want balance. They want public dia-
logue.
I do not believe most people feel they are
better off under one-party rule. Taxes are
higher, fees are higher, roads are worse and
televised public meetings went dark.
The promised sale of Skillman Village
for a park is trotted out for the third year in
a row as a reason to vote Republican, but
there is still no sale.
That same person who wrote to applaud
one-party government declared that the
township committee should get credit for
how well our police, fire and EMS squads
responded so well to Hurricane Irene.
Really?
I think not.
The Montgomery Police Department is
outstanding in large part because the peo-
ple who led the bipartisan township com-
mittee some years ago – people who hap-
pened to be Democrats – had the courage
and determination to tackle and solve seri-
ous problems that festered under an all-Re-
publican township committee in the ‘90s.
The EMS is excellent because of the vol-
unteers who do the job make it so, despite
the fact that today’s township committee
cut its funding nearly in half. Likewise, the
fire companies are excellent because of
great volunteers.
I expect all of these volunteer first re-
sponders would take exception to the no-
tion that their terrific performance is a
credit to politicians.
Montgomery needs someone in local of-
fice with a mind of his own, who puts peo-
ple first and who does not answer to the
ruling party. Montgomery needs Mark Pe-
traske on the township committee.
Nickole Forbes
What is the committee
trying to hide from us?
An informed and engaged electorate is
crucial for a functioning democracy. To en-
sure that citizens remain informed, our
government throughout its history has
both ensured the public’s right to access
government information and engage in
open debate, be it through the First
Amendment, the Open Public Meetings
Act or the Open Public Records Act. To
further that purpose of an informed elec-
torate, many levels of government, includ-
ing other townships in New Jersey, record
and broadcast their township meetings.
Not the 5-0 Republican township commit-
tee in Montgomery.
The 5-0 Republican township committee
has done the exact opposite. As soon as
they took control of the township commit-
tee two years ago, after eight years of local
Democratic leadership, without any expla-
nation, the 5-0 Republican committee im-
mediately stopped videotaping and web-
casting township committee meetings.
In response, a group of concerned citi-
zens now records the meetings themselves.
All they have asked is to have the township
broadcast the unedited meetings. The 5-0
Republican township committee has re-
fused.
Why would the 5-0 Republican township
committee refuse? Maybe they don’t want
you to know that the recently resigned
Thom Carter has not attended a meeting
for the last four months (although he has
been getting paid), or that Skillman Village
has not been sold to the county like prom-
ised, or that the 5-0 Republican township
committee without any public debate is
scheming to disband the township police
department for a county police force.
Government is not supposed to function
in secret. When it does, it ceases to be a
democracy. Until we return to the two-
party system in Montgomery, we will con-
tinue to be left in the dark and never know
what else is occurring behind closed doors.
Please vote for Mark Petraske for township
committee and end Montgomery’s clandes-
tine, one-party government.
Keith Hovey
Don’t waste taxpayer money on
videotaping meetings
In this year’s campaign season, I’ve
heard some complain that the Mont-
gomery Township Committee meetings
should be videotaped and the videotape
posted on the township website. To do that,
however, would require that the township,
using taxpayer dollars and township em-
ployees, make and certify the accuracy of
the videotape, which would be a public
record under state law. What a shame to
spend taxpayer dollars that way.
In addition to actually attending the
township committee meetings, which are
publicly noticed and open to the public,
Montgomery residents already can easily
review the content of the meetings at their
convenience and from their own homes.
First, the Montgomery Township website,
www.montgomery.nj.us posts the minutes
of the meetings and provides a link to the
official audio tape of everything said at the
public township committee meetings. Sec-
ond, the meetings are already videotaped.
The Montgomery Tea Party has been
videotaping the township committee meet-
ings for months and anyone may view
those videotapes by going to the organiza-
tion’s website, www.themontgomerytea-
party.org.
I applaud the current township commit-
please see LETTERS, page 7
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Attempting to
distract voters
The most recent Montgomery
Sun marked the second published
letter from the Montgomery Re-
publican campaign for township
committee with the bizarre state-
ment that Democratic candidate
Mark Petraske was a “Corzine
hand-picked candidate” for As-
sembly two years ago.
For the record, Mark Petraske
has never met or even spoken
with Jon Corzine.
The Republicans are trying,
with this fabrication, to distract
from a big problem: the inconven-
ient truth that a single-party lock-
step Montgomery Township Com-
mittee makes decisions behind
closed doors in party caucus,
heavily influenced by county
bosses – even when those deci-
sions conflict with the interests of
Montgomery residents.
The current, all-Republican
Montgomery Township Commit-
tee is not representative of most
Montgomery residents, and nei-
ther is their candidate.
The majority in Montgomery
needs a voice and a counterbal-
ance, and that voice is Mark Pe-
traske.
Give him, and Montgomery,
your vote on Nov. 8.
Alan Bookman
Is a countywide police
force coming?
My purpose in writing is to in-
form Montgomery residents
about the potential formation of a
Somerset County Police force and
the merger of township police de-
partments into that force. This
would be a giant undertaking for
Montgomery. In my opinion, all
township residents should be
aware of this activity, and get in-
volved in the process.
To date there has been little
community participation in the
effort because little or no infor-
mation has been distributed to
the public.
The merger proposal is being
studied by a task force which will
present its findings to the 21 Som-
erset County municipalities Dec
30, with the final report issued on
Feb 28. The study has been ongo-
ing since 2007.
The task force is chaired by Ge-
offrey Soriano, Somerset County
Prosecutor; Dr. Richard Celeste
from Raritan Valley College is the
vice chairman.
The proposed county police
force would be comprised of some
672 officers and staff organized
into five precincts. There would
be a common command and con-
trol system for all of the units.
This might be reduced to about
600 officers and staff by about
three years after the merger. Cur-
rent costs of the combined opera-
tions are about $104 million annu-
ally. This study estimates that
costs might be cut by about $20
million over a three-year period.
Thus far, it seems that discus-
sions about this vital public safe-
ty issue have taken place only in
private.
The police merger idea may
have potential advantages and
potential disadvantages, but even
the basic questions have not been
discussed with the general pub-
lic.
Some of the major questions I
have involve funding, response
time, personnel and equipment
location, need for another large
police force in addition to the
State Police and disposal of exist-
ing real property and equipment.
There are many, many more.
At this point I cannot support
nor can I oppose a merger be-
cause too many questions remain
unanswered.
Discussions with my neigh-
bors indicate that they, too, are in
the dark. It seems to me that the
whole subject should be brought
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Continued from page 6
please see LETTERS, page 9
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This is too big an issue to be
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ship residents get involved in this
process by discussing these is-
sues with task force members
and township officials to make
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Montgomery has an excellent
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I have known both Mark Pe-
traske and Rich Smith for many
years. Both, who are good friends
of mine, are truly fine men.
At any level, in order for a dem-
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party government fails to serve
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