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No. 16 Vol. 4

April 2018

Washington Twp. Gets Greener And Eyes New Bench With Plastic Challenge


By Cheryl Conway arbage may be bit lighter in Washington Twp. since March with a recycling initiative to collect as much plastic as possible. The Washington Twp. Green Team has entered the TREX Challenge- to collect at least 500 pounds of plastic in a six-month span. Residents are being asked to recycle all plastic and place items in the two cardboard bins located outside the township municipal building and library. Plastic items being collected include all disposable bags such as Ziploc bags, dry cleaning bags, grocery store bags, shopping bags, produce bags, bubble wrap, plastic wrap, newspaper sleeves, cereal bags, sandwich and even snack bags, describes Dan Ross of Long Valley, chair of the Washington Twp. Green Team. Trex is a composite decking company known as a leading recycled materials manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railings and other outdoor items. For its TREX Challenge, participants receive a bench made out of Trex material, lifelong material free of rotting. The challenge in Washington Twp. began in March and runs through August. “The competition is to raise 500 pounds of plastic in six months,” says Ross. Almost half way there, 208 pounds was

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collected in the first month, says Ross. The township can get a second bench if it collects 1,000 pounds by March 2019, he adds. Ross hopes to put the bench at the new Pollinator Meadow being established at Harrington Fields in Long Valley. The second bench may go along an interpretative trail inside the meadow, or if there is a need for a bench in another area in town, he says. As first time participants in the TREX Challenge, Ross says there is nothing to lose. “People usually throw these plastic bags out,” Ross says, “so it’s a way to collect the plastic.” Ross learned about the plastic recycling challenge through his involvement with the Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program. As part of the 20 week long program, stewards complete an internship. One of the stewards signed on to complete the TREX Challenge as her internship this past winter. “I thought it was a very simple but yet effective project,” says Ross, who works for Rutgers Cooperative Extension. “This is a great fit for our green team to take this on. Trex supplies bins and banners.” Ross says, “We’re finding it easy to do. There’s a lot of disposable plastic in our lives.” The bags have been collected biweekly by Ross’s mom, Paula Ross of Long Valley, another member of the Washington Twp. Green Team. She has been storing the collected bags in her garage, awaiting drop offs at Target to be weighed and collected

by Trex. “We bring it was we go,” says Ross. Anyone in the community, from residents, to schools and businesses, are invited to pitch in to recycle the plastic. All material must be clean, dry and free of food residue, says Ross. An extension of the Washington Twp. Environmental Commission, the Washington Twp. Green Team has been around since 2008, says Ross who is serving his second annual term as chair. Almost disbanded recently, the Green Team was reenacted by Ross and his mom after he was contacted by a township liaison. With five members currently involved, the Green Team is looking to grow. To get involved, go on the Washington Twp. Green Team Facebook page or call 908876-3315.

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More Restrooms And Concession Stand Await Visitors Of Local Park


By Elsie Walker h e n Palmer Park opens this season, visitors will find some new amenities which will make the park experience better. Rest rooms have been added to the area near the community garden. In addition, there is a concession area available; however, that will not be in use until adopted by a local sports club. Andrew Coppola, Washington Township administrator, noted that Palmer Park is ”the most heavily used park in the munic-

from CXT in Texas, brought and placed in the park and then the needed hookups were done. Its location in the park, near the community garden, was chosen because of the accessibility to a water supply. A

17’ x 21” section of the structure is taken up by the men’s and women’s rest rooms. The remaining 9’ x 21’ of that structure is available to be used as a concession stand; however, there are no appliances in

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Chester’s Past Frozen In Time With New Digital Images


By Elsie Walker hester has changed over time. Businesses have come and gone; structures have changed their look. One generation has passed the torch to the next. History is fleeting. However, what if there was a place which archived images of the past, frozen in time, so that they could be seen, enjoyed, and studied now and in the future? The Chester Library on Main Street is just the place. In addition to historical resources for students and teachers, oral histories,

This is one of the over 500 pictures donated by Joan Case to the Chester Library.

vertical newspaper clippings and other historical matter, the library has pictures taken by families which provide a glimpse into Chester’s past. Recently, more than 500 digital images were added to its Wyckoff Family collection donated by local resident and Wyckoff family member, Joan Case.

Debra Schiff, the local history librarian at the Chester Library, says “With researchers, both in-person and remote in mind, I preserve, describe, and make accessible the archival collections of the Chester Library. The description portion of this work includes creating online finding

aids so that anyone searching the web for topics related to the Chester area, will find our collections.” The finding aid, for those looking for historical information is found at /local-hist o r y- ro o m / f i n d ing-aids/.

Schiff noted that there are more than 1,000 images in the library’s various collections, spanning from the 1860s through present day. The recent digitized donations by Case are in addition to early glass plates and other photographs already in the Wy-

ckoff collection. Schiff shared that collection is important because its images span several generations and thus captures hundreds of years of Chester history. “My mom’s side of the family has lived in Chester since 1798, so cont. on page 5

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continued from page 4 the family had many photos around town and my uncle was a photographer,” says Case. “Not all the photos are of my family. Most of what I gave [the library] were photos of the town…and what better and safe place to give them to, than the Chester Library.” Schiff noted that there are many outstanding photos in the collection. When asked to pick the most historically significant, she said that would be difficult to do. “I would suggest that your readers take a visual trip through history by clicking on the images in the finding aid,” says Schiff. “I find it especially interesting to listen to Herman Rademacher’s oral history recordings while looking at some of the images in the collection.” The link to the oral history is playlist?list=PLTep06o-EtCEfyiWQj2zzE1IQQS4wKDqw.

Case shared that her love of Chester’s history inspired her to digitize photos and donate them to the library. Of that donation, Schiff said, “Joan gave us a great gift by digitizing her photos and donating copies to the library. Being able to make so many images of historical Chester available to researchers via the finding aid is what makes all of the work that went into this project (reformatting, resizing for the web, etc.) worthwhile. [Most]Importantly, the younger generations of researchers will have many more resources when working on school projects thanks to Joan Case.” In addition to helping preserve Chester history, Schiff does workshops, including ones on genealogy and preservation. The next one, Caring for Your Family’s Treasures, is scheduled for 7 pm on April 25, at the library, to celebrate Preservation Week.



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Pollinator Meadow Growing At Harrington Fields Will Attract Bees, Butterflies And Educate Visitors


By Cheryl Conway ith the weather warming up, seeds should be sprouting soon especially at Harrington Park in Long Valley. Known for its soccer fields, Harrington Park off of Flocktown and Rock roads, right across from the DPW, will soon have a Pollinator Meadow with native wildflowers, a Trex bench and interpretative trail to educate visitors about the need for pollinators and natural plants in the environment. The Native Wildflower Pollinator Meadow at Harrington Fields is a joint project by the Washington Twp. Environmental Commission and its Green Team, with special assistance from the Department of Public Works. It is made possible through a grant received last year, April 2017, by the Association of New Jersey Environ-

mental Commission. Dan Ross of Long Valley, chair of the Washington Twp. Green Team, applied to ANJEC for the $1,500 Open Space Stewardship Grant. The grant is issued for the purposes of land restoration, invasive species removal or establishing a habitat, Ross explains, and must also include an educational component. When Ross noticed the wildflowers and invasive plants growing in an unused area at Harrington Fields soccer complex, he realized the opportunity to improve the land. Along with volunteers, his first task was to remove the wildflowers, such as Oriental bittersweet, Japanese barberry and Autumn olive; remove the grass layer; toil the field; and apply a 10 pound mix of pollinator flower seed this past fall to lie dormant during the

winter in order to sprout this spring, he describes. He planted native wildflowers for the northeast region such as black-eyed Susan, asters, milkweed and goldenrod. The 10 to 15 different types of native perennials were ordered from American Meadows. As part of the educational component, Ross created a

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Pollinator Meadow Growing... continued from page 6, click on committees, Ad Hoc Green Team, then the link for The Native Wildflower Pollinator Meadow at Harrington Fields at the bottom. The goal is to make the area educational for all. The pollinator meadow “will be a field of wildflowers” with an interpretative trail looped within to inform visitors about the plants. One acre in size, the trail will go through and around the park and loop back to Patriots Path, Ross explains. From the grant money, 80 percent funded the seeds, a small portion will go toward fencing to keep deer out as well as work supplies, work

gloves and signage. A bench made out of Trex material- hoped to be received if 500 pounds of plastic is collected by August from the township’s participation in the TREX Challenge- will be placed along the interpretative trail, Ross anticipates. The Native Wildflower Pollinator Meadow at Harrington Fields “raises the awareness that pollinators are disappearing,” says Ross. “Eighty-five percent of foods we eat rely on pollinators,” he says, as do honeybees, bumblebees, butterflies, bats and moths. “They rely on the native plans to survive,” as well as insects as these plants are “vital to their life system.”

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The trail will also be beneficial as it will provide more passive recreation, be a nice place to walk dogs and raise awareness about the township’s Green Team with additional signage. The idea for the pollinator meadow was Ross’s, as he chose it as his internship project required as an environmen-

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he public is invited to meet and celebrate Washington Township’s heroes in blue on April 26, when the 46th annual Valor and Meritorious Awards Celebration is sponsored by the 200 Club of Morris County. The event will be held in the Birchwood Manor, Whippany, beginning with a cocktail reception at 5:45 p.m. The 7

p.m. awards ceremony will be followed by coffee and dessert. The event will honor several Washington Township police officers involved in the resolution of an armed robbery crisis in the town on July 17, 2017. The police staff members being honored are: Sgt. Lucas Allen, Chief Jeffrey Almer, Officer Kevin Barnes, Sgt. Brian Bigham, Lt. Chris Bratus, Offi-

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Library Seeks Book Donations For Sale


he Washington Township Public Library is now accepting donations for its annual Book Sale. Donations will be accepted through May 9, and the book sale will take place at the library May 10 through May 12. Both paperback and hard-


cover books for all ages are needed, as well as music and spoken word CDs, DVDs, and electronic games. All donated materials must be in good, usable condition. Materials that cannot be accepted are textbooks, encyclopedias, condensed books (such

Long Valley Opiods Education Seminar Rescheduled

he opioid epidemic educational seminar planned by the Washington Township Police Department has been rescheduled to April 24. The event had been canceled due to inclement weather. It will take place at 7 p.m. in the Valley View Chapel, Long Valley. “The opioid epidemic has become one of the biggest issues we have ever experienced, and it spirals throughout our country, our state, our

county, and through Washington Township,’’ said Police Chief Jeffrey Almer in a letter to the community. “The time for turning away and saying it is someone else’s problem is over. As a community, we need to address this head on.” Opioid does not mean the stereotypical thought of heroin, but involves prescription medications as well, which is where nearly 90 percent of people fighting addiction are continued on page 11

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Platinum Minds Hosts 11th Annual Fundraiser Dinner To Support N.J. Inner-City Boys


latinum Minds will host its 11th Annual Fundraiser Dinner on May 3, in support of its multiple programs serving inner-city boys. This year’s theme is “United For A Brighter Future” and the event will be held at the Olde Mill Inn, Basking Ridge. The dinner will feature

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Seminar Rescheduled... continued from page 10 introduced to them, the chief said. The program will include speakers, including Morris County Prosecutor Fred Knapp, Sheriff James Gannon; a presentation by Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury and Alton Robinson from the C.A.R.E.S. program, which helps those fighting addiction. “The first step towards fighting this epidemic is knowl-

edge,’’ the chief said. The Hope One Van from the Morris County Sheriff’s Department will also be at the event. Following the presentation, there will be a question and answer session with a panel consisting of the speakers above and representatives from Washington Township. To sign up to attend the event, use the following link: https://learnthefactswtmc.

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Chester Library New Logo Reflects Expanding Community Role

he Chester Library recently introduced during National Library Week held April 8-14. The logo’s tagline, “More than books, we’re a community,” reflects the expanding role of libraries and our commitment to help enrich the lives of Chester residents. The logo was developed as part of the library’s new strategic plan that sets the stage for the operational direction of the

library. Library Director, Lesley Karczewski, explains: “Books are only the beginning of our story. As a result of our strategic plan, we are actively working to increase the value of the library to the community. In addition to taking advantage of our large selection of books and other materials, people visit our library for meetings, to study, attend a program, or relax by the fireplace. We’re



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now taking the next step to offer programs and services that help the various communities within Chester. “For example, we’ve recently started outreach to the Hispanic community by visiting St. Lawrence Church after the Sunday Spanish Mass to distribute new library cards and books,” she says. “For local businesses, we’ve introduced a new service, Gale Small Business Builder, which helps businesses in planning and optimizing their business or nonprofit. For seniors, we’re evaluating life-long learning opportunities. These are only a few examples of

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ell-known writer, speaker, researcher, and plant advocate Dr. Allan Armitage will deliver a lecture, “Tales from the Garden,” in the Stone Barn at the Willowwood Arboretum in Chester Township on Sunday, April 29, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aside from being the top perennial plant expert in the country, Armitage excels in storytelling. His talk explores the mistaken myth of carrots improving eyesight, how a voodoo lily almost cancelled a marriage, and other wonderful tales. His stories touch on world history topics as well, including plants’ involvement in World Wars I and II, indigo’s role in Colonial America, and Queen Anne’s legacy that lives on in a simple roadside wildflower.

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Stunning custom built home with amazing mountain views. 37 Mile View to High Point Monument! Foyer with gleaming granite floors. Floor to ceiling custom Palladian windows allowing great natural light and views galore. Cathedral ceilings, custom light fixtures, 2-sided gas fireplace. The spacious open floor plan great for entertaining. Main floor with office or potential bedroom. Laundry conveniently located on main floor. Open eat in kitchen. Secluded setting surrounded by common area in a secure, gated community. Security system, 2 HVAC, 4 zone IG sprinkler, central vac, generous recessed lighting throughout, and so much more.

Stunning townhome in newest section of Panther Valley- The Meadows. Oakmont model w 2,500 SF of living space including 3 BR, 2.5 BA, 2 car garage and enormous 30’x23 finished basement. Open floor plan on first floor with 9’ ceilings, hardwood floors & gourmet kitchen with maple cabinetry, granite countertops, 10’ center island, SS appliances & under cabinet lighting, and door to private patio. Gas FP in LR with granite surround & custom mantle. Second level features 20’x14’ master bedroom with vaulted ceilings, tremendous walk-in closet & master bath with soaking tub, separate stall shower & double vanity w/granite countertops. Patio with mountain view.


5 Highlands Lane, Hardwick List Price: $439,900 • Immaculate 4 BR, 2 1/2 bath colonial situated in private culdesac w 4.8 acre oasis. Over 3000 sf of living space. Kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, custom Amish oak cabinets and eat in area with vaulted ceilings and amazing view. Family room with floor-toceiling brick surround wood-burning fireplace with the gas insert, skylights, and sliders to deck to enjoy your evening cocktails. Hardwood floors throughout. Private backyard graced with mature trees and your own pond stocked with fish. Beautiful crown moldings. Master bedroom w full bathroom, walk in closet and sitting room w skylight. All bedrooms very spacious. Laundry room conveniently located on main level. New deck to enjoy your summer days. Furnace and water tank five years old. Central vacuum.






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Stunning Fairmount colonial situated on very desirable corner lot. From the beautiful stone foundation to the stylish deck w stone foundation this home offers so much. YOU WILL NOT GET THESE UPGRADES WITH NEW CONSTRUCTION! Kitchen features granite, maple cabinets, rec lighting, SS appliances, breakfast bar, and pantry. HWF first and second level (exc K/BA).

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4 BR, 2.5BA colonial professionally landscaped w beautiful paver walkways and stone retaining walls. Stylish kitchen w white cabinets, granite counters, recessed lighting, backsplash and breakfast bar. Sliders off kitchen lead to beautiful paver patio w IG pool, professional landscaping, beautiful stone retaining walls, aluminum fencing great for pets, and spacious shed that could double as your pool house. Kitchen opens to FR w WBFP w wood and slate surround. MBR w WIC and full bath. Anderson windows. Remodeled main bathroom with quartz counters and soaking tub. Newer HVAC & H2O heater.

Charming Stone House with a renovated Carriage House. Carriage House has 2 bedrooms, kitchen, family room and full bath. Possible uses include home office, guest house, or rental. Unique main home with the beamed ceilings, wood plank floors, stone walls and two fireplaces. Great weekend getaway or year round home minutes from Rt 78.

Phenomenal townhome situated in Panther Valley community. Home features three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a finished walkout basement with one car garage. Completely remodeled kitchen featuring beautiful cabinets, granite counters, huge pantry and stainless steel appliances. Kitchen has been completely refigured with open floor plan and breakfast bar. Large master bedroom with walk-in closet and additional closet. Master and guest bathrooms updated with stylish vanities. Laundry room with new flooring, cabinets and slop sink. Deck with Mountain View great to enjoy meals. Newer windows with transferable warranty. Newer air-conditioner.

Beautiful 3 BR, 3.5 BA townhome overlooking the golf course. Open floor plan. Updated kitchen with quartz counters, HW flooring, and a cozy breakfast nook. HW floors. Great room w cathedral ceiling, WBFP and sliders to deck overlooking golf course. MBR with full bath and WIC. First floor office or potential bedroom. Workout room or additional living space on lower level. Tons of storage with 2 attics. Potential in law suite with living area, lower additional bedroom and full bath.



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Stunning 4BR, 4 BA colonial on 3.38 acres. Private lot. Wraparound front porch. Professionally landscaped. Heated floors first floor. Kitchen w Butler’s pantry, SS appliances, Viking stove, center island, granite, maple cabinets, tile backsplash, recessed lighting & HW. Loft area. MBR w sitting room, WI closet. MBA w tile surround jetted tub, double sink, stall shower. Fin WO basement. Patio & large composite deck w private wooded yard.3 car garage. 2 HVAC systems.15 zone sprinkler.

Lovely 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom townhome with 2 car garage. Remodeled kitchen with painted cabinets, granite counters, SS appliances and crown molding. Updated master bathroom and powder room. Enjoy your morning coffee or have dinner on your deck with serene wooded view. New windows, newer AC and furnace. LR with wood burning fireplace, recessed lighting and crown molding. Spacious bedrooms. Second BR w vaulted ceiling. Master bedroom with walk in closet and additional closet. MBA with granite counters, double sink, bath, and separate stall shower. Deck with natural gas line.


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62 Canada Goose Drive, Allamuchy Twp Sale Price: $369,900 Immaculate ranch w 3 BR 3 full bathrooms, and fin walkout basement. Home is situated on a cul-de-sac with open lot and mountain views. Eat in kitchen w pantry and tons of counter and cabinet space. Hardwood floors on main level. Living room w gas fireplace, neutral colors, and amazing views. DR with beautiful trey ceiling and sliders leading to composite deck. Master BR with vaulted ceilings. Stunning master bathroom remodeled with granite double sink, tile surround shower with frameless glass and additional storage area. Laundry conveniently located on main level off kitchen. Finished basement with living room, bedroom, full bath and separate entrance great for potential in law suite.

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revor Haas of Haas Laser Technologies, Inc., in Flanders presented the award for “Best Engineering Project” to Jay Tadinada of Long Valley, for his project titled “Build and Program for a Small Robot.” The award was presented during the Long

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Make Kitchen Time Easier... continued from page 20 trimmed of fat 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided 12 ounces sliced portobello mushrooms 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons water 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon sugar 2 tablespoons chopped green onions Sprinkle both sides of pork with pepper. In large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon canola oil. Cook pork chops 4 minutes on each side, or until internal temperature reaches 160 F.



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Make Kitchen Time Easier... cont. from page 21 Pressed Pepperoncini-Pork Sandwiches Servings: 4 12 ounces crusty French bread, unsliced 4 leftover pork chops from Pork Loin Chops with Sweet Balsamic Mushrooms recipe 2/3 cup pepperoncini slices 1 plum tomato, chopped 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil 1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano 1/4 teaspoon dried pepper flakes 3 slices ultra-thin sliced Swiss cheese, cut in half Hollow out top and bottom halves of bread, leaving 1/2inch thick shell. Place pork on bottom half of

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Rebalance Your Diet

triking a balance between work and home life, friends and family, and hobbies and errands can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. As you look to rebalance certain aspects of your life during the spring season, don’t forget to take your diet into consideration as well. Including grain-based foods as part of a balanced diet – along with proper exercise – can be an essential part of living a healthier lifestyle and can provide numerous health benefits. In fact, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend a 50-50 balance between whole and enriched grains per day for optimal health. Furthermore, research from the Grain Foods Foundation suggests whole and enriched grains supply a variety of key vitamins and minerals, like thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, zinc, selenium and magnesium, and important shortfall nutri-

ents like dietary fiber, iron and folate. Incorporating grains into meals throughout the day, including these under-500 calorie recipes for Grilled Cinnamon French Toast with Granola Crunch and Roast Beef and Arugula Sandwiches featuring whole and enriched grains, can aid in maintaining a healthy weight. Additional benefits of consuming grains include lowering cholesterol and supporting digestion, while also providing anti-inflammatory nutrients and fiber, which helps fight belly fat. Find more nutritionist-developed, balanced and budget-friendly recipes for every meal at grainfoodsfoundation. org. Grilled Cinnamon French Toast with Granola Crunch Recipe courtesy of Oroweat on behalf of the Grain Foods Foun-

dation Prep time: 20 minutes Servings: 2 1/2 cup orange juice 1/4 cup light brown sugar 2 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup strawberries, sliced 1 banana, thinly sliced 3/4 cup milk 1 egg 1 teaspoon cinnamon 4 slices whole-grain nut bread 1/4 cup granola, for garnish To make sauce: In saucepan, stir together orange juice, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, strawberries and banana. Simmer over medium heat 5-6 minutes, or until flavors have combined, stirring occasionally. To make French toast: In shallow bowl, whisk together milk, egg and cinnamon. Dip slices of bread into milk mixture and cook 2 minutes on each side over medium heat on flat

griddle or grill, or until golden brown. Serve French toast with strawberry-banana sauce and top with granola. Roast Beef and Arugula Sandwiches Recipe courtesy of Roman Meal on behalf of the Grain Foods Foundation Prep time: 5 minutes Servings: 2 1 Tbl low-fat mayonnaise 2 teaspoons horseradish 4 slices whole or multi-grain bread, toasted 4 slices tomato 4 ounces lean roast beef, thinly sliced 1 cup arugula or wild greens Spread mayonnaise and horseradish evenly over two bread slices. Layer tomato, roast beef and arugula on top of mayonnaise and horseradish. Top with remaining slices of bread.

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The Temptation To Temp - A Job For All Seasons


By Ricki Demarest verybody needs a paycheck. Sometimes, whether one just graduated or is still in college, been recently laid off or had a life changing event – a job is a must. Becoming a temporary employee, or “temp,” can provide a solution. According to the American Staffing Association website, around 15 million people a year are hired as temporary and contract workers in the United States. In 2016, approximately 417,000 were in New Jersey. Nearly half of them claimed that it was a good way to get to a full-time job. One third of those workers were offered a full-time job while on assignment. Nine out of 10 agreed that temping was a viable way to become more employable. Temporary workers have the power to select their assignments and match their

skills to a position that may or may not become a full-time situation. Temping or “project work” also looks better on a resume than simply having long stretches of unemployment. Learning new skills while on assignment makes one a stronger candidate for future positions. Staffing agencies that manage contract workers vary in size from national or international firms with local offices to smaller organizations that focus on an industry or skill. Finding the right agency depends on matching skills and experience with the right agency. For instance, those who have worked in the corporate world may be the right fit for a large firm that offers general office help. Those with specific skills, may need to look a little harder. The easiest way to find an agency is by asking people who have used

nearby offices and by checking those websites. One of the many firms that place temporary workers is TeleSearch Staffing Solutions, which has offices throughout New Jersey. Kim Carsillo, the Flanders office branch described her company as “a large full-service placement firm.” In a recent interview, Carsillo outlined the process by which candidates are screened. Carsillo said that a recruiter will first interview a prospective candidate, who also completes paperwork and computerized assessments. Background and reference checks are part of the process. Then workers are matched with assignments. Workers who are placed, she noted, are employees of her agency not the companies where they are working. TeleSearch pays temp workers on a weekly

basis, taking and tax and necessary deductions from the gross amount. Being realistic about one’s skill level and showcasing work experience makes it easier to place a candidate. “If you’re looking to re-enter the work force as an administrative assistant you will want to make sure that your typing and software skill are up to industry standards…companies are hiring because they need someone to easily transition into their environment,” said Carsillo. TeleSearch does welcome everyone regardless of work experience and criteria. “We are able to find work for a wide variety of skill sets. We look for people who have recent work history, good references and willingness to work. The main thing all companies want are hardworking and reliable employees.” continued on page 25



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The Temptation To Temp... continued from page 24 She stressed that her company offers free training for those who want to upgrade their office skills. Certain companies do want specific criteria in their candidates. For instance, college degrees are desirable in the corporate

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Staffing Company blog stresses punctuality, reliability, excellent communication skills and ability to adapt to new demands. The Robert Half International Inc. staffing agency is the umbrella agency that hires personnel for industries as diverse as finance, marketing and the law. The idea that agencies only hire entry level people or that temp work makes a job search impossible are fallacies, according to its recent post. Temp work offers flexible schedules and a way for individuals to build their networks by meeting new people in the workplace. If searching for an agency, keep in mind that viable ones are licensed by the state

of New Jersey’s Department of Consumer Affairs. Agency branch offices register and are members of their local Chambers of Commerce. Although it’s common knowledge, it’s worth repeating that one should never have to pay any kind of a fee for the promise of a job nor divulge any financial information. If unsure, check whether there are any complaints against an agency through local consumer protection agencies or the NJ State Attorney General’s Office. The opportunities for temporary workers are many and varied. By protecting and pushing oneself, increase permanent prospects with a temporary gig.

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ow households earn their income has changed dramatically over the last several decades. According to a Pew Research Centeral analysis of the Decennial Census and American Community Surveys integrated Public Use Microdata Sample files, in 1960 only fathers worked in 70 percent of American households. That figure has dropped in each ensuing decade and by 2012 fathers were the sole earners in just 31 percent of American house-

holds. While one in four households in American were dual income households in 1960, by 2012 that figure had risen to 60 percent. While those figures represent dramatic changes, the number of households in which mothers are the sole earners has not changed all that much since 1960. In 1960, mothers were the sole earners in just 2 percent of American households. Fifty-two years later 6 percent of American households featured mothers as the sole earners.


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any people who need Acupuncture the most are missing out on its’ healing benefits. Are your schedules already jam pack? Is it difficult for you to carve out another appointment on your calendar? If you answered yes to either question, then its more important than ever that you begin Selfcare. Stress takes a huge toll on your physical and emotional health. Acupuncture can help you get and stay healthy while you are living in this stressful life. Here are 5 reasons you may want to consider marking your calendar for an Acupuncture treatment. 1. Stress Relief: Most people don’t even realize they have



Acupuncture Is Not Just For Pain! stress in their life, often you get so used to living at a certain stress level that it has become a normal part of your life. Acupuncture allows you to feel less affected by stress as well as help you to better manage the stressful aspects of your busy life. 2. Better Sleep: Sleep is one of the most important things our body needs to heal and regenerate. Sleeping pills and sleep aids sales have skyrocketed over the last 20 years. Acupuncture is highly effective at resolving insomnia and producing more restful nights. Over the years of treating patients, I continuously heard, “You know, now that you mention it, I have been sleeping a lot better since I started com-

ing for acupuncture.” 3. Immunity Boost: Acupuncture can strengthen your natural resistance to disease. Do you routinely work long hours or push yourself physically and mentally, then your immune system is working overtime? Getting sick can certainly reek havoc on the life of a busy person. Hence, it becomes important for you to focus on prevention. Acupuncture strengthens the immune system, thus allowing you to avoid illness rather than dealing with it. 4. More Energy: Although you will initially feel somewhat dazed and in a blissfully relax state immediately following your Acupuncture Treatment, the after effect is usually in-

creased energy. Many patients have reported increased energy in the days, weeks and ever months following their treatments. 5. Mental Clarity: In addition to the surge in energy after Acupuncture, many patients notice improved mental clarity. They are able to make decisions faster, with greater confidence. Invest in Acupuncture now and watch you productivity surge later. SYLANDS ACUPUNCTURE HAS MOVED TO IT’S NEW LOCATION, AT 50 MAIN ST. IN CHESTER. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO STOP BY AND VISIT OUR NEW LOCATION. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR OUR GRAND OPEING!

Side Effects Of Snoring Include Higher Risk For Alzheimer’s

noring may seem like a pesky yet minor problem, but it can be much more serious than some people know. Although snoring is a common problem among all ages and genders, the National Sleep Foundation says that men are twice as likely to snore as women, and snoring can worsen with age. The aging process can lead to a relaxation of the throat muscles, resulting in snoring. Furthermore, the NSF says anatomical abnormalities of the nose and throat, illness and other factors may also contribute to snoring. Drinking alcohol, which can have an effect similar to muscle relaxants, in the evening can make snoring worse. While many people may think snoring is a mere nuisance, it actually may be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. Over time, apnea can be associated with high blood pressure and increased risks of heart attack, stroke or death, advises WebMD. Now there is new evidence that those with obstructive sleep apnea may be at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease as well. A new study published in the

journal Neurology found that people with sleep apnea tended to develop memory problems and other signs of cognitive impairment earlier than people without such sleep disorders. Richard Osorio, MD, a research assistant professor of psychiatry at the NYU Center for Brain Health, found that, among 2,000 people studied, those who reported having sleep apnea or snoring tended to develop signs of mild cognitive impairment, including memory lapses and slower speed on cognitive skills, about 12 years earlier on average than those who

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Morris County Open Space Grant Applications Being Accepted

orris County Open Space Grant Applications Being Accepted The Morris County Department of Planning and Public Works, Division of Planning and Preservation, has announced that grant applications for funding of open

space projects under the Morris County Preservation Trust are now available online. Any of Morris County’s 39 municipalities and qualified charitable conservancies are eligible to apply for grant funding, said Barbara Murray, open space program coordinator.


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Funding for the grants comes from the county’s Preservation Trust Fund, which generates revenues through a voter-approved special county tax. The tax, set at 7/8 of a cent per $100 of tax assessment, should generate about $8 million this year. Of that money, the county allocates 2/8 of a cent to the Park Improvement Trust used by the Park Commission to restore facilities and 5/8 of a cent is allocated to the other Preservation Trust Programs. About 13,900 acres of open space have been preserved with the assistance of grant

funding from the county program since its inception in 1993, according to Murray. The deadline for submitting 2018 open space applications and appraisals is Friday, June 15. The Morris County Open Space Trust Fund Committee will visit proposed sites in September, with final presentations made in October, and recommendations made to the freeholder board in early November. Obtain additional information by contacting the Morris County Division of Planning and Preservation at 973-8298120.

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Events For Boys, Moms In Washington Township


ashington Township Recreation will present, “The bond between mother and son lasts a life time” events for mothers and their sons, ages 7-up in May. Both events are scheduled to be held at the Washington Township Senior Center, Long Valley. On Friday, May 4, at 5 p.m., mother and son cooking class will be offered. Mother and son will work together as a team to create their very own masterpiece and then sit down and enjoy a catered meal from a local restaurant. This event is $45 per couple and $15 for each additional son. The deadline

date for this event is April 30. On Friday, May 18, at 5 p.m., the township will offer a mother-son painting class. This event is designed for mother and son to have a fun creative night out together, along with a catered meal from a local restaurant. Each person will paint their very own 11x14 stretched canvas painting. This event is $60 per couple and $25 for each additional son. The deadline date for this event is May 11. For more information and to obtain a registration form, contact the town Recreation Office at (908) 876-5941, email or visit


Constitutional Speaker Presents Seminar On Foundations Of American Liberty


risAnne Hall a Constitutional educator, speaker and author plans to present Roots of Liberty Seminar, at Bernay’s Apgar American Legion Post 342, Chester, on May 5, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In this five-hour seminar, Hall takes the audience through the 700+ years and five foundational documents that laid the foundations of American Liberty. She also presents each of the first ten amendments, which comprise of the Bill of Rights, in their historical context. Does one know the fate of the Constitution rested on a handshake? What is the purpose of the 2nd amendment and who are the militia? What

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3 Tips To Meet Your Retirement Goals

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