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No. 15 Vol. 2


February 2017

New Chester Twp. Mayor Welcomes Communication

By Ann Marie Barron oon after taking office, Marcia Asdal, Chester Township’s new mayor, got right down to the business of making herself available to residents. Communication, transparency and accessibility will continue to be priorities, said Asdal, who has already posted several videos on the Chester Township website, her own website and both Facebook pages, and has made herself available to the public several times each month. Her videos touch on upcoming town council meeting topics and community issues. Additionally, Asdal has set up public hours in the township building on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon, during which time residents are invited to speak to her face to face. She’s also made herself available to the public at the Chester Library from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. once a month. Visit A new marketing and communications committee, aimed at promoting Chester Township, is another source of pride for the new mayor. “I just want to make myself accessible,’’ said Asdal, admitting that the videos push her a bit out of her comfort zone. “It takes me way too many takes to get them right,’’ she joked. “It’s so awkward.” Asdal, a Republican who ran unopposed and was elected in November with 2,738 votes, says she’s happy that the town recently hired a new zoning officer, Ryan Conklin, a likeminded administrator. “He has some of the same goals in mind, transparency, accessibility,’’ she said. “He just put a list on his website. Land use, zoning, it’s really stressful for people. It’s confusing. He really wants to make that process as painless

as he can.’’ A 30-year resident of the township, Asdal said she’s looking forward to her next three years and hopes to put systems in place that make the transition easier for the next mayor. She replaces former mayor, Bill Cogger, who served for three consecutive terms. “It’s exciting and there’s a lot of work ahead of me, but what is good is that I have the support of the residents,’’ Asdal said. “And I actually have the support of town hall. We have such a highly qualified staff there. They have certainly made this transition easier.’’ In terms of goals, she’s taking a cue from her constituents. “I’m basically responding to the residents,’’ she said. “Property values are down, our roads need attention and we need to make sure Chester Township remains a highly desirable town. People have a lot of choices. They have a choice of where to live and where to invest their money, and I want to make sure they feel good about choosing Chester.’’ A graduate of Illinois State University, Asdal and her husband, Bill, have five adult daughters. The couple is self-employed and runs several small businesses in Chester and in surrounding towns, including the Raritan Inn Bed and Breakfast in Califon. She’s no stranger to community service, having served


two terms as a Chester Township representative to the West Morris High School Regional Board of Education. She also led the Chester Science Fair for more than a decade, served as president of the Chester PTO, and volunteered at the Chester Library, the Chester Historical Society and Grace Bible Chapel in Chester.

Central Teacher Inducted Into N.J. Lacrosse Hall of Fame

By Jason Cohen e never played lacrosse and the first game he ever saw was when he coached. Now, 25 years later, Mike Walsh is a member of the N.J. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Walsh, the former girls coach at West Morris Central High School in Chester and current coach at Summit High School, was

inducted into the hall at Mercer Oaks in Princeton on Jan. 29. “When I got hired as a teacher they needed help with lacrosse,” Walsh said to the “Black River News.” While he left Central four years ago, he has been a history teacher there for 25 years. “Teaching and coaching are pretty similar,” he ex-

plained. “You try to interact with the kids and get them to learn what’s the good way to do it and how to get there.” He grew up in Ohio and moved to Bergen County at the age of 10. He played baseball and wrestled, but never heard of lacrosse. Walsh explained that Central was known for continued on page 2


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Free Income Tax Assistance For Washington Residents


ashington Township Recreation is offering free Income Tax Assistance from VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program. VITA offers free Federal and State Income tax preparation for simple returns (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ,

Schedules A&B). Those who qualify for this program must bring the following; two forms of ID, last year’s tax return and forms relevant to your last tax return. Tax assistance is set to be held at Washington Township Senior Center,

Long Valley, on Tues., Feb. 28 and March 28. This program is by appointments only starting at 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Call the Recreation Office at (908) 876-5941 or email recreation@wtmorris. net for more information and to set an appointment.

Chester Library Accepting Donations For Book Sale


he Friends of the Chester Library will begin to accept used books on March 13 in anticipation of their upcoming book sale. Fiction and nonfiction books, both hardcover and paperback, for adults, young adults and children

are most wanted. CDs, DVDs and video games may also be donated, but no out-of-date media. Books must be clean and in good condition. Computer, financial and travel books more than two years old as well as musty, stained and water damaged

books will not be accepted. Donations can be brought to the library until April 20. The book sale is set to take place at the Chester Library, Sat., April 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call the library at (908) 879-7612.

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soccer, but that changed in 1992 when he helped start the girls’ lacrosse program. He began as an assistant coach and from there his path to fame began. “Given that it was new for a lot of us, we kind of worked it out together,” he remarked. Walsh immersed himself in the sport. He went to clinics, watched film and picked the brains of numerous coaches, including Marguerite Dempsey of Columbia High School in Maplewood and Deanna Knobloch.of Moorestown High School. “I tried to be a student of the game as much as I

could,” he explained. Three years later he was named varsity coach. From 1995 to 2002 he lead the team to a record of 13823-2 record and five Morris County Tournament titles. In fact, from 1999 to 2001 the team only lost three games, all in the state semifinals. “I was fortunate at Central to have a lot of good athletes,” Walsh noted. Over the years the sport became popular and more girls began to play. At Central he had the opportunity to not only see the girls grow as players, but in the classroom as well. It made his job much

easier and many of those relationships formed years ago still exist today. “I’ve been fortunate to have a number of players to go on and become coaches,” Walsh commented. He added he has been to several weddings and graduations of former players. In 2012 he left Central and was named the new girls lacrosse coach at Summit High School. At age 51 he has no plans to retire anytime soon. “I just feel a lot of gratitude towards the opportunities that I was given,” he said. “I like to think of it as a way to honor all of those kids.”

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he 37th Annual Chester Science Fair is set to be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat., March 4, at the Black River Middle School in Chester. The fair provides students in grades kindergarten through eighth an opportunity to create and present projects to a panel of judges in STEAM

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CO2 Dragster Track; Dark Optics; Glow in the Dark Foods and Making Gummi Worms: Food Science with the Food Science Graduate Student Association of Rutgers University; Robotic Car Design; Sharks! Sharks! Sharks! with the


Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium; and STEM Design and Building Challenges. The fair relies on corporate sponsors with donations ranging from $250 – $5,000. Support is recognized through display of

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he luck of the Irish will be experienced at 11 a.m., Fri., March 17, at Washington Township Senior Center located in Rock Spring Park for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon. The Valley Restaurant will cater an American-Irish Traditional Luncheon.

The featured entertainment is the famous Michael Popkin, a musician since the age of seven; He is a diversified pianist, keyboardist and organist. Michael specializes in popular music, some Irish music, standards, oldies and show tunes. This popular program

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Gannon Leads Productive Role As New Morris County Sheriff


By Cheryl Conway nto the second month of his newly elected position, Morris County Sheriff Jim Gannon is off to a strong start in his mission to establish new partnerships, better services and improved technologies. Gannon of the Township of Boonton began Jan. 2 as the 77th sheriff of Morris County, taking the reins from Edward Rochford who served for 24 years since 1993. After November’s election win, Gannon met with Rochford to help with the transition and visited the Morris County Correctional Facility to prepare for its return of operations to the sheriff’s department. Having been in law enforcement for 33 years, Gannon was ready to step into his next challenge. “It’s been great,” says Gannon. “I love the role. Morris County Sheriff’s Office is a very proud agency,” with the “finest officers, support staff second to none. That’s a great start. We also have people that are hungry for improvements,” from “senior people” with great ideas, to innovative “young folks.” “Good things are hap-

pening,” he continues. “The agency is changing before our eyes. I want to improve on all that they’ve [previous sheriffs] done. They’ve done a phenomenal job.” Before Gannon came on board, the Morris County Freeholders had been managing the county jail for 16 months, since 2015 after taking it away from the sheriff due to issues such as officers’ salary hikes and overtime costs. That same board voted unanimously, 7-0, in Dec. 2016, to return the day-day management of the county jail back to the sheriff’s department. The sheriff’s office had run the county jail for 277 years, since 1739, says Gannon, who spent 100 hours reviewing the matter before presenting to freeholders the benefits of one agency. “The jail had always been the responsibility of the sheriff,” he says. To have it returned, made the most sense for better operations and partnerships. “Bottom line is we will work together. It’s more suitable that I take over.” As one agency- the Bureau of Law Enforcement

and the Bureau of Corrections- the new Morris County Sheriff’s Office employs 330 employees, which include 160 officers at the correctional facility, 90 officers in law enforcement, and additional support staff. There is “a lot going on” with the two bureaus, says Gannon, with a unique situation and a lot to offer, such as a jail population of 245 inmates; a crime scene unit that is a shared service, assisting towns with 1,262 crimes last year; its own bomb squad; Sheriff Emergency Response Team (SERT); a new and improved Morris County Sheriff’s Trends & Analysis Team (STAT); Canine Unit that went out 500 times last year in search of missing persons like elderly and children, narcotics, explosives detention; and a warrant squad to pick up individuals with violations. “We really play into the role of all that’s going on in Morris County Law Enforcement,” says Gannon. The sheriff is also proud that “We are triple accredited,” in law enforcement, correctional side and healthcare side. “These

inmates are in our vicinity; we make sure they get proper care,” from dental care to mental abuse treatment. During his first 100 day transition, or phase one, Gannon spent time interviewing all personnel “seeing how we can do better.” In phase two, he wants to develop partnerships and establish a new organization. One plan is to have an assessment of the Morris County Courthouse complex to strengthen its infrastructure. The county has authorized an architect for $370,000 to come evaluate the complex, from floor plan to security, “to look at it holistically to see if it can be changed to accommodate the user.”

The old courthouse building dates back to 1827 and is protected by the National Registry of Historic Places. In order to provide better security for judges, crime victims and defendants, the building needs some redesigning, says Gannon. “It’s very difficult” to get around the facility for persons in wheelchairs or disabilities, he says. “You can’t do it by yourself.” Gannon says “I’m very pleased freeholders are taking the initiative to further these efforts. There will be great opportunity for improvements.” Gannon says his “number one responsibility is the protection of the people.” He wants to ensure that people who come to the

courthouse can come in to speak to the judge without intimidation. He also needs to safeguard crime victims, family members and visitors to the courthouse to prevent conflicted contact with the opposing party. Using correctional officers to help protect the courthouse is being considered for additional safety measures, he says. continued on next page


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Gannon Leads Productive Role... continued from previous page “I’m here to protect all the people,” stresses Gannon. “It’s serious business; I like to have fun but I’m a real serious guy when it comes down to it.” Another issue is opiate addiction in the county and

the state, says Gannon. His plan is to have a housing unit at the county jail as well as a partnership with Morris County Vo-tech so inmates, once released, can continue their services while going for their GED

and eventually a job. “Last year, 62 people died in Morris County [from opium abuse], 21 to 71 years of age, all socio-economics, all races, all age groups, all levels of education,” says Gannon.

“They are addicted maybe through oxycodone, or wisdom tooth pulled or a broken arm.” Gannon says “We are developing a system to assist with interventions to bring hope to the user. These users are our family, they’re our friends, they’re our neighbors. If people are distributing, they need to be cut off; to cut the head off the snake. We are going to make a difference.” Also on Gannon’s radar is to introduce a voluntary domestic abuse program “to discontinue that cycle of violence,” he says. In March, he plans to start a bracelet program as an alternative to incarceration, an in-home deten-

tion program for inmates not charged with violent crimes. This way those involved in minor crimes will be given an opportunity to stay home and not be incarcerated in order to continue working and care for their families. Gannon has made some personnel changes, placing an undersheriff at the correctional facility, hiring an undersheriff at the Bureau of Law Enforcement, a new administrator and senior analyst. “In four weeks we made a lot of improvements.” He also has started some new programs such as senior fraud presentations in the Bureau Law Enforcement to help seniors who

are victims of fraud, has been speaking to groups on counter terrorism and opium abuse and has taken “a very serious approach” to modernizing technologies and sharing information. With all that he has planned, Gannon says, “I think we have a very bright future. I came in here to make a difference. It’s been exciting for me to steer the ship. It’s a seven day week job. I have high expectations. “I report to the people of Morris County,” he concludes. “The concerns of the people are my concerns. I have to listen to the people; I take that very seriously. That’s my table of organization.”

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Library Fills Up On Lectures And Workshops


he following programs will be held at Washington Township Public Library in Long Valley in February and March. Lifetime Learning -The Friends of the Washington Township Public Library have announced that the popular adult enrichment program, Lifetime Learning, will resume beginning March 3. Since 2012, this series has presented college-level instructors offering four-lecture courses on a variety of subjects. There are no residency requirements, and tuition remains at $25 per course. The first series will present Dr. Robert Butts, musicologist, conductor

and composer, offering “From Russia with Music.” Russian romantic music will be examined, and composers presented will be Borodin, Mussourgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. The series will run four Friday mornings in March, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Butts, who is conductor of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, will be making his tenth appearance at Lifetime Learning. Following the music series will be one on history. Dr. Salvatore Prisco, Ph. D. in history from Rutgers and retired director of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at Stevens Institute of Technology,

will offer “Parental Conflict and Creative Illness – The Historical Record.” This course in the field of psycho-history, presented for the first time, will look at five historical figures and see how their psychological dysfunctions influenced the world. The five are Saints Clare and Francis of Assisi, Martin Luther, Woodrow Wilson and Adolf Hitler. Beginning, April 7, this series will run four Fridays from 10:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m., ending May 5. On four Thursday evenings, Dr. Jessica Brent of Raritan Valley Community College will offer “Shakespeare – Four Plays.” Considering “Romeo and Juliet,” “Hamlet,” “King Lear” and “The Tempest.”

The course will look at the history and mystery of Shakespeare’s life, and how these four plays have been interpreted in various media in modern times. The course will be held Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., from April 6 through May 4. More information and registration forms are available at the library. Lifetime Learning is underwritten by Friends of WTPL and checks should be made out to Friends of WTPL. Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Group to meet once a month over the coming year to discuss eight critical global issues facing America today. Topics will include: The Future of Europe: Coping

with Crisis; Trade, Jobs and Politics; Conflict in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; Latin America’s Political Pendulum; Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security: The Enduring Challenge of Nuclear Weapons. To take part, participants will need to purchase the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions 2017 Briefing Book, which is available online for $25. The first meeting will take place on Tues., March 14 at 7 p.m. Marion Oxenhorn: America’s Funniest Grandma Long Valley – Looking for a good laugh? Wash-

ington Township Public Library will welcome standup comic Marion Oxenhorn on Wed., Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. Who is the the LaffLady, America’s Funniest Grandma? Marion Oxenhorn is a grandmother from Morris Plains who decided several years ago to change careers, and her life. The winner of the Gilda’s Club Laugh-Off comedy contest, she blends topical humor with wry observations about domestic life. The program is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Life of My Own: Meeting Eleanor Roosevelt Long Valley – In celebration of Women’s History Month, Washington continued on next page

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cont. from previous page Township Public Library will welcome actress Linda Kenyon for her one woman show on the life of Eleanor Roosevelt. “A Life of My Own: Meeting Eleanor Roosevelt” will be performed on Mon., March 6 at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Washington Township Public Library. It is free and open to the public, although Washington Township residents have priority. Registration is requested. LinkedIn: Creating a Profile That Works A LinkedIn workshop on Thur., March 9 at 7 p.m.

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Bring a laptop and rolled up sleeves, and join certified career coach Carol Camerino for a handson workshop to learn and apply best practices for a LinkedIn profile that works. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested online. Getting Started in Genealogy Workshop Due to popular demand, “Getting Started in Genealogy” workshop is set for Sat., March 11, from 1 p.m. to 4p.m., and Mon., March 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. With the help of expe-

rienced researchers from Family Roots and Shoots, learn about taking that first step on the road to finding family history, about US Census and vital records using the library edition and hands-on research experience with one-on-one assistance from a FR&S member. There is no charge for the workshop, but space is limited and registration is required. To register for all programs, call the library at 908-876-3596 to register, or register online at www. in the “WTPL Events Calendar.”

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hester First Aid Squad recently announced its line and administrative officers for 2017 and recapped 2016. The CFAS had another busy year in 2016. Its team of volunteers, on call 24x7, was dispatched to approximately 872 calls in an area of 31 square miles. CFAS EMTs responded to diverse emergencies, including traumatic injuries, medical emergencies, and fire-related emergencies servicing both patients and emergency fire personnel. For some emergency calls, CFAS partnered with advanced life support units. CFAS also ensured an on-site presence at several local community events, festivals and sports events; and held several CPR and first aid classes for the gen-

eral public. In the fall, CFAS was very pleased to acquire a new custom 2016 Type I ambulance. The Type I ambulance module has four-wheel drive for better access to patients in inclement weather, and features a bariatric stretcher with automatic loading capabilities to eliminate potential back injuries associated with lifting patients. The ambulance was funded in part by a generous donation from the Chester Lions Club, for which the CFAS is very grateful. CFAS ambulances now carry NARCAN Nasal Spray, the FDA-approved nasal form of naloxone for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose. And through a training initiative with

the Morris County Office of Emergency Management, CFAS now carries advanced bleeding control equipment. CFAS serves as a Northern New Jersey Safe Kids Car Seat Inspection Station. Parents can stop by the station on the first Tuesday of the month from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. and the third Thursday of the month from 7 a.m.-noon, and the certified technicians will ensure children’s safety seats are the correct type and properly installed. To learn more about the Chester First Aid Squad, inquire about becoming a member, or make a donation, visit: or call the CFAS Office at (908) 8795560. CFAS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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Chester Lioness Club Offer Scholarship To Students


he Chester Lioness Club annually offers two scholarships to students in the Class of 2017 residing in Chester, Mendham or Washington Township in Morris County. Each scholarship may be up to $1,000. Criteria for selection of candidates for these scholarships include academic record, classroom and extracurricular activities, community activities, individual interests and hobbies and outstanding accomplishments in activities that demonstrate leadership and

service. Financial need is also a consideration. The scholarships available are not only open to public high school students, but those attending private schools or those having home tutoring as well. Applications may be obtained in the College Resource Center at both West Morris Mendham and West Morris Central high schools. The completed form must be returned to the College Resource Center at the high school by March 20. A letter requesting an

application may be sent to the Chester Lioness Club in care of Anne MacMillan, 15 Cora Lane, Chester, N.J. 07930 or call at 908-8797621. Completed applications must be forwarded to the Lioness Club by April 10. The Chester Lioness Club is a service club that takes an active interest in the civic, cultural and social welfare of the community. For more information about the Chester Lioness Club, contact Holly Simmenroth, Publicity chair, at 908-879-5932.

American Girl Flower Child Event To Be Held


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hanging out with friends. She is on the boys’ basketball team and will take on any challenge. Come join in and experience a part of Julie’s life through fun activities, games and crafts.” Don’t forget to wear “groovy outfits” and bring a special doll too! American Girl Flower Child is scheduled for ages six to 12 on Fri., March 10

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Morning Art Classes Offered For Adults

hester Recreation offers art classes for adults every Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon at The Field House. These classes are designed to allow adults to learn at their own pace and to be introduced to different art styles and


methods while honing artistic skills and talents such as drawing, cartooning, colored pencils, watercolor painting and pastels. Bring art for studio time or challenge the weekly class project. Fee is $5 per class and includes art sup-

plies and instruction. To get on the email list of class reminders and announcements, contact the Recreation Director at recreation@chestertownship. org.


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“Black Art Matters” Exhibit Open At CCM

n honor of Black History Month, the County College of Morris (CCM) Art and Design Gallery plans to open an exhibition in Feb. “Black Art Matters” honoring the accomplishments of Af-

rican-American artists in NJ. The Black Art Matters exhibit is planned to run through March 31. A reception, free and open to the public, is scheduled to be held Thurs., Feb.

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fact that his family was heavily involved in the Civil Rights movement, led him to recognize the importance of using art as a tool for social awareness. The “Black Art Matters” exhibition highlights African-American artists from N.J. including Yvonne Bandy, who teaches graphic design at CCM; Tyler Ballon, recipient of a Congressional Art Competition award; and Cory Ford, whose work earned a first place award at the Greenpoint Gallery in the 2014 People’s Choice Show. The title “Black Art Matters” is used to emphasize the point that art created by African-Ameri-

cans is part of the history of visual arts in the United States and worldwide, notes Pettit. “The significance and impact African-American Art has had on society is immeasurable,” says Pettit. “It is woven into the fabric of civilization and the recognition it deserves is long overdue.” The Art and Design Gallery is located in the Sherman H. Masten Learning Resource Center on CCM’s Randolph campus. Gallery hours are Mon. and Wed., noon to 5 p.m.; Tues. and Thurs. noon to 8 p.m.; Fri., noon to 4 p.m. and the first Sat. of the month 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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Rabbi Mark Biller To Spotlight Three Part Series

abbi Mark Biller, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Ahm in Verona, will offer a provocative three-part series, titled “Here’s What They Ask When You Get to Heaven.” The series, sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW,) West Morris Section’s Our Jewish World program, is free and open to the public, and is set to be held at 1 p.m. on Tues., March 7, 14, and 21 at the Morris County Library. Our Jewish World is coordinated by Melanie Levitan and Ellen Nesson, both of Morristown. Notes Biller, “This title implies an afterlife, which shocks many post-

ing a life that is meaningful and of value. Each of the participants will be encouraged to take stock of their life through the lens of the fourth-century teacher Rava, and see what has changed in 17 centuries, or not, in how we

define “a life well lived.” Says Biller, “This is a great class for anyone who thinks about what makes a life of meaning. Rava states, ‘Here are the questions they ask you when you get to heaven.’ Is this on-the-ground reportage,

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ong Valley Robotics Team “Those Guys” have excelled in recent competitions. On a winning streak this school year, the Long Valley Robotics Team, Those Guys, are looking forward to its next competition set for Sat., Feb. 26 in the NJ “Garden State Rumble” Championship in Plainsboro. Its most recent wins date back to Sun., Jan. 8, when Those Guys competed in the Western Wrangle Robotics meet in Wayne against 24 other New Jersey Robotics teams, and ended up on the Winning Alliance team. Six days later, on Sat., Jan. 14, Those Guys competed in the Frozen Frenzy Qualifier Competition against 30 NJ teams in Pis-

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Party-Perfect Flavors To Savor With Friends

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Have You Thought Of Using Acupuncture For Infertility?

cupuncture combined with Chinese herbal medicine has been used for over 2,500 years to treat many cases of infertility. There are certain cases where Acupuncture will not reverse some conditions such as tubal adhesions which results in blocked tubes and pelvic inflammatory disease or severe cases of endometriosis. That being said, an individual could still benefit greatly from Acupuncture and Chinese medicine because of the effect on improved ovarian and follicular function. Additionally, Acupuncture can increase blood flow to the endometrium, thereby


any people are quick to think of growing older in a negative light. Although there certainly are some side effects of aging that one may wish to avoid, people may find that the benefits of growing older outweigh the negatives. Seniors are a rapidly growing segment of the pop-

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helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining. Many women have become pregnant once their endometriosis was removed and tubes were opened who had Acupuncture. When Should You Start Acupuncture for Enhancing Your Fertility? Acupuncture is a process oriented medicine and takes time, hence patients who have had the most success are those who have had treatment for three months before progressing to western reproductive therapy. I strongly recommend 3 months of treatment to all my patients going for either insemination (IUI), in vitro-fertilization (IVF), or

donor egg transfer. I like to use the analogy of we must “nourish the soil before we plant our seeds.” This pacing of treatments takes into account that it takes three months to make new follicles and build the endometrium to the proper thickness. Many times, my patients became pregnant and never needed to do the Western treatment, thereby eliminating all the risks associated with using high concentration of hormones. In a study completed by Stener-Victorin et al from the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fertility Centre, Scandinavia and University of Gothenburg, women are encouraged to

receive Acupuncture treatment pre and post embryo transfer. Clinical observations that the most effective fertility treatments were from those who combined Acupuncture with their traditional medical interventions. Hence, you can see that Acupuncture treatments for infertility is a win, win because it can be used alone or in conjunction with Western medicine. Other research is showing Acupuncture’s effectiveness with men. A study published in 2005 demonstrated that sperm motility and quality improved after the men received treatment with Acupuncture.

As further proof that Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has gained acceptance an success in Sept. 2005, the University of Maryland received $400,000 from The National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine, a division of the NIH, to research the benefits of Acupuncture combined with IVF. Why Does Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Work? Why? “Acupuncture provides better circulation and better blood flow to the womb, said Dr. Raymond Chang, director of New York’s Meridian Medical Group, who has been incor-

Some Benefits Of Growing Older

ulation. In the United States, the Administration on Aging states that the older population — persons 65 years or older — numbered 46.2 million in 2014 (the latest year for which data is available). Statistics Canada reports that, in July 2015, estimates indicated that there were more persons aged 65 years and older in Canada than

children aged 0 to 14 years for the first time in the country’s history. Nearly one in six Canadians (16.1%) was at least 65 years old. With so many people living longer, it’s time to celebrate the perks of getting older rather than the drawbacks. Here are some great benefits to growing old. • Higher self-esteem: The

insecurities of youth give way as one ages, and older people have less negativity and higher self-esteem. A University of Basel study of people ranging in ages from 18 to 89 found that regardless of demographic and social status, the older one gets the higher self-esteem climbs. Qualities like self-control and altruism can

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contribute to happiness. • Financial perks: Seniors are entitled to discounts on meals, museum entry fees, movies, and other entertainment if they’re willing to disclose their ages. Discounts are available through an array of venues if one speaks up. Seniors also can enjoy travel perks, with slashed prices on resorts, plane tickets and more. The U.S. National Park Service offers citizens age 62 and older lifetime passes to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites for just $10 in person ($20 online or via mail). • Reasoning and problem-solving skills: Brain scans reveal that older adults are more likely to use both hemispheres of their brans simultaneously — something called bilateralization. This can sharpen reasoning skills. For example, in a

porating Acupuncture into fertility treatments for the past decade. Acupuncture will give a better chance for the eggs to be nourished and therefore carried. It aids ovarian stimulation, improves the thickness of uterine lining and therefore can help with implantation. Acupuncture also is very relaxing, which helps to lower your cortisol levels and increase progesterone output, an important factor in decreasing your chance of having a miscarriage. Please contact Skylands Acupuncture if you have any questions or would like to stop by and see our facility.

University of Illinois study, older air traffic controllers excelled at their cognitively taxing jobs, despite some losses in short-term memory and visual spatial processing. Older controllers proved to be experts at navigating, juggling multiple aircrafts simultaneously and avoiding collisions. • Less stress: As people grow older, they are able to differentiate their needs from wants and focus on more important goals. This can alleviate worry over things that are beyond one’s control. Seniors may realize how little the opinions of others truly mean in the larger picture, thereby feeling less stress about what others think of them. Growing older may involve gray hair or wrinkling skin, but there are many positive things associated with aging.


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CCM Named National Center of Excellence for Cyber Security Education

The County College of Morris has become the first community college in New Jersey to gain designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE 2Y) through a program sponsored jointly by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.


The designation, offered through the National IA Education and Training Programs (NIETP), recognizes CCM as an institution with a proven track record for information security education and awareness. Only 41 community colleges across the country, or less than three percent, hold the same designation,

according to the NIETP program office. “We are deeply grateful to Professor Patricia Tamburelli, who with her husband and adjunct professor, Joseph Tamburelli, had the foresight and undertook the hard work to ensure CCM was able to obtain this designation,” said Dr. Anthony J. Iacono, CCM president.

Event Planned To Support Animal Shelter

Walk to Remember” to benefit the animals of the Randolph Animal Shelter is set for Sat., April 29, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Horseshoe Lake in Succasunna. It’s just two weeks before Mother’s Day – bring Mom or come and buy great gifts! The day’s activities will include live music, tricky tray and 50/50 at

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“Their expertise, exceptional work and dedication to students are the reason CCM stands out in higher education. Students who choose CCM can expect to receive a high-quality education and opportunities that they will not find elsewhere. To obtain the designation, CCM needed to demonstrate that its cyber security curriculum is aligned with national standards, that the college contributes to providing a pipeline of professionals who can assist with protecting against cyber attacks, and that it is a resource for the community in the area of information security. The college currently offers a certificate program in information security and an associate in Applied Science in Information Tech-

nology with both a digital forensics and information security track. Also offered is an Associate in Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in computer forensics. In 2015, the Department of Information Technologies established the Center for Cyber Security at CCM to serve as a comprehensive resource for students, faculty, staff and the community in the area of cyber security. Also in 2015, the Tamburellis formed a cyber defense competition team at the college, the Cyber Centurions, which came in seventh place at its first competition at the Mid-Atlantic Regional College Cyber Defense program that year. In addition, the department offers cyber security workshops for the com-

munity, the most recent of which was a session for the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Along with recognizing the excellence of the college’s educational programs, the CAE-CDE 2Y designation means that CCM students now can apply for scholarships through the National Science Foundation to continue their cyber security education at four-year institutions. The CAE designation was established to increase the nation’s understanding of cyber defense and to address the critical shortage of professionals in the information security field. For more information on cyber security at CCM, visit academics/divdep/BMET/ infotech/cyberSecCenter.


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Abilities Receives $5,000 Donation


bilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. received $5,000 from the Cathay Bank Foundation for the agency’s STAR program, which prepares young adults with disabilities for a life of community-based employment and educational opportunities. STAR is a pilot pre-employment skill assessment, training and internship program offered to area high school students ages 16-21 with disabilities. Services provided include classroom instruction, interest assessment and career exploration, job coaching and supported employment. STAR is a classroom and community-based collaboration between Abilities and Warren County Community College (WCCC), with instruction provided on the WCCC campus in

Washington. “We are grateful for Cathay Bank Foundation’s generosity,” said Abilities CEO Cynthia B. Wildermuth. “Abilities welcomes the support of the foundations and businesses that assist the agency in providing employment and educational opportunities for those with disabilities. We greatly appreciate Cathay Bank Foundation’s investment in our exceptional services.” Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency founded in 1974 and dedicated to improving the quality of life and employability of persons with different abilities through vocational training and individualized services. Abilities provides a full array of employment and day habilitation services for individ-

uals with disabilities and manages six program locations throughout Warren County, providing services and supports to more than 350 people daily in Warren, Hunterdon, Morris and Sussex counties. Abilities offers pre-vocational and vocational rehabilitation, student transition services, supported community employment, job placement/ follow-along, and center and community-based services. Cathay Bank Foundation’s mission is to enhance the growth and success of communities in which the bank serves. For more information about Abilities of Northwest Jersey visit the agency website at or call (908) 689-1118.



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embers and friends of National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), West Morris Section, plan to relive the sixties when they attend the musical extravaganza “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” as a fundraiser on Thur., March 23, at 8 p.m. at the Community Theatre in Morristown. “Rain” is a live, multimedia spectacular that takes one on a musical journey through the life and times of the world’s most


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