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No. 2 Vol. 10


October 2016

Queen Of Superstition Talks About Ghosts And The Presidency

By Elsie Walker s the 2016 race for the United States presidency comes to the home stretch, many people look at the polls as a prediction of who will win. Superstition has it that instead perhaps they should be looking at the baking skills of the perspective first persons for an answer. Superstitions, both light-hearted and dark, are well-known to a woman book reviewers have dubbed the Queen of Superstition, horror author Carlotta Holton of Chester, author of “Salem Pact,” “Touching the Dead” and “Grave Matters.” She knows a bit about ghost stories, too. Recently, Holton talked about the presidential superstitions she’ll be sharing on local radio and what she will be sharing in talks on ghostly topics at local venues. As a guest on WRNJ radio. Holton said she’ll share several presidential superstitions. The first has to do with having a daughter. If a candidate has a daughter, superstition says the chances of election are very good. “Facts on record prove them right for the most part,” she says. “The history of candidates without daughters isn’t encouraging. For the past 80 years, 12 presidents, nearly con-

secutively, raised only daughters,” said Holton. However, that superstition doesn’t help in this year’s race. “In this year’s election we have a dead heat: Hillary has Chelsea and Donald has Ivanka and Tiffany.” There is another superstition, which depends upon on how good the prospective first spouses are at creating tasty treats. Started by Gerald Ford, the idea is that the election would be won by the candidate whose wife won the Family Circle magazine’s baking contest. Past winners included Rosalyn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush. “One glitch, however, occurred when Cindy McCain’s white and dark chocolate cookies beat out Michelle Obama’s recipe,” she says. “Yet Obama won the job. Is it possible the winner can be predicted by who wins the bakeoff? Could the election really be determined in a kitchen, not a voter’s booth, with Melania Trump’s sugar cookies with sour cream vs. Bill Clinton’s chocolate chip delights? It’s worth noting that the contest no longer focuses on first ladies: it’s been renamed, ‘The Presidential Cookie Poll,’” said Holton. However, not all superstitions associated with the presidency foretell someone’s happy future. Holton shared that there is the Tecumseh curse, which said that presidents elected in a year ending in 0 would die. The curse is named for Tecumseh who led the Shawnee in the Battle of Tippecanoe in which Harrison and his force prevailed. When Harrison ran for president years later, his slogan was “Tippecanoe and Tyler, too.” The Tecumseh curse held true for presidents from William Henry Harrison to Kennedy. Switching focuses to Halloween, the holiday season and their ghosts and superstitions, Holton will be giving a variety of presentations at local public libraries. On Tue., Oct. 18, at 7 p.m, she’ll be presenting “East

Coast Ghosts” at the Bound Brook Library. “I’ll be taking audiences on a guided tour of “East Coast Ghosts” from Salem, Massachusetts to Virginia and the Carolinas. The presentation focuses on ghost tours, superstitions and legends which continue to haunt these historic sites,” Holton shared. “A Dickens Haunted Christmas” will be the topic on Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. at the Manville Public Library and again on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Jefferson Public Library. “This will be fun as I will be presenting the four elements which encouraged Dickens to write ghost stories every Christmas in the form of characters wearing appropriate hats,” said Holton. “These include the frightening Nanny Weller (aka Mercy) whose ghost stories simultaneously terrified and delighted Dickens as a child, Catherine Hogarth Dickens who was familiar with the general influence of séances and the supernatural so prevalent during the Victorian times and her husband’s practices of hypnotism on her, Ellen Terner, mistress of Dickens who was with him during the tragic Staplehurst train derailment which affected Dickens to the day he died; and finally a member of the Ghost Club of London, which Dickens was a founding member of and which still exists today.” In addition to her library projects, the author is available to do readings at private parties. Currently, the author is working on a new anthology of short stories, following in the vein of her previous works which focus on tales of superstition with a psychological twist. “These will draw on tales from faraway places such as Prague and the landscape of what is probably the creepiest place - within the human mind. Woven through the tales are themes involving stolen children, unwitting oedipal relationships, birth deformities, plant paranoia,” said Holton. She noted that it usually takes about two years for a book to come to fruition. Since she is also working on a non-fiction piece, continued on page 4


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Chabad Prepares Families For High Holidays With Lasting Traditions

ough was not the only thing to rise this past month. The Chabad Jewish Center of Northwest New Jersey rose to the occasion, literally, to prepare children and families for the recent High Holidays with challa baking and family fair. Students of the Chabad Hebrew School in Flanders were invited to the High Holiday Family Fair on Sun., Sept. 25, at Flanders


Country Day School in Flanders where the Hebrew school classes are held weekly. Families were invited to join in at 11 a.m. to enjoy an hour of fun and learning in honor of the High Holidays. Families got to make apple plates, shofar key chains, play a game and even shape homemade dough for challa baking at home. In another program, the Jewish Women’s Circle

through the Chabad, sponsored a Pre-Rosh Hashana Challa Bake on Wed., Sept. 28. Women were invited to unite with other Jewish women in the area, discover the art of challa making and learn about this “timeless feminine mizva” or good deed. Whether made with cinnamon, raisins, chocolate

Looking For Senior Citizen Of The Year

esidents are being asked to be on the lookout for a “Washington Township Senior Citizen of the Year!” Once spotted, be

the first to nominate that special senior by filling out a Nomination Form found on the senior website. To qualify, the senior must be a Washington Township

resident, volunteer work throughout the year to benefit other seniors, participate in senior groups and programs and participate in community organiza-

tions. Come forward and make that special citizens day by nominating him/her by Nov. 30.

chips or plain, challa is traditional bread eaten during Rosh Hashana and then dipped in honey to represent a sweet new year. The Jewish Women’s Circle brings together Jewish women of all ages and background to learn, laugh, experience and rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.

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WTPL Hosts Genealogy Open House

n celebration of National Family History Month, Washington Township Public Library’s Family Roots & Shoots Club plans to sponsor two free genealogy open houses for the public Heard the family stories, seen the old family photos, but want to really know about the family? Learn more at one of the free Genealogy Open Houses at the Washington Township Public Library in Long Valley on Sat., Oct. 22, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and Tues., Oct. 25, from 6 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. The WTPL’s Roots & Shoots Genealogy Club will have seasoned amateur genealogists available to help research families. Learn how to read


a census record, see what can be found in an obituary, find good clues on a birth certificate, and discover the many, many sources available in searching for roots. To prepare, pick a particular person in the family and bring as much information about that person. A Family Roots & Shoots researcher will advise on the next step on the journey to finding out more about that person and filling in that empty family tree branch. Refreshments will be served at the Open House. No registration is required. For more information, call Susan Clark at 908876-3596 x14.

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Gluten Free Baking Session Planned

ashington Township Recreation plans to host a Gluten Free Baking Demo Fri., Oct. 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Senior Center in Long Valley. Whether Gluten intolerant, care for one who is and/or would like to have the option for guests when entertaining; then come to this free Gluten-free baking event with Health Supportive Chef Sue Stimpson. Sue

will discuss the health benefits of eating a gluten-free diet and substituting gluten-free flours for wheat flour and how it changes the recipe. Learn how to feel and taste the different flours that can be used to create gluten-free baked goods. This class is opened to all ages and preregistration is required. Call or email recreation to register at (908) 876-5941 or before Oct. 21.


Learn How To Make Floral Arrangement Through Recreation

ver wanted to learn how to design a floral arrangement? Then come out and join in at the Long Valley Garden club to learn how to do just that. The Washington Township Recreation Dept. is sponsoring a Floral Design Workshop on Fri., Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. at Washington Township Senior Center for adults only.

This class is limited to 12 participants, so register early. A nonrefundable fee of $5 is due before Nov. 11. To register, send a check made payable to WT Rec and mail to Washington Township Recreation, 50 Rock Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853. For more information, call the recreation office at (908)876-5941.

Ghosts And The Presidency...

continued from front page the new anthology may take longer. Reflecting on Halloween, the Queen of Superstition was asked to share a superstition she follows, since she admittedly grew up in a rather superstitious family. She said, “I grew up observing the notion of touching the dead who were laid out in the funeral parlor. I was taught to touch the dead to bid them Godspeed and then at home touch the stove to leave death there. When I

stayed in Borthwick Castle, outside of Edinborough I met a family of Scots who practiced the same notion, adding if they didn’t touch the body, they could be haunted.” When asked why she follows superstitions, she replied, “just in case.” Holton has a website: and her email address is

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ew Jersey Parents suffering with finding ways to pay for their children’s college education can finally get solutions to their college funding problems. Most families who earn $75,000 or more and own a house assume they are not eligible for financial aid. However, most families with income of more than $150,000 are actually eligible for some types of “need based” financial aid. They simply need to know how to get their fair share. “Over 70 percent of college students are receiving some type of financial aid,” says Al Newell, one of the nation’s leading authorities on college funding. According to Newell, there are several


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Festival Of Trees Planned For Chester

he Senior Resource Center of Chester plans to sponsor its 14th annual Festival of Trees beginning Sat., Dec. 3, at The Barn. It is the main fundraiser which helps support all exercise and informational pro-


grams, plus services to seniors to residents of the Chesters, Long Valley and surrounding Morris County communities. The Festival Of Trees 2016 - “Joy To The World” is set for Dec. 3-10, Mon. and Wed., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5

Washington Twp. Recreation Plans Spectacular Trip

ashington Township Recreation is sponsoring a trip to Radio City Music Hall to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular on Sat., Nov. 12, for its 2 p.m. matinee show. Bus leaves the Senior Center, located in Rock Spring Park at 10:30 a.m. and will return approx. 4:30 p.m. This will allow some time to walk around before the show to pick up lunch or do some lite shopping.

A nonrefundable fee of $95 for residents and $110 for non-residents in the 1st Mezzanine seating section is due before Oct. 31. Tickets are sold on a first come basis so do not wait.. A trip form must be filled out along with a check made payable to WT Recreation, and mail to Washington Township Recreation, 50 Rock Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853. Questions, call 908-876-5941 or visit

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p.m.; Tues., Thur. and Fri., 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy festive holiday trees displayed, a silent auction bid, tabletop to floor holiday trees for purchase, expansive gift table, plus purchase a tree to donate. On selected days and times, there will be

pictures with Santa, meet the frozen princesses, caroling and wassail, sing-along and story time with Mrs. Tonnesson. Cost is $8 for adults; $5 for seniors and children over two. For more information go to; 908-879-2202.

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Life-sized Sundial Featured At Frelinghuysen Arboretum

By J. L. Shively The earliest surviving sundials can be dated back to ancient Egypt circa 1500 BC,” explains Gold Award Girl Scout Alexandra Levoyer in the sundial brochure she created to accompany her project. Originally known as “shadow clocks,” the sundial was the most reliable method for timekeeping even well into the 14th century, Levoyer writes, and sundials remain an interesting and whimsical aspect of many gardens around the world. Now a freshman at TCNJ, Levoyer designed the sundial for the Frelinghuysen Arboretum while she was a senior at Morris Country School of Technol-

their gardens as they are “something of interest to children” and are often an ornamental feature in historic gardens such as the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. “It took her over 100 hours to research and construct [the sundial],” ex-

plains Montgomery, going on to explain the great time and care Levoyer spent with her father in mapping out true north with a compass. Levoyer also used a GPS for accuracy on the placement of the stepping stones which mark the hours.

In her research about sundials, Levoyer was able to contact the American Sundial Association and get longitude and latitude numbers for Morristown specifically to generate the most accurate time for the sun continued on page 10

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ogy. For the project, Levoyer of Parsippany decided to create a “human sundial,” which incorporates a person as part of the sundial to tell the time. As a youth volunteer at the Arboretum for the past four years, Levoyer

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Restaurant Raffle Ticket Sales Support Lioness Club

he Chester Lioness Club is soliciting the best restaurants in the area to donate dining certificates for the benefit. More than 87 local restaurants will be participating. The raffle tickets are now on sale and may be purchased from any Lioness Club member. The donation for a ticket is $10. Each ticket is eligible for the six drawings. A winning ticket is not eligible for further drawings. No one under the age of 18 is allowed to participate. Presence at the drawing held in the Lamplighter Restaurant at 8 p.m. on Thur., Dec. 1, is not required. Sales sites are as follows: The Chester Meat Market on Sat., Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Chester Wine and Spirits, Fridays from 3 p.m. to p.m.; Hackettstown Bottle King, Fri., Oct. 28 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; also Sun., Oct. 29, from noon to 4 p.m. Six lucky winners will receive restaurant certificates to all of the restaurants in their winning category. Each category has a retail value exceeding $610.

The Lioness Club activities include raising funds to provide scholarships to high school graduates, to support the Chester and the Long Valley Food Pantries, to assist the Jersey Battered Women's Shelter, Homeless Solutions Inc. in Morristown, Community Hope, Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack, Operation Chillout, Operation Jersey Cares, Chester Area Senior Housing, The Chester Theater Group at The Black River Playhouse, The Senior Resource Center, The Market Street Mission, The Vision Loss Alliance of NJ, SAFE in Hunterdon County, and participating in community events and the Chester Lions Club initiatives. New members are always welcome. For more information regarding The Chester Lioness Club and their activities, contact Anne MacMillan, Culinary Adventure’s chair at 908-879-7621; Holly Simmenroth, co-chair at 908-879-5932; or Joyce Casillo, Lioness club president at 908-879-7121.

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Washington Township Sets Up For Thanksgiving And Holiday Luncheons

ashington Township Recreation Department is celebrating the holiday season with its Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon on Mon., Nov. 14, at 11 a.m., at the Senior Center in Long Valley. The featured entertainment was such a hit last year that we asked the famous dual Val Woortman & Ken Roberts back. All seniors are welcome to attend the traditional Thanksgiving luncheon catered by Tony’s Luncheonette and Valley Restaurant. Meals can be made to go if unable to attend the luncheon. The cost of this event is a non-refundable fee of $10 for residents and $11.50 for non-residents. Register before Nov. 7. Washington Township Holiday Party Luncheon is planned for Mon., Dec. 12, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Minebrook Golf Club in Long Valley. A delicious menu will be picked out to celebrate this

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joyous occasion. Featured entertainment is the famous Joey Arminio & “The Family,” and LV Middle Orchestra. Come out and dance and sing the afternoon away. A nonrefundable fee of $17 for residents and $23 for non- residents due before Dec. 5.

To register for either event, send a check made payable to WT Rec and mail to Washington Township Recreation, 50 Rock Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853. For more information call the recreation office at (908)876-5941.

Life-sized Sundial...

continued from page 8 clock, explains Montgomery. The stepping stones which represent the hour markers and the date-scale were cast by hand and Levoyer’s sundial also allows the user to account for Day Light Savings Time. According to Levoyer’s brochure, all sundials consist of two parts. The first part, the base plate or faceplate, is the surface which marks the hours of the day. The sundial at the arboretum has large stepping stones to mark each hour of the day. The second part of a sundial is the gnomon, which is the vertical object which casts a shadow to mark the hour on the base plate. In the case of a human sundial, a person takes the place of the gnomon. To create an accurate marking of time with the human sundial at the Arboretum, the person acting as the gnomon must stand on a date-scale slab according to the current month and raises an arm overhead to cast a shadow, allow-

ing their shadow to fall on the coinciding hour stone, or between them depending on the time of day. Levoyer explains in her brochure that there are “more than seven different types of sundials” and the sundial she has created at the Arboretum is an Analemmatic sundial, which means that that the gnomon of the dial moves according to different factors throughout the year. The sundial is located near the Branching Out Children’s Garden at the Arboretum which is on the parking lot side of the garden and is approximately 12 ft. by 30 ft. Construction for the sundial took around a year to complete from its conception to its completion in May. The Arboretum held a public dedication of the sundial at that time. The Arboretum is free and open daily to the public from sunrise to sunset. For more information or for maps of the Arboretum, visit the Haggerty Education Center on the Arboretum Grounds, which is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Chester Offers Dancers Center Stage At The Art Of Dance

ost have been there at the shopping mall where the music is playing and then comes the swaying and bouncing to the rhythm. Or at the grocery store and parents have to constantly tell their child to stop dancing around and just walk. Some may know or have a child who already has a passion for dance and now has a dream of becoming a professional dancer. Whatever the reason, dancing makes people feel happy and the Art of Dance school in Chester has been influential in making this “happy, magic” since 1969. Opened by Florence Lambros, the business has always been family owned and operated. With daughter Valerie Harman now heading the studio, her daughter Linsey O’Neal teaches and helps to run the “award winning” Art of Dance, dance company. The Art of Dance knows dancing is about much more than just the steps. With children as young as 14 months in the Mommy & Me class through to the aspiring professional or adult dancer, Director Valerie Harman, inspires creativity and confidence within stu-


dents with the help of her dedicated, experienced staff and faculty. “Memories are built here, memories and relationships that will last a lifetime,” she says. The studio passionately cultivates lifelong friendships through dance. Take former student and Chester native Paul Flanagan for example, who has gone on to perform in prestigious tap events in NYC, but has come back as part of the studio’s tap faculty this fall. The training speaks for itself, with opportunities that appeal to both the recreational and competitive dancer. All classes are taught by a professional teaching staff and are offered in all styles of dance like Ballet, tap, hip-hop, Irish, lyrical, gymnastics, boys only classes and theatre. With passionate new and returning favorite teachers spanning from Broadway, American Ballet Theatre, “So you Think You Can Dance,” and competitive performing arts universities, there is no surprise that a lot of the dancers go on to perform in college and university dance teams and professional companies.

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Former Mayor Expresses Opinion On Deregionalization Of High School District

he question has been asked since the mid-1990s and maybe before that time. By way of background, the district was formed in 1958. The district was formed in 1958 and included six sending towns, Mt. Olive Township being the sixth. From 1958 till 1975, the district's funding formula was based upon a per pupil basis. Per pupil defined is every sending town pays the same amount per student. The only variable is the number of students. If the average cost Is 10,000, then every town pays 10,000, times the number of students sent by that town. At some point, Mt. Olive broke away and formed its own district. In 1975, the legislature changed the law to a funding formula based upon total assessed value. Definition of total assessed value of a town is the total value of all its lands and properties with improvements. Since there are five towns, the values must be equalized, which means bringing the values

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up to 100 percent value. This is done by the county. In 1994 after a court case, the legislature brought the funding formula back to a per pupil basis or total assessed value basis or a combination of both. The district owns and administers the two high schools (Mendham and Central). No one town owns the high schools. The five towns are sending towns to the district (two Chesters, two Mendhams and Washington Township). New Jersey has the highest property tax on average in the entire nation. At the state level, more than 30 percent of monies collected by the state goes towards education at the local level. Morris County pays about 10 percent of the state's total gross income. Yet our schools share of state aid is between 1 percent to 2 percent. The result of this loss is that the burden has fallen on local property taxes. On our local level, well over 50 percent of our property taxes goes towards education. According to a letter to the editor from Mayor Ted Eible in the mid-1990s, the mayors and councils held meetings and seemingly were in favor of a change in the district; but nothing happened. In 1999, Washington Township considered withdrawing from the district; but never followed through. Concerning Washington Township, we must give them the respect and courtesy they are due as our neighbors. They should be notified and invited to meetings. We have not done a good enough job over the years in treating them well. When I was mayor, I spoke to Mayor Short of Washington Township and conveyed to him that if I were in his place, I would have to oppose deregionalization. What mayor in good conscience could agree to give his constituents receiving a tax increase? On the contrary, I relayed to him that if my con-

stituents would receive a tax decrease, then I had to support deregionalization. We are friends to this day. A district sponsored study was done in year 2002, which states taxes would go down in four towns and no harm to education. The study went on to say, the deregionaliztion was not feasible because there were more Washington Township residents than the Chesters and Mendhams combined regarding a vote. No action was taken. In year 2004, Mendham Township Mayor and Committee led the initiative to take action. Kudos to the leadership of Mendham Township at that time. I was mayor of Chester Borough at that time. Our Council representing Chester Borough residents became convinced to take action. Mendham Borough's Mayor and Council at that time, wrote a letter to their community opposing the efforts of a study to deregionalize. Chester Township's leadership also took no action. Back then, some in Chester wanted to build a high school in Chester. Given the cost today because of the Davis Bacon Act, the idea was a non starter. Also, the Regional School Board appeared to be supporting a 9"' grade school built on the Black River field in Chester Township. They own the land to the right of the driveway. Mendham Township and Chester Borough sponsored a four page letter in year 2005 to the property owners of the Chesters and Mendhams; explaining as best we could the situation. This led to Mendham Township and Chester Borough holding a non binding referendum in year 2006. Asking the residents if we should move forward to investigate deregionalization. The residents of both towns voted over whelming yes. Chester Borough, according to our Administrator received continued on page 16

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Local Artwork On Display At Chester Library

By Kristina Ailara ind some time to stop by Chester Library this month to admire the local artistic talent! During the month of October, artwork created by the ArtMatters Group from neighboring Washington Township Public Library will be showcased in Chester. Susan Scarince Jones, a founder of the group, says, “We are very pleased to be showing our artwork at the Chester Library.” The group began three years ago when Jones and fellow artist, Brenda Sheeder Nast, realized that there were many artists in the Washington Township area who did not have a place nearby to show their work or a place to meet. The director of the Washington Township Library, Jackie Zuzzi and the youth librarian, Maria Birch suggested they use the Washington Township Library. Jones says, “At our very first meeting, we had about 15 artists show up. They all had a variety of styles and favorite mediums that they worked with. They range from novice to experienced professionals. We meet every month to encourage each other, exchange ideas, plan outings, hold workshops and hang new shows. With a large meeting room with open walls, The Washington Township Library became our permanent art space.” Since its inception, the group has grown. Jones ex-

plains, “We have about 25 regular members. We meet once a month on Monday mornings, so those who work during the day can't always make it. We have about 18 members who do exhibits and get together on a regular basis.” The group also hosts guest artists, speakers, excursions and demonstrations. They often combine their monthly meetings with workshops. ArtMatters has offered several different workshops this year: watercolor, photo apps, fabric, rock painting, self-portrait, glass painting, and oil pastel. They have an upcoming clay workshop scheduled for Oct. 17 and a 3-D workshop scheduled for Nov. 21. The artists featured at Chester Library during the month of October include Elise Ange, Janice Carruth, Are Jay Clark, Fran Creegan, Elmer Dey, Susan Scarince Jones, Patricia Middings, Roseanne Panico, and Sher Weston Stec. Some of these artists have won contests in the past and some lead workshops teaching different forms of art. Their display consist of photos, watercolors, acrylic paintings, an oil painting, a woodcut print, a giclèe print, a mixed media print and more. Several of the art pieces are for sale and prices range from $35 - $250. Chester Library hosts a different art exhibit each month to support the local artistic community. According to Charlotte Zacker, a library assistant at the Chester Library, anyone interested in displaying their art at the library should speak with Debbie Tintle, a local artist, who reviews selec-

tions and schedules the displays. Zacker says that patrons enjoy these monthly exhibits. The exhibits can be viewed during the library’s regular operating hours. The Chester Library is open Mon. - Thurs., 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Fri. - Sat., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. The exhibits are free and open to the public. To learn more about the ArtMatters group, visit or Art Matters can also be contacted at

A single print of Sher Weston Stec's Carousel Horse.

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Page 16, October 2016, Tell Them You Saw It In The Black River News • Like us on facebook Deregionalization... continued from page 13 many emails and phone calls from Chester 2.) Will property taxes go down in any Township residents supporting our efforts. towns? Answer, clearly two studies have said Chester Borough and both Mendhams have that four out of the five towns taxes will go hosted countless meetings over the years. A down. If nothing else, base your decision on second study was commissioned in year those two questions and answers. There are 2015. The findings of that study stated four many elements to this decision. but nothing out of five town's taxes would go down and as important as those two questions and anno harm to the educational experience. The swers. My recommendation is to deregionalcommunity has been given countless oppor- ize. Washington Township students will go to tunities to be informed about the topic. It is Central as they do today. difficult to accept an elected official who is Reregionalize, the two Chesters and two not informed after more than two decades of Mendhams will go to Mendham, as they do discussing the topic. Mendham Borough today. Maintain the three K through eight disMayor Neil Henry, council and board of ed- tricts in the Chesters and Mendhams as they ucation is a model how to address the topic. are today. Change the funding formula to a Recently, they approved to move forward. It per pupil basis. Do not confuse this multi is my understating Mendham Township gov- town effort with the board's attempt to change erning body and board of education is mov- the funding formula. As a veteran, I am aling forward. Also, Chester Borough is ways deeply moved by the rights we enjoy in seemingly moving forward. As of this date, I our country. The right to free speech is on the do not believe Chester Township has taken top of the list. The downside to free speech is action. Also, Chester Board of Education has one who has an opinion with a lack of facts, not taken action. The process can be confus- misinformation, alternative intentions, partial truths and a worst intentional attempts to obing. Any future referendum should be binding. struct. The opposition typically opposes by What can be a complicated issue and decision saying it will never pass the county and state. should be based upon two fundamental ques- Let's give it a try! Let's move forward with confidence! tions: 1) Is the educational experience going Former Mayor Borough of Chester Dento be detrimentally hurt in any way? Answer, nis Verbaro clearly two studies have said "no.”

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Families Attend Free Lawn Party At Thomas Edison’s Glenmont Estate

by Michele Guttenberger n Sat., Sept. 24, the Thomas Edison National Historic Park site offered a free family day of family activities. It was in the tradition of Edison’s own family’s lifestyle with the participation of some outdoor games that were popular with them. After a summer of family programs at the Edison Factory Lab site, it was a nice program change to have the official first days of fall outdoors at Glenmont. This is the home and estate of Thomas and Mina Edison. Like Edison’s factory laboratory it too is part of the National Historical Park Site. Glenmont resides inside the gated community of Llewellyn Park and visitors were instructed to pick up a car pass from the Laboratory Visitor Center first. Thomas Edison was there to greet family guests to his lawn party in spirit with a lifesize cardboard cutout of this famous Llewellyn Park neighbor. Families got to experience a history view of West Orange’s prosperous suburbia during the early 20th Century. This was an emerging era of New Jersey’s train commuters and family suburb living. It had a comforting combination of modern electric conveniences while retaining the traditional barn of riding horses and a place for fresh egg laying hens. The park ranger curators of the site have preserved a time capsule of the way things were when the Edison’s family lived there. The park rangers had organized pro-

Glenmont with his second wife Mina and their three younger children. Mina gave birth to all her children there and Edison peacefully passed away in his bed at Glenmont at age 84. This place was an attraction for neighborhood friends, associates and world dignitaries alike who were given guest invitations by Mrs. Edison. Now

grams that made this free family day both an educational and delightful experience. Activities included tours of the 29-room Victorian Mansion and tours of the poured concrete garage which houses a circa 1900 Locomobile, 1922 Model T and the 1936 Brewster belonging to son Charles Edison, Governor of NJ in 1940. Kids got to enjoy water color painting and obstacle course races on the lawn, Victorian board games, Junior Ranger activities, tree and leaf identification, and birding activities. Adults enjoyed strolling through the 15-acre estate, garage, greenhouse and the gravesite of Thomas and Mina Edison. It is noteworthy history to mention the 38-year-old widower Thomas Edison got a second chance at being a family man at

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Local Author To Discuss New Book At WTPL

n Thur., Oct. 27 at 7 p.m., Washington Township Public Library in Long Valley is set to welcome Long Valley resident Kim Kavin for a talk on her new book “The Dog Merchants: Inside the Big Business of Breeders, Pet Stores, and Rescuers.” After her talk, Kavin will offer a book signing. Readers may remember Kavin from her 2012 book, “Little Boy Blue,” which was featured on CNN and helped end the use of a gas chamber in a North Carolina shelter. “The Dog Merchants” was published in May and has already inspired changes to dog-related legislation that is now being debated in Trenton

and that would affect the whole state. If enacted, the changed wording that was introduced because of “The Dog Merchants” will require rescue groups throughout New Jersey to be licensed for the first time in state history. The book also inspired the introduc-

tion of new “puppy mill” legislation in Colorado in early September. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. To sign up, visit or call the library at 908-8763596.

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Morris County Preserves 130th Farm, 20th In Chester Twp.

he Morris County Agriculture Development Board has permanently enrolled the 23-acre Konkus Farm, a scenic hay farm on Mendham Road in Chester Township, into the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farmland preservation program. The purchase of the development easement on this property for $269,523 from Konkus Farm by the Morris County CADB restricts the land from non-agricultural uses, thus permanently preserving the farm. Konkus Farm, which is farmed by Keith

Konkus, is located within one-half mile of four other preserved farms, and adjacent to another farm that is a candidate for preservation, according to Katherine Coyle, director of the Morris CADB. It is the third Morris County farm preservation closing over the past four months. The 74-acre Scheller Farm in Washington Township and the 13-acre Tinc Farm in Mt. Olive were both permanently enrolled into agricultural use in June. continued on page 25

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1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 24 ounces dark beer 2 cups chicken stock 6 ounces tomato paste 28 ounces canned tomatoes 24 ounces canned great northern beans, drained 8 ounces canned whole kernel corn, drained hot sauce, to taste sour cream (optional) shredded cheese (optional) chopped scallions (optional) fresh cilantro, rough chopped (optional) In large pot over mediumhigh heat, heat 1 tablespoon duck fat. Add ground duck; sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste, and 1 tablespoon cumin.

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A New Take on Turkey

here are more ways to enjoy turkey than as part of the traditional mashedpotatoes-and-stuffing feast you’ve grown up with. That’s why Carlos Rodriguez, executive chef of Orinoco in Boston, reinterpreted a Latin American favorite to put a new spin on the season’s favorite dish. “It’s turkey like you’ve never had it before,” Rodriguez said. “Barbecue meets Latin fusion, meets the best turkey sandwich you’ve ever had.” Rodriguez’s inspiration comes from El Salvador. His Slow Roasted Turkey Con Pan with Sundried Tomato and Apricot Jam is based on a tender, savory Salvadoran favorite called “Panes con Pavo.” This turkey is perfect for a crowd and serves 12, which is why Rodriguez uses the generously sized Culinario Series 16-quart Deep Roaster from Princess House to braise four full-sized turkey breasts. “Not every roaster works for braising,” Rodriguez said, “but this one is perfect because of its depth, even heat distribution and

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vide stew between loaves; garnish with sliced onions, watercress and jam. Sundried Tomato and Apricot Jam 3 medium onions, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce 2 cups dry white wine 1 cup sherry vinegar 1/2 cup packed dried apricots, thinly sliced 1 cup drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped In medium saucepan, cook onions, butter, sugar, salt, pepper and chipotle peppers, covered, over low heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and pale golden, about 30 minutes. Add wine, vinegar, apricots and tomatoes and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally until thick, 20-30 minutes. Serve with turkey.

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Acupuncture For Depression, Lung Imbalance, Etc.

Acupuncture for Depression: The long sunny carefree days of summer are gone and we are now into cooler nights and much shorter days. This is the time of year that I have an increase in patients seeking relief from depression. This is a common occurrence each year in the Northeast when the seasons change. Acupuncture governs, five major organ systems, (Heart, Lung, Spleen, Kidney, and Liver) each of which is represented to an emotion and season. During that season, the cor-


Simple Ways To Get A More Restful Night’s Sleep

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responding organ is at its most vulnerable and the emotion tends to show up more prominently. Fall is the Lung season and the emotion associated with the Lung is grief. From an acupuncture perspective, it makes perfect sense that there is a heightened sense of melancholy at this time of year. Depression due to Lung imbalance Western medicine defines depression as a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.

• Stop staring at the clock. According to the Sleep Health Foundation, staring at the clock as you are trying to fall asleep increases the stress hormone cortisol in your body, making it more difficult to fall asleep. Turn your alarm clock away from your bed so you cannot see the time. • Read before bed but not in bed. The National Sleep Foundation notes that calming activities such as reading can help the human body shift into sleep mode. But reading in bed may have an adverse effect on your ability to fall asleep. Read in an armchair in your bedroom or another room, as you feel yourself growing tired, stop reading and get into bed. If possible, read print books, magazines or newspapers before going to sleep, as studies have shown that the blue light from electronics such as tablets and e-readers can disturb sleep. • Avoid alcohol. Men and women who struggle to fall asleep may find that alcohol helps to bring on sleep. While that’s often true, a few hours after consumption, alcohol begins to act as a stimulant. That can affect both your quality of sleep and your ability to remain sleeping. Avoid consuming alcohol within three hours of your bedtime so you can sleep better and longer and are less likely to suffer from interrupted sleep.

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That is a very board statement. On the hand, Acupuncture sees depression as a wide range of imbalances that manifest as depression within the 5 organ systems. Each case of depression is unique, and an appropriate treatment is determined based on which of the 5 organ system(s) are out of balance. When I treat patients with Lung weaknesses, I often perceive a pervasive, gentle sadness that lingers and haunts. These are not the patients who rail loudly about their misfortunes. They are the ones who quietly suffer and can’t seem to let go of old pain. Often, patients who have experienced unresolved grief also display physical Lung symptoms, such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and frequent colds. In the interest of brevity, I can only discuss 2 of the organ systems. Case study: Lung-related depression Years ago, I saw a woman who was at her wit’s end with an uncontrollable cough that had lasted eight months. She had been through several doctors and a multitude of tests that revealed nothing. As she coughed her way through her health intake, I asked her if she had any traumas, losses, or painful events over the last year. She couldn’t recall anything. As we moved to the treatment table, we somehow got on the topic of owning pets. She began to reminisce about her dog who had passed away. Guess when? Eight months ago. I gently inserted a few needles into acupuncture points that addressed the emotional aspect of the Lung system, points that I often needle on those who are grieving. One hour later, her cough was gone, never to return. I had another patient that suffered a terrible loss of a family member on 9/11/01. In addition to her depression, she developed lung issues that no one could help her with, Acupuncture alleviated all her symptoms. Depression from a Heart Imbalance If Lung-based depression is silent, lingering suffering, the Heart is on the opposite end of the spectrum. Heart energy is all about extremes—wild joy, and crushing lows. When someone with a Heart imbalance is happy, the entire world knows it. But when they crash—and they always do, eventually—they hit hard. With Heart-related depression, there is no middle ground. These people feel emotions, both positive and negative, much more intensely than others. They often vacillate between states of delirious happiness and deep depression. Manic-depressive patients would fall into this category. As an acupuncturist, my first responsibility to my patients is to ensure their safety. Therapy and counseling is paramount for those suffering from depression. Here at Skyland's Acupuncture I have found acupuncture to be an immeasurably beneficial adjunct in keeping these patients healthy. When the organ systems are in balance, there is peace and tranquilly.

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Preserves 130th Farm...

continued from page 20 The easement purchase was made in conjunction with a grant from the State Agriculture Development Committee, which provided 60 percent of the $269,523 acquisition price, or $161,714 to preserve the farm. The Morris County Open Space, Farmland, Floodplain Protection and Historic Preservation Trust Fund provided the remaining $107,809, at $23,000 an acre. “This is an excellent program that over the past several decades has been very effective in preserving Morris County’s agricultural roots, and creating a permanent and viable agricultural business district, especially in the western sections of the county,’’ said Freeholder Christine Myers, the county governing board’s liaison on

preservation matters. Preservation of Konkus Farm brings the total area of preserved farmland in the county to 7,858 acres or the equivalent of 12 square miles, which is approximately the area of Long Hill Township, which is the 15th largest municipality in Morris County. Morris County is in the midst of a flurry of farmland preservation closings, with 12 more farms, totaling 502 acres in Chester and Washington townships, among others, expected to be enrolled in the program later in 2016 or 2017. For detailed information on the county’s agricultural preservation program, visit:

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Motivation Sweetens The Recipe For Weight Loss

t a recent exercise class, a new member walked in at least half way into the start of class. No biggie, I was few minutes late myself. But when I noticed that she was exercising without any shoes on, I thought well now that’s motivation! The instructor stopped class and ran out to her car thinking she had an extra pair in her trunk, as they happen to wear the same size, but realized they were no longer there. When asked where her shoes were, the member responded ‘I just couldn’t find them.’ Exercise and dieting go hand and hand, most trainers and fitness consultants would agree, when it comes to weight loss. But it is that third element that makes all the difference. Like drinking coffee without cream and sugar, trying to lose weight without that key ingredient, motivation, it just does not mix well. No matter what the goal, success is hard to achieve without that motivation. Some may give up their lunch hour to walk four miles every day. Others may give up some-

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the tables and lining up the trays filled with delicious pastries as the sweet aroma of coffee filled the room, we were toning with our weights, doing sit ups on the mat and stretches at the end. I was grateful and appreciative for that moment that I was able to be part of a group of women sharing in an exercise class bonded by the same goal of taking care of

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