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Morris County Clerk Hopes to Ease Vote by Mail Fears

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By Megan Roche 020 has been a year that has been completely out of the ordinary. With COVID-19 and social distancing rules still in effect for many places, voting in the 2020 Presidential election is going to look a bit different. Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi is hoping to ease the voting fears and reassure Morris County residents that their votes will count. “We’re getting a lot of calls from people who don’t trust the system. I try to encourage them and remind them that this is the only option we have right now. Please don’t ignore the election, it’s important for everybody to vote. I want to calm the fears and the best way to do it is to provide as much information as I can and that’s what I’ve been trying to do,” Grossi says. Grossi filmed a video, found on YouTube by searching ‘Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi explains the Vote by Mail Process’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvofZ_ OT0tE&feature=emb_title) that easily explains the process of Vote by Mail. Grossi walks viewers through the process of receiving their ballot in the mail, how to properly cast the ballot, as well as the steps to properly packaging and returning the ballot. When it comes to returning the ballot, there are many ways to do so. Currently, there are ballot boxes strategically placed around the county. Grossi’s website has the most up to date locations on where each ballot return box is located. Voters can also use the US Postal Service (ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3) or visit your polling location to drop your paper ballot in a secure ballot box on Election Day (Nov. 3). “Voting is one of the most important rights that we have. By not voting, you are letting other people control your destiny. I know that voting by mail is not an ideal way to do it for a majority of people, but not voting shouldn’t be an option. By not voting, you are not going to be heard. Fill the ballot out and send it in as early as you feel comfortable doing,” Grossi said. According to Grossi, all ballots should be received in Morris County by the 15th of October. If your ballot has not shown up by that point, call the clerk’s office right away and inform them and they will send you a duplicate ballot. Don’t think your vote is secure? Grossi explained the process this is currently in place for picking up the ballots at the ballot boxes around the county each night. “The Board of Elections, which is responsible for picking

up those ballot boxes, is going to be sending out a Morris County Sherriff’s Officer, along with one member of the Republican Party and one member of the Democratic Party. Each day, that team will go to the drop boxes and empty out the contents of the drop boxes and bring them back to the Board of Elections,” Grossi explained. Grossi urges anyone with questions, big or small, to reach out to her and her team at the Morris County Clerk’s Office at (973) 285-6066. Grossi also updates her website and Facebook page daily as new information comes out about Vote by Mail. Check out www.morriscountyclerk.org for all the up to date information.


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DENTAL DIGEST

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Dental Bridges, Dentures, & Implants: What’s The Difference?

By Ira Goldberg, DDS, FAGD, DICOI ery often, people need to replace missing teeth or teeth that will be extracted shortly. Bridges, dentures, and implants are the most common ways to accomplish this, but what are the differences? The most common area of confusion lies between dentures and bridges. Dentures are removable: you take them in-and-out of your mouth. Bridges are permanent: you do NOT take them in-and-out. Dentures come in two versions: “Full” (also known as “Complete”), and “Partial.” A “Full” denture replaces all of the teeth in your jaw (no teeth remain), and a “Partial” denture is made with one or more of your teeth remaining. These dentures can be made from a number of different materials: acrylic (plastic), metal, a combination of acrylic and metal, or a newer type of plastic called “thermoplastic.” The advantages of the acrylic include cost and simplicity. They are the least expensive, and the easiest to fabricate and repair. The disadvantages include thickness and stability: they require increased material thickness in order to provide strength, and they will be the loosest, meaning they will have the greatest tendency to move around in your mouth. The thickness can interfere with speech. Metal dentures are thin, rigid, and fit tightly. The downsides include increased difficulty to repair (although not terribly difficult) and cost (they are the most expensive). Thermoplastic materials have the advantage of being flexible, which many patients find to be more comfortable.

However, repairs can be difficult to impossible, based upon the type of material utilized. Clasps are “arms” that extend off of a denture that help to keep the denture in place. The clasps can be metal, white to match teeth, or pink to match gums. No clasp is perfect, but they are a necessary component for denture stability, but the downside is potential esthetic complications if they show in your smile. If a clasp breaks off the denture, a repair is not always possible, and can render the denture fit unsatisfactory. Unlike dentures that are removable, bridges are permanent. They are not removable. This is one reason why bridges are more popular than dentures. Other advantages include increased biting / chewing power, increased esthetics, and less fuss with them since they don’t have to be taken in and out. Downsides include the “shaving down” of teeth on either side of spaces to keep them in place (called “abutment” teeth), and potential cavity development or need for root canals on these abutments over time. Dental implants provide a host of options. Most people think of an implant as a post that is placed into the jawbone to hold a single tooth (crown). This is one use of an implant, but there are other functions. The implant is actually the post: you can use it to secure a denture or a bridge, also! With respect to dentures, the implant can help to eliminate or decrease the number of clasps, providing a more esthetic outcome and more stable set of teeth. Bridges benefit from implants because now you cannot develop cavities around

the abutments and there is no need for root canals. Implant bridges also eliminate the need for drilling on other teeth. A very common substitute or replacement for large partial dentures and full dentures is “All-On-Four®.” This revolutionary technology provides the patient with permanent, non-removable teeth in just a few appointments. Gone is the stigma and disappointment of removable teeth and poor chewing ability. Patients instantly benefit from a strong bite, excellent smile, and freedom of re-gaining the roof of their mouths if they had a denture that covered it previously. Many patients who have dentures or require removal of most teeth present to Dr. Goldberg for this procedure specifically: he is a leading authority on this type of procedure in the community. The office of Dr. Goldberg offers free consultations. If you’d like to speak with Dr. Goldberg personally and determine the best course of action for your specific situation, please give the office a call. Dr. Goldberg is a general dentist located in the Roxbury Mall in Succasunna, NJ. He provides general dentistry for the entire family, including: cleanings, check-ups, whitening, veneers, crowns, root canals, dentures, periodontal (gum) services, dental implants, and much more. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Implantology/Implant Dentistry, holds multiple degrees and is recognized as an expert in dental implants. You can find additional information on his website:www.morriscountydentist.com. The office can be reached at: (973) 328-1225 or via email: frontdesk.mcda@gmail.com

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A VIEW FROM THE LEFT

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n the presidential elections of 2000 and 2004, the Democratic nominees, former Vice President Al Gore and Sen. John Kerry, were both seen by the nation’s voters as more knowledgeable and more intelligent than the Republican standard-bearer in both elections, George W. Bush. But those same voters in both campaigns found Bush to be more honest, trustworthy and likable than either Gore or Kerry. In explaining why Bush defeated Kerry, respected Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart put it bluntly: “Voters value ‘I Like’ over IQ.” Our vote for president is actually the most personal vote we Americans get to cast. Aware of the enormous impact every president has over our lives -- both national and individual -- we learned painfully that the national tragedies of both Vietnam and Watergate were directly attributable to defects of character and personality -- along with acute absence of honesty -- of elected American presidents. In the most recent Wall Street JournalNBC News national poll, 2020 voters listed the three most important qualities in deciding how to vote for president to be “having the ability to bring the country together” (36%); “being honest and trustworthy” (35%); and “having strong leadership qualities” (33%). Democrat Joe Biden held a statistically insignificant 45%-43% edge over President Donald Trump on the “strong leadership qualities” question. But on “bringing the country together,” Biden was judged to be better than Trump by the lopsided margin of 52% to 28%. And on “being honest and trustworthy,” voters again picked Biden over Trump by a decisive 47% to 30% margin. How, if the vote for president is so personal, did Trump, with a 38% favorable-60% unfavorable personal rating from 2016 voters, the lowest for any major party candidate in the history of polling, win the White House four years ago? Because he was running that year against Democrat Hillary Clinton, whose 43% favorable-55% unfavorable personal rating was the second-lowest ever recorded by a major party nominee. If Trump had been running unopposed four years ago, he would have lost. But

Mark Shields he was running against Clinton, who just 36% of voters saw as “honest and trustworthy,” while 61% said she was not -- almost identical to Trump’s bad numbers on “honest and trustworthy,” which were 33% positive and 64% negative. No incumbent president or his party has won reelection to the White House when that president’s job rating was below 48% positive. In nearly four years, during which he presided over an economy where unemployment fell to just 3.5%, the nation’s lowest rate in 51 years, Trump remains the only U.S. president in the history of the Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll never to be rated positively by at least 50% of Americans; in fact, he never even reached beyond 46% approval. In this bizarre pandemic year, with voters unable to assess the character and personality of the presidential candidates because they are unable to see them interact with voters, Americans will take their clues more than ever from the three presidential debates, in which the candidates will be wise to remember that character is destiny and the presidential choice is the most personal vote we will cast. To find out more about Mark Shields and read his past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com. COPYRIGHT 2020 MARK SHIELDS DISTRIBUTED BY CREATORS.COM 100% MailedNewspaper Flanders, NJ 07836

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The Hit-Job Parade of Anti-Trump Authors It must be fall campaign season, because our incredibly tilted Democratic media are rotating through a series of authors ripping into President Donald Trump. Start with the most overpraised journalist in Washington, Bob Woodward, who is the same age as Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden but is still trotted out with great fanfare as the conquering hero of Watergate. Everywhere he goes, it seems Woodward is asked to declare that Trump’s term in office has been “worse than Watergate.” Tony Dokoupil on CBS insisted that “no one died in Watergate,” while Trump is somehow responsible for the vast majority of deaths from the coronavirus. On “60 Minutes” this week, Woodward colorfully described the president as a lethal pile of dynamite. No fact-checkers were requested Also this week, the networks lavished attention on two discredited actors in Trump scandals: former FBI agent Peter Strzok, dismissed from the Robert Mueller probe for flagrantly partisan text messages, and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, fresh from serving a prison sentence. Trump’s niece Mary Trump is still squeezing big money out of her lurid psychological profile on Uncle Donald. She calls him “The World’s Most Dangerous Man.” It helps with the royalties. Notice that there isn’t a single author with a deeply critical book on Joe Biden. Somehow, all the publishers in America weren’t interested in the half of America that might buy that book. A librarian trying to help a reader interested in Biden might try to suggest Woodward’s Washington Post colleague Steven Levingston and his book released last October, helpfully titled “Barack and Joe: The Making of an Extraordinary Partnership.” The publisher, Hachette Books, touts it as “A vivid and inspiring account of the ‘bromance’ between Barack Obama and Joe Biden.” Potential buyers of that book were sold with explicitly anti-Trump terms:

Tim Graham “As many Americans turn a nostalgic eye toward the Obama presidency, (SET ITAL) Barack and Joe (END ITAL) offers a new look at this administration, its absence of scandal, dedication to truth, and respect for the media.” You’d have “respect for the media,” too, if they didn’t lie about the “absence of scandal.” Pro-Trump authors are being ignored by the “mainstream” media. Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has a bestselling memoir called “Speaking for Myself,” but somehow, she is considered beyond the pale, even though she hasn’t been to prison like Cohen. Washington Examiner reporter Byron York has a new book out on the Mueller probe and other Trump scandal inquiries titled “Obsession: Inside the Washington Establishment’s Never-Ending War on Trump.” Liberal journalists will probably dismiss the book because it’s published by the staunchly conservative Regnery Publishing. The networks that were so deeply invested in the fantasy of Russian government collusion with the Trump campaign won’t want to hear York explain that Mueller’s team of Democratic investigators knew early on continued on page 6

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Don’t Let Allergies get the Best of You this Season

don’t know about you, but I’m thinking spring cannot come soon enough… especially after the unexpected, late season, blizzards! Spring brings longer days, budding flowers, sunshine and warmer weather. Along with the beautiful flowers, spring also brings pollen and allergens! For some, these allergens can wreak havoc. If you’re someone who suffers from allergies, you might dread the spring season. Seasonal allergies can cause a multitude of nagging symptoms including: runny nose, itchy and/or red irritated eyes, stuffy nose/congestion, sneezing, scratchy throat and itchiness. If you suffer from any of the above, I’m here to tell you that there is a solution! Believe it or not, Acupuncture can help you to enjoy the spring again! So, you might be asking how can Acupuncture help? Acupuncture relieves symptoms of allergies by diminishing the body’s inflammatory response, without the unwanted

side effects. It helps to open nasal passages, reduces sinus pressure, calms itching, decreases throat pain, coughing and sneezing. Here’s the catch… it’s always best to begin treatment before the season begins. It is better to prevent symptoms then try to tackle them when they are in full effect. In addition to Acupuncture treatment, you can help yourself at home with these simple tips: Flush out allergens with a Neti pot, keep windows closed to prevent allergens from entering your home, try an air filter, vacuum and dust often to eliminate pollen in your home, eat local honey daily, take an omega-3 supplement, boost immunity by eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies and eliminate processed foods. For more information on Acupuncture and Allergies call Mount Olive Acupuncture & Wellness 973-527-7978; www.mtoliveacupuncture.com.

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Anti-Trump Authors...

continued from page 4 there was no proof of collusion but dragged the whole charade out past the midterm elections. Black conservative Candace Owens has a brand-new book titled “Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat Plantation” published by Simon & Schuster imprint Threshold Editions. Does anyone think CBS will lavish attention on this book as it did for Woodward, a Simon & Schuster author? The Democrats running the “news” media and the book publishing industry have stacked the deck against Trump, just

as they did in 2016. Once again, they expect their merciless onslaught against Trump to usher the Democrats into the White House. Once again, they cannot imagine why half of America treats them like relentlessly partisan pseudo-news outlets. Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org. To find out more about Tim Graham, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com. COPYRIGHT 2020 CREATORS.COM

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ging men and women may be tempted to eschew home cooking entirely. After all, there are plenty of convenient frozen or take-out foods available that can be whipped up in a snap. However, there are certain benefits to cooking your own meals. John Moore, DO, an Aetna medical director and senior health specialist, says that cooking can be good for helping to stave off cognitive decline.

Dr. Moore notes that, when cooking, the mind is put to use following a recipe and learning new skills and tasks. Furthermore, cooking for oneself can boost seniors’ selfconfidence, reassuring them that they can handle an important daily task without having to rely on their family for meals. As long as it is deemed safe (i.e., no sign of cognitive decline or forgetfulness), seniors should be encouraged to continue cooking.

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Letter to the Editor: Re-Elect Dr. Antoine Gayles to the Mount Olive Board of Education

ello Mount Olive neighbors. My name is Dr. Antoine Gayles and I am running for re-election to the Mount Olive Board of Education in the November 3rd election I have lived in Mount Olive for 22 years, raised a family and have proudly served on the Mount Olive School Board for 6 years. Three of my children have graduated from Mount Olive HS and are successfully pursuing college and career opportunities. I currently have one high school senior and one 5th grader at CMS. I am proud to say that the Mount Olive school district has provided the foundation for their educational success. I have 23 years of educational leadership experience, am an entrepreneur and adjunct professor at Centenary University. I am a member of the Flanders United Methodist Church, where I deliver the youth ministry and volunteer at the church’s thrift shop. In addition to volunteering in my church, I have also coached recreation basketball and track. As a member of the Mount Olive Board of Education, I have served as the Board liaison to CMS and the township’s Recreation Department, served two terms as Vice President; served on the Negotiations, Policy and Finance committees and Chairman of the Curriculum and Instruction committee. I have worked to improve our facilities, enhance our curriculum and supported students’ opportunities to experience the world through international robotics competitions, and cultural

trips to China, Central America, Spain and the Caribbean. As a member and Chairperson of the Curriculum and Instruction committee, we have invested resources to integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math into all of our schools over the past six years. Our elementary and middle school students have access to the latest innovative tools to explore and expand their curiosity for learning. We have installed the M.I.L.L., a stateof -the-art recording studio, wireless devices, the LED screen to enhance theatrical performances and presentations. When our high school students return this Fall, they will be able to conduct virtual dissections using state of the art Anatomage virtual reality dissection tables that augment our biomedical sciences program. In the summer of 2019, we ushered in the Bar Code of Life research, where Mount Olive High School students mapped out DNA barcoding of biological species. Through our partnership with NJIT’s Computer Science department, 75 Mount Olive High School and MOMS students create, innovate and problem solve through Real World Connections; and through our most recent partnership with the County College of Morris, high school students can earn college credits towards an Associate’s Degree. Students can also join a variety of clubs or even create their own. In addition to athletics, many students have benefitted immensely from participating in music, chorus, drama, Play Uni-

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fied and Best Buddies. They were able to find their voice, improve their confidence and make new friends through the myriad of clubs and programs our schools offer, all led by a cadre of outstanding teachers, coaches, aides and volunteers. Finally, in 2019 we achieved Future Ready Schools certification, that focuses on providing every student with access to a personalized, student-centered learning environment. And we have achieved this success all while being mindful of our taxpayer dollar. These accomplishments are a testament to what we can achieve as a cohesive school community, especially during the past eight months. It is an honor to lead our district with compassion and vision; while supporting our kids as they learn, grow and develop into the leaders of tomorrow. That’s why I joined the Board of Education in 2014; to use my experience, passion and energy to help make our schools the premiere district that it has become. Why re-elect me? I believe that the best way to predict the future is to create it. And as we move forward into unknown challenges ahead, consistency in leadership is important. Whether I am collaboratively planning for potential population growth, working with our active parent associations, being the advocate for diversity in our teaching and administrative corps, improving equity in access to higher level courses for students of color, twice exceptional and ELL students or being a vital part of the team to guide us through

this pandemic, my consistent leadership during these unprecedented times is an asset in creating what comes next. So, I am asking for your vote to continue the work necessary to maintain our high-quality school system, and to forge a path for what comes next for our staff and ALL students in the Mount Olive school community. A vote for me is a vote for a true servant-leader, one who will hold the Superintendent accountable, take responsibility, ask the tough questions and keep students first. Let’s spread the word to make Antoine Gayles lucky #7 on November 3rd. And remember - My name is last on the ballot, but OUR children are First!


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Church Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary

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by Elsie Walker very day at noon and 6pm, the chimes of the Stanhope United Methodist Church can be heard throughout parts of Netcong and Stanhope. Located within the border of Netcong, the church has become a special landmark. It is the helping hand reaching out to others through its food pantry, “Angels of the Glen” outreach, Christmas drives for needy children and nursing home residents, Jazz Mardi Gras breakfast fundraiser for hurricane relief and much more. It is a meeting place for groups like scouts and AA. In addition to its Sunday services, the church has celebrated weddings and baptisms and mourned the dead. Its memorial garden holds the names of some of those now gone. Over the years, people have crowded to church events like its former auctions and now its Strawberry Festival. Its bell choir has played at both the church and area events. The church is a historic figure, with its name on both the NJ and national registers of historic places. Now, as it celebrates its 100th anniversary this month, some members looked back and shared a glimpse at the church’s early history, some memories and a few littleknown facts.

The church is called the Stanhope United Methodist Church, but it is in Netcong. That’s because the congregation first met in a church in Stanhope and never changed the name. Church historian, Amanda Rush of Netcong, explained how the building in Netcong came to be. “In 1915, the decision was made to build a new church. The growth in the community and shifting population seemed to demand to build a church that would more adequately meet the needs of the congregation,” she said. Rush went on to explain that Mr. A. J. Drake donated the land where the church now stands. (The Drake family was a very prominent family in Netcong). “The cornerstone was laid in 1917, just about the time World War 1 began. The war prevented the completion of the building and the former church on Linden Avenue in Stanhope served the congregation until 1920, when the new building on the Musconetcong River in Netcong was completed. The Church in the Glen was dedicated on October 24, 1920,” Rush shared. (An education building was added to the original church building decades later.) Rush noted that the church became known as “The Church in the Glen” because

the area around Lake Musconetcong was considered a glen. That description also became the name of the church’s bell choir: Bells of the Glen. The bell choir has existed for 38 years with two original members still ringing: Judith Bristol and Amanda Rush. Previously led

by Harry and Marilyn Ostrander, the choir is now led by Scott and Rosalie Lefurge, of Byram, who took over the leadership duties in 1982. Reminiscing about the church, nearly 60 year member Dorothy Wolfe of continued on page 12

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Breast Cancer Screening... continued from page 9 imal discomfort. There is a small amount of radiation that is absorbed with each test and most physicians would agree that the benefits of regular mammograms outweigh the risks. Although regular screening for breast cancer is strongly recommended, there has not been consensus in the medical community on what that should be. Patients should be familiarized with the symptoms of breast cancer by their doctor and should report to their physician immediately if they have these symptoms. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and The American Cancer Society recommend that women should begin mammogram screening at age 40yo and repeat that testing every 1-2 years depending on the patient risk factors. The US Preventive Task Force recommends screening every 2 years starting at age 50. Regardless of what guidelines patients and their doctors utilize, a shared decision-making process should be employed. Each patient screen-

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Church Celebrates 100 Years... continued from page 10 Stanhope, who taught Sunday School to two generations, shared a memory from her own Sunday School days: “Our Sunday school always opened with a worship service. We sang a few hymns and said a prayer. The song leader for at least part of the year was Mr Greenlaw, and his wife played the piano. Mr Greenlaw had a very loud bass voice, and it made all of us sing louder to keep up with him.” Many reminisced about various fundraising events. Among them were bazaars and dinners. An annual auction was held until the late 1970s (with Mr. Parr as auctioneer). A strawberry festival was started after that. There were huge rummage sales, and what started as “Grandpa Rush’s Pie Sale” (named for member Marion Rush) has turned into an annual pie selling event. Members agree

the various events have left them tired, but happy. Speaking of memories, in 2001, Bob Anderson of Andover and then Pastor Harry DeKolf started the restoration of the church’s garden of memories, which has become a contemplative place memorializing many who have passed. Although some things may have changed over time, a constant is the place the church has in people’s lives. Member Leigh Ann Von Hagen, of Netcong, reflected on its place in her family. “Since moving to the area in the 1990’s, the church has been a part of our daily lives. Not only do we attend and help with live streaming services, we live close enough to enjoy hearing the chimes play from the bell tower every day. We have used the building for club meetings like Girl Scouts and robotics. We’ve helped host and

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Mendham Native with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Runs for RWJBH

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Mendham Native... continued from page 12 After continuing physical therapy, which was unsuccessful and her pain was growing more severe, Christmann three months later entered the 4-week Chronic Pain Management Program at Children’s Specialized Hospital that ultimately helped her manage her CRPS. “There’s definitely a few things that go into it, especially since it’s such a complex issue,” she says. “First, having a full support team where it’s the entire team working together. You have the physical therapists, the occupational therapists, the doctors, psychologists – everyone that you need is in one place working together on your care, which I think sets it (Children’s Specialized Hospital) apart.” Christmann also cites the fact that, when she told the staff that she wanted to return to racing, they were all ears and encouragement. “They were all about getting me back to the life I wanted

to live.” In 2019, only four years after her accident, Christmann was back at it, competing in the Age Group Triathlon World Championships. “My main goal,” she says, “was to get back to racing at the level that I did. Last year I raced again at the World Championships for Triathlon, so that was like a big end goal.” In 2021, she’ll be racing in the world championships again. “A lot of the major goals I’ve had since that (her bike accident) happened, I’ve reached in the past two months or so,” says Christmann, who attended Mendham High School and graduated Boston College in June. Most of all, she’s healthy. For that, she is grateful most of all. For more information and to support Christmann or Children’s Specialized Hospital, visit the Events page at www. rwjbh.org.

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Mount Olive High School Sophomore Attains 400 Mile Running Goal

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By Steve Sears 5-year-old Mount Olive High School sophomore Christian Hertzig knows something about endurance. He is, after all, a member of the Mount Olive Marauders Cross Country team, and he has been running ever since he was in grammar school. So, when a contest surfaced offering rewards for running 100, 250, and 400 miles over the summer of 2020, he was at the starting line. And, eventually, the finish line. “My friend one day texted me and said he was doing the same challenge (The Summer Mile Club), and there were options to go 100, 250, or 400 miles,” explains Hertzig. “For each milestone you hit, you get a reward.” If you run 100 miles, you get a hat; 250 miles, tips from professional runners; and for 400, your name is entered to win prizes from HOKA ONE ONE, the organizers of the event. More than 8,500 runners nationwide ran a combined 1.8 million miles. The contest was open to applicants of all ages. Hertzig did receive his hat and collection of tips for succeeding in the 100 and 250mile intervals but is still waiting to see if he will win any prizes in the 400-mile realm drawing. “It’s not all about the prizes, of

course,” he states, humbly. “It’s about the training aspect. This helped me for motivation purposes.” Hertzig, who lives with his family in Flanders, was most likely spotted by residents numerous times in June, July, or August. He did a lot of his Mount Olive running in Turkey Brook Park, and also at Mount Olive High School and other spots in town. He also ran while on vacation along Ocean Drive in Cape May, a few times in Point Pleasant Beach, and on Long Beach Island, where he passed the 400-mile milestone in Surf City. “Physically, I wasn’t feeling real great,” he says of that specific day on the 12-mile-long barrier island, “but I felt accomplished, as I worked all summer to hit this goal.” Hertzig’s summer success, which was accomplished while jogging sometimes during intense heatwaves, was fortified by his “don’t give up” attitude. “There were a lot of days where I just did not want to run. And at some point, I was just fine without running. I was like, ‘I’ve gotten this far, I’m just going to stop.’ But then…I don’t quit. So, I just got out there day by day and kept logging my miles.” The Hertzig family plans to enjoy a celebratory meal out at nearby Bell’s

Christian Hertzig’s first 5K. Photo taken by Jose Bastarrika.

Christian Hertzig, the day he completed his first 100 miles. Photo taken by Brett Hertzig.

Mansion in Netcong. His parents, Kathleen and Brett, and twin sister, Lauren, were a huge well of support, as were his various teammates that ran with him. Heading into the fall Cross Country season, Hertzig feels the team will have success. “I think we’re a young team; we

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Mount Olive High School Named a National Unified Champion School by Special Olympics

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By Steve Sears ount Olive High School has enjoyed an almost 25-year relationship with Special Olympics, having hosted events on site, then forming Special Olympics bowling and track and field teams about 15 years ago. Now the organization has recognized the school in a special way, naming the institution as a National Unified Champion School. Just one of five schools in New Jersey to be so named, it recognizes the school’s commitment to including a sports program in which students both with and without disabilities train and compete with other schools as teammates. Mount Olive High School met ten standards to qualify for the award. Superintendent Robert Zywicki, Ed.D. says of the award, “We use the hashtag ALLkid. It’s that philosophy that’s existed here, and one that everyone has doubled down on recently. Unified Sports are the exemplar of our effort of inclusion. I think it’s a combination of things: being inclusive in the classroom and being inclusive on the playing field. I could not be more proud of the athletes and the coaches, and I really need to give credit to Sharon Staszak, who really was the driver of so much of this.”

“We were a championship school last year, but it wasn’t nationally recognized,” says Staszak, the school’s Director of Special Services. The school’s involvement in Unified Sports began roughly four years ago, and soccer, track & field, and basketball are included under this umbrella, and last year there was a foray into Unified bowling for the first time. Pamela Molfetto, a Special Education teacher and coach, says that involvement in the Unified Sports program gives everybody the opportunity to be involved in the school. “Unified kind of changes the culture of the school,” she says. “It brings a community feeling to all of our kids.” “It also levels the playing field for the kids because it kind of makes that sport or that activity that at one point was unreachable that it’s now anyone can achieve it ,” says Nancy Gilbert, who also teaches Special Education and coaches. Prior to COVID19, Mount Olive High School competed against six opponents. This year is a bit different. Instead of contact sports, individual skills will be focused on instead. This can be done in person with Gilbert or Molfetto, or virtually from home. Most likely after the

skills are ingrained, Mount Olive may face West Morris Mendham High School in person for interaction. Gilbert would in the future like to see other sports added. “Well, there are four seasons, so there’s still volleyball that we could do, and I’ve wanted Bocce forever. I’d love to see a Bocce field built somewhere near here. And there is also Unified Bowling.” She also mentions that students have the option to do both Special Olympics and Unified sports. “We have athletes who do Unified track and field and they compete against teams all over Morris County, but they also have a Special Olympics competition that they can go through States and Nationals.” Staszak mentions that she’d like to see middle and elementary school involvement. “For activities throughout the year; that’s one of our goals this year as well: expanding district-wide.” “It’s inclusive, it’s competitive, everybody has the opportunity to do their best, whatever level that may be at,” says Gilbert. “And also, to be recognized for their personal achievements, as well as the team camaraderie.” Staszak adds to Gilbert’s important last statement. “All efforts and achievement are applauded.”

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By Dawn M. Chiossi ove over turkey, make way for Jersey Giant Chickens. For New Jerseyans, size matters. Is it any wonder then, New Jersey boasts the largest breed of purebred chicken?​One of New Jersey’s best-kept secrets, they are a source of pride to residents. “People look at these birds and say: Oh, My, God! They are HUGE! And us breeders just smile...”, ​Kathy Rowe, East Region Director of the National Jersey Giant Club, relates.​​ The National Jersey Giant Club was founded in 1971 to promote these chickens and keep the breed alive after nearly dying out. Jersey Giant Chickens were developed approximately 150 years ago in Burlington County by John and Thomas Black. Specializing in growing market poultry, these brothers were attempting to dethrone the turkey as the top table bird for roasting. When they cross-bred a variety of different chickens, including ​Black Javas, Black Langshans, and Dark Brahmas,​they found success. Bred for their size and not for color, Jersey Giants come in black, white, blue, and splash varieties. They received the name “Giants” in approximately 1895. The moniker “Jersey” was added when in about 1917, when breeder,​ Dexter P. Upham of Belmar, gave them that name in honor of the state in which they originated. Taking time to fill out their frame, they are robust, cold hearty, and perfect for roasting. Female Jersey Giants can grow to 11 pounds, while males can topple an impressive

15. Due to their great body size, this breed of chicken serves a dual purpose, producing both an abundance of meat and extra-large eggs. Although they often take one or two days longer to hatch than your standard eggs, Jersey Giants tend to lay more of them. Jersey Giants are not ordinary supermarket chickens. In fact, they are not a common breed at all, Rowe relates. “While they were originally designed to be a large bird for the Sunday dinner table, these birds fell out of fashion because faster-growing hybrid chickens and turkeys became more popular. Jersey Giants can take up to two years to fully mature and reach their optimum weight.” In a world of expediency and of instant gratification, it is easy for Jersey Giants to be dismissed, but for breeders like Rowe and Hackettstown’s Mike Miller, these birds send a different message: one of quality, of substance. One that values ​stamina, patience, and the knowledge that anything worthwhile takes time and care. According to Rowe, Miller has been a member of the National Jersey Giant Club since “practically forever.” Drawn to the heritage of the breed, and having a sense of Jersey pride, Miller has approximately 10 hens and a rooster at his home. He raises his chickens for shows, sales, and some eating. Rowe breeds black, blue, and splash varieties of chickens. Wonderful as pets as well as show animals, Rowe continued on page 21

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Jersey Giant Chickens... continued from page 20 shares that the Jersey Giants are truly gentle giants. Despite their size, these chickens are sweet-natured, something that can’t be said for all birds.​“ They’re very calm and they’re docile,” Miller says. He mentions that they are just content to mosey around his yard. It was at a show where Rowe first met Miller several years ago, where he warmly shared his expertise with her.

“He’s helped me with some tough chicken disease problems and answered my rookie questions on breeding and genetics,” she tells. “Showing is very much a social occasion for everyone; it allows us to catch up on things, evaluate new birds, discuss trends in the breed, mentor those who need it, and have fun.” Both Rowe and Miller are diligently working to perfect the bloodline for certain colors in the breed. For them, showing

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Jersey Giants is more than just showing chickens, it is a passion; something they wouldn’t have any other way. ​“Jersey Giants take a lot of dedication to raise,” Rowe explains. “You may hatch some, watch them grow, and grow, and wonder if they will ever stop! The vast time it takes for them to mature is hard for many people to grasp. In this “fast food” world, everyone wants a chicken to be a show winner in as short amount of time as possible. That’s not so for Jersey Giants. Most people don’t even like to show a Jersey under 9 months of age; they just aren’t filled out enough yet. Those wishing to keep Jersey Giants have to understand one thing: patience!” “True Jersey Giants are something of a forgotten elephant, relics of a past when the industrial revolution was bringing more and more people to the cities, and they needed a meat bird that would feed a family. They grow slow, eat quite a bit, and

can take 9+ months to lay their first eggs. But, perhaps as things change in society again, folks will learn to appreciate the slower things in life,” Rowe shares. “To me, there’s nothing more gratifying than taking a pair of birds, putting them together, collecting their eggs, putting them in the incubator, and crossing my fingers that they’ll hatch. If I’m lucky, in 22 days, I get some adorable, fluffy chicks. Then starts their long life of inspecting, comparing, watching, and hoping there might be a show winner or another good breeding bird in the batch. The best reward of all is seeing a rosette hanging on my wall that was won by a bird I bred. That’s when you know it was all worth the wait.” ​The American Poultry Association recognized Black Jersey Giants and added them to the Standard of Perfection in 1922. White Jersey Giants were added in 1947 while Blue Jersey Giants were added in 2002.

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Potential Recreational Upgrades Coming to Mount Olive

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By Megan Roche arly discussions in Mount Olive have been taking place over the last few weeks to revitalize the area of Budd Lake. The lake, a summer hotspot in town, has potential for complete overhaul, according to township administrator Andrew Tatarenko. “We’ve had an active beach area for a period of time. This year, we scaled back and we didn’t really offer any recreational programs there or any type of organized swimming facility. It was really just a passive recreation beach. A lot of our other town facilities are in great shape and it’s time that the beach was also granted the same,” Tatarenko shared. While the conversation is in its very early stages, Tatarenko is planning on showing the potential renderings to the township council at their next meeting. If the township council likes what they see, monetary figures can be brought up and discussed during the budget process for the following year. At this point, ground would likely not be broken on the project until 2022 at the earliest. “We’re looking to add some landscaping and privacy screens. We’d also like to add

a pavilion area, a playground for the kids, expand the actual beach area itself. We’re also talking about rehabbing the parking area, adding more docks for people to go out and enjoy the lake, even potentially offering some kind of boat rental service. We’d also add restroom facilities. It would be a complete overhaul,” Tatarenko said. Also being discussed is the Marveland Farms property. After being used as an equine facility over the last few years, the township has decided not to renew the lease. The current proposed idea is that of an “extreme” park. The extreme park would be home to things like a skate park, a roller hockey rink, an RC track, etc. “I’m hoping to rejuvenate the areas. We want to encourage our residents and residents from other towns to use our parks. We’re taking on the mindset of ‘if you build it, they will come,’ especially during this whole COVID-19 scenario,” Tatarankeo says. Much like the Budd Lake Beach project, the ideas must be presented to the township council and details would be worked out if approval was met. This plan would also not see ground break until 2022 as well.

“The idea of revitalizing the beach area has been something that has been talked about for years. Now is the time to get it done. Mount Olive has such great facilities for our residents. Creating a recreational area around the beach is a great idea. The entire area will look beautiful and offer another option to the residents. Having the state’s largest natural lake, it would be great to use that resource to its greatest potential. With Marveland Farms it is

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College Friends and Fellow History Teachers Create “History Teachers Talking” Podcast

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By Steve Sears enville’s Peter Zablocki and Mount Olive’s Thomas Reszka, who originally met as students and started talking over 20 years ago at William Paterson University, are now verbalizing some pretty interesting stuff via a unique podcast. Starting in early August 2020, the duo has hosted ten, weekly, hour-long “History Teachers Talking” episodes. Zablocki explains the foundation. “We’ve always talked about starting a podcast. We said, ‘You know what? It’s corona(virus)…’ and we just needed an outlet, especially since we couldn’t teach that much in a traditional sense. It’s almost like we missed the history banter that we would probably have in the class.” “With everything going on, we said, ‘Let’s just do it,’” adds Reszka. “History Teachers Talking” discussions center on history, politics, education, and pop culture. Zablocki has found that many former and current students listen in, and the goal was to be broad in scope while not ignoring the nearness of home. “That was the goal,” says Reszka. “What we would do in the classroom is have banter back and forth; that’s where sometimes you get some of the best conversation.” Zablocki adds, “In the classroom we form a rapport, a good relationship with our students, oftentimes from not just the content, especially when a student has a question. And we don’t always have the time in the classroom to get

into these particulars or what you would call fun topics, but it does happen.” That banter and resulting topics thereof have been discussed on the podcast, including George Washington, the tumultuous year of 1968, and the 1916 Manasquan shark attacks. “That’s the story of us as a nation, and that’s the story of us as people,” says Reszka. “Like the shark attacks in New Jersey and Jaws, which is a major pop icon.” It’s understanding the past as well as comprehending what’s currently occurring and how things connect. “I very much concur with that,” says Zablocki, agreeing with Reszka’s prior comment. “I always kind of looked at history as a bunch of facts.” He likens those facts to building blocks and uses the following analogy with his students. “Unless someone takes those facts, that are just blocks, and puts meaning and does something with them, they’re kind of boring blocks. The way I look at history is taking the facts and putting them in the context and connecting them, and as Tom was saying, connecting the past and present, connecting the social aspects with the political and economic aspects in the present, to kind of form meaning to what our word is about.” “That was kind of the impetus for this podcast.” A bio on each, who have both been teachers for 16 years. Zablocki is currently at Kinnelon High School, and is Vice-President of the Denville Historical Society, Museum, and Research Center. He teaches courses in World History, Military History, Sociology, Advanced Placement United States History I and II, Advanced Placement Seminar and

Research, and International Baccalaureate High Level History- America and the World. He is also an author of three books: Denville Goes to War: Denville’s Story of World War I, in addition to the forthcoming true crime history titled Denville 13: Murder, Redemption and Forgiveness in Small Town New Jersey due out in February of 2021, and Denville in World War II, coming out in May of 2021, both published by The History Press. Zablocki also contributes a monthly column of local history to Denville Life. Reszka’s specialties include World History, Ancient Civilization, World Cultures, Western Civilization, United States History I and II, Sociology, Law and Justice, Advanced Placement Government and Civics, and Advanced Placement United States History. He is also an administrator of the Mount Olive school district’s history department, and as well oversees the curriculum development and teaching of over thirty Middle School and High School teachers. The interesting thing: there is no true preparation on the part of the hosts, just a little bit of research. Per Zablocki, when the recorder is turned on, he and Reszka are talking about the topics for the first time. “We don’t want to be scripted,” he says of he and his partner, who on their jobs deal often with strictly prepared and uniform lesson plans. This is laid back conversation. “This isn’t a job for us,” he continues. “It’s fun; an escape somewhat. It creates an outlet for our students, family members, and everyone that’s interested.” To listen to the “History Teachers Talking” podcast, visit www.historyteacherstalkingpodcast.com.

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Saint Clare’s Health Expands Its Pediatric Services

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Maurice Elias MD Chair of Saint Clares Pediatrics

By Steve Sears ompassionate care has always resided at Saint Clare’s Health, which has been serving Morris, Sussex, and Warren counties since 1953. And when it comes to Saint Clare’s expanded pediatric services in Denville, Andrea Lotosky, MSN, RN, Administrative Director of Nursing, who has been with Saint Clare’s hospital since 2016, offers a very apt description of a “team.” “Our slogan, is ‘Neighbors Healing Neighbors.’ We are a family here; everything is a family approach, whether it’s with our kids or with our adult patients. They’re not just a number - they’re not just a patient number or medical record number – they’re a person, and they’re part of the family when they’re here with us. And our team here – our physicians, our nursing staff, our ancillary staff – is a team, a family approach. We approach things as, ‘’If these were our children, how would we want them cared for?’” A Saint Clare’s mantra is “High Tech and High Touch.” The most up-to-date, finest technological equipment is used in all units, and this partners with the great personal care that Saint Clare’s is well known for. Dr. Maurice Elias, Chair of Saint Clare’s Pediatrics for over five years, started in the hospital’s pediatrics unit in 1996. He now runs Totowa Pediatrics in Dover, which serves at Saint Clare’s. “It’s a really nice hospital to come to,” he says. “Simple, easy, in and out, very nice staff. You have one on one care, basically. If you’re looking for surgery, orthopedics, and for your children to be taken care of, Saint Clare’s is your neighbor. You don’t have to go far.” Lotosky cites three outstanding physicians who have come on board since July 2019 that are an important part of the Saint Clare’s equation. “We were fortunate enough to have Dr. Frederick Alexander (Pediatric General Surgeon) join our team. He has been a welcome addition. Dr. Eugene Varghese (Director Pediatric Emergency Medicine) has been integral on our team since last July. He has been integral in educating the other ER doctors, the physician assistants, and the nursing staff, so that when we do get kids in the ER they get the proper care.” Also added in September is The Pediatric Orthopedic Center,

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of which Dr. Mark Rieger is a founding partner and senior physician. “There are eight physicians in that group that are credentialed here,” says Lotosky. All services are provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dr. Alexander, most recently with Hackensack University Medical Center, explains his role. “We do all kinds of things in pediatric surgery. We are not limited to one part of the body. I would say that in many children’s hospitals, pediatric surgery is the kind of glue that holds all of the surgical services together.” Alexander also cites the excellent team and support services, especially those most important to him as a surgeon: radiology and anesthesia. “I have not been disappointed. The radiology department here is great, the anesthesiologists have done excellent work. I think overall the quality of the services we offer here is superb.” Dr. Rieger coins Saint Clare’s an “unbelievable community hospital.” “Saint Clare’s has always been a very patient-centric hospital that offers tremendous local care on a community basis. They’ve never pretended to be anything else than just a very high-quality community hospital.” The Pediatric Orthopedic Center was in the past a part of that and has now returned. “As far as what we bring to the table, we are a very high-quality orthopedic practice. Saint Clare’s – it’s always been their tradition to look out for the patient’s best interest, and they asked us to come back on and provide these services locally, and not have the family leave the institution or the community to have these services provided. And they’re always trying to expand services.” “I always saw myself in the community, and 80% of children, that’s where they get their care,” says Dr. Varghese, who initially trained in Emergency Medicine, and then moved onto Pediatric Emergency Medicine after his youngest daughter had a childhood illness. “Andrea (Lotosky) has been a big, big supporter in building the pediatrics program, and has gotten us so many allies. Dr. Alexander is a world class Pediatric Surgeon. Dr. Rieger is very highly respected, and his group, The Pediatric Orthopedic Center - who I’ve worked with - they’re available to the pediatric department 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I’m

Andrea Lotosky, MSN, RN Administrative Director of Nursing

very grateful we have them at our facility.” “Our goal,” Varghese continues, “is to give good community care to our pediatric population. We are here for everyone, but we are (especially) here for your kid. And the emergency department is always there; we’re always available.” The maternal/child health department at the Katena Center for Mother and Child to the Pediatric Department, which includes labor and delivery, post-partum nursery, and the Saint Clare’s level-2 NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), is another prime example of top health care. “Two years ago our Neonatologist changed their coverage for Saint Clare’s and are now onsite 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They care for all of our healthy newborns, all of our NICU babies, and all of our babies that need to be readmitted up to 28 days.” Lotosky also mentions Saint Clare’s Behavioral Health hospital, a big piece of Children’s Services. “We kind of holistically treat our families here. We can provide services for just about everything that they need.” Saint Clare’s invites community pediatricians to turn their antennae towards Denville. “Give Saint Clare’s another look,” Alexander encourages, and with good reason. “What gives me as much pleasure and satisfaction as taking care of the kids is serving the pediatricians. Not only do the children have something to gain by coming to a place that’s so hands on, but the pediatricians do, too.” It should be noted that Saint Clare’s welcomes credentialed pediatricians to be the primary doctor for their patients while hospitalized. “That’s a major thing,” says Lotosky. “What has been very satisfying for me is to have direct contact, personal responsibility, and rapport with my patients,” Alexander notes importantly. “When parents bring their children here to Saint Clare’s, what they’re going to experience is a direct contact and relationship with the experienced physicians who are going to be taking care of their kids.” Saint Clare’s Health is located at 25 Pocono Road in Denville. Visit www.saintclares.com or call (973) 625-6000 to learn more about offered pediatric services.


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By Chris Bauer MD hances are you probably know someone whose life has been impacted by breast cancer. The American Cancer Society reports that 1 in every 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Males make up at least 10% of all people that are diagnosed. Although the mortality rate from breast cancer has decreased significantly in the last 50 years, even one death from breast cancer is too many. Due to the increased frequency of breast cancer, regular screenings and awareness of the symptoms are essential to maintaining every women’s health. It is important that women know if they are at greater risk of developing breast cancer in their lives. Patients who have higher risk of developing breast cancer should be in consultation with their doctors to see what cancer prevention strategies are possible. Women with higher risk include those who have a history of breast cancer in their family, have a personal history of BRCA mutation, have never had a baby, have had late menopause or have previously had breast biopsies with Atypical hyperplasia or Lobular carcinoma insitu. Additionally, women who have increased Body Mass Index (BMI), smoke or have radiation therapy to the chest for other malignancies are at higher risk of developing breast cancer. Other risk factors exist for breast cancer for both males and females and patients should consult their physicians for more information. The mammogram is a valuable tool in breast cancer screening. A mammogram is the test that is most commonly used in the detection of breast cancer. The test is an x-ray of the breast that will show if there are any abnormal areas in the breast tissue. Generally, mammograms are well tolerated by most people and there is minimal discomfort. There is a small amount of radiation that is absorbed with each test and most

physicians would agree that the benefits of regular mammograms outweigh the risks. Although regular screening for breast cancer is strongly recommended, there has not been consensus in the medical community on what that should be. Patients should be familiarized with the symptoms of breast cancer by their doctor and should report to their physician immediately if they have these symptoms. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and The American Cancer Society recommend that women should begin mammogram screening at age 40yo and repeat that testing every 1-2 years depending on the patient risk factors. The US Preventive Task Force recommends screening every 2 years starting at age 50. Regardless of what guidelines patients and their doctors utilize, a shared decision-making process should be employed. Each patient screening regimen should be tailored to their individual medical history and their personal risk factors for breast cancer. Women who have a higher risk of getting breast cancer may require breast ultrasounds or a breast MRI yearly added to their screening plan. For women who have “dense breasts” on mammogram, a breast ultrasound may be ordered as an adjunct test to improve the cancer detection rate. Worldwide, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a global initiative organized by thousands of charities and companies to educate, empower and to raise awareness about breast cancer. Pink is the color often worn by supporters this month to show their support for this worthy endeavor. Locally the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the American Cancer Society have a full list of local activities and listing of how people can get involved this month to support this cause. For more information or to donate, please go to www.cancer.org/breast and www.Nationalbreastcancer.org .

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Two-time Cancer Survivor Doing It Her Way with Raw Resilience

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By Jillian Risberg taring down breast cancer as an adult was not the same as her teen bout with Hodgkin’s lymphoma because now Christine Shields Corrigan has the advantage of tackling the diagnosis on her own terms. In her new book, “Again: Surviving Cancer Twice with Love and Lists,” the former attorney and legal writer tries to normalize her own family life with her husband and kids, while feeling echoes of her deeply ingrained upbringing. Shields Corrigan says her parents were very protective and in her mother’s family there was a culture of don’t tell the kids anything — it’ll get them upset. “Then when it was over, it was over and nobody talked about it,” says the author of her early cancer. This time around it was an early evening in March 2016 when the former attorney was wrapped up in what her older son wanted for his 15th birthday dinner the next day. Then her breast surgeon called and said those dreaded words… “I’m sorry, it’s cancer,” the 49-year-old says. “I was frozen in my spot.” Her visceral reaction was that she was ‘doomed.’ “All of life’s ordinary was right there with me in the kitchen and I knew in that moment my world shifted and I would never have that again,” says Shields Corrigan. It all started with a routine mammogram and ultrasound. “Sitting in the exam room waiting for the techs to walk in with the reminder card for me to fill out for next year,” she says. “Instead the door opened and a woman in a white coat walked in and my stomach fell out.” The author had a gray cyst they said looked ‘junky.’

“Of course I immediately asked if it could be breast cancer and she said, ‘I don’t know, that’s why you have to have it biopsied, but most of the time these things are benign,’” Shields Corrigan says the doc told her. The biopsy revealed triple positive breast cancer, which meant she had to go through six cycles of targeted anti-HER2 chemotherapy from March until July. “It was a stage-one tumor,” the author says. “It wasn’t even palpable when I did my monthly self exam but it was an aggressive cancer.” Her oncologist is very conservative. “Very aggressive with treatment and very conservative in making determinations about causation,” says the former attorney, adding that her childhood lymphoma certainly put her at greater risk of developing a secondary cancer. A month after completing chemo she was very adamant about having a bilateral mastectomy. “I was like ‘look, I had cancer now twice; I’m not putting my family through this a third time,’” Shields Corrigan says of the surgery, which she followed up with implant reconstruction. “There’s certainly an aspect of grieving because there is a loss. I felt like I lost a big sense of who I was as a woman,” says the author. “I had been going to a breast cancer support group run by my surgical nurse navigator and at the end of one of the meetings she asked me if I wouldn’t mind putting together a list of continued on page 27 tips and tricks,” Shields Corrigan says.

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Two-time Cancer Survivor continued from page 26 She told the nurse she would be happy to but in hindsight didn’t know what she was getting herself into. “In a very uncharacteristic move I chose to ignore the request for a couple of months,” says the former attorney. “And then my guilt caught up with me and I was like I really need to sit down and write that list.” The nurse loved it and wanted to share it with her patients. She also felt Shields Corrigan should publish, ’What I know now’ — a collection of 10 interwoven essays about her breast cancer experience. “And I was like, ‘that is so cute but this is not something that can be published,’” the former attorney told her. According to the author, that was the genesis of the book but she didn’t have any training in creative writing or writing outside of law. So she tackled it the way she would a legal case — with research. That meant taking classes in New York City, attending author talks, writing seminars and conferences. “I read a ton of memoirs; joined a writing group and that gave me the structure and accountability to write the book,” says Shields Corrigan. “This time last year I was working on writing a book proposal to find a publisher, had my marketing plan ready to go, querying agents and then COVID happened.”

The author says she was looking for small, independent publishers who would be willing to take a chance on her. She had three acceptances of the manuscript and went with Koehler Books. And the former attorney was excited to put it out there because this is the type of cancer book she needed. “There’s tons of books written about breast cancer, tons of books written about cancer in general, tons of books written by doctors, all sorts of celebrity cancer memoirs and absolutely gorgeous meditations on life’s meaning, she says. “But those weren’t books I wanted to read when I was newly diagnosed and terrified of dying.” “I wanted the grit of somebody’s experience to help guide me through my own as an ordinary mom with teenage kids and I searched high and low for that book let me tell you.” She also wrote the book to help other women, families and caregivers. “They will find the strength and courage to walk a path they never asked to be put on and that they’re not alone,” says the author. The book not only tells Shields Corrigan’s story but interspersed throughout is the ‘practical reality’ list of information she learned along the way. “I am happy that Koehler thinks it’s go-

ing to work and it’s going to be released on October 24,” she says. “It’s available now for pre-order on Amazon and on my website, christineshieldscorrigan.com as well.” It was very cathartic to write the book, according to the author, who says she knew she had to tell both stories. “Because when I went through this experience as a teenager Hodgkin’s lymphoma was called Hodgkin’s disease, so I don’t think

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County College of Morris President Dr. Anthony J. Iacono Named to NJBIZ Education Power 50 List

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By Steve Sears or Dr. Anthony J. Iacono, being recognized as a top leader of an institution is familiar territory. He has been lauded again, being named to the NJBIZ Education Power 50 list for the second consecutive year. And he’s proud of the honor. But there’s more recognizable terrain when it comes to the fifth President of the County College of Morris. It’s never just about him. “It’s a big honor, but it’s more of a reflection of what we do together at the college and the incredible support we get from the community,” he says. “Particularly the manufacturing community and our Freeholder Board, and our state legislators, because the county and state provided a majority of the funding, and then we’ve had good support from manufacturers also.” NJBIZ this year focused on recognizing educators’ leadership during COVID-19 and their economic recovery roles. Iacono and CCM acted with gusto in both categories. With the pandemic, the Randolph campus from March 30 to June 26 offered COVID-19 drive-thru testing by Morris County and Atlantic Health System for Mor-

ris and Sussex County residents in its parking lot. “That was just a remarkable countywide partnership between the Office of Emergency Management in Morris County, the Sheriff’s office, Atlantic Health, Randolph Township Police, parks police, and the college,” says Iacono. “You know that saying, ‘It takes a village”? Well, in over two months they administered 8,000 tests. That was great work with the county coming together.” Also, the college gave a hand to hard hit Morristown Medical Center, lending five ventilators, and donating 325 N95 masks and 3,000 gloves for use. CCM also hosted March and August Table of Hope food distribution events, and during the pandemic many college faculty and staff, current students and alumni, volunteered or worked on the front lines during trying times. In addition to bringing new paramedic (in partnership with Atlantic Health) and paralegal studies and expansion to technology programs to CCM in the future, Iacono is excited about both the Dover College Promise, and the September unveiling of Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center. “We are Morris County’s commu-

nity college,” he says when speaking about the Dover partnership, “and our job is to really serve the whole community. We want to make sure that we’re reaching out to all communities, and that every individual has an opportunity to get a great education. The Dover initiative is college employees, faculty, staff, and administrators partnering with community leaders, business owners, education officials – the Superintendent’s office in particular – and others up in Dover to make sure the kids are getting great opportunities.” In September, the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center (AMEC), finally opened after two years of construction. The center provides a wealth of new employees to businesses and is there to update the skills of those currently employed. Dr. Iacono, received his Ph.D. in American History from Mississippi State University, and his M.A. and B.A. in American History from the University of Central Florida. An Associate in Arts in General Studies recipient from Indian River Community College, prior to his CCM arrival, he was Vice President of Academic Affairs at Indian River State College (IRSC) in Fort Pierce, FL.

“I have a great team,” Iacono says. “I like my Cabinet a lot, the Senior Administrators, the Junior Administrators, the great faculty and staff here. A big part of it is we do get tremendous support from our community, which is key for any community college to achieve its mission.”

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CCM Professor’s Award-Winning International Latino Award Novel Honors Mother and Grandmother

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by Jillian Risberg he colorful words of Maria Estelle Picouto, the County College of Morris (CCM) professor who recently took home the Latino Book Award for Best Novel Historical Fiction in Spanish permeate “Estelita.” “Standing at the entrance of his small plantation home, while enjoying a foamy cup of coffee, Ventura Sanjurjo contemplated the sun as it rose through the coastal valley covered by sugar cane fields. He could perceive the sweet smell of the sugar cane ready for harvesting, as well as the sticky humidity characteristic of the season, on his skin.” The fictional novel was also chosen by the Luis Munoz Marin (Puerto Rican journalist, politician, statesman and first elected governor of Puerto Rico) Foundation as a book of importance to the history of Puerto Rico — a proud moment for Picouto, who wrote it as a loving tribute to her mother and grandmother. And the book was selected for a community outreach project to promote the reading of culturally and historically significant Puerto Rican books. The professor even heard from Kirk Whisler, the publisher and activist, National Association of Hispanic Journalists Founder and Latino Book & Family Festival cofounder with Edward James Olmos. ‘One or more of the judges for your book felt it would be a good fit as a TV show or movie,’ reads Whisler’s e-mail. “I have to send a copy in English because they will check

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the book with some of the people who make movies to see if they want to do a movie about my book” says the author, a Spanish as a Second Language, Hispanic Culture and Cultural Affairs professor at CCM since 2006. According to Picouto, her book is full of intrigue, envy, lies, loneliness, abandonment, physical, emotional and institutional abuse and is based on the complex history of the Sanjurjo-Gely family from 1800 to 1955. The story begins around 1917 with the migration of Puerto Ricans to New York when Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones–Shafroth Act. “My grandfather came and brought some of his brothers,” says the professor. “Then comes my grandmother (Margarita Gely Caceres) and she established herself in New York and then met my grandfather and they married. “Soon after my mom (Estelle Sanjurjo Gely) was born my grandmother died. And my grandfather put my mom in an orphanage.” That meant Picouto had no connection to her family. “My mom met her family when she was around 15-yearsold, the first time she went out of the orphanage but she was already a novice and was going to become a nun that summer,” the professor says. continued on page 31

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continued from page 30 cording to the author, they moved to Puerto Rico when she was four and never got to know her extended family on both sides. “I never met my grandmother’s side of the family and very few on my grandfather’s side,” she says. “So I grow up with that need to know who I was, where I come from,” the professor says. It was a natural progression to study anthropology when she got to college. “For my first thesis I decided I was going to write on Puerto Rican immigration to the United States,” she says. “To do that work was to start with my genealogy.” The year was 1990 — and Picouto says through researching the genealogy for 25 years after that she met her mother’s aunt in Puerto Rico. “They never knew that my mom was born and never knew what happened with my grandmother,” says the professor. “All those thoughts were always in my mind.” “Everything you read in the book really happened and also the places where the characters live and go (are real),” the author says. “I also include pictures and documents that prove the story.” In 2005, when she had most of the information she needed, the author started writing short stories with the intention to preserve them for her children. “One day four years ago a friend of mine, Dr. Yun Sil Jeon (Foreign Languages professor at Coastal Carolina University) came here on vacation,” Picouto says. “My husband tells her I’m writing a book; I didn’t even tell anybody.” The author was halfway through writing when she

emailed her friend the draft to find out what she thought. “I was embarrassed because I was so afraid the book was not good,” says the professor. “The next morning she said, ‘Not able to sleep last night; I was the whole night reading your book (and) I need more. She’s Korean but was raised in Argentina and speaks fluently in Spanish, so she becomes like my mentor.” Jeon continued to follow up. “Since she read the draft, for two years was motivating me to complete the book, calling or visiting me every week,” the author says. “When I finished I said, ‘I’m going to publish but probably only something my family will read.’” It was much more and in April 2020 “Estelita” went into mass publication. Then her cousin’s friend who had read the book encouraged Picouto to compete in the International Latino Book Awards. She wasn’t sure about such a prestigious competition. But after hearing that famous Spanish writers compete and they have to approve your book just to enter — she decided to send her manuscript. “A month later I receive an email telling me to send five copies of my book,” Picouto says. “They consider my book like a novel. Two months later, I received another email saying I was in the finals; I was in shock.” On September 12, there was a virtual celebration and the professor got to take in the whole experience. “I was worried because I researched the people who were competing in my section; they are really writers, they live writing, make a living writing,” says the professor, who was feeling a little intimidated. “This is my first book.”

Picouto told her husband that while she was happy to be there and made it to that point she didn’t think she was going to win first place. But she got a thrilling surprise from the emcee announcing the awards in her category as none other than Esmeralda Santiago (Puerto Rican author known for her novels and memoirs). “Ever since I read Esmeralda’s book, ‘When I was Puerto Rican’ in 1992 I have always dreamed of writing something like her,” the author says. “So not only I did write the book, she was the one who announced the first-place award for ‘Estelita,’ my book. That was like a sign from heaven.” “I feel like I accomplished a promise I made to my mother and grandmother.” According to the author, her phone hasn’t stopped ringing for weeks. “Family, friends (and) people that I don’t know e-mailing me because they want the book but don’t want to buy it from Amazon,” she says. “They want me to sign it.” The book has been translated to English and Picouto expects to release that version in December. And at the request of the readers who can’t get enough the author started penning a second book, which she is calling “Estelita; what I did not tell you.” At the end of the day, the author feels incredibly blessed about the award. “I was doing this with my heart to heal part of the family story,” says the professor. “This was a process of healing for me, my mom and my grandmother. I complete that circle.”

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11-Year-Old Entrepreneur Grows School Project into a Business

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By Steve Sears hen a school assignment to create a non-profit came knocking, 11-yearold Eva Goodrich grabbed the doorknob. How widely that door, with the help of others, has opened. An August-launched Kickstarter campaign had netted over $5,500 when it ended on September 10, and over 1,000 decks of SUNCards - Eva’s creation of playing cards adorned with friendly animated monsters, positive messages, and stress relieving techniques - will be sent out to recipients. Portions of the SUNCards sales benefit children’s non-profits. My Stuff Bags Foundation, a national nonprofit providing care packages to children in foster care, Sarah’s Fight for Hope, a Long Valley-based nonprofit that helps bring joy to pediatric cancer patients, and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) are all beneficiaries of Eva’s worthy brainchild. SUNCards, which have 50 cards in each deck, are made up of three types. The first are Sunshine cards, which have positive affirmations on them; the second type are Action cards, which have tips and tricks to try and help manage anxiety and stress; and finally, Spread the Sunshine, which can be shared with others. After the Kickstarter campaign ended, all activity was moved over to Eva’s website, www.SUNForGood.com, where cards will still be sold, and in the future newer products such as a coloring book, journal, and a storybook will be introduced. Eva’s school project was created two years ago when she was a 4th grade student

in Mrs. Julienne Jurken’s class at Gill St. Bernard’s School on the border of Chester and Gladstone. “My teacher assigned this project called CHOW, which is an acronym for Children Helping Our World,” explains Eva. “I wanted to do something that kind of had to do with me because I have anxiety myself. I wanted to do something that relates to me.” Each project, like CHOW, had to have an acronym. “Strategies for Undoing Negativity,” says Eva, proudly stating hers. Jaime Goodrich is Eva’s mom; Kris is her dad. “We’re super proud of her,” says Jaime. The Mendham couple also has another daughter, Lyla. “I think that there are so many kids that have trouble with, maybe not anxiety, but with worries, especially with what’s been going on right now in the world. The timing of this was really kind of serendipitous in a lot of ways because of everything that’s been going on. When Eva came up with the project when she was in 4th grade, we thought it was awesome. They were really good, and she received a lot of praise from the parents in the class.” The project was tucked away for a period until Eva told her parents that she really wanted to proceed with making the cards “for real.” Jaime and her husband, small business owners, supported the endeavor. “It’s been really great.” Jaime also says that adults see the worth in the cards and using them. “The tips and tricks that are on the action cards are things that anybody at any age can do. They really are appropriate for anyone.” Eva, who hopes to be an actress one day, says, “I really want to help as many people as I can. That’s my main goal.”


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Sister Cities: Chester, New Jersey, Meet Chester, New Hampshire

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The crossroads of Chester – courtesy of the Town of Chester, NH

By Steve Sears ockingham County’s Town of Chester, New Hampshire, has some near similarities to Morris County’s Chester Township, New Jersey. The former was first inhabited in 1713 and officially founded in 1722, the latter in 1719 and incorporated in 1799. The New Hampshire Chester has about 5,500 residents, the New Jersey Chester about 8,000. Chester,

New Hampshire is 26 square miles, its Garden State “sister” 29. Chester, New Hampshire is bisected by Routes 102 and 121, much like Chester, New Jersey has Routes 24 and 206 running through its middle. At one time, Chester was an option as New Hampshire’s state capital. However, when it was decided that Concord was the actual center of New Hampshire, it got the star.

Atmosphere lures visitors to Chester. “It is an old town, but it has several modern features,” says Stephen Landau, who is one of five on the Board of Selectmen of Chester. He grew up in lower Manhattan and is familiar with both “Sister Cities.” “When I first came to Chester, New Hampshire about 41 plus years ago, population was about 1,400. Now we have about 1,500 houses.” Chester used continued on page 35

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continued from page 34 to be much larger than its current size; Candia, Auburn, and Manchester broke off and formed their own communities. “I would say that when most people drive through the center, it’s a quaint looking town,” adds Landau. “Housing is set back – we have 2-acre zoning – and you still have many of the original homes in town. It was the home of the gentleman

who sculptured the Lincoln Memorial – Daniel Chester Wood French. He took his middle name from the town.” At one time, offshoots of the famed Vanderbilt family lived on Chester Street, and the French family were their “across the road” neighbors. “Benjamin Brown French, I believe was his name, was an assistant to President (Abraham Lincoln),” Landau also says.

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If one takes the 4 ½ hour drive north for a respite, he or she will find a place to stay. “The Kent House (of Chester),” says Landau. “It’s off of the intersection of 102 and 121 – it’s on 121 - on a good parcel of land, and it’s actually two doors away from where the college was.” The college Landau refers to is White Pines College (more recently known as Chester College of New England), which was started by Faith Preston in 1967, who had purchased land on Chester Street (Route 121). “She purchased three or four buildings with some 87 acres of land,” says Landau. “It was primarily a college concerning arts and social work, and a couple of years ago, it went out of business (2012). The property has since been sold to a group of Chinese investors (Jiahui Education) who are trying to maintain a school where they bring students in from China, some as young as seven years old.” The crossroads of town are a great meetup spot. Chester General Store and a small restaurant, Olde Post, are dining spots near the Chester Town Common,

and are within walking distance of the aged Village Cemetery, a Meeting House (now Chester Congregational Church), and Stevens Hall. The latter served for almost a hundred years as Chester’s town hall. G&P Pizza shoppe, another popular dining option, is located on Route 102. The names of Hazelton and Bell have been prominent in town for over a century. The Hazeltons own good parcels of area land and a major apple orchard, and the Bells owned (it was recently sold) Senator Bell Farm, an equestrian farm of roughly 150 acres. The Chester Fire Department, formerly a volunteer group which is now on-call, and a 9-person police department, keep Chester, New Hampshire well protected. Both elementary and middle school students attend Chester Academy, a public school, but Pinkerton Academy in neighboring Derry serves as the high school for teens in Chester. It is located at gorgeous Forsaith Forest and may be one of the largest schools in New Hampshire. Visit www.chesternh.org for more information.

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3 Ways to Get Fit as a Family this Fall

ne of the keys to encouraging children to develop the healthy habit of regular exercise is to make fitness a priority in the home. With cooler weather and changing scenery to enjoy, autumn can be an ideal time to try new outdoor activities. The great news is that there are many ways to lead an active lifestyle suitable for family members of all ages. Let these three ideas help you turn each day into an opportunity to get fit and have fun together. 1. Go for a walk: Over the spring and summer, families across the nation returned to a simpler form of exercise while connecting with loved ones: walking. Walking offers various physical and mental health benefits while helping you reach your fitness goals. You can enjoy a stroll almost anywhere while maintaining social distancing best practices. The pace can be as challenging or leisurely as you desire, and everyone in the entire family can participate. 2. Play catch: While you may not be scheduling a flag football game with the neighbors and extended family this holiday season, football provides plenty of opportunities for your household to be active together. Teaching your children how to throw and catch a football can give you time to bond over the sport while providing them with added confidence. A game of catch can easily turn into a hobby that continues as they get older. 3. Embrace your inner child: Get creative and consider activities you enjoyed as a child. Grab some chalk and play a game of hopscotch, dig in the closet to uncover your long-lost pair of roller skates, or get your balance back by honing your skills on a skateboard on a flat patch of pavement in the neighborhood or at the local park. As with any workout, it’s essential to have the proper gear, starting with footwear. According to Laryssa Grant, children’s buyer for national footwear retailer, Rack Room Shoes, staying on-trend and comfortable while moving with the family is as easy as ever. Name brands such as Nike, adidas and Vans offer style, comfort and durability in adult and children’s sizing, ensuring athletic footwear options for the entire family. Visit rackroomshoes.com to enjoy online shopping or curbside pickup options for all your family’s athletic footwear needs. With new gear, a great attitude and some creativity, getting fit as a family can be a fun way to make memories this fall. (StatePoint)

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Take the Fear Out of Trying Unfamiliar Produce film, you can’t judge a fruit or vegetable by its appearance; nature’s true beauty often lies within. The campaign offers character-inspired recipes, serving suggestions, digital and social activations, family-friendly activities, fun trivia and influencer partnerships that celebrate the not-so-scary world of the planet’s more unusual fresh bounty. One easy way to introduce new flavors is by trying a variation of a familiar fruit or veggie. For example, there are more than 500 edible banana varieties in the world. You might sample a red banana or a Manzano, or even an ice cream banana, with a taste resembling vanilla custard. These fun and kid-friendly Green Slime Nacho Cups feature plantains, for example, a member of the banana family with a different taste and texture than everyday yellow bananas – more firm and starchy like a potato. Increase your family’s produce intake even further with a Slippery Slimy Smoothie, which calls for green grapes, spinach, banana and pineapple.

ntroducing kids to unfamiliar flavors doesn’t have to be a frightful experience. Getting creative and taking cues from some beloved characters may be all it takes for families to explore produce in a new way and discover how delicious, satisfying and enjoyable fresh fruits and vegetables can be. A passion for produce may begin with America’s favorites, like bananas, apples, citrus, celery, carrots and broccoli, but that’s just the beginning. Whether it’s their angry names and tough exteriors, or simply a fear of the unknown about taste and preparation, dozens more diverse and exotic fruits and vegetables like dragon fruit, horned melon and Brussels sprouts are often the sources of produce paranoia. An initiative from Dole, in collaboration with Disney and Pixar’s Monsters, Inc., is helping to take the scare out of specialty fruits and vegetables and widen America’s produce horizons. That’s because, like a good book or the characters in a beloved

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Rethink Ingredients to Refresh Family Meals This Fall

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f you’re looking to spice up your mealtime routines, especially during those busy school nights, you may find your solution in versatile ingredients that work for a multitude of dishes. For example, you can turn to plantains as a replacement for often-used recipe staples like potatoes. Plantains are a fruit grown around the world that cooks and eats more like a vegetable. Members of the banana family, they’re starchier and lower in sugar, meaning they’re still green when ripe. While you’re most likely to find them baked, roasted or fried as a savory side dish at Latin, African or Caribbean restaurants, they’re growing in popularity in North America as stars of their own recipes or as nutritious, exotic swaps for starches. For example, these dishes from Dole for Plantain Crusted Salmon Fillets and Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Plantain and Lentil Caribbean Curry offer quick ways to enjoy plantains while saving time in the kitchen. As an additional benefit, plantains can

be used at every stage of ripeness. They can be boiled like a potato when green; prepared in sauces and soups, air-fried or roasted as snacks when yellow; or baked in desserts and sweet recipes when black or spotted. Find more ways to enjoy plantains and other fresh fruits and vegetables in family recipes at dole.com. Plantain Crusted Salmon Fillets Prep time: 15 minutes Total time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 Nonstick cooking spray 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon cumin 4 salmon fillets (6 ounces each), skin on 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus additional, to taste, divided 1 DOLE® Plantain, green or half ripe

2 Dole Green Onions, thinly sliced 1/2 tablespoon grated lime peel Preheat oven to 425 F. Line baking sheet with foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Combine cilantro, olive oil, lime juice,

garlic and cumin; set aside. Arrange salmon fillets on prepared baking sheet. Season with salt, to taste. Spread about 1 tablespoon cilantro mixture on top of each salmon fillet to cover. continued on next page

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Rethink Ingredients...

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continued from previous page Using box grater, peel and grate plantain. Place grated plantain in bowl with green onions, lime peel and 1/4 teaspoon salt; toss to combine. Sprinkle about 1/4 cup plantain mixture on top of each salmon fillet, gently pressing to adhere. Spray plantain crust with nonstick cooking spray. Bake 15 minutes, or until salmon is opaque and plantain crust is lightly browned. Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Plantain and Lentil Caribbean Curry Prep time: 20 minutes Servings: 6 1 tablespoon, plus 2 teaspoons, grapeseed oil, divided 1 large DOLE® White Onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons curry powder 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger 1 can (15 ounces) reduced sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed

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Mount Olive Resident Named Land Conservancy of New Jersey’s “Richard M. Sargent Intern” for 2020 18, were given two plots to garden in, and all of the food grown under their watchful eyes was donated to the Mount Olive Food Pantry. “We also did some (maintenance) work in the garden, too, trying to keep it clean: mulch it, pull weeds, fix the mulch pile,” says Lieb. As to his future, Lieb recognizes the job provided valuable hands-on work in the field with invasive species and its removal, all in an effort to bring the land back to its

natural state, and he seeks to learn and work even more. “I hope this experience with the Land Conservancy can get me a job learning and working with an organization that does consulting, soil samples, and that works in hazardous waste and odd lands – focusing on the clean-up process.” For more information about the Land Conservancy of New Jersey, visit www.tlc-nj. org.

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By Steve Sears 1-year-old Mount Olive resident and Rutgers University senior, Chris Lieb, was recently named the Land Conservancy of New Jersey’s “Richard M. Sargent Intern” for 2020. The award was established in the memory of former Land Conservancy Trustee, Dick Sargent, and the internship was created with a generous gift from his family and donations to a memorial fund in his memory. Lieb, an Environmental Science major, was notified of his award a week after he finished his internship in August. When asked who should be nominated this year, Sandy Urgo, Vice President of Land Preservation and Stewardship, didn’t hesitate to enter Lieb’s name. “Chris is exactly the type of individual our organization values. He really cares about our work, and as a result he invests and extends himself as needs arise. He is good humored and dedicated—someone that anyone would want on their team. I received a report one evening this summer about a potential problem with our Chew Crew (the goats that eat invasive plants at South Branch Preserve). It was a weekend, and Chris was down the shore, but he took

several calls that evening and walked me through the steps to address the situation. All turned out well, and I was really grateful for his excellent assistance.” After his sophomore year in college, Lieb and a friend elected to work on the Mount Olive Community Fellowship project. As one of three leaders, Lieb was in charge of the environmental branch that had fourteen high school students, and all worked directly with the Boonton-based Land Conservancy. “Chris had done some volunteer work with us last year in the community garden,” says Dennis Briede, Stewardship Manager, recalling Lieb’s efforts on the project. “We saw how conscientious and hardworking he was, so we hired him as a stewardship Intern. He did all of the various tasks presented to him very well. He went out of his way to do a properly good job.” When notified by Lieb that he was back in town early in April due to COVID19 and anxious to help out again, the Land Conservancy happily gave he and his colleagues a plot of land to work with in the Mount Olive Community Garden on Wolfe Road. Lieb and his crew, who worked 30 – 40-hour weeks for four months up to August

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5 Home Improvements You Can Make to Keep Pests at Bay

hat might seem like one little pest sighting can be a much more extensive invasion than you realize. For starters, a single roach can lay up to 50 eggs at one time! However, you can get a better handle on the situation with these five simple home improvements and preparation tips: • Start outdoors: Standing water can quickly become a mosquito breeding ground. Note whether your yard has any areas where water is prone to collect. If so, you may need to aerate your lawn. Not only will this improve soil drainage, it has the added benefit of helping grass grow. While you are outside, take the opportunity to clear gutters of leaves and other debris and ensure drains are similarly unobstructed. • Seal cracks: Reduce opportunities for bugs to enter your home by eliminating cracks around doorways and windows. Install door seals, apply weatherstripping and caulk gaps. This is another home improvement with multiple benefits. Beyond pest control, you’ll also be improving your home’s energy efficiency. • Install and repair screens: Fresh air is amazing, however, not when it is accompanied by bugs. Make sure your windows and doors have screens so you can enjoy that pleasant cross-breeze without the pestilence. Inspect existing screens carefully for holes and tears

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By Steve Sears he renovations were needed, and a new paint job just wouldn’t be sufficient. Alan Ravo is the Treasurer and is also involved with buildings and grounds for First Presbyterian Church, located on Route 46 in Hackettstown. The structure, which was last painted back in 2000, also had at that time a new roof put on, and leaks taken care of near the top. “It cost $500,000 for various work and activities,” he says, recalling the prior upkeep. “And, after about three to four years, the paint starts to peel. At that point, it was sitting on wood that was 150 years old.” So, rather than continuing to paint and spending $80,000 - $90,000 each time, the church approached the town and asked if they’d approve an

entire exterior vinyl siding project. The town initially declined, seeking to keep the historic integrity of the original part of the building intact. However, in 2015 the town allowed the church

to vinyl side the back part of the structure, which was added back in the 1960s and includes Heaven Sent Nursery School. When Ravo was at the construction office following the backside project, the town asked

him, “When are you going to do the church?” “They opened up the discussion,” says Ravo, “and there were other buildings in the historic district that had been sided. So, continued on page 47

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First Presbyterian Church... continued from page 46 we knew we were going to do the siding. The original was clapboard. As long as we maintain and mimic that, it’s okay.” The prior three First Presbyterian Church buildings sat across the road (and in fact, one still does, affectionately called “The Chapel” by the congregation), while the fourth, current building was built in 1861. The congregation itself dates back to 1763. Rev. Brian Merritt is the interim Pastor. The total overhaul was ready to swing into action. Funds were donated to the ‘Building On Generosity’ capital campaign. The architect for the project was HQW Associates, Lamb Studios did some restoring of and installed protective covering for the stain-glass windows, and project contractor was Sphere Construction. The total cost to protect the windows (“113 years old, and they are stunning,” says church Music Director and organist - and Alan’s wife, Lorinda Ravo) was $118,500. Adding in a proposed winter or spring steeple project, which should be $90,000, initially set the entire restoration project at a cost of $647,000. The project’s specifics were increased when, on Monday, April 13, while work

was underway replacing all the rotted and damaged wood around the bottom of the building with new boards and plywood, a neighboring property tree came down and took out one of the stained-glass windows of the church, and also pushed the interior wall in 1 ½’. This meant the window design had to be recreated and the window reinstalled, the wall had to be stabilized, and carpet damaged encouraged that new carpeting be installed, which involved plumbers disconnecting and removing all the radiators, and all the church pews being unbolted and stacked, all of the beforementioned being returned to norm after the carpet was in place. When completed, an extra $117,000 was added on, placing the final the price tag in the $1,000,000 neighborhood. The entire building now has vinyl siding, buttresses of the building are now made of PVC, and so is the trim around the windows. Also, the louvers and dormers in the bell tower have been restored. “The only thing that is painted are the front doors. They’re still wood. The trim around them, just like the windows, is PVC,” says Ravo. First Presbyterian Church is located at 298 Main Street. Visit www.fpchackettstown. org for more information.

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important event. So, I asked Jack to honor me, by presenting my Eagle Scout medal to me. Jack told me that he was honored that I asked him. And, I hold the historic record in Boy Scout Troop 170 of being the only scout to have received the highest rank of scouting from Assistant Scoutmaster Jack Floyd. Both Dad and Jack lost their battles with cancer. At times, I can feel their spiritual presence so strong. When I am faced with making a hard decision, going through rough times, or just struggling with my writing; I can hear the gentle echo of both Dad and Jack’s voices sharing words of assurance with me. In so many ways, I have been very blessed to have had so many positive role models in my life. Things were not always honey and roses. There were times when I had to learn the hard lessons of being disciplined. Like when I got a D on my first chemistry test in high school. Dad’s answer to the problem was very simple. “Richie, you need to study more,” was all Dad said about the subject. And, my father was right, he was all so very right. I really had not put my best foot forward in chemistry class. I am glad to say that I earned a B as my final year-end grade in that chemistry class. I think that love is the key that unlocks the door to most every problem that we could ever face in life. Love melts away the ugly wall of prejudice. Love inspires. Love can take us to another dimension, to find hidden talents sleeping deep within our inner selves. For love truly is the key to life. Richard Mabey Jr. is a freelance writer. He can be reached at richardmabeyjr@hotmail.com. Please put on the subject line: My Life Publications.

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By Richard Mabey Jr. ne of the greatest honors that was ever bestowed upon me, was when I was presented the golden opportunity to write the front page story for the old Lincoln Park Journal about my dad and Jack Floyd receiving the Scoutmasters of they Year Award. This was back in early 1987. Dad received the Scoutmaster of the Year for the Boonton District. And Jack Floyd received the Assistant Scoutmaster of the Year Award for the Boonton District. At that point in time, Dad was serving his 21st year as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 170. And, Mr. Floyd was serving his 24th year as Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 170. I was the one who took the picture of my dad and Jack Floyd standing in front of the “Scout Awards Wall” of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church’s Thorpe Hall. It is a most strange and bewildering thing, because I was the very person who created the Scout Awards Wall, back in the Summer of 1969, when I painted Thorpe Hall for my Eagle Scout Project. Dad and Jack were as close as brothers. After Jack’s first wife passed away, Jack remarried quite a few years later. Jack asked Dad to be his Best Man when he and Lee married. My dad was deeply honored. Jack was like an adopted uncle to me. Dad, Jack and I, and the scouts of Boy Scout Troop 170 shared 10,000 memories together. We went on several week-long, rugged hikes of the Appalachian Trail. We went on dozens and dozens of scout campouts. We survived the rapids of the Delaware River on quite a few, week-long canoe trips. When I received my Eagle Scout, Dad told me that he just wanted to be my dad and not my Scoutmaster for the

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POW/MIA 24-Hour Watch Ceremony Takes Place in Mount Olive

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By Steve Sears ver 200 people participated in the national POW/MIA 24-Hour Watch Ceremony which took place at Turkey Brook Park on Saturday, September 18, 4 p.m. to September 19, 4 p.m. Twenty-three volunteers shared the responsibility of reading the 2,578 names, ranks, and serial numbers, and place of loss of Garden State POW/MIAs. “It was gorgeous; it was cold,” says Charlie Wood Uhrmann, originator of the All Veterans Memorial, reflecting gracefully on the event. “It got down to 34 degrees.” Representatives were many from the area who took part in the event. Members of the following were present: All Veterans Alliance; Morris, Sussex, and Warren County American Legions; Daughters of the American Revolution; Legion Riders and Rolling Thunder; Mount Olive High School JROTC Air Force; Morristown’s 2nd New Jersey Brigade 7th Volunteer Infantry; Veterans of Foreign Wars; and the All Veterans Memorial. “When you talk about the peacefulness, and the calmness, ringing the Ascension Bell was amazing,” says Uhrmann of the most recent addition to the AVM, which was officially dedicated on September 5.

All elements that the AVM folks use during their official events are first dedicated. “It drew so many people to come to see it. Every time we rang that bell, it was exactly – we counted down to the second - on top of the hour, each hour. The only time that bell wasn’t rung exactly on top of that hour was when the fire was lit.” The flame was lit at exactly 4 p.m. on the 18th and extinguished at the same time on the 19th. “It’s the only time that the fire is lit in the world globe,” Uhrmann adds. As a new hour began, the Ascension Bell was sounded twenty-one times, a total sum of five hundred and four times during the event, in honor of POW/MIAs whose names were announced that particular hour. The Ascension Bell was tolled only once after the fire was extinguished. Also honored during the event was recently deceased Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On September 19 at 6:15 a.m., those in attendance were notified that President Donald Trump had issued a special Proclamation (of which the AVM representatives are immediate recipients) on Ginsburg’s passing, and that all flags were to be lowered. A respectful pause was put on the reading of the POW/ MIA names, and within ten minutes those

gathered held a full ceremony in her honor. “It was before the sun came up,” says Uhrmann, who also believes it was the first formal ceremony to honor Ginsburg in the United States. It was a blessed and peaceful 24 hours. “I think the reason it (the AVM) is such a sacred ground is we’ve had pure hearts building it,” attests Uhrmann. “We’ve tried

to do everything the way it’s supposed to be done with the most reverence and integrity, and I just really believe that’s why it is the way it is.” The All Veterans Memorial and Turkey Brook Park are located at 30 Flanders Road in the Budd Lake section of Mount Olive. Visit www.allveteransmemorial.org for more information.

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NJStarz Meghan Cameron Hometown: Roxbury, NJ Meghan Cameron when she first joined Sporting Kanas City courtesy of Sporting Kansas City.

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By Steve Sears eghan Cameron speaks with an elevated spirit, and when asked if she is indeed a true Jersey girl, she immediately states, “Oh yeah!” However, currently 2 ½ years into her role as Sporting Kansas City’s Assistant Director of Player Personnel, she sits in the team’s clubhouse, confirming she is enjoying life in a land where BBQ reigns supreme. “It’s been a good change,” she says, “but it took a while to try and get used to. To be in the Midwest, especially being away from my family – my brother has three kids – so it’s difficult not to be around them and being able to see them as often as I would like.” And, there is the heat. “It’s definitely hot here; I’m looking out at training out there and I’ll head there in a few minutes, but it’s 97 degrees.” Cameron, 37, loves soccer, and has been involved with it since childhood. Her current position with Sporting Kansas City includes aiding in player recruitment, development and retention, scouting, contracts, and she is the first female member of a Major League Soccer coaching staff to manage player contracts. She also worked for the D.C. United sales team from 2005 - 2008, and from 2009 - 2017 for the MLS’ New York City office in a variety of roles, including Senior Manager of Player Relations, aiding teams in managing their respective rosters and their budgets, approving player acquisitions and trades, and overseeing the league’s competition calendar. Earlier, while she played at Rutgers University, she interned for the New York\New Jersey MetroStars. Cameron, who grew up in Roxbury, reflects. “It’s interesting. Obviously, being out here in Kansas City now and working with Peter (Vermes, SKC Head Coach), who is also from New Jersey, we often talk and joke about being from New Jersey, and how it’s so different and a different attitude. I think a lot of that comes with growing up in Roxbury and north Jersey. I had an older brother (Bradley) who is four years older than me, and so I had to do everything he was doing. He played soccer, I played soccer. And so, kind of back to my dad and also my mom (Bruce and Joan), they just did everything they could to let me do what I wanted to do. Also, at times you don’t realize the sacrifice until you’re older and then you’re like, ‘Wow - that was massive!’ As was being able to play for PDA (Players Development Academy of New Jersey) at such a young age, Cameron a member of the second team ever to play there. “They’re a massive powerhouse now, especially on the

female side. So that’s a pretty cool experience, to be able to grow up in north Jersey, grow up in Roxbury, obviously playing for Roxbury High School and playing for Doug Shanks and the success we had there. I didn’t realize it at the time, but all my family did for me to be successful on and off the field is the reason where I am today.” When Cameron was a freshman in 1997, the Roxbury girls’ soccer team not only won the NJSIAA Group IV championship, but also “scored” a guest appearance on an episode of The Sopranos. When a graduating senior, she had the goal scoring record for girls’ soccer at the school and was an All-Morris County and All-State striker and midfielder. She then attended Rutgers University and, when she was a freshman there, the team reached the Sweet 16 of the 2002 NCAA Tournament. Cameron in her 2004 junior season was awarded Big East Academic All-American honors, and she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications in 2005. She loved the New Brunswick atmosphere of the state university. “That’s a big reason why I chose Rutgers.” She explains. “When I was going through the recruiting process, the advice that had been given to me by my high school coach, Doug Shanks, was you have to choose a school you want to be at if you’re not playing soccer anymore. That was why Rutgers wound up being my choice because I knew that that was the school I would be happy at, I would excel at, if soccer was not involved.” “I didn’t go just for soccer; I went for the holistic experience.” Shanks’ wisdom played out. Cameron’s playing days were soon to end due to a concussion. “That’s a big piece of the puzzle, obviously,” she says. “I had sustained quite a few concussions over the years. The spring of my junior season, we were in spring practices, and I sustained another concussion, struggled with post-concussion syndrome probably for about 3 ½ months.” However, at the time she had been interning with the MetroStars, spent the summer continued on page


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continued from page there, and coincidentally as the fall season approached, four specialists confirmed that Cameron has laced her cleats on as a player for the last time. After finding out, she was devastated. “It actually crushed me,” she recalls. “Living with my teammates, having them go out to train every day and having them go on these away trips, I was just left at home.” Things did work out, however. “I was thankfully able to double up my internship and extend that for another six months, went from the marketing to the PR department for the MetroStars. That was kind of always the most important thing for me. It was something that had brought me so much joy growing up, and I always just played because I loved it. Obviously I had success on the field, but it more came down to I just really enjoyed it and it made me very very happy. So, to be able to extend that off the field was a way for me to stay connected to the game.” With the D.C. United, she worked inside sales as a way to get her foot further in the door (“To learn the grassroots of how a club runs,” she says). She learned a lot, especially about herself, and that she was bad at sales. After a few years, she transferred to manage the club’s charitable arm, running golf tournaments, awards ceremonies, and player appearances. Ultimately, one day she called her dad, telling him it wasn’t for her, and her D.C. United boss also said

something that had sticking power: “If you don’t like what you’re doing, don’t spend another day doing it.” She exited less than a month later, moved from the nation’s capitol back up to the Garden State, and took the MLS job, where she worked with another Rutgers connection, at that time Senior Vice-President Lino DiCuollo. She was more than prepared for the job. “It was the best job for me at the time, and it set me up for where I am today.” Per Cameron, if she had not been as involved as she was during her MLS days, she’s not sure if Vermes would’ve contacted her for the Sporting Kansas City vacancy. “Obviously, I made a reputation for myself, being really efficient, really organized, excellent communication, and I started to become the person that a lot of other clubs were calling for answers. If I didn’t have it, I’d say, ‘I’ll get the answer for you really quick and I’ll call you back.’ That’s just kind of been what I’ve built my foundation off of.” Todd Durbin, MLS Executive VicePresident of Competition & Player Relations, also early on advised, “You have to do the little things right. If you’re too above doing the little things, you’re never going to get to the next level.” Cameron ran with it. “So, it’s really about building the foundation and doing those tiny little things that nobody else wants to do, and doing them well, and you’ll get noticed.” Again, although she is indeed the first female member

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of a Major League Soccer coaching staff to manage player contracts, Cameron feels Vermes called her for her work ethic alone. “For me that’s most important,” she says proudly. “Peter did not hire me because I’m a female, and Peter did not hire me to hire the first female on a technical staff in the league. Peter hired me because he thought I was the best person to fit with this club in this role. And the culture here at this club is second to none. It takes a certain personality to succeed here, which is why this club has been so successful for as long as it has.” Meghan Cameron is most thankful in life for her upbringing: growing up where she did and the people who she grew up with. “You’re shaped by the people around you,” she says. “The good and the bad experiences make you who you are. I think I’m most thankful for the experiences I’ve had in my life. Maybe,” she adds, “if I really had to think about it, maybe it’s my concussions. As terrible as they were, I’m very thankful I don’t have any long-term effects at this time (except maybe a little light sensitivity, forcing her to wear sunglasses outside). But I think that experience of having to overcome that devastation of not being able to play the game I love anymore, has kind of given me the opportunity to get where I am today.”


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E/MAX Heritage Properties continues its growth with the addition of five new agents to its team. “We are delighted to have these new agents join RE/MAX Heritage Properties,” said Janen Ardia, Broker/Owner, RE/MAX Heritage Properties. “These real estate professionals are ready to start working immediately to help buyers and sellers throughout Morris County and beyond.” The new agents include: Asli Erdemir – Chester Office Erdemir is new to the real estate profession and just obtained her license this year. A life-long resident of Randolph, she is also a student at Rutgers University, majoring in human resource management with a double minor in criminology and labor studies. “I’m excited to join RE/MAX to kick off my career in the professional world and to work with a team that has already been very welcoming and helpful,” said Erdemir. “I’m also happy to be in such a rewarding position that allows me to help others.” Erdemir may be reached at the Chester office at 908-879-4700, by cell at 973-8701410, or via email at aslierdemir5@gmail. com. Glenn Garland – Flanders Office Garland is new to the real estate profession and excited to work with buyers and sellers at RE/MAX Heritage Properties. Before starting his real estate career, Garland had a career in aviation, beginning with serving as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army, followed by the New Jersey Army National Guard. He was a chief pilot in corporate aviation for the last 30 years, flying helicopters and jets internationally. “I look forward to beginning my career

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with RE/MAX,” said Garland. “I am very pleased with the high level of support available to me, coming from brokers with decades of experience.” Garland may be reached at the Flanders office at 973-598-1700, by cell at 201-9060090, or via email at glenngarland8@gmail. com. Charles “Charlie” Kerr – Chester Office Kerr obtained his real estate license in 2011 and is excited to join RE/MAX Heritage Properties. He previously worked as director of security and emergency preparedness for a multi-facility healthcare system. He enjoys working with homebuyers and sellers and prides himself on his ability to get positive results from difficult situations. “I am excited to start my real estate career with RE/MAX,” said Kerr. “This transition has been made easy for me with the excellent support and professionalism provided to me by the leadership team at RE/MAX Heritage Properties. I look forward to serving my clients with the same support and professionalism that has been afforded to me.” Kerr may be reached at the Chester office at 908-879-4700 ext. 389, by cell at 973-229-5593, or via email at chazkur@ gmail.com. David Ribeiro – Flanders Office Ribeiro is new to the real estate industry and excited to begin his career. He previously worked as an insurance auditor and prior to that he worked in sales. Ribeiro recently moved to Mount Olive from Bergen County. He looks forward to assisting clients who are going through the same process and moving into Morris County.

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Rutherfurd Hall Still Embodies the Beauty and Elegance of a Bygone Age

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By Steve Sears ne can visit Rutherfurd Hall, an 18,000 square foot Tudor style mansion located off of Route 517 in Allamuchy Township and be left with vivid impressions. Owned and managed by the Allamuchy Township Board of Education since 2007, Rutherfurd Hall is a museum and educational center, and also a venue for weddings and special events. It has a family history, religious background, and many stories. It’s a place you’ll want to (and should) visit again and again. In fact, even aesthetic changes made therein by former habitants have added to the structure’s 116year charm. More to come. The museum part of the house had been closed since March 11, 2020 due to COVID19. It has reopened now to the public with advance ticketing. The mansion was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. Joan Salvas is a retired teacher and now site historian who offers lectures about the location. She reads often, has always

loved history. She’s been with the site since 2012 and is a wealth of information. “Thanks to our very curious nuns, we actually have about 100 of the architectural plans for the building,” Salvas says. Construction of Rutherfurd Hall, a proposed summer cottage, was begun in 1902 for Winthrop Chandler Rutherfurd and his wife, Alice Morton Rutherfurd. Completed in 1904, the property included - in addition to the house itself – a boathouse and large lake, gardens, a swimming beach, a hydroelectric powerhouse, a 9-hole golf course, and dog kennels. It was also a working dairy farm of 1,300 acres. The three-floor mansion of originally 38 rooms with 17 fireplaces was designed by Whitney Warren, and the grounds by the famed Olmsted Brothers. Alice in 1917 died from appendicitis, and 58-year-old Winthrop in 1920 married his second wife, 29-year-old Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd, she who had a personal relationship with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who on a few occasions vis-

ited the home. When Winthrop died in 1944 from a stroke, Lucy renewed her relationship with FDR. When he died suddenly in 1945, she was by his side. Lucy herself died in 1948 from leukemia, and their relationship became public news in 1966. The nuns that Salvas previously mentioned, the Congregation of the Daughters of Divine Charity, purchased the furnished mansion from the Rutherfurd family in 1950 for just $10.00, and called Rutherfurd Hall home until 2007. One of the nuns, Sister Mary William, when sitting on the landing of stairs heading up to the second floor, opened the window seat, and found almost 100 of the original architectural plans, three of which are now hanging in frames behind glass in the dining room. “So, the nuns were here longer than the Rutherfurds, actually,” says Salvas. “The nuns converted it for their own use.” The Congregation of the Daughters of Divine Charity ran a nursery school, celebrated Mass in a chapel which had been a billiard room, they

painting the latter room pink, a total contrast to Rutherfurd Hall’s original rich, dark wood. They also covered up some of the fireplaces, but the hearths are still visible. Regardless, it all adds to the charm of this great estate. “We were really fortunate,” explains Salvas. “One of the first things the nuns did, the floors were too noisy, so they completely carpeted the first and second floors. It saved the floors. These,” she says, pointing towards the gleaming hardwood, “ were original floors. These are over 100 years old.” “This was the family’s formal dining room,” says Jessica Taezner, Director of Marketing and Communications. “This room I love. Who could not love this room?” asks Salvas. “My second favorite,” says Taezner. Her first is the parlor, which contains the only wood burning fireplace. “All the rest are coal.” “A lot of what you see on the first floor is original,” says Salvas, “because the nuns didn’t hurt anything.”

Photos courtesy of Rutherfurd Hall

The order sometimes visits and recall fondly the grand home they lived in and utilized. Salvas recalls a 2019 visit. “To walk around this place with them was just the most wonderful experience.” An additional wing, and infirmary to be a retired home for the nuns, was added to the mansion in

1959, which now houses a Pre-K to second grade elementary school, which has been open since 2010. Rutherfurd Hall is located at 1686 Route 517. Visit www.rutherfurdhall.com or call 908-852-1894 ex. 338 to learn more about the site and events to be held there.


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Halloween 2020 is On: Guidelines to Celebrate in a Safe and Fun Way

very year, you count down the days until Halloween. You love selecting costumes for your whole family, indulging in all your favorite treats and celebrating with friends. But this year is different - while you long to celebrate the holiday to the fullest, you also want to make choices to keep your family and your community safe. Like many Halloween enthusiasts, rather than forgoing beloved traditions altogether, you are coming up with creative, out-of-the-box ways to celebrate safely and keep everyone healthy this season, but you still need some guidance. The Halloween and Costume Association, The Hershey Company and other partner organizations have joined forces to provide guidance on how best to celebrate Halloween safely this year. The Halloween Safety guidelines - available on Halloween2020.org - are consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Holiday Celebrations Guidelines and include a color-coded COVID risk level map, provided by the Harvard Global Health Institute. “Families and policy-makers need clear and consistent information when it comes to COVID-19 risks to inform decision-

making, including how to participate safely in the upcoming Halloween holiday and trick-or-treating activities associated with it,” said Dr. Ingrid Katz, Infectious Diseases Expert, and Associate Faculty Director at the Harvard Global Health Institute. “Through our interactive COVID risk level map, we hope to provide parents a reliable source to help them celebrate the Halloween holiday in the most safe, fun way possible according to the risk level in their community.” With most of the country in the moderate risk category, it’s likely that many communities and families will find new ways to celebrate this year, including neighborhood trick-or-treat drive-ups, reverse trick-or-treating and neighborhood or backyard candy hunts. These creative celebration ideas allow for fun and safety to remain a top priority. “Halloween is more important than ever this year as we navigate the new normal together and are seeking opportunities to celebrate safely. We’re inspired by the public-private partnerships and groups coming together that all have a shared value of celebrating Halloween safely,” says Chuck Raup, president, U.S., The Hershey Company. The takeaway: There are many fun and

safe ways to celebrate this Halloween season, from carving pumpkins to having Halloween-themed movie nights with your favorite Halloween treats like Hershey’s, Reese’s and Kit Kat. Some additional tips and ideas for celebrating safely based on your risk zone color, found on The Hershey Company’s Halloween website HersheyHappiness.com and also Halloween2020.org, include: Yellow zones Focus on trick-or-treat safety. A Halloween neighborhood parade is a good option for yellow zones. Organize a neighborhood costume parade where the route is predetermined and marked to maintain safe distances between participants. Stay safe by incorporating sanitization stations, yellow caution tape, 6-foot sidewalk stickers/tape and age group signs. Or, do the reverse and have kids decked out in their costumes in the front yard as neighbors walk or drive by and deliver candy from a safe distance. Orange zones For orange-zone communities, let the treats come to you. Trick-or-treat in reverse by having kids wear their costumes in the front yard as neighbors walk or drive by and deliver candy. Another option is a trick-ortreat drive-by where you wear costumes

and then drive to visit friends and family in costume and deliver some treats! Honk, text or shout upon arrival and deliver some treats or tricks in costume to your favorite folks! Red zones At-home celebrations are safest for red zones. Consider planning a Halloween movie night or a virtual costume party. You can also make this a special time with a scavenger hunt throughout your home. Create different themed rooms throughout the house and send the kids on a scavenger hunt for fun swag. Hide candy, toys and prizes or even make some gift certificates to stay up late, choose the movie or eat an extra piece of candy. Keep the big kids engaged with trickier clues and fun age-appropriate rewards. Even with the extra precautions and adjustments needed to ensure a safe celebration, Halloween 2020 still promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In fact, a Halloween such as this won’t happen again for at least another 152 years. Not only does Halloween 2020 fall on a Saturday, it also happens to be a full moon and daylight saving time. Additionally, the day occurs during a blue moon this year, the second full moon of October.

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