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Allamuchy Woman Making A Difference In Zambia

By Maryanne ChristianoMistretta ith a little more than half way through the 27month Peace Corps commitment, Amanda Lee Westpy from Allamuchy is having an experience of a lifetime. The 23-year-old who has been away since June 2015 is currently serving in Zambia, Africa in the educational program teaching English and computers to two classes of eighth graders – with 90 students in each class. Bemba is the language of the region, in which

Amanda has learned during her three-month training before becoming an official Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV). Other training was to become part of the community and learn the culture. To get around, Amanda travels by bicycle, so bicycle safety is one of the things she needed to know. She also lives without electricity and other modern conveniences she was used to in the states. Living in a hut, she has just the basics. She has to get her water – 100 yards away. According to her mom, Joan Westpy of Allamuchy, the passion for African cul-

ture started when her daughter was four or five years old and liked cheetahs and wrote a book called “A Cheetah’s Tale” – a book about the eyes of a cheetah, which was self-published. The love of cheetahs evolved to loving the culture. When Amanda was 17 she went to Ghana with Global Leadership Adventure (GLA). And then at 18 she went back by herself. Westpy said, “We had a tough time when she was only 18 [traveling to Ghana alone] but we didn’t want to hold her back. It was always wanting more and broadening her horizons and help be the change. That’s her way of giving back.” Amanda is loving her mission as she lives independently, though she hosts a family that is just 100 yards away. “They house four to six kids,” said Westpy. “She’s gotten close to them and bonded with them. She’s gotten great bonds with other Peace

Corp volunteers.” However, Amanda is not without trials as 27 months away is a long time. “It’s a normal challenge,” said Westpy. “But she wants to stick it out.” Missing life events in the United States with family and friends is hard for Amanda. “Things are happening

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and she’s not there to be part of it,” said Westpy. “But she wouldn’t trade the Peace Corps experience for anything.” Having a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Art Institute of Boston, now Leslie College of Art and Design, Amanda has incorporated art lessons and painting throughout her stay. With 12 months to go, Amanda has grown to be a leader in her community. Westpy is unsure of what Amanda plans to do when she returns. “It’s a good question,” she said. “She loves teaching with kids. I think she still has a passion for art. I don’t know if she’d want to be an art teacher or a private

studio teacher. She talked a lot about Peace Corps. She’s doing so much working with kids and computers in English.” Amanda had also started a program for girls aged 18 to 25 called Girls Leading Our World (GLOW). She teaches girls to be empowered through classes including self-esteem, career, and HIV education. Westpy is able to communicate with Amanda every day through Facebook and What’s App. “We text a lot,” she said. “It’s free, so that’s great. I chatted with her this morning. Verizon has a great program. We can call her at a good price under the family plan. That helps me and her.”

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Hackettstown Schools Off To Strong Start This Year

By Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta he school year is in full swing for the Hackettstown district.

Superintendent of Schools David C. Mango says that the district will continue forward with its commitment of its success of all students, preparing for an array of positive educational experiences for the coming 2016-2017 school year. The district embarked on the completion of several construction enhancement projects. Willow Grove School received a new roof while Hatchery Hill School had a compete electrical upgrade and conversion of space for classroom and program modification. In addition, the district security initiatives moved forward with the vestibule installation at both Willow Grove and Hatchery Hill schools, which will further assist building security as it is also one of the final elements to the district’s strategic plan. According to Mango, they are also going to repave the parking lot, update the bathrooms, and place HVAC units in the auditorium. “That would be a good way to create revenue for renting the auditorium on weekends,� said Mango. There are also plans for complete renovation of the high school media center. The best part about all these projects, is that all monies are available according to Mango.

“The upgrade of the high school is money we already have,� he said. In addition to facility upgrades, the district had created new two-year district goals per building. The goals and progress made at achieving these goals will be presented at Back to School Night and updated at Principal Forums. Times and locations for Principal Forums can be checked at district and school websites. At Willow Grove School, S.T.E.M. programs have been enhanced, offering opportunities to explore, create, design, collaborate, and fail in a safe environment to develop their skills in creativity, problem-solving, perseverance and cooperation. This year, students at the middle school will be required to wear student IDs in order to promote security as well as to facilitate lunch lines and other logistical matters. This procedure will build upon the high school’s initiative of student IDs and will help prepare students for this next step in their education. Looking ahead, Mango also shared plans for 2017 and 2018. He said, “Our two directors of Special Education, and Cur-

riculum and Instruction, are looking at a two-year goal to create a twilight program.� A twilight program is a high school program where students, for whatever reason, cannot attend school during the traditional school day. On a flex schedule a student can earn credits for a high school diploma – not a GED. “If we can, we’d be the only school in the country that has this program,� said Mango. Mango looks forward to partnering with all constituents of the school communities in achieving district goals while embarking on the upcoming journey of the 2016-2017 school year. “There’s a lot happening; it’s all good stuff.� For more information visit:

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Hackettstown School Introduces Bedtime Math

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math-anxious parents who chose to do Bedtime Math had gains of half a school year, narrowing the “math anxiety gap.” “In a given year, kids spend three to four times as many hours outside school as in it, so their parents have a huge effect on their learning,” said Laura Overdeck, founder of Bedtime Math. “Parents are a child’s most important educators, and by using Bedtime Math, even the most mathanxious parents can add a little ‘math talk’ to their daily routine.” For more information about Bedtime Math’s White House Early STEM math commitment, contact Sandy LoPiccolo at 908-444-4532 or sandy@bedtimemath. org; or visit

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Chabad Prepares Families For High Holidays With Lasting Traditions

ough was not the only thing to rise this past month. The Chabad Jewish Center of Northwest New Jersey rose to the occasion, literally, to prepare children and families for the recent High Holidays with challa baking and family fair. Students of the Chabad Hebrew School in Flanders were invited to the High Holiday Family Fair on Sun., Sept. 25, at Flanders Country Day School in Flanders where the Hebrew school classes are held weekly. Families were invited to join in at 11 a.m. to enjoy an hour of fun and learning in honor of the High Holidays. Families got to make

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

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Local Songwriters' Group Announces Fall Performance Line-Up & Open Mic Events


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Life-sized Sundial Featured At Frelinghuysen Arboretum

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

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

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

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

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knew of the staff’s dream to have a sundial like this on the property. Gwen Montgomery, the Senior Horticultural Program specialist at the Arboretum, explains that many other arboreta incorporate human sundials into

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clock, explains Montgomery. The stepping stones which represent the hour markers and the date-scale were cast by hand and Levoyer’s sundial also allows the user to account for Day Light Savings Time. According to Levoyer’s brochure, all sundials consist of two parts. The first part, the base plate or faceplate, is the surface

which marks the hours of the day. The sundial at the arboretum has large stepping stones to mark each hour of the day. The second part of a sundial is the gnomon, which is the vertical object which casts a shadow to mark the hour on the base plate. In the case of a human sundial, a person takes the place of the gnomon. To create an accurate marking of time with the human sundial at the Arboretum,

the person acting as the gnomon must stand on a date-scale slab according to the current month and raises an arm overhead to cast a shadow, allowing their shadow to fall on the coinciding hour stone, or between them depending on the time of day. Levoyer explains in her brochure that there are “more than seven different types of sundials� and the sundial she has created at the Arboretum is an Analemmatic sundial, which means that that the gnomon of the dial moves according to different factors throughout the year. The sundial is located near the Branch-


ing Out Children’s Garden at the Arboretum which is on the parking lot side of the garden and is approximately 12 ft. by 30 ft. Construction for the sundial took around a year to complete from its conception to its completion in May. The Arboretum held a public dedication of the sundial at that time. The Arboretum is free and open daily to the public from sunrise to sunset. For more information or for maps of the Arboretum, visit the Haggerty Education Center on the Arboretum Grounds, which is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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WRNJ Celebrates 40 Years On The Air 1510 AM and 92.7 and 104 FM, the station is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. As part of that celebration, Fowler, Cabot, and others reminisced during an on-air program about the station they know and how it is intertwined with Hackettstown. The celebration program also included classic commercial spots and music. Recently, station president Norman Worth also shared his thoughts on the anniversary


By Elsie Walker ev. Frank Fowler, a 1966 graduate of Hackettstown High School, recently reminisced about the town at that time, noting that it was “welcoming and a safe feeling place.” The pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church remembers children going out to play without a care in the world. The landscape of the town was much different at that time. McDonalds was the only fast food place around.

Route 80 only went as far as Netcong in those days and so Hackettstown’s roads would clog with commuters. Taking advantage of that was a bucket brigade which went out and raised funds for a hospital which one day would be the Hackettstown Medical Center. However, as Wayne Cabot of WCBS radio notes, “the town had life, but no voice.” Though plans were in the works, that voice would not come on the scene until 10 years later: as WRNJ radio. Broadcasting on

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clearances (including FCC clearance), site, and putting up the building and broadcasting towers would take 10 years. Also, those two towers and building would cost about $150,000. Still, on Aug. 26, 1976, WRNJ finally made its debut, as an AM only radio station broadcasting daytime only. After 10 years to get on the air, Cabot quipped that it only took 10 minutes before

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engineering matters. On air personality, Russ Long, is the employee who has been at the station the longest. On the air for 30 years, Long loves radio and being the voice of the community, and that is just what WRNJ is. The station’s format includes music with a more contemporary blend, plus as Worth describes it, "Local news, weather, traffic and a lot of interviews highlighting area happenings." Worth says, “I like to think people are listening because we’re talking about them and the communities in which they live.” Worth also shared how the station cares about the community. “WRNJ is a very community-minded radio station, helping raise nearly $7 million for local charities over the years,” he said. He also noted that while there’s many choices overall in radio today, there are not that many in local radio. Technology has changed over the 40 years that WRNJ has been on the air. People are using tablets, laptops, smart phones and other devices to get information. How has that affected radio? “We’re constantly on Twitter, Facebook, social media,” said Worth. The station has an

employee dedicated to social media. Through social media, the station gives the headlines, and then broadcasts flesh out the details. For example, six months ago there was a homicide in Panther Valley. The station put the headline on Facebook; 25,000 people saw that before the station went on with the story an hour later. Worth also mentioned that technology allows people to listen to the radio through live stream on their tablet, etc. plus catch up on broadcasts they may have missed by listening to the sound files archived on the radio’s website. Those archives also have the anniversary celebration broadcast. The website is: Reflecting on how radio has endured, Cabot shared that he believes it is the “intimacy of it.” People are commuting in their cars where they are one on one with the radio. As for WRNJ in particular, Worth feels that it is “all those things that weave the mosaic of the community.” WRNJ shares with its listeners those things that are important to them, those things that are happening in their neighborhoods and affect their everyday lives. Perhaps, that’s why WRNJ is aptly called: Northwest New Jersey’s OWN.

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Hackettstown BID To Be Recognized

J Ward has been a full-time English and creative writing instructor at Warren County Community College since 1997, first as a visiting lecturer, then as a tenure-track professor. He is consistently rated by the students as one of the college’s best professors, with good reason, as he is engaging and lively in his presentations. Ward is known well beyond the WCCC/Warren County community, though. And now, Ward will be recognized further when he receives the prestigious President's Award at the 2016 Warren County Hall of Fame Dinner on Sat., Oct. 29. The Hackettstown Business Improvement District and its executive director, Jim Sheldon, will also be recognized.

The gala event will be held at Hawk Pointe Golf Club in Washington and is open to the public. The Hackettstown BID, under Sheldon's leadership, has seen an amazing growth in a restaurant and micro-brewery niche, making Hackettstown a true destination town. The establishment of the Warren County Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Warren County Community College Foundation, was created as a forum for honoring Warren County's finest in an array of fields. The Hall of Fame itself is set up at Warren County Community College, where the public is invited to see it. For tickets or table reservations to the recognition dinner and other information, call 908-835-2334 or email

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Crafters Wanted For Holiday Craft Fair

he United Methodist Women of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Hackettstown plans to sponsor a Holiday Craft Show on Sat., Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and are looking for crafters. All items must be handmade/homemade.


Come and begin or finish holiday shopping. All crafts are handmade and one of a kind. The kitchen will be open so enjoy a lite lunch while shopping. To participate, contact Pattie Huff at 908-852-3020 for a contract.

Trinity Church Brings On New Staff

wo new staff members have begun their ministry at Trinity Church in Hackettstown. Danielle Witt joins the staff as the new director of Children’s Ministry, serving the large population of Trinity children from birth through fifth grade. Witt is a professional educator who taught for 10 years in the Roxbury School District. A graduate of East Stroudsburg University, she also holds a Masters of Educational leadership degree. Witt will be responsible for the newly revised experiential children’s spiritual formation ministry called KidVenture, the children’s fellowship group called Sprouts, Bible Blast, the Christmas Pageant, and all of the events and ministry opportunities for

this age range. The other staff change at Trinity is connected as former Children’s Ministry director Virginia Thorp moves from that role to become a Congregational Care Lay Minister. In this role Thorp will be visiting with, calling and making connections with a wide variety of parishioners, from visits to home bound senior citizens, persons in senior care facilities, hospitals and other similar areas of need. She is in the process of becoming a certified United Methodist Lay Minister. Information about Trinity Church and its various ministries are available on the web site or by calling 908 852-3020.

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Bea McNally's Supports Community Fundraisers

undraisers for needy families, toy drives, and fighting cancer are just some of the upcoming community projects that Bea McNally's has scheduled for the near future. In October, Bea McNally's was one of the sponsors of the Cancer Walk for Hackettstown Medical Center. On Nov.15, Bea's plays host to the Love for Maddie fundraiser for the Hackettstown-based Smiles for Margaret non-profit group. And on Dec. 7, Bea McNally's will be a drop off site for a special Toys for Tots effort. The Love for Maddie event takes place at Bea McNally's on Tue., Nov. 15 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. During that time frame, a full 15 percent of all proceeds in the restaurant will go to the organization to help needy families in the Hackettstown area. The Smiles for Margaret organization is coordinated by Christopher and Donna Walling, whose 12-year old daughter passed away Dec. 28, 2013. The parents, who were so grateful from those who helped them out during that tough time,

wanted to give back in their daughter's name. To learn more about this group, visit The Toys for Tots event is being hosted by the Centenary University Alumni Association. A complimentary buffet will be available to those who drop off new toys that evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., or who donate $10 at the door. The toys collected will then be given to Casa of Warren County for distribution to children in the area who could use a brighter holiday season. "It's really important to us to be a part of the community and help out," said Mark Falow, owner of the Grand Avenue restaurant in Hackettstown. "Any time we can get involved we want to be there." Other groups and organizations interested in partnering with Bea McNally's on fundraiser events are invited to call the restaurant, 908-813-1900. With ample space at the restaurant, Bea's can accommodate events of any size. For more information go to


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ew Jersey Blood Services plans to conduct local blood drives which are open to the public. The following drives are scheduled: Sat., Oct. 22, Mountain Lakes Volunteer Fire Department, Mountain Lakes, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 23, White Meadow Lake Clubhouse, Rockaway, 8:30 2:30 p.m. Mon., Oct. 24, Knights of Columbus 3665, Netcong, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thur., Oct. 27, Dunkin Donuts Budd Lake, Budd Lake, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 28, Morris Minute Men Emergency Medical Services, Morris Plains, 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. New Jersey Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center (NYBC) is asking for help to maintain an adequate supply of all blood types, but especially O-negative – the “universal” blood which can be transfused into anyone in an emergency. In addition, hundreds of additional blood drives need to be scheduled to meet

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Historical Society Features Jewelry Of Marriage

oin antique and vintage jewelry enthusiast Nancy Cooper, on Sun., Oct. 23 at 1:30 p.m. at Acorn Hall for the Jewelry of Marriage, a special limited-engagement, guided presentation on the exquisite jewelry and historic wedding gowns of Fine, Fancy, and Fashionable: 125 Years Dressing the Bride. This presentation will include clothing recently added to the exhibit. Cooper, a longtime MCHS volunteer, shares her passion, knowledge, and collection of jewelry which includes cameos, brooches, necklaces, watches, and crosses; even one embellished with human hair. The presentation offers an in-depth look at the wedding gowns and bridal attire in the exhibit and a glimpse of the people who wore them. It is also part of the Jeanne Wat-

son Memorial Speakers Program, a continuing lecture series created by the Morris County Historical Society in honor of Jeanne Hamilton Watson, first executive director of the MCHS, 1980 – 1996. Space is limited to attend this presentation, which is being held on the final day of the exhibit. Pre-payment is required upon making a reservation. Call the MCHS at 973-267-3465 or email, Cost to attend is $15 per adult, $12 per senior, $7 per student, and free for MCHS members. The admission price may be applied toward a membership with the MCHS. Following the program, the Oak Leaf Gallery Gift Shop, with its selection of vintage and Victorian-inspired jewelry, will be available.



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Spacious eat-in kitchen with huge pantry will please the fussiest buyers. Finished basement with family room, laundry and outside entrance,. Easy access to Route 80, local college and 1 hour to NYC. The pool is conveniently located just a walk down the street.

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Blairstown Twp.


Custom Stone & Wood Home. New Septic in 2015, new Generac generator, public water, 2 out buildings, new stone walls & patios, 3rd BR or office, custom built-ins, 3 WB stoves, wood stove in kit. All wood sun room w/stone benches Opens to an extra large laundry room.

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Great opportunity to fix up a 5 bedroom, 2 bath home on a great corner lot. The home needs quite a bit of repairs (i.e. windows, deck, porch, flooring, bathrooms, etc.) This could be a great home once you restore it to its original charm.

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Alexander Adams Homestead. Priv. 6+ acres w/3 homes. 1900 Colonial, 1730 Stone cottage & 2 family carriage house w/3 kits. Multiple Renovations. IG pool & pool house. Very attractive rental income! All homes charming & unique Stone cottage is a charm with natural spring flowing under the house with waterfall. 1 Still barn. Income producing property.

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3 floors of living space, newly constructed w/open concept, hardwood flrs, granite counter tops, s/s appls, cherry cabinets,sliders to deck. W/O fin. bsmt., 3BR’s, 2 full baths, laundry area. MBR features a cathedral ceiling,an oversized walk-in closet and a extra large bathroom.

Christy Doyle Sales Associate


Blairstown Twp.


Brick Ranch, 2 acre lot. 2 car gar. w/updated lighting, lg. bsmt. Open porch. Hardwood floors. FR offers a brick wb fplc, FLR w/picture window letting. New well pump, septic (2013), whole house generator, new furnace, newly paved driveway. LOW TAXES! This home has been meticulously taken care of and won't last long!

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Sales Associate


Hardwick Twp.


1880 coloial. Det. gar., huge wrap around deck. Beautiful wood burning fireplace in the living room. 4BR’s upstairs. 2 of the 4 bedrooms have newer windows. Bilco doors in the basement. Walk up attic with the potential to finish it for more living space! Schedule your appointment today to see this beautiful home!

Linda Simpson

Sales Associate


Liberty Twp.


New kit. w/granite counters, new carpeting, det. gar. w/fin. upstairs. Newer roof, siding. Bring a horse or other larger animals, as the property has almost 3 acres. Pool , hot tub. Hdwd flrs in kit. & DR. LR and FR are sizable and the downstairs has its own full bath as well. Easy commute on Routes 80 and 46, take a look today!!

Christopher “John” Kruk

Broker/Sales Associate




Loc. on 14th fairway of Panther Valley Golf Course. 5BR’s, 3.5 baths, almost 4,000 sq. ft.. Mod. updated kit, 1st flr MSuite w/mbath, laundry rm, LR, FR w/fplc, FDR. Up: 4BR’s, updated main bath. Fin. w/o bsmt. Deck, priv. backyard and the spectacular Panther Valley Golf Course.

Christopher “John” Kruk

Broker/Sales Associate


Blairstown Twp.


Custom Cape Cod, surrounded by woods. IG pool, large covered deck, partially fin. bsmt. BR’s are sizable, lg bonus rm off tMBR. Great location for commuting along Route 80, and close to town. The home has a modern septic system and updated carpeting. Take a look today!!

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Ranch, quiet lake community, mins to Rt 23. Make this your primary home or a summer weekend retreat, larger then it looks! Beautiful stone fplc, vaulted wood ceilings. Floor to ceiling windows in LR. Large MBR. Park like corner lot. Lake rights optional with use of playground.. Minutes to 23 & NJ Transits commuter bus.

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Liberty Twp.


4BR, 2.5 bath colonial on 1 acre of manicured lawn. Walkout bsmt, ready to be finished. Kit. feats granite, new backsplash. DR & FR feature wd flrs. Open floor plan, large deck off the kitchen. Owned by its original owners and their care for this home is evident in every room.

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Great opportunity to own your own farm just into Warren County off Interstate 80. Close to NYC farm markets, Hackettstown Livestock/Agriculture Market. Home boasts great layout w/lg rms, newer septic. Land mostly tillable, offering opps. for row crops or a massive amount of animals.

Christopher “John” Kruk

Broker/Sales Associate


Blairstown Twp.


Custom w/open flowing floor plan 2x6 construction PANORAMIC VIEWS of Delaware Water Gap! Gourmet kit. open to FR w/ wet bar, circ. drive. Wd floors, gas fplc. in LR, gas woodstove in FR. Granite counters, walk in pantry, working vintage stove, DR feats stone wall, 3BR’s, maids quarters/Au Pair BR on 2nd w/full bath, Mbath w/jetted tub Steam shower, 2 lg. walkin closets.

Rhonda Becker Sales Associate




Great opportunity to own your own farm just into Warren County off Interstate 80. Close to NYC farm markets, Hackettstown Livestock/Agriculture Market. Home boasts great layout w/lg rms, newer septic. Land mostly tillable, offering opps. for row crops or a massive amount of animals.

Christopher “John” Kruk

Broker/Sales Associate


Franklin Twp.


4BR’s, 2.5 bath colonial boasts hardwood flooring, 2 car gar, tray ceilings in MBR & FR, sep. laundry rm. MBR feats walk-in closet, priv. bath. Kit. feats large pantry. Level backyard. Sit on the rocking chair front porch overlooking the fields. Easy commute on Interstate 78.

Christopher “John” Kruk

Broker/Sales Associate


Blairstown Twp.


Rocking chair front porch, many updates, exterior Trim painted in 2016. Well maintained, built in shelvesin LR, eat-in-kit. w/breakfast bar. Quick closing possible. Brick patio w/new sidewalk. Septic System is on record Bright rooms Pantry closet. Close to Blair Academy.

Rhonda Becker Sales Associate


Fredon Twp.


Col. w/IG pool. 2 story foyer, FLR & DR w/wide pegged hdwd flrs, Crown molding. Huge kit. w/CT flr, new SS dishwasher, wet bar & open to Breakfast Rm w/sliders to deck. Office w/French doors, FR w/brick fplc, vaulted ceiling, 2 car fin. gar, MSuite w/skylight in full bath, walk in closet & wide plank hardwood floor. 3BR’s & full bath complete the second floor. Full unfinished bsmt.

Kathi Howell Sales Associate



Independence Twp. $230,000

Knowlton Twp.

Over 30 acres, 4BR’s, 2.5 baths w/2BR’s on the f1st floor, 2upstairs. Inside you will find a wood burning fplc. inFR, loft overlooking LR & DR, and an incredible amount of storage space. Laundry rm with walk-in pantry. Passive solar construction. 3 miles to Rt. 80, easy access to NYC, Poconos, close to Delaware Water Gap.

Well maintained 3BR, 2 bath Colonial, offers a beautifully renovated galley kit. and nook. Lower level all new hardwood flooring. Privacy a plus with outdoor patio and spacious backyard. Plenty of parking with the oversized detached two car garage, finished workshop on 2nd level. Located close to town, this home is a must see!

CH Col., impeccable landscaping, corner lot end of a cul-de-sac. FR w/ country style brick fplc., tiered patio, pool, blue stone firepit. 2 car gar., oversized det. gar. (40x36) w/4 doors, troweled epoxy floors, parking for 4 cars. Large kit. w/breakfast bar, tiled floor. Up BR’s are spacious. Adjoining lot 3.55 acres also for sale.


Christopher “John” Kruk

Broker/Sales Associate


Liberty Twp.


Beautifully updated home tucked away on 2 acres in the woods. Updated kitchen and baths with solid surface countertops. Hardwood flooring throughout the home. Beautiful in-ground pool with great space for entertaining both outside and indoors. Abundant space in closets and storage areas. Full house backup generator. New Roof! Don't miss this opportunity!

Christy Doyle Sales Associate


Carl Selitto

Sales Associate


White Twp.

Bright, spacious Chatham model w/open floor plan. Kit. open to living area w/breakfast bar, corian counters. Msuite w/ full bath, walkin closet w/built in organizer. Laundry/storage area. Hdwd & tile floors . Underground assigned parking and storage w/elevator access. Condo fee in-


cludes common area maintenance, garbage collection, snow removal and water.

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Broker/Sales Associate



Carl Selitto

Sales Associate




Custom Cedar contemporary, deck, screen porch, 1st flr ceiling to floor solid limestone fplc. in LR, opens to deck, lg mod. kit. w/ci, breakfast bar, lg. walk in pantry, 2BR’s, full bath, cedar rm Spac.laundry rm w/lg sink, 2nd floor 2 rm MBR suite w/skylights, 2 add’l BR’s, bath & a balcony overlooking the living room with large windows.

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Enter Scenic Beauty Photography Contest For Prizes

he 21st Annual Skylands Scenic Beauty Photography Contest is sponsored by the Warren County Cultural & Heritage Commission. Open to students, amateurs and professionals, submitted photos must have been taken after Oct. 1, 2015 and the subject matter should be of the Skylands region: Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, or Warren County. More than $1,600 in prize money will be awarded in this professionally judged show. Images may be digital or traditional, color or black & white. The minimum size


for all submissions is 8"x10”. All submitted photographs must be wired and ready to hang. No glass, saw tooth hangers, or easel frames. Contestants may enter one photograph for a chance to win prizes as a student, amateur, profession and best show award. All entries should be clearly labeled on the back, lower right, with full contact information, category of photo, title and location of scene. Photos and applications are to be delivered to the accessible Wayne Dumont Jr. Administration Building in

Church Plans Holiday Market

oliday Market hosted by the Women's Association of the First Presbyterian Church is set for Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church Chapel in Hackettstown. There will be a Tea Time from 9 a.m.-


noon and a Soup & Sandwich Lunch served from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Holiday items for sale for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, crafts, White Elephant Table, bake sale table with homemade baked goods will be available.

Illustrator Features Skills At Meeting

at Olds plans to demonstrate her portraiture skills by painting a portrait from a live subject in an hour for the Nov. 10 WCARTS meeting set for 7 p.m. in the Oxford Township Municipal Building. Olds studied with top illustrators at Art Center school in Los Angeles, California. She continued as a freelance artist and took lessons in watercolor when she moved to New York. Pat is a former member of the American Portrait Artists and Metropolitan

Portrait Society in New York, Huntington Art League of Long Island, The Wet Paints Studio Group in Sayville, the Hudson Valley Art Association, and the Town of Oyster Bay Arts Council. Refreshments will be served. The public is welcome. A $2 fee will be charged for non-members. Funding has been made possible, in part, by the Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

Belvidere on Tue., Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. until noon The show will open at the Administration Building on Tue., Nov. 15, and will run through Tue., Jan. 17, 2017 when all photos must be picked up. This photo contest is presented by the Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission, supported by the Warren County

Freeholders, and funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Applications are available from the Warren County Cultural & Heritage Commission at (908) 453-4381 or on-line at


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Motivation Sweetens The Recipe For Weight Loss

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


thing they love like eating dessert or drinking alcohol. Some figure if they exercise everyday they will lose weight, but that is not always the case. Most individuals, once they reach that magical age of 45, need to push themselves even harder or add on even more exercise to their regular routine. Instead of running four miles, run twice that day and try for six miles. One dad I know spent his free time running his kids around to activities. But he found his motivation when he jumped on that treadmill 11 p.m. at night to still squeeze in that run while others would probably be watching the news or hitting the hay. Back to that woman at my class, as we were doing our squats, she looked at me with an expression of pain. The class was challenging. I looked at her and told her I admire her motivation. This mother was late to class, missing almost half of it, but still showed up without shoes on her feet. Toward the end of class, two other women came in to the building, not to exercise, but to set up for a funeral repass for a friend who just died. As they were arranging

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

our most precious gift from God. We have one body and must be disciplined to take care of it no matter what it takes. Wearing athletic shoes does help of course, but if ‘by any means necessary’ is your motto, and that works for you, by all means, that is the way to go to lead you to a path toward better health and fitness.

Morris Hills School Of Adult And Continuing Education Provides Pathway To Learning

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Rutherford Hall Hosts Gamut Of Events

utherfurd Hall in Allamuchy Township invites the public to the majestic mansion to enjoy a wide range of events. Meet the Mayor of Hackettstown, listen to great jazz, paint, meditate, learn and so much more. There is something for everyone, so save the dates for our upcoming events in November and December. Tue., Nov. 1, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.- WOW Women on the Watch with Guest Speaker Hackettstown Mayor Maria DiGiovanni Includes Networking and cocktail reception with stationary and passed hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer, WOW Talk, Dessert and "Meet the Speaker" $25. Wed., Nov. 9-Holiday YOGA- Meditation for the Holidays with Jean Marie, Fostering the Journey – 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. - Centenary College Lecture Series- “It’s Alive: Why Poetry Still Matters in the 21st Century” with speaker Emilia Phillips sponsored by

The House of the Good Shepherd; free event. Thur., Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m. -8 p.m.- Kids Paint Night, ages eight and up. Paint, canvas, instruction and Philly Pretzels included; $20. Fri., Nov. 18 , 7 p.m. - Adult Wine and Paint Night. Bring a bottle of wine and paint a unique picture. Canvas, paint, instruction, Philly Pretzels and water included; $25. Sun., Nov. 27, 3 p.m.- Jazz Series with the amazing talent of Bill Charlap at the piano in a solo performance. Tony Bennett said Bill is one of the best pianists he has ever heard. Bills program will feature great songs from Broadway shows and wonderful composer’s from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at door For more information or tickets to any events, call (908) 852-1894 ext 138 or go to

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Heath Village Enjoys Family Day


t 105, Heath Village’s oldest resident Howard Lindemann and his family still enjoy the village’s annual Family Day. Intended for both residents, staff and their families, Family Day has been a time-honored tradition at Heath

Village in Hackettstown for more than 30 years. The Lindemann family have attended this special day with their family nearly every year since Lindemann and his late wife Elinor first moved to the unique retirement community in 1998.

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Abilities Receives Grant From Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

bilities of Northwest Jersey has received a $7,500 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 79 grants totaling more than $575,704 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. Conceived by the late Dana Reeve, the program has awarded more than 2,700 grants totaling more than $20 million since 1999. Abilities will use the grant to purchase Smart Tables, which accommodate four individuals in wheelchairs simultaneously, include those to facilitate communication, learning and prevocational skills. Use of such devices also improves physical dexterity and creates opportunities for group activities and peer interaction, helping to make Abilities’ MSN a stimulating resource for individuals with limited mobility. “It is with deep appreciation that we share this news of the Reeve Foundation’s generous contribution to expand the use of assistive technology in our MSN program,” said Abilities CEO Cynthia B. Wildermuth. “Their support will change the lives of those


we serve with mobility impairments. We are grateful and hope this is the beginning of a rewarding collaboration with the foundation.” Awarded twice yearly, grant requests were evaluated and scored based on a rigorous review process to determine funding for organizations that improve daily life for those living with paralysis, as well as their families and caregivers. In this particular grant cycle, the grantee review board awarded a significant number of grants in medically underserved areas for modification projects, animal service programs and veteran programs. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants Program was created to address the myriad needs of children and adults living with paralysis, as well as provide assistance and education to their families and caregivers. Funded programs serve individuals living with paralysis caused by injuries, diseases or birth conditions, including but not limited to, stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). For more information, visit or call 800-539-7309.

Roxbury Hosts Cheerleader Competition

he Roxbury High School Cheer Parents Club is hosting a cheerleading competition for fall football half-time shows on Sun., Oct. 23 at Roxbury High School. High school and recreational teams are invited to come out and compete against their peers to earn the title of “The Best”! This fun, friendly competition will give fall cheerleaders the opportunity to experience the thrill of

competition without committing the time and expense of a competition cheer team. No additional preparation is needed. Just take the regular half-time show ‘on the road’ to compete against the schools and towns each week of the season! Registration information can be found on Roxbury Cheerleading’s homepage at www.freewebs/roxburycheer. Submissions are due by Thur., Oct. 20.

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hilly nights are the perfect time to pull out your favorite soup or stew recipe. Settle down with a blanket while a big pot of chili simmers on the stove. Warm, hearty and flavorful, chili is a classic comfort food, and it’s easy to customize with your favorite flavor combinations. Whether you prefer it spicy or mild, with or without beans, you can develop your own signature style. For chili connoisseurs, ground beef is usually the go-to meat, but try a new take on an old favorite by adding ground duck to your chili for something creative.

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Change Up Your Chili Duck Chili 2 tablespoons Maple Leaf Farms Rendered Duck Fat, divided 2 pounds Maple Leaf Farms All Natural Ground Duck 1 teaspoon salt, plus additional, to taste pepper, to taste 3 tablespoons ground cumin, divided 1 large red onion, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 2 jalapeno peppers, minced (remove seeds to reduce heat, if desired) 2 red bell peppers, cored and chopped 3 tablespoons chili powder 1 tablespoon dried oregano

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

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

by Michele Guttenberger n Sat., Sept. 24, the Thomas Edison National Historic Park site offered a free family day of family activities. It was in the tradition of Edison’s own family’s lifestyle with the participation of some outdoor games that were popular with them. After a summer of family programs at the Edison Factory Lab site, it was a nice program change to have the official first days of fall outdoors at Glenmont. This is the home and estate of Thomas and Mina Edison. Like Edison’s factory laboratory it too is part of the National Historical Park Site. Glenmont resides inside the gated


community of Llewellyn Park and visitors were instructed to pick up a car pass from the Laboratory Visitor Center first. Thomas Edison was there to greet family guests to his lawn party in spirit with a lifesize cardboard cutout of this famous Llewellyn Park neighbor. Families got to experience a historic view of West Orange’s prosperous suburbia during the early 20th Century. This was an emerging era of New Jersey’s train commuters and family suburb living. It had a comforting combination of modern electric conveniences while retaining the traditional barn of riding horses and a place for fresh egg laying hens. The park

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ranger curators of the site have preserved a time capsule of the way things were when the Edison’s family lived there. The park rangers had organized programs that made this free family day both an educational and delightful experience. Activities included tours of the 29-room Victorian Mansion and tours of the poured concrete garage which houses a circa 1900 Locomobile, 1922 Model T and the 1936 Brewster belonging to son Charles Edison, Governor of NJ in 1940. Kids got to enjoy water color painting and obstacle course races on the lawn, Victorian board games, Junior Ranger activities, tree and leaf identification, and birding activities. Adults enjoyed strolling through the 15-acre estate, garage, greenhouse and the gravesite of Thomas and Mina Edison. It is noteworthy history to mention the 38-year-old widower Thomas Edison got a second chance at being a family man at Glenmont with his second wife Mina and their three younger children. Mina gave birth to all her children there and Edison peacefully passed away in his bed at Glen-

mont at age 84. This place was an attraction for neighborhood friends, associates and world dignitaries alike who were given guest invitations by Mrs. Edison. Now today’s pubic can reenact the experience of being an invited guest to the Edison home. For more info on special family fall programs at Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange. Go to or call 973-736-0550 x11.

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Centenary Office Offers Free Math Tutoring

athematics tutoring for children can be an expensive endeavor. Many services can cost $50 to $75 per hour, which can be taxing to most families’ budgets. Members of the local community and beyond are in luck, however, as Centenary University’s Downtown Office has hosted free mathematics tutoring for grades two to eight during the past four years and just started offering this service for the new academic year. This service has been made possible by Kathy Turrisi, assistant professor of Mathematics at Centenary University. Tutoring hours are on Mondays from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Centenary Downtown Office in Hackettstown.

The tutors for this program include Centenary University students, volunteers from Trinity United Methodist Church and members of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an organization which promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. “Our tutors really provide the children with innovative methods to engage them in the subject matter,” says Turrisi. “The tutors often develop materials or games that students can utilize that are designed to make the learning process fun.” Those who are interested must call Professor Turrisi at (908) 852-1400, ext. 2321 to make an appointment. Due to the limited availability of spots, walk-ins are not permitted.

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Artists Present A Haunting At the Hive Art Exhibition

he Gallery at the Hive/MCAW in Chester is pleased to announce its autumn season art exhibition, “A Haunting at the Hive.” The gallery will display the magnificent art of magic and mayhem created by more than 25 of the scariest, silliest and most compelling collection of regionally and internationally acclaimed visual artists. Curated by Chaotic Attractors, the show has been open since Sat., Oct. 8, and remains on view through Nov. 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. In the spirit of the Halloween season, these selected works take the viewing audience on journeys of dread and delight. Submitted for approval – the spectacular horror of the candlelit Grand Guignol; dis-

tant, muffled murmurs heard in a stark, darkened forest at midnight; a seedy traveling circus carrying freaky strangers and seductive secrets; eternal struggles of good and evil played out in the guise of costumed Trick or Treating youngsters – all these and more await at “A Haunting at the Hive.” On opening night, The Hive Main Stage will supply an evening of “live” spooky contemporary rock music with local and NYC bands to jam out to. Terrifying drinks and blood curdling snacks will be served. For more information about “A Haunting at the Hive” exhibition and inquiries regarding gallery hours of operation, call 908-879-8753 or visit

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Armistice Ball To Feature Jazz And Dancing

he Metropolitan Vintage Dance & Social Club plans to hold its Ninth Annual Armistice Ball, a ragtimeera soiree, on Sat., Nov. 5, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Morristown Masonic Center in Morristown. The Metropolitan Club Orchestra will provide hot dance tunes of the early 20th century. A workshop in dances of the era will be held at the Masonic Center from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. that day. Ball tickets are $35 per person in advance or $40 at the door ($15 in advance/$20 at the door with a student ID). They may be purchased online at The Metropolitan Club Orchestra consists of renowned jazz musicians from across the country who specialize in the classic sounds of early jazz from the Ragtime and '20s eras. At the Saturday afternoon workshop, novices can master the basics of period dances including the onestep, foxtrot, tango, blues, and waltz. It will be led by instructors Jan and Al Seabra of Raritan. The workshop is included in the

ticket price. A ceremony at intermission will honor active and retired military personnel in attendance. Attire of the 19-teens or ‘20s, military uniforms, or appropriate modern dress is requested. Profits benefit the Thursday Morning Club of Madison, a social and philanthropic organization which owns and operates the Madison Community House, the Community House Nursery School, and the Before and After School Care program. Since its inception the club has provided support for community programs as well as a meeting place for Madison’s sports, recreational, and civic groups. Visit The Metropolitan Vintage Dance & Social Club is a private organization dedicated to keeping alive the social customs, dances, and other pastimes of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Members dance and do living history demonstrations in the styles of the 1860s through 1920s at events throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

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