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Hackettstown Author Visits Historic Monument Of Murdered Kitchen Maid, Pens True To Life Story In New Book

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By Cheryl Conway n Sunday, April 8, Hackettstown resident and author Maryann McFadden stood in front of the monument of Tillie Smith at Union Cemetery in a live video about the young woman who was murdered 132 years ago. The timing could not have been more perfect- not only was it a month before McFadden’s book launch of her fourth book “The Cemetery Keepers Wife”- but this was the anniversary of Smith’s death- April 8, 1886- the day this 19 year old was raped and strangled while at work as a potato peeler on the grounds of Centenary Collegiate Institute, a Methodist seminary now known as Centenary University. As the sun set and the evening chill started to roll in, McFadden tells her small audience about Smith and her inspiration in writing her first historical-fiction novel “The Cemetery Keepers Wife.” “I’ve waited a very long time to tell you what I have learned about the life of Tillie Smith,” McFadden says at the foot of Smith’s monument. “She had come to work at Centenary just a few months prior to her death, trying to improve her life, having no idea that her days were about to come to an end.” McFadden, 64, explains what led her to learn more about Smith, her research and five year project of writing her 349 page novel. She had discovered the monument when she was 11 years old after first coming to Hackettstown from New York. “I was intrigued even as a child,” she says. Later on, after some coincidences like walking into the house of Smith’s murder, then meeting a relative of Smith’s, she decided she was destined to learn more and share her knowledge with others. She says “my journey, it became an obsession; it became personal. I would spend long moments looking into those eyes, trying to imagine her thoughts, her dreams,

her hopes. Her hands were a mess, they were nicked and bleeding and scared and yet she had hopes and dreams I could only imagine.” “I want to honor Tillie’s life; I want to share her life; I want to portray a girl whose voice was silenced 130 years ago and give her a voice,” she tells her friends. “Tillie became a footnote in the story of her death. No one except those who knew her when she was alive really knew who she was.” McFadden continues, “Tillie Smith became almost a legend. I believe I have accurately portrayed her life, that I accurately interpreted who she was. Perhaps she’s still waiting to tell the truth,” McFadden justifies as to why some claim to have seen her ghost. “I believe the truth should never go to the grave.” McFadden will be having a free pre-release book discussion and signing on Tuesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m., as part of Centenary University’s Spring Authors Series. The event will be held in the Front Parlours of the Edward W. Seay Administration Building. “The murder of Smith, a kitchen maid at Centenary, captivated news readers across the nation, fueling a public outcry that led authorities to arrest and convict a maintenance man at the institute for the crime,” as stated in a press release. “Today, the gruesome murder has become woven into Hackettstown lore. A monument in her memory stands in Union Cemetery and “Tillie Walks” sponsored by Centenary Stage Company retrace Smith’s steps on the fateful night of her murder.” The actual building where Smith had worked burnt down in 1899. “It was very gothic looking back then,” says McFadden. “She was murdered there,” with her body found the next morning April 9 behind that main building, near the library. This is McFadden’s fourth book. Working as a journalist for 10 years- after graduat-

ing from Hackettstown High School in 1972 and Rutgers University with her bachelor’s in English in 1975- she became a realtor for the next 10 years, before returning to school at William Paterson University for a master’s in English. “I love both; it’s kind of a perfect combination,” she says about her professions, during an interview with the “Hackettstown News.” Writing has always been her passion. “I started writing my first story when I was a child,” she recalls. “I was always writing stories; it was my dream. I love creating; I love writing and bringing people to other places and getting into the heads of other characters.” Her greatest compliment is when someone tells her “You characters are so real; it’s hard work.” She started writing books 15 years ago, with her first book she self-published in 2006, “The Richest Season,” which did so well that an agent picked it up and sold it at auction to Hyperion Books, she says. Her other books, also contemporary fiction, have included “So Happy Together” and “The Book Lover,”- all translated into mulcontinued on page 12


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Church Opens Player Registration, Sponsorships For 10th Annual Golf Outing

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t. James’ Episcopal Church of Hackettstown plans to hold its Tenth Annual Golf Outing on Monday, June 25, at Farmstead Golf & Country Club in Lafayette. The money raised from the Golf Outing is used to help carry out the ministry and mission of St. James’. This has included supporting local food-insecure children with supplemental food through

its Summer Backpack Program and opening its parish hall as a warming and food center in times of need. It also hosts literacy tutoring, the North Porch Center for mothers and newborns, and grief counseling services through the Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center. The cost per player is $130; includes golf, cart, box lunch,

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f you’re suffering with Menopause symptoms, the thought of dealing with lions, tigers and bears might actually seem easier. Or maybe, you might even feel like the lion, tiger or bear yourself! For some women, menopause comes and goes like a thief in the night; stealing their menses without a trace- leaving them with nothing (not even one symptom!). For the rest of women, menopause can be long and dramatic, bringing on a variety of symptoms including hot flashes, depression, night sweats, insomnia, anxiety, dry skin, hair loss, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, weight gain, headaches, joint pain and the list goes on (but you get the point)… As women age beyond their child- bearing years, the continuous fluctuation of hormones has the potential to wreak havoc on the body and

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Warren County Calling All Senior Artists

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arren County senior artists, 60 years of age or over, are encouraged to participate in the annual Warren County Seniors’ Art Show. Rules and an application may be requested by calling the Warren County Cultural & Heritage Commission at 908453-4381, by downloading the forms at wcchc.org, or by sending an email request to arts@ wcchc.org. The completed

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application form and labeled artwork should be delivered to the Wayne Dumont Jr. Administration Building, between 10 a.m. and noon on Tuesday, May 15. Artists may enter one work as either professional or non-professional. Categories are: acrylic, craft, computer imagery, drawing, mixed-media, oil, pastel, photography, print, and watercolor. All work must

be the original creation of the artist, completed in the last three years, and may not have been previously entered in the Warren County Seniors’ Art Show. A reception for participating artists is on Friday, May 18 at the Wayne Dumont Jr. Administration Building, between 10 a.m. and noon. Group photo is scheduled for 11 a.m. The Annual Seniors’ Art Show is presented by the War-

ren County Cultural & Heritage Commission, co-sponsored by the Warren County Division of Aging & Disability Services, 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. For further information visit manor@wcchc.org.

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Local Dentist Allocates Proceeds To Smiles For Life

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ill, disabled, and disadvantaged kids thanks to participation from local communities and dental practices. Greg Anderson, director of the Crown Council, explains: “Smiles For Life allows a person to help children in need by doing something that benefits them as well. Dr. Stephen T. Deehan donates his time and expertise, while Ultradent generously provides all Opalescence whitening products. Patients receive a brighter smile and help children get a brighter future.” Half of the donations raised by Crown Council dentists are given to their preferred local children’s charity. The charity Deehan chose is called “Cure for Kids” organized by the members of Warren County Forest #14 Tall Cedars of Lebanon. Each year they choose a local child with a life-threatening disease to lessen their fi-

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Constitutional Speaker Presents Seminar On Foundations Of American Liberty

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

power does the general welfare clause give to the federal government? What did the Framers say about state sovereignty? Attendees will be astounded at the historical parallels to what is transpiring in America today. “The timeless wisdom of our founders must be delivered to our countrymen and to our children if we wish to see the lamp of liberty continue to shine in America. You can find that wisdom here.” Seating is limited and lunch will be provided. RSVP host to confirm attendance at: Schoolofhardknocks15@yahoo.com.

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Centenary Stage Presents ‘Hitler’s Tasters’

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magine knowing that every mouthful of food eaten could be the last? Inspired by the true story, Michelle Kholos Brooks’ “Hitler’s Tasters,” will continue its world premiere at Centenary Stage Company through April 22 in the Lackland Performing Arts Center. Winner of the 2017 Susan Glaspell Award, this alternately

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Music, Meditation, Painting, History, Camps Offered At Rutherfurd Hall

utherfurd Hall invites the community to enjoy a wide range of events this April. It is open every Wednesday for tours on the hour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Class trips, bus tours, Girl and Boy Scout trips and group tours are available by appointment. For more information or tickets to any events, call (908) 852-1894 Ext 338 or go to www.rutherfurdhall.org. April 22, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tony Desare Live Jazz Concert. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas headlining with Don Rickles and major symphony orchestras, DeSare has brought his fresh take on old school classics around the globe. Cost is $30 advance; $35 door. April 25, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30

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Hackettstown Author Visits Historic Monument... continued from front page tiple languages, designated Indie Next Picks and must-reads by the American Bookseller’s Association. “The Cemetery Keeper’s Wife,” published by Three Women Press, is her first historical novel, set to be released at her national book launch May 8, 6:30 p.m., at Clinton Book Shop. Based on a true story, McFadden weaves a fictional story and character into the novel. “I wanted to stay as true to the event as possible,” she says. “I tried to be faithful to the true events as I could be.” McFadden started her book in 2012, completed it about one year later, before multiple rewrites. “I rewrote it about five different times,” she explains. “The book was very heavy in research, made it too dense. Instead, she needed a vehicle to bring a person from the past into the story. “That became Rachel, the cemetery keeper’s wife,” a fictional part woven into the novel. “The Cemetery Keeper’s Wife” poignantly blends fact and fiction as two women scarred by shame, and separated by more than a century, reach across time to rewrite history,” she describes. While McFadden is not a character in the book, Rachel’s role mimics some of McFadden’s experiences and discoveries which led her to writing the book. “Rachel’s story and journey- I give her a lot of what happened to me in my research. She’s 30 years younger than me but she’s got my journey in researching Tillie.” McFadden explains, “I moved here as a kid in 1964 from Brooklyn. Our house was near the cemetery. We would play over there; we would go fishing and roam

around. There were no parks there back then. We’d roam across the bridge; We’d practice cheering flips and cartwheels. There was a lot of room to roam there.” That’s when she saw Smith’s monument. “It was so impressive. We read the words” carved into the stone: ‘She Died In Defence of Her Honor.’ “As children we didn’t understand what it meant. As kids we were intrigued.” Then over the years, she found connections, McFadden explains. As a realtor, in the late 1990’s, she walked into a house on Sharp Street, “looked like a time warp. I sold it to my friend’s daughter. There was an auction there, pictures on the dining room wall.” This was the home of Smith’s murder, James Titus, a janitor at the seminary who was arrested weeks later and “eventually sentenced to hang. But he didn’t.” Instead, lived “right in this town,” until he died in 1952. His granddaughter had just gone into a nursing home, leaving the house to be sold. While at a party, when a friend had mentioned to others that McFadden was writing about the infamous murder, McFadden met one of Smith’s relatives. “Little things like that, I started to feel like I needed to write this book,” she says. In her research, she was left heartbroken when the information centered around Titus and “nothing about Tillie, except that

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Edward J. Smith, noting he didn’t realize how many girls in the county were involved in Girl Scouts. “Hats off to all you ladies who have come here tonight,” he said. “The Girl Scout movement is extremely vibrant in this country,” said Freeholder Richard D. Gardner, who also noted that he was impressed with the number of girls involved. Those 1,800 Warren County members of the organization are among the 2.6 million girls and adult volunteers active nationally. Girl Scouting in the United States began on March 12, 1912, when Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low organized the first Girl Guide troop meeting of 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia. Girl Scout Week is celebrated annually in March throughout the nation.

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A good non-fiction mystery best for young adult readers, high school age and above, McFadden says readers will learn about the Victorian era, a “real eye opener for anyone who likes history. It’s a really good read,” according to the feedback she has received from critics. It is also the “only book” written about Tillie Smith. “She’s been pretty forgotten and the legend of her murder.” For more information about the book signing at Centenary, contact Elizabeth Freeman, elizabethfreeman@centenaryuniversity.edu. The book will be sold for $15.99 in paperback wherever books are sold. To view McFadden’s video on Facebook, go to http://maryannmcfadden.com/facebooklive-from-union-cemetery/. Visit www.maryannmcfadden.com.

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

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Charming & Updated Victorian, Walk to schools & Main st. Large updated kitchen, New carpet throughout. Natural Gas Furnace & Fireplace, 2 Full Baths, 2nd fl laundry, full bsmt & walk/up attic Fully fenced in property. Detached 2 car garage. Nice level backyard. Covered front porch with newer decking. Natural Gas Furnace, hot water heater and fireplace. Town Water & Sewer. Very well maintained and updated property. Shows great pride in Ownership.

Floor to ceiling stone fplc, wood flooring, open floor plan and more space. Exclusive driveway with several spaces, 1 car gar. Large room could become FR, game room, rec room. Upstairs 2 large BR’s, 1 full bath, kit. opens to DR & LR. Wrap around deck that is perfect for BBQ’s, entertaining or just relaxing. Behind the home is a patio, Koi pond and sizable yard. The property is also serviced by public sewer and has a newer roof. Quick commute on 80 & 46. Take a look today!

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Maintained home, public utilities Many updates. Paved driveway, 1 car gar. w/entrance to foyer Brick front backdrop on rocking chair front porch. FR w/wood burning stove, patio door to 2 story deck Renovated powder room on first level, LR and DRw/wood floors, Kit. updated w/ ceramic tile back splash, new dishwasher, sliding glass door to deck. Main bath updated w/neutral tile floor to ceiling in tub/shower. Denin fin. bsmt. Utility room has storage, heating system, washer & dryer.

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A must see!Relax on the front deck & enjoy captivating countryside views, serenity in your own front yard, while offering privacy. Mins to Rt 46 & Rt 80. Master bedroom suite with jetted tub. On those cooler days snuggle by the pellet stove with a good book & a cup of coco, and central air for those warmer days.Entertain on the tiered back deck with sliders to dining area & master bedroom, perfect space for future hot tub!Oversized shed with electric, perfect for small workshop or gardening shed!

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Energy efficient windows. Spacious rooms and generous closet storage. Solid stick built construction on poured concrete foundation. Super dry basement. R-18 exterior walls with Tyvek house wrap. R-30 Attic insulation. Cast Iron furnace, hot water heat with Boilermate for endless showers. Transfer switch and generator hookup. Hardwood floors in 4 BR’s, LR and staircase. Porcelain tile floors in country kitchen, dining, laundry/powder room. Slate Foyer. 12 x 20 Deck. 2- Storage sheds.

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REDUCED! 2700 sq. ft. custom home, corner lot, cul-de-sac. Side/ back yard is fenced in with IG pool, hot tub. Foyer, FR , addit’l 17’x11’ room, currently used as a game room. Msuite w/brick fplc! Next level open floor plan, living room, dining room, kitchen with a center island and a gorgeous 30’ x 18’ greatroom with extra high ceilings, skylights and double sliders that lead to the pool area. Go up one more level to the other three bedrooms with all hardwood floors and an updated full bath.

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2/3 cup pepperoncini slices 1 plum tomato, chopped 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil 1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano 1/4 teaspoon dried pepper flakes 3 slices ultra-thin sliced Swiss cheese, cut in half Hollow out top and bottom halves of bread, leaving 1/2inch thick shell. Place pork on bottom half of bread. In bowl, combine pepperoncini, tomato, onion, garlic, canola oil, vinegar, oregano and pepper flakes. Spoon pepperoncini mixture and any

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Local Soccer Coach Raises Funds To Equip Colombian Youth With Soccer Gear And Skills For Better Life

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By Cheryl Conway s a soccer player since he was four and coach for the past decade, 26year old Sebastian Castillo-Giraldo’s current goal is to pay it forward and help youth from his native country. Castillo-Giraldo of Wharton has started a Go Fund Me page to purchase training equipment and provide soccer clinics to hundreds of inner city children of Colombia. The children he aims to reach live in the city of Medellin as well as Supia, Caldas, the town he was born. He plans to travel in May for ten days, May 13-May 23, with three of his soccer students and a friend, Marc Reynolds of Succasunna, a photographer/filmmaker who will be documenting the trip. “It’s time I pay it forward to those who are less fortunate and give approximately 300 kids an opportunity to use soccer as a vehicle to improve their lives,” Castillo-Giraldo states on his Go Fund Me site. “The game has allowed me to attend college and has shaped me to be the human I am today.” Castillo-Giraldo grew up in Colombia, during the time of civil war, which had ended in

2016 when the peace treaty was signed, he explains. While conditions were rough, Castillo-Giraldo says “soccer was big in my town.” He started playing at the age of four; continued to play when he came to U.S. with his parents in 1998, in the fourth grade; playing at Morris Hills High School in Rockaway and college, at both County College of Morris in Randolph and the Centenary University in Hackettstown, before becoming a soccer coach 10 years ago. Castillo-Giraldo has been a soccer coach in Mt. Olive, in its camps and premier soccer program; ran the select soccer camps at Morris Hills now called Morris County Summer Select; and has been the first assistant coach for the men’s soccer team at CCM since 2017. Through soccer, “you learn discipline, hard work, determination and team work,” says Castillo-Giraldo, teaching assistant and graduate research assistant at Monmouth University. “Those kids need it,” he says about the children in Colombia, “to help them move up in the ladder of life. “Colombia is a third world country; soccer is a tool to

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Local Soccer Coach Raises Funds... works for the government in Colombia has identified and connected Castillo-Giraldo with youth teams most in need. Mt. Olive Soccer Club “donated a plethora of new gear,” says Castillo-Giraldo. About 90 percent of its donations are

continued from page 24 ly writing his master’s thesis on “How Soccer Explains the World.” It was in the first week of December 2017 when Castillo-Giraldo started his Go Fund Me page to help youth in Colombia. A family friend who

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brand new and include uniforms, soccer socks, shorts, sweats, sweaters and jerseys. Kinnelon High School donated some gear as well. Most needed now is the financial support, he says, as his goal is to purchase 200 brand new Adidas balls that cost $3,000. “I can’t have soccer clinics unless I have balls for the kids,” he says. “Balls are really expensive.” The ones he plans to provide are expected to last three to five years and are “ideal for their practices and their games,” he says. Funds will also cover costs for cones and ladders as well as shipping boxes of equipment; soccer clinics for kids with proper training skills; followed my mini-talks to discuss “the power of soccer.” His plan is to help 20 youth teams with proper equipment and gear. He estimates that the boys and girls will be between the ages of 8 and 15. “I’ll be running clinic and drills,” he says, with two to three practices daily. While cycling is popular in Colombia too, Castillo-Giraldo says the “predominant sport in Colombia is soccer. It’s a passion you learn to love and you hold dear to you. The whole country plays and the whole country watches them, the Colombia National Team, national pride. Even with all the unrest, when our country was being torn to pieces,” he explains how soccer provides a sense of pride “that brings the whole country together.” He now wants to share his love for soccer. “When I was a little kid playing in Colombia, I had great coaches that didn’t know me,”

he says. “I think it’s only right to share my knowledge of soccer with those kids so they can move forward. Everyone in my family has played soccer, like it’s in my blood, in my DNA. “Race doesn’t matter, class doesn’t matter, religion doesn’t matter. It’s just the talents and skills each person brings to the table what truly matters.” Reynolds, who met Castillo-Giraldo about seven years ago when he became his eldest son’s soccer coach of Villa at NJ Dynamo, couldn’t agree more and looks forward to the trip. “I love the game of soccer; I have three sons who play,” says Reynolds. “I believe soccer should be accessible to everyone regardless of income or anything else. I know the happiness it brings and I feel everyone deserves that.” With plans to video their trip, Reynolds says “it’s about me telling a story. This to me is a story worth telling. It’s about soccer, but it’s more about humanity and giving back. I hope to capture the happiness we bring to the kids that we meet. I also want to capture Sebastian’s big/generous heart.” Donations are still being collected through May 1. “We need your help to raise as much money as possible to spread as much hope as we can,” says Castillo-Giraldo. He and his fellow travelers will self-fund their flights and expenses. With a goal to collect $4,500, as of press time $1,095 has been raised. Donate at https://www.gofundme.com/ soccer-clinics-for-kids-in-colombia.

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Auction Raises $32,000 For Hackettstown Medical Center

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By Elsie Walker ast month, three customized cakes to be made by Hackettstown resident Janet Long went for $500 at auction. Some might wonder what made the cakes so special. While Long’s skill at baking makes the cakes desirable, it was the cause to which the funds would go that made people open their purses so wide. The trio of cakes was one of about 240 items that were auctioned to raise funds for the Foundation for Hackettstown Medical Center. In total, the auction raised $32,000. This was the 19th annual WRNJ Radio Auction to Benefit the Foundation for Hackettstown Medical Center. While some items were displayed and auctioned online, others were displayed online with early bidding starting there, and then finished during the “on air” portion of the auction,

which lasted 16 hours between March 9 and 10. The event has seen an interesting variety of items auctioned during its history. One year, a piece of the Brooklyn Bridge was up for bid. While this year didn’t have anything quite that unusual, Lisa Dimiceli, manager of Community and Donor Relations with the Foundation for Hackettstown Medical Center, did note the most interesting auction was for the three cakes to be made by Long. The winning bid was much higher than imagined. Dimiceli noted that it was an example of the heart people have for the event: Long as a longtime friend of the auction and those who generously bid. “What we raise stays here; [it] assists in funding new and innovative programs and services at Hackettstown Medical Center,” said Dimiceli. “Two

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Auction Raises $32,000... continued from page 26 tion did have “a little something for everyone.” Besides physical items, such as gift baskets, services and gift cards were also auctioned. Dimiceli noted that with Hackettstown growing as a restaurant destination, some of those gift cards went for full or above face value. Dimiceli made clear the important role that the radio station, volunteers, and donors play in the event. Dimiceli described WRNJ’s contribution as “huge.” She said, “We take over the whole building; we descend upon the station.” Radio personalities, foundation members, friends, and volunteers stepped up to the mic to describe and auction items.

Dimiceli noted that the station’s generosity is a “clear testament to its dedication to the community as the local radio station.” In addition, Dimiceli talked about the committee of 18 volunteers whose work starts before the auction by pursing donations and then continues through the successful event. Then, of course, there are those who donate to the auction and those who bid. “We thank the generous business community of donors and all those who placed bids,” said Dimiceli. “It is through their generosity Hackettstown Medical Center is able to provide quality Healthcare close to home.”

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Constitutional Speaker Presents Seminar On Foundations Of American Liberty

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

power does the general welfare clause give to the federal government? What did the Framers say about state sovereignty? Attendees will be astounded at the historical parallels to what is transpiring in America today. “The timeless wisdom of our founders must be delivered to our countrymen and to our children if we wish to see the lamp of liberty continue to shine in America. You can find that wisdom here.” Seating is limited and lunch will be provided. RSVP host to confirm attendance at: Schoolofhardknocks15@yahoo.com.

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

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

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ary Courtemanche, president of the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center, will be honored by the Boys Scouts of America at its 2018 Tribute to Women Award Luncheon, May 11 at the Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station. A longtime volunteer in the community and active participant with WAMMC, Courtemanche has served on committees, become a board member and was appointed president of WAMMC in 2015. She has been a champion of the organization and a dedicated leader of an executive committee, 45 board members and 20 committees, all volunteers who work with a vast volunteer network of more than 1,500 people. Growing up on Long Island,

N.Y., Courtemanche has lived in the Morristown area for more than 26 years, spending many of those years as a mentor and teacher to the young students at the Peck School, a private K-8 co-educational school. After retiring, she served on the Board of Trustees for Peck School and the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown and co-chaired the Mountain Art Show in Bernardsville for many years. During the summer months, she serves on the St. Regis Property Owners’ Association Board in Upper St. Regis, N.Y. Courtemanche joined the Women’s Association Board in 2008. Since joining WAMMC, she has served on many committees, including one of her favorites as Chairwoman of the cafeteria, recruiting many of

her friends to join her in hosting guests at WAMMC’s signature fundraiser, Mansion in May Designer Showhouse and Gardens. The WAMMC, one of the oldest and most successful fundraising organizations in the country, is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2018. Over the years, WAMMC has grown from providing services and fundraising to running profitable businesses. To date, WAMMC has raised more than $30 million to support this mission. For information on WAMMC, visit wammc.org.

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