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arren County Freeholder Jason Sarnoski was recognized for his ongoing service on the Board of Trustees of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) at the agency’s annual meeting in Newark recently. “I’d like to thank the NJTPA for this recognition,” Freeholder Sarnoski said. “I am committed to using transportation investment to make travel safer and more efficient in the County, and to help spur economic development.” “Under Freeholder Sar-

Warren County Freeholder Honored For Service On Transportation Planning Board

noski’s leadership, Warren County has advanced nearly $200,000 in safety projects and nearly $10 million in local roadway and bridge projects,” NJTPA Executive Director Mary K. Murphy said. NJTPA Chair Peter Palmer, Somerset County Freeholder Director, joined Executive Director Murphy in presenting Freeholder Sarnoski with his service award. With Sarnoski’s support, the county completed the Morris Canal 25-Year Action Plan, which outlines recommended projects

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along the greenway in Warren County over the next two decades. Warren County is also in the process of updating its Transportation Technical Study, a key component of the Warren County Smart Growth Plan. Under Sarnoski’s leadership, Warren County, along with Morris County, is piloting NJTPA’s Freight Concept Development Program, which identifies goods movement projects with strong economic development potential to give them a path forward towards construction. “Freeholder Sarnoski has made significant contributions not just to Warren County, but to the entire NJTPA region,” Murphy said.


Hackettstown Police Receive Help From The Hospital

By Jason Cohen ith heroin use on the rise throughout the country, police departments are finding new ways to combat the deadly drug. Recently, the Hackettstown Medical Center helped the Hackettstown Police in this fight. The hospital donated a supply of Narcan, a drug that stops people from

overdosing on heroine, to the Hackettstown Police Department. New Jersey was one of several states with statistically significant increases in drug overdose death rates from 2014 to 2015. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heroin overdose deaths have nearly tripled since 2010. Jim Furgeson, chief de-

velopment officer, at the foundation for Hackettstown Medical Center told the “Hackettstown News” it was important to aid the police in its battle against heroin. “Hackettstown Medical Center is committed to partnering with our community to help save the lives of our neighbors who are struggling with drug addiction,” Furgeson said. “Working

within our community’s network of agencies and professionals, we hope to facilitate medical intervention and improve access to treatment and recovery support. HMC is proud to continue to strive to make a positive difference in the quality of life for individuals, families and our entire community.” Narcan is used to block continued on page 2


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Public Invited To Centenary University Career And Internship Fair

he Career Development Center at Centenary University is scheduled to host a Career and Internship Fair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wed., March 1, at the John M. Reeves Student Recreation Center at Centenary University. With more than 50 local,

regional and national employers planning to attend, candidates will not want to miss this networking opportunity. Job seekers will be able to establish direct connections with the various companies represented. This opportunity is available to students of the local community col-

leges, as well as the general public. Admittance is free, and professional attire is required. A list of employers will be available at http://bit. ly/2iuR46F. “Centenary students, community college students, and local community members are encouraged to

80th Annual Warren County Farmers’ Fair Planning Fair Queen Reunion


his year marks the 80th year of the Warren County Farmers’ Fair. The Fair Queen Contest is a tradition at the Fair that dates back to 1953. Originally the contest was known as the Dairy Queen Contest, and changed to the Fair Queen Contest in 1961. The Fair Queen Com-

mittee is seeking former Queens for a reunion to be held on Wed., Aug. 2. Each returning Queen will be introduced on stage and have opportunity to tell a little about themselves. Sashes will be supplied for each Queen as they are invited to stroll the grounds. All are welcomed to bring their

tiaras, should they still have them. For those with any information on past Queens, contact the Fair by email at; by mail at 165 County Route 519 S., Belvidere, NJ 07823, or call Ann at 908-852-7644 or 201874-2390.

attend this Career and Internship Fair to gain access to unlimited professional resources and connections,” says Andrew Leister, Career Development Coordinator at Centenary

University. “This is a great chance to build professional development skills, even if you are already gainfully employed!” For more information about the event, contact the

Hackettstown Police... continued from front page the effects of opioids, especially in an overdose. When given intravenously within two minutes, and when injected into a muscle, it works within five minutes. It can also be sprayed in the nose. Its effects last about half an hour to an hour. Often, multiple doses may be required, as most opioids are stronger than Narcan. Hackettstown Police Chief James Macaulay has been a policeman for 23

years and has never seen a heroine problem like this. He explained he and his officers witness too many young people die at the hands of the drug. It’s a very scary world today, the chief said. “This heroine epidemic is affecting a lot of people,” Macaulay commented. According to Macaulay, the officers have Narcan kits in their cars and are trained on how to use them. However, the kits are

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not cheap. Each one costs about $45 and with a tight budget and high numbers of heroine overdoes, they can become pricey, he said. The chief expressed gratitude to the hospital and feels its donation can make a big difference. “We’re like every other town in the country,” he said. “We have our fair share of addicts. If we have this in our vehicles it does reverse the effects.”

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Reverend Sanders To Speak At Centenary On Social Justice For Black History Month

everend Jerry Michael Sanders plans to speak on the topic of “Social Justice” at 7 p.m. on Mon., Feb. 27, at the George H. Whitney Chapel in the Edward W. Seay Administration Building at Centenary University. His talk will include music from the Silvertones, an a cappella group, with the invocation by Centena-

ry Chaplain Reverend Don Gebhard and remarks by members of the President of Alpha Theta Psi Sorority. This event is free and open to the public, and was made possible through the efforts of the Centenary Alumni Association. Reverend Jerry Michael Sanders is a native of Charlotte, N.C. He is the current Pastor of Fountain Baptist

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Tricky Tray To Raise Money For Community Dog Park

of Trustees for the New Brunswick Theological Seminary where he led Fountain Baptist Church to make a $300K donation to the Seminary which is one of the largest ever given by an African American Church. “It is a pleasure to provide members from the community and beyond


here is a Tricky Tray event planned for March 31 at the Allamuchy Firehouse. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the Tricky Tray starts at 7:30 p.m. The proceeds from the Tricky Tray will go towards the construction of a com-

munity dog park. Food will be available for purchase. Contact Lisa Lomonaco at 908-852-5808 or email her at sarabi1@optonline. net with any questions. Persons attending must be 18 years or older. There are no alcoholic beverages allowed on the premises.

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NAMI Course Helps Families Cope With Mental Illness


amily-to-Family, a free, 12-week course provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is set to be offered at the First Presbyterian Church in Washington Wed. evenings, 7-9:30, from March 15-May 31. This nationally renowned, evidence-based course was created by NAMI to help family members and other primary caregivers deal with the issues of caring for a loved one who has a serious mental illness. The course has recently been listed on the National Registry of Evidence-Based


Programs and Practices. The illnesses covered in the course include major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, and anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive compulsive disorder. The Family-to-Family course explains the biological brain chemistry involved in mental illness, the array of medications used in treatment, and how to differentiate between mild and serious medica-

tion side effects. In addition, the course provides family members with strategies for problem solving, limit setting, and communicating in a non-confrontational manner. The course will be taught by a team of trained volunteers who have learned to cope with serious mental illness in their own families. Anyone interested should call Elaine at 908619-9619 or send an email to NAMIWarrenCounty@ as soon as possible. The course is limited to twenty participants, and pre-registration is required.

Upcoming Events At Rutherford Hall


isit Historic Rutherfurd Hall every Wed. from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m,. for open Museum hours. The hall is a also host to both public and private rentals throughout the year. There is something for everyone! Here are just a few upcoming events. For more information, questions or tickets, visit or call (908)852-1894 ext. 338. On Wed., Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., a Kids Bottle Art Workshop is scheduled. Event is for children eight and up. Children un-

der eight must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bring a clear pickle jar, or something similar to transform it into an artistic masterpiece. Lights, paint and instruction included. Cost is $20 per bottle. On. Sat., Feb. 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Allamuchy Crafters and Artisan Fair is scheduled. Come support local Crafters and Artisans at the First Allamuchy Crafters and Artisan Fair. A truly diverse event filled with a little bit of everything. Talented vendors will provide a unique shopping experience. Re-

freshments available. Free admission. On Sun., Feb. 26 at 3 p.m., Live Jazz at Rutherfurd Hall staring the Pete McGuinness Sextet is set to salute to Mel Torme. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Mon.,Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., is set to be Bottles and Brushes Paint Night. Bring a clear recycled wine bottle and transform it into an artistic masterpiece. Lights, paint and instruction included. Price is $35 for first bottle and $5 for each additional bottle.

Volunteers Sought To Stop Hunger Now

oin the movement to end hunger. Help to package 10,000+ meals on Feb. 26, 10 a.m. to noon at Drakestown UMC, 6 Church Road, Hackettstown. Working together can create a world without hunger. Stop Hunger Now gets food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people, working to end

global hunger. Established in 1998, they have provided more than 200 million meals in 71 countries. See for more info. This is done by packaging and shipping meals to feed people in need, through the hosting of meal packaging events. Stop Hunger Now’s Meal Packaging Events are a fun,

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azine. The winners will be invited to read at the April 27 “Ars Poetica” release event, which will also feature the published student writers of WCCC. Deadline for entries is Feb. 27. Include name, address, high school, and contact information on submission. Students who are homeschooled should mention that in lieu of the name of a high school. A student may enter both contests if desired. Each poem should be no longer than four pages. Each story should be no longer than 20 pages. All entries must be typed. Short stories must be double-spaced. Submissions should be sent to Professor BJ

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Rossi Donates Festival Of Trees Proceeds To Abilities And The Arc “The Rossi family is proud to support Abilities and The Arc and all of the good work they do throughout our community,” said Patti Sue Rossi of Rossi Chevrolet Buick GMC. “It’s rewarding in so many ways to collaborate with organizations that give, and provide us an opportunity to give of ourselves as well.” “Once again the Rossi’s have come through for our

The 7th Annual Festival of Trees, hosted by the Rossi Family of Rossi Chevrolet Buick GMC raised $34,000 for Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. and The Arc of Warren County. On hand for the check presentation are from left, Abilities CEO Cynthia B. Wildermuth, Sally Fisher of Rossi, Patti Sue Rossi, Brittany DeMoss, Bonnie Hill of The Arc, Karen Marshall, Todd Gensheimer, Michael Rossi, and Leslie Schott of The Arc.


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ackettstown native and CIA graduate, Anthony Trabold, has come home. The 2008 graduate of Hackettstown High School, who has spent the last few years working for some of the finest restaurants in the Northeast, has been named the executive chef at Bea McNally’s in Hackettstown. Following a limited closing in early February to initiate a new menu and some remodeling, Bea’s - and Trabold - unveiled a new menu combining traditional Irish food with classic Americana, vegetarian options, and fine dining choices. “I am excited to be back in Hackettstown,” said Trabold. “Bea’s gives me an opportunity to cook for my friends and family, and showcase to others what I can literally bring to the table.” For several years, Trabold worked at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Tarrytown, N.Y., considered one of the Top 50 restaurants in the world.


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Yoga, Painting, Music And Workshops At Historic Hall


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Join Morris Habitat For Humanity For Annual Hearts And Hammers Gala


orris Habitat for Humanity plans to celebrate its’ 12th Annual Hearts and Hammers Gala Sat., Feb. 25, at the Meadow Wood Manor in Randolph. Highlights of the Gala program are the 2017 Gala Honorees and special guest speaker, Junior Rondon, the son of Morris Habitat homeowners. The year’s honorees include organizations and individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to Morris Habitat’s mission to build safe, decent and affordable homes with families in need. The festivities include a cocktail reception, dinner and dessert buffet; silent

auction with collectible gift items, donations from local restaurants and hotels, and unique experiences such as private airplane flight tours and passes to Walt Disney World; live music by Escapade; and dancing. Schindler Elevator will be this year’s $100,000 Home Sponsor. Their sponsorship will fund Morris Habitat’s 10 Willow Street home an affordable duplex condominium for two families in Morristown which is slated to break ground this spring. “We couldn’t be more excited to have Schindler and their employees working with and alongside us as we begin 10 Willow Street,” said Blair Schle-

icher Bravo, CEO of Morris Habitat for Humanity. “This is major commitment by Schindler to be a part of our mission and intentionally engage their employees in the Habitat experience.” Help Morris Habitat achieve their bold plan to serve 200 new families in the next four years. Visit the Morris Habitat Gala webpage at for more information or to register online for the event. For further information, contact Kathy Ritchey at 973-891-1934 ext.122 or email


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Rabbi Mark Biller To Spotlight Three Part Series


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

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

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

or is he guiding us with the questions we need to ask ourselves here and now?” Pre-registration is required for Biller’s series. To pre-register, email ellen.



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“Black Art Matters” Exhibit Open At CCM


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

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

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

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


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Well kept home. SOLAR PANELS! Unbelievably low electric bills. Great FR on first level w/sliders to back yard. Sliders also in kit. leading to deck, private yard. You won’t want to miss this fine home. Low taxes!! Minutes from Route 80.

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Single family w/detached turnkey 8 unit motel on highly traveled Route 206. Each unit boasts: full bath. Renovated 3BR/2 bath home. Lg parking lot, many uses permitted, V1 zone. Caters to hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor activities in the area. Property also boasts nearly 4 acres for expansion, and features 2 gazebos and a BBQ area.

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Cul-de-sac. Large rear deck overlooks the backyard. W/O bsmt. offers full size windows on one side, providing great potential for finishing. Main level and bedrooms need some work (i.e. paint, carpet, trim) but, the home is still in good shape. Take a look today!

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4BR, 2 bath Cape Cod. Stone ext. w/slate roof. Random width wooden planks, eat-in-kit. w/farm sink, butcher block counter top. 2BR’s up & 2BR’sdown w/full bath on each level. Main bath w/claw foot tub. Storage, full bsmt. Septic is modern.

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Diamond in the rough! Raised ranch w/wo bsmt. potential for more living space. Currently has cathedral ceilings, skylights, hdwd flrs, log cabin FR w/gas fplc, part. covered back porch, open deck Owner is currently making some repairs and updates.

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Abilities Receives $5,000 Donation

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


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

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

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CCM Named National Center Of Excellence For Cyber Security Education

he County College of Morris has become the first community college in New Jersey to gain designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE 2Y) through a program sponsored jointly by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. The designation, offered through the National IA Education and Training Programs (NIETP), recognizes CCM as an institution with a proven track record for information security education and awareness. Only 41 community colleges across the country, or less than three percent, hold the same designation, according to the NIETP program office. “We are deeply grateful

to Professor Patricia Tamburelli, who with her husband and adjunct professor, Joseph Tamburelli, had the foresight and undertook the hard work to ensure CCM was able to obtain this designation,” said Dr. Anthony J. Iacono, CCM president. “Their expertise, exceptional work and dedication to students are the reason CCM stands out in higher education. Students who choose CCM can expect to receive a high-quality education and opportunities that they will not find elsewhere. To obtain the designation, CCM needed to demonstrate that its cyber security curriculum is aligned with national standards, that the college contributes to providing a pipeline of professionals who can assist with protecting

against cyber attacks, and that it is a resource for the community in the area of information security. The college currently offers a certificate program in information security and an associate in Applied Science in Information Technology with both a digital forensics and information security track. Also offered is an Associate in Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in computer forensics. In 2015, the Department of Information Technologies established the Center for Cyber Security at CCM to serve as a comprehensive resource for students, faculty, staff and the community in the area of cyber security. Also in 2015, the Tamburellis formed a cyber defense competition team at the college, the Cyber

Centurions, which came in seventh place at its first competition at the Mid-Atlantic Regional College Cyber Defense program that year. In addition, the department offers cyber security workshops for the community, the most recent of which was a session for the Morris County Board of

Chosen Freeholders. Along with recognizing the excellence of the college’s educational programs, the CAE-CDE 2Y designation means that CCM students now can apply for scholarships through the National Science Foundation to continue their cyber security education at four-year institutions.

The CAE designation was established to increase the nation’s understanding of cyber defense and to address the critical shortage of professionals in the information security field. For more information on cyber security at CCM, visit academics/divdep/BMET/ infotech/cyberSecCenter.


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NCJW Plans Concert Fundraiser


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


celebrated band. Featuring new songs and high-definition imagery, this expanded “Rain” will offer an array of hits from the Fab Four that everyone knows and loves from the vast anthology of Beatles classics. Among them: “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together” and “Hey Jude.” This stunning concert, a Broadway smash now in Morristown, takes one back

in time with the legendary foursome delivering a notefor-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to the Beatles themselves. The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. For further information about the “Rain” concert fundraiser, contact

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Event Planned To Support Animal Shelter

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


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Re/Max Town & Valley Welcomes New Agents To Growing Office

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Girl Scouts Ring In 100 Years Of Selling Cookies The sale of cookies by Girl Scouts had humble beginnings, born as a way for troops to finance activities. The first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts occurred in 1917, when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Okla., baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project. As the Girl Scout Cookie Program developed and evolved, it not only became a vehicle for teaching five essential skills – goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics – it also enabled collaboration and integration, as early as the 1950s, among girls and troops of diverse backgrounds, as they worked together toward common goals.

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for contestants ages 18 and under, and a $500 award for the “Audience Choice” Winner which will be voted on that night at the show. The MEF will also award for the Rossoff Rising Star Award for a contestant to further pursue their talent. The MEF is inviting the community to once again help determine the details

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New Chamber President Shares Positive Points To Bring In New Members

By Cheryl Conway ncreasing membership while showing constituents the value of joining the Mt. Olive Area Chamber of Commerce (MOACC) tops the agenda for the business organization’s new president. Whether its networking, exchanging creative ideas, volunteering in the community, supporting one another or simply sharing in good times, MOACC President Harry Browne of Independence Twp. speaks highly of the organization that he has been a member for the past six years. He started Jan. 1 as president after running in an online election against another board member. Out of the total membership, 65 percent voted, and nominated Browne to serve the one-year term. He replaces Andrea Kirchuk. “It was comforting to know people really like me and feel confident in me,” says Browne. “I accepted the nomination and felt I could add value.” The mission of the MOACC is to support the development of the professional network and to help promote businesses among local business professionals. At the end of 2016, 130 members had joined. Since membership is annual with required dues, members resign up each year. With a renewal rate of about 70 percent, Browne says he’s “adamant about increasing membership. My goal is to get us to the next level. He is passionate about showing members the value of their membership and how it can grow. Some new ideas are to include a member to mem-

ber discount program. MOACC members can go online, see the list of members and then take advantage of a 10 percent off discount rate with each business member. “I want to put our businesses together and drive businesses for them,” says Browne. “We are purposely expanding our horizons to drive it back to member organizations when we can.” Another idea is to give out a membership gift bag with every business providing a coupon or gift certificate at participating MOACC businesses. Annual membership of the MOACC is $125 for businesses with one to 99 employees; and $225 for businesses with more than 99 employees. The chamber is called the Mt. Olive Area Chamber of Commerce because it encompasses a “35-mile circle” with areas in and outside of Mt. Olive, such as Budd Lake, Flanders, Washington Twp., Warren County, Long Valley and Sussex County, explains Browne. “We are one of the largest regional chambers in the state and successful,” says Browne. Membership is open to all local businesses and franchises, and guests are always invited to attend. “All talents, all businesses, all franchises, everybody brings a little something to the dance which makes it so much fun,” says Browne. The MOACC provides four main events each month and three to four special events each year. The four monthly events include a business edu-

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