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Hanover Park Veterans Recall Their Country’s Service In The Military
A Chet Kochan.
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“A lot of people forget what we went through,” he says. “I don’t talk about it, honestly, I’m low key, but I still have the original telegram that they sent my mother that says, ‘your son was seriously wounded in action.’ I still have that telegram.”
By Steve Sears s Sunday, Nov. 11, just passed, military veterans near and far have been honored and remembered for their service in the United States Armed Forces. Two local veterans share with the readers of “Greater Hanover Life” magazine” their pride in their service and love for their country this month as Veterans Day is celebrated. George Myers George Myers, a Hanover Park High School 1958 graduate who now resides in Richmond, Va., enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly after high school, and was stationed at Great Lakes in Chicago, Ill. “I served from 1958 to 1979 when I retired,” says Myers. “I was an E6, First Class [First Class petty officer, just below Chief]. I got out of high school and there was really nothing going on. My father was an electrician and he couldn’t get me into the union at the time, so I figured, ‘Well, let me go in the Navy and do something there,’ and I enjoyed it when I was in.” Myers was an Aviation Fire Control Technician working on different aircraft radars and navigation systems. “We were in South China Sea; during Vietnam we launched planes that went in there and did some bombing and reconnaissance. I was on aircraft carriers.” With regard to Veterans Day, it means much to Myers. “I fly my flag very day,” he says. “I believe in all the patriotic things that we did, we helped this country, and I’m proud of what we did when I served. You know, I didn’t
see combat, but still I supported he people on the ground with the aircraft we launched, and I just think the U.S. is a great place.” For Myers, the agreeable key word for serving is pride. “Yes sir.” Chet Kochan Cedar Knolls resident Chet Kochan is a 93-year-old man who looks, acts, and speaks younger than his years. He served World War II in the 83rd Infantry division under General George Patton. “For a guy whose went through a lot…well, I don’t feel my age,” he says. “I’ve got so much energy in me and I’m still working.” Seriously wounded in World War II and captured but released on a medical trade, he feels fortunate, and speaks proudly of his service to the U.S.A. “A lot of people forget what we went through,” he says. “I don’t talk about it, honestly, I’m low key, but I still have the original telegram that they sent my mother that says, ‘your son was seriously wounded in action.’ I still have that telegram.” When WWII broke out, Kochan sought to join the Navy, but his mom persuaded him to wait to get called. “At that time, they had a draft,” he says. “But anyway, my oldest brother, who was three years older than me, he joined the Navy, and then later on when I got called, I took a physical, I passed, and the doctor said, ‘Congratulations, son, you’re in the Army.’ I said, ‘Sir, I want to get in the Navy.’ But he said, ‘I’m sorry, son, the quo-
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“They were telling us how we were going to land in France and all this other good stuff, and then they shipped us to France, and we landed there, and I walked up the hill with the rest of the crew,” he explains.
ta’s been filled.’ So, when I went home to tell my mother, she didn’t know what to tell me. I always wanted to get in the Navy. I always liked boats and ships, but I just took it, I just let I go.” Once drafted, Kochan was sent to Fort Dix for two weeks, and then to Fort McLellan, Ala. for basic training. He then took a 13-day convoy ship ride to England, was trucked on arrival five miles to a camp for two days. “They were telling us
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miles away from us. Scary? Yes.” The next day, Kochan and comrades fought through many cities and towns, and while traveling through Saint-Malo, France with his unit from house to house, looking for German soldiers. At the end of the village, his captain saw anti-aircraft positions in a field. “So, he said, ‘We’re going to capture them,’ explains Kochan. “So, he set up a machine gun nest before we took off, and him, my squad leader, myself, and a captain from Company G and two men, we rushed this position, and once we got into this one anti-aircraft position, my captain said to the runner, ‘Go back to battalion headquarters and tell them captured and take somebody with you,’ and he pointed to me.” Kochan refused to go, and 10 minutes later, the Germans started firing on them from the other direction, Kochan was hit while firing his rifle while those with him entered a nearby tunnel. He immediately yelled to his captain, ‘I’ve been hit!’ Soon after, he was then assailed by hand grenades which hit his legs and arms. “I got shot through the neck the first time, and they left me there, and then I’m getting hit by hand grenades!” he explains. The captain eventually sent another soldier
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“I thank God I was one of the lucky ones to get back,” he says. “There’s a purpose for me and why I was saved. I’m glad [to be going back to Saint-Malo]. I want to see if the anti-aircraft position is still there.” over, who removed Kochan’s belt and first aid kit and asked the then 18-year-old, “Where do you want me to put the bandage? You have two holes.” “I told him to put it on the biggest hole,” responded Kochan. Eventually his team retrieved him, but as soon as they entered the tunnel, they met a blind wall, and a curtain was opened, and they were face-to-face with German soldiers. “They said, ‘Hands up! Hands up!’- so we had to surrender.” A German medic sat Kochan on a box and removed his bandage, replacing the bloodied cloth with a clean one. Two other Germans arrived, one giving him a piece of candy, the other one asking, “Why are you fighting us?” Kochan didn’t answer. Two hours later, when they blindfolded him, Kochan thought death was imminent, but it wasn’t. They put him on a stretcher, took him to another location, and when the blindfold was later removed, he was next to his captain. Both were on their way to an American field hospital. He was part of a medical trade which involved American physicians aiding injured German soldiers. “So that was how I got released,” he says. The next day, Kochan was airborne for England, transferred to a medical hospital
in West Dean, and was treated for three months for his wounds. After his three months stay, his captain informed him, due to his injuries, his active combat service was done. “I was very fortunate; I got hit in the neck,” he says. “Thank God it didn’t hit my vitals!” Kochan won a number of awards for his service, including Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and in 2012 received the French Medal of Honor at West Point. He will visit Normandy soon for the 75th anniversary and, although he claims not to mentally ever revisit the day of his wounding, he will in 2019 visit the field at Saint-Malo in France for the first time since World War II. “I thank God I was one of the lucky ones to get back,” he says. “There’s a purpose for me and why I was saved. I’m glad [to be going back to Saint-Malo]. I want to see if the anti-aircraft position is still there.” He, like others veteran, gets very upset when people don’t properly salute the flag. “We fought for our lives to save these people, and they’re insulting us by not saluting the flag,” he says. “I’m very upset. A lot of my buddies got killed, wounded, some had legs fall off, their arms, you know what I mean…for what? For what? What did we go through? These people don’t realize.”
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Along Came Two Sisters Who Co-Write New Book That Confronts Monsters
By Cheryl Conway alloween monsters most likely have been put away for the season but for those that still linger the year through, these two sisters have written a book to help children face their fears. Whippany natives Angela Pirone and Donna Pirone Bauer have teamed up to write “Along Came A Monster, The Monsters Transport,” a fictional soft-cover children’s book for ages three to eight filled with colorful, award winning illustrations. After four years of writing and creating, tweaking and perfecting, the sister authors started their own indie publishing company – Grain House Publishing - to publish their book this past summer. Published Aug. 14, the 32-page book is available at www.alongcameamonster.com and Amazon. Cost is $29.99 and includes a friend in the world, my sister;” the two are just 14 months apart. whole kit. The shrink-wrapped monster kit includes the story, a “As far back as I can remember I always wanted to write a book Magical Monster’s Transport Box and a window sticker/cling. but I’ve never been a big reader,” says Pirone, who has a bache“From our parenting toolkit to yours, this book/monster kit lor’s and master’s in psychology. “I always knew I’d write a book. will help your little one eliminate their fear by going into rescue I’m a psychologist at heart. If asked ‘what do you want to do bemode,” the sisters write in their book’s synopsis. “Through the fore you die?’ Pirone would say ‘write a book.’” award-winning vibrant illustrations and lovable characters, many Unlike her sister, writing a book was never in Bauer’s mind. kids have even grown to love their monsters. The kit includes ev- As a middle school teacher in Stewartsville, mother of three and erything you need to send your child’s monster home. This sto- grandmother of two, life has kept Bauer quite busy. ry will not only enhance your quality time with your child, it will As an educator for the past 25 years, “I tend to write for my help to smooth the way through that age-old rite of passage---the job,” says Bauer. “I never thought of writing a book.” But as things childhood fear of monsters!” changed, as a widower and Bauer actually came up with the idea 30 years ago when As a summary: “It seems her children growing up, her daughter Kristin was five. The synopsis of the book did indeed nothing can stop Brian. AdBauer started to heed to come from a “real life experience,” says Pirone. ventures and messes are her sister’s nudge to put her some of his favorite things, idea on paper and co-write but when bedtime arrives it’s monsters that stop him in his tracks. the book. Follow Brian along on his adventure as he discovers that mon“I approached Donna and told her to do it,” says Pirone. “Donsters aren’t all that they seem. Brian is charged with the task of na said she had too much on her plate. She said I really don’t want finding a way to get his monster back home. He accomplishes this to.” So she reminded her “of the box and her child’s fears” of long through clues he gets from a dream where he meets his monster, ago. learns why his monster is in his closet, and how to help get his Bauer actually came up with the idea 30 years ago when her monster home. daughter Kristin was five. The synopsis of the book did indeed The message that the two sister authors are trying to get across come from a “real life experience,” says Pirone. in their book is that “Monsters don’t have to be scary.” “I lived it,” says Bauer, whose daughter was afraid of monsters. Idea For Book To help her daughter with that fear, Bauer says she “tried those Presented with the reality that children have a common fear wacky things” like checking under the bed, turning on the lights of monsters, Bauer came up with a solution years ago to help her and even spraying something in the air but “she just never bought own daughter deal with her childhood fear. Years later, Pirone into it. I kept telling her she was making it up in her head and not brought that idea out of her closet and motivated Bauer to co- validating it.” write a book to help other children facing the same fear. So she decided to take a gift box, decorate it and said to her “I thought it’s time to do it,” says Pirone of Morristown who daughter “We are going to catch some monsters. When she went works for 20 years as a small business owner of AGT Battery Sup- to sleep I put the box in my car and said ‘I caught the monster, you ply in Whippany. “Who better to do it with than with my best never have to worry again.”
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Shortly thereafter her relative’s son would not go downstairs to play his video games. With her brand new pair of shoes in a shoebox in her car, she brought the shoebox to the basement to capture his monster, and started to do this with other people too. “All these years Angela was saying Donna you have to write a parenting book,” recalls Bauer. Adds Pirone, “Donna is the go to” person when it comes to parenting advice; she often comes up with solutions to parents’ problems. “Everyone goes to Donna; she does give good advice, she does it fully in a humble way.” They realized and agreed, “We wanted to do this project because we wanted to help other kids with this,” says Pirone. Writing Begins “We actually sat down from pen to paper four years ago,” says Bauer, in 2014. “It took about four and a half years to evolve”
with “a lot of tweaking and perfecting.” Graduates of Whippany Park High School, the sisters began with a creative approach. “We wrote it in rhyme first,” worked with two editors and presented the initial draft, says Pirone. “They said ‘we love what you are doing,’ but didn’t like it in rhyme,” so suggested that they rewrite it. “They said there’s a lot of books about monsters but no one has taken the approach that we did. The editors said it was very creative and very clever. We are acknowledging the monster exists; other solutions say there are no monsters. We say there is a monster and tell them how to get rid of the monster. The fear goes away and then they go into rescue mode.” The sisters also held some focus group sessions with friends, family, strangers, children and even mommy groups. “We wanted to make sure we did it right,” says Pirone,
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whose married but never had any kids of her own. “We worked on this consistently,” says Pirone, adding that they got together every single weekend since weekdays were hard with their full time working schedules. They also had to learn about book publishing, the legal aspect as well as copyright, ways of printing and styles of illustration. Pirone handled more of the business side while Bauer did more of the research and creating. “None of us had an inkling on the mechanics of this,” says Pirone, but she did not know about batteries either when she decided to make a business out of it, she says. “We had to do a lot of work; it wasn’t just the writing, it was everything else we had to do,” she says. “It was a lot more than just the writing. We had to research, get on the internet. We were very, very particular until we got it right. That’s why it took four and a half years.”
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change their ideas. While the book is an integral part of this, the magic box and window sticker are equally important.” They currently have two additional books “in our minds” but have not started creating them just yet, says Pirone. Award Winning Book “We won the Mom’s Choice Award!” announces Pirone. “We were thrilled. So outside of informal reviews and commendations, we have now received recognition from two of the most prestigious awards in this industry. Some of Along Came A Monster’s illustrations were selected and featured at the Bologna Italy Children’s Illustrations Book Fair, 2018. Lorraine Dey of Toms River is the illustrator. Bauer had researched the work of multiple illustrators and says she picked Dey because she “liked her work.” “Along Came A Monster, The Monsters Transport” has been named among the best in family-friendly media, products and services. While young readers definitely benefit from the tale, the book has been highly valued by parents too. “If you want to get a good night’s sleep again, try this!” says Pirone. The target market for this book is for parents, aunts, uncles, friends and grandparents. “With the holidays coming up, this makes a great holiday gift,” says Pirone. “It also makes a great baby shower gift so the momto-be has it in her parenting kit.”
So far the book has been sold in many states in the country, with sales to schools, organizations, parents. “Grandparents are loving this,” says Pirone, as “they like to be the heroes in solving their grandkids” problems. “The responses we are getting are so overwhelmingly positive.” The book has been read in day care centers; parents have read the book in their child’s classroom; and some libraries are considering adding the book to their shelves in the near future. The library at Salem Drive School in Whippany, where the two sisters attended school when they were children, has the book available for students to read. The sisters also noted that the book and the kit passed all U.S. safety standards, using safe ink and is 100 percent made and produced in the U.S. “I’m loving every single solitary second of it,” says Pirone, especially when they hear from readers how impactful their story and monster kit really is. “They have this enthusiasm,” says Bauer, “this wide eye” look when they are reading the book “It’s very cute.” The book can be purchased on our website: www.alongcameamonster.com or on Amazon, just type in “Along Came A Monster The Monsters Transport.” For those reading this article digitally, the Amazon link for the book is: https://www.amazon.com/dp/ B07JWGMJJW. Also visit Grain House Publishing LLC at www.grainhousepublishing.com or call 973-975-5313.
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With 60 Years On The Job, Hanover Oﬃcer Gets Clap-Out To Remember
by Jillian Risberg o serve and protect, for six decades Stephen Bolcar epitomized selfless dedication to the people of Hanover, and they showered him with love at his recent retirement clap-out. “Maybe that’s one of the reasons why I stayed so long because I thought I could make it better,” Bolcar says. “The town has changed immensely but it’s a good town, people love to live here and I like to believe I had something to do with that.”
Bolcar’s law enforcement career began in February 1958 as a patrolman. He later moved through the ranks to sergeant, lieutenant and eventually deputy chief of the Hanover Police Department. During his time as lieutenant, the 81-year-old says the chief put him in charge of the school guards. “I did that up until 1993 when I retired from the police department,” Bolcar says. “Then the chief asked me do him a
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“In my mind, I was driving a bus,” he says. “Over 60 years, people got on, people got off. My friends got on, enemies got on and we made them friends. I have to thank each one of them because they’re the ones that helped me.”
favor for another couple of days. Well, that was 25 years later.” Knowing it was a collaborative effort, Bolcar had nothing but praise for the police department, the fire department- “Everyone I came in contact with,” he says. In 1975 he had to go to Texas for bypass surgery. The townspeople held a 50-50 raffle fundraiser for him. “They sold 6,000 tickets at $1 apiece and that was my plane fare,” he says. “You think people are not watching, they’re not listening — but they are and it opened my eyes that maybe I am worth something to my residents.” Bolcar looks back on his journey fondly. “In my mind, I was driving a bus,” he says. “Over 60 years, people got on, people got off. My friends got on, enemies got on and we made them friends. I have to thank each one of them because they’re the ones that helped me.” He doesn’t have a college education but that never stopped him. “I’m an old farm boy,” born right down the street, he says. Everything I know- common sense, I learned probably on a farm. And that took me through the 60 years.”
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“He grew up on North Jefferson Road and he still lives on North Jefferson Road,” says Det. Dave Littman, who called Bolcar a mentor. “In my younger days as a patrolman I had questions and I could go to him and he always had the best advice,” the detective says. But Bolcar didn’t always want to be a police officer. “In those days the police chief had to ask my father’s permission to talk to me about becoming a police officer,” he says. One night at dinner, Bolcar told his father ‘No way.’ “He says, ‘Well you know, your mother and I would be proud that you became a police officer,’” recalled Bolcar. “I still said no.
The next day he said, ‘You can make a difference.’ Sixty years later I hope I did.” Littman calls him a cops-cop, very old school in his thinking and always on their side. “Several years ago when the recession hit and another ex-cop, who was the mayor at the time wanted to lay off cops, Steve stood up in front of the whole town and protested,” Littman says. “His blood is blue, it really is.” And the town’s children were also Bolcar’s priority, he cites all his years at the helm of the crossing guards and their safety record.
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“From 1980 ’til today we have not had one child injured coming home or going to school,” he says.” Littman attributes that to the training the former deputy provided, and the oversight that he had for all the crossing guards. “He made sure all the corners were covered, made sure everybody had the proper uniforms, everything from A to Z,” the detective says. Then he got involved with Juvenile Conference Committees, a six to nine member citizen volunteer panel appointed by the New Jersey Family Division Judge to hear and decide matters concerning alleged juvenile offenders. “Our main purpose back then was to try to help a child that had a problem,” Bolcar says. “And I think we did a pretty good job for the 25 years that I was there. It wasn’t because we gave them punishment. We did it so the kid got better instead of going down the wrong side of the road.”
And his contributions to Hanover don’t stop there. Veterans’ memorial outside the municipal building is the brainchild of Bolcar and he says so is the memorial at Veteran’s Field. He also worked with the Public Safety Committee, which handles concerts at the park, football games, Hanover Township Day and they were always trying to make things safer for the kids. When it came to the clapout, it was Bolcar’s life in technicolor. “I felt that after 60 years of service, whether it be to the police department or just the town itself, he deserved some recognition,” Littman says, adding that he wanted to celebrate him and celebrate the sacrifice that his family made. “It’s been a long ride but we’re still here,” the former deputy chief says. “I’ve got a beautiful wife, three daughters married, six grandkids and that’s what I live for.”
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Mother And Son Team Create Sports Program For Kids With Special Needs
By Julie Ritzer Ross bout a year ago, Hanover Township resident Anthony Iuliano, who is now 16 years old and a junior at Whippany Park High School, approached his mother, Maureen, with a question. But he wasn’t asking for spending money, or permission to go somewhere with one of his friends. Instead, he wanted to know whether Hanover Park had an organized athletics program geared toward special-needs children. The answer was “no”—so the Iulianos set out to create one. Known as Sports Buddies Camp, the program operated on five Sundays this past fall, running from Oct. 7 through Nov. 4, at the Whippany Park High School track and turf field. Open to boys and girls in second through fifth grades, it attracted five participants with a range of special needs, including autism and deafness, among others. Anthony’s inspiration for the program was his 11year old sister, Kyleigh, who herself has special needs and attends Bee Meadow Elementary School in Whippany. Both Anthony, who is a member of the Whippany High School boys’ varsity soccer team, and Kyleigh’s twin Lacey, who is a student at Whippany’s Memorial Junior School and does not have special needs, have long been active in organized sports. Kyleigh, Maureen said, is “very active” at home and loves to run, kick a soccer ball, and play basketball on the court” in the family’s backyard. “I always tried and still try to engage my sister in outdoor activities—basketball, soccer, and trampoline— but at the same time, she never had an organized sport to play or be a part of,” Anthony explained. “In talking with my mom, I realized that the town didn’t offer a program like this, so I wanted to see if it was something we could get started,” explains Anthony. “Kyleigh is always supporting me at my soccer games, sitting in the stands, and my other sister has her own sports as well. I thought Kyleigh deserved something of her own.” Anthony had a belief that establishing a special-needs athletics program was “important because everyone deserves to feel included, to make a connection and to have friends.” Maureen explains that she did “some legwork for him and some research as to what other towns were
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doing.” She found an article on the TapintoChatham.com website about a pilot program in Chatham organized by Chatham Recreation and the Chatham High School Sports Buddies Club. Conceived by then-Chatham High School junior Patrick Mortensen, a cross-country and track team participant, after helping a seven-year-old girl with special needs to prepare for a Fun Run, the program was dubbed the Spring Track and Field Program For Children With Special Needs. A total of 12 second and third graders participated in the program, according to the article. Inspired by hearing about the success of the program from the staff of Chatham Recreation, Maureen then met several times with Denise Brennan, superintendent of Hanover Township Parks and Recreation, to share her own and her son’s ideas and thoughts about incorporating multiple activities into a weekend
camp for Hanover Township’s special-needs youngsters. Brennan, whom Maureen described as “instrumental in helping” to get Hanover Township’s program “up and running,” agreed unequivocally that it would benefit an important population and “was 100 percent behind the idea.” Brennan’s department got on board to sponsor the program right away, with miscellaneous costs—such as for T-shirts bearing the program’s slogan, “Every Child Deserves A Champion”—to be covered by a registration fee of $25 per child. Once Sports Buddies Camp had the recreation department’s buy-in, the Iulianos obtained permission to use Whippany Park High School’s facilities for the program. “We developed a flyer, spoke with the schools, had the signup and registration process, and there we were,” said Mau-
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reen, adding that there were no real obstacles to moving forward with the program, other than the time it took to make and finalize the necessary arrangements. During each week of the program, about 18 to 25 Whippany Park High School students—many of whom know Kyleigh and/or are members of the school’s Peer Buddy service club—volunteered to work hand-in-hand with Sports Buddies Camp participants on a range of activities. This past fall, the children and their assistants—four or five students per camper—played soccer, football, waffle ball, and badminton, tossed bean bags, and experimented with hula-hoops and yoga. First-time volunteers arrived at the field 30 minutes in advance to discuss program goals and expectations. “Since ‘special needs’ includes a wide range of disabilities, we wanted to make sure each child was able to participate in his or her own way,” Maureen said continuing, “Sometimes the challenge becomes finding the right activity that engages and benefits each child. We wanted to help build their self-esteem, sense of belonging, and ability to relate to other kids and form friendships.
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These are all things that can be very hard for a special needs child.” Among topics reviewed were goals and ways to encourage the youngsters to follow directions and participate in physical activity, so as to develop muscular endurance, flexibility, and coordination. The importance of positive reinforcement—with lots of exclamations of “great job,” high-fives and medals distributed at the end of each session—was also emphasized. “It has worked beautifully,” Maureen said. “I knew the little kids would enjoy it; however, I didn’t realize how much the high school students would get out of this. One child who came back the second week was asking her mom if a particular high school student would be there again. She was so excited to see him (and vice versa)—a connection was made. We have one child who is deaf, so her mom or dad stays for the session—and the group has learned some sign language in order to communicate with her.” She added that while she was initially unsure of what to expect from the Sports Buddies volunteers, they have exceeded her expectations, especially as the program calls for devoting
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an hour of their already scarce free time on a Sunday. Anthony says he feels the same way. “I’m so happy that so many of my classmates signed up for the five-week camp,” he said. “So many of them know Kylie, and it means a lot to me that they were willing to give up an hour of their time to make a difference.” As for Kyleigh herself, she, too, loved the program. She is accustomed to the Whippany Park High School field because Anthony plays soccer there, and now, when she and her family attend games, she heads straight down to the track area, looking for “her” camp, Maureen noted. Future plans for Sports Buddies Camp currently include continuing it in the spring and, ideally, opening it up to older participants.
“The need is definitely there,” Maureen noted. She would like to have some new equipment for the children to use, as well as to organize some trips, possibly to sports events, for them. Anthony is hoping that Sports Buddies Camp’s spring session will, in addition to some of the fall activities, include a taste of organized sports, such as baseball, softball, and basketball. If not, no matter. “As long as the kids have fun; that’s the most important thing,” he stated. “I’m really very proud of Anthony for seeing the need for this, for taking the reins and being a leader, and grateful to his friends and classmates who are volunteering,” Maureen concluded. “I’m thrilled to be a part of it, and hope we are able to continue this in Hanover Township for a long time.”
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History Abounds Along With Community And Renewal At Notre Dame Of Mount Carmel Parish The parish is actively involved in the Appalachia outreach and the Guatemalan outreach as well as clothing and food drives every month to assist with local needs.
By Steve Sears fter one visit to the Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Parish, in Cedar Knolls, it is easy to gather that this is a community for the community. Those last few words are key, but so is the message of the parish mission, that is the message of renewal. Notre Dame has a rich history within its 98-year old congregation. In the summer of 1920, George Hild donated to the Cedar Knolls Catholic Association a parcel of Ridgedale Avenue farmland, and shortly thereafter parishioner Michael Beresh used his horse and scoop to break earth for a chapel building. Monsignor Ellard of Assumption Church in Morristown laid the cornerstone on Nov. 17, 1920, and official dedication ceremonies were held on July 5, 1925. The deed of new chapel, which then served as a mission, was eventually transferred from the Cedar Knolls Catholic Association and incorporated into the Diocese of Newark on Sept. 7, 1926. Spiritual care of the parish was taken over by the Benedictine Fathers in Sept. of 1926, continuing until 2016 when it was transitioned to the Diocese of Newark. Such was the early beginning of Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Parish; the parish family only numbered 15 at the time and has grown to an extremely vibrant community of almost 2,000.
Father Paddy O’Donovan, who was ordained in Ireland in 1972, is in his fourth year as Pastor of Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Parish and loves it. “This is a very involved, very engaged group of people,” he said. “I’ve found I’m serving so many groups of people from various ministries.” With such an involved group of people, activity at the parish is very widespread. “People are involved in a way that maybe some of our Roman Catholic churches are not,” says Donovan. “There’s a great engagement here, and there’s a huge outreach to people in need.” The parish is actively involved in the Appalachia outreach and the Guatemalan outreach as well as clothing and food drives every month to assist with local needs. O’Donovan reflects on the parishes’ involvement: “There’s just an amazing desire for the people to be what the church ought to be: a group of disciples for Jesus. It’s a community, and that’s the key thing that we’re doing here that we’re engaged in, a new path in engaging people in the life of the church, and that simply is renewal. We can no longer depend on being the organized, expanding church that was organized back in the 1940s or 1950s. We’re in a post-Christian culture today, more and more people are disconnected from the church, I believe.” O’Donovan’s recent reading turned up the disconcert-
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He adds that the model at Notre Dame of Mount Carmel is an open welcome and engagement with Christ; the goal to raise up disciples and leaders in the laity, all leading to small Christian communities within the parish which can engender faith.
ing number of 30 million United States Catholics who had left the church. “That tells us a story,” he reflects. This statistic has resonated with other members of the parish and they attempt to do something about it. “That’s part of our renewal, our mission really,” adds Jean Pankow, Pastoral associate of the parish. “The renewal is this, as I see it,” says O’Donovan, “We cannot
continue doing the same old, same old stuff in ministry. We just can’t contain a model that is hemorrhaging its people. So, we’ve got to go back on mission. I just think we’ve got to be like the apostles in the early days of the church, we’ve got to go out and let people know we have good news. It’s all about a relationship with Jesus. So, I see ourselves as going out again and evangelizing.” He adds that the model at Notre Dame of Mount Car-
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Notre Dame of Mount Carmel parishioners come from “all over,” says Pankow. “They come from Whippany, Morris Plains, Sussex County.”
mel is an open welcome and engagement with Christ; the goal to raise up disciples and leaders in the laity, all leading to small Christian communities within the parish which can engender faith. “Leading,” he adds, “is very important.” Per Pankow, Notre Dame fosters desire in three ways: “The most important way to create desire to get involved is to offer people opportunities to personally encounter the Lord in their lives,” he says. “We have programs like Alpha, a 12-week journey through contemplating the big questions if life – it’s not a Catholic thing, it’s not bible study – it’s exploring the big questions of life with others at your table for 12 weeks. “Cornerstone – those are retreat models, those are great pre-evangelization opportunities for people who have been disconnected for years; it opens the door to come back in to start to see God working in your life,” he continues. “Once you begun to have that encounter which can be an explosive moment or it can happen gradually, you’re compelled to serve for two reasons: love of the Lord, but also wanting to be part of this community.” Another way the parish seeks to instill desire is through the welcoming, the homily message, and musical components of the weekend liturgy, he says. “In this parish, what blows people away is the level of participation in song,” he says. “In fact, somebody said to me at an Alpha meeting that she’s been disconnected from the church for nine years and she was at the Cornerstone closing Mass, she said ‘The joy and community I felt at this Mass was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.’ So that’s a powerful entry point.” “There’s isn’t a weekend here that something isn’t going on in a gathering space that isn’t ministry related,” he says. Notre Dame of Mount Carmel parishioners come from “all over,” says Pankow. “They come from Whippany, Morris Plains, Sussex County.” O’Donovan adds, “And that’s a new phenomenon that we’re experiencing in the life of the church today. The ease with which people can travel nowadays, automobile or whatever it might be, they are no longer bound to the geographic area. And now people are going to go where they’re fed.” “We are in a serious mode of renewal, a radical one,” says O’Donovan. “We must realize that, for a lot of people, the renewal
is frightening. The renewal is about change. We have found, and all the studies will tell you, that we’re [the Catholic church] hemorrhaging. Give or take as percentage points, between 20 and 4550 years old, there is 80 percent of those people who are disconnected from the life of the church. If that’s the trend, why would we keep doing what we’re doing? We’ve got to be very careful and sensitive, too, to the people that may be pushing back, and they’re there, but we can’t not go forward. This renewal reminds me, ‘Paddy, you’ve got to build up leaders.’ And we have a staff here and parish leaders that are being built up. They’re going to be engine that is driving this renewal. “So, we’ve got to go back to the drawing board and listen to what Christ was saying to us in the scriptures, which is to go into the world and tell them the good news, baptize them, teach them, and tell them everything I commanded you, and just remember this, I am with you,” continues O’Donovan. “So, we shouldn’t be afraid.” Adds Pankow, “The key phrase, though, from the great commission from the Gospel of Saint Matthew is ‘Go out into the world and make disciples of all nations.’ Our model of renewal is based on a model presented in a book titled “Divine Renovation: From a Maintenance to Missional Church.” In this book Mallon posits that the church has lost her true identity, and that identity is in the great commission of Jesus – go and make disciples. He just didn’t say ‘Go and sit in the pew on Sunday and then go to work on Monday.’ So, that’s our mission, that’s our vision, which is not the way it used to be. “We’re trying to get people to think of faith not as something related to this building, but something that’s transforming their lives in their families, in their friendships, at their jobs,” continues Pankow. “It doesn’t end when you walk out the door on the weekend; it’s something that radically transforms your life and relationships.” Concludes O’Donovan, “In our renewal we’re trying to invite everybody to become a disciple of Christ, and if you do, then you are transformed, you’re fired up, you’re changed, and you’re sent on mission yourself.” For more information about Notre Dame Mount Carmel Parish call 973-538-1358 or visit the website at www.ndcarmel.com.
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Historic Whippany Burying Yard Honored On Its Tercentennial
Originally called the Whippanong Burying Yard, the cemetery is the oldest in north central New Jersey. The first person buried there was a 61-year-old widower, John Richards, who came to Whippany in 1717 from Newark, after having a lost a daughter in the French and Indian War.
By Bonnie Cavanaugh he culmination of years of work and planning came to fruition in late October as the township officially marked the 300th anniversary of the Whippany Burying Yard. The Hanover Township Landmark Commission coordinated the three-day event, which ran from Sat., Oct. 20 through Mon., Oct. 22. Years of preparations have ranged from getting the burying yard listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009, to having hundreds of headstones cleaned and repaired over the last two years. Many of the 400 markers predate the creation of the United States. The three-day event launched with an Oct. 20 “gathering” of descendants, local political leaders, and state and national historical experts at the First Presbyterian Church on Rte. 10. It was followed an Oct. 21 guided tour of the burying yard, and an Oct. 22 slideshow presentation. The commission has for the last two years also celebrated the Fourth of July holiday with a service at the graveyard, which hosts some 11 soldiers of the American Revolution. Commission Chair Michael J. Czuchnicki, who coordinated the events and acted as master of ceremonies for the gathering, noted, “The people resting there, who built America, have families here today.” That included
members of the Richards, Bigelow, Kitchel, Tuttle, Cooper, Ward, Flatt and Vail families. The gathering of officials and families was planned to be reminiscent of an historical local gathering that became a part of American history, Czuchnicki explained. When Keturah Tuttle Flatt died in 1850 at the age of 86, family members came from near and far to attend her funeral. Many of them were also in their 80s, and had either been part of the American Revolution, or had a story to tell. This inspired a distant relative, Pastor Joseph Tuttle, to begin an oral history project to record as many of the survivors’ stories as possible. He eventually turned these revolutionary memories into the book, “Annals of Morris County,” and spent 50 years researching and writing historical accounts of the region. Originally called the Whippanong Burying Yard, the cemetery is the oldest in north central New Jersey. The first person buried there was a 61-year-old widower, John Richards, who came to Whippany in 1717 from Newark, after having a lost a daughter in the French and Indian War. Richards deeded this tract of land, of about four acres, to his friends and neighbors in Sept. 1718 for public use as a meeting place, or church, a school, a militia
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So far only 15 cemeteries have met this criteria, Craig says, adding that he has been working with archaeology to find some of the older cemeteries in the state, and has added the use of ground penetrating radar to seek out a cemetery’s original footprint.
Regina Albohn, the widow of former Mayor Art Albohn, shared memories at the tercentennial celebration at the First Presbyterian Church of Whippany. The Albohns have been church members for more than 60 years.
Landmark Commission member Bob Hinck sported historic attire to The Gathering, a celebration brunch for the tercentennial of the Whippany Burying Yard.
training ground and a burying yard. Richards died only months later in Dec. 1718, leading historians to speculate whether he knew that he was fatally ill in when he deeded the land. The last plot at the burying yard belongs to the widow of one of the township’s longtime leaders, former mayor and state legislator Art Albohn. His bride, Regina Albohn, 94, has the distinction of becoming the cemetery’s final resident. She attended Saturday’s “gathering” brunch. The late Albohn, who passed in 2008, supported and sponsored environmental initiatives regarding recycling and open space preservation. A staunch conservative, he allegedly earned the nickname “Dr. No” for voting “no” on excessive spending more than any other legislator. The Albohns joined the First Presbyterian Church practically on the day they moved into the township from Ohio in 1950, Regina Albohn recalls. “There was not a stick of furniture in the house,” she says. Her children went off to school, and her husband went off to work, leaving her to settle the home. “Then the doorbell rang. It was the minister of the church.” The family accepted his invitation to visit on the following Sunday and have remained members since, she says. Hanover Twp. Mayor Ronald F. Francioli was also in attendance for the gathering, as were Rev. Sarah Cairatti of the First Presbyterian Church; Morris County Freeholder Christine Myers, whom the Trump administration appointed regional advocate for the U.S. Small Business Administration, beginning at the end of her
current term this year; former township Mayor Leonardo Fariello, who maintains a web site on the history of Whippany and the burying yard; Amy. E. Curry, executive director of the Morris County Historical Society; Jude M. Pfister, chief of cultural resources for the Morristown National Historical Park; Township Historian Donald Kiddoo, and, Robert W. Craig, a historian who runs the National Register for Historic Places for the state of N.J. Craig was largely responsible for having the burying yard included in the National Register. It’s rare for a cemetery to have such a distinction, he says. The Register is “gradually listing cemeteries based on criteria considerations.” These include seven factors that determine “historic integrity,” according to the register web site which are location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling and association. So far only 15 cemeteries have met this criteria, Craig says, adding that he has been working with archaeology to find some of the older cemeteries in the state, and has added the use of ground penetrating radar to seek out a cemetery’s original footprint. Even rarer yet, the Whippany Burying Yard has been included in the Winter 2018 issue of “Preservation,” a national magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Craig notes. The story reveals how the landmark committee secured funds to restore numerous headstones prior to this year’s tercentennial celebration. Czuchnicki secured nearly $100,000 over the past few years for the restoration project from the township committee and the county.
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Candy Collection, Moms Night Out And Big SmilesWelcome To Kidz World
By Cheryl Conway t’s all about the kids at Kidz World Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in Cedar Knolls-from the bright, inviting fun décor, to its comforting services and community support. Established just more than a year ago, in August 2017, Kidz World Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics provides comprehensive dental care to children six months and older. From routine cleanings to braces, Kidz World can take care of all its patients’ needs when it comes to oral health care. Not a typical pediatric dental office, Kidz World is loaded with vibrant décor featuring children themed painted walls, video games and a welcoming, warming staff. “We strive to provide a fun and supportive environment for children, and our goal is to create a positive dental experience for your child,” as it states on the website, offering “such comprehensive care with an atmosphere like no other. From the minute patients are greeted at the door, kids are welcomed with a colorful fresh water fish tank, tablets on the walls with video games for kids of all ages and a bubble wall with cool effects.” Located at 218 Ridgedale Ave # 203, Cedar Knolls, Dr. Michael Paul Lateiner, 38, of Whippany is the original owner if Kidz World. Known as Dr. Mike, Lateiner was named “New Jersey Family Magazine” Top Kids Doctor for ten years in a row and as “New Jersey Monthly” Top Dentist for the past seven years. He received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in May 2005, now known as Rutgers University Dental School.; earned a spe-
Dr. Jennie Lee, Dr. Mike Paul Lateiner in the balloon and Dr. Mark Bogdan.
cialty in pediatric dentistry in which he has been board certified since 2009; and received a master’s in dentistry. He is currently on staff at Morristown Memorial Hospital, teaching and training dental residents there. Lateiner is married to Gloria, who is also a dentist, and they have two children. In his office, Lateiner has brought on another pediatric dentist, Jennie Lee; and an orthodontist, Mark Bogdan. Providing the full gamut of services when it comes to dental care, Lateiner specializes in digital x-rays and digital impressions at Kidz World, he notes.
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Most of his clients come from the local vicinity, with the youngest patient from six months or after their first tooth, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. After receiving his bachelor’s in biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, in 2001, Lateiner decided on pediatric dentistry for his profession because of his “love of kids,” he says. “Making them smile and not be fearful of the dentist,” is what he enjoys the most. He extends his involvement with kids outside the office by team sponsorships and charity work. “We sponsor town baseball and soccer teams and donate to local tricky trays and many events at local schools,” says Lateiner. “We do free dental education presentations throughout the year but specifically in February for dental health month to thousands of kids. We also donate to myface.org because our son was born with cleft lip, so that’s important to us.” For Halloween, Kidz World Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics held its second annual Candy Buy Back event by collecting unopened candy Nov. 2, 5 and 7. Collected candy goes to Operation Gratitude which sends candy to troops overseas. Kids’ moms are important too. The office has planned a Moms Night Out for some holiday shopping, Nov. 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wine and small bites will be provided along with some specials such as $550 off Invisalign Scanning that day only; whiten-
ing products, toothbrushes and kids flavored toothpaste. A variety of vendors are signed up to attend featuring makeup, spa packages, crystal, scrubs, nail products, vacation planning, au pair services, light-up bottles, personalized wine glasses, mugs and totes. The staff at Kidz World Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics goes the extra mile to make sure all of their patients are comfortable. “We will always tell your child about each procedure and how it works, show your child what it looks like, and then perform the procedure when they are comfortable,” as it states on the website. “At Kidz World Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics we have a large, friendly inviting staff that are specially trained and highly qualified in each area of their expertise.” Dr. Jennie Lee Lee was born and raised in South Korea before coming to the U.S. with her family in 1998. Growing up in Wayne, she received her bachelor’s in cell biology and neuroscience at Rutgers University; got her D.D.S. from New York University, College of Dentistry; and spent another two years at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine to complete a specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry to pursue her love of helping and working with children. Dr. Mark Bogdan Bogdan of Scotch Plains received his bachelor’s at Fairfield University; his D.D.S. from the University of Maryland Dental School, in which he graduated Magna Cum Laude; and got his orthodontic residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, now Rutgers University Dental School. “I absolutely love being an orthodontist,” he says in his bio on the website. “Every day in the practice brings new people into my life, people I’m able to build friendships with while helping them achieve the beautifully confident smile that will transform their life. I love seeing my patient’s face when they complete treatment. When a patient finishes and looks at me, with their beautiful new smile, and says, “You have changed my life,” I am humbled and rewarded. It is an honor to help people improve their lives.” For more information call 973-585-6756 or visit www.kidzworlddental.com.
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Mums The Word At Bayer Community/Hanover Twp. Service Collaboration Day
ayer employees who volunteered to landscape Hanover Township’s municipal campus as part of Bayer’s “Nationwide Community Service Day” on Friday, Oct. 12, made short, colorful work of the beautification project. Beginning at 9 a.m. the group of 48 divided up into five teams and with guidance from the Township’s Department of Public Works, planted a total of 300 chrysanthemums at Town Hall locations. At the kickoff, Mayor Ron Francioli and Township Committeeman/Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC) Liaison Mike Mihalko thanked Bayer for donating 150 of the flowers, and the Bayer volunteers, OSAC members, and the Department of Public Works for their work on the collaboration, which included tree planting at Veterans Memorial Park. During closing remarks, Ray Kerins, Bayer Corporation’s Senior vice president of Communications, Government Relations & Policy, and Mike Halibej, president of the
Hanover Township Little League Association lauded the work of the Bayer employees and acknowledged the success of the project partnership. In addition to beautifying the grounds around the township sign facing Route 10, at the entrances to Town Hall, Whippanong Library, Multi-Purpose Community Center, police department, and around the monument at Veterans Memorial Park, Bayer planted three maple trees the Open Space Advisory Committee purchased for the
park. The maples were strategically located to offer future shade for those who attend Hanover Township Little League games, and an environmentally-friendly touch of grace and beauty for all park visitors to enjoy. Businesses or organizations interested in partnering with Hanover Township on a community service project, contact Robin Dente, Community Affairs/Public Policy coordinator at rdente@hanovertownship. com.
High School Offers Transitional Program
fun and exciting new program at Hanover Park High School started this school year for eligible students ages 18-21 to help them transition into adult life. The program incorporates Community-Based Instruction that takes place in the community rather than in a school building and focuses on self-advocacy, basic needs of young adults, realistic job choices, personal responsibility and life goals. Over the summer, one of the larger classrooms was transformed into a functional apartment complete with a kitchen, table, washer/dryer, and living room. Together with their teachers, Rachel Romano and William Curts, and aides/job coaches Michelle Nekich, Michael Bizzarro and Charlie Calantone, students experience real-life situations and work through them. On a cold morning, I visited this classroom and was immediately greeted by a student who offered me a cup of coffee. While this was a kind and thoughtful gesture, the student was reminded to say good morning first and then welcome me in to his “home.” Introductions were made and I discovered the group was getting ready for a trip to the Division of Motor Vehicles. There they would procure a photo identification card necessary when applying for
a job in a community setting. A student’s work placement is guided by their individual plans; supervision during work hours by their teachers and/or job coaches is also a component of this program. Some jobs they are sampling are Carlo’s Bakery, Walgreens in Morristown, Spirit Halloween, T.J. Maxx, Barnes & Noble, Little Duck Daycare, Sports Care, Hyatt House, and many more. Additional outings include a visit the supermarket to get information regarding healthy food choices and ways to use those foods to prepare delicious, nutritious meals when they return to school. They will continue to explore healthy habits by joining The Greater Morristown Y.M.C.A. and attending classes twice a week.
A social component is also incorporated into the curriculum where students will interact with their peers outside school; this too is an important part of the life skills objective. A visit to the local diner with a group from Morristown to celebrate Halloween gave them a chance to put what they learned into practice. They will also be introduced to the ARC, which is a public resource for adults to socialize in the community. These opportunities allow our transitional students to gain the experience they need to lead independent lives once they leave HP, but until they do, they will continue to grow and explore the world with confidence.
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What Is Thanksgiving All About? Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln, October 3, 1863.
n the middle of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, prompted by a series of editorials written by Sarah Josepha Hale, proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated on the 26th, the final Thursday of November 1863. The document, written by Secretary of State William H. Seward, reads as follows: The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented
strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.â€? Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln, October 3, 1863.
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Local Artist Shares His Talent And Technique For Pencil Drawing With Students Winick says his works involve “all kinds of drawings. I particularly like sports drawings but I like everything,” like drawing animals. But no matter the drawing, he says, “everything is black and white. I live in a black and white world.”
By Cheryl Conway atching other people turn into artists has been one of Jerry Winick’s greatest satisfactions. The Woodland Park artist, and co-owner of Pencilworks Studio, has been teaching students how to draw for the past 30 years. He and his business partnerwho happens to be his wife of 36 years, Karen Winick, began their business out of their home in 1988. In 2000, 18 years ago, they opened their studio at 96 Main Street, Little Falls. Jerry Winick, 75, figures he has “had hundreds and thousands of students” over the years who have learned how to draw from his techniques. “I love watching people become successful,” says Winick about teaching others the art of pencil drawing. “Passing this onto people, watching them learn.” Some say, “‘I can’t draw, I can’t do it;’ that’s my greatest joy; watching them learn. The teaching, that’s the most satisfying; such satisfaction is teaching them to do it.” No one taught Winick how to draw, he mastered that himself when he was little boy. He has “been an artist since I’m 7 years old,” says Winick. “I’ve always drawn pictures; they are very detailed pencil drawings.” Describes Winick: “I used to draw pictures; used to draw pictures of my relatives and friends and it actually looked like them. I figured it out on my own when I was growing up.”
When he became an adult, he says, “I worked many jobs,” as it was difficult to earn a living as an artist. Before becoming a professional artist he worked in the garment industry for 17 years as a presser of dresses. He also worked at the “Record” for eight years in subscription sales, “until we settled into this 30 years ago. This has always been my passion,” says Winick. He attended William Paterson University and got his bachelor’s in education in 1982. From there he became a teacher, teaching pencil drawing. “I teach here,” he says, at his Pencilworks Studio, teaching three pencil drawing classes a week. Winick has also been teaching pencil drawing classes at Emerson Adult School for the past 27 years; had taught at the former Wayne Adult School for 25 years; teaches at the Boys and Girls Club in Wayne, where his wife also teaches children art classes. In fact, Winick says he taught his wife how to be an artist. “Hers [talent] came later on through me,” says Winick. “She kind of learned through osmosis,” he laughs. Karen Winick, 65, does have a teaching background as well, teaching at Montessori schools as well as an enrichment program at some public schools, he says. When he is not teaching, Winick is creating. During a span of six decades he says he has drawn “probably thousands” of works of art. “Sixty something years, it’s a lot of drawings.” Winick is in fact an award winning pencil artist. “He is an artist who uses a pencil as a painter uses a paintbrush,” as described on his website. “I like realism,” Winick explains why he sticks with just pencil. “I like pictures, photo realism. It’s something I got really good at. People like drawing pictures that look real.” With just a soft pencil, a 4B pencil to be exact, and Bristol paper, Winick’s creations come to life. According to his website, “He spends many hours at the drawing board creating each of his pieces. It is not unusual for Jerry to spend three months on a single drawing, constantly building and developing it to its conclusion. Jerry’s style of photorealism is so unique that most people, when viewing his work for the first time, find it difficult to imagine that these drawings are done with only a pencil. The sharp point that Jerry uses is ideally suited for the exacting detail he desires in his drawings.”
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Winick says his works involve “all kinds of drawings. I particularly like sports drawings but I like everything,” like drawing animals. But no matter the drawing, he says, “everything is black and white. I live in a black and white world.” He says, “I’m always drawing something, doing a golf picture right now. I set a goal, 10 drawings a year. I’m always gonna keep on drawing.” On average, Winick spends 50 hours at the drawing board for one piece of work, completing about one a month, he says. Winick has won more than 300 awards for his drawings and his works may be found in numerous private collections as well as in museums in the New York metropolitan area, his website states. Winick says his drawings can currently be found at three different local museums: Yogi Berra Museum in Little Falls; Belskie Museum in Closter; and Hamilton House Museum in Clifton. He used to do 30 arts shows a year on Sundays or weekends but with working seven days a week this became too much. In today’s world, his work can be purchased online and through his website. The Winick collection is offered as original drawings as well as signed and numbered limited edition lithographs and giclees which are photograph reproductions. Prices range from $5,000 for original works to $200 to $250 for prints, he says. Pencilworks Studio At Pencilworks Studio, Winick sells his drawings but the main focus of his studio is to teach others. “We have lots of art classes here,” says Winick, who teaches three pencil drawing classes there each week to teenagers on up, to those “well into their 90’s” on Tuesday afternoon’s senior citizens’ class.
Karen Winick teaches the children’s painting classes, ages 5 to 13, five times each week, focusing on all different types of media and painting, he says. Classes begin at the onset of the school year and they also offer summer classes. Rather than putting something up on the board for his students to learn, Winick’s style of teaching allows the students to “draw what they want to do. When everybody is doing a drawing, investing in what you want to do, you get better at it,” he explains. “This is the best place to come,” says Winick, for art classes. “They really learn. People learn from the experience by doing it yourself. People can’t tell you how to ride a bike; you have to go on and do it yourself. I work with them individually.” In addition to art classes, they sell custom framing at competitive prices and host birthday parties for children and adults, BYOB Paint Nights and corporate team building events. While most other BYOB paint nights are usually led by an instructor who teaches the class how to paint one painting, at Pencilworks 18 people will paint 18 different paintings, he says. “We give them 40 different choices and they choose,” he says. “We provide canvas, materials, instructions. The birthday parties are usually centered around a theme whether the child likes unicorns, on the water scenes, animals, mermaids or even characters from “Frozen.” At Pencilworks, customers can get special pricing on picture frames. “Frame prices are probably lower than any other place around,” says Winick. “Framing for artists, we’ve kept them well be-
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low” then competitors’ pricing,” he says realizing that an artist’s salary “is very low.” When it comes to competition, Winick’s response is “not really; almost no one does what we do. We do it all in one place.” He says, “we love our location in central Little Falls. It’s nice that Little Falls has a center in town. Woodland Park is built on a mountain,” he explains. When the store front location opened up just 10 minutes from their house, Winick says, they grabbed it. With their business in Little Falls, he says “We spend most of our time in Little Falls. We’re going to turn Little Falls into a town that it should be,” through the business association and local politicians. Karen Winick has served as the president of Business Association in town for the past eight years. As far as retirement, Winick cannot even picture that day. “I’m just happy to be working at this age,” he says. “We are complete partners in this thing,” he says about working with his wife. “Two of us are 100 percent partners,” in work and life with their four children and 10 grandchildren. “I’m hoping to work until it’s all over,” he says. “We love our business.” Pencilworks Studio is located at 96 Main St., Little Falls. Call 973-812-4448 for more information; email firstname.lastname@example.org; visit http://www.pencilworksartstudio.com.
Retro Fitness Of Whippany Unites With American Cancer Society For Its First Annual Breast Cancer Rally
n Saturday Oct. 13, community members along with Retro Fitness members came together to share a day of fitness as they raised funds for Breast Cancer Research and local programs. The two hour fitness class included activities such as circuit training, Zumba and weight exercises. The event took place at Whippany Park High School hosted by Frank Steves, owner and managing partner of Retro Fitness of Whippany located
at 60 Jefferson Road, Whippany and his staff. Many local businesses donated goods and services that were raffled off along with a $15 donation helped raise additional funds. All proceeds benefited the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Parsippany on 10/21/18. Plans are in the works for the second annual Breast Cancer Rally for 2019 and organizers are optimistic to see the event grow even bigger.
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