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By Steve Sears or Mendham Borough’s Hilltop School, where every school year is a very busy, productive, character-building one, one April event sends a positive message to the local community and abroad. On Friday, April 6, the school held its fourth fundraiser for Operation Shoebox NJ. The school has been working with the non-profit organization for three years. Taking part in the fundraiser was suggested by the Character Education team, which wanted a handson experience and saw packing events on the Operation Shoebox N.J. website and thought it would be a great

addition. The non-profit comes with the items and packing supplies, and then everyone packs them, with the students working with their grade level peers during the project. “We started in 2015 with a basic coin drive,” said Principal David Heller. “Each spring since, we

have had a fundraiser - coin or bill drives - along with a packing event where we make our gym a warehouse where students come in and pack a complete bag of toiletries and a snack bag that are then packed for shipment overseas. We pack 300 boxes in each event. Students write cards to troops, and this

year we encouraged families to do so as well. We have raised over $5,000 in our first three years and will add to that this week.” The 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. event culminates with a whole school meeting to present funds to Rod Hirsch, the executive director of Operation Shoebox. As of press time, cont. on page 4

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Mendham Students Adopt Texas School In Wake Of Hurricane Harvey


By Anya Bochman hen Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc in 2017 across the southern United States - especially Texas - the Aransas County Independent School District of Texas was particularly hardhit. The independent county-wide school district, which is based in Rockport, Texas, serves most of Aransas County, including the city of Rockport, the town of Fulton and the unincorporated communities of Holiday Beach and Lamar. Historically dating back to 1884, the school district is comprised of five schools. Following a formal assessment of the school facilities after the damage of Harvey in August 2017, Joseph Patek, the superintendent of the Aransas School District, announced that all schools in the district would be closed indefinitely. When Nicholas Leo, a

fourth-grade student at Hilltop Elementary School in Mendham, was watching the news coverage of the school closures, he was moved to extend help to the children and teachers of Aransas County. In an effort to help those impacted by the floods in Texas, Leo reached out to Hilltop’s principal, David Heller. From there, the fourth grader’s mission to aid students in Texas quickly turned into a community-wide initiative, and was being supported by the gofundme page sponsored by Hilltop Elementary School at www.gofundme. com/hilltop-adopts-a-houstonschool. Leo’s original email message to Heller read: “I am a fourth grader at Hilltop Elementary School in Mendham. I am working with my school community to raise money to help a school affected by Hurricane Harvey. When children are able to return to school, we want

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Hilltop School Named A 2018 N.J. School Of Character


By Steve Sears ne can sense the pride in Hilltop School Principal David Heller’s voice. The New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional, and Character Development (NJASECD) has named this Mendham Borough school a 2018 New Jersey School of Character. A special recognition ceremony will be held during the NJASECD Annual Conference at 8:30 a.m. on May 18 at Rider University. It is the first time Hilltop School has won the award. An application process based on the 11 principals of character though was embarked on by Hilltop’s Character Education team of Heller, School Counselor Kyra McCool, School Social Worker Sara Longueira, and Art teacher Jean Na. All worked together writing essays of 2,500 words about the school’s Character Education program. The win was a team effort, says Heller, principal for the past seven years. “I feel it’s a testament to our staff, our students, our parents, and our community; I certainly don’t take that honor to be just mine,” says Heller. “It’s a combination of all

School Counselor Kyra McCool, Principal David Heller, and students celebrating Hilltop School being named a 2018 NJ School of Character. Photo credit: Hilltop School.

those things that work together. That’s the ultimate goal of education; you want to involve all stakeholders in the building of your school and the understanding of what it takes to be successful. It brings a lot of pride to me, our staff, our community to be recognized for this. Too often we measure success by academics and test scores. Measuring success based on the way we

treat one another and the way we should be treated, based on the way we work together to achieve and build our goals and treat each other ultimately will lead to success.” Essays as part of the application had to be delivered by Dec. 8, 2017, and they were worked on since the beginning of continued on page 6

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Mendham Students Adopt Texas School... continued from page 2 to make sure that we weren’t being scammed. It was not a school-wide initiative as it was just one student’s idea, but I wanted to help one of our students go further, and to support him.” The school helped Leo set up the gofundme page and circulated his email among parents

of students enrolled at Hilltop Elementary. The fundraiser sought donations for school supplies and any other needs the Aransas County School District may have had in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The charitable endeavor was labeled as an “adoption” of Texas schools by Hilltop Elementary. “Overall, we collected over

Operation Shoebox... continued from front page Heller says $3,344 had been collected. “Our previous high was $1,800,” he says. While quantity does count, Heller says the three-hour period is more about packing and sending; it’s about for whom. “It’s a service learning project we’ve been doing for several years,” he says. “At first it was just a fundraising event, and this is our third year we’ve done the packing event. And students understand what they’re doing. Collecting money and sending to someone is one thing; but actually coming, packing the bags, writing the letters, putting it in, understanding what these bags are and where they’re going to and who the bags are going to, really makes it more of an impactful project, especially when you’re talking about citizenship and working with generosity,

our character education pillars right now, and trying to make kids understand more about what it means to be of good character, and how we can support others who are helping others to succeed.” Heller also adds that Hilltop School, a 2018 NJ School of Character, not only connects citizenship and generosity as pillars to their fundraisers, but also respect, politeness, trustworthiness and gratitude. In addition to Operation Shoebox NJ, Hilltop School also has a Thanksgiving food drive for the Interfaith Food Pantry. Both are major fundraisers during the school year. Operation Shoebox NJ is located in Hillsborough. Donations to the worthy non-profit may be made at

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$2,300,” Heller said. Since the fundraiser, several schools in the Aransas County Independent School District have become opened for re-enrollment. Heller stated that charity is an important priority for Hilltop Elementary. At the time of the interview,

the principal was engaged in packing up boxes with clothes and toiletries to send to soldiers stationed overseas as part of Operation Shoebox. “We do a lot of charity,” Heller remarked. “This is our fourth year doing Operation Shoebox. The school does a lot of work to help those in need.”

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Platinum Minds Hosts 11th Annual Fundraiser Dinner To Support N.J. Inner-City Boys


latinum Minds will host its 11th Annual Fundraiser Dinner on May 3, in support of its multiple programs serving inner-city boys. This year’s theme is “United For A Brighter Future” and the event

will be held at the Olde Mill Inn, Basking Ridge. The dinner will feature speaker and author Marc Demetriou as the keynote speaker. Demetriou a Morris County resident is a national-

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continued from page 3 the school year. However, true planning started in the 2016-2017 school year where supporting data was collected from teachers like lesson plans, peer leadership among students, no matter the grade, and more. The goal is to make both students and teachers become better leaders and contribute to a team character building and learning process. Heller confirms the importance of the preparation. “We felt confident when we said we were going to apply for this and certainly getting organized and putting things together,” says Heller. “It was a longer process, but I think it

was something that helped us understand what we do well and also what we can do better.” Heller also points out that a site visit was conducted on March 19th for a national school of character designation. “Part of this opportunity, too, was the opportunity to apply as a national school character and that involved having a representative come to school, take a tour, and interview a panel of parents, students, teachers, and the Character Education team,” concluded Heller. “We’ll find out about that in April.”

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nearby offices and by checking those websites. One of the many firms that place temporary workers is TeleSearch Staffing Solutions, which has offices throughout New Jersey. Kim Carsillo, the Flanders office branch described her company as “a large full-service placement firm.” In a recent interview, Carsillo outlined the process by which candidates are screened. Carsillo said that a recruiter will first interview a prospective candidate, who also completes paperwork and computerized assessments. Background and reference checks are part of the process. Then workers are matched with assignments. Workers who are placed, she noted, are employees of her agency not the companies where they are working. TeleSearch pays temp workers on a weekly basis, taking and tax and necessary deductions from the gross amount. Being realistic about one’s skill level and showcasing work experience makes it easier to place a candidate. “If you’re looking to re-enter the work force as an administrative assistant you will want to make sure that your typing and software skill are up to industry standards…companies are hiring because they need someone to easily transition into their environment,” said Carsillo. TeleSearch does welcome everyone regardless of work experience and criteria. “We are able to find work for a wide variety of skill sets. We look for people who have recent work history, good references and willingness to work. The main thing all companies want are hardworking and reliable employees.” She stressed that her company offers free training for those who want to upgrade their office skills. Certain

companies do want specific criteria in their candidates. For instance, college degrees are desirable in the corporate sector. Fork lift and computer skills are often requested for light industrial work. Some employment agency blog posts discuss what qualities will make a company take notice of, and possibly hire, a temporary worker for a fulltime position. The Liberty Staffing Company blog stresses punctuality, reliability, excellent communication skills and ability to adapt to new demands. The Robert Half International Inc. staffing agency is the umbrella agency that hires personnel for industries as diverse as finance, marketing and the law. The idea that agencies only hire entry level people or that temp work makes a job search impossible are fallacies, according to its recent post. Temp work offers flexible schedules and a way for individuals to build their networks by meeting new people in the workplace. If searching for an agency, keep in mind that viable ones are licensed by the state of New Jersey’s Department of Consumer Affairs. Agency branch offices register and are members of their local Chambers of Commerce. Although it’s common knowledge, it’s worth repeating that one should never have to pay any kind of a fee for the promise of a job nor divulge any financial information. If unsure, check whether there are any complaints against an agency through local consumer protection agencies or the NJ State Attorney General’s Office. The opportunities for temporary workers are many and varied. By protecting and pushing oneself, increase permanent prospects with a temporary gig.


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Ceremony To Welcome 9/11 Trail Riders

hrough May 23, the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance will be hosting and riding in the first-ever complete bike ride along the trail, connecting the three 9/11 memorial locations, the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Flight 93 Memorial. On Tuesday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m. at the Morris County September 11th Memorial, participating board members will be riding through the area. An April 24 ceremony is open to the public, and local dignitaries will be in attendance to welcome the riders. The Morris County Park Commission will host the welcoming ceremony along with the Equestrian Team of the Park Police of Morris County. The Morris County September 11th Memorial is located on West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany-Troy Hills, across from the Morris View Healthcare Cen-

ter and adjacent to the Morris County Public Safety Academy. Visit or for more information. In Morris County, the trail currently uses the same footprint as the Morris County Park Commission signature trail, Patriots’ Path, and transverses through 11 towns, including East Hanover, Hanover, Parsippany, Morris Township, Morristown, Mendham Township, Randolph, Chester Township, Chester Borough, Washington Township and Mt. Olive. “We are privileged to have a trail with so much meaning within our county,” said Dave Helmer, executive director of Morris County Park Commission. “We thank those who have put in the time and effort into making this trail a success, so the community can enjoy it for recreational purposes, while recognizing and remem-

bering those impacted by the 911 tragic events.” Beginning in 2004, the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance was formed to establish a memorial trail that links both the planned and existing memorial sites dedicated to September 11, including the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Flight 93 Memorial. The alliance’s vision is to unite fellow Americans, trail enthusiasts, organizations, and the families affected by the attacks, and to work together to make the trail a reality.

“The complete ride will take 23 days and cover 1,200 miles,” said Andy Hamilton, president of the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance. “The goal is to test the current mapped route, increase awareness and activity along the trail, and support local communities currently making improvements on their segments of the trail.” For more information about the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance, visit

Disability Resources, Family Fun In Morris


here will be a Family Fun Day and Disability Resource Fair April 29 at the Central Park of Morris County.

The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. It is sponsored by the DAWN Center for Independent Living, Denville.

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orris Habitat for Humanity recently honored longtime volunteer John Stromberg with the Charles Lee Hamilton Award, in recognition of his hard work, compassion and dedication to helping hardworking families achieve affordable homeownership. The award is given in remembrance of Charles Lee Hamilton, a Morris Habitat volunteer from Randolph who had three loves in his life: his church, the

Stromberg Honored For Service To Morris Habitat Democratic Party and Habitat for Humanity. Hamilton was deeply committed to families served by the Habitat program and the issue of affordable housing. Stromberg, a resident of Randolph, has been volunteering with Morris Habitat since 2010. He is a longtime member of the Morris Habitat Faithful, a group of volunteers who regularly assist with construction of Morris Habitat homes. In 2017 alone, he contributed more than 1,300

volunteer hours – just one of his amazing achievements. In presenting the award at the Morris Habitat Faithful breakfast in January, fellow volunteer Donna Ricca spoke about Stromberg’s woodworking talents and construction expertise and how he generously shares his time and knowledge at build sites. “After putting in eight hours a day, three to four days a week (over 1,000 hours a year) on a construction site, who goes home

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Spring Open House Planned At CCM


ounty College of Morris will hold its Spring Open House on Saturday, April 21, on its Randolph campus, for high school students and their parents, students attending other colleges who are looking to transfer, and adults interested in returning to school. Two sessions will be offered at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Those who attend and apply for admission will have the $30 application fee waived. The open house features academic breakout sessions, so students can explore the areas of study they are most interested in pursuing. Faculty and representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, Career Ser-

vices and Student Life will be on hand to answer questions. Participants also can take a self-guided tour of the campus. The Open House offers the opportunity to learn about CCM’s more than 45 associate degrees, certificate programs, athletics and student organizations. Registration is requested and can be easily completed online at Open House visitors can park in Lots 6 or 7. A campus map can be found at fullsize.html/. For more information, go to admissions.

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for their next donation. Volunteers should have the ability to relate to the public, be able to perform different jobs as needed and have the willingness to follow the rules. For additional information, contact Jan Zepka, manager of community relations and volunteer services, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 732-616-8741.

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ore evidence points to the importance of routine eye exams, not only to pinpoint potential conditions of the eye, but also to serve as windows to diseases that affect the entire body. Now more than ever it is essential to make and keep annual eye exams, as they can help to reveal the first signs of serious ailments. Doctors from around the world say dozens of diseases — from certain cancers to arthritis to high blood pressure — can show symptoms in the eye. Under the watchful and knowing gaze of an eyecare professional, individuals can get early diagnosis and begin treatment promptly. According to Dr. Roy Chuck, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, there are many

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