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Central Teacher Inducted Into N.J. Lacrosse Hall of Fame

By Jason Cohen e never played lacrosse and the first game he ever saw was when he coached. Now, 25 years later, Mike Walsh is a member of the N.J. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Walsh, the former girls coach at West Morris Central High School in Chester and current coach at Summit High School, was inducted into the hall at Mercer Oaks in Princeton on Jan. 29. “When I got hired as a teacher they needed help with lacrosse,” Walsh said

to the “Black River News.” While he left Central four years ago, he has been a history teacher there for 25 years. “Teaching and coaching are pretty similar,” he explained. “You try to interact with the kids and get them to learn what’s the good way to do it and how to get there.” He grew up in Ohio and moved to Bergen County at the age of 10. He played baseball and wrestled, but never heard of lacrosse. Walsh explained that Central was known for

soccer, but that changed in 1992 when he helped start the girls’ lacrosse program. He began as an assistant coach and from there his path to fame began. “Given that it was new for a lot of us, we kind of worked it out together,” he remarked. Walsh immersed himself in the sport. He went to clinics, watched film and picked the brains of numerous coaches, including Marguerite Dempsey of Columbia High School in Maplewood and Deanna Knobloch.of Moorestown High School.

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“I tried to be a student of the game as much as I could,” he explained. Three years later he was named varsity coach. From 1995 to 2002 he lead the team to a record of 13823-2 record and five Morris County Tournament titles. In fact, from 1999 to 2001 the team only lost three games, all in the state semifinals. “I was fortunate at Central to have a lot of good athletes,” Walsh noted. Over the years the sport became popular and more girls began to play. At Central he had the opportunity

to not only see the girls grow as players, but in the classroom as well. It made his job much easier and many of those relationships formed years ago still exist today. “I’ve been fortunate to have a number of players to go on and become coaches,” Walsh commented. He added he has been to several weddings and graduations of former players In 2012 he left Central and was named the new girls lacrosse coach at Summit High School. At age 51 he has no plans to retire anytime soon.

“I just feel a lot of gratitude towards the opportunities that I was given,” he said. “I like to think of it as a way to honor all of those kids.”

Mendham’s Girls’ Basketball Stands Tall This Season

By Josh Lashley ntering this season, there were a lot of questions to be sure surrounding the Mendham High School Girls’ Basketball program-and for good reason. After all, Mendham lost several key members from last year’s team to graduation and the questions became what student-athletes would take charge and step forward as varsity starters this year. From the first day of practice forward, players on the Mendham roster had two choices: they could wallow in self-pity and

blame any setback or loss on lack of varsity experience or they could stand tall and embrace every game and indeed every practice as an opportunity to get better in each and every aspect of the sport. Not only is the coaching staff helping Mendham toward these goals and more, but so too are the team captains Meredith Curtain and Hannah Pellegrino, both of whom are seniors. “This year’s captains were voted on by the team,’’ Mendham head coach Mark Gnapp said. “They are both hard working players that

lead by example and are very respected amongst their teammates. They have tremendous leadership skills and have made a big difference both on and off the court. “Meredith really makes our team go. She is a tireless worker that provides us with energy and toughness. She is all over the court. Hannah has done a great job keeping the team together. Hannah gives us a big lift with her scoring. Unfortunately, Hannah has had some major knee injuries that has kept her from playing last season and a

good part of her senior year as well.’’ Both captains have improved as individual players as well as leaders throughout the course of the season. Gnapp noted both Curtain and Pellegrino are both outstanding students, having made the High Honor Roll/Honor Roll over 10 times apiece. “Meredith has really improved on her overall offensive game, especially shooting,’’ Gnapp said. “Her leadership skills have also really improved a lot throughout the season. continued on page 2


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Girls’ Basketball... continued from front page Hannah’s perseverance has been unbelievable after season ending injuries to her knee during sophomore and junior seasons. Her attitude and desire to stick with it and finish out her senior year has been unbelievable. What makes them special as captains has been their ability to make sure we put team first over any individual agendas.’’ In games played through January, Mendham already had 10 wins. “After graduating our starting five from last year, we really didn’t know what to expect from this group,’’ Gnapp said. “It has been a pleasant surprise with our team being ranked sixth in Morris County (in games played through January).

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practice/games each day and give 100 percent.’’

Senior Captains Help Guide Boys’ Basketball

By Josh Lashley t’s relatively easy for a team to present a united front, be full of confidence and smiles when everything seems to be going right and they’re winning games. However, it’s when that same team suffers setbacks that one can truly find out the extent of that unity. If they start pointing fingers at one another and hang their heads in defeat, then it can show that they were never really that close. If on the other hand, a team picks one another up after a loss and demonstrates the ability to learn from mistakes in a constructive manner than it’s a good sign that the athletes

are there for one another through thick and thin.

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Boys’ Basketball... continued from page 2 share of good times for the Mendham High School Boys’ basketball program this season, but they’ve had to recover from some defeats as well. Through it all, with proper guidance not only from the coach staff, but also from the leaders on the roster-the team captains. This winter, the captains

for the Minutemen are a pair of seniors, Vince Falvo and Ryan Stolz. “These two student-athletes exhibited all the traits that you look for when picking a captain- hard work, leadership, quality decision making and accountability,’’ Mendham Head Coach Phil Manuel said. “Ryan is a two-year varsity starter at the guard position, he

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Gannon Leads Productive Role As New Morris County Sheriff

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By Cheryl Conway nto the second month of his newly elected position, Morris County Sheriff Jim Gannon is off to a strong start in his mission to establish new partnerships, better services and improved technologies. Gannon of the Township of Boonton began Jan. 2 as the 77th sheriff of Morris County, taking the reins from Edward Rochford who served for 24 years since 1993. After November’s election win, Gannon met with Rochford to help with the transition and visited the Morris County Correctional Facility to prepare for its return of operations to the sheriff’s department. Having been in law enforcement for 33 years, Gannon was ready to step into his next challenge. “It’s been great,” says Gannon. “I love the role. Morris County Sheriff’s Office is a very proud agency,” with the “finest officers, support staff second to none. That’s a great start. We also have people that are hungry for improvements,” from “senior people” with great ideas, to innovative “young folks.” “Good things are happening,” he continues.

“The agency is changing before our eyes. I want to improve on all that they’ve [previous sheriffs] done. They’ve done a phenomenal job.” Before Gannon came on board, the Morris County Freeholders had been managing the county jail for 16 months, since 2015 after taking it away from the sheriff due to issues such as officers’ salary hikes and overtime costs. That same board voted unanimously, 7-0, in Dec. 2016, to return the day-day management of the county jail back to the sheriff’s department. The sheriff’s office had run the county jail for 277 years, since 1739, says Gannon, who spent 100 hours reviewing the matter before presenting to freeholders the benefits of one agency. “The jail had always been the responsibility of the sheriff,” he says. To have it returned, made the most sense for better operations and partnerships. “Bottom line is we will work together. It’s more suitable that I take over.” As one agency- the Bureau of Law Enforcement and the Bureau of Corrections- the new Morris

County Sheriff’s Office employs 330 employees, which include 160 officers at the correctional facility, 90 officers in law enforcement, and additional support staff. There is “a lot going on” with the two bureaus, says Gannon, with a unique situation and a lot to offer, such as a jail population of 245 inmates; a crime scene unit that is a shared service, assisting towns with 1,262 crimes last year; its own bomb squad; Sheriff Emergency Response Team (SERT); a new and improved Morris County Sheriff’s Trends & Analysis Team (STAT); Canine Unit that went out 500 times last year in search of missing persons like elderly and children, narcotics, explosives detention; and a warrant squad to pick up individuals with violations. “We really play into the role of all that’s going on in Morris County Law Enforcement,” says Gannon. The sheriff is also proud that “We are triple accredited,” in law enforcement, correctional side and healthcare side. “These inmates are in our vicinity; we make sure they get proper care,” from dental

care to mental abuse treatment. During his first 100 day transition, or phase one, Gannon spent time interviewing all personnel “seeing how we can do better.” In phase two, he wants to develop partnerships and establish a new organization. One plan is to have an assessment of the Morris County Courthouse complex to strengthen its infrastructure. The county has authorized an architect for $370,000 to come evaluate the complex, from floor plan to security, “to look at it holistically to see if it can be changed to accommodate the user.” The old courthouse building dates back to 1827 and is protected by the National Registry of Historic Places. In order to provide better security for judges, crime victims and defendants, the building needs some redesigning, says Gannon. “It’s very difficult” to get around the facility for persons in wheelchairs or disabilities, he says. “You can’t do it by yourself.” Gannon says “I’m very pleased freeholders are taking the initiative to further

these efforts. There will be great opportunity for improvements.” Gannon says his “number one responsibility is the protection of the people.” He wants to ensure that people who come to the courthouse can come in to speak to the judge without intimidation. He also needs to safeguard crime victims, family members and visitors to the courthouse to prevent conflicted contact with the opposing party. Using correctional officers to help protect the courthouse is being considered for additional safety measures, he says. “I’m here to protect all the people,” stresses Gannon. “It’s serious business; I like to have fun but I’m a real serious guy when it comes down to it.” Another issue is opiate addiction in the county and the state, says Gannon. His plan is to have a housing unit at the county jail as well as a partnership with Morris County Vo-tech so inmates, once released, can continue their services while going for their GED and eventually a job. “Last year, 62 people died in Morris County [from opium abuse], 21

to 71 years of age, all socio-economics, all races, all age groups, all levels of education,” says Gannon. “They are addicted maybe through oxycodone, or wisdom tooth pulled or a broken arm.” Gannon says “We are developing a system to assist with interventions to bring hope to the user. These users are our family, they’re our friends, they’re our neighbors. If people are distributing, they need to be cut off; to cut the head off the snake. We are going to make a difference.” Also on Gannon’s radar is to introduce a voluntary domestic abuse program “to discontinue that cycle of violence,” he says. In March, he plans to start a bracelet program as an alternative to incarceration, an in-home detencontinued on page 6

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reschool Advantage is accepting applications for scholarships to its partner preschools located in areas such as Boonton, Denville, Dover, Jefferson, Madison, Mendham, Morristown, Morris Plains, Mountain Lakes, and Flanders and Parsippany for the school year beginning in September. Local families can apply to Pre-school Advantage for funding for a half- day of preschool for three or four year old children up to five days a week. Preschool Advantage has provided families in Morris and Somer-

set Counties with financial assistance for high quality preschool education since 1995. In 2016, 71 children were funded by Preschool Advantage with more than 1,300 tuitions paid throughout the organization’s history. Children must be three or four years old by Oct. 1, 2017 to be considered for funding for the school year beginning in September 2017. The deadline for applications is Feb. 28., 2017. Families demonstrating commitment to education and financial need can access the application at pre-

school advantage.org or by calling (973)532-2501. Preschool Advantage is a non-profit organization that believes all children should have access to high quality early education. Educational and economic research demonstrates that the effects of high quality preschool education are profound and enduring. Early childhood education encourages brain development and builds the emotional and social skills children need in school. Preschool Advantage is Area Nonprofit Seeks Applicants For Preschool

Gannon Leads Productive Role... continued from page 4 tion program for inmates not charged with violent crimes. This way those involved in minor crimes will be given an opportunity to stay home and not be incarcerated in order to continue working and care for their families. Gannon has made some personnel changes, placing an undersheriff at the correctional facility, hiring an undersheriff at the Bureau of Law Enforcement, a new administrator and senior

analyst. “In four weeks we made a lot of improvements.” He also has started some new programs such as senior fraud presentations in the Bureau Law Enforcement to help seniors who are victims of fraud, has been speaking to groups on counter terrorism and opium abuse and has taken “a very serious approach” to modernizing technologies and sharing information. With all that he has

planned, Gannon says, “I think we have a very bright future. I came in here to make a difference. It’s been exciting for me to steer the ship. It’s a seven day week job. I have high expectations. “I report to the people of Morris County,” he concludes. “The concerns of the people are my concerns. I have to listen to the people; I take that very seriously. That’s my table of organization.”

Tuition Scholarships dedicated to assisting families who fall into circumstances that make paying tuition for quality preschool out of reach. “While there are federally funded programs to cover the cost of preschool for families living below the poverty line, working families making over that level have limited options,” said Molly Dunn, executive director for Pre-school Ad-

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close. In tragic circumstances such as these there are always significant expenses that are not covered by insurance. This is especially true of the employees who have lost income with the store closures. The greater Mendham community is invited to come to Hilltop House and share the Dea-

cons Pancake Supper on Tue., Feb. 28 beginning at 5:30 p.m. to support the community’s friends. All proceeds from the supper will be divided among the four stores. “All of us have shared a meal, some sushi, a slice of pizza or something wonderfully sweet because our friends are in business here.

We hope they are all open again soon! But for now, let’s share a simple meal to help them in their time of need. Come join us for all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, applesauce, and drinks.” Prices are $20 per family, $7 per adult and $5 per child.

Mendham Business Association Thanks Community For Successful Holly Trail

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he Mendham Business Association would like to thank the following for making the Holly Trail in Mendham a wonderful success. The Giving Tree in the Mendham Shopping Center collected $500. The money was donated to the Market Street Mission and the Interfaith Food Pantry. A big thank you to Dr. Audrey Prefer, Jessica Kircher from The Provident Bank and Bob Diffin from Mendham Jewelers for collecting the donations and braving the cold weather. The tree holding the gifts was donated by Bruin

Landscaping. The Mendham Business Association would also like to thank all of the businesses that had special events in their stores that day. The Nativity scene and Menorah were added this year. They were met with a lot of praise. The Business Association also purchased new Holiday Banner Flags for the town that lined Main Street. The Mendham Business Association would also like to thank the Recreation Department, especially Bruse Bisceglia for the refreshments and Ken O’Brien with the Department of

Public Works for all their help. A special thanks to Mrs. Carpenter, Ms. Ferrara and the children of Mountain View School for the wonderful concert. Another thank you is extended to the Mendham Fire Department for Santa and the fire truck. Thank you to all the businesses in the Mendham Business Association who volunteered their time to make this day possible. The winners of the raffle of Mendham Money were Alex Doyle $300, Julia Rudd $200 and Lily Peacock $100.


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Local Man’s Business Named Firm Of the Year ture, particularly in areas serving at-risk children and adults, crime victims, the mentally and physically disabled, and seniors. The firm donates countless hours to not-for-profit causes and has been recognized for its long-term commit-

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Diane Tolley Earns NJ Realtors Circle Of Excellence Sales Award

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iane Tolley of Mendham resident, sales associate affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Mendham, has been recognized with the NJ REALTORS Circle of Excellence Sales Award at the Bronze Level based on her exceptional real estate sales performance in 2016. “Whether buying or selling, Diane helps her clients make good real estate decisions. She has the heart of a teacher. In addition to her 2016 NJAR Circle of Excellence award, Diane was number one in closed units in the Coldwell Banker Mendham office. That is testimony to her patience, support and perseverance on behalf of her clients. She doesn’t give up until she finds the best housing match for her Buyer clients or the best buyer for her Seller clients. Diane is a caring professional.” Tolley has more than

22 years of experience serving home buyers and sellers, offering extensive local knowledge of Morris County and the surrounding areas. She has earned many awards for her sales success, including NJ REALTORS Circle of Excellence Silver Level in 2013; Bronze Level in 2015; the Coldwell Banker Diamond Society and NJ Monthly Magazine Five Star Professional Award in 2011 thru 2016. Tolley constantly strives to build her professional skill set in order to provide exceptional service to clients. She is a Previews Property Specialist and a Certified Cartus Relocation Specialist for both buyers and sellers. Tolley and her husband have raised their five children in Mendham and has vast knowledge of the schools, sports, arts and recreational resources in the area. She is very ac-

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