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Millburn Junior Wins National Essay Contest


By Ben Bograd hether it be rallies, protests, or walkouts, politics is becoming a young person’s game. Millburn High School junior, Annika Sharma, took an academic approach to expressing her opinions, winning the 2018 National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) Congressional Essay Contest. Sharma’s acclaimed essay responded to a question about the origin of executive orders and how the other branches of government are able to limit this Presidential power. “My thesis discussed how the Framers gave the president the right to issue executive orders to prevent rebellion and disorder and quell threats to the security and unity of the American Republic,” said Sharma. To support her argument, Sharma referenced periods throughout United States history, including policies from Lincoln during the Civil War, and Wilson during World War I. She also described the utility of executive orders in contemporary politics, discussing its use by the Obama administration to circumvent a red Congress. Sharma explained the relevance of executive orders with regards to the contentious social and economic issues of today. She stated, “In today’s political climate, we see a lot of tension and red and blue di-

visions that continue to divide our country on so many of its most important issues. Executive Orders are a power granted to the president, which allow him or her to exert authority on these issues.” However, Sharma mentioned that this power is mitigated by the United States’ democratic process. “I discussed limits on this power because it is what makes our country’s government so unique - there are always checks and balances that create an equilibcontinued on page 2

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continued from front page rium that never lets power go to one person,” she continued. Sharma heard of the contest in her AP Government and Politics class; she felt compelled to enter due to her interest in public policy, coupled with the unique prize for winning. According to Sharma, “The prize is a fully-paid trip to Washington D.C, from June 23-29, for essay winners to see the “inside” of Washington

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Umpires Head Back To Home Plate

good way to stay involved,” said Mason. “That and it’s a job. Little League is so special because Gero Park on a spring day is full of pure, youthful bliss. Kids are forming lifelong friendships on the fields.” While it might not recreate the magic of a win from their playing days, being back lets umps revel in the joy of a new generation of ballplayers. Mason reflected, “My favor-


By Ben Bograd n Millburn, the beginning of April means one thing: baseball is back. As Major Leaguers and Little Leaguers alike take their positions, so too do umpires, the most underappreciated people on the field. But at Gero Park, home of Millburn Youth Baseball, student umpires keep

ite moment was last year; I was umpiring a playoff game and I watched a lower seeded team complete a comeback and win in order to advance to Family Day [the Millburn Little League championship], and it was cool to see how excited the kids were.” Sarah Yih, an MHS senior who is now the head student umpire at Gero Park, noted continued on page 6


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MHS Trio Wins Wild Card Entry Into N.J. Shout Down Drugs Music Contest


By Steve Sears hree Millburn High School students won a wild card entry in the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s “Shout Down Drugs” Music Competition. Danielle Benna, Kyle Farscht, and Jessica Yaeger, who call their group the Powdered Elephants, are one of 18 finalists in this year’s competition, which culminates with theirs and other band performances at the Prevention Concert 2018 at Daytop, a youth substance abuse treatment facility located in Mendham, on April 27, at 7 p.m. “I originally heard about the contest through one of the band members, Kyle Farscht,” explains Benna, the lead singer. “We put in a lot of time to create a song that we felt would be interesting for our generation to listen to as well as having a clear message towards drug abuse in today’s day and age.” That song, “Monster,” originally produced by Farscht, won the trio its wild card entry. “The song follows the story of a person who has used drugs and realizes

they are not the answer,” he explains. And as to the wild card entry, third band member, Yeager, says, “The contest picked one finalist from each county in New Jersey. Essex is the third largest county and so the wild card picks are finalists that did not get the highest votes from the county but more votes than other counties.” Angelo Valenti,executive of Partnership for Drug-Free N.J., explains “The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s mission for the past 26 years has been to alert New Jersey residents of the dangers of substance use through media campaigns and educational programs. As the opioid crisis has ravaged the state of New Jersey, the Partnership has been leading the efforts to educate the public on the threats of prescription opioids and the link to rising use of heroin and other illicit opioids. It is vital that residents understand these risks and are prepared to take actions to protect themselves and their families to stem this epidemic.” He also sings the praises of the Shout continued on page 6

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MHS Trio Wins Wild Card... continued from page 5 Down Drugs program. “New Jersey Shout Down Drugs is such an exciting program, because it allows students to create the prevention messages that are so critical for their peers to hear,” says Valenti. “It’s inspiring to see the positive impact that teens can make with their music.” Media Coordinator Matt Birchenough says Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey, and its effort to get the word out, is perhaps the hub of effort to prevent substance abuse in N.J. “We’re trying to make that point about substance abuse

and getting that (the message) out there to New Jersey residents, because obviously education, awareness, is a big first step in making them (people) aware of actions they can take to prevent substance abuse, and what dangers there are,” says Birchenough. Yaeger adds, “It is really important to us to spread this message of a drug free lifestyle. It is really hard to see many teens across the nation struggling with drug addiction and abuse. We just want to make our point heard that this is a problem that needs to be addressed, starting in New Jersey.”

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Umpires Head Back To Home Plate... continued from page 4 that while she never participated in Little League, it played a large role in her childhood, hanging around the fields and cheering on her brother. “What I enjoy most is that it provides me with the chance to give back to Little League,” said Yih. “Even though I did not play, growing up it gave me a community that I felt a part of.” Initially, Yih was unsure about becoming an umpire, as there were no female umpires already working at Gero. But in the end, she knew she was up to the task. Yih reflected, “I had watched so much baseball growing up that I knew the game just as

well as anyone else.” She feels her wealth of knowledge regarding the rules of the game is essential; it helps her stand firm on close plays and not budge, even as frustrated coaches gripe with calls that do not go their team’s way. “Being an umpire teaches you to stand your ground,” she noted. As the days and the games heat up this April, there will be roughly 75 student umpires like Yih and Mason in the field and behind the plate. Along with the many young boys and girls suiting up to play, they too get to shine on the diamond.




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

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

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Budgeting Tips For A Healthier Lifestyle

rom the cost of gym memberships to prepping healthier meals, living well can be expensive. Before you abandon your goals for a healthier lifestyle, consider these tips that show you don’t have to overspend to live a better life. Plan Your Meals An impromptu visit to the grocery store inevitably ends up costing more than a wellplanned trip. Get organized by planning your meals and grocery list ahead of time to help save money and find ways to use healthy ingredients across multiple meals. Plus, preparing meals at home helps ensure you can eat the foods you want, rather than settling for something because it’s the only sensible option on the menu at a restaurant. Another option is taking advantage of the premeasured portions of healthy meal boxes, which can help you skip the prep time and avoid wasting unused groceries. Weigh Your Workout Options A gym membership may be a tempting investment when you’re trying to commit to a


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amily vacations can seem like daunting endeavors to organize, as planners must cater to each member of the family and their individual needs. Family vacations can cost several thousand dollars, which only adds to the pressure planners may be under. But careful planning makes it possible to simplify the process so more time can be spent resting, relaxing and having fun. Child-friendly hotel One of the “musts” when booking a family vacation is finding the right accommodations. This often means booking rooms at family-friendly hotels. Things to look for when seeking hotels include amenities like swimming pools and recreation areas, nearby parks and other attractions that kids can enjoy, and easy access to stores that sell necessities.

When booking a room, request one that is close to the elevator or the breakfast buffet. If you have youngsters who nap or go to bed early, try to book adjoining rooms or one-bedroom suites. This way the kids are tucked in but accessible, allowing adults to enjoy their downtime. Plan the trip together Get the entire family involved when planning a vacation and let children who are old enough to have a say in some of the travel plans. Let kids choose some activities, pick some restaurants or even select which seats to sit in on the airplane. Pack as lightly as possible Pack light and, if possible, buy some necessities when you arrive. Few things can be as headache-inducing as dragging along extra luggage with kids in tow. Choosing a hotel or resort with laundry facilities can

be advantageous to active families who may get messy along the way. Allow for downtime While it’s beneficial to have an itinerary, leave some moments for spontaneity and rest. You don’t want to return home so tired from the trip that you need another break. Use downtime as opportunities for kids to lead the way. Travel off the beaten path Mature children may like sights and sounds that aren’t necessarily designed for kids. So while it may be tempting to stick to big-name resorts that cater to families, there’s plenty of enjoyment to be had exploring lesser-known islands or villages. And while you’re at it, introduce children to native cuisines so they can broaden their culinary palates.



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The Temptation To Temp - A Job For All Seasons


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

skills to a position that may or may not become a full-time situation. Temping or “project work” also looks better on a resume than simply having long stretches of unemployment. Learning new skills while on assignment makes one a stronger candidate for future positions. Staffing agencies that manage contract workers vary in size from national or international firms with local offices to smaller organizations that focus on an industry or skill. Finding the right agency depends on matching skills and experience with the right agency. For instance, those who have worked in the corporate world may be the right fit for a large firm that offers general office help. Those with specific skills, may need to look a little harder. The easiest way to find an agency is by asking people who have used

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Delivering Healthy Smiles To Those In Need


r. Greg Scheier, a dentist with the Scheier Dental Group in Millburn, knows that a smile goes a long way. He and his associate, Dr. Samantha Shapiro, have generously donated their services to help clients from the Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women gain their confidence by obtaining dental work that they would otherwise be unable to afford. “I wholeheartedly believe in kindness and giving back to the community and what better way to show that than by getting involved with NCJW/Essex,” said Scheier. Last spring, he was introduced to Patty Kremen, career services manager at the NCJW/Essex Center for Women, which helps women in transition who may be looking for a new job, starting a business or recovering from a loss. “I learned about the life-changing work that is happening at the Center for Women and it is very much aligned with causes I believe in,” said Scheier. “These are women who, for one reason or another, have come upon difficult times and I am thrilled to be able to help them make such a major, positive difference in their lives.” Scheier and Shapiro have provided a


variety of dental work for clients, including routine dental exams, cleanings, x-rays, root canals, fillings and veneers, valued at over $20,000. “It’s a good feeling to know that what we can make such a difference in someone’s life,” said Scheier. “Everyone on our staff feels good about making such a positive impact on the lives of these women.” As Scheier looks ahead, he said he anticipates expanding his pro bono work to continue to help clients of the NCJW/Essex Center for Women. “Our clients cannot always afford costly, but necessary, dental work and will often put other expenses first, such as electric bills and food for their families,” said Kremen. “Our clients who have benefitted from Dr. Scheier’s generosity have brighter smiles and greater confidence, which impacts their ability to obtain jobs. We know when we send our clients to the Scheier Dental Group they will be treated with the utmost respect and their dental care will be of the highest quality. It is an extraordinary partnership.” The NCJW/Essex Center for Women offers many types of support programs for women in transition including career ser-




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Stroke Screening Offered In Millburn

ay is national stroke awareness month and therefore the Livingston/Millburn Health Departments in conjunction with Overlook Medical Center are offering a free stroke screening on May 9, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Bauer Community Center, Millburn. About 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year, which equates to every 40 seconds someone will have a stroke. A stroke occurs when either blood clots or particles block blood vessels to the brain or a blood vessel in the brain bursts. If someone is having a stroke, recognizing the symptoms and acting F.A.S.T. which include F-for facial drooping, A-for arm weakness, S-for difficulty speaking, and T-for time which means contacting 911 right away if someone may be

having a stroke is critical. While there are some risk factors for a stroke that can’t be controlled such as age and race/ethnicity, there are many risk factors that can be controlled which can reduce risk of ever having a stroke. Making lifestyle changes such as being more physically active, eating healthier, controlling high blood pressure, can all help with reducing the risk of having a stroke. The stroke screening on May 9 is free and will help attendees understand their risk and what can be done to lower their risk. The screening will include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, BMI, and health education counseling. Registration for the screening is required. For questions or to pre-register, contact Alexandra Green at 908-522-5355 or Alexandra. Green@atlantichealth.org.

Mindful Meditation Program For Women Planned


he NCJW/Essex Center for Women will present a stress workshop April 19. The workshop will be led by Pat Stein, a meditation teacher for hospitals, college, and high school students, who will demonstrate mindfulness techniques to ease anxiety and worries. This program will be held at the NCJW/Essex Center for Women in Livingston from 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. Registration is required and open to all women in the community. To register or for additional information about this or other programs, call 973-994-4994

or visit www.centerforwomenNJ.org. Workshops are free for members of NCJW and $7 per workshop for non-members. The Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women is a nonsectarian, nonprofit community service sponsored by the NCJW Essex County Section that works to improve the quality of life for women, children, families, and the elderly through a variety of nonsectarian services including children’s peer support groups, legal and financial consultations, job development, and women’s workshops.

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