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By Dawn M. Chiossi orristown is quite a picturesque area; it is a great source of pride for its residents and all who view it. In order to preserve, develop, and maintain its beauty, keeping it clean is common practice in Morristown. Now that the next annual Morristown Spring Clean Up Event will be swiftly approaching on Saturday, April 21, with a raindate of Sunday, April 22, residents are encouraged to join in. This year, the Morristown Beautiful and Morristown Clean Communities will be co-sponsoring this event. In fact, the Morristown Clean Up

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continued from front page branches, trash, and so much more all over: there’s plenty for all to do. At this sure sign of spring, participants are thrilled and anticipating the idea of finding the beauty underneath the surface of the winter’s aftermath. “It’s about time,” is a sentiment heard over and over. Advanced registration is not required; those requesting a particular assignment should specify. There’s so much to participate in: Cleanup sites

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Grow It Green Gala Planned For April 28


row It Green Morristown, a nonprofit focused on making fresh, local food and outdoor spaces accessible for all, plans to hold its 6th Annual Fundraising Gala, Diamonds for Kale on Saturday, April 28. This year’s gala moves to The Seeing Eye, located in Morris Township, and will offer guests more room to celebrate in a beautiful and unique setting. “It is our pleasure to have Grow It Green Morristown hold its Diamonds for Kale fundraising gala on our campus this year,’’ said Jim Kutsch, president and CEO of The Seeing Eye. “Partnerships with organizations throughout the community ultimately serve us all well. We wish them success with this important event and are happy to be playing a part.” This year’s gala will honor Corporate Partner of the Year, The Hampshire Companies, a real estate company dedicated to sustainability. As a longtime

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Footprints Foundation Supports Community Soup Kitchen

he Footprints Foundation, whose mission is to support the self-sufficiency of individuals and families through temporary financial assistance, recently made a $5,000 grant to The Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center in Morristown. The Footprints Foundation primarily focuses on single parents and military veterans. The Footprints Foundation has been greatly inspired by Mother Teresa’s quote, “Do small things with great love” and as a result has been able to help many people. The foundation’s philosophy is centered on the understanding of and commitment to carrying one another through life’s hardships. “Thanks to The Footprints Foundation’s $5,000 grant, the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center was able to provide funding to our guests facing adversity,’’ said

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Morristown Medical Center Women’s Association Celebrates 125 With Historic Presentation

he Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center celebrated a major milestone in its history of supporting Morristown Medical Center with a presentation by W. Barry Thomson, entitled Mansion in May, a History Lecture, which was hosted for its members on March 1. Thomson, author and historian, took more than 105 attendees back in time to the nearly simultaneous founding of Morristown Memorial and All Souls’ hospitals in the early 1890s and the founding of the Women’s Association in March 1893. Thomson’s presentation highlighted how both hospitals owed their very existence to the efforts of women and how the Women’s Association provided about 50 percent of Morristown Memorial’s annual operating expenses in the first

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Pictured, from left, Brandee Fetherman, director of Nursing at Morristown Medical Center; Barry Thomson, Megan Schubiger, chair, WAMMC 125th Anniversary Committee.

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The Temptation To Temp... continued from page 14 sition 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 qual-

ities 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

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Historic Presentation... continued from page 12 sociation, our Mansion in May program and the many other support activities that are only possible with the dedication and commitment of our members and volunteers.” Founded in March 1893 to provide financial support to Morristown Medical Center, part of the Atlantic Health System, the WAMMC helps enable the hospital to respond to the changing healthcare needs of

the community. With more than 500 volunteers, WAMMC hosts a number of fundraising events, operates the hospital’s gift shops, The Bargain Box Thrift Boutique and WAMMC TV, the first in-house family television for patients and families during their hospital stay. It has raised more than $30 million to date. For more information about WAMMC, visit http://www.


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Stromberg Honored For Service To Morris Habitat

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

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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and spends another several hundred hours a year on his computer, drawing up plans for prototype houses or making up lists of materials we need to buy for the next Blitz Build? John Stromberg does,” said Ricca. “John doesn’t just build houses. John builds morale, confidence, camaraderie and a collective knowledge base. He is the first to accept responsibility and the last to seek credit. We at Habitat thank you John, for your loyal support, unwavering inspiration, and for

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