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Quilt Weaves Together Unity And Kindness At Tinc Community could somehow be connected

By Cheryl Conway ebruary is long gone but the lessons of kindness at Tinc Road Elementary School will linger to all those warmed by the 13 foot long Kindness Quilt adorning the hallway near the school’s gymnasium. All 460 students in grades kindergarten through five participated in creating the Tinc Rd. Kindness Quilt two months ago in February as that was the month designated as “kindness,” explains Rebecca Hopler, fourth grade teacher. “Our school recognizes a different character trait each month and during the month of February, the trait for the month was kindness,” she explains. “So, it worked out beautifully. The teachers got to decide when the students worked on this project. Some chose to do it with their buddy class.” A teacher at Tinc for the past dozen years, Hopler thought of the idea for the Kindness Quilt. “While brainstorming, I thought of the idea to have all kids create a square of what kindness meant to them,” says Hopler. “I thought if they

in a quilt form, it would be a reminder to all to always put kindness first. So, that it is how the idea of the Kindness Quilt came about.” Tinc has a Kindness Committee that works on ideas to promote character education within the school community. “Our school is very focused on character education for our students,” says Hopler. “All of the teachers were asked to brainstorm different ways to weave character education into our school day. So, various committees formed: A buddy bench team, a school logo team, a code of conduct team, a thankful Thursday team,” and a Kind Committee. Made up of Hopler; Lisa Barba, guidance counselor; Andrea Shore, social worker; and Mary Hund, fifth grade resource room teacher, the Kind Committee “began meeting to discuss possible ways to spread kindness.” Hopler’s idea for the Kindness Quilt involved teacher input. “To begin, I created a lesson plan for all teachers to

follow, which included a lesson plan and also a book that went along with my quilt concept,” describes Hopler. “I then bought 4x6 plain white index cards from Michaels and sorted these cards. Each teacher got an envelope with their class name on it and the number of cards they’d need for each student to participate. Teachers had about a month to complete their cards, with many of them choosing to do it with their buddy class.” Hopler then purchased the fabric and felt backing. “I also picked out ribbon for

the border and a very heavy duty glue gun with lots of glue,” she says. “I then brought the material home and set to work,” glued the material; cut and attached the backing and the ribbon border; printed out a title square for the middle along with all teachers’ names who participated; laminated them to make them sturdier. “I also printed out some kindness quotes that I somehow wanted to intertwine within the quilt,” she continues. “Then started the even longer task of placing the 460 continued on page 6

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t. Olive Exercise is offering free classes for the week of April 23 to those in the area wanting to try a great program with a variety classes to get the heart rate pumping, muscles toning and bodies slimming as beach weather is approaching. As an alternative to a typical gym, this program features smaller classes with simpler routines and personal attention. Classes will be held: Monday, 6 p.m.– 10/10/10/10 Cardio Intervals Monday, 7 p.m.- Strength Training Tuesday, 7 p.m.- Buts & Guts Wednesday, 6 p.m.- Pilates Wednesday, 7 p.m.- Kickboxing

Thursday, 7 p.m.- Zumba Saturday, 9 a.m.- Cardio Blast Interval Training Sunday, 9 a.m. – Step & Tone (Beginner Step) Monthly cost is $55 for unlimited classes; 4 month special, $160 May- August; 3 month special, $145 (available February, June & October); 12 class card (3 month expiration) $75; per class fee is $10 at the door. Classes are held at the Mt. Olive Senior Center. Site may change based on township requirements. Register on-site at the first class for free week. Contact Laura at (973) 903-0453 or for questions.

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f you’re suffering with Menopause symptoms, the thought of dealing with lions, tigers and bears might actually seem easier. Or maybe, you might even feel like the lion, tiger or bear yourself! For some women, menopause comes and goes like a thief in the night; stealing their menses without a trace- leaving them with nothing (not even one symptom!). For the rest of women, menopause can be long and dramatic, bringing on a variety of symptoms including hot flashes, depression, night sweats, insomnia, anxiety, dry skin, hair loss, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, weight gain, headaches, joint pain and the list goes on (but you get the point)… As women age beyond their child- bearing years, the continuous fluctuation of hormones has the potential to wreak havoc on the body and

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Mt. Olive To Enforce Distracted Driving Enforcement And Education Campaign


aw enforcement officers from the Mt. Olive Township Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers during April as part of New Jersey’s UDrive. UText. UPay. enforcement campaign. Running through April 21, this high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving. “Distracted driving is possibly the most serious safety

issue on our roadways today,” said Gary Poedubicky, acting director of the N.J. Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and an estimated 391,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.” In N.J., driver inattention was listed as a contributing circumstance in 52 percent of the state’s crashes in 2015. Driver inattention was in fact listed as a contributing factor in crashes

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he Knights of Columbus, once again, will sponsor its Pre-Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 6. The event will take place from 7:30 a.m. to noon in the K of C Hall, in Old Flanders, across the railroad tracks from the Flanders Fire Department. Profits will benefit St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Flanders.

The breakfast is “all you can eat” and will feature, pancakes, French toast, eggs any style, breakfast sausage, cupcakes and donuts, coffee, decaf and regular, tea and orange juice. The cost is a $6.50 donation per adult, $4 per child (6-12) and it is free for children 5 years and younger. For more information, call Pete at 973-610-1308.

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at a rate nine times higher than that of the next highest contributing factor, speed. The campaign is being carried out during the month of April, which the National Safety Council has designated as

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Kindness Quilt... continued from front page student squares onto the quilt. Piecing it together was very difficult and took a long time because the space with which I had to work was smaller than the quilt. Once I placed a section, I would then hot glue each square and begin the next section. I worked round the clock for a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but the finished product was something that made my heart smile.” According to Hopler, the quilt is currently hanging down in the gym hallway so all students will be able to enjoy it. “It was hung the day after our Character Education Assembly where it was shown for the first time,” she says. Although Hopler had her work cut out for her, she is proud of the end result. “It was so very worth the time, energy, and glue burns to see it all come together as I had envisioned it in my head,” says Hopler. “Now, Tinc has a quilt that hangs in the hall as a symbol of every child attending there and every child’s view of what kindness is....that is pretty special.” The idea of a quilt is warming as it is to being kind. “A quilt is pieced together,” explains Hopler. “Every square is different joined together to form something larger and

connected. I thought it would be special to take each individual child - all having unique differences and “weave” them together with all the other students at Tinc to show that we are one unified school who appreciates everyone’s differences and focuses on what I believe to be one of the most important things which is kindness.” The project brought the entire school together and helped spread the idea of being kind to others. “I know that the children in my class got a lot out of this project concentrating much of their time in thinking of new ways in which they could spread kindness,” says Hopler. “The reaction from the students when they saw the quilt for the first time was amazement. They were so very proud to have a piece of themselves represented on the quilt.” Hopler says she liked that it was a school community project where all got involved. “I also loved that it centered around something positive,” she says. “So much of the time it seems we are focused on the negative, or just academics, or just test scores. It was refreshing to come together for something positive. It was such a labor of love and something that I am very proud to have been able to give to our school.”

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risAnne Hall a Constitutional educator, speaker and author plans to present Roots of Liberty Seminar, at Bernay’s Apgar American Legion Post 342, Chester, on May 5, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In this five-hour seminar, Hall takes the audience through the 700+ years and five foundational documents that laid the foundations of American Liberty. She also presents each of the first ten amendments, which comprise of the Bill of Rights, in their historical context. Does one know the fate of the Constitution rested on a handshake? What is the purpose of the 2nd amendment and who are the militia? What

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Students Tape A Buck To Raise Some Bucks For Eighth Grade Class


By Cheryl Conway ooks like the Bucks may have gotten themselves into a sticky situation. The couple “graciously” volunteered to be duct taped to the wall at the Mt. Olive Middle School last week to help raise money toward the eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C. and Graduation Dance. The first time held at MOMS, Tape a Buck For a Buck was anticipating a significant response from students in grades six to eight to contribute dollars to help tape physical education teachers Kelly and Shawn Buck to the wall during Lunch and Leisure periods on Friday, April 13. Sponsored by the Mt. Olive Parent Teachers Organization (MOPTO), Laura Solowsky, eighth grade funding coordinator, came up with the idea as the event has been successful at other schools in the district such as Chester M. Stephens,

Sandshore and Mountain View elementary schools. Students were invited to purchase three-feet pieces of yellow duct tape: One piece for $4, five pieces for $3 and 10 pieces for $5. Depending on how many students signed up, the event was expected to last about 80 minutes. “They’d be up there for 80 minutes,” she says about the Bucks being taped to the wall. She was planning to have them stand on milk cartons or gym mats then remove the platform once taped and steady. The plan was for the Bucks to dress in white painter suits with students taping them across the limbs or stomach, everywhere but the head, she notes. All proceeds will go toward the eighth graders, whether a gift card toward its D.C. trip in June or end-of-year dance. “Last year each student got

a $25 gift card for food or souvenir,” says Solowsky of the last MOMS graduating class. So she was asked if the MOPTO was offering that again? “We don’t have the money for that,” Solowosky says, maybe other than a $5 drawstring bag as a gift for around 360 eighth grade students. Other fundraising projects

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t. Elizabeth Seton Parish, Flanders, is sponsoring a bus trip to Sight and Sound in Lancaster, Pa., on Friday, June 8. The featured production will be “Jesus.” The bus leaves St Elizabeth’s Parish, at 7:30 a.m. and returns at about 11 p.m. The cost is $169 per person and includes reserved orchestra tickets at the theater Sight and Sound, roundtrip motorcoach, buffet dinner, tours,

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to know how to get their fair share. According to Newell, there are several easy things parents can do to substantially increase the amount of money they get from colleges. For example, “There are several schools that historically give better financial aid packages than others,” says Newell. “If families do proper income and asset planning before filling out the forms, they can increase eligibility by thousands of dollars.” Newell offers a few simple tips to parents with college funding problems. “If a parent has only half an hour to end their college funding problems, I would suggest the following: 1. Make sure they do not over-value their home on the financial aid forms. 2. Try not to save money in the child’s name as it weighs

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Eighth Graders Question Congressman On National Issues issues, including national gun reform, the opioid epidemic, immigration, the legalization of marijuana, the recent government shutdown, national security, the conflict with North Korea and President Trump’s

administration. The visit was entirely student-led, with support from a social studies teacher, Mr. Salerno. Lance said he was very impressed by the maturity of the students.

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ighth Grade Students at Netcong Elementary School were visited by Congressman Leonard Lance on March 9 as part of the school’s social studies program. Lance represents Netcong in the United States House of Representatives. To familiarize themselves with the issues of the day,

the eighth graders view a student-news broadcast nightly and regularly discuss connections between American history and current events in class. To prepare for Lance’s visit, students developed questions regarding contemporary issues. The questions, which were entirely student-generated, dealt with a wide range of

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Public Library Hosts FREE COLLEGE FUNDING SEMINAR Mt. Olive Public Library Tues., April 24th at 7pm - 8pm The seminar will discuss how parents of college-bound high school sophomores and juniors can receive $2,500-$25,000 per year that most don’t even know about.

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he Mt. Olive Township Environmental Commission and the Raritan Headwaters Association are sponsoring reduced-cost well water testing for Mt. Olive residents. Those whose water comes from a private well do not have it tested by any state or local authority. They are responsible for the quality of their well water. Mt. Olive residents may have their well water tested for coliform bacteria and nitrates for $60. Test kits for other contaminants, such as lead, arsenic and radon, are available for additional cost. Each test kit comes with easy-to-follow instructions and all required containers. Shirley Ann’s

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Test kits may be purchased on Saturday, May 19, between 9 a.m. and noon at the Mt. Olive Municipal Building cafeteria. Payment by check is preferred. The water samples must be dropped off at the municipal building on Monday, May 21, between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. The RHA will ensure that all the samples reach a state-certified laboratory later that day for testing. Test results are communicated directly to the residents. If pollutants are detected, the RHA will provide information so that well owners can address the problems and make their water safe for consumption. Nationally, nearly half of all people get their water from groundwater sources. Approximately 80 percent of people living in the Raritan Headwaters region rely on groundwater. The EPA and N.J. DEP both recommend that private wells be tested annually for coliform and nitrates. Both human-caused and naturally occurring contaminants are often found in

private wells. Nitrates and bacteria, which can lead to immediate and serious health conditions, may be found in well water as a result of a poorly performing septic system or a nearby agricultural source. Two naturally occurring elements, arsenic and radon, are also commonly found in well water in northwestern New Jersey. Scientific studies associate long-term exposure to arsenic and radon with cancer and other health effects. Lead may be present in drinking water if there is lead-based solder in pipes or lead components in well pumps. The lead is leached by corrosive water. Lead can cause physical or mental development problems in infants and children. For more information, contact Mara Tippett of RHA at 908-234-1852, ext. 401 or via email at Visit the RHA website for demonstrations of proper well water sampling techniques (www.raritanheadwaters. org).

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Mt. Olive Robotics Earns Chairman’s Award

By Jane Primerano he Mt. Olive High School’s Robotics Team recently took the Chairman’s Award at the Mid-Atlantic District FIRST Robotics Competition. It is the most prestigious award FIRST gives at competitions, according to Mt. Olive High senior Luke Mears who made a presentation at the event. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology.” It is a non-profit STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) engagement program. The Mt. Olive Robotics Team 11 (MORT 11) was host team for the March 9 – 11 event. In conjunction, they also sponsored its first Marauders Maker Fest on March 10, an event that invited adults and children of all ages. Events in the Maker Fest included drone competitions,

displays of elementary and middle school science projects and musical performances. Visitors could tour the high school’s maker space and create art works. The Maker Fest was a STEAM event (Science, Technology, Education, Art and Math). Ernie DiCicco, who coordinated the events said “The Mt. Olive School district felt the Maker Fest – this celebration of student ingenuity and design – was a natural fit with the robotics competition.” He said High School Principal Kevin Stansberry was very supportive of holding the two events together. DiCicco has been involved with the robotics team for about 20 years, since he was a student in the program, and is involved at the district, regional and world competition level. Mt. Olive has held a competition for many years, normally attracting about 2,000 students, parents and commu-

ROBOT COMPETITION – Student-built robots maneuver milk-crate-sized cubes in the game Power Up at the Mid-Atlantic District FIRST Robotics Competition at Mt. Olive High School in Flanders.

nity members. Schools were invited to exhibit work done by students, according to Gretel Perez, the Mt. Olive School District director of science and STEAM. She said the Marauder Maker Fest is designed to demonstrate how school

districts in Morris County and beyond celebrate both STEAM and making/creating. The advisor of MORT 11 is physics teacher Matt Ottey. More than 40 robots from New Jersey and Pennsylvania continued on page 19


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continued from page 18 high schools competed in a game called “Power Up,” according to the press release on the competition. The game was modeled after an early video game; it required robots to work as teams to control and seasaw-like scale. N.J. teams came from Morris, Sussex, Warren, Somerset, Bergen,

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CELEBRATION – Mt. Olive Robotics Team 11 students celebrate winning the prestigious FIRST Robotics Chairman’s Award.

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Mt. Olive’s Health Director Recognized For Outreach And Meritorious Service


by Cheryl Conway t. Olive’s deputy director of health recently received the President’s Award for Service by the N.J. Environmental Health Association. As a registered health specialist with Mt. Olive for 16 months, Derrick Webb of West Orange, was surprised by the recognition and plaque he received on March 5 at the NJEHA Educational Conference in Atlantic City. “It’s nice knowing my efforts are recognized,” says Webb. “I do appreciate it. I was very surprised only because not too many people were aware of my contributions to Rutgers University students. It’s something I did without anyone knowing. I believe in helping people out.” Webb, who sits on the Board of the NJEHA, has sponsored undergraduate students to attend the educational con-

ference every year since 2012. “Each year I will invite two or three undergraduates” to attend the conference in order to network and connect with other professionals in the field of public health and planning. “In 2012, I realized how difficult it was to network with already established professionals,” he says. To help, he contacts Rutgers and professors there to find out of any students interested in the opportunity. If so, he pays $80 out of his pocket, per student, to attend. “I wanted to introduce people to who I know to establish relationships to get internships,” says Webb. The “first time with any field it’s hard to get in a field without any experience.” As a 2011 graduate with a bachelor’s in public health from Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning

and Public Policy, Webb has made it a point to reach out to undergraduates there. “That’s where I have my ties,” he admits. Pointing out his outreach to youth, The NJEHA “recognized Webb’s mentoring of young environmental specialists and students by inspiring them and funding their attendance at the NJEHA annual conference,” as stated in the write-up about his award. “He puts his money where his mouth is, but does it quietly,” the announcement stated. “He doesn’t seek attention but values rewarding opportunities for students on the verge of becoming public health professionals. His efforts are inspiring, heartwarming and worthy of recognition.” Webb was also recognized for his work as a registered health specialist. “His intellect, enthusiasm

for excellency, and advocacy efforts, ensures that he will shine as a leader now and into the future. Derrick is also doing some progressive things with the Mt. Olive Health Department. He has been leading his department in efforts to work through accreditation prerequisites and documentation, and he also been instrumental in guiding the department through some technological advances.” continued on page 21

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Mt. Olive’s Health Director Recognized... continued from page 20 As a registered environmental health specialist, Webb handles all health issues such as apartment inspections, septic inspections, water sampling, retail food, kennel inspections, well installations. As deputy director, added duties include the managing of five divisions including the environment, sewer, transportation, animal control and registrations. Webb works with program development and evaluations of those departments. He has been assisting the health officer to better prepare the work force. “We do a lot more cross-training,” says Webb. “Some people have very specific expertise.” He recently helped the town by providing more information with a separate so residents can file complaints, search for local consumer information

and request for inspections, he explains. While West Orange is his home for the past seven years, Webb does not mind the 70 mile commute as he has found Mt. Olive an enjoyable place to work. “I enjoy interacting with the community,” he says. “Mt. Olive is a very diverse community,” with people from different backgrounds and socio economic status. “This is a good place to work; I enjoy the people here,” he says. “I enjoy contributing to the development of this health department,” and “would it hope it would be a model health department in Morris County. I believe we are working toward that direction.” Webb brings with him experience from working in other health departments in N.J., including Union Twp., Bloomfield, Camden County

and Wayne before coming to Mt. Olive in September 2013 as a health inspector. In January 2017 he was hired as Mt. Olive’s deputy director after earning a master’s in public health from Walden University. Webb is currently calling on local residents to provide their input in a Community Health Assessment (CHA) Survey. The survey was issued two months ago to gather health information to provide an overview of the local population and health care concerns, he explains. “The Mt. Olive Health Department and the North Jersey Health Collaborative are working together to figure out what topics we should focus on to improve health in Mt. Olive Township,” as stated on the survey flyer. “To make sure we choose the things that really matter, we need to hear from people who live and work in our communities. This is your

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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 nationally recognized mortgage banker, bestselling author, and top rated motivational speaker. He spoke at the Mastermind Summit along with world-renowned motivational speakers Tony Robbins and Barbara Corcoran from ABC Television’s Shark Tank. As an authority on real estate and finance, Demetriou has been quoted in many lo-

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ongratulations to Jersey Girl Brewery on its second anniversary. Mayor Rob Greenbaum presents on Thursday, April 5, a congratulatory gift to Mike Bigger and Chuck Aaron, owners of Jersey

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Maintained home, public utilities Many updates. Paved driveway, 1 car gar. w/entrance to foyer Brick front backdrop on rocking chair front porch. FR w/wood burning stove, patio door to 2 story deck Renovated powder room on first level, LR and DRw/wood floors, Kit. updated w/ ceramic tile back splash, new dishwasher, sliding glass door to deck. Main bath updated w/neutral tile floor to ceiling in tub/shower. Denin fin. bsmt. Utility room has storage, heating system, washer & dryer.

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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

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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 continued on page 29

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The Temptation To Temp... continued from page 28 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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hroughout 2018, you can create easy, healthy and delicious family meals by using time-saving recipes. For example, these “Cook Once, Eat Twice” recipes from CanolaInfo start with pork chops that double as the base for lunch or dinner the following day. “The more you cook your own meals, the more you can control portion sizes and ingredients,” said Manuel Villacorta, registered dietitian. “Knowing the right oil to use is essential. I like using canola oil to keep the flavors of your dishes intact due to its neutral taste and light texture. Plus, it contains high levels of monounsaturated fat and plantbased omega 3 fat, and is low in saturated fat. I use it regularly in my home kitchen and

Make Kitchen Time Easier recommend it to my clients.” For more time-saving recipes, visit Pork Loin Chops with Sweet Balsamic Mushrooms Servings: 8 8 boneless center-cut pork loin chops (4 ounces each), trimmed of fat 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided 12 ounces sliced portobello mushrooms 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons water 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon sugar 2 tablespoons chopped green onions

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Make Kitchen Time Easier... cont. from page 31 sauce over pork and mushrooms. Sprinkle with onions. Pressed Pepperoncini-Pork Sandwiches Servings: 4 12 ounces crusty French bread, unsliced 4 leftover pork chops from Pork Loin Chops with Sweet Balsamic Mushrooms recipe 2/3 cup pepperoncini slices 1 plum tomato, chopped 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil 1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano 1/4 teaspoon dried pepper flakes

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School District, Township And Police Team Up To Secure MO Schools


By Cheryl Conway ecurity at the local schools has been quite stringent, but for those who stopped in more recently, greater enforcement is present with even more measures to come. From additional armed personnel to upgraded security kiosks, new security walls, lock down drills, surveillance cameras- and encouraging all to ‘say something’ if they see a threat- Mt. Olive school, township and police officials are moving full steam ahead in providing top notch safety in all six public schools. The new security measures are a direct reaction to tragic events at school campuses, particularly the shooting in Parkland, Fla. While coming into a school with a gun used to be considered a “unique incidence” in the past that “happen very rarely,” Mt. Olive Superintendent of Schools Dr. Larrie Reynolds says “That’s happening more and more, it just seems prudent we would take more strenuous, serious measures.”

While the “odds are not very good,” that such a tragedy would happen in Mt. Olive, Reynolds says “It only takes one time. We are not a police force, we are not a prison. It’s always going to be a public school. We are doing what we can within reason in an event of an emergency to protect the students.” One of the changes is additional armed personnel at each of the schools. Four armed security guards have been added, one for each of the elementary schools, says Reynolds, as there were no armed security guards present there in the past. The Mt. Olive Board of Education approved the employment of these four new armed security guards at its meeting March 28. They were scheduled to take their posts April 9. At the high school, three armed security guards have been added, as well as one at the middle school. “They are in uniform with a gun,” says Reynolds, with a presence during the school day, as well as before and after

school, and evening events. Cost for the armed security guards being funded through the school district is $140,000 per year, says Reynolds. Facility upgrades will be about $200K, he adds. “We will have to take it out of the general fund,” says Reynolds. “There will be a cost to that,” but one that will not increase taxes, he adds. “There’s always been a budget line for safety; that budget line is going to get bigger.” The township is pitching in from its budget as well. Out of the nine total security people, Mt. Olive Twp. has hired three who are employed through the Mt. Olive Police Department. According to Reynolds, the town council voted to spend $240,000 on those three officers. Regulated by the state with a new designation called “Special 3,” these police officers report to the MOPD and are trained to work in schools. Confirming the hiring of these officers, Mayor Rob Greenbaum says “Yes it was continued on page 35




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Secure MO Schools... continued from page 34 included in the budget which was approved. We have funding for two class III officers in the budget. The town is trying to participate with school district to make the schools as safe as possible.” Council President Joe Nicastro says, “I understand the odds of a school shooting compared to everyday shootings is minimal but in today’s world it is about prevention.” In addition to more officers, security kiosks at each school will be upgraded starting in the fall. Reynolds stresses that anyone who comes to the schools “will need a legitimate reason to visit there,” such as attending a conference, program or meeting. “We are trying to limit the number of potential threats that we have in school.” Any non-student will have to “demonstrate why they are there,” says Reynolds. They will then be entered into a first security door, greeted by a trained officer or personnel. If they’re to drop something off, they will leave it in a cabinet placed in

those first set of doors. If they need to enter the school, “they will be asked to identify themselves” with an updated kiosk, that is more technically advanced. “It’s a video based machine.” The person will have to show identification; the system will search the database to identify anyone with a warrant, sex offense, fugitive, felony or custody issue. Those who are cleared will get a badge to enter the second door into the building, says Reynolds. The high school will have security walls with the ability to lock down portions of the building during lock down drills, he adds. “Lock down drills will be more intense” at all the schools. There will be more surveillance cameras, “hundreds of cameras,” with advanced, high definition in all hallways, meeting areas and large rooms, linked with the MOPD for even greater security. “We will never have a problem, will never have a security incident,” ensures Reynolds. These new measures “will give


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parents and community members’ confidence. That’s what parents want; they want to see their kids safe. We are doing what we can” to protect them. “One of the best ways to secure the schools,” says Reynolds, is “to say something.” “We will train kids, students, parents if anyone knows something to say something,” he says. “It’s one of the easiest and it’s free. We can avoid a lot of hysteria if people know someone is going to threaten the safety, say something. We have a responsibility, all of us, to each other.” As a “way to be proactive than reactive,” this is a “positive way to make us all safer. He cites that “75 percent of all teenage suicides, kids told somebody and no one said anything. “We take every single one of these messages, we take it very seriously,” concludes Reynolds. “If we knew these things ahead of time, it would be so helping people.”

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Morris County Open Space Grant Applications Being Accepted

he Morris County Department of Planning and Public Works, Division of Planning and Preservation, has announced that grant applications for funding of open space projects under the Morris County Preservation Trust are now available online. Any of Morris County’s 39 municipalities and qualified charitable conservancies are eligible to apply for grant funding, said Barbara Murray, open space program coordinator. Funding for the grants comes from the county’s Preservation Trust Fund, which generates revenues through a voter-approved special county tax. The tax, set at 7/8 of a cent per $100 of tax assessment, should generate about $8 million this year. Of that money, the county allocates 2/8 of a cent to the Park Improvement

Trust used by the Park Commission to restore facilities and 5/8 of a cent is allocated to the other Preservation Trust Programs. About 13,900 acres of open space have been preserved with the assistance of grant funding from the county program since its inception in 1993, according to Murray. The deadline for submitting 2018 open space applications and appraisals is Friday, June 15. The Morris County Open Space Trust Fund Committee will visit proposed sites in September, with final presentations made in October, and recommendations made to the freeholder board in early November. Obtain additional information by contacting the Morris County Division of Planning and Preservation at 973-8298120.

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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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Three Generations Of Family Create Events To Be Proud Of

Party Pleasing Rentals is a full service event rental company committed to providing quality products and excellent service with the ultimate goal of delivering an event to be proud of by planners and customers. Its specialty is tented events. An extensive inventory gives the flexibility to provide beautiful, year round coverage for events both large and small, from backyard barbeques to formal weddings and large corporate events. The ability to add heat or air conditioning, elegant cathedral windowed sides, beautiful lighting and even carpeted flooring, dance floors and multi-tiered staging allows the delivery of a tent perfect for one’s once-in-a-lifetime event. To complement the tents, A Party Pleasing Rentals offers patters of fine china, silver and stainless flatware, glassware, bar accessories, and extensive catering supplies including elegant serving pieces and even commercial stoves and grills. For the comfort of all guests, many choices are provided in seating, from folding chairs to garden wedding chairs, to padded ballroom and maple dining chairs.

The linen selection is virtually limitless to cover tables in countless combinations of texture and color to dress all events in any style desired. In addition, clients planning special events can choose other options such as popcorn machines, dunk tanks, inflatables, grills, cotton candy machines, games and much more. Call for a free consultation at 973-8877264. Visit the showroom at 38 Rt. 10 West in East Hanover. A Party Pleasing

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Know Someone Deserving Of A Free Roof?

or the fourth year participating in the national No Roof Left Behind program, Jeff Alte Jr. Roofing & Siding will be giving away a free roof to a deserving family in Warren, Sussex or Morris County. Only one contractor in each region is chosen to represent and run the program. Nominations are being accepted through May 31 and must be made online. Nominate oneself or anyone in need of a new roof. Nominees must own their home and be current on mortgage payments. Nominations should include contact info for the nominee, the current condition of the roof, as well as why the nominee deserves or needs a new roof. Photos are helpful. To make a nomination, go to and click on the No Roof Left Behind logo at the bottom of the home page. From there, search under New Jersey or en-

ter a zip code to find the nomination page. Check out the prior years’ winners and stories there. Four finalists will be selected based on their background story, and not only the condition, but also the feasibility of completing the roof project. The finalists will be announced on July 13, and then a four-weeklong online vote will take place from July 13 to August 13, with a winner being announced on Aug. 21. The install will be scheduled thereafter. Jeff Alte Jr. is a full-service roofing, gutter and siding company that has been serving the area for 18 years. The company is based in Hackettstown with a showroom open to the public. Three completely free roof installs have been given away. Prior winners have included Tony and Carmel Gulla, of Blairstown, in 2017; Michael Snyder of Sparta the year prior and Mary Lou Sherrer, of Moun-

tain Lake, Liberty Twp. was the recipient of the first roof giveaway in 2015. Jeff Alte Jr, owner, sees the program as a small way to give back to the community which has supported and grown the business since he initially started. “While it’s difficult to


choose four finalists, the joy on their faces and the instant relief it brings to the winner’s life is very humbling,’’ he said. For more information about Jeff Alte Jr Roofing & Siding, or the No Roof Left Behind program, call 908-850-8558 or visit

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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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Hackettstown Author Visits Historic Monument Of Murdered Kitchen Maid, Pens True To Life Story In New Book


By Cheryl Conway n Sunday, April 8, Hackettstown resident and author Maryann McFadden stood in front of the monument of Tillie Smith at Union Cemetery in a live video about the young woman who was murdered 132 years ago. The timing could not have been more perfect- not only was it a month before McFadden’s book launch of her fourth book “The Cemetery Keepers Wife”- but this was the anniversary of Smith’s deathApril 8, 1886- the day this 19 year old was raped and strangled while at work as a potato peeler on the grounds of Centenary Collegiate Institute, a Methodist seminary now known as Centenary University. As the sun set and the evening chill started to roll in, McFadden tells her small audience about Smith and her inspiration in writing her first historical-fiction novel “The Cemetery Keepers Wife.” “I’ve waited a very long time to tell you what I have learned about the life of Tillie Smith,” McFadden says at the foot of Smith’s monument. “She had come to work at Centenary just a few months prior to her death, trying to improve her life, having no idea that her days were about to come to an end.” McFadden, 64, explains what led her to learn more about Smith, her research and five year project of writing her 349 page novel. She had discovered the monument when she was 11 years old after first coming to Hackettstown from New York. “I was intrigued even as a child,” she says. Later on, after some coincidences like walking into the house of Smith’s murder, then meeting a relative of Smith’s, she decided she was destined to learn more and share her knowledge with others. She says “my journey, it became an obsession; it became personal. I would spend long moments looking into those eyes, trying to imagine her thoughts, her dreams, her hopes. Her hands were a mess, they were nicked and bleeding and scared and yet she had hopes and dreams I could only imagine.” “I want to honor Tillie’s life; I want to share her life; I want to portray a girl whose voice was silenced 130 years ago and give her a voice,” she tells her friends. “Tillie became a footnote in the story of

her death. No one except those who knew her when she was alive really knew who she was.” McFadden continues, “Tillie Smith became almost a legend. I believe I have accurately portrayed her life, that I accurately interpreted who she was. Perhaps she’s still waiting to tell the truth,” McFadden justifies as to why some claim to have seen her ghost. “I believe the truth should never go to the grave.” McFadden will be having a free pre-release book discussion and signing on Tuesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m., as part of Centenary University’s Spring Authors Series. The event will be held in the Front Parlours of the Edward W. Seay Administration Building. “The murder of Smith, a kitchen maid at Centenary, captivated news readers across the nation, fueling a public outcry that led authorities to arrest and convict a maintenance man at the institute for the crime,” as stated in a press release. “Today, the gruesome murder has become woven into Hackettstown lore. A monument in her memory stands in Union Cemetery and “Tillie Walks” sponsored by Centenary Stage Company retrace Smith’s steps on the fateful night of her murder.” The actual building where Smith had worked burnt down in 1899. “It was very gothic looking back then,” says McFadden. “She was murdered there,” with her body found the next morning April 9 behind that main building, near the library. This is McFadden’s fourth book. Working as a journalist for 10 years- after graduating from Hackettstown High School in 1972 and Rutgers University with her bachelor’s in English in 1975- she became a realtor for the next 10 years, before returning to school at William Paterson University for a master’s in English. “I love both; it’s kind of a perfect combination,” she says about her professions, during an interview with the “Hackettstown News.” Writing has always been her passion. “I started writing my first story when I was a child,” she recalls. “I was always writing stories; it was my dream. I love creating; I love writing and bringing people to other places and getting into the heads of other characters.”

Her greatest compliment is when someone tells her “You characters are so real; it’s hard work.” She started writing books 15 years ago, with her first book she self-published in 2006, “The Richest Season,” which did so well that an agent picked it up and sold it at auction to Hyperion Books, she says. Her other books, also contemporary fiction, have included “So Happy Together” and “The Book Lover,”- all translated into multiple languages, designated Indie Next Picks and must-reads by the American Bookseller’s Association. “The Cemetery Keeper’s Wife,” published by Three Women Press, is her first historical novel, set to be released at her national book launch May 8, 6:30 p.m., at Clinton Book Shop. Based on a true story, McFadden weaves a fictional story and character into the novel. “I wanted to stay as true to the event as possible,” she says. “I tried to be faithful to the true events as I could be.” McFadden started her book in 2012, completed it about one year later, before multiple rewrites. “I rewrote it about five different times,” she explains. “The book was very heavy in research, made it too dense. Instead, she needed a vehicle to bring a person from the past into the story. “That became Rachel, the cemetery keeper’s wife,” a fictional part woven into the novel. “The Cemetery Keeper’s Wife” poignantly blends fact and fiction as two women scarred by shame, and separated by more than a century, reach across time to rewrite history,” she describes. While McFadden is not a character in the book, Rachel’s role mimics some of McFadden’s experiences and discoveries which led her to writing the book. “Rachel’s story and journey- I give her a lot of what happened to me in my research. She’s 30 years younger than me but she’s got my journey in researching Tillie.” McFadden explains, “I moved here as continued on page 43

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Hackettstown Author Visits Historic Monument... continued from page 42 a kid in 1964 from Brooklyn. Our house was near the cemetery. We would play over there; we would go fishing and roam around. There were no parks there back then. We’d roam across the bridge; We’d practice cheer- ing flips and cartwheels. There was a lot of room to roam there.” T h a t ’ s when she saw Smith’s monument. “It was so impressive. We read the words” carved into the stone: ‘She Died In Defence of Her Honor.’ “As children we didn’t understand what it meant. As kids we were intrigued.” Then over the years, she found connections, McFadden explains. As a realtor, in the late 1990’s, she walked into a house on Sharp Street, “looked like a time warp. I sold it to my friend’s daughter. There was an auction there, pictures on the dining room wall.” This was the home of Smith’s murder, James Titus, a janitor at the seminary who was arrested weeks later and “eventually sentenced to hang. But he didn’t.” Instead, lived “right in this town,” until he died in 1952. His granddaughter had just gone into a nursing home, leaving the house to be sold. While at a party, when a friend had mentioned to others that McFadden was writing about the infamous murder, McFadden met one of Smith’s relatives. “Little things like that, I

started to feel like I needed to write this book,” she says. In her research, she was left heartbroken when the information centered around Titus and “nothing about Tillie, except that she was poor and had a tough family life.” Smith- who lived near Waterloo Village and was related to one of the original d eve l o p e rs of Waterloo Villagewas buried in a potter’s field, a part of Union Cemetery where “people who have no money” are placed in unmarked graves. After her m u r d e r , “it was like an O’J Simpson trial of its era,” McFadden explains. “People became outraged, shamed the town.” Her name was smeared and virtue called into question, “in what some cite as the first case of yellow journalism in Joseph Pulitzer’s New York City newspaper the “World.” Much like the fallout so many women experience when coming forward to report their rape today, Tillie was essentially put on trial herself as her ‘reputation for chastity’ was questioned in an effort to save her assailant,” McFadden explains. People sent in coins to erect a monument for her,” with enough support throughout the country to have her body exhumed and moved. McFadden uses her research from historical society, old newspapers, archives from Centenary and Belvidere, a continued on page 44

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Hackettstown Author Visits Historic Monument... continued from page 43 non-fiction account by Denis Sullivan, and even “hard to read” handwritten 300-page transcript of Smith’s trial, as background for her book. She also spoke with descendent of the Smiths including the late Bob Smith and May Smith Ritzer of Budd Lake, who were related to Smith’s uncle, John Smith. Civil War Captain John Smith was brothers with Tillie’s father, Nathan Smith. In telling history, McFadden uses the local setting. “I knew the local audience wanted everything I could find,” she says, in her description of Budd Lake and Hackettstown. “It’s fascinating Hackettstown history,” as the family

lived throughout the area.” Some of the main themes McFadden tries to stress are: “Sometimes we think there are coincidences but we are on a road we are destined to be on.” Also, “There should not be expiration to justice. The truth should always come out no matter how many decades or centuries has gone by.” A good non-fiction mystery best for young adult readers, high school age and above, McFadden says readers will learn about the Victorian era, a “real eye opener for anyone who likes history. It’s a really good read,” according to the feedback she has received from critics. It is also the “only book”

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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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