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No. 15 Vol. 2


February 2017

Table Set For Jazz Breakfast Fundraiser Supports Sandy Relief

By Elsie Walker lthough Hurricane Sandy may be a distant memory for many in northern New Jersey, there are those in the south who are still recovering from its effects and need help. “It is still very important to continue to provide financial resources so the necessary housing repairs can get done,” said Scott Lefurge of Byram, president of the United Methodist Men at the Stanhope United Methodist Church in Netcong. “It is hard to believe that in 2017 there

are still families and individuals that are living in temporary housing and are still not back in their homes.” To help with the on-going recovery effort, the church’s men’s group holds an annual Jazz Breakfast Fundraiser open to the community. This year’s breakfast is set for Sun., Feb. 26. Breakfast times will be 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in the church’s fellowship hall and an offering for Sandy Relief will be received. Live and recorded jazz music will be the entertainment. The church is located



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in Netcong and has ample parking in its lot. In addition, the 9:30 a.m. service that Sunday will also have live jazz music and an offering taken for Sandy Relief. Lefurge noted that all of the monies collected at the breakfast and service go directly to the relief effort. The breakfast will be a feast for both the stomach and ears. Lefurge noted that the breakfast’s menu will include pancakes and sausage along with fresh fruit. Homemade waffles will also be served, a big hit since they were added to the menu, said Lefurge. The live music played at the breakfast helps to make it special, he added. Lefurge, a saxophone player and music educator in the Bedminster Township school district and his son, Zachery, who plays trumpet and is studying music at Kutztown University, will be coordinating the musicians who

will lend their talents to the day. Last year, they had jazz musicians from Kutztown University, Bedminster Township School, Bernard’s High School and the Stanhope United Methodist Church. They hope to yet again gather talents to make it a memorable music event. Not only is it memorable for the audience, but for Lefurge, who gets to work with his son in providing the music. Lefurge shared. “It’s great to have family involved in an event like this.

It is heartwarming to know your children and your family want to share their talents and help out for a good cause. Zach and I look forward to performing for our church friends.” As for the music played during the service, selections will include jazz renditions of “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “ The Old Rugged Cross,”, What a Friend We Have in Jesus” along with “Just a Closer Walk With Thee,” which Lefurge noted is his personal favorite.

“It is such a joy and blessing to be able to provide an event like this in our church and community. People look forward to it and enjoy the good food, wonderful music, spirit filled worship and friendly fellowship. Since we started this event in 2013, we have raised over $3,000 for Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts,” Lefurge said. For more information on the breakfast or service, call the church at 973-3470247.


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AVM To Celebrate Decade Of History, Service, Donors

his is a milestone year for the All Veterans Memorial organizers who will be celebrating a decade of planning, fundraising and developing one of New Jersey’s most notable veteran’s memorials, while dedicating four new monuments being added to the complex. American Exceptionalism has been adopted by the AVM Board of Directors to be this year’s motto, which represents the very ideals that the AVM was built on. The ceremony and dedication set for Thur., May 25, is expected to reflect the many battles and victories throughout American history. Honorary hosts of the event will be decorated WWII veteran, dog trainer, American author and award

winning photojournalist William ‘Bill’ Wynne, who will be joined by Veterans of Foreign War Post 8096 New Jersey’s American Legion Post #154. The American Exceptionalism program is scheduled to run three or four consecutive evenings, beginning on May 25 at approximately 6:30 p.m. “We are expecting the program will be quite remarkable” Charlie Uhrmann, AVM originator said. “We are in the process of writing the scripts for mini Broadway- like performances that will highlight the core significance of each element.” The seven notable elements that will be featured during the show are the AVM main ceremonial complex, the Path to En-

during Freedom, the North Star Seating area, the War Dog Memorial, the MIA Cenotaph, Freedom Wall and the Veterans Reflection Encampment. A formal dedication of the cenotaph, monument walls and encampment is slated for the first production, along with an awards presentation for all major donors throughout the years. “This event is a perfect time to acknowledge and thank our major sponsors,” said Uhrmann. “Had it not been for them, Mt. Olive would not have this amazing place for our veterans, their families and our community,” Uhrmann explained. Honorary guest save the date cards have been sent to NJ’s 295 American Le-

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on a local level. The participant’s commitment will earn them all the awards which can be used as a helpful aide when applying for acceptance into colleges or a new job. “We had seven Mt. Olive High School students receive the awards in 2010 and we are very proud that 100 percent of those students were accepted to the colleges of their choice,”

Uhrmann added. Volunteer positions available are listed on the AVM website under special events. The positing will be updated regularly. Anyone interested in participating in the program or volunteering their time and/or talent may email the AVM at info@ or call Uhrmann directly at 908-684-0057.


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Flanders Fire Chief Offers Tips On Staying Cozy Safely This Winter


hile there’s nothing more comfortable than walking into a warm, cozy home from the cold outside winter air, Flanders Fire Chief Tyler Wargo urges people to make sure they warm their homes safely. “It’s been a fairly mild winter so far, but we’ve got several weeks left and the weather forecast is calling for many chilly days,” said Wargo. “Getting careless with home heating can result in injuries, death and damage.” Wargo said that more home fires occur in the winter than in any other season. Citing facts from the National Fire Protection

Association, Wargo states that more than half of home heating fires occur during Dec., Jan. and Feb. “Heating equipment was involved in one out of every six fires, according to the NFPA,” said Wargo. “Of more concern to us, one in every five fire deaths involves heating equipment. We’ve seen those statistics become reality in Flanders. We want to keep our residents safe.” Wargo offered several tips to stay safely warm during the winter. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from any heat source. Keep portable generators outside, away from

windows and as far away as possible from the home. Install and test carbon monoxide alarms. Test them at least once a month, especially during heating season and if using generators; wood, coal or gas stoves or other auxiliary heating supplies. Remember that CO alarms have a seven-year lifetime. Have a qualified professional clean and inspect chimneys once a year. And if using wood or coal to heat, remember to store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container. Keep that container at least 10 feet away from the house. Plug only one heat-pro-

ducing appliance into an electrical outlet at a time. “Every year, we see the devastation fire can do,” said Wargo. “Even a socalled minor fire can cause a family to have to relocate

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or the past several years Hilltop Church Board of Deacons has hosted a Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, and the proceeds have gone to support the local community. Past recipients have included the Borough Library, The Borough Fire Department, the First Responders and Youth Athletic Programs. This year the proceeds from the Hilltop Pancake Supper will benefit the four neighborhood stores who were damaged by the fire on Dec. 28. The Country Coffee Shop, Village Piz-

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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.

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New Chamber President Shares Positive Points To Bring In New Members

By Cheryl Conway ncreasing membership while showing constituents the value of joining the Mt. Olive Area Chamber of Commerce (MOACC) tops the agenda for the business organization’s new president. Whether its networking, exchanging creative ideas, volunteering in the community, supporting one another or simply sharing in good times, MOACC President Harry Browne of Independence Twp. speaks highly of the organization that he has been a member for the past six years. He started Jan. 1 as president after running in an online election against another board member. Out of the total membership, 65 percent voted, and nominated Browne to serve the one-year term. He replaces Andrea Kirchuk. “It was comforting to know people really like me and feel confident in me,” says Browne. “I accepted the nomination and felt I could add value.” The mission of the MOACC is to support the development of the professional network and to help promote businesses among local business professionals. At the end of 2016, 130

members had joined. Since membership is annual with required dues, members resign up each year. With a renewal rate of about 70 percent, Browne says he’s “adamant about increasing membership. My goal is to get us to the next level. He is passionate about showing members the value of their membership and how it can grow. Some new ideas are to include a member to member discount program. MOACC members can go online, see the list of members and then take advantage of a 10 percent off discount rate with each business member. “I want to put our businesses together and drive businesses for them,” says Browne. “We are purposely expanding our horizons to drive it back to member organizations when we can.” Another idea is to give out a membership gift bag with every business providing a coupon or gift certificate at participating MOACC businesses. Annual membership of the MOACC is $125 for businesses with one to 99 employees; and $225 for businesses with more than 99 employees. The chamber is called

the Mt. Olive Area Chamber of Commerce because it encompasses a “35-mile circle” with areas in and outside of Mt. Olive, such as Budd Lake, Flanders, Washington Twp., Warren County, Long Valley and Sussex County, explains Browne. “We are one of the largest regional chambers in the state and successful,” says Browne. Membership is open to all local businesses and franchises, and guests are always invited to attend. “All talents, all businesses, all franchises, everybody brings a little something to the dance which makes it so much fun,” says Browne. The MOACC provides four main events each month and three to four special events each year. The four monthly events include a business educational meeting called Lunch & Learn; a Young Professionals Group; the Women in Business of NW NJ, and the premiere networking event in the area, Marketing-in-the-Morning. “If you’re not a morning person you go for lunch; if not, you go to an evening event,” says Browne. “We’ve staggered it to be accommodating. We are



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perience and getting more business, more customers. Everybody is doing something different and creative; they add so much to the chamber.” Go to for a list of upcoming events or to join. The group recently hopped on two busses with 100 people to attend the Devil’s Game, with sandwiches from the Corner Pub and three local breweries providing the beer. Another night out, Oliver Awards, is planned for April 26 at Centenary University in Hackettstown. In its third year, each business submits a three minute video clip, like a business-like commercial, and a panel of judges vote on best videos, best actors, best actresses and more. “I won the first year,” laughs Browne.



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Flanders Firefighters Choose New Fire Chief And Additional Officers

embers of the Flanders Fire Company #1 and Rescue Squad promoted an experienced fire officer to be chief of department for 2017. Tyler Wargo, who had been first assistant fire chief, was elected to the top position of the fire and EMS department during the recent elections. Wargo joined the fire company in 1999. He became an EMS lieutenant in 2003 and a fire lieutenant in 2013. Since then, he has served as captain and assistant

chief. Wargo has received a variety of awards and recognitions, including an Award of Valor from the 200 Club of Morris County in 2015. He received that honor for rescuing a blind man from a burning apartment at what is now Overlook at Flanders apartments. He replaces Michael McDermott, who had served two terms as chief. McDermott was elected to the first assistant chief position, a position he requested. Frank Zeller will

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Writing Tips Offered At MO Chamber’s Luncheon

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Say?” The topic of this month’s Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn will offer some thoughts on what to write for a website, blog, or e-newsletter. The Tues., Feb. 28 Lunch ‘N Learn is scheduled for Adam’s Bagel and Bakery in Budd Lake, starting at 11:45 a.m. You hear it over and over again. You need a website, a blog, an e-newsletter. But where are you supposed to come up with all these words? And what should you talk about? And really, who has time for all

that writing? In this Lunch and Learn, Sue Toth of Sue Toth Writing and Editing Services will offer tips on how to write a website, blog and e-newspetter. Participants can learn how to speak customers on their website, blog, or newsletter; how to come up with ideas for enticing blogs and newsletters; how to grab readers’ attention in the first paragraph of a piece; how often to write. Cost for the event is $15 for MOACC members and $20 for non-members if prepaid; $5 added to the cost at door. Reserve a spot at www. This is one of several

of the chamber’s regular events each month. Marketing in the Morning, a complimentary benefit to members of the chamber, takes place the third Wednesday morning of every month from 7:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. There is a $10 fee but it is complimentary to members of the chamber. Register for this program in advance at the chamber website. In addition, the chamber hosts monthly meetings for Young Professionals and Women in Business. Details at the website. For further information about the chamber and its array of events and benefits, visit

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Upcoming Events at Mt. Olive Comunity Bible Church


t. Olive Community Bible Church, located aon Flanders Drakestown Rd. (next to themunicipal building), Flanders, is hosting several events.

Dinner n Movie on Mar. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday service on April 13 at 7:00 p.m. Easter service, April 16 at 11:00 a.m..

Family Game Night on April 29, time to be announced. For addiitonal information and Sunday service times call (973) 252-4414.

Mt. Olive Churches Celebrate Ash Wednesday


n the Christian calendar, the annual Lenten season kicks off with a solemn service of Ashes and Communion. The traditional ashes symbolize mortality and remind parishioners to keep in perspective limitations in this life. This year members and clergy of Abiding Peace

Lutheran Church, United Presbyterian Church, Flanders United Methodist Church and Christ Episcopal Church, Budd Lake invite the larger community to join annual ecumenical service set for Wed., March 1. Serena Rice, the new Vicar of Abiding Peace, will bring the evening message.

The service will include a combined choir from local churches under the direction of Ben Schroeder, choir master at Abiding Peace. The service is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. and a refreshment hour will follow. For more information, call Abiding Peace church at 973-691-9393.


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Church Plans Annual Tricky Tray


t. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Flanders plans to hold its annual Tricky Tray on Sat., March 18. This event will be held in the gym of St. Therese School, on

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Gannon Leads Productive Role As New Morris County Sheriff


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

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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 con-

sidered 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 deten-

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.”


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Book Incentive Program Rewards Students Who Show Good Character other commendable characteristic during gym can each choose one of the books that has been donated to the program. The kids may keep the books or exchange them after reading them. Bretzger and Guli select the students in grades kindergarten through third; stu-

dents in grades four and five nominate their peers. “We started this program not just to encourage reading and good conduct,” said Guli. “We want kids to think of reading as a reward, as something special.” At the beginning of the school year, the two teach-

ers asked parents to donate gently used children’s books to the program and the response has been overwhelming. Hundreds and hundreds of books have been brought in and given out, everything from Dr. Seuss books to classics such as “Treasure Island.”

Keira Abrusci and Joseph LaBruna select books as part of the incentive program at Tinc Road Elementary School.


wo physical education teachers at Tinc Road Elementary School in Flanders are teaching kids that exercising their minds is just as important as exercising their bod-

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he Netcong Board of Education has recognized the contributions of colleagues throughout the state during School Board Recognition Month in New Jersey. “The Netcong Board of Education embraces the goal of high-quality education for all New Jersey public school students,” read a resolution adopted by the board last month. “New Jersey can take pride in its schools, which rank among the nation’s best in key achievement indicators such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress scores, and the preparation for college through advanced placement offerings and SAT assessments.” School board members in NJ receive no pay for their service. More than

Netcong School Recognizes Board Of Education 5,000 men and women serve on New Jersey’s local boards of education, making them the largest group of public officials in the state. “Nothing is more important than our children’s education,” said Bernadette Dalesandro, president of the Netcong Board of Education. “School board members provide countless hours of service to their communities and strive to provide the resources necessary to meet the needs of all students. That is why our board is joining in efforts to recognize the efforts of these volunteers throughout the state. We urge all citizens to work with their local boards of education and public school staff toward the improvement of our children’s education.” Donald Webster, Jr.,

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president of the New Jersey School Boards Association, said School Board Recognition Month is “an important way to thank current and former school board members for their dedication and service on behalf of their communities.”

“New Jersey’s local school boards are selected by their community to serve as their voice in setting goals for their schools,” he said. “School board members serve without remuneration, and dedicate extraordinary amounts of time to their

communities. Additionally, board members attend training programs and many reach out to state legislators and members of Congress on behalf of local schoolchildren. We thank them for their work.” The National School

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mouthwatering snacks like festive Mini Popcorn Balls with Chocolate Fondue, microwave popcorn is always a party pleaser. Use a high-quality gourmet popcorn, such as Orville Redenbacher’s, which is the only leading brand that uses real butter. From buttery to sweet and savory, all varieties feature non-GMO, 100 percent whole-grain kernels that pop up lighter and fluffier than ordinary popcorn. Pop onto to find more recipes for your watch party, or look for Orville Redenbacher’s on Facebook, Twitter and Inscontinued on next page


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corn mixture each. In small saucepan, heat chocolate syrup over medium heat 5 minutes, or until warm, stirring occasionally. Transfer to small, fondue-style pot. Use wooden skewers or fondue forks to pick up popcorn balls and dip into chocolate and sprinkles, if desired. Red Velvet Cupcakes Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research Servings: 12 1 cup canned beets, drained 1/2 cup reduced-fat buttermilk, divided 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract continued on next page

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Party-Perfect Flavors... cont. from previous page 3/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, unbleached all-purpose flour 6 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa, plus 1-2 tablespoons for decorating 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/3 cup canola oil, chilled 3/4 cup sugar 1 large egg, cold Cream Cheese Frosting: 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar 4 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese 1/2-1 teaspoon vanilla extract Heat oven to 350 F. Drop paper liners into 12-cavity

muffin pan. Working knife up and down in measuring cup, coarsely chop beets. Place beets in blender, add 1/4 cup buttermilk and blend until beets are finely chopped. Add remaining buttermilk, vinegar and vanilla and blend to puree. Set beet mixture aside. In small bowl, combine flour, 6 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, and set aside. In medium bowl, combine oil and sugar. With hand mixer on medium speed, mix until sugar is evenly moistened. Add cold egg and beat on high until mixture resembles mayon-

naise and sugar is almost completely dissolved, 90 seconds. Add beet mixture and beat until combined. Sift dry ingredients into bowl and mix, either on low speed or by hand until combined with wet ingredients. Divide batter evenly among lined muffin cups, filling them about twothirds full. Bake cupcakes 28-30 minutes, or until tops feel springy. Immediately transfer cupcakes to wire rack and cool completely before frosting. Ice cupcakes, using about 1 tablespoon frosting for each. Place remaining cocoa in strainer and sprinkle over frosted cupcakes.

A Classic Recipe Makeover It’s true that classics never go out of style, but they can also evolve to keep current while still maintaining their original appeal. For example, take the iconic tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich duo. Today’s tomato soup might be seasoned with herbs and garlic, and the grilled cheese might swap goat cheese and mozzarella for the traditional American or cheddar. Meatloaf could be prepared with sriracha replacing Worcestershire sauce or other seasonings. Another updated idea is for stuffed peppers. It’s easy to give them a Tex-

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Classic Recipe Makeover cont. from previous page nonstick cooking spray 1 cup crushed tortilla chips, plus 1/4 cup (optional), divided 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided Drain bean salad; discard liquid. With fork, mash half of beans until chunky. Combine with remaining beans. Stir in cumin and jalapeno, if desired; set aside. In medium skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef and onion 8-10 minutes until ground beef is completely cooked, stirring frequently. Cut bell peppers in half,

lengthwise. Remove membranes and seeds. Line baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray (or brush lightly with vegetable oil). Heat oven to 350 F. Combine ground beef and onion mixture with bean mixture. Stir in 1 cup tortilla chips and 1/2 cup cheese. Divide evenly among peppers. Arrange peppers cut-side up in prepared pan; peppers should fit snugly. Top with remaining crushed tortilla chips, if desired. Bake, covered, 25 minutes, or until peppers are tender and filling is heated through. Sprin-

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feeding your family, especially paired with some delicious and easy-to-prepare sides,” Stoegbauer said. Find more simple, delicious and well-balanced meal ideas to share with your family at nestleusa. com/nutrition/balance. Panzanella Salad Recipe courtesy of The TomKat Studio blog on behalf of Stouffer’s Serves: 8-10 1 whole wheat baguette, cut into 1-inch cubes 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar salt, to taste

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continued from previous page 3 assorted bell peppers, diced 1/2 red onion, diced 10 sprigs basil leaves, julienned Heat oven to 350 F. On baking sheet, spread bread in single layer and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Bake 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and set aside. In bowl, whisk together garlic, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper with remaining olive oil to make mediately. vinaigrette. Garlic Roasted In large bowl, toss inAsparagus with gredients together, making Tomatoes and Balsamic sure to coat all ingredients Recipe courtesy of The with vinaigrette. Serve im-

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Mt. Olive Falls In Top Tier For Recycling Grants Received

by Jane Primerano t. Olive Township may put some of its 2016 recycling grant money toward a new roll-off container truck. Tim Quinn, head of the township Department of Public Works, said the township’s existing roll-off truck was partially funded by a recycling grant a few years ago. The second truck is needed as a back-up, he said. The township will receive $34,123 in state recycling funds. The recycling grant program is funded by a $3 per ton surcharge on trash disposed of at landfill and incinerator facilities across the state. The grant program rewards local municipalities for their recycling efforts through incentives such as holding tire collection days, providing

recycling receptacles and maintaining leaf composting operations. Each grant is based on the materials collected and recycled by the municipality and can be used in many ways to improve the recycling program. Mt. Olive in the past has purchased recycling containers, Quinn said. Other municipalities fund re-grants for non-profit groups who do roadside or stream clean-ups or pay for recycling and litter abatement programs in the public schools. Quinn said the grant money can be used for any purpose as long as it pertains to recycling. Quinn said the 2016 grant is a little bit less than the 2015 grant, but it is right in line with what Mt. Olive gets every year. The DPW handles roads,

sanitation and recycling. Quinn also serves as township recycling coordinator. He said the new truck the department plans to purchase would handle 30 to 40 yard containers, which is what the existing truck carries. The township also owns several smaller trucks which pick up single stream recycling from residences each week and carry it to the township’s recycling center. Many municipalities require residents to separate recyclable materials before pick up or bring them to a central facility. The roll-off truck then takes all of the recyclables to a central facility in Mine Hill. The grant is based on more than the recycling picked up at residences, Quinn said. He explained each business and industry

in the township must document its recycling and send an annual tonnage report to his office. He then compiles the township’s annual report and submits it to the state where the grant amount is calculated for each municipality. According to the grant announcement press re-

lease from Morris County, the 39 municipalities will received more than $1 million in state funds. The entire state pool is $14.3 million. Mt. Olive ranks in the top tier of municipal grants. The largest grant will go to Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, $97,883; followed by Rockaway Town-

ship $77,964. Randolph Township will receive $53,620. Montville Township will get $49,547. Hanover Township’s amount is $44,734, followed by Denville Township with $43,450 and Morristown which will receive $41,852. Mt. Olive is next in line.



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orris Habitat for Humanity plans to celebrate its’ 12th Annual Hearts and Hammers Gala Sat., Feb. 25, at the Meadow Wood Manor in Randolph. Highlights of the Gala program are the 2017 Gala Honorees and special guest speaker, Junior Rondon, the son of Morris Habitat homeowners. The year’s honorees include organizations and individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to Morris Habitat’s mission to build safe, decent and affordable homes with families in need. The festivities include a cocktail reception, dinner and dessert buffet; silent

auction with collectible gift items, donations from local restaurants and hotels, and unique experiences such as private airplane flight tours and passes to Walt Disney World; live music by Escapade; and dancing. Schindler Elevator will be this year’s $100,000 Home Sponsor. Their sponsorship will fund Morris Habitat’s 10 Willow Street home an affordable duplex condominium for two families in Morristown which is slated to break ground this spring. “We couldn’t be more excited to have Schindler and their employees working with and alongside us as we begin 10 Willow Street,” said Blair Schle-

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Students Play Hoops Against Teachers At CMS

ifth grade students played against teachers Wed., Feb. 14, 9:15 a.m., at Chester M. Stephen’s Elementary School at its first pep rally. Students were selected through raffle tickets purchased during their lunch period earlier this month. The morning game ended in a tie but a rematch was set for the afternoon. The purpose for the CMS pep rally was to get students excited and ready teachers for the big game against the Harlem Wizards on Tues., March 21, at 7 p.m., at the Mt. Olive High School gym. Selected teachers throughout the Mt. Olive school district will be playing against the Wizards that evening along with the Mt. Olive High School

Fifth graders Cynthia Mani, Justice Vera, Mohammad Mahmood, Emma Depp, Aiden Johnson, Natalie Duswalt, Jeffrey Richardson and Devin Conway in their morning game against the CMS teachers.

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for contestants ages 18 and under, and a $500 award for the “Audience Choice” Winner which will be voted on that night at the show. The MEF will also award for the Rossoff Rising Star Award for a contestant to further pursue their talent. The MEF is inviting the community to once again help determine the details

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of this year’s show through interactive polling. Visit the MEF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to participate. It will all culminate with the audience live vote at the show for the 2017 Audience Choice Winner. This year’s Master of Ceremonies and host of the show will be Morristown-resident Tara Bernie, Emmy-nominated senior producer for NBC’s Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood LIVE. Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center is the event’s headline sponsor. “The Morris Educational Foundation is very excited about our 10th anniversary production and this year’s Morristown ONSTAGE,” said Molly

Servais, MEF Board member and chair of the Morristown ONSTAGE Committee. “We are proud to give our community’s local amateur talent an opportunity to perform in front of their hometown, and in a top notch facility such as the Mayo Performing Arts Center. We are anticipating selling out the theater once again this year!” For a sneak peak and promotional video, visit Purchase tickets at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, or call 973-539-8008 or online at Also consider being sponsor or purchase an advertisement in the event’s playbill to cheer on the contestants and to benefit the MEF.

Download forms at www. . “The Morris Educational Foundation is an integral part of the Morris School District and this fund raising event will further the Foundation’s ability to distribute financial and other resources to and for the Morris School District for enrichment programs and other projects aimed at enhancing the quality of education and educational opportunities for students in the district, “added Kim Pistner, chair of the MEF Board. Last year, the event raised more than $90,000 for the Morris Educational Foundation, a 501 (c) (3). For more information, visit the website at www.


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Essay Contest Will Bring A Hot Air Balloon To Winner’s School ere’s an assignment that kids can look forward to com-

pleting. The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning and PNC Bank are once again inviting New Jersey students in grades two through 12 to take part in the 14th annual PNC Bank “American Patriot Essay Contest” by writing a short essay on the topic “What the American Flag Means to Me.” The Grand Prize winner will receive a visit to his or her school by a gigantic, 75-foot-tall hot air balloon in June and a special VIP package at this year’s balloon festival in July: a hot air balloon ride for two, four Blue Sky Club VIP

tickets, and the opportunity to meet one of this year’s concert headliners, which in the past have included Disney teen sensations the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Sabrina Carpenter and Dove Cameron. This year’s winning student’s immediate classmates will each receive one complimentary general admission ticket to the 35th annual QuickChek NJ Festival of Ballooning in Association with PNC Bank, the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America, July 2830, 2017 at Solberg Airport in Readington. The winning student’s teacher and school principal will each receive two Blue Sky Club VIP tick-

ets. Second and third place prizes consisting of Festival admission and merchandise will be also awarded. All teachers in the state who submit a group of 15 essays or more on behalf of their students will receive two free general admission tickets to the Festival regardless of whether one of their students submits the winning essay. “We receive thousands of heartwarming essays on how the American Flag raises a child’s spirits during their everyday lives, inspires them during a time of personal hardship or reminds them of a loved one,” said Festival Executive Producer Howard Freeman. “We can’t wait to read this year’s entries and

we want to thank all of the educators who encourage their students to enter this contest and share their feelings with us.” The essays must be 100 words or less. They will be judged by a panel of representatives from PNC Bank and the balloon festival. Winning essays will be selected based on creativity, poignancy and clarity with consideration given to the grade level of the contestant. Contestants are not required to be U.S. citizens. Entries should be mailed to essay udges, QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, 363 Route 46 West, Suite 200, Fairfield, NJ, 07004, or emailed to pncessay@balloonfestival. com. Entries should in-

clude the student’s name, home or school address, home or school telephone number, grade, age, school name and the name of their

teacher. The deadline to enter is May 1. Additional information may be found at


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CCM Named National Center Of Excellence For Cyber Security Education

he County College of Morris has become the first community college in New Jersey to gain designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE 2Y) through a program sponsored jointly by the National Security Agency and Department of


Homeland Security. The designation, offered through the National IA Education and Training Programs (NIETP), recognizes CCM as an institution with a proven track record for information security education and awareness. Only 41 community colleges across the country, or less than three percent,

hold the same designation, according to the NIETP program office. “We are deeply grateful to Professor Patricia Tamburelli, who with her husband and adjunct professor, Joseph Tamburelli, had the foresight and undertook the hard work to ensure CCM was able to obtain this designation,” said Dr. Anthony

Event Planned To Support Animal Shelter

Walk to Remember” to benefit the animals of the Randolph Animal Shelter is set for Sat., April 29, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Horseshoe Lake in Succasunna. It’s just two weeks before Mother’s Day – bring Mom or come and buy great gifts! The day’s activities will include live music, tricky tray and 50/50 at

3 p.m., pet adoptions, food, vendors and closing ceremony at 3:15 p.m. There will also be free activities for kids including a bouncy house, obstacle course, great Mother’s Day gifts, plus lots of other great stuff from vendors. Purchase tickets in advance and receive a free “Thank you” gift! Cost is $5 a person / $15 for a fam-

ily up to five. Furbabies welcome; Pets get free admission! Visit to purchase tickets and more info. Claudine Cheung, President (cell 973-886-1485),, Friends of Randolph Animal Pound, Inc.,


J. Iacono, CCM president. “Their expertise, exceptional work and dedication to students are the reason CCM stands out in higher education. Students who choose CCM can expect to receive a high-quality education and opportunities that they will not find elsewhere. To obtain the designation, CCM needed to demonstrate that its cyber security curriculum is aligned with national standards, that the college contributes to providing a pipeline of professionals who can assist with protecting against cyber attacks, and that it is a resource for the community in the area of information security. The college currently offers a certificate program in information security and an associate in Applied Sci-

ence in Information Technology with both a digital forensics and information security track. Also offered is an Associate in Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in computer forensics. In 2015, the Department of Information Technologies established the Center for Cyber Security at CCM to serve as a comprehensive resource for students, faculty, staff and the community in the area of cyber security. Also in 2015, the Tamburellis formed a cyber defense competition team at the college, the Cyber Centurions, which came in seventh place at its first competition at the Mid-Atlantic Regional College Cyber Defense program that year. In addition, the department offers cyber security


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workshops for the community, the most recent of which was a session for the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Along with recognizing the excellence of the college’s educational programs, the CAE-CDE 2Y designation means that CCM students now can apply for scholarships through the National Science Foundation to continue their cyber security education at four-year institutions. The CAE designation was established to increase the nation’s understanding of cyber defense and to address the critical shortage of professionals in the information security field. For more information on cyber security at CCM, visit academics/divdep/BMET/ infotech/cyberSecCenter.



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Soulful-Eyed Pooch Searches For Home


eet Hank from Eleventh Hour Rescue. Hank is a very handsome Hound/ Labrador Retriever mix who is about two years old and weighs 45 pounds. Hank has a beautiful coat and soulful eyes that are begging for love. He has a great personality and loves to be outside. Hank walks well on a leash and is housetrained. He loves to play with his toys and is very even-tempered. Hank gets along with other dogs but prefers a home with no cats. He would also do best in a home with older, more considerate children. Hank currently lives in a foster

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