No. 15 Vol. 2
Fernbrook School Celebrates Anniversary With Future In Mind
by Nicole Greco tudents in Randolph are on the hunt for items that best represent 2017. And whether it’s an inauguration souvenir or picture of Tom Brady’s historic Super Bowl win, they’ll bury it at Fernbrook Elementary School with well wishes to the class of 2042. Students 25 years from now will likely marvel at such artifacts just like this year’s class learned about modern history from a time
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capsule from 1991. Randolph and the board of education are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Fernbrook Elementary School. Just recently “our groundskeeper discovered a time capsule and a plaque asking the finder to please open the capsule 25 years into the future. It was buried by the Fernbrook class of 1991 as part of the school’s 25th anniversary and included some almost-forgotten fad items, news reports and a special greeting by then principal Jim Hoffman. After meeting with the fifth and sixth grade student council, Fernbrook Elementary School Vice Principal Kristin Mueller said that the decision was made to reveal the contents during a special 50th anniversary assembly. They were joined by past alumni, PTO members and former Fernbrook teachers. When the moment ar-
Fernbrook Principal Danielle Soldivieri, center in blue, and former Principal Jim Hoffman, enjoy the anniversary celebration with Vice Principal Kirstin Mueller, right, Ironia Teacher Christine Brembs, in blue to the left of Soldivieri and retired staff. Soldivieri is now the district’s director of elementary education.
rived, the students caught a glimpse into the lives of life in the early 1990’s. “There was a TV Guide, New Kids on the Block memorabilia, a Fernbrook T-shirt, a yearbook, a VHS tape – which we had to explain to the students what a VHS tape was- and beautifully written letter from former principal Hoffman,” said Mueller.
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Hairstyles and fashion are not the only things that have changed since Fernbrook opened in the 1960’s, according to Randolph Township Director of Elementary Education, Danielle Soldivieri, learning environments have evolved significantly. “The classroom environment 50 years ago was about straight rows and desks facing the teacher, today you walk into a classroom and the kids are leading the teacher who is serving as a facilitator,” said Soldivieri. Today, the school is designed with movement and collaboration in mind. Fernbrook even has “maker space” where students can build projects and work with robotics and other
technology “to discover their own creativity,” said Soldivieri. Mueller and Soldivieri say that this year’s class would like their time capsule opened in 25 years, just like their predecessors. Looking back to 1991, they were both students, with Mueller having just graduated from Fernbrook Elementary school the year before, and Soldivieiri going into seventh grade in Hopatcong. While reminiscing about that year, both Mueller and Soldivieri knew, even back then, that they wanted to become educators. The continuation of the time capsule project is more than a history lesson- it’s a connection to the past and a hopeful wish for future students.
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New Randolph Mayor Welcomes Input From Community
By Henry M. Holden ayor Christine Carey, a resident of the township since 1992, brings an extensive history of public service with her into the mayor’s office. Elected to the Randolph Township Council in November 2012, she served as deputy mayor in 2016, and was selected by her peers to serve as mayor in 2017. Seven members of the Town Council are elected and they in turn select one of their own to a one-year term as mayor. The township, incorporated in 1806, is one of the oldest towns in the state. Randolph became a vacation haven in the early part of the 20th century, known for its woods, ponds, lakes and fresh air. Through the 1950s, farms, large hotels and bungalow colonies dotted the community. Its population in 1950 was 4,293; Today, the 21-square mile township serves 25,957 people. Carey lives with her husband of 28 years this, Frank Brenner, and 16-year-old son, Joey, a junior at Morris Catholic High School. She has two other children,
Kelsey, a second-grade teacher in Buffalo, N.Y. and Nick, who works in social media marketing in Pittsburg, PA. Carey graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s in pharmacy, in 1981. Following graduation, she worked as a pharmacist while continuing her education at the State University of New York at Buffalo, graduating in 1983 with a doctorate in pharmacy, and in 1991 with a doctorate from the Golden Gate University Law School before moving to Randolph. Carey has worked as an executive director for Web M.D. since September 2007. Over her 25-year career, she has experience working in the pharmaceutical field, in the cancer therapy discipline. As a longtime volunteer in the Randolph community, she has served on the board of adjustment, the planning board, parks committee, trails and recreation committee. She also had a role in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Committee in 2016. She has also been active in Resurrection Parish, and
on the board of the Friends of Jersey Battered Women. Carey was appointed to the Randolph Library Board of Trustees in 1994 and served on the board for ten years. Carey was elected for three terms on the Randolph Board of Education, first in 2002, before winning re-election in 2005 and 2008. Carey will serve along with Deputy Mayor Forstenhausler, and liaison to both the Randolph Board of Education, and the County College of Morris. “These education institutions both play critical roles in the Randolph community and it is important that we continue to maintain close working relationships with them,” she said. “As mayor, this year I will continue to serve as liaison to the Randolph Library Board of Trustees, where for the first time in 36 years, due to the upcoming retirement of Anita Freeman, we will be hiring a new library director,” said Carey. Carey serves on the economic development committee, and serves as a liaison between the township and the Randolph business
community. “I look forward to working with our local businesses, especially those who are now looking to develop projects in our community, including the Shoppes at Randolph, Mark’s Corner, A&P Plaza, and Kmart Plaza.” One of the attractive features about living in Randolph are the 600 acres of parks, 16 miles of trails, and many recreation programs. “After extensive community input, the council adopted a parks and recreation master plan, which provides a vision for the future of our township’s park facilities and recreation programs,” Carey said. “The plan will be implemented over the next
10 years using funds from the Open Space Trust Fund with no new tax impact on residents. “When you serve in the community, it helps to understand the community values,” Carey said. “If you listen, you will hear a lot from residents. Whether it is about library programs, school programs, the curriculum or homework, or what your dreams and desires are for your children, it just translates into getting a real feel for the community.” Cary said her parents were both very involved in their community. “My mother had five kids and she was involved in the PTA and other organizations. My father was a newspaper reporter and
always covered PTA, meetings, town council, and school board meetings. I felt like I knew what was going on in the town as I was growing up. It just felt like this was the thing you did. Not that you had to do it, but it was normal to volunteer. “So, when I moved to continued on next page
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New Randolph Mayor... cont. from previous page Randolph, I started getting involved with the PTA, and library and it progressed from there. I think it’s been a lifelong commitment to volunteering that grew from grassroots as a child.”
Cary has no aspirations for higher public office. “I’m very content where I am. I like serving my community. It’s very personal. You know the people, their issues and understand the community.
“We are a very open to hear from the community. All the council members have phone numbers and email addresses on the website, and we welcome input from the community.”
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Pancake Supper Planned To Support Businesses Destroyed in Fire
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-
za, The Chocolate Shoppe, and Aoyama Chinese and Japanese Restaurant. All of them, whether through smoke damage or fire-related damage, were forced to close. In tragic circumstances such as these there are always significant expenses that are not covered by insurance. This is especially true of the employees who have lost income with the store closures. The greater Mendham community is invited to come to Hilltop House and share the Deacons Pancake Supper on Tue., Feb. 28 beginning at 5:30 p.m. to support the
community’s friends. All proceeds from the supper will be divided among the four stores. “All of us have shared a meal, some sushi, a slice of pizza or something wonderfully sweet because our friends are in business here. We hope they are all open again soon! But for now, let’s share a simple meal to help them in their time of need. Come join us for all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, applesauce, and drinks.” Prices are $20 per family, $7 per adult and $5 per child.
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Randolph Kiwanis Recognized As Model Club
By Jane Primerano he Randolph Kiwanis Club was recognized by Kiwanis International as a model club for raising $28,000 for the Eliminate Project, the latest partnership between Kiwanis and UNICEF. Kiwanis International and UNICEF partnered in 1994 to provide Kiwanis’ first worldwide service project. The goal of this project was to eliminate iodine deficiency disorder, the world’s leading cause of preventable mental disability. With the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a partner, Ki-
wanis and UNICEF provided funding to 89 countries so now 70 percent of people in the developing world have access to iodized salt. Iodine Deficiency Disorder is the world’s leading cause of preventable mental disability. Iodine deficiency may result in goiter as well as cretinism, a condition of severely stunted physical and mental growth that is the result of congenital hypothyroidism. This new partnership, the Eliminate Project, was started in 2010 with a goal to raise $110 million worldwide to eliminate maternal
and neonatal tetanus. Tetanus spores are in the soil everywhere. When these spores come into contact with open cuts during childbirth, mother and baby can be infected with this always fatal disease. Mothers can be protected from tetanus with a series of three injections. They then pass the immunity along to their unborn children. The cost of the three doses is $180 for each woman. This includes the vaccine, syringe, safe storage and transport and any ancillary costs. By the end of 2016, the
Students Give Back During MLK Day Of Service
his year Randolph High School Principal Debbie Iosso created a day of service for MLK Day. Although there are no classes held that day, students were encouraged to give back to their community. Students participated in many events at RHS and even collected food at RHS for the Interfaith Food Pantry and Randolph Animal Shelter. Some students hosted the
Randolph Senior Center at RHS for Bingo and refreshments. Others participated in a unified sport clinic with Special Olympic students from the area. Some students even traveled by bus to Cerebral Palsey NJ HS and the Mt Kemball Home for Seniors. On Jan. 16 members of the RHS Lady Rams Basketball Team traveled to the Sunrise Assisted Living facility in Randolph to meet with the seniors
citizens there. The Lady Rams assisted residents in painting, making Valentine crafts, stringing bead bracelets, called Bingo, gave a mini-manicure, helped to serve afternoon coffee/ snacks and fun games of balloon volleyball. The girls shared many laughs with the residents and enjoyed the afternoon. It was a great day of service! The Lady Rams look forward to returning there again one day in Feb.
Randolph Kiwanis fulfilled its four-year pledge to donate $28,000. This will save the lives of 15,567 mothers and babies. A total of 100 million mothers worldwide, in 19 of the poorest nations, need to be immunized. In these countries, Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus kills one baby every 15 minutes. Kiwanis International focused on this issue for two reasons. The first is that Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) can be so easily prevented. The second reason is that by developing delivery systems for the vaccine, Ki-
wanis and UNICEF can also open the way for delivering other desperately needed services to the poorest and most neglected mothers in developing nations. According to its web page, the Randolph Kiwanis Club, now in its 46th year, also sponsors the Randolph High School Key Club and Dover High School Key Club as well as four elementary school K-Kid Clubs. Service projects include the Randolph Freedom Festival and Kiwanis Freedom Parade as well as Bone Marrow Donor Drives, Habitat for Humanity Build Projects and Big Brother/Big Sister Clothing Drives.
The club gives two $3,000 scholarships to Randolph High School Seniors each year and supports such non-profits as the Boy and Girl Scouts, Brundage Park Playhouse, North Porch Women’s and Infants Center and the InterFaith Food Pantry. Their annual fundraiser is the Morristown Craft Market. Coming up is a fundraiser for Eleventh House Rescue. An afternoon of bowling a Rockaway Lanes on Sun., March 26, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. will cost $20 per person, including shoe rental.
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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 Cor-
rections- the new Morris County Sheriff’s Office employs 330 employees, which include 160 officers at the correctional facility, 90 officers in law enforcement, and additional support staff. There is “a lot going on” with the two bureaus, says Gannon, with a unique situation and a lot to offer, such as a jail population of 245 inmates; a crime scene unit that is a shared service, assisting towns with 1,262 crimes last year; its own bomb squad; Sheriff Emergency Response Team (SERT); a new and improved Morris County Sheriff’s Trends & Analysis Team (STAT); Canine Unit that went out 500 times last year in search of missing persons like elderly and children, narcotics,
explosives detention; and a warrant squad to pick up individuals with violations. “We really play into the role of all that’s going on in Morris County Law Enforcement,” says Gannon. The sheriff is also proud that “We are triple accredited,” in law enforcement, correctional side and healthcare side. “These inmates are in our vicinity; we make sure they get proper care,” from dental care to mental abuse treatment. During his first 100 day transition, or phase one, Gannon spent time interviewing all personnel “seeing how we can do better.” In phase two, he wants to develop partnerships and establish a new organization. One plan is to have an
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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 Nacontinued on next page
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Gannon Leads... cont. from previous page tional 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 im-
provements.” 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
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dom 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 detention 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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Randolph Library Director Leaves Her Mark After 36 Years
By Courtney Fahy nita Freeman has retired from her position as director of Randolph Library after having held the position for 36 years. She was hired in 1981 as the library’s director. Before becoming director of the Randolph Library, Freeman was the General Services librarian at the Denville Library and had previously held the position of the associate librarian at SUNY Buffalo. When asked how she first got into library sciences, Freeman stated, “I always liked libraries. The world at my fingertips beginning in Brooklyn where I got my first library card. I walked to the library as a fourth grader after dance class every week. The li-
brary clerks chased me from the teen area because they thought that I was too young to read those books after I worked my way through the children’s collection.” Freeman stayed in this position and at the Randolph Library for 36 years because it is a fantastic place to work and further elaborated, “The public is educated and supportive. The town is very well run, a model community really. The library was always seen as a department of the town despite its autonomy.” Freeman stated that the greatest aspect of the library is the families. “There were whole generations of children and parents and grandparents coming to the library.”
As for the challenges the library has had to overcome over the last 36 years, Freeman elaborated, “Initially a small budget and a building that was unsuited to public service. We had to convince the town council that a new facility was needed. There were several failed building plans and renovating the current resort-dining complex to serve as a library on a small budget. There was a failed referendum for a facility built as a library. And, finally, saving enough to completely renovate the building inside and having the town improve the exterior.” Over her tenure as director, Freeman has seen the library evolve into what it is today. The chang-
es made were not easy, but the library has become all the better for it. “A new building from top to bottom through numerous construction projects, automation starting in 1983, asking for and never receiving capital monies for computers for public use,” were some of the changes she noted. “We saved and were able to provide them. Those computers are in use all day long.” As for why Freeman decided to retire, she left the library to focus on her family. She said, “I wanted to spend more time with my family who often took second place during my working years. I plan to care for my preemie granddaughter.” Making up for lost time, she plans on
dedicating her retirement to her family and her new granddaughter. After a career of 36 years at the Randolph Library, Freeman will be sure to miss the library, its staff and its patrons. Specifically, when asked what she will miss the most about the library, Freeman stated that she will miss “The learning environment that the library provides for patrons and the free exchange of ideas with members of the public.” Although now retired, Freeman plans to still be involved with the library in a different capacity. She will take advantage of the many programs the library offers. “I will be able to be more active in the Friends
of the Library. I will bring my granddaughter to children’s programs when she gets the OK from her doctors. And I will participate in my regular book clubs and knitting programs.” Freeman described the reaction her retirement has gotten from patrons and staff members. “I’ve had many patrons go out of their way to wish me well and say that I will be missed. As for the staff, surprise. I’ve been at the library so long they thought that I’d never leave.” After 36 years, it is undeniable that Freeman has left her mark. Although no longer the director of the library, she will still be a part of the library for years to come.
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Area Nonprofit Seeks Applicants For Preschool Tuition Scholarships
reschool Advantage is accepting applications for scholarships to its partner preschools located in areas such as Boonton, Denville, Dover, Jefferson, Madison, Mendham, Morristown, Morris Plains, Mountain Lakes, and Flanders and Parsippany for the school year beginning in September. Local families can apply to Pre-school Advantage for funding for a half- day of preschool for three or four year old children up to five days a week. Preschool Advantage has provided families in Morris and Somerset Counties with financial assistance for high quality preschool education since 1995. In 2016, 71 children were funded by Preschool Advantage with more
than 1,300 tuitions paid throughout the organization’s history. Children must be three or four years old by Oct. 1, 2017 to be considered for funding for the school year beginning in September 2017. The deadline for applications is Feb. 28., 2017. Families demonstrating commitment to education and financial need can access the application at preschool advantage.org or by calling (973)532-2501. Preschool Advantage is a non-profit organization that believes all children should have access to high quality early education. Educational and economic research demonstrates that the effects of high quality preschool education are profound and enduring.
Early childhood education encourages brain development and builds the emotional and social skills children need in school. Preschool Advantage is Area Nonprofit Seeks Applicants For Preschool Tuition Scholarships dedicated to assisting families who fall into circumstances that make paying tuition for quality preschool out of reach. “While there are federally funded programs to cover the cost of preschool for families living below the poverty line, working families making over that level have limited options,” said Molly Dunn, executive director for Pre-school Advantage. “There are thousands of families in New Jersey who cannot access a
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Randolph Township Schools Recognized By College Board
he College Board has named the Randolph Township School District as one of the top school districts in the United States and Canada and has placed the district on the seventh Annual AP District Honor Roll. Since 2014, Randolph High School has increased the number of its students participating in Advanced Placement courses while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher on AP exams. This achievement has earned Randolph High School placement on the AP District Honor Roll. “Reaching these goals,” notes the College Board, “shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.” “We remain committed to providing an exceptional learning experience and preparing students to apply their knowledge,” said Randolph Superintendent Jennifer A. Fano. “This is the second time Randolph
has received this prestigious recognition in recent years and we are extremely proud of the work of our students and teachers.” “Randolph teachers have worked hard to prepare their students for Advanced Placement exams and the school district is grateful for all that these teachers do to support their students,” said Jonathan Olsen, Randolph’s director of Secondary Education. “Randolph students continue to impress with the effort they put into their academic classes and willingness to take college-level courses in high school.” Randolph High School Principal Debbie Iosso said she is working with school district administrators to continue to increase the number of Advanced Placement courses offered to students. “This honor validates that we have exceptional students who come to us eager to learn and staff members who pursue continuous AP training in order to provide the best possible outcomes,” Iosso said. “We are already look-
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District Opens New Wellness Center For High School Staff
andolph Township Schools’ staff will be able to enjoy a healthier lifestyle with the opening of the new wellness center for district staff at Randolph High School. On Jan. 10, teachers, administrators and members of the board of the Randolph Education Foundation (REF), which supplied a grant for the project, celebrated a ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new wellness center, which was the vision of physical education teacher Colleen Suflay and Media Specialist Steve Cullis. The duo crafted the grant request to the REF last year and were pleased to see the project come to fruition with exercise bicycles, treadmills, group ex-
ercise mats, medicine balls, weights, an elliptical trainer and a mounted television with exercise DVDs. “The wellness center was created to promote and develop a dynamic and inclusive space that serves to unite students, staff and the community towards creating a healthier lifestyle,” said Suflay, who noted the many people involved in this project to help make it become a reality. RHS Principal Debbie Iosso said the new center will benefit all district staff. “I really believe that concentrating on our staff’s health and wellness will have a trickle-down and affect our student’s health and wellness,” said Iosso. The project was funded with a grant for $7,800
from the REF is located in a former classroom near the gymnasiums and locker rooms. The grand opening festivities included wellness screenings for blood pressure and heart rate with RHS Nurse Nicole Hydock, health refreshments and information on upcoming programs including meditation, Pilates and a walking group. Erin Donnelly, a member of the high school child study team, tried out one of the exercise bicycles at the open house and said she was looking forward to using the new wellness center. Staff can use it before or after school, Suflay noted. It will be used by students during the school day.
Randolph Education Foundation board members Elizabeth Olechowski, from left, Francesca Lavin, RHS physical education teacher Colleen Suflay, RHS Principal Debbie Iosso, REF President Margaret Clark and RHS Media Specialist Steve Cullis.
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RHS Students Utilize MLK Day To Volunteer And Give Back
ore than 150 Randolph High School students and teachers spent their day off from school on Martin Luther King Jr. Day volunteering their time to help others. Students collected food for the Interfaith Food Pantry in Randolph and the Randolph Animal Shelter and then delivered the donations. Students hosted a bingo game and refreshments for Randolph senior citizens in the high school commons while Randolph’s singers and musicians performed for the seniors. In the gymnasium, members of the high school soccer teams played basketball, soccer, bowling and other games with special needs students. The RHS girls’ basket-
ball team spent the day with senior citizens at Sunrise Assisted Living in Randolph where they played games and talked with seniors. Other students traveled by bus to the Cerebral Palsey High School of New Jersey in Livingston and Homeless Solutions. Some helped bag groceries at Acme supermarket. The day was a joint venture by the PTSO and the RHS Administration, according to Principal Debbie Iosso and PTSO President Jeanne Stifelman. Iosso said she hopes this day becomes an annual tradition and plans are already in the works to include more student volunteers next year. For more information, read Iosso’s blog at rhsrampride. com. Before the bingo game
began, senior citizens enjoyed a solo performance by RHS singer Gaby Toledo, then a quintet of singers Haley McArthur, Haley Orenstein, Isabel Litterst, Kayla Buchanan and Isabel Vega performed “Seasons of Love” and other songs and finally a jazz quintet with Paul ward, John Yager, Charlie Aulenbach, Billy Xocoy and Frank Zhang. “I feel humbled that we are doing something to give back on Martin Luther King Jr. Day,” said junior Amaya Taylor. “Martin Luther King Jr. gave so much to the community and we are coming together and that is what he wanted no matter what our race, gender or religion, we are all doing something for the community.” Soccer player Justin Lawrence, a junior, said he
Randolph High School juniors Hallie Stevens and Beryn Weinstock collect pet toys at the day of service.
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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
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he RMS Science Olympiad team shined at the regional competition in January with students placing and earning medals in six out of the 13 events and placing fifth overall out of 20 middle schools which competed at NJIT. The teams placed in the top six spots for each event earned medals. The team will now participate in the state competition on March 7 at Middlesex County College. Those who placed include: Anatomy and Physiology, fourth place, Priscilla Peters and Rachel Coombs; Fast Facts, fifth place, Nick Agostin and Victoria Zhong; Wright Stuff, fifth place,
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