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Luminaries Glowed For OneMontville Green In Day

chools, businesses, places of worship and residents united to support acceptance, respect and kindness for all May 18, as OneMontville, a non-profit in Montville Township, hosted the Third Annual Green In Day. Elected officials, township employees, students, teachers, business owners and others wore green in support of the organization’s mission to promote inclusion for all residents. In addition, at sunset, the community was bathed in green light for acceptance, respect and kindness. More than 1,000 OneMontville Green In Day luminaries glowed green across the community. More than 600 of those luminaries lined both sides of Changebridge Road from The Montville Township Municipal Building to Horseneck and River Roads. Businesses such as Bank of America, Casha

All seven Montville Township Public Schools, St Pius X Catholic School and Pine Brook Jewish Center Pre-School participated in the Third Annual OneMontville Green In Day by displaying luminaries on Friday, May 18. (Photo by Sue Marinello)

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and to encourage mindfulness of self and others. The OneMontville Green In Day movement occurs annually on the third Friday of May. Schwartz added that OneMontville works with all facets of the Montville Township community to create an environment of acceptance, respect and kindness. “The community is very supportive of OneMontville,” Schwartz said. “This is only our third annual Green In Day, and our first with the luminary initiative; which really took off. We are extremely grateful for the enthusiasm and excitement from the businesses, places of worship, schools and families. It is gratifying.”

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Montville Township, Lazar Middle School Honored For Character Initiatives, the nonprofit organization that validates character initiatives in schools and communities around the world, has designated 73 schools and five districts from 17 states as 2018 National Schools and Districts of Character – including Montville Township and its Robert R. Lazar Middle School. In 2016, Montville Township Public Schools Cedar Hill Elementary and Woodmont Elementary were also named National Schools of Character. “It is one of my greatest professional honors that the Montville Township Public Schools has been named a National District of Character, said Superintendent Dr. Rene Rovtar in an email to the district’s faculty and staff. “In addition, Robert R. Lazar Middle School was

named a 2018 National School of Character. I was happy to have had the opportunity to showcase the wonderful ways in which character education is woven into our culture and to share the ways it extends beyond our walls into the community. This is truly an honor which we all share. I thank you for the high importance you attach to making sure our students learn these values and are encouraged to apply them on a daily basis. It is perhaps some of the most important work that you do.” Since the inception of’s Schools of Character program in 1998, 547 schools and 35 districts have been designated as National Schools or Districts of Character, impacting more than 3 million people’s lives.

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ay 28, 2016 was a day Susan Schmidt will never forget. It was the day her daughter, Alyssa Bernhard Schmidt, lost her life. To honor her daughter’s memory, she is donating $1,395 to the Wayne Alliance

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Montville’s New Playground Aims For Inclusivity, Durability


By Anya Bochman fter overseeing the renovation of the playground at the Montville Township Community Park for a year and a half, Montville Recreation Director Lori Dent hopes the project will be complete in the fall. According to Dent, the lengthy process started with surveying the community to evaluate its input at last year’s Montville Day. A careful consideration of designs and quotes followed, with township administration finally settling on BCI Burke as the prospective model. With a final design selected, the $650,000 project will hopefully come to fruition by the middle of October. “The community groups’ input was very valuable. Kiwanis Club had a large hand in the playground that exists now, for example,” Dent said. “The community uses the playground a lot so it is important that they are pleased with it.” A significant part of the new playground will be accessibility, and making

its equipment available to children of all abilities. The current plan includes five different sections, with “offerings for everyone sprinkled throughout” – from handicap-accessible slides to swings. “We tried to be as inclusive as we could,” Dent stated. “And the new playground has many additional pieces that are geared towards children of all abilities.” The renovation will also come with a slew of new activities, including an entirely new section for climbing, which, according to Dent, currently has the nickname “Ninja Warrior Section.” Explaining the choice of BCI Burke, Dent stated that originally, the township narrowed down its selection to three designs. The final choice was due to the fact that Montville has partnered with the company in the past, and many pieces on the current playground have been constructed by it. Dent also stated that BCI Burke designs are durable and well-built. “Attendance varies, but we can have

anywhere from 50 to 100 kids at the [old] playground. It’s always packed,” Dent said. “It’s a good sign of how fabulous the equipment is – the gazebo, shaded areas, benches for parents and grandparents.” The initiative to begin construction was a proactive one; while the current playground is inspected for safety every year, it is reaching 18 years in age. Montville Township, which has been setting aside funding for the facility for seven years, thought it prudent to replace the playground before the equipment became naturally too old. “We will get a lot more years from the new design than from the existing structure, since it will not be made of wood,” Dent stated. The material on the ground will be sealed rubber surfacing in the 2-5 age group area, while engineered wood chips will remain in the rest of the playground areas, according to Dent. The gazebo and recently renovated benches will also stay. continued on page 5

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Sporty Squirts Camp Offers Variety For Little Ones


he Montville Recreation Department will host its Sporty Squirts Summer Camps for children ages 3 to 5. Participants have the opportunity to experience lacrosse, soccer, basketball, T-ball, floor hockey and flag football. All sports are taught in a safe, structured and fun learning environment.

Camps will take place at the Montville Community Park Turf Field. Sessions will be held June 25 through June 29 and Aug. 13 through Aug. 17. The cost is $90 per person per five-day camp. For questions and registration contact the Recreation Department at 973-331–3305 or visit

Montville’s New Playground... continued from page 4 The split-rail fencing currently surrounding the playground will be replaced with new aluminum-rail fencing along the perimeter. Some other changes will include installation of toddler swings and picnic tables, which will allow parents of different-aged children to keep an eye on their youngest kids

while older ones play nearby on the playground’s silo slides. The park will be closed starting August 1 for demolition, which will take at least a few weeks, followed by installation. “I was hoping it would be done by Montville Day, but weather doesn’t always cooperate,” Dent joked.

Montville Camp Will Offer Four Sports Each Day


he Montville Recreation Department will host multi-sports summer camps for children ages 5 to 12 this summer. Players will have the opportunity to experience up to four different sports each day, including baseball, basketball, cricket, flag football, hockey, handball, lacrosse, soccer and rugby. The camps run from Monday through Friday, from June 25 through Aug. 17. Prices vary by week. For more infor-

mation, call 973-331-3305. During the morning players will focus on developing their technique and skills within each sport and gain a basic understanding of playing a scrimmage. The afternoon will focus on small sided scrimmages in a tournament environment that encourages good sportsmanship and teamwork. Camps will take place at the Montville Community Park Turf Field in Montville.

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Fido, Fifi And Friends Are Ready To Bark And Roll Outdoors!


By Ricki Demarest ith the frustratingly elusive warmer weather here at last, it’s time to safely plan outdoor activities. Like everyone else, dog owners and their best friends have been waiting, patiently or not, for winter to release its grip on the Garden State. There are thousands of dogs living happily in New Jersey. Most are welcome at municipal, county, public or private dog parks as well as restaurants and town streets. However, for dogs and their loving human companions, a little prior planning is a must to ensure a quality excursion - for the dog, the owner and everyone they encounter along the way. Parks provide a great place to take dogs for a walk, a run or even agility training. Canines are usually welcome in open spaces if they follow the rules and regulations. Most places post their rules online and at the locations themselves. Municipal ordinances and state rules always apply. Some of the most common park rules are as follows. Owners are always held liable for their

dogs’ behavior and use parks at their own risk. All dogs in the park must be licensed and vaccinated. There is often a limit of two dogs per person. The handler is supposed to have constant control of their animal(s). Sick dogs are expressly exempt from parks. Dogs in heat are not allowed either. There are usually age restrictions, both for dogs and children. Digging is prohibited. Owners or handler are to fill any holes left by their dog. Waste must be removed and disposed of properly. Spiked, pronged or choke collars are generally not allowed. The most important rule for dog owners is being aware of how their dog will react to others outside their own territory. “Like people, if you put everyone in a room, not everybody’s gonna get along with everybody,” said Evan Perlman of ESP Pet Specialists pet sitting services in Livingston. “A dog park is NOT the place to begin socializing a dog.” Before taking a new puppy or adopted best friend out to a dog park, Perlman recommended spending one on one time with another dog who will be receptive to

such companionship. Jean Owen, owner of NJ Fix My Dog training in the Morristown area, is a dog park veteran, having helped create them in Morris County and in New York City. She was happy to share a few pearls of wisdom gleaned from her experience. First and foremost, she said, make sure the dog likes to be around other dogs. Never bring food to a dog park – either treats for the dog, or food for oneself. In fact, many parks do not allow food in the dog area. Please, please don’t bring a sick dog to a dog park! Owen recommended owners wait two weeks to make sure a dog isn’t carrying a virus. Remember, not all dogs like children. Most parks have age requirements for children and they vary from place to place. Know before the visit. Separate areas for large and small dogs are always a good idea, according to Owen. She also recommended taking a four-legged friend to a park a few times when they aren’t busy. That way, he or she can acclimate to the surroundings. Leash requirements aside, Owen said a continued on page 8

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Fido, Fifi And Friends... continued from page 6 dog should always wear a ‘light line’ such as 20 feet of venetian blind chord so anyone can step on it to help catch them. “It can be really frustrating when you want to leave, and Sparky says ‘no,’” she noted. Behavior can always become an issue. If a dog is getting too rambunctious, it is time to “put him on a leash and give him a ‘doggy time out.’” Sometimes, the footing at a park can create unexpected problems. An excited dog will run on a paved surface until its feet are bleeding. Other things to be aware of include soil borne illnesses like parasites, and airborne viruses like kennel cough. Taking a personal water source can help keep a dog healthy and happy. Another northern N.J. trainer, Margaret MacEwan, noted that a pet’s experience can de-

pend on the group dynamic in the park. “You’re at the mercy of other dog owners; there’s no referee,” she said. “This isn’t a substitute for training your dog or doing activities with your dog.” Another option for a dog to get out and socialize, she said, is dog day care. There, staff members recognize and monitor each animals behavior while offering a safe space for play and friendship. Many people venture beyond the park with their canine companions, choosing to take their four-legged friends out to dinner, on canoe or kayak trips, or shopping. The website adventures_nj/dog_parks_ nj.htm has plenty of options for dog excursions. also offers a wide variety of choices for

dog owners that include hotels, restaurants, activities and excursions that please people and their pooches. Typing in the name of a town and clicking the fetch button reveals an array of places with ratings on a scale one to five bones.


All creatures great and small enjoy fresh air, warm breezes and sunshine. With a little planning, some fresh water and a good leash, dogs and their owners can make the most of their days all spring and summer long.

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ore daylight in the evening, birds chirping in the morning and plants sprouting up from the ground are signs that Spring has sprung. With the return of outdoor activities and sunshine, it’s the perfect time to build on your family’s healthy habits with farm fresh foods you can trust for quality nutrition. Start by looking for fresh and wholesome foods at the grocery store. Milk is one of the original farm-to-table foods that contains nine essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, potassium and calcium. Milk is also remarkably simple, with just three ingredients: milk and vitamins A and D. Compare that to plant based alternatives, which often have more than 10 ingredients, including added salt, sugar, stabilizers and emulsifiers like locust bean gum, sunflower lecithin and gellan gum. Many people don’t realize that the real dairy milk at the local grocery store often orig-

inates from dairy farms about 300 miles away and arrives on shelves in just 48 hours, on average, after leaving the farm. Try a twist on farm-fresh ingredients with an egg-infused breakfast twist on a classic Italian salad. When paired with an 8-ounce glass of milk, this delicious omelet fulfills 80 percent of your daily calcium value for a calcium-rich breakfast. For more information and kid-friendly seasonal recipe ideas, visit Caprese Omelet (1 serving) Recipe courtesy of MilkPEP 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 large egg 2 large egg whites 3 tablespoons fat free milk 1/2 beefsteak tomato, sliced 1/4 cup lowfat shredded mozzarella cheese 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped 18-ounce glass of milk Heat olive oil in a large nonstick pan over medium heat.

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uring the warm summer months, salad makes for a refreshing lunch or convenient dinner option that can be delicious and nutritious. With a variety of salad options available, they don’t have to be boring or monotonous. For example, greens can instantly transform into a unique meal when you add creative options like duck breast to help elevate the dish. Because it’s a red meat, duck breast provides a hearty taste, similar to steak, while being leaner and lower in saturated fat than other red meats. In this Cherry-Glazed Duck Breast Salad, homemade

cherry vinaigrette glazes duck breast and dresses baby spinach while blue cheese and slivered almonds add texture and flavor. As a bonus, you can save the duck breast skin to make cracklins for a quick snack or crunchy salad topping. Find more salad recipes and tips for cooking with duck at Cherry-Glazed Duck Breast Salad Recipe courtesy of Chef Ted Cizma on behalf of Maple Leaf Farms Prep time: 40 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Servings: 4 continued on page 16

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ummer may be a break from formal education, but keeping kids excited about learning can be an easy way to keep them active and engaged instead of zoned out on screen time. The National Summer Learning Association estimates that kids can lose up to two months of learning during the summer but involving kids in educational summer activities can prevent them from forgetting skills they learned during the school year. Encourage your kids to keep learning outside of school with these fun and educational summer activities. Visit a Science Museum Spend a rainy day enjoying a science museum, which offers hands-on experiences to make learning fun. Kids can build on what they’ve already learned and apply new discoveries when they return to school in the fall. Many museums offer special prices for families, which makes it an opportunity for the whole family to bond. Once you get home, talk about favorite exhibits or lessons and ask kids to express those memories on paper in the form of a journal entry or colorful drawing. Head to the Zoo or Aquarium At a conservation-oriented destination like an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)-accredited zoo or aquarium, kids can learn about the importance of environmentally friendly practices, animal care and welfare and more. Families can also explore the unique challenges facing endangered species and discover how members are Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE). After learning about animals that need help, kids can visit aza for fun games that reinforce what they learned. Kids can also draw their favorite animals, real or imaginary, and take a photo to enter Zebra Pen’s AZA SAFE contest.

Prizes include zoo or aquarium tickets and items from the Zensations product line. Go on a Nature Hike Hikes provide abundant nature lessons, giving kids a chance to get some exercise while exploring and appreciating their surroundings. Visit a national or local park to get some fresh air and learn about preserving nature. Along with a picnic lunch, bring along information about local wildlife and plants, and have kids search for each item on the list as a scavenger hunt. Back at home, test their memories by having them create a collage of all the things they found. See a Show at a Children’s Theater Experiencing live theater is a positive way to introduce kids to new cultural experiences. Because they’re typically short in run time, most shows can hold the attention of kids of all ages while conveying important life lessons. Pick a show with lots


of interaction that can allow kids to stay focused and maybe even participate in the show. Acting out their favorite scenes, illustrating favorite characters or writing a new scene or different ending are all ways to keep the learning going after the curtains close. Join a Library Program Special summer programs at libraries can give kids a chance to enhance their reading skills. Many local libraries offer contests that challenge kids to read a certain number of books during the summer and include a series of incentives for reaching certain milestones. The reading component is often supplemented with crafts and activities to make reading fun. Extend the challenge even further by choosing a favorite book and asking kids to write or draw a sequel that takes those characters on another exciting adventure.

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Add Sizzle... continued from page 10 Cherry Vinaigrette: 2 cups dried cherries, divided 3 cups hot water 1/3 cup raspberry vinegar 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil salt, to taste freshly ground black pepper, to taste 2 Maple Leaf Farms Boneless Duck Breasts 6 cups loosely packed baby spinach leaves, washed and trimmed 2 cups blue cheese 2 cups slivered almonds To make Cherry Vinaigrette: In small saucepan over low heat, cover 1 cup cherries with water. Bring to simmer, cover pan and remove from heat. Let cherries soak in hot water 1520 minutes. Strain cherries and reserve liquid.

In food processor or blender, puree cherries until smooth, adding reserved liquid as necessary. Add raspberry vinegar to cherry mixture. With blender or food processor on low, slowly add olive oil, reserving about 2 tablespoons. Season mixture, to taste, with salt and pepper. Set aside Cherry Vinaigrette. Heat grill to medium heat. Remove skin from duck breasts. Rub with remaining olive oil and season liberally with salt and pepper. Pour some Cherry Vinaigrette into separate container to use as glaze; reserve remaining for dressing. Using pastry brush, coat duck breasts with Cherry Vinaigrette. Cook duck until crisp and dark brown (about 5-6 min-

utes), turn over and recoat with Cherry Vinaigrette. Continue cooking until second side is crisp and brown, brushing with vinaigrette as needed, about 4 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 155 F. Remove to cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes. Place spinach in mixing bowl. Toss spinach with enough dressing to coat leaves. Add blue cheese, almonds and most of remaining dried cherries, reserving some of each for garnish. Season with salt and pepper. Divide spinach mixture among four bowls. Slice duck breast thinly on bias, starting at one end of each breast with knife at 45-degree angle.


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Spanish Language Students Send $$ To Hurricane Maria Relief Fund


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tudents taking Spanish and participating in the Robert R. Lazar Middle School Spanish Club held a iSomos Uno! (We are One!) bowling fundraiser on Sunday, May 20, the proceeds of which

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Teacher Jaime Novak, facilitated her student’s efforts in taking a leadership role to do something to help. As a result, many of the 7th grade Spanish classes of Lazar, joined forces with the Spanish Club, led by Maria D’Apolito, to work together on fundraising efforts. The students implemented many projects to raise funds throughout the year. In addition to the bowling night, students held fundraisers such as payto-play games and bake sales during lunch periods.

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They also sold student-made charms and designed and sold bucket hats that featured the class motto iSomos Uno! (We are One!). “The culminating event was a


bowling fundraiser at Boonton Lanes, which also featured a bake sale, a 50/50 raffle, student-made charm sale, and selling the remaining bucket hats,” the students said in a statement.

“These kids don’t want to stop,” said Novak of the student leaders. “They are dedicated to the effort and plan to continue raising funds, even into next school year.”

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ads are often the first heros in their young children’s lives. Dads chase away ghosts in the closet, let their daughters dance on their toes and teach their sons how to win the heart of their first crush. The first Father’s Day a new dad spends with his growing family can be quite memorable, as celebrating one’s fatherhood for the first time is a unique and special time. Spouses and other family members can go the extra mile to make this year that much more special for first-time fathers. • Let Dad sleep in. Chances are Dad is enamored with his little bundle of joy, but it’s well-known that being a new father often means sacrificing sleep time — especially for the first several months to a year of that child’s life. Enlist the help of a family member who can be on baby watch while Dad gets to sleep in on the weekend of his big day. With some extra sleep, Dad can enjoy Father’s Day that much more. • Create a first-year memory book. Take the time to put together a scrapbook of the photos and moments baby and Dad have gotten to spend together. So much focus is often

placed on a new baby and his or her mother that Dad may be left playing second fiddle. Make it clear that fathers are key to their children’s development and happiness, too. • Make a baby keepsake. Use washable ink so that baby can sign a Father’s Day card with a hand or footprint. The tradition can be repeated year after year until the child is old enough to write. • Go overboard on gifts. The idea isn’t to buy Dad’s love, but Dad’s first Father’s Day is a truly unique time. On behalf of his firstborn, purchase a few different gifts — those items that he has been interested in buying but has resisted in favor of saving money for new onesies and burp cloths. Or invest in one special event gift, such as tickets to a game to see his favorite team or a concert to catch a favorite band. • Boost his ego. Get matching T-shirts for baby and Dad with cute memes and sayings, such as “Couch Potato” and “Tater Tot.” Father’s Day comes once a year. However, a father’s very first Father’s Day occurs just once. Use the opportunity to pamper Dad so he can savor this truly special experience.

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Real Estate Agents Support Wayne Community Center

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Agents from Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Wayne donated more than $1,000 to a local community center.

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