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Girls Are Learning Coding At Kinnelon Public Library


By Dawn M. Chiossi innelon Library is hosting a program entitled the Girls Who Code Club for high school girls who are interested in technology and coding. In its first year, this is a free after school program. Participants meet every Thursday at 2:30 p.m. When people imagine what a computer programmer looks like, chances are they imagine an intellectual- looking man. But the concept that only men are mechanical and scientific is an inaccurate fallacy. Technology is an exciting and amazing world that everyone has just scratched the surface of. It is ever changing, and an interesting maze that many puzzle lovers would love to conquer. But unfortunately there is a gender gap in this intriguing field, even in the 21st century. Fewer than one in five computer science graduates are women. Founded in 2012, with the mission to educate, inspire, and equip young women with the skills and the resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields, the Girls Who Code Program is seeking to close this archaic disparity, and empower females to excel in this wide open field. After all, it is a new world where girls and women are dissecting and investigating the world of technology and coding. With this program girls will learn the value of teamwork, con-

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fidence, time management, communication, functions, variables, conditionals and loops. By the end of the 2018 academic year, Girls who Code, will have reached more than 50 thousand girls in all 50 states and several U.S. Territories. Technology isn’t just a world of 1’s and 0’s either, not just dry numbers. There is so much people can do with it, such as web design, building a website or building an app. At the Kinnelon Library, the Girls Who Code Program provides a great hands-on environment where high school girls are surrounded by peers. From beginners to advanced, everyone who is interested in this program is welcome. In addition to the scholarly aspects, this club enjoys speakers and field trips. Even though this library program is still in its early stages, the response to it has been quite positive and consistently has at

least 15 girls joining in since the program began. According to Kinnelon Library Program Coordinator, and Club Sponsor, Kim Christian, the idea for this program came from 15 year old Kinnelon resident, Caroline Balick and her mother, Eve. “Last year I wanted to learn to code,” Explains Balick, a 10th grade student at Kinnelon High School, “But there was no coding club there.” Not letting that stop her, she recruited her mom to help run the club and several of the girls at the high school enthusiastically joined in. “We were all very excited when she brought this idea to me,” Christian praises. “This is a great, empowering program for the girls. It really hits all the marks. The program exposes girls to coding, something they wouldn’t necessarily have done on their own. And a program like this looks great on a college application. The girls just seem to love it.” continued on page 3

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Kinnelon Education Association Plans Annual 5K Race To Award Senior Scholarships


By Cheryl Conway ith a little bit of luck, a few Kinnelon High School seniors can earn a scholarship and top runners a medal and gift card by participating in a local 5K this spring. The 8th annual Kinnelon Education Association Pot of Gold 5K Run is set for Sunday, April 22, at Kinnelon High School. Check-in is from 7 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.; Mile Fun Run is at 8:15 a.m.; and 5K start time is at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the race will benefit KHS students who qualify for a scholarship. Recipients are selected based on their participation in community work and good academic performance. Whether as a participant or spectator, organizers ask all to “to come out in your best green attire, in support of Kinnelon and Earth Day to acknowledge the efforts of Kinnelon’s graduating seniors,” as stated on the registration form. Held since 2010, usually three to four seniors are selected annually, says Kerry Iannuzzi, co-race director along with Kelly DeAraujo, English teacher at the school. “Last year we gave $1,500 to three recipients,” says Iannuzzi, KHS math teacher. The race has traditionally been held right around St. Patrick’s Day, hence the meaning behind its name Pot of Gold 5K, she adds.

Inclement weather had delayed last year’s race and may have been the reason for fewer participants. “Last year it was around 100” that participated,” says Iannuzzi, “hoping for more this year. Event was postponed to June 4th as the original March 19th date was cancelled due to heavy snow on the track.” The 5K is an “Out and Back course, starting and ending on the high school track,” she describes. “Turns onto Kiel Avenue, Ricker Road, Kinnelon Road, Kiel and back into the high school; water stop in front of the high school.” As far as requirements, all participants must sign a waiver to run. More than just a fun time, awards are given to top runners. Medals are awarded to the first three runners in each age category, with males and females recognized in all age groups: 14 and under; 15 to 19; 20 to 24; 25 to 30. “Winners receive a mug and a gift card to a local running store,” says Iannuzzi. Besides runners, the race counts on members of the community to volunteer to help the event run smoothly. “Generally teachers help out but we have had members of the community help too,” says Iannuzzi. Student groups such as the Varsity Cluband FBLA have helped in the past. “We ask local businesses to either donate funds or gift cards 100% Mailed, Bi-Weekly Newspaper 1 Old Wolfe Road Budd Lake, NJ 07828

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for the event.” To be considered for the scholarship, “students apply at school by writing an essay, outlining the community service they have accomplished, along with a copy of their grades,” she says. Cost to participate this year is $25. Go to KinnelonEducationAssociation-

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continued from front page Balick says, “We are learning computer science principles which we will use for a computer science impact project, something to help our community.” The Girls Who Code program is much more than tech-

nology, it’s about sisterhood and promoting their own time, energy and talents to help. “We spread the word about Girls who Code Club to other school districts,” says Balick. “We have taken some great trips to Instagram and Twitter, meeting the female engineers

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for girls in terms of the future, but Christian points to a particular moment of solidarity that she witnessed in the club that really resonated with her: “In the course of this club, I’ve seen these girls supporting each other. I’ve seen older girls helping and mentoring younger ones. It was amazing.” Balick concludes, “We want to spread the word about the club to other school districts and hope other schools will start Girls who Code Clubs of their own!” For further information or to register, contact the Kinnelon Library at 973-838-1321 or at

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Your New Life As A Pass-Through Entity Owner

f you are a small business owner, your planning probably got a lot trickier after the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). That’s because most small businesses have legal structures that are treated as pass-through entities for tax purposes, meaning they “pass-through” income to the owners or investors, which they record on their Form 1040 individual tax returns. These entities include S corporations, partnerships and sole proprietorships. On one hand, these kinds of businesses will benefit from the TCJA’s 20 percent reduction to the taxation of business income. On the other, the rules used to determine how much of that reduction each business gets are complex. Here are some tips to help find out where your business falls in the new structure: 1. Know your business’s QBI QBI stands for “qualified business income,” which is generally your business net income other than

income in the way of compensation. QBI is the basic figure you need to determine how much of the 20 percent reduction you get. It excludes business losses, as well as factoring in amortization and capitalized expenditures. QBI is determined separately for each business activity, not per taxpayer. The first simple threshold rule is: If your taxable income is less than $157,500 as an individual filer, or $315,000 as a married couple filing jointly, you can take the full 20 percent deduction from your QBI. If your taxable income is higher than those levels, several other factors come into play. Buckle up and hold on, here is where it gets complex: 2. Know whether your profession matters Several “specified service professions” are treated differently under the new rules. The list includes health, law consulting, athletics, financial services, brokerage services, accounting firms or “any trade or business

where the principal asset … is the reputation or skill of one or more of its employees or owners.” If your business is in one of these professional areas, the 20 percent reduction to your QBI starts to phase out to zero once your taxable income passes $157,500 as an individual filer or $315,000 as a married joint filer. The phaseout range before the reduction reaches zero is $50,000 for individual filers and $100,000 for married filers. The phaseout range also determines how much of the next factor matters: 3. Know whether wage and capital limits matter Once you go above the threshold, special wage and capital limits start to reduce your deduction. The formula for calculating the wage and capital limits is based on the greater of 50 percent of the W-2 wages paid by your business, OR 25 percent of the W-2 wages, plus 2.5 percent of the unadjusted basis of all qualified prop-

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trengthen Our Sisters shelter is seeking financial support to help pay off its mortgage to continue its mission of providing help to those struggling from domestic violence, poverty and abuse. “As the founder of the first

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Bloomingdale Library Offers Crafts, Homework Help on March 14. The public is invited to share a favorite recipe for “A Literary Feast,” the library’s cookbook commemorating the 100th anniversary of the borough of Bloomingdale. Visit the library or the library website, www., for recipe forms. Weekly fresh produce is delivered to the Bloomingdale Free Public Library on Thursday afternoons for pickup by 5 p.m. Visit the library or website for more details. A number of upcoming community events have been posted. A Sip & Paint event will be held March 16 in the Bloomingdale Fireman’s Hall. The cost is $25. Queen’s Tea will be held at High SocieTea House in Wayne on Thursday, April 19. The cost is $35. And, a Fish & Chips dinner will be held in the Glen

rafts, language and homework help are among the offerings in the coming weeks at the Bloomingdale Library. Crafts, for children ages 5 and up, are planned for the coming months. A Dr. Seuss Birthday Craft, will be held on March 5, a Melting Snowman event will be held on March 12, and April Showers will be the craft topic on April 16. All materials will be provided. ArtKids Academy classes will be held at the Senior Center at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, Design Your Own Castle; March 24,, Van Gogh’s Starry Night; and April 7, Winter Cardinals. The classes are for children ages 5 to 12. Registration is required. The BloomingTales Book Club will discuss, “A Gentleman in Moscow,’’ by Amor Towles,

Wild Lake Clubhouse on Friday, May 11. Several ongoing children’s programs continue into the spring. Baby Rhyme Time, a fun session of singing, movement, and interaction for children up to age 2, is held on Thursdays at 11 a.m. Alphabet Soup, for ages 2 to 4, offers stories, singing and crafts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Homework Help is available on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to noon.

Bilingual Buddies takes place on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays, from noon to 1 p.m. Adult Spanish is offered on Wednesdays from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., and adult ESL is offered on Fridays, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Also, Computer and E-Reader Class is offered on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Lego Villages is available every Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. Register for all programs by visiting the circulation desk or calling 973-838-0077.

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Butler Library Announces Programs For Kids Of All Ages

rograms for high school, middle school and elementary school students continue this spring at the Butler Library. To sign up for any program, visit the circulation desk or by call 973-838-3262. A High School Book Club meets on the first Thursday of every month. The next meeting is March 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., presented by Donna Morello, volunteer. Students are instructed to pick up a library book one month before the meeting, read it at home and come in to discuss the book with peers. The March 8 selection is “Half of a Yellow Sun,’’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Email Morello at: for more information. A Middle School Book Club meets on the second Thursday

of Every Month. Its next meeting is March 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The book to be discussed will be “Fever 1793,’’ by Laurie Halse Anderson. Those interested should pick up a library book one month before the meeting, read it at home and come in to discuss the book with peers. The library also hosts Monday night book clubs for children ages 5 to 10 from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and holds a story time on Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. and Thursday at 1 p.m. for children ages 3 to 5 years. Additionally, Toddler Time, for children ages 2 to 3, is held on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. S.T.E.A.M. The Lorax, a program for children in grades kindergarten through second, will be held on Saturday, March 3 at 11 a.m. Participants will join Ms.



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Lisa and turn a flower pot into the Lorax. This free program is limited to 15 participants. Registration is required. On March 10, children in grades two to five are invited to join Ms. Arlene and learn some coding skills during the Hour of Code Workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This class is limited to 12 students who will need to have knowledge of using a computer and mouse and are able to follow directions in order to code. Registration is required. A S.T.E.A.M. Maker’s Day St. Patrick’s Day Hat Decorating workshop will be held March 10, from noon to 12:30 p.m. for children ages 4 to 8. Ms. Lisa will lead the group to decorate a hat for St. Patrick’s Day. The free program is limited to


Butler VFW Hosts The Due South Band

he Due South Band, a top country band that performs hits from artists such as Brooks and Dunn, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Sugarland and Keith Urban, will perform Feb. 17 at VFW Post 8096, Butler. The band has a growing list of Southern rock, pop and classic rock covers, too, from groups like The Eagles, Marshal

Tucker, Linda Ronstadt, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Doobie Brothers. Tickets are $25 per person, including dinner, coffee and desserts. To purchase tickets, call Joan at 973-879-3582, Kathy at 973-919-1136 or Roger at 201-220-5767 or stop in at the post on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday from 7:15 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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leas and ticks rely on blood for food. They are the vampires of the pet realm, silently stalking companion animals wherever they go. Once fleas and ticks find a victim, they are bound to stay around for a while, enjoying the free meal. Fleas, in particular, can grow quite fond of a cat or dog - reproducing and quickly building an infestation. Few people are enamored with fleas and ticks, but learning a little more about them can help pet owners understand their behaviors and how to best keep their pets safe. Fleas Fleas have four life stages: egg, larva, pupa, and biting adult. Most people are familiar

with the adult stage because those are the most noticeable and painful. Fleas can feed on just about any blood host. Scientists know of more than 2,000 species and subspecies of fleas. However, in North America, the cat flea (ctenocephalides felis) is responsible for the majority of cat and dog infesta-

tions. Female fleas are typically larger than the males and are responsible for proliferating the flea brood. Females can consume up to 15 times their body weight in blood every day. This helps to fuel egg-laying, which can take place within 36 to 48 hours of the female’s first meal. In her lifetime, a female flea can lay roughly 2,000 eggs. Fleas are wingless parasites that get around by jumping from host to host. If they don’t have to expend too much energy (i.e. get comfortable on a host), they can go anywhere

from between two months and 100 days without a meal. Fleas can jump up to eight inches high, enabling them to grab onto a passing meal source. A typical flea can live for a few months, and fleas can carry a number of different diseases. From plague to cat scratch fever to tapeworms, fleas can make pets ill and also affect people who interact with them. Ticks Ticks are not insects; they are arachnids. That means they are more closely related to spiders and scorpions. The stages of the tick include the egg, larva, nymph, and adult. Depending on the species, nymph ticks can be quite small to the naked continued on page 9


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a dog’s face, where a tick may latch on while the dog is sniffing in the grass. Ticks and fleas are pesky critters that can carry disease. Consult with your veterinarian if you suspect your dog has a tick or flea problem to get the situation under control. Preventative collars and medications can help repel fleas and ticks as well. Dr. Matthew Krupnick is the owner of the Pequannock Animal Hospital. He grew up in Kinnelon and is happy to be home – with his wife, three cats, and two dogs – to provide quality and compassionate care for pets in the community. The Pequannock Animal Hospital is located at 591 Newark Pompton Turnpike in Pompton Plains. You can reach the hospital by calling 973-616-0400.

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hocolate is easy to get, yet few people know how it is made and the differences between the various chocolate types. The Butler Library will offer a free class about that on Saturday, March 10, from noon to 2:30 p.m., presented by Jamie Fundinger. Participants will learn how to make chocolate from scratch for consumption and learn the history and science behind chocolate. Cocoa beans will be used from different parts of the

world, but primarily from the Dominican Republic for its good clean flavor. All cacao beans are fair trade and organically certified. The only ingredient that will be used is cacao beans (additives are optional), and a few tools to help go through the process of making chocolate. Fundinger is a Dominican architect and professional chocolatier. Call or visit the Butler Library at 973-838-3262, to reserve a seat.

Babysitter Certification Course Offered At Kinnelon Library


he Kinnelon Library will offer a babysitting class on Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The course is for kids ages 11 to 16 and will cover infant

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Books, Bagels And Games Offered At Pompton Lakes Library


rom books and bagels, to games and poetry, there are plenty of opportunities awaiting at the Pompton Lakes Library this winter. Book lovers are invited to read, review books, have fun, and eat during “Bagels and Books,’’ at the Pompton Lakes Library. The meetings take place on the first Thursday and third Monday of the month at the Pompton Lakes Library at 10:30 a.m., unless a different time is noted. There will be meetings on March 1 and


March 19. A family game day will be held Feb. 24, from noon to 2 p.m. in the library, sponsored by the Friends of the Pompton Lakes Library. Participants are invited to bring their own board game or share one from the library, whether Checkers, Chess, Scrabble, Spill and Spell, Monopoly, Go Fish, Uno or TicTac-Toe. There will be something for everyone to play, to watch, to learn, or try a new game, and just have fun. Sign up at the Friends of the Pomp-

Felting Project Offers Fluffy Fun In Kinnelon

basic felting project using a special needle and fluffy wool will be offered at the Kinnelon Public Library on March 7. The Sheep Felting Class will teach the basics of this creative medium. Participants will go home with a completed sheep.

The class is geared towards beginners, but anyone is welcome. The cost of the materials is $5 per person. Class size is limited, and registration is required. For more information or to sign up, call 973-838-1321 or visit www.

ton Lakes Library display area, across from the circulation desk. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Interested in Mah Jongg? Come play every Tuesday in February between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. All players are welcome, including beginners. No sign up is required. Poets, writers, readers and listeners are invited to join the Pompton Poets with George Pereny, poet, musician and educator. All are welcome to join and meet others, from first time poets to published writers. Meetings take place the last Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Upcoming meetings are Feb. 27 and March 27. The chess club meets on Monday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Players of all ages and skill levels from anywhere in northern N.J. or elsewhere are welcome. Players are encouraged to bring their own

equipment. Children ages 5 to 10 are invited to sign up for a 10-minute time slot to practice reading to a certified therapy dog at the Pompton Lakes Library. Reading to a dog is a great way to build a child’s confidence without fear of judgment or criticism. Register in person, or by calling 973-835-5661. Registration is required. The Winter/ Spring 2018 dates are Feb. 28, March 28, April 25, May 23 and June 27. The Friends of the Pompton Lakes Public Library is an independent non-profit volunteer organization working to further the educational needs of the community through its support of the Emanuel Einstein Memorial Library, also known as The Pompton Lakes Library. For more information, call 973835-0482 or email friends@ friendsofpomptonlakeslibrary. org.

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hroughout 2018, you can create easy, healthy and delicious family meals by using time-saving recipes. For example, these “Cook Once, Eat Twice” recipes from CanolaInfo start with pork chops that double as the base for lunch or dinner the following day. “The more you cook your own meals, the more you can control portion sizes and ingredients,” said Manuel Villacorta, registered dietitian. “Knowing the right oil to use is essential. I like using canola oil to keep the flavors of your dishes intact due to its neutral taste and light texture. Plus, it contains high levels of monounsaturated fat and plant-based omega 3 fat, and is low in saturated fat. I use it regularly in my home kitchen and recommend it to my clients.” For more time-saving recipes, visit Pork Loin Chops with Sweet Balsamic Mushrooms Servings: 8 8 boneless center-cut pork loin chops (4 ounces each), trimmed of fat 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided 12 ounces sliced portobello mushrooms 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons water 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon sugar 2 tablespoons chopped green onions Sprinkle both sides of pork with pepper.


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s winter chills settle in, one way to warm up from the inside-out is with family meals centered around a delicious bowl of comfort food like pasta, soups and stews. By planning your weeknight menu to include wholesome, organic foods made with no artificial flavors, artificial colors or high-fructose corn syrup, you can create hearty and flavorful dishes in the New Year that will have everyone in the family eager to dig in. With a high quality, organic sauce in your pantry like one of the Bertolli USDA-certified Organic Pasta Sauces, available in red- and white-sauce varieties, you can quickly whip up a warming and indulgent winter dish while still keeping your resolutions to cook with more quality ingredients. For example, this recipe for Campanelle with Prosciutto and Peas uses Creamy Alfredo Sauce, made with organic cream, aged parmesan cheese and spices, is sure to become a cold-weather family favorite! Find more recipes to kickstart taste-tempting family mealtimes through every season at Campanelle with Prosciutto and Peas Cook time: 10 minutes Prep time: 10 minutes Servings: 6 12 ounces uncooked campanelle pasta 1 tablespoon Bertolli Extra-Virgin Olive Oil 1 large shallot, finely chopped 1/2 cup dry white wine 1/2 cup frozen peas

3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto 1 jar (15 ounces) Bertolli Organic Creamy Alfredo Sauce 4 ounces Fontina cheese, shredded 6 eggs 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper In pot of salted water, cook pasta 2 minutes less than directed on package. Drain pasta. In large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil and shallots. Cook 3-4 minutes, or until softened. Add wine; cook 3-4 minutes, or until most liquid has evaporated. Stir in peas, prosciutto, Alfredo sauce and cheese. Add pasta; toss gently. Cook and stir 1-2 minutes to coat pasta with sauce. In saucepan, bring water to boil and add eggs. Cook 6 minutes. Transfer eggs to ice water and cool before peeling. Top each serving with softset egg and black pepper. Notes: Gouda or Gruyere can be substituted for Fontina. Unpeeled, cooked eggs can be stored in refrigerator up to one week.

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Passport Help, Computers, Crocheting Offered At Butler Library

ime to update that passport? Need to get one? The Butler Library is hosting a Passport Outreach Event Thursday, March 22, offered by the Morris County Clerk’s Office. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a walk-in basis, and applicants will provide their own passport photos. Payment will be only in the form of a check, including personal check, money order or bank check.

The Butler Library will take sign-ups by phone, so those interested should call 973838-3262, or stop by the Circulation Desk at Butler Library. Any questions about the event should be directed to the Morris County Clerk’s Office by email at: or by phone at: (973) 285-6161. Weekly computer assistance is also being offered. Call the library for more information. Service is first come, first

Kinnelon Teen Programs Tackle Coding, Computers, Books


he Kinnelon Library offers several programs monthly, introducing teens to a variety of new technology, and, of course, new books. Call 973-838-1321 or visit for more information, or to register for any programs. Every Thursday at 2:30 p.m., the Girls Who Code Club meets. The club is a free, after school activity for high school girls. The goal is to help close the technology gender gap by learning in a hands-on environ-


ment surrounded by peers. Every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. they play a variety of MtG formats, including casual, archenemy, cube draft, EDH/ commander, multiplayer, planechase and two-headed giant. Adults and teens welcome. They also teach new players. And, on the first Saturday of each month at 1 p.m., the library hosts a monthly book discussion group for teens, offering them the opportunity to chat about books and chomp on pizza!

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served. No formal instruction provided. Topics are varied. This service is for beginners. The Knitting & Crocheting Circle meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Every-


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Library To Host Speaker On Substance Abuse

r. J. Theodore Brown will discuss tackling substance abuse by empowering the family on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Kinnelon Library. In the second on a series of five lectures, Brown will discuss how the efforts to control substance abuse have primarily been legal and, until recently, addiction has been viewed as a crime, rather than an illness. Treatment has been delegated to external resources

with the individual and their family’s role being reduced to symbolic participation. Brown is advocating that, not only the involvement, but the empowerment of the family and significant others, is a crucial component to effectively address the problem of substance abuse. To register, or for more information, call 973-838-1321 or visit www.kinnelonlibrary. org.

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hen it’s time for a bathroom or kitchen upgrade, some of the greatest inspiration may come from another time entirely. Some of the most on-trend styles of today are actually throwbacks to bygone eras. Learn how to make your updated spaces pay tribute to re-emerging trends and add your own modern touches with these three new-again looks. Retro-Modern A retro-modern design is unique in every way, with elements transitioning from the historically unfitted 1920s to

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1950s charm and eccentricity. The result is a space that represents many eras and design styles, and the kitchen is the perfect space to bring this look to life. Start by establishing a focal point for your retro-modern design, such as a functional nod to the past. Long before modern refrigeration, iceboxes were used in many of the homes in the early 20th century to keep foods fresh. It’s possible to mimic this look with the Wellborn Cabinet Premier Series, to achieve an icebox look that actually functions as storage space.

Use contrasting finishes, colors and textures to uniquely define a small space. For example, a modern cabinet scheme in a dark stain or paint contrasts beautifully with stainless steel hardware and a pop of color to break up the cold nature of stainless steel. Then bring some uniformity with an option like Shaker decorative legs, which adds to the multi-era design feel. Deriving from the Shaker lifestyle and tradition, the tapering effect offers a beautiful yet simple design feature. Integrate the look across multiple elements, such

as a wooden-style tapered leg icebox, along with stainless steel tapered legs on wall and peninsula cabinets, which can pair nicely with stainless-steel hardware and a 1950s Malt Shop grooved countertop. Accessories are an important part of kitchen design, which is why they should be kept top of mind when building or designing that dream space. Features such as removable under-sink baskets and a double wastebasket kit lend ultimate practicality. No matter the era, lighting is a must for a functional kitchen space. A carefully crafted, multi-layered lighting design is an essential component of a dream kitchen. An option like Hafele lighting, now offered through a partnership with Wellborn Cabinet, makes it possible to illuminate cabinetry, delivering ambient, accent, task and decorative lighting to create the right mood for any space. Elegant A beautiful, ornate bathroom with plenty of traditional features can truly be an interpretation of elegance in design. Plan for an abundance of luxurious, spa-like elements to achieve this look. Incorporate features such as warm hickory covering every

inch of the walls and built-in lighting to set the tone for a relaxing atmosphere. Then incorporate antique-styled mirrors and glass hardware to create contrasts amongst the rich tones and texture. You can create a distinctive alcove effect by situating the sink vanities directly between matching cabinet ends and recessing two mirrors into the wall. A decorative arch valance can add beauty and function, as this is an ideal place to tuck away lighting that provides depth

and visibility. Let a large soaking tub take center stage between the sink vanity and a custom makeup area. While you can rely on cabinetry for functional features, it’s also a way to continue adding elegant touches, such as a beautifully crafted tub skirt and arch that complements the vanity area. No luxury bathroom is complete without a standalone makeup alcove outfitted with unique features like drawer dividers cont. on page 18

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Transform Bathrooms With Technology

echnology is infiltrating every room of the house. Many new home buyers are millennials, and this tech-savvy demographic covets technological innovations. A recent survey by Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate indicates 77 percent of Generation X and Y home buyers want their homes equipped with the tech capabilities they have grown accustomed to. Many of these involve smart innovations, including those that can transform one of the most private rooms in the house — the bathroom. Automated home theater rooms and Wi-Fi-enabled home security systems have become the norm, but what tech improvements are available to make the powder room more in touch with today’s digital lifestyle? According to

the home improvement resource The Spruce, bathrooms have the most potential of any rooms to be improved with technology. The following are just some of the bathroom gadgets and gizmos no one should resist before giving a try. • Automatic faucets: Infrared sensors have been helping keep public restrooms more hygienic for years. The same technology can be used in home bathrooms to curtail water waste and keep faucets and sinks from becoming infested with germs. In addition, faucets with built-in timers can be programmed to set tasks for brushing teeth or washing your face. • Musical shower: Instead of having to blast the volume on the portable speaker you use in the bathroom, a wireless speaker is built into some

Throwback Style... cont. from page 17 (perfect for hair accessories) and countertop hideaway cabinets. Consider creating a focal point using rounded spindles to create depth and allow the custom makeup section to stand out in the design. Lastly, embellish the distinguished look with molding options that highlight the feature areas and create a defined line around the room. An elegant, spacious master bathroom is luxurious and functional, proving that practicality can be used in a glorious way. Retro Going to the extreme with your aesthetic with a retro design is all about fun, with features such as pops of color in the tile behind the vanities or fun and whimsical wallpaper. A 1950s-style bathroom lets you play on your childlike senses. From bright colors to mixed metals and textures, this unique design style pays respect to the era of Car Hops, Airstream Travel Trailers and Lucille Ball. The key to making a throw-

back-styled design work for your contemporary needs is all in the modern elements. Think along the lines of illuminated drawers and cabinets and base pull-out wire baskets. These fun twists of technology paired with retro-styled elements make for a winning solution. When it comes to the vanities and cabinetry, remember that both style and color can bring your retro design together. Don’t be afraid to step outside more traditional wood tones, and use unexpected colors such as the pink hue available in Wellborn Cabinet’s ColorInspire program. For the woodwork, look for details such as conical-styled, slender legs that add to the 1950s feel. Reminiscent of days past, a fabulous ’50s bathroom is the ultimate definition of an eccentric design. There’s no time like now to begin planning your on-trend home upgrades. Explore the latest styles and home design options at

showerheads. This enables those who like to sing in the shower or listen to podcasts while washing up to enjoy this luxury effortlessly. • Smarter weight management: Bathroom scales have gone high-tech as well, with various options enabling users to measure weight, BMI and body fat percentage before sending the data wirelessly to a phone, tablet or computer. This can put you in greater control of fitness goals. • High-tech toilets: Borrowing ideas from bidets and trends around the world, modern toilets do not require hands or paper. These toilets have temperature-controlled water, spritzing wands and air dryers to clean and sanitize. Self-cleaning toilets help busy professionals save time and are ideal for those who always

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pring is the perfect time for a vacation. Shake off the doldrums of winter as you transition toward fresh beginnings and warmer days. One tip for planning a fun-filled trip with nearly countless memories: start your planning by deciding what types of things you’d like to do and experiences you’d like to enjoy. For example, destinations like Texas, which offers hundreds of miles of coastline along the Texas Gulf Coast, can be a perfect destination for spring break travel for all ages. Start looking forward to a getaway to remember with these ideas, perfect for family travel, spring-breakers and everyone in between. See the sights. If you’re the exploring type and want to mix some education with your fun, plan your journey around attractions like museums and nature centers, where you’ll find plenty to learn about the local area. Look for experiences you


ruising can be an ideal vacation for people of any age, but particularly for seniors. Cruises combine all-inclusive meal packages with accommodations, breathtaking ports of call and pre-arranged activities, so vacationers do not have to lift a finger for days on end. Cruising also can be a social activity, meaning singletons can meet up with other like-minded people and enjoy the cruising experience together. Cruise Lines International Association, a global organization advocating for the cruising community, found that 25.8 million passengers expected to take a cruise in 2017, and various cruise companies invested more than $6.8 billion in new ocean vessels. Whether a person is new to cruising or is a seasoned ocean or river traveler, there are always techniques to try to score

can’t find anyplace else, such as a visit to a UNESCO World Heritage site, which can offer a special look at the past. Make a splash. For water lovers and more active types, a visit to the seashore may be just the ticket. At some locations, you can find all sorts of adventures, like surfing, kiteboarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, jet skiing, deep sea fishing and more. Pitch a tent. When you’re looking to put the hustle and bustle of the city aside, a camping trip is the perfect way to reconnect with nature and enjoy some peaceful relaxation. Whether in Texas’s Hill Country or on a beach, you can find a variety of camping locations. For example, the small beach town of Port Aransas can provide a perfect backdrop to an evening by the campfire and a restful night under the stars. Explore the great outdoors. Discovering new flora and fauna is a delightful way to spend

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• Choose a close port. Select a port within driving distance to avoid airline costs and the extra hassles of coordinating luggage and travel to the port. • Book dining ahead of time. Cruise ships often have a main dining room and then specialty restaurants. If you want a particular meal, make reservations before leaving port. Certain restaurants may offer discounts or perks, such as a free bottle of wine or premiere seating. • Understand what’s included. Cruise ships have many foods and drinks that are included in the packaged price. Certain branded items, such as specialty coffees or ice creams, may be available at an additional charge, as are premium drinks. But chances are you can find a free, similar version elsewhere on the ship. • Explore special discounts. When shopping for a cruise, see if there are discounts avail-

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5 Bedrooms, 2.1 Bathrooms


Asking $500,000 WAYNE - 19 Brandon Ave Three full floors of living in this sun-drenched, expanded home in move-in condition! Incredible location puts you just minutes from NYC bus/train, shopping, dining and Rts. 23/46/80. Full level sits atop what was already an amazing layout. Main level offers 3BR’s, top floor another 2BR’s and an office that could be used as a 6th bedroom! Open floor plan on the main floor, lower level FR, and park-like rear yard make this home perfect.

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RANDOLPH - 8 Corwin Street

This is the home you have been waiting for! The open floor plan, spacious lower level family room, flowing kitchen/living/dining area and flat rear yard provide the perfect setting for both a living and entertaining. Finished to perfection with today’s sought after style, there is nothing to do but simply unpack your bags and move in. All of this in a great neighborhood and close to schools and highways! Don’t miss this opportunity, schedule your tour today!


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Sold $875,000 POMPTON PLAINS - 261 Boulevard

At the heart of renowned Pompton Plains is this stunning, new construction. Blending awe-inspiring aesthetics with unmatched usability, truly perfect home for both living & entertaining. Set upon a sprawling/flat lot, energy star rated boasts: exceptional finishings & build-outs, ideal open floor plan, stunning master suite w/bath, covered rear porch, massive basement w/high ceilings, oversized garage, irrigation system & so much more.


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Asking $399,900 POMPTON LAKES - 12 Adrian Street

Updated and expanded, immaculate Colonial has it all! Prime location the home also boasts: an open first floor layout perfect for entertaining, a stunning master suite with walk-in closet and breathtaking/updated bath, 3 additional bedrooms, flat rear yard w/ patio, new hw heater and so much more! Incredible location allows for a short stroll to schools, downtown restaurants/shopping, NYC transportation and more!


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Asking $339,000

JEFFERSON - 32 Overlook Drive

Incredible expanded ranch in White Rock. Truly an entertainers dream, offers an expansive great room rear addition, HUGE screened-in porch, fin. bsmt. w/bar and a resort like pool! Some additional features include a large kit. open to living areas, MBR w/private bath, lower level office and so much more. All of this combined with the easy living that ranch-living is meant to provide.


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Sold $365,000 CLIFTON - 144 Fornelius Ave

Expanded cape, meticulously maintained with some incredible updates! Much larger than it appears. 1st floor: 2BR’s, beautifully renov. bath, LR & Spac. Eat-In Kit. w/access to newer expanded deck overlooking a Park Like Property! 2nd floor: 2 large BR’s, brand new designer bath! Full unfin. bsmt. w/walk-out access to yard, long driveway & oversized 2 car garage. Easy acces to NYC trains or buses and major highways for the most convenient locations. *National Association of Realtors

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Realty Executives Recognizes Top Realtors

oug Radford, president of Realty Executives Exceptional Realtors, recognizes the following realtors for their outstanding achievements. In the Butler/Kinnelon Branch Office which is located at 1234 Route 23 North, Realtor Associate Kristen DeLeo has been named the office Top Listing and Producing Agent for December and in addition was named the office Top Producing Agent for 2017. Realtor

Associate Margaret ‘Peggy’ Noble was named the office Top Selling Agent for December; and Realtor Associate Vincenza ‘Vinnie’ Scanzo has been named the office Top Transaction Agent for 2017. In the Pompton Plains Branch Office, located at 363 Route 23 South, Broker Associate Donna Monarque has been named the office Top Listing Agent for December and Realtor Associate Jesse Maldonado has been named the office Top

Selling Agent for December and Top Transaction Agent for 2017. Broker Associate Melissa Florance-Lynch was named the office Top Producing Agent for 2017; and the sales team of Broker Associate Donna Monarque and Realtor Associate Pamela Alheidt have been named the Top Team for 2017. In the Wayne Branch Office, located at 1501 Hamburg Turnpike, Realtor Associates Lindsey Kehr, Joan LaGreca and Giuseppe Ciciulla were all named

office Top Agent for December; and Broker Associate Todd Behnken was named the office Top Agent for 2017. “We are proud to have such professional Realtors associated with our company and congratulate each of these Agents on having continued successes,” states Radford. For more information on these agents, visit the company website:, or go to:

Carbon Monoxide Remediation


arbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be deadly. Because carbon monoxide is found in the fumes produced when fuel is burned, it is present in and around homes. As a result, homeowners should be aware of carbon monoxide and make every effort to detect its presence. CO forms most readily when there is insufficient oxygen to complete combustion and produce carbon dioxide. Hot water closets, furnaces in crawlspaces, heating appliances in attics, and other contained areas are common areas where CO can form. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that thousands of people visit emergency rooms and are hospitalized because of CO poisoning every year. While CO

is a risk for just about anyone, infants, the elderly, those with breathing problems or chronic heart disease, and people with anemia are most likely to get sick from CO. CO has earned the moniker “the silent killer” because it cannot be identified without the presence of a carbon monoxide detector. If a person believes he or she is smelling carbon monoxide, that person is probably mistaking the odor for other combustion byproducts that the human nose can sense. CO is a byproduct of vehicle exhaust, boat engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, furnaces, and fireplaces. CO is produced anytime something is burning. That is why it is essential that products designed to be used outdoors are used exclusively outside, and that indoor appliances are properly vented to

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the outdoors. CO can build up indoors and poison people and pets who breathe it in. Some people may not recognize that CO is problematic in a home until multiple residents start complaining of similar symptoms. Common CO poisoning symptoms include nausea and vomiting, dizziness, chest pain, confusion, headache, and other flu-like symptoms, advises the consumer advocacy group Carbon Monoxide Kills. Those with repeated exposure to high levels of CO may eventually develop cerebral edema, which is a swelling of the brain. CO can compress brain cells and destroy them, leading to neurological issues and death. CO poisoning is actually the result of the head and heart not receiving sufficient oxygen. CO detectors can save lives


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and should be installed in all homes and apartments. The National Fire Protection Association says CO detectors “shall be centrally located outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms.” Individuals should follow the manufacturer instructions regarding where on the wall or ceiling the CO detectors should be mounted. As an added safety precaution, CO detectors should be placed on every floor of the home. Gas sensors in CO alarms have limited life spans, so they should be replaced generally every five to six years, because calibrating and testing for CO is more difficult than simply replacing the alarms. Installing or replacing carbon monoxide detectors is an easy improvement that can help save lives. Passaic, Bergen, Morris, Essex & Ocean Counties

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