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Sustainable and Art-Conscious Shopper! | Cover

Welcome to the Tri-Town Focus Magazine. We are happy to publish this monthly publication for the residents and businesses of Boonton, Boonton Township and Mountain Lakes. Our mission is to bring our communities together by sharing town news, happenings, events and to celebrate the great people and places we call home.

Sassy Scraps Upcycled Boutique is an Entrepreneurship which pays homage to eco-friendly awareness and the creative utilization of items which would typically be thrown away and wasted in a landfill.

Mountain Lakes High School Class of 2020 | 11 Photo of Mountain Lakes High School Graduation

Boonton’s Own J & M Grill | 12

Things You Need to Know... Print & Digital Versions To receive the digital version email us at frank@zoomus.com

J & M Grill is cooking up deliciousness every day! You can always count on a friendly smile, clean space and great food.

Copycat Bloomin’ Onion | 13

Article and Event submissions email to: frank@zoomus.com

Our recipe features a copycat version of Outback’s Bloomin Onion

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Montclair State Announces Spring 2020 Dean’s List | 14

Montclair State University congratulates Red Hawks named to the Spring 2020 Dean’s List

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Meet Carmelo! Gorgeous Caramel Coat and Bright Brown Eyes Waiting for You | 20

Meet Carmelo! He is a 10-year-old Pit Bull Lab mix. He has a gorgeous caramel coat and bright brown eyes that add to his gentle soul.

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The Town of Boonton has been hosting “Walk, Shop and Dine” on Friday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

MORRIS COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Woman’s Club of Boonton Collecting Eyeglasses, Seeking New Members | 22 The GFWC Woman’s Club of Boonton is presently collecting eyeglasses to support New Eyes for the Needy.

Mountain Lakes Seeking Member for Finance Advisory Committee | 22

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The Finance Advisory Committee is an advisory committee to the Borough Council consisting of three Council members, four members of the public, the Borough Manager, and the Borough Chief Financial Officer.

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For the Sustainable and Art-Conscious Shopper! Sassy Scraps Upcycled Boutique is an Entrepreneurship which pays homage to eco-friendly awareness and the creative utilization of items which would typically be thrown away and wasted in a landfill. To be able to imagine and execute the unexpected with misfit garments is truly a blessing to me. Helping people from their very own closet, especially during this pandemic of today, saving them from a trip to a potentially crowded mall after the quarantine is over, is self-fulfilling and a welcome challenge. “When I wear the clothes I create, I feel happy to express myself in such a unique and eco-friendly way, which is all such a huge part of my character,� said Erika Domanico. These are the perfect times when Artists have (Continued on Page 9)

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SCHOOL NEWS

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For the Sustainable and Art-Conscious Shopper! (Continued from Page 5)

the opportunity to be sustainable in a most inspiring way. They are in desperation right now, since so many of our resource centers are all closed, and utilizing that which is around the house, recreating silhouettes and functions in a most effective way, is the essence of Green Living. The Stretch of the imagination is the best part of the challenge. She have been blessed to not only be an Upcycled Artist, but to be a Teacher of the Upcycling Process. With classes she planned and taught for over 20 years, such as Upcycled Jean Purses, Milk Gallon Planters, Misfit Sock Stuffed Animals, too much to list, she can honestly say that (Continued on Page 15)

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TRI-TOWN REAL ESTATE Featured properties may be listed by the office/agent presenting this information. Source Multiple Listing Service. All information herein has not been verified and is not guaranteed. Address 19 DOGWOOD RD 139 Fairview AVE 165 CHEST 534 ESSEX AVE 5 SYLVAN LN 541 ROCKAWAY VALLEY RD 39 BRAE LOCH DR 353 ROCKAWAY VALLEY RD 25 BRADFORD 11 BIRCHWOOD LN 577 ROCKAWAY VALLEY RD 11 KINCAID RD 49 SHERWOOD 39 N Pocon o RD 121 POWERVILLE RD 108 INTERVALE RD 65 Bellvale RD 45 HOWELL RD 280 MORRIS AVE 9 POINT VIEW PL 256 BoulevaRD 23 CRANE RD 100 LAUREL HILL ROAD

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Boonton

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$405,000

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$439,900

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$445,000

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$449,000

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$442,000

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Boonton Twp.

$369,900

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$525,000

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$500,000

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$525,000

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$515,000

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Boonton Twp.

$549,000

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$522,500

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$569,000

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$545,000

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$650,000

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$625,000

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Boonton Twp.

$679,000

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$669,000

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$699,000

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$635,000

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$799,000

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$806,000

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$849,000

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$870,000

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$899,000

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$890,000

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$975,000

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$925,000

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$999,700

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$1,079,000

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$995,000

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$1,260,000

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BUSINESS NEWS

Boonton’s Own J & M Grill J & M Grill is cooking up deliciousness every day! You can always count on a friendly smile, clean space and great food. Enjoy a grilled, steamed or fried hot dog or a salad with grilled chicken. All the food is home-made and cooked to order. Convenient and Covid-19 Safe. Order Online! Visit https://jmgrillboonton.com/ to see their weekly specials, menu, catering and easy ordering!

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RECIPES

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Bloomin’ Onion separate the outer pieces. Whisk the flour, cayenne, paprika, thyme, oregano, cumin and ½ teaspoon black pepper in a bowl. In a small deep bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and 1 cup water. 3. Place the onion in a separate bowl, cut-side up, and pour all of the flour mixture on top. Cover the bowl with a plate, then shake back and forth to distribute the flour. Check to make sure the onion is fully coated, especially between the “petals.” Lift the onion by the core, turn over and pat off the excess flour; reserve the bowl of flour. 4. Using a slotted spoon, fully submerge the onion in the egg mixture (spoon on top, if necessary). Remove and let the excess egg drip off, then repeat the flouring process. Refrigerate the onion while you heat the oil.

Ingredients FOR THE DIP 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 2 tablespoons sour cream 1½ teaspoons ketchup ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon drained horseradish ¼ teaspoon paprika Pinch of cayenne pepper Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

5. Heat the oil in a large deep pot over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 400˚. Pat off the excess flour from the onion. Using a wire skimmer, carefully lower the onion into the oil, cut-side down. Adjust the heat so the oil temperature stays close to 350˚. Fry about 3 minutes, then turn the onion over and cook until golden, about 3 more minutes; drain on paper towels. Season with salt and serve with the dip.

FOR THE ONION 1 large sweet onion, such as Vidalia (about 1 pound) 2½ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 2 tablespoons paprika ½ teaspoon dried thyme ½ teaspoon dried oregano ½ teaspoon ground cumin Freshly ground black pepper 2 large eggs 1 cup whole milk 1 gallon soy or corn oil Kosher salt Steps 1. Combine all of the dip ingredients in a bowl, cover and refrigerate. 2. Slice the onion: Cut off ½ inch from the pointy stem end of the onion, then peel. Place the onion cut-side down. Starting ½ inch from the root, make a downward cut all the way through to the board. Repeat to make four evenly spaced cuts around the onion. Continue slicing between each section until you have 16 evenly spaced cuts. Turn the onion over and use your fingers to gently August 2020

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SCHOOL NEWS

Montclair State Announces Spring 2020 Dean’s List Justin Green, Boonton Sakae Handerson, Boonton Township Alex Olimpio, Boonton Julia Krevis, Boonton Montclair State University is a research doctoral institution ranked in the top tier of national universities. Building on a distinguished history dating back to 1908, the University today has 11 colleges and schools that serve 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students with more than 300 doctoral, masters and baccalaureate programs.

Montclair State University congratulates Red Hawks named to the Spring 2020 Dean’s List who excelled during an unprecedented semester–including a transition to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dean’s List, issued after the close of the Fall and Spring semesters by the academic deans, gives recognition to students with a 3.500 or higher semester GPA if a minimum of 12 credits is earned in courses that contribute to the GPA and if there are no IN (incomplete) grades for that semester.

Situated on a beautiful, 252-acre suburban campus just 12 miles from New York City, Montclair State delivers the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a supportive, sophisticated, and diverse academic environment.

Students in the Tri-Town Focus magazine are: Sunah Choudhry, Boonton Nicholas Ezzi, Boonton Iman Shamsudin, Boonton Bobby Ezzi, Boonton Emily Maute, Mountain Lakes Denise Rodrigues, Mountain Lakes Cassie Bodendorf, Boonton Tori Launzinger, Boonton Lexi Becker, Boonton Gulsah Akyol, Boonton Jaydon Lynch, Boonton Michael Rigillo, East Hanover

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For the Sustainable and Art-Conscious Shopper! (Contined from Page 9)

Earth Day is not to be celebrated just on April 22nd, but every day of the year. To further spread this eco-friendly mentality to the new post-pandemic world through my Art and knowledge is a definitive part of my future goals and dreams. Please consider sassyscrapsupcyle.com (@ handmadeboonton on Instagram) during your quest for a most unique and earth-friendly take on Slow Fashion and Upcycled Couture, in the Garment, Accessory, and even in the Home Décor Realm. Sassy Scraps is excited to announce we have been selected to attend the upcoming, Flying Solo Runway Show of NY Fashion Week. This amazing opportunity joins over 70 international designers who are up for the top 10 of what is called the “Ones to Watch”. Stay tuned! Contact Owner, Erika Domanico www.sassyscrapsupcyle.com @handmadeboonton on Instagram Erika Domanico

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Spina Construction LANDSCAPE, HARDSCAPE & POOLS FOR A BEAUTIFUL YARD AND EXTERIOR J Spina Construction can install beautiful accents to your yard, deck, or patio. They offer many outdoor services like installing paver patios, bluestone patios, walkways and general improvements for the yard, patio or home. Their hardscape improvement and patio installation work is highly rated by their clients. Now is the perfect time to redesign and create the outdoor oasis you’ve always wanted. Call (973) 299-9923 for a free estimate.

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Halos for Angels, an organization dedicated to helping individuals and families who suffer sudden tragedies, is running a fundraiser this autumn entitled “Fright Factor at Home.” Along with Sheriff Gannon, and the MC Sheriff’s Department, they are asking all Morris County residents to join them in a fun event which will help support the local community. Halos for Angels website: https://www.halosforangels.org/upcoming-events

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ANIMAL ADOPTION

Meet Carmelo! Gorgeous Caramel Coat and Bright Brown Eyes Waiting for You being left in a crate. He walks nicely on a leash and loves to smell new scents on his walks! Melo would do best in a quiet home with kids above the age of 16. With time and patience, Melo will warm up to you and show how much of a sweet boy he is. He will always accept the love you have to offer. He will gently rest his head in your lap and drift to sleep, followed by his soft snores! Since he is an older gentleman, he is looking for a home that will keep him in comfort for the rest of his golden years. His spine is unfortunately arthritic and causes him pain so his activity is low. He has been through so much and needs a place where he can relax and receive unconditional love. Carmelo’s name comes from his beautiful coat and mellow disposition. He is also as sweet as a Caramel treat! He is eager to find a family that will show him the good things life has to offer!

Meet Carmelo! He is a 10-year-old Pit Bull Lab mix. He has a gorgeous caramel coat and bright brown eyes that add to his gentle soul. He is laid-back and calm. He prefers to sleep in a comfy, cool spot during the day, or go explore the backyard and lay in the shade with a nice breeze.

If you are interested in adopting or fostering, please fill out an application on our website www.wiseanimalrescue.org/foster-application! Follow Us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wiseanimalrescue Like Us on Facebook: https://www.facebook. com/wiseanimalrescue/

He has had a rough start to life. He was abandoned at a garbage site eating scraps until animal control found him. He is very frightened which has to do with his neglect and abuse from his previous owner. Despite this, he is becoming trusting towards people. Melo comes out of his shell whenever another dog is around. His tail wags immediately and he tries to give his new doggy friend kisses! He would greatly benefit from having a confident friend who will show him the ropes in his new home. He is mostly house trained and doesn’t mind 20 l Tri-Town Focus Magazine

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BOONTON MAIN STREET

“Walk, Shop and Dine” on Boonton Main Street The Town of Boonton has been hosting “Walk, Shop and Dine” on Friday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Main Street is closed to all vehicles, and no

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parking on Main Street after 5:00 p.m. Residents enjoys dining, and shopping. All visitors are required to wear a mask and follow all state and local COVID guidelines. #SHOPBOONTON #BOONTONSTRONG #SUPPORTLOCAL

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Woman’s Club of Boonton Collecting Eyeglasses, Seeking New Members The GFWC Woman’s Club of Boonton is presently collecting eyeglasses to support New Eyes for the Needy. They are accepting both prescription and nonprescription glasses and sunglasses. Glasses can be dropped at The Boonton Coffee Co., 516 Main Street, Boonton. The club is also actively looking for new members to join their club! Today women’s clubs meet for community service, developing friendships & leadership skills, and to have fun. Even during these difficult times, the club has continued to meet, socialize and make donations to support the community. For additional information, email rpalgele@aol. com, call (973)263-8314, visit their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Boontonwomansclub.

The Woman’s Club of Boonton is a non-profit, community service organization and a member of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) of GFWC, which was founded in 1894, visit their website at njsfwc.org.

Mountain Lakes Seeking Member for Finance Advisory Committee The Finance Advisory Committee is an advisory committee to the Borough Council consisting of three Council members, four members of the public, the Borough Manager, and the Borough Chief Financial Officer.

residents with backgrounds in finance and/or accounting are encouraged to apply.

Finance Advisory Committee assists and advises the Council with the annual review and approval of the municipal budgets, major capital expenditure projects, financing, development of the long-term capital plan, establishing financial and accounting policies, utility fee structures and rates, and review of the annual audit. Finance Advisory Committee typically meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Borough Hall. If you are interested in being considered for membership on the Finance Advisory Committee, please submit your name and qualifications to the Borough Deputy Clerk, Cara Fox, clerk@mtnlakes.org. Interested 22 l Tri-Town Focus Magazine

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