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Vol. 5 No. 1

Proverbs 3:5

January 23, 2013

MO Community Offers Support During Tragic Death on Lake


by Cheryl Conway wo families in Mt. Olive who recently faced a tragic death of one of their own have the community’s embrace during their time of loss. Monday, Jan. 7, and the days that followed were filled with grief as the families, friends and community at large had to cope with the sudden deaths of Nick Cianciotto III and Clyde Schimanski III. The 15 year-old students of Mt. Olive High School had been ice fishing that evening on Budd Lake at about 6 p.m. when they fell through the ice. Helicopters flew over the lake for hours, while police and rescue workers searched below for the two bodies, which were recovered by rescue divers over the next two days. Whether it was the many officials and rescue workers on the scene, the number of students and friends awaiting the recovery of the bodies, food being handed out at the church, funds collected for the funeral, shuttle

service to wakes and funerals, the school community wearing blue- the people in Mt. Olive banned together to do what they could to support two grieving families. “The first night and the second day of the effort showed incredible outpourings from both Township businesses and residents, all trying to find a way to help in some manner,” says Mt. Olive Twp. Mayor Rob Greenbaum. “The families of the two boys remained at the Budd Lake Chapel, to whom a tremendous thank you is owed for the comfort and shelter which the Pastor and parishioners showed throughout those few days,” Greenbaum adds. “Ultimately, the two boys were located and brought home over two excruciatingly long days that we all just wanted to end,” he says. “We all grieve with the two families as if we had lost our own children. “I would like to thank all who did what they could to

help and support the two families as well as the first responders,” says Greenbaum. “In particular, I would like to thank the Mt. Olive Police, Fire and EMS for all they did and always do in protecting all of us.” Councilman Joe Nicastro says, “The loss of life no doubt is something very tragic. Mt. Olive is a very large community from its size but that size never stopped this community from coming together to support and help fellow neighbors in times of need. The clergy, from the different faiths, came together to be there for the families, counseling students, during this time of confusion and grief for so many. People came together, they raised funds for the funerals in a matter of days and that is a testament to Mt. Olive's residents who always are there to support and help fellow neighbors” during difficult times. Nicastro says, “It was not a surprise to me seeing the residents and people who went out of their way to

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help, support or donate. This community, which has suffered too much loss of young lives recently, has always come together to support those families. This last tragedy was no different. The community turned out in large numbers for the services. The residents, officials and students all helped throughout this tragic event in different ways. That is continued on page 2

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continued from page 5 what makes Mt. Olive such a great community. People care about others.” Losing two from their school community- Cianciotto was a sophomore and Schimanski was a freshman - the Mt. Olive school district also provided support in a number of ways. The district provided “dozens of hours of counseling to friends of Clyde and Nick who were otherwise lost,” says Mt. Olive Superintendent of Schools Larrie Reynolds. “The value of that is really great; professionals with backgrounds can be really helpful in times of tragedy or emergency,” especially during the last six months with the loss of four other local young individuals to sudden death. Reynolds says 20 to 25 counselors from the Emergency Crises Team have provided services within the Mt. Olive school district these past couple of weeks. They visited classrooms that the two boys had been in, and have provided emotional support to the siblings of the two boys. Their main accomplishment has been to “getting kids back to normal and placing this loss in some reasonable perspective,” says Reynolds. “Death is final; it’s a tragic thing. It’s a horrific thing. Children are very

resilient though. They can sometimes handle this better than adults.” In the Mt. Olive Middle School and MOHS, there have been atleast five or six moments of silence, says Reynolds. “Kids who knew the boys the best had taken to blue and organized ribbons in remembrance,” says Reynolds. Students also wore blue one day at the high school and had a “blue out,” instead of a “white out,” at one of the home basketball games recently. Some students have been gathering in the lobby for two or three days to talk about the two boys, and there may be even other ideas being planned through social channels to honor the two boys, says Reynolds. The transportation department of Mt. Olive school district also provided transportation support to visitations and funeral services for both boys. Four shuttle busses were provided from Turkey Brook Park to Cianciotto’s visitation service on Friday night, Jan. 11, at St. Jude Roman Catholic Parish in Budd Lake; and his funeral on Saturday, Jan. 12 at the parish. Interment followed at King Cemetery in Franklin Lakes. Transportation services were also provided through the Mt. Olive school district

for Schimanski’s funeral held Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home in Succasunna. According to published reports, more than $28,000 had been raised by Jan. 11 through online fundraisers, and a fund was also established through PNC Bank- the “Nick Cianciotto Memorial Fund” to help offset funeral costs to the families. “I’m satisfied that people are doing to help out their best during a difficult situation,” says Reynolds. “People are very caring in this situation. Everyone wants to be

of help; people have sincerity. I admire the generosity to give to one another and show the general concern to not only the boys but the families too. It’s nice to live in a community like that.” Reynolds concludes, “It’s just such a sad situation when young people are cut down so early in their lives. It’s a shame when young people don’t get to live out their dreams and do the things they aspire to do. It makes me think it is so wonderful to live our lives. We should all be grateful for the opportunity that we have had.”

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Sign Up for Kindergarten

andshore School in Budd Lake will hold Kindergarten Registration on February 27th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The snow date, if needed, is scheduled for February 28th at the same times. Registration packets for those wishing to prepare documents ahead of time to expedite registration will be available for pick-up in the main office after February 1st. On registration day, parents must bring an original birth certificate showing a child will be 5 years of age on or before October 1st , proof of residency and a copy of current immunization records. Any questions, please call the main office at 973-691-4003.

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3rd Annual Girl Scout Toy Drive and Cookie Swap


hey did it again! Girl Scout Junior Troops 137 and 135 of Mt. Olive came together to swap cookies and collect unwrapped toys to donate to Toys for Tots. The girls from Sandshore Elementary School in Budd Lake joined forced on December 7, 2012 to help children in need while adding the sweetness of

a cookie swap to the event. The girls were able to taste test 20 different cookie recipes while sipping on hot chocolate. All girls that participated in the cookie swap donated an unwrapped new toy to a child in need for the holidays. They also made glass ornaments for the holidays and created their third cookie swap recipe booklet.

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Dinner with a Sweetheart Beefsteak

aturday, February 16th, the Mt Olive Travel Softball will be having an beefsteak at the Knights of Columbus on Schmidt Lane in Flanders at 7pm. Cost is $45 per person which includes: All You Can Eat Filet Mignon over French Bread and Unlimited Beer and Soda. Salad, Fries,


Ice Cream Sundaes,Coffee and Tea. Live DJ as well. Advance ticket purchase only, no tickets will be sold at the door. Deadline for purchasing tickets is Feb 9th. For more information or to purchase tickets email or call Jeannie 973-224-8626, Lori 908-684-1943

Do You Plan To Do Any Home Improvements?

f so, the following will hopefully help you in the process: Most anything you do to your home will need a building permit. Applications and information may be acquired at the Mt. Olive Building department. Most applications will need prior approvals from the Zoning and or Health Departments. All contractors listed on the application must be licensed by the

State of New Jersey. Alterations and additions require plans. Permits are processed as received in a timely manner. With the warm weather approaching, please keep in mind that ALL POOLS REQUIRE PERMITS from this office. For further information, please call 973691-0900, ext. 7303 or 7391.

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Local Girl Wins Mrs. Lady Pageant Gal

anice RobinsonCeleste, 46 from Flanders, New Jersey is the 2013 Mrs. Lady Pageant Gal US after competing as Lady Pageant Gal New Jersey. This annual online competition began in 2001 by the America's Super Pageant in Montana. The delegates who represent their state and country titles have beauty, style, poise,

intelligence, confidence, and a strong desire to improve the world around them by promoting a personal platform and/or the national Safety Belt Use & Awareness Platform. The pageant gives these women the opportunity to advance their personal goals, while acting as a role model to those around them. "I love this pageant system. They are very supportive of older women like me. You know when you get a little older, you still want to feel beautiful and this pageant not only gives a woman that confidence but gives you a chance to make a difference in the world with her platform", said RobinsonCeleste. "A crown and sash can open doors for a good cause. My platform is animal adoptions, especially dogs. I want to reduce the number of animals that are put down each year because no one wants them. I would take them all if I could." Robinson-Celeste com-

Janice Robinson-Celeste

peted against women from various parts of the United States for the national title of Mrs. Lady Pageant Gal US 2013 and won the national title. "I'm excited and honored to be the winner," said Robinson-Celeste. "I even get to ride in a parade in Newark this Memorial Day! I'm practicing my wave now." Robinson-Celeste can be contacted for appearances at

Arts and Heritage Council Holds Annual Meeting


onday, January 28, 2013 at 7 p.m. is the annual meeting of the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council. Founded in 1971, the Council is a nonprofit agency designated by the Freeholders as the official arts and heritage organization for the county. Its mission is to foster and promote the artistic and cultural vitality of Sussex County. The annual meeting is open to the general public and to all members of the Arts and Heritage Council. The meeting will be held in the Council’s gallery, which is in the Council’s office at 133 Spring Street in Newton, NJ. Refreshments will be served. The purpose of the meeting is to apprise the membership of the activity of the Council, give an yearly treasurer’s report, elect new board of trustees members, and present trustees whose terms have expired. Also during the meeting, the re-grantees are notified of their grant amount for 2113. The Council’s gallery exhibits 2-dimensional and 3dimensional art, and fine crafts. The current show, “Winter Solstice,” will be on display from January 12 until February 9, 2013. Information about current and future exhibits, and other events in the Sussex County community, can be found on the Council’s website, or by calling 973383-0027.


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ome investments are appropriate during your working years, while others are more suitable for retirement. But a Roth Individual Retirement Account (IRA) can provide you with benefits at virtually every stage of your life. Let’s take a quick “journey” through some of these stages to see just how valuable a Roth IRA can be. To begin with, you can open a Roth IRA at any age, provided you have earned income and meet certain income limits. So if you’re just starting out in your career, put as much as you can afford into your Roth IRA and gradually increase your contributions as your income rises, up to the contribution limit. A Roth IRA is an excellent retirement savings vehicle because it can grow tax free and your contributions can be invested into just about any investment you choose — stocks, bonds, mutual funds, CDs and so on. Of course, when you’re young, you might not be thinking much about retirement. But the earlier you start contributing to a Roth IRA, the more you could end up with — and the difference could be substantial. In fact, if you started putting money into a Roth IRA at age 30, and you contributed the maximum amount each year until you reached 65, you would accumulate more than $766,000, assuming you are in the 25% tax bracket and you earned a 7% return, com-

Roth IRA: A Lifetime Investment

pounded annually. But, given the same assumptions, you’d end up with only about $365,000 if you waited until 40 before you started contributing. It clearly pays to contribute early and annually to a Roth IRA. (In 2011, the annual contribution limit is $5,000, or $6,000 if you’re 50 or older.) There are additional benefits to funding a Roth IRA, such as its flexible withdrawal options, which are available to you even before you retire. Since you already paid taxes on the money you put into your Roth, you can withdraw your contributions at any time without paying taxes or penalties. Generally speaking, it’s certainly best to leave your Roth IRA intact for as long as possible. But if there's an emergency and you need access to the funds, you can also withdraw your Roth’s earnings tax free, provided you’ve held your account at least five years and you don’t start taking withdrawals until you’ve reached 59½. Now, let’s fast-forward to your retirement. Unlike other retirement accounts, such as a traditional IRA or a 401(k), your Roth IRA does not require you to start taking withdrawals at age 70½ — or ever. If you don’t need the money, you can leave it alone, possibly to grow further, for as long as you like. This means that you might have more money to bequeath to your children or other beneficiaries, and they won’t have to pay income

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Three Officers Move Up In Rank At MOPD

By Cheryl Conway he Mt. Olive Police Department has started 2013 with a new captain, its first female sergeant and a new lieutenant. On Dec. 11, 2012, Mt. Olive Twp. Mayor Rob Greenbaum read the oath of office to newly promoted Captain Stephen Beecher and Lt. Jim Dunn. One week later, Amy Clymer was sworn in as Mt. Olive’s first female sergeant. Their promotions were effective on Dec. 18, 2012. Beecher’s promotion is a result from the retirement of Captain Donald Gardner who worked his final shift on Nov. 30, 2012. Beecher, 52, is in his 26th year of serving on the MOPD and will now serve as the Operations Commander, which is the second in charge overall. All Divisions report directly to him including Investigations, Support Services, Communications and Records and Patrol. “Steve Beecher is a results oriented guy who utilizes a system similar to New York City’s Command Statistics (COMM-STAT) Model in order to effect positive change in

our township,” says Mt. Olive Police Chief Mark Spitzer. Beecher has modified the system to work in Mt. Olive Township but perhaps his best accomplishment is the development of our Directed Patrol List which assures regular patrols to problem areas in order to interrupt or move crime and nuisances by arresting violators or lowering their comfort levels.” Beecher, of Randolph, who applied for the position of Captain about two months ago, says “I was both humbled and honored to be selected as Captain.” His father, Stephen Beecher Sr., is a retired Detective Sergeant with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. “During my career I have enjoyed the unpredictability of police work, the fact that you can make a genuine difference in the lives of the people we serve, and the mentoring of new officers and supervisors,” says Beecher. “The latter will be especially important as our department has had a number of new officers join our ranks. “As Captain, my goals are to explore ways in which to

reduce the heroin problem in our community, reduce traffic fatalities, reduce burglaries, and to maintain the professionalism of our police department by mentoring our new officers and supervisors,” he says. A 1979 graduate of Morris Knolls High School, Beecher attended Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa., where he played football there for four years. After graduating with a degree in Psychology/Social Service in 1983, he worked as a social worker for the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center, a lock up facility for juveniles. In 1985, he started work with the Division of Youth and Family Services in Intake, which investigated all initial reports of child abuse and neglect. “It was while I was out on an investigation in Boonton Township I was told there was an opening at their police department and encouraged to apply,” says Beecher. “As I enjoyed the investigative aspect of my work and felt law enforcement was a better fit for me, I applied there as well as in Mt Olive. I was given a conditional offer from Mt Olive in Jan. 1987 by then Chief Edward Kane. I entered the Morris County Police Academy in February that year and graduated June.” Serving for the MOPD for the past 25 years, Beecher has had many roles. He has served as Patrolman, Sergeant in Patrol, Administrative Sergeant, Lieutenant in the Support Services Division, and for the past eight years as a Lieutenant in the Patrol Division. “During my career I have been a member of Task Force (a high impact motor vehicle enforcement and warrant Unit); Special Operations Unit (the department’s former SWAT team); and detailed to assist the Morris County Prosecutor's Office Fugitive Unit,” says Beecher. Beecher has been a Field Training Officer for new officers and for the past 20 years has served as a Recruit and Selection Coordinator for the MOPD. He has received advanced training in hostage negotiations, interview and interrogation, physical fitness assessment and training, and accident investigation. Beecher’s awards include Honorable Service, Educational Achievement, and Program Development. Also recently promoted is Lt. Jim Dunn, who will serve as the Investigations Division Commander. “Jim Dunn is a 27 year veteran who spent the lion share of his career in the investigations division; he is an expert on everything from property crimes to narcotics,” says Spitzer. “He is a well respected and well liked man who has developed many contacts with the residents over his career. He will lead two sergeants and two squads of detectives.” In addition, Amy Clymer has been promoted as the first female sergeant of the MOPD. She will serve in the Patrol Division as a squad sergeant. “Amy Clymer has served for 17 years and will run a patrol squad,” says Spitzer. “She has served in a supervisory role for the past eleven years as she has been a corporal for that period of time. Throughout those years she has served in the absence of the sergeant.” There are currently three female officers on the MOPD, says Spitzer, out of 45 officers, and Clymer is the first woman to reach the role as sergeant. “To be promoted to sergeant one needs to have served on the department for at least three years and then take a written examination proctored by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP),” explains Spitzer. “If the candidate passes the test they then are given an Oral Examination that is conducted by the Lieutenants and Captain. At the conclusion, the top three remaining candidates are interviewed by the Chief and Captain for final selection. In this case about 28 officers began the process and Amy rose to the top. She is the first woman to do so in Mt. Olive Township.”

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Spin With Mayor Greenbaum Fundraiser at Golds Gym

n Thursday, January 31,2013 come join us for “Spin With Mayor Greenbaum Fundraiser” at Gold's Gym in Flanders from 6:30 to 7:30p.m. and 7:40 to 8:40p.m. Admission to the class is $25.00 per class. Please Make Checks Payable To


Mount Olive Food Pantry Members and non-members are all welcome to participate. Bikes are limited, so early sign up is recommended. For more information please contact Lisa Pignatro

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Q. Tell me about your practice? A. I am a neurosurgeon who specializes in minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery at Executive Spine Surgery in Hackettstown, NJ. I completed two fellowships in complex spine surgery at Stanford University in California and interventional and minimally invasive spine surgery at Semmes-Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute in Tennessee. I focus on treatment of spinal disorders through pain injections and minimally invasive spine surgery. Q. What is minimally invasive spine surger y? A. It is spine surgery with a skin incision less than 1-inch, but it is more than just a small incision. The surgery is done through a tube in between back muscles to decrease muscle damage and weakness caused by muscle retraction. Do not confuse minimally invasive surgery with the term “microsurgery”. “Microsurgery” only refers to the use of a microscope not the size of the incision or the amount of muscle damage. Q. How is endoscopic laser spine surger y different than minimally invasive surger y? A. Endoscopic spine surgery

is state-of-the-art minimally invasive spine surgery. A micro video camera is inserted through a small incision to the damaged area of the spine. The camera projects the images onto a video screen so the surgeon can easily visualize the pathology. Tiny instruments are inserted through the camera to remove herniated disks, fix arthritis or fuse the spine under direct visualization. The media often emphasizes lasers but they are only one of the many endoscopic instruments. Q. Why is endoscopic spine surger y better than traditional surger y? A. Traditional surgery is more destructive in its approach to the spine for the problem being treated. The larger the incision the more collateral tissue damage and consequential scar tissue that forms. This scar tissue may result in future difficulties. Endoscopic spine surgery is extremely minimally invasive, even for minimally invasive spine surgery. The incision is very small (the size of a fingernail) and there is minimal damage to blood vessels, muscle, ligaments and bone producing very little blood loss. No general anesthesia is required decreasing medical risks and improving access to surgery for high-risk patients. These benefits result in less post-operative pain and quicker recovery.

Q. What types of conditions can endoscopic spine surger y treat? A. Treatment is effective for conditions that cause back pain, leg pain, numbness and weakness, such as arthritis, bone spurs, bulging discs, stenosis, herniated disc, facet joint disease, sciatica, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis (slipped spine), instability and others. Q. What are the surger y options? A. Endoscopic Rhizotomy treats back and leg pain originating from facet joints and medial branch nerves. The medial branch nerves are found and cut through the endoscope. Patients usually have almost immediate pain relief lasting for years. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) only damages the nerve and usually provides pain relief for six to nine months. Recovery time ranges from one to three weeks. Endoscopic Discectomy treats back and leg pain resulting from herniated or torn discs pinching the leg nerves causing sciatica. The disc is found and removed through the endoscope, providing quick pain re-

lief. Recovery time ranges from two to 6 weeks. Endoscopic Fusion treats degenerative disk disease, spondylolysis (pars fracture), spondylolithesis and instability that cause back pain. The disk is removed through the endoscope and spinal endplates are prepared for fusion under direct visualization. Endoscopic fusion is done under general anesthetic with nerve monitoring to facilitate insertion of a cage and spinal instrumentation. Recovery time ranges from one to three months. Q. Why can you help people others say they cannot? A. Traditional surgery is limited because the surgeon requires direct vision of the pathology with their eye or microscope. The endoscope camera visualizes areas that are not usually accessible, through foramen and around corners. This greater visualization combined with less damage and surgical risk increases the spectrum of pathology that can be treated safely. This allows treatment of spinal disorders others say they cannot treat. This happened many years ago in orthopedics with introduction of endoscope to knee surgery. Today no one doubts the incredible benefits of endoscopy of the knee. We are seeing this happen with spine surgery. Q. Can you help ever yone? A. Not everyone can be helped or will be satisfied. This is still spine surgery. I do sincerely believe that in those that

are not improved, the negative consequences of the open techniques are at least avoided. Endoscopic spine surgery is the next advance in the treatment of spinal disorders. Q. Why doesn’t ever yone do this surger y? A. These procedures require a unique combination of skills that take time to acquire; it is a hybrid procedure that falls in between interventional pain and minimally invasive spine surgery. They are cutting-edge techniques. I believe that with time these procedures will replace most open surgeries of the spine similar to orthopedic, urology, general and gynecological surgery. Endoscopic spine surgery is the future.

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Free Program Helps Members Get Healthy And Fit

By Cheryl Conway ore than 150 local people are kicking off the New Year on the right foot by challenging themselves through exercise and healthier eating. The Mt. Olive New Year New You Wellness Challenge has been underway for the month of January to encourage individuals to take charge of their health through setting and accomplishing goals. Personal Trainer Nancy BaccarellaGarcia of Flanders is running the initiative with the support of the township mayor and recreation department. Through free gym memberships, a get fit challenge, nutritional meals and personal coaching, Baccarella-Garcia hopes to motivate individuals to change their habits and live healthier lives. Her goal is “to help as many people as possible to begin living a healthier lifestyle,” says Baccarella-Garcia, 45. “Obesity is just sad. I think people are confused. They don’t have the right tools. “Once you put people on the path, they will feel better,” she says. “It’s a process. I’m happy to help people begin the journey to help combat the issue, to give people the information.” It was last year, while Baccarella-Garcia volunteered with the Tour De Mount Olive bike event through the recreation department, when she started talking to Mt. Olive Twp. Mayor Rob Greenbaum about her idea of helping others. “I am very excited about the wellness challenge,” says Greenbaum. “Nancy wanted to try and educate the residents of Mt. Olive as to the nutritional aspect of wellness.”

She met with Greenbaum and some township employees “to discuss how we could make the concept work and we came up with the current challenge. After that meeting, Nancy ran with the concept in conjunction with my office, obtained gym memberships, advertised the challenge in which I know many are formally and informally participating,” says Greenbaum. “The challenge will fit in well” with the mayor’s “Wellness Campaign,” with events such as the 5k, 10k, Mud Run, Tour de Mount Olive and many other events being planned by the Recreation Department “to show case healthier living,” he says.

Baccarella-Garcia started off the program in Dec. 2012 by having participants sign up through Facebook. After receiving 153 members, Baccarella-Garcia raffled off 50 free gym memberships. The memberships are for one month, which BaccarellaGarcia thought was enough for a start. “It takes 21 to 28 days to make a habit change,” she says. Donated memberships include: The YMCA in Randolph, one membership; American Health & Wellness in Mt. Olive, 12 memberships; 24 Hour Fitness in Budd Lake, 10 memberships; ZF Fitness in Long Valley, 10 memberships; continued on next page

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Gold’s in Flanders or Hackettstown, 10 memberships; Riverside in Hackettstown, 10 memberships; Pace Karate, three memberships. Personal Trainer Steve Shiller donated three personal training sessions to one member. Pump One Fitness donated 25 free codes for online fitness classes through its video workout library site. Baccarella-Garcia also offered 12 personal training sessions for one member through her business, I Just Wanna Be Fit. As part of her initiative, Baccarella-Garcia also reached out to local restaurants to encourage healthier menus. Fresco-Mexican in Chester and Flanders has “come up with a whole new menu for healthier eating,” she says. Other participating restaurants include Lapores Italian Market in Flanders and Long Valley Brew Pub. “You can eat low-calorie healthier meals,” at these restaurants, she says. Surprised by the number of people who signed up, and learning that “Not everybody wanted a free membership,” Baccarella-Garcia expanded her idea to include a Wellness Challenge. Realizing this is a diverse group of individuals who are going to have a broad range of goals for the month of January 2013 inspired me to create a challenge that focuses on improving one’s life emotionally, physically and mentally,” says Baccarella-Garcia. “Having a challenge solely focusing on numbers, such as the amount of weight loss,

overlooks other worthy successes I feel are equally important.” Her suggestion to the group is to “set goals on what you want to accomplish and learn over the course of the month. Your goals could be to run a 5 k, lose 10 pounds or perform 100 pushups. At the end of the month, write a story about how this challenge has helped your life physically, mentally and emotionally.” Members were asked to send the story to her to be posted on the Facebook page without names attached. The group will then vote on which story they feel is the most touching or most accomplished. Stories are due on Jan. 30; voting will be Jan.31. Winners (one male and one female) will be announced Jan. 31 at 9 p.m. The winners of the challenge will receive donated prizes, such as exercise equipment or a day of beauty at a hairsalon. As part of the program, Baccarella -Garcia planned lectures during the month such as the Sugar Blues Lecture held Jan. 9 at the Mt. Olive Public Library with nutrition coach Laura Peterson; and a cooking class. An open forum has been ongoing through Facebook for members to exchange information and helpful advice. Looking at the program, Baccarella-Garcia has found a way to get people started down the path toward health and fitness, while also helping local businesses. It’s a “free program to give people tools for living a

healthier lifestyle,” she says. “I see people going to the gyms and not getting anywhere. It has to include diet, stress, sleeping. I was looking to give people information to help them. It’s much more than working out. “My goal is to give you guys stuff to help you move forward,” she says. This helps the businesses. If you like it, you will end up buying the membership. If they like eating healthy, they’ll continue eating healthy. It helps everyone in the community.” As a teacher in fitness and exercise since she was 18 years old, Baccarella-Garcia has worked as a personal trainer with her own business, I Just Wanna Be Fit, for the past three years. She provides personal training through other companies, in her home or client’s homes. Certified as a personal trainer through the American Counsel of Exercise (ACE), as well as certifications in Yoga, PRX Suspension Training and BOSU, she incorporates all forms of training such as cardio, strength, weight, endurance, plymetrics and aerobics. “My heart is really in this to help people,” she says. “I recommend setting goals and then getting advice from the experts to achieve them. Setting goals is paramount- you have to know what you want to accomplish.” People can sign up through January to participate in the open forum. For more information, go to

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From the Mayor’s Desk

n Monday, January 7, 2013 at approximately 6:30 p.m., I was relaxing at home after driving from Philadelphia that day, when my wife told me that she saw a Facebook post about a rescue effort occurring on Budd Lake. I immediately jumped in my car and drove to Sandshore Road to see how I could help. It turns out that I would spend the better part of the next several days there. At approximately 6:23 p.m., a 911 call had been received by the Mount Olive Police Department requesting help for several persons who were believed to have fallen through the ice on Budd Lake and were yelling for assistance. Within minutes, Mount Olive Police and Members of the Budd Lake Fire Department were on and in the Lake searching for those in need of assistance. As we all know now, those yelling for help were Nick and Clyde and the story did not have a happy ending. Nick and Clyde had been ice fishing at night, had ventured several hundred feet on the lake, onto ice which was ultimately too thin to support their weight.

For several hours, members of the Budd Lake Fire Department Ice Rescue Team and members of surrounding towns teams tried to rescue the boys without success. When the effort began it was unclear as to how many individuals we were looking for, at one point believing that a female might have also been on the lake with the boys. Ultimately, the police were able to confirm that only the two boys were missing. As the hours passed, it became clear that the effort had turned from one of rescue to recovery. As the hours passed, the decision was made by the State Police to resume the search in the morning. Thanks to the efforts of the first responders. The general area of the search was defined. The first night and the second day of the effort showed incredible outpourings from both Township businesses and residents, all trying to find a way to help in some manner. The families of the two boys remained at the Budd Lake Chapel, to whom a tremendous thank you is owed for the comfort and shelter which the Pastor and parishioners showed throughout those few days. Ultimately, the two boys were located

and brought home over two excruciatingly long days that we all just wanted to end. We all grieve with the two families as if we had lost our own children. I would like to thank all who did what they could to help and support the two families as well as the first

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Cub Scouts Reach Out to the Community


Submitted by jenevieve d'amico t the November Pack meeting of Cub Scout Pack 62 from Sandshore Elementary School in Budd Lake, the scouts came together to help comfort the victims of Hurricane Sandy by making hand woven paper placemats. Over 30 scouts in grades 1 through 5 made colorful placemats that were donated to those displaced families located on Staten Island so they could add some color to their meals. As a Pack, the scouts also collected for a Thanksgiving Day food drive. The boys separated the donated food that


MOHS Parent's Club Hosts Fashion Show

njoy an Evening of "Magical Fun" at the Mount Olive High School Parent's Club Fashion Show! Friday, February 22, 2013 at the Holiday Inn, International Trade Zone, Budd Lake, New Jersey. Catch a glimpse of the latest Spring and Prom Fashions modeled by the Mount Olive High School students while enjoying a buffet dinner and chances to win a 50/50 cash prize and assorted raffle prizes! Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:00pm. Tickets for this event are $25.00 per person. All proceeds to benefit the Students of the Mount Olive High School. Pre-sale dates to follow but you can purchase your tickets on line at For more information, please contact Darlene Wade at (973) 527-3899 or you can e-mail me at

stretched over four six-foot tables in the cafeteria. Three individual baskets were made and given directly to well deserving families to help provide a complete meal for the holiday. The remainder of the food items were donated to the Mt. Olive Food Pantry. In addition to helping those cope with Hurricane Sandy and Thanksgiving, the boys and the families of Pack 62 completed holiday "wish lists" for children who are less fotunate this holiday season. The Pack was able to help bring smiles to seven families and provide them with age appropriate gifts.


Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

landers Boy Scout Troop 156 will be having a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday February 9, 2013, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. It will be held at the Knights Of Columbus Hall, 3 Schmitt Lane, Flanders, (next to Flanders Firehouse). Prices are $7.00 per Adult, $5.00 per Child (6-12), $20.00 per Family of 4. This fundraiser will help to purchase camping equipment and help defray the cost of Scouting events. For information contact - Virginia 973-584-3405 or John 973-476-5770.

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Security Enhanced at Mt. Olive Schools

By Cheryl Conway t. Olive school officials are increasing security measures at all schools in the district as a result of the mass shooting last month at the elementary school in Newtown, CT. MO Superintendent of Schools Dr. Larrie Reynolds sent a letter home to all parents in the district, on Dec. 17, 2012, the Monday following the tragedy with the district’s intentions of strengthening its security in all of its schools. Even though each of the districts four elementary schools, high school and middle school already having security measures in place, more steps are being taken to further enhance the safety of the children and staff. While the incident – which involved a gunman who went


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he Township of Mount Olive is sponsoring a Free Child Health Conference for resident children of Mount Olive, Netcong, Mount Arlington Wharton or Dover who do not have health insurance. A licensed Pediatrician will perform physical examinations, provide advice and update vaccinations. At this time, we also some free baby food and products in our Pantry for those who need it. The Child Health Exams will be held on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 from 8:30am-11:00am in the Mount Olive Township Health Department, 204 FlandersDrakestown Road, Budd Lake 07828. For an appointment, Call Helen Giles, RN at 973-691-0900 ext. 7353.

on a shooting rampage at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT., on Dec. 14, slaughtering 20 first graders and six educators before apparently taking his own life- is far away from MO, it was closely felt. “While incidents such as these are very rare and far away, the Mt. Olive schools are further strengthening security in all of our schools,” says Reynolds. “Please be assured that our administration is committed to doing all that we can to keep your children safe.” The enhancements “will further harden our facilities, strengthen our active response to potential threats, better equip our staff for safety, and provide quicker communication strategies to first responders,” Reynolds says. Currently, Mt. Olive schools drill for security threats routinely, says Reynolds. “Our middle and high schools have retired police officers as a part of the full security team,” he says. “All buildings are equipped with secure entrances with alarms. All visitors are required to sign in and show ID.” School district officials are considering a number of improvements including facilities upgrades (making all doors stronger and installing silent alarms for intruders); and computerized identification systems for all visitors. “We are looking into a computer-based system (called FAST Pass) that identifies all visitors as they arrive in the office, comparing the visitors name to a database of potential offenders,” explains Reynolds. Additionally, “We have recently asked all parent visitors to call the school each time they plan to visit, alerting school staff to potential adults in the building,” says Reynolds.

Also being considered is adding new entrances in schools where there is only one entrance or where an adult visitor cannot be seen by school personnel, he says. “We have also just recently replaced all exterior doors,” says Reynolds. “We may also look to find some way of more quickly locking doors for “lockdown drills”. We are also exploring more expansive roles for school security officials (details are classified),” he says. With enhancements, comes cost which “are unknown at present,” says Reynolds. While the district has already implemented the courtesy call-in system for parents, Reynolds does not know when the other enhancements will take place. “The safest place in America for a young person to be is in a public school,” Reynolds says. He points out some reassuring statistics previously reported. “Not too long ago, in an article attributed to the USA Today newspaper, reporter Greg Toppo wrote that: ‘Experts note that, even with this week's horrific events, school is still among the safest places kids will ever spend time. The odds are infinitesimal that his or her school will be targeted. Dewey Cornell, a University of Virginia clinical psychologist and education professor who directs the Virginia Youth Violence Project, estimates that even with an average of 9.3 shootings per school year, each of the nation's 119,000 K-12 schools can expect a shooting only once every 12,800 years.’” Reynolds concludes, “Even so, Mt. Olive schools are doing what we reasonably can to make our schools even more safe than they have been.”


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MO Community Sends Some TLC To CT Victims

By Cheryl Conway rom pies to dolls to fleece blankets to snowflakes, Mt. Olive residents have been working on projects this past month to help provide some comfort to a grieving community. As soon as the shock wore off from the gunman in black that stormed through the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct, on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012killing 20 children and six educators, members of the Mt. Olive community banned together in various ways to bring some healing to victims’ families. Although located more than two hours away, distance was not a deterrent for local residents. “You can't bring back those poor little children, you can't put a band-aid on that event,” says Janice Molinari of Flanders who organized a pie baking operation of more than 250 apple pies to bring some “warmth” and sweetness” during a bitter time. “But there's something about doing something positive, about spreading kindness, about showing that community that the world was grieving with them and offering them a reminder that life could still be sweet.” Through Facebook, Molinari reconnected with a friend- Beth Howard of Iowawho bakes pies regularly as a way of helping people with their healing. Following the Ct. shooting, Molinari read on Howard’s FB page that "The World Needs More Pie," that she wished she could load up 100 cases of apples, drive to Newtown to bake pies and help people with their grieving. She wrote back saying, ‘If you do it, I'm in.’ “About two hours later we were on the phone- she said she was coming and would I really help?” says Molinari. “I told her to just start driving and we'd figure it out. We needed a place to bake and a place to be in Newtown to serve. She left Iowa at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, and by the time she arrived at our home in Flanders on Sunday at 3 p.m. we already had the kitchen filled with more than 30 volunteers peeling apples and making crust (all homemade!!!)” Howard, a professional pie baker and journalist, lost her husband Marcus suddenly in 2009, wound up taking his RV and traveling around looking for stories on pie, trying to heal her own grief. Molinari, who is the president of 9Hill Productions in Morristown, met Howard later that year at a mutual friend’s home, and one month later spent two weeks with her documenting on film her journey of collecting pie stories in California. Howard eventually wrote a book “Making Piece”- a memoir of love, loss and pie, to deal with the loss of her husband, about her journey on the RV with Molinari and about the healing powers of pie. She now lives in the American Gothic House in

Iowa, runs a pie stand and tours for her book. Visit her website at Howard would not pass up the opportunity to bake pie for the grieving Newtown community to help heal its grief. Molinari, Howard and more than 40 volunteers baked all day Sunday, Dec. 16, and Monday, Dec. 17. “There were even strangers showing up to help because they saw it on Facebook,” says Molinari. “One woman and her teenage daughter drove from Massachusetts to help! They came from all over. Of course, our neighbors pitched in. “They were peeling and slicing and kneading dough for hours!” describes Molinari. “We used several ovens for the baking and we would shuttle pies back and forth from house to house. “ Atleast five homes in the Wyndham Point Community in Flanders were utilized for baking, she says. It was one week before Christmas and Molinari had “strangers, who quickly became friends to sleep in our home; flour all over the place, true chaos.” Aside from volunteers, Molinari received donations of flour and sugar from Sam's Club; a donation of about 120 pounds of apples from a local apple orchard; and a neighbor donate more than 100 pie boxes! Molinari says “We made 228 pies here and another two dozen pies were made by other people who heard about us and brought to our home.” Winding up with more than 250 pies, Howard held pie baking classes with the kids from the Newtown high school and the kids from Sandy Hook Elementary, making another five dozen pies. On Tuesday morning, Dec. 18, Molinari and Howard loaded the RV and headed to Newtown. A few others from the neighborhood drove down separately to help hand out pies. “The RV was home while we were in Newtown and there were nice people who we met who offered us to pull into their driveway, plug in use their home/showers,” says Molinari. “We were welcomed with open arms,” she says. “We were a little apprehensive that we would get in the way but it was the opposite. Through FB - people learned we were coming and helped arrange our time there. We went to the Youth Athletic Center and served pie to the kids from Sandy Hook and other schools, we served the board of education, pies to the police and fire stations. We set up a pie stand at the town hall and served passersby. I even handed Anderson Cooper a pie! And the next night they did a feature on us on AC360, CNN.” Molinari is very grateful for all those who volunteered with the pie baking. “We have the best neighbors in the

Preparing pies are Mary Lalama, Julie Talanca and Melinda Humphrey, all of Flanders.

Marguerite Smith of Flanders, serving pies to Fire Department in Newtown, Ct. world,” she says. “Time and again we rally around each other and others in our community - it was just spreading the love a little further. We have so much gratitude in our hearts for the ways in which you rallied around the pie making efforts for Newtown. Like a pebble tossed into a still pond, the ripples of your efforts were felt far and wide. “It seems as though a slice of pie couldn’t possibly mean that much to a community, tattooed by such violence and mired in grief,” continues Molinari. “We served slices of pie to the children of Sandy Hook Elementary and children of surrounding schools,” says Molinari. “It was wonderful to see them smile and enjoy

being kids again – some coming back for seconds and thirds! We served pie to passersby in the community, who came to share their story, to thank us for extending the light of love and kindness to a community stunned by darkness. We served the Board of Education during their lunch break after a somber meeting. “We served pie to journalists who were stressed over the assignment of covering yet another funeral – and several of them asked to write stories on our efforts, it was a feel good story in the midst of tragedy. “We brought dozens of pies to the police station and fire department,” she says. “They were incredibly grateful for this little continued on next page

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Some TLC To CT Victims...

continued from previous page bit of kindness. Their burden has been so great, and for them, it was a moment to relax and enjoy. “We donated pies to the caterers serving the funeral services,” Molinari continues. “For a moment in their day, those who mourned their loved ones were reminded of the sweetness of life. “A mother who lost her little boy wrote to us to thank us and said that seeing the pie truck made her smile,” she says. “It made her know that the world was holding her up in her grief. That people cared.” Inspired by their efforts, a woman in

Maine begun a comfort soup program for those in Newtown. Overall, more than $10,000 was raised and the remainder (after pie making expenses and gas for the RV) will be donated to grief counseling services in Newtown. “Words cannot express how grateful we are to you for being part of allowing this to happen,” says Molinari. “You will never know how far reaching your efforts were, how they comforted those in a dark time, how they lifted the spirit of a community and let them know that the world was bearing witness and cared for them.…all through a simple slice of apple pie.”

Worry Dolls


ie Baking wasn’t the only operation going on in town.

More than 100 people gathered at the Mt. Olive Senior Center in Flanders on Sunday, Dec. 16, for three hours to make worry dolls. Organized by Erika Clark of Flanders, more than 1,000 dolls were made for the kids who attend Sandy Hook Elementary and their siblings. Clark, a stay-at-home mom, contacted her brownie troop, some friends, as well at Mt. Olive Twp. Mayor Rob Greenbaum to gather volunteers to help make the dolls. A worry doll, a Guatemalan tradition, is made out of clothespins and decorated with fabric, yarn and pipe cleaners, and is supposed to be put under one’s pillow if he or she has trouble sleeping. “You tell the doll your worry and the doll takes on the concern, allowing you to sleep peacefully,” says Clark. Most of the supplies were donated or supplied by the volunteers. The dolls were shipped Monday and arrived on Tuesday. Greenbaum funded the shipping. “A friend of mine lives in Newtown and his kids attend Sandy Hook Elementary,” says Clark. “I shipped them directly to him to get to the right people to distribute.” Clark decided on the worry dolls as a good idea to send to Newtown since her

brownie troop has made them previously. “Many girl scouts make these dolls and our troop has made them in the past for a children’s hospital (an event coordinated by another troop in town) and we made them to send to Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy,” she says. “My friend and his family live in Newtown and attend the school where the tragedy occurred so I kept thinking of ways to help,” says Clark, a Girl Scout Leader, Recreation Cheer Advisor, room parent and volunteer at Mountain View Elementary School in Flanders. “It felt more close to home since I knew people who were affected. “I thought of the kids and what they would need,” she says. “I thought about how these kids have witnessed more than anybody should ever have to see and how they might start having nightmares. The doll is just for that.” Clark says, “This was truly a community effort. People ranging from ages 5-75 came out to help, members of the high school basketball team, other girl scouts, moms and dads, grandmothers and grandfathers, boys and girls. It was great to see our community pull together on such short notice. I started organizing this Saturday morning and we had 100 people there to help Sunday evening, with more than enough supplies in hand.”


Fleece Blankets

t Chester M. Stephens Elementary School in Budd Lake, 21 staff members of the Rainbow Connection Committee in conjunction with the Sunshine Club are making fleece blankets. Room mothers from each of the classes donated approximately 32 fleece material for the staff to use to make the blankets. Staff members on the Rainbow Connection Committee met after school Thursday, Jan. 10, and put together several blankets. Other staff members took material to make blankets at home. “Because the victims’ families are getting so many items from well meaning people we have decided to use the blankets in memory of their loved ones,” says second grade teacher Ann Scotland. Made out of four yards each, Scotland learned how to make the blankets from a friend of hers who made one for her daughter when she left for college. “My daughter loved the blanket and uses it all of the time,” says Scotland. Without any sewing involved, Scotland showed the CMS staff the steps involved in making the blankets. Organizers were planning to set up a page on the Internet to allow the community to view pictures of the blankets and then make bids on them. “The money that is raised will be combined with the money that staff has donated and sent to Connecticut in remembrance of the staff lost on that terrible day,” says Scotland. CMS staff was invited to donate $5 (many donated more), and wore rainbow ribbons all week “to remind children that Kindness does matter and makes a difference in the lives of others. We just want the families in CT to know that they are thought of and supported during such a sad and unimaginable time.


“According to our contact, Newtown is setting up an academic scholarship using some of the money donated. We thought this would be a nice way to pay tribute to the staff members lost. ”After this is confirmed, CMS will send money to the appropriate person. “These blankets will be sent with love and care in memory of the children lost... one for each victim,” says Scotland. “A note will be sent to each victim's family stating how we honored their child.” Scotland says the CMS committee is looking into donating 20 additional blankets to a children's ward in a local hospital but is still working out details. In addition, two blankets have been set aside to the families who lost their sons on Budd Lake earlier this month when they accidentally fell through the ice while ice fishing. “Since there has been further sadness since this shooting, we have decided to donate a blanket to each of the two families that lost their sons on the lake this week,” says Scotland. “A little hug from the CMS family extended their way.” CMS decided on fleece blankets because “We thought the blankets would be something that we could create together, so that we would all have a little ownership in it,” says Scotland. “We all need to heal from this experience in some way. Having the room parents donate the fleece and the staff make the blankets, it truly will be a gift from the CMS Community! “Every adult from our community has compassion for children and understands a parent’s love,” says Scotland. “We are heartbroken for the families in CT. Together we can send a warm hug with our blankets that can console them during this forever changing experience.”


MS and the Mt. Olive Middle School also made snowflakes to send to the new school that the Sandy Hook Elementary students were attending after winter recess. The snowflakes were used to decorate the new building. According to fourth grade teacher Nicole Juckett, about 10 classes at CMS created about 200 snowflakes to be delivered. Juckett sent them out early this month to the Sandy Hook Elementary School PTA. “I came across this activity and thought it was a simple way to spread some joy to the students of Sandy Hook when they return to class from students their age,” says Juckett. “It was also something our children could do without having to go into detail about what happened. The students only knew they were making snowflakes to decorate another school. Some students put two and two together, but the rest just had fun. “It was nice to see children having fun while helping others and basically just

being kids,” says Juckett. “Something, I think we sometimes forgot and take advantage of, until something like this happens and reminds you how much you really have to be grateful for.” At the Mt. Olive Middle School, Principal Susan Miranda says there are a “number of organizations raising money to support Sandy Hook including Beth Cohen’s Technology Class. In addition, all 6th grade math classes made snowflakes. Parent volunteers of the Sandy Hook Elementary were “working at the new school to make sure that the students are welcomed back to a winter wonderland.“ and “would like the school to be decorated with as many unique snowflakes as possible.” On Dec. 21, 2012, all of the mathematics classes at MOMS made homemade snowflakes to send to Newtown, CT. Each student was asked to “make their own creative, unique snowflake to send and help create this winter wonderland.”


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New Sewage System Proposed For Old Flanders Area

By Cheryl Conway ownship officials are revisiting a proposed plan to replace old septic tanks and cesspools with sanitary sewer service to homes in the historical area of Flanders. An informational meeting for homeowners that would be affected is scheduled to take place at the Feb. 19 Mt. Olive Township Council meeting. Township Administrator Sean Canning has been updating the study, speaking with an engineer, and obtaining pertinent information so issues can be addressed. While cost can be significant to homeowners involved, officials say that updating the old waste systems will improve property values and provide more usable land space to these properties. “Sewers, where possible, are preferential to skeptics from health and environmental protection perspectives,” says Mayor Rob Greenbaum. “They also increase property values. As septic systems fail, the cost to replace them can approach 35 to 40k.” Sewering the Old Flanders area is a concept that the town looked at in 2008. The Old Flanders area covers 109 homes that are on Main Street to Route 206, on streets such as Park Place and Railroad Ave., says Canning. Many of these homes are more than 200 years old, with above ground septic systems or cesspools. After surveying the homeowners at that time, however, too many negative responses came back with the notion that the residents did not want to move forward. Some of the

concerns included the high expense of replacing old systems; undersized properties with little room to accommodate septic systems; and attaining approvals to build on highlands preservation area. In November 2012, a few residents contacted Greenbaum, Canning and council-members with an inquiry to revisit the proposal. At the Mt. Olive Council meeting in December, council members requested Canning to relook at the logistics. Canning was planning on contacting residents to inform them of the informational work-session meeting scheduled for Feb. 19 to review the fact sheet. The next step is a survey to affected homeowners. In the 2008 study, the cost to provide sanitary sewer systems to these homes came to $3.82 million, a large assessment that many residents opposed to getting installed on them at that time. “Costs have risen since then so in today’s dollars it is likely to be higher,” says Canning. Under that proposal, the average homeowner would pay almost $50,000 bonded over 10 to 15 years, says Canning. “Assessments per home may run as high as $50,000 or even higher depending upon valuation of the home and length of assessment,” he says. “There is the chance that the assessment can be broken up into 15 or 20 years which would reduce the monthly cost but also attach to the home as a long term assessment. “There is long-term bonding over 10, 15 to 20 years which would be $300 to $350 per month which would be

more desirous,” he says. The cost is so high because of the “large logistics,” says Canning, such as building a pump station, waterway issues, building under a railroad and obtaining a waiver to build on highlands. One of the challenges is the sewer capacity at the treatment station. “From past studies the Flanders sewer treatment plant has capacity but that has to be verified,” says Canning. There is also an issue with pumping. “The nature of the terrain and piping will require traversing a waterway as well as train tracks,” says Canning. “A pumping station will have to be put in on private property with an easement to the township allowed.” Out of the 109 homes, 33 are within the highlands preservation area “which normally would prohibit the installation of sanitary sewer systems, that may still be the case,” says Canning. Another concern is the number of properties that are undersized. Some yards that have cesspools “may be too small to put in septic. Cesspool to septic may burn up the backyard,” says Canning. In the long run, the 15 homes that do have cesspools could save a “$35,000 bill just to install a septic tank” on their own when their cesspools fail. Some homeowners have above ground septic systems “which takes up the whole backyard,” says Canning. “If they didn’t have septic, they would have the whole backyard for recreational use.” continued on page 24

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2012 Was A Good Year For The Mt. Olive TNR Project!

Dear friends: ur life-saving work continues to show incredible results in Mt. Olive.

In 2008, the year before we started, the town impounded 181 cats and killed 141 of them. That is why we started our work. This year, 2012, the town impounded only 36 cats and none-- not even one!-- have been killed. That huge reduction has taken less than 4 years, with the numbers coming down significantly every year. In 2012 we continued our Trap-NeuterReturn work, monitoring our colonies, retrapping for rabies boosters, and TNR'ing 8 new cats (the demand for trapping has gone way down due to our work the past few years!). Three of our colonies have gone extinct already, with the rest all smaller than when we started. In 2012 we took in 91 cats and kittens for fostering and adoption. When added to cats that we already had in our care at the turn of the year, we fostered well over 100 cats this year. Most are already adopted into loving homes. We also helped many residents get their cats spayed and neutered. While the numbers are impressive, each one represents a cat with its own story and challenges. There's the 7 cats we took in from a hoarding/neglect situation: Evalina, Lotus, Sinbad, Angie, Addie, Benji, and Lucy. They were eating plastic because the hoarder was not feeding them (the dog in the household ate the rabbit out of hunger). Evalina was so pregnant that she gave birth to 5 kittens soon after we took her. All of these cats and kittens are now in loving homes. There are the 12 farm cats: Moon, Diamond, Gem, Jewell, Topaz, Saphire, Emerald, Slate, Rosita, Selma, Sushi, and Sashimi. Moon had a congenital heart problem, and since they were all related this meant we had to get x-rays and $120 of blood work for each of the others before getting them neutered. Diamond even needed an echocardiogram, which luckily showed a normal heart. Most of these cats have already been adopted. Diamond, Gem, and Topaz are still in foster care. There's Logan and Jordan, surrendered to us by a woman with throat cancer who could no longer care for them and had to move in with family. The girls, 7 years old, were so stressed and depressed to be separated from their mom that they got one stress-related health problem after another. We addressed all of them and, with the help of another rescue, found a wonderful family to adopt them together, a family willing to work with their shyness and depression, a family willing to keep in touch with, and send pictures to, the woman who was so devastated to give them up. We've received photos of the couple holding the cats and cuddling them. There's Charlie, the friendly FIV+ 13 year-old cat who the Animal Control

Officer picked up from the Toys R Us warehouse where she was wandering around chatting with the employees. She had been on the street a while and looked a little rough. Working with Best Friends Animal Society, which sent out an alert to over 6,000 of its members in the tri-state area, we found her an amazing adopter in Manhattan who had just lost her elderly cat and was looking to adopt a senior cat with FIV! An adopter who immediately got her hundreds of dollars worth of blood work and dental work, and who loves her and sends us photos of her every few weeks. This is what we do. We are not just about the numbers, although those are important. We are about finding the best solution for every individual cat and kitten, even when it requires large amounts of time and effort. We get emergency care and testing for cats that need it. We give them love, we spend countless hours working with cats and kittens who need socializing to be adoptable. As you know, we run entirely on donations, modest adoption fees, and a few small grants. We are hand to mouth-- we rarely have more than a few hundred dollars in the bank at any given time, and donations and adoption fees we get one week usually go to pay the vet bills for the following week. Can you help us continue our life-saving work into 2013? If you can donate even a small amount, it will help save a cat. Donations can be made online at Use the drop-down menu to pick one-time donation, and you will be redirected to a page where you can enter your credit card information or log in to a paypal account. Once you have done that, there will be a space where you can write a note. Please write "This donation is for the Mt. Olive TNR Project." We are a subproject of APLNJ and the money will be put into our account there. You can also donate by sending a check or money order made out to APLNJ to TNR Project, P.O. Box 116, Budd Lake, NJ 07828. Please write "Mt. Olive TNR Project" in the memo line. We are also always in need of litter and canned food. If you are able to donate either, please send us an email and we will arrange for pick-up or drop-off. If you are interested in fostering (we really need more foster homes!) or adopting, please contact us by email or through our website, Before signing off, we want to share the big news that Mt. Olive Township has a new Animal Control Officer! Officer Frank Nelson is kind, compassionate, hard-working, and dedicated to partnering with us to save Mt. Olive's animals. We look forward to working with him for many years to come. Thank you for your support over the years. We have only been able to do what we do because of you. Michelle Lerner Mt. Olive TNR Project

Mt. Olive HS Ice Hockey vs Morris Catholic on 12-13-12

Mt. Olive Goalie Jordan Bustard making the save with help from teammate #3 Nick PraSisto. Mt. Olive went on to win by a final score of 4-


New Officers Chosen for Flanders Fire Company #1 and Rescue Squad

firefighter credited with pulling a man out of a burning house is the new chief of the Flanders Fire Company #1 and Rescue Squad. Frank Zeller was named chief of the volunteer fire company after being chosen by fire company members. He previously was first assistant chief. Members also promoted Nicole Shields to captain of the emergency medical services division. She was previously first lieutenant. Doug Fenichel was elected president of the firefighters' association, which handles the business affairs of the fire company. Fenichel, who also is an assistant engineer, has been an EMS officer and a trustee. Zeller, a plumber, has been a firefighter for 34 years. He joined the Randolph Fire Department when he was 18. In 1992, he moved to Flanders and joined the fire company here. He became an assistant engineer and moved up through the ranks of the department, serving at every level. In 1998, Zeller was among firefighters who responded to a house fire on Raymar Street. Although smoke and flames were billowing from the house, Zeller and Firefighter Iain Thomlinson entered the stricture and pulled the unconscious occupant to safety. Zeller and Thomlinson received medals of valor from the Morris County 200 Club for their efforts. Other officers for 2013 include Scott Faluotico, first assistant chief; Mike McDermott, second assistant chief; Kevin Elms, captain; Patrick Piserchio, first lieutenant; and David Leahy, second lieutenant. Ms Shields will assume command of the

department's EMS division. A registered nurse, she has been an emergency medical technician for 17 years. Other EMS officers include Bruce Gallagher, first lieutenant, and Mayra Garcia and Cindy Zeller, second lieutenants. Fenichel is a paramedic and a public relations executive. Other association officers include Joe Abrusci, vice president; Jeanine Anglum, secretary; Kevin Dolan, treasurer; Tano Giacchino, assistant treasurer; Tom Puder, personel officer; and Bruce Gallagher, assistant personnel officer. In addition, Fred Detoro, Sr., Scott Faluotico and Stan Rastiello will serve as trustees. The new officers will be sworn in Jan. 26 at an installation ceremony. The Flanders Fire Company and Rescue Squad No. 1 provides fire protection and emergency medical services to residents and businesses in Flanders and, through mutual aid, surrounding towns. It is made up of about 50 members, all of whom receive training in fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials response, homeland security issues and emergency medical services. The fire company operates two fire engines, one tower truck, one heavy rescue, a brush-and-foam truck, two ambulances, a multiple-casualty unit and a mass decontamination unit. In addition, the fire company offers public education services including lectures, demonstrations, training and a trailer that safely simulates a smoke-filled home. For information about membership, donations or public education, call (973) 584-7805 or click on

Tell Them You Saw It In The Mt. Olive News, January 2012, Page 23 Police Headquarters 204 Flanders Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, NJ 07828 (973) 691-0850

Burglary - Date: 1/10/2013 Location: Country Store - 207 Route 46 Investigated by: Officer Stanley Pych Involved: (A) Michael Cramer – Flanders NJ-42 M Mt. Olive Twp. Police responded to the Country Store located at 207 route 46 in regard to a Burglary in progress. Corporal Hatzel and Officer Pych arrived on scene and observed that a rear door to the business was forced open. The officers responded to the front of the business where they located a broken front door. The officers observed a subject inside the business holding a cash register. The subject later identified as Michael J. Cramer was placed under arrest and charged with Burglary, Possession of C.D.S., Criminal Attempt to Commit Theft, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bail was set at $20,000 at which time hewas lodged


(All Persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a Court of Law)

in the Morris County Correctional Facility in default of bail. He has a pending court appearance. Burglary- January 3rd, 2013 at 9:04 AM Ashley’s Farm, Flanders NJ Investigated by: Officer Paul Ottavinia & Detective Craig Casaletto Involved: Michael Cramer, Succasunna, NJ, 42, On January 3rd, 2012 the Mount Olive Police Department responded to a commercial burglary at Ashley’s Farm on Hillside Avenue in the Flanders section of town. During the investigation it was determined that a business ¼ of a mile east in Roxbury Township was also burglarized. The investigation was conducted by the Mount Olive Police Detective Bureau and a separate investigation was also conducted by the Roxbury Township Police. During the

investigation Detective Herzog of the Roxbury Police developed a suspect and it was ultimately determined that Mr. Michael Cramer was responsible for the January 3rd burglary and a December 19th burglary, both at Ashley’s Farm. Although the victim is still in the process of determining the losses from the January 2013 burglary, the victim advised Mount Olive Police that he had over $500 stolen from his business. Michael Cramer was arrested on January 3rd and was charged with two counts of burglary, one count of theft and criminal mischief as a result of breaking into the Ashley Farms. He was also charged by the Roxbury Township Police. He was released on his own recognizance for the Mount Olive charges and has a pending court date. Incident/Event: Arrest – Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact

January 2nd, 2013 Location: Budd Lake, NJ Investigated Detective David Turner Involved: (A) Sergio Barba, Budd Lake NJ, 19, M On January 2nd, 2013 the Mount Olive Police Department starting an investigation into a sexual assault which occurred in Mount Olive in 2012. The 15 year old victim reported that she was sexually assaulted between July 1, 2012 and August 31, 2012 by a 19 year old male. The investigation culminated with the arrest of Mr. Sergio Barba on January 3rd at the Mount Olive Police Department. Mount Olive Police detectives were assisted by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. Mr. Barba was charged with the third degree crime of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact and the third degree

Security Choices - You Have Choices When It Comes To Home Security

By Mark Lowry et’s not fool ourselves about the current state of crime in this country. There’s plenty of danger lurking, and one really doesn’t have to look too far or too hard to find it. You can’t turn on your satellite television news, or even pick up a local newspaper without discovering a story about a robbery, home invasion, or burglary. Sometimes these happen very close to home, and a neighbor or loved one is the victim. Protecting yourself and your family is no longer an option. As the economy worsens, the level of desperation in some people goes on the rise. There are plenty of professional burglars out there,

but many amateurs are joining the crime wave, which is why property crime rates are on the rise across the nation. When you choose a wireless home security burglar alarm system to protect your home and your family, you’re choosing the most state-of-the-art option on the market today. One thing there is no shortage of in the home security burglar alarm market is option and choices. There’s simply no question about the sheer number of choices you’re presented with each and every time you start to shop for a home security system. You can get a simple door and window alarm that attaches easily to door and window frames, and sound an

audible alarm when one of the protected doors or windows is opened. This high decibel alarm could be enough to scare off most intruders, especially if they just want to get in and out of your home as quickly as possible with something – anything – of value. However, if a burglar is there to rob you blind, or worse, cause you or your loved ones harm, then you need a much more sophisticated home security system. This is actually the recommended approach versus simple door and window alarms, because you’re assuming a burglar means the worst, which means you’ll be prepared for them no matter their motivation. A wireless, monitored

home security system, complete with two-way voice communication and panic pendants is truly the best way to secure your home and protect your loved ones. With a comprehensive home security system, your home and family will be protected around the clock. You will have highly trained home security experts monitoring your home every minute of every day – whether you’re home or not – which means the instant anything goes wrong in your home, emergency dispatch personnel are already alerting your local emergency response units, often faster than you can dial 911. If there ever were good arguments for not having a home secu-

rity system, they’ve all become meaningless in this modern era. Don’t wait another day to start protecting your family against people who mean you harm. Discover the total benefits of a wireless and monitored home security burglar alarm system.


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St. Michael School Beef Steak Dinner

n Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 6:30pm at the Netcong Knights of Columbus will be hosting a Beef Steak Dinner. Come meet - New York Giants Super Bowl Champion running back Lee Rouson #22 of the New York Giants runs with the ball against the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl XXI at the Rose Bowl on January 25, 1987 in


Pasadena, California. The Giants defeated the Broncos 39-20. Call the Saint Michael School or e-mail Mr. Jackson the names of people needing tickets. Pick up tickets next week - payment to the Netcong KofC the cost is $40 a seat. Childcare: 69:30pm available at SMS by certified teachers at $15 per child.

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Hackettstown Pajama Program Contribution Drive

or the 4th year, a Pajama Program Contribution Drive will be held in Hackettstown. Please donate brand new, warm pajamas & new, nurturing books to children in need (newborn to teen). This year the sleepwear & books will be given to children in NJ who were affected by Superstorm Sandy. The drop off site is Trinity United Methodist Church, Main Street, from Sunday, February 10th through

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Saturday, February 16th, 11AM to 6PM each day. If you have questions, call Shari Boggs 908-684-8102. For more information, visit The Pajama Program is a 501@3 nonprofit that provides new, warm sleepwser & new, nurturing books to children in need. This drive is to benefit the NJ chapter of the Pajama Program.

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New Sewage System...

continued from page 21 Homes that switch to sewer would not only have more space but would have more value in their homes, says Canning. They would also save money in the long run. With old septic tanks they risk “failure or pump outs,” he says. Switching to sewer “would help them out economically.” Careful review of the pros and cons of this proposal is planned before anything is approved. “Those positive aspects have to be weighed against the, in this case, approxi-

mate 50k assessment that all of the homeowners in that area would be forced to undertake,” says Greenbaum. “Although that burden would be spread over many years, it is difficult to make homeowners incur that expense where the indication for installation is not required for reasons other then the desire of some affected properties. “That is why the township in this instance wants to know the pulse of the community before pursuing the concept further.”

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Joanne Lepre, Councilman Mania and Frank Wilpert Sr..tif ouncilman Mania presents a check to the Mount Olive Food Bank . Councilman Mania is also a Grand Knight for Council No. 6100 and was given this donation from Grand Knight

Horacio Perez-Blanco, Father O'Hanlon Council 4678, Edward L. Hughes, Jim Loughran, Marty Mazur and Carmine DiMeglio. In addition Carmine DiMeglio also made donation to the Food Bank .

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Alexander D. Abkin, M.D., FACS Experienced Bariatric Surgeon

r. Alexander Abkin is a board certified general surgeon. He is a very experienced bariatric surgeon, who has performed over 6,500 bariatric procedures in the past 13 years. Procedures offered include Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Lap Band, Realize Band, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery. On average, Dr. Abkin performs 6 to 8 procedures per week. His practice is recognized as a Center of Excellence (COE) in Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Abkin is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). In 1999 Dr. Abkin was among the first surgeons in New Jersey to perform Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass. In 2001 his practice did the same for Lap Band. Dr. Abkin was the first in the North East to implement the REALIZE™ Band procedure in 2007. In addition, he is one of only 30 surgeons selected in the country to train other doctors in the use of that device. Dr. Abkin was the first surgeon on the East Coast to offer Single Incision Gastric

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Centenary Stage Company Welcomes Michael Dubois And His Solo Circus Act


he Centenary Stage Company continues their Family Fun Series on February 2 at 2pm in the Sitnik Theater of the David and Carol Lackland Center with a one-man circus routine fun for family members of all ages. Michael DuBois' show, The Solo Circus, is a fastpaced, audience interactive variety show featuring an all-original presentation of magic, juggling, mentalism, circus, and sideshow stunts all wrapped in a blanket of comedy. "I fell in love with the circus when I was four at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey," said DuBois. Michael DuBois has been performing for over eight years with national appearances on The Tonight Show and The Jay Leno Show, featured in several magazines, performed at over 500 colleges and universities across the U.S., as well as headlines multiple major cruise lines all over the world. The Family Fun Series – sponsored by Fulton Bank – will also feature The Catskill Puppet Theatre’s performance, The Lion’s Whiskers on April 13. To purchase tickets or to find more infor-

mation on other CSC events, visit or call the CSC box office at (908) 979-0900. Tickets for the Family Fun Series’ shows range from $17.50-$20 in advance and $22.50-$25 at the door. Workshops are available for all shows for an additional $18.50 a person, limit of 50 people. The Centenary Stage Company is a notfor-profit professional Equity theatre in residence at Centenary College dedicated to serving as a cultural resource for audiences of the Skylands Region with professional music, theatre and dance events and arts education programs throughout the year. Performances at the Centenary Stage Company are made possible through the visionary support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, and CSC members, friends and sponsors, including Premier Sponsor Heath Village, Silver Sponsor Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, The Holiday Inn, Series sponsors, Fulton Bank, and Mamas and Café Baci.


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Hope for Tomorrow Hosting Cheers to Chocolate

ope for Tomorrow, a Child and Family Support Center is hosting Cheers to Chocolate: An Evening of Charity, which will be held at Hawke Point Golf Club in Washington, NJ, on February 8, 2013 from 7 to 10 pm. Hope for Tomorrow is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a range of interventions and support to children and families experiencing difficult situations, such divorce, domestic violence, abuse or neglect. Proceeds raised from this event will enable the organization to extend the reach of its programs so the organization can protect


more children and assist their families in creating safer, healthier, more stable homes. Cheers to Chocolate will feature an evening of delicious chocolates, desserts, and fine wines, as well as a silent auction and prize raffle. Chocolatiers, confectioners, bakeries and wineries are invited to host a tasting table at the event. Sponsorships, ads, and event reservations can be secured online. Reservations are $40 per person. For more information or to host a tasting table, please visit or contact Andrea Lovas at 908.689.3130 or

St. Therese School Hosting Open House

Rabbi Rudin from the Temple Hatikvah and Pastor Matt of Mountain Top Church presented a check for 750.00 to Mayor Greenbaum for the food pantry. The offering was from the sacred, compassionate and generous communities of faith that comprise the Mount Olive Clergy Association congregations. it was collected at the Thanksgiving Gathering on November 19th

ome and see what a difference Catholic education at STS can make! St. Therese School, located at 135 Main Street, Succasunna is hosting an Open House on January 27 from 12:30 to 2:00pm and January 28 from 9:00am to 11:00am. St. Therese School offers pre-K through 8th grade Catholic education serving Morris and Sussex Counties. We are proud to provide academic excellence in a faith-based community as we prepare our students for a changing world.

St. Therese School is proud to offer: • Caring staff and Christ-centered instruction • Advanced math and sciences in our middle school • Full day kindergarten and after-care program • Smart Boards, computers and advanced technology in every classroom For more information, please visit our website at

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Kindergarten Registration Information for School Year 2013-14

ll eligible kindergarten children must be five years of age on or before 10/01/13.** All new students entering first grade must be six (6) years of age on or before 10/01/13 or have evidence of having attending a N.J. State accredited kindergarten program.** Location: Chester M. Stephens Elementary School Lobby Registration Dates: February 20 and 21,

2013. Times: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. OR 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. SNOWDATE IS Thursday, February 22, 2013. If school has delayed opening due to inclement weather on either February 20th or 21st, the a.m. session will be cancelled. Attendance is necessary at only one registration session. Registration Requirements: Please review the following require-

ments. Many of the forms listed below can be printed from your home computer and completed before registration, or may be obtained at the school. These forms MUST BE COMPLETED and PRESENTED at the time of registration. • ORIGINAL Birth Certificate with raised seal. COPIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. • Proof of Residency. Examples include a copy of a lease, deed, two different utility bills, or a copy of a real estate contract. • Pupil Registration Form 2013-14. • History/Physical Examination Form (Medical Evaluation Form). A physical examination is required of each new student upon entry to the school district, and must be dated within 365 days of entrance to new school district. • Immunization Record to Date This form may also be printed, filled out and brought to school., but must be a stamped or signed physician's office copy. Copies of infant immunization record books are not acceptable. • Kindergarten Vision Examination Form. This form can be filled out by pediatrician or eye health practitioner. • Dental Form.

• Home Language Survey Form. Immunizations / Physical Examinations: New Jersey requires that all children entering the school district MUST have a physical examination and a documented series of immunizations. The immunizations must be documented by a physician or health clinic. Immunizations required by the State of New Jersey include: • DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus) - 4 doses are required, with the 4th dose on or after the 4th birthday OR any 5 doses • Polio - 3 doses are required with the 3rd dose on or after the 4th birthday OR any 4 doses • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) - 2 doses, with 1st dose after the 1st birthday • Hepatitis B - 3 doses over at least an 8 month period • Varicella (chicken pox) – 1 dose on or after the 1st birthday OR documentation of disease Questions and concerns will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis during registration. If you are unable to attend the registration, please contact the school as soon as possible. If you need further information prior to registration, please call 973 691 4002.

he Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council presents a call to artists for the upcoming exhibit “What Color Are Hue?” You may enter your works of art related to this theme, in any medium, if you are a member. Non-members who become members before the show can also enter their art. Do you crave bolds, pastels, monotones or black , whites and grays? Skin tones and patterns, animals and plants? Lifelike colors, super charged high definition, exaggerations or delicate suggestions? Harmony or clashes? Pure hues or toned down shades.

Bright sun glare or shadowed? Respond to color in your own unique and colorful way! Artistic interpretations related to color can be so open-ended, they should result in a diverse and exciting exhibit which will run from February 16 to March 2, 2013. Opening reception for “What Color Are Hue?” will be held on Saturday, February 16 from 4 to 6pm at the SCAHC gallery/office located at 133 Spring Street, Newton, NJ,973-383-0027 Prospectus and member enrollment can be found at the SCAHC website


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The Mount Olive News will be publishing The First Annual Mt. Olive Township Community Guide

If you are interested in being part of the directory Call Joe Nicastro at 973-809-4784 or Email

A comprehensive community directory for residents and businesses. Featuring information on: • Businesses • Township • Community organizations • Education • Recreation • Sports • Fire, Police and EMS and more...

All display ads include a business listing, free color and online ad in the Mt Olive online business directory.

Ad Sizes: Full Page 7.25” x 9.75” • Half Page 7.25” x 4.75” or 3.5” x9.75” • 1/4 page ad 3.75” x4.75” Business Card: 3.5” x2”. Business Listing includes: Business Name, address, Phone, Fax, Email, website, contact

Mailed to all homes and businesses thru the Mt. Olive News March 2013 as well as online at Space deadline Jan. 31 2012, Ad Copy February 11, camera ready ad February15th.

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“Food for Thought Film Series” Presented by The Foodshed Alliance & Grow it Green Morristown


he Foodshed Alliance of Blairstown, NJ and Grow it Green Morristown of Morristown, NJ are partnering together to present an extraordinary film series focused on the intersection of farming practices, our food supply, and how we are nourishing our families. Each film will be followed with a discussion, led by community leaders whose expertise is specifically linked to the film’s subject matter. The Series will be a unique opportunity for participants to see cutting edge documentaries, engage in meaningful discussion with fellow community members, and enjoy “a night out” in downtown Morristown. The series will take place at the offices of

the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation at 14 Maple Avenue, Morristown, platinum LEED certified building. Light refreshments will be offered. Seating is limited and advanced ticket purchase is required. Tickets are $5 per person, per film. Reservations can be made at Please see or for more information. Screenings will take place on the 1st Thursday of the Month in January, February, March & April (Jan. 3rd; Feb. 7th; Mar. 7th; April 4th). Doors open at 7 pm & Screenings will begin at 7:15 sharp.

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North Jersey Federal Credit Union To Sponsor Student Scholarship For Paterson Falls Film Festival


orth Jersey Federal Credit Union will sponsor a scholarship for the first place winner of the student films category of the Paterson Falls Film Festival, taking place in Paterson, NJ, in May 2013. North Jersey Federal Credit Union, a non-profit financial cooperative with locations in Paterson, Totowa, Newark and Garfield, NJ, aims to enable members to have financial freedom and to empower our communities to reach their goals. All of the funds pledged by North Jersey Federal Credit Union will be granted to the winner of the student film category with student submissions coming from local universities, Montclair State and William Paterson. “We are so excited to announce North Jersey Federal Credit Union as the $1,500 first prize scholarship sponsor of our student film category,” explained Frank Saya the festival’s marketing director. “Their scholarship really shows a strong commit-

ment to giving back to the community and we feel privileged to have them as a sponsor.” Sponsorships are still available for local businesses looking to support the festival which will showcase emerging talent and artists from around the world. Funds raised through sponsorships will be used to secure many of the festival's expenses such as equipment rentals, printed resources, posters and banners as well as various promotional events and activities. For more information on sponsorship information, or available packages, please contact the festival’s Marketing Director, Frank Saya at Further information can also be found on the festival’s website You can also follow The Paterson Falls Film Festival on Facebook and Twitter (@FilmFestPF3) for the latest news.

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In 1886 Thomas Edison Brought Electricity to the Palace of the Last King of Hawaii

by Michele Guttenberger he last reigning king of Hawaii loved technology and had futuristic plans for his Kingdom. In 1881,The Merrie Monarch - Hawaii’s King David Kalakaua and his Attorney General set off to meet with Thomas Edison in Menlo Park, NJ during his around the world tour in 1881. Thomas Edison gave the king a demonstration of electricity at his legendry electric powered laboratory in Menlo Park. King Kalakaua in 1881 even conceived of the possibilities of geothermal energy that could power this electricity to his Island nation. He and Thomas Edison conversed about using the energy from Hawaii's volcanoes to produce electricity to light Hawaii's capital, and transmit this power via submarine cable to the other islands. Five years later in 1886, Edison sent an engineer from the Thomas Edison Company to Hawaii and Iolani Palace was electrified. Ironically, the last monarchy in the US territories - the Iolani Palace had electricity four years before the White House. This was an extravagant endeavor, because the light system actually ended up costing as much as the entire palace building. Soon afterwards the streets of Honolulu were lit by electricity. It was the electrification of the King's Palace that ushered in the formation of the Hawaiian Electric Company. King David Kalakaua’s use of Edison’s latest technolo-

gies was a passion of his even in his final days of life. Four days before his death on January 20, 1891, Kalakaua recorded his final words on an Edison wax cylinder phonograph/recorder while lying on his death bed. This was done with the assistance of a representative from the Thomas Edison Company at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The wax cylinder was sent back to Honolulu. It was given to James Pratt. Pratt was the only person that owned a recording device in the kingdom at the time. He later donated this historical recording to Hawaii's Bishop Museum in 1918. Today we can see an example of King Kalakaua’s vision of geothermal energy at the Thomas Edison’s Glenmont Estate in West Orange, New Jersey. It has a thermal heating and cooling system and a behind-the-scene tour of this system is given during special events by appointment. It is part of our National Park Service and is a national treasure and part of our modern heritage located here in New Jersey. You can still see the exact model wax cylinder phonograph-recorder that the last King of Hawaii used in his final days orchestrated by Hawaii's extraordinary inventive advisor to the king -Thomas Alva Edison. Please visit The Thomas Alva Edison Museum- NPS Open Wednesday through Sunday. Hours are 9:00am 5:00pm Fee is $7.00 - 211 Main Street West Orange, NJ 07052. Visit website for more details

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together olive oil, vinegar, thyme, lemon zest, salt and ground pepper to taste. Toss spinach, apples and cherries



3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar 2 teaspoons fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed) 1 teaspoon lemon zest, freshly grated Salt to taste Ground pepper to taste 1/3 cup (about 2 ounces) goat cheese, crumbled 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted Core apples, and cut into thin slices (about 16 per apple). Place spinach in a large bowl; remove long stems and any bruised leaves. Add cherries and half of apples and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk



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Soup Essentials


ew things warm your body and soul quite like a bowl of hot and hearty soup on a chilly day. Don’t be left out in the cold this winter. Make sure you have a pantry stocked with the right ingredients to make a delicious, comforting soup any time your taste buds desire. Here’s what you need: Grains and Legumes – Grains, pastas and legumes are a must. They offer filling fiber along with great taste and texture. • Brown rice • Long grain rice • Rigatoni • Small pastas such as orzo or ditalini • Farfalle • Egg noodles • Canned beans such as pinto, black, cannellini/white kidney, and lentils • Couscous • Quinoa or barley Vegetables – Adding two or three vegetables to a recipe brings color, flavor and vitamins to your soup.

• Roasted peppers • Canned corn • Canned tomatoes • Dried mushrooms • Onions • Carrots • Celery Broths and Stocks – For an inexpensive way to season your soup, make your own stock and freeze it for whenever you need it. You can also buy broth at the grocery store and save in your pantry until needed. Either way, make sure to keep a variety on hand for different kinds of soup. • Low sodium chicken broth or stock • Beef broth or stock • Vegetable broth or stock • Soup bases, such as turkey, chicken or beef Proteins – Make sure to hold onto your leftovers. Ham, bacon, turkey, chicken, beef and sausage can all be great flavor additions. These two soup recipes will help you enjoy every last bite of your remaining Smithfield ham and its rich, smoky flavor. Winter Root Vegetable and Ham Soup Serves: 6 continued on next page

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Soup Essentials... continued from previous page 2 cups leftover Smithfield ham, chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large leek, chopped 4 cups diced butternut squash 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced 2 large Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced 1 large parsnip, peeled and diced 1 large garlic clove, minced 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 cups chopped escarole 3 cups vegetable broth In medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add leeks and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in cumin; cook 1 minute until fragrant. Stir in broth, butternut squash, carrots, potatoes, parsnip, Smithfield ham and pepper. Over high heat, heat to boiling; reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 15 minutes until vegetables are almost tender, stirring occasionally. Add escarole; cook 5 minutes longer.

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Weekday Mealtime Salvation Complete Meals in 30 Minutes or Less

hat’s for dinner?” It’s often the most dreaded question of the day. Between school, activities, work and life, there are nights the big dinner decision doesn’t happen until the last possible minute. Fortunately, the answer is probably right in your pantry - canned food. Canned foods are not only convenient and budgetfriendly, they reduce your cooking time and inspire wholesome and delicious meals your family will love. Canned items are also one of the best ways to get food directly from the farm to your family’s table. Because many fruits and vegetables are canned directly after

harvest, the canning process seals in foods’ freshness and natural goodness, retaining their taste, quality and nutrients. Canned vegetables and fruits often provide as many vitamins and as much dietary fiber as their fresh and frozen counterparts. So when you’re cooking with canned foods, you can feel confident that you’re serving your family a highquality, hearty, homecooked meal. And, most importantly, you know what’s for dinner. It’s in your pantry (a.k.a. your “Cantry.”) For more recipes, visit w w w. F a c e b o o k . com/CansGetYouCooking and www.

king. Canned Food Items for a Well-Stocked “Cantry” • Canned vegetables (peas, corn, carrots, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, spinach) • Canned tomatoes (sauce, paste, diced, crushed, whole) • Canned beans (black, pinto, garbanzo, navy) • Canned fruit (pears, pineapple, peaches) • Canned seafood (salmon, shrimp, tuna) • Canned flavored beans (baked, refried, seasoned) • Canned broth • Condensed soups • Canned meat (chicken, turkey, roast beef) Family Fiesta Soft Tacos Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes

Serves: 8 1 teaspoon vegetable oil 1/2 cup diced onion 1 pound extra-lean ground beef or turkey 1 can (4 ounces) diced, mild green chiles 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, no salt added, drained 1/2 cup drained canned corn 1/2 cup drained and rinsed canned red kidney beans 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper Salt, to taste Spray oil 8 8-inch whole-wheat flour tortillas, warmed according to package directions 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1 cup finely shredded lettuce 1 cup diced avocados Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until lightly browned, stirring often, about 4 minutes. Add beef and cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add chiles, tomatoes, corn, beans, chili powder, cumin

and pepper and stir until heated through, about 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt, if needed. Transfer to a serving bowl and keep warm. To serve, plate up warm tortillas, dish up cheese, lettuce, and avocado (if desired). Serve with taco meat filling. Assemble and enjoy.

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am a male Hound mix who is a little over a year old and was rescued from a shelter in North Carolina. I have a lot of energy and with a little bit of training will be a true Southern gentleman. I get along with other dogs and I have been neutered and am up to date with all my shots. Please come to visit me at Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association, 1915 Route 46, Ledgewood or at



onan is a 6 year old male Siberian Husky. He is playful in the yard but is a quiet dog when he is inside and very sweet. He is even-tempered and walks well on the leash. Conan came to us because his owner was moving and could not take him with him. He has been microchipped and up to date on all his vaccinations. To see Conan or any of our animals, please call Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association, Inc. at 973-347-0378, visit us at or at 1915 Route 46, Ledgewood.



irdie is a Domestic Shorthair/Mix female cat who was rescued from Kansas after the tornadoes. She is just over a year old and loves to be pet and loved. She is a very sweet cat who would love to find her new best friend. Birdie has been spayed and is up to date with all her shots. Please call Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association, Inc. at 973-347-0378 ext. 106 or visit us at

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Van Orden Named to Second Year As President of 200 Club of Morris County

he 200 Club of Morris County, an organization that supports the families of public safety workers, has selected Jack Van Orden as its president for the second year. Van Orden, owner of the Morristown Tire Co., has been a member of the 200 Club for more than 10 years. It will be his second year guiding a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to the families of Morris County public safety personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty. He says he will continue his quest to grow the organization’s membership. Before becoming president in 2012, he had served on several committees. He became senior vice president three years ago. Other officers who were elected to a second term included John Corigliano and Lou Nisivoccia, senior vice presidents; Betsy Fila and William Lockwood, vice presidents; Peter Kenny, treasurer; Bob Skeele,

assistant treasurer; and Ronald Barnett, secretary. Trustees include Charlie McCoy, chairman, James Gannon, Joe Marts, Dennis Patrick, Michelle Patrick, Lori Patrick, Janet Rapisardi, James Rizzo, Joyce Stager, and Laverne Wolfanger. Since its inception in 1971, the 200 Club of Morris County has distributed more than $2.5 million to families who have lost a spouse who was a police officer or state trooper, a firefighter, or an emergency medical services provider in the line of duty. The organization also distributes thousands of dollars each year to worthy high school seniors who either serve in a branch of public safety or whose parent is actively serving in or retired from a public safety capacity in Morris County. Information about membership in the 200 Club and its various programs is available by calling (732) 279-4258 or by clicking on

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Mardi Gras Breakfast for Sandy Relief

by Elsie Walker n Sunday, February 10th, the sound of Jazz music and the smell of pancakes will fill the air at the Stanhope United Methodist Church, #2 Route 183 in Netcong. Though its Mardi Gras Breakfast will certainly be upbeat, the cause behind it is a serious one. The breakfast is being held to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts. There will be two breakfast servings that day: 8:00am – 9:30:am and 10:30am – 11:30am in the church’s Fellowship Hall. During the breakfast, there will be live and recorded Jazz music. The church’s 9:30am worship service will also feature Jazz music and all are welcomed to attend. A freewill donation will be taken for the breakfast. The church’s United Methodist Men’s group is supplying the items for the breakfast so that 100% of the money raised will go to Sandy Relief. "Many of us in the Northern New Jersey area were affected or severely inconvenienced by the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. The Stanhope United Methodist Men decided we wanted to do something to help with the relief efforts. We thought our Mardi Gras Jazz Pancake Breakfast and Worship Service with Jazz Music might be a great way to bring our local church and our community together as we raise funds to benefit our neighbors in our state who suffered even greater devastation," said Scott Lefurge of Andover, president of the church’s United Methodist

Men’s group. A saxophonist, Lefurge and guests will be performing a variety of Jazz pieces during the breakfast and worship service. The Mardi Gras theme goes with the tradition of feasting for the three days before the start of Lent which, in the Christian faith, is a time of fasting or giving up something. In this case, those that come to the breakfast will not only enjoy good food and music, but by their donations, will be helping fellow New Jerseyans who are literally rebuilding their lives. Rev. Tom Kinter, pastor of the church, talked about the relief effort organized by the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. “Our goal is to rebuild 300 houses of the elderly and low income [residents],” he said. Kinter noted conference disaster relief teams went immediately into action accessing the need . Among those homes and buildings damaged were several United Methodist churches and parsonages. Teams will work in the clean-up process and rebuilding. Kinter said that conference anticipates 45,000 United Methodist volunteers from New Jersey and across the nation helping in the [recovery] effort over a three-year period. “We know this will be a long-tern project,” he said.

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