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The Jefferson Chronicle DIGEST • March 2019

March 2019 www.TheJeffersonChronicle.com Founder, President, and Editor-in-Chief: Kevin L. Pattky, Jr. kevin.pattky@TheJeffersonChronicle.com

Deputy Editor: Lise Greene Senior Contributing Editor: Maria Weiskott Editor-at-Large: Sue Toth Contributing Writers/Photographers: Jane Primerano, April Leaver, Ulla Vinkman, Billie Burke, Johnny Knox, Tony Haryn, Carol Punturieri Design and Production: CRK Advertising, Inc. www.CRKadvertising.com

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ConTEnTS Articles: 100 New Apartments Proposed in Lake Hopatcong................................................................4 Last Radio Call for Police Chief William F. Craig Jr. ................................................................6 Silt Flows Downstream in Lake Hopatcong ..................8 Joe Batelli Joins Falcons Basketball Greats with 1,000 Points..................................................................10 Leap in the Lake (and into the Record Books)............12 Local Food Pantries Rely on Community Donations Year Round ......................................................12 Free Summer Concert Series at the Gazebo..............14 For What It’s Worth ..................................................................9 J-Town Tidbits............................................................................11 Event Calendar ........................................................................16

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100 New Apartments Proposed Near QuickChek in Lake Hopatcong By April Leaver

Desperately needed housing could be coming soon to Lake Hopatcong. Developers and co-owners Stephen Shaw and Mark Walker hope to create two apartment buildings at 9 Hellers Lane, which is located between the north- and southbound lanes of Route 15. The buildings would be situated between QuickChek to the north and the professional offices to the south. The plan was presented for discussion at the Town Council meeting on February 6.

that were previously required. (Such variances may be required when a feature of the property denies the landowner the same rights and use enjoyed by owners of neighboring properties.) According to Shaw, the requested ordinance change had been discussed in at least five meetings with the previous administration, but never gained traction. Therefore, he sought to present his idea to the new administration. The Town Weighs In

To move forward, however, the property needed to be added to existing properties in the RA-3 zone, which allows flexibility of design for different types of residential development. According to public records, 9 Hellers Lane was reclassified to the RA-3 zone via an amendment to ordinance 17-02 in April 2017. Two apartment buildings with 16 units each were approved for the site.

Council member Melissa Senatore lamented that the plans were submitted by redevelopment creator Benecke Developer and co-owner Stephen Shaw discusses Associates only one the proposed project at the Town Council meeting day prior to the on February 6, 2019. (Photo: April Leaver) council meeting, and that the plans were difficult to read despite her experience in the field. Township attorney Larry Cohen explained that the overall required density of fewer than 10 units per acre has not changed. Shaw emphasized that the footprint and density of the apartments will be approximately 50% less than the commercial building that was already approved.

Shaw and Walker now seek to increase the number of units to 50 for each apartment building and preclude the bulk area variances

Mayor Eric Wilsusen told The Jefferson Chronicle, “Housing in Jefferson is hard to come by, and I think new apartments will be

Proposed plans must conform to approved usage in particular locations (zones). The 9.8-acre property, including 9 Hellers Lane plus three adjacent lots, was part of a redevelopment plan created in December 2016, which included construction of a 38,000square-foot commercial building. According to Shaw, that project “sat on a shelf” because it was not economically viable for him. He acknowledged that former town planner Jill Hartmann had suggested creating apartments as an alternative use.

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Area 2 (top) refers to the strip mall on Bowling Green Parkway. Area 1 (bottom) is the former Pathmark site. (Graphic/Screenshot: Google Maps/Google Earth)

welcomed.” Council member Kim Finnegan questioned the price range of the apartments; Shaw responded that they would be mid-range. There is no plan for an affordable housing component. The council expressed enthusiasm for the project along with concern about introducing an ordinance change without Planning Board involvement. Council members voted unanimously to move the request to the Planning Board for comment.

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The same development plan includes up to 35 apartments slated for construction above Adam’s Hot Bagels and neighboring businesses in the Bowling Green Parkway strip mall. However, this plan appears to be dormant for now. Neither location is at the stage of site plan consideration by the Planning Board.



Last Radio Call After 30 Years for Police Chief William F. Craig Jr. By Jane Primerano

The Jefferson Township Police Department started a new tradition on February 22. Along with a lot of handshakes, hugs, air kisses, coffee, and a sheet cake, the department held a “walkout” for retiring chief William F. Craig Jr. After a giant American flag was secured between two snorkel fire trucks, police officers lined up outside their department entrance. A bagpiper, Eric Huffert of the Police Pipes and Drums of Morris County, led Craig out to a round of applause by the officers and about 50 township employees, officials, and their families. As he got into the chief’s car for the last time, the dispatcher announced Badge 26’s final 10-7.

Craig, known as Billy to his friends, joined the department in 1989 and served under chiefs George Stamer, James Leach, John V. Palko Jr., and his brother, Kevin Craig. Following graduation from the Morris County Police Academy, he served briefly in the patrol division before being assigned to the detective squad. After promotion to sergeant, he became a patrol squad supervisor. In November 2004, he was promoted to lieutenant and assigned a patrol platoon. He became administrative lieutenant in charge of the detective and services divisions in July 2005. His promotion to captain and operations commander came in December 2006, and in January 2009 he was named deputy chief under Kevin Craig. Billy Craig was appointed police chief in August 2015. Craig has been the township’s emergency management coordinator since 2009 and a Morris County counter-terrorism liaison

Some of the Jefferson Township Police Department officers, pictured with outgoing police chief William F. Craig Jr., at center. (Photo: Erin Ackerly, JTPD)


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Outgoing police chief William F. Craig Jr., pictured with mayor Eric Wilsusen. (Photo: Erin Ackerly, JTPD)

officer. He is a member of the New Jersey Association of Drug Recognition Experts, Mid-Atlantic Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, and Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club. He also served as delegate of Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local #190, member of the New Jersey Association of School Resource Officers, and president of Lake Hopatcong’s East Shore Beach Club. Craig is a graduate of Session #235 of the state FBI National Academy and an associate member. He serves with the county and statewide associations of chiefs of police and on the township Planning Board. The new chief, Sean Conrad, took over on March 1. He was previously the police captain and served as operations commander of the administrative and patrol divisions, overseeing their day-to-day operations. As chief, Conrad’s responsibilities encompass the whole of the police function: delegation of authority and assignments, serving as the final authority in disciplinary matters, budgeting, and departmental policy. The officers under his command derive their police powers from the chief’s legislative authority.

Incoming police chief Sean Conrad, pictured chatting with outgoing chief William F. Craig Jr. (Photo: Erin Ackerly, JTPD)



Silt Flows Downstream in Lake Hopatcong By Jane Primerano

Sediment entering Lake Hopatcong resulted in a call to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Morris County’s hazardous materials crew. It was the second time in a year haz-mat was brought in to Prospect Point. Both state and county officials are familiar with that area since last year’s diesel fuel spill into the lake. But this time, no hazardous material was discovered, according to Morris County public information officer Larry Ragonese. Resident Lou Tarascio contacted the DEP when he saw silt in the stream leading to the lake from Weldon Quarry on February 8. Tarascio and some neighbors also confronted the Lake Hopatcong Commission at its meeting on February 11. One resident contended there was a “blowout” at the quarry that resulted from over-pumping. The DEP brought the county haz-mat team in to determine what was flowing into the stream. Ragonese said they found no contaminants, chemicals, or toxins – just dust. Heavy rain the night before the incident could have driven dust into a retention pond at the quarry, where it was found, and then down into the lake. The matter was referred for possible further action to the DEP, whose spokesman said that siltation in a stream can be a problem from a flooding or biota perspective if it is

Sediment flowing from pipe downstream to the lake on February 8, 2019. (Photo: Lou Tarascio)

significant enough to alter the course of the stream or create erosion. However, the current issue has not reached that point. Quarry owner Bob Weldon said that although the creek is on quarry property, only dirt and dust can extend that far – not residue from the mining operation. He agreed with the DEP’s assessment that the heavy rains last year and early this year are not normal conditions. “In 2018 we lost 77 days of work to rain,” he noted, explaining that his workers cannot pave or lay concrete in wet conditions. Neighbors who attended the Lake Hopatcong Commission meeting said that the quarry has often been a source of dust in the area. In a telephone Silt leaks from nearby creek into Lake Hopatcong by interview, Shore Road on February 8, 2019. Weldon stated (Photo: Lou Tarascio) that a water truck sprays for dust in dry weather. The majority of the quarry property is in the borough of Hopatcong, although the main entrance and the scale house are in Jefferson Township.


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For What It’s Worth

Never Volunteer By Tony Haryn

My dad taught me one thing from his days in the U.S. Army: Never volunteer! I followed his advice and it went well until I got married. My wife worked just as hard as I did, and it wasn’t fair that she should do all the chores. So I volunteered to dust, vacuum, cook, and help around the house. I still do the dishes by hand. Our dishwasher makes noises that can only be described as like the sounds my stomach makes after I drink a glass of milk and eat a bowl of chili. They both scare me. I also do windows, in case you’re wondering. I have noticed that women in the neighborhood slow their cars down when I am hanging out the window with a wet sponge in one hand and a dry cloth in the other. I can see them thinking, “Who is that monkey in the window and does he hire out?” Thirty-nine years later, after retirement, these things give me something to do during the day. It’s better than passing time at a bar. Well, my wife has announced that she wants to work another year. Since she is putting in the extra effort, I thought I should do the same. Yes, I volunteered again. “You know, kid,” I said to her, “I would like to learn how to use the washing machine so I can help you out a little more.” Wrong move – she was on top of that like stink on a wet dog! “ Okay, we’ll start on Saturday morning,” she said, with a gleam in her eye and a smile that lit up the room. I reported to the laundry room with pen and clipboard in hand at nine sharp the next day. When it comes to new household appliances, I never go cheap; I get the best in anything needed to make the task easier. Our washer does everything, including playing the Korean national anthem. The control panel looks like the cockpit of a jet fighter. This is not my mother’s Kenmore! I read somewhere that it takes two years for a U.S. fighter pilot to learn how to fly a combat jet. I had only hours to learn how to work the washing machine. What kept going through my empty head were my father’s words: “Never volunteer!” “Can we start with just simple whites?” I asked the instructor. “Sure,” my wife replied – with that look in her eye implying I was going to chicken out of this one. “First you have to take the dirty laundry, turn every piece inside out, and put them in the machine.” Now wait just one damn minute there, Kemosabe, I thought. You want me to actually touch my dirty tighty-whities with my bare hands? I usually dropkick them into what I call the “lockbox” and don’t see them until they come back clean and folded in my drawer! After a two-hour lesson on what buttons to push, what chemical formulas destroy the dirt in my shorts, and where the rubber gloves are, I can now do whites. The moral to this story is simple: “Never volunteer!” And, for your information, I do hire out. www.TheJeffersonChronicle.com


Joe Batelli Joins Falcons Basketball Greats with 1,000 Points By Johnny Knox

With the crowd in great suspense, senior guard Joe Batelli fired up a 3-pointer from the right corner of the Newton Braves gymnasium. The shot bounced up off the rim and fell to the left side, into the hands of fellow senior Paul Monaco. After a reset for the Falcons, with just seven seconds remaining in the quarter, Batelli fired another 3-pointer. The ball went straight in – nothing but net! With that shot, “Joe B” went down in Jefferson basketball history. Flash back to Batelli in his freshman year as a 14-year-old kid playing on the varsity basketball team. The very first points of his career, also from a 3-pointer, occurred in the Newton gymnasium. It was only fitting for Joe B that the elusive 1,000 would be secured at the same court where it all started.

“It’s an awesome accomplishment for Joe,” said coach Joe DiGennaro. “As I told the guys, it’s not always about the individual accomplishment; it’s a team achievement. They are the guys who work with him every day and get him the ball to get the points. It’s truly an accomplishment for all of them to play with a 1,000-point scorer.”

Joe Batelli reached 1,000 points on February 5, 2019. (Photo: Johnny Knox)

That is now back-to-back years with the Falcons reaching 1,000 points for the boys team. Steven Breeman, Jefferson


alumnus and most recent 1,000-point scorer, saw Batelli as a for-sure right from the beginning. “No doubt, man, the kid shoots lights out. It was just a matter of time,” said Breeman. “It’s a terrific feeling – a really special way to be a part of school history.” Newton must mean something special for the Falcons, because Breeman recorded his 1,000 points in the same gym as Batelli.

Batelli had his own words on his historic night: “It feels great. I can’t thank my teammates and coaches enough for getting me this opportunity.”

Assuming scheduling remains the same for next season, keep an eye on the Falcons game at Newton next year. More history is bound to occur when the Falcons head into Newton.

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Compiled by Carol Punturieri

J-Town Tidbits J-Town Tidbit #1: The Faulkner Act offers New Jersey municipalities four basic governing plans. Jefferson Township uses the mayor-council system: a mayor and five-member town council. Members are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. The township attorney (or representative) attends the meetings and the township clerk (or deputy clerk) is present as the council’s secretary. Public meetings are held at the municipal building (1033 Weldon Road), generally twice a month on the first and third Wednesday at 7 p.m. Special meetings are scheduled as needed. J-Town Tidbit #2: The Vacant Home Program enables residents to have their houses checked by the Police Department during an absence. Fill out the Vacant Home Check Program form on the township’s website and deliver it to the police (1033 Weldon Road), email it to cfabian@jeffersonpolice.com, or fax it to 973-697-8702. Notify the police when the service is no longer needed. Tips for homeowners: • Let trusted neighbors know you will be away. • Do not post vacation plans or photos on social media sites. • Never leave a house key hidden outdoors. • Stop deliveries or arrange for a neighbor to take in mail, newspapers, and packages. • Make arrangements to maintain the outdoor area (mow lawn, rake leaves, plow driveway, etc.). • Turn down the phone ringer. • Do not announce your absence on a voice mail message. • Do not close blinds, shades, and curtains unless that is your usual practice. • Park car(s) as you normally would. • Lock windows, doors, garage, shed, barn, attic entrance, gate, etc. • Set lights on timers to mimic your usual evening activity. • Place a list of valuables and video of your home contents in a safe deposit box. If possible, engrave items with your driver’s license number.



Leap in the Lake (and into the Record Books)

Local Food Pantries Rely on Community Donations Year Round

By Ulla Vinkman

By Billie Burke

Neither leapers nor spectators let the frigid temperatures stop them from gathering at Hopatcong State Park on Saturday, February 9, for the Elks Lodge’s 10th annual Leap in the Lake. The charity event, run by approximately 60 volunteers, has raised close to half a million dollars to date. New records were established this year with 20 teams, 416 leapers, and $57,675.

Food pantries in Jefferson Township and surrounding areas, stocked mainly through donations and drives, require a great community effort and dedicated volunteers to serve those in need. Residents are invited to support the following local organizations.

The funds support local special needs children through camp, back-to-school bonfires (with backpacks full of supplies), sensory friendly breakfast with Santa, Trunk or Treat, Easter and Christmas parties, and equipment such as tablets, wheelchairs, and lifts. The Elks’ mission is to bring joy to the children and comfort to their parents. For more information about the organization, visit www.lakehopatcongelks.com. Members of the Patrick’s Pub team as they march toward the water.

Troop 188 charges into the icy water.

Members of the Village People team.

(All photos: Ulla Vinkman)


Jefferson Township Municipal Food Bank is maintained in the municipal building (1033 Weldon Road). Residents in need may check in with the receptionist in the main lobby during regular business hours: Monday through Thursday 9:00-4:30 and Friday 8:00-3:30. Donations are welcome. New Hope Food Pantry at Milton United Methodist Church (316 Dover-Milton Road, Oak Ridge) offers supplies on the first Thursday and third Saturday of each month from 9:30-11:00. Other local churches and organizations provide support by volunteering and donating. Current needs are for pasta, sauce, toilet paper, and feminine hygiene products. Pet food is also welcome so that animal companions do not suffer during times of hardship. Non-perishable contributions can be placed in the red bin on the side of the church or delivered to the post office, Harmony Salon, or Gibraltar Bank on Berkshire Valley Road. The Acme in Oak Ridge donates perishable food. To schedule a drop-off or arrange a pick-up of additional perishable items, or to access services, call the church office at 973-697-3194. Our Lady Star of the Sea Food Pantry, located in the back of the church rectory (237 Espanong Road, Lake Hopatcong), is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30-12:00 and 1:30-3:30. Families and individuals may choose the items they need and prefer. Call to schedule an appointment; photo identification showing proof of residency is required. Support is provided by parishioners and local organizations. During the holiday season, Star of the Sea works with Hurdtown United Methodist Church to prepare and distribute baskets. Current needs include juice in jars and boxes (preferably 100% fruit, especially apple), boxed food, cereal, oatmeal, canned pasta, and toilet paper. Pet food and pet toys are also accepted. Donations may be placed in bins inside the church’s side entrances daily from 9:00-4:00 (204 Espanong Road, Lake Hopatcong). To drop off perishable items or make an appointment for services, call 973-663-0211 or email olsos@optonline.net. Hurdtown United Methodist Church (823 State Route 15 South, Lake Hopatcong) distributes annual Christmas baskets, complete with a ham and a turkey, and serves people on an as-needed basis. Donations and help for preparing baskets are provided by parishioners as well as local businesses and organizations. To seek services or donate supplies, contact the church office at 973-663-1216 or hurdtownumc@verizon.net to arrange a day and time; there are currently no set hours.

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Neighboring Food Banks St. Joseph Cares Food Pantry (454 Germantown Road, West Milford) is open on Saturdays from 10:00-1:00. Donations may be dropped off any time at Koch Hall next to St. Joseph Church. Financial contributions can be delivered to the parish office. In addition, the church participates in a gift card program with ShopRite, Stop & Shop, and Kohl’s, receiving a percentage of card sales. They are available for purchase at the office from 9:00-5:00 Monday through Thursday and 9:00-12:00 on Fridays. For more information, call 973-697-6100. Crossroads Community Food Pantry, sponsored by Holy Faith Lutheran Church (104 Paradise Road, Oak Ridge), is open from 10:00-1:00 Tuesday through Friday as well as second and fourth Saturdays. Visitors fill out a short form with general information and check their needs on a list of available items; a volunteer fills the bags. High-need items include coffee, laundry detergent, and canned or fresh protein. The pantry also accepts pet food, monetary donations, and gift cards for Acme, ShopRite, and Stop & Shop. Perishables can be dropped off during the pantry’s open hours. For a list of suggested donations, visit https://holyfaith.org/food-pantry. To seek services or donate supplies, contact the church office at 973-697-6060 or holyfaith@verizon.net.

More Help for Morris County Residents Interfaith Food Pantry and Resource Center serves eligible Morris County residents following a required in-person interview. In addition to food distribution, a variety of programs and resources help those who are struggling to become self-sufficient. Clients are provided with screening for diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and osteoporosis. Nutrition workshops and counseling are offered along with instruction on how to prepare food in a healthy manner. Interviews take place at 2 Executive Drive, Morris Plains or 190 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown. For an appointment or emergency assistance in English or Spanish, call 973-538-8049 x210. For additional information, including a list of donation needs, visit http://mcifp.org or email interfaithfoodpantry@mcifp.org. www.TheJeffersonChronicle.com


Free Summer Concert Series at the Gazebo The Jefferson Arts Committee is sponsoring a free summer concert series on Friday evenings. Concerts begin at 7:00 at the beautiful Victorian gazebo in the municipal complex (1033 Weldon Road). Free-will donations are gratefully accepted. Attendees may sing along and dance on the brick extension or the grass. Bring a blanket or chair for comfort. Non-alcoholic beverages, picnic dinners, and snacks are permitted on the grounds unless the concert is moved indoors due to weather conditions. (All trash must be removed upon departure.) June 28 – The Jefferson Township Community Concert Band will present a repertoire of popular favorites including classics, Broadway musicals, standard marches, and patriotic salutes. Talented local musicians are directed by Peter Tummillo. He will also direct a performance by the energizing Jazz Band ensemble. July 5 – Rave On plays the music of Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, and other legends of classic early rock and roll including the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and many other artists. Enjoy memorable songs such as “Pretty Woman,”“Only the Lonely,”“That’ll Be the Day,” and more. Rave On is living proof that this music is timeless and continues to appeal to all ages. The show is always a crowd-pleaser. July 12 – No concert due to Jefferson Fest III: food truck festival, concert, and fireworks on Saturday, July 13, at the high school field beginning 5:00. Admission and parking are free. There will be a DJ and family activities; Jersey Sound will perform on the main stage at 7:00. July 19 – Tequila Rose is one of the state’s hottest “new country” bands mixing the best of today’s country music with classic hits, and sprinkling in a little rock and roll as well as southern rock. Known for its three-part harmonies, the band has kept crowds singing and dancing at Big John’s Pub, Landslide Saloon, and many regional summer fairs and festivals. July 26 – The Dumonts are known as the “earls of elegant vocal harmony.” The trio’s unique blend of sophisticated harmonizing voices sets it apart from other local groups. The singers deliver superb, crowd-pleasing renditions of popular songs from the 1950s through the 1980s, including doo-wop and dance favorites.

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August 2 – Country Comfort, one of north Jersey’s top contemporary country cover bands, performs the latest hits from male and female country sensations including Miranda Lambert, Shelton Blake, Jason Aldean, Chris Young, Lady Antebellum, and the Band Perry. They include a few classics now and then. August 9 – Sunset Soundz will perform music from the 1950s through the 1970s, popular standards, some country, and current Top 40 hits. The group includes fantastic male and female singers accompanied by a talented band. Full of smiles, anecdotes, and boundless energy, frontman Mike Gintella motivates and involves the audience in the group’s performance, guaranteeing an evening of fun and great music. August 16 – Reminisce is a 10-piece band known for displaying showmanship and interaction with the audience. Listeners will be taken back to the 1950s and early 1960s with memorable music such as “In the Still of the Night,”“Shout,” and songs by the Platters, Flamingos, Shirelles, Dion, the Belmonts, and others. August 23 – The Symphonics is a small band performing a variety of music from the 1940s through today including big band, Motown, oldies, swing, show tunes, and ballroom. The players have extensive musical backgrounds spanning several decades. As longtime friends and singing buddies, they let their audiences experience the original spirit, craftsmanship, and exuberance of the vocal group art form. Note: In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be held in the Jefferson Township High School auditorium (1010 Weldon Road). No food or beverages are allowed in the auditorium. For information and updates, visit www.jeffersonarts.org or www.jeffersontownship.net or call 973-697-2032 or 973-697-3828.

Education Foundation Raises $30K for Schools (Winner of Jeep Renegade announced) One lucky ticket holder, Amy Plotts of Arizona, won a 2018 Jeep Renegade in a fundraiser sponsored by the Jefferson Township Education Foundation. The winning ticket in the first-ever event was selected on February 15 in a live drawing at the high school. The vehicle was donated by two Jefferson graduates, Bill Snouffer and Eric Nielsen of Franklin Sussex Auto Mall. The raffle raised approximately $30,000. The funds will be used for grants, technology, facilities, professional staff development, and co-curricular programs in all township schools. For more information about the Jefferson Township Education Foundation and upcoming events, visit www.jefftwp.org or the organization’s Facebook page.



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Lakeland Seniors Meeting

Tues., Mar. 19, 12:45 p.m. 973-663-5060

Museum Garden Club of Jefferson Township Meeting

Wed., Mar. 20, 7 p.m. 1031 Weldon Rd., OR gardener1@jthistoricalsociety.org

3rd Annual Musical Petting Zoo

Sat., Mar. 23, 10 a.m. lkulick@jefftwp.org

6th Annual Jefferson Basketball Sat., Mar. 23, 6 p.m. Association Coaches Charity Admission: Basketball Game $5 adults, $3 students

Where 81 Weldon Rd., LH

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“Afternoons with Margueritte” (Sunday Movies Series)

Sun., Mar. 24, 2 p.m. 1031 Weldon Rd., OR www.jeffersonlibrary.net/Events

Mommy/Daddy and Me Yoga

Mon., Mar. 25, 10:30 a.m. 973-208-6244

JCPTA’s Candyland Tricky Tray

Fri., Mar. 29, 6 p.m. Zeris Inn, 372 Rt. 46 E www.squareup.com/store/jcpta Mountain Lakes

JTHS Theater Presents “Sweeney Todd”

Fri., Mar. 29, 7 p.m. Sat., Mar. 30, 7 p.m. Sun., Mar. 31, 2 p.m.

1031 Weldon Rd., OR

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Tickets at door: $12 adults, $7 students/seniors/children

973-697-3535 1st Annual Lake Shawnee Superheroes Family-Friendly Run/Walk

Sat., Mar. 30, 7:30 a.m. 4 West Shawnee Tr., LH LakeShawneeSuperHero369@gmail.com www.facebook.com/LakeShawneeSuperHero3.6.9

our Lady Star of the Sea Flea Market/Craft Fair

Sat., Mar. 30, 9 a.m. 204 Espanong Rd., LH olsos.craftfleamarket@gmail.com

“Suicide: The Ripple Effect” Documentary Film Viewing

Tues., Apr. 2, 7 p.m. Free entry. 973-527-5703

Riviera Maya Taco Trot 5K and 1-Mile Run/Walk

Sat. Apr. 6, 8:30 a.m. 72 Eyland Ave. Register/info @ www.tacotrot5k.com Succasunna

KoC Honoring Jack Kelly Sun., Apr. 7, 4 p.m. 55 Years of Service Celebration Tickets $55. 973-697-5998

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JT Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner

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1st Annual Blue Star Benefit

Thurs., Apr. 25, 6 p.m. Tickets $125. 973-945-3530

Jay Cuervo Memorial Golf outing

Mon., May 6, 8 a.m. 53 Schoolhouse Rd., OR Tickets $175. 973-945-1383

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In Brief

Jefferson Resident Named New Business Administrator By April Leaver

Jefferson Township Farmers Market Moves to New Location By Billie Burke

The Jefferson Township Farmers Market has a new home: Firemen’s Field (750 Route 15 South). The new space allows more room for vendors and better accommodates traffic flow. Customers will have ample Firemen’s Field located at 750 Route 15 parking onsite and at the South, behind Bank of America at the Lakeside Recreation Comintersection of Bowling Green Parkway. (Photo: Billie Burke) plex directly across the road (15 Swan Lane). The market returns on June 2 for its third year of providing fresh produce and local goods. It will be open every Sunday from 10:00-2:00 through October, rain or shine, offering an array of seasonal fruits and vegetables, jams, jellies, eggs, all natural and organic soap, lotions, and more. Vendors include The Feisty Pepper, Sparta Mountain Farm, Corbett’s Cookie Bar Kitchen, Jersey Pickles, Olsen’s Honey and Spice, Escentually Natural, Jersey Girl Cheese, and Mojo Homemade Dog Biscuits. Live music will be provided by Jeiris Cook on opening day. Special interest groups and corporate sponsors may apply to set up tables by contacting Tom Galfo at TheFeistypepper@gmail.com or 973-919-5657.

Lake Hopatcong resident Debra Millikin was appointed the new township business administrator by unanimous approval of the Town Council on February 6. She has a master of arts degree in leadership and public administration from Centenary College and brings more than 20 years of experience to the position. Millikin, who is currently the township administrator of Wantage, will begin her new role in Jefferson in April. Mayor Eric Wilsusen told The Jefferson Chronicle, “ Debi is Mayor Eric Wilsusen offers his congratulations to just the right fit.” Debra Millikin. (Photo: April Leaver) The two had not met prior to the selection process. Interim business administrator John Eskilson was thrilled with the selection of Millikin. While they have not worked together directly, they often crossed paths when Eskilson was the administrator for Sussex County. He will spend the remaining months of his contract assisting Wilsusen with his ambitious agenda and ensuring a smooth transition for Millikin.



In Brief (cont’d.)

Thomas McCarthy was honored for 50 years of service to Jefferson Township through the fire department and rescue squad. The recognition took place on February 2 during the annual dinner-dance and installation of officers for Fire Company #2 at Casa Bianca in Oak Ridge. Mayor Eric Wilsusen presented a proclamation; Gene Minell, Morris County Relief Delegate, read a resolution; and McCarthy’s children, Jill and Jeff, offered tributes to their father.

Thomas McCarthy Honored for 50 Years of Service with JTFD #2 By Ulla Vinkman

McCarthy, an Eagle Scout, started his volunteer career right out of school in 1955. He was a regular firefighter in Livingston for 14 years before moving with his family to Jefferson. He worked at Picatinny Arsenal while serving with Fire Company #2, where he is a life member. At 86, he still signs in at the firehouse and enjoys the company’s only personal parking spot. In 2011, McCarthy was selected as Jefferson’s Citizen of the Year.

Local Marina Owner Earns Globally Recognized Industry Certification Ray Fernandez, president of Bridge Marina on Lake Hopatcong, recently earned the marina industry’s highest professional recognition: Certified Marina Manager (CMM). The certification was presented to him at the International Marina and Boatyard Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Thomas McCarthy’s daughter, Jill Allaben, and son, Jeff McCarthy, saying a few words about their father. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

Certified marina managers must complete an extensive training and certification process through the globally recognized International Marina Institute. They also embrace the continuance of education and training for themselves and those who work within the marina industry. Fernandez is the 389th marina professional to earn CMM status since the inception of the program in 2004. Merrit Alves of the Association of Marina Industries noted that certified marina managers represent the elite in the marina and recreational boating industry. “We commend Ray for his dedication to achieving this status,” she said. “Certified marina managers like Ray value true personal and professional excellence and strive to maintain the highest levels of ethical and moral conduct in their commitment to the marina industry.” Bridge Marina offers a variety of boating experiences on Lake Hopatcong, including new and pre-owned boat sales, a boating club, and luxury rentals. This year, the marina’s boating club and rentals will also be offered at Highlands at the Jersey shore. For more information, visit www.BridgeMarina.com.


Bridge Marina president Ray Fernandez (left) was recognized as a certified marina manager by Merrit Alves at the International Marina and Boatyard Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in January 2019. The Jefferson Chronicle DIGEST • March 2019





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The Jefferson Chronicle DIGEST - March 2019 Issue  

The Jefferson Chronicle DIGEST is a monthly full color magazine - a "digest" of the most talked about township news and information. The Mar...

The Jefferson Chronicle DIGEST - March 2019 Issue  

The Jefferson Chronicle DIGEST is a monthly full color magazine - a "digest" of the most talked about township news and information. The Mar...