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The Jefferson Chronicle DIGEST • June 2019


From the Editor The outpouring of affection for José Beltran by Jefferson residents has been remarkable. a person might think that as a sanitation worker, José would be an unlikely celebrity. But nothing could be further from the truth. To residents on his route, he was something of a living legend.

June 2019 www.TheJeffersonChronicle.com Founder, President, and editor-in-chief: Kevin L. Pattky, Jr. kevin.pattky@TheJeffersonchronicle.com

Deputy editor/copy editor: Lise Greene senior contributing editor: Maria Weiskott editor-at-large: Sue Toth

José died of a heart attack last month while on his course around town. Word of his passing spread quickly by word of mouth and social media. “an amazing man … He was the nicest … He always stopped to talk … His laugh was infectious … My son is heartbroken … He always helped me … I will truly miss him.” These remarks are a small sampling of posted tributes. True to the generous spirit of Jefferson, residents organized a fund for José’s family. and reaching beyond their grief, they also organized a tribute to his memory that is obvious along the township’s roads: waste cans decorated with colorful bows and ribbons. rest in peace, José Beltran. your spirit is indelible in Jefferson.

Kevin L.

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ConTEnTS Articles: Band, Board of ed, and Budget – Oh My! ......................4 Open House Puts Foundation on Track with lake Hopatcong station restoration ......................8 Jefferson’s Golden Girl ......................................................10 Welcome Home, Golf company ......................................12

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Band, Board of Ed, and Budget – Oh My! By April Leaver

The corridors of Jefferson Township High School (JTHS) filled with a sea of red shirts, awaiting the start of the Board of Education (BOE) public budget hearing on April 29. A social media rumor had spread like wildfire about a week before the meeting, alleging that there were no plans to hire a full-time band director after the retirement of Richard Barrieres this year. Gossip included the assertion that the position would effectively become part-time because the director would teach classes in addition to band. As a result of the online buzz, the high school media room was flooded with parents, students, teachers, and non-residents who support the band program. Nearly all wore red in solidarity. Howe Addresses the Elephant in the Room

Public Comment There was a long pause before public comments commenced. Council member Jay Dunham was the first to the microphone where he told the board he was “pleasantly surprised” at the low increase, given the severe reductions in state aid. Peter Tummillo, former JTHS band director from 1979-05, said, “No matter how you spin this, if you had five teachers going to two schools, and now you have four, you have lost a teacher.” Despite the board’s instructions that comments were limited to three minutes, when Tummillo was cut off in the middle of his speech, the audience erupted with shouts of “That’s disrespectful” and some profanity.

Although Superintendent Jeanne Howe had posted a letter to the BOE website days earlier in an attempt to dispel the rumors, the message seemed to have had little effect. After presentations and school updates, Howe addressed the issue head-on by stating, “Consistently since the 2013-14 school year, and periodically before then, the band director has taught classes other than symphonic band.”

Peter Tummillo, former Jefferson High school junior Christine Township High School band director Bartley read a letter describing from 1979-05, speaking the Board of Education meeting on April 29. the accomplishments of current and former band members. She presented a petition with more than 4,500 signatures in defense of the current state of the music program with a full-time band director.

She added that music theory will not be offered in the upcoming year due to insufficient enrollment in the course, despite a meeting with students who were recommended for Advanced Placement music theory encouraging them to sign up. The 2019-20 budget includes funds for a full-time band director; a certified and qualified teacher of music will be sought, according to Howe.

The board extended the allotted time for public comment by approximately 30 minutes. Many others expressed their past and present love of the band, the resulting community involvement, and its effects on their lives.

The superintendent also told the crowd that the district purchased more than $100,000 worth of new equipment, and some old instruments will be replaced now, given budget concerns for the future. The total tax levy ($43,163,523) and debt service ($2,379,325) for the school year 2019-20. The average combined cost of the referendum and tax levy per homeowner is $86.53 a year ($7.21 a month), which includes the first payment of the principal and interest.

What Does the Future Hold? The district lost more than $1 million in state aid this year, and by the 2024-25 school year, the loss will be about $7 million. Business administrator Dora Zeno told attendees that the annual upgrades to student laptops will be suspended until funding improves. The purchase of two new district buses is postponed, although they are typically replaced after eight or nine years. Zeno expressed hope for a change in the course of state aid, but under current circumstances, the board will be challenged to find additional cuts to offset the loss of state assistance. Because of the

Members of the public, wearing red shirts in solidarity at the Jefferson Township Board of Education public budget hearing on April 29.

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referendum passed in October 2018, most of the facilities improvement projects are not affected. Howe told The Jefferson Chronicle, “Some programs have been cut due to lack of enrollment in the courses. These programs include guitar and creative writing at the middle school. Additionally, some staff members’ positions have been eliminated due to decreased enrollment.” One such position, she said, is the guitar instructor at the middle school (not the band director at the high school). Reiterating that “the full-time band director position is and always has been included in the budget for the 2019-20 school year,” Howe stated that Dan Gugger, who currently teaches music at the middle school, was selected as the new high school band director; his transfer was approved at the May BOE meeting. “We have not yet appointed any staff for our co-curricular activities; I am hoping to have all advisors on next month’s agenda,” she added. “As of now, there are two band classes available for the next school year – one less than the current year due to the number of students enrolling in the course.” The budget was unanimously approved by the board. Jefferson Township Council member Jay Dunham was the first to the microphone at the Board of Education meeting on April 29.

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For What It’s Worth

Get Up and Get Outside By Tony Haryn

Today’s kids look at their iPhones, play action games on their Xboxes, chat with a hundred friends, and see what is new on social media – all from the comfort of their homes or the back seats of their moms’ SUVs. When I was growing up, the playground was the center of our social media. It was where I met my friends to play basketball, tag football, and baseball (with one bat, a Spalding pink rubber ball, and no gloves). Games were played on hard black macadam topped with broken glass from soda bottles. After playing two or three full-court basketball games, coming off the playground with no scrapes, scratches, or blood on your sweat socks and Converse high tops meant you didn’t play hard enough. If the game was baseball, it meant you didn’t slide into any base, because you would have taken off a layer of skin under your jeans. There we would talk about our sports heroes, TV, and what teacher we disliked in school. As we got older, someone brought a deck of pinochle cards and we played for hours. There were no drugs or booze; maybe a few guys smoked cigarettes. The only grass was on the front lawn of the park, where the old folks sat. Although we seldom had fights, if there was one, there were no guns or knives – just fists to settle the argument. There were no child molesters in that park, because they knew we would run them out. If you had some change in your pocket, you could buy an ice-cold Coke or a Ring Ding at the corner candy store, which had everything you needed or wanted. You were respectful to the owner and the customers who walked in, because that was your corner and you didn’t want to get kicked off it. The customers were your friends’ fathers and mothers, some local politicians, or sometimes the priests from the church across the street. Police cars drove slowly by. The cops inside knew everyone from the park on the corner, so they would just nod their heads, and you knew they would be back if you caused any trouble. At the end of the day, plans were made for the next day. If it was a Saturday, the altar boys talked about who was serving what mass the next day. Then it was home by 5:00 for a hot meal with your mom and dad and a night of TV shows, listening to a ball game on your transistor radio, or reading comic books. The bad boys made other plans that you just walked away from (and hoped you would see them the next day). We were not called a gang; we were friends growing up together on a playground and a corner. I want to go back to that time and place and feel the innocence again. I want to experience what a new pair of sneakers felt like then. I want to joke with my friends and talk about the athletes who made barely more than our fathers. I want to go home sweaty, tired, bloody, hurting – but happy that I made a basket, hit a single, or scored a touchdown. I want to hear my mom say, “Did you play nice today?”

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back wall of the former waiting room. The double front doors are replacements as well. The kitchenette is small, but efficient for meetings and events. The bathrooms are brand new, although several gentlemen remarked that the motion sensor lights in the men’s room leave visitors (literally) in the dark.

Open House Puts Foundation on Track with Lake Hopatcong Station Restoration

Kraus became the project manager almost by accident. He knew Kane and had worked with Lee Moreau, captain of Miss Lotta, at Picatinny Arsenal. When they were in need of a project manager, he volunteered.

By Jane Primerano

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation’s annual meeting on May 3 had a new component. President Jessica Murphy said she knew that everyone coming to the meeting would want to see the nearly completed Lake Hopatcong Train Station, so she scheduled a two-hour open house. At first, visitors drifted in a few at a time, but soon the old station was as busy as one would expect to find on a workday morning. Some of the visitors had watched the renovation closely since the Foundation’s annual meeting in 2015, from which Murphy had created a collage of photos. The background showed peeling plaster and shabby wood. Now the walls have been re-plastered, the waiting room benches re-created, and the floor nearly re-tiled.

Pointing out the replacement benches, Kraus said that contractor Bob O’Donnell went to intact stations with similar benches and took measurements to ensure that the new ones would be as authentic as possible. He did the same with the The Lake Hopatcong Train Station in Landing. trim on the windows. The (Photo originally from the Lake Hopatcong Breeze) ceilings had been covered with drop panels, but are now the quarter sawn white oak they were meant to be, with periodlooking heating grates. The heating was upgraded and lights added commensurate with the new uses.

The first order of business discussed at the meeting was demolition. Volunteer project manager Ron Kraus reported that about 75 people showed up and filled three or four 40-yard dumpsters. “It was great to see the enthusiasm,” he said. Foundation board chair Marty Kane showed visitors the intricate tile design on the perimeter of the waiting room floor. He had expected the possibility of a problem matching the green accent color, but not the white. “Who knew how many whites there are?” he asked rhetorically. Workers were able to take some green tiles from the ladies’ room to replace broken ones on the waiting room floor, but are still awaiting matching white tiles.

The newly restored ‘waiting room’ includes a ticket window. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

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“The stone is pretty solid,” Kraus noted. “Not much The restored Lake Hopatcong Train Station in Landing. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman) stone needed re-pointing.” The stonework in the former baggage room, now the Foundation’s office, is far less sophisticated than that in the former public areas of the station. On Murphy’s desk is a Lego replica of the station, a Christmas present from her husband, Chris, and two older children, Arden, 8, and Nate, 6. Chris had to order Legos online to recreate aspects of the station. “Lego has replacement parts for their kits,” Murphy said. “The arch is from the Hogwarts set.” Since they could not find green roof tiles, Chris and the children painted over some white ones. The room was full as Marty Kane started the annual meeting. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

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Roof tiles on the real station are reproductions made by the company that produced the originals, said Kraus. Supporters assisted by “buying” tiles for $25 each and writing something on the underside. Although most people were content to write their names, Ken Heaton wrote: “If you can read this, the building has collapsed.” The station is not totally complete. In addition to the awaited white floor tiles, the center room – once a breezeway and soon to be a welcome center – has doors on only one end. Kraus said that another grant is needed to install doors that match the front. Volunteers are using native plants to landscape around the building. The Foundation holds a native plant sale every year to help raise money for the station project.

Large windows bathe the ‘waiting room’ in natural light. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

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Jefferson’s Golden Girl

On the Right Track

By Maria Weiskott

In the years since Brittany’s pledge to advocate, death by suicide in the U.S. has reached epidemic proportions. According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicides increased 25% since the start of the millennium, with casualties as young as six years old. In fact, a recent nationwide hospital study found that the number of kids and teens who visited emergency rooms because of suicidal thoughts and attempts doubled between 2007 and 2015. Among the visits, 43% were ages 5-11.

Girl Scout Brittany Boetticher, Advocate for Suicide Prevention A 12-year-old boy, “Noah,” was upset about his family’s upcoming move. It meant a new school and having to make new friends. What could be worse than being uprooted at age 12? One day on the school bus ride home, he told two friends he was going to kill himself at the end of the school year so he wouldn’t have to move. One of the friends had trouble falling asleep that night. He woke his mom, telling her he was worried about Noah, believing he might kill himself. Mom called the school, which promptly notified Noah’s parents. Response was lightningquick and effective, with school, guidance counselors, parents, and child working in concert. Evaluation was followed up with a bit of therapy. True story; positive outcome. Such is the importance of “reaching out.” And it’s a fact not lost on Jefferson Township High School senior Brittany Boetticher, a lifelong Lake Hopatcong resident. Active in school, she is involved in drama, the chamber choir, women’s ensemble, Madrigal Singers, and Peer Development Program. She also has a big heart. “Almost three years ago, a recent graduate from my school took his own life. His death was announced in homeroom” and was a shock to everyone, she tells The Jefferson Chronicle. Brittany was inspired to advocate for suicide prevention, making it her personal mission.

Jefferson Township High School senior Brittany Boetticher (pictured), a lifelong Lake Hopatcong resident. (Photo: Erin Ackerly)

Brittany was on an essential advocacy track. A Girl Scout since kindergarten, she chose suicide prevention as her project for the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting and akin to Boy Scouting’s Eagle Award. “I felt the topic needed to be discussed and decided that suicide prevention, education, and awareness was what my project was meant to be,” she explains. “I decided to call it Project Speak Out! so that people can know the importance of speaking out.” This spring, Brittany’s pursuit to raise awareness came to fruition with a well-attended public showing of the award-winning documentary, Suicide: The Ripple Effect. The film was also shown during 8th-grade homeroom in the township’s middle school and was presented in the high school. Teamwork Brittany teamed up with Jefferson Township (JT) Connect to bring the documentary to the township. The film highlights the story of Kevin Hines, who survived a suicidal leap off the Golden Gate Bridge at age 19. “A couple of years ago, my mom saw Kevin Hines speak at the County College of Morris. Not too long after, we heard about his documentary,” she tells The Chronicle. The film was released soon after Brittany chose her project. “After I saw it, I realized that this was the exact program I had to get into the school because it was a story of hope and healing,” she notes. Suicide: The Ripple Effect also shows the positive ripple effects of advocacy, inspiration, and hope, all of which help to heal as well as to motivate the will to stay alive – the very ideals Brittany aspired to share. “I worked closely with JT Connect and Margaret Widgren to roll the project out thoughtfully,” she says. Widgren is the director of Student Personnel Services and the anti-bullying coordinator for the township. Brittany’s mother, Janet Boetticher, a member of JT Connect, pointed her in the direction of the organization, which she eventually joined. “I was attending the meetings regularly and I connect strongly with the message.” That message is “stigma free,” a motto the township officially adopted years ago to eliminate any shame linked to mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

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With JT Connect member Melissa Kiritisis as her project advisor, Brittany won the full support of the organization, which helped The Jefferson Chronicle DIGEST • June 2019


fund the movie. And when the high school student council heard about the effort, “they donated some money toward my project.” While confident the topic of suicide awareness is a vital one, “the whole process surprised me,” she says. “I was amazed at just how much the community rallied behind me. I gained the support of so many people in such a short time.”

Brittany Boetticher, pictured with officials from the Township of Jefferson and school system. (Photo: Erin Ackerly)

No surprise: Scouting is in Brittany’s DNA. Her sister Brooke, 23, was also a Girl Scout through her senior year and is now a lifetime scout. So is their mom, Janet Boetticher, who was named Citizen of the Year for 2019 by the mayor of Jefferson Township for her outstanding volunteer service to the community.

Brittany Boetticher and JT Connect (both pictured), who teamed up to bring the documentary to the township. (Photo: Erin Ackerly)

G.I.R.L. Brittany is not sure when she will receive her Gold Award, but credits Girl Scouting with preparing her to tackle this project. “Girl Scouts prepares us with leadership skills and motivating girls to be go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders … as in G.I.R.L.,” she quips. “It has shown me that I can do anything as long as I put my mind to it and work hard to achieve my goal.”

Brittany plans to keep advocating for suicide prevention. “I hope that in college I will be able to continue to raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental health, whether that is through a club or something I do on my own.” As for Project Speak Out!, the Gold Award contender says she is honored to have had the opportunity to open the conversation about such an important topic. “I would like to thank everyone who helped me and supported me all throughout this project,” she tells The Chronicle. But it is likely that Jefferson thanks Brittany more so. The impact of Project Speak Out! may already be saving lives.

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Welcome Home, Golf Company By Ulla Vinkman

Marines Returned to Picatinny Arsenal The sun came out on May 11 just in time to welcome back to Picatinny Arsenal approximately 160 Marines of Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment. All members returned safely after six months in Afghanistan, including three Jefferson residents pictured above from left to right: Corporals Jake Miller, Conor Labita, and Connor Kraljevich (Jefferson volunteer firefighter). The Marines arrived in buses from North Carolina, escorted by dozens of police and fire vehicles from numerous municipalities. Passing beneath an American flag suspended between two Jefferson fire trucks, they were greeted by cheers. The Marines reunited with their families, some meeting their new babies for the first time.

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Quarry Assumes Responsibility for Silt By Jane Primerano

The management of Weldon Quarry took measures to ameliorate siltation in an unnamed tributary of Lake Hopatcong, but residents at the Lake Hopatcong Commission meeting on May 13 were not satisfied. Quarry owner Bob Weldon responded to a letter from the state senators who represent the lake community: Steven Oroho (R-24), Anthony Bucco (R-25), and Joe Pennacchio (R-26). He acknowledged, as he had previously, that a siltation problem in the lake was due to a broken pipe that has since been replaced. Going into more detail than he had told The Chronicle earlier, he explained that a valve had failed, likely due to freezing weather in February. Weldon stated that the entire length of pipe carrying water from a lower to an upper retention basin was replaced with new PVC, which should be more durable. In addition, on the upstream side of Prospect Point Road, the quarry had installed a turbidity barrier, which resident Tim Clancy had suggested months ago. Weldon reported that the quarry’s “plans to remove stone fines [fine sand] in the area adjacent to the stream that accumulated from the transfer pipe” had been approved by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and are being implemented. The quarry is also evaluating further removal work. “We appreciate you have heard from constituents who are concerned about Dr. Fred Lubnow of Princeton Hydro talked to the environmental Lake Hopatcong Commission about the diameter impacts in their of the sand and silt in the stream. surrounding com(Photo: Jane Primerano) munity,” wrote Weldon in a letter. “It is important to note that the stone fines at issue are innocuous and do not present any health or environmental concerns. They are small particles of virgin stone and are rock products, which are used in many construction projects and applications.”

Weldon Quarry installed a boom in the unnamed tributary to Lake Hopatcong near Prospect Point Road. (Photo: Jane Primerano)

According to Osowski, the DEP is continuing its investigation and he is “cautiously optimistic we are moving in the right direction.” He invited the public to continue reaching out to the DEP with any problems. Robert Tessier, the state’s Department of Community Affairs representative to the commission, stated, “We sent a letter demanding action. It went up the food chain and it was five days before people showed up.” Clancy’s opinion is that “Weldon is in a lot of trouble. It’s a really big stinkin’ mess up there.” Louis Tarascio, who lives in the area where siltation entered the lake, expressed “disgust” with the quarry’s response and his belief that the DEP will negotiate with the quarry rather than cite the business for violations. “I don’t get a chance to negotiate,” said a Hopatcong resident of her dealings with New York City, where she manages a cemetery. She complained that the quarry’s previous fines for violations in 2018 were so minor that they constitute only the cost of doing business for a large corporation. Clancy is especially concerned with a lack of response from the quarry and the DEP. “The void is being filled with misinformation,” he declared, noting that he has seen false comments on social media about thousands of fish having been killed. He acknowledged that resident Margaret Myre had found a dead 25-pound, 24-inch snapping turtle off Shore Road. She contacted the Lake Hopatcong Foundation and was told that they in turn contacted DEP biologist Pat Hamilton, who forwarded the matter to a “turtle expert.” Interviewed on May 11, Hopatcong’s mayor, Michael Francis, said that Weldon responded to his calls, and that the state can determine what, if any, contaminants are in the silt. He added that the state should issue permits at no charge to residents impacted by the silt for dredging the lake bottom off their property.

Dr. Fred Lubnow of Princeton Hydro, the commission’s consultant, said his company did a size analysis of the sediment and found it to be mostly sand. “It is unusual to have sand or silt in the streams,” he noted, adding that tests have been run on the diameter of the particles, not on the material. In response to concern that granite from the quarry creates silica dust and can be dangerous, Josh Osowski, the state park’s representative to the commission, said that he had spoken to both the water and air compliance officers at the DEP as well as to municipal liaison Kerry Kirk-Pflug. Weldon had told the DEP that the quarry would install booms and then clean the stream. 14

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Insights and Expertise:

Living Your Best Life Ever

The Lesson of the Lodgepole Pine By Janet Pfeier

The lodgepole pine tree, an evergreen indigenous to western North America, produces cones that contain the seeds of reproduction. The cones must be subjected to intensely high heat (such as those generated by forest fires) in order to open and release their seeds. A piece of black coal, hidden deep within the darkness of the earth, must be exposed to extreme pressure in order to produce the most brilliant gemstone known to humans: the diamond. A mother endures excruciating pain while bringing new life into the world. Nature instinctively understands that change is necessary for growth, and sometimes that process involves severe pressure or pain. But without growth, there is stagnation – which cannot support life. For many, change is frightening as they struggle with a fear of the unknown. The wise understand that life is cyclical and nothing remains constant. Happiness wanes to sadness; peace is disrupted by dissention; success bows to failure; loss concedes to gain. If you look at history (even and especially your own), you notice that all things eventually return to their rightful place. Daylight turns to darkness and then, at precisely the right moment, light is restored. Recently one of my clients endured the most terrifying period of his life. Losing his source of income, home, and family within a matter of months left him feeling weak and without hope. Yet the human spirit is relentless and would not permit him to surrender to defeat. He moved forward with a tenacious determination, and within less than a year had reconstructed his life into one far more compatible with his desires and beliefs. In retrospect, he recognized the necessity of his struggles and found a sense of appreciation for the opportunity he was given to overcome great adversity and discover a newfound joy for living. During the fire that propagates the lodgepole pine, everything in the path of the blaze is destroyed. Yet it is only during this process of extreme loss that new life can emerge: loss to what is in order to receive a higher good. During any time of personal fire, much will be lost. This may prove frightening and painful, but rest assured that it is not necessarily bad. Out of ashes comes new growth, and the advantage of being human is that you decide what your new growth will be. Perhaps you will experience a rebirth of priorities, appreciate anew what you have, or discover a new career path. You may uncover hidden strengths and talents lying dormant within or make new friendships. The gifts are infinite. Panicking in a fire can cost your life. Have faith, trust that you can weather this challenge and emerge victorious like the lodgepole pine, and regrow your new and improved forest. Be at peace. All is exactly as it should be. www.TheJeersonChronicle.com

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By Carol Punturieri

J-Town Tidbits Enjoy Jefferson Township’s Parks and Playgrounds Gone are the heavy coats, sweaters, boots, hats, and scarves – it’s time to enjoy the warmth of the sun outdoors while keeping children engaged, active, and safe. How? Take them to one of Jefferson Township’s many parks and playgrounds, all of which have free access. Jefferson South (Lake Hopatcong)

All facilities are open from dawn until dusk. Some have benches and/or picnic tables, and most have portable toilets. The Lakeside Recreation and Camp Jefferson complexes offer covered pavilions. Public tennis courts are available at Prospect Point Park and the Water’s Edge field complex. In addition, Jefferson’s elementary schools have playgrounds with free access during the summer recess. Smoking, alcohol, and pets are strictly prohibited at all township and school fields, playgrounds, and parks. Dogs are welcome at the Dog Park in the municipal complex; owners are required to clean up after their pets.

• Lakeside Recreation Complex, 15 Swan Lane (Bowling Green Parkway/Route 15 South)

Contact the Recreation Department (937-663-8404) to reserve fields at township-owned parks and most elementary schools. Some facilities require a permit, and priority is given to Jefferson sports leagues for practices and games. Parks, ball fields, and playgrounds are maintained by town employees.

• Prospect Point Park, 30 Florida Avenue

Mahlon Dickerson Reservation

• Children’s Park, 81 Schwarz Boulevard • East Shore Park, 82 East Shore Road

• Firemen’s Field, 750 Route 15 South • Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road – Camp Jefferson boasts an exciting, brightly colored playground open from dawn to dusk. Note that on weekdays from Wednesday, June 26, through Friday, August 23, visitors must stop in the Camp Jefferson office for a visitor’s pass before using the playground between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. as the Camp Jefferson Summer Day Camp will be very active with campers and staff. Jefferson North (Oak Ridge) • Dogwood Park, 2 Dogwood Drive

Mahlon Dickerson Ball Field Pavilion

• Longwood Lake Park, 13 Longwood Lake Road

• Johnson’s Pond Park, 237 Cozy Lake Road (at Notch Road)

Morris County’s largest park is located in Jefferson (955 Weldon Road). It encompasses 3,346 acres of recreational areas and beautiful near-wilderness. Take a trail to the highest point in the county or to Headley Overlook. The reservation offers more than 20 miles of multi-use trails, camping, picnic areas, a ball field, and fire rings. To reserve a picnic shelter, call 973-326-7631 x1.

• Berkshire Valley Park, 5534 Berkshire Valley Road

Playground Safety

• Legion Field, 28 Legion Road

According to the nonprofit Safe Kids Worldwide, falls account for more than 75% of all playground-related injuries, nearly half of which are associated with improper or no supervision. To maintain a safe experience:

• Chamberlain Road Recreation Complex, 48 Chamberlain Road • Ralph Ackerson Park, Ridge Road Recreation Complex, 151 Ridge Road • Kennedy Field, 11 Apollo Drive

• Water’s Edge Tot Lot, 17 Fox Chase Road Municipal Complex (1033 Weldon Road) • Jefferson Township Creative Playground • Bicentennial Veterans’ Memorial Park • Jefferson Township Gazebo Jefferson Township Creative Playground

• Actively supervise children on playgrounds and in parks. It won’t be hard, as kids often call for adults to watch them climb, jump, and swing. • Choose playgrounds with shock-absorbing surfaces such as rubber, synthetic turf, sand, pea gravel, wood chips, or mulch. If a child falls, the landing will be more cushioned than on asphalt, concrete, grass, or dirt. • Dress appropriately. Remove necklaces, purses, scarves, or clothing with drawstrings that can get caught on equipment and pose a strangulation hazard. Even helmets can be dangerous on a playground; save them for bikes. • Teach children that pushing, shoving, and crowding can be dangerous. Read more at www.safekids.org/playgroundsafety.

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Golf Outing ‘Putts’ Jay Cuervo into Our Hearts

Four of the six Cuervo kids.

The Jay Cuervo Memorial Golf Outing, held at Bowling Green Golf Club on May 6, honored a man who touched many lives during his 22 years in Jefferson before passing away unexpectedly in 2018. Cuervo was active in the lives of his six children, including coaching wrestling and baseball and calling football games. “Jay always saw the good in people,” said his wife of 29 years, Mary Anne. Jefferson resident and friend Nick Milonas organized the outing to help the family. More than 140 golfers participated and Coca-Cola, Cuervo’s employer for 36 years, donated drinks. Putting for a birdie.

MaryAnne Cuervo with members of the Prospects Baseball Academy.

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Arts Committee Throws a ‘Big Band Bash’ The seventh annual Big Band Bash sponsored by the Jefferson Arts Committee got into the swing with guests of all ages on May 5 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church. Conductor Pete Tummillo led the Community Jazz Band and Jay Wilensky sang.

In the hall decorated to resemble a USO dance of yesteryear, music teacher Lauren Kulick and the middle school’s Tri-M Music Honor Society provided ushers, wait staff, and clean-up. Food was supplied by Rockaway Townsquare Diner.

Attendees enjoying food catered by Rockaway Townsquare Diner.

Candace Bolte and Gene Russo. Conductor Pete Tummillo and the Jefferson Township Community Jazz Band.

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A slow number for all the “lovers.”

Four young ladies dancing the night away.

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In Brief July 13 Is Jefferson Fest III Music, Activities, Food, Fireworks! Jefferson Fest III takes place on Saturday, July 13, at the high school, sponsored by the township and the Jefferson Arts Committee. Highlights: 3:00 – 15th annual Irish road bowling tournament on “alley” at Wiegand Farm

(Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

5:00 – DJ Earl Heller; free children’s activities including KanJam, vertical basket toss, ball toss, Touch-a-Truck, and more

New Fireboat Displays Its Dominance at Block Party

5:30 – Food trucks

By Jane Primerano

7:15 – Jersey Sound two-hour concert

One of the highlights of the Lake Hopatcong Block Party on May 11 was a demonstration by Defender 2. The brand new Jefferson Township Fire Department boat replaced its 36-year-old predecessor and made its public debut at Hopatcong State Park.

9:20 – 50/50 raffle drawing 9:30 – Spectacular fireworks display Free parking and admission. For details and schedules, visit www.jeffersonarts.org.

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(Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

Although the boat is considered a vehicle for fighting lakefront fires, the spray can reach houses not directly adjacent to the shore. Firefighters demonstrated the length of the spray (without fully cranking up the power because the wind would have carried it to the shore and doused spectators) and demonstrated the boat’s maneuverability.

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In Brief (cont’d.)

event calendar

Planning a Trip? Get These Ticket Discounts!

events are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. lH = lake Hopatcong Or = Oak ridge

Discounted tickets (may include admission, parking, and meal vouchers) are available at the Recreation Department office (Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong).

45th Annual Lake Hopatcong sat., June 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Antique and Classic Boat Show Info: www.lhacbs.org

Destinations: - Diggerland USA - The Funplex - Clementon Park and Splash World - Sahara Sam’s Oasis - Dorney Park - Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari - Hershey Park - Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach - Blue Mountain Adventures - Medieval Times - Splash Zone Waterpark - Adventure Aquarium - Morey’s Pier A discount code is also available for Crayola Experience and iPlay America through their websites. Visit www.jeffersontownship.net and click on Form Center for more details and pricing, or call the Recreation Department at 973-663-8404.

Date/Time

Event

Where 5 N. Bertrand rd., Mt. arlington

9, Dine and Wine Bowling Green Beer Garden

sun., June 23, 3 p.m. 53 school House rd., Or reserve a tee time, 973-697-8688

JT Farmers Market Firemen’s Field

sundays, June 23-October 27 750 rt. 15 south, lH 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 973-919-5657

Annual network on the Lake Bridge Marina

Thurs., June 27, 6-8 p.m. 89 Brady rd., lH register: http://bit.ly/2019NetworkOnlakeHopatcong

open Mic night at The Beer Garden

Wed., June 26, 7-10 p.m. 53 school House rd., Or Jeni Bishop, 973-697-8688 x3

Gazebo Concert Series: JT Community Band

Fri., June 28, 7 p.m. 1033 Weldon rd., Or 973-697-2032 rain venue: 1010 Weldon rd., Or

Annual Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club Fireworks

Fri., June 28, 9 p.m.

lake Hopatcong

Aquamania 2019 Music Festival Fri., June 28-sun., June 30 470 river styx rd., Patricks Pub www.aquamaniamusicfestival.com Hopatcong Rock, Ribs, and Ridges 2019 Sussex County Fairgrounds

sat., June 29-sun., June 30, 12 p.m. 37 Plains rd., $15/pp, www.rockribsandridges.com augusta

Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit, LH Train Station

Mon., July 1-sat., aug. 10 125 landing rd., lakehopatcongfoundation.org/water-ways landing

Gazebo Concert Series: Rave on

Fri., July 5, 7 p.m. 1033 Weldon rd., Or 973-697-2032 rain venue: 1010 Weldon rd., Or

4th of July Dine/Dance Party Pavinci Grill

sat., July 6, 8-11 p.m. 973-770-4300

Line Dancing for Seniors Black Bear Fitness

Tues., July 9, 10:15 a.m. 973-663-8404 x5

Tri-Harder Kids Triathlon Horseshoe Lake (ages 4-14, $10)

Thurs., July 11, 5 p.m. 72 eyland ave., register.communitypass.net/roxbury succasunna

Murder Mystery Dinner Bowling Green Beer Garden

Fri., July 12, 7 p.m. 53 school House rd., Or Ticket purchase required, 973-697-8688 x2

Jefferson Fest III Food Truck Festival/Concert/Fireworks

sat., July 13, starts 5 p.m. 1010 Weldon rd., Or JT High school, free entry, www.jeffersonarts.org

Wild and Scenic Film Festival The Growing Stage Theatre

sat., July 13, 6-9 p.m. 7 ledgewood ave., Netcong Free entry, registration required, 973-663-2500

453 river styx rd., Hopatcong 681 rt. 15 south, lH

Cooking Class with Chef Doug sun., July 14, 4 p.m, 53 school House rd., Or Bowling Green Beer Garden reservations required 973-697-8688 x2 Line Dancing for Seniors Black Bear Fitness

Tues., July 16, 10:15 a.m. 973-663-8404 x5

Gazebo Concert Series: Tequila Rose

Fri., July 19, 7 p.m. 1033 Weldon rd., Or 973-697-2032 rain venue: 1010 Weldon rd., Or

37th Annual nJ Festival of Ballooning, Solberg Airport

Fri., July 26-sun. July 28 www.balloonfestival.com

681 rt. 15 south, lH

39 Thor-solberg rd., Whitehouse station

See the website to view all events: www.TheJeffersonChronicle.com/events

Event Calendar Post your event online* FREE: www.TheJeffersonChronicle.com/events

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In Brief (cont’d.) What You Need to Know: Cat and Dog Licenses All Jefferson dogs and cats must be licensed by seven months old and annually thereafter. In addition, state law mandates vaccination against rabies that covers the full licensing period. The annual licensing period begins June 1 for cats and January 31 for dogs. The fee is $8 per altered pet (neutered/spayed) and $11 per unaltered pet. Late fees are charged when applicable, except to new residents or for newly acquired pets. Complete information is available on the township’s website (www.jeffersontownship.net) by clicking on Departments – Health – Animal Control Services. Download the application/renewal form by clicking on Form Center on the homepage. Mail the form, proof of rabies inoculation, check, and self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Jefferson Township Health Department, 1033 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849.

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