Saturday, December 29, 2007

Mount Olive Chamber Reorganizes for '08

MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - The Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce held its annual reorganization meeting for 2008 in December.

Lou Nisivoccia of Nisivoccia Consulting has been named the president of the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce for the second consecutive year. With Rick Ege of GBW Insurance named as vice president for 2008.

Joining Lou and Rick are Jeff Stadelman of The Wine Rack as Recording Secretary, Anna Cirilli of Valley National Bank as Corresponding Secretary, and Nick Sarinelli of Nisivoccia & Co. as Treasurer.

Trustees include Rita L. Hilbert of Mount Olive Public Library, Sabine Elsasser of Optimal Family Chiropractic, Dr. Jacqueline Nisivoccia of Morris Podiatry Associates, Thom Torode of Action Business Coaching, Laura Bartus of International Trade Center Alliance, and Nalini Deonarine of Primerica Financial Services.

Ceremonies were held during the Chamber's annual holiday party at The Skylands in Randolph on December 11th.

2008 Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce Board Members
Board members who were on hand for the photo include (clockwise from back left to front) Thom Torode, Rick Ege, Lou Nisivoccia, Dr. Jacqueline Nisivoccia, Jeff Stadelman, Richard J. Murray, Esq., Nick Sarinelli, Sabine Elsasser, Anna Cirilli, Rita L. Hilbert, and Rev. Paul Ingeneri.

For more information on becoming a member of the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce visit the Chamber's website >>

Friday, December 28, 2007

Mount Olive Chamber hosts Breakfast with the Mayor

Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with the Mayor David Scapicchio
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - The Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce will host its second annual Breakfast with the Mayor on Tuesday January 15, 2008.

Mount Olive Township Mayor David Scapicchio will look back on 2007 and update chamber members on what to expect in 2008.

The breakfast meeting will take place at the Longhorn Steakhouse in the ITC Crossing Shopping Center, starting at 8 a.m.

Cost is $10 for chamber members, $20 for guests. Please RSVP to the chamber, 973-691-0109 or

For further information about the chamber, visit >>


Thursday, December 27, 2007

Local Executive Accredited to Serve Businesses in Morris County

MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY – Morristown businessperson, Paula Robb, has been accredited by the Institute for Independent Business (IIB). Paula’s recent accreditation will expand business owners’ access to the Institute’s network of Associates in Morris and Essex counties.

“We are delighted to have an executive of Paula’s caliber and experience become accredited,” said Ed Dolan, Fellow and trustee of the Institute.

Paula added, “the Institute’s accreditation means a lot to me”. “Besides the prestige, my relationship with the IIB enables me to provide business owners with a depth of resources that other business advisors simply cannot offer. I am now part of a worldwide network of senior executives from every type of business imaginable. With resources like that, I can assist my clients with any issue or challenge they may be facing.”

The Institute for Independent Business ( is a global, not-for-profit, research, training and accreditation organization established in 1984 to provide “practical advice that works”. It is the largest organization of its type with over 4,500 executives having been accredited. Accredited Associates are dedicated to delivering practical advice and support to entrepreneurs and business owners.

BusinessWorks, LLC offers a free consultation and assessment.
Contact Paula Robb at 973-292-5328, or via email at


First Night Morris County 2008

First Night Morris County 2008
MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY - Looking for some fun on New Year's Eve? On December 31, 2007, come to the Morristown Green from 7:00pm to Midnight and celebrate the 16th annual First Night Morris County.

First Night is a substance-free, New Year's Eve festival of the arts. Families, seniors, couples and singles from all walks of life throughout Morris County come together to share, celebrate, learn, create, and experience the life enhancing possibilities of the arts.

Enjoy performances by Mike Agranoff, Andes Fusion, Big Jeff and Mr. Kleiner, Rio Clemente, Colonial Symphony, Coro Lirico, Mr. Fish’s Super Circus Stuff, Peter Fletcher, Inna Gilmore, Girl Authority, Harmonium Choral Society, James D. Hicks, Grover Kemble Sextet, Kit’s, Kaboodle, Alison Larkin, Jennifer Levine, Kenneth Little Hawk, Bob Lloyd, Lyrica Chamber Music, Meet the Musicians: Dennis Kobray as Chopin, Meet the Presidents, Yuqing Meng, The Dazzling Mills Family, Morris Choral Society, The Robert Murdock Band, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, New Jersey Tap Ensemble Soloists, The New Philharmonic of New Jersey, No Discipline, Ann Rabson, Kate Lyn Reiter, Richard Reiter, Kip Rosser, The Russian Duo, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Will Shaw, Shubanjali Dance Company, Alexander Slobodyanik and Laryssa Krupa, Solid Brass, Orrin Star & the Sultans of String, The Stein Brothers Quartet, The Strauss-Warschauer Duo, and Carol Titus.

Performances take place in venues within walking distance of the Morristown Green, including The Community Theatre at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, Morristown High School, county administration buildings and numerous places of worship in the immediate area.

There will be two fireworks displays, both visible from around the Morristown Green, scheduled for 9:15 p.m. and midnight.

First Night Morris County 2008 buttons serve as admission passes to all events and programs -- cost $15 each or $50 for a family four-pack and may be purchased in advance at local stores and other button outlets. On New Year’s Eve, buttons will be sold for $18 each. There is no charge for children 4 and under.

For more information visit the First Night Morris County 2008 website >>

Since First Night’s inception 16 years ago, the Arts Council of the Morris Area has served as its artistic programmer, selecting and scheduling hundreds of artists performing in over 25 sites throughout Morristown. Representing multiple artistic disciplines, the live performances, exhibits, activities and demonstrations this year range in style from the popular to the classical, from western to world cultures - for all ages, from young child through adult.

View more information on the Arts Council of the Morris Area >>

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Mount Olive Chamber's Annual Food Drive A Huge Success

Ellen Cady and Laura Bartus of the ITCA
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - The Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce's Annual Fall Food Drive has always reaped good results. This year, however, the results were truly amazing.

The organization collected nearly 2,200 pounds of food and $1473.30 in monetary donations.

"The 2,200 pounds of food collected will carry my food pantry through until next fall," said an appreciative Diann Brochu, Director of Senior and Social Services for Mount Olive. "The monetary donations will be used to buy Shop-Rite gift cards which Township residents, who have fallen on hard times, can use to buy perishable food items."

The fall food drive began on Nov. 1 and ended on Nov. 25.

"People were very, very generous this year," said chamber president Lou Nisivoccia of Nisivoccia Consulting LLC. "People see that times are tough for many folks and they responded in a big way."

The office of Dr. Berezny of Berezny Chiropratic in Flanders, which started the food drive 16 years ago, collected 200 pounds of food and $850 in monetary donations. Several other businesses came up big, as well. Companies in the International Trade Center combined to amass 1,225 pounds of food. DPC - Siemens, PNC Bank, Goddard School, Mount Olive Public Library and The Wine Rack brought in extensive amounts of food, too. A host of other businesses collected additional varying amounts of food.

For further information about the chamber and what it can do for you and your business, visit >>


Sunday, December 9, 2007

FIRST LEGO League New Jersey State Tournament

First Lego League NJ State  Tournament
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - Yesterday, The New Jersey FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournament was held at the Mount Olive High School Gymnasium. The 2007 tournament included forty-eight FIRST LEGO League teams from New Jersey. This event is a community celebration of the achievements of middle school students (ages 9-14) working smart in science and technology.

Starting this year, entry into the NJ State Tournament required qualifying as a winner of a local event. Depending on the size of the local tournament, the Champion's Award winner along with winners of the individual categories (Robot Performance, Teamwork, Research Project and Technical Presentation) received an invitation to the State Tournament.

View Photos from the event >>

The Mount Olive Robotics Team(MORT) was established in the fall of 1996 under the guideance of Bill McGowan as a joint partnership between the County College of Morris and the Mount Olive High School.

For more information visit the Mount Olive Robotics Team (MORT) website >>

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international program for children ages 9-14 (9-16 outside of the U.S. and Canada). It combines a hands-on, interactive robotics program and a research presentation with a sports-like atmosphere. Teams consist of up to 10 members and focus on such things as team building, problem solving, creativity, and analytical thinking.

For more information visit the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) website >>

Friday, December 7, 2007

DARE Concert at the Mount Olive Senior Center

D.A.R.E. To Discover Rising Bands
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - The Mount Olive Senior Center will host a benefit concert to raise money for D.A.R.E.(Drug Abuse Resistance Education) on December 22nd, 2007 from 6-11pm. The benefit concert is dedicated to helping further a drug and alcohol free message to a new generation.

The 'D.A.R.E. To Discover Rising Bands' concert will give music fans a glimpse at the next generation of influential performers. The lineup for the concert is a who’s who of up and coming rock bands. Headlined by New Jersey’s own, Alamance, and including performances by Pull the Pin, Of Fate and Chance, Kelsey Merritt, and The Onset.

Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase through:

The Mount Olive Senior Center
204 Flanders-Drakestown Road
Budd Lake, New Jersey 07828

Tickets will also be available at the door the evening of the benefit concert.

For over 20 years DARE has gone beyond traditional drug abuse and violence prevention programs. DARE gives children the skills needed to recognize and resist the subtle and overt pressures that cause them to experiment with drugs or become involved in gangs or violent activities.

For more information about D.A.R.E. please visit

For more information regarding the event contact:

Janet Castiel
Redwood Entertainment Inc.
138 Haven Avenue, Suite 4D
New York, NY 10032
Phone: (212)543-9998


Sunday, December 2, 2007

NJ Highlands Regional Master Plan

New Jersey Highlands Council Regional Master Plan
CHESTER, NEW JERSEY - Yesterday, the New Jersey Highlands Council announced the commencement of a 90-day public comment period for the Highlands Regional Master Plan(RMP - Final Draft 2007). Three public hearings have been scheduled for February 2008 for open public comment.

“The Final Draft of the Regional Master Plan is an exciting example of regional planning in New Jersey,” said John Weingart, Chairman of the Highlands Council. “The Council members and staff have worked hard to prepare a plan will protect, enhance and restore the valuable resources of the Highlands as required by the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act. While this draft plan already reflects changes suggested by the public during the Council's many hearings and lengthy comment period earlier this year, we wanted to provide another opportunity for input. We invite the public including interested stakeholders to review the new final draft and suggest potential improvements for the Council to consider before adopting the Regional Master Plan."

Publication of the Highlands Regional Master Plan(Final Draft November 2007), the accompanying technical addenda and/or Land Use Capability Series maps are now available on the New Jersey Highlands Council's web site >>

The New Jersey Highland's Council will hold three public meetings regarding the Regional Master Plan on the following dates:

  • February 6, 2008 from 4pm to end of public comment at the Morris County Haggerty Education Center, 53 East Hanover Ave, Morristown, New Jersey.

  • February 11, 2008 from 6pm to end of public comment at the Passic County Community College, One College Blvd., Paterson, New Jersey.

  • February 13, 2008 from 6:30pm to end of public comment at the Voorhees High School, 256 County Rt 513, Glan Gardner, New Jersey.

The public comment period will officially close on February 28, 2008. If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled public meetings the NJ Highlands Council is offering the following two additional ways to submit your comments: