Friday, December 5, 2008

Mount Olive Winter Photo Contest 2008

Mount Olive Township Recreation
MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY - The Mount Olive Township Recreation Department is proud to announce the Mount Olive Winter Photo Contest 2008-2009.

Whether photography is your passion, your hobby, or just an occasional pastime, you are invited to participate in the Mount Olive Winter Photo Contest, celebrating what makes Mount Olive Township a Great Place to Live, Work and Play!

Technical quality, clarity and composition are all important... but so too is a flair for the unexpected and the ability to capture the right moment. We are excited when we can see the photograph through your eyes, skill, passion, and vision.

Contest Dates: November 20th, 2008 through March 1st, 2009.
Entries for the Mount Olive Winter Contest 2008-2009 must be received by Monday, March 2nd, 2009, at 11:59pm EST

Seven lucky finalists will be selected, two for each of the three categories and one grand prize winner. The winning entries will be displayed on the "Township Recreation" page on a rotating basis and be displayed in a Photo gallery on-line.

Category winners will be awarded $25-$50. The grand prize winner will receive $100. Sponsors for prizes include: Clearview Succasunna Cinema, Phoenix Fitness, Budd Lake Transmission, and Instant Imprints.

Check out the Official Contest Rules >>

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Mount Olive Township NJ : Open Space

Mayor David M. Scapicchio
MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY - a message from Mayor David M. Scapicchio

December 02, 2008
Open Space Public Welcome >>

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

White Christmas on Broadway

White CHristmas on Broadway
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - The Mount Olive Recreation Department is sponsoring a trip to Broadway to see the musical "White Christmas" on December 17th.

The performance begins at 8:00pm. The bus leaves ITCA Walmart parking lot at 4:00pm. You'll have enough time for dinner in New York City at the restaurant of your choice. The return bus leaves NYC directly after the performance.

About the Show
The classic holiday story based on Irving Berlin's beloved film.
White Christmas tells the story of two showbiz buddies who put on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn and end up finding their perfect mates. The score features beloved songs "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "Sisters," "How Deep is the Ocean" and the ageless title tune.

The cost of the trip is $145 which includes front Mezzanine seat location and round trip bus ride. There are still a few tickets available. To register, Contact Marie Calvo of the Mount Olive Township Recreation Department at (973) 691-0900 x7263 or email

Monday, November 10, 2008

Blood Drive at St Jude Parish Center

Blood Drive
BUDD LAKE, NEW JERSEY - The Knights of Columbus Council 6100 is sponsoring a Blood Drive on Saturday, November 15th from 8:00am to 2:00pm at the St Jude Parish Center.

Register online at or walk-in at St Jude Parish Center, 17 Mount Olive Road, Budd Lake, NJ. Give a Pint to help save a life.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Mount Olive Transformer Expolsion

Mount Olive Transformer ExplosionMOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - We had an exciting night on Corey Road last evening. A limb from a nearby tree landed on the power lines causing the transformer to blow. Two live wires were knocked loose and fell to the ground causing power outages and danger.

We watched as the raw power from wires lit up the street, scorched the earth, and burned through our neighbor's metal mailbox like a knife through butter.

The indecent occurred at 10:00pm outside the business of Roger M. Casulli, DDSPA/Family Dentistry, 26 Cory Road, Flanders, New Jersey 07836. Mr. Casulli reported several equipment failures this morning that were caused by the power serge.

Mount Olive Police and Firefighters responded quickly last night and contacted Jersey Central Power and Light to turn off power and repair the wires.

JCP&L did a great job restoring the power and we were thankful to have heat and a hot shower this morning.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Mount Olive New Jersey Polling Stations 2008

2008 General Election
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - Polling information is also contained in sample ballots mailed to all registered voters prior to the election.

General Election polling hours: 6 AM to 8 PM

Polling Locations
Mountain View School
Cloverhill Drive

Flanders Crossing Recreation Center
5 Crossing Drive
Club House

Tinc Road School
Tinc Road

Municipal Building
204 Flanders/Drakestown Road

Mount Olive Middle School
160 Wolfe Road
Auxiliary Gym

Chester M Stephens School
99 Sunset Drive

Mount Olive Township Senior Center
204 Flanders-Drakestown Road
Main Room

Sand Shore Road School
Sand Shore Road

Your specific Polling information is contained in a sample ballots mailed to all registered voters prior to the election.

Mount Olive Township residents are encouraged to exercise their right to vote.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Mount Olive Township NJ : Property Assessment

Mayor David M. Scapicchio
MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY - a message from Mayor David M. Scapicchio

October 31st, 2008
Property Assessment Concerns >>

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Mount Olive New Jersey Severe Weather Alert

New Jersey Early Snow Fall
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - What a day. Approximately 13,000 township residents are without power tonight as Mount Olive and much of the state was soggy, slushy, and yes... snowy when a Nor'easter blew through the garden state.

Mount Olive Township Police report that they handled over 1,000 calls for weather related issues. The Mount Olive Twp Police Dispatch Center received 282 of those calls via 911.

Due to the heavy call volume regular patrols were supplemented by officers from the police department’s Detective Bureau, Communication Division and the Support Services Division. The combined staff responded to over 17 Disabled Motor vehicles, 8 fires, 30 weather related property damage calls, and 20 traffic accidents.

54 Garfield school district students became stranded at the Pax Amicus Castle Theater when their bus became stuck in the snow. The Budd Lake Fire Department responded to assist with the incident and was able to transport all parties to the Budd Lake Fire Department for temporary shelter.

"Our officers handled this extended weather event with incredible patience and professionalism." said Chief Mark Spitzer, Mount Olive Township Police. "The Township and County Road departments worked throughout the storm and will be staying through the night. We were eventually able to put together a fleet of four wheel drive vehicles by utilizing health department, fire marshal, and engineering SUV’s."

Friday, October 24, 2008

2008 Mount Olive Fall Fest at Turkey Brook Park

MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - The 2008 Fall Fest scheduled for Oct 25th from 12-5pm at Turkey Brook Park has been canceled due to inclement weather.

No Rain date has been scheduled.

We will post new information as it becomes available.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New Jersey Alzheimer’s Association Recognized

DENVILLE, NEW JERSEY – The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter recently recognized the efforts of Nathan Richardson, Regional Director for Bankers Life and Casualty Company. Mr. Richardson and his Parsippany, New Jersey Branch Sales Office staff raised nearly $23,000 for the Chapter through their annual Forget-Me-Not Days fundraising campaign and their ticket sales for two of the Chapter’s popular annual special events, the Legendary Links Golf Raffle and the Polo Classic Vacation Raffle.

“We deeply appreciate the outstanding, ongoing fundraising efforts of the Bankers Life and Casualty Company employees,” said Patricia Lombreglia, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter. “The funds they raised will help support the educational programs and support services we provide to the more than 350,000 New Jersey individuals and families coping with Alzheimer’s disease.”

Forget-Me-Not Days is a community event started by Bankers Life and Casualty Company’s Chicago-based home office, in which employees, agents, family and friends from participating branch sales offices pair up with local Alzheimer’s Association chapters to go into local communities and collect donations in exchange for forget-me-not flower seed packets. Over 60 agents and administrators from the Bankers Life and Casualty Company Parsippany, New Jersey Branch Sales Office collected donations from passersby in front of 11 local stores. This is the sixth year their office has supported Forget-Me-Not Days.

About the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter
The Alzheimer's Association is the world leader in Alzheimer research and support. The Association is committed to providing support, assistance and information to individuals with Alzheimer's disease, their families and care partners; and supports research into the causes, prevention, treatment, and cure of Alzheimer's disease.

It is estimated that there are currently more than 350,000 individuals and their care partners in New Jersey who are struggling to cope with the challenges of Alzheimer's disease. Headquartered in Denville with regional offices in Oradell, Princeton and Red Bank, the Alzheimer's Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter offers education and training, support groups, respite care assistance, and a 24-hour, toll-free telephone Helpline. For more information about Alzheimer's disease or the Alzheimer's Association, please call 1.800.883.1180, or visit the Web site at

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Mount Olive Food Drive

Cub Scout Food Drive
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - Cub Scout Pack 249 of Budd Lake, New Jersey is sponsoring a food drive to help families in Mount Olive. Donations of non-perishable food can be dropped off at our Den Meetings at the St. Judes Church in Budd Lake.

We will be accepting donations in the Parish Center from 7pm-8pm on October 27, November 10, and November 17.

For additional inquiries, please contact Kathy Harkins at (973) 448-0683. Thank you for your help and support.

Monday, October 6, 2008

NJYS Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

Juan Pablo Angel
NEW JERSEY - MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, announced today that it has teamed up with the New York Red Bulls and New Jersey Youth Soccer to support Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

The newly created program is a soccer-centered community outreach initiative that will teach young people the value of community service, educate them about global issues facing children in other parts of the world and empower them with the tools to be active global citizens making a difference in the world.

One hundred and sixty thousand youth soccer players from New Jersey Youth Soccer (NJYS) will be invited to participate in an incentive-based fundraising challenge. The challenge began in early October and will run through mid-November. Winners -- both individual and team-based -- will be recognized at a 2009 Red Bulls game and receive a variety of prizes including autographed memorabilia and a private meet-and-greet.

Every day, 25,000 children die needlessly from preventable causes – because they lack simple things like access to clean drinking water, basic childhood medical attention, or mosquito bed nets to prevent malaria.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to teach our youth about the struggles of children in other parts of the world, as well as teach them the value of community service,” said JoAnn Neale, executive vice president for Major League Soccer. “Soccer is a global game and the youth soccer players participating in this initiative will be directly contributing to the well being of a less fortunate child somewhere in the world.”

New York Red Bulls All-Star forward and MLS W.O.R.K.S. ambassador Juan Pablo Angel will be writing a blog about his support and participation in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Starting on October 9, Juan Pablo’s blog can be viewed at:

To obtain a Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF kit, please visit to order your free materials and get involved.

For further information, please visit MLS W.O.R.K.S. and UNICEF representatives who will be located on the concourse at the New York Red Bulls Fan Appreciation Game, Saturday, October 18th at Giants Stadium. Representatives from both organizations will be on-hand to answer questions.

Team up to make a difference, empower your soccer community and save the lives of children in countries all across the world. With your support, UNICEF has the resources and reach to give children the best hope of survival.

About MLS W.O.R.K.S.
MLS W.O.R.K.S. was launched in April 2007 and is Major League Soccer's community outreach initiative dedicated to addressing important social issues affecting young people. MLS W.O.R.K.S. serves as a platform for both league and team philanthropic programs. Specific areas of focus include health and wellness, education, respect, fair play, leadership, human rights and diversity with an emphasis on programs and initiatives directed at school-aged children. For more information about MLS W.O.R.K.S., please visit

For more than 60 years, UNICEF has been the world's leading international children's organization, working in over 150 countries to address the ongoing issues that affect why kids are dying. UNICEF provides lifesaving nutrition, clean water, education, protection and emergency response saving more young lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. While millions of children die every year of preventable causes like dehydration, upper respiratory infections and measles, UNICEF, with the support of partnering organizations and donors alike, has the global experience, resources and reach to give children the best hope of survival. For more information about UNICEF, please visit

Monday, September 22, 2008

2008 Mount Olive Chamber Awards

MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - Anna Cirilli and Sabine Elsasser have long been essential to the greater Mount Olive community, each in their own way. On September 16th, they were honored for their efforts by the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce at the organization's 14th Annual Awards Night, held at Silver Springs Farm Restaurant.

2008 Mount Olive Chamber Award

Anna Cirilli, Branch Sales Manager of Valley National Bank's two Mount Olive offices, was named the chamber's Businessperson of the Year. Sabine Elsasser, a longtime member of the chamber, was given the Tom Klecka Humanitarian Award for her extensive volunteer work.

Cirilli is an Assistant Vice President at Valley National Bank and the Branch Sales Manager of Valley's Mount Olive office located at 342 Route 46 West and the Budd Lake office located at the corner of 202 Route 46 and Mount Olive Road.

Cirilli's responsibilities at the bank include developing new commercial and consumer business through a variety of sales efforts. Known for her warm personality and commitment to personalized service, she has consistently been recognized as one of the bank's top performers over the past 25 years.

Since starting at Valley National Bank, Cirilli has managed customer accounts for hundreds of Mount Olive businesses. Early in her banking career, she was a Customer Service Representative for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in 1970 and in 1972 she served as the Secretary to the Manager at Commercial Trust Company. In 1973, Cirilli took some time off to raise her two daughters, Brigitte and Daniela, and then returned to the banking industry in 1983. Through a merger of Lakeland Savings Bank, Cirilli joined Valley National Bank in 1995.

Indeed, Cirilli has earned a well deserved reputation as a successful business woman who genuinely cares about her community. Presently, she serves as the corresponding secretary of the Mount Olive Chamber and is also the President of the Mount Olive Rotary Club. She resides in Green Township.

"Budd Lake has become a second home to me," said Cirilli. "I've really enjoyed every minute of my time working in this community."

Sabine Elsasser first became involved with the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce while working for Dr. Brenda Rooney, Optimal Family Chiropractic, LLC in Flanders. Elsasser, recently accepted a position with the Law Office of Jonathan Stone in Washington Township, serves as Program Chair for the Chamber. Elsasser also has the distinction of having the title of "Chamber Hostess", greeting and welcoming members and guests.

As well as being a wife and mother of four, Elsasser still finds time to be actively involved in her community. She is a member of the Washington Township Municipal Alliance. She also directs a division of the Police DARE program, T.A.C. - Teens Against Crime, where youth 5th grade - 12th grade present educational puppet shows and volunteer at community events.

"This is truly an honor," said Elsasser. "I enjoy being a part of this chamber, a chamber that is warm and welcoming."

Elsasser and her family have lived in Washington Township for the last 24 years.

For more information about the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce, visit or call 973-691-0109.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

GBW makes teacher donation

Glenn Tippy of GBW Insurance
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - At the Morris County Council of Education Associations representatives meeting on September 10th, Glenn Tippy of GBW Insurance in Flanders presented a check toward the organization's scholarship activities to MCCEA VP Christine Hammerschmidt (on right) as MCCEA President Susan Vigilante looks on. GBW Insurance has been a recipient of the MCCEA award for corporate support.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

2nd Annual Mount Olive Shop N' Rock

MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - The Mount Olive Fraternal Order of Police #122 and the Kiwanis Club of Mount Olive are hosting the 2nd Annual Mount Olive Shop N' Rock.

The event will be held on Saturday, October 4th 2008 at the Budd Lake Fire House on Route 46 from 1-6pm. Pace Karate of Flanders, NJ is sponsoring the event and will be on hand for a Martial Arts demonstration.

Come enjoy music, shopping with vendors and crafters, kids activities, and Mad Science experiments.

For More Information, Please visit >>

Friday, September 5, 2008

Wyndham Hotel’s End-of-Summer Music Series

Happy Hour Morris County New Jersey
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY – The Billies, a Jersey shore duo, and Northwest Jersey-based Moonlight Drifters, will highlight the Wyndham Garden Hotel’s end-of-summer Happy Hour music series which takes place every Wednesday in September from 5-7pm.

In addition to the live music, special drinks and free appetizers, attendees have a chance to win weekly prizes and be eligible for a grand prize drawing held on Wednesday September 24th for a flat screen TV.

The Billies, scheduled for September 10th, are Chrisie Lynn Santoni (Lead Vocals, Guitar) and Cornelius Catfish Turtle (Percussion, Vocals, Guitar). Chrisie is an award-winning songwriter who has won Grand Prize in the Unisong Songwriting Contest and placed 1st Runner-Up/Adult Contemporary in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, both for her song 'Mona Lisa'. In October of 2004, Chrisie was the lone American chosen to go to Prague to sing her song 'It's All Inside' as part of the Universetalent Songwriting Tour. Chrisie and Cornelius have played together since 2004.

The Moonlight Drifters, set for September 17th, is an extremely talented group that has appeared throughout the tri state area singing cover songs like nobody else. Whether playing tunes from the 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s, The Moonlight Drifters have an upbeat sound that excites audiences.

Perennial favorite Jack Tannehill is set to close out the month on September 24.

The Wyndham Garden Hotel in Mount Olive Happy Hour is open to the public every day from 5-7pm. with live music on Wednesdays.

Beginning Wednesday October 1st, the Wyndham will present its weekly Harvest Music Series through November 12 featuring the Philadelphia Funk Authority Masquerade Bash proudly presented by Black Potatoe and the Wyndham Garden Hotel on Friday, October 31st.

If you would like to learn more about the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Mount Olive, please call (973) 448-1100. The Wyndham is located at 1000 International Drive North, just off of Routes 46 and 80 (exit 25).

Thursday, September 4, 2008

MOHSBBA Big Bucks Raffle - Win $5000

MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - The Mount Olive High School Band Boosters Association in selling Big Bucks Raffle tickets to benefit the Mount Olive High School Band Program.

MOHSBBA Big Bucks Raffle - Win $5,000
$10.00 per ticket for a chance to win one of 17 cash prizes.
Only 2500 tickets will be sold.
All donations are tax deductible.

The drawing will be held at Mount Olive High School on Saturday, October 18, 2008 @ 9pm. Winner need not be present.

For more information, please contact JoAnn 908-813-9702 or Faith 973-691-0386.

About the Mount Olive High School Band Booster Association
The Mount Olive High School Band Boosters Association (MOHSBBA) is the advocate for the Mount Olive High School Marching Band.

Personal Trainers for ITCA Kids Express Triathlon

ITCA Kids Express Triathlon
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - When children ages 6-11 participant in this year's ITCA Kids Express Triathlon on Saturday September 27th, they will have the added benefit of "personal trainers" helping them compete.

The West Morris Area YMCA, based in Randolph, will have several trainers assisting the children on race day. This year’s race offers three different courses for three different kinds of athletes; Elite Triathlon, Tri it On Triathlon, and the Kids Express Triathlon. The Kids Express kicks off at 9:00 am.

All three Tri events start and finish at the Activities Field in the International Trade Center, with biking, running and canoeing for the adult races, and biking, running and obstacle course for the youngsters.

"The YMCA's involvement this year brings the Kids Express Triathlon to a new level of excitement," said Laura Rimmer, president of the International Trade Center Alliance. "Their trainers bring an expertise we've never had before on site for the event. Indeed, while there is competition during the race, it is more important for the kids to have fun and be more aware of their health, and the YMCA's trainers will help bring that point home."

This year's 12th Annual ITCA Triathlon is being presented by Atlantic Sports Health, a division of Atlantic Health at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Proceeds from the event go to Special Olympics New Jersey, a non-profit organization that provides athletic training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Children ages 6-11 wishing to sign up for the Kids Express Triathlon should do so as soon as possible. A limited number of openings still exist for all three competitions.

For registration and other information, such as race day volunteers for the ITCA Triathlon, please visit the ITCA website at or call 973-347-3099.

To learn more about Atlantic Sports Health, visit >>

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Back to School for Mount Olive NJ

MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - School opened for various school districts throughout New Jersey today including Mount Olive. Aahh, the end of summer and back to routines and schedules.

From calculators to sticky notes, binders and backpacks - we saw some good deals at the Staples of Mount Olive last night. Five cent folders and free calculators, hurry while supplies last.

The 2008-2009 school calendar will probably come home with your student today. If it gets lost in the shuffle, try a visit to the Mount Olive Board of Education website >>

Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Antidote to Anger

Anger Management
ROCKAWAY, NEW JERSEY - Anger Management Support Group

For those with personal issues of anger or dealing with an angry individual, this on-going group focuses on understanding anger, expressing and managing it appropriately, resolving disputes calmly and restoring peace and harmony.

We meet on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at St. Simon Church hall, 1010 Green Pond Road, Green Pond, New Jersey from 7 – 8:30 pm. Call Janet at (973) 697-1904 for info, directions and cancellations or St. Simon’s at (973) 697-4699.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Plan Evaluator Allows Employees to Compare and Save

FLANDERS, NEW JERSEY – Absolute Resource Solutions (ARS) recently introduced a new web-based tool that allows employees of mid-market employers to compare out-of-pocket costs across their employer-sponsored health plans to select the plan that is most cost-effective for them. This new tool is not tied to any carrier and does not require the employee’s actual claims data in order to estimate out-of-pocket expenses.

Called the UBA Plan Evaluator, this web-based tool allows employees to enter basic information about their family make-up and general health to see a comparison of likely out-of-pocket costs across available health plans. The tool uses the Milliman database of health care claims data to estimate average yearly claims - tailored to where the employee lives – based on the age, family make-up and health of the employee. With that data, employees can see how much they can expect to spend, on average, in a given year for premiums, deductibles and other out-of-pocket expenses. The tool also takes into account any employer or medical savings account contributions so that employees can see an estimation of the true bottom-line costs for each plan.

“With health care costs rising and plan offerings becoming more complicated, our clients were asking for a tool like the Plan Evaluator,” said Scott Taylor, head of sales and marketing for ARS. “Our clients need this tool to help employees compare the options available to them and make more informed decisions. Particularly with the rise of consumer-driven health plans, which typically have a lower monthly premium but make employees responsible for out-of-pocket costs associated with many common health procedures, it can be difficult to determine which plan is really the lowest-cost option. This tool allows employees to become better consumers.”

Absolute Resource Solutions is a member of United Benefit Advisors (UBA), an association of the nation’s premier independent benefit advisory firms. UBA developed the Plan Evaluator for its members to offer exclusively to their clients.

“Previously, information like this was only available to very large employers, who could access their own claims data and estimate costs for employees,” said Taylor. “With our new Plan Evaluator, we can provide that information to small- and mid-size employers for the first time.”

About Absolute Resource Solutions
Absolute Resource Solutions is an independent advisory firm specializing in HR and benefits for mid-market businesses. With over twenty experienced professionals located in their offices in Flanders and Clark, New Jersey, ARS supports over 100 clients with more than 25,000 employees and operations in over thirty states.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Atlantic Air One Flight Paramedic

FLANDERS, NEW JERSEY - Flanders Fire/Rescue EMS Captain Heather Detoro, left, listens intently as Atlantic Air One Flight Paramedic Nurse Dawn Ruane explains how the flight crews care for patients while en route to the hospital.

Atlantic Air One is an aeromedical helicopter. The discussion between the two EMS providers took place during a class about working with helicopters conducted by the Atlantic Training Center and sponsored by Flanders Fire/Rescue for area firefighters and emergency medical personnel. Atlantic Air One's crew explained when to call for a helicopter, landing zone safety and showed off their EC-135 helicopter.

For information about Atlantic Air One training classes, call the Atlantic Training Center at (908) 522-5395.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Alex's Lemonade Stand at the Flanders A&P

Alex's Lemonade at the Flanders A&P
FLANDERS, NEW JERSEY - Alex's Lemonade Stand will be appearing at the Flanders A&P grocery store, on Route 206 North, today and tomorrow between the hours of 1:00pm and 3:00pm to help build awareness and raise money for pediatric cancer.

Stop by, quench your thirst, and help fight childhood cancer... One cup at a time.

About Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is a unique foundation that has evolved from a young cancer patient's front yard lemonade stand to a nationwide fund raising movement for childhood cancer.

For more information, Please visit >>

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Start! Getting Ready to Walk Morris County

Morris County NJ Heart Walk
MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY - Mark your calendars! The American Heart Association’s Start! Heart Walk is set to begin at 9:30 am on Sunday, October 12th 2008 at Mack-Cali Business Campus in Parsippany, New Jersey.

Presented nationally by Subway, Healthy Choice and AstraZeneca, and locally supported by Bayer HealthCare and Novartis, close to 3,500 walkers are expected to walk against cardiovascular disease. This year’s Start! Heart Walk will feature brand new interactive and compelling life-changing information and activities.

The Start! Morris County Heart Walk is an action with a mission. As part of the national American Heart Association’s movement to get America walking, Start! Heart Walk participants help raise vital funds to support the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, while taking heart-healthy steps by walking.

Morris County residents are faced with more health challenges than ever before. Battling obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are every day struggles.

Study after study show that participating in physical exercise leads to many health benefits, including reducing the chance of cardiovascular disease. The average person can gain two hours of life expectancy for each hour of vigorous, regular exercise. The easiest and most affordable activity for most? Walk.

Join survivors of heart surgery, heart attack and stroke, as well as families, friends, neighbors and businesses on October 12th to walk against New Jersey’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers—heart disease and stroke. Learn more and register online by visiting or contact Rosella Porter at the American Heart Association by calling (609) 223-3761.

The American Heart Association offers free resources and information to the community, including MyStart! Online. MyStart! Online is a free tool that can help make positive lifestyle changes through exercise and better eating. Individuals can track daily physical activity and dietary intake, and get weekly summaries of their progress towards a more heart-healthy lifestyle. Visit for more information.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

3rd Annual Mount Olive Carnival comes to a close

Cameos New Jersey
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - The 3rd Annual Mount Olive Carnival and Community weekend was a huge success. It was a pleasure to see so many smiling faces. Jill Daggon, the Mount Olive Recreation Department, and the countless number of volunteers did a wonderful job creating a strong sense of community for all.

We would like to personally thank Marco from Fresco De Noche for providing many overstuffed burritos, they were yummy. We enjoyed all day refills from Wild Bills, the extra caffeine helped to keep us going. The nice ladies at Picatinny Federal Credit Union for the beach balls that provided all day enjoyment. James Daggon for giving us a ride when the blisters on my feet were dragging me down. Dr. Brenda Rooney for helping me on my road to recovery - without it, I would have been sitting at home. Everyone at the Kiwanis Club dunk tank for making our children smile. The Cameos for giving it their all and putting on a great show. And Last, but not least, Jill Daggon for giving Dan a much needed dry shirt.

To see photos from this year's event, check out the slideshow >>

Thursday, July 24, 2008

2008 Mount Olive Carnival is Outta this World

Dreamland Amusement at the Mount Olive Carnival 2008
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - The Mount Olive Carnival and Community week was in full swing today. There have many improvements from last year's set-up. Kudos to Jill Daggon and the Mount Olive Recreation Department.

This year highlights the addition of Theme Days beginning Tonight with "Outta this World" laser tag. Tomorrow, "It's a Shore Thing" with volleyball and basketball tournaments, sand castle contest, games, and music provided by Mountain Top Church.

Be sure to stop by and visit the Kiwanis Club Dunk Tank, Webslinger Monster Truck, Flanders Fire & Rescue Smoke Trailer, Alex's Lemonade and Merriloons the Clown!

Parking Information
Parking Fee:
$ 5.00 donation
(donations benefit the New Jersey Forest Fire Service)

Event Parking for the Mount Olive Carnival include:
Chester M Stephens School at 99 Sunset Drive
Blue Atlas at 155 Flanders Netcong Road
Mount Olive High School at 18 Corey Road

Shuttle bus service all days 4:45pm until closing at Blue Atlas (3pm on fireworks day)

Shuttle bus service on Friday 4:45pm until closing at Mount Olive High School (3pm on fireworks day)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

NJ Presents of Mind Grand Opening

Presents of Mind in Flanders New Jersey
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - Presents of Mind, a Community Options Enterprise, is a high-end gift store based in Flanders, New Jersey, that provides employment for people with disabilities in an integrated setting.

Are you looking for the perfect unique gift? Presents of Mind will be hosting a Grand Opening this Saturday, July 26th from 10:00am to 7:00pm.

Presents of Mind offers gifts for every occasion including designer candles, wine stoppers, flasks, chocolates, wine racks, wine glasses, dog shampoos and pet products, and gourmet teas to name a few. Visit the new store located in The Mall at 206(across from the Golf Zone) during the Grand Opening and receive up to 30% off of your purchase.

For a sneak peak, visit >>

About Community Options Enterprise
Community Options believes in the dignity of every person, and in the freedom of all people to experience the highest degree of self-determination. Embracing this philosophy, Community Options provides housing, support services and advocacy assistance to help empower people with disabilities.

To learn more, please visit the Community Options, Inc. website >>

Friday, July 18, 2008

Late Night Swim at Budd Lake Beach

Budd Lake late night swim
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - The Budd Lake beach will be open tonight from 8pm – 10pm for a Dance & LATE night swim! Bring dinner, a swimsuit, and a friend! On site tickets $3 (Rain date: 8/8)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Mount Olive 14U Wins State Championship

MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - The Mount Olive Marauders 14 & Under Softball team won the Babe Ruth New Jersey State Championship on Tuesday night, by winning a double header over Hoboken.

Hoboken got off to an early 2-0 lead on a single, triple and an error. Mount Olive struck back in the bottom of the 1st inning with a bunt single from Cathy Drury after a stolen base and pass ball.

The game remained 2-1 till the bottom of the 3rd when Nicole Enslin lead off with a walk, Kelly Ashnault singled, then Shannon Haggerty also singled for bases loaded. Jeane Drury hit a grand slam that traveled over 300 feet to give Mount Olive a 5-2 lead. Mount Olive scored their final run in the bottom of the 6th and finished the season with 41 wins.

2008 Mount Olive Marauders 14U Softball team
1st row lying down: Allyson Haggerty and Jeane Drury. 2nd row: Bailey Hildebrant, Sarah Hess, Cathy Drury, and Shannon Haggerty. 3rd row: Angela Rydne, Lauren Roney, Kelly Ashnault, Nicole Enslin, and Jessica Scairpon. Coaches: Linda Hess, Tom Scairpon. Manger: Jim Drury

About Babe Ruth Softball Division
Babe Ruth League, Inc. is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to serving all youth, both boys and girls. Since its inception in 1984, Babe Ruth Softball has shown tremendous growth. It has become a premier softball program throughout the United States and Canada.

For more information, please visit

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Clothing Drive to benefit Gymnastics and Cheer

Northern Elite Wildcats
FLANDERS, NEW JERSEY - The Northern Elite Wildcats are holding a Clothing Drive to raise funds for this year’s competition season. Donations are being accepted now through July 28th. Acceptable items include: clothing, linens, shoes, belts, handbags, stuffed animals, and hard toys.

Rather than tossing these unwanted items in the trash, consider donating a bag! Donations may be dropped off at Northern Elite Gymnastics and Cheer, located at 180 Gold Mine Road, Flanders, New Jersey 07836.

About The Northern Elite Gymnastics and Cheer
The Northern Elite Wildcats is a new All-Star competition cheer team in Flanders, New Jersey. Northern Elite Gymnastics and Cheer is dedicated to developing strong physical, psychological and social aspects of athletes while promoting positive self-confidence through challenging and exceptionally rewarding programs.

For more information, please visit

Monday, July 14, 2008

NJ Helicopter Landing Zone Safety Program

Flanders Fire Department FLANDERS, NEW JERSEY – A helicopter arriving at an emergency scene to whisk away a patient whose life is on the line is one of the more dramatic moments in emergency services. The problem is that it can become rather hazardous. That’s why area firefighters and emergency medical personnel can learn how to work safely with medical helicopters at a training session sponsored by Flanders Fire Company and Rescue Squad No. 1 and hosted by the Atlantic Training Center on July 26th in Netcong.

“Helicopters add a special dimension to emergency medical transport in one of the nation’s most congested areas,” said Heather Detoro, Captain of the EMS Division of Flanders Fire/Rescue. “A person with life-threatening injuries can be at the trauma center in Morristown in just a few minutes, rather than the long time it can take fighting rush-hour traffic on our area highways. This class will help everyone decide when to call for a helicopter and how to work more smoothly with Atlantic Air One, NorthStar or any other aeromedical unit that responds.”

The class will be delivered by the flight crew of Atlantic Air One. The course gives an in-depth look at the safe operations of the CE-135 Eurocopter flown by Atlantic Air One. It also covers indications for air transport, fly-drive criteria, proper landing-zone etiquette and more. If available, attendees will get to see the Eurocopter at its home base.

EMTs will receive two elective CEUs for the class. Pre-registration is a must and there is limited availability. The class runs from 8:30 am to 11 am on Saturday, July 26th 2008 at the Atlantic Air One hanger on Love Lane in Netcong. It is open to all EMS, fire service and police personnel. More information and registration is available by calling the Atlantic Training Center at (908) 522-5395 or through the LMS system.

The program is part of the Flanders Fire/Rescue-Atlantic Training Center Saturday CEU classes, held the last Saturday of each month. August’s class will be about stroke awareness. For more information on the series, contact Flanders Fire/Rescue at (973) 584-7805.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Fireworks Morris County New Jersey July 2008

Morris County Fireworks 2008
MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY - Fireworks, Fireworks, who's got the Fireworks?! Independence Day parades, community picnics, street fairs, and barbeque's. No matter how you choose to celebrate the fourth, Don't miss these patriotic Fireworks displays and activities!

Dover, NJ - Thursday, July 3rd
Hamilton Field, E. Dover School
302 E. McFarlan St. at Route 46 Entrance at the Main Gate (Near School)
Fireworks and Concert by Linda Grace Band beginning at 6:00pm
For more info, visit Town of Dover >>

Parsippany, NJ - Thursday, July 3rd
Parsippany Hills High School
20 Rita Drive
Fireworks and Concert by Somers Dream Orchestra beginning at 8:00pm

Florham Park, NJ - Friday, July 4th
Emmet Field, Elm Street & Ridgedale Avenue
Fireworks and Concert by RB Express beginning at 8:00pm
For more info, visit Florham Park's Celebration >>

Chatham Borough, NJ - Friday, July 4th
Chatham Middle School Field, 480 Main Street
Fireworks begin at 9:00pm

Morris Township, NJ - Saturday, July 5th
Lewis Morris County Park
270 Mendham Road (Routes 510 and 24)
Afternoon picnics with fireworks at dusk in the area next to Sunrise Lake.

Randolph, NJ - Saturday, July 5th
County College of Morris
214 Center Grove Road
Fireworks begin at 9:45pm

Later this month...

Rockaway, NJ - Saturday, July 12th
Fireman's Field on Beach Street
Fireworks will begin at 9:00pm.

Mount Olive Township, NJ - Saturday, July 26th
Turkey Brook Park
Flanders Road next to the Chester M. Stephens Elementary School
Fireworks will begin at 9:15pm.
More Information >>

Wharton, NJ - Re-Scheduled for Canal Day August 23rd
For more information, please visit the Canal Day website >>

Monday, June 30, 2008

American Idol part of Wyndham's Wed Music Series

American Idol contestant Stephanie White
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY – Beginning July 9th, The Wyndham Garden Hotel at the International Trade Center in Mount Olive NJ will host a special 'Summertime Happy Hour' event featuring live music from 5-7pm on Wednesday's all summer long.

In addition to the live music, special drinks and free appetizers, attendees will have a chance to win weekly prizes and be eligible for a grand prize drawing held at the end of the summer for a huge flat screen TV.

“This is a great way for folks to come on out and see what’s new at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in a casual atmosphere,” said Corporate Sales Manager Amy Connolly, formerly the General Manager of The Stanhope House. “The Happy Hour is about having fun, enjoying some music, and meeting with friends and colleagues in a relaxing environment.”

The Series kicks off July 9th with Eternal Circle, a funky entertaining duo that sings hits from the 70s and 80s.

On July 16th, American Idol contestant Stephanie White and Rob LaFalce of the New Jersey Philth Harmonic Band, will be the center of attention. White and LaFalce began collaborating after her appearance during American Idol, season 5.

Other acts include, July 23, Jessica Koppinger, a singer-songwriter who plays mostly originals; July 30, Kate & Paul, a sweet sounding pair that mixes originals with covers; and Aug. 6, Kathy Phillips - a regional singer-songwriter favorite who has an amazing repertoire of original tunes.

No matter what kind of day you've had - Happy Hour is not only open to associates of the International Trade Center, everyone 21 & over are welcome to gather with friends, family and coworkers. The Wyndham Garden Hotel has Happy Hour every day of the work week, with live music on Wednesdays.

If you would like to learn more about the Mount Olive Wyndham Garden Hotel, please call (973) 448-1100. The Wyndham is located at 1000 International Drive North, just off of Routes 46 and 80 (exit 25) in Mount Olive Township NJ.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Ham Radio for Emergency Communications

Ham Radio operator
ROXBURY, NEW JERSEY - Ham Radio operators will demonstrate modern capabilities during a public demo of Emergency Communications this Saturday & Sunday: June 28-29 at Horseshoe Lake Pavilion on Eyland Avenue in Succasunna, NJ.

Thousands of Ham Radio operators will be showing off their emergency capabilities this weekend. Over the past few years, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications in emergencies world-wide. During Hurricane Katrina, Amateur Radio – often called "Ham radio" - was often the ONLY way people could communicate, and hundreds of volunteer "hams" traveled south to save lives and property.

When trouble is brewing, ham radio volunteers are often the first to provide critical information and communications. On the weekend of June 28-29, 2008 the public will have a chance to meet and talk with these dedicated ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about. Showing the newest digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and even historical Morse code, hams from across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities.

This annual event, called "Field Day" is the climax of the week long "Amateur Radio Week" sponsored by the ARRL, the National Association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will set-up emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and back yards around the country. Their slogan, "When all else fails…" is more than just words to the hams as they demonstrate they can send messages in many forms without the use of contemporary phone systems, Internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 30,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year's event.

"We hope that people will come and see for themselves, this is not your grandfather's radio anymore" said Allen Pitts, W1AGP of the ARRL. "The communications networks that ham radio people can quickly create have saved many lives in the past months when other systems failed or were overloaded."

"Our group, the Splitrock Amateur Radio Association (SARA) will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at the Horseshoe Lake Picnic Pavilion off Eyland Ave in Succasunna (Roxbury Township) on June 28th from 2PM-8PM and Sunday June 29th from 9AM-1PM" said Ed Donnelly, KB2UNZ President of SARA. "We invite and encourage the public to stop by, see ham radio's capabilities, operate one of our radio stations, and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes."

To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams. See what modern Amateur Radio can do. They can help you get a ham license and get on the air!

About the ARRL
ARRL is the national membership association for Amateur Radio operators. There are 660,000 Amateur Radio operators in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL, ham volunteers provide emergency communications for the DHS Citizens' Corps, the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, FEMA and thousands of state and local agencies, all for free.

About the Splitrock Amateur Radio Association (SARA)
The Splitrock Amateur Radio Association (SARA) began in 1972. The original group of interested amateurs built an amateur radio repeater, from used commercial equipment, on a radio tower on the north end of Rockaway Township, near the Splitrock reservoir.

For membership and meeting info please visit

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Mount Olive Carnival and Community Week 2008

2008 Mount Olive New Jersey Carnival
MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP - It's time for the 3rd Annual Mount Olive Carnival and Community week.

July 23rd - July 27th 2008 at Turkey Brook Park. Fireworks will begin at 9:15pm on Saturday 7/26 with a rain date on 7/27.

The Mount Olive Carnival will open Wednesday, July 23rd from 5pm to 11pm. Carnival rides include bumper cars, carousel, giant slide, roller coasters, and kiddie rides for the younger crowd. There will be games for kids of all ages, like the water gun, skee ball, and whack-a-mole... all with great prizes. Come enjoy live music in the pavilion, Kiwanis Club Dunk Tank, classic car show and monster truck rides on Webslinger.

This year will be a little different with the addition of Theme Days beginning Thursday with "Outta this World" laser tag. On Friday, "It's a Shore Thing" with volleyball and basketball tournaments, sand castle contest, games, and music provided by Mountain Top Church. Show your "Mount Olive Pride" all day Saturday and join the Cameos on Sunday for the "Doo Wop & Classic Car Show".

Carnival and Community Week hours
Wednesday 7/23 5pm until 11pm
Thursday 7/24 5pm until 11pm
Friday 7/25 5pm until 11pm
Saturday 7/26 1pm until 11pm (fireworks scheduled for 9:15pm)
Sunday 7/27 1pm until 9pm (fireworks rain date)

Shuttle bus service will be available all 5 days from 5pm until closing at Blue Atlas at 155 Flanders Netcong Road. In addition, on Saturday(Fireworks Day) the shuttle bus service will be available 6pm until closing to and from the Mount Olive High School on Corey Road. Additional Service and locations will be announced shortly.

For additional information visit the Mount Olive Township website or email

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Budd Lake family seeks four-legged solution

Will Polak
BUDD LAKE, NEW JERSEY - No offense to cat lovers out there, but this Budd Lake family has a need only a furry canine can fulfill, and they need your help.

Bill and Roberta Polak are raising funds on behalf of 4 Paws For Ability, a non-profit organization specializing in training and placement of service dogs for disabled children. The Polaks are committed to raising $11,000, the cost of training an autism service dog for their 7-year-old son, Will.

Will has faced more challenges in his short life than others might face in a lifetime. Born with autism, verbal apraxia, and sensory processing disorder, Will is practically non-verbal and has severe developmental delays. Children with Autism tend to wander away and are unaware of environmental dangers such as traffic, bodies of water, or the ill intentions of a stranger. Will needs a strong companion at his side trained to provide the special assistance he needs. In addition to providing constant companionship and unwavering friendship, these four-legged wonder dogs are specially trained in search and rescue skills.

Based in Xenia, Ohio, 4 Paws For Ability strives to provide service dogs to families and children that struggle with life’s daily challenges and who would otherwise be turned away by many other agencies. 4 Paws trains a variety of assistance dogs, including but not limited to seizure assistance, mobility assistance, hearing ear dogs and autism assistance dogs.

“We have discovered a magic that exists between children and dogs," states the 4Paws website "a magic that can become a life-saving miracle for a child paired with one of our Autism Assistance Dogs.”

You can help bring some magic to Will’s life
The 4 Paws For Ability website offers tax deductible donation through 'Network for Good' and 'PayPal'. Your donation is safe, secure, and private To help the Polak's reach their goal, make sure your donation is pledged in Will's name.

Donna Williams and Deb Millard of Hearts and Hands will be holding a garage sale on June 21st. The Sale will be at 38 Queens Road, Rockaway, New Jersey from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Hearts and Hands, run by Bethlehem Church in Randolph NJ, is a support group for moms of special needs children. All proceeds will be donated to 4 Paws For Ability in Will's name.

Do you know a special needs child who needs a service dog?
4 Paws for Abilities works with families to enrich the lives of people with disabilities. 4Paws specializes in training and placement of service dogs for assistance with Autism, Hearing Ear, Mobility Assistance, Seizure Assistance, and In Home Companion - to name a few. 4paws service dogs are trained on a case by case basis, For more information call (937) 374-0385 or visit

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Madison High School Hosts Lacrosse All-Stars

MADISON, NEW JERSEY - Madison High School hosted the NJ US Lacrosse NJJLL and HS All-Stars last Sunday, June 8th. Five Mount Olive Lacrosse players were represented in the 2008 Gil Gibbs All-Star Games.

In a series of games, the Jamboree showcases the best of New Jersey's lacrosse players beginning with 8th grade All-Star players, boys and girls, U-15 North players vs U-15 South followed, while HS All-Stars compete on a separate field.

Jersey Jamboree: Evan Sinicin

The Jersey Jamboree, also known as the Gil Gibbs Games, have been taking place for decades, but this is the first year, a senior from Mount Olive has been selected to play. Evan Sinicin, a senior mid-fielder who will attend Springfield College in the fall, played in the HS showcase at 1PM.

Mount Olive NJ Boys Lacrosse

Tyler Hanson, Jimmy Pastena, and Tyler McEvoy represented the 8th Garde Mount Olive Jr. Lacrosse Team in the early morning North vs. South contest. Hanson scored the first goal of the game on an assist from McEvoy. The contest ended after a single overtime session in a tie between the North and the South.

Mount Olive NJ Lacrosse Brandyn Merkle

Brandyn Merkle represented MOJLC in the U-15 North South Game. Merkle was selected to be one of two goalies to represent North New Jersey in the 2008 US Lacrosse U-15 National Youth Festival held at Golden Goal Lacrosse Complex in Lake George, NY June 20-22nd. The U-15 North South Game ended in a victory for the North with a score of 12-8. Merkle made 9 saves and only allowed 4 goals.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Local WWF Wrestler Releases Debut Title

Tito Santana's Tales from the Ring
LEDGEWOOD, NEW JERSEY – Former World Wrestling Federation (WWF) superstar and local Ledgewood, New Jersey resident, Tito Santana has just released his debut title: Tito Santana's Tales from the Ring.

Santana had a stellar WWF career which extended more than a decade. Alongside Rick Martel as Strike Force, he won the Intercontinental and World tag-team belts. He was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Fame in 2004.

“One of the all time greatest beloved heroes that I ever had the privilege and honor to wrestle was Tito Santana,” said Sargent Slaughter former WWF wrestler and author of one of two forewords in Santana's book. The other foreword author is “Mr. Wonderful,” Paul Orndorff, another former WWF wrestler.

Tito Santana's Tales from the Ring humorously reflects on Santana's years in the WWF. The book entertains even the toughest crowds with tales of flying bodies, twisted limbs, fist fights, shouting matches, drugs, deceit, and desperation. Santana takes you behind the scenes to meet such stars as the Hulkster, André the Giant, and the Macho Man.

Santana now teaches Spanish at Eisenhower Middle School in Roxbury and co-owns Santana's Styling Salon in Succasunna with his wife Leah. The hardcover book Tito Santana's Tales from the Ring will be available at Barnes and Noble, Borders, other retailers, and online at and for only $19.95.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

New Jersey Highlands Council Build Out Analysis

New Jersey Highlands Council Build Out Analysis
CHESTER, NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council released a 'Build Out Analysis' today defining developable land within the Highlands region in accordance with the Regional Master Plan (RMP).

The 'Build Out Analysis' indicates that the RMP policies, when fully implemented in the Highlands Region, allow for resource protection and smart growth development that is protective of Highlands’s water quality and quantity.

The analysis conducted by the New Jersey Highlands Council relies on extensive new and existing data that will benefit from further analysis and refinement over time. “The Highlands Council will work with municipalities during the RMP conformance process as they perform local build out analyses that will better reflect local conditions that cannot be assessed at a regional level.” Eileen Swan, Executive Director, explained, “The Highlands Council is fully committed to partnering with our municipalities to refine the build out analysis by drawing upon their knowledge and experience concerning local circumstances.”

Read the FULL press release >>

Monday, June 2, 2008

Hoops for Heart Basketball Tournament

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - The Elite Basketball Association (EBA) of Mount Olive is hosting 'Hoops For Heart', a 3 on 3 Basketball tournament to benefit the American Heart Association.

Hoops for Heart is a double elimination tournament which guarantees 2 games per team. Age Divisions for Girls and Boys include 8-10, 10-12, 12-14, 14-16, 16-18, Over 18, and Over 40 years of age. Prizes will be given to winning teams in each division.

Flanders Park, Flanders New Jersey (Mount Olive Township)

Saturday, June 14th, 2008 (Rain date 6/21)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE is Sunday, June 8th, 2008
Tournament registration is available online, Cost per team $80

About Elite Basketball Association (EBA)
EBA is a basketball program offered in conjunction with the Community School of Mount Olive, New Jersey. For more information, email Eric

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Mount Olive ITCA Triathlon has new date and sponsor

2008 ITCA_Triathlon
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - Northern New Jersey’s largest triathlon has a new presenting sponsor and date this fall. This year's 12th Annual ITCA Triathlon will take place on the race’s former course at the International Trade Center in Mount Olive, New Jersey.

For 2008, ITCA Triathlon will be presented by Atlantic Sports Health, a division of Atlantic Health at Morristown Memorial Hospital.

“We are thrilled to have Atlantic Sports Health on board,” said Laura Rimmer (formerly Bartus), President of the International Trade Center Alliance (ITCA). “They are truly sports health-oriented and this is a perfect fit for them, and us.”

The 12th Annual ITCA Triathlon is scheduled for Saturday, September 27th, about two weeks later than in years past. In 2007, the water portion of the race which includes bike, canoe and run, was held in Allamuchy Mountain State Park. This year, the canoe part of the race returns to Budd Lake, New Jersey.

“We are very happy to let everyone know that Budd Lake will once again host the canoe race,” noted Rimmer. “This will make for an easier transition for competitors at every level.”

This year’s race offers three different courses for three different kinds of athletes; Elite Triathlon, Tri it On Triathlon, and the Kids Express Triathlon.

ITCA Elite Triathlon
The Elite Triathlon is an advanced competition for the trained athlete offering Bike, Canoe, and Run course.

ITCA Tri It On Triathlon
The Tri It On Triathlon is a fun race for the weekend athlete & families offering Bike, Canoe, and Run course. The Tri It On Triathlon is specifically geared for individuals and 3 or 4 person teams. It’s shorter, easier and less competitive than the Elite Triathlon course. The purpose is to allow “common folk” to get out there for a day of fitness and fun.

Both courses offer bike, canoe and run. The Tri It On Triathlon includes a biking course on mostly flat, paved roads with a short portion of gravel trails in the woods behind the International Trade Center. Riders will ride to Budd Lake for the canoe portion and back to the ITC for the run portion (2 miles). The canoe portion of the event (½ mile) is out and back through a traffic-controlled, buoyed course and the run portion (3 miles) will be on flat, paved roads within the International Trade Center.

“The Tri It On Triathlon was a huge success last year,” said Rimmer. “It really is a great opportunity for more of our local residents to come out and show their stuff in a less intimidating forum.”

Tri It On Triathletes will also be able to participate in bike course previews and canoe lessons in the weeks prior to the event much like the Elite Triathletes.

ITCA Kids Express Triathlon
The Kids Tri is a special event specifically designed for children 12 and under offering a Run, Bike, and Obstacle course.

For registration and more information about the 2008 ITCA Triathlon, please visit

To learn more about Atlantic Sports Health, visit or call 866-906-5666.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Mount Olive Chamber Hosts 24th Legislative District

MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - The Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce hosted a special meeting on May 27 with representatives from the 24th Legislative District who discussed a variety of important issues related to the current state of business in Mount Olive Township, Morris County and New Jersey.

Left to right;
Rick Ege, Vice President, MOA Chamber of Commerce : Lou Nisivoccia, Chamber President : Don Hill, Chairman of Mount Olive's Economic Development Committee : Assemblywoman Alison L. McHose : Assemblyman Gary R. Chiusano : State Senator Steven V. Oroho : and Paul Licitra, former mayor of Mount Olive Township and the Director of the 24th District office in Flanders, New Jersey.

The Special Meeting was sponsored by the Wyndham Garden Hotel in the International Trade Center, Mount Olive Township, New Jersey.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

A Safer Home focus of Flanders 'Open Firehouse'

Flanders Firehouse demonstrates A Safer Home
FLANDERS, NEW JERSEY – Firefighters and emergency medical technicians from the Flanders Fire Company and Rescue Squad will host an 'Open Firehouse' at 27 Main Street, Flanders New Jersey.

On May 31st from 10am to 4pm come see the department’s state-of-the-art fire apparatus and EMS equipment. Learn about safety precautions that can reduce the possibility of a fire or injury in your home.

Firefighters will demonstrate the proper use of a fire extinguisher, how to handle a stove fire and how to get out of a smoke-filled home.

EMS technicians will provide instructions and illustrations on how to treat various everyday common medical emergencies. Fire & EMS personnel will walk you through an automobile wreck rescue and the use of foam to extinguish car fires.

In addition, Mount Olive police officers will be at the firehouse to provide information about Car Seat and Child Restraint Safety.

Protect you and your family by learning how to create A Safer Home.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

New Jersey 24th District Reps speak at Mount Olive Chamber Meeting

New Jersey Legislation
MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY - New Jersey State Senator Steven V. Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison L. McHose and Assemblyman Gary R. Chiusano, all representing the 24th District, will be the featured speakers when the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce hosts a special meeting on Tuesday, May 27th, 2008 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel.

The Special Meeting is being sponsored by the Wyndham Garden Hotel, located in the International Trade Center, starting at 6:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.

The 24th District speakers will bring the chamber up to date on current legislation that could have an affect on businesses in Mount Olive Township and New Jersey.

Cost is free to chamber members and $10 for non members. Seating is limited. To register, please email the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce at or call 973-691-0109.

For further information about the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce, visit

Monday, May 5, 2008

Tips for Effective Time Management

Effective Time Management
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - In today's busy and hectic world, it seems like managing your time efficiently can be quite a difficult task. Effective time management will be the focus of the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce's next meeting on Tuesday, May 20th.

The main speaker, Greg Stewart of NexGen Management, will be discussing 'Effective Time Management' and offering useful tips on this important and practical topic. Brian Cowden of Trout Unlimited will also be making a brief presentation on the status of area conservation projects.

The meeting will take place at Perkins Restaurant in Mount Olive, New Jersey starting at 8am. The cost to attend is $10 for members and $20 for guests.

Please RSVP to the Mount Olive Area Chamber, 973-691-0109 or

For further information about the chamber, visit

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Tricky Tray to support Mount Olive PTA

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY - The Mount Olive PTA(MOPTA) will be hosting a Tricky Tray benefit on May 17, 2008 at the Mount Olive Middle School. Doors open at 5:30PM, drawing begins at 7:00PM.

Prizes will include:
Sportcraft Turbo Hockey Table, Patio Set, Sailboat Ride, 50/50, gift cards, local businesses gift certificates, and many other wonderful prizes.

Pre-ordered Tickets
25 ticket sheets are $4.00 each, or 3 sheets for $10.00. Pre-order ticket forms can be downloaded from the website. If you have any questions, please call Mary Gallagher 973-448-7046.

To Pre-order tickets, please return your payment by May 2nd, 2008. Send to...
Mount Olive Middle School PTA
Attention: Mary Gallagher
160 Wolfe Road
Budd Lake, New Jersey, 07828

Please make checks payable to MOPTA. Pre-orders can be picked up the night of the benefit at the "Pre-order Ticket Table." Please include your first name, last name, and telephone number.

*You must be 18 years of age to attend. The cost of tickets purchased the night of the event will be $5.00 per 25 ticket sheet, or 3 sheets for $12.00.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Thrill of Drive-In Returns to Mount Olive NJ May 16

Outdoor Movie Night showing Iron Will
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - One of the year's most highly rated family films, "Iron Will," will be the featured movie when the International Trade Center Alliance hosts its second annual Outdoor Movie Night on Friday, May 16th.

Sponsored by Picatinny Federal Credit Union and Bright Horizons Family Solutions in partnership with the ITCA, Outdoor Movie Night is a step back in time with its drive-in like atmosphere.

The PG rated "Iron Will", starring Mackenzie Astin, Kevin Spacey, David Ogden Stiers, will be shown on a 2-story inflatable movie screen beginning at sundown.

"Iron Will" is a rousing Disney dog-sled adventure based on a real life event -- a 522-mile dog-sled race between Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Will Stoneman, played by Mackenzie Astin, is the teenage son of farmers. When Will's father dies, he is left alone to take care of his mother and their land. Needing money to maintain it, he decides to join a cross country dogsled race. This race will require days of racing for long hours, through harsh weather and terrain. This young man will need a lot of courage and a strong will to complete this race.

In addition to the movie, families can enjoy face-painting, a crafts table and other family oriented activities at no further cost. And all children will have their chance to participate in KidShots before the movie starts to get their image on the big screen!

Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner. Seating is first come first serve and all seats are lawn seats.

The event will take place in the parking lot of 850 Clark Drive in the International Trade Center. Attendees should arrive between 7:30 and 8pm. The movie will begin at sundown (approximately 8pm).

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the ITCA offices at 973-347-3088. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under the age of 2 attend free. In the case of inclement weather the event will be moved indoors.

Additional sponsors include The Wyndham Garden Hotel Mount Olive, GBW Insurance, and Wild West City. For more information about Outdoor Movie Night or to purchase tickets please contact the ITCA offices at (973) 347-3088.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Mount Olive Chamber presents Alzheimer's Donation

Alzheimer’s Association Donation
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - The Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce presented the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater New Jersey with a check for $245, the proceeds from a chamber lunch meeting held at Paragon Village in March.

Pictured are Peter King (Paragon Village), Amy Matthews (Alzheimer Association), and Lou Nisivoccia, president of the chamber.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

MOHS Project Graduation - Chili's Style

Chilis Grill and Bar Restaurant
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - Put some "pepper in your fun" on Monday, April 21, 2008 at the Chili's of Mount Olive.

Chili's has pledged to donate 10% of their sales from 11am to 11pm to support the Mount Olive High School(MOHS) Parents' Club Project Graduation.

Project Graduation is an all-night, chaperoned, substance/alcohol free celebration for the graduating seniors of Mount Olive High School. The purpose is to congratulate them for completing their high school curriculum as well as provide a safe, enjoyable environment for MOHS seniors on graduation night.

Come Enjoy and support Project Graduation!

Chili's Grill & Bar
53 International Drive, South
(ITC Crossing Shopping Center)
Flanders, New Jersey 07836

Friday, April 18, 2008

Picatinny Federal moves to Mount Olive Township

ROCKAWAY, NEW JERSEY – Picatinny Federal Credit Union announced it purchased land in Mount Olive, New Jersey for its new state-of-the-art branch office. Picatinny Federal is the largest Credit Union based in Morris County and the 11th largest in the State of New Jersey.

The proposed 3,382 square foot facility will be located in the ITC Crossings Shopping Center and will become Picatinny’s newest full-service branch with all the customer friendly amenities such as a two-lane drive-up, ATM access, coin machines and safety deposit boxes. The Mount Olive Township facility will continue to promote a streamlined, customer friendly service experience, in a convenient location.

Picatinny Federal Credit Union was established in 1939 and has built its foundation on financial stability, member trust and loyalty. Today, Picatinny Federal Credit Union is a full service financial institution with four branches in Morris County, over 15,000 members, more than $217 million in assets and 200 business partners throughout the community. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Morris County, New Jersey.

A grand opening for the new Mount Olive Township branch office is planned for the Fall 2008.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Breathing Emergency at Flanders Firehouse

EMS Division of Flanders Fire and Rescue
FLANDERS, NEW JERSEY – With incidents of asthma and other respiratory difficulties increasing, calls for help by people having difficulty breathing are becoming more common for emergency medical personnel. The latest information on shortness-of-breath emergencies, especially those caused by asthma, will be the topic of a class at 8:30am April 26th at the Flanders Firehouse, 27 Main Street in Flanders, New Jersey in Morris County.

Sponsored by the Flanders Fire Company and Rescue Squad and presented by the Atlantic Training Center, the 3½-hour class will teach emergency responders the latest information and treatment protocols for treating asthma and other respiratory patients. Those attending the class earn three CEU credits.

“More than 20 million people in the United States suffer from asthma,” said Heather Detoro, captain of the EMS Division of Flanders Fire and Rescue. “Of those, 9 million are children. Few things are more terrifying than being unable to breath. It’s imperative that emergency personnel be ready to react appropriately to shortness-of-breath calls, and this class will help.”

The class runs from 8:30am to noon at the Flanders Firehouse, 27 Main Street, Flanders, New Jersey. It is open to all EMS, fire service and police personnel.

Additional information is available by calling Flanders Fire and Rescue at (973) 584-7805 or by calling the Atlantic Training Center at (908) 522-5395. Registration is through Atlantic Health Care Systems and the State of New Jersey LMS system.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

New Jersey Highlands Council Awards Grant

New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council
CHESTER, NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council awarded the Town of Clinton, Hunterdon County, with a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Feasibility Grant for $23,500. It is the third municipality in New Jersey to receive this grant from the Highlands Council.

“The TDR program is a valuable land use and planning tool that allows for sensitive land to be preserved while directing development to areas where it would be the most appropriate,” said Eileen Swan, Executive Director of the Highlands Council. “To encourage municipalities to participate in this program and conform to the New Jersey Highlands Regional Master Plan, the Highlands Act provides funding mechanisms, such as this grant program. We are happy that the Town of Clinton applied for this grant, and we look forward to working with the Town in the future in the TDR program.”

Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) is a land use tool that permits the transfer of development potential from areas identified for preservation, called sending zones, to areas that are more appropriate to accommodate increased growth, called receiving zones. Landowners in the sending zones receive compensation for the transferable development potential of their property that has been restricted in support of preservation. Payment for this lost development potential comes from purchasers who buy credits representing the lost development potential of parcels in the sending zone. The credits then entitle the purchaser to build in a receiving zone at a density greater than that permitted in existing zoning.

The Town of Clinton will use this grant for planning design analysis and an economic analysis for the potential of TDR in the municipality. The area of study for receiving sties would include areas where there are underutilized lands and buildings, as well as vacant or undeveloped lands, in the town’s commercial zone. Other tracts of land in the Town of Clinton will be analyzed as sending zones as these lands have environmental constraints such as steep slopes, carbonate rock, and floodplains.

Recognizing that planning for a receiving zone involves costs, the New Jersey Highlands Council established a $1 million Voluntary Receiving Zone Feasibility Grant Program in the spring of 2007. This grant program is designed to assist municipalities in assessing the potential for locating a receiving zone within their communities. Eligible municipalities, which need not be within the Highlands Region but must be in one of the seven New Jersey Highlands counties, will receive both financial support and technical assistance from the Council. To date, two municipalities have been awarded grants under the program while several others are currently preparing applications. Lopatcong Township in Warren County was awarded a $25,000 TDR Feasibility Grant, and the City of Clifton in Passaic County received a $40,000.

As specified by the New Jersey Highlands Act, receiving zones under the Highlands TDR Program are voluntary. To encourage municipalities to designate voluntary receiving zones, the Highlands Act provides a number of benefits to municipalities in the Planning Area that conform to the Regional Master Plan(RMP) and establish a receiving zone which provides for a minimum density of five (5) dwelling units per acre for the residential portion of the receiving zone. Planning Area municipalities that meet these criteria may:

  • charge up to $15,000 per unit impact fee for all new development within the voluntary receiving zone
  • receive up to $250,000 in an enhanced planning grant to offset the planning and other related costs of designating and accommodating voluntary receiving zones
  • receive a grant to reimburse the reasonable costs of amending municipal development regulations to accommodate voluntary receiving zones
  • receive legal representation by the State in actions challenging municipal decisions regarding TDR, provided that certain pre-requisites are met
  • receive priority status in for any State capital or infrastructure programs

For municipalities outside of the Region but within the seven New Jersey Highlands counties, they are entitled to the same benefits above except for legal representation and priority status. Importantly, municipalities outside the Region must receive plan endorsement from the New Jersey State Planning Commission to participate in the Highlands TDR Program.

Any municipality in the seven counties of the New Jersey Highlands Region (Bergen, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex or Warren) interested in applying for a TDR Feasibility Grant should contact Lindsey Interlante, Manager of Grants Administration, at (908) 879-6737.