Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mount Olive NJ Election Results

Rob Greenbaum, John Mania, and Patrick Walsh
MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY - Election results are in. Nearly 24,557 Mount Olive residents voted today in favor of incumbents Rob Greenbaum and Ray Perkins along with newcomers John Mania and Partick Walsh.

Both Greenbaum and Perkins won a third term with 4,144 and 4,098 votes. John Mania, a longtime planning board member recently appointed to council, was voted in with 4,171 votes while Pat Walsh won with 4,093 votes.

Democrats James Buell, Richard Escobar, Gary Mahabir and John Titus received the following votes: Buell 2,164; Escobar 2,081; Mahabir 1,883 and Titus 1,903.

3,941 Mount Olive residents were in favor of merging the Planning Board and Zoning Board, while 1,712 opposed. Mount Olive Township officials estimate the merge will save taxpayers roughly $30,000 next year through the elimination of an attorney and part-time worker.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

All Veterans Memorial's Final Phase

All Veterans Memorial in Mount Olive New Jersey
MOUNT OLIVE, TOWNSHIP - The All Veterans Memorial's final phase, the Path to Enduring Freedom handicap walkway and Veterans dedication, is slated at 2 pm. on November 15th at Turkey Brook Park. The date ends a week long observance and appreciation to those who served in the United States Armed Forces.

Mayor David Scapicchio and the staff members of the All Veterans Memorial(AVM) invite all Mount Olive and surrounding area organizations to demonstrate their support on November 15th by assembling in uniform along the loop of Turkey Brook Park 45 minutes before the dedication ceremony begins. "The goal is to create a canopy of Patriots along the park entrance and loop before veterans and family members arrive" said Charlie Wood Uhrmann, the event organizer.

Each participant will receive a 16-inch by 18-inch American flag and a 3-foot by 5-foot flag per organization. The larger flag will be available for a $10 purchase.

"The All Veterans Memorial not only represents Mount Olive's steadfast patriotism, but our ability to unite as a community when the need arises." said Uhrmann "Every one's participation is paramount."

For additional information or to reserve a space contact memorial@allveteransmemorial.org.

The All Veterans Memorial is a unique, living memorial which has become representative of a state-wide effort demonstrating the great American principle of Unity of the People. It will be constructed in Mount Olive, New Jersey in 2007, and will honor ALL who proudly served in the United States Military during both war and peacetime. It will provide visitors with a solemn place to reflect, a place which shall include a regal ceremonial ground, a uniquely designed flag burning vault, an educational preamble stage, commemorative time-capsules, and a new home for the Veterans Memorial Monument. Together, these elements denote the All Veterans Memorial as the second of its kind in the nation.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Mount Olive Township H1N1 Swine Flu

Mount Olive Township New Jersey
MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY - As Limited Amounts of H1N1 Vaccine are received by the Mount Olive Township Health Department, the department will be scheduling clinics for the groups at higher risk for complications from novel H1N1 Influenza.

Targeting healthy children and young adults 2–24 years of age, the first H1N1 Nasal Spray Vaccination clinic for the community will be held on October 29, 2009 from 4-7pm at the Senior Center. The vaccine will be offered on a first come basis as there is a limited amount. Please pre register for this clinic by calling the health department at (973)691-0900 x 7330.

This is a live attenuated vaccine is approved for people from 2 through 49 years of age who are not pregnant and do not have certain health conditions, asthma, heart, lung, kidney, liver disease, weakened immune system or allergic to eggs. The vaccine virus is attenuated (weakened) so it will not cause illness.

We ask that residents continue to remain patient as we wait for more vaccine. The health department has placed their order and is just awaiting delivery. There will be more clinics scheduled by the end of October, early November. Fortunately, there is still low influenza activity in Morris County.

Signs of H1N1 can include fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches, chills and sneezing. Most people feel better within a week although some people do develop pneumonia or other complications. If you have symptoms of influenza call your health care provider for the best medical guidance for you and your family.

To prevent the spread of illness and reduce the risk of getting sick the Mount Olive Health Department continues to recommend:
1. Washing your hands with soap and water thoroughly and frequently
2. Covering coughs and sneezes
3. Staying home when you are sick until the fever is gone for 24 hours
without taking fever reducing medications.

For more information go to the website, www.mountolivetownship.com or call the New Jersey H1N1 Hotline at 1+(866)321-9571.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mount Olive Township Council Debate

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY - The Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce is hosting a debate between the candidates for four, four-year seats** on the Mount Olive Township Council. The debate will be held tomorrow, Wednesday October 21st beginning at 7:00pm in the Mount Olive Middle School auditorium.

** Terms Expirirng 12/31/09 are Steve Rattner, Ray Perkins, Rob Greenbaum, and John Mania.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Free Rabies Clinic Mount Olive Township

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY - The Mount Olive Township Health Department will hold its annual free rabies clinic on October 23rd,2009 at Tractor Supply on Route 206, Flanders from 5pm-8pm.

All dogs and cats must be on leashes or in approved crates. Please do not feed your pet before the clinic. Dog and cat licenses will be available(for Mt. Olive residents).

For additional information, contact Mount Olive Animal Control Officer William Cirone at (973) 691-0900 Ext. 7334.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Witches and Wizards, Pirates and Princesses

Kids Eat Free on Halloween at Applebee’s in Flanders, New Jersey

MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - This Halloween, Applebee’s, located at 50 International Drive South, Flanders, New Jersey is ‘treating’ all costumed kids to a free meal. Families who dine at Applebee’s in Mount Olive anytime on Saturday, October 31st will receive up to four free Kids’ Meals with each adult entrée purchase. The free meal is valid for children in costume, age 12 and under, on any Applebee’s “Kids’ Menu” entrée, dine-in only.

Read More »

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Got Leaves? Mount Olive Township Leaf Pickup

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY - Mount Olive Township will begin curbside collection of bagged leaves on October 1st and run through December 15th, 2009.

Leaves must be placed out for collection in brown paper biodegradable waste bags only for pick-up. Leaves in plastic bags will not be taken. Raking, blowing, or otherwise depositing leaves into the public streets is not permitted by the town.

For additional information, visit the Mount Olive Township website, division of Road and Sanitation »

Monday, October 5, 2009

GM spares Mount Olive NJ dealership

Callaremi Buick Pontiac, GMC and Cadillac on Route 46, Budd Lake New Jersey
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - Callaremi Buick Pontiac, GMC and Cadillac on Route 46 was scheduled to be shut down as part of General Motors’ reorganization plan in January of 2010.

After an outcry from local residents, intense lobbying from the owner Michael Callaremi and his family, and support from Sen. Frank Lautenberg and Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, GM has decided to reinstate the a family-run car dealership.

A 'Many Thanks' celebration will be held at the dealership from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, October 24th.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Mt Olive Recreation Spring Photo Contest Winners 2009

Mount Olive Township Recreation Department
by Noelle Kehrley
Managing Editor

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY - The Mount Olive Township Recreation Department held it's 1st Annual Spring Photo Contest celebrating what makes Mount Olive Township a Great Place to Live, Work and Play!

The 1st Place, Best Over-all award winner is Jon Carmody, who entered as an Amateur Adult in the category Outdoors: Landscapes, Wildlife, Nature. Carmody won a $100.00 cash prize donated by Flanders Veterinary Clinic and of course, bragging rights.

Morning Fawn by Jon Carmody

The following winners were honored during a reception at the Chili's of Mount Olive...

  • Best Amateur Adult Andrew Palmieri – $50 gift certificate to Kennedy’s Pub.
  • Runner Up Amateur Adult Alan DiBenedetto – $25 gift certificate to Chili’s Grill & Bar.
  • Most Innovative Krystal Straw – $50.00 cash prize donated by Dr. Steven Denholtz, D.M.D.
  • Best Under 18 Lauren Wisnewski – $50 gift certificate to Golf Zone.
  • Runner Up Under 18 Dan Ilg – $25 gift certificate to Rita’s in Flanders.
  • Best Professional Adult Matthew Jones – a $50 gift certificate to Verizon Wireless.

Each photo entered in the 2009 Spring Photo Contest was judged based on technical quality, creativity, and the effectiveness of conveying the beauty or unique character of our town during spring in Mount Olive.

The judges panel included Joe Gigli, professional photographer; Noelle Kehrley, Managing Editor of Flanders NJ News, and Dan Kehrley, President YFM Media; Megan Boyd, a Mount Olive High School photography teacher; and Jennifer and Mike Rousseau, of Our Town Magazine.

Winning photos will be displayed on the mountolivetownship.com "Township Recreation" page. Printed, mounted photos will be displayed at the Municipal building and at prize sponsors' place of business.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Injured or Abandoned Wild Animal Rescue

Baby Eastern Cottentail Rabbit
BLAIRSTOWN, NEW JERSEY - Wild Baby Rescue Center is hosting an open house Sunday October 25th, 2009 from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

All are welcome to come Tour the Facility, Meet the Staff, and learn more about What to Do and When to Act if you think you've found a baby animal in distress.

Wild Baby Rescue Center provides rehabilitation and release for the following injured and orphaned baby animals...

  • Bats
  • Chipmunks
  • Fawn
  • Fox
  • Coyote
  • Opossum
  • Rabbits
  • Raccoons
  • Squirrel/Flying Squirrel
  • Woodchuck/Groundhog

If you suspect that an animal is in need of help, call your local wildlife rehabilitator. Staff of a rehabilitation facility, can help to determine whether the animal actually needs help, and if so, how you can safely transport it to a treatment facility. Remember, unnecessarily removing an animal from its nest - particularly a baby - can cause more harm than simply leaving it alone.

Wild Baby Rescue is a member of Animal Rehabilitators Alliance and Garden State Wildlife Rehabilitators Co-op. These organizations have established a toll free phone number which provides info on how, when and if you should rescue. Also, it provides the phone numbers of the rehabbers in these groups:

Animal Rehabilators Alliance &
Garden State Wildlife Rehabilitators Co-oop (toll free)
(877) 4SAV-WILD or (877) 472-8945

Wild Baby Rescue Center
(908) 362-WILD or (908) 362-9453

About Wild Baby Rescue Center
Wild Baby Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of native wildlife through education, rehabilitation and release.

Wild Baby Rescue Center is run by Executive Director, Hope Kosch-Davison is an experienced Wildlife Rehabilitator licensed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Fish and Wildlife.

For more information, visit www.wildbabyrescue.org

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Flu shots offered on October 3rd in Mount Olive

Mount Olive Township
MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY - Flu shots will be offered to all Mount Olive Township residents from 1 to 4pm on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 at the Mount Olive Senior Center.

Seniors 65 or older are free with a Medicare card(Must have it with you). People with the HMO Medicare plan, should go to your regular doctor for this season's flu shot.

The fee is $15 for all other residents.

For more information, call Mount Olive Public Health Nurse Maryann Piegaro at (973) 691-0900, extension 7353.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Morris County Fungus Fest 2009

Fungus Fest 2009
MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY - 2009 has been one of the wettest years on record, and mushrooms of all shapes and colors are springing up everywhere. What, exactly, is a mushroom? What are these “things” growing in my lawn? Are they poisonous? Are they edible? Are my pets safe if they eat them? What good are mushrooms, anyway?

Answers to these and other questions about mushrooms will be found at the 2009 Fungus Fest, presented by the New Jersey Mycological Association(NJMA) on Sunday, September 27th at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is located at 53 East Hanover Avenue in Morristown, New Jersey.

Fungus Fest is what one might call a giant "science fair of mushrooms" It includes extensive exhibits of mushrooms, mushroom art and photography, guided outdoor mushroom walks with NJMA experts, edible and poisonous mushroom information, how-to's on mushroom cultivation and mushroom cooking, talks and presentations for beginners, medicinal uses of mushrooms, and even demonstrations of crafts like papermaking and fabric dyeing using mushrooms. Attendees are invited to bring their own mushroom specimens for identification by our fungi experts.

In addition to the activities, mushroom books, field guides, and mushroom crafts will be available for purchase.

Fungus Fest is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children under 16.

About the New Jersey Mycological Association (NJMA)
The New Jersey Mycological Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about mushrooms and fungi. Its large, active, and enthusiastic roster of more than 400 members includes several of the world's leading experts on mushrooms, as well as those who are simply interested in identifying and collecting mushrooms for the table or their own curiosity.

For additional information and directions visit, www.njmyco.org.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Share a Ride - Earn & Save Money

TransOptions, the non-profit Transportation Management Association, is encouraging commuters to consider sharing a ride as they return to work and school commuting routines this fall. A free, computerized, rideshare matching program implemented by TransOptions helps connect travelers with others having similar commutes to northwestern New Jersey.

Commuters interested in giving up their solo ride to work, even a few days a week, complete a confidential application online at www.TransOptions.org. They are contacted in approximately one week to learn of potential rideshare companions.

Carpooling and vanpooling are the most popular rideshare options and offer multiple commuting benefits. Sharing a ride enables commuters to save on the cost of fuel, which lowers their commuting costs.

Carpools require a minimum of only two people who decide how many days per week to rideshare and who does the driving. By completing 24 round trips in 60 days, carpools registered with TransOptions are eligible to earn a free gas card, up to $200 for a maximum of four or more riders, from the Carpooling Makes Sense incentive program sponsored by the NJ Department of Transportation.

Vanpools are another cost-saving rideshare option, ideal for groups of five to fifteen riders with a longer commute. The group leases their van on a month-to-month basis, sharing gas, tolls and operating costs. In addition, NJ TRANSIT offers a monthly sponsorship to qualifying vanpools, further reducing their cost of commuting.

TransOptions estimates that the annual cost of a 60 mile roundtrip solo commute is approximately $8,250. A two person carpool reduces the annual estimated cost by 50% to approximately $4,125. A seven passenger vanpool further reduces annual commuting costs to approximately $2,640. (Savings are approximate, based on a five day commute per week for 50 weeks per hear, incorporating operating costs for gas and maintenance at the Internal Revenue Service allowance of $.55 per mile which includes depreciation, insurance, fuel and all other estimated costs of owning a card.)

Vehicle wear and tear are reduced along with the stress associated with a solo drive to work. The environment also benefits since fewer cars on the road improves air quality by reducing traffic congestion.

Rideshare applications can be obtained online at www.TransOptions.org or by calling (973) 267-7600.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Mount Olive Library Bag o'Books Sale

Mount Olive Library Bag o'Books Sale
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - The Friends of the Mount Olive Library will hold their annual Bag o'Books Sale Saturday, September 19th from 10am to 2pm. Located behind the Mount Olive Library on 202 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Flanders NJ 07836, opposite the Senior Center.

Buy a well-made reusable bag for a very low price and fill it up for $5.00 as many times as you wish. This years Bag o'Books Sale features excellent volumes in the category of HISTORY & POLITICS donated by the residents of Mount Olive and surrounding towns. All proceeds help fund programs and materials for the Mount Olive Library.

For more information, call the Friends of the Mount Olive Library (973) 691-8686, visit www.mopl.org or stop by the annual meeting at the Mount Olive Library October 21st at 7pm.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

2nd Annual Run for Life 5K in Parsippany, New Jersey

PARSIPPANY, NEW JERSEY - The Par-Troy Rotary Club, in conjunction with Mayor Michael M. Luther’s Wellness Campaign, will present the second annual “Run for Life 5K” on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009.

The United States Track & Field Association (USATF-NJ) Grand Prix course is a flat, fast out-and-back through the Mack-Cali business complex located on Campus Drive in Parsippany, New Jersey. Registration opens at 8:30 am, and the race begins at 9:30 am.

For more information, call (973) 945-9442, or visit www.rotaryrunforlife.com

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen comes to Mount Olive

Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, representing New Jersey's 11th District, will hold a “Town Meeting” at the Mount Olive Middle School (located on Wolfe Road, Budd Lake) in the auditorium on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 at 9am.

The meeting will be an opportunity for Congressman Frelinghuysen to discuss the key issues he is working on in Congress, while also giving attendees a chance to address their individual concerns. "Saturday's town hall meeting will provide residents of our local communities with an open forum to ask questions and share their comments about any and all issues," Frelinghuysen said. "I look forward to listening to each question and discussing the vital issues we're working on in Congress."

For more information, please contact Rep. Frelinghuysen's District Office in Morristown at (973) 984-0711.

Seating may be limited. Helpful constituent service staff will be available before and after the meeting to address individual concerns. People requiring special accommodations should contact Rep. Frelinghuysen's office at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled town hall meeting.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Community Options Bike Run & BBQ

NEW JERSEY - Community Options is sponsoring a Bike Run and BBQ on Sunday, October 3rd, 2009. The ride begins at Hidden Valley Club, 44 Breakneck Road in Vernon, New Jersey. Registration and breakfast begins a 9:00am, Bike Run begins at 11:00am.

Enjoy BBQ, Motorcycle Show, 50/50, Horseshoe Tournament and live music by "One Size Fits All" and the "Farmer Phil Band".

For more information, Contact Alex Rafailovic (973) 971-0082 x3116 or visit www.comop.org/bikerun

About Community Options
Community Options, Inc. is a national nonprofit organization that develops innovative housing and employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

Since 1989, Community Options has moved people with disabilities from segregated institutions across the country into community-based homes where they can fully participate in their communities while experiencing a greatly improved quality of life.

Community Options has designed and implemented the most progressive employment options giving people with disabilities a choice about the type of work they do and where they do it while offering real work for real pay.

To learn more, visit www.comop.org

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Budd Lake New Jersey Blood Drive

BUDD LAKE, NEW JERSEY - Christ Episcopal Church of Budd Lake has partnered with the Blood Center of New Jersey to host a blood drive on Saturday, September 19th from 10am to 3pm.

The Christ Church of Budd Lake is located at 369 Sandshore Road in the Budd Lake section of Mount Olive, at the corner of Smithtown and Sandshore Roads.
To signup go to www.bloodnj.org and enter zip code 07828, then use company code “Christ Episcopal Church”.

For additional information please call the Christ Church of Budd Lake at (973) 347-1866 or visit www.christchurchbuddlake.org.

About the Blood Center of New Jersey
The Blood Center of New Jersey supplies over 100,000 blood products annually to the hospitals and medical centers of New Jersey. Recruiting donors to keep an ample supply of blood available for people in the communities served is an ongoing effort. It takes 160 local resident donatations every day to adequately meet the needs of the 30 hospitals and medical centers that receive blood products from The Blood Center of New Jersey. Please... Help save a life.

For more information on becoming a blood donor in your area, please vist www.bloodnj.org

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Ice Cream Social hosted by Temple Hatikvah

FLANDERS, NEW JERSEY - Sunday evening, August 30, 2009, the Temple Hatikvah Community hosted an ice-cream social to give a warm and enthusiastic welcome to potential new family members.

This temple activity, lit up with friendly faces of all ages to enjoy activities for the children, the pleasure of music, song, and heartfelt conversations for anyone who entered its doors. Excited wishes of welcome and introductions were given with pride by the executive officers of Temple Hatikvah and its Rabbi, Moshe Rudin.

Temple Hatikvah Ice Cream Social 2009

Temple Hatikvah is a family-oriented conservative Jewish Center with an active youth program. Since the beginning, Temple Hatikvah's mission was to represent strong Jewish values with emphasis on education and social action while providing a warm environment for social activities and celebrations. Temple HaTikvah is located at the intersection of Flanders-Bartley and Pleasant Hill Roads in Flanders, New Jersey just a mile from Route 206. The Temple phone number is (973) 584-0212.

For more information about Temple Hatikvah and upcoming events, visit templehatikvahnj.org.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

First Annual Tom Wear Memorial Swim

LAKE HOPATCONG, NEW JERSEY - On Sunday, September 27, 2009, Lake Hopatcong will be hosting the First Annual Tom Wear Memorial Swim, a one-mile open-water race sanctioned by New Jersey LMSC for U.S. Masters Swimming. This race benefits the Jefferson Township Animal Shelter, a municipal animal rescue organization serving the residents (furry and otherwise) of Jefferson Township, New Jersey. Competitors from New Jersey and the Northeastern United States are expected to participate in what will be an exciting race on New Jersey’s largest lake.

This race is in honor of Tom Wear, well-known local Lake Hopatcong businessman and owner of the Wearhouse Grille and Prospect Point Marina and Boat Yard, who passed away in 2008. All proceeds from the race benefit the Jefferson Township Animal Rescue. This is the first year this event is being held on Lake Hopatcong and over one hundred athletes from the Northeastern United States as well as local athletes are expected to participate.

"I’m honored to host this inaugural event on Lake Hopatcong," says Bridgette Hobart, organizer of the event. "The Masters Swimming organizations and their community offered tremendous support and guidance, as have the Marine Police and Coast Guard on Lake Hopatcong. With the added support of local residents and businesses, our goal is to demonstrate to swimmers and spectators that Lake Hopatcong is not only one of the recreational jewels of New Jersey, but a terrific place to visit and host competitive events year after year."

Pre-registration is $20.00 until September 1, 2009 and will increase as the race gets closer, with final registration peaking at $30.00 on race day. Registration opens at 7:30am on race day and races start at 9:00am. Medals will be awarded for Masters and Open divisions based on age-related men’s and women’s groups. Sponsorships and volunteer opportunities are available. All racers and volunteers will also receive a free t-shirt.

For more information, visit the Tom Wear Memorial Swim 2009 web site at http://twms2009.blogspot.com.

Racing, Sponsor and Media Inquiries:
Bridgette Hobart

Volunteers and Donations:
Esther Poulsen

Friday, August 28, 2009

Morris County Start! Heart Walk (5K)

MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY - The American Heart Association is seeking volunteers to assist with the Morris County Start! Heart Walk and Fun Run (5K), scheduled for Sunday, October 11 at the Mack-Cali Business Campus in Parsippany, New Jersey from 8am to 1pm. Volunteer opportunities are numerous and include assisting in the “Kid Zone,” passing out refreshments and water, aiding in registration, serving as a performer or entertainer for the crowd.

Join families, friends, neighbors and businesses on October 11 to walk (or run) towards heart health. Learn more and register online by visiting www.morriscountynjheartwalk.org or contact the American Heart Association at (609)208-0020

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Reserve Space at the Third Annual Shop N’ Rock

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY – The 3rd Annual Kiwanis/Fraternal Order of Police Shop N’ Rock is only a month away. This highly anticipated event is scheduled for Saturday, September 26, 2009, at the Budd Lake Fire House on Route 46 West.

There are still opportunities for vendors, crafters, child related programs and local businesses to reserve space for this high traffic, popular event. Location and space allocations are flexible. To generate traffic, the family orientated event includes music, food vendors, a “kids play zone” and much more.

This event supports numerous local activities such as

  • The acquisition of life-saving equipment for the Mt. Olive Police Department, Fire & First Aid and the Mount Olive Public Schools

  • Support’s the Mount Olive High School Key Club, a Kiwanis sponsored, student led service organization

  • Scholarships for high school students with demonstrated leadership in service to the community’s children and senior citizens

  • Scholarships for students pursuing criminal justice degrees

  • Police Athletic League (PAL) sponsored events

  • Sponsors and funds a Mount Olive Officer on the Annual Police Unity Tour

Go to www.Mopd.org (click on the shop n’ rock icon) forms and additional information including current confirmed registrations. Note: Table themes will be sold on a first come basis and Kiwanis/Fraternal Order of Police reserve the right to limit similar product lines, services or vendors.

For additional information, contact event coordinators Lisa Kennedy (973) 214-2070 or Amy Clymer (973) 691-0900 x7576

Monday, August 24, 2009

Christ Church Budd Lake Multi-Family Yard Sale

BUDD LAKE, NEW JERSEY - Christ Church Budd Lake will be hosting its Third Annual Multi-Family Yard Sale on Saturday, September 12th 2009 .

The Church is located at the corner of Sandshore and Smithtown Roads(369 Sandshore Road) in Mount Olive. from 9-4pm. The Yard Sale begins at 9:00am and ends at 4:00pm rain or shine. All of the proceeds from the sale will benefit children in need.

For more information call Paula Ackley (973) 347-5457.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Artie Lange at Newark Bears Stadium

Artie Lange at Newark Bears Stadium Aug 18 2009
New Jersey native Artie Lange of The Howard Stern Show and co-author of the #1 New York Times Best Selling book "Too Fat to Fish" threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Newark Bears game against the Camden Riversharks at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium on August 18th.

The Camden Riversharks defeated the Newark Bears 6-5 last Tuesday night, but lost to the Bears 10-8 on Wednesday afternoon.

The Newark Bears, led by World Series-winning manager Tim Raines and former major leaguers Carl Everett and Armando Benitez, are vying for first place in the Atlantic League. Game Schedule

About Artie Lange
Artie is a stand-up comedian, radio personality, author and actor. Lange co-wrote his first book with Anthony Bozza entitled "Too Fat To Fish", which was released on November 11 of last year. Artie has struggled throughout his career with self-destructive behavior that include wild eating, drinking binges and substance abuse.

The talented but tormented co-host of The Howard Stern Show reported this week that his weight was down from 300 to somewhere "in the 230s." Lange has become addicted to Jet-Skiing which he claims accounts for much of the weight loss.

For more information about Artie Lange, visit www.artie-lange.com

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Palma, Christian take top prizes at ITCA Leprechaun Leap

2009 ITCA Leprechaun Leap Winner
MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY - Over 350 runners competed in this year's ITCA Annual Leprechaun Leap at the International Trade Center, many of whom competed last year. But when it was over this time, the top finishers were a whole new crew.

Despite some heat from a handful of competitors, Lou Palma of Clinton, 27, was the overall champion, taking first in 16:31.3, ahead of 15-year old Joseph Presetifilipp of Hopatcong and Peter Kashulines, 45, of Mountain Lakes. Scott Chamberlin of Allamuchy Township, another 15-year old, came in fourth, just ahead of last year's winner, Mark Bahnuk of Hackettstown, 26, who was fifth.

Mary Christian(pictured right) of Flanders won the women's end of it, finishing in 19:06.3. She was trailed by Janine Neill of Andover, Alison Jeffs from Chester, and Bailey Ott of Pompton Lakes. Last year's female winner, Christine Scheuch, like her male counterpart winner last year, came in fifth place. Ott, at 15, was the youngest finisher on the female side.

The 12th Annual Leprechaun Leap 5K, sponsored by Picatinny Federal Credit Union and held on March 22nd, featured runners from throughout the region, many of whom wore "green" in post St. Patrick's Day honor. Proceeds from the charity race will be going to the Unit Fellowship Fund, which supports families of Morris County soldiers who are deployed overseas.

"We are thrilled to have the proceeds go to such an important group of people," said Tom Quigley, Business Development Manager for Picatinny Federal Credit Union. "Life is tough enough on these families and if we can help ease the strain even a little bit it goes a long ways in making things better."

Rounding out the Top 10 for the men were Zachary Miller, Budd Lake, Glen Oakley of Blairstown, Antonio Massa, Denville, Kevin Mulvihill, Long Valley, and Ryan Fischlein, Succasunna.

Finishing out the Top 10 for the women were Nirmala Alcapeddt, Randolph, Andrea Lovas, Oxford, Sarah Masukewicz, Flanders, Kristen Girondi, Hamburg, and Wendy Kerr, Hawthorne.

The race was presented in partnership between the ITCA and the Mount Olive Mayor's Wellness Council. The goal of the Mayors Wellness Council is to increase opportunities for New Jersey residents to participate in daily physical activity with a long-term goal of reducing personal and health care costs secondary to obesity.

For a full listing of racing results, visit www.bestrace.com.

To find out more about events hosted by the ITCA go to www.ITCAevents.org or call the ITCA at (973) 347-3088.

Picatinny Federal Credit Union was established in 1939 at Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, New Jersey. The Credit Union started as a small financial institution offering basic savings accounts to civilian members and later included both active and retired military personnel.

Today, Picatinny Federal Credit Union is a full service financial institution with 4 branches in Morris County, more than 15,000 members, over 200 businesses and more than $200 million in assets. In 2005, the Credit Union was granted a Community Charter, which allows anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Morris County, N.J. to become a member of the Credit Union and take advantage of all the financial services provided such as savings, checking, money markets, IRA's, loans and on-line banking with free bill payer.

Picatinny Federal Credit Union has been committed to its members' needs above all else since 1939. The Credit Union currently has over 15,000 members, with total assets exceeding $200 million. Well over 200 local companies offer the benefit of credit union membership to their employees.

To learn more about Picatinny Federal Credit Union, visit www.picacreditunion.com.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Holocaust Memorial at Temple HaTikvah

FLANDERS, NEW JERSEY - Temple HaTikvah of Flanders will be observing Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day through traditional prayers, readings and reflection honoring the memory of the Six Million and affirming the continuity of Jewish life. The theme this year will be an exploration through discussion of Affirmation and Rebellion: Faith After the Holocaust. The program will begin at 7:30 PM, Monday, April 20th at Temple HaTikvah in Flanders, New Jersey.

Temple Hatikvah is a family-oriented conservative Jewish Center with an active youth program. Since the beginning, Temple Hatikvah's mission was to represent strong Jewish values with emphasis on education and social action while providing a warm environment for social activities and celebrations.

Temple HaTikvah is located at the intersection of Flanders-Bartley and Pleasant Hill Roads in Flanders, just a mile from Route 206. For more information, call (973)584-0212 or visit templehatikvahnj.org.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Zoe Weil to speak at Oasis Cafe

Most Good, Least Harm by Zoe Weil
LONG VALLEY, NEW JERSEY - Zoe Weil, author of Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and a Meaningful Life will be appearing at the Oasis Cafe in Long Valley for a book signing and lecture on Monday, April 20th.

Oasis Cafe is located at 18 Schooley's Mountain Road, Long Valley, New Jersey. Weil will be giving a lecture about her new book and the MOGO (Most Good) Principle, beginning at 7:30pm.

Zoe Weil speaks regularly at universities, conferences, schools, churches, and in communities around the United States and Canada.

Weil received a Master’s in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School (1988 ) and a Master’s in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania (1983). Zoe is certified in Psychosynthesis counseling, a form of psychotherapy which relies upon the intrinsic power of each person’s imagination to promote growth, creativity, health, and transformation.

For additional information, visit http://zoeweil.com

Monday, April 6, 2009

Alzheimer’s outreach Lunch & Learn

HACKETTSTOWN, NEW JERSEY - The Neuro Rehab Institute of Mt. Arlington, New Jersey extends an open invitation for a free Alzheimer’s presentation, discussion and Q & A session on Tuesday, April 14th, 2009.

This informative Lunch & Learn has been developed for those who have been diagnosed or have concerns, as well as for caregivers, family members and health care professionals.

Join Dr. Gerald Tramontano, PhD from 12:00pm - 1:15pm in the West Wing Conference Room at the Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, 651 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, New Jersey.

RSVP Requested.
For additional information or to RSVP for this event, Call (877) 307-8839 or email lwall@mmgct.com. Complimentary lunch will be served.

Friday, April 3, 2009

2009 Valor and Meritorious Award Winners

The 200 Club of Morris County New Jersey
MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY - Thirty-eight Morris County Police Officers, Firefighters, First Aid Squad/Ambulance Corps members and Morris County based New Jersey State Police will be honored on April 30th when the 200 Club of Morris County hosts its 2009 Morris County Valor and Meritorious Awards Dinner.

Hailing from Rockaway Township, Morristown, Lincoln Park and towns around and in between, these men and women will be feted for their efforts in 2008 at The Villa in Mountain Lakes. The individuals who will be honored performed above and beyond in the fulfillment of their sworn duties for the people of Morris County, New Jersey.

"We owe a great deal to our public safety community," said Tom Guglielmo, President of the 200 Club. "They are there for us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Many times, they must go beyond the call of duty, often putting their own life at risk for us. It is our honor to be able to recognize these individuals for their dedication and service."

View the full listing of the recipients and descriptions of their acts of bravery »

The 200 Club in Morris, established in 1971, defines an act of Valor as an extraordinary event in which a person puts their own safety aside. It is an act of courage that goes above and beyond the call of duty. Very often, one's life is at risk in the process. Meritorious awards recognize individuals whose professional or volunteer activity rises above the expected norm for their profession, but does not necessarily involve an extreme safety situation.

There are still some tickets available for the dinner, which runs from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $70 each. The Villa is located at 90 Route 46 East. To purchase tickets contact: Lori E. Richmond, Club Administrator, 732-279-4258 or email dwp.inc@comcast.net.

In addition to honoring Morris County's finest, the 200 Club of Morris County is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to the dependents of Morris County Police, Firefighters, First Aid Squad/Ambulance Corps and State Police of New Jersey who lost their lives in the line of duty. Since its inception, The 200 Club of Morris County has distributed more than $2.5 million to families who have lost a spouse in the line of duty, and also distributes thousands of dollars each year to worthy high school seniors who either serve in a branch of public safety or whose parent is actively serving in or retired from a public safety capacity in Morris County.

To learn more about The 200 Club of Morris County and how you can get involved and be a part of something special, please visit www.200clubofmorriscounty.com.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Mt Olive Recreation Winter Photo Contest Winner

Mount Olive Township Recreation Department
by Noelle Kehrley
Managing Editor

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY - The Mount Olive Township Recreation Department held it's 1st Annual Winter Photo Contest celebrating what makes Mount Olive Township a Great Place to Live, Work and Play!

The 1st Place, Best Over-all award winner is Kristina Ailara, who entered as an Amateur Adult with her photo titled 'Berries at Turkey Brook Park'. Besides bragging rights, Ailara won a prize packet valued at $100 with donations from Branda's Italian Grill, The Market Place & Instant Imprints.

The winners, who were honored at a reception at the Mount Olive Bar and Grill, also included Linda Spaet, Best Amateur Adult Award; Paul C. Pomel, Amateur Adult Runner Up; and Timothy Maio, Best 18 & Under.

2008 Mt Olive Recreation Winter Photo Contest WinnersPictured left to right: Kristina Ailara, Linda Spaet, Timothy Maio, and Marie Calvo of the Mount Olive Recreation Department.

“Our first competition was very successful, and we’ll continue staging one for Spring & Winter each year,” said Jill Daggon, Recreation Supervisor, sponsor of the contest. “We have a lot of great photographers around our town, and we’re glad to recognize them.”

The 2008-2009 Winter Photo Contest ran from November 20th, 2008 through March 1st, 2009. Each photo was judged based on technical quality, creativity, and the effectiveness of conveying the beauty or unique character of our town during the winter months.

The judges panel included Joe Gigli, professional photographer; Noelle Kehrley, Managing Editor of Flanders NJ News, and Dan Kehrley, President YFM Media; Megan Boyd, a Mount Olive High School photography teacher; and Jennifer and Mike Rousseau, of Our Town Magazine.

Winning photos will be displayed on the mountolivetownship.com "Township Recreation" page. Printed, mounted photos will be displayed at the Municipal building and at prize sponsors' place of business.

Details for the Spring Photo Contest will be coming soon, check the Mt. Olive Recreation web site for more information.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Mount Olive Chamber To Host 24th District Reps

Mount Olive Wyndham Garden Hotel
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 Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a special meeting on Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in the International Trade Center.

The special meeting is being sponsored by the Mount Olive Wyndham Garden Hotel starting at 6:00pm. Light refreshments will be served.

The legislators will bring chamber members and guests up to date on current legislation that could have an affect on businesses in Mount Olive and throughout New Jersey.

“This is a great opportunity for local business people to find out what’s going on in Trenton and how they can get involved with legislation that is being considered,” said Rick Ege, President of the Mount Olive Chamber.

The cost is $20 for chamber members and $30 for non-members. To register, please email the chamber at info@mtolivechambernj.com or call (973) 691-0109

For further information about the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce, visit www.mtolivechambernj.com.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Mrs. New Jersey America Pageant call for entrants

Mrs. New Jersey America Pageant
NEW JERSEY - Applications are being accepted for the 2009 Mrs. New Jersey America Pageant state competition, being held on July 17th & 18th of 2009.

The Mrs. New Jersey America Organization proudly celebrates beauty, intelligence, commitment and the integrity of New Jersey's married women, who are the centerpieces of the family unit. Our organization honors their accomplishments that exemplify the culmination of balancing family, career and the positive effect they have in our communities.. Competition includes: Interview, Beauty & Poise, Evening Gown and Swimsuit. There is NO talent category. You must be at least 18 years of age, married, a U.S. citizen and a resident of NJ for at least six months. No pageant experience is necessary.

The state winner receives an all-expense paid trip to participate in the 2009 Mrs. America Pageant, plus many other fabulous prizes!

About the Mrs. New Jersey America Organization
Originating in New Jersey in 1938, Mrs. America is the original, premiere ‘Mrs.’ Pageant. For more information, contact the state director at: (856) 371-8069 or email: gwnjamerica@yahoo.com (type ‘2009 Pageant’ in the subject line).

Visit www.mrsnewjerseyamerica.com for more information about the organization and to view upcoming meeting dates and locations.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Mount Olive Easter Egg Hunt 2009 Rescheduled

Mount Olive Easter Egg Hunt 2009
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - The 2009 Mount Olive Kiwanis Club Egg Hunt scheduled for today has been rescheduled for Next Sunday, April 5th. Registration begins at 12:30 noon.

For more information visit the Kiwanis Club web site.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Mount Olive Easter Egg Hunt 2009

Mount Olive Easter Egg Hunt 2009
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - Mount Olive High School Key Club and the Mount Olive Kiwanis Club are hosting the 2009 Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 29th, 2009 in Turkey Brook Park on Flanders Road, Mount Olive, New Jersey.

Event Registration begins at 12:30pm, the Egg Hunt will begin promptly at 1:00pm. Donations are $3 per child or $5 per two children. Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be available for $5 each, or $8 for two.

No pillow cases will be allowed; and children should bring baskets or small bags.

Only children under 3 may be assisted by an adult to collect eggs.

Event Contact Information
For more information about the Easter Egg Hunt, please email bao98@optonline.net or call (973) 527-3294.

Founded in 1995, Mount Olive Township Kiwanis sponsor a variety of community programs each year including, Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt, Shop-N-Rock, All-You-Can-Eat Beef Steak Diner, the Santa House, and the town favorite Kiwanis Club Dunk Tank at the Mount Olive Community Carnival.

The club meets every First and Third Thursday of the month beginning at 7:30pm at Frank's Pizza, 240 US Highway 208, Flanders, New Jersey 07836. Everyone is encouraged and welcome to attend.

For more information on the Mount Olive Kiwanis, please visit their website www.mtolivekiwanis.com >>

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Mt Olive Sunshine Recreation Scholarship Fund

Chili's Grill and Bar Restaurant in Mount Olive, New Jersey
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - Pepper in some Fun on Monday, March 30th, 2009 at the Chili's of Mount Olive to support the Mount Olive Sunshine Recreation Scholarship Fund. Chili's has pledged to donate 10% of their sales from 11am to 11pm.

Mount Olive Sunshine Recreation Scholarship Fund provides financial support for children from financially challenged families to participate in Recreation Programs. Families that receive scholarships are also expected to give back to the community through volunteering in Mount Olive Community Service projects.

"Your support of our community will allow others to give back and support our community," said Jill Daggon, Mount Olive Recreation Department Director. "Recreation activities and programs are a vital quality of life service that has so many benefits -- developing healthy lifestyles, combating childhood obesity, reducing stress, connecting families and character development."

Bring the family to Chili's on Monday, March 30th, 2009 from 11:am to 11:00pm, present this flyer and Pepper in some fun.

Chili's Grill & Bar
53 International Drive, South
(ITC Crossing Shopping Center)
Flanders, New Jersey 07836
(973) 691-8356

Rich Ramirez at Wyndham Garden Hotel

Comedian Rich Ramirez
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - Rich Ramirez, who has appeared on Comedy Central, A&E’s “American Humor: What’s So Funny”, and NBC’s hit drama series “Law and Order”, will bring his incredible sense of humor to the Wyndham Garden Hotel in the International Trade Center on Wednesday, April 1st, 2009.

Sponsored by Picatinny Federal Credit Union, this will surely be 'One Funny Luncheon' as the ITCA celebrates April Fool’s Day with comedic style!

The luncheon, which runs from noon to 1:00 with the show beginning at 12:15, is open to ITCA associates, family and friends, and the business community. Tickets purchased by ITCA associates and Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce members are just $22 each. Tickets purchased by non-ITCA associates are $25 a piece. Ticket price includes laughs, a hot catered lunch with two pastas, soup, salad, bread sticks and dessert.

To reserve your tickets for 'One Funny Luncheon', call the ITCA office, (973) 347-3088.

About Rich Ramirez
Ramirez is a veteran stand-up comic, an actor, writer, singer and founder of the Salsoul Comedy Troupe. For additional information visit www.richramirez.com

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Iowa 5th Grade Geography Project

West Ridge Elementary School in Harlan, Iowa
HARLAN, IOWA - We would like to give a very special shout out for West Ridge Elementary School in Harlan, Iowa. Mrs. Newlin's 5th grade Social Studies class is currently studying geography and the history of our states.

Courtnee H. wrote a letter to the editor of Flanders NJ News requesting a little help with their class project. She is seeking postcards, souvenirs, an old license plate, or other information and history about New Jersey.

To participate, send your item addressed to:

Courtnee H.
c/o Mrs. Newlin's Social Studies Class
West Ridge Elementary School
1401 19th Street
Harlan, IA 51537

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

2009 ITCA Leprechaun Leap 5K

2009 ITCA Leprechaun Leap 5K
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - A run through the International Trade Center in Mount Olive on Sunday, March 22nd will be a "Leap" forward for a lucky charity. The 12th annual Leprechaun Leap 5K, sponsored by Picatinny Federal Credit Union, will benefit a non-profit organization to be determined by the Credit Union at a later date.

The International Trade Center Alliance(ITCA) together with the Mount Olive Mayor's Wellness Council will host this year's Leprechaun Leap, considered by serious - and not so serious - runners as the annual kickoff to the road race season. The goal of the Mayors Wellness Council is to increase opportunities for New Jersey residents to participate in daily physical activity with a long-term goal of reducing personal and health care costs secondary to obesity. It is the perfect match for an event where young and old alike can walk, jog or run on the flat, easy-to-traverse course.

The 5K race will begin at 1:00 pm. Mile clocks and water stops will be available along the way. This race is truly a community-minded event. Anyone is invited to participate, any age, at any level of runner. Everyone is encouraged to wear your best St. Patrick's Day costume!

On behalf of Picatinny Federal Credit Union, Business Development Manager Tom Quigley urges athletes "of all kinds" to come on out and enjoy the festivities. "We love to see all the runners, especially the ones in green," smiled Quigley. "But we at Picatinny Federal Credit Union pride ourselves on being community minded first, and will be proud to give the proceeds from this race to a worthy organization."

Quigley added that more than two-thirds of the Credit Union's employees will be volunteering to help out on race day.

Awards will be presented to the first three finishers overall, male and female, and to the winners of several age groups, ranging from 14 to 75 and over.

Registration is required. Entry fees are $18 for those who pre-register by March 13th ($16 for USATF members) and $22 thereafter. Pre-registrants will receive a Leprechaun Leap T-shirt while supplies last. Registration will also be held the day of the event from 11:30am to 12:45pm.

Register online at www.ITCAevents.org. For further information, call the ITCA at (973) 347-3088.

The Leprechaun Leap will be held rain or shine. The International Trade Center is located just off of Routes 80 and 46 in Mount Olive, NJ. The race begins at 850 Clark Drive.

About the Picatinny Federal Credit Union
Picatinny Federal Credit Union was established in 1939 at Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, New Jersey. The Credit Union started as a small financial institution offering basic savings accounts to civilian members and later included both active and retired military personnel.

Today, Picatinny Federal Credit Union is a full service financial institution with 4 branches in Morris County, more than 15,000 members, over 200 businesses and more than $200 million in assets. In 2005, the Credit Union was granted a Community Charter, which allows anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Morris County, New Jersey. to become a member of the Credit Union and take advantage of all the financial services provided such as savings, checking, money markets, IRA's, loans and on-line banking with free bill payer.

To learn more about Picatinny Federal Credit Union, visit www.picacreditunion.com.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

“The Beat Goes On” Cardiac Care Class

MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - Heather Detoro and Tano Giacchino, emergency medical technicians with the Flanders Fire Company and Rescue Squad, examine a pig's heart they dissected as part of a class on human heart emergencies. A pig's heart is anatomically similar to human hearts.

Heather Detoro and Tano Giacchino

The two were taking part in a one-evening class “The Beat Goes On”, held Tuesday night hosted by Flanders Fire and Rescue, conducted by Atlantic Health.

More information about the Flanders Fire and Rescue emergency medical classes can be obtained by calling the Flanders Firehouse at (973) 584-7805.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Jim Breuer at Mount Olive High School

Jim Breuer to perform at the Mount Olive Performing Arts Center
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - Jim Breuer will be performing one night only at the Mount Olive Performing Arts Center at 8:00pm on March 14th, 2009. Proceeds will benefit the Mount Olive High School Percussion Ensemble so they may attend the 'Music For All National Festival' in March of this year.

The Mount Olive Performing Arts Center is located in the Mt. Olive High School, 18 Corey Road, Flanders, New Jersey. General Admission Tickets are $25. A meet and greet session with Jim Breuer is planned for before the show, you can purchase a ticket for $35, doors open at 6:30pm. Purchase your tickets at www.ticketalternative.com

Jim Breuer is best known for his appearances on Saturday Night Live between 1995-1998 with a cast of characters that included 'Goat Boy' and 'Glen Henderson' and fabulous impressions of Joe Pesci. Breuer accomplishments also include a season as host of the VH1 show 'Web Junk 20' as well as guest appearances on the Mancow Show, Howard Stern, and Opie and Anthony. Jim currently has shows on XM and Sirius Satellite Radio. For more information on show times and tour dates for Breuer's stand comedy, visit www.jimbreuer.com

The Mount Olive High School Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Russ Tybus has been invited to participate in the National Percussion Festival, part of the 2009 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. The festival will take place March 19-21, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mount Olive is the first ever percussion ensemble from New Jersey to be selected to perform at this prestigious event.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Jeanie Bryson Show in Trenton 2/14 Canceled

NEW JERSEY - The New Jersey Jazz Society announced that the Jeanie Bryson show scheduled for Saturday, February 14th, 2009 at the The Hopewell Bistro's Starlight Room in Trenton, NJ has been canceled.

The cancellation comes with the sad news that guitarist Coleman Mellet and saxophonist Gerry Niewood were aboard the commuter Flight 3407 that crashed late Thursday about 6 miles from a Buffalo, New York. The plane crashed into a home in suburban Buffalo, tragically killing all 49 people aboard and one person on the ground.

Coleman Mellet, An accomplished jazz guitarist, and Gerry Niewood, a childhood friend of trumpeter Chuck Mangione, were flying to Buffalo for a performance with Mangione's band and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Jeanie Bryson is the daughter of songwriter Connie Bryson and the legendary jazz great Dizzy Gillespie, and Mellet's wife.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

NJ Emergency Cardiac Care Class

Flanders New Jersey Fire and Rescue
FLANDERS, NEW JERSEY – Emergency medical services providers and other public safety personnel can catch up on the latest treatments for heart-related ailments by attending a one-evening class “The Beat Goes On”. The class will be held at 7pm Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 at the Flanders Firehouse, 27 Main Street in Flanders, NJ.

“Cardiac calls are among the most common and urgent calls we respond to,” said Capt. Heather Detoro, who heads the Flanders Fire/Rescue EMS Division. “This class, taught by Atlantic Health, will help us continue to deliver state-of-the-art care to our residents.”

The Beat Goes On” class covers the latest protocols for cardiac care. It is the first in a yearlong series of classes to be offered at Flanders Fire/Rescue on the third Tuesday night of each month. In addition, a series of other classes are planned on weekends. The first class of the weekend series will be International Trauma Life Support, taught by instructors from Saint Clare’s Hospital. Both classes are eligible for continuing education units.

The classes are free to state-certified emergency medical technicians and paramedics, who can register for either class at www.njoemscert.com. Those interested in The Beat Goes On can also call (908) 522-2323.

More information about the Flanders Fire and Rescue series can be obtained by calling the Flanders Firehouse at (973) 584-7805.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Mount Olive Township Board of Education Elections

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY - The Mount Olive Board of Education has three open spots to fill in the April election.

Do you posses the following qualities:

  • The ability to work well with a team and support group decisions, along with an understanding that the board sets a climate for the entire Mount Olive School district
  • A desire to work toward a stronger relationship between the district and the public it serves
  • A keen eye toward serving the needs of all students, regardless of their abilities and backgrounds
  • A professional, poised demeanor and respectful, respectable behavior
  • Respect for diverse points of view
  • Commitment to the time and energy required each week for meetings, phone calls, conversations, visits to schools, and professional development seminars and workshops
  • Knowledge about district policies, guidelines, needs, challenges and strengths
  • Read more about 'How to Choose a School Board Candidate: What Every Voter Should Know' »

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Mount Olive Township BOE, stop by the district office at 89 Route 46, Budd Lake, New Jersey and pick up a copy of the 'School Board Candidate Kit'.

Nominating petitions must be filed with the Board Secretary on or before 4:00pm Monday, March 2nd, 2009.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Doc South 'On the Front Porch' Oldies Radio Show

by Noelle Kehrley || Flanders NJ News || February 08, 2009

Doc South 'On the Front Porch' Oldies Radio ShowNEW JERSEY - Doc South, the host of 'On the Front Porch' Oldies Radio Show, is back on the airwaves spinnin' Oldies & DooWop, MoTown, Big Band, 50's to 70's R&R, Early Country, Comedy & Novelty, Old Time Radio (OTR), and even a Polka or two. Doc has taken his oldies show National and is now available on the Internet via www.timetravelispossible.com

Doc South began his career in Radio at the tender age of four playing records for his family and friends. Doc's grandfather gave him a box of records, a record player, and a little encouragement - he fell in love immediately and has been spinnin' a show ever since.

Doc first went 'On Air' in early 1981 for WVOT in Wilson, North Carolina. Doc's show really began to take shape when reenactors from Colonial Williamsburgh, Virgina called in during the show. "I've interviewed Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Gowan Pamphlet" exclaimed Doc South "I used to say... 'I'm talking to you from the future using amazing inventions that make all this possible'. It wasn't long before listeners would call in remarking 'Time Travel really is possible!'

Towards the end of 1981 Doc relocated to New Jersey and joined WNTI out of Hackettstown, where he remained for 25 years broadcasting the 'Doc South Oldies Show' on Wednesday's and an occasional Friday night.

In the early 1990's he added a Saturday time slot with a similar show for WRNJ, also in Hackettstown. Doc's loyal followers demanded more, and in 2003 he began full-time with WRNJ broadcasting 'On The Front Porch' every Monday thru Friday in the afternoon.

Doc South was born Richard Michael Tomlanson, or Mike to his friends, in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He spent most of his time growing-up in Chester and now lives on a horse farm in Long Valley with his wife Sandy and their basset hound Roxie.

Internet radio
Online radio is the wave of the future, giving listeners more freedom, more options, and more great music. For radio, the Internet is not a brand extension, which is contrary to a marketers conventional thinking. It is the new brand. In April of 2008, Doc joined Giant Pumpkin Productions with Partner Dan Hollis to begin broadcasting 'On The Front Porch' via the internet - nationally.

Listen to 'On The Front Porch' online or experience the show live Mondays-Sundays at the Chatterbox Drive In located in Augusta, New Jersey. For specific dates and times, please visit www.timetravelispossible.com

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

NJ Jazz Society 40th Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp

Bandleader Vince Giordano. Photo Courtesy of Tony Mottola
MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey Jazz Society announced today that it will hold its 40th Annual Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany on Sunday, March 1 from Noon to 5:00pm. The Birchwood Manor is located at 111 North Jefferson Road in Whippany, New Jersey.

This year’s Stomp offers a lineup of four bands that includes Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, Danny Tobias Quintet, Dan Levinson and His Swing Wing, and the Warren Vaché Trio. Attendees include Society members, swing dancers from around the region, and the general public. Information and tickets are available at www.NJJS.org.

The Stomp is named for clarinetist Charles Ellsworth Russell, much better known by his nickname, Pee Wee Russell. Russell's unique and sometimes derided approach was praised as ahead of its time, and cited by some as an early example of free jazz. His distinctive style was a mainstay in traditional jazz bands along the east coast until his death in 1969.

The Society began this annual event in 1970 and established a jazz scholarship program in the name of Pee Wee Russell at Rutgers University, one that currently provides multiple scholarships each year. Scholarships are announced and presented as are two additional awards, bestowed to a musician and non-musician. “It’s always a thrill for us to identify and award the Pee Wee Russell scholarships to the jazz students. It fulfills our mission to educate as well as present and promote jazz all around our great state,” said Andrea Tyson, president of the New Jersey Jazz Society.

Further information about the Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp and the New Jersey Jazz Society can be found at www.NJJS.org.

About the New Jersey Jazz Society
Founded in 1972, the New Jersey Jazz Society exists to promote and preserve the great American musical art form known as Jazz through live jazz performances and educational outreach initiatives and scholarships. The Society is operated by a board of directors who stage music events, award scholarships to deserving New Jersey college jazz studies students, conduct the Generations of Jazz program in local school systems, and induct pioneers and legends of jazz into the American Jazz Hall of Fame. The New Jersey Jazz Society is qualified as a tax-exempt cultural organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to NJJS are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Chester Square Dance

CHESTER, NEW JERSEY - Community Presbyterian Church of Chester is hosting a Square Dance on Friday, Feb 7th from 7-10pm. Music provided by “Monday Night Jam.” Money raised will fund a mission trip to repair homes in Wolfe County, Kentucky in July with Appalachia Service Project. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door.

Contact Christy Young at (908) 310-6211 or ycyoung@aol.com for tickets.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Groundhog Day 2009

Punxsutawney Phil
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA - Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, predicting six more weeks of winter are on the way.

Phil emerged on Gobbler's Knob, just after dawn in front of an estimated 13,000 onlookers - many still pumped up from the Steeler's Superbowl win the night before.

Phil's past predictions have been 100% accurate, according to Bill Cooper, Inner Circle President. Take a look »

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Mount Olive Chamber hosts Mayor Scapicchio

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY - The Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce recently hosted its third annual Breakfast with the Mayor at the Longhorn Steakhouse located in the ITC Crossing Shopping Center. Mayor David Scapicchio looked back on 2008 and updated chamber members and guests on what to expect in 2009.

Rick Ege, Mayor David Scapicchio, and Jeff Stadelman
Photo, left to right, Mount Olive Chamber President Rick Ege, Mayor David Scapicchio, and Chamber Vice President Jeff Stadelman.

For more information about the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.mtolivechambernj.com

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Mount Olive Winter Wonderland 2009

Mount Olive NJ Recreation Department
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - Winter is in the air and Mount Olive Recreation is hosting a Winter Wonderland on January 31st, 2009 at the Tinc Road Elementary School.

Crafts, Snowman Contest (outdoor/indoor), Vendors, Broom Hockey Games, Winter Scavenger Hunt, Music, Outdoor/Indoor Games, Pictures with Mr. Frost, and much more.

Tinc Road Elementary School Cafeteria
Tinc Road, Flanders, New Jersey 07836
9am - 12:30pm
Free Admission

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Daryl Cobb releases Children’s book

Bill the Bat Baby Sits Bella by Daryl Cobb
MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY - Children’s book author Daryl Cobb releases “Bill the Bat Babysits Bella”, Cobb's 8th published picture book in the last three years.

Bill the Bat Babysits Bella is a rhyming story about a bat that spends a week baby sitting his little sister. It represents a positive bond between siblings and the importance of family. This book is easy to read with vibrant illustrations, recommended for children ages 0 to 8.

Some of Cobb’s other titles include “Daniel Dinosaur,” “Henry Hare’s Floppy Socks,” and “Boy On A Hill.” Daryl Cobb’s 10 To 2 Children’s Books publishing’s #1 selling book of 2008,“Daddy Did I Ever Say? I Love You, Love You, Every Day” is a unique story that captures the essence of what makes the father-child relationship special.

Cobb is a part of 10 To 2 Children’s Books “Helping Hands” program, a community service program that aides children and families through creative arts. Cobb’s music and story time shows have been enjoyed by all through organizations such as the Hunterdon County YMCA’s Child Learning Center, The Boys and Girls Club, The Wetlands Society, Spina Bifida Association and the YMCA of Hillsborough. Money raised from the sale of Cobb’s books have helped the Boys and Girls Club, various YMCAs, Immaculate Conception School, J & J Learning Center, Habitat For Humanity, and the College of Saint Elizabeth... to name a few.

Cobb hails from Clinton, New Jersey and takes his show on the road throughout New Jersey, Deleware and Pennsylvania. Upcoming New Jersey events include East Amwell School in Ringoes, the Hunterdon County Library in High Bridge, Elizabeth Moore School, Milford Preschool, Clinton Preschool, Kiddie Academy in Chester, Bernice Young School and Seaview Elementary.

Daryl Cobb is an author, musician and singer/songwriter from New Jersey who promotes literacy through creative arts. With more than 25 years of experience, Daryl's presentations teach audiences that creative thinking is a fundamental aspect of everyday life. Cobb uses creative arts such as; music, sing-a-longs, storytelling, interactive exercises and graphic images to create a visually stimulating and entertaining show.

For more information on Daryl Cobb’s books, school assembly program, music, story time shows and charity work - visit www.darylkcobb.com

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Peanut Product Recalls Spreading

MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY - The scope of the salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter and peanut paste continues to widen affecting popular products such as cookies, cakes, ice cream, crackers, and now some pet foods.

PetSmart announced today the voluntary recall of Grreat Choice dog biscuits because they, too, may contain the tainted ingredient. All though there have been no reports of troubled pets, buyer beware.
Read PetSmart's press release »

The FDA's recent announcement of a salmonella investigation involving peanut butter products distributed through the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) has caused quite a stir.

As the list of products lengthens, the Food and Drug Administration is continualy updating its online list of tainted peanut products.

The number of people sickened by the salmonella outbreak linked to peanut products has increased to 485 in the U.S., with 19 cases reported in New Jersey. Infection from the outbreak may have contributed to as many as six deaths.

Salmonella bacteria can cause an infection that often produces diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days. While most people recover without medical treatment(but plenty of fluids!), infants, elderly people and those with compromised immune systems can develop severe illness that can result in death if not promptly treated with antibiotics.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Mount Olive Library Director Rita Hilbert Recognized

Rita Hilbert and Lou Nisivoccia
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - Immediate Past President of the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce Lou Nisivoccia of Nisivoccia Consulting LLC presented former Mount Olive Library Director Rita Hilbert with a token of appreciation for her many years of service to the chamber at the organization's annual Holiday Meeting in December 2008.

Hilbert was a long-time Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce member and board member.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

20 YR Nonprofit to Ring Bell at New York Stock Exchange

New York Stock Exchange
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - Presents of Mind's parent company Community Options will kick off their 20th anniversary celebration by ringing the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, January 14th, 2009.

Presents of Mind, which is located at the Mall at 206 in Mount Olive, is the latest store to join six nonprofit businesses that Community Options operates across New Jersey, where individuals with disabilities learn job skills, gain experience and earn a living. The other business include a flower and gift store - Vaseful, in New Brunswick and three Daily Plan It shops which are complete office, copy and print centers in Morristown, Moorestown and Princeton.

Community Options, Inc., a Princeton based national nonprofit, is an organization that has been providing residential and employment support to people with developmental disabilities for twenty years.

With 22 regional offices throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut,
Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas and New Mexico,
Community Options has remained vigilant in its founding mission and cause-
to develop housing and employment opportunities for people with
developmental disabilities. Community Options currently employs 2,500
Direct Support Professionals, Management and Administrative staff
throughout the country. Community Options currently supports over 1,500 people
with developmental disabilities in inclusive communities and competitive

The Board of Directors of Community Options including Robert Stack,
Founder, President and CEO, Svetlana Repic-Qira, Dr. Clarence York, Frank Zak, Peter Dulligan, Thomas Burdick, Bright Rajaratnam, Tim Dunigan, Paul Hritz, Tim Carden, Howard Maher and Rebecca Bugaj Zak will all be in attendance on Wednesday to participate in the ceremony of ringing the opening bell.

Community Options is the nation's fastest growing nonprofit organization
supporting people with developmental disabilities and while this growth is
substantial, the quality of our support is never compromised. Community
Options provides the highest level of quality support and innovation in
all program design.

As Community Options moves into its 20th year of dedicated service, there
are many events coming up that would behoove the public, advocates,
families and professionals to participate in. May 13-15th is our 4th
Annual Conference in Princeton, New Jersey which will highlight and
coordinate a national symposium of our accomplishments over the past 20
years. Our Annual Gala will be held on Friday, May 15, 2009 at
Drumthwacket (NJ Governor's Mansion) in Princeton, New Jersey.

To learn more about us and to join us on our journey of supporting people
with developmental disabilities, please visit us on the web at www.comop.org

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Movie Night and Chili Dinner

Facing the Giants
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - The Hope Baptist Church of Flanders, NJ will be hosting 'Movie Night and Chili Dinner' on January 31st, 2009 beginning at 5pm.

Bring the family to enjoy 'Facing the Giants' an action-packed, family-friendly drama about a high school football coach who draws up a new game plan for his team ...and himself.

All you can eat including sodas & snacks
$4.00 per family
Open to the Public

For more information, Please contact Joy Koltenuk (973) 927-1475

Friday, January 9, 2009

Flanders Fire/Rescue Selects 2009 Officers

Flanders Fire Company and Rescue Squad No 1
FLANDERS, NEW JERSEY – Command of fire and emergency medical operations in Flanders will continue under the same leadership in 2009. That’s the choice of members of the Flanders Fire Company and Rescue Squad, who recently selected their 2009 leaders.

Fire Chief Fred Detoro Jr. will remain chief of department. It will be his 10th year in the position. As chief he has overseen the department’s growth in recent years, including the addition of specialized equipment for mass decontamination and new apparatus.

Michael McDermott and Greg Widzemok will continue as assistant chiefs. Tom Shields was promoted from lieutenant to captain. Robert Uhlmann and Scott Faluotico were elected as lieutenants. Both have served in that capacity in the past.

In the Emergency Medical Services Division, members elected Heather Detoro to another term as captain. Bruce Gallagher will continue to serve as first lieutenant and Roberto Salazar will serve as second lieutenant again. Tyler Wargo also was chosen as a second lieutenant.

Joe Abrusci was re-appointed engineer. As engineer, Abrusci heads up a team of firefighters who maintain the apparatus and the equipment on those trucks.

“The re-election of so many senior people not only demonstrates the faith of the membership in the direction of the department, but provides continuity so we continue to grow with Mount Olive and assure that we can quickly provide state-of-the-art services,” said Chief Detoro. “In addition, the new officers have extensive line experience and we welcome their fresh ideas.”

The Flanders Firefighter’s Association also chose its 2009 leadership. The association runs the business end of fire and emergency medical services. That includes adhering to myriad state and federal regulations regarding personnel and homeland security rules. In charge of the association will be Kevin Dolan, who moved from vice president to president. Joe Abrusci, former president, becomes vice president.

Other association officers include Scott Faluotico, secretary; Michael Jopp, treasurer; Tano Giacchino, assistant treasurer; Tom Puder, personnel officer; and Roberto Salazar, trustee.

All will be installed at a banquet January 31st, 2009.

The Flanders Fire Company and Rescue Squad No 1 provides fire protection and emergency medical services to residents and businesses in Flanders and, through mutual aid, surrounding towns. It is made up of about 75 members, all of whom receive training in fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials response, homeland security issues and emergency medical services. The fire company operates two fire engines, one tower truck, one heavy rescue, a brush-and-foam truck, three ambulances, a multiple-casualty unit and a mass decontamination unit.

In addition, the fire company offers public education services including lectures, demonstrations, training and a trailer that safely simulates a smoke-filled home.

For information about Flanders Fire Company and Rescue Squad No 1 membership, donations or public education, call (973) 584-6745.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Miss New Jersey Preliminary Titles

Stephanie Nunziato
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY – Several women from across the state vying for one of three Miss New Jersey preliminary titles and college scholarships will compete on Sunday, January 18th, 2009 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Mount Olive Township.

Among those competing will be 19-year old Stephanie Nunziato of Newton. A graduate of Newton High School in 2007, she now attends Rutgers University in New Brunswick where she is a sophomore with a major in Genetics and a minor in Psychology. Nunziato, Miss Newton in 2008, has never been shy about trying new things.

“I have not participated in a pageant of this extent; however, I love trying new things and I’m looking forward to the experience.” said Nunziato.

The Miss Tri-County, Miss Gateway and Miss Queen City crowns will be on the line when Stephanie Nunziato and a host of other women ages 17-24 compete for the Miss New Jersey preliminary titles. Winning a local pageant qualifies the victor to collect a scholarship and then to compete at the Miss New Jersey Pageant which will be held in June in Ocean City, New Jersey. If fortunate enough to be crowned Miss New Jersey, the winner will then compete in Las Vegas for the title of Miss America.

The competition takes place from 6-9pm at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in the International Trade Center and is open to the public. Tickets will be sold at the door.

The Miss America Organization is the single largest provider of scholarships for young ladies between 17 and 24 years of age, awarding millions of dollars annually. Each young lady, to qualify for the scholarships, must compete in a local pageant such as the Miss Gateway, Miss Tri-County and Miss Queen City Pageant.

If you would like to learn more about the pageant and tickets, please call Terry Karns, Pageant Director at (973) 479-4680.

For further information about the Wyndham Garden Hotel of Mount Olive, phone (973) 448-1100. The Wyndham is located at 1000 International Drive North, just off of Routes 46 and 80 (exit 25).