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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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 »