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March 31, 2015

Montville Township Committee Meeting on Tuesday, March 24 Presents New Projects for the Boy Scouts, Eagle Scout Projects, and A School Resource Officer

ABest_2a16b4c5b2d51b3dc568_TwpCm_Oct_14_2014_002t the Montville Township Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 24, two Boy Scouts presented their proprosed Eagle Scout projects, an update on the Budget was provided and the idea of a School Resource Officer was discussed.

Scouts Present Eagle Project Proposals
Montville Township Troop 74 Scouts Cameron Poole and Brandon Wong presented their proposed Eagle Scout projects to the Township Committee. Poole wishes to concentrate his project on Montville’s Veterans of Foreign War building and grounds, located adjacent to the Community Park on Changebridge Road.  Poole’s plan includes replacing the sign post, replacing and repainting the flag destruction mailbox, and some simple landscaping work including building a bench. “The purpose of this post, as well as the VFW as a whole, is to recognize the efforts of veterans and support their community,” stated Poole in his presentation. “Letting this site get run down would not be giving the proper respect to the veterans. My fellow troop member is also helping the VFW by refurbishing the tank next to the post. With our joint efforts of refurbishing that area of the park, it will become much cleaner and more attractive to the visitors.” Wong’s project involves refurbishing Montville’s 9/11 and Pan Am Flight 103 memorials. Plans include installing a bench on a currently existing concrete slab, installing some small trees and plants, and mulching the area. Both project proposals were unanimously approved by the Committee.

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March 30, 2015

Lazar Students to Stage “Fiddler on the Roof Junior,” April 22 and 23

Robert R. Lazar Middle School in Montville, New Jersey will present “Fiddler on the Roof Junior,” Fiddler CastWednesday and Thursday, April 22 and 23, at 7:30 p.m. The classic American musical, with book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). “’Fiddler on the Roof Junior’ is a special adaptation of the classic Broadway musical, which tackles the universal theme of tradition in ways that reach across barriers of race, class, nationality, and religion,” the MTI website explains.

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Montville UNICO Presents its 26th Annual Dinner Dance May 2, 2015

UnicoOn Saturday, May 2, 2015, Montville UNICO Foundation will present its 26th Annual Dinner Dance at the Hanover Manor, Eagle Rock Ave, E. Hanover, NJ.  This year the theme will be the “Kentucky Derby” with a live big screen viewing at race time 6:30pm.  With a cocktail hour from 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm and dinner and dancing until 10:00pm and an open bar all night, we anticipated a fun evening.  All women are encouraged to wear a decorated hat, as is derby custom, and prizes for the best hats will be awarded.  Other derby traditions of food and drink will also be available.  

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March 27, 2015

Hilldale Elementary School Donates 370 Sandwiches to Homeless Bus

The 367 students of Hilldale Elementary School in Montville, New Jersey joined forces to send 370 Sandwich 1sandwiches, wrapped in hearts, to Homeless Bus, Inc. A non-profit that travels to New York City from Towaco, New Jersey, every Saturday night, Homeless Bus, Inc. was founded by Mark and Anna Landgrebe in 1992. The dedicated family of volunteers is based in the Towaco section of Montville Township. In addition to making sandwiches, the kindergarten through fifth grade students donated dollars to decorate hearts.  

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Montville Mustangs Bring Home the Halvorsen Cup

Halv CupMontville’s varsity hockey team reached a great milestone this season. On Feb. 19, the Mustangs, with only 52.1 seconds on the clock, scored the game winning goal against West Morris to take their first Halvorsen Cup at Mennen Arena. New to the division this year, the Mustangs went into the season having lost key players with the graduating class of 2014. "Our biggest challenge was going to be replacing the experience we lost in defense and finding more attackers to score goals," said Head Coach Meg Hishmeh. "We lost four of our five defense which meant we would be relying on one senior, one converted sophomore and three freshmen to play defense. Continue reading

March 26, 2015

Montville Chamber Networking Event, April 8th

Batter up for an Opening Day Networking Event sponsored by The Montville Township Chamber of Montville 1Commerce and hosted by Kearny Bank in their bank lobby on Wednesday, April 8th from 5:00pm-7:00PM. Bring your business cards and join us for complimentary refreshments: Kearny Bank is located at 339 Main Road, Montville, NJ. Please RSVP by April 1st to Nery Diaz or Ileana Vargas @ 973-331-0075 or or We hope to see you there!!

Montville Township Police Explorers to Hold Tricky Tray Fundraiser

Explorers 3The Montville Township Police Explorers will be holding a tricky tray fundraiser on Thursday, April 30th at Hanover Manor in East Hanover. The Post, which is a non-profit youth group, has existed for more than 30 years, and is for students ages 14 to 21 who are interested in law enforcement. Explorers attend meetings throughout the school year to learn enforcement techniques, but the Post also provides community service within the Township by performing such services as aiding at the Montville Fourth of July celebration and the Relay for Life celebration, and keeping business parking lots cleared at the Towaco Music & Arts Festival.  

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March 25, 2015

Tentative School Budget Accepted by Montville Township Board of Education

040115-nn-jamestevisThe Montville Township Board of Education voted to accept the preliminary 2015-16 school budget at a special BOE meeting on Tuesday, March 17, which allows James Tevis, secretary to the Board of Education, to submit the tentative budget to the executive county superintendent of schools for approval in accordance with the statutory deadline. The tentative total general fund expense budget for 2015-16 is $72,601,362. The total of taxes to be raised is $64,913,806. For the average homeowner, taxes will increase $151.84. This figure is based on the average home valued at $527,951. The tax increase is at the state required 2-percent cap. After the tentative budget is approved by the state, there will be a public hearing and adoption of the budget on Tuesday, April 28. Changes to the budget may occur until the vote that day. One major change in the revised preliminary budget is that the teacher reduction in William Mason will not occur.

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March 24, 2015

Montville Resident to Become the New Dean of Student Life

031815-nn-depasqualeGill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone has announced that David Pasquale, of Montville, director of athletics, has accepted a new position as dean of student life, effective July 1. Pasquale was appointed director of athletics in 2005, after 12 years of teaching and coaching at Newark Academy. With over 400 career victories as a head baseball and basketball coach, Pasquale was inducted into the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association (NJSCA) Hall of Fame in March of 2014 and over the past 10 years has played a significant part in the growth of Gill’s athletics program and facilities. Throughout Pasquale’s tenure, GSB successfully transitioned its competitive reach from the all-independent school Patriot Conference to the Skyland Conference (2009) and expanded the number of interscholastic athletic offerings to include swimming, fencing, ice hockey and lacrosse. 

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March 23, 2015

Sign Up For Montville Bark For Life Event That Supports American Cancer Society

Bark for lifeSpring is just about here (it really is) and it is time that you start to get motivated! The best way to do that is to register yourself and your dog for the 2015 MONTVILLE BARK FOR LIFE, a canine event that supports American Cancer Society. It is held right here in Montville and it is totally family friendly and a lot of fun! Montville residency not required - all are welcome to attend.  There will be a dj, vendor shopping, dog adoptions, food, raffles and a K9 demonstration.  Click on the link below and register your dog(s) NOW! The fee goes up as the date gets closer.

William Mason Elementary Student Named New Jersey National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist

HalperngeoBen Halpern, a 4th grade student at William Mason Elementary School in Montville, New Jersey, has been notified  by the National  Geographic Society  that he is one of the semifinalists eligible  to compete  in the 2015 New Jersey National  Geographic State Bee, sponsored  by Google  and Plum Creek.  The contest will be held at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey on Friday, March 27, 2015. This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 27th year. To qualify, Halpern emerged as the champion of the William Mason School Geo Bee. School Bees were held, throughout the state, in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students, to determine a school champion.

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Montville Township Sixth Grader Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

Brady Garb, (age 11), of Towaco, a sixth grade student at Robert R. Lazar Middle School, Mikebrady copyin Montville, has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Cedar Hill Elementary School nominated Brady for national honors this fall in recognition of his volunteer service.

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American Girl Café Made Memories for Girls, Moms, Dolls and Grandmas

DollsThe Class of 2016 at Montville Township High School (MTHS) held the third annual American Girl Doll Café fundraiser on Saturday, February 21, 2015. The Montville Township High School Junior Class fundraiser exceeded goals by $2000. Attendance at the special outing for girls, dolls, moms, and grandmas has steadily grown since 2013. Last year 140 girls and dolls enjoyed the luncheon. This year that number exceeded 165. In addition, a record 141 adults were served.

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March 20, 2015

Montville Township High School 12th grader, Shweta Vazhappilly, Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

5 MTHS 001 copyMontville Township High School (MTHS) Principal, Douglas Sanford, is proud to announce that Shweta Vazhappilly of Pine Brook, a senior student at MTHS, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Hussein Obama.  MTHS nominated Shweta for national honors in fall 2014.

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Two Great Concerts, Two Great Causes on Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 7:30 PM

3a 094 3 copyTwo Great Concerts, Two Great Causes launches this spring with two benefit performances that will feature the rock-n-roll stylings of the acclaimed Montville School of Rock (MSOR).MSOR, a high-energy Montville Township High School (MTHS) club for exciting entertainers, will host two concerts, for two performances only, as fundraisers for two Montville-based nonprofits: Homeless Bus Inc. and The Montville Drug Awareness Council. The benefit concerts will be held in the MTHS auditorium at 100 Horseneck Road in Montville, New Jersey on Tuesday and Wednesday March 31 and April 1, 2015 at 7:30PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets will be sold at the door. The March 31 concert will benefit Homeless Bus Inc., and proceeds from the April 1 concert will benefit The Montville Drug Awareness Council. 

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Montville Twp. Board of Ed. Announces Staff reductions & Many Opt Out of PARCC

QORARUT640DQ9OQD-rsz640x633-cp0x78x640x398Dr. Paul Fried, superintendent of Montville Township public schools, presented a revised budget to the Montville Township Board of Education at a meeting on Tuesday, March 10. The budget calls for a reduction of three elementary school teachers: one in Valley View, William Mason, and Woodmont. The reductions in staff are based on enrollment, and with reductions, class size limits are not exceeded. Parents from William Mason expressed their displeasure with the reduction of a teacher at their school. On the topic of staffing, Fried said, "As far as the budget is concerned, we look at our staffing needs very carefully and will continue to look at enrollment patterns and staffing needs as we approach our next budget meeting on Tuesday, March 17." As for PARCC testing, Fried stated, "The testing is proceeding smoothly. The technology and process is working." However, the number of students opting out of taking the test is increasing.

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March 19, 2015

Cooney for Montville Wine Tasting Fundraiser Monday March 30th 7pm-9pm

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Montville Chamber New Member Event March 31

RailsPlease Join the Chamber as we host a Welcome New Member Networking Event at the luxurious new RAILS Steakhouse in the Rafters Lounge.

Tuesday March 31, 2015

From 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Come and meet the Chamber's newest members and bring your business cards for an early evening of networking. Three types of appetizers served, cash bar available. Questions? Call the Chamber Office @ 973-263-3310 or  E-mail @

Rails Steakhouse

10 Whitehall Road

Towaco, NJ 07058



Cancer and General Screenings Set for April 16, 2015 in Montville

ImagesThe Montville Health Department will sponsor a women’s cancer screening program for residents of Montville and Boonton Township on Thursday, April 16, 4:30-7 p.m. in the Health Wing of the Montville Township Municipal Building, 195 Changebridge Rd. The screening will consist of a breast exam, pelvic exam with pap test, blood pressure and health education information. The fee is $35. Preregistration is required and appointments will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Call the Montville Health Department at 973-331-3316.The Montville Health Department also will hold a health screening program on Saturday, April 25, 8-11 a.m. in the health wing.

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March 18, 2015

Montville UNICO Grants Total $16,000.00

UnicoMontville UNICO is happy to announce that this year we will be offering a total of $16,000 in educational grants to high school seniors in Morris County.  There will be 2 types of grants: four grants of $3000 each and one Italian studies grant of $4000.  Only students of Italian ancestry are eligible and the awards are given with heavy emphasis on financial need and  educational standing.  The Italian studies grant has the additional requirement of at least 2 years of Italian language studies and having promoted  Italian language or culture or heritage in some manner.  Applications have been submitted to many Morris County high schools guidance offices with the complete eligibility requirements. Applications and requirements are also available by calling 973-263-2612 during normal business hours( Mr. Mickey D’Addato, Chairman Educational Grants Committee) or check our website under ”about us” 

March 17, 2015

Montville UNICO News and Events

Since 1989 Montville UNICO has contributed over $1.5 Million to those in need. Charitable service Unico is expanded through the Montville UNICO Foundation, which enthusiastically works to fulfill the community’s needs through financial support or goods & services. Please visit their brand new website to see more about the local projects they have supported.

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March 16, 2015

March 18 - Cell Tower Discussion at Towaco Firehouse

From Committeewoman Deb Nielson

A proposed cell tower, 126' in height is in the preliminary stages of discussion by the Towaco Fire District.  Download FD Tower Proposal

At present there is an existing cell tower on their property at 27 White Hall Road.  Apparently Verizon is contemplating replacement of the existing cellular tower with a higher tower to improve service in the area. To my knowledge, details have not been finalized at this time. The Towaco Fire Commissioners discussed this proposal in 2014, and I am told the proposal and contract is referenced in the meeting minutes for June, 2014 and December, 2014. The minutes can be accessed via, then click on Commissioners.

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March 12, 2015

14 Educational Professionals Receive Governor’s Awards

Teachers 5 012 copyFor 2015, the Governor’s Teacher of the Year Awards were expanded. In the past, the award was known as the Governor’s Educator/Teacher Award. This year, however, instead of limiting nominations to teachers only, the Governor’s office instituted a second award known as the Governor’s Educational Services Professional of the Year Award. In January, the Montville Township Board of Education (BOE), in Montville, New Jersey, honored 14 award-winning educators from the district’s seven schools. “It was really so nice to see the specialists be recognized in their various categories’” noted Montville Township Board of Education President Dr. Karen Cortellino, when she talked of the new award instituted by the Governor’s office for 2015.

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March 11, 2015

Montville Boys Scouts’ Clothing Drive to Benefit Your Grandmother’s Cupboard March 28th

Boy Scouts of America Venturing Crew 74 of Montville will host a clothing drive to benefit Your GmcupGrandmother’s Cupboard NE-NJ on Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to noon. The collections will take place in the parking lot of the Montville Reformed Church on Church Lane where the crew holds their regular meetings. Venturing Crew Advisor Bob Davidson and his wife, Cathe, are volunteers for Your Grandmother’s Cupboard, a 501(C)3 organization founded with the mission to provide clothing and other "necessities of life" to the homeless and working poor. The organization is a mobile ministry that collects clothing and personal care items and prepares them for distribution to food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in the Northeast New Jersey area on a monthly basis. Continue reading

Montville Township Police Budget Would Allow for New Items

Montville police deptMontville Township Police Chief Rudy Appelmann addressed the Township Committee at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb 24, on the proposed 2015 police budget along with an explanation of two major expenses: a digital video recording system and ProPhoenix, a provider of sophisticated public safety software.  As a result of state law, all new police vehicles purchased after March 2014 must have a digital video recording system. Therefore, there is a $46,000 appropriation to begin the required installations this year and another $46,000 appropriation for 2016. Continue reading

Montville UNICO Presents Check to The Homeless Bus

At the Tuesday, Feb. 24, Montville UNICO meeting, Secretary Karen Arakelian and President Anthony Homeless UNICO Malanga presented a $500 check to Montville residents Anna and Mark Landgrebe towards their new Homeless Bus. Every Saturday night, the couple brings food to homeless people on the streets of New York City. The donation is in keeping with the Montville UNICO Foundation motto, "Our Family Helping Your Family."

Prom Week at Design Consign, Monday, March 16th

Prom dressPlease join us for Prom Week at Design Consign, Monday, March 16th through Saturday, March 21st, and shop for prom dresses and accessories! Designer and high end gowns, short dresses, evening handbags, jewelry and accessories will be available for purchase at everyday low prices. Join us Thursday evening March 19th from 4 pm – 7pm, for our late night Prom night! We are thrilled to offer make-up and hair services for our prom girls! Heather Fanning, a local Mary Kay independent beauty consultant will be here to teach about proper skin care and prom night make-up application. Sophia from Salon SL in Pompton Lakes will also be joining us to do formal Prom hair styles - curls, braids, up-dos, etc.

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Montville Township Elementary School “Dropped Everything to Read” & Celebrate Dr. Seuss

5 read across 123 copyStudents and teachers at Valley View Elementary School wore pajamas to school on Monday, March 2, 2015. “They came to school prepared to ‘Cuddle Up with a Good Book,’” said media center teacher, Elizabeth Jemas. Taking the time to “Cuddle Up with a Good Book” was part of Valley View’s celebration for Dr. Seuss’ 1111th Birthday. Thanks to Read Across America, an initiative launched in 1997 by the National Education Association (NEA), the famed children’s author’s birthday, March 2, has become a day of reading awareness and inspiration.Valley View’s students spent the weeks leading up to Read Across America studying Dr. Seuss and reading many of the 44 children’s books he wrote and illustrated. First graders were asked to choose three of the author’s books to explore in-depth. Each student wrote summaries and compared themes and subjects for the three books. 

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March 09, 2015

Tom Mazzaccaro, Retired Director, Montville Township Department of Public Works and Water and Sewer

Tom mazzcaroTom Mazzaccaro has recently retired after 24 years of service as the director of the Montville Township Department of Public Works and Water and Sewer, but his involvement with Montville Township goes back 42 years to when he and his family moved to the township from Rutherford in January, 1973. Being a hunter and owner of English setters, he wanted to move to a place where there was open space for him to train his hunting dogs, and he wanted his children to grow up in a community with more open space.  Continue reading Photo credit Gail Bottone.

March 06, 2015

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March 05, 2015

Determination and Heart Conquer 100th Win for Montville Wrestler

For many wrestlers, their 100th career win in high school is a goal many aspire to achieve. Anthony Anthony Fano Fano overcame a new injury this year and achieved his 100th win with Montville’s wrestling. Anthony Fano overcame a new injury this year and achieved his 100th win with Montville’s wrestling. For Montville High School senior wrestler Anthony Fano that was a goal to be accomplished early on this season until a blow to his knee nearly shattered his dream. With significant damage to his knee, Fano was told his season was over. But with 91 wins he was not ending it yet. Continue reading Photo courtesy of Elaine Fano.

Support the Homeless Bus, March 24th


March 02, 2015

Montville Township Commercial Real Estate Open House

6a00d83451c76769e201bb07d65b04970dPlease Join Us for Breakfast! First annual Montville Township Commercial Real Estate Open House Wednesday, March 25th from 8:00 am to 10:30 am. Municipal Building 195 Changebridge Road Montville, NJ 07045. Come see why Montville Township is not only a great place to live but also a great place to work! All Montville Township Property Owners and Commercial Real Estate brokers are welcome to attend!Sponsored by the Montville Township Economic Development Committee. RSVP requested to

 Breakfast graciously sponsored by Montville Bagels and Newmark Associates Inc!