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December 22, 2014

2014 Year in Review

Every year we try to find the best of the best for 2014. Which were the best animal video's, was it the 2014 dog who had a sad face after a bath or the bossy elephant? Check out the biggest sports stories of 2014 including the retirement of Derek Jeter and the indefinite suspension of Ray Rice. And of course the Year's obsessions, including Frozen and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Read all the year end stories here Have a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous 2015!

World Language Will be Subject of January 8 Town Meeting

Fried 103 copy 5 copyDr. Paul Fried, Superintendent of the Montville Township Public Schools will host a Town Meeting to discuss World Language. The Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Montville Township High School Cafeteria. All members of the Montville community are invited to attend. The purpose of the upcoming Town Meeting is to hear from parents, teachers, staff, administrators, students and members of the community regarding their thoughts on the topic of World Language. “Language is an essential part of our lives,” Fried wrote in the Town Meeting invitation he sent to all district parents and staff members on Thursday, December 18, 2014.

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Congratulations to Danielle Speciale

On Tuesday Dec. 16, 2014 at the annual Montville UNICO Christmas Party,  Chapter president Danielle SpecialeAnthony Malanga swore in new second vice president Danielle Speciale.  Danielle is one of our youngest members and is enthusiastic about working to enhance our motto " Service Above Self".

UNICO Christmas Holiday Gift Program

Unico christmas 2014  1Once again, as we have done for over 25 years, Montville UNICO has lent a helping hand to area families in need this holiday season. This year we distributed over thirty $40 gift cards for children and $25 food cards for families.  Pictured are some of the additional toys distributed and some of the UNICO members involved. Pictured left to right are Paul Henke, Tony Speciale, Vivian Cleffi, Tony Malanga, Jim Cleffi.

Montville's Madison Merlino Donates Her Birthday Money

Madison, accompanied by her mother Tara Merlino, attended the December 9th membership meeting Madisonmerlino of the Township's Volunteer First Aid Squad, whereby she presented her check to the squad. This is Madison's version of her story:  When I was 3 years old, I swallowed money...a nickel and a penny. I was choking and my mom called 911.  Policeman Frank Cooney came to my house and called the ambulance.  The Montville 1st aid squad brought me to the hospital where they put me to sleep and got the money out of my belly.  I am grateful to the Montville 1st aid squad and wanted to donate my birthday money to them so they can continue to help other kids. Pictured are Madison Merlino presenting her donation to members of the Montville Township First Aid Squad: Paul VanSteyn (Vice President), Caroline Tarnowski (Corresponding Secretary), Pete & Sam Greendyk (President/Operations Captain).  

December 20, 2014

"Stonybrook Boutiques" approved for Main Road

Stonybrook renderingMontville's Board of Adjustment has approved "Stonybrook Boutiques", a new retail and residential mixed use project on Main Road, next to the Montville Veterinary Group. 

According to the planner's report "The applicant proposes to demolish the existing nonconforming single-family dwelling and associated accessory structures. In its place, the applicant seeks to construct a two-story mixed-use development containing 3,024 square feet of ground floor commercial space and two two-bedroom apartments on the upper are conditionally permitted in the B-1 Zone pursuant to §230-170. This provision was adopted in 2011 based on recommendations in the 2010 Land Use Plan; previously, residential uses were not permitted in the zone."

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December 19, 2014

'Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus'

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By Francis P. Church, first published in The New York Sun in 1897. [See The People’s Almanac, pp. 1358–9.]
We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

Dear Editor—

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O’Hanlon

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

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December 17, 2014

Montville Superintendent Tenders Resignation

Dr. Paul R. Fried, Superintendent of the Montville Township Public Schools officially announced Montville 1 his resignation on the morning of Wednesday, December 17, 2015. Fried presented a formal letter of resignation, effective June 30, 2015, to Montville Township Board of Education (BOE) President, Dr. Karen Cortellino. He also delivered a signed copy to School Business Administrator, James Tevis. A copy of the letter was then sent to all district staff.“It is with sadness that I submit this letter of resignation from the Montville Township Public Schools,” Fried wrote. “The board, staff, students and community are aware of the unfortunate reasons behind my decision.”

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December 12, 2014

Montville Senior Amanda Murolo Signs with Merrimack Warriors in Soccer and Women’s Track

Amanda GroupAmanda Murolo, a senior Soccer and Track athlete at Montville Township High School (MTHS) signed her National Letter of Intent to participate in Soccer and Women's Track for the Merrimack Warriors in 2015-2016. In the 2013 and 2014 Varsity soccer seasons at MTHS, Murolo scored a total of 19 goals and 11 assists. She is a two-time First-Team All-Conference, and First-Team All-County Award winner in Girls Soccer. Murolo also had a breakout year in track in the 2014 season. In the long jump she placed third at the NJSIAA North Section 1 Group Three Championships and qualified for the Group Three State Championship Meet. She broke a 22 year-old long jump record at MTHS with her mark of 17'03.5'', and was a Second-Team All-Conference Award Winner in Spring Track last season.  Merrimack College, located in North Andover, Massachusetts, is a NCAA Division II College and part of the Northeast-10 Division. The Girls Soccer team finished this past season with a record of 7-9-2. The Merrimack Women's Track and Field team had a great start to their Indoor season, with four first-place finishers in the UMass Boston Indoor Open this past weekend.

Winter Concert Warms Hearts – Hailed as “Best in 10 Years”

Montville Township High School (MTHS) presented a Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 9 at Concert 1 7:30 PM with songs and carols for the season and the times. The concert was held in the school’s Dr. Robert O. Stafford Auditorium, and over 150 music students performed to a packed house. The December 9 Winter Concert marked the first community concert since the MTHS orchestral instruction transitioned from a four-session, to a full-ensemble, rehearsal schedule. The shift in curriculum allows all students within the instrumental program to practice regularly as a full-ensemble. In addition, students also receive individual instruction.

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Montville Native Katie Rosenhouse is a 'Sweet Genius'

Sweet shopKatie Rosenhouse, a pastry chef who grew up in Montville, prepared for the upcoming Thanksgiving week at her bakery in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, with pies, pastries and sweets of all kinds. "This is my favorite kind of day at the bakery, when I can just make whatever I want," she said. Winner of the 2011 Food Network show, Sweet Genius, Rosenhouse turned her $10,000 winnings into her own sweet space. Buttermilk Bakeshop, a home-style bakery, serves Brooklyn and the surrounding areas with freshly made, from scratch items every day. Golden, scripted letters spelling out the bakery's name and a black and white striped awning gives Rosenhouse's bakery the nostalgic, old-fashioned feel of bakeries of the past. Continue reading

December 09, 2014

Cauliflower is The IT Vegetable!

Cauliflower is having its Cinderella moment. Once relegated to cafeteria steam tables or served as a bland, water-logged side, the cruciferous vegetable is now fetching up to $25 as a main dish and served as a gourmet topping with olives and bread crumbs on coal-fired pizzas. Behind cauliflower's recent transformation are a variety of "fairy godmothers," so to speak. Credit is due to innovative 05-head-cauliflower-lgnchefs like Michael Merida, who recently left Cravings Tapas Bistro in Westwood, where he crafted such dishes as a ricotta and cauliflower gnocchi served with a cauliflower cream sauce. And Steve Santoro, of Local Seasonal Kitchen in Ramsey, where the $25 "cauliflower steak" that debuted last spring is so popular, he can't take it off the menu. "So many people are coming in and asking for it," said Santoro. "I'd like to switch it out. But I would be foolish to do so.

From Fairway Market, 1510 Route 46 west, Woodland Park; 34 E. Ridgewood Ave., Paramus

  • 1 head cauliflower (cut into florets)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • 4 tablespoons plain bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons capers, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, shaved
  • 1 teaspoon anchovies, minced
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 anchovy fillets
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped

Cut cauliflower into florets and place in boiling water for 3 minutes, then run cold water on top of the florets to immediately cool them and stop them from cooking. Strain and set aside.

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl combine cauliflower, olive oil, garlic, bread crumbs, capers, 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, minced anchovies and crushed red pepper.

Place cauliflower mixture on a papered sheet tray. Place in oven for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until slightly browned.

Remove from oven. Place in dish and garnish with rolled anchovy fillets, chopped parsley and remainder of Parmesan cheese.

Serves: 6 to 8.

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December 04, 2014

9 Volt Batteries Can Burn Down Your House if Stored Improperly

9 volt batteryTake a moment to watch this clip.  Most of us don’t think of this. 9 volt batteries can burn down your house if stored improperly.

Mockingjay Frenzy Inspires Reading and Discussion

Students at Robert R. Lazar Middle School are caught up in the excitement and frenzy that Mockingjaysurrounds the Hunger Games phenomenon. As a result of this enthusiasm the middle school hosted a Mockingjay Premiere Party in anticipation of the movie’s opening. “The Rebellion has Begun” party was held in the Lazar media center Wednesday, November 19, 2014, just prior to the movie’s midnight opening on November 20. The Mockingjay Party was organized by Claudia Heim, Interest & Inquiry teacher, Suzanne Metz, Media Specialist, and Denise Tarsitano, sixth grade ELA teacher. The trio host a premier parties each season, for books that students are excited to see turned into movies. The events encourage reading and discussion of the material and its transfer to the screen. “The response to the party was overwhelming,” Heim said.

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Students Donated More Than 2,000 Items to Montville Food Pantry

Lazar Food DRDuring the month of November, the Student Council of Robert R. Lazar Middle School in Montville, New Jersey hosted a food drive to benefit the Montville Kiwanis Food Pantry. Students and teachers donated close to 2,000 food items. On Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Lazar’s maintenance department had to make two trips to Montville’s food pantry in order to deliver the many donated food items. Lazar’s November food drive is one of many community outreach programs organized by the school’s Student Council each year. “Reaching out to help others is very rewarding,” said Seventh Grade Science teacher and Student Council Advisor, Kelly Sturdy-Lange. “The students are amazingly generous.” The Robert R. Lazar Middle School is one of seven schools in the Montville Township Public School district. Throughout the year most of the district’s schools collect donations for the community’s food pantry. The Montville Kiwanis Food Pantry is staffed by volunteers and is located at 91 Passaic Valley Road, Montville, New Jersey. The pantry accepts donations year-round.  Photo credit Kelly Sturdy-Lange.

December 03, 2014

Turkeys 4 U Program 2014

On November 22, 2014, the Turkeys 4 U program, once again since 2001, purchased $12,000 Turkey(approx. 825) turkeys for Thanksgiving to be distributed to churches, food pantries and individuals in need in our area. This year because of the negative economic environment and unemployment the need to help has increased. With the assistance and guidance of Montville UNICO, students from primarily Kinnelon High School and some from Montville, purchased turkeys from Mennella’s Poultry Farm and distributed them directly to Father English Food Center, Interfaith Food Pantry, Kinnelon Health Dept., St. Ann’s Church and St. Peter’s Church in Parsippany, Montville Schools, and needy Montville residents. Montville UNICO also provided $2000 in food vouchers in addition to the turkeys.

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Protecting Trees From the Harsh Winter Ahead

WintertreepruningbucketWith the “Farmer’s Almanac” predicting a major winter for much of New Jersey Greenwood Tree Experts recommends several steps for people to protect their trees from weather stress and injury. “The polar vortex that enveloped much of the country last season caused significant damage to the tree population in a number of cities, from breakage during heavy snow and ice storms to winter burn from cold winds,” says Ray Woytas, NJ Certified Tree Expert of Greenwood Tree Experts of Montville, NJ “Fortunately, we can do something now to prepare our trees and shrubs for what winter may bring.” Greenwood recommends the following:

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MTHS Eagle Scout Receives Board of Ed Resolution

David Champion, a sophomore at Montville Township High School, completed his Eagle Scout Eagelscoutcommunity service project last July. On Sunday, November 16, 2014 the Troop 64 Scout attended his Eagle Award ceremony. Montville Township Board of Education Member Michael O’Brien, as well as State Senator Nellie Pou (D-35th) and State Assemblyman Scott Rumana (R-40th) were in attendance. The following Tuesday, November 18, the Montville Township Board of Education (BOE) presented Champion with a resolution. “I don’t know if people who are not involved with Boy Scouts understand the level of commitment it takes to reach the rank of Eagle Scout,” stated Board President Dr. Karen Cortellino.

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December 02, 2014

ROCKSGIVING Raises $1,680 for Homeless Bus

School of rockThe first annual ROCKSGIVING concert raised $1,680 for Homeless Bus, Inc. Sponsored by the Montville School of Rock (MSOR), from Montville Township High School (MTHS), ROCKSGIVING was held on Monday, November 24 at 7PM. Over 300 attended the inaugural benefit concert. “Happy ROCKSGIVING!” program advisor and MTHS teacher, Anthony Sia, shouted as he took the stage at the start of the evening’s entertainment. Homeless Bus, Inc. was founded in 1992 by Towaco, New Jersey resident, Mark Landgrebe. The non-profit has made over 1,000 runs to both Paterson, New Jersey and New York City over the past twenty-two years.

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November 25, 2014

7 Foods That Boost Every Type of Bad Mood talked with experts to get the scoop on what to eat to make you feel better no matter what mood you are in. Feeling stressed, cranky or anxious? How about sluggish? Try these foods to eliminate the bad feelings and get on with life, until next time.  Find the mood foods at

Montville Twp. Residents Concerned About Roller Hockey Rink, Lights

There was a public hearing concerning the construction of the Masar Park roller hockey rink at the Mont22Montville Township Committee meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 11. As a courtesy to the residents who would be affected by the rink, the township invited them to this meeting to hear the proposal and to give them an opportunity to express any of their concerns. Over a year ago, on July 16, 2013, the Montville Township Committee agreed to let Mark Mantyla, township engineer, investigate different options on where to install the roller hockey rink. Continue reading

Montville Township Mayor, Committee ‘Outraged’ Over Public Information Session

Mayor kostkaMontville Township Mayor Don Kostka made it known to the people who attended the Tuesday, Nov. 11, Township Committee meeting that he and the Committee members were outraged at Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) and at the format of the public information session held on Monday, Nov. 10, in the Montville Township High School cafeteria. He referred to it as "the stations of the cross." It was that painful. The meeting was not what the Committee members envisioned. In response to their displeasure with the Monday night meeting, the next Township Committee meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 25, will start at 6 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. Maser Consulting, the Township Committee, and the residents who attend the meeting will make up a list of demands. Continue reading Photo courtsey of Gail Bottone

Woodmont Holds Geography Bee

The first week of November, Woodmont Elementary School held its annual Geography Bees. A series Geo bee winners 2014of competitive events, the Geography Bee allows second and third grade students to intellectually spar with each other. Fourth and fifth grade students also compete to place in the older division. Fifth graders swept the grades four and five division. Trophies were awarded to Girish Jayakumar (1st), Veda Bhattaram (2nd) and Daniel Goldstein (3rd). In grades two and three, second grader, John Lew landed second place, while third graders, Aidan Walters and Andrew Casiano were awarded first and third, respectively.  Woodmont, a Montville Township Public School, places a strong emphasis on geography and multi-cultural education. The elementary school holds many student centered events throughout the year to help students learn and retain information about geography and the customs and contributions of the world’s many nations.

Cedar Hill’s Character Education Committee Created School Wide Veteran’s Day Celebration

Vet celebrationDressed in red “Connect with Respect” shirts, or in Boy Scout or Girl Scout uniforms, the students of Cedar Hill Elementary School welcomed almost twenty-five area veterans at the school’s ninth annual Veterans Day Celebration. Held on Friday, November 14, 2014, veterans began the day-long event by speaking with students and teachers in individual classrooms. The speakers told of military experiences during each of their tours of duty. Students were encouraged to ask questions, and they learned about many aspects of the United States’ many military involvements. Some of the topics the veterans discussed included: storming the beach at Normandy, France; becoming a POW after being shot down over Germany; returning home after the Vietnam War; and serving in Desert Storm and Iraq.

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November 24, 2014

Montville Chamber Hosts a Networking Breakfast

Montville Township Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Networking Breakfast on Tuesday, December Mont229, 2014 at the Montville Diner, 4 Route 46 West, Pine Brook, NJ from 8:00AM- 9:30AM. Bring your business cards and network with members of the local business community. Cost is $10.00/Person. Continental Breakfast will be served. PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Networking Luncheon in December.  Please go to the Chamber website @ to register. PayPal is accepted or call the Chamber office (973)263-3310.