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November 20, 2014

The Montville Township Dog Park Fundraiser

Dog parkThe Montville Township Dog Park will hold a fundraiser at Sofia’s restaurant on Tuesday, December 2. Sofia’s is located at 711 Main Street, North Caldwell, NJ 07006. We will receive 10% of all proceeds from sales that mention the dog park. Therefore, it is essential that you mention that you are a member of the park. Additionally, the owner would like us to make reservations. The phone # of Sofia’s is:  973-890-3993.

Montville Custodian Saves Choking Student With Heimlich

October 8, 2014, began as a day like any other day at Robert R. Lazar Middle School. During lunch, Choking articlestudents were eating and mingling as they do every day. Rich Medwin, 46, was doing his job when, in an instant, a student began to choke. Medwin reacted immediately. He lifted the eighth grader from his chair and performed the Heimlich Maneuver. As the blockage dislodged, and the young man began to breath, the student body of Lazar rose to their feet and applauded. Their standing ovation was for the hero who had saved the life of one of their own. On November 18, 2014, the Montville Township Board of Education honored Rich Medwin with a certificate of gratitude.

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November 17, 2014

Nominations Sought for Annual Awards in Montville

Mont22The Montville Township Chamber of Commerce is looking for candidates for its 2014 awards. This is an opportunity to give credit to someone in the community who goes above and beyond. The chamber is looking for nominees for: Business/Business Person of the Year: To recognize a business or business person who has operated a respected business in Montville for at least five years. The business should be recognized for outstanding practices, products, or services. Involvement in the community by way of contributions to local programs, events and other service to the township and township organizations beyond business practices will be considered a plus. Continue reading

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MTHS’ Tsukroff Signs With Binghamton University Bearcats Baseball

On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Matthew Tsukroff, a senior baseball player at Montville Matt signingTownship High School (MTHS), signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball for the Binghamton University Bearcats in 2015-2016. In the 2014 baseball season at MTHS, Tsukroff sported a .439 batting average with a total of 35 hits and 25 RBIs. Montville finished the season with an 18-8 record and the team received the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Sportsmanship Award. Matthew received First-Team All-conference, First-Team All-Morris County, Second-Team All- Daily Record, and Second-Team All-Group 3 for the 2014 season. In the summer, Tsukroff plays club baseball for the North Jersey Cardinals. This spring, in his final season as an MTHS Mustang, Tsukroff will play either first base, third base, or in the outfield. American East Champions in 2009 and 2013, Binghamton University holds an NCAA Division 1 affiliation. Last season they finished with a 25-27 Record. Tsukroff is planning to study finance in Binghamton’s School of Management next fall.  Photos provided by MTHS Athletic Dept.

November 12, 2014

Montville Students Received ShopRite Stars Award

1234At the Montville Township Board of Education meeting on Monday, Nov. 3, five students were awarded with the 2014-2015 ShopRite Stars award. ShopRite Stars is a program that awards students who demonstrate excellence in one of five distinct areas each marking period. Each marking period, faculty members nominate the five ShopRite Stars students and then an administrative committee select the recipients. Four times a year ShopRite Stars are acknowledged by the Montville Board of Education. Jillian Garfunkel (Athletics), Isha Saxena (Community Service), Shelvi Bhandari (Arts), Jay Sirot (Leadership), and Noah Weinflash (Academics) were presented with these awards by the Montville Township High School Assistant Principal Kenneth Nadzak. To read more about winners and their accomplishments, click here.

7 Things Healthy People Do Every Morning

Want to set the tone for a happy, productive day?  Drink a glass of water upon rising. Do not check Healthy morningyour email or phone for at least an hour.  Be grateful for at least one thing. Breathe some fresh air.  Get your body moving. Eat a healthy breakfast. Say something positive about yourself.  Are you up for the challenge? Read about each healthy tip here

Montville Shredding Event is This Saturday

ShreddingCelebrate Fall! Shred and Recycle Your Confidential Papers. Join Montville Township and its Environmental Commission for an upcoming paper shredding and recycling event.FREE to all Montville Township residents and businesses! Paper shredding provided by Cintas Corporation. Residents and businesses welcome – FREE event!  Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 8:30am – 12:30pm - Montville Township Town Hall Parking Lot, 195 Changebridge Road FREE to all Montville Township residents and businesses! 

On-Site Paper Shredding and Recycling Guidelines:

All types of paper such as financial and legal documents, receipts, and tax and medical records are acceptable.
Papers with staples or paper clips are acceptable, but please remove binder clips and rubber bands.
Please remove paper from 3-ring binders and spiral notebooks.
No plastic items such as credit cards.
No electronic items such as CD’s or computer disks.
If documents are stored in plastic bags and cartons, plastic bags and cartons will be returned to you.
For your safety, please remain in your vehicle at all times or move your car out of the traffic lane as you wait for your items to be shredded.

For more information, please contact June Hercek at (973) 331- 3341 or


November 03, 2014

Our Choices in Local Town Races From the Citizen Newspaper

For the Montville Township Committee, incumbent Republicans James Sandham Jr. and Deborah VoteNielson are running against Democrat write-in candidate Dan Grant. While more Democratic influence would be a positive move, we think that Nielson and Sandham have valuable experience with the township and have demonstrated significant teamwork with one another and the other board members. We say keep the status quo and re-elect Sandham and Nielson.

Montville Township Historical Society Presents: “The Garden State: Where Ideas Grow”

11111“The Garden State:Where Ideas Grow” is the subject of the next “Glimpses of the Past Lecture Series” at the Montville Township Historical Society’s program, November 10 (Monday), 7:30 p.m. in the Montville Township Senior House, 356 Main, Montville. What was invented in New Jersey? New Jersey has a vast history of inventing and not just from Thomas Edison, who brought us light in an easy to use package, phonographs, and motion pictures. New Jersey is ranked fourth in the US with the number of invention patents; many items we use today. Fabulous Bubble Wrap, incredible drugs, bar codes, Band –Aids, color TV, and some of your favorite snacks, like the ice cream cone, Campbells Soup or M&M’s.

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Fossil Farms Prepares For The Holidays!

Did you know that there is a store in our local area that offers Farm Raised Game and All Natural Meats? For over 18 years,Fossil Farms has been collaborating with small farms to bring humanely raised, healthy meats that are FREE of steroids, antibiotics and hormones to chefs and gourmands Fossil farms across the country. Lucky for you, we have a retail store at our main facility in Boonton! Fossil Farms Company Store & Market is located at 81 Fulton Street,Boonton. Store hours are Monday through Friday, 6:00p.m. and Saturdays, 10:00 3:00 p.m. Our meats include Ostrich, Elk, Bison,Venison,Wild Boar, Piedmontese Beef, Game Birds and much more.

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Municipal Open Space Referendum On Ballot November 4th

Montville 1Montville Township established a dedicated tax (levy) for open space purposes through voter referendum in November 1989 and November 1997. These funds are used to purchase open space property, and maintain and improve public recreation. Currently the Township has the ability to levy $0.07 per $100 of assessed value for open space purposes. A Referendum Question will be placed before the registered voters of Montville Township on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4. Voters will have the opportunity to decide whether to reduce the open space levy from $0.07 per $100 of assessed value to an amount not to exceed $0.037 per $100 of assessed value. Specifically, a vote of yes will reduce the open space levy from $0.07 per $100 to $0.037 per $100. A vote of no will mean that the open space levy will remain at $0.07 per $100 and there will be no reduction in the tax levy. The change in the municipal open space rate is to reflect the adjustment made to the rate after the 2012 revaluation. The total open space levy collected will not change; however, the rate itself has been adjusted to coincide with the new assessed valuations. A vote in favor of this referendum is a vote to cap the open space rate at $0.037 per $100 of assessed value, with the ability to decrease the rate in the future if deemed necessary.

Don't Miss Montville School of Rock '14-'15 Tour

It is no surprise that Montville School of Rock (MSOR) celebrated its nine-year anniversary with a School 1concert. Music, after all, is what the acclaimed rock band is all about. MSOR played to a packed house at its first performance of the season on October 20. Six days later the group rocked the room at the annual Montville Educational Foundation’s (MEF) fashion show fundraiser. The musicians prepared eight professional grade performances in just nine weeks. Among the cover songs were: “Rich Girl,” Cold Play’s “The Scientist,” and the rock classic “Stairway to Heaven” Thunderous applause were received by many band members including Billy Billand’s guitar solo, William Robey and Max Laurenzi’s amazing sound, and notable vocals by Nelson Moreno, Emily Michalak, Maje Lustbader, Lisa Calcagno, Madison Motherway, Danilo Stevanovic, Emma Fleisig, and Jen Cappuccio. “It’s hard to believe that MSOR is entering its ninth year,” said the band’s founder and program director, Anthony Sia.

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October 31, 2014

Montville’s Valley View Leads the Nation in Exercise US program

All starsOver 95 percent of Valley View Elementary School’s fifth graders voluntarily arrived early on Thursday, Oct. 2. En masse the students filed into the gym in time to launch the sixth annual Exercise US program at 8 a.m. During the program’s 10 hours of participation, continuous physical movement, shared by thousands of students in many schools, breaks across the nation’s time zones like a wave of exercise.

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Could You Have Diabetes and Not Know It?

The Clifton Health Department and HUMC-Mountainside Hospital are offering a free blood glucose screening with blood pressure reading on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Clifton Health Department, 900 Clifton Ave.  KoThis community-wide screening is to identify those at high risk for having undiagnosed diabetes. Diabetes experts agree that high-risk individuals should be screened every year. This screening involves a non-fasting finger-stick test and blood pressure reading. A finger-stick test is a simple test using a blood glucose meter to check your blood sugar level. Your results will be given to you at the screening. Patients do not need to fast for this test. Although this test cannot diagnose diabetes, if you have a positive screening test, you will be considered at risk and will be referred to your health care provider for further testing.
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Montville's Open Space Ballot Question 'Opens the Door' to Lower Taxes, Mayor Says

Montville town hallOn Tuesday voters will weigh in on whether the township should reduce the taxes collected for open space projects. Montville's open space trust is funded through the collection of local property taxes using a formula of $0.059 per $100 of a home's assessed value, according to the current ordinance.  A binding referendum question proposes a decrease in that rate, allowing an amount of up to $0.037 per $100 of assessed value. Continue reading

October 28, 2014

An Allocation Education

by Jim Sandham, CPA  & Deb Nielson Education

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We would like to provide an understanding of the allocation of costs from the Municipal Budget to the Water and Sewer Utilities - an ‘allocation education’.

First, it is important to note that there are taxpayers (all of us), water rate payers (those on municipal water vs. wells) and sewer rate payers (those on municipal sewer vs. septic).  Second, costs should be properly attributed so that the taxes/utility bills reflect cost of each of the services provided.

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October 27, 2014

Spotlight: Rudy Appelmann, Montville Township Police Chief

This story comes to you by way of Gail Bottone, for The Alternative Press. Montville Township Chief  of Police Rudy Appelmann has been on the Montville Township Police Department since 1986. He Rudy appelmannrecently was made chief of police as of May 2014 with the retirement of Police Chief Richard Cook in April. Appelmann has a somewhat new vision for the police department. He is working on plans to develop a more positive relationship with the community. Continue reading

PBJC Nursery Introduces "First Friends" Series of Classes for Toddlers

Pb Nursery schoolPBJC Nursery, located in Montville, NJ, is excited to announce the newest in their “First Friends” series of classes for toddlers! *Wonderful Wednesdays – a playgroup for 2’s and 3’s. Highlights of this FUN playgroup include musical circle time, crafts, lunch (brown bag from home), story time and playground/gym time. The group will meet every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., beginning November 12th and running for 13 weeks. Pre-registration is required. Introduction to Preschool – a transition class for children who will be 20+ months by 1/1/15. Highlights of this unique class include circle time, music & songs, art projects, story time, puppets, age-appropriate games…and so much more!

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Classroom Close-up is Filming at Robert R. Lazar Middle School

The Emmy-winning educational program, Classroom Close-up, NJ, will be taping a segment Classroom closeupentitled “Lazar News Network” (LNN) on Friday, October 29, 2014 at Robert R. Lazar Middle School. LNN is Lazar Middle School’s morning news program. Each morning, Video students, under the guidance of teacher, Jeanne Matuszewski, write, produce, direct, film and anchor live news broadcasts. The Lazar community views the five-minute news segments on televisions located in classrooms and other areas throughout the school. The news broadcasts serve as the school’s morning announcements. Classroom Close-up, NJ, a twelve-time Emmy winning show is a co-production of the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) and NJTV with additional funding by PSE&G.

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