At 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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Robert R. Lazar Middle School in Montville, New Jersey will present “Fiddler on the Roof Junior,” Wednesday 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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On 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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The 367 students of Hilldale Elementary School in Montville, New Jersey joined forces to send 370 sandwiches, 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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The 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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The 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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Gill 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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Ben 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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Brady Garb, (age 11), of Towaco, a sixth grade student at Robert R. Lazar Middle School, in 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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The 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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Montville 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 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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Dr. 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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The 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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Since 1989 Montville UNICO has contributed over $1.5 Million to those in need. Charitable service 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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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 towacofd.org, then click on Commissioners.
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For 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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Please 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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Students 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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