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July 29, 2014

10th Grade Eagle Scout Builds Shed For Lazar Environmental Club

Photo EagleDavid Champion, a sophomore at Montville Township High School, completed his Eagle Scout community service project this July. The Troop 64 member built a shed for the Environmental Club at the Robert R. Lazar Middle School. Champion, who was an active member of the club while attending Lazar, chose to construct the shed to house supplies and serve as a meeting site for the organization. Construction of the new space began in April, and was completed in July; in time to prepare it for the launch of the 2014-2015 academic year. “It’s exciting to have a new home,” said Lazar science teacher, and Environmental Club advisor, Matt Myers. “I can’t wait to move us in.” The Lazar Environmental Club maintains the plants and gardens surrounding the Montville Township public school. The club also maintains the school’s pond, which serves as both a reflective learning area, and a source of scientific observation. The pond is landscaped and stocked with a variety of aquatic plants and animals. In the spring, the Environmental Club also grows tomatoes as a fundraiser. The new shed will house the club’s equipment, such as plant pots, shovels, rakes, watering cans, tools, topsoil bags, seeds, greenhouse equipment, and pond equipment.“Thank you, David, for your generosity to our schools,” said Assistant Principal John Piselli. “And, congratulations on your hard work, and on achieving your Eagle Scout goal.” Boy Scout Troop 64 is located in Dover, NJ, and is sponsored by St, Mary's Church in Wharton. Champion’s present scouting rank is Life. Following review of this project, as well as an interview by a Board of Review, the fifteen-year-old scout hopes to be awarded the rank of Eagle. The completed shed is located in the Lazar courtyard and organizes the club’s storage system from a pile of equipment covered by a tarp, to a neat, secure, and weather proofed facility. 

July 28, 2014

Baseballs Helps Kids With Cancer

Danny Fariello’s TREP$ project at Valley View Elementary in Montville, through which he sold Lincoln Town Ballbaseballs with inspirational messages to help kids with cancer, has resulted in more than 200 baseballs sold, raising almost $5,000 for pediatric cancer research. He delivered the baseballs Monday, June 9, to kids fighting cancer at Morristown Medical Center. Continue reading

July 25, 2014

Montville School Helps Peace Corps Build a Library

DrHilldale Elementary School in Montville Township donated books to the Peace Corps for the Community Library Project. Residents of El Coyote in the Dominican Republic received these books with gratitude and excitement. For two years the town of El Coyote has been building a library, but did not have the necessary materials or books to fill it. Through Susan Stine, a Peace Corps volunteer and the Peace Corps project partner, Hilldale Elementary School was able to provide books to fill the library. The students organzied a Montville-wide Spanish Book Collection throughout the Montville Township Public School District. Through this book collection, over 200 Spanish language books were collected. Click on the link below for more details and information on how Hilldale Elementary School helped children in a foreign country.  Read more at

July 23, 2014

Montville Kiwanis Seeks Volunteers

Summer brings plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun and retreat to the Shore, but not everyone’s Kiwaniskicking back this season. For some families, a sunny day is easily overshadowed by the uncertainty of not knowing where their next meal will come from. That’s why the Kiwanis Club of Montville is looking for volunteers to spread the warmth this season at the local food pantry. Continue reading story here

July 22, 2014

Manhattan Labs Opens Montville Location

Manhatten labsManhattan Labs is pleased to announce that it’s new patient service center located at 170 Changebridge Road in Montville, NJ has been welcomed into the Montville community by patients in the area. Due to its close proximity to Montville Township High School, multiple doctors’ offices, corporations, assisted living facilities and residences, the patient service center provides access to fast turn- around times and clinical testing with minimal wait times during lunch breaks and before work. According to survey results, patients appreciate this Manhattan Labs patient service center location.

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July 21, 2014

Pine Brook Jewish Center Nursery School Announces Mommy & Me With Miss Lisa

The Pine Brook Jewish Center is pleased to announce MOMMY & ME with Miss Lisa. This class is Pb Nursery schooldesigned for children ages 12 – 24 months!! (please inquire if your child is younger than 12 months and you are interested in a class). Highlights of the class include: Circle Time, Music & Songs, Art Projects, Story Time, Puppets, Age-Appropriate Games…and so much MORE! Classes are on Mondays starting the week of September 15th.  Get the flyer here Fall 2014 Mommy Me.

July 18, 2014

Proof That Hiking Makes You Happier And Healthier

Pyramid 3Did you know we have our own mountain here in Montville, NJ? Pyramid Mountain has numerous trails, some that are family friendly, and some that attract the bold and adventurous. It is hard to appreciate nature when most of our time is spent inside, but Pyramid Mountain gives us the opportunity to enjoy nature with loved ones. The trails Pyramid Mountain offer have beautiful views of the forest. One trail leads to a wooden bridge that is built over a lovely stream. There is a gorgeous view of the Taylortown Reservoir as you hike higher up the mountain. Hiking at Pyramid Mountain gives us the opportunity to take a break from our busy lives here in one of the busiest and most densely populated area in the United States. Pyramid mountain is convenient and provides trails that accomodates any type of hiker. Hiking makes you happier and heathier, click here for proof as to how hiking can improve your mental and physical health.

July 17, 2014

Montville UNICO Hosts 25th Golf Outing

Montville UNICO will host its 25th annual golf outing on Monday, August 18, at the Brooklake UnicoCountry Club in Florham Park, with a shotgun start at 12:30p.m. A package of $300 includes brunch, 18 holes of golf, cocktail hour, gourmet buffet dinner, one hour open bar, prizes, including a new car on Par 3 hole. This year the first $5000 of proceeds will be donated to the St. Barnabas Burn Foundation and the balance to UNICO educational grants and charitable goals. Contact Pete Melillo at 973-386-1300. If unable to attend a contribution can be made to: Montville UNICO, P.O. box 788, Montville, NJ 07045.

July 16, 2014

Cedar Hill and Woodmont Elementary Schools are Searching for 1965 Graduates

Signs b copyMontville’s “Twin” Schools Celebrate 50 Years of Education and Community.  It’s been 50 years since Cedar Hill and Woodmont Elementary Schools graduated the first classes that attended the “twin” Montville Township Public Schools. For the 2014-2015 school year, both schools hope to commemorate their beginnings with visits and stories from those who attended the schools during the 1964-1965 year. “We are looking for graduates from that first class to help our students and teachers celebrate,” explained Dr. Michael Raj, Principal of Cedar Hill.

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July 14, 2014

Montville Township Earns Triple A Rating and Other Stories From Around Town

Montville Township Administrator Victor Canning  announced to the Montville Township Montville townshipCommittee, at the June 24  meeting that the township had once again received a Triple A bond rating from Standard and Poor’s rating services. This is the highest rating assigned to bonds of an issuer by credit rating agencies. An issuer that is rated AAA has an exceptional degree of creditworthiness and can easily meet its financial commitments. Ratings agencies such as Standard & Poor's use the AAA nomenclature to indicate the highest credit quality. Canning thanked Montville’s CFO Katie Yanke and the entire staff for their diligent work. Continue reading at

July 11, 2014

Don't Fall For These 5 Probiotics Myths

Yogurt222Who knew that bacteria could actually be very good for us? Did you know that yogurt contains these living mirco-organisms? Sounds yummy, or maybe a little gross. Don’t worry, probiotics are different strains of good bacteria that our body needs. Probiotics benefit our health, our immune system, our skin, hair, and the list goes on. Our body is composed of over a trillion different types of bacteria. Our gut flora (intestinal bacteria) lines our intestines and stomach, and when we do not have enough “good” bacteria in our bodies, then our digestive health will be impacted negatively. Our bodies need enough good bacteria to fight off the bad bacteria that lives in our body, otherwise there will be a bacterial imbalance. An overgrowth of bad bacteria in our body can affect our brain, our digestive system, and cause many illnesses. It is important that we try to incorporate probiotics into our diet daily. However, there are many myths about probiotics that we shouldn’t fall for. Find out what 5 Probitiotics Myths to avoid by clicking here.


July 10, 2014

Dogs Teach Us About What Matters Most

This is Russell. He is my little love. So sweet and kind, he just wants you to love him. When I Russellwalk in the door, whether I have been gone 5 minutes or 5 hours he is always excited to see me. Surfing the net to find a story for this edition of the Healthy Living Corner I came across an article that makes me look at Russell in a whole new way. And maybe, just maybe one of these points will resonate with you too. (my favorite is #3). I hope you enjoy this article as much as I did. Until next time...Read 10 Things Dogs Teach Us About What Matters Most here.

July 09, 2014

Montville UNICO Sponsors Local Veterans

UNICOOn Tuesday, July 1st, Montville UNICO sponsored more than 20 military veterans to visit Patriot Park in Bridgewater, NJ to watch the Somerset Patriots / Lancaster Barnstormers baseball game. Montville UNICO treated the veterans to a full buffet meal in an air conditioned suite overlooking the ball field. They relaxed and watched the game with Unico members and friends. Many of the veterans have emotional and physical problems the result of their tours of duty. It was a small payback for their service to all Americans. Attached is a picture of UNICO members with New York Yankee pitching great Sparky Lyle. (because of federal regulations, HIPPA, photos of the veterans were prohibited) Photo left to right..UNICO members Tony Malanga, Mickey D'Addato, Sparky Lyle, Michele Maddalena, Larry Casha , Deb Casha, Karen Arakelian, Gene Maddalena. For more information, visit their website

July 08, 2014

Need Your Business or Personal Insurance Reviewed?

On July 16th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Montville Executive Suites will host Maria Russo Farris and GBW Flyer Carmen Bracero from GBW Insurance for anyone who would like a free analysis of their current business or personal insurance policies. They may be able to save you money or a recommend additional coverage that you did not know you needed!

July 16, 2014 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
330 Changebridge Road, Suite 101
Pine Brook, NJ 07058


July 01, 2014

Sky Zone Opens New Location in Pine Brook

TrampolineHaving the opportunity to be a kid again was something I couldn't pass up. When the invitation came to experience the new trampoline park, Sky Zone, I was in. Trampoline dodgeball, what could be better? Upon arriving I wandered around a bit and saw the freestyle jump areas, basketball dunk areas , foam chucks and of course, what I came to do, the dodgeball area. Finding my inner 12 year old, I put on my Sky Socks and headed there. Playing along side 9 to 12 year olds as well as adults was exactly what I needed. Seeing the happy faces of all the kids jumping, dunking and diving into foam put a huge smile on my face. What a great idea, and a lot of fun. I have to admit the massage chairs in the cafe area came in handy at the end of the game!  Continue reading here about the grand opening celebration at Sky Zone in Pine Brook at

Montville UNICO Educational Grants Presentation

This year UNICO awarded a total of $16,000. $5000 each to Samantha Suppa and Madison Gamba Educational Grants 2014from Montville High School and $3000 each to Stephanie Gebbia from Boonton H.S. and Daniel D'Addato from Morris Plains H.S. Picture left to right - Tony Malanga (Chairperson, Educational Grants Committee) Benny Catanzariti (President of Montville UNICO), Madison Gamba, Samantha Suppa, Stephanie Gebbia, Karen Arakelian (Chapter Secretary) and James Cleffi (Chapter Foundation President) Daniel D'Addato could not attend.