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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!

February 27, 2015

Montville Township Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Networking Luncheon

TopBannerMontville Township Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Networking Luncheont on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 12:00PM-2:00PM at Il Michelangelo’s Restaurant & Lounge at 91 Elcock Ave., Boonton, NJ. Bring a friend and plenty of business cards to exchange with other members of the local business community. Cost is $20.00 for members and $25.00 non-members. Please go to the Chamber website @ to register. PayPal is accepted or call the Chamber office at (973)263-3310.  

Hilldale Elementary School earned $500 grant at Harlem Wizards Fundraiser

_98A0051Pathways for Exceptional Children held a Harlem Wizards fundraiser on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Montville Township High School. The Wizards played the Montville SuperStars in an exciting afternoon of basketball.Tickets were hard to find as the popular event sold out again this year. There were several Montville SuperStars teams. Each team represented one of Montville Township’s five elementary schools or Robert R. Lazar Middle School. The players were Montville Township Public Schools teachers, staff and parents who volunteered to compete for prizes in support of Pathways.“The Harlem Wizard basketball game involves the community in a very special way,” said Pathways founder, Melinda Jennis. “Parents and teachers volunteer their time to play against the Wizards. We even have children with special needs from the Pathways’ team playing.

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Montville High’s innovative “Humanities Research Program” to be Featured on Emmy-winning Classroom Close-up, NJ

Classroom close-upThe Emmy-winning educational program, Classroom Close-up, NJ, will be taping a segment entitled “Humanities Research Program” on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Montville Township High School (MTHS). Developed by David Tubbs, the Montville Township Public Schools’ K-12 Supervisor of Humanities, the “Humanities Research Program” is uniquely designed to foster learning through student engagement.“It is for all students,” explained Tubbs. “Everyone is interested in something. This program excites students because it taps into their interests and builds upon their knowledge.  Technology is the tool we use, but it is not the primary focus. The focus is the curriculum, and motivating students to examine and research the curriculum through their interests and expertise. Teachers are the facilitators, and students work collaboratively with the teachers and each other to delve deeply into topics. The process encourages students to take responsibility for expanding their own knowledge and broadening the knowledge of the class as a whole.”

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February 23, 2015

Spring Boutique Vendor Show To Benefit Montville Animal Shelter

A perfect place to shop for Spring Holidays, Mother’s Day, Teacher’s gifts, your favorite someone Montville animal shelteror a little something for yourself (or furry friend) while knowing you will also be helping homeless pets. Shoppers will find everything from Pet & People Items, Spring & Home Décor Crafts, Bath & Body Items, American Girl items, Chocolate, Specialty Foods ,Painted Glassware, Retail & Handmade Fashions, Baby Items/ Fashions/Gifts. Vendors include Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, Origami Owl, Clever Containers, Mary Kay, Usborne Books, Scentsy, Hobby N' Home, Shelter Helpers on Wheels and many others!

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February 20, 2015

Homeless Bus Inc. Wins Harvey’s Hero of New York

HomelessbusincHomeless Bus Inc. has been feeding the homeless out of their family bus for the past 22 years. Their bus recently broke down, but they continued to feed the homeless out of their own car. Their charitable works inspired and touched Steve Harvey so much that he decided to surprise the family as they were handing out food to the homeless. He awarded them with jackets, a repaired bus, and $20,000 in order to continue their charitable work. Click the link below to watch the video that was featured on the Steve Harvey Show!

North Essex Chamber Unveils New Branding at First Annual Membership Appreciation Event

Carousel_image_94ff536a8c083cca2818_IMG_4529The North Essex Chamber of Commerce recently held its first annual Membership Appreciation event at the Montville Executive Suites in Pine Brook. Over 50 local professional business people were in attendance to help celebrate the unveiling of the NECC’s new logo and website. The North Essex Chamber of Commerce is the official Chamber of Commerce for nine towns in Essex County, New Jersey: Fairfield, West Caldwell, Caldwell, North Caldwell, Roseland, Essex Fells, Verona, Cedar Grove and Montclair. The West Essex Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1969. It became the North Essex Chamber of Commerce in the early part of the 2000’s when it absorbed the Montclair Chamber of Commerce. Members include large, medium and small businesses throughout the Greater Essex County area, including the surrounding counties of Morris, Union, Bergen and Passaic counties. Our members consist of everything from professional services to retail establishments.

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Lazar Scholar Vies for Spot in State Geo Bee

Geo 2015 198Hendrik Mayer won the Robert R. Lazar Middle School Geography Bee. The 2014-2015 contest was highly competitive. To achieve this triumph Mayer, an eighth grade student, employed a combination of learned knowledge, reasoning skills and focus.Seventh grade Social Studies teacher, Chris Carman, organized the event for the student body. Carman presented Mayer with his first place award following the final round of the competition. In addition to earning the top spot at Lazar, Mayer is also eligible to compete for a spot in the New Jersey Geography Bee which will be held in April, 2015.

February 18, 2015

Montville Chamber Award Winners Will be Honored at Dinner on March 7

The Montville Twp. Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2014 award winners. The chamber will present the awards during its annual banquet on Saturday, March 7, at the Knoll West Country Club in Parsippany. TopBannerThe dinner is open to all members and friends of the chamber and recipients. Send reservations in no later than Friday, Feb. 20. The cost per reservation is $70. Cash bar will be available. There will be hors d’oeuvres 6-7 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Attendance is by advance reservation only. Call Dana Gillan at 973-263-3310.

Superintendent Search Firm Seeks Stakeholders’ Opinions

The Montville Township Board of Education (BOE) plans to identify and welcome a new superintendent by July 1, 2015. 6a00d83451c76769e201b7c6fc3c47970b-200wiTo achieve this goal the BOE is asking all stakeholders to participate in an on-line Superintendent Search Survey and to attend one of several Superintendent Search Meetings. The Search Meeting that will address topics relevant to Parents and Community will be held in the Montville Township High School (MTHS) cafeteria on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Education consulting firm, Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) officially launched the Montville Superintendent Search on February 13, when it posted the position and began accepting applications. This week HYA announced two opportunities for the district’s stakeholders, such as administrators, staff, teachers, parents, students and the community, to participate in the search process.  Both opportunities are designed to prioritize qualities that stakeholders identify as important for Montville’s Superintendent to successfully lead the high-achieving district toward its long-range goals.

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February 17, 2015

The Kettlebell Kitchen Has Arrived at Montville Executive Suites!

What is the Kettlebell Kitchen? The Kettlebell Kitchen provides delicious healthy food based on the Paleo diet. The “Paleolithic Diet” is founded on the idea that our ancestors evolved under certain Logo-smallenvironmental conditions and stressors; consequently, our bodies have developed to run on certain fuels. Over the last 10,000 or so years, the advent of grain-based and sugar-based foods has fundamentally changed the modern diet and common fuel sources. The problem is, the human body, as a system, had been thriving without these foods for millions of years and it hasn’t had time in the last 10,000 years – a drop in the bucket, evolutionarily speaking – to adapt to modern foods. The Paleo Diet is a way of eating that pays homage to the types of foods our ancestors ate:  the types of food we were meant to eat. That doesn’t mean we want you to eat Mastodon steak and shrubs! Rather, eating “paleo” means eating fresh, nutrient-rich, unprocessed, natural foods like meat and fish, vegetables, fruit and nuts. Read more at

If you are interested in ordering food from the Kettlebell Kitchen and picking up here at Montville Executive Suites contact us at (973)-575-6080

February 16, 2015

Ten Lazar students chosen to participate in North Jersey Regional Honors Music Programs

5 NJSMA 001 copyTen students from Robert R. Lazar Middle School in Montville, New Jersey, were selected to participate in the North Jersey School Music Association (NJSMA) Regional Honors Junior High School Band, Chorus and Orchestra. The students auditioned on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at Clifton High School, along with over 1,500 other students from across North Jersey. According to the organization’s website, the NJSMA Regional Honors Band, Chorus and Orchestra selected roughly 100 students for each program. Out of the more than 1,500 who auditioned, the following Lazar Middle School students were chosen: 

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Comedian Robin Fox to Perform at Montville’s “Twin” Schools 50th Anniversary Gala

Robin Fox is an acclaimed stand-up comedian. For 17 years she was a New Jersey stay-at-home RobinFoxHeadshotmom. For the past 10 years she has made audiences laugh with stories of family life in suburban New Jersey. Fox talks about her 27-year marriage to Wolfie, her children, her aging parents, the PTO, the bus stop and more. The comic has audiences in hysterics about raising kids in today’s rapidly changing, and sometimes crazy, world. “This ‘Real Housewife’ was the funniest lady at the PTO and bus stop,” Fox wrote on her website, She was talking about her life as a NJ Mom. On Thursday, February 19, 2105, the award-winning funny mom will help celebrate 50 years of educational excellence at the Cedar Hill and Woodmont Elementary Schools’ 50th Anniversary Gala.

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February 11, 2015

The Homeless Bus on The Steve Harvey Show

We just heard from Steve Harvey's people and the episode on the Homeless Bus will be airing on HomelessbusTHURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19th!!! If you live near us, his show is on channel 4 (NBC) at 3:00 pm. We are soooooo excited!!!! For more information about the Homeless Bus visit our website at

The Montville Township Chamber of Commerce has announced its Annual Awardees for 2014:

The Chamber will present the Awards at its Annual Banquet to be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Knoll West Country Club, “EAST ROOM” Knoll and Greenbank Roads, Parsippany, NJ.  TopBanner The dinner is open to all members and friends of the Chamber and recipients.  Interested individual are reminded to send their reservation in no later than February 20, 2015.  For additional information call Dana Gillan at the Chamber office, 973-263-3310.  Fax number is 973-263-3453.  Attendance is by reservation ONLY!  The cost per reservation is $70.  Cash bar available. Hors D’oeuvres 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Dinner will be served at 7:00 pm.  Reservations cannot be taken at the door.  

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Lazar invited to State Science Olympiad

The Science Olympiad team of Robert R. Lazar Middle School scored the top spot in two Olympiad full 1st copycompetitions at the New Jersey Science Olympiad Regional Competition held on Thursday, January 15, 2015. The Division B team also placed in the top five in four other categories, which helped earn Lazar an invitation to the State Science Olympiad Competition on Tuesday, March 10 at Middlesex County College. Lazar’s Sang Lee and Rahul Menon won 1st place in two categories.
The two young scientists earned the number one spots in “Anatomy & Physiology” as well as in “Simple Machines.” In “Anatomy & Physiology,” teams were tested on their knowledge of anatomy and health concepts including cardiovascular, integumentary and immune systems. 

The competitive tasks for “Simple Machines” required students to perform activities and answer questions related to simple machines. In the “Write It Do It” competition, Lazar scientists, Venkat Gokaraju and Sindujah Sivakumar, took 3rd place.

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Montville Township Historical Society Presents “Rails Along the Morris Canal”

Rails Along the Morris Canal”is the subject of the next “Glimpses of the Past Lecture Series” at the Montville Township Historical Society’s program, March 9 (Monday), 7:30 p.m. in the Montville Township Senior House, 356 Main, Montville. Mass transportation made a vital change to New Jersey’s economy in moving goods from supplier to the purchaser and impacting the market.  Before mass transportation, many industries went out of business due to the high cost of transportation; even if the distance to be covered was less than a mile. 6a00d83451c76769e201bb07d65b04970d  This revolutionary change in the market was first demonstrated by the Morris Canal and later by the steam locomotive.  The railroads could travel all year whereas the Morris Canal waterways were frozen in the winter.  Later the railroads also offered refrigerated cars another in a long line of technological market changes in the industrialization of the 19th and 20th century.  Come hear this talk on canals, trains and buses. Capt. Bill McKelvey will present this audio visual program.  Capt Bill McKelvey is Director and Site Committee Chair of the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ (URHS) and Chairman of the Liberty Historic Railway, Inc. The United Railroad Historical Society of NJ, host the Railroad & Transportation Festival in Boonton in September. The program will be presented March 9 (Monday), 7:30 p.m. in the Montville Township Senior House, 356 Main, Montville.   All are invited.

Montville Unico Educational Grants Committee

Montville 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: three 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.  070414-nn-unicoedgrant 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 are also available by calling 973-263-2612 during normal business hours( Mr. Mickey D’Addato, Chairman Educational Grants Committee)  

Hilldale Academic Bowl supports Wayne Boys & Girls Club

Hilldale Elementary School’s Student Council held its annual Academic Bowl on December 23, 2014.  The Academic Bowl provides students with a chance to flex their academic muscles in a fun, friendly environment by answering educational questions that come straight from the classroom curriculum. Students had a terrific time with the competition, and raised $500 for the Wayne Boys & Girls Club in the process.  HD BandG 5 copyThe Boys and Girls Club is a national non-profit organization that enables all young people, especially those who are most in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. In early January, 2015, Hilldale, a Montville Township Public School, presented the donation to Adrienne Polanco, the Athletics Director of the Wayne Boys & Girls Club. Principal Jill Cisneros, and students Daniel Weiner (grade 2), Chase Blumenthal (grade 4), Ava Zurawlow (grade 3), Christian Zurawlow (grade 3), and Billy Templeton (grade 4) joined Student Council Advisors Jason Jones and Sandy Weber at the presentation of the donation.

February 10, 2015

Valentine’s Day Benefit in Montville

The Barn Theatre of Montville will present "Two Marvelous For Words" on Saturday, Feb. 14. The night’s reception and auction is set to begin at 7:15 p.m., followed by the performance at 8 p.m. This evening will feature pre-performance champagne toast followed by two unique 45-minute cabaret acts with Barn veterans, Stearns Matthews, accompanied by Markus Grae-Hauck, and Julie Mac, accompanied by Jimmy Horan. In Act I, Matthews ("The Most Happy Fella," "You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown") will present excepts from his CD/show SPARK, accompanied by Grae-Hauck. Musical direction and arrangements by Christopher Denny and directed by Lennie Watts.


Act II will be with Mac ("Babes and Brides") presenting excerpts from her show "As I Am." Musically directed and accompanied by Jimmy Horan and Diane Perry on violin, Dushan Lukic on bass, and Gary Fink on drums. There will be dessert and coffee, raffle gift items, 50/50 drawing and a meet-and-greet and CD signing with the artists. Tickets cost $25 general admission. The Barn Theatre is on Skyline Drive in Montville, off exit 47 from Route 287.

For more reservations, information or directions, call the Box Office at 973-334-9320, or visit


Random Acts of Kindness In Montville


Ms. Lia Caravella was born and raised in Montville, New Jersey. She is a middle-school character education teacher and student council advisor at Memorial Middle School in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. Lia has been a teacher for twelve years and strives to positively impact the lives of others. Last year, she began “Miss C’s Random Acts of Kindness Group” that promotes the social, emotional and educational well-being for the children who attend. Lia personally feels that student involvement in the community is very important in order for each student to grow as an empathetic and compassionate individual. Her goal is to create an even better school climate while spreading love through her Random Acts of Kindness Group by providing children with opportunities to help the less fortunate and people who are part of the community.

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February 06, 2015

Montville’s “Twin” Schools to hold Gala in Celebration of 50 Years of Education and Community

It’s been 50 years since Cedar Hill and Woodmont Elementary Schools opened their doors to Cedarhill education excellence. On Thursday, February 19, 2015 the “twin” schools will hold a 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration for all alumni, alumni families, families of current students, staff, former staff, and anyone who loves Cedar Hill or Woodmont Schools. The adult-only event will be held at the Knoll Country Club West in Boonton. Built on the opposite sides of town, one in Towaco and the other in Pine Brook, Cedar Hill and Woodmont Elementary Schools share the same blueprint and the same anniversary. Both graduated their first classes in 1965. “At a milestone such as 50 years, it important to have an opportunity to gather and reflect,” said Woodmont Principal, Dominique Esposito. “That is why our staff and our parent volunteers have organized this amazing opportunity for all those who have ever attended, or had children attend, Woodmont and Cedar Hill.” 

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"SNOW Homework" Allowed Students to Raise $200 for Morris County Habitat for Humanity

SnowhomeworkOn January 28, 2015, as winter in New Jersey began to finally take hold, “SNOW Homework” was the theme at William Mason Elementary School in Montville. The Student Council fundraiser was designed to celebrate snow, bring some fun to the winter doldrums, and raise funds for the Morris County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Teachers and students came to school dressed in white and dreaming of snow. Fifth grade Student Council representatives sold hot chocolate for $1.00 to the student body, and throughout the day teachers incorporated snow into the curriculum. To commemorate the winter celebration, Principal David Melucci declared it a “SNOW Homework” day, which added to student excitement and participation. “We are prepared for the storm of the century,” joked 5th grader, Alexandra Quinn. “There was not really any snow,” added fifth grade student, Rebecca Wasserman. “But we still got hot chocolate.”While the fundraiser had been scheduled since September, the event coincidentally fell on the day after winter storm Juno proved to be a Blizzard Bust for the garden state. All the talk of snow, as well as the frosty landscape just outside the school’s windows, added to the chilly thrill of the day.“There is so much pressure on students today,” said Melucci about the “SNOW Homework” event. “Anything we can do to relieve some of the stress in student’s lives is a very good thing. A homework free night means more time with friends and family. Plus, today’s event raised money for a very good cause.”

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February 04, 2015

Montville has no plans to ban sledding!

There’s a report out that the town of Montville is considering a full ban of sledding, including an Sleddingordinance for it and fines for anyone caught doing it. 

But, according to Township officials, "there are no plans to discuss and/or adopt an ordinance banning sleigh riding on any other (besides Camp Dawson) Township-owned property." 

See Press Release: Download Press Release for Ban on Sledding

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New Wheels Needed to Keep Meals for the Homeless Rolling out of Montville!

Anna Landgrebe received upsetting news from her mechanic. The bus that she and her husband use for their weekly trips into New York City to feed the homeless is in need of repairs that will cost over $4,000. Landgrebe, a Montville Township resident, was distressed by this development that occurred shortly before her phone conversation with this paper, but was not discouraged. The Landgrebes had been using their car in recent weeks for the New York trips and would continue to do so, if necessary. 020415-nn-homeless2 Missing a week is not an option because 200 people count on them. Before the bleak announcement about their bus, which had been converted for their particular needs by taking out seats and putting in a counter, the Landgrebes started a GoGetFunding page as a means to purchase a new bus. Their goal is $65,000. Landgrebe explained that they are looking for a fairly used bus for about $50,000. The bus, like the current one, will have to be adapted to allow service through a window with counter space. Then, there are registration and other fees. During these weeks when they have had to use their car, the Landgrebes have settled with bringing in less to the city. They can still provide a meal of a sandwich, snack and sweet, but not the hot items. There is no room in the car to prepare Cup Noodles and hot chocolate with hot water. With the bitterly cold days, the timing for this could not be worse.

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