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October 31, 2014

Montville’s Valley View leads the nation in Exercise US program

Over 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."Exercising is important because you can stay fit and healthy," said Jade Hieger about why she volunteered to come in early and participate in Exercise US. The fifth grader’s perspective was echoed by the more than 50 students who attended the 8-8:15 a.m. 102414-nn-valleyview-exercise2launch. Founded by Len Saunders, an award-winning fitness author and Valley View’s Physical Education teacher, Exercise US engages students of all skill levels to participate in what Saunders refers to as "A giant relay race of exercise." During Exercise US students both share the simultaneous experience of exercising with others, while encouraging others to join in. To participate, schools sign-up for at least one of the 40 15-minute slots that comprise the 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EST) initiative.



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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October 21, 2014

NJEA Grant to Help Montville School Build Innovative Educational Initiative

100114-nn-woodmontlegoThe fourth-grade team at Woodmont Elementary School in Montville Township submitted a grant application to New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) last February.

The team was awarded a $7,400 grant from the prestigious Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education for the 2014-2015 academic year. Only 13 other HIPP Grants were awarded across New Jersey for the current year.

According to the NJEA website, the Hipp Grant is in place to help educators "bring creative ideas to life," and "promote excellence in education."

Titled Brick by Brick Laying the Foundations for Learning, the grant application outlined an innovative educational initiative that incorporates Lego into classroom learning.

Each Woodmont fourth-grade classroom will be outfitted with a Lego Learning Center. While the grant will help purchase Lego bricks, the majority of the funds will be used to provide support materials such as books about architecture, building, and design, which will encourage literacy and research. The team is also exploring the possibility of bringing a Lego master builder into the classroom.

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October 15, 2014

Local Empire Today Guru Offers Specials

Mzt rendering Mzt2Home remodeling Guru, Michael Tulsi, lives right here in Montville. He is a Sales Contractor for Empire Today. A dependable, reliable, hardworking member of this community...give him a call or email him for a free, no obligation in home estimate. He can help you with all your remodeling needs, both residential and commercial.

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64 Fun, Non-Candy Snack Ideas for Your Halloween Party

64-Non-Candy-Halloween-Snack-Ideas-banana-ghostsI have to admit that when my children were young I would occasionally raid their Halloween treat bag when no one was looking. I, like many, have a sweet tooth!! Yet we all know that to much sugar is very unhealthy, and as I have gotten older my taste for sugar has waned. This Halloween instead of all the sugary treats why not try a few of these non-candy snack ideas? How fun would mummy toast be? Or maybe a spider web pizza or chessy witch brooms? Hot dog fingers and veggie skeletons are sure to be a hit. Check out all 64 snack ideas here and have a healthy and Happy Halloween!! Until next time..

October 14, 2014

Montville Broncos Hosting Casino Night, October 17th

A casino night and tricky tray to benefit the Montville Broncos Football and Cheer Programs will be Casino nightheld on Friday, Oct. 17, 7-11 p.m. at Hanover Manor in East Hanover. Try black jack, roulette, poker and craps. The cost is $100 per person, and includes open bar, buffet dinner and gambling voucher. For tickets, send an email to or call 973 722-3892.

Support the Montville Dog Park by Eating at Gourmet Café, Oct 27th

Dog parkOn Monday, Oct. 27, eat lunch or dinner at the Gourmet Café, 130 Baldwin Rd. in Parsippany and they will donate 10 percent of all sales that day to the Montville Township dog park. This includes take out orders and gift certificates. 

Pathways for Exceptional Children and Montville Recreation are Hosting a Halloween Party

Pathways for Exceptional Children and Montville Township Recreation will host a Halloween party for Halloween individuals aged 3 to 21 at the Montville Senior House, 356 Route 202, on Saturday, Oct. 25, from noon to 2 p.m. All are welcome. The Halloween party will feature Pathways’ DJs, dancing, and games. Pizza and cupcakes will be served. Children can come dressed in a costume, but it is not a requirement.All children must bring a small pumpkin to decorate and a trick-o-treat bag or container for candy. Parents or caregivers must accompany children if needed. Register for the party at the Montville Recreation office, 195 Changebridge Rd. Questions? Call 973-331-3305.

October 09, 2014

Lazar Commemorated 9/11 by Honoring Local First Responders

First respondersRobert R. Lazar Middle School in Montville Township, New Jersey, remembered the victims of September 11, 2001 and recognized the bravery of Montville’s first responders, with a variety of activities throughout the school day. Local first responder, and paraprofessional, Judy Caggiano, led the Pledge of Allegiance for the students of Robert R. Lazar Middle School. A member of the Montville Township First Aid Squad, Caggiano is also the parent of two local first responders. Her son Andrew Caggiano is a Lieutenant in the Montville Township Police Department and her daughter Michelle (Caggiano) Crotty is an EMT who volunteered to work at ground zero in the days following the 9/11 attack. Lazar students and staff gave a special thank you to Judy Caggiano, her family, and all Montville first responders, for their sacrifice and bravery. Pictured are Judy Caggiano and on either side are Robert R. Lazar Middle School Assistant Principals Teri Haight and John Piselli.

The 22nd Annual Senior Seminar is Coming October 24th

The Montville Township Chamber of Commerce and the Law Office of Casha and Casha, LLC will co- Montville 1sponsor its 22nd Annual Senior Seminar on Friday, October 24, 2014. The Program will run from 11:00AM-2:30PM and it will be held at the Montville Senior House, 356 Main Road, Montville, NJ.  The theme for this year’s event is “AVOIDING DEMONS AND DEPRESSION”.  Montville Seniors will experience a full day of speakers, display vendors, door prizes and a box lunch.  Our speakers include Jessica Arenella, Ph.D. talking about how to Combat Depression and Chief “Rudy” Applemann & Lieutenant Andrew Caggiano speaking about how to avoid Demons in the Marketplace.  Also, Captain of the First Aid Squad, Samuel Greendyk will give advice from the First Responders. NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT A TICKET.  ADVANCED RESERVATION IS REQUIRED.  TO REGISTER, PLEASE CALL THE CHAMBER OFFICE @973-263-3310.

October 08, 2014

The Homeless Bus is Organizing a Fabulous Fundraiser

Homeless Bus, Inc. is extremely excited to share that we have organized a fabulous fundraiser, HomelessbusOPERATION SLEEPING BAG, and we need YOUR help! As you know, each Saturday night, for the last 22 years, Homeless Bus, Inc. heads into New York City, feeding 200 homeless individuals who live on the streets of Manhattan. The last couple of winters in NYC have been hit hard by snow, so in preparation for the upcoming winter season, we would like to provide each of our 200 friends with a sleeping bag that will be both warm and waterproof. Thanks to the support of Sports Authority, we will be able to make our goal a reality!  To achieve this goal, we are seeking monetary donations.  Our goal is $5,000.00 and needs to be reached by October 31, 2014 at the very latest. Please note that ALL donations will 100% be allocated to support our cause.  If you, your family, friends, business and/or organization would like to help OPERATION SLEEPING BAG, we would be ever so grateful!  Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts, Anna and Mark, Homeless Bus, Inc. Visit to find out how you can help.

October 07, 2014

Black and White FurBall Adoption Event at the Montville Animal Shelter


Woodmont Launches Ice Bucket Challenge in Montville Township Public Schools

Ice bucket wdOne of the chilliest challenges of the 2014-2015 academic year was launched by Woodmont Elementary School on Friday, September 19, 2014. Bathed in cold sunshine, and with a brisk fall nip in the air, seventeen of Woodmont's faculty and staff bravely volunteered to be drenched with buckets of ice water in order to raise funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The Ice Bucket Challenge, as it has been dubbed throughout the summer of 2014, washed over Woodmont during the first weeks of the new school year. Students and staff raised money to see their favorite colleagues and teachers doused with water. n the end, $758 ($108 more than had been counted at the time Woodmont’s challenge was filmed) was raised to help eradicate ALS.

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October 02, 2014

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the Breast cancer disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. The annual campaign has made a lot of progress but still has a long way to go and they need your help! Visit the  website to find out more.

Montville Executive Suites has an Opportunity for a High School Student

20121215_monville_outdoor_5 (2)Montville Executive Suites on Changebridge Road in Pine Brook is looking to hire a motivated high school student to answer phones, greet guests, and do light office tasks after school two days a week. Hours are 3:00 to 5:30 Mondays and Thursdays. Please contact Donna at 973-575-6080.

Montville Twp. First Aid Squad Marks 50 Years of Saving Lives

On Saturday, Sept. 20, the Montville Township Volunteer First Aid Squad celebrated 50 years of Volunteer deptservice to Montville, Pine Brook and Towaco. For a day the squad house located at 137 Changebridge Road became party central as approximately 250 people came out to enjoy the festivities. In recognition of their collaborative efforts and for providing exceptional services to its residents, plaques were presented to the: Montville Township Police Department, the Montville Volunteer Fire Department, the Pine Brook Volunteer Fire Department and the Towaco Volunteer Fire Department. Continue reading