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Madison Area YMCA To Participate in Girls On the Run


The Madison Area YMCA is pleased to announce that it will participate in Girls On the Run, an experiential learning, nonprofit prevention program for girls in grades 3-5 that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.

Practices will take place 3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Madison Area YMCA every Wednesday and Friday for 10 weeks starting Wednesday, April 10, through Friday, June 14. The event is 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, in Florham Park. Girls On the Run participants will race in the Florham Park Jaycees 17th Annual 5K Run.

Madison Area YMCA staff members Aquatics Director Lisa Kowal; Associate Health & Fitness Director Jennifer Casanova; and Youth & Teen Director Emily Galbraith will coach the team.

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Participants may register by visiting or by mailing a completed registration form and a check for $185 made payable to Girls On the Run East, P.O. Box 896, Millburn, NJ, 07041. Please note: Girls must have a parent/adult running buddy on the day of the race. A coach may be a buddy if asked.

The route: Start at Tucker Street; right onto Briarwood Rd.; right onto Lincoln Ave.; straight onto Rockwood Rd.; left onto Riverside Dr.; left onto Braidburn Rd.; right onto Lakeview Ave.; across Cathedral Ave.; straight to Briarwood Rd.; left onto Tucker Street to Finish.

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A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, February 19 – Sunday, February 25, 2018


By Galina Natenzon

Friends of the Library are continuing their book collection in preparation for Annual Book Sale.  Kids are off from school on Monday for Presidents’ Day – bring them to the library!  We have plenty for them to do.  For adults, Professor Licklider’s second lecture on North Korea will take place on Tuesday.  The ...

Imagine a Chatham Toboggan Ride from the Top of Fairmount Avenue to Main Street

Did you know….
there was a time when Chatham kids could ice skate from downtown Chatham all the way to Florham Park? And that a toboggan ride could last from the top of Fairmount Avenue down to Main Street and beyond?

Those were the days!

This was back in the early to mid-1900s. The Passaic River meandered through grassy meadows and woods on the north side of Chatham. The marshy ...


February 20, 2018

To the Editor,

I told my daughter I needed to write about gun violence. Know what she told me? “Mom, be sure you’re not too polarizing. People won’t listen.” She’s right. At age eleven she’s figured out that we adults need to be reminded how to speak to one another in order to fix a problem. But I have hope and belief that we can fix that discourse in our ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

Adults Who Interact With Teens Offered Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

February 23, 2018

With teenage suicide rates on an upswing, a barrage of tragedies in the news, and the heightened pressures of adolescence in a media-frenzied world, it’s more important than ever for caring adults to know how to intervene effectively.

Morris County again this year is funding Youth Mental Health First Aid training through NewBridge Services for adults who regularly interact with children ...