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Madison Methodists Assemble Cleaning Buckets for Flood Victims

In the weeks after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee brought flooding and destruction to communities throughout New Jersey, the congregation of the United Methodist Church in Madison began gathering supplies to fill cleaning buckets. An urgent call for the buckets had gone out from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), which has developed a very specific “bucket list” list of 16 items that will fit inside a 5-gallon bucket with lid. Each bucket contains household cleaning products, sponges, kitchen gloves, dust masks, work gloves and other items that enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood or hurricane.

The church, located at 24 Madison Avenue, set a goal of filling 24 buckets. Members met after worship on Sunday, Sept. 25, organized the donated supplies, formed an assembly line, and ended up with 29 buckets filled and ready to go.  A church member volunteered his minivan and delivered all the buckets to the area collection site at Park Avenue St. John’s United Methodist Church in East Orange. The cleaning buckets will be distributed in Northern New Jersey communities.

The United Methodist Church in Madison is located at 24 Madison Avenue, at the corner of Drew University. Sunday worship services are at 8:30 and 10 AM. Sunday school classes for children, as well as childcare for infants and toddlers, are offered at 10 AM. The church is handicapped accessible. For more information visit or call 973-377-1231. 

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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 ...