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Morris County's 27th Annual Gingerbread Wonderland Features Incredible Edible Masterpieces

December 2, 2018

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- The Gingerbread Wonderland at Frelinghuysen Arboretum is back for the 27th time. The exhibition, which also includes a weekend craft show, attracts more than 12,000 people countywide and beyond. The edible masterpieces are on display through Sunday, Dec. 9.

The Gingerbread Wonderland gives people of all ages an opportunity to build gingerbread ...

Morris Knolls Madrigals Choir Performs at the White House

WASHINGTON, DC – The Morris Knolls Madrigals choir performed at the White House Holiday Open House in Washington, DC, on Dec. 1. Thirty students, led by Choir Director Michael Semancik, sang traditional holiday songs for the private audience.

Semancik, who is in his 11th year as choir director of Morris Knolls’s seven choirs, applied in September 2018 for the honor of ...

Join Girl Scouts for “Friendsbringing” Celebration

PARSIPPANY, NJ — Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey is inviting girls in kindergarten through grade 5 to a “Friendsbringing” celebration from 3-5 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Parsippany Police Athletic League, 33 Baldwin Road.

The event will feature a star lab, which is a mobile planetarium, dance, karaoke, photo opportunities, games, crafts and a community service project. The ...

HS Basketball: Morris Knolls Girls and Boys Defeated in Season Opener

December 15, 2018

DENVILLE, NJ –The Morris Knolls varsity basketball teams fell short in their season openers to Montville. The girls were defeated 46-38 away, the boys 61-42 at home.

For the Lady Eagles, junior Emily Mitarotunda was the leading scorer with 12 points, followed by senior Maddison Perna with 10. Junior Brielle Gavito scored six points, junior Kate Walsh put three points on the ...

Jacob Walsh Dominates First Period in 3-2 Victory over Madison

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Morris Knolls defeated Madison 3-2 at Mennen Sports Arena in Morristown on Dec. 12 in a contest where both teams were evenly matched for most of the game.

Both teams traded goals twice in the first period. Morris Knolls senior Jacob Walsh put up the first point, unassisted, 56 seconds into the game. Madison’s Cormac McNamara answered with an unassisted ...

Morris Knolls Girls and Boys Swimming Outmatched by Mountain Lakes

RANDOLPH, NJ – The Morris Knolls varsity swim teams were unable to garner enough points to defeat Mountain Lakes on Dec. 12 at the County College of Morris in Randolph. Mountain Lakes girls won with a score of 123-47 and the boys with 108-62.

Morris Knolls boys took first place in three events. Junior Daniel Yassa swam to first in the 500 freestyle at 5:52.57. Senior Bryan ...

Honeywell is Moving from Morris Plains to North Carolina taking 750 Jobs With It

November 30, 2018

MORRIS PLAINS, NJ - Honeywell Corporation, which is ranked #77 on the Fortune 500 list of the country's largest US-based corporations, is moving to North Carolina and when it does it will take 750 local jobs with it.  

This is happening less that one year after Gov. Phil Murphy included massive business tax hikes in his first budget he presented after becoming governor in ...

Downtown Denville’s Passport Contest Adds More Value to Small Business Saturday

DENVILLE, NJ – Small Business Saturday is Nov. 24, and the Downtown Denville Business Improvement District is geared up for success. Its Small Business Saturday Passport Contest provides incentive to shop downtown that day.

Patrons are encouraged to obtain a passport from select Downtown Businesses (see list below) and get their passports stamped at eight participating local ...

Morris County Chamber of Commerce Names Meghan Hunscher as New President

FLORHAM PARK, NJ -- The board of directors of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce has announced the appointment of Meghan Hunscher as their new chamber president effective January 1, 2019. Hunscher currently services as executive director of the Morris County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC), a division of the chamber.

Hunscher replaces Paul Boudreau, who is retiring effective Dec.

Mock Trial Club Receives Generous Donation from Einhorn Harris

December 12, 2018

DENVILLE, NJ – The Mock Trial Club at Valleyview Middle School in Denville received a $1,200 donation from Einhorn Harris on Dec. 10. Timothy Ford, a partner at the Denville-based law firm and the attorney advisor for the club, presented the check to club members during a Board of Education meeting. Marian Lezgus, Valleyview’s teacher librarian and the club’s faculty ...

NJ Dept. of Education Visits Denville Schools to Observe Budding Coders

DENVILLE, NJ – Carolyn J. Marano, assistant commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, Division of Student Services, stopped by Lakeview and Riverview elementary schools on Dec. 7 to observe students on the last day of Hour of CodeTM.

Hour of CodeTM is a weeklong global campaign of Code.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding access to computer science ...

Still Time to Apply for the Best Online Winterim Courses at CCM

RANDOLPH, NJ — Registration is still taking place for the Winterim semesters at County College of Morris (CCM).

Winterim classes, which are offered online in a condensed format, are a convenient way to earn some extra credit and stay on course to graduate. Two Winterim sessions are offered at CCM, a four-week session that begins Friday, Dec. 21, and a two-week session that begins Jan.

Weenies Owner Asks Community to Help Him Help Local Orphanage

December 12, 2018

DENVILLE, NJ -- The holidays are very special for restaurateur Mike Dey, owner of Weenies in Denville and Fatty's in Morristown. He believes that the holidays are a time when you should focus on family and be generous to those around you.

Dey, who proudly states that he comes from a very good family, is looking to help those who aren't as fortunate as he is. He took to ...

Operation Toy Train Comes to Morris County, Dec. 8-9

WHARTON, NJ – Operation Toy Train will make stops in Morris County for the third consecutive year on Dec. 8 and 9.

Operation Toy Train is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates a special annual collection train for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation in northern New Jersey and southern New York. It runs annually during the first two weekends of December.

Center for Non-Profits Set to Host Annual Conference

SOMERSET , NJ – Over the past few years, non-profit organizations have used “creative and unique” campaigns to bring local and national attention to their cause. 

The ALS Foundation took the country and world by storm during the summer of 2014 with the Ice Bucket Challenge. Susan G. Komen has spread the word about breast cancer by painting towns pink. The Pancreatic ...

NJ Dept. of Agriculture Announces Romaine Lettuce Grown in NJ is Safe

November 29, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – In a statement issued by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, the agency announced that New Jersey-grown lettuce is not connected to the recent outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7. "The New Jersey Department of Agriculture therefore reminds consumers and retailers that romaine lettuce grown in New Jersey can be purchased with confidence. Consumers should make sure ...

Thanksgiving Fun Facts & Trivia

DENVILLE, NJ -- Turkey or ham? Perhaps a turducken? Whichever traditional centerpiece you go with this Thanksgiving, there’s a chance it wasn’t served during the first holiday dinner in 1621.

Historians believe the Plymouth Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe shared lobster, rabbit, nuts, carrots, eggs, and dried fruits during the original three-day celebration.

The Continental ...

CDC Warns Against Eating Romaine Lettuce Due to E. Coli Outbreak

ATLANTA, GA -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have now warned U.S. and Canadian consumers not to eat romaine lettuce after 32 people in 11 states were infected with a strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli.

"CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the outbreak.

Denville Administrator Steven Ward Receives POWWW’s Annual Award for Open Space Preservation

November 21, 2018

DENVILLE, NJ – POWWW (Protect Our Wetlands, Water and Woods) recognized Steven Ward as this year’s greatest contributor to the preservation of open space in Denville. The business administrator of Denville since 2010, Ward spearheaded negotiations that secured the preservation of four acres of land on Hillcrest Drive. The deal is expected to close early next year.

“Steve ...

Denville Resident Helps to Keep Banks of Rockaway River Clean

ROCKAWAY, NJ – Notre Dame has its “Four Horsemen” … the Yankees have their “Core Four” … today’s Beatles fans have their “The Fab Four” tribute band. No T-shirts have been made yet, but Potbelly’s Riverside Café owner Rob Grow has his own “Fab Four” these days -- the four volunteers who ignored the wind ...

Bill Protecting Internet Users from Identity Theft Advances

December 10, 2018

TRENTON, NJ -  Data breaches are becoming more frequent and more expensive. Recently, Marriott announced that more than a half million customer accounts had been exposed to hackers. Companies are closer to being required to notify users of online security breaches now because of legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Jay Webber.

The bill expands a list of breaches requiring ...

Elderly Morris County Residents Can Apply Online for State Benefits

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Morris County residents, 65 years of age or older or between the ages of 18-64 and receiving Social Security disability benefits, are now able to apply for important benefits from NJSAVE with one application. Prior to this new, on-stop application, individuals had to fill out a paper eligibility application for each program.

The goal of the new online application ...

NJ Legislators Approve Bill Banning 3-D Guns

TRENTON, NJ – No Ghost Guns. No 3-D Firearms. And no purchasing any component used in making either of these weapons.

Legislation banning the manufacturing of any untraceable or covert firearm was approved 68-5-3 by the full Assembly and the Senate 31-0 Monday.

The bill (A-3129)- sponsored by Assembly Democrats Paul Moriarty, Gary Schaer and Annette Quijano - would make it illegal to ...

CDC Warns Against Eating Romaine Lettuce Due to E. Coli Outbreak

November 21, 2018

ATLANTA, GA -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have now warned U.S. and Canadian consumers not to eat romaine lettuce after 32 people in 11 states were infected with a strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli.

"CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the outbreak.

Police Chief Wagner Speaks at County School Shooting Training

December 6, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ – About 75 members of the law enforcement, mental health and education fields in Morris County attended two days of training at the Morris County Fire and Police Academy Nov. 27 and 28 to learn about assessing the behaviors of potential threats with the intention of preventing school shootings.

At a press conference, Morris County Sheriff James Gannon called the two-day ...

Phone Scam Continues in Morris County and Surrounding Areas; Morris County Sheriff

MORRISTOWN, NJ --  If anyone calls on the phone, says he or she is from the Morris County Sheriff's Office and asks for money, that's a scam, said the Morris County Sheriff's Office. 

In the most recent scam calls, the caller (sometimes via voice message) uses an agency number for Caller ID and identifies himself or herself as an employee of the Morris County ...

Vincent Fischer and Owen Law Take Oath of Office as Denville Police Officers

DENVILLE, NJ –The Denville Town Council celebrated the hiring of two new police officers, Vincent Fischer and Owen Law, with an Oath of Office swearing-in ceremony during the council’s meeting on Nov. 20.

Fischer attended the Passaic County Police Academy and began his law enforcement career with the Newark Police Department. He joined the Denville Police Department in August 2018 ...

Police Chief Wagner to Retire Effective Jan. 31, 2019

December 13, 2018

DENVILLE, NJ – After 31 years in the Denville Police Department and 11 years as its chief of police, Chief Christopher Wagner will retire effective Jan. 31, 2019. He shared the news with the Denville Town Council at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Wagner tendered his written notice to Administrator Steven Ward on Dec. 5.

“I’ve had the honor to lead great men and ...

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign Begins Dec. 7

DENVILLE, NJ – The annual end-of-year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign begins Friday, Dec. 7 and will continue through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. During that time, the Denville Township Police Department, along with state law enforcement officials, will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs. They will conduct saturation patrols and set ...

Police Officer Michael Weldon Takes Oath of Office for New Sergeant’s Role

DENVILLE, NJ –The Denville Town Council celebrated police officer Michael Weldon's promotion to sergeant with an Oath of Office swearing-in ceremony during the council’s meeting on Nov. 20.

Born and raised in Denville, Weldon attended Denville public schools and graduated from Morris Knolls High School. He is an alumnus of Villanova University where he earned a bachelor of ...

Chabad of Mountain Lakes, Boonton and Denville Lights Menorah

December 5, 2018

DENVILLE, NJ – Approximately 100 people came out on the third day of Hanukkah to light three candles of the Menorah despite the frigid temperature on Dec. 4. Rabbi Levi Dubinsky of Chabad of Mountain Lakes, Boonton and Denville facilitated the lighting. The remaining five candles will be lit, one each day, over the next five days.

The Menorah stands tall in a new location this ...

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NJ Recipe Guru Shares her Favorite Holiday Cookie: Double Chocolate Espresso

December 13, 2018

If you love to cook, there’s a fair chance you’ve got a recipe somewhere in your home by Gwynn Galvin, whose cooking blog “Swirls of Flavor” has been picking up steam.

“I have been told that I am ‘well-seasoned,’ having worked in the culinary field for more than 20 years now,” the grandmother of eight said from her home in Montvale, NJ.

In ...

300+ Jobs to be Eliminated from Conagra in Morris County

December 10, 2018

PARSIPPANY, NJ - Conagra Brands has announced that it will eliminate more than 300 positions out of its Parsippany location, which will be in addition to another 200 positions that will be eliminated out of Cherry Hill. This news comes shortly after Honeywell announced a week or so ago that it is relocating its headquarters from Morris Plains to North Carolina.

Senator ...

NewBridge Services’ Guide to Reducing Stress, Increasing Joy During the Holidays

December 14, 2018

Here in the midst of another holiday season, many of us want to be reflective and spend quality time with loved ones, but instead we feel stressed, with too much to do in too little time. The season becomes something to survive instead of savor.

“The holidays often add layers of obligations on top of our already busy lives,” said NewBridge Services Chief Operating Officer Michelle ...

Morris County Economic Development Corporation will Present "New Jersey: The Life Sciences Commercialization Hub" 

December 2, 2018

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The Morris County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) will present New Jersey: The Life Sciences Commercialization Hub on December 10 at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, New Jersey. The event will focus on the dynamic environment for the expansion of the life sciences industry within New Jersey. 

Highlights of the day include a panel ...

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Sat, December 15, 10:00 AM

Union Hill Farms, Denville

Ayres/Knuth Farm Foundation Annual Christmas Tree ...

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Sat, December 15, 7:30 PM

Livingston High School, Livingston

Livingston Symphony Holiday Pops Concert

Arts & Entertainment

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Sun, December 16, 10:00 AM

Union Hill Farms, Denville

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‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – From the chilly winter in Sicilia to the warmth and summer joys of Bohemia, the scene and tenor shift halfway through “The Winter’s Tale,”

This convoluted plot involving Leontes, King of Sicilia and King Polixenes of Bohemia, circles ...

Chatham Players’ “A Christmas Carol’ starts the holiday season in style

Chatham Players’ “A Christmas Carol’ starts the holiday season in style

By Liz Keill

CHATHAM, NJ – Charles Dickens’ beloved “Christmas Carol” creates a cheerful glow at The Chatham Playhouse.

This musical version of the familiar tale features the author himself narrating, and sometimes taking part, in the story. Chip Prestera as Dickens once ...

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – From the chilly winter in Sicilia to the warmth and summer joys of Bohemia, the scene and tenor shift halfway through “The Winter’s Tale,”

This convoluted plot involving  Leontes, King of Sicilia and Archidamus, a Bohemian Lord, ...

‘A Doll’s House, Parts 2’ explores marriage, identity and compromise

‘A Doll’s House, Parts 2’ explores marriage, identity and compromise

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Leave it to George Street Playhouse to produce a play that works on so many levels. We have the familiar slamming-the-door exit of Nora Helmut, who abruptly leaves her secure life with Torvald for parts unknown

This play by Lucas Hnath received a successful run on ...

‘Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn’ shimmers and shines at Paper Mill

‘Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn’ shimmers and shines at Paper Mill

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – What could be more enticing than the rapturous music and lyrics of “Irving’ Berlin’s Holiday Inn” to sweep us into a festive mood for the holidays? The show, based on the 1940’s film of the same name, is a perfect choice… and one that keeps ...

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AtlantiCast: Episode 23

On this week’s AtlantiCast, find out why it’s easier than ever to receive care at Atlantic Health System, the Morristown Medical Center’s Heart Success program reaches a milestone in the fight against heart failure, quality healthcare that protects the environment and kicking off the holiday season with the Festival of Lights.

 

Husky Foster Program at Tree-licious Orchards Provides a Better Life for Rescue Dogs

December 10, 2018

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner, Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm started as a way to help reduce the orchard of critters and provide a better life for ...