Education

Mayor Asks Montville Board of Ed for Help with Township's Opiate Problem

Mayor Jim Sandham Credits: Melissa Benno
District Administrator James Tevis swears in members John Morella, Carmela Novi and Michael O’Brien Credits: Melissa Benno
Board Member David Modrak Credits: Melissa Benno
Theresa Cavanaugh Credits: Melissa Benno

MONTVILLE, NJ – Mayor Jim Sandham spoke at the Jan. 3 Montville Township Board of Education meeting during the public portion to ask the board’s help with Montville Township’s heroin/opiate problem.

In 2016 Montville Township held the record for most deaths in the county due to heroin/opiate overdose, and Sandham asked the board to bring the problem to the County Superintendent, with the hope of trying to solve the problem on a county-wide basis in the schools, since the problem starts at a young age, he said.

“I called upon the Sheriff, who was in attendance [at our Jan. 1 township committee reorganization meeting], to try to do something on a county-wide basis, because solving it just in Montville doesn’t help if addicts can just go to Parsippany or some other adjacent town,” Sandham said. “I think it will take a county-wide effort to solve the problem."

Sign Up for E-News

“I know you do plenty already, but the extent that you can do something on a county-wide level on your side of the aisle, as well as what the police, from the township committee and elected officials - I think it would benefit everyone,” Sandham told the board.

Board Member David Modrak said he had lost a cousin to heroin who was 24 years old and said he had spoken with addicts.

“When I asked how they started, it was explained to me that there are too many opiate-containing pain medications available,” he said. “Kids get a hold of them in their parents’ medicine cabinets, get addicted, and when the parents cut off the pills, the kids go to heroin, which is cheaper. I hope we can work together and I hope that will be a model for other towns in the county.”

Board Member Michael O’Brien said he was hard hit by the seven deaths in the community and it had been a topic of discussion at his table following his attendance at the Jan. 1 Montville Township Committee reorganization meeting.

“I think it’s [very] important that the township committee and the board of education work together,” O’Brien said. “This problem is so dramatically important. [We need to] put all our resources and our minds together to move forward as much as we can in cooperation on this issue.”

Board President Matthew Kayne agreed that it is also a statewide and countrywide issue and anything that can be done “as a community on the local level would be a positive virtue.”

Kayne was re-elected unanimously by the board as president, and Board Vice President Carmela Novi was re-elected unanimously as vice president. Members John Morella, Carmela Novi and Michael O’Brien were sworn in for additional terms. O'Brien is starting his second term, while Novi and Morella are starting their third terms.

Appointments were made according to the bylaws for such positions as board secretary, board attorney, district auditor, district physician, architect and other positions. These can be viewed here.

Also during public portion, former special education teacher Theresa Cavanaugh spoke to the board to congratulate them on their professionalism. She asked about handicapped access to the Montville Township High School auditorium.

District Administrator James Tevis said a lift will be installed in the auditorium to the left of the stage area.

O’Brien thanked the township committee for refurbishing the chambers in the municipal building.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

Montville

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_8a05ed9e1458d6aa68ae_img_8465a

Tue, June 27, 7:45 PM

Montville Township High School, Montville

Montville Township Board of Education Meeting

Education

Carousel_image_2f5e22fedbc0839027fd_township_logo

Tue, June 27, 8:00 PM

Municipal Building, Montville

Montville Township Committee Meeting

Government

Carousel_image_a093c1798e16ddf8a994_image

Fri, June 30, 1:00 PM

Montville Township Museum, Montville

Montville Township Museum Open

Arts & Entertainment Education Home & Garden

Carousel_image_a093c1798e16ddf8a994_image

Fri, July 7, 1:00 PM

Montville Township Museum, Montville

Montville Township Museum Open

Arts & Entertainment Education Home & Garden

Carousel_image_2f5e22fedbc0839027fd_township_logo

Tue, July 11, 8:00 PM

Municipal Building, Montville

Montville Township Committee Meeting

Government

Closure Dates Ahead for the Montville Township Public Library

June 15, 2017

MONTVILLE, NJ – A message from the Director of the Montville Township Public Library.

Dear Montville Township Library Patrons,

It's June! Each June the library modifies its hours to accommodate overflow parking for High School and Middle School graduations. This year, we will observe the following early closure schedule:

June 19th & 20th - 5 pm Closing for Graduations

In ...

Montville Township Holds 2017 4th of July Parade

June 24, 2017

MONTVILLE, NJ – After days of rain, the sun shone bright in Montville Township for the 2017 4th of July parade. This year’s June 24 parade marked the township’s 150th anniversary celebration.

Held along the usual Changebridge to Horseneck Road route, it featured bands, clowns, Sheriff James Gannon and decorated bicycles. The Grand Marshalls were VFW Post 5481 and local ...

Meet the Leaders of Montville Township: Hank Lyon, Morris County Freeholder

June 3, 2017

MONTVILLE, NJ - Morris County Freeholder, Hank Lyon, born and raised in Montville Township, is seeking political office in the NJ State Assembly in the primary election on Tuesday, June 6.

Lyon grew up in the Towaco section of Montville Township when the township was less developed. It was a place where kids could play in the woods and build ...

Montville Township Public Schools Being Featured on Emmy® Award-winning Classroom Close-up NJ

June 23, 2017

MONTVILLE, NJ – On Sunday, June 25, 2017, STEM PALS, a Robert R. Lazar Middle School educational program, will air on the Emmy® award-winning television show Classroom Close-up NJ. The segment will be broadcast on NJTV (In Montville Township, New Jersey, NJTV is Cablevision’s Channel 8).

STEM PALS, is an innovative ...

Police: Stolen Battery Scam Short-Circuits in Roxbury

June 26, 2017

ROXBURY, NJ - Two men who scammed Walmart stores in several states - by returning for money batteries that were stolen - were caught and arrested earlier this month when they attempted the scheme in Ledgewood, police said today.

A third man purportedly involved in the practice was on the lam, but police said they know his identity and expect to find him.

The investigation began on June 16 ...

West Orange to Host Only Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall Viewing in New Jersey

June 23, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The Township of West Orange will pay tribute to the veterans of the Vietnam War when the “Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall” arrives at West Orange High School from July 1 to July 4 in Suriano Stadium.

This will be the only appearance of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall in New Jersey this year, and viewing is free to the public

The opening ceremony ...

Re/Max Neighborhood Properties New Listings!

June 26, 2017

Click HERE to see all new listings!

Columns

Open Houses on Sunday by Century 21 The Crossing

MONTVILLE, NJ - Century 21 The Crossing is having the following open houses this Sunday, June 4:

15 Margaret Drive, Pine Brook from 2 - 4 p.m. - see full listing HERE
25 Hillcrest Road, Towaco from 1 - 4 p.m. - see full listing HERE

College Prep: Taking the Angst out of College Apps

Back in the dark ages of the 1970s, preparing for college was a lot simpler.  I paid attention to which courses I would take, but for a soon-to-be liberal arts major, I didn’t have too much planning to do.  Most of us took our SATs once, perhaps an advanced placement test, and applied to five or six schools.  Then we went on with our lives while waiting for the letters to ...

Keeping Sam by Joanne Phillips

Keeping Sam by Joanne Phillips (Mirrorball Books, 2015)

 

I belong to a great on-line book service called Bookbub, which daily sends a list of very inexpensive and free titles to download on the Kindle. A lot of the books are junk, but some are classics, and a few give an introduction to an author with whom I am unfamiliar, and sometimes very pleased to find. Such is the case with ...

The 7 Habits Organized People Practice to Keep Their Homes Organized (And You Can, Too!)

As a practicing professional organizer since 1994, I am often cornered by people I meet at parties, in the grocery store and throughout the community who want to share their organizing challenges and feelings of being overwhelmed with me. I always tell them that being organized is a skill set that can be learned. In this column, I’d like to share with you seven habits that organized people ...

Pet Corner