Community Life

May 12, 2021

MONTVILLE, NJ – For the second year in a row, the Montville Township 4th of July celebration has been canceled. Although Gov. Murphy changed gathering restrictions to make it easier to occur, it wasn’t soon enough for the committee to be able to adequately prepare for the celebration, which ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – The fish weren’t biting that well due to high winds on May 1, but perhaps Joseph Ervey would disagree with that assessment. The 1st grader caught the longest fish at the Montville Township Recreation annual Fishing Derby, held every year at Masar Park pond. Residents with kids ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – “It is with regret that I have more sad news to announce,” VFW Post 5481Commander Ken Hanzl said. “A week after we lost Cleave Ledford, another Post member and WWII veteran, Howard Baker, 97, passed away on April 22.  He was a resident of The Chelsea at Montville after living for ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5481 reported that member Cleave Ledford, 95, passed away peacefully April 16 at St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover after a short illness. Ledford was a longtime Montville Township resident, having moved here in the 1960’s. Ledford served in the ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – Another victim of the pandemic, the annual Easter egg hunt was cancelled this year, but in its place, the township’s Recreation Department scheduled a visit from a very special guest, the Easter Bunny. This year a drive-by event, the Pine Brook and Montville Fire Departments plus ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ — The Township is listed as the 10th best place to raise a family by Niche.  The data published on the website gives Montville an A+ as its overall ranking.  Other categories and their grades include: Public Schools - A+ Crime and Safety - B Housing - B Nightlife - ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville’s VFW Post 5481 awarded plaques to five of its members who spoke at the November 11th Veterans Day ceremony. These combat veterans shared their war-time experiences and spoke about the mood of the country during the different time periods. Those who were at the ceremony ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – The Veterans of Foreign Wars District 10 (Morris County) held their awards ceremony to name essay contest winners and teachers of the year for 2021, many of which were from Montville. Patriot’s Pen District Chairman Rich Olsen from Watnong VFW Post 3401 (Morris Plains) ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township VFW Post 5481 presented the following year-end update: We presented “Voice of Democracy” and “Patriot’s Pen” essay contest awards to our winners twice; the 2019 awards in January and the 2020 awards in December. Winners were given certificates and checks. In ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – Competitive spirit brought the Christmas lights out of the crawl space for Andrew Danilack, to a first place win in Montville Township Recreation Department’s first Holiday House Decorating Contest. Danilack started decorating his house as a kid, and “We’ve accumulated a ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – Rabbi Mark Finkel and Cantor Menachem Toren joined members of the Montville Township Committee to light the township hanukkiah on Dec. 15. “It is a pleasure and honor to come together annually to make sure that we come together as a community to light the symbol of Hanukkah ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – As with pretty much everything in 2020, a visit with Santa had a makeover for the pandemic, as residents lined up in their cars at the Municipal Building for the lighting of the Christmas tree and holiday decorations plus a drive-thru spotting with the man in red happened Dec.

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MONTVILLE, NJ – Flags are flying at half-staff at Montville’s VFW Post 5481 for Pearl Harbor Day as Post Commander Ken Hanzl sent out the following note to residents to remind them of those who died in the surprise attack against American soldiers who were not at war. “With the COVID ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ - Santa supporters everywhere are getting their jingle bells ready! The Christmas spirit around the world is alive and well! It will be heard in waves as time zones around the world celebrate! On December 24, believers around the world, whatever time zone they are in, are going ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – It was a day of contrasts and the new normal as a small group of veterans and dignitaries gathered for the 2020 commemoration of Veterans Day in the township, held Nov. 11 at one of the Community Park’s pavilions but chiefly attended by Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – Forty seniors in Montville received hot lunches from Rails Steakhouse Oct. 27, thanks to a donation from Gallo Wine Sales of NJ. The company has been giving back during the COVID crisis, according to Gallo sales rep Tara Merlino, including purchasing meals for healthcare workers ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – Join the Montville Township veterans of VFW Post 5481 for their commemoration of Veterans Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. via Zoom. Speakers will include: Tom Jones, a medic aboard the U.S.S. Ticonderoga, and Gerry Gemian, who was a radio operator in the Central Pacific, ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – Boy Scout Damon Servidio is well on his way to achieving Eagle Scout status after his successful Eagle Scout project was completed in October. The project, held at Riley Memorial Park in Towaco, involved creating and blazing a loop trail that began at the bridge that Eagle Scout ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – Chelsea Senior Living resident Georgianna “Georgie” Vorbach Nye turned 100 on Sept. 20, and the Montville Township Committee honored her – virtually – with a proclamation. Born in Kearny, Nye later moved to Newark, attended South Side High School, and graduated with a secretarial ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – OneMontville has organized a township-wide food drive during the month of October in recognition of World Food Day on Oct. 16. Nonperishable food items will be gathered at various locations throughout the community from Oct. 5 thru Oct. 31,  and forwarded to the Montville Kiwanis ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – The members of the Kiwanis Club of Montville gathered in-person for the first time (after months of Zoom meetings) on the open-air balcony of Rails Steakhouse in Towaco Sept. 9 to celebrate their 42nd annual installation of club officers. The Montville Kiwanians were joined by NJ ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – Two Montville Twp. High School students raised more than $1,000 for an organization aimed at researching and identifying effective solutions to end police violence. School friends Aaron Parisi and Adit Nagar wanted to try and make a change after they saw the "police brutality and ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ - In the Township of Montville, there are a lot of proud, active individuals trying to make a difference in the county communities. One of those proud individuals includes Stephanie Gist Sharratt, chairwoman of the Montville Township Republican County Committee. Originally from ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – “Who over the age of 30 doesn’t remember where they were on Sept. 11th, 2001?” was the question that VFW Post 5481 Commander Ken Hanzl posed to the Zoom audience and the dignitaries and participants present at the Sept. 11 commemoration held at Freedom Plaza in Montville's Community ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – Veteran and resident-elder Joseph Quade died Aug. 26. He was 97. Quade was a long-time member of VFW Post 5481, and he was very active throughout the years, according to Post Commander Kenneth Hanzl. “He served as our public relations officer, ran many programs, and initiated ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Committee honored centenarian Dr. Merrill Stern with a proclamation at his 100th birthday party on June 17. Mayor Frank Cooney presented the document at the outdoor, block-style party that was attended by neighbors, friends and the Towaco Volunteer Fire ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – Hundreds gathered at the library on June 18 for an event that sponsors called a “Walk to Support Black Lives,” a protest to show support for African-Americans as well as to show outrage at the deaths of black men at the hands of law enforcement, particularly the recent death of ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Committee honored long-time resident Lovey Heminuk at their June 9 meeting as she turned an incredible 100 years old. The centennial was born in Pennsylvania, where she lived with her five siblings until she was 18, according to her daughter Suzanne ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – Her voice catching, Matida Njie spoke about her fear and anger at the many murders of black people at the hands of those sworn to protect them. The Jam-e Masjid Islamic Center member spoke at the vigil held at the Montville Twp. amphitheater on June 10. “As a black mother, I ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – A former Montville police chief and VFW post commander died May 25. Korean War veteran C. Richard Tomkins, 90, succumbed to a long illness, VFW Post 5481 Commander Kenneth Hanzl said. “Richard was one of our post's charter members and was the primary driver in the formation of ...

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