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    Vol. 5 No. 4 April 16, 2013

    Proverbs 3:5




    The Long Valley Raiders Competition Cheerleaders attended Cheer and Dance Extreme Nationals in Virginia Beach in

    March. Both the Juniors and Youth teams won National titles in their divisions.


    By Ejvind Boccolini

    AChester man with

    great experience in

    building online peer

    groups is now lending a

    hand to friends and col-

    legues who need help per-

    haps more than ever.

    Edward Chatlos, who

    has friends and collegues

    suffering from PTSD (Post

    Traumatic Stress Disorder)

    and brain tumors, is lendinga hand by way of setting up

    "peer-based virtual support

    environments." These

    online environments allow

    participants - those suffer-

    ing from PTSD and brain

    tumors - to communicate

    and bond with each other,

    and speak about concerns

    and successes with respect

    to their condition. They are

    able to do so in a small

    group with others who are

    experiencing similar chal-lenges - a much needed

    aspect of the healing

    process. The groups could

    contain 10, or 20 individu-

    als, and perhaps up to, but

    not more than, 50.

    These enviroments are

    uplifting to individuals who

    participate, and it gives

    them "more trust to open

    up," said Chatlos, who was

    compelled to find solutions

    for his friends and collegues

    suffering from such difficult


    When participants log in

    to the online support envi-

    ronments, they can initiate

    Skype communication

    (video and audio communi-

    cation); begin a chat session

    with other participants; send

    private messages or emails;

    send "community" mes-

    sages; or start audio and

    video conferences.Chatlos said is can serve

    as a "dashboard" for a pri-

    vate team. Individuals can

    declare their status, and

    change it at will, to

    "online," "do not disturb,"

    "invisible," or "offline," for


    Most importantly, partic-

    ipants are able to offer and

    receive support - significant

    and uplifting support - when

    they are finishing

    chemotherapy, when they

    are tired after treatments,

    and when they just simply

    need someone to talk to.

    Chatlos, Chief Executive

    Officer of PeerPort LLC,

    said PeerPort brings these

    individuals together in

    small teams so they can

    bond and support each

    other. It also provides an

    archive of comments for


    Contact information for

    PeerPort is P.O. Box 480,

    Far Hills, NJ 07931-0480.

    Office phone number is

    908-672-3525 and email is

    Chatlos said the individ-

    uals who become involved

    with the PeerPort environ-

    ments are able to receive a

    Edward S. Chatlos

    Chester Man Is Offering Unique Online SupportCommunities For Friends, Collegues With Tumors

    continued on page 4

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    Submitted by Lana D'Agostini

    West Morris Central High School

    Project Graduation 2013 is host-ing another Washington

    Township Town wide Garage sale as a

    fundraiser on April 13th from 9am to 3pm.

    Participants can register through Project

    Graduation 13. Sign up deadline is April

    8th. $20 donation.

    The form is available online at

    pring-garage-sale.html Participants address

    will be listed on the directory/map that willbe available online and distributed to cus-

    tomers. Event is advertised regionally

    through newspapers, radio, cable &


    Contact Lana for additional info:

    Caring for Your Familys Treasures

    on Thursday, April 25 at 7 pm. This

    1.5-hour workshop will feature an

    overview of techniques and methods of pre-

    serving letters, diaries, scrapbooks, works

    on paper, photographs, slides, textiles,

    audio and video recordings, and other his-

    torical objects. Deb Schiff, the Chester

    Library's Local History Librarian, will also

    demonstrate how to use archival supplies to

    protect your family's treasures, and share

    her secrets for where to shop for reliable

    supplies online.

    De-Mystifying Design Workshop on

    Tuesday, April 30 at 7 pm

    It's Spring and it's time to start thinking

    about how to get those long-awaited home-

    improvement projects off the ground!

    Carrie Oesmann, ASID from Bailiwick

    Design offers valuable insight on how to

    approach your interior design projects at the

    Chester Library on Tuesday, April 30 at 7

    pm. Come and get inspired, ask questions

    and get the ball rolling! Register online at or call 879-7612.

    Sport Fish of New Jersey: An Anglers

    Guide on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 pm

    Manny Luftglass, owner of Gone Fishin

    Enterprises, will discuss his new book,

    "Sport Fish of New Jersey: An Angler's

    Guide" at the Chester Library on Tuesday,

    May 7 at 7 pm. He is publisher &/or author

    or co-author of twenty one books, including

    fourteen that start with the words Gone

    Fishin, and So You Want To Write A

    Book. Manny is currently writing the

    columns, Gone Fishin for Hunterdon

    Democrat (New Jersey)& Condo News


    Paws for Reading on

    Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 pm

    Children get to practice reading to a trainedtherapy dog. Register online at or call 879-7612.

    Spring Story Time on Wednesdays at 1

    pm and Fridays at 10:30 am during May

    A special Spring Story Time will be held at

    the Chester Library during the first three

    weeks of May on Wednesdays at 1 pm and

    Fridays at 10:30 am . Preschoolers will

    enjoy stories, songs, healthy snacks and a

    planting activity to take home.

    WMC Project GraduationTownwide Garage Sale

    Chester Library Happenings

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    tremendous wave of help, and all act as "caregivers." This

    is vital for those recovering from PTSD or brain tumors -

    while having to endure often very difficult treatments and

    an ongoing healing process that likely can be tiring and

    require great emotional and physical strength.

    Participants who have gone through chemotherapy, for

    instance, receive much-needed support and compassion

    from peers as a result of the online communities.

    Sometimes after patients receive treatments, they are

    expected to re-enter their usual enviroments, but perhaps

    they do not have an opportunity to "decompress," and they

    have no opportunity to talk about their challenges nor their

    difficult experiences. They are maybe not even "welcomed

    back" in the most appropriate or way by their family,

    friends and collegues.

    With PeerPort communities, participants can gain uplift-ing encouragement from others who understand their diffi-


    "You have a great ability to create networks," that are

    small and private, said Chatlos.

    Chatlos previously has experience bringing groups of

    computer software technicians together via online commu-

    nities, but when he started PeerPort, he greatly reduced the

    group size from sometimes tens of thousands of participants

    to these much smaller groups he brings together now - up to

    50 members max.

    Chatlos said it is a great thing to focus on "small teams"

    that want to work together, because it is not as natural forbig online "communities" to want to interact.

    "I wanted to get out of that," scenario, said Chatlos,

    adding that he has seen participants really benefit from the

    small groups where interaction is more natural and those

    involved actually want to collaborate.

    His online groups are a great tool for those who are deal-

    ing with these sometimes trying emotional, spiritual, and

    yes, financial difficulties associated with the healing


    So, Chatlos' online groups and technology is proving to

    be a helpful tool to participants.

    Participants provide profile information, such as emailand password, and then they choose the size of the commu-

    nity they wish to be involved with. For a team of 10 it is $99

    per month, which they can divide amongst themselves, but

    would be assigned to one credit card, for instance. For up to

    50 members it is $375 per month, which they divide

    amongst themselves as well.

    At the PeerPort website,, indi-

    viduals can find all of the information they need in order to

    create a community. There are some discounts for non-prof-

    it organizations. There is a free, 30-day trial offer as well.

    They will enter a title and paragraph to explain the pro-

    posed community. Then they invite individuals with anemail containing a link. Individuals can join by setting up a

    profile. They would give their name, location, state and city,

    and phone numbers. There is an "alert system" if someone

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