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    Vol. 3 No. 12 www.mypaperonline.com December 13, 2011

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    The West Morris Soccer Club (WMSC) donated 44 usedand new soccer balls to various orphanagesand villagesin Monrovia, Liberia this past August.

    Theclub collected 'gently used' balls from both recreation andtravel soccer members, and added a few new ones as well.

    The soccer balls were shipped to the brother of WMSCBoard member Bruce Sullivans, Paul Sullivan, who is

    assigned overseas in Monrovia this past year. Paul facilitat-ed the delivery and expressed his appreciation, this is likeChristmas in September for these children. Soccer plays alarge role in daily life and development here in Liberia.

    Paul indicated these balls will replace the makeshift ballsthey currently use, that consist of taped corrugated ballsmade from scraps. Unlike the current makeshift balls, thenew soccer balls will last for years.

    The West Morris Soccer club plans to hold another col-lection this coming spring. More details will be shared incoming months. West Morris Soccer Club offers an array ofsoccer programs ranging from introductory play to highly

    competitive teams and supports Mendham and Chesteryoung athletes. For more information on West MorrisSoccer Club, visit the club website at: www. westmorrissoc-cerclub.org

    West Morris Soccer Club SupportsThe Beautiful Game in Monrovia, Liberia

    Paul Sullivan (rear) is flanked by Monrovian orphans playing with donated West Morris Soccer Club balls.

    Church of the Messiah, located in ChesterNew Jerseyis sponsoring its second annual Cookie Walkfundraiser. Just in time for the holidays, you can

    purchase homemade cookies,breads, muffins, coffee cakesand other tempting treats. Come join the fun picking outgoodies for teachers, or office gifts, or for your own enjoy-

    mentTreats are displayed on long tables and you are provid-

    ed weigh a container and disposable gloves. Walk aroundthe tables and pick your own selection. The cookies arethen weighed and paid for by the pound.

    Dates: Saturday, December 17 from noon to 2:00p.m.Sunday, December 18 FROM 9:00a.m. to 2p.m.The Church of Messiah Episcopal Church is located at

    50 Route 24 West in Chester, New Jersey 07930. Forinformation or directions, please call 908-879-7208

    Cookie Walk at Church of the Messiah

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    First Congregational Church of Chester members handing out refreshments on the green

    in Morristown to those in need this Holiday Season. The Mustard Seed Child Care Center

    and other local businesses collected coats for donation. Thousands of coats were given

    away through The Market Street Mission. Featured in the picture are volunteers from

    FCCC.

    To the Editor;

    O

    n behalf of the Chester Lioness

    Club I would like to extend our

    most sincere thanks to the manyresidents, Scouts, and organizations of the

    Chesters and surrounding communities who

    donated a frozen turkey and canned or dry

    goods for the Thanksgiving Baskets to fam-

    ilies in need. All of the donors graciously

    wrote their e-mails or phone numbers on a

    list to be referenced for future use as needs

    develop within our communi ty and the

    immediate area.

    Annually, the Chester Lioness Club is

    responsible for more than 18 of the

    Thanksgiving Baskets which are given

    anonymously to folks in our area; however,

    the food pantry actually did more than 50

    baskets this Thanksgiving. The Lionesses

    provide a box of approximately 45 lbs of

    canned and dry foods which accompanies a

    large roasting pan containing a turkey and

    fresh vegetables (another 25-40 lbs) for

    each family. Your generosity in donating

    canned and dry goods as well as frozen

    turkeys provided an ample supply for the

    food pan try to make s imilar "baskets"

    which are actually given on a monthly

    basis. Extra turkeys, hams, lasagna etc. are

    stored in the food pantry freezers for distri-

    bution during the ensuing months.

    Our community businesses and farmersareoutstanding when a response is request-

    ed to provide assistance. Special thanks go

    to the owner of the Mendham Health &

    Racquet Club who annually donates numer-

    ous frozen turkeys, and to Alstede Farms,

    Ledgewood Farm Market and Ort Farms for

    generous donations of produce although

    this year's growing season was poor, and to

    Reckett Benckeiser (French Foods) for

    donations of condiments to make every-

    thing tasty! In addition, the Chester Shop

    Rite allowed customers to donate their free

    turkey directly by consumers leaving their

    information at the check out counter. This

    was an enormous blessing as the food

    pantry was able to obtain the frozen turkeys

    from the Shop Rite and transport them

    directly to the food pantry freezers .

    Many Thanks on behalf of the Chester

    Lioness Club, God Bless You All and have

    a Wonderful Holiday Season.

    Holly Simmenroth,

    Food Baskets Chairperson

    The Chester Lioness Club

    Letter to the Editor

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    Theindoorwinter sportsseason isnowunderway, butits nottoo late to take a glance back at what local programs wereable to accomplish during the fall, especially, when a team

    was able to achieve as much as the West Morris Central High

    Schoolfield hockeysquad didduringtheir 2011 season.West Morris had what can easily be described as an out-

    standing year as thetalliedan overall recordof 18-2 andwere10-1 in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference NationalDivision.

    WMC advanced to the semifinal round of the NJSIAANorth II Group III Sectional Tournament where they weredefeated by eventual Sectional andStateGroupIII championFreehold Borough.

    Although they may have made it look so at times, it was-nt an easy road for WMC, as they faced many tough oppo-nents on the field.

    This season we had a lot of overtime games, West

    Morris Central head coach Courtney Bertos said. Our firstone of the season, the girls won a 4-3 in overtimeagainstoneof the best teams in the area-Boonton. That showed howmuch heart they were going to have all season.

    Our two wins over Chatham were huge victories as well.They have a great team and we were not only able to beatthem once, but twice. And finally, our Madison game in theMorris County Tournament finalstands out because althoughwe didnt win, weplayed as hard as we could and left every-thing on the field.

    What really helped them was the solid, steady perform-ance of the team captains.

    Our senior captains really stood out as great leaders,

    Bertos said. Erin Gutkind, Michelle Hennelly, MichaelaDomaratzky, and Jen Cuozzo did a great job motivating and

    encouraging the younger players as well as leading with agood example on the field.

    Several student-athletes showed the ability to progressive-ly improve themselves as field hockey players and thus help-ing the team in general this year.

    A lot of our younger players stepped into this role,Bertos said. Sophomores Lindsay Roller, Emily Rubright,and Alyssa Perkalis and freshman Kayla Mosser all earnedstarting positions on varsity and contributed in differentwayseach game. They did so by providing goals, assists, defense,etc. They got better every day they came to practice and Icant wait to see them keep growing.

    Withthe depth andexperience that shehas returningto theroster, Bertos is optimistic for the 2012 season.

    Even though we are graduating some stand-out players,we had a fairly young team this year, Bertos said. We willbring back our whole defense, who now has experience inbig games. The younger players were able to contribute this

    year and last, and we have some girls eager on the sidelinesto win a starting position.I am very excited to seenext yearsgroup rise to the challenge.

    While the head coach excited about what the future holdsfor the program, she wont soon forget the contributions ofthis seasons senior class.

    I am extremelyproudof theteam's accomplishments thisseason, Bertos said. They followed in the traditions setbefore them andmade a name forthemselves.We were com-petitive in the Conference, County and State and hope thatnext year's group will work just as hard to continue the tradi-tion of success. We will miss all of our seniors and I want tothank them for all they have given the program they are Jen

    Cuozzo, Michaela Domaratzky, Michelle Hennelly, ErinGutkind, Mimi Journey, and Natasha Seals.

    A Look At West Morris Field Hockey

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    Chanukah -The Festival of Lights -

    for many of us brings back fond

    memories of childhood years andserves to renew our sense of identity. The

    Chanukah lights provide us with warmth,

    joy, strength and inspiration. Such is the

    purpose of a community-wide celebration

    to be held at the Gazebo Park (on Main St.)

    in Chester, sponsored by the Chabad Jewish

    Center an affiliate of the Rabbinical

    College of America.

    The program will also feature live

    Jewish music, hot latkes, doughnuts, drei-

    dels, a raffle and more.

    Chanukah, a celebration for all time, ishighlighted by the kindling of the Menorah

    each night of the holiday. "It is a holiday

    that enriches our lives with the light of tra-

    dition" says Rabbi Yaacov Shusterman,

    director of the Chabad Jewish Center. "In

    ancient times, our ancestors rededicated the

    Temple in Jerusalem with the Menorah.

    Today, we rededicate ourselves to making

    this world a better and brighter place."

    In its Chanukah outreach campaign, theChabad Jewish Center joins thousands of

    Chabad centers across the globe that are

    stag ing s imil ar pub lic di splays of the

    Menorah and its symbolic lights . From

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    Kong, New York Citys ground zero to the

    White House lawn, hundreds of thousands

    will experience the joy of Chanukah with

    Chabad.

    Join Chabad in a public display of unity

    at this exciting Menorah Lighting

    Ceremony.The program will be held on Wednesday,

    December 21st; at 6:30p.m., in the Gazebo

    Park on Main St. Chester.

    For more information, please contact

    Rabbi Shusterman of the Chabad Jewish

    Center at 973-927-3531 or

    [email protected]

    Public Menorah Lightingin Chester

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    in Grades 1st through the 8th grade.

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    weekends and older children can participate

    in Intramural and Travel Programs that

    include weekly practices and games which

    are volunteer led.

    Please visit http://www.cmlax.org to

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    Tuesday, December 20th at 6:30 PM

    on the porch of Splash Restaurant, 1

    West Mill Road in Long Valley, NJ.

    We will welcome in the Festival of Lights

    with songs, snacks and traditional

    Chanukah festivities for people of all faiths.

    All are welcometo attend. The lightingwill

    be officiated by Rabbi Moshe Rudin of

    Temple Hatikvah as well as members of the

    Hatikvah community. Call Rabbi Rudin at

    (973) 584-0212 extension 4 for more infor-

    mation.

    Temple Hatikvah is an engaged and

    inclusive Jewish Conservative Community

    located at the intersection of Flanders-

    Bartleyand Pleasant Hill Roads in Flanders.

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    The Chester Barber Shop Formerly, The Renaissance Barber Shoppe, is now owned and

    operated by Ginny, Tami and Tina and are Happily to service the Chester, Mendham, Long

    Valley and surrounding areas. This is the first time in 100 years this shop has been owned

    and run by Women. Bob Davis, the Mayor of Chester came down for the ribbon cutting of

    the shop for its first weekend operating under the Chester Barber Shop December 5th.

    The Chester Barber Shop is happy to also announce the new LOW PRICES that they are

    offering their customers and the new addition of lower prices for All military, police and first

    responders (fireman and EMT workers). Their service will continue to be personalized in

    catering to Men and Boys and also honor any existing coupons or gift certificates that were

    received while the Renaissance Barber Shoppe was operating.

    Ginny, Tami and Tina would like to thank all their existing customers for all their contin-ued support and patronidge.

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    The Washington

    Township Land Trust

    of Mor ris County,

    Inc. is sponsoring a program

    to re-introduce native trees

    into the local environment.

    Currently our planting site

    is the Land Trusts Mill

    Pond Park, situated along

    the South Branch of the

    Raritan River in Long

    Valley. This park adjoins

    the Columbia Trail and is

    easily accessible behind

    Toll Brothers Regency on

    Fairview Avenue (formerly

    Welsh Farms.)

    We have already planted

    PawPaw trees along Frying

    Pan Tree Trail and

    Persimmon trees await

    transplanting from our

    plant nursery within the

    park. Our next tree of

    choice is the Sweet Gum

    tree.Sponsoring a tree is the

    perfect gift for friends and

    family. Recipients of the

    gift will be listed on our

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    Obadiah LaTourette Grist

    and Saw Mil l on East Mill

    Road in downtown Long

    Valley. A certificate will be

    sent to the donor to present

    to the recipient. To sponsor

    a tree for yourself or as a

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    The trees will be planted

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    he Chester Lions Club will continue

    it s support for The Childrens

    Fund, a long standing charitable

    endeavor administered by school nurses atDickerson, Bragg and Black River schools

    in Chester.

    A donation of $2,100 will be utilized to

    offset the costof vision, hearing and various

    medical tests for children whose families

    are not able to afford the expense. Help is

    also provided to those who need proper

    attire.

    Anyone interested in additional informa-tion regarding Chester Lions Clubs 501/C3

    Charitable Foundation please contact Phil

    Savell at (908) 879-6543 or visit our Web

    site at www.Chesterlionsclub.com.

    The Church of Messiah, an

    Episcopal Church located in

    Chester, New Jersey offers a par-t ic ipatory chi ldrens workshop twice

    weekly. Pray and Play is for families with

    ch ildren under the age of s ix . The ch il -

    dren sing songs, play instruments, join inthe stories, help set the table for Holy

    T

    he Church of the Messiah will be

    presenting a Christmas Pageant of

    the Birth of Jesus on December 24,

    2011 at 4:00 P.M. Adults and children who

    participate will act the story while it is nar-

    rated by older youth.

    Children of all ages are invited to join

    the cast. They can be angels and shepherds

    with assis tance from parents and other

    adults. There is a rehearsal on Saturday,

    December 17, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. to which

    participants are encouraged to attend. Pizza

    will be served afterwards.

    All are invited to attend the Pageant.

    The Church of Messiah is an Episcopal

    Church located at 50 Route 513 old State

    Route 24, Chester, New Jersey 07930.

    For more information, please call 908-

    879-7208.

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    Land Trust Plants Trees withGo Native Gift Program

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    crafted items.

    Music: Cast In Bronze 'Spirit of the Bells'

    Chester. Chester Downtown, Main Street.

    Free. 12-4 pm. The sounds of the seasons

    will ring with a haunting performance by a

    musical act that that features a Carillona

    medieval four-ton instrument of 35 bells

    which is played by a silent and masked

    Spirit of the Bells."

    Music: Chaz DePaolo Hackettstown.

    Hackettstown High School, 701 Warren

    Street. Open to public. Free. Noon to 1:30

    pm. Sponsored by United Way of Northern

    Jersey. (908) 835-3550 [email protected] Concert

    offers a fun, stress-free afternoon for fami-

    lies to spend time together during the bustle

    of the holiday season.

    Music: Duke Robillard Blairstown.

    Blairstown Theatre, 30 Main Street. Tickets

    $20 advance, $25 at door. 8 pm. (908) 362-

    1399. Regarded as one of the greatest blues

    guitarists of all time, Robillard has per-

    formed with some of the best musicians,

    including Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Jay

    McShann, The Fabulous Thunderbirds andJohn Hammond, among others.

    Music: Jon Higinbotham Long Valley.

    The Studio at Valley Music Center, 62 East

    Mill Rd. Tickets $10. 7 pm. (908) 892-8581

    or [email protected] Join in a CD Release

    Calendar of EventsParty for Bobby Hollar's newest proj-

    ect..."Debt Crisis," along with songwriters

    Gil LeDuc, Jon Higinbotham and Matt

    Mikkelsen.

    Theater: The Christmas Station Hackettstown. Trinity United Methodist

    Church, 213 Main St. Open to public. Free.

    4:30 & 7:30 pm. (908) 852-3020 or

    www.catchthespirit.org. This unique

    Christmas drama is set in Grand Central

    Station, New York City, and features a

    young professional who is consumed with

    work and doesnt seem to have time for

    Christmas.

    Theater: NJCYBs Nutcracker (Dec. 17 &

    18) Hackettstown. Centenary College,Sitnik Theatre at Lackland Center, 715

    Grand Ave. Tickets $22.50-$25. Sat, 2 & 7

    pm; Sun, 3 pm. (908) 979-0900. New Jersey

    Civic Youth Ballet's rendition of The

    Nutcracker tells the story from the perspec-

    continued on page 14

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    tive of young Clara Stahlbaum as narrated through the voice

    of Janine Byrnes. Over 60 talented dancers from Morris,

    Sussex and Warren counties are featured in this holiday

    classic.Sun, Dec 18

    Music: Moonstruck and 3/4 Time Acapella Carolers

    Chester. Chester Downtown, Main Street. Free. 1-4 pm.

    Enjoy holiday music performed by female quartets affiliat-

    ed with the Hickory Tree Chorus of New Providence, N.J.,

    an award-winning, championship chapter of Sweet

    Adelines International a worldwide organization of

    female singers committed to advancing the musical art form

    of barbershop harmony.

    Mon, Dec 19

    Washington Twp Committee Meeting Long Valley.

    Washington Twp Municipal Building, 43 SchooleysMountain. Open to public. 7:30 pm. (908) 876-3315.

    Regular meeting.

    Tue, Dec 27

    College Men's Basketball: Centenary College vs. College of

    New Jersey Hackettstown. Centenary College, John M.

    Reeves Student Recreation Center, 400 Jefferson St. Adults,

    $3; children, $1; Centenary College students, free. 2 pm.

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    College Men's Basketball: Centenary College vs. St. Joe's

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    Fri, Dec 30

    College Men's Basketball: Comfort Inn Holiday ClassicFinals Hackettstown. Centenary College, John M. Reeves

    Student Recreation Center, 400 Jefferson St. Adults, $3;

    children, $1; Centenary College students, free. Consolation

    game 2 pm; championship 4 pm. (908) 852-1400 x2296 or

    [email protected]

    Sat, Dec 31

    First Night Morris 2012 Morristown. Morristown

    Downtown. Visit www.firstnightmorris.com for li st of ven-

    ues. Open to public. Admission $20 or $25 per person, $70

    or $90 for value 4-pack; children aged 4 & under, free. 7 pm

    to midnight. (973) 455-0708. Celebrate the end of 2011 and

    the start of the new year with fireworks, live music and acornucopia of entertainment venues. Past events featured

    more than 400 artists in over 80 performances, ranging

    from dance and comedy to music and children's performers.

    National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW)

    Nose Work Trial (Dec 31 & Jan 1) Hackettstown.

    Centenary College, John M. Reeves Student Recreation

    Center, 400 Jefferson St. Open to public. 9-6 pm. (908) 852-

    1400. Competition showcases dogs' smelling skills to find

    odors hidden in different obstacles. Such skills are in

    demand in search and rescue, explosive and narcotics appli-

    cations. Event is the first canine nose work trial to take

    place in New Jersey.

    New Year's Eve at Noon Dover. Community Children's

    Museum, 77 East Blackwell St.. Open to children and their

    family. $. 10:30-2 pm. (973) 366-9060 or

    www.communitychildrensmuseum.org. Children count

    down and celebrate as the clock strikes NOON a greatsolution for kids who dont want to miss out on the fun!

    Crafts, noise makers and a New Year Parade around the

    museum will add to the holiday excitement.

    Sat, Jan 7

    College Men's Basketball: Centenary College vs. Neumann

    U. Hackettstown. Centenary College, John M. Reeves

    Student Recreation Center, 400 Jefferson St. Adults, $3;

    children, $1; Centenary College students, free. 2 pm. (908)

    852-1400 ext 6.

    Wed, Jan 11

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    how to get started with the e-reader, including what differ-

    ent things you and your kids can do with it. Participants

    experiment with several eReading devices, such as the

    Kindle Keyboard, Kindle Touch and Kindle Fire.

    Fri, Jan 13

    Comedy: Bobby Collins Morristown. Community

    Theatre, Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Main.

    Mature themes, language. $37-$57. 8 pm. (973) 539-8008.

    Collins is a storyteller whose heartfelt humor engages audi-

    Calendar of Eventscontinued from page 12

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    By Cheryl Conway

    Clients receive more than

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    Mr. Ware, a resident of

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    Practicing law for close to

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    Ware has taken his posi-tion even one step further byreaching out to his clients

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    Ware explains that Overthe years, having being a

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    At the end of the day, Mr.Ware reminds all who come

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    Music: Chelsea Carlson Long Valley. The

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    Music: Denise King Sextet Hackettstown.

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    Theater: Clifford the Big Red Dog

    Morristown. Community Theatre, Mayo

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    4 pm. (973) 539-8008. Join Clifford and hisfriends Emily Elizabeth, Cleo and T-Bone

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    tures in this all-new musical celebrating

    Cliffords 50th anniversary.

    Mon, Jan 16

    College Men's Basketball: Centenary

    College vs. Baptist Bible College

    Hackettstown. Centenary College, John M.

    Reeves Student Recreation Center, 400

    Jefferson St. Adults, $3; children, $1;

    Centenary College students, free. 8 pm.

    (908) 852-1400 ext 6.Lecture: Energy efficiency strategies for the

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    Long Valley. Washington Township Public

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    By Michele Guttenberger

    It was Thomas Edison who gave the

    world electric Christmas tree lights andfestive outdoor lighting manufactured

    from the Edison Illumination Company.

    Edward H. Johnson was both a partner and

    friend of Edison and was also the Vice

    President of the Edisons Illumination

    Company. Johnsons home became the first

    home in 1882 to have electric tree lights.

    But a few train commuters got to see an

    electric light show a few years before the

    Johnson family tree was lit. In 1880, these

    same strands of electrical lights were strung

    around the outside perimeter of EdisonsMenlo Park Laboratory. Lucky New Jersey

    train passengers got to experience the

    worlds first electrical Holiday light display

    as the trains traveled pass his laboratory

    location.

    The first electric Christmas tree at the

    Johnsons home had a patriotic color

    scheme of red, white and blue and it also

    rotated.

    The American public was not eager to

    use electric lights for their trees because

    they feared the safety on this new technolo-

    gy. It took a President to start an American

    electric tree lighting tradition. In 1895,

    President Cleveland had the White Housefamily Christmas tree illuminated with elec-

    tric light bulbs. The tree was decked with

    hundreds of multi-colored lights.

    Although electric Christmas tree lighting

    may have taken over forty years from its

    inception to become an American house-

    hold tradition, this was not true with the

    phonograph industry. Realizing the love of

    recorded music in American households

    (another holiday tradition), was discovered

    by accident. In 1890 Edison's Talking Doll

    with a pre-recorded cylinder became a mar-keting marvel. It was the first home enter-

    tainment prerecorded sound device. The

    talking doll industry proved to be a disaster

    with more broken dolls returned than sold

    making the Edison Phonograph Toy

    Manufacturing Co a short lived venture.

    However, it helped inspire the launch of a

    new market for the household phonograph

    and record industry.

    By 1902, having a record phonograph

    and prerecorded music in your home was on

    the To Santa Wish List for many American

    Thomas Edison Brought Modern Day HolidayCelebration to the American Household

    households. In 1902 Edison had perfected

    his music cylinder records with the Edison

    Gold Moulded Records, an improved hardblack wax cylinder that could be played

    hundreds of times before wearing out. This

    music was brought to the American house-

    hold through Edisons recording studio in

    New Jersey. It is this studio that concentrat-

    ed the USA recording industry in the New

    York City - New Jersey area, making it the

    record capital of the nation.

    Another American Holiday tradition is

    watching Holiday themed movies. This is

    still another credit we can give to Thomas

    Edison. Besides a recording studio in NewJersey, he also produced cinema at the New

    Jersey movie studio in West Orange. This

    studio was affectionately nicknamed the

    Black Maria and was erected in 1892. One

    of the first family Christmas movies was

    produced by the Thomas Edison Company.

    It was the Charles Dickens' 1843 classic

    novel A Christmas Carol which wasreleased for the 1910 Holiday Season.

    Technical limitations forced this story to be

    condensed into a 17 minute film. However,

    the special effects were the pioneering mas-

    tery of double exposure techniques.

    Today you can still visit the recording

    studio, see the Talking Doll, watch a silent

    movie or tour the outdoor movie studio at

    West Orange, NJ where so many modern

    American holiday traditions were started.

    Please visit The Thomas Alva Edison

    Museum- NPS Open Wednesday throughSunday. Hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm Fee is

    $7.00 - 211 Main Street West Orange, NJ

    07052 Visit website for more details

    http://www.nps.gov/edis/index.htm

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