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  • Vol. 5 No. 4 www.mypaperonline.com April 16, 2013

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    The Long Valley Raiders Competition Cheerleaders attended Cheer and Dance Extreme Nationals in Virginia Beach inMarch. Both the Juniors and Youth teams won National titles in their divisions.

    Congratulations!

    By Ejvind Boccolini

    AChester man withgreat experience inbuilding online peergroups is now lending ahand to friends and col-legues who need help per-haps more than ever. Edward Chatlos, who

    has friends and colleguessuffering from PTSD (PostTraumatic Stress Disorder)and brain tumors, is lendinga hand by way of setting up"peer-based virtual supportenvironments." Theseonline environments allowparticipants - those suffer-ing from PTSD and braintumors - to communicateand bond with each other,and speak about concernsand successes with respectto their condition. They areable to do so in a smallgroup with others who are

    experiencing similar chal-lenges - a much neededaspect of the healingprocess. The groups couldcontain 10, or 20 individu-als, and perhaps up to, butnot more than, 50.These enviroments are

    uplifting to individuals whoparticipate, and it givesthem "more trust to openup," said Chatlos, who wascompelled to find solutionsfor his friends and colleguessuffering from such difficultconditions.When participants log in

    to the online support envi-ronments, they can initiateSkype communication(video and audio communi-cation); begin a chat sessionwith other participants; sendprivate 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 candeclare their status, andchange it at will, to"online," "do not disturb,""invisible," or "offline," forinstance. Most importantly, partic-

    ipants are able to offer andreceive support - significantand uplifting support - whenthey are finishingchemotherapy, when theyare tired after treatments,and when they just simplyneed someone to talk to. Chatlos, Chief Executive

    Officer of PeerPort LLC,said PeerPort brings theseindividuals together insmall teams so they canbond and support eachother. It also provides anarchive of comments for

    participants. Contact information for

    PeerPort is P.O. Box 480,Far Hills, NJ 07931-0480.Office phone number is908-672-3525 and email [email protected] said the individ-

    uals who become involvedwith the PeerPort environ-ments are able to receive a

    Edward S. Chatlos

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

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    Submitted by Lana D'Agostini

    West Morris Central High SchoolProject Graduation 2013 is host-ing another WashingtonTownship Town wide Garage sale as afundraiser on April 13th from 9am to 3pm.Participants can register through ProjectGraduation 13. Sign up deadline is April8th. $20 donation.The form is available online at

    http://www.wmchsprojectgraduation.com/spring-garage-sale.html Participants addresswill be listed on the directory/map that willbe available online and distributed to cus-tomers. Event is advertised regionallythrough newspapers, radio, cable &Internet.Contact Lana for additional info:

    [email protected]

    Caring for Your Familys Treasureson Thursday, April 25 at 7 pm. This1.5-hour workshop will feature anoverview of techniques and methods of pre-serving letters, diaries, scrapbooks, workson paper, photographs, slides, textiles,audio and video recordings, and other his-torical objects. Deb Schiff, the ChesterLibrary's Local History Librarian, will alsodemonstrate how to use archival supplies toprotect your family's treasures, and shareher secrets for where to shop for reliablesupplies online.De-Mystifying Design Workshop onTuesday, April 30 at 7 pmIt'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 BailiwickDesign offers valuable insight on how toapproach your interior design projects at theChester Library on Tuesday, April 30 at 7pm. Come and get inspired, ask questionsand get the ball rolling! Register online atchesterlib.org or call 879-7612.Sport Fish of New Jersey: An Anglers

    Guide on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 pmManny Luftglass, owner of Gone FishinEnterprises, will discuss his new book,"Sport Fish of New Jersey: An Angler'sGuide" at the Chester Library on Tuesday,May 7 at 7 pm. He is publisher &/or authoror co-author of twenty one books, includingfourteen that start with the words GoneFishin, and So You Want To Write ABook. Manny is currently writing thecolumns, Gone Fishin for HunterdonDemocrat (New Jersey)& Condo News(Florida).Paws for Reading on Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 pmChildren get to practice reading to a trainedtherapy dog. Register online atchesterlib.org or call 879-7612.Spring Story Time on Wednesdays at 1

    pm and Fridays at 10:30 am during MayA special Spring Story Time will be held atthe Chester Library during the first threeweeks of May on Wednesdays at 1 pm andFridays at 10:30 am . Preschoolers willenjoy stories, songs, healthy snacks and aplanting 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." Thisis vital for those recovering from PTSD or brain tumors -while having to endure often very difficult treatments andan ongoing healing process that likely can be tiring andrequire great emotional and physical strength. Participants who have gone through chemotherapy, for

    instance, receive much-needed support and compassionfrom peers as a result of the online communities. Sometimes after patients receive treatments, they are

    expected to re-enter their usual enviroments, but perhapsthey do not have an opportunity to "decompress," and theyhave no opportunity to talk about their challenges nor theirdifficult experiences. They are maybe not even "welcomedback" 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-culties. "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 thegroup size from sometimes tens of thousands of participantsto these much smaller groups he brings together now - up to50 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 thesmall groups where interaction is more natural and thoseinvolved actually want to collaborate. His online groups are a great tool for those who are deal-

    ing with these sometimes trying emotional, spiritual, andyes, financial difficulties associated with the healingprocess.So, Chatlos' online groups and technology is proving to

    be a helpful tool to participants. Participants provide profile information, such as email

    and password, and then they choose the size of the commu-nity they wish to be involved with. For a team of 10 it is $99per month, which they can divide amongst themselves, butwould be assigned to one credit card, for instance. For up to50 members it is $375 per month, which they divideamongst themselves as well. At the PeerPort website, http://www.peerport.us/, indi-

    viduals can find all of the information they need in order tocreate 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 aprofile. They would give their name, location, state and city,and phone numbers. There is an "alert system" if someone

    Chester Man Is Offering Unique Online Support...posts a document - an email or text message."Your peers are your best psychiatrists, therapists," said

    Chatlos.And since Chatlos brought business people together with

    his previous work of creating online computer tech supportgroups, why not bring people together who are trying to riseabove their challenging healthcare issues, he said. Chatlos said participants say it is a "relief to talk to peo-

    ple that are going through the same thing." He said those

    involved are often saying, "I've got people that are showingme that I can live through this."The comraderie is excellent and some members often

    reflect on the experience and say they were 'so happy thatthey weren't left out.'Chatlos said work is also being done to create online

    communities for those with diabetes, or children with can-cer, since PeerPort is not exclusively for one type of health-care issue.

    continued from front page

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    Wound Care Presented by Karen Young,APN Hackettstown Medical Center will bethe April 22, 2013 Lunch n Learn Topic atthe Washington Twp. Public Library, 37 E.Springtown Rd,. Long Valley, NJ 07853from noon to 2:00 p.m.Healing is typically a natural process, but

    for diabetics and patients with certain skin,bone, and tissue conditions, healing is notsomething that can ever be taken for granted.Even for an otherwise healthy individual,generally any wound that fails to show signsof significant healing within 30 days should

    be evaluated by a physician immediately.Come hear about the comprehensive

    range of programs for highly effectivewound management, including advancedtreatment modalities such as hyperbaric oxy-gen therapy and wound debridement.Cost: FREE! ~ Complimentary luncheon

    is served. MUST REGISTER by calling thelibrary at 908-876-3596 or register atwww.wtpl.org -Seating is limited-Sponsored by the Senior Resource Center,

    50 Route 24, Chester, NJ 07930 908-879-2202.

    The month of Apriloffers a great oppor-tunity for springcleaning. You can donateused books for the benefit ofthe Washington TownshipPublic Library. Books andother media can be droppedoff at the library all month,for resale by the Friends ofthe Washington TownshipPublic Library at their annu-al Book Sale.

    Lunch n Learn at Washington Twp.Public Library Wound Care

    Donate Used Books For Library Book Sale

    The sale is set for Friday,May 10, from 10 am to 8pm, and Saturday, May 11,from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thefollowing materials wouldbe very welcome: books foradults, young adults andchildren, DVDs, CDs andvideo games. They shouldbe in good condition.Textbooks are not wanted.The Friends of WTPL is

    a group of library patronswho join together to encour-age the use of the library,and to support the library indeveloping its facilities.The group sponsors somelibrary programs and helpsthe library in purchasingmaterials that are not paidfor by normal funding. Ithas bought the library mem-

    bership in several museums,which patrons may borrowto gain free or reduced priceadmission to the museumsand other benefits of muse-um membership. The groupworks closely with thelibrarys professional staff,underwriting programs suchas the Lifetime Learningadult enrichment lectureseries and tai chi classes.Friends of WTPL wel-

    comes new members. If youwould like to volunteersome time to help at thebook sale, please leave amessage for Friends ofWTPL at the librarys circu-lation desk. For more infor-mation about the group, goto the librarys website,www.wtpl.org.

    The Chester Lioness Club is sponsoring a "GalaOpening Night at the Show" on Friday, May 3,2013at the Black River Playhouse, Chester, NJ.07930.The featured show will be " STEEL MAGNOLIAS".

    The play revolves around a group of gossipy southern ladiesin a small town beauty parlor. Steel Magnolias is alternate-ly hilarious and touching and, in the end, deeply revealingof the strength and purposefulness which underlies theseladies antic banter, the inspiration for the Oscar-winningmovie starring Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field, JuliaRoberts, and Dolly Parton.The ticket cost of $20.00 is partially tax deductable as

    proceeds from the show will fund the many charitable activ-ities of the Chester Lioness Club. The ticket price includesrefreshments of wine, soda, water,and assorted cheeses,crackers and fruits.Tickets may be purchased from any Lioness Club mem-

    ber. They may also purchased by telephoning Lioness AnneMacMillan at (908)879-7621.

    Chester Lioness Club Hosts"Gala Opening Night

    at the Show"

    The Garden Club of Long Valley will be presenting aHistoric Standard Flower Show "History in Bloom"in celebration of Long Valley's 275th anniversary.This flower show will feature heirloom flowering bulbs

    and plants by century, period designs, botanical artisticcrafts, exhibits from the Sprouts of Long Valley and GardenTherapy sponsored groups. Photography will also be fea-tured.Free and Open to Public at the Washington Twp. Public

    Library, 37 East Springtown Road, Long Valley.Friday April 19 1:30 - 4:30pmSaturday April 20 10am - 4:30pmSunday April 21 1-3pm

    Garden Club of Long ValleyHistoric Standard Flower Show

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    The Community Presbyterian Church,located at 220 Main Street inChester will be hosting a ClothingDrive on Saturday April 20th from 10am-4pm.They are collecting: Mens, Womens &

    Childrens Wearable & Useable Clothing,Shoes, Belts, Handbags, Linens, Stuffedanimals, Hard toys (must fit in24x24x21 box) and Bikes.Please put items in a well tied plastic

    garbage bag. They will be collecting clothes

    the week prior, contact BYG to schedule adrop off appointment at (908)443-1294 [email protected] to benefit BYG Work Camp!A mission group composed of 6 local

    area churches that travel toAppalachia every summer to rebuild

    homes with Appalachia service project.This summer 88 volunteers will spend aweek making many families homes warmer,safer & drier through home repairs.

    Dont Throw it Away!! Clothing Drive!

    The Long Valley Womans Clubbrought home the top prize at theHighland District of the New JerseyState Federation of Womens ClubsPerformance Day Competition.Twelve clubs presented various dramatic

    offerings at The MadisonCommunityCenteron March 13th. Challenged by their direc-tor, Janice Carruth, to submit their thoughtsand feelings relating to SuperStorm Sandy,the group composed an original "Ballad ofSandy, Superstorm" sung to the melody of"Down in the Valley" Pictured participating in this production

    are, left to right: Dorothy Walter, MarieBohn, Sheila Abrams, Janice Carruth, PatHead, Millie Palmer, Mary Lou Slowinski,Pat Jacinkiewicz, Mary Ann Kordys. Theclub president, Joan Canonico, who intro-duced the Ballad is not pictured.The Long Valley Womans Club is a

    community service organization whichencourages fellowship and participation incultural and intellectual interests and in justplain having fun. We welcome new mem-bers and membership information is avail-able from Dorothy Beckbissinger at (908)832-6777.

    Long Valley Winners

  • Tell Them You Saw It In The Black River News, April 2013, Page 7

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    By Ejvind Boccolini

    The Borough of Peapack/Gladstone ishonoring Borough Administrator andClerk Marge Gould upon her retire-ment. Borough Mayor William Horton also

    said in an email late last month to thisreporter: "Marges last day was this pastFriday. We held a party in her honor forfriends and Borough employees to stop byand extend their best wishes. A number of her friends and associates

    will be attending a more formal retirementdinner in her honor in May. I will miss her cheerful presence every

    morning. She has been a great friend andmentor," Horton said.The former Borough Clerk of Far Hills,

    NJ - Robin Collins - will serve as the newborough adminstrator and clerk. The Peapack/Gladstone website also has

    a note that reads: "Thank You Marge Gouldand Welcome Robin Collins - The Mayorand the Borough Council are proud toannounce and welcome the appointment ofMs. Robin Collins as our Assistant BoroughAdministrator and Clerk effective January3, 2013. Ms. Collins has been hired to even-tually replace Ms. Gould as the newBorough Administrator and Clerk upon herretirement anticipated in March of 2013.""It is important to note that the Mayor

    and Council have conducted a very thor-

    ough search of prospective candidates toidentify a competent individual to under-take the challenging responsibilities cur-rently assigned to and brilliantly performedby Ms. Gould. They are confident that Ms.Collins will admirably perform the func-tions expected of her and trust that the tran-sition will be virtually seamless.""Ms. Collins joins the borough staff with

    over eight years of administrative experi-ence from other municipalities and with allthe necessary credentials to properly exe-cute the various roles and responsibilitiesthat she will assume when Ms. Gouldretires.Please join us in welcoming Ms. Collins

    to our distinguished family of boroughemployees. We wish her luck and much suc-cess." Gould has earned the respect of town

    officials and should be honored for her serv-ice. Serving as a borough administrator andclerk is certainly be a difficult job thatrequires a great deal of effort and expertise.In the Spring edition of the

    Peapack/Gladstone Gazette, Mayor Hortonincluded a tribute to Marge Gould, whichreads: Spring will indeed bring profoundchanges. On April 1st, after 30 years of out-standing and dedicated service to ourBorough, Marge Gould will retire asBorough Administrator and Clerk. She hastaken on so many additional responsibilities

    Peapack/Gladstone Borough Administrator Retires, Is Honored For Her Hard Workover the years and earned so many certifica-tions that space does not permit me to listthem. It has been a great pleasure to servewith her. She is simply extraordinary in allthat she does. Her guidance has beeninvaluable to me as mayor, to the counciland to all of the Borough's employees andresidents. Her incredible storehouse ofknowledge, quick wit and keen sense ofhumor will be greatly missed. Our newBorough Administrator, Robin Collins, for-merly the Borough Clerk of Far Hills, hasbeen working very hard to step into her new

    position."Gould was not able to be reached by

    phone before deadline. We wish her luckand thank her for her hard work.

    Also, at the borough website,http://www.pgborough.com/, residents arereminded that borough council meetings areheld on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of eachmonth at the Peapack/Gladstone MunicipalBuilding on School Street, Peapack. Themayor and council will meet to discuss andact upon business at 7:30 pm. The following

    continued on page 12

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    Grow your own organic fruits, veg-etables, and flowers in an ideallocal setting! The ChesterCommunity Garden, now open for the sea-son, is located at Highlands Ridge Park, 100North Road, Chester. The community gar-den offers 120 garden plots measuring 8' x16'; gardeners can rent several plots ifdesired. Gardening seminars will be offeredall season to provide support and informa-tion to participants. Fees for one year are

    $30 per plot for residents and $40 for non-residents.Please go to the Chester Township web-

    site 'Community Garden' tab (www.chester-township.org/community-garden.html) toprint the forms. Send completed forms tothe Chester Township municipal buildingalong with your payment. The 120 plotswill be filled on a first-come, first-servedbasis.

    Chester Community Garden Has Openings!

  • Page 10, April 2013, Tell Them You Saw It In The Black River News

    by Karen Rogers

    Who would ever guess there wereso many wild cats roaming theneighborhoods? Not me. I live inPeapack-Gladstone and never once saw aferal cat. Until one day in November whenmy Rottweiler started barking at somethingon the other side of our fence, in the neigh-bors yard. Going out to investigate, I dis-covered the sound of a tiny kitten. It was toocold for a little kitten to be wandering out-side at dusk, so I put on my boots and wentout to find it. Now, I dont own cats. I con-sidered myself a ferret and dog person. ButI had to rescue the little guy from the ele-ments. I spotted the kitten, all black with four

    white paws. I headed towards it in the grow-ing darkness, only to have it slip away. Iwaited for it to cry again. To make a longstory short, I waited in my neighbors yardin the dark with my flashlight for over threehours. Id hear the kitten and then lose himagain. Snow was predicted for the follow-ing morning, so I didnt have much time.Finally, around nine oclock, I heard the kit-ten under the shed of the neighbor behindus. I shined my flashlight and discoverednot only one, but two little kittens about fiveweeks old. The second one was tiny andstriped like a tiger. At that point I was very

    cold and tired of standing around outside.There was no way I could get to the littlekittens wedged in the back, under the shed.I reasoned the mother cat must be aroundand if not, the two kittens would keep eachother warm for the night. I decided to comeback and try again in the morning.The next morning there was snow on the

    ground. It was still falling as I went towardthe neighbors shed. I stopped to listenwhen I got closer. Sure enough, I heard thecries of a kitten! There, heading boldlyacross the yard through the falling snow,was the little tiger-striped tabby kitten! Ifollowed it quickly and cornered it by a fall-en tree from Hurricane Sandy. I scooped herup and tucked her into my rabbit fur linedhat as she hissed at me. What a wild andfeisty little thing! I went back to the shed tofind the other one, but it darted underneathbefore I could grab it. I was having a hardtime keeping the tabby kitten still in myarms, so I decided to come back for theblack one.After settling the scared little kitten on a

    towel in the bathroom, I went back out forthe other one. Much to my dismay, it wasnowhere to be found. I put milk out by theshed. I waited. I looked all day. I looked thenext day. And the next. My hope was thatthe mother had come to take care of it, but I

    Friends in the Neighborhoodwasnt so sure. I decided to try putting foodout on my front stoop to lure the motherand/or kitten to my house. The weather wasvery cold now and I was distraught aboutthe little guy. Over the next month, I watched and was

    amazed. Not one, not two, not three, or evenfour cats came to eat at my front door everynight. I counted at least nine different feralcats, four of them kittens! (Sadly, I neversaw the little black one with white feetagain.) The cats and kittens would come in

    groups of two, three, or four at a time. I fedthem and left my garage open a little so theycould come in for shelter, which some ofthem did on the colder nights. The kittenswere bigger than my Moxie which is whatI named the feisty little kitten I had caught.I hadnt planned on keeping her, but she andmy Rottweiler had bondedgo figure! Around Christmas I ran into my neigh-

    bor Mary, works for a vet. She suggestedthat I try to catch the feral mother cat in a

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    Have-a-Heart trap and have her spayed. The only problemwith that was, which one was the mother? And if I spayedonly one cat, surely the others would have more kittens! Itwas then that I realized what a big undertaking it would beto manage the feral cat population on West Avenue.However, if nobody did anything, it was sure to get worse.The neighborhood was going to the cats!A few of the neighbors I spoke to about the cat problem

    mentioned calling Animal Control; however, I knew thewild cats would have little or no chance of ever finding ahome. It was hard enough for shelters to take tame unwant-ed cats, let alone wild ones like these. (The adult cats werevery wild and couldnt be handled.) I didnt want them to beeuthanized! So, I got an idea. With the help of the neigh-bors, I could do this. After all, it would affect all of us if theferal cat population exploded. This was our neighborhood,and these were our wild friends. Together, we could catch,spay/neuter, and release the cats again. We could all pitch insomehow. I made phone calls and spoke to different shelters and

    vets. St. Huberts offered the best plan. For fifty dollars, Icould buy a spay/neuter voucher for one cat, good at partic-ipating vets in the area. The feral cat would be spayed orneutered as well as given a rabies shot and micro chipped. Ilearned that this was part of a Trap/Neuter/Release pro-gram put on by the state of New Jersey. Now, I had a plan. All I needed was some help: traps,

    crates, and money for the vouchers. I typed up a letter andhanded it to most of the neighbors on our loop, Valley View

    and West Avenue. To my amazement and delight, most ofthe neighbors were receptive and almost everyone pitchedin! Tom Pote, Joanne Callahan, Mary, and Alberto fromacross the street loaned me six Have-a-Heart traps. Otherneighbors gave me crates to keep the cats in while recover-ing, as well as cat food. One by one, I started collectingfifty dollar checks made out to St. Huberts for the vouch-ers. I promised each neighbor who sponsored a cat that theycould choose the name of their feral cat. I would eventake photos!From early January to mid-February, with the help of

    Tom and Alberto, my trapping neighbors, we caughttwelve feral cats and kittens. As they were caught, I brought each cat to Whitehouse

    Veterinary Clinic, a participating vet in the TNR program. Ibrought the cats home from the vet in a crate, keeping themin the garage where they recovered and then were releasedback into the wild West Avenue. I kept the feral kittens inmy basement in a crate and worked with them by feedingthem by hand. Eventually, when they started to purr and letme hold them, I got them all homes. All the cats and kittenswere spayed and neutered. All were covered by voucherswith money donated by our wonderful neighbors. Alberto,Tom, and I continue to feed the feral cats and keep an eyeout for any we may have missed. My garage door stays part-ly open in case any cat has the desire to spend the night ona warm blanket and come in from the elements. My experience has been a good one. I know my neigh-

    bors better and know we can all pull together if the needarises. We are a stronger community for this experience.

    Joseph, Joanne, Holly, Suzi, Naomi, Sylvester, andSommatone continue to visit me for dinner. (The cats arenamed for or by their sponsors.) Kittens Phil, Daniel, Lyla,Sean, and Dennis (named after sons and daughters of theirsponsors) were tamed and adopted out to loving families. I have photos of all our feral friends, my Moxies extend-

    ed family. Although Moxie has no desire to live out in theelements again and loves being the queen of the kingdom(my house), shell sometimes peek out the window to see ifshe can spot anyone she knows from her past life.If you would like more information on helping the feral

    cats, please contact: Karen Rogers (908)234-1323

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    are the dates, as listed at press time: April23; May 14 and 28; June 11 and 25; July 9and 23; August 13 and 27; Sept. 10 and 24;Oct. 8 and 22; Nov. 12 and 26; and Dec.10and 26 (Thursday).Please recheck these dates on website

    before attending meetings, just in case thereare changes.Also, agenda and minutes are posted

    prior to meetings on website.Other upcoming events listed on the

    website are as follows: Baseball Picnic on6/7/13; Community Day on 6/8/13; Art inthe Park, on 9/15/13; Halloween Event on10/26/13; and Carolling March on 12/8/13. An "Emergency Resources" link is also

    included on the website, on the right side ofthe webpage, and residents can obtain use-ful information as well as contact numbersfor "storm recovery" resources. It lets resi-dents know that, "during emergencies andpotential urgent situations, it is important toprepare properly to ensure personal andpublic safety.""Please use some of the resources below

    to prepare foreseen and unforeseen issuesthat may arise."Links are available which thank the

    Office of Emergency Management for helpduring the storm, offer a hotline for legalassistance regarding Hurricane Sandy, offerinformation on property assessment for2013, and offer post-storm food safety

    information. Also, The US Small Business

    Administration is offering loans to residentswho suffered damage from HurricaneSandy, and residents can access a "FactSheet" for more information on the website. Residents are also notified on the web-

    site that they can still can apply forHurricane Sandy assistance online atwww.disasterassistance.gov, by calling tollfree 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or by visitinga different DRC. To check the status ofother DRC locations, visithttp://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htmFor other storm-recovery resources, they

    can visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/emergen-cyinfo.html.Hurricane Safety Information, and Links

    to other resources are available at the web-site.Also, on the website there is a "thank

    you" note from Mike Seboria OEMCoordinator, that thanks Police, Fire, FirstAid, and OEM Staff along with Boroughofficials, volunteers and business ownersfor their outstanding dedication, help, sup-port and patience during and after StormSandy. "Last, but not least, a sincere thank you

    to all in the Borough for their support andpatience in allowing us to keep the boroughsafe for all residents and others that work inour town."

    Administrator Retires...continued from page 8

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    Washington Township Recreation(Morris County) is gearing upfor summer with camps, andclinics. Camp sign ups will begin on April1, 2013 at the recreation office from 8am-7pm.New to our schedule this year Kickz

    Soccer Club, and Minds in Motion RobotCamp. This year we will have Chef it up 2Go with foods from around the world, US

    Sports Institute will be teaching Tennis,Golf, and Multi Sport camp, and finally JimMcDermotts Complete Player Baseball andSoftball camps. You can find more information about

    these events by going online towww.wtmorris.org, by stopping by therecreation office at 50 Rock Road in LongValley, email us at [email protected] call the office at 908-876-5941.

    Washington Township Recreation Camps & Clinics

    Redeemer Lutheran Church, 203Eyland Ave., Succasunna, will behosting a St. Baldrick's fundraiser:A Shave Event in honor of RebeccaShannon, an 8th grader in Randolph, suffer-ing from cancer on Apr 27, 2013 starting at3:00 pm at the church. For more informa-tion contact Thom Torode at 862-219-6890.About St. BaldricksBe a hero for kids with cancer! Join this

    St. Baldrick's event, and whether you

    decide to shave your head, volunteer, ordonate, we hope you'll be a part of theexcitement.The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volun-

    teer-driven charity that funds more in child-hood cancer research grants than any organ-ization except the U.S. government.Get involved and you'll be giving hope to

    infants, children, teens and young adultsfighting childhood cancers.

    Redeemer Lutheran Church HoldsFundraiser In Honor of Rebecca Shannon

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    The Pet Adoption League is currentlylooking for volunteers to help carefor the cats in our busy adoption cen-ter in Mt. Olive. If you have an hour or twoto spare between 7-9 am or 4:30-8 pm anyday of the week, our cats and kittens wouldlove to meet you. We are also looking for volunteers to bake;help at our bake sales; provide a foster

    home for a kitten or cat, (all supplies areprovided) and assist with fundraisers. Ifyou are interested, please call 973-584-0095or visit our website at www.palpets.org oremail us at [email protected] You must be18 years of age to work with the animals. If you are looking for something mean-

    ingful to do with your time, then look nofurther!

    Please Help! Spaghetti Dinner toBenefit the Hildebrant Family (own-ers of R H Farms, formerly Iona HillFarm) at The Drakestown Church, a UnitedMethodist Community, 6 Church Road,Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Directions:Route 46 to the top of Budd Lake Hill, byJohnson Dodge, onto Naughright Road,take 2nd left onto Church Road. Saturday,

    April 13, serving from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Afree will offering will be taken with alldonations going to the family. Enjoyspaghetti & meatballs, salad, rolls, anddessert!For more information, phone (908) 852-

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    St. Therese will be hosting their 30thAnnual Golf Tournament JohnRackowski Memorial. Join us for aday of golf. Shotgun start 1:30, dinner at

    6pm. Contests and games, sponsorshipopportunities. Register by calling BronwynFraser at 97-601-3446.

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  • Page 16, April 2013, Tell Them You Saw It In The Black River News

    Deborah Waddell, Dipl. Ac., C.A.

    Valley Professional Center, 59 East Mill Road (Rt. 24),Suite 2-201-A, Long Valley, New Jersey, 07853 (908) 876-3643

    Treating: Mental and Emotional Issues Musculo-skeletal and Neurological

    Upper Respiratory Tract Gastrointestinal Disorders Reproductive System

    SPECIALIZING IN INFERTILITY IN FEMALES & MALES

    Deborah Torrance, Dipl. Ac., C.A.

    Did you know that over 90 million Americans suffera myriad of digestive disorders ranging from irrita-ble bowel disorder (IBS), Constipation, diarrhea,gastro-intestinal reflux disorder, (GERD) and more seriousdisorders such as ulcerative colitis and Crohns disease? Infact, over 30 million people seek out medical attention dueto gastrointestinal complaints every year. Reports confirmthat Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can offer muchneeded relief from even the more serious digestive disor-ders with a lot less side effects. Early medical literature dating from 3 AD provides evi-

    dence along with specific Acupuncture points and herbalformulas for abdominal pain, borborygmus, (gurgling in theintestines), and diarrhea with pain. Many of the herbal for-mulas used today are the same formulas used in 3 AD.In traditional Chinese medical theory, digestive disor-

    ders are a result of a disharmony with the Spleen andStomach. The Spleen is the key organ involved in gastro-intestinal disorders. The Spleen has primary responsibilityfor transforming and transporting food essence in thebody, including the excretion of waste material. The spleenand stomach are Yin/Yang partners, and each one can devel-op specific problems. The Spleen needs to be somewhatmoist in order to function well, but if it becomes deficient,it can become excessively moist at which time a pathologi-cal condition can occur called Dampness or Damp Heatwhich can cause a host of gastro-intestinal ailments. TheStomach, on the other hand, needs to be on the dry side tofunction optimally, and when its balance is upset, it can eas-ily overheat and a painful condition of Stomach Fire candevelop. Other organs, especially the Liver, can also con-tribute to gastro-intestinal distress. The four most common patterns seen when gastro-intes-

    tinal problems are differentiated at Skylands Acupunctureare as follows: 1. Spleen Qi Deficiency, which is often caused by chron-

    ic fatigue or chronic illness;2. Damp Heat Retention, which can be caused by

    improper diet, environmental factors, or infections3. Disharmony of Liver and Spleen, which is often

    caused by emotional stress;4. Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency, which is caused

    by chronic illness or aging.To treat these disharmonies or imbalances, Chinese med-

    icine commonly uses acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietaryand lifestyle counseling. When applied properly, thesemodalities balance the disharmony, build Qi and Blood,nourish the organs discussed above and eliminateDampness.Conditions which respond well to Acupuncture and

    Chinese medicine include: Inflammatory diseases such as chronic gastritis, chron-

    ic enteritis, and gastroenteritis Peptic ulcers such as duodenal ulcer and gastric ulcer; Circulation problems in the gastro-intestinal system

    such as gastro-intestinal tract bleeding and intestinalcramps; Pain associated with gastro-intestinal tumors such as

    stomach cancer, tumors of the small intestine, or colon can-cer; Inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis

    and Crohns disease; IBS and short bowel syndrome.Of all the gastro-intestinal disorders discussed above the

    most prevalent disorder most often seen in our Clinic froma biomedical perspective is irritable bowel syndrome akaIBS. It is labeled a syndrome because it involves a group ofsymptoms that varies for each individual who is affected. Itis a motility disorder (involving abnormal movement of thesmall and large intestines. The most common symptoms ofIBS include abdominal cramping and pain, and constipationand/or diarrhea often in alternating episodes. IBS may alsobe accompanied by other gastro-intestinal problems, suchas gas, bloating and nausea. Symptoms are almost alwaysaggravated by stress. Episodes may also be aggravated byeating, and are frequently relieved after a bowel movement.An estimated 10-20% of all Americans are affected bysymptoms of IBS, with 3 times as many women as menbeing affected.IBS according to Chinese Medicine

    Improve and Strengthen Your Digestive Health with AcupunctureIBS is almost always considered a disharmony between

    the Live and the Spleen in Chinese medicine. The liver isresponsible for the smooth flow of substances throughoutthe body. This flow can be upset by emotions or stress,causing stagnation of Qi or energy or blood. The Spleen canbe weakened by a number of factors, including overeatingunhealthy foods, overwork, too much worry, fatigue andlack of exercise. When the Spleen is weak and the Liver isnot moving smoothly, the Liver overacts on the Spleen andcan manifest as symptoms of IBS. Do you suffer from IBS or any of the other gastro-intes-

    tinal disorders discussed above, if so; call SkylandsAcupuncture to see how we can provide you with a safeeffective and drug free way back to health.

    Deborah Waddell completed her Masters leveldegree from the Eastern School of Acupuncture in Mont-clair, NJ. She received her Acupuncture Certificationfrom the New Jersey Board of of Medical Examiners(C.A.) and from the National Commission for theCertification of Acupuncturists (Dipl. Ac.). Deborah alsohas a degree in Biology and Chemistry with summa cumlaude Honors from Felician College.-

    Kids' VitaminDeficiency Signs

    Ahealthy diet is supposed to provide all of the essen-tial vitamins and minerals necessary to sustain abody. But thanks to finicky eating habits and limit-ed choices, many children are not getting the vitamins andminerals they need to grow up healthy. Although manyfoods are fortified with certain vitamins, they still may notbe enough to provide the level of nutrition required for agrowing body. Parents may be well informed of a child'sneeds of vitamin C to boost immune system function, butthey may not be as readily informed about other vitaminsthat are essential to human health.* Vitamin A: Vitamin A promotes a healthy immune sys-

    tem and proper eyesight function. A child lacking in vitaminA may be tired and weak and experience weight loss. Othersymptoms include dry eyes, skin scaling and respiratoryinfections.* Vitamin B6: Hyperactivity and impulsiveness are often

    blamed on an underlying medical condition, such asADHD. But such conditions may be the result of a deficien-cy in vitamin B6.* Vitamin B12: Nervous system function is largely gov-

    erned by proper levels of vitamin B12. Children who do notreceive enough vitamin B12 may experience weakness,insomnia, edema, and abdominal pain.* Vitamin D: Vitamin D is called the "sunshine vitamin"

    because it is produced in the body after exposure to the sun.Children who spend many hours indoors or wearing thicklayers of sunscreen may not get enough vitamin D.Irritability, muscle cramps and even late teething could betied to vitamin D deficiency.Parents should consult with pediatricians about the prop-

    er levels of vitamins children need.

  • Tell Them You Saw It In The Black River News, April 2013, Page 17

    The Growing Stage, The ChildrensTheatre of New Jersey, located in theHistoric Palace Theatre on Route 183in Netcong, New Jersey is proud to presentPINKALICIOUS the MUSICAL from April12th through May 12th with performancesFriday evenings at 7:30 PM, Saturday andSunday matinees at 4:00 PM. PINKALI-CIOUS the MUSICAL features a book byElizabeth and Victoria Kann with Music andlyrics by John Gregor, Elizabeth andVictoria Kann. This production is directedby Lori B. Lawrence, The Growing StagesDirector of Educational Programming withchoreography by Jillian Petrie and musicaldirection by Laura Petrie.PINKALICIOUS the MUSICAL is the

    tale, based on the popular childrens book, ofPinkalicious, who cant stop eating pinkcupcakes despite warnings from her parents.Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctorsoffice with Pinkititis, an affliction that turnsher pink from head to toe a dream cometrue for this pink loving enthusiast. Butwhen her hue goes too far, only Pinkaliciouscan figure out a way to get out of this pinkpredicament. PINKALICIOUS the MUSI-CAL is about learning the power of self-con-

    trol and the importance of moderation.PINKALICIOUS the MUSICAL features

    many of the professional equity artists thatare familiar to the Growing Stage audiences.Emily Portune (Peter in Peter Pan) brings tolife the role of Pinkalicious. Robert Mintz(Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz) portraysPinkaliciouss little brother Peter with RyanMalyar (Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz) andJenna Morris (Mrs. Claus in Rudolph theRed-Nosed Reindeer) playing Mr. and Mrs.Pinkerton. Nikole Rizzo (Lilly in LillysPurple Plastic Purse) returns to the Palace asDr. Wink. Jaclyn Blythe, who is making herTGS debut, portrays Pinkaliciouss bestfriend Alison. Rounding out the cast are sixyoung performers who are sharing their tal-ents to make this a very special treat for theentire family.The Growing Stage continues FUN-tastic

    Fridays with all tickets $15! Saturday andSunday tickets are $20 for adults, $15 forchildren and seniors. To place your reserva-tion, please contact the Growing Stage BoxOffice at (973) 347-4946 or e-mail at [email protected] Group rates andBirthday Party packages are available.

    The Growing Stage Presents PINKALICIOUS the MUSICAL

  • Page 18, April 2013, Tell Them You Saw It In The Black River News

    On Saturday, May 4, at 7:00pm GlenBurtnik and Bob Burger presentingTHE BEATLES 1963 1971.BEATLES and BIKESGlen Burtnik is a former member of

    Styx, a cast member in Broadways DamnYankees, and current member of theOrchestra (Formerly the Electric LightOrchestra). Among his numerous credits,Glen also performed on Broadway inBeatlemania with Marshall Crenshaw. BobBurger is a noted songwriter and performer.He too is a former member ofStyx. Bob andGlen co-wrote several songs that Burtnikand other artists subsequently recorded.Over the years, Bob has jammed with leg-

    ends of rock like PAUL McCARTNEY,BILLY JOEL, JIMMY BUFFET, ROGERWATERS, and BON JOVI in concert.To help promote the event, on the same

    day, (May 4), Mount Olive schools will hostan all-city MOTORCYCLE Rally and Rideat Mount Olive High School. The three-hour ride will cruise dozens of bikersthrough the most amazing New Jersey land-scapes. For the admission price of $20 perbike, riders will get 1 FREE admission tothe Beatles show that evening.TICKETS ON SALE NOW $10 GEN-

    ERAL ADMISSION.www.mopacnj.com

    Beatles & Bikes Coming to the Mount Olive Performing Arts Center

    Mark your calendars for PETADOPTION LEAGUE'S 3rdAnnual Pasta Dinner Fundraiser.Please join us for a pasta dinner; all pro-ceeds go to help care for dogs and cats inour area waiting to be placed in lovinghomes. PAL is 100% volunteer based. The date is Friday, May 3, 2013; the first

    seating is 67:30 p.m. and the second seat-ing is 7:309:30 p.m. Location is the

    Panther Valley Ecumenical Church, 1490Route 517, Allamuchy, NJ. Cost is $9.00per person (kids under six half price). Menu includes: baked ziti, pasta with

    plain sauce, add sausage or meatballs, salad,bread, dessert, soda/water, coffee and tea. Takeout available: call Sue at 201-317-

    1016 to order. Leave the cooking to us!www.palpets.org

    3rd Annual Pasta Dinner Fundraiser

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    By Cheryl Conway

    The 11th Annual Food For Thought Benefit set fornext month will tempt the palate to fine food andwine from area restaurants while raising funds for agood cause.Hosted by the Mental Health Association of Morris

    County, the event is planned for Monday, May 6, at 6 p.m.at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany. On top of being apremier fundraising event in Morris County, this year theorganization is celebrating its 60th Anniversary.Expecting to be a larger turnout than previous years

    because of the anniversary, the benefit is at a larger venuethis year. Open to the public, more than 250 guests areexpected along with many supporters of the MHAMC.With the 60th year anniversary, we needed a bigger

    venue to accommodate more restaurants, says Louis A.Schwarcz, president and chief executive officer of theMHAMC. Food for Thought is a wonderful, fun night withsplendid food and wonderful people, and provides supportfor people during challenging economic times.This year, more than 20 restaurants from different genres

    and five dessert/wine places will be serving their fine cui-sine and drink.Its a benefit for restaurants, says Schwarcz, because it

    allows customers to try different genres of food.Guests will sample food from each of the participating

    restaurant vendors which includes, Blackthorn Restaurantand Pub, Tiffanys Restaurant, Patsys Trattoria, Coney

    Island Catering, LaCucina, Thirsty Turtle and more!Beverages to be provided by Best Cellars of A&P.Many of the areas finest restaurants will offer a taste

    of their delicious cuisine. At the same time, all funds raisedat Food for Thought go to support the work of an importantcharity. The MHAMC is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization pro-

    viding support and services along with education and self-help resources for those with mental illness in MorrisCounty.We are advocates for people who dont have a voice in

    the system, says Schwarcz. We are their voice. In 2012. The MHAMC served 3,722 Morris County res-

    idents with mental health issues, whether it was education,support and advocacy, he says.Food for Thought activities include a silent auction and

    tricky tray raffle featuring restaurant gift certificates, spapackages, and shopping spree opportunities. Food forThought tickets can be purchased by visiting the events sec-tion of the MHAMC website at www.mhamorris.org.Tickets are $75 per person.Several houses of worship will also be recognized at the

    Food For Thought fundraiser for their continued supportwhether it has been sponsoring the homeless, communitydinners, educational assistance, financial support, and pro-viding services such as haircuts to the homeless.

    For information on sponsoring the event or donating anauction item, contact the MHAMC Development office at

    973-334-3496 x102 or e-mail [email protected] 60th year Anniversary Celebration is also planned for

    June 10 at the Famished Frog in Morristown. NJCongressman Rodney Frelinghuysen plans to attend alongwith some other state legislators. Frelinghuysens father,Peter, was a long time contributor to the agency and hislegacy will be honored.Founded in 1953, the MHAMC works to promote men-

    tal health awareness and improve the care and treatment ofpeople in recovery from mental illnesses through programsof education, direct service, and advocacy. Current servicesinclude information and referral, homeless outreach, sup-portive housing, self-help, and disaster response.The MHAMC is a local chapter of the New Jersey

    Division of Mental Health America, formerly the NationalMental Health Association. The Mental Health Associationempowers people with mental illnesses to live quality livesin their communities; empowers family members tobecome partners with mental health consumers and profes-sionals in the treatment and recovery process; links peoplewho have mental health treatment needs to available servic-es and resources; models effective high-quality programsand services which are responsive to consumer needs andpreferences; and works to increase public awareness ofmental health and mental illness, promoting mental well-ness for everyone.

    Mental Health Association Rings in 60 Years At Fundraising Event

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    Roxbury & Randolph Fire DepartmentsSponsoring St. Baldrick's fundraiser

    Help us to extinguish the flame on kid's cancer..Roxbury Company #1 Fire Dept.,122 main street, Succasunna,

    (next to Merry Heart Nursing Home) on Saturday, June 15, 2013, 12:pm to ?.Seeking: food venders, handmade-homemade crafters & retail venders.

    Pickles, bbq foods.All forms of entertainment for young & old alike are needed:clowns, sand art, spin art, facepainters, magicians, tarot readers,

    handwriting analysis, caricaturists.Part of the street will be closed for this event! 6 --8 ft tables & chairs are provided.

    Please call francesca for info & applications. 973 895 5637

    St. Thereses Rosary will be hosting aSpring Bazaar on Saturday, April 20,from 11:00am to 3:00pm at St.Therese School located at 135 Main Street,Succasunna ADMISSION IS FREE!Craft & Vendor Market, 50/50,Silent

    Auction, Bake Sale, Face Painting, Cash forGold & Silver Jewelry,Refreshments andmore

    Sponsored by: St Therese Rosary AltarSociety, Eileen Redfern [email protected]

    St. Therese Rosary To Host Spring Bazaar

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    [email protected]

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    Please Note: The views and opinions of these columns does not reflect the view and opinions of MJ Media LLC. Contact the individual writers with your feedback.

    -By Thoma LotitoIt wasn't that long ago that parents taught

    their children the value of a dollar. Sayingslike "a penny saved is a penny earned" werecommon place. Working hard, sacrificingand saving money was the way to get out ofpoverty. The most important aspect I tookaway from these lessons were: there are nolimitations, if you have the desire and youcould dream it, you could build it, you coulddo anything you set your mind to and the skywas the limit.This uniquely American ethic of "work-

    ing hard," "saving" and "lifting yourself outof poverty" was heard all away around theworld. To this day, millions of legal and ille-gal immigrants flock to our shores each yearin search of liberty and prosperity.In the later part of the 19 the century,

    America's reputation for success was sogreat that immigrants from Europe spreadrumors that the streets in America werepaved with gold. What's uniquely Americanabout this work ethic is; this great, limitlesssuccess could only be had in America.But, is that what's happening today?

    Recently, Barack Obama floated a plan toraise more tax revenue from wealthy indi-viduals by limiting or capping retirementaccounts to 3 million dollars. Self-employedbusiness owners, doctors and lawyers cancontribute up to $51,000 a year to theirIRAs, making it relatively easy for them tohit $3 million.Disciplined savers in those plans with

    higher caps can reach $3 million in savingswithout unusual investment strategies. A $3million limit would be enough to finance anannuity of $205,000 in retirement. TheWhite House said in an April 5 statementthat under current law some wealthy indi-viduals can accumulate substantially morethan is needed to fund reasonable levels ofretirement savings."What are the reasons the Obama adminis-

    tration would propose such an impingementupon your liberty and hard-earned savings?Is Obama planning to prevent people fromadding more money to their accounts by tax-ing them for the difference once they reachthe limited amount? Moreover, could it beObama wants to bailout public sector bene-fit pension funds, which by their nature are

    bankrupt ponzi schemes? To do that, theyneed a source of funds.Obama will have to bribe people with

    giveaways and sell it as another safety net. Ifyou don't have enough money saved forretirement, you will be happy to receive an"annuity for life" in exchange for your underwater pension fund.But how can Obama get away with this?

    We'll hear about evil rich people from themain steam news media with more than 3million in retirement accounts - who didn'trely on the "something for nothing" unionpensions fantasy- galvanizing the public'sopinion that accumulating wealth for one'sself through "hard work" and "savings" isinherently evil.At the first sign of a crisis in the markets

    your IRA will be converted to an IOU, a401K will become a 201K. States will goalong with this plan if they can offload theirpension liabilities to the Feds through somenew pension security act. It will be a newprogram like Social Security.The end result is a bailout of public sec-

    tor pensions and a new source of captivefunds to finance deficit spending. They willhave succeeded in kicking the can down theroad by creating yet a bigger ponzi schemethan Social Security.This confiscation of wealth scheme is

    quietly and methodically being planned insmall steps. The cap on IRAs and 401Kplans is a trial balloon. Obama's method is totake advantage of crisis, or create a crisisthen his offer solution, which is to stripAmerican citizens of their basic rights inorder to solve the problem.So, what are you to do? In an email a

    friend reminded me of the first rule of sav-ing ("don't put all your eggs in one basket")when he said: "The government can't printreal estate and precious metals. Spread yourmoney around. Put some in land, some inprecious metals, some in your business,some on foreign soil. Most of all, stayinformed. "Agree? Disagree? You can reach me at

    [email protected] References for this article came from, TheSt. Louis Post Dispatch, Bloomberg Newsand The Armchair Economist, DavidJohnson.

    by Hrlin Parker

    There are some fundamentals onwhich we all agree. Left, right, mid-dle, even the wacko anarchists likeRand Paul. We agree that what makesAmerica great is our Constitution, specifi-cally those first ten amendments, what welearned as school children to call our Bill ofRights. And what a list it is. These unalien-able rights are not group rights. Oh no.Theyre individual rights. Each one of thembelongs to each one of us, personally.Rights not granted to us by any governmentbut rights in which we are each, personally,endowed by our creator. The history of America has been less

    than ideal, though, when it comes to recog-nizing our rights, recognizing that we eachhave them, even people we maybe dontlike so much. So much of our history hasbeen the struggle to secure those rights (notto grant them but to secure them) for lots ofpeople who were long denied their enjoy-ment of them. Black people. Women of allethnicities. And now gay people. Thestruggle to secure the rights of all peoplehas been long, hard, and ugly. But the tideof history has not been and will not bedenied forever. Clearly, we all understandjust how precious and important ourConstitutional rights are.But what most reasonable people, cer-

    tainly people with any degree of education,know is that our precious Constitutionalrights do not exist in a vacuum. We our-selves do not exist in a vacuum. We live ina society. There are a whole bunch of ushere. Our precious Constitutional rightslive, as it were, in a framework ofConstitutional law. We are a nation of lawsso that our society can live not in chaos butin some level of peace and order. And so we need to understand something

    about our rights, and most people do. Noright is absolute. There is, as there must befor a functioning society, a balance. Andwhat do we balance rights with? Yes,responsibilities.You might want to think of this as

    Newtons fourth law, or at least as part b ofhis third law which, loosely translated,states that for every action there is an equaland opposite reaction. You cannot have

    force in only one direction. And so letsunderstand that for each of ourConstitutional rights there is, as there mustbe, an equal level of responsibility associat-ed with that right. Alas, with all the talk, with all the chat-

    ter, with all the propaganda on the part ofthe National Rifle Association and all thosewho have been clamoring, loudly, abouttheir Second Amendment rights, not oneword have I heard, not one, about anyamount of responsibility these people mighthave. Not one word. Clearly, if it were up to the NRA, you

    would, actually, be allowed to yell fire ina crowded theatre. There would be no suchthing as libel or slander. How could there?Freedom of speech is freedom of speech, isit not? The ownership and use of firearms is a

    complicated subject, made ever the more sodue to a poorly written amendment and theproclivity of so many to read what theywant to read, and no more. But the currentround of childlike nostrums of the radicalright wing on the subject of SecondAmendment rights is, like so many of theirother social positions, simple minded, abso-lutist, rigid, ideological and just plainwrong. All they harp on is some absolutistvision of unfettered rights to own and useguns of all kinds anytime and anywhere forany purpose. Not one word, not one, onwhat responsibilities go along with theserights. And were not even talking aboutreasonable restrictions (you know, like notshooting bullets into the ceiling as youreyelling fire in a crowded theatre). The issue of guns and gun violence is not

    simple. The current barrage of the simpleminded radical right wing is not helpful, butthats no surprise. Its dangerous. Innocentpeople will continue to die and many will begravely wounded until responsible peopleinsist that spineless politicians pass respon-sible laws. And then enforce those laws. Guns dont kill people? Thats true.

    People with guns kill people. Javelins notso much anymore. Its time to grow up andto stop listening to the simpletons of theNRA crowd.

    Send comments to [email protected]

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    College Funding SeminarThursday, April 25, 2012 at 7:00 p.mThis seminar will discuss how parents ofcollege-bound high school sophomores andjuniors can receive $2,500 to $25,000 peryear that most dont even know about.The seminar will cover: Why some middle-class and upper-middleclass parents pay close to nothing for theirchildrens college education How to double or triple eligibility forfinancial aid (this technique has increasedfamilies eligibility by $10,000) How to pick the college that will give themost free money, less loans. How to ge the maximum amount of moneyfrom each school. Little known ways to position onesassets, maximizing the aid one would get. How to fill out complicated applicationforms accurately to avoid costly mistakes.Also, find out why 90 percent of theseforms are filled out wrong.Guitar Duo Concert on Saturday, April27, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.The guitar duo of Peter Biedermann andMike Kraynak (a/k/a "Magic Spot") hasover 70 years of collective years of per-forming experience and will present an

    entirely original program of instrumentalmusic ranging from bluesy acoustic toambient electronic, and everything else inbetween, on the afternoon of April 27, 2013.These musicians will come armed with var-ious 6, 8 and 12 string guitars to produce theunique sounds you will hear. While this beMagic Spot's first performance at theWashington Township Library, PeterBiedermann has performed his original solomusic here the previous four years.For more info, please go to

    http://www.peterbiedermann.comWhy Solar on Tuesday 30, 2013 at 7 p.m.Joe Adamo from Trinity Solar will discusswhy solar energy makes sense. New Jerseyhas among the highest electric rates in thenation--and no one likes paying their elec-tric bill! So do something about it.Powering your appliances with solar energywill not only reduce or eliminate your elec-tric bill, but you could generate income, inthe form of SREC's in New Jersey, as wellas create a positive environmental impactand lessen your dependence on costly fossilfuels.Call the Library at 908-876-3596 or go

    to www.wtpl.org to sign up for the aboveprograms!

    April Programs at the Washington Twp. Public Library

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