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    Tell ThemYou Saw It In The Black

    Vol. 3 No. 11 November 15, 2011

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    Alocal quilt group known as The Day Quilters pre-sented the Chester Library with an appliqued quiltto commemorate the librarys recent Centennial.

    The group, composed of 11 members from Morris andWarren counties, worked with Library Director LesleyKarczewski andAssistant Library Director Susan Koines indetermining the style of quiltthat wouldbe most suitable tomark the important milestone. The librarians wanted a quiltthat might have been made by a Chester needlewoman in1911, the year that the library was founded. The quilt has apieced center and a hand-appliqud border. It was then

    Members of The Day Quilters present a quilt as a gift to the Chester Library to honor the librarys Centennial celebration. Picturedfrom left are (front row) Marjorie Mangels and Bea Hailes; (back row)t: Susan Koines, Assistant L ibrary Director; Diane Kent; Mary

    Ames; Dianne Johnson; Susan Adler; Ellen Greco; Lesley Karczewski, Library Director; and Dennis Whorley, President, Library Boardof Trustees. Other Day Quilters not present, but who contributed to this project were Ann Annichiarico, Carol Bendixen, Nicole Davies,

    and Millie Isherwood. Submitted photo.

    Chester Library Receives Quilt to

    Commemorate 100th Anniversarymachine quiltedby longarmquilter Mary Ames, who is alsoa member of the group. The quilters used well over 100dif-ferent fabrics and did extensive research to utilize fabricreproductions in colors that would have been available to aquilter in 1911, as well as a design that spoke to the trendsof that era. The quilt can be seen in its permanent locationover the librarys magnificent stone fireplace.

    Washington Township Recreation will be hostingthe annual Breakfast with Santa scheduled forSaturday, December 3, 2011. The cost is $7 per

    person, and children aged three and under are free. Santahas made arrangements with Oldwick General Store tocater this event. Pre-registration only, no walk-in registra-tions will be accepted. The event will be held at theCommunity House, 247 Old Turnpike Rd (Rt. 57), Califon,N.J.

    For more information and seating times, please call theRecreation Department at (908) 876-5941, or visit thetownships Web site at and downloadthe registration form. Deadline is November 28, 2011.

    Breakfast with Santa

    Dec. 3

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    Washington Township Recreation

    is sponsoring a trip to the

    Prudential Center to see the NJ

    Devils take on NY Islanders on November

    26, 2011 at 1 p.m. Bus leaves the SeniorCenter, located in Rock Spring Park at 11

    a.m. andwill arrive approximately at 5 p.m.

    Tickets are $48 per person which will be

    given out on the day of the event. Deadline

    to purchase tickets is November 18, 2011.

    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Checks should be made payable to WT

    Recreat ion, and mailed to Washington

    Township Recreation, 50 Rock Road, LongValley, NJ 07853; attn: NJ Devils. If you

    have any quest ions , please contact our

    office at (908) 876-5941.

    The Chester Library will hold severalp rograms and events during themonth of December to help celebrate

    the holiday season.

    On Thursday, December 8 at 7 p.m. theChester Library will hold a performance ofCharles Dickens The Christmas Carol.British stage actor James Dyne of theTraveling Literary Theater will perform theone-hour reading. The program is appropri-ate for ages 8 and older.

    Childrens singer/songwriter, Lou Gallo,will hold a winter sing-along for families onSaturday, December 10 at 11 a.m. Lou hasbeen entertaining children and their parentsin the New York City area for many years.Lou's singing and songwriting focus on

    what is important: home, family, and in hiscase, an assortment of crazy pets he calls

    friends.A select group of members from the

    Mendham High School Choir will performtheir annual holiday concert at the Chester

    Library on Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m.The Chester Library welcomes this talentedgroup of singers and musicians as theyentertain us with a mix of holiday music.Refreshments will be provided.

    Finally, on Friday, December 16 at 10a.m., The Chester Library will hold its firstannual cookie exchange. Bring three dozenof your favor ite cookies and share themwith fellow bakers. Dont forget to bringyour recipe and an empty container. Enjoyrefreshments, socializing, exchangingrecipes and great cookbooks on display.

    Register for all programs at or call (908) 879-7612.

    Chester LibraryAnnounces Holiday Programs

    Washington Twp to SponsorTrip for NJ Devils Hockey Game

    Schools, Churches, Organizations Send YourPress Releases to [email protected]


    he House of Good Shepherd inHackettstown has scheduled aHoliday Bazaar for Friday, Nov. 18

    and Saturday, Nov. 19.The Continuing Care Retirement

    Community, located at 798 Willow GroveStreet, will have an assortment of beautiful

    and unique hand crafted gifts for sale in themain lobby (lower parking lot) from10 a.m.to4 p.m. onFridayand 2 p.m.on

    Saturday.For further information, call (908) 684-


    House of Good Shepherdto Host Holiday Bazaar

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    Story by Jodi Ilsye

    Acura of Denville has served NorthJersey for more than twenty years,but on Saturday October 22, the

    dealership putall paws on deck for petsafe-

    ty. Along with partner Mt. Pleasant AnimalShelter, Acura of Denville hosted amicrochipping clinic to help local pet own-ers protect the furry and fluffy members oftheir families.

    Unlike tags or collars, microchips last alifetime. Like a permanent pet ID, they arecurrently the most effective way of reunit-ing missing pets with their owners. That day

    over fifty dogs and cats were chipped at aspecial discounted rate, offering pet ownersa peace of mind Vice President StevenLustig understands all too well. I was dev-astatedwhen my dog Belle went missing for

    a few hours,he says.(Shewas off on a soloexplorationmission.) I knowwhat a differ-encea chipcan make. Im gladwe can offerthis service to our customers.

    Lustigs passion for animals runs in thefamily. The Lustigs are longtime supportersof pet adoption and welfare. In addition tosupporting national organizations as theASPCAand the US Humane Society, Acura

    Acura of Denvilles Pet Projectof Denville has assisted local Greyhoundadoption services and is a major supporterof Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter. Jax, theLustig family s Bearded Colli e, a Mt .Pleasant Animal Shelter adoptee, can oftenbe foundon the showroom floorat Acura ofDenville greeting customers. He was a tail-wagging presence at the microchippingevent, welcoming animals from the shelterstill looking fortheir foreverhome and nuz-zling noses with visitors on their way to thewater bowl. Dealership staff was on hand toserve treats to the guests and their keepers.

    This isnt the first time Acura of Denville

    and Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter have col-laborated for a good cause. In September,the dealership was a platinum sponsor ofMutts Mania at Lurker Park in EastHanover where over 800 guests, staff andvolunteers enjoyed browsing more than 50different vendors and pets got to try thedoggie agility classes, compete in the pettrick contestsand enjoy samples of toys andtreats.After thesuccessof the inaugural PetMicrochipping Clinic, the hope is that itwill become an annual event at the dealer-ship in the future. Jax has given it his fourlicks and a woof approval.

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    he Washington

    Township Historical

    Society will be host-

    ing its 28th Annual Historic

    House Tour on December

    10from 11 a.m. to4 p.m.

    This years tour will be

    held primarily in the

    Pleasant Grove section on

    Schooleys Mountain of

    Washington Township. Two

    of the oldest homes in that

    area that have neverbeen on

    the tour will be opened this

    year. The Arly and Lyn

    Smith farmstead on CalifonRoad was built c. 1800 and

    has hadtwo additions added

    on to make it a charming

    farmhouse on what was

    once the S. Hann property.

    The Colver House on

    Wehrli Road was home to

    several of the Colvers,

    members of the Colverites

    a religious group that trav-

    eled to Schooleys

    Mountain in search of reli-gious freedom.

    Two other homes on

    Pleasant grove, the Beatty

    House and the Hunt House

    plus the newly renovated

    Highlands Presbyterian

    Church on Heath Lane, will

    complete the tour on the

    mountain. Lunch will beserved at the Pleasant Grove

    Presbyte rian Church on

    Cali fon Road where Kay

    Weeks will be demonstrat-

    ing rug hooking. She will

    also have rugs for sale and

    the proceeds will be used

    for the churchs mission trip

    to Joplin, Mo.

    The Obadiah LaTourette

    Grist Mill on E. Mill Road

    will be open for tours in lov-ing memory and to honor

    Keith Hayes, the

    Washington Township Land

    Trusts late president.

    Tickets for the tour will

    beon saleat the Museum, 6

    Fairview Avenue, on the

    following dates:

    Sunday, December 4

    from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;

    Friday, December 9 from 10

    a.m. to 5 p.m., andDecember 10,the day of the

    tour, starting at 10 a.m. If

    t icke ts are purchased in

    advance, a tour map will be

    provided at that time. Tour

    Washington Township Readiesfor 28th Annual House Tour

    house booklets will be

    available at all of the homes

    the day of the tour.

    Note: The tour is notappropr ia te for chi ldren

    under 12 and the homes are

    not handicapped accessible.

    This is a self-guided and

    self-paced tour.

    For more information, call

    the WTHS at (908) 876-

    9696 or [email protected].

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    charity. Its a win-win. St. Marys School is holding its Annual

    Art Gala & Live Auction on Saturday,

    November 19, 2011. The event will

    be held in the schools dining hall at 159

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    view of art and memorabilia, along withcomplimentary beer, wine, and hors do-

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    From left to right are: 3rd Place: Chicken or the Egg (Rayna Kutz, Long Valley, NJ), 2nd

    Place: Pin Ball Machine (Emma Gonzalez, Chester, NJ) and 1st Place: Halloween Card

    (Stephanie Williams, Landing, NJ)

    The unexpected October Nor'easter

    did not stop the Historic Chester

    Business Association (HCBA) from

    hosting their Annual Halloween CostumeContest and Parade, which took place

    Monday, October 31st. In spite of the

    downed trees, powerlines and melting snow,

    over 100 children paraded their

    'Spooktacular' costumes through downtownChester.

    Annual Halloween CostumeContest and Parade

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    By Dr. Ken Gibson

    Cognitive Skills (also

    called processing

    skills, or intelli-

    gence) determine how easy,

    fast, and well we learn andperform. They are the men-

    tal tools required to process

    information, and the better

    the tool, the better the per-


    Phonemic awareness is

    the ability to blend and seg-

    ment sounds. That one cog-

    nitive skill alone is the

    cause of 88% of all reading

    problems.(2) Activities such

    as golfing, skiing or playingpiano require training, not

    teaching. It is the same with

    building mental skills.

    Cognitive skills cant be

    taught they require train-

    ing, practice and drill.

    Fifteen hours of lecture

    about playing piano will get

    you minimal improvement

    compared to 15 hours of

    practice. The same is true of

    cognitive skills!

    of individual skills rather

    than just telling you your IQ

    or learning style. Following

    the test will be a compre-

    hensive consultation that

    will give you the chance toask questions and learn

    more about the test results.

    Once you know the reasons

    behind the struggles youre

    facing, you can determine

    the optimal solution.

    Three reasons why your

    first step should be to deter-

    mine the real cause.

    A Cognitive Assessment


    1.) Eliminate guesswork.You can know the exact

    cause foremost learning,

    reading If you or someone

    you love has difficulty

    learning, or has a reading

    problem, and you want to

    do something about it,

    please take the first step -

    find the cause.

    Unfortunately, these skills

    are often ignored. Instead,

    we just ask our students to

    work harder or try again.

    Tutoring often fails because

    SYMPTOMS are targeted

    rather than CAUSES.

    In a 2005 study of 56,000

    students using 36 differenttutoring programs, the aver-

    age result after one year of

    tutoring was less than 2

    weeks net reading gain -

    even less in math.(3)

    But another 2005 study

    showed that when reading

    instruction followed cogni-

    tive training, the average net

    gain in reading was over 3

    years! This is many times

    what is gained by tutoring -at a fraction of the cost per

    year gain.(4)

    Studies show that mental

    skills can be CHANGED!

    Studies show that six

    months of brain training

    intervention can dramatical-

    ly raise these cognitive

    skills about 30 percentile

    points (a student performing

    at the 25th percentile level

    can expect to improve per-

    Unlocking the Cause of Learning and Reading Strugglesformance to the 55th percentile level).(5)(6)

    Mental skills can be improved not by

    teaching, but by practice and training.

    The brain responds to use and disuse by

    either growing and remaining vital or

    decaying, and thus, for the first time,we are learning to see mental weakness-

    es as physical systems in need of training

    and practice. Dr. John J. Ratey,

    Harvard Medical School, A Users Guide

    to the Brain

    2) Help you avoid wasting money, time

    and effort pursuing wrong treatment choic-

    es. A cognitive assessment helps you under-

    stand what skills need to change in order to

    improve learning performance by target-

    ing the cause rather than just the symptoms.

    3) Provide a baseline measurement ofmental strengths and weaknesses. You will

    clearly know what gaps there are between

    your present mental abilities and the abili-

    ties you want or need. You dont need to

    wait a year or pay $1,100 to $4,000 to find

    continued on page 12

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    the cause.

    At LearningRx we are committed to help-

    ing you quickly and affordably find the

    CAUSE of a learning problem. LearningRx

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    Unlocking the Cause...

    Submitted by Holly Simmenroth

    The Chester Lioness Club will again

    be collecting turkeys for their

    Thanksgiving Food Baskets to theChester Food Bank. Area supermarkets will

    be giving free turkeys to shoppers who

    exceed a certain amount of purchases

    through Thanksgiving. The Chester Shop

    Rite will be participating in this collection.

    Ask at the checkout register for informa-

    tion. For more information, please call

    Holly Simmenroth at (908) 879-5932. As in

    the past, frozen turkeys and other non per-

    ishable groceries may be left at 10 Cora

    Lane, Chester, NJ 07930.

    Below is a current list of other itemsneeded in the Chester Food Pantry.

    Cranberry Sauce, Coffee, Juice, Canned

    Milk, Canned Gravy, Stuffing, Instant

    Potatoes, Dried Beans, French's Onions,

    Canned Fruits & Pumpkin, Canned

    Peas/Green beans/Tomatoes/Baked Beans/

    Corn etc., Canned Meats & Chili, Spaghetti

    Sauces, Rice & Rice mixes, Mac & Cheese,

    Dried Soup Mixes, Raimen Noodles,Spaghettio's, Southwestern & Oriental

    Foods, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Hot Cereals,

    Hot Chocolate Mixes, Popcorn & Candies,

    Cookes & Desserts, Mayo/Mustard/

    Ketsup/Salad Drsg/BBQ Sauce, Maple

    Syrup, Pancake Mix, Pie Filling/ Crust,

    Paper supplies (TP/Towels/Napkins/

    Kleenex), Foil/Plastic Bags/ Wrap,

    Cleaning Products & Chlorox, Soap/

    Shampoo/Dish Soap, Tooth Brushes/

    Toothpaste/Razors/Deodorant, Dog & Cat

    FoodsYour donations are much appreciated by

    our needy residents especially during this

    "Economic Crunch" time! More than 44

    baskets of food are given monthly by the

    Chester Food Pantry. God Bless You.

    continued from page 10

    Chester Lioness Club CollectsThanksgiving Turkeys for the Needy

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    Mr. Newell will be conducting a free

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    The Washington Township Senior

    Holiday Party will be held on Friday,

    December 9, 2011 at 11 a.m. at St.

    Marks Church, 59 Spring Lane, Long


    Our catered menu will feature Chicken

    Francaise, Glazed Ham, Penne Vodka, Rice

    Pilaf, Mixes Vegetables, Dinner Rolls, Cake

    and Beverages. The event will feature

    harpist Patricia Turse.

    The non-refundable cost is $9 for resi-

    dents and $10 for non- residents. To regis-

    ter, please send a check made payable to

    Washington Township Recreation located at

    50 Rock Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853,

    before December 1, 2011. For more infor-

    mation, call (908) 876-5941.


    he Long Valley Knights of

    Columbus Council 10419 is holding

    its 20th Annual Church/Community

    Benefit Auction on Saturday December 3rd,2011 starting at 6:00pm in the St. Luke's

    Parish Hall (265 West Mill Rd. Long Valley,

    NJ). This charity event, led by the auction-

    eer Col. Dennis Cassidy, will sell at auction

    a variety of professional services, art items,

    jewelry, vacation time-shares, electronic

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    recreation equipment and much more.

    Previews will begin at 6:00 pm, Silent

    auction will begin at 6:30pm, and the live

    auction starts at 8:00pm. Tickets will be

    limited to the first 150 bidders and will besold for $35.00 per person at the door, but

    may be reserved in advance for $25.00 The

    admission price includes a bidder card,

    hors doeuvres, buffet dinner, desserts,

    wine, beer, and soft drinks.

    Please contact Mike Leyden at 908-892-

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    KofC to Host Their 20th AnnualChurch/Community Benefit Auction

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    By Elsie Walker

    The sounds of country music, bells, harp,acoustic guitar, contemporary carols, plusdrama, puppets, and more come together to

    tell the nativity in a unique way at the 9th annualChristmas Arts program held on December 4th at

    5pm at the Port Morris United Methodist Church,Center Street, Landing.Sharing their talents will be representatives of St.

    James Episcopal Church (Hackettstown), St.Michaels Roman Catholic Church (Netcong),Grace the Church on the Mount (Netcong),Flanders United Methodist Church (Flanders),Drakestown United Methodist Church (BuddLake-Hackettstown area), Lower Berkshire ValleyUnited Methodist Church (Roxbury) and the host-ing church.Each church takes one or more scenes anddepicts it through music, skits, or puppetry.Narration ties the pieces together. This

    unique mix of musical styles provides some-thing for everyone.

    Sharing the sound of bells, skits of dramaand humor, and a childrens choir will be St.James Episcopal Church. Its bell choir direc-tor is Louise Olshan. The childrens choirdirector is Pam Laura, and the churchs pastor(and a member of its St. James Players) is theRev. Dr. Cathy Deats.

    Providing the sound of the angels, the harpwill be played by professional harpist, LindaPlanseon, from Grace, the Church on theMount.

    Providing a mix of contemporary and tra-ditional song is St. Michaels Roman CatholicChurch. The haunting Mary, Did YouKnow along with the Holy Is His Name

    and Silent Night will be performed bysingers from the church accompanied by pro-fessional pianist Jack Amato, who will alsoplay a piano solo.

    Providing the drama of a plot of vengefulKing Herod, through song, will be the Port

    Morris United Methodist Church Chancelchoir. This accapella group is directed byRichard Boyer, Jr., who is well-known fordirecting productions at the Pax AmicusTheater. The group will also be joining theFlanders church in the closing song, a coun-try song, Wheres the Line to See Jesus?which features Cathy Bingham on vocal andher husband, John on guitar.

    The Port Morris church will also be lend-ing its puppetry talents to the program. Thescene of the angels visit to the shepherds willbe done by its puppet ministry, led by TinaBerchak.

    Joining in the program for the first timewill be Michael Robinson of LowerBerkshire Valley United Methodist Church.Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar,Robinson will sing Josephs Lullaby.

    Representatives from the DrakestownUnited Methodist Church will lend their voic-es as well, singing the traditional Birthdayof a King and the contemporary song, HowMany Kings".

    All are welcomed to attend the program.The Port Morris United Methodist Church islocated at 296 Center Street in Landing.Theres parking on the street and in the lotbehind the church (on Main Street). Formore information, call: 973-347-0381.

    A Unique Nativity

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    The Growing Stage

    The Childrens

    Theatre of New

    Jersey will be launching its

    new initiative to introduce

    the next generation to the

    magic of theatre. THE

    SAND BOX SERIES is the-

    atre for the very young and

    is specifically designed for

    young people pre-school

    and kindergarten aged. The

    hour long program is under

    the direction of Danny

    Campos, a professional

    teaching artist for the com-

    pany, and Lori B. Lawrence,

    the Growing Stages

    Director of Educational

    Programming. Both have

    also performed in a number

    of Growing Stage produc-

    tions and are members of

    Actors Equity Association,

    the professional actors

    union. The series will begin

    on Saturday, November

    12th and Sunday, November

    13th with 2:00 PM perform-

    ances with its first piece



    A special day is planned

    for the entire family. Were

    going to the theatre! But

    what does that mean? Are

    we seeing a movie? How

    do you act out a story?

    Am I going to be scared

    when they turn the lights

    out? How do big people

    play pretend? And just

    who are Plink and Plunk?

    These mysteries and more

    are solved as your child is

    introduced to the world of

    theatre! This interactive

    experience will meld the

    performing and teaching

    artistry of our AEA per-

    formers. Shows will take

    place on the balcony of the

    Historic Palace Theatre,

    home to the Growing Stage,

    before an ideal audience of

    no more than 50 and will

    last no longer than an hour

    in total. The first half hour

    will be performance based

    followed by a second half

    hour that will include the

    audience with a hands on

    creative dramatics experi-

    ence based on the theme of

    the performance. For the

    production of GOING TO

    THE THEATRE audience

    members will actually have

    the opportunity to creatively

    play on the companys pro-

    fessional stage.

    Currently in its 30th

    Anniversary Season of The

    Growing Stage the mission

    for the not-for-profit profes-

    sional company remains to

    nurture the development of

    the performing arts through

    education, and to create,

    produce, and perform works

    that engage the entire fami-

    Growing Stage Debuts Sand Box Seriesly. The Growing Stage has

    built a long-standing reputa-

    tion as a model of excel-

    lence in theatre for young

    audiences and strives to

    develop new initiatives

    through the arts, on both the

    stage and in the classroom,

    which will enhance and

    benefit the lives of our

    young people across the

    state. Tickets for GOING


    $10.00 per person, with a

    $5.00 lap charge and

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    By Janice C. Molinari

    It rarely snows in October. In fact, this

    Noreaster that hit the east coast two

    days before Halloween this year was an

    anomaly. It was only the fourth October

    snowstorm in more than one hundred years!

    And we witnessed the reason why.

    Branches that had yet to shed their autumn

    leaves, became laden with snow and gave

    way to their heavy burden.

    When you think about it, the cycle of the

    seasons is an amazing design. Mother

    Nature waiting patiently until her trees have

    dropped their leaves before sprinkling the

    snows of Winter, inherently protectingthem from disaster. But this timeit didnt

    work. This time, an unforeseen and rare

    occurrence took place and many trees were

    damaged or lost.

    I suppose the storm is kind of like life.

    You move in your ordinary cycle, becoming

    complacent, expecting that one day will be

    the same as the next. Then out of the blue,

    an unusual storm rolls in. A storm you

    arent prepared to weather, you become bat-

    tered and scarred.

    Out in front of our house, we have an

    ornamental red maple. A small, wide, pret-

    ty tree that marks the entrance to our home.

    About two weeks ago I noticed it was get-

    ting a bit full and thought I should prune it

    back. But other tasks took my time and

    attention and I never got around to cutting


    When the storm hit this weekend, like

    many other trees around, our little maple

    was tested. Those branches, which I hadnt

    thinned out and lightened, collected the

    heavy snow, and when the burden became

    too much to bear, the tree split under the

    duress. The left side of our little tree tore

    away, leaving it asymetrical and scarred.As I cleared away the damaged part of

    the tree I thought about how we would need

    to replace it come Springtime. It no longer

    looks perfect and inviting. But the longer I

    worked in its presence, the more I realized,

    we all carry our scars, some on the inside,

    some on the outside. Scars from broken

    hearts and lost loved ones, scars from sur-

    geries that removed a cancer or repaired a

    broken spine, scars that helped shape us into

    the resilient souls we are today. And its

    these scars, our imperfections that make us

    Bearing Scarsall the more beautiful.

    Ill leave that little ornamental maple in

    place. It has a story to tell. It says, Iweathered the storm. I may be beaten and

    bruised, but my roots are strong. I may not

    look as youd expect, but I am alive and

    beautiful all the same. Maybe even more

    so, because I have endured hardship and I

    have survived.

    Our little tree reminds me that you dont

    give up on a living thing because its dam-aged. You love it all the more.

    Janice C. Molinari is the owner of

    Ananda Yoga in Mendham, NJ.

    Janices Corner

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    unday November 20th at 4pm:

    Celebrate the Thanksgiving season

    with Anandas Gratitude practice,

    featuring guest teacher Donna Scro. Live

    music and a special practice for all levels of

    yoga practitioners. $10 & 2 food item dona-

    tions for the local pantry.

    Want to try Yoga? On Sunday November

    27th at 4pm: Yoga For Those Who Cant

    Touch Their Toes A true beginner s work-

    shop Certified Anusara instructor John

    Levis starts us off with a fun and easy prac-

    tice. Learn the basics of yoga and begin to

    unlock a world of great health!

    Saturday December 3rd 1pm 4pm -

    Guest instructor Julie Dohrman brings us a

    heart-opening workshop centered around

    finding true courage. Vira-Rasa: Courage

    of the Heart is open to all levels. Cost $40.Then stop by on Sunday December 4th

    and learn the basics of Thai Massage!

    Bring a partner or come on your own.

    Informative and fun!

    Visit for

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    studio at (973) 543-5555.

    Ananda Yoga is located at 3 East Main

    Street in Mendham, NJ

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    need of volunteers to work blood drives.

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    member of the collection team whose task it

    is assist donors with registration, escorting

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    Written By Kearstin R. Saya, L. Ac.

    Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is observed annu-

    ally. It is part of an effort designed to increase public aware-

    ness of the progress, promise, and benefits of Acupuncture

    and Oriental medicine. This Ancient Medicine has been

    practiced for thousands of years in China, but has only

    gained popularity in the U.S over the past 25 years.

    Although 36% of U.S adults have used complementary and

    alternative medicine, many healthcare consumers are still

    unaware of alternative healthcare options and their vastbenefits. In fact, everyone can benefit from Acupuncture

    whether seeking help for an existing health issue or just to

    promote overall wellness and to help prevent future issues.

    Acupuncture is an evidence-based modality and research

    from the National Institute of Health proves that

    Acupuncture is effective for use in pain management,

    osteoarthritis, postoperative or chemotherapy-related nau-

    sea, addiction, stroke rehabilitation, infertility and asthma,

    among others. In addition, The World Health Organization

    declares Acupunctures efficacy in relieving anxiety, panic

    disorders, insomnia and forty-two other medical conditions.In attempts to raise awareness about Acupuncture in myown community, I am sharing some of these Acupuncture

    Facts with you!

    What is Acupuncture?

    Acupuncture is a modality of Traditional Chinese

    Medicine that requires the insertion of tiny filiform needles

    into various points on the body. Acupuncture and Chinese

    Medicine originated in Ancient China thousands of years

    ago. The Ancient Chinese discovered that every living

    being has energy that flows through invisible meridians

    (energy lines) throughout the body. This energy, known as

    "Qi" is the motive life force. In healthy individuals the Qi

    flows smoothly through the channels/ meridians.Imbalance in the flow of Qi results in illness and/or disease.

    Think of a garden hose. Water flows smoothly through

    the hose as long as there are no kinks. When a kink occurs,

    the water builds up on one side of the kink preventing the

    water from flowing through. Now envision 14 garden

    hoses attached to one another and arranged within the body.

    Each hose is connected to an organ in the body. You can see

    how a kink in just one of the hoses can affect all the other

    hoses/organs throughout the body. The kink or blockage

    results in illness and/or disease.

    Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is used to restore the

    smooth flow of Qi (i.e. remove all the kinks) and bring

    the body back to balance.

    If you are still following then you are probably wonder-

    ing how the kinks originate in the first place. Our Qi or

    energy can become kinked or blocked from physi-

    cal/emotional trauma, stress, poor lifestyle and eating

    habits, seasonal changes, over-exertion, and exposure to theelements (wind, cold, dampness, heat). But have no

    fearAcupuncture is here!

    How does Acupuncture Work?

    There are several theories regarding the Acupuncture

    mechanism. Acupuncture helps the body to do what it was

    meant to do- heal itself. Some of the most common theo-

    ries include:

    - Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins,

    which relieve pain

    - Acupuncture stimulates the release of neurotransmitters

    (substances that that transmit nerve impulses to the brain

    -Acupuncture has a profound effect on the AutonomicNervous System

    - Acupuncture stimulates circulation

    - Acupuncture enhances the bodys immune response

    - Acupuncture influences the electrical currents of the


    The most common question of all Does Acupuncture


    Extremely fine needles are used in the treatment of

    Acupuncture, making the experience almost painless. Most

    patients don't even feel the needles being inserted. The

    Acupuncture needles used are as fine as a few hairs on your

    head. All of my patients find their Acupuncture treatments

    to be very relaxing. In fact, most people fall asleep during

    their treatment.

    What is a typical Acupuncture treatment like?

    Upon arrival the patient is asked to fill out a detailed

    health history questionnaire. Then, the acupuncturist will

    review the health history with the patient and go over the

    patients primary health concern and lifestyle. The

    acupuncturist will take the patient's pulses and look at

    his/her tongue (In Chinese medicine the tongue and pulses

    are representative of the various organ/meridian systems

    and help in the diagnostic process).

    After the interview, the practitioner will come up with a

    diagnosis and treatment plan for the patient. The treatment

    plan is specific to the individual- not their disease.

    Then, the needles will be inserted into various acupunc-

    ture points. The patient may feel a heaviness or tingling

    sensation around the needle insertion site. The needles are

    typically retained for 20-30 minutes.How many Acupuncture treatments are needed?

    The number of Acupuncture treatments needed is based

    on the severity and chronicity of the condition. However,

    most patients experience some relief after the very first


    What kinds of needles are used in an Acupuncture


    Tiny filiform needles are used for Acupuncture treat-

    ment. All of the needles are disposable, pre-sterilized and

    prepackaged. After each treatment, the needles are thrown

    away and new needles are used every time.

    Are there any side effects of Acupuncture treatment?Most people do not experience any side effects from

    Acupuncture. Occasionally, minor bruising can occur at the

    needle site.

    What does Acupuncture treat?

    Acupuncture is effective in treating various disorders

    and symptoms including, but not limited to the following:

    Addiction, Anxiety, Arthritis, Tendonitis & Joint Pain,

    Asthma, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,

    Common Cold & Influenza, Constipation, Degenerative

    Disk Disorders, Depression, Facial Rejuvenation,

    Fibromyalgia, Headaches, Indigestion, Gas, Bloating,

    Infertility, Insomnia, Menopause symptoms, Migraines,

    Morning Sickness, Musculoskeletal pain, Nausea,

    Orthopedic Conditions, Pain, PMS & Menstrual

    Irregularities, Reproductive Issues, Sports Injuries, Stress,

    Tendonitis, Smoking Cessation and Weight management.

    What does it take to become an Acupuncturist?

    In addition to obtaining a Bachelors degree,

    Acupuncturists are required to undergo 3 years of schooling

    at an accredited Acupuncture school. Acupuncture pro-

    grams consist of various classes in the areas of Acupuncture

    and Biomedicine as well as a full year of a clinical intern-

    ship to obtain the experience of treating patients.

    The National Certification Commission of Acupuncture

    and Oriental Medicine requires that Acupuncturists take 3

    National Board Examinations to test proficiency and

    knowledge in the areas of Acupuncture, Theory and


    The State of New Jersey requires an additional Licensing

    Board Examination to obtain licensure in New Jersey.

    Once licensed, Acupuncturists are required to take

    Continuing Education Courses every year.

    For more information about Acupuncture and Chinese

    Medicine or a Free Phone consultation, please call Skylands

    Acupuncture & Wellness Center 908-876-3643 located at

    59 East Mill Road, Long Valley, NJ.

    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


    Acupuncture, Whats the Point?

    Sticking to the facts- learn how everyone can benefit!

    Kearstin SayaL. Ac.

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    Did Harlin Parker in his column last month,"No Class. No War." declare war on hisneighbors ( the middle class) when he

    wrote; "people in this country have always had theirdifferences (Civil War anyone?) But todaysAmerica is no longer so much a melting pot as it isa boiling pot. " and, "We need to take stock, and take

    action, before things boil over." Was Harlin reallystating that if you disagree with his socialist, redistri-bution of wealth political ideology, "America is aboiling pot" he's encouraging his fellow liberals totake action? What type of action? OccupyWashington Twp.'s Town Hall and demand freestuff?

    I found it odd that Harlin didn't once usethe word "liberty" when he asked the ques-tion, "What does it mean to be an American?"Were you taken aback when Harlin answeredhis question, "What does it mean to beAmerican?" when he replied "Rights! "Wehave unalienable rights, guaranteed to each ofus under our American constitution."Hmm.....I thought the constitution was theblue print for how the government was to bestructured and run. I thought we got our"rights" from the first ten amendments to theconstitution called, The Bill of Rights. Butoddly enough, I never read anything in thebill of rights that talked about how, "we needeach other, like it or not."

    Who was Harlin referring to when hewrote,"Other than for a few miscreantsaround here, were all patriots?" You! Me? IsHarlin's definition of a patriot someone who

    loves to have his wealth confiscated throughhigher taxes to a a big daddy governmentwelfare state? And anyone who disagreeswith that is a "miscreant?"

    What world is Harlin living in when hewrote, "Yet over the past thirty years, weveseen that for too many of us, the Americandream has become not so much a nightmarebut a mirage. Too many Americans haveworked hard, worked honestly, played bythe rules only to find that the pot at the endof the rainbow slips further and further away.Why is that?"

    Look at the contrast of how far Harlin hasstrayed, do you remember the saying; "If atfirst you don't succeed, try, try again?" doesany part of Harlin's manifesto, even remote-ly resemble that, especially when heanswered the question," What does it mean tobe an American?"

    Since 1982, America has seen unprece-dented growth in the economy, prosperity andrevenues exponentially increase to the gov-ernment. Entrepreneurs have created billionsof dollars in new wealth. (Steve Jobs, Apple)Opportunities to go into your own business

    have never been better. Immigrants, legal and

    illegal forsake all to come to America for ashot at the American dream. It's all aboutopportunity, it's all about eduction and hardwork to obtain prosperity. Doesn't Harlin'smanifesto, No Class. No War. represent theentitlement mentality rather than patriotism?

    Why does Harlin Parker immediatelyassume that people who disagree with his"Marxist manifesto" will scorn those who arein need? America is the most charitablenation on the face of the Earth. America hasliterally spent trillions of dollars on the wel-fare state, creating a dependent class of peo-ple that has given way to a third and fourthgeneration of welfare recipients. The FederalGovernment spends more money than it takesin in order to pay for these entitlements. Thatincludes state and local Governments. (In NJ,Abbott schools, COAH.) Food stamp recipi-ents are at an all time high. Every month inthe news there's a story about illegal immi-

    grants that are getting the same tuition rates asinstate residents. No one is ever turned downat hospital emergency room if they need med-ical care. How much more money doesHarlin Parker want to take, in the form oftaxes, from hard working Americans he callsthe middle class? When is enough, enough,for Harlin?

    Moreover, who was Harlin referring to as"the radical right?" A two parent workingfamily, who are self sufficient, own a home,educating their children, and are conserva-tive, pro-life Christians? In Harlin's mind

    you're also "the radical right" if you are not amember of a union, think taxes are too highand government is too intrusive and spendstoo much money.

    Furthermore, adnauseum, Quote, HarlinParker; "Arent we supposed to be makingthis country work for all of us, not just theprivileged top one percent? Wealth disparityand income disparity in America today is asgreat as it has ever been," Quote Karl Marx;From each according to his abilities, to eachaccording to his needs. Quote Harlin Parker;"And now those at the very top and their right

    wing, Republican, enablers and sycophants,cry class war!! Quote Karl Marx; "In ahigher phase of communist society... onlythen can the narrow horizon of bourgeois*(boor-zhwah), right be fully left behind andsociety inscribe on its banners: from eachaccording to his ability, to each according tohis needs."

    Who was Harlin referring to when hewrote; "Were tired of tax policies that favorthose who are already wealthy. Were espe-cially tired of right wing policies that punishthe poor and squeeze the middle class more

    VE day? A wonderful day for Americaand the world. World War II came toan end in Europe. VJ day? Even bet-

    ter. World War II was over. The good guyswon. Freedom and liberty triumphed, and forthat we all must be eternally grateful. Afterthat war, the world would never be the sameagain.

    Horrific as it was, and it was, it is never-theless true that Americas involvement, start-ing with our real entry into the war in 1940,gave the American economy a tremendouskick start, using massive amounts of bor-rowed money and massive deficit spendingby our federal government. Over the courseof the war, in todays dollars, the federal gov-ernment borrowed, and spent, about 30 tril-lion dollars (thats $30,000,000,000,000.00).A lot of zeros, eh? It was also a tremendousamount of economic stimulus. A Keynesianeconomic stimulus. War or not, that was an

    unprecedented amount of borrowing anddeficit spending. And yet the economy flour-ished. According to Republican orthodoxy,or should I say Tea Party orthodoxy, thatshouldnt have happened. That vast amountof government borrowing and the massivedeficits should have ruined the country.

    So, 1945. The war is over. The federalgovernment, meaning the American people,now had enormous debts to pay. And, eco-nomically speaking, we faced the prospect ofmillions of returning soldiers and the need totransition to a peacetime economy. There

    was great concern that the depression wouldreturn. Talk about a double dip! What wereall these returning soldiers going to do?

    As it turned out, there was plenty for them,and the rest of the American workforce, to do.America got to work building our country asnever before. America began investing initself by investing in its people. Millions ofmen and women went to college or receivedother training with government money. Noprivate college loans for these guys. And tax-payer money was plowed (quite literally) intobuilding a physical infrastructure that paved

    the way for industrial expansion. In thedecades following World War II, theAmerican dream, meaning the ability,through participation in the society and econ-omy, for everyone to achieve prosperityreally came true for millions of Americans.

    Rich? Sure, some people became rich.The great achievement, though, was the riseand expansion of the great middle class. Outfrom the cities and into a private home. Sure,American society had its problems duringthat time but it is also true that a typicalAmericans standard of living improved

    tremendously. Americas middle class grew

    and became the envy of the world. Familieslived in comfort. Unlike today, both parentsdid not need to work 50 hour workweeksmerely to pay their taxes or mortgages.Public schools thrived, providing Americaschildren a solid education. Life was good andthere was real expectation that life wouldcontinue to improve and that the next genera-tion would do even better.

    So why was that? What was true duringthat period that isnt true today? First andforemost, trade unions. Union membershipgreatly expanded during those post wardecades. Americas private industry grewand because of unions the rewards wereshared with the people who did the work.

    Secondly, government regulations overprivate businesses grew. Not all that much inthe early years, but by the 1960s governmentregulations addressed at least some of theexcesses and abuses of private businesses. It

    was the age of worker safety, pollution regu-lations, and even some consumer protections.

    And taxes. Ah, taxes. The top federalincome tax rate in 1945 was 94% on incomeover $200,000. It stayed over 90% until 1964when it was lowered to 77%. Even so, theowners of private businesses (you know, thejob creators) did very, very well for them-selves. During those decades in America,capitalism proved itself like never before.Risk was rewarded but so was work, andeveryone was the better for it. The ghastlyincome inequality of the 1920s and 1930s

    shrank. More people had more money andthey spent it, and in doing so helped fuel agrowing economy.

    But that was then. If we compare snap-shots of then and now, the picture isnt pretty.Its a much, much different world. Unions(you know, the guys that brought you 40 hourworkweeks and two day weekends?) are ashadow of their former selves. Union work-ers, both in the private sector and govern-ment, are downright vilified by all those onthe political right wing.

    Any government regulation, even the

    smallest, is denounced as an unconstitutionaland unwarranted intrusion on private busi-ness by self righteous pro businessRepublicans, right wing conservatives, andthose businesses are people true believers.Unfortunately, those guys are winning. Overthe past several decades government regula-tions have been slashed, bashed, abolished,destroyed, undermined and ignored. Theresult? Enron, Worldcom, Tyco. The list ofAmerican businesses that have caused enor-mous economic, social and environmentalharm is long, and still growing!

    Harlins Point of View.... Toms Point of View...

    Did Harlin Parker Declare War on His Neighbors?What American Dream?

    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.

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    Incomes taxes? Vile. Truly vile. The topfederal rate these days is 35% but we allknow that almost nobody actually pays thatamount. Hedge fund and private equity man-agers earn billions and pay a mere 15% into

    the federal coffers. Right wing radicals wantto eliminate income taxes entirely. At the veryleast, they want a flat tax that will greatlyreduce taxes on the very wealthy while great-ly increasing taxes on the middle and lowerworking classes.

    Education? Americas children are goingto college only to emerge saddled with tens ofthousands of dollars of debt that will weighon them for the rest of their lives until everypenny is paid off. Jobs? What jobs? Letsunderstand that even before the great tearingasunder of our economy by those wizards ofWall Street in 2008, America was shedding itsgood paying jobs.

    Take a good look at this picture.Americas infrastructure is crumbling.Federal tax receipts as a percentage of ourGDP is as low now as it has just about everbeen. Our private businesses are runningrampant. Our economy, our country, isrewarding only the small sliver of people atthe very top. Income inequality is as greatnow as just about ever in American history.

    So why are we doing this? Whose coun-try is this anyhow? Dont we all live here?

    Arent we all Americans? Shouldnt we berunning this country so that we can all live theAmerican dream? Americas right wing ide-ologues have entrenched themselves into anaive philosophical rigidity that is stifling our

    ability to turn this economy towards a direc-tion that will benefit us all. We cant go backto post World War II America. That time isgone and the world is no longer the same as itwas. But we can look to create the climatethat will allow our society to build again, tocreate again, to work again for all of us.

    Government is not the enemy. Its tire-some to hear the constant carping of rightwing ideologues and their nave belief in thepurity of private enterprise and the repeatedlydisproven trickle down economics they con-stantly espouse.

    We all support private enterprise. We areall capitalists. We all support and encourage,and applaud, entrepreneurs. But we also real-ize that America has to work for all of us.Clearly, it isnt now. Weve allowed theAmerican Dream to be taken away from toomany Americans. Weve replaced it with anightmare. Thats not right. It shouldnt bethat way. It doesnt have to be that way. Butlets be real. In the current climate of rightwing ideological entrenchment? Dream on.

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    and more." Was Harlin referring to his fellowrevolutionaries, Chris Matthews, KeithOlbermann, Rachael Maddow, the DemocratParty and today's local Washington Twp.Liberal Democrat party? Isn't this an exampleof group think?

    Harlin Parker may have been born inAmerica, but he does not hold in high esteem"American ideals" to work hard and become

    financially successful for all citizens. Butinstead, Harlin sees America as a place todemand rights and buys into the argument ofclass warfare, splitting everyone into groupsby economic status and then pitting one groupagainst the other, demanding that income dis-parity be made right by redistributing wealth.

    Finally, Harlin goes on to say that

    "Americans of all income classes are capital-ists." and "Todays income and wealth dispar-ity is not good for our country and is patentlyunfair. And Fairness in the distribution ofwealth and income is all that the vast majori-ty of Americans want. Not war. Peace."Harlin's definition of peace comes right out ofKarl Marx's manifesto. Quote Karl Marx;"The meaning of "peace" is the absence of

    opposition to socialism." Agree? Disagree?You can reach me at [email protected] * bourgeois (boor-zhwah),definition: a person whose political, econom-ic, and social opinions are believed to bedetermined mainly by concern for propertyvalues and conventional respectability, themiddle class.

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