The Hackettstown News – My Paper Online Online Local Community News for New Jersey Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Adaptive Sports Demonstration Will Celebrate Para Athletics Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:19:02 +0000 Picatinny Arsenal will host an adaptive sports celebration with demonstrations by para athletes including Veterans and First Responders at County College of Morris Health and Physical Education building on Saturday, April 14 from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Open to the public, The DoD Warrior Game Celebration will showcase wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, racing wheelchairs and archery. The public will have an opportunity to try the para athletic equipment and participate in game demonstrations at the Randolph school.

The purpose of Saturday’s event is to increase awareness and to experience the excitement of adaptive sports and to promote the 2018 DoD Warrior Games that will be held at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs on June 2 to 9. Adaptive sports are played by people with disabilities who use modified equipment to meet their needs. Adaptive sports enable veterans and civilians to recover physically and emotionally from debilitating injuries.

Speaking at the celebration will be Brandon Holiday, a seven time Team USA member and seven time National paracanoe kayak sprint champion who will talk about the importance of using sports as a catalyst to heal. Holiday, a decorated police officer who was born in Livingston and now resides in Philadephia, lost his left leg below the knee in 2006 from a blood-clotting condition called antiphospholipid syndrome.

“We want to allow the public the opportunity to meet these incredible athletes, learn about career choices such as engineering, physical therapy and occupational therapy, and see the equipment used in the sports,” said Richard W. Eastman, Jr., civilian aide to the secretary of the Army NJ, and Morris County Chamber of Commerce’s military liaison, who is the organizer of the event. “Not all the athletes are veterans. Some of the para athletes are first responders and non-military, and we want to put a focus on adaptive sports with an educational emphasis.”

One aspect of the celebratory day is to encourage students to find careers that assist the para community. The CCM Engineering department recently announced that it is 50 percent complete in building its first prosthetic leg for donation. The department plans on building these prosthetics for children. CCM School of Health Professionals and Natural Sciences also will have information on specific associate degrees that align with the event’s mission. In addition, CCM has a Veteran Services and encourages those who served and eligible dependents to make full use of their V.A. educational benefits.

Parking for DoD Warrior Games Celebration will be in lot 7 and 8.

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Warren County Community Singers To Celebrate ‘Springfest’ In Song Wed, 11 Apr 2018 19:52:31 +0000 Warren County Community Singers will celebrate 25 years of performances with its “2018 Springfest of Song,” on Saturday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Grace Lutheran Church, Phillipsburg, and Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. at the Washington Presbyterian Church.

Two of the Singers’ former music directors will serve as guest conductors at both concerts. Karla Lake, the original conductor, and Bob Riday, will each conduct a song from concerts during their tenure.

A reception will follow the Sunday concert in the church’s fellowship hall.

The singers are a non-audition group of adults, high school age and above, from all around the county and its environs, directed by Hunter Chadeayne.

The associate director/accompanist is Ann Hoyt. The concert also features the Children’s Chorus of Warren County under the direction of Mariah Adams. Laura Rader is accompanist for the Children’s Chorus. The children are age 7 through middle school age with unchanged voices.

Some of the selections chosen for this Springfest include “Jenny Rebecca,” first done by the singers years ago; “Make Them Hear You,” from the musical Ragtime; and the old standard,”Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.”

Also featured at Springfest will be a performance by a winner of the Warren County music scholarship. The Singers offer scholarships each year as part of their community outreach.

Community Singers perform two primary concerts a year, in the spring and the first weekend in December, and also perform at other venues throughout the year, notably at Belvidere’s Victorian Days in September. New members will be accepted for the fall semester in early September.

The concerts are free and a good will offering is collected.The Children’s Chorus is sponsored by the Singers. Funding comes, in part, from the Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

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Nativity Program Raises Money For Those in Need Thu, 21 Dec 2017 02:58:14 +0000 The innkeeper lamented that he had no room for an expectant mother and her soon-to-be-born baby, but could only offer the stable as a place to rest. Angels danced with joy announcing the birth of the baby and a wise man complained about his feet hurting as he made the long trek to see the child.

Those were some of the scenes at the 15th annual Christmas story told through the arts held at the Port Morris United Methodist Church in Roxbury earlier this month.  In addition to telling the story, the night was also about giving, as an offering was taken for the Lake Hopatcong Association of Churches’ work in helping area families in need.

“The ‘arts’ part of the title refers to how we tell the story,” said Landing resident Elsie Walker who was coordinator and narrator during the event. “Every year churches of different denominations join us in presenting the scenes of the nativity story through some special talent, in a special way.  That includes including a laugh now and then, such a southern belle camel puppet who wants the spotlight and shepherds arguing over their choice of a career,” she said.

This year, the participating churches were Abiding Peace Lutheran Church, Budd Lake; Valley View Chapel, Long Valley; St. Margaret’s of Scotland Roman Catholic Church, Morristown; St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Netcong; St. James Episcopal Church, Hackettstown, and the host church.

“Every year, we look for a new focus for the story, a different perspective from which to tell it.  Also, we like to add different arts.  This year, The Messengers Dance Ministry, a liturgical dance group from Abiding Peace danced to ‘Angels We Have Heard on High.’  It was something we haven’t had in years and moved many people.”    Walker shared that liturgical dance is like ballet, poetic in expression.

The evening was also about giving.  The program raised more than $400 for the non-profit Lake Hopatcong Association of Churches which helps local families in need.   Father Chris Muldoon of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, in Lake Hopatcong, is the treasurer of the organization.  He explained his role, what the association does to help others, and how people can donate to it.

“As treasurer, I meet with people in need and help them on a one time basis, mostly, with emergency assistance with JCP&L bills, rental help, also payment for medication on occasion, perhaps car insurance and money for gasoline for travel,” Muldoon said. “We also give Shop Rite cards to help purchase food. Once or twice I have helped with car repair and twice I even helped people purchase a used car.”

Muldoon shared that if people would like to make a donation to the association, they can mail a check to: Fr. Chris Muldoon, treasurer, Lake Hopatcong Assoc. of Churches; P.O. Box 337,  Lake Hopatcong, N.J. 07849.

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Thomas Edison’s West Orange Home Open For Holiday Tours Thu, 21 Dec 2017 02:55:01 +0000 By Anya Bochman

The Glenmont Estate in West Orange, built in 1880, had a less than illustrious start when its original owner, Henry Pedder, was jailed for embezzlement. According to Karen Sloat-Olsen, chief of Interpretation and Education at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, the house was subsequently put on the market. Thomas Edison, newly engaged to his second wife Mina Miller in 1886, saw the grand house for sale and bought it for his bride as a wedding present.

The 29-room mansion sits amid rolling lawns and includes a barn and carriage house on the property. Miller Edison, as well as the Edison children, made renovations and additions to the estate over time; new greenhouses were erected on the grounds, and a garage – to accommodate Edison’s interest in cars – was added to the house.

Today, these sights are available to curious visitors; the greenhouses are functional and managed by volunteers, and the garage includes an original charging panel and gas pump for cars of the era – as well as automobiles owned by Edison. The first and second floors of Glenmont Estate, which include original furnishings, are available for viewing.

The estate is part of the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in Llewellyn Park in West Orange, a site “dedicated to promoting an international understanding and appreciation of the life and extraordinary achievements of Thomas Alva Edison by preserving, protecting and interpreting the Park’s extensive historic artifact and archive collections.”

The property has been open for tours since October; starting on Nov. 24 through Jan. 7, the inventor’s home will undergo a special program called “Holidays at Glenmont.”

During this period, Glenmont Estate will be decorated in the style it saw when inhabited by the Edison family. Selected musical pieces will accompany tours, with greenery and red poinsettias decking the mantles above the fireplaces. Staircases will be ringed with boughs and red ribbons, with wreaths decorating every window.

According to a press release by the park, “in the den, the majestic 10-foot tree will be lit and the presents underneath will be waiting as if the Edison children Madeleine, Theodore and Charles will soon come running down the stairs from their rooms.”

The holiday tours will be offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.; the site will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 24. Spring tours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays will begin again on Friday, March 30, 2018.

Visitors to the estate must purchase car passes and tour tickets at the Laboratory Complex Visitor Center. Admission is $10, and includes the Glenmont Estate and the Laboratory Complex, as well as the surrounding estate grounds. Children under age 16 are free, as are seniors with valid senior passes.

Sloat-Olsen points out that Llewellyn Park is a private residential community – necessitating the car passes in order to get to the Edison residence.

“The tickets sell out quickly due to limited space, so it’s advisable for visitors to come fairly early,” Sloat-Olsen says.

The Visitor Center of the Park is located at 211 Main Street in West Orange. For more information or directions, call 973-736-0550, ext. 11 or visit

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Local Podiatrist Treks To New Location With More Walk-In Hours Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:18:57 +0000 By Cheryl Conway

Close to having a 10 year footing in Hackettstown, a local podiatrist office offers more hours to patients after stepping into a larger space a few months ago.

Feet N’ Beyond of New Jersey relocated to 188 Mountain Ave. in Hackettstown on Sept. 1, after being located across from Target for almost a decade. In October, a ribbon cutting was held to mark its opening.

In April 2018, the podiatrist practice specializing in foot and ankle surgery will ring in 10 years. Dr. Helene Nguyen owns the practice, and works alongside her husband Dr. Zhu Yong, who joined the practice in 2008. Having to share space with other specialists at their previous location, the pair decided to move its office.

As residents of Hackettstown, staying in town was most convenient.

“We moved because we are expanding to more hours,” says Nguyen. By operating 100 percent of the office space, they “can provide more service.”

They went from part-time, with office hours two days a week, to full time, six days a week.

Nguyen and Zhu specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of foot and ankle problems with medical and surgical approaches. Some conditions include bunions, hammer toes, heel pain, soft tissue removal and reconstruction of front foot and toes.

“All problems from foot to knee,” says Nguyen, including skin, bone, the way one walks.

Patient care includes the pediatric population as well, from three months through teenage years.

At Feet N’ Beyond of New Jersey, patients can receive various services using different technologies. Some of these include in-office testing for circulation and nerves; custom 3-D scanning machine to get accurate impression of feet; Keryflex treatment to restore chronic nail damage; laser technology to clear toenail fungus, warts and pain management; custom-made orthotics or medical shoe inserts; and therapeutic shoes and braces.

No matter the service, patients can count on personalized service at Feet N’ Beyond.

“We do listen to our patients,” says Nguyen. “We discuss different options to them to get them on board. We work as a team with the patients. We listen to their concerns and problems and begin to work with them.”

While there are other podiatrists in the vicinity, Nguyen is proud to admit “I’m the only female podiatrist in this area. I do see a lot of female patients who live or work here. I’m one of the only podiatrists that wears high heels,” she laughs. “I wear heels; some patients can relate to me.

“My motto with shoe wear is everything with moderation,” she says. “Don’t go shopping with high heels. We make a thousand of steps every day; that’s when problems happen.”

Raised in Chicago, Nguyen graduated in 2003 from Benedictine University, Ill. After coming to New York for medical training, she completed her podiatric medical studies along with surgical training in N.Y.C., Queens and Brooklyn metropolitan area.

Her specialties include: Cosmetic Foot Surgery, Pediatric Foot Deformity, Hyperbaric Medicine certified, Limb Salvage reconstruction, Wound Care and laser treatment.

Her career path led her to podiatry after witnessing her father’s complications with diabetes.

“I stumbled into podiatry,” she says, after her dad got diagnosed with diabetes. Her curiosity peeked. “The more I read about it and looked into it, the more I got motivated.”

Before opening her own practice, Nguyen was managing the wound center at St. Claire’s in Denville, where she still works part-time.

Of her experiences, Nguyen says most rewarding has been “when patients can resume back to normal activity.”  She describes the time she helped one of her patients walk pain-free after not being able to walk, find shoes nor take a step without pain.

Nguyen’s husband and partner, Zhu, graduated from Rutgers University and New York College of Podiatric Medicine in NYC.  He completed his surgical training at Staten Island University Hospital, NY, and specializes in all dermatological disease in the lower extremity and foot and ankle surgery and wound care.

While they have no plans yet to ring in their 10 years, they do offer some specials.

Ongoing free foot exams are being offered inviting patients to sit down for 15 minutes to discuss any foot concerns. The offer began in November and is being extended through December.

They are also offering free foot exams to all pediatric patients up to six years old. An ongoing special, parents are invited to raise concerns about their children regarding any issues from growth and development.

“If they notice any concerns, to make sure it’s nothing,” says Nguyen.

Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday open until 6 p.m. Walk-ins accepted weekdays; appointments required on Saturday.

For more information or to make an appointment, call  908-576-0880; visit

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Scouts, Seniors, Smiles And Santa Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:18:05 +0000 Girl Scouts from Troop 97170, based in the Independence/Great Meadows area, not only entertained residents at the House of the Good Shepherd Retirement Community in Hackettstown with holiday songs on Saturday Dec. 3, but also got to spend some time with Santa Claus afterwards. The Girl Scouts who participated in the function were, from left,  Emma Demarco, Savana Lavar, Riley Edwards, Kasey Savage, Lauren Mayo, Gabriella Loiacano, Olivia Endrizzi, and Gianna Falivene. Also in this photo were Girl Scout siblings, from left, Jocelyn Demarco on Santa’s lap, Christian Laver in front, and Madalynn Laver to the far right.

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Aging Gracefully Retreat Planned At Rutherfurd Hall Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:17:29 +0000 Rutherfurd Hall in Allamuchy plans to host its second annual Aging Gracefully/Self Care Retreat on Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Healing, mind clearing and movement for the body will be the day’s goals. The cost is $89, which includes the program and lunch.

To register for the event, go to or call 980-852-1894, ext. 338.

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Entry Buttons On Sale Now For First Night Warren Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:17:01 +0000 Buttons are now on sale for admission to First Night Warren, an exciting evening of events and performances held on Dec. 31 to welcome the New Year.

Buttons are $10 each and may be purchased at Rutherfurd Hall on Mondays from 4 p.m. to 6:30 pm, on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment, by calling 908-852-1894, ext. 338.

Free shuttle buses will start at 3:30 p.m. from Allamuchy Township School on Johnsonburg Road and Panther Valley Ecumenical Church, Allamuchy.

A limited number of premium on-site parking passes are also available for $25 per car.

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Trinity Church Offers Christmas Eve Services Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:16:37 +0000 Trinity Church in Hackettstown will offer a special Christmas worship service on Dec. 23 for those who will be traveling on Christmas Eve.

The service will be held in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m.

Additional Christmas Eve worship services will be held on Dec. 24 at 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

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Hackettstown Students Display Watercolor Works Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:16:09 +0000 Students from Hackettstown High School and art teacher Julie Wane are the featured artists at this month’s exhibit, “Working with Marker and Watercolor,’’ at Warren County Community College.

The exhibit runs through the end of December and can be seen during regular college hours. It is free and open to the public. WCCC is located on Route 57 West in Washington Township.

Hackettstown High School students in drawing and painting classes work with watercolor and marker. The show included animal silhouettes created by the students in the style of Sue Coccia, a commercial stamp artist who draws on indigenous cultural patterns and natural habitats when creating her work. Students experimented with watercolor techniques in the background of their silhouettes.

Also included in the show are student blind contour marker drawings enhanced with watercolor and selected works by Wane, including prints of pieces (originals still on loan) designed for the N.J. D.E.A.’s Heroin Art Exhibit, held in the Gateway Gallery in Newark.

For more information about WCCC and its Art Program, visit

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