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Food Trucks & Fireworks Festival In Budd Lake

  On Sat., Aug. 29, satisfy that craving for delicious food straight-from-the truck, ice cold beers, live music and a spectacular fireworks display at Turkey Brook Park in Budd Lake. Eighteen food trucks, multiple vendors, bounce houses, a beer garden and more are confirmed for the Food Trucks and Fireworks Festival in Mt. Olive,  from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Empanada Guy, Original Soupman, House of Cupcakes, Taxi Cab Burger, Coney Island Pizza and Maddalena’s Cheesecake are just a handful of the participating food trucks, offering everything from lobster bisque to mac n’ cheese. Graffiti Cannon will perform from the band stage and
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STEM Camp Returns To MO For Scientific Discovery

STEM Camp Returns To MO For Scientific Discovery   By Chelsea Opong-Wadeer   In its second year, kids throughout the township took an adventure this summer but didn’t have to travel too far to launch a rocket, design a robot and even build an engine.   The STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Camp was held at the Mt. Olive Middle School during the weeks of July 27-July 31, and Aug. 3-Aug. 7. Participants were in grades first through eight.   The STEM Camp is a nationally regarded movement working to fill young minds with new ideas of how cool
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Fundraising Food Drive Restocks Shelves At Local Pantry

Fundraising Food Drive Restocks Shelves At Local Pantry   By Cheryl Conway   In a recent joint effort between the Mt. Olive Food Pantry and the Romano’s Macaroni Grill in Budd Lake, more than $600 was raised and plenty of food donations.   The Fundraiser Night Benefiting Partners In Compassion was held during the week of July 12 through July 17. Customers, who brought in a canned food item and code from the flyer to participate, were eligible to have a percentage of their check allocated to the local food pantry.   Sue Morse of Hackettstown, volunteer administrator for the
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Mt. Olive Teen Competes For U.S. Baseball Team

Mt. Olive Teen Competes For U.S. Baseball Team   By Jason Cohen   Mt. Olive resident Willie Schwarick is competing for the final cut for the 13 and under U.S. Baseball team in Cary, N.C., from Aug.11-Aug. 17. He will be representing the United States in the World Competition North East Region and the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series. “I’m going to go down and play to my full potential and hope for my best,” said Schwarick, 13, who tried out for the team last year, but did not make it past the second round. “That made me want
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Pick Annual Apple Festival For Great Family Fun

Pick Annual Apple Festival For Great Family Fun   By Elsie Walker   Everything will be coming up apples on Sat., Sept. 19.   That’s the day of the annual Apple Festival at the United Presbyterian Church in Flanders.   In addition to a variety of tasty apple items, the day will include auctions, a two buck table, music, a farmer’s market, fun for the kids, vendors and more. The festival will be held from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; the rain date is Sept. 26. Vendor spaces are still available. For information call 973-584-8195.   “When the festival began more
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MOHS To Offer New Diplomas To Recognize Hard Work

MOHS To Offer New Diplomas To Recognize Hard Work   By Chelsea Opong-Wadeer High school is the gateway to discovering who and what a student wants to be when they grow up. It is the stepping-stone to figuring out what career path they will select when they apply to college.   Mt. Olive High School (MOHS) plans to recognize these students and their hard work towards the career path of their choice by offering a new diploma program.   Starting in Sept., MOHS will start offering four different types of diplomas known as the Distinguished Pathway Diploma Program. These will
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Local Teen Helps Kids Join Sports Teams, Asks Businesses To Contribute

Local Teen Helps Kids Join Sports Teams, Asks Businesses To Contribute   By Chelsea Cattano   Teams For Kids Foundation is a nonprofit organization that enables children from homeless and low income families within New Jersey to participate in recreational sports programs.   The foundation is the brain child of Abby Bauer, a senior at The Pingry School in Basking Ridge and a resident of Long Valley.   “I started the organization last summer, which is when we received our 501 (c)(3) nonprofit status,” Bauer said.   The foundation is still growing and molding to the needs of the children
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New Reserve Preserves Characteristics Of Town

New Reserve Preserves Characteristics Of Town By Kerry Breen Since its ribbon cutting, Giralda Farms Reserve at Loantaka Brook Reservation has been a popular place and more additions will be underway. More than 200 people, including four freeholders and a state congressman, attended the June 6 ribbon cutting for the opening of the Giralda Farms Reserve. After the event, hundreds of cyclists rode their bikes through the newly-opened trails. The land, once a part of the historic Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge Estate, expanded the Loantaka Brook reservation from 744 acres to 880. The land consist of footpaths that meander through maintained
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Chatham Ranked Number Three As Best Town

Chatham Ranked Number Three As Best Town By Kerry Breen This year, Niche.com, a website that focuses on providing rankings and statistics for towns and cities in New Jersey, made a list of ‘the best suburbs in which to raise a family’. Chatham ranked third overall on its list, and 35 other Morris County municipalities were listed as well. Niche keeps their full methodology printed on its website. The categories are all weighted individually, which helps make up the score for each town. At the time of analysis and ranking, the Niche databases contained records for 11,372 suburbs. Of the
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Colony Pool Makes Big Splash This Summer

Colony Pool Makes Big Splash This Summer By Kerry Breen The Colony Pool Club (CPC) in Chatham, formerly the Colony Pool and Recreation Center, was renovated and rebranded this summer, marking the first major renovations for the pool in nearly a decade. The CPC has previously been known as the Colony Pool Recreation Center. It encompassed tennis courts, as well as paddle tennis courts, according to Chatham Mayor Kevin Sullivan. This year, the tennis courts, and the lessons and clinics that went along with them, were made separate from the pool membership, making the pool a ‘stand-alone entity’, according to
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