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The Realities of Texting and Driving

The Realities of Texting and Driving When someone gets behind the wheel, his or her focus should be on the road, pedestrians, and other drivers, right? Of course, but that doesn’t stop so many of us from becoming distracted by a number of things including food, a passenger, a beverage, the radio, etc. While some distractions are unavoidable, like a nagging backseat driver, there are actions that can be taken to ensure that a driver remains focus. And the first (and perhaps easiest) step is making sure all smart devices, namely cellphones, are left alone (unless it’s an emergency). If
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Flanders Teen Videos Historic Sites For Preservation

#1  with cannon at Fort Nonsense in Morristown   Nicholas Mathus of Flanders has found his niche, and how ironic that his passion for history stems from his very own past.   Determined to share history with others and preserve our nation’s past, Nick follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather (also named Nick) whose love for history is much the same. Since he was three years old, Nick has visited more than 80 historic sites and videotaped their significance, all with the help from his father Glenn Mathus.   The fourteen year old is known as “Nick
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CMS Fundraiser A Slam Dunk In School History

Dancing and taking selfies complemented the basketball experience at Mt. Olive High School on March 12, where the School Community Association (SCA) of Chester M. Stephens Elementary School in Budd Lake, hosted the Harlem Wizards in the largest fundraiser in school history, where close to 1,500 people attended and $13,400 was raised.   The Moore’s Mirauders, consisting of CMS Principal Kevin Moore, teachers, Mt. Olive Twp. Mayor Rob Greenbaum and fifth grade students Robert Hermann and Alexa Mangone, competed against the Wizards. The Wizards won 73-69.   SCA President Jackie Richardson and fifth grade special education teacher Dani Marangon spearheaded
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CMS Fundraiser A Slam Dunk In School History

  Dancing and taking selfies complemented the basketball experience at Mt. Olive High School on March 12, where the School Community Association (SCA) of Chester M. Stephens Elementary School in Budd Lake, hosted the Harlem Wizards in the largest fundraiser in school history, where close to 1,500 people attended and $13,400 was raised.   The Moore’s Mirauders, consisting of CMS Principal Kevin Moore, teachers, Mt. Olive Twp. Mayor Rob Greenbaum and fifth grade students Robert Hermann and Alexa Mangone, competed against the Wizards. The Wizards won 73-69.   SCA President Jackie Richardson and fifth grade special education teacher Dani Marangon
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Experiments Galore at Science Fair

On Sat., March 14, students of Sandshore School in Budd Lake participated in the Fifth Annual Science Fair. This year’s fair had a whopping 58 participants from grades K-5. The experiments ranged from plant growing in a jar and solar ovens to removing Sharpie Markers and Elephant Toothpaste! Many outside corporations came to help support the fair while providing free demos for the participants and spectators to enjoy.   BASF brought a candy chemistry lab and Siemens demonstrated the Law of Reflection. The students also enjoyed educational materials from the dietitian at Shoprite of Flanders, Donaldson Farms and Highview Farms. Highview
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MO Junior Wrestlers Finish On Top, Qualify For States

  The Mt. Olive Junior Wrestling Association had an epic season this year with 13 players qualifying for states and several competing in the finals.   With 100 members strong ages five (kindergarten) to 14 (eighth grade), Mo Junior Wrestling Association competed from Nov. 10 until states, which was held March 14 and 15 at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton.   “The Mt. Olive Junior Wrestling Association had a fantastic year,” says John Bienus, club president and head coach.  “After struggling through several years with very few varsity team wins, the team finished 12-2 in our K-8 league and
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Vendors Sought To Celebrate Fallen Heroes At Patriots In The Park Exhibit

Plans for Memorial Day in Mt. Olive are underway for Mon., May 25, at Turkey Brook Park in Budd Lake.   Instead of a Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance Ceremony- the path taken for the past 30 years in town- organizers have planned a Memorial Day Ceremony and Patriots in the Park Exhibition, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Vendors are being sought to run educational booths, as well as performers to entertain.   “Though the parade will no longer be a part of Mt. Olive’s Memorial Day Events, we have embraced the change as an opportunity to expand on the
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Long-time MO Health Board Officer To Retire

After 18 years as the Health Officer Director of Mt. Olive Twp., Frank Wilpert Snr. of Jefferson plans to retire July 1. Whether he is issuing a dog license, marriage, birth or death certificates, or dealing with animal control or sanitary issues, Wilpert is always busy and has been an impactful resource for the township. But after 42 years in this profession Wilpert is ready to step down and enjoy his grandchildren. “I’m getting old,” says the 63-year old grandfather of five. “It’s time for me to make a change and move on.” Wilpert started in his position as the
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Kindness Ripples Into World With CMS Google Hangout

  Mt. Olive juniors have gone ‘full rainbow’ and are returning to Chester M. Stephens in Budd Lake this month to participate in the 2015 Kindness Tour.   It was eight years ago, when these high school students helped originate the concept of the “Rainbow Connection” at CMS, and as they get ready for their last year in the district they will return on Fri., April 24, to meet with second grade students to spread some tips on kindness and wisdom they have gained through their education experience in Mt. Olive.   A Google Hangout via the internet has also
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In Final Stretch, Challenger Takes Lead Early In MO Big Loser Contest

Just one week until the Mt. Olive Exercise Biggest Losers Contest ends, but there is one contestant so far ahead of the game she is breaking all records in contest history.   Maria Donovan, 41, of Flanders has lost 36 pounds as of press time since the sixth annual big loser contest began on Jan. 3. The 16 week competition ends April 25 as the eight contestants are still going strong with exercise and healthier eating through the Mt. Olive Recreation program.   Donovan’s energy, commitment to the program and results from just six weeks has been quite inspirational.  
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