Black River Life May 24

Germania Park of NJ, Inc.: Sharing German Culture
by Elsie Walker
Germania Park of New Jersey, Inc. has been sharing German traditions and culture for almost 130 years.  A social club located at 56 Conger Street in Rockaway Township, its origins date back to the late 1800s when a large number of Germans immigrated here, and their skills were needed in the knitting mills of Dover.  “Of course, their skills provided them with earning power and helped the economy tremendously in the Dover area,” shared Susan Herleth of Allamuchy, Germania Park’s entertainment chairperson.   Those Germans created a place where they could enjoy comradery, their music, and at the same time provide for the educational and recreational needs of their children.  Things have changed over the years, but Germania Park still celebrates the German culture in a variety of ways.  A person doesn’t have to be German to join.   Dues are $60 a year.  Recently, Herleth talked about the club and what it does.
The club has a GesangVerein (mixed chorus) which rehearses every week.  The chorus has about 24 singers and performs some songs in English and some in German.  As to what they perform, Herleth shared that “a section of it is
German-based music but they also do contemporary songs.  They do show songs from some of the existing Broadway shows; they do a variety of music.”  The choir performs at a November Liederabend (evening of song) and at the club’s Christmas party.  It also has a May concert which coincides with the club’s presentation of scholarships to area students.
Each year, the club awards five scholarships, one to a student from each of the following high schools:  Dover, Morris Hills, Morris Knolls, Lenape Valley, and Sparta.  The scholarships go to students who study the German language and have been nominated by their teachers.   The students don’t have to be pursuing degrees in German, just be involved in German language studies at the time to qualify.
Germania Park holds many events, indoors and outdoors, with live music.  There are events open to the public, though some require reservations. Among the events are traditional German ones like the “killing of the pig” with food such as pork and pig’s knuckles and Octoberfest, but there are others that are not traditionally German.  For example, there’s a Hawaiian Night and a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.  “We celebrate anything possible,“ quipped Herleth.  Members volunteer in various ways to make the events possible.
When asked why she thinks having an organization like Germania is important, Herleth shared that they’re continuing the German traditions while also giving those who aren’t of German descent a taste of it.    As to what being a member means to her, she noted that it’s a connection to ancestors.  She added, “It’s a social club.  It’s the comradery; that’s the important part.”
For more information on Germania Park, readers can visit its website at   or its Facebook page:

West Morris Central Graduate and Singer
Releases His First Single

By Steve Sears
In the video of Jarrett Smith singing his first ever released single, “Learning How,” in the background is the Delaware River, the Ben Franklin Bridge, and a part of New Jersey’s Camden County.
As he sings at Penn Treaty Park, his arms are often widespread, seemingly gathering the “City of Brotherly Love” into his arms.
“Many, many months in the making,” Smith says of “Learning How.” “I typically do a lot of my writing after 11:00 p.m. doodling around on the piano and decided to just hit ‘RECORD” on my computer. I got most of the ending section – a rough sketch of the ‘I’m learning how’ lines – from there. It was a few weeks later that I got time to really sit down and think through the song. But the ending section
kind of inspired the rest of the song. That was immediate, like the words just flowed right out.”
Released on March 21 via You Tube, “Learning How” can be heard on all streaming platforms such as Apple, Amazon, and Spotify, and is available for purchase on Bandcamp.
Smith, who studied vocal performance at Penn State University, credits Andy Schmid for helping bring the “Learning How” video to life.
Smith said, “Andy is someone I have known since my college years. My best friend growing up, who was in many bands with me, is his college roommate. They both majored in communications with a specialization in videography and television work. I had reached out to him because I know that he does videography for commercials and things like that, and asked him, ‘Would you make a music video?’ This was
actually the first music video he ever made – and what an incredible job he did!”
Smith, 33, who says his parents,
Edwin and Laureen, are his biggest advocates, and his sister, Ashley, also provides great support, originally hails from Long Valley, and he is a West Morris Central High School graduate who learned under the tutelage of the beloved Dr. Vincent Rufino.
Smith said, “He (Rufino) was an incredible choral teacher. One of his strengths is not only creating an incredible choral experience in the classroom, but he really encouraged us to go on and achieve to the best of our ability. He encouraged us not only to take advantage of opportunities, but also to just perform at such a high level.”
Smith, who made an unsuccessful run for political office in 2023, called the experience a blessing in disguise. He said, “It really gave me a chance to I think, and much like the song says, learn how to reaffirm my love for music. I have been able to really pour myself out creatively over the past seven months, and once the stream started, it turned into a river.”
Smith, who also this past Christmas season “presented a gift” to listeners on You Tube with his beautiful holiday song, “I’ll Be There,” has other songs he is working on, and he hopes to do live performances this spring. For more information, visit or

Mark Your Calendar for Springfest, June 5th
What is Springfest, you ask?

If you are a foodie looking for amazing tastes from the surrounding area, we’ve got you covered.
We did the research, personally handpicked the culinary options and restaurants, and narrowed it down to give you the best of the best.
Needless to say, we are getting very excited to bring this event to you.
Historic Rutherfurd Hall will be the picturesque backdrop to showcase
these favorite hidden gems.  Explore all the delectable culinary options in this most elegant atmosphere, the heart of Warren County.  All this while listening to live music, sipping wine or sampling local beers & ales on June 5, 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
This evening has been created for you with the generous donations of many local individuals, restaurateurs, and local businesses. 

This exclusive event is limited to 100 tickets which are on sale now.  Please join us
100% of the proceeds will go to support the F&N programs which include scholarships and financial support for various community and veteran’s organizations.
Restaurants participating so far…
The Black Forest Inn, Taste of Italy Ristorante, The Circle Restaurant, Arbor Bakery, Grand Avenue Tavern, Sweet Bites & Delights, Mama’s Cafe Baci, Fromage, Mattar’s Bistro, Starbucks, Pandan Room, Czig Meister Brewing Company, El Tucan, HarBee Beekeeping and Grape Expectations.
Tickets are $70 per person. Contact 973-222-8290.

Continuing Education in Her Field is Important for Former My Life Publications Editor
By Steve Sears
For former My Life Publications editor, Megan Roche, there have been many stories she has both edited and written, and a love for writing which is irreplaceable.
But then there is the additional thirst for knowledge and improvement, for her and for others.
Roche is now enrolled in the rigorous Modern Journalism program at New York University. The course, which Roche will take virtually, is comprised of six modules: Acts of Journalism Today; Journalistic Inquiry: Basic Investigating and Reporting; Storytelling the Truth: Longform and Feature Writing; Multimedia Storytelling; The Journalist and Social Media; and The Journalism Business and the Working Journalist. She started the course in March and hopes to complete it in August.
Roche said, “It is online, 100% virtual, and you do it as you have the time. I am excited to go back to the classroom and learn what has changed in journalism over the last 10 plus years that I have not been in a classroom.”
Since March of last year, Roche – who now lives in Virginia and is a DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Williamsburg Chapter “Outstanding Media and PR Professional of the Year” award recipient, has been a full-time writer for Williamsburg Yorktown (WY) Daily, a daily online publication which covers Virginia’s Historic Triangle area of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown, communities located between the James and York rivers on the state’s southeastern coast.
“We cover all facets of the community,” Roche said of WYDaily. “I think the thing that is really important is – and it shows in my career – I am really steeped in community journalism.”
Roche, who is a graduate of West Morris Central High School in Long Valley, started her writing career in Denville, and eventually served as editor o
f My Life Publications from December 2018 until March 2023. While with My Life Publications, she developed popular, monthly feature articles like “NJ Starz” and “Glory Days” while overseeing a staff of 10 writers.
One of WYDaily’s goals this year is to get more involved in educating students in what Roche and her colleagues do and how, and that is
along the lines of the education she values.
Roche explained. “
I think that is important. I always try to ask during my own interviews of people that I talk to for a piece of advice or some idea for the younger generation and the up-and-coming journalists. The biggest thing is do not be fooled thinking that this is all glamour all the time. It is not. It is work and hard work at that. You need to have a strong backbone in this career, and you need to know that not everybody is going to agree with you. You have to be okay with that and you have to let that roll off your shoulders.”
In her heart, writing has always been
the real deal, and Roche cannot see herself doing anything else.
Roche said, “The love for writing specifically has never gone away. I think when you are a journalis
t, you have to be innately curious about so many different things. And one of the things that I have learned more than anything is sometimes if you need an idea for a story, you just jump in your car and you drive around you say, ‘What is that?’ ‘What is going on?’ Or ‘What is this event?’ and you find things. I think the other thing that has not changed is my desire to go after things that may necessarily be bigger than whatever publication I was working for at the time.”

The Origin of Mother’s Day               
By Henry M. Holden
Mother’s Day, a holiday honoring motherhood was created by an American, Anna Jarvis, of West Virginia in 1908. It became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. While it is observed in different forms and different times throughout the world, Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s over-the-top commercialization and spent a large part of her adult life trying to remove it from the calendar.
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, But the strongest modern example for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”
A major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, this celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church”—the main church in the vicinity of their home—for a special blessing or visiting the church in which one was baptized.
Mother’s Day in the United States dates to the 19th century. In the years before the Civil War, Jarvis helped start “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach
local women how to properly care for their children. These clubs later became a unifying force in a region of the country still divided over the Civil War. In 1868 Jarvis organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” at which mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation.
One mother who has been praised and admonished is also another precursor to Mother’s Day. Her roots, came from the abolitionist and suffragette movement Julia Ward Howe. In 1870 Howe wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” asking mothers to unite in promoting world peace. In 1873 Howe campaigned for a “Mother’s Peace Day” celebration every June 2.
While versions of Mother’s Day are celebrated worldwide, traditions vary depending on the country. In Thailand, for example, Mother’s Day is always celebrated in August on the birthday of the current queen mother, Sirikit.
Another alternate observance of Mother’s Day can be found in Ethiopia, where families gather each fall to sing songs and eat a large feast as part of Antrosht, a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood.
In the United States, Mother’s Day continues to be celebrated by presenting mothers and other women with gifts and flowers, and it has become one of the biggest holidays for consumer spending. Families also celebrate by “giving” mothers a day off from activities like cooking or other household chores.
At times, Mother’s Day has also been a date for launching political or feminist causes. In 1968 Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., used Mother’s Day to host a march in support of underprivileged women and children.
In the 1970s women’s groups also used the holiday as a time to highlight the need for equal rights and access to childcare.
Mary Ball Washington was neither a villain nor a saint—but rather an exceptionally strong and resilient woman, a single mother who raised five children and instilled in them qualities of fortitude and purpose. She was independent in ways few other women were at the time, choosing not to remarry after her husband Augustine’s death and refusing to give up her property to a male relative as had been the custom.
By many accounts Mary Ball Washington, mother of George, our first president was a tough mother. A
fter she was widowed, she didn’t have the money
to send George or her other children to school in England, as was common for well-to-do Virginia families at the time. Instead, she enlisted George and his siblings to help run the farm. She emphasized obedience in her children. “She treated George seriously as a man and seriously as a religious being,” according to her biographer Martha Saxton (The Life of Mary Washington)
Prior historians once interpreted this as poor mothering, which contributed to Mary’s adverse standing in history. In fact, it was common of mothers at the time to be stern, even remote. “The fond mother, the mother who is psychologically and emotionally utterly available and has nothing but unconditional love for her children came about in the late 19th century,” Saxton says. “That’s not the kind of mother Mary was.”
Other early Mother’s Day pioneers include Juliet Calhoun Blakely, a temperance activist who inspired a local Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the 1870s. The duo of Mary Towles Sasseen and Frank Hering, meanwhile, both worked to organize a Mothers’ Day in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some even called Hering “the father of Mothers’ Day.”
Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, and children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation. This custom eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s.
While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day traditionally involves Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family or individual, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on different days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the month of May presenting moms with flowers, cards and other gifts.   ‘
In the United States, Mother’s Day 2024 falls on Sunday, May 12.

Bone Grafting for Dental Implants
Many people are aware that in order to receive a dental implant, they must have enough bone.  Without a proper amount of bone, a dental implant will be at risk of infection or failure.
So what do you do if you don’t have enough bone?  Bone grafts are usually the answer.  However, there are many different kinds of bone grafts.
When a tooth is removed, the remaining hole is called a “socket.”  This socket will fill in naturally with bone. However, if an implant is being considered a bone graft oftentimes is needed.  Variables include the size, shape, and location of the remaining socket.
Besides socket grafting, there are other types of grafts.  “Sinus grafting” is when you need implants in the upper back jaw, but the sinuses are too large.  “Block grafting” and “ridge splitting” are necessary when your own bone are too thin to accept implants.
Be aware that most of the time bone grafts need to heal before implants can be placed.  Healing is usually required between 2 and 6 months.
Bone grafting material can be sourced from various locations, and will therefore have different names: an “autograft” comes from yourself.  The bone is harvested from a different location within your mouth.  An “allograft” comes from a human cadaver.  A “xenograft” comes from a different animal, such as cow (bovine).  An “alloplast” is synthetic, meaning it is man-made.
One issue that is often overlooked is the condition of the gum tissue around a dental implant.  Not only is it important to have enough bone for proper long term success, but th
e type of gum tissue that surrounds the implants is also critical.  If you have thin, moveable gum tissue as opposed to thick and stable, your implants will be at risk of complications in the distant future.  Overall health, medications, and smoking are other risk factors that can affect the long term success of dental implants, regardless of bone grafting.
One implant scenario that avoids bone grafting is “All-On-Four.”  In this scenario, a full j
aw of teeth can be placed onto 4 to 6 implants, and these implants are oftentimes purposely placed into areas that don’t require bone grafting.
An adjunct procedure known as PRF is sometimes performed along with grafting, whether it be bone grafting or gum grafting.  PRF consists of drawing a patient’s blood and running it through a centrifuge to collect specific components.  It can then be re-introduced into a bone graft to improve its handling characteristics or in conjunction with gum grafts to improve healing.  In this procedure we are focused on collecting platelets, white blood cells, & growth factors;  it is a common mis-conception that stem cells are also collected.
Do you have questions?  Visit Dr. Goldberg’s website, or contact us for a free consultation.
About the author:  Dr. Ira Goldberg has been performing implant procedures for nearly 30 years.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology / Implant Dentistry, a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.  He performs all phases of implant dentistry at his office in Succasunna, NJ.  He lectures to dentists in the field of implantology.  For a free consultation, including a free 3-D scan (if necessary), please call his office at (973) 328-1225 or visit his website at  Dr. Goldberg is a general dentist, and also a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry.

Alleviate Arthritis with Acupuncture

Arthritis, a common and often debilitating condition, affects millions of people around the world. While conventional treatments such as medications and physical therapy can be effective, an increasing number of individuals are turning to complementary and alternative therapies to manage their arthritis symptoms. Among these alternatives, acupuncture has gained recognition for its potential to alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with various forms of arthritis.
Before delving into how acupuncture can effectively treat arthritis, it’s essential to comprehend the nature of the condition. Arthritis is a broad term that encompasses over 100 different types, with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis being the most prevalent. Both conditions cause inflammation, pain, and stiffness in the joints, impacting an individual’s quality of life.
Pain Management
and Inflammation Reduction
One of the most prominent benefits of acupuncture in arthritis management is its ability to manage pain and reduce inflammation. By inserting needles into key acupo
ints associated with the affected joints, acupuncture can stimulate the release of endorphins and other natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body. Additionally, it may help in reducing the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which contribute to the joint inflammation characteristic of arthritis.
Improved Joint Mobility
Arthritis often limits joint mobility due to pain and stiffness. Acupuncture can help alleviate this restriction by promoting better blood flow to the affected areas and relaxing muscle tension. This, in turn, enables individuals to regain some of their lost mobility and flexibility, making daily activities more manageable.
Individualized Treatment
One of the key advantages of acupuncture is its personalized approach. Practitioners tailor treatments to suit the unique needs of each patient. Whether an individual is dealing with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or another form of the condition, an acupuncturist can customize their treatment plan to address specific symptoms and concerns.
Acupuncture offers a holistic and individualized approach to managing arthritis. By addressing pain, reducing inflammation, and improving joint mobility, this ancient practice can be a valuable part of a comprehensive arthritis treatment plan. If you are considering acupuncture as part of your arthritis management, call Mt. Olive Acupuncture and Wellness 973-527-7968

Can Chiropractic Treatment Help to Prevent Back Surgery?
By Michael Lalama, DC
In the United States, chiropractors are portal-of-entry providers that routinely manage low back pain, including lumbar disc herniation and lumbosacral radiculopathy.1 A lumbar disc herniation can be described as a localized protrusion of intervertebral disc material beyond the normal limit of the disc margin.1 The intervertebral discs are cartilage blocks between the bones (or vertebrae) of the spine, and when they herniate, they can protrude further than normal and cause irritation and inflammation of the nerves in and around the spine.1 If a disc herniation compresses or causes irritation to a spinal nerve as it exits the spine, it can lead to a condition known as radiculopathy (often referred to as a “pinched nerve”).1 Radiculopathy commonly leads to radiating/traveling (or radicular) pain, typically into an arm or a leg.1 When radiculopathy occurs in the low back and/or pelvic region, it is termed lumbosacral radiculopathy (often referred to as “sciatica”); this can lead to symptoms such as shooting pain in the leg, decreased sensation or numbness/tingling, as well as decreased muscle strength.1
Chiropractors are able to evaluate patients and diagnose these musculoskeletal conditions, and they often use a variety of techniques (e.g., chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy, soft tissue massage, therapeutic exercise, etc.) to decrease pain and improve function.1 Previous studies have demonstrated the benefits of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for lumbar disc herniation and lumbosacral radiculopathy, and has also been found to be one of the most effective treatments for lumbosacral radiculopathy caused by a disc herniation.1 Because of this, US clinical practice guidelines currently recommend spinal manipulation for low back pain and lumbosacral radiculopathy.1
Individuals suffering from lumbosacral radiculopathy commonly seek medical treatment, and, depending on individual factors, might undergo a lumbar discectomy.1 A discectomy is a surgical procedure where the herniated disc material that is causing compression or irritation of the spinal nerve is removed; early discectomy can provide patients with short-term benefits, such as decreased radicula
r symptoms.1 However, patients who had lumbosacral radiculopathy and received a lumbar discectomy had similar long-term outcomes at 1 to 2 years after surgery as those who received conservative treatment (e.g., chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, etc.).1 This suggests that as long as a patient does not have severe or “red flag” neurological symptoms, conservative care should be the first line of treatment.1
To investigate the association between chiropractic treatment and its effect on the incidence of lumbar discectomy, a research study was performed on over 3,000 patients from over 70 healthcare organizations.1 This retrospective cohort study set out to examine the association between receiving chiropractic spinal manipulation for newly diagnosed lumbar disc herniation and/or lumbosacral radiculopathy and the odds of lumbar discectomy at both a 1-year and 2-year follow-up.1 They found that patients who received chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for the initial treatment of lumbar disc herniation/lumbosacral radiculopathy have reduced odds of discectomy at both the 1-year and 2-year follow-up.1
This suggests that individuals suffering from lumbar disc herniation and/or lumbosacral radiculopathy who receive chiropractic treatment have significantly reduced odds of undergoing a discectomy compared to those receiving other types of treatment.1 Due to these results, chiropractic spinal manipulation should be a primary treatment option for patients with lumbar disc herniation and/or lumbosacral radiculopathy before surgical interventions, s
pecifically lumbar discectomy.
It is important to note that everyone is different, and not everyone suffering for lumbar disc herniation or lumbosacral radiculopathy respond the same to chiropractic treatment. In severe cases, lumbar discectomy is indicated and should not be delayed. It is always important to consult a licensed healthcare professional to see which treatment options are right for you.

Trager RJ, Daniels CJ, Perez JA, et al.  Association between chiropractic spinal manipulation and lumbar discectomy in adults with lumbar disc herniation and radiculopathy: retrospective cohort study using United States’ data. BMJ Open 2022;12:e068262. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2022-068262
For more information call Functional Chiropractic 973.975.4700,

Love Floweth, From Heaven to Earth
By Richard Mabey Jr.
In June of 1970, I completed my junior year at Boonton High School.
My family belonged to the Trailmates Chapter of the National Camping and Hikers Association. There were about 12 families that belonged to this group of family campers. The Landers family was one of the families who would go camping with all of us.
Penny Landers had just completed her sophomore year of high school. She was very smart, kind hearted and very pretty. During our time of family campouts, Penny and I would play chess together, on a picnic table at a vacant campsite, that we were always able to find, no matter what state park our families were camping at that particular weekend. Penny was an incredibly great chess player.

Inevitably, our conversations during our chess games would focus on books that we had recently read. At the time, I was totally absorbed into Thomas Wolfe’s novels. I was in the midst of reading, Look Homeward, Angel. To my surprise, Penny had already read the book. I think that was a turning point for me. Looking back, the moment that Penny had told me that she had read Look Homeward, Angel, was the very moment that I fell off the Grand Canyon, in love with Penny.
I was a very shy boy. I didn’t have much self confidence. I had a damaged Mitral Valve, so I couldn’t play sports. And in 1970, sports were everything at Boonton High School. I lost myself in poetry, novels and in playing the snare drum in the school marching band. I wanted all so much to ask Penny for a date, but I felt so strongly that I was way out of her league. I would think to myself, “what would a smart, pretty girl like Penny Lancaster, ever see in me?”
Although I never mentioned it to my father, Dad knew that I liked Penny a lot. It was during our annual week-long hike of the Appalachian Trail that Dad talked to me about Penny. It was now July of 1970, we pitched camp somewhere in the forest of Eastern Pennsylvania. Dad and I were alone together, outside of our makeshift tents, cooking stew. And Dad told me, in no uncertain terms, that I had to stop putting myself down. That I had to dig deep within myself and get the courage to ask Penny for a date.
Well, at the next campout of the Trail
mates Chapter, I found myself playing chess with Penny. Somehow and someway, I managed to get the courage to ask Penny for a day. My palms were filled with sweat. My heart was beating like a big, old bass drum. I inwardly trembled, after the words came out of my mouth. There was that two second pause from Penny. Then, her response came, quietly, almost shyly, “yea, that’d be nice.”
I was 16, Penny was 15, when we had our first date. Mom drove me to Penny’s house in Paterson. Penny’s father was a bit strict with her. And, rightfully so. It was a Saturday afternoon. We watched a movie in Penny’s living room, sitting together on the couch, while Mr. Lancaster sat in his easy chair.

Then we went out to Penny’s backyard. Penny had this game setup in her yard, it was like horse shoes, they called it Ring Toss. Instead of playing with horse shoes, you would toss this circular rope at the stakes, to try to get the ring onto them. It was a fun time.
Then we ate supper. Mrs. Landers was very kind to me. I can’t say that Mr. Landers made me feel all that welcome. His eldest daughter was coming of age and having a boy over for an official date. I don’t think that settled too well with him.
Penny and I dated for two years, through my senior year at Boonton High and my freshman year at County College of Morris. In September of 1972, Penny left for Rutgers University. We had promised to stay faithful to each other. Sometimes the most earnest of promises get broken. Sadly, we drifted apart.
We stayed friends till Penny’s passing in November of 2012. Sadly, Penny lost her battle with lung canc
er. Although all traces of romance had evaporated, a kind of kinship still lived in our hearts for each other. We became adopted cousins to each other.
I would write email letters of encouragement to Penny, during her time of her fight with cancer. She would write me back that she dearly appreciated my kindness.
I know that this may not coincide with the religious beliefs of many people. But since I was diagnosed with Severe Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, I have had many, many visitations from Penny. I’ll be working on a story and I’ll feel Penny’s presence, powerfully strong beside my desk. Almost every night, Penny visits me in dreams, so real and vivid that it seems like it’s all so real and not just a dream. Penny assures me that there is a God and a place we call Heave
Can God be limited? Can God be put into a box, of our liking? Is it possible that a dear and cherished friend, residing in Heaven, can become a guiding angel? I know what I experience is powerfully real. Spiritual love, not a romantic love, but a true spiritual love between two people cannot be limited, be boxed in.
Love is the most powerful force in the universe. It is the foundation of miracles. It knows no limitations. Love is the most endearing force known to mankind. Truly, it is the foundation of miracles.

Richard Mabey Jr. is a freelance writer. He hosts a YouTube Channel titled, “Richard Mabey Presents.” Richard most recently published a book of poetry and short stories. He can be reached at

New Jersey Small Business Manual Now Available 
The New Jersey Business Action Center (NJBAC)today announced the availability of the New Jersey Small Business Manual, a publication that provides information and guidance on establishing, maintaining, and expanding a small business. NJBAC, a division of the Department of State, worked in collaboration with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), the Office of Innovation, and other community-based partners to create a resource to help small businesses grow and thrive in New Jersey.
The manual includes information about state and local permits and inspections, financial assistance programs, lease contracts, commercial real estate transactions, and a variety of other topics related to owning and operating a small business. It is available online for download at
“The small business sector is crucial to our state’s economy,” said Lieutenant Governor Tahesha Way. “Hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans are contributi
ng to our statewide prosperity every day.  We understand the value of investing in tools and resources, like the New Jersey Small Business Manual, for business owners and entrepreneurs because the return is high. When our small business community thrives, we all do.”
“The content of the New Jersey Small Business Manual represents the most common queries and requests for assistance we receive from the small business community,” said Melanie Willoughby, Executive Director of NJBAC.  “By compiling the information in a digestible, easy-to-use publication, we are ensuring access to essential information that is designed to make life easier for entrepreneurs and business owners. The manual was truly a collaborative effort across several state agencies.”
The New Jersey Small Business Manual was established pursuant to P.L.2023, c.27. Pursuant to the law, the manual will be reviewed and updated periodically.
About the New Jersey Business Action Center
The New Jersey Business Action Center serves as the State’s liaison to the business community, offering free information, services, and resources across various areas such as business registration, financial programs, regulatory compliance, property selection, workforce training, and more. NJBAC, a division of the Department of State, comprises multiple offices, including Business Advocacy, Export Promotion, Small Business Advocacy, State Planning, and the Cannabis Training Academy.  Access to NJBAC services is available through NJ DOS - NJ Business Action Center or - or by calling 1-800-JERSEY-7.  

Love Dogs?
Open your heart and home to help save their lives.  Fostering is a great opportunity to make a real difference in a dog’s life!
By providing a temporary home, you are giving that dog another chance at life that they otherwise would not have had. FHDR will be there every step of the way, providing you with training and support to have a successful fostering experience. You can foster a puppy, young dog or an adult dog, it’s your choice. It’s fun to have a furry friend around the home! Fostering can be only a couple weeks to a couple months. Your puppy will be listed on my Petfinder website, FHDR website and other adoption websites.
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100 Years Ago This Month: Historical events from May 2024
The month of May has been home to many historical events over the years. Here’s a look at some that helped to shape the world in May 1924. • Iodized salt is introduced in the United States on May 1. Iodized salt is now used in table salt across the globe, and its introduction to the U.S. is credited to Canadian-born pediatrician David Murray Cowie, who ultimately persuaded various salt retailers to utilize iodized salt to combat health problems, including goiters, that were linked to existing salts. • Russian aviator and schoolteacher Zinaida Kokorina makes her first solo flight on May 3. Kokorina is the first woman pilot in military history. • Erich Ludendorff is elected to the Reichstag in Germany on May 4. Ludendorff ran under the banner of the National Socialist Freedom Movement, which was standing in for the banned Nazi Party. • Sophie Lyons is murdered in Detroit on May 8 at age 75. Lyons was a notorious criminal in the post-American Civil War era, but abandoned her criminal life and spent her later years supporting causes related to the rehabilitation of juvenile delinquents. On the day of her death, Lyons allowed three men into her home, likely hoping to rehabilitate them. However, the men refused her help, ransacked her home and killed her. • George Buchanan introduces a home rule bill for Scotland in the British House of Commons on May 9. The ensuing debate becomes a shouting match, and the session is ultimately adjourned. • On May 10, 29-year-old lawyer J. Edgar Hoover becomes Acting Director of the Bureau of Investigation, which would eventually become the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Hoover would remain in the post until his death from a heart attack in 1972. • Prohibition ends in Alberta, Canada, on May 12 when two government-owned liquor stores open in the province. • Former Ontario treasurer Peter Smith and financier Aemilius Jarvis are arrested on May 13. Each man is charged with theft and conspiracy to defraud the provincial government in what became known as the Ontario Bond Scandal. Smith and Jarvis ar
e ultimately acquitted of theft and fraud, but both are found guilty of conspiracy. • On May 14, a committee of the Methodist church recommends that the church never again participate in any type of warfare. The committee, convened in Massachusetts, votes 76 to 37 in favor of the church never engaging in warfare under any type of circumstances, including self-defense. • Chinese Foreign Minister Wellington Koo survives an assassination attempt on May 15. A package containing a bomb and addressed to Koo is delivered to his home, but a servant opens the package and is killed. • The wooden roller coaster The Giant Dipper opens at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on May 17. In July 2012, the park celebrated the 60 millionth rider to ride The Giant Dipper, which is now a National Historic Landmark. • On May 19, the American Telephone and Telegraph Company uses telephone lines to transmit images for the first time. Over a two-hour period, the firm transmits 15 photographs from its office in Cleveland to company headquarters in New York City. • Fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks is kidnapped on May 21 in Chicago. Franks’s parents receive a ransom note demanding $10,000 on May 22, but the boy’s body is discovered near Wolf Lake before any money is paid.  Nathan Leopold, Jr. and Richard Loeb confess to the murder on May 31. • A nine-day conference that becomes a power struggle between Soviet Communist Party leaders Joseph Stalin and Leon Trotsky opens in Moscow on May 23. The Thirteenth Congress of the Communist Party is the first conference since the death of First Secretary Vladimir Lenin roughly five months earlier. • Beulah Annan is acquitted of murder in Chicago on May 25. Annan shot and killed her lover Harry Kalstedt, and her ultimately sensationalized trial ended in acquittal when it was determined she acted in self-defense. The story eventually inspired the play “Chicago,” which has since been adapted into films as well. • The Battle of Turubah is fought on May 26 between the Kingdom of Hejaz and the Sultanate of Nejd. The battle would ultimately determine the fate of the region that would become Saudi Arabia. • The United States Border Patrol is created on May 28 to prevent illegal entry into the United States from Mexico and Canada. • A munitions depot explodes in Bucharest on May 29. The explosion shakes the city, causes damage to the royal palace and claims the lives of many. • Italian politician Giacomo Matteotti is shouted down as he protests the outcome of the previous month’s election during a speech at the Chamber of Deputies on May 30. Matteotti claims the Fascist Party employed intimidation tactics to win the election. The 39-year-old socialist leader is kidnapped and murdered by the Fascists’ secret police 11 days after delivering his speech.

Motor Madness on May 26th in Hackettstown
By Elsie Walker
On May 26th is an event offering a day of fun for the whole family while helping local charities:   Memorial Motor Madness. Now in its 28th year, this car show is put on rain or shine by the Hackettstown Rotary and held on the grounds of Mars Wrigley at 800 High Street in Hackettstown.   Gates open to cars at 7:30am and opens to spectators at 9am;  the event runs to 3pm.   Admission is $5. (Children under 12 get in free when accompanied by an adult.)  Recently, rotary members James Travis (chairperson of the car show) and Norm Worth talked about the event.
The show’s “founding fathers”, Ed Hagaman and Larry Middleton, ran it for the first few years; then, about 24 years ago, the Hackettstown Rotary took on the show.  Worth noted that is a great event for family and friends, and you can see three generations ( children, parents, and grandparents) enjoying it.   The show is sponsored by the John Johnson Auto Group, Warren Community College, WRNJ, and Mars Wrigley. Proceeds benefit The Joan Knechel Cancer Center at Hackettstown plus a variety of local charities supported by the rotary.  Speaking of the rotary, it is all hands on deck for the event. “Virtually all 25 members of the Hackettstown Rotary (which is comprised 70% of women) will be actively enga
ged in making the Memorial Motor Madness Car Show a success,” shared Worth.
Car pre-registration is $20 per car and the day of the show registration is $
25.  The first 400 to register get a dash plate.  Travis noted that the show usually has about 500 cars on display. There is a wide variety of vehicles which in the past have included monster trucks and antique food trucks. Worth noted that there’s always something special, “something exotic”.   Last year, one of those “something special” was a chalk car that people could help decorate with colored chalk which was provided.  There are 21 classes in the show which start with antiques to 1940 and run up to current models. Trophies are given in every class plus a larger Ed Hagaman Memorial Trophy for Best in Show, named for the late Ed Hagaman.
“Music is a big part of the show,
“ noted Worth.  That music is provided by Chris Schmidt of S.C.3. Entertainment and Doc South. Music includes what Travis described as “Happy Days” type of music and more recent offerings.   Also, Doc South has a tradition during which those in attendance are reminded of the meaning of the upcoming Memorial Day.  At noon on the day of the show, Doc South asks for a moment of silence; then, the National Anthem is played.   This is followed by a “rev-up”, the cars’ loud tribute to our fallen soldiers. Doc South also takes donations for phone cards to be given to soldiers to help them stay in touch with loved ones.
Besides the vehicles on display, there will be food trucks and vendors selling miscellaneous items. It was noted that no smoking or animals are allowed on the Mars Wrigley grounds.
In talking about the venue and its importance, Worth said, “[We’re] so grateful for Mars Wrigley. Without them, there is no car show.”
For car pre-registration forms, vendor registration information, and information about the Hackettstown Rotary, its upcoming events, and charity work, visit the Hackettstown Rotary website at

My Last Hike On The Appalachian Trail

By Richard Mabey Jr.
In late June of 1996, I hiked the Appalachian Trail for the last time. I did not know it at the time, that it would be my last time hiking this wonderful and magnificent wooded trail. The late Reverend Fred Herwaldt and I took the boys, who had just finished a rigorous one-year term of both religious studies and hard working service to their church in their pursuit to earn the coveted God and Country Award.
My dad, Reverend Herwaldt and myself had led the weekly God an
d Country Award classes at the First Reformed Church of Lincoln Park. This very special award is a combined effort of Boy Scouts of America and the Reformed Church of America. There is a scouting religious award for just about every faith known to mankind.
The boys earnestly studied and worked hard on service projects for their church. From raking leaves to cleaning windows to repairing the binding on hymnals, the boys learned the practical side of serving their church. But aside from hard work, the boys had completed a rigorous academic study of the Holy Bible. Written tests on Bible knowledge are given to the boys, usually once a month, in the course of the year-long study.
In June of 1996, I was 42. My dad was now 68. Dad was fighting a bout with prostate cancer, so it was not possible for him to hike the Appalachian Trail. Reverend Herwaldt knew that I earned Eagle Scout and had served as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 170 for many years, so he appointed me to be the leader of the pack.
The stretch of the Appalachian Trail, that traverses New Jersey, is 72 miles in length. However, during our one-day hike, we hiked a little over 20 miles. We left the First Reformed Church in Lincoln Park at 6:00, that morning. One of the boy’s father drove us to our starting point near the New York State and New Jersey border.
Along the hike, I had the honor of reviewing with the boys, how to identify the different species of trees. I pointed out natural, edible plants. Along our hike, we saw all so many different birds. I brought my Boy Scout Handbook in my backpack, and used it as a reference, while the boys successfully identified the various species of birds. Squirrels abounded, climbing the oak, the maple and the elm. We stood still and remained quiet as we watched a group of deer walk through the forest. All in all, it was a most wonderful and memorable day.
We all had brought sandw
iches that we packed in our backpacks. There is something to be said for eating lunch, sitting upon a big rock, beneath the umbrella of majestic trees. The warmth of the golden sun, gentle breezes, birds singing in the trees, and squirrels seemingly flying from tree limb to limb. I remember, all so very well, that Reverend Herwaldt read a few Palms to the boys. It was a most heart warming moment in time.
As we hiked the wild and wonderful Appalachian Trail of New Jersey, I felt the shadow of my father. I was just 11 years old, when I first hiked the AT. Now, over 30 years had passed. I was no longer the Tenderfoot Scout, walking beside my father. I was now the responsible leader. Ever watchful for snakes that might plunge upon one of the boys.
It was only a day hike. But I think we all came away from that special day, a little more aware of God’s beauty in nature. And soon the boys would all be honored with the presentation of their hard-earned God and Country medals, at a church service. This was the completion of a special, year-long endeavor the boys had undertaken.
I was immensely proud of the boys, who hiked all those miles in just one day. I think we had finished out hike at about 8:00 that n
ight. We had cooked a group supper along the trail, consisting of beef stew and buttered hard rolls. There was a genuine spirit of good fellowship that prevailed.
I had no idea at the time, that this would be the last time that I would hike the AT. Now, at 70, with a serious heart condition, I am resigned to return to the dear old Appalachian Trail in memory only. If your healthy and in fairly good shape, please do consider hiking the Appalachian Trail. If only to go for a full-day hike. There is an endearing quality to the trail that will move your heart and give you a deeper appreciation of God’s breath-taking creations in nature.     

Richard Mabey Jr. is a freelance writer. He hosts a YouTube Channel titled, “Richard Mabey Presents.” Richard most recently published a book of poetry and short stories. He can be reached at

Exploring Titanic
By Henr y M, Holden

The RMS Titanic, a luxury steamship, sank on its maiden voyage, in the early hours of April 15, 1912. It sank off the coast of Newfoundland in the North Atlantic after running into an iceberg. Of the 2,240 passengers and crew on board, more than 1,500 lost their lives. The Titanic disaster has inspired many books, news articles and films (including the 1997 Titanic movie starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio). Today, the ship’s story has entered public awareness as a cautionary tale about the perils of human overconfidence.
One person who has had a long and personal attachment to the ill-fated ocean liner is Charles Haas (Charlie) a retired Randolph High School educator of English and journalism.’ One thing Haas did not do was sit around wondering what to do after retirement.
Haas retired from his educator’s job in 2006 and decided to pursue his dream to explore  Titanic twice in 1993 and 1996.
Charles Haas was born in New York,  and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J , and a Master’s degree from William Paterson University, in Wayne, N.J. He was named Morris County Teacher of the Year in 1990, and listed four times in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers..
Haas’ interest in shi
ps was sparked by his grandfather, who worked in the management of a New York stevedoring company. He introduced Charlie to ocean liners through the windows of his office, which overlooked New York Harbor. His grandfather also loaned him a copy of A Night to Remember, thus beginning a lifelong interest in the Titanic.
In high school and college, Haas studied microfilm of newspapers’ coverage of the Titanic disaster. His interests are in the ship’s features, exploration of the wreck, the state of the wreck and artifacts.
Hass is a co-founder of Titanic International Society (TIS) and a longtime trustee. He served as editor of their journal, Voyage, until the group was founded in 2006, when he became president of TIS.
A lifetime highlight for Haas was making two dives to the Titanic wreck in 1993 and 1996. Haas narrated the program “Titanic: Untold Stories,” and was a member of the 1998 expedition to the wreck, and contributed to the design of artifact exhibits through 2000.
He was a featured speaker on the 2012 Titanic Memorial Cruise, and has appeared in numerous television documentaries. With co-author John P. Eaton, he has written five books: Titanic: Triumph and Tragedy, Titanic: Destination Disaster; Titanic, The Exhibition; Titanic: A Journey Through Time; and Falling Star: Misadventures of White Star Line Ships.
When asked what his first thoughts upon reaching the ship  he said, ”My first reaction was the surprise of the immensity of it. It was over two-and-a half football fields.
“Photos of the ship don’t convey the immensity of it,” Haas said.  “We were following the debris field in the submersible until we got to the actual ship. My first impression was oh my God, the size of it.
As we explored the ship another set of emotions came into play all pulling each other. Remember, we were looking at a ship that had nine decks and was 882 feet from stem to sten. It was a unique reaction or a set of reactions at the same time. There was sadness remembering the passengers who lost their lives.  I treasure that memory even though so many people perished. I also felt tremendous pride that I was the world’s first teacher to go down to the wreck.
“On the first trip I had a severe case of nerves because I had been told about the pressures on a submersible’s hull. I came very close to saying I did not want to make a dive.
“My writing partner, John Ethan said basically that I was being given an opportunity that not many people had.”
His trepidation must have been obvious to the crew. One of the crew said to me “we want to see our families again too.” So, when the second dive came, I felt much more confident about the whole process because of the strong adherence to checking things and being safe.
“On the second dive, I had a commission from the
Discovery Channel to narrate a tour of the Titanic.
“I took them on a virtual guided tour of the ship relating to them what I know happened. Though it was a very different feeling. I cherish those
Haas began studying Titanic as a 12-year-old and if someone had said to him “you’re going to make a dive to the Titanic” I would’ve said he was crazy.
There were artifacts outside the ship that could be removed, and the Navy had a system that could interact with transponders. This interacted with the submersible’s navigation system permitted each artifact to be identified and cataloged its exact location. It recorded latitude, and longitude. A record of where the artifact came from was created.
On my first trip I was told that the pressure on the submersible would be about 6,000 pounds per square inch. Just me and the two crewmembers were in a 7-foot-wide titanium sphere which was part of the submersible which is about 22 feet long. It wasn’t long before we began feeling water on our feet and head.
“I was immediately alarmed. What was happening?” One of the crew said we had lunch in 85° temperature on a surface but the water down at the Titanic site is only about 28°. As a result, there was water on the top and insi
de surface of the crew’s sphere, it was kind of like a private drizzle. By the. End of the day, several gallons of water were sloshing around on the floor. What was happening was the water vapor in our breath was condensing.
It was very chilly down there and I had five layers of clothing on so I could deal with the temperature changes. The warm Gulf Stream was mixing with the Newfoundland current.
“On the way down what struck me was that sunlight only penetrated about 250 feet down and then, for the remainder of the dive, we did it in total darkness. The only way you could tell if you were descending by looking at the digital depth reader. When we finally reached the bottom, the crew turned on all the exterior and interior lights. We had made the trip without lights to save the batteries. I remember hearing that if we got stuck for some reason under the water, the batteries would last for about four days.
Haas can relate information about the icebrg and put it in perspective.
“The iceberg was a medium size one about 70 or 80 feet tall, and had recently turned over so that, instead of it, being a brilliant white color, it was a blueish color because of all the blue l
ight waves water it had absorbed. It was also in an area where there was a slight haze, and that was the result of the Gulfstream and Newfoundland’s current mixing.
When the lookout in the crow’s nest spotted of the iceberg, he called the bridge, and the deck officer ordered a hard over rudder turn and full speed astern turn. The hard over began to turn the ship slowly because of the
size of the ship.
After about 37 seconds the ship was beginning to turn to the left when there was a very gentle rumbling on the ship’s starboard side. In the space of about 30 seconds an underwater spur on the iceberg punctured a series of small holes below the water line.  “On the 1996 trip, we were able to look at the starboard side using special U.S. Navy sonar equipment. We discovered.  the holes were not gigantic: They were small, (totaled area about 12 square feet} but there were several dozen of them, small enough so you could not stick your thumb through them. Plus, there were several rivets scraped off. Six watertight sections that were breached by the scraping of the rivets.”
The death toll varied greatly depen
ding on location. The higher death toll for the third-class passengers, was the result of actual physical barriers put in place to separate first- and second-class passengers from the third-class steerage passengers who would have to undergo a customs inspection when they arrived in New York. First and second-class passengers did not need to undergo this inspection, according to the rules of the day.
In addition, there were no lifeboat requirements. There were only 1,178 lifeboat seats available for 2,240 passengers and one seat for each passenger was not required by British law. Witnesses reported that some lifeboats left with empty seats.
The Titanic’s damage was minor in one sense of the word where there were a few small tears that one could not put a thumb through, the tears extended for one-third of the ship and resulted in seawater pouring into the otherwise watertight compartments.
Communication was also a problem. There were 20 nationalities on board, and there was no public announcement system available.
At the time the number of lifeboats were not mandated and no lifeboat drill for the passengers took place. The crew had one abandon ship exercise.
When the abandon ship order was given, it was ignored at first then became a disorganized, haphazard and uncontrolled evacuation. The boats on the port side of the ship allowed only women and children to board. On th
e starboard side men were allowed to board the lifeboats if there were no women waiting for a seat.
There were only lifeboat seats available for about 1/3 of the passengers, and they were not req
uired by British law.
`          The majority of dead were crew members and third-class passengers, there were roughly 2,200 passengers but there  were only  712 survivors and approximately 1,500 dead.
While the trip down took eight hours, in just 2-hours-40 minutes the world’s finest luxury liner was gone forever. Immediately after the tragic sinking the United States and Great Brittian  held hearings to assess blame, The outcome was clear. Regulations regarding mandating enough; passenger seating was enacted, and better communications between ship and shore were established.

NJ Starz: Don Casey
Hometown: Collingswood, New Jersey

By Steve Sears

Don Casey, soon-to-be 87 years old in June, never played much varsity basketball in his youth, but coaching became and was his forte.
In fact, Casey coached basketball as either an assistant or head coach on the high school, collegiate, and professional level for almost 40 years.
Casey was the youngest high school coach in the country when Bishop Eustace Preparatory School of Pennsauken Township hired him back in 1959. He would eventually be at th
e helm for both the San Diego Clippers and New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association for a year and a half each in the 1990s.
And the lone son of Larry and Mae Casey, who was born on June 17, 1937 in Collingswood, is in very good health. Casey said, “I work out, not feverishly, and the jogging has turned into long walks with the husky dog for an hour, three times a week. And that keeps you moving, which helps.”
If you desire good health, talk to Don Casey. Yours truly – the writer of this article – who will soon be a 28-year heart attack survivor – was on the fielding end of some very sensible questions. “What is your HDL & LDL?” Casey asked me. I disclosed the numbers, and when I told him the details of my workout program and how sporadic I am with my regimen, he said, “You have to get a regular routine going.”
Ever the coach, ever the caring individual. So much so that, post-coaching, he dedicated himself to health care for many. More to come on this.
Casey, who now lives on the west coast, fondly recalled his Camden County hometown. “Collingswood was a nice competitive town of about 18,000 with its own high school. But I went to Catholic school, and the high school for me was Camden Catholic.”
Casey’s mom was a telephone operator, and his dad a writer. He said, “He worked in the political arena for papers in Camden, and I know he worked hard for Governor (Alfred E.) Driscoll to be a governor, and he worked on the (Dwight) Eisenhower campaign. We lived on a street called Wesley Avenue. It was a dead-end street and with 18 rowhouses on it, and it was a street where everybody knew each other.”
Casey played intramural basketball for the Camden Catholic basketball team in the 1950s, and as senior was invited to try out for the basketball team. He made the varsity squad, but due to the fact he had not played
freshman of junior varsity basketball, was primarily a practice player.
He said, “The team was okay. It was not as good as Camden Catholic teams in the past, but it was a very good experience in that regard, just being with the team.”
Nearby Temple University was up next for Casey. He attended as a part-time student, and then in 1959 learned through a friend that Bishop Eustace Prep was looking for a junior varsity coach. He accepted the job, but after the varsity coach left, Casey next season had his first head coaching role.
Casey, age 21 at the time, was the youngest high school coach in the United States, and his Crusaders won state titles in 1961 and 1962. He said, “I had the good fortune to be introduced to Jack McCloskey, who was at Penn, Harry Litwak, who was at Temple, and Jack Ramsay, who was at St. Joe’s. The influence of each one of those three was how I developed the game.”
Casey in 1966 would eventually become Litwak’s first, full-time assistant coach at Temple, and it would lead to an eight-year head coaching stint.
During his first season at the helm, the Owls won 16 games, and then finished below .500 in the next two campaigns. The team turned the corner in
his final six seasons. During that time, the Owls won 119 games and lost just 48, were three-time Men’s East Coast Conference champions, won one conference tournament title, made an appearance in the 1979 NCAA Tournament, competed in three National Invitation Tournaments, and finished in the Top 20 twice. His overall record as Owls’ head coach was 151 – 94, and he was inducted into the Temple Hall of Fame in 2018.
For Casey, the south Jersey\Philadelphia area was home, but he next ascended the coaching ladder to the National Basketball Association. In 1982, he headed to the National Basketball Association’s Chicago Bulls to be head coach Paul Westhead’s assistant. He was with the Bulls for just one season before moving on to the San Diego Clippers to serve as an assistant again, this time for head coach, Don Chaney. When the club moved to Los Angeles for the 1984–1985 season, Casey went overseas and coached Scavolini Pesaro in Pesaro, Italy. He returned to the United States in 1985 to rejoin Chaney and the Clippers and remained an assistant during legendary head coach Gene Shue’s tenure until 1989. When Shue was fired, Casey took over for a half a season, and then coached a full season in 1989-90.
His next stop was the Boston Celtics, where he served as an assistant to both Chris Ford and M.L. Carr. Casey said, “We had Larry Bird, Keving McHale, and Robert Parrish at their last stages, but they still could play.”
Casey remained with the Celtics until 1996, when he returned to the Garden State and was hired as John Calipari’s assistant
with the New Jersey Nets. In his second season with the team, the Nets went to the playoffs but were swept by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. The following year was a lockout year, when the team started 3 – 17, and Calipari was let go.
Casey recalled, “I was very much involved. Behind the scenes I was a Senior Vice-President of the NBA Coaches Association, representing the assistant coaches.”
Like his Clipper days with Shue, Casey was again thrust into the head coaching seat for half a season in 1999, and for a full ledger during the 1999-2000 season. His Nets went 31 – 51, and Casey was replaced by Byron Scott.

After lowering the curtain on his coaching career, Casey served as Vice-Chairman of the President’s Council for Physical Fitness, serving with Tom McMillan, Jackie Joyner Kersey, and others. And Casey, who lost his mom to Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) in 1969, also has been a strong advocate for 55 years in the fight against the disease.
Casey, who has served on both New York and San Diego ALS Association chapter boards and served as a member of both ALS Association National Board of Directors as a Trustee, said, “It (ALS) hits two groups. It is the only disease associated with being a veteran. If you are a veteran, you are two and half times more likely in your lifetime to get ALS. The second group is football, the NFL. It is a high number of former players that are coming down with it – concussions are a precursor to ALS – and they are under the scope of Boston Brain Institute.” 

Casey is also an author of two books, The Temple of Zones, and (with Ralph Pim) Own the Zone: Executing and Attacking Zone Defenses. Both offerings focus on the effectiveness of zone defense in any level of basketball competition.

Explore the Dynamics of Public Safety Careers at CCM’s Criminal Justice Day

County College of Morris (CCM) is proud to announce its third annual Criminal Justice Day, to be held on Wednesday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This up-close look at the inner workings of public safety and law enforcement will feature interactive demonstrations, displays and presentations by professionals from federal, state and local units. The college encourages high school and college students and their families to attend this free event to gain hands-on knowledge about the different units in the criminal justice system.

During the event, students will have the opportunity to try a firearms simulator, take fingerprints and observe a mock crime scene. In addition, representatives from the New Jersey State Police Mounted Unit, Emergency Services, Cold Water Rescue and more will be present to foster a deeper understanding of their respective fields. A helicopter landing, mini-submarine and jet ski will provide additional excitement to the day’s agenda.   

According to Randolph High School teacher Justin Matyas, “Criminal Justice Day at CCM is an amazing opportunity for students and the community to meet the men and women of law enforcement and to see what consists in their day-to-day operations. The networking that it enables is invaluable to students. The fact that CCM sponsors it creates a pathway for high school students to enter the field via a college degree.” 

CCM offers over 100 areas of study, including degree and certificate programs in criminal justice, justice studies and legal studies, with on-campus, hybrid and online formats available. Students who apply to CCM that day will have the $30 application fee waived.

Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to delve into the world of public safety and law enforcement. Interested participants are encouraged to pre-register at

For more information, please contact Dr. Maureen Kazaba, Professor of Criminal Justice at or 973-902-7803.


What Families Can Do to
Honor Fallen Vete
The freedoms people living in the United States are afforded would not have been possible to provide if not for the brave efforts and undying commitment of the many individuals who have served in the nation’s armed forces. American military personnel have played vital roles in securing freedoms for their fellow citizens as well as individuals overseas.
Each year on the final Monday in May, the United States commemorates military personnel who lost their lives while serving in the armed forces. Those individuals made the ultimate sacrifice, and Memorial Day is a way to honor them and thank their families for their selfless acts. This Memorial Day, families can embrace various measures to honor fallen veterans.
• Visit a local veterans cemetery. The United Service Organization (USO) notes that most states have national veterans cemeteries. Though some veterans cemeteries are open only to family members of service personnel, others are open to the general public. Visiting a veterans cemetery is a great way to honor fallen military members and ensure the memory of their service and sacrifice is not forgotten on Memorial Day.

• Celebrate veterans over Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day weekend is now synonymous with getaways and backyard barbecues. By taking time out during the weekend to honor fallen veterans, families can ensure the meaning behind the holiday is not lost in the midst of celebrations with family and friends. Take time out during a family barbecue to discuss a family member who served or, if traveling, make an effort to visit a veterans memorial along your travel route.
• Help raise funds for veterans organizations. Fun runs or community Memorial Day walks may benefit local veterans organizations that help service members in need. Many service members may need help dealing with the deaths of friends or family members who died while serving in the armed forces, and veterans organizations may provide such help or direct funds to groups that do. That makes pa
rticipation in events that benefit veterans organizations a great way to honor current military personnel and those who have served in the past, including those who died in service of their country.
• Teach youngsters about the role of the armed forces. There’s a lot competing for the attention of today’s young people, and that can
make it easy to overlook the very freedoms that make the United States such a unique country throughout world history. Parents and guardians can emphasize the role the armed forces play in procuring and protecting freedoms in the United States and emphasize the significance of the sacrifices of those who gave their lives to ensure a higher quality of life for all U.S. residents.
Memorial Day commemorates military personnel who died while serving in the armed forces. There is much families can do to ensure those sacrifices are never forgotten or taken for granted.

It’s Time to Think BIG About Fall and Enroll Now at CCM
Starting today, registration for the Fall Semester at County College of Morris (CCM) is open and tuition will not increase. The college is pleased to announce that there is no increase in tuition for the 2024 – 2025 academic year, allowing students to pursue their education with less debt.
Classes for the Fall 15 Week Semester begin on August 29. The college is also offering two shorter sessions that run for 7 weeks each. Classes for the Early Start 7 Week begin on August 29, while the Late Start 7 Week classes begin on October 24. Students are encouraged to start their application for admission early, to provide them with time to explore the many programs offered and to help them secure the courses that best fit their schedules.
CCM, which is one of the nation’s top ranked community colleges, offers over 100 associate degree, certificate and professional development programs. Programs are offered in various formats to meet students’ preferences, including in-person learning on CCM’s campus, a hybrid format and a completely virtual experience. Many programs can be completed in a matter of weeks and a degree can be obtained in two years or less.  For those not seeking a degree program, CCM’s Center for Workforce Development enables students to learn cutting-edge skills and boost their marketability in an ever-changing job market.
By not increasing tuition, CCM is honoring its commitment to providing an affordable education, enabling many students to earn a certificate, degree or gain industry education with minimal to no debt.  Students are then equipped with the education needed to excel forward in their professional journey and earn big.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form has been redesigned for 2024-25, creating concerns for students and families as there are potential delays in processing FAFSA data on the part of the U.S. Department of Education. In light of the delays, CCM is encouraging students to complete their FAFSA as early as possible and to anticipate a longer waiting period before the status of their financial aid eligibility is determined. Understanding that this could affect enrollment decisions for students, CCM’s Office of Financial Aid is readily available to assist students.
CCM was ranked Best Community College in New Jersey by Best Accredited Colleges. Intelligent included the college in its list of the Top 5 Best Community Colleges in the state, as well as Best for Transfer Students in the state. Other accolades include CCM being ranked #1 in New Jersey for Best Associate Degrees and in the Top 1.8 percent of the Best Community Colleges nationwide by Intelligent.
In addition to outstanding learning facilities, which include state-of-the-art labs and studios, CCM offers over 50 co-curricular clubs and Div. II/III athletic programs for students to be a part of. A wide range of support services are also offered to help students succeed, including career guidance, tutoring, funding to help with childcare assistance, a food pantry and scholarships and grants to help with the cost of college. To see if you qualify to attend CCM tuition free through the Community College Opportunity Grant, visit
For additional information about the Fall Semester, visit  To apply for in-person, hybrid and virtual for-credit programs, visit To view and register for non-credit certificate and apprenticeship programs, visit








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