My Paper Online Online Local Community News for New Jersey Tue, 23 Oct 2018 01:54:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hackettstown Church Feeds Thousands In Need Tue, 23 Oct 2018 01:54:17 +0000 By Elsie Walker

The Bible tells of Jesus Christ’s miracle of feeding 5,000.

Following in the spirit of that action, Trinity United Methodist Church started a project called Caravan of Hope. People of all generations worked Sept. 7 -9, assembling 5,532 boxed lunches for needy people in Hackettstown and a variety of other areas. Not only did they give the recipients something to fill their stomachs, but notes included inside the boxes let them know someone cared.   

“It was a great mission to be a part of and be able to deliver so many meals to so many people in our nearby community,” said Jane DeWitt of Hackettstown, chair of the Caravan of Hope Committee. “It was amazing, the behind the scenes work the committee members did to put this project together in such a short period of time, and awesome how the community came together to help with donations and volunteer hours.”

Rev. Dr. Frank Fowler, pastor of the church, explained some of tasks involved in making the project successful.  He noted that monies had to be raised to pay for the items inside each box lunch, which included a turkey sandwich, apple, water, and more.

His idea was to include all ages in the project.

In preparation for the September meal assembly and delivery,  children and youth drew pictures and made notes, saying things like “God loves you,” to be put in each box.   In addition, seniors in the congregation wrote notes to be included in the boxes, too.

There was a group tasked with finding partners, food ministries and outreaches that could use the lunches. Those they partnered with were located as close as Hackettstown and Newton as far as Atlantic City and Allentown, Pa.  In all, 45 partner locations were found.

Fowler shared that the church did not say how much it could give each partner, instead it said, “tell us how much you need.”   For example, 192 went to feed needy in Hackettstown. The most went to the Shiloh Baptist Church in Newark and a food ministry in Camden that’s affiliated with the United Methodist Church; each got 500 meals.

Not only did the project put together the box lunches, but they also delivered them to the sites, which was a key part of the project.

Fowler characterized the assembly and delivery of the meals “as amazingly organized.”  An assembly line was set up in the church gymnasium where 225 volunteers with supplies such as 1,300 lbs. of turkey, started assembling meals.  Fowler was surprised that it only took two and a half hours to put the meals together. Those assembled meal boxes were put in carrying boxes and put in a refrigerated truck.  Members of the Centenary University wrestling and baseball teams loaded the truck. The next two days, teams of two drivers, 72 people in all, picked up the meals and took them to their destination.  

“I made lunch boxes on Friday night and delivered 150 boxes to the Morris Street Mission on Saturday,” said Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite of Panther Valley. “It was both exciting and rewarding to be part of something that large and far reaching. It just goes to show how determination, dedication and team work can bring about change for good.”

When all was said and done, Fowler noted that approximately 300 people were involved in making notes, 225 assembled meals, 72 people delivered them (in teams of two) and about 200 people were involved in miscellaneous tasks.

Glenn Ashton, of Hackettstown summed the experience up as one of giving and fellowship:

“It was uplifting to be part of a team doing something good for the community,” said Ashton . “It was also an opportunity to bond with people from our church, our community, and in the tri-state area.   It was an amazing experience that touched the hearts of all who were involved.”

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Hackettstown To Hold 4th Annual Scarecrow Contest Tue, 23 Oct 2018 01:51:04 +0000 By Steve Sears

The Hackettstown Business Improvement District, with WRNJ Radio and Wells Fargo, will hold its 4th Annual Scarecrow Contest presented by Visions Federal Credit Union through Nov. 18.

The contest is open to all Hackettstown businesses, and there is no fee for entering. The HBID Event Committee will judge all scarecrows by Oct. 26, and the winner receives receive 50, 30-second radio spots on WRNJ, a total value of $1,500. WRNJ will announce the winner on Oct. 31.

“The idea came to us from a sales representative from the Easton Express/ Express Times,” says Jim Sheldon, Hackettstown Business Improvement District president.  “Over the years, the turn has leveled off around 15 or so. The process is a simple one. We come up with a theme and then we promote it, then residents or businesses call our office to reserve their choice and then they build them and place them on display.”

Hackettstown BID businesses will be displaying scarecrows around town with the following theme: “Kids Animated Movie Characters, taking inspiration from diverse characters, creepy and cute alike” theme. The 2017 winner was Hackettstown Health Foods, with a Count Dooku from Star Wars scarecrow.

Also being held is a Scarecrow Selfie Contest, the selfie with the most likes winning $25 in BID Bucks to spend at any business in Hackettstown.

Per Sheldon, the event significantly aids all in the township.

“It gives the vehicles and their riders a unique perspective as they ride through town,” he says. “Plus, by asking for the public to take a selfie with their favorite, it gets them involved in the process. As for Sheldon, he enjoys the displays himself. “I like to see the creative creations throughout town.”

The Hackettstown BID was formed in June 2004 and has approximately 400 members. Per the BID website, “The primary goal of the Hackettstown Business Improvement District is to improve the economic potential of each and every business that is located within the district. By providing a clean, safe, attractive business district that meets the needs of residents, customers, owners, and employees, the Business Improvement District promotes Hackettstown as a desirable location to visit and invest.”

Sheldon also adds that there are other October events scheduled with a Halloween theme.

“October 27, Saturday, we have our 5th annual Halloween Parade at 3:30. The parade begins on the front yard of Centenary University’s Sea Building at 2:30 p.m. The parade route is down Moore Street to the Gazebo at the corner of Main and Moore Streets. There Mars Wrigley Confectioners and the Hackettstown PD will be there handing out free candy. Also, the participants can go around town visiting the participating merchants to get free candy from them also. Over the years this has been extremely successful.”

For more information on all events, call the BID office at 908-850-5004 or email Jim Sheldon,

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Free Roof For Deserving Family Brings Some Relief Tue, 23 Oct 2018 01:49:07 +0000 Gordon and Joan Wideonor of Port Murray have been named as winner of a new roof in Jeff Alte Jr. Roofing & Siding’s No Roof Left Behind initiative. 

Unfortunately, Gordon won’t be able to enjoy the benefits of the new roof.  He passed away soon after the final votes were in and he received the news that his family had been selected as the recipient.   He lost his battle with lung cancer, but was grateful and relieved to know that his wife would soon have a dry roof over her head. 

No Roof Left Behind is a nationwide program that gives folks in the community a way to help their good neighbors that have fallen on hard times. The No Roof Left Behind program provides a local contractor the framework to provide a new roof at no cost to a deserving homeowner in need.

The Wideonor’s roof has been tarped for some time and there is extensive interior damage.  The Wideonors were already struggling to make ends meet when Gordon was diagnosed with lung cancer.  Joan, who works as a bus driver, was trying to hold things together when she stopped Jeff Alte Jr. on the road this spring to ask about roof repairs.  What she really needs is a new roof, but had no way to pay for it.  As Gordon’s health declined, son Brandon nominated his parents for the roof giveaway. 

The Widenors were selected as one of four finalists from a record 35 entries in the company’s 4th annual roof giveaway.  Nominations were submitted by homeowners in Warren, Morris and Sussex counties.  A month-long online public vote took place to determine the winner.  With the support of their friends and neighbors, as well as local fire and EMS squads, the votes flew in to put the Widenors over the top as the winners.  Brandon has been involved for years with the local fire and EMS squads, and Joan is on the Ladies Auxiliary.  The family said it is so thankful for all who have rallied behind them and helped to spread the word about the vote. 

The roof install was scheduled to be completed by the end of September.  Others who  have partnered with Jeff Alte, Jr. include ABC Supply Co. of Randolph and GAF Materials Corp., in Parsippany,  supplied roofing materials; Global Waste Industries provided a dumpster on site for the old roof materials; and Hollie Studios of Hackettstown donated all lawn signs.  

“We are very pleased with the success that this initiative has brought bringing so many members of our community together,’’ said Alte. “We are excited to be close to seeing the project completed for our very deserving winner.  This year’s winner and their story has been especially hard to see unfold in front of our eyes, but we are happy to be the silver lining in their lives right now as they struggle to move forward without Gordon.”  

For more information about Jeff Alte Jr. Roofing & Siding, their No Roof Left Behind program,  call 908-850-8558 or visit or

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Agent Christy Doyle Honored By Broker Agent Advisor Tue, 23 Oct 2018 01:47:39 +0000 Now in its 23rd year, Broker Agent Advisor, a real estate trade publication, celebrates the success and accomplishment of the industry’s finest real estate professional through its ‘Certificate of Excellence’ award program.

Through proprietary criteria, formulas, and other valuable considerations, Christy Doyle of RE/MAX Town & Valley has been distinguished with the Seven Start Award as one of the best in the business based on achievement, potential, leadership, ethics, community value, experience, capability, and trust for service during 2018.

“Christy exemplifies the type of professional we designed this aware for,” said Chad Golladay, executive publisher of Broker Agent Advisor. “A true credit to their company, profession, and community both inside and outside of their real estate practice; one with whom the honor is truly ours in being able to share this award.

There is no cost or fee required for this award, and all applicants’ credentials are verified, which makes this honor one of the most genuine in the industry towards identifying those truly worth of special recognition and distinction.

Christy Doyle may be found in Broker Agent Advisor’s national online directory of award recipients here:

Established in 1996, Broker Agent provides information, tools and resources to assist the modern real estate professionals in achieving greater success through their real practice. More information is available at:

Consideration for this award  is available to any quality real estate sales professional at

Christy Doyle can be reached at 973-270-8030, or by calling the Hackettstown location.  RE/MAX Town & Valley is a locally owned and operated full-service real estate brokerage located in Hackettstown, Hope and  Rockaway, specializing in residential and land real estate. RE/MAX Town & Valley is a proud supporter of local charities, and is located at 1585 Route 517, Hackettstown;  321 Mount Hope Ave, Rockaway, and 324 High Street, Hope. To learn more, visit

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PossAbilities Thrift Boutique Opens in Phillipsburg Tue, 23 Oct 2018 01:45:59 +0000 Abilities of Northwest Jersey Inc. hosted a grand opening of its PossAbilities Thrift Boutique and Phillipsburg program location on Sept. 15.

More than 200 people attended a ribbon cutting ceremony to support the local non-profit organization and their new enterprise.

Guests were able to take tours of the entire Abilities building, which included the Thrift Boutique and the “Branching Out” Food Pantry. While on the tours, guests were also able to see the facility of Abilities Phillipsburg Program, which included newly renovated, state-of-the-art sensory rooms and a life-skills kitchen area that provides training for the individuals Abilities serves.

The event was kicked-off with a performance by the Abilities Choir. The ribbon cutting took place with Abilities CEO Cindy Wildermuth, members of the organizations’ Board of Trustees and several dignitaries, including Assemblyman John DiMaio and Warren County Freeholders Ed Smith and Rick Gardner. During the ceremony, Phillipsburg Mayor Stephen Ellis gave a heartfelt speech on the importance of the mission of Abilities’ and providing services to people with disabilities.

“I think it’s so important to have an organization like Abilities to raise our citizens with different abilities up to become a part of our community,’’ Ellis said. “I praise and thank the people here for supporting these people and helping them grow in our community.”

PossAbilities Thrift Boutique is now open for business. Store hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday,  10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about the store, visit or call (908)-878-6887.

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Family Day At Heath Brings Residents, Employees Together Tue, 23 Oct 2018 01:44:47 +0000 Heath Village recently held its Annual Family Day.

One of Heath Village’s most anticipated annual events, this year’s theme was “Once Upon a Medieval Time.”

There was live music and entertainment, a Cinderella carriage, petting zoo, pony rides and carnival games. What makes Family Day so special is the unique opportunity it presents for residents and employees to relax with one another as well as their own family members.  

Heath Village is a full-service retirement community located in Washington Township. For further information, call 908-852-4801 or  visit:

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103 Years Young Tue, 23 Oct 2018 01:42:58 +0000 Here comes the Queen…in her crown! Ruth Forrest, Heath Village’s oldest independent resident, turned 103 on Sept. 26! Happy Birthday, Ruth!

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Local Businesses Honored At Oliver Awards Tue, 23 Oct 2018 01:38:05 +0000 Craft Brewery Czig Meister in Hackettstown was a big winner at the recent 4th Annual Mt. Olive Area Chamber of Commerce’s Oliver Awards.

Held at Wild West City in Byram, the event recognized chamber members with awards for marketing efforts in various categories. 

The chamber, 150-plus businesses strong, honored its peers in categories including print, social media, branding, copywriting, web design, video, promotional items, advertisements, radio, vehicle graphics and signage.

“It was a great night as we celebrated our members for their marketing talents,” said Harry Browne, president of the chamber.  “The chamber continues to showcase its terrific businesses in many ways and the Olivers is one way we do that.”  

Czig Meister, located in Hackettstown, captured awards in three categories: Branding, Signage and Video.

Westpy Marketing took two awards, for Promotional Item and Radio AD.

Other winners included: 

Advertising: Pure 2-O Drink Pure Ad

Copywriting: Titan Business Development

Book: Management Skills & Leadership Development

Print: Graphic Image Inc – 40 year anniversary brochure

Social Media – Facebook page: Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey

Vehicle Graphics:  Navitend 

Website:  Jersey Girl Brewery

The following businesses earned honorable mention awards: A Brilliant Solution, Svenja Lyon Design, Heath Village, Jersey Girl Brewing, Graphic Image, and Performance Trailers.

The event was sponsored by Follow Me Social Media, Graphic Image, Home Team, HTV Media Productions, Navitend, NexGen Management, Performance Trailers, Village Family Clinic, and Westpy Marketing. 

In addition to the awards, the night included a special performance by iconic comedian Uncle Floyd. 

The MOACC serves the Greater Mount Olive area, including parts of Northwest Morris County, and Warren and Sussex Counties.

For more information about the event or the chamber in general, visit

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Live Jazz At Rutherford Hall Tue, 23 Oct 2018 01:37:11 +0000 Warren Vache Quintet will perform at Rutherford Hall in Allamuchy on Oct. 28, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Vache is one of America's great jazz trumpeters, having played in a variety of settings, including polka bands, Dixieland bands, big dance bands, Broadway pit bands, small jazz groups and large free-wheeling combos.
It is in the latter setting that he has earned his worldwide reputation. Warren will be accompanied by Chuck Redd-vibraphone, James Chirillo-guitar, Dwayne Cook Broadnax-drums, and Earl Sauls-bass. Tickets are priced at $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

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Free ESL Classes Offered In Hackettstown Tue, 23 Oct 2018 01:36:11 +0000 Hackettstown High School will offer a free English as a Second Language course for Spanish speaking residents beginning Oct. 29.
The course will take place in the school on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., from Oct. 29 to Dec. 18. An online course will also be offered.
The courses are sponsored by Essex Regional Educational Services.
To sign up, call 908-852-8150, ext. 232.

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