My Paper Online Online Local Community News for New Jersey Fri, 11 Oct 2019 15:38:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Are Supermarket Aisles Racist? Fri, 11 Oct 2019 15:38:47 +0000 Are Supermarket Aisles Racist?

Connie Schultz is off this week. The following column is by Froma Harrop.

My supermarket has a giant “international” food aisle dominated by Asian and Latino products. Which items end up in a section dedicated to a particular foreign culture’s cuisine and not mixed in with the so-called American staples — Heinz, Campbell’s, etc. — fascinates me. Why, for example, is Cafe Santo Domingo on a Dominican Republic shelf and not next to Maxwell House in the regular coffee aisle?
David Chang doesn’t see these placements as mere marketing decisions but as something more sinister. Founder of the Momofuku restaurant empire, Chang calls the “ethnic” or “international” food aisle a “last bastion of racism that you can see in full daylight in retail America.”
I would disagree. I love the international aisle.
Chang argues that shelves designated for Latino or Asian foods are a kind of segregation from white America. Growing up in Northern Virginia, he recalls his parents shopping at two grocery stores, one dedicated to Korean foods and another a supermarket with an international food aisle.
Having that kind of choice sounds nice to me. But Chang says the existence of ethnic markets alongside allegedly all-American supermarkets told him he and his family “were never going to be accepted.”
Come on. I don’t doubt that Chang, like other children of immigrants, was subjected to hurtful comments. Unfortunately, nearly every recently arrived immigrant group gets sent through the ringer by people who were here before. Ideally, they move past the ugliness.
I’ll take the food critics’ word for it that Chang is touched by culinary genius. His high-style interiors are articles in themselves. Dining at his establishments can require two-hour waits for a table and end in an astronomical bill. One entree at Momofuku Las Vegas — King Crab & Pork Belly Stew with kimchi, burrata and rice cakes — goes for $72. I’m sure it’s to die for.
However, there is a note of discord when an entrepreneur complains of racial segregation in supermarkets while running elite dining salons rife with economic segregation. The racial makeup of customers at his tables does reflect the realities of class in America. And so, too, does the racial makeup of his kitchens.
Let’s go back to the international food aisle. Mine is not limited to predominantly non-white civilizations. There’s a small Irish section with Lyons Tea and Hogan’s Irish Soda Bread Mix. The shelves with Portuguese labels offer foods from Portugal as well as Brazil. There’s another area for kosher foods.
And although spaghetti and pasta sauces have been incorporated in the mainstream aisles (something Chang notes), my international aisle has a separate section for imported Italian products, mainly the Pastene brand. It’s a strange placement decision, in this opinion.
Supermarket managers say the international aisle is there for marketing reasons. It gives recently arrived immigrants one place to go for foods from the old country with labels in their native language.
Furthermore, many customers on the international aisle are native-born Americans seeking specialized ingredients to make, say, pad thai or tortillas. And for we who attempt fashionable fusion cooking — which mixes ingredients from different culinary traditions — the international aisle saves time.
Even if one dislikes the idea of an ethnic sorting of foods, where else would you put pacaya en salmuera, bottled palm flower clusters from Guatemala? What about Peruvian chulpe, dried, toasted corn?
Cafe Bustelo, designed for Latino coffee drinkers, has gained more widespread popularity. So you find a bunch of Bustelo products in the international aisle, and now there are some in the regular coffee section, right next to the Folgers.
Where supermarkets arrange items with foreign provenance obviously evolves over time. International aisles are there for the convenience of shoppers. No offense is intended, and none should be taken.
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The NBA Proves That Corporate Social Activism Is All About the Dollars Fri, 11 Oct 2019 15:37:56 +0000 The NBA Proves That Corporate Social Activism Is All About the Dollars

In recent years, the NBA has become famously political. During the heyday of the Black Lives Matter movement, the NBA permitted players to wear slogan-printed T-shirts in support, and stars like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul spoke out loudly on the issue. The Sacramento Kings actually announced a partnership with the local branch of the movement. And NBA players have had little problem denouncing President Trump, whom James called a “bum.” In 2017, Commissioner Adam Silver actually tried to blackmail the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, by pulling the All-Star Game, all in an attempt to restore the so-called “bathroom bill” for transgender people.
The NBA has reaped the benefit from its benevolent attitude toward left-leaning social activism, too. Silver, like former Commissioner David Stern before him, has been praised ad infinitum by the press, compared favorably to that alleged corporate hobgoblin Roger Goodell of the NFL. Silver told CNN just last year that “part of being an NBA player” is social activism and a “sense of an obligation, social responsibility, a desire to speak up directly about issues that are important.” Silver stated the league wants players to “be multi-dimensional people and fully participate as citizens.” He specifically explained that the league had a role in ensuring that the situation remains “safe” for players afraid of suffering career blowback.
Then the NBA came up against its own corporate interests.
And the NBA caved.
Late last week, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted an eminently uncontroversial statement: “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.” That’s about as milquetoast a statement about Hong Kong as it’s possible to make. But that didn’t matter to the Chinese government, which immediately stated that it would cut relations with the NBA and the Rockets in particular. Speculation quickly ran rampant that Morey might lose his job. Morey was forced to delete his tweet and walk it back: “I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China. I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event. I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to hear and consider other perspectives.” James Harden, star of the team, tweeted, “We apologize. We love China. We love playing there.” Silver’s NBA put out an apology in Chinese saying (as translated), “We are extremely disappointed in the inappropriate comment by the general manager of the Houston Rockets.”
So, what happened to all of that corporate do-gooderism? It simply disappeared upon contact with reality. That’s the sad truth of corporate politics: If it takes kowtowing to the Chinese communist government to earn a quick dollar, corporations will do it. Ask Google. Or Hollywood studios. Or the NBA.
All of which gives the lie to the bizarre notion that corporations are handmaidens for capitalist exploitation. They’re not. They simply follow dollars. If they can grab those dollars through cronyism with governments, they will. In fact, that’s easier than retaining a competitive advantage in a free and open marketplace.
There’s another, more important point at stake. When corporations virtue signal to the left, they’re doing so for the same reason the NBA just bowed to China: dollars. The NBA understands that American leftists are far more censorious than conservatives — and that means that openly pandering to the American left earns product loyalty from that political contingent, without serious consequences from American conservatives. It’s not about pure principle for Adam Silver and company — or for any other newly woke corporations discovering their inner social activists. It’s about the green. It always is.
Ben Shapiro, 35, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show” and editor-in-chief of He is the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller “The Right Side Of History.” He lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles. To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at

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CONNIE SCHULTZ Oct 2 2019 Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:35:44 +0000 BY CONNIE SCHULTZ

An Annual Reminder: It’s Your Divorce, Not Your Children’s

It’s October!
Such a happy month for countless families of young children who are already brainstorming who or what they will be for Halloween.
Lots of dragons this year, I hear, and superheroes. In our family of seven grandchildren, I will not be surprised if Peppa Pig makes an appearance, trotting alongside one of the pups of “Paw Patrol.” Ryder, maybe, or Chase. I expect a pajama-clad appearance from Woody, as is our family’s habit. We’ve watched “Toy Story” so many times in this joint that I can’t hear Tom Hanks’ voice without looking around for Buzz Lightyear.
There is no holiday less complicated and more fun for little ones than Halloween — unless you’re one of those parents who sees trick-or-treat night as round one in your endeavor to make an estranged spouse miserable for the holidays.
This column is written on behalf of the children whose lives you are about to ruin.
Yes, this separation or divorce has been beyond brutal.
Yes, the fault falls entirely on the diminished shoulders of you-know-who.
And yes, you love your children.
Prove it.
Let’s start with Allhallows Eve.
I’m sorry to be harsh, but for the sake of your children, I don’t care if the man or woman you once loved has betrayed every promise ever made to you and cackled over the pile of shattered pieces of your heart. If he or she is no danger to your child — as determined by an expert — and you are interfering with visitation or otherwise trying to poison that relationship, then you are violating the greatest trust of all, which is the one you owe your children.
I’ve written about this issue at the beginning of the holiday season for years, at the request of divorce lawyers, and domestic court judges and referees. I’ve noticed an uptick in this year’s number of requests, which is why this column comes earlier than usual. It would appear that political tensions increasingly are creeping into every crevice of family life. Let us acknowledge this, and agree that this bears no resemblance to an excuse for mirroring the behavior we almost universally claimed to abhor before the 2016 election.
If this is your year not to take your children trick-or-treating, another opportunity has immediately presented itself: You can model the behavior you hope to see in your former beloved, and create great content for your children’s eulogies at your funeral many years from now.
Help your kids with their costumes, if that’s one of your many talents. Or celebrate the other parent’s efforts to make your kids’ Halloween dreams come true. Honor the agreed-upon time for the exchange of children, and act happy about it. If I can pretend to like a stranger who has just suggested I inject Botox into my face to look better for my senator husband, you can pretend, for your children, to like the person you once promised to love until the day one of you drops dead.
Please don’t mistake my certainty about all of this as evidence of lack of experience. I was a single mother for a decade, starting when my daughter was just 7 years old. I know that it’s easy to be the model of class and grace when things are going our way, but that it’s quite another thing to pull it off when we feel alone and hollowed out. I also know, from direct experience and through interviews with countless families of divorce, that children grow up to be adults who will decide for themselves who was fair and who deserves to know their grandchildren. Please think about that if ever you’re tempted to make your child feel guilty for wanting to love someone.
You can be the parent your children want you to be.
This happy grandma is cheering you on.
Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and professional in residence at Kent State University’s school of journalism. She is the author of two non-fiction books, including “…and His Lovely Wife,” which chronicled the successful race of her husband, Sherrod Brown, for the U.S. Senate. Her novel, “The Daughters of Erietown,” will be published by Random House in Spring 2020. To find out more about Connie Schultz ( and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at

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BEN SHAPIRO – OCTOBER 2, 2019 Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:28:23 +0000 BEN SHAPIRO

Impeachment Isn’t Merited

President Trump is a bull in a china shop. He says inadvisable things to inadvisable people, mainly because he is inadvisable — literally no one can advise him. The vast majority of things Trump says are ignored or brushed off by those who understand the difference between bloviation and manipulation. Still, Trump’s constant stream of noise can make it difficult to tell the difference between the two.
So when an intelligence community whistleblower came forward with an allegation that, on a call with the Ukrainian president, Trump proposed a quid pro quo with the Ukrainian government — release of military aid in exchange for a Ukrainian investigation into Joe Biden and son Hunter Biden — the allegation didn’t appear absurd on its face. The timeline, after all, seemed to match up: Trump allegedly suspended military aid to Ukraine personally a week before talking with the Ukrainian president, only to release the aid after the holdup was met with public scrutiny.
Then, the Trump administration released a transcript of the call, in which Trump used the typical New York real estate wheeler-dealer language of favors: favors related to investigations surrounding CrowdStrike, the firm tasked with analyzing the hack of the Democratic National Committee in 2016, an investigation that concluded with allegations of Russian interference; favors related to helping Rudy Giuliani investigate the origins of the 2016 Trump-Russia investigation; favors related to investigating the Bidens. The theory seemed to be gaining credibility.
Then it seemed to fall apart. It turned out that the Ukrainian government apparently had no clue that Trump was even withholding military aid — and without such a (SET ITAL) quid (END ITAL), there couldn’t be a (SET ITAL) pro quo (END ITAL). The Ukrainian president publicly proclaimed that Trump hadn’t pressured him. The whistleblower report turned out to be third-hand gossip rather than first-hand information. And allegations of a cover-up imploded as the Trump administration released information ranging from the transcript to the whistleblower report itself.
And so, Democrats have begun to move the goalposts. Now Democrats are claiming that the State Department is engaged in obstruction, just minutes after claiming that Trump’s Department of Justice had engaged in obstruction. Democrats allege that Trump’s behavior — without allegations of criminal conduct — is enough to justify impeachment. Now, after Trump predictably took to Twitter to rail against the whistleblower and the Democrats, Democrats claim his behavior amounts to “witness intimidation.”
As the grounds for the impeachment inquiry broaden, it’s becoming clear that the Democrats’ enthusiasm for impeachment outweighed their supporting evidence. They leapt before they looked — and now they’re trying to backfill an impeachment inquiry that must end with an impeachment vote or lay bare the emptiness of the original attacks themselves.
Perhaps Democrats (SET ITAL) will (END ITAL) come up with something. That’s always possible, given the amount of leaking and loose talk around the White House. But barring some sort of cataclysmic revelation, the impeachment effort seems to be stalling out. And based on the current evidence, it should.
Ben Shapiro, 35, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show” and editor-in-chief of He is the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller “The Right Side Of History.” He lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles. To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at

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Groblewski Promoted to Sergeant Tue, 01 Oct 2019 23:58:56 +0000 Photo: Mayor Rob Greenbaum,  Julia Torlucci, Sergeant Jessica Groblewski and Chief Stephen Beecher

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Kathy Kwasnick and family have been named as winner of a new roof in Alte Roofing’s No Roof Left BehindTM initiative.

Kwasnik’s nomination entry for the contest is titled “Stage 4 Cancer Mom Needs a New Roof. ” 

Kwasnik, of Sparta in Sussex County, was left a young widow in 2002 with 2 small children.   They are now young adults, doing well, and Kwasnik has remarried.  However, in June of 2018, she suffered a seizure from a brain tumor, a result of metastatic uterine cancer.  She also suffers from Lynch Syndrome, a genetic condition which predisposes her to different cancers.  She is passionate about raising awareness for the syndrome, from which her father passed in February.  Her roof is showing its age and starting to leak.  Any money saved was needed to pay for large medical bills over the last year.


Kwasnik has worked for a NJ non-profit organization for many years, and understands what it means to give back.  She is grateful that Alte Roofing has presented this opportunity. Through the process, Kwasnik reconnected with many people from her past that she hadn’t been in touch with for years.  The winner is selected through a month long online vote. While votes from the general public come in, the four finalists rally hard to try to earn enough votes to put themselves over the edge as winner.  


Kwasnik was selected as one of four finalists from a record 38 entries in the company’s 5th annual roof giveaway.  The other finalists were Ron & Vicky Brim of Belvidere in Warren County, Anthony & Kelley Boccio of Mt. Arlington in Morris County and  John & Sue Spiridigliozzi of Hampton in Hunterdon County.


The roof install is scheduled to be completed by mid September.  Alte Roofing is grateful to the others in the community that have partnered with them to make the roof a reality.  ABC Supply Co. of Randolph and GAF Materials Corp. headquartered in Parsippany are supplying roofing materials, LMR Disposal will provide a dumpster on site for the old roof materials, and Hollie Studios of Hackettstown has donated all the lawn signs.  

“We are very pleased with the success that this initiative has brought bringing so many members of our community together. We are excited to be close to seeing the project completed for our very deserving winner,” said owner, Jeff Alte Jr.

Alte Roofing is a full service roofing, siding and gutter company serving Warren, Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset and Sussex counties.  For more information about their No Roof Left Behind program and interviews, please call 908-850-8558 or visit or .

ABOUT NO ROOF LEFT BEHIND: 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.

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Hackettstown Pastor Publishes Book “Souls Along the Way” Tue, 01 Oct 2019 23:54:18 +0000 By Elsie Walker


A little boy who comes to church to pray for his mother before her surgery, a person with Lou Gehrig’s disease whose last wish is to come to worship one last time, and a young mother whose child ran away from her into traffic and was killed by a car, these are some of the souls which Rev. Dr. Frank Fowler III has met along his way.  For two decades, Fowler has been sharing vignettes, which illustrate deep points while touching the spirit, through a weekly column, “On My Mind”, in the newsletter of Trinity United Methodist Church in Hackettstown. Now, he’s put many of those and other vignettes, in a book, Souls Along the Way.  The book is available through Amazon or can be purchased at the church for $12.95. Ten percent of the proceeds of the book sales go to Trinity United Methodist Church

Fowler’s column started with a letter to his congregation in 1999.  Fowler, the senior pastor at the Hackettstown church, was on renewal leave and away from the church when the Columbine School shooting took place. The first mass school shooting in this country, it shocked many people.  Being away, Fowler thought he should send the congregation something to give them support. Not having a computer with him, he found a kiosk PC and sent the congregation a letter which became the first of the weekly, “On My Mind”.

Fowler noted that he doesn’t pre-write any of his weekly columns   Some are stories about people; some are on national events. He looks for something relevant to the church and basically shares, “what’s on my mind”, he said.   That sharing has garnered hundreds and hundreds of stories. They range from the story of Trey and Jesse, a special Olympics athlete and his coach to that of a teen from New York. Stephen, who finds himself lost in Hackettstown and comes to the church to help him get home.  Each vignette reflects a greater truth, whether it is about the bond of love or that regardless of the situation, when we are lost, God and the church are there.

In this book, Fowler shares 51 vignettes, some of which are 35 years old.  “I think of myself as a storyteller,” said Fowler of his vignettes and those stories he shares in his sermons.  He describes the ones he selected for the book as “very compelling” and ones that “begged for telling”.  

The book is divided into five chapters.  Chapter One covers young souls and has stories of children and young adults.  Chapter Two covers inspirational souls, uplifting spirits. Chapter Three is on seeking souls, while Chapter Four is on faithful souls, people who have gone through adversity and persevered.  Chapter Five is “Some Other Souls” and includes stories that didn’t fit into any other category. Included in the book are a few stories from Fowler’s experiences during church mission trips to Haiti, a place near to his heart. Those include being there during an earthquake and baptizing a Haitian baby who died a few months later.

Now that the book is out, Fowler shared his hope for it.  “I hope people will reflect on the fact that every person is not just a body, but also a soul created by God [and] that it is the things of the soul that matter most in life,” he said.

What about the stories that didn’t get shared in this book?   Fowler already has plans for those, with another book to be called, More Souls Along the Way


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Mount Olive Lions Donate $1,000 to FOP Tue, 01 Oct 2019 23:51:31 +0000 The Mount Olive Lions Club presented the Mount Olive FOP with a donation for $1,000.00   The check presentation was at the Mount Olive Council Meeting on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.  In photo: Councilman John Mania, Councilwoman Colleen Labow, Vice President Alex Roman, Mayor Rob Greenbaum, Drew Van Dam Mount Olive Lions Club, Corporal Chad Rossy, Chief Stephen Beecher, Councilman Greg Stewart and Councilman John Ferrante.

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First Day of School in Mount Olive Tue, 01 Oct 2019 23:46:57 +0000

Happy to be back

Fifth-graders Gianna Ferrugio and Emma McNeil are all smiles on the first day of school at Mountain View Elementary School in Mount Olive. Schools opened on September 5.





Her first official first day of school

Eleanor Hamilton Jones is welcomed by Melissa Kolenski, principal of Mountain View Elementary School in Mount Olive, on Kolenski’s first official first day of school as principal. Kolenski served as acting school principal at the start of the 2018-2019 school year and became the official principal when appointed by the board of education in November, 2018. Schools in Mount Olive opened on September 5.


Photo credit: Michael Cravotta

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Muccione Installed as New Fire Marshal Tue, 01 Oct 2019 23:44:50 +0000 Marc Muccione was sworn in on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 as Fire Marshal of Mount Olive Township.  In photo is Catherine Detoro, Joanne Muccione, Michelle Masser and Marc Muccione.

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