Morristown/Mendam Life March 2024

Summit High School’s Allison Kim named 2024
YoungArts competition winner

By Steve Sears
16-year-old Summit High School sophomore, Allison Kim, was recently named a 2024 YoungArts competition winner.
Kim said, “I knew about YoungArts even when I was in Korea as it was a famous competition. Other than piano, YoungArts also has categories for other instruments, photography, and writing. I was planning to apply for it during
freshman year, but did not have time for it as I was still adjusting to Summit, so I applied during sophomore year.”
According to Kim, who is a pianist, the competition is held through performance video submissions. The deadline for 2024 YoungArts was October, and the results were announced  at the end of November. The pieces Kim performed and submitted were Bach Prelude and Fugue No.17 in A flat Major, WTC 1; Haydn Sonata in A flat Major, Hob XVI 46, 1st movement; Gounod/ Liszt Faust Waltz; and L. Auerbach Prelude No.4, No.5.
 Kim was born in Korea, and with her parents moved to Virginia a few months after her birth. She returned to Korea in the second grade, then moved back to the United States and Summit during her
freshman year of high school.
Although interested in both the violin and flute, piano was the first instrument she heard and embraced, and much of that had to do with her parents. Kim said, “My parents always turned on classical piano music when I was young, making me most familiar with it. I also liked how the piano looked; it seemed like a nice decoration to have in the house. Before playing the piano, I did figure skating. When I quit, I had nothing to do during my free time, so I started practicing the piano, making me more committed to it.”
Kim, who studied at a piano academy in Korea
and also attended the Yewon School, an arts middle school in the same country, currently studies with Professor Julian Martin at the Julliard School Pre-College program for students 8 – 18 years old. She performed at Carnegie Hall when she was about 8 years old, and also performed 20 times in Korea. Kim said, “I performed with the orchestra first when I was in fourth grade, then when I was 14 years old, right before moving to Summit. Immediately after moving to America, I performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.”
Kim, for whom family as well as learning new things both in music and academics is important, is a member of both Back to BACH Project and the GIVE-Youth chamber group.
Kim said of the latter, “GIVE-Youth is a nonprofit organization, mainly funding and donating to hospitals, orphanages, and people with disabilities. We sometimes have benefit concerts for the disabled, and previously we funded the Special Olympics with a fundraising activity through chamber performances. The main GIVE-Youth group is in Pennsylvania, and there are other groups in New Jersey, California, India, South Korea, etc. Other than performing with GIVE-Youth, I am the head translator and New Jersey leader of the disability awareness project we are doing. For the project, members make influential posters about disabilities,and we post them on the GIVE-Youth Instagram page.”

Free Zoom Series from NCJW, West Morris Section:
RABBI MARK BILLER TO SPOTLIGHT RAV KOOK IN SERIES CALLED ‘LIVING A SOULFUL LIFE’

 
Rabbi Mark Biller will delve into the thought and philosophy of Rav Kook, a towering figure in Jewish life, in a three-part series, via Zoom, called “Living a Soulful Life.” The series, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Thursdays, March 14 (“Midnight Writer”), March 21 (“Everything Is Sacred”), and March 28 (“Every Moment Counts”), all at 1 p.m.
Our Jewish World is co-chaired by Ilene Dorf Manahan and Melanie Levitan, both of Morristown.
Rav Kook was Chief Rabbi of Israel during the British Mandate years (in the first part of the 20th century). He is considered the father of religious Zionism, and is a mystic, whose beautiful and profound writings still inspire.
“A realist who dealt with the politicians of the early State of Israel, Rav Kook saw a positive life force in all creatures and beings,” Rabbi Biller notes. “His goal was to foster positive understanding between Jews of all religious levels of practice, to teach a deep appreciation of nature and our place in it, and to bring conscious awareness for all to every moment.”
Rav Kook awakened every midnight to add entries to his personal diary. He reflected on life and wrote free-flowing prose about his spiritual beliefs—writings that were meant to remain private. Many years after his passing, the diaries were translated and published, so now we can gain direct access to his deepest unedited thoughts.
The series presenter observes, “For Rav Kook, Torah study is a doorway to finding the sacred in everything, and the goal of a religious life is to feel and find a sense of unity with all life. No matter how fraught the world seems, for Rav Kook each moment can hold the potential for connection and goodness.”
Rabbi Biller brings a wide perspective to his teaching and patience for all the questions we may have. He specializes in the art of storytelling, and counseling Jews of all ritual levels looking to find meaning in both modern life and rich Jewish traditions. The spiritual leader of synagogues in his native Canada, as well as in Alabama, Arkansas, New York and New Jersey, the rabbi received rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Preregistration is required for the series. To register, email 
iadpr@aol.com. One registration will cover all three sessions. 

LOCAL MASTERS SWIMMERS CELEBRATE 20TH ANNIVERSARY
WITH ANNUAL AWARDS BREAKFAST!
A group of Masters Swimmers from Madison and the surrounding areas have now had the privilege of swimming together for two decades at the Madison YMCA, the Madison Community Pool, the Summit YMCA and other close by locations.  Traditionally, we track monthly swim yardage for the entire year on a user friendly web site  (with support from our web site coordinator Barry Lass).   Each of our 60 swimmers has a chance to see how they rank throughout the year in total yards within the group in a monthly newsletter.
Also, as we do every year in January,  the Masters Yardstick Swimmers gathered recently at our 20th anniversary annual awards breakfast on January 6th- a combined live (at the Kemmerer Library in Harding Township) and online (via Zoom) event- with strong participation (39 in person and 6 on Zoom)!  Hosted by longtime swimmers Bob Nissen, Joe Donohue, and
Richard Clew, the multi-media slide show and event highlighted activities of 2023 (aided by our group historian, Barbara Rushman) and brought us together in such a way that all active members could enjoy.
It began with a fascinating summary of our 20 year history- how we started, how we have evolved and grown as the “Yardstick Swimmers”, and what we have accomplished as a group.  Since 2004, our collective swimming efforts are amazing- logging more than 371 million yards- or nearly 211,000 miles!  That is equivalent to swimming “around the world”  more than 8 times!
After reviewing a number of “20th Anniversary Workouts” submitted by our swimmers, we were entertained with a Surprise Video Tape and Congratulations Message from Rowdy Gaines, 3 time Olympic Gold Medal Winner in Swimming.
Many of our swimmers enjoy participating in group workouts at the Walker D. Kirby Aquatics Center in its modern eight lane pool at the Madison YMCA!  For further information on the pool and swim program, please contact the main desk at the Madison YMCA at 973-822-9622.
Ultimately, we moved on to the highlight of the event- our Annual Awards.  Jane Ikeda of Mendham, Diane Dinsmore of Madison, and Bob Franks of Chatham were each named “Bold Performer of the Year”, for demonstrating improved performance, exceptional effort and a special commitment to the swimming program.  3 D(imension) 20th Anniversary Awards for long term participation and passion for swimming by exemplifying Commitment, Consistency, and Competitiveness were presented to Jennifer Bauman of Parsippany, Bill Sullivan of Florham Park, and Richard Clew of Harding Township.
The  Team Competition was unbelievable, with our two squads each swimming more than 12 million yards in a competition that was close until the final day, when The Yardstick Rulers (led by Captain Richard Clew)  bested the Yardstick Junkies (led by Captain Bill Sullivan).  Finally, our top two swimmers for 2023 were runner up Cindy Viola of Chatham, and Yardstick Winner Sandra Seddon of Chatham, swimming 1,461,630 yards, or 830 miles!  Sandra was awarded the Doug Clark Championship Yardstick, named in memory of our former “Yardstick Swimmer”.
We all had a great time, and were so happy to connect with our swimming friends for this special 20th Anniversary celebration.  And we will continue our monthly yard tracking in 2024, and are convinced that our program will grow in numbers!  Adult swimmers of all levels from beginners to experts are welcome to the Masters programs. To learn more about our Yardstick Challenge, please contact Bob Nissen at bobnissen@gmail.com.

Ex-NHL player notches 350 victories as Coach for
Morristown Beards School Girls Ice Hockey Team

By Evan Wechman
When Morristown Beard School’s Girls Ice Hockey coach Bruce Driver started taking shots
on the goal as a toddler, he didn’t realize all that he would accomplish.  He was playing in Toronto, where he grew up just trying to keep up with his older brother and his father on the ice.
According to Driver, back in Toronto, there is an old saying that “kids are born with skates on their feet.”  Hockey was always celebrated in his hometown, but he never realized what a hero he would become in New Jersey.  He was recently honored for all he has done for the kids throughout Morristown and the entire state when his team captured Driver’s 350th victory this past month.
Driver has been coaching this team since 2000 and has brought home three state championships on the way to 350 victories.  As the team is now competing in the playoffs, he and the team are both hoping they can bring a fourth title back to the school.
Though the coach has served as a role-model and leader in the community for over two decades, the road to 350 victories was not easy.   Driver was not an instant superstar when he started playing hockey in Canada, before eventually helping the New Jersey Devils capture the Stanley Cup in 1995.  On
his path to bringing the cup to New Jersey, he won NCAA championships at the University of Wisconsin, and played in the Olympics for Team Canada in 1984.
He always worked hard as a player and constantly learned what he could from all the coaches who contributed to his development. Besides being grateful that his dad, who was a coach himself, helped him learn the fundamentals of the sport, Driver remains humble and acknowledges others as well.  “I had a number of great coaches as a youth player but was really fortunate to learn a lot from my college coaches, my Canadian Olympic coaches, and some of my pro coaches.  Bob Johnson, Grant Standbrook, and Jeff Sauer were all terrific college coaches who I learned a lot from.  I implement some of what I learned in those years with how I coach today.  Dave King was my Olympic coach who was a great teacher of the game.  Lastly, although I played for many great pro coaches, the ones who I felt taught my teammates and I things that I also use in my coaching style today are the tandem of Jacq
ue Lemaire and Larry Robinson.  They were our coaches leading up to and including the year the New Jersey Devils won our first Stanley Cup championship.”
Driver also wants the community to know that all the success at the school is a collaborative effort.  Though he has received many accolades for notching 350 victories, he understands the student-athletes he has worked with have been both talented and eager to learn.  “We have certainly been blessed with having some very good hockey players attend Morristown Beard School over the last 24 years.  In addition to having good players, most of them want to learn more about the game and play within the framework of what our coaching staff is teaching them.  These are two keys needed for team success,” Driver says.
The great leader continues to remain modest despite his victories as a player and coach.  He recalls that even when he played on the Devils’ Championship team, at the outset of the playoffs, most critics didn’t give them much of a chance.  However, the team’s willingness to work together and listen to their intelligent coaches propelled them to a higher level.  He’s hoping the same thing happens for his team this year as they compete in the playoffs. “Winning the three state championships in three attempts is something that is high on my list (of memories). Hopefully, we can do it again this year.”


Morristown Artist Signs UK Publishing Deal for
New York City Street Photography


Xiomaro, known for his photography commissioned by Morristown National Historical Park, signed a contract with Fonthill Media, a leading publisher in England.  Under the worldwide agreement, the artist will author a book of his New York City street photographs set to be released in 2025.  Xiomaro’s book will spearhead Fonthill Media’s new series “Photographers’ America,” and will be part of the artist’s international ramp-up to the nation’s 250th anniversary celebration in 2026.
The book will feature approximately 160 color and black-and-white images capturing the essence of New York City’s streets.  Xiomaro’s unique perspective delves beyond iconic landmarks, focusing on the daily lives and diverse interactions within Manhattan’s cramped 23 square
miles.  “As New Jersey commuters know, New York City’s Broadway, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square are among the icons drawing visitors across the U.S. and around the world – but for me, the real attraction is the evocative mash-up of people who live, work, and play within its gritty streets,” said Xiomaro.  The collection offers a glimpse into the rich diversity of daily life, showcasing a variety of scenes from ordinary moments to mysterious and enigmatic scenarios.  The photographs, all unstaged and free of AI manipulations, freeze the dynamic human condition for examination in ways that cannot be appreciated within the city’s real-time chaotic energy.
Xiomaro (pronounced SEE-oh-MAH-ro) is best known for his fine art photographic collections commissioned by the National Park Service, which have been covered by the 
New York TimesFine Art Connoisseur magazine, and network television news programs.  His first book, Weir Farm National Historic Site (Arcadia Publishing) featured Connecticut’s first national park and his work at Morristown National Historical Park was the subject of the PBS documentary, Xiomaro Captures Morristown.  Those photographs were exhibited last year at Morris Museum followed by a solo show of his street photography at the Mayo Performing Arts Center.  A retrospective of the artist’s National Park and street work is also on view, until March 18, throughout the entire fourth floor of the Morris County Administration and Records Building at 10 Court Street, Morristown, New Jersey.

 So how did street photography become part of his oeuvre?  In 2015, Xiomaro decided he did not want to wait until the next commission before he could engage in artistic photography.  To keep his creative vision and camera skills sharp, he started photographing his daily encounters in Manhattan – and the very best of that collection of personal work will comprise his second book for Fonthill Media.  By focusing his collection on candid and artistic portrayals of Big Apple life during the first quarter of the 21st century, the book will capture contemporary times, portraying what Xiomaro terms “future history.”
“Think of it as a photographic time capsule,” adds Xiomaro, which he explains will set the book apart from others featuring mid-century street photography or staged street portraits accompanied by interviews that provide viewers with less to engage their imagination.  “I’m putting together a book that appeals to a broad readership, including lovers of visual art and history, as well as travelers and casual smartphone photographers.”  Information about the artist’s work is posted on his website, 
www.xiomaro.com.

 

 

Great News for Local Families Struggling to Afford Preschool Tuition – Preschool Advantage Is Now Accepting Applications for the
2024-2025 School Year!

Do you need help affording the high cost of preschool, or do you know a family who does? Preschool Advantage is now accepting applications for tuition assistance for the 2024-2025 school year. Families demonstrating financial need and a commitment to education can apply now through the Preschool Advantage website. Applications received by March 1, 2024 will be given priority. Later applications will be considered as long as funds remain available.
Only 25% of New Jersey’s school districts offer free public preschool to all residents, leaving many families to pay for tuition themselves – and thousands of families in New Jersey simply cannot afford to do so. Preschool Advantage partners with 28 high-quality preschools in Morris and Somerset counties to bring the many benefits of preschool to families who could not otherwise afford this for their children. The families Preschool Advantage assists may earn up to $80,000 a year depending on family size.

Preschool Advantage relies solely on private funding to assist families in need. Since 1995, Preschool Advantage has provided tuition assistance to more than 1,500 families throughout Morris and Somerset Counties. In the school year that began in September, 2023, Preschool Advantage funded tuition for 106 children and plans to fund 100 more in 2024. To access the application and a list of partner preschools, go to preschooladvantage.org or call (973) 532-2501.

 

When You Get A Bad Medical Report

By Richard Mabey Jr.
I came into this world with a congenital heart defect, known as a Myocardial Bridge. Simply put, a Myocardial Bridge is a medical condition in which an artery of the heart interweaves and tunnels through the spindles of the heart muscles. Thus, every time the heart contracts, it squeezes the blood vessel, resulting in cutting off the blood supply to that area of the heart.
On top of all of this, I recently had an MRI of my heart and a heart catheterization. The bottom line is that my Cardiologist found a second aneurysm near my heart. The first is at the base of my Ascending Aorta, the second aneurysm is located at the base of my Brachiocephalic Artery. My Cardiologist gave it to me straight. Based on the rate of growth of my aneurysms and the factors of my Myocardial Bridges, my Cardiologist told me that she estimated I have about two years to live. That was tough to hear.
I admit that I was sad to hear that news. And, yes, for a couple of days, I was feeling sorry for myself. But then I woke up from a deep sleep, I walked over to my bedroom window and opened up my curtain and blinds. I saw the glistening morning sun, a couple of squirrels climbing up and down the Live Oak in my front yard, and took in the sight of a couple of birds perched upon the edge of my front yard birdbath. Once again, I saw the joy and splendor and wonder of the beauty of God’s creation.
Life is tough. At times it gets really tough. And then at times it gets so tough, we’re tempted to fall into sadness, even depression. But that is just the time when we need to pull up our boot straps, take a good hard look in the mirror and dig deep to rediscover the joy and splendor of being alive. Even in the midst of getting the bad news of having a serious health condition, we’ve got to fight, tooth and nail, to stay positive.
This article will, no doubt, be read by hundreds of people. Yet, I know deep in my heart and soul, that I am writing this column for one specific person. Odds are that I’ve never met this person. I don’t know their name. I don’t know what they look like. But I do know this. After praying and praying about it, God directed me to write these words.
Hold dear to each and every precious day. Time is more valuable than all the gold in Fort Knox. Love the dear ones in your life. Tell them you love them. Find a purpose, a means to uplift others. Even if it’s just sharing a smile to a passerby in a grocery store. Forgive all those who have hurt you. Love one another.
Read the spiritual writings of your faith. Pray. Meditate on God’s beauty in nature. Be kind to animals. Speak gently to children. Encourage someone who is struggling in life. Write a poem, don’t worry about making it rhyme. Donate a few dollars to a worthwhile charity. Love one another.
As long as your heart is beating, and your breathing air into your lungs, you can make a positive mark upon another person’s life. For love is the key that unlocks miracles. Simply put, love one another.
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 richardmabeyjr@hotmail.com.

Celebrating Women’s History Month:
A Tribute to Women’s Contributions Throughout the Ages

Women’s History Month is a time to honor and celebrate the countless achievements and contributions of women throughout history. This annual observance, which takes place in March, serves as a reminder of the remarkable women who have shaped our world and inspired future generations.
The origins of Women’s History Month can be traced back to the early 20th century when International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909. Inspired by labor movements and activism, this day aimed to highlight the social, economic, and political achievements of women. Over the years, the observance of International Women’s Day
spread globally, gaining momentum and recognition.
In the United States, the push for a designated month to honor women’s history gained traction in the 1970s during the height of the feminist movement. In 1978, a school district in Sonoma, California, organized a week-long celebration of women’s contributions, which soon spread to other communities across the country. Encouraged by this grassroots movement, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8th as National Women’s History Week in 1980.
The momentum continued to build, and in 1987, Congress passed a resolution designating March as Women’s History Month. Since then, Women’s History Month has been a time to recognize and celebrate the achievements of women in all fields, including politics, science, literature, art, and beyond.
Throughout history, women have made significant strides in the face of adversity and discrimination. From trailblazers like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who fought tirelessly for women’s suffrage, to Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her seat on a segregated bus sparked the Civil Rights Movement, women have been at the forefront of social change.
In science and techn
ology, women have also left an indelible mark. Figures like Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, shattered glass ceilings and paved the way for future generations of women in STEM fields.
Literature and the arts have also been enriched by the contributions of women. From the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Maya Angelou to the novels of Jane Austen and Toni Morrison, women writers have captivated audiences and challenged societal norms with their words.
In recent decades, Women’s History Month has expanded to recognize the achievements of women from diverse backgrounds, including women of color, LGBTQ+ women, and women with disabilities. This inclusive approach reflects the intersectional nature of feminism and acknowledges the unique challenges faced by different groups of women.
Today, Women’s History Month is celebrated with events and activities that highlight the achievements of women past and present. From panel discussions and lectures to art exhibitions and film screenings, there are countless opportunities to learn about and honor the contributions of women in all aspects of society.
As we commemorate Women’s History Month, let us not only celebrate the achievements of the past but also recommit ourselves to the ongoing fight for gender equality. By honoring the past and uplifting the voices of women today, we can create a more equitable and just future for all.

Mary Edwards Walker the Only Female Medal of Honor Winner
By Henry M. Holden
Mary  Edwards Walker (1832-1919) challenged the practices of her day. Born and raised on a farm in Oswego, New York, Walker became one of a handful of female physicians in the country.
Despite the mockery and destain  from her contemporaries she continued to break custo
ms and wore men’s clothing rather than corsets and large petticoats and dresses. She believed they were unhygienic and caused health issues.
Walker lectured and campaigned for woman’s suffrage, and for prohibition, and against tobacco, and alcohol.
From the outset of the Civil War, Walker volunteered her services as a physician. Despite opposition from army commanders and field surgeons, Walker served as a surgeon at Manassas, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Chickamauga, and other bloody theaters of the war. She attended to the wounded soldiers and civilians on both sides of the conflict. At the time, women physicians were considered unfit for military service.
Captured by Confederates near Chattanooga in 1864, she served four months in a Southern prison near Richmond where she nursed wounded prisoners of war.
Walker was a skilled surgeon, and graduated in 1855, from Syracuse Medical College. She was an abolitionist, prohibitionist. and prisoner of war. She was captured and arrested as a spy for the Union Forces by Confederate troops after crossing enemy lines to help a Confederate doctor perform an amputation on a civilian. She remained a prisoner of war fo
r four months until August 12 when she was released in a prisoner exchange.
She frequently crossed battle lines to treat civilians, and this led to her capture by Confederate troops in 1864. She was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1865 by President Andrew Johnson.
Before her capture, Walker wrote to the department of war, and requested to act as a spy in the conflict; she was rejected, but later was employed as a civilian surgeon by the army of the Cumberland, becoming the first female surgeon to work for the US Army surgeon general.
Walker’s Medal of Honor was withdrawn following a 1917 review of Army Medal of Honor awards. In their review it recommended that the medal be restricted to enlisted personnel.
There is no higher accolade awarded in the United States Armed Forces than the Medal of Honor.
In 1917, Congress passed an Act detailing the requirements for qualification for the Medal. The Medal of Honor recipient must be enlisted personnel. And involved in actual combat with an enemy. This review resulted in over 900 names being deleted from the Medal of Honor roll.. Dr. Mary Edwards w
as one of those names.
In 1977 President Jimmy Carter, reinstated Dr. Walker’s Medal of Honor; Walker was only one of six people who had their medals restored.
Although married, there is no evidence that she had children. She divorced her husband on the grounds of his infidelity.
After the war, Dr. Walker became a writer, lecturer, and advocated in support of women’s rights. At the time, it was illegal for women to wear men’s clothing. She was arrested many times for wearing men’s clothes, but never stopped insisting on her right to wear the clothing she felt was appropriate.
Dr. Walker tried to vote in 1871 but was turned away. She became a leading member of the early suffrage movement, arguing that women already had a constitutional right to vote. Dr. Walker never stopped pushing for women’s rights.
In the exact words of the Congressional Resolution on 12 July 1862 “the award is for gallantry, and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing force or while serving with a friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict …  It is awarded to only American military personnel for incredible acts of valor and selfishness..
In a presidential review of the Medal of Honor In 197, after reviewing her record of valor, President Jimmy Carter said that although a civilian at the time of her valor she was restored to the Medal of Honor Roll in 1977.
After a long illness, Walker died at home on February 21, 1919, at the age of eighty-six. She was buried at Rural Cemetery in Oswego, New York, in a plain funeral, with an American flag draped over her casket, and wearing a black suit instead of a dress. Her death, in 1919, came one year before the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote.

Harriet Quimby – First Licensed Female Aviator in U.S.
By Henry. M. Holden
Quimby was the first woman licensed as a pilot in the United States (1911); first woman to pilot (solo) an airplane (1912) across the English Channel, and the first woman to make a night flight (1911).
Harriet Quimby was born in Coldwater, Michigan, 0n May 11, 1875., She moved with her family to California in 1887.
In 1903, Harriet Quimby moved to New York to work for Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly, a popular newspaper. There, she was the drama critic, writing reviews of plays and the new medium,
moving pictures.
She also served as a photojournalist, and one of the first women to use a camera to support her journalism. She traveled to Europe, Mexico, Cuba, and Egypt for Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly. She also wrote articles, advising women on their careers, and on household tips.

Harriet Quimby epitomized the independent woman of her day, living on her own, working at a career, and driving her own automobile.
In October 1910, Quimby went to the Belmont Park International Aviation Tournament on Long Island, to write a story. She befriended Matilde Moisant and her brother, John Moisant. Along with his brother, Alfred, John ran a flying school. Quimby was bitten by the flying bug. She began her flying lessons. Harriet dressed in disguise as a man, to hide her identity and become the first licensed female pilot thus gaining a one up on the almost exclusive fraternity of male journalists. The press discovered Quimby’s lessons and began following her progress.
On August 1, 1911, Harriet Quimby passed her pilot’s test and was awarded license #37 from Aero Club of America, part of the International Aeronautic Federation. Quimby was the second woman in the world to be licensed; the Baroness de la Roche had been awarded a license in France.
“Once I had my license,” said Quimby, “I’ve realized that I could share aviation with my readers. I wrote in the first person because my readers could feel closer to the events in the cockpit. I called some of my adventures “How A Woman Learns to Fly” and ‘The Dangers of Flying,” and “How to Avoid Them.”
After earning her pilot’s license, Harriet Quimby began touring as an exhibition pilot in the United States and Mexico.
At that time, women used adapted versions of men’s clothing.
While wide hats were in fashion, they were not practical in an open cockpit airplane. For most American women emerging from the Victorian era, pants were unacceptable and immodest. Some women attempted to compensate with trousers with buttons on the inside that converted the garment into a skirt. Most women found this uncomfortable, awkward, and sometimes dangerous. Eventually a flying outfit emerged that was acceptable. “It may seem remarkable,” Quimby said “When I begin to fly I could not find a regular aviator’s outfit for me in New York.
“Finally,
my tailor helped me design a style that was extraordinary for the era, one piece outfit with full knickers reaching below the knee and high-top black kid boots.
The outfit had matched gauntlet style driving gloves and a long leather coat for cold weather flying.
In late 1911, Harriet Quimby decided to become the first woman to fly across the English Channel. Another woman Miss Trehawke-Davis flew across as a passenger.
The record for the first woman pilot remained for Quimby to achieve, but feared someone would beat her to it. So, she sailed secretly in March 1912, for England. She borrowed a 70-hp Bleriot monoplane from Louis Bleriot, who was the first person to fly across the Channel in 1909.
On Sunday, April 14, Quimby was ready. She had never flown a 70-hp plane and wondered about its control. She was used to flying  a 30-hp plane. The weather is perfect:  She could see Calais, 22 miles across channel and everyone urged her to take off immediately and take advantage of the weather.
However, it was Sunday. She refused to fly on a Sunday for any reason. The following day there was heavy rain, and her ground crew sat all day in a cramped room waiting for the weather to clear.
On April 16, 1912, the weather had cleared of the rain but there was a substantial fog along her planned route.
Quimby decided to go for it. Her route was approximately the same route that Bleriot has flown — but in reverse. She took off from Dover at dawn. The fog-overcast skies forced her to rely solely on a 
compass which one of her pilot-friends had just showed her how to use for a bearing.
About an hour later, she landed in France near Calais, 30-miles from her planned landing spot. In doing so she, becoming the first woman to fly solo across the English Channel.
But fame did not catch up to her accomplishment. The Steamship Titanic had hit an iceberg on April 16, and had sunk with over 1,000 lives lost.
When the press “noticed” her accomplishment they were not pleased. Because the 
Titanic sank  the newspaper coverage of Harriet Quimby’s record-setting flight received little acclamation in the United States and Britain. Any coverage was sparse and buried deep within the papers.
The editorial page of the New York Times on April 18, 1912, took a narrow view. The editorial was no doubt influenced by the paper’s lack of support for women’s suffrage movement that was in bloom in spring of 1912.
A reporter said, “Just a few months ago the same flight was one of the most daring and everywhere a remarkable accomplishment by man. Since then, the passage has been repeated by men, and now with them there is no glory. The flight is hardly anything more than proof of ordinary, professional competency.”
The Times continued, and in a condescending warning, said “The Feminists should be somewhat cautious about exalting Miss Quimby’s exploit. They should not call it a great achievement lest by doing so they invite the dreadful and humiliating qualification ‘great for a  woman.”
The smell of the sour grapes still lingered by the time Harriet arrived back in New York on May 12. She received no hero’s welcome and there was no ticker tape parade. It was a matter of timing. Only a week earlier 15,000 women and 619 brave men marched in support of women’s suffrage. The male leaders of the city had not yet recovered from this demonstration of feminine assertiveness. They weren’t ready to admit that there were female eagles, let alone honor them.
Harriet was not a woman who would like some anonymous editors to have the last word. “I wish I could express my views and ideas,” said Quimby. “It’s not a fad, I did not want to be the first American woman to fly just to make myself conspicuous. I just want to be the first, that’s all, and I am honestly delighted that I have written so much about other people, you can imagine how much I enjoy sitting back and reading about myself for once. I think that is excusable in me.”
Harriet Quimby returned to exhibition flying. On July 1, 1912, she had agreed to fly at the Third Annual Boston Aviation Meet. She took off, with William Willard, organizer of the event, as a p
assenger, and circled the Boston Lighthouse.
Suddenly, in view of hundreds of spectators, the two-seat plane, flying at 1,500 feet, lurched. Willard fell out and plunged to his death in the mudflats below. Moments later, the plane nosed down and Harriet Quimby also fell from the plane and was killed.
The editor added a preface to Miss Quimby’s now posthumous article, “In her tragic death, there is a note of pathos in the enthusiasm, energy, and prophecy for women in her article.
The New York Times, also commented on her tragic death. This Quimby woman is now the fifth woman in the world to die in an airplane accident. They were students and with the loss of Quimby it is five too many. The sport is not one for which women are physically qualified. As a rule, they lack the strength, and presence of mind, and the courage of aviators.
More than 110 years later, time has vindicated Harriet Quimby. Her spirits, at the time were angered by the negative and condescending editorials. If she were here today, she would smile, and rejoice, and say, “see, I told you so.”
Looking back, it is obvious that the cause of the accident and fatalities was due to Willard suddenly shifting his weight, disturbing the center of gravity and, Willard and Quimby failed to wear their seat belts.
All though Harriet Quimby’s career as a pilot lasted only 11 months, she was nevertheless a heroine and role model for generations to follow — even inspiring 
Amelia Earhart.
As a late but somewhat redeeming gesture, on April 27, 1991, the U.S. Post Office issued a 50-cent air mail stamp in her honor. At the time, Harriet Quimby was a third female aviator to be honored on a postage stamp; Amelia Earhart (1963), and Blanch Scott (1980) and were the other two.
Harriet Quimby is buried at Kensico Cemetery, in Valhalla, New York.

Women’s History Book Shines a Light
on the Stories Lost to Patriarchy

If history is written by those in power, then there are countless unsung heroes among the women who lived it. For too long, women who have served as leaders, champions of justice, and pioneers in their fields have been relegated to footnotes in our textbooks. Dr. Jackie Casper Agostini writes this powerful, transformative volume to rectify those errors, shining a light on these social movers. Women like Mary Harris, Ida B. Wells, and Isabella Baumfree (known to most as Sojourner Truth) are some of the most prominent forces behind not only the feminist movement but also many of the rights we all hold in society, regardless of gender. Shining a Light on (Her)Story paints a vivid picture of how conventions were defied to bring us the world we know.
The book is a powerful statement on the dangers of patriarchy, championing the importance of women crafting their own visions for the future. Featuring historical accounts of the lives of powerhouse social contributors like Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul, Agostini’s work is a treasure trove of forgotten stories. In addition, the book functions as Agostini’s personal memoir as she explores her own relationship with America’s historical narrative. Readers of any gender will find nuggets of wisdom to glean from this title. Women in particular will find it empowering, inspiring, and revelatory as stories of the past point toward a future built on solidarity.
Shining a Light on (Her)Story is available for purchase online at 
Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com.
About the Author
Dr. Jackie Casper Agostini is a native of New Jersey, where she teaches women’s history with the LIFE Program at Rowan College of Burlington County. She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s in math education, along with a PhD in Social Psychology from Temple University. Agostini began her career as a math teacher, later becoming a licensed psychologist and family therapist, a role which she held for twenty-two years. She is now proud to champion the role of women in history both in the classroom and through her written work. She avidly encourages women everywhere to tell their own stories.

Communities Rally Around Stephanie Sorrentino
By Steve Sears
When former Hackettstown resident and Hackettstown High School student, Stephanie (Cucinella) Sorrentino, was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer on May 11, 2023, the universe neglected to consider that you do not mess with a tiger.
A Hackettstown Tiger, that is – and their friends.
Mount Olive-Hopatcong-Hackettstown head hockey coach, Ryan Tatarka, and Sorrentino have been friends since they were five years old, and when he knew his lifelong friend and classmate needed help, he sprang into action, as did others.
Tatarka said, “We’ve stayed in touch throughout the years. I knew that she was a teacher in Millburn. I heard about her diagnosis through
the grapevine and social media over the summer after she had gotten married. I thought immediately we should do something as a program. We have the platform to be able to do the right thing here.”
Sorrentino, 30, had already benefitted by goodness courtesy of a special volleyball game between Hackettstown High School and Millburn high School on October 6, 2023, so Tatarka contacted the Millburn High School athletic director about an open date in the MOHOHA hockey schedule and asked if the school’s team would be interested in a January 27 benefit game at Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange.
All were on board.
Sorrentino, her husband John, and many family members attended the late January contest. She said, “When the game started, we had a little pregame ceremony again, and it was just awesome to be able to share our story to all the fans that came out for both teams, some of which were my old students, and some of my current colleagues were there.”
And Sorrentino the evening of the 27th was happy to report that, after a recent procedure, a pathology report had declared her cancer free. She said, “It has just been nice to see the outpouring of love. It was really nice to be able to share that I was cancer free with the two communities that came together to
help out.”
And there is a PSA, an important message, that Sorrentino wants to get out. She said, “We did catch this early. Life gets so busy, and day to day you are not really thinking about stuff like this. But prioritizing your health and making sure that you do get to the doctor and are doing self-checks and things like that are important.”
Donations can still be sent to a Venmo account titled “Steph Donation,” and cash or checks payable to the MOHS Booster Club to PO Box 648 Flanders NJ 07836. Also, donations can be mailed to the Hackettstown, Hopatcong, and Mount Olive High Schools, “Attn: hockey team.”

The Universal Barcode
By Henry M. Holden
There is a small town, Troy, Ohio, that celebrates an occasion that put it on the world map of the grocery trade.
On June 26, 1974, when the first item marked with the Universal Product Code (U PC) was scanned at the checkout of Troy’s Marsh Supermarket.
It was a ceremonial occasion and involved a little bit of setup. The night before, Marsh employees had moved in to put barcodes on hundreds of items in the store: while the National Cash Register installed their scanners and computers.
The first “shopper” was Clyde Dawson, who was head of research and development for Marsh Supermarket. Legend has it that Dawson dipped into his shopping basket and pulled out a pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum. Dawson explained later that this was not a lucky dip.
“I had chosen it because nobody had been sure that a bar code could be printed on something as small as a pack of chewing gum.”
Finally, there was a solution to the problem of slow checkout lines and inventory control. But it would take years for its successful implementation.
On October 20, 1949, Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver filed their patent application for the “Classifying Apparatus and Method,” describing their invention as “article classification…through the medium of identifying patterns.” The first patent for a barcode type product (US Patent #2,612,994) was issued to the inventors on October 7, 1952. The invention was based on Morse code.
It was Morse code that gave Woodland the idea. Woodland had learned Morse code when he was in the Boy Scouts. As he was sitting in a beach chair and pondering the checkout dilemma, Morse came into his head:
“I remember I was thinking about dots and dashes when I poked my four fingers into the sand and, for whatever reason—I didn’t know—I pulled my hand toward me and I had four lines. I said ‘Golly! Now I have four lines and they could be wide lines and narrow lines, instead of dots and dashes. Then, only seconds later, I took my four fingers—they were still in the
sand—and I swept them round into a circle.” However, it took twenty years before this invention became commercially successful.
An early use of one type of barcode in an industrial context was sponsored by the Association of American Railroads in the late 1960s. Developed by General Telephone and Electronics (GTE). It was called KarTrak ACI (Automatic Car Identification). This program involved placing colored stripes in various combinations. to the sides of railroad rolling stock. Two plates were used per car, one on each side, with the arrangement of the colored stripes with encoded information such as ownership, type of equipment, and identification number. The plates were read by a trackside scanner located at the entrance to a classification yard, while the car was moving past. The project was abandoned after about ten years because the system proved unreliable after long-term use.
Barcodes finally became commercially successful when they were used to automate supermarket checkout systems, a task for which they have become almost universal. The Uniform Grocery Product Code Council had chosen, in 1973, a barcode design developed by George Laurer. Laurer’s barcode, with vertical bars, printed better than the circular barcode developed by Woodland and Silver. Their use has spread to many other tasks that are generically referred to as automatic identification and data capture (AIDC).
In June 1974, the Marsh supermarket in Troy used a scanner made by Photographic Sciences Corporation to scan the Universal Product Code (UPC) barcode on a pack of Wrigley’s chewing gum
Woodland said it sounded like a fairy tale: “I had gotten the inspiration for what became the barcode while sitting on Miami Beach. What I was after was a code of some kind that could be printed on groceries and scanned so that supermarket checkout queues could move more quickly, and stocktaking would be simplified.”
That such a technology was needed was not Woodland’s idea: it came from an anxious supermarket manager who had asked a dean at Drexel Institute of Technology, in Philadelphia, to come up with a way of getting shoppers through his store more quickly. The delays and the regular stocktaking were costing him profits. The dean shrugged him off, but a junior postgraduate, Bernard Silver, overheard the conversation and was interested. He mentioned it to Woodland, who had graduated from Drexel in 1947. Woodland decided to take on the challenge.
In 1948,  Silver joined together with fellow graduate student Joseph Woodland to work on a solution.
Woodland’s first idea was to use ultraviolet light sensitive ink. The team built a working prototype but decided that the system was too unstable and expensive. They went back to the drawing board.
With the barcode it was soon realized that there would have to be some sort of industry standard.
So confident was Woodland that he would come up with a solution to the supermarket dilemma left graduate school in the winter of 1948 to live in an apartment owned by his grandfather in Miami Beach. He had cashed in some stocks to tide him over. It was in January 1949 that Woodland had his ah ha, moment. Though the brilliance of its simplicity and its far-reaching consequences for modern existence were not recognized until many years later.
Back in Philadelphia, Woodland and Silver decided to see if they could get a working system going with the technology at hand. Although the patent illustrates the basic concept, there is only limited anecdotal evidence about what Woodland and Silver built.
A crude prototype in Woodland’s own home used a powerful 500-watt incandescent bulb. An oscilloscope was used to “read” the code; the whole thing was too big. Allegedly, it worked, up to a point. But an objective evaluation judged it would take 20 years.
Bar codes became commercially successful when the scanning technology came up to speed, and were used to automate supermarket checkout systems, a task for which they have become almost universal. The Uniform Grocery Product Code Council had chosen, in 1973, the bar code design developed by George Laurer. Laurer’s barcode, with vertical bars, printed better than the circular barcode developed by Woodland and Silver. Their use has spread to many other tasks that are generically referred to as automatic identification and data capture (AIDC).
Today the barcode business is booming throughout industries and by 2023, virtually all products sold contain bar codes.

NJ Starz: Christina Lamberti
Hometown: Phillipsburg

By Steve Sears
Chrstina Lamberti can relate when I tell her that, for me, the few times I have experienced her forte of Opera it has been an emotional experience.
Lamberti said, “I appreciate that, because that’s why I do it.”
And is it difficult to remain composed amidst the emotion? Lamberti said, “It can be at times.
I think you have to separate yourself a little bit, just because it can be too much and then the voice will get completely cut off if you start to feel emotional. It is tough; there has to be a little bit of a sort of almost watching yourself, and I think if you are too emotional, then the audience does not always get it. You sort of almost have to be this sort of this vessel that’s just sort of relating the music.”
The 54-year-old Lamberti embodies the hardworking and grit of Phillipsburg, the city she grew up in and again calls home on the Delaware River.
Lamberti was born Christina Cox in Wisconsin on August 11, 1969, and after living in New York State and West Virginia for a period, moved to New Jersey with her parents, Donald and Pamela, and her sister (and fellow singer) Alyssa, when she was about nine.
Lamberti said,” We moved here, and I started at a public school, and what my parents did was get us
very involved in locally in Belvidere was the little theater. My parents also got us very much involved in dance. I was taking dance and I had taken piano at a little theatre company called Country Gate Players.”
While at Phillipsburg Middle School, Lamberti embraced both the drama club and choir, and started singing lessons when she was about 12. She said, “I was doing a lot of musical theater. I did not start off necessarily in opera, per se. I was singing a lot of that classic musical theater, like Oklahoma and The Sound of Music, and the great songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe, and the great musical theater songbook.”
Phillipsburg Catholic High School was next for the 15-year-old, and the summer before entering, Lamberti learned that the theater department was going to present Camelot during
freshman year. One of her favorite musicals, she spent the whole summer memorizing the score and the lines, auditioned, and got the lead role. Thee next four years, she did the same in Brigadoon, Guys and Dolls, and Hello Dolly.
Lamberti said, “And my mom, who was a Spanish teacher at the school, was very much involved.  she costumed the shows, and my dad – even though he was
very busy working – was involved in the community theater.”
It was a family affair, and it all set the table for her future as not just a Mezzo-Soprano opera singer, but a performer who put her love into all she does.
Lamberti’s voice teacher a
t Phillipsburg Catholic, Karla Lake, was perhaps the first person who really had a great influence on her start as a singer and entry into the opera world.
Lamberti recalled, “I started studying with her privately, and then we started working on more classical songs, and then I started auditioning for certain programs like the Westminster Choir College summer program. I was accepted into Governor’s School (of New Jersey).”
As a senior, Lamberti won first prize in the Westminster Choir Voice Competition and was awarded a scholarship to attend Westminster Choir College to study Voice Performance. In her second year of college, she did a summer program with Claudia Pinza (daughter of famed Italian opera singer Ezio Pinza). At age 19, she was on her way to Italy.
Lamberti said, “I went to Italy my first time and studied there all summer with her, and then she actually invited me to move to Pittsburgh and study with her privately.”
Lamberti’s next stop was continuing her schooling at Duquesne University, and a residency with the Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh. She was in Pittsburgh for about three years, sang with the Pittsburgh Opera, and then from there, and was awarded residency with the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia for three years. After that, she was next in San Francisco, where she was young artist in the Merola Opera Program, and then was also named an Adler Fellow, hers a three-year fellowship with the San Francisco Opera. Her talent has taken Lamberti
as well to stages in Europe.
True to her singing career, Lamberti still trains and sings, and in 2016 met her husband, Lars Frandsen, a classical guitarist (her stepdaughter is Isabella). The duo put together a program which included an array of great Spanish music, opera, classical, and pop, including Broadway and some American Songbook tunes. They do a lot of performing together, and experienced in catering as well, Lamberti and Frandsen also created “Dining with the Diva,” where the couple goes into people’s homes and creates Italian dishes and plays beautiful music.
“We love the idea of food, song, and music all in one evening,” said Lamberti, who also now teaches voice at the Hunterdon Academy of the Arts in Raritan Township. “We are grateful we can still do what we are doing. We are healthy, we can still go out there and perform. That is what I am grateful for.”
And she still loves her home. Lamberti said, “Phillipsburg was a lovely place to grow up in. We did a lot of community things. We could ride our bikes and things like that. It was just lovely, and I loved Phillipsburg Catholic. It was a great high school. I loved growing up and going to high school there. It was a great experience”.
For more information about Christina Lamberti, visit www.christinalambertimezzo.com.

2024 Meritorious and Valor Awards Recipients
The 200 Club of Morris County announces their 2024 Meritorious and Valor Awards recipients. The awards recognize outstanding service of first responders. Those whose lives are placed in danger receive the Valor Award. An act of Valor is an extraordinary event in which a person put his or her own safety aside. It is an act of extraordinary courage, which went beyond the call of duty. Very often, one’s life is at risk.

Those who perform above and beyond the call of duty, but whose life is not actually in danger, receive a Meritorious Award. Meritorious awards recognize individuals whose professional or volunteer activity rises above the expected norm for their profession.
Each January, Valor and Meritorious candidate recommendations are presented to The 200 Club of Morris County by our Public Safety VIP Liaisons: President of the Morris County Police Chiefs Association; Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police; President of the Morris County Alliance of Active Fire Chiefs; President of the Morris County EMS Alliance; Director of the Morris County Office of Emergency Management.
This year’s 22 local heroes are from the following towns and services in Morris County: Police departments: Boonton, Denville, Morristown, Mountain Lakes, Pequannock, Roxbury, Washington Township, Wharton. Fire departments: Boonton, Roxbury Co. 1. EMS: Roxbury, Saint Clare’s Health System, Morris County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT).
A celebration takes place each April at which honorees are recognized by 200 Club members, their family and friends, members of the business community, as well as public safety officials from police, fire, emergency medical services and the New Jersey State Police.
This year’s 50th anniversary event will be held April 25 at Birchwood Manor in Whippany, NJ. The gala-style awards celebration event hosts over four hundred attendees. More than 700 dedicated first responders have been honored since 1972 and can be viewed here:

https://www.200clubofmorriscounty.com/valor-meritorious-awards.
Show your support through a sponsorship, celebratory ad, and tickets! Come enjoy an evening of tribute to these women and men to celebrate their service for others.
What is The 200 Club? For over 50 years, the non-profit organization has provided emotional and financial support to Morris County’s first responders and their families. Over 5 million dollars has been distributed by our organization including death benefits for families of the fallen and over 725 scholarships to high school seniors.
Questions? Contact Club Administrator Lori Richmond at 973-630-7933 or admin@200clubofmorriscounty.com.

 

I Remember Dad:

A Most Precious Moment In Time

By Richard Mabey Jr.

My father went Home to be with the Lord on the twelfth of May of 2006. The days, weeks and months that followed were a time of deep mourning. I was blessed to have a close bond with my father. We had hiked week-long sojourns of the Appalachian Trail, many times as scout leaders of Boy Scout Troop 170. When I was in middle school and then into high school, Dad and I shared a canoe on six separate week-long adventures canoeing down the Delaware River. We had gone on countless campouts together, with the scouts, over a time-span that covered several decades. Now, Dad was gone from life, in this physical existence

I found solace and comfort in fishing. I had a most unique fishing technique. I would use a dobber and a sink weight, but never tied a hook to the end of my fishing line. I would throw my line out to the middle of the pond and watch the dobber float and gently move up and down. Then I would sit upon the earth and read. I mostly read Thomas Wolfe’s novel, Look Homeward, Angel.

At the time, I was living in the little hamlet of Saint Thomas in Central Pennsylvania, just west of Chambersburg. I had found his wonderful lake to fish in, along the Lincoln Highway (Route 30) in the nearby town of Fort Loudon.

It was in the middle of June of 2006, a little over a month from when my Dad’s soul left his physical body, that I experienced a moment in time that brought great comfort to my heart. I know what I experienced was true. Nobody could ever convince me otherwise.

As I sat upon the earth, near the shore of that pond, I heard my father calling me. Dad’s voice was coming forth from the forest that bordered the lake. I put down my book that I was reading and looked behind me. There standing at the edge of the woods, was my father. He waved to me. I waved back to him. He smiled at me.

His spectre stood just a few yards from me. I stood up in awe of my father’s ghostly presence. He held his right hand up, his palm facing me. I heard him gently say, “I love you son.” And then, he simply vanished.  A stillness filled my heart center. The pain of my mourning was gently soothed.

I know that there are religions that will argue that things like this are not sound. But I know what I know. I know what I experienced that afternoon, beside the still waters of that graceful pond, was real. I know it with every fiber and sinew of my heart, mind and soul.

Can the power of God be put into a box? Can the strength of love ever really be limited? Do miracles still happen in our modern times? There are no easy answers to these questions. I know, deep in my heart of hearts, that my father reached out to me from the Heavenly Worlds on that sunny afternoon in the midst of the Summer of 2006.

Love your family members. Be kind to one another. Be especially kind to the homeless. Give food to a stray cat. Adopt a dog from a shelter. Simply put, love one another. Tomorrow knows no guarantees. 

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 richardmabeyjr@hotmail.com.
Shipwrecked in New Jersey    
By Henry. M Holden
The remains of a large vessel were discovered recently, at the bottom of Lake Hopatcong, in Landing, during the 5-year drawdown of the lake water.
The discovery was made on November 4, 2023, in Landing Channel according to Hopatcong Foundation, chairman, Marty Kane, also the  local historian.
“Every time we do a drawdown, something surprising pops up,” said Kane. “For example, a walkway to Liffty Island, and the long-forgotten dock at Nolan’s point. These are things that people normally don’t pay attention to but every five years you get a break, and something shows up temporarily.”
Kane wonders why have these remains sat for over 100 years, and nobody has discovered them until now?
‘For the last three or four drawdowns, it has been covered in muck.
We provided a treatment to that section of the lake, which is basically a clay like substance that sinks to the bottom. It made the vessel much more visible than it would have been for many years.
“We spoke to many longtime residents, and they said they knew it had been there all along. It’s hard to say because we didn’t really have ground imaging radar to help us. The team was ready with the equipment, but they needed the lake to freeze first and then they could use their equipment but before they had a chance the lake rose 4-feet in about three-weeks.
“We weren’t able to find any artifacts around it because it was too muddy, and we don’t have the appropriate permits from the state. We’ll have to look at it in five years and perhaps build something around it so that we can get a better archaeological look. So, it’s on the shelf for another five years before we can do anything.”

He was curious as to why the boat remains were never notice before, despite routine drawdowns of the lake, something done about every five years primarily to enable dock repairs. Kane noted the lake level has been lowered by as much as 12-feet in the past.
“It is located just off the shoreline at 22 Kingsland Road, but you will not see anything now,” Kane said. “This is an area where the old White Line steamboats were moored and then abandoned when they stopped running (circa 1907). Judging from the large size of this wreck, it is most likely the remains of one of those vessels.

“My guess is one of these steamboats sank, and they let the hull remain on the bottom when they conducted the clean-up in the winter of 1909-1910,” Kane said. “Here it is, over 116 years later.”
One theory relates to the 2020 use, in Landing Channel, of Phoslock, a clay-based product that sinks to the lake bottom and locks phosphorus in as a way of curtailing algal blooms.
“An unexpected result seems to be that, by consolidating the sediment … it locked down the bottom allowing the boat hull to protrude,” Kane theorized.
Steamboats cruised the lake from the 1880s until about 1910. “During their heyday, there were about a dozen steamboats in use,” Kane said.
In the early 1880’s the Lackawanna Railroad built a Passenger Station at Drakesville (modern day Ledgewood). Horse drawn carriages would then take people up the bumpy road to the lake.
By 1886 the Landing/Lake Hopatcong Railway Station on the Lackawanna Line was built. Steamboats would wait on the Morris Canal in Landing for the passengers to disembark from the train.

In 1886, the “Lake Hopatcong Steamboat Company”, commonly known as the Black Line, was founded. The company provided service from the “new” Landing railroad station to all areas of the Lake by means of a ‘feeder canal’ that traveled from the Lake at the area of the State Park and connected to the Canal around the current Landing Shopping Center. (The Canal ran parallel to the RR tracks in this area) From there the boats used the Canal to come right up to the Rail station platform, where passengers simply crossed the platform to board the boat sitting in the Canal. (the south end of the Lake was extremely shallow at that time with only rowboats able to pass). The trip back to the Lake took them through the Canal Lock, where the boat was raised to the Lake’s higher level.
In the 1890’s, this era saw the blossoming of Lake Hopatcong as the summer resort of choice by both the wealthy and the newly middle-class. The wealthy would rent large furnished houses, on the water’s edge. The middle-class would often set up large canvas tents on wooden platforms and dwell in these for a week or more. All would enjoy the cool “mountain air” afforded by the advertised “1,200-foot elevation of the Lake” (an exaggeration of its’ actual 926-foot elevation), a welcome summertime relief from the sweltering cities. Many would come up for the weekend and stay in one of the hotels or rooming houses that sprang up around the Lake. Most everyone traveled to the lake via train, The roads were poor to non-existent, and besides, the steamboats were part of the attraction of the lake!
Kane said his suspicion about the boat’s identity is based largely on a July 2, 1910, item in a publication called The Lake Hopatcong Breeze. The author noted that the “dilapidated steamers of the old White Line, which had been drawn up on shore at Landing for several years, were removed”
“My guess is one of these steamboats sank, and they let the hull remain on the bottom when they conducted the clean-up in the winter of 1909-1910,” Kane said.
“It is unlikely that any real study of this site can be conducted until spring, but the museum will contact a few experts to see if it might be possible to use any ground penetrating radar or metal detection devices,” said Kane.
Every time we do a drawdown, something pops up such as a boardwalk to the Liffty Island, which you always see every five years and got a lot of attention. before that it was the dock at Nolan’s point, these are things that people normally don’t pay attention to but every five years you get a break and something shows up why have these remains sat there for over 100 years and nobody has discovered them until now?For the last three or four drawdowns, it has been covered in muck.

Lake Hopatcong provided a treatment today at lake to that section of the lake, which is basically a clay like substance that coach the bottom of it, and it made the steamboat much more visible than it would have been for many years.
“We may have to wait another five years to look at it again. “During their heyday, there were about a dozen steamboats in use,”  Kane said.
“The steamboats boats were eventually replaced by vehicles, but steamboat service was very active from the 1880s until about 1910 when travel to steamboat was the only way to get around” Kane said.

NJ Aviation Museum and Hall of Fame Enters 52nd Year as
One of State’s Most Enriching Places

By Jeff Garrett

If flying peaks your curiosity and you have an interest for all things air with a slice of history, a stroll on the campus of the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum in New Jersey many be just the tonic as warmer weather approaches. Located at 400 Fred Wehran Drive in Teterboro, the Museum showcases helicopters and airplanes along with displaying the career highlights and attributes of some of New Jersey and the country’s greatest contributors to Aviation since flying began.

One interactive exhibit is apart of the institutions “Fundamentals of Flight” interactive aerodynamics exhibit allowing guests to do more than just view historical aircraft. Another exhibit offered showcases the rocket which propelled the famous X-15 to previously unheard of, record-breaking speeds and heights, as America’s first hovercraft.

Inside the museum, smaller almost model airplanes are displayed along with key parts and figures from planes from different military eras. Space equipment is also on display as well as important artifacts, pictures and photographs and a library which has well over 3.800 volumes with video.

There’s something there for pilots on an interactive level no less. The hall of fame and museum showcases an FAA-approved Gleim Virtual Cockpit BATD Flight Simulator where pilots in-training can log hours for their Private Pilot Certificate and stay current on the latest pilot innovations.

Now in its 52nd year, having opened in 1972, over 200 inductees have a spot in the Hall of Fame in Teterboro.

These include pioneers of Aviation such as Amelia Earhart, who was the first woman to fly over the Atlantic Ocean using a Teterboro-built Fokker Trimotor. Another inductees is Charles Lindbergh who made a successful transatlantic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis, an aircraft powered with a motor  tuned at Teterboro.

The Mission of the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey is, “to provide an enriching  experience to all visitors about New Jersey’s role in achieving innovative air accomplishments.”

The Museum offers membership at Solo, Companion and Crew Membership levels while having a  Corporate Membership level as well.  The Museum is a constant source of curiosity and  wonderment for children too and is open from 10:30am until 4pm, Wednesdays through Saturdays.

For more information on the Museum and HOF, logon to www.njahof.org , email info@njhof.org or call 201-288-6344.

 

 


 

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