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February 7, 2022

I Remember Mom: The Little Golden Books

By Richard Mabey Jr.

In early November of 2019, when my mom was in the hospital, the day before her heart surgery, she told me that from the time I was about three months old that every evening she would read a bedtime story to me. There was a series of children’s books that were very popular back in the early 1950’s called the Little Golden Books. Each one was priced at a quarter. They had hard covers, were about 32 pages in length, and were filled with colorful pictures that reflected the little story within its covers.

 Mom told me that just about every day Dad came home from work, he would bring a new Little Golden Book for Mom to read to me that evening. 

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Morris County Small Business Grant Program to Open Valentine’s Day for On-line Applications

The Morris County Small Business Grant Program will begin accepting on-line applications at 8 a.m. on Feb. 14, 2022, Valentine’s Day, to aid local small companies, entrepreneurs and non-profits impacted by the pandemic.

Morris County Career Training Center to Break Ground in November

The Morris County Vocational School District tonight (MCVSD) announced a November construction start on its new Career Training Center at the County College of Morris (CCM) in Randolph, which will expand the vocational school operations by 30 percent.

“The new center has the potential of adding 500 students to the school district, exposing career-focused and college-bound high school students to the type of specialized skills that will lead them to successful futures,” said Commissioner Director Tayfun Selen.

Peanut Protein to Power Your Day

(Family Features) Give your family meals a powerful boost with better-for-you recipes that pack a protein punch. Revamping the at-home menu with nutrition in mind can still include delicious dishes.

Adding a nutrient-rich powerhouse like peanuts as a key ingredient in meals throughout the day makes it easier to zero in on health goals. In fact, peanuts rise to superfood status by delivering 19 vitamins and minerals plus 7 grams of protein per serving.

High School Equivalency Training Program for Teens and Young Adults

Enrollment for the next session of the New Jersey Youth Corps program at Project Self-Sufficiency is underway. The sixteen-week program launches in March and is currently being offered as a hybrid of virtual and in-person curricula and activities. The New Jersey Youth Corps gives those who have not completed high school the opportunity to boost their literacy skills, prepare for the high school equivalency exam, obtain on-the-job work experience, and transition into a career, college or the military. 

County College of Morris (CCM) Celebrates Black History Month

Cemeteries have stories to tell, voices to unearth and lessons from the past. In celebration of Black History Month, County College of Morris (CCM) is offering an online discussion with local historians Beverly Mills and Sharon Elaine Buck who will talk about their book “If These Stones Could Talk: African American Presence in the Hopewell Valley, Sourland Mountain, and Surrounding Regions of New Jersey.”

The talk takes place via a live Zoom event on Tuesday, February 22, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Prioritize Self-Care for a Brighter Future

(Family Features) When so much of the world is beyond your control, it’s easy to become anxious or overwhelmed trying to take care of everyone and everything. Making self-care a priority allows you to take charge and protect your own mental and physical wellness.

For many people, self-care gets neglected while other needs and obligations move to the forefront. That’s why being intentional and getting organized can help put you on a better path.

Register now for RHA’s Nature Day Camps

Summer may seem far away, but the staff at Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA) is already gearing up for a season full of nature day camps offering outdoor learning and explorations for children aged three through 16 – plus a special program for high school students.

Registration is now open for RHA’s 17 one-week camps from late June to mid-August. Most will be held at the Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve in Bedminster. One will be held at the historic Dvoor Farm in Flemington, headquarters of the Hunterdon Land Trust.

Caldwell University Offers New Bachelor’s in Environmental Science

Caldwell University is offering a new Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science.  

Graduates of the program will be prepared to pursue graduate school or a range of career opportunities in waste management, biological conservation, environmental chemistry, environmental biology, bioremediation, toxicology, environmental management, environmental technology, energy management, and sustainability.

Morris County Vocational School District Share Time Allied Health Program Information Session

The Morris County Vocational School District, in partnership with Pequannock High School and Atlantic Health System’s Chilton Medical Center, offers a unique opportunity for Morris County High School juniors and seniors to take healthcare courses and complete a two-year clinical internship at Chilton Hospital.

4 Ways Color Can Make Your House a Haven

(Family Features) If ever there was a need to create a tranquil escape from the chaos of the world, the time is now. Converting your living space into a soul-soothing refuge may be easier than you think as a serene color palette is often all you need to shift the mood of your home.

For many people, the home is a personal sanctuary, and through thoughtful color design, you can discover a renewed sense of balance and ease each time you walk through your front door. Incorporating colors inspired by simplicity and serenity can create spaces that transform the home into a soothing and comfortable space.

CCM #1 for Fifth Consecutive Year for Alumni Who Earn the Best Salaries

For the fifth consecutive year, County College of Morris (CCM) has been ranked number one in New Jersey by PayScale for associate degree holders who earn the highest salaries.

PayScale’s 2021 “Best Community Colleges in New Jersey by Salary Potential” placed CCM first among 24 institutions of higher education in New Jersey that award associate degrees. Nationally, the college placed in the top 5 percent of the best paid associate degree holders.

Rockaway’s Project KIND, AmeriCorps Partner To Help Homeless

Norwescap’s AmeriCorps service team completes a project in honor of Martin Luther King Day each year, and 2022 continued the tradition. This year the team partnered with Rockaway-based Project KIND, an organization focused on outreach for people experiencing homelessness, enabling the two non-profits to meet their mutual goal of assisting individuals and families facing poverty in New Jersey.

GenCyber Summer Camp for High School Students Returns at CCM

Incoming high school freshmen and sophomores for the 2022-23 Academic Year from Dover, Morristown and Parsippany are invited to take part in a free exploration into the world of cybersecurity during the GenCyber camp to be held at County College of Morris (CCM) this summer.

An information session on the camp will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, February 9, at 7 p.m. Those interested in learning more should email Camp Director Dawn Rywalt, professor of Information Technologies, at for the Zoom link. The camp takes place June 27 – July 1, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

County College of Morris Board of Trustees Welcomes New Member Donna Pepe

The County College of Morris (CCM) Board of Trustees held its first meeting of the new year on January 25, welcoming award-winning entrepreneur Donna Pepe as its newest trustee. The veteran public relations and marketing specialist, who built several successful companies, was appointed to the board by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.

During her career, Pepe spent 10 years at Johnson & Johnson building the company’s pharmaceutical sector’s first in-house marketing communications department. Pepe rose through the ranks at J&J to become its first woman vice president in that sector, creating

Summer Art Camps Registration Underway at The Center for Contemporary Art

Registration is underway for Summer Art Camps at The Center for Contemporary Art. Ten weekly in person Summer Art Camps, from June 20 – August 26, are offered for children ages 5-15. The Center’s Summer Art Camps are designed to stimulate creative expression through projects and fun activities that change each week. All sessions are led by professional and creative teaching artists. Small classes, social distancing, daily sanitizing and other protocols are in place and enforced to keep your child safe

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