Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Group hopes to heighten awareness of 10 sites in need of preservation funding.
A state historic preservation advocacy group released its list of the most endangered New Jersey sites Wednesday, detailing damage, some Superstorm-Sandy related, that has put 10 landmarks at risk for demolition. Properties that were classified as the "most endangered" have architectural and historic integrity with an identified threat and Preservation New Jersey, the organization that compiled the list, felt their inclusion could potentially help legislators realize the importance in preserving them. Included on the list is Morris County's Glen Alpin property in Harding Township. The Gothic Revival mansion is threatened by a need for sustainable use, according to Preservation New Jersey. The Morris Canal Rockaway River Aqueduct, in …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Four Montville veterans will be honored with Morris County Distinguished Service Medals.
Fourteen local veterans will be recognized at the annual Morris County Memorial Day ceremony on Friday, four of them from Montville. The ceremony, which is sponsored by the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, will begin at noon on the lawn in front of the Morris County Courthouse in Morristown. Speaking at the event will be Hjalmar Johansson, a WWII Army Air Force veteran from Montville who was held as a German Prisoner of War after being captured when his B-24 Liberator was shot down in Czechoslovakia in 1944. John Reed Sr., of Hackettstown, will be one of three Navy veterans recognized with a Morris County Distinguished Service Medal, along with Philip Gigante and John Callahan of Montville. Several Army veterans will also …
Web-based Cultural Resources Inventory receives award from Christie administration in honor of New Jersey National Preservation Month.
Those working to preserve Morris County history had something to be proud of last week when the state recognized two county preservation projects currently underway. Gov. Chris Christie's administration and the state Department of Environmental Protection Historic Preservation Office recognized several projects in honor of New Jersey's National Preservation Month at an awards ceremony in Flemington in conjunction with the New Jersey Historic Sites Council. Among those honored were the Picatinny Arsenal historic districts website project and the Morris County Cultural Resources Inventory (CRI) application. The Picatinny Arsenal project involves the creation of a multimedia website that catalogues the history of more than 30 structures that …
Friday, May 17, 2013
With revenue not covering costs and an ethical concern raised, Montville Messenger might take a new form.
Montville Township officials are considering a new direction for the municipality's full-color publication the Montville Messenger amid concerns about paying for the production, printing and mailing costs, and questions about whether it's appropriate for the township clerk to be asking businesses to buy ads in it. The last two 28-page issues of the Montville Messenger cost about $8,800 each, including layout, printing and mailing, but most of the costs have been covered by advertising revenue. One issue was $2,400 in the red and one issue was $3,000 in the red, Township Clerk Trudy Atkinson reported. Township Administrator Victor Canning said the practice of soliciting ads for the "elaborate brochure" could create a conflict of interest. "…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Morris County Women's Republican Club hosting annual forum on May 21 in Morristown.
Looking for answers from Republican Morris County Freeholder and County Clerk candidates before heading to the polls? Now you’ll have a chance to lob your queries at all of them in one place. On Tuesday, May 21, the Morris County Women’s Republican Club, along with the Morris Township Republican County Committee, will join forces to host a night with all the candidates. “The public will have the opportunity to write questions on postcards that will be asked by the moderator to all candidates in the appropriate category,” the Women’s Republican Club said in a statement. The event will be held at the Masonic Lodge in Morristown at 39 Maple Avenue at 7 p.m. Candidates will make themselves available after the forum as well, the statement said.
Advocate blogs about ethics complaint he says he sent because the Montville Library Board's attorney is giving 'false legal advice' on restricting pornography.
The attorney for the Montville Township Public Library Board and a retired attorney who advocates for informing libraries they may block pornography on their computers offer different advice on whether public libraries must turn off Internet filters at an adult patron's request. But a recent situation in which a man viewed pornography on a township library computer did not hinge on the filter being turned off at his request, board attorney Ann Grossi said Wednesday. He simply got around the filter that's already in place. The library board's technology committee is looking at ways to strengthen the filter as one of the ways the board may address the issue, she said. Grossi advises that the filter be turned off if requested, and points to a…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
'MedReturn' units allow prescription drug disposal at police departments.
Thanks to county law enforcement, there's now a permanent option for those who need to safely dispose of prescription drugs. The Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris will thank Morris County law enforcement for giving citizens a safe and secure place to dispose unwanted or expired prescription drugs with a luncheon at noon Friday at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Pharmacy in Florham Park. There are now 16 "MedReturn" stand-alone units around the county into which expired or unused meds can be dropped. The units are firmly fixed to a secure surface in a police station, where they are monitored 24/7 and are checked regularly, with the items collected then properly destroyed. For further information about the event, …
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Morris View Healthcare Center will host a free program for veterans on May 30.
Veterans put their lives on the line for our country and when they return, it's sometimes difficult for them to get back on their feet and re-join society. Morris View Healthcare Center in Morris Township will host a veterans program, “How to Make the Most of Your Veterans Benefit,” from 2 to 3 p.m. May 30. Morris View resident veterans, families and community members are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. The program will be presented by Hospice of New Jersey, with the agency’s social work supervisor Hannah Fisher as the featured speaker. Fisher has a masters in social work from Fordham University.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
For the next two weeks, there will not be the usual flag flying in front of the county courthouse.
For the next two weeks, don't be alarmed if you don't see the usual flags flying in front of the county courthouse. The flagpole on the front lawn of the Morris County Courthouse on Washington Street in Morristown will be painted this weekend and will need about two weeks to cure. Morris County officials want the public to know that flags will not be flying from the flagpole during that time. In the interim, however, an American flag will be placed outside of the front entrance to the courthouse during regular business hours. Flags will again be flown as soon as the flagpole is ready.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
New Jersey assembly members sponsor bill to amend Crime Victims' Bill of Rights, requiring convicted to be in court for sentencing.