Thursday, April 11, 2013
Community support needed to help fund upcoming concerts.
The Montville Township High School Percussion Ensemble is asking for the community's help to fund the remainder of their 2013 concert tour and recording of their debut album. The percussion group has launched a kickstarter.com fundraising page and raised $1,150 of the group's $2,000 goal as of Thursday. The page said the group has 18 backers. In order to fund the project, the group must raise $2,000 by April 20 at 3:02 p.m. "Our biggest challenge right now is being able to fund our concerts at the end of the year, pay for commissioning fees for the new pieces being written for us, as well as securing funds to record our CD," the group posted on the kickstarter page. "While Montville High School and the Montville Band Boosters have been …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Animal ended up alive in Pequannock woman's car on Route 80 Monday.
- POLICE & FIRE
Tuesday, April 9
A woman who was greeted by an unexpected passenger when she was driving on Route 80 in Montville Monday and a live turkey crashed through her windshield is feeling better—better than the turkey—according to nj.com. State police said the turkey was struck by a tractor trailer and then flew into the 34-year-old's Nissan. The bird's impact damaged half the windshield's glass and caused damage to the front hood of the car, according to Sgt. Adam Grossman. After the turkey came through the car, it flailed on the driver's lap as she attempted to stop the car, nj.com reported. The woman suffered only minor scrapes in the incident.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Montville Township Public Library to host events for all interests in week beginning April 15.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Monday, April 1
There's always something happening at the Montville Township Public Library, especially the week of April 15, when the library will host special presentations including a lecture by a Holocaust survivor, the continuation of the library's "Ancient Rome Lecture Series" and more. Here's the full list of events for that week, as provided by the library: “Holocaust Survivor Ann Monka”- Ann tells her emotional tale of survival in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. 7 p.m. Monday “Neil Young Concert Film”- Directed by Jonathan Demme. 7 p.m. Tuesday “Story Teller Carol Titus and Musician Ken Galipeau” - Afternoon of music and storytelling for all ages. 1 p.m. Wednesday “Ancient Rome Lecture Series” – Dr. Christopher Bellitto, Kean University …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Township Committee agreed more vetting needs to be done before municipality can apply for funding for cleanup work along MacCulloch Drive.
While they seemed to agree that work needs to be done to clean up a portion of the Morris Canal along MacCulloch Drive, Montville Township Committee members decided not to move ahead with a grant application for a study of the property as the first phase of a cleanup project. The firm favored to do the study by the Montville Township Historical Society (the Morris Canal is a historic site) estimated the study itself to cost about $30,000. The land that would be included in the project has not been properly maintained for a number of years, according to residents and also admitted by township committee members. "We didn't uphold our end of the bargain to clean it, maintain it via DPW," Committeeman Scott Gallopo said. But Gallopo was one …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Student achievement, growth commended in Montville elementary school.
Valley View Elementary School has been named a high-performing "Reward School" by the state Department of Education. The Montville elementary school was included in a list of 57 Reward Schools throughout the state released this month. Last year, 112 schools were selected as Reward Schools. "A Reward School is a school with outstanding student achievement or growth over the past three years," according to a description provided by the state DOE. The two types of Reward Schools include high-performing, which indicates the school has a high level of schoolwide proficiency and graduation rates, and high-progress, which indicates the school has a high level of student growth, as measured by their median Student Growth Percentiles. Valley View …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Students sang and danced during three performances last week.
Tuesday, March 12
Montville Township High School Drama Club students performed The Wedding Singer on Thursday, Friday and Saturday last weekend. Robbie Hart, the main character, was played by Alex Dechino while the lead female role of Julia Sullivan was played by Salena Wilson. See full cast list here and more photos from the play here.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Team made up of Montville and Denville players beat Randolph Rams.
Montville's mites hockey team, which also has players from Denville, celebrated a win against the Randolph Rams, 5-2, on Saturday. As a result, the youth team won the Morris County Youth Hockey League Mites Championship.
Friday, March 1, 2013
A look back at state aid figures over the past several years.
As school district officials throughout the state digested state aid figures released Thursday, Montville Township Public Schools Business Administrator Jim Tevis noted that while the district saw only a slight increase, he was pleased that the number did not go down. "I am happy that at least our state aid was not reduced in any way," Tevis said after confirming the district will receive exactly $1 more in state aid than it received in the 2012-13 school year. More specifically, Montville will receive $1,755,583. Of that, $1,469,587 is designated for special education and $223,430 is designated for transportation. The district has seen aid increase, even if by $1 this year, for the past three years after a significant drop in the 2010-11 …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Township hoping to build follower base on Facebook, Twitter.
Montville Township is hoping to expand its communication reach by launching pages on social media sites to be used during emergency situations. The Montville Township Facebook page and Twitter page were presented to the township committee and public for the first time at Tuesday night's meeting. As Township Administrator Victor Canning explained, the sites will be used as another avenue to reach the public during an emergency situation. Expanded communication, including through social media, was one suggestion made by the public during a town meeting in the days following Superstorm Sandy. After committee members sought clarification on how the Facebook page would be used, officials explained that the page will only be used for the …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Who we celebrate and why.
Sunday, February 17
What exactly is the purpose of Presidents Day? It's not just about weekend sales and holidays from school. In fact, Montville students will observe the holiday in school this year. But there is also a complex and detailed history of the holiday we know as Presidents Day. Depending on what state you are from, some Americans may remember years where both Abraham Lincoln and George Washington's birthdays were holidays. In more recent years, though, the holiday has been consolidated into a single day, celebrated on the third Monday in February. Actually, the holiday honors George Washington and bears only his name in state and federal law. Washington’s birthday was first officially celebrated on Feb. 22, 1880. It was one of a growing list of …