Monday, January 2, 2012
Participants jumped into the frigid lake Sunday to start the new year.
Residents packed the Lake Valhalla Club beach around noon on Sunday for the fifth annual Lake Valhalla Polar Plunge. Plungers took turns leaping from a dock into the cold water. The Montville Fire Department and First Aid Squad were on hand keep an eye on participants as they plunged into the lake, which was about 40 degrees Fahrenheit, organizers said. The air temperature was around 50 degrees. The polar plunge tradition started with a handful of friends and has since grown, organizer Michael Metz said. Organizers hope the tradition continues to grow and can be used to support organizations. This year, the fire department made a donation to support to Adrian Simone. The master of ceremonies—a sportscaster character named Charlie …
Friday, December 30, 2011
If you're planning on drinking, have a designated driver—or call a car service.
Friday, December 30, 2011
It's New Year's Eve, a time for revelry, celebration—and responsibility. If you plan on drinking tonight, Patch urges you to have a designated driver or other safe method of transportation home. The following taxi companies operate in and near town. It's going to be a busy night, and some cab companies prefer advance appointments, so consider calling during the day before you head out. If you know of others, leave the info in our comments to help your fellow partiers out:
Thursday, December 29, 2011
We asked and Gary's Wine and Marketplace gave some options for whatever your taste.
The new year is fast approaching, and folks all over the globe will be celebrating. Here in Morris County, we want to help you find the right drinks for your New Year’s Eve celebration. Gary’s Wine and Marketplace, which boasts a location in Madison among its three stores, sees an influx of customers around the holidays, all of whom are looking for the perfect complement to a holiday meal or social gathering. The store has options for people of all budgets, so nobody has to be left out of the holiday fun. Sue Guerra, a wine expert and a representative for Gary’s, told Patch that any consumers who are looking for a place to start cannot go wrong with an Italian wine, such as the 2006 Azelia Barolo, which Gary’s is currently offering for $29…
Your to-do list for the first weekend of 2012.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Surely you've heard the old adage that the way you enter the new year is the state in which you'll spend the new year. Assuming you want your 2012 leisure time to be spent engaging in rich, educational, entertaining experiences, what better time than the first weekend of the new year to get out of the house? A wide range of activities follow. Pick your fancy and enjoy. Happy New Year, and ring in the year safely. Writer's Group Meeting When/Where: Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Children's Storytime Room of the Montville Township Public Library, 90 Horseneck Road, Montville. Why Go: You have a book chapter or short story you'd like to submit for review. Cost: Free Good-Bye 2011 Dance Party When/Where: Thursday at 8:30 p.m. at Fred Astaire Dance…
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Montville's Barn Theatre is among the venues with opportunities to get involved on stage in the new year.
Why not make supporting North Jersey’s theater scene one of your New Year’s resolutions? You can start early by attending one of the final performances of “A Christmas Carol” at the Shakespeare Theatre or wait until “Marvin’s Room" or "Lend Me a Tenor" come to the Barn Theatre right here in Montville. And this is also a great time to get involved with a theater near you. Audition opportunities abound at the Barn and at Pax Amicus Castle theatres. And registration is going on for classes at Centenary College, Brundage Park Playhouse and the Growing Stage Company. There are also some children’s shows and concerts to see as 2011 comes to close. And be sure to read the On Stage Scoop throughout the year for your weekly theater update. ON STAGE…
Sunday, December 25, 2011
If Santa left a new iPhone or Android under the tree, get access to local news and events.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Did you get a new smartphone for Christmas? Here's a quick guide how to get Patch on your iPhone or Android devices. Patch for iPhone Patch for iPhone keeps customers connected to the latest news, weather, local business listings and current events happening in your neighborhood. Patch’s app will keep you engaged and mobile by delivering 24/7 local community coverage. You can download the Patch app for iPhones here. Patch’s features include: Plus, you can save anything from favorite stories to business listings direct to the iPhone for easy offline access. Customer opinions are extremely valued, so please send app feedback to the Patch team. Patch Places for Android Patch Places for Android is the go-to directory of local businesses in 800…
Saturday, December 24, 2011
NORAD tries to predict when you might expect St. Nick coming to your home.
For 364 days out of the year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) spends its time tracking airplanes, missiles, space ships—anything flying near the United States and Canada. But on Christmas Eve, a team of volunteers spends the night tracking a very special pilot: Santa Claus. "We are the only organization that has the technology, the qualifications and the people to do it," NORAD said on its website. "NORAD tracks Santa, but only Santa knows his route, which means we cannot predict where and when he will arrive at your house." Santa usually starts at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean and travels west, NORAD noticed, meaning he moves from the South Pacific to New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Africa and Europe …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Montville man goes all out with moving Christmas scene as he has for 28 years.
Penguins, polar bears and elves come to life at 5 Fox Road when the sun sets in December. Penguins ski. Polar bears decorate a gigantic Christmas tree. Elves build toys. The elaborate, mechanical display is assembled by John Verona, a Montville Township man who started creating the displays on his front lawn 28 years ago when he moved to Montville Township with his family. An electrician by trade, Verona parlayed his decorating tradition into a business, Christmas Spectacular, that sells and installs Christmas displays to towns. This year's display at 5 Fox Road took five men three days to assemble, plus another day of work for Verona, his wife, Candy Verona, said. The display has been entered into Patch's Deck the House contest, which is …
Monday, December 19, 2011
Last week's Where In Montville: Holiday Edition featured a photo of the Christmas tree sign in front of Bader Farm on Changebridge Road. It's the Christmas tree place I pass most often, but we counted at least four places in Montville Township to pick up a tree. Bader Farm has been family-owned and operated since the late 1800s and is owned by Ivan Bader and his wife, former Committeewoman Jean Bader. The 20-acre farm is run by the couple and their two sons, Sean and Ian, according to the farm's website. Stay tuned for the next Where In Montville photo ID challenge.
No meat, no dairy, no problem!
Whether you shape your holiday cookies in Christmas wreaths or Hanukkah draidles, there's no denying that in December, dessert is the main event. Well, that and shopping, of course! The first time my aunt attempted to make a vegan holiday dessert, we all couldn't help but laugh at the outcome. She followed the recipe for "dessert balls," but they tasted more like desert balls—dry, flaky, leaving your mouth absolutely begging for water. That was back in December 2008. She Googled vegan desserts, and combed through a handful of recipes before landing on the famous peanut-butter dessert balls. Today, a Google search for "vegan desserts" returns more cookies, pies, bars and cakes than one could make in a year. I've followed a few over the …