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Thursday Morning Club Awards Scholarship in Conjunction with Dress for Success


MADISON — The Thursday Morning Club (TMC) is a non-profit organization of women dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.

This year TMC created a scholarship to fund the completion of an Associate’s or Bachelor’s College Degree or to obtain a Certificate of Training.  Eligible applicants had a high school diploma or GED and were clients participating in the Dress for Success Program, an organization that empowers women to achieve economic independency by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and life. The scholarship is for education-related expenses incurred during the pursuit of a degree or certification.  The scholarship is renewable.

This June, the Scholarship Committee of TMC reviewed the applications, selected the recipient and determined the amount of the scholarship.

TMC and DFS are pleased to announce that the first annual recipient of the TMC Scholarship has been awarded to Simone Roelli.  Ms. Roelli is a full-time working mother and a volunteer at Dress for Success.  Ms. Roelli is also a full-time student at Rutgers University, and, with the help of this scholarship, on track to complete her bachelor’s degree in Accounting by May 2020.

The official presentation of the scholarship will take place and the Madison Community House in the evening of September 16, 2019.

Organized in 1896, TMC is a member of both the New Jersey State and General Federation of Women’s Clubs.  The club offers programs and services to support the community, and its Community House provides a home for a number of sports, recreation, civic groups and the Madison Community House Preschool.  The Thursday Morning Club is a non-profit service organization with over 260 members whose goal is to provide services for the town of Madison and neighboring communities.

For information about the Thursday Morning Club or membership, call the Community House at (973) 377-0244 or visit www.TMCMCH.org


Hanover opens cooling stations for residents


HANOVER TOWNSHIP — Please be advised that with the high temperatures expected over the weekend, the Hanover Township Community Center, located at 15 North Jefferson Road, will be used as a cooling center for residents.

The hours of operation will be Saturday, July 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 21 9:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Should residents lose power please contact JCP&L directly and report the outage.

If there is a medical emergency due to the power outage please call 9-1-1.

Prosecutor’s Office Honors Ellen Long for 50 Years of Dedicated Service

Ellen “Ellie” M. Long

MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp presented Ellie Long with a Distinguished Service Award celebrating her 50 years of service with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, on Friday, July 19.

Numerous members of the office were present at this tribute to her. Ellie has been a part of nine different administrations throughout her career, and has played an important role in the success of each one. She began her career at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office under Prosecutor Charles M. Egan, Jr. in 1969 and remains an invaluable member of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Support Staff.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “Ellie has been and continues to be a key member of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Juvenile/Missing Persons Unit. We wish Ellie warm congratulations for reaching this impressive milestone and we hope to continue working with her in years to come”.

Madison Area YMCA’s 17th LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Graduation

Celebrating are graduates and their coaches Madison Area YMCA Health and Wellness Coordinator & LIVESTRONG® Coach Chelsea Sacher of Cedar Knolls; Anne Matlack of Madison; Joanne Spigner of Madison; Bridgette Johnson of Madison; Patricia Heinla of Boonton; John Rozek of Madison and Madison Area YMCA Health and Wellness Director Christian Esola of Morristown

MADISON — The 17th LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA class graduated in July. The LIVESTRONG® program brings those affected by cancer a significant step forward toward sustained healthy living beyond cancer diagnosis and recovery.

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA supports cancer survivors through its no-fee program that provides opportunities to engage in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. Survivors are encouraged to come as they are, no matter what stage of wellness they are in.

The 12-week research-based program brings together cancer survivors and YMCA staff trained in cancer care to achieve goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; improving confidence and self-esteem; and ultimately practicing a healthy lifestyle, not only as a part of recovery but as a way of life.

In existence since 2013, the program receives support through donations from charity events such as the Y’s bocce tournament and Y spinathons.

The Madison Area YMCA is a cause-driven charitable organization dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Generous donations make it possible for everyone in the community to be enriched by the Y, regardless of ability to pay, to develop a healthy spirit, mind and body at any age.

Ryan Steffen Awarded Degree from Miami University


FLORhaM PARK — Ryan Steffen was among more than 3,800 students from Miami University who received degrees during spring commencement exercises Saturday, May 18 at Millett Hall.

Steffen graduated with a B.S. in Business degree, majoring in Business Economics.

Considered one of eight original “Public Ivies” in the country, Miami University is located in Oxford, Ohio. The university is consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report for its commitment to undergraduate teaching.

The most recent complete candidates for graduation lists are always available at commencement, dean’s and president’s lists.

Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of nearly 19,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

Centercourt Athletic Club Hosts $50K Winner Take All Tennis Event

Bruce Schonbraun, Chairman, Saint Barnabas Medical Center Trustees; Sam Schonbraun, Bruce’s grandson; Stefan Kozlov, match winner; and Clay Bibbee, Managing Partner, Centercourt Athletic Club

CHATHAM — On Sunday, July 14, Stefan Kozlov defeated Victor Estrella Burgos (6-2, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3) to win the 2019 Centercourt Shootout at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham. Kozlov is a 21-year-old American professional tennis player who made his ATP World Tour debut as a wild card at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, RI at the age of 15.

Following the finals, Kozlov was presented with a $50,000 check by Bruce Schonbraun, Chairman, Saint Barnabas Medical Center Trustees.

The event, presented by Saint Barnabas Medical Center, the exclusive healthcare sponsor of Centercourt Club and Sports, featured an 8-player, winner take all tournament held over the weekend.

Man Charged with Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography


MADISON — Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Acting Chief of Investigations Robert McNally, and Chief Darren Dachisen of the Madison Borough Police Department announces the arrest of Gary Anderson, 44, of Madison.

It is alleged that Anderson utilized his home computer to upload images of child pornography and distributed said images between the dates of December 16, 2018 and July 18, 2019.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office was first alerted to the computer upload by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Anderson has been charged with two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child for the Distribution of Child Pornography in violation of N.J.S.A 2C:24-4b(5)(a)(i), a crime of the second degree and for the Possession of Child Pornography in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4b(5)(b)(iii), a crime of the third degree.

After Anderson’s arrest, he was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a court appearance scheduled for Friday, July 19.

Anyone with information relating to this case or any related incident is asked to call Detective/Supervisor Jazmin Munoz-Felder of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at (973) 285-6233.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office’s Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Madison Borough Police Department, and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigations Section whose efforts contributed to the investigation and resolution of the matter.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, this defendant is presumed innocent until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Unemployment Rate at Historically Low 3.5%


MORRIS COUNTY — Employment levels in the Garden State increased in June while the state’s unemployment rate fell to an historic monthly low, according to estimates produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state’s unemployment rate fell by 0.3 percentage points to 3.5 percent — the lowest monthly rate since state-level records began in 1976 — and below the national unemployment rate of 3.7 percent.

Total nonfarm wage and salary employment in the state increased by 10,200 in June to reach a seasonally adjusted level of 4,204,600. Gains were realized in both the private (+9,600) and public (+600) sectors of the state’s economy.
Looking at the longer term, from June 2018 – June 2019, employment in New Jersey was higher by 47,600 jobs, with gains recorded in both the private (+45,400) and public (+2,200) sectors of the New Jersey economy. Since February 2010 (the low point of the last recession), New Jersey’s private sector employers have added 410,900 jobs.
Based on more complete reporting from employers, the previously released total nonfarm employment estimate for May was revised higher by 600 to show an over-the-month (April – May) decrease of 7,000 jobs. Preliminary estimates indicated an over-the-month decrease of 7,600 jobs. The state’s revised May unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.8 percent.
In June, employment increases were recorded in eight out of nine major private industry sectors. Industry sectors that added jobs were professional and business services (+3,000), trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,600), manufacturing (+1,000), information (+800), education and health services (+800), construction (+700), leisure and hospitality (+600), and other services (+100). The financial services industry sector was unchanged over the month. Over the month, public sector employment was higher by 600 jobs.
Preliminary BLS data for July 2019 will be released on August 15, 2019.

Suspect surrenders after stand-off with Police

Morris County Sheriff's and Morris County Prosecutor's Office Swat Team

EAST HANOVER — East Hanover Police Department received a call from West Caldwell Police Department requesting assistance in locating an individual who had just committed an act of Domestic Violence in their town, on Thursday, July 18 at 8:30 a.m.

East Hanover Police Captain John Ambrose at the scene

West Caldwell Police Department reported the suspect was staying at a residence in East Hanover, located in the East Hanover Condo, off of River Road.

Patrols arrived and were unsuccessful in getting anyone to come to the door at the residence.

East Hanover Condo complex located off of River Road

The Morris County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team and Prosecutor’s Office Crisis Negotiation Unit were contacted. Ultimately, Michael Ferraro, 47,  surrendered and was safely taken into custody.

Various police agencies at the scene
East Hanover Police at the scene
Investigators at the scene
East Hanover Emergency Services Team

Duo shoplifts over $400.00 from Wegmans


HANOVER TOWNSHIP — Hanover Township Police Officer Erik Woodruff arrested Mr. Mark Werner, 42, Wayne, and Mr. Mark Sharkey, 46, Flanders,for Shoplifting on Saturday, July 13.

Officer Woodruff responded to the Wegmans for a shoplifting in progress.

Prior to arrival, patrols were informed that the two suspects were leaving the scene and were provided with vehicle descriptions.

Both vehicles were stopped upon entering Route 10 west and several items of merchandise valued at over $400.00 were located inside the vehicles.

After a brief investigation both drivers were arrested and charged with Shoplifting and conspiracy. Mr. Sharkey was transported to the county jail pending his court date.

Editor’s Note: An arrest or the signing of a criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.