BOONTON — This two-story home, contains 1540 square feet of living space on two stories. The home was built in 1912. This three-bedroom home sold for $515,000.
Other recent Boonton home sales:
BOONTON TOWNSHIP — Experience year-round river living in this waterfront home. Open floor plan offers stunning views from the great room with a stone fireplace as its focal point, opening to a gourmet kitchen. The kitchen features include a center island, granite countertops, and all stainless steel appliances. Four second-floor bedrooms include a lovely MBR with a lavish bath and a large laundry room. The side deck and big side yard provide tons of outdoor livable space perfect for entertaining. The stone staircase down to the Rockaway River is both tranquil and functional. In a top-rated school district, over 200 yards of riverfront property is not to be missed. This property located at 20 Old Denville Road sold for $735,000.
Other recent home sales in Boonton Township include:
MOUNTAIN LAKES — Lakefront Dreams Do Come True! Wake up to lovely lake views and end your days with sunsets on this special property with a 150+feet lakefront and a private dock. Perfect yard for outdoor entertaining, deep landscaped property with lakeside patio, the perfect spot for watching fireworks and sailboats go by. Set between Island Beach and Mountain Lakes Club, you are a quick kayak ride to both and across the street from the walking path. The first floor has an open living and dining room and screened porch with lake views, a bright updated kitchen, bath, and two bedrooms. The second floor has two additional bedrooms, a full bath, and a large den. Walkout lower level with family room, rec area with radiant flooring, and full bath. Enjoy summer days swimming and sailing and winter ice skating on the lake. Truly a place to make lasting memories.Steps to NYC Transit. This home was on the market for 62 days before it was sold.
Recent home sales in Mountain Lakes include:
FLORHAM PARK — We may not be able to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in the manner we are all used to, in this age of COVID restrictions, but if you are looking for a safe, lively, energized, fun place to go that also offers a menu with a nice selection of tasty pub food, as well as an extensive selection of libations, you might just want to head out to Florham Park Thirsty Turtle.
Opened in August of 2012, in a former Trader joe’s location, it was a bit tricky finding the restaurant. It is located, in what I found to be a somewhat hidden location, in the rear of numerous other stores in the large Regency Plaza mall, right off Columbia Turnpike and James Street. Once you find it, there is plenty of parking, and it is a bright, appealing, and attractive-looking building. It appeared busy for a Thursday evening, with workers bringing take-out orders to waiting cars and a few people who did not make reservations waiting for seating. Yes, I would make reservations coming here, obviously because of the limited indoor dining capacity. Fortunately, I did make reservations, and on entering, our very pleasant, friendly, and welcoming Hostess, Jenna, happily escorted me to a nice, comfortable corner table.
Though not what I would personally consider an authentic Irish Pub, the Thirsty Turtle serves that need and is what I would refer to as a gastropub, a term coined in London in 1991, basically a combination of the word’s pub and gastronomy, notable for an emphasis on serving high-quality food, as well as a great selection of various craft beers (bottled and tap), and other alcoholic drinks (wine, martinis, ciders, libations). If you love a pub atmosphere featuring a wide range of quality beers, the Thirsty Turtle certainly hits that mark, with 22 rotating tap-best seasonal choices, complete with an impressive selection of local craft and new releases; well-prepared cocktails, or just a relaxing, casual venue where you can enjoy a nice casual lunch or dinner; then this might be just the place for you.
With a comfortable looking, long bar, with plenty of seating, and once we put this pandemic behind us, the Thirsty Turtle would clearly be an outstanding place to catch a game with friends or just a comforting place to stop in and enjoy something from their carefully thought-out menu, which seems to have something to meet everyone’s taste. After all, what could be better than a refreshing, ice-cold beer, mixed drink, and finger foods while all being enjoyed at your favorite pub.
As must be said, it was clear that this pub was exceptionally clean and was carefully following all the pandemic required health safety guidelines. Nice atmosphere, putting off a
great sports bar vibe, with widely spaced seating, comprised of large family-style booths and individual tables for four. The sound quality was great, relaxed lighting, and quite a few (I counted 7) large screen televisions (sound off) carefully placed throughout the bar area. Attractive décor throughout, with a lot of wood accents and tastefully decorated to set the mood. It was clear that this was also a family-friendly environment and all the patrons were clearly enjoying themselves. It was kind of sad to see the beautiful bar sealed off with those plexiglass barriers that we have all gotten used to seeing, but it was nice to watch the bartenders still working their craft, preparing a variety of tantalizing cocktails.
And, they have an equally attractive back-room area which looked like a perfect place for a business or family function. The Thirsty Turtle is certainly an appealing venue. This relatively new, modern look and feel of pubs have come a long way from my small dive bar many years ago when the only food items were pickled, hard-boiled eggs and sausages, which were in jars simply placed on the bar, and which tasted surprisingly good when you were drinking, and not to forget, one of those little rotating hot dog broiler things for when you wanted to go gourmet. Of course, you must be a little older to remember those treats.
Once seated, our waitress, Tricia, quickly greeted us and took our drink order, which arrived promptly. Kudos to Tricia for her attentiveness, professional and friendly service. Obviously, a great and efficient wait staff certainly enhances the entire perception of any restaurant. My groups’ appetizers started with us sharing the Irish Nachos (potato crisps, bacon, cheddar & Monterey Jack, scallions, red peppers, Guinness sour cream), Filet Mignon Spring Rolls (queso fresco, caramelized onions), and the Chicken Pot Stickers ((Sesame mustard sauce, soy reduction, scallions).
The Irish Nachos were delicious, nice crunchy, crispy chips, gooey cheese, just the right amount of salty and cheesy bite at the same time, and the Guinness sour cream seemed to put it over the top. The Chicken Pot Stickers were exceptionally good; a nicely filled dumpling with savory, nicely spiced chicken; and the Filet Mignon Spring Rolls; not your traditional spring roll, but prepared perfectly with a kick, nice juicy bites of steak complemented by the spring roll wrapper, the white Spanish cheese, chopped scallions, and sweet caramelized onions. Great appetizers and plenty of each to share for our starters. Of course, since Saint Patrick’s Day is soon to arrive, I had to start off with a Guinness, while my guests had an Arnold Palmer and a Blue Moon.
For my Entrée, and based on reviews, I chose to try the interesting Pretzel Burger, an 8-ounce premium Angus burger served on a toasted soft pretzel roll, topped with American cheese, bacon, Russian dressing, and shredded lettuce. It was a good substantial burger. I enjoyed the various textures and flavors of the ingredients, the crunchiness, and saltiness of the bacon, with the crunchy and chewy taste of the pretzel roll, complemented with the cheese and dressing, made for a tasty and satisfying meal. I could see why this is one of their most popular items on the menu. All our entrees came with nice crispy French-fried potatoes and a pickle. By now I was ready to try one of their craft beers; the Smuttynose Finestkind IPA. I am not normally a big beer drinker, so it is hard for me to judge, but it was nice, cold, and refreshing.
Others in the group went with the Filet Mignon Kabobs; twin kabobs, marinated filet, onions, red peppers, fries, and coleslaw. My opinion was that the meal was as delicious as it looked and sounds. He does not like coleslaw, so I jumped at the opportunity to try that and found it to be a nice, creamy, cold, and crunchy treat. And, finally, The Cuban Sandwich, which is new to their menu, slow-roasted pork loin, smoked ham, Swiss cheese, Cajun aioli, chipotle BBQ sauce, sliced dill pickle, Cuban baguette, and fries. Reportedly, that sandwich was also well prepared and delicious.
They do have a dessert menu, but for this time around we skipped the usuals and went with their Espresso Martini. Wow, decadently delicious. The perfect ending to a fun evening.
Honestly, I am confident that I could have gone with any of these entrees, or any of the items on the menu for that matter, and have been completely satisfied. Overall, I would have to give high grades for the delicious food, good service, nice ambiance, and overall satisfaction with the Thirsty Turtle from this visit. As I said, I have been here before and I will certainly be back.
As an end note, I did reach out to the owner of the Thirsty Turtle, who was not available on my visit, to ask him about any special plans they may have for Saint Patrick’s Day. Jim, the owner, did say that because of the restrictions they are not sure what they will be able to do, but that they are presently in the planning stages for whatever specials they will have for the celebration. But, be assured, even though nothing is available for publication as of this writing, they will have something special planned for the day’s menu.
Open 7 days a week for Dining and Curbside Pick-Up, Delivery, Parking Lot, Wi-Fi, casual, Outdoor seating, even Gluten Free Selections
Thirsty Turtle is operated under Growth Restaurants, which also owns The Famished Frog in Morristown, Bamboo Grille in Basking Ridge, and Meadow Wood Manor in Randolph.
The Thirsty Turtle Eatery, 186 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park, NJ 07932. Phone: (973) 845-6300. Click here for the website.
MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon announced the launch of Hope Hub, a sweeping program that combines the expertise and resources of multiple public service agencies to help vulnerable and at-risk people find the assistance they need, from homeless solutions and addiction treatment to mental health counseling or a combination of services
Hope Hub is an outgrowth of the wildly successful Hope One outreach program, a mobile substance use recovery and mental health initiative by which a team of specialists drives into Morris County communities to find and assist people in need of addiction counseling and mental health services. Hope Hub will expand on that formula by bringing a team approach, tapping the services of many different agencies and nonprofits to focus on the cases of vulnerable individuals brought to their attention by various public service agencies or individuals.
“We are working together to help individuals and families struggling in Morris County. Those who encounter people at risk in our society can refer vulnerable individuals seeking help to Hope Hub or alert Hope Hub of their plight,” said Cpl. Erica Valvano of the Sheriff’s Office. “These people come into the system many different ways. A police officer who sees someone about to become homeless, a treatment specialist seeing someone struggling with addiction, or a person just asking for help.”
Spearheaded by Hope Hub Coordinator Officer Chelsea Whiting, Hope Hub will be a multidisciplinary panel made up of members of law enforcement, social services, mental health services, healthcare providers, treatment providers and recovery specialists. Individuals and families struggling with problems referred to the Hope Hub panel will be connected to life-changing services.
The multidisciplinary panel will determine what public services would best help an individual brought to their attention, and the panel will work together to determine if a situation requires a welfare visit or an intervention.
Since the inception of Hope One on April 3, 2017, the Hope One team has made 17,101 community contacts and trained 3,149 people in the use of life-saving Narcan. The program has been successful in building community awareness of the opioid epidemic and ending the stigma of addiction, and it has become recognized by Morris County residents as a service responsible for saving the lives of struggling people.
The successes of Hope One motivated the formation of Hope Hub to connect everyone in need with assistance services.
On January 15, 2021, over 50 providers attended a virtual Hope Hub Provider Meeting to prepare for the program launch.
Among the partners working with Sheriff Gannon will be the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Mental Health Association of Essex & Morris, the Center for Addiction, Recovery, Education & Success (CARES), the Morris County Chiefs of Police Association, Acenda Integrated Health, Family Promise of Morris, the Morris County Department of Human Services and Navigating Hope.
Also participating are the Office of Temporary Assistance (OTA), the STAR program, the Morris County Youth Shelter, the Morris County Division on Aging, Disabilities & Community Programming, Garden Chapel in Victory Gardens, Nourish.NJ, Morris County Child & Family Resources, Prevention is Key, Inc., JBWS, Community Hope, Epiphany Community Services, Homeless Solutions Inc., the Jefferson Township Police Department, NewBridge Services, the New Jersey Department of Education, and Edge New Jersey.
For more information, contact Cpl. Erica Valvano at ERice@co.morris.nj.us.
MORRIS COUNTY — The coronavirus continues to have an impact on the area, according to updated state data from Morris County. The chart below shows the increase (decrease) in cases from February 25 to March 5.
Reductions in numbers from previous dates may be due to cases being transferred out of the jurisdiction and/or further investigation revealed that the case was incorrectly reported to the NJDOH/local health department as confirmed.
NEW JERSEY — The race to get the COVID vaccine may feel like a competition these days, even as more doses than ever are being distributed to states and counties from the federal government.
Still, there are still rules in place governing who is eligible for the vaccine, and the Johnson & Johnson one-shot dose is going to help speed up the process for everyone.
The rollout of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccination has triggered an expansion of inoculation sites in our local area and those interested click here to register.
CVS Pharmacy was administering vaccines as part of the Federal Pharmacy Program, which means they receive doses directly from the federal government separate from the New Jersey allocation, and now have begun receiving shipments of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
You must live, work or study in New Jersey, Age 65+, Teachers K-12, Daycare and preschool workers, and staff; People age 16+ with medical conditions that increase the risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and First responders including law enforcement and fire professionals. Health care workers, residents, and staff of long-term and congregate care.
MORRIS COUNTY — Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, First Assistant Prosecutor Maggie Calderwood, and Chief of Detectives Christoph Kimker announce the hiring of Thomas P. McEnroe as Detective and Anthony Scibetta as Supervising Assistant Prosecutor for the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. Melanie Smith was also promoted to the position of Chief Assistant Prosecutor.
On Monday, March 1, 2021, Acting Prosecutor Carroll and First Assistant Prosecutor Calderwood held a ceremony for Chief Assistant Prosecutor Smith and Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Scibetta.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Smith will be responsible for supervising the General Investigations, Pre-Trial Services, Specialized Service, and Juvenile units.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Smith started her career with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office as a legal intern in 1994. She served as a law clerk at the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morristown; an Assistant Prosecutor for the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, assigned to the Juvenile, General Investigations, Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment, and Special Enforcement units. Smith was promoted to Supervising Assistant Prosecutor in February 2006 and assigned to the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment, General Investigations, Pretrial Services, and Special Services units. She holds a B.A. double major from the University of Delaware and a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law.
Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Scibetta will be assigned to supervise the General Investigations Unit within the Courts & Administration Division.
Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Scibetta previously served the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office as an assistant prosecutor from December 2009 through July 2015 and as a law clerk in 2009. He’s also held the positions of litigation associate for private law practice and assistant prosecutor for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office from March 2016 through February 2021. He holds a B.A. from Providence College and a Juris Doctor from the New England School of Law.
On Monday, March 1, 2021, Prosecutor Carroll and Chief Kimker administered the oath of office to Det. McEnroe.
Detective McEnroe will be assigned to the Major Crimes Unit within the Tactical Division.
A member of the New Jersey State Police for two decades, Detective McEnroe served in the Regional Operations and Intelligence Center, the NJSP Academy Training Bureau, NJSP Major Crime Unit, Essex County Prosecutor’s Homicide Task Force, and the Anti-Crime Partnership Bureau North Region. Prior to joining the NJSP, he served as a detective for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office from March 1995 through September 2000. Detective McEnroe holds numerous certifications and completed specialized training, and has been awarded several commendations during his law enforcement career. Detective McEnroe also served four years with the United States Marine Corps Reserve and on active duty in Operation Desert Storm. He holds a B.A. and Master of Arts from Seton Hall University.
Acting Prosecutor Carroll said, “With the challenges of a significant increase in drug overdoses, suicides, car thefts and coupled with the need to provide skilled leadership and training in the several new criminal justice initiatives from the Attorney General and the Legislature, the hiring of SAP Scibetta and Det. McEnroe and the promotion of CAP Smith again demonstrate our Office’s focus to acquire or promote highly experienced personnel to help in our law enforcement efforts. We are pleased to have succeeded with these appointments.”
HANOVER — The waitlist for Affordable Rentals at Whippany Village is now open until April 26, 2021. Whippany Village is located at 444 Route 10.
Please submit a preliminary application online by clicking here or by calling (609) 664-2769 ext. 5.
There are nine new apartments that will be available in Summer 2021.
|1 Bedroom Apartment||2 Bedroom Apartment||3 Bedroom Apartment|
|One Very Low – $422||Two Low – $974||Two Low – $1,123|
|Three Moderate – $1,223||One Moderate – $1,411|
HANOVER — I feel that it is my duty as the Hanover Township Chief of Police to inform the public, who may not be aware, of some very troubling and potentially dangerous legislation that was signed by Governor Murphy on February 21, 2021. The legislation in question was approved by the voters at the November 3, 2020, General Election. Referendum Question No. 1 stated as follows:
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA
“Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis”?
Only adults at least 21 years of age could use cannabis. The State commission created to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program would also oversee the new, personal use cannabis market.
Cannabis products would be subject to the State sales tax. If authorized by the Legislature, a municipality may pass a local ordinance to charge a local tax on cannabis products.”
The new legislation includes sections for individuals under 21 who possess or consume any amount of marijuana, hashish, cannabis, or alcohol in any public place, including a school. This is a serious concern. For a first offense, officers are only permitted to issue a written warning to the individual. However, the warning shall not be provided to the individual’s parent or guardian. A second offense results in another written warning and providing the offender with information on community drug treatment services. If, after the second offense, and the individual is under 18 years of age, copies of the first and second warnings shall be provided to a parent or guardian.
Third and subsequent offenses again result in written warnings. And, once again, the offender is given information on community drug treatment services. If the individual is between 18 and 21, a notice of the written warning shall be provided to the community drug treatment program. If the individual is under 18, a parent or guardian shall be provided with a copy of the written warning.
In addition, the odor of marijuana, hashish, or alcohol no longer constitutes reasonable articulable suspicion to initiate a stop of an individual under the age of 21, nor does it provide probable cause to search the person’s personal property or vehicle to determine a violation. The unconcealed possession of an alcoholic beverage, marijuana, hashish, or cannabis item that is observed in plain sight shall not constitute probable cause to initiate a search of an individual under the age of 21, or that individual’s personal property or vehicle to determine a violation of any law.
This department has worked diligently with our community, schools, elected officials, etc. in promoting substance abuse awareness with our younger residents. We will continue to work collaboratively work with these valuable partners. This ill-advised legislation will only strengthen our resolve to continue educating and protecting those who are among the most vulnerable and impressionable, our juveniles and younger children. I cannot believe that the ballot question would have received the support that it did, were these troubling elements of this enacted legislation presented to the voting public. I am respectfully requesting that if you share these sentiments, please contact your elected State Senators and Assembly persons and urge them to repeal those sections of the legislation that negate parental responsibility and tie the hands of law enforcement.
Chief Mark D. Roddy.