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Attention all Property Owners – From the Tewksbury Township Fire Official

Happy Father’s Day

Community Reminder to all Residents & Businesses

St. John Neumann Religious Education

Attention All Tewksbury Township Residents

County Clerk's Corner- May 2105

Letters to the Editor

Township Seeks Web Input

Sheep & Goats Need Rabies Vaccination Too!

Eagle Scout Project at WWS

WCTT Scholarships

Tax Deductions Available

Notes from the Fire Official

Oldwick Fire Co. Serves You

What's Your News?

Volunteer Guardians


See our Recreation Page for this month's TAA Update as well as details on these stories:
• WCTT News; and more.

Our Environment Page has these stories:
Hunterdon County Master Gardeners' Helpline;
• URWA & SBWA Merge; and more.

See our History Page for news about:
• THS Annual Meeting as well as
•  the Historical Society's Next Program

See our Kids Page for news about:
Board of Ed. Seeks Input, Beloved Labrador Retriever Inspires Children’s Book; and more

Our Library Page features:
• the latest News From Your Library, and
• Friends of the Library Update.

Plus, there's lots more all over the site, so take a look around.

Attention all Property Owners – From the Tewksbury Township  Fire Official

The State of New Jersey requires a Certificate of Smoke Detector, Carbon Monoxide Detector and Fire Extinguisher Inspection prior to the closing of a sale of residence and also before to a change of tenant in a rental property.   A closing cannot occur without the Certificate of Inspection. To schedule an inspection, apply at the Tewksbury Township Administration Building, 169 Old Turnpike Road, Califon.  A fine may be issued if a tenant moves in prior to the inspection, in accordance with the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code.

Tom Anderson,
Fire Official

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Happy Father’s Day

Father’s Day was inaugurated in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mother's Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting.

Father's Day was first celebrated in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910, at the instigation of Sonora Smart Dodd.  Her father, Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent to six children.  After hearing a sermon in 1909 about the recently established Mother’s Day, Dodd told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them.  Although she initially suggested June 5, her father's birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.

The celebration did not have much success initially.  In the 1930s Dodd returned to Spokane and started promoting the celebration again, raising awareness at a national level.  She had the help of those trade groups that would benefit most from the holiday, for example the manufacturers of ties, tobacco pipes, and any traditional present to fathers.  Since 1938 she had the help of the Father's Day Council, founded by the New York Associated Men’s Wear Retailers to consolidate and systematize the commercial promotion.  Americans resisted the holiday during a few decades, perceiving it as just an attempt by merchants to replicate the commercial success of Mother's Day, but the trade groups kept promoting it and eventually succeeded.

A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913.  In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father's Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized.  President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation.  In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus "[singling] out just one of our two parents".  In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.  Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

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Sheep & Goats Need Rabies Vaccination Too!

Rabies is a virus spread through bites or open wounds of an infected animal via saliva.  In rare instances, the virus can be spread through the air.  All mammals are susceptible to Rabies, and it is a disease of significant public health concern.

Veterinarians who treat sheep and goats are usually called out as an emergency to see a neurologic animal.  Many of these animals are not vaccinated for Rabies.  Since there are a number of diseases that look like Rabies, it makes the veterinarian’s job more difficult to diagnose.  Rabies can look like anything.  The only way to diagnose Rabies is by submitting brain tissue to the New Jersey Animal Health Diagnostic Lab for analysis.  Diseases we see in Hunterdon County that can look like Rabies in sheep and goats include Listeria (a bacterial infection), parasites that spread to the brain, polioencephalomalacia (a vitamin deficiency), ear infection, brain abscess, brain tumor, and poisonous plant ingestion.  There are two forms of Rabies: dumb and furious.  Sheep and goats usually develop the furious form of the disease. 

Unfortunately, there is no treatment for Rabies, and any unvaccinated suspicious animals need to be reported to the state.  The disease rapidly worsens once clinical signs occur, and the mortality rate is nearly 100%.  In addition, any human who was exposed to the rabid animal will need to undergo post-Rabies prophylaxis treatment, which is very expensive and not covered by insurance. 

The best prevention for Rabies is vaccination.  For unvaccinated sheep and goats, we recommend a primary series of two vaccinations given one month apart followed by an annual booster.  The vaccine is extremely safe.  In addition, you can prevent wildlife from getting to your herd with adequate fencing and housing.  Rabies is endemic in New Jersey, averaging around 300 confirmed cases annually, so protecting your livestock and yourself is imperative. 

Dr MaryBeth Hamorski & Dr Meredith Steudle
Califon Animal Hospital

Dr Hamorski & Dr Steudle can be reached at 908-832-7523

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Eagle Scout Project at WWS

My name is John Gallagher and I am a student at Voorhees High School and a Life Scout in Troop 199 in Oldwick.  As part of my Eagle Scout award, I will be working at the Whittemore Wildlife Sanctuary (WWS) in Tewksbury.  My project entails refurbishing the dilapidated gazebo and building several benches for use in the new outdoor education area.  Each year, WWS provides numerous environmental programs for schools, scouts and summer day camps with the aim of stimulating awareness and understanding of the total environment — natural, altered, human and historic — among people of all ages to develop a sense of responsibility for the care and wise use of our natural resources.

I would greatly appreciate any help with my project in the form of donations (checks payable to Troop 199 please), materials, or help at one of my work days!  Please e-mail me at johngallaghereagle@gmail.com for more information.

Thank you very much!

John Gallagher

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Community Reminder to all Residents & Businesses

In keeping with the township’s concerns about public safety, the Fire Marshal wants to remind all residents about the need to maintain smoke sensitive alarms in their homes and businesses.  This is especially true in residential cases where there are many instances where open flame uses,  such as cooking and candles could possibly cause a fire, if not properly contained and heating devices are used in case of power outages.

Residents who rely on oxygen supply relating to health issues are encouraged to make sure that they maintain their existing smoke alarms.  If your home does not have smoke alarms, you need to install one battered powered unit on each floor in your home, including the basement, to insure your safety. 

Please check all battery back-up smoke detectors regularly.  If there is a power outage, you need to depend on these detectors which will not work if the batteries are not working.

If you have any questions concerning your smoke detectors, please call Tom Anderson, Fire Marshal at 908-439-0022 ext. 728.

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St. John Neumann Religious Education

St. John Neumann Parish is now accepting registrations for Religious Education (K-8) for 2014-2015.  There will be classes offered on Sunday mornings, at 9:00am (K-6), and Sunday evenings, at 6:00pm (Jr. High); both sessions meet twice a month.  There is also a monthly Saturday family program.  

A few program highlights include Advent and Easter activities, Class Masses, Children’s Liturgy of the Word, May crowning, and an overnight Confirmation retreat.  Registration forms are available on St. John’s website: www.ccsjn.org.  Please note: First Eucharist requires a two-year preparation beginning in First Grade.  For more information, or new parishioner inquiries, contact Renee Ciszewski, Director of Religious Education, at 832-2162, or renee@ccsjn.org.

The Catholic Community of St. John Neumann is a vibrant, growing Roman Catholic parish serving the residents of Califon and its surrounding area.

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Attention All Tewksbury Township Residents

Please be advised the numbering of all principle structures located within the Township is required.  This is a matter of Public Safety.  In the case of an emergency a difference in minutes can mean the difference between life and death.  House numbers are imperative for a quick reference.  The more camouflaged and hard to find the numbers are, the longer it will take emergency personnel to arrive at the scene.  All signs should be placed at the end of each driveway, whether it be the intersection of a public road or common driveway with other residential locations.

As per Township Ordinance 15.04.040 General Requirements; 
The following requirements shall apply to all numbers to be installed, in order to provide the greatest degree of identification of the property so as to assist any persons thereon:

A.  The identification number(s) shall be no less than three inches in height, and of durable and clearly visible material.  The identification number(s) shall be Arabic.

B.  The number(s) shall be of reflective material or of sufficient visible contrast to the background material to be easily discernible at night with aid of an emergency vehicle spotlight.

C.  All number(s) shall be mounted so that they face the access road to the property containing the principal building and shall be maintained by the owner of the property so as to be unobstructed by trees, shrubs and other vegetation or otherwise. (Ord. 5-92 § 4)

Tom Anderson, Township Fire Marshall
Tom Holmes, Police Chief

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Tax Deductions Available

Tewksbury residents may be eligible for one or more of the following Income Tax deductions outlined below.  For detailed information, see the NJ Division of Taxation website, or consult your tax professional.

$250 Property Tax Deduction for Veterans Or Surviving Spouses
N.J.S.A. 54:4-8.10 et seq. Two hundred fifty dollars ($250) may be deducted each year from taxes due on the real or personal property of qualified war veterans or their unmarried surviving spouses. In 1999, a constitutional amendment increased the deduction from $50 to $100 for 2000; $150 for 2001; $200 for 2002 and $250 per year thereafter.

To qualify, you must be an honorably discharged US Armed Forces war veteran or the unmarried surviving spouse of such a war veteran or the unmarried surviving spouse of a serviceperson who served in time of war and died while on active duty. You must be a property owner and a legal resident of New Jersey and, where applicable, prove that the deceased veteran or serviceperson was a legal resident of New Jersey.  Claim Form V.S.S must be filed with your municipal tax assessor or collector.

Full Property Tax Exemption For 100% Disabled Veterans Or Surviving Spouses N.J.S.A. 54:4-3.30 et seq. 100% permanently and totally disabled war veterans or the unmarried surviving spouses of such disabled war veterans are granted a full property tax exemption on their dwelling house and the lot on which it is situated.

To qualify, you must be an honorably discharged disabled veteran who had active service in time of war in the US Armed Forces, or the unmarried surviving spouse of such a disabled veteran. Unmarried surviving spouses of servicepersons who died in active service in time of war also qualify. Wartime service connected disability must be certified by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA.)

You must be the full or partial owner and a permanent resident in the dwelling and legal resident of New Jersey. In the case of surviving spouses, the deceased spouse must also have been a legal resident of New Jersey. Claim Form D.V.S.S.E. must be filed with your municipal tax assessor.

$250 Real Property Tax Deduction For Senior Citizens, Disabled Persons Or Surviving Spouses N.J.S.A. 54:4-8.40 et seq.
An annual $250 deduction from real property taxes is provided for the dwelling of a qualified senior citizen, disabled person or their surviving spouse.

To qualify, you must be age 65 or older, or a permanently and totally disabled individual or the unmarried surviving spouse, age 55 or more, of such person.  You must be a legal resident of New Jersey for one year immediately prior to October 1 of the year before the year for which the deduction is requested.  You must be an owner of and a permanent resident in the dwelling on October 1 of the year before the year for which the deduction is requested.  Income may be no more than $10,000 during the year for which the deduction is claimed, excluding with restrictions, monies received from social security, Federal and State pension, disability and retirement programs.

Claim Form PTD must be filed with your municipal tax assessor or collector. Additionally, Form PD5, Annual Post-Tax Year Income Statement must be filed with your tax collector each year after initial qualification.

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WCTT Scholarships

Tewksbury Senior Scholarship

The Women’s Club of Tewksbury Township (WCTT) awards a scholarship each year to a graduating senior who resides in Tewksbury.  This year the Education Committee selected Caleigh Connor and Angela D'Amiento from an outstanding applicant pool.  Caleigh and Angela have distinguished themselves by being high achieving scholars, proven leaders and active participants in long term community service The awards were given to the honorees during a luncheon held at Fiddlers Elbow Country Club.  We congratulate Caleigh and Angela, wishing them well as they embark on their college education, Caleigh to Fairfield University and Angela to The College of New Jersey.

Dotty Gaal Memorial Scholarship

The Women's Club of Tewksbury has also been asked to administer a scholarship established by the family and friends of Dotty Gaal.  Dotty's passing left a void not only in her family but in the Women's Club as well.  Dotty had been an active member of the club, bringing her intellect, scholarship, artistic talent, love for humanity and our earth to every activity in which she participated.

The first Dotty Gaal Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to graduating senior Clare Moariarty.  Clare embodies all the virtues Dotty exemplified.  In keeping with Dotty's environmental concerns the scholarship essay required the applicant to "Pick a situation related to science in Tewksbury Township and explain in detail, in 350 words or less, how you would improve the situation.” Clare identified a major problem, keeping our water supply viable while dealing with massive runoff.  She presented several practical and imaginative ways to solve the problem.

We congratulate Clare on her accomplishments and wish her well as she heads to Clemson University to pursue a degree in Civil / Environmental Engineering.

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Volunteer Guardians: There For Our Adults Alone

Imagine not being able to pay your bills, arrange medical appointments, or handle legal issues, and having no family able to assist you when you have to make important life decisions.

Volunteer Guardianship One-on-One, Inc. coordinates volunteers to provide compassionate and complete guardianship services to adults who have no willing family members or friends, and who have been determined by the court to be in need of such personal services.

The New Jersey Office of the Public Guardian had handled these types of cases until the mid-1990's, when budget restrictions caused a moratorium to be placed on new cases.  Hunterdon County Surrogate Susan Hoffman and attorney Anthony Serra developed the concept of using volunteers in a structured way to meet this need.

A Guardian is an individual who has been appointed by the court to make life decisions for another person whom a judge determines to be “incapacitated.”  A Guardian may be a family member, a neighbor, a friend, or a professional guardian.  Important issues such as where to live and how to manage their finances become the responsibility of the Guardian. 

Volunteer Guardians are “never alone”.  Before being assigned a ward, a volunteer becomes thoroughly familiar with the policies and procedures included in the “Volunteer Handbook,“ and has the opportunity of earning the Registered Guardian (RG) credential.  Volunteer Guardians can draw on the assistance of volunteer professionals, individuals, and social service agencies.

For more information, contact Michael Swerdloff, Director of Volunteers, at 788-4893, ext 718.

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County Clerk's Corner May 2015

Primary Election June 2nd
The Primary Election will be held on June 2, 2015.  Voters will be going to the polls to nominate their candidates for the General Election to be held on November 3rd.  The Primary ballot has nominations for New Jersey General Assembly 15th, 16th, and 23rd Districts, Freeholder, and local candidates.  The deadline to register to vote in the Primary is May 12th.  The Board of Elections located on the 3rd floor of the Historic Court House on Main Street, Flemington will be open May 12th, until 9:00pm for registration.  Mail-in Ballots are available now.  To receive a Mail-in ballot, you can download the application online (as well as a list of candidates), from the Hunterdon County Clerk’s website, at www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/countyclerk.html.  You can also apply in person during regular business hours, or on any opened Saturday.

As always, our office is open the Thursday and Saturday before the Primary for walk-in Mail-in Ballot voting.  This year’s extended Primary voting hours are Thursday, May 28th until 7:00pm, and Saturday, May 30th, from 9:00am–1:00pm.  Phone me at 908-788-1214 if you have any questions regarding the Mail-In Ballot process.

Independent Candidates
Local Candidates seeking election as an Independent Candidate to have their name appear on the November 3, 2015 General Ballot file a Direct “Independent” Petition with the County Clerk no later than 4:00pm on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.  Please contact the County Clerks office at 908-788-1214 for more information.

Mary H. Melfi,
Hunterdon County Clerk

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Township Seeks Web Input

The Tewksbury Township Committee is seeking input, comments, and suggestions from Township residents regarding the current format and use of the Township's website, www.tewksburytwp.net.  

Please provide any comments you may have regarding the website, how its is currently used and any suggested changes you would like to see to Committeeman Louis DiMare.

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Notes from the Fire Official

Important Information Regarding Open Burns/Bonfires

In accordance with the Uniform Fire Code of the State of New Jersey, Section N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.7(a),3 (i),  all bonfires and open burns require a New Jersey State Forest Fire Permit and aType 1 Permit from your local municipality in order to conduct such an activity.

An “Open Burning Regulations” packet contains all of the information needed in order to apply for and obtain open burn permits.  The packets are available at the Municipal Building, located at 169 Old Turnpike Road, Monday through Friday between 8:30AM–4:00PM.  Included in the packet is an “Application for Fire and Safety Permit” which needs to be completed and submitted to our office along with the $42 application fee and a copy of the State permit before an open burn permit can be processed.  If you have any questions concerning this matter, please feel free to contact me at 908-328-3020.

The State of New Jersey requires a Certificate of Smoke Detector, Carbon Monoxide Detector and Fire Extinguisher Inspection prior to the closing of a sale of residence and also prior to a change of tenant in a rental property.  To schedule an inspection, apply at the Tewksbury Township Administration Building, 169 Old Turnpike Road.

A closing cannot occur without the Certificate of Inspection.  A fine may be issued if a tenant moves in prior to the inspection, in accordance with the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code. 

Tom Anderson
Tewksbury Township Fire Official

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Oldwick Fire Company Serves You

Established in 1938, the Oldwick Fire Company (OFC) currently responds to 150 calls per year.   This volunteer organization of thirty-five members relies on its two pumper trucks, a tanker/pumper, and a brush truck to serve Tewksbury Township. 

Monthly meetings are held the first Monday of the month at 8:00PM at the firehouse, on Oldwick Road (rt 523), south of Oldwick.  Their office phone number is 439-2514 (dial 911 for emergencies). New Members are always welcome. 

The Oldwick Fire Company’s new banquet hall is now available to host your next event. The facility can handle events up to 200 people.  The banquet hall is suitable for weddings, business meetings, organization or club meetings, birthday parties, instructional seminars, or classes such as karate, dance etc. 

The banquet hall is in the lower level of the Oldwick Fire House, at the intersection of Routes 517 and 523, and offers beautiful woodland views in its surprisingly secluded setting. 

For more information, or to book your event, phone 439-2514, or drop a note to: 
Oldwick Fire Company 
attn Banquet Hall Committee 
PO Box 83 
Oldwick, NJ 08858.

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Letters to the Editor 

Dear Editor:

Thank you for your condolences and for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers at the time of Bruce’s passing.  Thanks to the Tewsbury Times Newsletter, Bruce acquired many customers over the years.  He was passionate about his job because of the wonderful customers he served.

Bruce’s son, Michael, has formed an American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team at North Hunterdon High School.  The event will be held May 29th.  For those in the community who would like to make a donation in memory of Bruce, the Web link is: www.http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?team_id=1820026&pg=team&fr_id=67022&s_locale=en_US&et=LGkwLm4-Oa4Ax124tDz5Eg&s_tafId=1545743.

Family of Bruce Bednar

What's Your News?

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