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Basket Day, a springtime tradition at the Lamington Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years, will be celebrated on Tuesday night, April 30th, and Wednesday, May 1st, at the church on 355 Lamington Road.
“This is our 53rd annual Basket Day, and the public is invited to join us for this community event,” said Kim McGeary of Lebanon, event chair. “We’ll have great food and drink, and the best pre-Mother’s Day shopping in the area.”
The event kicks off on Tuesday night, April 30th, with a Preview Party from 6:00-8:30PM, with live music, hearty appetizers, wine, and shopping at the many boutique tables and tents. Admission is $25.
Basket Day itself will be held Wednesday, May 1, from 10:00AM-3:00PM. All of the boutiques and tents from Preview Night will return, complemented by a delicious luncheon prepared and served by church members. Admission to Basket Day is free; luncheon tickets cost $15.
Visitors can also buy frozen homemade meals-to-go and fresh baked goods at the “Presbyterian Palate,” pick out colorful flower baskets planted by church members, bid on silent auction items ranging from antiques to vacation home rentals, and find hand-knitted and sewn items created by church members in the “Common Threads” circle.
Basket Day attendees can also shop for jewelry, accessories, home and garden items, browse the “Treasure Tent” for rummage sale bargains and pick a “leaf” from the Promise Tree, where services such as gardening or babysitting can be purchased.
Basket Day was begun in 1961 by a small group of church women who wanted to hold an open-house social and display quilts they had sewn. In the years since, it has evolved into the church’s largest annual fundraiser.
Basket Day and Preview Night will be held rain or shine at the historic church, located at 355 Lamington Road. For more information, phone the church office, at 908-572-7013, or visit the website, at http://lamingtonpcusa.com.
The North Jersey Resource Conservation & Development Council (NJRC&D) invites you to join them on May 4th, from 10:00am – 4:00pm, for a fruitful and fun day at Back to Nature Home and Garden, in Basking Ridge. Proceeds from this event will support NJRC&D’s environmental and conservation projects in Hunterdon, Somerset, Morris, Warren, Sussex, and Union Counties.
This is the perfect time to learn about and plant fruit shrubs and small fruit trees. Back to Nature Home and Garden experts will be on hand to provide educational materials and answer questions. NJRC&D will receive 5% of sales of fruit shrubs and fruit tree sales on May 4th.
If you prefer to reap the benefits of someone else’s labor, you will have the opportunity to order pies from Griggstown Farms, which will also benefit NJRC&D. Volunteers will be serving free samples of these delicious pies on May 4th.
Can’t make it on May 4th, but are craving Griggstown pie? In addition to having the opportunity to order pies while visiting Back to Nature Home and Garden on May 4th, you can download an order form at www.northjerseyrcd.org and also find out more about the important projects that NJRC&D accomplish in your area. You can also visit Back to Nature anytime prior to the event to pick up an order form. Check out all they have to offer at www.backtonature.net.
The North Jersey RC&D serves and is sponsored by the Freeholders and Soil Conservation Districts of Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Warren, and Union Counties. Through partnerships with municipal, state, and federal agencies, as well as many private entities, the Council develops and manages programs and projects that promote the improvement and wise use of the regions human and natural resources.
For more information about North Jersey RC&D visit www.northjerseyrcd.org.
May is a great month to see and hear migratory songbirds as they return to New Jersey for the warm weather months.
Join New Jersey Conservation Foundation on Sunday, May 5, from 10:00AM – 12:00PM, for a relaxed walk through the fields and woods of the Hill & Dale Preserve, in search of spring birds. New Jersey Conservation Foundation staff member Beth Davisson and renowned birder Evan Obercian will lead the hike over hilly terrain.
The hike will be held rain or shine, and hikers will meet at the Hell Mountain Preserve parking area on Parsonage Lot Road (gravel lot on right, just past the first house). Hikers should wear long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring binoculars and water.
The cost of the hike is $5 per adult; children are free. Advance reservations are suggested but not required. To register online, go to https://donate.njconservation.org/2013birdwatchhike. For information or registration assistance, contact Dolce Vieira at email@example.com or 908-234-1225 ext. 126.
The 142-acre Hill & Dale Preserve, located along Hill & Dale Road, was preserved by New Jersey Conservation Foundation and several partners in 2011 and 2012. It is a combination nature and agricultural preserve, with cultivated fields and trails for hiking and horseback riding.
The May 5th bird-watching hike is part of New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s “Step Into Nature” series of walks, talks and fun outdoor events. For a full list of programs, visit www.njconservation.org/events.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation is a private nonprofit that preserves land and natural resources throughout New Jersey for the benefit of all. Since 1960, it has protected 125,000 acres of open space - from the Highlands to the Pine Barrens to the Delaware Bayshore, from farms to forests to urban and suburban parks. For more information about the Foundation’s programs and preserves, visit www.njconservation.org or phone 1-888-LAND-SAVE (1-888-526-3728).
The Oldwick Fire Company has selected a Grand Marshall and a “queen” for its 75th anniversary parade on June 1st.
Serving as Grand Marshall for the parade will be Cecil Vroom, the fire company’s sole remaining charter member. While just 18 years old at the time, Cecil vividly recalls that first fire company meeting in Barnett Hall (now the Oldwick Library) on February 2, 1938. Seventy-five years later he can still taste the apple cider and donuts that were served at the meeting.
A proud WWII veteran who served in North Africa and Italy, Cecil was the fire company’s secretary for many years. After his discharge from the Army, Cecil worked at the Belle Mead depot and then doing tree service. These days Cecil still actively pursues his hobbies of gardening and canning fruits and vegetables.
The parade “queen” is Sara Comley, who was born in Oldwick on January 19, 1938! Sara’s father, Daniel A. Coughlin, was a charter member and was later elected a Life Member of the Oldwick Fire Company. He was the first President, serving a total of six years and he then served as Chief for fourteen years.
Sara and her two sisters, Elsie and Sharon, all have fond memories of Oldwick and the fire company. In fact, the whole family will be traveling here to help celebrate OFC’s 75th Anniversary!
Make plans to stay in town and spend the afternoon of June 1st celebrating with the Oldwick Fire Company. The parade steps off at 1:00 pm and will include the Blue Eagles Drum and Bugle Corps, the Denville String Band and Saint Ann’s of Hampton Pipes and Drums marching bands.
Continue to check the OFC website at www.ofc.24.com for updates including the parade line-up, map and the picnic activity and entertainment schedule.
Board Certified Pediatrician, Dr. Ellen Ganek, and Trepta Yoga invite mothers of infants 2–5 months old to join her for a wonderful ten week program to support and guide mothers during this most precious time. Sessions will meet Thursdays, starting in May at Trepta Yoga, US HWY 202, Far Hills. Babies are welcome. Join in to meet, share, and learn. gift bag with doctor approved products for mom and baby offered. Call Trepta Yoga at 908-240-6978.
The Whitehouse Fire Company’s 14th Annual Spring Craft Show, held in April, was another great success with record attendance. The Fire Company offers thanks to the Crafters and Artists who always raise the bar each and every year with their workmanship, and most of all, to everyone who continues to turn out and support both the Spring and Holiday Craft Shows.
"If You Don't Take Care of Your Body, Where Else Are You Going to Live?"
27th Annual Auction and Dinner Dance Event
A 1970’s Get Down and Get Funky Themed Dinner Dance!
Notes from WCTT Speaker
The Woman’s Club of Tewksbury Township shared concerns with and learned about addictions from February featured speaker Frank L. Greenagel, Jr., who spoke on “Three Obstacles to Recovery.” Past Program Chair and Past President Liz O’Neill introduced Greenagel, who spoke after the meeting chaired by Trisha Mahoney.
After operating for two years in a private home, Water Street Meditation has joined karmic forces and digs with P.S. 108 Yoga, located at 300 Lamington Road across from the Lamington Presbyterian Church. Two new six–week Wednesday class series will begin on March 13th, and run through April 17th. Beginning Meditation is at 9:30am, and Exploring the Dharma is at 10:15am. To register, visit ps108.org, on the Web. Both new and experienced meditators are welcome.
I am currently a Boy Scout from Troop 199 in Oldwick. I hope to begin work days on my Eagle Scout Project at the Life Camp in Pottersville in early spring. The Life Camp allows the community to use its property for many of our outdoor community events throughout the year. During the summer, the Life Camp offers inner city children from Newark a fun and enriching experience during the summer. The camp strives to help each child develop self-confidence and awareness of their abilities, and to help each child set goals in order to reach their potential.
Mane Stream (formerly Somerset Hills Handicapped Riding Center) located in Oldwick, is seeking new volunteers to provide support with Equine Assisted Activities for individuals with disabilities. Volunteers 14 years of age or older are needed to groom and tack the horses and assist riders and clients during group lessons and therapy sessions.
The Fairmount Presbyterian Church (FPC) invites you to an evening of Live music, poetry, friends, and food, at the next opening of the Califon Cafe. The evening begins at 5:30PM, in the FPC Community House, located at 247 Old Turnpike Road. Admission is only $7 for everyone over age 3, and includes food and drink.
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.
SPRING BREAK 2013 PASSPORT HOURSGet ready for Spring Break by applying for your passport now. Processing time is currently 4-6 weeks. We will be open on the following Saturdays in the 1st Quarter 2013:
HUNTERDON COUNTY VETERAN ID CARD!
When recording your DD-214, we offer a County Veteran Identification Card that provides the Veteran’s name, address and file number of the recorded DD-214. This service is FREE OF CHARGE to all honorably discharged Hunterdon County Veterans. This card can be an easy reference that may be used at a future date to obtain a certified copy of your discharge papers if a situation arises where they can not be located quickly.
We encourage you to visit the Clerk’s office with your original DD-214 (copies may not be recorded). To request or obtain a certified copy of your DD-214, visit http://archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/. At the Clerk’s office, your DD-214 is recorded, the original is returned to you immediately and a Veteran’s ID Card is issued.
Mary H. Melfi
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.
Important Information Regarding Open Burns/Bonfires
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.
FIRE/SAFETY INSPECTIONS REQUIRED
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.
Tewksbury Township Fire Official
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.
BANQUET HALL OPEN
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.
Zion Lutheran Church in Oldwick will celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2014, and is now compiling its extensive archives into a database that will be accessible on its Web site. Among its many historical documents are the church’s charter from King George III, and 1749 deeds from Ralph Smith, the primary landholder of “Smithfield”, renamed “New Germantown” in the 1750s, and then “Oldwick” during World War I.
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