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Governor signs Dancer’s resolution establishing May as Civil War Veterans Recognition Month On January 9th, 2020 the governor signed a joint resolution (SJR59/AJR21), spon- sored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer, that designates May of each year as “Civil War Veterans Recognition Month” and honors the Grand Army of the Republic and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War as two Civil War veterans organizations. “It is a fitting time to recognize the importance of the Civil War and its positive out- comes and establish a permanent commemoration of the Union Civil War veterans, and the two organizations that have supported them and their memory -The Grand Army of the Republic and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War,” proclaimed Dancer (R-Ocean). “New Jersey will now honor the sacrifice and contributions of those who served during America’s deadliest armed conflict.” The Grand Army of the Republic was a fraternal organization, established in 1866 and composed of veterans of the Union Army, the United States Navy, the United States Marines, and the United States Revenue Cutter Service. It dissolved when the last member of the organization died in 1956. In 1881, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War was established, in recognition of the importance of the sacrifice and service of Union Civil War veterans but separate from the Grand Army of the Republic in deference to the sacredness of the veterans’ personal devotion and the toll of their actual war experience. This organization is the legal successor to the Grand Army of the Republic and is still in existence today.
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Castle in Ireland: Photo taken by Linda Schnorrbusch of Millstone Township- “While I was in Ireland last year it was one of those rare moments when everything comes together for a great photo. The rain stopped, the swans came into view between the trees, the light was just perfect for taking photos, I was standing in the right position, the sky was gorgeous, and the reflection of the castle in the water was breathtaking.”
Bromley Grist Mill, Lumberville, PA: Photo taken by Alex Ostrow of Monroe. Seven miles north of New Hope, along River Road, is the charming village of Lumberville, settled by Colonel George Wall, a Revolutionary War officer and Bucks County Sheriff. It was originally named Wall’s Saw Mills and Walls Landing, after the Colonel. Several local artists make their home in Lumberville and its picturesque scenery along the waterway will delight visitors as they enjoy a place steeped in time.
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Shine and Inspire, Inc. Helping People In Need While Inspiring Them To Pay it Forward By Pam Teel
Shine and Inspire, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for those in Mercer County, NJ. The non-profit is funded by charitable gifts of local businesses and community members and is based on the idea of Paying it Forward. Carol Feldman, Shine and Inspires founder, had always wanted to start a non-profit and was fascinated by the idea of making a difference in people’s lives by gifting them something that they need to enhance their quality of life. Carol, who officially started the organization in 2012, wanted the non-profit to not just to be about giving but also about empowering gift recipients and encouraging them to do something for someone else, their communities and/ or their schools. Her motto is, “If we help you shine, what will that inspire you to do?”
The Shine and Inspire application process is simple. Those wishing for a necessity that they can’t afford, go to the non-profit’s website and fill out an application. They might ask for such things as a special handicapped equipped bed, a new washer, or a mattress and bed. The request could even be for a new wardrobe or a makeover to start a new job. There is also an application for businesses to donate their skilled services. An applicant might need a house painted or home repair work done, or even a room makeover for a sick child. If you are a contractor, hair dresser, painter, career coach, interior designer, or other professional, a donation of your time is much appreciated. Presently, Shine and Inspire services Mercer County, but the non-profit has never denied people from other counties. In fact, Ms. Feldman is looking to expand into other counties and welcomes hearing from other non-profits interested in partnering with Shine and Inspire. Just because you don’t see neediness in your area, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. In Trenton alone, over 260 children at any given time are displaced and homeless and living in motels and on other people’s couches. Many low income and displaced children don’t go to school because they can’t afford basic needs. Many students who receive free or reduced lunch don’t have food when they are not in school. These students are in desperate need of soap, shampoo, detergent, personal hygiene products, school supplies, hats, gloves, clothing, and non-perishable food and snacks.
This need has inspired Shine and Inspire to launch an offshoot program of opening Shine and Inspire Closets to give children access to these essentials. Ewing High School is the first school to embrace the idea of opening a Shine and Inspire Closet. A teacher at the school organized it and is Paying it Forward with the help of her students to keep the closet stocked. Others schools and businesses have followed. To date there are eight Shine and Inspire Closets in the Mercer area. A Shine and Inspire closet is a wonderful community service project for schools, Boy/Girl Scouts, and other organizations. If you would like to open a closet in your school or organize a collection at your school, church, or business, you can go onto the website for more information about the Shine and Inspire closets. Twice a year, Shine and Inspire holds an Afternoon to Shine party for disadvantaged children. The children come to them by referrals. Before the party, parents fill out forms stating what the children are in dire need of. Each child has a sponsor who helps purchase the gifts. Gifts could range from much needed clothing, to toys, to bedding. Each child also receives a hat, gloves and a coat.
In the summer, sponsors help out by filling new backpack with items that the child might need. If you wish to become a sponsor please email the website below. Sponsors, Pay it Forward, and tell your friends and relations to join up too! The more sponsors, the more kids Shine and Inspire can reach out to! You can help put a smile on their faces and make it an even more special day. Upcoming Fundraisers June 22nd -A Purple Night to Shine. A dance party at Prospectors in Mount Laurel, N.J. It’s Carol’s birthday and everybody dresses in Purple. Come and join the fun! October 9th -A Night to Shine Fashion Edition- A wonderful fashion show with clothes by Lord and Taylor. There will be vendors, a huge tricky tray raffle, dinner, and celebrity models!! Shine and Inspire’s mission would not be possible without you and we thank you. Make a difference in someone’s life and it will make a difference in yours! For more information: www.shineand inspire.org / Carol@ShineandInspire.org. Make a donation today, https://chip-in.us/inspire
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Millstone Township Neighbors Helping Neighbors By Pam Teel
In this time of crisis and uncertainty, and through this period of social distancing, neighbors coming together and helping each other get through the worst of this situation shows us that humanity is not lost, it just needs direction. Shows us that we are all in this together and it gives us comfort that there is help and hope alive and growing in our town. Some of us might be better off than others, as far as supplies, to get us through this initial period, but others might not be as prepared. This is a time when you as a friend, neighbor, rel- ative, or stranger, can shine and be a beacon for others, a time to reach out to your neighbors, especially older people in your neighborhood, vets, and those with disabilities.
Those neighbors who are in need of food and can’t frequent the stores for more, those who might need medical supplies or just general help, might be in need of a town hero right now. It doesn’t hurt to ask; even if you‘ve never spoken before, now is the time to turn to your neigh- bor and see if they are all right? If you don’t have their phone number, drop a note in their mailbox or leave a note on their doorstep. Show the world and each other that humanity still exists and we are all here for each other. Sue Orchanian from Millstone Township has such a story to share. A story of a concerned neighbor who recently reached out to her. As Sue explained it, “This is how one small act of kindness transformed her gloomy day.” A relatively new neighbor, Tara Katzman, someone Sue had spoken to face to face only twice, reached out to her to see if she needed anything from Sam’s and Costco’s. Unbeknownst to Tara, Sue had been so worried because they were starting to run out of food and she was afraid to go out of her house. Her anxiety rose even more knowing that eventually they would have to go out to stock up on what they needed. Thanks to their conversations on Facebook, especially the Millstone Township Community forum site, Tara was able to reach out to Sue to see if she needed any- thing while she and her husband were going out for supplies. Sue was utterly shocked, surprised, and grateful to get her text, especially in this time of crisis, where so many just worry about themselves. This small gesture touched Sue to the core. A few hours later, Tara and her husband Timothy arrived at Sue’s front door with her groceries. In addition to the store purchases, Tara also gave her a container of her own personal Clorox wipes since the stores did not have any for her to buy. Then, if her gesture to do some shopping for her wasn’t enough, she surprised her with a bouquet of beautiful flowers and said they were to cheer up her day. According to Sue, “her act of kindness made me feel like it was my birthday and Christmas all wrapped into one.” She couldn’t thank Tara and her husband enough for their kindness and felt blessed to have such wonderful neighbors. Millstone is blessed to have wonderful people like Tara and her husband whose kind act helped a neighbor in need. Now it’s your turn to pay it forward! If you have access to Facebook and need help, The Millstone Community Forum is a good place to start. Frank and the Costagliola family, owners of Vesuvio’s Restaurant in Millstone Township, have been helping to bring awareness to all of the food businesses in town. Showing his love for his community, Frank has been visiting other food businesses daily and buying his staff lunch or dinners from their establishments. He’s making people aware that you can still get food to pick up curbside or at a drive-thru from all our local food businesses. Vesuvio’s Restaurant has also been helping to bring lunches and dinners to three different hospitals for first responders and for those on the front lines fighting this virus, as well as for those in need of a meal. You can help by purchasing gift cards from Vesuvio’s. Gift cards can go to the hospital of your choice or perhaps for a neighbor or a friend. So, not only are they feeding the town curbside, but they are helping to feed healthcare workers in three different hospitals who are on call and working to fight this virus, and by visiting other local food businesses, Frank is helping to bring awareness to the community that every individual local business in Millstone needs your support. Another small business owner who lives in Millstone, Bill Eng from SunPro Graphics, friends with the Costagliola’s, showed up with banners and road signs for local businesses that read: Millstone United- We are open for Curbside pick- up. Even though his business is being affected during these trying times, he reached out to help! More town heroes include, Drew and Heather Paglia, from Millstone, who have set up a gofundme in order to help local businesses, seniors, first responders, and others in need. Your donations will help purchase gift cards to be used at local businesses and for helping to feed healthcare workers on the front lines. With the help of social media, including the Millstone Community page on Facebook, marketing, and local papers, they are hoping to get the word out about the Gofundme website. To donate please go to: Facebook, Millstone Township community forum, or the link below. Gofundme- Support Local First Responders, Seniors & Businesses https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-local-1st-responders-sen • Email Drew- Dpaglia13@gmail.com Let’s all do our part. Remember, We are all in this together! We have a number of eateries in Millstone Township. Help keep them going through this crisis by ordering take out and purchasing gift cards so they can in turn help others. Support our local businesses. We wouldn’t want to lose any of them!
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The Logic of Logos and Catchphrases By Pam Teel
Bad enough we get confused by American idioms and catchphrases, just imagine if you were turned loose in the UK. It’s an eye opening experience to hear and see what other people across the ocean have to say!! Here are some British phrases that will confuse anyone not living in the UK. Have you ever heard of a few sandwiches short of a picnic- Though, it’s made its way to the U.S., it’s not as often used as in the UK. Example- “She’s great fun but she’s a few sandwiches short of a picnic.” Bagsy – It’s equivalent to calling shotgun when you want to claim the front seat of a car. British school kids refer to something someone doesn’t want to eat in their lunch as bagsy, meaning they claim it. Anorak- someone who is a little geeky might be referred to as an anorak, meaning un-cool. Was probably derived from the odd appearance of an anorak raincoat. Example- “Thomas is such an anor- ak when it comes to train trivia.” Bee’s knees- Of British origin and refers to a small detail or something at the height of cool. Exam-
ple- “That skydiving lessons was just the bee’s knees! Do you know anyone over here who says that other then Ned Flanders on the Simpsons? Chin-wagging- is people who chat or gossip. The action of the chin bobbing up and down resembles a dogs tail wagging. Example- “Those two can sit and chinwag all day long.” Bog Standard- something completely ordinary with no frills or embellishments. Example- “How is your new dorm room?” “Oh, nothing exciting, just your bog standard room.” I guess we would call it just average over here. Boot- the compartment at the back of a car. We call it a trunk. Example- Shove the shopping in the boot! Brolly- slang for umbrella. Example- grab your brolly, it’s raining outside. Do you think it will catch on in the states? Budge up- an informal way of telling someone to make room for them to sit down. Similar to scoot over. Butchers- if you’re having a butchers, you’re having a look. Example- “Would you take a butchers at the broken bike for me?” Cheeky- an act that can be deemed as impolite or shameless, but in UK for some reason comes across as funny or endearing. Example- “John’s kids are such mischievous rascals; they are just two cheeky monkeys.” In America, that’s pretty cheeky of him, means someone who does something disrespectful or rude. Cost a bomb- something expensive. Example- “Your watch is exquisite.” “Thanks it costs a bomb.” Curtain twitcher- a nosey neighbor often caught peering out her window at the neighborhood activities- Someone minding everyone else’s business. Over here we call them busybodies. Faff- to waste time doing very little. It comes from the 17th century word faffle meaning flap in the wind. Example- “We were just faffling about.” Fag- a cigarette. The fag end is the ratty bits toward the end of a reel of fabric, which are the worst and cheapest bits of the reel. Historically, fags were the cheaper cigarettes made of lower grade tobacco. Example- “Could I pinch a fag from you?” Gobsmacked- combines the northern English and Scottish slang term gob, mouth, with the verb smack. It suggests the speaker is utterly astonished or astounded. It’s much stronger than just being surprised; it’s used for something that leaves you speechless, or otherwise stops you dead in your tracks. We have our own word for that by saying, “I’m floored.” Here are a few more:
Any road: used in place of “any way,” primarily used in the north of Britain. Baccy: shortened word for “tobacco;” also, “wacky backy” means marijuana. Barmy: crazy, insane; always derogatory. Bits ‘n Bobs: various things. Example: “My mother has a lot of Bits ‘n Bobs around the house.” “Bob’s your uncle!”: “There you go! You’ve got it!” “Bugger off!”: “Go away!” or “Leave me alone!” Collywobbles: extreme queasiness or stomach pain brought on by stress, nervousness or anxiety. Donkey’s Years: ages, as in “I haven’t seen you in ages!” The Full Monty: going all the way with it, going big instead of going home. Gobby- loudly opinionated, offensive. “I’m Off To Bedfordshire!”: “I’m hitting the hay!” “It’s Monkeys Outside!”: “Wow, it’s very cold out!” Knackered: phrase meaning “extremely tired,” often uttered after a long, exhausting day; also see: “zonked.” Legless: totally, completely hammered. Lurgy: sick or under the weather. “Off one’s Trolley”- mad, out of one’s mind. “See A Man about a Dog”- what you say as an excuse for leaving, in order to hide your destination. Tickety-Boo: phrase for when everything’s going great (Example: “All is tickety-boo in my world.”) Up The Duff: pregnant or with child.
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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy also referred to as PRP Therapy, is a progressive non-surgical treatment to treat a variety of conditions including arthritis, ten- don injuries, and ligament injuries. PRP is part of a group of state-of-the-art treatments collectively referred to as Regenerative Medicine. PRP treats an injured area naturally using your body’s own growth factors to accelerate healing. It has been shown to be safe and effec- tive for numerous joint and soft tissue injuries. It has been extensively researched in numerous medical journals and publications all over the world. Some of the many uses of Platelet Rich Plasma include osteoarthritis (degenera- tive arthritis) of the spine, knee, shoulder, hip, hands, and feet, as well as menis- cus tears, plantar fasciitis, and rotator cuff tears. The procedure is simple and is performed in the office. The PRP process begins when a small amount of the patient’s blood is removed from the arm and placed into a special container. The blood is then placed into a device called a centri- fuge which spins the blood to help the separate the portion of the blood which becomes concentrated with platelets, thereby giving the procedure its name. These platelets are important because they release growth factors to recruit stem cells and to assist in healing an injured area naturally. Once the PRP is isolated, it is injected to the injured area under the guidance of an ultrasound machine to help accelerate healing and reduce pain.
This healing works on the simple principle that your body is perfectly capable of healing itself. Your blood contains all the essential components that the body produces to repair tissue damage. Each time you have an injury, the platelets in your blood along with growth factors, stem cells, cytokines, and other elements create a scaffolding on the site. The damaged tissues use this framework to regenerate and repair. The entire process takes approximately one hour, and pa- tients are sent home the same day. Patients on average report more than 50% improvement in 6 weeks and up to 100% improvement in 12 weeks. This may eliminate the need for more aggressive and expensive treatment options such as long-term medication or surgery. In a recent study, researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery gave patients with early osteoarthritis an injection of PRP and then monitored them for one year. After one year of the PRP injection, physicians evaluated the knee cartilage with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). While previous studies have shown that patients with osteoarthritis can lose roughly five percent of knee cartilage per year, the Hospital for Special Surgery investigators found that a large majority of patients in their study had no further cartilage loss. At minimum PRP also prevented further knee deterioration.
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Hope For Animals Rescue Manalapan, NJ • 732-549-1270 A small group of volunteers that give a second chance to homeless and orphaned cats. They provide them with warmth, shelter, food, water, love and the medical care they need. They keep them safe and protect them from abuse and work tirelessly to match each and every one of them with a loving and permanent home best suited for the animal and the pet owner. All animals are spayed, tested and neutered. A 501(c) (3) non-profit orga- nization so all donations are 100% tax deductible! They foster their adoptable kittens and cats and also show them at PetSmart Rte. 9 South in Manalapan on weekends. Please visit their website and facebook at Hope for Animals. Also find them on Pet Smart Manalapan petfinder. You can also Call Eileen if interested in seeing a cat and or adopting 732-549-1270. There are also other cats/kittens available for adoption at PetSmart on Route 9 South in Manalapan, NJ and in foster homes. Cats/kittens being fostered can be seen at PetSmart on the weekends. The adoption room is located in the back of the store, next to grooming, on the right hand side. To find out more about each cat go to their website. Sally and Charlie Brown : siblings who were rescued in Manalapan. They are both sweet and shy. There is also another sibling available. Angel is 6 months old and is playful and adorable. Katarina is a female tabby kitten who is very friendly but shy at first. Figaro is 2 years old. He has the most easy-going personality and is as affectionate as they come. He loves to roll over and give you his belly to be rubbed, will sit in your lap and will come up to you, seeking love & attention. Tasha is such a sweet girl. She loves being petted. Mystic is young and sweet. He was rescued from a colony in Millstone. Mango - (Blind) Breed: Maltesex, Adult but don’t know exact age Bruno - 4 years old, 65lbs, male, good with only one person, Zazu - breed: Flat Coat Bcx, he needs very experienced adopters, preferably 1 person, 8 years old, 38lbs.
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The Millstone Times STUDENT OF THE MONTH By Pam Teel
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HOME IMPROVEMENT Septic System Advice from CNJ's Trusted Local Septic Expert NJ’s past couple years of record-breaking wet weather has wreaked havoc on our septic systems. Andwithanupcoming spring thawitwill be certain tocontinuebeingproblematic for our septic systems. Why? You ask... The reason being that septic system works by absorption & evaporation-when the ground is already saturated with moisture (snow melt and/or heavy rain) the effluent has nowhere to go. Typically, the groundwater table rises during rainy periods in the winter and/or spring. Saturated soil conditions influence wastewater flow and treatment. When you still continuously add to the water level by using showers, doing loads of laundry, flushing toilets along with a high-water level in the surrounding soil you start to have problems. Think of a sponge that is completely filled with water-if you need to use it again you need to wring out the sponge to continue. So how do we “wring” out our septic systems? Is it possible? Yes and no! Start with monitoring water usage-if a heavy rain or major temperature changes (causing surrounding snow to melt quickly) is expected then refrain from overburdening your septic system by controlling the amount of water washed or rinsed down the drains-especially doing loads of laundry back to back. Leave the laundry or 20-minute shower to a drier day. Regular pump-outs are important to maintain the health bacteria in your septic tank. Plan ahead for preventative maintenance-Don’t wait for a major problem to occur. Healthy bacteria prefer warm weather. Emptying a septic tank in the winter months may not allow enough time for de- composition to begin before the winter’s coldest temperature sets in. Unless you’re having an emergency or need the septic tank to be pumped for a real estate transaction. It is best to wait for warmer weather. (Your septic contractor will thank you for not having to service the tank when it is 12 degrees out and surrounding soil is frozen) Keep all water flow away from your septic system-This includes gutter drain run-off, sump pump discharge. Keep water softener discharge out of your septic system. If this is allowed to discharge into your septic system you just sent your septic system a death notice. Be prepared for early failure of your system. Plow snow away from your septic system components. Keep the area free & clean of any impervious items. (such as patios or hardscaping) Only grass should be on top of your septic system components including the septic tank. Power outages can occur during heavy rain/snow and ice storms preventing a septic effluent pump from working. If a power failure occurs, you have no way to remove the wastewater from your septic tank to your drain field if your pump doesn’t work. This can cause wastewater backups into your home resulting in water damage. Most insurance policies do not have a “water backup coverage” unless this option was chosen. Water backup coverage is an optional type of insurance that can be added to your existing policy. Talk to your insurance agent before it is too late. Water backing up into your home from the septic outlet line, overflow of toilets or showers can cause significant, costly damage not to mention a messy clean-up. Having water backup insurance included in your home policy will provide coverage for the structure of your home as well as any personal property damaged from this situation. Broken or frozen pipework can also cause back-ups into your home or basement. Maintain all outlet lines if possible. Do not wait till an emergency occurs in the dead of winter. Refrain from disposal of items that are not flushable or bio-degradable down your drains. This can result in pipe work damage (remember plumbing pipe work is only a few inches in diameter) or clogged lines. Only waste that exists your body (and 1 ply biodegradable toilet paper) should go into your toilet and only wash water should go down the drains. Many people call a septic company when it is too late. They call after things start to smell or the ground gets soggy over the absorption (drain field) area. By then, it’s usually too late, your septic system is malfunctioning (not draining correctly) and repair and/or replacement is in the near future. And contrary to major advertising, no amount of additives can save it. Preventative maintenance is very important! An “install and forget” mentality will get you in the long run. All septic systems will mal- function sooner than later without proper care. Preventative maintenance will extend the life of your septic system. Septic systems have a lifespan. A traditional, year-round used septic system will last approx. 15-20 years as long as it is properly designed, installed and maintained. 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Two Tips For A Much Healthier Home By La ren Kowlacki
1. Control Dust House dust aggravates allergies and contains more hazardous chemicals than you might think, including lead, fire retardants, pesticides, and other chemicals. The best solutions are to replace wall-to-wall carpeting (a collector for dust and allergens) with wood, cork, tile, or non-vinyl linoleum. But if that’s not economically feasible, a deep cleaning with old fashioned elbow grease will help. Make sure to vacuum frequently and meticulously getting into corners, along the floorboards, and moving furniture to get all dust and particles. It is important that your vacuum has strong suction and a HEPA filter. Vacuum at least two times each week and clean the vacuum bag and filter with every use, 2. Be careful of plastics that you use
The safety of bisphenol A, a chemical found in polycarbonate plastics, is still being debated. These plastics are used in some water bottles and baby bottles. Bisphenol A is also used in epoxy resins that line metal products like canned foods. The FDA and the American Chemistry Council say bisphenol A is safe for use. However, another government report -- the National Toxicology Report -- found concern about possible effects on the brain, prostate, infants and children. Choose water and baby bottles with either tempered glass or plastic made of plastics like polyethylene or polypropylene (recycling symbols 1, 2 or 5) are generally safe. Avoid those marked with a "7" or "PC."Don't microwave plastic food containers or with plastic wrap because heat can break down plastic fibers and eat fewer canned foods.