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LHS Grads’ Dream Comes True

MANHATTAN, NY - Marc Jarman, 45, (LHS Class of ’87), had a once in a lifetime experience on March 9— he met his favorite athlete Roger Federer, played tennis with World #11 Grigor Di...

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Exceptional Kids

Burnet Hill Fifth Grader is the North Jersey Elementary School Winner of the “New Jersey Enthusiastic Reader Award”

WAYNE, NJ - On March 14, Meadow Geltzeiler, a fifth grader at Burnet Elementary School in Livingston, received the “New Jersey Enthusiastic Reader Award” at the New Jersey Associatio...

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Police Blotter

Livingston Police Department Conducts Two Investigations Involving Motor Vehicles

March 27, 2015

LIVINGSTON, NJ — According to the Livingston Police Department, two instances involving vehicles were reported during the week of March 21 through March 27. A Livingston resident&rsquo...

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Municipal Court News

East Orange Woman Charged with Credit Card Theft with Intent to Use

March 18, 2015

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Municipal Court has charged East Orange Resident Myeisha Sturdivant, a Party City employee, with credit card fraud. The charge, originally amended to theft,...

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Admit U to College

Special Announcement: Admit U Consulting Now Offering Tutoring Services

Melanie and the Admit U Consulting team are excited to announce our latest business venture—our services are expanding to provide students with comprehensive college planning all under one...

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Livingston Community Corner

Livingston Students Win Awards for Research Projects

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Livingston Public Schools has announced that two of Livingston’s Science Research students attended the North Jersey Regional Science Fair (NJRSF) competition over the wee...

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Y Works

Premier of Newly-Renovated Rosen PAC Features Performance by Aztec Two-Step Performing Simon and Garfunkel Songbook on May 2

WAYNE, NJ - The newly-renovated Rosen Performing Arts Center at the Wayne YMCA will make its debut May 2 as the Rosen PAC welcomes folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step performing “The Simon & ...

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CPA Q&A

Robert J. Blackwell, CPA/PFS/CGMA

Robert J. Blackwell, CPA/PFS/CGMA is a senior member of Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC. He provides accounting, tax and consulting services for a diverse client base of individuals and closel...

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Sobel Solutions

Dress For Success to Honor Sobel & Co.'s Michael LaForge at 2015 Gala

LIVINGSTON, NJ – For the first time ever, Dress for Success (DFS) of Morris County, a not-for-profit organization that promotes economic independence for women in need of support, has chos...

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Golda Och Academy Corner

Seventh-Grade Students Apply Judaic Lessons to Golda Och Academy's Annual Tzedakah Fair

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Golda Och Academy’s seventh-graders participated in the annual Tzedakah Fair on March 17, showcasing their multimedia projects on charitable organizations for parents, fa...

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Discount Travel News

A Week in San Diego for $474

This week’s gem, The Gaslamp Plaza Suites is a historical, European style hotel built in 1913, and listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. As you walk in, observe the plaza...

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Real Estate

Project Self-Sufficiency Sponsors International Night of Celebration

By PROJECT SELF-SUFFICIENCY

February 5, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Project Self-Sufficiency will sponsor the sixth annual local celebration of the internationally-acclaimed “Open That Bottle Night,” an event created for wine-lovers which traditionally takes place on the last Saturday evening in February.  This year’s event will be held on Saturday, February 23rd at 6:00 p.m. at the Hudson Farm Club, a 3,000 acre private hunting preserve located in Hopatcong.  The occasion will include rare wines, sumptuous food from Chef Kirk Avondoglio of Perona Farms, and the opportunity to purchase artwork from local sculptors, artists and photographers.  Musical entertainment will be provided by the “Meant to be Jazz” trio.  Participants are required to bring their own bottle of wine along, so that they can share their story about its origin with the other invited guests.  Additional rare and unique wines will be available to supplement those brought along by participants.

“Open That Bottle Night” was created in 2000 by Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher, former authors of the Wall Street Journal’s “Tastings” column.  The concept encouraged those who had been saving a special bottle of wine to gather together with other wine-enthusiasts to share their own bottles and create a memorable wine-tasting experience.  The bottles of wine brought along to the occasion did not have to be particularly expensive.  The popular event is now celebrated around the world, in places as far flung as Antarctica and Hawaii.

“‘Open That Bottle Night’ is an important component of our annual campaign, and one whose message reminds us that we need not wait for a special occasion to celebrate with family and friends.  Every day give us the opportunity to create new memories,” commented Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency

The affair will be held at the Hudson Farm Club in Hopatcong, a 3,000 acre private hunting preserve originally owned by railroad magnate John P. McRoy who operated a dairy farm on the property.  The farm features a twenty-room estate house designed by New York architect Clarence Curter.  In 1920 the property was donated to The Hudson Guild, a charitable organization located in New York City.  The property was purchased by a private owner in 1997 and the home has been carefully restored to reflect the original design.

The evening will be catered by Kirk Avondoglio, owner of Perona Farms. The menu for the evening will feature a sumptuous multi-course meal suitable for the festive occasion, including hors d’oeuvres, salad, fish, pasta, a meat course and dessert.  Avondoglio commented on his desire to be involved with Open that Bottle Night, “Perona Farms is heavily invested in helping out people in our community who need assistance, and Project Self-Sufficiency does a great job of helping out people in need.”

Beverly Gordon, President of Project Self-Sufficiency’s Board of Directors, notes, “At Open That Bottle Night, the experience of trying so many different and rare wines is amazing.  And listening to the stories of how, where and why these wines mean so much to the owners is just great.  Of course, the best part of the evening is the opportunity to raise funds for Project Self-Sufficiency.”

Project Self-Sufficiency is the only organization in Sussex County whose mission is to provide the services necessary for single parents, teen parents, displaced homemakers and two-parent families to improve the quality of their lives and those of their children by attaining economic self-sufficiency and family stability.  Since 1986, over 19,500 low-income adults and more than 30,000 children have participated in one or more of the programs offered by the organization. 

Project Self-Sufficiency offers a supportive family-centered environment where life issues are addressed through a combination of individual counseling, peer support groups, case management services, parenting skills training, life skills management training, home visits, childcare and early childhood education, family activities and health education.

To raise additional funds for the agency, artwork will be available for sale at Open that Bottle Night.  Sponsorship packages are available at a variety of levels, ranging from “Reserve” at $1,500 to “Oenophile” at $10,000.  Tickets for Open That Bottle Night are $300 per person or $500 per couple.  The Hudson Farm Club is located at 270 Stanhope Sparta Road in Hopatcong.  For information about the event, to purchase tickets, or to inquire about sponsorships, please call 973-940-3500.