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February 20, 2017

Wrestling: Montville Sends Seven to Regions, including Four District Winners

WrestlingPASSAIC VALLEY, NJ – Seven Montville High School wrestlers survived and advanced to next week's NJSIAA Region 2 tournament after finishing in the top 3 of their weight class at Saturday's NJSIAA District 8 Tournament at Passaic Valley High School. To read more click on the following "click here"

February 16, 2017

Freshman Clarinetist Jennifer Weiss makes New Jersey All State Symphonic Band

Montville Township High School student will also tour concert halls in Budapest and Vienna this summer BANDGIRL

Montville Township, NJ – Montville Township High School (MTHS) student Jennifer Weiss was selected for the New Jersey All State Band. The clarinetist is one of the few freshmen to have landed a spot in the highly competitive ensemble. All State band programs are sponsored by the New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA). The NJ All State Band will perform at the prestigious New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 3:00PM.  

“This year, I want to congratulate Jennifer Weiss who, as a freshman, made it into the All State Symphonic Band on the Clarinet,” said MTHS Band Director Kenneth Korlishin, “This is quite an accomplishment for Jennifer.  Through her talent and hard work, we are proud to have her represent MTHS in this great accomplishment!”

Through the audition process, Weiss competed in January against high school students from North, Central and South Jersey Regional Ensembles.

“It is an extremely competitive field of very talented students representing every high school in the state,” added Montville Township Public Schools Supervisor of the Fine and Applied Arts Edward Fleischman. “Earning a seat in such ensemble is quite an achievement.”

Weiss, who attended the esteemed Interlochen Arts Camp as a sixth grade student from the Montville Township Public Schools’ Robert R. Lazar Middle School and Brevard Music Center of North Carolina last summer, also represents MTHS this season as a member of the NJMEA Region I Band of North Jersey.

“I love the clarinet because it is versatile,” Weiss said. “It has a good part in classical music, but it is also great to play jazz with it. I enjoy playing jazz.”

Coming up, Weiss join the other All State Band members for a two day rehearsal at Rutgers University, followed the Saturday, February 25 concert at NJPAC.

This summer, Weiss will tour the concert halls of Budapest and Vienna with the New Jersey Youth Symphony.

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Montville Township High School (MTHS) student Jennifer Weiss was selected for the New Jersey All State Band. The clarinetist is one of the few freshmen to have landed a spot in the highly competitive ensemble. All State band programs are sponsored by the New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA). The NJ All State Band will perform at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark on Saturday, February 25 at 3:00PM.  

Fourteen Musicians To Represent Montville Township High School at Regional Concerts

BANDSpring performances to be held in Northern New Jersey

Montville Township, NJ – Fourteen of Montville Township High School’s musicians will perform throughout Northern New Jersey this spring. The talented freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors are currently in rehearsals for a number of Region I concerts sponsored by the North Jersey School Music Association of the New Jersey Music Educators Association.

MTHS chorus students who were awarded spots in the Region I Women’s Chorus include: Madison Bustamante (Freshman, Alto 2); Gabriella Casiano (Freshman, Soprano 2); Rachelle Philip (Freshman, Soprano 2) and Anna Rehberg (Freshman, Soprano 2).

Mixed Chorus Region I members are: David Champion (Senior, Tenor 2); Heather Giudice (Grade 12, Alto 1); Verina Megala (Sophomore, Soprano 2) and Srishti Nandy (Freshman, Alto 2).

“All eight chorus students who auditioned were accepted,” said MTHS Chorus teacher Kristen Markowski. “It is a challenging audition process. This is an exceptional accomplishment.”

Region I Orchestra students include: Enoch Jo (Junior, Violin, Orchestra); Bethany Ko (Junior, Cello, Orchestra) and Seungho Lee (Freshman, Violin, Orchestra).

MTHS representatives to Region I Band include Region I Third Chair recipient Tommy Sansone (Senior, Trombone). Sophia Hwang (Junior, Oboe) and Jennifer Weiss (Freshman, Clarinet) were also awarded chairs in the Region I Band.

Students who made the Region I Orchestra or Band also qualified to audition for the New Jersey All State Orchestra or Band. In Late January, MTHS Freshman Jennifer Weiss landed a spot in the New Jersey All State Band. The All State Band concert will be held at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 3:00PM. 

“Students from Across Northern New Jersey compete for the opportunity to participate in Region I ensembles,” said Montville Township Public Schools’ Supervisor for the Arts Edward Fleischman. “We are very proud of the accomplishments of these students.”

The MTHS Band students study under the direction of Band teacher Kenneth Korlishin. The MTHS Orchestra teacher is Andrew Havington.

For information on upcoming Northern New Jersey Region I concerts see or

Montville’s Integrated Pre-School Now Taking Applications

Popular program is a unique and exciting experience for all children.

Montville, New Jersey – Applications are now being accepted to the Montville Township Public Schools’ popular integrated pre-school program.

Aligned with the New Jersey Department of Education’s guidelines for high-quality early childhood education, the district’s integrated pre-school offers three and four-year-olds, with and without special needs, an opportunity for high quality and personalized education. In addition, children who attend the Montville Township Integrated Pre-School have access to the Montville school district’s extensive resources. Resources such as: school assemblies, special programs, school wide events, theme days and field trips, as well as weekly instruction in art, music and media taught by certified faculty members.

“Innovative pre-school classes are part of the unique child-centered education of the Montville Township Public Schools,” said Patricia Stryker, Supervisor of Special Services. “Our comprehensive, child-centered, approach helps all students learn and prepare to successfully transition into kindergarten.”  

Housed in the district’s Valley View Elementary School, Montville’s integrated pre-school curriculum is designed to promote the academic, social, emotional and language development of every child.

“Our inclusive pre-school is an exciting educational environment,” Stryker added.

Class sizes in the Montville integrated pre-school are small. Two fully-certified pre-school teachers, and two paraprofessionals work in the classroom. In addition, weekly lessons are facilitated by a certified Speech and Language Specialist to enhance language development. A certified Occupational and Physical Therapist also teaches weekly lessons to enhance fine and gross motor development.

The Montville Township Integrated Pre-School program follows a state approved early childhood curriculum. The program consists of three half-day sessions per week for Three-year-olds, and five half-day sessions per week for four-year-olds.

Registration is now open for morning and afternoon classes. Classes are small and enrollment is limited. A preschool readiness screening will be administered to all applicants.

In order to be eligible, children must be at least 3 years of age, but less than 5 years of age, on or before October 1, 2017. Tuition is $300 per month for 3 days, and $400 for 5 days. Limited transportation is available at a rate of $250 per year, one way, or $500.00 per year round trip. Applications and more information can be found at

Valley View Elementary School is located at 30 Montgomery Avenue, Montville, NJ 07045. For more information contact Patricia Stryker, Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services, 973-331-7100 ext. 2237 or visit for complete registration information. Applications should be submitted before March 10, 2017.

February 15, 2017

The Garden Club of Montville

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The meeting is March 1st at 7 p.m. at the Senior House, 356 Route 202.

The Garden Club's website is:

New members welcomed!

Branding Committee Presents at Montville Board of Ed; District Budget Priorities Revealed

Board memberMONTVILLE, NJ – The results of the district branding committee were presented at the Montville Board of Education meeting on Feb. 7, which included an edited mission statement and the goal to have a new brand for the district by Sept. 2017. To read more click on the link.

February 13, 2017

Meet the Leaders of Montville Township: Dr. Matthew Kayne, Board of Education President

GuyMONTVILLE, NJ - Dr. Matthew Kayne was unanimously re-elected for his second term of office as president of the Montville Township Board of Education (MTBOE) on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Those who know him know that he is a man dedicated to his family, occupation, and community. To read more, click the following link.

February 08, 2017

The Drowsy Chaperone keeps you laughing! Montville Township High School Drama Club spring musical is fun for all ages


Montville Township, NJ - THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is the 2017 Montville Township High School spring musical. The uproariously funny musical parody will be performed Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 2, 3 and 4, 2017, at 7:30 PM.  A five-time Tony Award-winning musical, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is fun for the entire family.

“It’s simple fun!” said MTHS senior Emma Fleisig who plays Trix, The Aviatrix. “Everyone will like it. It is really fun.”

“It’s really funny, too,” added Sydney Kayne, a senior who will portray Mrs. Tottendale. “I love it. You just cannot stop laughing!”

Like most of the cast, neither of the actresses was familiar with the piece when they auditioned. But the unending laughs of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE have made it one of the cast’s favorite shows to have been produced during their time at MTHS.

Five seniors hold lead parts in this season’s musical production, including Tommy Sansone who is making his musical theatre debut as the Underling.

Sansone, who noted that he played trombone in “the pit for two years,” said that looking up at the action from the orchestra he thought acting looked like fun. “I just wanted to be a part of that,” the senior said. In addition to Fleisig, Kayne and Sansone, seniors Martin Trogani and Heather Shaw will play lead characters Man in Chair and Janet Van De Graaf, respectively.

This season’s auditions brought out a record number of performers from the MTHS Drama Club. The entire cast of the 2017 spring musical includes: Carly Benson (grade 10), Jessica Blake (10), Gabriella Casiano (9), Brandon Cornejo (11), Emma Fleisig (12), Jeffrey Gallup (9), Heather Giudice (12), Hannah Haber (12), Kayla Hardin (10), Skyler Herman (10), Amli Hogo (11), Jason Joo (10), Sydney Kayne (12), Matthew Krase (9), Erica Lavista (12), Julie Lee (10), Sarah Lemmerz (12), Chancellor Mazzo (12), Jaclyn Montano (11), Julia Musilli (10), Brooke Nagel (11), Alicia Oh (11), Anna Rehberg (9), Gabriella Robertiello (11), Julia Rossinow (10), Tommy Sansone (12), Dominique Sawieljew (9), Heather Shaw (12), Matt Shupack (11), Jadyn Silverberg (9), Natalie Sliwowski (11), Lexie Sullivan (10), Megan Testa (11), Evan Thailer (12), Clara Trogani (9), Martin Trogani (12), Veronica Tullo (9), Julia Vinder (11) and Alexa Zammit (10).

Veteran director, Scott Baird will again lead the cast and creative team as the Director and Executive Producer. MTHS Choral Director, Kristen Markowski is the Vocal Director and Assistant Director. Music Direction by MTHS Orchestra Director Andrew Havington. The creative team also consists of: Caitlin Gutches, Choreographer; Erik Sheehan, Scenic Design; Karen Holeczko, Props Design; Eileen Racioppi, Art Design; Susan Kenny, Costumes/Hair & Make-Up; Christina Sheehan Drama Club Business Manager/Producer and Production Stage Manager, Pam Wilczynski.   

THE DROWSEY CHAPERONE will run for three performances only from Thursday through Saturday, March 2, 3 and 4 at 7:30 PM. Performances will be held at the Dr. Robert O. Stafford Auditorium in the Montville Township High School, 100 Horseneck Road, Montville, NJ. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are only $15 for adults and $12 for Students and Senior Citizens. THE DROWSEY CHAPERONE is fun for all ages.

Pareen Lapsiwala, D.O., Joins Vanguard Medical Group's Montville And Lincoln Park Teams


LINCOLN PARK, MONTVILLE, N.J., Nov. 28, 2016 Vanguard Medical Group, a multisite primary care practice focusing on care for children, adults and seniors in Northern and Central New Jersey, announces that Pareen Lapsiwala, D.O., has joined the Lincoln Park and Montville offices, which also serve Parsippany and the surrounding communities.

“We are very pleased that Dr. Lapsiwala has joined our team of family providers. She is an osteopathic family physician who brings expertise in women’s health care along with preventive, acute, chronic care and integrative medicine,” said Arnold Pallay, M.D., medical director of Vanguard Medical Group’s Montville and Lincoln Park locations. “Dr. Lapsiwala will continue to help us expand our office hours and community outreach to help us reach our goal of expanding patient access to care by enriching our services to meet the needs of our existing and new patients.”

Prior to joining Vanguard Medical Group, Dr. Lapsiwala was a resident physician at Somerset Family Practice. While at Somerset Family Practice, she served as a member on the Board Score Improvement, Quality Improvement and Conference Committees.

“I am delighted to join the team of exceptional medical professionals,” said Dr. Lapsiwala. “In addition to providing quality family medicine for all ages — from newborns to seniors — I am also looking forward to helping women make healthy choices to optimize their physical and emotional wellness.”

Vanguard Medical Group is a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) with six offices throughout Northern and Central New Jersey. A PCMH is a primary care practice where health care professionals work as a team to provide a patient with care that is tailored to meet the patient’s specific needs and help him/her have the resources to make healthy choices. The team also coordinates patient care with other health care specialists in the community. The practice becomes a patient’s “home” for preventive, chronic and ambulatory care.

About Pareen Lapsiwala, D.O.
Dr. Lapsiwala is a family physician with a medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset, N.J., and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., majoring in biological sciences and psychology. Dr. Lapsiwala was raised in New Jersey as a first-generation American. She is fluent in Gujarati, conversational in Hindi and Spanish, and a resident of Bloomfield, N.J.

About Vanguard Medical Group Lincoln Park, Montville

The Vanguard Medical Group offices in Lincoln Park and Montville offer weekday and evening hours, and Saturday hours in Montville, as well as after-hours care, e-Visits and sick visits. Patients have on-the-go access through MyPatient Portal and meVisit, which is a mobile electronic visit that allows for appointments made through the website, Scheduling options also include Zocdoc. Services include newborns, pediatrics and adolescent medicine, behavioral health, chronic care coordination, precision medicine, geriatrics and more. Hospital affiliations include Chilton Memorial Hospital, Morristown Medical Center and Saint Clare’s Hospital. Vanguard Medical Group accepts most major insurance plans.

About Vanguard Medical Group

Vanguard Medical Group P.C. is a regional primary care practice now serving more than 48,000 active patients in six locations:

  • 570 South Ave., Building G, Unit A, Cranford, NJ 07016, 908-272-7990
  • 127 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302, 201-431-7200
  • 61 Beaverbrook Road, Suite 301, Lincoln Park, NJ 07035, 973-696-6687 
  • 170 Changebridge Road, Suite C-3, Montville, NJ 07045, 973-575-5540
  • 535 High Mountain Road, Suite 111, North Haledon, NJ 07508, 973-636-9000
  • 271 Grove Ave., Suite A, Verona, NJ 07044, 973-239-2600

The motivation to develop a larger regional primary care practice was the recognition that the health care system was rapidly changing in ways that did not support small or solo independent physician practices. The founding physicians of Vanguard believe that a strong culture of locally led practices, guided by a shared vision and governed by shared values, must be at the core of this new organization.

Many of the founding physicians have practiced for more than 20 years in their respective communities and are leaders in their local health care delivery systems. Vanguard physicians have been at the forefront of primary care in New Jersey, and our staff includes past presidents of the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians, residency directors, family practice department chairmen at our hospitals and faculty at our New Jersey medical schools. 

Hospital affiliations include Chilton Memorial Hospital, Jersey City Medical Center, Morristown Medical Center, Mountainside/UHMC Hospital, Overlook Medical Center, Saint Clare’s Hospital, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, a RWJBarnabas Health facility; St. Joseph’s Paterson and St. Joseph’s Wayne. Vanguard Medical Group at Montville and Lincoln Park admit to Chilton Memorial Hospital, Morristown Medical Center, and Saint Clare’s Hospital. Vanguard Medical Group accepts most major insurance plans.

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Photo Caption: Vanguard Medical Group, a multisite primary care practice focusing on care for children, adults and seniors in Northern and Central New Jersey, announces the addition of Pareen Lapsiwala, D.O., to Vanguard Medical Group. Dr. Lapsiwala will be based at the Lincoln Park and Montville offices, which also serve Parsippany and the surrounding communities.

February 06, 2017

Open Space Fund Use, Museum, Eagle Project Discussed by Montville Twp Committee

Best_ffc7a3c72eca87366147_Montville_Museum_3MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Committee has been contemplating the use of Open Space Trust fund money to pay for maintenance projects on buildings at community parks and facilities across the township. Members have different opinions on the use of the funds, and with $640,000 in projects proposed by administration for the 2017 budget, the debate has continued across three meetings and continued at the Jan. 24 meeting. To read more, click the link .

Girls Basketball: Montville Advances in Morris County Tournament with Victory over Morristown-Beard

BballMONTVILLE, NJ - The Lady Mustangs proceed to the second round of the Morris County Tournament after defeating Morristown-Beard 35-26 in the first round on Saturday, Feb. 4. To read more, click the link.

February 02, 2017

Committee Member, Engineer Honored at Montville Township Committee Meeting

PeopleeeeMONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Committee honored former members Scott Gallopo and former township engineer Mark Mantyla at their Jan. 24 meeting. To read more, click on the link.

January 30, 2017

Open Space Fund Use, Budget Discussed at Special Montville Township Committee Meeting

ComiteeeMONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Committee came together for a special work session on Saturday, Jan. 21 in order to discuss the township’s 2017 budget, goals and objectives. To read more, click the link.

January 26, 2017

Urged By Montville Mayor, Assemblyman Introduces Anti-Teacher Abuse Bill

MeetingMONTVILLE, NJ – Due to former Montville Township elementary school teacher and convicted sexual predator Jason Fennes’ sentencing, a bill is making its way through the New Jersey legislative process. Jim Sandham, Montville Township Mayor, wanted predatory teachers to no longer be protected by the privacy system. To read more, click the following link.

January 25, 2017

Passports Needed to Fly Domestically in 2018; County Announces Anti-Property Fraud System

PersonnMONTVILLE, NJ – New Jersey airline passengers who fly domestically will need passports beginning Jan. 22, 2018, according to Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi. To read more about this article click this link.

January 24, 2017

Montville Township Historical Society



February 13 (Monday) 7:30 pm


Morris Canal Comes to Montville Twp

Montville Twp Senior House

356 Main Road (Rt 202), Montville

Free admission

For further information, please call 973-394-0554

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“Morris Canal Comes to Montville Twp”

“Morris Canal Comes to Montville Twp “ is the subject of the next “Glimpses of the Past History Series” at the Montville Township Historical Society’s program, February 13 (Monday), 7:30 p.m. in the Montville Township Senior House, 356 Main, Montville.

The Morris Canal is 102 miles along its entire length.  Approximately two and a half miles run through Montville and Towaco.  Montville has three planes due to the height the canal must overcome.  The canal impacted the area, bringing in workers, taverns, stores and new way of life.  A murder occurs impacting the residents while the canal also provided employment and goods.  

We have lots of new photos which provide details of the canal.

The program is presented at the Montville Township Historical Society Meeting February 13 (Monday), 7:30 p.m. in the Montville Township Senior House, 356 Main, Montville.

The Garden Club of Montville will Meet February 1st !

Garden clubThe Garden Club of Montville's February meeting will be on February 1st.  A floral demonstration will be presented by Carolyn Karback Deevey.  The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Senior House, 356 Route 202.  New members welcomed. The Garden Club's website is

January 23, 2017

Montville Drug Problem, Blue Lines and Police Budget Discussed at Township Committee Meeting

PoliceeeeMONTVILLE, NJ – Mayor Jim Sandham asked for the township committee’s “indulgence” as he will be meeting in a very small committee composed of Deputy Mayor Frank Cooney, Township Administrator, Board of Education President Matthew Kayne, BOE Vice President Carmela Novi, and Superintendent of Schools René Rovtar to discuss strategies for addressing the drug problem in Montville Township. Sandham said that after the initial meeting, the committee would be expanded to “include more of the stakeholders,” such as police, the Health Department, and the Drug Awareness Committee. To read more about this story, click the following link.

Educators Honored at Montville Township Board of Education Meeting

PeopleeeMONTVILLE, NJ – Fifteen Montville educators were honored by the Montville Township Board of Education as awardees of the 2016 Governor’s Teachers and Governor’s Educational Services Professionals of the Year on Jan. 17. Each Montville Township school had a winner in the two categories, plus a Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award winner at the high school.  To read more about this story, click the following link.


Kiddie Academy Opens in Montville

KiddieeeMONTVILLE, NJ - Kiddie Academy, a nationally recognized provider of comprehensive education-based child care programs, has just opened its newest location in Montville, New Jersey. To read more about this story, click the following link.