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Morris County's National Night Out Event to be Held Tonight at Mennen Sports Arena

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Morris County’s thirteenth annual National Night Out event will be held tonight, Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Township from 5-9 p.m., and will feature plenty of family-oriented activities.

The event, hosted by the Morris County Park Police and the Morris County Park Commission, will offer free food, drinks, music, ice-skating, giveaways, and attractions. 

In addition, fire, police, and rescue units will be on hand to demonstrate a wide range of skills and equipment that are used in helping to protect and safeguard Morris County residents.

“This is a great event that brings our county residents together for a fun and informative night with our police, fire and county rescue teams,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Douglas Cabana, who is the county governing board’s liaison on law and public safety issues.

“Our first responders can get a chance to explain and show off what they do, talk about important community crime and safety efforts, while everyone has a good time at the ice rink on a hot summer night.’’    

National Night Out, which began in 1984, is an annual nationwide community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer and better places to live. It provides an opportunity to bring police and residents together in a positive setting, while promoting a countywide sense of community.
The event is meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, town watch, neighborhood watch and other anti-crime programs.

Neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits.

The National Night Out event in Morris County next Tuesday, Aug. 4, will have a special focus on families, and the police, rescue and emergency services available to them.
Visitors can investigate the essential equipment of police, fire, and emergency teams, including motorcycles, ambulances, all-terrain vehicles, fire engines, and squad cars. 

The horses of the Morris County Park Police’s award-winning Mounted Equestrian Unit also will be on hand.

In addition, the Morris County Park Police will once again offer registration for their Child ID cards, an initiative launched in 2000 that has registered more than 1,000 children annually. 

“The Morris County National Night Out for the past seven years has received national recognition because it offers a comprehensive array of participating agencies to educate the public on available community services,” said Park Police Lt. Gabriel DiPietro.  

Each year since 2007, the National Association of Town Watch has named the Morris County’s National Night Out event a national award winner.

Chief Dave Doyle and the Morris County Park Police, who co-sponsor the event, will be on hand to detail their role in law enforcement in Morris County. The Park Police Department currently patrols park facilities in cars and on motorcycles, bicycles, all-terrain vehicles, and horses to ensure public safety. 

Mennen Sports Arena is located at 161 East Hanover Avenue in Morris Township. For more information on the Park Police or National Night Out, visit or contact Lt. Gabe DiPietro at or Park Commission spokeswoman Lois Wnek at

Morris County Awards Historic Preservation Grant for Lake Hopatcong Train Station Project

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Morris County Freeholders have awarded a $192,500 grant to the Lake Hopatcong Foundation for their efforts to purchase and maintain the historic integrity of the century-old Lake Hopatcong train station. 

The board presented a replica check to the Foundation at a special ceremony in Lake Hopatcong on Sunday to call attention to the efforts to preserve this structure, which played an important role in the region’s history.

Lake Hopatcong Foundation gets a check for their preservation project.
Pictured (l/r) Ron Kraus, Donna Macalle-Holly, Martin Kane, Freeholder Dave Scapicchio, Jessica Murphy, John Yingling, Thomas Flinn and Bela Szigethy,

“Efforts like these help preserve the history of our county for future generations … helping them understand the past and, hopefully, using that knowledge to make our county a better place in the future,’’ Freeholder Dave Scapicchio said at Sunday’s event.

“The county freeholders are thrilled to be able to assist you with the purchase of this rail station through a grant from the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund,’’ added Freeholder Scapicchio.

This 1911 train station was built as part of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad … and the Lackawanna Cutoff project. It was unique in New Jersey because three forms of transportation were directly accessible from the station.

Rail passengers could disembark at this station and either board the Lake Hopatcong Steamboat Company boats for passage through the Morris Canal into Lake Hopatcong or board the Morris County Traction Company trolley directly to Bertrand Island Park.

Due to this unique distinction in transportation history, the Lake Hopatcong Station has been determined to be individually eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, and it also is part of the Old Main Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Historic District.

The Lake Hopatcong Station is architecturally similar to its sister station in Mountain Lakes. Both stations used rubble stone and detailing of concrete and glazed terra cotta. 

Morris County voters in 2002 approved an amendment to the county’s Preservation Trust Fund to include the acquisition and preservation of historic sites and facilities.  

Since 2003, when the first grants were awarded, 85 sites or resources in 32 Morris County municipalities have received funding assistance. 

To view the full list of 2015 Historic Preservation grants, please visit:

For more information on the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, please visit:

Waterloo Village Canal Heritage Days Continue this Weekend at 19th Century Morris Canal Village

 The Canal Society of New Jersey, in concert with the New Jersey DEP, is continuing its Waterloo Canal Heritage Days series this Saturday, Aug. 8, offering Morris County visitors to nearby Waterloo Village in Sussex County a glimpse of the region’s early days – as part of an every other Saturdays series this summer and early fall.

The programs, which are altered a bit on each of the Heritage Days Saturdays, include hands-on history programs, a taste of original music, plus a narrated boat ride on the historic Morris Canal.

On this Saturday, Aug. 8, eight of the village’s historic buildings will be open, and historic trades will be demonstrated at the gristmill, and carpentry, seamstress and blacksmith shops.

The following is a look at this Saturday’s planned events:

– Don Scott & Bill Pegg, woodworkers, have set up a carpentry shop in the Peter D. Smith Carriage House, where they will be working on projects of all kinds.

– Richard & Richard Brusco, metallurgist and blacksmiths from Brookside (Mendham), will be working in the blacksmith’s shop. They will alternate between hammering red-hot metal and interpreting the process. 

– Sharon Kuechelmann will demonstrate her skills in a 19th century seamstress shop using a vintage treadle sewing machine to create authentic period garments.

A visit to Waterloo includes: Smith’s Store (fully stocked general store), the fully opera­tional Smith Brothers water-powered gristmill, the Rutan Cabin, the Canal Society of New Jersey’s Museum, and other exhibits. Food service is now available on the grounds

Come and enjoy a narrated canal boat ride on the historic Morris Canal, featuring New Jersey’s only known solar powered canal boat.
The Morris Canal
In 1824 the Morris Canal & Banking Company was chartered to build a canal that would carry coal, mined in Pennsylvania, to developing markets along the eastern seaboard. The canal would pass through the heart of New Jersey’s iron district and provide the long-needed transportation system that would create new commercial activity and enable rustic settlements like Waterloo to grow into thriving canal towns.

When completed in 1831, the canal extended 102 miles across the rugged highlands of New Jersey, from Phillipsburg on the Delaware River, uphill to its summit level at Lake Hopatcong, and then down to New York Harbor at Jersey City. To accomplish this, a system of 23 locks and 23 inclined planes were built to overcome the impressive elevation change of 1,674 feet. The canal’s famous water-powered inclined planes were an engineering marvel that enabled canal boats to be raised or lowered up to 100 feet at a time

For more information on the Morris Canal, please visit:

Waterloo Village Heritage Days run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are scheduled for Saturdays Aug. 8, Aug. 29, Sept. 12, Sept. 26, Oct. 10, and Sunday Oct. 25. For more information, visit: 

For GPS: Waterloo Village is located on Waterloo Road, Stanhope, N.J. 07874. Use Exit 25 on Interstate 80.

For more information on the county’s heritage, please visit:


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