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History Grants Available in Morris County

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Morris County Heritage Commission has received a grant of $18, 684 from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the New Jersey Department of State, to provide re-grants for local history projects and General Operating Support to history organizations and other non-profit groups that have a history-based project.

The re-grant program supports a variety of efforts to increase the appreciation, knowledge and preservation of Morris County’s history, with awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, said Peg Shultz, Heritage Commission archivist and acting director.

Completed applications are due by 1 p.m. Oct. 30, and the awards will be announced the week of Dec. 15.

Eligible history projects include exhibit and collections catalogs, organizational and information brochures, exhibit-mounting materials and the conservation of photographs and documents, Shultz said.

Funds may also be used for consultants to prepare historic site and organizational long range, strategic and A.D.A. compliance plans and historic site nominations.

Shultz said Morris County organizations having historic collections or archives but whose activities are not history-based are also encouraged to apply for history project funds.

History project grants are not intended for building rehabilitation, preservation or other work on historic buildings, Shultz said. These projects may be eligible for funding through the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund.

General operating support grants are intended to assist organizations in meeting expenses necessary to keep a site open to the public. Shultz said these costs can include insurance, heat, electric and other utility bills and the costs associated with maintaining a security system and an Internet presence.

General operating support proposals must demonstrate how the applicant will be able to continue and/or improve the level of service offered to visitors if funding is granted.

Application materials are available online on the Heritage Commission Web site,, by e-mail at and by calling Shultz at 973-829-8117.

The Morris County Heritage Commission is an advisory body of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Special Freeholder Meeting Sept. 17

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A special meeting of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders is scheduled to take place Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at 6 p.m., 5th floor, in the Administration and Records Building on Court Street in Morristown.

The purpose of the meeting is for discussion of the status of the ongoing Solar II litigation.

While the public is invited to attend the open public portion of this meeting, the meeting is primarily for executive session.


Freeholders Honor Wounded Jefferson Marine

Monday, September 15, 2014

A U.S. Marine Sergeant and former Jefferson resident who lost his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan, was honored Sept. 8 for his courage by the Morris County Freeholders.

Sgt. Aaron Alonso was a guest at a Leadership Under Fire seminar at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy that addressed the critical thinking that is inherent for first responders to maintain during times of natural and man-made disasters.

Alonso was injured by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Afghanistan in February. He had both of his legs amputated and also suffered extensive abdominal injuries.

Speaking to the seminar’s attendees, Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo said the many freedoms we have come to enjoy were won over the years by the courageous actions of many Americans like Sergeant Alonso.

“I refer, not only to his actions in Afghanistan, where he suffered critical, life-threatening injuries while serving his country, but also to the strong resolve he continues to demonstrate today on his road to recovery,” Mastrangelo said.

Mastrangelo also took note of Alonso’s support network, including his wife, Jessica, and her parents, Scott and Anne Douglas.

“For many of our wounded servicemen and women, the long road to recovery can be very lonely,” Mastrangelo said, “but thanks to his wonderful support network, Sergeant Alonso does not have to travel that road alone.”

The freeholder director also recognized Captain Ben Harrow, a decorated Army Officer of the Green Berets who was a seminar presenter. Captain Harrow lost his legs and suffered other life-threatening injuries when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan.

“On behalf of the Morris County Freeholders, I offer sincere gratitude to both Sergeant Alonso and Captain Harrow for their service and for being a source of inspiration for all to emulate,” Mastrangelo said.

The Leadership Under Fire Seminar was sponsored by the Morris County Office of Emergency Management and Atlantic Health System Protection and Security Services/Emergency Management Department.


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