Dorothy A. Slusarchyk, 79

Cherished her grandchildren Mar 29, 1939 — Sept 20, 2018 Dorothy A. Slusarchyk, 79, died in her Skillman home surrounded by family on September 20, after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer. Dorothy was born in Utica, NY on March 29, 1939 to Ralph and Mary Smith. She grew up on a dairy farm in Marcy, NY and graduated from Holland Patent High School in 1956. In 1960 Dorothy earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Syracuse University then accepted a job at E.R. Squibb and Sons, now Bristol-Myers Squibb, in New Brunswick. While at Squibb she met William, who became her husband of more than 50 years. After retiring in 2004, she and Bill traveled throughout Europe, Russia, and the Uni

Jeffrey A. Skaar, 53

A passion for Civil War history Aug 20, 1965 — Sept 17, 2018 Jeffrey A. Skaar, 53, died in his home in Griggstown on Sep 17. Jeff was born and raised in Belle Mead. He graduated from Montgomery High School in 1983 then earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Roger Williams College in Rhode Island. He indulged his passion for Civil War history by reenacting with the 6th New Hampshire Volunteers and was a beloved member of their band, The Contra-Band, playing the washtub bass, whistle, and concertina. Jeff was an active and respected member of the 12th District of Free and Accepted Masons, Grand Lodge of New Jersey. He was a Master Mason and was a Past Master of Palestine Lodge #111. At

Shirley J. Lang, 83

Loved to learn about the world Feb. 24, 1935 — Sep. 16, 2018 Shirley J. Lang (nee Bulmer), age 83, of Skillman, died on September 16 in Somerville from complications of Melanoma of the lymph nodes. She loved to learn about the world and famous people, and enjoyed reading non-fiction and magazines. Shirley was born in Paterson on February 24, 1935 to Annie and John Bulmer. As a junior in high school Shirley started dating Robert Lang and in 1954 at age 19 Shirley and Robert were married and began their 64 years of marriage. She and Bob moved to California in 1966 where Shirley spent her time raising three daughters. In 1972 she and her family moved to Long Island where she worked for BAP Geon

Driver Fired after Kindergartners’ Bus Goes Missing for 90 Minutes

Many tears were shed on the 17th anniversary of 9/11 in Montgomery Township, and the reason was not the memory of the 2001 terrorist attacks on America but rather a bus transportation nightmare involving a novice school bus driver in need of directions and better communications with the district and his contracted bussing company. More than 50 angry Montgomery Township School District (MTSD) residents attended the September 11 school board meeting, which began with an opening statement and apology from MTSD Business Administrator Annette Wells, who said a bus driver had been removed from his position as a result of a two-hour fiasco in which a school bus full of kindergarten students that le

Architect Unveils Plan for New Municipal Complex, Police Station and Library

Montgomery residents recently got a peek at the future township municipal complex and new library planned for the former ConvaTec site at the intersection of Route 206 and Orchard Road, which has a completion date of 2020 or 2021. Kurt Vierheilig, partner and director of design at DMR Architects of Bergen County, consultants for the project, presented the proposal for a 52,500 square-foot complex complete with township offices, police headquarters, public event space and the new library at the township committee’s August 16 meeting. Many of the 35 people who sat in the audience asked questions about the site plan, layout, functions and services of what will become Montgomery’s new Somerset C

Montgomery & Hillsborough Residents Urged to Conserve Water

Emergency Repair Requires Conservation of Public Water. An important message from New Jersey American Water Due to an emergency water main repair at the Raritan-Millstone Water Treatment Plant, New Jersey American Water is urging customers in Montgomery and Hillsborough (as well as several other Somerset County towns served by the water company) to refrain from outdoor water use and conserve water inside their homes until the further notice. Customers in these areas may experience low pressure or discoloration and/or cloudy water while repairs are being made. The company estimates the repair will be finished by Sept 8, after which time, customers will be notified that they can return to usua

Millennial Farmers, Artists & Chefs Inspire Innovative Business Model

Cherry Valley Co-op is located on Cherry Valley Road in Montgomery. Its founders — creative types who are in their twenties — have combined farming, education, and wellness to build an innovative business model. They offer a wide range of opportunities for the public to learn more about who grows our food, how it is grown, and how to better appreciate and connect with the land. Any any given day there may be 20 people on the property working in the fields, the farm store, or on special projects. Christian Moran, a resident of Montgomery, is a farmer, filmmaker, and former Rutgers University personal trainer who founded the Our Playful Nature program, which provides outdoor movement and play

ReORG of the Montgomery Township Committee

Township Committee Welcomes Kamran Quraishi, Madrid Approved as Mayor after Conforti Steps Down The New Montgomery Township Committee. From left: Kamran Quraishi (R) (appointed in August to fill a vacant seat on the committee), Sadaf Jaffer (D), Mayor Christine Madrid (R), Duputy Mayor Patricia Graham (R), and Ed Trzaska (R). The Montgomery Township Committee went through a quarter three realignment at its meeting on August 16, as it designated the town’s new mayor and deputy mayor for the rest of the year and welcomed its newest member. Official steps were necessary after Mark Conforti, longtime volunteer and mayor for 2018 in Montgomery, announced on August 2 he was stepping down and leavi

Meet Kehilat Shalom’s New Rabbi

Rabbi Jacob Best Adler, 32, joined Congregation Kehilat Shalom this summer, shortly after graduating from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia. The Montgomery News caught up with Rabbi Jake as he was preparing for the High Holy Days, the ten days between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur considered the holiest days on the Jewish calendar. This year, Rosh HaShanah begins in the evening of Sept 9. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins the evening of Tuesday, Sept 18 and ends the evening of Wednesday, Sept 19. Q: Thinking back on your early life, what was your religious upbringing? A: I was raised in a fairly secular Jewish home in Montclair with little traditional observance

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