Thursday, November 22, 2012
Students donate 85 turkeys, 52 baskets, and 14 boxes of food for annual food collection.
As the borough continues to recover from Sandy, the Hopatcong community once again pulled together to help each other out at a time it is needed most. This year's Thanksgiving Food Drive at the high school received double the amount of food normally collected, after losing several weeks from Hurricane Sandy. National Honor Society adviser Lisa Kenny organized the drive, and said every year the school has about three weeks to collect food. However, Kenny said the group was at a disadvantage this year because they only had three days once the school reopened last Wednesday. She said despite the loss of days, students were able to collect 85 turkeys, 52 baskets, and 14 boxes full of Thanksgiving food items to help out borough families in need…
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Mike Wichart brings turkeys to high school on Monday to help families in need during holiday.
Some residents still feeling the repercussions from Sandy's aftermath will be able to have a Thanksgiving dinner thanks to a recent donation of turkeys from a former Hopatcong student. Mike Wichart, a graduate from Hopatcong High School in 1996, drove from South Jersey to the high school on Monday and donated 45 turkeys to the borough. Wichart, a teacher at Clearview Regional High School in Gloucester County, saw the town was in need and wanted to contribute in anyway he could. He got the Clearview Regional Education Association and the student Varsity Club to contribute to the donations that will help a number of borough families in need. Wichart, who still has family in Hopatcong and keeps in contact with his former teachers and friends…
First time diner is open for the holiday since its renovations, and already has over 80 complete orders in place.
The Sparta Classic Diner is preparing its very first Thanksgiving since adding its renovations by offering a holiday special. The restaurant, which reopened in July, is offering a Thanksgiving meal to-go for $120. The meal serves 10 people and includes a turkey, butternut squash or cream of turkey soup, gravy, cranberry sauce, potatoes, green beans, and stuffing. Owner Dimitri Kontolios said the diner has already received over 80 orders, and will continue to accept orders until Tuesday. Customers will only be able to get the holiday special by ordering it in. The diner will be open on Thanksgiving day for breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. If customers wish to get a turkey meal in the restaurant that day, they will be able to get …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
A cheesy potato casserole and delicious cranberry sauce are sure to light up your Thanksgiving dinner table.
It’s time for Thanksgiving, my favorite time of the year! Not only do you get to see family, but the food is plentiful and delicious. If your family is anything like mine, there are multiple side dishes to choose from to accompany the all important turkey. Everything from green bean casserole to sweet potato pie has been served at our table and now, I would like to share some fantastic side dish recipes that may become a part of your Thanksgiving tradition. Ingredients Cheesy Potato Casserole 3 lbs red potatoes, sliced 1 lb broccoli, chopped 1 10.75 oz can cream of chicken 1 cup sour cream ½ lb ham, sliced 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp black pepper 1 tbsp kosher salt 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp basil ½ cup cheddar cheese, grated ½ cup Asiago, grated ½…
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Local food pantries struggling to keep up with the demand this holiday season.
For food pantries across Northern New Jersey, Hurricane Sandy dealt a double blow: It increased the number of families in need of assistance and shortened the span between Halloween (which Gov. Chris Christie moved to Nov. 5) and Thankgsiving, which comes early this year. Prior to the storm, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey reported more than 960,000 residents of Northern New Jersey are food insecure, meaning at times they lack access to enough food to maintain an active, healthy life. The Community Food Bank is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive this Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9am to 2pm at the following locations: Morris County Passaic County Sommerset County