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2018 MEETINGS:  



JANUARY 4, 2018Cancelled because of Snow.


JANUARY 18, 2018 - MICHAEL BANICK, Director of the Millburn Public Library, discussed how our library is meeting the challenges of changes in the public it serves and the needs of the community.


FEBRUARY 1, 2018 – ROB WALTON, Area Manager at Jersey Power & Light Company, talked about Home Energy Efficiency.


FEBRUARY 15, 2018 – JESSICA KELLY, MPH, CHES, Health Educator, Livingston Health Department, spoke to us about Preventing Sickness. 


MARCH 1, 2018 – THOMAS BAIO, RA, AIA, Principal Architect of Thomas Baio, PC, in Millburn, talked about Millburn and Short Hills History from an architectural perspective. He is a trustee and past president of the Millburn Short Hills Historical Society.


MARCH 15, 2018 – BATTALION CHIEF THOMAS P. PIZZANO, JR., Administrative Officer and Fire Marshal of the Millburn Fire Department, spoke to us about fire safety and prevention.


APRIL 5, 2018   RONALD CITRON, CLU, ChFC, of Ron Citron & Associates and  Robert  Luperi, Specialist in Medicare supplemental plans,  talked about estate planning. Are annuities a wise purchase? 


APRIL 19, 2018 – DR. ROSS MONDSHINE, MD, Board Certified Radiologist of Montclair Radiology, spoke about the history of medical radiology and of current technology and equipment used today.


MAY 3, 2018 – Dr. JAY M. KAPPRAFF, Professor Emeritus at NJIT talked about the proportions of the Parthenon, including their relation to the pentatonic scale of music. Recent work of the speaker shows a connection of the proportions of the Parthenon to Vedic India that reveal the lengths of both the solar and lunar years in which area relates to time. The speaker has found this connection by way of a ceremonial altar from Vedic India known as the Rathacakra Citi altar.


MAY 23, 2018 (WEDNESDAY) – The ANNUAL LUNCHEON was held at the Canoe Brook Country Club.


JUNE 7, 2018 – VISIT TO THE NEWARK MUSEUM, for a tour and visit of the special exhibit “The Rockies and the Alps: Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains", narrated by Docent DR. NATHALIE BAILY. This exhibit took a unique transnational look at changing perceptions and experiences of the mountains in the United States and in Europe during a critical period, from the 1830s to the 1870s, when artists, scientists, tourists, and armchair travelers were all awakening to the attractions of mountain scenery. 3 p.m.


JUNE 21, 2018 – THE CHATHAM BRASS entertained us again, followed by our  ANNUAL SUMMER BARBECUE.


SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 – ALEXANDER MCDONALD, Millburn Township Business Administrator, furnished us with the current financial state of the town.


SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 – NJ STATE SENATOR THOMAS H. KEAN Jr. brought us abreast of the state of the state.


OCTOBER 4, 2018 – SKIP UNGER, musicologist, told us about the famous American Jazz Age and play some of the great popular music that we have all heard and loved.


OCTOBER 18, 2018 – SUE SEIDENFELD, Creative Director of COPE CENTER, spoke on Legalized Marijuana, a problem or a panacea.  

NOVEMBER 1, 2018 – JOHN SILIO, Maplewood Hobby Shop owner, told us about his shop and detail the famous Battle of Springfield with his small soldier collection. 


NOVEMBER 15, 2018 – We learned more about the local DOWN THE BLOCK, a highly regarded benefactor with life changing results, from its president, ELIZABETH STEVENS.


DECEMBER 6, 2018 – CHRISTINE BURTON, Superintendent of the Millburn School System, brought us up to date on the strengths and challenges of one of the premiere public school systems in our state


DECEMBER 13, 2018 – THE CHATHAM BRASS entertained us once again, followed by our annual HOLIDAY LUNCHEON.






JANUARY 2017: Program Chairman: Paul Thomas


JANUARY 5   JEAN GAJANO, Executive Director of New Eyes for the Needy, talked about the work of that great organization. 


JANUARY 12 -   Dr. MARGARET M. McINTYRE, DMD, talked about Aging Teeth and Changes in your Mouth.


JANUARY 19   DR. WILLIAM MALTA, Chiropractor at the Malta Family Wellness Center in Millburn, talked about Chiropractic Wellness. 


JANUARY 26 - OPEN FORUM: Members discussed topics of current interest.



FEBRUARY 2017: Program Chairman: John Ahlbeck


FEBRUARY 2 – JIM RHATICAN, provided to us by the NJ Sharing Network, spoke about his experience of receiving an organ transplant.


FEBRUARY 9 – was CANCELLED because of snow.


FEBRUARY 16 – PETER A. FICO, ESQ., former Millburn Township Prosecutor and now Municipal Judge, shared his experience with us.


FEBRUARY 23 – ROBERT A. FICO of Ace Home Inspection, Inc. ACI-NJ licensed home inspector, had spoken to us before but because of the revaluation of Millburn/Short Hills real estate now in progress he discussed the home inspection process again.



MARCH 2017: Program Chairman: Doug Reed


MARCH 2 – Video presentation of “Scenes from New York Skyscrapers”.


MARCH 9 – DOUG REED,  Collector of antique glassware, gave a presentation about “Glass Open Salts”.


MARCH 16 – LINDA WHEELER, Registered Yoga Teacher and founder of Three Leaf Yoga, spoke to us about the importance of exercise and balance training for seniors.


MARCH 23 – MIKE ROBERTS,  Millburn Township Fire Chief, discussed Fire Prevention in the Home.


MARCH 30 – TIM GORDON, recently retired Millburn Township Business Administrator, talked about how development will change Millburn in the next ten years.



APRIL 2017: Program Chairman: Tom Swartz


APRIL 6 – MILLBURN OLD GUARD OPEN HOUSE at the Bauer Center in Taylor Park for prospective members. Ladies and gentlemen from Millburn-Short Hills and neighboring towns, 55 years and older, were invited to visit us to learn about our activities.


APRIL 13 – LYNN RANIERI of the Millburn Historical Society brought us up to date on the organization and its upcoming move of the museum to the soon to be restored historic Parsil house in Short Hills.


APRIL 20 – HARRY TRUMBORE has seen the Millburn Item go from a locally owned small town weekly to a nationally owned enterprise. He told us just what is going on.


APRIL 27 – NJ STATE ASSEMBLYWOMEN NANCY F. MUNOZ returned to us to talk about the true state of our state.




MAY 2017: Program Chairman: Tom Swartz


MAY 4 – ANGELA ELLERBE of Senior Medicare Patrol of NJ provided information for seniors to protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud, waste and abuse.


MAY 11 – A Group from The Morris Music Men gave a presentation about the History of Barbershop Singing  and performed various songs from their repertoire.


MAY 18 – DR. HAROLD WIENER, Millburn Old Guard member, has practiced as an optometrist in North Arlington, NJ for 63 years. He talked to us about Eye Care.


MAY 24 (WEDNESDAY) – Our Annual Ladies Day Luncheon was held at the Canoe Brook Country Club.



JUNE 2017: Program Chairman: John Ahlbeck


JUNE 1 – DR. MARK GOLDFARB of  Millburn Physical Therapy spoke about balance and avoiding risks of falling.


JUNE 8 – DR. SALLY FULLMAN, Lead Coordinator of project HEALTHY BONES, had talked to us in 2011 about the changing face of osteoporosis. She returned to discuss new initiatives and medical developments to maintain and improve bone health.


JUNE 15 – THE CHATHAM BRASS entertained us again, followed by our ANNUAL SUMMER BARBECUE.


JUNE 21 – FISHING EXCURSION ON THE PARTY BOAT SEA TIGER II out of the Municipal Harbor at Atlantic Highlands.



SEPTEMBER 2017: Program Chairman: Tom Swartz


SEPTEMBER 7- The Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges provides essentials for a minimum of 200 families a week. Local board member, PEGGY BAGGALEY, helps to run this life supporting enterprise and delved into its workings & efforts.


SEPTEMBER 14- DOUGLAS REED fascinated us previously by showing a video of the painstaking construction of the Twin Towers replacement. Today enlivened us with the construction of the famous Super Tunnel, the highly publicized railway passage through London.


SEPTEMBER 21- DAVID ROGERS, a former vice president of the Singer Manufacturing Company, talked about the history of sewing, sewing machines and told us about his 25 years with a great company in the annals of American Industrial history.


SEPTEMBER 28 - EVE POSNER came to explain and demonstrate the ORCAM (“See for Yourself”), a technologically advanced system which is a mini camera and a speaker unit that both sit on a user’s eye glass frame and converts visual information into audio, a Godsend for the visually impaired.



OCTOBER 2017: Program Chair:  Ann Rosenthal


OCTOBER 5 – JOAN BORNEMAN, a life long resident of Millburn, retired Millburn Board of Education School Nurse and active community member, discussed "THE MILLBURN WE ALL REMEMBER". She is the daughter of the late Mr. Koll, owner of the well known luncheonette KOLL'S on Millburn Avenue.


OCTOBER 12TOM DOTY, Millburn Township Shade Tree Department, discussed present issues and concerns in the Millburn Township.


OCTOBER 19 – KAREN BIGOS, Realtor, discussed Trends of Millburn-Short Hills Real Estate History now and yesterday, involving two historic districts protected by The Historic Preservation Society through the Millburn Building Department.


OCTOBER 26 – DR. RICHARD SCHONBERG, President of the World War2 Book Club, has been a member since the inception of this fine institution which was originally started by the late John J. McLaughlin. The club meets once a month with authors who are invited to The Millburn Library to discuss their book to the general audience.



NOVEMBER  2017: Program Chair: Henry T. Wallhauser


NOVEMBER 2 – ELLE BERNARDO, a registered dietician and nutritionist for the ShopRite organization and dietetic intern Rachel Lee,  gave us information essential for seniors about the food we eat and supplements we take.



NOVEMBER 9 – DONNA RUGGIERO, Millburn Township Tax Collector, spoke about taxes in regard to the statuary duties of the tax collector, including billing, reporting, collection and enforcement. She also talked about the various state property tax relief programs.

            (Originally, another talk by an agent from the Essex County Narcotics Bureau was scheduled, which had to be cancelled for this day). 


NOVEMBER 16 – DR. JOSEPH AARON, our new member this year, looked back on his family's struggles coming to America and on his own long medical career culminating in his practice in clinical medicine.


NOVEMBER 30 – NOLAN ASCH is a familiar and popular speaker at our group.  He gave us a fresh look at Alexander Hamilton that includes research from the Federalist Papers plus new interpretations of this illustrious Founding Father's life.



DECEMBER  2017: Program Chair: John Ahlbeck


DECEMBER 7 – JOHN AHLBECK presented a review of the Trump Tax Proposals.


DECEMBER 14 – THE CHATHAM BRASS entertained us again, followed by our ANNUAL HOLIDAY LUNCHEON.







JANUARY 2016: Program Chairman: Tom Pizzano


JANUARY 7  PAUL CIRILLO, a space and astronomy expert, took us along with our Astronauts serving on the INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION and showed us all about how they must adopt in that new realm.


JANUARY 14-   SKIP UNGAR returned to play the piano for us. He shared with us the best hit songs from Hollywood Musicals from 1939 to the present.


JANUARY 21  We took a bus trip to THE GREAT FALLS IN PATERSON with a brief history of the city as a pioneer industrial complex. THE bus left from GERO PARK AT 9:30A.M and returned about 1:30 p.m.


JANUARY 28- DR. ALAN STUMEYER, a local General Urologist, spoke to us on the subject of Mens Health and how important it is to maintain a system of sound plumbing.



 February 2016: Program Chairman: Alan Grosman




FEBRUARY 4- HON. JUDY ROSENBERG of the Township Committee


FEBRUARY 11- MITCHELL RAIT, ESQ., President of the Millburn Short Hills Chamber of Commerce




FEBRUARY 25- GEOFFREY TWOMBLY, Keller Williams Realty Township Real Estate Development



March 2016: Program Chairmen: Paul Thomas and Henry Wallhauser


MARCH 3 -  We met at the PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE  at 10:30 A.M. where the director brought us up to date on their programs as well as past & current shows.


MARCH 10 -  MARGE HELLER, Administrative Director of Saint Barnabas Medical Center for Community Health, talked to us about the challenges of sleep disorder.


MARCH 17 -  CLINT NEWTON and his daughter, Mary, own and run a Family Guest Home. They talked about the timely subject of Residential Health Care.


MARCH 24 -  ERICA ORHN is a dietician from Overlook Medical Center.  She filled us in on  the important issue of the best nutritional practices we Seniors should follow, including  the importance of limiting our sodium intake.


MARCH 31 -  MIKE HODAPP and JAXON VIGUNAS, both of Fidelity Investments in Millburn, spoke on “Demystifying Bond Selection for your Portfolio” and “Income Diversification-Creating a Plan to Support Your Lifestyle in Retirement”.



APRIL 2016: Program Chairman: Andrew U. Meyer


APRIL 7- BARTON ROSS, Historic Architect and Millburn Historic Preservation Consultant, spoke about the Township’s ongoing efforts to save its historical buildings, including the current restoration of the Parsil House in Short Hills.


APRIL 14- ROBERT G. WALTON, Area Manager of Summit District , Jersey Central Power & Light Company, spoke on Restoring Power after Storms, He discussed the experience gained during Hurricane Sandy and how the power company has initiated changes to adopt to it.


APRIL 21- RALPH BACE, Millburn Township Animal Control Officer, talked about Coexisting with our Wildlife Neighbors. He discussed prevention and some solutions with wildlife issues.


APRIL 28- BOGDAN COSMA is a teacher at Millburn High School where he is also the advisor of its computer club, which operates an intergenerational program helping seniors to gain computer skills. Mr. Cosma discussed the opportunities offered by modern computers, smartphones and tablets to communicate with friends and family, send/receive photos and videos, internet browsing, banking, investing, shopping ... and the list goes on. He suggested steps toward obtaining or increasing the skills to use these wonderful tools.



MAY 2016: Program Chairman: Tom Pizzano


MAY 5 - DAVID LARSEN, plans to run for Congress from New Jersey District 7. He will discuss his thoughts on key senior services. (WAS CANCELLED)


MAY 12 - THE SENIOR ADVISORY GROUP, A PANEL OF FIVE SPEAKERS detailed their area of specialty including safety in the home, elder law, home organizing, and benefits of reverse mortgages. Lunch was provided.


MAY 20 (FRIDAY) - THE 58TH ANNUAL LADIES DAY LUNCHEON. At 11:00 a.m., Millburn Old Guard members with their families and friends joined together at the newly renovated Canoe Brook Country Club.


MAY 26- TED D’ALESSIO, Athletic Director of Millburn High School, is retiring after many years of service. He talked about about Millburn sports, past and present.



JUNE 2016:  Program Chairman: John Ahlbeck


JUNE 2- KATE HARTWYK, Deputy Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, Essex County, spoke about the new South Mountain Recreation Complex.


JUNE 9- L. WILLIAM KELSAY talked about his three combat tours in the pararescue service in Vietnam.  


JUNE 16- THE CHATHAM BRASS entertained us again, followed by our ANNUAL SUMMER BARBECUE.


JUNE 22 - FISHING ON THE PARTY BOAT SEA TIGER out of the Municipal Harbor at Atlantic Highlands



SEPTEMBER 2016:  Program Chairmen: Andrew U. Meyer and Alan M. Grosman


SEPTEMBER 15- Dr. Christine Burton, Superintendent of Millburn Public Schools, and Michael T. King, President of the School Board, reviewed the present state of the Millburn school system and discussed school district initiatives, as Dr. Burton began her second year in Millburn.


SEPTEMBER 22- Ms. FONTAINE GATTI, Certified Travel Consultant, has traveled worldwide, written about it and has been mentioned prominently in Travel & Leisure magazine. She talked about Steam Engines in Colorado.


SEPTEMBER 29- Dr. VACLAV BENES, retired mathematician, with a wide range of interests and endeavors, talked about hiking sea-to-sea (coast-to-coast) in Northern England.



October 2016:  Program Chairman: Paul Thomas


OCTOBER 6 - BILL MYRON, Principal of Millburn HS discussed news of the high school.


OCTOBER 13 - JIM MERRIGAN, a retired AT&T executive, talked about his experiences at the Pebble Beach golf tournament.


OCTOBER 20 - MATT KADISH, Managing Editor of the "Millburn Item" was to discuss current events at around Millburn. TALK WAS CANCELLED.


OCTOBER 27 - BOB WASKY, Medicare Specialist, presented an overview: “Medicare 101: Things to know about”.




November 2016:  Program Chairman: Tom Swartz, Jr.

NOVEMBER 3 – Drs. MARSHALL R. FELDMAN and  NANCY KAPLAN, of Essex Union Podiatry in Springfield, want us to appreciate and care for our feet, which are constantly in motion but so often neglected.


NOVEMBER 10 – NOLAN ASHE, Historian, returned and told us about our glorious American Constitution, how it was framed and and how central it has been through the years in maintaining the vibrancy of our great country.


NOVEMBER 17 – HOWARD BERNSTEIN, has been a wine industry professional for over 30 years. He filled us in on the industry and its wines and answer our many questions as a person of impressive knowledge.





December 2016:  Program Chairman: John Ahlbeck


DECEMBER 1 – JOHN AHLBECK talked about the 2016 Tax Changes in New Jersey.  


DECEMBER 8 – ERNEST DEL GUERCIO,  CEO Of Appraisal Systems, Inc., discussed the Revaluation of Millburn-Short Hills Real Estate for 2017.


DECEMBER 15 – The CHATHAM BRASS ENSEMBLE, a favorable assemblage of top quality musicians, with Millburn Township Senior Citizen Coordinator Jaimee Hawkins participating, performed favorite Christmas and Chanukah tunes, followed by our Annual Holiday Luncheon.







JANUARY 2015: Program Chairman: Tom Swartz, Jr.


JANUARY 8  NOLAN ASCHE told us previously about Alexander Hamilton and Ben Franklin  and their enormous contributions to our new nation.  Today he changes pace and encourages our participation in arguing that our national presidency should be for one term only and for a period of six years  


JANUARY 15-   DENNIS TORRE is a doctoral candidate at Seton Hall College on Public Health.  As a licensed therapist with over thirty years of clinical settings he speculated on “MOVEMENT SCIENCE” for our senior citizens.


JANUARY 22-   CAROL TITUS heads up The Memorial Society of North Central New Jersey. This organization protects a consumer’s right to choose a dignified,  meaningful and affordable funeral..  Some years ago their previous speaker explained to us how we could save appreciable money for our own survivors with the same dignified setting.  Several of us bought into the concept at that time. We thought our group would like to hear about it. 


JANUARY 29 Fellow member John Friend’s wife, BEVERLY FRIEND, is a Native American.  She talked about the LENAPE INDIAN STORY and how these wonderful people lived before and after the first settlers arrived.



FEBRUARY 2015: Program Chairman: Hank Wallhauser


FEBRUARY 5-    Cancelled.


 FEBRUARY 12-  DENNIS PERCHER  is chairman of the South Mountain Conservancy. He gave us a presentation about his organization’s mission and programs plus some of its major concerns it currently has with the county’s administration of the South Mountain Reservation.


 FEBRUARY 19-   STEVE HENRY, Deputy Refuge Manager, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, presented a talk on the origins, features and issues about this special attraction in our area.


 FEBRUARY 26-  PETER BLANCHARD III, the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills, gave  a presentation about the history, features and growing renown of this beautiful treasure in our midst. The Gardens occupy the Blanchard Estate off of Old Short Hills Road, Blanchard family home since 1949.



MARCH 2015: Program Chairman: Alan Grosman


MARCH 5CANCELLED (due to weather)


MARCH 12 HON. LEONARD LANCE, US Congressman, 7th Congressional District, talked about issues of current concerns.


MARCH 19 RICKY RICCARDI. He is the author of the recently published book, “What a Wonderful World”. He talked about the great jazz trumpeter’s second career as a band leader and singer of hit songs, including his struggles and successes as a pop celebrity. Ricky is the archivist for the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, New York.


MARCH 26 -  Ted Bourke, Deputy Mayor of Millburn Township, discussed issues of local concern.



APRIL 2015: Program Chairman: Andrew U. Meyer


APRIL 2-    DR. YUN-QING SHI, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NJIT, talked about DIGITAL IMAGE FORENSICS AND INFORMATION SYSTEM SECURITY. Data/information hiding, forensics and security have become important concerns in information/computer technology.  A modern version of steganography, the art of concealing messages or information within another message or graphic image, includes tampering of computer graphic images from photographic images, as well as the detection of hidden data.


APRIL 9-  TOM DOTY, Millburn Township Forrester, talked about MILLBURN TOWNSHIP’S TREES, with a focus on our wonderful tree resource, tree topics of concern and the Department of Public Works collaborative beneficial environmental projects that have been completed over the past several years. They include stream habitat restoration,  Rahway river stream bank stabilization, rain garden sites and non-native invasive plant population reduction.


APRIL 16HARRY TROMBORE, Editor of The Item of Millburn & Short Hills , discussed the present state of local news coverage.  


APRIL 23- JOHN ZINN, Chairman of the Board of the New Jersey Historical Society, talked about History, Tragedy, and Comedy at Ebbets Field: the Brooklyn  Dodgers. He has been active in the founding of New Jersey's third vintage base ball team, the Newark Eureka, based upon a prominent New Jersey team of the 1860's.


APRIL 30- LEON BRASOWSKI, Director of Environmental Engineering at Covanta Energy Corporation, talked about ENERGY FROM WASTE – THE SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION. His presentation on sustainable waste management includes a discussion of how a modern Energy-from-Waste system operates, as well as its benefits relative to the environment, renewable energy and climate change.



MAY 2015: Program Chairman: Paul Thomas


MAY 7- KAL WAGENHEIM is a Millburn author and editor who talked to us about his latest books, School for Lovers & Other Tales, a collection of four stories, and The Secret Life of Walter Mott, a novel set in Newark in 1949. Kal, formerly with the New York Times and currently editor of the Caribbean Update newsletter, has written 10 plays and screenplays and 8 books, among them biographies of Babe Ruth and Roberto Clemente.


MAY 14- MICHAEL SHAPIRO ESQ., Lawyer, CEO and Publisher of the Alternative Press taps into a network of on line local newspapers to keep us current He utilizes over 30 on line newspapers in New Jersey and has over 3,5 million current readers.


MAY 21- The 57th ANNUAL LADIES DAY LUNCHEON was held at the beautiful Rock Spring Club in West Orange.


MAY 28- LARRY ROTH is the author of a book about the little known fact that Nazi Germany hired a top public relations firm in New York to promote their causes with the American public in their rise to power.



JUNE 2015: Program Chairman: John Ahlbeck


JUNE 4- MITCHELL WEBER, from Assisting Hands Home Care spoke to us about Home Safety, Resources available to Seniors, Agency vs. private care and other areas regarding home care management of the elderly.


JUNE 11- ALBIE BOZZO, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones talked about Protecting Mature Investors from fraud and scams.  He reviewed common types and recognize red flags in different life situations.


JUNE 18- MARIAN HIGHTOWER, from the Balance Center of Saint Barnabus Medical Center spoke to us about dizziness, nausea and other balance related problems and Balance Center testing, therapy and available treatments.


JUNE 25- ED RUMMEL and his CHATHAM BRASS entertained us once again and DOUGH REED sent us off for our summer recess with his famous SPRING COOKOUT.



September 2015: Program Chairman: James Keegan


SEPTEMBER 10 - JOHN A. ORZEL talked about Admiralty Law, “Practicing before The Silver Oar”. He sailed with us as this Admiralty Lawyer who gave us many interesting insights into the law of the seas.

SEPTEMBER 17 - NOLAN ASCH returned to give us a presentation on an extraordinary man’s early life leading up to World War II, SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL Part 1.

SEPTEMBER 24 - NOLAN ASCH continued to focus on Churchill during Britain’s darkest hours and about his Post War election life, SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL Part 2.


October 2015: Program Chairman: Paul Thomas


OCTOBER 1- Leaving the Hospital can be a traumatic experience. DOREEN HILL, After Care Coordinator for the Center for Life Transition Support Program put our minds at ease.

OCTOBER 8- How to stay away from trouble. LUCILLE PLANTEMALI and LORI GARDNER are Certified Infection Prevention Consultants who steered us in the right direction.

OCTOBER 15- JAIMEE HAWKINS, our Millburn Senior Citizen Advisor entertained us on the piano with her “No Frills And No Guarantees” program.

OCTOBER 22- HARRY TRUMBORE, Editor of the Millburn Item, returned to tell us all the important news in our town.

OCTOBER 29- DR. TIM HENDERSON of Gotham Orthopedics and MARGE HALLER, Administrative Director for Community Health and Outreach at Saint Barnabas Hospital showed us how to improve our health and keep it that way.


November 2015: Program Chairman: John Ahlbeck


NOVEMBER 5- Sing along with CANDY NELSON. She provided us with her selection of popular music & requests.

NOVEMBER 12- Captain LARRY VIIG – Do the “Great Loop”. With Sue and Larry Viig, as they traveled by boat from New Jersey up to Canada, down the Mississippi, around Florida and up again.

NOVEMBER 19- The Caring, Sharing Network of Essex County. The following service providers spoke to us:  DONNA OCCHIPINTI, Visiting Physician Services and MARLENE BOEMI,  Bayada Home Health Care.



December 2015: Program Chairman: Douglas Reed


DECEMBER 3- TIM GORDON, Millburn Township Business Administrator, reviewed the various Township activities during 2015 and future plans.

DECEMBER 10- MELODY SCHNEIDER and ANN FOLEYMarketing Representatives of Winchester Gardens, the well-respected Maplewood retirement home, discussed the topic of satisfied living in such a community.

DECEMBER 17- ED RUMMEL returned with his wonderful CHATHAM BRASS to entertain us , followed by our HOLIDAY LUNCHEON.





JANUARY 2014: Program Chairman: Andrew U. Meyer


JANUARY 9- Timothy S. Squyres, film editor with about 30 film credits and Academy Award nominations for Best Film Editing presented a talk: “Pi and I Scream”. He spoke about the Art and Science of Film Editing and his collaboration with Taiwanese director Ang Lee on films including Life of Pi.


JANUARY 16- Dr. Deborah Phillips, Senior executive in philanthropic organizations and post-doctoral fellow in psychology at Harvard University, presented a talk on "Aging Boldly:  The Counterclockwise Retreat".  She discussed Harvard Professor Ellen Langer's 1979 landmark Counterclockwise study in which a small group of older adults came together in a small house and lived for a week as though they were their younger selves. After a week, they became younger both psychologically and physically.


JANUARY 23- Anne Dushanko Dobek, an artist activist, talked about Art as Social Commentary. She is best known for her large-scale installations which reference issues of social justice and/or the environment. Ms. Dushanko Dobek described the narratives which motivate her work and the ensuing creative processes which determine the final installations.


JANUARY 30- James Winslow, game designer, introduced two new short strategy games, "Star Catch" and "Game Dance", and guided teams from the audience on how to play them.



FEBRUARY 2014: Program Chairman: Paul Thomas


FEBRUARY 6- SANDY HAIMOFF, long time mayor of Millburn Township, returning to bring us up to date on both the winning ticket as well as a few losers.  (CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW STORM).


FEBRUARY 13- Dr. JAMES CRISFIELD, Superintendent of Millburn Township Schools,  joined by JEFF WATER, a member of the local Board of Education, to air both their many hopes and occasional misgivings as the school year moves on.  (CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW STORM).


FEBRUARY 20- HON. LEONARD LANCE, US Congressman, 7th Congressional District, talked about issues of current concerns.


February 27- HARRY TRUMBORE, Editor of The Item of Millburn and Short Hills, can always be counted on to tell us what is happening in town and we appreciate their Old Guard write ups. 


March 2014: Program Chairman: Alan M. Grosman


MARCH 6- DAVID KREITZBERG, C.F.A. is a well respected Certified Financial Adviser who specializes in personal and family financial and estate planning. In our current economic downturn we all welcomed many of his suggestions.


MARCH 13- THOMAS WATKINSON, is the Millburn Township Engineer. His department must approve any and all engineering work within the town. He filled us in about his range of activities.


MARCH 20- VITO COLASURDO, JR. is a local Matrimonial Lawyer. He has alimony reform as one of his major interests. and discussed this hotly debated issue among others.


MARCH 27- ROBERT J. TILLOTSON is the new Mayor of Millburn. Township. We had this opportunity to meet with him for the first time and to hear about what is on his agenda ..



April 2014: Program Chairman: Govind Singh


APRIL 3- Millburn Township, which incorporates Short Hills, is recognized as one of New Jersey's most desirable towns in which to live work and do business. MICHAEL SHAPIRO, Esq. , is President of Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce, and CEO and He talked about town's business and commerce along with his media.


APRIL 10- Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation was found in West Orange, NJ more than 60 years ago. To-day, this sprawling 152 - bed campus is home to Kessler's internationally recognized Neurorehabilitation Centers of Excellence. LAUREN SNOWDON and HEATHER MONACO presented an overview of the rehabilitation services and specialty program that are offered at Kessler.


APRIL 17- Streaming Video presentation of Peter W. Singer, an American Political Scientist and international relation scholar. He is currently a senior fellow at Brookings Institution, where he is Director of the Center for 21 ", Century Security and Intelligence. Mr. Singer, Co-author, "Cyber-Security and Cyber-War", what everyone needs to know -----.


APRIL 24- AMOS BRITTON, a volunteer representing the AARP, discussed Affordable Health Care. The AARP was founded in 1958 by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, a retired high school principal.  AARP-New Jersey educates and advocates on behalf of those 50+ on issues that are important to them and their families. On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, under which a new “Bill of Rights” is aimed to give Americans the stability and flexibility they need to make informed choices about their health.



May 2014: Program Chairman: Tom Swartz


MAY 1-      FRAN WOOD, longtime writer and book review specialist for the STAR LEDGER, is well exposed to the current scene in the newspaper business.  Its unrelenting slow demise is a sad tale for her to relate to our group.


MAY 8-      BILL MACHAUER has had a lifetime of flying all sorts of both commercial and private airplanes.  He told us about his many flying experiences plus his first hand knowledge of some of the major airlines.


MAY 15 -   56TH ANNUAL LADIES DAY LUNCHEON at the Rock Spring Club in West Orange.


MAY 22-    KELLY ROE is a specialist and authority in stroke risk assessment at the SAINT BARNABAS MEDICAL CENTER.  She believes that forewarning can be priceless.


MAY 29-   The past 100 years of MILLBURN HISTORY is a fascinating story.  JOHN  DALTON and PAUL THOMAS are longtime residents.  They were with us to accurately respond to our many questions about so many people and events that pieced together our community.



June 2014: Program Chairman: Douglas Reed


JUNE 5-      DAVID SOTNICK, is Co-President of DOWN THE BLOCK. This was the fifth anniversary of this well respected charitable organization. David told us why and how it was created in an area whose zip code is one of the richest in the country.


JUNE 12-    The NOVA Series on CBS afforded us an opportunity to witness the remarkable task undertaken in THE CONSTRUCTION OF GROUND ZERO SUPER TOWER.  


JUNE 19 -   MARISA HOTAT of THE AMERICAN RED CROSS told us of the vital need for volunteers for both medical needs and delivery of meals. She also discussed the new office arrangement of Red Cross services.


JUNE 26-    DOUGH REED sent us on our way with his famous SPRING COOKOUT. ED RUMMEL and his CHATHAM BRASS entertained us again.



September 2014: Program Chairman: Jim Keegan


SEPTEMBER 11- LIFE LESSONS FROM U.N. AMBASSADORS I HAVE KNOWN”. RICHARD TEETERS, Pastor of Rennaisance Church, Summit, N.J. led a prayer group of U.N. Ambassadors for several years. Each one had a story and remarkable gifts to tell.

SEPTEMBER 18- MC CLELLAN’S OTHER STORY : The Political Intrigue of Col. Thomas M. Key”. Author Historian WILLIAM B. STYPLE explained how the enigmatic colonel maintained a dominating influence over Gen. McClellan during the Civil War in ignoring Lincoln’s orders.

SEPTEMBER 25- “BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, HIS LIFE AND TIMES”. NOLAN ASCH returned to give us another rousing account of one of our great Founding Fathers and to learn about the other side of our history.


October 2014: Program Chairman: Govind Singh


OCTOBER 2A brief documentary: Pilgrim of Peace. Gandhi Jayanti- was shown and discussed. Mahatma Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869.  Bapu- as he was known to his countryman is conscience of mankind.


OCTOBER 9 Ms. Ileana Martin Novoa , RA- President- Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce – With its commitment to support, preserve and develop business in Millburn Township she  appraised us of the state of commerce in Millburn. Also, as a managing partner of KATZ/NOVOA Architects + planner , a full Service Architectural firm specializing in residential and commercial projects she talked about various aspects of its accomplishments in the town.


OCTOBER 16 James W. McCracken, MHA, was appointed New Jersey Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly by Governor Chris Christie on December 3, 2010. As the state’s long- term care Ombudsman, McCracken oversees the office of the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly (OOIE) an agency that provides advocacy to residents living in long-term care settings and investigates more than 3,000 abuse and neglect allegations each year.


OCTOBER 23  – A 2014 documentary: EBOLA: Inside the Deadly Outbreakwas shown and discussed. EBOLA virus disease (EVD) is severe, often fatal and the average EVD case fatality is around 50%.  ABC News' Dr. Richard Besser travels into the hot zone and interviews with those on the front lines, and an American survivor weaves together an incredible story.


OCTOBER 30 N.J. Assemblyman representing 33rd. district, Raj Mukherji sits on the Assembly Budget Committee, responsible for crafting the State Budget (approximately $33 billion in FY 2015), as well as the commerce and Economic Development Committee and the labor Committee.



November 2014: Program Chairman: John Ahlbeck


NOVEMBER 6 Robert A. Fico, ACI, Ace Home Inspection, Inc., President of Garden State Chapter of ASHI (1997-1998), Director of American Society of Home inspectors, Inc. (2003-2004), discussed Residential Home and Commercial Inspection.


NOVEMBER 13 Elisabeth Meyer and Sharon Petrucelli of the Rolling Hills Garden Club talked about the Restoration of the Revolutionary Cemetery at the corner of White Oak Ridge and Parsonage Hills Roads, presently being conducted as part of an effort to establish a historical site for Millburn-Short Hills. 


NOVEMBER 20 Michael Hausman, CPA, Partner at Ruchowitz, Hausman, Palmieri and Associates,  PA, discussed New Jersey Estate Inheritance Taxes.



December 2014: Program Chairman: Paul Thomas


DECEMBER 4-  DOREEN HALL, After Care Coordinator of the Center for Life Transitions has helped many in understanding the difficult life changes for survivors after loss of a loved one. These survivors are normally in shock and numbness in going through the mourning process.


DECEMBER 11-  JEFFREY WATERS, retiring Millburn School Board President, joined us to review his experiences with that organization as their leader over the past two years.


DECEMBER 18-  We welcomed the CHATHAM BRASS, a favorite assemblage of top quality musicians, who will once again put us in the holiday spirit with many of our favorites. DOUG REED offered us once again his special holiday luncheon.






JANUARY 2013: Program Chairman: Paul Thomas


JANUARY 3- JOAN THUEBEL, a noted speaker and world traveler, told us about The  Orangutans of Borneo and their problematic future.        


JANUARY 10-   DOLORES KELLER RN., Public Health Educator in Livingston, spoke on Home Safety Management, both inside and outside the home as well as important medications.


JANUARY 17-   BOB HOGAN, heads the Millburn Recreation Department, and PATTI LOWERY, Senior Citizen Coordinator, have been with us on several occasions.  They brought us up to date

on what is happening in town in their areas of influence.


JANUARY 24-   PROF. GLEN BUTKOWSKI, of Fairleigh Dickinson University, spoke to us on Amateur Radio in the Modern Age


JANUARY 31- Visited the MORRIS MUSEUM  with a guided tour of their featured Automaton exhibit.  The town bus will leave the Bauer Center at 10 A.M. and return shortly after Noon for our usual lunch.  There was a $12. fee for entrance to the museum.



FEBRUARY 2013: Program Chairman: Tom Swartz


FEBRUARY 7-  LYNN MAGRANE, our local neighbor and friend, coordinates and teaches Behavior Modification classes at Northern State Prison in Newark. Her topic was “Seeking Help Behind Closed Doors”.


FEBRUARY 14-  We danced and romanced to them and now we could hear from them once again. The GREAT BIG BAND VOCALISTS, the top singers of the Forties, including Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Perry Como, Peggy Lee and many more, backed by classic bands including Benny Goodman, Harry James, the Dorseys and others.


FEBRUARY 21-   We met at the Box Car Bar and Grill at the Short Hills Railroad Station at 1030 A.M. for a brief tour and our meeting followed by LYNNE RANIERI, of the neighboring Millburn Historic Society.


FEBRUARY 28-  A CAVALCADE OF COMEDY, The Forties, When Hollywood went to War, with Hope and Crosby, Abbott and Costello and a bevy of famous starlets, followed by LEN McCUE, our former member, who could dazzle us as a comedian in his own right.



MARCH 2013: Program Chairman: Govind Singh


MARCH 7- Video Presentation: CHARLIE ROSE, renowned journalist, interviews LARRY SUMMERS of Harvard University on the health of the U.S. economy:  Sequester- How Will. It Affect?- followed by SALMON KHAN, on his book, “The one world schoolhouse: Education Reimagined.”


MARCH 14-   Millburn Old Guard is domiciled under N.J. State General Assembly District No. 27. This district consists of eleven contiguous towns  Honorable Assembleywoman, MILA M. JASEY, is one of our two assembly members and has represented the district since 2007.  She is a member of housing, local government and education committees and showed us HOW A BILL BECOMES LAW.


MARCH 21-  RICHARD HEYNIGER is the District Manager in the East Orange office of the Social Security Administration.  He enlightend us regarding various features of Social Security including Medicare and was pleased to answer many questions.


MARCH 28-  Video Presentation: FRONTLINE,  BREAKING THE BANK, is a penetrating edition of the TV series which investigates what went wrong,, who’s to blame and how long it will take to repair the damage in the Housing Markets.



APRIL 2013: Program Chairman: Paul Thomas


APRIL 4-    Our stand up comedian and friend, LEN McCUE, brought us a CD  on the experiences and impressions of growing up in Brooklyn by KEN ADAMS, another very  popular comedian.


APRIL 11-  Video Presentation: CHARLIE ROSE, renowned journalist, interviews LARRY SUMMERS, of Harvard University on the health of the U.S. economy: Sequester- How Will It Affect?- Followed by SALMON KHAN, on his book, “The one world schoolhouse: Education Reimagined..”


APRIL 18-   BETTY LEVIN, a Millburn psychotherapist and psychoanalyst will spoke on “The Wisdom of Aging”.  This was a welcoming primer for our group.


APRIL 25-   CHRIS HODDE, Community Executive Director of the American Red Cross, updated  us on the work of and recent changes to the vital efforts of this long standing organization.



MAY 2013: Program Chairman: Jim Keegan


MAY 2-  Evolution of the U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers.  After an introductory DVD,  JIM KEEGAN told us about his experiences  working the flight deck on one of these amazing ships.


MAY 9-  A Local Researcher, NOLAN ASCH, talked about the quite remarkable Alexander Hamilton, revolutionary War hero, our first Secretary of the Treasury, and the most powerful man in Washington’s cabinet.


MAY 16-  55th  ANNUAL LADIES DAY LUNCHEON  at the Canoe Brook Country Club.


MAY 23-  Video Presentation: Secrets and Mysteries of the  TAJ MAHAL, a true masterpiece of World Heritage. The Crown of Palaces, a white mausoleum, it was built in Agra, India by Moghal Emperor, Shah Jahan, in honor of his third wife.  Member, Govind Singh showed us this fascinating DVD


MAY 30-  BOB MAX had an exciting, dramatic and important story to share with us. As an American soldier of Jewish heritage, he fought in three major battle campaigns across Europe in World War II.  Captured during the climactic Battle of the Bulge,he was forced into slave labor, becoming one of the Nazi atrocity cases. His remarkable escape and years of dedication to the significance of Holocaust Education takes him to `student groups throughout the nation. He represents one of the last of the eye-witness survivors of  Nazi atrocities and his presentation was a dynamic addition to our local reflexion on Memorial Day 2013.



JUNE 2013: Program Chairman: Alfred Connellee


JUNE 6-    JOAN BORNEMAN is an active member of The New Jersey Performing Arts Center. She joined  us to explain why this organization is truly known as a “Jewel in our Midst”.


JUNE 13-  DAVID HARRISON, a local environmental activist, was here to tell us what we so often take for granted, Our Environment And How We Can Protect It.


JUNE 20-  Video Presentation: Secrets and Mysteries of the TAJ MAHAL, a true masterpiece of World Heritage. The Crown of Palaces, a white mausoleum, it was built in Agra, India by Moghal Emporer, Shah Jahan, in honor of his third wife.  Govind Singh showed us this fascinating DVD.


JUNE 27-  It was that time for Doug Reed’s famous Spring Picnic to send us happily on our way until we meet again in September.  Ed Rummel and his pals with the “Chatham Brass” were with us again for our entertainment



SEPTEMBER 2013: Program Chairman: Alan Grosman


SEPTEMBER 12-     STEVE CHERNOWSKI is a teacher and student advisor in the Millburn Middle School.  He visited with some of us this Spring and set up a videotape for his students to see for themselves just why we Old Guarders gather together on a weekly basis to share so many of our lifelong values and experiences.  He explored the wealth of our own VOLUNTEERISM.


SEPTEMBER 19-    JOAN BORNEMAN  previously gave us an interesting talk about the NJPAC. This “Jewel in our Midst” is the New Jersey answer to the finest New York can provide..  Now we saw where all this takes place..  The Township bus picked us up in front of the Bauer Center at 9:45A.M. and returned us in time for a late lunch.


SEPTEMBER 26-     MICHAEL BANICK  has taken over as head librarian for the Millburn Public Library.  He addressed the many hopes and challenges of his new work.





OCTOBER 3-   Video Presentation: GOVIND SINGH showed us the recent Frontline PBS program with its behind the scenes photos which shed light on Syria’s civil war and the perilous reality of everyday life.


OCTOBER 10-  HON. SARI GREENBERG, A Member of the Millburn Township Committee, filled us in on how the Committee runs and what local aspects are within its jurisdiction.


OCTOBER 17-  BILL DAILEY, a nearby stroke victim,will talked on stroke and stroke awareness..  He explained the two main types of strokes and the normal transition from onset to final release.


OCTOBER 24-  BETTE LEVIN was once again our guest speaker.  We joined her in experiencing the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington with the Peoples’ Organization for Progress, an activist group based in Newark, for  Civil Rights, Jobs and the Economy.


OCTOBER 31- STEVE TIERNEY is a producer at Fox News. He travels the Country producing Newsworthy programs.  He told more about this top flight company and why he is so pleased to be a part of it..



NOVEMBER 2013: Program Chairman: Dan McIntyre


November 7-  ANDREA BARTOLI, Dean of Seaton Hall University School of Diplomacy and International Relations, was with us. He is an international conflict resolution expert who has served in key academic and diplomatic positions. His international portfolio spans more than two decades and four continents.


NOVEMBER 14-   Video Presentation: GOVIND SINGH showed us a FRONTLINE PBS program with BRIAN LAMB as host. He is an American journalist and retired founder and CEO of C-SPAN, talking to Dr. Cosgrove, President of the CLEVELAND CLINIC about his 25 year career with the Clinic and the future of medical costs with the current Affordable Care Act.


NOVEMBER 21-  TOM SWARTZ talked about his experiences in running a major company producing childrens clothing.



DECEMBER 2013: Program Chairman: Tom Swartz


DECEMBER 5- GOVIND SINGH showed us a film about U.S. Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson Jr. The film tries to invoke the suspense and high anxiety of the summer and fall of 2008 when Lehman Brothers went out of business, Bank of America acquired Merrill Lynch in a fire sale and the Federal Government took over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.


DECEMBER 12- NOLAN ASCHE7 local historian, did a fine job last spring telling the fascinating life history of the great patriot, Alexander Hamilton. On this day he shifted gears and told us about SAVING THE HUMAN RACE FROM COSMIC CATASTROPHE, by space objects.


DECElMBER 19- We welcomed the CHATHAM BRASS, a favorite assemblage of top quality musicians, who once again put us in the holiday spirit with many of our favorites. Master Chef, Doug Reed, then sent us off for more end of the year celebrations with a great holiday luncheon.