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Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital to Host Exhibit Featuring Paintings of Boonton’s Russell Conn

posted Sep 28, 2017, 7:31 PM by Boonton Admin   [ updated Sep 28, 2017, 7:32 PM ]

Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital will host an art exhibit highlighting the work of celebrated local painter, Russell J. Conn (1896-1983), of Boonton. The exhibit is scheduled for Wednesday, October 18, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Hospital, located at 25 Pocono Road, Denville. It will feature a selection of Mr. Conn’s paintings depicting the Morris County region as well as his travels throughout the world. A ribbon cutting and brief remarks will be held at 10 a.m., featuring Rev. Harold Johnson, a friend of Mr. Conn’s and his former pastor at Boonton’s First Presbyterian Church; Matthew DiLauri, Mayor of Boonton; and Brian Finestein, CEO of Saint Clare’s Health. The exhibit is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call Saint Clare’s Public Relations Office at 973-983-5531.

“This exhibit will give our community the opportunity to view some of Russell’s important pieces that reflect his depth of skill and vast subject matter. The event serves as a showcase for the public for many of his works that have been on display at the Hospital since there were donated in 1983,” said Rev. Johnson.

“We are pleased to partner with Saint Clare’s in highlighting the accomplished works of our former Boonton citizen, culminating the focus on Mr. Conn’s work that has been an important component of Boonton’s 150th Celebration,” stated Mayor DiLauri.

“We are honored to highlight Mr. Conn’s work. His paintings have been enjoyed here for many years by Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital patients, visitors, and staff. We appreciate this valuable contribution,” said Mr. Finestein.

About Russell J. Conn and Saint Clare’s

According to Rev. Johnson, Russell J. Conn (1986-1983) came to Boonton in early life, graduating from Boonton High School in 1915. After college and decorated military service in WWI, Conn joined a family business of inventors making their fortune in supportive automation for Wall Street. Retiring at 40 years of age, he gave himself to his passion of painting, traveling the world to paint and teach while amassing some 5,000 pieces painted. He was noted and commissioned locally for his splendid paintings of town residences. Many of his subjects were Boonton’s historic houses and public buildings, the railroad and retail stores along Boonton’s Main Street. Since 1984, the Russell Conn Award provides a cash prize to a winning Boonton High school senior who captures the face of Boonton in visual media.

During the summer of 1983, Mr. Conn added over a dozen paintings to his series of Main Street businesses, seen often sitting on a stool under a straw hat at his easel across the street from a retailer. On September 21 of that year, as part of Boonton’s first Community Day, he offered a clothesline exhibit of those matted works outside the Post Office. Several owners were fortunate to purchase their paintings that day, as Conn died suddenly two days later on September 23. His daughter Gloria, an only child charged with relocating her widowed mother and settling estate affairs, invited Saint Clare’s Hospital Administrative Director, Sister Mary Urban, to come to Conn’s studio and make a selection of paintings. Confronted by almost 3,000 paintings, the hospital chose the readily available Main Street series along with others. Since 1983, the Main Street paintings have hung with other Conn watercolors on the walls of the Hospital’s Urban Wing, 1st and 2nd floors in Denville.

Hope One

posted Sep 27, 2017, 1:29 PM by Boonton Admin

Hope One - The Sheriff’s mobile Access vehicle for addiction and recovery services will be in the Walmart parking lot on Monday ~ October 2nd from 9am to 2pm.

The mobile recovery access vehicle offers critical support for persons struggling with addiction, with the goals of preventing drug overdoses and deaths. The Sheriff’s Community Services Unit operates HOPE ONE in partnership with the Morris County Department of Human Services, the Mental Health Association of Morris County, and Morris County Prevention is Key and their Center for Addiction Recovery Education and Success (CARES). HOPE ONE travels twice a week to locations throughout Morris County, bringing services to persons in need. A Sheriff’s officer, licensed clinician, and a certified peer recovery specialist – who understand the needs of those suffering from addiction — staff the vehicle. They are able to provide clients immediate access to services and treatment facilities, putting them on the road to recovery and wellness. In addition, Narcan training and kits are provided to family members and friends of those suffering from opiate addiction.

To learn more visit:

Boonton Master Plan Survey

posted Sep 26, 2017, 1:54 PM by Boonton Admin

The Master Plan will define the future of Boonton and it needs your input!
PLEASE NOTE: This is different than the Transit Village Study. The Transit Village Study is for a specific part of town. The Master Plan is for the whole town and is the vision for how Boonton will develop over time. 

The town has begun working on the Master Plan (description below) which is expected to be complete by June of 2018. You can complete a paper survey (at Town Hall) the online survey (click the button above) AND attend a public input session which has been scheduled for:
Date: Wednesday ~ November 1st, 2017
Location: Sr. Center (126 N. Main St.)
Time: 6PM - 8:30PM

In simple terms, the Master Plan is the vision of how Boonton will develop over time. As such it provides local elected officials with guidance regarding how areas should be zoned, the standards that should be incorporated in the Land Use and Development ordinance (commonly referred to as the Zoning Ordinance) and other development standards. Information included in the Master Plan can also help a wide variety of public and private entities, including schools, utilities, emergency services, etc., in their long-term capital and service needs planning.The Master Plan is a statutorily required document.


Please be sure to attend the Wednesday, November 1st Master Plan Public Open House from 6:00PM to 8:30PM at the Boonton Sr. Center and complete the ONLINE SURVEY HERE or by clicking the button above.

The Master Plan process will be managed by the town planning firm H2M. After a 2016 public request for proposals, and submittals from some of the top planning firms in NJ, the Planning Board and governing body selected H2M as Boonton's new town planner. A bio of the firm including their proposal for Boonton can be viewed downloaded HERE. Their website is This award-winning firm is helping the planning board and governing body as we continue to vet applications for development in Boonton and guide us through the critical work of creating a new Master Plan (our vision for Boonton's development).

Master Plan Advisory Committee
Mayor Matthew DiLauri
Marianne Marcello (Planning Board / Construction Dept. Secretary
Ashley Henschel (Planning Board Member)
Alderman Jim Lynch (Planning board Liaison & EDC Chairman)
Neil Henry (Town Administrator)
Alderman Cy Wekilsky
Doug Phelps (Planning Board Chair)
Adam Brewer (Planning Board Member

Fall Frolic & Yard Sale

posted Sep 26, 2017, 6:33 AM by Boonton Admin

September 30th at the Boonton United Methodist Church on the corner of Vreeland and Lathrop Avenues. 
Plenty of Parking
Multi-Vendor Yard Sale from 9 - 4pm & kids games and Fun from 12PM - 4PM. Come early stay for lunch! 
Call for Details 973-334-8275

Join the Cub Scouts Pack 201

posted Sep 19, 2017, 6:00 PM by Boonton Admin   [ updated Sep 27, 2017, 5:12 AM ]

Open house BBQ and ice cream social 
Sat., Oct. 7 from 6PM to 7:30PM
First Presbyterian Church, 513 Birch St., Boonton
See flyer below for more info

Nutrition for Pre Diabetes, Diabetes, & Overall Health

posted Sep 11, 2017, 3:39 PM by Anthony Pisano

Diane Delaney, RD CDE
Diabetes & Endocrine Institute of Morristown Medical Center

Over 115 million Americans have either pre-diabetes or diabetes. Are you one of them?
Join us for a presentation addressing what you can do to help prevent, postpone and/or control diabetes using good nutrition, exercise, and behavioral modifications. It will also review background information on the risk factors, physiology, and diagnosis of both prediabetes and diabetes.

The program followed by a healthy cooking demo & light lunch, provided by ShopRite of Lincoln Park RD, Danielle Colombo. This program is FREE. Registration is required. Kindly RSVP by November 1st To register, call 1-800-247-9580 or visit 

Nutrition for Pre Diabetes, Diabetes, & Overall Health

Friday, November 3rd 2017
10:30 – 12:00pm
Boonton Senior Center

126 North Main Street
Boonton, NJ

This program is FREE. Registration is required. Kindly RSVP by November 1st To register, call 1-800-247-9580 or visit


posted Sep 11, 2017, 3:36 PM by Anthony Pisano

Ages 18 years old and older
THURSDAY, SEPT. 28, 2017
6:00 TO 8:00 P.M.
FEE: $45.00
PLEASE CALL 973-402-9410 EXT. 631

Flu Shots

posted Sep 11, 2017, 3:29 PM by Anthony Pisano   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 3:30 PM ]


3:00PM – 5:30PM


CALL (973) 402-9410 X 631
FEE: $20


2017 Leaf Pickup

posted Sep 11, 2017, 3:24 PM by Anthony Pisano

Happy Fall from all of us in your Department of Public Works. Ahead of the heavy leaf pickup season, I have enclosed a copy of our 2017 Leaf Collection Schedule which includes your street name and the two dates when your leaves** will be collected. This schedule may also be found online under the Public Works tab at

Chapter 246 Article VI 246-32 E of the Town code ( states that leaves shall be placed in the streets no sooner than seven days prior to a scheduled or announced collection date and shall be placed no closer than 10 ft. from any storm drain. Please have your leaves on the street as close to the Sunday before your collection date as possible to assist us in our work. Failure to follow the schedule will result in a warning letter and in some cases, a summons will be issued. This means that by the ordinance, the earliest you can put your leaves out is the Saturday of your pickup week because there is a chance that your leaves will not be picked up until Friday, which is a full seven days.

Also listed in the enclosed schedule are the instructions to help guide you. We plan on making two) passes through town (weather permitting), so your street should appear on the schedule twice. Please do the following:

1. Find your street on the enclosed schedule
2. Mark your calendar for your 2 street collection dates
3. Place your leaves on the street on the weekend nearest your collection date

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not wait until Monday to put your leaves into the street as there is no guarantee that we will be on any particular street on any particular day.

WHAT IF IT SNOWS in the days prior to your collection date? Please visit the Town website at for further instructions.

WHAT IF YOU MISS YOUR COLLECTION DATE OR DON’T WANT TO WAIT? You can bring your leaves to the Town’s Recycling Center located on Plane Street. Throughout the leaf collection season, the Recycling Center will be open to accepting leaves:

Monday – Friday 8am-11:45am & 12:45pm-3pm
Saturday 8am-12noon
Veteran’s Day & the Friday 9am-1pm
after Thanksgiving

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Public Works at (973) 402-9460

Sincerely yours,

Michael P. Petonak
Superintendent of Public Works


Milwaukee’s Porter Nickerson Duo Performs in Boonton

posted Sep 3, 2017, 6:58 AM by Boonton Admin

WHO: The Music Mission
WHAT: Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson in concert
WHEN: Friday, September 22nd at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Boonton United Methodist Church
626 Lathrop Avenue
Boonton, NJ 07005
HOW: Tickets $25. Tickets available online at, at Boonton UMC during business hours (Tues. – Fri. 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.), and at the door
WHY: Benefit for “A Future with Hope,” “Imagine NO Malaria,” and local missions
MORE: For further information visit, or call 973-334-8654

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