Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the January 27, 2018 meeting of the Borough of Rockaway Historical Committee Present:

  • Arnold Bernard, President

  • Barbara Koch, Treasurer

  • Beth Witanek, Co-Treasurer

  • Joyce Kanigel, Corresponding and Recording Secretary

  • Jim Allen, Curator

  • Joan Miller

  • Ken Lattig

  • Jean Rueter

  • Tony Gebbia

  • Jim Hurley

  • Bob Edwards

  • Tom Slockbower

  • Ted Hussa

    President Arnold Bernard opened the meeting at 10:05 a.m. A salute to the fag and moment of silence were held. Treasurer's Report

    Treasurer Barbara Koch reported an account balance of $7,411.39 as of the end of 2017. There was a total of $622 in proceeds from the Sts Peter & Paul Church Christmas bazaar (including a check from Father Matthew for for the church's purchase of ornaments). Jim gave Barbara an additional $45 from general sales of ornaments. Joan M brought in $60.85 that she collected from the donation jars at Smith's Tavern and Rockaway Liquors.

    Barbara reimbursed Tom S for $47.04 for museum decorations; and wrote another check for $400 to pay Blast Masters for their work on the Washington School bell.

    Jean R asked if an audit of our fnances had been planned. Jim H suggested having an audit done by a committee of our own members. JIm H, Tony G and Beth volunteered to do this.

    Barbara has prepared some organizational information, e.g. about setting meeting agendas. She will send a copy to Joyce and Joyce will send it out as an attachment prior to our next meeting.

    Corresponding Secretary's Report

    Joyce had an update about the status of the Historic Trolley Trail project. A grant for $5000 has already been awarded by the Highlands Coalition to help pay for installation of a footbridge (where the trail crosses over Fox's Brook). We now have another opportunity for grant of up to $3000. This sponsored by the American Hiking Society and LL Bean. Joyce can send in a application at no charge, and there is no grant match; however the application requires that a 501(c)(3) organization be listed as a project partner for administrative purposes. Joyce asked permission to name the BRHC as a partner on the AHS application. Tony G made a motion to approve, and Tom S seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Arnie noted that the Committee has previously decided to donate $2500 toward the trolley trail project.

    Joyce noted that Robert Nichols had sent his regrets that he could not attend today. Also later we heard from Kate Lynch that she too was ill and could not be present. We hope they will get well soon.

draft minutes of the Borough of Rockaway Historical Committee for January 27, 2018, continued Curator's Report

Jim gave one of our blue history books to the principal at Divine Mercy Academy. The principal has invited us to participate in the school's annual summer fair, where we could sell books, maps, ornaments and mugs. Jim will fnd out more details and the date for the fair.

New and old business -

Washington School bell - Tom S reported that the bell has now been cleaned, and a fnish has been applied. After the sandblasting was done, some interesting markings on the bell became visible. It was cast in 1883 and is a 30" diameter #7 bell, the kind that was made for signaling emergencies such as fres.

Tony G suggested that we look into publishing booklets about Borough history, for example a short history of the frehouse. Everyone likes this idea. Arnie said we could speak to ABC Printing about this potential project.

There was discussion of future designs for ornaments and coffee mugs, for example putting the same image on both mugs and ornaments, and selling them as a package.

Ted Hussa proposed a meeting of the Greater Rockaway Genealogy Society, to be held here in the Community Center on either Saturday August 25 or Saturday September 22 of this year. The topic would be the genealogy of some of our local patriots, such as John Jacob Faesch and Stephen Jackson. Joyce said this sounded good and noted that the Genealogy Society already has permission to hold meetings here on Saturdays following the conclusion of our BRHC meetings. Weather permitting we could also tour the Presbyterian Cemetery, where many patriots are buried.

Bob E told stories about Dr McElroy, who lived in the beautiful house on Main Street that is next door to the Dr John Darbee Jackson house. Bob noted that Dr McElroy made no charge for "baseball injuries." Dr McElroy was married to the former Marion Tuttle. He died from an illness caused by drinking unpasteurized milk.

A motion was made to adjourn, and the meeting was adjourned at 11:27 a.m.

Respectfully submitted, Joyce Kanigel, Recording Secretay

 
Minutes of the February 17, 2018 meeting of the Borough of Rockaway Historical Committee

Present:

  • Arnold Bernard, President

  • Sam Saporite, Vice President

  • Barbara Koch, Treasurer

  • Beth Witanek, Co-Treasurer

  • Joyce Kanigel, Corresponding and Recording Secretary

  • Jim Allen, Curator

  • Joan Miller

  • Ken Lattig

  • Jean Rueter

  • Tony Gebbia

  • Jim Hurley

  • Bob Edwards

  • Tom Slockbower

  • Robert Nichols

  • Kate Lynch

    President Arnold Bernard opened the meeting at 10:07 a.m. A salute to the fag and moment of silence were held.

    President's Report
    Arnie said he could open the museum next Saturday and Sunday (4th weekend of the month), but he needs more help from members. Bob E and Ken L volunteered to help staff the museum during open hours.

    Treasurer's Report
    Treasurer Barbara Koch reported an account balance of $10,546.74 as of January 31. She had suggestions for procedures to follow for a planned internal audit of the Committee's funds. Jim H suggested that following reconciliation of checks it should be suffcient for our audit committee to issue a short letter, using letterhead stationery, signing off on the results of the reconciliation process. The audit committee's letter could then be memorialized in the minutes.

    Curator's Report
    Jim A reported that he and Barbara had cleaned out the museum's closet. Barbara sorted and wrapped t-shirts and began reviewing contents of fle cabinets.

    Corresponding Secretary's Report
    Joyce had an update about the status of a grant application for the Historic Trolley Trail project, for which the Historical Committee is a partner. The application to the American Hiking Society's small grant program has now been submitted. The AHS program offers a maximum grant of $3000 for trail development or improvement. Small grant awards will be announced in May 2018.

    Old and New Business

    There was discussion about what size and color of carriage-logo mugs we prefer. The Committee decided to order the 11 oz size, but were not unanimous as to choice of color (plain white, or white-with-black-interior). Tony G suggested we could order some of each. A motion was made to order a dozen of each, to start. The motion passed unanimously.

Jim H noted that the Saint Cecilia's craft fair, scheduled for March 10 from 9am - 2pm, might already be sold out. He provided a phone number to call regarding this event: (973) 886-8023. Jim A will call to fnd out if we can still reserve a table for selling books, ornaments, mugs etc. Barbara said she could help.

Jim A mentioned the local history books that have been published for many nearby towns, such as Denville, Dover and Wharton. He noted that no such book had been published about Rockaway Borough. The books are in a series titled 'Images of America' and are published by the Arcadia Publishing Company. Beth said she had an email address for the publisher, and would try to fnd out more details.

Jim A also noted the existence of certain historic photos of Rockaway Borough that have been offered to us. Sam made a motion for the Committee to purchase the photos. The motion passed. Joyce noted that some of the photos are already in our possession (in digitized format). She offered to check which ones we already own.

There was discussion of the future of the Stephen Jackson house. A local buyer is purchasing the Sacred Heart property, where the Jackson house is located. It is believed that the buyer may want to build apartments on the school part of the site, but this is uncertain because plans have not yet been submitted. If and when the buyer submits plans to the Land Use Board, we will have more information. We hope to be able to work with the buyer to preserve the house.

Sam thanked the Committee for our recent condolences to him and his family.

A motion was made to adjourn, and the meeting was adjourned at 11:47 a.m.

Respectfully submitted, Joyce Kanigel, Recording Secretary 
 
 
Minutes of the March 24, 2018 meeting of the Borough of Rockaway Historical Committee

Present:
Arnold Bernard, President

Barbara Koch, Treasurer Jim Allen, Curator
Bob Edwards
Tony Gebbia

Lou Guarinello Pete Hopler
Jim Hurley
Joan Jackson Kate Lynch
Rob Nichols Jean Reuter
Sam Saporite Tom Slockbower Beth Witanek

President’s Report:

President Arnold Bernard called the meeting to order at 10:07 a.m. We stood for the Pledge of Allegiance, and a moment of silence was held following that.

Arnie had with him three samples of our mug designs produced by Tony’s school. We have three dozen of each. The smallest ones (11 oz.) will likely be sold for $ 6.00; the ones with the black handle could possibly be priced at $ 6.50, and the largest ones could be sold for $ 7.00. Tom made a motion, which was seconded, that – largest to smallest size – the mugs be priced at $ 7, $ 6, $ 6, which was approved.

Arnie brought up the possibility of having a combination mug and ornament set for purchase. This year’s design is Sacred Heart. Sam raised the point of an objection to this theme, since Sacred Heart had denied to Jim Allen his request to be allowed entry to ‘tour’ the buildings that are up for sale. Barbara inquired about the lead time required for the ornaments. Sam asked if Sacred Heart was going to be responsive to/supportive of the ornaments, and further inquired if Jim A. could approach them about selling the ornaments (publicizing the availability in their church bulletin, etc.) The decision on Sacred Heart appearing as this year’s theme (and the subsequent ornament order) will be held up until next month, after Jim A. talks to Sacred Heart. A discussion ensued, with regard to the Diocese, and individuals to possibly be contacted. Barbara offered to send a personal note to the Sacred Heart Church contact person.

Jim A. announced that our museum would be open this afternoon between about 1:00 to 3:00, or 1:00 to 4:00. Barbara had produced a sign-up sheet for monthly commitments to ‘museum sit’; at least two people are needed at each time.

Treasurer’s Report:

Treasurer Barbara Koch reported that our bank statement totals $ 10,618.70. On March 18, an audit was completed at Barbara’s house (by Barbara Koch, Tony Gebbia, Jim Hurley, Beth Witanek); our finances

are in order. Barbara outlined and discussed some suggestions for an efficient process with regard to our sales and finances:

1. A cash-handling procedure for our cash box (at the museum and other special functions)
2. Request for reimbursement
3. Emergency request for petty cash (ex. small bills to have on hand for sales) which must be authorized 4. All transactions being recorded in the check register

Jim H. elaborated on the topics covered at the March audit session. We are a 501 3C; Tony found that the threshold law is $ 25,000. With regard to a possible sales tax liability, as long as an organization has a tax exemption number (which we do), there is no problem or issue. We are okay; we are exempt from New Jersey tax because we are self-selling (mugs, ornaments) and not through a vendor.

It was stated that we will remove the word ‘audit’ from the committee name, instead using the term ‘reconciliation.’

The expenditure for the September 1, 2017 order of new checks (amount of 100) cost $ 93.17.

Website updates:

Jim H. discussed with us the status and adjustments that were made with regard to our dormant website. Jim was able to get access to the website; the information that is there was from 2015. Jim updated the news there, added current dates and items for sale. The ‘contact us’ button goes to Jim, Ruben, and Joyce. The domain is licensed through ‘Go Daddy’ at present. Jim learned that Ruben has been covering the associated costs (as his donation to the group), but Ruben does need to inform us of the fee, which he can then state as a donation for his own tax purposes.

It was discussed that an active membership list is needed. It was suggested that this list be expanded to include active/past/in memorium members.

In discussing possible costs for web-hosting, Kate mentioned knowing that small site hosting can be done for about $ 375.00.

There was talk about including a PayPal button for possible donations, but we learned that having this would entail complications with regard to E-commerce, a secured server, and internal procedures with moving money and the subsequent record-keeping. Arnie advised that we should state the 1 East Main Street address for donations, which can be received via check or money order. (For now, we will accept donations, in person and through the mail, in cash, checks, money orders.)

Old and new business:

President Arnie Bernard informed us that the museum is doing well. Museum sitters must make sure to shut the lights, have the shades drawn, and lock the door.

Tom spoke about the 5-foot saw blade that was donated by the Donatoni Family’s nephew, from the former family saw mill. Tom will see to having the blade cleaned, and mentioned that we also have a Donatoni Mill uniform that can be displayed.

Further discussion included the issue of needing the phone at the museum to be working. We ourselves will first look at the issue (internally); the Borough of Rockaway owns the phone line. Arnie asked Tom about procuring a fire extinguisher for the museum.

With regard to the museum being open for the months of July and August, the decision is still up in the air (because of these months traditionally not receiving much attendance.)

Sam made a special announcement and a special presentation of the flag design created and donated to our group by the daughter of Sam’s neighbor, Pete Hopler. Arnie suggested that we display the flag at the museum under the American flag that we fly there. This flag design will also be present in this year’s Memorial Day Parade, included with Pete’s motorcycle and sidecar.

Barbara presented a list of invitees that she had put together for the upcoming Bell Dedication Ceremony. Tom stated that the bell is ready to be installed, and Arnie discussed having a date in May slated for the presentation and dedication. The date of May 19, 2018 will be discussed and decided upon at our next meeting.

It was announced that the upcoming Board of Education meeting is this Tuesday night (March 27, 2018.)

An inquiry was made about getting listings placed on the electronic signage in front of the fire house; Tom advised that Sheila Seifert be contacted for this.

The borough calendar will need to be checked for the upcoming events in the next few months. Tom announced that April 28th will be Environmental Awareness Day in Rockaway.

Further discussion ensued with regard to possible issues and logistics for the Bell Dedication. It was mentioned that parking at Donatoni Field is more readily available on Sundays. It appears that a Sunday (possibly May 20th at 1:00 p.m.) will be the best day for the event.

Barbara expressed the need to publicize information on the bell, and on its history with Washington School. It was agreed that Jean Reuter is our perfect contact person for this information.

The 2018 Museum Military Day will be on Sunday, May 27th, between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.

Mention was made that the St. Cecelia’s Bazaar (earlier in the month) didn’t appear to be well-attended or populated by too many vendors; Jim A. will inquire about the date of the next one, in November.

Bob Edwards made the announcement that the V.F.W. in Denville (Ford Road) runs a breakfast the first Sunday of each month. The hours are between 8:00 and 11:00 a.m., at a cost of $ 8.00.

Sam conveyed the information that we have support and interest from the Fulton Bank on Route 46: There, they have a display of the ‘wooden houses’ (Rockaway landmark buildings), and their manager is

very receptive to our organization and the local history. Sam had a supply of the manager’s cards, which he handed out.

Mention was made of a thank-you note being sent to Pete Hopler, for the donation of the flag. The meeting was adjourned at 11:33 a.m.    

Respectfully submitted, Elizabeth Witanek

Minutes of the April 29, 2018 meeting of the Borough of Rockaway Historical Committee
Present:
• Arnold Bernard, President
• Sam Saporite, Vice President
• Barbara Koch, Treasurer
• Beth Witanek, Co-Treasurer
• Joyce Kanigel, Corresponding and Recording Secretary
• Jim Allen, Curator
• Joan Miller
• Joan Jackson
• Ken Lattig
• Jean Rueter
• Jim Hurley
• Bob Edwards
• Tom Slockbower
• Kate Lynch
President's Report
Due to scheduling conficts, the April 2018 meeting was held on the 4th Sunday of the month (instead of 4th
Saturday), following notice to current members by email or telephone. President Arnold Bernard opened the
meeting at 11:05 a.m. A salute to the fag and moment of silence were held.
Treasurer's Report
Treasurer Barbara Koch reported an account balance of $10,235.81 as of March 31. Barbara has also updated
the volunteer schedule, which Jim H will post on the website.
Curator's Report
Jim A reported that Ray & Judy's Bookstop has given us a check for the books they have sold there. They now
have no more copies of "Growing Up in Rockaway." There was discussion of whether to print more copies. Jean
said that if the book is to be reprinted, she requests that her name be removed from the chapter that is
designated as her contribution. A motion was passed to order 25 more copies from ABC Printing for $275.
There was discussion of an idea to publish a new book that would focus on Rockaway during the '50s, '60s and
'70s. Jim H noted a Facebook page on a similar topic called "You know you're from Rockaway when ..." He
suggested we reach out to the page's author (Wayne Fisch?) for stories.
Jim A also reported that we had a shortage of picture frames for the museum. A motion was passed to preapprove
him to spend up to $300 for frames.
This year's ornament will feature Sacred Heart Church. The wholesale price has gone up to $720 for 96
ornaments, plus $34 shipping. Barbara suggested raising our price from $9 to $10. The motion passed.
Corresponding Secretary's Report
Joyce reported correspondence from Emmons Cobb, who visited Rockaway last year. Mr. Cobb now lives in New
Hampshire, but his grandparents lived here in the house at the corner of Union and Stickle Streets. He had found a
newspaper article about the restoration of his grandparents' house.

Minutes of the May 26, 2018 meeting of the Borough of Rockaway Historical Committee
Present:
• Arnold Bernard, President
• Sam Saporite, Vice President
• Barbara Koch, Treasurer
• Beth Witanek, Co-Treasurer
• Joyce Kanigel, Corresponding and Recording Secretary
• Jim Allen, Curator
• Joan Miller
• Joan Jackson
• Ken Lattig
• Jean Rueter
• Jim Hurley
• Bob Edwards
• Tom Slockbower
• Tom Haynes
• Ted Hussa
President's Report
President Arnold Bernard opened the meeting at 10:05 a.m. A salute to the fag and moment of silence were held.
Members reviewed a list of guests who had rsvp-ed for our Washington School bell celebration scheduled for 1 pm
on Sunday, June 3. Availability of chairs was discussed.
Treasurer's Report
Treasurer Barbara Koch reported an account balance of $10,235.81. The museum volunteer schedule was also
discussed. Barbara is planning to update our member contact list.
Curator's Report
Jim A reported that 25 more copies of "Growing Up in Rockaway" had been published. Jim gave 10 copies to Ray
& Judy's BookStop, and took the remaining 15 copies to the museum. Our cost was $135.
Jim also received a check for $250 from Rob Grow, representing the Rockaway Borough Business Owners'
Association. This donation from the RBBOA is in appreciation for our efforts giving tours during Celebrate
Rockaway 2017. Jim H and Arnie took on most of this duty last year, and we thank them for their work.
This year's Celebrate Rockaway Day has been scheduled for Sunday, September 16, 2018.
Corresponding Secretary's Report
Jim A had picked up a letter from our town hall mailbox. Joyce opened the letter and reported that it was a notice
from the State Attorney General's Offce, stating that all annual State Charities Registrations must now be fled
online. The State will no longer accept paper flings. Joyce said she had set up an online account to do this and
would fle our form by the end of June, when it will be due.
Joyce also noted that our local newspapers (The Citizen and The Neighbor News) had published notices about the
upcoming Memorial Day commemoration, and the Washington School Bell celebration, as we had requested.

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES   JANUARY 26, 2019  10:00am

·       10:01am Call to Order; Flag Salute-Moment of Silence for Departed Past Members

·       Committee Reports: 

Treasurer:  -       As of 12/31/18 our account balance is $8,349.27 

 Museum Curator:   

-       Museum is open today and tomorrow. Need a volunteer to sign up for Sunday, but need volunteers going forward. 

-       Need Amanda to work on map restoration when museum is closed so no disturbances

-       Jim H. suggested volunteer sign up rolling for 90 days out so members can check their plans.

-       Jimmy talked about theft of can opener and pocket watch from small display case that did not have a lock.   

NEW BUSINESS

·       Museum: Security Updates; Museum Coverage Schedule: 
- Jim H. suggested volunteers sign up for museum coverage on a rolling 90 day schedule.  This will enable members to check their schedules and commit to a day bit easier.
-  There was a discussion about the number of keys in circulation and who should have them per the By-Laws.  Jimmy had extra keys that will be tested to make sure they work.
-  There should be 8 keys in circulation.
 

·       2019 Committee Appointments:
- We have 16 active members.
-  Need committee chairs.  Jim handed out a list of the committees per our By-Laws and suggested we all look it over to pick a committee to chair or participate in.
- Jim H. said we can’t modify our By-Laws much because they would need to be re-approved by the IRS which is a big process.
 

·       2019 Memorial Day Parade -RBHC Participation:
- This year is the 150thanniversary of the Memorial Day Parade in Rockaway Borough.  
-  Tom S. introduced Debbie Tanzola, who is joining the RBHC and is also co-chairing the parade committee.
-  To commemorate this momentous anniversary, Rockaway Township and Denville agreed to not have parades and will participate in the one in our town.  
-  Invitations to different organizations are being put together asking to participate in the parade.
-  There was discussion about using Jimmy’s trailer to make into a float for the parade.
-  There was talk of asking a RB resident who has a restored Rockaway carriage if we can use it in the parade.
-  Arnie, Joan, Jimmy and Barbara offered to be on the committee.
-  A question was posed whether we will still have our Memorial Day event with Veterans at the museum.  Jim suggested we decide that later.

·       Purchase of Museum Glass Display Cases:
-   There was discussion about purchasing  a new 6ft glass, locking display case.  Tom S. has been looking into this. We missed the two opportunities to purchase a used one in great condition on Ebay and Craigslist. 
- The committee approved a blanket authorization for Tom S. to spend up to $1,500.00 on a display case when he finds one. 
 

·       Open floor for member comments, and/or historical reflections:
-  Welcome to our newest member, Debbie Tanzola
-  There was discussion about creating a policy on accepting items “loaned” or “donated” as not all items may be important to RB history.  We also have limited space to display and store memorabilia.
-  There was discussion about whether we are covered by insurance if something “on loan” is stolen.  Arnie said we are covered by the Borough’s insurance.
-  There was discussion about taking a complete inventory of all items in the museum- pictures and description.  Kate offered that it could be a Silver Award project for Brenna and would find out if that is an approved project.
-  Jim mentioned possible meeting date changes for May, November and December.
-  Jim is going to talk to Sheila Siefert about adding a meeting notification on the board in front of the municipal building for the week preceding each meeting.
-  Joan Jackson has been collecting the money from the donation cans in town for many years and asked if anyone else would like to continue doing it.  Kate offered.  Barbara and Joan will put a list of where the donation cans are.
-  Jim mentioned needing to find a place for the two canal stone markers.
- Jean R. wants a booklet put together for veterans who lived in RB at any time.  The current memorial is only for veterans who lived in RB when they left to service.  It was discussed that a different group is responsible for the memorial.
-  Jean R. discussed the need for RB history education in schools.
 

·       Close at 11:19am 

        Members in Attendance:

Jim Hurley                                                       Tom Slockbower                                      Barbara Koch

Kate Lynch                                                      James Allen

Arnold Benard                                                Bob Edwards                                              Ken Lattig

Joan Mill                                                          Joan Jackson

Jean Reuter                                                     Beth Witanek                                              Deb Tanzola                                                                                          

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES Feburary  16,2019 10:00am

·       Induction of New Officers by Sam Saporite

·       Committee Reports:  

Treasurer:   Account Fund Balance as of January 30, 2019=$8,552.38
Barbara Koch was on vacation but had put together a worksheet of all deposits and deductions to bank account if anyone wanted to view

 Museum Curator:
Jimmy Allen reported that museum would be open next weekend and one more volunteer was needed for Saturday.  Kate Lynch volunteered.
 

Jimmy talked about options for our next Ornament, reminding us that it’s the 125thanniversary of Rockaway Boro’s incorporation.  Options discussed were Trolley on Main St. at center of town, Pot Belly’s/ Aricos. 

Jimmy mentioned our stock of ornaments left over each year and said that 96 ornaments seems to be the least amount we can purchase from any vendor.

Jimmy knows someone who has some historical pictures he’d like to make 
copies of.  Tom S. suggested a max of $70 to reprint photos.  It was unanimously passed.

Barb found the special clips to hang pictures from the system in the museum. 

Sheila Siefert agreed to post the museum opening day/time on the board outside of Boro Hall the week prior to our being open.

Jim H mentioned that he had two requests through the website for our collectible books.

Corresponding Secretary: N/A Barb was on vacation 

NEW BUSINESS

Jim H nominated Kate L as recording secretary and it was approved.

·       Museum:  Museum Coverage Schedule; February, March, April

Jimmy A said February was covered but we need more volunteers for March and April

·       2019 Committee Appointments:

Jim H proposed three Committee and their appointments to start.
1 - Article VI- “C” Facilities– Jim H and Tom S.
2 - Article VI-“E” Museum Maintenance and Control-  Jim A, Tom S, Barb K and Jim H

3 - Article VI- “J” By-Laws Committee – Joyce K, Kate L, Barb K and Sam S (as needed only)

All appointments unanimously approved

·       2019 Memorial Day Parade -RBHC Participation-Updates

The parade is 5/27/19

Deb T said letters/invitation to organizations asking their participation will be sent out shortly.  If anyone has any specific organizations they want included, let her know.

A suggestion was made to send a letter to the couple who owns a Rockaway Carriage asking them to participate. There was discussion about the carriage being either first or last in the parade

A suggestion was made to send a letter to Peter Hoppler since he volunteers his side car motorcycle every year, letting a RBHC rep ride with him, holding our flag.

A suggestion was made to send a letter to Trend Motors who may supply cars for all vets who are not able to walk the parade route.

A suggestion was also made to send a letter to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts

A float committee was proposed of Jim A, Tom S and Jim H.  

Jim A offered the use of his trailer for our float

·       Purchase of Museum Glass Display Cases-Update

Tom S found two display cases and will be going to pick them up tomorrow with Jim H and Scott H.

·       Trolley Trail Project- Update
Joyce K said project is at Borough Council level now for Budget consideration.  This is considered Phase 2.
Joyce K said project was discussed in Redevelopment planned to enhance historic value of Rockaway Borough

Joyce K said there are 3 phases to the project, phase one being complete
Phase 1 – Surveys  - this was paid by donation from RBHC and grant from ??
Phase 2 – Need $24k in budget for engineers design and permitting.  County wants to see our town have “skin in the game” to build the foot bridge or won’t accept grant proposal
Phase 3 – Construction of footbridge, approximately $50k 

It was suggested that we have another wetlands engineer look at footbridge construction.

·       2019 Activities and Projects

It was suggested to bring up Boroughs anniversary at Budget meeting
Suggestions are needed for fundraising – possible placemats with RB restaurants on them?

Jean R  mentioned that we need RB historical education in our schools.

·       Open floor for member comments, and/or historical reflections

Jim H said all members should have t-shirts to wear at events
A suggestion was made to loan eating establishments in town pictures for their walls to showcase the towns history and the RBHC 

It was suggested that a thank you letter be sent to Jeri Hurley for selling ornaments at Winter Wonderland in December.

Rockaway Day is Sunday, Sept 15, 12-5

Rockaway River Cleanup is Saturday, March 23rd

Sam S offered to contribute carvings made by Veterans to the museum
Deb T had a picture of the original MHHS rifle range to share.
Tom S mentioned that we had flags posted on Main St. for our 100thanniversary and was hoping we could do something like that again for our 125th. He suggested there are companies we can rent flags from.

Joyce K asked if any members were free next Saturday, Feb 23rdat 9am, if they could attend the Budget Meeting by the Borough Council.  The Trolley Project will be discussed in hopes of securing funds to move forward.

·       Meeting adjourned at 11:42am

Members in Attendance

Jim Hurley   Kate Lynch  Joyce Kanigel  James Allen    Arnold Benard   Bob Edward  Ken Lattig    Joan Jackson  Jean Reuter   Sam Saporite                        Deb Tanzola     Beth Witanek 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES   March 23, 2019  10:00am   

TOPICS

·       9:58am Call to Order; Flag Salute-Moment of Silence for Departed Past Members
·       Approval of Minutes from February 16th Meeting
Resolution: Passed
·       Committee Reports: 
Treasurer:  
-       As of 2/28/19 the balance in our account is $7,733.38
-       Includes 2 checks for cabinet purchase
-       Jim H. asked Barbara  K. to put together a 1Q internal audit review
-       Kate L. gave Barbara K. $22.28 collected from Smiths donation can
 
 Museum Curator:
-       Museum is open this weekend
-       Joan M can’t make it today so Ken L will sub
-       Joan J will be there Sunday
-       Jimmy A discussed the picture for the ornament with is our anniversary year.  He suggested the trolley in the center of town. We need to order a minimum of 96/$754.00.
-       It was mentioned that our inaugural ornament in 2000 was the Rockaway Carriage.  Our anniversary ornament should be symbolic of our town.
-       Jim H mentioned that we have a longer window for sale of the ornament this year because it’s an anniversary year and residents are more likely to display it longer than just the holiday season.
-       Tom S will check with Nickel printing for pricing to possible switch vendors for the ornaments
-       Chief Pepperman donated a very old badge and billy stick
-       Chief Pepperman said he will post the museum open dates on his Facebook page
 
Corresponding Secretary:
-       An email was received through our website asking about the canary factory. Barbara K replied three times but received no response. 
-       Morris Hills HS is featuring an article in the Hilltoper on the Morris Hills Regional District
-       Tony G suggested we post any emails received and responses on our website for all to see.  If one person is asking, others must be interested as well.
-       Jim H mentioned that we need to encourage new membership.  There are currently two people who expressed interest in joining.
-       Barbara K said the new “Open “ sign for the museum window will be completed for April open dates.
-       FYI for all – the Rockaway Twp Historical Society has an open house at the Ford Faesch House on May 4thfrom 12-3. If someone wants to head this event, they will have a table for us to display some historical items.  There is no selling on this day, only display. Tony G offered to lead this.
 
Facilities and Museum Maintenance and Control Committee:
-       Jimmy A said the saw blade needs to be hung as a summer project.
-       One new cabinet is set up and it looks great
-       Tom S. found a volunteer group to pain the railings and put mulch in the gardens
-       SubCommitte of Museum Maintenance – “Donation Committee” – Jimmy A knows who donated the Navy blanket and a letter needs to be sent; thank you and that the donation was accepted.
 
By-Laws Committee:
-       Jim H suggested posting by-laws on the website
-       Wants first pass of the by-laws completed in 2Q
NEW BUSINESS
·       Museum:  Museum Coverage Schedule; March, April, May
Resolution (y) (n) topic discussed:
-       March is covered, one person is needed for April and May needs coverage both days
-       Suggestion was made to move our meeting ahead one week from 5/25 to 5/18 so that it’s not on the holiday weekend.
-       The museum will still be open 
·       2019 Memorial Day Parade -RBHC Participation-Updates 
Resolution (y) (n) topic discussed:
-       Tom S and Deb T  gave an update, Christina Scalzo attended meeting as well:
-       Association meetings are the first Tuesday of the month
-       Parade meeting not set yet
-       Jimmy A knows people who own classic cars and can reach out to them about driving in the parade
-       Tom S reminded us that in 1994 American flags lined Main Street.  Two individuals are donating 50 flags to line Main Street.
-       Tom S discussed renting bunting for stops along the parade route; library, river, church.  He will find out the cost.
-       Arnie B suggested that the RBHC and the Fireman Assn should donate funds to rent bunting
-       Tom S is heading the float committee – he suggested using Jimmy A’s trailer and putting bunting around it and display our flag on it.  
-       Barbara K said she would reach out to the couple who own a Rockaway Carriage,  but needed to be able to tell them how much time is expected.  
- Parade lineup begins at 10am for 11am stepoff.
- Carriage does not need to stay for ceremony at church so they would be done around noon.
-       There are bands scheduled to participate but we need a chorus – Tony G suggested asking his daughters music school – Gateway to the Arts may agree to sing at ceremony. 
·       Museum Glass Display Cases-Update
Resolution (y) (n) topic discussed:
-       Jim H, Scott H and Tom S transported two cabinets to the museum from North Jersey.
-       They did a great job – the cabinets are commercial grade in great shape
-       One cabinet is set up.  Things will be moved around to set up the second cabinet and make the flow better and gain more floor space
·       Trolley Trail Project –Update
Resolution (y) (n) topic discussed:
-       Joyce K said another quote for the foot bridge will be needed
-       The Boro council allotted funds in the budget for the project
-       Joyce K discussed the bioswale at Park Lake
-       It was suggested that a historic marker or panel be installed at the Park Lake showing where/giving history of, the ice house
-       The environmental committee wants fundraising for bioswale and we are hoping for donations
-       Christina S suggested we get the Green Acres Project involved because they will help maintain the bioswale
-       Joyce K asked if the RBHC could be a custodian of funds for the Bioswale committee and then donate it back when it’s needed.
- We need to confirm whether it’s legal for us to accept donations for the “historic preservation of Fox Pond” for bioswale.
- Barbara K suggested we create a receipt for the donations and since all disbursements are done by resolution (vote) it’s all in the minutes.
·       2019 Activities and Projects: Memorial Day, National Night Out, Fall Town-wide Garage Sale, Celebrate Rockaway Day, Holiday Arts and Crafts events
Resolution (y) (n) topic discussed:
-       Barbara K will inventory the ornaments
·       Open floor for member comments, and/or historical reflections
-       Jimmy A suggested we need a Rockaway Borough book for “Images of America” as other towns do. Discussion continued about how the books being copy righted so we have no say in what text or pictures end up in the final product.  
-       Joyce K mentioned that the county gave a presentation about this kind of book a few years ago and will look for the details
-       Tony G has a bag he found in a wall of his previous home from Strait and Freeman.  He will donate to the museum.
-       There was discussion about the possible purchase of a fully restored Rockaway Carriage but there was a question about the price.  It looks like it’s being offered at $1500 but that doesn’t seem right.  We are wondering if it should be $15000? 
-       Jim H suggested we do away with “loans” of historical items and only allow “gifts” to us.  There is too much liability when an item is on loan.  If an item is very valuable, we need to have a rider added to the RB insurance policy.
-       Joan M’s husband, Ed kept meticulous records and may be a good place to find information about RB.
·       Close-Motion to adjourn at 11:44am 
Members in Attendance:  Jim Hurley, Tom Slockbower, Barbara Koch, Kate Lynch, Joyce Kanigel, James Allen, Arnold Benard, Tony Gebbia, Ken Lattig, Joan Jackson, Beth Witanek, Sam Saporite, Deb Tanzola                   Next Meeting Saturday, April 27, 2019 
                           
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES   April 27, 2019  10:00am
·      9:56am Call to Order; Flag Salute-Moment of Silence for Departed Past Members
·       Approval of Minutes from March 23, 2019
·      Committee Reports: 
Treasurer:  
-       As of 4/27/2019 the balance in our account is $7733.88
-       1Q internal audit review- Status?
- Barb K and Beth W will co-ordinate a meeting time
-       Museum Curator:
-       There are no volunteers for Saturday. Jimmy A asked for volunteers: Jean R and Ken L volunteered.
-       Sunday hours are covered
-       Arnie B suggested opening the museum the weekend before Memorial Day.  Sam S made a motion to move museum hours to weekend of 5/18 & 5/19, mentioning that Armed Forces Day is 5/18.  Motion approved
-       Kate L volunteered for 5/18, Joan M volunteered for 5/19
-       There was discussion about not having museum hours in July and August, but adding to website that we would be open by appointment only.  Sam S made a motion and it was unanimously approved.  
-       Arnie B asked if we plan to do anything for July 4th.  Jim H asked to table that discussion until next meeting when Tom S will be in attendance.
-       Museum donation presented to us by the Rockaway, Marcella, Denville Association:  Edmund Halsey’s address at the monument dedication and his journal.  We will add a comment card stating who the donation was from before we display it at the museum.
Corresponding Secretary:
-       Barb K said we had a donation last August for two Memorial Bricks that have been held waiting for 3 more.  Usually these are done in a bulk lot of 5 bricks.  Barb K suggested we look into having the bricks made now so we don’t keep the families waiting any longer.
-       Barb K said the winner from last year’s Rockaway Day raffle is from Denville.  Along with their prize, she will give them a list of meeting dates and encourage them to join our historical committee. 
-       Rockaway Hardware left slide locks for the old cabinets in our mailbox at the museum. Barb K will send them a check.
Facilities and Museum Maintenance and Control Committee:
-       Tom S was not in attendance but Jim H gave an update.
-       In the last month, the divider wall by the desk was removed and one display case was moved. 
-       A volunteer group from the church was at the museum today to paint the railing and mulch the beds.
By-Laws Committee:
-       Jim H wants first pass of the by-laws completed by end of 2Q
-       Joyce K will be central file holder
-       Jim H wants a few things specifically looked at:
- leadership term verbiage
  - how do we refill a position for balance of term if someone can’t fulfill the term.  
  - Is this considered a big change or a small change (for IRS purposes).  Will need general procedures for refill process
-       Number of officers
-       Committee members
-       Can we wrap some committees together
-       Multiple office holders by an individual
NEW BUSINESS
·      Museum:  Museum Coverage Schedule;  April, May, June
Resolution (y) (n) topic discussed:
 
·      2019 Federal and State Tax Filing 
- Confirm who is supposed to file?  By-laws say Treasurer, so Joyce K needs to show Barb K what needs to be done.  
- Confirm when filing needs to be completed by – June ??
·      2019 Memorial Day Parade -RBHC Participation-Final Plans             Resolution (y)  (n) topic discussed:
- Deb T gave update: 
- Rockaway Twp has a military jeep decorated with banners
- we have bunting
- Rockaway Carriage replica is currently in MA. Owners are having an issue with transport to NJ.  The carriage may not be here for the parade.
- We have a side car motorcycle to represent the RBHC.  A volunteer is needed to ride the side car.  Joan J volunteered.
- Jimmy A is donating his trailer for the parade.  It will be decorated with a banner and the RBHC flag.
- Flags were purchased and donated to Rockaway Borough that  - these will line the street for the parade.
- Barb K will co-ordinate making sure all members have t-shirts 
 
·      2019 Ornament Commemorating 125 year anniversary of Rockaway Boro  
-Tom S went to Nichols Printing for a quote on ornaments.
  - Qty 100/$6.33ea, 150/$5.75ea, 250/$5.16ea
  - Glass ornaments, one color ink, free shipping, $60 set up fee
  - Ornaments are made in China
- Jimmy A’s quote from ABC Printing is Qty 96/$754 ($7.85ea)
  - Ornaments are made in U.S.A.
- Three options for photo on ornament were discussed:  Trolley in Town Center, Trolley coming up into town center from West, War Memorial (dated 1892).  The land for the War Memorial was deeded to the towns’ people, not the town. 
- Deb T suggested taking a picture of the monument and flag at the RBPL.
- There was discussion about this being the 125thanniversary of Rockaway Borough and the 150thanniversary of the parade – do we want to combine the two events on one ornament since they chronologically fall in the same year?
- Can we fit two pictures on one ornament?
- Sam S knows someone (JJ??) who has a picture that commemorates the military, the parade and the local people.
- It was suggested that anyone bring a photo to the next meeting that they may want considered to be on the ornament.
- Jim H talked about everyone needing to sell a quota of ornaments because we have such a large inventory
- Barb K mentioned doing a current inventory of ornaments, books, etc
- Kate L said she would ask TJ/Lincoln/Superintendent if they would include the list in any newsletters they send out
- Deb T asked if we are allowed to sell ornaments at Town Hall
- There are three issues we need resolved: 1. Image 2. What vendor to use and 3. Price point moving forward
 
·      Open floor for member comments, and/or historical reflections
- Jim H welcomed new member MaryBeth Auriemma 
- Beth W mentioned the Rockaway Twp celebration at the Ford Faesch House on May 4th, asking if anyone was representing RBHC, but no one volunteered.
- Deb T said Salon Secrets asked her if their building was ever a brothel.  Members mentioned it was a bar and then a meat market, but no one had heard of it ever being a brothel.
- Arnie B mentioned we may want to think about reproducing Edmund Halsey’s printed 1892 War Monument dedication speech to sell.  Jim H suggested discussing at the next meeting.
·      Close-Motion to adjourn at 11:28am 
Members in Attendance:   Jim Hurley,      Barbara Koch,  Kate Lynch, James Allen, Arnold Benard, Ken Lattig,  Joan Jackson, Beth Witanek,            Sam Saporite, Deb Tanzola,  Jean Reuter,  Bob Edwards, MaryBeth Auriemma 
Next Meeting Saturday, May,  18 2019
 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES   May 18, 2019 10:00am
 TOPICS
·        10:00am Call to Order; Flag Salute-Moment of Silence for Departed Past Members
·       Jim H mentioned that the website has been loading slowly for him. Asked if we could try to load and see if it’s just him or a problem with the website.
·      Approval of Minutes from April 27th Meeting
·      Committee Reports:  
·      Treasurer -
- Current bank balance as of April 30, 2019: $ 7,168.38
- Barb K mentioned that we received a check and request for two memorial bricks last year.  Person was told we usually only do a bulk order of 5 at a time so would hold check/request.  Said we need to look into getting the two done so not holding check any longer.
- Barb K said Jimmy A usually gets a check from RBHC and pays in cash.  Process should be changed to him getting an invoice and paying the invoice total.
- Motion made to pay $4 to Jimmy A to reprint pictures and make a key for 
Barb K: Unanimously approved.
 Museum Curator - 
- Jimmy A said museum will be open today and tomorrow from 1-3. Both days have coverage.
- Reminder that RB Teacher Tour for grades K-8 will be late August, early September.
Corresponding Secretary
Facilities, Museum Maintenance and Control Committee - 
- Tom S said volunteers were cleaning up flower beds and painting the railing at the museum. 
- Tom S said we still need to figure out what to do with the canal stone
- The second showcase cabinet move to it’s final location is still in process.
-Lynn M from The Garden Club is very interested in a co-op project to possibly place the canal stone in the flower bed between Ava’s Cupcakes and Lusardi’s Gym. It was discussed that we could put a plaque by the stone to explain its history.
- Arnie B asked if it was possible to get a grant for the stone plaques.  Arnie B and Joyce K volunteered to look into it.
- Jim H will informally confirm that it’s OK to put the stone in that flower bed
- Jimmy A mentioned that there was a discussion with Tom D’Onofrio to put one stone in front of the museum.  Jimmy A said we need to confirm with Tom D on where he found the stones.
-  Jim H wants to move stone placement to a high priority. Said we need a committee for Stone movement/placement – Committee will be Tom S, Joyce K and Sam S.
- Tom S found a grinding stone in the river. He’s not sure where it came from – said we can possibly put that in the flowerbed at the museum.
- It was mentioned that Rob O’Conner has mentioned the possibility of putting security cameras on museum for parking lot coverage.
By-Laws Committee: 
NEW BUSINESS:
Museum:  Museum Coverage Schedule;  
     - May, June (Museum closed July-August)
2018 Federal and State Tax Filing
    - Barb K and Joyce K working on this.  Jim H recognized them for their hard work
Flag Request from Rockaway Garden Club
– Jimmy A previously gave Garden Club 20 flags. From our stock at the museum, he will keep 15 and give Garden Club remainder.
Telcom Services at Museum  
- Jim H approves all RB Council bills - said Cablevision bill for museum is about $220/month but not sure why we are paying this. It was discussed that internet, etc service was probably set up back when Carol Johnson had Recreation Committee office at museum. Jim H made a motion to cancel this service – Unanimously approved
Memorial Day Parade
- Deb T said RB is Division 1, #7 in lineup. We are behind Militia Color Guard and in front of jeep.  We should be there by 10:15am.  Mayor and Council are #3 in lineup.
- The float – Jimmy A’s trailer is being transformed.  Tom S is adding 4 panels.  A banner to honor the fallen will be added.  Mannequins with uniforms will be standing in the trailer.  Jimmy A to pull trailer with his truck. 
- There will be 3 buglers at the cemetery playing Taps
- Jim H asked who will be marching
National Night Out, Fall Town-wide Garage Sale, Celebrate Rockaway Day, Holiday Arts and Crafts events – 
Current Inventory of Ornaments, Shirts, Books and Fundraising items
- Barb K and Deb T inventoried our stock. We have 496 ornaments, 7 mugs and 52 t-shirts.   We have a large quantity of the firetruck ornaments.
-  Kate L is putting together a flyer to TJ and Lincoln principals to add to their monthly newsletters.
- Barb K suggested Christmas in July at St. Peter and Paul Church
- Arnie B suggested a flat fee of $8 for any ornament
- Tony G suggested bundling similarornamentstogether for a discount
- Sam S suggested using the bundle at events in town
- Jim H suggested possibility of selling fridge magnets or coasters
- Arnie B suggested the possibility of donating $1 from sale of every ornament
- Sam S said Sacred Heart Church has Coffee Hour with parishioners.  One of RBHC could attend and promote sale of ornaments.
2019 Ornament  - Fundraiser plans, Graphic Selection, Vendor selection
- Jim H asked for leader(s) to head the sale of ornaments.  Arnie B will chair and Tony G and Sam S will help.  Jim H asked for this to be added to our regular meeting agendafor status updates.
- Arnie B suggested sending out a postcard mailer for outreach.  Can have picture on front and meeting dates and time on back.
- Sam S has a possible picture for ornament – 1915 RB Fife & Drum band marching in uniform on Church St. Jim H wondered how it would look when shrunk down to an ornament
- Tom S made a motion to delay decision on next ornament until fundraiser subcommittee can address RBHC on how to handle stock at museum before ordering more: Unanimously approved.
- Jim H suggested possibly using the memorial by the RBPL for our ornament
- Jim H said we need to actively pursue ways to increase our income
Open floor for member comments, and/or historical reflections
- Tony G had his students make coasters with our logo when practicing for a large order they have.  He had one for each member.
- Joyce K mentioned the Civil War commemoration on 5/25 at 1pm
- Barb K – someone asked her to identify a medal – it was suggested she reach out to Dover Masonic
Meeting Close at 11:39pm
Members in Attendance:
Jim Hurley, Joyce K, Barbara Koch, Kate Lynch, Jean R, James Allen, Sam S, 
Joan M, Tom S, Deb T, Arnie B, Bob E,  Marybeth A, Beth W, Tony G 
Next Meeting Saturday, June 22, 2019 
 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

June 22, 2019            10:01am

·      Call to Order; Flag Salute-Moment of Silence for Departed Past Members

·      Approval of Minutes from May 18th Meeting, motion by Sam S, 2ndby Tony G

·      Committee Reports: 

Treasurer – Barb K
- Current Balance as of May 31, 2019  : $ 7,206.68
- Read current audit review results: 1/1/18-12/31/18 and 1/1/19-5/31/19
- Mentioned that Janet Graner sent in a donation in honor of Jean R’s 95thbirthday

- Museum Curator – Jimmy A
- Confirmed museum coverage for Saturday: Sam S and Joan J, for Sunday: MaryBeth A and Arnie B.
- Confirmed that the museum will only be open by appointment in July and August
- Coverage will be needed for September through December

-Corresponding Secretary – Barb K
- The two bricks that had been requested last year were completed.  Barb took a picture of the bricks in relation to the monument and enclosed them with Thank You letters.
- There was one website request for a photo of Katherine D. Malone. Barb suggested they contact the RT Historical Society

-Facilities, Museum Maintenance and Control Committee – Tom S
- Volunteers completed mulching flower beds and painting railings
- We will have a lot more open cabinet space when the 2ndnew cabinet is moved into place.
- Break-ins around town – make sure museum alarm is armed
- Maple Ave and Smith Field had security cameras installed, there is possibility of cameras being installed at museum/Donatoni Field
- There was discussion about placing the grinding wheel at the museum
- There was discussion about the missing Donation Box
-By-Laws Committee
- Barb K has draft of By-Laws with changes and will send to committee to discuss
- Joyce K said we need to start with the version approved by the IRS

NEW BUSINESS

·      2019 Federal and State Tax Filing – update

Discussion:    Form 990 is done. Joyce K and Barb K are working on the State Charity Form

·      2018 Audit Review

Discussion:   

Motion to Accept 2018 Financial Audit results: Motion by Sam S;

Second by_Jim__________.  Accepted: Yes
- Sam S volulnteered for next audit committee
- Barb K read recommendations by the committee: Reduce paperwork, need a vendor invoice whenever possible, no reimbursement request is needed if have invoice.

·      Telcom Services at Museum-update

Discussion:    Resolution needed: (Y)/(N)
- Jim H cancelled internet/tv/video
- Alarm is linked directly to Police Station
- Since there is no phone service any longer, someone should always have a cell phone. Jim H explained where the panic button is on the alarm in case it’s needed.

·      2019 Memorial Day Parade -RBHC Review

Discussion:    Resolution needed: (Y)/(N)
- THANK YOU to Tom S, Barb K, Jimmy A, Deb T
- Tom S is spearheading parade for next year for RB and RT to be together.  It would be the first time this happened since the RB/RT split in 1894.

·      Placement of Morris Canal Stones - collaboration with Garden Club

Discussion:    Resolution needed: (Y)/(N)

-- Canal stones were placed in flower bed between Ava’s Cupcakes and Lusardi’s
- Garden Club very happy with collaboration in placing canal stones. Next step is some kind of plaque/interactive panel. Joyce K suggested the possibility of getting a grant for it because that is starting point of upper basin.

·      Fundraiser plans; 2019-2020

Discussion:    Resolution needed: (Y)/(N)
Committee is Arnie B, Sam S and Tony G:
- There was much discussion on how to price our stock of collectibles so they would sell.  Sam S made motion to accept new pricing as of July 1: Vote passed as follows:  
-Ornaments:  when purchase bulk ornaments, first ornament is $10 and each additional in same transaction is $5.
- T-shirts:  purchase any size $10.00.  Purchase multiple shirts as one transaction pay $10.00 for the first $5.00 for each additional
- Pricing of mugs and books stays as is
- There was discussion of a possible giveaway fundraiser that the committee will look into.
- Motion made by Tony G and 2ndby Tom S to attend St. Peter & Paul Christmas in July on July 20th. Cost is $30 for the table.  Arnie B, Kate L, Barb K and Joan J volunteered to work our table.
- There was discussion about partnering with the Recreation Committee which will be discussed further.
- There was discussion by Tony G about the students in his school making ornaments and or collectibles.  He will get pricing and samples for next meeting.
- Jim H suggested the possibility of making a refrigerator magnet
- Sam S suggested having mini sales events by attending church events, Park Lakes Gazebo concerts and other events with our wares.

·      2019 Activities and Projects: National Night Out,Fall Town-wide GarageSaleCelebrate Rockaway Day, Holiday Arts and Crafts events

Discussion:    Resolution needed: (Y)/(N)

National Night Out is August 6th6-9pm
- Kate L volunteered
- Jim H will RSVP

Town Wide Yard Sale will be Oct 5thwith Oct 12thrain date
- Kate L made motion, Sam S seconded – passed unanimously
- Need PR for event

Celebrate Rockaway Day is September 15th

·      Open floor for member comments, and/or historical reflections

·      Close Motion to close at  11:47am
Next Meeting Saturday July 27th, 2019

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE
 Jim H   , MaryBeth A , Arnie B, Joyce K,Tony G, Tom S,  Jean R,  Joan M, Ken L

Joan J, Jimmy A, Sam S, Beth W, Kate L, Barb K

 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
July 27, 2019
• 10:05 a.m. Meeting called to Order by Vice President, Tom S.; Flag Salute and Moment of Silence for Departed Past Members
• Approval of Minutes from June 22nd Meeting: Motion by Kate L, seconded by Jim A; all in favor.
• Committee Reports:
Treasurer –not present, nothing to report
- Current Balance as of June 30, 2019: $7,156.68
- Museum Curator – Jimmy A. – nothing new to report; reminder that July and August is by appointment.
-Corresponding Secretary –not present
-Facilities, Museum Maintenance and Control Committee – Tom S advised that the alarm has been fixed.
-By-Laws Committee – nothing to report
NEW BUSINESS
• Museum: Museum Coverage Schedule: July-August by appointment
• 2019 Federal and State Tax Filing – no one present
• Telcom Services/Security Alarm issues at Museum: Tom S said town replaced unit in museum basement. This seems to have fixed the problem.
• Review of Christmas in July Fundraiser on 6/22 at St. Peter & Paul Church- there was a very low turnout of vendors and shoppers. We made $15 and will most likely not participate next year.

• Fundraising Plans for 2019-2020 – Tony G will bring samples and costs for ornaments or items we can sell to the August or September meeting.
- “To Go” box made and inventory of sale items completed

• Museum Display Cases: need to fill new display cases – Kate L and Debbie T volunteered to fill new display case and shift some items around.

• 2019 Activities and Projects:
-National Night Out: setup at 5 p.m. Program runs 6-9 p.m.
-Fall Town-wide Garage Sale: Saturday Oct. 5th, rain date of Oct. 12th. Kate L will help Tom S with advertising
Celebrate Rockaway Day – Sunday, Sep 15th.

• Open floor for member comments, and/or historical reflections:
-Jean R. suggested we need historical education in the schools
-It was suggested we create a Historical Education Committee. Discussion followed. Tony G, Kate L, Tom S and Jean R are interested in being part of the committee.
-It was suggested that we partner with Rockaway Twp. Historical Committee at their 2x/year presentation.
-It was suggested we have one topic each meeting to discuss or learn about
-It was suggested that the list of all members, and only active members be printed and available to anyone who needs it.
• Close Motion to close at : 10:50 a.m.
Next Meeting Saturday August 24, 2019
MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE:
Tom S., Ken L., Jean R., Jimmy A., Debbie T., Beth W., Kate L., Tony G.

 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES August 24, 2019            

·       Approval of Minutes from July 27. Meeting, motion by : Sam S, seconded by Tom S., all if favor

·       Committee Reports: 

Treasurer –on Vacation, not present at meeting:
- Current Balance as of July 31, 2019: $7126.68

- Museum Curator – Jimmy A

§           Re-arranging of cabinets not complete

§            Discussion about museum hours

-Corresponding Secretary – On Vacation not present

-Facilities, Museum Maintenance and Control Committee – 
Tom S – nothing new to report
-By-Laws Committee
No one in attendance

NEW BUSINESS

·       Museum: Museum Coverage Schedule: September-October
- Sam S and Tony G volunteered for 9/28
- Bob E and Ken L volunteered for 9/29
- 10/26 open
- Joan M and Jean R volunteered for 10/27

·       Need 2-3 Volunteers for New Teachers Museum Tour Tuesday, Aug 27
- discussion about timing (10:30-11:30)
- Barb K and Sam S volunteered
- Barb K will put together goody bags

·       Plans for Celebrate Rockaway Day Event: 
- Ad hoc vote approved at NNO to write check to pay for event
- Resolution approved for $25 fee, Sam S motion, Tom S seconded, all in favor
- Jimmy A to head event; volunteers Kate L, Tom S, Sam S, Arnie B, Joan J, Barb K, Joan M
- Meeting at museum at 11:30a.m. to load up
- discussion about receiving a flag upon purchase

·       2019 Federal and State Tax Filing – 

-Joyce K and Barb K completed and filed state form in early August.
- Resolution appr to pay $60 fee state said owed for prior year.  Joan J made motion, Sam S seconded, all in favor

·       Fundraiser plans; 2019-2020
- Jim H suggested a need to get generate ideas
- Arnie B to follow up with Tony G regarding his students making collectible
-Suggestion about baseball hats with logo
-Suggestion about fridge magnet with Firehouse? Or logo?

·       Museum Exhibit Display Cases-
- Deb T and Kate L suggested acquiring a male mannequin to display the Donatoni uniform
- Tom S suggested possibility of free mannequins from mall stores

·       Museum Inventory-need a committee to catalogue artifacts in museum

-       Kate L following up with Girl Scouts regarding doing inventory/cataloging

·       2019 Activities and Projects: Fall Town-wide GarageSaleCelebrate Rockaway Day, Holiday Arts and Crafts events

Celebrate Rockaway Day is September 15th– 1p.m. – 5 p.m
Town Wide Yard Sale will be Oct 5thwith Oct 12thrain date
- Tom S suggested it was time for new advertising lawn signs.  
- Resolution approved for $55 limit, Motion by Sam S, Kate L seconded, allin favor
- Volunteers: Sam S, Jim H, Kate L to meet at museum by 7 a.m. to sell maps.

St Peter and Paul’s Holiday Craft Fair
- Saturday 12/7 from 9 a.m. – Noon
- Resolution to pay $20 to reserve table, Sam S motion, seconded and approved by all

·       Open floor for member comments, and/or historical reflections
- Bob E told about how Donatoni mill had people from the South come up to work at mill for $1/hr
- 19630-1970’s Donatoni purchased a German mill, brought from someone on NY State.

·       Close Motion to close at : 11:34 a.m.
Next Meeting Saturday September 28,  2019
 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE:

Jim H, Ken L, Jean R, Jimmy A, Tom S, Debbie T, Joan J, Bob E, Arnie B, Sam S, Beth W, Kate L

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES  September 28, 2019            

·       10:02a.m. – Meeting called to Order; Flag Salute-Moment of Silence for Departed Past Members

·       Approval of Minutes from August 24 Meeting

·       Committee Reports: 

Treasurer –- Current Balance as of August 31, 2019: $7,184.68

- Museum Curator – Jimmy A – September and October museum covered

-Corresponding Secretary – 

-Facilities, Museum Maintenance and Control Committee – No update
-By-Laws Committee – no update

NEW BUSINESS

·       Town-Wide Garage Sale: Saturday October 5  

-43 homes participating to date
-expecting a few more
-Tuesday (10/1) is hard cutoff to be listed on map
-discussion regarding taking last minute applications and listing homes on separate sheet

·       Need 2-3 Volunteers for 4th Grade Students Museum Tour Oct 16,17,18
- Jim H to be there all three days, Barb K on 16th/17th, Kate L on 18th

·       Review  Celebrate Rockaway Day Event

-$347.00 profit 

·       Fundraiser plans; 2019-2020
-Tony G:  has drafts of ornaments, is still looking into baseball hats
- discussion about tee shirt/hat combo
-discussion about Assembly of God Church ornament. Follow up with Pastor Rick to see if parishioners interest
-discussion about Tony’s kids making keychain and ceramic ornament
Resolution Needed: (Y), all in favor for 25 keychains and 25 ornaments
-Tony G to follow up on magnet

·       Museum Exhibit Improvements; Current Improvements-Future Plans

-Debbie T discussed improvements, changes and updates that were completed
-Motion made for Tom S to spend up to $100 on a male mannequin. Motion made by Arnie B, seconded by Jimmy A, unanimously approved 

·       Duplicate “Cat’s Meow” Items – Offer to Active Members
- Resolution Needed: (Y)
-Jim H made resolution to offer duplicate Cat’s Meow items to active members for donation purchase. Barb K seconded, unanimously approved                                      

·       Museum Inventory-need a committee to catalogue artifacts in museum

No discussion

·       2019 Activities and Projects: Fall Town-wide Garage Sale, St Peter and Paul Holiday Craft Fair ,Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale at Museum in December

Resolution Needed: (Y)
-Received letter for St. Peter and Paul Holiday Craft Fair offering $20 fee for vendor table instead of $30 if purchased early.  Arnie B made motion, Jimmy A seconded, unanimously approved.

·       Open floor for member comments, and/or historical reflections
-discussion about possible public event by Reaction Motors historian
-Debbie T presented anonymous donation of 1950’s RBFD leather helmet
-Discussion regarding putting together a list of all companies in RB that contributed to economic development (ie. McKinnon, Reaction Motors, RCA, Stapling Machines)
-Jean R wants to create a RB trivia game – possible trivia night? “How Much Do You Really Know About the Borough Of Rockaway?”. Questions by Jean R, Bob E and Ken L
-Need to get high school kids involved in Borough History –to be discussed at later date

·       Close 11:33 a.m.

·       Resolution by:            Second by:

·       Next Meeting Saturday October 26, 2019

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: Jim H, Ken L,  Jean R, Jimmy A,  Barb K,  Kate L,  Debbie T,   Arnie B,   Bob E,  Beth W,  Tony G

 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: October 26th

·       10:00a.m. – Meeting called to Order; Flag Salute-Moment of Silence for Departed Past Members.  Welcome to new member Harry Kanigel.

·       Approval of Minutes from September 28th Meeting 

·       Committee Reports: 

Ø  Treasurer –- Current Balance as of September 30, 2019: $7,496.68

·       Deposit from town wide yard sale and donation cans still needs to be made

Ø  Museum Curator – J. Allen

·       October museum days are covered, need November

·       New photos need to be framed, J. Allen asked for approval to purchase approx. 2 dozen 8x10 frames; T. Slockbower made motion to approve up to $175 on new frames, K. Lynch seconded, all in favor

Ø  -Corresponding Secretary – B. Koch

·       M. Burnside needs letter of endorsement for Trolley Trail for Health Community Grant. Motion made, all in favor

Ø  -Facilities, Museum Maintenance and Control Committee – T. Slockbower

·       No hot water at museum.  New hot water heater ready for installation

Ø  -By-Laws Committee – 

·       J. Hurley suggested shelving until 1Q 2020, motion made by D. Tanzola, seconded, and all in favor.  Committee consists of J. Hurley, 
T. Slockbower, B. Koch, S. Saporite and A. Bernard
NEW BUSINESS

Ø  Town-Wide Garage Sale: Saturday October 5 –recap

·       45 homes participated, 51 maps sold. Total profit (less purchase of signs) $447.  Last year’s profit was $464.

Ø  4th Grade Students Museum Tour Oct 16,17,18-recap

·       J. Hurley displayed thank you notes from 2nd graders.  There was a lot of positive feedback from teachers and students.

Ø  Update -new fundraiser items; Key Chain, Porcelain Ornament

·       T. Gebbia’s students made 25 keychains, 20 porcelain ornaments and 10 frosted ornaments. 

Ø  Fundraiser plans; 2019-2020

·       No committee members in attendance. 

·       Ready for St. Peter and Paul Christmas Bazar

Ø  Museum Exhibit Improvements; Future Plans

·       B. Koch to make captions for new photos

·       J. Hurley and T. Slockbower to work on installation of saw blade

·       J. Hurley to work on setup of new table, raising and attaching display case to wall

·       B. Koch to send letter to RBPL recapping their borrowing the miners lamp and asking for it’s return

·       J. Hurley suggested we put 1950’s-ish Linconln School door and old tv/record console on freecycle.  They are currently in basement of museum. All in favor.

Ø  Museum Inventory-need a committee to catalogue artifacts in museum

·       Girl Scouts a possibility

·       H. Kanigel mentioned the possibility of using an inventory software to catalog items

·       Discussion regarding donated and loaned items

Ø  2019 Activities and Projects: St Peter and Paul Holiday Craft Fair ,Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale at Museum in December

·       Volunteers for St. Peter & Paul Holiday Craft Fair; J. Hurley, J. Allen, B. Koch, J. Jackson

Ø  Open floor for member comments, and/or historical reflections

·       B. Edwards talked about Liberty Bike Co. – no one knows details about company.  Liberty Field was on Stickle Ave. across from Adams Beer Garden.  They went bankrupt about 1919.  

Ø  Close 11:13a.m.- motion by J. Allen, Seconded by D. Tanzola, all in favor

Ø  Next Meeting Saturday November 16, 2019

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE:J. Hurley, K. Lattig, J. Allen, B. Koch, J. Jackson, T. Gebbia,  B. Edwards,    K. Lynch T. Slockbower,  B. Witnek,  D. Tanzola,  H. Kanigel

 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES  November 16, 2019            

·       10:00a.m. – Meeting called to Order; Flag Salute-Moment of Silence for Departed Past Members.  

·       Approval of Minutes from October 26 Meeting 

·       Committee Reports: 

Ø  Treasurer –- Current Balance as of October 31, 2019: $7,451.68

Ø  Museum Curator – J. Allen
- November is covered, need December coverage for museum hours

Ø  Corresponding Secretary – B. Koch
- On 10/26 B. Koch and J. Hurley sent a letter to Councilwoman M. Burnside regarding our endorsement of the trolley trail.  This was in support of the Healthy Community Grant.  Discussion ensued on the status of the county grant as well.

Ø  Facilities, Museum Maintenance and Control Committee – T. Slockbower
- New hot water heater installed

Ø  By-Laws Committee  - on hold until 1Q 2020

Ø  Fundraising Committee
NEW BUSINESS

Ø  St Peter and Paul Holiday Craft Fair Saturday December 7, 9a-3p:  
- Members to be at the event – J. Hurley, B. Koch, J. Allen, J. Jackson.  T. Gebbia to help set up on Friday.
- B. Koch’s daughter to make more gift bags
- Motion made by A. Bernard to display/sell gift baskets made by T. Gebbia students. All in favor

 

Ø  2020 Meeting Schedule- 4th Saturday of Month
- Discussion to change November to 21st and December to 19th.  All in favor.

Ø  2020 Strategic Plans: Education, Community Involvement, Activities
- J. Hurley talked about possibility of creating a Community Involvement Group with representatives from all groups in town.  Other options were discussed, and will be discussed in greater detail in the new year.

Ø  Museum Inventory-need a committee to catalogue artifacts in museum
- B. Lynch’s girl scout troop is meeting tomorrow and will discuss this task

Ø  Close at 11:25a.m  - all in favor

Ø  Next Meeting Saturday December 28th, 2019

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE:

J. Hurley,  K. Lattig,  J. Reuter,  J. Allen,  K. Lynch,   B. Edwards,  B. Koch,  B. Witanek

T. Slockbower,  M. Auriemma,  A. Bernard,  D. Tanzola,  T. Gebbia

REGULAR MEETING MINTUES         DECEMBER 28, 2018            
·       10:00am Call to Order; Flag Salute-Moment of Silence for Departed Past Members
·       Approval of Minutes from November 16 Meeting – B. Koch motion, all in favor
·       Committee Reports:
Treasurer:  
Bank balance as of 11/30/2019 is $ 8,013.39  There will be another deposit before the end of the year

Museum Curator:

Museum open and covered both days this weekend

Discussion ensued about number of frames needed and hooks for hanging 

Corresponding Secretary:

A question was submitted about a brick by the RBPL, J. Allen will follow up

A question was submitted asking if we would accept the donation of a letter written by Abraham Kitchell – all in agreement

Facilities, Museum Maintenance and Control Committee:
  • T. Slockbower found the original contract between Borough of Rockaway and the telephone company.  It will be displayed at the museum
  •  The carbide lamp was returned from the library and is displayed at the museum
  • Discussion ensued about what to do with the items in the basement of the museum
  • By-Laws Committee
  • J. Hurley tabled discussion until 1Q 2020
  • H. Kanigal asked to be added to this committee 
Fundraising Committee:
  • Discussion about possible new ornament for 2020 with minimum order of 50 pieces.  Discussion tabled until 2020
  • Discussion about having the blanket/throw for 2020
NEW BUSINESS
·       2019 year in review
J. Hurley discussed key events that happened throughout the year
J. Hurley discussed needing master list of events for 2020
·       Museum:  Museum Coverage Schedule: December 28-29, January 25-26
 
Discussion ensued about days/times that museum is open and having coverage for those days.
B. Koch will be contact/keeper for master list of museum volunteers.   Museum will be open 1 day per month for 3 hours
·       2020 Meeting Schedule- 4th Saturday of Month; 2020 
·       Museum coverage J. Hurley handed out meeting schedule for 2020
·       Museum Inventory-need a committee to catalogue artifacts in museum
K. Lynch to follow up on Girl Scouts’ schedule
·       Open floor for member comments, and/or historical reflections
Meeting guest, A. Ealey, donated an etching of Mr. Hoagland and his signature stamp that she acquired in an estate sale.  He owned home next to Sacred Heart Church. 
H. Kanigel announced a Remembrance for J. Kanigel is being planned for late spring, early summer
·       Close:  11:10 a.m.
·       Next Meeting Saturday January 25, 2020
Members in Attendance:
J. Hurley,  T. Slockbower,  B. Witnek,  J. Allen, K. Lynch, J. Allen, B. Koch, A Bernard, T, Gebbis, H. Kanigel, M.Auremia, B Edwards
 
 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES January 25, 2020
·         10:00 a.m. - Flag Salute-Moment of Silence for Departed Past Members
·       Approval of Minutes from December 28th Meeting
- J. Allen motioned,  T. Slockbower seconded, all in favor
·       Committee Reports: 
ü  Treasurer – Account balance as of 12/31/2019 is $ 8,308.89
ü  Museum Curator – photo reprints were made, we are now in need of new frames.  D. Tanzola, K. Lynch and A. Bernard to review pics and number of frames that needs to be purchased.
ü  Corresponding Secretary – 
-There is a brick that was ordered before current and previous officers, that is incorrect.  RBHC will cover the cost of correcting the brick.
-A thank you letter will be sent accepting the donation of the Kitchell letter.
-There is another brick order.
ü  Facilities, Museum Maintenance and Control Committee
-Ring cabinet was sold.  Donation money will be deposited into account.
ü  By-Laws Committee
- Consists of J. Hurley, H. Kanigel, B. Koch and K. Lynch.  By-laws to be evaluated 1Q.
ü  Fundraising Committee – see below
NEW BUSINESS
·       Museum:  Museum Coverage Schedule
- B. Koch put schedule together for the year. 
- Alternating each month we will be open on a Saturday or Sunday from 1-4
 
·       2020 Strategic Plans: Education, Community Involvement, Activities
-Discussion ensued regarding events we will be participating in for the year, including Memorial Day, New Teacher Tour, 2nd Grade Tour, Rockaway Borough  Day, Town Wide Yard Sale, St. Peter & Paul bazar, and possible Car Show.
-Resolution :  Participate in Park Lake Halloween event – all in favor.
·       Fundraiser plans: 2020
-A. Bernard only committee member in attendance:
He discussed the following:   a new ornament for 2020, pens, notepad/post it.  J. Hurley asked to table discussion to review and discuss at a later date.
·       Museum Inventory-need a committee to catalogue artifacts in museum
-Waiting for Girl Scout Troop to commit to dates
·       Open floor for member comments, and/or historical reflections
-J. Reuter brought her Borough of Rockaway Quiz with her for members to take. 
·       Close at 11:22 a.m.
·       Next Meeting Saturday February 22, 2020 NOTE TIME 1:30-3:00
Members in Attendance:
J. Hurley,  J. Allen,  B. Witnek,  K. Lattig,  B. Koch,  B. Edwards, D. Tanzola
J. Reuter,  J. Jackson,  A. Bernard,  K. Lynch,  M. Auriemma,  T. Slockbower
 
Regular Meeting Minutes Feburary 22, 2020
·       1:31 p.m.-Call to Order; Flag Salute-Moment of Silence for Departed Past Members
·       Approval of Minutes from January 25th Meeting – B. Koch made motion, 
J. Allen seconded, all in favor
·       Committee Reports: 
ü  Treasurer 
- Bank balance as of 1/31/2020 $ 8,273.16
- J. Hurley mentioned the need to file Federal and State form soon
ü  Museum Curator
- J. Allen discussed the need to keep detailed records for donations
- Discussion ensued regarding “Donation Committee” that was previously set up.  
- Discussion ensued regarding having a display of  early 1970’s memorabilia
ü  Corresponding Secretary
- Discussion ensued regarding Cats Meow pieces
ü  Facilities, Museum Maintenance and Control Committee
- T. Slockbower discussed the cleanup of the basement of the museum
ü  By-Laws Committee – not discussed 
NEW BUSINESS
·       Museum:  Museum Coverage Schedule
- B. Koch completed schedule for March through December.  Any changes will be made at March meeting.
- Discussion ensued regarding finding backup if necessary
·       2020 Strategic Plans: 
- J. Hurley read list of events we will participate in or plan: Education, Community Involvement, Memorial Day Parade, National Night Out, Fall Town-wide Garage Sale, Celebrate Rockaway Day, ACC Car Show, New Teacher Museum Visitation, 2nd Grade Borough Elementary Students Museum Visit, Park lakes Halloween event,  Holiday Arts and Crafts Events
·       Fundraiser plans: 2020
- T. Gebbia discussed items his students will be able to make
- Discussion ensued regarding pens and scratch pads
   -Motion made by T. Slockbower:  H. Kanigal and B. Koch seconded the motion.  All in favor for  A. Bernard to purchase 200 pens up to $.50 each and T. Slockbower to purchase 300 notepads up to $.54 each.  
- Ornaments:  A. Bernard to request a sample with an image on it
- A. Bernard discussed RBHC Supporter buttons 
- T. Slockbower suggested RBHC Supporter stickers
- Discussion ensued to keep exploring a quilt
·       Open floor for member comments, and/or historical reflections
- J. Hurley asked for the member list to be distributed and updated.  Anyone who has not been to a meeting in 6 months will be considered a past member. 
- B. Edwards brought in some old photos of himself 
·       Meeting adjourned at 3:13p.m.
·       Next Meeting Saturday March 28th. Regular time: 10:00am
Members in Attendance:
J. Hurley, B. Koch, T. Slockbower, A. Bernard, B. Witanek , T. Gebbia, J. Allen , K. Lynch, B. Edwards, M. Auriemma, H. Kanigal,  D. Tanzola
 
March 28, 2020 Meeting Cancelled due to COVID19 Pandemic Execuitive order to shelter-in-place

April 25, 2020 Meeting Cancelled due to COVID19 Pandemic Execuitive order to shelter-in-place

May 23, 2020 Meeting Cancelled due to COVID10 Pandemic Execuitive order to shelter-in-place.
 
Regular Meeting Minutes June 27, 2020
10:01am (location: Firemen’s Field, Beach St.)
·       Call to Order; Flag Salute-Moment of Silence for Departed Past Members
·       Approval of Minutes from February 22nd Meeting: motion by B. Koch, seconded by 
B. Edwards, all in favor
·       Committee Reports: 
Treasurer
- Bank balance as of 3/31, 4/30 and 5/31:  $ 8,239.13
- Received refund check of $150 from RBBOE for Washington D.C. trip that did not happen due to Pandemic.
- Audit Review took place on 6/2/2020.  Members in attendance were 
B. Witnek, J. Hurley,  T. Slockbower and D. Tanzola.  There were no variances found. 
Museum Curator
- J. Allen wants to purchase frames for recently printed photos. D. Tanzola and K. Lynch need to evaluate photos for potential use before any frames purchased.
- J. Allen advised that we should expect a sample ornament for evaluation from company he contacted.
Corresponding Secretary – no correspondence to report
Facilities, Museum Maintenance and Control Committee
- Rug needs deep cleaning
- Museum needs overall cleaning
- J. Hurley advised that town is looking into fobs for all buildings instead of keys.  This will track time and person who enters.
 
By-Laws Committee – on hold for now.  J. Hurley advised that we can not change our policies and procedures or it could change our status as a non-profit. 
 
Fundraising Committee
- B. Koch to bring inventory numbers to next meeting
- Suggestion made to have a Clearance Sale of merchandise.  Details to be discussed at the next meeting.
- J. Hurley suggested gifting firetruck ornaments to RBFD so that all members have one.  T. Slockbower made motion, K. Lynch seconded, all in favor.
- D. Tanzola suggested putting post it notes and pen together in a clear gift bag, tied with ribbon to sell as a Holiday gift. 
-Yard sale:  Will pick a date at July meeting (need to be aware of possible Rockaway Borough Community event – don’t want to pick same date)
- J. Allen to follow up at St. Peter & Paul Church to see if they will be having their Christmas Bazar
- Suggestion was made to advertise for memorial bricks. B. Koch will get copy of current request form to K. Lynch to post on social media.
- J. Hurley mentioned a program to sell plaques for old homes:  “House built in 18xx” etc. Would have no legal tie to historical preservation of home.  RBHC would research history of home as part of cost. This was done somewhere in Morris County.
- B. Koch discussed the Cat’s Meow collectibles; we would need to order a minimum of 6 pieces per item, paying half the cost.  Shipping is free with a $75 order.
NEW BUSINESS: 
Past recording secretary, Sally Mastras had old documents, minutes and pictures that were in her home.  She passed them on to J. Hurley.  
J. Hurley wants to purchase a secure, fireproof safe or filing cabinet for important documents.
H. Kanigel offered that he may have a filing cabinet to donate.   
Donation of $50.00 to the Rockaway Borough Fire Department for use of the pavilion at Fireman’s Field. T. Slockbower made motion, K. Lynch seconded and all in favor.
K. Lynch offered to head committee to do museum inventory. She will work on getting a committee together in next few months.
·       Meeting adjourned at 11:21a.m.
·       Next Meeting Saturday July 25. Regular time: 10:00am (Location TBA)
·       Members in attendance:
D. Tanzola, B. Edwards, T. Slockbower, J. Jackson, B. Koch, J. Allen, K. Lynch, J. Hurley, B. Witnek, H. Kanigel
 
Regular Meeting Minutes  -  July 25, 2020
Chairman, J. Hurley called the meeting to order at 10:01 am.
He asked for a moment of silence for departed past members.
Approval of Minutes
J.  Jackson made a motion to approve the minutes of the 6/27/20 meeting.
B. Edwards seconded the motion.  All in favor.
Financial Update
B. Witnek reported the bank balance as of 6/30/20 is $8349.76
J. Hurley reported donation can collections of $18.18 from Potbellys 
and $92.45 from Rockaway Liquors and Smith’s. 
Museum Curator
J. Allen stated that the museum has been closed since February.
Correspondence
None
Fundraising Committee
A. Bernard passed around a sample Christmas ornament.  J. Hurley said there are 496 ornaments at the museum.  Following discussion, the committee members voted not to order new ornaments.
Other fundraising options were discussed.  T. Slockbower has “Rockaway 
Borough Recycles” bags he can donate to the museum. 
The committee discussed ordering Cats’ Meow collectibles.  The minimum order is six per item.  T. Slockbower made a motion to purchase 12 pieces of the Firehouse (at a cost of $108.00).  M. Auriemma seconded the motion.  All in favor.
Following discussion, A. Bernard made a motion to order 250 pens with the Rockaway Borough Historical Committee name on them (cost not to exceed $165.00).  T. Slockbower seconded the motion.  All in favor..  
Membership List
The committee reviewed and updated the membership list
New Business
T. Slockbower would like to investigate if there is interest in holding the 
Town-Wide Yard Sale.  A. Bernard made a motion to hold the yard sale on October 3rd with a rain date of Oct. 10th.  J. Allen seconded the motion.  All in favor.
H. Kanigel is researching a fireproof & waterproof safe.  He generously offered to donate it to the Historical Committee.  Everyone thanked him.  
Adjourn
T. Slockbower made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  H. Kanigel seconded the motion.  All in favor.  Meeting adjourned at 11:42 am.
Members in attendance: J. Allen,  M. Auriemma, A. Bernard,  B. Edwards,  J. Hurley,  J. Jackson,  H. Kanigel,  
T. Slockbower,  D. Tanzola,  B. Witanek
 
Next meeting:  Saturday, August 29, 2020 (10:00 am)   Firemen’s Field, Beach St
 
  Meeting Minutes of Saturday, August 29, 2020
 
Meeting Minutes of Saturday, August 29, 2020
 
Present:
Jim Allen, ,Mary Beth Auriemma, Arnie Bernard, Bob Edwards, Jim Hurley, Joan Jackson, Harry Kanigel,
Barb Koch, Tom Slockbower, Deb Tanzola, Beth Witanek
 
President Jim Hurley called the meeting to order at 10:02 a.m.  A salute to the flag was held, followed by a moment of silence for our departed members.
Bob’s milestone 90th birthday of last Saturday was commemorated.  Barb brought home-made baked goods and beverages, and we sang to Bob.
Deb was thanked for handling the minutes from our July meeting.  Joan made a motion to approve these minutes, which was seconded by Barb.
 
Treasurer’s Report:
Barb stated that our current balance is $ 8,349.76.  Also, through our website, three individuals had made requests for commemorative bricks.
Jim H. informed us that someone had made contact through our website, a gentleman by the name of Mark Whitecavage, looking for some old photos to commemorate the 90th birthday of his father, Mickey Benecke.  Jim discussed the items that he put together for sending (several photos that he had scanned, plus the Rockaway book), and read us the letter that he had sent along.
 
Fundraising Items:
Barb will order ten of the historical firehouse figures from the Cat’s Meow company.  Arnie spoke about the pens, and has put in the order for them.
Arnie then discussed the particulars with regard to ornaments that depicted the Seventh Day Adventist Church:  The cost for production would be $ 2.74 per American-made ornament, with a one-color imprint on cream, presented in a box.  The color set-up charge would be a fee of $ 33.00. (If something were to be printed on the reverse side, the charge would come to an additional $ 0.33 per piece.)  The cost to ship would be $ 17.16; the cost of one box of fifty ornaments, delivered, would total $ 203.66.
At this time, the church indicated that they would have an interest in purchasing about 25 ornaments.  Arnie also suggested that we institute a selling price of $ 8.00 per ornament, with a price of $ 5.00 per any additional ornament purchased at the same time.
Jim H. thanked Harry, and announced that he had donated a new safe to our organization.  It has been placed behind the desk at the museum.  Jim also mentioned that Kate plans to approach Morris Hills High School about student volunteers to record the artifacts in our museum collection.  An e-mail about this is set to go out on Friday (September 4th.)
It was noted that our next opportunity to sell ornaments and Rockaway books will be at the town-wide yard sale, scheduled for October 3rd.  Arnie mentioned that we might think about putting up a table with our items in front of the museum, and also on Sunday, September 27th, between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., for anyone who might be passing by that area.  Both Barb (Cat’s Meow ornaments) and Arnie (pens) will check about order timeframes.
 
Yard Sale:
This year’s town-wide event is slated for October 3rd, with a rain-date of October 10th.  Tom has had the form made up; Deb passed out copies to interested members.  Barb, Jim H., and Tom will be there for the morning’s set up.  Tom needs to have five signs produced, at a cost of $ 75; Jim H. made a motion to approve this expense, with Arnie seconding the motion.  Tom will procure both a business card and an invoice from the printer to be used.  Tom pointed out that since no events have been allowed to take place of late, this will be a big chance for the sale to be well-attended and profitable.
 
Fundraisers:
Jim A. informed us that he had heard from the wife of the Pastor at St. Peter and Paul Church, and that nothing yet was planned for a Christmas Bazaar for this year.  We will be informed of any updates.
A possible ornament for 2021 is still in question.
Arnie had e-mailed Tony about the possibility of his school producing hats and shirts for us; Arnie has not yet received a response.
Tom and Arnie discussed the notepads (Post-Its) with our carriage logo.  A quantity of 250 sets of 3” x 4” pieces (with free set-up and shipping) would cost $ 162.50.  An expenditure of up to $ 200 was approved for this item.  Arnie stated that we could publicize the idea of people stopping to get a free map and pen for the yard sale, and at the table have signage stating ‘donations appreciated.’
Kate will be handling all aspects of our social media listings; Arnie and Kate will work up the wording for the upcoming yard sale.
 
Strategic Plans, etc.:
It was stated that there will be no new teacher orientations this year, because of the closures.
Joan presented a picture that had been given to her that she was donating to the museum; the depiction is of the intersection of Union and Stickle Streets.
Tom produced a clay item that had been found in the Rockaway River.  Harry believed that it resembled a Jerusalem Light, and Barb subsequently did a search on the item, and produced a picture that depicted what had been found.
Jim A. announced that he has order forms for anyone wishing to purchase commemorative bricks.
It had been mentioned by Jim H. that he will try to get us into the Community Center for our upcoming September meeting.  Because of schedules, the meeting might have to take place on a Sunday, instead of the usual Saturday.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 11:29 a.m. 
 
REGULAR MEETING AGENDA     September 20, 2020            10:01am (location: Firemen’s Field, Beach St.)
Call to Order; Flag Salute-Moment of Silence for Departed Past Members
Approval of Minutes from August 29th Meeting: motion by J. Jackson, seconded by 
T. Slockbower, all in favor
Committee Reports: 
Treasurer
- Bank balance as of 8/31:  $ 8,194.98
Museum Curator
- J. Allen spoke to the Pastor at Seventh Day Adventist church.  They are interested in an ornament, but their congregation is very small right now and they can not commit to purchase a specific number.
- K. Lynch had an offer for service hours posted in the weekly Morris Hills newsletter and received emails from (4) students interested.  She advised students that we are hoping to begin in in next few months.   K. Lynch will bring inventory database format to next meeting for discussion.
 
Corresponding Secretary – 
- B. Koch said notes were sent to people who purchased memorial bricks
- Thank you was sent to Phyllis Alpaugh, Superintendent of schools,  for donation of $150.00 due to cancellation of 8th grade Washington, D.C. trip.
- Museum tours for new teachers and 2nd graders postponed due to COVID-19
- J. Hurley received correspondence regarding the name of a veteran  on the memorial by the library.  It should be Robert but is listed as Patrick. How can we correct?
- J. Hurley went through list of members for email and B. Koch checked them against most recent member list.

Facilities, Museum Maintenance and Control Committee
- B. Koch and J. Hurley are making room for the safe generously donated by H. Kanigel
- We need members to identify people/places/dates in any photos we find in the storage closet.  A.  Bernard suggested getting K. Lattig, B. Edwards and the Benjamin brothers together to help.
- Need to go through 100+ frames in storage closet.  Frames we will not use will be donated to Re-Store
- Discussion ensued regarding what to do with plexiglass display with uniforms
- B. Koch advised that her ex-husband will make and install a dish rail to display the plates we have at the museum
By-Laws Committee – on hold for now.  
Fundraising Committee
- A. Bernard gave out pens that he ordered
- A. Bernard is waiting on information from T. Gebbia regarding mugs
- Discussion ensued regarding price of Cat’s Meow Firehouse piece.  We paid $90/10 pieces.  MOTION MADE by K. Lynch to sell each piece for $15.  A. Bernard seconded, and all in favor.
- RESOLUTION MADE by A. Bernard to give a pen and notepad with every Cat’s Meow purchase
- T. Slockbower advised that notepads were waiting approval on artwork before being printed.
- T. Slockbower updated us on Town Wide Yard Sale – as of Friday, 17 homes participating.  K. Lynch to push on Social Media.  A. Bernard suggested and offered to  set up table in museum parking lot on Friday, 9/25, with applications, for anyone wanting to sign up last minute.
Open Floor
- B. Edwards told stories
Meeting adjourned at 10:561a.m.
Next Meeting Saturday October 24, 2020, Regular time: 10:00am (Location TBA)
Members in attendance:
D. Tanzola, B. Edwards, T. Slockbower,  J. Jackson, B. Koch, J. Allen, K. Lynch, J. Hurley,  B. Witanek, H. Kanigel         , A. Bernard, M. Auriemma
REGULAR MEETING Minutes
October 24, 2020            10:03 am      location: Community Center Union St.
·       Call to Order; Flag Salute-Moment of Silence for Departed Past Members
·       Approval of Minutes from September 20th Meeting – D. Tanzola made motion, B. Koch seconded, all in favor
·       Committee Reports: 
Treasurer:  Bank balance as of 9/30/2020:  $8,679.98
 Corresponding Secretary:  
- Thank you received from Mickey Bahnatka for Rockaway Borough book
- Thank you from Rockaway Borough Fire Dept for donation we made for them letting us use Fireman’s Field for meetings.
- Email from Fr. Matt, St. Peter & Paul Church saying Christmas Bazar is cancelled due to COVID-19.  They are looking forward to scheduling the next one in December 2021
- We received a letter from the County of Morris regarding the bridge replacement by Pot Belly’s.  The study being done will be completed by 2022. The bridge was built around 1850, the dam behind Borough Hall in late 1700’s.  If we want to be kept apprised of the project, we need to complete the application/questionnaire.  B. Koch, M. Auriemma, K. Lynch completed application, and B. Koch to return.
Museum Curator:
- J. Allen advised the museum had a quite a few visitors when opened last. 
- J. Allen has quote for new frames
- Museum open today and Sunday 1-3pm
Facilities, Museum Maintenance and Control Committee:
-  J. Hurley for T. Slockbower – bottom panels of side door are disintegrating and the door needs to be replaced.  B. Koch offered to look at Re-Store Habitat for Humanity for a replacement if T. Slockbower can give her dimensions. 
Fundraising:
- A. Bernard said nothing to report. He is donating $10 from his yard sale to the museum
- B. Koch gave Town Wide Yard Sale recap: Total profit:  $ 434.00
44 homes participated:    $ 440.00
Donation box:                $    69.00
        Signs                                ($ 75.00)
- Notepads shipped on 10/23 (qty 250)
- K. Lynch to post Cat’s Meow Firehouse in stock at Museum.  Asking $15 donation
- K. Lynch to post Cat’s Meow Painted Ladies pieces on Facebook.
- B. Koch making check to herself for $90.00 for the Firehouse pieces that she put on her credit card.
- Discussion ensued about expanding inventory of Cat’s Meow pieces
·       Open floor for member comments, and/or historical reflections
- Discussion regarding Park Lakes Dam project
- B. Koch brought donuts for J. Allen’s 80th birthday
·       Meeting adjourned at 11:44 am
·       Next Meeting  November 21 ,2020. Regular time: 10:00am 
Location: Community Center Union St.
Members in attendance:  J. Hurley, B. Edwards, M. Auriemma, D. Tanzola, A. Bernard, B. Witanek, J. Jackson, B. Koch, K. Lynch,  J. Allen
 

No Meetings Held in November, 2020     December 2020 or January 2021 Due to COVID Restrictions

 

REGULAR MEETING MINTUES  February 27, 2021 at St. Peter & Paul Church, Beach St.

·       10:00am Call to Order; Flag Salute-Moment of Silence for Departed Past Members

·       J. Hurley welcomed new member Bill Nicolai

·       J. Hurley advised there is no firm date for Community Center to open.  J. Allen and B. Koch secured community room at St. Peter & Paul Church for February and March meetings.  B. Koch will drop off a $50 donation to the pastor.

·       J. Hurley updated the committee on the Park Lake Dam project:  it should be filled in mid-April and completed in May.

·       J. Hurley advised that he secured the pavilion at Fireman’s Field for meetings in April-October on the 4th Saturday of the month.  We will send a donation to the RBFD.

·       Approval of Minutes from October 24, 2020 – B. Koch motion, K. Lynch seconded, all in favor

·       Before moving on to agenda items, J. Hurley updated the committee of the East Main St. Bridge Study:
-there was a meeting on February 3rd that B. Koch attended on our behalf and is our contact
-study is to decide whether to replace or repair the bridge
-there is an open to the public zoom meeting on Thursday, March 18 from 6-8pm
-trolley has been there in some form since 1800’s so we want to preserve the architecture of bridge
-residents can participate in survey online

·       A. Bernard suggested using the words “take a walk through our small town’s big history” as our slogan.

·       K. Lynch to work on creating a Facebook page (Nextdoor? Instagram?)

·       Discussion ensued regarding the trolley bridge. 

·       Committee Reports: 

Treasurer – B. Koch:  

ü  Bank balance as of 12/31/2020:  $ 9,089.82

ü  Bank balance as of 1/31/2021:  $ 9,351.82

ü  The bank corrected the October 2020 error in November- check 1042 posted as $500 not $50.

 Museum Curator – J. Allen:

ü  Museum open on December 12 and 13, 2020.  There was a lot of visitors and many items purchased

ü  No new business

Corresponding Secretary – B. Koch:

ü  B. Koch to follow up with Mr. Reilly who offered to donate a section of the railway to the museum

ü  We received an offer for donation of a handmade wedding dress.  The committee voted, and due to our very limited space in the museum, opted to decline the offer as it was not made by a Rockaway Borough resident, but only worn by one. 

Facilities, Museum Maintenance and Control Committee

ü  B. Koch offered to check at Morris Habitat for Humanity for a replacement door for the side entrance.  J. Hurley will install.

By-Laws Committee

ü  On hold due to Covid-19

Fundraising Committee

ü  Discussion ensued regarding 2021 Town Wide Yard Sale.  Need someone to head the event if we are to have it this year

ü  Sidewalk Sale on a day(s) when there are games all day long at Donatoni Field.

ü  J. Hurley suggested a walking tour – an organized event to happen in warm weather.  Have a few different versions, East side of town, West side of town, Churches. 

ü  B. Koch suggested a Christmas House Tour. The library had done this 20+ years ago.

ü  Discussion ensued about a t-shirt sale.  J. Hurley made motion to ask for $5 donation for any shirt. All in favor.

ü  Discussion ensued about having new shirts made in the Rockaway Borough blue.

ü  Rockaway Borough Day hasn’t been confirmed yet

ü  National Night Out hasn’t been confirmed yet

NEW BUSINESS

·       J. Hurley advised, that per our Charter, we need to nominate officers every two years as noted in the 2012 By-Laws:
Nominations are:
J. Hurley for President:  motion by B. Koch, D. Tanzola seconded
B. Koch for Treasurer and Corresponding Secretary:  motion by J. Hurley, 
D. Tanzola seconded
K. Lynch for Vice President and Recording Secretary:  motion by B. Koch, 
D. Tanzola seconded

·       Potential Project
- J. Hurley discussed need to memorialize canal places in town
-Need to designate as historically significant
-Identify in writing, not with plaque markers
-Possibly add list to museum collection as walking tour

·       J. Hurley advised that he would put museum open dates on the website:  it will be every 4th Sunday from 1-3, except we are closed Jul/Aug 

·       Meeting dates confirmed:  3/20, 4/24, 5/22, 6/26, 7/24, 8/28, 9/25, 10/23.  November and December dates to be confirmed later in the year.

·       J. Hurley mentioned that Bob and Tom Benjamin offered to be RBHC ambassadors

·       B. Koch made offer to create a form letter for new residents telling them about RBHC.  She will bring draft to next meeting. 

·       J. Hurley made motion to close meeting at 11:46 a.m.  All in favor.

Next Meeting Saturday March 20, St Peter and Paul Church

Members in Attendance:

J. Hurley,  J. Jackson,  B. Witnek, J. Allen,  K. Lynch,  B. Koch,  A. Bernard,      T. Gebbia,   B. Edwards,     B. Nickoley 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

March 20, 2021         10:00am      Location: St Peter and Paul Church- Beach St.

COVID 19 PRECAUTIONS ENFORED: USE OF FACE MASKS, 6 FEET OF SOCIAL DISTANCING and USE of HAND SANITIZER

 

J. Hurley called meeting to order at 10:00a.m.; Flag Salute-Moment of Silence for Departed Past Members

Approval of Minutes from February 27, 2021 Meeting: K. Lynch made motion, B. Koch seconded, all in favor

J. Hurley welcomed new member Dave Conville

Committee Reports: 

Treasurer- B. Koch

Bank balance as of 2/28/2021:  $9,301.82
B. Koch and J. Hurley to complete financial reports for RBHC by June
B. Koch discussed annual Internal Audit that will be done when weather gets warmer permitting an outside meeting on her patio

 Museum Curator – J. Allen

J. Allen advised there was a lot of foot traffic through the museum last month
K. Lynch donated 2 Cat’s Meow pieces that she purchased on a FB Swap site.  (United Methodist Church and RBPL)
Discussion ensued about the alarm in the museum – it has been activated several times recently. Alarm company will come out. 

Corresponding Secretary -  B. Koch

B. Koch to follow up on the rail donation offer

Facilities, Museum Maintenance and Control Committee – J. Hurley

Side door needs to be replaced ASAP-could be reason for alarm activating

Need a deep carpet clean on a warm day

B. Koch to install solar lights to illuminate the sign out front

Fundraising Committee – A. Bernard/T. Gebbia

Discussion ensued regarding possibility of T. Gebbia’s students printing t-shirts

A. Bernard made motion for T. Gebbia’s students to print more mugs
(6 large mugs w/black inside and 6 smaller mugs w/black or blue inside).  J. Hurley seconded, all in favor


Discussion ensued regarding having “Pop-Up” sales in the museum parking lot on days when sporting events are happening at Donatoni Field


A. Bernard mentioned the idea of umbrellas with our logo and will look into cost

 

Discussion ensued regarding ordering more Cat’s Meow Firehouse pieces.  B. Koch will purchase 12 pieces with her personal credit card and request reimbursement at next meeting.

New Business:

J. Hurley made motion to make a $100 donation to RBFD for letting us use the Pavilion at Fireman’s Field for our meeting from April-October.  B. Koch seconded, all in favor

Election of officers 2021-2023 for: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary and Recording Secretary.  J. Hurley opened the floor to any other nominations.  Voting as follows:


President:  J. Hurley-all in favor, no one opposed
V. President:  K. Lynch- all in favor, no one opposed
Treasurer:  B. Koch- all in favor, no one opposed
Corresponding Secretary:  B. Koch- all in favor, no one opposed
Recording Secretary:  K. Lynch- all in favor, no one opposed

 

Rockaway Carriage – K. Nicol came in to discuss the Rockaway Carriage that he purchased a few years back.  A more permanent home is needed.    It is currently in a storage container on T. D’Onofrio’s property.  It is beginning to grow mildew from conditions inside the container.  Possible options were discussed; parking/displaying at Space Farms because they have a carriage display there, store container at Fireman’s Field, rent a temperature controlled storge unit, displaying at RBPL or TJ/White House. Trying to keep carriage as part of Rockaway Borough.
E. Main St Bridge Project: 3/18 Public Meeting – B. Koch updated the members on points made during meeting; 

Detour too long for police, fire, first aid

Concern over students walking to Lincoln and TJ

Businesses will suffer

The bridge committee has a sharp focus on the history of the bridge and keeping it 
     intact (wooden 1730-1740, current bridge since early 1800’s)Project not set to begin for 5-6 years

There will be another stakeholder meeting in early Summer

 

2021 Strategic Plans: 
Pop Up Sidewalk sales
Annual Town Wide Yard Sale – will need 4-5 people to volunteer
Walking tour (similar to Presbyterian Church Cemetery Tour).

Museum Inventory

K. Lynch to begin process in next few months

Open floor for member comments, and/or historical reflections:

Discussion ensued regarding Stephen Jackson house (on Sacred Heart School property) being for sale 
Stone Arch restoration on Main St. (across from Blue Skies Daycare) is ongoing
Park Lakes Dam project should be complete by mid-May
J. Jackson brought in a painting to share.  It is an oil painting of the old Forge which was behind Arico’s building.

Close:  J. Hurley made motion to close at 11:44a.m., J. Jackson seconded, all in favor

Next Meeting is April 24, 2021, 10:00am at Fireman’s Field

Members in Attendance:

J. Hurley,  . Jackson,  B. Witnek, B. Nickoley,   K. Nickle,  J. Allen,   K. Lynch,   B. Koch, M. Auriemma,                 D. Tanzola,  A. Bernard,  T. Gebbia,  B. Edwards, D. Conville

 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

April 24, 2021         10:00am      Location: Fireman’s Field- Beach St.

COVID 19 PRECAUTIONS ENFORED: USE OF FACE MASKS, 6 FEET OF SOCIAL DISTANCING and USE of HAND SANITIZER

 

J. Hurley called meeting to order at 10:02a.m.; Flag Salute-Moment of Silence for Departed Past Members

Approval of Minutes from March 20, 2021 Meeting: B. Koch made motion, D. Tanzola seconded, all in favor

J. Hurley welcomed new member Trevor Riker

Committee Reports: 

Treasurer- B. Koch

Bank balance as of 3/31/2021:  $9,255.78
5013C IRS form to be completed in May

 Museum Curator – J. Allen

J. Allen was absent, but J. Hurley advised of conversation with him – from this point forward, all donations need to go through J. Allen.  Give him contact information an dhe will handle. 

Museum volunteers for May 23:  J. Jackson, B. Kock

Corresponding Secretary -  B. Koch

B. Koch to send Thank You to Sandy Pattimea and Tommy Trepaso for donation of Rockaway Athletic Club patch.

Regarding rail donation, B. Koch sent second email but has not received a reply.  J. Hurley mentioned that we do have a small piece of the rail at the museum so if we do not hear back, so reach out one more time. 

B. Koch will send welcome letter to new Rockaway Borough homeowners introducing the historical committee. 

Cat’s Meow order was 12 pieces, 50% discount, no sales tax, no shipping

 

Facilities, Museum Maintenance and Control Committee – J. Hurley

Need committee for outside gardening maintenance before next museum open date on May 23

B. Koch daughter to redo bottom sign outside museum since letters are peeling

Alarm company replaced bad sensor on side door

Fundraising Committee

No one from committee in attendance, however discussion ensued regarding mug order from T. Gebbia’s students.  J. Jackson made motion to amend order from 6-12 of each mug, T. Riker seconded, all in favor.

FROM 3/20 meeting:  A. Bernard made motion for T. Gebbia’s students to print more mugs (6 large mugs w/black inside and 6 smaller mugs w/black or blue inside).  J. Hurley seconded, all in favor

Discussion ensued regarding new t-shirts in Rockaway Borough blue.  J. Hurley offered to take a t-shirt sample to K. Nicol/Nicol Artistic for a quote
Discussion ensued regarding having “Pop-Up” sales in the museum parking lot on days when sporting events are happening at Donatoni Field.  D. Tanzola suggested waiting until we have the new mugs and t-shirts.

New Business:

J. Hurley advised there will be a Memorial Day Parade but it will be very limited in scope.  No community service groups, no floats.  Will take normal route.

J. Hurley advised no fireworks or festival at Fireman’s Field.  No decision on National Night Out yet.

Museum Inventory

K. Lynch reached out to MHHS students who had expressed interest in helping. 

Open floor for member comments, and/or historical reflections:

J. Hurley advised that Park Lakes will be filled by end of May.  Construction to be completed by end of June.  Project is 2 months behind. 

J. Hurley advised of grant with Rockaway Borough and Rockaway Township for Park Lakes project to re-pave walk, make it ADA compliant, upgrade playground and lights.

Close:  J. Hurley made motion to close at 10:56a.m., J. Jackson seconded, all in favor

Next Meeting is May 22, 2021, 10:00am at Fireman’s Field

Members in Attendance:

J. Hurley, J. Jackson, B. Witnek, B. Edwards,  D. Conville,   T. Riker, K. Lynch, B. Koch, 

M. Auriemma,  D. Tanzola 

 

Regular Meeting Minutes  May 22, 2021   10:04am      Location: Fireman’s Field- Beach St.

COVID 19 PRECAUTIONS ENFORED: USE OF FACE MASKS, 6 FEET OF SOCIAL DISTANCING and USE of HAND SANITIZER

J. Hurley called meeting to order at 10:04a.m.; Flag Salute-Moment of Silence for Departed Past Members

Committee Reports: 

Treasurer- B. Koch

Bank balance as of 4/30/2021:  $9,255.78
Reporting Audit needs to be completed in June.  Members that volunteered: T. Gebbia, D. Conville, J. Hurley, B. Koch, D. Tanzola, B. Witneck
B. Koch paid $30 filing fee with personal credit card.  She will reimburse herself

 Museum Curator – J. Allen

J. Allen has a mule strap,  shoes, old phone and tack hook from old building next to police station

Volunteers needed for 6/27 – A. Bernard and M. Auriemma volunteered 

Corresponding Secretary -  B. Koch

R. O’Conner, the Recreation director,  is applying  for joint grant for major improvements to Park Lake with Rockaway Twp. It would include lighting with increased efficiency, path improvements, stopping mulch washing into lake and potentially new inflo filtration system Rockaway Township is researching).  Submission due 5/21 so J. Hurley and B. Koch composed a letter of recommendation/support.

Resolution:  RBHC sent letter to R. O’Conner:  T. Gebbia made motion, all in favor to send letter to state in support of grant

Grant evaluation is July-August timeframe:
- Cut, mill, smote and repave whole path
- 50 LED light fixtures
- Resurface playground

- New playground equipment

- Matching funds in budget

T. Gebbia suggested the by-laws be modified to include Motion Vote by electronic/email if something is time sensitive.
Cats Meow – B. Koch will reimburse herself $109.00

New library director would like to meet to discuss artifacts she discovered in the attic of the library. She would like to collaborate/form subcommittee to go thru the attic

Jackson House – the marker has not been replaced.  J. Hurley will follow-up. 

B. Koch to send welcome letters to new residents

J. Hurley met with M. Donatoni who said he may have Lou’s hat.  Lou is our Donatoni employee mannequin.

E. Main St. Bridge project – no new info

On 4/21, a donation was made to the RBFD of $100 for the use of Fireman’s Field pavilion

Facilities, Museum Maintenance and Control Committee – J. Hurley

J. Allen advised of clean up at the museum tomorrow during open hours.  Members should bring gloves.

B. Koch daughter to redo bottom sign outside museum since letters are peeling

Alarm company replaced bad sensor on side door

Fundraising Committee

T. Gebbia’s students made mugs:  1 dozen 15oz. with black interior and 1 dozen 11oz. with blue interior.  

A. Bernard discussed the possibility of cooler bags and/or koozies.  J. Hurley advised we need a market strategy

A. Bernard will contact R. O’Conner for dates of games

A. Bernard donated a “real” cash box.  Thank you Arnie.

Boro Activities:

J. Hurley advised:

-         information about the parade start, route  

-        advised that Park Lake is currently scheduled to be filled the first week of June

-        the Community Center will be re-opening in some form in early July

-        JCP&L fixed the clock outside of Ray and Judy’s

-        no new information regarding the Rockaway Carriage.

Close: D. Tanzola made motion to close at 11:27a.m., B. Witnek seconded, all in favor

Next Meeting is June 26, 2021, 10:00am at Fireman’s Field

Members in Attendance:  J. Hurley,  J. Jackson,  B. Witnek,  B. Edwards,  D. Conville,   C. Conville,  J. Allen,  A. Bernard       T. Gebbia,  K. Lynch,  B. Koch,  M. Auriemma,  D. Tanzola, H. Kanigel 

Regular Meeting Minutes     June 26, 2021       10:00am      Location: Fireman’s Field   Beach St.

·       10:03am J. Hurley called meeting to order with flag salute and a moment of silence for departed past members

·       J. Hurley made motion to approve minutes from May 22, 2021  Meeting; D. Tanzola seconded, all in favor

·       Committee Reports: 

Treasurer
B. Koch absent.  J. Hurley advised bank balance at 5/31/2021 is $ 9,255.78

Museum Curator/Museum Facilities and Maintenance

J. Allen advised cleanup in May went well
J. Hurley advised that Councilman Grueter mentioned how nice the outside of the museum looks at their last meeting

Corresponding Secretary

B. Koch absent

Fundraising Committee

A. Bernard and T. Gebbia led discussion regarding fundraising ideas

 

NEW BUSINESS

·       J. Hurley discussed approval of letter of intent for renewal of museum lease with the Borough of Rockaway.

RESOLUTION: Be it resolved by the Rockaway Borough Historical Committee to notify in writing our intent to renew the lease on the building at 199 W. Main Street, 1st Floor, to continue operating as the Rockaway Borough Historical Museum. The Rockaway Borough Historical Committee proposes to extend the lease for another 5 years commencing on January 1, 2022 and ending on December 31, 2026 with the same terms.   

Motion by James Allen,  Seconded by William Nickoley

Members voting YESJ. Hurley, B. Witnek,  B. Edwards,  J. Allen, A. Bernard,  T. Gebbia,

K. Lynch,  M. Auriemma, D. Tanzola, W. Nickoley

Members voting No: None.

Motion passes unanimously              

 

·       Discussion regarding Partner/Support Rockaway Public Library Summer Reading Program with “Tales and Tails” -RBHC member involvement; M. Okerbloom attended to discuss program and RBHC participation.

·       Discussion ensued regarding current Borough updates and activities

·       Discussion ensued regarding National Night Out-August 3rd

RESOLUTION:  Be it resolved by the Rockaway Borough Historical Committee to participate in the National Night Out on August 3rd, 2021 at Fireman’s Field.

Motion by K. Lynch, Seconded J. Allen.

Members voting YESJ. Hurley, B. Witnek,  B. Edwards,  J. Allen, A. Bernard,  T. Gebbia,

K. Lynch,  M. Auriemma, D. Tanzola, W. Nickoley

Members voting No: None.

Motion passes unanimously

·       Donation of artifacts: H Kanigel donated a number of historical papers, historical items and pictures to the RBHC Museum. J. Hurley thanked Mr. Kanigel for his generosity. The pictures will be displayed in the museum in memory of Joyce Kanigel.

·       Town Wide Yard Sale – discussion ensued regarding planning

RESOLUTION:  Be it resolved by the Rockaway Borough Historical Committee to hold the Rockaway Borough Historical Committee annual FALL YARD SALE on September 25 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Rain Date is October 2.

Motion by K. Lynch,  Seconded by A. Bernard

Members voting YESJ. Hurley, B. Witnek,  B. Edwards,  J. Allen, A. Bernard,  T. Gebbia,

K. Lynch,  M. Auriemma, D. Tanzola, W. Nickoley

Members voting No: None.

Motion passes unanimously

·       Open floor for member comments, and/or historical reflections

·       J. Allen made motion to close meeting at 11:17am, M. Auriemma seconded, all in favor.

·       Next Meeting  July 24 , 2021.    Time: 10:00am,   Fireman’s Field

Members in attendance: J. Hurley, B. Witnek, B. Edwards, J. Allen, A. Bernard, T. Gebbia       

K. Lynch,  M. Auriemma, D. Tanzola,  B. Nickoley 

 

Regular Meeting Minutes July 24, 2021       10:00am      Location: Fireman’s Field   Beach St.

·       10:02am J. Hurley called meeting to order with flag salute and a moment of silence for departed past members

·       D. Tanzola made motion to approve minutes from June 26, 2021  Meeting; B. Nickoley

·       Committee Reports: 

Treasurer
B. Koch absent.  J. Hurley advised bank balance at 6/30/2021 is $ 9,318.78

 Museum Curator/Museum Facilities and Maintenance

J. Allen advised nothing new

J. Allen thanked the members that helped with museum cleanup in May
Discussion ensued regarding making the Memorial Walk Brick form available at Borough Hall and the library

Corresponding Secretary

B. Koch absent - J. Hurley advised update; 
- There has been a request for a Memorial Walk Brick
- Community Center will be available in September
- National Night Out is Tuesday, August 3rd, 6-9

Fundraising Committee

Discussion ensued regarding our participation in the St. Peter & Paul Christmas Bazar in December. 

NEW BUSINESS

·       J. Hurley advised that resolution was approved at last Council meeting to renew the Historical Committee 5-year lease.  Lease will be in stored in the RBHC file drawer.

·       The dam project will be completed by mid to end of August.

·       There will not be a Rockaway Borough Day

·       Volunteers for NNO; J. Jackson, J. Allen, A. Bernard, J. Hurley.  Discussion ensued regarding give-aways

·       “Tales and Tails” Program at RBPL – M. Okerbloom, J. Hurley and B. Nickoley led discussion as tri-chairs.  It was asked for all members to come up with a topic of Rockaway Borough history/interest to do a 3-5 minute video.  Please bring topics to next meeting.    

·       Discussion ensued regarding Town Wide Yard Sale:  Sept 25th 8-3, Rain date Oct 2
- Flyer:  B. Nickoley, J. Jackson
- Map:  B. Koch, Bill Nickoley, J. Hurley
- Signs:  J. Hurley
- Morning of:  J. Hurley, K. Lynch, B. Koch
- Advertising:  K. Lynch
- Collection of forms/donation at Town Hall:  D. Tanzola

·       J. Hurley to set up meeting with new Superintendent to plan 4th grade and new teacher tour of the museum

·       J. Jackson made motion to close meeting at 11:12am, K. Lynch seconded, all in favor.

·       Next Meeting  August 28 , 2021.    Time: 10:00am,   Fireman’s Field

J. HurleyB. WitnekB. EdwardsJ. Allen, A. Bernard,          K. Lynch, J. Jackson,        D. Tanzola, B. Nickoley, D. Conville, C. Conville   

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES     August 28, 2021        Location: Fireman’s Field   Beach St.
**( Note change to next meeting date at end of minutes)**

·       10:04am J. Hurley called meeting to order with flag salute and a moment of silence for departed past members

·       K. Lynch made motion to approve minutes from July 24, 2021  Meeting; D. Tanzola seconded, all in favor

·       Committee Reports: 

Treasurer (B Koch)
-     Advised bank balance at 7/31/2021 is $ 9,356.52

-     Financial review on August 13 completed by B. Witnek, J. Hurley, D. Conville, 
       C. Conville, B. Koch and D. Tanzola.  All in order

 Museum Curator/Museum Facilities and Maintenance (J. Allen):

-        Museum will reopen on September 25 from 1-3.  Volunteers are K. Lynch, B. Koch and J. Allen

-        Little spruce up needed inside and outside since museum was closed for 2 month.  

-        Replacement of side door to be put into Borough budget for 2022

-        Lease approved and signed – 1/1/2022-12/31-2026

Corresponding Secretary (B. Koch):

-      Advised there was 1 request for a Memorial Walk Brick

-      RBPD sent Thank you for our participation in National Night Out

Fundraising Committee

-        St. .Peter & Paul Christmas Bazar is December 4th.

-        Town Wide Yard Sale update:  
- 14 applications to date
- B. Koch will compile list of address by street and house #
 

NEW BUSINESS / AROUND TOWN

·       J. Hurley and B. Nickoley produced 2 videos for the Rockaway Borough Public Library program, “Tales and Tails”.  They will be uploaded to the RBPL website.  Members are encouraged to make videos.

·       Rockaway Borough re-usable bags to be put at Borough Hall for residents to take one

·       50 West Main Street was purchased, and a complete renovation will be done to the early 1900’s look.

·       Fox Pond Dam completed.  Parking lot on Lakeside Drive to be finished.  Beach will be fixed.  Rockaway Twp has no plans to dredge or fill their side of Park Lake.

·       Dark Lake Spooktacular is back at Park Lake.  It will be held on October 30th.
RESOLUTION: Be it resolved by the Rockaway Borough Historical Committee intends to participate in the Dark Lake Spooktacular on October 30th.     
Motion made by B. Koch to participate, T. Gebbia seconded, all in favor.  

·       No reply from new school Superintendent regarding meeting to set up new teacher tour of museum.

·       Lincoln School new addition ribbon cutting to be delayed

·       D. Conville made motion to close meeting at 10:59am, B. Edwards seconded, all in favor.


CHANGE --Next Meeting  September 18 , 2021.    Time: 10:00am,   Fireman’s Field 

(Town Wide Yard Sale in on our regular meeting date)

J. Hurley, B. Witnek,  B. Edwards,       J. Allen,  T. Hiler,   K. Lynch,  D. Tanzola,  B. Koch

D. Conville,  M. Auriemma,  H. Kanigel,   T. Gebbia 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

September 18, 2021        Location: Fireman’s Field   Beach St.

·       10:04am J. Hurley called meeting to order with flag salute and a moment of silence for departed past members

·       B. Koch made motion to approve minutes from August 28, 2021  Meeting; T. Riker  seconded, all in favor

·       Committee Reports: 

Treasurer (B Koch)
-     Advised bank balance at 8/31/2021 is $ 9,351.52

-        RESOLUTION:  Be it resolved to reimburse B. Koch up to $90.00 for Cat’s Meow firehouse.  MOTION:  Made by D. Tanzola, A. Bernard seconded, all in favor

-        MOTION:  Made by M. Auriemma, D. Tanzola seconded, all in favor to reimburse J. Hurley $52.59 for purchase of lumber for yard sale signs.  

 Museum Curator/Museum Facilities and Maintenance:

-        Mailbox out front is corroded and needs to be removed.   Discussion ensued regarding replacement or other ideas.  All members present in agreement that mailbox is not needed since RBHC uses Borough Hall address.  

-        B. Koch and K. Lynch will cover museum hours on Saturday, 9/25

-        T. Riker, A. Bernard and M. Auriemma will cover museum hours on Sunday, 10/24

Correspondence:

-      There was an email submitted requesting information about Hungerford Plastics.  Discussion ensued around this topic.

Fundraising Committee

-        T. Gebbia looking into his students making potholders with the Rockaway Carriage on it.  Discussion ensued regarding cost.

-        St. Peter and Paul Christmas Bazar is December 4th

-        Town Wide Yard Sale:
- As of 9/17 there are about 50 homes participating
- B. Nickoley, B. Koch and J. Hurley to finalize map after 2pm on Friday
- Go/No Go weather call to be made Friday morning by J. Hurley
- J. Hurley, K. Lynch, B. Koch will hand out maps Saturday morning

 

NEW BUSINESS / AROUND TOWN

·       J. Hurley and B. Nickoley produced 2 videos for the Rockaway Borough Public Library program, “Tales and Tails”.  M. Okerbloom will upload to the RBPL website.  Members are strongly encouraged to record an episode using the blue book as a guide.

·       D. Tanzola and K. Lynch will meet with M. Okerbloom to view uniforms currently housed in the library.

·       Dark Lake Spooktacular will be held on October 30th.  T. Riker, J. Hurley and K. Lynch will hand out candy.

·       Possibility of Tractor Supply at old World Gym building

·       J. Hurley would like to have a presentation about Reaction Motors for the community

·       B. Koch made motion to close meeting at 11:16am, M. Auriemma seconded, all in favor.

Next Meeting  October 23, 2021.    Time: 10:00am,   Fireman’s Field 
WEATHER PERMITTING, otherwise, we will meet at Community Center

J. Hurley,  B. Witnek, B. Edwards,       A. Bernard, T. Riker    ,  K. Lynch, D. Tanzola, B. Koch

M. Auriemma,    H. Kanigel 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

October 23, 2021        Location: Fireman’s Field   Beach St.
** next meeting at Community Center ***

·       10:02am J. Hurley called meeting to order with flag salute and a moment of silence for departed past members

·       B. Koch made motion to approve minutes from September 18, 2021  Meeting; D. Conville  seconded, all in favor

·       Committee Reports: 

Treasurer:(B.Koch)
-     Advised bank balance at 9/30/2021 is $ 9,351.52

-        Yard Sale Summary:  58 homes participated. Profit of $ 477.25

-        2 new memorial brick orders. J. Allen to bring them to engravers

-        RESOLUTION:  Be is resolved for B. Koch to purchase a roll of stamps which will be kept in cash box.  J. Jackson made MOTION, D. Conville seconded, all in favor

 Museum Curator/Museum Facilities and Maintenance:

-        No new business

-        B Koch, J. Jackson and J. Allen will cover museum hours on Sunday, 11/28

Correspondence:

-      Email received regarding Rockaway Pattern Axe – discussion ensued

-      B. Koch to reply to email regarding Hungerford Plastic Co

Fundraising Committee

-        No new business

-        Discussion ensued about reducing current inventory before purchasing more

NEW BUSINESS / AROUND TOWN

·       November meeting will be at Community Center on 11/27

·       St. Peter and Paul Christmas Bazar is December 4th:  Setup on Friday 5pm- J. Hurley and A. Bernard.  Volunteers staffing table throughout the day;  J. Hurley, K. Lynch, B. Koch, A. Bernard, J. Allen and J. Jackson

·       Dark Lake Spooktacular will be held on October 30th.  T. Riker, J. Hurley and K. Lynch will hand out candy. Setup will be at 4:15pm. Event is from 5-8pm

·       RESOLUTION:  Be is resolved for B. Koch to purchase 4 x-large bags of candy for Dark Lake Spooktacular.  MOTION made by K. Lynch, J. Allen seconded, all in favor

·       “Tales and Tails” program;  J. Hurley asked for feedback and thoughts on videos for next meeting. He suggested using blue book as source.  Need a schedule of volunteers to make videos.

·       Discussion ensued regarding a seminar for the public about Reaction Motors

·       Rockaway Twp. Is looking into renovating their side of Park Lakes and the gazebo

·       B. Koch suggested we sponsor a community event

·       Suggestion was made to put a plaque on the first municipal building in town. 

·       J. Hurley made motion to close meeting at 11:13am, A. Bernard seconded, all in favor.

Next Meeting:  November 27th 10:00am at COMMUNITY CENTER

J. Hurley,  B. Witanek, B. Edwards,  A. Bernard,  K. Lynch,  J. Jackson, B. Koch, M. Auriemma,  J. Allen,  D. Conville,,  T. Hiler,  B. Nickoley

 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

November 27, 2021        Location: Community Center, Union St. 

·       10:01am J. Hurley called meeting to order with flag salute and a moment of silence for departed past members

·       B. Koch made motion to approve minutes from October 23, 2021 meeting; B. Nickoley  seconded, all in favor

·       K. Lynch provided recap of Dark Lake Spooktacular.

·       Committee Reports: 

Treasurer (B Koch)
-     Advised bank balance at 9/30/2021 is $ 9,964.52

-        Pelloggi Monument (brick engraver) never cashed last check so we are assuming it is a donation.

 Museum Curator/Museum Facilities and Maintenance:

-        No new business

-        B Koch, J. Jackson and J. Allen will cover museum hours on Sunday, 11/28

-        K. Lynch, J. Jackson, J. Allen and B. Koch will cover museum on Sunday 12/19 (***note date)

Correspondence:

-      In response to email received from Joseph Goldman, T. Slockbower brought in Hungerford Plastic dolls to show.  His mother worked there and he shared some information that he had.  B. Koch took photos of dolls and will respond to Joseph Goldman’s email asking for any information about them. 

-      B. Koch shared article in paper from Ken Burns asking for 1-2 minute video entries in his HonorYourHometown.com project.  

Fundraising Committee: No new business

NEW BUSINESS / AROUND TOWN

·       December meeting will be on DECEMBER 18th 10-12 at Community Center

·       T. Slockbower donated meat hook from Schwind’s Pork Store

·       St. Peter and Paul Christmas Bazar is from 9am-2pm on December 4th:  Setup on Friday 5pm- J. Hurley, Jimmy Allen and A. Bernard.  Volunteers staffing table throughout the day;  J. Hurley, B. Koch, A. Bernard, and J. Jackson.  A. Bernard to put boxes together at museum on 11/28 that will go to the Bazar. 

·       M. Okerblom will be selling Christmas books at the tree lighting on 12/8 at 6pm.  She offered to display our ornaments for sale at that time. Arnie came to the museum on Sunday 11/28 & put together a box of 30 ornaments for the Library sale. Barb made a sign price is $6 for one, two for $10. Barb will touch base with Melissa about when to drop them off at the library and to confirm Melissa doesn't need a member of the RBHC there to sell them at the tree lighting.

·       B. Koch showed 2-sided letter from Kitchell - written by Abraham Kitchel dated 2/13/1885 addressed...Dear brother & sister, discussing family matters including disposition of property on the recent death of Hannah Kitchel.  It's on a 15x12 paper...folded...writing in 4 segments. ( Barb to send a photo to Kate)

Barb will purchase a 2-sided glass frame to display it at the museum.

·       M. Okerblom received a memo from the Morris County Library regarding a Morris County Street Name Project.  It lists names and origins of streets throughout Morris County towns.  J. Hurley suggested we participate. 

·       “Tales and Tails” program;  B. Nickoley handed out sign up sheets with suggested topics from blue book.  He showed one of the videos as an example.  Please come to the December meeting ready to sign up for a video.

·        A. Bernard found a daguerreotype under a floor board of his attic.  There is no identifying information.  Photo will be posted on Facebook to help identification. Will show to older members not in attendance in hopes of identification.

·       Water main should be completed in a few weeks. 

·       J. Hurley made motion to close meeting at 11:25am, J. Jackson seconded, all in favor.

Next Meeting:  December 18th 10:00am at COMMUNITY CENTER

J. Hurley,  B. Edwards,   A. Bernard,   K. Lynch,   C. Conville,   J. Jackson,  B. Koch,   M. Auriemma  J. Allen,    

D. Conville,    T. Hiler,   B. Nickoley,   D. Tanzola,   T. Slockbower  

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

December 18, 2021        Location: Community Cener, Union St. 

Next Meeting CANCELLED:  January 22nd

Museum Open House CANCELLED:  January 23rd

Note: The list of meeting dates and museum open dates will be at the end of the minutes

·       10:01am J. Hurley called meeting to order with flag salute and a moment of silence for departed past members

·       J. Jackson made motion to approve minutes from November 27, 2021 meeting; M. Auriemma  seconded, all in favor

·       Committee Reports: 

Treasurer (B Koch)
-     Advised bank balance at 10/31/2021 is $ 9,904.91

-        We made $147 at St. Peter & Paul Bazar, less $30 table fee:  Net $117.

-        M. Okerbloom advised she sold $37 worth of RBHC collectibles at the tree lighting.  B. Koch made motion to round to $40 and make a donation to Friends of the Library.  A. Bernard seconded, all in favor. 

 Museum Curator/Museum Facilities and Maintenance (J. Allen):

-        Advised that exhibits need to be rotated soon.

-        K. Lynch, J. Jackson, J. Allen and B. Koch will cover museum on Sunday 12/19 

Correspondence:

-      Thank you sent to P. Hestevold for jail cell window bars from original municipal building/police HQ

-      Daguerreotype found in A. Bernard’s attic has gotten feedback on Facebook 
groups.  Still no definite identification.

Fundraising Committee

-        No new business

 

NEW BUSINESS / AROUND TOWN

·       J. Hurley discussed plans/ideas for fundraisers/events for 2022:
- St. Peter & Paul Bazar
- Dark Lake Spooktacular
- Town wide Yard Sale
- National Night Out

·       Tales and Tails Program:  B. Nickoley has video sign-up sheet

·       Discussion regarding Jackson House at 60 E. Main St. – owner wants to sell for minor subdivision 

·       J. Hurley suggested “Honor Your Hometown” sounded too commercial for us.  In addition, it would have to be the mayor who recorded the video. 

·       J. Hurley discussed the Morris County Street Name Project:  If anyone can come up with original names of streets in town, and why they were named such, they can be added to the project.  You will need to take photo of the current street sign and give a few sentences on how it was originally named. Submit it to jwilliams@co.morris.nj.us
1. Driveway behind Ava’s cupcakes was Barge St.
2. Wall St. was Bridge St.
3. Maple Ave. was Foundry. St
4. W. Lincoln Ave was Rail Road Ave.

·       Morris County will finish the sidewalks and water main next week.  The road will be milled and paved in Spring.

·       Park Lakes is complete

·       Nichols Dr. and Mannino Dr. will be milled and paved in Spring

·       T. Slockbower offered to look into the possibility of getting Morris County Grants for markers to be placed in town.

·       J. Jackson made motion to close meeting at 11:24am, B. Koch seconded, all in favor.

Next Meeting CANCELLED:  January 22nd

Museum Open  House CANCELLED:  January 23rd

J. Hurley, B. Edwards,  A. Bernard,  K. Lynch, C. Conville, J. Jackson, B. Koch, M. Auriemma 

J. Allen,  D. Conville,  M. Okerbloom, B. Nickoley, T. Slockbower, B. Witanek 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

February 26, 2022        Location: St. Peter and Paul Church, Beach St. 

Note:  J. Hurley absent due to budget meeting for Rockaway Borough Council. B. Koch acted on his behalf.

·       10:02am meet called to order with flag salute and a moment of silence for departed past members

·       J. Allen made motion to approve minutes from December 18, 2021 meeting; B. Witanek seconded, all in favor

·       Committee Reports:  

Treasurer (B Koch)
-     Advised bank balance at 12/31/2021 is $ 9,835.85

-        Advised bank balance at   1/31/2022 is $ 9,795.85

-        B. Koch received a 1099K for transactions from an unknown vendor.  It seems to be fraud. She will file a police report and has sent a letter to the vendor:  Stripe Inc, 354 Oyster Place Blvd., San Francisco, CA  94080 

 Museum Curator/Museum Facilities and Maintenance (J. Allen):

-        J. Allen advised that he received a check from Ray & Judy’s Bookstop for RBHC products they sold.  Discussion ensued to keep all products in house for sale rather than on consignment to 3rd parties. 

-        Museum volunteers for 2/27 – J. Allen to open, B. Koch to close.  T. Hiler, B. Edwards and K. Lynch to cover

-        Museum volunteers for 3/27 -  B. Koch and A. Bernard

Correspondence:

-      No new correspondence 

Fundraising Committee

-        Discussion ensued regarding setting up a “Dine to Donate” event with one of the eating establishments in town.   A. Bernard to reach out about setting it up. 

-        T. Slockbower discussed the RBFD’s 125th anniversary this year.  Discussion ensued regarding ordering more Cat’s Meow Firehouse pieces.  
D. Tanzola made motion to order 12 pieces (the minimum for free shipping)  
T. Hiler seconded, all in favor.
 

NEW BUSINESS / AROUND TOWN

·       Discussion ensued regarding updating our website and the possibility of piggybacking onto the Borough’s project updated their website.

·       Discussion ensued regarding trying to get access to the FaceBook page that J. Kanigel set.

·       Tales and Tails Program:  B. Nickoley shared a new video he made.   He discussed the need for move volunteers to make videos.

·       T. Slockbower discussed historical education:  
- Rockaway Twp. Historical Society hosts an artifact night – possibly hold one at our Community Center
- Hold some kind of event once per quarter
- Bob Gray is an expert on the Makinnon Ax.  B. Koch will reach out to him about possibility of scheduling a presentation

·       D. Tanzola discussed the Memorial Day Parade to be held on 5/30/2022.  It will be a combined parade with Rockaway Twp and held in Rockaway Borough. The Rockaway, Marcella, Denville Memorial Association will be planning and coordinating the parade.  Anyone wanting to join the Memorial Association or help in any way is welcome to attend any meeting. Meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm at the VFW on Ford Road, Denville. Check out their Facebook page for more information.

·       T. Slockbower updated us on the status of the Morris County marker for the Stephen Jackson House.  The county took the sign back but it’s damaged so a new one will be manufactured and installed.

·       T. Slockbower discussed the grants available from Morris County for historical markers

·       T.  Slockbower discussed the RBPL historical marker that was removed by the Rockaway Borough Rotary when the new library sign was installed.  A grant needs to be submitted to replace the sign.

·       Discussion ensued regarding the RBBOA – it is officially defunct

·       We had a visitor tour meeting, Janet Schuring.  She has an ancestor who perished in the Cumberland Ferry Fire and shared information that she recently uncovered. 

·       K. Lynch made motion to close meeting at 11:14am, D.Conville seconded, all in favor.

Next Meeting:  March 26th, 10am at Community Center

D. Tanzola     B. Edwards   A. Bernard   K. Lynch   J. Jackson   B. Koch   T. Hiler

J. Allen   D. Conville   M. Okerbloom   B.  Nickoley  T. Slockbower   B. Witanek 

 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES    March 26, 2022        Location: Community Center, Union St. 

9:59am meeting called to order with flag salute and a moment of silence for departed past members

·       D. Conville made motion to approve minutes from February 26th meeting; T. Hiler seconded, all in favor

·       Committee Reports: 

Treasurer (B Koch)
-     Advised bank balance at 2/28/2022 is $ 9,770.85

 Museum Curator/Museum Facilities and Maintenance (J. Allen):

-        J. Allen will have pictures from Arico’s

-        Rockaway Twp. Historical Society donated a box of jars/mugs from Ciros drugstore

-        K. Lattig donated a copy of the 1954 Rockaway Record

-        Museum volunteers for 3/27 – A. Bernard to cover

-        Museum volunteers for 4/24  -  B. Koch and J. Allen to cover 

-        RESOLUTION: that collectible items will only be offered only through RBHC and any municipal location in Rockaway Borough:  B. Koch made motion, D. Conville seconded, all in favor

Correspondence (B. Koch)

-      Received thank you note from Rockaway Borough Public Library for our donation

-      Cats Meow pieces ordered on 3/15 (12 Firehouse)

Tails & Tales Program (B. Nickoley / M. Okerbloom)

-        M. Okerbloom made a video about the library

-        B. Koch to do interview with B. Edwards on 3/28

Fundraising Committee

-        RESOLUTION: To host Town Wide Yard Sale from 7am-3pm on 9/24/2022.  B. Koch made motion, M. Auriemma seconded, all in favor

Website

-        New website will be housed under the Rockaway Borough home page

-        The IT group handling this will move our current website to the new space for a cost of between $200-$500

-        Going forward, all posts, updates, changes, and photos will be sent to the administrator to upload

-        New email will be rockawayboroughhistoricalcommittee@gmail.com

-        Emails will go to President, Vice President and Corresponding Secretary

-        RESOLUTION:  For approval of up to $500 to be paid to IT group for transfer of current website to new page under Rockaway Borough’s home page.  K. Lynch made motion, D. Tanzola seconded, all in favor. 

-        B. Koch’s daughter to update our sign hanging outside the museum 

NEW BUSINESS / AROUND TOWN

·       Memorial Day Parade:  
- Rockaway Carriage will be towed on a trailer
- RBHC will march with a float
- Friends of  the Library are marching
- Memorial Association meets the 1st Tuesday of each month if anyone would like to help
RBRTmemparade@gmail.com if anyone has questions or needs to get in touch with the association
- B. Koch offered the use of her garage from 5/15-5/30 to decorate our float

·       National Night Out is from 6pm-8pm on Tuesday 8/2/2022.  Setup is at 5pm.  

·       There will be an FX production movie to be filmed over Spring Break on E. Main between Franklin and Maple

·       East Main Street Bridge project
- Recommendation is for a total reconstruction
- Single span arch (not the 3 that are currently there) but will maintain historical look
- Possible options for traffic flow, detours still being looked into
- Possible lighting in bridge for aesthetics 
- Deadline for public input is 4/22/2022 and must be in writing and submitted through website

·       Trolley Trail
- New Borough engineer said there are access/easement issues, swamp/DEP lands where bridge would be, water/ice issue by Donatoni Field would need to be mitigated
- County has a grant available for engineering costs
- Bottom line – RB council doesn’t want to entertain moving forward on this and did not put money in the budget for it

·       There is a $75k grant for the Park Lakes beach/playground – for lights and to make ADA compliant

·       Tractor Supply to be going in front of  Land Use Board for fence height and outside sales approvals

·       Canal ditch by Quick Mart to be dredged and graded

·       Starbucks possibly going into old TD Bank by Aldi

·       T. Slockbower discussed having presentations to get community involved;  Bob Gray can do a presentation on the McKinnon Axe, presentation on 9/11 and have an artifact night for residents to share their findings.

·       T. Slockbower brought up the RBFD’s 125th anniversary and how we can get involved.  He made a motion to explore options for purchasing a box of ornaments to showcase the firehouse and the anniversary.  M. Auriemma seconded, all in favor.  J. Allen to look for original artwork from previous ornament.

·       T. Hiler made motion to close meeting at 11:42am, M. Auriemma  seconded, all in favor.

Next Meeting:  April 23rd, 10am at Community Center

Members present:  D. Tanzola,  B. Edwards, C. Conville, K. Lynch, B. Koch,          T. Hiler,  J. Hurley,     

M. Auriemma,  J. Allen, D. Conville, M. Okerbloom,   B.  Nickoley, T. Slockbower, K. Lattig

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

April 23, 2022        Location: Community Center, Union St. 

10:02am meeting called to order with flag salute and a moment of silence for departed past members

·       B. Koch made motion to approve minutes from March 26th meeting; M. Auremmia seconded, all in favor 

·       Committee Reports: 

Treasurer (B Koch)
-     Advised bank balance at 3/31/2022 is $ 9,770.85 

 Museum Curator/Museum Facilities and Maintenance (J. Allen):

-        J. Allen discussed a program that Riverside Shoppe will be starting in the near future:  Coffee and Conversation.  It will be from 4-7pm on the designated dates

-        Discussion ensued regarding the RBFD donating a 1948 bronze firetruck nozzle.  Concerns are possible theft, piece is large and heavy

-        Museum volunteers for 4/24  -  B. Koch and J. Allen to cover 

-        Museum volunteers for 5/22  -  B. Koch, M. Auriemma, B. Edwards 

Correspondence (B. Koch)

-      There were two new requests asking for home/land historical details

-      Cats Meow pieces not yet received.  B. Koch to follow up with vendor

Tails & Tales Program (B. Nickoley / M. Okerbloom)

-        B. Nickoley discussed slow progress on videos 

-        Volunteers are needed to make videos

-        Discussion ensued regarding advertising this program on our website

-        A suggestion was made for T. Hiler to make video regarding Civil Wa

Fundraising Committee

-        Everyone from committee was absent

-        D. Tanzola will touch base with T. Slockbower regarding ornament to commemorate RBFD’s 125th anniversary

-        B. Koch will discuss possibility of modifying 2014 RBFD ornament for anniversary

-        K. Lynch to get information about ordering new t-shirts in Rockaway Borough blue 

Website

-        Work in progress

-        A list of veterans (living and deceased) from Rockaway Borough is needed for the website page

-        B. Edwards knows of two friends/veterans who are not listed anywhere

-        Our new email will be launched when the website is close to being done

NEW BUSINESS / AROUND TOWN

·       Memorial Day Parade:  
- May 30th 10am lineup.  11:15am stepoff
- D. Conville graciously offered to handle the float
- Lineup in at Beach and Main
- Marchers include B. Koch, K. Lynch, B. Edwards (in Dave’s truck)

·       National Night Out is from 6pm-8pm on Tuesday 8/2/2022.  Setup is at 5pm.  

·       Town Wide Yard Sale is 9/24/2022

·       St. Peter & Paul Bazaar in December

·       DPW to flush contaminants from fire hydrants in upcoming weeks

·       Lusardi’s/Mexican restaurant to be sold??

·       Tractor Supply approved by LUB for garden center and propane fill area. Aiming for October opening

·       Fireworks on July 9th

·       J. Schuring discussed memorial service for Cumberland River Disaster.  Memorial service 
will be in lot of Presbyterian Church Civil War Monument on Saturday, 5/28  from 1-2pm. 
 J. Schuring confirmed with Captain John Covert that attendance by public is ok.

·       K. Lynch made motion to close meeting at 11:27am, D. Conville  seconded, all in favor.

Next Meeting:  May 21st, 10am at Community Center 

D. Tanzola          B. Edwards            K. Lynch                   B. Koch                 T. Hiler

J. Hurley             M. Auriemma        J. Allen                     D. Conville             B. Witanek   

B.  Nickoley       J. Schuring

 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

May 21, 2022        Location: Community Center, Union St.

10:00am meeting called to order with flag salute and a moment of silence for departed past members

·       B. Koch made motion to approve minutes from April 23rd meeting; M. Auriemma seconded, all in favor

·       REMINDER:  Audit will be conducted at B. Koch’s house on Wednesday, June 8th.  Please be there by 6:30pm.  Members who offered to help with audit:  D. Tanzola, A. Bernard, 
M. Auriemma, B. Koch, J. Hurley

·       Committee Reports: 

Treasurer (B Koch)
-     Advised bank balance at 3/31/2022 is $ 9,770.85

 Museum Curator/Museum Facilities and Maintenance (J. Allen):

-        A big thank you to B. Koch who did some yard work at the museum in the flower beds.

-        Museum volunteers for 5/22  -  B. Koch, M. Auriemma, B. Edwards 

-        Museum volunteers for 6/26 – K. Lynch, J. Jackson

-        RBFD has original 1948 firetruck nozzle they want to donate to the museum.  They will build a pad and bring it to the museum.  Discussion ensued regarding placement (parking lot side of museum) and fact that this specific item can be returned if RBFD asks for it. 

-        A. Bernard made MOTION to display the RBFD nozzle at the museum.  B. Edwards seconded, all in favor. 

-        Discussion ensued regarding the need for a plaque to display with the nozzle as well as a plaque for the Washington School bell and the Donatoni grinding wheel in the Rockaway Garden Club display.

-        A card or plaque is needed for the jail bars that P. Hestevold donated as well.

Correspondence (B. Koch)

-       B. Koch received the Cat’s Meow Firehouse pieces.  This brings our inventory total to 16.  The final cost to us is $10 per piece.

-       M. Okerblom has been corresponding with a Jackson descendant from CT who would like to see the museum when they are in New Jersey.

Tails & Tales Program (B. Nickoley / M. Okerbloom)

-        4 videos made to date

-        B. Nickoley will send out list to show what has been done so far

-        B. Koch to follow up with Pastor Ryan of Presbyterian church re:  cemetery walk video

-        Volunteers are needed to make videos

Fundraising Committee

-        T. Slockbower received estimate for RBFD ornament.  Minimum order is for 100

-        Discussion ensued having B. Koch daughter (Brooke) use Cricut to create ribbon for RBFD 125th anniversary to attach to current ornament. Red ribbon with white lettering to say “RBFD 125th Anniversary 2022”

-        Discussion ensued regarding price and when to offer

Website

-        Discussion ensued regarding loading pictures to a separate site with the link on the website

-        Both old and new sites will run through 12/31 when old site shut down

NEW BUSINESS / AROUND TOWN

·       Memorial Day Parade:  
- May 30th 10am lineup.  11:15am stepoff
- D. Conville and C. Conville have been working on the float.
- Marchers include B. Koch, M. Auriemma, B. Edwards, J. Jackson

·       National Night Out is from 6pm-8pm on Tuesday 8/2/2022.  Setup is at 5pm.  

·       B. Koch suggested doing something for the town. Discussion ensued regarding a “Show & Tell Night” once a quarter to get grown town interest and involvement.

·       Starbucks possibly going into TD Bank location on Rt. 46

·       Summary report for redesign of RB center should be out with

·       B. Koch to mail J. Schuring and husband RBHC t-shirts.

·       LUB meeting on 6/6

·       J. Hurley made MOTION to close meeting at 11:29am, B. Koch seconded, all in favor.

Next Meeting:  June 25th, 10am at Community Center

 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

June 25, 2022        Location: Community Center, Union St.

9:59am meeting called to order with flag salute and a moment of silence for departed past members

·       B. Koch made motion to approve minutes from May 21st  meeting; D. Conville seconded, all in favor

·       Committee Reports: 

Treasurer (B Koch):       
-     Advised bank balance at 3/31/2022 is $ 9,770.85

-        Audit letter to be signed by those involved.  No discrepancies and all in order. 

 Museum Curator/Museum Facilities and Maintenance (J. Allen):

-        Museum open Sunday from 1-3.  K. Lynch and J. Jackson to staff museum

Correspondence (B. Koch)

-      No new correspondence

Tails & Tales Program (B. Nickoley / M. Okerblom)

-        Discussion on more video ideas

-        B. Koch to follow up with Pastor Ryan of Presbyterian church re:  cemetery walk video

-        Volunteers are needed to make videos

Fundraising Committee

-        B. Koch daughter completed one ornament which was shared with the group. 

-        K. Lynch got one estimate for t-shirts.  J. Allen suggested trying ABC Printing or Nicol Printing.

-        St. Peter and Paul Christmas Bazar to be held on Saturday, 12/3 from 9:00 -3:00 .  K. Lynch made motion to participate and send in $30 for the cost of the table.  D. Tanzola seconded, all in favor. 

-        Discussion ensued regarding when and where to display ornament for sale: Fireman’s Carnival  and Fireman’s Drive By on Sunday 8/21.  Proceeds to be split 50/50 with their fundraising association. 

-        B. Koch made motion to approve sale of firetruck ornament for $10, with half proceeds going to fireman’s fundraising association.  J. Allen seconded, all in favor. 

-        B. Koch to follow up with Cat’s Meow to see if molds available for other Borough pieces, and what the cost would be to reproduce.

Website

-        J. Hurley discussed the need for a list of Rockaway Borough veterans to add to our website. 

NEW BUSINESS / AROUND TOWN

·       Memorial Day Parade recap:  D. Tanzola asked for feedback.    
- It was mentioned that the Rockaway Carriage did not show up.
- Many thanks and kudos to D. Conville and C. Conville for building a fantastic float!.

·       Jackon House:  owner trying to subdivide to make it a single family home.  Knockdown? Improvements?  Land Use Board meeting on 7/27 at 7pm at Community Center for more information

·       Project to begin to smooth out curve on Lakeside Drive (just before parking lot.)

·       Lake playground and some facilities to be upgraded in the Fall

·       Tractor Supply aiming for October opening

·       Riverside Shoppe to host “Coffee and Conversation” on 8/4 from 4:30-6pm.  Kitchen won’t be open but coffee and muffins will be available for purchase.

·       M. Auriemma made MOTION to close meeting at 11:07am, B. Koch seconded, all in favor.

Next Meeting:  July 23rd , 10am at Community Center

D. Tanzola,  B. Edwards,  K. Lynch,  B. Koch,  J. Hurley,  A. Bernard,  M. Auriemma,     J. Allen,  

B.  Nickoley,  D. Conville

 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

July 23, 2022        Location: Community Center, Union St.

10:00am meeting called to order with flag salute and a moment of silence for departed past members

·       B. Koch made motion to approve minutes from June 25th meeting; J. Jackson seconded, all
 in favor

·       Committee Reports: 

Treasurer (B Koch):       
-     Advised bank balance at 3/31/2022 is $ 9,770.85

-        Audit paperwork complete and signed by all who were present.

 Museum Curator/Museum Facilities and Maintenance (J. Allen):

-        Weeding in the front needs to be done.  Will schedule for week of 8/3

-        Correspondence (B. Koch)

-      “Our Town” newspaper requested any updates we want added to our listing. J. Hurley will respond back, adding the museum open days (4th Sunday of the month from 1-3pm)

-      J. Jackson  received a phone message from a professor in Michigan.  He states that all photos of the Forge (72 Union St.) are actually photos of a forge in Denville.  He stated he has proof and when he visits NJ over the summer, he would bring the proof. 

Tails & Tales Program (B. Nickoley / M. Okerblom)

-        Volunteers are needed to make videos that should be about 5 minutes.

-        Fundraising Committee

-        B. Koch daughter sold (2) ornaments at the fireworks.

-        K. Lynch got an estimate for t-shirts from Nicol Printing.  Denise Nicol graciously offered to donate the screening.  K. Lynch to request sizes from members for polo shirts and will order both those and t-shirts for purchase donation. We will order Carolina blue, which is very close to Borough of Rockaway blue.

-        B. Koch dropped off check for $40 to St. Peter and Paul Church for the bazar on 12/3

Website

-        Nothing new 

NEW BUSINESS / AROUND TOWN

·       J. Hurley told a story about a tunnel that runs from the river, under the firehouse to the old grist mill.  It was used for water power for the mill.  

·       National Night Out is Tuesday, 8/2.  Set up is 5:30pm.  Members who will help out, J. Hurley, B. Koch, J. Jackson, D. Conville, C. Conville, K. Lynch

·       J. Hurley discussed the idea of possible Walking Tours in the Borough; historical homes? Historical markers?  

·       Jackon House:  owner trying to subdivide to make it a single-family home.  Knockdown? Improvements?  Land Use Board meeting on 7/27 at 7pm at Community Center for more information

·       D. Tanzola granddaughter and K. Lynch’s daughters will work do the museum inventory.

·       Town Wide Yard Sale is September 24th.  Next meeting will need to start process. 

·       New playground at Park Lakes at end of summer.  The Borough received a grant for $75k for improvements. 

·       Re-development of downtown passed

·       The Borough received a grant of $349k for water improvements

·       he Fall

·       Riverside Shoppe to host “Coffee and Conversation” on 8/4 from 4:30-6pm.  Kitchen won’t be open but coffee and muffins will be available for purchase.

·       J. Allen made MOTION to close meeting at 11:15am, M. Auriemma seconded, all in favor.

Next Meeting:  August 27th, 10am at Community Center

D. Tanzola, B. Edwards,  K. Lynch,  B. Koch,  J. Hurley,  J. Schuring,   M. Auriemma, J. Allen ,                B.  Nickoley,   D. Conville,   J. Jackson,    C. Conville

NOTE: No Meeting was held in September 2022

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

August 27, 2022        Location: Community Center, Union St.

9:58am meeting called to order with flag salute and a moment of silence for departed past members

·       B. Nickoley made motion to approve minutes from July 23rd meeting; B. Koch seconded, all
 in favor

·       J. Reuter graciously donated $50 to the RBHC in memory of Jackie Kourey

·       Committee Reports: 

Treasurer (B Koch):       
-     Advised bank balance at 7/31/2022 is $ 9,730.85

-        J. Allen sold 1 blue book

 Museum Curator/Museum Facilities and Maintenance (J. Allen):

-        J. Hurley cancelled September meeting due to Yard sale

-        Museum be open 9/25 – volunteers are J. Jackson and K. Lynch

-        Correspondence (B. Koch)
- B. Koch sent letter to Lusardi’s asking if they have anything they would like to donate to the museum since having sold their building. 
- “Our Town” confirmed the revision to our ad with updated museum open dates
- J. Hurley was asked if the home at 247 Franklin Ave. had any historical significance.  It is proposed to be demolished in order to upgrade the cement plant.  

Tails & Tales Program (B. Nickoley / M. Okerblom)

-        Volunteers are needed to make videos that should be about 5 minutes.

-        B. Nickoley offered his help to the members

-        B. Koch offered to interview Jack Phillips

-        B. Koch offered to interview Pastor Ryan of Presbyterian Church

-        J. Hurley offered to talk to Father Zig and Father Matt at St. Cecilia Church

-        B. Koch offered to talk to Father Stagon at St. Peter and Paul Church

-        B. Nickoley suggested doing videos on locations around town, items from the museum, or short videos about a Rockaway Borough story (Bob Edwards has many).

Fundraising Committee

-        A. Bernard had nothing new to report

-        B. Koch and D. Tanzola sold (12) ornaments at the fireman’s anniversary celebration. B. Koch to cut check to the RBFD fundraising committee for their portion.

-        K. Lynch to place order for t-shirts (10 each, M, L, and XL)  and golf shirts (enough for members plus 2 extra M, L, and XL) from Nickel Printing.  Denise Nickel graciously offered to donate the screening charge.  

-        B. Koch made MOTION for RBHC to pay for members polo shirts.  A. Bernard seconded, all in favor.

-        J. Reuter asked to purchase (5) ornaments

Town Wide Yard Sale is 9/24 with rain date of 10/1:
- B. Koch to collect money and compile address list
- J. Hurley to make and distribute Yard Sale signs to participating homes
- B. Nickoley will update map
- J. Jackson and K. Lynch to distribute maps at museum from 7am-1pm
B. Koch made 125 copies at staples for the 2021 Town Wide Yard Sale. (It cost $83.17). We had 58 paid homes @$10each + the Library which participated but did not have to pay. Jim H. bought wood to make the yard sale signs for each home. The wood cost him $52.59

Website

-        Discussion ensued regarding military honor roll page on our website.  It was decided that we would have a picture of the monument on the page and invite people to go visit it and include a link to the Morris County military honor role site.

-        J. Perlee suggested having an Instagram account and including a link on our website.  

Museum Inventory

- H. Tanzola and C. Lynch started the inventory process.
- B. Koch suggested a diminutive value gift as a thank you when inventory is completed

NEW BUSINESS / AROUND TOWN

·       J. Hurley advised that all giveaways gone at National Night Out

·       B. Koch suggested getting one of the RBFD 125th Anniversary celebration street flags to display at the museum.  J. Hurley to follow up.

·        Street Names project:  should we include in Street Names Project with copy of T.S. docs??
Per T. Slockbower:  Elm Road is a paper road never finished between Chestnut Terr and Lakeside Dr. 
Per T. Slockbower:  Willow Point Road is still used today as it exists as the walkway from Lakeside Dr to Academy St. This was the Park Lakes housing development plan from 1927

·       Jackson House will be sub-divided from the apartments to a single family house.  There will be a deed restriction that the outside of the house has to keep it’s appearance from 1984 – chimney can’t be knocked down, historical marker will go back up, and the house itself can not be razed.  Next LUB meeting is 9/6 at Community Center

·       Washington School is now the American Christian School

·       D. Conville made MOTION to adjourn meeting at 11:15am, B. Edwards seconded, all in favor.

Next Meeting:  October 22nd, 10am at Community Center

Attendance

D. Tanzola,  B. Edwards,  K. Lynch,  B. Koch,  J. Hurley,  J. Reuter (and daughter)

T. Hiler,  M. Auriemma,  B. Nickoley,  A. Bernard,  J. Jackson,  T. Slockbower,  D. Conville

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

October 22, 2022        Location: Community Center, Union St.

10:09am meeting called to order with flag salute and a moment of silence for departed past members

·       B. Koch brough in donuts, cookies and water for J. Jackson and J. Allen’s recent birthdays

·       B. Koch made motion to approve minutes from August 27th meeting, D.  Conville seconded, all in favor

·       Committee Reports: 

Treasurer (B Koch):       
-     Advised bank balance at September 30, 2022 is $ 9,730.85.  
       - This is before yard sale proceeds deposit and other misc. deposits made this past week
       -  Checks written but not presented: 
            - For yard sale expenses:  B.Koch (map copies), J. Hurley (wood for signs)
            - To RBFD for ornaments – 11 sold
            - Nickel Printing for t-shirts

                       -Yard Sale Summary (9/29/2022):  Profit $ 496.46
                            - 48 homes participating
                            - $125 in map donations
                            - ($79.76) map copies
                            - ($26.78) wood for signs

 Museum Curator/Museum Facilities and Maintenance (J. Allen):

-        J. Hurley advised that all locks at museum have been replaced.  Keys were signed out to officers and master list is kept at Borough Hall.

-        J. Hurley advised that B. Hoppler donated 2 RBFD 125th Anniversary flags that hung from lights in town.

-        J. Hurley advised that the firetruck nozzle being donated by RBFD is being prepped to be placed at the museum.

-        Museum Yard Cleanup – set for 10/28 4pm.  Volunteers:  B. Koch, J. Hurley, D. Conville, 
M. Auriemma

-        Museum will be open 10/23 with volunteers:  B. Koch, B. Edwards, M. Auriemma

-        Museum will be open 11/27 with volunteers:  B. Koch, M. Auriemma, J. Hurley

-        J. Hurley discussed 2nd graders at Lincoln School will be visiting with Mrs. Medore, etc.  on Friday, 11/4 from 9-12:15pm.  B. Koch to make teacher goody bags. J. Hurley and C. Conville to host at museum.

-        B. Koch suggested having a tablecloth or banner to fit our table made so that we don’t’ need to bring the large hanging banner to events.  Needs to be washable NOT dry clean.

-        B. Koch advised museum mailbox is stuck open. J. Hurley suggested MOTION to have mail forwarded to 1 East Main St/Borough Hall and remove broken mailbox. B. Koch approved motion,  seconded, all in favor.

-        Correspondence (B. Koch)
- B. Koch to send Thank You to Nickel Printing for donating screen printing on the t-shirts
- B. Koch sent Thank You to J. Reuter for her donation in memory of J. Koury
- B. Koch sent letter and check to RBFD for ornaments sold 
- B. Koch sent EM to active members for approval to purchase candy for Dark Lake Spooktacular.  All approved the purchase. 

-        Tails & Tales Program (B. Nickoley / M. Okerblom)

-        J. Hurley discussed videos – He attends Senior Meetings and members are very interested in doing a video like B. Koch did with B. Edwards  
- C. Olivo is first senior who signed up.

-        Fundraising Committee

-        K. Lynch picked up t-shirts.  We have 30 shirts for donation sale @ $15/each. 

-        J. Hurley suggested RBHC and Fireman Association Car show at Donatoni Field for cars older than 25 years.  P. Reiche will look into Borough’s umbrella coverage for event. 

-        D. Conville then suggested a “Cars & Coffee” event in Donatoni parking lot as it normally a smaller event.  RB Recreation could sell coffee, etc. at concession. 

Website

-        Nothing new to report

Museum Inventory

- K. Lynch advised there is not much left to inventory.  Inventory should be complete by year end. 

NEW BUSINESS / AROUND TOWN

·       P. Reiche, Borough CFO, joined meeting to discuss a plaque to honor J. Kanigel.  Plaque would be placed on stone arch because J. Kanigel spent an enormous amount of time and effort on grants for the project.  
- P. Reiche asked for our input on verbiage for plaque and ceremony to be held in J. Kanigel’s honor.
- J. Hurley made MOTION for RBHC to support J. Kanigel plaque on arch as needed.  T. Hiler approved, B. Koch seconded, all in favor. 
- J. Hurley made MOTION for RBHC to spend up to $500 on dedication plaque if need arises.  T. Hiler approved, B. Koch seconded, all in favor.

·       J. Hurley confirmed status for “active members” is attending 5 meetings per year plus 2 approved events

·       Dark Lake Spooktacular is on! Setup is 5pm, J. Jackson, J. Hurley and K. Lynch to represent RBHC

·       December 7th – RBPL Christmas Tree Lighting.  M. Okerblom advised they will have our ornaments for donation sale. 

·       Tractor Supply looking like February opening

·       D. Conville made MOTION to adjourn meeting at 11:50am, B. Koch seconded, all in favor.

Next Meeting:  November 26th, 10am at Community Center

D. Tanzola,  B. Edwards, K. Lynch, B. Koch,  J. Hurley,  T. Hiler,  M. Auriemma, D. Conville,  C. Conville

 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
November 26, 2022        Location: Community Center, Union St.
10:00am meeting called to order with flag salute and a moment of silence for departed past members
·       M. Auriemma made motion to approve minutes from October 22nd meeting, B. Koch seconded, all in favor
·       Committee Reports: 
Treasurer (B Koch):       
-     Advised bank balance at October 31, 2022 is $ 10,126.22  
 Museum Curator/Museum Facilities and Maintenance (J. Allen):
-        J. Allen advised that Riverside Shoppe would like to donate some old family photos
-        J. Allen was given an Iron Dukes jersey and pads for the museum
-        B. Koch and M. Auriemma to be at museum on 11/27
-        B. Koch completed form for Historical Committee mail to be forwarded to Borough Hall at 
   1 East Main Street as of 12/1.  The broken mailbox in front can be removed after that
-        Museum volunteers on 12/18 are K. Lynch and J. Hurley.  A. Bernard and B. Koch will try to be there as well
-        Correspondence (B. Koch)
- B. Koch to send Thank You to Nickel Printing for donating screen printing on the t-shirts
- B. Koch to send Thank You to B. Hoppler for donation of (2) RBFD 125th Anniversary street sign banners
Tails & Tales Program (B. Nickoley / M. Okerblom)
-        M. Okerblom has (2) Seniors who are ready and be interviewed for the program
Fundraising Committee
-        K. Lynch to follow up with Nickel Artistic for a quote on sweatshirts.  Members discussed the possibility of having them available for donation purchase. 
-        B. Koch brough up possibility of making an ornament for any significant events in the Borough in 2023
Website
-        Nothing new to report
Museum Inventory
- Nothing new to report
NEW BUSINESS / AROUND TOWN
·       About 75 Lincoln School 2nd graders, and their teachers toured the museum on November 4th
·       J. Hurley discussed marker and ceremony for Joyce Kanigel:
-  Marker will be on an 11 x 16 plaque on a post next to the stone arch
- Ceremony will be in Spring 2023
- Plaque will cost about $595.00
- B. Koch made MOTION to cover  ½ of the cost of the plaque on behalf of the RBHC.  
   A. Bernard seconded, all in favor
·       St. Peter and Paul Bazar is 12/3.  Setup will be on 12/2 – B. Koch, J. Allen and J. Hurley to setup
- J. Jackson, A. Bernard, B. Koch and J. Hurley to be at event table
·       Recap of ornament purchase donation cost:  $10 per ornament, $5 for each additional ornament purchased at same time
·       J. Hurley sent out meeting and museum open dates with agenda.  K. Lynch made MOTION to approve dates, D. Tanzola seconded, all in favor.
·       A. Bernard made MOTION to donate (5) RBFD anniversary ornaments to J. Ruter, T. Slockbower seconded, all in favor. 
·       B. Koch advised that she has a copy of the original Presbyterian Cemetery Tour
·       B. Koch asked her daughter if she could do a Cricut on a tablecloth to be used at events.  We will buy the tablecloths in 2 sizes.  J. Allen made MOTION to spend up to $60 on tablecloths, D. Conville seconded, all in favor. We will finalize what we want on the tablecloths and colors at the December meeting. 
·       January Meeting topics:
Military Honor Roll:  T. Hiler suggested a photo of the Wall of Honor on our website with text to “go see” in person
- Need committee to publicize Wall of Honor and request for any names missing
Yard Sale:  decide on date and need committee for event
Cars & Coffee: decide on Springtime date to coincide when museum will be open.
  Need committee
Slideshow:  T. Slockbower suggested we create a slideshow of photos to be running during museum open dates.  Need committee
·       J. Jackson made MOTION to adjourn meeting at 11:34am, M. Auriemma seconded, all in favor.
Next Meeting:  December 17th , 10am at Community Center
D. Tanzola, A. Bernard, K. Lynch, B. Koch, J. Hurley, J. Allen,  M. Okerblom, T. Hiler, M. Auriem

D. Conville,   T. Slockbower,  B. Nickoley,   J. Jackson

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

December 17, 2022        Location: Community Center, Union St.

10:01am meeting called to order with flag salute and a moment of silence for departed past members

·       D. Conville made MOTION to approve minutes from November 26th meeting, 
T. Hiler seconded, all in favor

·       Committee Reports: 

Treasurer (B Koch):             
-     Advised bank balance as of November 30, 2022 is $ 10,126.22  

 Museum Curator/Museum Facilities and Maintenance (J. Allen):

-        RTHC donated Ciro’s Apothecary bottles – which ones do we want to keep/display?  Do we want to offer some for donation purchase?

-        J. Schuring mentioned that her church is collecting RX bottles for 3rd world countries if anyone can donate.

-        2023 Committee for renovation of displays in museum

-        Volunteers for 12/18 – J. Hurley and K. Lynch

-        Volunteers for 1/29 – M. Auriemma, B. Edwards and possibly T. Slockbower

Correspondence (B. Koch)
- Effective 12/1/2022, all mail will be forwarded to our official address at Borough Hall.  We will remove the mailbox out front and put something else there. Suggestions are needed on what should be put there.
- B. Koch to sent Thank You to Nickel Printing for donating screen printing on the t-shirts
- B. Koch to sent Thank You to B. Hoppler for donation of (2) RBFD 125th Anniversary street
    sign banner
Tails & Tales Program (B. Nickoley / M. Okerblom)

-        B. Nickoley interviewed C. Olivo and it is on the RBPL website and FB page.

-        C. Olivo has a newspaper from WWII to donate regarding her 4 brothers in the war.

-        B. Nickoley has script for 2 more video interviews to be done.  He would like someone to review the questions. 

Fundraising Committee

-        St. Peter & Paul Bazar was a success.  We grossed $177.00

Website

-        Our new website is up and running.  It is hosted (and can only be accessed) on the Rockaway Borough main site

-        New EM:  rockborohistorical@gmail.com 

-        Need a picture of the new shirts for the website

-        J. Perlee wants to honor veterans and complete the page

Museum Inventory

- Nothing new to report

NEW BUSINESS / AROUND TOWN

·       Regarding Officer Elections:  
- Per the By Laws, officers should be nominated and voted on at the December meeting.  
B. Koch made MOTION to move election to January meeting.  K. Lynch seconded, all officers in favor
- B. Koch suggested need new 2nd Treasurer
- Nominations and voting to be held at January meeting
- Do we currently have a 2nd VP?

·       Discussion ensued regarding tablecloths for use at events.  B. Koch advised her daughter is willing to create/add our logo to any tablecloths we purchase.  Tablecloth colors were discussed, and it was suggested to go with a Carolina blue, similar to our new shirts.  A. Bernard offered to research and purchase 2 tablecloths, 52”w x 90”l and 52”w x 12”l. J. Hurley made a MOTION to amend 11/26/2022 resolution to purchase tablecloths from up to $60 to up to $100.  M. Auriemma seconded, all in favor.

·       B. Koch to check with Pastor Rob regarding picture/sketch of General William Winds

·       Street Names Project:  J. Hurley has a few to add and will take pictures of street signs and send to project founder.

·       Senior apartment building that is supposed to be built across from Donatoni is delayed.  There is a large financial gap in funds needed to begin

·       M.  Okerblom discussed the January program at the RBPL is about the Revolutionary War by Joel Farkus.  It will be held on Monday 1/9 at 6:30pm, and attendees need to register for zoom or in person attendance.

·       January Meeting topics/Strategic Plans/Committees Needed: 
Military Honor Roll:  T. Hiler suggested a photo of the Wall of Honor on our website with
 text to “go see” in person. He mentioned the 1776 Petition o the Patriots of Pequannock.
- Need committee to publicize Wall of Honor and request for any names missing. B. Edwards advised of two men who need to be on Wall;  Eddie Everman (died at sea) and Nicky Needer (died in tanker).
Yard Sale:  decide on date and need committee for event
Cars & Coffee: D. Conville and T. Slockbower to lead event.  
    - Decide on Springtime date to coincide when museum will be open
    - RBPD said OK to host if we keep to 40ish cars since have 65 spaces in lot
     - Timing:  9-12:30ish?
     - RB Recreation to sell coffee and donuts?
  - Slideshow:  T. Slockbower suggested we create a slideshow of photos to be running during museum open dates.  Need committee
Show & Tell:  T. Slockbower discussed partnering with RTHC on a History Night type of event where residents bring historical items to share
- T. Slockbower suggested trying to plan one event each month to get residents involved
Museum Refresh:  move displays/artifacts around to give museum a fresh look

·       B. Koch made MOTION to adjourn meeting at 11:15am, M. Auriemma seconded, all in favor.

Next Meeting:  January 28th , 10am at Community Center 

B. EdwardsA. BernardK. LynchB. Koch,  J. Hurley,  J. Schuring, M. Okerblom,  T. Hiler,   M. Auriemma, D. Conville,  T. Slockbower,  B. Nickoley