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Wilson’s “Money Fall” seals North Hunterdon wrestling’s win over Delaware Valley

What’s better than earning a match-winning pin for your team?How about getting paid a little cash because of that fall.That’s exactly what North Hunterdon junior Brian Wilson did Wednesday night.Wilson was awarded the Dan Hutchins Memorial Award, which comes with a $250 payment upon Wilson’s graduation, after his pin at 157 pounds sealed the Lions...

What’s better than earning a match-winning pin for your team?

How about getting paid a little cash because of that fall.

That’s exactly what North Hunterdon junior Brian Wilson did Wednesday night.

Wilson was awarded the Dan Hutchins Memorial Award, which comes with a $250 payment upon Wilson’s graduation, after his pin at 157 pounds sealed the Lions’ 35-33 win over Delaware Valley at Del Val’s Hutch Gym.

“That felt amazing. I don’t really remember much because the adrenaline was just pumping, but it was amazing. The feeling of getting up, saving your team… I came through, it was a team effort. Some guys stayed out of bonus and that really helped it, put a lot less pressure on me. It was a good team effort all around,” Wilson said.

Heading into the penultimate bout of the evening, North Hunterdon (7-2) held on to a 29-27 lead with senior standout Garrett Tettemer waiting in the wings for the Terriers (8-2) at 165.

“That was big, he’s pretty good on top,” North Hunterdon coach Chris Hrunka said of Wilson’s win. “We knew we needed a tech, that didn’t look like it was possible, or a pin. Believed in him there and he found a way.”

Wilson gave up the first takedown of the match and trailed 2-0 heading into the second period, which Schneider chose to start in the bottom position.

Over the first minute of the second, Wilson imposed himself with a strong ride but didn’t appear to be in a rush to earn points from top position until, in a flash, the junior turned Schneider and locked up the fall in 3:19.

“It did just come out of nowhere. It’s what we practice, it’s what we drill, catching guys like that. Our coaches go over it all the time, we drill it to perfection. It’s all feel. I felt it, I hit it and came out with the win,” Wilson said.

When asked about the monetary bonus that came with the pin, Wilson beamed with pride while holding the Dan Hutchins Memorial Award trophy.

“Which is very generous, I’m very excited for that,” Wilson said.

North Hunterdon forfeited to Tettemer to close out the match.

Both teams earned tech falls in the two matches prior to Wilson’s win. Delaware Valley sophomore Jackson Bush scored four takedowns and six near fall points in a 17-2 win over fellow sophomore Josh Joubert.

North Hunterdon senior Daniel Delusant piled up three takedowns, six back points and forced four stall calls on sophomore Luke Sinkiewicz in a 17-1 victory at 144.

Delusant captured the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex championship at 150 with a 3-1 decision over Delaware Valley senior Chris Colasurdo on Saturday. Colasurdo did not weigh in Wednesday night and Delaware Valley coach Andy Fitz declined to comment on the senior’s absence.

“The kids battled hard. There were a lot of bonus point wins tonight. Every kid who took the mat did what they could. We always talk about winning big and losing small, we just gave up too much bonus. You can’t give up that many points, we just didn’t have it tonight,” the longtime coach of the Terriers said.

The Lions earned bonus points in five of their seven wins.

“It’s a big one, you always want to beat the local team. Del Val’s got a really strong program, they’ve got a hell of a team… With everyone back, Tettemer in their lineup, they’re going to be a hard team to beat,” Hrunka said.

“You could wrestle this dual three times and get three different results.”

Seniors Alex Uryniak and Brendan Riley, the H/W/S champions at 190 and 215, respectively, earned back-to-back falls early in the match and freshman Reid Buzby pinned Tye Falkenstein in 57 seconds at 113 in just his fourth bout of the season.

“We’ve used (Buzby) a couple times now, in big matches like this and he’s stepped up every time. He’s one of those kids where, he’s a gamer, you put him out there and he’s going to step up in this environment,” Hrunka said.

Buzby’s appearance at 113 allowed two-time state place winner Logan Wadle to bump up to 120, where the senior worked a hard-earned 8-3 decision over Del Val junior Jake Taylor.

“He’s a very tough kid, finished second at Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex,” Fitz said of Taylor. “Wadle is working his way down to 106 I guess, he’s giving up a lot of weight. We know how good Jake is, we weren’t surprised by that at all. Taylor’s a very good wrestler.”

The Lions also got a decision at heavyweight from senior Louis White, who rode out junior Kyle Cooke in the second before earning a quick escape and takedown at the buzzer in the third period of a 3-0 win.

North Hunterdon will compete at the Patriot Duals at North Warren this weekend before matchups against Warren Hills Wednesday and at Phillipsburg Friday. The Stateliners are ranked ninth in the state by NJ.com and the Blue Streaks are ranked 13th.

“Doesn’t get any easier. We have a tough schedule and we’re going to keep wrestling tough teams. For our team, these are going to be the duals. They’re all going to be coming down to the last couple of matches, we’re not going to blow a lot of teams out” Hrunka said. “We just gotta get comfortable being uncomfortable.”

Senior Owen Kucharski and junior Matt Roche, who was named Del Val’s Outstanding Wrestler of the match, earned falls for the Terriers at 106 and 132, respectively. Sophomore Jaden Perez secured four takedowns in a 13-2 major of junior Shane Wysocki at 126 while juniors Ben Levy (150) and Kevin Roman (175) both earned decisions for Del Val.

The Terriers will travel to Raritan Thursday night before a quad meet with Hanover Park, Jefferson Township and Ridge on Saturday.

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Your Guide to South Orange, New Jersey, by The Giordano Group

Each month, The Hoboken Girl and The Giordano Group highlight one town in Northern New Jersey to share some of the best places to eat, drink and socialize. We outline the different commuting options and some fun, family-friendly activities while also giving you insight into the competitive Northern NJ real estate market. This New Jers...

Each month, The Hoboken Girl and The Giordano Group highlight one town in Northern New Jersey to share some of the best places to eat, drink and socialize. We outline the different commuting options and some fun, family-friendly activities while also giving you insight into the competitive Northern NJ real estate market. This New Jersey real estate series will showcase what makes each town cool, unique, and vibrant. So while you may not be looking to move, we all know stalking Zillow houses is the best hobby — and The Giordano Group is here to make it that much easier.

After visiting Bloomfield, we are heading to the town of South Orange also located in Essex County. The town features a mix of history and modern-day living with a quaint, small-city feel.

South Orange has a vibrant community around its train station and consists mainly of houses rather than apartment or condo buildings. The family-friendly and walkable downtown is consistently ranked among the best in the state. And with so many fun things to do, shops to check out, and restaurants to try, you’ll understand why it’s such a great place to live. Read on for your guide to South Orange, NJ.

About the Giordano Group

Darren Giordano and his team of realtors have over a decade of experience in Hudson County and Northern New Jersey, achieving the Platinum Level of Excellence every year since 2016. They closed over $300,000,000 over the last decade.

To learn more about the market value for homes in South Orange — or if you want to find out the current market value of your home in Hudson County, text CMA to 201-723-3300 to get in touch with the Giordano Group, and click here or download the North Jersey Homes app to stay ahead of the market anytime.

The Commute

South Orange commuters have easy access to trains and buses into New York City.

South Orange residents have access to both The South Orange Train Station and The Mountain Train Station, offering an approximately 25-minute commute to New York City’s Penn Station. These stations ensure that there are multiple speedy and direct routes to Newark and Hoboken where the PATH transfers you to the heart of New York. South Orange also has a Jitney Bus Service which allows residents to travel to various other transit stations with ease.

NJ Transit Bus Routes 92 and 107 pass between South Orange and Irvington, Newark, Newark Liberty Airport, Union City, and New York (to the Port Authority Bus Terminal). Other nearby mass transport options are the Lakeland Bus and the Community Coach that travel straight to NYC or Atlantic City from nearby stops.

South Orange is situated near Routes 24, 124, 280, I-78, the New Jersey Turnpike, and the Garden State Parkway take a mere 5-10 minutes by car, enabling residents to traverse the state with ease.

Where to Eat + Drink

The restaurant scene can’t be beaten, offering first-rate fare in a range of homey and high-class settings.

South Orange has a diverse mix of restaurants and popular watering holes. Local eateries range in ambiance from local diners to fine dining. We’ve compiled just a sample of some of the varied cuisine options that you’ll find here.

This French BYO bistro will make you feel like you’re in the South of France. Chef Richard Krug specializes in French Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-influenced dishes.

Right in the heart of downtown South Orange, this Team HG fave is known for its welcoming atmosphere and its artisanal cocktails. The Fox + Falcon has a chill atmosphere, TVs to watch the game, and a really fun trivia night. The outdoor heaters and tents bring a welcoming and cozy vibe from the inside to the outside. The outdoor space is a great spot for enjoying the hot soba noodles paired with a signature drink from the bar. Like the hot spiced cider.

Part of the Landmark Hospitality Group just opened this fall. This large space can accommodate corporate gatherings, family parties, and celebrations of any size. The Hall features a Biergarten and an outdoor patio.

Things to Do

South Orange has a vibrant community with seasonal festivals, concerts, and more. They are proud of the unique experiences in the area you can experience. South Orange is known for its impressive independent theater scene populated by a thriving network of artists.

The Baird Community Center is the community’s recreational and arts hub, housing the Pierro Gallery, art classrooms, an indoor theater, multiple tennis courts, a basketball court, and numerous additional amenities.

The campus is beautiful and the Seton Hall Pirates have ended up in the March Madness Basketball Tournament before. The former St.Peter’s coach who helped get Jersey City’s small Jesuit school nationally known – has returned to his alma mater in South Orange. He is sure to keep delivering top-notch basketball with all-star recruits.

Conveniently located right next to the South Orange train station The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) has become a cultural centerpiece for the town and the greater region with film festivals, first-rate movies, comedians, concerts, and theatrical performances. The Center features a state-of-the-art, 415-seat theater, and 5-movie screens operated by Clearview Cinema alongside a community space that seats 150 people.

Where to Shop

South Orange offers a blend of Americana with an eclectic range of shops, boutiques, and cafes lining the main streets. You’ll find lots of independently owned shops, restaurants, barbershops, and salons in town. The Township of South Orange Village has a large downtown area with brick sidewalks and Victorian gas lamps.

Top Rated Schools

The School District of South Orange is shared with Maplewood and includes The Montrose Early Childhood Center, seven elementary schools (Clinton, Jefferson, Marshall, Seth Boyden, South Mountain, Tuscan Elementary, and South Mountain), The South Orange and Maplewood Middle Schools as well as Columbia High School. All of these schools live up to their reputation for academic excellence and boast a long list of impressive accomplishments. Columbia High School is known as one of the most academically progressive high schools in the state of New Jersey and has been recognized nationally for its academic excellence with a Blue Ribbon award from the US Department of Education.

The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School emphasizes continuing education classes and building community in a diverse range of subjects for adults desiring to enrich their experience and expand their minds. The district also offers a highly praised children’s camp during the warmer months called the South Orange-Maplewood Community Summer Program.

One of the country’s leading Catholic Universities, Seton Hall offers more than 90 majors and is nationally renowned for its business and law programs. You may be familiar with their top-notch basketball program, which has been in the NCAA March Madness Tournament. Coach Shaheen Holloway (who led St. Peter’s to their epic 2022 NCAA Cinderella story) is back at his alma mater and sure to bring in top recruits.

Kid’s Corner — Parks + Playgrounds

One of the most enviable features of South Orange is its extensive community parks and facilities.

The largest park in South Orange is Meadowland Park which holds the historic Cameron Field. The amenities include nine baseball diamonds and little league pitches, 19 tennis courts, three soccer areas, a duck pond, playgrounds, a sculpture park, and winter sports areas, including a famous sledding hill.

Located near South Orange, this reserve boasts 2,110 acres of land along the Rahway River and nearly 20 miles of walking and hiking trails. The half-mile fairy trail is open year-round beginning at the Locust Grove picnic area and is a doable walk for small children. Along the footpath, habitats of sprites are nestled amongst the trees. Local artists helped create these miniature homes along the Rahway Trail.

Real Estate Corner via The Giordano Group

The South Orange real estate market is in high demand, just like all Northern NJ Suburban towns. The most popular style of home is colonial. There are currently 11 active homes on the market. In the last 4 months there were 38 homes sold vs. 71 from this same time frame last year. Although the number of sales in South Orange and most suburban towns are lower in the winter months, the average sales price has stayed strong and continues to increase. The average sales price in Q4 of 2022 was $873,647 which is a 13.9% increase vs Q4 in 2021.

If you’re interested in learning more about South Orange or any neighboring towns in Essex County, you can give Darren and The Giordano team a call, shoot them an email at [email protected] or download their app for real-time updates on the market at your fingertips.

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Jefferson football outlasts Vernon in epic back-and-forth battle

JEFFERSON – What started out as a potential blowout victory became a matter of who would blink last.Jefferson would have no part of a game of bluff. But the Falcons needed a last-ditch effort in a game that featured three lead changes in the fourth quarter, including two in the final 75 seconds.Quarterback Ryan Moran found Travis Osterhout on a 14-yard slant for the game-winning touchdown with eight seconds left to cap a wild fourth quarter in Jefferson’s 43-36 comeback win over Vernon Friday in a Sup...

JEFFERSON – What started out as a potential blowout victory became a matter of who would blink last.

Jefferson would have no part of a game of bluff. But the Falcons needed a last-ditch effort in a game that featured three lead changes in the fourth quarter, including two in the final 75 seconds.

Quarterback Ryan Moran found Travis Osterhout on a 14-yard slant for the game-winning touchdown with eight seconds left to cap a wild fourth quarter in Jefferson’s 43-36 comeback win over Vernon Friday in a Super Football Conference American White showdown.

It was the sixth straight win for the Falcons (2-1) against their Sussex County rivals. Vernon dipped to 1-2.

“I can’t believe it. I knew we would have to do something like this to win. It’s a dream come true. I haven’t felt this way in a while,” said Moran, who was playing in his third game as a starter. “We worked on the game-winning play all week at practice. I knew it was going to be there. I saw two linebackers blitz and I knew he [Osterhout] was going to be there. I just can’t believe he ran it in.”

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The Vikings went up 13-0 in first quarter but Jefferson rallied in the second for a 21-13 lead. The game was tied at 21 by halftime, then the second-half fireworks lit up the evening sky.

Leading 36-35 with 1:15 left, it appeared Vernon was headed to its first victory over Jefferson since 2016. But Moran engineered a five-play, 75-yard drive with Osterhout hauling in a dart and weaving through the Vernon defense for the decisive score.

Vernon had taken a one-point lead when running back Gage Moskovitz scored his third TD and quarterback Derek Lazier connected with Franco Luna for a two-point conversion, his second of the night.

So many twists and turns defined the third quarter.

Jefferson took a 27-21 lead when Moran and wide receiver Jeff Evans hooked up for the second time. Vernon answered back on its next drive, eating up more than seven minutes with Moskovitz barreling over from the 1 with 15 seconds left and a 28-27 edge.

The fourth quarter started out with a bang as the Falcons reclaimed the lead when the Moran-to-Evans combination made good for a third time - this time on a 28-yard post pattern and a two-point conversion for a 35-27 lead.

“We were clicking all night. Everyone made big plays and our line got the job done,” Evans said. “There’s no one like Ryan [Moran]. We’ve been my best friends for years. It’s fun to have my friend as my quarterback.”

What it means

With the win, Jefferson remains a game behind Sparta and High Point in the SFC-American White. The Falcons have won two straight after dropping their season opener to High Point on Sept. 2.

Vernon has dropped two straight games since a season-opening win over Morris Hills.

Key play

Trailing 36-35 with 1:45 left to play following Vernon's go-ahead touchdown and two-point conversion, Moran hit receiver Jason Eisele for 43 yards on the first play of the final drive.

That put Jefferson in Vikings territory at the 42-yard line, setting up the game-winning touchdown three plays later.

By the numbers

Moran hit on 21 of 34 passes for 342 yards and five touchdowns.

For Vernon, Lazier finished with 140 passing yards and accounted for two touchdowns, including one in the air.

Moskovitz rushed for 172 yards on 34 carries and three touchdowns for Vernon.

They said it

“I’m really proud of our performance, but it is what it is. We’re going to come back next week even stronger than what we already are. We just have to bounce back. This loss obviously puts a chip on our shoulder. We’re going to keep working hard and get to the playoffs.” – Moskovitz

“I’m a big 'theme of the week' guy. Grit was last week and being a man was this week. You put those two together and that’s what you get tonight. It’s a great win for us. Vernon came to play. An incredible job by both teams tonight and a great night for high school football.” - Jefferson coach Jerry Venturino.

Up next

Jefferson hosts Wallkill Valley on Friday.

Vernon is back on the road at Lenape Valley (1-2) on Friday.

'I love it more than anything': Meet the Reids, the first family of Jefferson lacrosse

AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" gives Calen Reid goosebumps. That's the song blaring over the loudspeakers every time the Jefferson boys lacrosse team runs onto the field to start warmups.Even though Reid has heard it almost daily for years, the song means something a little different this spring.Calen and his identical twin brother Jamison Reid are freshmen on the Falcons varsity. Jamison, known as J-Mo, is the starting goalie. Calen, aka Chubb, starts at attack.Chubb – the nickname originated bec...

AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" gives Calen Reid goosebumps. That's the song blaring over the loudspeakers every time the Jefferson boys lacrosse team runs onto the field to start warmups.

Even though Reid has heard it almost daily for years, the song means something a little different this spring.

Calen and his identical twin brother Jamison Reid are freshmen on the Falcons varsity. Jamison, known as J-Mo, is the starting goalie. Calen, aka Chubb, starts at attack.

Chubb – the nickname originated because he was born seven pounds and eight ounces, a minute after six pound, three ounce Jamison – has been around the Jefferson High School team for most of his life, so involved that one year the Falcons' plays were all named in his honor: Chubb, Chubby, Chubster, etc.

"It was eight years of built up energy and adrenaline," said Chubb Reid, noting he doesn't really answer to his given name.

"I'm so excited to be able to play. I love it more than anything. I just show the spirit of the team."

Their father, Scott Reid, brought lacrosse to Jefferson 26 years ago. He hadn't played the game when he was in high school there. Reid tried it for the first time when he went back to Montclair State University for a physical education degree, and loved it almost immediately.

He launched a youth team in the township with sixth, seventh and eighth graders. He also started pushing to get lacrosse added to the high school roster, which happened two years later — boys and girls teams.

Reid is Jefferson High School's first boys lacrosse coach, and has led the team since 2009. All five of his kids are involved in the sport.

Payton Reid, the eldest, was a defender starting in fifth or sixth grade. He was first-team NJAC-United as a senior last spring. Junior Finley Reid is a swing goalie, starting on the Jefferson girls junior varsity team and backing up the varsity. Jamison is also a goalie, though Scott Reid said, "He comes out of the cage a lot, and he's the fastest kid on our team." Chubb "plays everything but goalie" according to his coach-dad. Elsie, the youngest at age 8, "runs around like a maniac and loves it."

Initially, Finley and Jamison both had to be coaxed into trying the family sport.

When Jamison was in second grade, coach-dad Scott "definitely made me do it, but it's the best decision I ever made." Finley wasn't happy with her sixth-grade teammates, switched to dance for a year, and returned.

"There was a game where our goalie didn't show up. The coach asked, 'Anybody want to play goalie?'" Finley recalled. "I was the first person to raise my hand. One hundred percent yes, I'll do it. I'd watched my brother play, and I love it. I love trying new stuff."

Finley runs cross country in the fall and is a sprinter for the Falcons' indoor track team. But the rest of the year, it's all about lacrosse. She even helps with the town youth teams, which includes her little sister.

Finley has already decided she wants to play lacrosse in college, and continue to coach.

"It's definitely going to run in the family," she said. "There's no way my kids are going to be softball people, or baseball. That's definitely not happening. It's going to be lacrosse, for sure."

But Scott Reid insisted he doesn't favor his own sons.

Payton came up through the usual system: JV as a freshman, a bench player on varsity as a sophomore, then lost his junior season to COVID before starting as a senior. But Scott Reid, who had coached Jamison and Chubb in Falcons Youth Lacrosse, knew they were going to "play big roles on varsity" as freshmen.

Chubb leads Jefferson's offense with 21 goals and 52 assists – breaking the school record for a freshman against Kinnelon on May 11.

Jamison reached 100 career saves on the same day, allowing an average of 3.8 goals. He set a team record for victories by a freshman goalie with 13 in just 16 games.

The Falcons are undefeated NJAC-Colonial and NJILL Pooley champs, winning both titles for only the second time in school history.

"My dad doesn't even have to show favoritism because of how Chubb and me play on the field," Jamison Reid said. "Growing up with him, he's always pushed us. I think we can take on bigger roles, like playing varsity lacrosse as freshmen."

Kim Reid, mom to the five rambunctious kids, is a steady presence at home – where the three boys share a room, as do the two girls in the family's raised Cape – and at everyone's games.

Both Falcons boys and girls teams share the field at practice. The siblings also try to turn up at each other's games. They even occasionally toss a ball around in the backyard, where there's a net set up for Jamison and Finley.

Though boys and girls lacrosse are very different games, Finley has picked up pointers from Jamison – and withstood more than a few hard shots from Payton and Chubb.

"As a sister, I watch them play and I get tears in my eyes," she said. "They're freshmen. They're varsity. It drives me crazy when people talk about them on the sideline. Yeah, they're only freshmen. Wait until they're seniors. They're going to be insane. They make me so proud and happy."

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'I answered the call': Veteran leads rebuild of Lake Hopatcong American Legion after fire

JEFFERSON — American Legion Post 245 served for decades as a community meeting place before a devastating fire reduced it to rubble last month.Now, amid the mangled metal and charred artifacts at the site, local business owners and residents are determined to rebuild.For the past week, Andover-based J.J. Rich Demolition & Rec...

JEFFERSON — American Legion Post 245 served for decades as a community meeting place before a devastating fire reduced it to rubble last month.

Now, amid the mangled metal and charred artifacts at the site, local business owners and residents are determined to rebuild.

For the past week, Andover-based J.J. Rich Demolition & Recycling has been leading the cleanup at Post 245 in the Lake Hopatcong section of Jefferson. A group of contractors, township officials and other volunteers combed through the wreckage of the 6,000-square-foot building to expedite the demolition process.

"Invariably, these things will sit for months and months and months," said Rocky Rich, the owner of the demolition company and a veteran himself. "One thing we wanted to do is get it moving as quickly as possible. We didn't want an eyesore in the neighborhood for the community."

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Rich's involvement with the project began a few days after the Aug. 26 fire, when he was referred to a Facebook post from a Legion member. The post sought a local company to help with the cleanup that would also be sensitive to any historic items buried in the debris.

As a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Rich said he felt an obligation to help despite having no prior affiliation with the post.

"I didn't know any of them," he said at the site Thursday. "All I knew was there was a call for help, and I answered the call."

Rich began working on the Espanong Road property on Sept. 9 and has been there daily from about 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Others have joined him, inspired to do their part for a location and organization that have long been staples of the Lake Hopatcong area.

"The Legion, not just for the military, has been an important part of the community forever," said Russ Felter, a former Jefferson mayor and volunteer at the site. "You probably can't find anybody who lives in town longer than a few years that didn't come to a baby shower or wedding or one of the memorial services here."

In fact, Felter said, the Legion was preparing to host a dinner the day the fire broke out in the kitchen around 11:15 a.m. The blaze spread quickly before multiple responding fire departments got it under control by 12:30 p.m. No injuries were reported.

While the blaze destroyed many framed photos and other artifacts, the cleanup crew has recovered other items that emerged in relatively good shape. They were able to save boxes of blank ammunition as well as 10 rifles, which Felter called the "holy grail" of the process.

The collaboration grew to include Blue Diamond Disposal and Jefferson Recycling, which donated dumpsters for the wreckage. Camp Six, a property management company that oversees several Lake Hopatcong restaurants and businesses, is covering the dump fees for the cleanup. Rich said any money generated from items brought to the scrap yard will be donated to the Legion.

The partnerships are encouraging to the legion's past commander, Tony Gross, who has been active at the post for 62 years. In that time, he said, support from residents and government leaders never wavered.

"We have found that we get tremendous cooperation from the administrations," said Gross, 89. "That's why we've succeeded up to this point. That's one of the main reasons. Whenever we needed something . . . they're always there to help us."

Rich said he hoped to finish his work at the site by Saturday. The timeline for reconstructing the building largely depends on insurance inspections still to come, Gross said.

The volunteers' goal is for the restoration effort to be fully funded by locals, with more people and businesses contributing as word gets out. Gross hopes the initiative will lead to more members at Post 245 and an increased desire to care for veterans.

On Thursday, Rich focused on the mental health issues that plague many veterans. After rebuilding, he said, former service members will once again have a "safe haven" to share their stories with others who have similar experiences.

"There's nothing like the brotherhood of veterans," Rich said. "No matter what branch you serve in, there's always been a healthy competition between the services. But at the end of the day, we all serve under one flag and one country."

Donations may be sent to: American Legion Post 245, PO Box 187, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849.

Kyle Morel is a local reporter covering Morris and Sussex counties.

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