Want to see some of the most beautiful Fireworks in New Jersey? It’s right here in Mountain Lakes

Mountain Lakes will celebrate Independence Day with fireworks and a daytime BBQ on Saturday, July 4. Both will take place at the Mountain Lakes Club. The fireworks will start about 9:00 p.m. They are staged from a barge in the middle of Mountain Lake for better viewing and photographing around the Lake. Island Beach will be open for residents to use. The fireworks are supported by donations from the community and they are organized by the recreation department.


Morristown Restaurant Week April 27 – May 3

14808534-mmmainMore than 50 local restaurants will be offering deals and specials during Morristown Partnership’s annual Morristown Restaurant Week. From Monday, April 27 – Sunday, May 3, 51 participating restaurants in town will offer prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner, along with special promotions and other drink discounts, as part of the fifth-annual event. More than 40 types of food are expected to be served throughout town. Restaurant-goers can also take advantage of making reservations online at OpenTable.com for the 18 Morristown restaurants that are signed up on the website. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit morristownrestaurantweek.com or call the Morristown Partnership at 973-455-1133.

Michael McDonald Coming to Mayo Performing Arts Center December 02

MichaelMcDonaldGood news for Mountain Lakes residents: Legendary music artist Michael McDonald is coming to Morris County!

With his husky, soulful baritone, Michael McDonald became one of the most distinctive and popular vocalists to emerge from the laid-back California pop/rock scene of the late ’70s. McDonald found the middle ground between blue-eyed soul and smooth soft rock, a sound that made him a star. He initially essayed his signature style with the Doobie Brothers, ushering in the group’s most popular period with hits like “What a Fool Believes” and “Taking It to the Streets.” McDonald disbanded the group in 1982 to pursue a solo career, which was initially quite successful, but by the end of the decade his popularity had faded away, since he was reluctant to work regularly and hesitant to update his sound to suit shifting popular tastes.
After singing backup on several Steely Dan albums in the mid-’70s, Michael McDonald joined the Doobie Brothers in 1977. He was largely responsible for moving the group away from boogie rock and toward polished, jazzy blue-eyed soul. Prior to the Doobies’ farewell tour in 1982, he sang harmony on several hit singles, including tracks by Donna Summer, Toto, Kenny Loggins, and Christopher Cross. As it turned out, McDonald’s solo work was a cross between the Doobie Brothers’ white-bread soul and Cross’ adult contemporary ballads.
McDonald released his solo debut, If That’s What It Takes, in 1982. The record climbed to number six on the strength of the number four single “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near),” which also crossed over into the R&B Top Ten. In 1983, he had another Top 20 pop hit (and a Top Ten R&B hit) with his duet with James Ingram, “Yah Mo B There.” McDonald didn’t deliver his second solo album, No Lookin’ Back, until 1985. The record wasn’t as successful as its predecessor, producing only one moderate hit in its title track. He bounced back the following year, when his duet with Patti LaBelle, “On My Own,” shot to number one and “Sweet Freedom,” his theme for the Billy Crystal/Gregory Hines comedy Running Scared, climbed into the Top Ten.

For tickets visit www.mayoarts.org/event/michael-mcdonald

The Lakeland Youth Symphony Orchestra in Morris County, New Jersey provides musical education and performance opportunities for K – 12 students.

Since 1957 the Lakeland Youth Symphony has provided musical education and performance opportunities for young musicians in Northern New Jersey. The organization is now registering children ages 5-9 for their beginner Enhanced Suzuki violin lessons. String instrumentalists (violin, viola, cello, bass, and harp players) of all ages can enroll today in one of the four orchestras LYS offers.

The Lakeland Youth Symphony is a not-for-profit organization that begins its 2014-2015 season in September, at Mountain Lakes High School, 96 Powerville Road, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. Funding is provided through tuition, private donations and fund-raising activities, as well as a grant from Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Visit their website for more information: www.lakelandyouthsymphony.org or email info@lakelandyouthsymphony.org or call (973) 402-6010.

Peach Harvest Festival


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Alstede Farms, located in the historic town of Chester, New Jersey, is a family owned and operated business providing quality fruits and vegetables, fresh from the fields to your table.


The Festival runs from 11am to 5pm both days. Enjoy peaches in more forms than you could possibly imagine! Discover peachy love with their homemade peach ice cream, peach shortcakes, peach ice tea slushies, and more. Alstede Farms Peach Pie is an all-time favorite. Take a Scenic hayride to the peach orchard to pick your own. The Peach Harvest Festival has family friendly activities including Pony Rides, Moon Bounce and more. Delicious time for the whole family!


Saturday, August 2 – Sunday, August 3
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Alstede Farms

1 Alstede Farms Lane
Corner 84 County Rt. 513 S. (Old Route 24)
Chester, NJ 07930



Clowning Around at Rockaway Townsquare

The first week in August means it’s time to clown around! There is no better way to celebrate National Clown Week than to visit Rockaway Townsquare on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 for its annual “Bring in the Clowns” event.

Several of New Jersey’s finest clowns will perform. Activities include face painting, balloon sculptures, clown autographs and an interactive clown show. Each child will receive a complimentary autograph book and all Simon Kidgits Club members will receive a special carnival themed gift. The event will be held from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm in the mall’s upper level, Center Court.

National Clown Week was established by Congress and signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon in 1971. It has since grown to International Clown Week and is celebrated all over the world.

Don’t miss out on this silly and unique celebration!



Location: Rockaway Townsquare

301 Mt Hope Ave

STE 1900

Rockaway, NJ 07866


17th Annual Airfest Labor Day Weekend – Wildwood Aviation Museum

P046659-300x225Looking for something unique to do this holiday weekend?  Looking to close out the summer of 2013 on a high? Gear up for a weekend that will leave you speechless. The Naval Air Station (NAS) Wildwood Aviation Museum is a non-profit museum located at the Cape May Airport inside historic Hangar #1.  NAS Wildwood, commissioned in April 1943, served as an active dive-bomber squadron training facility during World War II.  Since being restored and transformed into an Aviation Museum, Hanger #1 houses a number of aircraftenginesspecial exhibits, and educational interactive displays.

AirFest is NASW’s largest annual event. The Collings Foundation flies in with WWII bombers, including: B-24 Liberator, B-17 Flying Fortress, and P-51Mustang. For flight reservations call 800-568-8924 or visit the Collings Foundation website.

Vendors and exhibitors fill the Hangar, and guests can enjoy live music, delicious food, and much more.  NASW’s 26 historic aircrafts and other fascinating exhibits are also available.

Don’t forget your camera!!

AirFest Admission:
$12/Adults  $8/Children (3-12)  2 &Under/Free


  • Friday, August 30th –
    – 2pm-5pm* WWII Bomber Flights & Tours (*2pm arrival time tentative)
    – Vendors & Exhibitors
  • Saturday, August 31 –
    – 9am-5pm WWII Bomber Flights & Tours
    – Kids Games: Crafts, Face Painting, Balloon Animals (Starting at Noon)
    – 1pm-3pm Live music by the Swingtimers Trio
    TBD – Guest Speaker: LCDR Peyton Russell
    (LCDR Russell will personally recount the search & rescue efforts of the US Coast Guard for the HMS Bounty during Hurricane Sandy.)
    – Vendors & Exhibitors
  • Sunday, September 1 –
    – 9am-5pm WWII Bomber Flights & Tours
    – 11am-2pm  Live music by Skip Kehr
    – Kid’s games: Bouncy House, Face Painting, Sand Art, Balloon Animals (Starting at Noon)
    – Vendors & Exhibitors
  • Monday, September 2 –
    – 9am-5pm WWII Bomber Flights & Tours
    – Kid’s games: Bouncy House, Crafts, Face Painting, Balloon Animals (Starting at Noon)
    – Vendors & Exhibitors

(*All activities vary day to day and are subject to change at any time.)




Mountain Lakes residents – Do you have your beach tags for summer?

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Summer is finally here! Its time to enjoy the beach and have some good, safe fun!
Beaches are restricted for use by residents and immediate family members who reside with them. As you may know, to enter the beach, a beach tag available from Borough Hall is required. Proof of residency is necessary for ALL adults over 21 wishing to purchase tags.
Children under two years of age (as of June 1, 2013) do not need a tag. Seniors (aged 62 or over) must obtain tags but there is no fee. One Nanny tag is available per household and must be purchased separately.

This summer especially, we all are excited to be spending time with friends and family members in NJ on our beautiful beaches with so much to offer in terms of fine dining restaurants, activities for families, summer camps,  etc. We are so lucky to have these amazing beaches so close to us at Legacy of Mountain Lakes – just another reason our residents enjoy living here so much.

Summer living at Legacy is underway and we couldn’t be happier!

Don’t forget your sunscreen!

If you haven’t already registered for your beach tags, click here for the application:


The League of Women Voters Annual Business Luncheon, Tuesday May 21st – Make your vote count!

Have your vote counted!  The annual LWVML business meeting will be held at The Mountain Lakes Club. Members will vote on the  2013-14 budget, president, board of directors, and program and/or study for 2013-14.  Immediately following the business portion of the meeting, a delicious buffet lunch will be served 

The League of Women Voters is a nonprofit, nonparisan organization whose purpose is to promote political responsibility through the informed and active participation of women in government.

Please RSVP to Barbara Catallo at barabaracatallo@yahoo.com if you are planning to attend.


Mme. Belle de Rivera was the most famous suffragette to live in Mountain Lakes; she also had a residence in New York City, where she presided over a meeting of the suffragettes at the Hall of the Ethical Culture. Mme. de Rivera and the suffrage movement fought to give women the right to vote . Let’s not take our rights for granted.


Historic Walking Tour of Mountain Lakes – Break out your sneakers!!

UnknownHave you ever wished you could walk around Mountain Lakes with an expert from the Historic Preservation Committee enlighting you with authentic facts about the neighborhood?

Well now you can…

The Mountain Lakes Historic Preservation Committee has created an audio walking tour of Mountain Lakes.  It’s a lot like the audio tours in museums and IT’S FREE.  You simply download the audio files to your iPod, smart phone, or portable digital audio device, put on your walking shoes and get started.

The tour starts on Elm Rd. across the tracks from the train station and covers 2.1 miles before returning to the train station.  It takes about 2 hours to complete.  Perfect for a sunny day.

The following sites are covered:

  1. Train Station
  2. Midvale Stores
  3. Midvale Boat Dock
  4. Luellen House at 46 Dartmouth Rd,
  5. Mountain Lakes Club
  6. Lake Drive School
  7. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
  8. Boulevard Trolley
  9. Little Theater
  10. Hapgood’s Original Sales Office
  11. Community Church
  12. Briarcliff School

1.  Taking the Tour — Preferred Method Using a Smartphone

If you have a Smartphone or Tablet with Internet connectivity, taking the tour is extremely easy.  Just take your Smartphone or Tablet and walk or drive to the beginning of the tour on Elm Road across from the Train Station.  Then pull up the walking tour map on your Smartphone by clicking the link below:

Walking Tour on Smartphone

Follow the route indicated on the map.  At each stop, click or touch the marker to hear an expert describing the stop.

That’s all there is to it.  Good Luck and Have Fun.

2.  Taking the Tour — If you have a Portable Digital Music Device

If you don’t have a Smartphone, you can take the tour using a portable music device such as an iPOD, Walkman, or other portable digital music player.  The tour consists of a number of audio files.  First, obtain the files as described below and transfer them to your digital music player.  Then take your player, walk out your front door, and get started.

The tour starts on Elm Rd.  across the tracks from the Train Station.  Go there and listen to the Introduction file.  Then at each stop, listen to the narration in the corresponding file.  At the end of each audio are the instructions for walking to the next stop.  Proceed from stop to stop listening to each audio in turn.  It’s simple.

3.  Taking the Tour — If you have don’t have a Portable Music Device

If you don’t have either a Smartphone or portable music device, you can still take the tour.  The Library has several digital players pre-loaded with the Walking Tour audio.  You may borrow one.  Make sure you ask them to brief you on how to use the device.  Then, simply walk out the door to the right, go down to the train station and start the tour.  You must return the device when you are finished.

4.  Taking the Tour — If you can’t get to Mountain Lakes

If you live too far away or are physically unable to take the tour, you can still take a virtual tour on your PC by clicking the link below:

Virtual Walking Tour on PC

Follow the route indicated on the map.  At each stop, click the marker to hear an expert describing the stop.

5.  Taking the Tour — If you’d like to see it on your TV

The HPC plans to develop a DVD in the future that will be available for sale.

Download a Map of the Tour

Click on this link to download an Adobe Acrobat file containing a route map of the tour.

Walking Tour Map (Caution: large file)

How to Obtain the Audio Files

From an HPC CD:

The Historic Preservation Committee offers for sale a CD of the audio for the walking tour.  It is available at the Library at a price of $10.

From iTunes:

If you have an Apple iPod or iPhone, it’s easy to get the audio from the iTunes Store (it’s free).  Launch iTunes on your PC or Mac and select the iTunes Store.  Enter “Walking Tour” in the Search iTunes Store field.  When iTunes displays the results of your search, select “Podcasts, See All” and then select Mountain Lakes Walking Tour.

Download from the Web

The audios are available from the Mountain Lakes Web site.  Use the links below.

  1. Introduction
  2. STOP01.Train Station
  3. STOP02.Midvale Stores
  4. STOP03.Midvale Dock
  5. STOP04.Luellen House
  6. STOP05.Mountain Lakes Club
  7. STOP06.Lake Drive School
  8. STOP07.St Peters Church
  9. STOP08.Boulevard Trolley
  10. STOP09.Little Theater
  11. STOP10.Sales Office
  12. STOP11.Community Church
  13. STOP12.Briarcliff School
  14. STOP13.Closing

If you prefer, you can download them all together as a zip file of audios and extract them.  Use the link below.  Download zip file of Walking Tour audios [Caution, large file]