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Samantha Toscano's Gold Award Presentation at Senior Men's Breakfast

Jennifer Dericks

Thursday, July 10, 2014 • 11:33pm

SPARTA, NJ - As part of her Gold Award project, Samantha Toscano made a presentation about the Honeywell Alert program at the Senior Men’s Breakfast on Thursday morning. In the Senior Center at Knoll Heights, there were 16 men gathered for their breakfast. This was the second presentation Toscano made about the community’s new information communication system.   

Following the slide presentation, Toscano, assisted by her friend Nichole Stanziale, assisted the men in registering for the program. In her first presentation, she registered everyone that attended. She had several more sign up at this month’s breakfast as well. 

Toscano explained that there are several options as to the types of alerts that can be received, as well as the way that they can be received.  For example, a resident can ask to only receive emergency notifications or make additional selections on the form to receive alerts about township events or reminders about township utility and tax bill due dates. Further, they can indicate that they would like to receive the alerts via text message, email, cell phone or land line or any combination.

Toscano also explained about the four GoTo Shelters at the Municipal Building, Library, Lake Mohawk Country Club and Senior Center.  Each of these facilities has been equipped with a generator.  In case of a wide spread power outage these stations would be open for residents to warm up or cool off, charge phones and other electronic devices and meet up with neighbors.  These programs fall under the umbrella of the Sparta Township Emergency Preparedness initiative or STEP Co-chaired by Sparta Police Chief Ernest Reigstad and Councilwoman Christine Quinn.

At Tuesday night’s Township Council meeting Manager Bill Close explained there were now 700 people registered to receive Honeywell Alerts from the township.  Quinn said the goal was to have 3000 people register.

Toscano also explained that the township Honeywell Alert program is separate from that of the Sparta school district.  This web-based alert system has been available to the school community since 2007 when it was initially sponsored by Dan Corrigan of Re/Max Realtor.  In order to receive alerts from the township, residents must register with the town.

There are registration forms available at the Sparta Municipal building and Recreation Department.

Residents can sign up to receive alerts using this link https://iaplus.honeywell.com/SPARTAALERT/       

Go to Sign Up in the upper left corner.  Then simply fill in the information and click on the Register button.   Forms are also available at the municipal building and Parks and Recreation Department.

  • You must be using Internet Explorer to register using the online form. 
  • This is completely separate from the Sparta public school Honeywell Instant Alert system. 
  • You must register with the township to receive notifications from the township.

Toscano will be eligible to receive her award, the equivalent of an Eagle Scout award in Boy Scouts, “as soon as I finish the paper work.” 

Marianne Dilworth, Recreation Supervisor and Senior Coordinator, told those gathered a bit about Toscano.  "She is a busy young lady.  She babysits five days a week for the grandchildren of one of the men at the breakfast, waitresses at a local restaurant, works at Rita's which is owned by her parents, in addition to being a good student and working on her Gold Award."

She added, "An interesting fact about Nicki is that she plays ice hockey."

Both Toscano and Stanziale will be attending Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania in the fall.  

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