As we mark the end of 2013, I couldn’t resist writing my version of this annual ritual. This one showcases some favorite threads of 2013 from our Warren Facebook group.
1. Favorite Post of 2013: the “Missing Cows” story.
Living in a central NJ, suburban town with farming roots, I’m sure it wouldn’t surprise anyone that there were some interesting animal stories in 2013. We have had a string of lost animals, various unique animal sightings, animal annoyances and more.
We have an excellent track record for finding the lost pets, I would say, is close to 100%. We even had a “pet drone” on the loose and found!! (yes, that was my husband’s plea for help)–but that is another blog for another day.
It all started on July 9th, when Millie posted that her friend Linnea, was missing 5 cows.
When I read this post, I was quite perplexed. Hmmm. Cows, missing? Where could 5 cows be hiding out, in our 19.64 sq. acre town with over 14,000 residents?
After only 30 minutes, 4 out of 5 cows, were found!! The fifth remaining cow was still “MIA” and the butt of many jokes on our forum!
The “missing cow” returned home on August 19th, 5 weeks later.
The missing cow was in fact, a missing steer all along.
He was baited with donated apples from Bardy Farm!
Resident, Emilie Rodrigues said, “He hid in the forest behind my house and came out every evening to eat, but as soon as he saw anyone, would gallop back in the forest… He was actually trying to get to his siblings, but didn’t know how…”
A sweet ending to a great story. Greg Fitzgerald’s comment summarizes this memorable “missing cow” thread best: “I vote for the cow by a long shot…though all of these situations remind me of what makes Warren so special…for all the modern comforts, luxuries and amenities we have in town (and yes, some of the modern issues), at the heart of it we’re still a little farm town in the beautiful New Jersey countryside.”
Warren Cow Story Part II: Just posted, was a report of STOLEN cow statues. Kind of funny coming off the heels of 5 real cows gone missing. This seems to be a prank. But we all hope they are returned.
2. Favorite post of 2013: Justine’s Tire Swing Request
I would say one of the most heartfelt, beautiful stories started with a post by forum member and single mom, Justine…and her request for neighborly help to surprise her daughter with a tire swing to play on. (Although they lived in a condo) Then, the magic followed. The care of our community to help this little girl have her holiday wish come true was so beautiful to watch take shape. And just last week, a week before Christmas, a wonderful post shared with all of us, that Santa had arrived at the Mt Bethel Fire House, to push this little girl in the tire swing!
3. Our Warren Township Community Forum, 1st Anniversary Party!!
Bringing social media to real life!! It was a wonderful gathering, on October 28th, to celebrate our 1 year anniversary!! (1 year after superstorm Hurricane Sandy blew threw NJ). It was such a fun event, with our group celebrating our common interest group…our town of Warren. Sally G’s were perfect hosts, with great hors d’oeuvres and drinks for purchase! And btw, we have our very own WTCF party planners who pulled this great event together; Monica Giglio, Kristina Koltunowitz, Laura Nacamuli & Linda Chen. The next event will be planned for February or March 2014.
4. The Terrorizing Turkeys
A few weeks ago, Mary Beth Houston Terry posted her need for help. She needed suggestions on how to stop wild turkeys from chasing her car!
“This morning I had to drive my son to the corner to meet the bus because the turkey was standing at the passenger side door and he could not get out. Beeping the horn does not help.”
Bob Morrison: the Terrorizing Turkeys post and the comments have had me chuckling for days.
Dorothy Abraham Rubinstein: The visual of the terrorizing turkey make it one of the “Best of 2013″!
Alicia Ramsumair Winters: They are bad-ass turkeys and should inspire a disney story!
5. Quaid Mobus
It is NO surprise that when one of our town’s own, 22 year old Quaid Mobus, was injured in an ATV accident back in September of this year and critical, that the community would ban together to lend support to he and his family and help raise funds for Quaid’s recovery now and in the future. Many fund raising efforts have donated to to the Quail Mobus Fund….including Washington Valley Firehouse “Spin n Win” and the “3 Stones”, a Bluegrass band appearance at the Watchung Arts Center. The Alternative Press reported “Quaid’s parents, George and Cindy thank everyone for their support and remarked on what an amazing community we are all so fortunate to live in. The community support helps to give them strength”.
6. The Warren Postal Service has gone “Postal”
One huge topic this year has been the Warren postal service issues. Many residents have voiced their discontent for their service (or lack thereof), saying that mail delivery is inconsistent, unreliable and arrives late in the day at best. Resident and WTCF member, Steven Fried’s very popular comment, “I still get mail twice a day. First when the post person delivers it . . . then, when my neighbors who have mistakenly gotten my mail, take a walk over and stick it in my mailbox.” Not so funny, but funny, post last week, when resident and forum member Tim McDonald posted a letter received from the post office about a mail truck fire and that his mail was destroyed or damaged. Residents in the community of course hoped no one was hurt, but found it quite ironic and just another plight of the USPS.
7. Geiger Lane Fire
Totally crazy occurrence, back in September. Our forum was in the midst of discussing a burglary that had just occurred, when it was reported in “social media speed” that residents in that area were hearing sirens. We all believe it must be related to chasing down the “bad guys” until a neighbor on a nearby street posted about seeing a fire outbreak. I still the fire may have been related to a possible car chase resulting in an crash…but in fact, an unrelated event left a family’s home totally destroyed. One of the saddest stories of the year.
8. Creation of the Warren Township Food For Thought Facebook Group
Resident and WTCF member Sinead Conlon, launched the new Warren Township Food for Thought Facebook group, a thriving ”spin-off” of our town community Facebook group. If you live in town and love to cook, bake or eat…this is a fun place to hang out!
9. Mailbox Vandalism et al
Seems to be always a topic of conversation. Besides our mail having issues being delivered…our country mailboxes have had a number of them destroyed in 2013. While it has become somewhat of a common occurrence, (mostly in the summer months crediting teenage pranks), many forum members are up in arms that the youth of today don’t respect their neighbor’s property or the expense and headache to repair or replace them.
10. The creation of the Utility Advisory Committee
In direct response to what residents were crying out for, our Township Committee, along with the Township Administrator, Mark Krane, has worked extremely hard this past year to implement some new protocol at the suggestion of this committee.
1. improved communication to its residents and
2. holding the utility companies accountable for keeping our energy source functioning during winds & storms. Historically, we lose power quite regularly and frequently during storms.
Other contenders to our “best list” were:
Turf and Surf story
Canceling of Christmas thread
Frustrations with the A&P
Lions and Tigers and Bears…Oh my! Well, not tigers…but this past year we have had sightings of black bears, a mountain Lion, Bobcat.