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Morris County Historical Tours for Summer 2018

The Morris County Tourism Bureau is introducing an annual summer walking tour and lecture series, and #HipNJ has all you need to know.

Experience the rich history that Morris County offers on any one of nine successive Saturday mornings for walking tours during June, July and August.

These tours really dig into the rich history of Morris County, which played such an important role in the founding of our nation,” said Morris County Freeholder Christine Myers.  “I urge all county residents to join one of the great tours to see that history first-hand.”

Some of the 2018 summer programs will be held only once, and others multiple times. Starting times and places vary.  Tours last between 60 and 90 minutes. Tickets are $15.00 per person.

For a breakdown of the tours offered, see below.

  • Discover Morristown’s People and Places Walking Tour
    • Saturdays: June 16 and July 7 at 11:00am

Take a leisurely walking tour through Morristown with author Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika, former director of the Morris County Historical Society. Her postcard book on Morristown will come alive as she points out architecturally important buildings that sit within the Historic District, and hear the stories of past and prominent Morristonians.

  • Discover The Seeing Eye Walking Tour
    • Saturday, June 23 at 9:30am

North America’s first guide dog training school, The Seeing Eye of Morris Township, was founded in 1929 by Morris Frank. During this tour, you’ll learn about the history of The Seeing Eye, walk the streets of Morristown where the dogs train, and watch how the dogs interact with their owners. The tour will be led by the Seeing Eye’s director, Jim Kutsch, his wife Ginger, and their Seeing Eye dogs.

  • Discover Victorian Morristown Walking Tour
    • Saturdays: June 30, July 14, August 4 at 11:00am

Learn about one of the grandest periods in Morristown’s 300-year plus history- Victorian Morristown. Your guide will be Karen Ann Kurlander, a local expert in the period. Walk through Morristown, visiting commercial and residential buildings in the Historic District that date from 1850-1910. Karen Ann will also enlighten you on the social customs of the day, and explain how the houses known as “painted ladies” came to Morristown.

  • Discover Colonial Morristown Walking Tour
    • Saturdays: July 21 and August 11 at 10:00am

This unique walking tour will cover a mile through Morristown visiting sites associated with General George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Lafayette’s stays here in 1777 and 1779-80.  Your guide will be Patricia Sanftner, an expert on Colonial life in Morristown and on Alexander and Betsy Schuyler.

  • Discover American Presidents and First Ladies Annual Curator’s Talk
    • Saturday, July 28 at 10 am

Visit Morristown National Historical Park for this special lecture/show & tell program to be given by Jude Pfister, Chief of Cultural Resources. While the park displays and interprets the events of two winter encampments by the Continental Army, its archives span the years 15,000 B.C. to the 20th century and include 500,000 objects, many of which have never, and never will be, on display to the public.

This year’s program will highlight items in the collection that directly relate to American Presidents and First Ladies.

To learn more, click here.

C&L Auto Body Donates Car To Someone In Need

By Kenneth Barilari

#HipNJ spoke with Charles Napoli, President of C&L Auto Bodyabout their recent decision to give back. Along with GEICO Insurance and Toyota of Hackensack, they donated a vehicle to someone in need.

The donation was a joint venture. GEICO Insurance found the car, which Napoli describes as “a total loss.” It was completely gutted. Toyota of Hackensack donated around $3,500 worth of parts, and the C&L Auto Body crew did the labor, from paint to body work.

The recipient of the 2010 Toyota Camry was selected by Family Promise of Morris County. “We offered them the car, then they internally picked someone who they felt would benefit most from having the vehicle,” Napoli says. Family Promise of Morris County is a non-profit organization that provides housing to the homeless population.

A young woman named McKenzie Walsh was chosen to receive the vehicle. Walsh, a client of Family Promise since March 2015, was in an adverse situation. She and her daughter were homeless and without hope of a brighter future. Since then, she has secured an apartment and a job.

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This is not the first time C&L Auto Body did this, and it will not be the last. “I enjoy doing it. It’s fun to get a vehicle and have it be a joint effort,” Napoli says of his experience working with GEICO Insurance and Toyota of Hackensack to make this possible.

There is a lesson to be learned from this selfless story. “To me, it’s taking something that is basically useless for someone else and changing it into a real life-changing thing for a person in need,” Napoli says.

To learn more about C&L Auto Body, head over to their website.