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Gromit Hike to benefit The West Milford Animal Shelter Society, Nov. 7th, 2015

WEST MILFORD – Calling all hikers. Get your boots and join us on a fun hike for a great cause.

The second annual “Gromit Hike” to benefit the West Milford Animal Shelter Society (WMASS) is scheduled for Nov. 7, at 10 a.m. Starting point for the rocky two-mile hike will be on Otter Hole Road, just south of Weaver Road. The guided out-and-back route will go to, and slightly beyond, the Stone Living Room, a manmade grouping of rocks, shaped into sofas and chairs, set atop a flat overlook. The trail will follow the blue-blazed Hewitt-Butler Trail up a short, steep hill to the “living room”, continue to additional viewpoints, and return by the same route to the starting point.

Numerous overlooks along the route offer lengthy views to the surrounding towns of Kinnelon and Butler, as well as longer vistas all the way to New York City. We will stop briefly at several spots to enjoy the views and to eat a snack.

                    All proceeds from the hike, which is sponsored by the West Milford Recreation Department in conjunction with Highlands Economic Development and Tourism Corp. (HEAT), will once again benefit the township’s award-winning local animal shelter. The 2014 hike provided a $500 donation; the 2015 goal is $1,000.

                    For additional information, visit the HEAT website, www.NJHEAT.org. To register for the hike, or to donate to WMASS, email info@NJHEAT.org. Meeting and donation instructions will be provided by return email. Suggested donation for each participant is $25, but each hiker is encouraged to seek additional donations from family and friends.

                    Each hiker is advised to wear sturdy shoes, and carry a backpack with snacks, water, and clothing appropriate to the conditions. Several guides will make sure no one gets too far ahead, nor falls behind. Though the hike length is short, the rewarding views require going out and back on a steep hill. All participants should be in sufficient physical condition.

                    WMASS has been honored with the distinction of being listed as a "Must-See Shelter" in an ASPCA nationally distributed animal shelter handbook. West Milford’s shelter is one of only two in New Jersey to receive that distinction. The shelter is a 100% volunteer organization and IRS-recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

                    The West Milford-based HEAT, also a 501(c)3 non-profit, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of New Jersey residents affected by the state’s highly restrictive 2004 Highlands Act, which protects the source of water for more than half of the Garden State’s residents by creating severe limitations on building and growth for the 88 towns within the Highlands Zone. West Milford is the largest municipality within the zone, and all of the township lies within the stricter of the two Highlands Act Preservation Zones.

Bike races at Jungle Habitat in West Milford set

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Aim West Milford

Team Town Cycle (TTC) held the fifth annual Kids Mountain Bike Race on Saturday, April 27 at the Jungle Habitat property on Airport Road in Hewitt.

Young participants are ready to race in last year’s Team Town Cycle Annual Kids Mountain Bike Race at Jungle Habitat in Hewitt.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MARY BETH VAN WART
Young participants were ready to race in this year’s Team Town Cycle Annual Kids Mountain Bike Race at Jungle Habitat in Hewitt.

"We’re a non-profit cycling club located right here in West Milford," Mary Beth Van Wart of TTC told AIM West Milford. "We have been working hard these last few years to help promote cycling here. We’ve done everything from races to kid’s rides to fundraise and support the pump track."

There were 76 riders last year. All riders in kindergarten through fifth grades receive prizes for just coming out to participate. All finishers in first through third place get additional prizes.

"We have designed an exciting and fun race course for riders of all abilities and ages," Van Wart told AIM West Milford. "Any bicycle with fat tires and in good working order is eligible to race. They do not have to have a geared mountain bike."

The event is a safe way for people to introduce children to the joy of bike racing, Van Wart said.

 

Family Pump Track hosted Bicycle Safety Day

WEST MILFORD – A free Bicycle Safety Rodeo at the West Milford Family Pump Track, Lycosky Drive, was offered on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The program was geared for children grades K-5, but was open to any age. Participants did not need to be West Milford residents.

Jersey Off-Road Bicycle Association (JORBA), Team Town Cycle, and Highlands Economic Development and Tourism Corp. (HEAT), were participating sponsors, in conjunction with the West Milford Township Recreation Department.

The rodeo included an informal bicycle and helmet safety check and a graded ride through a short course in the parking lot. 

Greenwood Lake Air Show & WWII Showcase/Car Show
Greenwood Lake Airport, West Milford, N.J
Coming August 15th, 16th, and 17th 2014   www.greenwoodlakeairshow.com

    Each year Greenwood Lake Airport hosts one of the top air shows in the North East. The weekend long event features upwards of four hours of non stop flying action by top name performers in the country. In the past the show featured performers such as Rob Holland, Team Rv, Team Red Bull, Lucas Oil Air Show, and Dave Windmiller just to name a few. All day on the ground features a WWII Showcase. You'll also get to chance to speak with WWII veterans such as The Tuskegee Airmen and other special guests. Re-enactor encampments are spread throughout the field so you'll get a glimpse of what life was like inside an actual pup tent on the front lines. On the ramp you'll spot historic planes such as the B-25 Mitchell and C-47 Skytrain. You'll even get the opportunity to climb inside some of these beautiful and historic aircraft. Also on the ground you'll find a classic car show. What better way to spend the day at the show and show your '67 Mustang off at the same time? The car show is a real crowd favorite with over 180 cars showing up throughout the weekend in its first year. 


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The Micro Jet featured at the 2013 Show and returning for 2014

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2011 Race Winner Bobby Kennedy at the Greenwood Lake Spring Nationals

         

Autumn Lights Festival
Town Center, West Milford, N.J
Second Saturday every October

The Autumn Lights Festival, or ALF as its known by the locals, is an annual street fair in the heart of West Milford that takes place on the second Saturday in October. The event features hundreds of vendors as well as food, music, games and more. Last year was the biggest turnout to date with over 180 vendors and an estimated 15,000 - 20,000 visitors. Next year will mark the 18th year of the celebration that was started to commemorate the installation of the first traffic light in the West Milford Village business district. All proceeds from the event are given to local municipalities and charities. Last year ALF raised $1,500. The ALF committee said the money was distributed to community groups. Recipients were the West Milford Police Athletic League (PAL) $500, West Milford High School Project Graduation $500, West Milford 4-H $250 and West Milford Animal Shelter $250.

                   

                                      

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Fireworks during West Milford premier Fourth of July celebration

Power Boat Races
Browns Point on Greenwood Lake, West Milford, N.J

Locals are already preparing to follow up the success with another American Powerboat Association-sanctioned event at Greenwood Lake next year.  Last year sported serious, ear-splitting racing with nearly 40 drivers – locals as well as enthusiasts from as far as Canada and the Midwest – with skiffs, hydroplanes and flat-bottom runabouts in tow. The Greenwood Lake Power Boat Association's trademark event was the first at the lake since 1999, when an overgrowth of aquatic plants led to a premature ending. Over the weekend, race teams and event organizers will be joined by thousands of spectators who line the shores to welcome the races back to the 7-mile-long lake, which is well-known as one of North America's premier boat racing venues.

              

                  

                               

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Thousands flood the streets of West Milford during the festival

           

Thunder in the Highlands
Old Jungle Habitat, West Milford, N.J
Coming July 2013

Thunder in the Highlands is West Milford's annual Fourth of July celebration. The event is held in the Old Jungle Habitat property adjacent to Greenwood Lake Airport and features a weekend full of food, music, games and of course one of the best fireworks displays around. The event was recently taken over by the West Milford PAL and was turned into a 2 day weekend event. The first day of the event features a night full of vendors and music leading up to a spectacular fireworks display. The second day, now known as the Highlands Family Fun Fest, is a carnival like day filled with food, live music and rides for the kids.