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What Causes Menopause?

The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:

Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.

Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.

Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.

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Depression

If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.

Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:

  • Mood Swings
  • Inappropriate Guilt
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Too Much or Too Little Sleep
  • Lack of Interest in Life
  • Overwhelming Feelings

Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.

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Hot Flashes

Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.

Symptoms of hot flashes include:

  • Sudden, Overwhelming Feeling of Heat
  • Anxiety
  • High Heart Rate
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.

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Mood Swings

Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.

The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.

Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Lake Mohawk, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.

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Weight Gain

Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?

  • Estrogen: During menopause, estrogen levels are depleted. As such, the body must search for other sources of estrogen. Because estrogen is stored in fat, your body believes it should increase fat production during menopause. Estrogen also plays a big part in insulin resistance, which can make it even harder to lose weight and keep it off.
  • Progesterone: Progesterone levels are also depleted during menopause. Progesterone depletion causes bloating and water retention, while loss of testosterone limits the body's ability to burn calories.
  • Ongoing Stress: Stress makes our bodies think that food is hard to come by, putting our bodies in "survival mode". When this happens, cortisol production is altered. When cortisol timing changes, the energy in the bloodstream is diverted toward making fat. With chronic stress, this process repeatedly happens, causing extensive weight gain during menopause.
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Low Libido

Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Lake Mohawk, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?

The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.

Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.

Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.

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Vaginal Dryness

Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.

Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.

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Fibroids

Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.

Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.

Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.

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What is Sermorelin?

Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.

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Benefits of Sermorelin

Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.

  • Benefits of Sermorelin include:
  • Better Immune Function
  • Improved Physical Performance
  • More Growth Hormone Production
  • Less Body Fat
  • Build More Lean Muscle
  • Better Sleep
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What is Ipamorelin?

Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.

Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.

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Benefits of Ipamorelin

One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.

When there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:

  • Powerful Anti-Aging Properties
  • More Muscle Mass
  • Less Unsightly Body Fat
  • Deep, Restful Sleep
  • Increased Athletic Performance
  • More Energy
  • Less Recovery Time for Training Sessions and Injuries
  • Enhanced Overall Wellness and Health
  • No Significant Increase in Cortisol

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The Countdown Is On For NJ's German Christmas Market

Admission is free to the popular German Christmas Market, making its return after COVID sidelined it in 2020, with shopping, food and more. SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ — It was a tradition started in Lake Mohawk with several volunteers and booths in 2001, that has grown into a regionally-loved festival, attended by people who travel in from neighboring states.The German Christmas Market is back in 2021 after it first relocated from its former home on the Lake Mohawk Boardwalk to its new spot at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. Foll...

Admission is free to the popular German Christmas Market, making its return after COVID sidelined it in 2020, with shopping, food and more.

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ — It was a tradition started in Lake Mohawk with several volunteers and booths in 2001, that has grown into a regionally-loved festival, attended by people who travel in from neighboring states.

The German Christmas Market is back in 2021 after it first relocated from its former home on the Lake Mohawk Boardwalk to its new spot at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. Following a hiatus in 2020 because of COVID when it was supposed to re-debut at its new location, there was a small pop-up market only in 2020.

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The full German Christmas Market returns for its 20th anniversary year beginning this Friday at noon.

The “Weihnachtsmarkt” now coined the “German Christmas Market of New Jersey,” started by the volunteer organizers with roots from Germany as a way to bring a German-style Christmas Market to the United States, runs at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta Friday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 5.

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Admission and parking for the event are both free, with proceeds benefitting New Jersey charities. According to the group’s website, not only has NJ.com named the Market as one of the top happenings in New Jersey during the month of December, booth sales - including the 501(c)(3) group’s beloved “Cookie Hut” - have raised over $370,000 since the annual tradition started.

The market features a range of German-style foods, handcrafted items for sale, cultural happenings including dancing and music and more.

During this year’s market, the festive family activities include:

Among this year’s vendors are jewelers, glassmakers, photographers, artists, vendors with apparel for sale, food items and others with a range of unique treasures to offer, with chances to shop locally without worries about supply chain issues or shipping delays.

Bacon Bites, Uncle Jimmy’s Cheesecake, For The Love Of Toffee, Helmuts Original Austrian Strudel, Michele’s Bistro Food Truck, Homers Food Truck and Hayek’s Market, are just a handful of the many food vendors planning to attend, including those in food trucks.

Check out all of the events and vendors at www.germanchristmasmarketnj.com/market-vendors.

The Sussex County Fairgrounds is located at 37 Plains Road in Augusta. The market’s hours are:

Friday, Dec. 3 - noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about New Jersey's German Christmas Market, visit www.germanchristmasmarketnj.com.

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Toxic algae: NJ lake communities get $2.5M to battle blooms. But will it prevent closures?

Lake communities across New Jersey will receive $2.5 million in state funds to try to combat the sort of toxic algae blooms that closed some of the state's largest recreational lakes last summer.But with only three months left before the start of the summer season, state Department ...

Lake communities across New Jersey will receive $2.5 million in state funds to try to combat the sort of toxic algae blooms that closed some of the state's largest recreational lakes last summer.

But with only three months left before the start of the summer season, state Department of Environmental Protection officials said the nine projects to be funded will not on their own prevent the recurrence of harmful algal blooms.

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They said it will take years to reduce the flow of nutrients into some of New Jersey's most popular lakes, including Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake, both of which banned swimming and water sports for most of the summer in 2019. This includes increasing public awareness about using less fertilizers and proper maintenance of septic systems.

Most of the projects will take place over two to three years and generate enough data to be used to prevent future outbreaks.

"We are eager to evaluate these technologies and strategies, then share what we learn with communities across the state so that we can better prevent... these events,” DEP Commissioner Catherine McCabe said in a statement.

These are the projects receiving money:

“This is the good news we’ve been waiting for, and our hope is the state is beginning to recognize its responsibility to maintain these valuable assets,” said Sen. Anthony Bucco R-Denville. “The grants will fund projects that are crucial for the lakes and the communities surrounding the lakes."

Elliott Ruga, of the New Jersey Highlands Coalition advocacy group, said there is still a lack of movement at the local level to adopt more green infrastructure like rain gardens, vegetative culverts and other technology to prevent nutrient-laden stormwater from pouring into the lakes.

"It is evident that the state is doing its share, but it is not rescuing towns from the responsibility of accounting for the decades of poor land-use decision-making and continued poor management of stormwater," he said.

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Sparta's Lake Mohawk Country Club Pursues Sale of Properties

SPARTA, NJ – The Lake Mohawk Country Club members voted to sell parcels of land currently designated as parks within the Lake Mohawk reservation. On July 19, at a Special Meeting at the Lake Mohawk Country Club, members had a chance to speak on the topic and cast their votes.Members were able to vote in person with paper ballots, online and by absentee ballot. Gregory Yuskaitis, Board of Trustees President presented information about the Capital Reserve Fund and the benefits of selling the parks.The country club’s a...

SPARTA, NJ – The Lake Mohawk Country Club members voted to sell parcels of land currently designated as parks within the Lake Mohawk reservation. On July 19, at a Special Meeting at the Lake Mohawk Country Club, members had a chance to speak on the topic and cast their votes.

Members were able to vote in person with paper ballots, online and by absentee ballot. Gregory Yuskaitis, Board of Trustees President presented information about the Capital Reserve Fund and the benefits of selling the parks.

The country club’s attorney Megan Ward announced the results of the voting. The first ballot was approved by a ten-vote margin; 165 yes to 155 no votes. The vote gives the trustees the authority to sell “properties located at 768 and 779 West Shore Trail at the South Gate that were originally part of Hemlock Park and 186 West Shore Trail/31 Woodbine Terrace, that is the top part only of Toboggan Park.”

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Barbara Wortmann, Lake Mohawk Country Club General Manager said they expect one home to be built on each parcel. Wortman said they do not yet know how much money will be raised through the sale of the land.

The country club “has been working with Max Spann” Real Estate and Auction Company to handle the sale, together with Ward according to Wortman.

The second ballot was not approved. The vote was 193 nos to 122 yeses. The property located off Summit Road known as Alpine field will not be sold. Had it been successful, the intention was to create a cul de sac for five new homes according to the trustees.

The trustees put the measure before the membership in an effort to raise money for the Capital Reserve Fund. The process to sell the properties was initially begun in April 2016. The Title Company raised concern that member approval could be required prior to the sale of the properties. The trustees finally determining a vote would be the best way to handle the issue.

The trustees also identified three recreation areas they deemed to be underused by the members. They asked the members that benefited the most from properties on Rainbow Trail, Lakeview-Hillside Terrace and Alpine Field to form organizations to show that the areas were being used and cared for according to minutes of their meetings.

According to the trustees, only Alpine Field failed to be supported by members as a recreation area. That led to the property’s inclusion as the second ballot. An organization did form in time to recruit enough support to stop the Alpine Field question from passing.

The Alpine Field organization put together a facebook page, petition and power point presentation, all aimed at stopping the parcel from being sold. Alyse Gabay presented at the special meeting on behalf of the Save Alpine Field group. They are proposing, among other things, creating a community garden on the land.

In Gabay’s presentation she said in two weeks the facebook group gained 269 followers, Change.org petition had 145 signatures in less than a week and 98 signatures on a paper petition. They also had received a letter of support from the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club.

The trustees have said members will face a special assessment to fully fund the Capital Reserve Fund. In the absence of any other funding, such as the sale of the parcels of land, the members will be required to pay an additional $12.50 per month for six years. According to the trustees, any additional funds from the proceeds of the property sale would shorten the duration of the special assessment.

Earlier in the year, the Lake Mohawk Country Club sought approval from the Sparta Planning Board to charge a fee for parking in the lot adjacent to the clubhouse. Income generated from the fees were to pay for improvements and repairs to the lot as well as help to fund the Capital Reserve Fund.

At the March Sparta Planning Board meeting the matter went for a vote resulting in a tie, defeating the plan. According to Wortman, plans to pursue litigation over the matter “are in the discussion stages.”

In April the country club filed suit against the planning board and Councilman Jerry Murphy over the issue. The complaint seeks to eliminate Murphy’s vote because of comments he made prior to casting his vote. They also ask to be reimbursed for expenses and fees.

Lake Mohawk Golf Club Championship Winner - Fourth Time in 60 Years

By Peter MassardoPublishedOctober 7, 2022 at 4:03 PMLast UpdatedOctober 7, 2022 at 4:03 PMSPARTA, NJ - An athlete's career is usually short, often measured in years, less often in decades. When an athlete can excel for ten or twenty years, they enter the realm of legend. Some, like Serena Williams in tennis or Jack Nicklaus in golf or Sue Bird in basketball, can compete in their teens and then into their 40's. But such longevity is rare...

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SPARTA, NJ - An athlete's career is usually short, often measured in years, less often in decades. When an athlete can excel for ten or twenty years, they enter the realm of legend. Some, like Serena Williams in tennis or Jack Nicklaus in golf or Sue Bird in basketball, can compete in their teens and then into their 40's. But such longevity is rare and notable.

Here in Sparta, there is an athlete who achieved the seemingly impossible this summer. Melva Cummings won the Women's Club Championship at the Lake Mohawk Golf Club in August 2022, a full sixty years after she first won it in 1962.

"I am so blessed to have had parents who gave me the opportunity to learn the game of golf from a young age and the chance to continue to play all these years," Cummings said. "I am especially blessed to have good health to be able to continue playing the game I enjoy so much."

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Cummings had competed at the Lake Mohawk Golf Club in Junior golf tournaments until she turned 18, at which time she became eligible to play with the ladies. That year, 1962, she competed for the first time in the adult tournament for women. She won that competition and has now won it again at the age of 78. Athletes just don't do that sort of thing!

She competed in the LMGC tournament multiple times over the years, winning it four times in 1962, 1966, 2013 and 2022. "I have always enjoyed competing in this event and this year I entered with no expectations," Cummings said. "After getting an eagle on Hole #6 in the semi-finals, I started to believe that I might even have a chance. Winning again really is something I am quite proud of." Cummings’ ties to the Sparta community are long and deep. She and her parents came to Lake Mohawk in 1949 and purchased a lot on Birch Parkway where they built a summer home.

Cummings enjoyed tennis at the Cruiser Club but with few other people playing tennis at that time, she turned to golf. She took lessons from Joe Sallette, the golf professional at the Lake Mohawk Golf Club. In those days the club had a fabulous junior golf program with competitive tournaments. Through her high school and college years, Melva worked in the pro shop each summer where she got the benefit of wonderful golf instruction.

Cummings is a community leader, had a 37-year successful career as vocal music teacher in Sparta, served as president of the Sparta Education Association for 17 years, served on the Sparta Township Board of Education for three years and set a standard for excellence in the local golf world that is likely never to be matched. It would be hard to overstate the unique nature of her recent, singular achievement.

White Deer Plaza Merchants: 'Pawns' in Lake Mohawk Country Club Parking Lot Battle

SPARTA, NJ- With the township and the country club fighting in court and in the press, the people getting hurt are the businesses in White Deer Plaza. That is how they see it.Owners and representatives from St. Moritz, Onore, Garlic and Oil and...

SPARTA, NJ- With the township and the country club fighting in court and in the press, the people getting hurt are the businesses in White Deer Plaza. That is how they see it.

Owners and representatives from St. Moritz, Onore, Garlic and Oil and Ava and Jack Children’s Boutique, Pattycakes, Krogh’s Restaurant Brew Pub, Casa Mia, Tanti Baci Caffe, il Porto on Lake Mohawk, Oak Tree Pre-School, Waggmore and Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage met on Thursday morning to talk about Lake Mohawk Country Club’s recent announcement to close their parking lot beginning October 23.

In an effort to maintain their customers and get the word out about their position, the merchants in the plaza are holding a Free White Deer Plaza Day on Saturday, October 12 from noon until 2 p.m.

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Outside on the sidewalks the restaurants and merchants will be offering free food and other items. The idea is to be able to talk with people from the community “keeping it positive,” about the situation.

“The closure was a total shock,” St. Moritz owner Keith Holmes said. Many voiced their agreement saying they had to read it in the paper. They received letters after the closure was published in the newspaper and on the radio they said.

Nick Kroudis of Il Porto said the group has been “meeting with the LMCC over the past few years and a way to address other issues and events.” Kroudis said all along the vendors have offered to pitch in to help with the cost of the parking lot. Instead, “the country club pursued paid parking and decided to close the lot while in litigation,” he said.

“Most businesses will suffer,” Richard Cintron of Onore said. He said people may come to an event at the country club but the return and stay because of the businesses in the plaza.

“We can’t turn customers away,” Holmes said. Even a day or two could impact their businesses in the long run, the merchants agreed. They are concerned not only with the parking lot closure but with the perception of a conflict. They feel potential customers will go elsewhere and possibly not return if the issue is not resolved quickly.

“We are being used as pawns,” Kroudis said. “We are the least obstructive party in this issue.” He said the merchants have offered to make arrangements for their employees and even pay a portion of the monthly cost of the parking lot, “like an HOA, paying a percentage of the cost."

The closure will also "impact the Sparta Elks #2356 and all of our community work as well," according to Beth McAteer.

“We were in communication and then they stopped,” Homels said of the country club. He said the last time the group met with the country club was in March.

The disconnection between the LMCC and Plaza merchants association "is unfortunate because everything we do affects all of us as a whole and we feel that our meetings over the past several years have been very cooperative and beneficial," Kroudis said.

The net effect of the closure will be a decline in business, followed by a decline in property value, Richard said. “The immediate problem is with the country club,” he said.

“Why are they closing [the parking lot],” Gozdenovich said. “The reason they are closing it is to put pressure on the town.”

According to the Plaza merchants, the township, through Manager Bill Close, will not discuss the issue because they are in litigation. Kourdis said John Stanley, LMCC General Manager said they were “separating from the businesses:” "the LMCC would not be involved with any further plaza merchant association meetings regarding the parking lot issue."

The LMCC has announced they will close their parking lot on October 23 to non-members. The LMCC and Sparta Township Planning and Zoning Board have locked horns over the country clubs desire to require a fee to park in their lot. The township says that is a change of use from the permitted “accessory” use for which it is currently zoned, according to discussion at the planning board meeting in March 2017. Then Planning Board vice chair George Zacsek pointed to the ordinance which requires all businesses to have free parking. The LMCC has said, patrons of the club and members will not be charged to park.

The preliminary proposal was to possibly charge $2 for the first two hours $1 for additional hours for a total of $4, according to Megan Ward of Kelly & Ward, attorney for the LMCC and Stanley Puszcz LMCC engineer of CP Engineering at the March 2017 meeting.

At that meeting Ward said the rationale for charging to park was to cover the cost of upgrades and maintenance of the lot not to generate a surplus.

Also at that March 2017 meeting councilwoman and liaisaon to the Planning Board Christine Quinn asked, “Who protects businesses from you holding the parking lot hostage?” Zacsek said “What assurances do we have that the club won’t raise the parking fees … in two years. Businesses in the reservation will be hurt."

Puszcz responded “If the board of trustees creates a price point that hurts businesses, they will be voted out.”

The planning board voted down their request, with at least one member, Zacsek, voicing his opinion that this issue belonged in front of the zoning board. The LMCC took Sparta Planning Board to court over their rejected request. The judge initially required the LMCC to make their case to the Sparta Zoning Board.

Patty Caruso of Oak Tree Pre School said she attended the Zoning Board meeting at which the representatives from the LMCC were told to only offer new testimony. She said they did not have anything new to add to the testimony they had given to the planning board.

The Zoning Board rejected the application and the judge then ruled for Sparta. The LMCC is appealing.

The group questioned the possible impact on the German Christmas Market scheduled for December. In response to questions from TAPinto Sparta Ward said, "The German Christmas Market, as with certain other events such as tthe Independence Day fireworks, has/have always been the subject of special arrangements."

Caruso and Kroudis questioned the LMCC choice of October 23, which is the same day as the scheduled grand opening of the new ShopRite in North Village on Route 15 in Sparta.

Mike Pugliese from Casa Mia said, “We want peace not a war. We’ve been friends forever.”

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