Habitat for Humanity, Millstone Basin Area

Monday, February 18, 2008

Habitat for Humanity Marks a Decade of Using Pancakes to Build Houses

Volunteerism is a large part of the Habitat for Humanity efforts – so, it seems, are pancakes as this year marks the 10th annual breakfast in support of Habitat’s building efforts.

“We welcome people to get involved with Habitat. Our volunteers are the people who help us to make a difference in the community,” said Glenn Fannick, president of Habitat for Humanity Millstone Basin Area.

The upcoming annual pancake breakfast is one the many special events that helps Habitat for Humanity Millstone Basin Area continue to help area families in need. The popular breakfast will be held again this year at St. Anthony’s Church Parish Hall, Maxwell Avenue and Franklin Street (Rt. 33), Hightstown, N.J., from 8:30 am to noon, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008.

Tickets can be purchased at the door only at $6 for adults and $3 for children – with no family being charged more than $20.

According to Michelle Lewis, the chair for special events, the event is a way to raise money for Habitat’s home-building efforts in and around Hightstown and East Windsor, a way to share a great breakfast with friends and a way to keep the organization known in the community.

As in previous years, the Rev. Pat McDonnell, the pastor of the parish, has opened the doors of St. Anthony Church hall as the venue for the event.

In order to coordinate the day, many people volunteer year after year. They offer not only their time and support, but they also help in keeping the spirit of the pancake breakfast alive.

People like those from the West Windsor Lions Club who help by sponsoring a 50-50 raffle each year. Lions Mike Lynch, Harley Pickens and Shep Bell again plan to lend a helping hand in this year’s raffle. There's Marie Gerland, a representative for Perritt Labs, who will again set up a product-testing station which gathers data on such things as medicine bottle safety. HFH will receive a donation for each person who participates.

The affiliate's youth group will be raising funds by offering for sale the popular “house pin” costume jewelry as well as “my plans for Saturday” T-shirts.

Jeanne McCarthy, the former Youth United Coordinator, and her replacements Kelly Spors and Chris Newmarker are working with youth teams who will also help in set-up, the serving of meals and clean-up.

New volunteers Barbara Harrington and Natalie Livoti along with Fannick and Lewis worked to solicit sponsorship from area businesses, both new and longtime supporters. Another new volunteer, Pat Zappavigna, lent a hand with many more phone calls. Their calls, visits and emails acted as friendly reminders to help keep the event in the minds of participants, who in turn invite other people to come out.

The ads were perfectly positioned on placemats by long-time volunteer Susan Mauro Miller, of Hightstown’s Visual Media Group, who uses her professional skills in support of the organization.

Both Denise Milot and Cathy Jackson have agreed to run the actual breakfast again this year. The dynamic duo oversees the purchasing, prepping and cooking of the foods. Both Denise and Cathy have done an excellent job in the past. On the day of the event, the pair will also “spearhead the decorating and the set-up of the hall,” said Lewis. Teamwork is a vital part of the success of the pancake breakfast.

In the past years the annual pancake breakfast has brought in well-over 300 participants and organizers are hoping for a record turnout this year.

For more information about the breakfast or for ways to support the local efforts of Habitat for Humanity visit habitatmba.org or e-mail info AT habitatmba DOT org.

-- Posted by Tracy J. Tyner

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Dialing for Local Support

Right now I'm spending some time calling advertisers for our annual pancake breakfast. I've been calling up past supporters so they are always very receptive. If you know a business who would like to take out an ad to support our land acquisition fund drop me an email at glennfan "at" gmail.com.

The event will be held again at St. Anthony's church hall in Hightstown on Sunday, Feb 24, 2008 in the morning. So mark your calendars for a great community breakfast.

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Cranbury Press editor has a blog

It's always nice to come across local bloggers who are writing about issues central to the folks in the Mercre and Middlesex county areas. Here's one from Hank Kalet, the editor of the Cranbury Press and the South Brunswick Post.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

December Board of Directors Meeting Moved

The December Board of Directors meeting will be held atFirst Presbyterian Church, 320 N Main St, Hightstown, NJ.

6:30 p.m. Executive session open to board members
7:30 p.m. General session open to all

Sunday, October 14, 2007

We're Making Plans

The board ran a planning discussion at our October meeting, devoting 90 minutes or so to mapping out plans for where we want to take the affiliate. We've completed building on the land we own. But none of us feels our mission is over.

We now have to acquire land or rehabable houses. But we knew this day would come and have been saving money. I'm glad to say we have nearly $200,000 set aside. Part of that can be used for land acquisition.

There is nothing definitive to report yet, but we are exploring a few options.

As we approach the chilly non-building weekend of winter we will be working hard behind the scenes to keep the success rolling.

Some local press coverage on our recent success

The Windsor-Hights Herald, a Packet newspaper, ran a nice article on our affiliate this week.

I'm glad they gave good coverage to the folks at Queenship.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Building Update - Sept 9

Moss House
- 90% of the plumbing was complete - Missing Dryer connection and Furnace connection and need to turn water on
- Mudroom closet doors are ready for final hanging and adjustments
- All bathroom fixtures except towel rack installed
- On Saturday walked thru outstanding items with Kevin from Toll at Moss house
This week
- Complete plumbing Monday/Tuesday
- Medicine cabinet installed Monday
- Dishwasher installed Monday
- Window fixed and screens installed Monday/Tuesday
- Washer/Dryer installed Wednesday
- Gas tanks installed Wednesday
- Final inspection Thursday - C of O by Friday
- Saturday - re-key locks for Kathryn
- Saturday morning I will need help moving the final supplies to the storage facility

D'Alessio House
- Sharon moved in on Saturday -- What else could be said -- CONGRATULATIONS QOM team on a great job


Mr. John - An unsung hero of our build site

Something perhaps we've taken for granted for too long is the donation of portable restroom services on our work sites.

Mr. John, of Keasbey, NJ, has been donating their services to us for years.

I found on their Web site that Habitat is one of the charities they support as a company. They donate their services not just to Millstone Basin, but to many affiliates in New Jersey. The also support other charitable endeavors.

Well done. Community support comes from so many places.

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Building Update - Sept 15, 2007

Moss House
- Installed towel rack in bathroom
- Installed Medicine cabinet
- Installed hardware on Mudroom closet doors
- Emptied remaining tools/debris
- Installed shelf in bathroom closet
- Vacuumed every room

This coming week
- Monday - H&H install gas tanks and test appliances
- Install screens
- Tuesday/Wednesday - Final inspections
- Remove bumps in linoleum

Don't forget next Saturday 9/22, 3:00 - 6:00, Volunteer Recognition at the East Windsor Elks. Guaranteed to be a good time and we won't even make you work.

filed by Mike Strada


Saturday, September 15, 2007

Queenship of Mary's Picture Page

There are dozens of pictures of the D'Alessio house during its four-month construction period posted on the Queenship of Mary 25th Anniversary Web site.