James Reed DeLaney

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James Reed DeLaney, 80, of Easton, MD, passed away surrounded by loved ones on December 9th, 2020 after a difficult battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

James was born on March 11, 1940 to Sidney and Anna DeLaney in Rutherford, NJ. He attended Rutherford High School where he met, Joyce, his lifelong partner of 58 years. Together they lived a wonderful life and raised a family of four in Hawthorne, NJ before retiring to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2005.

After graduating in 1958, James went on to study biology at Bucknell University. In 1962, he started his career in education as a biology teacher at Teaneck High School. His passion for teaching and natural leadership propelled him into the role of principal in 1977. He would spend the rest of his career in education and took incredible pride in his time spent at Teaneck.

James lived a life that truly made a difference. He was a celebrated leader, influencing and educating decades of students. James lived with a desire to create an environment where students and staff could thrive. He developed a culture at Teaneck that celebrated diversity, inclusion, excellence, and enthusiasm for helping others. He led and inspired a team of accomplished educators to create a truly high performing institution. His work and influence on the students and staff he served was a defining aspect to his character and life accomplishments. In addition to his career, James sought to make a difference in his community as well. He was active in his local church and committed to volunteer work. James cherished his time at Estling Lake in Denville, NJ where his family spent their summers, and he happily gave his time to contribute and support the community.

While he demonstrated so much pride in his work and community, nothing mattered more to James than the love, time, and memories shared with family. He was a caring and devoted spouse, father, grandfather, and brother. He is survived by his wife, Joyce. His children, Nancy, Jimmy, Becky, and Todd. James enjoyed the love and affection of 9 grandchildren and one baby girl on the way. He is also survived by his dear brother Dick, his wife Toby, and their wonderful family.

The family will be celebrating the life of James in a small private ceremony. To honor his memory, the family has established a scholarship fund that will provide financial support to a high school senior from Teaneck High School to pursue higher education. Please make donations out to:

Community Scholarship Fund of Teaneck
680 Albin Street
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Re: James R. DeLaney Scholarship Fund

Water Turns Off Sunday Nov 8th 2020

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I’ve been monitoring the weather and it looks like we’ve reached the time where the temperatures at night will consistently drop below freezing. As such, the water to the community will be shut off on Sunday, November 8th. Volunteers looking to help with the process should meet at the beach parking area at 2 PM to complete the shutoff work. For those in camp, please be aware that you will start to see a drop or loss of water pressure as early as 1PM on Sunday, so plan your day appropriately. Looking ahead to next year, the water will be turned on Saturday, April 10, 2021 (weather permitting).

Community Update for October 2020

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I hope that everyone has adjusted back to their winter routine now that schools have started again.  While the summer season has ended, there are still some important activities happening at the Lake right now.  Please review the announcements below and reach out if you have any questions.

Water Shut Off Extended

Since COVID concerns are still present and the weather is cooperating, the water shutoff has been rescheduled from the original date of Oct 25th to the new date of Sunday, Nov 8th.  I will reassess the weather forecast next week and send out an update on Nov 1st confirming our shutoff date and arranging volunteers.

Off Season Usage

As a reminder to those planning to stay in camp after the water shutoff, the “90 day rule” (Corp Lease – Section C, 5.b) has been suspended for the 2020-2021 off season due to the pandemic.  However, you still must notify the caretaker and the board of your plans (an email to Brian and me will suffice).


Brian and his family have moved into the cottage (Camp 58) after completing several upgrades.  Thank you to the Williams family for all their work to enhance the cottage and transform it into their new home.  Brian sent out a questionnaire a few weeks ago to help with his planned patrols during the off season.  Please send the completed form back to Brian so he can properly care for your camp over the winter.

Dam and Spillway

Please be sure to review the materials posted to the Estling Web Site regarding the evaluation of the Dam and Spillway by NJ DEP, NJ Transit, and Estling Lake Corp.

Committee Sign Ups

Thank you to all the volunteers that have registered for 2021.  There is still time to join a committee, so if you haven’t done so yet, please visit our sign up page and add your name to the list.  The sign up list will be closing October 31st.

Joint Ownership Applications

For those that are considering joint ownership, please submit your applications immediately as the process must be fully executed prior to 1/1/2021.  Any applications that are unable to be completed by 12/31/2020 will be cancelled and joint ownership will not be issued.  Our dedicated volunteers are working hard to complete these applications in a timely manner, but there are many steps involved and each application brings its own unique challenges. Contact Nadine to begin the process.


The recycling dumpster will be removed for the winter so please drop off your items prior to Wednesday, 10/28.  After that date the container will be removed and you will need to utilize the Denville Recycling Center at 140 Morris Avenue, Denville. They are open Mon-Fri, 7-2:30, Sat 8-2, Sun 10-2.