Temporary Closure During Milling/Paving on Estling Lake Rd

Category : General

Tomorrow (Tue 5/15) a company will be milling the road west of the RR tracks. This will occur around 11 am. Then the next day (Wed 5/16) they will be paving around the same time. During this time vehicles will not be able to pass.

Work Weekend – June 9th

Category : Open/Close

Looking forward to work-weekend –a great way to start the summer. We will open up the lake on Saturday, June 9h. As usual, everyone should report to the Athletic Field or the Community House at 9AM.

  • Scott S. will be at the tennis courts/ball field – bring your gloves, rakes and pruning sheers.
  • Kim N. will be in the Community House.
  • Scott W. will be on the beach. The floats go in around 11 am.
  • In addition to the above Mike D. will recruit a crew to clean out the ditches on the dirt road pat the Walker camp.  Bring shovels.
  • Lunch with thanks to the Ladies Club will be between 12 and 12:30.

Work Weekend is an important event on our annual calendar. There’s much to do so we need everyone to join in. Some jobs require heavy lifting, but many do not – we can find a task for all.

After lunch and having already warmed up cleaning out the cove at the beach, we may cleanup of the shore in front of the Reitwiesner camp and the Price/Livingston cove. Boots are helpful, iron rakes and wheelbarrows too.

There will be a Board meeting Sunday at noon at the Community House.

Rick P.

Garbage and Recycling Pickup Schedule

Category : General

While the water may be delayed a week, garbage pickup will begin as of Monday, April 16th. Throughout April and May, pickup will be once a week on Monday. In June, July, and August, garbage will be picked up twice a week on Monday and Thursday. Dates for bulk pickup and the dumpster will be coming out soon. Recycling will be picked up every other Wednesday starting April 25th. You can see Denville’s recycling schedule for the year here:
Note that for July 4th, the pickup is being moved to Saturday July 7th.


Water Turn on Delay Due to Weather

Category : Open/Close , Water

Denville Township was scheduled to turn on the water main today in preparation for our pipeline opening. However, due to unexpected freezing temperatures overnight and predicted low nighttime temperatures later this week, Denville has rescheduled turning on the service until next week. I realize this may be disruptive to plans for moving in this weekend, but we must be cautious when it comes to our above ground pipeline. For those that are not in the area, we actually had an inch of snow this past Saturday.

Assuming the weather cooperates, Denville will be turning on the water supply Tue or Wed next week. If any of the Pipeline team members are available on Fri, 4/20, I would like tackle our repairs starting at 9AM and hopefully get the entire system opened that day.

I appreciate everyone’s flexibility and understanding and I look forward to getting water flowing as soon as possible.


Reverend David P. Focht

Category : General

Reverend David P. Focht, a retired United Church of Christ (UCC) Pastor and resident of Allentown, PA, died Saturday, March 11 after a brief illness. Reverend Focht was born June 25, 1935 in Allentown, PA. He graduated from Allentown High School in 1953 and Franklin and Marshall College in 1959. He married Eleanor Elaine Tomlinson of Van Wert, OH in 1964. Reverend Focht earned his Masters Degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 1966 and was subsequently ordained at Emmanuel UCC Allentown in 1966. Reverend Focht served as Pastor of St. Paul’s UCC in Kutztown, PA for 26 years until his retirement from the ministry in 1999. Reverend Focht is survived by his wife of 53 years, Eleanor; his son and daughter-in-law Eric and Monica Focht of Wharton, NJ; his son and daughter-in-law Brian and Laura Focht of Westerville, OH and 2 granddaughters Brittany and Alyssa Focht.

Reverend Focht’s funeral service is scheduled to be held on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Emmanuel UCC Allentown on 1547 West Chew Street, Allentown, PA 18104. The viewing will begin at 10am with the funeral services starting at 11am. He will be laid to rest in Hope Cemetery Mausoleum in Kutztown, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Emmanuel UCC (https://www.emmanuelunitedchurch.org/)

James B. Galbraith, Jr.

Category : General

Lynn Livingston’s father passed away this past Sunday.  We extend sincere condolences to Lynn and her family.  There will be a memorial service this Saturday at 3 pm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown.

Memorial donations in Jim Galbraith’s memory may be made to The Morris Educational Foundation, c/o James B. Galbraith, Jr. Scholarship, 50 Early Street, Morristown, NJ 07960, or to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 70 Maple Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960.

His obituary can be viewed at http://danglerfuneralhomes.com/tribute/details/495/James-Galbraith-Jr/obituary.html

Nicholas “Nick” Allen Valentino Obituary and Viewing

Category : General

Nicholas “Nick” Allen Valentino, of Denville, passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017. He was 23 years young.

Public Visitation will be held on Friday, December 29th from 4 – 8 pm at Norman Dean Home for Services, 16 Righter Ave., Denville, NJ 07834. Funeral Service will begin at 7:30 pm. Memorial Donations can be made in Nick’s memory to the ASPCA by way of www.inmemoryof-memorial.org. Please leave a condolence and special memory for his family.



Sad News – Mary Gabrielli and Nick Valentino

Category : General

Please keep our Estling family in your prayers during this holiday season.  Wayne T. shared with me that Mary Gabrielli passed away Saturday morning.  At this time, there are no plans for a service or funeral. And from Rick P.: “With great sadness I write to inform you of Nicholas Valentino’s tragic death. Our heart-felt sympathies to Kit and her family.   Funeral arrangements will be announced early next week. ”

I’ll share details as they become available.


History Updates for 12/17/2017

Category : Website Updates

Over the last few months I’ve been going through my grandmother’s collection of Estling artifacts.  I’ve found newsletters from the 80s, videos from the 50th anniversary, and a variety of articles and stories that she used for song services.  I’ve been slowly importing all these items and will start to post them over the next several months.  In addition, Mark Livingston shared audio recordings of Dick Thorne being interviewed by Al Livingston (Mark’s father).  I’ve posted a few of these on our History page already and there will be more to come.  If you have something that you think would be interesting to share, please reach out and I’ll work with you to get the items added to the archive.

-Scott S.

Website Updates for 12/17/2017

Category : Website Updates

Here are a few updates to the web site that you may find interesting: