What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Since Mtn. Lakes is a small town with about 6 small lakes, most residents
who move in, meet other residents while enjoying the lakes. Every home
owner is allowed to purchase lake passes. People who don't live in the town
are not allowed to purchases passes but can come as a guest of a resident.
There are swimming areas around the perimeter of the beaches as well as
docks for canoes, kyacks and "sunfish" sail boats. Motor boats are not
allowed. This is to prevent excess pollution and to protect the many
children who are enjoying the water.
There are two clubs that residents generally join. One is the Mtn. Lakes
club located on Mountain Lake and the other is the Rockaway River Country
Club located right over the town border in Denville on the Rockaway River.
Both offer dining, tennis courts and swimming pool. The Rockaway River Club
does offer Golf and is a larger club in general.
Since many of the residents move to this town for the school system a lot of
the parents belong to booster clubs to support the athletic organizations of
the school system. Lacrosse is by far the largest and even if you don't
have children who play this sport you can still join to help support the
team and meet other residents.
There are many other clubs residents can join, such as the League of Women's
Voters, Mtn. Lakes Garden Club and Volunteer Fire Department.
In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.
It's a upper middle class small town but is evolving. Different groups
have been moving in but the progress has been slow.
What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?
Mtn. Lakes is entirely residetial. There is a small market located on
Midvale Rd. where you can buy perishables but major shopping is done at a
larger market in one of the surrounding towns. Most residents commute to
other towns and cities to work. NYC offers any career opportunity and the
NJ Transit RR has a commuter line that only runs out of town and into NYC in
the morning and out of NYC and into Mtn. Lakes at night. The NJ Transit bus
line route runs back and forth NYC and Mtn. Lakes throughout the day.
Mtn. Lakes is located in the county of Morris which has a diverse amount of
industries, including pharmaceutical, construction and hospitality.
In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?
Small towns tend to revolve around family, socializing and sports. Mtn.
Lakes is no differnt. There are 5 places of worship for members of the
Catholic, Protestant, Episcopalian, Methodist and Christian Scientist
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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.
I would tell them to know what they are looking for. If they want small
town living that offers a good school system, a secure place to raise there
children and access to NYC then this is a town they should consider.