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From Board Member and Lake Ecology Chair Jeff Keith


Lake Weed Treatment Update

Since our paper will not be coming out until the end of September, I wanted to update you on the filamentous algae appearing mostly on the lake's western shoreline. Our biologist from Solitude has been here twice and could not treat because of low dissolved oxygen(DO) levels in the water due to the heavy rains we have been having. Rain brings in what is called "dead water" with very little oxygen content. This lowers our oxygen content in the lake, making it dangerous to our fish population, who need that oxygen. The decaying algae require oxygen to break it down using oxygen that, at the moment, is very low. Our DO is generally between 8 and 10. The last DO readings on different days were a little over 4 and under 4. Treating with those numbers risk a large fish kill. Solitude will be back on Monday, and if it is in the mid 5's, I hope he will treat. I wanted to bring everybody up to speed since many have seen the airboat here and wondered why he did not treat it. Any questions, give me a call (973-663-4230). Thank you, Jeff

In our Ask Jeff section in September's paper, I will overview our weed treatment activity this summer. I will explain what Diatoms are and why they are suitable for our lake. I understand there has been some concern about this plant. I will also explain what algae called Bryozoa is and why they are also good for our lake

That's all for now, more in next month's article.

2021 Badge Distribution-Boat Permit

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Recycling, Garbage, and Vegetative Waste Pick Up 

Recycling pick up is Tuesday, and garbage is on Monday and Thursday.

Vegetative waste is picked up beginning first Wednesday in April through second Wednesday in December.


  New Year’s Day  •  Memorial Day    July 4th  •  Labor Day    Thanksgiving    Christmas

For a complete description of garbage and recycling information see municipal web site.

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Social Committee is always Seeking Volunteers

In order to ensure the success and continuation of next year’s events we need more volunteers to come out and lend a hand. Social Committee membership is dwindling and many of the current members have older children who are into different activities, so in an effort to keep the momentum of our Social Committee we need new people to get involved. Without increased involvement we will be forced to cancel events that we have all come to love.


A large commitment isn’t necessary. We are asking members to sign up to chair an event(s). New ideas will be welcome, we will also share experiences and help you every step of the way. Unfortunately, if we do not get at least three people to chair each event listed the event may be cancelled. So grab some friends, pick an event and let’s work together to make 2019 an exceptional year!!


Winter Carnival- Chili Contest | Bunny Brunch Easter and Egg Hunt | First Beach Movie Night & Camp Out | Friendship Candle Ceremony | Community Day | Kid’s Pirate Day; | Ice Cream Social/Bingo Night | Karaoke Night on First Beach; | Movie Night & S’mores; | Wild West Beach Party | End of Summer Beach Bash | Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Party


If you are interested please email

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If you can lend a hand at any of our events it would be greatly appreciated. Please call Kristen White at 973-255-9326 Or Ruth Kuhl at 973-222-2357 if you plan on attending or if you have any questions.

Baby and Me Playgroup

Temporarily on hold. Bring the kids down to the Clubhouse to meet Moms and children of similar ages. Playgroup meets every Friday at 10:00am. Pre-K and under. Please contact social committee for updates.

Shawnee Seniors Club

Our Shawnee Seniors Club meets every other Wednesday at 1pm at the clubhouse. The club is open to all Seniors Age 55 and older. Coffee and snacks will be served. 

Texas Hold ’em

Next event TBD. Doors open for registration at 7:00pm and play starts at 7:30pm. The cost is $15 per person and includes refreshments. Even if you’ve never played before, come on out and learn, we have beginners each time—we’ll even show you how to play!

Card/Game Night

Next event TBD. Join us at 6:30 pm for a fun night of cards. We play Hand & Foot or 65, depending on number of people attending. Please contact Karen at 973-663-3562 with any questions. 

New! The TLC Club

Neighbors connecting with neighbors. The mission of the Lake Shawnee TLC (tender, loving care) Club is to bring companionship and friendship to our Lake Shawnee neighbors. There is no better place to do this than right here in Lake Shawnee. If you are interested in being a part of this club email Adrienne Najjar-Keith and Kristine Wilsusen at If you, yourself or if you know anyone in our Lake Shawnee family who would benefit from a TLC visitor bringing friendship and companionship, please email

Yoga at The Clubhouse

Next session is TBD. Join resident and certified Yoga trainer Lauren Jelinek. Sessions will be $10 each, Please RSVP by contacting Lauren at 862-266-1673 or to reserve your space. Please bring your own mat and a towel.

Lake Shawnee Book Club

A book club can be an excellent setting for sharing your thoughts on books while making friends, having fun, and challenging your thinking. If you’d like information or to join the Lake Shawnee Book Club, contact Pat Reis. Call 973-449-8606 or email

Winter Carnival—Ice Skating Party and Chili Contest

Lake Shawnee's Winter Wonderland featuring ice skating, chili, hockey, hot dogs and hot chocolate is an annual event! Think you make a mean pot of chili? Enter yours and see how it stacks up next to the competition. All contestants should bring at least 1 pound of chili in a crock pot with a serving spoon. Prizes will be awarded. We are looking for donations of brownies for the Winter Carnival. If you plan on attending you should bring brownies—homemade or store bought either is fine. 

Adult CPR Certification Class

This class is offered periodically. Please contact social committee for updates. Opportunity to become CPR Certified. Cost is $35 per Adult- Space is limited.

Kid’s Cooking Class

Calling all junior chefs! The social committee is hosting a kids cooking class on February 15th at 11:30am at the clubhouse. The event is open to kids 6 - 13 yrs. old, maximum of 12 students. We will make a dinner plus dessert and you get to eat what you make! Parents are welcome to stay and watch, and enjoy the results too! Reservations and pre-payment of $10 per child are required to hold your spot. Call Vince and Gina at 973-663-5964 or the clubhouse at 973-663-1307 by February 7th to hold your spot.

Wine Tasting

The 11th annual Lake Shawnee Wine tasting and pairing is TBD, 7:00pm at the Clubhouse. You will experience a unique combination of wine and gourmet small plates, and likely enjoy something you’ve never had before! Space is limited to 56 seats (could be less due to Covid restrictions) to ensure the best intimate experience. Advanced reservations and payment are required. The cost is $25 per person and includes 5 courses of pairings. Contact Vince and Gina at 973-663-5964 to reserve your spot. Payment should be made to the Club Office with checks made payable to Lake Shawnee Club.

Mindfulness Meditation with Crystal bowls at The Clubhouse

This event is temporarily on hold. Join resident and Meditation Instructor Matthew Rosett on the first Wednesday of the month starting in April. Two classes to choose from (or come to both! 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Please contact Matthew at 201-306-0937 or if you have questions. No special equipment, clothes or experience is required. You may bring a yoga mat or meditation cushion if you wish. Chairs will be available as well. All you ‘need’ is an open mind. Please show up 15 minutes early to get comfortably situated.

Calendar of Events 

Winter Carnival - Ice Clean Up

Saturday • January 30  9:00am

Winter Carnival

Sunday • January 31 • 1:00pm


Kid's Cooking Class

Monday February 15  11:30am


Easter Egg Prep Night

Wednesday • March 24  7:00pm


Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday • April 3 • 12:30pm

Spring Work Day 

Saturday • April 24 • 8:30am

Annual Meeting

Sunday • April 25 • 11:00am

Moved to May 2 11:00am


New Member Mixer

Friday • May 7 • 6:30pm

Texas Hold'em

Saturday • May 8  7:00pm

Trivia Night

Friday • May 21 • 7:00pm 

Yard Sale

Saturday & Sunday May 22 & 23 • 9:30am -3:00pm 

Fishing Contest

Saturday • May 29 • 6:30am 


Fishing Contest

Saturday June 5  6:30am

1st Beach Movie Nite/Camp out 

Friday • June 11    8:30pm

Wine Tasting

Saturday • June 12 7:00pm

Community Day 

Saturday • June 26 1:00pm


Kid’s Pirate Day

Friday • July 9 • 1:00pm

Ice Cream & Bingo

Tuesday • July 13 • 7:00pm

Fishing Contest

Saturday • July 17  6:30am

Beach Storytime

Tuesday • July 22  7:00pm

Kid’s Bi-Athlon & Color War

Friday • July 23  1:00pm

Ice Cream & Bingo

Tuesday • July 27  7:00pm


Fishing Contest

Saturday • August 14  6:30am

Movie Night

Saturday • August 14 • 8:30pm

Ice Cream & Bingo  

Tuesday August 17 • 7:00pm


Surf & Turf Bash!

Saturday • Sept 5 • 1:00pm

Dog Walk & Pet Parade 

Saturday • Sept. 25 • 10:00am

5K Run

Saturday • Sept. 12 • TBD

Fishing Contest

Saturday • Sept. 11 • 6:30am


Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Party

Sunday  October 17  2:30-5pm 

Beer Tasting

Sunday  October 25  7:00p


Fall Work Day 

Saturday • TBD • 8am

Trivia Night

Saturday Nov 20 7:00pm

Scarecrow Decorating Contest

 • TBD

Bear Aware

Friday  •  Nov 5  •  4pm


Holiday Light Fight Judging 

December TBD