Letter from CLIA Nov 22, 2017

Dear Cupsaw Members,

As 2017 comes to an end, the CLIA Board would like to thank all the volunteers, groups, committees, and members who gave so generously of their time and expertise. One of our most important and final projects for this year, the resurfacing of the deep end wall by the diving area, was partially funded by WAA (Women’s Athletic Association). A big thank you to that organization! Please continue to check the website and email newsletters for fun winter activities.

We wish you all “Happy Holidays and a Happy and Healthy New Year!”

The CLIA Board

Denise Decker-Scutti
Joe Politano

A Haunted Hilly Thank You

Dear Neighbor,

Thank you very much to all who came out for our 8th Annual Cupsaw Lake Haunted Hilly 5K! Even though there was bad weather moving in, we showed that we’re all Cupsaw Tough and had a great turnout.

The Haunted Hilly 5K is one of CLIA’s biggest fundraisers of the year, and proceeds directly benefit you, the member, as we enhance Cupsaw Lake. With that in mind, we’d like to send out a huge thank you to our CLIA 5K volunteers who make the event happen, including the Haunted Hilly 5K Race Committee, Beach Club, Men’s AA and Women’s AA.

We’d especially like to thank our VERY generous sponsors. Without their financial support, the race would not be nearly as enjoyable for everyone each year. These sponsors supported Cupsaw, so please show them some love and consider giving them your business in the coming weeks and months.

Best Regards,
The Haunted Hilly 5K Race Committee

P.S. Looking for race results? View results online >


*Platinum Sponsors*

AC Marmo & Sons

Advanced Crane Service
(973) 962-9200

Cupsaw Market


*Gold Sponsors*

A-1 Nutrition Store

Aquatic Art Unlimited

Tim Bischoff Insurance

Burgoyne & Sons Electric

Karen Adatto – Coldwell Banker

Keith Puzio – Coldwell Banker

Donnelly Construction

Health & Wellness Partners

Jordano Electric


Chuck & Eileen Manley

Edward Martin, ESQ

Precision Logistics

Ringwood PBA local 247

Ringwood Pizza

Skylands Learning Center

Veracity Collision Services
(973) 248-8585

*Silver Sponsors*

Brady’s Prime 15 Steak House & Grill
Coppola Services

*Bronze Sponsors*
Allstate – Robert Cella
Cupsaw Coiffures
Eat Local
Ramsey Outdoor
Ringwood Animal Hospital
Skyline Family Eyecare

Important CLIA Changes

We will be having a special meeting on December 5th at 7:30pm in the Clubhouse. Membership will be voting on the below changes to the Constitution, proposed slate of officers as well as the updates to our by-laws outlined in file link below. Please review and attend!

By-Law Changes >

Constitution Changes


The Governing Board shall consist of:

- President
Vice President – Administration
- Vice President
- Ground and Facilities
- Vice President –Recreational Programs
- Recording Secretary
- Corresponding Secretary
- Treasurer – Assistant Treasurer
Turtle Island Sheriff
Ten Membership Representatives
- Non-Elected voting members (detailed below)
- Non-Voting members (detailed below)

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Proposed Slate

Position 2018 Nominee
President Peter Martin
VP – Administration Candy Urbanski
VP – Grounds & Facilities Joe Politano
VP – Recreational Programs Wendy Rothlauf & Denise Scutti
Recording Secretary Paul Rothlauf
Corresponding Secretary Ryan Bolton
Treasurer Dennis Keenan
Assistant Treasurer TBD
Member Rep 1 Jason Setti
Member Rep 2 Jim Finn
Member Rep 3 Bobby Buhowski
Member Rep 4 Tim Powers
Member Rep 5 Kyle Lanou
Member Rep 6 Sharon Vidal
Member Rep 7 Tom Conway
Member Rep 8 James King
Member Rep 9 Brian Bozan
Member Rep 10 TBD

As you can see, t
he CLIA Board is still looking for a few good men and women to step up and get more involved. If you are interested in any of the below, please contact Peter Martin atVPAdmin@CupsawLake.org or 973-291-4191.

Assistant Treasurer
This person will be active in the finance committee and shall assist the Treasurer in areas such as payroll, accounts receivable, compiling membership packets, annual invoicing, paying bills and communicating with membership for finance reasons.

Membership District Representatives
There are 10 in total each is tasked to manage membership for a geographic area as outlined on the CLIA district map. You will be active with the membership committee and tasked to achieve membership growth, promote the Cupsaw community to non-members and new residents, assist with new membership applications, dispersal of membership packets and answering general membership questions.

Cupsaw Lake Stewardship June 2017

The Cupsaw Environmental Committee works hard to make Cupsaw the best lake it can be. Here are just some of the efforts this group has undertaken:

  1. Goose Management-
    1. Kayak chases early in the morning to discourage geese
    2. Goose patrol to clean up after the occasional goose visitor in Spring
    3. Solar powered blinker light at lanes to discourage bedding down at night
    4. Back up USDA contract for removal, as a last resort. (Hasn’t been needed)
  2. Weed Management-
    1. Herbicide treatments in April and May
    2. “Weed rope” beyond the 3rd dock to catch dying weeds
    3. Canoe pick up of floating weeds around weed ropes and lanes
    4. Herbicide booster in June in shallow areas
  3. Algae Management-
    1. Aeration system to reduce internal phosphorus release
    2. Alum treatments in May and June to drop out nutrients (2016 & 2017)
    3. Canoe pick up of floating filamentous algae in swim areas
    4. Introduction of beneficial bacteria (June 2017)
    5. Copper Sulphate treatments in July and August as necessary
  4. Watershed Management
    1. Rain Garden (by Boy Scouts) near Volleyball court to slow erosion from courts
    2. Encouragement to pump septics regularly
    3. Encouragement to use lawn fertilizer sparingly
  5. Water Circulation
    1. Ensuring paddle wheel operation which is key to beach water quality
    2. Use of water movers near lanes and in deep cove areas
  6. Lake Testing and logging
    1. Weekly State testing for coliform count (always way below criteria)
    2. Monthly testing for algae presence by our aeration company
    3. Periodic testing by our own committee in our own lab
    4. Near daily testing and logging Secchi depth, temp, and goose sightings
    5. Four years of data logging to verify results of lake treatment measures
  7. Meetings and Outreach
    1. Monthly Environmental Committee Meetings
    2. Meetings with Erskine and Skyline environmental committees every other month
    3. Participation at NJ Coalition of Lake Assn’s meetings (4 times annually)
    4. Member of board of directors of NJ Coalition of Lake Assn’s

As a result of these efforts:

  1. Our State testing of beach water is regularly <10 for coliform, <200 is the requirement
  2. Our Secchi disk clarity has been improving year to year for 4 years
  3. Our lake swimmers and sailors have had fewer weeds to contend with
  4. We no longer contend with goose droppings on our beach

However, we can’t get too confident; we are dealing with nature. It is a lake, we will have weeds and algae, but we need to keep up with our best efforts.