In the kitchen with Monty Dellapi

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Chewy-Choc-Oat-Chip Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt, optional
3 cups oats, rolled (raw)
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Heat oven to 375 degrees
Beat together butter, sugars, vanilla and lemon juice until creamy
Add eggs, beat well
Stir in oats
Add combined flour, baking soda and salt, mix well
Add chocolate chips, mix well
Drop by rounded tablespoons (or small ice cream scoop) onto ungreased cookie sheet
Bake 9-10 minutes for chewy cookies or 10-12 minutes for crisp cookie
Cool one minute, remove to wire rack and cool completely.

By Ginny Raue

Is it fate when one wedding begets another? For Monty Dellapi being a part of his brother’s wedding party led to his own happy trip down the aisle when he met Antonietta, also a member of the wedding party.

Married now for 17 years, Monty and Antonietta are the parents of Danielle, 14, and Matthew, 11.

Born in Paterson and raised in Haledon, Dellapi, 49, is a 25 year resident of West Milford. He attended Manchester Regional High School in Haledon and studied mechanical engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, graduating in 1987.

He worked for a time at Picatinny Arsenal in Rockaway as a design engineer before moving to a job with Lucent Technology. Seven years ago, he returned to Picatinny Arsenal, now employed by ATK Armament Systems as director of business development, overseeing current program sustainment, marketing and sales and new business development.

Although Picatinny Arsenal is a U.S. Army installation, a government facility, 10-20 private companies maintain a presence on the base.

Critical work goes on at Picatinny Arsenal; research, development, acquisition and life cycle management of advanced conventional weapon systems and advanced ammunition.

“It’s vital for the sustainment of our armed forces,” Dellapi said.

According to the arsenal’s web site, “Picatinny Arsenal is the Joint Center for Excellence for Armaments and Munitions, providing products and services to all branches of the military.”

Picatinny has a long and rich history, beginning with its name. It was once the hunting grounds of the Lenni Lenape Indians who dubbed the area “Picatinny” meaning “water by the hill” or “peak with broken rocks and cliffs.”

It is believed that forges in the area made canons, shot and iron implements during the Revolutionary War. In 1880 the War Department opened the Picatinny Powder Department. Its first powder factory was established in 1907 and the Army renamed the facility Picatinny Arsenal.

Munitions production continued and the arsenal grew into research and development work, training in weaponry sciences, testing and control laboratories and the design of artillery ammunition.

During World War II the arsenal employed 18,000 people. They labored in three shifts, turning out bombs and artillery shells. Research was basically put on the back burner until after the war, although some work continued in that field. During peace time new advances in radar, pyrotechnics, missiles and nuclear munitions came about.

In 1986, Picatinny became the Armament Research Development and Engineering Center.

From its humble beginnings, with a land purchase of 1,195 acres on Lake Picatinny, to today’s sprawling facility which includes 64 laboratories on the 6,500 acre tract, Picatinny Arsenal is one of the largest employers in Morris County; half of those employed are engineers and scientists.

While Dellapi is dedicated to his career at Picatinny, he is equally dedicated to his efforts and association with the Fr. Francis Koch Council Knights of Columbus at St. Joseph Church in West Milford.

“The Knights have a great purpose. Seeing the impact on the community, through the food pantry for one, being able to help a needy family, helping to provide resources to the pantry, it’s very rewarding," said Dellapi. "The Knights are a great group of men with common goals and Christian principles.”

As a family, the Dellapis attend their church’s Generations of Faith program, an intergenerational faith development curriculum which fosters life-long learning and deeper understanding of one’s faith.

When he takes to the outdoors Dellapi enjoys ATV riding. He maintains a regular work out schedule to keep fit and, being a dad, he often wears the chauffeur's hat. He enjoys time spent with family and friends and does a bit of cooking.

“I mostly barbeque. Grilled chicken, nothing exotic or glamorous,” he said. He sent in a recipe for oatmeal cookies but didn’t claim to man the oven.

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