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The BReeze Bridgewater Township & Raritan Borough, NJ Your Hometown Newspaper Volume 5, Issue 4 Shaving Heads & Raising Money to Help Kids with Cancer Bridgewater fifth grader, Alyssa, holds her freshly clipped pigtails as she gets her head shaved to raise money for St. Baldrick’s. Photo/Bernard DeLierre On March 15th, 160 students, parents and faculty of the Bridgewater-Raritan School District shaved their heads to show solidarity with children who lose their hair while undergoing treatment for cancer. They, along with 12 ladies who cut their hair for Locks of Love, raised money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity that funds the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Shavees for the evening included players from the 11U Panther Baseball Team, Pop Warner, BSA Soccer, Bridgewater LAX, BFL Football, Prince Martial Arts and children from Pack 96 Cub Scouts. They were joined on stage by Mr. Filep of Bradley Gardens Elementary School, Mr. Perry, Mr. Fenton and Mrs. Maher from Eisenhower Intermediate School. Last year’s biggest individual fundraiser Jordana Klem, who had her head shaved next to her son Sam, was unable to participate as she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. To honor his mother, Sam formed Team Jordana. Sam was supported on stage by family and friends as well as father-daughter shavees, Joe and Alyssa I. (a 5th grade student) and Tony and Maji W. (a second grade student). Together Team Jordana raised nearly $20,000. The evening kicked off with honorary barber Enzo, a five-year-old child who is battling leukemia, shaving his cousin Greg’s head with the help of his great aunt, Vicki Kozic of Hair Unique. The evening closed out with Principal Rauh of Van Holten and Principal Diskin from Eisenhower having their heads shaved. The Event featured D.J. Jeff Sicat, a tricky tray, and stations for students to make get well cards for kids on the oncology wings of Morristown Memorial Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. Cadette Girl Scout Troop Continued with more photos on page 8 Win Two Great Prizes from Black Lab Studio New Brunswick, NJ PAID Permit # 1512 PRSRT STD U.S. Postage Look on each page of this issue to find the monthly symbol hidden in ten advertisements. List the ten ads containing the symbol and email to or mail to The BReeze, 726 Route 202 South, Suite 320-190, Bridge- water, NJ 08807. The readers with the correct answers will be entered into a drawing. Be sure to get your list to us by April 10th to be eligible to win. One entry per person. Please include with your list your full name and phone number where you can be reached. The winner will be notified by phone and will be asked to make arrangements to go to the business to collect the prize. A photo of the winner with the business owner will be inserted in the next issue of the paper. This month Black Lab Studio in Flemington is offering one digital photography group class & a two hour video tape transfer to dvd ($68 total value) to the lucky winner. The symbol you will be looking for appears below with the letters BR in the center: The symbol above is only an example; it does not count as one of the ten. Find all 10 symbols, tell us where you found them, and you could be the winner! Good luck! April 2013 Bridgewater-Raritan Alumnus to be Honored with Induction into National Wrestling Hall of Fame Ken Bernabe (officiating) will be inducted into the New Jersey Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on August 4, 2013. Ken Bernabe, a former resident of Raritan for 22 years, and a graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School, will be inducted into the New Jersey Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame located in Stillwater, Oklahoma. On August 4, at a dinner/induction ceremony on the campus of Rider University, Ken will be one of six inductees to be presented the “Lifetime Service to Wrestling” Award which acknowledges one’s lifetime contributions to the sport of amateur wrestling. While a student at BRHS, Ken wrestled and played baseball, and after high school, he went on to wrestle and graduate from Rider University in 1969. Ken began his teaching and coaching career in 1969 at the then Bridgewater-Raritan East High School, serving as an assistant wres- tling and football coach. In 1973, he was appointed head wrestling and assistant football coach at the newly opened West Windsor-Plainsboro H.S. where he began the wrestling program, and in only five years compiled a record of 54-16-2, finishing with a team ranking of #10 in Region 5 in 1977, then only a Group I school. In 1978, Ken began both his administrative and officiating careers, and in July of 2005 he retired as a Principal after 36 years of service in the public schools of New Jersey. Over the course of Ken’s 30-plus year career as a wrestling official, he has officiated numerous holiday and county tournaments, state sectionals, district, regional, and some level of the state tournament, including the prestigious state finals on three occasions. Ken has also taken an active leadership role in the New Jersey Wrestling Officials Association having served as its President. He has chaired many committees for the NJWOA, and he served as President of the Union/Essex Chapter of Wrestling Officials for 15 years. His involvement was further extended by his position as cadet supervisor for the chapter for 17 years where he has helped train aspiring officials. In March of 2000, Ken was inducted into the Region Five Wrestling Hall of Fame as a former coach and official, an honor he says is “one of his most satisfying achievements.” Perhaps one of Ken’s greatest accomplishments was to be honored in 2002 as the recipient of the NJWOA’s prestigious Richard C. Mirshak Award presented annually to the wrestling official who demonstrates excellence, dedication, Continued on page 19 Raritan World War II Bronze and Silver Star Recipients Albert Navatto receives the Bronze Star for his service to his country in France and Germany from December 1944 - May 1945. By Bruce Doorly A familiar name in Raritan’s wartime history is John Basilone. His well-known citation for the Congressional Medal of Honor can be found etched in bronze letters at the base of the Basilone Statue in Raritan. But what of the other Raritan men who received medals for heroism such as the Bronze and Silver Star. Unfortunately, no organized list of recipients was ever compiled. There are some reasons for this lack of record keeping. First - The U.S. military’s World War II record warehouse was destroyed by fire decades ago. But even those records were sporadic at best. Another reason was that the most common award - the Bronze Star - was presented in the field of battle and no centralized office compiled an ongoing list of recipients. Fortunately, the newspapers of the 1940s ran articles when they were informed that a local soldier was honored for heroism. A look through the local newspapers from the 1940s has allowed this author to compile the first organized list of the Raritan soldiers who were awarded the Bronze Star and the Silver Star in World War II. This list is by no means complete since some honors went unreported. The newspapers were only notified of the awarding of a medal by the family of the recipient, not by an official list provided by the military. Some soldiers did not choose to reveal their heroics in their letters home and even after the war seldom spoke of their battle experiences. The Bronze Star was awarded to at least 18 Raritan servicemen. The Bronze Star was first authorized in February of 1944 although it Continued on page 15

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