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Bridgewater Woman One of Strongest in World By Audrey Levine Bridgewater resident Theresa Welsh Tamboer is a mother, a wife and a hard worker — and she is the 8th strongest in the world following the recent Arnold Amateur World Championships and Strongman Fitness Championships. Tamboer only started her journey a little over a year ago when she began training at Strength & Honor Fitness, in Somerville, and now the 40-year-old is hooked. “The owner, Matt Keller, was hosting the Gladiator Games, an amateur strongman contest for Strength & Honor Fitness members only, and he told me to try it,” she said. “I knew noth-

ing about strongman, and was slightly terrified on the first day we trained for the contest.” Tamboer said she told Keller he was crazy and that she couldn’t do what was being asked. But then she tried it. “And from that first day, I was hooked,” she said. “I loved it. I have always liked to challenge myself, and the competitions are an adrenaline rush.” Tamboer said she trains every Saturday with a group of men and women, and she enjoys the team mentality and the friendships she gets out of it. As for the competition itself, Tamboer qualified for the recent championships by placing in the See STRENGTH, Page 11

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By Audrey Levine The population in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District is steadily declining, according to the demographer’s report presented by Richard Grip, executive director of Statistical Forecasting, at a recent board of education meeting. The purpose of the study was to project grade-by-grade enrollments from the 2014–2015 school year through 2018–2019. Grip said they looked at population trends, new housing, fertility and more. According to the district overview, the district’s enrollment as of October 2013 was 8,565.5,

which is a loss of 211.5 students since the 2004–2005 school year, and about 640 students since the peak enrollment in the 2006– 2007 school year. In the report, Grip said, they found that the number of students enrolled in the district has been declining since the 2010–2011 year, and has continued to decline since. “Pre-kindergarten through fourth grade is steadily declining,” he said. “That causes a decline in all later grades.” “When the number of graduates is greater than the number of first graders, you lose kids,” he added. Since the 2009–2010 school year, the number of students in grades pre-kindergarten through fourth has constantly declined. Grip said the district will lose 84.5 students in the 2013–2014 school year due to this, with 668.5 12th graders graduating in 2012–2013 and only 584 first graders coming in. In the study, Grip said, they also looked at births throughout the different sections of Bridgewater and Raritan, with numbers compiled by elementary attendance areas. Annual birth counts, he said, were greatest in the John F. Kennedy Primary School attendance area, with large declines in the Milltown Primary School area, and smaller declines in the Bradley Gardens Primary and Crim Primary areas. “Fertility rates in Bridgewater See DEMOGRAPHER, Page 7

Students, parents and staff donated their hair to the St. Baldrick’s foundation in an annual event to raise money for cancer research. Page 16

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Baseball Celebrates Opening Day By Audrey Levine Bridgewater Baseball and Softball held its annual Opening Day ceremonies at the Prince Rodgers Field April 5.


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Miles Morgan Bridgewater resident Miles Morgan is one of 177 men and women who has pledged to perform 10 months of national service as part of the Southern Region’s 20th Class of the National Civilian Community Corps, as a member of FEMA Corps, according to a release from AmeriCorps. Morgan, the release said, will spend 10 months strengthening communities and developing his

Two Bridgewater-Raritan High School students were honored by the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey, which sponsors an annual statewide written and oral contest for seniors. Winners receive a $1,000 scholarship for college. Joelle Abi-Nader was one of the recipients of the $1,000 scholarship award. Richard Wu was a semi-finalist in the competition. Both students are in the AP French class at the high school, and were nominated by their teacher, Maria Kostis. A total of 10 World Language students are awarded scholarships.

leadership. With his team, he will serve the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the administration of emergency management and long term recovery activities. “My aunt had suggested the program to me,” Morgan said in the release. “She explained all about it because she knew someone else who joined previously, and had loved it.” When he finishes his 10-month stint, Morgan will graduate Nov. 21, 2014, with an education award of $5,645. That money, the release said, can be used to continue education or pay back student loans. “The fact that I will know that I am doing something for the good of everyone motivates me to serve,” he said in the release. “I will know that I am helping a lot of people that really need the help, and I am putting a smile on their faces.”

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College News Matthew Harold Archibald, of Bridgewater, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2013 semester at the University of Rochester. Archibald is a sopho-

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Local Woman Graduates From Naval Academy Beatrice-Joyce A. Cayaban, a 2010 graduate of the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences at the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School, is graduating from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis May 23. Cayaban, daughter of Benjamin and Jacqueline, is being commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Cayaban has completed four years of intensive academic, physical and professional training, ending with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Naval Architecture. According to a release from the Naval Academy, Cayaban com-

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Congratulations to Nancy Yuzuik, of Bridgewater, the winner of our ad symbol contest. Nancy won an engraved barbecue set from Crown Trophy of Flemington. Above, Nancy stands with Crown Trophy owner Jim Gano. Crown Trophy of Flemington is a full service awards retailer located in Flemington, New Jersey. Owned and operated by Bridgewater resident Jim Gano, Crown Trophy specializes in trophies, plaques, corporate awards, ribbons, medals and custom awards. The team at Crown Trophy assembles and engraves all awards on-site in their 3,500-square-foot facility. Crown Trophy of Flemington is also a leading supplier of varsity jackets for local high school teams and marching bands. Crown Trophy is also a leading supplier of promotional items to help businesses and organizations promote themselves at special events or trade shows. In 2013, Crown Trophy of Flemington added a new business unit called Signs By Crown, which is a full service sign shop specializing in signage of all types, including banners, lawn signs, vehicle graphics, magnetics and more to help businesses and organizations promote sales and special events. Signs By Crown can help in the design, fabrication and installation of a clients’ signs. Gano and the team from Crown Trophy are proud to have recently celebrated their fifth year in business in their Flemington location and welcome you to stop by and see their Super Bowl and Winston Cup trophies. You can reach them at 908-782-1476.

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Gin Distillery Becomes Park By James Koch Special to The BReeze We’ve finally reached the merry month of May. After a rather brutal winter, the flowers are beginning to blossom. There are a few pocket parks in Bridgewater. But the best enjoyment of spring and flowers and flowering trees may best be seen in several parks maintained by the Somerset County Park Commission. Leonard Buck Gardens on Layton Road in Far Hills is unusual. The park was designed, with help, by geologist Leonard J. Buck, a trustee of the New York

Botanical Garden in the 1930’s. It was bought by Buck in 1937 because it was a unique opportunity for the 29-acre area. The flowers are artfully presented around rock and other geologic formations. Another park is Colonial Park in Franklin Township. Unfortunately, the Rose Garden doesn’t open until June when the roses bloom. But there are flowers all over in the arboretum area. But this is spring and this is supposed to be on history. So we will go backwards from the time Somerset County acquired that acreage from the Mettler family in 1965. Most interesting is that most of the original land was the estate of the wealthy Flieschmann family. The Rose Garden is in the area of Mrs. Flieschmann’s garden, about the early 1900s. Mr. Flieschmann was operating a gin distillery a mile away in now East Amwell. The distillery was built along the Delaware & Raritan Canal to aid in transport of the product. Later, the plant moved to New York. The Flieschmanns moved, and we don’t have information until the Mettler family had the property.

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BRHS West Baseball Team Only State Champions in History No other baseball team in the school’s history has won the title since.

By Bruce Doorly bdoorly@verizon.net Bridgewater-Raritan has had only one High School State Champion baseball team. That team was the BRHS West Falcons in 1989. In some ways, the team was an unlikely candidate to win the state championship. With an overall record of 19–7, the team did not have the impressive batting averages and power hitter stats that often categorize top baseball teams. What the team did have was balanced and clutch hitting, speed on the bases, superb fielding, an all-state pitcher and excellent coaches. The BRHS West baseball program had been lackluster in the early 1980s. That changed in 1987 when experienced coach Norm Hewitt was hired. Hewitt had an extensive baseball background from his days as a pitcher and fine hitter in college to his decade of coaching at Hillsborough High School, Rutgers and Drew University. Former player Dan Engelhardt remembered a pivotal moment in Hewitt’s evolution of the team. “In a game the year before the championship season, our team was no-hit by Piscataway,” he said. “Coach Hewitt met with us in the locker room and explained how we were so much better than that and that we could do great things. Going forward, the coach said we needed to be dedicated and take each practice and game seriously. After that, the guys gave 100 percent.” The assistant coach was Chuck Nelson. While Hewitt was the serious one, Nelson was the fun coach, always telling jokes. Some called him the “King of the One-liners.” The team’s star player was

all-state pitcher Bobby Collins. He amassed a 10–2 record that year, throwing several shutouts along the way. Collins could also hit, and, when not pitching, he was the designated hitter. Other pitchers were Mark Crawford, who also played centerfield, and Dave Dudeck. Behind the plate at catcher was Peter Iovine. At first base was (2nd team All-County) Engelhardt, who also started on the BRHS state championship basketball team that year. At second base was All-County Mike Lynch, who led the team in home runs with five. Lynch was part of a good double play combination with shortstop Mike Winchock, who was also All-County. At third, was steady fielder John Fidacaro. The outfield was made up of left fielder Otto Gsell, centerfielder (and second team All-County) Mark Crawford and Todd Zaninelli in right field. During the regular season, the team found ways to win. Game one saw Collins pitch a three-hitter. The next game saw Crawford provide the winning hit with a two-run single in the final inning, for a 3–2 win. Another game saw Iovine’s two-run single put the team ahead for good against local rival Somerville. Against Watchung, the team pulled out a 5–4 win when Gsell laid down a suicide squeeze bunt that scored the winning run. Other times, flashes of offense gave them the victory. One game against Hillsborough was a scoreless tie late in the game when back-to-back homers by Lynch and Winchock cemented a 3–0 shutout win. And in one game, Collins knocked in five runs, including three on a home run, leading the team to a 7–3 win over Watchung Hills.

The team won enough to qualify for the State Tournament with a record that made it appear to be the underdog, as most of the other teams had fewer loses. However, the Central Jersey Division that they played in was one of the toughest in the state. That prepared them for the tournament ahead.

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The first game of the state tournament was against Holmdel. Pitcher Dudeck threw a one-hitter for a 3–0 victory. Bridgewater got all the runs it needed in the first inning as Crawford and Lynch both scored on sacrifice flies. Later, in the fourth, a double by Zaninelli drove home the third run. In their next game, the Falcon’s pitching dominated again when staff ace Collins tossed a three-hitter against Shore Regional. Again, the Falcons scored early. All three runs were scored in the first inning with the big hit being Englehardt’s double. Shore Regional threatened in the sixth inning when they loaded the bases with one out. But Collins struck out the next batter, then got the third out with a soft grounder back to the mound to end the inning. The third game of the tournament saw Dudeck again take the mound, this time against Freehold. It was a difficult game to win, as the opposing pitcher came into the game undefeated. And to add further to the challenge, it appeared that Hewitt could not be there because he had to fly to Alabama to check on his daughter who had become very ill. But by

getting up at 4 a.m. for an early flight, he made it to the playing field 5 minutes before the game started. His last-minute arrival sent a charge through his team. The Falcons rose to the occasion. In the third inning, their base running led to two runs being scored. Crawford walked, then stole second. Lynch knocked him in with a single and went to third

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Staff Honored for Distinguished Service The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District announced the winners of the Distinguished Service Award for the 2013–2014 school year. The honorees are: • Jennifer Ostrowski, Adamsville Primary, Physical Education • Rachel McLaughlin, Bradley Gardens Primary, Special Education • Avani Morales, Crim Primary, Grade 3 Teacher • Karen Clawson, Hamilton Pri-

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Journalist Tries Her Hand at Teaching By Audrey Levine I am a journalist by trade – I write, edit, do layout and everything else it takes to put together a newspaper. But for one day, I tried a different profession on for size. On March 28, I took part in the NJEA Teacher for a Day program in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District, teaching journalism skills to seventh graders in the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School. Okay, so maybe I didn’t fully abandon my profession. For a full school day, I worked with teacher Mary Horvath, teaching students interview skills, being interviewed myself and teaching about writing a news article. The program allows community members to experience an entire school day as a teacher, and guest teachers can either use existing lesson plans or develop their own with their host teachers. Also participating in the pro-

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gram this year were BRHS physical education teacher Chuck Apel who hosted board of education member Aaron Kurdyla; BRMS seventh grade math teacher Emilie Golis who hosted board of education member Pat Breslin; fifth grade language arts teacher Scott Pachuta who hosted Hamilton School PTO co-president Suzanne Collins; second grade AI teacher Jenn Renaud who hosted Somerset County librarian Rebecca Crawford; Van Holten kindergarten teacher Lori Foley and Van Holten ABA teacher Lori Lacaillade who hosted board of education member Evan Lerner; and Adamsville first grade teacher Suzanne Michaels who hosted Hamilton School PTO co-president Jane Schneiderman. For me, it was a bit of an alternate reality day. When I was young, I was convinced I was going to be a teacher, an English teacher to be exact. I was planning to work with students on their writing skills,

Student Corner

Every month, we ask students around the district to answer a question about the school year or the time of year or something interesting going on. This month, we asked second grade students at St. Ann School in Raritan: “What is your favorite activity to do with your mother?” “My favorite activity to do with my mother is to bake cupcakes, brownies and cookies. We like to bake them because we work as a team. When we are waiting, we play a board game and that is another thing that we like to do.” — Nina Nebab “My favorite thing to do with my mother is to play board games. I like to play board games because we get some family time.” — Brendan Dombrowski “My favorite activities to do with my mother are baking cookies, shopping for clothes and giving each other makeovers. I like shopping for clothes so we can find really cute clothes to wear. I like to do my mother’s hair and put on makeup.” — Madeline Sparks

Audrey Levine and Mary Horvath helping them be better writers in all forms, from creative to essays and articles. Those plans changed when I took a journalism class in high school, but still, for one day, I got a chance to live out that first dream. I had a great day working with Horvath and her students. Although I’m not one who likes being interviewed (I prefer to be on the other side), I was so impressed with the students’ insightful questions about my career path, experiences and more. When we worked on writing articles, some of the headlines the students wrote rivaled mine — and I’ve been working on that skill for many more years than they have. Overall, I found it to be a great experience, and I am so pleased to have been part. A big thank you to Mary Horvath, her colleagues and her students for welcoming me into the classroom for a day!

“My favorite activities to do with my mom are to make puzzles, make cakes and bake banana bread. We also like to go to the store, play and watch movies together.” — Dylan Nyakanga “My favorite activity to do with my mother is to watch movies. We watch really good movies such as ‘Frozen,’ ‘Cars,’ ‘Planes’ and ‘Cars 2.’ It is really fun to watch other movies too!” — Vincent Plocic “My favorite activity to do with my mom is baking cookies. This is my favorite because we do it together and we work as a team. I get all the ingredients and then it’s time to bake. After they are done, they smell good.” — Aubrey Bartolotto “My favorite activity to do with my mother is to snuggle. She is warm and when I don’t feel good, we snuggle because it makes me feel better.” — Angie Basilone “My favorite activity to do with my mother is to color or do a craft. Crafts are fun and coloring lets you be creative in any way.” — Lila Jane Cook

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Enrollment Won’t Peak Until 2020s DEMOGRAPHER from Page 1 and Raritan are low,” he said. And about 75 percent of births are showing up for kindergarten. “That is probably because of half day kindergarten, in my opinion,” Grip said. “And something in Bridgewater is keeping younger adults away, and my guess is it’s home prices.” Grip said a lot of this has to do with economics, and it is not uncommon for a town like Bridgewater to not attract more of the younger families. Grip said they also projected the number of students coming from different types of housing throughout the two towns, particularly new housing. There is the potential, he said, for 53 single-family and 317 multi-family homes in the towns. For 53 detached single-family homes, 48 children are projected, and for 317 multi-family units, 82 children are projected.

But still, Grip said, in the next five years, the district-wide enrollment is expected to be 7,786, which is a loss of 779.5 students from the current enrollment. “And I believe it will decline longer than that,” he said. Grip said he believes the population will grow in older ages. If empty nesters move out and more young families move in, that means more kids — but he doesn’t see it happening. Board member Evan Lerner asked if there is the possibility for a change in these projections if the economy starts to improve. Grip said he doesn’t think that would be the case. “I don’t think the economy all has to do with it,” he said. “Nine out of 10 districts I work with are declining, and we are expecting declining births until 2020, then the grandkids of the baby boomers will have kids.” “People are not having

enough kids,” he added. “Birth rates are screaming declining enrollment.” Grip said the peak to peak is 30 to 35 years. Low enrollment was originally in the 1980s, and it will be the early 2020s before it is at peak again. “It takes a long time to reverse a declining enrollment,” he said. “It could take a very long time before we are back to where we are now.” Grip did say that if the district institutes full day kindergarten, they could see an increase of 100 to 175 students in the kindergarten classes. But, he said, that wouldn’t carry to the other grades, because most families in the district send their children to first grade and beyond. “There is a bump every year from kindergarten to first grade,” he said. To see the full demographic report, head to brrsd.k12.nj.us.

BOE to Investigate Full Day Kindergarten By Audrey Levine The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District Board of Education recently set as one of its yearly goals a plan to investigate a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade configuration for the district to determine the optimal structure for educating the students, while providing full day kindergarten within two to three years. The decision came as part of the board’s discussion of its goals, and is the first formal step taken concerning parents’ requests for full day kindergarten in the district. Interim superintendent Cheryl Dyer gave a presentation about her investigation into full day kindergarten at the April 8 board of education meeting, citing that one of the issues in considering whether to move forward is student achievement. The adoption of the Common Core State Standards, Dyer said, has increased the expectations for kindergarteners in math and language arts. “Certainly they would benefit (from more instruction time),” she said. Dyer said she looked at third and seventh grade statistics in looking internally at the district to determine how students would be helped by a full day kindergarten. In the studies, Dyer said, they found that there was no statistically significant difference in the district between students who attended half day kindergarten and those who attended full day. She said they looked at variables that included being classified for special education, earning scores of partially proficient on NJASK and meeting criteria for gifted and talented. But several parents who have been gathering signatures on a petition (which is currently more than 560 strong) to bring full day kindergarten to Bridgewater-Raritan, and who have done research on how other districts have fared, have said otherwise. In an email sent to the board of education in mid-March, parents Stacey Friedlander and Jamie Pear

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outlined their findings, including that several districts with full day kindergarten showed better scores in NJASK3 tests in reading in 2013 than in Bridgewater-Raritan. “The districts that have spent more time instructing foundational skills in a historically full day kindergarten district have achieved higher overall scores in the areas of reading,” they wrote in the email. “What we noticed is that the 40 minutes spent on math in full day kindergarten districts versus our condensed schedule has played out similarly in test scores in comparison districts.” As to facilities, Dyer said, the district looked at the buildings to determine if full day kindergarten could be accommodated. Kindergarten rooms, she said, require bathrooms, or at least bathrooms in close proximity to the classrooms. Adamsville Primary, Bradley Gardens Primary and Milltown Primary do not currently have enough rooms with bathrooms. More rooms would also be needed physically, Dyer said, than are currently allocated for half day kindergarten. If class sizes were maintained, and full day kindergarten was implemented, Dyer said, Adamsville

Primary, Hamilton Primary and John F. Kennedy Primary would not have enough space. If sizes were increased, John F. Kennedy Primary would still not have enough classrooms, and Crim Primary and Milltown Primary would actually have more classrooms than needed. As to the financial element, the cost of bathrooms would be more than $40,000, and 28 teachers would be required in 2015–2016, with the cost of 16.5 additional teachers earning approximately $907,500 in salaries and $320,000 in benefits. Plus, Dyer said, additional curriculum writing would cost the district about $6,300 per year for two years, and transportation costs would be reduced by about $34,000. Board of education president Jeffrey Brookner was a strong proponent of implementing full day kindergarten as soon as possible, possibly fazing it in over two to three years. “We always hear people say it’s a critical need,” he said. “And it’s a predominate trend in education. I think we stand to suffer in terms of our reputation and property values [if we don’t implement full day See KINDERGARTEN, Page 18

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School Calendar May 1 – May 3: BRHS – Spring Musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” 7 p.m. May 1: Van Holten – PTO Meeting May 2: Hillside – Backyard Work Day, 3:40 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. May 2: Crim – Talent Show, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. May 3: Eisenhower – Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast May 3 – May 16: BRHS – AP Exams May 6: BRMS – Spring Vocal Concert, 7:30 p.m. May 7: BRHS – Spring Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m. May 7: Adamsville – PTO Meeting/End of Year Dinner May 8: BRHS – Spring Vocal Concert, 7:30 p.m. May 8: Adamsville – PTO Meeting, 7 p.m. May 13: Wade – Board of Education Work Session, 8 p.m. May 13: BRMS – Band Concert, 7:30 p.m. May 14: Hillside – Science Fair, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. May 15: BRMS – Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m. May 19 – May 22: Crim – Art Appreciation May 20: BRMS – Hillside 6th Grade Student Orientation, 9:30 a.m. May 21: BRMS – Eisenhower 6th Grade Student Orientation, 9:30 a.m. May 21: Hillside – Grade 6 Band/Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m. May 21: Bradley Gardens – PTO Meeting, 7 p.m. May 22: Hillside – Grade 5 Band/Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m. May 22: BRMS – PTO Meeting, 7:30 p.m. May 23: Crim – PTO Volunteer Breakfast, 9 a.m. May 23: John F. Kennedy – Family Game Night, 7 p.m. May 26: No School May 27: Wade – Board of Education Regular Meeting, 8 p.m. May 27: Hillside – PTO Meeting, 9:30 a.m. May 29: BRHS – Spring Band Concert, 7:30 p.m. May 29: John F. Kennedy – PTO Meeting, 7 p.m. May 30: Hillside – Roots & Shoots Backyard Work Day, 3:30 p.m. May 30: BRHS – Senior Prom, Off-Site, 7 p.m.– 11 p.m. May 30: Eisenhower – Talent Show, 7 p.m. May 30: BRMS – Volleyball, Teachers vs. Parents, 7 p.m. Check the school websites and calendars for updates or lastminute adjustments, www.brrsd.k12.nj.us.

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May 3

The Bound Brook United Methodist Church, on West Union Avenue, is holding a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children, and the menu includes pancakes, sausages, fruit, orange juice and coffee or tea. There will also be door prizes of summer themed baskets.

May 3

The Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County is recruiting tutors to teach literacy skills to adult learners, with the next session of tutor training classes being held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteer tutors receive 15 hours of training in Basic Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages, all over five sessions at the PeopleCare Center in Bridgewater. The other dates for training are May 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., May 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., May 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and May 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit literacysomerset. org or call 908-725-5430.

May 3

St. Ann School, in Raritan, will be holding its 14th Annual Spring Fling Tricky Tray, with the doors opening at 5 p.m. There will be more than 300 baskets, across five value tiers, with prizes including iPads, Coach, American Girl, golf outings, Kindle and more. Homemade Italian dinners will be available for purchase, and there will be complimentary coffee, tea and desserts. The event is BYOB. Admission tickets are on sale for $15, and they must be pur-

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May 7

The Ted Blum 4-H Center, on Milltown Road, is celebrating the 61st anniversary of Living Well Day and Extensions’ 100th Anniversary with the Family and Community Health Sciences. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with light refreshments, and the speakers will begin at 9:30 a.m. with presentations on food trends, cooking for one or two and a historical look at Family and Community Health Sciences through the years. The event is $26, and includes morning refreshments, hot buffet lunch, door prizes and a gift. Call 908-526-6295 to register.

May 10

The Bridgewater law firm of Radom and Wetter, Hunterdon Health and Wellness Center and Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center are sponsoring the 14th Annual Family Fun Walk & Run at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater. All proceeds will support breast care programs at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the 5K run begins at 9 a.m. The Mad Dash for children begins at 9:45 a.m. Registration can be done in advance for $15, or on the day of for $20. Children’s events are free, and all participants are asked to raise $100. For more information, visit familyfunrun.kintera.org.

May 10

The Bridgewater United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a Giant Garage Sale from 8:30

a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church at 651 Country Club Road. All proceeds from the event will be donated to local non-profit organizations, such as the Food Bank, FISH, Resource Center for Women and more. There will be shopping, a bake sale and a food stand. Call 908-526-1414 with any questions.

May 12

St. Ann School, in Raritan, will be holding an open house from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the school. Guests will be able to tour the school, meet teachers and learn about opportunities afforded to students. For more information, or to make an appointment for an alternate date or time, call the school office at 908-725-7787.

May 13

Counseling and Therapy Services is holding its free support group meeting, a 25th Anniversary special JANUS Bereavement/GPS Support Group presentation on “Meditation for Inner Peace Following Loss” with Jim Rose. Rose will talk about how to connect meditation with spiritual development to help adjust to loss. There is no cost. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at 1124 Route 202 South, Suite A2, in Raritan.

May 14

The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, in Bridgewater, will be hosting author Ilene Beckerman for a discussion and book signing. The program will be held at 12 p.m., and Beckerman will discuss nostalgia for women. Beckerman is the author of books like “Love, Loss,

and What I Wore” and “What We Do For Love.” The fee is $18 by May 9, and $22 after or at the door. Guests are asked to bring an item that brings back a special memory.

May 17

The Bradley Gardens Community Church, on Old York Road, will hold its annual Spring Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests are asked to gather their unwanted possessions and rent a space for $10 prepaid or $15 on the day of the sale. There will be breakfast snacks and chili dogs available for purchase. For vendor information, call Diane at 908-720-5731.

May 17

The music departments of Immaculata High School and Immaculate Conception School will be hosting a special evening featuring the music of the schools’ big band and jazz ensembles, along with a full buffet dinner, dancing and more. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $30, and proceeds will benefit the schools’ music and scholarship programs. Guests must be at least 21 years old to attend. On-site childcare will be available.

May 18

Raritan Valley Chinese School will be holding an open house from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Raritan Valley Community College. The Chinese School is in session Sundays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., September to June. The school offers language and culture classes for students ages 4 to adult. For more information, contact Wen Wen Lee at 908-5758692 or principal@njrvcs.org.

May 18

The Manville-Hillsborough Elks #2119 is hosting “A Pig Roast for Alex,” a barbecue and outdoor event at the Manville-Hillsborough Lodge, in Manville, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. This is the seventh year of the event that helps a family with a special needs child. This year’s recipient is Kyle, of Manville, who was diagnosed at the age of 3-and-a-half with autism, verbal apraxia, dysgraphia and epilepsy. All proceeds will assist with Kyle’s medical bills. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 10 and up. Children under 10 years of age are free, and tickets are available at the door. Admission includes live music, door prizes, tricky tray, a bouncy castle, face painting, snow cones and spin art, with food like pork, chicken, burgers, hot dogs, salads and more. For more information, call the lodge at 908-725-1717.

May 19

The Shimon and Sara Bir-

baum Jewish Community Center, in Bridgewater, is hosting a Texas Hold’em Tournament in support of the JCC Scholarship Fund. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the tournament begins at 7:15 p.m. The admission fee is $100 per person, and includes start-up chips, dinner, snacks, open bar, prizes and more. Participants who register by May 12 will receive 7,000 start-up chips. After May 12, the registration fee includes 6,000 start-up chips. To register, call 908-725-6994, ext. 201, or register online at www. ssbjcc.org/texas.

May 20

The Society of Retired Registered Nurses will be holding a meeting from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Human Services Building in Somerville. The speaker will be Samantha Banerjee, talking about general health issues.

May 22

The Bridgewater Women’s Club will be holding its annual Fashion Show by Dressbarn of Bridgewater at the Presbyterian Church on Route 202/206 in Pluckemin. The doors will open at 12 p.m., with a donation of $25. There will be a luncheon, fashion show, entertainment door prizes and basket raffles. The raffle tickets are $6 for one sheet of 25 tickets and $10 for two sheets. And 50/50 tickets are $2 each, or three for $5. All proceeds from the event will support local charities, including the Lyons Hospital, scholarships for Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Adult Day Care Center, Women’s Resource Center and the local food bank.

May 22

The Somerset Medical Center’s Blood Donor Program will hold a mobile blood drive at the Raritan municipal building on First Street. The blood drive will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Donors must be 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors will also receive a free cholesterol screening, and will be entered into a raffle to win a $25 restaurant gift card. To schedule an appointment, call 908-685-2926, and walk-ins are welcome.

May 29

Holistic Moms Network will be holding a meeting at 7 p.m. at the Bridgewater Township Library, on Vogt Drive, for a presentation on “Intro to Reiki with Reiki Master Beth Wishbow.” Reiki is a method for stress reduction and deep relaxation. Wishbow will teach about the power of Reiki. All are welcome, and, for more information, call 908-203-1422 or email pmalangi@ gmail.com.

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Cruise Brings New Experience Each Day By Sheila Pallaki Special to The BReeze Editor’s Note: The following is a monthly column about travel opportunities. It is written by cruise and travel specialist, and Bridgewater resident, Sheila Pallaki. All information contained was gathered by the writer of the piece. Spring is here, and with summer around the corner, imagine a cruise for your next vacation! Create wonderful memories relaxing with friends and family on the blue seas of the Caribbean! Visit the glaciers of Alaska or go on a river cruise down the Danube in Europe or plan a trip to the Holy Land and also cruise down the Nile! For me, as a Bridgewater resident, these were just fanciful travel dreams. I had a lot of preconceived ideas and many questions. Is a cruise expensive? Is it too formal? Is it too regimented? Will I be bored? Can I take the kids and the grandparents along? Will I be seasick? Do I need to fly to Florida? All these doubts vanished

when I boarded Royal Caribbean International’s Allure of the Seas, the largest ship at sea and discovered a whole new way of visiting all the places on my bucket list. From that point on, I was bitten by the cruise bug! If you haven’t cruised in a while, or thought cruising was not for you, think again. In today’s cruising, the choices are endless! Cruising has come a long way, offering many destinations, top notch dining, entertainment, accommodations and onboard activities. Cruising offers the best value in vacations; here are five great reasons to set sail! A cruise is practically all inclusive! Your upfront cruise fare includes: 1. All your meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight snacks and even room service 2. Fabulous entertainment – nightly shows, comedy, jazz, nightclubs, parades and more 3. Onboard fun – surfing, rock-climbing, bocce ball and movies under the stars

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Pirates Bring ‘Arrr’ to Hillside School By Audrey Levine Students at Hillside Intermediate School put a little “arrr” in their step during two performances of “The Pirate Show” at the beginning of April.

Students Show Off Their Science Skills — Milltown Primary School held its annual science fair March 14. A total of 117 third and fourth graders attended the fair, and students showcased their different projects. Each “scientist” received a medal for the presentation. In the picture are third graders Sophie Thomas, Marisol Mattia and Marissa Hudock.

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Marriott Council Designed to Give Back to Community

By Audrey Levine The Marriott Worldwide Business Council is represented by staff at the large hotel chain, with Bridgewater Marriott General Manager Sal Pignio chairing the NJ Business Council – and the organization has raised millions for local charities. “Our biggest focus is giving back to the community,” Pignio said, adding that all money raised by the council is given to different organizations, including March of Dimes, Jersey Cares and more. Pignio said the council serves as a conduit between the business and the community. “We want to be a good partner and be a good citizen,” he said. For the most part, charity participation is with the staff of the dif-

ferent Marriott chains in the area, but Pignio said they welcome the assistance of local residents. “We haven’t had many people taking part until now, but we would welcome it,” he said. In January, Pignio said, they gathered items for First Night kits for Jersey Cares, with shampoo, soaps, lotions, toothpaste, deodorant, toothbrushes, pajamas, note pads, socks and more. The kits were for domestic violence shelters, transitional housing facilities, runaway safe havens, foster homes and more. In February, the council collected $1,732 for March of Dimes, with employees donating $5 to wear blue jeans on Fridays. In March, they raised funds for the Jimmy V. Foundation for cancer research, and, in April, they

collected supplies for the community food bank. In addition, the Bridgewater Marriott is a dropoff spot for the United Way to collect gently used prom dresses. In May, staff are participating in a breast cancer walk, a Family Resource Associates Walk for autism and a trip to South Jersey with Habitat for Humanity to help those affected by Superstorm Sandy. Pignio said that any residents wanting to be part of any of these activities can contact him to get involved. In June, the council is hosting a charity golf classic at Trump National in Bedminster to help Children’s Miracle Network and Children’s Specialized Hospitals. “We have raised more than $1 million through all nine years of

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Tamboer at the 2014 Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships top six in the lightweight women’s class at the North American Strongman’s National Competition in October 2013. She then went on to the Strongman Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Tamboer said she finished eighth, so she didn’t make it to the second day, though she was very happy with how far she had come. “It was an honor to compete alongside the other women and men,” she said. “Just being there was recognition of the time and effort I have put into this.” Tamboer said that when she started training for the world

championships, it was intense and felt all-consuming. “I was lifting weights four times a week, did conditioning a couple times a week (for my own sanity) and trained strongman events on the weekend,” she said. “This meant early morning sessions and late nights too. I had to work around my work and family schedule. And my husband did overtime on the kids’ weekend activities, so I could train.” Her kids, Tamboer said, enjoy the competitions. “They’ve come to several local competitions and even have their favorite events,” she said. “I think it’s good for them to see me do things for myself. And sometimes I hear them telling their friends about what I do, which is really sweet.” Of course, Tamboer said, it can also work against her when she wants a little rest. “When I say that I won’t carry their backpack home or pull them on the sled up the hill, I get, ‘But Mom, you’ve pulled a truck, you can handle this,’” she said. Tamboer said she is also thankful for the support she has received from friends, teammates and Keller. “There were a lot of people on this journey with me, and I didn’t want to let anyone down,” she said. Tamboer said training for these kinds of competitions takes focus and commitment. “You have to train hard and

be ready to push yourself even further on the day of a competition,” she said. “It’s both mental and physical because you need to focus on the moment and sometimes you need to be able to recover from a mistake and let it go before the next event.” Sometimes, Tamboer said, competitors can get trapped by their own negative thoughts. “And as good as you may be, there is always someone stronger,” she said. “So you can only worry about yourself and doing your best and beating that each time. I think that mentality can be applied to a lot of things in life.” Tamboer, who has lived in Bridgewater for 15 years and has two kids in the school district, said that despite her rankings, they are still a normal family. “We’re like every other family with kids and careers, balancing work and life,” she said. “My job fills up my time, and then the kids get home. Our kids are a year apart in primary school. We have them in a few activities to let them experience a variety of things and find something they are passionate about.” Tamboer said she wants to keep getting better, and return to the next competition. “I will participate in several competitions in the northeast over the next few months,” she said. “And then I want to go back to Nationals and hopefully Worlds to beat my previous rankings.”

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Championship Game Began With a Tie Against Rutherford BASEBALL from Page 5 nal score was 7–1.

The Big Inning

The semi-final game was against Pennsville. This was the one game they almost lost. Collins was locked in a pitching duel in a scoreless tie when he walked in a run at the top of the fourth inning. Then, with the bases still loaded and two outs, Pennsville looked like they would break the game wide open when the next batter launched a pop fly that seemed like it would fall in shallow centerfield, scoring two runs. But Lynch made a highlight film over-the-shoulder catch to get the third out. The inning was over, but the team still trailed 1–0. The Falcons failed to score in the fourth and fifth inning of the seven-inning game. In the sixth inning, Winchock led off with a single. Collins followed with another single. Gsell struck out for the first out. Then, Zaninelli walked to load the bas-

es. Down by a run with a man on third, Pennsville expected the Falcons to bunt, so they adjusted their defense accordingly. However, it made no difference. Hewitt called for the squeeze bunt. Winchock charged toward home on the pitch as Iovine laid down a perfect bunt. That bunt play is designed to score the runner from third, sacrificing the hitter to an easy out. However, this was the perfect bunt that rolled between the third baseman and pitcher. Winchock scored from third and Iovine made it safely to first base. The game was tied and the bases were still loaded. Next, Crawford tagged a linedrive single to right, scoring two runs and giving them the lead. Lynch then put a fly ball over the left fielder’s head just short of the fence for a triple. Englehardt singled to score him. Just minutes before, the team was on the verge of defeat and thus elimination from the state tournament, but now they led 6–1. Collins

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The Championship Game

The championship game was against Rutherford. Dudeck started the game, and pitched two innings, giving up one run. But his control was off and his curve was not breaking as it had in the last two games. So Hewitt decided to bring Collins in to pitch to start the third inning. In the fourth inning, with the score tied 1–1, the Falcons broke the game open. Engelhardt and Collins singled. With one out, Gsell drove a double down the left field line, scoring a run.

The next batter, Zaninelli, hit a grounder to short, but Collins was thrown out at the plate. This put Gsell on third with two outs. The Falcons were determined to score another run. On the first two pitches, both Gsell and Hewitt, who was coaching third, noticed that the left-handed pitcher was paying no attention at all to Gsell on third. Hewitt whispered to Gsell, “Steal if you want.” On the next pitch, Gsell broke for home as the pitcher wound up. The pitch was caught cleanly by the catcher who dove forward to apply the tag. But the daring base runner had gotten a good jump and he slid in head first under the tag and was safe. The crowd of 800 went wild.

The Falcons now held a 3–1 lead. They added another run that inning on an RBI single by Iovine. The Falcons batters added three more runs in the sixth inning. On the mound, Collins shut down the Rutherford hitters the rest of the game. The final score was 7–2. The Bridgewater-Raritan High School West Falcons had the school’s first State Championship in baseball. The team won the final game the way they had won all season long – great pitching, clutch hitting, daring base running (they stole six in seven attempts) and excellent fielding. To see photos and articles about them, log on to www. raritan-online.com.


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Rising Tide Team an Opportunity for Swimmers of All Kinds By Audrey Levine The Rising Tide Special Olympics Swim Team was looking for a new home base so that its members could continue to swim and compete – and the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, on Talamini Road in Bridgewater, provided that home. “We always wanted to be involved with the team,” said Stephanie Johnson, JCC aquatics director and Rising Tide head coach. “It provides more opportunities for families with children with special needs.” Johnson said the program is currently for children with autism and other disabilities, and they are hoping to open it to people with physical disabilities too. Paige Silberfein, JCC associate executive director, said there were parents asking for more programs for children with special needs at the JCC. She said they always had programs, but they are for more higher functioning children.

“We started a committee to brainstorm some ideas,” she said. Johnson said the Rising Tide team had been without a home base for two years, and the current athletes on the team are over age 18. “Next year we will open it to more ages,” she said. The team was practicing at the Somerville YMCA, but was disbanded about two years ago. “It used to be run through the Special Olympics, and it was a matter of where it was run,” Johnson said. The team now practices on Sunday mornings at the JCC, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The season, Johnson said, lasts from September through June. The team currently has 13 swimmers, and it is free to be part. In addition to the practices, Johnson said, they have three meets every year, a county one, a sectional that includes swimmers from three different areas and a state one for the New Jersey Special Olympics Summer

Games. “As long as the team can participate in one competition, they can go on to the next one,” she said. Johnson said the only requirement to be part of the team is to be able to swim one lap. “We spent about two months getting the swimmers back in shape after their years off,” she said. “We started in January.” In addition to the swimmers, Johnson said, they have college and high school students who volunteer to work with the team. The 10 volunteers, Johnson said, help with the workouts and work with the kids on their strokes. “There is a tremendous sense of pride (for the volunteers),” she said. “They have a passion for it.” At the county meet, Johnson said, the team won a third place medal, and they were extremely proud of themselves. “It makes them feel like they belong,” she said. The sectional meet was to be

Tricarico Named County Teacher of the Year Katie Tricarico, a teacher at Adamsville Primary School, was named teacher of the year for the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District, and then teacher of the year for Somerset County. Tricarico said she is honored to be chosen. “I find myself overwhelmed and completely beyond honored to receive this award, but even more exceptionally privileged to have the opportunity to work at Adamsville School and in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District with such amazing people,” she said. And as a resident of Somerset County, Tricarico said, she is excited to represent the county as the teacher of the year. “I extend the most sincere thank you to my colleagues, my students (past and present) and their parents, along with so many wonderful administrators and district leaders who have shown such great support during this excellent time,” she said.

“It makes me feel really good about what I am doing,” Hoffner, 16, said. “I get to share my passion for swimming with people who don’t get the same opportunities.” “After watching the kids swim, I know I am making an impact on someone’s life,” she added.

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Animals in Need This column features information about some of the animals that have been with the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter for longer than most, and are still looking for homes. All information and photos have been provided by the animal shelter. For more information about these or any other animals looking for homes, contact the shelter at 908-725-0308 or srasmanager@aol.com. The shelter is located at 100 Commons Way, behind the Bridgewater Township Municipal Complex.

Bradley Gardens Students Celebrate Different Cultures — Second grade students at Bradley Gardens Primary

Widget is a Pit Bull Terrier Mix, adult male and large. He was found as a stray near the Bridgewater Commons Mall. Widget is the shelter’s Dog of the Month!

Agnes is a 6-year-old sassy black cat who has been at the shelter since June 2011. She has been at the shelter for almost three years, but that is like 21 years in cat years, right? It must seem like forever to her. She came to the shelter as a stray cat and has come around a lot since then. She’s sweet but timid at first, and she gets along with other cats as well. She gets passed over time and time again as she is a quiet black cat and shy, and no one notices her at all. Even if you just stop by to pet her and say hello, that will brighten her day.

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School have been learning cultural and family heritages. The students researched their countries of origin by talking to their families and conducting research in the computer lab and library. Then, the students invited their friends and family members to share in a Second Grade Culture Fair March 20. During the fair, students had the chance to showcase their knowledge, greet their guests in their native language, sing songs, perform sign language and present special items from their countries. In addition, families tasted foods from around the globe.

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Plans Already Underway for September’s Raritan Riverfest Preparations are already beginning on Raritan Borough’s third annual Riverfest and Raritan Rubber Duck Race, which is sponsored by the Economic Development Committee and is scheduled for Sept. 28 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Canal Street Park. The rain date for the event is Oct. 5. According to a release from the committee, the featured event will be the third running of the Raritan Rubber Duck Race, where attendees will be invited to sponsor a rubber duck to race down the Raritan River. Plus, the race is bringing back for a second time the Grand Duck Race, where oversized rubber ducks will compete for a corporate traveling trophy. Members of the Economic Development Committee will soon be selling tickets for both duck races, which are being sponsored by Uncle Vinnie’s Clam Bar. According to the release, Riverfest exhibitors and food vendors are being urged to reserve their booth space now by calling Raritan Borough Council President

Don Tozzi at 908-338-0000 or Raritan Borough Councilwoman Denise Carra at 908-635-9216. Email requests can also be sent to RiverFest@raritan-nj.org. Exhibitors, the release said, are required to bring their own tables and tents, and food vendors will be offered exclusivity. “With Raritan’s rapidly improving riverfront being among the borough’s greatest assets, we’re thrilled that the Riverfest and Duck Race has energized our efforts to restore the river and the adjoining land to its original, natural state,” Don Christensen, founding chairman of the Raritan Economic Development Committee, said in the release. “Our committee is very proud to have made this an annual showcase for Raritan Borough, and to have raised a significant amount of donations, which are earmarked for two very worthy causes.” Tozzi was one of the originators of the duck races themselves. “Now in our third year, we’ve refined the 2014 Riverfest and Rubber Duck Race to include the most popular attractions from

the past,” he said in the release. “Among those are a tempting array of food and beverages, a showcase of live music performed by some of the finest local musicians and a repeat of the amazing Camp Bow Wow Doggie Fashion Show using the Nevius Street Bridge as the runway.” The Riverfest will also feature an early morning yoga session on the bridge with local yoga master Loring Nagle. In addition, in the summer months leading up to the event, there will be sightings around town of the committee’s iconic 33-foot tall rubber duck. Traditional ducks will be selling for $5 each, and a Quack-Pack of six ducks costs $25. Corporate ducks are selling for $100. All winners will be rewarded for their donations, and the funds raised from the races will support the work performed by the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Somerset Medical Center and the Raritan Borough Volunteer Fire Department. In addition, the winner of the

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A Raritan volunteer firefighter from the Relief Hose No. 2 prepares to release thousands of numbered rubber ducks into the Raritan River. Photo by Ron Rispoli

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Many Donate Hair for Cancer Cures By Bernard DeLierre Eisenhower Intermediate School hosted the Conquer Kids’ Cancer event, sponsored by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, March 28. This was the fourth year of the event, and students, staff and parents had their heads shaved to raise money to continue working on cures for childhood cancer.

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BRHS Junior Gets Head Shaved for St. Baldrick’s — Al-

though he couldn’t attend the Eisenhower Intermediate School-sponsored event because of a jazz competition, Bridgewater-Raritan High School junior Kiran Sundar still had his head shaved to support kids with cancer for St. Baldrick’s.

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Cub Scouts Raise Thousands of Dollars for St. Baldrick’s For the third year in a row, Pack 96 Cub Scouts raised more than $10,000 for the St. Baldrick’s B-R Conquer Kids’ Cancer event, which was held March 28 at Eisenhower Intermediate School. At the event, a total of 19 cub scouts raised $10,747 for the organization by reaching out for donations and then getting their heads shaved on stage at the school. The boys had their heads shaved to stand proudly bald be-

side kids with cancer who can lose their hair during treatments. St. Baldrick’s raises money to fight childhood cancer, and all the money that the pack raised through the program will go toward lifesaving childhood cancer research. Pack 96 Cub Scouts are in Bridgewater, in the Raritan Valley District under the Patriots Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

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BRMS Readbox Designed Bridgewater & Raritan Home Sales to Encourage Literacy Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School Media Specialist Leigh Woznick is encouraging literacy and inviting students to read with the Readbox, a new display in the library. The Readbox is a popular display in many libraries, and a way to attract attention to book displays by playing on the well-known Redbox video rental system. Woznick enlisted two teachers from the technology education and music departments to make the Readbox happen, Chet King and Rick Petrosky. The Readbox is located by the front entrance of the library, and

is the first thing everyone sees when they enter the room.

A total of 57 of the 105 students in the New Jersey SkillsUSA Championships from the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School earned medals.

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Bridgewater 8 Columbia Drive — $105,000 431 Somerville Road — $185,000 32 Harry Road — $200,000 3301 Winder Drive — $226,000 74 Chelsea Way — $226,000 187 Mary Court — $239,000 194 Mary Court — $250,000 54 Harry Road — $287,500 717 Chimney Rock Road — $340,000 1361 Meiners Drive — $365,000 2235 Washington Valley Road — $357,000 79 Pine Street — $393,000 1504 Pinhorn Drive — $389,000 362 Ellen Lane — $399,000 1119 Sky Hill Road — $375,000 144 Ardmaer Drive — $419,900 209 Marcia Way — $410,000 28 Claire Drive — $450,000

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*This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by the Garden State Multiple Listing Service LLC (“GSMLS”). GSMLS does not guarantee nor is in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the GSMLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market. **The array represents closed sales from March 18 through April 18.

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Career Pathways (Agricultural, Food & Natural Resources): Apurva Swapnil, of Hillsborough; Abhishek Shrinet, of South Bound Brook; Shawn Young, of Martinsville. Collision Repair Technology: Anthony Sibaja, of Basking Ridge Custom Automotive Painting: Alexandra Santa Maria, of Hillsborough; Edgar Ceja, of South Bound Brook Career Pathways (Human Services): Geneva Magsino, of Raritan; Saloni Lad, of Princeton; Karen Huang, of Martinsville Career Pathways (Manufacturing): Mitali Shah, of Hillsborough; Claire Foster, of Flemington; Alina Lou, of Hillsborough Career Pathways (Marketing, Sales & Services): Aaron Lee, of Raritan; Harini Prayaga, of Bridgewater; Kiran Raja, of Bridgewater Medical Math: Jonathan Garaffa, of Skillman Quiz Bowl: Daniel Marcinek (captain), of Green Brook; Madeline Kestenbaum, of Branchburg; Katie Furman, of Flemington; Soham Shah, of Hillsborough; Noah Alsamadisi, of Bridgewater; Jean-Pierre Jacob (alternate), of North Plainfield; Sarah Furman (alternate), of Flemington Restaurant Service: Alyssa Simone, of Basking Ridge Welding: Anthony Gallerani, of Princeton

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Parents Suggest Pilot Full Day Program KINDERGARTEN from Page 7 member Ann Marie Mead said. Bridgewater parent Suzanne kindergarten].” And Breslin said that the most Golda-Martinez said she would Board of education member important thing is to ensure that like to see this done sooner rather Patrick Breslin said he believes the board is looking into both the than later, with possibly a pilot prothere is plenty to discuss about full day kindergarten issue and the gram started to begin to work out full day kindergarten, but that he effects on the rest of the district, as the kinks of full day kindergarten. is concerned about focusing on it well as how best to configure all “I don’t feel any decisions are without considering other ramifi- the schools. being made, and nobody is willing cations for redistricting and more. “We don’t want to give people to do any action,” she said. “It’s “We have to do this in frustrating. It is not “I am fully committed to saying we enough not to get a full concert with looking at the intermediate and midcommitment.” need to look into this. “ dle schools,” he said. “The As to a pilot pro—Board member Ann Marie Mead biggest number is that gram, in a second when we look at the next couple what they want and then mess with email to the board of education, of years, (in the demographer’s re- them for the next seven years,” he the Bridgewater-Raritan Parents port), we will be running the inter- said. for Full Day Kindergarten Group mediate and middle schools at 20 The board leaned toward devel- expressed interest in starting a below the peak.” oping a task force that will gather 2014 full day kindergarten piFor several board members, information about full day kinder- lot program, with one or two they were concerned they just garten, probably beginning in the schools starting a program to didn’t have enough information fall, with Dyer, business adminis- work out the kinks for the rest of yet to make a decision to definitely trator Peter Starrs, several board the district. implement full day kindergarten, members and several principals The board did set as its goal although they were not opposed on board, before later bringing on the plan to look at pre-kindergarto getting more information and parents and other comunity mem- ten through eighth grade configmaking it a board goal. bers to continue the investigation uations while providing full day “I am fully committed to say- and decision-making process for kindergarten within two to three ing we need to look at this,” board implementation. years.

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Former BRHS Glee Clubber Releases First 4-Song EP By Audrey Levine When she was 9 years old, Kelly Barber found her mother’s old guitar in the basement, and proceeded to ask for her own for her birthday — and now the Bridgewater-Raritan High School graduate has released her own four-song EP. Called “Cold Reality,” the album was released April 1, and has been played on local radio stations at Penn State where Barber is a student. “Since (I was 9), I have been taking music more seriously and getting some songs recorded and playing shows whenever and wherever I can,” she said. The album has two songs recorded by Grammy-nominated producer Perry Montauredes, and two recorded by Brandon Zemel, of Morristown. And all the songs, Barber said, are written by her. “I am inspired by things that happen to me in my life and the emotions that I feel as a result of them,” she said. “It would be hard for me to write a song about something that I haven’t experienced

because I wouldn’t know what the experience is actually like so the lyrics might come off as fake.” Barber’s history with music includes being a member of the BRHS Glee Club when they performed on the “Rachael Ray Show” in 2011. The team performed on the show as part of a segment that was designed to highlight real-life incarnations of something seen on television. Being on television was a learning experience for Barber. “I think performing with the BRHS Glee Club and being on national television prepared me for performing because it taught me just how much work and practice needs to go into it,” she said. Barber said the team was notified of the gig about a week before the performance, and they had six straight rehearsals to prepare. “It taught me that you can’t just practice a little bit and then hope that when you actually perform everything will fall into place and it’ll work out,” she said. Barber said she is hoping to make music her career one day.

She is studying marketing at Penn State with a minor in Spanish, and she is working toward another minor in music technology. “Marketing will definitely help me to be able to market my own music and help me move forward in my career, and hopefully studying music technology will help me to be able to produce my own music one day,” she said. Barber said she is hoping the work she is doing will help her be at a point where she can make music a full-time career. “If this doesn’t happen however, I hope to still be able to do something in the music industry as a career, like working for a record label or talent agency,” she said. And right now, Barber is preparing for upcoming performances. “I hope to play as many shows as possible around the tri-state area over the summer in order to get the word out and to get ready to record my next EP,” she said. To hear the EP, head to https:// soundcloud.com/kelly-lynn-barber/ sets/cold-reality. For more information on Barber, visit her website at kellylynnbarber.com.

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Obituaries Bridgewater — James Paul Choi, 53, died March 16. He enlisted in the Navy after high school and worked as a cryptologist in Washington, D.C. Choi later worked as an EMT, and was in New York City during 9/11. He also received a Service Award from Bridgewater, having saved a person in distress. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Bridgewater Funeral home. Choi is survived by his wife, Lisa; daughter, Marisa; and his parents, Mr. and Dr. Paul W. and Sook Chong Yoo Choi. Bridgewater — Anne C. Occhipinti, 88, died April 6. She worked for Ortho Diagnostics in Raritan for 35 years before retiring in 1991. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Bridgewater Funeral Home. Occhipinti was predeceased by her husband, John G. Occhipinti; siblings, John Czado, George Czado, Alice Czado, Stella Bogush and Wanda Santos; and nephew, Louis Dos Santos. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Nellie Coppa; and several nieces and nephews. Bridgewater — Gopal Kumar, 46, died April 11. Funeral arrangements were handled by the India Funeral Service. Bridgewater — Richard F.

Mitchell, 67, died April 11. Mitchell served in the United States Air Force. He was a computer operations project manager in the banking industry, and then became owner and operator of RFM Consulting in Bridgewater. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Branchburg Funeral Home. Mitchell was predeceased by his parents, Theodore and Emily Mitchell; and his sister, Sister Mary Dolores Mitchell. He is survived by his wife, Diane Sessoms Mitchell; his son, Grant Mitchell and his wife Cindy, of Dunellen; his daughter, Sandra McNelis and her husband Chris, of Dunellen; his granddaughters, Evelyn, Megan and Samantha; his grandsons, Al-Tariq, Ahlek and Alexander; and his brother, Ted Mitchell and his wife Phyllis, of Hillsborough. Bridgewater — Fema Seminoff Winterbottom, 92, died April 10. She had a long career as an executive secretary, and completed her career at American Hoechst Corporation. Funeral arrangements were handled by the AAA B Cremation Services. Winterbottom was predeceased by her husband, William Booth Winterbottom. She is survived by her son, John B. Winterbottom; her daughter, Ann W. DeMarco; her daughter-in-law, Joan Winterbottom; and her

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Obituaries Basking Ridge — Richard A. Weiss, 89, died March 28. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was a supervisor of the customer service department for Flying Tigers in Newark. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Somerville Funeral Home. Weiss is predeceased by two sisters, Louella Packard and Bernice Albin. He is survived by his wife, Joan E. Devine Weiss; his children, Richard Weiss Jr., Andrew Weiss and Jane Weiss; and a grandchild, Alison Devine. Hillsborough — Frances B. Durnan, 92, died March 19. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Branchburg Funeral Home. Durnan was predeceased by her husband, Frank; and her sister, Ann McDaniels. She is survived by her nephew, William McDaniels and his wife Diane, of Branchburg; and her great-nieces, Elisabeth McDaniels-Morgades, Susanne McDaniels and Emma McDaniels. Hillsborough — Raymond A. Viscione, 86, died April 4. Viscione served in the U.S. Army, and was a member of the VFW. He was also a truck driver for Roadway Express. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Bongiovi Funeral Home. Viscione was predeceased by his wife, Ann J. Viscione; two brothers, Charles and Eugene Viscione; and one grandchild, Christopher Fisk. He is survived by his daughters, Suzanne Moberg and Anita Sauer; his brother, Albert Viscione; three grandchildren, Ashley, Samantha and Carly Moberg; and two great-grandchildren, Emily and Raymond. Manville — Margaret Nowak, 80, died March 23. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Bridgewater Funeral Home. Nowak was predeceased by her parents, Michael and Margaret Chaney; step-father, Norman Anderson, Sr.; daughter, Mi-

chelle Nowak; brother, Norman Anderson, Jr.; and sister-in-law, Kathy Anderson. She is survived by her husband, Alfred Nowak, Sr.; children, Kimberly, Alfred, Eric and Kurt; grandchildren, Cassandra and Kurt; sister, Elsie Stefanicha; brothers, Michael Chaney and his wife Alberta, and Carl Anderson and his wife, Judy; brother-in-law, Rudy; and many nieces and nephews. Somerset — Wendy S. Hepburn, 61, died March 28. She was the owner of Bea’s Luncheonette in Manville until her retirement. Funeral arrangements were handled by the AAA B Cremation Services. Hepburn was predeceased by her husband, Bob Hepburn. She is survived by her children, Carl Lessing and his wife Danielle, of Budd Lake, and Joseph Mesxaros, of Bound Brook; her brother, Frank Spell, of Pennsylvania; her sister, Taffy Caporaso, of Hillsborough; and two grandchildren, Rylan and Makenzie, of Budd Lake. Piscataway — Lorenzo “Larry” A. Russo, 65, died March 18. Russo served as an honor guard in the Navy, and was a retired Meat Cutter at the A&P in New Providence. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Bongiovi Funeral Home. Russo was predeceased by his brother, Angelo Russo. He is survived by his wife, Irene D. Struzik Russo; his children, Jason Russo, of Piscataway, Diana Russo, of Somerset, and Timothy Russo, of New York; brother, Thomas Russo and his wife Malinda, of Branchburg; sister, Emilia DeCicco and her husband Michael, of Raritan; sister-in-law, Rosemary Russo, of Somerset; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and one great-nephew. Piscataway — Barbara A. Huleatt, 57, died April 6. Funeral arrangements were handled by the AAA B Cremation Services. Huleatt was predeceased by her parents.

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She is survived by her husband, Gary Jay Huleatt; her children, Justin Huleatt and Sarah Mcloughlin; and her grandchildren, Ronin and Riley Mcloughlin. Perth Amboy — Urmilaben K. Patel, 78, died March 30. Funeral arrangements were handled by the India Funeral Service. Middlesex — Donald Harris, Jr., 80, died March 26. Harris served in the U.S. Army, and was a steelworker at Kaiser Aluminum in Piscataway. Funeral arrangements were handled by the AAA B Cremation Services. Harris is survived by his companion, Gloria Leamont; two sons, Donny and Wayne Hemphill; two step-daughters, Theresa Lemelin and Sonya Brenes; 10 brothers; one sister; and five grandchildren. Pennsylvania — Antoinette V. Lubrano, 92, died March 26. She was a machine operator for Jelco in Raritan. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Bongiovi Funeral Home. Lubrano was predeceased by her husband, Antonio Lubrano; two brothers, Peter and Anthony Izzo; and one sister. She is survived by her children, Joseph Lubrano, of New Hampshire, and Amelia Ryan, of Pennsylvania; brother, Louis Izzo, of Philadelphia; grandchildren, Matthew Lubrano and Jessica Hayward; Sean Ryan; and great-grandchildren, Ellison, Harlan, Emma and Lily.

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Special Olympics Basketball Season Ends

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Birnbaum Jewish Community Center held A Night to Celebrate Israel, co-sponsored by Jewish LIFE. More than 180 people attended the event to show support for the State of Israel and Israel bonds. Guest speaker Eli Groner, Israel’s Minister of Economic Affairs to the United States, was on hand. Elaine Dunst, past president of the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties, and Jacob Binstein, a Rutgers Hillel student, were honored for their dedication to their commuities and the state of Israel. Above are the members of the A Night to Celebrate Israel Committee. (Photo by Jeff Karg)

Students at Eisenhower Intermediate School headed to Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School March 18 for a basketball tournament to celebrate the end of the second annual Special Olympics Basketball season. According to a release, students with special needs and their peer buddies participated in a nine-week program that focused on communication skills, teamwork, problem solving and the game of basketball. Throughout the season, the release said, student volunteers from Bridgewater-Raritan

High School coached six teams on the skills of basketball, including dribbling, passing and shooting. Peers worked on modeling good sportsmanship, teamwork and social skills. During the tournament, the National Anthem was sung by BRHS senior Sarah Oliver, and students played short games against each other. In addition, the BRHS boys varsity basketball players and the BRHS girls varsity cheerleaders took part, with the boys teaching the players how to make layups, and also playing an exhibition game.

The cheerleaders performed a halftime show with former Eisenhower student Ally Levine. All the profits from the program were donated by the PTO to the Eisenhower Life Skills program. In addition, Jim Gano, owner of Crown Trophy of Flemington and a graduate of Eisenhower School, donated trophies for the 13 students with disabilities. Peers also received certificates for being most valuable players and high school coaches received certificates for volunteering.

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Sports Drinks Not Good for Children’s Teeth

Editor’s Note: The following was submitted to The BReeze by a local business to discuss dental health. All information contained was gathered specifically by the writer of the piece. In the warm weather, we often reach for sports drinks to rehydrate our sports-loving kids.

Most of the popular beverages contain acid in the form of citric acid and phosphoric acid, and they are dangerous to precious enamel. Enamel, being the outer protective layer of our teeth, will give up its calcium in the presence of acids. This is called Chemical Erosion. It leads to sensitivity

and decay over time. Do your kids a favor and pass up the popular sports drinks. Drink water instead! Yours in good dental health, Dr. John DeStefano and Dr. Teresa Raziano Raziano & DeStefano, D.M.D Raritan, New Jersey

MCC Holding Morning Zumba Classes The Martinsville Communtiy Center is adding morning zumba classes to its repertoire that already includes evening zumba and yoga classes. The classes will be offered at the Martinsville Community Center, on Washington Valley Road, on Tuesday and Friday mornings, beginning April 29 and May 2. Classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. According to a release, all ages and fitness levels are welcome.

The costs are five classes for $40, or $10 for drop-in. The morning classes, the release said, are timed to bring in the nursery school mommies/ nannies, work-from-home parents, retirees, teachers, high school students over the summer and college students who don’t have mid-morning classes. The Monday yoga and Thursday zumba evening exercise classes will continue, and are held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There is also a Saturday Family Yoga class once a month. Mixed level yoga classes are three for $33, or $13 for drop-in. Contact travelingyogaroadshow@ gmail.com for more information. Zumba classes are five classes for $40, or $10 for drop-in. Contact zumbawithnancyk@gmail. com for more information. New attendees for all the classes should arrive a few minutes early to meet the teachers.

Pingry Holding Summer Academies The Pingry School is holding a Big Blue Summer Open House May 4 from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. at the Basking Ridge campus on Martinsville Road, with a focus on the Summer Academic Program. The program has been divided into three categories: core classes, enrichment and competitive edge workshops. All programs are open to Pingry and non-Pingry students in the area. The core academic classes, according to a release, will focus on algebra and geometry, and the classes are six weeks each, for

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Swim Team Tops in Junior Olympics JCC Swimmers Take 15th Place in Junior Olympics

The Somerset Valley YMCA swim team recently took its fifth consecutive, and sixth overall, championship title at the NJ YMCA State Championship 2014 swim meet. Through that meet, the team broke 19 team records, including one that stood since 1974. “A top two finish from every age group in our swim program shows that this was a complete team effort,” head age group coach Dan Roth said in a release about the win. “What makes this team special is the dedication level of everyone in it.” “We couldn’t be prouder of the championship run we are on,” he added. The Somerset Valley YMCA girls who competed at the YMCA 13 and Over State Championship placed first, and the boys placed second. When those scores were combined with ones earned at

the YMCA 12 and Under State Championships, the team won first place out of 50 teams. The 13 and Over team dominated in the relays, the release said, and had many top eight appearances. Both the boys and girls team won in the Open 400yard Medley Relay. Senior Lindsay Temple, of Hillsborough High School; junior Katie King, of Montgomery High School; junior Katrina Kuhn, of Bishop Ahr High School; and junior Holly Christensen, of Hunterdon Central High School, swept the race for the girls team. On the boys side, junior Brad Zdroik, of Hillsborough High School; senior Jack Warner, of Montgomery High School; junior Joe Del Buono, of Hillsborough High School; and senior Jason Tan, of Bridgewater-Raritan High School, came away with the victory.

“The 400-medley relays are special because it shows that we have power and speed in all four strokes on both the girls and boys side,” head coach Matt Donovan said in the release. In the 12 and Under competition, swimmers set seven individual records, and broke four relay team records. In addition, the 11–12 girls 200 Medley Relay broke a Y States meet record. “We are extremely proud of our team’s accomplishments,” said Bridgewater YMCA branch director Johnathan White. “The Y swim team program allows the swimmers to discover their potential, and teaches them to push past the limits of what they thought possible.” The Somerset Valley YMCA swim team is now ranked 27th nationally in USA Swimming’s virtual club ranking, out of more than 2,600 registered programs. The team has more than 400 swimmers.

The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center Bridgewater Tide Swim Team earned a 15th place finish overall at the NJ Junior Olympics at Rutgers University March 13 through March 15. This is better than the team’s 25th place finish last year. A total of 28 athletes represented the team at the meet, competing against hundreds of top swimmers in the state. Twelve of those swimmers scored 441.50 individual points for the team. The individuals scoring points for the team were Madison Agins, Lexy Brewer, Ryan Bugianesi, Leah Juechter, Hannah Lesser, Riley Pestorius, Doug Quagliato, Kinsey Reshevics, Melody Visconti, Carter Weiland, Ethan Weiland and Meah Weiland, all of Bridgewater. In individual races, according

to a release from the JCC, the Tide had a total of 24 top eight finishes. In addition, Meah Weiland placed 16th overall in the 9–10 girls age group, and was also the high point scorer for 9-year-old girls. “This was the best meet of my entire 37-year career,” Mike Yearwood, JCC swim team director and Tide head coach, said in the release. “The time drops our kids saw were unprecedented, especially for swimmers who were already at such a high level. The growth this team has seen is astounding.” To finish out the season, a total of 40 swimmers headed to the Sunkissed Invitational Junior/Senior championships, which was held in North Carolina April 3 through April 6. For more information about the team and to get involved, contact Yearwood at myearwood@ssbjcc. org, or 908-725-6994, ext. 252.

BSA Holding Fall Tryouts for U8, U14 Teams The Bridgewater Soccer Association is holding tryouts for its 2014–2015 season. Tryouts for next season’s U8 and U14 teams are being held the first two weeks of May. Players must have been born before August 2007 and after July 2000.

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Patriots Planning Month Boys Golf Playing Hard in the Young Season of Baseball Excitement The Somerset Patriots have a Memorial Day Weekend planned that fans will not want to miss. Games include great promotions, fireworks and an event to support U.S. troops serving overseas. The Patriots will take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs all four games of the holiday weekend. May 23 features X-Men Night with a special appearance by Wolverine. Wolverine will be at the ballpark to meet fans, take pictures and sign autographs. Game time is 7:05 p.m. May 24 includes a post-game fireworks show presented by Imclone Systems immediately following the 7:05 p.m game. Fans of SpongeBob SquarePants will be able to meet his pal Patrick Star at the game. May 25 is a family fun day with

a Pre-Game Autograph Session courtesy of the Somerset County Park Foundation, beginning at 12 p.m. Game time is set for 1:05 p.m. There will be $1 hot dogs all game long. After the game, all kids get to “Run The Bases” in The Beez Foundation Diamond Derby. It is also Jimmy Buffett Day with live music by Davey and The Wave Runners before and after the game. There will also be a Car Show in the Red Lot before the game. May 26 is a special event to create awareness and raise money for Operation Shoebox New Jersey, a non-profit organization that sends care packages to our troops serving overseas. The first 1,500 fans at the 1:05 p.m game will receive a Patriotic Baseball Cap during the Memorial Day Celebration.

By Bernard DeLierre The Bridgewater-Raritan High School boys golf team is currently 1–5 on the season, as of midApril. On the team this year are Raymark Abogado, Matt Albanese, Kyle Chylinski, Jordan Garner, Jack Gokey, Ryan Lambert, Adarsh Rangan, Chetan Reddy and Larry Thul.

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7th Grader Named Lacrosse All-Star Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School seventh grader Taiana Jankowski has been named as a 2014 Brine National All-Star, and will represent New Jersey at the 2014 Brine National All-Star Lacrosse Academy and Brine National Lacrosse Classic in Maryland June 30 through July 3. Jankowski is the daughter of George and Letty Jankowski. The Brine National All-Star Lacrosse Academy brings top middle school lacrosse players from around the country to one venue, where regional teams compete to become the 2014 National Champion. Regional teams are coached by NCAA lacrosse coaches from Duke, Elon, USC, Florida, Towson, Old Dominion, Princeton and more.

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Track Runners Earn Personal Bests Varsity Sports Schedule

Bridgewater-Raritan High School seniors Glen Boehme and Billy Barber each achieved personal bests in Winter Track this season, earning a chance to compete in finals at the state sectional meet. The boys earned seventh and eighth places overall, respectively. Boehme attained a school record of 47-05.00, placing third at counties, fifth at Skyland and fourth at the Track Universe Invitational held at the prestigious New York Armory. Junior thrower Marissa Deroba had a good season in the shot put, placing often at the Drew meet invitationals, and sixth overall at the Skyland Conference Meet. Coach Christopher Semonche

Boys Golf

5/1 — Home Match against North Hunterdon, 3 p.m. 5/5 — Away Match against Phillipsburg, 3 p.m. 5/6 — Home Match against Montgomery, 3 p.m. 5/8 — Home Match against Hillsborough, 3 p.m. 5/13 — Away Match against Watchung Hills Regional, 3 p.m. 5/14 — Away Match, Skyland Championships at Royce Brook, 7:30 a.m. 5/20 — Away Match against Ridge, 3:15 p.m.

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was able to produce two male throwers on the team this year who consistently threw well beyond the 40-foot mark, and a female thrower who threw consistently more than 30 feet. Winter track teammate Michele Bender attended indoor clinics for the pole vault, and was the only individual to

qualify for states. She placed fourth at sectionals, and fifth at counties. As for distance runners on the team, many got to make their debuts in the Steeplechase at the New York Armory. Those that placed were Allison Morgan, Jacqueline Diaz, Sean Kelly, Kyle Skelton and Eric Bender.

7th Grader on Prestigious Dance Team

Bridgewater seventh grader Sophia Carollo, who has been dancing since she was 2 years old, was one of only a handful of dancers accepted this year into

the NJ Tap Pre-Professional Tap group, NJTAP2. The group, led by artistic director and founder Deborah Mitchell, meets twice a month for four

hours for students to work on the art of tap. The group of tap dancers, who have to audition to be part, come from all over New Jersey and range in age from 12 to 17. Carollo is one of the youngest on the team. When members of the team reach the age of 18, they are eligible for the First Company (the Professional Adult Company), which performs, entertains and teaches in many venues. Carollo is proud to be part of the team, giving her time to perform at two elementary schools.

5/1 — Home Match against Phillipsburg, 3 p.m. 5/6 — Away Match against Pingry, 3:30 p.m. 5/7 — Away Match against J.P. Stevens, 3:45 p.m. 5/8 — Away Match against Hillsborough, 3 p.m. 5/13 — Away Match against Ridge, 3:15 p.m. 5/14 — Away Match, Skyland Championships at Royce Brook, 7:30 a.m. 5/15 — Away Match against Mount Saint Mary Academy, 4 p.m. 5/21 — Away Match against Montgomery, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Baseball

5/1 — Away Game against Hillsborough, 3:45 p.m. 5/2 — Away Game against JFK Iselin, 3:45 p.m. 5/6 — Away Game against Watchung Hills Regional, 3:45 p.m. 5/8 — Home Game against Immaculata, 7 p.m. 5/13 — Away Game against Phillipsburg, 3:45 p.m. 5/14 — Away Game against Ridge, 3:45 p.m. 5/15 — Home Game against Hunterdon Central Regional, 3:45 p.m.

Girls Softball

5/1 — Home Game against Hillsborough, 3:45 p.m. 5/5 — Home Game against Berkeley Heights/Gov Liv, 4 p.m. 5/6 — Home Game against Watchung Hills Regional, 3:45 p.m. 5/8 — Away Game against Immaculata, 3:45 p.m. 5/13 — Home Game against Phillipsburg, 3:45 p.m. 5/14 — Away Game against Hunterdon Central Regional, 3:45 p.m.

Boys Tennis

5/1 — Away Match against Westfield, 4 p.m. 5/5 — Away Match against Watchung Hills Regional, 3:45 p.m. 5/6 — Home Match against Madison, 4 p.m. 5/7 — Home Match against West Win-Plains-North, 5:45 p.m. 5/9 — Away Match against Montgomery, 3:45 p.m. 5/12 — Home Match against Hunterdon Central Regional, 3:45 p.m.

Boys/Girls Track and Field

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Girls Softball Continuing Season With Almost Even Record By Bernard DeLierre The Bridgewater-Raritan High School girls softball team has a record of 4–5 on the season, as of mid-April. On the team this year are Maria Capetta, Deanna Centi, Nicole Davidovicz, Cat DeStefano, Meghan Gaughan, Abby Herman, Tiffany Mazzagotti, Samantha Mitchell, Alyssa Natale, Sarah Rebetje, Shelby Sharkey, Kayla Van Valkenberg, Samantha Ward, Katie Winchock and Megan Zinn.

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BRHS Boys Lacrosse Performing Strong in 2014 Season By Bernard DeLierre Through mid-April, the Bridgewater-Raritan High School boys lacrosse team showed a record of 6–2. On the team this year are Hyder Ali, Brandon Ball, Kevin Bergenty, Tom Bray, Joe Bruno Metzger, Ben Byrne, Matt Caruso, Matt Cascio, Alec Caseiro, James Cavallero, Avi Changanty, Ethan

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