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Falcons Capture State Football Title Monroe Township High School has captured its first state title in 22 years and its first in football, when the Falcons defeated the Middletown South Eagles 33-10 on Dec. 5. “There is no greater reward than to work hard at something and to reap the benefits of your hard work by acquiring recognition and validation,” Schools Superintendent Kenneth Hamilton said. “The boys, along with their coaches fought a hard fight and were victorious. The cheerleaders, band and color guards

should also be acknowledged for their efforts to bring home the title.” Many students and residents were on hand for the game, which was held in Ewing at Lions Stadium at the College of New Jersey. The Falcons (the second seed) were the underdog in the game, but after scoring just before halftime to go up 14-10, the team never relinquished the lead.

Inside This Issue… Important Numbers . . . . . 2 Mayor’s Message . . . . . . . . 3 Township Council . . . . . 4-5 Seniors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 Around the Town . . . . . 8-9 Public Works . . . . . . . . . . 10 Library News. . . . . . . . . . 11

The defense was in top form for the Falcons, shutting the Eagles out for the final three quarters, only giving up 14 yards in the second half, as well as causing two turnovers. Falcon Senior Blake Bascom had an amazing game scoring three touchdowns, rushing for 208 yards on 24

carries. “The Township is very proud of these young men,” Mayor Richard Pucci said. “Winning a championship is a special moment that they will look back on for the rest of their lives. It is a great accomplishment, and we wish them all the best in the future.”

Recreation Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 Around the Town . . . 14-16

Check out the local calendar of events, pages 12-13.

Residents Get a Kick Out of Soccer Complex The Township has unveiled its new soccer park on Prospect Plains Road with a little help from recreation soccer players and even a few professionals. The 72-acre park is behind the Post Office and connected to the current High School by a trail, which will ultimately connect to the new high school being built on

Schoolhouse Road. The complex is also located about a halfmile down the road from Memorial Tree Park, also on Prospect Plains Road. Plans are also underway to construct a sidewalk on Perrineville Road to encourage more pedestrian travel from Monroe Township High School. “This is a fantastic

Anita Asante of the Sky Blue FC of Piscataway signs autographs for young players at the opening of the new Soccer Complex on Sept. 25.

Monroe Township Soccer Club President Bobbin Paskell speaks at the opening of the new Soccer Complex on Prospect Plains Road on Sept. 25.

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ELECTED OFFICIALS Mayor: Richard Pucci . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .rpucci@monroetwp.com Council President: Gerald Tamburro . . . . . . . . .gtamburro@monroetwp.com Council Vice President: Joanne M. Connolly . . . . . . . . .jconnolly@monroetwp.com Council Members: Leslie Koppel-Egierd . . . . .koppelegierd@monroetwp.com Henry Miller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .hmiller@monroetwp.com Irwin Nalitt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .inalitt@monroetwp.com

IMPORTANT NUMBERS Township Main Number . . . . . . . . . .(732) 521-4400 Animal Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(732) 521-0222 Construction Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(732) 656-4585 Court Administrator . . . . . . . . . . . . .(732) 521-4020 Township Engineer . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(732) 605-9440 EMS and First Aid (non-emergency) .(732) 521-1880 Health Department . . . . . .(732) 521-4400 ext. 192 Environmental Protection .(732) 521-4400 ext. 118 Monroe Township Library . . . . . . . .(732) 521-5000 Municipal Utilities Authority . . . . . .(609) 655-1050 Office on Aging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(732) 521-6111 Parks Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(732) 723-5000 Police (non-emergency) . . . . . . . . . .(732) 521-0222 Public Advocate . . . . . . . . . .(732) 521-4400 ext. 135 Public Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(732) 656-4575 Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(732) 723-5000 Recycling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(732) 656-4575 Tax Collector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(732) 521-4405 Township Clerk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(732) 656-4573 Traffic Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . .(732) 521-0222 ext. 126 Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(732) 521-6100

Wolverines Pee Wee Nab Garden State Championship The Monroe Township Wolverines Pee Wee team won the Garden State Championship in football, easily defeating the Shore Blue Devils 40-20 at Rutgers University on Nov. 29. “The season started with high expectations for this group of kids as they were the Central Jersey Champions in last year’s Junior Pee Wee Division,” said Coach Joseph Isola. “Their journey began way back in August. The team ran the table during the regular season with an 8–0 record and a Gold Division Championship.” The Wolverines made it to the finals of the Central Jersey Championship for the second straight year, but suffered its first loss in the finals, which sent the team to the

Garden State Games. After a first-round bye, the Wolverines faced the Hopewell Bulldogs, in a close game that came down to the final seconds of the game. “This game proved to be a thrilling contest, which included four lead changes,” Coach Isola said. “However, this time Monroe’s team would stand tall and fight through adversity and in the end, the Wolverines scored with 26 seconds left to win an amazing 49–42 game.” In the semi-finals the Wolverines defeated the Roselle Rams 3012, which brought the Wolverines to the finals. “The Wolverines were able to control the line of scrimmage and pound their way to the

Championship,” Coach Isola said. “Their 40-20 victory was the culmination of a 13-1 season and earned this team the Garden State Championship.” Coach Isola congratulates a great team: quarterback Stephen Karoly; offensive linemen Andrew Isola, Cole Marini, Andrew Florek, Jeff Van de Sande, Rick Gathy, and Miles Perry; running backs Mikey Cordova and Akeer Franklin; receivers Vikram Singh, Matt Van de Sande, JT Allan, Patrick Collins, Doug Keenan and Nick Tarsillo; linebackers Cole Cusanelli, Joe Trainor, Chase Santiago and Carlton Coleman; defensive linemen Anthony Giudice, Peter Jarosiewicz, Kevin Latwis, Jayson Dalina and Paul Corraro; and Continued on page 4 Photo courtesy of Tony Perry

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Mayor’s Message Getting to Know the Clerk’s Office The Clerk also maintains party affiliation declaration forms and absentee ballot applications.

From overseeing elections in Monroe to serving as the Township Council’s secretary, the Township Clerk’s Office is one of the busiest departments in the Township. Township Clerk Sharon Doerfler and her employees in the Clerk’s Office comprise a unique Township Department because they work directly for and answer to the Township Council. The office prepares the Council meeting agendas and retains original copies of all minutes, ordinances and resolutions, and administers and records oaths of office. The Clerk’s Office is also the Custodian of the Municipal Seal and is also where all minutes books, bond and contract information and archival records are stored. The Township Clerk is also the Chief Elections Officer and Chief Registrar of Voters in Monroe. She certifies vacant seats on the Council, maintains receipts of nominating

Mayor Richard Pucci petitions, certifies those petitions with the County Clerk, maintains the local election results and also suggests polling places. Ms. Doerfler and her staff should be commended for their work to ensure residents have every opportunity to register to vote. The Clerk’s Office holds extended hours on registration deadlines before primary and general elections. Also, voter registration forms are available on the Township website, www.monroetwp.com.

In addition, residents in need of licenses for their dogs or cats, retail food establishments, liquor sales, taxi and limousine services, raffle or bingo permits, wrecking yards, and peddling and solicitation permits must go to the Clerk’s Office. All dogs and cats must be licensed in the Township. In order to obtain a license, the owner must provide proof of a current rabies vaccination. Licenses must be renewed by January 31 every year. They can be purchased at the Clerk’s Office and cost $7 for each spayed/ neutered dog or cat and $10 for a non-spayed/ non-neutered dog. There will be a $10 late fee for

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each license renewed after March 31. In addition, Ms. Doerfler and her staff hold a free rabies clinic annually in our Public Works Facility, on Gravel Hill-Spotswood Road, always on the first Saturday in March, where residents can have their pets vaccinated for free. Additionally, the Clerk’s Office is where residents go for marriage applications, remarriage/reaffirmation of a Civil Union, Civil Union Applications and Domestic Partnership Applications and to get certi-

fied copies of all of the above, as well as local death and birth certificates. The Clerk’s Office has taken many steps to make the office more accessible to residents. Many of the forms and applications are now available on the Township’s website www.monroetwp.com under the forms, permits and applications tab.

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Township Council Much to Look Forward to in 2010 By Jerry Tamburro, Monroe Township Council President maintaining a stable tax rate that has consistently been the lowest or second lowest in the county.

Monroe Township was a very busy community in 2009. In January, we opened our expanded Public Library on Municipal Plaza, and then in September the Soccer Complex on Prospect Plains Road was opened. During the summer, residents flocked to Veteran’s Park on Avenue K to escape the summer sun by cooling off in the spray park and fall was kicked off in style at a

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Early this year, we are expecting to open the newly expanded Community Center. The expansion, which includes a full second gym, a weight room and more office space among other things, will provide the 16year-old facility with a much needed makeover and provide more space to allow expanded programming. Just as the Community Center construction concludes the Township should begin work on its freestanding Senior Center

at the intersection of Applegarth and Halsey Reed Roads. With 10,000 seniors registered with the Office on Aging but only enough room to accommodate a maximum of 250 people, the expansion is necessary in order to continue to provide the best possible programs and services for the members of the Senior Center. In addition, we intend to hold another Civil War re-enactment, this time in late spring or early summer. During the previous living history weekend nearly 1,000 residents, toured the Dey Farm facility and were able to see first-hand what life was like for soldiers

during the war. The Township will also continue its mission of keeping half of the Township from being developed by purchasing additional open space. Using the Township Open Space Trust Fund, and partnering with the County and State we have preserved nearly 4,000 acres of open space including green undeveloped woodlands and our highly utilized parks All of these services are what makes Monroe Township a great place to live, raise a family and retire. May you all have a happy and healthy new year!

Garden State Championship Continued from page 2 the defensive secondary: Steve Martin, Kevin Ball, Adrian Duprey and Chris Muce. “This was a very gratifying season and fantastic ending for a group of kids that chose to win every day,” Coach Isola said.

The Township is proud to have such young athletes that displayed exemplary sportsmanship and fortitude during the season and came back from a loss to win the tournament. “Wolverine Football has become a corner-

stone for the Township’s youngsters,” Mayor Richard Pucci said. “I would like to thank the team on behalf of the Township for their hard work and dedication, which are traits of true champions.”

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Township Council Honoring the Senior Center Volunteers By Councilman Irwin Nalitt The Township Office on Aging is a bustling hub for our senior citizens. While at the Senior Center, located in the lower level of the Municipal Building, residents can meet with the numerous clubs, groups or programs; listen to guest speakers; meet with social workers; and get help preparing their income taxes. Residents may also meet with the County Surrogate’s Office to probate wills, enjoy computer education courses, participate in health education programs and help with our food for the needy program. Many of these programs would not be possible without the time, effort and heart of the many volunteers that help in so many ways at the Office on Aging. The volunteers are always willing to give their time and effort to the community without ever wanting anything in return. On October 6, the Township hosted nearly 160 volunteers for lunch at the East

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phone calls for trips and larger programs. We even have volunteers that come in during tax season to help prepare income taxes

From left: Council President Gerald Tamburro, Larry Meloro - Commander of American Legion Post 522, Mayor Richard Pucci, Leo McKernan - Past State Commander of the American Legion. Mayor Pucci hands Mr. Meloro a copy of the Proclamation declaring September 16th American Legion Day.

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Pennies For the People For 17 years, spare change has helped hundreds of needy residents in Monroe. “It all started when I was a volunteer at the reception desk in the Senior Center in the early 90s,” recalled Township Pennies Fund founder Patricia Panson. “I saw how many residents were receiving bags of food from the Township on a monthly basis, and I wanted to help.”

do to help,” said Bonnie Leibowitz, Director of the Office Aging. “However, the Pennies Fund is not used to pay rent or energy bills.” The Pennies Fund has changed over the years. It began with Ms. Panson and several other volunteers using empty mayonnaise jars with slits cut out of the lids, collecting change at the Stop and Shop, which at the time was Food Town.

Ms. Panson created the Pennies Fund, through which residents could receive aid to pay for Medic Alert necklaces, medical bills and much more. All of the money collected helps families in need, of any age, who live in town.

“We would go twice a week and shake the can asking for donations,” Ms. Panson said. “Now, we have the containers at several locations throughout the Township and we continue to collect money.”

“We look at each request for help on a case-by-case basis and determine what we can

“The Township is grateful to all those that help out this important cause,” said

Councilman Irwin Nalitt, liaison to the Commission on Aging. “All of the money that is donated stays in the Township to help your neighbors in need.” Residents can bring their change to Ms. Leibowitz’s office in the lower level of the Municipal Building or mail a check made out to the “Friends of the Senior Center” to Ms. Leibowitz at 1 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Township NJ 08831. “Our residents are always generous. With their continued support we will be able to help those who are in need,” Ms. Leibowitz said. For more information contact the Office on Aging at (732) 5216111.

Volunteers Keep the Senior Center Going “Without the volunteers we wouldn’t have half of the programming we have now,” said Township Director of the Office on Aging Bonnie Leibowitz.

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The Office on Aging relies on volunteers, not only to assist in running programs, but to serve in the Friends of the Senior Center. The group helps Program Supervisor Jennifer Sternberg with her programs, including the Food Pantry and much more. “The volunteers are the lifeblood of the Senior Center,” Ms. Leibowitz said. “These residents donate their time and put their hearts and souls into our community and making peoples’ lives better.”

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Seniors Seniors on the Quest for the Cup Every summer it starts with a strike or two and then a few aces and if they are lucky a “hole in one,” while Township seniors vie for the coveted Mayor’s Cup. Township seniors representing each of the active adult communities compete in various sports, including bowling, tennis, golf, basketball, table tennis, bocce, shuffleboard and bridge – all hoping for a shot at the big trophy. “We hold the events over several months and the seniors always

have a good time,” said Recreation Superintendent Tom Allen. “Even as the competition heats up, the seniors always show true sportsmanship.” The Mayor’s Cup was sponsored by the Gardens at Monroe, a healthcare and rehabilitation center on Applegarth Road. The quest for the 2009 cup began on April 22 at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick when men and women from Greenbriar at Whittingham won the bowling event.

On May 30, the women from Greenbriar won the tennis championship at Concordia courts. A week later, the Regency won the men’s tennis` tournament. It all came down to a close match between the Regency and Rossmoor, with Regency edging out their opponents. In other events, Regency took the basketball shooting, shuffleboard and golf titles. Encore won the table tennis title, Greenbriar garnered the duplicate bridge championship

The Encore Table Tennis team (above) is presented with their Mayor’s Cup.

and Clearbrook took home the bocce title. “It is great to see so many of our seniors competing in all different sports,” Mayor Richard Pucci said.

Jay Brown (left) from the Monroe Township Recreation Department holds out the coveted Mayor’s Cup for the duplicate bridge competition on Aug. 22.

Social Workers Teach People to Take Control of Their Health The Office on Aging has a special program to help residents cope with nearly any chronic illness. “Take Control of Your Health” is a results-driven program that was designed at Stanford University to help participants make changes in their lives so they can more easily deal with long-term health issues. “It is a six-week course in which residents have to make a

weekly action plan and set realistic goals to make life with their disease a lot easier,” said, the Office on Aging’s Supervisor of Social Services, Judy Kalman, who runs the program along with the Office’s Outreach Professional Laura Petix. The program is designed to help improve all aspects of participants’ health by making them set and meet specific weekly goals and then discuss their progress at each

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Around the Town Expanded Community Center to Open Next Year Work on the Center Community expansion is nearly complete and the entire facility is expected to open early next year.

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Local veterans salute the flag at the Township’s annual Veterans Day service.

“The project is coming to an end and we are looking forward to the many new programs that we’ll be able to provide with the additional space,” Mayor Richard Pucci said. “Our recreation programs and participants expand every year and the larger facility will allow us to accommodate larger programs.” The 27,982 squarefoot expansion includes a second gym to compliment the one currently in use at the Monmouth Road facility. Also, the expansion will feature an auxiliary gym, fitness center and meeting rooms. It will also have storage space for recreation supplies and equipment, and more parking.

The construction is being accomplished with little impact on programming. “We only had to close the center for a few days when electrical work was being done,” Council Vice President Joanne Connolly said. “And soon we’ll have both gyms open and much more to offer.” The old facility will be closed once the new gym is opened so the existing part of the building can be rehabilitated. The expansion was needed because programs held at the center have nearly reached capacity. More than 1,000 children participate in the basketball program, 300 children are involved with cheerleading and nearly 200 kids are involved in the roller hockey programs. “The Community Center has become a

bustling gathering place for the town’s Mayor youngsters,” Pucci said. “The Community Center gives the children a safe place to go after school and in the summer months where they can remain active.” The center is used for recreation basketball leagues, cheerleading practice, summer camp programs, pickle ball and many other activities and events, including the annual Octoberfest celebration. Through the Open Space Trust Fund, the Township is looking to purchase nearly 30 acres adjacent to the Center that could be used for future expansion. “The Recreation Department, its programs and the Community Center are all reasons that Monroe Township is a great place to live, raise a family and retire,” Mayor Richard Pucci said.

For more information about the Recreation Department, visit www.monroerec.com. PICKLEBALL has resumed at the Community Center, 120 Monmouth Road. Mayor Richard Pucci hangs a wreath in honor of the Township’s Veterans.

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Around the Town The North Wins Battle at the Dey Farm The first shots were by the fired Confederacy from the eastern tree line of the Dey Farm on Sept. 26 as they attempted to sneak up on the Union’s camp. Then the First New Jersey Volunteers, Second New Jersey Brigade fired the historic 1844 Cannon taking out several Confederate soldiers, while giving cavalry and artillery time to set up positions in the field.

This was all part of the Monroe Township Historic Preservation Commission’s Living History Weekend held at the Dey Farm on Federal Road. “Throughout the weekend more than 1,000 visitors to the farm and it was great to see that many people there,” John Katerba, the Historic Preservation Chairman, said. “This was one of the first times we used all 40-acres of the site for an event, and it was

just fantastic.” More than 80 reenactors participated in the event, camping out over the weekend in replica uniforms representing regiments from both the North and South. Their camps were set up just as they would have been during the war in replica tents. In addition, residents were able to meet and greet with the reenactors and learn about the weapons, cookware, and general lives of Civil War soldiers. “The residents were real happy to meet and talk with the re-enactors,” Mr. Katerba said. “It was a great weekend at the Dey Farm.”

A Union soldier explains the significance of his sword, which was from the Civil War era.

Residents walked through the camps as the re-enactors cooked stews, made coffee and

The Union reloads and fires at the South at the re-enactment. cleaned their weapons. “You were really able to see what life was like for the soldiers in the Civil War,” Mr. Katerba said. “Also, a lot of people walked through the Dey Farmhouse and the barns that were open during the weekend. It was so nice to see all of the residents having a great time while learning about the town’s history.” The Commission is already planning a sec-

ond Living History Weekend after seeing how much people enjoyed the weekend. “It was a great day for Monroe,” Councilman Henry Miller said. “People were educated not only about the history of the United States, but many spent time learning about Monroe’s history in the beautiful Dey farmhouse. We can’t wait to do it again.”

Families, Firefighters Gather at Annual Recruitment Drive For information on how to volunteer as a firefighter, visit http://mtvfc1.com or call (732) 251-2122. The Fire Company is located at 24 Harrison Avenue.

Firefighter Alan Tang (right) gets all wet in the dunk tank during the Fire District #1’s membership drive. Volunteers use special equipment (right) to demonstrate what firefighters would do to help get someone out of a car if they were trapped.

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Public Works

There are two new traffic lights on Applegarth Road that have been a long-time coming. The lights were installed at Applegarth Road’s intersections with Cranbury Station/Union Valley Road and Rossmoor’s east gate and the industrial road, South Middlesex Avenue. The improvements to Applegarth Road will continue into the New Year. “We are currently designing a traffic signal at Clearbrook’s main entrance on Applegarth Road,” Mayor Pucci said. “Work on this light should begin by later in 2010.” Also coming to Monroe in late 2010 are new left turn lanes at all corners of the intersection of Forsgate Drive and Applegarth Road and 40 new spots at the Applegarth Road Park and Ride facility. A new Park and Ride facility with approximately 100 spaces is being planned for Applegarth Road, near the new CVS. Work will begin once the design phase is complete. The new Park and Ride will help eliminate parking on both sides of Applegarth Road near Clearbrook’s main entrance, according to Councilman Hank Miller “Applegarth Road is a major artery in Monroe,” Mayor Pucci said. “The work we’ve done and what we have planned will only make it better.”

Help Ensure Safe Snow Plowing As winter is upon us and the possibility of a big snow storm is out there, the Department of Public Works wants to remind residents of some helpful ways to stay safe and ensure plowing is done quickly. When the snow comes down, the DPW workers’ main priority is making sure that Township roads are clear for safe travel. “We have 35 fulltime employees that work in shifts to keep plows on the roads day and night until all of the roads are clear,” said DPW Superintendent Wayne Horbatt. “There are over 100 miles of Township roads to plow and our first goal is to always clear the main roads first.” The DPW crews are instructed to plow from curb to curb, and they recommend that resi-

dents move their vehicles off the streets to make plowing easier. “When plowing, the first thing we do is put melting agent down on the main roads to make for a more efficient clean up,” Mr. Horbatt said. “Next, we make a single pass down the roads, so emergency vehicles can have access if needed.” The DPW has compiled a list of 10 helpful hints for a snow event: 1. Park all cars possible in your driveway when snow is in the forecast. It makes less snow you have to remove from your driveway and it makes it easier to clear the roads properly.

snow in the road. 7. Please try to put garbage and recycling cans off the road. Snow drifts can knock them over without even touching them with the plow. 8. Please shovel out an area around fire hydrants so our Fire Dept can get to it in case of an emergency.

3. Please advise children to keep off the roads when plow trucks are in the area.

9. If you have to finish shoveling your driveway before the road is completely cleared, try to shovel a flared out end (see rendering) so when the plow comes again it only puts a minimum amount of snow back in your driveway.

4. Please advise children to make “forts” in your yard, not by the road side. This can be very dangerous!

10. Give your plow guy a smile or a wave; they are working long and hard hours to make your streets safe.

5. Please, when driving try to give the plow trucks plenty of room. Sometimes it is difficult for the drivers to see and the trucks can slide or have to swerve to avoid things.

“The DPW works all year long and should be commended for the work they do day in and day out,” Mayor Richard Pucci said. “During snow storms, the DPW works day and night to make sure Monroe’s roads are safe for travel.”

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Library News Paws Aid the Reading Cause On a recent afternoon, Amber walked through the Public Library attracting the attention of visitors and librarians, all noticing her soft, full golden coat.

Starting in January, residents will have a new way to get their reserved books from the Township Library without leaving their homes. The Library has just launched the Books By Mail Program, through which residents can reserve books by calling the library or by logging on the library’s website. The books will be mailed for free.

Amber made her way to the activities room, and sat, patiently waiting to listen to children read their favorite stories to her. Adrianna Coniglio was the first youngster to show up, and, as she opened her copy of Alyssa Satin Capucilli’s “Biscuit Goes to School,” Amber rested alongside the young girl and placed her paw on her lap. Amber is a five-yearold Golden Retriever therapy dog, who along with her trainer, Rose Mary Laubach, works to help reluctant readers get more comfortable with reading in front of groups. “The dogs have this amazing ability to appear as though they are listening to the reader and they don’t judge, and never make fun of the reader if he or she misses a word,” said Children’s Librarian

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“We know that some residents might have a hard time getting here during our normal business hours,” Library Director Irene Goldberg said. “So, we will mail out their reserved books, up to two at a time, to their homes.” Adrianna Coniglio reads to Amber, a Golden Retriever therapy dog that visits the Library as part of its Gentle Paws program. Megan McCarthy, who also helps run the program. “The idea is based on facts that dogs have been shown to relax children, making it easier for the child to read.” In order to become a certified therapy dog, Amber passed the Morris Plains-based Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs test. “There are 15 points that every dog must pass to be certified, and if the dog fails even one part of the test it must re-take the entire exam,” Ms. Laubach said. “The great thing about the dogs is that they adapt to whatever the child’s needs are.

Amber can tell if the child needs her head on their lap, or if she has to lie down at their feet, and will even hug them if they need that.” The program started at the Library in October, but has been successful in nearby libraries. “We ran the same program when I worked at the Bradley Beach Library and the kids that participated became much stronger readers because of it,” Ms. McCarthy said. To sign up for the program, call the Library at (732) 5215000 and ask for Ms. McCarthy.

Monroe Township Public Library will be the pilot site for the program for the county. The program is already running at other libraries in the state. “We’re trying to reach out to as many residents as possible,” Ms. Goldberg said. “We hope this program will not only increase the number of books that are circulated, but also open the door to a host of new patrons.” Books by Mail patrons have to return the books to the Library on their own. “We have the overnight drop slots, including the one at the drive-thru at the Library,” Ms. Goldberg said. The Library’s drive-thru has already been a success with residents reserving and picking up books during the Library operating hours or at off hour times using the drop-off bin 24 hours a day. “The drive-thru has been heavily used every day since it opened,” Ms. Goldberg said. “It has made things a lot easier for residents who have difficulty getting in and out of the car and residents on the go.” For more information, contact the Library at (732) 521-5000 or visit its website at www.monroetwplibrary.org.

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Recreation Calendar of Events

The Recreation Events Calendar will no longer be mailed out separately at the beginning of each year and will now be included in The Monroe News. It will also be available online at www.monroetwp.com. GET A GOOD START TOWARDS YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTION MONDAYS & THURSDAYS AEROBICS 7:00-8:00PM WEDNESDAYS STEP AEROBICS 7:00-8:00PM WEDNESDAYS BODY SCULPTING 8:00-8:30PM SATURDAYS STEP AEROBICS 9:30-10:30AM SATURDAYS BODY SCULPTING 10:30-11:00AM STRENGTH TRAINING AND WELLNESS: MONDAY AND THURSDAYS 9:30AM-10:30AM, 6:30PM-7:30PM, OR 7:30PM-8:30PM

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Recreation Calendar of Events GET FIT WITH MONROE RECREATION MONDAYS & THURSDAYS AEROBICS 7:00-8:00PM WEDNESDAYS STEP AEROBICS 7:00-8:00PM WEDNESDAYS BODY SCULPTING 8:00-8:30PM SATURDAYS STEP AEROBICS 9:30-10:30AM SATURDAYS BODY SCULPTING 10:30-11:00AM STRENGTH TRAINING AND WELLNESS: MONDAY AND THURSDAYS 9:30AM-10:30AM, 6:30PM-7:30PM, OR 7:30PM-8:30PM

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Around the Town Dirty Birds Take 4th in the Nation

The Monroe Township Dirty Birds Cal Ripkin team were honored by the Township Council as state Champions and for coming in fourth in a national tourney. The Monroe Township Dirty Birds, the 10 and under Cal Ripken baseball team, brought the winning spirit of the Township to Colorado as the team took 4th in the country at the World Series. “This was the third year in a row that the Dirty Birds won the state Championship and the first time we took the regional pennant,” Mayor Richard Pucci said. “We are very proud of these young men. Not only for their successes on the field, but for representing the Township in the Regional and National tournament.” The Dirty Birds roster consisted of: Joey Filiano, Mike Granda, Rob Peto, Matt Horn, Anthony Tagliaferro, Eric Heatter, Stephen McCann, RJ Dreyfuss, Nick Lombard, Thomas Fleites, Andrew Isola,

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Kyle Daly and Chris Perdoni. The Manager is Mike Peto, and the Coaches are Jim Heatter, Lou Granda, Kevin Horn, Kirk McCann and Gerry Fleites. The team won the Middle-Atlantic Regional Championship, beating Clifton Park, N.Y. 2-0 on August 5, and had to quickly turn around and get to Lamar, Colo. on August 12 for the start of the World Series. “The Cal Ripken/ Babe Ruth headquarters paid for the players’ and coaches’ flights and hotel rooms, but the team was responsible for everything else,” Coach Mike Peto said. “Within five days, we raised approximately $18,000 from several generous contributors, and we’re really grateful for their support.”

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Around the Town Juried Art Show Highlights Local Artists Local artists filled the Val Davis Room in the Monroe Township Public Library with their photographs, paintings, sculptures, stained glass and much more during the Cultural Arts Commission’s Juried Art Show. The show ran from Oct.18 - 25 and featured work from 67 artists. “We had to take last year off because of the Library renovations, but we were still able to bring out the best of our local arts community,” Cultural Arts Commission Chairwoman Maria Naumik said.

One of the best-known choirs in the U.S.A. is coming to Monroe Township to perform a special set on March 6. The Princeton-based American Boychoir is scheduled to perform at the Richard P. Marasco Center for the Performing Arts.

Natasha Norville stands in front of her acrylic painting, “Rush Hour,” at the Monroe Township Cultural Arts Commission’s Juried Art Show grand opening on Oct. 17. The show opened on Oct. 18 at a reception held for the artists, their friends and families and was then opened to the public. “We like to give back to the artists that

Soccer Complex facility that is another part of our efforts to preserve a green belt through the center of Monroe,” Mayor Richard Pucci said. There are six fields at the Prospect Plains Road facility, all of which will be used by the recreation and travel programs. “The Monroe Soccer Complex is the work of community leaders and volunteers coming together to create an amazing space for our children to play the beautiful game of soccer,” said Monroe Township Soccer Club

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worked so hard on these amazing works of art,” Ms. Naumik said. For more information, visit www.monroetownshipcultural arts.com.

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“The County and Municipal governments, the Monroe Parks Department and Recreation Department and the Monroe Twp Soccer Club were able to work together to plan and develop the facility and bring it to fruition quickly,” Ms. Paskell added. “The Monroe Twp Soccer Club has been waiting more than 30 years, but we finally have a home of our own.” Several members of Ms. Paskell’s travel soccer team were on hand

for the Sept. 26 opening and were able to meet with Anita Asante, a defender for the Piscataway-based Sky Blue FC of the Women’s Professional Soccer League. “It was a special day for Monroe, and usually we have a ribbon cutting at events such as this,” Council President Gerald Tamburro said. “But the park is so big we couldn’t put a ribbon up. It was great to have Ms. Asante there to kick a ceremonial penalty shot to officially open the complex.”

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“The American Boychoir has released 63 albums over the course of its 72-year career,” said Commission on Arts Chairwoman Maria Naumik. “The choir is made up of some of the most talented vocal students from across the United States and other parts of the world. We are happy to welcome them to Monroe.” The choir comprises boys from grades four through eight, from the U.S., Columbia, France, Switzerland, Brazil and Korea among other locations. It has performed with such diverse musical acts as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, pop singer Beyonce and former Beatle Paul McCartney. For more information, visit www.monroetownshipculturalarts.com or call (732) 521-4400 ext. 134. Games have already started at the Soccer Complex. The Monroe Township Department of Public Works, Parks and Recreation Division has been maintaining the fields. The complex also features paved walking and biking trails designed to accommodate bicycle training sessions for the children.

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