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The BReeze Bridgewater Township & Raritan Borough, NJ Your Hometown Newspaper Volume 3, Issue 4

Revitalizing the Martinsville Community Center

School Budget & Board of Ed Election is April 27th! See Candidate Statements on Page 16 April 2011

Local Teens Launch ‘To The Moon’

L-R: Theo Rabke of Bridgewater and Tyler Stark of Raritan just released an application for Apple Ipod Touch, Iphone, Ipad and most Android devices called “To The Moon!”

In October 1948, the cast of Village Green included, from left, (1st row) Wendell Munro, William Daughaday, Betty Tyree, Mary Lynn Mitchell; (2nd row) Warren Hine, John Trupo, Waldemar Neiman, Hazel Lydecker, unidentified, Cherry Coddington, Herbert Hall, Pam Coddington, unidentified, Elizabeth “Bib” Doty, Ross Tyree, Warren Munro. (SIS)

by Pam Laughlin Jane Gandolfe, a lifelong Martinsville resident, can trace her ancestry in Martinsville back 200 years. Gandolfe is part of the movement to help revitalize the Martinsville Community Center located on Washington Valley Road. Her vision is to have the

Community Center used again as it once was in the early days. Gandolfe has fond memories of walking from Martinsville School to the Martinsville Community Center to attend gym class with her peers once a week during the winter. She says, “The Community Center

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Please include with your list your full name and phone number where you can be reached. The winner will be notified by phone and will be asked to make arrangements to go to the business to collect the prize. A photo of the winner with the business owner/manager will be inserted in the next issue of the paper. This month Gaetano’s Salon is offering a $75 gift certificate toward any salon service. Gaetano’s is a full service unisex salon offering hair styling, coloring, corrective coloring, nails, skin care, massage, tanning and much more. Visit their website at to see what they have to offer. The symbol you will be looking for appears below with the letters BR in the center (the size may change but not the design):

was established in the early 20s as a place to come to hold meetings, knitting clubs, book clubs, and fund raisers. This was really the hub for Girl Scout and Boy Scout meetings, plays, VFW meetings, and summer arts and crafts programs to help keep Continued on Page 18

Two Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School students have released an application for the Apple Ipod Touch, Iphone and Ipad and most Android devices. The application is called “To The Moon!” The game is similar to other popular titles with the object being to advance to the highest possible altitude. This game stands out from other available applications because it contains high quality graphics created by professional graphics designer Natalie Cozzati.

When asked about his inspiration for making the application, Tyler Stark, the 14-year-old developer of “To The Moon!” said, “Games such as ‘Doodle Jump,’ which are fun at first, become boring very quickly. I wanted something that I could play for a long time and still have fun with. I also felt that there weren’t enough games that were available on both iOS and Android, so I bridged that gap. After four months of hard work, and over Continued on page 11

Tony Orlando - A true patriot dedicated to Raritan servicemen during World War II

Tony Orlando by Bruce Doorly Raritan tavern owner Tony Orlando (1892-1979) is remembered for the thousands of letters and hundreds of packages he sent to the Raritan servicemen during World War II. Tony was born in Angri, Italy in the province of Salerno. In 1902 he came to this country with his mother

The walls at The Centennial Tavern were covered with photos of Raritan servicemen and letters they wrote to Tony. and seven other children. They first settled in Newark, and then moved to Raritan in 1909. Tony met and married a local Raritan girl, Anna Barone, who was also born in Italy. As a young man he worked at his father-in-law’s hotel which was located on Somerset Street in Raritan. Tony and his wife had

10 children; four boys Anthony, Matthew, Joseph, and Al and six girls Ann, Rose, Tess, Joan, Catherine, and Mary. Today four of his daughters survive - Ann Schaub and Rose Tozzi live in Raritan, Joan Perdon in Bound Brook, and Tess Kinney in Somerville. Continued on page 12

Kitchens, Bathrooms, Siding and Windows The symbol above is only an example; it does not count as one of the ten. Find all 10 symbols, tell us where you found them, and you could be the winner! Good luck!

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L-R: W. Peter Staats, his wife, Carol, and New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher. Bridgewater resident W. Peter Staats, a beef cattle and hay farmer who has had a life-long commitment to giving back to the community, was honored February 8th with a Distinguished Service Citation at the New Jersey Agricultural Convention held in Cherry Hill. “Peter Staats is not only an innovator on his family farm, but through his lifetime, he has shared his love of farming with young people and the community,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher. “His ability to adapt his farm operation as the industry and the needs of consumers changed, has helped it to continue to be viable more than 200 years after

it was first founded.” Staats joined his family’s Dutch Hollow Farm in Bridgewater in 1969 and led it to become one of the first operations in the state to direct market an agricultural commodity by building an on-farm milk processing plant and attached store, allowing visitors to see where their milk and dairy products came from. The store and processing plant closed in 1987. “This producer/consumer connection remains extremely important to our agricultural viability to this day, with former milk customers still visiting the farm to purchase beef, eggs, and seasonal vegetables,” said Staats. Staats developed a Borrow-

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a-Calf program in the Somerset County 4-H club to allow nonfarm youth to learn about animal science and agriculture at no cost and he re-established the New Jersey Junior Polled Hereford Association, allowing young people to exhibit their cattle and compete in Junior National competitions. In addition to working with the next generation of farmers and helping the public to understand the importance of agriculture in the state, Staats has been a leader in many agricultural organizations. He currently serves on the Somerset County Agriculture Development Board and Belle Mead Farmers Cooperative Board of Directors, he chairs the semi-annual New Jersey Polled Hereford Association feeder calf sale, enabling New Jersey beef producers to market an additional 500 head of beef cattle annually at prices that remain largely stable. He’s a past president of the New Jersey Polled Hereford Association, and was a member of the Somerset County Board of Agriculture, Somerset Union Soil Conservation Committee, and Somerset County 4-H Association. Peter has also been active in the North Branch Reformed Church for many years. Dutch Hollow Farm currently is in the Farmland Preservation Program with 60 acres owned and 150 acres rented.

Katelyn Knapp of Bridgewater was named to the chancellor’s list at East Carolina University for the fall 2010 semester. Katelyn is a graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School, class of 2008. Joe Forte, a graduate of Bridgewater- Raritan HS 2008, won a 2011 Scholarship from The Sixth Annual “Pay It Forward” Scholarship Award from Cure Auto Insurance and 94.5 PST. The “Pay it Forward Scholarship” recognizes young adults who have performed unselfish acts, compassionate works or community action. Forte won the scholarship award for volunteering, not only in his community, but around the country. Joe Forte is currently a Vice President of the American Student Association of Community Colleges. Last November Forte worked in a garden green house to help victims in the New Orleans area who were affected by the oil spill. Michelle LoBrace of Martinsville has been named to the dean’s list of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. for the fall semester. Michelle is a 2008 graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School.

Courtney Hnasko was named to the dean’s list of the College of Arts and Sciences at Seton Hall University for the fall semester. In order to be named to the dean’s list, students must earn a GPA of 3.4 or higher.


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Bridgewater-Raritan High School Students Inducted into National Honor Society

The following students were inducted into the National Honor Society on March 10, 2011: Albert, Stefanie Almeida, Gabby Anandacoumar, Arvind Archibald, Matthew Asta, Savanna L Avenoso, Joseph Bakshi, Romoli Barber, Kelly Begley, Kathleen Belly, Alex Benavente, Devon Berlant, Zachary Bolles, Grant Bone, Michelle Brandell, Kate Brown, Louis Brusky, Taylor Bu, Karen Butani, Avantika Caiazzo, Asia Campbell, Kenneth M Casterline, Jess Castle, Roger A. Chailaivanichkul, Prarena Charewycz, Michael Chen, Angela Chong, Thomas Cirasa, Matthew Cirillio-Penn, Celeste Cocca, Christine Conlon, James Abramson Costanzo, Kimberly Coulter, Kyle Decker, Stephen Degaonkar, Suneet Delgado, Taylor A Dell’Osa, Kristen Derrico, Emily Desai, Saval DiPaolo, Marisa Dobossy, Brooke Duan, Michael

Duggirala, Juhi Eckert, Erin Elwood, Adam Engelstein, Brian Enny, Daniel G Fernandes, Melanie Figel, Martina Forte, Melissa Freyberger, Michael Friar, Thomas P Furey, Charles Gallagher, John Georgeson, Cory Ghandeharizadeh, Mitra Giallorenzo, Michael Ginsberg, Jason S. Goyal, Saloni Granahan, Lauren Hai, Phillis Heidary, Cyrus Hopkins, Alexander Hopkins, Daniel Hopper, Amy Huang, Vivian Jagadeesh, Akshay Jasko, Ashley Jones, Samantha E Kaminetzky, Alex Kannoth, Sneha Kaplan, Lauren Kim, Daniel Kinsey, Colleen Kipen, Carly Kleszyk, Brian Kolen, Andrew Koplitz, Nicole Kornbluth, Kim Kunsman, Matthew LaCanna, Casey Lange, Morgan Lee, Amos Lenahan, Sean Lerner, Aaron Levin, Rachel Li, Michelle Lim, Erika

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accepted on April 7: 4-6pm; and April 8: 9am-2pm, and 4-6pm at the school’s main entrance. Receipts for tax purposes are available at drop-off. Please bag clothing by size and gender and label the bag, i.e. “girl 4T”.Call Anne Buckley-Johnson at 908725-1611 with questions. Tuesday, April 12 Connie Kallas, Master Gardener, will speak about the emotions and stress relieving qualities of a garden of blue flowering plants. The program is free and open to the public who have experienced a loss and would like to share with others. The JANUS Bereavement Support Group is professionally led by Dr. Barbara Ronca, LCSW and registration is requested by calling 908218-9062.

Tuesday, April 12 The Bridgewater Woman’s Club will hold its meeting at the Bridgewater Library. Coffee and pastries will be served at 9:30am. The meeting starts at 10am with a very interesting program. New members are always welcome. Saturday, April 16 Egg Hunt at Martinsville United Methodist Church, 1949 Washington Valley Rd., Martinsville. Children in pre-school - fifth grade come for an Egg Hunt, hear the Easter Story and participate in games. Reserve a spot for your child by calling the Church at 732-356-1326 or send an email to

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Saturday, April 23 Resurrection Cookie Lesson at Martinsville United Methodist Church, 1949 Washington Valley Rd., Martinsville. Children in 1st-7th grade (ages 6-12) join us in the kitchen as we learn the symbolic meaning of the ingredients for Resurrection Cookies. Please reserve a spot for your child by calling the Church at 732-356-1326 or send an email to Thursday, April 28 Julia Child Says “Bon Appetit” - Actress Linda Kenyon will portray the famous American cook, author, and tv personality

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Saturday, April 23 Easter Egg Hunt at Frelinghuysen Park, Raritan. Three Age Groups: 1-4 years 11:00 a.m.; 5-7 years 11:45 a.m.; 8-11 years 12:30 p.m. Candy for all participants! No rain date. If inclement weather, please report to Raritan Municipal Bldg.

Monday, April 18 The Washington Valley Garden Club meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the Bridgewater Library. Barbara Melera will present “Container Gardening.” Ms. Melera is President and CEO of The D. Landreth Seed Company. Light refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. New members are welcome. For more information, call (908)658-3495.

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Thursday, May 5 The Ed Foundation of Bridgewater-Raritan will be celebrating this year’s Mini-Grant Winners and Community Service Award Winners at the annual “Gala of Thanks” from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. at BRHS. Tickets include A Taste of Bridgewater and Raritan - great food provided by local restaurants; great live music; Tricky Trays; and 50/50. Tickets are on sale for only $20 in the schools or from Trustee Angelo DiLeo of York Realty 732-3564500. Monday, May 9 Annual Golf Outing hosted by St. Ann School, 29 Second Ave., Raritan, at Raritan Valley Country Club, 747 Route 28, Bridgewater. Registration starts at 11 a.m. BBQ lunch served at noon. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. Refreshments served on course. Cost $200 per person includes: golf, cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres and dinner (carving stations), three hour open bar (wine and beer), dessert and coffee. For info and tix, call Rich on (908) 371-1228.


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Monday, May 9 Golf Outing - Michael’s Miracles 3rd Annual Golf to Cure Diabetes at Mattawang Golf Club in Belle Mead; Tee time: 9am; $85 per player includes breakfast, lunch and beverages. Register at Contact Kim Buonocore for more info:, 908-391-0220. Monday, May 23 Raritan Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing will be held at Fox Hollow Country Club. Registration will begin at 7 a.m.; golf to begin at 9 a.m. in shotgun fashion. The outing will include breakfast, golf, buffet lunch, beer, and prizes. Ticket price is $175. Luncheon Only - $50. Sponsorship opportunities: Tee Signs $50; Corporate Sponsors $175. For tickets, sponsorship or additional information, call Guy Gaetano at 908-722-6668.

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Long ago, China was known as Shen Zhou—The Land of the Divine. The ancient Chinese strove to hold themselves to a higher standard, and their arts and culture were so exquisite and vibrant that they were believed to be bestowed by the heavens. Today, New York-based Shen Yun brings these gifts to you, taking you out of the clamour of the modern world with an experience of utmost purity and grace. Perhaps it is the quiet gentleness of the heavenly maidens that reminds us of a more peaceful and virtuous world. Perhaps it is the noble conviction of courageous warriors that strengthens our belief in the ultimate triumph of good over evil. Or perhaps it is the eternal stories of wisdom, compassion, and destiny that inspire our vision of a brighter and more beautiful future. “I cannot remember how many times the show has brought me to tears,” said a guitarist who saw Shen Yun three times, “what I saw was power, honesty, and integrity.” Gracing the world’s most prestigious venues, from the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to the Royal Festival Hall in London, Shen Yun has touched the hearts of millions of show goers of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities as it portrays the values and consummate beauty that belong to all of humanity. The show is presented by NJ Eastern Cultural Association. Show dates are: May 6-8, 2011 at the State Theatre, New Brunswick. For Tickets go to or call 917-267-9936. All-New 2011 Program with Live Orchestra! To learn more about this program, please visit “Everything was impressive! It has transcended the technique; it’s about showing the spirit, energy, and what is being conveyed...People get touched by what’s truly there.” - Elvis Stojko, Olympic figure skating champion.

The Raritan Senior Citizens Club meets at 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Raritan Borough Hall. Members must be at least 55 and be a permanent resident of Raritan Borough. Anyone who was a member for 5 years and then moved out of the Borough may retain membership. The club provides free inhouse luncheons at most monthly meetings, (luncheon meetings begin at noon) in addition to bingo, an annual picnic, and a May anniversary and December Christmas party dinner dance. Program presentations are offered with representatives from various state and county offices. Elected officers for 2011 are: John Orecchio, President; Evelyn Masler, Vice-President; Annette DelRocco, Secretary; Rose Jacobs, Financial Secretary; Charles Goodyear, Treasurer; Frank Sweet, Sergeant-at-Arms; and John Hudak, Chaplain. For membership information, please call Rose Jacobs at 908725-6917.

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B-R High School Musical Set for April 7-9

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Bridgewater-Raritan High School proudly presents its spring musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The story centers on two con artists living in the French Riviera who make their living swindling rich women. The men soon find the town cannot support two scammers and enter into a challenge to win the territory by being the first to fleece an unsuspecting woman out of $50,000. Mike Freyberger and Derek MacMath play the Scoundrels, and Julia Velmer, Alec Richards, Danielle MacMath and Marissa DiPaolo round out the principals. Kristen Ferris serves as student director and choreographer. More than 100 students share their talents as actors, singers and dancers, light, sound and set crew, and pit orchestra. Teachers Peter Donahue, John Wilson and Ken Nadzak lead the stage production, music and crew respectively. The musical will be presented in the High School Auditorium (600 Garretson Road) on April 7, 8 and 9 at 7PM. Tickets will be available at the door - $10 for adults, $7 for students. A free dress rehearsal performance will be offered for Senior Citizens on Wednesday, April 6 at 3PM.

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Girl Scouts Celebrate 100th Anniversary

On March 6th, during the 100th anniversary of Girl Scout Week, Cadet Troop 611 of Bridgewater hosted a Mother-Daughter Dance at the Somerville Elks Club. The girls earned the Girl Scout Silver Award after two years of work planning all aspects of the dance. The theme was St. Patrick’s Day, and a mass of green cloaked moms and scouts had a fabulous time while dancing, singing, eating great food, and playing games. There were also many prizes raffled off, donated by more than 50 generous businesses in our area, and a portrait was taken of each mother/daughter. Congratulations Troop 611! - Submitted by co-leader, Charlene Jacob

April 2011

Students Recognize Read Across America Day with Special Guests In celebration of Read Across America, Craig Robol’s 4th grade class at Milltown School welcomed Bridgewater-Raritan graduate Steve Szwarc to read to the fourth graders. Steve is currently playing football for the Trenton Steel, an indoor football team that opens their inaugural season in the Southern Indoor Football League on March 19 at the Richmond Raiders. The Steel’s home opener will be held on March 26th at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton. As some of you may recall, Steve had an excellent 2010 season with the semi-pro Bridgewater Bears, recording 36 catches for 560 yards and 12 TDs. Steve read books to the fourth grade classes and shared his own personal stories about attending school in Bridgewater and his football career. NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss.

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Bradley Gardens Students Compete in Author/Illustrator Contest

Student authors and illustrators show off their award winning books. (Submitted Photo) Students at Bradley Gardens School competed to be the best authors and illustrators of their own picture book. Authors worked for weeks on their manuscripts from the initial idea, then revising and editing to finished product. The authors then illustrated their own work or asked a talented artist classmate to create the illustrations for the story. The Bradley Gardens School librarian, Jennifer Minnichelli, has been running this contest for five years to enable talented student authors and illustrators a way to express their creativity in story and art. The writing award is called the “Palatini Medal” for the local award winning New Jersey author, Margie Palatini who writes humorous stories like Piggie Pie. The illustration award is named for David Wiesner, a Bridgewater native who graduated from Bridgewater High School, and has won the prestigious Caldecott Award for many of his picture books including Flotsam and Tuesday. Eight Palatini Medals were awarded to

authors and eight Weisner Medals were awarded to illustrators. Some students actually won both a Palatini Medal and a Weisner Medal. Students followed a writing rubric and used the writing diamond to guide them in developing their setting, plot and characters. The finished stories were then given to the illustrators to read and comprehend before they started their sketches. The illustrators were also given a rubric as a guide and could only use pencil, pen and ink, crayons, colored pencil, photography or a mixture of these media. The following students won medals for their books: Jenna Sweetman won the gold Palatini Award for writing The Murder Mystery of the Cheerios, the silver Palatini Awards were won by: Breanna Goe (The Lucky Necklace), Daniel Fiedler (A Cold Winter Day by the Creek), Jamie Yedloutschnig (Ghostly Lost), Ishita Khanna (Marvin’s Picture Day Surprise), Giselle Wong (The True Princesses), Anisha Govani (A New School,

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Computer Classes Offered to Bridgewater Senior Citizens The Bridgewater Senior Center will be offering beginner and intermediate/advanced computer classes in April. This opportunity will be open for all Bridgewater senior citizens. The Beginner class starts on Wednesday, April 13 at 10:00 am. The combined Intermediate and Advanced Class starts on Thursday, April 21 at 1:00 pm. Registration is required. Please call 908 575-8021 or 908 725-8020.

Congratulations to Dylan of Raritan who was the winner of our ad symbol contest. Dylan won a $365 birthday package from Kid Junction of Branchburg. He’s pictured above sitting on the motorcycle ride with Kid Junction owner, Joe Marchese, by his side. Dylan’s looking forward to celebrating his 4th birthday with his friends at Kid Junction! Kid Junction is an award winning Children’s Entertainment Center designed to foster learning, emotional confidence and social interaction all through the guise of play. Home of The Ultimate Birthday Party package, Kid Junction is the best place for your child’s next birthday party. Kid Junction is not only for birthday parties, but is also a great recreational play place and indoor playground for toddlers and kids, up to 9 years old, to enjoy open (walk in) play every day. No reservations required. They are the cleanest and safest indoor Amusement Family Fun Center in all of NJ! Visit our children’s arcade, enjoy hours of fun in our interactive play areas, take a ride on our slides, and see our kid-sized town. The Kid Junction town includes a grocery store, pizzeria, animal hospital, post office, Kid Fit exercise room and the KJ Theater and costume shop; all designed to encourage role playing, socializing and the use of imagination. Share a play date with friends, take an educational field trip or just walk in for hours of fun, and be sure to plan to stay for lunch or dinner at our 100% Peanut/Tree Nut FREE café! For additional information, please see our website at or visit us at 3322 Route 22 West, Branchburg Commons Bldg. 12, Branchburg.

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The Bridgewater Chapter of SWIM, Inc. provides a free weekly water exercise program for adults who find it difficult or impossible to exercise on land due to stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, joint replacement surgery, fibromyalgia or other causes. The pool sessions are at the Somerset Valley YMCA, 601 Garretson Road in Bridgewater on Wednesdays at 10 AM and 1:00 PM for one hour. Each pool session is followed by a social hour at 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM. Information about the Bridgewater SWIM, Inc. program can be obtained by calling Joy Tsuzuki at 908-722-8164 for the morning session or Margery Borysewicz for the afternoon session at 732-2715129. New participants and volunteer helpers are welcome.

College Board Names B-R School District to AP® Achievement List Bridgewater-Raritan School District is one of fewer than 400 school districts in the nation being honored by the College Board with a place on its AP® Achievement List for opening AP classroom doors to a significantly broader pool of students, while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher. From 2008 to 2010, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District has increased the number of students participating in AP from 363 students to 448 students, while improving the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher, the score typically needed to earn college credit, from 89% in 2008 to 92% in 2010. “We’ve made a concerted effort over the past several years to increase the number of stu-

dents who participate in Advanced Placement courses, believing that the performance of all students would not only be maintained, but would actually improve. That has been exactly the case and we are honored to be recognized by the College Board,” said J. Michael Schilder, Ed.D, Superintendent of Schools. “Participation in college-level AP courses can level the playing field for underserved students, give them the confidence needed to succeed in college, and raise standards and performance in key subjects like science and math,” said College Board President Gaston Caperton. “The AP Achievement List districts are defying expectations by expanding access while enabling their students to maintain or improve their AP Exam scores.”

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Hamilton School Faculty Sponsors Community Breakfast

Over 185 teachers, parents, and students enjoyed a delicious breakfast together in the Hamilton School Cafeteria. (Submitted Photo) On Tuesday March 8th, the Hamilton School community grew a little bit closer. Over 185 teachers, parents, and students enjoyed a delicious breakfast together in the Hamilton Cafeteria before a day of work and school. The Hamilton School faculty, members of the BridgewaterRaritan Education Association, organized and funded the event as a way to bring the school community together. There was no business agenda or important announcements at this get-together just enjoyment. It is very hard for people to get together during their busy daily routines. Breakfast is a great time to set a few minutes aside to have conversation and enjoy each other’s company. The day began at 6 a.m. at Hamilton School for the staff as

they finished setting up finishing touches to the auditorium. Parents and students began arriving around 7:00 a.m. as faculty helped families find parking spaces and check them into the event. From pancakes to sausage, bagels to fruit, yogurt to donuts, there was a sampling of something for everyone. The morning came to a close with the raffling of gift cards and items for all the families that made it out that morning. At 8 a.m. the students waved goodbye to their parents and made their way to their classrooms. The breakfast and supplies for the event were donated by the faculty of the school. Beverages were donated by Hamilton After School Program and many businesses supplied gift cards for raffles. Donations to the PTO

were taken as admission to the breakfast and $350 dollars was raised for the school technology fund. This event is the first of a series of programs running at Hamilton School from March until the end of the school year. In April, Hamilton faculty will be hosting a Museum Night at the school in addition to an Internet Safety Class. In May, a math night with faculty presenters from each grade level will showcase online features of our district’s math program. To close the school year in June we will have a workshop on Improved Bedtime Routines & Improved Academic Performance. The Hamilton School community would like to thank Gus & Bucky’s Car Wash, Chimney Rock Inn, Tuscany Bistro, Rocco’s Pizza, Eastern Mountain Sports, Wegmans Food Store, and Dunkin Donuts for their generous donations to the Community Breakfast.

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Business Spotlight Ten Great Reasons to Join Glen Ridge Swim Club This Summer

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Pasta and Peas Hello Dear Readers! It seems as though we have made it through the winter. Spring is here with its longer days, and outdoor sports. Time for really quick and simple dinners. This one is one of my ‘go-to’ recipes. It honestly takes less that 15 minutes to complete, and even cold it’s delicious! Ingredients 1 Large Onion (Chopped) 1/4 Cup Olive Oil 1 Tbs. Parsley 6-8 oz. Package Frozen Peas 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper 1 Beef bouillon Cube 1 Lb. Small Shell Pasta (or your favorite shape)

10. Family Fun Day, theme Parties, Swim-a-thon, 5K Run, lazy days at the pool, evening swims – a friendly atmosphere is waiting for you right here at Glen Ridge Swim Club in Bridgewater! (644 Talamini Road) 9. Small group or individual swim lessons for all levels available at great rates. 8. Two slides, diving board, gated baby pool, “Float Nights” every Monday and Thursday – the fun is all here!! 7. Grills, covered eating area and kitchen available for members to make your “dinner out” easy and more enjoyable. 6. The #1 sun bathing deck in town!! Of course there are umbrellas available too, so bring a book or take a nap! 5. The Gator Snack Shack is always open and stocked with drinks, ice-cream treats, candies, chips and healthy choices too! 4. The Gator Swim Team is open to all members 18 & under with practice and meets in June and July. It is a fantastic way to make friends, win ribbons, partake in Fun Fridays, cheer on your Gator teammates and be part of a great time!! 3. We also have a bocce court, basketball, ping pong and wiffle ball or World Cup games are always being played! 2. Birthday or family parties can be arranged at a small fee and are a great way to celebrate your special occasion. And the NUMBER 1 Reason to Join Glen Ridge Swim Club this summer - Your friends, your kid’s friends – your NEW friends are all waiting for you to join the fun at Glen Ridge! For more information please call Sandi Rushevics at 908 7072360, visit us at or please join us at our Open House on Sunday May 22, 2011, 2-5 pm. Ask Sandi about our new “August Only” memberships. We hope to see you this summer!

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‘The Improvables’ Place First in Odyssey of the Mind Tournament

BRMS students compete in Odyssey of the Mind Tournament. L-R Back Row: Sukhmann Aneja, Charlene Liu, Dustin Zhao, Matthew Schueler, Jeremy Kritz; Front Row: Anna Spencer , Ben Kritz, Coach Randi Schweriner On Saturday, March 5th, “The Improvables” team consisting of seven Bridgewater students competed in the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament in Edison. They beat 10 other teams and came in 1st place for the Middle School division in the “As Good as Gold… berg” category! Coach Randi Schweriner led team members Jeremy Kritz, Matthew Schueler, Dustin Zhao, Charlene Liu, Sukhmann Aneja, Ben Kritz and Anna Spencer to victory. The team built a Rube Goldberg machine, created props, wrote a script and songs to prepare for the competition. The team members met several times a week since November to prepare. During the competition the team had 8 minutes to show off their machine while performing a skit centered around the machine. The team also had to participate in a spontaneous challenge. During the spontaneous challenge, the team did not know what task they would need to complete until they walked into the room and the judges told them. Our team scored very well in both aspects of the competition resulting in a 1st place finish. Their victory gives them entry into the state championship round in Ewing on April 9th. The team will continue working hard to prepare for the state competition.

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Successful Fundraiser Held for Bridgewater Miracle Child

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Gold Sale to Benefit BRHS Project Graduation on April 2nd at Green Knoll Grille

Help us raise funds for BRHS Project Graduation. Bridgewater based Karat Gold Buyers will pay you cash on the spot. Bring your old, broken, or mismatched gold and silver jewelry, watches and coins. Leave in minutes with cash in your hands! Karat Gold Buyers are fully licensed, bonded and insured by the State of New Jersey, and will pay you current market value for your unwanted items. A valid ID is required to sell gold. Karat Gold Buyers will pay the highest prices for 10K, 14K, 18K, 24K gold, platinum, and coins too. Broken jewelry is accepted. Gold and Precious Metal is selling at an all-time high, this is the time to sell your unwanted items. Please join us at the Green Knoll Grille Restaurant, 645 Routes 202/206, Bridgewater, on Saturday, April 2, 2011 10:00am – 4:00pm. Karat Gold Buyers will make a generous donation to BRHS Project Graduation, which benefits the BRHS Senior Class of 2011. This event was previously scheduled to occur at the Bridgewater Marriott. Please note the new location!

April 2011

Raritan Columbiette Auxiliary Helps Veterans

Elizabeth Barbieri loads the truck that will bring toiletry and nonperishable food to Community Hope, a program for veterans of the Lyons VA in Basking Ridge. Submitted photo The Sgt. John F. Basilone Columbiette Auxiliary, located in Raritan, held a successful toiletry and non-perishable food drive to benefit Community Hope, a program for veterans of the Lyons VA in Basking Ridge. Gunnery Sgt. John F. Basilone, whom the auxiliary is named after, was the only enlisted Marine to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. Sgt John F. Basilone, an ItalianAmerican and one of ten children, grew up in Raritan and attended St. Ann’s Catholic Church, which is where the Columbiette auxiliary meets monthly. The theme for the Chapter meeting hosted by the Sgt. John F. Basilone Columbiette Auxiliary on February 15, 2011 focused on veterans who are currently enrolled at Community Hope. The combined auxiliaries that make up the Chapter of Columbiettes, collected socks, toothbrushes, 2 boxes of toothpaste, 5 large boxes of non-perishable food items, and one box load of each: shampoo, razors, floss, mouth rinse, deodorants, soap & body wash, shave creams, combs, brushes, miscellaneous items like hand sanitizer, lotion, contact lens solution, decks of cards, wash clothes, Q-tips, tissues, band-aids, along with toiletry items for female veterans. What better way to honor Sgt. John Basilone’s memory than to honor our veterans in their time of need who voluntarily enlisted to ensure and defend the freedoms of the United States of America.

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To the Moon - Continued from page 1

10,000 lines of code, ‘To The Moon!’ is finally complete.” The game takes place in a post apocalyptic world where the only safe place to live is the recently colonized moon, and the game is relatively simple. The player controls a spaceship that will enable them to earn money. With this money you can purchase upgrades, eventually enabling you to fly all the way to the moon. While the quest may seem frustrating at first, collecting extra fuel and passing through boosters soon becomes an addiction that can only be satisfied by more playing time. The high score system allows you to compare with your friends, and post your results to Facebook. If you tire of the main story mode, you can play score mode which has no upgrades and is scored on how far you can get on one tank of gas. Tyler asked his friend Theo Rabke to help him out with the more creative side of the game

such as developing the storyline. Theo also helped to promote the app and consult with Tyler on the future of Power Apps. The recent, but still budding success of the game has prompted Stark to expand his development firm by trying to find more developers. “While ‘To The Moon!’ is a great achievement, the games that we’re beginning to work on will be exponentially better, and there will be many more of them,” says Theo Rabke. The reviews of the application have been positive which is of great encouragement for these young developers, and the money generated will help fund new ventures. The app has also just been featured in Itunes. If you want to track the status of Power Apps or “To The Moon!” just visit: or search for To The Moon! on your mobile device.

Bridgewater Baseball Announces New Buddy Baseball League Bridgewater Baseball and Softball proudly announces its new Buddy Baseball League. Buddy Ball pairs players with volunteers from various and diverse groups of the community including adults, young adults, and children from our Minor and Major league baseball and softball teams. The game combines the elements of tee-ball and coach-pitch play to accommodate children of varying skill levels. Our mission is to have fun, build confidence and self-esteem while teaching sportsmanship and love of the game. All players experience the thrill of making plays, getting hits and rounding the bases in a fun and safe environment. We will make every effort to teach your child the fundamentals of the game while letting them explore their abilities to play on their own. Buddies will be there to help your child whenever they need it. We want your child to experience the game just like every other child in the league. All Buddy Ball games will be held on Sundays at the Prince Rodgers Field complex. There is no cost for your child to play in the Buddy Ball League and we have waived the work bond requirement as well. Simply visit our website at and click the “Online Registration” link on the left side of the page to register your child. We hope to see you on the field in the coming weeks. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Robert Thomas at 908-4329771 or via email at

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The walls at the bar were covered with photos of the Raritan Boys and letters they wrote to Tony.

When prohibition ended in 1933, Tony started his own tavern business. He acquired the first borough liquor license and converted a vacant church on 19 Wall Street into what he named The Centennial Tavern. The family lived over the tavern. The tavern had two sections, a bar area in front and a banquet room in back. Raritan residents could stop in the bar area any day for a beer and food. Special occasions were held in the banquet room. For decades his place served as Raritan’s only banquet hall hosting weddings, communions, and birthdays. Tony Orlando’s idea to dedicate himself to supporting the Raritan boys serving in World War II began just after the U.S. entered the war. He was at church one day when he overheard a woman crying while praying aloud asking God to see that her son would return safely from the war. He was very moved by this and decided then that he would do whatever he could to help the boys in the service while they were away from home fighting for our freedom. Tony’s Centennial Tavern soon became a tribute to the local boys fighting the war. He decorated the walls with pictures of the Raritan servicemen. In addition to the military portraits, many letters, postcards, and pictures sent from distance places were displayed on the walls. One special section was for the Raritan soldiers who were killed in action. The inscription above the photos read “In Memory of the Boys Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice.” That section would grow to 24 boys from Raritan. For each of these heroes

who perished, Tony made a special framed portrait that he gave to family members. Tony started sending letters to the Raritan boys at a rate of several letters a day. It was estimated that he sent over two thousand letters to local servicemen overseas. In addition to the letters, Tony also sent hundreds of packages. Tony organized The Raritan Victory Club to assist with collecting items and boxing the packages. The items sent included cigarettes, snacks, and much needed supplies. To the soldiers these packages were a godsend, as life in wartime brought few comforts. A few extra smokes, a pack of nuts, or a bag of candy brightened their day. The soldiers wrote back, expressing their thanks for the “swell” packages they received. Three hundred of these letters to Tony Orlando survive today. They all can be viewed online at Copies of these letters can also be found at The Raritan Library upstairs in the John Basilone Museum. Some of the packages sent overseas went to two of Tony’s sons who were in the military. Private Matthew Orlando was with Patton’s Third Army in Germany. While Seaman First Class Anthony Jr. served with an amphibious unit on a ship in the South Pacific. When soldiers on leave came to The Centennial Tavern their drinks were “on the house.” Tony would say years later, “While they were serving their country, I could at least serve them a beer.” The veterans loved the red carpet treatment and often stopped


The BReeze by the tavern, not just for a beer, but to talk with Tony who many came to admire as a father figure. Tony would say about the boys during WWII, “I pray for them every day, as if they were my own children, and so I have come to think of them as my sons.” One of his accomplishments was to establish a special Memorial Day mass to honor those killed in the war. This traditional mass was celebrated for decades after the war. On the evening of August 14, 1945, Tony welcomed everyone to his place for a tremendous celebration to mark the official end to World War II. Eleven months later, on July 6th, 1946, when all the boys arrived home from overseas, Tony and The Raritan Victory Club threw a home-coming party for 675 Raritan GIs. The party was held on the Duke’s Estate. They hired professional caterers and a six piece band. The boys enjoyed themselves with plenty of fun activities such as baseball, greased pole climbing, and a friendly tug-of-war contest between the Army and the Navy. A professional photographer was hired; many good pictures of this event were taken. They can be seen online at On June 30th, 1957, Raritan honored Tony Orlando for his contributions to the Raritan GIs during World War II. Six hundred friends along with family members gathered at the Martinsville Inn for a testimonial dinner in his honor. One speaker at the event former county judge George Allgair summed it up, “We are here today paying respect to a humble man because

we all love him. The work he has done is certainly worthy of much praise and this turnout is a real tribute to a man who has done so much for the welfare of others.” At the dinner, Tony was presented with a portrait of himself. Toward the end of the dinner Tony took to the microphone to address the crowd. His simple words of thanks brought tears to the eyes of many former GIs who remembered his letters and packages that kept up their morale during the dark days of war when their freedom and survival were at stake. Tony retired in the late 1960s and the tavern was sold to the Morella family who lived on Bell Avenue in Raritan. The tavern continued on for several years, but in February of 1975, a fire destroyed the building. No one was injured, but a landmark in Raritan was gone. The site was rebuilt as a home. Today, there is no hint that a tavern, especially one that is such an important part of Raritan’s history, was once there. Remembering Tony Orlando Looking through the collection of World War II letters that were written to Tony, only two servicemen are known to be alive today. This author was glad to be able to talk with both of them. One is Michael DeCicco who served in the Navy during the war. Michael was at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the day of the Japanese attack. Serving aboard the USS Helena he helped fight off the sneak attack. Early in 1942 Michael, was granted a 30 day survivors leave and was able to fly home. Since he had been at Pearl Harbor and he was the first soldier to return

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Joe Sian One of the other surviving Raritan GIs whose letters are found in the Tony Orlando collection is Joe Sian. Joe served in the Navy on the USS Pasadena which saw action in the Pacific. Joe was good friends with Tony Orlando. They often wrote to each other. He says, “Tony was one hell of a nice guy. Everybody liked him. A great old man.” Over the decades Joe hung out at the tavern quite often. He said “The Centennial Tavern was always a good deal.” Joe also recalled the picnic that Tony had for the servicemen in 1946 on Duke’s property. He remembers how hundreds of Raritan guys were there having a good time with activities such as pole climbing and tug-a-war. Raritan Mayor Jo-Ann Liptak said, “I remember Mr. Orlando as a kind, generous, and gentle man. I was best friends with his granddaughter, Trina DeCastro, when we were in the 6th grade. After school we would often go to the bar and grill and drink soda and eat pizza. He was so delighted to have us there because he loved to dote on his granddaughter.” She also recalled the social aspect of the tavern as she says, “It was THE place to go after the 6th grade dances at Washington School.” John Pacifico recalled Tony Orlando, “He was a very kind, generous man; a true gentleman who was outgoing, respected, and personable. Everybody who ever went to his tavern was welcome. No one had an unkind word to say about him.” Pacifico also recalled how The Centennial Tavern played a vital role in the lives of Raritan residents as a banquet room serving countless events. Communions, weddings, and other special occasions were held there for decades. It was the only banquet hall in Raritan. John further points out that we need a place like that in town today. Today a road in Raritan, Orlando Drive, is named after Tony Orlando. It serves as a small tribute to a man who made such a difference. Always a modest man, he had a simple philosophy as he was once quoted, “If you do some good and you brag about it, it’s no good at all.”

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Great Fun Had at Family Purim Carnival - More than 1,000 people from the community turned out for the Family Purim Carnival at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC in Bridgewater. The afternoon included great games, Mountain Climber, inflatables, DJ, appearance by Sparkee, pony rides and more! The JCC thanks the many volunteers, including Girls Scouts, Boy Scouts, Bridgewater Tide Swim Team members and everyone who helped to make the afternoon great fun. Photos/Debbie Golden

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School and Eisenhower School met on the court at BRMS for their annual volleyball match. The friendly rivalry between the two schools was witnessed by a packed gym of students, parents and staff members. The score of the match was Van Holten 1 and Eisenhower 2. The event raised $2,500 to be split between the two Parent Teacher Organizations. Above: Van Holten and Eisenhower teams pose for a group photo.

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Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School’s Got Talent

More than 40 students performed before a packed auditorium during the 13th Annual Talent Show held by the student council at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School. The evening included singers, dancers, piano and guitar players, bands and comedy acts. The event raised money that will go toward 8th grade awards at graduation along with purchasing items for the school that are not supported in the budget including stage curtains, gym equipment and sound systems. All Photos by Dawn Wilde

Left: Josh Fidelman performs a self taught Hip Hop dance. Above: Charmie Mehta, Priya Mansukhani, Natasha Mascarenhas, Raveena Samtani and Mansi Sheth perform a Bollywood Fusion dance which combines the technique and beauty of Indian classical dance with the energy and rhythm of contemporary movements. Dani Lacour (top right photo) and Sarah Rebetje (right photo) dazzle the crowd with their singing.

Patrick Jackobowski, Bailey Capra, and Sean Downey are members of the rock band that Cailin Toole sings and plays acoustic guitar during the talent show. Cailin also ended the show. performed an Irish Dance at the beginning of the show.

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BRMS Students Raise Money at Big Nick Classic

On March 3rd the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School Student Council sponsored its annual Big Nick Classic basketball game of faculty vs. students. This year the teachers won the game 48-40 after trailing for most of the game. The event raised over $3,000 in ticket sales and Big Nick t-shirt sales. The 275 black t-shirts sold helped promote the student “Black Out” section in the gymnasium. The money raised will go toward refurbishing the stage in the gymnasium. Numerous faculty members who weren’t playing came back with their families to watch the game. At halftime the 8th grade cheerleaders performed a dance routine. This year the game had a live DJ pumping in music and sound effects throughout the game. The DJ was teacher, Chet King, who donated his time and equipment for the game. The student team consisted of Sammie Berrios, Allyson Cuzzola, Endla Feustel, Jenna Figliano, Alisa Ghanaim, Emily Howarth, MacKenzie Knouse, Shannon Murphy, Elizabeth Perez, Tatyana Prisco, Sarah Rebetje, Samantha Rocciolo, Raymark Abogado, Connor Beasty, Conlan Farrell, Jack Gokey, Matt Kolavitch, Niko Lambert, Richie Lenskold, John Michael Mae, Matt Molinari, Joe Natale, Eric Schnepf, William Thomson and Joey Vitello. The faculty team consisted of James Becza, Fran DiFazio, John Giunta, Michael Geremia, Michael Grey, Dan Grigal, Alex Krause, Allen Kurdyla, Augie Lorio, Ken Nadzak, Meghan Reilly, Ann Rock, Stephanie Romanko, Bryan Smith, Kathryn Tepedino, James Thomson, Brian Trapani, Mike Trapani, Bruce Turnbull, Bruce Vakiener, and Kim Willard.

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Getting to Know the Bridgewater-Raritan School Board Candidates Residents of Bridgewater and Raritan will head to the polls on April 27th to elect 3 members to the Bridgewater-Raritan School District’s Board of Education. Seven candidates have applied to run this year. Two three-year terms are available to represent Bridgewater and one three-year term is available to represent Raritan. Incumbents seeking relection to represent Bridgewater are Evan Lerner and Arvind Mathur. Challenging them are Lisa Giranda, Barbara Kane and Elizabeth Eisinger Lande. Al Smith, the incumbent for Raritan, is challenged by Ann Marie Mead. We asked each candidate to write a 200 word statement. Their statements appear in alphabetical order by last name. On April 11th at 7:00 p.m. a candidate’s night will be held at BRHS. The event will be taped and televised on cable. For further information, visit the district website.

schools are well run. Your children and our community are our most valuable resource and it is my goal to represent the entire community in all matters pertaining to education in a fiscally responsible manner.

Barbara Kane My name is Barbara Kane and I am a candidate for the BridgewaterRaritan Board of Education to bring a new voice representing the entire community to that Board. I believe our school Board needs to refocus. In these financial times, past and previous Boards had to examine every dollar, but we now need to examine every penny. The Board has a fiduciary responsibility to all taxpayers. The financial challenge is greater than ever to maintain the highest level of education possible with limited funds. Hard decisions must be made and a responsible budget developed. In tough fiscal times, the Board needs to assist the administration in finding creative ways to finance and advance programs. Open communication and transparency are essential for the community to know how and where their moneys are being spent. The ultimate responsibility of a Board is to the taxpayers. The educators are entrusted with curriculum, programs, materials, etc. I believe my 40 years of experience in various educational positions, as a teacher, assistant principal and supervisor, will bring a valuable expertise to the Board. As a member of the Board of Education I will listen to all voices in the community. I will strive to be fiscally responsible and create a transparent environment to keep all community members informed.

Lisa Giranda My name is Lisa Giranda. I am running for the Board of Education to keep a balanced focus on all students based on their individual abilities and to be a voice to the community to share information on how your money is spent. The responsibility of the board is: • To provide the best education possible for all students using limited resources. • To support administration and faculty in the use of research based instructional strategies that will meet the learning needs of ALL children without adversely affecting another learning group. • To create transparency and establish two-way communication. As a former board member, I bring understanding and knowledge of how a Board operates and a proven record of honesty and two-way communication between the board, district personnel and the community. My experience as a Corporate Administrator offers innovative health benefit strategies with cost saving measures, as well as the knowledge and ability to foster responsible management oversight. It is not the board’s job to run the schools, but to make sure the

Elizabeth Eisinger Lande My name is Elizabeth Eisinger Lande and I am an 8-year resident of Bridgewater. I grew up in Elmira, NY where I attended public schools, then went on for a BA in Government at Smith College and a MA in Literature from the University of Washington. I am the proud mom of a 5th grader at Eisenhower and a 7th grader at BRMS. I’ve been married for 15 years. My professional background is almost entirely in education. Currently a writer, I have worked at Rutgers, RVCC and the University of Stavanger, Norway in academic

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During my six years on the Board of Education, district programs have improved markedly while we’ve trimmed our expenses substantially. If re-elected I promise to continue both trends. Improvements have benefited all students. We replaced Everyday Math with a balanced program, refocused on reading and writing, commenced curriculum adoption and review procedures, introduced Response to Intervention, and improved services for our struggling and special education populations. We’ve accomplished more with less. Budget increases shrunk dramatically. We reduced administrative costs significantly. BridgewaterRaritan now ranks third and sixth, respectively, in administrator and overall per pupil costs of eighteen Somerset County school districts. I serve as Board negotiator with our unions, and I support the proposed budget and its staff salary freeze. Board decisions are now made openly, with public input. We built a great website, commenced Eblasts, undertook strategic planning, formed new committees involving taxpayers and parents, and took several District opinion surveys. Anywhere you look, the District has improved during my tenure. We’ve also become leaner. We’ve closed the superintendent’s revolving door. And the quality of District programs remains exceptional. In conclusion, if re-elected, I will continue to strive for the best education possible within our means. www.lernerforboardofeducation.

Arvind Mathur I take my role as a Board member very seriously. I am dedicated and use my analytical abilities to examine many complex issues, particularly in the areas of finance. As Chair of the Facilities Committee, I oversaw the development of an energy conservation program saving over $1 million. Having a pulse on the community, our Board revamped the entire Budget review process allowing easy access to all relevant information and documents. The restrictive financial environment stemming from massive state aid cuts coupled with the escalating employee health care costs, bring us to a critical juncture. My vision for the future is that financial independence from state aid is attainable by using aid for one time expenses, such as facility upgrades. This Board has increased the focus on student achievement at all levels and has targeted instruction to meet the needs of all learners. We fortified the K-8 curricula to ensure student mastery of the fundamentals. Our collaborative and comprehensive program evaluations, instituted in 2007, guide instructional and professional development decisions. Our Strategic Planning Initiative proved that stakeholder involvement drives positive change and preserves the desirability of our community. I will maintain this momentum if re-elected. I welcome your questions and comments at:

Ann Marie Mead I have been a resident of Raritan for 17 years. I have three young children, two of whom are currently in the BR School District; one will enter in the fall of 2012. I am thankful and appreciative of our experiences at John F. Kennedy School. This I attribute to the teachers and staff. I share similar sentiments of Eisenhower and the Middle School. I am involved with my children on an individual level and, as possible, with their class activities. A few years ago, I participated in the strategic planning committees. I understand and appreciate the magnitude of the task of the Board of Education to work in the best interest of the students while dealing with the challenges presented. At the present time, I’m able to give back, give of my time and experience. I have enjoyed a successful career in the corporate world.

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Letters Home Give Glimpse of World War II Military Life

When the Japanese surrendered on August 14th, 1945, (a day known as VJ-Day) it brought an end to World War II. The town of Raritan had a big spontaneous celebration. News of this celebration was sent to the guys overseas in letters. They wrote back their thoughts about the party in Raritan and the war’s end.

View the letters in their entirety at Dan Memoli (11 Doughty Street - father of today’s Raritan Fire Chief Carl Memoli) expressed his surprise at receiving a package from home: “Yesterday at mail call, I was handed a package. I had not requested a package ‌ so you can realize my surprise when the mail clerk handed me this one. I want to therefore thank you at this time for your thoughtfulness to us men in the service.â€?

The following is a continuation of the letters written home during World War II. The first part appeared in the March 2011 issue of The BReeze. by Bruce Doorly During World War II Raritan servicemen fighting overseas wrote hundreds of letters home to Tony Orlando, owner of The Centennial Tavern in Raritan. Tony Orlando’s Raritan Victory Club sent hundreds of packages to “Our Boys Overseas.� The grateful servicemen wrote letters back to Tony Orlando expressing their thanks and sharing their thoughts and experiences on this epic conflict.

Anthony Musz Anthony Musz (20 Gaston Avenue) echoed some of the shortages experienced in Europe: “Things sure are rough here for we sleep with only two blankets, get only four packs of smokes a week and seldom get toothpaste.�

Thoughts of home were another common theme in the letters. One never knew how much he appreciated his home town until he was away from it for an extended period of time.

Above all, the Raritan soldiers expressed their true thanks to Tony Orlando for the packages and letters that they received.

Rocco Pellechio Rocco Pellechio (17 Raritan Avenue) “No matter where a fellow goes or what he does there is no better town than the one he has come from, be it big or small.� Some organizations such as the USO and army baseball teams toured to entertain the troops. These groups often consisted of celebrities. Many Raritan guys got to see the stars of that era. They would write home about them.

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Matthew Orlando While the soldiers were limited in the details that they could write home, many glimpses of war life can be seen in the following excerpts: Tony’s son Matthew Orlando, as his unit was marching toward Germany, wrote: “I am now living in a house. It is really a swell break for us. I expect to take a shower in a couple days. I haven’t showered in a couple of months.�

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Michael DeCicco (10 Anderson Street) who was serving in the navy on the The USS Houston in 1944 commented: “The Raritan boys are well represented out here and we are really giving them hell. I hope and pray that it will soon be over so we can all get back home and all the boys get together and really have a good time.� In 1941, Michael had been at Pearl Harbor on the day of the famous attack. In 2005, he was the Grand Marshall of The John Basilone Parade.

Michael Musz Michael Musz while in Czechoslovakia was able to see Bob Hope. “Saw Bob Hope and his troops at the U.S.O. show and he really is a good comedian - one who can make us all laugh for he pulls his jokes just as fast as one can laugh. He sure is a scream.�

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Al Gaburo Al Gaburo wrote a touching letter which stands among the best of the 300 letters written home to Tony Orlando during the war. The highlights are: “To us it meant that the horrors of war were a thing of the past. We received the news with a great deal of happiness. We celebrated by cheering and singing. Most of us went to the chapel and gave thanks to the lord. It meant that we would no longer have to trust our luck. It meant we would soon be returned to our loved ones. From the reports that I get, I rather surmised that you boys had a hell of a good time upon hearing of Japan’s surrender. Your letter to me was self-explanatory. I could readily see that you were one happy person. I was happy to note that you made your promise good Tony. I well remember the day when you told me the very words that ‘your place would be open to everyone when final victory came!’ I do admire you for your sincerity.

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Jane Gandolfe stands outside the Martinsville Community Center. kids occupied doing healthy and fun things.” She says about the large upstairs all purpose room, complete with stage and curtain, “We had so many plays here and ballet too. It builds confidence for kids to know that it’s okay to go up front and talk to people.” New Year’s Eve parties were another popular event and would sell out in a second. Gandolfe shares this, “When I was a teenager there was a dance here every four months or so and we would kill to go to the dance.” Today she is thinking of making it interesting for the young, tween set by having events like the Battle of the Bands. The building was legally acquired on Nov 9, 2010 after two years of ongoing legal issues regarding the building. That first meeting in 2008 was filled with 150 to 200 concerned people ranging from age twenty to eighty to discuss the fate of the building. Today, people are still interested in helping turn the idea of a Community Center in Martinsville into a reality. Jim Franco, a local Martinsville architect, has volunteered his time to help determine how to best use the space and modernize the rooms for current use. Immediate needs include addressing safety requirements, such as adding fire extinguishers and exit signs, as well as making

the building handicap accessible with ramps and a small elevator. Other plans for the building include using Gandolfe’s design skills and her ability to motivate groups and organizations to lend a helping hand. A tour of the building included Jane describing the transformation that will be possible with some fresh paint, new floors and ceilings, and a good dose of elbow grease. “Having the kids help out is a great way to teach them how to give back to the community,” she says. Jane relates, “Not all of the projects have been defined yet, but perhaps the Boy Scouts will be able to earn their Eagle badge by making a pathway from the Community Center to the library and the Girl Scouts can earn their Gold Star badge by helping make curtains.” Vo-tech has offered to come to the Community Center and help refurbish the old stage. Jane says, “They have offered their skills and will be a great benefit to us.” Washington Valley Garden Club president, Alice Jarvis, agreed for the club to come up and help with the landscaping by planting flowers and helping to clean and spruce up the gardens. Gandolfe even has visions of some strategically placed picnic tables outdoors so that people can come and bring a bagged lunch and enjoy their lunch in the fresh air. Jane has reached out to local businesses for donations of office furniture, such as conference tables, chairs for auditorium seating, folding chairs and folding tables. They are still in need of donations for this type of furniture and interested parties may contact her via email, at Another goal of the Community Center is to promote local businesses. A volunteer is in the midst of redesigning their website to include a community calendar, a place to sign up and promote ideas, and a place for local businesses to put their business cards online. Gandolfe says, “Make sure to check out the Community Center’s Facebook Page, called ‘I grew up in Martinsville’ to read about local life in Martinsville.” The Community Center has completed their first book about

The BReeze the history of Martinsville and received pictures and stories from as far away as Hawaii. Jane is proud to say, “It is going to be a marvelous book and people can reserve a copy of the book by sending me an email. In fact, we are already thinking of a sequel because it’s amazing how many people are coming out of the woodwork with great photos and great stories.” A long time Martinsville resident, Sis Longo (93), starred in many of the plays at the Community Center and saved an album with all the playbill covers. Plans to turn them into postcards as a fundraiser and to use them as artwork throughout the building are in the works. Gandolfe says, “We are really looking for a revitalization of the Center and want it to be a place where people really want to come.” There are a variety of programs and classes in the design stage, both profit and non-profit, including Girl Scout meetings, health lectures (breast cancer screening), cyber security, building safety classes, art classes, Internet classes, and more. Other planned events include family movie nights, twice a year craft shows and flea markets, a fall Kermesse festival (charity fair), clubs for knitters and bridge, and a place for seniors to bring their lunch and to hang out. Currently, the Community Center has 107 members with an opportunity to reach 8,000 members. This May they will be conducting another membership drive and are hoping to increase their membership to help create awareness and see the Center grow. Interested parties may find out more about the Community Center and learn how they can help, volunteer, and join by contacting Jane at jgandolfe@

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Students from St. Ann School Explain Why Their Family is Special Students from Mrs. Villanova’s 1st grade class, Mrs. Palladino’s 2nd grade class and Mrs. Lisa’s 3rd grade class at St. Ann School in Raritan recently answered the question, “What makes your family special?” Their answers appear below.

Joseph, Grade 3

Someone special in my family is my Mom. She works very hard at her job and to care for me and my family. Sometimes, she lets me stay up late to watch a family movie. My Mom is the sweet part of my family. I love my Mom very much.









plays a big role in my family and they all support me. These family members are my favorite. To me they are like sweet candy.

backwards. I don’t know where I get it, but I can do a front flip into a split. My mom can turn the T.V, even though my Dad has so many gadgets attached to it. And she types really fast! That’s how my family is special.

after, we go to Stop & Shop to get two donuts for Rose and me. Two years ago Dad and I built a shed in the backyard.

Sonia, Grade 2

My family is special because we like to go to the beach and swim in the water together. In the summer, we eat ice cream because it’s hot. On our vacation, we went to Disney World and had a lot of fun. I like spending time with my family.

Conor, Grade 2

My family is special because I have a good Mom and Dad. We go on vacations to places like Disney World and the Zoo. My family likes parties. My Grandma and I like to read books. My Dad and I like to swim together.

Kristen, Grade 3

Something that makes my family special is everybody being loving and caring. My family is loving and caring because my Mom takes me special places, my Dad plays sports with me, my brother plays video games with me and Grandma helps me with my homework. Everyone

Michelle, Grade 3

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Varsity Competition Team has Something to Cheer About

2010-2011 Bridgewater-Raritan Varsity Competition Team - Front Row: Senior Captains: Katie Teeling, Gina Marie Carter, Kristen Pallatta; Second Row: Lauren Scupp, Nicole Cellura, Martina Figel, Sarah Wegrzynski; Back Row: Coach Lisa Cherry, Taylor Kaschak, Christie Wukovits, Dani Hobbs,Tayner Blackburn, Mackenzie Stone, Nicole Thomas, Marissa Campagna, Tiffany Carra, Victoria Carra, Head Coach Jeanne Cusati. (Submitted Photo) The Bridgewater Raritan Varsity Competition Team had another amazing season. Their accomplishments include: Somerset County Champions: Skyland Conference - 2nd Place; Northeast Regionals - 2nd Place; Garden State Competition - 2nd Place; Warren Hills Classic - 2nd Place; Pioneer Challenge North Hunterdon - 1st Place; Small Varsity Division I, UCA Nationals - 9th Place.

The team placed in the Top Ten for the fourth year in a row at the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championshiop (NHSCC); the most prestigious cheerleading championship in the country. The NHSCC is held at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida and is nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN2 to over 100 million homes and 32 countries nationwide each year.

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Garden Club Seeks to Beautify Main Street Raritan For more than three years the members of the small but ambitious Raritan Borough Garden Club have sought to implement their vision of placing planters along Somerset Street in Raritan. Modeling the vision after nearby communities of Flemington and Somerville, the club members chose a planter that will match the benches and receptacles already a part of the existing streetscape. “Everyone loves seeing bright and colorful flowers in planters when walking or driving along a main street of a town,” commented club president Pam Lester. “It shows that there is pride in the community and creates a feeling of nature amid the cement and buildings.” When the club first conceived of the planter idea, the problem of finances naturally arose. To meet that challenge the group decided to reach out to resident families and businesses. In addition to approaching local businesses along Somerset Street, the club is offering local residents the opportunity to buy a planter in honor of or in remembrance of a loved one. “Raritan’s history is steeped in honoring its veterans, past and present,” commented Jane Fidacaro, club member. “What a perfect way to say ‘thank you’ or ‘we love you’ by sponsoring a planter which has a plaque with the loved one’s name on it.” Extended families are encouraged to go together to purchase a planter. The challenge of finding a planter that was reasonably priced and yet substantial enough to endure weather challenges was finally met after much research. Planters can be purchased for $425. The garden club will plant and maintain the containers from year to year. Realizing that this project is a multi-year venture, the club hopes to have ten planters blooming along Somerset Street this spring. Residents interested in purchasing a planter should contact Pam Lester at 908.231.0531. The Raritan Borough Garden Club meets the last Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Raritan Library. New members are always welcome. Information about upcoming events can also be found on the club’s Facebook page- Raritan Garden Club.

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B-R Hockey Player Receives ‘High School Player of the Month’ Award from NJ Devils

Bridgewater-Raritan hockey forward David Monahan was awarded a “High School Player of the Month” award by the New Jersey Devils at the March 18th game. New Jersey Devils player Andy Greene presented the award to David.

Kangaroo Kids Perform Random Acts of Kindness

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Class under the direction of Melissa Turner collected donations for Best Friend Dog and Animal Adoption, Inc. Families from the Prekinder-

garten class gathered approximately one thousand pounds of food to donate to this worthy organization! Miss Misse integrated a wonderful learning opportunity into the lesson for her pre-kindergarten class. “We tied in collecting donations for animals with caring for animals and taking care of our pets, such as our class pet Bean. Also we stressed random acts of kindness by doing something nice for other people as well.” It was a great learning opportunity for demonstrating kindness and making the world a better place. Best Friend Dog and Animal Adoption is a nonprofit, no kill, all volunteer organization. They are dedicated to giving dogs and cats a second chance at life. Their mission is to find forever homes for so many of our area’s unwanted, abandoned, or neglected animals. To find out more about this organization you can visit shelters/nj70.html. To participate in upcoming community service projects contact Kangaroo Kids Child Care and Learning Center at 908-2317800 or

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Immaculata High School students got a peek into Chinese culture when a touring troupe called the “Chinese Acrobats” gave a performance in the school’s gymnasium. Whether the acrobats were spinning plates, juggling or balancing large ceramic jars on their bodies, Immaculata students and faculty cheered them on. In addition, the performers also provided a glimpse of Chinese music, geography and language. Sophomore Magda Christoforou of Bridgewater found the assembly to be “really interesting, and a fun break from the normal school day. My favorite part was when the acrobat balanced a table with her own feet.” - Submitted by Kerry Hannan; Photo/Matthew Poling


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School Calendar Apr. 5 - JFK - PTO Meeting - 7:00 p.m. Apr. 6 - Eisenhower - Spring Picture Day Apr. 6 - Adamsville - Public Budget Info Session/PTO Mtg - 7:00 p.m. Apr. 7 - Eisenhower - Market Day Pick-up - 5-6 p.m. Apr. 7 & 8 - Hillside - Drama Performance - 7:30 p.m. Apr. 7 - Crim - Public Budget Info Session - 7:00 p.m. Apr. 7, 8, & 9 - BRHS - Spring Musical Apr. 8 - BRMS - Jazz Festival Apr. 8 - Adamsville - Chairperson Appreciation - 7:00 p.m. Apr. 11 - Eisenhower - Grade 4 Instrumental Parent Meeting - 7:00 p.m. Apr. 13 - Hamilton - PTO Meeting - 7:00 p.m. Apr. 14 - Bradley Gardens - Schwan’s Frozen Food Truck - 3:00 p.m. Apr. 14 - BRHS - “Mr. BRHS” Contest Apr. 15 - Eisenhower - Public Budget Info Session/PTO mtg. - 9:00 a.m. Apr. 19-22 - School Closed - Spring Break Apr. 26 - Hillside - 5th Grade Vocal Concert - 6:30 p.m. Apr. 26 - JFK - Market Day - 5-6 p.m. Apr. 27 - Hamilton - Museum Night & Cultural Diversity Festival - 6 p.m. Apr. 27 - BRHS - Middle School Fine Arts Festival - Art - 8 p.m. Apr. 27 - Adamsville - Super Wednesday - 6-9 p.m. Apr. 27 - School Election Apr. 29 - Hamilton - Grade 3 & 4 Family Fun Night Please check the school web sites and calendars for updates or last minute adjustments

Adamsville School Hosts Talent Show

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Panther Perspective by Karras Lambert

Advice on Choosing High School Classes I walked into my house the other day to see my middleschool aged brother sitting at the dining room table, mulling over a packet of papers laid out in front of him. When I looked over, I saw high school scheduling documentation sprawled out. I was instantly struck by a memory of myself, over four years ago, in the very same pose, sitting at the very same table. Picking classes for high school as a freshman is very exciting in its novelty. In the middle school, students must go through obligatory cycles each year. However, choosing classes can also be very stressful if you don’t know what you really want to do academically. First off, there are some classes, usually advanced in nature,

that are only offered to juniors and seniors. If, as a freshman or sophomore, you see some classes that you want to take which are only open to upper classmen, it would be a good idea to make sure all of your graduation requirements are fulfilled before your desired classes become available to you. I took Art History during my freshman years so that I would immediately fulfill the required Fine Arts credits. Not only was the class enjoyable and interesting but, by freeing up my schedule for the classes I wanted to take as a junior and senior, I was able to take the English electives that I was interested in from the day I first browsed through my own course selection packet. Choosing which foreign lan-

guage to study is another important decision to make. I would advise taking a language that you are interested in right away during your freshman year. That way, if you truly enjoy the language, you can work your way up to the highest levels during your junior and senior years. I have been told that high level foreign language classes look great on high school transcripts, so starting out with a language early is definitely a good idea. I hope my advice can help out those entering high school, as well as parents of students who are anxious about what to check off on their schedule request sheet. Are you listening, little brother?

Relay For Life Kicks Off in Bridgewater

Rally Held to Support and Encourage Local Participation

Fourth graders Karen Brady and Victoria Pace sang in the talent show. On Friday, March 11, 2011 Adamsville held its 5th Annual Talent Show. The talent show consisted of two acts packed full of singing, dancing, karate, magic, piano, clarinet and gymnastics. There are never any winners or losers; everyone gets a chance to be a star. The students ranged from grade 1-4, with some older siblings and parents. The finale had a surprise dance by some of the Adamsville Dads, who danced to YMCA, which was enjoyed by everyone. “I am always amazed at the talent of the children involved and their willingness to perform in front of their peers, family and an extremely large audience,” says Chairperson, Theresa Gunning. “My husband and I have enjoyed being involved in this event from its inception 5 years ago because we know, for many of the children; it is their only opportunity to express themselves in this manner.”

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It is not often that you see more than 90 local Bridgewater residents gathered together in the same location. It is even less often that these people might be wearing some form of purple and were all gathered for the very same reason. If you happened to be at the Bridgewater Marriot last month, that is the sight that would have met your eyes. The rally officially launched the fourth Relay For Life which will be coming to Bridgewater on May 13. Guests at the rally were greeted by the events co-chairs Stacey Messing of Bridgewater and Kyle Peckens of Hillsborough. Rally participants learned about how their involvement in the nationwide movement benefits the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives and create

more birthdays. Money raised will help people stay well and get well by finding cures and fighting back. Bridgewater resident Gail Stolar, spoke at the event about her cancer journey and how the funds raised at events like Relay For life, provided for the much needed research into the type of treatment she received. Gail has been involved for many years with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and has been recognized as one of their top fundraisers. Relay For Life is a unique, volunteer-driven, community event that welcomes participants from all walks of life to join together in the fight against cancer. Past participants have included cancer survivors, families, friends, corporations, civic

organizations, schools, religious groups, and concerned community members, along with anyone else who has been touched by cancer or wants to fight against the disease. Relay For Life is an overnight celebration where individuals and teams camp out, picnic, dance, play games and take turns circling around a track “relay” style. The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in Bridgewater will be held at Duke Island Park on May 13-14, 2010. To find out how to form a Relay For Life team or to volunteer, please call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade Draws Big Crowd in Somerville

Grand Marshall Pat Mannion leads the parade with his brother, Kevin (left), and children, Kelly and Michael, by his side.

Girl Scout Troop 499 of Bridgewater gets ready to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 13th. Photo/Dawn Berberian

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BRHS Robotics Wins NJ FIRST Competition, Going to Nationals

Members of the BRHS Panther Robotics Team marched in the Somerville St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 13th. by Aneek Patel The Bridgewater-Raritan High School Panthers Robotics Team 303 recently competed in the NJ FIRST state regionals held at the Sun Bank National Center in Trenton, New Jersey. In a powerful and unstoppable alliance with FIRST Teams 1676 Pascack Pi-oneers and 2016 Ewing Mighty Monkey Wrenchers, BRHS Team 303 won the New Jersey Regional FIRST competition and secured a spot in the national FIRST competition, which is to be held in April in St. Louis, Missouri. The three schools formed an unbeatable alliance throughout the competition. Teams 1676 and 2016 led the scoring as Team 303 maintained a strong defense and prevented opposing teams from scoring more than a few points. This came as a happy surprise to the team, which had been struggling since the beginning of the NJ Regionals and was the last pick for the alliance round. To add to the celebratory atmosphere, Team 303 was awarded the Gracious Professionalism Award for their generosity of cooperation, spirit, and assistance to other FIRST teams during not only the competition, but also the entire season. Team 303, which has recently been struggling through a loss of valuable building space, sponsors, and mentors, was ecstatic to add their second NJ Regionals Winner banner to the gym wall next to those of other sports teams. The team is looking forward to competing in the upcoming Philadelpha Regionals on April 7-9, as well as the St. Louis Nationals on April 28-30.

April 2011

Arc Hosting Annual Step Up For The Arc Walk & 5K Run The Arc of Somerset County is pleased to announce that the 2011 Step Up For The Arc Walk & 5 K Run will be held on Saturday, May 21 at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater. Registration is at 9:00, and the run and walk will begin at 10:00. The event includes a 1.5-mile fun walk and a sanctioned 5K race on a flat, paved, and scenic course. Walker and Runner PreRegistration is quick and easy at Registration fees of $17/ Runner, $15/USATF Runner, and $10/Walker are waived if you raise $50 or more. All ages are welcome. Over 500 people took part in the 2010 event, and The Arc of Somerset County is looking to top that this year! The Arc is also looking for youth volunteers to serve on our Junior Walk Committee. The committee will support The Arc in the planning of the walk/ run, while gaining valuable experience and community service hours. Contact Tara Abbott at 908-725-8544 x610 or taraa@ to get more information! The Arc of Somerset County provides lifelong advocacy and quality services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. To register or make a donation, visit www.

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Local Boy Scouts Were Busy in February Cub Scout Pack 46 of Martinsville celebrates the 2011 Pinewood Derby Champions and the Arrow of Light ceremony for the graduating Webelos during The Blue and Gold Banquet held on February 27, 2011.

Graduating Webelos- Left to Right Front Row: Robert Terracciano, Joseph Estevez, Christopher Luciano, Jason Gardner; Back Row: Co-Den Leader Debbie Perez, Benjamin Ward, Jake Brown, Matthew Perez, Michael MacWilliams, Den Leader Sue Terracciano. The 2011 Pinewood Derby Champions of Pack 46 Martinsville are (L-R): 1st Place, David Hinkle racing Runaway Pizza, set a track record of 3.646 seconds and a speed of 233.4 mph; 2nd Place, Will Busler racing Not Mr. Potato Head; 3rd Place, Sean McBurney racing Cargo Boom; 4th Place, Andrew Cabeza-Pimental racing Golden Dragon.

Cub Scout Pack 154 held its annual Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet Advancement and Graduation Ceremonies on Feb. 28th. With over 140 Scouts, family members and supporters in attendance, participants had a chance to view the year in review and celebrate the myriad of achievements of each of our Scouts. Cubmaster Dave Robbins led the evening events, starting with the graduation of eight Cub Scout Webelos to Boy Scouts: Jake Brown, Joseph Estevez, Jason Gardner, Christopher Luciano, Michael MacWilliams, Matthew Perez, Robert Terracciano

and Benjamin Ward. The Scouts crossed a bridge and were met and congratulated on the other side by members of Boy Scout Troop 154. Once graduation ceremonies were completed, four Scouts Jake Brown, Matthew Perez, Robert Terracciano and Benjamin Ward - received the Arrow of Light, the highest award available to Cub Scouts. Each Scout received a commemorative arrow in recognition of his accomplishment. Matthew Perez was also recognized for earning the Super Achiever Award for completing all 20 Webelos Activity Pins.

Pack 46 of Martinsville proudly salutes the 2011 Webelo graduates. (Pictured in no particular order): Den 4 - Leader - Stacy Benson, Jonathan Benson, John Carroll, Patrick Erwin, Raymond Flax, Thomas Giordano, Alex Misciagna, Nicholas Scafuto. Den 15 – Leader – John Runyon, John Peter Battikha, Joel Dubowsky, Andrew Grasso, James Hundly, Robert Kulesa, Sean McBurney, Jacob Pica, Andrew Cabeza-Pimental, Nicholas Runyon, Russell Tenzer.

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Pack 96 attended the BRHS boys varsity basketball game on February 17th as a “Go See It”; one of the requirements for them to earn their Tiger Patch. The boys are 1st graders at Van Holten School (LR) Matthew Brauchle, Ryan Ross, Conor Regan and Joey Rueda. Photo/Lori Vitello

The focus then shifted to the Pinewood Derby Race participants. Michael Filonovich, Dylan McManus and Alex Sorensen respectively won the Pack’s overall First, Second and Third Place Trophy Awards! Then each den’s First, Second, Third, Best Design, Best Looking, Most Awesome and Pack Scout Spirit, Do Your Best and Cubmaster Choice Trophy Awards were presented to each winner. The evening then moved into overdrive with food, fun and music. Cub Scout Pack 154 is comprised of students from Hamilton and Hillside Schools. We do lots of fun, engaging activities throughout the year. The Pack typically meets during the school year on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the Pluckemin Presbyterian Church, located on Route 206 North. Feel free to drop by a meeting to experience what scouting is all about or contact Dave Robbins (cubmaster@ with questions.

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joined the Church Triumphant on Feb. 1 2011, surrounded by her children and sister. Martha worked for Bowen Engineering, Inc. in Somerville, and retired from Ethicon as a secretary in 1984. Martha was a member of the Women’s Society at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Raritan; the Bridgewater Women’s Club; the Ethicon Retirees Club; the Eastern Star Century Chapter 100 in Somerville; the Shriner’s Sadik Lodge #17; and Trips from St. Elizabeth Church of Far Hills. She was predeceased by her husband William J. in 1991. She is survived by her children, daughter Susan P. Sonstrom and her husband Bill, son William R. Schrader; a sister Frances Frey; and her grandchildren Rebecca Muldoon, Benjamin Sonstrom and Christine Schrader; her great-grandchildren twins Aidan and Jake Muldoon; and Nicholas and Matthew Sonstrom. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Fayetteville, NC – Jonathan W. Harley, 54, died on February 7, 2011. Jonathan is survived by his loving son, Keith Byrd; six dearest sisters, Barbara Gerrell, Patricia Webster and husband Sidney, Ruth Harley-Boyd and husband Johnnie, Linda Schenck and husband John, Sharon Harley, Denise Harley; three wonderful brothers, Richard Harley, Sr and wife Jackie, Denvil Harley, Jr., and Michael Harley and wife Drewcilla. Arrangements were handled by Somerville Funeral Home, Inc., 10 West End Avenue, Somerville.

Bridgewater - Michael J. Koury, 19, died February 7, 2011. Michael was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina before moving to Bridgewater in 1995. He was a graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School class of 2010. He enjoyed rock climbing, running and had a great talent for repairing things. He recently was preparing to enroll into the Military. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Stephen Van Deventer Chandler, MD, 79, died February 8, 2011, at Somerset Medical Center after a seven year battle with leukemia. Stephen was a member emeritus of the American Medical Association, the College of American Pathologists, and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, as

well as an associate clinical professor emeritus of pathology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. As an active member of the medical staff at Somerset Medical Center, Stephen served as chairman of the hospital ethics committee and remained involved with the hospital after his retirement. Stephen (and Marion, before her passing) eventually settled at Arbor Glen, where he continued to enrich the lives of those around him. Stephen died peacefully surrounded by his two sons and daughter, in the hospital he served for nearly forty years. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Raritan - Elizabeth M. (Betty) Di Paolo, 77, died February 13, 2011 with her family at her side. In 1968 Betty and her late husband started a delicatessen known as the Take Out Shop in Raritan and worked there for many years. She enjoyed dancing and loved animals and was a member of the ASCPA. She is predeceased by her husband Angelo who died in 1989. Surviving are her sons, Zarrus David Wind, formerly known as David Di Paolo, and Jay Di Paolo, a daughter Liza Sixt and family, dearest friends Anthony and Patty De Cicco and daughter Denise, Rose and Robert Slack, and Paul Carver. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Claude T. Webb, 92, died February 14, 2011. Claude was employed as a master plumber for Kavanaugh Brothers in Somerville for over 62 years, retiring in 1994. He was a veteran of the US Army during WWII. Claude was a member of the Martinsville VFW. He enjoyed riding his motor cycle and attended many Polka bike runs. He is predeceased by his wife Evelyn who died in 1991 and a brother Howard. Surviving are his brother Wesley and his wife Shirley and a sister Marion Salerno and husband Warren and three nephews, one niece and many great nieces and great nephews. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Middlesex - Arthur J. Gentile, 54, passed away on February 15, 2011. Arthur worked for New Jersey American Water as a high lift operator in the Raritan Millstone Treatment Plant, Bridgewater for 23 years. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of 25 years

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April 2011 borough, Antoinette Lassen of Morrisville, NC and Maryann O’Neill and husband, John of Branchburg; her eight grandchildren, Frank, Peter, David, Jeannine, Thomas, John Patrick, Matthew and Jesse; eight great grandchildren, Ashley, Rebecca, Jessica, Abigail, Carson, Patrick, Joel, and Anna Brielle. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Martinsville - Eleanor “El” Skaar, 51, lost her heroic struggle with breast cancer on February 23, 2011. El was raised in Meyersville and has resided in Martinsville for the past 15 years. For 18 years, El was an international financial manager at AT&T in Basking Ridge. She later became a grant writer for the Cancer Hope Network. El is predeceased by her father Anthony J. Caporaso. She is survived by her husband Donald V. Skaar; daughter Lucy E. Skaar of Martinsville; mother Doris E. Caporaso of Warren; brother Dan Caporaso and wife Kathi Neville Caporaso of Whitehouse and sister Dolores Caporaso of Hillsborough. Arrangements were handled by the Bridgewater Funeral Home. Princeton - Sheila Burns Dolan, 96, passed away on February 24, 2011 at Acorn Glen Assisted Living in Princeton. Mrs. Dolan retired in 1980 as the Office Manager/Secretary for the former Howard Young Galleries in New York City, where she worked for 25 years. She was preceded in death by her, John, in 1983; a son, Richard Tobin, in 2000; four sisters and a brother. Surviving are her two sons, John Dolan and wife, Gale of Warren and Brian Dolan and wife, Donna of Upper Black Eddy, PA; her two grandchildren, Kristen and John; and many nieces and nephews. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Branchburg - Jonathan A. Schmidt, 23 passed away on February 25, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. Jonathan was a communicant of Holy Trinity R.C. Church in Bridgewater. He was a 2005 graduate of Somerville High School and was on the fencing team

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April 2011 Continued from previous page for four years and the lacrosse team for two. Jonathan graduated from SUNY-Stony Brook University on May 21, 2010 with a Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Angel Figueroa in 1994 and his cousin, Thomas Matias in 2009. Surviving are his father and mother, Gary J. Schmidt and Dr. Delia Figueroa; his sister, Alicia R. Schmidt of Branchburg; his grandparents, Elena Figueroa of Bridgewater and Joseph and Melitta Schmidt of Union; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Somerset – Dana Holmes, 90, died on February 28, 2011. Dana attended Randolph Macon Women’s College in Lynchburg, VA and then worked at Harpers Bazaar Magazine in the Advertising Dept. In her later life, she and her husband, William, owned and operated a travel agency in Moorestown, NJ for over (20) years. Together they traveled and played golf all over the world. Dana is survived by her children, Christopher and his wife, Theresa Viviano, of Scott Township, PA and Kim (who is a teacher in the North Plainfield District) and her husband, Richard Gargiule, of Bridgewater; three grandchildren, Jason Richard, Dana Elizabeth, and Emily Kim; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, William Holmes, Jr. (over 40 years), (April, 2010), and prior to, Louis A. Viviano, Jr. (June, 2005). Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC. Tinton Falls - Bruno Anthony Mancuso died on February 28, 2011. Mr. Mancuso served as a radio operator in the United States Merchant Marines from 1942-1946. He served as president of Unico from 1959 to 1960 and as a fundraiser for the United Negro College Fund from 1965-1985. Mr. Mancuso was a devoted husband to Lillian (Centanni) Mancuso for 48 years. She passed away in 1997. He is survived by his daughter Patricia (Mancuso) Vandenbergh, son Matthew Mancuso and his wife Kathleen (Kelly) Mancuso, and their children, Meredith, 15, and Matthew, 12. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Alfred L. Sferra, DDS of Bridgewater passed away on March 2, 2011, at the age of 91. Alfred worked as a dentist in Bound Brook for more than 50 years. He was a Korean War veteran and received the bronze star for his service. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret Carolus Sferra. Also surviving are his children; Brian of Newton with his wife and daughter, Lynn Bielicky of Martinsville with her husband Ted, their son Mark of Hoboken and daughter Sarah of Boston; and his son Jeffrey of San Diego. Arrangements were handled by the Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bedminster - Elen “Helen” Weidele, entered eternal rest on March 05, 2011 at home. Born in Newark to the late Anthony and Alice Scheuermann, Elen was a lifelong Irvington resident before moving to Bedminster 5 years ago. She worked as a childcare provider for the Crim Afterschool Program in Bridgewater. Elen is predeceased by her husband William Weidele. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her children Ellen Rockyn of Bethlehem, PA and William Weidele of Bridgewater; her grandchildren William, Douglas, Amanda, Shannon and Deanna and great-granddaughter Mia. One of 17 children, she also leaves behind 8

sisters. Arrangements were handled by the Bridgewater Funeral Home. Belle Mead - Jaclyn Sheryl Ussia, 31, entered eternal rest on March 5, 2011. Daughter of the late Bruce and Sandra Adams, Jaclyn was born in Plainfield, and lived in Martinsville and Middlesex before moving to Belle Mead in 2009. Jaclyn was a senior underwriter for Chartis Insurance Co. in Berkley Heights and formerly worked for Chubb Insurance for 9 years. Jaclyn leaves behind to cherish her memory, her husband Robert Ussia and daughter Taylor of Belle Mead. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Maureen McNulty Willoughby, 54, passed away on March 6, 2011. Mrs. Willoughby held banking positions for over 20 years, retiring in 2008 from Investors Savings Bank. Surviving are her husband of 27 years, Sydney W. Willoughby; her sons, Edward S. Willoughby, at home, Andrew J. Willoughby of League City, Texas and Daniel S. Willoughby, at home; her sister, Barbara McGrath and husband, Thomas of Caldwell; her step-son Mathew Willoughby of Lake Worth, FL; her mother-in-law, Dorothea Willoughby of Tequesta, FL; her brothers-in-law, Thomas Willoughby and his wife, Carolyn of Salem, OR and Robert Willoughby and his wife, Sandra of Branchburg; and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Robert V. “Bob” Hurte, Sr., 77, died peacefully on March 11, 2011. Bob was a US Navy Korean War Veteran aboard the “USS Knapp.” He worked as a maintenance mechanic for Tenneco Chemicals Inc. in Piscataway for 35 years retiring in 1994. Bob was a member of the Finderne Reformed Church; a member and former chaplain of the American Legion Post 12 in Somerville; and Adjutant for the Somerset County American Legion; and member of the VFW Post 2290 in Manville. In his retirement he also drove one of the Special Education Buses for the Barker Bus Company in Bridgewater. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 Years, Marjorie J. (Small) Hurte of Bridgewater; sons, Robert V. Hurte, Jr. and wife Barbara of Stewartsville, NJ; Kenneth J. Hurte of Raritan; daughter, Laura and husband Joseph Grabler of Bridgewater; grandchildren, Joseph Grabler, IV, Melissa Grabler, Tegan Hurte, and Samuel Hurte. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Margaret J. Hartman, 82, passed away on March 11, 2011. Margaret has resided in Bridgewater for the past 36 years. She worked with her husband for his business, Hartman Service Company in Bridgewater, where she was an office administrator. She enjoyed gardening and was a member of the American Legion Post 12 Ladies Auxiliary, where she spent a lot of time volunteering with the Purple Heart. Margaret is predeceased by her husband Roland Hartman as well as her son Joseph Hartman and sister Florence Conroy. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her daughters Jennifer A. VanLaningham of Bridgewater and Suzanne Johnson and husband Timothy of Finesville; grandchildren Jennifer, Eric, Justin, Ryan and Kyle; great-grandson Caden and sisters Nora Specian of Bound Brook, Georgie Nagle of Somerville and Mary Jarmson Bush of Bridgewater. Arrangements were handled by the Bridgewater Funeral Home.

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SCORE Offers Free Seminars for Small Business Owners SCORE, an arm of the Small Business Administration, announces its spring 2011 seminar schedule. These seminars are provided for small businesses and would-be entrepreneurs seeking to start their own companies. There is no charge, but pre-registration by phone is required. Subjects, dates and locations are as follows: How to Start a Business (Covers the basics including registration, legal structure, financing, efficient use of legal and accounting services). Tues., April 19 (7:00-8:30PM) at Piscataway Public Library (732-463-1633 ext.6). The Business Plan (A blueprint of how a business will function, its operational characteristics, capitalization, and goals relative to its markets). Tues., May 17 (7:00-8:30PM) at Bound Brook Public Library and Piscataway Public Library. The Financial Plan (An integral part of the business plan necessary to obtain financing). Tues., May 3 (7:00-8:30PM) at Bound Brook Public Library; Thurs., April 7 (7:00-8:30) at Franklin Twp. Public Library. Marketing Plan for Small Business (Learn how to research and identify markets and develop a coherent plan to reach your targets). Thurs., May 12 (7:00-8:30) Franklin Twp.Public Library. E-Commerce for a Small Business (Status of new technology, cost effectiveness, and efficiencies to arrive at a proper fit for a small business). Wed., April 13 (7:00-8:30PM) at Bridgewater Public Library. How to Buy a Business or Franchise Workshop (If independent business ownership is your goal, this workshop will cover a wide range of opportunities). Wed., May 11 (7:00-8:30PM) at Bridgewater Public Library.

Movie Review by Karras Lambert

Rango - About a month ago, after seeing the same commercial three times within five minutes on TV, I swore to never watch Rango, Industrial Light & Magic’s first animated film (that’s George Lucas’ company, for those who don’t know). The trailer made it appear too similar to the overabundance of dreadful animal movies last year. I am happy to say that I swallowed my pride and saw Rango, as the animated Western is certainly among the best movies of the year so far. Rango serves as a reunion for Pirates of the Caribbean veterans, from director Gore Verbinski to actors Johnny Depp and Bill Nighy. Depp voices the titular hero who stumbles into Dirt, a town that is experiencing the worst draught in its history. Rango wins over the townspeople, or rather townsanimals, with his flamboyant (and false) tales of courage. He soon meets a love interest in Beans (voiced by Isla Fisher), a skeptical lizard with a quick wit and tough attitude. Rango is named the new sheriff of Dirt by the Mayor (Ned Beatty) and takes it upon himself to find water for the impoverished town. His proto-typical Western hero’s journey brings him into conflict with Rattlesnake Jake (Nighy), the meanest snake around, and the best gunslinger to boot. By the end of the movie, Rango must confront the Mayor himself concerning the water’s conspicuous disappearance. Verbinski coats his first animated effort with a vivid color pallet, enriching the fantastic creatures that ILM created. However, despite the bright colors and kid-friendly trailers, Rango isn’t exactly a kid’s movie. The first scene caters towards kids, with Rango talking with himself, alone in the desert, but what follows is more akin to the combination of classic Eastwood Westerns filled with pop culture references. The best parts of the film’s humor will most likely be lost on young ones, as Rango likes to joke with puns. Most of the supporting characters are kid-friendly, though, and are sure to bring out a few hearty chuckles. Though the story is archetypal, Rango is still well-written. The plot does lag around the half way mark, but the climactic and frenzied ending makes you forget most of the movie’s flaws, which are surprisingly few. Hans Zimmer’s original score is solid, as always, but the inclusion of songs from famous scores like that of 2001: A Space Odyssey has become too clichéd to find a place in serious films anymore. I was just happy that I was watching an animated film that doesn’t employ gimmicks like 3-D to add some false sense of interaction with the viewer. I hope that Rango will be the first in a long line of animation to shun 3-D and opt instead for brighter colors and more fun. You can take the whole family to see Rango and everyone will find something they like in the film, and that is too rare nowadays. Rating: 8/10

Local Charitable Organization to Hold Mental Health Awareness Campaign The João José ‘John’ Santos Charitable Organization will be hosting their annual Ribbon Awareness Campaign during the month of May in several towns throughout central New Jersey: Raritan, Somerville, Manville, Flemington, Newark, Kearny, Hillside and others. The purpose is to increase public awareness and educate communities on mental health issues, commemorating May as Mental Health Month. “It is my hope that as people walk, run, drive or cycle through the Main Streets of these towns, the display of ribbons on the trees will inspire conversations concerning mental illnesses,” explains M. Augusta Santos,

the organization’s director and founder. She invites scout troops, youth groups and volunteers of all ages to get involved and help to educate their community. “Unfortunately, mental disorders are all around us; we all know families who have been touched by mental illness and/ or suicide and due to stigma associated with them, and the lack of understanding, they are rarely discussed. Public awareness and education is the key to replace the powerless six-letter word ‘stigma’ with the powerful nine-letter word ‘education’ so that mental illnesses can be conversed about like other types of health issues,” comments Santos.

The João José ‘John’ Santos Charitable Organization is a grassroots effort whose mission is to educate individuals, families and communities in understanding mental illness in order to prevent further suicides. Your tax-deductible donations are welcome and appreciated to support this important cause; you can donate in memory of a loved one or a friend. Kindly mail your donations to The João José ‘John’ Santos Charitable Organization, P.O. Box 234, Raritan, NJ, 08869. To volunteer or for more details contact Augusta at 908-707-1699 or via

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REPAIR SCREENS BRIDGEWATER/SOMERSET AREA: Pickup & Delivery or bring your screens to me. Call Fred for prices: 908-580-0341 or 908-2471994. PRIVATE DOG BOARDING in my home, 1-2 small, medium sized dogs; weekends only now, longer stays in summer. Please call: 908 247-3432. REAL ESTATE: Selling Your Home? Call me for a complimentary market analysis. George Pantozzi, Broker/Associate, York Realty Co., Bound Brook, NJ, 908-392-2677 (cell) or 732-356-4500 (office) or email PIANOS: Yamaha GB1 Baby Grand Piano Ebony w/MKIII Disklavier Player System like new $10,900; Baldwin Cherry Console Piano $2,300; and more. Piano Tuning and repair. Call 908-722-7200; 43 W. Somerset St., Raritan.

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