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The BReeze Bridgewater Township & Raritan Borough, NJ Your Hometown Newspaper Volume 5, Issue 4

Shaving Heads & Raising Money to Help Kids with Cancer

Bridgewater fifth grader, Alyssa, holds her freshly clipped pigtails as she gets her head shaved to raise money for St. Baldrick’s. Photo/Bernard DeLierre On March 15th, 160 students, parents and faculty of the Bridgewater-Raritan School District shaved their heads to show solidarity with children who lose their hair while undergoing treatment for cancer. They, along with 12 ladies who cut their hair for Locks of Love, raised money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity that funds the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Shavees for the evening included players from the 11U Panther Baseball Team, Pop Warner, BSA Soccer, Bridgewater LAX, BFL Football, Prince Martial Arts and children from Pack 96 Cub Scouts. They were joined on stage by Mr. Filep of Bradley Gardens Elementary School, Mr. Perry, Mr. Fenton and Mrs. Maher from Eisenhower Intermediate School. Last year’s biggest individual fundraiser Jordana Klem, who had her head shaved next to her son Sam, was unable to participate as she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. To honor his mother, Sam formed Team Jordana. Sam was supported on stage by family and friends as well as father-daughter shavees, Joe and Alyssa I. (a 5th grade student) and Tony and Maji W. (a second grade student). Together Team Jordana raised nearly $20,000. The evening kicked off with honorary barber Enzo, a five-year-old child who is battling leukemia, shaving his cousin Greg’s head with the help of his great aunt, Vicki Kozic of Hair Unique. The evening closed out with Principal Rauh of Van Holten and Principal Diskin from Eisenhower having their heads shaved. The Event featured D.J. Jeff Sicat, a tricky tray, and stations for students to make get well cards for kids on the oncology wings of Morristown Memorial Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. Cadette Girl Scout Troop

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Bridgewater-Raritan Alumnus to be Honored with Induction into National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Ken Bernabe (officiating) will be inducted into the New Jersey Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on August 4, 2013. Ken Bernabe, a former resident of Raritan for 22 years, and a graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School, will be inducted into the New Jersey Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame located in Stillwater, Oklahoma. On August 4, at a dinner/induction ceremony on the campus of Rider University, Ken will be one of six inductees to be presented the “Lifetime Service to Wrestling”

Award which acknowledges one’s lifetime contributions to the sport of amateur wrestling. While a student at BRHS, Ken wrestled and played baseball, and after high school, he went on to wrestle and graduate from Rider University in 1969. Ken began his teaching and coaching career in 1969 at the then Bridgewater-Raritan East High School, serving as an assistant wres-

tling and football coach. In 1973, he was appointed head wrestling and assistant football coach at the newly opened West Windsor-Plainsboro H.S. where he began the wrestling program, and in only five years compiled a record of 54-16-2, finishing with a team ranking of #10 in Region 5 in 1977, then only a Group I school. In 1978, Ken began both his administrative and officiating careers, and in July of 2005 he retired as a Principal after 36 years of service in the public schools of New Jersey. Over the course of Ken’s 30-plus year career as a wrestling official, he has officiated numerous holiday and county tournaments, state sectionals, district, regional, and some level of the state tournament, including the prestigious state finals on three occasions. Ken has also taken an active leadership role in the New Jersey Wrestling Officials Association having served as its President. He has chaired many committees for the NJWOA, and he served as President of the Union/Essex Chapter of Wrestling Officials for 15 years. His involvement was further extended by his position as cadet supervisor for the chapter for 17 years where he has helped train aspiring officials. In March of 2000, Ken was inducted into the Region Five Wrestling Hall of Fame as a former coach and official, an honor he says is “one of his most satisfying achievements.” Perhaps one of Ken’s greatest accomplishments was to be honored in 2002 as the recipient of the NJWOA’s prestigious Richard C. Mirshak Award presented annually to the wrestling official who demonstrates excellence, dedication,

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Raritan World War II Bronze and Silver Star Recipients

Albert Navatto receives the Bronze Star for his service to his country in France and Germany from December 1944 - May 1945. By Bruce Doorly A familiar name in Raritan’s wartime history is John Basilone. His well-known citation for the Congressional Medal of Honor can be found etched in bronze letters at the base of the Basilone Statue in Raritan.

But what of the other Raritan men who received medals for heroism such as the Bronze and Silver Star. Unfortunately, no organized list of recipients was ever compiled. There are some reasons for this lack of record keeping. First - The U.S. military’s World War II record warehouse was destroyed by fire

decades ago. But even those records were sporadic at best. Another reason was that the most common award - the Bronze Star - was presented in the field of battle and no centralized office compiled an ongoing list of recipients. Fortunately, the newspapers of the 1940s ran articles when they were informed that a local soldier was honored for heroism. A look through the local newspapers from the 1940s has allowed this author to compile the first organized list of the Raritan soldiers who were awarded the Bronze Star and the Silver Star in World War II. This list is by no means complete since some honors went unreported. The newspapers were only notified of the awarding of a medal by the family of the recipient, not by an official list provided by the military. Some soldiers did not choose to reveal their heroics in their letters home and even after the war seldom spoke of their battle experiences. The Bronze Star was awarded to at least 18 Raritan servicemen. The Bronze Star was first authorized in February of 1944 although it

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Three Bridgewater-Raritan High School students received the prestigious honor of being accepted into the All-Eastern Division Conference Honors Band. This award is given to selected high school students as part of the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME). Seniors Christopher Aiello, Nic Schrum and Amulya Yalamanchili were chosen from high school musicians in 13 northeastern states and the District of Columbia to perform in the 2013 National Association for Music Education eastern district conference. This conference is held every two years and is hosted by a local state Music Educators Association. The 2013 Conference will take place from April 4-7, 2013 at the Connecticut Convention Center. The concert itself is on April 7th at Mortensen Hall, Bushnell, Hartford, CT. Student photos courtesy of Normany Studios Inc.

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ensemble both junior and senior years. He has also earned a seat in the All-State Band in 3 of the 4 years, earning first in the state in his senior year. Nic is very excited to be playing with the AllEastern group this year.

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Amulya Yalamanchili Amulya Yalamanchili has been playing the trombone since fifth grade, and has been an avid member of the BRHS music program throughout high school, playing trombone in the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, and baritone as a section leader of the Marching Band. She has also been accepted into the Central Jersey Region Band/ Orchestra for the last five years, and the prestigious NJ All-State Band for the last three years. Wanting to encourage a love for music in others, Amulya began teaching trombone lessons, and this year, one of her students was accepted into the Central Jersey Region Intermediate Band as a sixth grader. Amulya is very excited to be playing with the AllEastern Band this spring.

Raritan resident Aaron Lee, a freshman in the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School, recently performed at Carnegie Hall, as part of the NJ Youth Symphony Ensemble. Aaron plays the double bass, which he has practiced every day since fifth grade. His hard work and commitment to practicing have paid off, as Aaron and his ensemble were able to perform four movements of The Planets by Gustav Holst on their biggest stage to date. When asked what one of the most interesting things about playing in Carnegie Hall was, Aaron said he was shocked by the size of the elevators. Reflecting back on the event, Aaron described the entire experience as “amazing.” Aaron went on to add how “beautifully ornate” Carnegie Hall is, and how the sound resonates better than any place he has ever played.

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BReeze Bulletin Board (continued) Melanie Sampson, of Bridgewater, studying Communications/Film at Kean University received recognition on February 28, 2013 for the Award of Academic Honors from Kean University Lambda Alpha Sigma.

Mark Marsigliano Mark Marsigliano of Bridgewater received the Youth Silver Service Award from Penny Lane Dog Adoption & Senior Sanctuary Inc. Mark was recognized for his outstanding care and compassion of senior dogs for over a twelve month period. The award was presented to him by the organizations President and Founder, Cheryl Martino. Penny Lane Dog Adoption & Senior Sanctuary Inc. of Bridgewater is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt Animal Welfare organization. It provides adoption of dogs of all ages, with an emphasis on comfortable, compassionate care of senior dogs.

Local Teens Honored at Annual Robeson Reception Eighteen middle and high school students from Somerset and Hunterdon counties were honored for their achievements at the 23rd Annual Paul Robeson Youth Achievement Awards Reception, held March 11 at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC). The awards are named in honor of Paul Robeson, a Princeton native who grew up in Somerville and graduated from Somerville High School and Rutgers University. The awards, sponsored by the Paul Robeson Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Social Justice at RVCC, are given in four areas in which Robeson excelled: scholarship, the arts, community service and athletics. In addition, special “Renaissance Scholars” awards are given to students who excel in a number of disciplines. A special committee of RVCC faculty and administrators selected the award recipients. The following middle school students from the BridgewaterRaritan school district received special recognition: Arts - Kayla Breslin, Athletics - Jalen Holmes, Renaissance - Timori Brennen.

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Tuesday, April 9 9/11 Memorial Trip - Self guided tour of the memorial then travel on to the lower east side where you can enjoy a sandwich at Katzs Deli or just an afternoon walking and shopping. Leave JCC at 9:00. $50/person includes transportation, lunch not included. Contact Lisa 908-7256994 x206 or

Monday, April 15 Washington Valley Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. in the Bridgewater Library. Mary Bowers & Ellie Rich will present “Terrarium Workshop”. Both women have vast experience as professional gardeners. In 2009, Mary & Ellie became Rutgers Master Gardeners. Light refreshments will be served at 9:30a.m. New members are welcome.

Tuesday, April 9 Bridgewater Woman’s Club - At the Feb. meeting, we held a brown bag luncheon and silent auction which resulted in a donation of $350 for Family Promise, the special nonprofit State Project of the NJ State Federation of Woman’s Clubs. To learn more about this project, we will welcome Maria Rodriguez at our next meeting at the Bridgewater Library. Refreshments served at 9:30 a.m. and after a short business meeting the speaker will follow. Tuesday, April 9 JANUS Bereavement Group will meet at 7:30 p.m. at 1124 Hwy 202SSuite A2, Raritan. Joseph Conti of the NJ Aiki Kaiand Budokan Studio will give a presentation on “Defending Ourselves”. There is no fee to attend but registration is requested by calling Dr. Barbara Ronca, LCSW, 908-218-9062 weekdays 9am-3pm. The group is also making available free evergreen seedlings. Saturday, April 13 Craft & Vendor Fair hosted by North Branch Reformed Church Preschool PTO from 10a.m.-3 p.m.


Tuesday, April 16 Society of Retired Registered Nurses will meet from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. at the Human Services Building, 27 Warren St., Conf. Rm 2A, Somerville. Speaker Susan Canonico, Registered Dietitian, will discuss Nutritional Challenges for Seniors to Support Emotional and Physical Health. Meetings open to all retired or almost retired registered nurses. Wednesday, April 17 Embrace Hope Luncheon/fundraiser hosted by the Cancer Support Community Central NJ at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club, 10:30 a.m. Event features guest speaker Elizabeth Gilbert (‘EAT PRAY LOVE’), basket auction and 50/50 raffle. $100 ticket includes lunch. Email or call Jessica Alfrey (908) 658-5400 ext. 5 for tickets. Thursday, April 18 Fit & Go Fashion Show & Basket Auction at 6:30 p.m. at Twin Brooks Country Club, Watchung. Whether you’re working out or going out! $90/person by April 8 • $100/person after April 8; Fee includes: Sit down dinner, fashion show and 26 Tier One basket auction tickets. Cash bar available. Sponsorship opportunities available. For tickets - 908.725.6994 x226 or

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Tuesday, April 23 Bridgewater Garden Club will meet at 10:40 a.m. at the Bridgewater Library. Terry Palise and Iliana Okum, will present “Roses for All Gardens”, focusing on many aspects of rose growing: the basics for gardening with roses, the many rose varieties, plant selection, planting , growing and caring for every rose in your collection. All are invited to this free program. For more info or Friday, April 26 Hometown Heroes v. Harlem Wizards Basketball Game - BRHS Project Graduation is hosting Bridgewater and Raritan government officials and B-R school staff as the Hometown Heroes versus the Harlem Wizards. Contact Project Graduation at for tickets or projectgraduation/. The game will begin at 7pm (doors open at 6 pm) in the BRHS Gym, 600 Garretson Road, Bridgewater. Dinner/Snacks/ Drinks will be available. Support Project Graduation and ensure the Class of 2013 will have a safe and memorable celebration. Friday, April 26 “An Evening of Laughter” presented by the Somerville Elks, Bridgewater. Tickets are on sale now $80 a couple; $45 single ticket. Cost includes Dinner Buffet. Cash bar available. Comedians are from the Borgata in AC. Contact Michelle Ally at or 732-377-9843 for tickets. Proceeds support the Bridgewater 12U tournament team’s trip to Cooperstown. Saturday, April 27 Vendor Fair sponsored by the BRHS Band Parents Association from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Bridgewater-Raritan High School cafeteria. Proceeds from this fundraiser go toward all band activities at BRHS. Vendor and crafter tables are still available for $40. If interested email for application: Brhs_craft_fair@



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Continuous Book Sale at Bridgewater Library The Friends of the Bridgewater Library have initiated a Continuous Book Sale to augment the two periodic book sales that are held in the spring and fall each year. Items for sale are gently used adult and children’s soft and hard cover books including fiction, history, biography, religion and many other topics. Large print books are also available and the shelves are restocked several times a week. Prices range from $0.25 to $2, payable with cash at the Circulation Desk. The money raised is used for concerts, programs, and projects that benefit the Library.

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The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Bridgewater will be sponsoring a Fashion Show and Basket Auction on Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m at Twin Brooks Country Club in Watchung. The event is open to the community. Fashions will be provided by The Gap, Hillary’s, Inspiring Fitwear, Kamali Kulture and Lululemon. Admission is $90/person for registrations received by April 8 and $100/person for registrations received after April 8. Admission fee includes a sit down dinner, fashion show and 26 tier-one basket auction tickets. Cash bar available. Proceeds from the event will benefit the JCC, a non-sectarian social service agency. To register, please call 908-725-6994 x201 or register on line at The Title Sponsor of the Fit & Go event is Precor. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. The JCC is accepting basket donations for the event. Gift certificates and donations of professional services are accepted, as are monetary donations which will be used for purchasing basket items. Please contact Joy McIntyre, JCC Fitness Director at 908-725-6994 x226;

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The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) located at 775 Talamini Road in Bridgewater, will be holding an Open House on April 3rd from 9 am-8 pm for Health & Fitness Membership, Preschool and Camp. The community is invited to attend. JCC Staff will be available to provide tours of the JCC, and special one-day savings will be offered. The JCC is offering special savings for new memberships including waiving the Joiner Fee (savings of up to $150) and 50% off the upgrade on a Star Membership (savings of up to an additional $125) offering total savings of up to $375 (some restrictions apply). The JCC Blaustein Early Childhood Center and JCC Camp Ruach are both offering $50 off of new school and camp registrations (some restrictions apply). Please call the JCC office for details at 908-725-6994 x201.

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Eisenhower Intermediate School Holds First Annual Science Fair

Adamsville Students Show Off their Talent

Adamsville 1st Grade Students performed a Gangnam Style Dance Routine at their talent show on March 15th. Dancers are (l-r): Gianna Caparoso, Lauren Ferrari, Katie Eckert, Tommy Larsen, Matthew Golembeski & Nicholas Pellegrino. Submitted photo

On March 15th, Adamsville Primary School held its 7th Annual Talent Show. To enter, students were asked to submit an application. This is one of Adamsville’s most popular events. The show was packed full of singing, hula hooping, Chinese Ribbon dancing, tap dancing, Bollywood dancing, karate, comedy acts, piano, clarinet rock bands, and gymnastics. There are never any winners or losers; everyone gets a chance to be a star. “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, Fanny Mulligan, “My husband and I have enjoyed being involved in this event for the past four years because we know, for many of the children, it is their only opportunity to express themselves in this manner.” The students ranged from grade 1-4, with some older siblings and parents. During intermission there was a surprise comical dance routine put on by many of the Adamsville teachers and staff, which was enjoyed by everyone!

On February 27th, Eisenhower Intermediate School in Bridgewater held its first annual science fair. The gymnasium was packed with 5th and 6th grade scientists proudly presenting their projects to parents, teachers and other community members. The night was a huge success with over 300 people in attendance. The students’ projects were varied in nature. Some researched scientific topics of interest and presented their findings in PowerPoint or poster board presentations. Others showed videos or recreations of experiments they conducted. Some students built robots and other technological inventions like hover crafts, solar powered devices, and radar detectors. Mrs. Sandee Smith and Mrs. Lauren Soltis, science teachers and co-coordinators for the event were thrilled with the outcome. “We were excited to see the projects that the students worked so hard to complete and were amazed by the caliber of projects they presented. It was quite clear that the students were excited to demonstrate their knowledge, enthusiasm and love for science!” At the end of the evening all of the science fair participants received a medal for their hard work.

(l-r): Stella Petrou and Katherine Jiao wear the medals they received for their watercycle project. Submitted photo

(l-r): Rishi Garde, Ameya Vaidya, and Aditya Thakkar explain their science project to visitors. Submitted photo



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Slavic Cultural & Heritage Society Presents Iskra Ukranian Dance Ensemble The Raritan Valley Cultural & Heritage Society will present The Iskra Ukranian Dance Ensemble on April 20, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, 16 East Somerset St., Raritan. The program, which begins at 7 p.m., will feature an evening of authentic Slavic folk dancing by an energetic group of talented young performers under the direction of Andrij Cybyk. It will be followed by a dessert reception. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children up to age 12. Advance reservations are required and must be received by April 10. Checks should be made payable to RVSC&H Society and mailed to RVSC&H Society, P.O. Box 211, Raritan, NJ 08869. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Irene Amitrani at 908-5263514 or


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Kelly Watson, a freshman at BRHS and member of the BRHS Field Hockey team, attended the Disney Field Hockey Showcase held February 7-10th along with her Total Dutch U-16 Light Blue Field Hockey teammates. Her team placed third and earned a bronze medal in one of the three top flights in this tournament that encompassed 96 teams from around the country. This group of girls from around the state is coached by Ingrid Alkhoven and Roland Peekel from Total Dutch Field Hockey Club of Somerset. After fighting back from a 0-2 deficit after the first half of the first game, they turned it around and won 4-2. This game set the stage for the rest of the tournament. After playing six games in three days, they earned a spot to play in the Championship round where they placed third.

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Raritan Library April Events The Raritan Public Library has special events planned for this month. To join in on the fun, stop by the library at 54 East Somerset St., Raritan or call 908-725-0413 to register. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn Thurs., April 11 @ 6:00pm 1945 Classic Movie starring Dorothy McGuire and Joan Blondell. Encouraged by her idealistic father, a bright and imaginative young woman comes of age in a Brooklyn tenement during the early 1900's. Running time: 129 minutes. Registration is required. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Poetry Celebration Wed., April 24 @ 6:30pm To commemorate National Poetry Month the Raritan Public Library is holding a Poetry Celebration for all ages. Poets whose works were chosen in our March contest will be invited to read at the Library's Poetry Celebration. Light refreshments will be served. Open to the public. Painted Mailbox Project Thurs., April 25 @ 6:00pm Instructor Irene Mortko will guide the class in stencil painting a flower design onto a USP mailbox. You can choose either a sunflower, geranium or pansy design. Mailbox and paints supplied. Cost of materials is $15. Pay at time of sign up. A sample mailbox will be on display at the Library. Registration is required.

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Adamsville Students Dance for a Healthy Heart

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The faculty team takes time out for a group photo before the Big Nick Classic. Photo/Dawn Wilde

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The Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School Big Nick Classic basketball game was held on February 28th with the students taking the win over the staff 9257. This was the third time in history that the students won the game. The game is played each year in honor of a popular former teacher/basketball coach, Nick Klecz, who passed away. Over $2800 was raised. The 8th grade student team consisted of Matt Alesandro, Brittany Blair, Claudia Blanco, Tony Colarusso, Jen Condo, Brian Cooper, Justin Davidovicz, Regan Goldberg, Melissa Hawkins, Hannah Hollingsworth, Jalen Holmes, Jordyn Kowal, Joseph Lenskold, Zachary Miseo, Kirsten Murphy, Olivia Ortelli, Shivam Patel, Danny Petrillo, Tyler Rudy, Kyle Scott, Roger Seifert, Ally Stanton, Anthony Vizzoni, Katie Winchock, and Howardson You. The staff team players were Coleen Dimonte, Carla Fernandez, Mike Geremia, John Giunta, Mike Grey, Dan Grigal, Stephanie Hurley, Jillian Kelly, Augie Lorio, Tara Mogan, Ken Nadzak, Ann Rock, Stephanie Romanko, Bryan Smith, Ryan Stevens, James Thomson, Brian Trapani, Mike Trapani, Bruce Vakiener, and Kim Willard.

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BRHS Students Excel in Engineering Olympics -

The Princeton Engineering Olympics is a high school engineering competition, focused on analysis and design. Students compete in ten 50-minute events representing the six engineering departments at Princeton University. The Bridgewater-Raritan High School team won 1st place for ship building, 2nd place for jet engines and 3rd place for circuits. Cherie Peroni, team advisor said, “I am proud of these students! Working with them during registration, practices and at the competition on March 2nd, as their voluntary advisor, was an honor.” Teammates are: Ryan Kishore, Nachiket Bhujbal, Nikhil Kunapuli, Sameer Dhavalikar, Kunal Hegde, Rohan Mathur, Priyanka Rathnam, Aasha Reddy, Emily He, and Jay Marion. Submitted photo

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The Somerville Seniors will be hosting a fundraiser featuring the multi-talented performer, Vincent Talarico, on May 5th at 6 p.m. at the Somerville Elks, 375 Union Avenue, Bridgewater. Mr. Talarico has been named by critics as one of the most versatile and hardworking performers of our time. Vincent sings in Italian and five other languages, tells stories and jokes, dances and plays the drums. He is the consummate entertainer--able to move people with love, passion and deep emotion through his voice. He has also written the theme song for a motion picture now in production-- and he has an acting role as well. Vinnie has performed to sold out audiences at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, Las Vegas and Europe, and many venues in NY, NJ and Florida. Tickets will be on sale on April 7th from 2-6 PM in the lobby of the Seniors Building at 1 Mountain Avenue in Somerville. For further information or to order tickets at other times, please call Claire at (908) 393-9300 or Randy at (908) 864-4052. Tickets cost only $15 and will be held at the door or mailed.

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part of February’s Career and Technical Education Month activities, Congressman Leonard Lance took time out of his busy schedule to visit the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School. Congressman Lance took part in a breakfast created by Culinary Arts students, visited with academic classes and even stopped by a welding class to gain a better understanding of the career and technical training the students receive. While having breakfast, served and prepared by Culinary Arts students, the Congressman took the opportunity to sit and talk with students about their current educational decisions and future educational goals. The students and staff truly appreciated their visit with Congressman Lance and enjoyed sharing conversations with him, as well as showing off their vocational training. Above: SCVTHS student, Jake Hambrick of Raritan, shows off a welding project to Congressman Leonard Lance. Submitted photo



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15th Annual Middle School Talent Show is a Smash Hit More than 29 students and 6 teachers performed before a packed auditorium during the 15th 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 show was directed by student council advisor, Kimberly Pratt and backstage student director Anna Spencer. Five students were on tech crew with Mr. Petrosky and Mr. King as tech advisors and 8 students were on stage crew. Language Arts teacher Miss Lawless served backstage as a faculty volunteer for the past five years. The event raised money that will be used for various charitable purposes within our BRMS community as well as the “Do More” foundation in Somerville. Do More is a non-profit organization that provides meals to people in need. The organization uses space at St. John’s Church to serve food. - Photos/Dawn Wilde

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Hillside School 5th graders participate in dream job interview simulation. Above left: Diana Scafuto; Above right: Luca Moscetti; Below: Jason Hinkle. Submitted photos

The students of Miss Masud’s 5th grade AI/E Language Arts classes at Hillside Intermediate School were amidst their study of the Nonfiction/Informational genre when they began their “mock interview� experience. In order to enrich and apply nonfiction research into their writing, students were asked to imagine it was 2024 and they were college graduates in search of their dream job. So, how did our 5th graders embark on their journey into their future? Step 1: research. Students researched universities/colleges, majors/minors, and possible courses linked to their goals. To guide students’ research, stu-

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Caritas Chamber Chorale is seeking singers of all voice parts (SATB) interested in performing many styles of a cappella sacred music for its 2013 spring season. Caritas Chamber Chorale, founded and directed by Barbara Sanderman, sings benefit concerts for the Adorno Fathers’ St. Francis Caracciolo Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa. Since 2005, the Chorale has performed concerts at venues in central and northern NJ and has raised over $50,000 for the African Mission. In recent years, the Chorale has been supporting the operating expenses of the Mission’s Gianni Diurni Primary School in the city of Goma. The Chorale rehearses on Friday evenings in Bridgewater. No membership fee is required; singers participate on a volunteer basis. Singers should have some choral experience; some music reading ability and a good ear are essential. For more info please see By sharing your talents as a Caritas singer, you will be helping those in need in one of the poorest areas of the world. Rehearsals begin April 5, for our June concert series. Auditions are being held by appointment up until the first rehearsal date of April 5th. Please contact Barbara Sanderman at director@ or phone 732.718.0775 for detailed audition and rehearsal schedule information.

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April 2013

Crowds Hit Main Street for 22nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Beautiful weather brought over 15,000 spectators to the sidewalks of Main Street to watch the Somerville St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 10th. The parade included over 150 marching units, making it one of New Jersey’s largest parades.

April is oral cancer awareness month. Oral cancer, if not caught in the very early stages is difficult to treat and many times has a poor prognosis. Lesions in the mouth are typically red and white, irregular and non-healing areas. Oral cancer can be painless as wellpatients must depend on early detection by examination from their dentist. The most common areas for oral cancer are the sides of the tongue and the cheek behind the second molars. Smokers can have lip lesions right where they hold their cigarettes. Tobacco chewing lesions show up right in the area where the tobacco is tucked. These are large, ugly lesions that also effect the gums and teeth. The Human Papilloma Virus is on the rise as a major culprit that causes oral cancer. See your dentist regularly to screen your mouth for this deadly disease. Our office offers the Vizilite Screening Test to find irregular tissue. We recommend this once a year!

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April 2013 Bronze & Silver Star Continued from page 1 could be awarded retroactively back to the beginning of the war in 1941. The Bronze Star was designed to be awarded just days after a battle by officers who participated in the battle. Previous awards, which were very infrequent, had to go up the chain of command through a long approval process by the military brass who were far removed from the battle. The introduction of the Bronze Star was a tremendous morale booster to the frontline men. There are two types of Bronze Stars. The majority of them were the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vâ&#x20AC;? for Valor type - which meant it was earned in combat. The other was a plain Bronze Star without the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vâ&#x20AC;? awarded for logistic, organizational, or clerical support to a unit that was in the battlefield. There was, and has always been, some controversy that these noncombat awards should be called something else. Although historians will often note that our war production, logistic systems and organizational skills gave the U.S. soldier on the front line a tremendous competitive advantage. The Silver Star is awarded for heroic actions in combat only. Its standard is much higher than the Bronze Star, thus, less Silver Stars were awarded. Newspaper records show that there were two Silver Star recipients from Raritan. We have the citation and a photo for one of these soldiers; for the other we have very little information.

Robert Yuhas Robert Yuhas, who lived at 50 Thompson Street, received the Silver Star and his citation reads as follows: Private Robert A. Yuhas

has been awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action against the enemy on Nov 5, 1944, in the vicinity of Metz, France. With his contact patrol receiving disastrous mortar and machine gun fire while reconnoitering near Fort de Guise, he ignored painful wounds to crawl toward a German bunker. Intrepidly firing one bazooka round into the fortification and silencing a machine gun, he moved on to a defensive trench and launched a second round which destroyed another machine gun, killing or wounding the crew. Private Yuhasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gallant deeds permitted the patrol to withdraw from a desperate situation reflecting great credit on him and on the military service. The other Silver Star recipient from Raritan is Chester Gulick. The record stating that he was awarded the Silver Star can be found just once in a very small article in a 1945 newspaper which contained no photo or citation. He lived at 51 N. Cornell Boulevard, Raritan. (That address, which is on the border of Raritanâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Somerville, is now part of Somerville. In 1945 it was part of Raritan.) The BReeze hopes that some residents can help us gather information on Chester Gulick. A full list of the Bronze Star and Silver Star recipients appears above. The Breeze is asking its readers to help close the information gap on these men. For those where the photo column says â&#x20AC;&#x153;missingâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;fadedâ&#x20AC;? - or where the citation column says â&#x20AC;&#x153;missingâ&#x20AC;? - we ask the public for their help. If anyone has photos, articles or family contact information for these men, please email Bruce Doorly at Finally, we realize this list is not complete, so if anyone has evidence of other Raritan men who were awarded The Bronze Star or the Silver Star in World War II, please contact us as well as this list will be updated. Citations (the paragraph that state the action that earned the medal) are known for 9 of our 18 Bronze Star recipients. The medals were presented for a variety of heroic actions on and around the battlefield in many different countries. Valor Bronze Star Citations Joseph L. Garo, of 88 Thompson Street, Raritan, was with the 42th Reconnaissance Squadron fighting the Germans in France. A Bronze Star Medal is awarded

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Name Silver Star Yuhas, Bob Gulick, Chester Bronze Star Carlino, Anthony Cimino, Dominic Garo, Joe Glens, Charles Innamorato, Cosimo Koskamp, Rowland Krachun, Robert Navatto, Albert Orecchio, Dominick Orlando, Philip Pridala, John Ruggieri, Joe Russo, Frank Salek, Ed Sipski, Francis Soriano , John Terlizzi, Michael Verci, Louis




50 Thompson St. Faded 51 No. Cornell Blvd. None

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to Sergeant Joseph L. Garo who distinguished himself by meritorious service during the period from Sept. 15th to Dec. 5th 1944, in France. Sergeant Garo has done outstanding work as a reconnaissance sergeant. By his willingness to volunteer for hazardous tasks, he has proven himself to be a man of outstanding leadership. His reports from patrolling were always clear and concise and through his knowledge of reconnaissance, his reports contained the necessary elements of facts that headquarters desired. His devotion to duty and tireless energy is in accordance with the highest standards of military service.

Joseph L. Garo Joe Garo had a second act of heroism, which in adherence to military protocol, is added to his Bronze Star and called an Oak Leaf Cluster â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that citation read: He along with

one other man entered the town under a flag of truce to convince the enemy that they were greatly outnumbered and to continue fighting was hopeless. He endangered his life to prevent any possible injury to the rest of the platoon. The total enemy in town was estimated at 50 with machine guns and light armor. These enemy soldiers could have taken many lives of our attacking force but through his efforts the town was taken without a shot being fired. His courage and devotion to duty is in accordance with the highest standards of military service. Michael T. Terlizzi of 79 First Avenue, Raritan, was serving with the 102th infantry fighting against Germany February 23, 1945. When his company was taken under intense enemy fire, Sergeant Terlizzi, risked his life to set up his machine gun in an exposed posi-

Page 15 tion and bring fire on the enemy. He succeeded in killing and wounded a large number of them. And by diverting enemy fire in his own direction he enabled his company to complete the preparation of a defensive position. The undaunted courage and devotion to duty which Sergeant Terlizzi displayed reflect highest credit upon himself and military service.

Michael T. Terlizzi Non- â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vâ&#x20AC;? Bronze Stars Albert Navatto of 4 W. Somerset Street, Raritan. Dec 1944-May 1945 in France and Germany. With outstanding initiative, leadership, and devotion to duty, Sergeant Navatto contributed immeasurably to the establishment and maintenance of the billets and messes for all officers and enlisted men of Headquarters, 6th Army Group. Due to the rapid movement of the headquarters, he was often required to work long and tiring hours in order to meet the allotted time schedule. By his remarkable ingenuity and ability to cope with unforeseen circumstances, Sqt Navatto enabled the advance headquarters, 6th army group to function successfully.â&#x20AC;? To view the old newspaper articles and photos for the servicemen who received the Bronze or Silver Star, visit


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Middle School Students take First Place in Science Bowl

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The 2013 Week of the Young Child™ is April 14–20 The BRMS Science Bowl teammates pose with their first place trophy (l-r): Irene Qiao, 8th grade science teacher Rob Ambrose, Jerry Kong, team captain Akash Kumar, Brian Wei, and Patrick Wu. Photo/Kumar family Five students from Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School (BRMS) recently competed in a Regional Science Bowl at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in Princeton, NJ. Teammates Jerry Kong, Akash Kumar, Irene Qiao, Brian Wei, and Patrick Wu, took first place in the competition. For the BRMS students to participate they had to take a 100 question test and the highest scoring students were selected. BRMS 8th grade science teacher and building science coordinator Rob Ambrose said, “The kids were amazingly responsible in organizing practices and preparing for the competition. They held regular practices starting in October and met as a team up to three times a week.” The nature of the competition requires students to be knowledgeable in a wide variety of scientific fields and also requires that students study independently on a nightly basis, while also maintaining performance in their classes at school. “Throughout the ‘practice season’, the kids kept me informed of their plans and progress leading up to the competition,” said Ambrose. “As BRMS Science Coordinator, I worked as an adviser and helped the kids register for the competition and submit all paperwork. It was really a great experience and extremely impressive to see how well prepared they were. It was evident that they had spent countless hours studying, developing strategies, and bonding as a team.” The NJ Regional Competition was open to all of New Jersey. Sixteen teams, consisting of five middle school students representing each school, competed in a double elimination contest with oral questions. Questions were drawn from the fields of chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy and mathematics plus general and earth sciences. With the victory, the BRMS team has been invited to represent New Jersey at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. from April 25 - 29. Ambrose said, “I am very proud of them and impressed by their maturity, organization, and dedication. The fact that they all maintain a high level of performance in school, while also participating in other extracurricular activities makes their efforts all the more impressive.”

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and the theme is Early Years Are Learning Years. Kangaroo Kids is celebrating this special week with a unique schedule of events. They will introduce their new mini ipads to enhance children’s learning opportunities. Kangaroo Kids will also be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair starting April 22nd to emphasize the importance of literacy. The book fair will be open daily from 8am-6pm and the community is welcome to stop by for a chance to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog. Scholastic will provide a raffle entry for anyone who buys books for a chance to win iTunes gift certificates. For more info call 908-2317800 or email us at Above: Ava DeJesus and Ethan Wei explore the new mini ipads at Kangaroo Kids.

On April 6th, from 9 am to 1 pm, Bradley Gardens School, 148 Pine St., Bridgewater, will host their Clothing & Bike Sale. Find gently-used infant thru adult clothing neatly displayed on tables organized by size and gender. Shirts are $1; shorts, sweatshirts, skirts, pjs are $2; pants, jackets, shoes and bathing suits are $3; bicycles are $10 and up. Donations of gently-used clothing and bicycles will be accepted on Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5 from 9 am to 2 pm and 4 to 6 pm at the school’s main entrance. Receipts for tax purposes are available at dropoff. Please bag clothing by size and gender and label the bag. Ex., “girl 4T”; “Men L.” The school’s PTO runs the sale to help the community and to raise funds for the school. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff at


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Student Creativity on Display at Van Holten’s Invention Convention On March 5th, one hundred 3rd and 4th grade students from Van Holten School brought 50 inventions to the school cafeteria for the Invention Convention. The students worked hard developing creative solutions for everyday problems. Inven-

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JCC Introduces P90X Fitness Program

The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) is introducing P90X Personal Fitness Program. P90X small group personal training sessions begin at the JCC, 775 Talamini Rd., Bridgewater on April 3, 2013. The P90X Personal Fitness Program combines small group personal training with a maximum of eight participants/session, individual personal training sessions and the care of a nutritionist over a 90-day period. Participants commit to a five or six day/week fitness commitment over a 90-day period in order to obtain optimal fitness results. All small group personal training sessions are 45 minutes in length, and the JCC will be offering 15 sessions at various times during the week. P90X is open to all fitness levels and the program is open to JCC members and non-members alike. For more info including fees, contact Joy McIntyre, JCC Fitness Director, at 908-725-6994 x226;

Brielle and Emma of Mrs. Powell’s 4th grade class Dante and Garret of Mrs. Powell’s class present demonstrate their invention - Fluffy Pet Crutches. their invention - the lighted mailbox.

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Matthew S., Matthew B., and Andrew invented - Deer Be Gone - a device that makes a noise to Elijah and Richie of Mrs. DeRosa’s 4th grade class scare deer off your property. invented the Sheepinator.

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Registration for Bradley Gardens Baseball League Open Until April 1 Celebrating its 54th year, the Bradley Gardens Little Loop baseball program emphasizes teamwork and sportsmanship, and provides quality baseball instruction to every child who participates in the league regardless of skill level. The Little Loop season runs from approximately April 1- June 30, 2013, and is open to all boys and girls between the ages of 4 ½ and 12, regardless of where they live and regardless of their experience level. Players are placed into one of four divisions based on their age as of May 1, 2013. Registration forms can be obtained at or by sending an e-mail request to bgllbaseball@ Questions about the league? Send us an e-mail at or contact Chris Johnson at 908-7251611.

Bradley Gardens School holds Chorus Concert Their joyful voices came together to sing and play for parents and family members on March 8th. Bradley Bears singers performed pieces such as “Yonder Come Day” (with body percussion and chanting), “O Be Joyful” (in three-part harmony), and classroom Orff pieces. They culminated their performance with “Festival Song”, which was then also heard at the Vocal Fine Arts Festival where 400 fourth grade students from all elementary schools sang it beautifully together. This is all with the help of music teacher Mrs. Diaforli-Day.


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St. Ann School Students Share their Interests Students from St. Ann School in Raritan recently answered the question, “If you could spend your time doing only one activity, what would that activity be?” Their answers appear below.

Bryce, Grade 2

If I could spend my time doing one activity, I would build paper origami. It is really fun. Sometimes I never do anything but build paper stuff. Once I’m done building, I add onto them until they look really, really cool. Most of all, I love showing all my stuff to my family.









April, Grade 2

If I could spend my time doing only one activity, I would pray. I like to talk to God and like the peace and quiet.

Kyle, Grade 2

If I could spend my time doing only one activity, I would do some work. I can write with my pencil and color some drawings. I could draw a house. I could paint my friends and paint a green-spotted butterfly. Also, I can paint myself. I’m an expert painter.

Reagan, Grade 2

If I could spend my time doing only one activity, I would pick gymnastics. When I’m in the gym, I feel like I’m in the right place. I have time to practice my favorite tricks. It’s really fun, and your favorite place might be the gym too. So, don’t be afraid to try anything you like.

Tyler, Grade 2

If I could spend my time doing only one activity, I would play in gym. I love to do exercises and play kickball, golf, volleyball and basketball.

Ashtyn, Grade 2

If I could spend my time doing only one activity, I would play with my dog. I would play catch with him. I love him.

Kristin, Grade 2

If I could spend my time doing only one activity, it would be art. I like to make things out of clay. I also like to paint. Art is a lot of fun. I like art because I like to get messy. I also like to color and draw.

Victoria, Grade 3

If I could spend my time doing only one thing, it would be horseback riding. I love horses. You may think they are disgusting, but they’re not. Once you meet them, you’ll be friends forever. I know it takes a lot of work to take care of a pony, but it’s really fun.

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School Calendar Apr. 3 - Adamsville - PTO Meeting - 7:30 p.m. Apr. 4 - Hamilton - PTO Meeting - 7:00 p.m. Apr. 4 - Bradley Gardens - Brain Show - 7:00 p.m. Apr. 5 - Hillside - Backyard Work Day - 3:40-5:30 p.m. Apr. 5 - Hillside - 6th Grade Rec Night - 7:30-9:00 p.m. Apr. 5 - Milltown - Comedy Night Apr. 6 - Bradley Gardens - Clothing Sale Apr. 9 - Eisenhower - Spring Picture Day Apr. 9 - BOE Meeting - 8:00 p.m. Apr. 9 - Hillside - PTO Meeting - 7:00 p.m. Apr. 10 - Hillside - Parent University - 6-7:30 p.m. Apr. 11 - Eisenhower - Drama Production Apr. 11 - Hillside - 5th v. 6th Staff Volleyball Game - 6-8 p.m. Apr. 11 - Hamilton - Science Fair - 6:30-8:30 p.m. Apr. 11-13 - BRHS - Spring Musical - Legally Blonde - 7 p.m. Apr. 11 - JFK - Healthy Dance - 6 p.m. Apr. 12 - Eisenhower - Drama Production Apr. 12 - Hillside - Student Council Twin Day Apr. 12 - Van Holten - Game Night (drop off) & Craft Night (parents stay) Apr. 12 - Crim - PTO Meeting - 9 a.m. Apr. 12 - Hamilton - Volleyball Game Faculty v. Parents @ BRMS - 7pm Apr. 15 - BRHS - Art Exhibit - 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Apr. 18 - Hillside - Drama Performances - 7:30 p.m. Apr. 18 - BRHS - Performing Fine Arts Festival - 6-8 p.m. Apr. 18 - BRHS - Festival of Arts - Art Exhibit - 6-8 p.m. Apr. 19 - Hillside - Drama Performances - 7:30 p.m. Apr. 19 - BRMS - School Musical - 7 p.m. Apr. 19 - BRHS - Art Exhibit - 8a.m. - 3 p.m. Apr. 22 - Eisenhower - Gr. 4 Parent Instrumental Orientation - 7 p.m. Apr. 23 - BOE Meeting - 8 p.m. Apr. 24 - Hillside - Diabetes Walk Fundraiser - 3:40 p.m. Apr. 24 - Eisenhower - Gr. 5/6 Vocal Spring Concert - 10am & 7:30pm Apr. 25 - Hillside - Gr. 4/5 Parent Orientation - 7:30 p.m. Apr. 25 - Bradley Gardens - Bingo Night - 7 p.m. Apr. 25 - JFK - PTO Meeting - 7 p.m. Apr. 26 - BRMS - Jazz Festival Apr. 26 - BRHS - Basketball Game for Proj. Grad. - Doors Open @ 6pm Please check the school web sites and calendars for updates or last minute adjustments

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Above: (l-r) Sreeakhil Pulipaka, Hasith Bomma and Maanav Patel stand with their experiment and first place medals. Photo/Sreedevi Pulipaka Several Bridgewater-Raitan Middle School students participated in the Somerset County Science Fair held on March 9 at Hillsborough High School. Hasith Bomma, Maanav Patel, and Sreeakhil Pulipaka: BRMS 8th graders worked together as a team to model and test different types of Alternative Energy sources, including Wind Energy, Solar Energy, and Geothermal Energy. They won first place in the 7th and 8th grade age bracket. BRMS 8th graders Katie Derderian and Meghan Sheasley presented “Robots that Could Change the Future” and showcased an RCX robot they built and designed to help people. Eighth grader Rita Kat Sasse won third place in the 7th and 8th grade age bracket with her experiment on velocity. Her experiment proved Galileo’s Law of Uniform Acceleration through the design of an apparatus which showed a projectile falls at the same rate as an object with no forward velocity. The Hillsborough High School RoboRaiders sent notice of the fair in late January. Interested students contacted 8th Grade Earth Science Teacher Rob Ambrose to propose their idea for an experiment. Mr. Ambrose advised them as needed and helped them register for the fair. Students independently designed and conducted their experiments and created their presentations outside of school. The fair was organized and hosted by the Hillsborough High School Robotics Team 75, RoboRaiders.

Page 19 Ken Bernabe, Wrestling Continued from page 1 service, and for contributions to the sport of wrestling. In 2002, and again in 2007, Ken was also awarded the Official of the Year by the Greater Middlesex Conference Wrestling Coaches, an honor he claims as his most significant to date because of his “enjoyment in officiating for many Middlesex County wrestlers, and coaches who demonstrate outstanding talent, skills, and commitment to the sport of wrestling.” Ken worked hard at his craft having been assigned matches to officiate for many of the ranked high school teams throughout the state, and he also has been a member of the EIWOA where he had officiated matches at the collegiate level for several years. In October 2012, Ken was awarded “Honorary Life Membership” into the EIWOA. Ken also is an active member of the New Jersey Wrestling Hall of Fame Board of Directors, and his dedication and leadership in the sport of wrestling is well recognized, for which he credits his mentor officials who have inspired his work ethic. Ken smiles proudly when he has the opportunity to speak about his family from whom he derives much support. He and his lovely wife Ellen of 43 years reside in Lawrenceville, NJ. They have a married son Brian who is 38, who is a District Sales Manager with PNC Merchant Services, and a 35-year-old married daughter Meghan, a former special education teacher in Franklin, Massachusetts. Ken and his wife Ellen have three grandchildren: Kellen age 4, Jameson age 2, and Addyson 18 months.

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Boys Swimming - Congratulations to seniors Jesse Novak, Bran-

don O’Brien, Dylan Sali and Bora Sebuktekin for competing in the NJSIAA Meet of Champions. The four placed fourth in the 200-yard Medley Relay with a time of 1:36.40 (Sali-Back, Sebuktekin-Breast, O’Brien- Fly, Novak-Free). Dylan Sali won the 200-yard Individual Medley by six tenths of a second with a time of 1:51.00. Jesse Novak placed fifth in 50-yard Freestyle with a time of 21.50. Way to go guys!

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Boys Volleyball Wrestling - Congratulations to junior Gianni Calo and sophomore Matthew Noble who both competed in the NJ State Wrestling Tour- nament at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City. To earn the trip to AC, Calo (106) placed second and Noble (113) placed third in the Region 5 tournament at Hopewell Valley on March 2nd. Boys Tennis Ice Hockey - After winning the Skyland Cup the ice hockey team continued their winning ways in the NJSIAA Public A Tournament. They beat Toms River East 6-0, Brick Memorial 5-1, Westfield 3-2, and Livingston 3-2 to reach the championship at the Prudential Arena in Newark. The team fell to Randolph in the final but should be ex- tremely proud of their many accomplishments this season (22-5-3). Diving - Congratulations to freshman Lisa Coe for placing third in the NJSIAA Girls State Championship Diving Meet with a score of 426.45. Baseball The Panther Swim Team held their end of season banquet on March 12th at Softball the Elks Club in Bridgewater. Photo/Kathy Sali We accept tree branches, trunks, limbs & brush Boys Lacrosse Call Now to reserve Girls Lacrosse your Communion & Feeds a family of 4. Only Confirmation Parties Take Out Only. Not to be combined w/other offers Limited time offer.

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Bridgewater Soccer Association Offers FREE Spring Developmental Program

Bridgewater Soccer Association (BSA) has announced that it is making its regular Spring Development Academy free for 5 to 7 year olds. Our “PreTravel” program is part of BSA’s ongoing commitment to encourage new players to try the “beautiful game” and for current soccer players to learn skills, develop technique and improve their game. Due to the popularity of the program and limited capacity, this offer is available only to Bridgewater Raritan residents. “This program is a great way for young boys and girls who are 4½ to 7 years old to enhance their soccer abilities, make new friends and have a lot of fun” said Dan Adams, BSA’s Technical Director and head of all of its professional training staff. Players will follow a set curriculum tailored to their age, making sure every player gets the same experience. This program will cover the basic techniques of soccer as well as an introduction to the rules, all in a safe and fun environment. Professional trainers will provide soccer training for motivated players looking to take their game to the next level. Training will take place from 5-6pm Mondays and Wednesdays from April 8th to May 15th on the new state-of-the-art turf field at Bridgewater Raritan High School, a field that BSA helped finance and install. For more info about this program visit or email Dan Adams at or 908-442-3505. 47 Readington Road Branchburg, NJ 08876 Tel: 908-203-1600 Just off Route 22! Minutes from Routes 287 and 78

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Pitch, Hit & Run Set for April 20 Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR) is a FREE, exciting skills event for boys and girls where participants have the opportunity to compete in four levels of competition. Manville will be hosting a Pitch, Hit & Run event on April 20th at 2:00 p.m. at Lincoln Avenue (Valley Fields). Open to all boys and girls ages 7-14 (as of July 17, 2013) from surrounding towns. A copy of the child’s birth certificate is all that is required for participation. Email questions to or call Manville Recreation at 908725-9478 x. 121.

Defensive Driving Course A Defensive Driving Course will be held on April 20th at St. Ann Parish Church, 45 Anderson St., Raritan, at 9 a.m. sharp and ending at 3 p.m. Fees are $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Participants completing the course will receive a certificate. If applicable, the certificate can help to reduce auto insurance premiums in most states. Participants are to check with their auto insurance for applicability. For more info and/or to pre-register, contact Tara Melillo at or (908) 253-6557.





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Special Olympics Peer Basketball Tournament participants. Over the course of seven weeks this winter, students from Eisenhower School participated in a Special Olympics Peer Basketball Program. Fifth and sixth grade boys and girls in the Learning and Language Disabled (LLD) program were invited to play basketball alongside non-disabled peers. During the practices, students learned ball-handling skills such as dribbling, passing, and shooting, in addition to teamwork, cooperation, and essential social skills. LLD teacher, Mrs. Czysz, collaborated with PTO members, Mrs. Steinberg and Mrs. Chong, to implement the program which already exists at the elementary level. This is one of few opportunities children with more severe disabilities have to participate in an intramural sport. Four teacher volunteers served as coaches, four high school student volunteers served as assistant coaches and one student from the middle school was a peer model. On March 12th, the students participated in a season-ending tournament. Parents and teachers attended the evening’s festivities to support the students. High School sophomore, Kelsey Coulter sang the National Anthem to open the night. Members from the high school boys’ varsity basketball team played an exhibition game in between student games, and the high school varsity cheerleaders performed between games and at half time. Coaches and high school volunteers were cheered on by the athletes during a fun, yet competitive, scrimmage. At the end of the evening, all of the athletes received personalized trophies donated by Jim Gano (IKE graduate in 1975) of Flemington Crown Trophy. Smiles and hugs were enjoyed by all before heading home. The program was nothing short of a success!

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Page 22 Bridgewater - Cosmo A. “Gus” Sorbo, 86, passed away on February 17, 2013. Mr. Sorbo was a veteran of the United States Army and served during World War II. Gus worked as an Auto Mechanic for Belle Meade Garage in Belle Meade for thirty two years, until retiring in 1988. He was a communicant of St. Bernard R.C. Church in Bridgewater. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Helen Miller, 94, died peacefully on February 20, 2013. Before starting her family, Helen worked as a wartime employee of Eastern Aircraft, and after her children grew up she worked at Regina Corp. in Rahway. She was a member of the Bridgewater Senior Citizens Club. Arrangements handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. South Bound Brook- Michael A. Swarin, 54, died February 23, 2013. Born in Somerville, Michael lived in Bridgewater before moving to South Bound Brook 24 years ago. Michael was Paper Cutter for Service Press in Metuchen. Arrangements were by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Annandale - Stacey Farinaccio, 48, passed away on February 26, 2013. Mrs. Farinaccio was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Church in Annandale, where she also taught CCD classes at the school. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bound Brook - Mary Ondiro died on February 26, 2013. She was a lifelong resident of Bound Book. Mary was an executive secretary for Union Carbide in Piscataway. Mary was a dedicated member of St. Joseph’s Church in Bound Brook. She also volunteered at McCarrick Care Center in Somerset. Arrangements were by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - James Stephen Hallo died February 28, 2013. Jim graduated as an Engineer from Cornell University. He later attended Chubb University and retired from Beneficial Corporation as a Programmer. During the last twenty years Jim’s passion included raising Seeing Eye Dogs and falling in love with each of them. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Whitehouse Station - Anne L. Statiroudis, 66, passed away on February 28, 2013. Born in Maywood,

CA, Anne was a former resident of Bloomfield and Bridgewater before moving to Whitehouse Station a year ago. Mrs. Statiroudis worked for Real Estate Mortgage Network in Edison for the past seven years. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Norman Ronald Lawn, 70, passed away on February 28, 2013. Norman served in the National Guard for eight years. Mr. Lawn retired from the Kodak Corporation after twenty five years, where he worked in Sales. He currently co-owned, along with his wife, Bridget’s Irish Cottage in The Bridgewater Commons. Mr. Lawn was a communicant of St. Bernard R. C. Church in Bridgewater. Norman was a former member of the Bridgewater Planning Board and at one time was head of the Bridgewater Recreation Board; was a member of the Somerville Elks B.P.O.E. Lodge 1068, Bridgewater and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Norman was an avid sports fan and bowler; he loved the Yankees. He was a baseball coach for Bridgewater Little League for ten years. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Richard F. Born 71 passed away March 2, 2013. Richard was a graduate of Somerville High School class of 1959 and was part of the wrestling team. He served in the US. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was owner/operator of Rick’s Café in Raritan. Mr. Born worked as a file clerk for the Somerville Post Office for 18 years prior. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Mary Alice McConnell, 78, died on March 3, 2013. Daughter of the late Martin and Alice Burke, Mary was born in Duryea, PA and lived in Somerset before moving to Bridgewater 8 years ago. Mary was a homemaker. Arrangements by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bound Brook - Caroline A. VanSant Zarnowski, 75, passed away on March 3, 2013. Born in Newark and a former resident of Plainfield, she resided in Bound Brook since 1961. Arrangements were by Branchburg Funeral Home. Formerly of Raritan - Joseph J. Kmet, 78, died on March 3, 2013.

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Obituaries Mr. Kmet graduated from Rutgers in 1957 with a BS in Accounting and was a Certified Tax Collector and Municipal Finance Officer. Prior to his tenure as Tax Collector and Treasurer, Joseph worked for the Union County Treasurers office as an accountant. Joseph was past president of the Tax Collector and Treasurers Association of Union County; Union Township Optimist Club; and past president of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, and was a member of the church council of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Somerville. He was also a member of Union Elks Lodge #1583, Municipal Finance Officers Association, and past President for Raritan Borough Democrat Club. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Arthur Harold Robinson, Jr., “Art” (76) died on March 4, 2013. Art entered the US Marine Corps in 1955 at age 18 and served in Okinawa, Japan. Upon returning to civilian life he began working for RCA Corp and married Loretta Lwowski of Raritan. In 1963 he founded the Weatherguard Corp introducing seamless aluminum raingutters to NJ and Eastern PA. In the years that followed he built a reputation as a dependable contractor and creative businessman, developing several patents on specialized tools and processes in the construction trades. In 1980 he founded a new company, Rainmaster, which he owned and operated until his retirement in 2012. For the past fifteen years Art was a regular volunteer at the Adult Day Center of Somerset County, cooking for gatherings, helping with fundraisers playing Santa at the Center’s annual Christmas party and supporting the work of his daughter, Diann Robinson who serves as Assistant Director and good friend Jeff Macaulay, Executive Director. Arrangements were by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater – Maria Alvarado, 90, died on March 5, 2013. Arrangements were handled by Somerville Funeral Home.

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Martinsville – Perumpedy B. Menon, 84, died on March 10, 2013. He is survived by his spouse Sandha, and children Asha, Anand, and Anil, their spouses and grandchildren. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Service. Bridgewater – Marilyn N. Hunter, 77, died on March 13, 2013. Marilyn was a Nurse for Greenfield Convalescent Center in Bridgewater for over 6 years where she retired. She was a big bird collector and a kind, caring, generous person, who will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. North Plainfield – Julia D. Wakefield, 86, died on March 14, 2013. She was born in Somerville on April 13, 1926 to her dear parents Purcell and Sadie Drake Dilts. Julia was a Nurse for the VA Lions Hospital in Lions, NJ. Arrangements were handled by Somerville Funeral Home.

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March 18, 1934 to his dear parents Angelo and Grace Condella Ruggini. Alfred was a Facility Engineer for Merck & Co. in Rahway for 37 years; served in the National Guard for the U.S. Army; and a Member for the Elks in Manville. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, an excellent marksman and sharpshooter, who also loved gardening and camping in his spare time. Arrangements handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home.

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B-R School District Lends Support after Hurricane Sandy

The Lavallette school district sent a thank you note to the Bridgewater-Raritan Education Association for the generous donation of school supplies and gift cards. Thanks to the support and contributions of the Bridgewater-Raritan school district, at least 11 towns (including Bridgewater and Raritan) have positively benefitted from relief efforts coordinated by the BREA. Lavallette Public School District was one of the recipients of 7000+ books and $1,600 in gift card/ checks that were generously donated by B-R staff members, students, and parents. The donations were delivered to the K-8 School (168 student/30 staff) in Lavallette on December 17, 2013. Due to the B-R school district’s donations; towns and schools were able to function with some sense of normalcy. Donations included: school supplies, food, baby items, toys, and pet supplies.

Congratulations to the Bridgewater Elite 8th Grade Basketball Team coached by Carol Mastroianni for completing

an undefeated season in the Flemington League as well as winning both holiday tournaments in December (Rutgers Prep and South Brunswick). The majority of these girls have been together since 4th grade and what a way to end their journey. Above photo (back row: Coach Carol, Jordan Kowal, Melissa Hawkins, Alexia Allesch, Kirsten Murphy, Anna Oliveri, Coach Tim Murphy, Coach Rual Blanco. Front Row: Sophie Fleno, Ally Mastroianni, Claudia Blanco and Hannah Hollingsworth. Photo/Karen Hawkins

Raritan Borough Unveils New Website

National Junior Honor Society Inducts New Members - St. Ann School inducted nine new members into the National Junior Honor

Society. The honorees who were accepted based on their accomplishments in the areas of Character, Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Citizenship, included 8th Graders Seung Oh and Brianna LiBrizzi, and 7th Graders Matthew Williams, Kevin Sawtell, Brigid Meisenbacher, Erin McGovern, Nicole Kelly, Lauren Clouser and Julia Benewiat. During the Induction Ceremony, each new member received an Honor Society pin and pledged to nurture enthusiasm for scholarship, to render service, promote leadership, develop character and encourage citizenship among peers. To maintain membership, students are required to maintain a GPA of 93 or above and perform individual and chapter projects offering a minimum of twenty hours of service. Chartered in 2010, the St. Ann chapter, Nobility Obligates, inducted its first members in spring 2011. Since then, members have contributed nearly 1000 hours of service across a variety of chapter and personal projects.

Bridgewater-Bound Brook Rotary 90th Anniversary Dinner Dance Set for April 6th The Rotary Club of BridgewaterBound Brook is celebrating its 90th anniversary with a black-tie dinnerdance honoring Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Peter S. Palmer on April 6, 2013 at 6:30 p.m at the Martinsville Inn. Nostalgia, a 17 piece big band, will perform

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popular music of the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s, offering a rare opportunity for an authentic ballroom dance experience. As part of the evening’s program, the Rotary Club will present Freeholder Peter S. Palmer with Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his outstanding community service. The club will also be recognizing all of its past presidents, who have been invited to attend this special event for a “Past Presidents Reunion.” Chartered in March, 1923, the Rotary Club of Bridgewater-Bound Brook continues to provide college scholarships to Bound Brook High School students and supports numerous local and international educational and humanitarian programs. The club meets each Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, off Route 28 in Bridgewater. Tickets for this special event are $70 per person and are available by contacting club president Elly Ezra at 732-968-1234 or past president, Glenn Carman at 908-251-4124.

Raritan Borough recently revealed its new website with the hopes of providing residents and visitors alike an easier, more informative experience. The new site, found at www.raritanboro. org, was revamped over the last several months.

B-R High School Presents

Bridgewater-Raritan High School proudly presents its spring musical, Legally Blonde. Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical about selfdiscovery. Based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde: The Musical stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This musical is ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish. The musical will be presented at 7:00 p.m. on April 11th, 12th and 13th in the high school auditorium, 600 Garretson Road, Bridgewater. A free dress rehearsal performance will be offered for Senior Citizens on April 10th at 3pm. Tickets will be sold at the door.

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Crim Students Enjoy Winter Mini Courses - Keep-

ing kids engaged during the long cold stretch from New Years to the first day of spring is always a challenge. Crim School had just what the doctor ordered...Mini Courses! For eight weeks from January to early March teachers and parents hosted a variety of creative, fun and exciting classes. These enrichment courses for kids range from archaeological digs to SMART Board games, from food decorating to football and even good old-fashioned reading for fun. Classes met on Tuesdays and Thursdays immediately after school. Courses were available for all students ranging from kindergarten through fourth grade. Above: Caroline Hands and Annika Toro-Gordon (both 4th graders) show off their cupcakes at the Decorating Dessert course.

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