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The BReeze Bridgewater Township & Raritan Borough, NJ Your Hometown Newspaper Volume 4, Issue 11

Sandy Blows Through B-R

First Responders Recount Hectic Days

The winds of Superstorm Sandy took out thousands of trees. Bridgewater and Raritan volunteer fire departments and rescue squads were extremely busy last month handling storm related calls as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Sandy put these volunteer first responders to the test, requiring them to leave their own families behind in order to aid community members. Some of our local firefighters and rescue squad members spoke with The BReeze about their experiences during the storm. Days before the storm hit, Chief Jim Vitale paged all members of the Green Knoll Volunteer Fire Company to report to the fire house to prepare their equipment for the upcoming

storm. Trucks, chain saws, and trash pumps had to be fueled up and ready to go. The firefighters discussed courses of action, referencing different scenarios. On Monday the winds started and the calls for downed wires began. The volunteer firefighters responded to calls for alarm activations, downed wires, trees obstructing roadways, brush fires and structure fires. Trucks from Green Knoll responded in all directions trying to secure the numerous calls in their section. At one point, Chief Vitale responded with a tower ladder to wires down on Mountain Top Road. After responding to the call, they found them-

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selves trapped by fallen trees, blocking their exit off the mountain. When they received their next call, a structure fire, they had to find a way to get down the mountain. Eventually they were able to get through and were relieved to find out that it was a false alarm. When the storm ended, Green Knoll Volunteer Fire Department responded to over 100 calls for downed wires, burning wires, transformers exploding, pumping out basements, and structure fires in a four day period. That is the typical number of calls they receive in a two month period. Chief Vitale said, “We were asked to help out with our tanker in Toms River, but had to refuse due to the devastation in our area. At the end of the storm when things calmed down, our tanker along with three members stood by in Woodbridge Township for low water supply.” The firefighters stayed at their stations on North Bridge Street and Dow Road for days and countless hours. They slept for an hour or so when they could and ate when they could. They kept in contact with their families by phone as much as possible. “I thank our spouses and kids that had to do without us during the storm, but most of all to the firefighters who did their job; minute after minute, hour after hour and day after day,” said Chief Vitale. “I thank North Branch, Country Hills, and Bradley Gardens Fire Departments for their assistance. I thank Readington for their tower ladder that was on standby in place of ours, which was damaged during the storm, and I thank them ahead of time for their effort until ours is back in service.” Members of the Raritan Borough Volunteer Fire Department responded to 78 calls from the beginning of the storm through the remainder of the week. The usual number of calls is 4-6 per week. During the storm and for several days after, all five fire trucks were in service responding to fire alarm activations, downed trees, downed power lines, trees and power lines on fire, smoke investigations, carbon monoxide investigations, and structure fires. At the height of the storm, Raritan Borough Fire Chief Carl Memoli, after conferring with the Police Chief, ordered all firefighters and equipment off the streets for their own safety, as the winds gusted over 60 mph

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Memories of Christmas in Raritan during World War II

By Bruce Doorly Christmas has always been a major holiday in the United States, but during World War II (1941-45) it took on special meaning as many families had a “loved one” serving in the military who could not be home for Christmas. During the war years “Peace on Earth” was not just a nice phrase found on Christmas cards, but was the number one wish of all peace loving people throughout the world. The Christmas season gave hope that while many were away, maybe next year missing family members would return home. Raritan tavern owner Tony Orlando sent a Home Front – photo of a Christmas tree that he had dediChristmas shopping cated to the Raritan GIs to dozens of Raritan around Raritan in 1941- servicemen overseas. 1945 was much different than today. The Bridgewater Mall was just vacant land and the internet had not been imagined yet. Most Christmas shopping was done with local merchants. Raritan had two clothing stores; Granetz which was located at 1 East Somerset Street and Glaser’s on the corner of Thompson Street and Second Street. Rocky’s, another department store, was located on Somerset Street. All three businesses were owned by Raritan residents in this era of mom and pop stores. Goods not available in Raritan could be found in Somerville in the

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JFK 4th Graders Discover that New Jersey is a Sweet State

Shown with the New Jersey cake from left to right: Hunter, Akash, Xavier, Rachel, David, Francesca, and Hannah. As part of their study of New Jersey, students in Mrs. Mary Austin and Mrs. Jennifer Pennisi’s class, and Miss Jaclyn Kritzar’s class at John F. Kennedy School in Raritan created an edible representation of the state out of cake. The students and their families baked each individual county at home and brought it to the classroom iced and ready to put into place. During the day, each student participated in completing this tasty map with Oreo county seats, pretzel and gum drop trees for the Pine Barrens, goldfish for the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware River, black licorice highways, and an animal cracker Appalachian Trail. After learning the “21 County” song, students were able to enjoy their hard work in the best way eating it!

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Bridgewater Resident Inducted into Wagner College’s Athletic Hall of Fame

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Cavalluzzi - Seidler Rosanne Cavalluzzi and Joseph Dana Seidler were married on June 30, 2012 at Saint Bernard of Clairvaux Church, Bridgewater. The Reverend Damian Breen and Deacon Bob Seidler, uncle of the groom, performed the double-ring ceremony and celebrated a Nuptial Mass. The bride is the daughter of Theresa and Leonard Cavalluzzi of Bridgewater. The groom is the son of Sandra and Thomas Seidler, of Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Presented in marriage by her father, the bride was attended by her cousin, Heather Wisnowski, as her maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Alexa Vaders and Kristin Alexy, cousins of the bride, and friends of the bride Lisa Ferrandino, Michelle Ferrandino and Rachel Kochinsky. Brian Boulger, friend of the groom, was the best man. Groomsmen were Sean Gallagher, Jared Ramsey, John McGeever, John Pavese and Colin Cairns, all friends of the groom. Gianna Cavalluzzi and Rebekah Fitzergerald, cousins of the bride and groom, were the flower girls. Michael Cavalluzzi, cousin of the bride, was the ring bearer. A reception was held at The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset. The bride is a 2006 graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School and a 2010 graduate of Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania, where she received dual bachelor’s degrees in Elementary and Special Education. She is a fifth grade teacher at Parsons Elementary School in North Brunswick. The groom is a 2005 graduate of Holy Cross High School, Delran, and a 2009 graduate of Bloomsburg University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He is a production supervisor at KMM Telecommunications, Piscataway. The groom is a first lieutenant in the NJ Army National Guard as well. Following a honeymoon in Bermuda, the newlyweds reside in Bridgewater.



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Mike Venezia of Bridgewater was inducted into Wagner College’s Athletic Hall of Fame on October 27, 2012. Venezia (Class of 1990) turned in one of the great careers of anyone who ever strode onto the baseball diamond for the Green & White. The Staten Island native batted .406 during his junior season in 1989, a mark that ranked third on the Wagner all-time single-season list at the time, and stands in fifth place today. In addition to his dazzling batting average, Venezia added five home runs and 31 RBI in leading the Seahawks to an 18-13 record. His four triples that year, which matched his career high set as a


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Gualberto “Gil” Malave of Raritan was selected as a winner of the 2012 Disability Advocates Awards. The Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services recently selected winners of the 2012 Disability Advocates Awards. Gualberto “Gil” Malave of Raritan was selected in the individual category and AIP (Anything is Possible) of Bridgewater was selected in the business and organization category. Mr. Malave was nominated for his unselfish commitment to veterans and his compassion for people with disabilities. A veteran of the Vietnam war himself and someone who became disabled as a result of his military service, he has dedicated his

life to helping disabled veterans build self-esteem and follow a healing path through wood turning. He has opened his home and his woodshop to teach wood turning to disabled veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He receives no compensation for teaching or for the use of his shop tools, lathes and electricity. Mr. Malave also has helped veterans receive assistance from the Veterans Administration to pursue positive outlets for their creativity. AIP (Anything is Possible) was nominated for its dedication to informing and caring for autistic children. AIP came about when Venita Martin’s son overcame autism and she decided that she wanted to make others believe that anything is possible through her organization. AIP is a non-profit organization for children with autism. AIP’s mission is to advocate for, to provide services for, and to meet the needs of autistic children and their families. Specifically, AIP’s goals are to guide parents to government resources, provide after-school programs and activities and to advise parents on various types of therapies available for children with autism.

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Tayler Siegrist of Bridgewater was selected as the Patriot League Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was voted to the Academic AllPatriot League Team along with Erica Perrine of Bridgewater. Both Bison were also recognized as All-Patriot League performers with Siegrist earning a First Team nod and Perrine being named to the Second Team. Siegrist is now the 7th Bison to be named the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year in field hockey and the first since Christine Weiss in 2010. Siegrist, who leads Bucknell in points (22) and goals (8) on the field, has a 3.80 cumulative gradepoint average as a management major. The senior captain has now been named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team in all three years of the honor’s existence. She is also a three-time member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Academic Squad and has been named to the Bucknell Dean’s List and Patriot League Academic Honor Roll every semester of her career. Siegrist’s accolades, both on and off the field,

extend past the fall. A javelin thrower with the Bucknell track and field team, she has twice qualified for the NCAA East Regional Championships. Last spring, Siegrist earned recognition as a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team selection. Perrine earned her first selection to the Academic All-Patriot League Team on November 1st. Perrine boasts a 3.77 GPA as an accounting major, an accomplishment that has also earned her two Patriot League Academic Honor Roll citations and a spot on the Bucknell Dean’s List every semester. She has twice been named to the NFHCA Academic Squad and helped the Bison to NFHCA Collegiate National Academic Team accolades. On the field, Perrine has started all 18 games in goal for Bucknell. The junior has a 9-9 record and two shutouts on the year. Her .726 save percentage and 1.82 goals allowed average also rate her among the best in the Patriot League. Perrine is also looking to move up the record lists at Bucknell before the season comes to a close. Photos by Bucknell Athletic Communications

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Santa Claus is Coming to Raritan on December 2nd

Be There Sunday, Dec. 2 and 9 Christmas Alternative Gift Fair hosted by Bridgewater United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall, 651 Country Club Road, Bridgewater from 9 am - 12:30 p.m. Finish your holiday shopping with us . . . and give the Gift of Hope this year! Eight ministries represented: Nature Conservancy, Fair Trade Coffee/Chocolate/Nuts/Tea, Hurricane Sandy Relief, Heifer Project, Wings of the Morning, Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention, Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, and Bake Sale Fundraiser. Sunday, December 2 Lil’ Kickers Open House at the Branchburg Sports Complex, 47 Readington Road, Branchburg from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Try out the different classes, meet the coaches, and take a picture with our mascot. Lil’ Kickers is an introductory motor skills and soccer program for children between 18 months and 7 years old. Our 50-minute weekly classes include a combination of soccer-based drills and creative, age-appropriate games designed to enhance motor skills and promote healthy activity. For more info contact Kelly Jaczko: or (908) 203-1600. Saturday, December 8 Breakfast with Santa in the Somerset County Vocational & Technical School Cafeteria, 14

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fee, Tea, Juice and more. Monies raised help support the Knights’ charitable causes. Monday, December 10 JCC Chanukah Party at 6:00 pm at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater. Make a gift for someone you love at our many “gift making” stations. Then get it all ready to give by going to our “wrapping” and “card making” stations. Art specialists will be on hand to assist. All projects are geared for preschool to 6th grade ages. Latkas and a kid friendly dinner will be served. Fee: $8/ adult, $6/child, Max per family $30. Bring your Chanukiah and 4 candles to light. For tickets call 908-725-6994 x201. Tuesday, December 11 JANUS Bereavement Support Group will meet at 7:30pm and will feature a discussion by Dr. Ronca on “Coping With the Holidays” after a loss. Special attention will be given to those suffering from the loss after Hurricane Sandy. There is no fee to attend but registration is requested by calling Dr. Barbara Ronca, LCSW (founder/facilitator) at 908-218-9062. Anyone who has suffered a loss due to death, separation/divorce, loss of health, job or relocation or any storm related losses should plan to attend. Refreshments are served.

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Santa Claus will be in Raritan on December 2nd at 2:00 p.m. at the Raritan Municipal Building on 1st Street. Visit with Santa and have a free photo taken. Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman will also be there. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. The Christmas tree will be lit at dusk. There will also be a United Way toy drive - please donate a new unwrapped toy. This event is sponsored by the Raritan Recreation Commission.

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Christmas Concert Returns St. Ann Church will host its annual performance of The Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea on Sunday, Dec. 16th at 2pm at Somerset County Vocational School. Under the direction of Fr. Alphonse Stephenson, the orchestra, now in its 24th year, will perform a combination of Broadway, Opera and Classical music that will bring the holiday spirit to life. Consider kicking off someone’s holiday season with this concert as a special gift! Contact the Parish Office (908) 725-1008 to order advance purchase sales – Orchestra $35/ Balcony $30. If available, tickets will be sold at the door for $40/ per person.

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PUBLIC NOTICE: Raritan Public Library’s monthly board meeting will be held on Thursday, December 6th at 7 pm. Normally it is held on the third Thursday of each month. Please call the Library if you have any questions. (908) 725-0413.

Free Event Open to All - December 8th Bridgewater Girl Scout Shelby Sharkey SU#74 Troop 61067 is hosting an event as part of her Gold Award Project. This free event is open to the public. Come hear the story of The Gift of the Maji. See highlights in a short skit and appreciate the real meaning of gift giving. Each attendee will be able to select & take five brand new gifts to spread the spirit of gift giving this holiday season. There will be a wide variety of gifts to choose from. The event will take place on Saturday, December 8th in the Community Room at the Bridgewater Library, 1 Vogt Drive, Bridgewater. There will be two sessions: 1-2 p.m. or 3-4 p.m. Suggested age – Pre-K thru Grade 6, but open to all. Registration recommended to confirm a spot, but walk-ins are welcome. There are two ways to register, call: (908) 429-9744 or email: When you call or email - 1) Leave number attending & names; 2) Contact Phone Number; 3) Session Attending. Any Additional Questions: Contact Ambassador Girl Scout Shelby Sharkey at (908) 429-9744 or email Web Page:

Dentist Collecting Food Bank Items The dental office of Dr. J. Raziano and Dr. T. DeStefano will be collecting items for the Somerset County Food Bank. Their office located at 1130 Route 202 in Raritan will have a collection throughout December to help aid the depleted Food Bank. The office donation area will be available Monday through Saturday. The staff is especially requesting GLUTEN FREE products, so they can be donated along with regular donation items. Some of the items most needed are: Gluten Free Products, Parmalat Milk, Children’s Cereals, Canned Meats (Spam and Corned Beef Hash) and Canned Stews. A complete list of needed items can be found in the office and on the Somerset County Food Bank’s website.

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Curbside Brush Pick-Up Schedule for Bridgewater Residents

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Bridgewater Garden Club to Sell Boxwood Trees at Library

The festively decorated boxwood trees measure about 18 inches tall and are perfect for tabletop decoration. If the Grinch could not steal Christmas, neither can Hurricane Sandy! Leaving the mess of the storm behind for just a little while, the Bridgewater Garden Club begins the holiday season with its annual Boxwood Tree sale. The dates and times are December 5-7 from 9:00 to 2:00 and Saturday December 8, 2012 from 9:00 to 3:00 at the Bridgewater Public Library, corner of North Bridge St & Vogt Dr, Bridgewater. Each tree is handmade by members from boxwood branches and festively decorated with pinecones, tiny red balls, and ribbon although any discerning owner can easily adapt it to fit his/her own tastes and traditions. The trees measure about 18 inches tall and are perfect for tabletop decoration—side tables, buffet tables, countertops or anywhere that fresh greens can brighten the space. And what a thoughtful gift, especially for someone who no longer wants a large tree. With a little watering, the tree can last through the holiday season. The price for each handcrafted delight is $30.00 payable in cash to the Garden Club at the library.

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A Letter of Thanks from Bridgewater Family Thank You to all our dear family and friends who attended the Gage Savar Recovery Benefit Fund dinner on October 20th. There are not enough words to describe our incredible feelings of appreciation to each and every one of you who gave from your hearts in support of Gage’s recovery efforts; your generosity was overwhelming to us all. It is because of you that Gage will add “Push to Walkâ€? to his rehabilitation efforts. The challenging one-on-one workouts he will receive will move him toward independence after the spinal cord injury from an ATV accident that left him paralyzed in May of this year. Thanks to our local stores for the gift card donations and local restaurants for the fabulous entrĂŠe and dessert donations. To our DJ, B&G Entertainment – you did not even know us and agreed to be a part of our “feel goodâ€? evening – what hearts you have! The evening could not have been any more perfect when an unexpected guest arrived. Having read a flyer about Gage and our event, Gene Kirkwood, Managing Trustee of The Michael Bruce Fund, an organization that assists those with spinal cord injuries, took the information back to the Board of this charity. Mr. Kirkwood presented Gage with an extremely generous donation - a gift that can surely add to the positive effects of his recovery. To Mr. Kirkwood and The Michael Bruce Fund Organization, we THANK YOU! Your surprise visit to our event, with gift in hand, could not have been timed more perfectly! Thank you for finding us. With the outpour of generosity, support of Gage since his accident and through his recovery we know good things will continue to come his way and that he will work hard for the independence to improve his daily life. Our sincerest thank you goes out to all who participated in this wonderful evening. Lynn Vitale Gage Savar Recovery Benefit Fund

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BRHS Seniors receiving the DeMoulin Championship Awards (lr): Nicolas Schrum, Megan DeMichele, Brian Jeremiah, Sarah Jennings, Caroline Merrill, and Kristen Merritt. On October 27th the USBands 2012 DeMoulin Challenge was held at Allentown’s J. Birney Crum Stadium. Twelve high school Bands from NJ, NY, PA, MD, & VA competed and the Bridgewater-Raritan High School earned Best Overall highest score sweeping all caption awards including Best Music, Best Visual, Best Effect, Best Guard, & Best Percussion. Their brilliant performance of “Exotica� marked the sixth straight competition win this season featuring music from composer Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade�, based upon the book, A Thousand and One Arabian Nights. This win earned the band an undefeated title for 2012 in the USBands circuit which includes competitions held at Somerville High School, MetLife Stadium, Piscataway High School, South Plainfield High School, and Edison High School. Formerly known as the USSBA, The USBands organization is dedicated to the service of music educators by providing opportunities for programs of all levels of achievement to perform, grow and challenge their students. The Marching Panthers, under the direction of Artistic Directors Larry Markiewicz and Gary Myer, will travel to Indianapolis for the Bands of America (BOA) Grand National Championship preliminaries. See the Marching Panthers in a video clip at the recent USBands Yamaha Cup Championship competition, as posted by YEA on You Tube: - Submitted by AnnaRene Jeremiah

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Owner Mike Proske pours one of the 12 continuously changing craft beers at Tapastre. The Spanish term “tapas” describes not so much a type of food, but a tradition of eating small appetizers accompanied with a favorite wine, beer, aperitif or cocktail. At Tapastre you’ll find a casual, lounge-like atmosphere where you can do just that. Their newly revised all-day menu offers selections of tapas to please everyone’s taste. When guests dine at Tapastre they are encouraged to order a number

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JFK PTO Sponsors Monster Mash

JFK students have a fun night with friends at the first annual Monster Mash. On October 25th the JFK PTO sponsored the school’s first official Monster Mash. Students were invited to dress in their Halloween costumes for a night of fun with their friends and family. The children participated in a dance party led by their PE teachers, Mr. V., Mr. Cipot, and Mr. Thomas. Following the dance party, students and families enjoyed snack time and holiday crafts. Pumpkins decorated by staff members were displayed and the students voted for their favorite. JFK families were asked to bring a non-perishable food item and more than 20 boxes were collected and donated to the Somerset County Food Pantry.

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Bridgewater Resident Recognized with Volunteer of the Year Award

Paul Kieltyka, SVY CEO, with Stephanie Salzano, Spooky Sprint Race Director. Somerset Valley YMCA volunteer Stephanie Salzano was recognized by the Somerset Hills YMCA for the dedication and time she has spent organizing the Yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Spooky Sprint 5K. Salzano was nominated for the award by the Somerset Valley YMCA, which hosts the Spooky Sprint 5K through its

Somerville branch. She was one of 25 volunteers from nonprofit organizations recognized for their efforts at a communitywide dinner on November 14th. Salzano created and organized the 5K, a fundraiser for the Somerset Valley Yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Strong Kids campaign. Through her hard work and promotion, the event, held this year on October 13th,

more than doubled in size compared to its inaugural year last year. This year, nearly 300 runners signed up to run. The proceeds of the 5K help support families in need with reduced-price memberships, camp and daycare scholarships. Somerset Valley YMCA CEO Paul Kieltyka presented the award to Salzano, praising her as a tireless advocate for the Spooky Sprint run, which is designed so that all ages can walk and run together. This year, runners ranged from 8 to 84 years old. As she accepted the plaque, presented during the 25th Annual Somerset Hills YMCA Volunteer Recognition Night, Salzano thanked the Somerset Valley Y for giving her the opportunity to do volunteer work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I volunteer for selfish reasons â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I am fulfilled by helping others,â&#x20AC;? said Salzano, a Bridgewater resident. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Spooky Sprint was an idea I thought I would love to take on. When I approached Paul Kieltyka about organizing this event, he supported me fully. It has been amazing to see my mission come to life.â&#x20AC;?

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Somerset County Senior Center in Raritan participated in a drumming circle lead by Sharon Silverstein on November 19th. Drumming can be performed while sitting, so people with difficulty being ambulatory can have an enjoyable and uplifting time creating music while getting in some very good exercise. Memory is stimulated, warmth returns to their hands, motion becomes less labored and smiles appear upon the faces of all that participate.

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Raritan resident John Hudak recalls a minimal holiday celebration while serving overseas.

bigger department stores such as Sears, Grants, and Burke’s. For jewelry, Somerville had Littman’s Jewelry Store. But the premiere store of the era was Bamberger’s which was located in Plainfield - a train ride away. Another town that was often visited for shopping was New Brunswick which had a number of popular stores. Buses left for New Brunswick every 20 minutes from downtown Raritan. Wartime brought about a unique turnaround in consumer purchasing power and availability of goods. Before the war, America was still recovering from the great depression when money and jobs were scarce. Shoppers were often limited to window shopping. When the war began, war production went into high gear with more well paying jobs and additional discretionary income to purchase goods. Unfortunately, there was little to buy as rationing and priorities in war production left few goods on the shelves. Metal toys had nearly disappeared as did automobiles, radios, bicycles, typewriters, and other standard goods that had previously been available before the war. The wartime production priorities greatly restricted the gifts children could receive for Christmas. The children had to be told about this and who better to tell

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Downtown Raritan ~ Then & Now

“White Christmas” which first debuted in 1942 in the movie “Holiday Inn.” Sung by Bing Crosby it became an instant hit as its peaceful feeling hit home with both those on the home front and those on the battle front. Another Christmas standard “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” made its debut in 1943. The words touched the hearts of separated loved ones as the song speaks of yearning to be home at Christmas even “if only in my dreams.” Overseas - As for the soldiers and sailors overseas at Christmas, military necessity and lack of accommodations forced them to have a minimal or almost non-existent holiday celebration. Raritan’s John Hudak, who served in the Navy during World War II, today sums up his Christmas wartime experience by saying, “Christmas was just like any other day.” At Christmas time many of the boys serving overseas would get the blues. But visual reminders of home could cheer them up even if it was just for a moment. The top photo was taken in 1920. On the left is The Third Reformed Raritan tavern owner Tony Church and on the right is St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Trolleys ran Orlando sent a photo of a Christthrough downtown Raritan until about 1930. The track ran down the cenmas tree that he had dedicated ter of Somerset Street. The tracks were finally torn up in 1942 to be used as to the Raritan GIs to dozens of scrap metal for the war. The bottom photo is the same scene taken in 2006. Raritan servicemen overseas. them than St. Nick himself. Raritan. You paid three dollars This photo indeed “hit home” as At local department stores and carried your tree home. It many surviving letters written Santa Claus had to lower expec- was common for families to pur- home during World War II talk tations when talking to children chase their tree just a day or two about the photo of the tree. that came to sit on his lap. Santa before Christmas. Back then, the Michael Musz wrote back to told the kids not to expect too Christmas celebration carried Tony “Thank you for the wonmuch because of the war. He on for many days after Decem- derful picture of the Christmas made no promises. Sometimes ber 25th. Christmas music could tree – it’s a sight that is very faSanta had to explain that a par- be heard on the radio into early miliar and in a place that I’d like ticular toy had too much steel in January. to be right now. We did manage it - and the steel was needed for John Pacifico, who was a to hold a small party for Christthe war. If a child seemed dis- young teenager during World mas of our own, but we couldn’t appointed, Santa would inform War II, recalls that community celebrate too freely. “ the child that children living in spirit at Christmastime was Frank Del Rocco wrote back countries where the war was be- much different than today as to Tony, “It’s a darn nice tree. ing fought will have no Christ- most everyone walked to their I’d like to have been there. I’m mas at all. destination, thus you interacted sending it to my brother Jim. I To obtain the family Christ- with neighbors and friends often, guess he will then send it to my mas tree during WWII there was and so “The Spirit of Christmas” brother Joe.” no need to drive out of town was constantly shared together Mike Troisi simply said, (most families did not own a among Raritan residents. “Thanks a million for the picture car) as Christmas trees were The wartime years intro- of your famous wall and Christsold right on Somerset Street in duced classic Christmas songs mas Tree for the boys.” toCW the4trculture including the song yearning to 1be home durAvalon-Bridgeway 12-12 11/16/12The 10:28 AM Page

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ing the Christmas season can be seen in this passage that Raritan’s Stanley Waida wrote to Tony Orlando, “Well Tony another Christmas came and is gone and the war isn’t coming to an end. This is my third Christmas that I have spent away from home, and it looks very much like I’ll be in the army for a fourth. I sure hope not.” Benny Barone, Tony Orlando’s nephew, wrote, “I sure wish that we could all have been home to have Christmas together, but let us hope and pray that we will all be together again next Christmas.” Ironically, while the GIs overseas were not able to be with family then, their fighting of the war was insuring that they would be free to celebrate future holidays with their families. The Raritan soldiers overseas sent home many Christmas cards to Tony Orlando. These cards are an interesting bunch as they show the artwork style of the era and reflect the mood of wartime America. Some examples can be seen below. To view more, visit Christmas Cards Sent from Raritan Soldiers

December 2012

Cheerleaders Help Raise Money for Terminally Ill Children

Members of Evolution All Stars look on as a check is presented by Coach Mike Drulis, Director of Evolution Training Center (on left) to Nathan Rudy, Executive Director of Connor’s House. Local trick-or-treaters came out in force on October 27th to support and raise funds for children with serious and difficult to manage diseases. The 2nd annual Evolution All Stars Trunk-or-Treat was held to benefit Connor’s House. Connor’s House supports children with complex health care needs, together with their families, by creating a community of support that helps them to embrace each day and live life to its fullest. Evolution athletes worked hand in hand with a scary collection of ghosts, ghouls and zombies that had taken up residence in the trunks of their parent’s cars, to pass out candy to costume clad kids. “Evolution believes and acts in support of our community and for that we are proud to host and sponsor this Trunk-or-Treat event in support of Connor’s House. Donations are still being received and encouraged, and total dollars raised to date is over $4,000,” said Michael Drulis, Director of Evolution Training Center in Bridgewater. “We are humbled and appreciative for this incredible sense of community. Cheerleading is a competitive sport of athletic skill and teamwork. Evolution is a leader in teaching our athletes the necessary skills through safe progressions and it is accomplishments like this that teach our athletes the value of teamwork.” In addition to the decorated trunks, the celebration hosted an inflatable bounce house, food, drink and even a place for kids to have their hair colored with hair spray. Afterwards the gym hosted a complimentary cheer clinic open to all.

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Crim School PTO Hosts Walk for a Cause

Crim students participate in the walk-a-thon that raised over $2,200 for Autism New Jersey. On October 5th, Crim PTO held their annual fall walk-a-thon. The benefactor of the 2012 walk-a-thon was Autism New Jersey. Autism New Jersey is a nonprofit agency that has been supporting New Jersey’s autism community since 1965. Through awareness, credible information, education, and public policy initiatives, Autism New Jersey leads the way to lifelong individualized services provided with skill and compassion. Crim PTO was pleased to donate over $2,200. The walk-a-thon was led by Mrs. Sherri Lenox and Mrs. Tracy Lee. Crim PTO would like to thank the entire community for their support, time and generosity.

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Bridgewater Library December Programs The Bridgewater Library is excited to kick off its December program series. They have a wonderful variety of programs that are sure to delight both kids and adults alike. Registration for all events is required. Please visit: to register. Odarka Stockert: Holiday Harpist Thurs., Dec. 6th; 10am-3pm Enjoy the beautiful holiday sounds of the Celtic harp in the lobby with harpist Odarka Stockert. Preschool of Rock Sat., Dec. 8th at 10:30am Got the winter blues? Then come by the library and rock out with ‘Preschool of Rock!’ Your morning will be filled with great music where children will discover, improvise, perform, and have fun! Family Night Storytime Tues., December 11th at 7pm Wear your pj’s to our new all-ages storytime with Miss Gretchen! Open Mic Night Thurs., Dec. 13th at 6:30pm Think you’ve got what it takes to get up on stage in front of your peers with nothing but your voice and guitar? Want to share your poetry, comedy, or original music? Not an artist, but would like to witness some of the most inspiring artists Somerset County has to offer? Then join us for this one of a kind experience, and help local musicians and writers have their voices heard. Practice SAT Sat., December 15th at 9:30am Taking the SAT in the Spring? A free practice test is one of the best ways to get ready for the real thing! By taking this practice test, you will learn exactly what to expect on test day and receive a complete individual analysis of your results (which will be mailed to you 7-10 business days following the test). Retro Game Night Wed., December 26th at 5pm It’s a blast from the past! Come to our Retro Game Night and play video games from the past 30 years! We will raffle off gift cards to Game Stop! And yes, there will be snacks! New Years at Noon Fri., Dec. 28th at 11:15am We’re ringing in the new year a few days early! Join us for stories, games, crafts, and our very own countdown to noon, complete with a New Year’s ball!

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Raritan Library December 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. Holiday Craft with Irene Mortko Thurs., Dec. 6th at 6:00 pm

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Mane Stream Seeks New Volunteers Mane Stream (formerly Somerset Hills Handicapped Riding Center) located in Oldwick, is seeking new volunteers to provide support with Equine Assisted Activities for individuals with disabilities. Volunteers 14 years of age or older are needed to groom and tack the horses and assist riders and clients during group lessons and therapy sessions. Training of volunteers is a 2-step procedure involving a 1 ½ hour orientation followed by a 3 ½ hour training session. The orientation will provide an overview of the programs offered by Mane Stream and will explain the responsibilities of a Mane Stream volunteer. The follow-up training session will provide a closer look at horse behavior and will involve hands-on practice of the skills introduced at orientation. Attendance at one orientation and one follow-up training session is mandatory prior to becoming a Mane Stream volunteer. Orientations and trainings will be offered prior to each riding session, with a maximum of 12-16 spaces available for each training session. Trainings fill quickly, so it’s important to register as soon as possible. The orientation for the Winter 2013 session (January 2 – February 9) and beyond is scheduled for Saturday, December 8 from 11:30-1. The follow up training session is scheduled for that afternoon, Saturday, December 8 from 1:30-5. This includes a ½ hour lunch break, from 1-1:30. Pre-registration is required for orientation and training sessions. Prior experience with horses is not necessary in order to become a volunteer. A Volunteer Training Manual and review quiz are available on the website at and should be reviewed prior to attending a training session. For more information or to register for an orientation and training session, please contact Carol at either (908) 439-9636 or volunteer@

from P.A.S.T. (Paranormal and Scientific Techniques) performed a “ghost hunting” at the Raritan Public Library in August. On October 25th and November 14th the investigators revealed their findings to program attendees. During their investigation in August, the members of P.A.S.T. picked up voices, orbs in photos taken in different parts of the library, dowsing rod movement, and a flashlight that went on and off with voice commands. Most of the activity was in the current children’s library which is part of the original library structure. During the library program the investigators showed attendees the equipment they use in their research and how it works. Above photo: P.A.S.T. Lead Investigator Peter Callahan answers questions from the audience regarding the “ghost hunting” that occurred at the library. There appears to be an orb by Mr. Callahan’s hand in the photo.


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Youth Nonprofit to Host Breakfast Fundraiser for Girl with Brain Cancer

A fundraising breakfast will be held for Leslie Ramirez on December 15th at Applebee’s in Bridgewater.

Middle Earth, a local nonprofit serving youth, is hosting a breakfast to raise funds for Leslie Ramirez, an 11-year-old girl from Bound Brook, with brain cancer. The breakfast will take place on Saturday, December 15, 2012

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Childhood Center four year old class performed a Thanksgiving play for their families. After the program, children in the 3’s, 4’s and Kindergarten classes enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast with the JCC GrandFriends. The JCC Blaustein Early Childhood Center is located at 775 Talamini Road in Bridgewater and offers child care programs for infants ages 6 weeks through Kindergarten. Pictured are Geoff Feinstein and his son, Reid, of Bridgewater.

20th Tara Zimliki won the 3rd Annual Comfortree 5k race held in Bridgewater. Tara’s Bootcamp was a gold sponsor for the Comfortree race. Comfortree is the only non-profit organization providing free monthly non-toxic house cleaning to all cancer patients regardless of the type of cancer for up to one year while the patient is in treatment.

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dents at Milltown School all participated in painting a beautiful mural with the guidance of artist Caren Frost Olmsted. The mural enhances the lobby and hallways and represents the Bridgewater & Milltown Community. Above: Milltown School students gather in front of the recently completed mural with Milltown Principal Matthew Lembo (on right), Milltown School Art Teacher Jessica Marchand (kneeling left), and artist Caren Frost Olmsted (standing left).

Holiday Concert Promises Hope and Cheer The popular Stars and Promises Holiday Concert performed by the Peter Mayer Group will take place on Friday, December 7, 2012 at the United Reformed Church, 100 West Main Street in Somerville. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., but doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person with proceeds being donated to charity. Concert-goers are asked to bring a canned food item to the event. “In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey is seeking non-perishable food items and diapers to assist those affected by the storm,” said Rick Fontana, one of the event organizers. A few restaurants on Main Street in Somerville are offer-

ing some discounts for concertgoers, which makes the event a perfect night out on the town. Mannion’s Irish Pub will take 10% off your food or beverages. Verve has prepared a special pre-performance prix fixe menu at $25, as well as offering a postconcert 25% off your night cap liquor bill. The concert features Peter Mayer, a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who fronts his own band as well as performing as one of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefers. Melding a unique and eclectic writing style, a distinctive voice, and virtuoso musicianship, Peter and his band perform a collection of original and traditional holiday music that is electrifying in live perfor-

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Immaculata Marching Band Pays Tribute to 50 Year History with Undefeated Season

The Raritan Recreation Department held its annual Halloween Costume Contest at the municipal building in November. Following is a list of winners from each age group: Ages 1-3: Oliver Kempe, Jalissa Gonzalez, Joseph Salazar, Ejan Mora, Isabella Fonseca, and Sinjin Niles; Ages 4-7: Evan Riddell, Luis Chimborazo, Alaina Gust, and Matingly Niles; Ages 8-13: Katie Horton, Brian Golas, Elizabeth Alpizar, and Cooper Hyland; Ages 14-Up: Larry Alpizar. The overall winner was Katie Horton as Mary Poppins (shown below receiving her trophy from Raritan Borough Mayor Jo-Ann Liptak). Photos/Ron Rispoli

Immaculata Drum Majors and Color Guard captains collect the prized trophy. Pictured are Ray Gatchgalian, Caileigh Idell of Bridgewater, Ryan Gorman, Darby Casey, Dan Eckels of Bridgewater, and Kathy Mendoza. Immaculata’s unique Marching Band, with its tribute to the school’s 50th anniversary entitled “We Are Spartans,” is undefeated this season. It won all seven competitions, including not only the US Bands State, but also the National Competitions. It is the first time in the school’s Marching Band stellar history that the band was undefeated. At Nationals, held at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, Immaculata outscored 16 other teams from around the country. Amazingly, the top three bands were only separated by a .025 of a point. “We were stunned because the competition was so strong,” reports associate Band Director Frank Amato. “We were up against the best of the best from around the country.” Amato continues, “All year our mantra was this: success only comes ahead of work in the dictionary. These two wins were a fruition of the band members’

dedication and hours of work. The students shed lots of tears of joy, for they were so excited to have achieved such an amazing feat.” Drum Major Dan Eckels of Bridgwater, one of the Drum Majors, who received the band’s award adds, “It was so unbelievable. Having seen the other bands perform, we knew that we were among greatness. I was so proud to represent the band at the awards presentation and felt honored on behalf of Spartans,

past, present, and future.” Created by the school’s music department and design staff, the show presents the Spartans as time-honored warriors with music from the movie, Gladiator, transitioning over the ages with music from Spartacus, a ballet by Khachaturian, and emerging as faith-filled Immaculata Spartans, accompanied by the triumphant music of David Holsinger’s Sinfonia Voci. The concept demonstrates how the values and legacy of the ancient Spartans have been passed to the current Immaculata Spartans. Commemorating the 50th anniversary and the tradition of excellence instilled over the past decades, gold is emphasized in costuming, flags, and shields; the music is enhanced by dynamic choreography and inspiring narration. “The band members and staff have worked hard,” Nancy Bonham, faculty member and percussion instructor says, “to capture the power and emotion of this amazing achievement of 50 years and we are thrilled with the reaction from our student body, faculty, families, and alumni.” Sums up Marching Band Director Ed Webber, “Our hope is that this show is one element helping Immaculata to launch itself into another great 50 years.”

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- Little elves are spreading cheer at Kangaroo Kids by helping those in need. Community Service is a year round tradition at Kangaroo Kids Child Care & Learning Center but holiday time brings a special joy in giving. Young children can understand the importance of helping others by the role modeling of significant adults in their lives and by being included in events that give back. Above: Kangaroo Kids Waddler Class with Lead Teachers Fatima Pidany and Jackie Russano Weiss.

Register for Raritan Baseball & Softball Boys and girls, kindergarten and up, can register to play Raritan Recreation softball and baseball. You can register by mail: Raritan Recreation, P.O. Box 125, Raritan, NJ 08869, check or money order must be included. OR register in person on January 19 or 26, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the basement of Raritan Borough Hall, 22 First St., Raritan. If you have not supplied a copy of your birth certificate in the past, please do so on the day of registration. Registration fee: Raritan residents: $60/per participant; $120/two participants from same household; $35/each additional participant. Non-Raritan residents: $70/per participant; $140/two participants from same household; $35/each additional participant. You will be advised of the date and time for evaluations at a later date. Tentative opening day: April 21st at Frelinghuysen Park. Women and men are needed as managers and coaches.

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Bridgewater-Raritan High School Key Club held a Turkey Drive on November 17th in the parking lot of the Basilone Fieldhouse. The Key Club collected 83 turkeys, around 2000 lbs. of canned goods and other foods, and almost $300 in donations. Key Club and the Community Food Bank thank all those who helped to make this holiday better for the less fortunate. Above photo: Ghanash Vigneswaran, Kyle Rodemann, Club Advisor Mrs. Finnis, Antonella Gini, Stephanie Owens, Lauren Cascio, and Mona Ibadi hold some of the turkeys they collected at their food drive. Below photo: Michelle Uminski (left) and Valeriya Paratsa hold a sign to draw attention to the Key Club food drive.

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of need and look forward to our continued service to the community.” The Martinsville Rescue Squad took people to the hospital and transported seniors to relative’s homes who had power. They made ice available to residents and also did wellness checks on residents. One of the biggest problems during the storm was lack of access. Downed trees and utility poles in the area limited the ability of first responders to get to certain areas. In some cases members climbed over fallen trees to get to resident’s homes. In addition, the Martinsville Rescue Squad took an injured Bridgewater police officer to the hospital. The rescue squad provided 24 hour coverage to the Martinsville and Green Knoll sections of Bridgewater. The Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department was extremely busy during the storm. Some of the types of calls they received as a result of the storm were: alarm activations due to power

First responders received numerous calls for fire alarm activations, downed trees, downed power lines, trees and power lines on fire, smoke investigations, carbon monoxide investigations, and structure fires.

and firefighters were being hit by flying debris. However, just as he gave the order, they received a call for a house fire on Route 206. A fire had broken out as a result of electric wires whipped by the wind, arcing against aluminum siding and setting the attic and roof on fire. High winds made battling the flames nearly impossible; however, with assistance from the Somerville Fire Department, they managed to get the fire under control and saved the home. Post storm calls consisted of carbon monoxide activations, as residents used improperly ventilated generators to power their homes, activated fire alarms, and more fires involving trees and wires. In all, the Raritan firefighters put in nearly 1,000 hours of volunteer service related to the storm.

The Bradley Gardens Rescue Squad was able to have two crews, and at times three crews, available throughout the week of October 29th to November 2nd. On October 29th, members elected to stay at the rescue squad building overnight to help facilitate a more efficient response, which proved very valuable in the middle of the night when a resident needed help. “We were very fortunate throughout the week because we did not experience a higher than normal call volume. However, many of the agencies in Bridgewater, especially the fire departments, received an exceptional number of requests for help and they answered them quite timely and professionally from what I observed,” stated Chief Chris Ireland. “As a volunteer and resident, I am proud of our ability to help our neighbors in their time

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JFK Students Share Their Thoughts on Adulthood Students from Miss Kritzar’s 4th grade class at John F. Kennedy School in Raritan recently answered the question, “What is one thing that you think you will definitely be great at when you are an adult? Why?” Their answers appear below.


I’d love being a journalist when I grow up because I love writing, acting and visiting fascinating places. So how cool would it be if I was a traveling journalist on TV! I’d go sightseeing on canals, hiking on gigantic mountains, and just plain walking around in foreign countries.










One thing I think I will definitely be great at when I’m an adult is a lawyer. I know that because I’m all about fairness and justice. I know what’s going on in the world right now with the government and the president. Everybody thinks I should be a lawyer. I think so too because I want to protect my country.


When I grow up one thing that I will be great at is a teacher because I will be nice but if I have to, I will raise my voice. Also, if the kids don’t behave I will give them a warning and if they still don’t listen then I will write their names on a paper. Also we will have free time on Fridays.


I will definitely be a good computer repair person. I am always fixing the computer. I show my grandma how to work Yahoo and how to access an account on Facebook and Gmail. I can’t wait to be part of Land Data Services when I’m older.


One thing that I think I want to be when I grow up is a chemist. I think that because in school I am good at science and social studies. Also my friend inspired me to be a chemist. I hope I get to be a chemist.


I definitely am going to be good at cooking. I know I’m going to be good at cooking because I always ask to help cook dinner and when I eat it, it tastes delicious. Also I love cooking and to help.

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School Calendar Dec. 1 - Van Holten - Breakfast with Frosty Dec. 1 - Bradley Gardens - Breakfast with Frosty & Toy Sale Dec. 1 - BRHS - Fall Drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Jury Roomâ&#x20AC;? - 7:00 p.m. Dec. 3-7 - Hillside - Holiday Bazaar Dec. 4 - BRHS - Winter Orchestra Concert - 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 - Hamilton - PTO Meeting - 7:00 p.m. Dec. 7 - Hillside - 6th Grade Rec Night - 7:30-9:00 p.m. Dec. 7 - Milltown - Movie Night - 7:00 p.m. Dec. 7 - Crim - PTO Meeting - 9:00 a.m. Dec. 8 - Hamilton - Breakfast with Frosty Dec. 11 - BRMS - Vocal Concert - 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 - Hillside - 5th Grade Band/Orchestra Concert - 10:00 a.m. Dec. 12 - Eisenhower - Gr. 5/6 Vocal Winter Concert - 10 am & 7:30 pm Dec. 13 - Hillside - Grade 6 Band/Orchestra Concert - 7:30-8:15 p.m. Dec. 15 - JFK - Breakfast with Frosty & Holiday Gift Shop - 9 a.m. Dec. 17 - BRHS - Winter Vocal Concert - 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 - Wade Building - Board of Ed Meeting - 8:00 p.m. Dec. 18 - JFK - Market Day - 5:00 p.m. Dec. 19 - Hillside - Grade 5/6 Vocal Concert - 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 - Eisenhower - Gr. 5 Band/Orchestra Assembly - 10am & 2pm Dec. 20 - Eisenhower - Gr. 6 Bank/Orchestra Concert - 10am & 7:30 pm Dec. 24-Jan 1 - Winter Break - Schools Closed Please check the school web sites and calendars for updates or last minute adjustments


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Pee Wee Squad to Compete in Disney - The Bridge-

water-Raritan Panther Pop Warner Pee Wee squad will be competing in Disney on December 4th. Before attending, they had to place in a total of three competitions, â&#x20AC;&#x153;MVCâ&#x20AC;?, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Statesâ&#x20AC;?, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eastern Region.â&#x20AC;? The Jr. Pee Wee squad and Midget squad will also be going to Disney. Members of the Pee Wee squad in alphabetical order are: Sophia Alexis, Valerie Barone, Angela Bartocci, Rose Carroll, Megan Gaido, Jamie Knowles, Julieann Murphy, Breanna Goe, Ashley Seymour, Valerie Sinacori, Erin Weems, and Ann Wilde. Photo/Dawn Wilde

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PANTHER SPORTS Fall Sports Wrap-Up Girls Volleyball - The girls varsity volleyball team finished their mem-

orable season on November 13th, falling to #4 seed Livingston in the Group IV State Semifinals. This loss pales in comparison to all the success this team has accomplished throughout the season. After graduating several key players last season, the Panthers opened this season unranked and untested by their competitors. Their opening loss to rival Ridge could have sent the Panthers into a season of disappointment. Fortunately, led by a strong core of seniors, the girls rebounded and went on to finish their impressive season 23-8, capturing a second straight Somerset County Title. Seniors Kiera Kennette, Kristina Sparling, Alex Wick, Samantha Murphy, Ariel Schwalb, Leah Stine, Elizabeth Rynar, Julie Lee, and Taylor Patullo will be greatly missed, but their accomplishment is sure to set the tone for the players who will fill their shoes next season.


- The 7th see Panthers (5-5) have made it to the 2nd round of the playoffs upsetting the #2 seed Ridge on Nov. 16th with an exciting 23-22 overtime win. Ryan Mora and John Capra scored the only first-half points for the Panthers when they shared a sack in the end zone for a safety. The Panthers tied the game at 16-16 in the third quarter with a pair of touchdowns. Tommy Goodberlet had a 70-yd pass reception for a touchdown and Chris Carter a 35 yard fumble return for a touchdown. With neither team scoring in the fourth the game went to overtime. Ridge struck first but missed the point after. B-R tied again with a 1-yd touchdown run by Mike Pennella and walked away with the win when Anthony Barillo kicked the extra point, his third for the evening. Along with his sack-safety, Capra also had 3 tackles and caused the fumble returned by Carter. Also key to the Panthers’ defense, Jack Fanning had 10 tackles and Steve LaMorte had 7 tackles and one interception. QB Donny Stires completed 220 yards passing including the 70-yard TD pass to Goodberlet (145 rec. yards). Matthew Eichhorn had 65 yards rushing, Pennella had 45 yards receiving, and Josh Robbins had 24 yards receiving for the offense. The Panthers will continue to wear the title of underdogs when they take on the #3 seed in Piscataway at 1 pm on Saturday, December 1. Go B-R!

The entire girls cross country team.

Seven girls competed in the Cross Country State Group IV Championships on November 17th. (LR): Jacqueline Diaz, Emily Drain, Erica Bohdan, Marisa Ruskan, Christine Arcoleo, Emily Larkin, and Gabby Alaimo. Marisa Ruskan won the State Championship in a time of 18:22.

Members of the 2012 Girls Volleyball team are: (seated) Alex Wick, Ariel Schwalb, Libby Rynar (Captain); (kneeling) Samantha Murphy, Sarah Oliver, Megan Massari, Julie Lee (Captain), Stephanie Lin; (standing) Taylor Patullo, Kiera Kennette, Leah Stine, Kristina Sparling, Jennifer Kozyra, Coach Romanak and (not pictured Bryanna Wooley).

Field Hockey - The girls and coaching staff finished up an amazing sea-

son (23-2) with a bevy of titles; Somerset County Champions (5th in a row), Skyland Conference-Delaware Division Champions, and North 2 Group 4 Sectional Champs and made it all the way to the Group 4 Finals again.

Boys Soccer - With arguably one of the toughest schedules in the state,

the boys of the pitch had a winning season (12-5-3) and should be proud of their efforts against extremely competitive teams. Amit Mohan had 6 saves in goal and Patrick Masur scored the lone goal, assisted by Kevin Horan, in the Panthers’ win over North Hunterdon in the 1st round of the state tournament.

Girls Soccer - The girls’ soccer team, ranked in the top 10 in the state, can look back at this season (13-6-2) with pride. The lady Panthers defeated J.P. Stevens (1-0) and Westfield (2-1 in overtime) on their way to the state tournament semifinal loss to Scotch Plains (0-1). Brianna Petro scored against J.P.Stevens assisted by Allison Morgan. The pair were also instrumental in the Westfield win. Morgan connected first and Petro scored the golden goal in overtime against Westfield. Goalkeeper Casey Murphy finished the season with 131 saves.

Gymnastics - Ayana Lee, Emily Shugan and the rest of the gymnastics

team finished the season with an impressive performance at the state tournament. Having already won the Skyland Conference and Somerset County Championships the girls looked forward to a strong showing at states. They did not disappoint. The team placed 7th in the NJSIAA Team Championships. Lee won the individual state championship for Floor Exercise and placed 9th in the All-around. Shugan placed 7th in the All-around. Go Panthers!!

Girls Cross Country - Capping off an already great season the Pan-

thers placed 14th in the NJSIAA Group 4 Championships at Holmdel Park with team leader Marisa Ruskan winning the individual championship with a time of 18:22. University of Richmond bound Ruskan placed 6th at the Meet of Champions. On November 24th at VanCortlandt Park in the Bronx, Marisa came in 8th place (18:31) in the Footlocker Northeast Regional Championship race to qualify for the Footlocker National Championships on December 8th in San Diego. There were 13 states represented in which only the top 10 individuals qualify for the Nationals.

The girls volleyball team celebrated senior night on October 25th. Seniors are: (bottom row) Samantha Murphy, Ariel Schwalb, Alex Wick, Elizabeth Rynar; (top row) Taylor Patullo, Kristina Sparling, Kiera Kennette, Leah Stine and Julie Lee (on Leah’s shoulders).

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Boys Cross Country - The members of the Boys x-country team won the Greystone Invitational with Brad Meixsell finishing 2nd with a time of 17:07. Running with Meixsell were Kyle Skelton, Aadi Mhatre, Matt Jones, and Matt Leventhal. Way to run boys!

Competition Cheer Team - Congratulations to the Cheer Team for qualifying for the National Championships in Orlando, Fl. This is the 13th consecutive year that the Cheer Team has qualified for Nationals.

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BRHS Varsity Sports Schedule Sport

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ment. She was a Pharmacy Associate of Puerto Rico and a Registered Pharmacist of New Jersey. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Adeline L. Giuliani Colella, 90, passed away on October 20, 2012. Adeline’s career included working for M.E. Sterns, New York Telephone & Telegraph, and R.H. Macy’s & Co. where she was a member of Local 1-S, retiring after 30 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Adelaide Cacaci Giulani; her sister, Giovannina Cassino; her cherished granddaughter, Lauren Richmond in December, 2008; and her brotherin-law, Louis Foresta. Surviving are her daughter, Laurie Ann Richmond and her husband, Dean of Bridgewater; her cherished granddaughter, Dana Richmond of Bridgewater; her sister, Elvita Foresta of Bayside, NY; and nieces and nephew. Arrangements were by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Julia Kasica, 83, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family October 22, 2012. Born in Poland, Julia lived in Bridgewater for the past 50 years. Julia was predeceased by her husband, Albert Kasica and is survived by her son Richard and his wife Anne of Middletown, MD, son Edward and his wife Laura of Bridgewater, and daughter Christina of Bridgewater. Julia was a beloved babci to Zachary, Julia, Kassia, Nicholas, Noah, and William. Arrangements handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Somerville - Barbaro Falcon, 60, died October 24, 2012. Barbaro was a machine operator at Rebtex Inc in Branchburg for over 25 years. Barbaro enjoyed fishing and the joy of his life were his birds Jimmy and Jason. Arrangements by Bruce C Van Ardsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Dr. Robert Marc Fink, 64, died at home on October 28, 2012. To know Bob was to know that he touched many lives. He led a truly fulfilled life -- one with deep caring relationships. Bob loved good music (Bob Dylan), Rutgers football, exercise, convertible cars and Buddhist thought. Arrangements by Bruce C Van Ardsdale Funeral Home. Edison – George R. Pacciello, 58, died on October 29, 2012. George was a Photographer for the Hunter-

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Hillsborough – John Hratko, 91, died on November 2, 2012. John was a Foreman for Rhone Poulenc Chemical Company in New Brunswick, served in the Merchant Marines and the U.S. Army during World War II, a member of the Disabled Veterans (DAV), Manville VFW Post 2290, Hillsborough Senior Citizens Chapter A, and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church in Raritan. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Formerly of Bridgewater - Madeline Merola, 84, passed away on November 3, 2012. Born in Bound Brook, she resided in Bridgewater since 1969 until recently moving to Pittstown. Mrs. Merola worked as a receptionist for RBH Dispersions, Inc. in Bound Brook for fifteen years, until retiring in 1964. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Ferdinand O. Helbing, 84, passed away on November 3, 2012. Mr. Helbing worked as a Chemical Engineer for 40 years with various companies, until retiring in 1989 from Foster Wheeler. Ferdinand was a Cub Scout leader for eight years and loved oil painting. He was an avid traveler, often returning to his homeland, Germany. Arrangements were by Branchburg Funeral Home. Hillsborough – Eleanor Koleman, 79, died on November 3, 2012. Eleanor was a Bookkeeper for Lea & Febiger in Philadelphia, PA and Hoechst Celanese in Bridgewater. She was a member of the Raritan Senior Citizens, enjoyed going on Bus Trips to Atlantic City and Broadway Shows, loved her cats and travel and draw, was a former member-dancer of Landette Dance Troupe. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home.

Bridgewater - Barbara Ann Winters, 67, was a lifelong resident of Bradley Gardens, NJ, and died on Nov. 5, 2012. A graduating managing cheerleader of BridgewaterRaritan High School . She owned several dog grooming businesses in the immediate area, her most recent, Bobbi’s Canine Coiffures in Raritan, since 1973. She was a devoted communicant of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Bridgewater, where she received all of her sacraments. She was a member of the Alter Rosary Society and a Eucharistic Minister to the homebound and Somerset Medical Center. But her true love was running the social ministry department where she fed/clothed the very poor within the parish and others within the state. Her devotion earned her the Regina Nostra Award. She loved court TV, the Yankees and was also a member of Dawn Patrol Motorcycle Club in Bradley Gardens (Bridgewater), who helped her plan an unforgettable wedding for her only child. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister Veronica Stempien and an infant sister, baby Mary Margaret. She is survived by her only child Lisa Hanlon and her husband, Robert; a brother Fred, of Bridgewater, and his wife Joan and a brother William. Also, she will be sadly missed by her special friend Ann Marie Izo, her adopted daughter Gwen Thober and her son Austin. Her memory will be treasured by many nieces and nephews and a slew of beloved friends. Lastly, she leaves behind her most adored dogs, cats and various pets. Arrangements were by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Branchburg - Dorislynn Scott, 68, passed away on November 6, 2012. Dorislynn was an Administrative Assistant and worked for twenty years for the Courier News and then for two years with Bridgeway Care Center in Bridgewater, until retiring in January, 2012. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Morris Plains – Pritam Singh, 87, died on November 6, 2012. Funeral arrangements were handled by India Funeral Service.

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December 2012 Continued from previous page Somerville - Rachelle D. Friedberg, 90, died November 7, 2012. Rachelle was born in New York, NY and was a lifelong resident of Somerville. She received a BA from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. She was a high school teacher at Fairlawn High School. She was a founding member of Temple BethEl, Hillsborough where she served as a past president of the Sisterhood. Arrangements by Bruce C Van Ardsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Dr. Joyce Kushinka, 83, died November 8, 2012. After graduating from college at the end of World War II, Joyce bravely set off for Germany to work for the U.S. State Department. Joyce taught history for 25 years at Somerville High School. During this time she received a Master’s Degree from Monmouth College and a Doctorate in Education from Rutgers University. She was on the Board of the Institute for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Raritan Valley Community College where she helped prepare curriculum for middle and high school students. She received a special recognition for her dedication to the Institute. Joyce volunteered in many community organizations including Habitat for Humanity, American Association of University Women, the Somerset County Diversity Coalition, United Methodist Women, the Somerville Public Library, and SHIP. She taught Sunday School for 50 years, first at the New Providence Methodist Church and then at the First United Methodist Church in Somerville. Arrangements by Bruce C Van Ardsdale Funeral Home. Raritan – Mary M. Beesley, 97, died on November 8, 2012. She was born in Raritan, on October 31, 1915 to her dear parents Casper and Mary Hladek Koval. Mary was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in Raritan, a devoted wife, a loving mother, a dear sister, a wonderful grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Bridgewater – Richard “Rick” M. Walker, 78, died on November 11, 2012. Rick was a Travel Agent for “Away We Go” in Union. He retired from the Veterans Medical Center in Lyons & served in the U.S. Army during Korean War Era. Rick was a member of the American Legion Post #12, co-founder of the Michael Sunder Project Sending Packages to the Military, and a graduate of the Horizon Institute of Paralegal Studies. He was a N.Y. Yankee and History (Civil War) fan, and a dedicated advocate for the Veterans. Rick is survived by his wife, Joyce Walker of 27 years; two step-sons, Joseph Sunder of Baptistown NJ and James Sunder of Bridgewater; a sister, Elaine Howie of Michigan; a granddaughter, Courtney Ann Sunder; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; a sister-in-law, Yolanda Walker of Michigan; and many wonderful friends. Arrangements were by Bongiovi Funeral Home.

Somerset - Jacob J. Pepsin, Jr., 28, passed away on November 12, 2012. Jacob worked for FedEx in Woodbridge as a Package Handler for the past eight years. He was an avid NY Giants fan and an admirer of antique cars. Surviving are his sister, Brenna Stroger and her husband, David of Bridgewater; his nephew, Nathaniel; his grandmother, Amelia Hayden; his uncle, Steven Hayden, and his uncle and aunt, John and Jeanne Hayden of Avondale, AZ. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Cranford - Helen Kaim, 93 died on November 13, 2012 at Cranford Extended Care. She is survived by her beloved son Edward and wife Jean of Colonia. She is predeceased by her first husband Julius Majewski and second husband Henry Kaim. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Leo M. F. Chirovsky, 64, left us on November 13, 2012. Leo excelled academically from elementary school to his high school years in Seton Hall Prep. Upon graduation, he decided on the Cooper Union in New York City as his college of choice, graduating summa cum laude in 1970 with a BS in physics. He continued his academic pursuits at Columbia University, earning a PhD in nuclear physics in 1979. Though his colleagues at Columbia hoped Leo would pursue a career in academia, at the dawn of the 80s, he was offered a position by AT&T, which he happily accepted, thrilled to be working at Bell Labs, which was at the time one of the most recognized, well-funded, and well-regarded research institutions in the world. Leo continued with Bell Labs after AT&T split off that part of the company into the newlyfounded Lucent Technologies in the late 90s. After several years of a nearly bi-coastal lifestyle, Leo finally returned to New Jersey on a permanent basis, as well as his academic roots in nuclear physics, when he began working at Schlumberger as a research scientist specializing in cutting-edge design of components, trouble-shooting what appear to be insoluble problems, as he designed tools for well-logging and for space exploration. He worked in this position until the day he was hospitalized. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Somerville – Luz Marina Abrehu, 57, died on November 14, 2012. Arrangements were handled by Somerville Funeral Home, Inc. Somerset - Evelyn G. Covert, 72, died November 14, 2012. Arrangements by Bruce C Van Ardsdale Funeral Home. Hillsborough - Mark N. Thomas, 41, passed away suddenly on November 15, 2012. Mr. Thomas was a Warehouse Supervisor for Rutgers University where he has worked for the past twenty years. Mark enjoyed spending quality time with his family, especially his boys. He enjoyed playing guitar and was the lead singer in the band Xplosive Kidd. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home.

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