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The BReeze Bridgewater Township & Raritan Borough, NJ Your Hometown Newspaper Volume 4, Issue 2

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February 2012

Hillside School Students Serve Community on Martin Luther King Day

During the 1950s and ’60s, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. recognized the power of service to strengthen communities and achieve common goals. Initiated by Congress in 1994, the Martin Luther King Day of Service is designed to transform the federal holiday into a national day of community service where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to improve their communities. This past Martin Luther King Day, Hillside Intermediate School students had a unique opportunity to honor Dr. King’s memory by participating in a Roots & Shoots Day of Service. Lead by Hillside teacher Katrina Macht, more than 100 fifth and sixth grade students and parents, along with Hillside teachers and staff members, provided service at eight different locations. The students were divided into 11 groups. Three groups stayed at Hillside School to organize and Students from Hillside school performed their Roots & Shoots Thelma Stukes, a resident of The Chelsea in Bridgebox donations, work in Hillside’s Habitats, make Variety Show for the residents of Chelsea Assisted Living in water, marched in Washington, DC with Dr. King in 1963. Submitted Photo gifts for the Children’s Hospital and create a film Bridgewater. Submitted Photo about the importance of education for all children. Other students were transported off-site by bus to perform their Roots & Shoots Variety Show at Chelsea Assisted Living in Bridgewater. The remaining groups volunteered at Avalon Assisted Living of Bridgewater, the Pregnancy Aid Center in Raritan, the Agape House in Somerville, the VA Medical Center in Lyons, St. Hubert’s Animal Shelter in Madison, Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter in East Hanover, and Mane Stream Stables in Oldwick. Right: Students from Hillside School visited the Avalon at Bridgewater to spend time with the residents and to create colorful and inspirational artwork that expressed the students’ and residents’ feelings. This intergenerational program was taped for NJEA classroom close up, an Emmy winning show that airs on NJTV (formally NJN). Both residents and students were interviewed on how educational and beneficial intergenerational programs can be. The artists’ work is now on display at the Avalon at Bridgewater for all to enjoy. NJEA classroom close up featuring the Avalon and Hillside school will air Sundays, April 8th-May 6th at 12:30 and 7:30 on NJTV. Submitted Photo

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Hillside students organize donations for the Food Bank on January 16th as part of their Day of Service to the community. Submitted Photo

Raritan Police Chief Lorenzo ‘Renzi’ Rossi Kept Raritan Safe for 43 Years

Lorenzo “Renzi” Rossi was named Raritan Police Chief in 1937, a position he held for 30 years.

By Bruce Doorly Anyone who lived in Raritan from 1923 to 1967 can tell

you many stories about colorful Raritan Police Chief Lorenzo “Renzi” Rossi. He was a police officer who had his own brand of justice which locals called “Renzi’s Law.” He set any potential juvenile offenders on the right path through his concern and his firm but fair way of dealing with their youthful indiscretions. First, he would reason with the offender one on one. If that didn’t work, the next step would be the application of “Renzi’s Law” consisting of a firm whack of the nightstick on the behind and delivering the offender to their parents to make them aware of what had happened. In that era, the parents would often deliver their own justice

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which sometimes resulted in junior having trouble sitting for a few days. Lorenzo Rossi was born in 1899 and lived in New York City when, as a teenager, the family moved to Raritan. They lived in houses on Second Avenue and Second Street. He met a local girl, Theresa Quelly, whom he would make his wife. As a young man, Lorenzo worked at The Somerville Iron Works as a tin smith helper. An accident at work cut off two finger tips on his left hand. That convinced him that he did not want to spend his career in factory work. He approached the

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Casey Randazzo of Raritan is named to Pearson’s Student Advisory Board.

The BReeze is mailed the first week of each month, free of charge, to all 20,000 residences in Bridgewater Township and Raritan Borough, total population approx. 50,000. The opinions expressed in The BReeze, whether by paid advertisement or editorial content, do not necessarily reflect the views of this newspaper and its staff. The newspaper staff reserves the right to edit any submission for length and content. Contact the staff or submit an article by email at yourbreeze@ yahoo.com.

Raritan resident, Casey Randazzo, a junior majoring in public administration at Cornell, has been chosen for a unique opportunity to influence the future of higher education course materials as a member of Pearson’s Student Advisory Board. The 2011-12 advisory board members are providing guidance on issues such as personalized learning, the use of mobile devices, the integration of social media, and the evolution of games as learning tools. The students experience first-hand the inner workings of the world’s largest learning company, while Pearson executives offer mentoring, support, and insight into how business decisions are made. “Higher education continues to change at a rapid pace, and the Student Advisory Board members provide us with a direct connection to college students throughout North America,” said Sandi Kirshner, Executive Vice President for Higher Education Policy and Student Relations at Pearson. “These talented students know firsthand what is happening on their campuses. Their insights, ideas and suggestions are invaluable to our continued development of innovative educational materials.” “I am helping to develop a product that could change the lives of students and how they learn. I expect to take these experiences and apply them to all of my future endeavors,” said Casey Randazzo. The Student Advisory Board includes 12 students representing a range of talents and backgrounds. Candidates were recruited through deans of students, professors, honors program directors and student leadership organizations.

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BReeze Bulletin Board (continued) Temple Sholom to Honor Dr. Leora Isaacs in February

Hannah Roberts (11) of Bridgewater had the holiday vacation of

a lifetime. After auditioning and being cast and many hours of rehearsal, she performed with the New Jersey Ballet Company in their 41st Annual Nutcracker at the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts to sold-out houses. Above photo: Hannah Roberts with some of the senior members of the company in the Party Scene. Micayla Frank, an eighthgrade student at BridgewaterRaritan Middle School, will attend the summer intensive program at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. Micayla has been studying dance for 10 years and is a year round student at the French Academy of Ballet in New York. Prior schools she has attended include Manhattan Youth Ballet, NJ Ballet and Gotta Dance.

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Jeffrey R. Green, son of Reynold and Susan Green of Bridgewater, was recently inducted into the Pi Gamma Mu international honor society of the social sciences at Salisbury University. Pi Gamma Mu promotes excellence in, and recognizes outstanding contributions to the social sciences. Jeff is a senior majoring in business administration with a track in economics and minoring in finance. He is member of the Salisbury Men’s Rugby Club. Jeff graduated from Immaculata High School, Somerville in 2008.

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per girl. To obtain a registration form, please email Diane Marino at dmarino@gshnj.org or call 908-518-4406. Thursday, February 9 Mary Zamore author of The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic will appear at the JCC, 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater at 7:00 p.m. Join Mary as she presents her knowledge of Judaism, food, and implementing values such as ethics, community and spirituality into our dietary practice. Fee: $8/person in advance or $10/at the door. To register, call 908725-6994 x201. Saturday, February 11 Pasta Dinner from 4-8 p.m. at the Bradley Gardens Volunteer Fire Co., 24 Old York Road, Bridgewater. All you can eat pasta dinner includes salad, bread, pasta, a variety of sauces, meatballs, sausage, desserts, drinks, BYOB. Also 50/50 raffle. Cost: Adults/$10; Seniors/$9; Children/$5; children under 5/FREE. Monday, February 13 Women’s Yoga Class at the Raritan Library, 54 East Somerset St., Raritan from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Join us for breathing, stretching, relaxing, and reviving during the basic yoga class. Welcome a peace-filled body, mind, and

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Friday, February 17 Winter Sock Hop Carnival at the Girl Scout Heart of NJ Council, 1171 Route 28, North Branch. Daisy & Brownie Girl Scouts - Wear your Best Socks! Win Prizes in 4 Sock Categories: Funniest, Cutest, Scariest and Most Mixed Matched. Cost: $7/ Scout. Time: 6:30-8:30 pm. Stations include: Sock Hop Twister, Sock Hop Kick Line, Girl Scout Bingo, Sock Craft, Snack, Music and Door Prizes. Questions? email: strishs@aol.com or call Shelby at (908) 429-9744 for registration information. Tuesday, February 21 Open House for JCC Camp Ruach and the Blaustein Early Childhood Center at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC, 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Special savings will be offered for new Camp and School registrations. Tuesday, February 21 Sexuality & Health - The Holistic Moms Network of Somerset County will hold their monthly meeting at the Bridgewater Li-

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Baking, food preparation, purchasing, serving, and dining room management are some of the highlights of the Culinary Arts Program offered at SCVTHS. In celebration of Career and Technical Education Month, Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) invites the community to attend its 5th Annual Open House from 9 AM – 12 noon on Saturday, February 4, 2012. A snow date of February 11th has been set in case of inclement weather. Highlights of the day include: campus tours led by student ambassadors and faculty, a full review of all academic offerings, program demonstrations, SkillsUSA competitions, Horticultural Technology soil sample testing, Law and Public Safety fingerprinting, and a Graphic Communications t-shirt printing demo. Hors d’oeuvres will be served by Culinary Arts students in the cafeteria where guests can meet with the advisors of SCVTHS sports teams, extracurricular activities, clubs and community groups. Knowledgeable staff will be available to answer questions and provide information regarding early application for Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs, the Gifted and Talented Performing Arts auditions, the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences admission testing and Law and Public Safety interviews. All interested guests are encouraged to pre-register for this event online at www.scvths.org or call 908-526-8900, ext. 7243 for more information.

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Charity Art Auction in Martinsville Celebrates 14th Year The Knights of Columbus Martinsville Council #5959 is announcing their 14th Annual Art Auction, to be held at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall on Saturday, February 25, 2012. The Auction preview kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Our exquisite menu consists of hot and cold entrees followed by coffee, tea and desserts. The Art Auction is conducted by Marlin Art, and after 40 years of practice has perfected the experience. Few events can match the excitement of a live Auction, and our auctioneer Jeannie keeps the tempo lively. Marlin Art has exclusive relationships with many prominent artists including Fazzino, Borelli, Neiman, and Holland. The artwork is exquisitely framed, and can often be purchased at substantial savings. Oil paintings, sculptures, lithographs, animation cells, sports memorabilia, and hand blown glass can be found on the Auction bill. Guests can even request that specific artists and styles be included in the Auction in advance, selecting pieces from Marlin’s website at MarlinArt.com. Over the years, our Charity Art Auction has become a highlight of the Bridgewater social calendar. If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending, make this the year you do. For advance tickets, at $20 per person and $30 per couple, please contact Rip Schissler at (908) 6428374 or Stan Serafin at (732) 207 7737. For tickets sales at the door add an additional $5 per person. The Auction Sponsor, Our Lady of the Hills Knights of Columbus Council #5959, serves the local community in countless ways; supporting numerous philanthropic organizations including the Pregnancy Aid Center, the Center for Great Expectations, and the McCaully School. Additionally, the Council supports programs that feed the homeless, collect coats for the needy, send packages to the men and women in uniform, promote athletic events for our youth, organize local blood drives, collect money for the handicapped, and fund scholarship programs.

Finderne Fire Dept. to Host Blood Drive for Officers Battling Illnesses The Finderne Fire Department has teamed up with the American Red Cross to host a Blood Drive, in honor of Ex-Chief Bill Ally and Captain James Schupper who are both battling illnesses. The drive will be held on Saturday, February 18, from 9:00AM – 3:00PM at the Finderne Fire House, located at 672 East Main Street, 2nd Floor, Bridgewater. Appointments are preferred, and can be made by contacting Thomas Marshall at 908-672-2568 or 1-800-RED-CROSS. Donors may also sign up online at redcrossblood.org. Be sure to Enter Sponsor Code 022215470. The Finderne Fire Department and the American Red Cross would like to thank you for your time and efforts for this cause. For additional information please visit the Finderne Fire Dept. website at www.findernefd.com.

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Project Graduation Raffle Ticket Deadline Extended to April 27 BRHS Project Graduation (PG) helps keep our kids safe on graduation night and every night. PG has begun an educational effort, working with experts on substance abuse to empower our students with knowledge. Not only do we raise funds to send our senior students to an all night event on graduation night, we aim to educate all grade levels on the effects of drugs and alcohol. This spring, we have targeted students during health classes with a powerful presentation on alcohol abuse and its effects. We need the support of the community to continue our efforts. The Project Graduation 50/50 Raffle to raise money for this important cause is now in full swing! Tickets are $10/each with 25% going to the top winner, 15% to the second, and 10% to the third place winner. Neighboring high schools have run similar raffles and have raised over $14,000, so the prizes could be substantial! The more tickets purchased, the higher the jackpot, so get your tickets now! The raffle is open to all who want to participate. The raffle due date was originally January 6, but we are pleased to announce it has been extended until Friday, April 27 to build a bigger cash pot. Please visit our web site to get raffle info and tickets: BRHS web site: www.brrsd.k12.nj.us/highschool.cfm - choose Project Graduation from the left hand menu. The prize winners will be picked and notified on April 30. Get in it to win it!

RVCC Planetarium Sets Additional Shows for Children with Austism, Developmental Disabilities Due to strong public interest, the Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) Planetarium has scheduled two additional showings of a special star show designed for families with children on the Autism spectrum or those with developmental disabilities. The shows are scheduled for Sunday, February 19, and Sunday, March 25, both from 4:30-5:30 p.m., at the Branchburgbased Planetarium. The sensory-friendly show, which is appropriate for audiences of all ages, will provide a comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming to all families. During the show, the doors will remain open so children may freely leave and return if they choose. Lights will be left dim (instead of dark) and the audio will be lowered and kept at a consistent level. The sky show will include music, laser lights, stories and information about the planets, the Moon and constellations. The show scheduled for Sunday, January 22, is sold-out. Cost is $5 per person. Advance reservations are required. For tickets and additional information, call 908-231-8805 or visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium.

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Somerset County Clerk’s Office Offers Photo IDs to Veterans Somerset County Veterans with an original DD Form 214 will be able to obtain a Photo ID, free of charge, by filing the form with the Somerset County Clerk’s Office, located in the county Administration Building at 20 Grove St., Somerville. Proof of residency is required. “We hope that Somerset County veterans find these photo IDs helpful and that they are able to use them to take advantage of discounts at home improvement stores and elsewhere,” said Somerset County Clerk Brett Radi. Veterans who register their DD-214 discharge paper with the County Clerk’s Office will have the security of knowing that their records are permanently recorded. Certified copies of the document may be obtained when necessary to verify their veteran status. There is no fee for this service. Office hours at the County Clerk’s Office are 8:15 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Mon., Tues., Thurs. and Fri. Hours are extended until 6 p.m. on Wednesday evenings for passport processing only. For more info, contact Somerset County Clerk Brett Radi at (908) 231-7013.

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Congratulations to John Maxwell Jr. of Bridgewater, the winner of our ad symbol contest. John won a $50 gift certificate from Toscana’s Restaurant in Bridgewater. In the above photo John (on right) is shown receiving his prize from Toscana’s servers Jonathan and Filippo. From 2000 to the present, Toscana’s has been catering to the families and businesses of Bridgewater and the surrounding towns of Somerset County. We offer different specials 5 nights a week, accommodating both the price conscious and those who prefer to indulge. Be sure to ask about our weekly specials that are in addition to our already decadent menu. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or just looking for something different, you are sure to find a dish to peak your interest. Looking for the perfect slice? Try one from our large selection of gourmet pizzas, available by the slice or the whole pie. One slice of our “Grandma Pie” and you will be hooked! Need off premise catering? Toscana’s has catered to parties of 10100-1000 guests. Join our group of satisfied customers! Our dining room can accommodate up to 50 guests; the perfect size for communions, confirmations, baptisms, showers, anniversaries and birthdays. We pride ourselves on quality as we mix the traditions of old world and creativity of the new world. Toscana’s is located 474 Route 28 in the Villa Plaza in Bridgewater. For more information about their menu, on and off premise catering, and to make reservations for parties of any size, please visit www.toscanasnj.com or call the restaurant at 908-595-2000. See Toscana’s ad below for weekly specials.

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The Blaustein Early Childhood Center and JCC Camp Ruach will be holding an Open House on Tuesday, February 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC, located at 775 Talamini Road in Bridgewater. Special savings will be offered for new Camp Ruach and Blaustein Early Childhood Center registrations, as well as on new JCC fitness memberships. Photo/JCC The Blaustein Early Childhood Center and JCC Camp Ruach will be holding an Open House on Tuesday, February 21 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. for new preschool and summer camp registrations. The Open House will be held at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC), 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater. The community is invited to attend and staff will be available to provide tours. The JCC is offering savings of $100 off new registrations for the JCC Blaustein Early Childhood Center and for JCC Camp Ruach. In addition, the JCC will waive the Joiner Fee on all new Fitness Memberships registered at the February 21 Open House, offering savings of up to $200. (Some restrictions apply; please call the JCC office for details at 908-725-6994 x201.) The JCC Blaustein Early Childhood Center offers programs for ages 6 weeks through Kindergarten. Preschool and child care hours are 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Year-round program available. Academics, swimming, physical education, music and Jewish holiday celebrations, are part of the curriculum. Summer Camp and enrichment programs are also available. Every classroom has a certified teacher with assistants. For more info, contact Linda Weiss at 908-725-6994 x208; LWeiss@ssbjcc.org. The preschool open house offer is available from February 13-21, and personal tours are available. Additional details can be found at www.ssbjcc.org. Camp Ruach offers programs for campers ages 15 months - 9th Grade. Camp Ruach has three swimming pools-indoor and outdoor- four sports fields, high and low ropes courses including zip line, climbing wall, minigolf course, portable skateboard park, and much more. High staff to child ratio and all staff are professionally trained. Busing is included. Lunches, Early Care and Late Stay are also offered. Road Rulz Teen Travel (closes out early!) offers five journeys a week for teens entering grades 7-9 (multiple overnights and two one-week trips). LIT (Leadership in Training) for Grades 8 and 9 combines volunteer work with campers, community service and trips. LIT Program runs four days/week and has limited space. The camp season runs June 25-August 17 and a post camp week runs August 2024. Camp staff positions are available. For additional information on Camp Ruach, visit www.ssbjcc.org or call Camp Director Paige Silberfein at 908725-6994 x207; PSilberfein@ssbjcc.org. Details on memberships including fees and benefits are posted at: www. ssbjcc.org or call 908-725-6994 x201.

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Chosen from more than 5,000 applicants in nine disciplines in the visual, literary, and performing arts, Neha Pathmanaban will join the ranks of the YoungArts alumni, including such notables as multimedia artist Doug Aitken; actors Vanessa Williams, Raúl Esparza and Kerry Washington; and musicians Nicki Minaj and Chris Young. YoungArts is the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA). This prestigious award places her in the top five percent of the artistic talent pool in the

nation. This March in New York City, Neha will be performing and participating in workshops and classes conducted by master artists from around the nation. Over the past twelve years Neha Pathmanaban has fallen in love with the elegance and beauty of Bharatanatyam. Her passion for this art form has blossomed under the guidance of her Guru Smt. Renuka Srinivasan, and has become an integral part of her life. Neha performed her Bharatanatyam Arangetram, a three hour solo performance signifying a dancer’s graduation,

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the summer of her sophomore year at Montgomery HS Performing Arts Center. Over the years, Neha has had performances in numerous performing arts centers including the NJ State Theatre, the Nicholas Music Center at Rutgers, and East Brunswick Performing Arts Center. Her most recent performance helped raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Neha, currently a senior at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, is a high honor roll student and AP scholar. She has been playing the violin for the past seven years and is a member of her school’s Symphony Honors Orchestra, Panterra (selective chamber group), and was a member of the school’s Pit Orchestra for the spring musical. She has also been a member of her school’s tennis team from her freshman through junior year, and was the 2008 Somerset County Park Commission Youth Singles Champion. During her senior year she decided to forgo tennis to focus more on dance. Neha has also been a member of her school’s Forensics Speech and Debate Team all years of high school and participates in Public Forum. She is a graduate of Youth Leadership Somerset and has volunteered with 4H during her summers. She currently enjoys volunteering at the Somerset Medical Center. Neha will be attending Duke University this fall where she will major in biomedical engineering and continue dancing. Neha would like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful principals, teachers, and staff of Van Holten, Eisenhower, Bridgewater-Raritan Middle and High School for all their effort and support.

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Registration is Now Open for Raritan Recreation 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 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 when you register. 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 14th at Frelinghuysen Park. Women and men are needed as managers and coaches.

Ignite Your Light - The BRHS Christian Club recently held a

benefit concert, “Ignite Your Light� in the high school auditorium. The concert benefitted teenage boys and girls of Urban Impact. Urban Impact is a group that mentor troubled young boys and girls who live in rough areas. Through education, love and prayer they are able to have a life changing experience that helps them cope with drugs, guns and the dangers they live with daily. Above photo: Dancers from Thompson Street 15(L-R) Edgewood Terrace BRHS 72 who participated in the benefit are - Ashley Nitahara, Raritan $189,000 Bridgewater $337,900 Mimi Lee, Amy Radwanski, and Michelle Sanchie.

Troop 154 takes on Resica Falls

Troop 154 Scouts taking a well earned rest: (left to right) Vijay Srinivasan, Christian Cooke, Jake Brown, Jack Juechter, Joey Cermenaro (kneeling), Jack McManus, Tyler Nell, and Matt Perez. Submitted Photo

Eight Bridgewater Troop 154 Boy Scouts decided to brave the elements and try their hand on a December Campout at the 4200+ acre Resica Falls Scout Reservation in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. Despite evening temperatures in the mid 20s and snow flurries on Saturday, the Scouts spent a great weekend having fun outdoors. Activities included a scenic nature hike of 5+ miles that took them past Lake Rogers, Small Falls and the picturesque Resica Falls. They especially enjoyed the challenging Red Trail along Big Bushkill Creek, which required special care as they traversed a section using a rope guideline! They even found time to perform a volunteer project that will help visitors enjoy easier access to the Falls. Staying in rustic cabins, some of the Scouts fulfilled elements of their First Class Scout requirements by planning, shopping, preparing, and cooking a tasty breakfast, lunch, and dinner for their patrols. “Winter camping is an activity that requires planning and preparation, physical stamina, the right equipment, an adventuresome spirit and a positive mental attitude,� shared Tom Ely, Troop 154’s Scoutmaster. Troop 154 holds regular weekly meetings on Friday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Pluckemin Presbyterian Church, Route 202/206 North, Pluckemin whenever Bridgewater schools are in session - come check us out.

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Local Key Clubs Help Raise Funds The Kiwanis Club of Somerville has just ended a very busy fall season. A pancake breakfast at the Somerville YMCA with the help of our three area high school Key Clubs (Bridgewater-Raritan, Manville and Somerville) raised almost $800 to benefit the Smile Train. The Club also collected over $2,000 with the help of our Key Clubs, by Christmas bell ringing in Pluckemin and Manville. In addition, we kept up the Kiwanis Club tradition of delivering Christmas flowers to decorate the lobby of the Somerset Medical Center and provided personal care packages supplied by the Salvation Army to the Somerset County Detention Center. - Submitted by Paul Howe, Secretary Kiwanis of Somerville

Monte Carlo Night Set for March 10th

Plans are underway for St. Ann’s Annual “Viva Las Vegas� Monte Carlo Night. The event will offer a variety of favorite gaming selections including black jack, poker, roulette and a big money wheel. The Planning Committee has already secured a number of great prizes, including a Hot Air Balloon Flight package valued at $500. Not a gambler, no problem. It’s a great place to learn or there’s also lots of great food, music and dancing. Cash bar available, too. Tickets are $35pp and include dinner, a Viennese dessert table and $25 gaming chip to get you started. Tickets purchased by Feb. 13th come with a BONUS $25 gaming chip. Reserve tickets by calling (908) 725-1008. All proceeds will benefit St. Ann School programs. Businesses interested in sponsoring this event or donating to the prize table can call the Rectory Office at (908) 725-1008.

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Molly Magner of Bridgewater visits with Frosty during Winter Wonderland day at Kangaroo Kids. Children love the outdoors and experiencing their first snow fall. But with our warm start to the season children have not had much of an opportunity to frolic in the snow. Kangaroo Kids Child Care and Learning Center brought a friendly winter visitor to sing and dance with children. Frosty was a welcome guest at Kangaroo Kids recent Winter Wonderland. This month Kangaroo Kids is hosting the annual Muffins for Mom event, where the Mom’s visit to share special stories, make crafts and enjoy muffins with the children. In addition, Kangaroo Kids will have an Open House every day in February where you can tour their accredited facility, talk to their dedicated staff with outstanding credentials and very low turnover, review their superior curriculum, and even make a craft. Kangaroo Kids is currently accepting enrollment for summer camp, September 2012 private school kindergarten, and registration in their infant, toddler, preschool and prekindergarten program. Kindergarten orientation will be on February 8th at 5:30 come visit the classroom and speak with Teacher of the Year, Miss Katie. The community is invited to come attend our family event with the Lizard Guys on Friday, February 24th at 6:30. Here is your chance to hold a snake, pet a reptile and explore unusual creatures during this live animal show. The audience is introduced to each animal, one at a time, by one of The Lizard Guys holding it & explaining where the animal would come from, it’s normal diet, its life expectancy and answering any other questions. For more information about Kangaroo Kids call 908-231-7800 or like our facebook page at Kangaroo Kids Child Care.

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Boy Scout Troop 88 in Bridgewater is honored to announce that Kevin J. Gibney and Daniel R. Sutter have recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest level in Scouting. An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held on January 15th at the Arbor Glen Community Center in Bridgewater, New Jersey. At the ceremony, a Proclamation of Outstanding Achievement from Bridgewater Mayor Daniel J. Hayes was presented to each Eagle Scout. Each new Eagle was presented with a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol in their honor. This was arranged through the courtesy of Senator Frank R. Lautenberg. The two scouts were also honored to receive dozens of commendations. Kevin J. Gibney is currently an honor student in his junior year at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. He is a member of the Marching, Jazz and Symphonic bands. Kevin enjoys camping, Track & Field and playing musical instruments. He is active in his church youth group at Holy Trinity RC church. While in scouting Kevin earned 27 merit badges. He has also been awarded the Bronze Palm. Kevin has participated in various scout programs, such as, New Jersey and Pennsylvania summer camps and

Maine & North Carolina High Adventure Treks. Kevin’s service project consisted of the inspection of and recording of the global positioning coordinates of the storm drain inlets in the Bradley Gardens section of Bridgewater. The data collected will be used by the Bridgewater Engineering Department as well as the State of New Jersey Environmental Protection Agency. Daniel R. Sutter is currently a student at The University of Delaware. He is a graduate of the Bridgewater-Raritan High School where he played on the high school varsity volleyball team, participated in Symphonic band and was part of the Peer Mediation and Mentor-Transition Group. Dan enjoys snowboarding and music. Dan has earned 21 merit badges while in scouting. He has also participated in various scout programs including Resica Falls, Ockanickon and Forestburg Summer Camps and Philmont New Mexico High Adventure Program. Dan’s Eagle service project was a donation drive in cooperation with St. John’s Episcopal Church in Somerville, to collect, package and distribute toiletries, clothing and household goods to those in need.

Recently, students from Somerset County Educational Services Commission (Alternative Academic High School) delivered donated clothing to the Somerset County United Way’s Gifts of the Season/ Wrapped in Love campaign for the third year in a row. Six students from the Alternative High School attended this trip with their counselor, Mrs. Nancy Kaiteris. The students have been collecting new and used clothing for children and adults at their school for the past 2 months totaling over 50 bags of clothing. Three years ago, two students from the Alternative Academic High School, Sardan Fofanah and Samani Drew, both now seniors, felt a strong desire to give back to the community. These two students worked closely with their counselors to establish a school-wide program entitled, Students Operation Salvation (S.O.S). Sardan Fofanah stated, “S.O.S. has an overall positive effect on us and the community. The United Way gave us the opportunity to contribute in a way that will allow us to reach many families. I like to think that we are making a difference in the world.” The Somerset County Educational Services Commission (Alternative Academic High School), located in Bridgewater, assists students in realizing their academic and social potential by having students complete a proficiency-based program with support services in place. There is an Alternative Middle School Program in place as well. For more information, please contact the principal, Mr. Stephen M. Yurchak at (908) 707–0070, Ext. 2000.

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Girl Scout Troop Goes the Distance - From Daisy to Ambassador

Kathy Woung Fallon has lead the same group of Girl Scouts for the past 13 years. by Pam Laughlin Kathy Woung Fallon, of Bridgewater, has been a Girl Scout leader for 13 years and has seen three of her girls move from Daisies to Adult Girl Scouts. Kathy says, “We started in kindergarten with six or seven girls in our Daisy Troop. I now have six girls and two of them started at the very beginning in Daisies and one joined later as a Brownie. Technically, we are finished because we branched over to Adult Girl Scouts now.” The girls all started college this fall and just finished their first semester. Kathy says, “They sent me text messages from school to see if we could still have our annual Christmas party and gift exchange. They all brought a tshirt from their schools as their Secret Santa gift.” Kathy is a third generation Girl Scout. Her mother was a Girl Scout, she was a Brownie that bridged over to Adult

L-R: Mara Domider, Samantha Bragg, and Kristina Woung-Fallon, as Brownie Girl Scouts, with troop leader Kathy Woung Fallon. Scout, and her daughter has also achieved her Adult Scout status. Working on badges provided grandmother, mother, and daughter special time together that might easily have been missed otherwise. In fact, if you look at Kathy’s handbook, her mother’s handbook and her daughter’s handbook, you will see what was important in each generation and how things have changed over time. During her mother’s generation they focused on etiquette, while her daughter’s generation learned self defense and how to make glass armed with blow torches. Girl Scout requirements change and adapt with the times in order to keep the girls engaged. Kathy shares, “I was a Girl Scout and received my First Class Award, which is the highest award a Girl Scout can re-

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Ambassador is the highest level a girl can attain in Girl Scouts. Above photo: Ambassador Girl Scouts (L-R) Samantha Bragg, Victoria Gaffney, MaryJo Lambino, Lacey Berger, Mara Domider, & Kristina Woung-Fallon. possible, including career development. The girls became aware of various career possibilities, during Career Day events. She says, “I wanted to empower them to be leaders and let them know they could do anything they wanted to.” Many of the girls received Presidential Service Awards, on top of their other awards, with a signed letter from the White House and President acknowledging their outstanding service. These awards and recognitions do not go unnoticed by colleges. Kathy’s daughter was accepted into 11 colleges! But the most important aspect about Girl Scouting to Kathy and her girls was service, giving back to the community. As she points out, “That’s what Girl Scouts is all about, giving back to others and making the world a better place.” Some of these service projects included: collecting books to send to grammar schools in the Philippines; collecting duffle bags filled with personal supplies for homeless youths; and they even adopted a group of retired nuns for a year! Kathy says, “It’s these kinds of events that teach the girls how to organize. They learned how hard it can be and they ran projects that most adults would never attempt.” But, what made these girls stick with Scouting for so long? In one word, FUN! They made

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Continued from Page 1 Raritan board of commissioners and expressed his interest in becoming a police officer. Town official Joseph Navatto was impressed with his enthusiasm and recommended him for the position of police officer. He was approved and joined the three member Raritan Police Department in 1923. In the 1920’s, police patrolled in a very different way than today. Patrolling was done by bicycle or foot patrol with no radio communication. By the 1930’s, motorcycles replaced the bicycles and foot patrol and in the 1940’s automobiles replaced the motorcycles and radio communication was begun. Lorenzo “Renzi” Rossi established himself as a dedicated, caring patrolman who looked out for the kids. After 14 years as a patrolman, his fine record of achievement led to him being appointed the Raritan Police Chief in 1937, a position he would hold for the next 30 years. Even as police chief he patrolled the streets. There were only 3 police officers in town (until the late 1940s when a 4th was added). In a 1989 interview, Chief Rossi said it best about the kids who were causing trouble, “I used to give them a kick in the behind and take them home to their parents.” Raritan resident John Pacifico recalls, “If a kid did something bad and a resident complained, Chief Rossi was summoned. Upon arrival, he would assess the situation with the youth and the witnesses and either bring the kid to their parents or give

To honor Lorenzo “Renzi” Rossi’s 43 years of service as a Raritan Police Officer, a street in Raritan “Renzi Road” is named after him.

Lorenzo “Renzi” Rossi established himself as a dedicated, caring patrolman who looked out for the kids. He had his own brand of justice which locals called “Renzi’s Law.” the kid a stern warning not to do it again. Seldom was any teenager arrested or taken to court. The issue was dealt with on the spot. Sometimes that meant a swift kick in the butt, which was acceptable back then.” As one story goes, Rossi caught a kid throwing rocks at the windows of a home in town. He proceeded to take the kid to

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Raritan’s Peter Vitelli who grew up in the Rossi era recalls, “Lorenzo Rossi ruled with an iron hand, but not for personal gain. He cared about the people, especially the kids. He was beloved by the people and well respected.” What motivated Rossi was his desire to do good for the kids. This expanded into charity work. When a local boy, Tony Vendula, needed special heart surgery at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, he raised $2500 so that he could have the surgery. He was also actively involved in the charitable work of the St. Rocco Society. Chief Rossi retired in 1967. By the end of the 1960s the standards for police conduct had changed, and some new laws and court rulings brought into question Rossi’s tactics. However, an editorial from a program made for his retirement dinner summed up how the locals felt: “For generations of Raritan youngsters, the strong arm of the law to them meant Chief ‘Renzi’ Rossi. Regardless of how those concerned with the protection of civil rights might regard Chief Rossi’s methods, the result was

that any potential juvenile delinquents were returned to the straight and narrow.” Lorenzo “Renzi” Rossi lived at 42 Second Street. Renzi and his wife Theresa had five children, three sons (Joseph, John, and Lorenzo Jr.) and two daughters (Marie Orlando and Lucille Deo). After retirement, he and his wife moved to Seaside in the early 1970s. Following his wife’s death, he moved back to Raritan in 1989 where he passed away on June 11, 1991. Lorenzo Rossi’s goal had been to make Raritan a safe place to live and to set kids who might be headed for trouble on the right path. Over the course of his 43 years as local policeman, he accomplished those goals with distinction. To honor his service, a street in Raritan “Renzi Road” is named after him. While he is legendary in Raritan history, few pictures of him exist. This author, along with some Raritan seniors, could not locate any relatives. If anyone knows of a relative who could possibly help us locate photos and/or articles about him, please email author Bruce Doorly at bdoorly@verizon.net.

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Hayes Sworn in as Bridgewater Mayor

Dan Hayes is sworn in as Mayor of Bridgewater Township at the 2012 Reorganization Meeting held on January 1st. Submitted photo Bridgewater held its 2012 Reorganization Meeting on Sunday, January 1st at the Municipal Complex. The meeting included the swearing in of newly elected Mayor Dan Hayes. Mayor Hayes addressed attendees at the reorganization meeting. The following is a portion of his speech: Today is exceptionally special for me. To be Mayor of Bridgewater Township, representing 44,500 fellow residents is an unparalleled honor. It is daunting, invigorating and humbling. It is a responsibility, which has my full commitment. Today Bridgewater, like other townships throughout the nation, like nations around the globe, remains in the grips of an economic storm. The weakened economy affects us all. National and state relief is limited. Residents, businesses and governments are struggling. Thankfully, Bridge-

water has faired better than many. Under Mayor Flannery’s watch, Bridgewater successfully remains among the lowest taxed municipalities in the county. We have an enviable commercial base and residents are actively willing and able to assist the Township as volunteers. As we look forward, the wind remains in our face. Relief is not predictably in sight and the economic impact of recent events will negatively affect the 2012 budget. A lot of maneuvering room has already been utilized to support past success. Positions were eliminated, wages frozen and services reduced. Still, my administration remains committed to the vision of a Quality of Life in Bridgewater that is the envy of other communities. We are committed to remaining in the lowest quartile in the county in terms of municipal tax rates,

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Oscar Preview 2012 by Karras Lambert

We may have turned the calendar to 2012, but the year 2011 in film will end with a bang on February 26th with the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Although as I write this article the nominations have yet to be released, I will make the most informed picks as I can without such knowledge. I did well enough last year, but this year’s awards promise to be much tougher to predict, even in the bigger categories. Best Picture: “The Artist” should and will win here. Director Michael Hazanavicius ode to classic cinema has already scored other major wins, including the Critic’s Choice Awards. Due to a strange new voting paradigm, I don’t even know how many films will get nominated, although I would like to think Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” has a chance. “The Descendants” is the dark horse here. The Hawaii-centric drama was an early Best Picture favorite months ago but has lost steam since. Best Director: This one’s tougher. Hazanavicius will likely have a shiny new statue when the night is over, but Alexander Payne could steal some votes for “The Descendants.” Woody Allen could also be in contention for “Midnight in Paris,” which is arguably his best film in quite some time, but he’s a long shot at best. Don’t count Martin Scorsese out for “Hugo” either. Best Actor: I expect a bit of an upset here. Dean Dujardin of “The Artist” is charming as the (fictional) last great silent film star George Valentin. However, George Clooney showed tremendous emotional range in “The Descendants” and is currently the insider favorite to win the Oscar. I would be happy to see Michael Fassbender receive recognition for his work in “Shame,” but the film’s NC-17 rating may prove too much of an obstacle for the rising superstar. Best Actress: This one is tough. Michelle Williams and Meryl Streep both will get their share of votes, but I imagine Viola Davis will take home the gold for her work in the commercially successful “The Help.” I would be thrilled to see Tilda Swinton rewarded for her splendid performance in the harrowing “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” but I don’t see her winning.

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Talking to the Animals

St. Ann School students Mariana Arango, Kelly Greco and Peter Albright learn more than how to handle and love their little charges Rex, Bubbles and Vanilla. Mrs. Maccia, 7th Grade teacher at St. Ann School, is never offended if someone calls her classroom a zoo. She knows it’s true, literally! Mrs. Maccia is the Science teacher for 4th – 8th grade and her classroom integrates a full scale science lab, complete with lab tables,

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Buddy Day Returns to St. Ann School St. Ann School will host Buddy Day on Friday, February 17th. Guest students will be paired with current students so they can experience St. Ann School in a comfortable, peer-interactive environment. Principal Sister Gloria Caglioti commented, “Our guests always enjoy them-

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Raritan Mayor and Council Tour the USS Iwo Jima

Raritan Borough Mayor and Council tour the USS Iwo Jima. From left to right front row: Commanding Officer of the Iwo Jima, Captain Thomas J. Chassee; Mayor Jo-Ann Liptak; Debbie Thomas; Council President Stefanie Gara; Jakob Gara; Nick Carra; Councilwoman Denise Carra; Nicole Lobell; Councilman Gregg Lobell; Commanding Officer of Operation Jersey Cares, John Dorell. Backrow: Councilman Anthony Soriano Jr.; Town Engineer, Stan Schrek and Robert Fulminante. Photo/Ron Rispoli

On Jan 18, 2012 the Mayor and Council from the Borough of Raritan were invited to the Naval Weapons Station (NWS) Earle waterfront complex, Leonardo, NJ for a tour of the USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) a WASP-class Amphibious Assault Ship. The reason for the invitation was to honor the memory of Gy Sgt. John Basilone, who gave his life for his country at the battle of Iwo Jima in Feb. 1945. Gy Sgt. Basilone was the only enlisted Marine in World War II to receive the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. With a crew of 1,082 Naval personnel and 1,894 Marines the Iwo Jima is a formidable combat vessel which has seen operations in the Middle East but has also provided disaster relief for the city of New Orleans in the wake of hurricane Katrina and other humanitarian efforts throughout the world. The tour was conducted by Marine CWO4 Thomas Desiderio (a New Jersey native) who proudly guided the group through the workings of a modern combat vessel. The USS Iwo Jima has the honor of being only the second ship in the Navy to be presented the flag of the President of the United States.


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by Sharanya Pulapura Life of Pi by Yann Martel - Often times, the most memorable novels provide the reader with a unique lens through which to view their life, their culture, and the world around them. Canadian author Yann Martel delivers one such life-altering tale in his book, Life of Pi, the story of a young Indian boy’s remarkable physical, mental, and spiritual journey. Most of the book’s narrative is told in flashback, as a middleaged Piscine “Pi” Patel recounts the story of his unconventional childhood and the adventure that changed his life. Young Pi, has two passions in his life: his animals and his faith. The son of a zookeeper, Pi has a profound connection with animals. Defying all conventions of society, Pi dedicates himself to Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam all at once, despite his conflicting loyalties and the derision his unusual faith garners. Pi’s life takes a tragic turn when his entire family is killed in a shipwreck, and Pi is left stranded in a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean. Alone except for a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, Pi must use his deep understanding of animals and his unyielding faith in powers both in and out of his control to make it to shore alive. Pi’s story proves to be at once a thrilling survival adventure and a memorable intellectual journey, concluding with a spectacular twist ending that will leave readers thinking for a long time. An eagerly anticipated movie adaptation of Life of Pi is scheduled to premiere later on this year.

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Stefanie Gara is sworn in as Council President. With her is her husband Mark, son Jakob, and daughter Madison. Photo/Ron Rispoli

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February Events for the Family - Fun & Educational Five Generals Bus Tour Set for February 12th

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A group approaches the Sugar Shack for a Maple Sugaring demonstration at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge. Demonstrations run every weekend through March 11, 2012. Continuing a tradition in the Northeast United States that was begun centuries ago by Native Americans and colonists, the Somerset County Park Commission invites children and adults to a 90-minute program to witness how Maple Trees are tapped, learn about sap collecting methods from the past and present, and experience the boiling process that produces delicious New Jersey Maple Syrup. Free public programs take place at the sugar shack on Saturdays and Sundays, February 4 & 5; February 11 & 12; February 18 & 19; February 25 & 26; March 3 & 4; and March 10 & 11. Saturday maple sugar program times are at 10:00 AM, 12:00 Noon, and 2:00 PM. Sunday maple sugar program times are at 12:00 Noon, and 2:00 PM. Participants should allow at least twenty minutes to walk from the Center to the sugar shack. Organized groups, such as Scouts, may schedule demonstrations during one of the time blocks by contacting the EEC at 908-766-2489, ext. 332. The “Sugar Shack,” run by the Somerset County Park Commission Naturalists, is a one-half mile walk through the forest from the Environmental Education Center building at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge. Along the way, visitors will witness the Great Swamp in a setting that summer visitors never see. Trails are well marked and easy to follow. The site is accessible to mobility impaired individuals with forty-eight hours notice providing that weather and ground conditions permit. Naturalist Rich Hoffman, coordinator of the program stated, “Not only do people learn about the manufacture of maple syrup, but they also learn about history, technology, food production, trees, and wildlife. But, what I like most about the program is that it is fun to be in the winter woods, smelling the sweetness coming from the sugar house and being near the warmth of the fire.” Information and trail conditions may be obtained by calling 908766-2489. Individuals with hearing impairments may call NJ Relay at 711.

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Discover the five original historic houses that served as general staff headquarters during the Second Middlebrook Encampment 1778-1779: the Van Horne House in Bridgewater; the Van Veghten House in Finderne, the Abraham Staats House in South Bound Brook (pictured above); the Jacobus Vanderveer House in Bedminster and finally, the Wallace House in Somerville where General Washington stayed. By Jim Koch When I was growing up in school we observed February 12th as Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. He, as we know, played a major role in the Civil War. This year Sunday, February 12th, falls in the middle of Presidents’ Weekend. The Heritage Trail Association is using that day to focus on future President George Washington and the Revolutionary War. In the winter of 1778-1779 the Colonial Army returned to the cantonment at the Middlebrook Campground from Valley Forge where they had spent the prior winter. But General Washington needed lodging for himself and his other generals to make themselves more efficient. So Heritage Trail will host bus tours on the February 12th to allow the public to enjoy the various sites where the generals stayed. We appreciate the houses that will open for the public that day. We will start at the Van Horne House overlooking the Patriots’ ballpark in Bridgewater, temporary housing for American General Lord Stirling. Then travel to the Abraham Staats’ House the home of General Baron Von Steuben who was in charge of discipline and training of the Army. Next, to the Jacobus-Vanderveer House, where General Henry Knox was in charge of the artillery and also oversaw the forerunner of West Point in nearby Pluckemin. Then to Somerville where General Washington rented rooms from merchant John Wallace. Lastly on to the Van Veghten House in Finderne which was the home to Quartermaster General Nathaniel Greene. The bus tours will leave from the Van Horne House on the hour at 10, 11, 12, 1 and 2. Parking is behind the Target. The tours are always filled so reservations are required by going to HeritageTrail.org or calling 732-3568856. A fee of $5 will be charged to cover costs.

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Hamilton School Students Share Their Thoughts on Feelings Third grade students from Hamilton School recently answered the question, “When you feel sad, what cheers you up?” Their answers appear below:

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What cheers me up when I’m sad is my mom. She makes me smile so much. She is one of the best things in my life. She says to take five deep breaths. That takes away the sadness and leaves me with happiness.

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The way I cheer myself up is to think of nice and good things, like playing with my pet bunny. He is so cute and kind-hearted. I also think about flowers. Every time I think about one or see one, it always makes my heart smile. I think about those things because they don’t make me sad. I also cool myself down and really talk to myself about what just happened, and that also cheers me up.

Riley

When I feel sad my friends and family cheer me up. It’s great to have nice friends and a loving family. Also, a breath

of fresh air makes me happy because it calms me down. That is what cheers me up.

Kellen

Hanging out with my best friend Alex cheers me up when I am sad because it makes me feel great inside and it calms me down. I like to play with Alex because it makes me feel like a good person.

Jacqueline

Something that cheers me up when I am sad is my family. They are caring, loving, and always there for me. It always makes me happy to have someone I love with me to cheer me up. When I am with someone I love, I feel safe and free to be myself and happy about the ones I love.

Natalie

When I feel sad what cheers me up is when someone tells a few jokes, tickles me, or tries to have fun with me. I like to go on swings, and spend time with my friends. The things I like the most are having play dates and sleepovers. I love when the friends in my neighborhood knock on my door so I can spend time with them.

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John F. Kennedy School Community Gathers for an Evening of Food and Fun A warm and delicious spaghetti dinner was held at JFK School in Raritan on January 20th. This is an annual PTO event which draws the community of children, families, teachers and staff together for a relaxed night of camaraderie and delicious food. Everything is donated: the pasta, meatballs, sauce, salad, bread, cake, ice cream. We are so appreciative of the local businesses that literally make this night possible. The leftovers are then wrapped and donated to the Somerset Youth Home. JFK Cub character and community spirit at its best. - Submitted by Joni Holland (Photos/Joni Holland)

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Panther Perspective Helping Others Welcome to 2012 - The year of change (if 2011 didn’t have enough of that in it for you). I’ve seen enough of those reflections on the previous year, honestly. A new year means a new start and a new chance to really do something great. Around the high school, I find the amount of support and community togetherness to be astounding. There are clubs filled with my fellow high school students who do so much for the Bridgewater-Raritan community. Whether collecting food for the food bank, clothes for the needy or even building houses for those without a roof over

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of children who finally have a meal, or the pure gratitude of a woman without a home taking a box of cereal is enough to bring tears to my eyes. To help these people is worth more than any college, I find. Whether lost in this changing world yourself, or if you’re just searching for something to do, every student at BridgewaterRaritan High school should find, in their already big hearts, a place where stress, change, and school takes a back seat. Take a deep breath, smile, and tell yourself that you can make a difference in someone’s life today.

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Valentine’s Day Treats JFK families and teachers enjoy some pasta together at the school’s annual PTO Pasta Dinner.

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Team 303 is ready to board the bus and start the new season! Wake up at 5:45. Get to Bridgewater Raritan High School. They’re ready to leave. Crust under their eyes, it’s a Saturday, and they’re on their way to Newark for the Robotics kickoff. January 7th marked the start of FIRST Robotics’ 21st season and was celebrated across the world. My team, Team 303, hosted a regional event where over 30 teams in the Pennsylvania/New Jersey area gathered to discuss and watch the release of this year’s robotics game. Each year, FIRST designs a new sport, such as 2012’s Rebound Rumble basketball game, and gives six weeks for teams to construct a robot to cooperate with other teams and compete at highpaced competitions. All throughout the FIRST world, teens are inspired not

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Sports in Short by Austin Abney

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PANTHER SPORTS

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Lead by senior Victor Luo, the boys swim team performed extremely well at the Skyland Conference Championships held at Montgomery on January 7th. Junior Dylan Sali won the 100 backstroke setting both a new school record and meet record with a time of 51.96. Other standout swimmers are seniors Kevin Chu, Robbie Paul, Kyle Surette and juniors Jesse Novak, Brandon O’Brien and sophomore Nick Agnello. The boys swim team is 6-3. The group has put together fine performances and look to compete in states.

Girls Swimming - The team has a 5-5 record with wins over

Ridge, Watchung Hills, Mount St. Mary’s, Hunterdon Central, and Pingry. The Panthers are led by Dana Yu, Brooke Sharkey, and Molly Lathrop.

Girls Basketball - The girls have compiled a 7-5 mark thus

far. Denisha Petty-Evans has continued to thrive for the Panthers, averaging 16 points and 4 rebounds per game. Eunice Abogado also has 8 points per game and both Hannah and Sarah Brophy have had consistent success. Senior Christine Tress has been overwhelming on the boards and Julia Venturelli and Mary Kronenwetter have both been contributors offensively.

Boys Basketball - The Panthers have been on fire this season

with an 11-1 record under Coach McAteer. The team has molded themselves into one of the top teams in the state. Sal Vitello has averaged nearly 15 points per game and other seniors such as Stevie Danyluk, Scott Bieda, Joe Leotta, and Rob Myers have been huge. This BR team has a deep bench and has the potential to make it far in the post season.

Above: The B-R Hockey team celebrates Captain David Monahan’s 100th high school career goal (David’s in center of photo with “C” on jersey). Photo/Dennis Avenoso Right: David Monahan is joined on the ice by his proud parents, Noel and Dave, after scoring his 100th goal. Photo/Dennis Avenoso

Ice Hockey - The boys stand at 11-2-1. David Monahan has

21 goals and 10 assists. Monahan also surpassed 100 goals for his high school career. Aaron Golding has chipped in with 6 goals and 12 assists and Eddie Weissmann also has been a key player with 8 goals and 9 assists. Seniors Nick Lewis, Anthony Mandraccia, Tom Madzey, and Eric Luetters have also been a part of the success for BR. Goalie Robbie Campbell has been a wall for the Panthers.

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Branchburg Sports Complex to Host Summer Camp Open House on February 26th

Branchburg Sports Complex hosts a variety of fun-filled day camps to keep kids ages 3 to 12 busy all summer long! Our camps feature exciting weekly themes and action-packed activities including laser tag, field games, arts & crafts, arcade games, and much more. Your children will enjoy high energy activities from morning until afternoon under the guidance of our professionally trained and fun-loving staff. BSC offers half day and full day options, plus pre-camp and after-camp care. Multi-week discounts are available. Please join us on Sunday, February 26th for our Summer Camp Open House from 1pm to 4pm. Sign up at our Open House and receive $10 off each week of half day camp and $20 off each week of full day camp. About Branchburg Sports Complex: Located at 47 Readington Road, Branchburg, BSC offers three indoor turf fields, four batting cages, an arcade, and a multi-level state of the art laser tag arena. BSC also contains a fully equipped Pilates studio within the facility’s Fitness & Wellness Center. The sports complex hosts athletic leagues, clinics, day camps, parties, corporate groups, team building, and a variety of other special events. For more information, visit www.branchburgsports.com.

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work to ensure his children’s future, even though he was struggling with the effects of chemo and radiation. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Branchburg – Harold Richardson, Sr., 74, died on December 16, 2011. Harold was a Journalist for the N.Y. Daily News in Jersey City, NJ; a professional athlete (who was the golden champion in boxing). Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Albert E. Tucher, 85, died on December 16, 2011 at the Arbor Glen retirement community in Bridgewater. For 25 years he directed the chorus and for most of that time also led the Fine Arts Department at Bridgewater-Raritan High School West. Active in music education, Tucher was a regular guest conductor at the annual state Opera Festival and the All-State Chorus. He retired in 1987. As the father of a growing family he often put his considerable mechanical and other skills to use in an array of summer and part-time jobs, from piano teacher to line worker at Buffalo Tank, parts-chaser at General Motors, and longtime manager and team coach at the Coppermine Swim Club in Bridgewater. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Manville - Dorothy H. Salvatore, 79, died December 17, 2011. Dorothy was employed at RCA in Bridgewater and Sal’s Cleaners in Hillsborough for many years. She was a homemaker and a communicant of Christ the King RC Church in Manville. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Belle Mead – Ramakrishna Ayyar, 86, died on December 17, 2011. Ramakrishna was an Accountant General for the Government of India. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Services. Middlesex - Helena Orlando, 94, died December 17, 2011. Helena grew up in Raritan, and in 1943 married Ray Orlando, to whom she was wedded for 39 years. Over the years, the Orlando home was the gathering place for many family festivities. She was an exceptional seamstress from an early age, and hardworking and undaunted in all she did, in health and in sickness. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Neshanic Station - J. Douglas Phillips, 73, passed away on December 17, 2011. Doug joined the navy and worked as a radioman 2nd class in the Pacific from 1957-61. He received a BS in Marketing from California Polytechnic University and an MBA from Golden Gate University. Mr. Phillips began his career with Standard Oil in CA. He joined Merck and Co. in West Point, PA and later Whitehouse Station where he held positions of increasing responsibility until his retirement in 1997 as Executive Director of World Wide Strategic Planning. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home.

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Obituaries Hillsborough – Lillian Santelli, 89, died on December 21, 2011. Lillian spent her childhood in Raritan and Somerville. Lillian was a Cashier in Somerville High School’s Cafeteria for 20 years. Lillian is survived by her sons, Daniel (Phyllis) Santelli of Bridgewater and Albert (Vicki) Santelli of Hillsborough; three grandchildren, Matthew Ramirez, Kristin and Jessica Santelli; and a sister-inlaw, Helen Papadiuk of Raritan. She was predeceased by her husband, Albert J. Santelli, Sr. (1981); her parents, three brothers, Michael, William, Paul Papadiuk; and three sisters, Anna Babey, Catherine Bilach, Mary Harcarik. Arrangements handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Bound Brook - Edwin A. Golubiewski, DDS, 84, died December 22, 2011. Edwin owned and operated his own dental practice in Bound Brook for over 48 years, retiring in 2000. He graduated from Columbia University and then graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Dental School in 1952. He was a veteran of the US Navy during WWII. Edwin was a member of the Hernando, Florida Elks Lodge # 3477, president of the Raritan Valley Art Association and past treasurer of the Bound Brook Boy Scouts Troop 47. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - James G. Martin “Silver Fox”, 86, passed away on December 22, 2011. James lived in Bridgewater for most of his life. He was a retired HVAC technician at UMDNJ. He was an avid animal lover and attended Blessed Sacrament Church. Arrangements handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Monmouth Junction – Bhadraiah Mallampalli, 51, died on December 23, 2011. Bhadraiah was a Computer Engineer for Barnes & Noble and NY Times in Manhattan, NY. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Services. Bridgewater - Edith M. Haywood, 91, died December 24, 2011. Edith was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Somerville. Edith spent many hours volunteering her time at Somerset Medical Center. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home.

Bridgewater - Alamelu Sankaran, 79, died December 25, 2011. Alamelu was born in Thimmagudi, India and resided in Bridgewater. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Hillsborough - Rosemary F. Donald, 83, died December 26, 2011. Rosemary was employed as a secretary for Haeberle and Barth Funeral Home in Union for over 20 years. Rosemary was a former communicant of the St. Michael’s RC Church in Union. She was an amazing baker and enjoyed building doll houses and traveling. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Abraham I. Rosen, 97, died December 26, 2011. Abraham was born and raised in New Brunswick and formerly of North Plainfield and Highland Park before moving to Bridgewater in 1964. He owned and operated JaCe Company Inc. in New Brunswick for over 45 years retiring in 1998. He was a veteran of the US Army during WWII. Abraham was former president of the Jewish Federation where he was a long time volunteer and also a member of Temple Sholom in Bridgewater. Abraham was known as one of the Rutgers oldest fan since 1924. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Middlesex, NJ – John Zavitsky, 69, died on December 27, 2011. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Pasquale Roselli, 80, passed away on December 28, 2011 at Somerset Medical Center. Pasquale lived in East Orange and Newark before moving to Bridgewater 35 years ago. He worked as a roll-off driver for Mauriello Disposal in East Orange. Pasquale is predeceased by his sister Nancy Giordano. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife Carol Roselli; sons Steve, Jim and Paul Roselli; sisters Lee Pratt and Angie Puzzelento as well as several nieces. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Formerly of North Branch - Milton Amsel, 93, died on December 29, 2011. He was a resident of North Branch, for over 25 years before relocating to Virginia in the late 1970s. Mr. Amsel held an undergraduate degree from New York University

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Grossmith, in 1986; her daughter, Sylvia; son, Michael; sisters, Pauline and Patsy; and brother, Harry. Surviving are her daughter, Sandra DeCanto and husband, Joseph, of Bridgewater; her four sons, Ronnie, and wife, Linda Ann, Dennis, Terrance, and wife, Judith, and Peter,; sixteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and her brother and sister, John Byott and Dolly Ellis, both of England. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home.

lis was a devoted wife; a loving mother; a dear sister, a wonderful grandmother and great-grandmother who was an excellent cook, and was a kind, caring, generous person, who will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Raritan – Mary Louise Fattori, 96, died on January 2, 2012. Mary was a Secretary for Singer Company in Finderne, NJ. Mary is survived by her sister, Ella Studna; her sister-inlaw, Helen Fattori; her eleven nieces and nephews; sixteen great- nieces and nephews; and six great-great nieces and nephews. Arrangements handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Readington - Hans Salopek, 59, passed away on January 3, 2012. Hans proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1971 to 1975 as an Instrument Specialist, having serviced the plane of the late president, Lyndon B. Johnson, calling those years, “the best four years of my life.” Hans was employed as a Systems Engineer for 27 years with the Johnson and Johnson Company of Ortho Diagnostics. He worked for North Hunterdon Regional High School in the Information Technology Department. Arrangements handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Neshanic Station – Maryann Morrison, 53, died on January 3, 2012. Maryann was a devoted wife, a loving mother, a dear sister, a loving niece, and sister-in-law who was a kind, caring, generous person, and will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Hampton, NJ – Rose V. Coffey, 93, passed away peacefully at home on January 4, 2012. Rose was a member of the Columbettes in Somerville, NJ; a devoted wife, a loving mother, a wonderful grandmother and great-grandmother, who was a kind, caring, generous person, and will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Raritan - Ralph A. Santasiero, 90, passed away January 5, 2012. Af-

ter graduating Sewanhaka High in 1939 he began his banking career as a messenger for Empire Trust Company, NYC until he enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in 1942. He participated in the first flights on D-Day and was later stationed in France. He flew 77 missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 13 Oak Leaf Clusters. Released from active duty in 1952, he again returned to Empire Trust Co., became an officer, and later, became First Vice President of J. Henry Schroder Bank & Trust Co, in NY. He also became President of City Trust Services in NJ. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Manville – Thomas “Tommy” M. Hoey, 40, died on January 6, 2012. Tommy was employed by Heavenly Valley Ski Area and as a Snow Mobile Guide at Zephyr Cove Resort in Lake Tahoe and most recently employed by Efinger Sporting Goods in Bound Brook. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed wind surfing, fishing, hiking, hunting, camping, skiing, and snow mobiling. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Piscataway - Albert Anthony Prosper, 80, died on January 7, 2012. Albert served as an Airman Mechanic during the Korean War. He worked and retired from BASF Corp. He is predeceased by his wife Gladys (Graham) Prosper and daughter Darlene Clader. He is survived by his sons, Mark Prosper; Ken Prosper and wife Kathleen Prosper; daughters, Karen Prosper of Raritan and Pam Duclos of Spokane, WA; grandchildren, Stephanie Duclos, Lindsay Langone of Raritan, Dakota Clader, Nicholas Prosper and Alex Prosper; sisters, Christine Haigh and husband David, Margaret Armstrong, Jeanette Vecchio, sisterin-law; Florence Cozza and many nieces and nephews. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Branchburg - Alice May Grossmith, 94, passed away on January 7, 2012. Alice May was a homemaker and avid shopper. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles

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School Calendar Feb. 1 - BRMS - 6th Grade Parent Orientation - 7:00 p.m. Feb. 3 - Van Holten - Grade 3 & 4 Game Night Feb. 3 - Adamsville - Volleyball - 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 - Crim - Tea with the Principal - 9:00 a.m. Feb. 9 - JFK - PTO Meeting & Healthy Dance - 7:00 p.m. Feb. 9 - Hillside - Parent Workshop - 7:00 p.m. Feb. 10 - Eisenhower PTO Meeting - 9:15 a.m. Feb. 10 - Crim - Grades 2-4 - 7:00 p.m. Feb. 10 - Bradley Gardens - Jump Rope for Heart - 7:00 p.m. Feb. 10 - Hillside - 6th Grade Rec Night - 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 - Board of Ed Work Session - 8:00 p.m. Feb. 15 - Van Holten - Brain Show Family Fun Night - 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16 - Hamilton PTO Meeting - 7:00 p.m. Feb. 17 - Schools Closed (Power Outage Make-up Day for Hamilton, Van Holten, Eisenhower and BRMS) Feb. 20 - Schools Closed - Presidents’ Day Holiday Feb. 21 - JFK - Market Day - 5-9 p.m. Feb. 23 - BRMS - 8th Grade Talent Show - 7:00 p.m. Feb. 24 - Milltown - Craft Night Feb. 24 - Adamsville - Healthy Heart Dance - 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 - Board of Ed Regular Sessions - 8:00 p.m.

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