The BReeze - January 2013

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The BReeze Bridgewater Township & Raritan Borough, NJ Your Hometown Newspaper Volume 5, Issue 1

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Medical Clinic Reaches Destination

On December 2nd Santa Claus continued his tradition of arriving in Raritan, just in time for the Christmas season. Kids and their families gathered to see him coming into town on his red sleigh. Once he disembarked he greeted the crowd, with a hearty cheer of “Merry Christmas!” The line was long to have a photo taken with Santa. Once again Santa came through with a jolly smile and coaxed even the most reluctant youngsters to pose for a photo. The fun-filled afternoon included photos with Santa Claus, hot cocoa and cookies, balloons and goodie bags.

In August 2012, a shipping container that was transformed into a medical clinic left the BRHS campus for its sea-bound voyage to a destitute village in Uganda. The medical clinic reached its destination in November.

Children give a big cheer as Santa pulls into the Raritan Municipal Building parking lot on December 2nd.

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For the better part of the 20112012 school year, students reconfigured a 40’x 8’ x 8’ cargo container into a fully functional medical clinic for hundreds of orphans living in Pader, Uganda. The container left the B-R High School campus on August 4th for its long journey to Pader. In the beginning of September, the Medical Clinic was sitting in the port city of Durban, South Africa. The port was experiencing very serious backlog issues and the container had to wait its turn to be shipped out. On October 10th, the Medical Clinic resumed its journey and

headed toward the port city of Mombasa, Kenya. It arrived on October 18th where it endured a short wait to be cleared by Kenyan Customs before it was off to Lira, Uganda. On October 31st it finally crossed the border into Uganda. After it crossed the border, it went to the city of Lira to be cleared by Ugandan Customs. There it sat and sat. The Customs Officials felt the Medical Clinic did not have the proper paperwork because it appeared to be a finished home and not “just” humanitarian aid as the paperwork stated.

Frances Nyang, head of the Non-Government Organization working with the B-R school district in Uganda, knows some influential people including the President of Uganda. It took some time, but Frances was able to overcome the bureaucracy to release the container on November 20th. On November 26th the Medical Clinic was put into place in its new and permanent home in Pader, Uganda. In August of 2012, Atlantic Container Line generously donated the high school’s next project container. This container will be converted into a birthing center/nursery to aid hundreds of impoverished women and their newborn children in Pader, Uganda. It, too, will travel halfway around the world and take its place next to the Medical Clinic in Pader. The container began its transformation at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. A new group of Bridgewater-Raritan High School Home Improvement students are giving voice to the story, “See the Difference One Container Can Make!”

Bridgewater Resident Joe Wing Flew Historic Mission During WWII

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Joe Wing in 1943 By Bruce Doorly The BReeze was honored to have the opportunity to talk with World War II Army Air Force veteran and Bridgewater resident Joe Wing. Now 88 years old, Joe kindly sat down with us to tell of his fascinating wartime experiences as a gunner flying 35 bombing missions in a B29 over Japan during World War II. One of those missions would go down in history. Born in 1924, he grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Joe wanted to enlist immediately, but since he was 17, he needed his parents’ permission and they told him it would be best to wait a year. When he turned 18, he enlisted in the Army. The Air Force Division of the Army sounded exciting to him. The entrance requirements for the Army Air Force were high, but he passed the written exam and was sent for training.

Joe Wing with the medals he received during World War II. Joe had wanted to be a pilot, but only a small percentage of trainees were selected to be pilots, so he settled for another position aboard the plane. He trained to be a Gunner and a Flight Engineer. Initially, his training was on a B-17 Bomber, but when a new advanced bomber began rolling off the assembly line, he was transferred over to the B29. His training was extensive and he attended several schools in many locations. The B29 was a technological step ahead of all the other bombers of that era. It flew faster, further, and provided a comfortable ride as it had a pressurized, heated, oxygen supplied cabin. This allowed the crew of 11 the luxury of not wearing the excessively heavy clothing and the oxygen masks that were necessary

on other bombers. The guns on the B29 were much more advanced than guns on other aircraft. The B29’s guns were remote controlled thus the vibrations that a gunner experienced on other planes were not found on the B29. Also his controls could fire multiple guns at once. Another advantage was that the firing mechanism would compute the path of the enemy plane so the gunner just needed to line up the enemy in the scope of his gun and press the firing button. After 2 years of training stateside, Joe Wing was sent overseas to join the fight against Japan. In January of 1945 he arrived at Tinian Island in the Marianas island group in the Pacific. This was about 1500 miles

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Be There Monday, January 7 Detoxification for Longevity from Childhood to Adulthood - The Holistic Moms Network of Somerset County will meet at the Bridgewater Library from 7-9 p.m. Join us as Holistic practitioner, Dr. Michael La Mastro shares his advice on how to live a quality extended life without illnesses, caring for our families with simple home remedies and techniques and how to prevent and cure colds/ear/throat issues during the upcoming season. All welcome. RSVP nebowers@optonline.net or visit www.holisticmoms.org for chapter info. Tuesday, January 8 Bridgewater Woman’s Club will meet at 10am at the Bridgewater Library and present a performance by The Magic Mirror Players. The program will begin at 11 am after the regular business meeting. Light refreshments will be served at 9:30. New members are welcome. Wednesday, January 9 Iris Krasnow - The Secret Lives of Wives hosted by the Birnbaum JCC, 775 Talamini Rd., Bridgewater at noon. Iris Krasnow is a New York Times best-selling author and specialized in celebrity profiles, including Yoko Ono, Billy Graham, Ted Kennedy, and more. The Secret Lives of Wives is a composite of 200 interviews conducted by Iris with women married from 15 to 70 years. Fresh, honest, and bold, Iris parts the curtain and reveals uncensored real-life confessions of what it really takes to keep the promise “till death do us part”— without killing someone first. $18/advance-$22/door includes Program & Luncheon. To register call 908.725.6994 x201.

Saturday, January 12 Free Rabies Clinic sponsored by Raritan Borough from 10 a.m.12 p.m. at the North Thompson Street Firehouse. Raritan residents may also license their pets for the new year (2013). All animals must be contained by either a leash or animal carriers. Questions call (908) 231-1300. Sunday, January 13 NJ Summer Camp Fair at The Bridgewater Marriott, 700 Commons Way, Bridgewater from noon to 3pm. Open to the public; FREE admission. Bring the kids. Free Face Painting. Numerous giveaways. Meet camp directors and talk with them about their camp. Parents will receive a 50+-page booklet summarizing all the camps and providing future contact information for all the camps participating in camp fairs this season. Tuesday, January 15 CyberSecurity: The Next Frontier from 9:00am-12:30pm at The Theatre at RVCC. This informative and timely program brings together representatives from business, healthcare, IT, financial services, legal affairs, law enforcement and security, and the education sectors to learn about new developments in cyber security and effective strategies for companies, organizations and individuals to protect their technology infrastructure and online information. To learn more about the presenters visit www.raritanval.edu/about/foundation/cyberbio.html. Proceeds will go to support the RVCC Foundation’s scholarship fund for RVCC students majoring in criminal justice and technology. Registration is $50/person. Sponsorship opportunities avail-

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Branchburg Sports Complex to Host Fundraiser to Benefit Simon Rosenau On January 25th from 6-10pm the Branchburg Sports Complex (BSC), 47 Readington Road, Branchburg will be hosting a fundraiser for Simon Rosenau. Simon is a nine-year-old boy from Somerville whose family recently learned that he has adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). There is no known cure for ALD and its progression can be rapid and in its most severe form, debilitating and fatal. Simon’s parents are pursuing a risky bone marrow transplant process in Minneapolis to try to slow, or even stop progression of the disease. Please join us for an evening of fun for the whole family! The BSC Laser Tag Arena, PlayMaze and Arcade will be open all evening. Join our Fitness & Wellness staff for a Zumbathon from 6:30pm to 7:30pm and don’t forget to stop by the BSC Bake Sale for some homemade favorites. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated by BSC through the Somerville Elks Charitable Trust for Simon Rosenau.

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St. Ann School to Host Open House As the new year dawns it’s time to start planning for your child’s next academic year too. St. Ann School will host two evening Open House sessions on January 23rd & 30th from 7 to 8:30pm. A complimentary Pancake Breakfast and Open House will be held on Sunday, January 27th from 10am to 1pm. Or, visit while students are in session on February 6th from 9am to 10:30am. Accredited by AdvancEd, St. Ann School offers a strong academic curriculum, ranked among the top of the Diocese of Metuchen. Technology-enabled classrooms, music and arts programs, hands-on science lab and Distance Learning programs are delivered with a low student/teacher ratio in a values-centric environment. You’d be surprised how affordable a private education can be. For more information, to make an appointment for an alternate date/time, or to have your current 1st – 7th grader shadow a St. Ann student for the day, please call the School Office at 908 725-7787.

Community Theatre Announces Auditions for Spring Musical Readington Community Theatre will present four performances of the comedy hit musical “Nunsense” on April 11, 12 13 and 14, 2013. The show will be presented at the Polish American Citizens’ Club, 29 Kline Boulevard in Whitehouse Station. Auditions for this production will take place downstairs at the Rockaway Reformed Church, 115 Main Street in Whitehouse Station, at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 5 and Sunday, January 6. Those auditioning should bring sheet music for the songs they wish to sing. Each candidate is asked to sing a cut from an upbeat piece of music, and another from a ballad. Some dance moves are required, both ballet and tap, and will be demonstrated at auditions. Improv skills are highly desirable. Needed are 5 women, ages teen through 60’s. For more information, submit questions to: rc-theatre @comcast. net or call 908-507-6133. - Submitted by Rob Nonni for Readington Community Theatre

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JCC Names New Executive Director

Laura Friedman Laura Friedman has been promoted to Executive Director of the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC), it was announced by David Bunevich, President of the JCC Board of Directors. The appointment is effective January 1, 2013. As Executive Director, Ms. Friedman is responsible for supervising the JCC program and administrative staff and for working with the staff and the JCC Board of Directors in carrying out the Center’s mission in serving the JCC’s membership and the community. According to Mr. Bunevich, “Laura has been an integral part of the JCC prior to our opening our doors to the community in December 1999. She is an exemplary manager and leader. Laura is well known and respected by our JCC members, staff, lay leadership and the local community. She has been involved in every aspect of running this JCC for more than 13 years and we are pleased to have Laura at the helm of our agency.� “I am extremely proud to serve as Executive Director of this JCC,� Ms. Friedman stated. “It is gratifying for me to lead this agency, and I am very fortunate to work with a supportive Board of Directors and an experienced and dedicated staff who are committed to serving our members and the community.�

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ed to participate in a Zumba Night for Hurricane Relief at Milltown School on November 30th. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event, which was sponsored by Milltown’s Community of Caring, went to Egbert Intermediate School in Staten Island. The Milltown School community delivered a check for $480, $220 in Staples gift cards along with 200 notebooks, 56 rulers, 19 protractors, 16 calculators, 860 pens and 920 pencils, 35 reams of copy paper, and 17 backpacks. The faculty, staff and students at Egbert Intermediate School were thrilled with all the supplies and monetary donations. Above: Students, staff and community members participate in Zumba Night.

Local Youth Assemble Cleaning Buckets for Flood Victims - A team of more than 50 Scouts and leaders from 12 troops

Bridgewater field hockey players (left to right): Leah Watson, Samantha Giordano, Victoria Umbach and Sam Lisk participated in the nation’s largest field hockey showcase. Submitted photo Over Thanksgiving weekend, four Bridgewater girls joined up with 10 other girls from surrounding towns to play in the nation’s largest field hockey showcase in West Palm Beach, FL. Their 16U team, Total Dutch Field Hockey Club, played 6 games in three days in an effort to defend their first place victory at this tournament last November. This team is currently ranked 9th in the nation, by USA Field Hockey. The Total Dutch team lost 2-0 in the opening game to this year’s champions from Harrisburg, PA. The PA Mavericks won all 6 of their games, while Total Dutch won their last 5 in a row, outscoring those opponents 16-1 and finishing in second place. After allowing two goals to the Mavericks, our Bridgewater girls went 249 minutes of play before allowing a third goal of the tournament, which came with just one minute left in the final game. Much of the team’s defensive credit goes to Sam Lisk and Samantha Giordano, who both played defensive backs for the 23-2 BRHS team this season. On offense, forwards Victoria Umbach and Leah Watson (also BRHS players), along with mid-fielder Giordano, accounted for most of the team’s assists and goals. These girls will compete in another national tournament in February, in the 19U division at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando.

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Bridgewater Library hosts January Programs The Bridgewater Library is excited to kick off its January 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: www.sclsnj.org to register.

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ter resident Jerome Gonzalez was once told to never give up – to fight for what he wanted to become. This was the mantra that lead Gonzalez to create his Cassius Clay series of paintings. Round 1 of this series was recently donated to the Keep Smiling Foundation with the proceeds benefiting local nine-year-old Simon Rosenau who is battling adrenoleukodystrohy (ALD). Gonzalez thought the title of his Round 1 Mohammad Ali painting “Fight for Life” was a fitting contribution to this cause. The 4’ x 5’ painting took Gonzalez 3 hours every morning for about a month to paint using his preferred medium – acrylic house paint. Above photo: Jerome Gonzalez (left) with his painting “Fight for Life” and the family that now owns the artwork – the Mathews family. - Submitted photo

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– On December 8th members of the community were invited to a Gift of the Magi event at the Bridgewater Library. The event was hosted by Bridgewater Girl Scout Shelby Sharkey as part of her Gold Award Project. Each attendee at the event could select and take five brand new gifts to spread the spirit of giving during the holidays. Above photo: Shelby Sharkey (left background) along with Sarah and Chloe Blanton help second graders Sophie Thomas, Marisol Matlia, and Marissa Hebock shop for gifts.

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Breakfast with Frosty at JFK School - To kickoff the winter season, the JFK PTO held its annual Breakfast with Frosty on December 15th. Students and their families gathered in the cafeteria to enjoy various breakfast treats and pose for pictures with Frosty the Snowman. Members of the BRHS Key Club and Girl Scout troop #61128 assisted students with crafts and also managed the face painting area. JFK students created beautiful holiday cards to be delivered to injured military members at Andrews Air Force Base and Bethesda, MD. Thank you to Angelone’s Florist, Scott’s Florist, Wegman’s and the many JFK families who donated food and other items to this event! Above: Sisters Liliana, Olivia, Victoria, Analisa and their father, Pasquale Marago, pose for a photo with Frosty. Submitted photo

Donated Toys Brighten Holidays for Area Children

Raritan Valley Agway owner Jeff Krachun (left) and employee John Kuster collected Toys for Tots at the store on 77 Thompson Street.

Raritan Library January 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. Winter Crocheted Hat Project Part 1-Thursday, Jan. 10th @ 6:00-8:00pm Part 2-Thursday, Jan. 24th @ 6:00-8:00pm In this two-part beginning class, you will learn to crochet a winter hat of your choice (you select the hat size, color, and yarn). Bring a K hook and skein of yarn (size 4 or 5) to the library. Registration is required. Classic Nancy Drew Films Thursday, Jan. 31st @ 6:30pm

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Adopt-A-Family Program Raises Thousands for Needy Families Generous residents once again helped make Thanksgiving special for needy families through the Adopt-A-Family program promoted by the Somerset County Board of Freeholders and mayors in the county’s 21 municipalities. The Food Bank Network of Somerset County received $4,440 in donations; the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (SHIP), $4,500; and the Franklin Township Food Bank, $1,462, for a total of $10,402. Donations to the Food Bank Network included $800 raised by Somerville High School students. For more info about donating or volunteering, call the Food Bank Network at (732) 5601813, the Franklin Township Food Bank at (732) 246-0009, or SHIP at (908) 393-9545.

4-H members hold a few of the many toys donated to Toys for Tots. Pictured are: Michael Waiman, Devon DeAngelis, Thomas Tullo, Holly DeAngelis, Kristen Johnson, Emeline Beck, and Bridgett Sona. Submitted photo

Congratulations to the winner of our ad symbol contest, Linda Newton of Bridgewater. Linda won a $75 gift certificate from Verve Restaurant in Somerville. In the above photo, Linda is shown receiving her prize from restaurant manager Andrew Shiffer. Situated in the heart of downtown Somerville, Verve Restaurant offers contemporary French infused New American food combined with artistic decor and ambience, giving genuine meaning to its namesake. Verve has three stories of artfully appointed rooms. Each of these inviting spaces can be arranged to accommodate your needs. Specializing in Prime steaks, Verve offers steak-house style sides and sauces for every taste. Also offered are carefully selected bistro wines, European and domestic beers and fashionable martinis and cocktails. On Friday and Saturday nights, visit their Soho inspired upstairs lounge for cocktails, parties and special events. With amenities such as projection screens and wide screen TVs, the lounge offers both functionality and comfort. Or you can enjoy live eclectic music in their historic landmark bar, the very spot where the first drink was served in Somerville after Prohibition. Whether it’s an intimate dinner, a casual evening, or a special occasion, Verve strives to make it a memorable experience. Verve offers Take Home Trays perfect for your get together or last minute dinner party. Full and half tray dinner selections and hors d’oeuvres are available. There’s also a VIP Diners Program available to purchase for $100 and you’ll save 15% off of your food bill. Valid for 6 months from date of purchase. Verve will be hosting a Carnival - Mardi Gras fundraiser from February 7-12. Food & libations of Venice, Brazil & New Orleans, baubles, beads, gaudy decorations, & cheap plastic trinkets. Partial proceeds to benefit Matheny School. Verve is located at 18 East Main Street in Somerville, directly across the street from the historic court house. The restaurant is open for Lunch Monday – Friday: 12-2. The Dining Room is open Monday - Saturday: 5 pm – close. Bar Hours are Monday-Friday: 12-close and Saturday: 4 pm – close. The V Lounge is open Friday and Saturday: 7 pm – close. They are open on Sundays for private parties and other special events.

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Pop Warner Cheerleading Squads Compete at Eastern Regional Competition

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baum Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Bridgewater held its first Dancing with the JCC Stars benefit fundraiser on December 1. Eight JCC members danced with professional dance partners from the Arthur Murray Dance School. The evening was attended by more than 300 people who came out to support the dancers, JCC members/ honorees Judy & Larry Gross and Shuey & Sid Horowitz, and the JCC Scholarship Fund. Above: The JCC Mirror Ball Trophy was presented to champion Marsha Chazin who danced the Swing, Jive, Jitterbug with her partner, Karol Kalinowski. Photo/Bernard DeLierre Photography

The Bridgewater-Raritan Pop Warner competition squads performed in the Eastern Region Central Championships at Sun National Bank Arena in Trenton on November 17th and 18th. The Junior Pee Wee Large Intermediate, Pee Wee Small Novice, and Midget Small Advanced qualified to participate at the National Competition in Orlando, Florida. The Junior Midget Small Novice team concluded their season cheering at the Garden State Championship at Rutgers Stadium. The teams performed extraordinary routines and they continue to WOW the crowd. “This was an amazing weekend for Bridgewater-Raritan Pop Warner Cheer, and I am proud of each of the girls and their coaches for the level of determination they continue to put forth and wish all the squads performing in Orlando the best of luck,” said Bridgewater-Raritan Pop Warner Spirit Commissioner, Brooke Herbst. Photos provided by cheer coaches.

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BR’s Got Talent - The Search for the Best Star at BR More than 30 students performed before a packed auditorium during the BR’s Got Talent – The Search for the Best Star at BR talent show hosted by the Future Business Leaders of America club at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. The evening included singers, dancers, piano and guitar players, and bands.

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Joe Wing flew 35 bombing missions in a B29 during World War II. from Japan. That was 7 hours flying time one-way. The U.S. had great expectations for the new advanced B29s. They could carry a large bomb load and fly high enough to avoid most enemy fighter planes and the flak from ground based anti-aircraft guns. Initially, the B29 bombing runs had mixed results. Most bombing runs resulted in the loss of several B29’s with only slight damage inflicted on Japan. The main reason for the lack of results was that the new powerful B29 engines were troublesome at high altitude resulting in many planes crashing and missions aborted. The accuracy of the bombing they did was poor due to strange winds over Japan that were just being discovered. (These winds would soon be called “The Jet Stream.”) Despite the initial problems, the efficiency and effectiveness improved with each successful bombing run. By June 1945 the B29s were able to make multiple bombing runs per week against Japanese cities with minimal loses to the B29s and heavy bomb damage to Japan. Most Japanese cities were reduced to rubble. The estimated death total from the regular B29 bombing is over 300,000 people. It was a remarkable feat that so much damage could be done to Japan from air bases that were over a thousand miles away. Joe Wing flew 35 missions over Japan. There were several types of bombing missions. The most com-

mon type was the dropping of conventional bombs aimed at specific industrial or transportation targets. Another type was the scattering of incendiary (fire) bombs onto a city. A bombing run of this type was done with hundreds of B29s resulting in large intense heat fires that devastated the Japanese cities as they consisted mainly of wooden structures that burned easily. The resulting firestorm was sometimes so intense that the rising heat from the fire created an updraft that caused the B29 to be vaulted thousands of feet upwards. The intense fires virtually leveled many square miles of Japanese cities leaving nothing standing and once great industrial cities in ruin. A little documented type of bombing mission for a B29 was a “mining mission.” Japan had few natural resources and its land was not capable of growing enough food to feed its population. Thus they were always dependent on imports. The geography of the Japan islands was such that the shipping had to be done along a few very narrow water ways. This vulnerability was exploited by the U.S. as the B29s continuously dropped thousands of mines in the narrow straights they used for shipping. The resulting effect on the amount of supplies imported into Japan caused massive shortages that crippled the Japanese war making industry and brought their people to the brink of starvation. On flying missions, Joe manned the guns to ward off the Japanese fighter planes. He also served as

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the backup to the “flight engineer” just in case the engineer became disabled. His firing was as much a deterrent as anything as it kept the enemy planes away. While Joe often fired at enemy fighter planes he was never certain what damage was done as planes in an aerial dogfight moved hundreds of miles per hour across each other’s path. Joe recalls that when going out on missions, for the most part, he was not scared. He was young and it all seemed exciting. A priest would give the air crew a well needed blessing just before takeoff, but this did not faze him as it was just part of the routine. While almost always fearless, there was one mission in particular where fear took hold of him and the rest of the crew. On April 15th, 1945 while bombing Kawasaki, Japan, the plane had unfortunately come across the path of enemy fighters and was hit with extensive machine gun fire.Numerous bullets had hit throughout the plane knocking out two of the four engines. But most troublesome was the fact that a wing had been damaged. The crew could see the damaged wing – it looked like it could break away from the plane any minute which would of course cause the plane to tumble into the ocean. At one point it seemed like the plane could not go any further. The pilot signaled to the crew to get their parachutes on and be prepared to jump. The crew knew what the odds of survival were in this situation. Of the previous crews that had ditched at sea, just 20% had been rescued. The others would die at sea or be captured by the Japanese. The crew, with their parachutes on, waited for the order to jump. It was a tough wait. The station manned by Joe was small and very uncomfortable with a parachute on. Joe remembers that the usually fearless crew was indeed shaken. Minutes seemed like hours as the ship jerked and sputtered – but kept flying. Then the captain told them they could take off their parachutes as he felt the plane could make it back to the U.S. occupied island of Iwo Jima. The U.S. Marines had taken Iwo Jima a couple months back. The island now functioned as an emergency landing strip for damaged

U.S. planes. As the plane began to touch down on the runway, the third engine went out, but the plane landed safely. Joe Wing along with the rest of the crew felt relief. However, that relief quickly turned to mourning as they saw that one of their fellow crewmen, Ted Bysens, was dead. He had been killed hours before when the plane was hit by machine gun fire. They had not realized it as Ted’s position as radar-bombardier was in a separate compartment in the plane and the crew had assumed communication to his station had been cut off when the plane was hit. No one had checked on him in flight as on a damaged plane the crew did not move around for the shifting of weight could upset the fragile balance of the troubled aircraft. It was a tough loss for the crew, especially for Joe as he had served as best man at Ted’s wedding.

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Adamsville School Hosts Breakfast with Frosty

Frosty with 4th graders: Merideth Shaffrey and Elisa Tarbell

Joe Wing with Ted Bysens After landing at Iwo Jima, the plane was inspected by one of the commanders. He told the crew and some engineers to remove anything of value from the plane as the plane was being junked. Today Joe Wing credits the flying skills of pilot, George Davis, with the reason they were able to land safely. Joe kept in contact with George after the war until George’s death 15 years ago. After flying more than 30 bombing missions Joe thought he had been through it all, however he would be sent on one final bombing mission that would be unlike anything the world had ever seen. It would be over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. That story will be in the next issue of the BReeze.

On December 8th the Adamsville School in Bridgewater, celebrated the holidays by having Breakfast with Frosty along with a Holiday Gift Shoppe, provided by the Adamsville PTO. The children and their families enjoyed a light breakfast and had their pictures taken with Frosty. Throughout the morning the children watched Frosty movies on a big screen TV, and made wintry crafts such as picture frames and snowmen. Children were escorted around the Holiday Shoppe by PTO members who assisted them in selecting affordable holiday gifts for their families. While the children shopped, their parents shopped at the vendor tables, which included cookware, purses, holiday arrangements, candles and jewelry. “This was a family fun event, not a fundraiser,” said Wendy O’Hara, PTO Co-President. “The families really enjoyed themselves.”

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Craft Fair Raises Thousands for Band Programs

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Immortalized as life-size wooden soldiers, the PreK class of St. Ann School stand ready to welcome the Christmas season. - Submitted photo Members of the Bridgewater-Raritan High School band entertain the crowd at the Craft Fair on December 8th. Submitted photo

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On December 8th, the BRHS band parents hosted their annual Craft Fair at the Middle School to raise funds for the music programs. There were over 90 tables filled with beautiful hand-made crafts and specialty items and treasures that helped the band parents earn nearly $5,000 for the band programs. Longtime local and loyal Bridgewater vendor Joan Miller of J. Miller Designs showcased her handmade silver jewelry items. Bridgewater and Raritan restaurants including Toscana’s, Bridgewater Diner, Hurry Chutney, Paradise Biriyani, The Coffee Grinder, Carlo’s Pizza, and Five Star Chinese donated fresh and hot foods which earned the band organization nearly $600. The Marching Band now ranks 18th in the Nation and earned the highest score in New Jersey USSBA history, and second Nationally. The BRHS Band Parents would like to thank our local and extended crafters for participating, our volunteers who gave their time and efforts to organize, the student musicians who entertained during the event, the BRHS Band Parent Alumni and community for their continued support and patronage. The BRHS BPA will host their annual Spring Vendor Fair in April so please come back and shop till you drop. The Honors Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band will be playing at Carnegie Hall on March 15th.

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Immigration Class Explores Holiday Traditions

Raritan Dentists Care for More than Just Teeth – In between checking for cavities, Raritan dentists Dr. Raziano and Dr. DeStefano, have been busy giving back to the community. Throughout the months of November and December the dental office collected food donations for the local food bank. The collection boxes overflowed with generous donations from patients and local families. The dental office did not stop with food collection; they simultaneously held a Coat Drive that yielded over 220 coats. The coats were delivered to a collection center in mid-December. Above: Dr. Raziano and Dr. DeStefano hold some of the food items that were generously donated by their patients and the local community.

Seniors Antonio Natale of Bridgewater and Michael Confuorto of Hillsborough at the Nations around the World tree. Photo by Deanna Zaha

By Kyle Rivers, Immaculata Journalism student For the Christmas season, Mrs. Dinicola’s Immigration class explored the traditions of the many different cultures represented in the class. The students were tasked with creating and bringing in an ornament that represents his or her respective culture. Ornaments brought in range from a fish with a Mula Indian design from Panama to specialty foods made from all over the world. Each student went in front of the class and presented his or her ornament and gave background information on the meaning of it and where it came from. The project served as a great opportunity for the students to learn about different traditions from classmates. For example, the class learned about an Italian tradition of eating seven different types of fish on Christmas Eve. Another Italian tradition was the nine days of prayer where families travel to each other’s houses over the course of nine days and hold a prayer service at each house. The project covered a variety of countries from around the world.

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Quartet Rings in the Holidays - On December 13th the Barbershop Quartet group “Untamed” from the Hunterdon Harmonizers sang festive songs at the Raritan Public Library. All who attended were put in the “Holiday” mood.

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Bridgewater proudly held its 4th Annual United Way “Wrapped in Love” Campaign to help share the warmth this winter with those less fortunate. Over 150 donations of coats, scarves, hats and gloves were collected by Crim students and faculty to support the annual Somerset County United Way drive. Pictured in the photo are Margaret Kerr, Principal and Crim students John Murray, Franny Murray, Anthony D’Arco and Gabriella D’Arco. “This tradition of giving continues at Crim and we are so thrilled with the level of continued support from our school community,” said Adriana D’Arco, PTO President.

As spring vacation approaches have you thought about what you will do with your children this summer? Would your child be interested in a horseback riding camp or a travel camp or an adventure camp? Are you looking for a summer camp for your child with special needs? What is your teen going to do this summer? All of these camps and many more will be attending the NJ Summer Camp Fairs on Sunday, January 13th at The Bridgewater Marriott, 700 Commons Way, Bridgewater. The fair will run from noon to 3 p.m., and is open to the public; admission is free. There are numerous giveaways and free snacks. Parents are encouraged to bring their kids of all ages. Sparkee of the Somerset Patriots will make an appearance and there will be free face painting provided by Bella Faccia. The free admission provides parents with a 50+-page booklet summarizing all the camps and providing future contact information for all the camps participating in the camp fairs this season. Camp directors show DVDs, talk with parents about the programs and facilities that their camp offers. In addition, they distribute their own pamphlets and often their own camp DVDs and giveaways. Camp directors offer sign-up sheets for parents to make more personal and further contacts. Often camp directors make home visits to discuss their camp. “A camp fair is similar to a job fair or a college fair, except summer camps are the exhibitors. Although the Internet is a great way to do preliminary research when finding a camp,” according to Barbara Rubin, Camp Fair Director, “it does not have the impact of a face-toface meeting with a camp director. The camp fairs provide a perfect one-stop shopping spot for busy parents. Parents meet many camp directors showcasing many programs, all in one room at the same time.” For a list of participating camps and directions, log on to www. njcampfairs.com.

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- Master Gardeners, Bonnie Johnson (left), Sarah Schwarz (center), Carol Murphy (right), volunteer their time and talents to bring Holiday joy and cheer to the clients and staff of Women’s Health & Counseling Center in Somerville. “Thank you is not enough because these wonderful, fragrant Holiday arrangements are truly priceless. Each arrangement is unique and brings a sense of celebration to our medical center,” said Fran Palm, Executive Director, Women’s Health & Counseling Center. “Each day these lovely arrangements remind us of the many reasons to be grateful -- we are thankful for our loyal volunteers and supporters for their generous gifts of time and dollars that have enabled us to bring essential heath care services to the community for over 39 years,” Palm added.

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Maple Sugaring Demonstrations Maple sugaring is a tradition in the Northeast that began centuries ago with the Native Americans and colonists. People of all ages are invited to see this tradition brought to life at the Environmental Education Center (EEC). You will see how trees are tapped, view sap-collecting methods past and present, and see the boiling process that produces delicious New Jersey maple syrup. This 90-minute program is conducted at our Sugar Shack, a ½-mile hike from the EEC. Please arrive at the EEC 20-30 minutes before the program start time. Organized groups (such as schools) may schedule weekday demonstrations by calling the EEC at 908 766-2489, ext. 332. FREE February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 March 2, 3, 9, 10 Saturdays - 10:00am, Noon, and 2:00pm Sundays - Noon and 2:00pm


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Who Would Milltown Students Like to Swap Places with for a Day?

Students from Milltown School recently answered the question, “If you could swap places with anyone in the world for just a day, who would you choose? Why?” Their answers appear below.

Ryan

I would choose Dad because he does the right things and he is mature. He is very good at building things like legos. He plays Wii with me. My Dad is very good at computers and he is very good at fixing things and that’s why I want to be like him. We go to fun places together. The important thing is my Dad helps and loves me.

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that it is time to eat. Even though I would like to be Wolverine for a day, I would be happy to turn back to myself because I am good at many things that he may not be good in, like science, artistic projects, and board games.

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Arjun

Avanti

If I could swap places with anyone in the world for just a day then I would choose President Barack Obama. Because then I would get to live in a big White House. I would even get to eat so much of variety of foods. My chefs would be the best chefs. I would give speeches. I would make sure that no crime should happen. I would stand up and say, “Nothing is impossible, we can do it.” I would get to sign laws. I would like to make school a fun place and children to learn fun things. I would make sure that no one is poor and everyone who is looking for a job will get a job.

Derek

I would be a mountain climber because I want to see the world. Seeing everything from very high distances, now that would be cool. I could see everything the world has like animals and the snowy top of a mountain. I would be happy seeing all of the wonders of the world. I would feel impressed with myself for climbing a humungous mountain. I would think that my friends should see it too and I would bring them along the next time.

Chloe

If I could swap places with anyone in the world for just a day, I would like to be a dentist just like my dentist. I want to be like her because she is the gentlest and the best dentist in the world. I want to have my own office with a waiting room filled with fun decorations, toys for kids to play with and televisions for kids to watch cartoon shows while they are waiting. I really want to be the best dentist to help take care of kid’s teeth so they don’t get cavities. I am going to become a wonderful dentist when I grow up.

Jacob

I want to be President because I want to stop fighting. I don’t want to see people hitting each other when they fight. I don’t want there to be any more wars. Also, I want to meet people around the world as President. I hope to travel and learn different languages.

I would like to swap places with Matthew J. Lembo who is the principal of Milltown School. I want to be him because he is the head of the school. He is the person to tell children what to do. He’s like the judge of the school. I think it would be very nice telling other people what to do. I will also be on the speaker and everyone will hear me. It will be a very nice time to be a principal like him. I would love to be a principal.

Ricky

If I could swap places with anyone, I would swap places with my baby cousin, Josh. He is two-yearsold. I liked being a baby and I miss it. The funny part is that he wants to be me! I liked to get what I wanted when I was little. That’s why I want to be Josh!

Roni

If I can swap places with anyone for a day, I would be the superhero Wolverine. My reasons are because he has claws, he can leap long distances, and he has a great sense of smell. I would like to have claws for a day because I feel like I can protect myself if I am in danger. If I could leap as far as Wolverine, then I would leap to places like Milltown School so I will not be late. I would love to have a great sense of smell because I could smell my favorite foods from far away and know

Sophie

If I could trade places with anyone in the world for one day, I’d choose Selena Gomez because her boyfriend is Justin Bieber and I love him. I chose her because she is pretty. She is talented. She is funny and I love her clothes. She is in a lot of movies and shows. This is why I chose Selena Gomez. Arjun I’m 8-years-old and I live in New Jersey but for now I am imagining that I am an African boy in Africa to see how hard it is to live life there. When I get up in the morning I brush my teeth using a twig. Then I will eat my yummy breakfast. But I will only get breakfast if I’m lucky. After I eat breakfast, I will work all day hunting with my dad. If I get some food, I will be lucky! I might never go to school. There are no doctors who can help me if I fall sick. I’ll never get a single gift when it’s Christmas. Now it is the end of a tiring day. I must lie on my grass bed and get some sleep. After all, tomorrow will be the same.

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School Calendar Jan. 4 - Crim - Movie Night Jan. 8 - Eisenhower - PTO Meeting - 7:00 p.m. Jan. 9 - BRHS - 8th Grade Parent Orientation - 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 - BRHS - Athletic Club Meeting - 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 - Adamsville - PTO Meeting - 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 - BRHS - Winter Band Concert - 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 - Hillside - 5th Grade Rec Night - 7:30-9:00 p.m. Jan. 11 - Crim - Movie Night Jan. 11 - JFK - Spaghetti Dinner - 6:00 p.m. Jan. 11 - Hillside - 5th Grade Rec Night - 7:30-9:00 p.m. Jan. 12 - Adamsville - Family Bowling Night - 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 - Bradley Gardens - PTO Meeting - 7:00 p.m. Jan. 17 - BRMS - Orchestra Concert - 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 - Hillside - Variety Show - 7:00 p.m. Jan. 18 - Van Holten - Pasta Night Jan. 18 - Bradley Gardens - Movie Night - 7:00 p.m. Jan. 21 - Schools Closed for Students - Holiday Jan. 24 - BRMS - PTO Meeting - 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 - Hamilton - Top Chef Night Jan. 25 - Milltown - Zumba Night Jan. 25 - JFK - Bowl - 6:00 p.m. Jan. 25 - Family Fun Night - 7-9 p.m. Jan. 28 - BRHS - PTO Meeting - 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 - JFK - Market Day - 5:00 p.m. Jan. 29 - Crim - Cookies and Milk Storytime - 6:00 p.m. Jan. 29 - Hillside - PTO Meeting - 9:30 a.m. Jan. 30 - BRMS - Hillside 6th Grade Parent Orientation - 7:00 p.m. Jan. 31 - Van Holten - PTO Meeting - 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 - JFK - PTO Meeting - 7:00 p.m. Please check the school web sites and calendars for updates or last minute adjustments http://www.brrsd.k12.nj.us.

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Fourth Grade Rec Night at Evolution Gym

Players are: Mark Bieda, Kevin Sawtell, Andrew Murrello, Tommy Bartocci, Justin Bryant, Trevor Herbst, Brock Gandarillas, Matt Lynch, Dylan Mercogliano, Thomas Van Doran, Braden Mygatt, CJ Hewitt, CJ Hall, Brandon Myers, Chike Nwankwo, Nick Celli, Mike Polonco, Danny Ramirez, Jeremy Vazquez, Allen Choy. Head Coach: Kevin Johnson; Asst Coaches: John Bieda, Scott Clifford, Jeff Kaden, Tom Herbst, Matt Lynch, Bobbie Bryant, Anthony Celli, Joe Defilippis. Commissioner: Jackie Kirns The 2012 Bridgewater-Raritan Jr. Midget Football Team had an outstanding season with a final record of 12 wins 2 losses and capturing the Garden State Bowl Championship held at Rutgers University on November 18, 2012. After finishing their regular season with a 6-2 record, BR entered the Garden State Bowl Games beating Hillside, Staten Island and Freehold to get to the championship game. The matchup between Bridgewater-Raritan and Newark North Ward was a tough battle with Bridgewater-Raritan coming away with the win (final score 29-18) and the Garden State Bowl Jr. Midget Championship. Coach Kevin Johnson said he could not have been prouder of his players as they demonstrated toughness and perseverance and showed great character on and off the field all season long.

Bridgewater Recreation is inviting Bridgewater and Raritan 4th graders to a fun event. Join us as we host an evening of games, dancing, food, and fun! Win prizes at our Speed Pitch and Just Dance contests and challenge yourself on our obstacle course. You can play video games in our game truck and play prison ball with your friends or dance the night away with our DJ. A hot dog or nacho meal is included with admission. WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 2013, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Makeup date for inclement weather: January 26th) WHERE: Evolution Gym, 360 Milltown Road, Bridgewater. COST: $25 payable to Evolution ($30 if received after January 11, 2013) Registration Deadline: January 11, 2013 Space is limited, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrations will be accepted at the Bridgewater Recreation Department, 100 Commons Way, either in person, through the mail, or in the Recreation mail slot. Please make checks payable to Evolution. Register by 5 p.m. on January 11, 2013 to avoid a late fee! No refunds will be issued. Adult supervision will be provided. Questions? Please call the Bridgewater Recreation Department at (908) 725-6373 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday –Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

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PANTHER SPORTS Ice Hockey - The Panthers look to repeat last year’s winning season

Left: Mark Kinsey (14) and Alec Caseiro battle Hillsborough for position on December 12th at Bridgewater Sports Arena. Photo/Dennis Avenoso

with only two seniors on the squad, defenseman Ted Sweeney and goalie Bobby Esposito. Helping in goal is junior Mickey Avenoso and leading the team in scoring are juniors Mark Kinsey and Steven Cleary. With a very tough schedule ahead the boys are off to a great start with a 3-1-1 record.

Girls Basketball - Led by seniors Denisha Petty-Evans, Hannah

Brophy, and Katie Robbins, the girls have begun the season with 2 impressive wins against Hunterdon Central and Immaculata. An equally impressive performance, but disappointing lose to powerhouse Gill St. Bernards demonstrates their ability to hang with the best of them. Also on the court for the Panthers are juniors Julia Venturelli, Eunice Abogado, Mary Kronenwetter, and Sarah Brophy.

Boys Basketball - Taking down one of the state’s best programs

in dominating fashion is not what fans predicted but that is exactly what the boys did in beating Gill St. Bernards 70-50 on Dec 20. This win followed a come from behind nail-biter versus local nemesis Immaculata 40-37 two days earlier. Superior defensive play combined with accurate shooting and passing have the boys at 3-0 with great prospects for the future if they continue to play at this level. Leading the Panthers in scoring is senior guard Eric Murdock with support from senior forwards Dominic Pace and Andrew Wieczenski, senior guard Russell Hawkins, junior guard Vincent Pace, and junior forward Ben Miller.

Right: Mickey Avenoso makes a late game save to preserve the 3 to 1 victory over Watchung Hills on December 15th at The Rock Ice Pavillion. Photo/ Dennis Avenoso

Girls Swimming - Standouts for the lady Panthers are senior Emma

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Boys Swimming - Undefeated after 5 meets, the boys swim team is

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Left: Pierce Gladfelter wrestling at 152, takes down his Franklin opponent on his way to a 16-0 win. Photo/ Alex Hopkins

Wrestling - Gaining experience from a win over Franklin and two

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Page 22 Somerville - Lloyd Whitley Hoagland Jr., 97, passed away on November 10, 2012. Lloyd joined his father in The Hoagland Pontiac Agency in 1937 and became partner and business manager until the business dissolved in1978. Lloyd was very proud of the fact that the agency was the oldest Pontiac dealership in the country. Lloyd was an account manager for his son-inlaw’s business in Pluckemin. He served as Sergeant at Arms for the Somerset County Superior Court of New Jersey until his retirement in 1993. Lloyd was Past President of the Somerville Rotary Club and Past Master of the Free and Accepted Mason Society. He had been a member of The Raritan Valley Country Club and The All Weather Tennis Club. Lloyd also participated in Austin Healy Road Rally events with a group of his close friends. He was a proud member of the Pool, Poker, Chowder and Marching Society which met monthly and was comprised of many of his local Somerville business associates. Arrangements by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Somerset - Helen M. Moskowitz, 82, died November 15, 2012. Helen was employed as an elementary school teacher at the Feldkirchner Elementary School in Green Brook for over 35 years. She was the Director and Head Teacher of the Jewish Community Center Nursery School in Somerville. Helen was a member of NJEA, Hadassah, the National Wildlife Federation and the Jewish Federation. She enjoyed volunteering many hours at the Jewish Home for the Aged, Somerset Medical Center, and several political organizations. Arrangements by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Piscataway – Roland G. Cortelyou, 73, died on November 18, 2012. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC. Bound Brook - Henry J. Drzewoszewski, 82, died on November 19, 2012. Henry was a Korean War US Army Veteran. He worked for the Carpenter’s Union Local 455-254 in Edison. Henry was a member of the American Legion Post 12 in Somerville; he loved animals and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. South Bound Brook - Alinder Ridley passed away on November

19, 2012. Alinder attended Bound Brook High School and graduated from Hollywood High School in Hollywood, California after moving there in 1967. During her time in the Los Angeles area, she worked at a law firm in Beverly Hills, and also studied acting at the Film Actors Workshop at Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank. Returning home to NJ Alinder studied music with Ernie Scott and performed in local clubs in Jersey and New York. Until her retirement she was employed at Anadigics, Inc. in Warren for 14 years as Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Operations. Alinder was a former member of First Baptist Church in South Bound Brook where she was instrumental in starting the I.E. Bright Choir, she served as Church Secretary and participated in the music ministry. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. New York, NY – Parul Shirish Patel, 59, died on November 20, 2012. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Service. Wantage - Antonio Bernardo, 93, passed away on November 20, 2012 at Bridgeway Care Center in Bridgewater. Mr. Bernardo served in the Army during World War II. Mr. Bernardo first worked in the Bakery Dept. at A&P in Newark, for thirty years, he then worked for Ivers Lee for ten years as a Material Handler. Antonio always kept busy with various part time jobs, his last as a Walmart greeter. Surviving are his daughter, Irene Richter and her husband, John of Branchburg; his two grandsons, Paul Richter, and his wife, Gabriela and great-granddaughter, Julianna of Elizabeth, and Daniel Richter of Branchburg. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Robert E. Totels, 84, died November 20, 2012 at the Center for Hope Hospice. Robert was an insurance broker for AFIA in Philadelphia. Robert enjoyed listening to opera music and was an avid reader. Arrangements by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Marlene S. Dardia, 74, died November 23, 2012. Marlene was employed as a bookkeeper for Colorful Story Books in South Plainfield for over 20 years retiring in 2000. She also worked as a waitress at Fiddlers Elbow Country Club in Bedminster for many years.

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She was a former communicant of Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville. She was a member of the Somerville Elks Lodge women’s auxiliary. Arrangements by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home.

Branchburg – Shirley A. Cerach, 79, died on December 3, 2012. Shirley was a Teacher at the Junior High School in Sayerville; a Member of the American Federation of Astrologers; enjoyed needlepointing, crocheting, oil painting, ceramics, and florist work. Arrangements were handled by AAA B Cremation Service, LLC.

Raritan - Lynne M. Del Guercio Bray, 51, passed away peacefully, on November 25, 2012. Mrs. Bray worked as a Bookkeeper for DiversiPrint in Raritan for the past twelve years. Lynne was a communicant of St. Ann’s R. C. Church in Raritan and taught Religious Education classes for ten years. She was also in charge of making the famous St. Ann’s Festa meatballs. Lynne was president of the Bridgewater-Raritan High School Athletic Association for seven years and was very involved with Bridgewater-Raritan’s PTO. Surviving are her husband of 28 years, Jeff; her children, Zachary and Kelsey; her parents, Carmine and Joan Del Guercio; her three brothers, Michael Del Guercio and his wife, Susan; Steven Del Guercio and his wife, Patricia; and Keith Del Guercio and his wife, Christina; her sister, Karen Boyer and her husband, Richard; and several nieces and nephews.Arrangements were by Branchburg Funeral Home. Somerville - Elizabeth “Liz” Kruimer, 53, died November 26, 2012. Arrangements by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater- Phyllis M. Corsi, 81, died peacefully on November 26, 2012. Phyllis was born in Union City and lived in Bergenfield before moving to Bridgewater in 1996. Phyllis was a cook for Bergenfield High School. She is predeceased by her husband George in 1988 and leaves behind to cherish her memory her beloved children, George Corsi and wife Eileen of Colts Neck, Steven Corsi of Bergenfield, Denise Raska and husband Bill of Bridgewater, Patricia Woomer and husband Paul of Winchester, VA; 8 grandchildren, Billy, George, Christopher, Alison, Bridget, AJ, Thomas and Emmylou. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home.

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Raritan - Grace B. Vance, 100, died December 5, 2012. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Branchburg – Sarojben B. Desai, 87, died on December 5, 2012. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Service. Bridgewater - Ann M. Koch, 49, died December 6, 2012. Ann was employed as an Associate Director at Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp in East Hanover for the past 8 years. She formerly worked at SanofiAventis, J&J Pharmaceutical and Bennett X-ray on Long Island. In addition to being passionate about her work, Ann loved being on the water and enjoyed fishing in Lake George and midnight crabbing off Long Island. She also loved planning trips to Disney World and created color coordinated itineraries to ensure that every person got to fully experience “The Magic of Disney”. Arrangements by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Marcos Leiderman, 80, died peacefully December 8, 2012. Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, Mr. Leiderman was a long time resident of East Brunswick, NJ before moving to Florida. He was predeceased by his loving wife Sara. Mr. Leiderman is survived by his daughter Betina Goldberg-Rappoport, son-in-law Scott Rappoport, grandchildren Emanuel, Daniel and Hannah Goldberg and a son in New York with his family. Arrangements by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - William “Bill” C. Schwarz, Jr., 74, died on December 9, 2012. Bill’s parents were the coowners of the Schwaebische Alb in Warren. He was a plumber for the Steamfitters Local Union #475 in Warren. He enjoyed deep sea fishing for fluke and watching NASCAR with his son Karl. He was a member of the Bound Brook Moose,

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Raritan – Rose C. Pacifico, 83, died on December 5, 2012 surrounded by those she loved. She was born in Raritan, NJ on July 15, 1929 to her dear parents Gennaro and Filomena Forte Pacifico. Rose was a graduate of Trenton State College and also earned her Masters Degree in Teaching. She taught for over 40 years at Whitehouse School, JFK School in Raritan, and Bradley Gardens School. Rose was a communicant of St. Ann’s Church in Raritan, member and past President of the Rosary Altar Society, a Eucharistic Minister and Lector, Hospital Visitor, Pro-Life Representative of St. Ann’s in the Diocese, and a member of the Raritan Library Board. She was the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Award by the Raritan Democratic Club. Rose received the N.J. State Teacher Recognition Award, and was an active member in the local Democratic Club. Rose is survived by her brother, Deacon John Pacifico and his wife, Dorothy of Raritan; two nephews, James Pacifico and wife, Alahna, John Pacifico Jr. and wife, Linda; two nieces, Mary Pacifico, Jean Pacifico and husband, William Urban; one great-niece, Kristine Pacifico;

one great-nephew, James Pacifico; and one sister-in-law, Florence Pacifico. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC.

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January 2013 Continued from previous page Somerville Elks and Manville Elks. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Somerville - Dr. Harry Abramson, 97, died on December 10, 2012. Dr. Abramson attended Temple University, Loyola of the South and graduated from LSU and LSU Medical School in Baton Rouge. During WWII he served in the Army Medical Corp, as a Captain in the ETO. Upon returning from the War, he took residencies at the Isolation Hospital in Bellville, NJ and Flower Fifth Ave. Hospital in NYC. Since he had seen more polio patients than anyone else in Somerset Co., he became the Polio Specialist in the area. In 1964 when polio vaccine became available, he served as Chairman of the program to immunize everyone in Somerset Co. against polio. He came to Somerville in 1948 as the first board-certified Pediatrician in Somerset or Hunterdon counties. In 1971, he became the first board-certified Allergist in Somerset County. He served as Chief of Pediatrics at Somerset Hospital for 17 years, bringing modern pediatric care to the county. Dr. Abramson was always interested in aiding future

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nurses and doctors and established an education fund through the Somerset Co. Medical Society to help needy nursing and medical students. He served on the Board of Health, Board of Education, President of Somerset Medical Assoc., founding member of Temple Sholom and founder of Somerset Pediatric Group. Arrangements by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Monroe Township - Margaret Rizco Carney, 75, passed away on December 15, 2012. Margaret worked as a Data Processor for sixteen years for various companies, until retiring in December, 2010. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. New Brunswick – Lyudmila Furmanova, 86, died on December 15, 2012. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC. Franklin Twp - Robert Schmit, 75, died on December 16, 2012. Son of the late William and Rose Schmit, Robert was born in Chicago, IL and moved to Franklin Twp 32 years ago. He was an oil salesman. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home.

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Spartan Ambassadors Matthew Charneski of Manville and Magda Christoforou of Bridgewater deliver Christmas postcards to the Little Spartans at Immaculate Conception School in Somerville. These postcards were created by Mrs. Elaine Petsu’s Advanced Placement Calculus classes and featured those high school students’ favorite math function as well as a message about why they love Math.

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Steve Del Rocco 1918-2012 Steven DelRocco, Sr., 94, died on December 19, 2012 surrounded by those he loved. He was born in Somerville on May 14, 1918 to his parents Frank and Catherine Pastore DelRocco. Steve was a star quarterback for the Somerville High School football team 1937-1938 and was elected to the Somerville High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He served his country in World War II. As a sergeant he trained soldiers in boot camp to prepare them for battle overseas. Steve was the Owner/Operator of Abbot Tile in Greenbrook. He was founder and president of Raritan Recreation 1947-1967. Steve Del Rocco served as Raritan’s Mayor from 1976-1983. He was instrumental in the construction of the Municipal building and the Raritan Shopping Center. He made sure that the new road (Orlando Drive) was named after Raritan Tavern owner Tony Orlando. He started the Basilone Parade after he received a letter from the third grade class of current Raritan Mayor Jo-Ann Liptak. In the early years he was chairman of the Basilone Parade Committee.

A Baseball Field in Raritan is named after him. Raritan Remembers Anthony DeCicco - He did a lot of things in his time as mayor, Orlando Drive, the municipal building, and the parade. He was a good friend and one of the best mayors. When we talked it was never about politics, that’s the kind of gentleman he was. It is a sad day for Raritan to lose a good man like Steve Del Rocco. Raritan Mayor Jo-Ann Liptak We all mourn the loss of Mayor Steve Del Rocco. He was a true gentleman who led the Borough for two terms in office. He was the mayor when the concept for a tribute to John Basilone was first suggested and he also established the first committee to oversee the running of the parade. Mayor Del Rocco was a good friend and mentor. He truly loved Raritan. John Pacifico - He accomplished a lot as he knew how to compromise and he knew how to negotiate. He was always willing to help others. He always got along with everybody. His heart was in Raritan. Rich Bartolucci & Bob Andreychak who today run Raritan Recreation both played baseball when Steve Del Rocco was the Rec Director. They said, “He made the little league program the best that it could be. It was everything for the kids.” They remember that Steve never raised his voice and certainly never yelled at an umpire. Rich and Bob fondly recall one Opening Day (about 15 years ago) that Steve was there to throw out the first pitch. That day was such a special day for everyone involved to have the founder of the program return to kick off the season. Funeral arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home.

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