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The BReeze Bridgewater Township & Raritan Borough, NJ Your Hometown Newspaper Volume 3, Issue 7

Congratulations Graduates!

Together as one for a final photo, the 2011 Graduating Class of St. Ann School prepares to branch out to their new schools. With 100% earning acceptance at the school of their choice, 17 students will attend Immaculata, one each will attend St. Joseph’s (Metuchen) and Mount Saint Mary (Watchung), and six will attend their local public high school this fall. Submitted Photo. See story on page 11

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Above left: Melanie Greco, Nicholas Greway, and B.J. Grill are all smiles after receiving their BRHS diplomas. Above: Caps fly at the end of the B-R High School graduation ceremony on June 21st. Right: At the BRMS graduation, Anne Wang reads her poem “A Wheel Through Life.” Far Right: Tess Jacobson reads her essay, “Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You” during BRMS graduation. Below: B-R Middle School students file into the high school gym on June 20th.

See additional photos from BRHS graduation on page 19

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July/August 2011

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726 Route 202 South Suite 320-190 Bridgewater, NJ 08807 (908) 393-2669 Publisher & Editor: Wendy Doheny Advertising Team: Dave Doheny Lisa Conlon

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Contributing Writers: Bruce Doorly Karras Lambert Pam Laughlin Contributing Photographers: Alex Hopkins Dawn Wilde

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Krista Melton, a 2007 graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School, graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania on May 7, 2011, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education. Krista graduated with High Honor – Magna Cum Laude, was on the dean’s list, is a member of Kappa Delta Pi – International Honor Society in Education, and is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. While attending Kutztown University, Krista was also a member of the Kutztown University Marching Unit’s Color Guard and was Color Guard Captain in her junior and senior years. Krista is looking forward to teaching the young children in the community and helping them achieve their full potential. Brett Smith, of Raritan, graduated from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in May with a Doctorate in Medicine. He is a 1999 graduate of BridgewaterRaritan High School and completed his B.A. in Genetics at Rutgers University in 2003. He will be completing his training in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine at Kaiser-Permanente San Francisco Medical Center and University of California San Francisco. Carly Bergstrom, daughter of Rick and Charlene Bergstrom of Raritan, made the dean’s list for the fall and spring semester at Marywood University in Scranton, PA. Carly plays for the University’s field hockey team and was named to the Second Team All Conference after starting and playing in all 15 games. She also was named the recipient of the Dr. Jane Farr award for excellence in field hockey. The award goes annually to a standout field hockey player in recognition of excellence on and off the field. She is an early childhood and special education major with a minor in psychology at Marywood. Carly graduated from Bridgewater-Raritan High School in 2009.

Kelly - Morris Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Morris of Branchburg are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Ann Morris, of Bridgewater, to Mr. Michael S. Kelly, of Toms River, the son of Michael J. and Elaine Kelly of Jackson, NJ. Miss Morris is a graduate of the College of New Jersey and teaches mathematics at BridgewaterRaritan High School. Mr. Kelly is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a Detective with the Jackson Township Police Department. They plan to be wed in 2012.

Joe Forte Joe Forte of Bridgewater received an Associate’s Degree for Liberal Arts at Raritan Valley Community College on May 14th. Forte served as President for the Student Government Association for the 2010-2011 school year. He also served as a Vice President for the American Student Association of Community Colleges, a national organization that focuses on leadership, citizenship, and advocacy in two year schools. While attending RVCC, Forte made the dean’s list, received the Vice President of the Year Award, and won the Fifth Annual “Pay It Forward” Scholarship Award. Forte will attend Rider University this fall, majoring in Global Studies with a minor in Political Science.

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Robyn A. Sacks of Bridgewater was presented with the President of the Year Award through the Center for Student Involvement at the Adelphi University’s 8th Annual Brown and Gold Banquet on May 5th. Robyn was chosen over 80 presidents of on- campus organizations and was recognized as the outstanding President serving her organization of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. Her leadership skills, new programs, volunteer efforts and fundraising were part of her achieving this award. She has been re-elected to a second term of President for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year. Attributed to her outstanding academic record, she has consistently been named to the dean’s list, which has included this past spring semester of 2011. She also serves on the Student Activity Board, is a tour guide through the Office of Admissions, and is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi education honor society. Robyn will be entering her senior year as a communication sciences/ disorders major come the fall semester. A 2008 graduate of BRHS, she is the daughter of Bonnie and Todd Sacks, and sister of Justine and Jenna.

Lisette E. Untoria Lisette E. Untoria, a senior psychology major and child development family relations minor at East Carolina University, was named to the Chancellor’s List for the 2011 spring semester. Full-time students who earn a 4.00 average with no incomplete grades during the semester are recognized by this list. Lisette, a 2008 graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School, is a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority; works for ECU’s Intramural Sports Department and is an inducted member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. During her senior year, Lisette will be partaking in the University’s Undergraduate Assistant Program, whereby she will be supporting professors’ research. She plans to attend graduate school upon graduation. Her goal is to become a high school counselor. She is the daughter of L. Jeannie Zamora and Arnaldo Untoria. Christopher Bohdan Jr. has made the dean’s list for the spring semester at Temple University in Philadelphia. Christopher is an honor student at Temple’s Fox School of Business, majoring in accounting. Joseph Grabler of Bridgewater made the School of Engineering dean’s list for the fall 2010 semester at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Ryan P. Wick of Bridgewater, a freshman at Binghamton University’s Harpur College of Arts and Sciences made the dean’s list for the 2011 spring semester. To qualify for the dean’s list at Binghamton University, a student must have a 3.75 or better semester Grade Point Average.

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Tim Teeling graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Cum Laude from Loyola University Maryland on May 21, 2011.

BReeze Bulletin Board (continued) Robert J. Cooperman of Bridgewater graduated with Honors Cum Laude (cumulative scholarship index 3.5 to 3.69) from Siena College in Loudonville, NY on May 15, 2011. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance, with Honors Courses, and a cumulative Finance GPA of 3.9. He also received a special award for “Outstanding Academic Athlete for Tennis� (GPA 3.5 or higher and 4 years of Division I Tennis). Robert was a member of the “21st Century Leaders Society,� the honor society for the School of Business majors, whereby members are selected based on a combination of academic achievements and outstanding leadership characteristics. He was an officer in Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) as the Vice President of Programs. SIFE members plan and implement educational outreach programs, student networking activities, talks, fundraisers to engage both the local and campus communities, and compete in regional SIFE competitions. Additionally, Robert was a member of the Siena Investment & Research Association (SIRA). The goal of SIRA is to prepare its members for successful careers in the financial services, economics and accounting fields. He is the son of Robert and Nancy Cooperman.

Two Bridgewater-Raritan High School Seniors were awarded scholarships by Dr. Barbara Ronca, LCSW for their achievements in the field of social work and interest in pursuing social work as their field of study in college. Megan O’Connor, who will be attending Villanova University in the fall, received the first scholarship. Megan balances her academics with volunteer work and sports. An honorarium was awarded to Allison Reda who will be attending Rutgers University. Butch Burrell of Woodridge, Illinois announces the engagement of his daughter, Kelsey of Bridgewater, to Rodney Santos of Bridgewater; son of Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Santos of Bayonne, NJ. The couple met at Seton Hall University where Kelsey just completed her Masters degree in Strategic Communication. She is currently the Admissions Director for The Bond Academy, a Cosmetology and Esthiology school in Bloomfield, NJ. Rodney is a Financial Professional with Prudential in Warren and is also a 1st Lieutenant in the New Jersey National Guard out of West Orange. No date has been set for their wedding at this time and they would like to thank both friends and family for all their support and well wishes.

Bridgewater-Raritan High School student Alex Untoria of Bridgewater was selected for membership into The National Society of High School Scholars on May 12th. The Society recognizes top scholars and invites only those students who have achieved academic excellence.

Dr. Barbara Ronco, LCSW, was recognized by the New Jersey Life, Health/Beauty magazine as a “Doctor Who Makes a Difference.� This award is given to those individuals who have made a personal contribution and have worked to make their community a better place. The full article appears in the June/July 2011 issue of the magazine. Dr. Ronca has been practicing in Bridgewater and Raritan for over 25 years. In addition to her direct practice, she also sponsors a scholarship for seniors at Bridgewater-Raritan High School and two free support groups, the JANUS Bereavement Group and the GPS, GrandParent Support Group.

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Monday, July 4 Fourth of July Family Festival from 5:00-11:00 p.m. at North Branch Park, Milltown Rd, Bridgewater featuring Verdict and Total Soul. Verdict kicks off the day, turning the park into a tropical vacation paradise with a rich blend of classic reggae, calypso, soca, and funk island music. Then headliners, Total Soul, an 11-piece band perform R&B, soul, and Motown hits from the 60’s through today, brought to life with a mix of four-part vocal harmony, a soul-driven rhythm section, and “hot” horns. Other highlights of the day include children’s entertainment and activities, historical re-enactments, and fireworks at 9:30pm.

Wednesday, July 13 Bridgewater Democratic Committee will meet to discuss community improvement initiatives and the legislative process in our community. Community members are invited to attend. Time: 6:30-7:00pm informal interactions, meeting to start 7pm. Location: Somerville Diner, 79 US-206, Somerville. For more information call (908) 685-9090. July 29, 30 & 31 The Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America and is the premiere family entertainment attraction in New Jersey. Held annually at Solberg Airport in Readington, the festival truly has something for everyone! From twice daily mass ascensions of up to 125 special shape and sport hot air balloons, to headlining concerts, non-stop family entertainment, hundreds of crafters and vendors, great food, fireworks, a balloon glow, and more, the festival is jam-packed with stuff to do. For tickets and more info visit

Tuesday, July 12 Ayurveda for Self-Care The Holistic Moms Network of Somerset County will hold their monthly meeting at the Bridgewater Library, 1 Vogt Dr., Bridgewater, from 7-9 p.m. Our guest Dr. Minal Vazirani, pediatrician and internist, explains the fundamentals of Ayurveda and provides practical ways of incorporating these time-tested concepts into your daily life for caring for and re-balancing yourself, and in turn, others. HMN is a non-profit organization. All are welcome. For more info about HMN and the chapter, visit or email

Saturday, July 30 Antique and Yard Sale sponsored by Men Mentoring Men - Many interesting items too numerous to mention; 9am-5pm at 125 West End Ave., Somerville.

To Our Readers Please enjoy our combined July/August summer issue filled with fun things to do right in our own community! We will be back in full swing with our monthly issues starting September 1st. Please continue to send us your news and photos over the summer months and we will publish them in the September issue. The staff of The BReeze would like to thank our advertisers for making this community newspaper possible. Without their support and sense of community spirit, this paper would not be possible. We hope that you’ll patronize these businesses over the summer months. We’d also like to thank you, our readers, for sending us your news, stories and photos. Keep them coming! Have a safe and fun summer!

Sunday, August 21 Veterans of America Day - Be a part of a special Veterans Tribute at TD Bank Ballpark as the Somerset Patriots host their 9th Annual Veterans of America Day. All Veterans are invited to participate in a pre-game ceremony beginning at 4:00 pm. All Veterans will receive FREE Tickets and Discounted Tickets for family and friends. Game starts @ 5:05 PM.


The following is a list of free “Concerts in the Park” at Duke Island Park, Old York Rd., Bridgewater: Sunday, July 10 - 7-8:30pm Tommy Mara & The Crests with Special Guest Carisma The Crests began as a New York R&B doo-wop group in the late 1950’s. Their most popular song was 16 Candles, which rose to number 2 on the Billboard Charts and sold over one million copies. Carisma opens the show. This dynamic group of six perform the hits of groups like The Fifth Dimension, The Temptations, and The Doobie Brothers. Sunday, July 17 - 7-8:30pm Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes Philadelphia’s native son, Harold Melvin, has been synonymous with nearly a score of Bluenotes, launching the careers of Teddy Pendergrass and others. Sunday, July 24 - 7-8:30pm Michael Amante - American tenor who can sing it all. Whether commanding the heroic volleys of Puccini or melting the tender phrases of O Sole Mio, Amante charms not only the opera world, but all worlds. Sunday, July 31 - 5:30-8:30 pm 15th Annual Bayou Fest ZYDECO-A-GO-GO from 5:30-6:30 P.M. - Dance band Zydeco-A-Go-Go loves what they do, bringing partygoers and revelers the music that they can’t resist…zydeco with a blend of Cajun two-steps, New Orleans

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August 10-11-12 Somerset County 4-H Fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at North Branch Park, 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater. No admission or parking fees. This Fair recognizes the accomplishments of 1,000 Somerset County 4-H members and is a showcase for visitors to see a wide variety of 4-H projects in action. Maps and schedules of daily events are available in the information tent. Twirling, go karts, rockets, magic, line dancing, model airplanes, R.C. cars, model trains and other 4-H clubs compete and perform. The Arts Tent, Science Tent and Prep Tent are packed with exhibits, activities for visitors, demonstrations and performances. Ten other 4-H tents house a variety of animals. Most animal tents have a petting area. To make getting in and out of the fairgrounds as easy as possible, free shuttle buses run from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. each day of the Fair from Raritan Valley Community College Rt. 28, North Branch.




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Duke Island Walkers A weekly walking group meets every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park along a beautiful stretch of the Raritan River. Coffee, tea, and treats will be provided. For information call 908722-1200, ext. 226. Duke Island Park is located off Old York Road in Bridgewater. The walk is free of charge and continues weekly as weather permits.

Immaculata to Celebrate 50th Anniversary Looking for alumni and former teachers

Immaculata gets to blow out 50 candles in celebration of its five decades of educating students from Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, and Warren counties. Several events are in the early planning stages. Our first initiative is to get current information on alumni and former teachers, so all can be invited to the festivities. Please email your information to Terry Lavin Kuboski ’69 at or call (908) 722-0200, ext. 128. If you would like to volunteer to help serve on any committees, please let us know. Go Spartans!!!!


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Raritan’s National Night Out Set for August 2nd On Tuesday, August 2, 2011 from 6 to 9pm, the Raritan Borough Police Department will be hosting their annual “National Night Out” event on the field at Washington School on First Avenue. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anticrime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. During past events, police, fire, rescue and other municipal representatives were present, coordinating events ranging from demonstrating emergency equipment to “dunking” a police officer. At this year’s event there will be games and giveaways for the children. The night will be both informative and lots of fun. Please mark your calendars as the Raritan Police Department would like to extend an invitation to each of you to attend this very worthwhile event.

Registration Open for Challenger Football & Cheerleading League The mission of the Challenger League is to bring the Pop Warner Little Scholars experience to those who are in 2nd-8th grade and have an IEP/Special Needs. The program offers individuals the opportunity to participate in a football/cheerleading program. The Challenger program is non-competitive and no score will be kept. The games however, model a regular game with warm-ups, coin toss, and singing of the National Anthem etc. Participation in the Challenger League is only at the request of the individual’s parent or guardian. Games will be played on Sundays, on various high school fields. Once registered, you will receive a call from your coach and schedules will be provided. If interested please see our website for a registration form at or you may contact: President: Ken DiGraziano on 908 285-1418; Commissioner: Pam Biondo on 908-421-4347; Cheer Coordinator: Jacqui Manna on 908-707-9084


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Donations Help Spruce-Up Garden at Adamsville School

Pictured from left are (front row): Sam & Harry Fromberg, Mrs. Smith, Elisa Tarbell, Kaitlyn Ferrari, Renee & Hennie Van Loggerenberg; (Back row): Kim Fromberg, Lisa Ferrari, Mrs. Luyben, Kurt Ferrari, Mrs. O’Donnell, James & Jill Tarbell. Submitted Photo

credit, Somerville Lumber donated a $75 credit, Stone Center donated delivery of free stone for the garden walkways and a wheelbarrow, Wal-Mart in Manville donated two pruners, hedge clippers and a handsaw, York Fence in Hillsborough donated four 11’ rail sections for the garden’s broken fence, Redelico’s Paint & Decorating Center in Somerville donated all paint and painting supplies, the BRRHS Home Improvement Class built a shed for storage of the donations. Jimmy Thomas from Somerset Hills Towing will donate his time delivering the shed. “It was a nice surprise to receive so many donations from various businesses around Somerset County,” commented Lisa Ferrari. “It will make the garden look twice as nice as I had hoped.”

On May 7th Adamsville School students and families helped the PTO Garden Committee clean and spruce up the garden located behind the school. The group helped weed, mulch, re-stone and plant various types of plants, including a cherry tree that was planted outside the main entrance. The garden committee’s chairperson, Lisa Ferrari solicited donations from local businesses. The following businesses made donations: Ash’s Flower Farm in Hillsborough donated plants, B&B Nurseries in Bound Brook donated the delivery of a cherry tree and 30% off plants, The Home Depot of Bridgewater on Promenade Blvd. donated a wheelbarrow, four rakes, two shovels, buckets and a pack of gloves and The Home Depot on Route 202 South gave a $50

Students from the BRHS Home Improvement class led by teacher, Mark Dubyna, built a shed for Adamsville School’s Outdoor Garden. The school held a Coins-for-Shed drive and raised over $800 to cover the supplies needed to have the class build the shed. Submitted photo

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BRHS Students Rank High in Merck State Science Day Competition Fifteen Bridgewater-Raritan High School science students participated in the 60th Annual Merck State Science Day competition at the school on May 16th. The Merck State Science Day program provides for competition between individuals and among teams of secondary school students in the subjects of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics and Environmental Science. Each student took a 90 minute science exam in their area of expertise. In order for a BRHS group to obtain a “team ranking” in the state, five students had to take the same test. Physics was the only area in which five students participated. The BRHS Physics team ranked 10th in the State. Over 300 students from about 100 high schools participated in the competition. Congratulations to BRHS student winners Daniel Ye who ranked 5th in the State for Biology and 1st in Somerset County and Dennis Yi who ranked 19th in the State for Physics and 2nd in Somerset County. The following 13 BRHS students ranked notably in the state in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Integrated Science: Biology: Amulya Yalamanchili, Lucy Lin, and Alex Kaiteris; Chemistry: Ashwin Murthy, Nikhil Naidu, Nicolaus Schrum, and Avanty Kavipurapu; Physics: Suneil Parimoo, William Cane Wissing, Stephanie Jacobs, Michael Duan, Advanced Integrated: Kevin Sun and Arjun Vijayakumar.

School Supplies Sought for Food Bank Families The Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women (SCCSW) has launched its annual “Project First Class” schoolsupplies collection. Children of families served by the Food Bank Network of Somerset County will benefit from the donations. Although any types of new school supplies will be welcome, the children are most in need of backpacks, notebooks, three-ring binders, highlighters, markers and reference books on CD-ROM, including dictionaries, thesauruses and atlases. Donations may be dropped off to the Somerset County Freeholders’ Office on the third floor of the county administration building at 20 Grove St., Somerville, now through Aug. 19. The office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free parking is available in the adjacent Bernie Field Parking Deck off East High Street.

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Bridgewater Resident Wins Blue Ribbon for Chocolate Candy Recipe

Joanne Bellezza-Loughlin Bridgewater cook Joanne Bellezza-Loughlin’s Chocolate Nut Cranberry Clusters has been awarded a blue ribbon at Just A Pinch Recipe Club, the new online social community created for and by cooks in hometown America. Bellezza-Loughlin’s Chocolate Nut Cranberry Clusters was named a blue ribbon winner by Just A Pinch Food Editor Janet Tharpe. To land the award, Bellezza-Loughlin served up a full-flavored candy that was both tasty and easy to prepare. “I love chocolate. But I try to eat it in moderation and I stick to

dark chocolate,” shares Bellezza-Loughlin. “These clusters are made with dark chocolate, walnuts and craisins. But you can really use any nut and dried fruit combination. I like to think of them as a guilt free sweet.” Bellezza-Loughlin’s Chocolate Nut Cranberry Clusters, along with thousands of others, can be viewed, printed and shared at no charge at Bellezza-Loughlin is one of several area residents participating in the club, known as “America’s Great Recipe Swap.” Members can post their own “family tested and approved” recipes, try recipes submitted by other club members, print hundreds of grocery coupons and enter recipe contests. They also have the opportunity to utilize a personal online recipe box to save recipes, compile grocery lists and plan meals. In addition, members can create and join discussion groups, to chat about recipes, share cooking tips and build relationships as if they are sitting around one big kitchen table.

Bridgewater Residents Honored by Local Temple

- Betty and Arthur Roswell of Bridgewater (center) were honored by Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough, during Shabbat services on April 22 and 23 for their dedication to the World Union for Progressive Judaism. They are flanked by Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor (left), Vice President of the World Union, who was guest speaker for both the Friday and Saturday service, and by Rabbi Arnold Gluck (right) of Temple Beth-El. The World Union functions in 47 countries, promoting an inclusive, welcoming, egalitarian expression of Jewish life. The Roswells have been instrumental in promoting the work of the World Union in the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and in Israel, traveling extensively in pursuit of this cause, and giving generously of their time, energy and resources.

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Dr. Oz Show Pits Neighbor Against Neighbor In Cook-Off

Bridgewater neighbors, Gina Capizola (left) and Kelly Patullo (right) stand alongside Dr. Oz after their competition on the Dr. Oz Show.

by Pam Laughlin Bridgewater secretary at Eisenhower School, Kelly Patullo and Bridgewater resident, Gina Capizola - are they foodie friends or foes? Both neighbors had the opportunity to appear on the Dr. Oz show in a friendly, competitive ‘cook off’ judged by Food Network Chef, Geoffrey Zakarian. By filling out an online questionnaire, they were interviewed by one of Dr. Oz’s producers to see if they would be good candidates for the show. Both ladies showed off their sense of humor with friendly banter back and forth about who was the better griller. Kelly told them, “I give Gina a lot of my recipes.” And

Gina replied, “Yeah, but I take them and make them better.” Producers were impressed with their bubbly, animated personalities and booked them to appear on the Dr. Oz show in a cook off similar to the Food Network Show called “Chopped” where chefs come up with recipes on the fly, using required and optional cooking ingredients. When Gina was asked by producers if she liked to barbeque, she told them, “Sure, there’s no mess.” Kelly told them, “I love to grill, even in a blizzard I’ll go outside and grill.” Interviewed on a Friday, they both said they were a mess waiting to see if they would be selected for the show, but produc-

ers let them know that they really liked them and hoped they’d be selected. Both Gina and Kelly were shocked when they received the call that they would be on the segment on Monday morning. By Wednesday, they were on their way to the show where they fell victim to a rain shower, but were soon better than before after hair and makeup. Ushered through a back door and placed into a green room, they waited until they were called. Lights, camera, action! On stage, they were required to use all three ingredients in the mystery basket (using cancer busting ingredients, pomegranates, dark chocolate and shrimp), and then complement the meal with additional fruits, vegetables, and breads in a grilling cook off in just four minutes. Fifteen seconds short of completing the segment, Dr. Oz was announcing the winner, when he began choking (literally) and needed to leave the stage. They had to reshoot the segment from the beginning. Kelly says, “It was probably a good thing since we both forgot to use the chocolate the first time.” So who was the winner? Kelly says, “I let her win” while Gina has no problem answering the door when Kelly stops by with her apron that says “Dr. Oz – Best Griller.” This episode of the Dr. Oz show was taped in March and aired on May 5th.

Movie Review by Karras Lambert The Tree of Life - Once

every so often, audiences are treated to a new Terrence Malick film. Those unfamiliar with the reclusive writer/director’s work may not be aware of his now famous twenty year break between films, spanning from 1978 to 1998. Thankfully, it’s been only six years between his last effort, The New World, and The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, and Sean Penn. Early on, three separate narratives are established, though I loosely call two of these three sections narratives. The most

predominant one focuses on the Midwestern O’Brien family in the 1950’s. Pitt plays Mr. O’Brien, the strict yet caring father of three who doesn’t always know the best ways to communicate with his kids. Chastain plays Mrs. O’Brien, who compensates for her husband’s severity with unconditional love. During this time, Jack, the eldest son, grows up along with his brothers and other children in the neighborhood, transitioning from childhood naiveté to young adulthood and all that that encompasses.

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Joe Kovac - Grand Marshall of the 2011 John Basilone Parade Parade. Joe Kovac recalled the large crowd that came to Raritan and remembers the beautiful movie stars Louise Albritton and Virginia O’Brien who rode in the parade. He also remembers going to Duke’s property after the parade for the patriotic rally. After attending this historic parade on the home front, Joe had to go back to the battle front. At the end of October 1943, the USS Suwannee headed out to the Pacific again to join other ships to do battle in the invasion of Tarawa. Following Tarawa, in the Spring/ Summer of 1944 the USS Suwan-

as the torpedo was a dud, and it just bounced off the side of the ship. Today Joe says of the Japanese pilot, “The pilot was so close to me that I could have reached out and shoved an apple in his mouth.” In July of 1944 Joe Kovac was reassigned duty on the homefront at a base in Kansas. The USS Suwannee continued battling the Japanese in the Pacific, but was hit by multiple Kamikaze planes on October 26th, 1944 at the battle of Leyte Gulf resulting in many casualties. While the ship was not sunk, the resulting damage forced the ship to return to the U.S. for repairs.

Left: Joe Kovac stands in front of his home at 73 Anderson Street, Raritan in 1943. Right: Today Joe Kovac still resides in his childhood home. by Bruce Doorly Joe Kovac of Raritan will serve as the Grand Marshall of the 2011 John Basilone Parade. Joe was born on December 12, 1920. Like most babies of his era he was born in his home at 73 Anderson Street in Raritan. Outside of his time in the Navy, Joe has lived at the same address his entire life. Joe has one brother, Andy, who is 7 years younger and four sisters; one, Helen, is still alive today at the age of 93. Joe attended St. Joe’s School on Somerset Street in Raritan. Later he attended junior high school at The Washington School which was brand new at the time. Joe did not have the luxury of attending high school. The U.S. was in the midst of The Great Depression and his family needed him to work. He joined the Navy in September of 1941. After basic training he was assigned to the U.S. Suwannee - a small aircraft carrier which held 39 planes - mostly Hellcat fighter planes and some Avenger dive

Joe Kovac bombers. Aboard the ship, Joe had 2 jobs; one was in the logistics of moving aircraft between the flight deck and the hanger deck. His other job was repairing the aircraft in the “metal shop.”

In October of 1942 Joe Kovac and the USS Suwannee set sail. Destinations and orders were usually kept secret when docked stateside, but as soon as they began sailing across the Atlantic the ship’s announcer said, “We are to participate in the longheralded second front in the vicinity of Casablanca.” This was on the North Coast of Africa where French forces (known as “Vichy French”) who were loyal to the Germans had

when they arrived on January 27th, 1943. When the U.S. landing craft hit the beaches and the troops were wading their way in, the Suwannee’s planes hovered overhead dropping their bombs on enemy strongholds, conducting observation for the big guns afloat, and firing on Japanese positions. With the USS Suwannee’s help the U.S. was successful in bringing men and material to the island. With the additional U.S. troops

Aboard the U.S. Suwannee, Joe had 2 jobs; one was in the logistics of moving aircraft between the flight deck and the hanger deck. His other job was repairing the aircraft in the “metal shop.”

Joe was assigned to the U.S. Suwannee - a small aircraft carrier that held 39 planes - mostly Hellcat fighter planes and some Avenger dive bombers. control. When the battle began the USS Suwannee’s job was to support a huge amphibious landing force. The planes from the USS Suwannee swarmed overhead while U.S. armed divisions hammered away making progress in land. It did not take long for the enemy forces to capitulate. Here at Casablanca a second front had been opened with the USS Suwannee playing a significant role as one of the dive bombers from the ship sank an enemy submarine. They were the first aircraft carrier of that type to do so. After that battle, the USS Suwannee set sail for the Pacific to engage the Japanese at Guadalcanal. Their job at Guadalcanal was to provide air support for the landing of additional troops and equipment. The sea battle at Guadalcanal had been ongoing and was still in process

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now on the island and a large naval force just off the coast, the Japanese saw that they were greatly outnumbered, thus they chose to retreat from the island. The battle of Guadalcanal was over. The island, along with its strategic importance, was in U.S. hands. Joe Kovac recalls that during these battles often all the planes that had been launched from the USS Suwannee would return. However, a few times, during the more intense battles, some planes did not return. When this happened, the onboard crew would hope that the missing men had been recovered at sea by one of the other U.S. ships. Sometimes the missing men were found and brought back to the ship, but other times they were never heard from again. Following the battle at Guadalcanal, the USS Suwannee returned to the U.S. for supplies. During this time Joe was able to get leave and come home to Raritan. As fate would have it, this was the week of The John Basilone Welcome Home

nee along with Joe Kovac moved across the Pacific as the U.S. captured several islands that had been in Japanese hands. With each battle they moved closer to Japan. The ship did its usual mission of providing air cover, bombing and providing surveillance of enemy positions. It also fought in the initial landings in the battles at the islands of Palau, Saipan, and Guam. In Joe Kovac’s closest brush with death, luck spared him and his shipmates. During one battle in the Pacific, a Japanese Torpedo Plane was able to avoid anti-aircraft fire and drop a torpedo in the water around a hundred yards before the USS Suwannee. With the Japanese plane traveling much faster than the torpedo, the plane came upon the ship first, flying just a few feet over the flight deck. Joe Kovac, who was on the flight deck, recalled that the Japanese pilot had opened his mouth to taunt the Americans as he expected the torpedo to explode against the ship in just a few seconds. However, the look on the face of the enemy pilot must have surely changed from one of gloating to one of disappointment


After the war, Joe Kovac remained in The Navy and made it his career; retiring in 1961 after 20 years of service. Joe came home to Raritan and on September 11, 1966, he married Lorraine Galbavy of Manville. Today, after 45 years, they are still married and living in Joe’s childhood home at 73 Anderson Street in Raritan. The couple has one son Kevin who lives in Pennsylvania. For his service during World War II and as a crew member of The USS Suwannee Joe was awarded the following Medals: World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign, European African MiddleEast Campaign, American Defense, Asiatic Campaign, National Defense, Distinguished Service from Somerset County, and Good Conduct (5 times). And now he is awarded one more honor as Raritan invites him to serve as the Grand Marshall of the 2011 John Basilone Memorial Parade. For additional information and photos on Joe Kovac, visit www. or

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Middle School Wins ATOMS Tournament for Second Straight Year


four years. The tournament is funded through an entry fee but also a donation from National Starch Corporation. A.T.O.M.S. is designed to provide the academically talented students in middle school (grades 6-8) a forum in which to excel and earn both prestige and prize money for the schools they represent. The tournament follows a “quiz bowl” format, pitting one school against one of many other schools in seven (7) rounds of competition. Bridgewater Raritan Middle School was this year’s winning school defeating Summit. The finals took place on March 6th. The team was composed of Aishni Rao, Grace Chen, Aaditya Mhatre, Christopher Wan, Sahaj Garg, Akhil Hegde and was coached by Mrs. Patricia Magee. Twenty-two teams from around the state entered the competition. The tournament was orchestrated by Mrs. Mary Scott and Mr. Vince Fedele.

L-R: Miss Kathie DeBonis, Mrs. Mary Scott, Mr. Vince Fedele, Aishni Rao, Grace Chen, Mrs. Patricia Magee, Aaditya Mhatre, Christopher Wan, Miss Jackie Loughridge, Sahaj Garg, Akhil Hegde celebrate their win over Summit in the A.T.O.M.S tournament. Submitted photo

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Bridgewater Seniors Hold Fundraiser for Local Girl with Rare Disease

Honorise DeSisto, age 4, was born with a rare genetic disorder, Phelan-McDermid Syndrome.

The Bridgewater Seniors do a whole lot more than exercise and wellness training at their Senior Center meetings. Their hearts have gone out to support many different causes, the latest being a fundraiser for a sweet little girl named Honorise DeSisto, 4 years old. Honorise was born with a very rare genetic disorder, PhelanMcDermid Syndrome, caused by a deletion of the 22nd chromosome. Fewer than 600 people in the world have it. She can speak a few words, and with her therapy she now walks with the help of a soft brace. Honorise loves to ride on a swing, a slide, a trampoline, and

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YMCA Donates Quilts to Seniors

- The Active Older Adults of the Somerset Hills YMCA donated handmade quilts to residents at the Avalon Assisted Living at Bridgewater on May 19th. Senior Outreach Coordinator, Laurie Reynolds, arranged for a group of senior members to get together and create quilts for Alzheimer’s residents in facilities throughout Somerset County. Avalon resident, Norma Horger, was delighted and honored to accept the quilts on behalf the Avalon Community. The Avalon would like to send a large thank you to the Somerset Hills YMCA, senior outreach program and the quilters for making Mrs. Horger’s day and for creating comforting blankets for all the residents to enjoy. Above photo: Laurie Reynolds with members of the Active Adults and Somerset Hills YMCA, Avalon at Bridgewater resident Norma Horger and Avalon Activities Director Lucy Tamayo. - Submitted by Katherine Balliet

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Spelling Bee winners (L-R): Aumber Sharma, James Lin, Ashley Mah, David Tsai, Jeremy Kritz, Henry Gitterman. Submitted Photo On May 23rd members of the eighth grade class at Bridgewater Raritan Middle School took part in a spelling bee during an assembly in school. The eighth grade was assembled in the auditorium and watched the movie “Akeelah and the Bee.” After the movie, students volunteered and were randomly selected to take part in the spell off. Each of the six contests consisted of 12 participants producing a winner in each. At the conclusion of the six rounds a final round was conducted with all the winners. This year there was a draw. James Lin and David Tsai were the co-champions of the 2011 tournament. Round winners included James Lin, Ashley Mah, David Tsai, Jeremy Kritz, Henry Gitterman, and Aumber Sharma. Each of the round winners were given a gift certificate donated by Rita’s Italian Ice in Bridgewater.

Rescue Squad Mascot Gets Name - Spike, a St. Bernard

Immaculata seniors Lacey Berger and Dennis O’Heney, both of Bridgewater, compiled over 5,000 service hours. Immaculata presented the Presidential Award to 91 students who accumulated nearly 17,000 hours of community service in the past academic year. Twenty-one students earned the Gold Award for giving over 250 hours; nineteen received the Silver Award for over 175 hours; and fifty-one Spartan were awarded the Bronze Award for donating over 100 hours of service. Immaculata’s Campus Ministry provides over 30 outreach opportunities, ranging from serving on SHIP’s mobile truck and the local soup kitchen, shopping for local seniors, working through JusticeworX, helping in Appalachia, counseling Camp Fatima’s handicapped children, leading retreat teams, and working with people with various challenges. Nearly 70 per cent of the student body participate in some activity.

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Rescue dog, from the Somerville Rescue Squad visited with Mrs. Lisa’s 3rd Grade class at St. Ann’s School in Raritan. The class won a party with Spike by submitting the winning name in the Rescue Squad “Name our Mascot contest.” Classes from schools in Somerville and Raritan submitted more than 50 names and the Rescue Squad members voted on their favorite. Other choices included Fluffy, Rover and Spartan. Alice Condo, an EMT with the Squad (pictured second from left), assisted Spike with naming the students official Junior EMTs for the Somerville Rescue Squad.

July/August 2011

St. Ann Student – Top Speller

Nick Guerin Nick Guerin, an 8th Grader at St. Ann School in Raritan, took top honors in the Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee. After placing 1st among his classmates at the local Spelling Bee sponsored by the Sgt. John Basilone Knights of Columbus Council and Columbiettes Auxiliary, Nick advanced to the Diocesan round, along with fellow classmate Tom Ellis. Nick again placed 1st and received a Championship plaque to commemorate his achievement as the top speller in the Diocese of Metuchen. His performance earned him a trip to the state-wide event held in Brick, NJ. Despite tough competition, Nick went round after round, spelling his words without hesitation. Finally, it was down to three contestants; then Nick and his final competitor stood consonant to consonant! As the other contestant spelled her word correctly, Nick was dealt his final word – siphon. After a quick deliberation – “PH or F, PH or F” – he chose SIFON. “Phinishing” 2nd, he joked that he’ll always think twice about F’s and PH’s. Nick will be attending Immaculata High School where he was accepted into the accelerated classes and will join the football team.

July/August 2011

Enter and Learn, Leave and Serve

With the close of Commencement ceremonies, the mission of St. Ann School came full circle as diplomas were conferred on the Class of 2011. Sister Gloria Caglioti, Principal, reflected on the young men and women and their growth at St. Ann’s. “I recall the first day of school when we took them by the hand, welcomed them and invited them to ‘Enter and Learn’. Over the years, our Faculty and I have been blessed by the opportunity to teach them and watch them grow academically, spiritually and morally into twenty-five unique and talented young people with great potential. Last week, we celebrated their achievements as we awarded $4,500 in scholarships and bonds. We are sad to see them go, but know that we have prepared them well to live out the second half of our Mission – ‘Leave and Serve.’ We’ll watch with pride as they excel in their new schools, just as we have seen our past graduates excel. We celebrate our new graduates, just as we celebrate the recent accomplishments of our alumni like Christine Martino, Class of 2007, who just graduated Salutatorian of Immaculata High School; Julie Loveland, Class of 2007 who received an Immaculata scholarship for service to her school and community; Olivia Vaz, Class of 2007 and new graduate of Villa Walsh Academy who was named a National Merit Commended Student; and Nicholas Ackerman, Class of 2007, and Patrick Grifone, Class of 2010, who were named as recipients of The Elk Student of the Year Award for their respective classes at Immaculata. We wish all of our graduates, new and former, the very best. We’re delighted to see that our efforts have laid a strong foundation to enable our students to achieve their potential and we are proud to call them Alumni of St. Ann School.”

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Middle School Hosts 1960’s Museum -

On May 17th students in Ms. Dini, Ms. Kelly, Mrs. Kunkel, and Ms. Martin’s Language Arts Literacy classes exhibited research projects as part of a 1960’s museum. Students chose a topic of interest relating to the 1960’s, created questions, inquiry charts, exhibits and interactive activities to present to visitors to the museum. General topics ranged from music, politics, television, the military, and pop culture. Students in other classes, staff and parents spent the day visiting the exhibits, listening to presentations and participating in a variety of interactive activities. Some students dressed up in costume as part of their exhibit. Students worked very hard on this project as evidenced by the creative presentations and articulate discussions.

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Happy Fourth of July! Happy Birthday United States! I know that we all celebrate this great holiday in many different ways...barbeques in the back yard; going “down the shore”; picnics with family; oohing and aahing over fireworks after sunset. I would like to suggest a different perhaps more traditional way to spend the Fourth of July. The Washington Campground Association has a very unique way of observing our nation’s birthday. The Association meets at the Middlebrook Encampment on Middlebrook Road in Martinsville to hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence. The ceremony begins about 10:30 a.m. and is usually over in an hour. It truly brings back the real reason for the holiday. The rumor concerning garbage is still circulating through town so I will repeat my earlier message: Raritan Borough is NOT going to private collection. Our present form of garbage collection will remain in place. Once again let me urge you, if you are interested, to fill out a “Volunteers Needed” form found on the borough web site We are always in need of a few good volunteers. Thank you and Happy 4th of July! Jo-Ann Liptak, Raritan Borough Mayor

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Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School Holds Graduation Ceremony

Students Complete Certified Nursing Assistant Program - Nine senior students in the Health Occupations Pro-

gram at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School completed the Certified Nursing Assistant Program at Raritan Valley Community College in June. The students attended classes at RVCC at Bridgewater while also attending the Health Occupations Program at SCVTHS. Many graduating from the Health Occupations Program plan on continuing their education and pursuing a Nursing degree. Shown in photo (Front row L-R) are Siara Sealy from N. Plainfield, Andrea Hernandez, N. Plainfield., Michelle Santana, Bound Brook, (Back Row) Christina Santana, Franklin, Sephanie Diaz, Bridgewater, Norman Ishfaq, N. Plainfield, Tiffany Romero, Franklin, Sandra Sanchez, Raritan and Natalia Lima, Basking Ridge ( not shown).

Shariq Madha of Bridgewater is the valedictorian of the Class of 2011 at SCVTHS. One hundred and fifty-seven students in 18 programs from Automotive to Welding, and the Academy for Health & Medical Sciences at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School received their diplomas at a graduation ceremony held on June 22, 2011. Shariq Madha, an Academy for Health and Medical Sciences graduate from Bridgewater is the valedictorian of the Class of 2011. On May 14, 2011 he graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Associate’s Degree in General Science from Raritan Valley

Community College. Shariq is an Emergency Medical Technician and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honorary at RVCC and the National Honor Society at SCVTHS. He will be attending McGill University in Canada, majoring in Biochemistry. Anita Wamakima of Green Brook, an Academy for Health and Medical Sciences graduate was the salutatorian. The following students received diplomas from SCVTHS: Bridgewater - Fatima Ali, Cody Bruckmann, Brittany Buckmire, Jacqueline Cardile, Spreeha Choudhury, Stephanie Diaz, Maria Digiovanni, Adam Dubson, Kenneth Fontana, Nicholas Forgetta, Andrew Hunter, Adam Januse, Zachary Langowski, Shariq Madha, Jillian Mahon, Matthew Mantz, Andrew Massa, Garrett Mentuck, Anthony Parella, Shweta Patro, Jacqueline Pennica, Chelsea Phillip, Nicholas Phillippi, Douglas Ridzy, Alicialyn Skibbee, Nancy Umana, Joseph Vega, and Melissa Walsh; Martinsville - Samantha Miller; Raritan - Jeanne Brydon, Megan Doorly, Melissa Guillen, Ian Onesko, James Perez, and Sandra Sanchez.

Adamsville Hosts Parent vs. Teachers Volleyball Game - On May 20th, the Adamsville School held a Parent

vs.Teacher Volleyball Game. Students cheered on their parents and favorite teachers and made signs reading, “Go Daddy” and “Good Luck Mom.” Everybody was a winner that night in the eyes of the students. The Adamsville School also held an Ice Cream Social and BOGO Book Sale the same night. It was a fun night out at Adamsville after a week of rain.

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Hold Your Horses: Changes in the Hold Policy at SCLS Patrons used to putting a “hold” on library materials through the Somerset County Library System’s (SCLS) on-line catalog will see some changes made to the reservation system starting June 15, 2011. The library will now only hold reserved and inter-library loan items for four days as opposed to six days, which was previously the policy. “We have been hearing that patrons wish to read the latest materials and bestsellers more quickly. One of the ways to help shorten the waiting lists is to tighten up the amount of time that a patron has to collect materials once they have been notified that the material is available for them,” explained system Executive Director Brian Auger. Patrons can place a hold or a reservation on material that is a part of the circulating collection of the SCLS. They do so by making a selection through the library system’s on-line catalog located at Currently holds, when they come into a patron’s queue, are put on a shelf in one of the branch libraries for up to six days for a patron to pick up. A patron, however, can use that queue to manage their list of items that they wish to borrow from the SCLS. Once an item has been selected and reserved through the catalog, the patron may go into their “holds” list and use a check mark to freeze or unfreeze a selection. A trip out of town or an overabundance of material may mean that a patron is unable to get to a library during a time period. “Freezing” a selection keeps the item in the person’s queue while also preserving their place in waiting list. Patrons with further questions can call SCLS at (908)526-4016 or enter the website at http://

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Members of the newly formed Leo Club with their advisors. On June 6th twenty-five charter members celebrated the organization of the newly formed Bridgewater-Raritan High School Leo Club. The BRHS Leo Club plans to become involved with eyeglass recycling, Eye Mobile vision screening, and other NJ Lions related activities. They also plan to hold fundraising events in the near future to help visually impaired children or other people in need. Sapna Sundar has been elected to serve as the first President of the club, KellyTang as Vice President, Denzel Zhu as Secretary, Andy Chen as Treasurer and Ben Yan as Volunteer Director. The following students are members of the newly formed club: Megna Narasimnan, Christopher Wu, Kyle Surette, Roger Castle, Alexander Olan, Jake Chou, Nicole Rodriguez, Grace Shih, Oashritha Marepalli, Stephanie Young, Aishwarya Venkatesh, Vamshikrishnan Balakrishnan, Stephanie Lin, Aaron Choynake, Karl Delossantos, Nicole Mathews, Ankitha Challapalli, Peter Schenrer, Saval Desai, Sainath Palani, Angela Ning, Harankumar Nallasivan, Shawn Hung, Emily He, Akaash Mittal, Evanna Wang. According to Leo Club President Sapna, “We are very excited to be able to give back to our community. Through this meaningful service, we plan to make a difference in our society.” The Bridgewater Lions Club sponsored the new club for students of BRHS. Mr. Adam Pianka is the Teacher Advisor and Lion Tammy Hsing is the Lion Advisor. BRHS students who would like more information about the Leo Club can contact Sapna Sundar at leoclub. or Tammy Hsing at

Students in Mrs. Ericksen’s class at Adamsville School stand around the table of books and cards that will be delivered to patients at Robert Wood Johnson Children’s Hospital. Submitted Photo Mrs. Ericksen’s 3rd grade AI class at Adamsville Primary School in Bridgewater has been working on a service project all year. The project is called “Kids Helping Kids” and benefits the patients at Robert Wood Johnson Children’s Hospital in New Brunswick. The students donated brand new books and made cards for the children at the hospital. Kids Helping Kids provided an opportunity for the students to reach out to others around their age who are not feeling well. The books will be placed in the Play Room at the hospital. The cards will be distributed to the patients. Mr. John Sladewski, Child Life Coordinator for RWJCH, came to Mrs. Ericksen’s class on May 31st to receive the donation. He spent time with the students explaining his job and how the children at the hospital would benefit from their gifts. Mr. Sladewski thanked the class for their thoughtfulness and generosity. The 3rd grade students enjoyed doing something for someone else and felt proud to be able to put a smile on another child’s face.

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Residents Celebrate, Remember on Memorial Day Memorial Day weekend ushered in some wonderful weather. Although temperatures were on the warm side, it provided an opportunity for many to enjoy outside activities. In the midst of all the picnics and assorted celebrations, many

area residents took the time to commemorate the real meaning of this holiday. The community came together on May 30th in a show of support for veterans and those currently serving, and in memory of those who have passed on at

the American Legion Post #327 Memorial Day Parade in Bradley Gardens. Residents lined the streets on both sides as veterans and other groups passed by with their flags and banners. Following the parade, a memorial service was held in Ardmaer Park. Left: The first wreath is placed by Rich Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell.

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Residents of Raritan: Are you aware of the fact that your newly formed Cultural and History Committee, under the supervision of Mr. Herbert Hall, Station Manager of Somerville Television-Ville Etv, has produced three TV shows depicting the early heritage of Raritan? Perhaps, some residents who have Fios, may have viewed the programs. For those residents who do not subscribe to Fios, but own a dvd player, you will now have the opportunity to go to the Raritan Library and check out a DVD entitled Raritanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Heritage. Your host for the shows is Jim Fidacaro, Vice-President of the Cultural and Historic Committee, along with committee member Al Capetta. Guests have included: John Pacifico, Mary Grasso, Theresa Bray, and Anna Marie Navatto. We hope you enjoy the personal and insightful accounts of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Early History of Raritan.â&#x20AC;? If you have pictures and/ or memorabilia, the committee would love to scan the pictures for our collection texts. Originals will be returned unharmed. If you can provide dates and names of the people in the photos this would be very helpful. Also, if you have a family member who might like to be interviewed for one of our productions, please submit his/her name, and the committee will take it under advisement. This information can be placed in the box marked Cultural and Historic Committee located in the main office of the Raritan Municipal Building. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Submitted by The Raritan Cultural and Historic Committee

In honor of Memorial Day volunteers place flags on grave sites at St. Bernards Cemetary. Submitted Photo Commander William Peebles and Quartermaster John Lamaestra, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Sante Moretti Post #1748 of Raritan Borough, would like to thank Joe Koskulit, Assistant Scout Master of Troop 185, Cub Master of Pack 95, the parents of Troop 185, Pack 95 and their family members, and Ship 42, for their caring and orderly manner in placing flags on the grave sites at St. Bernards Cemetery for Memorial Day. As always, we are so proud of you all. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to thank: C.J. Koskulitz, Scout Troop 185; Martha Koskulitz; Will Marshall; from Scout Pack 95 Damian Barczewski, Eva Barczewski, Se8FTU.BJO4USFFUt4PNFSWJMMF bastian Konopka, Mathew Dunn, Martin Mitchell, Victoria Mitchell, Austin 'FBUVSJOHBMBSHFTFMFDUJPOPGUPQT Hackerd, Gary Hackerd, Alex Niewiadonski, Kinga Niewiadonski, Johanna BOETMBDLTGSPN"-'3&%%6//&3 Niewiadonski, Peter Kelly, Brian Kelly, Donald Caola, Damian Searchwell, Jamila Searchwell, Doug Sullivan, Evie Sullivan, Kathy Sullivan, Laura Sul.BOZ4UPSF4QFDJBMT ALSOMountney. livan; Kyle Mountney, Ship 42 and Dave We would also like to #SBTt4MJQQFSTt/JUFXFBS thank Joseph Carra, Carol Littman, Councilman Victor Laggini and Doug Myslinski. 0QFO5VFT4BUBNQNt$MPTFE4VO.PO The officers and men at the Post thank you for your time and dedication. Anyone needing a flag that we may have missed, please call John Lameastra at (908) 725-1437. - Submitted by Quarter Master John Lamaestra

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Congratulations to Our Recital Students!!

RMC Owner Lou Colonna (2nd from left) with Recital Crew: Chris Durac, Jess Jorgensen, Nick Petrillo, Francis Ambrico, and Dan Palmere.

Piano Instructor Cheryl Webb (5th from Left) with students.

Voice instructors Donna Copti (far left) and Linda Jones (far right) with students.

Piano instructors Dina Markey and Andre Winnicki (1st and 3rd from left) with their students.

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If you visit Raritan Music Center (RMC) anytime between March and May, you will most likely find the majority of student’s fine tuning their musical chops in preparation for the studio’s annual June recitals. This past June RMC hosted five days of performances; June 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th, and 11th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bridgewater. Studio owner Louis Colonna says, “It’s an event we look forward to every year. We rent out a large space in a hotel, bring in a grand piano and all other necessary sound equipment, and basically camp out there until all students have performed.” This past year RMC had 360 students perform in 22 different programs including piano, voice, strings, brass and woodwinds, guitar and bass. Instructor Anna Lawrence with her students. The recitals give kids of all ages and abilities the chance to get up and play to an audience in a formal setting, which if you are a musician, you know is always a valuable experience (the younger the better). It is also exciting for RMC teachers to see their students perform what they have been working on all season. In many cases, they also bring out some spots in their playing that need extra attention. Student’s parents also seem to enjoy this event. They get the chance to applaud their child’s achievements, take a lot of pictures, while getting some transparency into the way their children are being taught at the studio. Colonna says, “The recitals which we have been doing at RMC for the past 14 years seem to be a winner. And though all students don’t participate, they seem to grow considerably every year and are a gratifying expePiano instructors Christi D’Amico and Nick Petrillo rience for student’s parents and teachers.” with students.

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Viola instructor Raul Garcia (3rd from left) with students.

Violin instructor Cindy Wu (2nd from left) with students.

Musical Enrichment programs start at the end of June and run through mid August. This year’s programs include:

Woodwind students of Victor Pellegrini and I-Yun-Tu.

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Lip Sync Event Raises Money for Haiti

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On May 19th students and staff of Hillside School held a lip sync fundraising event to help raise money and awareness for those in Haiti. The standing room only crowd enjoyed 13 acts including staff members performing as The Supremes, Jennifer Lopez, Irene Cara (Flashdance: What a Feeling), and Usher. Students performed as Miley Cyrus, Taio Cruz, Madonna and others. The fun-filled night raised over $800 which helped the school attain their goal of $3200 to have a house built in Haiti. Additional events held during the year included the International Bazaar and peace t-shirt sales which helped them to achieve their goal. Perhaps more importantly, these fundraising events help generate school spirit and create a positive and enthusiastic school atmosphere of teamwork, appreciation of hard work, and working towards a common goal to raise money for a good cause.

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Operation Jersey Cares Receives Thanks from Troops

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Fifty-one 5th grade students from Immaculate Conception School in Somerville took the D.A.R.E. pledge to stay off drugs as they graduated from the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program on May 25. Under the direction of Officer Darrin DiPalma of the Somerville Police Department, these students have learned the skills they need to avoid drugs, alcohol and violence. The classes included extensive role-playing on practical ways to resist pressure to experiment with drugs and alcohol, and join gangs. - Submitted by Michele Blandino

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BRHS Seniors Look Forward

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Shane Patel – Future Plans: Rutgers University, Engineering. His favorite BRHS memory is his calculus class with Ms. Neumann. Kristen Halloran – Future Plans: University of Scranton, Teaching. Kristen has “too many great memories to just pick one.” Surabhi Menon – Future Plans: University of Pittsburgh, PreMed. Surabhi’s favorite memory is going to such a huge school. “You get to know so many different people.” Morgan Hofacker – Future Plans: RVCC, Nursing. Her favorite BRHS memory is “going to school and seeing a new face every day.” Mike Murray – Future Plans: Coastal Carolina, Athletic Training. His favorite BRHS memory is the Halo Tournament freshman year. Brittany D’Agostino – Future Plans: Fairleigh Dickinson University, History Education. Her favorite BRHS memory is Senior Assassins.

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Local Church takes Leap of ‘GreenFaith’

ed savings of over fifty percent when all projects are completed. Outdoor changes have included leaving 30 to 40 foot snags (dead standing trees) as habitats for woodpeckers. Birdhouses and butterfly houses were installed and the church also wants to install a beehive to encourage the growth of the honeybee population and donate honey to local food banks. The congregation helped clean gardens at Wagner’s farm in Warren where produce is donated to the needy. The Justice portion requirement was fulfilled with eco justice participation in such organizations as the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and the Florida Tomato Growers Advocacy for Just Wages for Harvesters in support of fair wages for farm workers. Talking about greening comes very naturally to Rack and she encourages her congregation to make it a natural, unnoticeable part of their lives with simple changes like replacing pesticides at home with eco-friendly pesticides, turning off water when brushing teeth, filling the sink with water when washing faces, checking the home’s gutters and insulation, driving to church in one car, or eating dinner by candlelight. Rack concludes, “We are a small congregation and in-tune with the world around us and the nature of this place. It’s kind of ‘in the congregation’s blood’ that we respect the beauty of our site and we are grateful for our beautiful environment. This place is perfectly set up to enjoy the outdoors during worship.”

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in the Auto Body Program at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School refurbished and painted a vehicle belonging to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department. George Byrd, Auto Body teacher said the students were able to use the skills they acquired during the year to complete the community service project. Photo: Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School Auto Body students that assisted with refurbishing a vehicle belonging to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department stand proudly beside their project. L-R (front): Chris Merendino, Dylan Page, Matthew Mantz of Bridgewater, (center) George Byrd, Auto Body Teacher, (back) Rodney Williams, Ed Hinson, Kevin Montuori, Kevin Klimas, Randy Kaiser, and Jordy Lujan.

Nettles Setting Atlantic League Career Records

Jeff Nettles at bat for the Somerset Patriots Somerset Patriots third baseman Jeff Nettles is making Atlantic League history this season, as he is eyeing several league career records. Nettles, who has been one of the team and league’s all-time top players, set a new league RBI record on May 20th when the Patriots took on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at TD Bank Ballpark. The recordbreaking 530th RBI came on a go-ahead three-run home run that led the Patriots to a 7-5 victory.

Nettles then set a new league record for most career doubles on June 11th with his 182nd two-bagger. Over a 22 game period at the time of reaching the milestones, Nettles hit .422 with 35 hits, five home runs, and 30 RBI. He led the league with a .512 average with runners in scoring position. The next two records Nettles is closest to breaking as of midJune are home runs, where he trails Glenn Murray by 22, and hits, in which he is second to Murray by 76. Nettles is currently in his eighth season with the Patriots and holds many franchise records including games played, at bats, hits, home runs, and RBI. He is a two-time Championship Series MVP, having won the award in 2003 and 2009, and is a three-time champion with Somerset. Nettles has two seasons of Triple-A experience with the New York Yankees organization, where his father Graig spent 11 seasons. Nettles has Double-A experience with the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles organizations.

Pastor Susan Joseph Rack stands beside a snag (dead standing tree) in front of Christ Presbyterian Church. By leaving snags you help maintain a wildlife legacy for future generations to enjoy. by Pam Laughlin Christ Presbyterian Church, in Martinsville, agreed to participate in the GreenFaith Certification Program in support of being good stewards of the Earth and “greening” the Earth and the life of their members. Pastor Susan Joseph Rack and her congregation began the certification process of greening their church two years ago when Rack met the founder of GreenFaith, Fletcher Harper, during a Presbytery meeting. GreenFaith is set up to help congregations meet the challenges of greening in 3 areas: Spirit, Stewardship, and Justice. Rack explains, “GreenFaith wants us to educate our congregation that the Earth is not to be subdued and ‘used up’ which is a fairly predominate and oldfashioned theological stance in Christianity. It’s really a matter of reorienting ourselves to be good stewards of the Earth.”

Rack and her congregation have addressed GreenFaith’s Spirit requirement with outdoor worship and retreats. Rack says, “Some of these things we were already doing so it was easy for us to just apply it to their program.” During the first week of advent (1st/2nd week of December), the Christ Presbyterian Church sets up an outdoor labyrinth service in the evening constructed of a circular maze called a prayer path. The Stewardship portion was fulfilled by changing from plastic utensils and paper goods to washable and reusable silverware and china. Compact fluorescent bulbs are now being used and two years ago the old, inefficient heating and cooling system was replaced with an energy efficient system. Currently, the church is in the process of having solar panels installed in the sanctuary. These energy savings will be significant, with expect-

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Revolutionary War Soldiers Honored on Independence Day at Middlebrook Encampment

by Amy Sepesi It’s not as well known as Valley Forge or as the encampment at Jockey Hollow in Morristown, but Bridgewater’s own Middlebrook Encampment also played a significant role in the history of the Revolutionary War. “It’s like the forgotten encampment,” said Tom D’Amico, who serves as a supervising planner and historic sites coordinator for Somerset County. “One of the reasons you don’t hear about it is because, unlike at Valley Forge and at Morristown, the weather that winter was relatively mild and things were much more organized.” But each year, the soldiers who fought here during the Revolutionary War are honored on Independence Day with a reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Middlebrook Encampment. “There are also historical speakers, and salute reenactments,” said D’Amico of the event that takes places annually at the site owned by the Washington Campgrounds Association. “One of the requirements when the land was donated to the Campgrounds Association was that the Declaration be read every year. They usually have 200 or 300 people that attend.” There were two encampments that took place in the Bridgewater area during the Revolutionary War. During the first, approximately 5,000 troops camped at near what is now known as the Washington Valley area between May and June of 1777. Although the troops only stayed there for about a month, their presence prevented the British Army’s plans of taking control over Philadelphia.

corps was here.” Likewise, the encampment was significant from military perspective. “This is the birthplace of the U.S. Army Rangers,” said Ernest Bower, a local historian. “A unit was officially formed to serve as United States Army Rangers. There was what can be loosely considered the first military academies. There was a light infantry unit formed at Pluckemin that can be seen as the forerunner to West Point. There was also the first military medical school at Middlebrook.” Additionally, the Middlebrook Encampment may have been the first location that the 13-star flag was flown. “Legend has it, that when the Continental Congress adopted the first American flag in 1777 that the first place it was flown over the American troops was at Middlebrook,” D’Amico said. “It was common for the American commander to have a flag on him, so it is possible.” However, Middlebrook is the site of the first documented use of the American flag. “This can be proven by the artifacts uncovered during the archeological dig,” said Bower. “Uncovered were belt tips that clearly show the American flag. These are the first artifacts to show the American Flag.” Through widespread efforts, some structures from the Middlebrook Encampment have been preserved. “We’re lucky to have five structures left that are all under public or nonprofit ownership,” said D’Amico. Those structures include the Abraham Staats House in South Bound Brook, the Van Horne and the Van Veghten houses in the Finderne section of Bridgewater, the Wallace House in Somerville and the Vanderveer House in Bedminster. “All of these structures have been or are being restored,” D’Amico noted. “Somerset County played a very large role in the Revolution. It’s important to preserve that history.”

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Every July 4th, at approximately 10:30 a.m. a ceremony is held at the Washington Campground on Middlebrook Road, Bridgewater, with a changing of the flag, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and the delivery of a historical address. This event has been commemorated annually since 1889.

“There were 4,000 British soldiers on both sides of the Raritan River and another group coming down the Green Brook,” D’Amico said. “Their intent was to encourage them into battle and capture the American troops, but the Americans escaped.” By the end of the month, British troops had left Somerset County. The second encampment, also known as the Middlebrook Cantonment, lasted between November1778 and June 1779. There were several reasons Middlebrook was deemed the appropriate location for this winter encampment of nearly 10,000 troops, wrote Carl E. Price in a thesis titled Middlebrook – The American Eagle’s Nest. “Washington chose Middlebrook for a number of reasons,” wrote Price. “He knew the area to be easily defensible. Middlebrook was centrally located both with respect to watching the enemy in New York and defending the countryside so desperately in need of protection from the British. Finally, the people on the whole were friendly, and this consideration counted for much in reckoning that the Army must live off the land.” Washington was adamant that his troops would not make the same mistakes they did at Valley Forge during the previous year. “The first concern of all the troops was the building of adequate huts,” Price wrote. “Early indications promised a bitter cold winter and Washington was determined to prevent a repetition of Valley Forge. During the early stages, he himself supervised the laying out of the camp.” During the encampment, Washington made his headquarters at the Wallace House in Somerville. The structure is now a state historic site. Other parts of the encampment spread beyond the Bridgewater boundaries as well. “There were troops in Bridgewater, Manville and there was an artillery core established in Pluckemin,” D’Amico said. “This is thought of as the first American military school. It was very sophisticated for its time. Additionally, an army slaughterhouse was established in Bound Brook and military equipment was manufactured and repaired in the communities of Pluckemin, Finderne and Millstone. “The Middlebrook Encampment was a very successful one,” D’Amico said. “During the encampment, the troops received new French uniforms with coats of different colors to represent different states and the first light artillery

Musical Theater Students Raise Money for ‘Voices of September 11’ - Musical Theater students at Somerset

County Vocational & Technical High School celebrate after their New York City Cabaret that raised $2,100 for “Voices of September 11.” They are clockwise - Sarah Moebius, Alec Richards, Musical Theater Instructor Sean Morris, Spencer Bautista, Deanna Farber, KerryAnn McKenna, Regina Donaldson, Jillian Mauro, Mari Skoultchi, Shoshana Antunes, Christynn Cardino, Vocal Coach & Accompanist. Sean Morris, Musical Theater Instructor presented the proceeds to Sheri Burkat, a representative of Voices of September 11, from the New Jersey Office in New Brunswick. Sheri gave Sean a United States flag containing the names of 3,000 victims of September 11, which is on display in the Main Hall of the high school.

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Seventh Graders Feast on Books at First Annual BookFest

Seventh grade students work hard to create headlines and captions for the BookFest article that will appear in The BReeze. Caption by Katie Cornet; Headline by Armaan Shah A literacy day to promote reading for fun was held at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School on June 3, 2011. The BookFest event was made possible through generous grants from the Bridgewater-Raritan Education Foundation and the BRMS PTO. The entire 7th grade class took part: 687 students and their teachers. Mrs. Leigh Woznick, founder and chairperson of the event and the school’s Library Media Specialist, introduced the day to the students in the auditorium. Then each homeroom group attended three one-hour workshops. Thirty-three presenters were on hand to engage children in activities, workshops and seminars on various topics related to reading; most participated at reduced fees or without any payment, in support of the students and to promote literacy. Chris Rockwell, spoken word poet, singer, songwriter, and music producer gave a rousing workshop on poetry slam that

was the hit of the day for those who attended. Also popular with the students was Chris Grabenstein who had the students doing comedy improvisation techniques to improve their writing; and transplanted Englishman Jon Gibbs explained how to create colorful characters. After the workshops, many of the presenters donated copies of their books to the school’s library. The art of books was covered ably by two hands-on workshops: Bookbinding, given by art student/Girl Scout art program teacher Katie Woznick, and Papermaking, given by the Printmaking Council of NJ’s Greta Anderson. Twenty-first century reading options were explored, as well. Robyn Ulmer, of Barnes & Noble, demonstrated E-readers, while teachers added their experiences with Amazon Kindles and other e-readers. After lunch, the students were invited to a book swap in the library. Donations were solic-

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A Fond Farewell to B-R High School Principal Dr. James Riccobono

In honor of his years of service to the Bridgewater-Raritan school district, B-R students in Mrs. Mary Lynn Hawkinson’s Honors Art and AP Studio Art classes created portraits reflecting the life of Dr. Riccobono from early childhood to the present. Sophomore Jackie Lin, an Honors Art III stu-

dent, painted the above portrait of Dr. Riccobono using acrylics. By Karras Lambert In the eighteen years that Dr. James Riccobono served as principal of the Bridgewater-Raritan High School, he has left an indelible mark upon the school that will not soon be forgotten. Under his steady hand, BRHS has undergone tremendous growth since the opening in 1993 with 1500 students, a small number compared to the 2915 students enrolled as of last school year. In a school with over 250 teachers, only a dozen remain from when he began his tenure. During that time, the school has achieved many tremendous accomplishments, both academic and athletic. Some accomplishments which Dr. Riccobono

is especially proud of include achieving the New Jersey Star School and National Blue Ribbon School Awards, “promoting the Fine Arts Program,” and “maintaining an enviable athletic program.” Yet, even with such outstanding distinctions and programs, he is most proud of his “efforts to instill the BRHS Profile into the daily operation of the school.” For those who do not know, the BRHS Profile, displayed in Buildings 100, 900, and 1000 of BRHS, promotes a “Personable, friendly atmosphere, Structure and discipline, Academic excellence, and a Quality, diversified co-curricular program.” After attending BRHS for four years,

I can affirm that the Profile is an unqualified success, as the school lives up to every quality listed to the profile and more. Dr. Riccobono, although he does not live in Bridgewater, says that he would “be proud to send my children to a school like B-R that promotes these qualities.” Besides the remarkable success he has overseen at BRHS, Dr. Riccobono has had a distinguished personal career as well. After graduating from the George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt College in 1971 with a Ph. D. in Educational Administration, Dr. Riccobono served in an administrative capacity at three schools, beginning as an Assistant Principal at the McGavock Comprehensive Sr. High School in Nashville, Tennessee. After serving for nineteen years as the Principal of Lenape Valley Regional High School in New Jersey, he moved to the newly opened Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School. It may surprise students today to learn that Dr. Riccobono once served as the President of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association in 19921993, assuming the responsibilities of Executive Director in 1993. In addition to those positions, Dr. Riccobono has also served as President of the Somerset County Secondary School Principals Association for brief stints from 1997-1999 and 2008-2009. Retiring after such a successful career leaves Dr. Riccobono with few regrets, but there is one in particular that comes to his mind often. “You regret that there are some students who, despite your best and most comprehensive effort, you just did not impact to the extent that you desired. You hope that perhaps the impact will surface at a later

time in the student’s life,” he says. And despite sometimes being disappointed by the actions of some students, he recognizes that “you have to accept these incidents as a part of the growing and maturing process and remember that we have all made mistakes during our younger days.” Now that his final school year has come to a close, Dr. Riccobono looks forward to spending time with his wife and supporting his two adult children. He promises to continue attending high school athletic contests on a regular basis and “revisit my youth experience as a piano player by taking lessons and advancing my playing competence.” Meanwhile, he has a few

words of wisdom to share: “You have to have a sense of humor and be able to see the humor in all matters, including the ability to laugh at yourself. If you can’t take a joke, get out of education!” I am sure that Dr. Riccobono’s presence will be sorely missed by the staff and students of BRHS next year. I am thankful that I have been able to attend a high school overseen by such a compassionate and caring principal, one that promotes and maintains the lofty qualities of the BRHS Profile. I am sure I speak for everyone at BRHS when I wish him a happy and healthy retirement and express thanks for everything he has done for the school.

Senior Casey Sobel, an AP Studio Art student, created this pencil rendering from a photo of Dr. Riccobono during Airborne School in 1964.



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The Boys Lacrosse team concluded one of the best lacrosse seasons in Bridgewater-Raritan history in front of about 4,500 anxious and enthusiastic spectators on June 11, 2011 at Rutgers University’s Yurcak Field. The hard-fought, unbelievably exciting 6-5 victory came over the No.1 ranked Summit Hilltoppers. Summit came into the game with an impressive 68 consecutive game winning streak which included winning the two previous Tournament of Champions finals. The play was intense at both ends of the field as would be expected with two high-caliber teams such as B-R and Summit. Every face-off, ground ball and goal was contested and earned. Leading the scoring for the Panthers was junior attack Scott Bieda with 2 goals and 2 assists.

His first goal was the first score for the Panthers and tied the game at 1-1. Scott’s second goal was the crucial tiebreaker and go ahead goal in the fourth period breaking a 4-4 tie. On this important goal he was assisted by team captain senior midfielder Tyler Barbarich who had two assists on the day. Also scoring two goals was sophomore attack Tyler Konen. His goals gave the Panthers a two point lead during the second period. Junior attack Ryan Hollingsworth’s goal at the end of the first period tied the score at 2 and unassisted junior midfielder Ray Mastroiani scored what would be the winning goal for the Panthers. Anchoring the defense was junior All-state goalie Zach Jones, who had 6 saves, including a tremendous one-on-one stop to keep the game tied at 4-4. Going

into the game Zach had an astounding record of allowing only 4.6 goals per game. A relentless defense lead by team captain senior B.J. Grill and senior Nick Bergenty was instrumental to the team’s success against the Summit offensive onslaught. B.J.’s steal in the fourth quarter lead to the 4-4 tie breaking goal. The victory over Summit concluded a historic season for the Panthers, who after starting the season 5-2, won their final fifteen games which included wins over Mountain Lakes (first time since 1999), Immaculata in the Somerset County Final (first time since 2002), Hunterdon Central in the Group IV Final (first time since 2009). The Panthers last won the overall state championship in 1999 and this is only their second time to go all the way. Way to go Panthers!!


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Jerry Madaluna, president of the Raritan Chapter of UNICO, presents Brian Piccolo awards to Andrew Campolatano of Bound Brook High School, and Jessica Venturelli of Bridgewater/Raritan High School. William Hearon, UNICO District X Governor, stands on right. Submitted Photo Unico District X recently held its 36th annual Brian Piccolo Sports program in Scotch Plains handing 17 awards to youth from 10 different chapters of UNICO---including Clark, Elizabeth, Berkeley Heights/New Providence, Hillsborough, Hillside, the Plainfields, Raritan, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Union, and Westfield. UNICO chapters around the country hold the annual ceremony celebrating the accomplishments of local high school student-athletes in honor of the late Brian Piccolo, the former Chicago Bears running back who died from cancer at a young age, and whose story was told in the classic movie, “Brian’s Song.” UNICO is the nation’s largest Italian American service organization with local chapters throughout America. Founded in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1922, its volunteer members work to support charitable, educational, and service projects while promoting Italian heritage and combating negative stereotyping.

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Page 26 Formerly of Branchburg - Antoinette Patricia Daly, 69, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2011. Born in Manhattan, NY, and a former resident of Branchburg, Antoinette moved to Las Vegas in 1998. She was a clerical worker for many years, and in 1997 she received her LPN degree from Somerset VoTech. Arrangements were handled by the Branchburg Funeral Home. So. Plainfield – Senthilkumar Subramaniam, 35, died on May 15, 2011. Senthilkumar was a Computer Engineer for over (5) years at Barclays Capital in New York, NY. Arrangements were handled by the India Funeral Service, LLC. Bridgewater - May N. Leary entered eternal rest on May 15, 2011 at home surrounded by her loving family. May worked as a bookkeeper for Shanahan’s Stationary Store in Somerville until retiring in 1986. SArrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Luis A. Gargiulo, 63, died on May 15, 2011. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, he was a former resident of Clifton before moving to Bridgewater 22 years ago. Mr. Gargiulo was a Ship lasher from 1977 to 2001. He then worked as a driver for the Somerset County Dept. of Transportation until 2007. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Princeton – Bharati P. Desai, 76, died on May 17, 2011. Bharati was a devoted wife, a loving mother, a dear sister, and a wonderful grandmother. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Services, LLC. Bridgewater - Raymond “Ray” J. Salek, 74, died May 17, 2011. Ray was born and raised in Raritan and resided in Bridgewater for 27 years before retiring to Wilson, NC in 1993. He started his career as a machinist for Union Carbide in Bound Brook for 10 years. He then was employed as an Insurance Agent for Prudential Insurance Company in Flemington for over 25 years, retiring in 1992. He served his country in the US Navy, Seabees Division, during peacetime, attaining the rank of Petty Officer, 2nd class. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Albert Alper, 101, died May 17, 2011. Albert was born in Newark and was formerly of Edi-

son and Hillside before moving to Bridgewater in 1994. He owned and operated Alper Tire Co. in Bloomfield. He enjoyed being outdoors, playing pool, poker and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C VanArsdale Funeral Home. Oakhurst, NJ - George H. Orloff, 95, died on May 17, 2011. George is survived by his son, Richard W. Orloff. Arrangements were handled by AAA B Cremation Services, LLC. Branchburg - Bonnie Mae Mech, 63, died suddenly on May 18, 2011 while visiting her son, Christopher, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bonnie was a retired teacher who taught Business and Cooperative Office Education at Bridgewater-Raritan High School for twenty years. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Somerville - Philip Ben Martin, Sr., 65, died on May 20, 2011. Philip was born and raised in Somerville and resided in Brick since 2008. He was employed as a Superintendent at Brookside Garden Apartments in Somerville for over 20 years, retiring in 1996. He was a veteran of the US Navy during peacetime. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C VanArsdale Funeral Home. Branchburg - Terrance T. Musil, 62, passed away on May 20, 2011. Mr. Musil worked for AT&T for 30 years, retiring in 1997 as a Program Analyst. For the past five years he had been working for NAPA Auto Parts, in Whitehouse. Terrance was the Commissioner of Boy Scouts and a longtime member and supporter. Arrangements were handled by the Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater Bartholomew Bodo, Jr., 85, passed away on May 20, 2011. Bartholomew resided in Raritan for 43 years before moving to Bridgewater in 1997. He worked as a sales associate for Pep Boys as well as Thul’s, selling automotive parts. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marines during World War II from May 1944 until he was discharged in November 1945 due to service related disability, for which he received a Purple Heart medal. He was also a member of the Somerville Disabled American Veterans and VFW Post 2290 in Manville. Arrangements were handled by the Bridgewater Funeral Home.

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Obituaries Hillsborough - Karen Makovica, 55, died May 21, 2011. Karen was employed as a Contracts Attorney for ATT in Lake Mary, Florida for over 25 years and was also a member of the Florida Bar Association. Karen’s greatest joys were cooking, sharing a gourmet meal with the perfect wine pairing, relaxing with friends on the Outer Banks, and watching the Yankees beat the Sox. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Victoria V. Kozlowski, 83, died May 23, 2011. Victoria was born in Naticote, PA and raised in Manville before moving to Bridgewater in 1956. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, playing bingo and bowling. Victoria is predeceased by her husband Walter who died in 1976. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C VanArsdale Funeral Home. Manville - Doris Ann Horton (nee Blew), 74, passed away on May 24, 2011 at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington. Doris was proudly employed for 40 years of her life; 28 for the State of New Jersey Department of Corrections, which included the Skillman School for Boys and Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women. She received many awards for her perfect attendance and employee of the month. Arrangements were handled by the Bridgewater Funeral Home. Raritan - Antonio “Tony” D’Anna, 43, passed away on May 28, 2011. Born in Acerra, Naples, Italy, Tony came to the United States 39 years ago and resided in Raritan. Tony proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1985-1988 and was a Ranger with the 82nd Airborne Division. Mr. D’Anna worked as the Infra Structure Manager for Alfred Dunner, Inc. for the past three years, at both the New York and Parsippany locations. He was a former member of the Raritan Borough Council from January 1999 to 2001. Tony was an avid wine maker and golfer; enjoyed going to Rutgers football games with his friends and visiting Lake Ontario. But his favorite thing to do was go fishing with his two sons. Arrangements were handled by the Branchburg Funeral Home. 1954 Washington Valley Road Martinsville, NJ 08836

Bridgewater - Cheryl A. Bartunek-Napolitano, 65, died May 28, 2011, after a long battle with ALS. Cheryl was born in the Bronx, New York and resided in NJ since 1999. In her early years she was employed at Montefiore Medical Center and for Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. In NJ Cheryl worked as a logistics coordinator for Amersham Pharmacia Biotech Inc. in Piscataway. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C VanArsdale Funeral Home. Raritan – Francesca Ritorto, 100, died on May 29, 2011. Francesca was the youngest daughter of eleven children. On December 7, 1930, she married Fortunato Ritorto. In addition to raising her three children, she worked alongside her husband tending to their family farm. In April 1972, Francesca and her husband, along with her daughter Maria, son-in-law Biagio Laurito and their family, came to the United States. Francesca adapted to her new life and continued taking care of her family by helping to raise her grandchildren, baking bread, canning tomatoes, making homemade noodles, cooking and, when time allowed, crocheting. Arrangements were handled by the Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC. Bound Brook - Carmen L. Barboni, 82, entered eternal rest on May 30, 2011. Carmen has lived in Bound Brook for the past 32 years. She worked as a secretary for Dr. Barry Lustig for 30 years, before retiring in 2010. A faithful communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Bound Brook, Carmen would help prepare the altar for 5 o’clock Mass on Saturdays. Arrangements were handled by the Bridgewater Funeral Home.

Bridgewater – Kathleen Gallagher Darvin, 52, died on May 30, 2011. Kathleen was a devoted wife, a loving mother, a dear sister, a wonderful aunt, and cousin, who loved animals and travel, was an avid reader, and an excellent cook. Arrangements were handled by the Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC. Martinsville - Mildred “Cricket” Musialowski, a well-known artist, died on May 30, 2011. The youngest of ten siblings, she was born in Metuchen. In the late 1930’s, Mildred moved to Martinsville with her husband Joseph Musialowski. There she and her late-husband owned and operated Joe’s Fruit Farms and Cider Mill in addition to Mildred establishing “Crickets Corner Studio”, where she taught both children and adults. She worked in New York City as an illustrator for ladies finewear and millinery. During the war, she was an “airplane spotter” and also served the Martinsville Volunteer Fire Company as a member of the Women’s Auxiliary. Arrangements were handled by the Bridgewater Funeral Home. Hillsborough, (formerly of Raritan) – Phyllis Tozzi-Manganaro, 94, died on May 30, 2011. Phyllis was a Seamstress and Glassware Clerk at Ortho in Raritan. She was a member of the Raritan Senior Citizens, St. Ann’s Golden Age Group, and St. Ann’s Rosary Altar Society; a communicant of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Raritan. Arrangements were handled by the Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC. Somerville – Labrenda Youmans, 61, died on May 31, 2011. Labrenda was a teacher for over (10) years at Mahalia Jackson Jr. High School in Brooklyn, NY. Arrangements were handled by Somerville Funeral Home, Inc. Bridgewater - J. Donald Maxwell, Jr., age 55, passed away on May 31, 2011 at Somerset Medical Center after being cared for at home by his family and friends. “Donnie” resided in Somerville for most of his life and worked as a Union Laborer. Donnie loved going to the gym with his sons and fishing with his friends. His de-

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phone Laboratories after 25 years of research at the end of 1989, and was then immediately appointed by Rutgers University to the distinguished post of Board of Governors Chair Professor in Business with a joint appointment in Psychology. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Samuel Ratoff, 97, died June 7, 2011. Samuel was born and raised in the Bronx and raised his family in Haworth and Cresskill before moving to Arbor Glen, Bridgewater in 1989. Central to his life was his membership in both Temple Beth-El in Hillsborough and Temple Beth-El of Northern Valley in Closter, NJ where he was founder and past President. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C VanArsdale Funeral Home. Hamilton - Assunta “Tina” Cavallaro, 68, died on June 7, 2011. Assunta was a Sales Associate for Bloomingdale’s; currently a communicant of St. Vincent’s Church in Yardville, NJ and formerly of St. Bernard’s Church in Bridgewater. Arrangements were handled by the Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC. Bridgewater - John E. Ryan, 77, went home to be with the Lord on June 7, 2011. John was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and formerly of Massapequa, LI before moving to Bridgewater in 1971. He was employed by Olivetti USA in Bridgewater for over 32 years. He was a veteran of the US Army during peacetime. He volunteered at Somerset County Jail where he taught classes on Bible Studies and was a member of the Chaplaincy Council. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C VanArsdale Funeral Home. Ramgali, Jaipur, India – Gita V. Sharma, 65, died on June 8, 2011. Gita was a devoted wife, a loving mother, a dear sister, and a wonderful grandmother. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Services, LLC. Bridgewater - Mary A. Bartnik, 91, died June 8, 2011. Mary was employed as a secretary for Selective Risk Insurance Co in Branchville for over 5 years after graduating from high school. She was a veteran of the US Women’s Army Corps, serving during WWII in Italy. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Somerset – James “Billy” W. Fletcher, 67, died on June 14, 2011. He was born in Newark, NJ on November 22, 1943 to his dear parents Wilfred J. and Elsie Stout Fletcher, Sr. James was a Trackman for Amtrak for over 26 years. Arrangements were handled by Somerville Funeral Home, Inc. Bridgewater- Karen K. McCann, 64, died peacefully at home on June 15, 2011. Karen was born in Somerville and lived in Edison before moving to Bridgewater 40 years ago. Karen was a medical secretary for plastic surgeons, Dr. Stamitias Arkoulakis and Dr. Nolie Arkoulakis of Edison for 40 years, retiring in 2010. Arrangements were handled by the Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Boris D. Lubachevsky passed away on June 14, 2011. Boris was a caring husband, father and grandfather. Professionally he was a Doctor of Mathematics and holds numerous patents for innovations during his employment at New York University, ATT Bell Labs / Lucent Technologies. Arrangements were handled by the Bridgewater Funeral Home.

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Ads are $20.00 for the first 30 words, .50 each additional word. Type your ad exactly how you would like it to appear & email to: or mail to The BReeze at 726 Route 202 S, Suite 320-190, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 with payment by the 15th of the month prior to publication.

MANASQUAN BEACH RENTAL – Immaculate bungalow across from the beach. Available July 29-August 6; sleeps 7; washer; dryer; dishwasher; deck; gas grill; a/c; inside and outside showers; parking. Call 908-872-0237. RARITAN OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE: Two small 2nd floor offices available. 221sf for $500/month; 300sf for $650/ month. Utilities included; available immediately; centrally located in Raritan. Please call 908707-0042 for more information. DUPLEX FOR RENT in downtown Somerville. 3 bedroom 11/2 bath half of a duplex; $1,700.00/month (water included); Great location! Available 6/1. Please call 908-707-0042 for more information. REAL ESTATE: Selling Your Home or Estate Property? Call me for a complimentary market analysis. George Pantozzi, Broker/Associate, Prudential New Jersey Properties, 908-3922677 or 908-874-3400 x. 324, HAIRDRESSER WANTED – Prefer with following; flexible hours. Contact Terri at 908-8722547.

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We Do Backyard Barbeques!



45 Old York Road, Bridgewater . 908-685-1896 FOR ALL EVENTS: Cafe Hours - Mon: 6am-2pm; Tues-Sat: 6am-4pm; Sun: 8-11am Graduations Ice Cream Hours - Daily: Noon-10pm (seasonal) Backyard Barbeques Birthday Parties iver! l e D Anniversaries We Weddings

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Roof Cleaning and Roofing by Padovani Construction

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ANGELICAS CAFE & ICE CREAM 45 Old York Rd., Bridgewater

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Must Present Coupon. Cannot be combined. Expires 8/31/2011


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Memorial Day Parade Photos

Alexis Grasso of troop #275 of Bridgewater takes some candy from her leader to toss to spectators.

BRHS Marching Band

Brian Jeremiah began the wreath ceremony by playing solo the Star-Spangled Banner, and later, Taps.

BRHS band members (L-R) Kristen Merritt, Andrew Chen and Zach Kautz

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Rev. John Pringle of Holy Trinity Church in Bridgewater.

Bridgewater Mayor Patricia Flannery stands with Bridgewater Police Chief Borden (on rt) and Captain Caravela (on left).

The BReeze - July/August 2011  

The BReeze is a community newspaper covering all of Bridgewater Township and Raritan Borough.

The BReeze - July/August 2011  

The BReeze is a community newspaper covering all of Bridgewater Township and Raritan Borough.