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The BReeze Bridgewater Township & Raritan Borough, NJ Your Hometown Newspaper Volume 4, Issue 7

Eighth Graders Celebrate Graduation

July/August 2012

Bridgewater-Raritan High School Graduates its 50th Class

On June 19, 2012 the 50th graduating class of Bridgewater-Raritan High School took to the turf field to receive their diplomas. The outdoor event featured speeches by Class of 2012 President Mitra Ghandeharizadeh and Class Speaker Michael Giallorenzo. The 2012 graduating class consisted of 712 students. In 1962, the first class graduated about 240 students. See more graduation photos on page 23.

Hundreds of students received their diplomas from BridgewaterRaritan Middle School on June 18th. Photo/Dawn Wilde See More Middle School Graduation Photos on Page 18

Class President Mitra Ghandeharizadeh

Together as one for a final photo, the 2012 Graduating Class of St. Ann School prepares to branch out to their new schools. With 100% earning acceptance at the school of their choice, a majority of students will attend Immaculata, St. Joseph’s, Mount Saint Mary and Cardinal McCarrick High Schools, with a few attending their local public high school this fall.

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list to us by August 1st to be eligible to win. One entry per person. Please include with your list your full name and phone number where you can be reached. The winner will be notified by phone and will be asked to make arrangements to go to the business to collect the prize. A photo of the winner with the business owner will be inserted in the next issue of the paper. This month the European Wax Center in Bridgewater is offering their Essentials Gift Box to the lucky winner of our contest. The three products included in the gift box are: Ingrown Hair Serum, Slow IT Body Wash, and Slow IT Body Lotion. The Essentials Gift Box is valued at $52. Look your best at the pool or beach this summer! The symbol you will be looking for appears below with the letters BR in the center (the size may change but not the design):

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The Bridgewater-Raritan High School boys lacrosse team celebrates their victory in the Tournament of Champions final, beating Delbarton 11-5. Photo Alex Hopkins - See Story and photos on page 25 Editor’s Message: Please enjoy our combined July/August summer issue filled with stories, photos and 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!

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726 Route 202 South Suite 320-190 Bridgewater, NJ 08807 (908) 393-2669 Publisher & Editor: Wendy Doheny Advertising Manager: Dave Doheny Contributing Writers: Bruce Doorly Pam Laughlin Contributing Photographers: Alex Hopkins Dawn Wilde

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Gill - Masters On June 24, 2012 Joy Masters originally of Jersey City and Somerville, tied the knot with Mace Gill formally of Martinsville. They had family and close friends witness the happy event in their town of Bridgewater. Reception in Manville followed and the couple is looking forward to a honeymoon in Providence, RI. The 2012 Counseling and Therapy Services Scholarship was presented by Dr. Barbara Ronca, LCSW to Melissa Forte, a senior at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. Melissa is interested in pursuing the area of forensic psychology at Marist College. Her goal is to study the human mind and decipher “why people do the things they do.” In addition to her academic studies, Melissa also participates in a variety of sports and service organizations such as Key Club and SHARE. Bryan Wilson, son of Maureen and Jim Wilson of Raritan, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith Business School. Bryan is majoring in Accounting and Information Systems and currently interning at Deloitte and Touche.

Graduates of the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences include, bottom row, from left, Erica Choi, Ambika Sharma, Lauren Bengivenga, Suma Gondi, Maria Waterhouse, Aarti Patel, Garielle Wagnac, Kathryn Addabbo, Kimberly Balao; second row, from left, John Bender, Peter Falk, Julia Burton, Maria Chiaffarano, Kimberley Hausheer, Larissa-Helen Mahaga-Ajala, Robert Canuel, Marvi Cruz; and top row, from left, Emad Madha, John Tamanas, Semon Rezchikov, Michael Murphy, Patrick Racine, Siddarth Santhebennur and Philip Wang. Pankhuri Garg and Pavan Mahankali are missing from the photo.

Twenty six students from the third graduating class of the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences received associate degrees from Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) at the College’s Commencement, held May 19. The Academy, a partnership between Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) and RVCC, offers challenging educational opportunities to high school students interested in health and medical careers. Students earn an Associate of Science Degree in General Science/Pre-Health Professional from RVCC and a high school diploma from SCVTHS. Academy graduates will be continuing their education this fall at such prestigious four-year institutions as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, New York University and the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University.

Somerset County Vo-Tech Graduates Receive Diplomas One hundred forty eight students received their diplomas in eighteen different vocational programs from Automotive Technology to the Performing Arts at a ceremony held in the Auditorium of Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School on June 15, 2012. The following local students received diplomas: Bridgewater: Laura Last-

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Three Men Ordained to Priesthood

Bridgewater Resident Selected to Judge U.S. Olympic Trials

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The new diocesan priests include Father James De Fillipps (on left), Father Dawid Wejnerowski (second from right) and Father Jason Pavich (on right). Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski (center) and Bishop Emeritus Edward T. Hughes, (standing next to Bishop Bootkoski), concelebrated the Mass.

Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski elevated three men to the priesthood in a sacramental ceremony held during Mass at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, on May 26. Father De Fillipps will serve as parochial vicar at St. Ann Parish, Raritan Borough; Father Pavich will be parochial vicar at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish, Bridgewater; and Father Wejnerowski was appointed parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception Parish, Annadale. The Rite of Ordination began with the calling forth of the candidates, the acceptance of them by the bishop and the approval of the congregation with applause. Kneeling before the bishop, each of the candidates promised obedience to him. Then as they prostrated themselves before the altar, the more than 600 people in the cathedral prayed for them. In silence the bishop placed his hands on the head of each of the elect. Through that sign and the prayer that followed, the candidates became priests. They were clothed with a stole and chasuble, vestments worn by a priest and their palms were anointed with sacred oil.

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Ronald B. Jones, formerly of Bridgewater, received the Chester County EMS Council of Pennsylvania Medal of Valor on May 24th for performing an exceptional valorous act, distinguished by extraordinary heroism or performance. In a Hazmat accident on May 7, 2012, Jones rescued an individual from a hazmat spill. The individual survived the accident. Mr. Jones is also a member of the Green Knoll Fire Company Station #1 and is a 2005 graduate of Immaculata High School and graduate of Immaculata University. He is presently a transit officer for SEPTA in Philadelphia.

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Wednesday, July 4 Fourth of July Family Festival at North Branch Park, Milltown Road, Bridgewater, from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. featuring Wallstreet and Smooth. Wallstreet kicks off Independence Day playing both their original hits, as well as classic soul tunes. Then Smooth grabs the stage with their re-creation of the Motown sounds of the Temptations, Four Tops, and Smokey Robinson. With a great brass section and smooth-as-silk voices, Smooth will keep the party rocking! Other highlights of the day include children’s entertainment and activities, historical re-enactments, and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 10 Movie Screening & Discussion - The Holistic Moms Network of Somerset County will meet at the Bridgewater Library, 1 Vogt Dr., Bridgewater, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Join them for a screening of the film: “Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood.” This film raises questions about the ethics of children’s marketing and its impact on the health and wellbeing of kids. All welcome. For more info about HMN and the chapter, visit www.holistmoms. org or email Friday, July 13, 20, & 27 Friday Nights at the Drive In Movies at Duke Island Park, Old York Road, Bridgewater, at 8:30 p.m. Travel back in time with drive-in movies just like in the 50’s complete with large screen

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Thursday, July 19 “Money & Helpful Tips for Existing Homeowners” will be presented by the Central Jersey Housing Resource Center (CJHRC). This free program for existing homeowners in the Somerset and Hunterdon County area will be held in the private room at New Gardens Restaurant (formerly IHOP), 793 Route 202 N, Bridgewater from 9:00am to 12:30pm. Pre-registration is required. To register or to get more info, call 908-704-9649 (mailbox 5) or email cjhrc@verizon. net or visit our website, www. A full breakfast will be provided to each participant. Space is limited and registration will be accepted on a first-come, first serve basis.

August 8-9-10 Somerset County 4-H Fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at North Branch Park, 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater. Since 1948, thousands of visitors have enjoyed the Somerset County 4-H Fair. No admission or parking fees, no midway or carnival rides. 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. 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. For more info about the Fair visit

July 27-28-29 Festival of Ballooning - The three day Festival at Solberg Airport in Readington, features twice a day mass ascensions of more than 100 sport and special shaped hot air balloons from around the world, live concerts, and 39 hours of family entertainment and attractions. The largest event of its kind, the Festival has been named one of the Top 100 Events in all of North America five times and the No. 1 Thing to Do in NJ in 2012 by New Jersey Monthly magazine. The Festival offers a variety of advance ticket savings packages and special Bridgewater Commons Kid’s Club tickets through midnight of July 26. Tickets are available at

Sunday, August 26 Veterans of America Day at TD Bank Ballpark - Be a part of a special Veterans Tribute at TD Bank Ballpark as the Somerset Patriots host their 10th Annual Veterans of America Day. All Veterans are invited to participate in a pre-game ceremony beginning at 4:00 pm. Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Jack H. Jacobs will be the Guest of Honor. All Veterans will receive FREE Tickets and Discounted Tickets for family and friends. Go to www.somersetpatriots. com/schedule/special/ to order discounted tickets. Game starts @ 5:05 PM.

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Somerset County Park Commission’s free music in the park returns for 2012 with a full schedule of Sunday concerts at Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater. The Park Commission will bring the best in live music to the bandshell at Duke Island Park on Sunday evenings all summer long beginning July 1, 2012. Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets and enjoy the talent of a variety of musical performers. For concert info call 908-7221200. Individuals with hearing and speech impairments may call the Relay Service at 711. In case of threat of inclement weather call 908722-1200 ext. 7. Sunday, July 1; 7- 8:30pm The Duprees - The Duprees are known world-over for their romantic interpretations of some of the most beautiful love songs ever written. Hailing from New Jersey, in 1962, The Duprees struck gold with You Belong to Me. Sunday, July 8; 7- 8:30pm Motor City Revue - The all-star Motor City Revue recreates the signature Motown sound and takes the audience on a journey back in time to where it all began. Motor City Revue will have the crowd dancing and singing to the songs immortalized by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and the Supremes. Sunday, July 15; 7- 8:30pm The Hitmen - The Hitmen have played and made the hits of the 60’s, 70’s, and the 80’s. They are the original recording and performing artists from mega-star acts including Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Tommy James & The Shondells, and many more. Sunday, July 22; 7- 8:30pm Savoy Brown - Savoy Brown is a blues and rock institution, playing together for more than 40 years. Founder guitarist Kim Simmonds helped launch the UK blues movement. Savoy Brown still continues to tour worldwide and inspire new listeners with their personal brand of rocking boogie, blues, and rock. Sunday, July 29; 7- 8:30pm The Chi-Lites - The Chi-Lites are one of the all-time top R&B groups, touring for almost 55 years. Their hits include Oh Girl, Have You Seen Her, and Hot on a Thing. In total they earned 11 top 40 hits. Sunday, August 5; 7- 8:30pm Ken Navarro - Over the past 21 years, Ken Navarro has performed

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Raritan Riverfest and Duck Derby committee members are (L-R): Donnella Tilery; Rick Zack; Raritan Councilman Greg Lobell; Raritan Councilman Don Tozzi (as the duck); Raritan Councilwoman Denise Carra; and EDC Chair Don Christensen. The Raritan Borough Economic Development Committee (EDC), has announced “The Ducks Are Coming” as they hatch plans for the Borough’s first annual Raritan Riverfest and Duck Derby, scheduled for Sunday, September 30th from noon to 5:00 p.m. at Raritan’s Canal Street Park. The festival will feature Raritan’s first ever Duck Derby, enabling attendees to sponsor a rubber duck that will race down the Raritan River as its “owner” monitors progress from the Nev-

ius Street Bridge above. Event planners are already selling ducks and seeking sponsors for the Riverfest. “With our precious riverfront being among the Borough’s greatest assets, we intend to make this annual event as big and as important as Raritan’s John Basilone Parade,” stated Don Christensen, Founding Chairman of the Raritan Economic Development Committee & partner of Christensen Tamburri Communications. “We have taken Raritan’s popular




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The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC in Bridgewater is sponsoring its Annual 5K Run/Walk & Pool Party on July 19. The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC), 775 Talamini Road in Bridgewater, will be hosting its 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk on Thursday, July 19 at the JCC. This year’s event --The Great Bathing Suit Run -- will include an outdoor pool party at the conclusion of the race. The 5K Run/Walk benefits the JCC Scholarship Fund. The registration fee is $25/person in advance and $30/person the day of the event. Check in begins at 6 p.m. and the Run/Walk starts at 7 p.m. After the 5K Run/Walk there will be a pool party in the JCC’s outdoor pool featuring a DJ, moon bounce and water slide. The Snack Bar will be open to purchase food. Prizes will be awarded to the first place winner in multiple age groups, and in addition, all 5K participants will receive a “moisture wick” tee shirt. The first 100 5K registrants will receive a $10 Gift Card to Sneaker Factory. Online registration is available at or call 908-725-6994 x201. Event sponsorship opportunities are available. For more info on the 5K Run/Walk and Pool Party, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Paige Silberfein, JCC Assistant Executive Director at 908725-6994 x207 or e-mail

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony to recognize the installation of benches on the Nevius Street Pedestrian Bridge was held on May 25th. The benches were purchased through a fundraising opportunity held by the Borough of Raritan. Residents were given the opportunity to sponsor a bench and have a plaque inscribed with their name on the bench. The Raritan Economic Development Committee hopes the benches will draw visitors to the bridge in nice weather. The plan is part of a larger strategy to boost the riverfront area of town. An upcoming Riverfest and Duck Derby are planned for September 30th. The County has granted permission for four more benches to be added; two on each end of the bridge. Another lottery will be held at a time to be determined. Please call Greg Lobell at (908) 963-8731 if you are interested in sponsoring a bench. The donation is $250.00 for half a bench and plaque. Photos/Don Christensen

Troop 61262 and friends, pictured by the banks of Lake Akiba in the Poconos, are: Paboni Haque, Paige Rufalo, Taryn Ross, Christina Zydzik, Emily Wallace, Sarah Karmazyn, Kellie Alaburda, Lauren Schnitzer, Rebecca Evans, Molly DeHart, Meredith Hanko, Haley DeHart, Emma Evans and Julia Fierraro. Photo/Jeanne Hanko Bridgewater Girl Scouts, from Daisies to Seniors, traveled to the Pocono’s for their annual Camporee in May. The girls slept in cabins at the Pocono Valley Resort and participated in a variety of activities including, hiking, fishing, archery, swimming, boating, crafts, rock wall climbing, obstacle course, inflatable games and team sports, volleyball, basketball, softball etc. Many girls demonstrated their mastery of outdoor activities and earned badges for their Girl Scout level. The girls traded SWAPS, Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere” A SWAPS is a handmade craft that Girl Scouts give or trade with other Girl Scouts as a special “remember me” gift. The highlight on Saturday night was an entertaining ‘Girl Scouts Have Talent Show’ where the girls performed a variety of songs and skits. The

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The Somerset County Library System (SCLS) is adding hours this summer and fall. The library system will maintain the same operating hours on Saturday now throughout the year, including the summer months. And all libraries will remain open on two State holidays for the first time this fall. During past summers, each of the nine branches of SCLS chose whether or not to move to a shortened schedule on Saturdays. This summer, operating hours at each branch on Saturday will remain constant throughout the rest of the year. On past Columbus Day and Veterans Day holidays, only the Bridgewater Library remained open at SCLS and only from 9 am – 5 pm. This year, all library branches will remain open regular hours on those two holidays, giving patrons additional access to the facilities. The SCLS will now be open system-wide on Lincoln’s Birthday and Good Friday starting in 2013.

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Bridgewater-Raritan Pediatrics Now Open in Bridgewater

Bridgewater-Raritan Pediatrics opened in April of this year and will host an Open House on July 14th from 9:00a.m. - 3:00p.m. Bridgewater-Raritan Pediatrics is now open in the North Bridge Plaza on 475 North Bridge Street near the Somerset County Library. The state-of-the-art pediatric office utilizes electronic medical records and strives to provide family-centered, high-quality care in a modern, convenient and child-friendly setting to families in Bridgewater-Raritan and the neighboring communities. The owner, a Bridgewater resident, is board-certified pediatrician Nele Jessel. She has two children in the Bridgewater-Raritan school district. The practice name was chosen to reflect the proximity of the practice to the district’s schools. Dr. Jessel feels strongly that the best care for children can be provided when there is an on-going relationship between the same pediatrician and family. While she has plans to add a second pediatrician as the practice grows, her goal is to allow families to always see “their” doctor. The practice opened in April of this year and features not only separate entrances for sick and well children but separate waiting and exam rooms as well. The entire practice was constructed with infection control in mind and boasts such features as touch-less faucets and easy-to clean Corian throughout. In addition, the layout was thoughtfully designed to maximize the natural light streaming in through large exterior windows. Cleverly placed interior transoms and stylish crystal chandeliers give the entire space a bright, airy, spa-like feel. “It was important to us to create a space where families would feel relaxed & welcome,” explains office manager Anne Wagner. Bridgewater-Raritan Pediatrics is open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 to 6:00 and offers same-day appointments. Evening wellvisits for older children are also offered. Weekend and holidays visits are available for acutely ill children by appointment. Join them at their Open House on July 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., call (908) 526-2100 or visit them online at www.bwrtpediatrics. com to book an appointment today.

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Bridgewater Student Turns Storm Chaser

BRHS Biology Team Ranked #1 in State

Jimmy Danco took this photo of an impressive cloud-to-ground lightning strike in western Nebraska on his storm chasing trip. Many college students spend their summers working at internships or taking summer classes, but one group of Rutgers University students drove across the Great Plains in search of storms. “I’ve been really interested in weather my entire life. I’ve always been fascinated by thunderstorms and it’s been a lifelong dream of mine to see a tornado,” explains Bridgewater resident Jimmy Danco, a sophomore meteorology student at Rutgers. Building on that childhood interest in weather, Danco and 16 other aspiring meteorologists, along with Steven Decker, a Department of Environmental Sciences assistant professor, set off on a two week storm chasing field trip. The trip started off in Kentucky and covered approximately 7000 miles and 20 different states in just two weeks. Traveling in rented vans and armed with cell phones for internet access, weather radios, and more traditional weather-monitoring instruments, students determined each day’s destination depending on their forecasts. Danco said, “Over the course of the two weeks, we saw some severe storms with very impressive lightening, but our best day was in Wyoming where we saw a funnel cloud and a tornado from a supercell. We actually saw it rotating which was really cool.” Besides storm chasing, students had the chance to visit the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility in Oklahoma. They also stopped in Joplin, Missouri which was directly hit by an EF-5 tornado last year. Danco said, “There was still some damage and areas that haven’t been rebuilt, but we were very impressed at how much of the city has been rebuilt in just a year.”




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The Merck State Science Day on May 22nd was a huge success for Bridgewater-Raritan High School, with the Biology Team of five students ranking #1 in the state in Biology based on their test scores. The Merck State Science Day Program provides for competition between individuals and teams of secondary New Jersey school students. Students compete in subjects of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Integrated sciences. Congratulations to: Aneek Patel, Kirby Gong, Jackie Lin, Anish Kumar, and Spencer Chang. Several of these students received individual Honorable Mentions. They also placed 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th in Somerset County. All of the above Biology students scored in the top 24 in the state, out of 400 test-takers. The highest ranked biology student was 6th in state. We had 13 students total participate in the competition, taking various tests. The only student to take the Integrated test, Nikhil Kunapuli, received an Honorable Mention, scoring near the top out of 350 test takers in the state. In order to be considered a “Merck Scholar” the student had to score in the top 4 in the state. Several BRHS students ranked at #5 - #10. The Honorable Mention is the next category after Scholar.

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Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC), 775 Talamini Rd in Bridgewater, will be hosting a Mah Jongg Tournament on Tuesday, July 24th. The tournament will benefit the JCC Scholarship Fund and is open to the community. Doors will open at 9:15 a.m. and the tournament will begin promptly at 9:45 a.m. The all-inclusive admission fee is $45/person when paid by June 29, or $55/person when paid between June 29- July 17. Admission includes the tournament, morning coffee & nosh, and lunch. Prizes will be awarded. All registrations must be received by July 17. Pre-registration is required to participate. To register, call the JCC at 908-725-6994 x201 or register online at For additional information, contact Lisa Kopman, Adult Program Director, at 908-725-6994 x206 or e-mail Pictured above are participants at the JCC’s Mah Jongg Tournament held in April. Photo/JCC

B-R Jazz Band and Cheerleaders Kick Off Relay for Life - The Relay for Life is an overnight event sponsored by the

American Cancer Society to help bring awareness to cancer. Cancer Survivors and individuals create teams and raise money for the cause during this event. The 2012 Relay for Life was held at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater, and was kicked off with live entertainment by the Bridgewater-Raritan Jazz Band volunteers followed by the BRHS Cheerleaders kicking it up with a dance routine. These young students dedicated their time and talents to get the crowd hyped up before the events began. The musicians included Jesse Novak, alto sax & clarinet, Brian Kleszyk, tenor saxophone, Rob Lavroff, guitar, Dom Palombi, drums, Zach Prezant, bass, & Brian Jeremiah, trumpet. The band played and improvized using a series of Jazz charts. The BRHS cheerleaders opened the ceremonies at 6 p.m. with a dance routine on the grass in front of the ampitheatre. The National Anthem followed on trumpet performed by B-R junior Brian Jeremiah. A great evening of fun and fundraising was had by all.

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As the calendar turns to summer, many employees start to think of what their benefits at work will be for the coming year. Dental benefits can be confusing to many but it is very important to understand what your employer is offering you. There are generally 3 types: 1. Fee for Service/Freedom of Choice: these benefits can be paid to you, or any dentist regardless of whether they are signed up with your company. You will pay a co-pay up to the dentist’s normal fee. Insurance will cover a % of what they consider UCR (usual, customary and reasonable). 2. Plans That Allow You to go In or Out of Network: In this model, In-Network Dentists agree to accept the insurance company’s fee for a service and write off the balance on covered services only. However, you can still pick any dentist, even out of network. Your insurance company will still pay a portion (probably less) to an out-of-network dentist. You are responsible for the balance. 3. DMO - Dental Maintenance Org - This plan only allows you to go to the dentist signed on with the plan. The dentist receives a capitation fee per patient signed on with them. The procedures covered are limited and you are responsible to pay for anything not specified in the plan. Remember: Dental insurance is NOT meant to cover all of your dental needs - it’s just a help. Yearly maximums, typically $1500/yr, have not been raised since the 1970’s! As the year draws quickly to a close, make sure you use up whatever benefits you have left. Yours in Good Dental Health, Dr. DeStefano and Dr. Raziano 1130 Route 202, B-2, Raritan 908-722-8256

National Night Out Set for August 7th On August 7, 2012 from 6 to 9pm, the Raritan Borough Police Department will again be hosting their annual “National Night Out” event on the field at Washington School on First Ave. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime 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.

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Yu’s Math Olympiad Academy – Reaching for Excellence with a Higher Standard

The Academy is the first intensive Math Olympiad training program in New Jersey. Yu’s Math Olympiad Academy (referred to as “the Academy”) is the first intensive Math Olympiad training program in New Jersey targeted for major regional and national Math competitions. Since its inception in January 2012, it was warmly welcomed by parents and students who like to improve their math problem solving skills via competitions. Over 50 students from 3rd to 8th grade have participated in the 2012 Math League and some of them have achieved excellent results. The Academy is founded by Dr. Yu who has a Ph.D. degree from Rutgers University. She is currently a College Professor of Computer Science and Lead Teacher at the Academy. She has spent a few years coming up with a unique curriculum which covers Math Olympiad topics from different countries, including the US, Mainland China and Singapore. As a child, Dr. Yu participated and earned awards in Math Olympiad and she is now excited to pass down that knowledge to the next generation. All of the classes are taught face-to-face by Ph.D. or certified teachers at the Academy. Classes consist of three different parts: lecture, in-class exercise and review. Students will meet once a week based on grade levels (from one to two hours) with very small class size. There are three components for homework: fundamental concept training sheet, actual competition problems and high-end challenge problems. Homework will be graded and reviewed each week. Currently the Academy has three centers: Raritan, Edison and Princeton. In addition to the Reaching for Excellence Summer Camp which is a 9-week academic summer camp with a focus on Math Olympiad, Reading, Writing, Public Speaking and Debating, it is offering summer programs in Edison and Princeton centers. Please feel free to call 908-988-4695; email: info@yusolympiad. org; or visit our website @ for more information.

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Giving the Gift of Reading

Rutgers Presidential Scholar Devises Individualized Major

Local Business Collects Food for Charity - Al Palma, Economy Automotive Services in Raritan, hosted a food drive for needy school-age children. Donations for the Food Bank of Somerset County were collected at his business.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pass Program Raritan Public Library patrons can still participate in an exciting museum pass program to the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum in NY. One pass is given per day to a family of up to six people at no charge. Scheduling is done up to one month in advance. Passes will be offered on a first come/ first served basis. For more information, stop by the Library or call us at (908) 725-0413. *Beginning July 19th, the Space Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise from NASA will become a part of the Intrepid Museum experience*

Ankita Rastogi of Bridgewater St. Ann School National Junior Honor Society Members sorted over 1000 books for children in need that were collected during the school’s annual book drive. Over 700 of these books were delivered to The Learning Gate Child Care Center in Raritan where the children couldn’t wait to dive in and help themselves. Submitted photo When St. Ann School initiated a book drive for children in need, no one could have imagined the impact the students would have right here in their own neighborhood. Inspired by the fact that over 60% of children in low income families don’t own books of their own, the students kicked off an annual book drive in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Over the past four years, they have collected nearly 5000 “gently loved” books that they have delivered to three different child care centers that focus on low income families. The goal of the program is to allow children to choose books that they can take home so they can experience the gift of reading. Retiring Principal Sr. Gloria Caglioti loves this effort. “Every day, we teach our students the value of serving others. This program helps bring those lessons alive, showing them first-hand the difference they can make and the joy you experience when giving back to others.” To learn more about the academic and character development programs at St. Ann School, contact the School Office at (908) 725-7787.

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When Ankita Rastogi arrived at Rutgers in fall 2010, she thought she might like to major in business; however, her plans quickly changed in fall 2011 after she attended a bioethics meeting with a friend. Within months, Rastogi applied to create her own individualized major centered around bioethics - a field that evaluates the implications of biological research, medicine, and topics of bioethical controversy like organ donation and the value of life and she’s now vice president of the Rutgers Bioethics Society. Mind-changing and thoughtprovoking experiences like Rastogi’s are par for the course at Rutgers, she says, and it’s what she likes best about the university. “Rutgers’ huge student body

might not appeal to everyone, but I see it as a huge opportunity. I have the unique freedom to explore what I want to do, and I’m constantly learning new things.” A case in point is her individualized major - cognitive science - which she worked with her professor to create. Core courses include computer science, psychology, and linguistics. Like most students, earning a scholarship played a major role in Rastogi’s decision to attend Rutgers. But Rastogi, isn’t just any scholar—she was awarded a Presidential Scholarship, which provides full tuition and honorsprogram admission to its recipients. Students selected for the prestigious award not only have average SAT scores of more than 2,300 and rank in the top three percent of their graduating high school class—they must also demonstrate extraordinary leadership, community service, and work experience. A large percentage of the scholarships that Rutgers awards to students are funded through donations to the Rutgers University Foundation. The foundation is in the middle of Our Rutgers, Our Future, an historic fundraising campaign, the goal of which is to raise $1 billion. To learn more about the Our Rutgers, Our Future campaign, visit

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Congratulations to Edna Carter of Raritan, the winner of our June ad symbol contest. Edna won a $40 gift certificate to Viva Loco Restaurant in Raritan. Edna and her husband, Bob, (on right) are shown receiving their prize from (l-r): Viva Loco server, Mary, and owner, Connie. Viva Loco Restaurant and Bar is located in Raritan at 122 Thompson Street and is open for lunch and dinner daily. The restaurant features Mexican specialties like fajitas and burritos but also offers wraps and Italian dishes. It’s summertime and what better way to welcome the great weather then with a margarita or a glass of sangria. Stop by during Happy Hour at Viva Loco and you’ll find $2 drink specials and appetizer specials Tuesday thru Friday from 3:00-6:00 p.m. You’ll also find great entertainment here every weekend with live bands including Vibe on July 15th and the R & B sounds of the Motown Boys on July 20th. Check out their Facebook page to view additional entertainment listings. And every Sunday is Sassy Latin Night from 7 to close with $2 Tacos, $2.75 Coronas, and $3 Margaritas. If you’re planning a party, look no further than Viva Loco for a good time at a reasonable price! Party packages start at $10 per person! So book your party today by calling 908-300-8888.


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Did you know that hundreds of square dancers from northern and central Jersey, as well as neighboring states, have been converging upon the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School for a square dancing festival in recent years? And did you know you can try square dancing for free at Adamsville School in Bridgewater this September? Modern western square dancing is quite different from the dancing you may have done in grade school “gym” class. A “caller” selects music and choreographs movements based on patterns which are taught consistently (and announced in English) globally. This means that once you have completed learning the “mainstream” program you can use your dancing skills throughout the world. In fact, many square dancers schedule their vacations to arrive at a destination in time to dance to a favorite caller or attend a festival. If you would like to give square dancing a try, plan to attend a free open house at Adamsville School, 400 Union Ave., Bridgewater on Sept. 10th or 24th, starting at 7:30 p.m. No experience is necessary, nor is any special attire required; just soft-soled shoes. A partner is helpful, but also is not required as there will be experienced dancers available to help you learn. The open house and subsequent lessons are sponsored by the Bee Sharps of Somerville Square Dance Club. The club’s caller, Gardner Patton of Bridgewater, can answer any questions you may have about the activity at 908-722-0562. - Submitted by Diane Coffman, Publicity Chair, Bee Sharps of Somerville Square Dance Club

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Raritan Library Special Events The Raritan Public Library has special events planned for the month of July. To join in on the fun, stop by the library at 54 East Somerset St., Raritan or call 908-725-0413 to register. Classic Comedy Night Thursday, July 12 at 6:30 pm

The Library will be showing 5 “short” films featuring The Three Stooges. The “shorts” from 1935-1947 are each approx. 15 min. long and are considered some of the Stooges’ best comedic works. They include, “Three Little Beers” (1935), “Hoi Polloi” (1935), “False Alarms” (1936) & “A Plumbing We Will Go” (1940) plus a bonus, “Fright Night” (1947)—Shemp’s 1st short film. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Register by visiting the Library or calling (908) 725-0413. Sushi Event Thursday, July 19 at 6:00 pm

Have you ever wondered how/ why sushi became so popular in the U.S. over the past decade? Do you know that sushi originated in China, not Japan? Would you like to learn about the various healthy ingredients (not all raw) used in making sushi? Come meet Executive Chef Phil Levenfus and watch him demonstrate his expertise with this popular delicacy. Samples (including all cooked ingredients) will be given to attendees. Sign up early—seating will be limited.

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Bridgewater-Raritan’s Singing Talent is on the Map

Judges and Hosts of “Bridgewater’s Got Talent” are (L-R): Anthony Krizan, Brielle LaCosta, Danielle MacMath, Ryan Guth, and Brandon Bass. Photo/Shona Erlenborn

For the ensemble performances, first prize went to an original song with a rap component called “The Reason” by David Fernandes and Will Jackson. Photo/Shona Erlenborn

On June 8th a large audience assembled at Bridgewater-Raritan High School (BRHS) auditorium for the first “Bridgewater’s Got Talent” show sponsored by the Friends of the Kimberly A. Nelson Foundation, Inc. The show was modeled on the format of American Idol, and consisted of 13 pre-auditioned solo and ensemble vocal artists, representing the student body of BRHS. Prizes were awarded based on evaluations of 3 professional judges, each bringing their own perspective, but providing just the right mix of honest, experience-based feedback, coaching, and entertainment. John Wilson, the high school choral director, and Sharon Lawton, president of the Friends organization, were instrumental in bringing about a successful evening with the help of a host of volunteers and local sponsors.

graduate of Rutgers University, and a spokesperson for a number of important charities. Brielle’s comments were always supportive of the contestants and often addressed their stage presentation, as well as their sound. Together, the judges were both serious and funny, putting the contestants at ease. As Brad Bass explained when announcing the winners of the evening, the task of the judges was extremely difficult because the talent and polish of the performers was consistently high. Bass noted that “Very little separated the winners from the other performers tonight!” If you missed the event, try the Bridgewater-Raritan youtube channel at channel/UCObV9n-B0slUmd8LSfSk1dg to hear all the performances. The performers ranged from a

Danielle MacMath, a 2011 Foundation scholarship recipient opened the evening. The MC was Ryan Guth, a local voice teacher and graduate of Westminster Choir College. The judges were well-versed in musical theater, popular musicianship, songwriting and recording, and performance presentation: Brad Bass, who has numerous Broadway credits including Jersey Boys and Wicked, provided feedback and entertaining insight into what it takes to succeed in musical theater today. Anthony Krizan of Spin Doctors fame has a recording studio in Raritan and songwriting credits for many well-known artists. His comments focused on performance skills and tonal quality. Brielle LaCosta is the reigning Miss New Jersey Galaxy 2011, a

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Washington Valley Garden Club Celebrates 65 Years The Washington Valley Garden Club was officially organized on December 19, 1946, when the Constitution and By-Laws were adopted at a member’s home in Sunset Lake. Thirty-one women, including 13 officers and committee chairs, were charter members who pledged to continue their interest in gardening which arose during the war years to encourage the continuation of vegetable gardens and beautification through flowers. In its 65 years of existence, the Washington Valley Garden Club has been an active presence in the community, while upholding the goals and projects of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., the Garden Club of New Jersey, Inc. and the Central Atlantic Region of National Garden Clubs. The Club has remained a presence in the community for more than six decades with its past and present involvement including: arranging flowers and supplying Christmas wreaths for the Lyons Campus of the Veterans Administration Health Care System; working with local civic and senior groups; and continuing the commitment of the founders. Washington Valley Garden Club members are from Somerset, Morris, and Middlesex counties. Their monthly programs, committees, field trips, and community service projects are organized to meet the diverse interests of their members. Meetings are held September through June at the Bridgewater Library located on the corner of North Bridge Street and Vogt Drive, typically on the third Monday of the month, although subject to change based on the library schedule. Visitors are always welcome. For more information, please visit their website at or email them at

Washington Valley Garden Club members Mrs. Russel McCarty (left) and Mrs. Linton Fluck host a junior garden club project at the Walter Matheny School for Cerebral Palsey in Peapack. (1959)

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water Senior Center recently hosted the Washington Valley Garden Club’s Flower Show. Beautiful floral arrangements were on display throughout the center as visitors admired the skill and creativity of the participants, and the judges determined the awards. Left to right (back row): Alice Jarvis, Janice Kuhn, Peg Arnold, Ann Losco, Vickie Boyer, Susan Dodge, Mary Primiano, Debbie Perez; Front Row (left to right): Jean Garzillo (President), Amy Stratmueller, Ellie Mathews (chair person), Dolores Johnson, Robin Smyser; Not shown: Pien Nagy, Bonnie Digrius, Dorothy Smullen, Barbara Rudolph. A Christmas tree at Lyons Veterans Hospital is trimmed by Washington Valley Garden Club members (l-r), Mrs. J. Gordon Favier, Mrs. Joseph Horak, Mrs. Edgar Denton, and Mrs. Douglas Valentine. Looking on is hospital staff member Mrs. Richard Hamilton. (1964)

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4-H Teens to Attend 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus

Five 4-H members from the Somerset County 4-H Youth Development Program will be delegates to the 2012 Citizenship Washington Focus conference, July 8 to July 14 at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, MD. The conference provides opportunities for young people from across America to identify individual citizenship rights and responsibilities, identify issues facing youth and explore causes and possible solutions, establish communication with law makers, witness government in action and develop a personal citizenship action plan. Somerset County delegates attending this year’s conference are Alessandra DelPrincipe of Bridgewater, Kristen Johnson of Skillman, Alyssa Peterson and Dan Peterson of Middlesex, and Debra Winters of Flagtown. “It’s a great way for our members to broaden their horizons,� said Carol Ward, Somerset County 4-H Agent. “The conference provides a forum for young people to share their ideas and work together to seek solutions to social problems. They are gaining valuable skills that will benefit them and their communities.�

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Bridgewater and Raritan Residents Take Time to Remember on Memorial Day

American Legion Post 327 Chaplain Tom Kamont sings “My Buddy� at the Memorial Day ceremony in Matthew and Livia Minaides of Bridgewater find a shady spot Bradley Gardens. to watch the Memorial Day Parade in Bradley Gardens.

Honoring Memorial Day in Raritan are members of the Sgt. John Basilone American Legion Post 280; Veterans of Foreign War, Sante Moretti Post 1748; and Cub Scouts from the Saint Ann Cub Scouts. Photo/Ron Rispoli

Above: Volunteers gather at St. Bernards Cemetery to place flags on the grave sites of Veterans in honor of Memorial Day. Commander William Peebles and Junior Vice-Commander John Lamaestra (Veterans of Foreign Wars, Sante Moretti Post #1748, Raritan Borough) would like to thank Joe Koskulitz, Assistant Scout Master of Troop Judy Hanlon and her son, Rob Hanlon II, 185, Cub Master of Pack 95, and the parents of Troop 185, and Pack During the Bradley Gardens Memorial Day ceremony, a present a wreath from the Bradley Gardens 95, and their family members, and Ship 42, for a loyal duty in the caring and orderly manner in which they placed flags on the grave sites wreath was placed as a community memorial to recognize Rescue Squad. of Veterans at St. Bernards Cemetery for Memorial Day. As always, past and present service members. Above: Tyler Hisko (right) we at the Post are so proud of you. writes the name of his grandfather, Glen Hisko (on left), on a Thank you to Martha Koskulitz, Troop 185 (photographer); C. J flower tag to place on the community wreath. Glen served in Koskulitz, Troop 185; Tyler Gee, Pack 95; Rosemarie Gee, Pack 95; the Navy during the Vietnam War. Eric Gorky, Den Leader, Pack 95; Joseph Gorky, Pack 95; Tanner Gorky, Pack 95; Clarrissa Gorky, Girl Scout Troop 61227; James Mooney, Pack 95; Irma Mooney, Den Leader, Pack 95; Damian BarFresh Pick czewski, Pack 95; Eva Barczewski, Den Leader, Pack 95; Sebastian Red Ripe s Tradition holds that it was at Vegetableed Konopka, Pack 95; Doug Sullivan, Pack 95; Amanda Sullivan, SibTomatoe s the Middlebrook encampment ling; Laura Sullivan, Mom; James Dimino, Pack 95; Rohil Jhaveri, s B ie a Pack 95; Pragnesh Jhavier, Dad; Dr. Eugene Yuliano, from the Amerik ll e that the first official flag of the e J d G & oods Jams can Legion John Basilone Post 280. United States was unfurled, afAnyone needing a flag we missed, please call 908-725-1437. F d a e rm Fre k ter a law to adopt a national flag Fresh PticCorn - Junior Vice Commander, John Lamaestra Fruit sh

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Friends Give Animals a Better Tomorrow

‘Certified Pre-Owned CATS Extravaganza’ Runs Throughout the Month of July By Pam Laughlin The Friends of Somerset Regional Animal Shelter (FOSRAS) is a volunteer organization made up of twenty-five volunteers from all walks of life with one thing in common: the desire to help animals at the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter. Comprised of volunteers with different talents and skills, they bonded together over their love of animals, and are now celebrating their 10th anniversary. President Kathy Healey explains how FOSRAS operates, “We supplement the shelter. The shelter is municipal and they can’t raise funds. We formed together so that we could be the fundraiser arm. The shelter has a medical budget, but it’s very basic, covering spay and neutering, vaccines, and testing. Everything, above and beyond, we pay for. That can be for eye infections, upper respiratory infection, surgeries, the removal of tumors, senior screening blood work, dental work, fixing broken bones, and paying for insulin for a diabetic cat.” While FOSRAS helps in numerous ways, the single most important thing they do is fundraise. Without this assistance, many of the animals would have otherwise been euthanized as the shelter’s small budget doesn’t allow for this level of care. The donations they receive really do save lives, because it allows the shelter to go above and beyond. FOSRAS performs many fundraisers throughout the year, runs a big shelter walk in October, and participates in street fairs and parades to get their name out in the public. FOSRAS is sponsoring an event at the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, located at 100 Commons Way in Bridgewater called the “Certified Pre-Owned CATS” extravaganza that will run until July 31st. For the month of July, any cat 4 months

and older can be yours for $25 instead of the normal $100 fee. For this event, FOSRAS will provide the shelter with the remaining $75 from money earned during their fundraising efforts in hopes of finding some of their older cats loving homes before kitten season arrives. Kathy explains, “In the northeast there are 10 cats to every dog that needs to be adopted due to the fact that many cat owners still do not spay or neuter their cats. Many cats are let outside, and a young unsprayed cat can have a litter at just four months.” This “Certified Pre-Owned CATS” event will have all makes and models for sale, from sleek and sporty to big comfy cruisers. All cats come standard with the following features and specs: Spay/neutered, age-appropriate vaccinations, medical checkups, behavioral evaluation, and general grooming. The shelter is urging all interested persons to come in as soon as possible, because they can’t promise the size and style you are looking for will still be in stock. Visit the SRAS today and take a model out of the cage for a test drive. It won’t be long until you are driving home with your very own certified pre-owned model. They are offering a 100,000 purr warranty and are offering domestic models only, made in NJ. Here are some of the later models that are available and still run purrfectly:

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Community Members Raise Thousands for Parents of Autistic Children

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Scout Troop 43 is working toward earning their Bronze Award; the third highest Girl Scout award. The fourth grade girls will donate 20 service hours to the St. Hubert’s Animal Shelter. In addition, as part of a sustainable project, the girls helped the shelter beautify its outdoor area by planting bushes and a tree. Local businesses were happy to lend a hand. Mark, from Sterling Lawn and Landscape, referred them to Central Jersey Nursery, who generously donated 10 bushes and a Dogwood tree for the girls to plant. Home Depot donated bags of mulch and dirt to complete the job. In September, the Scouts plan to visit St. Hubert’s again, and plant some perennial flowers by the entrance. The girls felt really proud of their accomplishment. At 9 and 10 years old, they are developing a love and appreciation for service to others.

Team “Hillside Hawks” are (L-R): Laura Grabler, Renee Lopardo-Taveras, Stephanie Kartelias, and Jill Sonner. Submitted Photo On May 19th, supervisors, teachers, assistants, students, parents, and children from across Somerset County, met at Bridgewater-Raritan’s middle school and walked a mile to raise money for Parents Of Autistic Children (POAC). “POAC is a non-profit organization that provides free educational, recreational, and support services to adults and children with autism, their families, and the professionals that help them” ( Because POAC functions without any governmental funding, their services depend on donations and fundraisers. The “Walk for a Difference” walk-a-thon and carnival aided the local chapter. All of the $18,516 raised will be used for parent and teacher training in Somerset County. “The Bridgewater-Raritan School District and the entire Somerset County community benefitted from the many trainings that POAC provided this year. They provided training that impacted parents, teachers, re-

The “Walk for a Difference” walk-a-thon and carnival in Bridgewater raised $18,516 which will be used for parent and teacher training in Somerset County. Submitted Photo

lated service providers as well as child study team members and teacher assistants. We were very fortunate to have been contacted by POAC this year and look forward to this continued partnership.” –Monica Butler, BRRSD Executive Director of Student Services. Organizer of the event, Bryan Smith said, “Autism has touched my life in so many ways. Those children, and the families and staff that work with them, are some of the most amazing people I have ever met. To be asked by POAC to set up this event in our district was truly an honor for me. Seeing the joy on the faces of the children and families is something you’ll never forget.” Renee Lopardo-Taveras organized a team consisting of faculty and staff from Hillside Intermediate School. Team Hillside Hawks raised $585 for POAC. Team member Jill Sonner described her experience as “Re-

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Raritan Garden Club Aims to Serve Borough

Above: BRMS graduates: Eve Hess, Jessica Arends, Allison Cirelli, Lee Wilde, Julia Aiello, Leah Posella, Carly Bucossi, and Angelica Keleher. Below: BRMS graduates Nicholas Yurchak, Michael Costanzo, and Nicholas Scimone. Photos/Dawn Wilde

Raritan Garden Club member Jane Fidacaro beautifies the Basilone statue with plants donated by Raritan Valley Agway. On any given hot day in the summer residents might see one or two volunteers weeding, watering or planting at the borough’s park signs or at the Basilone statue. This small, but dedicated group of gardeners, are officially the Raritan Borough Garden Club, an affiliate of the District IV New Jersey Garden Club. Unofficially, they are not the typical garden club, but a small group of residents who want to help their community look colorful and beautiful. Instead of

monthly meetings with guest speakers the group communicates primarily through technology and learns gardening tips from each other in the process of volunteer work. “We began our volunteering at the Basilone statue area,” said club President Pam Lester. “ It’s a focal point of the community and deserves to be kept as beautiful as possible all year ‘round. Folks literally come from all over the world to see the statue.” Over time the group expanded their activities to include plant-

ing annuals around the signs at the four public parks in the borough as well as in front of the library. “It’s a labor of love and showing pride in our community,” stated club member Jane Fidacaro. “We couldn’t keep going if it weren’t for the support of the Parks and Recreation Department of the borough and Jeff Krachun, owner of the Raritan Valley Agway, who donates all of the plants for the Basilone statue area.” The club doesn’t only plant at borough parks. For the past three years they have tended the interior garden at the Raritan Health Care Center. Through gifted money from the Center the group prunes and maintains the garden area so that the residents can enjoy a touch of nature close by. A wave or greeting from a resident or staff member more than makes up for all the work necessary to keep the area tamed and beautiful. “What we need now, more than anything are additional volunteers - men or women - who are also interested in this kind of rather impromptu volunteer gardening,” stated Lester. “Most of us are retired, or semi-retired but pretty busy, so we do what we can when we can. We welcome other gardening enthusiasts with the same type of schedules.” Interested residents should call Pam Lester at 908.231.0531 to learn more about the group and their projects.

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By Arpitha Gorur, Eisenhower 6th Grade Student Recently in Eisenhower Intermediate School, the 6th graders received a farewell party for their graduation, which was held on June 11, 2012. The party included a cotton candy machine, popcorn machine, a DJ, obstacle courses, a teacher dunk tank, hamster wheels, and many more exciting games with great prizes. Some rides, such as a tall bouncy slide and a mini-rollercoaster ride had tremendously long lines. The ride had two seats suspended side-by-side inside a ball that spun around and upside down crazily when the machine was turned on. Many students went on this stimulating ride and

thought it was superb! It thrilled the rider like a real rollercoaster and tossed them around like salad. Everyone loved this overwhelming mini-rollercoaster. The food at the 6th grade farewell was delicious. The mouthwatering pizza, salty French fries, crispy mozzarella sticks, buttery popcorn, sweet cotton candy, and flavorsome drinks had kids craving for more. Parent volunteers worked diligently, standing and serving long lines of hungry 6th graders, who actually took a break from the thrilling games to eat the scrumptious delicacies. Another activity that was very popular was the teacher dunk tank. Students, parent volun-

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Crim School Raises Money for “Pennies for Patients”

- The Crim School community participated in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Pennies for Patients” program. Students, families, teachers and staff donated spare change which will be used for cancer research and services for cancer patients. Last year, children nationwide participated in this program and raised millions of dollars. Over a 3 week span, Crim PTO raised an amazing $1319.20. Our two top fundraising classrooms each collected more than $200. For the second year in a row, Mrs. Zavodnick’s second grade class (above) topped their collection container, raising $247.82. Mrs. Hluchy’s third grade class raised $207.97. Crim PTO is proud to continually support cancer research efforts and help cancer survivors celebrate another birthday. - Submitted by Crim School PTO

L-R: Marisa DiPaolo and Melanie Fernandes receive scholarships from The Kimberly A. Nelson Foundation. Submitted photo The Kimberly A. Nelson Foundation, Inc. presented its annual scholarships to Melanie Fernandes and Marisa DiPaolo, seniors at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, on June 7th. The $1,000.00 awards were given during the annual Choir Dinner at the Bridgewater Manor. As part of the scholarship’s requirements recipients must be active in the high school’s choral groups and musical theater productions. In addition, those receiving the award must demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence and community service. Melanie and Marisa were members of the high school’s Women’s Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Glee Club and Lorelei and were also ensemble and featured performers in a number of BRHS musical productions including Godspell and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Melanie’s volunteer work included serving as an officer in the high school’s SHARE club (Student Help and Resistance

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school’s musicals said of the recipients, “Melanie has stood out all four years as a student and performer who is in tune with the emotional needs of the group. In rehearsals when the cast is asked to reflect on the purpose and value of what we do, Melanie would always mention family— that was the ideal she worked for, and it made a huge difference. Thanks to Melanie’s influence the spring musical casts learned to value forming lasting bonds, over things like a few minutes in the spotlight.” On Marisa he said, “The extent to which Marisa involved herself in choir, spring musical and community service always impressed me, to the point where I would think, ‘how can one person find the time to do all these things?’ And yet she always is able to give 100%. Also, it’s been a pleasure seeing Marisa grow in confidence as a performer and instill confidence in others. She absolutely embodies the values the foundation seeks to support.” The Kimberly A. Nelson Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation established in 2010 to honor the memory of Kim Nelson, a member of the BRHS Class of 2010, who died suddenly in September 2009. The Foundation provides scholarships and grants to support programs in the choral arts and musical theater at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. For additional information please visit


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Heroism: From a Basketball Championship in Bridgewater to the Silver Star in Vietnam After eight weeks of basic training and twelve weeks in radio school he arrived in Vietnam in September of 1968 for a twelve month tour of duty. He was immediately put into action to replace a radioman that had been killed.

Andy Martin was one of the stars of the BRHS basketball team that won the state championship in 1965. By Bruce Doorly Andy Martin’s senior year at Bridgewater-Raritan High School in 1965 had been glorious. He was one of the stars of the basketball team that won the state championship before a crowd of 10,000 at Atlantic City’s Convention Hall. As a basketball player, Andy was a rebel. He was vocal, aggressive, and somewhat un-coachable. But he was the guy everyone wanted on their team as he knew how to win and always stood up for his teammates. After graduation Andy set his sights on playing college basketball and enrolled at Seton Hall. Unfortunately, his aggressive style that worked well with his high school players and coach did not fit with the Seton Hall team. Dissatisfied with the Seton Hall program, he stayed for his freshman year and transferred to Temple. Again, his aggressive style did not fit in with the Temple program and he eventually dropped out of college. Andy realized that college was not for him and he debated what to do with his life. At that time (1968), the nightly television newscasts on Vietnam had sparked his curiosity and he decided to enlist. He went to Somerville to talk with an Army recruiter. The woman in the recruiter’s office recognized his name and asked him if he was the basketball star that played on BridgewaterRaritan’s championship basketball team, to which he confirmed that it was. Her advice was that he go home and take a month to think it over. Obviously, she felt that Vietnam was not a good choice for Andy. But he was determined to join and enlisted in the Army.

Andy was awarded the Silver Star Andy served as a radioman in Vietnam. First Field Assignment - In October of 1968, Andy’s first venture into the jungle was to search for a patrol of a dozen men that had not reported back. He along with several other soldiers traversed the usual paths and established dugout areas where the missing patrol could have gone. They did indeed find the missing men; however, they were all dead. The scene showed that the unit had been caught by surprise as their helmets were all lined up – the way a group would store them when they felt safe. Judging from the evidence and estimating the time of death, Andy’s unit reasoned that their fallen comrades were caught unaware as they were probably listening to the World Series on the radio at the time they were ambushed. Listening to America’s national pastime on the radio (even on a patrol) was a favorite hobby for these soldiers who were so far away from home. That year the St. Louis Cardinals were playing the Detroit Tigers. Silver Star - On May 12th 1969, the North Vietnamese had taken over a compound in the village of Tu Tua. A few U.S. advisors were being held in that compound. Intelligence said this was done by a special Vietcong unit who were a lightly armored “hit and run” outfit. Andy’s unit, which contained several hundred men, was sent to re-take the compound. They arrived in the village and initially headed toward the compound confi-

dently as they moved down the main street with many heavy vehicles – tanks and armored tracks. In the march down the main street Andy rode on top of an armored vehicle. Here Andy fired many shots from a gun that was mounted on the vehicle. Some of these shots found their target. As they advanced, they discovered the enemy had much more fire power than had been reported. They realized that they were fighting the well-organized, heavily armored, North Vietnamese Army (NVA), not the terror “quick hit” special Vietcong forces. Some U.S. soldiers were killed and others were injured. Due to the intense enemy firepower, the U.S. forces had to quickly withdraw. They did not have time to go back the way they came so they ran out of the village across an open field to take up a position 200 yards away from the village. However, when they did this, a dozen soldiers - many of them wounded were left behind. The dozen soldiers managed to take cover in a canal, the only available option they had in the open terrain. Soon intense enemy

fire had them pinned down unable to move. To make matters worse, they had limited ammo to defend themselves from the heavily armed NVA. The battle became a standoff. Hours went by and no immediate plan was found to rescue the pinned down troops. The bulk of the U.S. troops including Andy were still a couple hundred yards away across that open field. As the hot sweltering day went by a problem nearly as big as the enemy fire began to compound the issue. It was 100 degrees, very humid, and the pinned down soldiers had no water. The odds of survival for these men - all suffering from extreme thirst, some injured, and running out of ammunition - was getting lower. They could perhaps try to run to safety if the opportunity was there. However, the terrain was not in their favor. The large open field separated the trapped men from the other U.S. troops. Andy Martin and many others spent a great deal of time observing their buddies who were holding on in the canal across the field. They wondered what could be done. No

officer gave an order to storm across the field as that would be suicidal. One friend of Andy’s, Ed Stoney, said, “We need to do something. I need you to go with me. You are the only guy who will do it. We need to reach the stranded guys, at least bring them water so that they have a fighting chance.” Andy knew the odds were not good for him to survive this rescue attempt, but he decided to go. Years ago when there was a scuffle in a basketball game he was the first guy to get into the fight to stand up for his buddies. The stakes were obviously higher here in Vietnam, but he felt this was no different. Andy and Ed quickly planned their dangerous trek across the open field. Ed would carry water and Andy would bring smoke grenades to obstruct the view of the NVA machine gunners. They ran zigzagging across the open field under heavy enemy fire and arrived at the canal. They found one soldier dead and several with injuries. The wounded soldiers, with water to rejuvenate them, could now plan to evacuate from this death trap that had been their home for several hours. The firing positions of the enemy were identified. Andy and Ed stayed in the canal and provided suppressing fire as the others ran to safety. As the once trapped soldiers ran across the open field, the enemy fire intensified, but the men all made it to safety. This left Andy and Ed in the canal. Air strikes were called in to allow them to run for safety and keep the NVA pinned down for their escape. Luckily, both men made it back safely under intense NVA machine gun fire. The commanding officer later said that he did not know how they made it back against the intense enemy machine gun fire. For his actions that day Andy Martin was awarded The Silver Star; the third highest honor that can be bestowed for

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Continued from previous page bravery. While Andy and his men survived this battle, the U.S. advisors who they were initially trying to reach were not so fortunate.

Andy and his dog, Duke. Unfortunate Incident During the VietnamWar, the army sometimes fought among themselves as much as they did the North Vietnamese. On one occasion, the friction between Andy and the “career army men” also known as “lifers” to the draftees, reached a peak. One evening, one of the “lifers” came into his barracks and told Andy that he had to have his dog, Duke, removed from his room and put outside. Long ago, as a puppy, Duke had wandered into the barracks and had been adopted by Andy and his friends. Dogs were very common in the U.S. army encampments in Vietnam. They brought joy to the troops amidst the horrors of war. This dog at times even traveled into the jungle with them. But the “lifers” decided to mess with Andy and try to enforce some nonsense regulation that animals were not allowed in the soldier’s barracks. Andy was told the dog would have to be removed or he would be written up. To add to the tension, it was raining out. He was being ordered to put his beloved dog out in the rain. Andy had finally had it with these guys. This time Andy was pushed over the edge. He grabbed a grenade and pulled the pin, yet he held his thumb on the safety switch. He told the “lifer” that if he followed through on making an issue of the dog, the grenade would be set off under his bed. The troublemaker quickly backed down, but informed the upper brass

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Andy and his father went to the dedication ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982. of what had transpired. The upper brass would not let this pass. Andy was scheduled to be court-martialed which could mean jail time and a dishonorable discharge. He was assigned a lawyer and a trial date was set. His commanding officer, who always stood by him, helped Andy. He reasoned Andy’s reaction, while extreme, was in response to political nonsense from a jealous army regular. Andy had been awarded the Silver Star and had served admirably. His commanding officer managed to convince the army brass that a courtmartial was unnecessary. However, some kind of punishment was still required. Due to his record, and also because he was needlessly provoked, it was agreed that Andy could accept a demotion in rank from an E5 to an E2. This was an offer that Andy could not refuse. With his term of service in Vietnam nearing the end, the rank he left this insane place with was unimportant to him. Coming to Terms with the Past - Upon his discharge, Andy attended college at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania where he completed his degree and became a gym teacher at Snyder High School in Jersey City. Today he is retired. Even 40 years after Vietnam, the war still affects him. Andy says he plays the part of the tough guy, but many things still haunt him from the war. While he still has occasional nightmares,

Andy has come a long way in dealing with the trauma he experienced. For the first 12 years after the war Andy did not talk about Vietnam and seldom told anyone that he had served. In 1982, when the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was completed, Andy’s dad, a Navy veteran of World War II, said that they should go to the dedication ceremony. Andy was reluctant at first, but agreed. He and his father traveled to Washington and stayed at a local hotel. The night before the ceremony, his dad opened a special case that contained a bottle of Jack Daniels and two shot glasses. His dad said they should do a shot together – a toast from one veteran to another. It was a special moment between father and son. At the ceremony the next day, Andy wore his official army uniform. The event moved him as he remembered the battles he fought and the friends he lost. From that day on, he was a proud Vietnam veteran. He would visit the Vietnam Veteran’s Wall often after that, remembering and healing himself in the process. Any old friends who would like to contact Andy can do so by emailing him at For more information and to view dozens of interesting photos, including one controversial photo from Andy Martin’s Vietnam scrapbook, logon to

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Miss Hadfield’s 2nd grade class at Van Holten School participates at the Young Author’s Conference. By Pam Laughlin The Young Author’s Conference was held on May 19th at the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School. The annual event is sponsored by the Central New Jersey International Reading Association (CNJ-IRA), which is a professional organization comprised of teachers, administrators, and specialists who are dedicated to improving reading instruction and promoting worldwide literacy. The current president of the CNJ-IRA and Hamilton Primary School librarian, Rebecca Creswell, says, “The Young Author’s Conference is our biggest event of the year and planning starts right after the conference is over to discuss next year’s event!” This writing conference is held annually for students in grades 1 to 6 from ten Central New Jersey school districts, including public and private schools, with the Bridgewater-Raritan district representing a whopping one third of the 315 students that attended this year’s special event. This well-respected program is highly anticipated by teachers and students alike. The program is designed to encourage teachers to help students develop their writing abilities, while offering

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Author Lindsay Barrett George and 3rd grade student, Amanda Belmont. On a personal note, my son, Luke, was nominated this year and I was able to shadow him throughout the day and would like to share the exciting and inspiring experience we had with our readers. The first session was with popular children’s author, Marcie Aboff, and she revealed to the class how she gets her ideas for her books. As an author of fifty plus children’s books, she conveyed to the children that she uses her experiences with her own children for many of the plots in her books. The second workshop encouraged each child to share their own book with the other young authors in their group. Led by enthusiastic first grade teacher from Hamilton Primary School, Anne Marie Dandrade, they were encouraged to continue with their writing over the summer and received additional tips for inspiration for their stories. This year, the CNJ-IRA celebrated their 55th year and Creswell admits, “This year our membership was down and we are trying to get more teachers involved because our membership is declining. We used to have 100 members and this year we had eighty. The year before we had seventy, so we weren’t really sure we’d be able to have the conference because it takes so many volunteers to run the program.” All interested teachers (both active and retired), administrators, library/media specialists, and other instructional specialists dedicated to improving reading instruction and promoting literacy should check out the CNJ-IRA at their website, www., for further membership information. In addition to receiving professional development certificates to verify participation in CNJ-IRA meetings and activities, membership in the CNJIRA provides valuable opportunities to network with other educational professionals and contribute in this meaningful celebration of children’s literacy for our Bridgewater-Raritan students.

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Bridgewater-Raritan Graduates Look Forward to Life After High School

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Avanthika Srinivasan Alexis Tosti – Future Plans: Towson University; Double Major in Business and Communications and minor in French. Favorite Teacher: BRHS Math Teacher Mr. Robbins because he helped and cared about each and every student individually. Talee Nelson – Future Plans: RVCC for two years and transfer to a University; Musical Engineering. Favorite Teacher: BRHS Ms. Malekoff because she does her job well and always has fun doing it. Marisa Griffith – Future Plans: Bloomsburg University; Education. Favorite Teacher: BRHS Science Teacher Mr. Denton because he pushed me to do my best. Simauli Patel - Future Plans: Rutgers University; Biology. Favorite Teachers: BRHS AP Biology Teacher Mrs. Herbes and Calculus Teacher Mr. Hamilton. Avanthika Srinivasan – Future Plans: Princeton University; Undecided Major. Favorite Teacher: 10th Grade Chemistry Teacher Mr. Franz because he taught me to love Chemistry, encouraged me in all aspects of life, and he taught me to be determined and always pursue dreams. Joe Archer – Future Plans: College for computer science. Favorite Teacher: Latin Teacher – Domina Kirchheim and the trip to Italy.

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Ming Hai Ming Hai – Future Plans: Rhode Island School of Design. Favorite Teachers: BRHS Art Teachers Ms. Stutzman and Ms. Hawkinson.

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Emily Willard – Future Plans: Quinnipiac University; Education or Psychology. Favorite Teacher: BRHS Pre-Calculus Teacher Mrs. Colbert; she was very patient and helpful. Dan deDeus – Future Plans: RVCC and then transfer to Westchester University; Exercise Physiology. Favorite Teacher: BRMS Social Studies Teacher Mr. Kurdyla because he helped me out and was always there for me. Sarah Wegrzynski – Future Plans: West Chester University; Majoring in Journalism with a minor in Art. Favorite Teacher: 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher Ms. Yannetta; she’s an awesome teacher.

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Darrin Winston Front row: Sully McNerney, Brady Hnasko, George Thompson, Ian Oberti-DiRico, Mattingly Niles; Back row: Alyssa Rinaldo, Carl Ganz, Joaquin Veliz, Hunter McLeod, Jacob McNerney, Ryan Villalba, Matthew Dunn, Nick “The Chief” Coccia. Not pictured: Riley Rosen, Nick Hamilton, and Mikayla Ferriauolo. Coaches Joel McLeod, Chad Niles, and John Rispoli

The Raritan Minor League Yankees just wrapped up a successful 2012 season and I am proud of each and every one of the players on the team. When we started in late March there were kids of all different skill levels. There were kids who played organized baseball before and kids who never picked up a bat or put on a glove. By midJune the Raritan Yankees came together and really grew. The team was led by Alyssa Rinaldo’s hitting. Alyssa led the team in doubles, home runs and overall hits. She finished the year batting .714 for the season. Carl Ganz led the team with the most runs scored while Hunter MacLeod led the team in singles. Ian ObertiDirico sucked up any ball hit his way with his outstanding play in the field. Ian also finished the year with the most triples. Nick Hamilton was unhittable when pitching. He didn’t allow a single run the entire season striking out the majority of the batters he faced. This group of 7 and 8 year old boys and girls that made up the 2012 Minor League Yankees are building baseball skills that will hopefully carryover to the 2013 season next spring playing Raritan Baseball. – Submitted by Chad Niles

During the Somerset Patriots 15th Season Anniversary, the team will announce the Top 15 Patriots, a countdown of the best players in team history. The three players announced this month were #12 Jim Ma-

grane, #11 Darrin Winston, and #10 Travis Anderson. Magrane finished the 2009 season as the first ever Atlantic League pitcher to lead the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts. He was 15-4 with a 2.70 ERA, and 134 strikeouts. Winston played for Somerset from 1998 through 2002. More important than any statistic was that Winston was always available for community programs, to sign autographs, and represent the team on and off the field. He passed away at the age of 42 on August 15, 2008. “His time with the Patriots was a gift. Playing close to home, with his family and friends being a part of it all, we really couldn’t of asked for a more perfect way for Darrin to finish his baseball career,” said Darrin’s wife Jerilyn.

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Boys Lacrosse 2012 Champions

Celebrations! Above: The boys hoist the coveted ToC trophy. Right: Justin Higgins (#14) and Ray Mastroianni (#28); Far right: Scott Bieda (#10) - Photos/Alex Hopkins The Boys Lacrosse team had one goal in mind at the beginning of the 2012 season, to repeat as winners of the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions. Mission accomplished! Amassing some very impressive statistics along the way, the team was also awarded several other titles. The Skylands Conference-Delaware Division Champions, the Somerset County Champions, and Group IV Champions went undefeated (21-0) and outscored their opponents 275 to 82 throughout the season. Their coach, Chuck Apel, also received accolades with his 400th career coaching win on April 21. To finish out the season the boys tacked on another 13 for their coach. The march to the ToC final began on May 22 with the panthers crushing Washington Township 18-4. Hillsborough was next (19-6), followed by Westfield in the group IV semifinal (1710). The Group IV final began with Hunterdon Central taking a short-lived lead. The panther’s offense responded with a 7 goal burst to end the first half 9-2. The final score was 10-5, but the panthers suffered a scary, freak, broken stick injury to their key face-off man senior Vince Co-

latriano. Juniors Brad Pietrucha and Jared Kaden teamed up to fill the void for the ToC. To get to the ToC final, B-R would have to get past Group III Champs Ridgewood. The only game decided by less than five goals this season, the ToC semifinal was a rare nail-biter for the Panther fans. With the score 6-3 at the end of the third quarter things were looking good for B-R. But Ridgewood would come out in the fourth and score three quick goals to tie the game. Senior John Longordo scored for B-R to take the lead only to have Ridgewood tie the score at 7-7 to end regulation. Ridgewood controlled possession for the majority of the first two overtime periods but B-R made impressive defensive stands. Jared Kaden won the draw at the start of the third overtime for B-R and with a man-up senior Scott Bieda found senior Ray Mastroianni, who fired in the winning shot. As it turned out Ridgewood would test the Panthers more than any other team this season. The ToC final was more like what B-R fans were used to seeing. Brilliant defense lead by senior goalie Zach Jones (#8) and overwhelming and relentless offense. Allowing only 3.9

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Page 26 Bridgewater - Rebecca H. Berger, 59, died peacefully May 6, 2012. Rebecca was employed as a Elementary Special Education teacher for the North Plainfield Board of Education at the West End school for over thirty years. She was a member of Temple Sholom and Hadassah and was very active in the National Council of Jewish Women. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Warren - Suzanne L. D’Aiuto, 50, died peacefully May 8, 2012. Suzanne was employed by Success System Inc. in Edison. Suzanne enjoyed making jewelry and caring for her pet dog Zeus who was her best friend. Arrangements handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Somerville - Helen O’Donnell, 101, died May 8, 2012. Helen was employed in Metuchen as a clerk in a confectionary store and then she worked as a school crossing guard. She was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville. Arrangements by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Montgomery - Alice Y. Nackman, 49, died May 10, 2012. Alice was employed as a PeopleSoft field enablement manager for Oracle Corp since 1996. She graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. Years later Alice graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken with a Masters Degree in Computer Science. Arrangements handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Monmouth Junction – Pramila Chopra, 82, died on May 13, 2012. Pramila was a devoted wife; a loving mother; a dear sister; and a wonderful grandmother who was kind, caring, generous, and will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Service. Somerville - Ralph I. Sonnenberg, 91, died May 16, 2012. Ralph was employed as a manager in the Record Department at Ostro’s in Somerville for several years. He then worked for AT & T Longlines in Bedminster as a clerk and retired in 1990. He was a member of Temple Sholom in Bridgewater and past president of the BNAI B’RITH Somerset/Hunterdon Lodge #2680. He volunteered for over 12 years at Somerset Medical Center and the

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Bridgewater – George Frederick Chandler, Sr., 88, died on May 16, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. George was a Homebuilder for Well Built Homes in Bridgewater for over 50 years, President of Somerville Kiwanis Club, and served in the Army during World War II. Arrangements were handled by Somerville Funeral Home.

and Emily Szymoniak; her mother, Guillermina Carrero; a brother; five sisters; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her father, Cesar Carrero. Arrangements were handled by Somerville Funeral Home.

Neshanic Station - Alfonso Rubio, 54, died May 16, 2012. Alfonso was born in Philippines and resided in Neshanic Station for the past 8 years. Alfonso enjoyed fishing, traveling and especially loved listening to music and playing the guitar and piano. Arrangements were by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Parsippany – Shri Anand Kumar Seth, 66, died on May 17, 2012. Shri was the Director of Engineering at Kearfott Corporation in Little Falls, NJ. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Service. Secaucus – Joseph J. Morelli, 83, died on May 18, 2012. He was born in New York City, NY on June 13, 1928 to his dear parents Luigi and Elsie Mazzella Morelli. Joseph is survived by his daughter, Janis Morelli of Neshanic Station. Arrangements were handled by Somerville Funeral Home. Finderne - S. Johana “Jennie” Evans nee Bulka, 92, passed away peacefully on May 19, 2012. A graduate of Somerville High School, Johana spent most of her work life as a key-punch operator and billing clerk at Johns Manville until retirement. After her retirement, she worked at Storr Tractor in Branchburg. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Esther R. McKiernan, 86, died on May 19, 2012. Esther was employed at the Somerset Book and Gift Store in Somerville for over 20 years. Esther spent many hours volunteering her time at the American Red Cross in Somerville. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater – Nevia E. Carrero, 46, died on May 20, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. Nevia is survived by her husband, Vincent Szymoniak; her children, Joshua

Bridgewater - Peter J. Luciano, 63, died May 21, 2012. Peter was born in Newark and raised in East Orange before moving to Bridgewater in 1987. He was employed as a clerk at the Essex County Court House in Newark for over 25 years, retiring in 2004. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Washington, NJ – Vimlaben M. Patel, 80, died on May 22, 2012. She was born in Gujrat, India on June 5, 1931. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Service. Bound Brook – Nancy R. Yarnell, 86, died on May 23, 2012. Nancy was a Correction Officer for 11 years at the Somerset County Sheriff’s Dept. in Somerville and a Security Officer at J & J in Raritan. Arrangements were handled by Somerville Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Elizabeth Oakley Denson, 78, passed away at her home on May 23, 2012. Betty worked for the Ortho Diagnostics branch of Johnson & Johnson in Raritan for 25 years. Retirement was too quiet for Betty so she worked for Kelly Temp Services until the age of 70. Betty was a parishioner of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Bridgewater for 50 years and was a member of the Rosary Altar Society there. Betty was also a member of the Red Hat Society and loved to travel and socialize with her Red Hat friends. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Scotch Plains – Robert Jansson, 60, died on May 24, 2012. Robert was a Postal Clerk for Bernardsville Post Office. He was an avid N.Y. Giant and N.Y. Met fan, a kind, caring, generous person, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home.

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Montgomery - Ruth C. Felman, 81, died May 29, 2012. Surviving are her sons Devin and Joshua Felman, a daughter Dedi Felman, a brother David Lieberman, a sister Esther Modell and two grandchildren Maya and Avi. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bernardsville - Harkisandas Mehta, MD, 96, died on May 30, 2012. Harkisandas was a Medical Doctor in India; a devoted husband; loving father; a dear brother; and a wonderful grandfather. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Service. South Bound Brook - Barbara Bukowski, 64, passed away on May 30, 2012. Barbara was a lifelong South Bound Brook resident and 1966 graduate of Bound Brook High School. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her, and remembered for her love of animals and gardening; she was also an avid jeopardy enthusiast and loved to do artwork. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Neshanic Station – Ann Marie “Nancy” Weinkam, 67, died on June 1, 2012. Nancy was an Intervention Specialist and a Reading Recovery Teacher at Van Holten School, a Basic Skills Instructor at Crim School, taught nursery school

Basking Ridge – Lakshmi Sankaran, 71, died on June 2, 2012. Lakshmi was a devoted wife; a loving mother; a dear sister; and a wonderful grandmother; who was kind, caring, generous, and will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Service. Somerville – Clair L. Long, 75, passed away peacefully on June 3, 2012 with his wife by his side. Clair relocated to New Jersey in 1960. He retired from Revlon after 37 years. After years of stocking trout on a volunteer basis, Clair worked parttime for the past few years for the N.J. State Fish & Wildlife Commission. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Formerly of Branchburg - Robert E. Young, 83, passed away on June 4, 2012. Born Jersey City, Robert resided in Branchburg for 39 years before moving to Manchester fourteen years ago. Mr. Young was a veteran of the United States Army. Robert was the owner and operator of Robert Young Landscaping for 42 years, until 2000. He then worked part-time as a driver for Hillsborough Township for Senior Services. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater – Niels Ellis, 80, died on June 4, 2012. Niels was an Electrician for Revlon in Edison, NJ. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Hillsborough – John Jeffery Link “Jack”, 49, died on June 5, 2012 surrounded by his loving family.

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Bridgewater- James J. Schupper Jr., passed away on May 28, 2012. James worked as a foreman for Bound Brook Public Works for 25 years. He was on the Bound Brook Fire Department for 17 years where he served as Captain and is current Captain of the Finderne Fire Department, where he has been a member for the past 6 years. Arrangements were by Bridgewater Funeral Home.

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July/August 2012 Continued from previous page John was self-employed as a Construction Worker in Somerset County. He was a member of the Eagles Club in Bridgewater, enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle and playing guitar, was an avid fisherman and surfer. Arrangements handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Bridgewater – Mildred “Millie” Pilla, 80, entered into eternal rest on June 5, 2012. Millie was an Office Manager for her brother’s company Vincent Canterelli’s Accounting Firm in Somerville. Her son, Anthony Pilla followed her into eternal rest on June 6, 2012 and will join her husband, Anthony Pilla; her parents, Vincent J. and Angelina Canterelli; and brother, Vincent Cantarelli in heaven. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Bedminster – Anthony J. Pilla, 52, entered into eternal rest on June 6, 2012. Anthony was self-employed as a Carpenter in Bedminster. He was a devoted husband, a loving father, a dear brother, who was an avid fan of the N.Y. Yankees, Dallas Cowboys, N.Y. Rangers, Los Angeles Lakers; and enjoyed watching the Fox News, playing pool, shooting darts, listening to music, and cooking. He is predeceased by his mother, Mildred “Millie” Pilla who entered into eternal rest on June 5, 2012 and will join his father, Anthony Pilla; his grandparents, Vincent J. and Angelina Canterelli; and his uncle, Vincent Cantarelli in heaven. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Somerville - Jean Pacewicz, 97, died June 7, 2012. Jean was employed as a piece worker for a Leather Factory in New Brunswick for over 20 years, retiring in 1980. She was a communicant of the Sacred Heart Church in Manville. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Schultz, 80, died June 7, 2012. Betty served for 28 years as an employee of the Bridgewater-Raritan School District. The majority of that time was spent as the Supervisor of Pupil Services until her retirement in February of 1997. Betty was the district’s first Child Study Team Supervisor and was instrumental in developing a department for special education as part of the school system. Post retirement she served as a consultant and a home bound instructor for the district. In 1997 she received the Audrey and Frank Dittman Award for Outstanding Service, which acknowledges excellence and dedication to education. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Neshanic Station - MaryBeth Kroeper, 39, passed away suddenly on June 8, 2012. Ms. Kroeper was a committee member for Jack’s Kids and for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. MaryBeth was also an active supporter and patron of Camp Nejeda. Arrangements were by Branchburg Funeral Home. Raritan – Dr. Amparo Taclan, Optometrist, 72, entered into heaven

on June 8, 2012. Dr. Taclan was an Optometrist in the Philippines. She was a member of the Assembly of Yahweh, an avid reader, studied the bible, and enjoyed knitting. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Anna G. Amorosa, 100, passed away on June 9, 2012. Born in Manhattan and a former resident of Raritan, Anna resided in Bridgewater since 1995. Mrs. Amorosa was a former seamstress in the New York garment district and then worked for N.J. Bell as a telephone operator. She was a communicant of St. Ann’s R.C. Church in Raritan. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Somerville - Alice M. Akins “Baby Alice” was called home in the presence of her beloved family on June 9, 2012. Alice Massey Akins was born in Thomasville GA On October 8, 1932 to the parents of Arthur and Alice Massey. Alice was an employee of Ortho Pharmaceutical in Raritan NJ and retired after 25 years of service. Arrangements were by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Anna Mary Langenbach, 94, passed away peacefully on June 10, 2012 at the Eastern Star Home in Bridgewater. Anna was a graduate of the Somerset Hospital nursing school and served with the Army Nurse Corps during WWII. After the war, she worked as a registered nurse at Somerset Medical Ceneter, retiring in 1972. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Dorothy (Dee) Winters Davall, 92, passed away peacefully in her sleep on the morning of June 12, 2012. She graduated from Hahnemann School of Nursing as an RN in 1942. During WWII she enlisted in the Army Nursing Corps and proudly served as a 2nd Lieutenant near the forward lines around Rheims France. Dee was the head nurse for the Somerset County Hospital Nursery for several years before adopting her son Gregory in 1955 and Eileen in 1959. Dee continued to work part time as a nurse for many years for Dr. Oldman and until very recently regularly volunteered for local area blood drives. She also worked part time for H&R block along with her husband. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Hillsborough - Mary E. Deuchler, 104, passed away on June 14, 2012 at Foothill Acres Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hillsborough. Born in Newark and a former resident of Elizabeth and Branchburg, Mary moved to Hillsborough in 2006. Mrs. Deuchler was a homemaker. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Somerset- Mary Kay Csontos, 65, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on June 15, 2012, after a 26 year battle with cancer. She worked as a clinical secretary for Medicor Cardiology in Bridgewater, until her retirement in 2008. Arrangements were by Bridgewater Funeral Home.

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BRHS Students Score High in the New Jersey Science League The Science League is unique in both the state and our Nation. Having been started in 1962 by Dr. Mal Sturchio as a Chemistry League, the League now offers competitions in biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, and now environmental science for all beginning students. There are also competitions at the second year level for chemistry, biology, and physics. The competitions are on two levels. One level is for individual students and the other is for teams. All public and private secondary schools in NJ are invited to participate in the Science League. The following are the Bridgewater-Raritan High School NJ Science League results for this year: Biology I: Out of 136 teams, the BRHS team placed 2nd in the state. Two of our four team members placed in the top 10% of students out of 444 students who took the test statewide. They are: Grace Chen - 3rd in the state; and Jonathan Lin - 9th in the state. Biology II: Out of 131 teams, the BRHS team placed 5th in the state. Two of our four team members placed in the top 10% of students out of 439 students who took the test statewide. They are: Jackie Lin - 4th in the state; and Anish Kumar - 27th in the state. Chemistry I: Out of 143 teams, the BRHS team placed 23rd in the state placing them in the top 20% of teams. Chemistry II: Out of 132 teams, the BRHS team placed 14th in the state placing them in the top 11% of teams. Physics I: Out of 130 teams, the BRHS team placed 5th in the state. Two of our four team members placed in the top 10% of students out of 429 students who took the test statewide. They are: Ryan Kishore - 5th in the state; and Justin Do - 26th in the state. Physics C: Out of 63 teams, the BRHS team placed 9th in the state. One of our team members placed in the top 10% of students out of 178 students who took the test statewide: Ashwin Murthy - 8th in the state. Students placing in the top 10% received commemorative plaques and BRHS also received a team plaque indicating a top 10 state rank for Bio I, Bio II, Physics I and Physics C.

Raritan Borough Honored for Initiatives that Protect the Raritan River The Borough of Raritan has been notified that it is the recipient of the 2012 Blue Raritan River award from the Sustainable Raritan River Collaborative for work in support of planning initiatives and projects that benefit the Raritan River. The nomination of Raritan Borough was made by the Somerset County Regional Center Partnership in the category of Government Innovation for the Waterfront Revitalization Plan. Award announcements were made at the 4th Annual Sustainable Raritan Conference at Duke Farms, Hillsborough, on June 14, 2012. Specific planning initiatives and projects for the waterfront area that directly impact the Raritan River include the following: • Adaptive reuse of the historic castle-like Duke Farms Foundation buildings • Creating a plaza-like area centered around the historic Duke buildings • Developing an area for a riverfront boutique hotel • Extending the Raritan River Greenway and providing active and passive recreation opportunities along the river including boat launches • Retrofitting a detention basin located between Orlando Drive and the high-rise luxury River walk apartment complex into constructed storm water wetlands • Create opportunities for open air markets and vendors.

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