The BReeze Bridgewater Township & Raritan Borough, NJ Your Hometown Newspaper Volume 3, Issue 6
Hundreds of Athletes Compete in Special Olympics
The annual Somerset County Special Olympics was held at BridgewaterRaritan High School’s Basilone Field on May 7th. The event had hundreds of athletes competing in track and field events including shot put, standing long jump, running long jump, softball throw, and tennis ball throw. Approximately 300 volunteers helped out at the day-long event.
Above: Katelyn Neff shows off the medal she won in the 50 meter dash. Above Right: Grace Sellinger (on right) of Hamilton School assists Nina Lopez (on left) from Midland School with the hula hoop toss. Nina’s mom (center) looks on. Nina was a silver medalist in the softball throw.
Standing Long Jump Medalists, (L-R): Christopher Fernandez (3rd place) and Matthew Wong (2nd place) of Hillside Intermediate.
Right: James Briggs carries the BRHS sign during the opening parade of athletes. By his side are (L-R): Tucker McGowan, Neel Verma, Jack Esposito and behind them are BRHS Coaches Rob Shedlosky and Brian Henry.
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Raritan Singer Shares Her Talent & Now Her Story
Catherine Mastice performs to the crowd of over 30,000 people at the welcome home parade for John Basilone (on left) in September of 1943. by Bruce Doorly In the 1940s, Catherine Mastice a young singer from Raritan achieved critical acclaim and local fame with her beautiful singing voice. She could be heard singing on the radio, at special events, in St. Ann’s Choir,
and at weddings. During World War II she often sang for the servicemen. Later fans of opera and musicals could hear her singing in plays in New York City and at The Papermill Playhouse. Headlines in local newspapers
of the 1940s announced, “Raritan Songbird Entertains Soldiers at Famous Canteen,” “Catherine Mastice Guest Soloist at Recital,” “Catherine Mastice to Sing on WAAT Broadcast.” Mention her name to residents of Raritan and many will give a passionate reference to what a wonderful singer she was. While many residents will never forget Catherine, the local history publications have no mention of her. A search on the internet brings up a one line reference listing cast members from an old opera. Hopefully this article and the tribute at www. raritan-online.com will ensure that Catherine Mastice is remembered. Born in Trenton on June 11, 1925, Catherine Mastice moved to Raritan at the age of 4. The family lived at 91 West Somerset Street just across from where the Quick Chek is today. She started singing in the choir when she was 12. Her music teacher was very impressed with this gifted student and arranged for Catherine
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Morgan Boni has been accepted into the Physician Assistant Program at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA for the fall 2011 semester, with a major in Medical Studies. She has been awarded an Academic and Departmental Scholarship. Morgan is a 2011 graduate of Immaculata High School and is the daughter of John & Lisa Boni of Bridgewater.
Steven Schreiber of Bridgewater graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, on May 7, 2011 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. James Luginsland, a graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School 2007, has graduated from Montclair State University with a B.S. in Chemistry. While attending Montclair State, he was a 4-year letter winner and starter for the Track and Field team. He was named captain of the team for the 2010-2011 season. James will be attending Rutgers University in the fall. He has been accepted into the Chemistry PhD program along with a Teaching Assistantship.
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Anthony E. Soriano Jr., P.E., C.M.E. receives the American Society of Civil Engineers – Central Jersey Branch “2011 Young Engineer of the Year” Award from branch president Sarah Weissman. Anthony E. Soriano Jr., P.E., C.M.E. has been named 2011 Young Engineer of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers – Central Jersey Branch. Mr. Soriano was honored at the Society’s awards dinner held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Monroe Township, NJ on April 26, 2011. Mr. Soriano is employed as Engineering Assistant with the Township of Princeton, where he has been actively involved in the planning, design, construction management and successful completion of numerous million dollar plus infrastructure improvement projects. This past year Mr. Soriano was elected Councilman for the Borough of Raritan where he is a member of the Planning Board, liaison to the Recreation Commission and previously served on the Environmental Commission. He is a co-founder of the Raritan Social Club and a lifelong resident of Raritan Borough. In addition he is a board member of the David D. Hammar Foundation, a NJ organization that promotes bicycle safety. Mr. Soriano received the award in recognition of his work with the Princeton Township Engineering Department that has served to significantly improve the quality of life for the residents of Princeton. The organization also cited his service to Raritan Borough and his participation in numerous civic and community affairs. Mr. Soriano said, “I am honored to receive such a prestigious award from the Society and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work for the Township of Princeton.” In addition, Mr. Soriano thanked his parents Anthony and Mary Kate Soriano for all that they have done for him. Mr. Soriano is a Civil Engineering graduate of Rutgers University and a 1999 graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School.
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RVCC Awards Degrees and Certificates to Graduates Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) awarded associate degrees and certificates to more than 640 candidates for graduation at its 42nd annual spring commencement, held Saturday, May 14, at the College’s Branchburg Campus. Graduates from Bridgewater are: Fatima Ali, Thomas Allen, Shawn M. Bachman, Marie Battikha, Zachary Blake, Crystal Castagna, John Chang, Spreeha Choudhury, Steven Cornella, John Crook, James H. Daniel, Lisa M. Darby, Jhoanne S. Diaz, Yleana Dume, Amanda Everett, Kayla Farber, Samantha A. Frace, Ricardo Frias, Heidi Gatsch, Judith Gatsch, Daniel Gerlach, Gabriella Geron, Jessica L. Geron, Carl Gittleman, Diana Goffredo, Vladislav Golubev, Chrissie Hanna, Brittany L. Horinka, David Jacobsen, Maryangel Jimenez, Cassandra Kalley, Elbasan Krasniqi, Abigail Landau, Susana V. Lara Pasapera, Adrian C. Lee, Jennifer S. Lerner, Shariq Madha, Jericho Mangalindan, Elizabeth Martinez, Kenneth Miller, Suzanna Montano, Gary Morneault, Nicholas Moy, Shweta Patro, Kasandra Patterson, Joseph Piarulli, Kevin Reid, Yenda D. Reyes, Lisa Risack, Norda Robinson, Erikka J. Shells, John Singura, Jaime L. Socha, Ryan James Sonner, Ashley Sorensen, Katelyn Sowden, Kevin Stanicki, Michael Summerhill Doyle, Nicholas Theresa, Carolyn C. Walker, Keith O. Wettstein, Jennifer Wright, and David S. Younan. Graduates from Martinsville are: Karin Birgerson, Darlene R. Kuck, Michael Montesano, Michael S. Stahl, and Julian Uscilowicz. Graduates from Raritan are: Stephanie L. Beck, Elizabeth G. Cockburn, Daniel Guarente, Charles Marvin C. Gubac, Heather Lehman, Marife Mago, Janine N. Mattera, Casey Randazzo, Jennifer Roster, and David Vanlierop.
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The following students have been recognized by the National Junior Classical League for their performance on the National Latin Exam, administered on March 15, 2011 at BRHS. Latin II: Magna Cum Laude: Arjun Patel, Sameer Dhavalikar, Emily He, Hillary Esposito; Cum Laude: Kelsey Wolff, Kasey Schneider. Latin III: Maxima Cum Laude: William Lathrop; Magna Cum Laude: Michelle North, Jonathan Chylinski, Dhairya Bhatia; Cum Laude: Aparna Sundaram, Michael Palumbo, Suneil Parimoo, Evan Cohen, Jorden Erenberg, Joshua Posner, Kathryn Hong. Poetry III: Summa Cum Laude: Kyle Lindheimer, Anagha N Narayan, Michael Charewycz, Dennis Yi, Gage Cane-Wissing, Daniel Ye; Maxima Cum Laude: Michael Duan, Michael Giallorenzo, Brian Trimboli, Stephen Decker; Magna Cum Laude: Carla Cane-Wissing, Evan Mock, Roger Castle, Sneha Kannoth; Cum Laude: Saloni Goyal. Poetry IV: Maxima Cum Laude: James Kwon, Karras Lambert; Magna Cum Laude: Danielle Prongay, Troy Oâ€™Conner.
Bridgewater resident Angela Philipsheck has been named as a recipient of the following Somerset County 4-H scholarships: 4-H Trainmasters Scholarship; 4-H Balliet Scholarship; Rob Fellows Memorial Scholarship; and 4-H Association Scholarship. Open to members and alumni of the Somerset County 4-H Youth Development program, the winners receive a total of $10,000 for their continuing education. The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County. 4-H educational programs are offered to adults and youth, grades K-13, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status.
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L-R: Sisters Elly and Danette Fong Last year was the first time 3-year-old Elly Fong went to Carnegie Hall. She was there to watch her older sister, Danette Fong, play for the first time at the Winnerâ€™s Recital of Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey. Danette learned to play piano at the age of 5 and earned her first appearance at Carnegie Hall after 9 months of studying. Little Elly was inspired and requested to take piano lessons as well. Struggling with her young age, Ellyâ€™s parents eventually agreed to let her have her first piano lesson two months after she turned 4. Having been to many of her sisterâ€™s recitals, Elly wondered when her time would come. Each of the girls took turns playing the piano 30 - 45 minutes every weekday and the hard work paid off. After 9 months of studying under Julia Reina of Somerville, Elly Fong, at the age of 4, won her place in the Winnerâ€™s Recital of Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey and celebrated her 5th birthday at Carnegie Hall on May 21, 2011. Danette was there to cheer on her little sister. To double the joy of the Fong family, Danette Fong has also recently won a silver medal at the Golden Key Music Festival and Prima International Music Competition and Festival, respectively, and performed again at Carnegie Hall on May 7, 2011. She will be playing at Merkin Concert Hall of Kaufman Center on June 19, 2011.
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Tuesday, June 21 The Grandparent Support Group will meet at 7:30pm in Raritan. Featured speaker will be author, Bryna Pasto. She will talk about her book, “How to Be the Perfect Grandma,” and give both serious and comical tips on how to be better at grandparenting. This group meets the third Tuesday monthly in Raritan. For more info, call 908-218-9062. There is no fee to attend.
Sunday, June 26 12th Annual Party in the Park/ Family Volunteer Day featuring Dr. K’S Motown Revue at Duke Island Park, Old York Road, Bridgewater. Volunteer Projects from 5- 7 p.m.; Concert 7:00-8:30 p.m. Start the summer concert series with a journey through the Motown sound. Dr. K’s Motown Revue sings all the greatest R&B hits.
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Tuesday, June 14 The JANUS Bereavement Support Group will feature Ms. Terry Antoniewicz at 7:30pm in Raritan. She will speak on “Beyond Grief” and will enlighten participants as to the roots of
Tuesday, June 14 Celebrate Flag Day by stepping back to the period of the American Revolution when General George Washington stayed at the Wallace House. Jim Kurzenberger, noted local historian, will tell us what life was like for Revolutionary War soldiers during the Middlebrook Winter Cantonment. He will come dressed in period clothing and equipped with colonial weaponry. Sign up for this interesting program that begins at 2 p.m. at the Raritan Library 908-724-0413.
Sunday, June 5 Temple Sholom Community Day, North Bridge Street, Bridgewater opens at 9 a.m. and includes a Rummage Sale, Vendor Fair, Industrial Shredding Machine ($18 to shred 3 boxes of old papers, $5 each additional box), car wash, book sale, Zumba Lessons, food and snacks, Blood Mobile & Blood Pressure Screening. Kid’s Activities open
Wednesday, June 8 Bridgewater Democratic Committee will meet to discuss community improvement initiatives and the legislative process in our community. Community members are invited to attend. Time: 6:30-7:00pm informal interactions, meeting to start 7:00pm. Location: Somerville Diner, 79 US-206, Somerville. For more information call (908) 685-9090. Tuesday, June 14 Getting Under Your Skin: Truth About Skin Care Products - The Holistic Moms Network of Somerset County will meet at the Bridgewater Library, 1 Vogt Dr., Bridgewater, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Donna Wyckoff discusses some of the hidden and unsafe ingredients in the products we use, how to avoid serious health issues due to unsafe ingredients and learn about safe cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, sunscreen, etc. For more info about HMN and the chapter, visit www.holistmoms.org or email email@example.com.
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Saturday, June 4 Somerset Bears BEFF Semi Pro League is hosting the League All Star game at the Nap Torpey Sports Complex, 202 Nimitz St., Bridgewater, at 1pm. See all of the best players from each team from the tri-state area. Twelve players from the Somerset Bears will be playing in the game: Steve Szwarc, Brian Garcia, Peter Amadeo, Tim McDougald, Kevin Johnson, Kurrel Law, Robert Cheese, Floritine Marrausse, John Dilonardo, Robbie Johnson, Ryan Snyder and Lee Dare.
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Saturday, June 4 Raritan Borough’s 2nd Annual “Bike Rodeo” will be held from 11:00-2:00, in the municipal building parking lot. All children are invited to bring their bikes and have them inspected, registered, participate in bike safety courses, and get safety tips. Refreshments will be provided. The Raritan Police Dept. is partnering with Michael’s Miracles in the fight against juvenile diabetes by sponsoring a silent auction of sports memorabilia during the event, with proceeds benefiting Michael’s Miracles Foundation. There will also be a special guest appearance by 1976 National League All Star John “The Count” Montefusco. John pitched for the San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres and New York Yankees. John will be available for autographs. (Rain date: June 5th, 11:00AM to 2:00PM).
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RVCC students Mark Brubaker and Casey Randazzo are collecting books to restock the shelves of school libraries in New Orleans. Submitted Photo
New Orleans schools need our help, according to Mark Brubaker and Casey Randazzo. Brubaker and Randazzo, students at Raritan Valley Community College, are restocking the shelves of New Orleans school libraries by starting their own book drive and would like to extend the invitation to the community. “We’ve already contacted friends, family, and organizations,” says Brubaker, “but it’d be wonderful if we expanded into our communities to maximize the amount of books heading to New Orleans.” Hurricane Katrina damaged over 80% of the schools in New Orleans, ruining many books and contributing heavily to only one book being available for every 300 children. Collecting books on behalf of a larger organization, Better World Books, Brubaker and Randazzo will come to you to pick up the books. They accept any books in decent shape, ranging from ages K-12 and including textbooks, biographies, fiction, non-fiction, etc. “We’ll come to you, too,” says Randazzo. She continues, “Besides taking idle books off people’s hands, it also is a step towards positive change in the world.” Brubaker and Randazzo can be contacted by email or cell phone. Help them reach their goal of 150 boxes by contributing books by June 15th. Contact: Mark Brubaker, Mbru2006@yahoo.com, 908399-7720 or Casey Randazzo, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Hannah Roberts Jolee Roberts Hannah Roberts (age 10) of Bridgewater and her mom, Jolee Roberts, donated their hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths on May 12th. “It was extra special for me,” said Jolee. “My mom died of cancer in 1993 and May 7th was her birthday.” The mother/daughter team had never donated their hair before but mentioned they would definitely do it again. Hannah said, “This is incredible; think of how many people we can help. We are so doing this again.”
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The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Bridgewater will be sponsoring its Tenth Annual Golf Outing on June 20 at Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater. The proceeds raised through the Golf Outing benefit the JCC Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to families and seniors in need. The fee for a single golfer is $300, which includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, cocktail reception, dinner and awards ceremony. The foursome fee is $1,200. Single golfers are welcome; the JCC will create foursomes. Registration on June 20 begins at 10:30am with a 12 Noon shotgun start. Contests include Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, Hole-in-One and Closest to the Line. IZOD is the Title Sponsor of the Golf Outing. Hole-in-One prizes are provided by Bridgewater Volvo, Flemington Car & Truck Country, Flemington Furs, and Somerset Nissan. The registration deadline for golfers and sponsors is June 10th. In the event of rain, a rain date will be announced on June 20th. For a complete brochure and information on the Golf Outing, contact Debbie Golden at 908-725-6994 x210; e-mail DGolden@ssbjcc.org.
L-R: Cameron Walsh, Patrick Walsh, and Connor Stevens decorate flower pots to hold petunias that will be delivered to residents of Raritan Health. Submitted Photo On Monday, May 2nd the MOMS Club® of Bridgewater West and Branchburg celebrated Mother’s Day a little early, brightening the day of the residents of Raritan Health in Raritan. Several moms and their children met at White Oak Park in Branchburg earlier in the week to plant petunias in clay pots decorated by the children. Arvin’s Farm and Garden Center of Whitehouse donated the flowers and soil. The children hand-delivered the plants to the residents for them to enjoy a reminder that someone went out of their way to make sure they knew they were appreciated. The MOMS Club of Bridgewater West is a non-profit support group for stay-at-home moms. If you’re a mom looking for ways to meet people in your neighborhood, we’d love to meet you. We have many exciting activities coming up in June. If you’re interested in attending, or would like more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also see our website for more information: www.bridgewaterwestmomsclub.com. - Submitted by Debbie Walsh
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Recipients of The Kimberly A. Nelson Foundation annual scholarships are (L-R): Katie Wullert and Danielle MacMath. Submitted Photo The Kimberly A. Nelson Foundation, Inc. presented its annual scholarships to Danielle MacMath and Katie Wullert, seniors at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, on May 11, 2011. The $750 awards were given during the Spring Vocal Concert at the high school. 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. Danielle and Katie were both members of the high school’s
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At one point or another, many of us ask ourselves, “Is my hearing as good as it used to be?” We may find ourselves asking others to repeat themselves, turning up the television volume, or having difficulty understanding women and children. If you find yourself straining to understand conversations, especially when multiple people are talking at
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this option. The technology and cosmetics of hearing aids have evolved greatly with many options that are very discreet, so only you know you are wearing them. There is a large price range for a pair of hearing aids, depending on the sophistication of the internal computing chip. Financing through CareCredit equates to a monthly payment ranging from $56/month - $333/month for the interest free 18 month plan. Raritan Valley Audiology (RVA) would be happy to discuss the best most economical option for you. We accept most major insurance plans for the testing. Hearing aids are typically not covered by insurance, but call your carrier to inquire if you have a benefit. We are happy to match any price quote for the identical or equivalent product. We can also repair most hearing aids that are less than five years old. If you are a resident of any Central Jersey adult facility, and are in need of audiology services, RVA is happy to provide “concierge” services on-site. Raritan Valley Audiology is conveniently located at 1124 Raritan Centre, Route 202 South, Raritan. If you’d like to make an appointment, please call 908-248-HEAR (4327). For more information visit RaritanValleyAudiology.com.
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Tony Chatzopoulos and Neil Kleinwaks stand in front of their new establishment, Grill 85. by Dave Doheny Like a treasure waiting to be found, Grill 85 is a new Mediterranean-American restaurant hidden in the Bradley Gardens section of Bridgewater. Business partners Tony Chatzopoulos and Neil Kleinwaks have brought their extensive food service and business experience together to make a truly unique dining establishment. Tony is the top chef and specializes in traditional Greek cuisine, but also prepares delicious Italian and American fare. Serving both lunch and dinner with a simple, yet varied menu, Grill 85 is sure
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My favorite is the gyro, the original fast food. Sold at sidewalk stands throughout Greece, Grill 85 has the closest thing to the original I’ve tasted here in the states. The cone of spiced beef, cooked on an upright rotisserie grill (the only way to do it right in my opinion), is sliced thinly and put into a grilled pita wrap with tomatoes, red onion, fries, and tzatziki sauce. Gyros are also served with pork or chicken instead of beef. For those who are not huge fans of Greek food, Grill 85 also offers American fare; sandwiches, burgers, and mouth watering oven roasted chicken and smoked rack of ribs. A kids’ menu and daily lunch and dinner specials ensure something for everyone. Steak over salad; grilled calamari with a balsamic reduction over arugula; pork chops; veal malinese; eggplant parmesan; and tilapia francaise over rice are just a sample of what you may find offered as specials. Grill 85 offers eat-in, take-out, delivery and catering. So stop in or visit their website, www.grill85.com to see their regular and catering menus. With a reasonably priced menu and a bring your own bottle policy, Grill 85 will not only make your taste buds happy but won’t hurt your wallet either. Grill 85 is located at 85 Old York Road, Bridgewater, NJ and is open 7 days, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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Lately there have been reports in the media (Dr. Oz) and on the internet about the possible hazards of dental x-rays. Most of the chatter has been about thyroid cancer and the use of a thyroid collar when receiving a mammogram or dental x-ray to reduce radiation exposure. Let me elucidate the facts as we know them. 1. The ADA has always recommended the use of a thyroid collar for dental x-rays! If you ask your dentist, you will find that the thyroid collar is usually attached to the lead apron that you regularly wear for x-rays. 2. The ADA also recommends conducting an exam and reviewing any prior x-rays, and doing a caries (decay) risk assessment prior to taking any new X-rays. Patients that are a high risk would have films taken more regularly. Clean patients with low decay rates can wait longer between film series. 3. Digital Radiographs expose patients to much less radiation, and many more practices are purchasing these systems. 4. See the American Cancer Society site for a detailed discussion about thyroid cancer. The physician of course recommends the use of a thyroid collar, but statistical data does not support any rise in thyroid cancer due to dental X-rays. Yours in Good Dental Health, Dr. DeStefano and Dr. Raziano
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“Monsters from the Closet” will sound off during the Battle of the Bands competition on Thursday, June 16th. This is one of four new Special Events offered during the 106th Annual St. Ann FESTA. Submitted Photo
St. Ann’s will hold their 106th Annual FESTA on the parish grounds in Raritan. Festivities kick off June 14th and continue nightly through June 18th. Known for great homemade food, including its famous pizzelles, FESTA promises the traditional fun of carnival games, wheels of chance, live music and inflatable rides plus four new special indoor features. Battle of the Bands will entertain patrons on Thursday night when four local bands, “Monsters from the Closet,” “Sounds Like a Plan,” “Picture Perfect” and “French Onion Soup” sound off to win the “Best Band” title and prize money. Concert attendees will choose the winner and will enjoy a special guest performance by “Keeping Riley.” A Craft Fair will be held Wednesday night from 5:30-10:00pm. Friday night brings a Magic Show with Brian Richards at 7:30pm. Advance tickets are available – Adults $5, Children 3-12 $3 and Under 3 are FREE. Those looking for an evening of Comedy will have their funny bone tickled by Jeff Norris on Saturday at 8:00pm. Advance purchase tickets are available for $7.00 or $10.00 at the door. Tickets for the Magic Show and Comedy Show are limited and can be purchased by calling (908) 725-1008. Have dinner with us! Your mouth will water over the delicious menu choices. In addition to the traditional fare, check out the new items like Zeppoles, Wood Burning Pizzas by Trattoria Mediterranea and desserts by Maggianos. Don’t miss Pasta e fagioli on Friday night and kick back in the Bier Garden any night of the event. Discounted pre-event food & ride ticket packages are also available.
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Catherine Mastice to sing at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City. She performed at The Temple of Religion attraction and her performance earned much praise and recognition. A New York Times review on August 27, 1939, read, “The highlight of the musical program at the Temple of Religion was the singing of Rossini’s ‘Stabat Mater’ by Catherine Mastice, 14 year old mezzo soprano of Raritan, New Jersey.” During one of her performances, a talent scout from NBC radio offered her a job singing on a children’s music show that was broadcast nationally out of a studio in New York. She sang regularly on this weekly show at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Later she sang on another NBC program called “The Bright Idea Club” which aired at 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays. In October of 1941 her singing earned her a $4,000 scholarship to The Chatham Square School of Music in New York City. She was able to attend the music school the very next week. Still a senior in high
school, but being very energetic and ambitious, she took the train to New York City after school a couple days a week to attend her evening classes at The Chatham School. When the U.S. entered World War II after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Catherine did her part on the home front by entertaining the soldiers. During World War II a military base called Camp Kilmer was built in Piscataway. This was a large facility that held thousands of troops. (Livingston Campus of Rutgers is at that location today.) At Camp Kilmer Catherine sang weekly for the troops. Troops came by the hundreds to hear her sing. Catherine played a big role in what has been labeled, “The Greatest Day in the History of Raritan.” In September of 1943, after John Basilone had been awarded The Congressional Medal of Honor, he was brought home to a hero’s welcome. The town of Raritan threw a large welcome home parade followed by a bond rally on Duke’s Estate. Town officials asked Catherine to sing at the rally. Over 30,000 people attended and Catherine sang two songs. The first was “God Bless America.” The second was a special selection recently written by two Raritan men, Joe Memoli and Bill Jack, for John Basilone. It was called “Manila John.” Catherine sang this new song with Manila John standing next to her (see photo on page 1). At the end of the event John Basilone thanked her for singing. After the parade and rally, Catherine was invited to a dinner at a local restaurant where she met Generoso Pope. He owned several prominent Italian newspapers including the popular “II Progresso Italo-Americano.” He also owned a radio station WHOM. He was impressed with Catherine’s singing and invited her
The BReeze to sing on one of his radio shows. She appeared on Generoso Pope’s radio show for a few years and one day he introduced her to his son Fortune. Catherine and Fortune began dating. In 1949 Catherine landed a role in The Radio City Christmas Show.
the Billboard Poster promoting the 1949 Radio City Christmas Show. Unfortunately, this poster appears to be lost to history. The Radio City Christmas Show had five showings per day for eight weeks. Catherine recalls that it was tough to sing so many times for so many days, but
Catherine Mastice, and her husband Fortune Pope, meet President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Earning this role even surprised her. The show which started in 1933 was then a combination of a recent Christmas Movie and a stage show. Catherine sang two songs in the show. One was during The Nativity scene where she sang, “O Holy Night.” Since she was a big part of the show her picture appeared on
as always she came through for her audience. Catherine had other parts in Operas - one of her biggest roles was in “Madam Butterfly.” Landing the role was especially satisfying to her as hundreds had auditioned for this one spot. In the late 1940s she had parts in
Page 13 many shows at The Paper Mill Playhouse including “Merry Widow” and “Mikado.” Another assignment was a concert tour in the south entitled “Arista Artists.” Catherine worked with one of the top entertainers of the era when she was on The Steve Allen Radio Show. And on television, she appeared on The Milton Berle Show. She recalled that Milton Berle was as nice off screen as he was on screen. After many shows and events, Catherine Mastice retired from professional singing at the age of 26. In 1952, Catherine married Fortune Pope. Fortune and his brother inherited their father’s business when he died in 1950. Along with the business he inherited his father’s influence, and Fortune used it for the better as he ran charity organizations and was involved in ItalianAmerican affairs. This brought him and Catherine in contact with many prominent people. Fortune and Catherine were invited to the White House many times over the decades, often for private dinners. They met six Presidents: Truman, then Eisenhower, and in 1963 Catherine had her picture taken with John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office. They also met Presidents Johnson, Carter, and Ford. From singing in shows, to meeting popular entertainers, and U.S. Presidents, it was quite a journey for Raritan’s Catherine Mastice. When asked today what special memories she has from her singing days, she fondly recalls singing for the servicemen at Camp Kilmer during World War II. She said, “The boys were so enthusiastic. It gave me a wonderful feeling to sing for them.” Today, at age 86, Catherine lives in White Plains, New York.
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Salvatore Chiarelli Returning by popular request, the Raritan Library presents award-winning international tenor, Salvatore Chiarelli. Join Salvatore Chiarelli for an evening of popular song on June 23 at 6:30p.m at the Rarian Library, 54 E. Somerset St., Raritan. Chiarelli, vocally trained in both Italy and New York City, made his operatic debut with Teatro Felice Company’s production of “Madame Butterfly.” Mr. Chiarelli will perform popular, traditional, and classical Italian/Neapolitan songs including O Sole Mio, Mamma, La Chitarra, Ritorna a Me, That’s Amore, If I Loved You, and more. Please call the library to reserve a seat at 908-725-0413. This is an outdoor concert. In case of bad weather, the concert will be moved indoors.
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On March 30th, the children at Van Holten School in Bridgewater were treated to a visit by Danny and Kim Adlerman. The husband and wife team have been writing children’s books for over 15 years. They both have had a hand at writing their books. Kim also illustrates the books and Danny has set many to music. Their books include “How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck,” “Africa Calling,” “Oh No Domino,” and “Mommy’s Having a Watermelon.” The two told the students what it is like to be an author and an illustrator and how their books evolve from an idea to a published book. Then they entertained the children with Danny’s songs and Kim’s three dimensional artwork. The children also had the opportunity to purchase an autographed copy of one of Danny and Kim’s books. The visit was arranged by Van Holten’s librarian, Kathy Marceski, and funded with proceeds from the school’s annual book fair which is sponsored by the PTO.
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On Saturday, April 9th, seven Bridgewater students competed in the Odyssey of the Minds NJ State Tournament in Ewing, NJ. They beat the five other state finalist teams and came in 1st place for the Middle School division in the “As Good as Gold…berg” category. Coach Randi Schweriner led team members Jeremy Kritz, Matthew Schueler, Dustin Zhao, Charlene Liu, Sukhmann Aneja, Ben Kritz and Anna Spencer to victory. The team built a Rube Goldberg machine, created props, wrote a script and songs in preparation for the competition. The team members met several times a week since October to prepare for the competition. During the competition the team had 8 minutes to show off their machine while performing a skit involving the machine. The team also had to participate in a spontaneous challenge. During the spontaneous challenge, the team did not know the task they would need to complete until the judges told them when they walked into the room. The team scored well in both aspects of the competition resulting in a 1st place finish and beating the closest competitor by 50 points. Their victory won them entry into the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in College Park, MD which is scheduled to take place over Memorial Day weekend. - Submitted by Christine Schueler
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Pictured above in the JFK Primary School library after a reading session are Principal Joe Walsh and Junior Girl Scout Troop 1150. Front row (l to r): Sophia Lopez, Claire Liston, Nicole Tobia, Bella Vignali, Melody Visconti, Cristina Lopez, Emma Levin, and Becky Pollard. Back row (l to r): Abby Pollard, Allie Carter, Pooja Patel, Ariel Staffin, Joe Walsh, and Lauren Arnold. Not pictured is Troop 1150 Girl Scout Abby Johnson.
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Eisenhower faculty and staff show they “gotta feeling.” The staff at Eisenhower Intermediate School surprised their students with a lip-dub music video at the spring chorus concert on April 26th. The concert’s theme was inspired by the songs performed on Fox Network’s show, “Glee.” Colleen Grzywacz and Roberta Maher, vocal music teachers, planned popular music for their 5th and 6th grade chorus students to perform. Grzywacz saw a segment on NBC’s The Today Show highlighting “viral videos.” She reached out to the staff to see if the interest was present and the response was overwhelming. One 5th grade teacher, Scott Pachuta, even contacted his friend, a professional videographer, to help with the project. Grzywacz began planning and organizing the lip-dub to The Black Eyed Peas song “I Gotta Feeling” back in January.
Daniel Konkel, the videographer, volunteered his time and ability to Eisenhower. He not only filmed the staff, but also edited the final copy; dubbing over the music to match perfectly with the faculty’s lip-syncing. Konkel also made the video available to show at the spring concert and to share with colleagues, students, parents, family and friends. The response of those who have viewed the music video has been tremendous. The Eisenhower staff has been receiving comments from all around the country about the lip-dub. People have been touched by the message the staff sends through the video; one of optimism, confidence, camaraderie, passion, and, most of all, fun. Joe Diskin, Eisenhower Principal, and Cathleen Filippello, Eisenhower Assistant Principal, shared one e-mail from a teacher
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Raritan Mayor’s Message
Happy almost summer! There have been some amazing things happening here in Raritan in the last few weeks. On May 1st our new dog park opened for all of our canine friends and their humans. It is located on First Avenue just after the railroad overpass. You can register your dog at the Municipal Building and show proof of vaccinations and spaying or neutering. There is no cost to use the dog park. Special thanks go to our Youth on Main Street (YOMS) group for helping out opening day and to Don Tozzi for facilitating the process with the Council. The Borough was also a recipient of a $100,000 grant for sewer rehabilitation from the Somerset County Community Block Development Grant Committee. We were the only community to receive all of the money requested. They told us they were very impressed with my explanation of our need for the money and our plan for the sewer rehab. Our Cultural and Historic group has a set of eight note cards available for a donation of ten dollars.These are scenes of Raritan in the 1800’s and 1900’s. They are available at the Municipal Building. There has been a rumor circulating through town especially in the downtown that the borough is doing away with our garbage collection. This is NOT TRUE. We are keeping our garbage collection as it is. Please do not believe anyone who tells you that story. Remember, “Lunch with the Mayor” will resume on the third Saturday in September. Happy Father’s Day to all our Raritan fathers and grandfathers. Jo-Ann Liptak, Mayor Raritan Borough
Dog Park Opens in Raritan - On May 1st a Ribbon Cutting Cer-
emony was held for the Raritan Borough Dog Park. The dog park is at the corner of Tilman and First Avenue. It is open dawn to dusk. Dog owners should go to Raritan Borough Hall to show that their dog is licensed, vaccinated and spayed or neutered. The Borough will then issue a key code to open the lock on the gate at the park. Above: Raritan Mayor Jo-Ann Liptak cuts the ribbon to the new dog park.
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Students from Crim School Share Their Thoughts on Friendship Students from Miss Rott’s 3rd grade class at Crim Primary School recently answered the question, “Are you a good friend? Why do you think so?” Their answers appear below.
Am I a good friend? Yes, I’m a great friend, because I don’t pull my friends’ legs. We don’t keep secrets from each other and we don’t ever break promises that we make. We are nice, kind, and loyal. We don’t leave each other out of games that we are playing.
I am an awesome friend. I know that for sure. I have some really close friends because I am loyal to them. We’re like two peas in a pod. I play with them every weekend practically. Sometimes I play with them after school. I play with them a lot.
I’m an amazing friend, this I know for sure. When people are bullying, I try to find a cure. When someone is insulting my friend, I always try to make that dreadful thing end. No matter the season, no matter the time, I’m up and ready to fight a crime.
I think I am a great friend. When my friends are nice to me, I am nice to them. When my friends are bored, I play with them. I’m also a good friend
because I share my toys. That’s why I am a good friend.
I’m a really really excellent friend because I’m so nice and helpful. If someone gets up on the wrong side of the bed, I cheer them up. I try to help my friends almost all the time. I’m a pleasure to be with. That’s why I’m a good friend.
I think I am an awesome friend because I am loyal to them. I make them laugh their heads off. I turn their frowns upside down and in a flash, they are elated. This is why I am an awesome friend.
I treat people nicely. I treat people how they would like to be treated. Some of my jokes are funny, but none of them ever hurt anyone’s feelings. And that is why I am a good friend.
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Bridgewater youth took an active role in raising Breast Cancer Awareness by joining the For My Daughter team and participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® held on May 15th for the second consecutive year. While the initial reason for creating the For My Daughter team in April of 2010 was to celebrate the survival and strength of one of our local residents, Maricela Prendes, the team goal and focus now is on raising Breast Cancer Awareness among our youth, particularly our daughters. “Because early detection is the best protection against this awful and scary disease, it is critical that we teach our sons and daughters at a young age, the importance of knowing their body and going to the doctor if a change in their body occurs or something just doesn’t feel right,” says Kelley Gazdak, creator of the For My Daughter team. To date, the For My Daughter team which has 65 members ranks #3 in the family and friends category for achieving their fundraising goal of raising $15,000. However, they estimate raising approximately $20,000 when all the donations and matching gifts have been received and recorded. A special note of thanks goes out to TRU salon + day spa located in Branchburg who has proudly sponsored the For My Daughter team t-shirts. No effort or donation is too small as demonstrated when 10 year old, Ali Chong, set up a lemonade stand in front of her house and raised $25.00 to support the For My Daughter team. ”I wanted to do something special to show my support to Mrs. Prendes,” says Ali. Whether the young Bridgewater residents are participating in this amazing event to celebrate life, honor a friend or family member who has survived or passed on, the important message they are sending out is that regardless of age, everyone can unite and make a powerful difference. If you are interested in joining the fight against Breast Cancer please go to www.komennorthjersey.org and donate under the For My Daughter team.
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by Karras Lambert
BRHS Seniors say good-bye to high school, hello to their future! Well here we are, nearing the end of the school year at last. At this time, most seniors should know which college they will be attending in the fall and are counting down the remaining days of their high school careers. This is undoubtedly an exciting time, due in part to the decreased workload for most students and the arrival of warmer temperatures. However, I have always felt a bit melancholy on the last day of school, watching the place that I have become so comfortable in during the past ten months grow smaller in the distance as my bus turns the corner out of the parking lot. Whether it was remembering field day at Hamilton School or the talent show at Hillside, a flood of fond memories always have made me smile pulling away from these schools for the final time, yet sadden me all the same. It is with these mixed emotions that I now consider the
final month of my own high school career. The anticipation of college is exhilarating and something to look forward to for sure, but there is always that feeling that things will never be the same. Every senior knows that this chapter of their life is coming to an end, only for a new one to soon begin. Living away from home will be a new experience, but, nevertheless, I am tremendously excited for my first day at Drexel University in September.
As a graduating senior, this will be my final Panther Perspective column. It has been a pleasure sharing my experiences and opinions with you this past year, and I am sure that Rachel Jandak will do a great job with this column when the school year starts up in September. Until then, enjoy the final days of this school year and have a wonderful summer. Editor’s Note: We’d like to thank Karras for writing for The BReeze and we wish him the best of luck at Drexel University.
Booktalks by Sharanya Pulapura I counted down the days until the release of “A Conspiracy of Kings”, the fourth installment of my favorite series, “The Queen’s Thief”, by Megan Whalen Turner. A turning point in the series and not at all what I had anticipated, this book was worth every minute I waited for it. Sophos, heir to the small coastal country of Sounis, has spent his entire life thinking that he is not good enough - not good enough at swordplay, not good enough to rule a country. When
he is kidnapped, disguised, and sold into slavery by rebel conspirators, he feels the weight he has always borne suddenly lifting. He can spend the rest of his life as a field hand, working by day, sharing poetry by night, and nobody will know his identity. But when he sees the point to which the conspiracy has risen, Sophos knows that he is Sounis’s only hope. Now is his time to act. Sophos, now King of Sounis, faced with pressure from the powerful empires of Medea
and Melenze, turns to his friend the King of Attolia for help. The king is willing to assist Sophos, but at a price. Can Sophos pay it? In this story, a young man learns the hardships and merits of leadership and learns to trust in his gods, his friends, and most importantly, himself. Turner’s novel is the deserving winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adults. Enjoy it on its own, or read the series first.
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PANTHER SPORTS Junior Justin Higgins jukes a Pingry defender during their win over the “Big Blue.” Final score 8-3. Photo/Alex Hopkins
Softball: The softball team has had an exciting spring to say the
least. A 16-6 record, the first county final appearance in 3 years and the 4th seed in the NJSIAA state tournament have been the highlights of the 2011 season. Sophomore shortstop Jordan Stephenson continues to crush the ball; she’s got 5 home runs on the year. In the circle, the Lady Panthers have found both Alicia Gonnella and Megan Colline to have their success. Sophomore Nikki Thomas has shown the biggest improvement; making several put outs from left field and hitting 2 singles in the county semi finals. Watch for BR to make a serious run in the North II Group IV state tournament.
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Volleyball: The boy’s volleyball team has enjoyed their most suc-
cessful season in recent memory. With a 16-7 record and the 8th seed in the NJSIAA state tournament, the road ahead will be a difficult one for head coach Corey Romanak and the Panthers. With a victory against 9th seeded East Brunswick, the Panthers would most likely play #1 seeded perennial powerhouse Hillsborough. In order to reach their dream of a state title, the Panthers will need to continue their late season peak and play their best as a team. Team play was the key in their victory on senior night vs. Hunterdon Central.
Baseball: For what has been an interesting season for the baseball team got more intriguing when the Panthers locked up the 14 seed in the NJSIAA tournament. They are slotted to play 3 seeded Hunterdon Central in the first round. If BR can win there, the road gets a little easier. In order to make a Cinderella type run in this year’s tournament, the Panthers will have to rely on the pitching arms of Jordan Weinstein and Ben Silber, the bats of Brandon Durant and Andrew Calabrese, and the speed of leadoff hitter Mike Murray.
Boys Track: Two of BR’s brightest stars shined at Skylands ear-
lier this month. Seniors Derek Beck and Jake Ruskan proved they belonged, and they made their presence known in 3 of the biggest events. For Beck, he won the 100m competition, beating out top runners from Franklin and Hillsborough. For Ruskan, he came in second in both the 1600m and 3200m competition. Both his times broke the previous school records, etching himself as one of the best runners in Somerset County history. With East Coast Relays and Sectionals still to go, look for Beck, Ruskan and company to make a big impact for BR.
Second singles, Junior Mike Soloman
Third singles, Junior Jerome Bautista
Girls Golf: The 2011 season came to a close for the BR Girl’s Golf
team after Skylands on May 19th. They finished the season with a 3-12 record, but the Lady Panthers’ 2011 year isn’t judged by wins and losses. Every new program has bumps in the road, and BR Girls Golf isn’t any different. This year they made great strides, and with the departure of senior captain Allyson Gruber, look for junior Joyce Shu to take over next season in 2012.
Boys Lacrosse: The boy’s lacrosse team is coming off one of their most historic weeks ever after capturing their first Somerset County Title since 2002 after topping Immaculata by a score of 14-6. Two days later, the panthers, being led by excellent face off work from Brian Lenskold and Tyler Barbarich, took down Mountain Lakes by a score of 11-6. The victory over the Lakers was the first win since 1999 against the Morris County Rival. Up next for the boys is the Group IV playoffs, where the Panthers have grabbed the number 2 seed.
Girls Lacrosse: The girl’s lacrosse season has come to a close
after the Lady Panthers fell to the Ridge Red Devils by a score of 1713. The girls concluded their season with a 11-7 record, and impressive victories over Hillsborough, Montgomery, and the Pingry Big Blue. This season was Head Coach Lydia Pinto’s first season, and with many underclassmen returning, next year looks to be equally as promising.
Boys Tennis: Much like the girl’s lacrosse team, the boy’s tennis
team is filled with all underclassmen, and it showed in the state playoffs when they went against defending Group IV champions Westfield in the Group IV quarterfinals. The final record for the Panthers was 7-8, but with freshman and sophomores filling up the top spots for the boys, the future for BR Tennis looks to be extremely bright.
Girls Track: Individuals highlight the track stars as Sectionals ar-
rive. Marisa Ruskan highlights the track squad for BR after an unbelievable 3rd place finish in the mile as a freshman. She is not the only one who can produce however, the 4X100 relay team headlined by Claudia Roberts, Heather Lessing, Amanda Vo, and Nikki Chu, are looking to make an impact in what should be a very competitive field.
Boys Golf: The boy’s golf team wraps up their season when they take on Hunterdon Central May 31st, but until then, the boy’s have compiled a 6-10 record with a most recent victory over Warren Hills. Dominic Diaz along with multi-sport star David Monahan have paved the way for the Panthers by putting up gaudy numbers throughout the entire season. No seniors remain on this squad so the future looks bright for the developing golf team.
Senior Brie Jordan at bat for B-R. This at bat reSenior Katie Fanning is always ready at 2nd base. sulted in a double and an RBI helping the Lady Panthers beat North Hunterdon 9-4.
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Girls Lacrosse Post season honors for Somerset County & Skyland Conference: Final record (regular season): 11-4 (7-0 winning streak) Skyland Conference - 2nd Place Captains: Kelly Fenton, Steph Umbach, & Danielle Iandiorio Impact Players Scoring leaders: Kelly Fenton (59 goals) was selected by MSG Varsity Magazine as one of the top 5 players in New Jersey; Steph Umbach (63 goals). Assist Leaders: Christine Germaske and Lynn Germaske, Steph Umbach, and Kelly Fenton. Defense: Danielle Iandiorio (48 caused turnovers), Kayla Sullivan ( 37 caused turnovers) Goalkeeping: Haley Alvarez (134 saves)
Running for a Cause
- On May 7th, hundreds of adults and children turned out to participate in the Family Fun Walk/Run at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater. The event offered participants the opportunity to challenge themselves to a 5K Run, 2 Mile Walk, Pet Walk, or Mad Dash Race for kids. Money raised from the event went to support the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center. Above photo: Over 100 BREA members, family and friends turned out. Several members rallied for a challenging 5K run while others took a beautiful two mile walk through the park. BREA members donated $810 to the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center. Submitted Photo
YMCA Lords of the Boards Win Two National Titles
L-R: Alex Beran, Lisa Coe and Kristen Hayden competed in the 2011 YMCA National Diving Championships in April.
Five members of the Somerset Valley YMCA Lords of the Boards Diving team competed in the 2011 YMCA National Diving Championships April 1517. It was Somerset Valley’s first appearance at the annual championship in over ten years. They returned in a big way copping
two national titles. Somerset Valley was well represented in the 12-13 Girls’ events particularly in the Three Meter event on the first day of competition in which they crowned another national champion. Kristen Hayden, of Hillsborough, and Lisa Coe, of
Bridgewater, swept the event placing first and second in the finals with scores of 277.95 and 271.40, respectively; their teammate Alexandra Beran, of Basking Ridge, also finaled placing 7th, 209.00. The next day Hayden, Coe and Beran finaled again in the One Meter event placing 4th, 249.55, 5th, 242.80, and 6th, 216.20, respectively. On the final day of competition, Lisa Coe led the way for SVY placing 4th 289.10 in the Platform event with Hayden 5th, 241.35. On the final day of competition, Coe and Hayden scored again for SVY in the 12-13 Girls’ Platform event with Lisa Coe placing 4th, 289.10 and Kristen Hayden placing 5th, 246.35. For info about the Somerset Valley YMCA Lords of the Boards diving program, contact the Bridgewater Family YMCA at (908) 526-0688 or visit www. ymcasomersetvalley.org.
Brian Sweeney Somerset Patriots pitcher Brian Sweeney was signed by the New York Mets and has reported to their Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo. Sweeney started Opening Day on April 29th for the Patriots, picking up the win while striking out eight in seven innings.
By May 5th, the day before the home opener at TD Bank Ballpark, Sweeney got the call from the Mets. Sweeney has 73 games of Major League experience with the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres. He has a Major League career record of 4-2 and a 3.38 ERA in 117 innings pitched. He pitched for the Mariners last season, where he appeared in 24 games at the Major League level and finished with a 3.16 ERA. He is the 42nd Somerset Patriots player to be signed in-season by a Major League organization. The 2011 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford is underway. For tickets, stop by the Patriots Ticket Office located at the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots. com.
Mountain Valley Conference Pop Warner Announces 2nd Year of Challenger Football & Cheerleading League
The mission of the Challenger League is to bring the Pop Warner Little Scholars experience to those who are in 2nd-8th grade and have an IEP/Special Needs. The program offers individuals the opportunity to participate in a football/cheerleading program. The Challenger program is non-competitive and no score will be kept. The games however, model a regular game with warm-ups, coin toss, and singing of the National Anthem etc. Participation in the Challenger League is only at the request of the individual’s parent or guardian. Games will be played
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Page 22 Bridgewater - Rita C. Wolf, 79, died April 5, 2011. Rita was born and raised in Trenton and formally of Metuchen before moving to Bridgewater in 1987. She graduated from Douglass College in 1953 with a BS in Home Economics and continued to be active with her alumni. Rita was a member of Temple Sholom where she was also a life member of Hadassah and the Temple Sisterhood. Arrangements by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Raritan – Vinoda Chakravarthy, 52, died on April 7, 2011. Vinoda was a Office Administrator at Rayran Systems, Inc. in Raritan, NJ. She was a beloved wife, a loving mother, a wonderful daughter, and a dear sister. Arrangements were handled by the India Funeral Service, LLC. Bridgewater - Edward J. Bartol, 64, died on April 9, 2011. Edward was born in New Brunswick, and formerly of South River before moving to Bridgewater in 1986. He was employed as a warehouse manager at Bihler of America, Alpha NJ for over 12 years. Edward was a veteran of the US Army during Vietnam War where he was an operating room specialist and medical airmen at the 91st evacuation hospital at Nha Trang and Tuy Hoa. Arrangements by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Basking Ridge – Lois W. Stevenson, 94, died on April 10, 2011. Lois was a Journalist for the Star Ledger for over (26) years where she wrote the animal column and (4) years at the Courier News. Lois was predeceased by her husband, Frederick Leon Stevenson; and her brother, William Newton Haddock. Arrangements were handled by AAA B Cremation Services, LLC. Somerville - Ophelia Fair, 83, died April 11, 2011. Ophelia was born and raised in Macon, Georgia and resided in Somerville since 1958 before recently moving to Somerset. She was employed as a nutritionist for Somerset Medical Center in Somerville for over 10 years retiring in 2000. Arrangements by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Colts Neck – Dr. Girish Kanji Patel, 79, died on April 15, 2011. Dr. Patel was a Medical Doctor at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perthy Amboy, NJ. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Service.
Bound Brook - Shirley O’Malley, 75, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at her home on April 16, 2011. Shirley moved to Bound Brook with her husband some 50 years ago and was the proud homemaker and caretaker of her family. Mrs. O’Malley was an avid supporter of the Association of Retarded Citizens of Somerset County. She was also a member of St. John’s Primitive Methodist Church, Avoca, PA. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Dorothy G. Puntillo, 84, died April 16, 2011. Dorothy was born in Mt. Vernon, NY and was formerly of Raritan before moving to Bridgewater in 1957. She was employed as a technical supervisor for RCA in Bridgewater for over 32 years retiring in 1988. Arrangements by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Raritan - Michael “Trixie” Torllini, 87, passed away on April 16, 2011 at Somerset Valley Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Bound Brook. Born in Raritan, Michael was a lifelong borough resident. Mr. Torllini was a Private First Class in the United States Army during World War II and was a recipient of the Victory Medal. He also served in the Merchant Marines. Michael was a member of the American Legion John Basilone Post #280 in Raritan. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. South Bound Brook - Jane Keich, 74, died peacefully at her daughter’s home in Somerset on April 18, 2011. Jane was a recreation aide for the Raritan Health and Extended Care in Raritan for 30 years retiring in 2010. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Clearwater, FL - Ariana Jasmine Daly, 20, passed away on April 19, 2011. Born and raised in New Jersey, she had lived in Hillsborough, Bound Brook, South Bound Brook, and Somerville before moving to Clearwater two months ago. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Manville – Laura D. Gola, 93, died on April 19, 2011. Laura was a Supervisor for Electro-Scan in Garfield, NJ and a member of the Rosary Altar Society at Sacred Heart Church in Manville, NJ. Arrangements were handled by the Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC.
Obituaries Plainfield – Louis Thompson, Sr., 83, died on April 19, 2011. Louis was a member of the Antioch Christian Church; a landscaper; an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. Arrangements were handled by the Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC. Somerville - Thomas W. Pentland, 59, died April 20, 2011. Thomas was employed as Vice President of FMI International in Carteret for over 20 years retiring in 2008. In his spare time, Tom enjoyed playing his guitar and drums with the band Easy Wind, Lost World String Band and The Second Wind Bank. Arrangements by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Eleanor Brych Klein, 90, died April 21, 2011. Eleanor was employed by Burroughs Federal Credit Union and was a member of its Board of Directors. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Lavallette First Aid Squad where she served on many committees. Arrangements by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bound Brook - Martha E. Burke, 85, entered eternal rest peacefully at her home on April 23, 2011. Martha was a computer component assembler for the former Burroughs/ Unisys Corporation in Flemington. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Bound Brook. A member of the St. Mary’s Altar Rosary Society; St. Mary’s Leisure Club and also volunteered many hours over the years at the St. Mary’s Carnival. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Millstone - Nancy C. Dawson, 76, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2011 after a battle with cancer. Nancy graduated from College High School in Montclair and received a BA from Westminster College. She married the late Edward H. Dawson in 1957. A teacher for over 35 years in the Hillsborough School System, she touched the lives of many. Arrangements by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home.
Arrangements were handled by the Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC. Bridgewater – Camila Rivera, 86, died on April 28, 2011. Arrangements were handled by the Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC. Colonia, NJ – Kirit C. Patel, 59, died on April 29, 2011. Kirit was a Manager at Gelmart Company in Saddlebrook, NJ. Arrangements were handled by the India Funeral Service, LLC. Raritan – Onorio Recchia, 86, died on April 29, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. Onorio was a Software Developer in the Telecommunications Department at Bell Labs in Piscataway, NJ. He came to the U.S. at age 14 and was proud to become an American Citizen and served as a Radio Specialist in the Air Force during World War II. Arrangements were handled by the Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC. Bridgewater - George F. Chudik, Sr., 91, died on April 30, 2011 at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville. Born in Cliffside Park, George lived the past 45 years in Bridgewater. George was a Retired Chief in the United States Navy. He served during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He was a graduate of Seton Hall University. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Joel Levy, 66, died May 1, 2011. Joel Sidney Levy died suddenly on May 1 of an apparent cardiac arrest. Mr. Levy served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and became the personal chef for General Moroon who at that time was the commander of Seato. Following his military service, Mr. Levy was the head chef at The Maidstone Arms in East Hampton, NY as well as the Hedges Restaurant in East Hampton. He was the prodigy of the noted culinary artist, Michael Fields and worked closely with Michael, Julia Childs, John Clancy and Craig Clayborne to develop the Time Life Cookbook Series. He was ranked as one of the top 20 chefs by the NY Times as well as being the chef and co-owner of Corianders in NYC, which received many accolades, including 4 stars from the
June 2011 New York Times Food Review. Arrangements by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Somerville - Frieda M. Connor, 80, entered eternal rest on May 2, 2011 at home, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Bradley Gardens to the late Charles and Frieda Hutchings, she lived in Raritan before moving to Somerville, where she has resided for the past 45 years. Frieda was a laborer for Federal Steel in Raritan for 12 years. She was an avid gardener, very active at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Somerville, loved crossstitching, needle point and embroidery. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Pluckemin - John J. Hutnik, 78, passed away on May 2, 2011 at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville. John was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He then worked as an Accountant/Bookkeeper for 35 years for various companies in New York City until his retirement in 1994. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Branchburg - James T. McCarthy, 75, died May 2, 2011. Jim, formerly of Englewood, NJ lived in East Islip, NY for over 47 years before moving to Branchburg in 2010. Jim was a Long Island banker and commercial loan officer for over 35 years. He was Group Senior Vice President for Fleet Financial Group’s Eastern New York State Region when he retired in 1998. Arrangements by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Mark A. Salko, 47, died May 2, 2011. Mark was born in Somerville, NJ and was formerly of Raritan before moving to Bridgewater 7 years ago. He was employed as Maintenance Supervisor for ABM Janitorial Services, previously for Control Services, at the Novartis Pharmaceutical Company in East Hanover for 22 years. Arrangements by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bound Brook - Ruth DiSisto, 85, died peacefully at home on May 3, 2011 with her family at her side. Born in Tampa, FL, Ruth lived in
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Bridgewater – Erika Kouril, 83, died on April 26, 2011. Erika was a Group Leader for R.C.A. in Bridgewater and a Nurse in the Allied Forces during World War II.
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L-R: Grace Sellinger, Brianna Roper and Kaitlin Kowal of Girl Scout Troop 781 of Hamilton School ran a “hula hoop toss” and tattoo stand in the “carnival” section. Photo/Dawn Wilde
Jack Esposito, BRHS coach Brian Henry, and Neel Verma
BRHS students Bianca Caseiro, Mike Soloman, Brad Pietrucha, Robbie Pietrucha, & Dan Sutter help out at Special Olympics
Enjoying the day at the Special Olympics are Brady, Colin and Amanda Kurdyla and Tara Ozeransky.
Bridgewater Pop Warner cheerleaders Corinne Nickel and Brielle Herbst run a booth at the Special Olympics carnival.
Christopher Fernandez of Hillside School participates in the standing long jump. Photo/Dawn Wilde
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