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The BReeze Bridgewater Township & Raritan Borough, NJ Your Hometown Newspaper Volume 4, Issue 6

Remembering the 1965 B-R High School Boys Basketball Team

The School’s First Team to Win a State Championship

The team was built around center Mike Grosso who set Somerset County scoring records and later played in the ABA. “Big Mike” was a unique player as a 6’ 8” center, he had the agility and shooting skills of a smaller player. Coach Joe Fisher chose to run the offense with Mike moving about the floor rather than the more traditional way of having the big man hang close to the basket. A Raritan kid, Mike lived at 33 Anderson Street. While he was a local hero billed even then as a potential All-American, Mike was never flamboyant. On the court, he always kept his cool even when the opponent double teamed him in pressure situations.

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Area Athletes Compete in Special Olympics

Hundreds of athletes came out on May 5th to run, leap and throw their way to the gold for this year’s Somerset County Special Olympics held at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. The Special Olympics offers year-round sports training and competitions for adults and children giving them the opportunity to show off their skills.

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The BRHS Championship Team - Back Row L-R: Asst. Coach Ed McDonough, Dan Conti, Ken Sabol, Mike Janczewski, Mike Grosso, John Deus, Andy Martin, Coach Joe Fisher; Front Row L-R: Ken Skowronek, Glen Meyer, Steve Fulop, Anthony Bendetti, Rich Doyle. (Not pictured John Jewczyn) Photos courtesy of Andy Martin and Joe Fisher By Bruce Doorly Bridgewater-Raritan High School has produced several teams that have gone on to win state championships in various sports. However, no championship has been more cherished than the first one in 1965 when the Boys Basketball team won the Group IV New Jersey State Championship. For decades kids from Bridgewater and Raritan attended Somerville High School until Bridgewater-Raritan High School opened its doors in 1959. By 1961, the school’s sports teams played at the varsity level. In 1965 the boy’s basketball team began its climb to the top of the state rankings generating a great deal of excitement for the school. Throughout its run, many local fans

travelled to cheer them on in playoff games held in South Jersey. Today’s older residents remember that fabulous season but there is scant documentation to tell the story to the next generation. The trophies and memorabilia for the 1965 team were accidently thrown in the trash by construction workers during a renovation of the field house. A banner that once proudly hung from the rafters in the old gym is now gone. In the 1964 playoffs, after victories over Westfield and Asbury Park, the Bridgewater-Raritan Falcons were defeated by an outstanding undefeated Trenton team. The team and the town looked forward to the next season as the Falcons had many starters returning and great hopes to take it all.

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Andrew Barry (center) of Bridgewater celebrates his gold medal victory in the 50 meter sprint.

The team carries Coach Joe Fisher off the court after their championship victory over Bloomfield in Atlantic City. The main ball handler of the team was guard Rich Doyle who lived on Loeser Avenue in Bridgewater. He was the disciplined ball player who strived for perfection. Rich brought the ball up court against the best of opponents full court presses and

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Special Olympics participants with their medals and stars. Photo/Susan Somody

B-R students and teachers distribute free water and orange wedges donated by the BridgewaterRaritan Education Association. Photo/Susan Somody

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

Penkala - Farrell Peggy Farrell of Raritan, New Jersey announces the engagement of her daughter, Jazmine Farrell to Joel Penkala, son of Joseph and Rena Penkala of Newton, New Jersey. The bride-to-be graduated from Bridgewater-Raritan High School and studied at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY before completing her degree in Mathematics at Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ. She is currently a Mathematics teacher at Kittatinny Regional High School. The prospective bridegroom graduated from Kittatinny High School and earned his degree in Biology at Rutgers University. He is currently employed at Original Skateboards in Newton, New Jersey. An October 2012 wedding is planned. The Office on Aging of Somerset County recognized centenarian, James Sidie, at a centenarian luncheon on May 2nd at the Regency Jewish Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Somerset. James, a resident at The Avalon Assisted Living residence in Bridgewater, who will be 100 years old this July, attended the luncheon with his entire family. It was a most memorable occasion as told by the smile on James’ face. James Sidie

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Umbach Stephanie Umbach, earned All-Centennial Conference recognition for women’s lacrosse at Muhlenberg College. Stephanie, a 2011 graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School, is only the fourth player in CC history to earn first-team honors as a freshman. Just the seventh first-team selection in school history, Umbach ranked in the top three on the team in goals (3rd), assists (3rd), ground balls (1st), draw controls (1st) and caused turnovers (1st). She leads the conference and ranks 51st in the country (10th amongst freshmen) in caused turnovers per game (1.92) and is 48th nationally (10th amongst freshmen) in draw controls per game (4.92). She finished the year with 64 draw controls, the second-most in a season in school history, including a single-game record 12 against Swarthmore. Umbach also recently became the first freshman in school history to earn all-region honors after being named to the All-Metro Region second team as selected by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.


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Bridgewater Church Celebrates Rector’s Thirty Year Ministry

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Simar Singh L-R: Bishop George Councell, Diocese of New Jersey, with Father Bruce Montgomery, Rector St.Martin’s Church, Bridgewater

On April 28th more than 130 parishioners of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church gathered at Russo’s in Bound Brook to honor Father Bruce Montgomery’s thirty years of ministry in this parish. Special guests included Lani, Father Bruce’s wife, his three children, and The Bishop of New Jersey, George Councell, who opened the event with prayer and a blessing. The evening’s theme was “this is your life.” Pictures of significant parish events through the years were displayed on picture boards. Many more memories were shared in the form of anecdotes recalling unexpected and often hilarious incidents involving Fr. Bruce and his passion for the Yankees. The Yankee theme appeared again in the “baseball card” at every place setting that featured the rookie, Bruce Montgomery, and the stats that noted the baptisms, weddings etc. at which he presided. Professional DJ Jim Lodise, who is also a parishioner, provided music from every era, including favorites from the eighties. Among the gifts to mark the event was a Memory Book. This beautiful scrapbook included thank you notes, pictures, special moments, even children’s drawings representing ways in which his ministry in the parish has impacted individual lives.

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4-H Names Scholarship Recipients

Eight students have been named as recipients of Somerset County 4-H scholarships. Open to members and alumni of the Somerset County 4-H Youth Development program, the eight winners will receive a total of $10,000 for their continuing education. The winners from Bridgewater and Raritan: Recipient of the 4-H Balliet Scholarship is Sandra Forktus of Raritan. Recipients of the 4-H Association Scholarship are Alessandra DelPrincipe of Bridgewater, and Sandra Forktus of Raritan.

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Robyn A. Sacks of Bridgewater graduated Magna Cum Laude on May 18th from the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education at Adelphi University, Garden City, New York. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. A 2008 graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School, she was named to the dean’s list every semester during her four years and has been an active member in both the school and community of Garden City. Robyn served for the past two years as President of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and was awarded the President of the Year Award through the Center for Student Involvement at the Adelphi University’s 8th Annual Brown and Gold Banquet in May 2011. Throughout the past four years she has been a representative to the annual conventions of the Long Island Speech Language Hearing Association and The American Speech Language Association. In the fall of 2012, Robyn will return to Adelphi University for the continuation of her studies in the Masters Program for Speech Language Pathology. Robyn is the daughter of Bonnie and Todd Sacks, and sister of Justine and Jenna.

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for our Troops at 1743 Route 27, (Corner of Skillman Lane) in Somerset from 11:00 AM –2:00 PM. Please bring donations – see Wish List at Free community event. Free refreshments. Rain or shine. Sponsored by Operation Jersey Cares of Raritan, Suydam Insurance Agency, and Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce. Sunday, June 10 Yoga in the Park from 9-11 am at North Bridge Street Park, Bridgewater, as part of the Bridgewater Mayors Wellness Campaign. Manju and Prashant Joshi of Gurukul Yoga Holistic Center lead a community wellness effort. All ages and abilities welcome. Free! Bring a mat. (Rain Date - June 17). For more info, call or email: 908 725 5750, health@bridgewaternj. gov or 908 526 0002, gurukul@ Sunday, June 10 Grand Retirement Celebration & Tribute - The Knights of Columbus Council #5959 will be hosting a retirement event for Monsignor Eugene Prus, who is retiring after 27 years as pastor at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament. The event will be held in the parish hall at 1pm. There will be a formal program of speakers and food and soft drinks. Attend-

ees are invited to bring a dessert to share. Admission: 14 yrs old and up/$7; under 14/free. Admission wristbands will be sold at the door or in advance at the church after Mass starting May 26/27 and at “Talk of the Town” barbershop. For info contact Stan Serafin at (732) 207-7737 or Sal Longo at (732) 271-1967. Tuesday, June 12 Living GMO-Free - The Holistic Moms Network of Somerset County will meet at the Bridgewater Library, 1 Vogt Dr., Bridgewater, from 7-9 p.m. Guest speaker, Dr. Louis Steinberg, will discuss Genetically Modified plants and foods and the various health risks associated with them. All are welcome. Saturday, June 16 Fundraiser for the Children’s Nest Trust at the Bridgewater YMCA from 10am-3pm. Shop local vendors and listen to live musicians. Win prizes. Kids can enjoy the gaga pit, play soccer or volleyball, and get their face painted. Admission is only $3 for a fun-filled day. The Children’s Nest is an orphanage &

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All graduates of 1962 and before are invited to attend a reunion planned for Oct 5, 6, and 7, 2012. There will be a Friday night gettogether, a Saturday afternoon dinner at 1 p.m. at the Raritan Valley .c do Country Club and a Sunday brunch at Foxw .Hollow c u - t r a c k Country Club. For more information call Gus Vanderbeek at 908-883-0824, Evelyn Masler at 908-725-9296 or Jeanne Stephenson at 908-231-9523. Friday night get-together -- destination undecided at this writing. - Submitted by the Reunion Committee

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Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) awarded associate degrees and certificates to approximately 1190 graduates at its commencement, held on May 19th, on the College’s soccer field. The following Bridgewater, Martinsville and Raritan residents received degrees and/or certificates. Bridgewater: Kathryn M. Addabbo, Osagie B. Afe, Ximena M. Agnone, Alisa A. Amin, Manan K. Amin, Barbara Ann Bailey, Paul D. Baranauskas, Christina Barasch, Nadine Nastacha Bastardo, Marie Claire Battikha, Vivian Maria Irene Cabanas, Anna Beatriz Calles, Ashley Lynn Cardona, Maria Cermenaro, Douglas Michael Chaves, Peter J. Chetwynd, William A. Clark, Tanisha J. Conaway, Elizabeth Craft, Heather Christine Daset, Marjorie Datuin, Laura Elizabeth Doerfler, Sandra Paola Escallon Prieto, Kirk James Ferrier Jr., JoAnn M. Fiedler, Lindsay K. Gandolfe, Daniel Edward Gerlach, Ryan Goodman, Joshua Armand Gosselin, Marcos Hallo-Villacis, William Alexander Hamilton IV, Cara J. Hayes, Tiffany Q. Herholtz, Lauren Hish- F-XChang D e meh, Jhovanna Irazy Ibanez, SarahP Jean Ilsley, Rebecca Marie Izquierdo, David Joel Jacobson, Sheldon Johnson, Shana Leigh Johnson,w .c . Stephanie Maria Kay, Katherine E. d o c u - t r a c k Keizer, Lance W. Kopman, Lauren Krajczynski, Alena Lamianskaya, Naveen Lanka, Susana V. Lara Pasapera, Lance LeBrew, Scott Levin, Courtney Lee Levitt, Philip Lewis, Emad Suleman Madha, Pavan Sriram Mahankali, Lauren K. Marchese, Kristin E. Marconi, Andrea I. Marin, Anna Mazurek, Nadia A. Milne, Martin Anthony Musial, Alexander A. Mycio, Kevin Nguyen, Yelena Elizabeth Novkovic, Mark W. O’Dell, Danielle Marie Pagnotta, Joseph John Palladino, Glenn A. Papp, Kasandra Patterson, Michelle Kathleen Pfeifer, Nichole Elizabeth Pine, Carolyn Brooke Pucci, Alicia B. Radliffe, Dana Marie Resker, Samuel Herbert Rettig, Cara Antonia Richardson, Brian Robbins, Marco A. Rodriguez, Angela R. Saggese, Scott Samuels, Nancy J. Scafuto, Daniel Schwalb, Ambika Sharma, Maria Soto, Diana M. Soto, Edward C. Stahl, Joshua V. Szymoniak, Ruth Gabriela Tormasi, Mohini Uchil, Lauren Ur, Patricia Villano, Rodolfo S. Viquez, Benjamin John Vreeland, and Robert T. White. Martinsville: Katelyn A. Buckley, Kenneth Joseph Fanurik, Julie Giallorenzo, Irfan Gunes, Penelope Lynch, Ryan J. Mormelo, Douglas Billey Nichuck, and Julian A. Uscilowicz. Raritan: Dianne Francel C. Bautista, Dina Gabriella Berkovits, Robert DeGuzman Canuel Jr., Maria Sacorro B. De Maio, Daniel R. Del Rocco, Thomas Joseph DeSantis, Kelsey Drain, Melissa Erin Granski, Shawn R. Jordan, Louise P. Kirschbrown, Julumear Ruby S. Libores, Patrick James Malley, Lucas M. Onder, Rachel Anastasia Pendergraph, Srihari Dasu Rao, Brianna Retsis, Emily Retsis, and Rafael Starling Velasquez.



St. Ann’s will hold their 107th Annual FESTA on the parish grounds in Raritan. Festivities kick off Tuesday, June 12th and continue nightly through Saturday, June 16th. 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. 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 “Walking Tacos.” Don’t miss Pasta e fagioli on Friday night and kick back in the Bier Garden any night of the event.

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These St. Ann School 7th graders are counting down the days to the 107th Festa. They can’t wait for the famous pizelles to return along with the other great food and fun that mark this annual event.

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LET’EM PLAY Open House at Branchburg Sports Complex June 10th On June 10th from 3 - 6 pm, Branchburg Sports Complex will be hosting a football clinic featuring Let’em Play. Children Kindergarten through 8th grade can participate in skills and drills activities lead by the Let’em Play staff. Some of the coaches joining us for the day will be, Jay Bellamy – Rutgers Alumni and former Defensive Back for the New Orleans Saints; Charlie Rogers – Georgia Tech Alumni and former All Pro Wide Receiver Special Teams for the Seattle Seahawks; Curlin Beck – West Virginia Alumni and former Running Back for Seattle Seahawks; Tom Bill - former Quarterback for the Buffalo Bills and current Defensive Coach for Hunterdon Central; and Kyle Flood, the new Head Coach for Rutgers University. Founded by Dave LePoidevin, Let’em Play is committed to ensuring young athletes gain confidence and PLAY the sports that they love. Let’em Play will be offering a football academy at Branchburg Sports Complex for six weeks, beginning June 27, 2012. Former NFL players, high school and collegiate coaches will be on hand to offer personalized training feedback throughout the academy. The Open House will showcase what Let’em Play and their upcoming football academy at BSC has to offer. For more info about Let’em Play or to register for the upcoming academy, visit A portion of the proceeds from the day will go to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD). PPMD is the largest nonprofit organization in the US focused entirely on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Register for the Open House by June 9th to receive a complimentary BSC video fun card and 1 game of laser tag with the players and coaches. Fee is $10 per child. Space is limited. To register or for info call Branchburg Sports Complex at 908-203-1600. Branchburg Sports Complex is located at 47 Readington Road in Branchburg.


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Updated Smartphone App Makes SCLS Even More Mobile Somerset County Library System (SCLS) now has improved accessibility on the go. The SCLS mobile app powered by Boopsie, has recently been upgraded. Self Check Out allows patrons to checkout materials anywhere in the library. I Want It? gives smartphone users the ability to scan any book’s ISBN number anywhere, check on its availability at SCLS and put the book on hold. One-click access to available eBooks gives users quicker access to digital media. The SCLS mobile app continues to let users access the library’s catalog and their account, run searches and place holds on materials that they want to borrow. The app also allows users to access and download eBooks and eAudio from the library’s digital media collection in one step. Downloads can then be done immediately to a smartphone or can wait until the user is on a computer. In addition, the SCLS mobile app allows users to find branch locations and hours from wherever they are and even ask a librarian for help. Choosing library programs at each branch and making reservations for the event are also a part of what the app can do. The app can be downloaded at popular application market places as well as at, the library’s web site.

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The JCC Bridgewater Tide Swim Team took their first ever National Team to Mecklenburg Aquatic Facility in Charlotte, North Carolina to compete in the prestigious Sunkissed Invitational on March 29 – April 1. This meet is a national age group meet sanctioned under USA Swimming. Fifteen Bridgewater Tide swimmers qualified to swim in this national level meet six local swimmers participated including: Alexis Brewer (of Bridgewater), Jennifer Doorly (of Raritan), Ryan Bugianesi (of Bridgewater), Griffin Halpin (of Bridgewater), Evan Kott (of Piscataway), and Doug Quagliato (of Bridgewater). Many of the swimmers reached new personal best times. Alexis Brewer finished sixth place over all in the 50 yard freestyle; Ryan Bugianesi earned 12th place finish in the 200 butterfly; Evan Kott qualified for finals in multiple events and took 9th place overall in the 50 yard freestyle, 7th place in the 100 yard butterfly, 5th place in the 200 yard breast stroke, 3rd place in the 100 yard IM and 2nd place in the 100 yard breaststroke earning the team an impressive 74 points at the meet. Doug Quagliato set a new team record in the 13-14 boys 100 breaststroke. The JCC Bridgewater Tide Swim Team, located at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) on Talamini Road in Bridgewater, offers a year-round competitive swim team program. The Tide is now registering for the Summer Team. For further information, contact Bridgewater Tide Swim Team Director Mike Yearwood at 908-725-6994 x252;

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Michael Santini and David Santini Named Five Star Agents

St. Ann School Inducts 17 Members into National Junior Honor Society

Broker/Owner, Michael Santini and his brother, Sales Associate, David Santini of Golden Key Realty in Martinsville, NJ, have both been honored by NJ Monthly Magazine as one of its Five Star Real Estate Agents for the second year in a row. Less than 1% of the 80,700 New Jersey Area residents holding real estate licenses were selected. Recipients of this award were selected as a result of a statewide, independently conducted survey to all New Jersey area residents who purchased a home over $150,000 within a 12-month period (April 2010 to April 2011), 1,000 subscribers of New Jersey Monthly and 250 mortgage and title companies. Respondents were asked to evaluate real estate agents they knew through personal experience and to evaluate them based on nine criteria. The nine were based on customer service, integrity, market knowledge, communication and negotiation skills, closing preparation, helping you find the right home, marketing the home being sold, and overall satisfaction. Both negative and positive evaluations were included in the scoring. Michael and David are lifelong Bridgewater Township residents who assist buyers and sellers in Somerset, Middlesex, Union and Hunterdon Counties. Michael Santini possesses more than 35 years of real estate experience and has been the broker of Golden Key Realty for the past 16 years. He has achieved the NJAR Circle of Excellence Award, at various levels, for nearly 30 years in his real estate career. Michael serves as a Coach for Bridgewater Little League. David Santini possesses 28 years of real estate experience. He has achieved the NJAR Circle of Excellence Award, at various levels, for the past 18 years. Golden Key Realty was founded in 1972 by Joseph J. Santini, Sr., who pioneered the old-fashioned values of hard work and honesty as the cornerstone of Golden Key Realty. Today, his sons, Michael and David, take great pride in continuing in their father’s footsteps. By adhering to the “Golden Rule” our family of fine agents continues to strive to the utmost in personal service and commitment to our clients. For information about buying or selling a home in Somerset, Middlesex, Union or Hunterdon counties contact Michael Santini or David Santini at Golden Key Realty in Martinsville at 732-469-2333 or Michael’s cell: 908-872-4955 or David’s cell: 908-917-6556. Their office is located at 1934 Washington Valley Road. To view their listings, visit

St. Ann School inducted 17 new members into the National Junior Honor Society. They are joined by Monsignor Michael J. Corona, Principal Sister Gloria Caglioti and Mrs. Susan Sappington, Faculty Advisor. Submitted photo St. Ann School inducted seventeen new members into the National Junior Honor Society. The inductees were: 8th Graders Thomas Bender, Joseph Campagnolo, Katherine Kingsland, Nicholas Koeller, Michael Londsdorf, Carolyn McGuire and Daniel Reyes; and 7th Graders Michael Bowser, Jack Boyda, Ian Creelman, Samantha Fama, Daniela Fame, Andrew Fontanetta, Clarisa Gorky, Jonah Lyons, Stephanie Maehr and Bridget Reinhart. Following a formal nomination and vetting process, these students were accepted for their accomplishments in the areas of Character, Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Citizenship. During the Induction Ceremony, each new member received an

Honor Society pin from Monsignor Michael J. Corona, Pastor of St. Ann. They pledged to nurture enthusiasm for scholarship, to render service, promote leadership, develop character and encourage citizenship among peers. To maintain membership, students are required to maintain a GPA of 93 or above and perform individual and chapter projects offering a minimum of twenty hours of service. Chartered in 2010, the St. Ann chapter, Nobility Obligates, inducted its first members in Spring 2011. Since this initial induction, members have contributed over 350 hours of service across a variety of chapter and personal projects. Together, they raised money for tsunami


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Temple Beth-El Honors Bridgewater Resident

Lillian Swickle Lillian Swickle, of Bridgewater, has been named this year’s “Person of Honor� by the Brotherhood of Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough, where she currently serves as first vice president. A past president of the temple’s Sisterhood, Swickle has been active in every aspect of temple life for 43 years, making newcomers and long-standing members alike feel welcomed and keeping the temple on track in all of its endeavors. She will become temple president in June 2013. Swickle was honored at the Brotherhood’s Person of Honor Breakfast on May 20 at the temple in Hillsborough. The Brotherhood annually gives away more than $4,000 to help temple youth attend summer programs or conferences. It also provides several merit scholarships to outstanding students.

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Justin Jensen throws a pitch during his time with the Somerset Patriots. 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 first three players announced this past month were #15 Casey Cahill, #14 Justin Jensen, and #13 Jason Belcher. Cahill is the Patriots all-time career leader in games pitched with 230 and was a fixture on the team from 2007-2011 that won two championships. He finished with a Somerset career 23-13 record. “It means a lot because of all the dear friends and memories


I’ve made and all the great fans that supported me in my time with the Patriots. It has truly been special,� Cahill said. Jensen was the 1999 Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year for his 12-5 record, 2.76 ERA, and 111 strikeouts in 156.1 innings pitched in 24 games. “My time in Somerset made me a better pitcher,� Jensen said. “I was told no by Major League organizations, but there I was facing established hitters and succeeding. It brought out the best in me.� Jensen ranks among the Patriots career all-time leaders with his 35-24 record, 3.62 ERA, and 385 strikeouts in 527 innings pitched in 89 games. Belcher was one of the top hitting catchers in Patriots history, finishing his Somerset career with a .295 average, 323 hits, 61 doubles, 26 home runs, and 179 RBI. He was part of a tight knit group that returned to the Patriots during a stretch that saw the team make the playoffs each season from 2007-2010. “Somerset became a home to me. Throughout my career, I was bounced around and traded to different Major League organizations. I felt the four years with the Patriots were my most memorable,� Belcher said.

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The Bridgewater Shade Tree Board presented a program at Bradley Gardens School on Arbor Day. L-R: Dr. Barbara Ronca, Chairperson; Ms. Meghan McNulty, 4th grade teacher; students Eric Kulesza and Caroline Sanchie; and Mrs. Caroline Bosland, Board Member. Submitted photo The Bridgewater Shade Tree Board, under the leadership of Dr. Barbara Ronca, had a very active Arbor Day. They presented a program to all seven elementary schools where each of the 900 fourth graders was given an evergreen seedling to plant and care for. Each board member contributed to the purchase of the seedlings. The following week, the Board conducted a community program, “All That is Terrific About Trees� at the Bridgewater Library where tree info, stories, activities, seedling plantings and a book raffle was conducted. The book raffle winner was Nadine Greybar of Green Brook. Another book was donated to the library by the Board. The Board later participated in the Bridgewater Township Eco Fair and provided tree info, Tree City USA info, games and a tree raffle. Two apple trees donated by the Home Depot were won by Rima of Bridgewater and Spica Usher of Hillsborough. Dr. Ronca recently announced that Hamamatsu Corporation of Bridgewater is the first corporate contributor to the board’s Arbor Day School Program. Through the efforts of employee and township resident, Lee Wong, Hamamatsu has sent a contribution to help the board continue its school program. The contribution was the result of approvals from President Craig Walling and VP of Administration, Mary Boyle. Hamamatsu has been located in Bridgewater for thirty years and has a track record of assisting various needs both locally and worldwide. The Bridgewater Shade Tree Board is active through the year in preserving, replacing and maintaining healthy trees in the township. Any company/ business with an interest in supporting these programs or any Bridgewater resident over 18 interested in joining the Board may contact Dr. Ronca at 908-725-6300 x 5000, leave a message.


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Robotics Engineering Week Just for Girls! Branchburg-based robotics learning center, Storming Robots, will conduct a special robotics workshop tailored for girls. During the week of June 25th – 29th, Storming Robots will hold a 5-day robotics program to engage and inspire girls in exploring the robotics engineering field. Being able to build and automate a robotic object to work as they command it to can be challenging but also extremely rewarding and fun. Projects include a robotic flower, dog, dolphin, ballerina and many others. Engineering is the art of applying computational thinking skills and creativity in problem analysis in order to use in various technical applications. Engineering is very different from a pure science discipline. With engineering, you put theory into action, making it come alive. Storming Robots has successfully led its students to meet various levels of engineering challenges, and has won robotics tournaments throughout the past six years. Their latest achievement was its high school team winning a worldwide space robotics satellite automation competition, the Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge, held by MIT and NASA. Storming Robots founder Elizabeth Mabrey said, “Girls can definitely shine in the engineering field as well. We just need to find a right environment for them. They can easily be effective problems solvers with math and algorithms, as well as being creative.” To contact Storming Robots:,

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And the Winner is...

Congratulations to Steve Hatch of Bridgewater, the winner of our May ad symbol contest. Steve won a $30 gift certificate from Yogurt Oasis of Somerville. He is shown receiving his prize from Yogurt Oasis employees Kellie Johnson (left) and Missy Enos. Yogurt Oasis, located at 84 W. Main Street, in Somerville, is a selfserve, frozen yogurt cafe. This type of operation is the latest craze to hit the food industry. The new twist to frozen yogurt is that here the customer creates their own order. Yogurt Oasis has 14 flavors daily along with seven twist options. The customer operates the machines and can add as much of each flavor as they desire. Besides vanilla, some of the more popular flavors are cookies and cream, cappuccino, peanut butter, cake batter, original tart, dulce de leche, cheesecake, and snicker doodle, to name a few. But the frozen yogurt varieties are only half the fun; once you have chosen your yogurt, you walk over to the toppings bar, which has everything from fresh fruit, to hot fudge, caramel syrup, gummy bears, wet walnuts, and more. The toppings bar contains over 70 different items to satisfy anyone’s desire. Store owner Lee Schapiro of Bridgewater said, “It is pretty simple, the customer creates their own masterpiece. Whether they want a small tasting or a gigantic concoction of everything, they can get it here. We charge according to the weight, so we have some customers that want just a snack, and it might be a dollar or two, and we have others making a more substantial order that can be five or six dollars. We also get a pretty good crowd for lunch, as yogurt with fruit is a very healthy alternative.” Yogurt Oasis also has coffee, baked goods and drinks available. The large store has seating along with TV’s, free wireless internet, and music playing throughout. Schapiro added, “Being in the center of Somerville, with all of the great restaurants here, we enjoy a good crowd after people finish eating, and want something sweet. We wanted to create a place that provides a comfortable atmosphere for everyone.” Head on down to Main Street in Somerville and enjoy a sweet treat from Yogurt Oasis.

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Police Unity Tour – The Ride for Those Who Died

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Local police officers get their legs in shape for the four-day Police Unity Ride that began on May 9th. Photo by Thomas Clark Bridgewater Police Officer Scott Hobbs lead the Somerset County contingency for the 16th annual Police Unity Tour, a four-day bicycle ride geared toward raising awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty. The secondary purpose of the ride is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum. This was Officer Hobbs’ 11th year participating in the ride from New Jersey to Washington, D.C. The Police Unity Tour Incorporated was formed in 1997 by a group of law enforcement officers from New Jersey who rode their bicycles from Florham Park, New Jersey to Washington, D.C. For the past twelve years, law enforcement officers nationwide have ridden the 300 plus mile trip, with the purpose of raising awareness and financial support for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The Police Unity Tour has grown from 18 members to nearly 1400 nationwide who make the annual trip. Because of their efforts, nearly 10 million dollars has been donated to the Memorial, making the Police Unity Tour the single largest supporter of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

If you live in Somerset County, look for the orange Curbing Hunger bags tied to your recycling bucket. County recycling crews are delivering the colorful collection bags for the annual Curbing Hunger food drive. The plastic bags are being tied to the handles of recycling buckets placed at the curb. Each household will receive two bags. The 18th annual Curbing Hunger food drive will be held in June to benefit organizations that help the hungry in Somerset County. The contributions will be distributed to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County and to local food pantries. If you miss either of your recycling days in June, curbside donations now are being collected year-round as well. Use one of the orange bags or any plastic grocery bag to place canned food at the curb on any of your recycling collection days throughout the year. Donations of non-perishable food also are accepted at the First Saturday of the Month recycling drop-offs held at the Somerset County Recycling Center, 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater. Visit for dates, times and other information.

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RVCC to Offer Free Software, Communication Skills Classes in Bridgewater

Knights of Columbus Raise Funds for The Arc and NJ Special Olympics

Front Row, L-R; Mike Patente, Ron Pena-Chairperson of the Special Citizens’ Drive, Jim Fidacaro; Back Row L-R: Steve Tardiff, Chuck GalvackyGrand Knight, Mark Marshall, Hugh Gallagher, Carmine Calo. Submitted photo

The Knights of Columbus Sgt. John Basilone Council #13264 in Raritan held their Annual Special Citizens’ Fund Drive during two weekends in April, 2012. Over $3,000 was raised for the benefit of children and adult citizens who are receiving services from The Arc of Somerset County and the New Jersey Special Olympics. More than 25 Knights and their family members collected donations from patrons of various stores as well as store owners. Among those businesses who supported this drive are; Quick Chek Convenience Store in Raritan and Branchburg, Super Saver Liquor Store in Somerville, Buy-Rite Liquor Store in Raritan, Randazzo Pastry Shop and Bakery in Raritan, Dunkin Donuts in Branchburg, and Bongiovi Funeral Home in Raritan. Parishioners of St. Ann Church in Raritan showed their generosity during this drive. Shakespeare has told us that in the spring the rains descend from heaven to bless us all and so also does the gentle mercy and charity of God come down to bless those who give and those who receive. Those who supported this year’s drive have been blessed. Their charity will in turn give special citizens a greater chance to attain their goal of becoming productive citizens of this great nation. If you wish to support this drive, donations can be made payable to “Knights of Columbus Sgt. John Basilone Council #13264”. Please write in the memo line, “Special Citizens Drive 2012”. Checks may be mailed to Knights of Columbus Sgt. John Basilone Council #13264, Attn: Ron Pena, 5 Redmond Ct., Bridgewater, NJ 08807. – Submitted by Ron Pena

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) @ Bridgewater, in partnership with the NJ Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) and the NJ Community College Consortium, is offering free classes this summer focusing on computer software and communications skills. Funding for the classes is being provided by the NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development. Interested students must be currently employed at least 20 hours per week by a New Jersey business to participate in the free training opportunities. Documentation is required. The following one-day classes are being offered at RVCC @ Bridgewater, located at 14 Vogt Drive: Excel 2010 Beginner: June 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Excel 2010 Intermediate (students must have a general knowledge of the software system): July 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Transitions to 2010 Microsoft software: August 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Basic Communications Writing: July 12 & July 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Interested students must register using the NJBIA online registration form: www.raritanval. edu/cce. For additional information, contact Kathy Petrillo at 908526-1200, ext. 8874 or kpetrill@

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Raritan Mayor’s Message The Borough of Raritan held their 6th annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception on April 26th. Smaller communities, such as Raritan, rely on their volunteers to complete so many tasks. Thousands of dollars of tax money are saved through the efforts of our volunteers and each year we celebrate and thank them by holding a dinner reception in their honor. Nearly two hundred invitations were mailed out to the various boards, committees, commissions, departments and squads and most of those invited came. We have a very dedicated group that coordinates the menu which was donated by Raritan restaurants. Special thanks go to Theresa Bray, Constance DelRocco, Katherine Mastice, Joyce Melitsky, Irene Sixt, and Lisa Simonetti for facilitating the dinner and serving our many guests. They were assisted this year by one of our newest and youngest volunteer groups the Youth on Main Street or YOMS. We would also like to send our sincerest thanks to the following businesses for donating food and beverages for our dinner: Amici Pizza, Francesco’s, Golden Wok, Mangia Buono, Subway, The Kitchen at 18 West, and Viva Loco. A very special thank you goes to the Raritan Pastry Shop for their donation of a sheet cake for the party. They have been very generous to us and donate a cake year after year. We also send our appreciation to the Raritan Golf Center, Gaetano’s Beauty Shop, DeLucia’s Pizzeria, and Liquor Barn for gift certificates and to Scott’s Florist for providing centerpieces for the tables. For many of these businesses this is the fourth or fifth time they have supported this dinner. Please patronize our fine businesses. Mrs. Irene Sixt was chosen as our Volunteer of the Year for 2012. Irene, who will celebrate a significant birthday this October, is a lifelong Raritan resident. She has been involved in many aspects of community life. Irene is a communicant of Saint Joseph’s Church and has served in a volunteer capacity there as well as serving on the Board of Health, Volunteer Reception Committee, Meet Your Neighbor Day, and the Chamber of Commerce for the Borough. She has a very positive attitude and is “happy to help if I have the time.” Fortunately for the people of Raritan, Irene always has the time. Congratulations, Irene, you are a wonderful role model for everyone in Raritan. As Winston Churchill said, “we make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.” We would like to wish all Raritan fathers and grandfathers a very happy Father’s Day. Jo-Ann Liptak, Raritan Borough Mayor

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Local Students Win US Robotics Tournament Invited to Compete in World RobocupJunior On April 22nd, the Seventh US RoboCupJunior robotics competition was held at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey and included competitors from Massachusetts, North Carolina, PA, NY and NJ. Forty-plus teams competed in several Leagues at the event. Storming Robots’ teams took First Place in three out of seven Leagues. In the RoboRescue A Primary League, Storming Robots’ “Epic Taco” team took First Place, consisting of two team members, Sean Doran (6th grader from Immaculate Conception School) and Vishnu NV Pathmanaban (5th grader from Eisenhower Intermediate School, Bridgewater). Vishnu said, “It was both fun and stressful. We are really surprised that we won because this was our first year.” Another winning team is “The Dimensions”, who took First Place in the RoboSoccer Primary League, with 3 members:

Sunny Aggarwal, a 9th grader from Bridgewater-Raritan High School and Vadym Glushov and Luke Dai from Belle Mead. The third winning team is “SR-chitect”, who won First Place in the RoboRescue B High School League, consisting of three members, Andre Gou, Michael Xie (8th grader from Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School) and Eric Ward. All three First Place winning teams have been invited to compete at the World Event in Mexico City in late June of 2012. At the event, competitors will compete against highly skilled teams from different countries such as Japan, China, and Germany. Participants will also have the opportunity to watch other research and development level robotic competitions, from humanoid robot soccer players, to human sized robots showing off their artificial intelligence ability. Storming Robots founder and RoboClub advisor Elizabeth

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Mike Tighe was instrumental in developing the travel softball program in Bridgewater; one of the “Founding Fathers.” The travel program is designed to help girls who are interested in improving their softball skills that are developed in Bridgewater Baseball and Softball’s recreation program. After creating the program, Mike remained involved for years, taking much pride in watching and coaching his daughters and spreading his wisdom and passion for the game to many. The program grew from just one team to as many as six teams two years ago. Unfortunately, Mike lost his battle to cancer last year. In recognition of Mike and his family, the Bridgewater Softball community honored Mike by naming Bridgewater’s very first softball tournament in his honor. On May 19th, Bridgewater hosted a “friendly” softball tournament for 12u teams. Bridgewater’s two 12u teams (Panthers Red and Panthers Black) proudly represented Bridgewater as the hosts for six other teams from Somerset, Middlesex, Morris and Monmouth counties. Prior to the first game, a bench, tree and plaque were dedicated in Mike’s honor in an area of the fields where Mike frequently watched the games.


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Students Answer the Call to Volunteer

The B-R Middle School Community Awareness Club sponsored three games at the Special Olympics including a bean bag toss, a lawn dart game, and a tattoo and balloon booth. The volunteers were current middle school students and high school students that were past members of the Community Awareness Club. Photo/Susan Somody

By Pat Cahill It all started with a former student, Hubert Hsu, asking me, “Mrs. Cahill, do you know how we can help out at Special Olympics?” He told me that many students had asked to help, and promised that there would be many who would be available. I sent out an email to Gina Evans, Eisenhower School, who had solicited staff volunteers, and set some forms and a sign up list outside my classroom. Many students stopped by, some signed up and took forms, but with SAT’s, spring sports, and other commitments, I truly wasn’t banking on many students being available to volunteer. After all, it was a very busy Saturday and volunteers were expected to report for registration at 7:45 am. I arrived at 7:30 am to find the line for registration snaking around the track, and many students already in line! It was a cold, misty, rainy morning, but everyone was smiling and eager to volunteer. The Special Olympics staff volunteers han-

dling registration were helpful and efficient. Basilone Field was set up and ready for events, games, snacks, and competition. The bright green shirts of the volunteers and the red shirts of the participants made the event look festive. But it was the high fives, cheers, applause and end-

less hugs that went on at a furious pace throughout the day that truly touched my heart. This was my first experience volunteering at Special Olympics (past years I was chauffeuring my own kids to their activities, coaching a softball game, or proctoring SAT’s), and I’m definitely planning on volunteering in the years to come. What inspires me and my fellow teachers? It’s our students. Every day we witness more and more of what makes Bridgewater-Raritan excellent. There were high school and middle school students who answered the call to volunteer, to help make a very special event even more special, and to brighten someone else’s life. Many thanks to the hundreds of student and staff volunteers who participated in Special Olympics on May 5, to the coordinators and leaders, and to the athletes; who truly remind everyone what it means to be happy and positive in all that you do.

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School Calendar June 1 - Hamilton - Field Day June 1 - Crim - Volunteer and PTO Breakfast June 2 - Hillside - Backyard Workday - 9 am - 2pm June 4 - Eisenhower - Grade 5/6 Bands Spring Concert - 10 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. June 5 - Eisenhower - Grade 5/6 Orchestra Spring Concert - 10 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. June 5 - BRHS - PTO Meeting - 7:30 p.m. June 7 - Milltown - 4th grade Music Presentation for parents - 9 a.m. June 8 - JFK - 4th grade Spring Performance for parents - 10:15 a.m. June 8 - Bradley Gardens - Spring Musical Performance - 10:15 a.m. June 8 - Eisenhower - PTO meeting - 9:15 a.m. June 9 - Hillside - Forest Festival - 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. June 11 - Eisenhower - 6th grade Farewell June 12 - BRHS - Board of Ed Work Session - 8 p.m. June 12 - Crim - Spring Musical Performance Grade 4 - 9 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. June 13 - Eisenhower - Field Day June 13 - Adamsville - 4th Grade Music Presentation - 9:30 a.m. & 1:45 p.m. June 14 - BRMS - 8th Grade Awards Night - 7 p.m. June 15 - Hamilton - 4th Grade Send Off Party - 7 p.m. June 18 - BRHS - BRMS 8th Grade Graduation - 6:30 p.m. June 19 - JFK - Market Day June 19 - BRHS - High School Graduation June 19 - All Schools - Last Day June 26 - Wade Building - Board of Ed Regular Session - 8 p.m. Please check the school web sites and calendars for updates or last minute adjustments

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SCVTHS Students Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

Phi Theta Kappa Inductees (L-R – back row) Tyler Mylroie, Anand Arikarevula, Talha Chaudhry, Thomas Bucek, Ankur Pranjal (L-R – middle row) Urma Jalil, Serina Giannobile, Timothy Mahon, Stacy Brenes, Brinda Raghuraman (L-R – front row) Zohour Hassan, Olabade Omole, Maya Rodgers, and Preethi Govindarajan. Submitted photo Fifteen junior students from the Academy for Health & Medical Sciences were inducted into the Raritan Valley Community College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society during the Spring 2012 Induction Ceremony in April. These individuals were selected into Phi Theta Kappa based upon their outstanding academic achievement. They are: Anand Arikarevula of Bridgewater, Stacy Brenes of Bound Brook, Thomas Bucek of Bridgewater, Talha Chaudhry of Bridgewater, Serina Giannobile of Bridgewater, Preethi Govindarajan of Bridgewater, Zohour Hassan of Bound Brook, Urma Jalil of Bridgewater, Timothy Mahon of Bridgewater, Tyler Mylroie of Bridgewater, Eline Nijveldt of Hillsborough, Olabade Omole of North Plainfield, Ankur Pranjal of Hillsborough, Brinda Raghuraman of Hillsborough, and Maya Rodgers of Lebanon. As part of the Academy for Health & Medical Sciences, all students are candidates for an Associate’s Degree in General Science from RVCC and a high school diploma from SCVTHS upon graduation next year.

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Police Youth Week: Looking for Recruits Application deadline for this free program is June 15

Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano and the Somerset County Chiefs of Police Association President, Chief William Parenti of the North Plainfield Police Department, announce that they are sponsoring a 5-day “Police Youth Week” conducted by the Somerset County Police Academy. This program will be held from July 23 to 27, 2012 between the hours of 9:00 AM 4:00 PM at the: Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy, 402 Roycefield Road Hillsborough, NJ 08844. The goals of the program are to introduce high school youths to a career in law enforcement and to develop positive interaction between students and members of the law enforcement community. Academy Director Dr. Richard Celeste states the program is modeled after the highly successful Somerset County Police Academy Recruit Training Program. Instruction will be provided by Police Academy staff members and police officers from participating local police departments. The program is being sponsored by the Somerset County Chiefs of Police Association, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. Participation in Police Youth Week will provide the attend-

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(1) Are residents of Somerset County or enrolled in a secondary school within the County, and (2) Are entering 9th grade through graduating Seniors. There will be no cost for the program. Registration forms must be received by June 15, 2012. To register for the program, candidates can download a registration form at www.scpo. net. The Coordinator of Police Youth Week, D/Lt. Robert Bryant, can be reached by email or by phone 908-526-1200 ext. 8222 for any questions pertaining to the program.

Bridgewater-Raritan High School art teacher, Mary Lynn Hawkinson, volunteers along with two of her students, to paint a mural after school on the entrance wall to the Fine Arts Department.

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Trifecta for B-R High School Music Program Monday Jazz Band Crowned State Champs

From left to right: Dan Enny, Becky Orlando, Brian Kleszyk, Jason Ginsberg, Nick Mossa, and Dominic Palombi. Submitted photo By AnnaRene Jeremiah Montgomery High School felt like a New York City Jazz Club on April 13th when the BridgewaterRaritan High School jazz bands took the stage. The BRHS Monday band played power charts from Billy Strayhorn’s Chelsea Bridge, Bill Reddie’s Channel One Suite and William Russo’s 23 Degrees North/82 Degrees West. Featured soloists were Dan Costello on trombone, Bryan Kleszyk on alto sax, Dominic Palumbi on drums and Nick Mossa on tenor saxophone. The overall festival rating for the ensemble was superior. Additional awards received were Best Rhythm Section: Becky Orlando, Dominic Palumbi, Connor O’Rouke, Rob Lavroff and Zachary Prezant; Best Trombone Section: Jason Ginsberg, Nic Shrum, Dan Costello, Kirby Gong and Eric Stone; and Best Trumpet Section: Dan Enny, Devenny Bennet, Brian Jeremiah and Andrew Trinker. Dominic Palumbi earned best soloist for a drum solo. Then, sporadic power failures during BRHS’s Tuesday night band performance didn’t phase their performance as the band put on a stellar show with Ah, That’s Freedom, My Romance and Livin’ Large than Life. Feature soloists included Jacob Tyles on piano, Dennis Brookner on tenor saxophone, Stephen Zhang on

alto saxophone, Rachel Lesser on bass and Kiran Sundar on alto sax. The festival rating was outstanding! The high school’s Wednesday night band performed publicly for the very first time with pieces such as Blue Train, My Funny Valentine and Caribbean Getaway, all of which led this band to receive an overall rating of outstanding. These jazz ensembles—led by directors Larry Markiewicz, Gary Myer and J.P. Crowley—rehearse at least once weekly. The music is selected with both educational objectives and the opportunity to spotlight talented soloists. A total of 14 New Jersey bands participated in the recent festival, each showing immense talent throughout the evening. On April 28th, the High School band program continued its string of accomplishments when the Monday Jazz Band was crowned champion at the annual New Jersey Association for Jazz Education State Jazz Festival. Held at J.P. Stevens High School in Edison, the Festival features bands from across New Jersey that qualify for the state finals at earlier preliminary competitions. The Monday Band, under the direction of Larry Markiewicz, qualified for the finals in March by achieving a rating of “Superior,” the highest conferred by NJAJE.

B-R’s stirring performance in the state finals began with 23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West, a tip of the hat to jazz great Stan Kenton, who would have been 100 years old in 2012. This piece, featured junior trombone soloist Dan Costello. The band then segued to a soulful rendition of Billy Strahorn’s classic ballad Chelsea Bridge, with senior alto saxophonist Bryan Kleszyk out front playing the silky melody and displaying skillful improvisation. The third and final number was the high energy Channel One Suite, made famous by the Buddy Rich Big Band. Playing the role of the legendary drummer was senior Dominic Polumbi, while the tenor saxophone solo popularized in the original by Don Menza was ably handled by senior Nick Mossa. In appreciation of their performance the band received a standing ovation. The awards ceremony began with honorable mention to drummer Dominic Polumbi for his solo in Channel One Suite, followed by the section awards for Sax, Trombone, and Trumpet, then followed by the overall state championship announcements. The Monday Band also earned awards for the best trumpet section including senior Dan Enny and juniors Devenny Bennett, Brian Jeremiah and Andrew Trinker. B-R also received the award for best sight reading, which featured a guitar solo by Rob Lavroff. The Monday Band’s victory concludes a banner year for the Bridgewater-Raritan band program. Both the marching band and the wind ensemble took state titles earlier this year in their respective genres. BRHS Band Director Larry Markewicz said, “Senior Nick Mossa was one of the most important leaders in our success with all three groups this year. Nick plays lead tenor sax in the jazz band and 1st (principal) clarinet in the wind ensemble and is the drum major of the marching band.” Nick was also a conductor for a musical piece performed by the wind ensemble at the school’s Spring Concert this past May.


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Bridgewater-Raritan Teachers and Staff Recognized for Outstanding Service

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Two Bridgewater-Raritan Schools Designated ‘Reward’ Schools

Winners of the 2012 Distinguished Service and Teacher of the Year awards. Teachers and staff from the Bridgewater-Raritan school district were recently honored with Distinguished Service awards and Teacher of the Year awards at the district’s Staff Reception, sponsored by the BREA, on May 2. The following are the winners by school: Adamsville Primary School: Teacher of the Year - Catherine Barrett; Distinguished Service Award – Kimberly Luyben; Bradley Gardens Primary School: Teacher of the Year – Elaine Volk; Distinguished Service Award – Devon Newell; Crim Primary School: Teacher of the Year – Stephanie Rott; Distinguished Service Award – Lindsay DeFilippo; Hamilton Primary School: Teacher of the Year – Anne Marie D’Andrade; Distinguished Service Award – Debra Ianniciello; John F. Kennedy Primary School: Teacher of the Year – Joy Confalone; Distinguished Service Award – Heather Landz; Milltown Primary School: Teacher of the Year – Meghan O’Connor; Distinguished Service Award – Debbie Shah-Patel; Van Holten Primary School: Teacher of the Year – Lisa Long; Distinguished Service Award – Kristin Laine; Eisenhower Intermediate School: Teacher of the Year – Scott Pachuta; Distinguished Service Award – Kimberly Patullo; Hillside Intermediate School: Teacher of the Year – James Casey; Distinguished Service Award – Laura Grabler; Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School: Teacher of the Year – Mary Horvath; Distinguished Service Award – Leigh Woznick and The-jun Young; Bridgewater-Raritan High School: Teacher of the Year – William Argenta; Distinguished Service Award – David Kennedy and Joseph Krenetsky; Wade/Maintenance/Transportation: Distinguished Service Award – Cynde Wells and Mark Lewis.

Two BRRSD Schools were designated as ‘reward’ schools under the new statewide accountability system developed through flexibility through the NCLB waiver. Congratulations to Adamsville Primary School and Bridgewater-Raritan High School! The goal of the Department of Education (DOE) was to develop school designations that would take into account both growth and absolute proficiency to provide a more complete picture of school performance and the needs of individual schools. On April 11, 2012, the DOE released a final list using final test scores and graduation rates from the 2011-12 school year. A Reward School is a school with outstanding student achievement or growth over the past three years. There are 112 Reward Schools. The types of Reward Schools are— 1. Highest-Performing: schools that are the highest-performing in the state, in terms of school-wide proficiency, subgroup proficiency, and graduation rates. BRHS was identified as a reward school under this criterion. 2. Highest-Progress: schools that have high levels of student growth measured using their median Student Growth Percentiles (SGP) over time. Adamsville was identified as a reward school under this criterion. Reward Schools will be recognized for either high overall performance or significant growth over the past three years through public recognition and will have the opportunity to share successful practices with educators across the state. Reward Schools that received Title I funds could also be eligible for financial rewards through Title I funds. A total of three elementary schools in Somerset County and three high schools received ‘reward’ status. More info can be found on the NJ Department of Education website here:

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TRUTH: Setting The Record Straight There has been a lot of misinformation circulating about negotiations between the BREA and the BridgewaterRaritan Board of Education. Parents and community residents deserve to know the truth about this process, and the members of the BREA would like this opportunity to set the record straight.

A decade of labor peace abandoned Truth: It was the Board’s choice—not the BREA’s—to abandon TRUtheTHsuccessful win-win method of negotiating. This model has been

Truth: TH Returning to an old-school method of bargaining is costly; the TRUdistrict must pay an attorney $160/hour to negotiate on their behalf. This setting that is unproductive for either party.


Truth: When the state reduced its school funding to the district two contract—a whole year ahead of its expiration—to giveback $1.6 million


Truth: million dollars of savings to the district. Now the Board is trying to impose these terms and conditions without bargaining which not only

Negotiations have become one-sided… and unfair

Truth: TH The Board wants to increase student contact time at the high school by 40 TRUminutes—equating to a 20 percent increase in instructional time—but refuses to compensate its staff for this increase.

Truth: H The Board’s desire to increase instructional time actually results in a decrease TRUofTthe quality of instruction that each student needs and deserves. The current ninereducing the number of staff members available to provide this instruction. This idea Truth: The BREA’s proposal of a 2.85 percent salary increase does not end up costing TRUTH our teachers and staff’s take home pay—for the next several years reduced due to the increasing employee contributions to health care. In some cases, this Truth: TH The Board did not budget any salary increases for the 2011-2012 school year TRUand publicly promised the BREA that any “found” money would immediately be salary increases salaries increaseswere wereoffered offeredtototeacher teachersororsupport supportstaff. staff

Truth: The Board provided the superintendent and other top administrators TRUTH superintendent’s current salary exceeds the governor’s imposed cap by more than

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Grants Awarded to Supplement the Education of Students in B-R School District

Raritan River Clean-up - Members of the Raritan Borough

Environmental Commission participated in the annual Raritan River Clean-up on April 29th. Front Row L-R: Frank Verano Jr., Jake Gara, Grace Horvath, Madison Gara, Julia Verano, Michaela Bystrak and Hailey Niko. Back Row L-R: Alex Isidoridy, Elizabeth Horvath, Dylan Horvath, Victor Nazario, Mayor Jo-Ann Liptak, Paula Pacelli, Jim Foohey and Council President Stefanie Gara. Photo/Ron Rispoli

Area Students Compete in Math Competition - This

past February, over 2,700 7th and 8th grade students from 110 Catholic schools across the nation competed in the annual IHM Math Contest. Sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a religious community serving primarily in education ministry including Immaculate Conception School in Somerville, the contest evaluates students’ understanding of complex mathematics concepts and is considered to be one of the most rigorous math exams in the country. Immaculate Conception School 8th grader Adam Baurkot of Flemington received the highest score of all 8th graders taking the test. Classmates Eric Zielonka of Somerville and Cyril Medabalimi of Raritan placed seventh and ninth, respectively, while Matthew Brennan of Bridgewater and Jamie Slomka of Lebanon finished in the Top 20. Sarah Law of Branchburg placed second among all seventh graders taking the test. Pictured here are (front row from left) Adam Baurkot and Sarah Law; (back row from left) Cyril Medabalimi, Matthew Brennan, Jamie Slomka, and Eric Zielonka. Submitted photo

The Education Foundation of Bridgewater and Raritan awarded grants to the above teachers for programs that offer a wide variety of options to supplement the education of the students in the Bridgewater-Raritan School District.

The Education Foundation of Bridgewater and Raritan held their “Gala of Thanks” dinner on May 5th at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. The evening incorporated delicious desserts, vocal performances from BRHS students, a tricky tray, and prizes. The celebration of thanks, sponsored by the BridgewaterRaritan Education Association, was open to the entire Bridgewater and Raritan community and offered community members an opportunity to give appreciation and thanks for the positive ideas that make our schools great. The Education Foundation is not part of the board of education and exists as a separate entity whose sole purpose is to fund creative and innovative programs by our teachers for our students in our school district that may not otherwise be funded. The foundation is made up of parents, teachers and community leaders. Dr. Robert Feder, President of the Education Foundation stated that “Amazing generosity is such a pleasure to witness. The staff has donated (through voluntary payroll deductions) more than $40,000 in the last five years to help fund creative and innovative proposals from classrooms across the district. Our ‘Thank You Gala’ celebrated the minigrant winners from this spring. Other volunteers worked to create great music, entertainment, and organize an evening of thanks and celebration of posi-

tive contributions.” Each year the Education Foundation of BridgewaterRaritan presents the Leonard and Adele Blumberg Award to individuals whose innovative methods and selfless dedication has enhanced the education of countless BridgewaterRaritan students. The Leonard and Adele Blumberg Award for Volunteerism was presented to Pierce Frauenheim. Pierce began “Jack’s Kids” 20 years ago in memory of his friend Jack Gardner. “Jack’s Kids” benefits local children with special needs. Pierce also founded the Vaughn Stapleton Youth March Madness

Basketball Tournament which raises funds for scholarships for seniors who play basketball at B-R High School. Pierce has served the community through Little League, American Cancer Society, Knights of Columbus, and the American Heart Walk Committee. Pierce is also a 22year member of the Somerville Elks Lodge 1068, having served as Exalted Ruler in 2009-10. Pierce currently works for the Somerset County Parks Commission. In addition, the foundation awarded grants for programs that offer a wide variety of options to supplement the education of the students in the BridgewaterRaritan School District. Recipients of the grants included: B-R High School - Leonard Herman, Mark Dubyna, Valerie Bonnet, and Jodi Pondiscio; BRMS - Lori Macsata, Michael Russell, Bruce Turnbul, and Chester King; Hillside School - Katrina Macht, and Nicole Lewinski; Adamsville School - Kimberly Luyben; Hamilton School Debra Ianniciello, and Lauren Schwarz; Milltown School - Jessica Marchand, Ashlen Udell, Dianne Kolovitch, Maren Vitali, Joseph King, Kyle Newell, Jennifer Balucha, Phoebe Hastings, Crista Fenton, Kajal Katariwala, Craig Robol, Jamie Vinciguerra, Erica Wagner.

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Culm Spring Water Bottled in Bridgewater By Jim Koch I have been lucky in life. Not necessarily at the track or in casinos. I thrive at this stage in my life on finding interesting and fun adventures to pursue. The adventures seem to find me so I don’t have to search them out. Because I live in Bridgewater, the occasional historic inquiry that comes into the Somerset County Historical Society, where I am a Trustee, winds up in my email. And almost always I have no information to reply to the question. Therein comes the challenge. A year ago I was forwarded an email from the NJ Division of Environmental Protection as to a project mapping all springs in New Jersey. So I told them of little known springs at Washington Rock State Park and the source for the name of the Spring Run development across from Martinsville Inn. But they were curious about Culm Spring. I have only found a few people who have ever heard of it. So here is the “rest of the story.” Culm was a spring water bottling operation in existence prior to 1906. I don’t know the precise year. The spring was located 400 feet in elevation on what is now Brown Road above Foothill Road (202206). At that point the Watchung Mountain is only about 500 feet. By 1915 the Spring works were for sale with a remarkable flow of 15 gallons per minute. A bottle shows Culm Rock Spring Water with a misspelled “Pluckamin” NJ, although the business address was Somerville.

Surprisingly Brown Road was not named after the original mud surface. It was named for John Brown, Jr. who owned Culm Spring bottling. He also had roots in Somerville and Pluckemin. Don’t waste gas looking for the site. Somewhere between Hillside School and the top of the mountain. Residents get nervous when you prowl around looking for the spring, especially late at night. Have a good June.

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United Way Young Professionals Help Local Teens ‘Say Yes to the Prom Dress’

Bridgewater resident Janet Metz, member of United Way Young Professionals, was the project lead for this event.

More than 20 volunteers sorted dresses and served as “personal shoppers” for local teens searching for the perfect attire for their prom. The project, sponsored by PVH Corp., began with a community-wide drive that resulted in collecting more than 300 prom dresses plus shoes, new make-up, and other accessories.

Last month, United Way Young Professionals held their fourth annual “Say Yes to the Prom Dress” event to help young women enjoy their prom without some of the financial hardship that comes along with it. The project, sponsored by PVH Corp., resulted in collecting more than 300 prom dresses, plus shoes, new make-up, and other accessories, for local teens. “What I like most about this project is that it brings together people throughout the community -- local businesses, community groups, schools, and individual community members -- to help improve high school girls’ prom experience,” said Janet Metz, member of United Way Young Professionals and project lead for this event. “Thanks to the generosity of all of the community participants, the girls were able to prepare for their prom without the financial burden of buying a dress, shoes, and other accessories.” Special thanks to the Bridgewater Marriott Hotel, Express Employment Professionals, and Pluckemin Presbyterian Church for serving as collection sites; to PVH Corp. and Ethicon for holding prom dress drives in their offices; and to Somerset County Vocational School for transforming the cafeteria into a makeshift store for this event. The contribution of these local businesses and organizations as well as all the volunteers truly defines what it means to LIVE UNITED.


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Panther Perspective Winding Down - by Rachel Jandak Senioritis. The very word sends a cloud of dread over a teacher’s heart. Such a condition is common as the end of the school year comes to a close, with many seniors heading off to college; or more importantly, their senior summer. If there is one thing holding the worst of Senioritis at bay though, it is the Advanced Placement tests for both juniors and seniors. For seniors, the AP tests are the culmination of all their hard work in advanced classes taken throughout the year. Though these tests may not count toward the colleges they are heading into, many college scouts take into account how strongly a student finishes out the year with grades, finals, and all the rest. Of course, getting a four or a five on the AP exam would be a source of satisfaction for the student who took the exam; getting those high marks for a junior can make all the difference. As a junior, I found the weeks leading up to AP exams to be some of the most stressful in my entire high school career. Between study-

ing, staying after school for practice tests, and generally having no social life for a couple of weeks, I swear my brain was about to explode by the time I took my AP European History exam. For those weeks I must have looked like an intelligent zombie—wandering around school with dark circles under my eyes and a Barren’s study book in my hand. Likewise, my fellow classmates taking their own exams had their study books, flash cards and energy drinks lined up on their desks every morning. I’ll never forget what my European History teacher said the day before the test, “I am so proud of you guys. You’ve all worked so hard for this and deserve all the best.” Even though the studying was tough and the tests were even tougher, there is definitely a certain satisfaction you get from answering that last multiple choice, or ending that last sentence of a DBQ. I still can’t believe that only a year before I was peeking into the Old Gym’s windows as other students were taking their exams thinking—“Wow,


next year, that’ll be me.” It seems like everything is moving so quickly this year. Most of my friends have their licenses; many more are using those licenses to explore colleges this summer. As my good friend Catherine said, “I feel like I’m at the edge of the nest, and school is just poking at my shoulder blades until I fall off.” Maybe that’s a bit of an extrapolation, but the end of AP tests have left me and my fellow juniors in a daze. Could it really be true? We’ll be seniors next year. And for all my friends who are seniors, I can only imagine what it must feel like to be going to college. I don’t envy you, of course. Rather, I commend you for making it so far. There’s nothing like summer— there’s nothing like finishing off something you’ve worked so hard for, especially when it comes to all the difficult things we go through in school. So regardless of whether you get a four or a five, what college you go to, or how you spend your summer, enjoy it. You’ve earned it.

Sharing the Night Sky

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Convention Hall in Atlantic City was the setting for the 1965 Championship Basketball Game. could sink a jump shot with consistency. One forward for the Falcons was Andy Martin who lived on Washington Valley Road in Martinsville. He was aggressive, vocal, and always looked out for his teammates. If there was a scuffle in a game, Andy was always the first guy to get into it and stand up for his teammates. Often opponents would try to muscle out mild mannered Mike Grosso, but Andy would be sure to give it back. Andy had a fade away jump shot that often found the net. He recalled that years after he played Coach Joe Fisher told him that he was a “pain in the a**” to coach, but he was the first guy you wanted on your team if you wanted to win. The other forward was the calmer, quiet, 6’6” Mike Janczewski who lived in the Thomae Park section of Bridgewater on Carber Street. As a sophomore, he was the only starter who was not a senior. He fit well with the other players as he was a smart player always in the right location whether on offense or defense. The final starting spot at guard was earned as the season evolved by Steve Fulop who lived at 90

First Avenue, Raritan. Steve was left handed which gave the Falcon team an advantage in that they could bring the ball up on either side of the court. He was an excellent defender and would lead the team in assists. An all-around athlete, Steve was the quarterback on the football team and an exceptional baseball player. The team was indeed “a team” as the players complimented each other. The glue which molded and managed these five different players into a championship unit was Coach Joe Fisher who himself was a championship basketball player for Dunellen in the late 1940s. Reserve player Anthony “Bucky” Bendetti said Coach Fisher really understood the game of basketball. He knew all about various offenses and defenses. One effective strategy that he utilized was when an opponent was beating them with a certain type of play or shot – he had the Falcons change their defense to break the rhythm of what had previously been successfully working for their opponent. Bucky also recalled how Coach Fisher made practices fun. While the team had a superb starting five, it was not very deep in talent. After the starting five, most of

The BReeze the other players did not play much when the game was on the line. However, the full team was still a very close unit. After a successful regular season of 19-3, the team looked forward to the playoffs. While they lost 3 games; they got better as the season progressed. The playoff bracket showed it would take six wins to be the Group IV State Champions. Middletown - Up first was Middletown who had a 13-5 regular season record. The game was held at the Asbury Park Convention Center. The attendance was 2,000. This would be the only easy game for the Falcons. They jumped out to a commanding 43-17 lead with 4 minutes left in the half. Coach Fisher saw that this may be the only chance to have the players, other than the starting five, get a chance to play in the playoffs. So with this big lead he put in the second team. The second team gave it their all, but the Middletown team that was initially getting trounced against the starting five quickly ran off a 21-3 run against the Falcon substitutes to close the gap to 8 points. Coach Fisher put the starters back in the game and the Falcons widened the lead for a win. The only drama in the game was whether or not they would hit 100 points. With just five seconds left and their point total at 99, Mike Grosso slammed a dunk home to the delight of the crowd. Final score was 101-77. That night saw all five starters score in double figures. Mike Grosso led the way with 43 points and an amazing 45 rebounds. Trenton – The next game was against Trenton, the team that had defeated them in the playoffs the year before. The location of the playoff games was supposed to be neutral locations, however this game was played at Trenton. The Falcons fell behind by 7 points midway through the second quarter and the packed crowd at Trenton anticipated a rout. However, as would be their trademark in the playoffs, the

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Andy Martin takes a shot during the Championship Game vs. Bloomfield at Atlantic City’s Convention Hall. Bridgewater-Raritan team ignited midway through the game to take a lead. With five minutes left in the third quarter and the game tied they ran off 11 straight points. Trenton would reduce the lead to just 5 points with 5 minutes to play, but Andy Martin and Mike Janczewski responded by hitting jump shots to put the Falcons up for good. Final 63-50. Neptune - After the second playoff win the team was gaining momentum with the local community. Many who were not even basketball fans started to follow the team and attend the games. The third playoff game was against Neptune who was undefeated 24-0. This game was held at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The small gym on the College Avenue campus was packed to capacity of 2,500. Those who attended brought their new found enthusiasm for Big Mike and the boys. One Falcon banner simply said “Annihilate Neptune.” But a creative banner said “Neptune 24-0” with a number one boldly written on top

of the zero. Neptune came out with a full court press from the start, but the ball handling of complementary guards Rich Doyle (right-handed) and Steve Fulop (left-handed) foiled the Neptune team. With six minutes remaining, Neptune had a chance to get back in the game when ace ball handler Rich Doyle fouled out. Neptune quickly called time-out; then came out charging and scored the next basket reducing the lead to just 8 points. Some thought a collapse might be at hand. However, Andy Martin was switched to guard and was able to beat the full court press by passing up to Mike Grosso who scored for the Falcons. The final score was 8172. This game was the finest game of the season for Steve Fulop who scored 16 points and did a superb job of ball handling against an aggressive Neptune defense. Scotch Plains-Fanwood - The fourth playoff game, the state quarterfinals, was against Scotch PlainsFanwood at Princeton University’s

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Rich Doyle goes up for a shot. Dillon Gym. In this contest things did not look good early as the Falcons fell behind 17-10 in the first quarter. They quickly rebounded and closed the gap to 18-17 by the end of the first quarter. In this playoff game it was Mike Janczewski who stepped up and had his best game of the tournament as he shot 10 for 15 with many of his baskets coming in key situations. The Falcons held just a four point lead with 3:31 to play when Grosso hit 7 straight points to enable the Falcons to pull away with the win. The final was 81-74. The leading scorer of the game, as usual, was Mike Grosso with 32 points. Mike also had 31 rebounds. Camden – Semi-Final - After the win over Scotch Plains, the local community was now in a frenzy over the basketball team. The next game, the semi-final, was against a 23 -1 Camden team and once again the game’s location which was supposed to be at a neutral site, was at Camden. The local people traveled by the thousands to this game. Thus the crowd that night was close to evenly split between Bridgewater-Raritan and Camden. Andy Martin recalls that this was a great boast to the Falcons to have nearly as many fans at an away game as the home team did. The Camden crowd that night was loud and cocky. They repeatedly chanted

“C.H.S. we’s the best!� This echoed in the ears of the Falcon fans so much that to this day, 47 years later, the fans who attended the game still recall the chant. The Camden basketball team seemed to tap the energy of their fans and came out smoking - taking an 18-12 lead. But Bridgewater slowly inched back. By halftime the score showed Camden ahead by 2. But the big story at half was that Camden had effectively shut down Mike Grosso, who was held to just one field goal and 5 total points. After the half the Falcon team began to get it together as Mike Grosso came alive in the second quarter. The third quarter remained close until 4 minutes left in the quarter when the Falcons went on an 8 point run and broke the game open for good. Camden’s only response to the Falcon outburst was to fall apart turning the ball over 9 times on bad passes, walking violations, and offensive fouls. When the Falcons took a 13 point lead into the fourth quarter, the once chanting Camden fans were quiet. The Falcons won by 13. Grosso led all scorers with 29 points. Bloomfield - Championship Game – The stage was set for the championship game which was held at Convention Hall in Atlantic City on a Saturday evening which al-

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lowed thousands of local people the opportunity to trek down to Atlantic City. Dozens of buses were booked to bring the crowd to the game. On that Saturday afternoon downtown Raritan was deserted as business owners and residents packed up for Atlantic City. With thousands arriving early in the day for the evening game many met each other there. Local sportswriter Nap Torpey described the scene, “With beautiful weather both Saturday and Sunday, the Atlantic City boardwalk looked like Somerset Street in Raritan or the Somerville Shopping Center. A person couldn’t walk 20 steps without seeing a Somerset Countyite soaking up the sun while strolling along the beachfront.� The championship game, like several previous games, saw the Falcons behind early in the game. At the end of the first quarter they trailed 18-13. They would rally back to even the score. As the game progressed, the lead changed hands several times. Going into the fourth quarter Bloomfield led by 2. But at the start of the fourth quarter Andy Martin hit two free throws and Mike Janczewski hit a short jumper to take Bloomfield’s lead away for good. Bloomfield did threaten late in the game as they closed the score to 3 points with 2:19 remaining. Then Bloomfield came down on a 2 on 1 fast break with only Steve Fulop back. Bloomfield appeared to play the 2 on 1 to perfection as a pass underneath allowed the shooter to avoid the lone defender and take an easy shot from under the basket. However, from seemingly out of nowhere, Mike Grosso who had been charging back blocked the shot. Coach Joe Fisher said, “There’s no question about it. That play was the big one. If the kid made the shot we’d have just a one point lead.� The Falcons retained the ball and their opponents needed to foul to stop the clock. But it was Mike Grosso that they had to foul and he hit 5 straight foul shots in the final 2 minutes to keep the Falcons safely ahead. As the clock ticked down the Bridgewater-Raritan fans started going insane in the stands and when the final buzzer rang there was a state of pandemonium. Many ran on

Page 25 nam earning the Silver Star. Then he became a high school gym teacher in Jersey City. Today he is retired and lives in Jersey City. His Vietnam story will appear in the next issue of The Breeze. If any old friends would like to contact Andy his email is Mike Janczewski attended Harvard and Duke and became a doctor. Today he is a professor at The University of Colorado School of Medicine. If any old friends would like to contact Mike his email is Steve Fulop would excel in baseball at Trenton State College. He then worked as a sales rep at Efinger’s Sporting Goods. Sadly, Steve passed away in 2009. Rich Doyle caught some national fame when he played in the finals of a nationally televised poker tournament in 1980. For many years he owned his own construction company. Today his whereabouts are unknown. If anyone knows where he is, let him know that his old teammates would like to hear from him.

1965 Basketball Team Roster the court. Mike Grosso swung the coach around like a top. Many players, coaches, and fans hugged each other. As a final gesture, the 12 players carried their coach off the court. The final score was 63-55. Grosso led all scorers with 28 points. This game was a bit unique for him as half of those points were from the foul line as the Bloomfield defense chose to guard him tight resulting in numerous fouls. And as it had been in each tournament game for the Falcons, one player rose to the occasion to play their best game. For the final, it was Andy Martin who had his best game scoring 19 points. The defensive standout was Rich Doyle. Bloomfield star Doug Welle had scored 15 points in the first half. At halftime coach Fisher, always the strategist assigned Rich Doyle to guard Welle. Doyle responded successfully as he held Welle to just 2 points in the second half. That night many of the people from Bridgewater and Raritan who had traveled to the game partied liked champions in Atlantic City. But most of the players, emotionally exhausted after their intense playoff run, simply stayed in the hotel and played cards together. Aftermath - After high school, Mike Grosso would excel in Basketball at the University of Louisville and later play one year in the ABA before a knee injury ended his career. Today Mike works for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment in Louisville. Andy Martin, after a brief stint in college, served with honors in Viet-

Joe Fisher retired from BRHS in 1993. Coach Joe Fisher continued teaching and coaching for many years. He became athletic director at Bridgewater Raritan High School East from 1980-1987. He retired in 1993. Today he lives in Piscataway. If any old friends would like to contact Joe Fisher please do so through Andy Martin. For more information, photos, box scores, articles, and video of the championship game for the 1965 Bridgewater – Raritan High School Basketball Championship Team logon to

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Who is Your Hero? Students from Crim School Share their Thoughts Fourth and first grade students from Crim School in Bridgewater recently answered the question, “Who is your current hero, why?” Their answers appear below:

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My hero is my teacher. She helped me read and write and learn new things and if I get a word wrong she will help me. We go to specials and I like the teachers there too. I love school a lot but I like my teacher the best.




Ryan – 4th Grade

My hero is my dad. My dad is my hero because he inspires me and I look up to him. I want to be just like my dad. I want to coach like him, be a nice guy like him, and a good athlete like my dad.

Jiya – 1st Grade

My hero is my mom. She is the best because she helps me anytime I need help. And my mom always helps me draw and my mom always likes to read with me. My mom makes the best food ever. She is a really good cook.

Abigail – 4th Grade

My hero is my tennis coach. He saves me by making sure my sportsmanship and strokes are perfect. That helps me when I’m hopefully a famous tennis player. I won’t make those mistakes. One day that will come in handy and will save me someday.

Tri-An – 1st Grade

My hero is Martin Luther King Jr. because he made the world change by changing a law that could last today and a very unfair law. It is called segregation. He also changed how people sat on the bus.

Sanya – 4th Grade

My current hero is my grandfather, because he is very supportive. He always praises my singing over the phone. And he also is very active at an old age.

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St. Ann Girl Scouts Eye Silver by Saving Lives Girls from Troop 1227 are busy pursuing their Silver Award, the highest award that Cadettes can earn. A key step involves choosing an issue and learning about and using various forms of media to raise awareness about the issue. Members of the troop were inspired by the recent anniversary that Fr. Edmund Luciano III, their school chaplain, celebrated. Five years ago, he underwent a heart transplant that saved his life. As the girls discussed the issue, they realized they knew another generous person, Helen Schuler, a Branchburg resident, who had donated a kidney. Commenting on their project Clarisa Gorky said, “We started researching this and learned that a single donor can support 50 or more people’s needs, but 18 people die each day waiting for a transplant.� Fellow scout, Bridget Reinhart added, “Over 44% of those waiting for transplants are under 49 years old and many are kids.� The scouts will coordinate an awareness booth at the annual Italian Festival at St. Ann’s in Raritan. Their goal is to register 50 new organ donors. Festa runs nightly June 12th-16th. Please consider coming out to support their efforts. Or visit the St. Ann School Facebook page or email to request more information about becoming a donor.

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Sports in Short Boys Golf - The boys golf team finished their season with an impressive

500 record. Seniors David Monahan, Aaron Golding and Aaron Seyerle contributed their experience to the team. The team competed in several local tournaments, taking 2nd place in the Cherry Valley Tournament and 5th place in the Somerset County Tournament. Junior Dominick Diaz and senior David Monahan took 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the High Bridge Tournament. Congratulations to David Monahan and Dominick Diaz for their qualification into the state sectionals.

Boys Lacrosse - The dominance has continued going into the state tour-

nament for the BR Lax Team, showing off a near flawless season at 16-0. How impressive have they been? The boys have nearly averaged 13 goals per game under a masterful offensive siege led by Scott Bieda, Ryan Hollingsworth, Justin Higgins, Ray Mastroianni, and John Longordo. They also have one of the most efficient face-off players in the state in Vince Colatriano, who’s imposed his will on opponents. Having Colatriano at their disposal, the Panthers have been able to maintain possession, attack offensively, and dismantle teams on the scoreboard. Defensively, you can’t find a more solid crew which is headed by Evan Mock, Connor Murphy, Jared Kaden, and Andrew Hengemuhle. Zack Jones has stifled opposing offensive rushes with tough saves and has helped seal two shutouts for the Panthers. The Panthers also have a great deal of depth and an advantage on the sideline with “400+ career game winning” Coach Chuck Apel. The squad completely demolished Ridge in the Somerset County Final, 16-3, one of the most lopsided victories ever at the county final. The closest any team has come to BR in a single game this year is six goals.

The photos on this page are from the Boys Lacrosse SCIAA Finals against Ridge on May 17th. Photos by Alex Hopkins Top Left: Senior Attack Justin Higgins (#14) - Season Stats to Date: 20 goals, 24 assists, 10 groundballs

Girls Lacrosse - The Lady Panthers have had a rough time of it compared to years past, finishing the season with a 5-13 record. The team always fought vigorously and kept many of the games close. Senior Erin Eckert (25) and Junior Rachel Yaney (35) led the team in goals with seniors Jessica Casterline and Taylor Mygatt, juniors LeeAnn Bak and Frances Maggio helping with the scoring. Junior Julia Santillo had 96 saves in goal.

Top Right: Senior Attack Scott Bieda (#10) - Season Stats to Date: 47 goals (team high), 38 assists, 26 groundballs

Baseball - The baseball team, lead by seniors Ray Bertram, Tom Friar,

Sam Marton, Zach Pacifico, and Dan Picciurro, currently has a 14-10 record going into the state tournament. Junior Josh Jankowski has also come through big offensively for the boys of summer. The boys battled their way through the county tournament beating Ridge, 3-2, Watchung Hills, 6-1, and, in the semifinals, Montgomery, 3-1 under the lights at TD Bank Ball Park. The final, played on the same field, was an exciting, close game, but the Panthers fell to Hillsborough, 4-3.

Softball - It’s been a mixed year for the Panthers softball team. The team

holds a 10-12 record and has had strong performances from Brianna Arends, Jordan Stephenson, Nicole McClelland, and Nikki Thomas. The girls must get past nemesis North Hunterdon if they hope to go far in states.

Boys Volleyball - Lead by senior standouts Anthony Mandraccia and Jared Guritzky the boys have mounted a 14-13 record with a win over Summit in the first round of the state tournament. They look to go far with some impressive wins and many close losses to top ranked teams.

Boys Tennis - The BR boys fought for every point this season and dem-

onstrated their desire in every match. They ended the season with an 11-11 record, a second place overall team and two individual finals matches at the SCIAA tournament. Junior Eric Tai played for the Panthers at 1st Singles, and, winning the county title at 2nd Doubles were seniors Jerome Bautista and Sai Palani.

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Right: Senior Attack Ryan Hollingsworth (#2) - Season Stats to Date: 38 goals, 28 assists, 12 groundballs

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Page 30 Basking Ridge - William H. “Bill” Hawkins, 68, of Basking Ridge, died at home on April 14, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. Bill was a graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, with an M.B.A. Bill was a retired finance analyst with J&J Consumer, Skillman, N.J. He served six years in the Army National Guard and was a member of the Masonic Lodge and St. Martin’s Church Altar Guild, and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Raritan – Jeanette Roszkowski, 86, entered into eternal rest on April 11, 2012 after a brief illness. Jeanette attended school in Boston and became a licensed hair stylist. As a young girl, she was a bit of the adventurous type and after graduating high school, she pursued the lure of learning to fly. She trained out of East Boston Airport (Now Logan) where she flew World War I biplanes. Jeanette loved to be up in the sky and she had a vision to be able to fly needed aircraft to Europe but the war ended before that dream was realized. Jeanette is survived by her children, David (Deborah) Roszkowski of New Jersey and Christine (Boyd) Himmelhoch of Bridgewater; and a grandson, Mark (Jennifer) Himmelhoch of Raritan. She was predeceased by her husband, Mieczyslaw “Mike” Roszkowski (June, 2009). Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Somerville - Elizabeth “Libby” Del Rocco Wisniewski, 91, died April 17, 2012. Born in Raritan, NJ, Elizabeth resided in Somerville, for most of her 91 years. Libby was primarily a homemaker, mother, grandmom and great grandmom who loved reading, oil painting and crocheting. She will be remembered by her family and friends for her intense love for people and animals as well as her generous and sensitive heart towards all. Her interests included sewing, crafts,

and family history. She loved geography, and had an avid interest in the history of Somerville and Raritan as well as current events. Libby volunteered with organizations such as the Humane Society, primarily through making items such as small cat toys; and she crocheted baby booties and baby afghans for Newborns in Need. Libby was widowed twice. Her first husband of 21 years, Anthony Del Rocco died in 1959 and her second husband of 18 years, Ben Wisniewski died in 1981. She was also predeceased by her third child, Richard Allen Del Rocco, age 3 days. She will be deeply missed by her son, Anthony Del Rocco and his wife Joanne of Somerville, and her daughter Patricia Bridenbaugh and husband Paul of New Hope, PA. She will also be missed by her 3 grandchildren: Anthony Hunt, Melissa Del Rocco, and Nicholas Del Rocco and wife Erika as well as her 4 great-grandchildren: Vanyel, Damien, Donovan and Landon. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Point Pleasant, NJ - Joseph Nastarowicz, 51, died peacefully on April 17, 2012. Born in Somerville, he lived in Bridgewater then moved to Brick for 10 years and the past 2 months in Point Pleasant. Joseph was a 1979 graduate of BridgewaterRaritan High School East. He was a craftsman with a mechanical and electrical background. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Elaine Werner Prestholdt, 64, passed away on April 17, 2012. Mrs. Prestholdt worked as a Lab Technician for Lab Corp in Raritan for 32 years, retiring in 2009. Elaine was a communicant of St. Bernard R.C. Church in Bridgewater. She enjoyed traveling, taking pictures, and making hand-made crafts. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Violet Marie Ball Navatto, 96, passed away

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Obituaries on April 21, 2012. After graduating from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Parkersburg, West Virginia, Violet came to New Jersey to nurse at Muhlenberg Hospital. During that time she met Bernard V. Navatto, Sr., and married him in 1938; they remained married for sixty-eight years, until Bernard’s passing in 2007. They lived in Bridgewater for more than fifty years. In addition to her work, which included twelve years of nursing at Somerset Medical Center, Violet was active in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Old Whitehouse General Frelinghuysen Chapter #2017, which she joined in 1966. She served as Regent of that chapter 19701974, and later served as the NJ State Conservation Chair. In 1977, she received the National DAR Conservation Award for her teaching work. She also enjoyed researching the genealogy of her family, and even identified ancestors from Bridgewater, who went west in covered wagons and settled in the Ohio Valley. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Theresa A. Hession Rupp, 77, passed away on April 23, 2012. Mrs. Rupp received her Master’s Degree in Social Work. She worked for the Elizabeth School District for fifteen years, as a Social Worker. Theresa was an avid reader and enjoyed spending quality time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Arrangements were handled by the Branchburg Funeral Home. Bound Brook - Walter G. Spieczny, 92, passed away on April 24, 2012. Walter worked as a lead burner in the maintenance department and later first class department mechanic in R&D at American Cyanamid for 42 years, until his retirement in 1983. He was an avid bowler

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Bound Brook - Anthony F. (Tony) Santoro, 80, died April 25, 2012. Tony was born and raised in Raritan before moving to Bound Brook in 1952. He graduated in 1953 from Rutgers University with a BS Degree. He was a veteran of the US Army during the Korean War. After his discharge, he worked as a scientist for Ethicon, and later became a stockbroker. Tony finally followed his love of nature and was co-owner with his brother Richard of the Middlesex Garden Center until his retirement in 1995. He was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville and enjoyed playing golf. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Somerville - Carol Sciacca, 63, passed away on April 27, 2012. Carol was the first in her family to graduate from college in 1972, with a bachelor’s degree in art education from The College of New Jersey. Carol was a devoted employee for 37 years in the telecommunications industry, most recently as an associate engineer at Century Link in Clinton, N.J. A gifted landscape artist, Carol belonged to the Raritan Valley Arts Association in Bridgewater, and recently exhibited her paintings in the Somerset County Administration Building. She belonged

to a variety of progressive organizations, and participated in many events in New York City, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey, to promote peace, justice, and human rights. Carol rescued countless cats, and was an avid birdwatcher, hiker, gardener and cook. She was also a gifted videographer, craftswoman, and a skilled carpenter. Arrangements were handled by Somerville Funeral Home. Belvidere – Michael Valeo, 49, died on April 30, 2012. Michael was self-employed as a Stone Supplier/Masonry and a member of the River of Life. He was a devoted husband; a loving father and son; a dear brother, brother-in-law, and son-in-law, a loyal friend, and was kind, caring, generous, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Arrangements were handled by AAA B Cremation Service. Somerset - Catherine Mary Melillo, 69, passed away on April 30, 2012. Cathy lived a full and active life as a registered nurse and was director of staff development and infection control at Bentley Gardens, a long term care facility in West Haven, CT. After her retirement, Cathy devoted most of her time to various community organizations, including serving as Vice President and treasurer of the Canal Walk Women’s Club. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Michael R. Prokop, 86, died May 2, 2012. Michael was born and raised in Raritan and formerly of Annapolis, MD before settling in Bridgewater in 1964. He enlisted in the US Navy in April 1943 during World War II and continued serving in the Navy as a Boatswain’s Mate First Class until he

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June 2012 Continued from previous page was honorably discharged in December 1964. After his military service Michael was employed at the Somerville Post Office, retiring in 1990. Surviving are his wife of 66 years Mary Minarovich Prokop, his son Michael Jr., daughter Marcelle Reed and her husband Michael, sisters Dorothy Lack and Ann Beach, and grandson Michael Reed. Arrangements were by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Somerset - Rose P. Cozza, 88, died peacefully on May 2, 2012. When Rose and her husband moved to NJ in 1946, her first job was at Diehl’s Manufacturing in Bridgewater. She then worked for the Bound Brook School System in the cafeteria. Later, she worked many years in manufacturing for Blessing’s Factory, Timex, and Atari. Lastly, she and her husband were co-owners of the White Swan Restaurant in Flemington where they retired in the mid 1980’s. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Gilbert H. Wester, 90, passed away on May 3, 2012. Mr. Wester proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corp. during World War II, attaining the rank of Platoon Sergeant and was the recipient of the Purple Heart after being wounded on March 2, 1945 on Iwo Jima. Gilbert worked as a Tool and Die Maker for the former King Manufacturing Co. of Union for 45 years, until retiring in 1985. He was a member of the Military Order of Purple Heart and the Stevenson-D’Alessio American Legion Post #12, Somerville. Arrangements were handled by the Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Karen Louise Blackwell Munro, 62, beloved wife of William D. Munro, died peacefully on May 5, 2012. Karen graduated from BridgewaterRaritan High School Class of 1968 and on July 6 of the same year, married Bill in South Branch. Karen and Bill owned and operated Pioneer Glass Corporation of Somerville. In 2010, Karen and Bill moved back to her hometown of Bridgewater, and she recently fulfilled a lifelong dream by opening a small boutique in Somerville called Grammy’s Treasures. Karen is survived by her husband, Bill Munro of Bridgewater; daughter Melissa Appleby and husband Robert of Bel Air, MD; daughter Tracey Drift and husband of

Skillman; seven grandchildren, Allie (16), Roby (15), Kyle (13), Conner (10), Camron (9), Alec (11), and Sophie (9); sister Susan Swinsburg and husband Bruce of Raritan; brother Kurt Ambs and wife June of Branchburg and well as 13 nieces and nephews. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Somerville – Theresa Camisa, 77, died on May 7, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. Theresa was a Clerical Worker at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville for 40 years and a Communicant of Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville. Arrangements were handled by Somerville Funeral Home, Inc. Manville – John Fasoli, Jr., 57, died May 9, 2012. John was a Mechanic for Kemper Pontiac in Bridgewater. He enjoyed motorcycles, car restoration, and was kind, caring, generous, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Somerville - George M. Mentuck, Jr., 73, passed away peacefully at home on May 10, 2012. Born in Somerville to the late George Sr. and Mary Mentuck, he was a lifelong area resident. George was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Somerset and the American Legion in Somerville. He enjoyed Nascar and was an avid gardener. George leaves behind to cherish his memory, his lifelong companion Josette Hrabovecky of Bridgewater; children George Mentuck III of Bridgewater, Michael Mentuck of Branchburg and Georgette Mentuck of Manville; grandchildren Justin, Garrett, Emily, Michael, Christopher and James; great-grandchild Jaiden and sister Rosemarie Roll of Hillsborough. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Washington - Asuncion Hernandez, 99, entered eternal rest on May 10, 2012. Asuncion was the rock that formed the strong foundation to a family that is five generations strong. Asuncion is predeceased by her husband Inocencio Delgado and daughter Candida Ramos. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her beloved children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and great-greatgreat grandchildren. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home.

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