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The BReeze Bridgewater Township & Raritan Borough, NJ Your Hometown Newspaper Volume 5, Issue 3

Bradley Gardens PTO Reaches Out to Communities in Need

A Raritan Soldier’s Letters Home

In 1943, Al Gaburo of Raritan, entered the Marine Corps at age 35. During the annual Toy Sale held in December, the BGS PTO allowed families from the Jersey Shore area to pick up toys, puzzles, and DVDs, at no charge. The next clothing & bike sale is scheduled for April 6th. Bradley Gardens School PTO is taking Community Outreach seriously. For the past five years, BGS PTO has been running two $1, $2, $3 clothing sales and one toy sale annually. These sales give the community an opportunity to come out and grab up a bargain. At the fall $1, $2, $3 Clothing Sale, it was decided to donate some of the better clothes items to organizations that really need it. Coats and jackets were donated to the United Way and given to Elijah’s Promise based in New Brunswick. Volunteers went through the tables and filled bags that were given to the Lupus Foundation. “We felt a need to give back to the community. It just didn’t seem right to give what was left to poundage. There were really nice new and slightly used items that just didn’t sell,” said Jeff Cichocki, co-president and co-chair of the clothing and toy sales. As Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey with a vengeance in late October, many homes were destroyed. During the annual Toy Sale held in December, the BGS PTO allowed families from Staten Island and the Jersey Shore area to come and pick up toys, puzzles, DVDs, etc. at no charge. Books were donated to a library. At the first PTO meeting held in January, the PTO voted to donate a percentage of the Toy Sale profits to a local charity located in the shore area. Laura Scolarice, co-president, said, “We, as a PTO, know that the main purpose is to raise money for assemblies, field trips, and school needs. But we also felt strongly about giving to an organization that helps those who lost so much. No matter how much it is, I’m sure it would help.” The next annual sale is the spring $1, $2, $3 Clothing and $10+ Bicycle Sale to be held at BGS on Saturday, April 6, from 9am to 1pm. It is a great opportunity to stock up on extra tee shirts and shorts. Again, BGS will take the opportunity to help some local charities.

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By Bruce Doorly Two years ago, the Orlando family of Raritan made hundreds of letters written by World War II GI’s to tavern owner Tony Orlando available to the public. There were a variety of letters written by many soldiers from different places, but the letters written by Al Gaburo stood out from the rest. His letters home were captivating and highly descriptive of his experiences. Al Gaburo was born in Raritan in 1908. His parents had come from Italy to find a better life in the U.S. He lived in a house on the corner of Anderson Street near St. Ann’s. (The home has since been rebuilt.) Al attended Somerville High School where he was an all-star baseball player as an outfielder. He graduated in 1927 in an era where few attended college. However, Al Gaburo desired a college education and graduated from Drexel University in 1931. He majored in math because the precise calculations appealed to him. After college, he joined his brothers Tom, Gene, and Matty in the family business, Gaburo’s Laundry, which they started in the 1920s.

Al became the manager and reinvigorated the business - setting it in the right direction after it floundered in the early years. The building that housed the washers and dryers was on Farrand Avenue in Raritan. The laundry was primarily a delivery service serving all of Somerset County. Their customers were families that had a few extra dollars or a household where the mom worked full time. Outside of business, Al Gaburo was involved in the local community helping others. One family he helped was the Basilone family as the parents spoke (and wrote) mostly Italian. Al helped them understand their bills and contracts. In the fall of 1943, when John Basilone came home to Raritan on leave after being awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, it was Al who drove John around to meet people and to talk with various organizations.

The above sentiment appeared in a local newspaper right before John Basilone’s welcome home parade in 1943. During this period, Al’s son was born. Al asked John Basilone to be the boy’s Godfather and John gladly accepted. This was in September of 1943, in the middle of the war. At the time, Al Gaburo was 35 years old, married with an infant son and running a business. No one thought that he belonged in uniform serving in the military. But Al, inspired by John Basilone’s heroics, thought maybe he wasn’t too old to join the service. His desire was to enlist in the Marine Corps, just like John Basilone.

Al approached the Marine Corps to see if they would take him. He may have been older, but his college degree and business background made him a rare recruit. The Marines decided that he could be put to good use. So Al Gaburo, at age 35, to everyone’s surprise, entered the Marine Corps. He said goodbye to his wife and his young son to join the other Raritan men who were fighting against an evil enemy whose goal was global domination. In the Marine Corps, Al was assigned to administrative positions of authority. Stateside he was given the job of interviewing the new Marines to assess their skills so they could be assigned to jobs that matched their experience. Later, he was put in charge of the payroll for his battalion. When his unit moved overseas, he was given the important job of mail coordinator. Ten letters that Al Gaburo wrote home to Tony Orlando survive today. His first letter dated April 30, 1944, was written during the grueling days of boot camp. He learned a few life lessons quickly, writing: You really can’t appreciate some of your friends until you go to some distant point and it is then that you ponder and wonder what you left behind. He also seemed to enjoy the challenge of being a Marine: The Marine Corps is a tough outfit, you work 20 hours a day and like it. And along with that you have to take a lot of criticism from the drill instructor. It is a tough life, but I really do like it. It’s kind of bad on me because of my age, but I do have the determination to be a good Marine. While the other soldiers in their letters to Tony Orlando would give a simple thanks to Tony for the “swell” package they received, Al was much more thorough in his remarks as his letter illustrates:

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Eisenhower Intermediate School Hosts Senior Citizens Breakfast

The Character Education Committee at Eisenhower School hosted the second annual Senior Citizen Breakfast in February. On February 11, 2013, the Character Education Committee at Eisenhower Intermediate School hosted the second annual Senior Citizen Breakfast. Local senior citizens were welcomed to Eisenhower by

students with hand-made programs for the festivities. Assistant Principal, Cathleen Filippello, kicked off the event with a warm welcome and directed the lineup. Participants enjoyed snacks,

including baked goods donated by the Eisenhower staff, coffee donated by the PTO, and fruit and cheese trays purchased from Wegmans with the funds from a PRIDE grant. Students of Eisenhower School showcased their many talents during the event. Students, selected by Miss Filippello and Principal Mr. Diskin, read writing samples about random acts of kindness. Students from the drama club performed scenes from the spring musical, Seussical. Chorus students sang patriotic songs. One student played selections on his French horn, and a group of students played several songs on the viola. Guests and students socialized during the event and, together, shaped a memorable occasion. Students in the LLD program gave each senior citizen a handmade Valentine’s card and personally thanked the guests for attending the affair. Two guests shared that they “came away with a very good feeling about our younger generation.”

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Congratulations to Martin Demcak and Jackie Lin, who earned Honorable Mention for the Emerging Art Show at the James Howe Gallery at Kean University. Both students were recognized on February 3, 2013 at the award show. Additionally, both students are also eligible for the Governor’s Award in Art. Martin and Jackie are students in Ms. Hawkinson’s art class at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. In addition, Bridgewater-Raritan HS students won over $60,000 in Awards at the Scholarship Art Show in Mount Olive in February. The students and the honors they were awarded are listed below: Jackie Lin - 1st place painting, 2 scholarship offers; Martin Demcak - 2nd place drawing, 2 scholarship offers; Andrew Lleva - 3rd place drawing; Breann Carluccio - 1st place sculpture, 1 scholarship offer; Elizabeth Feasse - $1500 Pre college scholarship; Eduardo Leal - 2nd place painting.

Penkala - Farrell Jazmine Anne Farrell and Joel Robert Penkala were joined in marriage in a ceremony on October 27th, at David’s Country Inn, in Hackettstown. Brian Radvansky officiated and Michael Opilla and Corinne Goerner performed John Denver’s “Follow Me.” Becky Penkala read “Kisses Sweeter than Wine” written by The Weavers. Jessica Rice and Laura Cassidy were maids of honor. Madeline Reilly, Coco Ebersole, Jill Furstenburg, Allison Furstenburg, Becky Penkala, and Niki Demos were bridesmaids. Chance Summerer was the best man. Christopher Stadler, Cully Opilla, Derek Wilpert, Scott Imbrie, Aaron Stark, Matt Whitfield, and Dimitri Demos were groomsmen. A reception followed at David’s Country Inn. The couple has planned a summer honeymoon and now reside in Layton. The bride is the daughter of Peggy Farrell of Raritan. A 2007 graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School and The College of Saint Rose/Centenary College with a B.S. in Mathematics, she is employed as a mathematics teacher at Kittatinny Regional High School. The groom is the son of Rena and Joe Penkala of Newton. He was a 2002 graduate and valedictorian of Kittatinny Regional High School and graduated as a double major in biology/ecology from Rutgers. He is the Vice President of Original Skateboards in Newton.

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Sisters Win Crescendo International Music Competition

Bridgewater sisters Nelusha A. Dias, 10, and Madara N. Dias, 14, won first place at the Crescendo International Competition. Madara N. Dias, 14, a Bridgewater-Raritan High School student and Nelusha A. Dias, 10, of Eisenhower Intermediate School won first place in piano at the Crescendo International Competition. The sisters were invited to play and show their talent at Carnegie Hall on February 17, 2013. The auditions were held at Westminister Choir College at Rider University in December 2012. Their winning pieces were “Aragonaise” and “Voice of the Heart.” The sisters have been studying piano for 2 years. Their passion with music started long ago when they were in elementary school. The Crescendo International Music Competition is a musical competition held annually for youth. Their mission is to discover and develop young musical talent through various activities such as music competitions, recitals and educational programs.

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Jenna Lynn Sacks of Bridgewater has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester at Philadelphia University where she is pursuing a career in interior design. She is involved as a member of the Stage Crew, and International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and has gained acceptance into the Emerging Leaders Program. Based on her high GPA, she has been selected to become part of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First-Year Students where an induction will take place during the 2013 Family Day Celebration in October. Jenna is a 2012 graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School. She is the daughter of Bonnie and Todd Sacks and sister of Justine and Robyn. Travis Ives, majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University, has attained the academic achievement of President’s List (4.00 GPA) for the fall term 2012. Mark Liszewski, son of Mark and Kathleen Liszewski, has earned the honor of dean’s list student in the College of Business Administration at Rider University for the fall 2012 semester.

Cara McPhillips of Bridgewater was named to the Dean’s List with a 3.7 average for the 2012 fall semester at Boston College, Chestnut Hill MA. She’s a 2012 graduate of Bridgewater Raritan High School and is the daughter of Marina and John McPhillips. Brittany Rae Buckmire was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Philadelphia University. Brittany is the daughter of Debra Buckmire of Bridgewater. Aparna Sundaram, 18, of Bridgewater has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was presented by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Ms. Sundaram participated in the Spirit of Community program this year as a representative of Somerset County 4-H in Bridgewater, where she is a member. Ms. Sundaram earned her award in the 4-H Seeing Eye program raising puppies.

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Page 4 Friday, March 1 Basket Auction - Michael’s Miracles presents its first basket auction at the Manville VFW Hall, 600 Washington Ave, Manville. This event will have over 300 baskets valued from $25-$2500. A 50/50 drawing and food. Tickets are $25 in advance. Visit for online registration. Sunday, March 3 Big Basket Bonanza at the Ted Blum 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Rd, Bridgewater. Doors open at 1:00pm - Draw starts at 2:30pm, $20 admission fee includes: 20 raffle tickets, refreshments and chance to win door prizes. Additional raffle tickets and 50/50 tickets will be on sale at the event. Gift Baskets, Entertainment & Restaurant Certificates and more. All proceeds support Somerset County 4-H. For tickets call 908526-6644 or email Monday, March 4 Fuddruckers Supports B-R Conquer Kids’ Cancer Event, at Fuddruckers, 1271 U.S. 22, Bridgewater from 5- 8 pm. Fuddruckers will donate 15% of your bill to the B-R Conquer Kids’ Cancer Event if you present the certificate, which can be found on The BReeze website www., when ordering your food at Fuddruckers. Thursday, March 7 Robert Rosenthal: From Plagues to Miracle hosted by the JCC, 775 Talamini Rd., Bridgewater, at 7 p.m. Fee: $8/person in advance; $10/person at the door. To register, call 908725-6994 x201. Fri. & Sat., March 8 & 9 Spring Rummage Sale hosted by the Finderne Reformed Church, 581 Bridgewater Ave., Finderne on March 8th from 3-6 p.m. and March 9th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sale includes clothes, household items, shoes, books, $8 bag sale for clothes.

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March 2013 tan Audiology, the Visiting Nurse Association, Senior Helpers, the Lions Club Mobile Eye center and Odyssey Hospice and many others will be on hand. You can arrange for skin cancer or diabetes screenings or speak with someone from Somerset County Ridewise. A pharmacist from Wegmans will be on hand to answer questions, as will representatives from various health care and medical supply companies. Light refreshments will be served. For more info call the Senior Center at 908 725-8020. Fri-Sun, March 22-24 Jersey Tykes Seasonal Kids Consignment Sale - Arthur’s Plaza, 215 US Highway 22, Green Brook, (Next to Gatsby Salon); Shop & Save Money - Consign & Make Money. Consignor spaces still available!; (732) 947-6689. Saturday, March 23 10K Race - Middle Earth is hosting a 10K run at 10 a.m. The USATF certified and sanctioned course runs along the scenic Raritan River through the flat, paved, wooded trails of Duke Island Park in Bridgewater. Short-sleeve race t-shirts will be given to entrants while supplies last. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female runners in seven different age groups. Register at Tuesday, March 26 Bridgewater Garden Club will meet at 10:45 a.m. at the Bridgewater Library. “Mel Bartholomew’s Square-Foot Gardening Method” will be presented by Terry Holman. Ms Holman has been an accredited Square-Foot Gardening Instructor for Bartholomew since 2008. She also holds distinctions as a gardener and an accredited National Garden Club Flower Show Judge. All are welcome to this free presentation.

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Friday, April 26 “An Evening of Laughter” presented by the Somerville Elks, Bridgewater. Tickets are on sale now $80 a couple; $45 single ticket. Cost includes Dinner Buffet. Cash bar available. Comedians are from the Borgata in AC. Contact Michelle Ally at or 732-377-9843 for tickets. Proceeds support the Bridgewater 12U tournament team’s trip to Cooperstown.

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“Viva Las Vegas” Monte Carlo Night returns to St. Ann School in Raritan, Saturday, March 9th from 6:30-10pm. Thanks to the generous support of many area businesses, including Ray Catena Auto Group, Richard Schubach Attorney at Law and Raritan Valley Orthodontics, the event boasts great prizes! A mountain bike, golfing, theater tickets, and gift certificates for area restaurants, including da Filippo’s in Somerville, are just the beginning. The Grand Prize, an 8d/7n stay for up to 8 people at Wyndham Resort in North Myrtle Beach, SC, is a perfect fit for family fun or a golfing getaway. Event tickets are still available -- $35pp includes dinner, a Viennese dessert table and $25 gaming chip to get you started. Not a gambler, no problem. It’s a great place to learn or there’s also lots of great food, music and dancing.  Cash bar available, too. Grand prize raffle tickets are  on sale for $5 each or 3/$10 and you don’t have to attend the event to take a chance on this great vacation. Event or Vacation Raffle tickets can be reserved by calling (908) 725-7787.

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Children’s Book Festival Scheduled for March 16th

Read away the winter doldrums with the CNJIRA Children’s Book Festival which will be held on Saturday, March 16th at the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School, 128 Merriwood Road, Bridgewater from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The festival is a great opportunity for students in grades K-6 to chat with over 30 authors and illustrators, purchase books and have them signed. Families can also listen to short presentations by the authors and illustrators, too! The cost is $5.00 per family. Only school aged children and their families, please. To register, please visit and send the registration form and your check for $5.00 to the address on the form. If you have questions, please call: (908) 722-5812 or (908) 832-6651.




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Hometown Heroes take on Harlem Wizards on April 26th

Bridgewater and Raritan government officials and school staff members will take on the Harlem Wizards in an entertaining game of basketball on April 26th. BRHS Project Graduation is hosting an amazing event on April 26th with Bridgewater and Raritan government officials and B-R school staff playing an entertaining basketball game as the Hometown Heroes take on the Harlem Wizards. Tickets are selling fast! Contact Project Graduation at The game will begin at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm) in the BridgewaterRaritan High School Gym. Dinner/Snacks/Drinks will be available. Support Project Graduation and ensure the Class of 2013 will have a safe and memorable celebration. Typically, Project Graduation is an all night celebration for graduating high school seniors to attend a drug and alcohol free celebration. At Bridgewater-Raritan High School (BRHS), Project Graduation includes a year-long series of education, activities, competitions, and fundraising to raise donations to defray the costs. Across the country, PG has inspired a new tradition for graduating seniors. Perspectives in Disease Prevention-Maine observed that “Project Graduation has become much more than an event that occurs on graduation night. It is a community wide movement that strives to create a supportive environment that invites open communication between youths and adults related to drugs and alcohol.” Project Graduation is special because the students make a conscious decision to enjoy their graduation night without alcohol or drugs. No other group, including parents and school personnel, can make that decision for the student. BRHS adopted the PG model some 20+ years ago and it is gaining popularity each year. Once again, the Class of 2013 will celebrate at Dave & Buster’s; enjoying unlimited food, soft drinks, arcade games, bowling, billiards, mechanical bull, sumo wrestling, dancing, and more. Project Graduation is run by a committee of parent, staff, and student volunteers who donate their time and talents. PG is supported by donations from our generous community businesses, families, HS organizations, and the Bridgewater-Raritan Municipal Alliance.




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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words at Black Lab Studio

Photography is a moment frozen in time and space. A photo captures the exact moment. It will only happen that way once! Do you think film is dead? Husband and wife, Arielle Friedman and Robert Heil, owners of Black Lab Studio & Imaging (Black Lab) in Flemington, say “NO WAY!” BIack Lab is the only locally owned and operated camera shop that still sells and processes 35mm slide, color and black and white film. For you professional photographers out there, Black Lab also sells and processes 120 and 4x5.

Last July, BIack Lab opened New Jersey’s only public commercial darkroom offering film and darkroom classes for all ages (see for schedule). Black Lab also gives teens an opportunity to explore black and white film photography in a two-week summer camp called The Lost Medium. Friedman and Heil want to make sure that future generations know the history of photography, not just the

taking of cell phone photos and social networking. Film is a lost medium that digital technology has tried taking away from photographers. “I still love having something tactile,” Friedman says. “Digital has changed the value of photography, but we’re keeping it alive.” Do you remember Polaroid? You thought it wasn’t possible to have instant gratification in a tactile form, didn’t you? Well, Black Lab carries the Impossible Film for your Polaroid cameras. Now you can have both! This husband and wife team opened their doors in historic downtown Flemington in November 2010. The two combined their experience as professional photographers and years in the photo retail industry which has helped make them such a success. They decided to share their love for the craft and create lasting memories in their portrait studio. You must experience a Black Lab portrait session. You will feel like you are part of the Black Lab family right away! Four legged friends are always welcome. Come in and check out this unique camera shop, portrait studio, print lab (for film and digital printing) in downtown Flemington. Also meet the shops namesake, Fitz, the couple’s black Labrador Retriever. Visit Black Lab online at or by calling 908.751.5131.


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Van Holten Students Enjoy Taste of Chess during Lunch

Charlie Pollard (right), the winner of this year’s chess tournament, shakes hands with Angie Liu after the final match on January 30th. When the lunch bell rings at Van Holten School, instead of heading out to the playground or sitting in the cafeteria on cold days; many 4th graders head to the school’s auditorium to play chess. Students have really taken to the game, according to Curt Weaver, the fourth-grade teacher who has been running the chess tournament during lunch period at the school for the past nine years. Weaver teaches the entire class how to play and then has a sign-up sheet for students who would like to participate in the tournament held in January. “The kids love the tournament,” Mr. Weaver said. “We started with 46 participants this year which is about half the 4th grade.” “The game provides an excellent diversion for students during the lunch period,” explains Weaver. “The kids tend to sit around and get bored when they don’t have anything to do. Chess is a great way to make them use their minds and increase their problem solving skills. I thought participating in a chess tournament would be very enriching for them, and I think it has had that effect.” The complexity of the game has not deterred the enthusiasm of the participants, he said. “It is a great way for the students to learn good sportsmanship. It gives them the opportunity to win and lose individually,” Mr. Weaver said. “After each match the participants shake hands.” Each match lasts about 30 minutes, although most chess matches would take much longer than that because of the complexities of the game. If a match takes longer than the lunch period, players go to a point system based on the value of the pieces captured up to that point. The player with the most points captured wins. The final match was held on January 30th. This year Charlie Pollard was the winner of the tournament and second place went to Angie Liu.

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Summer Fun for the Entire Family

Coppermine will be hosting a Family Movie Night and Pot Luck Dinner on April 5th. Open to the entire community. Check their website for details The summer of 2013 soon will be here. Where will you be when the heat arrives and your children are looking to cool down? Come to Coppermine Swim Club, an excellent place to splash around! Home of the Cudas swim team, Coppermine is a private swim club in Bridgewater that’s focused on providing a fun, family-oriented atmosphere. In addition to a kiddie pool and full-sized pool with diving boards, children of all ages enjoy a ping pong table, basketball and volleyball courts, and a playground. If you need a break from all the fun, you can visit our snack bar for a cool treat, quick snack or cold beverage. As an additional benefit to members, Coppermine offers The Coppermine Kids’ Club which is available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Members’ children entering grades 1 through 7 enjoy supervised crafts, games, a swim lesson and pool time, all for $20 or less per day! Take advantage of our flexible attendance options that are designed to meet the various needs of our families. This is truly an amazing value! Whether you are looking for a full day of fun for your family, a fun summer atmosphere for your children while you are working, or a nearby pool to take a swim in between summer activities, Coppermine is the affordable, ideal choice. Join as a bonded member this year and receive a credit for a FREE PARTY ($50 value) and 10 FREE GUEST PASSES ($50 value)! Visit us online at www. or call (908) 685-9596 for more information or to schedule a visit. With more than 100 days in summer, why not join us poolside? We’d love to have you!

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Bradley Gardens Baseball League Registration Open until March 10th Is your son or daughter looking to learn the FUNdamentals of baseball this spring in a positive and relaxed environment? Consider Bridgewater’s original baseball program, Bradley Gardens Little Loop! Celebrating its 54th year, the Bradley Gardens Little Loop baseball program emphasizes teamwork and sportsmanship, and provides quality baseball instruction to every child who participates in the league regardless of skill level. The Little Loop season runs from approximately April 1st until June 30th, 2013, and is open to all boys and girls between the ages of 4 ½ and 12, regardless of where they live and regardless of their experience level. Players are placed into one of four divisions based on their age as of May 1, 2013. From beginners to more advanced players, all are welcome to play. Unlike other leagues, the Little Loop does not require parents to post $100 + work bonds before their children can participate in the league. We are an all volunteer program and a non-profit organization. Our focus is on providing your child with the best baseball experience possible at an affordable price. Registration forms can be obtained by visiting or by sending an e-mail request to bgllbaseball@ Sponsors, Managers, and Coaches are always wanted. Questions about the league? Send us an e-mail at bgllbaseball@ gmail.comor contact Chris Johnson at 908-725-1611.

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Raritan Library March Events The Raritan Public Library has special events planned for this month. To join in on the fun, stop by the library at 54 East Somerset St., Raritan or call 908-725-0413 to register. Poetry Contest Celebrate National Poetry Month in April by submitting an original poem with a chance to be published in the Raritan Valley Federation of Libraries Poetry Program Anthology. The libraries from the Raritan Valley Federation that are also participating are Dunellen, Bernardsville, Bernards Township, Middlesex, and New Brunswick Public Libraries. The deadline for submission is March 15th. Raritan Public Library will host it 2nd annual poetry reading on April 24th at 6:30 pm. The contest is open to all ages. All participants will receive a copy of the published anthology. Call the Library at (908) 725-0413 or visit for more details. Movie - “Easter Parade” Wed., March 27 @ 6:30pm

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March 2013

Local Fire Companies Rescue Dog from Raritan River SWIM, Inc. Offers Free Water Exercise for Mobility Challenged Adults

Firefighters from North Branch and Green Knoll rescued a dog from the Raritan River on January 30th. Photo/Dave Hickson On January 30th, North Branch Fire Chief Dave Hickson received a request from Bridgewater Police Department. The Dispatcher asked if there was anything they could do with a report of a dog that had fallen through the ice on the North Branch of the Raritan River between Branchburg and Bridgewater. North Branch Fire, with a specialized Swift Water Rescue Team, has the personnel and equipment to handle this highly unique call. North Branch immediately called in the help of Bridgewater’s Green Knoll Fire Company for mutual aid. Green Knoll’s elevated platform ladder truck has the ability to span outward to “pluck” the animal out of the water while keeping rescuers safely on dry ground. Unfortunately for the first Responder and Incident Commander, Deputy Chief Mike Russoniello, the rescue was not that simple. The access to the animal was hundreds of feet off the roadway. When Russoniello found the animal, it was clinging to the edge of the thin ice approximately 40’ into the river in a 6’ pool of running water. The dog was described as a mix

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Tickets on Sale for ‘The Vincent Talarico Show’ on March 15th

Free Ballroom Dance Lessons Offered

Dance instructor, Bice DiFelice, is offering FREE ballroom dance lessons at the Bridgewater Senior Center. Bice DiFelice is offering free Ballroom Dance Lessons every Thursday from 1-3 p.m. at the Bridgewater Senior Center, 455 Somerville Road, Bridgewater. Lessons are geared towards the older adult, 55 and over. The lessons are for Waltz, Cha Cha, Fox Trot, Swing, Rumba, Meringue, Tango, Salsa, Hustle and more. Individuals and couples are welcome. Bice DiFelice has over 20 years experience and has competed in shows in Los Angeles, New York City, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Florida, Copacabana, and many more. Bice has also performed showcases with Frank Collins at the Touch Dancing Studio in Warren, NJ. If you are interested in taking lessons, please call 732-356-0214.

BRMS Basketball Team Wins JV Championship -

The Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School 7th Grade Boys Basketball team won the JV Championship on February 1st. They beat JP Case (Flemington) and won 50-32. The 7th Grade Team is: Justin Bryant, Tyler Ball, Daniel Banz, Douglas Collins, Ryan Collins, Aaron Gao, Daniel MacKinney, Karthick Murthy, Chike Nwanko, David Usewick, Jack Whelan, Sterling White. Coaches are: Michael Geremia and Dan Grigal. Submitted photo

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The Somerville Seniors will be holding a fundraiser featuring the multi-talented performer, Vincent Talarico, on May 5th at the Somerville Elks at 375 Union Avenue in Bridgewater. Mr. Talarico has been named by critics as one of the most versatile and hardworking performers of our time. Vincent sings in Italian and five other languages, tells stories and jokes, dances and plays the drums. He is the consummate entertainer--able to move people with love, passion and deep emotion through his voice. He has also written the theme song for a motion picture now in production and he has an acting role as well. Tickets will be on sale for the first time on March 15th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Seniors Building at 1 Mountain Avenue in Somerville. For more info or to order tickets, please call Claire at (908) 393-9300 or Randy at (908) 864-4052. Tickets cost only $15 and are expected to sell out very quickly.


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Tickets are on sale for the 21st annual Outstanding Women in Somerset County awards dinner sponsored by the county Commission on the Status of Women. This year’s program will be held Friday, March 22, at The Imperia at 1714 Easton Ave., Somerset. A cash bar at 6:30 p.m. will be followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. Advance reservations are required by March 11; no reservations will be taken at the door. For a reservation form or more information, call Commission Chairwoman Paula Marasco at (908) 953-0791 or visit to print the form. The Commission on the Status of Women presents these awards annually in celebration of Women’s History Month in March. Honorees are women who live or work in Somerset County. Recipients by category are: Business/Management – Carol Ann Winder of Bernardsville; Education – Lorrie Baumann of Branchburg, Peggy Katzenberger of Lebanon and Viktoria Wargo of Hillsborough; Entrepreneur – Dawn Kettling of Bedminster and Dianne Leoni of Hillsborough; Environmental Initiatives – Kay Paragano of Bernardsville; Government/Public Service – Debra S. Joren of Watchung and Marguerite (Peg) Schaffer, Esq., of Bedminster; Health Services – Alyce Brophy, RN, BSN, MPH, of Milford and Dorothy J. DeMaio, RN, Ed.D., FAAN, of Far Hills; Hometown Hero – Morgan Dluhy of Branchburg and Donna Dourney of Hillsborough; Law – Annmarie Simeone, Esq., of Woodbridge; Medicine/Health Services – Vedrana Gjivoje, DVM, of Bernardsville and Alieta Eck, MD, of Franklin; Public Service – Judith A. Sullivan of Bedminster; Social Services – Nicole DeSario of Montgomery; and Volunteerism – Nancy Buck Pyne of Peapack-Gladstone, Jane R. Fidacaro of Raritan and Bev Glockler of Montgomery.

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JCC to Hold Preschool & Summer Camp Open House on March 11

The Blaustein Early Childhood Center and JCC Camp Ruach will be holding an Open House on Monday, March 11 from 5:00-7:30p.m. offering $50 off new preschool and camp registrations.

The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC), 775 Talamini Rd., Bridgewater, will be holding a Preschool and Camp Open House on March 11 from 5:007:30 pm. The community is invited to attend. JCC Staff will be available to provide tours of the JCC, and special one-day savings will be offered. The JCC Blaustein Early Childhood Center and JCC Camp Ruach are both offering $50 off of new school and camp registrations (some restrictions apply). The JCC Blaustein Early

Childhood Center offers programs for ages 6 weeks through Kindergarten. Preschool and child care hours are 7:30 a.m.6:00 p.m. Year-round program is available. Developmentally appropriate academic program, swimming, physical education, music and Jewish holiday celebrations are part of the curriculum. Summer Camp and enrichment programs are also available. Every classroom has a certified teacher with assistants. For more info, contact Director Linda Weiss at 908-725-6994 x208; JCC Camp Ruach offers programs for campers ages 15 months through 9th Grade. Registration is available for a minimum of four-weeks. Preschoolers have multiple scheduling options to meet individual needs. Camp Ruach has three swimming pools -- indoor and outdoor -- four sports fields, climbing wall, high and low ropes courses, mini-golf course, portable skateboard park, great indoor facilities including a gymnasium, and much more. High staff to child ratio. Busing is included. Lunches, Early Care and Late Stay are also offered. For more information on Camp Ruach, or call Camp Co-Director Lauren Paniccia at 908-725-6994 x264;

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Dr. Robert Sanford teaches B-R students how to properly brush their teeth. Submitted photo

In honor of National Dental Health month, Dr. Robert L. Sanford will be speaking at the

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Bridgewater-Raritan schools throughout the months of February and March. Elementary and Middle School students will have an opportunity to meet Dr. Sanford and learn about the importance of proper oral hygiene. He will teach them his Roll, Wiggle, and Wisk tooth brushing technique: Roll the brush over the teeth, Wiggle the bristles between the teeth, and Whisk the plaque off! Dr. Sanford also reviews how to floss and rinse for healthy teeth and gums. Dr. Sanford has been visiting Bridgewater-Raritan schools for over 20 years, and he loves meeting with the kids. Here’s to healthy teeth!

The St. Ann girls & boys basketball teams honed their community service skills by collecting over 200 cans of soup in support of Souper Bowl Sunday. Submitted photo

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There is Such a Thing as a Free Lunch Ambassador Girl Scout, Shelby Sharkey, of Service Unit 74, Troop 60167 has researched, written and published - There is Such a Thing as a Free Lunch: A Guide to Free Local Events, Programs and Activities. The 300 copies of the free publication will be available March 1st. The guide provides an organized resource of local events, programs and activities that are free and held annually in the community. It contains information on over 60 events, programs and activities. It covers twelve months starting in March. Copies can be picked up at the following locations: Bridgewater, Raritan, Somerville and Hillsborough Libraries; Bridgewater and Raritan Municipal Buildings, BRHS Guidance Office, Bridgewater Recreation Office, Girl Scout Heart of NJ Council in North Branch. The publication will be available on-line at, starting 3/1/13. In addition, event updates will be made on the web site. Also, visit the site for additional locations to pick up a free printed copy. This publication is the final part of earning the Girl Scout Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Any questions or inquiries can be made on the web site or email Shelby at


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Bridgewater Baseball & Softball 2013 Nonprofit Registration Now Open Seeking Vehicle The first pitch for Bridgewater Baseball and Softball’s Spring seaDonations son is scheduled for Saturday, April 13th at the Department of Parks Middle Earth, a local nonprofit serving youth, is seeking donations of used vehicles, especially minivans. The agency uses cars to transport youth to their program activities. Middle Earth’s programs offer local children a safe environment after school, but transportation can be a barrier to participate for many youth if their parents are working or there is no family vehicle. The agency’s programs allow teens to engage with caring adults who listen, obtain help with homework or employment searches, participate in club activities, and volunteer for community service opportunities. Some of the programs at Middle Earth help teens on probation work through difficult obstacles and obtain needed assistance. Many youth have no safe way of getting to the agency for their programs. A staff member picks up teens and takes them to Middle Earth for their programs, or to other important opportunities such as community service projects, job interviews, or to the health clinic. “When a child needs caring adults, educational assistance or other help in their life, we don’t let something like lack of transportation stand in our way,� said Maria Strada, the Executive Director of Middle Earth. “Unfortunately, our fleet of cars is disappearing as it ages. We need well-running cars, especially vehicles that can carry more than four people.� If you can donate your vehicle, which is tax-deductible, please contact Middle Earth’s office at 908-725-7223 or

and Recreation complex on Prince Rodgers Avenue in Bridgewater. “We are excited for another great season and expect almost 1,000 boys and girls to participate in our recreation, tournament and buddy ball baseball and softball programs this spring. Registration is still open for boys and girls ages 4-18,� said Diane Bellinger, President of Bridgewater Baseball & Softball. Bridgewater Baseball and Softball offers a wide variety of programs and is proud to host youth baseball programs focused on living a healthy life while building spirit, mind and body. Bridgewater Township and local area residents are welcome to register and parents are invited to join in the fun as well through volunteering. Registration is available online at and closes Thursday, March 15th. For more information about Bridgewater Baseball and Softball 2013 Registration, contact Sal Bilia, Board Member, Bridgewater Baseball and Softball, at (908) 306-9030 or Bridgewater Baseball and Softball is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and has been a charter member of Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball League since 1992, which is also the fastest growing youth sports organization in North America. The Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth League serves over 1 million players from ages 4-18 in Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, Babe Ruth Softball and Babe Ruth Buddy Ball.

Hip-Hop Grannies Raise Money for Local Charity - On

January 26th, the Bridgewater Roxies participated in a fundraiser for Women Aware, an organization in New Brunswick that helps battered women. The event was held at the Brooks Arts Center in Bound Brook and was hosted by Larry D., formerly of The Duprees. The Hip-Hop Grannies are, from left to right: Back row: Rupali Chakravarti, Barbara Hart, Joan Chao, Jo Surace, Marylou Dittmar, Amelia Aadahl, and Kathy Kircher. Front row: Dottie Turse, Jan Sopko, Marion Harris, Doris Bracht, and Lou Winchock.

JCC to Sponsor Fashion Show and Basket Auction on April 18 Donations and Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available

Souper Bowl Friday

- Immaculate Conception School 2nd grader – and Baltimore Ravens fan – Sean Paul Givens of Bridgewater along with 7th grader – and San Francisco 49er’s fan – Daniel Young of Branchburg, help to pack some of the food contributed during the school’s annual “Souper Bowl Friday� collection. Any student in Pre-K through Grade 8 who donated a can of soup or other non-perishable food item was permitted to wear the jersey of their favorite sports team to school. Over twenty boxes of canned foods were collected and sent to SHIP in Somerville.

The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Bridgewater will be sponsoring a Fashion Show and Basket Auction on Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m at Twin Brooks Country Club in Watchung. The event is open to the community. Fashions will be provided by The Gap, Hillary’s, Inspiring Fitwear, Kamali Kulture and Lululemon. The admission fee is $90 per person for registrations received by April 8 and $100 per person for registrations received after April 8. The admission fee includes a sit down dinner, fashion show and 26 tier-one basket auction tickets. A cash bar will be available. Proceeds from the Fit & Go event will benefit the JCC, a non-sectarian social service agency. To register, please call 908-725-6994 x201 or register on line at The Title Sponsor of the Fit & Go event is Precor. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. The JCC is accepting basket donations for the event. In addition, gift certificates and donations of professional services are accepted, as are monetary donations which will be used for purchasing basket items. Please contact Joy McIntyre, JCC Fitness Director at 908-725-6994 x226; JMcyntire@

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Estate Wine & Chocolate Pairings to Benefit Women’s Health & Counseling Center

Bridgewater Students Compete in Math Contest -

Students in Mrs. Carol Goett’s Advanced Math classes at Immaculate Conception School in Somerville recently participated in the annual St. Joseph High School Mathematics Contest. The contest, which was comprised of individual and team competitions, involved a 16-question, 45-minute exam covering topics in algebra, geometry, and other math topics. The ICS team, which included students in 7th and 8th grade, placed 7th among the 20 participating schools, and 1st among the 11 Catholic schools competing. Among the eleven team members are Bridgewater residents (from left) Megan Adam, Andrew Simon, and Mara Hinerman. Submitted photo

Join the fun to kick off a year of celebration for four decades of service to the community by Women’s Health & Counseling Center (WHCC) on March 21st with a Fine Estate Wine Tasting & Chocolate Pairing. The event will take place at Verve Bistro, 18 East Main Street, Somerville from 6-9 p.m. Donation is $75 per person to benefit the vital healthcare services of WHCC. To make your reservation visit and click on the green DONATE button; or call 908 526-2335 x134. RSVP by 3/18/2013. Women’s Health & Counseling Center is a communitybased, nonprofit provider of personalized healthcare, particularly those who may not be able to obtain such services from traditional providers due to monetary, cultural, language or other barriers. For more information, visit

Raritan Recreation Opens Registration for Fall Cheerleading

Five Local Dentists Attend Symposium - Seattle Study Club members (l-r): Dr. Bill Jones, Dr. Doug Masi, Dr. Teresa DeStefano, Dr. Annemarie Brennan, and local Director Dr. Peter Cornick traveled to Naples, Florida for the 20th Anniversary Symposium. The Seattle Study Club strives to promote the best in continuing education, research dissemination and camaradarie in dentists.


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Raritan Recreation is looking for participants from Grades K-6 for their fall Cheerleading Program. The program will offer: cheerleading basics, fun in a child friendly atmosphere, performance for family and friends at end of season. All interested participants should contact Raritan Recreation at: or call (908) 725-9411. Please be sure to include your child’s first and last name, phone#, e-mail, and grade.

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Congratulations to the winner of our ad symbol contest, Rosemary Crane of Bridgewater. Rosemary won a $40 gift certificate from the Somerville Pinoy Restaurant in downtown Somerville. In the above photo, Rosemary is shown receiving her prize from owner Cynthia Conshue. Situated on the newly renovated Division Street in downtown Somerville, Somerville Pinoy Restaurant offers authentic Filipino specialties. They offer casual dining in a comfortable setting. Specializing in exotic dishes, try their lunch specials, or bring a bottle of wine and enjoy a relaxing night out with friends. During spring and summer, listen to live music on Division Street while dining at Pinoy’s outdoor café. Want something different for your party? Order a tray of appetizers or let us cater your party and surprise your guests with the newest taste sensation from Asia. Somerville Pinoy Restaurant offers a wide variety of catering options with delivery that would be perfect for your party or last minute get together. Try the shanghai lumpia made with ground seasoned pork with chopped vegetables wrapped in a spring roll and deep fried and served with a sweet chili sauce or the Filipino spring roll made with shredded lettuce, mint leaves, cilantro wrapped in rice paper served with peanut sauce. For dinner, try one of their signature Filipino dishes -- a Whole Grilled Squid stuffed with fresh tomatoes, onions, and scallions; Tilapia Filet in spicy coconut sauce; or Pinoy Glazed Barbeque, a unique blend of sweet and tangy spices that is sure to electrify your taste buds. Somerville Pinoy is located at 18 Division Street in the Heart of Somerville’s Art District. Open from 9 a.m. until close 7 days a week.

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4-H Science-Sational Day is March 16th Registration Due by March 4

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of all ages came out to the Family Purim Carnival held at the JCC in Bridgewater. The afternoon included lots of games, a climbing wall, inflatables, face painting, remote control race car driving, DJ, costume parade and a GaGa (an Israeli form of Dodge ball) Tournament. Guests were entertained by a Big Apple Circus Clown, and had the opportunity to meet the Rutgers University Scarlet Knight and Sparkee, the Mascot of the Somerset Patriots. Purim is a festive Jewish holiday that celebrates the deliverance of the Jews from their enemies in the biblical Book of Esther. Photo/Bernard DeLierre Photography

“4-H Science-sational Day is just that - a sensational day full of science activities. It will be a fun day for all kids, grades 1-6, to be introduced to science”, says Lisa Rothenburger, County 4-H Agent. The event, to be held Saturday, March 16 at the Somerset County Ted Blum 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Road in Bridgewater, will include lively, hands-on workshops for kids, grades 1-6, to encourage youth to explore topics such as space, mechanical science, environmental science, chemistry, and more. An estimated 200 children and parents are expected to attend this event which has been

overwhelmingly popular since its inception. Children do not have to be in 4-H or live in Somerset County to attend. 4-H Science-sational Day offers 14 choices of workshops. Kids can participate in 3 workshops. The day will begin with a large group activity entitled, “Dragons & Dreams” presented by Piccirillo Sciencetelling of Hillsborough. It will be followed by the science activity workshops. A complete schedule of activities and registration form is available from the Somerset County 4-H Office at (908) 526-6644 or visit our website at

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January 30, Katie Stewart, the Breast Health Outreach Coordinator for Steeplechase Cancer Center, conducted a workshop at the Bridgewater Senior Center. Luncheon was provided by Kings Super Market. In attendance were 150 people who listened attentively and asked questions concerning the topic. Jennifer Costello and Lauren Stasil, both Registered Mammography Technologists from Steeplechase were happy to answer concerns put forth by the seniors. The entire program is funded by the Susan G. Komen For the Cure®. The seniors were given a quiz about breast cancer before and after the talk, and they learned the importance of having a yearly mammography done by a digital machine which greatly enhances the images so that anomalies may be detected early.

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Advance registration is required. The cost is $25 per child for one child; $20 for each additional sibling for the 3 workshop program. Parents may attend the 3 workshop program with their child(ren) for free. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with a maximum number of 200 participants. Registration is likely to be filled before the deadline. Fees are non-refundable. For more information about 4-H Science-sational Day, or the 4-H program in general, contact the county 4-H Office at (908) 526-6644 or 231-7000, ext. 7521.

Camp Bow Wow Bridgewater is giving dogs something to howl about this winter. The newly expanded and renovated facility has doubled in size since opening in 2005, making it the largest of the popular Camp Bow Wow franchises in the nation. New features of the expansion include significantly more space for indoor play and dog training; additional overnight “cabins,” including the creation of a Teacup Pup Room for small and toy breed dogs; renovated grooming salon; and the upgrade to high resolution webcams so

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owners can get a better view when checking up on their dogs while they are at camp. Owners Randy DeFazio and Sherri Hayes opened the Bridgewater location of Camp Bow Wow in 2005 and responded to increasing demand for their pet services by undertaking two major expansions. The facility is full-service, offering overnight boarding, daycare, training, grooming and bathing, and special events—all in a clean, safe and odor-free environment. Dogs at Camp Bow Wow are

grouped by age, activity and socialization levels and placed together in fenced play areas with access to outdoor areas throughout the day. The spacious “cabins” are used only for feeding and night-time sleeping or rest periods. To ensure safety and a pleasant stay for all, dogs must be screened before becoming campers. The process includes an “interview” to assess temperament and social skills and a review of health records to make sure vaccinations are current. “We found a career that would allow us to do what we love, and the good fortune to be able to give back to the community,” Hayes explained. In addition to caring for clients’ dogs, Camp Bow Wow found a second purpose – to help homeless pets in need. Since opening in 2005, Camp Bow Wow Bridgewater has fostered more than 80 homeless dogs and, in some cases, helped to rehabilitate and train the dogs to increase their chances of getting adopted.


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Bradley Gardens Students Put Their Hearts into Jump Rope Fundraiser

Bradley Gardens students jumped rope to raise over $2,000 for children with “special� hearts. Submitted Photo Over 75 students jumped rope, danced, climbed the cargo net, participated in relay races and more during the school’s Jump Rope for Heart event on February 22, 2013. Throughout the preceding weeks, the school’s physical education teachers, Brian Chartowich and Rob Chartowich, and the school nurse, Nancy Ambrose, taught the children about the importance of exercise and proper nutrition for healthy hearts. The students learned that some children and grown-ups suffer various heart problems. Armed with this information, the students solicited donations for the privilege of jumping rope during the event to help fight heart disease. Pink and red hearts, each one signed by a student, were displayed as decor. Around the gymnasium, the physical education teachers organized stations where students sampled different forms of fun exercise. Grouped by grade level, students rotated from station-to-station at designated intervals. Nurse Ambrose told the students that for every hour of exercise, we add 2 hours to our life. Fruit, vegetables and water were purchased from Wegmans because they generously donated a Gift Card, so the students could eat healthy snacks. The evening culminated with the students filling the entire gymnasium and jumping rope together. Laura Scolarice, the PTO President and coordinator of the event, shared how heart disease has affected her family and expressed sincere gratitude to everyone who donated money to help children with “special� hearts.



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Bridgewater Football League Accepting Registrations for Fall Football and Cheer The Bridgewater Football League is now accepting registrations for the fall 2013 Football and Cheer season which will start in August. Celebrating our 10th anniversary, the league emphasizes teamwork, participation for all players, learning the fundamentals of football, and community spirit. This volunteer run organization is part of the Jr, Skyland Football Conference, with teams representing towns across Somerset and Hunterdon counties. We welcome participants in grades K-8th grade, open to Bridgewater-Raritan and nonBridgewater-Raritan residents. K-2nd grade players participate in Flag Football, and 3rd-8th grade play Tackle Football. We offer both competitive and recreation cheerleading options. For registration information, please visit our website at or email Sponsors, Coaches and Volunteers are always welcome.

Vendors/Crafters Wanted The Sgt. John Basilone Columbiettes are hosting a Vendor/Craft Fair on Saturday, May 4th from 9am – 1pm at St. Ann School in Raritan. They are currently seeking quality vendors and crafters. $25/table flat fee (tables provided). Spaces are limited! Interested vendors/crafters should contact Elizabeth at running@

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‘Lata Fashion Show Set For April 21st

Immaculata junior Gabriella Pulice from Bridgewater uses a laptop computer financed by last year’s fashion show fundraiser. Photo/Carrie Callahan, Immaculata senior Thanks to support from Immaculata High School’s Spartan Club, Immaculata has recently upgraded technology throughout the school. This year’s improvements include the upgrade of library computers to laptops and outfitting all classrooms with wireless access and overhead projectors. The annual Spartan Club Fashion Show is the primary contributor and one of the major events of the Immaculata school year. This year’s event will be held on April 21st, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Somerset. With the theme “A ‘Lata Golden Memories!� in celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary, the event will feature a Mothers’ Auction and Immaculata seniors modeling the latest fashions. Funds raised by the 2013 event will again be used to support Immaculata High School’s technology program. The Spartan Club is currently seeking goods, services and/or monetary donations for the Mothers’ Auction. Individuals and businesses supporting the auction will receive a receipt for tax purposes and be acknowledged as a sponsor in the Fashion Show program booklet presented to all fashion show attendees. If interested in making a donation, contact Maria Pulice at (908) 872-1183 or To advertise or sponsor a luncheon table, contact Helen Dolan at (732) 439-0816 or vigdolan@ For event tickets, contact Michele Incao at (908) 229-8521 or or download a reservation form at Immaculata’s website under Spartan Club, Special Events at

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After college, Al joined his brothers Tom, Gene, and Matty in the family business, Gaburo’s Laundry, which they started in the 1920s. The business was located on Farrand Avenue in Raritan. I received your package today and wish to take the opportunity to thank you immensely for your extreme thoughtfulness. It makes one feel swell to know that someone back home remembered. It wasn’t just the contents in the package; it is the sentiment that comes along with it. As a guy who looked out for the soldiers, Al shared those packages with the other Leathernecks telling Tony: Incidentally the (food) package that you sent did not last very long Tony. When we receive anything from home, we just yell “boys come and get it” – and before you know it, it’s all gone. In this letter from August 1944, he echoes the sentiments that soldiers have for the fun places in their hometown: Tony its Sunday afternoon and I could just picture the boys at the Centennial Tavern. Some busy at the bar, a group playing boss, others playing cards and shuffle board, and some just hanging around. I often think about that for it does bring back pleasant memories. When he first arrived overseas in the Pacific on the island of Guam in January 1945, he still seemed to have a positive outlook on things as he wrote: I have reached my destination safely thanks to the Navy. Censorship prohibits me designating the island

that I am on. I’m somewhere in the Pacific. The island that I am on is a most beautiful one and just strewn with coconut trees. Just beyond the camp lies the beautiful blue Pacific reflecting its eight various colors of water. It is an ideal place for a vacation – after the war. In the midst of war any beer would do as the passages below reflect: The only beer they serve us is Ballantine. While at home it didn’t taste so hot, here it is considered a premium beer, and it does taste pretty good. Beer is rationed to a case a month per individual. It is warm beer but it serves the purpose. The boys back home would refuse warm beer, but here we welcome it. Al seemed to enjoy the centralized roles given to him: I was appointed the Battalion’s mail clerk. I rather like the setup and find my work very interesting. Mail is something that the boys look forward to as it has a great tendency to uplift their morale. He was at times humorous - in reference to his friends who hunted at home - he had this to say to them: I presume the hunters at home would have the time of their lives out here. All the ammunition they want and the choice of weapon. The only bad feature about it is that the things you shoot at have a great desire to fire back.

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In 1945, Al Gaburo moved from Guam to the battle of Iwo Jima. There he learned of the death of John Basilone. He took the loss of his friend very hard. He wrote to Tony a couple times about it: The death of John Basilone has been a very severe blow to me. It is something that is hard to believe. We will see him no more. Those of us that knew him can well remember his fine qualities. His name will go down in history and will be a living tribute to every boy in America. He will live forever. Father Russo (of St Ann’s in Raritan) has made preparations for a mass for John Basilone on the morning of May 19th. While mass is being said in Raritan I will kneel here and pay my respects at the same time. John’s brother George and I visited John’s grave on Iwo Jima many times. It was hard to do, but we had to pay our respects to one that was so close to us. We mourn his death as we do many others that made the supreme sacrifice. May his soul rest in peace. When the war ended on August 1945, Al wrote one of his best letters. Here are the highlights: To us it meant that the horrors of war were a thing of the past. We received the news with a great deal of happiness. We celebrated by cheering and singing. Most of us went to the chapel and gave thanks to the Lord. It meant that we would no longer have to trust our luck. It meant we would soon be returned to our loved ones. From the reports that I get, I rather surmised that you boys in Raritan had a hell of a good time upon hearing of Japan’s surrender. Your letter to me was self-explanatory. I could readily see that you were one happy person … I was happy to note that you made your promise good Tony. I well remember the day when you told me the very words that “your place would be open to everyone when final victory came!” I do admire you for your sincerity … I could just picture the gang parading the streets of Raritan, drunker than hell. I’ll bet they even brought their bottles along with them. Lucky Stiffs. After the war, Al became involved in many local organizations including the Raritan Chamber of Commerce and the Somerville Elks where he served as the exalted ruler. In 1973, the family sold Gaburo’s Laundry and Al Gaburo retired to Florida. In 1986 he developed lung cancer, but he avoided telling anyone that he did not have to, including most of his family as he did not want anyone to worry. He passed away in February of 1987. To view all of the letters that Al Gaburo wrote home during the war, logon to

March 2013

Living Together in Harmony

Van Holten second graders sing “Namaste” during their Multi-Cultural Festival in February.

Van Holten second graders traveled to Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain and several other countries without even leaving their school building in February. It was all part of their annual multi-cultural festival; an event geared toward educating, while entertaining, students about different cultures and traditions. The students came together to celebrate through song, dance, and remarks about cultures, countries and people around the world. Over the course of two months, the second graders visited each other’s classrooms to experience a different country. On the day of the festival, students held a performance in the auditorium, and then returned to their classrooms for bite size morsels of food made by the families of their classmates that represent the various cultures that make up the B-R community.

Above: Sydney and Joshua of Mrs. Kipila’s second grade class hold the passports they used to travel to different countries during the school’s multi-cultural festival.

Above: Diya, Matthew and Nicholas enjoy some of the homemade foods made by the families of their classmates. Right: Lauren (foreground) and Livia of Miss Hadfield’s second grade class show off the suitcase they used while visiting different countries during the Multi-Cultural Festival.

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RVCC Hosts Statewide Public Forum on Cyber Security

Bridgewater Library March Programs

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Preschool planned to donate all their extra Halloween Candy to Operation Gratitude in exchange for a free toothbrush and toothpaste donated by Dr. Joseph Muscatiello D.M.D and Dr. Michael E. Fodor D.M.D. However, Superstorm Sandy put a crimp in their plans, so the kids worked with Dr. Muscatiello, Dr. Fodor and Barbara Glass of Ventnor, New Jersey, to donate all the toothbrushes and toothpaste to other New Jersey children affected by the storm. (Standing l to r) RVCC Foundation Board Member Vince Cirianni; John J. McSorley, Executive Vice President, CFO, QualCare Alliance Networks; John J. Farmer, Jr., Dean of Rutgers School of Law-Newark and Senior Counsel for the 9/11 Commission; Gideon Lenkey, President, Ra Security Systems; Kenneth R. Levonaitis, CIO, McCarter & English; and Jerry Ravi, CPA, CISA, Senior Manager, EisnerAmper LLP. (Seated l to r) Virginia Bauer, CEO, GTBM, and 9/11 Advocate; Elissa Doroff, Esq., Vice President and Advisory Specialist, Marsh USA, Inc.; Andrew Donofrio, Director, IT Network Security, MSA Investigations; Arianna Frankl, Esq., Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman and Leonard, PA; and Govi Rao, President & CEO, Noveda Technologies, Inc., and Chairman, NJ Technology Council. Submitted photo

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Olympic Gold Medalist Lenny Krayzelburg recently visited the Bridgewater Tide Swim Team. Mr. Krazyzelburg provided an inspirational talk to the swimmers, many who are preparing for a national swim competition. He spoke about his swim career beginning in his homeland, Russia, and his Olympic experience. The Bridgewater Tide Swim Team offers high-development training for all age groups, for competition in USA Swimming, NJ-JCC Swim Team League and the New Jersey Swim & Dive Team Conference. The Bridgewater Tide is hosted at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center on Talamini Road in Bridgewater. For additional information, contact Mike Yearwood, Bridgewater Tide Swim Team Director at 908-725-6994 x252 Above: Mr. Krayzelburg is pictured in the back row, fifth from the left. Also pictured with the swimmers is Swim Team Director, Mike Yearwood (far right). Photo/Ken Kaus

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) hosted a statewide public forum, “Cyber Security: The Next Frontier,� on January 15. The 170 participants learned about new developments in cyber security; exposure and legal issues associated with privacy of information; and best practices for companies to bolster their cyber security defenses. Proceeds from the event benefited the RVCC Foundation’s scholarship program for RVCC students majoring in criminal justice and technology.


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North Branch Reformed Church Preschool PTO Craft and Vendor Fair is April 13th North Branch Reformed Church Preschool PTO will be hosting their Fifth Annual Craft and Vendor Fair on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 10a.m.-3 p.m. It will be a perfect opportunity to pick up gifts for Mother’s Day, Dads and Grads, or just because. The event will feature creative handmade merchandise including pottery, wooden household goods, jewelry and accessories and representatives from favorites such as, Origami Owl Living Lockets, Thirty-One Gifts, Arbonne, Scentsy, Pampered Chef and more! You won’t want to miss the Silent Auction including items such as a package of four Walt Disney World One Day Park Hopper passes, valued at $496, a NFL Jets replica lithograph autographed by four time Pro Bowler Cornerback, Darrelle Revis, and a package of four Somerset Patriots Upper Box Tickets, just to name a few! Silent Auction runs from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Make a day of it. Stop for a snack at the café and treat yourself to something at the NBRC Preschool PTO Bake Sale. The café will be open from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. If you’d like to be a part of the event, spaces are still available for $35. Tables can be rented for an additional $5. Space and tables are limited. Contact Nicole Young at for more info.

Kiwanis Group Raises Money for Local Organizations The Kiwanis of Somerville pledged $50,000 to Raritan Valley Community College’s campaign for the Ray Bateman Center for Student Life and Leadership. The Kiwanis is an international organization whose main objective is to serve the children of the world and this commitment is significant as it will serve the students for years to come. The Kiwanis of Somerville also raised over $2,400 for the Salvation Army in December in a joint effort with two Key Clubs (Manville and Bridgewater-Raritan). Another Christmas tradition is the delivery of poinsettias to patients at Somerville Medical Center; 200 plants were delivered to help bring the Christmas spirit to all. The Somerville Kiwanis meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at Mannion’s Pub in Somerville at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in becoming a member can email


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Van Holten School Students Discuss Compassion for Others Students from Mrs. D’Ascensio’s second grade class at Van Holten School recently answered the question, “If you could do something to cheer up a group of kids less fortunate than you, what would you do? Why?” Their answers appear below.


If I could cheer up a group of kids, I would serve food to families and play all sorts of games with them because it would be nice if I could spend time with them and let them have fun.










If I could cheer up a group of kids it would be by saying it is okay because saying it’s okay always makes somebody feel better.


If I could cheer up a group of kids, I would invite them on a trip to somewhere because some people do not have money. And I feel very sad for those people.


If I could cheer up a group of kids I would donate money to the poor so that they could buy more things they really need. So they could be a little more fortunate.


I would invite them to my house and give them my old toys that I don’t use anymore because they might not have all the toys that I have.


I would go to a shelter and play a game or two because I want to see them laugh and have fun with it and see the look on their faces when they win a game.


If I could cheer up a group of kids I would donate food to a food bank because I would like to give them food.



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Mar. 1 - Eisenhower - 6th gr. MARE Carnival - 7-9 p.m. Mar. 1 - Van Holten - Dr. Seuss’ B’day at Barnes & Noble Night Mar. 1 - Hamilton v. Crim Volleyball Game @ BRMS - 7p.m. Mar. 2 - Bradley Garden - Ice Skating Night - 7 p.m. Mar. 4 - Hillside - Science Fair - 5:30 p.m. Mar. 5 - JFK - Board of Ed Meeting - 8 p.m. Mar. 6 - Adamsville - PTO Meeting - 7:30 p.m. Mar. 6 - Bradley Gardens - PTO Meeting - 7 p.m. Mar. 7 - BRMS - Talent Show - 7 p.m. Mar. 7 - Van Holten - PTO Meeting - 9:30 a.m. Mar. 8 - Eisenhower - 5th gr. MARE Carnival - 7-9 p.m. Mar. 8 - Hillside - 5th gr. Rec Night - 7:30-9:00 p.m. Mar. 8 - Bradley Gardens - Vocal Concert Mar. 8 - JFK - Tricky Tray Night Mar. 8 - Crim - PTO Meeting - 9 a.m. Mar. 11 - BRHS - Basket Bingo Night Mar. 12 - Eisenhower - PTO Meeting - 7 p.m. Mar. 13 - BRHS - Vocal Fine Arts Festival - 8 p.m. Mar. 15 - Eisenhower - St. Baldrick’s Event - 6 p.m. Mar. 15 - Crim - Basket Bingo Mar. 15 - Adamsville - Talent Show Mar. 16 - Eisenhower - Applebee’s Breakfast - 8-10 a.m. Mar. 18 - BRHS - PTO Meeting - 7:30 p.m. Mar. 19 - Hillside - PTO Meeting - 9:30 a.m. Mar. 19 - JFK - Market Day - 5 p.m. Mar. 19 - Milltown - PTO Meeting - 7:30 p.m. Mar. 20 - Crim - Science Fair Mar. 20 - BRHS - Orchestra Fine Arts Festival - 8 p.m. Mar. 21 - BRHS - Band Fine Arts Festival - 8 p.m. Mar. 21 - Wade Bldg. - BOE Meeting & Budget Hearing - 8 p.m. Mar. 22 - BRMS - 8th Grade Career Day Mar. 25-Apr. 1 - All Schools - Spring Break

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PANTHER SPORTS Be sure to check the HS website for state tournament game times and locations.

Ice Hockey - The BR Ice Hockey team last won a cup in 2006. In

the 2013 Skyland Cup Tournament the Panthers defeated Watchung Hills 8-2 and Hunterdon Central 4-1 on their way to beating Hillsborough 2-1 in the final on 2/23. In the championship game, Brett Goldstein put the Panthers on the score board in the first period with an unassisted strike from outside the blue line. Alec Caseiro, assisted by Mark Kinsey and Ian Anderson, put the Panthers up by 2 with a second period power-play goal. Goalie Bobby Esposito had nine saves and was named MVP. Currently at 18-4-3, the boys are seeded fourth in the Public A bracket of the state tournament. This gives them home field advantage through the Quarterfinals on March 3rd.

Girls Basketball - The girls are looking to make the final as the number 2 seed in the North 2 Group 4 section. With a 20-4 record and their only losses to two top twenty teams the Panthers are optimistic about their chances in the state tournament beginning with their first opponent Columbia. Lead by senior Denisha Petty-Evans who through 23 games this season has amassed 484 points. Other key players for the lady Panthers include Eunice Abogado, Mary Kronenwetter, Hannah Brophy, Julia Venturelli, and Sarah Brophy.

Boys Basketball - The boys of the boards are flying high going into

the state tournament with a big win over Bound Brook 57-53. Dominic Pace stepped up and led the scoring in the contest with a season high 19 points. The Panthers have proven again that they are a threat not to be taken lightly. Seeded 6th, they take on 11th seed Millburn in the first round of the North 2 Group 4 tournament. High scorer for the Panthers this season is Pace’s younger brother junior Vincent Pace with 312 points in 24 games. Also scoring regularly for the boys are Eric Murdock, Ben Miller, and Russell Hawkins.

The Boys Swim Team celebrates their win at the Somerset County Championships in Montgomery on February 2nd. Photo/Kathy Sali

Girls Swimming - The girls ended their season with a heart break-

er. Beating Montgomery by the score 86-84 earlier this season, the Panthers were on the wrong side of the same score in the state tournament semifinal meet with Montgomery on 2/12. First place finishes versus Montgomery were Emma Sommer 50-Free, Kirsten Yili 100-Free, and in the 200-Free Relay Margaux Winchock, Kirsten Yili, Emma Sommers, and Brooke Sharkey. A 6-5 winning season has the girls proud of their efforts and looking forward to the individual state meet March 2 and 3. Go Panthers!

Boys Swimming - The Skyland Conference Champs added the

titles of Somerset County Champs and NJSIAA North 2A State Sectional Champs to their list of accomplishments this season. They beat Watchung Hills, Hillsborough, Scotch Plains and Cherry Hill East all with three digit scores on the way to the state championship. Dylan Sali set two meet records in the county meet, the 200 IM (1:51.19) and the 100 Backstroke (49.71). Amazingly, winning 6 of 11 events as a team and four first place finishes each by Dylan Sali and Jesse Novak were not enough to beat Westfield in the Group A championship. The 6 events won by the Panthers included the 200-Medley Relay (Bora Sebuktekin, Brandon O’Brien, Jesse Novak, Dylan Sali), the 200-IM (Dylan Sali), 100-Free (Jesse Novak), 100-Backstroke (Dylan Sali), 400-Free Relay (Dylan Sali, Jesse Novak, Jason Tan, Nick Agnello). We wish the boys luck in the Individual States March 2 and 3.

Wrestling - Junior Gianni Calo was crowned the 106 pound cham-

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Above: Players, coaches, and statisticians pose with the Skyland Cup after the Panther’s victory on February 23rd.Photo/ Dennis Avenoso Above right: Captains (l-r): Asst Captain Brett Goldstein (Sophmore), Captain Teddy Sweeney (Senior), and Asst Captain, Senior goalie Bobby Esposito are presented with the Skyland Cup. Photo/Dennis Avenoso Right: Captain Ted Sweeney celebrates the Panther’s victory. Photo/Dennis Avenoso Far right: Bobby Esposito is presented with the Skyland Cup MVP award by Carl Weigner, President of the Skyland Conference and Skyland Cup Tournament Director.

Right: Russell Hawkins (12), Vincent Pace (13), and Dominic Pace (21) move the ball around during the Franklin game on February 7th. Photo/Dawn Wilde

Panther wrestlers celebrated senior night on February 12th. BRHS Seniors (l-r): Anthony Calderaro, Valerio Lamorte, Pierce Gladfelter, Eddie Frazer, and Eddie Leal. Photo/Jason Gladfelter

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Page 22 Bridgewater - Peter W. Calvelli, 49, left us unexpectedly on January 16, 2013. Peter was a Vice President of IT Finance for Goldman Sachs in NYC. Peter is predeceased by his father, Samuel Calvelli. He is survived by his wife Martina F. (Carufe) Calvelli of Bridgewater; children, Daniel Peter Calvelli, Rachel Elisabeth Calvelli and Sarah Anne Calvelli all of Bridgewater; mother, Angela Aparo of Wappingers Falls, NY, sisters, Linda Calvelli of Tampa, Florida, Deb and her husband Gieniu Patora of Salt Point, NY. He is also survived by 8 nieces and nephew, brother and sister-in-laws and many family and friends. Peter was a devoted husband and father who was loved by many. He enjoyed a good cigar, and ride on his motorcycle and time with his family and friends. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Jean Wyman Babey, 91, died on January 16, 2013. Jean was an honor student and graduate of Moorestown High School, class of 1939. She graduated from Medical Technician School at St. Luke’s and Children’s Hospital in Pennsylvania. After completion of her training, she learned of a position at the Bound Brook Hospital and relocated to Somerset County. In 1944 she met Matthew J. Babey and they were married in February 1946. In 1951, after living in Raritan and Somerville for 5 years, they moved into their new home in Bridgewater, across from Gen. Washington’s Middlebrook Campground. Jean commuted to her job in Somerville, working as a technician for Dr. William Jones in his general practice office. In her high school days, Jean was a talented field hockey and basketball player and in her adult years she became a scratch golfer at Pike Brook Country Club. Her goal was to live to be 100 and she admired the centenarians she met at Arbor Glen. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Plainfield – Januario Cardona Munera, 70, died on January 17, 2013. Januario is survived by his wife, Luz Cardona of 39 years and his son, Juan Camilo Cardona. Arrangements were handled by Somerville Funeral Home. Dunellen - Marina J. Balogh, 64, died January 17, 2013. Marina was born in Liverpool, England and was

a lifelong resident of Dunellen. She was employed as a court administrator for the Municipal Courts of Dunellen, Somerville, South Bound Brook and Raritan for over 25 years, retiring in 2010. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater – Wilhermina Lugo, 100, entered into eternal life following a brief illness on January 17, 2013. Just over a week ago, she celebrated her 100th birthday with a family mass. Known by “Willie” to her family and friends, Wilhermina was the wife of Joseph E. Lugo who predeceased her in 1989. Mrs. Lugo will be greatly missed by her family and numerous friends. She was blessed with a long rich life and put it to use supporting everyone who came close to her. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Joseph H. Rabin, D.D.S., 93, died January 18, 2013. Dr. Rabin graduated from Rutgers University with a BS degree and then earned his DDS from Temple University. During WWII he served his country in the US Army as a Captain. Dr. Rabin established his successful dental practice in Somerville for over 42 years, retiring in 1988. He was chairman of the Board of Directors of the Somerset Saving & Loan, a member of Temple Sholom in Bridgewater and the Professional NJ Dental society in North Brunswick. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Kendall Park - Eui Young Lee, 61, died January 18, 2013. Eui started his career as an architect at Yoowon Construction in South Korea. He then was self employed at Jay and Ho in Perth Amboy for over 15 years, retiring in 2009. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Charles W. Addison, 89, entered eternal rest on January 18, 2013. Charles was a WWII US Army Veteran. He worked as a credit manager for several companies retiring in 1989. Charles enjoyed traveling with his family. He loved every minute of every day with his wife and children. He was past Commander of the American Legion Post 507 and held many positions at the Somerset County Executive level. He was a member of

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the Bridgewater Senior Citizens and The Knights of Columbus Council 5959 in Martinsville. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife, Elizabeth Addison of Bridgewater; sons, Timothy and Michael and daughter Laura Addison all of Bridgewater. He was predeceased by his son Charles S. Addison and his brother Arthur. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home.

Bridgewater - Frank Jencik, 85, died January 23, 2013. Frank was employed as a chemical operator for the Dupont Company in Linden for 10 years, retiring in 1992. Frank was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Calvin Presbyterian Church. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home.

Somerville - Dominic Russo, 66, passed away on January 19, 2013. He was a former resident of Somerville and was preceded in death by his parents, Salvatore and Anita Russo and his sister, Frances M. Russo. Dominic was an admirer of photographs. Arrangements were by Branchburg Funeral Home. Somerville - Lillian S. Atwell, 94, died January 19, 2013. Lillian was born in Peapack-Gladstone, and was a longtime resident of Somerville before moving to Bridgewater in 2008. She was an employee of Somerset Trust Company in Somerville for over 25 years, retiring in 1980. She was a former member of the 2nd Reformed Church in Somerville. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Albert A. Stanwick, 83, died January 22, 2013. Albert was employed for the Airline industry for many years. He was a veteran of the US Army during the Korean War. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Formerly of Bridgewater - Katherine McCurdy, 63, died on January 23, 2013. Daughter of the late Louis and Geraldine Yannetta, Katherine was born in Somerville and lived most of her life in Bridgewater before moving to Lewes, DE 5 years ago. She retired in 1990 from AT&T in Bedminster as a Manager of Cost and Rates. She was a volunteer at the “Gift of Life” in Philadelphia where she gave presentations on organ donation; she organized walks and pancake breakfasts at the National Kidney Foundation; volunteered at the business office of St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Lewes, DE and was on the welcoming committee and member of the “Women’s Corner Stone” at the

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Manville - Eleanor Kostuk, 85, died peacefully on January 24, 2013. Eleanor was a homemaker. She enjoyed being with her family, gardening, cooking, knitting and most importantly, caring for her handicapped daughter whom she took great pride in the level of competence her daughter reached through unfailing love and determination. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Somerset - Claude Thomas Mazzacco, 73, died peacefully on January 25, 2013. Claude worked in his family’s business, R & M Movers, before going to Lancome as a Production Supervisor in Piscataway, retiring in 2002. He was in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He enjoyed fishing, Atlantic City and playing poker. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Hillsborough - Rosalie G. Stark, 83, died January 26, 2013. Rosalie was a social worker at Jacobi Hospital in Bronx, NY for over 15 years. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Phillipsburg – Anthony R. Weber, Sr., 75, died on January 26, 2013. Anthony was a Mason Contractor for TW’s Masonry & Builders, Inc.

in Easton, PA (which he owned and operated); served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War; a Member of the Morgan Hill Country Club; and a Sports Coach in Raritan, Phillipsburg, and Easton. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Ocean – Ketan C. Kadakia, 44, died on January 28, 2013. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Service. Bridgewater - Alfred “Al” Baca, 58, passed away January 29, 2013. Al graduated from Montclair State University in 1975 with a BA degree. He was employed as an accounts manager at the Blue Book of Building and Construction for over 15 years. Al was a communicant of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Martinsville. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Somerville - Dorothy E. “Dot” Cease, 90, entered eternal rest on January 29, 2013. Dorothy was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, knitting, gardening and was an avid bowler. She was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church in Somerville where she was active with United Methodist Women’s Group. She was a member and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary unit 12 and the Somerset County unit. Dorothy was a member and past president of the Somerville Rescue Squad auxiliary. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Hillsborough - Jean E. Tarn, 84, passed away on January 29, 2013 at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville. Mrs. Tarn was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and taking care of her family. She was very active in her church while she resided in Newark. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Plainfield – Luzbia Ramos, 73, died on January 30, 2013. Luzbia was a Seamstress for FABCEC, Inc. in Brooklyn, NY. Arrangements were handled by Somerville Funeral Home.

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March 2013 Continued from previous page Bridgewater - Theodore (Ted) Seebach passed away peacefully in hospice care in the presence of his family on February 3rd. After serving honorably in the US Army during WW II he returned to the US and lived in the Bronx . He attended Fordham University under the GI Bill and obtained a Bachelors Degree in Marketing while working as a Patrolman for the NYPD. He decided to remain in the NYPD eventually attaining rank of Sergeant. He served for 35 years until retirement in 1987. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Samuel R. DeStefano, Jr. 85, passed away on February 3, 2013. Born in Elizabeth, Samuel resided in Watchung for many years before moving to Piscataway and then Bridgewater ten years ago. Mr. DeStefano was an Electrical Estimator for 40 years and worked for Lessner Electric in Elizabeth, until retiring in 1988. Surviving are his wife of forty years, Margaret “Peggy” DeStefano; his two sons, Michael DeStefano and his wife, Janice of PA and Harry Fiorilli of Carlstadt; his two daughters, Michele Drake and her fiancé, Jeff Lane of Middlesex and Susan Rogers and her husband, Thomas of Mt. Laurel; his four grandchildren, Cara, T.J., Ryan, and Christopher; his beloved brother, Robert F. DeStefano and his wife, Beth Lommel of Bridgewater; and many nieces and nephews. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Neshanic Station - Luis E. Delgado, 53, passed away on February 5, 2013. Mr. Delgado worked as an Network Administrator for Iron Bow Technologies in Chantilly, VA for six years. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Carolyn Tribel, 90, died peacefully on February 6, 2013 at Bridgeway Care Center in Bridgewater. Carolyn was a homemaker and a kindergarten assistant at the St. Benedict’s Parish in Newark where she also became their first Eucharistic Minister. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Arlene T. Ilaria, 80, passed away on February 8, 2013. Ms. Ilaria worked as a Commercial Artist for thirty-five years for various companies in New York City. She was a communicant of St. Ann’s R.C. Church in Raritan. Arlene loved oil painting, baking, and traveling. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Montville – Ranjana Gupta, 54, died on February 8, 2013. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Service. Franklin Park – Jashodabenk Patel, 92, died on February 8, 2013. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Service.

Company in New York City, NY; a former Member of the Branchburg Senior Citizens. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Somerset – Eleanor Russo, 78, died on February 9, 2013. Eleanor moved to Somerset NJ in 1962, resided in Bridgewater and Whitehouse Station before relocating back to Somerset about five years ago. Eleanor was an Executive Assistant to the President of the Carrier Corporation in the late 50’s and after raising her family, she returned to work at Whittaker, Clarke and Daniel in South Plainfield; and was the past President of the Rosary Altar Society at St. Matthias Church in Somerset. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Edison – Pankaj Parikh, 68, died on February 9, 2013. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Service. Branchburg - Arthur O. Drake, Jr., 88, passed away on February 10, 2013. Mr. Drake was first a chicken farmer and then worked as a Brick/ Block Mason for twenty six years, until retiring in 1991. Arthur was a member of Bricklayers Union Local #5. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Parsippany – Smitaben J. Amin, 58, died on February 11, 2013. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Service. Somerset – Josephine “Pippie” Madama, 97, died on February 12, 2013. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Dayton, NJ – Kunti Devi, 83, died on February 13, 2013. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Service.

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Bridgewater - Steven Sramek, 94 died peacefully on February 15, 2013 at his home in Bridgewater. He was a WWII Navy Veteran serving on the USS Pensacola during the battle of Iwo Jima. Steven was a self-employed carpenter retiring 32 years ago. He was a member of the American Legion, Martinsville VFW 6588, DAV Chapter 16 and the Bridgewater Senior Citizens. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 64 years Virginia “Ginny” (McConnell) Sramek of Bridgewater; three sons, Steven Sramek, Jr. and wife Betsey of Mississippi, Richard Sramek and wife Gina of Bridgewater, Christopher Sramek of Bridgewater ; 6 grandchildren, Amanda, Lindsey, Emily, Samantha, Christopher and Scott; and 3 Great grandchildren. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home.

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Raritan – Helen “Gumina” Stouffer, 86, died on February 14, 2013. Helen was a Seamstress for Giddings Sewing Factory and a Quality Controller for EthiconAmerican Hoechst Pharmaceutical Company. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home.

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Pictured here are (seated l-r): Nicci Pizzigoni, Christine Papalski, Kieran Claus, and Stephanie Duran. Standing: Co-editor Anne Marie Barrett, Julia Bower, Brian Osmond, Abigail Dolan, and coeditor Marysia Garcia. Images, Immaculata’s literary magazine, recently announced the students who were honored for submitting original artwork, poetry, photography, and writing. Junior Kieran Claus of Hillsborough will have his art featured on the magazine’s cover. Senior Brian Osmond of Hillsborough won in writing, while sophomore Christine Papalski of Bridgewater earned the top prize in poetry. Junior Nicci Pizzigoni of Green Brook won in the category of best photography and sophomore Stephanie Duran of Somerville submitted the best art. Honorable mentions for this year’s competition were Abigail Dolan ’13 of Hillsborough for her original poetry, and Julia Bower ’14 of Hillsborough for her original photography. - Submitted by Immaculta’s Journalism Department

SCVTHS Announces Winners of Local Chapter SkillsUSA Contests In February, Somerset County Vocational & Technical HS students completed their local competitions of the NJ SkillsUSA contests. SkillsUSA is a national organization which not only prepares students for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, but also holds yearly competitions showcasing students and their skills. Each winner, in their respective category, earned the chance to represent SCVTHS at the SkillsUSA New Jersey Skill and Leadership Championships on April 20th. During the 2013 NJ SkillsUSA Championships, the local winners from SCVTHS will test their skills against students from other vocational schools throughout the state. The following SCVTHS students from Bridgewater and Raritan will be competing: Auto Body Custom Painting – Brandi Gill of Bridgewater; Cosmetology Advanced – Sofia Quesada-Rojas of Bridgewater, Cosmetology Novice – Paola Ayala of Raritan, Culinary Arts – Wedding Cake Decorating – Ashley Anello of Bridgewater; Auto Maintenance – Janelle Roper of Bridgewater; Outdoor Power Equipment – Kyle Fanurik of Martinsville, Health Quiz Bowl – Mariya Stankovych of Bridgewater, Ashley Michel of Bridgewater, Jennifer Versfelt of Bridgewater (Alternate: Stephanie Csuha of Raritan), First Aid/CPR – Stephanie Gonzalez of Bridgewater; Criminal Justice – John Michael DaSilva of Bridgewater; Skills USA Quiz Bowl – Noah Alsamadisi of Bridgewater; Related Technical Math – Robert St. Pierre of Bridgewater, Medical Math – Tim Mahon of Bridgewater; Prepared Speech – Sridivya Kavuru of Bridgewater; Extemporaneous Speech – Artemisia Leo of Bridgewater; Medical Terminology – Maya Schlesinger of Martinsville; Career Pathways – Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources – Shawn Young of Martinsville; Career Pathways – Education and Training Services – Karen Huang of Martinsville, and Geneva Magsino of Raritan; Career Pathways – Marketing, Sales and Services – Kiran Raja of Bridgewater, Harini Prayaga of Bridgewater, and Aaron Lee of Raritan, Career Pathways – Art and Communications – Muiz Qadeer of Bridgewater.


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Spring Semester Work for Students: Flex 10-20 hr work schedules; Looking for fun and outgoing people; customer service and sales; no exp nec. 17+ to apply; $18 base/appt. Call 732-384-0188.

Water Well Service – pumps & tanks. Insured & Licensed, NJ Lic. #13VH06940900. Evening and weekend hours for your convenience. Call Digger & Son, Well and Pump at 908-725-7300. Piano Instruction: All ages and styles. Degreed; B.A., M.M., 25 yrs experience. Call 908-7048620. Major & Minor Auto Repairs: Electronic & Computer Diagnostics. Reasonable prices & prompt service. Credit cards accepted. Appt not always necessary. Call Al at 908-526-8590. Economy Automotive Services, 18-C Raritan Ave., Raritan.

Tutor for Grades 1-8: $25/hr. Certified Elementrary School Teacher to help your Child with homework &/or try to expand their learning via extra assignments. Contact Tim at Tel- 908938-6406 or E-Mail tutortim@

Music Lessons: First Lesson $10. Learn Guitar, Bass Guitar, Harmonica and/or Keyboard. Lessons in my Branchburg home. Degreed with years of teaching and performance experience. Call 908-231-0492.

F.D. Mason Contractor: Over 30 years of experience. Brick, block, stone, concrete. No job too large or small. Fully insured and licensed. Free estimates. 908-385-5701.

Lucky You Consignment Boutique: New fabulous finds of ladies/men clothes, accessories and home decor. Designers include Calvin Klein, Ann Taylor, Coach, Chicos and more. 19 Main St., High Bridge; 908-6175033; Repair Screens Bridgewater/ Somerset Area: Pickup & Delivery or bring your screens to me. Call Fred for prices: 908580-0341 or 908-247-1994. Carpenter with 25 years experience available for any and all small jobs around the house. Fully insured, free estimates. Call Ron at 908-256-9128.

Small Plumbing including sump pumps, drains, toilets and hot water heaters. Call Tunis @ 908-947-6350.

Non-Denominational Minister: Available for weddings and civil unions. Ceremonies created to reflect each couples tastes and beliefs. Call Minister Bob at 908-872-3465 or

Real Estate: Selling Your Home or Estate Property? Call me for a complimentary market analysis. I buy homes for cash! George Pantozzi, Broker/Associate, Prudential New Jersey Properties, 908-392-2677 or 908-874-3400 x324, georgepantozzi@hotmail. com.

Pressure Washing Services: Specializing in vinyl sided homes, decks, walks, patios, driveways, fences, etc. Gutters also cleaned, flushed and repaired. Call Ron @ 908-2569128 or Chris @ 848-702-2052.

Private Dog Boarding & Daycare - “Snoopy’s Slumber Parties” Insured, Great Rates! Book now for Spring Break! Check out our Facebook page. See our listing on Bridgewater Patch. Call Lori @ 908 203-0690.

Caregiver: Experience caring for the elderly; responsible and reliable. Possible hourly or parttime situation between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Contact Laura at 305509-0464 – Raritan.

Ken’s Stump Grinding – Removal of uprooted tree stumps of all sizes. Free Estimates and Fully Licensed and Insured. Call 908-231-0247 or 908-720-2662.

Buying or Selling Your Home? As a real estate professional I can help assist you with: • • • •

Finding your next “perfect home” Pricing your home for a quick sale Negotiating with your best interest in mind Providing a detailed market analysis

KAREN BENDALL New Last Name...Same Great Service!

For all your buying or selling needs you can contact Karen at RE/MAX Classic Group 908-231-0700 x150 office 908-642-8132 cell


Authentic Italian Cuisine & Gourmet Pizza Call Now to reserve your Communion & Confirmation Parties

le Fish Availab ng all week duri Lent!

Dining Room Only (4-9 pm) Not available Holidays or Private Parties

MONDAY: Complete 5 Course Dinner $15.95/pp + TAX TUESDAY: 1/2 Price Pasta Night *Cash only* Wednesday Night - 3 Course Meal

Includes Salad, Choice of Chicken, Veal or Eggplant off of regular menu, and a Cannoli



+ tax

Celebrating Our 50th Anniversary

Quality Meats & Seafood

St. Patrick’s Day



Hind & Fore Inc.

(Cash Only Limit 10 people per table) Dine In Only-Not to be combined with other offers. Limited time offer.

THURSDAY: Seafood Night $12.95 - $19.95 SUNDAY: 1/2 Price Entree (chicken, veal, steak) Appetizers, Salads, Chicken, Veal, Catering Pastas, Seafood, Sandwich Platters Available! ...and much more! Call to Order! Catering Available On & Off Premises - Corporate Accounts Welcome - School Discounts

TEL: 908.595.2000 . FAX: 908.595.2996 474 ROUTE 28 . VILLA PLAZA BRIDGEWATER

pply! Limited Su ! Order Early

Homemade Corned Beef USDA Prime Beef cured 3 weeks

We also have: American Lamb for Stew, Irish Soda Bread Ham for Ham & Cabbage, Mint Green Ice Cream

Easter - Passover

We Feature All Natural:

Homemade Pies & Cheesecakes U.S.D.A. Prime Dry Aged Beef American Lamb Penn. Dutch Pork, Homemade Sausage & Ravioli Penn. Dutch Poultry Our Own Honey Baked Hams Fresh Turkey Homemade Keilbasy & Pierogis Shrimp, Seafood

Call 908-722-6393 ~ Telephone Orders Welcome

t! r Email Lis Get On Ou ecials Weekly Sp

452 Hwy. 28 West, Bridgewater (1.5 miles west of the Somerville Circle)

Open: Tuesday - Saturday Tues. & Wed. 9-6, Th. 9-7, Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-5

The BReeze - March 2013  

Community newspaper covering Bridgewater Township and Raritan Borough.

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