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

Remember the Fallen this Memorial Day

Bridgewater & Raritan Celebrate Opening Day

Bridgewater Baseball/Softball kicked off their season with Opening Day on April 9th at the Prince Rodgers Complex in Bridgewater. The Somer Tones sang the National Anthem and guest speakers included Bridgewater Recreation Director Christine Schneider, Somerset Patriots Manager Sparky Lyle, and several members of the Bridgewater Town Council. Sparky Lyle threw out the first pitch. Special food vendors included Cluck-U Chicken of Somerville, Houlihans of Bridgewater, Toscana’s of Bridgewater and Muscle Maker Grill of Raritan.

While serving in WWII, Raritan native Peter Petras was killed in action. In the above photo taken in 1945, Peter’s friend Fran Michaly of Raritan, stands by his grave site in Luxembourg.

by Bruce Doorly

This Memorial Day we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice so we can live in freedom. In this issue, we honor Peter Petras of 26 Codington Street, Raritan, who was killed during World War II while a member of the 94th infantry under General Patton’s Third Army. Today, his sister, Dorothy Petras Yashinski, still lives in the family home in Raritan. Here is his story.

Peter Petras was born in Raritan in 1913. His family had deep

roots in Raritan as his father Steve had been born in Raritan. His mom Julia was born in what is now known as Slovakia. Peter’s family was well known in town for two reasons. First, Peter’s grandfather, and later his Uncle Mike, owned and operated The Petras Grocery Store at 28 Codington Street on the corner of La Grange Street. Second, the extended Petras family Continued on page 13

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your full name and phone number where you can be reached. The winner will be notified by phone and will be asked to make arrangements to go to the business to collect the prize. A photo of the winner with the business owner/manager will be inserted in the next issue of the paper. This month Camp Bow Wow of Bridgewater is offering a $100 gift certificate to be used at Camp Bow Wow for any camp services including day care, boarding, grooming, training and more. Any dog coming to camp must successfully complete Camp Bow Wow’s pre-stay interview process. Visit their website at www.campbowwow. com/bridgewater to see what they have to offer. The symbol you will be looking for appears below with the letters BR in the center (the size may change but not the design):

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Mets teammates are ready to play ball (front row L-R): Riley Pestorius, Ryan Reynolds, and James Roberts; (back row L-R): Anthony Collesano and Jonah Lyons. Photo/Dawn Wilde

Somerset Patriots Manager Sparky Lyle threw out the first pitch which was caught by Jake Esposito at Bridgewater Baseball’s Opening Day. Photo/Dawn Wilde

Bradley Gardens Baseball held their Opening Day Ceremony on April 16th. Players, coaches, township officials and Somerset Patriots Mascot, Sparkee, were in attendance to kick off the baseball season. Rev. John Pringle of the Church of the Holy Trinity gave the invocation. Following the ceremony, everyone enjoyed a cook-out with food, drinks, and catering services donated by “Danny’s Catering” of Raritan. Photo on right: Christian Johnson smiles at his teammates before catching the ceremonial first pitch thrown by Bridgewater Mayor Patricia Flannery.

On April 16th, Raritan Little League celebrated Opening Day. Raritan Councilman Anthony Soriano threw out the first pitch which was caught by Steve Sabol of Raritan. Raritan Mayor Jo-Ann Liptak along with Raritan Borough Council members wished the teams a good season. After the ceremony players and their families enjoyed hot dogs and soda and all teams played exhibition games. Photo on left: McKayla and Madison Murphy and Jordan Rubito pose for a photo with the Raritan/Somerville Rescue Squad mascot. Photo/ Dawn Wilde

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David Del Corso, of Bridgewater recently accepted an Appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY, Class of 2015 where he will report this summer after graduating with Honors from Seton Hall Preparatory school in June. David aspires to become an Officer in the Merchant Marine Service in addition to serving his country in the United States Naval Reserve.

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Bob Wendt It was March 18, 1961 when Bob began his career as a machine shop assistant for machine shop manager Joseph Thul in Thul’s Bridgewater store. Bob soon earned a reputation as a fine machinist who customers could always count on and a man who would tackle perplexing challenges other shops

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Todd Baumann Allstate Insurance Company has recognized Allstate New Jersey exclusive agency owner Todd Baumann with the Chairman’s Inner Circle Conference award for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention, and profitable business growth. The Baumann Insurance Group is one of only two percent of insurance agencies and personal financial representa-

Local Teens Honored at Robeson Reception Thirty-four middle and high school students from Somerset and Hunterdon counties were honored for their achievements at the 21st Annual Paul Robeson Youth Achievement Awards Reception, held April 7 at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC). The National Council of Negro Women and RVCC initiated the Paul Robeson Youth Achievement Awards program in 1990 to pay tribute to the outstanding attainments of students in the two counties. The awards, sponsored by the Paul Robeson Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Social Justice at RVCC, are given in four areas in which Robeson excelled: scholarship, the arts, community service and athletics. Close to 70 students were nominated for awards by their guidance counselors, teachers and administrators. The following Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School students were recognized: Community - Hannah Williams; Scholarship - Sydney Menzies. The following Bridgewater-Raritan High School students received special recognition: Community - Shomar Searchwell.


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Thursday, May 12 Cycling Historian Traces Jersey’s Racing Roots - Author and bicycling historian Michael Gabriele will join a panel of local cycling luminaries to discuss “The Golden Age of Bicycle Racing in NJ,” at the Bridgewater Library from 7-9 pm. The talk will highlight some of the people and events that helped shape 130 years of the sport in the Garden State. The program is free but registration is required. Register online, by phone, or in person at the Adult Reference Desk. For more info call 908-526-4016 ext. 105, email, or visit

Thursday, May 19 Jewelry Bingo hosted by BRHS Project Graduation at BRHS Cafeteria from 7-10 pm. Cost of Admission: $10 if registered by May 12th or $12 at the door. Lia Sophia Advisors will be on hand for direct orders. Project Graduation will receive 10% of all sales generated. Check, VISA, MasterCard and Discover will be accepted that evening for your purchases. Bring a highlighter to mark bingo cards. Refreshments available. To register mail check for $10 by May 12th to Project Graduation c/o BRHS, P.O. Box 6569, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

Saturday, May 14 Parking Lot Yard Sale from 8am - 1pm; Evangel Chapel, 505 State Route 28, Bridgewater, is hosting a cooperative Yard Sale event in their front parking lot. Numerous tables and nonstop deals all in one place. (Rain date May 21st). Saturday, May 14 Open House in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Somerset Veterinary Group, 1074 Rt. 22 East, Bridgewater from 1-4 pm (rain or shine). There will be a tricky tray fundraiser, prizes, give-aways, and a behind the scenes tour of the facility. Bring your pet for a free dental exam or get your pet microchipped at a reduced price. WPST will be broadcasting live and running a pet photo contest on their web-

5:00-7:00 pm. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased by calling Joan at (908) 429-2162, Judy at (732) 469-4613, or at the door. Tickets are $10/adults and $5/ children under 12 years of age. Monday, May 23 Raritan Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing will be held at Fox Hollow Country Club. Registration will begin at 7 a.m.; golf to begin at 9 a.m. in shotgun fashion. The outing will include breakfast, golf, buffet lunch, beer, and prizes. Ticket price is $175. Luncheon Only - $50. Sponsorship opportunities: Tee Signs $50; Corporate Sponsors $175. For tickets, sponsorship or additional information, call Guy Gaetano at 908-722-6668. Saturday, May 28 Bike-A-Thon at Duke Island Park (parking lot B), Old York Rd., Bridgewater from 11a.m.4p.m. Sponsored by Michael’s Miracles: raising funds for and awareness of Juvenile Diabetes. Registration: $10/rider; $25/ family (up to 4 riders) & free t-shirt if registered by May 15; After May 15th: $15/rider; $40/ family. For details and to register visit and click on Family Bike-A-Thon.

Saturday, May 21 Spring Fest Craft and Vendor Fair hosted by the Finderne Fire Dept’s Ladies Auxiliary from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at the Finderne Fire House, 672 E. Main St., Bridgewater (Rain or Shine). Vendor tables are $20, and may be reserved by calling 908-6723177. The fair will feature offerings from local talented artisans/ vendors, including Lia Sophia, Pampered Chef, Engraved Gifts, and E Trans Massage. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and baked goods will be available.

Saturday, June 4 Flea Market: American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit #327, 77 Old York Road, Bridgewater from 8am-3pm (set up starts at 7am), Rain date June 11th, Tables $10.00, Vendors Welcome. Contact Rachael @ (908)5266147 to reserve a table, refreshments, 50/50 and bake sale.

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There are many ways to show appreciation and for the Education Foundation of BridgewaterRaritan, this is the season for it. The foundation is hosting the “Gala of Thanks Dinner” on May 5, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School’s, large cafeteria in the 100 building. This year The Audrey and Frank Dittman Award will be presented to Dr. James Riccobono, Principal of BRHS and The Leonard and Adele Blumberg Award will be presented to Ms. Patricia Flannery, Mayor of Bridgewater. In addition, the foundation will award eight grants for programs that offer a wide variety of options to supplement the education of the students in the Bridgewater-Raritan School District. Dr. Robert Feder, President of the Education Foundation stated that “Amazing generosity is such a pleasure to witness. The staff has donated (through voluntary payroll deductions) more than $30,000 in the last four years to help fund creative and innovative proposals from classrooms across the district.”

Residents Can Pick Up a Second Recycling Bucket for FREE on May 14 The Somerset County Recycling Division is offering residents an opportunity to pick up an additional recycling bucket for free on Saturday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bridgewater Recycling Center, 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater. No registration is necessary, but proof of residency is required. For additional information, contact the Somerset County Recycling Division at 732469-3363 or Ellen Sweney at

Unraveling Healthcare Reform and Medicare The public is invited to attend a lunch and learn program on “Unraveling Healthcare Reform and Medicare” on Tuesday, May 3rd, at The Avalon Assisted Living at Bridgewater, 565 Route 28, Bridgewater. Complimentary lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with program to follow. The program is presented by The Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services. How does the New Healthcare Reform Legislation affect Medicare? Learn to separate the Myths from the Facts. Seating is limited. Call to reserve a seat at (908)707-8800.

“Our ‘Thank You Gala’ will celebrate the mini-grant winners from this spring as scores of restaurants contribute food. Other volunteers work to create great music, entertainment, and organize an evening of thanks and celebration of positive contributions,” Feder continued. This year’s menu will feature a wonderful sampling of food from more than 35 local restaurants, including Maschio’s Food Service/Nick Caccitore’s Catering Services, Nonna’s, Milano Grille, Stefano’s, Bombay Spice, Toscano’s, Girasole, K & S Italian Specialties, Valdebenito’s Argentinean Cuisine, Randazzo Pastry Shop and Bakery, Frank’s Pizza, Russo’s Pizza Shop, Bridgewater Diner, Time to Eat Diner, The Melting Pot, Cluck-U Chicken, Golden Wok, Louka’s Diner and many more. Aside from the tantalizing menu, there will also be a 50/50 raffle and the BRHS Jazz Band will perform a concert for patrons. Guests will enjoy having the opportunity to purchase tickets to win one of over forty baskets to be raffled off in a tricky tray arrangement. Sherman and Sons Jewelers in Bridgewater

donated a Pandora’s jewelry box selection as well as a $250 gift certificate. Generously donated by Dr. Rago in Hillsborough are two teeth whitening treatments valued at $475 a piece. This celebration is open to the entire Bridgewater and Raritan communities to share in this evening of appreciation and thanks. See the positive ideas that make our schools great. The Education Foundation is not part of the board of education and exists as a separate entity whose sole purpose is to fund creative and innovative programs by our teachers for our students in our school district that may not otherwise be funded. The foundation is made up of parents, teachers and community leaders. Dinner is only $20 which includes everything from hot and cold appetizers, several meal courses and even desserts. To purchase tickets, contact Angelo Di Leo of York Realty at (732) 356-4500. The deadline for ordering tickets is May 2, 2011. Further information is available at the Ed Foundation website ~ www.

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On May 7th the public is invited to attend the 4th Annual Generations of Dance fundraiser to benefit the Steeplechase Cancer Center. Above Photo: The Bridgewater Roxies (Back Row L-R): Dottie Turse, Rosemary Lindorfer, Barbara Hart, Lily Cheng, Jo Surace, Annette Delrocoo; (Front Row Seated L-R): Marion Harris, Rosalie Mannella, Rupali Chakravarti, Lou Winchock


On Saturday, May 7, the public is invited to attend the 4th Annual Generations of Dance fundraiser hosted by the senior dance group, the Bridgewater Roxies. This talent extravaganza will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School, 128 Merriwood Drive, Bridgewater. Once again the show will benefit the Steeplechase Cancer Center, an extension of Somerset Medical Center. The show is inspired by Mayor Flannery’s Wellness Campaign to showcase the efforts that the Bridgewater Seniors take to improve and maintain their health through the aerobic and creative movement of dance. Last October the Roxies were invited to audition for the Paula Abdul “Live to Dance” show. The two-hour show will include the Bridgewater Roxies stepping out of the box with an Indian dance, as well as several other numbers including tap. Many other senior and youth dance groups will be displaying their talent as well as singer Michael Jones. Admission is $10 for adults; $7 for children under 12 and seniors over 62. Tickets are available for purchase at the Senior Center. Call 908-725-8020 or 908 575-8021 for tickets which also may be purchased at the door.







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Middle School Students Win at RobocupJunior Robotics Tournament

The First Place team for the RCJRescue Challenge, Pi-squared, consisted of two seventh graders from Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School Salil Pathare (left) and Andrew Amerman (right). Submitted photo

Bridgewater Raritan-Middle School students who studied robotics engineering with Storming Robots dominated the First, Second and Third Place in the N.E. RobocupJunior (RCJ) competition. The Sixth NorthEast Regional RoboCupJunior robotics competition held on April 10th at the Orange High School in New Jersey included competitors from Canada, Massachusetts, NY and NJ. The First Place team for the RCJ-Rescue Challenge, Pisquared, consisted of two members, both seventh graders from

Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School, Andrew Amerman and Salil Pathare. The Second Place team Droidchitect, consisted of four members; two from BRMS, Rohan Nagalkar/Gr.-8, and Brian Chung/Gr.-7. The Third Place team R.I.C.K.I., consisted of four members; one from BRMS, Douglas Rynar/Gr.-8. There is another category called RoboDance. Tanay Trivedi/Gr.-8 from BRMS, along with another student from Readington Township received the Best Programming Award. Storming Robots founder and RoboClub advisor Elizabeth Mabrey said, “This game is not for the faint-hearted. RCJ challenge demands high aptitude in abstract thinking, especially in programming the robot’s intelligence to handle variable elements on the game. It allows its students to refine project outcomes over time with more sophisticated algorithms, and hardware improvement without performing similar routines every year. While learning to be effective problem solvers with math and algorithms, they also learn the value of being self-disciplined and responsible for their own learning.”


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Panther Robotics has Second Win at NJ Regional Competition

FIRST Team 303 poses with FIRST founder and inventor, Dean Kamen, at the Philadelphia Regional Competition. by Aditya Singh FIRST Team 303 Panther Robotics just had their second win in a row at the NJ Regional during the first weekend in March and then at the Philadelphia Regional on April 7th, 8th, and 9th. Every year, student-lead robotics teams engage in friendly competition on FIRST playing fields. After a day of practice matches, alliance teams are chosen for the final rounds of matches.

These teams choose other teams to partner with them that they think would help balance their abilities. This is FIRST’s way of promoting Gracious Professionalism: being nice to competitors and helping each other to off some robotics moves! This year’s challenge was to place triangles, squares and circles onto three different rack levels to form FIRST logos straight across the racks. After this en-

deavor, the participating teams shoot a minibot up a pole. For the first time, FIRST Team 303 was able to launch their minibot successfully up the pole at the Philadelphia Regional. The whole team was excited to be the leaders of our alliance towards the end of the Philadelphia competition. Team 303 had made it out of qualifications and into the semifinals. Then they were picked by the second place team as their second alliance partner. The alliance members were 303, 1640 and 365 after the first final match. Team 303 was proud to bring another FIRST Regional Competition banner home to their school. The team is now preparing for championships in St. Louis. Tom, a senior, states, “The Team is very excited to be part of the championships in St. Louis and I am very happy to be part of the team. It has been such a successful and memorable final year of robotics for me.”

Celebrate New Jersey JFK’s 4th graders have been celebrating New Jersey with various activities in which they learned interesting facts about New Jersey. Mayor Liptak (center) joined Mrs. Austin and Mrs. Pennisi’s class as they dressed up like celebrities from New Jersey and presented interesting facts about each of their celebrities. The class learned a lot about New Jersey and had fun too! Photo/Kathi Albert

Readington Community Theatre Presents the Musical Comedy ‘The Kids Left, The Dog Died, Now What?’ Readington Community Theatre will present the musical comedy, “The Kids Left, The Dog Died, Now What?” at the Polish American Citizens’ Club, 31 Kline Blvd in Whitehouse Station. Show dates are May 20 & 21 at 8:00 pm and May 22 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are available at the door and cost $12/Adult and $10/Senior & Student. This entertaining musical about aging gracefully was first introduced on NBC’s “Today Show”. It takes a humorous and heartfelt look at the day-to-day concerns of the over-fifty “empty-nester” crowd, including everything from retirement and AARP, dating to divorce, plastic surgery and grandparenting. Don’t miss this show; it is just plain fun and a great date night for adults and young adults. PG13 for language and content. The Director of the play is Raritan resident, Emily Bengels. For further information about the show, go to: or call 908-507-6133.


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Volunteer of the Month – Meet Patricia Bruschi

Eisenhower School Nurse Organizes ‘Pennies for Patients’ Fundraiser

Bucketeers (L-R): Emma Wurmstich, Ariel Staffin, Hannah Inglez and Gabrielle Bowlby with school nurse Patricia Bruschi (center). Photo/Pam Laughlin by Pam Laughlin Patricia Bruschi, school nurse at Eisenhower School in Bridgewater, has been instrumental in organizing students to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through an in-school fundraising event called “Pennies for Patients.” Eisenhower students collected spare change to help raise funds for cancer research and services for patients. This is the sixth year that Bruschi has helped with this important event and this year the school raised a whopping, $5,526.00. Bruschi is proud to point out, “Our goal was to raise four thousand dollars and the kids collected way over that. I am very proud they could collect this much.” This fundraising event is very near and dear to Bruschi’s heart. She shares, “I am motivated to volunteer for both personal and professional reasons. I find that fighting cancer in any way possible is rewarding since I lost

my husband to cancer after a six year battle against the disease. And each year since I started, the fundraising amounts have increased. We now have tripled what we raised six years ago.” Each class is appointed two representatives, called Bucketeers. Bucketeers are responsible for disseminating information to their classes, getting the money into the buckets, counting it and keeping a tally. The children are encouraged to raise money by emptying their coin jars, checking in pockets, and looking under couch cushions. The class that raises the most money by pooling coins is rewarded with a pizza party and the second place winner receives an ice cream party. This year’s first place winner was Mrs. Ronning’s class (raised $1143.04) and second place went to Miss De Sesso’s class (raised $564.53). Bruschi says, “The kids were quick to point out that they re-

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And the Winner is...

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A Tasty Calculus Class

Bridgewater resident and Immaculata High School math teacher, Elaine Petsu, teaches students calculus using snacks and desserts. Photo/Matt Poling

by Kerry Hannan Immaculata High School math teacher, Elaine Petsu of Bridgewater, authored an article for The Mathematics Teacher, a monthly publication produced by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The article described how

Mrs. Petsu conveys complicated calculus concepts through food. The students bring in snacks and desserts which illustrate a calculus theorem and create a presentation about them. Some of the more innovative approaches have included soft pretzels shaped like infinity signs, Pringles potato chips to illustrate the term saddle point and Bundt cakes to show a solid of revolution. “The imagination of calculus students is boundless,” said Petsu. “I am amazed at the new ideas that students present or the novel ways in which they illustrate a concept used in previous years.” This “calculus food event” has proven to be both appetizing and educational. This project has made students more aware of math in the real-world. “Students have learned that math is all around them - even at the tables in the cafeteria,” said Petsu.

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May 2011

Book Signing Dinner a Fundraiser for SWIM, Inc.

Dr. Paul Kiell will give a talk on his latest book, “Exercise and the Mind, The Possibilities for MindBody-Spirit Unity” and present each attendee with a signed copy of his book. Submitted Photo

SWIM, Inc. will host a threecourse Italian dinner with both

wine and soft drinks, at Luna Rossa Restaurant in the village of Pluckemin in Bedminster on Tuesday, May 17th. At the dinner, Dr. Paul Kiell, New Jersey physician, athlete and author, will give a talk on his latest book, “Exercise and the Mind, The Possibilities for MindBody-Spirit Unity” and present each attendee with a signed copy of his book. Dr. Kiell is a retired psychiatrist from Far Hills, who has competed in marathon running and long distance swimming most of his adult life. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit all twelve chapters of SWIM, Inc., a nonprofit organization headquartered in Bridgewater, that provides free water

exercise sessions to adults who find it difficult or impossible to exercise on land due to the effects of Parkinson’s Disease, MS, stroke, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis or other causes. Dr. Kiell is coordinator of the Somerset Hills YMCA chapter of SWIM, Inc. in Basking Ridge and was recognized as the 2010 Volunteer of the Year by the Somerset Hills YMCA. The dinner will be limited to sixty people. Reservations for the event can be made by sending a check for $40 made out to SWIM, Inc. to SWIM, Inc., 120 Finderne Avenue, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. Questions can be directed to Eileen Loughnane, Executive Director, SWIM, Inc. at 908-685-0040.

Heritage Trail Association Presents Churches of Northern Somerset County

Grace Fellowship Church in Bedminster is one of four historic churches featured in a bus tour on May 14th. Learn about the critical roles religion and churches played in the lives and society of early Somerset County settlers and how these still resonate today, in the Heritage Trail Association’s May 14th bus tour, “Churches of Northern Somerset County.” They were also vitally important during the American Revolution, which is reflected by the many soldiers’ graves in some of the churches’ cemeteries. The 2 1/2 hour bus tour will stop at four historic churches: Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church, Grace Fellowship Church in Bedminster, Peapack Reformed Church, and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Chapel in Basking Ridge. Narrators will tell stories along the way about these and the 12 other churches along the route. There will be 2 tours: one at 10 a.m. and one at 2 p.m. They each will leave from the Bernards Township Community Center, 289 S. Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge. Reservations are required by calling 732-356-8856 or on the web at The cost is $20 per person. Parking is available at the Community Center. - Submitted by Jim Koch

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Doing some spring cleaning? Need to wash those large sleeping bags, curtains, comforters and blankets? Chris Connors, owner of Raritan Laundromat, offers customers large capacity professional washers and dryers to do the job right.

The Raritan Laundromat, located at 4 South Thompson Street in Raritan, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the addition of forty NEW ultra large Continental dryers and offering patrons free drying for a limited time when you use their washers. Owner Chris Connors said, “I care about our customers so convenience and comfort is the key to our success. We are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and there is always an attendant on hand to make change, help load machines and teach patrons how to wash and dry their laundry properly. Our customers appreciate the full time attendants, cleanliness and safety of our facility.” Patrons of the Raritan Laundromat have a choice of washing machines capable of handling small or large loads of laundry. Four 50 lb., one 40 lb., two 35 lb., three 30 lb., and twenty-two 18 lb. front loading washers, and ten top loading washers will handle all of your laundry needs. Doing some spring cleaning? Need to wash those large sleeping bags, curtains, comforters, and blankets? Do not risk such heavy loads in your home washer. Stop by the Raritan Laundromat and use their large capacity professional washers and dryers to do the job right. Too busy to stay and get the laundry done? Raritan Laundromat offers a drop off service so you can drop off your laundry and let them do the work for you. They’ll wash, dry, and fold your clothes. Just drop them off and leave the rest to them. If you prefer to do your own laundry, relax at Raritan Laundromat. “We have a soda and snack machine, an indoor play area for kids, two flat screen televisions with cable and Wi-Fi to help pass the time,” mentions Chris. “We also have soap, bleach, fabric softener, and hangers available upon request.”


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Relay For Life Returns to Bridgewater The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is returning to Bridgewater on May 13-14. The Relay For Life event is an overnight celebration of hope and survivorship. Teams camp out and take turns walking a track throughout the night in honor of those who have fought cancer and in memory of those who are no longer with us. Funds raised through Relay For Life support the lifesaving work of the American Cancer Society. Each Relay kicks off with a survivor lap, where survivors walk the first lap of the event and are honored by the other attendees. Anyone in the community who is a survivor and would like to take part in this lap is encouraged to register. When the sun goes down, the entire community is invited to watch the lighting of thousands of luminaria in a moving ceremony honoring those who survived the cancer fight and remembering loved ones lost to the disease. For more information on the Bridgewater Relay For Life or the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-227 -2345 or visit

Bridgewater Couple Appear in ‘The Farnsworth Invention’ Bridgewater residents Anne Marie Viola and Matt Viola will be among the actors playing multiple roles in “The Farnsworth Invention” at the Circle Theater. Mr. and Mrs. Viola have been involved in community theater for about a decade, and both appeared in the Somerset Valley Players production of “M*A*S*H” in Hillsborough. “The Farnsworth Invention,” written by Aaron Sorkin, creator of the television show, “The West Wing,” will be presented in the Circle Theater, 416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway. It’s 1929. Two ambitious visionaries race against each other to invent a device called “television.” Separated by two thousand miles, each knows that if he stops working, even for a moment, the other will gain the edge. Who will unlock the key to the greatest innovation of the 20th century – David Sarnoff, the ruthless media mogul, or Philo Farnsworth, the self-taught Idaho farm boy? Show dates are April 22-May 7; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday, May 1. For reservations, call 732-968-7555, or buy online at ($1 per ticket discount online.) Tickets are $17 for adults, and $16 for students and seniors. Sorry, no credit cards can be accepted at the theater box office, but may be used online.

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Wax Museum Brings Biographies to Life

Fifth grade students at Hillside School pose as wax figures as part of their study of biographies. Fifth grade students at Hillside School recently assumed new identities. In their study of biographies, each student took on the identity of a famous person they wanted to learn more about and “became” that person. The students brought historical and current figures to life. They chose to become scientist Albert Einstein, civil rights hero Rosa Parks, and current President Barrack Obama. Also present were sports stars including Lance Armstrong, Mia Hamm, Babe Ruth and Wayne Gretsky. The students researched their person’s life and became pen pals with another fifth grade student. The pairs of students wrote letters to each other in the hopes of learning the other person’s identity. Teachers worked with students to develop centers that would be used on Biography Day which was the culminating event of the students’ research. In art, students created Andy Warhol inspired Pop Art of their biographical person. In enrichment class, students designed wiki spaces and pod casts. Time lines were created in Library class with students developing a time line of the main events in the life of their biographical person. In computer class, students designed a guessing game through PowerPoint presentations. On March 30 and 31, students dressed up as their biographical figure and met their pen pal through the various activities and centers. The event ended with students posing as wax figures in their version of a wax museum. Madame Tussauds’ Wax Museum has got nothing on Hillside School (except maybe real wax). The sixth graders, who presented the wax museum last year, had the opportunity to walk through and enjoy the museum this year, many wishing they could do it again.



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Milltown School Hosts First Annual Science Fair

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Authors Return for Book Signing

Fr. Ken Brighenti will be joined by his co-authors Fr. John Trigilio and Msgr. Cafone for a Book Signing Event at the Barnes & Noble Book Store at the Somerville Circle on Sat. 5/21 from 11am - 2pm. Clifford the Big Red Dog will greet children from 11:30am – 12:00pm. Submitted Photo

Fr. Kenneth Brighenti, author and former pastor of St. Ann Parish & School in Raritan, will celebrate the release of his most recent book, Catholic Mass for Dummies, at a Book Signing Event on Saturday, May 21st. He and co-authors, Fr. John Trigilio and Monsignor Cafone, have generously offered to donate a percentage of sales from their book to St. Ann School. When asked about how the authors were inspired to pen this edition, Fr. Brighenti responded, “With the excitement of the promulgation of the New Roman Missal, we thought this was an excellent opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with the source and summit of Catholic life. As the central act of Divine Worship, the Holy Mass defines who we are, what we believe, and how to live. This book takes a close look at the history and meaning of the Mass and helps you understand the many nuances of the Mass.” St. Ann School will sponsor a number of activities during the book signing, including a visit by Clifford The Big Red Dog from 11:30a – 12:00p. St. Ann’s will earn a percentage of every purchase made with a voucher anytime on 5/21 or on-line from 5/21-5/26. You can download a voucher at or call the Parish Office. You can also purchase prepaid gift cards by contacting Kelly at (908) 725-7787. St. Ann’s will earn an additional profit on every gift card sold.

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Van Holten School Holds St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving Event

Students, parents, teachers and staff members from Van Holten School shaved their heads to raise money for kids’ cancer research on March 25th. Approximately $40,000 was raised at the event. For the past 3 years, Bridgewater residents Michael and Rachel Schwartz have organized St. Baldrick’s head shaving events to raise money for kids’ cancer research. The past two years, only a few children and adults shaved their heads. This year, with the support of Van Holten School teachers and staff, there were 50 shavees and almost $40,000 was raised. Rachel Schwartz said, “The support we received at Van Holten School was unbelievable! From Principal Rauh having his head shaved to the teachers and



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E.nopi Learning Center Opens in Bridgewater What is E.nopi? E.nopi means “Child’s Eye Level.” E.nopi Learning starts with the concept of Self-Paced Learning, which means a child will learn independently and proactively at his or her own pace. Founded in Korea 34 years ago, E.nopi currently has over 2.5 million students enrolled in over 16 countries worldwide. “Self-Paced Learning instills a sense of independence and responsibility in a young learner”, says Mr. Kunal Mehta, a local resident of Bridgewater and the owner of the E.nopi Bridgewater Learning Center which opens in May on North Bridge Street, across the street from the Somerset County Library. “We want to adapt to each child and meet the needs of a variety of learners with different current Math and English skills so the highly capable students as well as the struggling students are equally excited and engaged. Our philosophy is very simple - kids learn only when they are engaged and they engage only when they are having fun!” E.nopi uses activity-based learning tools such as number cards, quizzes, blocks, audio books and thinking cubes to not only enhance problem solving and critical thinking ability in young children but also apply the basic concepts to different situations. E.nopi is the only program in the world that offers a math program that includes full critical thinking as well as the basic thinking curriculum and is recognized by the NCTM/NCTE (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics & National Council of Teachers English). “We have highly trained, certified teachers with a low teacher to student ratio (1:4) to ensure quality, dedicated attention. Unlike other learning centers, our goal is to place each child at the appropriate level for growth and success” says Mr. Mehta, who is passionate about creating a solid foundation, in young kids, of the very skills necessary for a lifetime of success!

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Bridgewater Scout Earns Eagle Ranking

Mark Fritzen was promoted to the rank of Eagle Scout on April 2nd. L-R: Mark Fritzen; Mark’s mom Janet Fritzen; brother Chris Fritzen; and Ken Farina, Mark’s Scoutmaster Troop 99, Bridgewater. Through his young life, Mark Fritzen, has worked to achieve what few scouts do – the coveted rank of Eagle Scout. On April 2nd, with close friends, family, fellow scouts, and officials in attendance, Mark Fritzen was promoted to the rank of “Eagle”. Mark earned 26 merit badges and completed a service project to achieve this highest rank in Scouting. His Eagle Project consisted of building two large book shelves for the entrance hall lending library of Immaculate Conception Church, as well as two movable pamphlet distribution units with storage underneath for public literature. On a table along one wall, the history of Mark’s passage from Cub Scouts through Boy Scouts was recorded with pictures and memorabilia.

Guest speakers included Bridgewater Mayor Patricia Flannery; Mark’s high school guidance counselor, Dr. Terry McDonald; Mark’s

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Cub Scout Den Leader, Joanne Forster; and Mark’s third grade teacher, Nancy DiGraziano. The Ceremony was lead by Eagle Scout Chris Fritzen, Mark’s brother. Mark is a senior at BRHS where he has been on the honor roll and is a member of the National Honor Society. He also participated in Varsity Cross County, Spring Track, Key Club, and the foreign student exchange with Germany. Mark’s mother, Janet Fritzen, pinned his Eagle Medal on his uniform and Mark presented his mother with an Eagle mother pin in honor of her dedication and support. Mark’s brother, Chris, placed the Eagle neckerchief around his brother’s neck. Mark Fritzen will be a 2011 graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School and will be attending Penn State in the fall pursuing a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.

Mark Fritzen shows off the book cases he made for Immaculate Conception Church as his Eagle Project.

Author Eileen Clymer Schwab (center, holding book) attends Raritan Book Club’s recent meeting to discuss her debut novel, “Promise Bridge.” Photo/ Dilette Patente By Debbie Thomas Raritan Book Club members were thrilled and honored to have author Eileen Clymer Schwab attend their March 24th meeting. Schwab’s debut novel, “Promise Bridge,” was the book club’s March selection. The author, who lives in Lehigh Valley, PA, graciously accepted an invitation from hostess Mary Pat Gausz. “Promise Bridge,” set on a plantation in pre-Civil War Virginia, tells the story of a friendship between the plantation owner’s niece and a slave girl. Schwab effectively weaves this friendship through a journey involving the Underground Railroad and the racial attitudes of the time. Having the author present to explain the characters and plotline brought a heightened dimension to the discussion. Raritan Book Club members are anxiously awaiting the July release of Schwab’s new book, “Shadow of the Moon.” The author enjoyed her evening so much that she promised to join the group for that book’s discussion. Some members even expressed an interest in attending the red carpet premiere of “Promise Bridge” should it ever be made into a movie. The Raritan Book Club has been in existence for six years. The 10 member group of friends have shared many great experiences together, but all agreed that having Schwab present made for one of the best book club meetings yet.

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by Bruce Doorly Decades ago the Memorial Day Parade was a major event. Many groups marched, many individuals watched. Residents would not think of missing the Memorial Day Parade. Years ago most people stayed home for the three day weekend. However, as the years have gone by the World War II generation has grown smaller. The next generation saw the three day weekend as a summertime kickoff event for cookouts and trips to the shore. The popularity of the Memorial Day Parade began to decline. In place of parades, a ceremony is held. At this ceremony names of soldiers who gave their lives are read, wreaths are placed in front of memorial plaques, and talks are given by veterans. The attendance is seldom more than 35 people. Half of which are those running the event or local politicians. The average age at the event is over 60. The Memorial Day event on Monday can no longer compete with the Jersey Shore and visits to see relatives. Cookouts have replaced the Memorial Day parade and ceremony. With mostly senior citizens attending the current ceremony, the future of this type of event is not promising. This author proposes a change in how we celebrate Memorial Day. I truly believe Americans do respect those who died for their country and would gladly attend a Memorial Day event in large numbers, but the event should be modified to fit modern times. Perhaps a Thursday or Friday evening outdoor picnic before the weekend of Memorial Day. To make it a festive event, a disc jockey could play patriotic music. There could be hotdogs, soda, and ice cream; maybe even some All American apple pie. A few speakers could give short talks about the sacrifices made by our heroes who gave their lives so that we can live in freedom. For these speeches, the kids should be asked to sit up front as this ceremony needs to be passed on to the next generation. To further inform residents of who our heroes are, a program with profiles could be given out. We should present those being remembered on Memorial Day as real guys, not just anonymous names etched on a bronze plaque. This Memorial Day ceremony/picnic idea is indeed a departure from tradition, but necessary. Changing the day of the ceremony to before the weekend will allow large numbers of people to attend the event. Having food and music will make it more appealing to the younger generation. Perhaps these changes can once again make the Memorial Day Ceremony a major event.

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comprised of six homes in Raritan; three in a row at 24, 26, and 28 Codington Street (the family lived in back of the grocery store). The other homes were on Somerset St. and Thompson St. Peter attended St. Joseph’s Parochial School in Raritan. After finishing school he worked at Calco Chemical in Bridgewater as a bookkeeper. He was a regular in the local bowling league. The bowling lanes were in the basement of St. Joseph’s School. Peter had a passion for opera, often listening to opera records and sometimes attending the opera. He had a steady girlfriend who lived in Bound Brook. When World War II broke out Peter joined the army and said goodbye to his girlfriend. For two years he trained stateside, then in August of 1944 he was shipped overseas to join the fight and was assigned to the 94th infantry. The 94th had seen plenty of combat as they first hit the beaches at Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Peter joined up with them in September of 1944. He was assigned to a field artillery unit and his job was establishing communications in the battle zone. He often laid down the telephone wire that soldiers would use at the front lines to

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report back to their commanders. This was dangerous work since it would often put him at the front line. The exact details of Peter’s death are not known, but the battle he fought in is well documented. On March 20, 1945 the day Peter was killed, Patton’s Third Army had just advanced to the edge of The Rhine River on the west coast of Germany. The river was a key strategic point since it is a natural defensive barrier. The 94th infantry had seen many tough battles as it moved across Europe. But their toughest battle was to come at the Rhine River. Masses of German soldiers along with their machinery and ammunition were dug in for a fierce fight. In war, an attacking force is very vulnerable when crossing a well-defended river. The 94th, along with Patton’s Third Army, had many soldiers killed as they fought to cross the Rhine River. Peter Petras of Raritan was one of them. Peter’s sister Dorothy still recalls the events of the day her family was told of Peter’s death. It was the afternoon of Monday, April 2, 1945. She was off from school, probably for spring break. Two military men arrived at the home and found Peter’s mom Julia there alone. They asked if she had any family nearby that could come over. She went next door to get someone. At first Julia did not fully grasp the purpose of their visit. The usual method to notify a family that their son had perished in battle was by telegram. Thus, families feared a telegram delivery boy at their door step, not military men in uniform. The men proceeded to inform Julia of her son’s death. Peter’s sister Dorothy remembers that she was reading comic books with her cousins at a nearby house. They were called over by

her mom and informed of Peter’s death. It was tragic and shocking since the war in Europe was almost over. Each news report that told of the U.S. Army’s progress in finishing off the Germans had raised their hopes that he would return home safely. Initially Peter Petras was buried in Luxembourg in a U.S. Military cemetery. A touching photo of his grave site was taken in 1945 with his friend Fran Michaly standing in front of it. Some surviving World War II letters written by his friend Anthony Musz tell of his persistence to visit Peter’s gravesite in order to get a photo. (These letters and photos can be found at A few years after the war, Peter’s body was brought home to be buried at St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Bridgewater. On the day of the funeral a mass was first held at St. Joseph’s. Afterwards there was a military funeral with uniformed military personnel from Ft. Dix. Peter’s sister Dorothy recalls how incredibly sad the playing of Taps was. Years later Dorothy Petras would name her son after Peter. The military tradition of serving one’s country would continue for their family as Dorothy’s children joined the military. Her son Peter would serve in the Army and her son Joseph in the Air Force. Also, her daughter Lorraine was a U.S. Air Force Major who retired from the military after serving from 1978-1994. As for the Petras Grocery Store, like many of the Mom and Pop stores of that era, it would close in the late 1950s. The building/home still stands today; cousins of Peter Petras live there. To see additional photos of Peter Petras and to read newspaper articles about him from 1945, visit

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Milltown School Presents a Blast from the Past or Present

Above: Zain Jaffry as Derek Jeter stands still while Jamie Kim aka JK Rowling (background) talks about her character during the wax museum event at Milltown School. Below: Miss Marulli and Mrs. McGrath’s 4th grade students present the Meet and Greet Museum. Photos/Dawn Wilde

Students from Kimberly McGrath and Lori Marulli’s 4th grade class at Milltown School presented a wax museum on April 13th. Each student researched a different famous person, dressed up as the historical figure and prepared a short speech to present to spectators. The students then stood in a wax museum where guests interested in hearing about each character stepped on a paper button to hear the speech. After the wax museum presentations, family members watched a PowerPoint presentation with pictures showing how hard the children worked to put the event together.

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Bradley Gardens School Holds Culture Fair Second grade students in Mrs. Nancy Bohen, Mrs. Kimberly Rose, and Mrs. Monica Hammond’s classes at Bradley Gardens School held a Culture Fair on March 24th. The students participated in a unit of study about different cultures and family heritages. They researched their country of origin by talking with their families and researching in the computer lab library. Students invited family members to share in this culminating event. During the program, students showcased their knowledge, greeted the audience with a “hello” in their native language, talked about why it’s important to learn about various cultures and presented special items from their native countries. Following the program, everyone gathered to share in a tasting of foods from around the world. Second grade students celebrate their heritage: Top right L-R: Laila El Bouazzaoui, Claudia Murray, Tyler Hisko, Anuvi Gupta, Evelyn Fu; Bottom right photo L-R: Michael Winchok, Ashley Chang, Jarrett Dugenio, Sofia Saravia, Hallie Lippey, Nathan Bignon. Submitted Photos

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Easter Bunny Comes to Town Raritan held its Annual Easter Egg hunt on April 23rd in the borough’s municipal building. The event was held indoors due to inclement weather. The egg hunters were released in three age groups and all participants received candy and prizes and the Easter Bunny was available for photos.

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Jia Qi (age 6) visits with the Easter Bunny. Photo/Ron Rispoli The Cardinals take the field when introduced at the Bradley Gardens Baseball Opening Day Celebration.

Two-year-old Grace Donato (on left) and Easter Bunny Helper, Madison Gara, pose for a picture with the Easter Bunny. Photo/Ron Rispoli

Ashley Izzo (age 7) has her picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Photo/Ron Rispoli

Jesse Bunag and Kylie Lawson are all smiles at the Raritan Little League Opening Day Ceremony. Photo/Dawn Wilde

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Core Players Return to Somerset Patriots

Jeff Nettles is congratulated after hitting a home run during a 2010 Somerset Patriots game. Submitted Photo The Somerset Patriots welcome back an All-Star core that has helped lead the Patriots to four straight playoff appearances, winning the championship in 2008 and 2009. The Patriots are once again headlined by third baseman Jeff Nettles, who holds almost every team career offensive record and is among the Atlantic League leaders with 813 hits, 130 home runs, and 522 RBI in 748 games played. He has won three championships and was the MVP in two of the Championship Series. Power hitting designated hitter Josh Pressley will take his spot in the middle of the Patriots line up for his fifth season with the team. In three of his four seasons with the Patriots, Pressley led the team in home runs, setting a team record in an MVP 2008 season with 30. Second baseman Matt Hagen joins the Patriots for his fourth season, hitting over .300 for his Somerset career in 349 games. The Patriots also welcome back one of the league’s best utility players in Elliott Ayala and the clutch hitting and defensive prowess of Joe Burke. Ayala is back for his sixth stint with the team, while Burke has been re-signed for his fourth season. Local pitching great Casey Cahill returns to the team, holding the record for most games pitched in franchise history with 185 over four seasons. The Somerset Patriots 2011 Season starts on Friday, May 6th at TD Bank Ballpark. For more information call (908) 252-0700 or visit

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Four Bridgewater-Raritan High School sophomore field hockey players were part of a team that won the USA National Indoor Field Hockey Tournament in Virginia Beach in March. The team went 5-11 to win their pool and get the first place medals 16U bracket. The girls play on a club team based in New Jersey called Spirit Eagles Field Hockey Club. They were the only team from New Jersey to medal this year. They are L-R: Catherine Caro (bottom row 2nd from left), Rachel Yaney (bottom row 3rd from left), Dayle Paustian (top row 4th from left) and Christen Piersanti (fifth from left wearing goalie equipment). Submitted Photo

Immaculate Conception Boys Parish Team Has Winning Season

The Immaculate Conception Parish team (Back row L-R): Asst. Coach Mike Farrell, Joe Petrone, Nick Guddemi, Colin Martin, Head Coach Mike Medley, Santino Sollazzo, Christian Medley, Asst. Coach Al Guddemi; (Front row L-R): Conlan Farrell, Mike Frauenheim, Matthew Bickel, Griffin Figel. - Submitted by Cheryl Bickel The inaugural Immaculate Conception Parish 7th & 8th grade boys team had a successful season with an overall record of 27-1. The team had an overall CYM record of 13-0 which included winning the CYM Bishop Paul Bootkoski Playoff Tournament and the InterLeague (parish vs. school) Championship. Additionally, the team took the Championship in three tournaments including the Viking Classic (Union Catholic), Clem Santy Holiday (Dunellen) and the Washington’s War (Hoop Heaven) Tournaments.

Bridgewater United Soccer Club was created for the benefit of Bridgewater children and teens who want to play competitive soccer in an environment where kids come first. Bridgewater United Soccer Club travel teams are comprised of Bridgewater/Raritan boys & girls ages 8-19 yrs old. Out-of-town players are placed in an age group only when there are available spots after placing qualified local players/residents. Open evaluations will be held the first two weeks of May in order to attract and assess new players, as well as re-evaluate and collect coaches’ feedback for current players. All Bridgewater United Travel players receive professional training from Dutch Total Soccer (DTS) trainers from Soccer Centers. One training session per week is included in the annual registration fee. Our teams currently play in various leagues, including MCYSA and JAGS. Please visit our website at to view the tryout schedule or call Bridgewater Recreation at 908725-6373. To register for tryouts: Preregistration is appreciated, but not required: Simply send an email to soccer@bridgewaternj. gov with your child’s name, birthdate, and a phone number, we will confirm to you the date, time and location of the tryout as a reminder. Our volunteers will be on site at all tryouts to take registration and any additional information.

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Special Olympics Basketball League Holds Annual Tournament

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On April 7th Milltown School’s Special Olympics Basketball League held its annual tournament where typical peers and kids from the LLD class played together on a basketball team. The four teams are coached by volunteer Milltown staff members. The tournament is a chance for the kids to play in front of family and friends. Each team played two 10 minute games, for a total of 4 games. The coaches played a 10 minute game for fun at the end of the evening.

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Somerset Valley Orchestra Presents Free Concert on May 15

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L-R: Soloists Joanna Volz, Maggie Lister of Bridgewater, and Darek Mankowski will perform during the free concert at BRHS on May 15th. On Sunday, May 15th at 3:00 p.m., the Somerset Valley Orchestra will take the stage in the Bridgewater-Raritan High School auditorium. This concert marks several milestones for central Jersey’s community orchestra. It is the first performance under the baton of conductor Larry Markiewicz, the first performance at this venue, and a unique performace of Haydn’s Symphony No. 7. Sometimes called “Le midi”, Haydn’s 1761 opus presents a fanfare of midday celebration and features soloists Darek Mankowski and Joanna Volz on violin and Maggie Lister on cello. The orchestra will also play a wide range of crowd-pleasers, from Brahm’s Academic Festival Overture to Strauss’s Radetzky March, from Harry Potter highlights to the “Simple Gifts” section of Copeland’s Appalachian Spring. Somerset Valley Orchestra meets on Thursday nights from 7:309:30 in the Bridgewater-Raritan High School band room, and consists of a wide range of musicians from Central Jersey. Musicians range from high school to retirement and come together for the love of making music. New members are always welcome. Concert admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted at the door. Please refer to the orchestra’s website, for more information.

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Art on Traffic Control Boxes Public Art Project Call for Artists

The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission (SCC&HC) is continuing its public art project titled “Gallery 24/7” (G24/7) Art on Traffic Control Boxes. Artwork will be applied to the exterior of selected outdoor traffic-control boxes (TCBs) within Somerset County. With the aid of dedicated arts funding through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Local Arts Program Grant for this project, visual artists residing in New Jersey are invited to create and submit original artwork for G24/7. Artwork will be judged for artistic excellence, technical merit, the ability to complement the setting where it will be displayed and how well the artwork translates into large-scale viewing. Selected artists will receive an honorarium, and benefit by having their artwork accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for over three years. Interested artists may download the formal Call for Artists/ Guidelines by visiting www. tcb.html Submission deadline is June 30, 2011. For more info, contact SCC&HC Manager Pat McGarry at (908) 203-6020 or

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Bradley Gardens School Students Share Their Favorite Places in the World Students from Mrs. Nardella’s 1st grade class at Bradley Gardens School recently answered the question, “Where is your favorite place in the world?” The students’ answers appear below. Visit our website at to see additional responses from the students in the class.


What’s special about some pencils and paper? Actually, schools are the best places in the world! School is my favorite place because I make friends and make projects. I also enjoy my listening center and filling up our marble jar. I can’t wait to go back tomorrow!


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Sesame Place. “That rollercoaster is fast!” Sesame Place is my favorite place because I like riding the amazing dragon rollercoaster. I also like Sesame Place because there’s tasty food and beautiful sights. I can’t wait to go back!

friends and jump on the bed. Also, I can snuggle in my bed! My room is the best place in the world. My room is so fun.

Garrett S.

“Splash” goes the baby sharks in the tank at the aquarium. The aquarium is my favorite place because I get to pet the baby sharks and I can also go in the shark tunnel. Also, I get to pet the baby sting rays and the starfish. That was my best vacation ever.


What is so special about Italy? I think that Italy is a very special place with lots of interesting things. Italy is my favorite place because my family is there. I also enjoy the food. I love all of the pretty flowers and plants! I can’t wait to go back.


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What’s so good about a bedroom? Mine is the best in the world. My room is my favorite place because I can play with

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“Aaaaah!” I hear as I walk by the rollercoaster. In Disney I can go on rides and have a lot of fun! Disney is my favorite place because I go on rides with my family! It’s the best place in the world and I can’t wait to go again!

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“Hello,” greet my cousins. We are in our big, roomy apartment in China. I like my cousin’s house because I can help my aunt plant her garden and the bedroom I share has a TV! It also has a bedspread decorated with flowers. I hope I can visit there again.

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Hillside School Performs Spring Play

Hillside School staged a production of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches” in April thanks to a grant from Target Corp. Photo/Jolee Roberts In spite of this year’s cuts to extracurricular activities at the Bridgewater-Raritan intermediate schools, Hillside Intermediate School’s theatre program remains alive and well. Thanks to the generous Arts & Culture grant from the Target Corporation, Hillside School successfully staged an engaging production of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches” on April 7th and 8th. Sold-out audiences were delighted by David Wood’s adaptation of the grotesque antics of the Witches of England and “Boy,” who triumphs over them. As Boy’s grandmother describes them, they’re not the “fairy-tale” witches who ride on broomsticks, but “real” witches

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The Bridgewater-Raritan Invitational Tournament of Excellence has grown to become the only tournament in the state whose winner is an automatic qualifier for the National Academic Tournament in Washington D.C. Above Photo: High Technology Team 2 captain receives finalist plaque and check from BRMS teacher Sean Casey. The Bridgewater-Raritan Education Association has sponsored the Bridgewater-Raritan Invitational Tournament of Excellence (B.R.I.T.E.) for high school students throughout New Jersey since 1977. The tournament is designed to provide academically talented high school students an opportunity to excel and earn both prestige and prize money for their school. Each year students from around the state compete in a team quiz bowl type event. Since February 1, 2011, 48 teams have been competing for this final round. Due to educational funding cuts, we have lost teams that have been with us since the tournaments inception. Two teams from High Technology High School in Lincroft made it to the final round. The championship round was very close and won by High Tech Team 1.

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Troop #1227 from St. Ann School worked with local hotels to collect toiletries and deliver them to StreetLight Mission to help those in need. Submitted Photo Girl Scouts of St. Ann School learned about the impact they can have on their community. As a capstone to earning the Girl Scout Leadership Journey Badge, Agent of Change: It’s Your World, Change It, the girls designed a project where they collected new and partially used shampoos, conditioners and toiletries from five hotels in the area. The girls wrote letters, visited each hotel to discuss the project and decorated collection boxes. With the generous help of hotels including the Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn and Days Inn, all of Bridgewater, the girls collected nearly a thousand toiletries which they delivered to StreetLight Mission in Elizabeth, NJ. StreetLight Mission helps people struggling from poverty, substance abuse and hopelessness, empowering them to begin new lives through programs of rescue and recovery. During their visit, the girls saw first-hand the impact such a small gesture of sharing one’s excess could have on those in need. They loved that by putting items that would have been discarded to good use their project helped the environment too. Sister Gloria, their Principal commented, “We are so proud of the girls and the project that they undertook. It underscores the values embodied in our School Mission Enter and Learn, Leave and Serve. Our responsibility to our students extends beyond strong academics. These girls practiced our good citizenship and stewardship values and in doing so, experienced the joy of serving others. They clearly learned the power that they hold to make a difference!”

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A group of volunteers gathered to clean up the new Dog Park in Raritan on April 9th. The volunteers (L-R) are: Front Row: Dog (Chadra Lobell), Madison Gara and Jake Gara; 2nd Row: Michael Csuha, Melany Vasquez, Victoria Carra, Tiffany Carra and Alexandra Esposito. Back Row: Nicholas Carra, Councilwoman Denise Carra, Councilman Anthony Soriano Jr., Rob McGinley, Melinda Perry, Council President Greg Lobell and Councilwoman Stefanie Gara. Photo/Ron Rispoli

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Raritan Mayor’s Message On Monday, April 11, 2011, the Borough of Raritan held its fifth Annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception. For the first time, a couple, Patrick and Kathryn Mastice, were honored with the Nicholas Esposito Volunteer of the Year Award. Pat and Kathryn are lifelong Raritan residents and have been involved in many volunteer activities both in the Borough of Raritan and their church parish, St Ann’s. They are very deserving of this honor. We enjoyed a sumptuous buffet provided by the many restaurants in Raritan. We’d like to thank Bagelicious, Frank’s Pizza, Liquor Saver, Randazzo’s, Quick Chek, E&M Deli, Justin’s, Pizza Brothers, Spain 92, Uncle Vinnie’s Clam Bar for the delicious food and Scott’s Florist for providing the balloon centerpieces. A very special thank you goes to Connie Del Rocco, Theresa Bray, Irene Sixt and Lisa Simonetti for coordinating everything for the evening. It was a wonderful evening filled with great food and wonderful conversation. Jo-Ann Liptak, Mayor Raritan Borough

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School Calendar May 3 - BRHS - Spring Orchestra Concert - 7:30 p.m. May 4 - Adamsville - PTO Meeting - 7 p.m. May 4 - Milltown - PTO Meeting - 7:30 p.m. May 5 - Hamilton - PTO Plant Sale - Pre Order Pick Up May 6 - BRMS - Faculty Dodgeball - Hillside v. Eisenhower 7:30-9 p.m. May 6 - Hamilton - PTO Plant Sale - Student Shopping Event May 11 - BRHS - Spring Vocal Concert - 7:30 p.m. May 12 - Eisenhower School - Market Day Pick-Up: 5 - 6 p.m. May 12 - BRMS - Spring Vocal Concert - 7:30 p.m. May 13 - Hillside - Backyard Work Day - 3:40-5:30 p.m. May 13 - Hamilton - Buffet - 7:00 p.m. May 17 - BRMS - Spring Orchestra Concert - 7:30 p.m. May 18 - Bradley Gardens - PTO Meeting - 7-8 p.m. May 18 - BRHS - Spring Band Concert - 8:00 p.m. May 19 - Hillside - Lip-Sync Performance - 7-9:30 p.m. May 19 - BRMS - Spring Band Concert - 7:30 p.m. May 19 - Bradley Gardens - Schwan’s Frozen Food Truck - 3:00 p.m. May 20 - Adamsville - Bookfair/Ice Cream Social - 6-9 p.m. May 20 - Bradley Gardens - Family Bingo - 7-9 p.m. May 23 - Hillside - PTO Meeting - 7:30-8:30 p.m. May 24 - Hillside - 5th Grade Band/Orchestra Concert - 7:30-8:30 p.m. May 24 - JFK - Market Day - 5-6 p.m. May 25 - BRMS - PTO Meeting - 7:30 p.m. May 26-27 - BRMS - 8th Grade Class Trip - Off-Site May 26 - Hillside - 6th Grade Band/Orchestra Concert - 7:30-8:30 p.m. May 27 - Crim - Young Author’s Day May 27 - Van Holten - Fitness Field Day May 30 - School Closed May 31 - Hillside - Spring Book Fair May 31 - Milltown - Friendly’s Night Please check the school web sites and calendars for updates or last minute adjustments


by Sharanya Pulapura Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card - Like many girls my age, there was a time when I didn’t like Sci-Fi. In fact, I can’t remember having read and liked even one book of the genre before the sixth grade, and I had read at least half the public library by that point. Two years have gone by, and now science fiction is my favorite genre. What brought about this change? A boy named Ender Wiggin. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is the hero of the young adult novel Ender’s Game. The novel takes place in a futuristic Earth in which the humans are at war with the Buggers, a hyper-intelligent species of alien. The human military recruits young and brilliant children for Battle School to train them for combat with the Buggers. However, one child needs to lead the rest, one child even more brilliant than all of the rest— six-year-old military genius Ender Wiggin. Before Battle School, Ender feared the jealous bullying from his cruel and monstrous brother. But, when he finds himself faced with decisions that could mean survival for one species and destruction for another, Ender’s greatest fear is becoming a cruel monster himself. This book has the lightning pace that characterizes the genre, but what really sets it apart is the character of Ender. His incredible genius, putting him just out of reach of the reader, makes him entertaining and engaging, and his struggles to belong and to distinguish right from wrong make him one of YA’s most intricate heroes. Editor’s Note: Sharanya Pulapura is an 8th grader at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School. She was recently nominated by the school librarian for the Most Enthusiastic Reader award. We’re happy to have Sharanya as a book review contributor for The BReeze.

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The Calm After the Storm Many are probably familiar with the saying “it is the calm before the storm.” When I find myself in the storm, however, I find the reverse to be quite comforting. Take, for instance, the march towards AP exams, currently ongoing for many juniors and seniors at BRHS. These past few weeks have been a hectic time filled with intensive studying. There is certainly plenty of stress, as most colleges will only accept scores of 4 or 5 for credit. For those who do not know, AP exams are scored on a scale of 1-5, 5 being the best score possible. With such a narrow margin for success, a few weeks of hard work can easily be justified with

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opportunity to take many AP classes, still have final exams looming in June, and the fourth marking period is their last chance to ensure a good overall grade in class. Yet, despite the various stress factors of the fourth marking period, I have always found it to be the most enjoyable of the year. For me, whether it is the warm weather or the prospect of summer vacation so near, studying for finals has always been easier than studying for midterms. It’s definitely worthwhile to work hard for the last marking period and finish off the year on a positive note. After all, over two months of rest is right around the corner.

with Linda (Leslie Mann), a kindly girl who promises to care for him. Around a decade later, an ornithologist named Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro) visits them to reveal that Blu is the last male of his species. To save the Macaws, Blu must breed with Jewel (Anne Hathaway), the only remaining female Macaw. When both are stolen by profiteering bandits, they must find their way back home, all the while bonding together through street chases and close calls. Needless to say, kids will be delighted by the feel-good ending and goofy supporting cast of critters, but the conclusion feels emotionally

empty. It’s difficult to truly care for any of the characters, including the requisite comedic relief duo (voiced by and Jamie Foxx), as Rio seems to revel in the fact that it is strictly for kids, unlike Rango, which I reviewed last month. There is nothing particularly impressive in this film besides the colorful visuals. Blue Sky Studios played it pretty safe here, ensuring a good box-office take in a season full of financial flops (Mars Needs Moms, anyone?). If you have restless young kids, they may enjoy Rio for what it is. If not, see Source Code instead. Rating: 5/10

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by Kyle Paustian and B.J. Grill Softball - The 2011 Softball team brings back power, speed, and

experience. After losing only 1 starter from last year’s playoff team, the Lady Panthers issue in a new regime with familiar faces. Senior 2nd baseman and captain Katie Fanning has shown she can hit from anywhere in the line-up. Senior 3rd baseman Brie Jordan brings power and a cannon for an arm. Alongside her is sophomore shortstop Jordan Stephenson, who has hit two home runs and is batting over .750 this spring. On the mound features a one-two punch with senior Alicia Gonnella and freshman phenom Megan Colline. After a hot 6-0 start, watch for BR to make a run for both the county and group IV tournament.

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PANTHER SPORTS Right: JP Geary gets the kill during the Panthers game against Hillsborough. Teammates Karras Lambert, Anthony Mandraccia (on left), and Ryan Doheny (on right) prepare for a block. The Panthers current record stands at 7-5. Photo/Bill Geary

Volleyball - The playoffs are something senior captain Ryan

Doheny has been missing, but this year looks to be the year he gets his wish. A top 20 ranking in the state and a senior dominated squad is something to be feared for BR’s opponents this spring. Alongside Doheny is co-captain JP Geary, who is undoubtedly the most improved player. Seniors Nick Diacont and Michael Billy, along with junior Jared Guritsky, bring much needed height to the team. Senior Karras Lambert at libero and junior Anthony Mandraccia at setter, round out the starting line-up. Watch for BR to dance in the state tourney for the first time in 4 years.

Left: Scoring machine #16 Kelly Fenton is closely guarded by a Hillsborough defender. The Panthers held on and beat the Raiders 11-10 on April 14th. Photo/Alex Hopkins

Girls Lacrosse - Kathy DeBonis is out, and in comes young but experienced Lydia Pinto to lead the 2011 Lady Panthers Lacrosse team. The first year head coach has a lot to handle, and after losing Division 1 star Lauren Sbrilli (Rutgers), some new faces had to step up. Those faces are Kelly Fenton, Stephanie Umbach and Danielle Iandiorio. Fenton and Umbach provide the offensive spark for BR, and Iandiorio leads a stonewall defense. Their biggest win of the year came in a 15-14 decision at Pingry. Look for these girls to make a Group IV run and fight #1 Ridgewood for the crown.

Boys Track - Another season and Jake Ruskan is still the biggest

name on the board. The senior dubbed “The Inferno” will be taking his final bow this spring, and with the Meet of Champions a realistic ending to his illustrious career, this should make for one exciting season. Ruskan isn’t the only big name, however, as senior long jumper Derek Beck looks to make a splash before he takes his talents to Amherst, Massachusetts on a football scholarship. Look for these two and several others to make a big impact for BR this spring.

Right: Junior Zach Pacifico pitches at home against Somerville on April 17th. The Panthers won the close game 4-3. Photo/Alex Hopkins.

Girls Golf - Senior Allyson Gruber has proven she is a force to be

reckoned with, and this season she looks to etch herself in the history books as one of the best female golfers in Bridgewater-Raritan history. A tough schedule and unfriendly weather conditions have been the kryptonite to the start of the 2011 season for the Lady Panthers. However, look for Gruber and company to make a comeback and produce a winning record at the end of the season.

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Boys Lacrosse - The boys lacrosse team has started off the season with a bang even though they lost 16 seniors from the 2010 squad. With a high powered offense starring some of the best junior attackmen in the state in Ryan Hollingsworth and Scott Bieda, the Panthers head into May with a 5-1 record and an opportunity to capture a Somerset County Title.

Baseball - The boys baseball team has come into the 2011 sea-

son with expectations to repeat after a Sectional Championship in 2010. Jordan Weinstein and Ben Silber anchor the Panthers from the mound, while Sacred Heart bound senior Branden Durant looks to make yet another season successful as captain. After capturing a big win against Somerville on April 17th, the boys landed the 7th seed in the Somerset County Tournament and look to make yet another trip to TD Bank Ballpark.

Boys Golf - The golf team is an up and coming program due to the youth it is bringing to the table. Featuring sophomore stud Dominic Diaz as well as Ed Albright, the Panthers continue to improve as the season progresses. Though they have obtained a 2-4 record so far this season, expectations continue to rise as the young guns get more and more acclimated to the competition.

Boys Tennis - Much like the golf team, the boys tennis team can be

defined with a phrase. Talent, yet inexperienced. Unlike most tennis programs, the first singles slot is played by freshman sensation Eric Tai, and the second slot is played by junior talent Mike Soloman. So far this season the Panthers are 4-1 and continue to progress as the season moves on.

Girls Track - The lady Panthers on the track have had a successful

season so far with a 5th place finish at the Somerset County Relays. At the event, the girls competed and had impressive finishes in the 400 meter relay, 800 meter relay, and the team long jump. As the season moves on, look for Amanda Vo to continue domination on the triple jump after she broke a school record.

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Girls Track - Skyland Conference Meet

Distance Medley – (5th Place): Sophia Banafato, Jenn Jahn, Grace Ruffa, Marisa Ruskan; 4 x 100 – (2nd Place): Amanda Vo, Sherry Oller, Thanida Sermsuwan, Heather Lessing; Sprint Medley – (1st Place - School Record-4:17.4) Thanida Sermsuwan, Nikki Chu, Jenn Jahn, Marisa Ruskan; 4 x 800 – (6th Place) Grace Dimock, Erica Bohdan, Sophia Bonafato, Grace Ruffa; Long Jump – (5th Place): Bridget Sweetman, Amanda Vo; Triple Jump – (2nd Place - School Relay Record - 67’11.5”) Amanda Vo - New individual Record - 34’11.5”, Thanida Sermsuwan - 33’.

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Page 26 Bridgewater – Elizabeth Lare, 84, died on February 28, 2011. Elizabeth was an Office Manager for W.T. Grant Dept. Store. She enjoyed knitting, embroidering, and sewing. Elizabeth is survived by her brother, John and his wife, Olga Kostelansky of Easton, PA; three sisters, Ronnie and her husband, Jim Bregenzer, Ann and her husband, Richard Hall, and Margaret Jennings; and several nieces, nephews, greatnieces, and great nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, John Lare; her parents, John and Stephina Haska Kostelansky; and four brothers. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Flemington - Louis P. Silvestri, 63, died February 28, 2011. Louis was employed as Service Manager for Flemington Car and Truck Country and retired in 2005 as a heavy equipment operator from the NJ Union Local # 825. He was a veteran of the US Air Force during peacetime. He was a member of the Garfield Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, a member of the Garfield First Aid Squad, a Girl Scout Leader and a coach for the Flemington Falcons Pop Warner team. Louis is predeceased by his wife Mary Keller who died in 1991 and a brother Eugene Silvestri. Surviving are his son Robert and his wife Erica, a daughter Lisa Yates and her husband Henry and four grandchildren, Cassandra, Ernie, Abriana and Kaitlynn. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Raritan - Francis I. Marcin, 88, passed away March 2, 2011 at Bridgeway Care Center. Francis was born in Raritan and was a lifelong resident. In his early years Francis worked at Bound Brook Oilless Bearing Co. He then was employed by the Bridgewater-Raritan School District for over 25 years, mainly at Hillside School, retiring in 1987. He was a veteran of the US Navy during WWII. He was a communicant of St. Joseph’s RC Church where he served as usher and a member of the church Seniors Group. He was a member and past commander of the Raritan VFW Sante Moretti Post 1748. He is predeceased by his siblings, Anna Gibson, Rose Lacinak, Mary, Joseph and Milton Marcin. Surviving are his loving wife of 55 years Helen (Kovac), a daughter Frances Capetta and her husband Al and 2 grandchildren Thomas and wife Donna and Michael and wife

Marisa and 4 great grandchildren, Maria, Madison, Ava and Tommy. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Marjorie (Peightel) Newcombe, 79, died March 10, 2011. Marjorie was born and raised in Huntingdon, PA and resided in Bridgewater since 1960. In her early teaching years, she taught grade school and pre-school. Marjorie retired after 20 years of service from the Bridgewater Library. She graduated from Juniata College in 1953 with a degree in Education and was a member of the Bridgewater United Methodist Church. She is predeceased by her husband George (2008). Surviving are her children, Linda N. Sakevich and her husband C.J., David and his wife Renee and Nancy Martin and her husband Bill, two brothers, Bill and John Peightel and 7 grandchildren, Charles and Rachel Sakevich, Carly, Maxwell, and Gabriel Newcombe and Aidan and Brendan Martin. Local arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. Van Arsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater – Barbara Ann Volpe, 67, died on March 12, 2011. Barbara was a Librarian at Airco, Inc. in Murray Hill, NJ for over 25 years. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, watching old western shows from the 1950’s, and was an avid doll collector. Barbara is survived by her husband of 34 years, R. “Peter” Volpe; her sister-in-law, Susan Cordano; her brother-in-law, Robert Volpe & his wife, Marlene; a niece; three nephews; two great-nieces; a great-nephew; and a host of cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, George and Helen Cordano; and her brother, George Cordano. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC. Bridgewater - Vittoria Natale, 90, died on March 16, 2011. Vittoria was devoted to her family, was a great cook, enjoyed traveling to Argentina, Italy, and throughout the U.S. Vittoria is survived by her son, Gregorio Natale and wife, Maria Rosa of Bridgewater; two brothers, Gregorio Grande and wife, Caterina of Raritan, and Francesco Grande and wife, Elizabeth of Argentina; two sisters, Domenica Grande of Italy and Maria C. Grande of Argentina; and three grandchildren, Michael and Jennifer Natale of Bridgewater, Adriana Korngold and husband, Lee of Bridgewater;

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Rose Cavolick, grandson’s Michael and Robert and a great granddaughter Rachael. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - George J. Golub, 90, died March 25, 2011. George was born and raised in New York and was a longtime resident of Wayne before moving to Bridgewater in 2002. He owned and operated Golub Tires in Wayne for over 27 years. He was a veteran of the US Army during WWII. George was a semi-pro baseball pitcher and tried out for the Brooklyn Dodgers farm team at Ebbets Field. George is predeceased by his wife Edith who died in 1983. Surviving are his son Edward and his wife Janet, daughter Bonnie Klein and her husband Jon, 2 sisters, Mary Schwimmer and Esther Golub, 3 grandchildren Matthew and Emily Klein and Jessy Fofana and 3 great grandchildren Surayyah, Sasha and Cole. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Myrtle Beach, SC - Marie Elizabeth Thompson Jackus, 67, passed away on March 29, 2011, at the Carolina Health Care System in Florence, SC. Born in Jersey City, Marie was a former resident of Branchburg before moving to Myrtle Beach, SC in 1997. Mrs. Jackus was a self-employed real estate appraiser for 20 years. Surviving are her daughter, Christine Jackus; her sons, Richard and Steven; and several grandchildren. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Lawrenceville – Doris Ellen Schillon DeYoung, 75, died on March 29, 2011. Doris was an Instructor of English at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ for over 40 years and also taught at Mercer County Community College in Lawrenceville, NJ. She was a communicant of St. Michael’s Chapel in Franklin Township, NJ. Doris is survived by her brother, Rev. Charles J. Schillon, O.F.M.; her two pets, Sandi (cat) and Mitzi (dog), dearest sisters, and her many wonderful friends and colleagues. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC.

May 2011 Bridgewater - Andrew J. Radich, 91, died on March 29, 2011, at Brandywine Assisted Living, Bridgewater. In August of 1940, Mr. Radich enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, underwent basic training at Camp LeJeune and received additional training in jungle fighting at Guantanamo Bay. On May 29th of 1943, PFC Radich wed his childhood sweetheart, Julie Figel, whom he had known as elementary students at St. Mary’s School. They celebrated their 60th anniversary in May, 2003. Julie died in March 2005 and Mr. Radich is survived by his daughter, Dr. Carol A. Radich, and two sisters, Dorothy Kmiec and Eleanor Chubrick, and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Radich worked as a chemical operator for Bakelite, later named Union Carbide, for 35 years and retired in 1979. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Hillsborough – Cynthia L. Walls (nee Schlauch), 54, died on April 2, 2011. Cynthia is survived by her children, Daniel Priest and his wife Kristy and Victoria Anaya and her husband David; sister Thelma Emory; and brother Leonard Schlauch and his wife Patricia, and four grandchildren. She was dearly loved by her fiancée Lawrence Whitlock of Whitehouse Station, NJ. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC. Branchburg – Catherine E. Leale, 81, died on April 3, 2011. Catherine worked in the Data Processing Department at AT&T for 15 years where she retired in 1973. Catherine was a long time communicant of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Bridgewater; an avid reader and knitter; Fluentini Hungarian, French, German, English; loved to travel and take cruises. Catherine is survived by her husband, Philip J. Leale of 38 years; her children, Thomas Kromp, Maria J. Brownstein and her husband, Irv, and Catherine M. Williams and her husband, John; her brother, Nicholas Gaal and his wife, Marie; and her grandchildren, Ashley, Courtney, Brandon, Jeremy, and Kyle. She was predeceased by her parents, John A. and Carola Duchon Gaal; and her

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May 2011 Continued from previous page first husband, George M. Kromp (1970). Arrangements were handled by Somerville Funeral Home, Inc. Lancaster, NY - Angela Zicaro, 90, passed away on April 5, 2011. Angela worked as Sales Person and a Care Giver at various locations in New York. Angela was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Domenica Meringold Zicaro; two brothers, John Zicaro and Alfred Zicaro; and her two sisters, Carmela Mavica and Rose D’Antonio. Surviving are her brother, George Zicaro; two nieces, two nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Somerset – Evelyn B. Vastola, 92, died on April 6, 2011. Evelyn was an Administrative Assistant to the Associate Director of the Athletic Dept. at Rutgers University for over 28 years. Evelyn was an avid reader; enjoyed oil and acrylic painting; loved playing the piano; and was a diehard Rutgers Fan. Evelyn is survived by her twin daughters, Joan A. Vastola and Ellen J. Vastola; and one nephew and niece. She was predeceased by her parents, Emil and Minnie Noak Yurkutat; and her sister, Alice Frake. Arrangements were handled by AAA B Cremation Services, LLC. Fort Lauderdale, FL – Dolores “Lori� French, 82, died on April 7, 2011. Dolores loved to dance, had a bright view of life and always sparkled, loved to travel, a great gourmet cook who loved a party. Dolores is survived by her children, Sandra Maloney and her husband Dr. J. Michael of Denver, CO, Stephanie Masi and her husband Dr. Douglas M. Masi of Branchburg, Stephen French of West Palm Beach, FL, and Raymond French and his wife Nicole of Stuart, FL; a brother, Richard J. Banick and his wife Margaret; twelve grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren, Morgan O’Rourke, Kevin O’Rourke, and Dylan O’Rourke. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC. Bridgewater - Robert T. Woodruff died April 8, 2011. Robert had been a resident of Bridgewater for the past 36 years. April 11th would have been his 90th birthday. Robert received his Doctorate of Law from Cornell University in 1952. He leaves behind his wife of 44 years, Gerlinde (nee Abendroth). Mr. Woodruff was especially proud of his service as quartermaster in the United States Navy from 19421946, much of the time aboard the destroyer U.S.S. LST 1129, part of the Pacific Fleet. In addition to his 32 years as an administrative law judge, serving in Omaha, NE and Newark, Mr. Woodruff also had a distinguished career as a trial lawyer with the Interstate Commerce Commission, and as an assistant United States Attorney in Camden. Survivors include two children: Jason Leroy Gustav Woodruff, and his wife Leola (nee Mott), and their children, Lucas Robert and Abagail Gerlinde; and Christine Hilda Erika Woodruff, and her partner, Robert Groelly. He is also survived by his brother, Richard F. Woodruff and his wife Elaine (nee Anderson); his sister Jane Woodruff Carroll and her husband J. Benjamin; his sister Sally Woodruff Garrison and her husband John; as well as five nephews and three nieces. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Hillsborough - Frenonda Kinney, 78, died peacefully on April 10, 2011 at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville. A Bookkeeper most of

her life, she worked for Multi Chevrolete in Union Retiring in 2008. She is predeased by her husband Alwin Kinney and son Richard Kinney. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater – Anthony “Tony� Michael Giannattasio, 78, died on April 10, 2011. Anthony was the Owner/Partner for 55 years of K.A.T. Builders, Inc. in Bridgewater and The East Hill Partnership, LLC; an MP in the Army National Guard; and a graduate of Millburn High in 1951. Tony and Tommy built homes for 55 years in Bridgewater, and the surrounding area, where they developed friendships that lasted a lifetime. He was a Eucharist Minister and Communicant of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Bridgewater; a member of Acacia Swim Club, Raritan Valley Country Club, and Past BPO Elks Somerville Lodge #1068. Anthony is survived by his wife, Marlene Moertl Giannattasio of 52 years; his best friends, Tommy and Felice O’Hara; his children, Michael Giannattasio and his wife Patty, Paul Giannattasio and his wife Karen, Andrew Giannattasio and his wife Tracy, Lisa Torpey and her husband Kevin; his sister, Carol Pittenger and her husband George; a brother-in-law, Dick Covey; (11) grandchildren, Rebecca and husband Keith, Molly, Alexis, Grace, Joe, Jake, Max, Isabella, Connor, Camilla, Lila; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Carmela Ramiccio Giannattasio; his sister, Antoinette Covey, brothers-in-law, Eddie and Stanley Polnik; a sisterin-law, Rita; and two nephews, Edward and Stanley, Jr. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC. Syosset, NY - Hailun Yu, 85, passed away on April 11, 2011. Born in Ning Po, China, Hailun immigrated to the United States 20 years ago. She was a former resident of Branchburg before moving to Syosset six years ago. Surviving are two sons, Hui-Kuo Yu, and wife, Yushwan of Neshanic Station and Huai Yeu and wife, Sarah of Branchburg; two daughters, Michele Yu and husband, Ping of Syosset, LI and HsiaoMing Yu and husband, Tim-Hau Lee of Taiwan; eight grandchildren; and a sister and brother, residents of China. Arrangements were handled by Asia Funeral Service. Branchburg - John Gustavson, 69, passed away on April 13, 2011 at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville. Born in Somerville, he resided there until moving to Branchburg in 1969. Mr. Gustavson was the Head of the Frozen Food Department for Stop ‘n Shop and had worked in both the Raritan and Hillsborough locations for 22 years, until happily retiring in 2010. He also worked part time as a Desk Clerk at the Super Eight Motel in Raritan for 30 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; John and Maude Wickenhaver Gustavson; and two sisters, Alice Fedchin and Georgina Peebles. Surviving are his beloved wife of 49 years, Jeanne Utter Gustavson; his loving daughters, Marie (Kevin) Roraus, Dawn (Drew) Elekes, Michele Gustavson, Sandra (Scott) Fisher, and Erica (Jeff) Gelle; nine grandchildren; his sister, Evelyn Mooradian; and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Somerville – R.J. Stockwellwurm, 23, died on April 15, 2011. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC.

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Bradley Gardens School Students Share Their Favorite Places in the World Continued from page 19


Clang Clang! I think I hear bikes bashing. I’m picking out a bike. Toys R UUs is my favorite place because when my sister looks at the baby stuff she makes a funny face. Also I love the holiday decorations because they are festive. The bikes are very cool.


Zzzzzz. Zzzzzz. My dad and I snore on the bed in the hotel in Canada. Canada is my favorite place. There is a back yard fountain with a restaurant and an indoor pool and a hotel and plants at the back yard too. Canada is the best place in the world! I can’t wait to go back! Canada can be so much fun!


“Roof, roof,” Molly barked. PA is my favorite place because I can play with my dog named Molly. She comes to me when I am playing with my toys. PA is the best place in the world!


What’s so fun about Punta Cana? You can win games to win prizes. There are lots of games. You can play your dad too. There are lots of games to try and play. Camps have lots of games. It is fun to play a game with a friend. I can’t wait to visit.


“Splash,” went the waves on the beach. LBI is my favorite place because I can ride my bike or go to the beach with my friend. I can also ride my bike to another island. I can’t wait to go back!


“Vroom, vroom!” I love riding my quad in PA. PA is my favorite place because I can ride my quad in the street. I play with my

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friends too. PA is my favorite place!


“Splash” goes the waves as the surfers fall off their surfboards in Punta Cana. Punta Cana is a place where a pool has a bar and you can drink slushies. You can also swim. I love it there!


“Splash!” People are swimming in the pool. Wildwood is my favorite place because you can swim in a pool. You can also go to the beach. There is a boardwalk, too! I can’t wait to go back in the summer.


“Splash, splash,” I hear as my cousin jumps into the pool. OBX is my favorite place because my family and me went to the beach every day. I love to boogie board on a hot, sunny day with my cousin. I love OBX because it’s the best place in the world.

The Red Hawks team at Bridgewater Baseball/Softball Opening Day. Photo/Dawn Wilde


“Ahhhh!” People on the rides in Disney World scream because they are having so much fun. Disney World is my favorite place because I can meet characters and take pictures with them. I also go on the rides. It’s the best place.


“Ahhhh!” I screamed when I saw the pool in Punta Cana. Punta Cana is my favorite place because I can play in the pool. Also, I can go to the deep side and play soccer in the sand. Punta Cana can be so much fun.


What’s so special about India? There are so many people. My favorite place is India because my grandparents live there. Someday I will visit them. I can’t wait to go to India.

The Cardinals are ready to play ball at Raritan’s Opening Day exhibition game (L-R): Nicholas Pannia, Kicheang Nam and Peter Stein. Photo/Dawn Wilde

Teams line up for a group photo at Bradley Gardens Little Loop Opening Day.

The BReeze - May 2011 Issue  

Community newspaper serving all of Bridgewater Twp. and Raritan Borough

The BReeze - May 2011 Issue  

Community newspaper serving all of Bridgewater Twp. and Raritan Borough