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The BReeze Bridgewater Township & Raritan Borough, NJ Your Hometown Newspaper Volume 3, Issue 10

November 2011

Cost of Freedom Tribute Honors & Remembers America’s Heroes

In October residents had the opportunity to honor, respect and remember America’s heroes as the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) visited North Branch Park in Bridgewater. The Traveling Tribute presented The Cost of Freedom Tribute and a variety of exhibits with its centerpiece being the Traveling Wall, an 80-percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Memorials and tribute panels dedicated to World War II, Korean War, 9/11, casualties at Fort Hood, and police and firefighters were also displayed. On Thursday night the Board of Chosen Freeholders presented commemorative medals honoring Somerset County veterans who served during the Vietnam War. The following local residents received medals: Bridgewater - Jon Asdourian, AW Billington II, Brian Collins, Thomas Degirolamo, Emil Fiedler (medal accepted by John Fiedler), Robert J. Lobosco, Thomas McGrath, George V. Schwerdt, Richard Vallone (medal accepted by Joseph Vallone), Robert Warren, and Reed Young; Raritan - Francis E. Krachun, Jr.; Martinsville Across its 370-foot length the Traveling Tribute Wall contains every Howard W. VanNostrand; Pluckemin – Robert Wood. The American Veterans Traveling Tribute is a veteran-owned proj- single name etched on the original. At its apex the memorial is an ect committed to travel the United States to honor, respect, and re- impressive eight-feet tall. member those who served, and pay specific tribute to those who gave all. The wall was completed in early 1998 and began traveling that year. AVTT’s traveling wall is the largest Wall replica traveling the United States.

After the medals ceremony on Friday night, there was a musical performance by Bridgewater residents Tyler Mylroie (vocals/keys) and Bob Burke (bass); and Branchburg residents Joe Reina Sr. (drums) and Joe Reina Jr. (guitar). This was the debut of a new song Mylroie The Traveling Wall is an 80-percent scale version of the Vietnam wrote, dedicated to Vietnam War veterans called,“Brothers on the Wall.” Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

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Bridgewater resident Richard J. Vallone gave his life during the Vietnam War. Above: Richard’s father, Joseph Vallone, accepts his son’s commemorative medal at the ceremony honoring Somerset County veterans who served during the Vietnam War.

Bridgewater resident Robert Lobosco received a commemorative medal for his service during the Vietnam War.

Joseph S. Frelinghuysen Sr. ~ A Remembrance

Joseph S. Frelinghuysen Sr.

By Bruce Doorly Joseph S. Frelinghuysen Sr., the U.S. Senator from Raritan, is

remembered primarily for hosting President Warren G. Harding at his home for the signing of the treaty to officially end the United States involvement in World War I. However Joseph S. Frelinghuysen Sr. had a long list of achievements many of which are forgotten and seldom appear in local history publications. Joseph was a politician, soldier, banker, businessman, orator, and dairy farmer. He was a co-founder of the The Raritan Valley Country Club which is still in existence today. He started a local dairy that served the community for decades. He was the first to enact legislation that required automobile drivers pass

a written test and demonstrate driving ability in order to legally drive a car. He hosted the only U.S. Presidential visits to Raritan and once served as the Acting Governor of New Jersey. Family Background The Frelinghuysen family has a long and distinguished tradition of public service at the state, local, and national levels. Joseph’s father, Fredrick John Frelinghuysen, was a practicing attorney who also served as the Somerset County Surrogate from 1872 to 1877. Joseph’s grandfather, General John Frelinghuysen, served with distinction as an officer in the

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

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Ads: November 10th News: November 15th The BReeze is mailed the first week of each month, free of charge, to all 20,000 residences in Bridgewater Township and Raritan Borough, total population approx. 50,000. The opinions expressed in The BReeze, whether by paid advertisement or editorial content, do not necessarily reflect the views of this newspaper and its staff. The newspaper staff reserves the right to edit any submission for length and content. Contact the staff or submit an article by email at yourbreeze@

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Ambrosio-Eaton Patricia Ambrosio, daughter of Patrick and Joanna Ambrosio of Bridgewater, was married to Timothy John Eaton, son of John and Rosemary Walsh of Tabernacle, on August 7, 2010 at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church in Raritan. The bride is a graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School, University of Delaware and UMDNJ-SOM. She is a Resident in Pediatrics at Morristown Medical Center. The bridegroom is a graduate of the Hill School and University of Delaware. He is Managing Director at H2M Beverages in Pompton Lakes. The couple resides in Morristown with their puppy Bully.

Ambrosio-Mueller Annemarie Ambrosio, daughter of Patrick and Joanna Ambrosio of Bridgewater, was married to Adam Mueller, son of Robert and Judith Mueller of Bridgewater, on January 21, 2011 at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church in Raritan. The bride is a graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School, Western New England College, and Seton Hall University School of Law. She is an Assistant Prosecutor at the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. The groom is a graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School and the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. He is a Program Manager and Electrical Engineer with Chu and Gassman in Middlesex and an Officer in the US Navy. The couple currently resides in Manville with their puppy Hank.

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Benner - De Cicco Marissa De Cicco and Craig Benner were married on July 9, 2011 in a Garden Ceremony at the Bridgewater Manor. Marissa is the daughter of Michael and Emilia De Cicco of Raritan, NJ. Craig is the son of Dale and Pauline Benner of Hellertown, PA. Marissa is a graduate of William Paterson Univerity and is employed with the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Criminal Identification in Somerville, NJ. Craig graduated from Moravian College and works for Robin Restaraunts in Allentown, PA. Following a honeymoon in the Pocono Mountains they are living in Flemington, NJ.

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2011 Arts Award Winners

Flower Show Award Winners The District IV Garden Club of New Jersey, composed of sixteen area garden clubs, held their “In the Spirit of the Garden” Flower Show at Willowwood Arboretum and Bamboo Brook Education Center in Chester Township on September 17th. There were 48 Individual Design Exhibits along with four Exhibits in Club Competition; 128 Individual Horticulture Exhibits along with four Exhibits in Club Competition; 40 Youth Exhibits; two Educational Exhibits; and one Invitational Exhibit. In the category Award of Horticultural Excellence and District IV Flower Show, Peggy Koehler from the Bridgewater Garden Club received Grower’s Choice Awards in the horticulture section named “The Joys of the Plant Hunters” and in the horticulture section named “The Splendor of It All”. In the Top Awards for Special Exhibits category, the Education Award was won by Peggy Koehler exhibiting “Terraria 19th Century Vogue” in the section called “Let Nature Be Your Teacher”. The Youth Top Exhibitor Award was won by Peyton Bothur, a 10 year-old from Bridgewater Garden Club in the section named “Hide and Seek” (An Assemblage).

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The Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission announced the winners of the 2011 Somerset County Excellence in the Arts Awards. The awards program honors individuals and organizations that show exemplary leadership and dedication to the fine and performing arts in Somerset County. This year, one of the recipients of the Aspiring Young Artist Award was Jackie Lin from Bridgewater-Raritan High School. Janet Cantore-Watson, coordinator of the Creative Arts Program at Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools in Bridgewater, was presented with the Arts in the Community Award. She was recognized for THINK PINK Cause a Co*Motion, which promotes community arts outreach and breast cancer public service awareness through dance. The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission and Friends of Somerset County Culture & Heritage Inc. are cosponsors of the awards program. An independent panel comprised of professionals in the arts selects recipients of the awards. Members of this year’s panel included Serena Boccino, Janice Haggerty and Ann Osterdale Rosenblum.

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Bridgewater from 8am-2pm. Handmade crafts, attic treasures, baked goods, jams & jellies, plants, purses, jewelry & more. Pancake breakfast & chili dogs & soup for lunch. Saturday, November 5 Sample Tasting Event at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1350 Washington Valley Road, Bridgewater from 3-6 p.m. The church is excited to release its “Tastes of St. Martin’s” cookbook and will be hosting a tasting of 50 favorite cookbook recipes from the over 350 recipes in the book. Admission is $10 per person and ages 12 and up are welcome at the event. Tickets must be reserved in advance by calling the church office at 908526-1350.

Thursday, November 3 Barnes & Noble Fundraiser to benefit the B-R Band Parent Association at the Barnes & Noble store at the Somerville Circle. The band and orchestra musicians will perform their own selections in duets and quartets at the store between 4:30 - 9PM, and the guard will provide free gift wrapping. See article on page 18.

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Thursday, November 10 The New Jersey Cranberry - Presented by Food Historian, Judith Krall-Russo at the Raritan Library, 54 East Somerset St., Raritan at 6:30 p.m. Cranberries are one of the few fruits indigenous to the U.S. Native Americans were using cranberries as

Saturday, November 5 Annual Holiday Bazaar at Bradley Gardens Community Church, 124 Old York Rd.,


food, medicine, and dyes long before the white man arrived. New Jersey is the third largest cranberry producing area in the U.S. Learn about the history of these tart berries and why they are so important. Recipes for a delicious cranberry sauce and a cranberry punch will be shared (just in time for Thanksgiving!) and tastings as well. To register call the library (908)725-0413. Wednesday, November 16 Holiday Boutique at the Bridgewater Senior Center, 455 Somerville Rd, Bridgewater from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and make a selection from dozens of vendors displaying their wares of jewelry, crafts, handbags, Christmas gifts and much more. Saturday, November 19 Vendor & Craft Expo at the Ted Blum 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, from 10am2pm. 40+ Talented Crafters & Direct Sales Vendors. Food & snacks available for purchase. For additional information contact: Saturday, November 19 Bazaar/Craft Fair - Bound Brook United Methodist Women will hold a Bazaar/Craft Fair from 10am to 3pm at the church on 150 West Union Ave., Bound Brook. Outside crafters and

vendors will join us this year featuring Christmas crafts, jewelry, basket bonanza, and more. We will be serving a home-style lunch with soups, sandwiches, and homemade desserts. Crafters are still wanted and should contact Judy at (732) 469-4613. Saturday, November 26 Sports Card & Collectibles Show from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at St. Ann’s School cafeteria, 29 Second St., Raritan. Admission: $1.00; 50 dealer tables available at $25/each. For info call Glenn Rygiel at 908-231-6658 or St. Ann School at 908-7257787. All proceeds go to St. Ann School.

Crafters Wanted & Save the Date The BRHS Band Parents Association is looking for crafters for their annual Craft Fair to be held on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School Cafeteria, Merriwood Dr., Bridgewater, from 10:00AM – 3:00PM. Set up will begin at 9:00 a.m. The cost is $35 per 6’ table or 6’ space and $5 extra if you need electricity (please provide extension cord). For information and application contact brhs_craft_fair@yahoo. com or call 908-429-9668.

December 1-2 Donate gently-used toys, games, bikes for Bradley Gardens School’s toy sale. Donation receipts available at drop off. Donation times: Dec. 1 from 4 pm to 6 pm; Dec. 2 from 9 am to 2 pm; 4 pm to 7 pm at the school’s main entrance at 148 Pine Street, Bridgewater. December 3 $1-2-3 & Up Toy Sale; $10 & Up Bike Sale. 9 am to 1 pm, Bradley Gardens School, 148 Pine St., Bridgewater. December 3 New Jersey Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker will be presented at the Bridgewater Senior Center, 455 Somerville Road, Bridgewater at 1:00 p.m. The New Jersey Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker is fully narrated and abridged so children and adults of all ages can enjoy it. Tickets are $10/ general admission; $5/ seniors and children under 12 and can be purchased at the Senior Center. For more information call (908) 725-8020. Hot dogs and snacks will be available for sale at noon so come early and enjoy lunch!


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Do you know an elderly or disabled person who needs help getting his or her yard ready for the winter months? The Somerset County Office of Volunteer Services will have volunteers available in November to rake leaves for elderly and disabled homeowners around the county who have no other means to do yard work. If you need this service or know someone who does, contact Laurie Beckhorn in the Office of Volunteer Services by

Vanderhaven Farm Teams Up with Toys for Tots for 1st Annual Toy Drive Vanderhaven Farm Village I is pleased to announce the start of the community’s 1st Annual Toy Drive and is seeking participation of businesses and individuals. The community’s goal is simple but meaningful; to help disadvantaged children in the surrounding town’s have a brighter holiday season. Vanderhaven Farm Clubhouse at 380 Doolittle Drive in Bridgewater will be open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m. to accept donations of new, unwrapped toys thru December 16th. Toys for Tots will deliver the toys to needy or underprivileged children during the holidays. Questions in regard to the toy drive may be directed to (908) 7222175 or e-mailed to

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BRHS Students ‘Flock’ Houses to Raise Money for Project Graduation

Nov. 7 at (908) 541-5715. Volunteers are needed to rake leaves as well. The annual leaf clean-up project will take place Saturday, Nov. 19. Anyone who would like to help but cannot make it that day is welcome to schedule an alternative date by calling the Office of Volunteer Services at (908) 541-5715.

Fall Rabies Vaccination Clinic The Bridgewater Township Division of Health has scheduled a Fall Rabies Vaccination Clinic for dogs and cats. The clinic will be held November 15, at the Finderne Firehouse located at 672 East Main St., Bridgewater. Rabies vaccinations for dogs will be held between 6 and 7 p.m. Cats may be presented for vaccination between 7 and 8 p.m. All dogs brought to the clinic must be securely leashed. All cats must be brought to the clinic in a secure box or carrier. All pets must be accompanied by an adult. Current license information at the time of the clinic is not necessary, but will serve to expedite the vaccination process. All rabies vaccinations at the clinic are provided free of charge. For further info contact the Bridgewater Division of Health at (908) 725-5750 or via e-mail at

Someone got a “flocking” at this Bridgewater home in celebration of their birthday. Our community has recently seen an invasion of pink flamingos landing on people’s lawns during the night and settling in for the day before “flying” away to another home. It’s all part of a fundraiser to raise money for Project Graduation. If you’re not familiar with Project Graduation, it is a drug and alcohol free graduation party for all graduating seniors held the night of graduation at Dave & Buster’s in Philadelphia. The event is funded by the hard work of the seniors, parent volunteers from all grades, various fundraisers, and donations. Typically the way a flocking works is that a person buys a surprise flocking for another person’s house. The flocking can be done to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or for no occasion at all, just for fun. The seniors decorate the “victim’s” lawn

with flamingos, leaving behind a packet of information describing what the flocking is all about and the birds stay in that person’s yard for 24 hours. Afterwards, the homeowner can choose to pay to have the birds sent to another home or just have them picked up. To order a flocking or to donate money to project graduation, please contact kfmski@ “Dedicated to protecting our seniors on Graduation Night”

Nothing Says Surprise More Than A Flock of Flamingos! What a fun and unique way to show how much you care. Celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, or any occasion. Email: to place an order or for more info. Bridgewater-Raritan HS Project Graduation 2012 Fundraiser

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Local Students Participate in Girls Go Golfing outing of the season capping off a successful four-year run. Sarah Potter, Hayley Katz and Rachel Saperstein (all of Bridgewater Township) and Katie Lee (Raritan Township) completed eight holes in 33 with a birdie on the seventh hole. Girls Go Golfing is dedicated to all things relating girls to golf while promoting a fun, nonthreatening, safe and peer-supported environment.

first in the 2-person scramble competition with 41, featuring four pars and Wentworth driving the 226 yard par 4, 3rd hole. Gianna Castaldo and Sarah Potter of Bridgewater-Raritan placed second in the 2-person scramble competition with a 45. Also competing was Bridgewater sophomore Haley Katz. October 4th was the eighth scheduled outing of the season at the Copper Hill Country Club. In the 5-hole competition, the team of Inna Dowd, Celena Stoia, Chloe Stoia (all of Raritan Twp.) and Sarah Potter (Bridgewater Twp.) turned in a 22. The quartet of Lizzie Venditti, Kaitlin Flynn, Marissa Castaldo and Nicole Petrocchi combined to win the final Girls Go Golfing event on October 11th at the Raritan Golf and Country Club. It was the ninth scheduled GGG

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Hundreds of community members came out to enjoy food and fun at Raritan Borough’s ‘Meet Your Neighbor Day.’ Photo/Bruce Doorly As the founder, and chair for Raritan Borough’s “Meet Your Neighbor Days”, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has been a part of these special events. It has been a real challenge to put an event together such as this, especially in these tough and troublesome economic times. But as we all can see this event has made a positive impact on our community, and the event continues to grow, and I hope it will continue, for many more years to come. First I want to take the time to thank this year’s corporate Platinum Sponsors Dr. Joseph F. Scalia & Dr. Lisa Jordan-Scalia, our Gold Sponsor TD Bank, and our Silver Sponsor Somerset Medical Center. I would also like to thank Dr. Douglas Masi, Agway Raritan, Total Automotive, Raritan Valley Orthodontics, B n B Construction, Raritan Laundromat, Scott’s Florist, Ahn’s Tae kwon do, and the many businesses and residents who make this event possible with their generous donations. Because of you, there is no cost to our residents. Thank you to PC Richard & Son in Raritan, for donating a flat screen television, and Pizza Brothers Raritan for their generous donation of pizza throughout the entire day. To everyone who has donated in the past, and who will do so in the future, I want to personally say thank you. To Raritan Recreation, Public Works, Somerville Rescue, Raritan Fire Department, Raritan Police Department, Thank you. As for the volunteers, everyone knows nothing can ever become successful without your help, and I must thank all of you. As we all can see, the positive impact you have made to our community. I wish I could take the time to mention each and everyone associated with the “MYND” but the list has become so large that it is impossible. As for the many departments, organizations, and individuals in and outside the borough, who have been a part of this event, thank you. And to you, the residents, who come out to attend and enjoy this wonderful event, thanks for bringing joy and laughter to all of us who take the time to put this event together. Once again thanks to each and everyone who participated in this year’s event, making the 6th annual “Meet Your Neighbor Day” the biggest and best to date. Sincerely, Victor J. Laggini, Jr, Councilman, Founder “Meet Your Neighbor Day” Raritan Borough

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Participating in the 4th season Girls Go Golfing program are (LR): Bridgewater-Raritan High School’s Rachel Saperstein and Hayley Katz with Hunterdon Central senior Deanna Smith at High Bridge Hills. Three Panthers and one Red Devil: Perfect Together! Thanks to Mother Nature, the 2011 Girls Go Golfing season was delayed a week with the opening event taking place at the High Bridge Hills golf course on Sept. 13. A total of 23 competitors were on hand for the four-ball and scramble competitions that day. The foursome of 8th grader Inna Dowd of Raritan Township, Central sophomore Celena Stoia of Raritan Township, Bridgewater sophomore Rachel Saperstein and 5th grader Sara Hardwick of Raritan Township carded a 3-over-par 39 to earn medalist honors in the 4-person scramble competition. Temperatures dropped as 18 girls teed it up on Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Beaver Brook Country Club for the second leg of the GGG fall competition. The team of Flynn and Wentworth placed

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Soccer Teams and Brownie Troop Unite for Park Cleanup - Bridgewater-Raritan school districts first day off from

school on September 29th, brought girls from the U08 Bridgewater United Cheetahs and U09 Bridgewater United Bolts soccer teams along with Adamsville Brownie Troop #60104, together to clean up Kidstreet in Bridgewater. The girls were happy to spend their day off giving back to the community. Photo/Tracy Burke

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tober 7th students in Pre-K through 2nd grade at Adamsville School enjoyed a special “Breakfast with Dad� sponsored by the Adamsville PTO. The PTO, as well as many Adamsville families donated fresh fruit, bagels, coffee and juice. “This is an annual event that the PTO loves to sponsor,� said Wendy O’Hara, PTO co-President, “it gives the dads some one-on-one time with their kids before they go off to work.� During the breakfast the PTO held a raffle and the winner was Janusz Kurasinski. Proceeds from the drawing will help contribute to future PTO events. Above photo: John Zayle enjoys breakfast with his son JP Zayle and daughter Kaitlyn Zayle (2nd grade). - Submitted by Jill Tarbell


Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut - Howard Campbell Jr, the main character of Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical novel Mother Night, is the most hated man in all of the Allied countries. American-born Campbell has lived in Germany for most of his life. All he wants is a peaceful existence in his “nation of two� with his beloved wife Helga and a career as a playwright. However, his quiet life takes a violent turn when World War II breaks out, and he is offered a position as a Nazi propagandist. Suddenly, Campbell’s voice is on every radio; his name is on everyone’s tongue. He is the leader of a movement to recruit Nazis from the United States and a despicable traitor in the eyes of every patriotic American. It’s the price he chose to pay to be a hero. What nobody realizes is that Campbell is a spy for the Allies, and his propaganda is encoded with critical information for the Americans. Although the few who know his secret once considered him to be the best spy they had, when the war comes to an end, Campbell is forced into hiding in New York City, away from the loyal Americans who want him dead at any cost. And when he is discovered and deported to Israel for a trial as a war criminal, nobody, not even Campbell himself, can truly vouch for his innocence. Overshadowed by his giants like Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle, and Breakfast of Champions, Vonnegut’s Mother Night is a little-known but precious gem of a book.

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Congratulations to the winner of our ad symbol contest, Millie Carra of Raritan. Millie won a $50 gift certificate from Arvin’s Gift Store & Bakery in Whitehouse. In the above photo, Millie is shown receiving her prize from store manager Dawn Graner (on left). Arvin’s Gift Store & Bakery located at 3523 Route 22 East in Whitehouse offers a wide variety of fresh baked goods made on premises daily. From the moment you enter the store you will be enticed by their bakery offerings like fresh baked pies, breads, muffins, cupcakes, cookies and seasonal items all lined up and waiting for you. Asher’s Chocolates, jarred fruits, pickles, jams, jellies, honey and much more are also available. Arvin’s also has a great selection of gift items including candles, coffee mugs, pottery, artwork, seasonal decorations and more. In addition, Arvin’s Gift Store has just become a JCPenney Express center. That means shoppers can buy anything from the JCPenney catalog, or anything that JCPenney offers online, from home or at Arvin’s. Having JCPenney merchandise delivered to Arvin’s has some distinct advantages over delivering to your home. There are no shipping charges, they can process returns, and shoppers don’t have to worry about their order being delivered while no one is at home. Customers can also make credit card payments at Arvin’s. The center is now open. So stop by and ask how to take advantage of this convenient service, and start shopping! Arvin’s also offers Candy Bouquets. These are a delicious alternative to flowers. It’s a unique, one-of-a-kind gift that will make a lasting impression. Each Candy Bouquet comes in its own designer container filled with delicious candies and gourmet chocolates from around the world. Get ready for the holidays at Arvin’s Gift Store and Bakery!

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Bridgewater Teen Wins Drumming Competition

Dominic Palombi has been playing the drums since he was seven years old. “I made my first drum set out of cookie tins and other household items,” recalls Dominic Palombi. “Once my parents realized it was not just a phase, they bought me a real drum set.” Dominic was recently selected to be in a Drum War competition held at Crossroads in Garwood, NJ. During the contest the drummers were required to play a 2 - 3 minute solo. Out of the 14 drummers in the contest, Dominic was named the winner. “It was a thrill to be selected as the winner by three professional judges. One of them being Bernard Purdie,” said Dominic. (Bernard Purdie is the world’s most recorded drummer.) As the winner of the competition, Dominic received a Tama Snare Drum, 3 hours of professional recording time at RMC Studios and the opportunity to perform a drum solo on the main stage at the Union County Music Festival in September. “Performing at the Music Festival was amazing,” says Dominic. “I love being on stage and performing in front of lots of people. I could really get used to that.” The Drum War contest wasn’t the first competition Dominic entered, “Back in 2009, I entered a competition called Rock N Music Idol. I won the drum category and my prize was a professional photo shoot with famous rock photographer, Mark Weiss and professional studio time to write a song. I and two other winners collaborated and wrote an original song called ‘Just Let Go.’ It was put on a CD and we were lucky enough to be able to perform our song at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park.” Dominic names Buddy Rich, Neil Peart, JoJo Mayer, Dom Famularo, Benny Greb, Chris Coleman, Bernard Purdie, John Bonham, and Joe Bergamini as inspirations. “Another drummer I admire would be my drum teacher, Matt Lewis of Division Street Music in Somerville,” said Dominic. Dominic is currently playing percussion in the Bridgewater-Raritan Wind Ensemble, Orchestra Winds and will be playing in the Jazz Band this winter. He’s also auditioning for the CJMEA Regional Band and will be playing in the Orchestra Pit for the school musical. I really want to be a performer,” says Dominic. “I really love what I do and hope I can make it professionally.”



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Somerset County Library System (SCLS) is accessible on the go. The SCLS mobile app powered by Boopsie, now available, gives users access to the library’s catalog and their account. Library cardholders can access the catalog anywhere they use their phone, run searches and place holds on materials that they want to borrow. The app also allows users to access and download e-books and e-audio the library’s digital media collection in one step. In addition, the SCLS mobile app allows users to find branch locations and hours from wherever they are and even ask a librarian for help. Choosing library programs at each branch and making reservations for the event are also a part of what the app can do. “Content and information are mobile. We recognize this and that our patrons increasingly need to access information on the fly. The SCLS app is one tool that allows us to provide that content where, when and how our patrons need it.” Richard Loomis, Electronic Services Librarian at SCLS explained while discussing the features of the app. The app is available for Android, Blackberry, and other internet enabled mobile devices. The app for the iPhone will be available soon. It can be downloaded at popular application market places as well as on, the library’s web site. Patrons with further questions can call SCLS at (908) 526-4016 or enter the website at http://

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In Raritan, We’ve Been Let Down Too Often It’s Time For Real Leadership

Gaetano "Guy" Izzo is a lifelong resident of Raritan, and part of five generations of Izzo's who have chosen our patriotic town for their home. For his entire life Guy has been FROM Raritan and FOR Raritan, and now asks for your vote for Mayor. Guy's long life in Raritan is full of accomplishments. As a Little Leaguer he set ‐‐ and still holds ‐‐ the national home run record with 21 in 16 games. As an adult, Guy opened Raritan’s Gaetano's Beauty Salon in 1962, a business that will celebrate its 50th anniversary as a downtown fixture next year. And as President of the Raritan Chamber of Commerce Guy has helped to revitalize the business community, and instituted Cruise Night, the annual Golf Outing and the popular Street Dance. Guy is running for Mayor to ensure that every Raritan resident has the same opportunities he has had for his entire life. Our current leadership in Raritan excels at holding meetings, talking about problems, giving taxpayers' money to consultants, and in the end fixing nothing. Raritan needs real leadership that brings new businesses to town, provides opportunity for children to excel, and a government responsive to the families of Raritan.

Victor J. Laggini Jr. is a lifelong resident of Raritan, part of four generations. Vic has served two terms on the Raritan Borough Council, working to solve the problems facing our families, organizations and businesses. Vic has served on or been liaison to the: Planning Board; Board of Adjustment; Raritan Fire Dept; Facade and Canopy Committee; Recreation; Public Works; Police; Board of Education (liaison); Buildings and Grounds; and Board of Health. Vic also volunteered as a fire fighter for the Fire Department. When our volunteer Rescue Squad was hurting, some were willing to let this valuable community resource go. But while the volunteer squad took injured and sick Raritan residents to the hospital for free, Somerset Medical would charge as much as $1,000 each way. Such a burden on Raritan families was unacceptable to Vic, and he spearheaded the merger of the Raritan and Somerville squads to preserve the free service To provide resources for the businesses in town and bring in outside revenue to the community, Vic rejuvenated the dormant Raritan Chamber of Commerce after Somerset County officials told Vic that grants and CBGB moneys were not available to Raritan because it did not have a business organization.

Doug Myslinski has lived and worked in Raritan for more than 15 years. Doug volunteers in Raritan through his family's attendance at St. Ann’s Church. He is a member and Past Grant Knight of the Sgt. John Basilone Council of the Knights of Columbus, Member and current Pilot and Color Corpsman/Honor Guard of the George Washington Assembly 0653 ‐ Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. He is experienced in construction and management, and will bring that focus to the Council to help bring new, beneficial development to Raritan. Too often proposals from developers are ignored, delayed or pushed off by the current borough administration, resulting in empty storefronts and fallow grounds where we could have vibrant business and residential communities. Doug is also an LPN, working in the fast growing field of health care. He won the Leadership and Community Service Award from the Somerset County Technical Institute where he received his nursing degree in 2004. Doug was also the coordinator of a Drop‐In‐Center for families with children having Autism, Cerebral Palsy and other Physical/Developmental Disabilities.

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Martinsville Community Center Hosts First Annual Fall Festival

Approximately 500 people attended the MCC Fall Festival on October 1st. The Martinsville Community Center hosted its first annual Fall Festival on October 1st at its facility at 1961 Washington Valley Road, Martinsville. Although it was a cool and cloudy day, approximately 500 people attended. The purpose of the festival was to provide a venue to connect residents and businesses in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater. The festival included live music by the Quarry Lane Band, food from Quik Mart and Martinsville Pizza Brothers, and children’s games and activities, including pumpkin painting. About 15 local businesses participated, displaying their products and services under a large tent. There were live performances by Gotta Dance, the Guitar Hut, and USA Karate Academy.

The MCC was joined at the festival by other organizations that serve the Martinsville area, including the Martinsville Volunteer Fire Dept., the Martinsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, the Bridgewater Police Department and the Somerset County Historical Society. One goal of the MCC is to restore a sense of community to Martinsville by partnering with all organizations that work so hard to support us. Once the restoration of the MCC building is complete, it will provide a place for residents of Martinsville to gather and work together on creating a community for future generations. The festival also featured a reminiscing session entitled, “I Grew Up In Martinsville�, led by former resident Judy Coddington Hecker. Many Martinsville “old timers� attended and

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Adamsville Students Enjoy Spending Quality Time with Mom and Dad

Students from Ms. Billy and Ms. Pearce’s 2nd grade class and Mrs. Gallagher’s 3rd grade class at Adamsville Primary School recently answered the question, “What is one thing you do with Dad and/or Mom that makes you happy?” Their answers appear below. Isha, 2nd Grade Sometimes me and my mom go to the mall and buy some clothes, fancy shoes, beautiful jeans and sparkly jackets. This makes me happy because I love to shop and spend girl-time with my mom. Jordan, 2nd Grade Sometimes me and my dad go out to dinner. Then we go to the candy store and buy candy. It’s so fun because I don’t get to see him a lot when he travels for work. Maura, 2nd Grade It makes me happy to rake leaves with my dad. We make it a contest. Daddy pushes the cart and I get the stuff. Isaiah, 2nd Grade I like to help my mom with my baby brother. It makes me very happy because I used to be the youngest in my family and now I am a big brother. It’s nice to help my mom.



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Page 12 Continued from page 1 War of 1812. The General resided in Raritan in the building that presently houses the Raritan Public Library. Joseph’s great-grandfather, Major General Fredrick Frelinghuysen, served honorably in the Revolutionary War and was a member of the Continental Congress. Joseph’s Great Uncle, Fredrick T. Frelinghuysen, served as a U.S. Senator for the state of New Jersey from 1866-1869 and again from 1871-1877. Another Great Uncle, Theodore Frelinghuysen, served as a U.S. Senator for the state of New Jersey from 1829-1835. Theodore also ran for Vice President with Henry Clay on the Whig ticket in 1844.

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teered at the first call for troops and went to Puerto Rico. For his services in the campaign, he was promoted to first lieutenant. Political Life Following in the Frelinghuysen tradition of public service, Joseph first entered politics in 1902 when he unsuccessfully campaigned for the Somerset County seat in the New Jersey State Senate. Undeterred, Joseph campaigned again for the seat in 1905 and defeated the incumbent that he had previously lost to. In 1908, he was again elected to the New Jersey State Senate. In 1909, Joseph was elected as the New Jersey Senate President which is next in line to the Governorship. As New Jersey had no deputy gov-

Portrait of the Frelinghuysen family taken around 1924: Emily and Joseph Sr., Joseph Jr., Emily and Victoria. The Early Years Joseph S. Frelinghuysen was born in Raritan in 1869. He obtained his early education from local schools in Raritan and Somerville. At the time, the family homestead was located on the northeast corner of Somerset and Thompson streets. In 1874, plans for expansion of the railroad resulted in the condemnation of the home. The family decided to stay in Raritan and built a new home which was located where the PC Richard is located today. The home was commonly called “the old mansion”. (After they moved the railroad cancelled plans for expansion.) Adult Years Joseph Frelinghuysen wed Emily Macy Brewster and continued to reside in” The Old Mansion”. They would have three children, Victoria, Emily, and Joseph Jr. At this time, Joseph began a career as a partner in a successful insurance business in New York City. In keeping with the family tradition of military service, Joseph served for 8 years in the New York Cavalry with a rank of second lieutenant. When the Spanish American War broke out in 1898, he volun-

ernor, when the governor leaves the state for an extended period of time, the Senate President becomes the acting governor. In 1909, NJ Governor John Franklin Fort left the state for an extended period, thus Joseph S. Frelinghuysen became the acting governor. This fact had previously been unknown to Raritan, but yes, at one time in 1909 the “acting” governor of New Jersey was from Raritan. During his tenure in the New Jersey State Senate, automobiles were beginning to move about the roads of America, often with disastrous results. At the time, anyone could jump behind the wheel and head out on the road with no training or knowledge of road rules. It was the New Jersey legislation led by Joseph S. Frelinghuysen that passed laws requiring that drivers would have to obtain a driver’s license. To get this new “driver’s license” one was required to pass a written test and demonstrate their ability to drive a car. Other states would soon follow New Jersey’s lead. The New York Times in July of 1913 wrote about New Jersey’s policy on drivers: “New Jersey is exact-

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ing an examination of applicants for license to run automobiles, examination both written and by actual demonstration of ability to operate cars safely. No other state is doing this.” The article went on to quote a motor vehicle commissioner, “I confidently believe that other states will follow New Jersey’s lead and that the results will be fewer accidents and better road conditions.” Raritan Valley Farms Joseph entered the farming business when he created the Raritan Valley Farms Dairy around 1909. He did this to help the local community in the production of milk for infant feeding. The actual farm was located in Bridgewater while the processing of the milk was done in Somerville. The farm (with the cows) would remain until around 1952, after which the milk was obtained from suppliers and continued to be processed in Somerville. In 1971, Raritan Valley Farms would close as the era of the local dairy ended. Other Business Interests In 1926, Joseph served as one of the organizers of The Raritan State Bank. He became the Bank President in 1928, a position he held until 1940. The bank was located on Somerset Street in Raritan for over 40 years. Another local establishment (still in existence today) that Joseph helped charter is The Raritan Valley Country Club. He, together with 5 prominent local citizens, first met at “the old mansion” in November of 1911. They formed a corporation to purchase land to build a country club and championship golf course. The Raritan Valley Country Club officially opened September 14, 1912. The original name was the Somerville Country Club. In 1917, the name was changed to the Raritan Valley Country Club to give a broader appeal for new members. The Presidents A proud fact in Raritan’s history is that President Warren G. Harding visited the Frelinghuysen home to sign The Treaty to End the United States involvement in World War I. Harding was thought to be the only president to visit Raritan. However, research for this article has uncovered a 1945 interview with Joseph Frelinghuysen in which he tells of other Presidents visiting his home. He states in reference to his home: “Here came Presidents, Senators, Congressmen, Ambassadors and President Taft. Then came President Harding, then President Coolidge and President Hoover.” The dates of these visits were not mentioned in the 1945 interview. This author’s guess is that the local papers did not cover these visits to Raritan by the U.S. Presidents.

President Warren G. Harding (right) visited the Frelinghuysen home to sign The Treaty to End the United States involvement in World War I. The Orator Joseph S. Frelinghuysen was an excellent public speaker who was in demand to speak at important local events. He was honored as the principal speaker for Somerville’s 250th Anniversary Celebration in 1938. In September 1943, Joseph spoke to an audience of 30,000 in attendance for the John Basilone Welcome Home Parade. That was indeed a heartfelt speech as Frelinghuysen’s son Joe Jr. was being held in a POW camp in Italy at the time. The Old Mansion in Raritan Joseph S. Frelinghuysen and his family lived at “the old mansion” in Raritan until 1927. The reason for them moving was that as the years had gone by the highway traffic had increased; Joseph desired a more secluded home for his family. The Frelinghuysen Family found their ideal secluded area in Far Hills. Hind sight proves him to be a very wise man as a few years after he moved, the congested Somerville Circle was constructed right in front of his Raritan property. Joseph was hesitant to sell “the old mansion.” He wanted the potential buyer to cherish the charm and nuances of the property. Thus the property remained vacant for 18 years and subsequently fell into poor condition. It would eventually be sold in 1945 to a charitable foundation that Joseph trusted. However, the home was destroyed by a suspicious fire in the 1950s.

Later, a bowling alley was built on the property, then a movie theatre, and finally a PC Richard and Burger King. The stone columns from the Frelinghuysen estate remain to this day. They can be seen from Route 28 as you turn into the shopping center. One building from his estate remains. The building is known as “The Barn” and was originally located at the back of his property. Today it can be accessed from North Thompson Street. Legacy Joseph S. Frelinghuysen died in 1948 after retiring to Arizona. Upon his death, the New Jersey Senate adopted a resolution citing Mr. Frelinghuysen as “one of the most outstanding citizens of the State of New Jersey, devoting his life to the welfare of the people of this state through his energetic and faithful service in his humane and civic efforts in his many public positions of trust and responsibility, having served as a member of this body from 1906 to 1911, and also holding such high offices as President of The Senate and United States Senator from New Jersey.” He once said he lived by words of wisdom his father once told him, “If you enter political life, ever strive to serve others and not yourself and endeavor to your utmost to promote projects that will be for the general welfare.”

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Emotional Day for B-R Pop Warner

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October 2, 2011 was an emotional day for the BridgewaterRaritan Pop Warner Panthers as they went “pink” showing their support for Breast Cancer Awareness and their support of the Danny Liss Cancer Awareness Foundation. The football players laced up their spikes with pink laces and applied pink ribbon decals to their helmets. The Flag Football Players wore pink flags in place of the traditional red flags. The cheerleaders wore pink bows in their hair and pink shoe laces. Special thanks go out to Board Member and Cheer Parent Mary Hall for making the pink flags and to Chuck Ferrara for his donation of the pink shoe laces. Prior to the start of the Mitey Mite Football game, the Mitey Mite football players and cheerleaders escorted out to midfield the Honorary Game Captain -

Head Mitey Mite Cheer Coach Melinda Perry, a six year survivor of breast cancer. Coach Perry was greeted by Head Cheer Commissioner Brooke Herbst at midfield and presented with a pink bouquet of flowers. The emotional day didn’t stop there; it continued with the presentation of the Danny Liss “Little Big Man” Award for a B-R Pop Warner Football player that best exemplified the person that Danny Liss was on and off the field. Danny died of cancer in August of 2010 and this award will continue on in his memory. During half-time of the Jr. Midget game, Jr. Midget Head Coach Kevin Johnson spoke about the player and person that Danny Liss was and how being one of the smallest players on the team never stopped him from taking on the biggest opponent in practice or in a game. Danny’s

father spoke of his son and of the Danny Liss Foundation that was started in order to help find a cure for the rare form of cancer that claimed Danny’s young life. This year’s recipient of the Danny Liss “Little Big Man,” Award was Scott Bieda. Scott was a former Bridgewater-Raritan Pop Warner Player and a member of the Bridgewater-Raritan Pop Warner Team that won a National Pop Warner Championship in Disney World. Scott was also part of this year’s Bridgewater-Raritan High School Lacrosse Team that won the State of New Jersey Tournament of Champions against undefeated Summit High School. The Bridgewater-Raritan Pop Warner Program donated all the 50/50 proceeds for the entire day to the Danny Liss Foundation. – Submitted by Karen Hawkins

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Community-Wide Jewish Adult Education Program Announces Upcoming Events interested in learning about Judaism, Jewish or not. Falafel & Films: Israeli Short Films, presented by Ma’aleh School of Television Film and the Arts in Jerusalem, takes place Nov. 3 at the JCC in Bridgewater. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. followed by films at 7 p.m. The event includes three award winning films: “A Shabbos Motherâ€?; “Evacuation Orderâ€?; and “Elyokimâ€?. The fee for the evening is $10/person in advance or $15/person at the door. The Bridgewater JCC will be hosting Global Day of Jewish Award winning author and food connoisseur Arthur Schwartz will Learning with Rabbi Noam E. Marans on Nov. 13 at 4:30 p.m. visit the JCC in Bridgewater as part of the Jewish LIFE (Learning This program is free. Is For Everyone) community-wide Arthur Schwartz will be preeducation program. senting, The Southern Italian Table: Authentic Tastes from “TraJewish LIFE (Learning Is For ditional Kitchensâ€? on Nov. 30 at Everyone), a community-wide 12 p.m. at the JCC in BridgewaJewish adult education program, ter. Program will follow lunch. has a series of special events Fee: $18/person in advance or scheduled in November. All $22/person at the door. For a complete listing, go to programs are open to the comHair Styling to view the Jewmunity. Tanning • Coloring Jewish LIFE kicks off Novem- ish LIFE brochure. Jewish LIFE Patron and BeneberCorrective with, A Taste ofColoring Judaism, A factor opportunities are also Second Helping: The FoundaNails • Skin Care tions of Jewish Ethics. A Taste of available. The Patron fee for the Massage Judaism will be offered through- Jewish LIFE program is $180/ • Hairpieces outWigs November at 3 locations: person and includes 1 ticket with Temple Sholom in Bridgewater reserved seating for each event. with Rabbi Ron Isaacs, Mon- For a $360 contribution to Jewdays at 7 p.m. Nov. 14, 21, and ish LIFE, a Benefactor receives 28;84PNFSTFU4Ut3BSJUBOt Temple Beth-El in Hillsbor- two tickets for all special events ough with Rabbi Arnie Gluck, and reserved seating. To register for programs, to Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. Nov. 15, 22, and 29; and at Or Chadash in become a Jewish LIFE BenefacFlemington with Rabbi Joe For- tor or Sponsor, and for further man, Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Nov. info, contact the JCC at 9082, 9, and 16. These programs are 725-6994 x201; LFriedman@ free and open to anyone who is

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Bridgewater Raritan Pop Warner Cheerleaders Reach Top Honors at Competition The Bridgewater Raritan Spirit Squads successfully competed at the Mountain Valley Conference (MVC) Championships at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School on October 15, 2011. The competition squads wowed the crowd and will all advance to the Pop Warner Eastern Regional Central Qualifier at Sun Bank Arena in Trenton on October 30th. The girls proudly represented the Bridgewater Raritan Pop Warner program and were rewarded for their commitment and dedication to their teams. “The teams have been working diligently since August to perfect their routines and those efforts were shown on the mat today by all of the squads,� said Bridgewater Raritan Pop Warner Spirit Commissioner, Brooke Herbst. In addition, the Bridgewater Raritan Flag and Mitey-Mite squads exhibited their non-competition routines at the MVC Championships. The Flag Squad performed an outstanding routine and enjoyed the experience. The squad includes: Fallon Billy, Jamie Binenstock, Karli Cacchio, Allison Canihan, Lauren Carroll, Kaitlyn Choy, Annabel Frank, Juliet Gerow, Anna Madsen, Mia Marmolejos, Amanda Smith, Mia Sperduto, Bridget Sweet, Alexa Todaro, and Shealyn Tuller. The squad is coached by: Shari Madsen, Chelsea Sobel-Smith, and Kerrin Marmolejos The Mitey-Mite Squad exhibited an excellent routine and made the association proud. The squad includes: Jaslyn Andrews, Kayla Barone, Sabrina Brady, Sydney Chandler, Jordan Clapp, Ryleigh Clarkson, Hailey Doyle, Ashley Hall, Jillian Hughes, Allison Livecchi, Emily Madsen, Sarah Pieper, Rosina Rech, and Ava Venuto. The Mitey-mite squad is coached by Melinda Perry and Dawn Brady.

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The Junior Midget Squad won First Place in the MVC Champion-

ship in the Junior Midget Large Intermediate Division and advanced to the Pop Warner Eastern Regional Central Qualifier. The squad includes: Chelsea Anilonis, Amanda Barletta, Joanna Bragg, Emily Buonocore, Sara Capici, Karliann Carter, Samantha Cavallaro, Alexis Couch, Payton Diorio, Leah Debossy, Julia Dugenio, Hailey Hamilton, Melissa Hawkins, Tiffany Hunt, Angelica Keleher, Kristina Kowal, Cecilie Lande, Daria Marini, Emma Muldoon, Samantha Pallatta, Erica Rainey, Nicole Renna, Gianna Riccio, Sophie Robbins, Jana Rothman, Sara Sabol, Stacy Schulte, Alyssa Shields, Taylor Strano, Amy Susko, Kimberly Tiano, Arielle Weissman, Lee Wilde, and Lauren Wojciechowski. The Bridgewater Raritan Junior Midget squad is coached by Kathy Bragg, Carrie Weissman, Marvis Rothman and Lisa Sabol. Photo/Dawn Wilde

The Pee Wee Squad won Second Place in the MVC Championship

in the Pee Wee Large Novice Division and advanced to the Pop Warner Eastern Regional Central Qualifier. The squad includes: Linet Adorno, Sophia Alexis, Elizabeth Alpizar, Kaitlyn Atienza, Maria Barletta, Valerie Barone, Isabel Canihan, Taylor Clapp, Samantha Couch, Kelsie Crane, Emma Cullen, Elena Destio, Alyssa Gagliardi, Megan Gaido, Erin Gilbert, Samantha Hall, Savanah Holguin, Mary Kate Jones, Veronica Kavalieros, Jamie Knowles, Brianna Murawski, Julieann Murphy, Deonna Powell, Bianca Sasso, Breanna Sebestyen-Goe, Ashley Seymour, Isabella Simon, Valerie Sinacori, Madison Sweet, Grace Venuto, Erin Weems, and Anna Wilde. The Bridgewater Raritan Pee Wee squad is coached by Kari Coach, Karen Barletta, Denise Lata, Joanne Weems, and Michelle Jones. Photo/Dawn Wilde

The Junior Pee Wee Squad won First Place in the MVC Champi-

onship in the Junior Pee Wee Medium Intermediate Division and advanced to the Pop Warner Eastern Regional Central Qualifier. The squad includes: Antoinette Bercarich, Madison Chandler, Brooke Chirichello, Makayla Choy, Tatiana Garcia, Brielle Herbst, Taylor Jordan, Loures Mathewson, Regan Mooney, Ashley Natale, Corinne Nickel, Paige Perez, Nycole Przybylski, Kellie Robbins, Julia Verano, and Danielle Waddington. The Bridgewater Raritan Junior Pee Wee squad is coached by Kelly Mooney, Grace Verano, and Cheri Perez. - Photo/Brooke Herbst

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A Star is Born in Bridgewater - Twelve-year-old Victoria Moran of Bridgewater has been dancing since the age of 3 and taking musical theatre classes for the past three years at Annie’s Playhouse in Far Hills. She recently auditioned for a community theatre in Summit called Stonyhill Players and will be playing the role of Lady H in the musical “Once Upon a Mattress.” The show runs October 28, 29, 30 and November 4, 5, and 6. Victoria will be singing and dancing in every performance. For tickets call 800-838-3006 or visit

Thank You from Operation Jersey Cares The executives and staff of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares (CBRB Cares) sponsored a fundraiser, on behalf of Operation Jersey Cares (OJC), at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse on October 8. The evening consisted of a cocktail hour with champagne and Hors D’Oeuvres, dinner with a fantastic Viennese Table for dessert, entertainment ‘The Odd Couple’ and a silent auction. The volunteers of OJC would like to extend their most heartfelt thanks to CBRB Cares for their wonderful efforts in putting together and sponsoring this most successful fundraiser. OJC is a volunteer organization whose mission is to help our troops overseas as well as the returning Soldiers and Marines who have been wounded in combat. CBRB Cares has been a good friend and supporter of OJC for a number of years. In particular we would like to thank Michael King, Andrea Kopon and Celeste Amann for all their hard work and dedication to this most worthwhile event.

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Buddy Day Yields ‘Brothers’ for Life

St. Ann School 6th Graders Luke Leonard and Kicheong Nam, a Korean exchange student, learned how much they have in common despite having grown up and living a world apart. Last November, Luke attended “Buddy Day”. He wanted to shadow a student to see what it’s like to attend St. Ann School. Little did he realize how his visit would set in motion a series of events that would lead to a lifetime of friendship and memories. Luke enjoyed his visit and his parents decided that St. Ann’s was a good fit for him. Within a couple of weeks, he’d transferred and his new classmates welcomed him with open arms. Soon thereafter, they welcomed another student – Kicheong – a Korean exchange student whom Luke’s family decided to host for a year. They bonded quickly over video games and exploring the creek and woods in their neighborhood. Each enjoyed having a

“brother” for the first time. Luke and his family showed Kicheong slices of Americana – drive in movies, boardwalk arcades, a corn maze and Cape Canaveral. Kicheong taught Luke, his family and their classmates about Korean culture, foods and what it’s like to be a student in Korea. Social Studies teacher, Mrs. Miller reflected, “This was an unbelievable experience for our students. They were hungry to learn about the differences that Kicheong exposed us to; and were struck by the similarities we share. They loved learning orgami and especially enjoyed watching him experience new foods; the first time he had pizza is a great memory!” “Buddy Day” returns on November 10th and 11th. Guest stu-

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Classic Movie Nights at the Raritan Public Library Join us for Classic Movie Night at the Raritan Public Library, 54 East Somerset St., Raritan. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Free movie tickets are available at the library. See schedule below: Movie Schedule: Nov. 3rd: Casablanca (1943) B&W - featuring Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman - PG -103 min. - 6:30 pm Dec. 1st: It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) B&W featuring James Stewart & Donna Reed - NR – 130 min. *Due to length of movie, it will start at 6:15 pm*

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Raritan Mayor’s Message

Most of us associate the month of November with Election Day, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving, but it is also National Native American Heritage Month. Our past in Raritan is closely aligned with the Native Americans who lived in this area. In New Jersey we had the Lenape Tribe which were part of the larger Delaware Indians so named by the Europeans when they came to the new world in about 1609. The Lenape inhabited the entire state of New Jersey with three sub-divisions; the Minsi who lived in the Northern part of NJ; the Unami who lived in our area and the Unalachtigo who lived in Southern NJ. They were a peace loving people who lived along rivers for easy transportation and rich fertile farmland. The Lenape who lived in this area were hunters and gatherers. The men hunted for deer and possibly bear while the women grew the crops and gathered berries and other wild fruit. They did not live in tepees as pictured on Raritan’s letterhead and flag but actually lived in wigwams made of small birch saplings that were bent into a dome shape and tied together with sinew. They did not have birch bark canoes either but made dugout canoes from large tree trunks that were felled and burnt to hollow out the seats for the men. The word raritan means “where the stream overflows” in the Lenape language. Those of us living in Raritan today can attest to the accuracy of their description. For more information about the Lenape who lived in this area get the book “Indians of New Jersey” written by Dr. Dorothy Cross. It was published many years ago but remains the essential book on the Lenape in New Jersey. Remember to vote on November 8th; thank a Veteran on November 11th, and enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving. Jo-Ann Liptak Raritan Borough Mayor

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‘Jake’s League’ Helps Kids with Special Needs Learn the Basics of Basketball A Bridgewater 5th Grader will help bring “Jake’s League,” a new program designed to help kids with special needs learn the basics of basketball, to Bridgewater. Jacob Samilow and his family are working with Jim and Wendy Manaskie, of Bridgewater, to provide Basketball coaching on Saturdays in November and December. The training will be held at Bridgewater-local gymnasiums (in one-hour segments), which will be complimentary and open to anyone interested. The idea came about after the Samilow’s heard about the success of a local baseball - theme program called, Baseball Buddy. “We were so impressed and truly inspired by local kids, their families and the Baseball Buddy organizers, all who made sure to provide an opportunity for kids with special needs to be included in traditional baseball activities,” said the Samilow’s. Their son, Jacob, enjoys basketball and without a similar program locally, they decided that they would create one. “We’ve long thought of a way in which our son could take a lead role in giving back to his community and so combining his love of basketball with all the great things we saw in the baseball program seemed like a good match,” said the Samilow’s. Finding the right basketball coaches was important to the Samilow’s and after hearing about the success of Jim and Wendy Manaskie’s “On-The-Court” Company, the partnership was formed. Jim and Wendy have the right idea about coaching kids, as “it should be fun and build self-esteem and confidence through sports, and make this available to every child.” With the Manaskie’s leading the way and with Jacob in the “assistant coach” role, the idea for “Jake’s League” was formed. Jacob is looking forward to helping out. He said, “…this is important to me because I feel that every kid should be treated the same.” Those interested should email and/or call Wendy Manaskie at 908-334-5075.

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Dr. Sanford Buying Back Halloween Candy to Benefit Smile Train Halloween candy can contribute to tooth decay, and some candy can even damage orthodontic patients’ braces. Bridgewater orthodontist Dr. Robert L. Sanford will help kids avoid injury to their braces and their teeth by buying back Halloween candy. Dr. Sanford is paying $2 for each pound of Halloween treats surrendered in his office. One dollar will go to the child. The other dollar will be donated to the Smile Train charity. Funds will be used to pay for cleft palate surgery for children who could not otherwise afford it. “When we pay orthodontic patients for their Halloween candy, we help them avoid the potential for harming their braces. It’s a fun way to reward the kids for their efforts on Halloween. In addition we help out the Smile Train,” said Dr. Sanford. Some candies are permissible for orthodontic patients. They include plain chocolate or soft, chocolate-covered peanut butter cups. However, Dr. Sanford cautions that patients should brush and floss thoroughly after indulging in sugary treats. Dr. Sanford’s office will accept Halloween candy at the weigh-in from Nov 1-10 on M,T from 8am-6pm, W 8-3, and Thursdays 12- 8pm.

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Cubas Memorial Tournament Champs - Melanie Gib-

bons, Lauren Cubas, and Heather Ramsey were all smiles after winning the Women’s Division of the 4th Annual Larry Cubas Memorial 3 On 3 Basketball Tournament. Fourteen teams took place in the Tournament at the JCC in Bridgewater. The Tournament is held in support of the Larry Cubas Endowment Scholarship Fund established in memory of Larry Cubas by his fellow JCC Basketball League members and the Birnbaum JCC. The Fund provides financial assistance to high school students for their college education. For more info or to donate to the Cubas Scholarship Fund, please contact JCC Associate Executive Director Laura Friedman at 908-725-6994 x213.

Keeping Kids Safe

- As part of fire safety week, Kangaroo Kids students learned valuable lessons in fire safety from firefighter Howard Norgalis. They were thrilled by the opportunity to climb aboard the big red fire truck. Howard Norgalis, who is celebrating 35 years of serving the community, taught the children to call 911 in an emergency. He reminded children to talk to their parents about checking their smoke detectors and the importance of having a meeting spot outside the house in the event for an emergency. Above photo: Kangaroo Kids Prekindergarten class with teachers Debbie Cooper and Melissa Turner and Howard Norgalis.

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B-R Marching Band Takes First Place at USSBA Yamaha Cup Championships

Happy fall dear BReeze readers! With the cool weather coming it’s time for some baking. I just had the wonderful experience of a surprise visit from my college freshman and some friends and this Crumb Cake recipe was a BIG hit! It’s very easy and uses ingredients you probably already have at home. I’m thinking of Thanksgiving breakfast or even as dessert with coffee. Ingredients Cake 1/2 Cup Butter 1 Cup Sugar 2 Large Eggs 3/4 Cup Milk 2 Cups Flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla Topping 1/2 Cup Butter 1 Cup Sugar 2 Cups Biscuit Mix (I use Jiffy) 2 teaspoons Cinnamon 1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar (optional) Heat oven to 350° and spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray. Mix butter and sugar together, then add flour and baking powder to butter mixture. Stir in vanilla, and pour into pan. In another bowl, mix butter, sugar, biscuit mix and cinnamon. (This should be crumb like.) Sprinkle over batter in pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until set. When cool, sift powdered sugar over entire cake. This is melt in your mouth good. Enjoy! Donna G.

Drum Major Nick Mossa, Guard Captian Vanessa Teixeira, Section Leaders Karen Bu and Jason Ginsberg receive the USSBA Yamaha Cup First Place Award on October 15th. Submitted Photo The first Sunday of October brought beautiful fall weather as NJ Marching Bands of all sizes ranging from class 1 to class 6, convened at Northern Highlands High School for the United States Scholastic Bands Association (USSBA) band competition; BridgewaterRaritan, class 6, among them. This band, led by Senior Drum Major Nick Mossa, and Directors Larry Markiewicz and Gary Myer, put on a spectacular show, winning highest score overall, and claiming all caption awards. The Bridgewater-Raritan Marching Band put on a spectacular performance on Oct. 15th in the USSBA Yamaha Cup Championships at the new MetLife Stadium. Music from Anton Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in e-Minor “From the New World” filled the air and the moon shone down on the band during their winning First Place performance. The band captured awards for best music and best overall performance with a score of 91.088, the highest score of all bands during the evening and of the season for this band. On Oct. 30th, the band will compete in their final season challenge at the USSBA De Moulin Challenge at Allentown, PA. The final home show will be at Basilone field on October 28th, where the B-R Panther Football team takes on Ridge. Come out and see the game and we promise you a thrilling half-time performance. You can also come out to support the band with their Annual Barnes & Noble Fundraiser at the Somerville Circle all day on November 3rd. The band and orchestra musicians will perform their own selections in duets and quartets at the store between 4:30 9p.m., and the guard will provide free gift wrapping. A percentage of sales will go towards the Band Parent Association when this article is mentioned. - Submitted by AnnaRene Jeremiah


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Nov. 2 - Milltown - PTO Meeting - 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 - Adamsville - PTO Meeting - 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 - BRHS Band Parent Barnes & Noble Fundraiser - All Day Nov. 3 - Van Holten - PTO Meeting - 9:30 a.m. Nov. 8 - Wade Building - Board of Ed Work Session - 8:00 p.m. Nov. 10 & 11 - No School Nov. 15 - JFK - Market Day - 5-6 p.m. Nov. 16 - Bradley Gardens - Meet & Greet - 6:30 p.m.; PTO Mtg - 7 p.m. Nov. 17-22 - Primary & Intermediate Schools - Conference Days Nov. 18 - BRMS - School Play - 7:00 p.m. Nov. 22 - Board of Education - Regular Session - 8:00 p.m. Nov. 23 - 4 hour session Nov. 23-25 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

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On Saturday, October 15th, thousands of high school students took the PSATs. This standardized test is just one of many that students take during their four years at BridgewaterRaritan High school. The SATs and HSPAs are two others that students must prepare for during the year. Most students will study vigorously for the SATs, which many colleges look at when seniors are applying for college, while the PSATs are taken lightly because they do not often affect the college admission process. “I’ve taken some of the practice tests, but I’m not really nervous,” claimed Cullen Pitney, before taking the PSATs. Many students share the same mentality when it comes to taking the PSATs; however the SAT is another story all together.

Pam Matcho, a junior at BRHS agrees, “Well I’m not anxious about the PSATs, but I am really nervous for the SATs because of how they can affect what college you get into.” There are whole courses dedicated to passing the SATs at the high school, and even more offered for a hefty price from many companies around Bridgewater or online. One can look at it as a capitalist: truly a moneymaker for not only the test preparers, but tutors everywhere. Is it all really worth spending the time, effort, and not to mention, large sums of money on getting a good grade on this test? Some students believe the whole system is flawed. “How well you read or write on a test shouldn’t determine what college you go to,” Cullen Pitney continued.

Rachel Baker, another junior, chimed in to agree. “The tests should be used for our own personal use—to see what we need to improve on.” Would Einstein have been ignored by Princeton if his overall SAT score was below a 2100? Or Maya Angelou because her math score was not up to the standards? Creativity and innovativeness are not scoreable. Steve Jobs didn’t become a visionary because of his SAT scores. We must all remember that there is life after college and that our test scores, although viewed by the educational system (and our parents) as important, do not create a great student or person. For now, I can only hope that students like myself remember that SATs are just one day, one test. Do your best and good luck.

What is Project Graduation? This article is intended to answer the question for everyone at BRHS and the BR community, “What is Project Graduation?” Our hope is to make Project Graduation (PG) a familiar term for everyone in high school, their families and the Bridgewater community. Project Graduation is a chaperoned all night celebration for graduating high school seniors, offered free of charge to the entire graduating class. Across the country, PG and the chemical-free celebrations it has inspired, are the new tradition for graduating seniors. Perspectives in Disease Prevention-Maine observed, that PG has become much more than an event that occurs on graduation night. “It is a community wide movement that strives to create a supportive environment that invites open communication between youths and adults related to drugs and alcohol.” All school-related functions are drug/alcohol free, but what makes PG different is the attitude of the students. They have made a conscious decision to enjoy their graduation night without alcohol or drugs. No other

group, including parents and school personnel, can make that decision for the student. Bridgewater-Raritan School District adopted the PG model some 20+ years ago and it is gaining popularity each year. The class of 2012 will attend an all night celebration at Dave & Busters in Franklin Mills, PA. They will enjoy unlimited food, soft drinks, arcade games, bowling, billiards, mechanical bull, virtual surfing, sumo wrestling, henna tattoo’s, photos, music, dancing, and prizes all in the company of their classmates, teachers and chaperones. BRHS Project Graduation is run by a committee of volunteers who donate their time and talents to keeping our students

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PANTHER SPORTS Sports in Short by Austin Abney

Football - The Panthers have continued to struggle with a 0-6 re-

cord. The team has fallen in losses to Central Hunterdon, Immaculatta, and Franklin. Still, veteran seniors, such as Ray Mastroianni, AJ Kolen, and James Burke have displayed strong performances and hope to taste the glory of a win this season. They are playing for pride and to continue the “legacy,” something Coach Scott Bray has implemented since being the coach at Bridgewater.

Field Hockey - The four-in-a-row County Champion Panthers

have been outstanding with a 17-3 record and are powerful contenders for the conference and state championship going forward. Star Juniors Catherine Caro and Rachel Yaney have combined for 36 goals and 28 assists. The Panthers have also gotten consistent contributions from Megan Grigoletti, Dayle Paustian, Jeanine Karnila, and Lindsay Alvarez. Senior Taylor Mygatt is another goal scorer for this team and seniors, Kayla Sullivan, Erin Eckert, and Caroline Murphy continue to find success with timely goals and assists. Junior goalie Christen Piersanti continues to be rock solid for the Lady Panthers and has helped put opposing teams to rest with twelve shutouts throughout the season including the Somerset County final against Bernards.

Senior Emily Willard (center) gets the kill in the Panthers win over Voorhees on October 19th. Photo/Alex Hopkins

Girls Tennis - BR has been on a tear and is sitting at an illus-

trious 17-1 mark. Proving the depth of the squad’s talent with two first places; third-singles and second-doubles, and two runner-ups; second-singles and first doubles, the Panthers took home the Somerset County Championship trophy on October 2. More recently, that depth has carried the girls through the state tournament with impressive wins over Westfield 5-0, Cherry Hill East 4-1, and Livingston 4-1. As the Group 4 State Champs the squad looks forward to a shot at NJ’s best in the Tournament of Champions. Good Luck B-R!

Boys Soccer - The club has been cruising along with a stealthy 14-2 record and are ranked 11th in the state according to the Star Ledger top 20. Senior, Sal Vitello has been miraculous and seniors, Zak Jones, Chris Hall, and Eli Adams have also added to the scoring department. The Panthers are setting themselves up nicely for the playoffs and at press time had just beaten Hillsborough 3-0 in the county quarterfinals.

Girls Soccer - The girls have put a tremendous season together at 11-4-2. Juniors, Dana Lytle and Erin Sullivan have led the offense while the defense and goalie, Casey Murphy have been stout. BR is making a strong push towards the postseason.

Girls Volleyball - The team’s superb play has shown with a 14-5

season and a big SCT win (25-20, 26-24) over top-seeded Ridge. Seniors, Emily Willard and Brianna Burke have been dominant at the net and setter Jill Prusarczyk has had numerous assists. Alexis Tosti and Ariel Schwalb continue to be major factors for the Panthers.

Boys Cross Country - The Boys XC team placed fifth at the Central Jersey Shootout with sophomore Kyle Skelton placing 8th with a time of 17:56 in the Pack Race. They also placed 8th out of 23 teams at the Fall Classic. At the Somerset County Championships the boys placed sixth.

Girls Cross Country - Junior Marisa Ruskan is proving that

her decision to leave soccer and run XC was a good one as she is a regular to the podium. Ruskin had a first place (18:25) at the Central Jersey Shootout Stud Race with teammates, senior Meri Steinmetz coming in ninth (19:49) in the Stud Race, and freshman Jacqueline Diaz finishing third (20:31) in the Pack Race. The team placed fifth out of 18 teams. The next week the girls’ team came in first out of 20 at the Fall Classic. Ruskan again took first and Steinmetz placed sixth. At the Somerset County Championships Ruskan placed second and the team finished in fifth place.

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Crown Trophy Introduces Student & Athlete of the Month Program Crown Trophy of Flemington has introduced a new program to schools that will honor one (1) Student of the Month and two (2) Athletes of the Month (1 Male & 1 Female) at no cost to local high schools. Owner and Bridgewater resident Jim Gano said of the program, “We know that many school budgets have been cut and there just isn’t enough money for awards like this but now in partnership with us, schools can honor individuals that are deserving of such recognition. I am hopeful that schools in the area will take advantage of this program.� Any school that has not yet signed up for the program but would like to is encouraged to call Gano at the store at (908)782-1476 or send him an email at The following students from Bridgewater-Raritan High School received plaques for Athlete of the Month for the month of September: Nicole Braun for field hockey and Sal Vitello for soccer. Crown Trophy of Flemington is located in the Staples Shopping Center, 33 Reaville Ave. in Flemington, NJ.

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Page 22 Somerville - Jo-Ann Miano Chordas, 64, died September 8, 2011. Jo-Ann was a lifelong resident of Somerville. Jo Ann was recently employed as a receptionist for Wells Fargo in Warren for over 10 years. She previously worked for North East Steel in Branchburg and Havens Ford in Bound Brook. She was a member of the Eagles Women’s Auxiliary in Bridgewater. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Morris Township – Sati N. Renjen, 63, died on September 12, 2011. Sati was the Vice President of EMI Records Music Company in New York City, NY. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Services. Bridgewater - Robert E. McNamara, 80, died September 14, 2011. Bob was formerly of Centerport, Long Island and Brooklyn before moving to Bridgewater in 1972. He was employed as a marketing manager at Western Electric, now known as AT&T, in Basking Ridge for over 40 years, retiring in 1996. Bob was a devoted and a very active communicant of St. Bernard RC Church in Bridgewater. He was a Eucharistic Minister, CCD teacher, head of the RCIA program and volunteered with the Interfaith Group. Bob was the first recipient of the Charlie Grill Award for his Humanitarian service. He was a veteran of the US Army during the Korean War. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Annandale - James Clinton Traister, 81, passed away on September 16, 2011. James worked as a mechanical engineer for Foster-Wheeler Inc. in Livingston for 15 years and later worked for Research Cottrell Inc. in Bridgewater until retiring in 1995. After retirement, James accomplished a lifelong goal of being his own boss and established a home security business named J&J Tel-Alert in Milburn. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Raritan Township - Stefan L. Pacewicz, 76, died September 16, 2011. Stefan was employed as a machinist at Betar, Inc. in Hillsborough for 26 years, retiring in 1999. Stefan was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church. In his spare time, Stefan enjoyed gardening, woodworking and dancing. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home.

Bridgewater - William G. Warren, 89, died September 17, 2011 at Bridgeway Care Center. Bill was formerly employed at Bankers Trust in NYC for 15 years, retiring in 1983. He was a veteran of the US Army during WWII. Bill was a member of the Holy Name Society in Brooklyn. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Raritan – Fortunato Figliano, 89, died on September 18, 2011. Fortunato was a General Maintenanceman for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Company in Raritan and was a communicant of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Raritan. Fortunato is survived by his wife, Giovanna Cugliari Figliano of 61 years; his children, Joseph (Raffaela) Figliano of Raritan, Basil (Cheryl) Figliano of Bridgewater, Maria (Pat) Barbieri of Branchburg; two sisters, Rosa Ferraro and Concetta Penzo of Italy; seven grandchildren, Antonietta (Christopher) Phelan, Adrian (Christina) Barbieri, Fred, Anthony, Jenna, Alyssa, Joseph Figliano; and three great-grandchildren, Natalie, Peyton, Ethan. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Douglas R. Lamson Jr., 54, died September 19, 2011. Surviving are his wife Kathryn and family. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. S. Bound Brook – Ronald J. Wowak, 67, died on September 19, 2011. Ronald was a Warehouseman for Betham Corp. in Bound Brook, served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam where he received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medals, and was a Member of the American Legion Post #12 in Somerville. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Pittstown – Gordon Comfort Judson, 89, died on September 21, 2011. Gordon retired from Lockheed Electronics as a Senior Administrator in 1985. He spent his time traveling, including a cruise through the Panama Canal, and volunteered at Muhlenberg Hospital until 2002. He served in the Philippines for the U.S. Air Force during World War II as a radar operator reaching the rank of Sergeant. Funeral arrangements were handled by AAAB Cremation Services.

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Obituaries Somerville - LaVerne D. Uhl, 69, died September 23, 2011. LaVerne was born in Newark, NJ and was formerly of Cranford and Kenilworth before moving to Somerville in 1968. She was employed as a machine operator for Gibson Plastics in Cranford for many years. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bound Brook – Juan Benitez, 26, died on September 25, 2011. Juan was an Operator for Straight Edge Striping in Bound Brook. He was a devoted husband, a loving father, a dear brother and brother-in-law, who was a kind, caring, generous person, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Raritan – Walter E. Weiss, 100, died on September 25, 2011. Walter, at age 10, moved from Hudson County to Somerset County, Raritan where his parents purchased farmland on Old York Road and started farming. During his early years on the farm, he worked the fields with a horse-drawn plow and milked the cows early in the morning before taking the train from Raritan to New York City to attend the Pace Institute (which is now known as Pace University). In the late 1920’s, he made several trips with his friends to visit the beautiful western part of the U.S.; 42 of the then-48 states before there were interstate highways. In the 1930’s, he visited Cuba, Switzerland, Germany, and later traveled to several other European countries. In 1941, Walter met the love of his life, Katherine Berschneider and the happy couple married in June, 1942 and were blessed with three beautiful children. They resided in Bridgewater until 1964 and then relocated to Raritan and built their home on the same land where Walter lived as a young boy. Today there are homes where the farm had been and a street named “Weiss Terrace”. Walter initially worked for AT&T in New York City; then was a Banker for 33 years at Raritan State Bank in Raritan; a Bank Examiner for the State of New Jersey for 17 years (where he retired in 1980); also worked for Raritan Valley Farms Dairy and Liccardi Motors; a communicant of St. Bernard’s and Holy Trinity Catholic Churches; a member of the Steuben

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Hillsborough – Edward J. Antonelli, 66, died on September 30, 2011. Edward was self employed as a Commodity Broker. He enjoyed motorcycle riding, boating, movies, and classic car shows. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Hillsborough – Walter C. (Butch) Ryan III, 66, passed away on October 2, 2011. Walter was employed by AT&T and was a member of the

Readington – John Robinson, 71, died on October 5, 2011. John worked for American Standard for many years before establishing Robinson Fiberglass Repair, Inc. in 1980. He was a faithful servant of Jehovah and a member of the Bridgewater Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Arrangements handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Hillsborough - Joseph M. Lacko, 90, died on October 8, 2011. Joseph served three and a half years in the Naval Air Force during World War II and attained the rank of Aviation Radioman 3rd Class. After the war, he moved to Union and worked several years at the Singer Manufacturing Company in Elizabeth. He started working for NJ Bell Telephone Company in 1954 as a central office technician in Irvington and Newark and retired in 1985. Mr. Lacko was a star forward in the semi-professional German-American Soccer League. After his playing career, he was a referee in NY and NJ. He was also a collector of sport themed philatelic items, winning awards for his collections of the Olympic torch and ice hockey. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Lakehurst - Devina Abruzzese, 90, died on Oct. 13, 2011. Devina was a supervisor for AT&T in Kearny, N.J. Baking, cooking, knitting, arts and crafts were things she enjoyed. Opera music and traveling worldwide with her late husband, Joseph A. Abruzzese, who died on March 16, 1990, brought her much joy.

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Bridgewater - Michael G. Tighe, 48, passed away on September 28, 2011. Mr. Tighe worked for the Pfizer Corporation in Bridgewater for the past seven years, as the Director of Global Employee Operations. Prior to that, he was a District Manager with AT&T for seventeen years. Michael volunteered his time coaching for Bridgewater Baseball & Softball. He especially enjoyed coaching for his daughters’ softball teams. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Tighe. Surviving are his wife of 23 years, Patricia Geary Tighe; his three daughters, Colleen, Bridget, and Erin; his mother, Joan Tighe; his three brothers, Robert Tighe, Kevin (MaryAnn), and Edward Tighe; and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home.

Bridgewater - Deborah Anna DeAbrantes (nee Herburger), 55, passed away on October 3, 2011. Deborah worked as a bookkeeper for Force Transfer before working as a teacher’s assistant in the Adamsville and Hamilton school districts, aiding autistic children for the past 8 years. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home.

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Somerset - Charles D. Zolin, 68, died September 26, 2011. Charles was employed as a CPA/Controller for over 35 years notably for Tesco Distributors and then for Corporate Edge Inc. in East Brunswick, retiring in 2008. He was a veteran of the US Army during the Vietnam War. Charles was a former member of B’Nai Shalom where he served as past treasurer. He was former president of the East Brunswick Baseball Managers Association. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home.

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November 2011 Continued from previous page Devina is survived by her sister, Isabella, and husband, Stan Mendrick, of Branchburg; nieces, Francesca (John) Finegan; Cara Ann Mendrick; Danielle (Frank) Dana; greatnieces, Claire, Emilie and Grace Finegan; great-nephews, Colin Dana, Aiden and Dylan Zalewski. Arrangements handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Raritan - Barbara L. Derzack, 77, died Oct. 14, 2011. Barbara was Manager of Payroll at Ortho Pharmaceutical in Raritan. She was a Communicant of St. Joseph Church in Raritan. Gardening, yard work, Atlantic City and Bingo were things she enjoyed. Barbara was a devoted wife to her husband Michael for 57 years; a devoted mother to her son Michael Derzack, III and wife Karen; and a loving grandmother to Christopher, Connie, and Cameron. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home.

and great-grandmother who was a kind, caring, generous person, and will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Lillian is survived by her loving children, Thomas (Debbie) Sharon of Whitehouse Station, Charles (Debbie) Sharon of Arizona, Sharyn Davis of Bridgewater, Charlotte (Roger) Davis of Bridgewater; eight wonderful grandchildren, Melanie, Nathan, Kristie, Roger III (Heidi), Jason, Sean (Lauren), Richard Jr., Jenny (Paul); and four great-grandchildren, Emily, Sophia, Olivia, and Silvia. She was predeceased by her son, Fred Sharon; her daughter, Susan, and a brother, Fred Sharon. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home.

Raritan - Maria O. Casola, 80, died Oct. 14, 2011. Maria was a seamstress at Stanhope Co. in Raritan. Maria was a communicant of St. Anns Church & had great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Maria is survived by her devoted husband Armando, 2 sons Francesco (Meredith) Casola, Vincent (Gail) Casola of Raritan, 1 daughter Geraldina (Enrico) Sciortino of Bridgewater, 2 brothers- Giuseppe (Genoeffa) Mirra & Mario Mirra, 1 sister - Michelina Tanponi, & 7 grandchildren. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home.

Bridgewater- Elizabeth I. O’Neill, 82, passed away on October 15, 2011. Elizabeth resided in Bridgewater for the past 58 years. She was a charter member of the ladies auxiliary for the Finderne Rescue Squad as well as an active member of the Bridgewater Seniors. Elizabeth enjoyed camping and loved spending time with her family. She is predeceased by her husband Peter O’Neill and daughter Sally Lane. Elizabeth leaves behind to cherish her memory, her children Dan O’Neill and wife Amy, Dennis O’Neill and wife Linda, Gary O’Neill and wife Diana, Bob O’Neill and wife Cindy, Dave O’Neill and wife Mandy and Nora Cole and husband Glenn; 19 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren as well as her two sisters Louise Wagner and Ellen Peterson. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home.

Bridgewater – Lillian Marie Heyer Sharon, 83, died on October 14, 2011. She was born in Glen Ridge, NJ on January 2, 1928 to her parents Fred and Louise Perrin Heyer. Lillian was a devoted wife; a loving mother; a wonderful grandmother

Bernardsville – Jaya Mehta, 89, died on October 15, 2011. Jaya was a devoted wife, and a loving mother who was a kind, caring, generous person, and will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Arrangements handled by India Funeral Services.

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Left to Right: Puppeteers Diana Patton and Joan Eichhorn Come with your children for some quality time to hear writer/illustrator Diana Patton read her new book, and others at Christ Presbyterian Church in Martinsville (corner of Washington Valley & Crim Roads), on Saturday, November 19th, from noon until 4 pm. The readings and puppet shows, with puppeteers Joan Eichhorn and Diana, will alternate with book signings. Also included is a special holiday sale of Fair Trade and unusual gifts from 10,000 Villages and more. This is the official Picture Book Launch of Diana Patton’s “Charlemagne to the Rescue.” Admission is free.

Park Foundation Seeks Historic Park Photos

The Somerset County Park Foundation is seeking historic photos of Somerset County parks for inclusion in a “History of the Somerset County Parks,” a 50-year chronicle of the development of the nationally renowned park system. The hard cover book will address how and why the Somerset County park system was formed, provide a history of the various properties that now comprise the county parks, and showcase the highlights of each facility. Photos are being sought for facilities including Duke Island Park in Bridgewater, Colonial Park in Franklin Township, Washington Valley Park in Bridgewater; Washington Rock Park in Green Brook, Leonard J. Buck Garden in Far Hills, North Branch Park in Bridgewater, Green Knoll Golf Course in Bridgewater, Quail Brook and Spooky Brook Golf Courses in Franklin Township, Warrenbrook Golf Course in Warren, Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge, Sourland Mountain Preserve in Hillsborough and Montgomery, Natirar in Peapack-Gladstone, and Little Brook Sanctuary in Bernardsville. All original photos will be returned to the owner. Photos may be hard copied or digital and mailed to Somerset County Park Foundation, Attention; History Book, 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807 or emailed to Digital photos should be scanned at 300 dpi if possible. Photo credit in the final publication will be given to the provider of all photos. For more information on Somerset County Park Commission programs and activities visit or call 908-722-1200.

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Somerset County Library System (SCLS) cardholders with a Kindle® are in for a real bonanza: Amazon has finally made its Kindle readers compatible so that ebooks can now be borrowed from public libraries. Readers with other devices such as the Barnes & Noble NOOK™ or the Kobo™ have long enjoyed borrowing ebooks from SCLS. Users will log onto, select digital media on the right hand menu and then browse for reading material that is available for the Kindle. Once readers make a selection, they will be directed to Amazon’s website to download the reading material. The transfer can occur over a WiFi or USB cable connection. All nine branches of SCLS provide WiFi access within their buildings. A library card account number and pin, along with an Amazon account are needed to complete the transaction. Kindles are not the only devices that can be used to download e-materials. MP3 players, smartphones and computers (both pcs and Macs), can be used, including most ereaders that accept Overdrive’s small software downloads to activate and accept the ematerials from SCLS. The library has access to over 50,000 ebooks, audio books, music and video selections. Lending periods are up to 14 days on all electronic materials. “We are here to give our patrons access to information in the format they most desire,” states SCLS director Brian Auger. “Even though SCLS has the largest collection of ebooks in New Jersey, we have stepped up our purchasing because our customers are asking. We anticipate a huge surge in demand over the holidays and are taking steps to be prepared. Don’t forget, we’ve been buying ebooks for only a few years – we had an 80 year head start buying traditional books!”

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