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Bridgewater Unveils Monument

The Bridgewater Township historical monument was unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 22nd. The 45-foot-long wall depicts the history of Bridgewater on five granite panels measuring 35 feet in length. The monument was funded by contributions from residents and corporate sponsors. Above: Major contributors join Mayor Flannery and Monument Committee Chairwoman Veronica Finlay for the ribbon cutting. Below: Residents enjoy their first look at the new monument. Photos/Dawn Wilde

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Raritan Couple’s Inspiring Story of Courage and Generosity

During World War II, Berardino and Letizia DiGiacomantonio helped dozens of Allied soldiers escape capture. By Bruce Doorly This is a true life story of the exceptional courage of an Italian husband and wife who risked their lives and the lives of their family to aid escaping allied U.S. and British POW’s in worn torn Italy during World War II. One soldier they helped, Joseph S. Frelinghuysen Jr., would return after the war to help them immigrate to the U.S. Today they live on Bell Avenue in Raritan. Berardino is 97 and Letizia is 86 and they have been devoted to each other for 69 years. In 1943, Berardino and Letizia DiGiacomantonio lived and worked on Berardino’s parent’s farm in the town of Montenerodomo in the Abruzzi Region of Italy. As the war raged around them, the German Army occupied the area and ruled with an iron grip. The DiGiacomantonio’s farm was situated along a route that escaping U.S. & British soldiers would take to avoid capture by the Germans. As the farm house was a 30 minute walk to the nearest road, it made an excellent hiding place for the escaping soldiers. During the Italian campaign, they helped dozens of Allied soldiers escape capture. Some were escaped POW’s while others were airmen who had been shot down. They provided them with much needed food and shelter. By doing so, they put their own lives and the lives of their family in danger, as the punishment for

helping Allies evade capture was death. The Germans would not hesitate to execute entire families – men, women and children if they were caught harboring Allies. In addition to Allied personnel, the DiGiacomantonios (along with their families) also helped dozens of their fellow countrymen who were fleeing the brutality of the Germans. Italy suffered from food shortages throughout the war as the local economies were devastated and food was forcibly taken from the Italians to feed the German Army. Any local opposition

to the Germans was met with swift and fierce retaliation to the individual and sometimes family members as a warning to others. Often the Germans came into the DiGiacomantonio home to demand food, supplies, or anything else of value. The soldiers even took five cows from the DiGiacomantonios. The soldiers also destroyed all of their beehives and confiscated the honey for themselves. Berardino and Letizia hid whatever food they had from the Germans. They learned not to prepare or process a large amount of food at one time. Only the food they needed for that day would be prepared. While the Germans were brutal, often they could be outwitted, Berardino said “they believed all of our lies.” In addition to the Germans regularly searching individual homes, they pressured the town’s mayor to organize large group “donations” to the Nazis. At first the local people gave food and supplies in the hope of keeping peace with their occupiers. But the demands kept coming and soon residents refused to give what little they had left. This resulted in more brutal retaliation methods by the Nazis. One technique was to enter a home,

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One of the U.S. soldiers the DiGiacomantonios helped during World War II was Joseph S. Frelinghuysen, Jr. Above: In 1956, Frelinghuysen returned to Italy to visit the DiGiacomantonios and was greeted by Berardino (on left).

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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: October 10th News: October 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@

Rega - Hometchko Pfeifer - Fabrizio Michael and Kathleen Pfeifer of Bridgewater, NJ are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Michelle K. Pfeifer to Lawrence M. Fabrizio, both of Bridgewater. He is the son of Lawrence and Josephine Fabrizio also of Bridgewater. Miss Pfeifer graduated with an Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration and is concurrently pursuing her Associate of Science Degree in Exercise Science at RVCC and Bachelor Degree in Foods & Nutrition from the College of Saint Elizabeth for graduation in May 2012. Mr. Fabrizio received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Farleigh Dickinson University in 2010 and is pursuing a Certification in Homeland Security. He is also employed with Audi & VW of Manhattan, NY. A summer 2013 wedding is being planned.

Somerville Elks Recognize Eight Middle School Scholars Eight area middle school students who finished last school year with strong academic records and noteworthy contributions to their communities were recently recognized by the Somerville Elks Lodge #1068 as marking period scholars. The students were selected by their principals and teachers for academic excellence, outstanding character and contributions to school and community. Each received a U.S. Savings Bond as well as certificates from the Elks and local state representatives, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Assembly people Peter Biondi and Denise Coyle. The award winning students are: Jaida Johnson and Phillips Doku, Somerville Middle School; Erin Schnappauf and Matthew Bickel, Immaculate Conception School, Somerville; Griffen Hurt and Matthew Molinari, Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School; and Carissa Keung and Zach Godon, Branchburg Middle School. “Along with their solid classroom work, these students exhibit the character, maturity and leadership that define good citizenship,” said Somerville Elks Scholarship Chairperson Ron Czajkowski. The Elks is a national service organization of men and women who work to promote and enhance the welfare of the communities where they are located through a variety of benevolent programs.

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Mr. and Mrs. Randy Rega of Bridgewater are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Corie E. Rega, of Bridgewater to Mr. John Ryan Hometchko, of Bridgewater, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hometchko of Martinsville. A December 2012 wedding is being planned.

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Kotelnicki - Roszkowski Mr. and Mrs. Boguslaw Kotelnicki of Bridgewater, NJ are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Gabrielle, to Emil Roszkowski, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Roszkowski. Gabrielle graduated from Bridgewater-Raritan High School in 2008 and is currently a student at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education where she is pursuing a degree in mathematics and education. Emil is a 2003 graduate of Immaculata High School and received his bachelor’s degree and MBA in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University and currently works as a financial analyst. The couple got engaged while in Paris this past August. They are very excited to begin wedding planning.

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Red Storm lacrosse junior Jordan Rothman was named to the Jewish Sports Review’s 2011 Men’s All-America Lacrosse Team. Rothman, who was St. Johns primary faceoff man in 2011, is one of 12 student-athletes to earn first-team honors. The Bidgewater native won 146of-293 faceoffs for a .498 percentage. Rothman also finished the campaign ranked second on the team with 52 ground balls, and tallied one goal and two assists for a total of three points.

Bridgewater resident Gina Capizola, who appeared on the Dr. Oz show last May in a friendly cook off with a neighbor (story appeared in the July/August 2011 issue), returned to the show in June for a promotional shoot. One of the photos taken that day appeared in an ad for the show in the September issue of Oprah Magazine. Joseph Forte of Bridgewater, was announced to the State’s Student Advisory Board. The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) selected Forte to serve a one year term for the 2011-2012 school year as an associate member of HESAA’s private college/university sector on the Student Advisory Committee (SAC).

Casey Thompson of Bridgewater has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester of 2010 at County College of Morris. He is a graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School 2010 and the son of Rich and Leslie Thompson.

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Page 4 Saturday, October 1 The Senior Artists and Crafters a non–profit organization is sponsoring its 39th Craft Show on the lawn of the Somerset County Courthouse, Main St., Somerville from 10a.m. – 4p.m. Saturday, October 1 Rummage Sale at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 15 West Somerset St., Raritan in the parking lot behind the church from 8:30am2:00pm. Clothing and shoes – Fill a brown paper bag for $8. Household items, kitchenware, linens, books, videos, toys, Halloweeen & Christmas items priced separately. Quality table features gently used items and items with tags left on. Starting at noon $8 Bag Sale expanded to include other items excluding jewelry & quality table. To donate items, drop off at the church between 9am-Noon, Mon.-Fri. Saturday, October 1 $1-2-3 Clothing and Bargain Bicycle Sale from 9am to 1pm at Bradley Gardens School, 148 Pine St., Bridgewater. Find gently-used infant thru adult clothing neatly displayed on tables organized by size and gender. All shirts are $1; sweaters, sweatshirts, skirts, pjs are $2; pants, jackets, winter coats, shoes, boots, Halloween Costumes are $3; bicycles are $10 and up. Bicycles are $10 and up. Thursday, October 6 4-H Open House - All youth,

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grades K - 13, and their parents are invited to learn about 4-H by attending the open house from 7–8:30 p.m. at the Somerset County Ted Blum 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Rd., Bridgewater. New members will be able to sign up. Adults interested in serving as 4-H club leaders or volunteers can also get started. For more info call the 4-H office at 908-526-6644 or visit

Saturday, October 8 Craft Fair hosted by the Sgt. John Basilone Columbiettes from 9a.m.- 3p.m. at St. Ann’s School, 29 Second Avenue, Raritan. In addition to beautiful crafts and good food, a basket raffle is being added. Tables are available to crafters at a cost of $30. Please contact Cheryl for more info (908)722-6993. Sunday, October 9 Habitat 5K Home Run and 1 Mile Scarecrow Scamper Fun Walk - Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity will host its 3rd Annual Habitat Home Run and 1 Mile Scarecrow Scamper Fun Walk at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater. Funds raised will be used to help local families build better lives and a brighter future. Visit to register and view event details, sponsorship opportunities, awards and fundraising prizes.

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Tuesday, October 11 The Bridgewater Woman’s Club will meet from 10am-Noon at the Somerset County Library, 1 Vogt Drive, Bridgewater. The program topic is: “What Direction Are You Going Financially?” presented by Barbara D. Hall, prize winning author and photographer. The presentation will provide insights in dealing with personal financial and legal issues for survival in a culture of continuing evolution. For more info, contact Mary Bennett, BWC President (908)625-6929. Tuesday, October 11 Children’s Health & Wellness - The Holistic Moms Network of Somerset County will hold their meeting at the Bridgewater Library, 1 Vogt Dr., Bridgewater, from 7-9 p.m. Dr. Andy Rosenfarb, ND, L.Ac. will discuss the real causes & natural solutions for conditions like chronic ear & sinus infections, allergies & asthma, eczema, ADD/ADHD, autism, & more. All are welcome. For more info visit www. or email Saturday, October 15 Bridgewater Community Garage Sale - Green Knoll Rescue Squad Auxiliary’s Annual Garage Sale, will be held from 9:00-2:00 at 608 North Bridge Street, Bridgewater. Donations

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food provided by Verve Restaurant. Pre-registration up until 10/7/11: $20 after and on race day $25. Visit www.compuscore. com to sign up. All proceeds will go to the Somerville Family YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign and will benefit a partnership with The Wellness Community to provide free memberships to cancer survivors/patients. Saturday, October 22 North Branch Reformed Church Preschool and Women’s Ministries Craft and Vendor Fair at North Branch Reformed Church, 203 Rt. 28, Bridgewater from 10am-4pm. The fair will have a combination of homemade crafts and vendors with incredible variety. The event will showcase over 40 crafters/vendors and include a luncheon, silent auction, bake sale and free door prizes. If you are interested in being a crafter or vendor at the show contact Nicole Young at nbrcpto@ or visit our website at Saturday, October 22 Ham Dinner – Sponsored by The United Methodist Women of the Bound Brook United Methodist Church, 150 West Union Ave., Bound Brook. The dinner will be held in Asbury Hall (behind the church) from 5-7 pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling Karen at (732) 356-6048 or at the door. Tickets are $11/ adults and $5/children under 12. Tuesday, October 25 The Bridgewater Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m., at the Somerset County Library, Vogt Drive, Bridgewater. Master Gardeners of Somerset County will focus on what it means to be green through their presentation, “Grow to Be Green: Think Globally, Dig Locally.”

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Free Ballroom Dancing Lessons are offered every Thursday from 12-2 p.m. at the Bridgewater Senior Center, 455 Somerville Road, Bridgewater, New Jersey. The classes, which are lead by Bice DiFelice, are geared towards the older adult, 55 and over. The lessons are in Waltz, Cha Cha, Fox Trot, Swing, Rumba, Meringue, Tango, Salsa, Hustle and more. Individuals and couples are welcome. Call for reservations at 732-356-0214. Bice DiFelice has over 20 years of dance experience and has competed in shows in Los Angeles, New York City, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Florida, Copacabana, and many more. Bice has also performed showcases with Frank Collins at the Touch Dancing Studio in Warren, New Jersey.

Martinsville United Methodist Church Offers Worship Services on Sunday Evenings Martinsville United Methodist Church located at 1949 Washington Valley Road, Martinsville, is offering a Contemporary Worship Service on Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Come and join us for praise music, prayer, and fellowship in a relaxed atmosphere. Refuel for the week ahead!

American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Wall October 13-16 American Veterans Traveling Tribute & Traveling Wall opens at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 13th, and remains open to the public around the clock through 3 p.m. Sunday, October 16th at North Branch Park, Milltown Road, Bridgewater. The American Veterans Traveling Tribute centerpiece is the Traveling Wall, an 80-percent-scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. Across its 370-foot length, the wall contains every single name etched on the original. Several Cost of Freedom memorials and exhibits also will be featured. Related events will include opening and closing ceremonies, wreath-laying ceremonies and memorial services. Retired U.S. Army Col. Jack H. Jacobs of Far Hills, a Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient, will be the special guest speaker on Saturday afternoon. For information, visit

Wine and Food Tasting Event on October 29th

Plans are underway for Perfectly Paired: A Wine and Food Tasting Event. The event will offer a selection of appetizer, dinner and dessert specialties from the area’s top restaurants. These will be complimented by vintages selected by the Sommelier of Discover Wines in Somerville. Entertainment, a Basket Auction and other special cash prize drawings will round out the affair. Pam Wasilius, a co-chair of the event, promises a wonderful evening. “Last year’s event was a tremendous success thanks in part to the fabulous local restaurants like Spain 92, Café Picasso, Scampi’s Seafood, Espo’s, Martino’s Cuban Restaurant, Il Forno and Uncle Vinnie’s Clam Bar, to name a few, who supported us. People raved about the food and wine selections. We’re looking forward to a great night!” The event will be held October 29th from 7-10pm at St. Ann School in Raritan. Tickets are $40pp in advance and can be reserved by calling (908) 725-1008. If space allows, tickets will be available at the door for $45pp. All proceeds will benefit St. Ann School programs, including the Music, Art and Technology curriculums. Businesses or restaurants interested in participating or donating to the Basket Auction should call Maria at (908) 725-1008. (As of press date, 2011 restaurants are still being confirmed).

‘Meet Your Neighbor Day’ Set for October 9th On Sunday, October 9th (rain date Oct. 16th), the 6th annual Meet Your Neighbor Day will be held at Frelinghuysen Field on Sherman Avenue, Raritan from 12-4 pm for Raritan residents to “Meet Their Neighbors” and to meet businesses in the Raritan Community. Free hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream, pizza donated by Pizza Brothers of Raritan, and more will be available for all attendees. There will be a moon walk, petting zoo, pony rides, and much more. There will be many free door prizes as well as entertainment. The continued success of this event relies on the contributions from Raritan area businesses, including our shared service neighbors, Bridgewater, Somerville, Manville and beyond. We are asking local businesses for donations and or sponsorships. Any major item sponsored will have your name displayed on it. Checks can be mailed to 22 First Street, Raritan, NJ 08869 and made payable to Raritan Borough (on the memo line please note “Meet Your Neighbor”). Any donation or sponsorship of $50.00 or more will have your name displayed on the “Meet Your Neighbor” banner showing your support. The banner is prominently displayed at the entrance of the event. If you would like more information, would like to reserve a table, or would like to volunteer for this event please contact MYND Chair/ Councilman Victor Laggini, Jr. at (908)-526-3090.

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Dinner & Show Fundraiser for ‘Operation Jersey Cares’ Set for October 8 A fundraiser to support the good works of Operation Jersey Cares will be held on Saturday, October 8th, at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse. Tickets include: cocktail hour from 5-6:30 p.m. with champagne and hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner, Viennese dessert table, and a show. The Hunterdon Hills Playhouse will present “The Odd Couple.” This enduring comedy classic has been unanimously hailed as one of the funniest plays ever written. Domestic situations that everyone can relate to are taken to new heights as the world’s most mismatched duo, Felix Unger and Oscar Madison, face the burning question: can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy? Tickets are $60.00. Please call Celeste at 908-229-4897, Andrea at 908-310-1178 or Mike at 908-534-4085 to reserve a ticket. The evening fundraiser is sponspored by Coldwell Banker and funds raised will help pay for packages to be sent to our troops overseas. The average cost to send a 50 lb. box is $30. Operation Jersey Cares has sent approximately 250,000 pounds to troops this year.

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St. Martin’s Church Releases Cookbook and Hosts “Sample Tasting” Event on Nov. 5

The 6th Annual Weekend Journey through the Past will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun-

day, Oct. 9 from 12-4 p.m.. Twenty-four historic sites countywide will be open FREE to visitors. This annual event is a perfect opportunity for a family outing. A visit to the County’s historic sites offers a unique educational experience for young and old alike, as well as a chance to visit some of Somerset County’s most picturesque and unspoiled areas. History interpretations, exhibitions, programs, arts and more. For a list of sites and touring directions, go to or call (908) 231-7110.

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Bridgewater is excited to release its “Tastes of St. Martin’s” cookbook. A compilation of more than 350 recipes, it promises to be a best-seller. On November 5, the church is hosting a “Sample Tasting” of 50 favorite cookbook recipes from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the church grounds. 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 908-526-1350. Cookbook orders are currently being taken at for an early bird price of $10 each. Proceeds from the cookbook allow St. Martin’s to continue its diverse outreach activities in the local community and beyond. St. Martin’s is located at 1350 Washington Valley Road in Bridgewater, midway between Pluckemin and Martinsville.

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Habitat 5K Home Run and 1 Mile Scarecrow Scamper Walk Slated for Oct. 9

Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity will host its 3rd Annual Habitat Home Run and 1 Mile Scarecrow Scamper Fun Walk on October 9 at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater. The course is scenic, flat, fastpaved and USAT&F-certified. The goal is to involve individuals and teams from all walks of life to raise $30,000! The Duke Island Park course is one of the best. The paved, tree-lined path circles the park and provides great views of the Raritan River. Runners and walkers will enjoy the fall foliage throughout the 339 acre park. Raritan Valley Habitat is building their largest project ever – a nine home community in Bridgewater. Seven homes have been completed and they are working diligently to construct the final two. Like all Habitat families, the Bridgewater families will do much more than just build their own homes; each family will help build a community. The funds raised at this event will be used to help local families build better lives and a brighter future. “We are proud of what’s been accomplished, but there is so much more to do,” said Lorraine Mackin, Development Director of Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity. “We want to make simple, decent housing a reality for all in our community who desire and need it.” Visit to register and view event details, sponsorship opportunities, awards and fundraising prizes.

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Brian and Geoff Engelstein hold the sci-fi game they created which will be available for purchase this fall. Submitted photo Geoff and Brian Engelstein are not only father and son, they are business partners. The two long-time gamers have just had their first board game released by global publisher Z-Man Games after four years of development. The Ares Project is a fast-paced sci-fi card game where four factions battle it out for the control of Mars. The attempt was to make a board game that played like a computer real time strategy game and the early reviews show that they have done that and more. Geoff Engelstein is a board game enthusiast who is well known in the gaming community. He hosts the segment “GameTek� on the podcast The Dice Tower and is the co-host of “Ludology,� a podcast about the theory of games. Brian Engelstein (17) is a senior at Bridgewater-Raritan High School and a key part of the school’s FIRST Robotics Team as head of Strategy, using techniques he learned during years of playing strategy games. The Engelsteins boast a board game collection of over 1400 games from around the world just shy of the 1520 currently listed in Guinness. What’s it like working with your son? “It’s been a great bonding experience,� says Geoff. What about working with your father? Brian just laughs. But the two will continue their partnership with a family friendly, cooperative space ship mission game currently being considered by publishers. The Ares Project premiered this summer at the gaming convention Origins. It will be available for purchase this fall at The Only Game In Town in Somerville, as well as other game stores in our area and through board game sites on the web.

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- From August through November, the Washington Valley Park Hawk Watch Area, off Vosseller Avenue at the end of Miller Lane in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater, is host to hundreds of hawk watchers from all over the northeastern United States who gather to witness the thousands of hawks, falcons, and eagles flying overhead, sometimes just over the treetops. Armed with binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras, the hawk watchers enjoy the passage of numerous raptors, counting and identifying these extraordinary birds as they make their journey south to faraway places in Central and South America. Endangered and threatened birds like Ospreys, Peregrine Falcons, and Bald Eagles are some of the most noteworthy of the birds soaring above the area. Open Daylight Hours 7 Days a Week.

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- Children are already practicing their reading and writing skills, doing science experiments and filling the rooms with art projects. The focus for September was learning about their friends and communities. October will include lessons in Fire Safety complete with a visit from Howard Norgalis from the local fire department. Above: Peyton Demmerle and Peyton Braun of Bridgewater enjoy sharing a story.

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Well, here we are in the middle of the fall sport season. Good luck to all the local teams and best wishes to all the local fans! Here is a dip recipe that I just had the absolute taste pleasure of experiencing. I have asked around and many of my friends have tried it, but not many have actually made it. So I found the recipe, found out it was super easy to make, and couldn’t wait to pass it on to all of my BReeze recipe friends as well. It is awesome on Sunday afternoon at home for game snacking, can be packed for the field, or brought to the tailgate party. Just a heads up for the dainty’s spicy, but not impossible to eat. Buffalo Chicken Dip Ingredients: 8 oz pkg cream cheese softened 1/2 Cup ranch salad dressing (any brand) 1/2 Cup Hot Sauce (this is where you can control the ‘heat’ by brand and spice level) 1/2 Cup shredded Mozzarella cheese 2 Cans Chunk Chicken (drain before mixing) Crackers, tortilla chips or veggies for scooping and eating Preheat oven to 350° Place cream cheese into a deep baking dish, and stir until smooth. Mix in everything else and place in oven. Bake for 20 minutes and stir before serving. Enjoy! Donna G.

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National Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15 Local Fire Companies Plan Activities

Local volunteer fire departments will host open house events during Fire Prevention Week, October 9-15. This year’s theme, “Protect Your Family From Fire,” focuses on how to protect your family from fire by planning ahead and integrating simple things into your everyday life. Open house events allow residents to meet the firefighters, view fire fighting demonstrations and learn about fire safety and prevention. The following local events will take place during Fire Prevention Week: Friday, October 14 The Green Knoll Fire Station No. 1 will host an Open House from 6-9pm at the fire station located at the corner of Foothill Road and North Bridge Street. Firefighters will be on hand to demonstrate the equipment and give out information. There will be free gifts, food and drinks. Please come out to support your local fire department and meet the volunteers that serve your community. Saturday, October 15 The Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department will host an Open House at Station #1 in the center of Martinsville between

10 a.m. and 2 p.m. All are welcome. The Fire Department will have balloons, magnets, helmets, pens, pads, bags and sport bottles as give-aways. There will be refreshments available for all and there will be a “dunk the firefighter” tank. Children will also have the opportunity to spray water onto a target using a hose from the Fire Department’s brush truck. There will a great deal of literature about fire prevention and fire safety for all who attend the Open House. Firefighters will be available to show the trucks and equipment and to answer questions. In addition, Bridgewater Township’s Fire Safety House will be on site to teach the children about fire prevention/fire safety and escaping from a fire in the home. Saturday, October 15 Bridgewater residents are invited to visit the Finderne Fire Department’s Open House from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at 672 East Main Street. Fire prevention activities geared toward both adults and children will be available. Questions may be directed to 732-356-3024.

Texas Hold’em Tournament at The JCC on October 24 The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC), 775 Talamini Road in Bridgewater, will be holding its Fourth Annual Texas Hold’em Tournament on Monday, October 24, 2011. The event is open to the community. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the Tournament begins promptly at 7:15 p.m. The all-inclusive admission fee is $125/person and includes startup chips, dinner, open bar, snacks and more. Register by October 17 and receive an extra 1,000 chips. Rebuys and add-ons are $50. Prizes include an iPad 2, sports tickets, a night in Atlantic City, cameras, spa packages, various gift cards, and much more. Sponsorship opportunities are available (contact Joy McIntyre at 908-725-6994 x226; All proceeds from the Texas Hold’em Tournament benefit the JCC Scholarship Fund. To register for the Texas Hold’em Tournament, call the JCC at 908725-6994 x201, stop by the office, or register online at www.ssbjcc. org. For additional information, contact Joy McIntyre, JCC Fitness Director, at 908-725-6994 x226; or e-mail

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Bridgewater Football League ‘Stuffs the Bus’

Bridgewater Football League players help sort school supplies for the Somerset County ‘Stuff the Bus” campaign. In late August, the Bridgewater Football League (BFL) was one of 70 community groups to provide school supplies to the 21st Annual Somerset County United Way Stuff the Bus Campaign. BFL Junior Panther players and cheerleaders collected over 800 school supplies and $200 in cash donations to help support the Stuff the Bus campaign, a program designed to help 6,000 children in Somerset County get the tools they need to begin the school year ready to learn. Over 37 local elementary schools in Somerset County received the donated school supplies prior to the start of the school year. In a continual effort to model sportsmanship, teamwork, responsibility and character, the Bridgewater Football League strives to improve the program by showing its young athletes the importance of giving back.

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Youth Open Gym to Begin October 14 The Bradley Gardens School and Adamsville School open gyms will re-open on October 14 and 16, respectively. All Bridgewater-Raritan students in grades 7 - 12 are invited to attend. Activities include basketball and other ball and board games. Pizza and soda are served to all children who attend. The Bradley Gardens drop-in center is open on Friday evenings from 5:30 - 8:00. The Adamsville drop-in center is open on Sunday afternoons from 2:30 - 5:00. Both centers are free of charge and no pre-registration is required. Please check the Bridgewater Township website at www. for up to date announcements regarding closings due to school holidays or other functions. These centers are supervised by the Bridgewater Recreation and Police departments, and counselors from Family and Community Services of Somerset County. The program is intended to provide children with safe, alcohol and drug free activities. Funds are provided by the Somerset County Community Development Block Grant Program and the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. If you have any questions, call Chris Poulsen at (908) 725-6300 ext. 5210.

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Registration is now open for the following recreation programs: Adult Volleyball, Youth Basketball, Adult Basketball, Youth Soccer, Youth Cheerleading, and Zumba. You may register for these programs in person or by mail. To register in person, stop by the Recreation Office at the rear of the Firehouse at 16 Anderson Street between 7-9 p.m., Monday-Friday. To register by mail, send check or money order to P.O. Box 125, Raritan, NJ 08869: Raritan Residents $45/per program; $90/for 2 household members enrolled; $25/each for 3 or more household members enrolled. Non-Raritan Residents: $50/per program or session; $100/for 2 household members enrolled; $25/each for 3 or more household members enrolled. Registration fee for adult programs: $50/per person (Raritan residents); $60/per person for Adult Basketball (all participants); $55/person (Non-Raritan residents). For a printable registration form and a list of program dates and times, visit the Raritan Borough website at

Top Professional Riders Come Together to Help Children and Adults with Special Needs

Top winning international show jumping rider, Mark Leone, eventing rider Doug Payne and dressage rider Chris Von Martels will combine their expertise to assist equestrians of all levels in reaching their potential at the Triple Threat Equestrian Clinic to be held at Red Tail Farm in Bedminster on October 7th, 8th and 9th. Proceeds from the clinic will go to Somerset Hills Handicapped Riding Center (SHHRC) in Oldwick to support their adaptive horsemanship and equine assisted therapy programs for children and adults with disabilities. SHHRC executive director, Nichola Redmond commented, “We are thrilled that these three professionals who are at the top of their game are giving so generously of their time and talent for our organization. It is so fitting that their goal is to help riders be the best they can be and that in turn, will allow SHHRC to do the same for our clients.” Clinic fees are: with Mark Leone $200; with Chris Von Martels $165; with Doug Payne $135. Riders who register for two days receive $25 off the total cost and riders who register for all three days receive $50 off the total cost. Riders will receive one auditor pass for each day registered. Auditors are accepted at $35 for one day; $60 for two days; or $75 for all three days. The on-site registration fee for auditors is $50 per day. A Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for registered riders and auditors. Limited stabling is available for an additional fee. For more information please call (908) 439-9636, email or visit

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Election 2011 - Meet the Candidates

Raritan Candidates Speak Out

Three in Race for Bridgewater Mayor

As Election Day 2011 approaches residents of Raritan Borough are carefully examining the candidates who are running for election, or for re-election, within both major political parties. Raritan residents will head to the polls on Tuesday, November 8th, to elect a mayor and two council members. Republican Jo-Ann Liptak is seeking re-election as mayor of Raritan Borough. Also running for mayor is Democrat Gaetano “Guy” Izzo. Running for council on the republican ticket are Denise Carra and Don Tozzi. Running for council for the democrats are Victor J. Laggini Jr. and Douglas Myslinski. The following are statements from the candidates.

On Tuesday, November 8th, Bridgewater residents will head to the polls to elect a new mayor. In the interest of providing our readers with a look at the candidates, we invited those who are seeking election the opportunity to provide a 200-word statement summarizing their experience and goals if elected. The statements appear in alphabetical order by last name.


Jo-Ann Liptak Denise Carra Don Tozzi

Gaetano “Guy” Izzo Victor J. Laggini Jr. Douglas Myslinski

Mayor Jo-Ann Liptak, Councilwoman Denise Carra, and Don Tozzi, are proud to be Team Raritan. We are working for the good of the community and are focusing on continuing to move Raritan forward. We believe that everyone should have a voice in his or her government. Your valuable input has contributed to the positive changes that are occurring in our town. We pledge that we will continue to focus on: • Improvement of shared services. • Reduction of municipal spending while exploring possibilities for additional revenues. • Expanding the recreation program to include residents of all ages. • Open dialogue with the Bridgewater-Raritan Board of Education. • Maintaining current borough services such as garbage collection, bulk, leaf and brush pick up. • Continuing the policy of open and transparent government with the publication of minutes and agendas online in a timely manner and bi-monthly public council meetings. Team Raritan has the experience, ability, time, integrity, intelligence, and dedication to continue to provide proven leadership that is working for you. Be sure to visit our web site where you can read more about us and communicate via email. On November 8th Vote Republican. Re-elect Liptak for Mayor; elect Carra and Tozzi for Council.

I am known as the unofficial mayor of our borough, not just as a highly respected lifelong resident, but because I have served and promoted Raritan to the highest standards. I am well known for my honesty, straightforwardness and fairness. I am the man from Raritan for Raritan. I have a lifetime of experience that I promise to put to work for you. I established my business in 1962 known as Gaetano’s Salon in Raritan. I have raised my children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren in Raritan. As president of the Raritan Chamber of Commerce, I’ve been instrumental in rejuvenating the chamber. I am proud to be a democrat and pleased to be running with Councilman Victor J. Laggini Jr. and Douglas Myslinski. Together we have the endorsement and support of the county and borough Democratic parties. We have proven our dedication to the borough and would like to represent all of its residents. We would like to open up new pathways of communication, respecting residents input and participation regardless of party affiliation. As we find ourselves facing these complex and challenging times, we ask for your support to take back our town for residents and businesses. Let’s all work together to rejuvenate the good old-fashioned community spirit and quality of life that makes us proud to be residents of Raritan Borough.




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We are living in challenging times. The recession has affected all of our residents and businesses. As your councilman, I have confronted these problems head on. As a result, Bridgewater’s municipal taxes are the lowest in the county. Our desirable commercial base has improved and I prevented residential intensification that would further stress our school tax burden. I have kept my promise to be resourceful, forward thinking, inclusive, transparent and accessible. I have met with hundreds of residents, answered countless emails and calls, and held monthly “Evening’s with Dan”. Serving our community is an honor and today I seek your support to serve as Mayor. Our Township enjoys a quality of life absolutely worth defending. As an experienced executive and councilman with a history of service and accomplishment, I have the competence, character and commitment to provide the thoughtful governance required during these difficult times. As your Mayor, I pledge a transparent and accessible administration dedicated to the residents we serve. I look forward to working with residents, businesses, and officials, maintaining our low tax position, managing development, providing essential services including a restored bulk trash program and improving our infrastructure. I humbly ask for your vote on November 8th.

Every day I speak with residents of Bridgewater and know that residents of all ages expect more from their elected officials. They express concern over the poor condition of roads, flooding, the loss of bulky trash dropoff, the new one-time payment sewer bill and the lax enforcement of codes. My administration will concentrate on making major improvements in these areas and others. I know how to get things done. I am a lifelong resident of the Township and for more than 30 years worked for the citizens of Bridgewater as a police officer and have served on many Township committees and boards. I see what needs to be done. Bridgewater has never had an independent Mayor. The time is now. My supporters and I have no party politics to play. Our concerns are the same as the taxpayers’ concerns. I and my department heads will monitor every tax dollar spent, and stay within the budget, restore services that have been cut. Appointed members of boards and committees will listen to the people, especially at public meetings, or I will replace them. Independents and independent thinking Democrats and Republicans know we are the underdogs in this election. I am the third name on the ballot, but the first choice of those who are tired of politics as usual.

When my family and I came to Bridgewater almost 30 years ago, we were excited to be part of a growing, vibrant community with strong public schools. I want to serve as a full-time mayor as a public service to return energy and optimism to Bridgewater. As Mayor, I’ll work to make Bridgewater affordable again for young families and senior citizens. I will partner with the Township Council to provide sound fiscal leadership. I will prioritize health and safety by working to stop unsafe chemicals from leaking into our drinking water. I’ve helped lead the way in Somerset County on economic development, public education, shared services, and quality of life, and I will bring that, along with my business skills and previous government experience, to Bridgewater. Please visit

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Sheriff’s Officers Make Donation to SHIP to Help with Hurricane Recovery

Pictured L-R: Sgt. Mark Szczecina, FOP Lodge 89 president; Thomas O’Leary, SHIP chief executive officer; Sgt. Steve SanAntonio, FOP Lodge 89 treasurer; and Capt. Tim Pino, FOP Lodge 89 vice president. Submitted Photo The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89, Superior Officers Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, donated $500 to the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program Inc. (SHIP) to help replenish stock and materials that were lost during flooding left by Hurricane Irene. During the storm, SHIP lost all inventory and suffered structural damage to its building in Somerville. For information about how to donate, visit

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Classic Movie Nights at the Raritan Public Library Beginning October 13th, the Raritan Public Library at 54 East Somerset St. will be showing classic movies. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Free movie tickets will be available starting October1st. See schedule below: Oct. 13th - Hitchcock’s North by Northwest (1959) featuring Cary Grant & Eva Marie Saint - NR 136 min. *Due to length of movie, it will start at 6:15 pm* Oct. 27th : Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) featuring Tippi Hedren & Rod Taylor - PG-13 - 119 min. - 6:30 pm

High School Glee Club Performs on the Rachel Ray Show

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Historic Reenactment - On September 10th the Raritan Li-

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High School, about the choir program’s Glee Club. The Glee Club is a new addition to the choral program at BRHS. It started two years ago as a response to student interest in the TV show. Originally, the group had 60 members, but has since become an auditioned ensemble of about 20 students. Mr. Wilson arranged Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker� for this engagement, and the BRHS Glee Club set about putting the performance together over the course of a few days time. Students learned original choreography from Joan Aniano, who is currently a graduate student at Emerson College in Boston. Students were also coached by Aaron Lenhart, an experienced performer and director, who currently lives and works in New York City. Taping on the Rachael Ray show was certainly a once in a lifetime experience for students involved. The segment is set to air Thursday, September 29th on ABC at 10:00 a.m.

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Thousands Celebrate Patriotism at the 30th Annual John Basilone Parade The 30th Annual John Basilone Parade took place on September 25th and thousands of people lined the streets of Raritan to show their patriotism and to honor Raritan’s hometown hero. Over 150 groups marched in the parade including 20 bands, military vehicles, veteran and military organizations, ROTC units, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and many more.

The Borough of Raritan and the John Basilone Parade Committee wish to extend their sincere thanks to all of the participants and spectators who came out to honor the memory of Marine Sergeant John Basilone and all of our veterans and to exhibit their faith and love of our great nation. You have made the 30th annual John Basilone Memorial Parade a huge success and a wonderful celebration. We are truly grateful to every one of you and look forward to having you join us again next year. John Pacifico, Chairman John Basilone Parade Committee

Top Left: General Dunford speaks with kids after the parade. Photo/Dawn Wilde Above: Joe Kovac served as the Grand Marshall of the parade. Photo/Bruce Doorly Top Right: Bridgewater Baseball Babe Ruth Champions. Photo/Dawn Wilde Right: Troop 61254 of Bridgewater-Raritan marched in the parade. Below Right: Bridgewater-Raritan High School’s Marching Band. Photo/Dawn Wilde Below Left: St. Ann School cheerleaders. Left: Special guest and speaker General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps and his wife salute the flag. General Dunford was promoted to General and assumed the duties of Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps on 23 October 2010. Photo/Dawn Wilde


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Memorial Ceremonies Mark 10th Anniversary of September 11th Attack

Bridgewater Holds Memorial Ceremony - In observance of the 10th

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Raritan Observes September 11th - Raritan held a memorial ceremony

observing the tenth anniversary of September 11th. During the ceremony a dedication of a piece of a steel beam from the World Trade Center took place. From Left to Right are: Fire Chief Carl Memoli; Councilman Paul Giraldi; Mayor Jo-Ann Liptak; Councilwoman Denise Carra; Councilwoman Stefanie Gara; Council President Greg Lobell; Councilman Victor Laggini Jr; Councilman Anthony Soriano Jr., and Police Chief Mark Ciesla. Photo/Ron Rispoli

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October 2011

Tropiano & Son Jewelers Celebrate Milestone Year

The staff at Tropiano & Son Jewelers consists of (L-R): Ray Tropiano, Michele Tropiano, Diana Carro, Feliks Dinspechin, Margie Bauer, Frank Tropiano, Nancy Tropiano, Carl Conti (seated), and Jasmine and Quincy.

By Pam Laughlin The year 2011 marks many milestones for the Tropiano family, owners of Tropiano & Son Jewelers in Raritan. They are celebrating their 75th year in business; a 50th wedding anniversary for second-generation owners, Frank and Nancy; and a 25th wedding anniversary for third generation owners, Michele and Ray. Tropiano and Son Jewelers, located at 28 W. Somerset Street, is a destination jewelry store for customers from all over looking for fine jewelry, brilliant diamonds, and one of a kind, custom made jewelry pieces. Frank says, “Many customers who moved away from the area still come back to us.” As the family celebrates their 75th year in business, Michele expresses, “What I find interesting is that we are taking care of the grandchildren of the customers that Ray’s grandfather serviced. It’s not only us, generation-wise, but we have generations of families continuing to shop here. The grandfather bought his diamond ring from Raymond, that grandfather’s son bought his diamond ring from Frank and now that grandfather’s grandson is buying his ring from us.” Nancy adds, “We’ve had customers who have been married 65 years coming in to renew their vows.” What makes the Tropiano family business stand out from other jewelry stores is their legendary service with a personal touch. Ray shares this story, “We had a couple going on their 70th wedding anniversary and the husband lost his wedding band that he bought from my grandfather and he came back to our store to buy a new one. It was such an

amazing story that we actually made him a new band and didn’t charge him for it. He couldn’t not have a wedding band after all these years!” Tropiano and Son Jewelers have a long and rich history in the Raritan area. The store was originally started in 1929 by Raymond and Meni Tropiano and sold radios, televisions, appliances, coins, watches, and some jewelry. Michele remembers and shares, “Raymond was a famous rare coin dealer and was kind of a teacher in the area. Boys would come in with the money they saved and buy coins that Raymond would practically give away. He just liked the fact that they were interested in collecting coins. Today, the grandchildren of these boys come into the store telling us that they have coins that their Dad got from Ray’s grandfather.” When Frank joined the family business in 1961, he jokes, “I hated the appliance business. It was tough and rough. When you sold an appliance you had to deliver, install, remove the old one, and bring them to the dump. It was a lot of work to make fifty dollars. By 1964 we had completely phased out the appliances and got completely into jewelry and repair. This was a perfect fit because it allowed Frank to handle the growing of the jewelry portion of the business while his father, Raymond, could concentrate his efforts on buying and selling rare coins. Around 1978, Ray (3rd generation owner) came on board and repeated history by concentrating on building the jewelry business while his father, Frank, went on the road to promote the Corporate gift portion of the business. Ray became instrumental in moving the business

forward, by learning jewelry bench techniques, taking diamond training, and developing new, higher-end lines. Frank proudly states, “Obviously, Ray was instrumental in growing the business. He moved the business here, designed the store, and brought on employees. You’ve got to be young to grow a business. As I got older, I would have been happy to stay where I was, just like my father was more than happy to stay where he was when I came on board and developed the business. “ Ray explains, “I concentrated on moving into designer jewelry and designer watch lines, and expanding from a ‘mom and pop’ shop into a more professional higher-end jewelry store.” Tropiano and Son Jewelers, likes to reach out to the community by donating to good, local causes that will help the neigh-

borhood and the community, such as local schools and their music departments, and local fire, police and rescue departments. Currently, they also buy gold and diamonds and often run monthly fundraisers where a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a good cause. Ray points out, “Buying gold has become a very big part of our business as the economy has changed and gold prices have gone up in value. A lot of people are finding that they really have a huge asset that they can unlock that they never even realized. People are coming in with a handful of old things that they have been collecting for the last 30 years and are getting thousands of dollars for it.” For more information about Tropiano and Son Jewelers, check out their website at www.

Meni Tropiano stands in the original store that sold radios, televisions, appliances, coins, watches, and some jewelry.

Bridgewater Library October Program Series for Children The Bridgewater Library’s Youth Services department is excited to kick off its October program series. They have a wonderful variety of programs that are sure to delight both kids and parents alike. Registration for all events is required. Please visit: to register. October 4th Picture This: A Trip to Ancient Pompeii - Grades 1-6, Journey with us to this ancient city - we’ll learn about the eruption of Mt. Vesuivius and the destruction it caused, then create Roman-inspired mosaics. October 8th Robodyssey: How to Talk to a Robot - Grades 4-6, Robots will only do what you tell them to do - not necessarily what you want them to do! Learn the language to make robots understand what you mean, and then solve the Blind Bot’s Bluff maze challenge. October 12th Going Batty - Grades K-5, Just in time for Halloween, we’ll set our sights (with a touch of echolocation?!) on this most misunderstood mammal - the bat. Join us for stories, scientific investigations, and a bat-terrific craft! October 22nd Pumpkin Fun! - Ages 3+, Join the Bridgewater Garden Club for the annual pumpkin-decorating program! Create a fun, magnificently decorated pumpkin - you bring the pumpkin and we’ll supply the decorating materials! Paints will be used, so be sure to wear old clothes or bring a smock. Please bring a box to carry home your pumpkin. October 25th Special Halloween Storytime!Ages 3-6, Get ready for Halloween with some (slightly) scary stories and spook-tacular songs!

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India Immersion is Life-Changing Experience for Bridgewater Teen

Divya Nayar stands by a pond at Kuruvikulam village in Tirunelveli district, India. Submitted photo “All through my life I’ve had everything I needed to live a happy and healthy life,” states Divya Nayar, a student at BridgewaterRaritan Middle School. “Whether its food or toys, my parents were able to give it to me. As an eighth grader, sometimes I tend to be ungrateful for what I have, but after my trip at Malarchi trust I learned differently.” Thanks to Praxis, the group that organized the immersion at Malarchi Trust, Divya took a break from her routine this summer. She took part in an immersion with the underprivileged children who stay in a shelter home run by Malarchi, an organization that works with underprivileged children in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India. The children in the shelter home have either lost one or both of their parents and are from very poor families belonging to the Dalit community. Some of these children are from AIDS affected families and some are children of convicts.

For 13-year-old Divya, the primary objective was to better understand the politics of poverty, marginalization and destitution. “When I first learned about the idea that I was going to be spending four days at an orphanage to learn about the caste system and poverty, I was totally against the idea and was dreading the days.” “My friend Isabel and I spent four days at the Evans house of Malarchi trust. The children at the hostel were full of joy and happiness. They seemed happy together as a family with whatever they had,” recalls Divya. “When we learned that there was no way of communicating, since we only knew Malayalam and English, and they only spoke Tamil, we thought it would be impossible to have a relationship with these children. But as we interacted with everyone we learned that verbal communication was not necessary to make new relationships.” On the evening of the first day

Divya visited a typical village that was structured around the caste system. The entire village had distinct spaces of habitation for the different descent based cast groups that were earlier divided around occupational categories. “Because of the ranking everyone in the lower ranks is discriminated against while everyone in the higher ranks benefits,” explains Divya. By the second day Divya decided to stay in the shelter home with the resident children. There were different activities that were facilitated such as making Wall Poster Comics around issues that affected the children’s life, sharing of crafts like bracelet making, playing foot ball, Kabadi, dance etc. so that Divya could better relate to children in the Pooncholai Home. Divya said, “We brought along strings of many colors and taught the children how to make friendship bracelets, something that is quite common in America. Together we enjoyed ourselves, and the children were able to learn something new that they also liked. The next evening we had a huge dance where they taught us some of their cool ‘tamil’ dance moves.” So what did Divya learn from her time with the kids in Malarchi Trust, “All around us we see people suffering and living a life full of hardship. If one person tries to make a difference then, others will follow. Leaving Malarchi trust I learned a lot of things and enjoyed my time with the kids. I now know what I can do to help make this society a better place.”

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Disabled Vet ‘Turns’ His Life Around

Woodturner Gualberto Malave works on a piece in his studio. by Pam Laughlin Artisan woodturner Gualberto Malave of Raritan has received many awards for his woodturning pieces over the years including seven first place awards at the Middlesex County Fair. However, it is his latest first place award from the 2011 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival that has him excited. His beautifully turned jewelry box, made on a lathe, came in first place in the woodworking competition. He will receive this prestigious award in Fayetteville, Arkansas in October. Woodturning is a form of woodworking that is used to create wooden objects on a lathe (machine used to shape wood by rotating it rapidly along its axis while pressing a fixed cutting or abrading tool against it). Woodturning differs from most other forms of woodworking in that the wood is moving while a stationary tool is used to cut and shape it. Malave’s winning piece is a fine example of the many intricate shapes and designs that can be made by turning wood. This particular piece was inspired by his love of Tai Chi Chaun and is representative of the yin yang symbol. This ancient martial art form which revolves around circular movement often finds its way into Malave’s artistic style and technique. Although Malave was interested in woodturning during high school and took several wood working classes, it wasn’t until he attended a woodturners’ show in 2002 and saw a woman’s beach hat made from wood that he became re-inspired.

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studio, a 24’ by 24’ converted garage attached to his home. The studio is fully equipped for his woodturning projects and for teaching the craft to his students. He can make pretty much anything that can be sculpted on an axis including vases, banisters, ginger bread trim, pens, bowls, vintage inspired top toys and more. As a disabled veteran, Malave was fortunate to be part of a post traumatic stress group at the VA NJ Heatlh Care Center, Lyons Campus, where he first became aware of special programs offered to help veterans improve the quality of their lives by furthering their education and skill sets. He was able to take a woodturning class at Bucks County Community College and study with renowned woodturner, Mark Sfirri. He enjoyed it so much that he took a second semester. He laughs when he says, “During the class I entered a competition. My teacher told me that I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that you didn’t win. The good news is that you sold two pieces and that’s even better!” One member of the disabled veterans support group received a computer science degree, while another member took writing classes and is now writing short stories. Malave says, “For me woodturning is like therapy. It’s good for your self esteem to sell your work. While going through post traumatic stress you tend to lose that. It helped me get out of that and if it did that for me, it can do that for other veterans. I was there and look what it did for me. You need to know about these opportunities and look for them wherever you can.” Malave welcomes other disabled veterans to reach out to him and learn more about the “Improving the Quality of Life” program he attended and other educational programs available to disabled veterans. He can be reached at gmleland@yahoo. com.

October 2011

Raritan Mayor’s Message

For elected officials in small towns such as Raritan getting the news out or correcting mis-information can be difficult. Large metropolises such as New York and Philadelphia have their mass media with radio and television. Their Mayors even have press secretaries who handle communications. We, however, do not have that luxury. That is why I am so grateful to the editors of The BReeze who give me the opportunity to do a monthly column for Raritan residents. Feedback that I’ve received from you indicates that you enjoy reading the columns. This month we need to address some misinformation that apparently is circulating through, at least, part of the town. On April 1st, the new housing ordinance (it can be found on our borough web site) that was passed by the council became effective. This ordinance was a long time in coming with many revisions and changes. The Borough Council and I were and continue to be concerned about what we saw happening to the homes, especially in the older parts of town, that at Improve your coordination one time were single family owner occupied. As the original owners passed and concentration with custom away and the homes were sold, many if not most of them,for were converted designed programs kids and to multi-family homes that were no longer That’s when we adultsowner fromoccupied. beginner to elite! began to have problems with properties becoming run down. The Mayor and Council’s intent with this more housing/ Private andcomprehensive Group Lessons rental ordinance was to insure the health and safety of all renters and also the Class areinspeclandlords, and I might add, that the newWorld ordinance alsoCoaches requires the Ready to Work with Everyone! tion of all apartments even those properties in which the landlord resides. Almost all of our landlords in town have complied with the new ordinance but, as with anything new, there are some disgruntled individuals who feel it necessary to bad mouth the Mayor and Council about these new requirements. Everyone deserves to live in a safe dwelling that meets state and local fire code and safety code regulations. It State-of-the-Art helps keep propertyFacility values up and NJ’s Premier Fencing Club • sends the783 message that we care about our town. East Main Street, Unit G, Bridgewater We know that this has been difficult for some and there have been glitches (732) 469-2244 • to overcome but the Mayor and Council believe that our goal to improve the 4-10pm and Saturday 9-4pm downtown areaOPEN: will Monday-Friday benefit the single family home owner, the owner of a multi-family home and our business owners. Thank you and if you have any questions or concerns about this ordinance please feel free to contact me at 908-231-1300 X17 or 908-725-2798. Jo-Ann Liptak, Raritan Borough Mayor

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the supplies several miles to the German camp. The Germans would then execute the man as they did not want the location of their camp to be known. Many civilians in Italy were murdered by the Germans. The Germans also went on a rampage and destroyed many of the homes in their town and the surrounding towns. Fortunately, Berardino and Letizia’s home was far enough out of the way that it was spared. One of the U.S. soldiers they helped was Joseph S. Frelinghuysen Jr. who had once lived in Raritan. He later told his story of escape in a book he authored entitled “Passages to Freedom: A Story of Capture and Escape.” He, along with his friend Dick Rossbach, escaped from a German POW camp in Italy. Along their journey, Berardino and Letizia provided them shelter and food for two weeks while they recovered from injuries they sustained during their escape. With the help of the DiGiacomantonio family and others, they made it back to the Allied lines on November 16, 1943, seven weeks after escaping from the POW camp. Berardino and Letizia had little themselves, but they shared what they had with the U.S. and British soldiers who were running from the Germans. Frelinghuysen found this to be amazing. In his book he wrote “It was beyond belief that these people, who were totally impoverished, were willing to share what little they had with strangers and foreigners.” One night while dinner was being served to several soldiers, Frelinghuysen thought: “As I watched the amount of food being consumed, I wondered about their generosity. I counted 14 people. They could not keep handing out food to that

Frelinghuysen was the manager of his family owned dairy, Raritan Valley Farms. In order to help the DiGiacomantonios immigrate to the U.S. Frelinghuysen advertised a job for a cheese maker who was familiar with the cheese making process of the Abruzzi region in Italy.

Berardino on his farm around 1950. many.” He worried for them, writing: “The thought of what the Germans might do to these people if they were caught harboring prisoners sickened me.” In a 1992 interview Berardino was asked: “Why, when you had so little, did you share with strangers?” He answered: “We have a tradition in Italy of helping each other. My father did it, my grandfather did it and so I did it. That’s the way it has always been. If I have a potato and there are two people, I divide it in half, half for you and half for me. If we gotta die, we die together.” When asked “Did you understand the risk that you took?” He answered: “We knew the risk; we knew everything about that. God helped us with that. We were very fortunate that things worked out the way they did, because we took many chances.” Asked today about Joseph S. Frelinghuysen Jr., Berardino said that Joe stood out from the other soldiers in that he had great concern for them. While he was in their home, he always worried for their safety. Frelinghuysen was very grateful for the food and shelter he received. Berardino remembers how impressed he was that as soon as the U.S. Army moved up through Italy and liberated their town from the

Germans, a letter arrived from Joseph S. Frelinghuysen Jr. expressing his heartfelt thanks for their help. Following the war, Frelinghuysen kept in touch with the DiGiacomantonios. In 1956, he returned to Italy to visit them. To show his gratitude, he would help Berardino and his family immigrate to the U.S. However, the process of getting someone legally into the U.S. proved to be a difficult one. The U.S. Immigration Service required a reason to grant a person entry. The reason could be that someone is a skilled worker whose specialized talents were needed by an American company and could not be filled by an American worker. Frelinghuysen was the manager of his family owned dairy, Raritan Valley Farms. He also had connections in government and was determined to help the family whom he credits with saving his life. Remembering that Berardino made excellent cheese, Frelinghuysen advertised a job for a cheese maker who was familiar with the cheese making process of the Abruzzi region in Italy. Berardino could fulfill this requirement and the INS granted his request to enter the U.S. He came to America in 1958 and moved to Raritan staying at the historic home known as The Cornell Mansion lo-

cated on the corner of Glaser and Granetz Avenue. After a few years, the rest of his family was granted entry to the U.S. In 1969, the family moved to Bell Avenue in Raritan where they remain to this day. Joseph S. Frelinghuysen Jr. became a cherished friend who visited them every month until his death in 2005. Berardino and Letizia have six children, five born in Italy and the youngest born in the U.S. All of the children graduated from Bridgewater-Raritan High School. They now have nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Today they live peacefully on

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Local Halloween History Lessons Halloween Scare in Somerset County: Lightning Strikes Twice in Radio Version of ‘The War of the Worlds’ in 1938 Bridgewater

Orson Welles makes invasion real. By Bruce Doorly In 1938 radio was the central news source for the American public. Radio had tremendous power and influence in that era. Yet radio was still developing and the radio industry did not yet fully understand the power that it had. This was all too clearly demonstrated on October 30, 1938. The Mercury Theatre radio program had chosen for their weekly Sunday night show to present The War of the Worlds, a story taken from a book about an alien invasion from Mars. The setting in the book is England but the Mercury Theatre’s producer and star radio voice Orson Welles decided it would be more dramatic to change the location to the United States. Another change made to the program was that they would present the story through a series of simulated radio news broadcasts. On the night of the broadcast an initial announcement was made that the Mercury Theatre was presenting The War of the Worlds. Then it faded into a staple of radio programming at the time - live orchestra music. After a minute of music, an announcer interrupted with a special bulletin that something had landed in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey.

As events unfolded on the “fake” radio broadcast the aliens with their large steel heat ray machine trekked across New Jersey killing thousands and destroying property. While the entire country was terrified, those in the Bridgewater/Raritan area were especially panicked as at one point in the broadcast the announcer said that these murderous invaders were “moving north toward Somerville.” The U. S. population in 1938 was already anxious about re-

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cent world events. The opening stages of World War II were beginning in Europe. The American public had recently become accustomed to news bulletins interrupting programs with important information. So on that Sunday evening of October 30, 1938 when the Mercury Theatre presented their story with simulated news bulletin format, many people thought it was real. A ten year old boy on Doughty Street in Raritan, John Pacifico, recalled being terrified for a portion of the broadcast as he wondered, was this real, or just a radio show. The local police stations in both Raritan and Somerville received numerous calls from panicked listeners who were asking what they should do. A group of people in Somerville ran out in their pajamas to Route 22 and tried to hitch a ride north

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to a safer location. Others ran to friends and neighbors homes to warn them of the Martian invasion. As the one hour broadcast progressed the believability of the program began to diminish and many realized it was just a radio show; a show that would never be forgotten. The newspapers the next day told of “mass” panic with roads having been jammed with terrified fleeing motorists. However, while there were plenty of individual and small group instances of panic, the mass panic as told by newspapers never happened. One reason for this distortion was that journalism did not have the strict standards and guidelines that it does today. If the newspapers could dramatize a story, they would do so. But probably the bigger reason for the severe exaggeration of the panic by newspapers was that newspapers and radio were bitter rivals in 1938. Radio which boomed in the mid-twenties had initially been for entertainment, but in 1938 radio started to cover the news as the war clouds darkened in Europe. The newspapers, that previously had a monopoly on the news, now had a rival. The morning newspaper headlines would often be old news as radio’s immediate nature allowed it to report the latest events as they happened. Time Magazine said, “In the U.S. the press, no friend of radio, treated it as a public outrage.” When Germany’s Adolf Hitler heard of the War of the Worlds incident in the U.S. he cited the panic “as evidence of the decadence and corrupt condition of democracy.”

The old saying that “lightning never strikes in the same place twice” was proven false by John Maxwell at the Raritan Valley Country Club in 1938. On August 5, 1913 John Maxwell, a local undertaker, was playing golf with a couple of friends when a lightning bolt struck one of their golf bags. The men were knocked to the ground but were uninjured. The only injury in 1913 was to the golf bag that was split down the middle. Twenty-five years later John Maxwell was playing on the same fairway at the same time of day at Raritan Valley Country Club when a shower popped up without warning. John and his companion, a local doctor, ran for cover but not before a bolt of lightning struck Maxwell – mortally wounding him. His golf partner tried to resuscitate him and then rushed him to Somerset Medical Center. Tragically he was dead on arrival. John Maxwell was once the Somerset County Clerk and was also a member of the Somerville Borough Council. The incredible story of his death was printed by the New York Times.

Shocking But True By Jim Koch At a meeting of the Raritan Cultural and Historic Committee, two undisclosed gentlemen came forward with a story I was totally unfamiliar with. We have to go back to the year 1907 for our story. The Raritan Woolen Mills was the major employer in Raritan and everyone wanted a job there. That included Saverio DiGiovanni, a 34-yearold recent immigrant with little English speaking skills. For undetermined reasons, Saverio shot Joseph Sansome after a dispute which was non-work related. After a two-day trial, it took the jury only 15 minutes to render a guilty verdict. And now for “the rest of the story.” As early as 1887 Thomas Edison had begun experimenting with an electric execution device. A few years later began a competition for a like device with George Westinghouse who was using a different kind of






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School Calendar Oct. 1 - Bradley Gardens - $1-2-3 Clothing Sale - 9:00 a.m. Oct. 2 - Milltown - Family Bingo Night Oct. 3 - Crim - Grades 3 & 4 - Picture Day Oct. 3 - Eisenhower - 5th Grade Back to School Night - 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 - Eisenhower - 6th Grade Back to School Night - 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 - Hillside - Grade 5 Back to School Night - 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 - Milltown - K-2 Back to School Night - 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 - JFK - K-2 Back to School Night - 7:00 p.m. Oct. 6 - Hillside - Grade 6 - Back to School Night - 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 - Milltown - Grades 3 & 4 - Back to School Night - 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 - JFK - Grades 3 & 4 - Back to School Night - 7:00 p.m. Oct. 7 - Adamsville - Breakfast with Dad - Pre-K-2 - 7:45 a.m. Oct. 10 - Schools Closed Oct. 11 - Board of Ed Meeting - 8:00 p.m. - Wade Building Oct. 12 - JFK - Fun Night & PTO Meeting Oct. 12 - Adamsville - PTO Meeting - New Parent Welcome - 6:30 p.m. Oct.13 - Hamilton - PTO Meeting - 7:00 p.m. Oct. 14 - Eisenhower - PTO Meeting - 9:30 a.m. Oct. 14 - Eisenhower - 6th Grade Fun Night/Movie Night - 7-9 p.m. Oct. 14 - Hillside - Backyard Work Day - 3-6 p.m. Oct. 14 - Crim - Game Night - K-1 - 7-9 p.m. Oct. 15 - JFK - Fall Festival Oct. 15 - Hamilton - Annual Clothing Drive Oct. 17 - Crim - PTO Meeting - 9:00 a.m. Oct. 17 - BRHS - PTO Meeting - 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 - Board of Ed - Regular Session (JFK) - 8:00 p.m. Oct. 18 - JFK - Market Day - 5-6 p.m. Oct. 20 - Hillside - Celebrity Chef - 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 21 - Eisenhower - 5th Grade Fun Night/Movie Night - 7-9 p.m. Oct. 22 - JFK - Fall Festival and Vendor Night Oct. 26 - Hillside - Guidance Parent Workshop - 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 27 - BRMS - PTO Meeting - 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 - Van Holten, Milltown, Bradley Gardens, Hamilton, Crim, Adamsville - Halloween Parties - 7-9 p.m. Please check the school web sites and calendars for updates or last minute adjustments

Panther Perspective by Rachel Jandak

Coping with Change With the start of a new school year and the falling of the leaves, change is all around the students of Bridgewater-Raritan High School. Between the natural disasters and the change of principal from Dr. Riccobono to Mr. Ludwig, we high school students have learned to cope and thrive on change. I say this because ten years ago unimaginable acts of terrorism transformed the world in a matter of seconds and in the process, altered all of our lives. On September 9th Principal Ludwig made a touching address to the high school about September 11th. He urged the students to remember the fallen heroes of that day, and to remain vigilant in these uncertain times. After listening to Principal Ludwig’s address that Friday morning, many of my fellow classmates began to recount their memories of that terrible day. For the most part, my peers remember com-

ing home, or being picked up by their frantic parents. “What happened didn’t register until I sat on the couch for hours, not eating, not talking. I sat there with my family and saw the towers fall over and over again,” says Catherine Psaras, a fellow Junior at BRHS. The confusion that followed the September 11th attack is deeply engraved in our memory. Hannah Gerber, a senior this year, had this to say, “I think our generation as a whole will forever suffer from the emotional scars of that day for many years to come.” With these scars of terrorism, intolerance, and prejudice, the challenge for the September 11th generation is to remember these days of chaos and sadness. Only through remembrance can we ensure that history does not repeat itself.

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Business Partnership Seeks Young Entrepreneur Award Nominations The Somerset County Business Partnership is seeking qualified nominations for the 2011 Young Entrepreneur Award. The Award is presented annually at the Business Partnership Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon taking place this year on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at the Bridgewater Marriott. The Young Entrepreneur Award recognizes achievement, encourages the development of business skills, and salutes the entrepreneurial spirit and the ideal of community service. To be eligible, the nominee must be a full-time student in public or private high school located in Somerset County during the 2011-2012 school year and a resident of Somerset County. The business operation must be a sole proprietorship. Participants in partnerships are not eligible. The recipient will receive a certificate, public recognition for his or her accomplishments, and the Anthony F. Picheca, Sr. Entrepreneur Award of up to $1000 from the Somerville and Bridgewater Rotary Club. Deadline for nominations is Friday, September 30, 2011. Nomination forms are available by calling the Business Partnership at 908-218-4300 or on line at by searching Young Entrepreneur.

The Bridgewater-Raritan Marching Panthers get the fans pumped up at the September 16th football game. Bridgewater-Raritan Marching Panthers kicked-off their 2011 Season with their show including music from Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony entitled, “What’s Old is What’s New.” The show was unveiled to the public at the BR-Hillsborough Football game on September 9th. On September 10th the band competed in their first competition of the season at Edison High School winning First Place by sweeping all caption awards earning best music, best percussion, best visuals, and best overall effects. Their second competition on September 17th hailed another First Place at the USSBA Band Competition at Scotch Plains/Fanwood High School. The band earned the Mayor’s Trophy there by winning best music, best percussion, and best overall effect caption awards. This band of kids is off to a great start this season. They enjoy their music and each other with a camaraderie like no other. Their results come from lots of independent practice, dedication and hard work, but most importantly, through this program, these kids are having fun through music on and off the field.

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Girls Tennis - The girls’ tennis team has blasted off to a 4-0 start with

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Left: The Panther offense is led again this year by senior #12 Ray Mastroianni.

victories over Hunterdon Central, Ridge, Scotch Plains, and Hunterdon Central. The girls are led by coach Curt Weaver and are strong in both the singles and doubles departments. Freshman Arthi Palani; sophomore Cheryl Li; and junior Marissa Sashihara have been dominant in singles matches. The doubles have also been immaculate for the Panthers. The Kavi sisters have been flawless, winning all of their matches in BR’s four victories. The same can be said for the duo of Angela Chen and Shelly Li. This group is well rounded and one to keep an eye on. Can they capture their first state championship since 2007?

Below: Junior forward Dana Lytle looks to play the ball back from the corner. Photo/Alex Hopkins

Boys Soccer - The defending division champions have split their first

four games with a 4-2 record, wins coming against North Hunterdon and Kinnelon, Hunterdon Central. The club is senior laden and is led by captains, Sal Vitello, David Monahan, Chris Hall, Eli Adams, Dan Picciurio, Alex Kaminetzky, and Josh Kasman. Coach Rick Szeles is all about team unity and aspires to play as many people as possible while still pulling out wins. It’s a unique philosophy from the norm and by rotating players; it gives more players a chance while also implementing fresh legs late in the game. Coach Szeles stresses effort to his team and it has shown up in games. He also knows that every member of the team has an important role. One player that stands out is senior, Sal Vitello, who has booted in five goals to start the season. Senior, David Monahan has also been tremendous with four assists. Contributions have been delivered by Zach Jones, Eli Adams, and Chris Hall. Senior goaltender, Alex Kaminetzky has made a myriad of saves as well. The boys look to push ahead and compete for a 3rd state championship.

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The girls are once again off to a superb start at 7-1. Under highly heralded coach, Kathie DeBonis, the girls look to continue their success that they have achieved in past years. The lady Panthers have always been heavyweight contenders for the state championship and this year proves no different. The team offers a unique blend of experience, quickness, and pure talent. Most of all, the Panthers have great team chemistry and have worked very hard to garner their victories on the field. The team is led by its senior captains, Taylor Mygatt and Kayla Sullivan. Juniors Catherine Caro and Rachel Yaney have been an intricate part of the squad, accounting for ten goals and nine assists. Mygatt has been clutch with key assists and seniors Erin Eckert and Caroline Murphy have also been contributors for the Panthers. Of course, BR’s defense has been just as effective. The defensive unit and junior goalie, Christen Piersanti have been stifling, allowing just three goals in five games to their opposition. The Panthers are definitely a threat to go far this season and have looked very efficient thus far.

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The boys of fall have taken the field, led by captains Ray Mastroianni, AJ Kolen, James Burke, and Michael Pennella. After a 7-4 run last year, the squad has lofty expectations. The team is once again aiming for a playoff berth and if achieved, it will mark the 3rd straight year the Panthers have reached the playoffs which has never been done in school history. Coach Scott Bray has again set the bar high with a goal to contend for the conference title and state championship. However, the Panthers have to overcome inexperience, especially on the defensive side of the ball and thus far, the team has stumbled out of the gate with a 0-3 start with losses to Hillsborough, Westfield and Hunterdon Central. Still, the Panthers have had impressive performances. Senior quarterback Ray Mastroianni has guided the offense with 518 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns. The ground game features Junior Michael Pennella and the shifty Senior, Julian Dorsey who both have contributed with touchdowns. Receiver, Tommy Goodberlet has been Larry Fitzgerald-like, hauling in a combined 18 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns. Key veteran cogs like James Burke, John Goode, and John Wukovits have manned the trenches. There is no denying that the football team has talent and the Panthers hope to bounce back as we head into October.

Girls Volleyball - The girls’ volleyball team is proving why they are

one of the better teams in their region, running out of the gate with a steady 5-3 record. BR has defeats over Westfield, Bayonne, Hillsborough, Old Bridge, and Watchung Hills. Seniors Jill Prusarczyk and Alexis Tosti set the tone for the group while Sam Murphy, Emily Willard, and Elizabeth Rynar make great contributions as well. This team is one to look out for as the season wears on. BR girls volleyball is back.

Sophomore Ayana Lee prepares for her routine on the uneven parallel bars. Ayana is an all around gymnast and one of the team’s top scorers. The team is looking forward to a great gymnastic year. Their current record is 3-1.

Senior captain Chris Hall brings the ball up during the Panthers victory against North Hunterdon. Photo/Alex Hopkins

Girls Soccer - The Panthers have clawed their way to a 5-2-1 record.

Following a memorable 17-4 record last season the team has had to deal with inexperience due to the loss of eight starters. Coach Kelliann Tenkate realizes the team may have some growing pains, but also believes this unit contains a lot of athleticism and depth. It is a tightly bonded group who has put forth a lot of hard work and dedication. The hard work is paying off for these girls and the team has strong leadership from team captains and seniors, Caroline Survill and Tina Colatriano. Junior midfielders Erin Sullivan and Brianna Petro have sparked the team’s offense and underclassmen Daniella Greco and Lauren Hall stand out as well. Seniors Sam Avignone, Christine Tress, and Colleen Kinsey have also made positive contributions.

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Page 22 Jersey Shore, PA – George Herbert Fulboam, 84, died on August 6, 2011. George was a Machinest for Hoaglund Corporation in Berkeley Heights, NJ. He was a devoted husband, a loving father; a dear brother, and a wonderful grandfather, who enjoyed bowling and fishing (which were his favorite hobbies). Arrangements were handled by AAA B Cremation Services. Raritan – Peng-fang Yen “Cindy”, 48, died on August 8, 2011. Cindy was an Analyst for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Company. She was a loving daughter; a dear sister and sister-in-law, who enjoyed jazz music, children, ice skating, horseback riding, and playing the drums. Arrangements were handled by the Bongiovi Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Doris Erickson, 93, died August 14, 2011. Doris was employed as a secretary for Prudential Insurance Co in Newark for over seven years, retiring in 1947. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, reading, playing cards, and volunteering her time at Arbor Glen. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. New London, CT - Amity Schneider Hierl, 36, passed away suddenly on August 16, 2011 in New London, CT. Born in Somerville, she resided in Connecticut for the past twelve years. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Hillsborough - Anne E. Casey Farrell, 83, passed away on August 18, 2011. Mrs. Farrell was a Registered Nurse and worked for over 20 years at Somerset Medical Center, until retiring in 1997. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Hillsborough - Helen M. Davies, 82 died August 19, 2011. Helen was born and raised in Passaic, NJ and formerly of Clifton. She resided in Hillsborough for over 50 years ago before recently moving to West Creek, NJ. She was employed as a lunch aide for the Triangle Elementary School in Hillsborough Township. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Somerville - Bob Erdman, 65, died August 19, 2011. Bob was employed by Prudential Financial Inc.

in Newark for over 25 years, retiring as Director, Compliance in 2002. Bob continued working in retirement for John Wiley and Sons in the IT Department. He graduated from Kean University in Union with a BS and MA degree in Organizational Psychology. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Branchburg - Aloysius N. Budjinski, 92, passed away on August 20, 2011. Aloysius was a Quality Materials Inspector for the federal government for more than thirty years until retiring in 1984. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II, attaining the rank of Sergeant. Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Elsa Camino Budjinski; his son Andres and wife, Martha Marquez of Branchburg, and his grandchildren, Andres, Leyla, and Daniel. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bound Brook – Chitta R. Das, 93, died on August 22, 2011. Chitta was an Agricultural Scientist in India and was a devoted husband, a loving father, a dear brother, and a wonderful grandfather. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Services. Somerville – Alessandro Mennito, 90, died on August 23, 2011. Alessandro was a carpenter for Marriot Hotels in New York, NY and was a member of the Operating Engineers of New York City. He was a devoted husband, a loving father, a dear brother, and a wonderful grandfather who enjoyed playing cards, playing soccer and watching Italian soccer teams. Arrangements were handled by the Somerville Funeral Home. Edison – Bhagwan G. Gidvani, 85, died on August 24, 2011. Bhagwan was an Accountant for a Government Company in India. He was a devoted husband, a loving father, a dear brother, and a wonderful grandfather. Funeral arrangements were handled by India Funeral Services. Staten Island, NY – Mukundbhai C. Patel, 70, died on August 24, 2011. Mukundbhai owed a Newstand in Brooklyn, NY and was a devoted husband, a loving father, a dear brother, and a wonderful grandfather. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Services. Hillsborough – James “Red” Piperato, 78, died on August 24,

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Obituaries 2011. James was a Custodian for St. Bernard’s School and Church in Elizabeth, NJ. He was an avid Disney collector, sports fan and artist who loved woodworking and fishing. Arrangements were handled by the Bongiovi Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Sumiko Inouye, 76, an Associate Professor of Biochemistry at UMDNJ died on August 26, 2011. Dr. Inouye was born in Osaka, Japan in 1935. She was the sole woman admitted to the Department of Engineering at Osaka University in 1954. She then studied organic chemistry in the School of Science. After living in Princeton, NJ and Stony Brook, NY, she moved to Bridgewater, where she continued her research in biochemistry at UMDNJ. She made many important contributions to the field and her papers have been published in Cell, Science and other well-respected journals. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bound Brook- Joseph J. Mikucki, 34, passed away on August 26, 2011. Joseph was a 1995 graduate of M.A.S.T. in Sandy Hook. Joe previously worked for the VA Hospital in Lyons as a Firefighter and EMT worker. He also worked as a front desk night manager for Summerfield Suites in Bridgewater. He was a volunteer firefighter for Finderne Fire Company, Bound Brook Fire Department, Elizabeth Avenue Fire Company and River Road Fire Department. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bound Brook - William R. Brimmer Sr., 83, died August 28, 2011. Bill was employed as a letter carrier for the US Postal Service in Somerville for over 35 years retiring in 1991. He was a veteran of the US Army during WWII. Bill was a former member of the First Baptist Church in Somerville and member of American Legion Post 12, the VFW, the Panther Valley Lodge 667 F&AM in Lansford and the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite & Crescent Shriners. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home.

at Bell Labs, now known as Lucent Technologies in Piscataway. He then worked as a Manager at Lucent in Murray Hill and then retired in 1984 from the Whippany office after 30 years of employment. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. and M.A. degree in Electrical Engineering and from Rutgers University with a M.A. degree in Psychology and Computer Services. He was a proud member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity at the University of Tennessee. He was a veteran of the US Army during WWII and the Korean War. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Manville - Edward J. Zarecki, 85, died August 31, 2011. Ed was employed as a laborer at the VA Supply Depot in Hillsborough for over 15 years retiring in 1991. Ed enjoyed gardening and taking trips to Atlantic City with his family. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Branchburg - Sue M. Salerno Spano, 96, passed away on August 31, 2011 at Green Knoll Care Center in Bridgewater. Mrs. Spano worked as a Medical Secretary for both N.Y. Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan for ten years and HIP-NY Health Plan, for fifteen years, retiring in 1975. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater - William S. Marzzacco, 89, died September 2, 2011. Bill was employed as a Lab Technician for American Cyanamid for 50 years retiring in 1991. He was a veteran of the US Army during WWII and the Korean War. He was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Church, a member of the Somerville Knights of Columbus #1432, The Elks Lodge and the Manville VFW. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Eugene “Gene” B. Hedden II, 81, died September 2, 2011. Gene enjoyed a long career as a systems analyst for Bell Atlantic in Newark, Madison and Freehold for 35 years, retiring in 1991. He was also a veteran of the US Navy during peacetime. Gene was a devoted member of the Bridgewater United

October 2011 Methodist Church and their choir for 40 years. Gene, a compassionate and caring man volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and at the S.H.I.P. soup kitchen. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Steven M. Werden, 57, died September 3, 2011. Mr. Werden, who held multiple patents, graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Physics. He had a distinguished technical career including years at ATT Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, and Phillips Electronics. He recently retired from Verizon Wireless of Basking Ridge, as Director of Device Evolution. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater – Barbara L. Szidar, 76, died on September 6, 2011. Barbara was a Secretary for American Cyamid in Bound Brook for over 7 years and for Baker & Taylor in Bridgewater for over 17 years (where she retired), and was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church in Bridgewater. Arrangements were handled by the Bongiovi Funeral Home. Freehold – Farooq Khan, 71, died on September 6, 2011. He was born in Agrabad, India on April 12, 1940 to his parents Mushtaq and Zubaida Begum Khan. Farooq was a devoted husband, a loving father, a dear brother, and a wonderful grandfather. Arrangements were handled by the Bongiovi Funeral Home. Bridgewater- Josephine Kolbek, 86, died on September 6, 2011. Born in Dunellen to the late George and Mary Mehrkam, Josephine was a lifelong Bridgewater resident. She worked as a cafeteria aid in the Bridgewater school system for 25 years and volunteered at the Somerset Medical Center for 25 years as well. She was a very active member of the Finderne Reformed Church for most of her life. She was past president of the woman’s guild, a Sunday school teacher, a member of the consistory and a former elder. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home.

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Martinsville - Charles L. “Chuck” Brantley, 81, died August 29, 2011. Charles was employed as a engineer

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October 2011 Continued from previous page Raritan - Joseph F. Everett, 63, died September 6, 2011. Joseph was employed as a truck driver for Tozzi Fuel Oil and then for Active Disposal for over 40 years, retiring in 2009. He was a veteran of the US Army during Vietnam War. Joseph was an avid fisherman and hunter. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Somerset - Phyllis Jacobs, 86, died September 7, 2011. Phyllis was employed as an expeditor at Sargent – Welch in Springfield for many years. Phyllis was a member of Temple Beth AM and enjoyed traveling, reading, playing bridge and going to the movies. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Bruce George Radcliffe, 57, passed away on September 7, 2011 at Somerset Medical Center. For the past two years he worked as a Regulatory Compliance Officer for Somerset Raritan Valley Sewerage Authority. He also worked at Rath Gibson for 15 years and prior to that at Oxford Superconducting Technologies for 16 years. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. South River – Nazir Ahmed, 62, died on September 8, 2011. He was born in Karachi, Pakistan on February 8, 1949 to his dear parents Ghulam and Sakina Bibi Hyder. Arrangements were handled by the Bongiovi Funeral Home. Bridgewater- MaryAnn Montone, 67, entered eternal rest on September 10, 2011. MaryAnn and her husband, Michael, were the owners and operators of Midtown Deli in Manville for 28 years retiring in November of 2008. MaryAnn was a member of Holy Ghost Carpatho Russian Orthodox Church in Manville and longtime treasurer and member of the Finderne Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Somerville - Albert C. Van Ravenswaay, 84, died September 10, 2011. Albert was employed as an aircraft mechanic for United Airlines in Newark, NJ for over 40 years, retiring in 1990. He was a veteran of the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Albert enjoyed volunteering his time at the Food Bank Network of Somerset County, the Habitat for Humanity, the Rolling Hills Girl Scout Council, Somerset Medical Center Hospice and Blood Bank, the Somerville Recycling Original Program, the Memorial day parade Committee. Arrangements were

handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Flemington - Phyllis B. LeVecchia Amato, 51, passed away on September 11, 2011. Mrs. Amato worked as a Referral Specialist for Hunterdon Family Physicians in Flemington for the past eight years. Phyllis was an avid interior decorator and enjoyed walking and exercising. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Albert W. Frey, 79, passed away on September 12, 2011. Mr. Frey served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He worked for the Equipment Operations Department of Somerset County for twelve years, retiring in 1997. Albert was a communicant of Holy Trinity R.C. Church in Bridgewater. He was an avid baseball fan and gardener, and he spent a lot of time visiting and caring for elderly people in the area. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater- Darryl DeCrescenzo, 32, passed away on September 13, 2011. Darryl was extremely creative and intelligent, with a deep passion for writing poetry, listening to music and drawing. His artistic abilities led him to write his own poetry book, entitled Bi-Poet, which he was working on publishing. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Branchburg - Louise A. Pasterik Hendry, 59, passed away on September 13, 2011. Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Louise arrived in the United States when she was two years old. Mrs. Hendry was a Cost Accountant for Ortho Diagnostics of Raritan for 28 years and was also the Office Manager for Hendry Construction of Somerville for twelve years. Louise was a certified scuba diver, avid race car fan and drove both Enduro and NASCAR cars. She also enjoyed motorcycling riding. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. South Plainfield – Nageswararao Kolli, 86, died on September 14, 2011. Nageswararao was a Farmer in India and was a devoted husband, a loving father, and a wonderful grandfather. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Services. Summit - J. Peter Garcia, 74, passed away on September 15, 2011. Mr. Garcia was the owner and operator of J. Peter Garcia Construction for forty years, until retiring in 1999. He had the extreme pleasure of meeting Pope John Paul II on a trip the choir took to Italy. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home.

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SCORE Offers Help for Small Business Owners SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), an arm of the federal government’s Small Business Administration, offers help to small businesses and entrepreneurs through periodic seminars such as: Marketing Plan by SCORE – Learn how to research, identify and evaluate markets within your service area; develop a coherent marketing plan for your targeted area and the tactics to successfully reach your goals. E-Commerce by SCORE – Status of new technology, cost effectiveness and efficiencies will be examined by arriving at a proper fit for individual small businesses. How to Start a Business by SCORE – This seminar covers the basics of starting a business, including business registration, legal structure, financing, efficient use of legal and accounting at this planning stage. Included are the basic elements of the business plan, a must for any business, plus elements of financial and marketing plans. The following seminars are planned for October 2011. • How to Start a Business by SCORE - October 5th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Bound Brook Public Library. To register FREE, call: 732-3560043 • E-Commerce by SCORE - October 6th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at RVCC, North Branch. To register FREE, call: 908-526-1200 • Business Plan by SCORE - October 17th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Bridgewater Public Library. To register FREE, call: 908-526-4016 ext. 174 • Buying a Business or Franchise - October 17th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Franklin Township Public Library. To register FREE, call: 732873-8700 ext. 1110. • How to Start a Business by SCORE - October 20th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at RVCC, North Branch. To register FREE, call: 908-526-1200 • Business Plan by SCORE - October 27th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Bound Brook Public Library. To register FREE, call: 732-356-0043

Somerset Hills Handicapped Riding Center Seeks New Volunteers The Somerset Hills Handicapped Riding Center, located in Oldwick, is seeking new volunteers to provide support with Equine Assisted Activities for individuals with disabilities. Volunteers 14 years of age or older are needed to groom and tack the horses and assist riders during group lessons and Hippotherapy sessions. Training of volunteers is a 2-step procedure involving a 1 ½ hour orientation followed by a 3 ½ hour training session. The orientation will provide an overview of the programs offered by SHHRC and will explain the responsibilities of an SHHRC volunteer. The follow-up training session will provide a closer look at horse behavior and will involve hands-on practice of the skills introduced at orientation. Attendance at one orientation and one follow-up training session is mandatory prior to becoming an SHHRC volunteer. Orientations and trainings will be offered prior to each riding session, with a maximum of 12-16 spaces available for each training session. Trainings fill quickly, so it’s important to register as soon as possible. The orientations for the Fall II, 2011 session (October 31-December 10) and beyond are scheduled for Tuesday, October 25 from 7-8:30pm and Saturday, October 29 from 9-10:30am. Training sessions are scheduled for Thursday, October 27 from 6-9:30pm and Saturday, October 29 from 10:30-2:30 (includes ½ hour lunch break). Pre-registration is required for orientation and training sessions. Prior experience with horses is not necessary in order to become a volunteer. A Volunteer Training Manual and review quiz are available on the website at and should be reviewed prior to attending a training session. For more info or to register for an orientation and training session, contact Carol at either (908) 439-9636 or

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