The BReeze Bridgewater Township & Raritan Borough, NJ Your Hometown Newspaper Volume 3, Issue 8
Ten Years Later - Bridgewater & Raritan Remember
L-R: Steven, John and Vera Genovese at Steven’s wedding reception at the Bridgewater Manor. By Amy Sepesi When the World Trade Center was bombed in 1993, Steven Genovese was working for Cantor Fitzgerald. When the news of the bombing reached his brother, John Genovese, he was frantic. “He was there that day,” John Genovese said of his brother. “Nobody could get a hold of him. Nobody could reach him. I was on pins and needles for a few hours.” Finally a little later in the afternoon, John got the phone call
he was looking for. “I picked up the phone and it was Steve and I said, ‘Steve. Where are you?’ He said, ‘I’m at the Rail House in Hoboken having a beer. Where are you?’ He was having a nice cold one,” John recalled. Steven had managed to avoid injury in the 1993 bombing. He walked down flights of stairs hand-in-hand with his coworkers and with his tie over his mouth to avoid inhaling the fumes. After receiving the call that
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his brother was in Hoboken and enjoying a brew, John made the rounds of phone calls to friends and family letting them know that Steven was safe. The brothers, just 13 months apart in age, grew up on Lyme Rock Road in Bridgewater Township. The two were best friends who talked several times each day, often recalling the hijinks of their youth. When the World Trade Center was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, John hoped and prayed that he would receive a similar phone call to the one he received in 1993. Steven, who lived in Basking Ridge at the time, was still working with Cantor Fitzgerald in the North Tower of the World Trade Center and John was working a few blocks away at J.P. Morgan. “It was like the same thing all over again,” John recalled. “I got the same phone calls from the same people wanting to know about Steven.” Again, John tried reaching out to his brother, calling and calling his cell phone. “I thought I was going to get the same phone call that he was having an ice cold Bud without me,” John said. “But I called his phone for five straight days and he never answered.” Sadly, that call never came. Steven Genovese, 37, was one of the more than 2,750 victims who died in the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The hours and days after the attack are like a blur for Vera Genovese, John and Steven’s mother. “I had just poured my coffee and the phone rang even before I had a chance to put on the news,” she said. “It never stopped ringing. It was one phone call after another. Then people started coming by. I wasn’t alone… Steven’s friends came over. They grew up in the area. Some of them knew my house better than I did. They came right over.” It was that support system of friends and family that helped Vera and John in their time of loss. Today, the two remember Steven as the person who loved his thrill-seeking life, rather than a victim of a horrible attack. From a young age, Steven loved moving fast, his family
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members said. He started racing motor-cross bikes at the age of 12 and continued the sport throughout his teen years. In high school, the 1982 graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan West, enjoyed playing Babe Ruth Baseball where he served as a pitcher for the team. He moved on to skiing and riding jet skis and Harley Street bikes. Steven got the same thrill working on the trading desk for Cantor Fitzgerald and by spending time with his family. Steven’s daughter, Jacqueline, was just a year old when he died. “He liked to live life on the edge,” said John, who moved back to his childhood home in Bridgewater about two years ago. Today, ten years after the attack that killed Steven and so many other innocent people, the Genovese family focuses on their happy memories. “We don’t make an issue on that one day because we carry him with us and remember him every day,” Vera said. “He’s right here in our hearts.”
Bridgewater Remembers September 11th
By Amy Sepesi It was a sun shiny day outside, but in the second grade classroom, Celeste Cirillo-Penn, then 7-years-old, was confused. Her teacher seemed upset. “You could tell she was nervous or agitated about something,” said Cirillo-Penn, now a senior at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. “And one-by-one,
kids were being pulled out of the classroom and were leaving for the day.” Cirillo-Penn didn’t know what to make of the situation at the time. “You don’t expect that a bunch of kids would be leaving in the middle of the day,” she said. But that day was Sept. 11, 2001 and many parents, following the terrorist attacks that took place in New York City, Washington, D.C., and in Pennsylvania, picked up their children. Today, Cirillo-Penn, nearly an adult, understands the severity of the situation. “I was just a kid at the time,” she said. “I think it was really the first time any of us thought about things outside of our community…It made us more aware of things.” For Cirillo-Penn’s uncle, Jerry Blabolil, a Newark firefighter, the day started off like any other. It quickly changed when he saw news reports on the television. “I was at work and I saw on the news that the first airplane hit the towers,” recalled Blabolil, also a Bridgewater resident. “It was shocking. You didn’t know what was going to happen next.” Blabolil’s company wasn’t called into the city to aid other emergency response teams, but they were kept on alert. “Newark has some high target areas,” he said. “It was scary. Some people thought that we might be hit too.” While Blabolil was in Newark, his brother was in the city Continued on page 19
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Cavalluzzi - Seidler Superior - Miller Theodore and Kathleen Superior of Delaware Township are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Christine Kathryn Superior, to Mr. Scott Michael Miller of Manalapan. He is the son of Flo and Charles Miller of Manalapan. Dr. Superior graduated from Hunterdon Central Regional High School, class of 1994. In 2000 she graduated from Rutgers University College of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is a staff clinical pharmacist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. Dr. Superior is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. Christine has resided in Bridgewater for 8 years. Mr. Miller graduated in 1993 from Manalapan High School and in 1997 from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature and a minor in Computer Science. He is a manager of Information Technology Professionals at Thomson Reuters in Manhattan. The couple is planning a summer wedding. Joseph Grabler of Bridgewater made the School of Engineering dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Joseph is also the President of his Theta Chi fraternity and a defensive tackle for the football team (Engineers).
Elena McPhillips of Bridgewater was named to the dean’s list with a 3.8 average for the spring 2011 semester at the University of Maryland, College Park MD. She’s a 2010 graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School and is the daughter of Marina and John McPhillips.
Bryan Wilson, son of Maureen & Jim Wilson of Raritan, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at the University of Maryland, College Park. Bryan has also been accepted into the Business School at the University of Maryland where he will major in Accounting and Information Systems, starting this fall.
Neha Mathur (BRHS Class of 2010), earned a place on the Wharton School of Business dean’s list for the academic year 2010-2011. This award recognizes Neha’s dedication to scholarship and high achievement at the University of Pennsylvania and Wharton School of Business.
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Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Cavalluzzi of Bridgewater are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Rosanne Cavalluzzi, of Bridgewater, to Mr. Joseph D. Seidler, of Mount Laurel, the son of Thomas and Sandra Seidler of Mount Laurel, NJ. Miss Cavalluzzi is a 2010 graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and will teach grade 5 in the North Brunswick Township School District. Mr. Seidler is a 2009 graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and is Director of Operations at American Hygiene Industries, Carlstadt, NJ and 2nd Lt., NJ Army National Guard. A June 2012 wedding is being planned. Air Force Reserve Senior Master Sgt. Sheryl A. Olmstead has been decorated with the Meritorious Service Medal. The medal is awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who distinguish themselves by either outstanding achievement or meritorious service to the United States in noncombat situations. In 1976, Olmstead graduated from Bridgewater-Raritan West High School, Bridgewater, and received an associate degree in 2007 from Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio. Susan L. Cooper of Bridgewater, recently earned a Doctorate in Education from Walden University. Cooper, a 20-year veteran teacher of the gifted at Warren Middle School completed a case study on middle school teachers’ perceptions of gifted students’ transformational leadership abilities. Her dissertation met the requirements for the Doctorate of Education with a specific focus on Teacher Leadership.
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Jessica Marie Santos Jessica Marie Santos of Raritan graduated from Monmouth University on May 18, 2011, having studied Public Relations, Journalism and Information Technology. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a Minor and certificate in Information Technology. Jessica had the privilege of studying abroad her junior year at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She is employed as an International Licensing Specialist at American Greetings Corporation in New York City. Jessica is the daughter of M. Augusta Santos and the late Joao Jose ‘John’ Santos.
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BReeze Bulletin Board (continued) Nicole Perone, daughter of Ray & Denise Perone of Bridgewater, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Loyola University in Baltimore. She was also inducted into Phi Sigma Iota, International Foreign Language Honor Society, for excellence in Italian. Nicole was recognized at the 2011 Loyola Student Choice Awards, where she was presented with the Sophomore A.L.I.V.E award, given to the student who exemplifies action, loyalty, integrity, values, and excellence. Katelyn Knapp, a 2008 graduate of Bridgwater-Raritan High School, was named to the Chancellor’s List for the 2011 spring semester at East Carolina University.
Fiore - Monigan Christina Marie Fiore and Ryan Patrick Monigan were married on April 30th, 2011 at a Garden Ceremony and Reception at The Bridgewater Manor in Bridgewater, NJ. Christina is the daughter of Mark and Marilyn Fiore of Bridgewater. Ryan is the son of Michele Franey of Egg Harbor Twp., NJ and Gerald Monigan of New Hope, PA. Christina and Ryan are both graduates of Rutgers University. Christina is employed as a Financial Analyst at GE Capital in Bentonville, Arkansas and Ryan is a Category Manager for Merck Pharmaceuticals in Rogers, Arkansas. Following a honeymoon in Aruba they are living in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
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Katherine Kinzy of Bridgewater was recognized on the dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kate is majoring in Chemical Engineering and was awarded a W.G. Kirchoffer Memorial Scholarship from the College of Engineering and the James Schleifer Undergraduate Scholarship from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering for her upcoming sophomore year at UW Madison.
On June 11th, Rutgers University hosted the 2011 NJ State 4-H Public Presentations Program on Douglass Campus in New Brunswick. Over 130 4-H members from 18 counties participated, giving oral presentations on a variety of subject areas. To qualify, each participant must be a 4-H member enrolled in 8 – 13th grade and have received an excellent rating on their presentation at the county level. The event provides an opportunity for 4-H members to compete with their public presentations on the state level with 4-H members from around New Jersey. Each participant received a ribbon and the top presentation in each room received an Outstanding Room Award. Julia Meier of Bridgewater received state recognition as an Outstanding Room Award winner.
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Tuesday, September 13 The JANUS Bereavement Support Group will meet at 7:30pm. Speaker will be professional coach, Darren Ventre, â€œRecreate Enthusiam with the Loss You Have Experienced.â€? Anyone who has experienced a recent loss and wishes to attend contact Dr. Barbara Ronca, LCSW, to register for this free presentation at 908-218-9062. Wednesday, September 14 Bridgewater Democratic Committee will meet to discuss community improvement initiatives and the legislative process in our community. Community
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30th Annual John Basilone Memorial Parade Celebration Weekend of Events Friday, September 23rd John Basilone Memorial Festival begins with John Nobile’s SummerSwing Orchestra playing the sounds of the 1940’s for your dancing and listening pleasure. This free concert will be held at the John Basilone Memorial statue on Somerset Street in Raritan at 7:00 p.m. Bring a chair. Fireworks will follow the concert. Saturday, September 24th 3rd Annual Fun Run will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Basilone Statue, Somerset St., Raritan. The John Basilone Commerative Concert, presented by the Quantico Marine Band, will be held at Raritan Valley Community College. There will be two concert times at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Please contact RVCC (908-725-3420) for tickets. Sunday, September 25th John Basilone Museum at the Raritan Public Library will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Memorial Mass will be held at St. Ann’s Church at 10:30 a.m. John Basilone 30th Memorial Parade begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Raritan Railroad Station.
Community Barbeque After the Basilone Parade UNICO Raritan Chapter presents the “21 Gun Salute to Sgt. John Basilone” Picnic on September 25th at 3:00 p.m., following the John Basilone Memorial Parade. The picnic will be held at the American Legion, 77 Old York Road, Bridgewater (just minutes froms the Basilone Memorial Statue). MENU includes: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Ribs, Sausage & Peppers; Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, Cole Slaw, Corn on the Cob, Watermelon, Beer and Lemonade. Anyone wishing to bring their own wine may do so. No hard liquor please. This is a fundraiser; donation is $21.00/adult which represents the 21 gun salute in honor of John Basilone; $9.95/children ages 4-12; Free for children 3 and under. Please make checks payable to: Unico Raritan, P.O. Box 331, Raritan, NJ 08869. Please join in on the fun and help support our community services. For further details or tickets contact: Art Abruzzese at (908)295-8053.
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Bridgewater Historical Wall Dedication Ceremony is September 22 I am very excited to see the completion of the Township’s Historical Wall monument. Our thanks go out to Committee Chair Veronica Finlay and the 20-plus volunteers who guided this project over the past two years. We also give a special thank you to the many generous donors who made it possible. The scheduled date of the dedication ceremony is September 22nd from 4-7 p.m. The history of Bridgewater Township and the Bridgewater Township Municipal Complex Site belongs to its residents. Please join us at the dedication where there will also be fun community activities including students’ art work, music and light refreshments. If you are a part of our e-news list, you will receive an invitation. Otherwise, please visit our website www.bridgewaternj. gov during mid September for more information. Patricia Flannery, Mayor Bridgewater Township
‘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.
The Raritan Culture and History Committee asks your help in locating pictures for a book entitled, “Heroes of Raritan”. Needed are pictures both historic and contemporary of those who gave in some way to our town. The people pictured might be notable or notorious. It could be anyone from a town official to a teacher or coach to a sports hero to those who make meatballs for St. Ann’s Festa. Of course we will include our vets and volunteer firefighters. We want to celebrate all kinds of people who make Raritan great. Photos will be scanned and returned promptly. If you have photos, please contact Karen Eastlund by email at email@example.com or by phone at 908-526-7784.
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The Somerset County “Weekend Journey through the Past” will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 9 from 12-4 p.m.. Twentyfour historic sites countywide will be open free to visitors. History interpretations, exhibitions, programs, arts and more. For a list of sites and touring directions, go to www.SCHistoryWeekend.com or call (908) 231-7110.
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Bridgewater Teen Local Gymnasts Shine at Jr. Olympic Shimon and Sara Birnbaum National Championships Jewish Community Center to Hold is State Finalist in Pageant Open House on September 18th The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) located at 775 Talamini Road in Bridgewater, will be holding a Membership, Preschool and Camp Open House on Sunday, September 18 from 1-4 p.m. The community is invited to attend. Visitors will be given the opportunity to meet the JCC staff, tour the community center, and swim in the JCC’s indoor and outdoor pool (weather permitting). New Fitness and Aquatics Members can save up to $200 when joining the JCC on September 18. The JCC is waiving the Joiner Fee and offering additional 13 months for the price of 12 on a JCC Star Membership. A JCC Star Membership includes use of the Indoor (salt-based) Pool, Summer Swim Club, Fitness Center, Gymnasium, Unlimited Group Fitness Classes, and member rate for all other classes and programs -- all for one low price. The JCC Blaustein Early Childhood is offering savings of $100 on new preschool registrations and JCC Camp Ruach is offering $200 each on new camp registrations. Anyone unable to attend the Open House is invited to come to the JCC for a personal tour any time prior to the September 18 Open House to remain eligible for these savings. (Some restrictions apply; offer cannot be combined with any other offer.) Please call the JCC office for details at 908-725-6994 x201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The JCC offers a variety of memberships including family, couple, single, senior, teen, college and corporate. Additional details on memberships -- including fees and benefits -- are posted at: www.ssbjcc.org (click on the Membership Page) or call 908-725-6994 x201.
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Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) located at 775 Talamini Road in Bridgewater recently held its 10th Annual Golf Outing benefiting The JCC Scholarship Fund. This year’s Outing held on June 20 was the most successful to date, with 110 golfers participating in the annual event held at Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater. The JCC Scholarship Fund provides assistance to families with financial limitations. Scholarship assistance is also provided to families and individuals who require assistance for JCC Membership. In 2010, the JCC awarded over $150,000 in scholarship aid. Pictured above at the JCC’s 10th Annual Golf Outing are L-R: JCC President David Bunevich, David Fuerst, Ken Olshansky and Donald Cohen. Photo/Bernard DeLierre Photography
Sarah Rebetje Miss Sarah Rebetje, age 14, daughter of Deborah Banfield and Joseph Rebetje of Bridgewater, has been chosen as a State Finalist in the National American Miss New Jersey Pageant. Miss Rebetje will be competing in the Interview, Formal Dress, Community Involvement, Acting, Talent and the Academic Achievement Contests. The winner of the pageant will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses along with air transportation to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland in California. Miss Rebetje’s activities include: Singing, acting, softball and basketball, She also enjoys spending quality time with friends and family. She is entering 9th grade at BridgewaterRaritan High School and has been accepted into the Gifted and Talented Performing Arts Program at SCVTHS.
Emily Luo of Bridgewater competes at the USAG Jr. Olympic National Championships in Orlando. Submitted Photo RhythmTEK, a team of rhythmic gymnasts working out of Bridgewater competed at the USAG Jr. Olympic National Championships at the ESPN Sports Center in Walt Disney World after qualifying for the competition at the NJ State and Regional Championships held in Columbus, Ohio. Level 5 gymnast Hannah Wang, age 9, from Bridgewater, had impressive individual performances. Hannah conquered 11th place in the hoop event. She competed against over 150 athletes at the competition and will now be advancing to level 6 next season. Level 6 competitor, Emily Luo, age 9, from Bridgewater had a spectacular competition with 1st in the floor event, 5th in rope, 1st in hoop and 2nd in clubs, crowning her the Level 6 rhythmic champion in the child B division. The level 6 competition allows more freedom to choreograph routines in addition to an increase in difficulty. The RhythmTEK gymnasts train 8-13 hours a week at PERfect FORMation Arts Academy and develop skills and confidence with each performance. All gymnasts demonstrated phenomenal poise and ability with all performances.
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SENIOR ARTISTS AND CRAFTERS a non-profit organization is sponsoring its 39th Craft Show on September 24, 2011 on the lawn of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse, Main Street, Somerville, from 10-4. Hand crafted items only. $30.00 per space. If interested call Jack @ 908-526-8769.
The Helping Hands Club at Bridgewater-Raritan High School is a group devoted to executing fundraising activities for HomeSharing, a non-profit organization that prevents homelessness. It is headed by President and Co-Founder Romoli Bakshi, who has been running the club for two years now with the help of Mallika Tatikola (VP and CoFounder), Pratheek Mangini (Treasurer), Akaash Mittal (Secretary), and Megna Narasimhan (Publicist). The club has over fifty members. Romoli, age 17, first started volunteering at HomeSharing in 2009 under the guidance of HomeSharing’s Executive Director, Renée Drell. Romoli decided to extend her passion by publicizing these events to her school community and creating the Helping Hands Club to gather monetary donations, food, and other basic provisions for the homeless. Band members of the club have also contributed their music and have played at HomeSharing’s 2010 and 2011 Walkathons. The Helping Hands Club has raised over $1000 as part of HomeSharing’s Walkathons, Phonathons, and holiday food drives. Recently, the club held its first original event separate from HomeSharing, the Helping Hands Barbeque, which took place on June 23rd at Duke Island Park. The all day event, consisted of food, carnival games, and sports. Ticket proceeds were donated to HomeSharing.
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THE SGT. JOHN BASILONE COLUMBIETTES will hold their third annual craft fair on Saturday, October 8, 2011, from 9 AM - 3 PM at St. Ann’s School, 29 Second Avenue, Raritan. In addition to the 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. THE BRHS BAND PARENTS ASSOCIATION is looking for crafters for their annual Craft Fair to be held on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School Cafeteria, Merriwood Dr., Bridgewater, from 10:00AM – 3:00PM. Set up will begin at 9:00 a.m. The cost is $35 per 6’ table or 6’ space and $5 extra if you need electricity (please provide extension cord). For information and application contact email@example.com or call 908-429-9668.
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4-H Teens Boost Leadership Skills and Civic Engagement at Citizenship Washington Focus Conference
L-R: Sarah Stamets, Jill Newbold, Carolyn Pirro, Matthew Thiel, Taylor Au and Rachel Lin attend the Citizenship Washington Focus Conference in Chevy Chase, MD. Submitted Photo Six members of Somerset County 4-H learned about government processes in the vibrant, living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), an intensive 4-H civic engagement program for high-school youth held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD. The NJ 4-H delegation attended week 6, from July 10 – 16th. Attendees were Taylor Au of Bridgewater, Rachel Lin of Raritan, Jill Newbold of Martinsville, Carolyn Pirro of Metuchen, Sarah Stamets of Flemington and Matthew Thiel of Neshanic Station. “CWF was a unique experience because I was able to collaborate ideas with teens who were from completely different lifestyles,” states Taylor Au. For more than 50 years, the National 4-H Youth Conference Center has invited 4-H members from across the country to travel to Washington, DC and participate in civic workshops, committees and field trips before returning home to make positive changes in their own communities. CWF, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer, not only strengthens young people’s understanding of the government’s civic process, but it also boosts their leadership skills, communication skills, and overall confidence. During CWF, youth get a behind-the-scenes look at the nation’s capital while meeting with Members of Congress to learn more about how their government works. At the end of the program, youth draft step-by-step action plans to address important issues in their communities. Taylor explains, “The entire NJ delegation created an action plan that will bridge the gap that currently separates the North and South NJ conferences, so that teens can work with other 4-H members from all over the state. The delegates plan on creating a day filled with team-building and leadership activities as well as integrate a community service project. The ultimate goal is to have a fun, productive day that will hopefully unite New Jersey’s 4-H teen members!”
Bridgewater Outstanding 4-H’er Honored at Reception
Michelle Ma of Bridgewater was recently named an Outstanding 4-H’er of Somerset County. Three 4-H members were recently named Outstanding 4-H’ers of Somerset County, according to Carol Ward & Lisa Rothenburger, County 4-H Agents. They were recognized at a special reception at the July 20th 4-H Association meeting. This is one of the greatest honors a 4-H member can receive. Each shared personal experiences and was recognized by peers, parents and volunteer leaders. They were also honored at a dinner reception and during the opening ceremonies of the 2011 Somerset County 4-H Fair. Elizabeth Frank of Neshanic Station, Michelle Ma of Bridge-
water and Sharon Toth of Hillsborough were selected for outstanding records in the following areas: demonstration of leadership qualities; personal growth; participation in club, county, state & national events; achievement, attitude; example to others; and contribution to the total program. Michelle Ma of Bridgewater joined the 4-H Chinese Culture Club in 1999. Her dedication has accelerated her to Vice President of the Club. Michelle has spent countless hours promoting 4-H to the community. Such events include the Somerset County 4-H Tops Camp, South Jersey 4-H Teen Conference, parades and special events at the library. Michelle knows that 4-H has linked her to her heritage and it allows her to share her knowledge with others on Taiwanese culture, whether it is Origami or the art of Chinese knotting. Michelle’s positive attitude has shown her peers and leaders a self-assured young woman. Michelle is relied on heavily by the Chinese Culture club adults. She is dependable and enthusiastic with a bubbly personality that she credits to a 4-H mentor. Michelle’s biggest achievement in 4-H? “Being able to promote multi-cultural awareness while making countless new friends.”
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4-H Open House Set for October 6 Find Out What Today’s 4-H Program Has to Offer You! All youth, grades K - 13 (one year out of high school), and their parents are invited to learn about 4-H by attending the “Join 4-H!” Open House on Thursday, October 6th from 7 – 8:30 p.m. The Open House will take place at the Somerset County Ted Blum 4-H Center at 310 Milltown Road in Bridgewater. Representatives from a variety of 4-H clubs throughout the county will be at the Open House to tell about their clubs. Over 80 clubs are available. New members will be able to sign up that night. Adults interested in serving as 4-H club leaders or other volunteers can also find out how to get started by attending the Open House. It will be an informative as well as fun evening for anyone interested in learning more about 4-H. In 4-H you can learn about almost anything such as science, go-karts, animals, model airplanes, clothing, leadership, food & nutrition, public speaking, and much more. Best yet, 4-H members have fun and meet new friends too. For more info call the 4-H office at 908-526-6644 or visit www.4HisTops.org.
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The original Somerset Veterinary Infirmary building taken in 1936. In 1936, Route 22 was a two lane country road and Somerset Veterinary Infirmary began its history of caring for animals in the area. In those days, Bridgewater was a farming community with a population of less than 4,000. Founder Dr. V. N. Gordon Darby was as likely to take care of a sick cow as a sick cat. Ten years later, the practice and community were growing rapidly. The hospital and companion animal portion of the practice were purchased by Dr. Arthur F. North, while the large animal side was sold to Dr. Carl Lohmeyer. In 1970, Dr. North’s son, John, began working alongside his father at Somerset Veterinary Infirmary. John assumed co-ownership with Dr. Raymond Kenny when John’s father passed away in 1982. John became the sole owner in 2001. Dr. North’s daughter, Robin Stankowski, joined her father in 2006 as the Practice Manager. Today, the practice has more than twenty employees, including six doctors. The main hospital is located in its original location in Bridgewater and an outpatient facility is located in Pluckemin. As Dr. John North celebrates his 40th anniversary at the practice he reflects on the changes
that have occurred over the past four decades. “Medicine has become much more sophisticated. Long ago, we had very limited choices for diagnostics and treatment options. People didn’t regard their pets as family the way they do now,” said North. “Back then, diseases like FIV and Lyme disease were virtually unheard of,” North recalls. “Distemper and parvovirus were rampant and often fatal. Laboratory testing was rudimentary early in my career, whereas now,
Historic Reenactment Set for September 10 at the Raritan Library
we have twice daily pick up and results are faxed back to us in 12-24 hours. Vaccinations have eradicated diseases that were fatal just two decades ago. New research surfaces daily creating new opportunities to diagnose and cure pets. Hip replacements, kidney transplants, MRIs and CT scans are all commonplace now.” As Somerset Veterinary Group celebrates its 75th anniversary, they marvel over the changes that have taken place over the decades and look forward to future changes. Somerset Veterinary Group stands ready to bring to the community the cutting edge, high quality medicine for which they are known, and the caring, compassionate, oldfashioned service that has earned them their reputation as one of the best in the area. Somerset Veterinary Group is located at 1074 Route 22 East, Bridgewater. You can reach them by phone at 908-7251800 or visit their website at www.SomersetVetGroup.com.
On July 2, 1921, President Warren G. Harding sat down at a desk in the home of U. S. Senator Joseph S. Frelinghuysen in Raritan and signed the Knox-Porter resolution proclaiming peace between the United States and the Central Powers. On September 10th at 1 p.m. at the Raritan Library, Kevin Titus will be reenacting the signing of the Knox-Porter Resolution that officially ended the United States’ involvement in World War I. Mr. Titus will be here as Warren G. Harding and the event will take place on the front porch of the historic library. The original building in which the resolution was signed has been demolished and the only vestige left are the two stone pillars that marked the driveway. These are located near the Burger King in Raritan. This is the 90th anniversary of the signing. Join us to learn more about this historical event! This program is sponsored by the Raritan Historical & Cultural Committee.
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Sir Alfred Hitchcock directed more than 50 feature films in a career that spanned 6 decades, and he is distinctively known for pioneering techniques in
the suspense & psychological thriller genres. Join award winning writer and director, Chris Messineo, as he presents a lecture on this master of filmmaking at the Raritan Public Library, 54 East Somerset Street, Raritan on September 7 at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will include clips from Hitchcock’s most famous films. A Q&A period will follow. Discover what made Hitchcock “The Master of Suspense”. To register, stop by the Library, or call (908) 725-0413.
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Raritan Mayorâ€™s Message September 2011 is a very busy month in the Borough of Raritan. We have a number of special events occurring during September within the Borough. On Saturday, September 10th at 1 PM on the porch of the Frelinghuysen Library there will be a re-enactment of the signing of the Knox-Porter Resolution. The Knox-Porter Resolution was an act of the United States Congress signed on July 2, 1921 by President Warren G. Harding officially ending the US involvement in World War One and this is the 90th anniversary of its signing. We are pleased to have Kevin Titus re-enacting the role of Mr. Harding. Everyone is invited to this free event that will happen rain or shine. The following day, Sunday, September 11th, there will be a solemn ceremony observing the tenth anniversary of the destruction of the World Trade Center. This will take place at 12:45pm at the firehouse on North Thompson Street where a piece of one of the beams from the Trade Center will be unveiled. Please join us for that remembrance. September 23rd, 24th, and 25th is John Basilone Weekend. This year there are two concerts given by the Quantico Marine Corps Band. Both will be at Raritan Valley Community College. The afternoon concert will begin at 2 PM and the evening concert will be at 7 PM. Please contact RVCC (908-725-3420) for your tickets. RVCC is handling all ticket distribution this year. I would like, at this time, to publicly thank all the volunteers who put together the Basilone Parade. They make a herculean job look so easy. Thank you all! Jo-Ann Liptak, Raritan Borough Mayor
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Local Swimmers Achieve Great Things Somerset Valley YMCA (Team SVY) Competitive Swim Team is representing the sport of swimming on a new level. Two of their top swimmers represented the club at the recent 18 and under USA Swimming Junior National Championships in Palo Alto, California during the competition held in August. â€œThis was the first year our club attended this meet, although weâ€™ve had qualifiers in yearsâ€™ past,â€? commented Head Coach, Matt Donovan. â€œThree of our top swimmers qualified this year, Sean Johnson of Hillsborough, and Victor Luo and Matt Kendall of Bridgewater. They are among the fastest junior swimmers in the country and their accomplishment is one to be very proud of.â€? Of the three qualifiers, Sean Johnson and Victor Luo were able to make the trip to California to swim their qualifying events: 100 breast, 200 breast, and 200 IM. â€œVictor Luo had an outstanding meet breaking the SVY team record in the 200 breaststroke by a full second on the first day of the meet,â€? commented Karen Johnson, Seanâ€™s mom. Several best times were posted by both swimmers during the competition. Although Team SVY swimmers did not final this year, they have high hopes for future years as the team continues to take steps to get more swimmers to new levels.
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Bridgewater resident Jim Gano (Left) receives the Crown Trophy Spirit Award from Crown Trophy Founder Chuck Weisenfeld (Center) also pictured Sharon Farinholt (Right) of Crownâ€™s Winchester, VA store. Submitted Photo Jim Gano, the owner of Crown Trophy of Flemington, recently received two awards at the Crown Trophy Annual Franchise Meeting held in Orlando, Florida. Gano picked up the â€œSpirit Awardâ€? which is given to store owners that display a strong belief and loyalty to the Crown Trophy Franchise System. Additionally, Gano received the Sales and Marketing Award for the highest increase in sales since last year system wide. Gano opened the Crown Trophy of Flemington store in March of 2009 and has been very active in Crown Trophy activities including town hall meetings with the corporate officers and attending the annual conference and training sessions. He was elected to Crownâ€™s Advisory Council for a two-year term in 2010 and was named Secretary of that Board this year. Gano was also asked to be a featured speaker at this yearâ€™s conference where he provided fellow store owners with a one-hour seminar on how to attract new customers and grow their businesses by at least ten percent using his proven method. Gano has also been busy this year acquiring a 2,500 square foot warehouse and production facility near his store that he is preparing to move all trophy building and engraving operations into this fall. â€œOnce completed this production space will allow us to better meet the needs of our customers,â€? Gano said. Crown Trophy of Flemington is located at 33 Reaville Avenue, Flemington; phone (908)782-1476; view their online product catalog at www.crowntrophy.com/store-152.
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Donations Needed for Veterans Traveling Tribute and Wall The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) will visit the Somerset County Park Commission’s North Branch Park/County Fairgrounds on Milltown Road this fall. The AVTT centerpiece is the Traveling Wall, an 80-percent-scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. Donations are needed to support the set-up and maintenance of the Wall and related exhibits, according to John LeGates, president of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 452, which is hosting the event. Chapter 452 needs to raise an additional $15,000 for the AVTT visit, he said. All donors of $500 and over will be recognized in a souvenir program book. Any business, organization or individual that would like to donate may contact Veronica Finlay at (908) 725-7815 or email@example.com for further information. Checks made out to “VVA Chapter 452” may be mailed to the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 452, Attn: Traveling Wall, P.O. Box 999, Flemington, NJ 08822, with “The Wall” in the check memo line. Donations are tax-deductible. The Wall will be open to visitors at the fairgrounds from 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, through 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. Related events will include opening and closing ceremonies, wreath-laying ceremonies and memorial services. Visitors will be welcome around the clock. 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.
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BRHS Students Earn AP Scholar Awards
The following students at Bridgewater-Raritan H.S. have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievements on AP Exams. AP SCHOLARS Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams: Joonhyung Ahn, Pavan U. Amin, Romoli Bakshi, Robert Barrows, Michelle Bone, Theodore M. Cambilis, Katherine L. Caola, Allison Chau, Celeste M. Cirillo-Penn, Hillary F. Cornick, Caroline I. Davis, Julianne M. Davis, Saval K. Desai, Jack Dimmit, Marisa H. Dipaolo, Melanie E. Dodds, Kristen Ferris, Mark H. Fritzen, Kevin Fu, Allyson J. Gruber, Khanh N. Ho, Daniel A. Hopkins, Amy C. Hopper, Alexander L. Hsieh, Alexa S. Iannelli, Matthew J. Jacobs, Stephanie M. Jacobs, Shivani Jain, Arun M. Jayakumar, Sairam Kripasagar, Morgan P. Kripasagar, Amos Lee, Margaret E. Liston, Sean Liu, Victor Y. Luo, Lauren E. McGettrick, Tanner S. McWain, Collin J. Melton, Akaash H. Mittal, David M. Monahan, Ryan Moore, Pooja Nair, Evan J. Newbold, Angela A. Ning, Alycia C. Noe, Tara E. Ozeransky, Sainath Palani, Suneil Parimoo, Atik Patel, Morgan N. Patullo, Robert D. Paul, Premlata K. Persaud, Pallavi Pillutla, Pavan P. Prayaga, Danielle M. Prongay, Patrick Ronk, Chakra P. Saranathan, Miloni Shah, Sohum C. Shahh,
Kevin J. Shoemaker, Aditya Singh, Kate Sitrin, Matthew J. Slodziak, Griffin J. Snyder, Jason R. Steiner, Sapna Sundar, Mallika Tatikola, Kathryn M. Tkach, Brian J. Trimboli, Aishwarya Venkatesh, Esther R. Vinarov, Mariah J. Xu, April G. Yin, Betty Yuan, and Rebecca Zhou. SCHOLAR WITH HONOR Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams: Simona C. Aksman, Sarah J. Bartolett, Devika Baxi, Sarah Bray, Megan A. Carroll, Michael S. Charewycz, Kevin A. Chu, Erin C. Corrado, Gregory Dahl, Tashima E. Dally, Michael Duan, Michael D. Freyberger, Elena M. Ghanaim, Michael W. Giallorenzo, Jason S. Ginsberg, Saloni Goyal, Shannon Hennessey, Akshay Jagadeesh, Alexander Kaminetzky, Sneha Kannoth, Vyshnavi Karra, Matthew S.Kendall, Daniel M. Kim, Nicole H. Koplitz, Prashanth A. Kumar, Ryan A. Lakritz, Seung Yeon Lee, Michelle M. Li, Lucy Lin, Pratheek Mangini, Meaghan McCarthy, Evan M. Mock, Ajeet Mohan, Steven J. Morgan, Sahaj Mujumdar, Laura Mulholland, Scott C. Murray, Ashwin Murthy, Carly O’Connell, Julia J. O’Connell, Megan O’Connor, Randolph Oian, Parth N. Patel, Neha Pathmanaban, Kevin Qi, Anna Rabkin, Yevgeniy Revya-
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Somerset Valley Orchestra Seeks New Members The Somerset Valley Orchestra is ready to begin rehearsing for its 2011-2012 season on September 8th. This community orchestra has nearly tripled in size since January under the baton of conductor Larry Markiewicz, and is seeking new members who are looking to share some great music making. Musical highlights for the upcoming year include Beethoven’s Symphony #1 and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture. Members of the orchestra come from all walks of life: students in high school and college, retirees, and everything in between. All of the instrumentalists are united by a love for ensemble playing, and a desire to find a musical outlet for playing one night a week. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at BridgewaterRaritan High School. The orchestra is particularly in need of viola, cello and bass players. The winds/percussion section only has current openings in the trumpets, double reeds, and percussion sections. While we do not audition, we are looking for people who have a background in ensemble playing and who are looking to start up with a group again or find an additional ensemble to join. For more info, visit www.somersetvalleyorchestra.com or call Bobbi at (908) 526-8769.
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Bridgewater Optometric Center/Pearle Vision Center at the Somerville Circle just completed a makeover. The new store design allows customers improved access to thousands of frames and styles to complement any budget. The first impression you will get when walking into the Pearle Vision Center is the overwhelming number of frames on display. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will quickly put you at ease and help you find the perfect pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses. Bridgewater Optometric Center and Pearle Vision Center have just completed a total facility renovation. Dr. I.B. Ehrlich, owner and inhouse doctor said, “Our new store design now allows customers better access to the frames and a greater selection of frames to choose from. We have thousands of styles, and price ranges. And now it is easier for customers to browse.” Conveniently located for more than 30 years at the Somerville Circle (US Hwy 202/206) in the Somerset Shopping Center, Pearle Vision has always provided outstanding customer service and the latest in fashion eyewear and lens technology. Dr. Ehrlich added, “We offer excellent patient care, all of our examinations are done by doctors, not technicians. We use an Optomap Digital Retinal Camera which removes the need to use drops to dilate the pupils, increasing patient comfort.” After your examination, the Pearle Vision Center staff, with their extensive experience with contact lenses and the latest in eyeglass lens technology, will be available to help you with all your optical needs.
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Bridgewater Teen Plans Walk to Raise Awareness of Fragile X Syndrome and Autism
Rebecca Murray (left) is planning a Family Fun Walk on Saturday, October 8th. The inspiration for the walk is 6-year-old Callum Murphy (right). Callum’s Walk, a Family Fun Walk arranged by 16-year-old Bridgewater resident Rebecca Murray, will take place Saturday, October 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater. The purpose of the walk is to raise awareness about the genetic disorder Fragile X Syndrome and its relationship with Autism. “I babysit for a boy named Callum Murphy, and he was the inspiration for this walk,” said Rebecca. Rebecca has been babysitting for 6-year-old Callum, who has Fragile X Syndrome,
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of communicating is different because he can’t speak yet. But he knows some signs, for when he wants you to sing, or when he wants more of something.” Fragile X Syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the X chromosome and causes a spectrum of different disabilities, ranging from learning disabilities to severe intellectual disabilities. Fragile X Syndrome is the most common known cause for Autism, and approximately one third of children diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome have some type of Autism. Fragile X Syndrome is often confused with Autism, due to the fact that in 2-6% of children diagnosed with Autism, the cause is the Fragile X gene mutation. Callum’s Walk is a familyfriendly 1.7 mile walk on a paved trail, suitable for people of all ages. The path is accessible for strollers and wheelchairs. Participants will be able to enjoy a variety of fun and educational activities along the way. Registration for Callum’s Walk is ongoing, and the registration fee is $5 per person, or $15 for a family of three or more people. For additional info or to download a registration form, visit www.callumswalk.com or email CallumsWalk@gmail. com.
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Bridgewater resident, David Sanders, age 10, is at the controls in the train tent at the L-R: Julia McKenna (age 8) of Branchburg, Joseph Moskal (age 5) of Bridgewater, 4-H Fair. Zachary Jones (age 5) of Bernardsville, and (in front) Zachary Evans (age 3) of Hillsborough enjoy singing along with Mr. Ray.
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Alpaca Club News - The Somerset County 4-H Alpaca Club had a wonderful week. Tayler Ciattarelli of Raritan won Junior Agility. Agility is where the 4Hers take their Alpacas through, over and around obstacles. Deanna Farber won Showmanship for Alpaca Senior Class and participated in the Round Robin Event to close the fair.
Fifteen Bridgewater-Raritan students spent part of their summer building homes in North Carolina.
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With temperatures soaring near 100° in North Carolina, fifteen Bridgewater-Raritan students gave up a week of their summer vacation and went to work building homes. Students, primarily athletes from the varsity ice hockey and soccer teams, worked for a week on a Habitat for Humanity building site in Graham, NC about 45 minutes from Raleigh-Durham. The idea and recruiting effort was led by upcoming senior David Monahan as a means to volunteer along with his friends in a significant matter. Monahan recruited 14 friends: Tanner Mcwain, Tom Madzy, Patrick Moody, Tommy Chong, Colton McWain, Anthony Mandraccia, Aaron Golding, Nick Lewis, Daniel Piccuiro, Eric Luetters, Shane Carmody, Kayla Sullivan, Megan McLane, and Dylan Reilly. Fathers Todd Luetters, Tom Madzy, Ed Reilly and Dave Monahan, went along to chaperone and help build. The group was housed on a gym floor at a local school where everyone slept on air mattresses. The main entertainment when the students were not working
was basketball and just hanging out together. The group spent 5 days working on three houses. The work included vinyl siding, painting, sheet rocking and various miscellaneous jobs. Most of the students had very limited experience at these work place chores but they all quickly picked up on it. Meals were provided by local churches which gave the students an opportunity to experience southern food and hospitality. The students were required to socialize with mem-
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High School Lacrosse Players Compete in Under Armour Games
L-R: Connor Murphy, Scott Bieda, Ryan Hollingsworth, and Ray Mastroianni compete in the Under Armour Underclassmen Games. Submitted Photo Four BRHS lacrosse players from the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions winning team recently were selected for the New Jersey All-Star team for the Under Armour Underclassmen Games that were held July 1-3 at Towson University. The players were selected for the team out of 175 of the top New Jersey players that attended the tryout and competed against 9 other regions from across the United States. They represented Bridgewater and New Jersey well, making it to the semi-finals of the tournament, before bowing to a tough team from New England. The Underclassmen and Senior Under Armour All-American team were honored at a dinner attended by 1,500 people.
Bridgewater Students Represent United States in International Competition
Salil Pathare (on left) and Andrew Amerman wave back to the United States from Istanbul while doing their prep work during the Robocup Junior World Tournament. Submitted Photo For the third straight year, two seventh-grade students from Storming Robots, a robotics learning center located in Branchburg, were invited to represent the USA in the Robocup Junior (RCJ) World Tournament. Andrew Amerman and Salil Pathare of Bridgewater were selected to participate in the international competition after scoring highest in the nation to Ê in their division win first place at the New York-New Jersey ReÊ gional event back in April 2011.
The 2011 event was held in the historic city of Istanbul, Turkey in July. The students competed against other young students from over 35 countries including China, Japan, and Germany. The RoboCupJunior-Rescue game involved tasks simulating rescuing victims from natural disasters. On the first day, they ranked in the 20s among 34 highly selective teams. On the second day, despite the more complex field, they continued to polish their al-
gorithms and ranked 14th. They had an option to not make any modifications on the third day, but they decided to design more complex algorithms to improve on the increasingly complicated field. Unfortunately, they left a bug in their code that pulled down their final rank to 25th. However, they both cannot wait to move onto the Secondary division in 2012 and feel confident that they can improve their design. Elizabeth Mabrey, the boys’ mentor, was not able to attend the event due to her additional responsibilities with Storming Robots and with students at the NJ Governor School of Engineering around the same time as the event. Thus, Andrew and Salil had to work 100% on their own. “These two impressive youngsters have been with Storming Robots since 4th grade,” said Mabrey. “They have been trained to think independently and to be effective problem solvers. Their achievement at the event has reflected their high analytical skills and maturity to deal with unexpected challenges. I am extremely proud of them.”
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leading squad recently attended UCA cheer camp at Edison High School. The squad took home several trophies including: Outstanding Superior Overall Award; A Most Improved Overall Award; Top Banana Award; and the Spirit Stick Award. It’s considered an honor to receive the Top Banana Award which is given to the squad that demonstrates the most positive Leadership, Spirit, & Dedication. Two girls from the squad were chosen as All American Cheerleaders with an invitation to cheer in the Philadelphia Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.The squad is coached byJennifer Simo & Sherri Beers. Back Row L-R: Lauren Fernicola, Christina Muniz, Caylee Frigiano, Shannon Hobby, Reilly Januzzi, Olivia Beers, Isabella Frigiano, Carolina Barrantes; Front Row: Summer Smith, Nina Nacion
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Charlene Liu with her fencing coach, Yakov Danilenko, after winning the New Jersey Cup in Women’s Epee and bronze medal in the Division 2 National Championship. Submitted Photo Fourteen-year-old Charlene Liu is on an outstanding path in the sport of fencing. This past November, Charlene won the NJ Under-17 Junior Olympic Qualifier, which is quite a few levels above her age level. In December, she placed 2nd in the NY Fencers’ Club Junior Epee Challenge. She took 3 more Golds: the NJ Summer National Qualifier in April, the Bukantz Open in May, and the Medeo Open in June. Because of her accumulated achievements, Charlene is the Great ForNew Body & Mind overall winnerExercise of the Maria Tishman Jersey Cup in Women’s Epee. Improve your coordination On the National level, Charlene a bronze medal of 114 andwon concentration with out custom Top ranked women fencers at designed the Div 2 programs Women’s Championships for kids and adultsthe from beginner to elite! in Reno, Nevada. Charlene has earned National ranking of a “B” which is a level that most top collegiate fencers do not achieve. Private and Group Lessons Charlene trains at least 4 days a week for 1 to 2 hours a day all year World Class Coaches are long at the State of the Art - Medeo Fencing Center (www.medeoReady with Everyone! fencing.com) in Bridgewater. She feels to sheWork is very fortunate to have World Class Coaches there namely Yakov Danilenko, Anastasia Ferdman, and Marat Israelian. Fencing is both an individual and a team sport. Everyone can learn to fence, enjoy mental and physical challenges, and even excel at the NJ’s Premier Fencing Club • State-of-the-Art Facility national and international level with hard work and good coaching/ Street, G, Fencing Bridgewater training783 such East as canMain be found at theUnit Medeo Club in Bridgewater. (732) 469-2244 • www.medeofencing.com OPEN: 4-10pm and Saturday 9-4pmher 8th grade Near the end of Monday-Friday the school year, Charlene surveyed classmates and found that there are over 50 girls and boys interested in fencing. Charlene is planning to team up with her friends and their parents to propose a formation of a parent-supported BRHS fencing team. Charlene welcomes any students and parents who are interested in joining or supporting this effort to send an email to email@example.com.
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September 2011 Ten Years Later Continued from page 1 working at the New York Stock Exchange. Luckily he was able to get out safely. “The rumor was that the Stock Exchange would be next,” said Blabolil. “He was able to leave and just kept walking. There was no (mass) transportation. You were just on your own. He kept walking and walking and he had to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge.” Some time later, Blabolil got the news that his brother had made it out of the city and managed to get a ride home. Both Cirillo-Penn and Blabolil said the events of Sept. 11, 2001 have had a lasting impact. “It’s much more than just an event for history books,” CirilloPenn said. “I think people are more aware now. More people pay attention to things going on around the world.” Blabolil said the terrorist attacks have changed how things are done on his job. “We have had more training – terror attack training,” he said. “There have been grants for training and some places got some equipment in case they need to respond to an attack.” Both agree that the increased security present in high-traffic and mass-transit areas is a good thing. “Security should stay up,” Blabolil said. “That day was a very eye-awakening event. No one thought it could happen here, but it did. It could happen anywhere and we just have to keep our eyes open.”
Bridgewater Memorial Ceremony on September 11th In memory of those who lost their lives in the attack of the World Trade Center and other sites, a brief memorial ceremony will be held on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 12:45 p.m. at the Bridgewater Township Municipal Building. In observance of the 10th anniversary of the September 11th
terrorist attacks, there will be a Moment of Remembrance, a minute of reflection and ringing of bells and sounding of sirens across the country. The Moment of Remembrance calls on all Americans to cease work or other activities for one minute at 1:00, and mark the moment in an appropriate manner, including ringing bells or sounding sirens.
Raritan Remembers September 11th By Bruce Doorly Anyone old enough to remember can recall where they were and what they felt when they first heard of the terrorist attacks on The World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Stefanie Gara, a new mom at the time, was at home with her 9-month-old son. She caught a glance of the television and noticed one of the World Trade Center buildings was smoking. She called her husband Mark to tell him about the crash. While she was talking to him, she watched a second plane hit the other World Trade Tower. She screamed and started to cry to her husband “I think we are under attack.” Like many of us, Stefanie sat glued to the TV in disbelief as she heard additional planes had hit in Washington and Pennsylvania. Anthony Soriano, was a college student at Virginia Tech on September 11, 2001. A good percentage of the student body was from the Washington D.C. and New York area. Many had concerns for family and friends. They tried calling home to check on their loved ones, but the phones lines had been pushed beyond their capacity and most calls could not get through. An eerie feeling came over Anthony and many of his fellow students as the tragedy unfolded. The college would keep its early classes scheduled, but eventually cancelled the afternoon classes. Bruce Doorly (your author) was operating his business, a children’s play facility located in Raritan. Just as I was turning
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at the daycare, I saw many other parents arriving and noticed that many of the kids had already been picked up. I went home and was fixated on the news reports for the rest of the day. Jo-Ann Liptak was teaching 3rd grade at the JFK School. The Principal made an announcement over the PA system that they would not be having outside play after lunch because of a situation occurring in New York. Jo-Ann’s class was scheduled for Physical Education at 10 a.m. so she walked them to the gym and went into the gym office where a small TV was broadcasting the latest news. By that time one of the towers had fallen and she watched in disbelief as the second tower fell. Many parents came to the school to take their children home. When Jo-Ann’s class returned from gym class the kids were very excited and asked many questions. She discussed what was happening in New York and answered their questions as best she could without adding to their angst. The remainder of the day went on as normal but she knew that on this day the United States had been changed forever. The children in that 3rd grade class have just graduated from high school. Megan Doorly (this author’s daughter) was in the 3rd grade at JFK School. She recalled how unusual it was that so many of her classmates were being picked up by their parents. To explain the situation, her teacher chose to tell the kids only that something bad had happened and when they got home their parents would tell them about it. Initially, she felt a little worried, but as the day wore on and her class continued to dwindle in size she became more anxious. When the final bell rang, she headed for the school bus hoping to find some comfort in talking with her best friend who always
Page 19 sat next to her on the bus. However her friend, who had been on the bus that morning, was not there. When Megan arrived home I explained what had happened. She could not understand the mindset of a terrorist as she could not grasp why someone flying a plane (even a bad guy) would not swerve around a building when they saw it in front of them. Megan Doorly graduated from Bridgewater-Raritan High School in June 2011 and is now attending Rutgers. Twelve days later on Sunday, September 23rd, a candle light vigil for the victims of the attack was held on the lawn of the Somerset County Courthouse in Somerville. Over 3000 local residents attended the event. There were several speakers at the event. One was former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman who was then the head of The Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C. She told the crowd “They may have struck a blow, they have hurt us, but we will win the war.” The event organizers invited some local students to speak; one was Allison O’Brien who was a freshman at The Somerset County Vo-Tech. She said, “Instead of pulling us apart, we pulled together. We will show the world how strong we are.”
Raritan Memorial Ceremony on September 11th On Sunday, September 11th, a solemn ceremony observing the tenth anniversary of the destruction of the World Trade Center will take place at 12:45 p.m. at the firehouse on North Thompson Street in Raritan. A piece of one of the beams from the Trade Center will be unveiled.
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School Calendar Sept. 7 - All Schools - Classes Begin (4 hr. session) Sept. 13 - Eisenhower - Picture Day Sept. 13 - Bradley Gardens K-2 - Back to School Night - 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 - Adamsville K-2 - Back to School Night - 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 - Board of Ed Meeting - 8 p.m. - Wade Building Sept. 15 - Bradley Gardens 3-4 - Back to School Night - 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15 - Adamsville 3-4 - Back to School Night - 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 - BRMS Grade 7 - Back to School Night - 7 p.m. Sept. 20 - BRMS Grade 8 - Back to School Night - 7 p.m. Sept. 21 - BRHS Grades 9 & 10 - Back to School Night - 7 p.m. Sept. 22 - BRHS Grades 11 & 12 - Back to School Night - 7 p.m. Sept. 26 - Crim Grades 3 & 4 - Back to School Night - 7 p.m. Sept. 26 - Hamilton Grades K-2 - Back to School Night - 7 p.m. Sept. 26 - Van Holten Grades K-2 - Back to School Night - 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 - Crim Grades K-2 - Picture Day Sept. 27 - Crim Grades K-2 - Back to School Night - 7:00 p.m. Sept. 27 - Hamilton Grades 3 & 4 - Back to School Night - 7:00 p.m. Sept. 27 - Van Holten Grades 3 & 4 - Back to School Night - 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 - Board of Ed Meeting - 8 p.m. - Wade Building Sept. 29 - No School - Holiday Please check the school web sites and calendars for updates or last minute adjustments http://www.brrsd.k12.nj.us.
JCC Swimmers Excel in Israel - The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center in Bridgewater recently sent a team of eight local swimmers to the first ever JCC Maccabi Games in Israel. The swimmers were part of a group of 1,000 athletes ages 14-17 from around the globe competing in the Olympic-style competition. The Bridgewater JCC delegation went on to win a total of 23 medals over a three day span of swimming competitions. In addition to competing in the JCC Maccabi Games, the group, led by Birnbaum JCC Swim Team Director Jeff Gross, traveled throughout the country, exploring Israel’s north, the Jordan River, and the mystical town of Sefat, Gedera, Israel – a suburb of Tel Aviv, where the Bridgewater delegation was hosted by Israeli families. Pictured at Opening Ceremonies for the 2011 JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest in Israel at Kiryat Shmona Stadium are: (Back Row, L-R): Alexa Rubin, Jeff Gross, Harrison Kudwitt, Jacob Herman, Madeline Holtz, Hayley Katz, Zara Krilov; (Front Row, L-R): Hanna Krilov, Lauren Saperstein. Photo courtesy of the JCC
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Do you know an individual, organization or business in Somerset County whose efforts in the area of advocacy, service and inclusion on behalf of persons with disabilities is exemplary? The Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services is seeking nominations for its 2011 Disability Advocates Awards Program to acknowledge individuals and agencies that promote independence and empower adults and children who have disabilities to freely exercise their own life choices and fully participate in their community life. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 1. For a nomination form, visit the Office on Aging and Disability Services website at www. co.somerset.nj.us/hservices/aging/ disabledoffice.html, or call 908-7046346. Nominations should be as specific as possible and should include name and contact info for the nominator and nominee. Nominations may be mailed to the Disability Advocates Awards Committee, c/o Office on Aging and Disability Services, 27 Warren St., Somerville, NJ 08876, faxed to 908595-0194 or e-mailed to malone@ co.somerset.nj.us.
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Jewish Community Center, located at 775 Talamini Road in Bridgewater, recently awarded the 2011 Larry Cubas Memorial Scholarship to Olivia Edelman, a Bridgewater-Raritan High School graduate and Nicholas Mengucci, a graduate of Phillipsburg HS. Pictured are L-R: JCC member Neal Kreitman; Lauren Cubas, daughter of the late Larry Cubas; and BRHS scholarship recipient Olivia Edelman. The Larry Cubas Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Larry Cubas by his fellow JCC Basketball League members and the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC. Each year two local high school students are awarded a $1,000 scholarship to go toward their college education. Eligibility is open to high school seniors residing in Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties who are either a JCC member or staff member, or have played on their high school basketball team. Photo courtesy of the JCC
L-R: Drew Adams, Delaney Klaus, Jenna Perillo, Isabelle Chen, and Gavin Zelnick show off their harvest. Kangaroo Kids are reaping the harvest of their spring planting and the long hot summer
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Adults who live or work in Somerset County are invited to apply for the Leadership Somerset Class of 2012. The goal of the program is to expand participants’ knowledge of issues and challenges facing Somerset County and to develop an active network of community leaders. The application deadline for the program is Thursday, Sept. 15. “We encourage individuals who are interested in becoming leadership resources for their communities to apply for this program,” said Peter S. Palmer, co-liaison of the Leadership Somerset program. “Class members enhance their leadership skills by learning about county resources, participating in class projects and networking with community leaders.” Sessions are held once a month, on a week day, from January to November. Classes, which are held at various locations throughout the county, start at about 8 a.m. and end by 5 p.m. The majority of the cost to attend the 11-month program is underwritten by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Leadership Somerset participants are asked to contribute a program fee of $250 for the year, which includes participation in all sessions and meals. Limited scholarships based on financial need are available. A diverse group of applicants will be selected by October to begin the program in January. For more information or to receive an application, call (908) 231-7040 or email LeadershipSomerset@co.somerset.nj.us. The application can be found on Leadership Somerset’s Website at http://www.leadershipsomerset.org/program_overview.htm.
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Groundbreaking Ceremony for St. Ann’s School. Submitted Photo Celebration plans are underway! In early October, St. Ann Church in Raritan will concelebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Religious Teachers Filippini arriving at the Parish and the 45th Anniversary of the School. In 1940, Fr. Russo purchased the house next to the old church and converted it into a convent for the four Filippini Sisters who had been invited to provide religious instruction for the children of St. Ann Church. Members of The Filippini Sisters order had first come to Trenton, New Jersey from Italy thirty years prior with the mission of ministering to the growing Italian immigrant population. In October 1941, the Religious Teachers Filippini began teaching the children of St. Ann Church. A PTA organization soon formed and they held a number of events including Minstrel Shows and Communion breakfasts over the coming years. In 1961, Fr. LaCavera purchased the plot of land on the west corner of Second Avenue and Second Street where the convent is now located, for $14,000. On July 31, 1966 the newly constructed St. Ann School was dedicated, and in September, the school was opened for grades Kindergarten through Third with instruction by the Religious Teachers Filippini. Over the following five years, a grade was added each year until the first commencement exercises were held in June of 1972. St. Ann School continues to flourish as a Diocesan leader in Catholic education providing a rich academic program supported by dedicated staff, a robust technology program that includes distance learning, and thriving musical and visual arts programs. Open to all those who have been touched by these dedicated women, anniversary festivities kick-off with a Dinner Dance on Friday, October 7th at The Elks in Somerville. On Saturday, October 8th, Bishop Bootkoski will celebrate an Anniversary Mass at 4pm, followed by an Open House reception in the school. To learn more call the Rectory Office at 908-725-1008 or visit http://www.stannparish. com/schoolsite. Alumni are invited to visit the site and provide updated contact information.
Your Vote Can Help St. Ann School Families and friends of St. Ann School are busy on Facebook pushing to win a grant from Kleenex. They are currently in the Top 100 schools and if they hold their position, they will earn $5000 which they look forward to applying to virtual field trips through their Distance Learning program. If you are a Facebook user, you can help by logging onto www.Kleenex.com and voting for St. Ann School. The contest ends Sept. 14th, so please vote now!
Christmas in July?! Raritan Recreation brought cool thoughts of December to the Frelinghuysen and Basilone Pools on July 20th. Santa Claus visited both pools to hand out candy and presents to the children. In anticipation of Santa’s arrival, both pools were decorated for the Christmas holiday and seasonal music was played over the loud speakers. Photos/Dawn Wilde
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Join the Discussion ~ Raritan Library Book Club If you have a love of reading and enjoy discussing books, then the Raritan Library Book Club is the place for you. Book discussion groups can be a useful discipline for encouraging you to read more, to expose you to new genres, or to make new friends. The Raritan Library Book Club meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Library. There is no fee to attend and you do not have to be a Raritan resident to join. Following is the list of books the club has selected for the year. Sept. 26 - Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese Oct. 24 - The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery Nov. 28 - The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom Jan. 23 - Room by Emma Donoghue Feb. 27 - The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein March 26 - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee April 23 - Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson June 4 - Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
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Team Osteoblast Blasts Off
With one minute to launch, Team Osteoblast, poses for a photo before looking toward the sky: L-R: Alex Belly, Gage Cane-Wissing, Tessa Lewis, Adam Elwood, Rotem Herzberg, Joseph Avenoso, and Science Teacher Dr. Jorge Valdes. (Tejas Patel not pictured) Photo/Dennis Avenoso
Some very motivated and lucky Bridgewater-Raritan students had the experience of a lifetime thanks to high school science teacher Jorge Valdes. Last year Dr. Valdes heard about an opportunity for high school students to compete for a chance to put their experiment into space. The Bridgewater-Raritan experiment was one of eleven selected by NASA to be performed on the last flight of the space shuttle program. Shuttle Atlantis, STS135 took off July 8, 2011 from launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, FL. Team Osteoblast and about 60 friends and family were present for the historic launch. The team included juniors Joseph Avenoso, Alex Belly, Gage Cane-Wissing, Adam Elwood, Tejas Patel, and senior Rotem Herzberg. Senior Tessa Lewis designed the team patch. Team Osteoblast devoted many hours to design the experiment and beat out over 500 other teams from around the country. Dr. Valdes was instrumental in raising the $20,000 needed for the students to have this once in a
lifetime experience and arranging other critical resources for the experiment. Osteoblasts are cells that make bone. On extended missions astronauts lose a significant amount of bone mass due to the fact that the human body decreases the amount of osteoblasts it produces while in microgravity. The team’s experiment looked at whether osteoblasts treated with human growth hormone would offset the effects of microgravity. When Atlantis returned to earth, the cells were sent to Drs. J. Christopher Fritton and Stephen Flowers at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) to be harvested and studied. Although the results of the experiment were inconclusive, that in and of itself is scientifically significant. On August 12th the team visited the labs at UMDNJ where the cells were analyzed, and learned valuable lessons about research and modern scientific techniques. Sponsors (those who gave money towards the $20K) were: AT&T Labs, Young Science
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Awesome! Atlantis carries Team Osteoblasts experiment into low earth orbit. Photo/Dennis Avenoso
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Achievers, The Hawk Pointe Foundation, Bridgewater-Raritan High School Alumni Fund, and Scitor Corporation. Partners (those who gave samples and in-kind support/advice and consultations) were: UMDNJ (biomedical research team and labs), Sigma-Aldrich (cells and biological supplies), European Collection of Cell CulturesECACC (cells and advice on culture growth conditions), and Dr. Alicia Abella from AT&T Labs (workshop presentation on the importance of STEM education in America).
Casey Randazzo and Mark Brubaker stand amongst the 305 boxes of books they collected to restock the book shelves in New Orleans. As the freight truck pulled away, Casey Randazzo and Mark Brubaker exchanged smiles for their book drive had come to a completion. The truck carried off 305 boxes, which represented two months’ worth of hard work and determination. Once there, the boxes would be unloaded and distributed; all to replenish New Orleans’ severelyunder stocked libraries. An additional 120 boxes had already been shipped to New Orleans in the weeks prior. Mark Brubaker and Casey Randazzo organized the book drive in Hunterdon and Somerset County to help bring books back to New Orleans. The two hard-working students raised an estimated 16,000 books for their part in the Epic Book Drive, a joint-venture project between Better World Books and DoSomething.org. They gathered books from friends, family, and anyone who felt the need to donate. The largest donation came from the Friends of the Somerset County Library, who run a book sale every year at the Bridgewater Public Library and allow non-profits to take the books that have not been sold. “Thank you to each and every person who donated,” said Randazzo. “After we finished this project I couldn’t help but feel an immense sense of pride to live where I do. If it were not for our generous neighbors from Hunterdon and Somerset County donating their unused books none of this would have been possible.” Brubaker spoke with joy saying, “This has been an extremely rewarding experience. We highly recommend getting involved and running your own book drive.”
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Dr. Stephen Flowers (left) of UMDNJ demonstrates the laboratory techniques used to analyze the osteoblast cells for the team. Left to right: Adam Elwood, Alex Belly, Tejas Patel, Joseph Avenoso, Gage Cane-Wissing, and Dr. Jorge Valdes.
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Students Can Enter ‘Sheriff for a Day’ Contest by Designing 300th Anniversary Patch Somerset County public and private school students in grades 6-12 are invited to submit a design for a Somerset County Sheriff’s Office patch to mark the office’s 300th anniversary. “Our office is proud to be celebrating three centuries of service to the people of Somerset County,” said Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano, who became sheriff in January 2002. “We’re reaching out to middle- and high-school students to help commemorate this milestone by designing a new patch that we can use on our printed materials.” Contest guidelines and entry form, which includes a template for the patch and an illustration of the current emblem, are online at www.somcosheriff.org. The deadline for entries is Dec. 1, 2011. Only one entry per student will be accepted. Designs may be submitted electronically or as hard copies. Each entry must be accompanied by a completed registration form. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in late December and will serve as “Sheriff for A Day.” He or she will spend the day with Sheriff Provenzano and learn firsthand the duties and responsibilities of the Sheriff’s Officers and the county jail. For more information, contact Barbara Bye in the Sheriff’s Office at 908-231-7135 or at bye@ co.somerset.nj.us
Bridgewater 12U Nationals Enjoy Success in Cooperstown Tournament
Pictured (left-right): Top: Manager Grant Albert, Coach Jeff Praml, Coach Neil Costanzo Jr, Coach Neil Costanzo; Middle: Joseph Lenskold, Alex Bloom, Brian Albert, Devin Bernal, Nicolas Costanzo, Matt Hopeck; Bottom: Matt Lynch, Christian Rodriguez, Kyle Scott, Scott Ducey, Jeffrey Praml. Photo/Kathi Albert The Bridgewater Panthers 12U Nationals recently returned from a successful week at the Cooperstown All Star Village Baseball Tournament. The team, led by manager Grant Albert, won four out of six pool play games. The team then went on to win their first playoff game against the St Charles Knights and put up a good showing in their second playoff game against the undefeated and eventual tournament champions, the Katy Bulldogs. - Submitted by Grant Albert
Pictured after winning the Championship Game (L-R) Top: Coach Wesley Spear, Guy Izzo, James Graziani, Eric Schnepf, Manager Brian Schnepf, Brett Albert, Jonathan Capra, Ian Anderson, Kevin McDermott, Coach Rick Anderson; Bottom: Assistant Coach Wes Spear, Matt Molinari, Dan Spear, Tyler Bernero, Ryan Baumbusch, Jack Gokey; Missing from Picture: Coach John Capra On July 24th, the 14U Bridgewater Panthers, managed by Brian Schnepf, won the Babe Ruth 14U Northern NJ State Championship game. The game, played at the Prince Rodgers Complex in Bridgewater, went to extra innings with Bridgewater scoring the winning run on a triple to the right-center field fence by Jonathan Capra followed by a line drive single to right-center field by Tyler Bernero to defeat The Manalapan All-Stars 7-6. Bridgewater finished the tournament with an undefeated record of 5-0, outscoring their opponents 47-19, and defeating quality teams from Jersey City, Randolph and Paramus along the way. The team advanced to the Babe Ruth Middle Atlantic 14U Regional Tournament in Williamsport, PA.
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water Blue Devils were the Somerset Hunterdon Babe Ruth 16/18U Spring League Champions. The Blue Devils finished the season with an amazing 16-1 record. L-R Top; Danny Gerlach,Sam Marton, Michael Gerlach, Justin Burgess, Ryan Setnicky, Jeff McHale, Dennis Marton; Bottom: Alec Bardi, Jim Swanton, Joe Nolan, Mike Matone, Brian Bardi, Austin Zeller, Pat Procopio. Submitted Photo
Bridgewater United Red Rovers - Front Row (L-R): Brendan Flood (Asst Coach), Matthew Sousa, Josh Koren, Brandon Jiminez, Alan Frank, Ajay Bordoloi, James Cummins, Alan Frank (Coach) . Front Row (L-R): Aidan Flood, Kyle Bender, Jeremy Holtz, Jayson Lisk, Jayson Kirshner. Missing from Picture: James Reilly (Asst Coach), Declan Reilly, Kevin Surette. Submitted Photo
Right-handed pitcher Jim Magrane has returned to the Somerset Patriots. Magrane was the 2009 Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year and finished that season as the first ever pitcher to lead the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts. He finished with a 15-4 record, a 2.70 ERA, and 134 strikeouts in 183 innings pitched in 27 games. Magrane’s 15 wins tied a Patriots single-season record with Brian Adams (2007). He was the third Patriots pitcher to win the award, joining Justin Jensen (1999) and Adams (2007). Since his time in Somerset for Afternoon Basketball Clinics the 2008 and 2009 seasons, MaBoys and Girls grades K to 8 grane pitched overseas in TaiLocation: JCC - Bridgewater, 775 Talamini Rd. wan and Korea. Dates: Oct. 9 - Dec. 18, Every Sunday For his Patriots career, Magrane has a 24-13 record, a 3.48 Time/Grade: K to 1st 1:00-2:00 ERA, and 235 strikeouts in 328 2nd to 4th 2:15-3:15 innings pitched in 50 games. 5th to 8th 3:30-4:30 For Patriots tickets, stop by Cost: $190 10 Weeks, 1 hr/wk the Patriots Ticket Office located To Register: 908-725-6994 x. 201 at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) Information: www.on-the-court.net 252-0700, or visit www.somerÊ setpatriots.com.
The Bridgewater United Red Rovers U-10 Boys Soccer team earned the Flight 6 Championship in the MCYSA League with a fine win over the Montville Matrix. The Red Rover boys who entered the final game of the season tied with the Montville team at the top of the table, put in their best performance of the season with a commanding 4-0 win. The Rovers took a 2-0 lead into the half thanks to outstanding midfield and forward play. In the 2nd half the Montville team started strong, but the Rovers defense and goalkeeper held tough before the Rovers wrapped up the victory with 2 late goals. The team finished the season with a record of 7 wins, 1 tie and 2 losses playing home and away games against teams from Long Valley, Morris United, Stateliners (Phillipsburg), Summit and Montville. The victory also earned the Red Rovers promotion to Flight 5 of the MYCSA League next season.
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Page 26 Whitehouse Station - Jennie Iannuzzi Cortese, 94, beloved wife of the late Benjamin D. Cortese. Her memory will live on through her son, Anthony J., and his wife, Miriam L. Finkelstein; her grandchildren, Jennifer Fumoso and Anthony B. Cortese; her great-grandchildren, Victoria and Sara Fumoso. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Branchburg - Jeanette Lombardi Fisch, 69, passed away on June 11, 2011. Ms. Fisch worked as a Customer Service Manager for Union Carbide Corporation for 21 years, until retiring in 2002. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Formerly of Martinsville - Faye A. “Fannie” Marrapodi, 99, passed away on June 12, 2011. Faye was an accomplished seamstress, working for Chick Frocks in Bound Brook. She was an active member of the Bridgewater Senior Citizens and a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church in Martinsville. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Deerfield Beach, FL - Arlene Simonetti Young, 55, passed away on June 21, 2011. Born in Raritan, Arlene was a former resident of Branchburg, before moving to Deerfield Beach, FL. Ms. Young was an office worker in the auto industry. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Somerville - Elissa Aronwald, 75, died June 22, 2011. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Swedesboro, NJ – Vikram Mehta, 80, died on June 22, 2011. Vikram was a Travel Agent for American Express Travel Agency in New York City. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of India Funeral Services. Somerville – Ann Marie Varsalone, 65, died on June 24, 2011. Ann Marie was an Office Manager at Allergy Asthma and Sinus Center of New Jersey in Hillsborough where she was considered family and a bestfriend of her employer Dr. Edwin P. Schulhafer. Arrangements were by Somerville Funeral Home. Branchburg - Patricia McGuigan, 53, passed away on June 24, 2011. Ms. McGuigan was currently the
Charge Nurse at Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital in Glen Gardner and was a former R.N. at Hunterdon Medical Center. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Hillsborough – Frances Violet Micol, 82, died on June 25, 2011. Frances was a Member and Officer of the VFW Ladies Auxillary, a Member of the Civil Defense in NY, a Member of St. Joseph Church in East Millstone. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Somerville - Isadore Bob Brahms, 71, died June 26, 2011. Bob was a self employed interior designer who proudly owned Décor 46 for over 40 years retiring in 1998. Bob was a former member of Temple Sholom and the Somerville Elks BPOE. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Summit – Carlos Araya, 37, died on June 27, 2011. Carlos was a Chef at Ashwood Deli in Summit, NJ. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home, Inc. South Bound Brook - Milton Ridley, 83, passed away on June 28, 2011. Milton was a postal worker for Bound Brook Post Office and worked as a part-time policeman for South Bound Brook Police. He owned a Karate School in South Bound Brook. Arrangements handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Branchburg - Mario Moya, 44, passed away on June 29, 2011. Mr. Moya worked as a painter for Rainbow G & J Painting of Manville for sixteen years, until June, 2010. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Somerville, Arlene G. Kestner, 75, died June 30, 2011. Arlene was born in Montclair and raised in Bloomfield and formerly of Verona and Bridgewater before moving to Somerville in 1993. She was employed with AT&T in Bedminster and Basking Ridge for over 18 years retiring in 1996. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Plainsboro – Prabha Srikumar, 40, died on July 1, 2011. Prabha was a Software Technologist for 22nd Century Technologies in Somerset, NJ. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of India Funeral Services.
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Bridgewater - Irene C. Young, 82, died July 1, 2011. Irene was employed as a housekeeper at Raritan Health and Extended Care in Raritan for over 12 years, retiring in 1991. Irene enjoyed working on crossword puzzles and crocheting. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home.
Raritan – Victorino A. Rubia, 73, died on July 12, 2011. Victorino was a Sourcing Specialist for Baker & Taylor in Bridgewater. He was an avid New York Yankee fan; enjoyed reading, exercising, spending time with his family; and was very religious. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home, Inc.
Three Bridges – Stanley J. Rak, 94, died on July 6, 2011. Stanley was a Truck Driver and Shop Steward for Watt Bros. in Jersey City, NJ; he served in the U.S. Army during World War II; and was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 261 in Piscataway. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home, Inc.
Hillsborough - Simha Miller, 86, died July 12, 2011. Surviving are her daughters Laura Coyne and husband Andrew, Diane Schulman and husband Steve Spelman, brothers Yehuda and David Lavee, and three grandchildren. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home.
Warren - Jerome O “Jerry” Boschen, 83, died July 8, 2011. Jerome was the owner and operator of Boschen Builders in Warren for over 50 years. He was an active member of the Washington Valley Volunteer Fire Co. and also ran their Flea Market for over 40 years. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater – Dr. Joseph Barker, 73, died July 8, 2011. Dr. Barker earned the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (the youngest person to pass the exam) from The Victoria University of Manchester on December 13, 1963. He worked for ICI and was subsequently transferred to the U.S. in 1969 by ICI Americas, where he worked at various facilities in NJ, VA, and DE. He left ICI to work for W.L. Gore in Wilmington, DE. After his retirement, Dr. Barker owned and operated a Baskin-Robbins franchise with his wife, Frances in Morristown. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Raritan – John Thomas Baglioni, Jr. “Baggy”, 60, died on July 10, 2011. John was a Master Carpenter for B & B and Brown Construction Companies. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Branchburg - Mary Rodgers Bergen, 84, passed away on July 11, 2011. Mrs. Bergen worked in the Credit and Collections Department for the Wall Street Journal in South Brunswick for 20 years, until retiring in 1975. Mary was a communicant and active volunteer with Holy
Toms River - Francis (Cosentino) Cose, 89, passed away on July 12, 2011. Born in Bound Brook, he was a former resident of Raritan and Bridgewater before moving to Toms River in 1975. Mr. Cose was a Navy veteran of World War II. He worked as an accountant for Mack Motors in Bridgewater for 30 years, retiring in 1974. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Tamarac, FL - Shirley (“Lee”) K. Cohen, 88, died July 13, 2011. Lee was a true “balabusta”, who excelled in cooking, baking, sewing and knitting. Lee and her husband, Edward (Eddie), worked side by side at Sams of Livingston, the family clothing business, as a tailor. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Somerset - Edward W. Gitler, 84, entered into eternal rest on July 13, 2011. Edward proudly served his country during WWII in the U.S. Navy Sea Bees. He is retired from working in the computer industry. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Somerville - Lois June Pollack, 56, entered into rest peacefully on July 14, 2011. Lois worked as a print shop finisher for Union County College until her retirement in 2000 after 24 years. Arrangements handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home.
September 2011 Branchburg – Carmela SchiappaMagliocco, 86, died July 14, 2011. She was born in Plainfield on April 8, 1925 to her dear parents Guiseppe and Annie Magio Schiappa. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home, Inc. Raritan – Jeanette D. Mazar, 65, died July 15, 2011. Jeanette was an Administrative Assistant for R.C.A. in Bridgewater, a past Secretary of the Ladies Auxillary of the Raritan Fire Dept. Relief Hose Co. #2, and a Member of the 4th Reformed Church. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home, Inc. Huntersville, NC – Frank A. DiPalma, 73, died July 15, 2011. Frank was a Mechanic for the N.Y.C. Transit Authority for 25 years and served in the U.S. Navy. Arrangements were handled by Somerville Funeral Home, Inc. Formerly of Whitehouse Station Roman Rusinski, 64, passed away on July 15, 2011. Roman graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a Bachelors Degree. He was a member of the United States National Guard Reserve during the Vietnam Era. Mr. Rusinski worked for Wonder Bread as a driver and salesman for 20 years, until retiring in 2007. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. South Bound Brook - Roman Dabrowski, 74, died July 16, 2011. Roman was born in Poland and formerly of Bradley Gardens before residing in South Bound Brook for over 44 years. He was employed as a mechanic welder for GAF of South Bound Brook for over 40 years. Roman was a veteran of the US Army serving during peacetime. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Warren – Jayadevi D. Mahida, 55, died on July 16, 2011. She was born in Lathi, India on September 27, 1955 to her dear parents P.A. Jadeja and C. Gohil. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of India Funeral Services.
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South Bound Brook- Malissa A. Dobson, 34, died unexpectedly on July 17, 2011 at her home in South Bound Brook. Malissa did scheduling and billing for Brighter Dental Group. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home.
Bridgewater - Anne Zuckerman, 91, died on August 3, 2011. Anne and her husband of 69 years, Leo, were active in founding the Arc of Somerset County and working to improve services and rights for disabled people. They both won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arc of Somerset County and the Hannah Solomon Award for Outstanding Community Service from the National Council of Jewish Women. Anne was a member of Temple Sholom of Bridgewater and active in Hadassah and 4-H. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home.
Piscataway – Madhuben H. Patel, 76, died on July 17, 2011. She was born in Rangaipura, India on April 19, 1935 to her parents Maganbhai and Maniben Patel. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of India Funeral Services. Dayton, NJ – Nathan Ramjee, 56, died on July 17, 2011. Nathan was a Systems Architect for EPOK Software Co. in Maryland. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of India Funeral Services. Somerville - Georgette M. Rooney, 57, entered eternal rest on July 18, 2011. Working for Somerset County for 22 years, Georgette currently was a tax analyst. She was a graduate of Immaculata High School and an avid softball player and bowler. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Esther G. Knapp, 96, died July 18, 2011. Surviving are her son Steven Knapp, and grandchildren Ashley and Charlie. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater- Benedict P. Bamburak, 87, passed away on July 18, 2011. Benedict worked as a diesel mechanic for Foley Machinery in Piscataway. He was an avid wood sculptor and carver and was always ready to help out his neighbors. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Tecla “Terri” Miele, 90, died July 19, 2011. Terri was born in Newark and formerly of Belmar, Mountainside and Hillside before moving to Bridgewater in 2010. Arrangements by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Edison - Guy A. Merrill Jr., 92, died July 19, 2011. Guy was employed as a mechanic for American Cyanamid in Bridgewater for over 40 years retiring in 1985. He was a veteran of the US Army during WWII. Arrangements by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home.
Edward was the class president of his 1948 Somerville High School class (all four years) where he played both varsity basketball and baseball. Before graduating he was awarded an ROTC scholarship to attend Rutgers University. After receiving a Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1952 he served in the Air Force and was stationed at Griffiss AFB in Rome, New York. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Mountainside - Leon Salz, 92, died July 27, 2011. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Branchburg - Joseph G. Colontone, 77, died July 27, 2011. Mr. Colontone was a veteran of the U.S. Marines and served during the Korean Conflict. Joseph worked security for AT&T for ten years, until 1995. He was the former Vice Commander and Chaplain of the American Legion Detachment of NJ and a member of the Flemington American Legion Post 159 Sons of the American Legion. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Piscataway – Blanche P. Steele, 81, died on July 28, 2011. Blanche was a Secretary who was a kind, caring, generous person, and will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Arrangements were handled by AAA B Cremation Services. Bridgewater – Domenico Joseph Foti, 16, entered into eternal life on July 28, 2011. Domenico was a student at Bridgewater-Raritan High School and Somerset County VoTech where he was enrolled in the CISCO program and achieved two degrees in computer programming. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home, Inc. Branchburg - Joyce Johnson Grover, 84, passed away on July 29, 2011. Mrs. Grover worked as a Bank Associate for Nat West in Bridgewater and was a Clerk with Freight Traffic Industries in Branchburg for several years, retiring in 2008. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home.
Manville – Theresa Kraska, 56, passed away on July 20, 2011. Theresa graduated from RVCC with an Associate’s Degree in Business. She took pleasure in working for Brookside Farms as a Manager for her Uncle Greg. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home.
Califon - Albert B. Jeffers, 83, died July 30, 2011. Albert practiced law in Morristown for over 50 years until retiring in 2006 at which time he was of counsel at Celli & Schlossburg. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1950 until 1953, and the Marine Corp Reserves until 1959. His work with Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers was known throughout the state. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home.
Bound Brook - Derek Diez, 42, died on July 21, 2011. Derek was a Computer Engineer for Princeton University. He enjoyed bicycling and target shooting at various gun clubs. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home.
Princeton Junction – Manavendra Pai, 60, died on July 31, 2011. Manavendra was a Project Manager of Information Systems at Royal Bank of Canada. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of India Funeral Services.
Bridgewater - Louis J. Minichino, 94, died on July 22, 2011. Louis was a graduate of the Syracuse Air Force Academy and was a WWII US Army Air Force Veteran. He was a machinist for Lockheed Electronics in Watchung retiring in 1979. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home.
Somerville - Elizabeth A. “Liz” Pajak, 50, died August 1, 2011 after a long battle with lung and bone cancer. Liz was employed as engineering services group leader at Egan Davis Standard in Bridgewater for over 15 years. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home.
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Somerville – Teresa Orlando Kinney, 90, died on August 3, 2011. She was born in Somerville on November 26, 1920 to her parents Anthony and Anna Barone Orlando, Sr. Teresa was a Restaurant Manager at the Orlando Restaurant in Raritan for over 25 years. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home, Inc.
Raritan - Edward Mario Vicenzi, 80, passed away on July 24, 2011.
Bound Brook- Nicholas Shulack, 87, died on August, 4, 2011. Nicholas was a Sergeant in the United States Army during WWII. He was a carpenter and worked for the Carpenters Union Local in Somerville for 25 years retiring in 1986. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Alan B. Connors, 60, passed away on August 4, 2011. Mr. Connors is a veteran of the United States Navy and served during the Vietnam Era. Alan had owned and operated the Alan & Son Car Care Center in Branchburg for the past 23 years. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Montrose, NY - Richard J. Mullin, 89, died August 4, 2011. Richard was employed by the NY City Transit Systems handling media and communications. He was a veteran of the US Army serving during WWII. Arrangements were by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Somerville - Andrew Bozzomo, 93, died August 5, 2011. Andrew was co-owner of the Village Diner in Bridgewater for over 16 years. He then owned Clean Way Products for many years and retired in 1989. He was a veteran of the US Army during WWII. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Branchburg - Rita J. Larkin, 84, passed away on August 5, 2011. Ms. Larkin worked as a secretary for Allied Chemical in Morristown for 40 years, retiring in 1988. Rita enjoyed dancing, swimming, skiing and going out to dinner. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Somerset - Lenore B. Fortunoff, 79, died August 6, 2011. She is survived by her husband Murray and her children. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Dayton, NJ – Chhotalal Chhaganlal Desai, 93, died on August 7, 2011. Chhotalal was a Businessman in Retail in India. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of India Funeral Services. Hillsborough - Mary Wengryn, 81, passed away on August 8, 2011. Mary was a graduate of Somerville High School. She worked for Mack Motors of Bridgewater and Permaceal of Bound Brook. She was a Rutgers University Certified Master Gardener for both Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, with over 3000 hours of volunteer service. In her spare time, she sang in the Raritan Valley Choral Society and worked as a Tour Guide at Doris Duke Farms. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Somerville - Harry B. Cotton, 87, died August 8, 2011. Harry graduated from Somerville High School in 1941 and enlisted in the US Navy on December 19, 1941. He served as an Aviation Machinist Mate throughout
World War II and the Korean War. Harry was employed at General Services Administration in Belle Mead for over 30 years retiring in 1981. Arrangements were handled by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Branchburg - Stephen Welgoss, 71, died August 8, 2011. Steve was a hospital medical services technician and a pheasant farmer for many years before taking ownership of Lebanon Bait & Sport Shop. Steve was a member of the Round Valley Trout Association and Warren County Rod & Gun Club as well as an avid supporter of fishing activities for children as well as adult softball. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater – Hriday Singh, 74, died on August 9, 2011. Hriday was a Factory Worker who was a devoted husband, a dear brother, and a wonderful uncle. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of India Funeral Services. Formerly of Bridgewater – Alvin Eugene Donelson, 69, entered eternal life peacefully on August, 9, 2011. Alvin was the Manager for Agway in Raritan for many years. He later was the owner of Bee Line Express Moving Company in Bridgewater from 1976-1986 and Record Menagerie in Bound Brook which he ran with his wife until 2003. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Edison – Kamla Devi, 80, died on August 10, 2011. She was born in Gujranwala, India on October 28, 1930 to her parents Hansraj & Rajkumari Arora. Funeral arrangements were handled by India Funeral Services. Phillipsburg - Jean Diana Walker, age 64, passed away on August 11, 2011 at home. Jean was preceded in death by her brother Robert. She was predeceased by her husband, Albert Walker. Surviving are her daughter, Melanie (Walker) Cooper and husband David Cooper, and loving grandsons Thomas, Matthew and John. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Branchburg - Anita Felczak, 86, passed away on August 11, 2011. Mrs. Felczak worked as a Secretary at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark for 30 years, until retiring. Anita was a member of the Branchburg Senior Citizens. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Eleanor Sevilis, died peacefully on August 11, 2011. Daughter of the late Earl and Mildred Hobbs, Eleanor was born in Susquehanna, PA and lived in North Plainfield before moving to Bridgewater 29 years ago. Eleanor was an emergency room nurse for Somerset Medical Center retiring in 2000. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home.
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RVCC Chorale Seeks Singers Local singers are invited to audition for the RVCC Chorale, a performance group composed of both community members and students at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC). Tenors and basses are especially needed, but all voice types are welcome in the ensemble. The group performs choral music from many centuries. The chorale rehearses on Monday nights, from 7:15-10 p.m., in the Arts building (room A-33), at the College’s Branchburg Campus. The first rehearsal is Monday, September 12. The chorale will begin its fifth season in September under the direction of Dr. John Sichel of Mountainside. Dr. Sichel is a well-known artist who has composed extensively in many genres. Dr. Sichel received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music. The chorale’s winter concert, featuring holiday music by Schütz, Buxtehude, Bach and a variety of traditional carols, will be held December 10, at 8 p.m., in RVCC’s Welpe Theatre. In addition, select singers from the chorale will have the opportunity to take part in two special events. On October 10 the chorale will perform Dr. Sichel’s own Scenes from Childhood in a Welpe Theatre concert devoted to Dr. Sichel’s music. The chorale also has been invited to take part in a December 17 concert by Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul at RVCC’s Nash Theatre. Singers interested in participating in the chorale should contact Dr. Sichel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-526-1200, ext. 8813. Singers also may come prepared to audition one halfhour before the first rehearsal on Monday, September 12.
Park Commission Includes Green Knoll in 9-Hole Play Program The Somerset County Park Commission will include Green Knoll Golf Course on Garretson Road in Bridgewater in the recently introduced 9-hole rate program. The successful initiative was begun earlier this summer at Neshanic Valley and Spooky Brook Golf Courses. Golfers who lack sufficient free time for 18 holes are now able to reserve a tee time and play 9-holes at a special rate on weekends and holidays between the hours of 6:00 and 7:00 a.m. “This program offers our golfers an opportunity to get in a quick 9-holes before a multitude of family obligations,” commented Bob Ransone, Deputy Director, Golf Division. Nine-hole tee times are available by calling Green Knoll at 908-722-1301. Golfers should call the golf shop up to two days in advance to reserve the time and be eligible for reduced green fees and power cart fees.
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