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Big Winter Guard Show at BCMS to Include World Champs The Somerville High School Music Boosters Association will host its 12th annual Indoor Color Guard show at Branchburg Central Middle School on Saturday, Apr. 1, beginning at 2 pm. The show will be attended by over 40 competing winter guard teams and will conclude with an exhibition performance by the Somerville High School Scholastic World Winter Guard team performing its show “The Path Unwinding.” In addition, the Somerville High School Scholastic Regional A Winter Guard team will perform its show “Upon a Star.” Winter guard, known as “the sport of the arts,” is a competitive indoor color guard activity. Performers use flags, rifles, sabers and other equipment, as well as dance, to enhance their

performance. Teams are judged in various categories including technique, design, equipment, and general effect. Somerville is the 2012 Scholastic A and 2015 Scholastic Open Class Winter Guard International (WGI) World Champions. The WGI World Championship takes place annually at the University of Dayton in Ohio. Somerville now competes in the World Class, the highest level of scholastic competition in which there are only 24 guards in the world. Members of Somerville’s Scholastic World team are Ashley Balbuena-Moreno, Michael Berliner (captain), Abegail Dabay, Ellie England, Adelina Gallo, Julia Gonzalez (captain), Clarisa Gorky, Jenny Le, Cristina Petroni (captain), Carri Polansky, Kayla Rispoli (captain), Razelle Tabora,

Stephanie Vergara, Allison Willoughby, Morgan Yap and Nicole Zangara (captain). Members of the Scholastic Regional A team are Amanda Carrier, Meghan Cirillo, Adela Joyce, Ivana Jurscakova, Wanda LopezCruz, Breanne Malanga, Amaris Miller, Alessia Petroni, Amanda Rodriguez, Sabrina Rodriguez, Jennifer Rojas, Colin Sheeley, Katie Updegrove, Emily Urena, Annia Zuniga and Heather Zuniga. Show admission prices are $10/ adult and $8/children and seniors Members of the SHS World Winter Guard perform. (cash only.) Spectators can stop by at any time during the show. Food will be available for purchase. Visit for more info including the show schedule. – submitted by Chris Yap and Kim England

Eagle Scout Project Provides Exercise Stations Branchburg Boy Scout Troop 185 member Adam Murrison, eager to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, recently approached the Township with a project idea to add exercise stations at White Oak Park. Working to select locations with Recreation Director Glenn Burrell and DPW Parks Foreman David Everett, Adam’s idea took shape and he energetically moved forward, finishing up just after the new year. Adam designed, crafted and installed three exercise stations which are located just off the walking path at various locations around White Oak Park. These stations offer the participant an opportunity to work on upper body, lower body and core conditioning and strengthening. Each station provides instructional guidelines, displayed on professional quality signs, with individual workout examples for the participant to engage in. Said Burrell, “If you are up for a challenge, take the time to check

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SHS Theater Performance, Mar. 2, 3, 4 At 7 pm at the high school auditorium on Davenport St. in Somerville, students will perform the classic play “How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.” Ticket price: $13 (online, excludes surcharge), $15 (at the door if still available, cash or check only) h2s/

Upcoming Events Autoimmune Group Meeting Mar. 11 Support for people with autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, etc. Volunteer, non-profit. Meets from 2 to 3 pm (second Saturday of each month) at Robert Wood Johnson Unversity Hospital - Somerset. For more info, visist

register, visit openhouse. For more info, contact the Admissions Dept. at 908-5261200 or admissions@raritanval. edu.

Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner, Mar. 18 At 6:30 pm at the Parish Community Hall, Our Lady of Lourdes, 390 County Road 523, Whitehouse Station. Knights of Columbus will hold its annual event. $20 for adults, $18 for seniors. $10 for children. Open to the public and Corned Beef Dinner all are invited. Pay at the door. For and Bake Sale, Mar. 11 From 4:30 to 7 pm at South Branch info contact Roman at (908)256Reformed Church. Dine in or take 9760 or out. Adults $15, children 6-10 $6, 5 and under free. For more info or to purchase tickets call (908) 3694956.

Family Purim Carnival, Mar. 5 From 12:30 - 4 pm at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC, 775 Talamini Rd. in Bridgewater. Inflatables, mountain climber, pony rides, unlimited games and activities, FunKart Raceway, Music by Pulse Entertainment, GAGA, face painting, cookie decorating, sand art, tattoos. Carnival admission is $20/child which includes unlimRVCC Info, Tours in March ited games and activities. Adults On Mar. 10 and 31 from 10 to 11 are free and food is sold separately. am in RVCC Conference Center, Info: and on Mar. 16 from 4 to 6 pm Coffee with the Mayor, Mar. 11 in the Atrium (lower level, ColFrom 9:30 to 11 am at the Munici- lege Center). Enrollment, transfers, pal Building. Listen, talk and learn career training, admissions and paying for college are covered. To about township happenings.

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Garden Club Meeting, Mar. 23 At 9:45 am at the Station House on Olive St. in Neshanic Station. Program is “Translating Your Ideas into a Floral Picture,” presented by Arline Pagliaro, a floral designer and Neshanic Garden Club member. She will demonstrate and instruct on how to create an award winning arrangement. Lug your mug to the light luncheon at noon. Prospective members are encouraged to attend. For further info about club meetings, contact club president Marion Nation at 908-359-6317. For more info regarding the club, visit and like us on Facebook.

Teen Night at BCMS, Mar. 24 From 7 to 9:30 pm, middle school students can enjoy games, music, dancing, open gym and refreshments. Adult volunteer chaperones are needed so call the Recreation Department to help out. 908526-1300 x 187 or 188. Flyer and permission slip/admission ticket is available at Night 3 24 17.pdf.

Lenten Breakfast, Mar. 25 At 9 am, Readington Reformed Church Women’s Ministries will hold its annual Lenten breakfast in Fellowship Hall. Speaker is Reverend Maudelin Willlock. There will be a musical interlude, piano and vocal selections and an inspiring message to begin the Lenten season. RSVP by Mar. 20 to the Readington Reformed Church office at (908) 534-2077. The church is located at 124 Readington Road in Readington. Scouting Alumni Reception, Mar. 27. From 7 to 9 pm at Fox Hollow Golf Club, 59 Chase Run in Branchburg, the Patriots’ Path Council Raritan Valley District 2017 Alumni Reception will bring together alumni for a great evening of fun and fellowship at no charge. Highlights include the 2017 Alumni Council

shoulder patch, door prizes, a drawing for a free alumni trip to Philadelphia in May for those who bring someone new, and a collectors’ patch sale. Register online at ppbsa. by Monday, Mar. 20. To make an FOS donation, visit: give/ For more info contact: Mary Lynne Capen marylynne.capen@ 973-765-9322 x241. Sponsored by the Patriots’ Path Council.

Fresh pierogi orders and pickup In Whitehouse Station, presented by the Our Lady of Lourdes Rosary Altar Society to benefit scholarships. Many varieties made by the “Delicious Fresh Pierogi Company.” Order forms and info available during March at parish website, In-person orders will also be taken after all masses during the weekend of Mar. 25-26. (Orders must be pre-paid by cash or check, made out to “Rosary Altar Society.”) Orders must be picked up at the OLL Community Hall on Sat. Apr. 8, between 9 am and noon. Cost is $5.50 per 12-pack.

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Rotary Comedy Night, Apr. 27 At 7 pm (doors open 5:30) at RVCC, to support scholarships for local students. Tickets are $35 online and $40 at the door. Individual tickets for sale online at or call 855-JNL-LIVE, 855-565-5483. For more info, or to reserve a table of 10, call event coordinator Doug Bateman at 908-581-5034. Preschool Tricky Tray, Apr. 28 Sponsored by South Branch Reformed Church Preschool to benefit the school. Doors open 7 pm, drawings start 8:15 pm. Snacks and refreshments throughout. $20 tickets for 12th annual event go on sale Mar. 27. Location: 870 River Road, Hillsborough (just across the Studdiford bridge. Contact: Preschool@, Phone: (908)3697885 Charity Run, Apr. 30 At Duke Island Park starting at 9:45 am, multiple events include 50-yard dash, family fun walk and 5K. Benefits Patrick’s Pals Foundation, which helps improve the lives of disabled children. To register online or for more info, visit www.Patrickspalsfoundation. com. Day of event registration is open from 8:30 to 10 am.

Imagine a bunch of people crawling inside giant plastic bubbles and bouncing around like beach balls, bouncing off each other. Bubble soccer is a blast, and it is now offered at Branchburg Sports Complex. Each player is enveloped inside a big inflatable sphere from the knees up. Legs are free to propel the participants as they run, jump, and bump into other players. Just like regular soccer, bubble soccer can be a team game with the teams trying to score more goals than their opponents. Bubble soccer is suitable for adults and children over age eight. It’s great fun, resulting in countless laughs for players and spectators. Bubble Soccer is great for birthday parties, team-building, fundraisers or just bumping around with friends. Branchburg Sports Complex, at 47 Readington Rd. in Branchburg, features 78,000 square feet of action-packed sports and activities, including four indoor turf fields, four batting cages, a training center, an arcade with redemption center, a laser tag arena, playmaze and seasonal basketball/volleyball courts. The complex hosts athletic leagues, clinics, day camps, parties, corporate groups and team- building. Contact info: 908-203-1600, --submitted by Lisa Sepulveda

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Historic Open House, Mar. 19 From 1 to 4 pm, the 1790 Andrew Ten Eyck House will provide visitors an accurate look at how people lived in Branchburg’s earlier times. The restored brick and frame house is on Old York Road at the entrance of the LifeCell facility. Tours are provided by the Branchburg Historical Society, usually on the third Sunday of each month. Free, although donations are always welcome. Sometimes tours are canceled. If the “Open” flag is flying on the front porch, the open house is underway. Parking lot is at the back, as is the house entrance.

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Stony Brook’s Stupendous Spelling Bee Submitted by Toni Lynn Burke, Stony Brook School Enrichment Teacher, and Tricia Ihde, Branchburg Woman’s Club The Branchburg Woman’s Club held spelling bees for fourth and fifth grade students at Stony Brook School on Feb. 3, coordinated by Enrichment Teacher Toni Lynn Burke, as part of the school’s Enrichment Program. More than 70 students participated in the spelling competition with students and staff members wearing yellow and black to get in the bee spirit and support the spellers. BWC member Kathy Herdman was the announcer, and Peg Amorosa was the pronouncer. The BWC members who served as judges in groups of three were Jean Quattro, Roseann Podlaski, Barb Melitski, and Judy Andreyko.

All spellers received a participation certificate as well as a special bookmark. The top three finalists in each grade received trophies. The fourth grade winners were Marissa Springsteel (1st place,) Priya Mullassaril (2nd place,) and Jake Dunn (3rd place.) The fifth grade winners were Pragati Suresh (1st place,) Prem Singasene (2nd place,) and William Lawson (3rd place.) The top two fifth-grade spellers and the first place fourth-grade speller were given the opportunity to move on to the Feb. 11 regional spelling bee: The NJ State Federation of Woman’s Clubs’ College District Spelling Bee. Prem Singasene achieved 4th place in the NJSFWC College District Bee. The winner of the District Bee will have the opportunity to compete at the State Level on March 4.

The fifth grade Spelling Bee winners, from left, are William Lawson (3rd place), Pragati Suresh (1st place), and Prem Singasene (2nd place.) -Photo courtesy of the Branchburg Woman’s Club.


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The Meghan Rose Bradley Foundation for pediatric brain cancer research and awareness will host fundraising events at Branchburg Central Middle School (BCMS) and Somerville High Schools (SHS) in March. BCMS will host Meghan Rose Bradley Day on March 10 giving students the opportunity to purchase up to three privileges (wear pajamas to school, wear a funny hat and/or listen to their

music during their lunch periods.) SHS will host Don Denim Day on March 17 giving students and teachers the opportunity to wear jeans to school with a donation of $5. Sundae’s Ice Cream on Route 202 South will continue its support by honoring Meghan’s birthday on March 16, by donating 10% of the proceeds on that day to the foundation. Meghan died at age 16 from brain cancer, and

March 16 would have been her 29th birthday. On March 15, the Branchburg Police and the Branchburg Teachers will compete in the annual charity basketball game in the gym at BCMS at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. The spirited event features a full-court battle, refs, cheerleaders, dance team, DJ, and the BCMS Falcon. Through all foundation events, including Ladies Night Out in February and

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By Tricia Ihde for the BWC The Branchburg Woman’s Club is looking forward to a special performance at the club’s March 16 meeting at Branchburg Central Middle School. To start the meeting, dancers from Lynn Academy of Irish Dance will perform some festive Irish dances for the club members and invited guests. With a location in Hillsborough, the Lynn Academy of Irish Dance teaches traditional & contemporary Irish dancing. For information, see The Branchburg Woman’s Club welcomes membership inquiries. Club activities, projects, and events are designed to mesh with members’ lifestyles, interests, and time. Club members can participate in activities ranging from community service, crafts, social activities, philanthropic projects, book/movie discussions, and more. For information about the club, call (908) 866-1060, follow the club on Facebook at https://www. or visit the club’s Website at https://staging.

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The Branchburg Travel Soccer Club (BTSC) will conduct team tryouts for both boys and girls travel teams (age groups from U8 to U15) beginning in late April. Tryout dates, times and location for the BTSC 2017/2018 travel soccer team tryouts will be posted soon at BTSC has been proudly serving its home communities of Branchburg, Somerville and Neshanic since 1982. The club thanks residents for considering joining BTSC.

Giving Young Kids Their Start in Soccer Branchburg Travel Soccer Club is offering its Youth Development Program again this spring. The program’s goal is to develop each player in a positive, player-centered environment. Children will work closely with a professional soccer trainer in a program that is designed specifically with the needs of 5-8 year-old players in mind. Players are welcome from Branchburg, Somerville and Neshanic. Cost for eight weeks of fun and learning is $25. Sessions run Thursdays, Apr. 6 to May 25 from 5:30-6:30 pm at White Oak Park. For more info and registration, visit Any questions may be emailed to : – BTSC items submitted by Laura Marchese

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U-11 girls soccer team won the Commissioners Cup on Oct. 30, 2016. They defeated NJ Elite 2-0 in the State Cup Championship in Bordentown. This newly formed team went through five rounds of games to secure their spot in the State Cup Finals. The GPS 2006 team is a mix of girls from Branchburg, Bridgewater, Linden and Middletown and the team had not played soccer together before the summer of 2016. In addition to the State Cup, the girls won their league, the EDP Central One. The girls were invited to a NJYS awards dinner on Jan. 20 tocelebrate their State Cup championship along with other State Cup winners. Players from Branchburg are Elizabeth Hunt, Ashley Shannon, Kaitlyn Bohen, Kimberly Dalessio. – submitted by Laura Hunt.

In collaboration with Storming Robots, Raritan Valley Math Group (RVMG) will host its first Raritan Valley Math Group Math Contest on Saturday, Mar. 18 at 10 am at Storming Robots in Branchburg. The contest is open to any New Jersey student enrolled in grades 6-12. Homeschoolers are also welcome. The contest will be 90 minutes long, with no calculator-use permitted. Problems will be similar in difficulty to those found on the high school level AMC and AIME math contests. Following a lunch break (bring-your-own or pre-order), participants can choose to participate in activities like speed chess, Sudoku challenges, AI and algorithms presentations and spider bot demonstrations will have a choice of brainy activities. The contest ends with an awards ceremony where the top middle and high school scorers will receive prizes. Continued on page 12

(Out of This) World Robotics Tourney -- The Storming Robots (SR) team recently won second place in a worldwide space robotics competition (Zero Robotics) hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The SR team wrote software that was used by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS). Branchburg residents on the team were Sean Doran (high school sophomore), and Sonia Purohit (high school freshman). In the photo are seen Alvar Saenz-Otero, ***SPHERES Lead Scientist Associate Director, Space Systems Laboratory; Wendy Feenstra, Project Manager from Aurora Flight Sciences; Katie Magrane, Program Manager from Innovation Learning Center; Javier de Luis, Chief Scientist from Aurora Flight Sciences; Steve Sell, EDL (Entry, Descent, Landing) Systems Engineer at Jet Propulsion Lab. At center, wearing t-shirts are four of the SR team members: Alexander Saff, Prateek Humane, Mehal Kashyap, and Sonia Purohit.

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Municipal Building News | in print and online at ‘Our Work is Your Play’ Each month we’ll bring you highlights from our Recreation brochure. We are excited to offer residents new recreational opportunities and bring back everyone’s favorites. For details & information go to: click on “Township Recreation”, to sign up for programs or Summer Camp click on the “Register Now” button.

Recreation News Spring/Summer program registration begins Monday, March 20th **Teen Night @ BCMS Friday, March 24th 7-9:30pm ** Volunteer adult chaperones needed

Summer Camp 2017 dates – June 26th to August 4th Registration begins online Saturday, April 1st no fooling! Ends May 20th & walk-in begins April 3rd & ends May 20th. Sites available: Grades K-5 - White Oak Park & Whiton Elementary, Teen Scene for 6 - 8th graders at BCMS

DID YOU KNOW… Branchburg Township provides many services that may not be familiar to some residents. To help increase awareness we are providing this article. Much more information can be found on our website or by calling the municipal building at 908-526-1300.

Department of Public Works … April 1st 2017, E-Waste –Drop Off Township of Branchburg 9 am to 3 pm … You can obtain your recycling bin at the DPW office located at 34 Kenbury Road … Americans throw away 25,000,000 plastic beverage bottles every hour! … That the township of Branchburg picks up approximately 7000 cubic yards of leaves each year … Leaves from a large tree can provide $50 of fertilizer … An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now! … Cooking grease and oils will clog your drain.

Register online through Community Pass or download the paperwork and mail it into Recreation @ 34 Kenbury Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876

… In older toilets, three gallons of clean water gets used with every flush. But in the newer toilets, as little as one gallon gets flushed!

**Summer Camp Counselor and Counselor-in-Training** Applications are available on the Township website under Recreation.

… That the salt brine applied to the road before a storm decreases salt usage of approx. 25%

(Application & references must be received by 3/20.)

*The Branchburg Recreation Adult Slow Pitch Softball League is looking for teams for the Monday & Friday Night Men’s Leagues. This is an ASA league with most games starting at 6:30pm. The season begins mid-April with playoffs beginning the first Monday in August. For information, contact Recreation at 908-526-1300 x 188.

*The Walking Group meets in the Baird Road parking lot at White Oak Park! Morning 9:30am or evening 6:30pm! A chance to get together with fellow walkers, this is an informal group, meet & walk * *Spring Tennis with Steve Bork for youth and adults Begins Saturday, April 15th – May 20th, *Girls Fall Field Hockey Registration begins March 20 th * **** ***NEWS FLASH*** 21st Downhill Race We have the plans to Build Your Own or reserve a car from our limited inventory. Baird Road at White Oak Park SAVE THE DATE – Sunday, June 4th (RD June 11th) **** DISCOUNT SKI TICKETS AVAILABLE While there is still snow on the mountains! We also have tickets for Adventure Aquarium and Crayola. **CALL RECREATION for availability and prices 908-526-1300 x 188**

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… As of May, the township had a total of 113.08 miles of roadways, of which 87.96 miles were maintained by the municipality, 18.74 miles by Somerset County and 6.38 miles by the state.

Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Sign-Up now to attend in Branchburg Township In the U.S., it is estimated that 27% of people 65 and older have diabetes (diagnosed and undiagnosed) and an additional 50% have prediabetes. About 400,000 seniors are diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) every year and the total figure of those seniors with T2D is predicted to rise to 17.2 million by 2025. This high prevalence, combined with poor control, translates into diabetes being the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes cause 59% of deaths in NJ. Despite advances in diagnosis, treatment and prevention, heart disease for example, which often results from diabetes, remains a leading cause of death in the state. NJ spends over 7 billion dollars in chronic disease-attributable healthcare costs annually. Reducing this burden with an emphasis on wellness would have a major economic impact on residents. To help Branchburg residents and community members living with chronic conditions, the Branchburg Township Health Department in partnership with the Montgomery Township Health Department and Empower Somerset will be hosting a FREE Chronic Disease Self-Management workshop called “Take Control of Your Health” this March. So what is Stanford’s Take Control of Your Health Program?

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“Take Control of Your Health” is an evidence-based workshop series offered in your area. It is considered the gold standard for chronic disease management. The workshops are a self-management education intervention for adults with chronic health conditions like arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, lung disease or a condition that requires management on a regular basis. Workshop is a series of weekly 2.5 hour long classes for 6 weeks. Participants learn techniques for coping with the physical and psychological effects of chronic disease, and strategies for reducing symptoms and disability. Among the proven benefits, participants report less pain, fatigue, and depression; more energy; better communication with their physicians; better overall health; and increased confidence that they can manage their health. The workshops are facilitated by two specially trained leaders. Topics covered include: fitness and exercise, managing symptoms, pain and fatigue, nutrition, medications, treatment decisions, creating action plans and making daily tasks easier. Light Refreshments will be served. All participants will receive a FREE copy of the “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” Workshop Dates: 6 weekly sessions beginning Wednesday, March 15th Times: 10:00am-12:30pm Location: Branchburg Health Department (34 Kenbury Road) Call now to reserve your seat as class size is limited. RSVP by March 10th, 2017 To learn more about this workshop or to register please contact Devangi Patel at 908-533-9331. Open to Everyone.

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SHS Chamber Choir Invited to Perform at Walt DisneyWorld in May; Now Raising Funds for Trip The Somerville High School Chamber Choir, which recently appeared in Branchburg’s Carols by Candlelight event, and works and performs with the Midland School Chorus, has been named one of five finalists in the National Varsity Brand Spirit Awards Choral Concert to be held at Walt Disney World on May 13. The invitation includes hotel accommodations, admission to all theme parks and bus transporta-

tion, but airfare is not included. The choir will be raising funds via donations to underwrite the expense. A “gofundme� account has been set up to help raise money for this opportunity. In addition, members are canning at supermarkets, holding a bake sale at the school and an “Eat Wings, Raise Funds� event at Buffalo Wild Wings. The choir has also received generous donations from a local business and

Branchburg Newsmakers Ron and Jannette Coco announce the engagement of their son, Daniel Coco of Branchburg to Sarah Sarnecki of Marlton. The bride-tobe graduated from Cherokee High School in 2013. She is currently studying Elementary Education with a concentration in English at Liberty University and anticipates graduation this December. The future groom is a 2011 graduate of Somerville High School. He is also a student at Liberty University and is studying Christian Leadership and Business Management. The couple has planned their wedding for July 1, 2017, at The Glass House in Lynchburg, VA.

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On Jan. 27, Chris Santos of Branchburg was one of 13 senior students in the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School to present a poster at a conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. The conference, held by the Committee on Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN), was titled “The Refugee Challenge of the 21st Century.�

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Seen at right, Neshanic Station resident and BCMS 8th grader Evan Wooby capped off his middle school wrestling career with a 1st place finish in the Raritan Valley Middle School Wrestling League Championships on Jan. 29. At 90 lbs., Evan was not scored upon all tournament and secured 2 pins over opponents to take the championship title.

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Daniel Young Daniel Young, a Branchburg resident and a junior at St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen, received the Academic Excellence Award at the14th annual Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children (SFIC) High School Basketball Festival held on January 7 at Kean University. Daniel maintains a 4.7 GPA and is a forward on St. Joseph’s varsity basketball team.

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Stephen Duncan Stephen Duncan, a student at Branchburg Central Middle School, won the Rotary Club of Branchburg Student of the Month Essay Contest for February. The essay reflects the student’s goals for the future and the steps necessary to achieve their goals. Stephen is planning on studying to become a Neurologist. He was awarded a Rotary certificate, a gift certificate and a special coin inscribed with Rotary slogans.


Seen at left, Nick Chabrak took first place in the 105 weight class in the year end Raritan Valley Middle School Wrestling League tournament. He won his final match 4 to 3 in sudden victory overtime against an opponent from Bound Brook.

On Feb. 2, Laura DePrado and Mike Cohen of the Rotary Club of Branchburg attended the BSA Honor Court at Midland School where Boy Scout Michael Snow of Branchburg’s Troop 90 received his Eagle Scout award. As part of the ceremony, Laura presented Michael with the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians Certificate. Michael’s journey to Eagle Scout was featured in the January 2017 edition of the Branchburg News.

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High scorers may be invited to join RVMG for its weekly math meetings. which explore areas of math beyond the typical scope of the public school sequence with the purpose of deepening mathematical understanding and problem solving. A subset of RMVG students, the Raritan Valley Math Team (RVMT), attends national math competitions, including the American Regions Mathematics League (ARML), Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament (HMMT), and PUMaC (Princeton University Mathematics Competition). In November 2016, RVMT finished in eighth place overall (out of 146 teams) at HMMT. For more information, email For the Mar. 18 math contest. pre-registration is required as seats are limited. Registration is $37.50 per student. Current Storming Robots members save 20% off registration. For more info or to register email – submitted by Amy Marinovic

Tri Pack Run Off Winners (left to right): Devin Conner (Pack 94) 2nd Place, Jonathan Weinblatt (Pack 315) 1st Place, and 3rd Stephen Hojnoski (Pack 315) 3rd Place.

Noah Gad (Pack 94) cheers on the cars as they cross the finish line.

The annual Cub Scout Pinewood Derby took place Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Midland School as scouts of Packs 94, 185, and 315 raced their handcrafted cars. A nationwide event in which Cub Scouts have

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its intended purpose -- to promote bonding between sons and parents, camaraderie with fellow scouts, craftsmanship, creativity, healthy competition, good sportsmanship, and of course, fun. In addition to speed, cars are awarded for various design categories. This year the categories included most patriotic, most colorful, most food-like, and most


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Chinese Acupuncturist Opens Clinic in Branchburg Shujing Dai L.Ac, PhD, Diplomate in Acupuncture certified by NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine,) has opened Jing Acupuncture Service LLC in Branchburg Commons, 3322 US 22, Suite 805. Shujing has been in practice in Westchester, NY, for many years and is licensed in the state of New York and New Jersey. She is certified in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture which is issued by Virginia Doran, M.Ac., L.Ac, L.M.T. (See Shujing graduated in 1995 with highest honors from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. She has practiced the arts of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine at China-Japan Friendship Hospital in China. She also has a PhD in

the combination of Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine. Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture uses a variety of techniques, including placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body, to stimulate and improve Qi flow. Acupuncture has helped patients with pain reduction, stress and tension relief, increased energy levels, stronger digestion, relief from bad habits and addictions, and a greater sense of overall health and well-being. Contact the clinic at 908-7221597 or 908-210-7977. Visit www.

Donna Jean Sandvig Donna Jean Sandvig, 62, of Branchburg, passed away peacefully on Feb. 11 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. Born in Glen Cove, Long Island, NY, she was a resident of Branchburg for most of her life. Donna was the PTO President of Branchburg schools, was the founder of the nonprofit organization ComforTree, and a five-time marathon runner. She enjoyed scrapbooking, bowling, reading the Bible, running, gardening, cross stitching, going to the beach, and being a mom to her four wonderful kids.

She is preceded in death by her beloved parents Blanche and Paul Ackerman. Surviving are her former husband William Sandvig of Schaumburg, IL; dear sons, Billy Sandvig of Charleston, SC and Jason Sandvig of Branchburg; loving daughters, Christa and husband Phil Votaw of Charleston, SC and Jaime Sandvig of Peoria, AZ; her wonderful brother, Robert and wife Gay Ackerman of Atlanta, GA; cherished grandchildren, Merrek and Piper Addison; and many nieces and nephews. Visit for condolences.

Anxiety in Children Program is March 16 Hunterdon Healthcare and HealthQuest of Hunterdon will present “Anxiety in Children & Adolescents: How much is too Much?” on Thursday, Mar. 16 from 6 to 7 pm. The program will be held at HealthQuest – Adult Lounge, 310 HealthQuest Blvd. in Flemington. Anxiety is a physical and mental state that is natural for everyone to experience at different points. Sometimes, however, worry can take on a life of its own and sometimes we don’t think of how anxiety can affect children. Gail Burack, PhD, Child Development Center, will lead this informational program. This program is for parents, grandparents and caregivers who have anxiety concerns for a child. The program is free and open to non-members of HealthQuest. To register, call 908-788-6157 or e-mail:

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Brownies Help Kids, Animals – Brownie Troop 60336 of Branchburg recently performed community service projects for St. Hubert’s Animal Shelter and for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). They donated toys to CHOP and home-made dog treats and first aid kits to St. Huberts. In the photo above are seen Roma Batra, Regan Ost, Vivia Cote, Charlotte McLaughlin, Grace Carey, Charlotte White, Sami Triolo, Sophia Manochio. Also at the event was Ryle VonSpreckleson (not in the photo. – submitted by Melanie White

The Township of Branchburg Republican Municipal Committee (TBRMC) Chairman Marty Herrman announced that the TBRMC will hold its annual Township Committee Candidate Screening Meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 14, at 7:30 pm in the Community Room of the Whiton Hills Apartment complex. Address is 804 Bermuda Dr., located off Route 202 South or Sean Way off Old York Road in Branchburg. The purpose of this meeting is to interview qualified Republican candidates for the Branchburg Township Committee and selecting one candidate who will receive the endorsement of the TBRMC and the Somerset County Republican Organization for Branchburg

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Register Now: Soccer Tykes 2017 Begins Soon

Fuzzy Fun -- The North Branch Reformed Church Preschool recently held its annual bookfair at Barnes & Noble with a “Very Hungry Caterpillar” theme. Pastor Mark Swart dressed-up as the caterpillar and posed for a picture with the Palko children of Branchburg. Student artwork was displayed throughout the store, preschool teachers read stories, children created caterpillar bookmarks, and the Preschool Board held a Book Drive for BRICK Academy of Newark, collecting over $300 worth of books for their library. – submitted by Jennifer Landrieu, director

Sponsored by the Branchburg In-Town Soccer Club (BITS), Soccer Tykes is designed to be a fun introduction to soccer for very young children. It also serves as a fundraiser for the SHS Girls’ Soccer Team, and an opportunity for the girls to teach the skills they have learned over the years. Age range is 4-8. Cost is $55. The program runs Saturdays from Apr. 22 through May 13, 10:45 am to noon at White Oak Park. Deadline for registration is Apr. 14. For info about the program, email Colleen Bayer at Bayercolleen@

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Laura Graham Leonard Laura Graham Leonard, 54, of Branchburg, passed away peacefully on Jan. 11 at home surrounded by family after battling metastatic bladder cancer for the past year. Born in Newark on Aug. 18, 1962, Laura grew up in Kenilworth,

moving to Ridgefield after college, then settling in Branchburg after her marriage in 1997. Laura earned her BA in communications from Douglass College in 1984 and her MBA in finance from Seton Hall University in 1994. After college, Laura held several roles in the telecommunications industry until the birth of her son, Luke, when she fulfilled a lifelong dream of being a mom. Later she fulfilled a second dream and passion for working with kids as owner / operator of ComputerTots. Most recently, she worked at Collabera Inc. as a project manager. Laura was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville, where she also was a teacher of religious education for the Children’s Faith Formation. She also belonged to the St. Joseph High School - Metuchen Women’s Club

and was a member of Lavallette (NJ) Yacht Club. Laura is survived by her loving husband of 19 years, Shawn Leonard and the love of her life, son, Luke. She is also survived by her parents, Marshall and Dolo-

res Graham, siblings, Lisa Ten Eyck, husband Jim; Karen Oleson Keuler, husband Marc and Andrew Graham as well as niece, Jackie Thalman, husband Bill, son Dylan, nephews, Jake Oleson and Daniel Oleson.

Memorial contributions may be 17 made in Laura’s memory to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network ( or Luke Leonard’s college fund.

Bateman’s Affordable Housing Legislation Blocked in Senate An effort by Branchburg resident, Senator Kip Bateman (R-16), to have the New Jersey Senate vote on comprehensive affordable housing reform legislation was blocked by the majority Senate Democrats in February. Bateman sponsors S-2216, which would allow towns to administer their own affordable housing obligations, giving every municipality the flexibility and autonomy to

make their own decisions. His effort to make S-2216 the “Order of the Day” in the Senate, which would allow a vote to advance the bill, was immediately blocked by Senate Democrats in a party-line 22-16 vote. Bateman was quoted in a Feb. 13 press release issued by his office: “The Supreme Court left the door open for the Legislature to enact a new affordable housing scheme. Unless the Legislature accepts that

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By Rita Jordan The March winds are a blowing and thoughts of spring are in the air, but any kind of weather can be expected in March. We shall see. We had a pleasant Valentine’s Day celebration and are looking forward to St. Patty’s Day at our Mar. 16 social meeting. Looking ahead, our president, Phyllis Diakos, announced that the Spring Luncheon, our 46th Anniversary, will be at Mangiano’s on Apr. 29, and hopefully, the club will win the lottery again for a box at Patriots Stadium. Vice Pres. Marion Bergen said dues should all be in by now and letters will be sent to those who we’ve not heard from. We were all saddened by the passing of long-time member Stan Godlesky on Jan. 7. Stan was a very active member. He served as vice president for 2 years in 2001, 02; was a trustee almost continually since then, and always participated in the fun things. We remember the

times when he and his wife Millie dressed as pumpkins for Halloween, and as elves at Christmas. We will truly miss Stan and send our sincere condolences to Millie. We decided to set up a jigsaw puzzle table that can be left out for anyone to add a piece at any meeting or fun day. The current puzzle is a beautiful scene from Venice. Also we are thinking about having another Monday Movie of the Month as we’ve done in the past. Plans are also being made for our annual Bakeless Cake Sale. A few of the seniors are going to see ”Mamma Mia” at the Westchester Broadway Theatre on Mar. 30, and a trip to Mt. Haven Lodge at High Point for lunch and dinner plus a Roaring Twenties show is in the planning stages. The estimated date is June 28. Coming Events; Social meeting is Mar. 16 (St. Patty’s Day party). Business meeting is Mar. 2. Fun

Days are Mar. 9, 23. Executive Board meets Apr. 4. Spring Luncheon is Apr. 20. Membership Info: Membership is open to ages 55 +. Dues are $15 annually. Meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of the month at Building 10, in the Whiton Hills Community Room on Rt. 202 South. It’s on the lower floor. The business meeting is always on the first Thursday. The third Thursday is the social meeting, which includes a light lunch. Time: 11am to 3 pm. “Fun Days” are social times to meet up with friends. These are on Thursdays when there are no meetings. Shooting pool and playing cards are favorite activities. Playing board games and selecting books from the Book Nook, or just socializing are fun, too. A light lunch is available. Happy Birthday, March Seniors Mar.5 Margaret Schmalz Mar.7 Edward Ogin Mar.8 John Giancola Mar.8 Estelle Sawanowich Mar.12 Irene Zaczek Mar.19 Jo Place

Mar.19 Rosario Lipari Mar.24 Catherine Gerard Mar.26 Robert Myers Love & Thanks to Dotty: The editors are sorry to announce that Dotty Budzek, now 90 years young, has decided to retire from compiling the birthday notes and

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providing monthly jokes and quips. 19 For 17 years (since The Branchburg News began publishing,) Dotty has been a faithful monthly contributor to the paper. We love you and we thank you, Dotty! And love and thanks to Rita Jordan who has taken on the birthday list duties for now -- Bill & Monita

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This Month In Branchburg History One Year Ago, Mar. 2016: Mary Poppins took flight in the spring musical at Somerville High School. Thespian Troupe ##659, Drama Club and Music Dept. brought in a Broadway flying effects professional to engineer Maura Elwood’s flying umbrella stunts as Mary. Five Years Ago, Mar. 2012: On Mar. 18, about 200 girl scouts, families, friends and leaders marched across the Elm Street Bridge and into Neshanic Station village in celebration of Girl Scouting’s 100th Anniversary. 10 Years Ago, Mar. 2007: The one-lane wooden bridge on River Road was closed most of the month because of structural problems and finally repaired and reopened in April. The bridge is owned by NJ Transit.

25 years ago, Mar. 1992: The first “Fun Night� was being planned at Central School to help give kids something to do on weekends. Running the Friday-night event for seventh- and eighth-graders, was the Branchburg Youth Services Commission and the Branchburg Alliance for Drugs and Alcohol. 50 years ago, Mar. 1967: As completion of the new “upper elementary school� on Baird Road approached, the school board was discussing possible names for the facility. “Branchburg Central� was considered the favorite. Others included Baird Junior, Baird Road, Branchburg Junior, County Line, Joyce Kilmer, Mathers, Woodland, Sanford Junior High and Oakland.

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