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October 2015

Five Years Already?

Branchburg Sports Complex Anniversary Celebration:

Much Free Fun, Plus a Halloween Party

Guten Tag – In German, that means “good day,” and the Branchburg Republican Club’s 15th annual Bavarian

Festival on Sept. 19 at the Tee-rrific Golf Center was sehr gut. Marty Herrman, chairman of the Branchburg Republican Municipal Committee, festival chairman and grillmaster, said “A great time was had by all, especially the guy behind the grill.” Seen at the Bavarian-checked table are Steve and Paula Blaze, being entertained with outdoor adventure stories by local nature writer and photographer Joe Mish. By the way, this year’s Branchburg fest had some extra authenticity (besides Mr. Blaze’s Bavarian hat) -- it took place the very day the real German Oktoberfest opened in Munich.

Oct. 10 & 11: New Flea Market added to Weekend Journey Branchburg Sports Complex (BSC) is celebrating its five-year anniversary with a free, public celebration on Sunday, Nov. 1, from 3 to 7 pm. The day will include DJ entertainment, prizes, games, facepainting, balloon artists, special appearances and Laser Tag/PlayMaze specials. The annual Halloween Party will take place from 3 to 5 pm. Families will enjoy a “Trick or Treatville” complete with games, refreshments and much more. Craziest, funniest, scariest costumes will be part of the celebration. Lisa Sepulveda, marketing and corporate sales manager, wrote: “Since opening in 2010, thousands of families have visited BSC and enjoyed all of the action-packed activities we have to offer. BSC strives to be the ultimate sports and family

entertainment center in New Jersey. Our goal is to provide quality sports instruction, exciting family-friendly activities, memorable parties, corporate outings and special events in a clean, safe environment. “We are focused on supporting the local community. Over the past five years we have proudly supported various charities and community organizations such as The American Cancer Society, Children’s Specialized Hospital, Special Olympics of NJ, Somerset County 4-H and several school and youth based sports organizations throughout Somerset and Hunterdon Counties.” BSC is at 47 Readington Rd., just north of the NJ Transit railroad crossing. For more info, visit www. or call 908203-1600.

The Weekend Journey Through the Past annually brings hundreds of heritage tourists through Branchburg as they visit historic sites throughout Somerset County. Branchburg’s two sites on the list are again the Andrew Ten Eyck House and the South Branch School (Little Red Schoolhouse). This year touring will take place on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 am to 5 pm, and on Sunday, Oct. 11, from noon to 4 pm. A total of 30 historic sites are open countywide. Info: At the schoolhouse, members of the Neshanic Station Historical Society and the Branchburg Woman’s Club will serve as docents. At the Ten Eyck House, the host-organization is the Branchburg Historical Society. For years, the society has held its “Branchburg’s Attic” antique sale mostly inside the Ten Eyck House for the weekend. Now it has decided to open the lawn to members of the community, who are invited to sell their own items in an outdoor flea market. The flea market is a fundraiser for the Branchburg Historical Soci-

ety. Spaces measure 10’x10’ and cost $20 each; sellers must provide their own tables. The event will be held rain or shine; however, entry fees are refundable if there is a rain-out on both days. To reserve a space, call 908-369-2027. Suzanne Daniels of the Branchburg Historical Society wrote, “The Ten Eyck House usually has good attendance during this Somerset

County-sponsored tour of our treasured historical buildings. So clear out those closets, drawers and basements, and participate in the flea market at the Ten Eyck House.” Locations: Andrew Ten Eyck House, 671 Old York Rd., Branchburg, in front of the Life Cell facility, and the Little Red Schoolhouse on South Branch Road near Studdiford Drive.

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Flu/Tdap Clinic, Oct. 1 From 4 to 7 pm at Branchburg Municipal Building. Vaccines administered by Green Brook Family medicine, with a physician attending to answer questions. No co-pays or deductibles for participants with most major insurances. Without insurance, costs range from $25 to $45. For info, call the Branchburg Health Dept. at 908526-1300, etc. 183.

Upcoming Events Chicken Francaise Dinner Coffee with Mayor, Oct. 10 & Bake Sale, Oct. 17 From 9:30 to 11 am at the Municipal Building. Listen, talk and From 4:30 to 7 pm at South Branch learn about township happenings Reformed Church. Dine in or take out. Adults $14, kids ages 6-10 $6, and issues in a casual setting. Kirkside Garage Sale, Oct. 10 kids 5 and under free. For more From 9 am to 2 pm, proceeds info or to buy tickets call 908-369benefit Kirkside, a shared home 4956.

for seniors. Next to North Branch RVCC Astronomy Day, Oct. 17 Reformed Church on Route 28. From 2 to 5 pm and from 6 to 9 pm For more info about Kirkside, call at the RVCC Planetarium and 3M Observatory. Hands-on activities Karen Larsen at 908-295-5118. celebrating astronomy, science Vietnam Wall Tribute, Oct 1-4 Biondi 5K and Walk, Oct. 11 and the Planetarium’s 25th anniFrom 3 pm, Oct. 1 to 2 pm, Oct. Check in at 7:45 am at Hillsborversary. Appropriate for families 4 at North Branch Park, Milltown ough Municipal Building. Prowith children ages six and older. Rd. A traveling tribute with an ceeds benefit SHIP homeless Astronomy Day activities are free 80%-scale version of Washington program in memory of State Asof charge, but there are costs for DC’s Vietnam Memorial Wall. semblyman Peter J. Biondi. Starts the Planetarium star shows and Includes all names etched on the and ends in Hillsborough. For laser concerts being offered that original. Various ceremonies. For info: www.peterbiondimemorialday. For info, call 908-231-8805 info, visit or visit Flu Shot Clinic, Oct. 11 Rabies Clinic, Oct. 3 From 11 am to 1 pm at ReadingBarn Dance, Oct 17 From 9 to 11 am at the Public Works garage, 34 Kenbury Rd. ton Reformed Church, 124 Read- From 7 to 9:30 pm in an 18th cenFree for any NJ resident. Have ington Rd. Administered by the tury barn at the Bouman-Stickney dogs on leashes and cats con- Community Visiting Nurse Asso- Farmstead, 114 Dreahook Rd. in tained in a carrier. For info, call ciation. Those eligible to receive the Stanton section of Readingthe Branchburg Health Dept. at flu shots must be at least 18 years ton. Fun for the whole family, no old and show ID. Cost is $25 for experience necessary. Suggested 908-526-1300, etc. 183. the public, but free for Medicare donation of $5 per adult and $2 Part B. No credit cards are ac- per child. Groups of six or more Shred Day, Oct. 3 cepted. Call (908) 534-2077 for should call for a reservation, 908From 9 am to 1 pm in the lower lot more info. 236-2327. of the Municipal Building. Shred unwanted papers. Help prevent Voter Registration, by Oct. 13 Oct. 13 is that last day to register Garden Club Meeting, Oct 22 identity theft. to vote in the Nov. 3 General Elec- At 9:45 am at the Station House on tion. For info, visit or call the mu- Olive Street in Neshanic Station Polish Dinner Dance, Oct. 3 village. Program is “Horticulture From 6 to 10 pm at Liberty Hall, nicipal clerks office from 8 am to Review” with Joan Lippi, the Na29 Kline Blvd. in Whitehouse Sta- 4:30 pm, 908-526-1300 x104. Info tional Garden Club student judge tion, hosted by the Polish Ameri- also available from the county and GCNJ Horticulture Chair can Citizens Club. Doors open at website: for the 2015-2016 GCNJ Flower 6, the O’Such Polka Band starts Show. Includes a workshop/overQuilting Guild Open House, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for view of horticulture for the club’s Oct. 16 adults, $45 for couples, $20 for seAt 9:30 am at the Readington Re- October Flower Show, “Ghosts niors and children under 12. Dinformed Church at 124 Readington of the Sourlands” (See article on ner will include pierogi, kielbasa Road, Readington. Meeting, free page 6). A workshop following and sauerkraut, cabbage rolls, pot light refreshments and a presenta- the meeting will craft a pumpkin cheese and noodles, salads, destion “A Quilt Journalist Tells All,” decorated with succulents, with serts, coffee and tea. Additional by Meg Cox, a nationally known components provided. Program beverages available for purchase. writer on quilting and family tra- begins at 11. Lug your mug to the Advance reservations required ditions. Email: hunterdoncounty- light luncheon at noon. Prospecby using Eventbrite, or by calling Web- tive members are encouraged to (908) 534-6230 or emailing pacattend. Info: 908-359-6317. site: . Blessing of the Animals, Oct. 4 At 10:30 am at Neshanic United Methodist Church, 301 Maple Ave., Neshanic Station village. Described as “an exciting worship service for all God’s creatures. Bring your favorite furry and nonfurry friends.” For info, call 908369-3838.






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SHS Music Boosters to Host Marching Band Home Show Oct. 10

On Sept. 12, in the annual “Pedals for Progress” event at the Municipal Building, members of the Rotary Club of Branchburg, along with RVCC Rotaract members collected 116 bikes and 14 sewing machines thanks to kind donations by residents of Branchburg and surrounding communities. The Pedals for Progress organization will ship the items for use in developing countries.

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The Somerville High School Marching Band and Color Guard is seen performing on Brooks Field on Sept. 11.

The Somerville High School Music Boosters Association (SHSMBA) will host its 35th Annual Marching Band Home Show on Oct. 10 at the school. There are 17 area bands scheduled to compete, including Immaculata High School. The SHSMBA is an organization of parents who volunteer to support the music program at Somerville High School. Student groups which benefit from the Music Boosters’ efforts include all instrumental bands and ensembles, choirs, color guard, and the Pioneer Marching Band. The marching band and color guard will perform at the competition as the host band. The band and guard total 135 students, and will perform their show “Quadrants.” Under the direction of Matthew Krempasky, they have been preparing since August for the 2015 competition season. Currently, the

band and guard are in the middle of the USBand’s competition schedule, and will finish the season competing at the New Jersey State Championships on Oct. 31. They also support the high school football team at home and away games performing at half-time for home games, and at pre-game for away games. – submitted by Lisa Pross of the SHSMBA.

On Oct. 30, from 2 to 3:30 pm at Somerset County Library in Bridgewater, County Surrogate Frank Bruno, a Branchburg resident, will speak about “How to Probate a Will in the Somerset County Surrogate’s Court” and about recent changes in the law regarding probate. Also included will be a discussion of “powers of attorney” and “living wills.” This is a free presentation that includes complimentary materials on the subject. Pre-registration is requested but not required. Contact Kathlyn Kelly at 908-526-4016, ext. 145.

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Fun at the Country Fair Editor’s note: The 18th Annual Branchburg Country Fair, was scheduled for Sept. 26, and this paper (the October issue) was printed before the tent went up. Rather than wait for our November issue to print details about Branchburg’s biggest annual event, we snuck a look at the fair flyer and offer the following info about sponsors, activities and other details. We will print some photos in the November edition of The Branchburg News. BTW: in the fair flyer, the chairman’s message refers to the retirement of The Branchburg News editor Bill Haduch, which, if read quickly, could seem to mean… Well, just to be clear, the chairman means the editor’s retirement from the fair committee (after 18 years) !

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German/Girl Scout Gold Award Project, League of Woman Voters of New Jersey, Bernards/Somerville High School Hockey Team, Somerset County Emergency Animal Response Team (CART), Branchburg Historical Society, Meghan Rose Bradley Foundation, Branchburg School Health Services, Somerset County Library System, Branchburg Senior Citizens Club, Branchburg Fire Safety, Branchburg Health Department, Branchburg Republican District Committee, Branchburg Rescue Squad, By Kids for Kids, Branchburg Girl Scouts, Branchburg Police DARE. On the stage: Tom Klimchock, Gotta Dance, Loonies on the Path (Pink Floyd tribute band), Martial Arts Demonstration, Baxter Plan, Martial Arts Demonstration, IDB (Indestructible Dog Bingo). Ongoing activities: Bloodmobile drive, Moonwalk/pony rides/ other kids’ activities, Games for kids, Food drive by Branchburg

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Branchburg Library Tallies 91,325 Minutes of Summer Reading

Michael G. Ryan, a Branchburg resident who was the beloved principal of Somerville Middle School from 2002 to 2007, died in 2007 after a two-year battle with leukemia and lymphoma. He is still remembered in memorial awards presented each year to two Somerville Middle School students who exhibit his good character and other qualities. This year the awards went to Puja Patel and Jayson Rosales. In the photo at right are seen Puja Patel, Jayson Rosales, and Ryan’s wife and daughter, Lauren and Michaela of Branchburg.

burg, Flemington ShopRite, Huggables Hallmark, Sundae’s Sweet Shop, Tee-rrific Golf Center, Tex’s Liquor Store, The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College, Trattoria Uno and Wegmans - Bridgewater. The Branchburg Library, a member of the Somerset County Library System, is located in the Station House on Olive Street in

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School District Plans to Upgrade Video Outreach At the Aug. 27 meeting, held at Branchburg Central Middle School, the Branchburg Board of Education (BoE) approved a contract for equipment and service from Granicus Cloud Solutions to provide live-streaming, encoding, archiving and public web access to video content created by the Branchburg school district. Although the meetings will not be broadcast on local TV access channels, Granicus will provide the ability to watch the meetings

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Congratulations go to the 46 children, ages ranging from 1 to 12, who participated in the 2015 Summer Reading Club at the Branchburg Library. They each read (or were read to) from 120 minutes to over 7000 minutes for a grand total of 91,325 minutes. Antoine McLean was the top reader with 7010 minutes. His brother, Sebastien McLean, came in a close second with 6680 minutes and Gabriela Miller third place with 6310 minutes. The children received prizes for the minutes they read and celebrated with pizza at an awards ceremony on Aug. 26. Several Branchburg establishments were very generous giving donations used as rewards. Each of the top winners received a gift certificate from Express Mart, Vinnie’s Pizza or ShopRite of Branchburg. Additional gift certificates and prizes were received from Bagel Garden, Branchburg Sports Complex, Cream-A-Licious, Dunkin Donuts of Branch-


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Garden Club Plans Halloween Treat: “Ghosts” Flower Show

The Neshanic Garden Club is preparing for its Standard Flower Show, “Ghosts of the Sourlands,” on Halloween weekend. The judged show is open and free to the public and takes place at the Montgomery United Methodist Church, 117 Sunset Road, Belle Mead. Hours are 1:30 to 7:30 pm on Friday Oct. 30, and 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, Oct. 31. The National Garden Club organization describes standard shows as “spreading the word about the joys of gardening and serving as forums for learning and discussing the latest horticultural and design trends.” The Neshanic Garden Club is a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., Central Atlantic Region, Garden Club of New Jersey, District IV. For more info about the Standard Flower Show, contact Barbara Devitt at 908-782-6595. For info about Neshanic Garden Club’s upcoming programs contact Marion Nation at 908-359-6317. – info submitted by Susan Cusumano

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Children’s Garden of Learning in Neshanic Station village, could not contain her delight as early September again filled the play yard with young smiles and laughter. “There is nothing better than the energy and excitement of the first day of school, especially when you are three or four years old. The possibilities are endless. New friends, new toys and new experiences. Total joy! I wish I could bottle it,” she wrote. Halloween is Coming More fun in Neshanic Station village is on the way, Sue wrote, as the Children’s Garden will again become a destination in the annual village-wide Halloween celebration. “Come join us again for an amazing night on Halloween. Our little town ignites with

more. “This year we would like to ask the community to give back a little. We ask that each trick-or-treater who comes for candy, comes with a canned good to donate to the food bank. We will have bins ready in our foyer, along with our old photo books for our graduates. Hundreds pass through our patio. If everyone brought one can we could really make a difference. I am looking forward to seeing you all there.” Also joining in the Halloween festivities will be the new pastor of Neshanic United Methodist Church, Pastor Jennifer Lewis. She and some other church members will be distributing candy and collecting cans.


Summer 2015 saw Troop 185 participating in a number of activities. In June, the scouts traveled to Dutch Spring in Pennsylvania for an intro to snorkeling and scuba diving, as well as swimming in a quarry and rock climbing. The following weekend was the Raritan Valley District Awards Breakfast where Asst. Scoutmaster Harry Giorello received the unit Hero Award for all he has done to help Troop 185. The next day, the troop held its picnic & court of honor which included the Eagle court of honor for Andy Morris and Justin Van Dort. On June 28, the newly elected Senior Patrol Leader, Adam Murrison, headed to Camp Winnebago in Rockaway for a National Youth Leadership Training camp. On July 26, 35 scouts and six leaders headed to Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation in PA for a week where they tallied 120 merit badges & 12 partials. Three were certified as kayakers, one as a stand-up paddle boarder, two were recognized for leadership in aquatics and one for leadership in emergency preparedness. The troop earned the clean-site award, eight completed polar bear swim and two advanced rank. Upon their return, the follow-

ing day, several scouts and a few other troop members headed to the new high adventure camp at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia for a week. They experienced mountain biking, whitewater rafting, a canopy tour and zip lining, shotgun and rifle shooting, bow, trapshooting, archery, skate park, rock climbing and rappelling. Additionally, two scouts headed for a second week of summer camp at Camp Somers at Mount Allamuchy where combined they earned five merit badges and three partials. In a robotics competition, troop members took both first and second places. In August the scouts, with the help of parents & leaders, prepared & sold cheesesteaks and curly fries at the Somerset County 4-H Fair. At the conclusion of the fair, scouts focused on helping fellow scouts work on the Eagle rank projects. On Sept. 9, Troop 185 started its regular weekly troop meetings which are held every Wednesday

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Branchburg Boy Scout Troops 90 and 185 will hold informational troop meetings to let boys in 5th-12th grades along with their families know about what boy scouting has to offer. Troop 90’s info session is Oct. 1 at 7:30 pm at Midland School. Troop 185’s info session is Oct. 7 at 7:30 pm at North Branch Reformed Church. Anyone who has been to the 4-H Fair, kinows who runs the busiest food stand Boys do not need to be current in the tent -- Troop 185. Cheesesteaks and curly fries are annual treats for cub scouts in order to attend. For countless fairgoers. answers to questions about the boy scouting program in Branchburg, contact Webelos Coordinator Dana Lauducci at 908-575-8428 or – item submitted by Dana Lauducci

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Nathaniel Ahearn of Boy Scout Troop 90 completed his Ordeal Weekend to become a member of the Order of Arrow (OA) at the Winnebago Scout Reservation in Rockaway over the June 19-21 weekend. He and other scouts performed various service projects to prepare the reservation for summer camp. Older scouts are elected by their fellow troop members to be considered for membership in the OA, the Boy Scouts Honor Society which is based on the motto of cheerful service to the community. Over 70 scouts were inducted over the weekend. Brad Moore, the Troop 90 OA Representative and Richard Moore, the Troop 90 Adult OA Advisor, were also in attendance.

Sprucing up the Station House -- Members of the Rotary Club of Branchburg and the RVCC Rotaract Club beautify the fire hydrant in front of the Station House in Neshanic Station village, on Aug. 22. Last painted during America’s Bicentennial Celebration in 1976, the hydrant was cleaned, treated with rust inhibiting primer and repainted. In addition to restoring the hydrant, the club members also refurbished the building’s flagpole, and donated funds for the purchase of a replacement front entrance door for the building. Pictured here applying a coat of safety red paint are Kilian Leisy, Gillian Gauss, and Amanda Donner. – submitted by Mike Forrestall RVCC is Building New Workforce Training Center

On Aug. 25, Raritan Valley Community College broke ground for a new Workforce Training Center. The $10 million, 45,000 square foot facility will house a variety of programs to better serve the community’s economic and employment needs, including Automotive Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Certified Nursing

Assistant, Cosmetology, Massage Therapy, Environmental Control Technology (including residential and commercial HVAC), Phlebotomy, Exercise Science, and other Allied Health fields. The project is expected to be completed next summer.

In October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Cyndi Polanco’s Branchburg Allstate Agency in the Cedar Glen Shopping Center near ShopRite, is participating in the “Purple Purse� awareness program. The Purple Purse is a symbol of domestic violence awareness. The effort can bring thousands of dollars to the Resource Center of Somerset, the lead domestic violence agency in Somerset County. Nationally, the Allstate Foundation has allocated over $500,000 in prizes to 160 organizations that provide services to domestic violence victims. Here’s how it works. Until Oct. 27, caring members of the community can visit www. to pledge their support by making a donation. For every 10 donations made on the site, the Resource Center is entered in a chance to win $10,000. Exciting aspects of the challenge are the four purple purses that will travel from business to business, based on fund-raising. Here in Branchburg, one of the purses will start out at Branchburg Allstate. To


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Readington Reformed Church Craft Fair is Nov. 7

Readington Reformed Church Women’s Ministries is hosting their 13th Annual Craft Fair on Saturday, November 7th from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Original crafts, knitted items, jewelry, wood crafts, and quilted items. The event also features food items, a bake sale, tricky tray and a lunch counter featuring homemade soups and sandwiches. The church is located at 124 Readington Road (HC Rt. 620) in Readington, NJ. Please call (908) 534-2077 for further details.

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Kangaroo Kids Lists Educational Benefits of Gardening

An organic garden of cucumbers, peppers, squash, pumpkins, mint, tomatoes, flowers, and herbs of all varieties is a learning tool at Kangaroo Kids Child Care & Learning in North Branch village. What child doesn’t like to play in the dirt, make mud pies, or check out the bugs and worms? Because children are naturally curious, they can learn many lessons through gardening. Children learn about science by studying the life cycle of plants, and discussing what plants need to grow. Math skills can be reinforced with such activities as measuring the length or circumference of the produce, counting seeds, spacing

the plants, or comparing the sizes of seeds. A rain gauge can be used to measure the amount of rainfall. Kangaroo Kids teachers read the children books about gardening to enhance their Language & Reading experiences. They explore seed catalogs to decide what to plant and review recipe books to decide how to use their harvests. The next community event will be the Kangaroo Kids Fall Festival on Oct. 23. Contact info: 908-2317800. www.kangarookidschildcare. com. Kangaroo-Kids-Child-Care-andLearning-Center/301126633639 –info submitted by Kathy Feigley

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Heath Department. The newest item on our agenda was announced by Rita Jordan. We are having a “Little House on the Prairie� pot luck supper on Oct. 15. Folks are each asked to bring something to the supper, as is the custom at these events. Some special dish from your family would be great. It is a wonderful day of sharing some real good cooking. Everyone is reminded that they bring something besides themselves and their appetites. Rita has a list of suggestions. A program of music and history should add to the fun, as well. We ask you to get into the mood and dress for the occasion like Mrs. Ingalls. The men are requested to dig out their suspenders and dress like Pa. Maybe we will have a Suspender Contest. Of course we will take pictures! Coming Events: Business meeting, Oct. 1. Pot Luck Supper, Oct. 15. Fun Days: Oct 8, 22, 29. Trip: Renault winery and Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, Oct. 21, leaving from the Branchburg Rescue Squad at 9 am, Business Meeting: Nov. 6 at Whiton Hills. Membership Info: Membership is open to all Senior citizens in our area from ages 55+. Dues

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Recreation News Registration is going on now for Fall Programs and the Recreation Brochure can be found on the township website! Pumpkin Patch- Sunday, October 25 Radio City Christmas Show Trip- Monday, December 14 Teen Night- Friday, November 20 at BCMS, for all 6,7, & 8th

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A Quick Guide to Branchburg’s Road Management Program If you drive around town you may have noticed the Township has embarked on a long overdue road management program. We are often asked about the program so we hope this article will help answer some of your questions and give you insight as to how we arrived at our current plan. About ten years ago our Engineering Department conducted an evaluation of each and every road, cataloging their condition based upon many factors including base conditions (the foundation of the road under the surface), visible cracking, potholes, age and other factors. This information was merged with data from the Department of Public Works to come up with a plan to begin rehabilitating our road infrastructure. Roads were put on lists based upon the type of repair required at the time of the evaluation: total reconstruction, mill and overlay, or surface coat. By way of description, a “total reconstruction” is just as the title implies, the road is completely removed (down to the dirt and gravel underneath) and reconstructed as if it was a new road. This is an extremely expensive option and, thankfully, few roads in town fall into this category. “Mill and Overlay” is the common process wherein the top coat of asphalt is scraped off and a new layer of asphalt is installed. This top layer is usually between 2” and 4”. This is also an expensive process and is used when the top layer of asphalt is beyond repair. The final type of repair, “surface coat”, is typically used to seal the road to prevent water from seeping into cracks, expanding in the winter as the water turns to ice, thereby accelerating the breakdown of the road. Many of you will recognize this process as “oil and stone”. An updated version of this process is our most widely used option and its goal is to protect and preserve the roads slowing down their decay. The vast majority of our roads require this type of protection. More details on that later. As mentioned earlier, the Township had created a road management plan about ten years ago and we were preparing to implement the plan and begin work. Unfortunately, the economy turned and, like many of us, the Township sought to “tighten our belts” until we felt we were in the best financial position to begin the expensive financial commitment that our roads needed. During this time the Township did its best to preserve our roads while maintaining our fiscal stability. Having weathered the financial recession better than most towns in New Jersey, about six years ago the Township Committee began to appropriate $600,000 of dedicated funds in our budget to the maintenance and improvement of our roads. Our Director of Public Works and Engineer were tasked with the challenging job of figuring out how we can best leverage our available funds to be able to address our long overdue need. The Engineer has focused on the reconstruction and mill/overlay aspects of our plan while the Director of DPW has sought options for the surface coating. The DPW Director began investigating the available surface coat techniques. The most typical and widely used in our area is the “chip seal” or “oil and stone” process. Oil is applied to the road and small stones (chips) are laid into the oil. The oil dries and the road is then sealed leaving a rough surface to provide traction. This is by far the cheapest option, but it has its drawbacks. If you ever drove your car or rode a bicycle on a freshly oil/stoned surface, you know. Loose stones, tar splatters, unsure surfaces, etc. Many years ago Branchburg used this application regularly. We have moved away from using this type of treatment which only has an estimated useful life of about 4 to 5 years. A slightly more expensive option is called a “cape seal”. An oil/stone treatment is applied and the road is then “paved” with a very thin (less than a half inch) layer of asphalt. The theory is that the inexpensive oil/stone treatment is married with a thin asphalt treatment to seal the road and provide a smoother road surface. This option is supposed to have a useful life of about 5-7 years. Unfortunately, we tried this treatment on a number of roads, but found that in all instances it did not hold up nearly as well as we expected. We have since abandoned use of this treatment. A final type of surface treatment, called a “high performance chip seal” is new to our area. This treatment marries the old oil/stone process with new technology. An emulsion of oil, stone and rubber is mixed together and laid down much like asphalt is applied. This use of rubber in the treatment allows for the asphalt to stretch and move with the varying road and weather conditions thereby having a much longer lifespan. This process is widely used in the New England area with great success. Our Director of DPW did extensive research to not only find this unique process but also to speak with towns from the New England area that use this treatment. Almost all of the road surface treatments we have used in the past two years have been this high performance chip seal. When done properly there is minimal excess stone, virtually no tar residue, the road is drivable almost immediately and we have seen this product last very well over time. Our first treatment was done on Otto Rd and we have seen very little wear and tear. It should be noted that we are the first in the State to use this type of treatment and it has generated

so much interested that representatives from other towns and the NJDOT have come to look at the application. Not everyone will like our choice of using the surface treatment for road maintenance. Many residents I have spoken with have discouraged us from using this treatment and have asked for us to perform a mill/overlay on their roads. They would like smoother roads with no loose stones. The truth of the matter is that not only do most roads not need anything more than a surface treatment, it is just unaffordable. The price difference is so great we simply could not afford it. Additionally, some residents have questioned why we are putting a road surface treatment on a road that seems to not need such a treatment. The answer is: preservation. By treating a road before it shows obvious or large cracks we are attempting to prolong the life of that road for as long as possible to defer a major reconstruction project. As I commented earlier, our Engineer has been tasked with identifying and managing road projects that require more work than a simple surface treatment. Roads requiring such work have been identified and ranked in accordance with their condition, estimated lifespan, load capacity and the access they provide. For example, some years ago the Township reconstructed all or parts of Old York Rd, Cedar Grove Rd, Baird Road and most recently we reconstructed Whiton Road. All these roads provide major access or are “connector” roads to vital areas in the community such as schools, parks or help move traffic through town, not just through neighborhoods. Reconstruction and mill/ overlay programs are very expensive. In all instances the Township attempts to obtain grants to offset the costs of these projects. The NJ Department of Transportation regularly offers, and we obtain, NJDOT grants for roads that provide the access and uses described above. Unfortunately, NJDOT does not provide grants for “neighborhood roads”, the Township must pay the full cost of those improvements. It needs to be stated that the funding for these major road reconstruction type projects is above and beyond the aforementioned $600,000 budget allocation. Annually, the Township is putting well over $1,000,000 into our road infrastructure. The Township has taken on an aggressive “in house” road paving program being conducted by our own employees. A few years ago when considering improvements to the parking lot at White Oak Park our DPW Director solicited quotes to contract out the paving of the park. He also did a study analyzing what it would cost to pave White Oak Park ourselves should we have the proper equipment. His analysis showed that the Township could buy the equipment, pave White Oak Park ourselves and save the Township almost $400,000. The Township DPW staff paved the parking lot and with that successful project behind us, we decided to expand our paving program. Over the past few years our DPW has performed simple paving projects on roads such as Pine and Locust Avenues, Tanglewood Drive, Woodfern Rd and Fairview Drive. The savings on the Fairview Dr. project alone saved the Township almost $500,000. We are very pleased that our DPW staff has taken on this responsibility and are truly appreciative of their efforts and skill. Over the past five years we have performed maintenance or work on nearly 20% of the Township’s roads. For residents who live on roads with cracks, potholes or rough surfaces we realize this is not enough and you would like your road to be reconditioned sooner. Unfortunately, we are “playing catch up”. The Township Committee has committed funds to the annual road program and staff is committed to working swiftly each year to enact the scheduled improvements. We have made every attempt to create our program based upon the most systematic method possible. We recognize the frustration of residents and understand that you may disagree with some of our project choices. We attempt to constantly evaluate the Township roads and adjust our plan based upon the conditions we find. If you would like to view a schedule of the work we have done and plan to do, please visit our website go to the “document center” and scan down to the “road projects” link. Please understand that due to changing conditions this schedule may change. I am sure I did not answer all your questions or concerns regarding our road management program, but I do hope you have a better understanding of what we are doing. We are working hard to improve our community and I welcome your comments. Please feel free to contact me at the municipal building. Gregory J. Bonin, Township Administrator 908-526-1300 ext. 100


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Branchburg Newsmakers Jayson Kolb completed the UltraTrail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), Aug. 28-30, in the French, Italian and Swiss Alps. Total mileage of this race was 105 miles, with elevations of more than 12,00 feet. Jay started in Chamonix France on Friday at 7 pm, and crossed the finish line in Chamonix on Sunday at 5:04 am (France time). Of 2,300 runners who started, 1,632 finished. Jay placed 292th among the 1,632 finishers, with a time of 34 hours, 56 minutes and 26 seconds. He has been running with the Raritan Valley Roadrunners team, and two other members participated in this race as well.

Nikhil Kamdar Branchburg resident Nikhil Kamdar represented the USTA Eastern Section in the 14 and under National Team Tennis Tournament in Michigan in July. He was one of 24 teenagers selected to represent this team and was placed on the Eastern A Team. Nikhil won 4 out of his 5 singles matches and 3 out of his 5 doubles matches against some of the best players in the country. He helped his team secure second place overall in the standings for the tournament.

Rebecca K. Lane of Branchburg received a bachelor’s degree in health and occupation from Elizabethtown College during spring commencement ceremonies.

on campaigns with a popular lobbyist on Capitol Hill, held a paid internship in Paris, France, at the Jean Monnet Association, and interned at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee under New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez. Upon completion of her Juris Doctorate, Ashley plans on pursuing a career in international law.

Ashley Hartshorn Shawn McInerney Ashley Hartshorn of Branchburg will attend American University’s Shawn M. McInerney, a N.J. Washington College of Law in state executive with 34 years of Washington, D.C this fall on a experience working on behalf of merit scholarship. A 2010 gradu- individuals with developmental ate of Immaculata High School, disabilities, was chosen to become Ashley received her Bachelor of the Midland Corporation’s PresiArts degree from Franklin & Mar- dent and CEO, effective Sept.1. In shall College, double majoring in other news, McInerney was seFrench and government. At F&M, lected by The New Jersey Assoshe was inducted into the school’s ciation of Community Providers chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the  Na- (NJACP) to receive the NJACP tional French Honor Society, and Lifetime Achievement Award for   ! was recognized as#   " $ an Academic 2015. All-American for her outstanding Michael Napoli of Branchburg performance as a member of the was named to the dean’s list for Diplomats softball team. During the spring semester at Wake Forher college career, Ashley worked est University.


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Frank Bruno Somerset County Surrogate Frank G. Bruno, Branchburg resident, will be sworn in as president of the National College of Probate Judges (NCPJ) at a Nov. 11 ceremony in Washington, DC. Bruno has served as Somerset County Surrogate since January 2001. A U.S. Navy veteran, he retired in 2000 after 35 years with Union Carbide Corp. in Piscataway. He served on the Bound Brook Borough Council from 1992 to 2000 and as council president from 1994 to 1998. NCPJ is the leading educational organization of its kind regarding the rules of probate law throughout the United States. The college provides a wide range of educational sessions regarding sensi-

Prolific children’s author Karen Rostoker-Gruber of Branchburg has a new book called “Farmer Kobi’s Hanukkah Match,� published by Apples & Honey Press. The story follows a farmer and a houseful of farm animals during a Hanukkah celebration. The problem is that the farmer’s prospective girlfriend thinks animals should be outdoors. The book is available at Amazon and other outlets. Just in time for Halloween, Chris Keane, a Branchburg author, has a new e-book in the young adult category called “Loot,� released by Pennant Collective. Loot is a coming-of-age tale about three boys on Halloween in 1977 who skip trick-or-treating to hunt for some money in a rural farmhouse in northern New Jersey. The ebook is available on in the Kindle Library.

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Meghan Russo graduated Summa Cum Laude from Marywood University, Insalaco College of Creative and Performing Arts with a degree in art education and a minor in art history. Meghan was a member of the following honor societies: Kappa Delta Pi, Kappa Gamma Pi, Delta Epsilon Sigma, and Kappa Pi. Caitlin Allen and Zackary Caitlin Allen, SHS junior and a rising equestrian, has earned multiple awards from the Eastern States Dressage and Combined Training Association (ESDCTA). In August, she participated in the Lendon Gray Youth Dressage Festival conducted by Dressage4Kids, which helps riders under the age of

Michele Russo graduated Summa Cum Laude from Marywood University, Insalaco College of Creative and Performing Arts with a degree in art education and a minor in art education. Michele received the Anna and James Foley Medal for Excellence in Art Education. Mi- Matthew James Policastro was born on July 23 at 1:56 pm. He chele was a member of the follow- weighed in at 8 lbs 6 oz and measured 20.5 inches long. He is the second child ing honor societies: Kappa Delta Pi, to Marisa & Joseph Policastro and joins big brother John at home. Kappa Gamma Pi, Delta Epsilon Sigma, and Kappa Pi.

New Community Theater Group to Hold Auditions

Thanks for the Shoes

Resident Paul Belkin, who ran a shoe drive earlier this year to help the Somerville varsity softball team get to Florida next spring, sends his Emmaus Players, a new community theater group, is planning to hold thanks to all who donated. “With all the help, we got close to 100 bags auditions for a dessert theater Christmas comedy-drama, “In Bethlehem (2500 pair) of shoes,� he wrote. “Thanks to those that helped out. It was Inn.� Auditions will be at Neshanic United Methodist Church, 301 Ma- greatly appreciated.� ple Ave. in Neshanic Station village on Oct. 14 and 15 at 7 pm. Performances will be on Dec. 11 and 12 at 7 pm. Needed are: one adult man and one adult woman ages, age 30s-60s, to play the innkeeper and his wife, and a mixed group of 10 people: teenagers, women and men, ages 13-50 to play their children as well as servants/ shepherds and Mary and Joseph. For more information contact the director, Rev. Marion Sanders at 908-208-5225.

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Health Dept. Talks Septic Systems

Septic system owners are solely responsible for the daily operation and maintenance of their wastewater treatment and disposal system. By adhering to simple and straightforward guidelines, septic system owners can ensure years of troublefree operation with minimal maintenance. A properly designed, constructed and maintained septic system can provide long-term effective treatment of household wastewater. If a septic system is not properly maintained, it might need to be replaced, costing thousands of dollars. A malfunctioning system can contaminate groundwater which might be a source of drinking water. A system must also be in good working order when planning to sell a home. The top four steps in protecting a septic system are: 1) Inspect and pump the system every two to three years. 2) Use water efficiently. 3) Do not dispose of non-biodegradable items or household hazardous wastes in sinks or toilets. 4) Care for the drain field. The design, construction and operation of septic systems in New Jersey is governed by the Standards for Individual Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems, N.J.A.C. 7:9A, also known as Chapter 199. Local health departments are responsible for enforcement of Chapter 199 throughout the state. Always first consult the health department XIFOtFYQFSJFODJOHBOZQSPCMFNT XJUIBTFQUJDTZTUFN tQMBOOJOHBOZ work on a septic system such as a SFQBJS tQMBOOJOHBOZBEEJUJPOTPS expansions to a home or building. The following website includes many details to help make informed decisions about septic systems: dwq/pdf/septicmn.pdf. For more info, contact the Branchburg Health Dept. at 908526-1300 ext.183. – info provided by Carl Scialfa, REHS, Health Inspector

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Family Event Tops October at Kangaroo Kids Kangaroo Kids Child Care and Learning Center will host a family event on Friday, Oct. 23, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at 1047 Route 28 in North Branch village. Attendees can enjoy fall crafts, games, tattoos, face painting, and a trunk or treat. It will also be the kick off of a food drive – the only entrance fee will be a can of food for the food bank. There will be a costume exchange where outgrown costumes can be swapped for something more appropriate in size. Families new to Kangaroo Kids will receive a $100-off coupon to enroll at Kangaroo Kids, or $500 off full time enrollment for any new families that enroll on the date of the event by mentioning this article. Other October happenings include National Fire Safety week in the first week of the month. Children will have a visit from a local fire company. Also, National Bus Safety Week starts Oct. 19. Kangaroo Kids children will learn the importance of proper behavior and how to safely get on and off a bus. Contact info: 908-231-7800. -- info submitted by Kathy Feigley

RVCC Planetarium to Host Meditation Programs The Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in Branchburg will offer multiple presentations of its “Meditation under the Stars” program in October. The one-hour program will be presented Oct. 2 at 1:15 pm, Oct. 9 at 1:15 pm, Oct. 16 at 7 pm, Oct. 23 at 1:15 pm, Oct. 30 at 1:15. Led by relaxation specialist Barbara Cannell, the program is held in the serene environment of the RVCC Planetarium. Participants learn to release tension and stress during a guided meditation as the Planetarium’s digital dome overhead transforms into a “flight” through the Universe. Admission to each session is $8 per person. The program is appropriate for teens and adults. For additional information and reservations, call 908-231-8805.

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Halloween Costume Swap & Fall Festival Oct. 10 United Way of Hunterdon County and Hunterdon County Family Success Center will host a free Halloween Costume Swap & Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Flemington Woman’s Club on Park Avenue in Flemington. Prior to the event, donors can drop off gently used or new costumes at the United Way of Hunterdon County at 4 Walter Foran Blvd., Suite 401, in Flemington. Costumes can also be donated on the day of the event. Extra costumes will be available even if you do not have a costume to swap. In addition to picking out a new costume, children can also participate in face painting and other fun activities and enjoy fall treats. The National Halloween Costume Swap Day is a Green America project. For more info, call United Way at 908-782-3414 or Family Success Center at 908-237-0465.

By Tricia Ihde for the Branchburg Woman’s Club Keeping up with internet technology, online safety considerations, and online social media will be the topics at the Oct. 15 Branchburg Woman’s Club meeting, which will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Little Red Schoolhouse on South Branch Road. The program will be presented by the Magic Mirror Players of RWJUH Somerset (Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset). Refreshments and a club business meeting will follow the discussion. Adult guests are welcome to attend. On Oct. 10 and 11, the Branchburg Woman’s Club will again be one of the non-profit organizations

helping with Somerset County’s Weekend Journey through the Past. Along with members of the Neshanic Station Historical Society, BWC members will be docents at the Little Red Schoolhouse. Built in 1873, the former school is one of the many registered historic sites on the free county tour. Officially named the South Branch School, the quaint building is the primary meeting place of the club. Photos from the schoolhouse’s past and other memorabilia will be on display from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and from noon to 4 pm Sunday. The event is sponsored by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission and several local organizations. More information is available at



schistoryweekend/. Crafters are wanted for the BWC’s 28th Annual Craft Show and Sale, which will be held 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Branchburg Central Middle School, located across from White Oak Park. Besides the crafts, the event features a refreshments cafe, a bake sale, and a holiday bargain table. Call the organizers at 908547-0126. The club’s proceeds will benefit a variety of charitable donations and student awards. BWC members are looking forward this fall to some of their favorite club events and social activities, such as going to concerts, movies, and restaurants. With a wide variety of options, members have opportunities to participate


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A tinkerer all his life, Amand graduated from all Branchburg schools and Somerville High School (Class of 2000), and later earned a professional aeronautics degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He now works in the aviation insurance business, and also has experience as a certified aircraft mechanic, flight instructor and banner towing pilot. To really appreciate its features and benefits, Draft Top must be seen in action. The website www. explains it all and has links to videos that show the magic. There is also a link to where backers can help fund production. As this paper went to press, funding had already surpassed the $75,000 minimum needed to ensure that Kickstarter will fund the project. Money is still rolling in, attracted in part by goodies offered to funders â&#x20AC;&#x201C; actual Draft Top bar tools, can koozies, and stickers.

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New Ambulance -- A new ambulance was purchased by Branchburg Township for the Branchburg Rescue Squad. Delivered on Sept. 3, it is a 2015 Chevrolet G-4500 Medallion. Seen in the photo are: Chief Matt Hoffman, Sergeant Joey Shreve, William Apsley. On the rig committee are Chairman Mark Redman, Larissa Redman, William Apsley, Jordan Kaplan, Joey Shreve, and Evan Holtz. -- photo by Carol Waechter, Rescue Squad President

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October, A River Runs Through It

October is a unique span of time, where we can follow the fall season by watching leaves change color. Interestingly, and often without awareness, we have a favorite tree or patch of woods we see everyday that we tune into like a preset radio station for the day’s news. Though living among acres of trees and open country that change color, I always have the need to drive by a pair of ancient sugar maple trees that once inspired an October tribute article. Those two trees are backed by a large white, steeple-topped church, which on a good day, is featured against a brilliant blue sky. The scarlet color of maple sugar leaves gradually changes over time as if one was to hold up a series of paint chips, barely discernable from one another, against a contrasting but complimentary background color. Each day, shades of deepening ragged scarlet flags flutter in the wind, tethered to light gray monolithic giants, which seem to sway in a way that suggests they are trying to best the towering white structure for prominence in a family portrait. This scene has become my personalized living calendar, though not my only measure of autumn’s progress. When we expand our view of

October, from an isolated point of reference, we notice a deeply contoured carpet of scarlet, yellow and orange treetops accentuated by a stream of ever changing surface texture and reflected color inset within that body of brightly tinted foliage. When the river occasionally disappears under the canopy of trees it reappears as a strand of mercurial silver, woven into the tapestry of the colorful woodland broadcloth. The intense clarity of October’s light combines with the low angle of the sun to gild the barely transparent early morning mist with a golden smoke. Sections of the South Branch flow directly into the sunrise and can be absolutely blinding to a paddler as the light comes simultaneously from above and below as a reflection off the water’s surface. The irregularity of fast surface water intensifies the light in blinding flashes of polished silver. As I entered fast water, created by an island constricting the river’s flow, the heavy mist appeared as an explosion of gold dust floating in the air among the island’s low hanging tree branches. Angled shafts of golden mist randomly penetrated the thick foliage that hung down, nearly touching the water. For a long moment there was no recourse but to close my eyes and briefly blink them open to maintain my course. My vision consisted of a sequence of single frames of still images, much like

The predawn mist along the South Branch captures the red and orange tints that seeped from the brilliant colored fall leaves during the night. In October even the morning mist can reflect the color of autumn leaves.

a movie flickering at slow speed. In one instant, my mind’s eye pressed the shutter on an image of a great blue heron, contrasted against a curtain of golden mist, legs, wings and neck fully extended as it struggled to take flight. It was a perfect image in full color, captured by my eyes to be stored wherever the brain files such indelible images. Expanding our view of October even further, imagine a live, slow motion satellite view of the fall season as it moves south. The movement makes it look like a living creature with ever changing bright colors whose tints fade as each line of latitude is crossed. That wide swath of travelling color, spanning the yellow to red spectrum, appears to consume the greenery as it moves south and

leaves a gray brown landscape dotted with streaks of dark evergreens and lines of shimmering rivers in its wake. Eventually all the bright color goes by and with it, October. So which ever view we take, autumn in October is sure to paint every hidden nook and cranny in bright brilliant color to ensure that no one misses out on this seasonal

celebration. The red and orange colors that attempted a joyous escape from the leaves during the night are captured in the sunlit morning mist along the rivers. In the fall, even the air is full of color. Contact See more photos and articles at

Looking Back. . . Van Etten Progeny Returns to Centerville

By Stephanie B. Stevens Historian, County of Hunterdon Think back…Have you ever been in a place, building, neighborhood, or area that made you feel that you had been there before, even if you had never, to your memory, ever seen the place in your life? Why do these feelings puzzle us? What is it that makes us feel a familiarity with this place? Did someone near and dear live here in the long ago? Hmm. Well, those of us who dabble in the history of place become familiar with stories of people who move to a place only to find that at one time in history, the land was owned by an ancestor. Recently someone talked with me

about just such a happening. Years ago this person moved into a new house on the border of Readington and Branchburg. Surrounded by farmland, he was delighted with his new domain and became interested in the surrounding lands. Since his is an old Dutch name he soon realized that he had arrived in the very heart of a Colonial Dutch settlement both in Readington and Somerset County. Well, one thing led to another, and the deeper he dug into his genealogy the more surprises fell into his lap. Not only did he have notables in his family line but, surprise of surprises, William Van Natta is living on the edge of Centerville on land

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The stagecoach barn (pictured) is the property’s original structure. At 652 Old York Rd. is Honey’s Child Ministries (HCM) Family Life Center. The house, stagecoach barn and church are all on the same historic lot, owned by Family Life Center. The barn is the most historical building of the lot and a piece of the history of transportation in the U.S.

originally owned by Emanuel Van Etten—his ancestor! Emanuel Van Etten left Kingston, N.Y., in 1712. Kingston was a prosperous Dutch settlement on the Hudson. Was he a younger son seeking adventure and land of his own? Perhaps his family had died, and he struck out to make his fortune. Whatever the reason, we’ll never know. What is known is that Emanuel left Kingston for the wilderness of Hunterdon where he purchased 500 acres of land from Proprietor Joseph Kirkbride, which encompassed all of Centerville on up to what became Readington Village. Remember, dear reader, that although there

was early settlement, Readington didn’t become a township until 1730; the Dutch Reformed Church of Readington moved from North Branch to Readington in 1738; and the Old York Road which passes through Centerville opened in 1769. And here was the stalwart young Dutchman, Emmanuel Van Etten, living in the woods, carving out a farm and life for himself. Van Etten and Adrian Lane are considered to be the first European settlers of Readington Township. Today the name Van Etten has anglicized to Van Etta, Van Atta, and Vanatta. Aligning himself with the Dutch Reformed Church of North Branch, Emanuel

Van Etten soon became an elder in the church. By 1720 there were five Dutch congregations in the Raritan Valley, and all had been served by an itinerant pastor who rode circuit. Four of these churches, realizing the need for a permanent pastor, sent a call to Holland for a clergyman. Answering the call was a clergyman whose progeny would dominate New Jersey political life up to today – Reverend Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen. And to think that all of this interesting family lore came about because a young man bought a new house near an ancient village in Readington—and was curious!

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In the days of the stagecoach, a hotel operated at the corner of Old York and Pleasant Run roads in Centerville, between New York and Philadelphia. The inn was destroyed by fire, and a house (pictured) was built in 1860. —Photo courtesy of William Van Natta (descendant of Emanuel Van Etten)


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“Warm” Welcome Back to Somerville High School THE S.H.S SCOOP By Denise Grohn

Somerville High School came alive with students and activities on Sept. 9. There was a warm welcome from friends, teachers, and administrators; a warm welcome of literally 93 degrees. The key to staying cool at SHS was to avoid spending extra time on the third floor and take refuge in the air conditioned cafeteria. Although the school was extra warm, the heat did not stop

the sports teams from working hard after their first day of school. Headed now by the new senior class, the Pioneer Pack is already creating great excitement for the new school year and sports games. The Pioneer Pack is the student spirit section which brings energy for Ville sports teams from the students. Although their shirt designs for this year are still being drafted, this did not stop the Pack from bringing the spirit to the sports games already this fall season. The Pioneer Pack was seen filling the stands, under the lights, at the first football game of the season on Sept. 11 against Delaware

Valley. In honor of 9/11, the Pack supported the memory by wearing red, white, and blue. The football team showed its support with new grey camouflage jerseys with the numbers filled in with the American flag’s stars and stripes. Before the game, a moment of silence was held in honor of the people who lost their lives that day. A new feature was introduced to SHS this summer; a third turf field. Located behind the “away” bleachers, the field was donated by Jeff Vanderbeek, co-coach of the Pioneers football team, and well known for owning the New Jersey Devils hockey team and for helping to create the Prudential Center arena in Newark. Vanderbeek generously donated his time and money into SHS, supporting the philosophy that the first third of one’s life should be spent learning, the second should be spent earning, and the third should be spent returning.

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Theatre at RVCC Announces 2015-2016 Season To purchase tickets or for more information, call the box office, 908-725-3420, or order online at Subscribersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; packages are available for all Theatre series. Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for most performances. MAJOR ARTISTS SERIES, all with reserved seating: Flashdance â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Musical, (Columbia Artists Theatricals), Saturday Oct. 10 at 8pm, $25 & $35 â&#x20AC;˘ Truth Values: One Girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Romp Through M.I.T.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Male Math Maze (Gioia De Cari), Friday Oct. 23 at 7pm, $20 & $30 â&#x20AC;˘ The Capitol Steps, Saturday Oct. 24 at 8pm, $32 & $42 â&#x20AC;˘ 10 Hairy Legs, Sunday Nov. 8 at 3pm, $20 & $30 â&#x20AC;˘ The Great Russian Nutcracker (Moscow Ballet), Friday Dec. 11 at 4pm & 8pm, $40 & $50 â&#x20AC;˘ A Christmas Carol (Nebraska Theatre Caravan), Sunday Dec. 13 at 2 pm, $40 & $50 â&#x20AC;˘ Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Wonderful Life (Live From WVL Radio Theatre), Tuesday Dec. 15, at 2pm & 7pm, $10 (2 pm) & $25


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CLUB 28 SERIES. A variety of musical events, all on Thursdays with performances at noon and 7 pm. Tickets cost $10 for the noon performances and $25 for the 7 pm performances. Each noon performance is set in our on-stage theatre-style seating and is approximately one hour in length. The evening shows, set in our relaxed on-stage cabaret setting, include refreshments and are approximately two hours long. All are general admission. Tall Tales & Troubadours (Mike Aiken), Oct. 29 â&#x20AC;˘ Robin Spielberg Holiday Concert, Dec. 17 â&#x20AC;˘ Ken Waldman & The Down Hill Strugglers, Jan. 21 â&#x20AC;˘ R-ES-P-E-C-T: A show celebrating the grand divas of pop! (Alice Tan Ridley), Feb. 18 â&#x20AC;˘ Jeff Newell New-Trad Octet, May 19.

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RARITAN TWP., Gorgeous model home features 7 rms, 3 BRs/3.5 BAs in Flemington Fields (55+ active-adult community), upscale kit., 1st & 2nd flr Josephine Carlin master suites. (Web ID 3248292) $424,900

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BRIDGEWATER, This 4 Bedroom, 2 full Bath, 1 half Bath home on a cul-de-sac has new carpet, paint, stainless-steel appliances & landscaping, nothing to do but move in. This 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath home wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disappoint. Bridgewter/Raritan schools. (Web ID 3243442) $549,000 Richard Bryant

READINGTON, 4 BR on 5.14 acres of park-like setting has lg rms, HW t/o, built-in pool, w/o bsmt w/ FR, GR & kitchenette. (Web ID 3248090) $514,000

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BRANCHBURG,Well-maintained, spacious 3 BR, 2.5 BA duplex includes family room with gas fireplace & cathedral ceiling, eat-in kitchen, partially finished basement, spacious rms, new roof, nice backyard and patio and one-car garage. (Web ID 3251806) $359,000

BRANCHBURG Country living at its best! This three bedroom, two full bath home offers a convenient location with 1.5 tree-lined acres, pristine condition, great price. Features include a recently painted interior, a master bedroom with sitting room, a kitchen with two pantries & generous counter space and a separate dining area. (Web ID 3211584) $377,900

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Free Workshops Address Working and Retirement The public is invited to attend â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finding Success in the New Reality of Work and Retirement,â&#x20AC;? free workshops presented by the Business and Public Service Department and the Center for International Business and Education at Raritan Valley Community College. The programs will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Conference Center (Rooms A & B) at RVCC. Upcoming workshops include: Oct. 7: Skills Needed to Succeed in the New Workplace, led by Syl DiDiego, ProSumer. The workshop will investigate the variety of skills needed to be successful in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changing workplace, including leadership skills, soft skills, academic requirements and networking. Nov. 4: Life Planning â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Retirement Planning, led by William Klinger, RVCC Associate Professor of Business Management and Finance. The workshop will focus on planning for a successful and comfortable retirement. No advance registration is required. For additional info, call Professor Ellen J. Lindemann, 908-526-1200, ext. 8348.



Recent property sales reported in Branchburg Township: 118 Arbor Way $208K 5 Arrowhead Drive $490K 314 Azalea Terrace $131,214 1601 Breckenridge Drive $250K 2 Chippewa Trail $528K 637 Magnolia Lane $230K 111 North Branch River Road $329,900 7 Pine Ridge Drive $430K 6 Sutton Court $1,384,989 4 Tamarack Drive $610,900 7 Village Way $624K 184 Windy Willow Way $565K

This Month In Branchburg History One Year Ago, Oct. 2014: The 1790 Andrew Ten Eyck House was the most popular stop among 25 sites on Somerset Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Weekend Journey Through the Past tour. Five Years Ago, Oct. 2010: In response to residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns about the proposed size and location of capacitor banks and towers at its Route 202 substation, PSEG announced it would put the new capacitors inside a building to be built on the site, and would no longer need to apply for a change in zoning. 10 Years Ago, Oct. 2005: The top golfer on the LPGA Tour visited Branchburg on Oct. 21 as Annika Sorenstam participated in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Day of Family Golfâ&#x20AC;? at the Neshanic Valley Golf Course.

25 Years Ago, Oct. 1990: Increased traffic from RVCC was studied as the planning board and board of adjustment considered a plan to expand the Quick Chek shopping center near the intersection of routes 22 and 28, known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the point.â&#x20AC;? 50 Years Ago, Oct. 1965: The Branchburg Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club formed a committee to study the possibility of making the newly renovated Little Red Schoolhouse (South Branch School) the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permanent meeting place. Mrs. John Staats chaired the committee.

RVCC Honored for Sustainability

In recognition of Raritan Valley Community Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to environmental, social, and economic sustainability, the college has earned a STARS Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. Princeton University is the only other STARS-rated institution in the state. For more info, visit visit raritan-valley-community-collegenj/report/2909/.

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A smiling dachshund named Coco won The Branchburg News Facebook page National Dog Day photo contest on Aug. 26. Owned by Marianne Barna Hyra of Branchburg, Coco received 38 “likes,” far exceeding the number of likes given to nearly a hundred other canine contenders. The Hyra family received a free pizza from Trattoria Uno and Coco won some doggy treats.

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