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October 2017

Remembering Herb Vollers

Somerville HS to Host 37th Annual Marching Band Festival on Oct. 7

Plenty o’ Prizes -- As seen at this past festival, they need to put a really The 1952 Massey Harris 44-6 tractor of Herb Vollers was completely restored Tim Herrman, age 3 or 4 in 1993, and by his grandson Tim Herrman. Seen above, Tim exhibits the tractor at the 2017 his grandfather Herb Vollers, with the tractor that Tim would restore a quarSomerset County 4-H Fair. -- photos provided by Kathy Herrman ter century later.

Oct. 20 will mark one year since the passing, at age 88, of Herbert Diedrich Vollers. Described in his obituary as one of Somerset County’s most valued citizens, Herb was a farmer, entrepreneur, excavating company president and philanthropist. He was the inveterate community volunteer, and served wherever he was needed in Branchburg, assuming at various times the titles of civil defense director, police chief, fire chief, and VP and life/charter member of the rescue squad. When the community garden needed its first tilling, Herb was at the wheel of the tractor. It’s obvious over the past year that Herb Vollers will not be forgotten. Three photos received by The Branchburg News in the past month bear this out. Herb’s 1952 Massey Harris 44-6 tractor was lovingly restored by his grandson Tim Herrman, and this summer it was displayed in the agricultural tent at the Somerset County 4-H Fair. Herb’s daughter Kathy Herrman (Tim’s mom) remembered a photo of Tim, Herb and the tractor taken in about 1993. On Sept. 16, Herb’s service to the community was memorialized when the North Branch Reformed Church dedicated its gazebo to Herb in a ceremony attended by many Vollers family members.

Many Vollers family members gathered on Sept. 16 when the North Branch Reformed Church dedicated its gazebo in honor of Herb Vollers. Herb had been a communicant member of the church, and was known for his volunteer service. Seen in the gazebo are, back row from left: Ana Franzon, Kyle Vollers, Tamila Cheishvili, Deb Vollers, Rob Vollers, Erin Bouziotis, Dan Herrman, Linda Vollers, Tom Vollers, Tim Herrman, Taryn Ismirlian, Chris Vollers, Kim Vollers, Rob Herrman, Marty Herrman, Laura Vollers, Matt Vollers. Front row: Kathy Herrman, Nancy Vollers, Hudson Vollers, Mason Vollers, Steve Vollers

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big prize table on Brooks Field for this event . -- photo credit: Debbie Vogel Somerville High School Pioneer performs every weekend in the fall, at Marching Band will host its 37th An- home and away football games, and US nual Home Show on Saturday Oct. 7. Bands competitions through the beginThere are 15 area high school bands ning of November. Pioneer Marching Band members scheduled to participate in the competition: Hunterdon Central, Ridge, started preparing for the 2017 US Bands New Providence, Cranford, Immacu- competition season in August. Currentlata, Long Branch, Delaware Valley, ly, they are in the middle of their comMendham, Point Pleasant Borough, petition schedule, and will finish the Watchung Hills, Bernards, Frank- season competing at the Yamaha Cup at lin, West Windsor-Plainsboro, Ocean MetLife Stadium Oct. 14 and the New Township, and Vernon Township. Jersey State Championships at Rutgers The event, at SHS, 222 Davenport University on Oct. 28. The marching band is under DiSt., begins at 4:30 pm with the award ceremonies beginning around 10 pm. rector Matthew Krempasky, and AsAdmission is $10 for adults, $7 for stu- sistant Director Stephen Loreti. The dents and seniors. There will be food, color guard is under the direction of beverages and homemade desserts for Joe Harris, Jay Drake, Cindy Wong sale. It is an evening of entertainment and Amy Sutphen. Percussion is under the direction of Joseph LaVecchia and for all ages. The Pioneer Marching Band will Meghan Major. Visual is assisted by perform its 2017 show “Outside the Taylor Rehe and Jeremy San Jose. Visit Bachs,” in exhibition, at the end of the for further info. competition as the host band. The band – submitted by Lisa Pross, for SHSMBA and color guard, totaling 147 students,

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Upcoming Events Editors & Publishers: Bill Haduch, Monita Casey Haduch Advertising Manager: Heather Sanchez Writer/Ad Sales: Karen C. Muller Design & Layout: Jacki Hasko Web Manager: Steve Skladany Mailing Services: Mike Sanchez Art:: Kevin Gora, Cathy Zehr, Megan Moore The Branchburg News is mailed monthly, free-of-charge to every mailing address in Branchburg Township. Free copies are also available for distribution in places of business, schools, and municipal offices. DEADLINES FOR NEXT ISSUE November 2017 October 10 For Ad Materials October15 For News Materials The Branchburg News is not liable for failure to publish an ad, for typographical errors, or errors in publication, unless, in our judgment, the error materially affects the content and advertising value of the ad. Compensation will not exceed the cost of the space in which an error occurs. The Branchburg News has the right to refuse any advertisement for any reason, and is not responsible for claims made by advertisers. We ask our readers to keep us informed of any misleading advertisements. Phone/Fax: 1-800-530-3046 Email: Mailing address: P.O. Box 5351 Branchburg, NJ 08876

Pancake Breakfast, Oct.1 From 8 am to noon at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 105 Summer Rd., Three Bridges, the Knights of Columbus will hold a breakfast including pancakes, apple pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, bagels and beverages. $7 per person or $25 for family of four or more. Proceeds help fund charitable endeavors throughout the community. Community Flu and TDAP Clinic, Oct. 3 From 3 to 6pm at the Municipal Building. For info, call 908-5261300, ext. 183 (Health Dept.) Designer Bag Bingo, Oct. 13 From 6 to 11 pm at RVCC, hosted by the Branchburg Rotary Club. $20 for admission and 20 games of Bingo. Also a raffle for a handmade quit. Call Debbie at 908-685-8080 to purchase tickets, to reserve a group table, or for additional information.

Special Needs Symposium, Oct. 22 From 8:30 am to 1 pm at the Birnbaum JCC at 775 Talamini Rd. in Bridgewater. A day of learning for parents and professionals. Keynote speaker is psychologist Dr. Robert Naseef. Breakout sessions, workshops and vendors will provide additional learning. Info: Neshanic Garden Club Meeting, Oct. 26 At 9:45 am at the Station House on Olive St. in Neshanic Station. Program is “Diabolical Botany: The World of Poisonous, Irritating and Illegal Plants” presented by Dorothy Smullen, past president of the NJ Mycological Association. Lug your mug to the light luncheon at noon. Prospective members are encouraged to attend. For further info about club meetings, call Cathy Heuschkel at 908-359-6881 or Kathy Herrington at 908-3596835. For more info regarding the club, visit and like us on Facebook.

Coffee with the Mayor, Oct. 14 From 9:30 to 11 am at the Munici- Kids’ Pumpkin Patch, Oct. 29 pal Building. Listen, talk and learn Starting at 1:30 pm at White Oak about township issues and happen- Park on Baird Rd., the Recreation Dept. will offer kids, age 8 and unings in a casual setting. der, a range of free Halloween fun:


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Ice Hockey team won the Floyd Hall Summer High School League Championship in August. The team was made up of area students from Branchburg, Bernards, Somerville, Bridgewater and Middlesex. Teams are forming now for the 20172018 Middle School and High School Ice Hockey Season. For more info visit or send email to Players this summer included: Eddie Berman, David Cabriada, Nick Emmons, Matt Flaim, Chris Folkens, James Gorman, Jake Hall, Liam Kelly, Evan Kizmann, Ryan McGriskin, Aiden Mollegard, Trevor Musum, Jake Ochab, Mason Paulik, Jason Stitt, Jack Ventolo, Paul Wendling, Tyler Wong, and Pete Yarosh.

The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, in collaboration with 29 local historical organizations and tourism partners, has designated the weekend of Oct. 14 & 15, 2017, “Weekend Journey through the Past.” During these two days, 29 of the county’s significant historic sites will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and noon to 4 pm on Sunday. Admission to all sites is free. Branchburg has two sites on the tour: the 1873 South Branch School (Little Red Schoolhouse) on South Branch Road, opposite Studdiford Drive, and the circa 1790-1810 Andrew Ten Eyck House at 671 Old York Road. Bob Bouwman of Branchburg is president of the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission. Organizations hosting historic displays at the schoolhouse are the Branchburg Woman’s Club and the Neshanic Station Historical Society. Hosting at the Ten Eyck House is the Branchburg Historical Society.

Activities there include an exhibit of 18th century clothing, annual period antiques sale, third annual community flea market, tours of the house, including the 1914 kitchen and the local and regional research library. Both are featured in the 2017 Weekend Journey Guide Book, which includes a page of description and location info for each of the 29 sites on the tour. A pdf version of this guide book can be found at home/showdocument?id=26319 A special attraction at the Andrew Ten Eyck House for the weekend is the Branchburg Historical Society’s third annual community flea market on the lawn. In past years, the flea market gained lots of visitors thanks to the traffic generated by the Weekend Journey. Cost for vendors is $20 per space for the weekend. Vendors provide their own tables or ground cover. For info, call the Historical Society at 908-369-2027. If no answer, leave a message.

Assuming Tropical Storm Ishkabibble did not sneak into town and ruin the weekend of Sept. 23, look for Country Fair coverage in the November Branchburg News.

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Dine Out to Support Branchburg Education The Branchburg Education Foundation and Stoney Brook Grille will host the Annual Dine Out and Silent Auction for Branchburg Education, being held on Friday Oct. 20 at the Stoney Brook Grille in Branchburg. This is an opportunity to experience a night out with friends or family while supporting important supplemental educational programs for Branchburg students. Proceeds fund well-known programs that have become treasured traditions in the Branchburg School District, such as Author’s Day and the Memorial Day Celebration, as well as innovative new programs developed each year. Tickets may be purchased at Half of the ticket price is tax deductible as the foundation is a 501c3. The Branchburg Education Foundation is a group of individuals passionate about providing innovative and meaningful educational experiences for the students of Branchburg. To learn more visit branchburgeducationfoundation. org. -- submitted by Greg Confer

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GOP Club Bavarian Festival Was Truly a Treat for All Ages On Sept. 16, the grounds of Tee-rrific Golf Center on Route 22 were again turned into a mini Oktoberfest as the Branchburg Republican Club and Branchburg Republican Municipal Committee sponsored the annual Bavarian Festival. Revelers ate grilled bratwurst and burgers and drank German beer (and birch beer for the kids.) Grassy areas were turned into dance floors, and golf balls were hit on the driving range and the miniature golf course.

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Candidates’ Row -- These four gentlemen will be on the ballot in November’s General Election on Nov. 7. From left, Brendon Beatrice (Township Committee Member), Kip Bateman (NJ Senator), Leonard Lance (US Representative), James Schworn (Township Committee Member, currently Deputy Mayor).

Seen above, the Broadcasters, a top-notch Central Jersey rock band brought five decades of fun music to the crowd. (How many bands can accurately pull off “I Am the Walrus?�) John Hausmann of Branchburg is the bass player in the green shirt. Marty Herrman, at left, chairman of the Bavarian Fest, and Bob Bouwman, chairman of the Branchburg Country Fair, compare notes on event management



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Halloween has always been a tricky holiday for The Branchburg News to cover. By the end of October, the November paper is already printed. The soonest we can publish anything that happened close to Halloween is in the December issue, and people aren’t really thinking about Halloween in December. But... thanks to a creative and fun-loving reader, we may have a new approach to printing Halloween stuff in the October issue. Clover Court is a five-home cul de sac off Whiton Road. Resident Kristin Herman is excited about a Halloween decorating idea that she and her neighbors have thought up. Here’s what Kristin emailed to The Branchburg News on Oct. 24, 2016: “On Saturday, October 22nd, the houses on Clover Court (Branchburg) revealed their scarecrows for the 2nd year in a row. At 5pm, each house set up their unique and festive scarecrows, to share with the cul de sac. As a group, we went to each house, admired the scarecrow, took a photo and reveled in the Halloween and fall festiveness. We had a fisherman, a person in a robe and slippers getting ready for bed, a football cheerleader

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and Donald Trump. It is a fun tradition that we all enjoy. Afterwards, we get together for some laughs and appetizers at one of the houses. Since we are all competitive, we post the pictures to Facebook and have our

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friends/family vote on their favorite. This is a fun tradition that we hope to continue year after year. If anyone else is interested, please feel free to decorate a scarecrow next year and display it on your lawn, close to the road, so everyone can appreciate it.”

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Branchburg Library Reports on Summer Reading Program and Book Sale

Top readers in the 2017 Summer Reading Program were, from left, Calleigh Nejmeh and Olivia Nejmeh. This is the second year in a row that siblings took the top two spots. In 2016, winners were brothers Sebastien and Antoine McLean.

By Lois Paleck Congratulations go to 45 children, ages ranging from two to 14, who participated in the 2017 Summer Reading Club at the Branchburg Library. They each read (or were read to) from 80 minutes to over 8,000 minutes for a grand total of 56,930 minutes. Olivia Nejmeh was the top reader with 8,520 minutes. Her sister, Calleigh Nejmeh, came in second with 5,100 minutes. Sullivan Lavry won the “Guess What� prize this year by guessing the closest ‘number’ to the 1,176 lego pieces in the container. Congratulations Olivia, Calleigh, Sullivan and all others who participated. The children received prizes for the minutes they read and celebrated with pizza at an awards ceremony on Aug. 23. Several Branchburg establishments gave donations used as rewards and prizes during the program. The library thanks the following businesses for their generosity: Bagel Garden, Branchburg Sports Complex, Dunkin Donuts of Branchburg, Express Mart, Flemington ShopRite, Northlandz, Saker ShopRites, Smashburger of Branchburg, Somerset Patriots Baseball Club, Sundaes Sweet Shop, Tee-rrific Golf Center, Tex’s Liquor Store, Trattoria Uno, Vinnie’s Pizza and Wegmans – Bridgewater.


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The library also recognizes the many Branchburg residents who donated used books to the library and those who came to our used book sale on Sept. 9-10. It is through this program that we generate the funds to conduct the Summer Reading Program and the Story Time and Crafts Program for pre-school children held every Wednesday at 10:30. This year in addition to selling your donations, we also used them to replace over 30 time worn titles and are adding over 50 almost new juvenile books to our library’s collection. All these books were on the school’s summer reading lists and give the children a greater selection of books. Thank you for your generosity and support. The Branchburg Library, a member of the Somerset County Library System, is located in the Station House on Olive Street in Neshanic Station. It is supported by an all-volunteer staff. The hours are Monday and Thursday 6:30pm – 8pm, Wednesday 10am - 5pm and Saturday 10am-noon. The phone number is 908-369-5355. For additional information, follow us on Facebook @ Branchburg Library in Neshanic Station.


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and flavors; the southernmost point of the United States; Route 1 mile marker 0 and several museums. Scouts also witnessed a street performer at the nightly Key West Sunset Celebration. That night the boat stayed docked at the harbor. Next came snorkeling at one of the protected reefs. The Keys boast the second largest barrier reef in the world (second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.) Scouts saw various fish in many sizes and colors, such as wahoo, parrot fish, angel fish, and barracuda. Scouts on this day also fished, catching a yellowtail snapper, a mahi-mahi, and a fish eye suspected to be from a tuna. That night the crew held a feast of fresh fish in various seasonings to cater to everyone. Later, the captains and first mates lured in lemon sharks using fish waste. We were able to see them up close, and several scouts played tug of war with them using fish waste on a length of rope. Trip highlights also included a visit to an undeveloped island and a tour of the museum of treasure hunter Mel Fisher. Then the scouts set sail once more, eager for more adventure on their next and last day aboard, which was used to snorkel around various new reefs and a shipwreck. On Aug. 25, the crew cleaned the

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By Joshua Millman On Aug. 18, 13 scouts and five adult leaders embarked on an adventure of a lifetime to Seabase in the Florida Keys. Seabase is one of the Boy Scouts of America’s four High Adventure courses. The other three are Philmont for hiking in New Mexico, Northern Tier for canoeing or dogsledding in northern Minnesota, and Summit, an extremely large camp in Virginia. Seabase is the High Adventure where a scout can experience sailing and life on a boat for a week or become scuba certified by the BSA. Seabase is interested in the protection of underwater life especially the reefs of the Keys. The adventure began at 4 a.m. on Aug. 18 in the parking lot at Shoprite to carpool to Newark Airport for a 6:30 a.m. flight. Scouts and leaders that mornng included Nathaniel Ahearn, Peter Bellek, Patrick Flynn, Bradley Hieber, Michael Malatesta, Michael McMahon, Adam Millman, Joshua Millman, Bradley Moore, William Murray (Troop 1776), Alex Niewdiamdowski, Conner Reinhart (Troop 185), and Alexander Scotte and adult leaders Larry Ahearn, Kevin Bellek, Richard Millman, Richard Moore, and Zachary Reinhart. The next day scouts explored the

7 boat top to bottom and prepared to return to Seabase, but not before hearing the ship’s biggest cannon fire with the sound of thunder. The trip concluded with a van trip to Southernmost point and a return to Seabase for a luau with fun skits and the awarding of Seabase patches. On the way Crew SES081917A and the Seabase sign to the airport the next day the scouts stopped at another Florida, and the people affected by Everglades park where they biked Irma for a speedy recovery along for 14 miles to an observation tower with safety and love in a time of crito come to appreciate the Everglades sis such as this. Troop 90 would also like to send prayers to those affected that much more. The scouts of SES081917A crew by Hurricane Harvey and those who were nothing but pleased and en- have and will be affected by Jose for riched in their lives for experienc- their prosperity and health as well ing Seabase, and they send gracious and hope that everyone’s lives will thanks to everyone involved in help- return to normal. ing them experience one of Scouting’s High Adventure courses. Editor’s note: At deadline time we On a troubling note, Hurricane wondered how Seabase had fared. Irma arrived about two weeks after On Sept. 14, Scoutingmagazine. the scouts left and landed direct hits not only on the Florida Keys, but at org reported that all sailing capSeabase. Everyone from Troop 90, tains are safe and that “damage not only the members of this trip, to the main Seabase in Islamorada send their prayers to Captains Rohn was minimal, though significant and Kelsey, the Jolly II Rover, first cleanup will be needed.” mates Mike and Brooke, the entire staff of Seabase, Seabase itself, the people of the Keys, the people of

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Rescuers Plan Two Painting Party Fundraisers

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On Oct. 13 and Nov. 10 at 7 pm, The Branchburg Rescue Squad will host painting events with “Pretty in Paint Parties� at the squad building at 113 River Rd. With the help of instructor Nancy Repsher on Oct. 13, participants will create a fall-inspired painting “Vintage Fall� (pumpkins and sunflowers) on a 16 x 20-in. canvas. Nancy will return on Nov. 10 and help participants create the arctic-inspired painting “Northern Lights.� For a great time bring beverages (including beer and wine) and dinner or snacks.

Cost of the class is $45 which covers the materials that will be provided: canvas, acrylic paints, brushes, etc. To register, go to, and look for the Events button near the top of the BSC Held Hurricane Relief Fundraiser -- Laser tag was part of the action in September as page. Click on it and scroll down Branchburg Sports Complex offered an evening of fun-filled activities in an effort to help the victims of Hurricane to find the Branchburg Rescue Harvey and Irma. Guests enjoyed the BSC PlayMaze, Unlimited Laser Tag, Bounce Houses, Ga Ga, Arcade and more. Squad’s fundraising events in Oc- 100% of the proceeds went to the United Way Hurricane Relief Fund. -- submitted by Lisa Sepulveda tober and November. Pay by credit card to the right of the picture on the drop down menu /1 PIP fundraiser $45. You do not have to use Paypal. When the date comes, arrive at the Squad Building a little early to allow a prompt start. Class limit is 25 students to one instructor. Future painting classes are planned for Friday nights up to April, 2018. Questions? Call 908-685-0606, and thank you for your support. -- submitted by Carol Waechter

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October is Alive with Color

The Branchburg News • October 2017


Black oak leaves are ablaze in the most incredible orange color, which makes you wonder how the black oak got its name... According to Black-Oak, the name refers to the trees’ nearly black bark.

A robe of many colors is October’s alone to wear. It is a coarse cloth, woven with silken threads of yellow and orange, melting into the extreme end of the red spectrum. Set against a clear blue sky, the colors radiate with brilliance. While

the sun is otherwise occupied behind gathering clouds, the colors are no less extraordinary, as they hold their sharp contrast, presenting with a soft matte finish. As the robe is placed upon the earth’s shoulders, the colors slowly flow downward in an infinitely slow progression, best seen from high above the earth. With that image in mind, it is easy to visualize autumn as a living creature leaving a momentary trail of color across the breadth of the tilting earth. An alternative to a live, timelapse satellite image of autumn’s gradual crawl across the latitudes is best seen from a lofty vantage point with expansive views. Though the view is static, the full range of colors is on display. The cloth of the colorful cloak lies tight against the contour of the wooded mountains, each undulating feature of the landscape accentuated by shade and light. On a typical sunlit October day, herds of white billowy clouds drift across the blue sky followed on the ground by their shadows trying to keep up. As the lagging shadows flow across the colorful mountainsides, the tints change for

a brief moment to provide a sense of movement to an otherwise still image. The scene is more dramatic if you can imagine the passing shadows being that of the artist’s hand working as you watch. Retreating from distant views to stand within the October woodlands, individual trees and stands of trees become the focus. Each species resplendent in its own genetically defined color is modified to some degree by soil conditions, specifically, available nutrients and moisture. Instead of looking at a mass of treetops where smudges of varied colors blend together, we now see the pixels that make up the distant image. Comparing trees of the same species, we can see the individual variation of color. Many trees with yellow leaves such as hickories, Norway maples, cherry and tulip poplar trees are very consistent in color. Oaks, sweetgum and some maples, whose leaves have a red component, show the most diversity. The most glorious displays of fall color are where we find them, scattered among the local landscape.

Each, an emissary heralding the arrival of autumn; apart from the mass of color sweeping across the land. We all have a perennial favorite we watch on a daily basis to gauge the progress of autumn color. A lone white oak in the middle of a field or a native red maple pressing against the chain link fence in the backyard, as seen from the bathroom window, serve as daily alerts. Among the many autumn images accumulated in my experience, the one that keeps appearing is an old abandoned farm road lined with Norway maples, all the same size. The tree tops form a tight canopy over the road, keeping it clear of weeds and paving it with a golden carpet of fallen leaves. The length of the yellow paved road has a hint of a vanishing point that beckons a traveler to follow deeper into the fire of autumn color. Contact See more articles and photos at

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Municipal Building News | in print and online at ‘Our Work is Your Play’ 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 Follow Branchburg Recreation on Facebook at: FALL Program Registration went very well! We are so happy to see so many new participants in our programs! If you missed out on the September program starts, we have several kid & hs/ adult programs beginning in October! Check out the program brochure on the township website under Recreation and the programs will also come up online through, Community Pass. Hey parents, if you are looking for something NEW to do this fall with friends or your high schooler, give Pickleball a try! A FREE clinic is being offered on Tuesday, October 10th, please register through Community Pass. If you find, this games’ for you, we are following up with a six week session too! Kids: Wrestling begins next month, so don’t forget to register! If you are new to the sport and want to give it a try, an Intro to Wrestling begins on the 3rd and is a four week program! Pre-school: Arts & Crafts begins this month as well as Wee- Cook and there is still room and time to register!

Country Fair –Family Feud! The Recreation Department enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon at the Country Fair, on Saturday, September 23rd with all of our Family Feud participants! Thank you all for the laughs and being such great sports! Survey says, Join us next year!

*** COMMUNITY FLU/DTAP CLINIC October 3, 2017 3 pm to 6 pm Branchburg Municipal Building 1077 RT. 202. Branchburg, NJ 08876. Call: 908-526-1300 x 183 for more information.


minutes/seconds is not worth the danger it creates and the penalties involved. The penalties associated with this violation include:

Our police department has noticed over the last several years that Improper Passing of Stopped School Bus (39:4-128.1) by motorists has increased. It is reminded that whenever you see a school bus in operation to drive with caution. When a school bus activates its yellow lights, the driver is required to slow down and prepare to stop. It is no different then a traffic light you encounter on a roadway. In addition, you cannot pass a stopped school bus whether from behind or in an opposite direction with its red lights activated or with the STOP sign out. We have also seen drivers in their vehicles become impatient due to numerous children pick ups in a row along their route and pass the bus over the double yellow lines even when the bus is in motion going in the same direction. Be patient as the reward of saving a few


> 5 points accessed to the drivers license of the violator


> Approximately $250.00 in fines

> Possible License Suspension

> Mandatory Community Service All matters regarding this violation will be fully investigated by the Branchburg Twsp Police Department in cooperation with Branchburg Student Transportation. The safety of our children is very important and we all need to be a part of it. Please pass this article onto someone else as it could help prevent injury to a child as well as avoid many legal issues. Sgt. Ken Kaczorek

Pickup will begin approximately October 1st until December 8th Minimum two (2) PICKUPS in your area

Rake leaves to the curb area

DO NOT rake them into the road, drainage ditch or within 10’ of a catch basin.

Leaves can be taken to the Dumpster Facility by residents on normal days of operation: Every Friday – 12 to 3:00pm st

1 Saturday of the month - 9a - 3:00p As an alternative solution to disposing of your yard waste please consider composting or mulching.

The Branchburg Township Police Department is advising the community of some events taking place at Halloween Here are a few tips that we can offer that can reduce your chance of being a victim of time that we will be involved in: a crime during this period.

Stony Brook School Halloween Parade: The police department will be working with the school again this year implementing a plan to reduce the amount of traffic around the school while this fun event is going on. Over the last few years, the roadway has been more accessible and pedestrian traffic has had a safer time moving around the school/roadway. This plan is similar to the Back to School Night in September. The cooperation of the parents has been outstanding and we look forward to another year of working with you. Neshanic Station Village: This large event involves restricting parking along certain streets while children and adults are in the area. The police department will assist with the security of the event and help provide lighting in key areas of heavy pedestrian traffic. We put out extra patrols in the areas throughout the township to ensure that the events go smoothly and safely. Do not hesitate to reach out to our officers for any questions or assistance.


No person shall purposely or knowingly, as said terms are defined in Title 2C of the New Jersey Revised Statutes, feed wild white-tailed deer in the township, on lands either publicly or privately owned. It shall be presumed that the person is purposely or knowingly feeding deer unless the feed is placed on a platform that is raised at least four feet off the ground or is placed in a feeder whose opening is sufficiently restricted so as to prevent deer from accessing the feed.

>Leave outside lights on. >Place belongings inside. >Advise your children of the risks and what to be watchful for. >While out enjoying the festivities, wear bright clothing so drivers in cars can see you. Bring a flashlight. Make it fun for the kids with glow in the dark bracelets.

The goal during this period is for all to have a good time while exercising common sense safety practices.

HUNTING AWARENESS SAFETY ZONES ARCHERY HUNTING: No bowhunter may carry a nocked arrow or hunt within 150 feet of a building or within 450 feet of any school playground, even if unoccupied, except the owner or lessee of a building, and persons specifically authorized by him in writing. FIREARM HUNTING: No firearm hunter may carry a loaded firearm or hunt within 450 feet of a building or any school playground, even if unoccupied, except the owner or lessee of a building, and persons specifically authorized by him in writing.

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The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 7 th. Polls will be open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Please check your sample ballot (which you should receive by mail one week prior to the election) for your polling location. The last day to register to vote for the General Election is October 17th. The last day to apply for a mail-in ballot by mail is 7 days prior to the election or October 31st. The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot in person is the day prior to the election (Monday, November 6th) no later than 3:00 PM at the Somerset County Clerk’s Office. Voter information and forms are available in the Township Clerk’s Office between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM and also on the Township website at in the document center under Election Information, or on the Somerset County website at affiliated-agencies/election-board/voter-information. NEWS FROM THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT E-waste –drop off on November 4, 2017 9 am to 3 pm at the Public Works Garage, 34 Kenbury Rd. Branchburg, NJ 08876. Call: 908-526-1300 x177 for more information.

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Branchburg Newsmakers

Alex & Alia Nick and Nonnie Maniscalco, and Salena Mauro, announce the engagement of their daughter, Alia Maniscalco, of Branchburg, to Alex Watson, son of Martha and Guy Watson of Hillsborough. The bride-to-be is a registered nurse working at the Carrier Clinic. The future groom is in his third year at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The couple are planning their wedding for April 2019.

Hunterdon Healthcare to Host Hearing Health Fair with Free Hearing Screening on Oct. 6 Hunterdon Healthcare will host a Hearing Health Fair on Friday, Oct. 6, from noon to 4 p.m. at Hunterdon Medical Center on the first floor of the hospital outside the Auditorium. Hearing screenings will be available from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, approximately 20 percent of Americans, (48 million people) report some degree of hearing loss, and at age 65, one out of every three people has a hearing loss. Hearing loss is a major public health issue that is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease. For many individuals, hearing loss is underdiagnosed because people do not want to admit that there is a problem. Guest speakers from some of the leaders in the hearing health-

Seeking info about locals doing disaster relief work

In September, more than 6,000 Red Cross disaster workers were on the ground in areas hit hard by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Ana Montero, CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region, said, “More than 100 disaster workers from New Jersey have deployed to help people affected by the hurricanes. We are grateful.” The Branchburg News is seeking names of Branchburg and Neshanic Station residents who were (or are) involved in the efforts. It’s a part of history that should be put on the record. To get on the list, please send names, locations and the nature of the relief work to branchburgnews@ We will publish a short Mike Skomba story in a future issue. If there are Mike Skomba, an 11th and 12th- photos, we’d like to see them. grade social studies teacher at Somerville High School, has been named Somerset County Teacher of the Year by the state Department of Education. Mike grew up in Branchburg, and came through the school district, as well as Somerville High School. County Teachers of the Year are recognized for Interactive parent/child valuable contributions to their local music classes for infants school communities and are given through preschoolers. the opportunity to serve as ambassadors of education to officials at Classes in the county and state levels. Branchburg & Among the winners of prizes in drawings at the Somerset County 4-H Fair were Branchburg residents Pat Matthews (gift certificate for a yoga class), and Dale Decker (Somerset Patriots tickets).




care industry, including Oticon, Resound and Advanced Bionics, will provide information about advances in technology. The Hearing Health Fair will also include information regarding new hearing instruments, hearing protection, assistive technology and tinnitus. Hunterdon Healthcare will also be providing blood pressure checks and information on the Center for Speech and Hearing and other support services for the community. There is no registration required for is event. For more information, call 908-788-6157 or email If you need special accommodations with hearing or vision issues to participate in any Hunterdon Healthcare programs, email Kathleen Seelig at or call 908-788-6515.

Local GOP Women’s Group Wins Big National Award – The Somerset County Federation of Republican Women won the

National GOLD Award for Achievement during the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) 39th Biennial Convention held Sept. 14-17 in Philadelphia. More than 425 awards went to clubs which demonstrated excellence in membership development, campaign activities, community relations, programs and club functions over the past two years. Somerset County Federation President Cathy Callahan of Branchburg said, “This proud honor was earned by each and every member of our proactive federation. Everyone works so diligently at maintaining our lively Republican organization.” Seen above with Cathy (center) in Philadelphia are Somerset County Freeholder Pat Walsh, at left, and State Committeewoman Janice Fields at right.

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By Tricia Ihde for the BWC For the Branchburg Woman’s Club and local residents, the next two months bring a variety of opportunities to be involved and to have fun. Excitement is building for the BWC’s 30th Annual Craft Show and Sale. Interested crafters of handmade items are encouraged to inquire soon. (Product vendors are not permitted.) This annual fundraiser for charities and student awards will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 am to 3 pm at Branchburg Central Middle School on Baird Road. There will be a bake sale, refreshments, and door prizes. Each crafter rental space is 8 ft. x 7 ft. with two chairs and no table. The space costs $40 plus returnable $25 escrow check (to ensure displays remain until 3 pm.) Some 6 ft. tables are available for $5 more. Interested crafters should call 908-336-5160 or email: for additional details. On Oct. 15 and 16, club members will again help with Somerset County’s Weekend Journey through the Past as guides at the Little Red

Schoolhouse. Built in 1873, the former rural 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 ever-growing BWC. 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 many local organizations. More information is available at https://www. public-works/cultural-heritage/ weekend-journey. The club’s Oct. 19 meeting will be held 7:30 pm at Branchburg Central Middle School in the library room. Chanchal Arora, from the R.W. Johnson University Hospital Somerset, will lead a presentation about the benefits of yoga. Information about the hospital’s different yoga classes will be available. Refreshments and a club meeting will follow. The BWC Charity Fundraiser

will be held Oct. 25 from 11 am - 9 pm at California Pizza Kitchen in the Bridgewater Commons Mall (lowest level.) The promotion helps a variety of charities aided by the club. When supporters present a printed copy of the BWC event flyer (available at https://staging.dbchk. com/bwc/FlyerBWCOct25CPK. pdf) and purchase food and/or drink, CPK will donate 20% of supporters’ checks to the BWC’s Philanthropic Fund. Eligible purchases include dine-in, take-out, catering, and all beverages, but supporters must give the server or cashier one of the printed flyers. It doesn’t cost the supporter anything extra to help a good cause. More information is available by calling 908-698-0776 in advance. As the fall season continues, BWC members are looking forward to social activities, such as going to concerts, movies, museums, and restaurants. With a wide variety of options, members have opportunities to participate when they can. Membership inquiries and adult guests are welcome. Information is available at https://, http://, or by calling 908-866-1060.

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Crafters Wanted for Woman’s Club Show & Sale in November, Plus, Club Plans Busy October

Kangaroo Kids Families Ready for Fall Festival

– Kangaroo Kids Child Care and Learning Center will host a family event on Friday, Oct.27, from 5 to 6:30 pm, at 1047 Route 28. Families will enjoy fall crafts, games, tattoos, bounce house and trunk or treat. It will also be the kick off for a food drive to help support those less fortunate in our community. The only entrance fee will be a can of food for the food bank. Seen above in a photo from last year, the Tkacs family of Branchburg brought a trunk or treat setup with a Dr. Seuss theme. There will be a costume exchange where outgrown costumes can be exchanged for others that someone else has outgrown. $100 off full time enrollment for any new families that enroll on the date of the event by mentioning this article. For further information, like the Kangaroo Kids Child Care Facebook page, call 908-231-7800 or email

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Branchburg Seniors Club Gets Back in Gear By Rita Jordan The Branchburg Seniors were happy to greet each other at the first meeting after an awesome summer. Club President Marion Bergen called the meeting to order, and we held a moment of silence and prayers for all the victims of Hurricane Harvey, for all the first responders, and also for the people who were about to face Hurricane Irma in Florida. Marion reminded us that our next social meeting would be our annual Seniors picnic to be held on Thursday, Sept. 21, at White Oak Park. She also asked for volunteers to sign up to

work at the Branchburg Country Fair on Sept. 23. We played three games of Bingo and then commenced to playing card games and puzzle making. A new, rather difficult puzzle of Life Magazine covers of famous movie stars is on the table to be completed. If you like to puzzle, you are invited to come to help finish this new challenge. Coming Events: Social meeting is Oct.19. Business meeting is Nov. 2. Executive meeting is Oct. 3. Fun Days are held every other Thursday of the month.

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Membership Information: 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: 11 am to 3 pm. “Fun Days” are social times to meet up with friends. These are on Thursdays when there are no meetings. Shooting pool or 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, October Seniors compiled by Gail Mantz Oct.2 Ronald Schmalz Oct.5 Helen Pongracz Oct.12 Jennie Giancola Oct.12 Allen Meidhof Oct.17 Orsolya Rokof Oct.17 Angiolina Daniels Oct.30 Mac McKenzie

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Thursday, July 13, was a special day for the technicians of Overhead Door of Central Jersey.

Central Jersey invites anyone interested in joining its team to visit the company at 984 Route 202 South. Said Zhou, “We are always taking applications for a variety of job openings. Current openings include entry-level garage door installers and service techs. You can learn more by going to or walk in to apply.” Since 1972, Overhead Door Company of Central Jersey has lived by the motto, “Where Quality is a Standard, Not an Option.” This year marks the 45th year in business with all 45 years on Branchburg’s Route 202. The company’s Product Specialists and SuperTechs serve residential home owners, commercial developments and industrial facilities. The garage door showroom, located at 984 Route 202 South, showcases residential traditional garage doors, carriage house garage doors, garage door openers and parts accessories.

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Branchburg-based Overhead Door Company of Central Jersey recently celebrated SuperTech Day, a special day commemorating door systems technicians. It was part of a worldwide campaign by the International Door Association to recognize and honor professionals in the field. On Thursday July 13, SuperTechs here in Branchburg took part in a company-catered BBQ lunch, product show-and-tells, and a prize raffle. Raffle prizes included summer beach equipment, movie tickets, stuffed animals, drones and more. General Manager Alfredo Zhou said, “SuperTech Day is a special day created by the industry to just say ‘thank you for all you do.’ We have a team of SuperTechs that every day work diligently to serve our customers. It is my honor and privilege to lead our team of SuperTechs during our 45 year anniversary.” Overhead Door Company of

RVCC Visual Art Alumni Work on Exhibit Raritan Valley Community College’s (RVCC) Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Department will present Continuations, an exhibition featuring artwork by RVCC alumni, Oct. 2-20, in the Art Gallery at the College’s Branchburg campus. The show is being coordinated by RVCC Art Gallery coordinator and VAPA faculty member Darren McManus. An Artists’ Talk will be held Friday, Oct. 6, from 5-6 p.m. A reception will follow from 6-7 p.m. Both are free of charge

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and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The exhibition will feature recent work by 33 RVCC visual art alumni in an array of media including animation, ceramics, drawing, furniture design, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Recent visual art alumni were given the opportunity to submit up to five newer works for review. VAPA faculty members Darren McManus and Ann Tsubota made the final selections for the exhibition.

The Hunterdon Walking and Social Club (HWSC), a singles club for the 45+ age group, meets every Sunday afternoon for a walk and talk at various parks and trails throughout Hunterdon County, followed by a gathering at a local restaurant for socializing and fun. No dues or officers. For info, directions and lastminute changes, call 908-7887072. For a complete schedule, go to hwsc.

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In September, there was an offcial visit of the District Governor of Rotary District 7510 to the Branchburg Rotary Club. Seated in the photo, from left, are Dr. Julie Ann Juliano, Amanda Green (RVCC Rotaract Club), District Governor Bob Zeglarski, Katie Majorossy (Rotaract Club President), Kathy Feigley, Jodi DiPane-Saleem (Rotary Club Secretary). Standing: Gail Barlow (Rotary Club Treasurer), Joe Horner, Kyle LaPolice, Louis Cain, Ileen Bradley, Doug Bateman, Laura DePrado, Dan Matyola, Jarrett Dewelde, and Club President Tulsi Maharjan. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; submitted by Dan Matyola

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The public is invited to attend â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songs of Economic Hardship: Woody Guthrie and the Great Depression,â&#x20AC;? Monday, Oct. 9, from 1 to 2:20 p.m., at Raritan Valley Community College. The event, which is free of charge, will be held in the Nash Theatre at RVCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Branchburg campus. Sponsored by the Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Humanities, Social Science and Education Department as well as RVCCArts, the program is part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music as a Mirror on Historyâ&#x20AC;? series. Acclaimed New York City actor Randy Noojin stars as Woody Guthrie in a multimedia program featuring archival footage of the Great Depression. The one-man show will be followed by a question-and-answer session. All seating will be located on stage. For additional information about the program, contact Professor Roger Shutack at roger. Randy Noojin as Woody Guthrie

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By Eileen Bufe The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of the Branchburg area are participating in the Scouting for Food project. Bags will be distributed on Oct. 28. Please place non-perishable foods (no glass containers) in the plastic bag. Additionally new winter items (hats, scarves, mittens & gloves) are direly needed for distribution by the Food Bank as well. Please place your winter item donations in a separate bag from the food. Place the bag(s) on your front doorstep on Saturday, Nov. 4, before 9 am. The scouts will collect the bags between 9 am and 2 pm. The food and winter items collected benefit the Food Bank Network of Somerset County. Your support for this project is greatly appreciated. Since it is not possible for the scouts to distribute bags to everyone in the Branchburg area, we ask that if you did not receive a bag to please bring your food and winter item donations to the Branchburg Municipal Building on Saturday, Nov. 4, between 10 am and 2 pm (Scouts will be collecting at the Federal Express truck parked in the parking lot.)

Partyka Construction Wins Championship -- Partyka Construction won the championship of the Men’s Friday Night Branchburg Softball League. Standing from left: Rob Tumolo, Bryan Hall, Tommy Diamante, Christian Piombo, Jim Jagt, Jamie Meyer, Mike Loria. Kneeling from left: Chris Sasso, Matt Hennicke, Pete Brown, Sal Longo. Not pictured: Bob Partyka, Ron Garutti, Gus Rutledge, Bill Ryder -- submitted by Sal Longo

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Neshanic Garden Club Won Many Awards This Year By Susan Cusumano At the Annual Luncheon of the Garden Club of New Jersey at the Bridgewater Marriot in June, Neshanic Garden Club received the following awards: Certificate of Merit with Gold Seal for an Excellent Yearbook; GCNJ Continuing Project Award for a project of at least five yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sponsorship that demonstrates progress and growth in rendering influence or service for their Garden Therapy for All Ages Project; The Bernardsville Garden Club Trophy for an outstanding project in civic or environmental improvement for â&#x20AC;&#x153;planting and maintaining gardens of the historic Station Houseâ&#x20AC;?; The East Orange Trophy for developing, maintaining and working with a community park, garden or arboretum for â&#x20AC;&#x153;creating a handicap accessible brick walkway at Ann Van Middlesworth Parkâ&#x20AC;?. The Neshanic Garden Club also received the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Certificate of Merit for

their Press Book. The Garden Club of New Jersey, Inc, Central Atlantic Region for #44 Aii â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Publicity Press Book 2016 and the Central Atlantic Region Publicity Press Book Award for a Medium Club â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1st Place -Neshanic Garden Club, Neshanic Station, NJ from the Garden Club of New Jersey. October 23-25, 2016. NGC Member Jeannie Geremia of Flemington was also sworn in as The Garden Club of New Jerseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1st VP of the GCNJ Board for the coming two years. The Pollinator Center Signage Project that she has been heavily involved in during the past year included having the Black Swallowtail Butterfly designated as the official NJ State Butterfly, won the top award and highest honor from the National Garden Clubs Inc. Geremia and Diana Kazazis, vice chair, received the Award of Excellence which included an inscribed medallion, a check for $500 and a certificate. The money will be used for future project goals.

Marion Nation, president of the Neshanic Garden Club received awards from the Garden Club of New Jersey President Susan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell at the Annual Luncheon of the Garden Club of New Jersey in June.

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The Recreation Department’s annual bus trip to see the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular is one of the most popular programs of the year, and it usually sells out fast. Tickets are now on sale and here are some details: Date: Monday, December 11 Time: Coach bus leaves from White Oak Park at 1 pm. Show time is 5 pm. Arrival back at White Oak Park about 8:30-9 pm. Seats: Orchestra seats. Price: $92 per ticket, includes coach bus transporation and show. Eagle Project Benefits Jointure Center -- Austin Hackerd from Troop 90 finished his Eagle Project for the Jointure Child Enrichment & For more details and instructions Adult Education center on July 31. Austin and his fellow scouts are seen above in before and after photos. They built and replaced five raised garden beds and on ordering, visit http://branchplaced mulch. This project will help the children at the Jointure Education Center in learning how to design, plant and maintain a vegetable garden. They will index.php or call 908—526-1300 also learn how to harvest the vegetables to be used by the children to eat. Austin thanks the Jointure, Troop 90 scouts, leaders, friends and family. x188.

“Project Warm Your Heart” to Collect Winter Clothing for Kids The Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women is conducting its eighth annual “Project Warm Your Heart” to collect new or gently-used coats, mittens, gloves, scarves and hats for children only. Donations are requested by Oct. 31. Children of families served by the Food Bank Network of Somerset County and other organizations will benefit from this winter-clothing drive, which follows the commission’s recent collection of school supplies held during the summer months. Donations may be dropped off to the Somerset County Freeholders’ Office on the third floor of the county administration building at 20 Grove St., Somerville, now through Tuesday, Oct. 31. The office is open weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, except Columbus Day. Free parking is available in the adjacent Bernie Field Parking Deck off East High Street.

“Somerset County residents, organizations and businesses have been so generous to our many initiatives that support families in our communities,” said Freeholder Patricia Walsh, commission liaison. “Project Warm Your Heart is another opportunity to help Somerset County children in need.” The SCCSW serves as an advisory board to the Board of Chosen Freeholders to address present and potential needs of women and to develop a greater public awareness of women’s issues. This year’s “Project Warm Your Heart” chair is Commissioner Beverly Briggs-Lawson. For more information, contact her at 732-433-2706.

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Legally Blonde The Musical Big League Productions Fri., Oct. 6 at 8PM Tickets: $25 & $35 Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat story of self-discovery. Symphonie Dramatique Cas Public Sat., October 14 at 7PM Ages 10+ The story of Romeo and Juliet told through dance, in an adaptation created especially for young people.

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Kirkside Fall Garage Sale is Oct. 14 Kirkside’s semi-annual garage sale will be held on Saturday, Oct 14, from 9 am to 2 pm at Kirkside, 199 Route 28, in Bridgewater. A rain date is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 21. Members and friends of the North Branch Reformed Church, Kirkside’s sponsor, donate items for this popular sale. Shoppers will find many items starting at a dollar. There is a large variety including a new selection of jewelry, toys, housewares, linens, electronics & man toys, a large selection of videos/dvd/cds and books priced at $1.00 per bag. This sale features the boutique table with collectibles. Our wide selection of holiday items will be on display. All proceeds from the garage sale benefit Kirkside, a shared home for seniors. Kirkside is a beautifully restored colonial which serves as

Saturday dog walks on the trails at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge, will continue weekly on the fall and winter time schedule. Check-in time for owners and their pets will begin at 10:15 am. The guided trail walk begins at 10:30 am and lasts for approximately one hour. Registration is $3 per dog and all pets must be leashed and kept under control at all times. These sanctioned dog walks offer participants the only opportunity to explore the beautiful equestrian trails of Lord Stirling Stable on foot. For info, contact Martha at 973-635-8672 or online at

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Scouts Endure Ordeal Weekend at Mt. Allamuchy Members of Branchburg’s Boy Scout Troop 90 attended the September Ordeal weekend at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation in Stanhope. Three new ordeal members performed activities to complete their membership in the Order of the Arrow (OA) Woapalanne Lodge #43 of Patriot’s Path Council. The Troop has been active in the Lodge since 2014 and this weekend continued that tradition for the 12th time. The weekend was added to the schedule due to a surge in elected candidates throughout the council’s six districts. Candidates along with existing Lodge members performed various service projects around the camp to close the camp’s summer activities and prepare for the fall and winter rush of cub scouts and boy scouts attending the camp on weekends. Activities included log splitting for firewood, taking summer camp tents down, chipping wood for pathways, clearing away invasive vegetation, and moving boulders using only scout power. Once the activities were completed an induction ceremony was held for the new members. Brad Moore

is a member of the ceremonies team that performed the induction for the new members over the weekend. The Troop’s total membership in the OA is now up to 16 including eleven youth scouts and five adult leaders. The OA has monthly meetings on the second Thursday of each month during the school year at the Patriot’s Path Council Office in Cedar Knolls. Troop 90 meets every Thursday from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm at the Midland School in Branchburg, NJ. They have resumed their weekly meetings and are planning several upcoming campouts, hikes and competitions during the fall and winter before having new webelos scouts join in the Spring. They are celebrating their 13th year as a Boy Scout Troop in Branchburg Township (contact: http://branchburg90. . Submitted by Richard Moore Troop 90 Assistant Scoutmaster & Troop OA Advisor.

Pictured, from left, are: Richard Moore, Troop 90 OA Advisor, Brad Moore, Troop 90 OA Troop Rep. and Raritan Valley District OA Rep., Josh Millman, Ordeal member, Mark W. McArthur, Ordeal member, Mark V. McArthur Troop 90 ASM, and Chris McArthur, Ordeal member.

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members and community supporters collected bikes for Pedals for Progress on Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Branchburg Muncipal Building. One hundred and four bikes and four sewing machines are now being shipped to third-world countries week thanks to the efforts of Rotarians Dan Matyola and Kip Bateman and the Rotary Club of Branchburg. Families from Branchburg and surrounding communities loaded cars, vans and trucks with their old bikes to drop off for Pedals for Progress. Did you miss it? It’s an annual collection, so there’s always next year. As explained by Pedals for Progress,“Every year, affluent Americans buy 22 million new bicycles and discard millions of old ones, abandoning many more unused in basements, sheds, and garages. Most of these end up in our already overburdened landfills. Meanwhile, poor people overseas need cheap, non-polluting transportation to get to jobs, markets, customers, and schools.” -- submitted by Kathy Feigley


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This Month In Branchburg History One Year Ago, Oct. 2016: In early October, the Township Committee honored Branchburg’s police officers by approving the painting What do fishermen say on Hal- of a thin blue line along the roadway in the municipal complex (offiloween? “Trick-or-trout!” cially known as Veterans Memorial Drive.) Did you hear about the obnoxious pumpkin? Five Years Ago, Oct. 2012: SuperHe was a real jerk-o’-lantern! storm Sandy had been a hurricane but became a post-tropical cyclone Chris Columbus was the best by the time it reached Branchburg, deal maker in history. He left not Oct. 29 and 30. Winds above 65 knowing where he was going, and mph here pushed over trees and upon arriving, not knowing where tore down power lines. Parts of the he was. He returned not knowing township were without electricity where he had been, and did it all or cable for up to 11 days. on borrowed money. 10 Years Ago, Oct. 2007: A major The cardiologist’s diet: If it tastes road reconstruction, funded by NJ good, spit it out. DOT, began in Neshanic Station Village. Residents and engineers During this apple season, here is worked to find a balance between some medical trivia: An apple a the quaint century-old road and day keeps the doctor away. Two apples a day keep two doctors away. And so on.

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25 Years Ago, Oct. 1992: Branchburg Mayor John Sanford cut the ribbon TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED AD: Type your ad exactly as you want it to open the New Orleans Family to appear. Ads are limited to 30 words (phone numbers count as one Restaurant on Route 28. With a word). Mail your ad along with a check for $20 made payable to menu featuring Cajun and Creole “The Branchburg News” to The Branchburg News, PO Box 5351, dishes, New Orleans took over the Branchburg, NJ 08876 space that had been Branches restaurant, and kept much of that restaurant’s pale peach and aqua dé- FD MASON CONTRACTOR - CARPENTER - Branchburg Carcor. Today, the restaurant is known Over 30 years of experience. Brick, penter with 30 years experience block, stone, concrete. No job too available for all jobs around the as the Stoney Brook Grille. 50 Years Ago, Oct. 1967: Merck & Co. gifted the township a 4.3-acre strip of land 50-ft. wide by more than seven tenths of a mile long along the edge of its experimental farm bordering River Road. The township planned to use the land to straighten and widen the roadway.

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Binky: I finally found the rattle in my car. Dinky: Bet you’re glad. Recent property sales reported in Binky: Not really. It was attached Branchburg: to a snake. 23 Apache Way $385K 164 Brandon Ct. $464,900 Why should you never ask a 1001 Breckenridge Dr. $247,500 witch to change your lightbulbs? 3 Buffalo Hollow Rd. $361K Because she’ll change them into 684 Case Rd. $260K toads. 956 Concord Way $375K

19 Edgewood Rd. $555K 1502 Longley Ct. $255K 1105 Magnolia Ln. $205K 1307 Magnolia Ln. $263K 103 Omni Ct. $605K 1033 Opie Rd. $758K 240 Readington Rd. $470K 34 Thrush Cir. $500K

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