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Stony Brook Students Raise Funds for Hurricane Victims as “Huskies Hustle for Houston” Stony Brook School, Branchburg’s home of fourth and fifth grades, with the Husky sled dog as its mascot, held a unique charity walk-a-thon event on Oct. 6. Students raised $12,700 to help a school in Houston, Texas, which had been been devastated in August by Hurricane Harvey and its related flooding. The Rotary Club of Branchburg, which has experience in arranging financial relief after natural disasters, volunteered to help Stony Brook carry out the donation effort, and kindly made its own donation to round the total up to $13,000. Abbie Sutherlin, a fifth-grade teacher at Stony Brook, explained: “In the aftermath of the hurricane, even before school started, several teachers started to research ways we could help schools in the Houston area. A committee was put together to explore ideas. The idea of a walka-thon was presented and embraced by the faculty and principal. Rachael Johnston, Erin Rimmler, and Mike Clark took the ball and ran with it. Students in Ms. Rimmler’s class created a video to introduce the concept of the walk-a-thon, and the video was presented to students and to parents at Back to School Night. The event was advertised through social media and flyers distributed to students. Donations started pouring in.” To provide focus for the effort, a walk-a-thon was planned for Oct. 6, to be held on the school grounds. Through the magic of math, it was deduced that the distance between Branchburg and Houston (1,593 miles) could be symbolized by the equivalent of 1,593 student-laps around the Stony Brook property. The school selected to receive the donation is Northline Elementary in North Houston. Ms. Sutherlin wrote in an email: “We selected this school because unlike Branchburg’s community, it is comprised of about 66% English language learners (their home language is Spanish). About 97% qualify for free/ reduced lunch and about half the school population resides in apartment homes. They are in dire need of help, and we want to teach our students about compassion and empathy.”

Stony Brook students funnel onto the playing fields to do some walking.

With her cowboy hat and horse, Stony Brook Secretary Debi Molinaro created a taste of Texas for the kids hustling for Houston.

The Molinaros: Steve on Storm, Debi on Baxter. The flag has a Husky image and words “Huskies Hustle for Houston.”

Principal Frank Altmire is loaded down with 51 pounds of coins in a backpack. His orange and blue clothes are a tribute to the colors of the school in Houston.

The Rotary Club of Branchburg, which gained experience arranging 501(c) donations after the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal, is helping manage the donation program for Houston. Above, Rotarians Kip Bateman and Tulsi Maharjan watch the proceedings at Stony Brook.

Oct. 6 was a beautiful day for a walk-a-thon, and it was a spectacular event. It turned out that $455 of the donation was in coins, with a total weight of 51 pounds. The idea was hatched that the coins should be loaded into a backpack for Prin-

cipal Frank Altmire to lug along the walk-a-thon route. And he did, accompanied by hundreds of Stony Brook students, and the surprise participation of two horses ridden by school secretary Debi Molinaro and her husband Steve.

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Teen Night, Nov. 3 From 7 to 9:30 pm at Branchburg Central Middle School for grades 6, 7, 8. DJ, dancing, basketball, board games, card games, nok hockey, pickle ball, refreshments. Free admission with donation of canned goods. Must bring permission slip found at Recreation Dept. link at Parent chaperones needed, call 526-1300 x187 to volunteer. E-Waste drop-off, Nov. 4 From 9 am to 3 pm at the Public Works garage, 34 Kenbury Rd., electronic products may be dropped for free. Electronic items must be treated as hazardous waste. Samples are TVs, computers, laptops, servers, monitors, printers, fax machines, copiers, DVD and video players, power supplies, video game systems and controllers, CDs and DVDs, telephones. For info: 908526-1300 x177. Roast Beef Dinner, Nov. 4 Three Bridges Volunteer Fire Co., 467 Main St., Three Bridges, will host from 4 to 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $8 for children, and no cost for age 5 and under. For further details contact Mabel at 908-782-2447. Readington Reformed Church Craft Fair, Nov. 4 From 10 am to 4 pm the Readington Reformed Church Women’s Ministries is hosting its 15th annual craft fair. 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 at 124 Readington Road (HC Rt. 620) in Readington. Call 908-5342077 for further details. 5th Annual Peter Biondi Memorial 5K, Nov. 5 At 9 am at Hillsborough Municipal Building at 379 South Branch Rd. Benefits SHIP (Samaritan Homeless Interim Program). Register by

This Month’s Vo-Tech Theater Arts Play, Nov. 3 at 11:59 pm. Web: https:// Recycling Nov. 17, 18 At 7:30 pm, the Thorton Wilder satire The Skin of Our Teeth will alRunWalkforSHIP be presented in the auditorium of Somerset County Vocational Election Day Turkey Dinner, For info call: & Technical High School, 14 Nov. 7 732-469-3363 Annual event at Neshanic United Vogt Drive in Bridgewater. GenMethodist Church, 302 Maple eral admission is $15, seniors and or visit Ave. in Neshanic Station Village. non-SCVTHS students are $5. Lunch at noon. Dinner, 5 to 7 pm. SCVTHS students and staff are Served family style. Adults $14. free. Tickets will be available at the Take-out $14. Seniors $12 (lunch door, or by reserving them through Somerville 5K Turkey Trot, only). Children under age 12 $5. the box office at (908) 526-8900 Nov. 23 Crafts and baked goods available. x7125. For more info, contact JoPhone: 908-369-0343. Website: seph Mancuso at 908-526 – 8900 At 9 am, Engine Company No. 1, x7258 or 170 E. Main St., Somerville. For details and sign up, visit https:// BWC Craft Show & Sale, Coffee with the Mayor, Nov. 11 Nov. 18 From 9 to 11 am at the Municipal Building. Listen, talk and learn From 10 am to 3 pm at Branchburg Holiday Lantern Workshop, about township issues and happen- Central Middle School, across from Nov. 26. White Oak Park on Baird Rd. Thirings in a casual setting. tieth annual event will offer a two- From 1 to 4 pm, the South Branch Reformed Church Women’s Group Garden Cub Meeting, Nov. 16 room marketplace of fine handmade is sponsoring a Holiday Lantern crafts and art. Supports the BranchAt 9:45 am, the Neshanic Garden Workshop, described as “an afterClub will hold its regular monthly burg Woman’s Club’s charitable noon of fun creating a lovely landonations and student achievement meeting at the Station House on tern centerpiece or gift.” Tickets Olive St. in Neshanic Station. The awards fund. Rrefreshments, door are $25 for lantern, materials, and prizes, a bake sale, plus free parking program will be “Design and the beverages. Info: 908-371-0995. new National Garden Club Hand- and admission. Call 908-866-1824 for information. book for Flower Shows” The book, Breakfast with Santa, Dec. 2 with new and updated rules for deWith seatings from 8:30 to 10:30 Holiday Vendor Craft Sale sign submissions, will be presented am at South Branch Reformed at Midland, Nov. 18 and reviewed by Susan O’Donnell From 11 am to 3 pm at the Mid- Church Preschool, just across the and the flower show judges from land School, 94 Readington Rd. in Studdiford bridge at 870 River Rd., District IV. Susan is a former pres- Branchburg. Free admission. Fee Hillsborough. Tickets go on sale ident of the Garden Club of NJ. for vendors is $50 per table. All Nov. 15 and include a printed comThe presenters will demonstrate proceeds benefit Midland’s special plimentary picture and an emailed how to translate design concepts education programs and services. picture. To reserve tickets, call into arrangements and creation For info, email vendorfair@mid- 908-369-7885 or email Preschool@ which will reflect how to apply the new rules. Lug your mug to the light luncheon at noon. Prospective members are encouraged to Brace yourself...for the smile of your life! attend. For further info about club Complimentary New Patient Exam meetings, contact either club copresident, Cathy Heuschkel at 908359-6881 or Kathy Herrington at 908-359-6835. For more tion regarding the club, visit www. and like us 1353 Prince Rodgers Ave. Bridgewater /+t on Facebook.

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Jack V. Noto, senior at Somerville High School, has been named a Semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Six other SHS students, Daniel A. Conforti, Kristen E. Lewis, Meghan E. Moran, Shannon F. Mulreed, Dmitri V. Phelps, and Brian J. Waters have been named Commended Students by the NMS program, according to Gerard Foley, SHS Principal. Approximately 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQTÂŽ), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. As a semifinalist, Noto will move forward in the competition and now must submit a detailed scholarship application. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2018 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. The scholarship recipients will join more than 330,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title by taking the 2016 PSAT/NMSQTÂŽ. Conforti, Lewis, Moran, Mulreed, Phelps, and Waters placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition and are being recognized for their exceptional academic performance, according to Foley.

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RVCC to Hold Honors College Info Session High school seniors interested in learning more about Raritan Valley Community College’s (RVCC) Honors College are invited to attend an Information Session Nov. 1 at 6 pm in the Atrium at the Branchburg campus. To register visit visit.

Set Clocks Back Nov. 5 Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2 am. The traditional approach before going to sleep on Saturday night is to set clocks back one hour.

Somerset County Freeholder Patricia Walsh has announced the eighth annual Adopt-A-Family program that will help provide Thanksgiving meals for needy families, and extended thanks the hundreds of donors who have given generously in prior years. “We often hear that people want to help others within their own community,� Walsh said. “This is a perfect way for residents to earmark donations to help feed needy families in their own or neighboring towns.� The program has collected $96,103 in donations since its inception in 2010. The estimated cost of a Thanksgiving meal is $40. Anyone wishing to donate may send a check to any of the following local programs: t'PPE#BOL/FUXPSLPG4PNFSTFU$PVOUZ 10 Box 149, Bound Brook, NJ 08805. 732-560-1813. t 'SBOLMJO 'PPE #BOL  10 #PY   4PNFSTFU  NJ 08875-0333. 732-246-0009. t 'FFEJOH )BOET *OD  &NNBOVFM $IVSDI   Grant Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876. 908-397-6452.

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Register in November 21 for December 4 NGC Greens Workshop The public is invited to participate in Neshanic Garden Club’s 2017 Greens Workshop. There will be five holiday designs to choose from, several which were brought back by popular demand. This year’s workshop will be held on Monday, Dec. 4, at 7 pm at the Hillsborough Municipal Building. Sign-up will begin Wednesday, Nov. 1, and the sign-up deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 21. A $35 donation will cover material needed for the designs. Beginning Nov. 1, email Marion Nation with first and second design choices, as listed in the photo cap-

tion. Email address is mrsnation@ or call at 908-3596317. Instructions for the Victorian Style Centerpiece, Boxwood Tree, Pillar Candle Centerpiece, Door Wreath, and Candle Centerpiece will be given by club designers Arline Pagliaro, Carmella Shepley, Georgette Migliore, Jean Stives and Patricia Curran. For further information about club activities and meetings, contact co-presidents Kathy Herrington at 908-359-6835 or Cathy Heuschkel at 908-359-6881. -- submitted by Susan Cusumano

Schools Have Lots of Time Off This Month

With parent conferences, the teachers’ union convention and Thanksgiving, the Branchburg School District calendar shows five days off and two half days off in November. Here is the timeline: Tuesday Nov. 7 full day off, Wednesday Nov. 8 half day off, Thursday Nov. 9 full day off, Friday Nov. 10 full day off, Wednesday Nov. 22 half day off, Thursday Nov. 23 full day off, Friday Nov. 24 full day off.

“School’s Outâ€? Opportunities • Branchburg Sports Complex, 47 Readington Rd., Branchburg, is hosting “BSC School’s Out! Campâ€? on Nov. 7, 8, 9, 10 and 24. Campers ages 5 – 13 will participate in organized games, field sports, batting cages, PlayMaze, laser tag and arcade games in the indoor facility. For details visit or call 908-203-1600. • Raritan Valley Community College’s (RVCC) Youth Program will

offer daytime classes for school-age children Nov. 9-10. Classes for students ages 6-14 will be offered focusing on such areas as science, virtual reality, coding, writing, cartooning, painting, sculpture and more. For a complete listing of fall programs for kids and teens and to register for classes, visit www.raritanval. edu/kids. For information only, email or call 908-5261200, ext. 8404.


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General Election is Nov. 7 The General Election takes place this year on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Polls are open from 6 am to 8 pm, and polling places will be listed on sample ballots that usually arrive in postal mailboxes of registered voters about a week before the election. The following election preview information was adapted from the Official Machine Ballot, posted on the County Clerk’s website: https:// w w ShowDocument?id=26540. When you reach the ballot document, scroll down to find the Branchburg ballot.

New Jersey Assembly, 16th Legislative District, Vote for Two: Andrew Zwicker, Roy Freiman (Democratic); Donna M. Simon, Mark Caliguire (Republican).

County Clerk, Vote for One: Steve Peter (Democratic), Brett A. Radi (Republican).

Public Questions to be Voted Upon. Yes or No Votes State Public Question No. 1: New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act Do you approve the “New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act”? This bond act authorizes the State to issue bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $125 million. The proceeds of the bonds will be used to provide grants to public libraries. The grants will be used to build, equip, and expand public libraries to increase capacity and serve the public. Interpretive Statement: Approval of this bond act will allow the State to sell $125 million in State general obligation bonds. Proceeds from the bonds will be used to provide grants to construct, expand, and equip public libraries. Municipalities or counties that fund public libraries will match the grant amount. The municipality or county may solicit private funding to support its match. The State Librarian, in consultation with the President of Thomas Edison State University, will set eligibility criteria for the grants.

Board of Chosen Freeholders, Vote for Two: Alex Avellan, Shanel Robinson (Democratic); Brian D. Governor & Lieutenant Gover- Levine, Brian Gallagher (Republinor: Philip Murphy & Sheila Oli- can), ver (Democratic), Kim Guadagno & Carlos A. Rendo (Republican), Vincent Ross & April A. Johnson Township Committee, Vote for (We the People), Gina Genovese One: Todd A. Ingemi (Demo(Reduce Property Taxes), Seth cratic), James G. Schworn (RepubKaper-Dale & Lisa Durden (Green lican). Party), Matthew Riccardi (Constitution Party), Peter J. Rohrman & Karese J. Laguerre (Libertarian Township Committee, UnexParty). pired Term, Vote for One: Daniel Payne (Democratic), Brendon A. Beatrice (Republican). State Senate, 16th Legislative District, Vote for One: Laurie Poppe (Democratic), Christopher “Kip” Bateman (Republican). State Public Question No. 2: Constitutional Amendment Dedicating Moneys from State Environmental Contamination Cases Do you approve amending the Constitution to dedicate all moneys collected by the State relating

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to natural resource damages in cases of contamination of the environment? The moneys would have to be used to repair, restore, replace, or preserve the State’s natural resources. The moneys may also be used to pay legal or other costs incurred by the State in pursuing its claims. Interpretive Statement: This amendment would dedicate moneys collected by the State relating to natural resource damages through settlements or awards for legal claims based on environmental contamination. These moneys would be dedicated to repair, replace, or restore damaged natural resources, or to preserve the State’s natural resources. The moneys would be spent in an area as close as possible to the geographical area in which the damage occurred. The moneys could also be used to pay for the State’s legal or other costs in pursuing the claims. Currently, these moneys may be used for any State purpose. School Election – Branchburg School District: For Membership to the Board of Education, Full Three Year Term, Vote for Three: Catherine “Palmieri” Curcio. Editor’s note: Three slots were available for Nomination by Petition, but only Curcio filed a petition. All races except the Public Questions offer a Personal Choice Write-In option on the ballot.

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. Tickets are now on sale and here are some details: Date: Monday, Dec. 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. For more details and instructions on ordering, visit http:// or call 908-5261300 x188.

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20th Annual Branchburg Country Fair One to Remember In its 20 years, the Branchburg Country Fair has had only one chairman – Bob Bouwman. It’s fair to say he’s got the planning and execution down to a science. When asked for his thoughts on running the fair for 20 years, he put the spotlight on others. His quote: “We have had the opportunity to work with many great volunteers who became wonderful friends over the years. It takes many volunteers to put on the fair, but every year more come out showing once again what a great town Branchburg is.� He surely ordered good weather. On Sept. 23, the skies over Branchburg were cloudless and the breeze was light. The event opened about 11 am as an NJ Army National Guard Honor Guard marched to the stage, carrying American and New Jersey flags. The National Anthem was sung live by Eliana Johnson. Festivities ensued for the next 10 hours. Something new was a “Branchburg’s Got Talent� show, which brought a cavalcade of performers to the County Showmobile. In order of appearance they were Will Lawson (vocal); Erin Ford (dance); Allison Lopac (vocal); Bella Paglia & Haley Savage (dance); Marissa & Samantha Lazovick (lyrical dance); Anna Scholp, Olivia Smola, Keira Vidal, Maia Vidal, Katelyn Watkins (dance and sing); Amanda Hirsch (dance); Megha Shankri (vocal); Hailey Savage (dance); Aishwarya

Dodda (vocal). The panel of judges was led by Kyle Alfieri of the Psychotic Submarines rock band and included Liz Quade and Bill Haduch. The judges unanimously chose Marissa & Samantha Lazovick as the top act of the day. More fun was provided by the Recreation Department’s version of Family Feud, which works very much like the TV show, thanks to a software program on video screens. There were also pony rides, some “Fun Day� games for kids, and inflatable moonwalk houses. Crafters and vendors offered all manner of fun items for sale, from whirligigs to local honey to sports cards and collectibles. Country fair committee members are Bob Bouwman (chairman), Rita Bouwman, Barbara Bye, Marie Caprio, Shavaun Gliksman, Greg Gonzalez, Ken Harris, Steve Harris, Henry Ihling. Sgt. Ken Kaczorek, Jennifer Perillo, Amy Silva, Patti Rees. Major Sponors: Furino & Sons Inc., Township of Branchburg. Blue Ribbon Sponsors: Branchburg Sports Complex, Raritan Valley Pharmacy, Weichert Realtors, Zeus Industrial Products Inc., Rite Smile Dental, Kangaroo Kids, Roth Gibson LLC, American Spraytech, Circus Place, KinderCare, Costco Wholesale, Pet Valu, Camp Bow Wow Bridgewater, Edward Jones, Bridgeway Senior Healthcare, The Edge Center Martial Arts, Branchburg News, Studio L Bridgewater, College

Hunks Hauling Junk, Kumon of Bridgewater, Precision Digital Dentistry. Red Ribbon Sponsors: Express Mart, Eagle Fence & Supply, Advanced Obstetrics & Supply, Red Mill Inn, Saker ShopRites Inc., Dr. John Raziano & Dr. Teresa DeStefano, Jing Acupuncture Services LLC. White Ribbon Sponsors: Pollock Brothers Group Inc., Law Offices of Peter M. Laub Jr. & Associates Multi-talented Eliana Johnson of Circus Place performed gracefully on the aerial hoop. She was also the fair’s National Anthem singer. LLC, Hairport of Branchburg.

The NJ Army National Guard Honor Guard marched to the stage, where they were joined by Eliana Johnson, who sang the National Anthem to open the fair.

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The contestants in the Branchburg’s Got Talent show lined up for a curtainless curtain call. First place went to the tall girls in the center of the Furino & Sons sign – Marissa & Samantha Lazovick, who performed lyrical dance.


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Wiffle Ball Tournament Set to Become Annual Event

Pictured are the players and volunteers at the end of the 2017 tournament. The late Kevin Gilbert had friends and family in Branchburg and played a lot of baseball locally. - Photo by Ingrid Noonan By Claire Siegrist The first Kevin Gilbert Wiffle Ball Tournament was held on Aug. 27 at Pickell Park in Whitehouse Station. Fifty-five players and numerous volunteers and spectators, many from Branchburg, came together in loving memory of Kev, a senior and starting outfielder on the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Varsity Baseball Team, who passed away in March 2011. Wiffle ball was a common pastime in the backyard of the Gilbert home, which inspired the idea for the tournament. All proceeds from the tournament were donated to the Kevin Gilbert Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to graduating seniors at HCRHS who possess a passion to live their dreams. Six teams competed in the competitive league, and six competed in the friendly league. All teams started out playing three round robin

games to determine their league standing. Leaders of the competitive league round robin competed in two semi-final games. In the semi-finals, Godzilla Farmers beat Middleweights + sull 2-0 and the Big Boppers beat Ronnie Belliard and the Boys 5-1. The competitive league championship game was one for the history books! The Godzilla Farmers and Big Boppers played for close to 24 innings -- over an hour and a half -- for the title of 1st Annual Kevin Gilbert Wiffle Ball Tournament champions. TJ Mordeci, Jake Maffucci, Richie Masini and Chad Hunt of the Godzilla Farmers came out on top in a nail-biting 2-1 finish. Friendly league champions, the Mastodons, beat the Goofballs 13-1 in the finals. In addition to the tournament, friends and family of Kevin competed in the Home Run Derby.

TJ Mordeci won the derby with 5 homeruns! Big thanks to Darrow’s Sporting Goods, QuickChek of Branchburg and our numerous supporters for their generous donations of goods, time and money. For information on next year’s tournament date and registration information, or if you would like to donate to the Kevin Gilbert Scholarship at any time, please visit

Tennis/Volleyball Courts Back in Service Following recent restoration work, all of the White Oak Park tennis and sand volleyball courts were scheduled to be back in service and available for play on Oct. 20.

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Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to “recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:” Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 23rd day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring

and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us. And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best. Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789. G. Washington Editor’s note: This was the first official presidential proclamation issued in the United States. We adjusted the Thanksgiving date to the 2017 calendar so as not to confuse anyone.

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Immaculate Conception School in Somerville is throwing a 60th Anniversary Reunion on Nov. 11 from 5 to 10 pm. All alumni of ICS, age 21 or older, are invited to attend, with free admission. The event begins with Mass at 5 pm, presided by Msgr. Brennan and alum concelebrants Rev. Ed Czarcinski and Rev. Jack Devaney. After Mass, the reunion will move to the ICS cafeteria for appetizers, refreshments and cocktails from 6-10 pm. There will be plenty of time to catch up with past teachers, classmates, IHM sisters, and grade school friends. If planning to attend, RSVP to spavlovich@

Cubs Camping Out – Cub Scouts from Pack 185 went on their an-

nual fall family camping trip Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 at Winnebago Scout Reservation in Rockaway, NJ. The scouts, who range from first- to fifth-graders and their families were ready for a fun weekend filled with many activities including archery, BB gun shooting, fishing, boating and campfire cooking. On Saturday night, all the packs in attendance met for a campfire program full of skits and jokes performed by the scouts. Afterwards, we went back to our campsite for those all-important s’mores, which is always a highlight of any campout. Shortly thereafter, it was time to nestle into the sleeping bags. It was a chilly night but we all survived and have many more scout and family memories to show for our time. Pictured from left, back row: Robert Wolfe, Katharine Curtis, Brian Linck, Declan Nocella, Joseph Keck, Emilio Flores, Walter Karroll Jr., Christopher Dugan, Charles Alexis, Alexander Curtis, Ava Wolfe. Front row: Kira Medwick, Matthew Hannum, Theodore Tillisch, Ryan Medwick, John Dugan, Isaiah Karroll, Damian Maffetone. – submitted by Stephanie Keck, assistant cubmaster, preferably by Nov. 5. Send along (via email) any past ICS memorabilia i.e. scanned pictures, projects, awards, etc. to display throughout the night. If you cannot make it but still want to get involved, please email (the previous address) a video clip, pictures, or short paragraph about your time at ICS, which will be presented to your classmates. The ICS community is thrilled to see what inspiring adults the alumni have become. -- submitted by Victoria Gaffney, Branchburg resident and ICS alum ‘07

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Meghan Rose Bradley 11th Annual Gala A First-Person Account by Meghan Rose’s Mom, Ileen Bradley On Sept. 23, the Meghan Rose Bradley Foundation hosted its 11th Annual Gala. The Oscar-themed event set the tone for the evening as the patrons entered through the Grand Entrance while stopping to have pictures taken, as they were the stars. Kohl’s of Morris Plains, event emcee Dr. Julie Ann Juliano, and our very own RVCC Rotaract volunteers, dedicated their evening in concert with our team to make this a fabulous night. Everyone enjoyed dinner, dancing and the excitement of their shared generosity as they

raised money for a very important cause: pediatric brain cancer research. As a result, our corporate sponsors, private donors (for the event) and the attendees are applauded for making the 11th Annual Gala the most successful since our inception. The donations have led to some exciting news. With the benefit of funds provided to Dr. Richard C.E. Anderson and Columbia University since 2005 -- $340,000 for pediatric brain cancer research from the Meghan Rose Bradley Foundation -- VBI Vaccines Inc. and Columbia University/NYP have received FDA approval to begin investigational testing. VBI Vaccines Inc. will provide the millions of dollars needed

for the clinical trials. This has become possible due to the dedication and commitment from our supporters helping us find ways to combat this insidious disease which continues to tragically take our children. While Dr. Anderson will be able to move forward, there is more good news. At the gala, our Board of Directors presented a $25,000 check to Dr. Luca Szalontay, a member of Columbia University. She is developing a promising treatment to target pediatric brain cancer cells without causing harm to healthy cells. I want to thank everyone who has been part of our efforts to work together to try and find ways to slow down and someday eradicate pediatric brain cancer. Our work has just



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begun. Children too often still lose their battle. We cannot stop, as we have a long road to travel. Children are our most precious beings and they need us to advocate and to fight for their lives. On behalf of the Meghan Rose Bradley Foundation and especially (husband) Bob and me, we are eternally grateful to all of you. Always remember we have a very special Angel cheering us on as together we fight to help keep children’s dreams alive! Meghan Rose 3-16-88 to 117-04.

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Recreation News ~ Calling all Middle School Students ~ We will be holding a Teen Night this Friday, November 3rd at Branchburg Central Middle School. Admission by food donation for the Somerset County Food Bank. Future dates for Teen Nights include: January 12, April 6 or 20th.

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Radio City Christmas Spectacular Trip Make wonderful family memories this Christmas season and join us on Monday, December 11th to see the fabulous Radio City Rocketts. The bus will depart from the White Oak Park parking lot, adjacent to BCMS, at 1pm for a 5pm show. Visit the tree at Rockefeller Center, the windows at Saks, St. Patrick’s Cathedral & more. Tickets are still available, $92 includes bus and ticket. Call Recreation now to reserve your tickets.

Phone Call from Santa – Will take place on Monday, December 18th forms are available online or at the Rec office. Delight your child with a personal call from Santa!

Keep an eye out for our annual Carols by Candlelight flyer. It will take place at White Oak Park, 6:30pm, with the SHS Chamber Choir. Please join us for refreshments and caroling. A BIG Thank you to all of our volunteers! Great job making this years’ Pumpkin Patch a success. We couldn’t have done it without you! Follow Branchburg Recreation on Facebook at:

NEWS FROM THE TOWNSHIP CLERK’S OFFICE ELECTION INFORMATION The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 7th. 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.

BRANCHBURG POLICE HIRE NEW OFFICER At the September 25th Township Committee Meeting Christopher Santangelo was sworn in as our newest Police Officer. Santangelo previously worked in Bernardsville Police Department and prior to that as a part time officer in Pt. Pleasant . Santangelo spent 6 years in the US Army National Guard from 2010-2016. He is a graduate from RVCC, and is currently working on his bachelors degree from Thomas Edison State College. Because he is fully certified and has street experience he will be a usable asset for us much sooner than if we had to put someone inexperienced through the police academy, and field training. Officer Santangelo replaces Mike Eaton who left to go to the Somerset County Prosecutors Office in July. Throughout the entire vetting process, back round investigation, and review panels, all indicators were that Chris should be an excellent officer.

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

Pretty soon, the winter weather will be upon us. The Zoning Office is reminding residents of the Revised General Ordinance 144.1 Removal of Snow or Ice: Required Time. The subsection reads, in part: The owner or tenant of lands abutting upon the public streets of the Township shall remove from the paved part of any sidewalks… on their lands all snow and ice within 12 hours of daylight after the same shall fall or be formed thereon or within such larger as the mayor may declare for a specific event.

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November 24th - Thanksgiving Holiday The dumpster facility will also be closed on November 24th for the Thanksgiving Holiday as well.

Please remember to shovel all ice and snow from your sidewalks within 12 hours of daylight, unless the Mayor states otherwise. Property owners face a legal obligation to keep the sidewalk clean, safe and ice free. Failure to do so could result in a fine from the Zoning Office as well as a potential lawsuit from any persons injured on your property. When clearing the snow and ice from your sidewalk, please remember that subsection 14.4-4 Casting of Snow or Ice reads as follows: No person, firm or corporation, the owner, tenant or occupant of any premises abutting on any street, or any other persons shall throw, plow, place or deposit snow or ice into or upon the sidewalks or the pave portion of any street of the Township, it being the intent and purpose of this provision to prohibit all persons from throwing, casting, placing or depositing snow and ice which accumulates on private property upon the sidewalks or streets for the township. **Happy Shoveling**

Elaine Cox, pictured here with her family, winner of the 2017 Branchburg Communications Committee Summer in Branchburg photo contest. The winning photo was chosen by attendees at the Branchburg Country Fair and featured her oldest daughter viewing a sunset at River Lea Farm. Summer may be over but residents can still view all the photo submissions on display in the Branchburg Municipal building lobby.

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Girl Scouts to Sell Nuts and Chocolate Around Town

Alex & Pamela Branchburg natives Alex Franchuk and Pamela Gilligan announce their engagement which took place on Oct. 14. Since graduating from Ramapo College of NJ in May, Pamela is employed as a naturalist educator for the Morris County Park Commission. Alex, a 2015 alumni of Carnegie Mellon University, is a software engineer for LGS Innovations. These high school sweethearts (SHS) plan to marry in autumn 2018.

Michael Lu of Branchburg is among 22 Pingry seniors recognized for exceptional academic promise as Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Rebecca Wolin Student of the Month, Rebecca Wolin, a student at Branchburg Central Middle School, won the Rotary Club of Branchburg Essay Contest for September. The essay reflects students’ goals for the future and the steps necessary to achieve their goals. Rebecca is planning on studying to have a career in dance. Winners receive a Rotary certificate, a gift certificate and a Rotary coin as a reminder to

During November and December, the Branchburg Girl Scout troops will be selling nuts and chocolate snacks in time for the holiday season. Proceeds from these sales directly support troop activities. Booths will be set up around town from Nov. 16 through Dec. 10. Visit for times and locations.

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Abby & Alex Lisa and Mark Pillon of Branchburg happily announce the engagement of their daughter Abigail Lauren Pillon to Alexander Charles Bavis, son of Charles and Carolyn Bavis of Auburn, IN. Abby is a 2009 graduate of Immaculata High School in Somerville. She earned a BS in Finance from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. She is employed as an Assistant Vice President for Credit Suisse in Manhattan and Boston. Alex is a graduate of Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, IN, and was recruited to the University of Notre Dame as a decathlete. He is also a graduate of the Mendoza College of Business with a BS in Finance. Alex worked as a Corporate Litigation Consultant at Navigant Consulting in Chicago and Ernst and Young in Manhattan. He is currently a JD candidate at Boston University School of Law. The couple is planning an October 2018 wedding in Stone Harbor, NJ.

Isabella Hallingse Student of the Month, Isabella Hallingse, a student at Branchburg Central Middle School, won the Rotary Club of Branchburg Essay Contest for October. The essay reflects the student’s goals for the future and the steps necessary to achieve their goals. Isabella is planning on studying to become a veterinarian. Winners receive a Rotary certificate, a gift certificate and a Rotary coin as a reminder to think, say and do the right things to promote truth, fairness, goodwill, better friendships and mutual benefit.

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Favorite Uncle Turns 60 -- Senator Kip Bateman of Branchburg had a 60th birthday party and fundraiser at the Somerville Elks Club on Oct. 9. As might be expected, it was attended by the movers and shakers of the 16th Legislative District. But the most interesting movers and shakers were Kip’s nieces and nephews who helped him blow out his candles, and then took over the dance floor to the funky riffs of the TS Project Motown and More Party Band. It was fun. -- photo by Randy Davis

Vettes for Vets -- The Central Jersey Corvette Club visited the Lyons Campus of the NJ VA Hospital in Basking Ridge on Sept. 30 for its 2nd annual Vettes for Vets event. Members displayed their Corvettes for the veterans housed at the facility, and provided coffee, donuts and other refreshments which were graciously donated by the owners of the 7-11 store on Martinsville Road in Bernards Township. Twenty five Corvettes were present ranging from classic 1966 models to new 2017 models. A picture-perfect day allowed the veterans to mingle with the club members and their cars. Everyone agreed that they were looking forward to making this a yearly event. About six members are Branchburg residents. Website: -- submitted by Chris Virgo

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Laura Rebolledo, a Branchburg senior at Somerville High School, will be writing the SHS Scoop column this school year. Laura participates in Student Council, By Kids For Kids, Newspaper Club and the Cross Country Team and serves as a Peer Leader. Her goal is to “ help make this a great school year for not only my peers but our community.” Here is Laura’s first column: Our student section showed up in bright orange to the homecoming football game against Rahway on Oct. 6. We cheered for the team with extra spirit and pep for the day

was not only about football but the welcoming of the new school year. The senior ceremony began before the game honoring the fall senior athletes. Students linked arms with their families and walked across the field as the crowd was cheering. In addition, there was the traditional homecoming court that made an appearance. Freshmen were Carly Maroney and Evan Bello and sophomores Ilana Hambro and Jacob Buda. The junior girls had a three-way tie with Aya Farj, Megan Cantillon and Farrell Owens. The senior finalists were Hamza Akel, Christopher Elwood, and Griffin LeBlond for the boys, and Jillian Colombo, Cipriana Christodoulou and Ashlyn Jess for the girls. Ashlyn Jess and Hamza Akel were crowned queen and king. (The Pioneers lost to Rahway 27-6 that night but came back strong in more recent games.) This year the homecoming theme was Under the Sea. Filled with blue hues and underwater creature decoration, the homecoming dance was a splash. Along with our football team the

rest of Somerville Pioneer fall sports 13 have been just as successful. At press time in mid-October, the senior cross country team, led by Katlyn Prothero, had a team average of 21:34 at Thompson Park. They are named senior class champions, bringing another plaque back to the school. John McGovern also placed first with a time of 16:46 for the varsity boys cross country race. The varsity soccer boys are standing second in the Skyland Conference with a division record of 7-2. The varsity girls have an outstanding place at first in the Skyland Division with record of 6-0-1. Alyssa Christopulos is the gymnastic star and won the overall against Bridgewater and also was made a player of the week. The field hockey team had a great senior night with a 4-0 win led by seniors Caroline Pollock and Kelly Waters. Girls tennis had a shutout against North Plainfield 5-0. The season is more than halfway done and Somerville High School sports truly have made their mark.

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Dmitri Phelps Courageously Battles Brain Cancer

Dmitri Phelps in front of Sorbonne in Paris in 2016

Dmitri Phelps, 17, of Branchburg, has been battling brain cancer for a year now, and despite his illness continues to excel in academic pursuits. He recently was named a National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student. His mom, Olga, submitted the following article on Oct. 1: A year ago, Dmitri, a then- junior at Somerville High School, started his year full of ambitious plans and plenty of excitement knowing how important that year would be for his future. Dmitri already had many amazing achievements under his belt. He was a straight A student, already got a 5 on his AP French as a sophomore and enrolled in the most challenging AP classes. The summer of 2016 Dmitri passed a DELF exam with flying colors qualifying him to enroll into any

French- language University. The future was all mapped out – Dmitri went to Europe as always with his family and visited Sorbonne and University of Lausanne, trying to figure out which school to choose. His dream was to become an international lawyer and work for either the UN or International Criminal Court in the Hague – both of which he visited that summer. The plan was to get a first degree abroad, followed by law school in the U.S. Raised in an international family, Dmitri absorbed both Russian and American culture at an early age – none of his Russian friends could ever tell he was an American due to his impeccable language fluency. Then Dmitri added French to his repertoire of languages and then moved on to studying Spanish at AP level. As a result of his talent and intellectual curiosity, Dmitri developed a very well-balanced view of the world and keen interest for law, geography, international politics and economics. At SHS Dmitri thrived as a vice president of Model UN and a valued member of academic team and consumer bowl – the activities that show-cased his broad interests and encyclopedic knowledge. He even played freshman basketball after never having played on a basketball team before – all the result of his focus and hard work. It all changed on Oct. 4, 2016 when Dmitri went to get an MRI to explain his daily headaches which only lasted a few weeks. Instead of going home, Dmitri was taken by ambulance to RWJ hospital – his MRI showed a very big mass in the back of his brain. Scared and shocked, all Dmitri kept saying during that ride to his mom in Russian was “ I can’t die, I have not achieved anything yet in my life!” After two brain surgeries, the pathology revealed that the tumor was cancerous and extremely aggressive. Dmitri was devastated,

but, as it is typical of him, a week later he gathered all his physical and emotional strength to fight. He went back to school, continued with his AP classes, became a member of Somerville High School chapter of the National Honor Society and even volunteered as a tutor at BCMS. Radiation and chemotherapy took a very hard toll on Dmitri. He lost twenty pounds, was nauseated and extremely tired all the time. Nevertheless, he continued to go to school. He was happy to be able to go to the annual Model UN conference in PA in early January, only a week after he got his last blood transfusion for low platelet counts. Brain cancer treatment options for minors in the U.S. are limited so Dmitri’s family started taking him a half-world away to receive private immune-oncological treatment in Cologne, Germany, by a leading European immunologist. Dmitri’s own tumor tissue was used to create a personalized

vaccine for him in hope to halt the inevitable recurrence of the disease. Dmitri went through several cycles of onco-thermia, vaccine and artificial virus injections, which caused him to get tired, sick and feverish. In between the treatments Dmitri continued studying for the SAT and three AP tests. After the last trip to Cologne, Dmitri felt very sick again. He still went back to school and took the three AP tests. When Dmitri was hospitalized again on June 1, 2017 and underwent his third brain surgery he received the report of his SAT score – an astounding 1560 out of 2000! I In early June, it was confirmed Dmitri’s tumor came back and spread to his spine. Courageously, Dmitri told his family he will continue to fight – he underwent another six weeks of spine radiation. Initially losing his ability to walk, stand or even move his legs, Dmitri persisted with physical therapy and managed to regain his strength.

On Sept. 12 Dmitri was ready to go back to school to continue with his senior year, yet that very night he had another major set-back with bleeding in his brain, being unresponsive for days in ICU and slowly coming back to life. Dmitri is determined to continue to fight. He has so much to live for, and, most importantly for him, he has to continue being the best friend to his younger brother Sasha, his greatest supporter. Dmitri has been struck by this monster at the absolute best time of his life - the time when he finally got the chance to reap the rewards of his hard work, to get letters from the top-tier colleges encouraging him to apply, to be able to drive his car to school every morning and park in the senior lot, and to know that the best years of his life are right in front of him. Dmitri’s family, his beloved brother Sasha, his friends and the whole Branchburg and Somerville community are faithfully standing behind him as he continues his courageous fight.

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By Tricia Ihde for the BWC Handmade crafts, jewelry, and art await shoppers at the Branchburg Woman’s Club’s 30th Annual Craft Show and Sale from 10 am to 3 pm, Saturday, Nov. 18 in Branchburg Central Middle School. The event celebrates the creative spirit and supports the BWC’s charitable donations and student achievement awards fund. Two big rooms will be transformed into a marketplace of fine handmade crafts and art. There will be a wide variety of gemstone jewelry (some with pearls, precious or semiprecious gemstones), unique hand-turned rustic wooden objects and bowls, mixed media art, watercolors, stained glass, dolls and accessories, keepsakes, wearables and fashion accessories, toys, baby gifts, greeting cards, holiday items, spa skincare products, giftable food items, pet gifts, and home decor. Many new artists from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, plus popular returning crafters from Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, will be showcasing their best work. Local crafts include nature art from photographer JJ Mish and honey from Neshanic Station Apiaries. Gift certificate door prizes and the club’s popular bake sale will add to the fun. Admission is free and refreshments will be available in the club’s cafe. Call 908-8661824 for information. Women interested in the Branchburg Woman’s Club are invited to pick up a club brochure at the Craft Show’s welcome table. Membership inquiries and adult guests are welcome. The next club meeting will be 7:30 pm, Thursday, Nov. 16 at Branchburg’s Little Red Schoolhouse on South Branch Road. The scheduled program is a presentation about the Neshanic Garden Club. Refreshments and the club meeting will follow the presentation. Meeting attendees are asked to bring a canned food item or personal care item as a donation to the Food Bank Network of Somerset

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Seniors Enjoyed Annual Picnic and Country Fair By Rita Jordan Sept. 21 was a beautiful fall day for the Branchburg Seniors to enjoy their annual picnic at White Oak Park. The combination of good food, friends and bit of the horse racing game made it a perfect day. A few days later, some of the seniors manned a table at the Branchburg Country Fair. They enjoyed the day showing photos of senior activities and giving out membership blanks. At the October business meeting President Marion Bergen appointed Phil Herb and Edward Ogin to the nominating committee. They will be calling some members, and the club hopes members say yes. Plans for a trip in December are in the making. Seniors in line at the picnic. Coming Events: Social meetMembership Info: Membering is Nov. 16. Executive meeting is Dec. 5. Business meeting is Dec. ship is open to ages 55+. Dues are 7. Fun Days are held every oth- $15 annually. Meetings are held on the first er Thursdays of the month. 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, selecting books from

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“Soup for the Soul” to be held on Nov. 28 The community is invited to join Jewish Family Service (JFS) in taking its emergency food assistance program to a new level with “Soup for the Soul” on Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 11:30 am to 1 p.m. at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC, 775 Talamini Rd., Bridgewater. The recommended donation is $18 per person with all monies going to food assistance. As a special thank you for participating in this program JFS Soup for the Soul “Soup Mugs” will be provided to all donors. Soup for the Soul is being held on the nationally designated Giving Tuesday.

Soup for the Soul, in conjunction with the JFS Good Deeds Corps volunteer program, is JFS’ effort to create more awareness about the critical need for food assistance to clients JFS serves throughout the year -- frail elderly, families challenged by extra costs related to medical care and disabilities, others just facing short term economic hardship. Annually, JFS distributes $6,000 in emergency food assistance. JFS is able to respond because of the generosity of this community through individual donations and through partnering with local congregations who donate gift cards to supermarkets and provide food

Red Cross Of Somerville Gets Facelift in Eagle Project Jeffrey R. Uy of Branchburg Troop 90 achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on September 18, 2017. For his Eagle project, he led a major landscaping improvement project for the Red Cross in Somerville. He and his crew of scouts, scout leaders, family and friends, worked over several weekends to redo the two front slopes of the site along W. Cliff Street – removing and replacing retaining walls, clearing out weeds, laying out weed barriers, planting over 20 bushes and topping the slope with stones. Jeffrey started his scouting journey as a Cub Scout in first grade with Pack 185 in Branchburg and continued on with Boy Jeffrey R. Uy and his work. Scouts with Troop 90 in Branchburg. He thanks the Red Cross, Mr. Ciufo of Simple Cuts, Arvin’s Produce & Garden Center, Lowe’s Hillsborough, Troop 90 scouts and leaders, family, friends and donors who helped him reach his Eagle Scout goal.

baskets for holidays to those most in need in our community. Soup for the Soul has received the generous support of Dr. & Mrs. Arthur Feldman and Advantage Promotions LLC for providing the soup mugs, local chefs for providing the soups, and the JFS Good Deeds Corps is supported by The Grotta Fund for Senior Care. To register for Soup for the Soul or for more information about JFS services, contact JFS at 908-7257799, admin@JewishFamilySvc. org or -- Submitted by Elise Prezant

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Stanton Holly Trail House Tour Set for Dec. 2

Tickets for the ever popular Stanton Holly Trail are now on sale. Started in 1966, Holly Trail is the longest running house tour in New Jersey. The theme of the Dec. 2 tour is “Christmas in the Country.“ The day consists of touring five private homes elaborately festooned with hand-made Christmas decorations. The ticket price for the traditional Saturday daytime tour is $40 and includes bus transportation to each home, complimentary tea and cookies in another elaborately decorated home, admission to the craft bazaar, and a musical respite offered in the sanctuary of the Stanton Reformed Church. There is an optional gourmet lunch available for an additional cost of $15. Patrons interested in seeing the homes by candlelight can join the Candlelight Champagne tour held Friday evening, Dec. 1. Tickets for the candlelight tour are $150 each and include luxury bus transportation, a full course dinner

at Stanton Ridge Country Club, a champagne toast, and the gift of a hand-made Christmas ornament. “John Fulwood of Kissimmee River Pottery in Flemington generously helped us make unique pottery holly leaves to give to each candlelight tour participant,” Cindi Troegner, event co-chair said. “It just shows the community commitment that goes into making Holly Trail a success.” Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the Holly Hotline at 908-713-8111 and requesting a ticket form, or online at www.stantonhollytrail. org. Tickets for either day are limited and are available on a first come, first serve basis. For more information and photos of past tours visit www.stantonhollytrail. org.

ing the opening ceremony. Over 20 organizations dedicated to assisting veterans and their families will be on-site to discuss supportive services and programs. One beneficial aspect offered will be an on-site VA Claims Clinic. Breakout Sessions will include: 10:30-11:00 a.m. – VA Benefits with Frank Quadrino, VA Hospital 11:00 a.m. – Yoga for your health with Ken Doyle. Bring a yoga mat, if you have one. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Veterans Aging with Dementia and PTSD, presented by Linda Bryant, Director, Center for Healthy Aging, Hunterdon Healthcare and Michael Berman, VA Psychologist 11:30 a.m.- Noon - Legal Issues – What Veterans Need to Know, presented by the Hunterdon County Bar Association Veterans will be able to speak with well-informed representatives from all of the organizations onsite. Veterans and their families attending the fair will discover a wealth of information on health services, housing, education, jobs, transportation businesses that promote hiring veterans, local business that offer discounts to veterans, VA benefits and much more! Come and spend the day with us and get caught up and “plugged in” to these all-important and vital services and benefits to which you, as a veteran may be entitled.


Recreation Summer Camp Donates $6,150 to Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit The activities that took place at the campsites ranged from bake sales to pie-in-your-eye, to dunk tank, penny wars and dance lessons. Some of the campers took matters into their own hands by making bracelets for friends and neighbors, others had lemonade stands and a few campers donated their weekly allowances. The biggest fundraisers were Teen Scene’s Carnival, So You Think You Can Dance and National Night Out. The Teen Scene Carnival, under the guidance of Alice Fahey-Elwood and numerous staff members, was a hug hit with the campers from White Oak Park. The middle-schoolers built a variety of carnival games our of cardboard & other recycled items and duct tape. The word was, the games were amazing. “So You Think You Can Dance” brought 79 campers to the Whiton School stage to show off their talents. Whether alone or in a group, these kids truly dazzled the audience with their moves. Whiton and White Oak Camp Staff go into the mix as well with pretty awesome performances. It was a night to remember for the 300-plus in attendance. The National Night Out Charity Softball Game and Bar-b-que hit a home run in raising money for the cause. When all the dollars and cents were counted, the Recreation Department was in awe of the generosity of our residents. The campers’ enthusiasm must have been contagious because $6,150 was raised for the Somerset County K-9 Unit Account. This dedicated account line for K-9 donations defrays the costs which occur throughout the year for the K-9s, including veterinary visits, food purchases, training programs, board/kenneling

and equipment. Since each of the county’s four K-9s has been certified in a specialty (arson, narcotics, explosives detection and tracking) the demand for their services is on the upswing. On Tuesday, Sept. 26, staff and several campers were present at the Somerset County Freeholders meeting to present the check to Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano. The Recreation Department thanks everyone for their generosity and volunteering in last summer’s Sheriff’s K-9 Unit Account donation. K-9 Basilone and his handler, Sheriff’s Officer Shannon DiNella, attended Na(The editor thanks Audrey Henry) tional Night Out events at White Oak Park on Aug. 1

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Each year, the campers and counselors at all Branchburg Recreation Department Summer Campsites raise funds to help someone – typically a local family contending with medical issues and expenses. This past summer, no such local family was on the radar. But someone did mention an officer in the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit. Officer Shannon DiNella, who grew up in Branchburg, had just received a new four-legged partner, K-9 Basilone, a pure bred German Shepherd named for the WWII hero John Basilone of Raritan. Surely money could and should be raised for the needs of this new dog and for the three other K-9s that work in the Sheriff’s Department. The campers and counselors were excited, as always, to get to work and raise as much money as possible. But this time the mission would be a bit different. They wouldn’t be working toward funding human treatments – they would be trying to make sure the K-9s of Somerset County have the necessary equipment and training to be safe while doing their jobs. The excitement grew after wonderfully informative visits to each Branchburg campsite by K-9 Officers DiNella and Albert Bauer, their K-9 partners, and Branchburg Officers Jon Elbert and Scott Jepsen. Officer DiNella’s partner, K-9 Basilone, is a tracking dog and he is used to track lost people and criminals. Officer Bauer’s K-9 partner, Diesel, has been trained to sniff out explosives and he is also trained for tracking. While visiting each campsite, both dogs demonstrated their individual talents and the campers and counselors were inspired to spring into action with their fundraising effort.

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November Laser Concerts, Harry Potter Star Show Set at RVCC Planetarium From a Harry Potter-themed star show, to laser rock concerts, to a program based on the Magic Tree House series, the Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg has events for all ages and interests in November. The following shows have been scheduled:

Magic Tree House: Space Mission, Friday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m. -Young star gazers join Magic Tree House characters Jack and Annie as they discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more. Who can help them answer the questions posted by the mysterious “M”? The show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels. (Recommended for ages

5 and older) Laser Pop Rock, Friday, Nov. 10, 3 p.m.; Saturdays, November 11 & 18, 4 p.m. -- Enjoy a familyfriendly laser concert featuring music by a variety of artists including “Party Rock” by LMFAO, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by The Tokens, and “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift. (Recommended for ages 6 to adult)

Weekend Journey Through the Past -- Branchburg’s two sites on Somerset County’s Weekend Journey through the Past were busy on the tour dates of Oct. 14 and 15. Hosting visits to the South Branch Schoolhouse (also known as the Little Red Schoolhouse, seen at the left) were the Branchburg Woman’s Club and the Neshanic Historical Society. In the photo are Woman’s Club members Barbara Melitski, Rita Bouwman and Regina Lembrich. At the Andrew Ten Eyck House, seen at the right, the host organization was the Branchburg Historical Society, which also hosted its annual antique sale and flea market, seen in the photo above. The Weekend Journey Though the Past has run for 12 Octobers now, and lists 29 historic sites on the tour, including the two in Branchburg. The tour is an initiative of the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission. Bob Bouwman of Branchburg is president of the organization.

The Skies over Hogwarts, Saturdays, Nov. 11 & 18, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. -- Join an eclectic group of witches and wizards guiding visitors through a Harry Potterthemed tour of the night sky. Learn how J.K. Rowling used astronomy as the inspiration for some of her characters’ names. (Recommended for ages 8 and older) Fright Light laser concert (family version), Saturday, Nov. 11, 8 p.m. -- Witches and ghouls continue to haunt the Planetarium in this laser concert featuring such songs as “Time Warp,” “Monster Mash,” and “Thriller.” (Recommended for ages 8-adult) Laser Modern Rock, Saturday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m. -- Lasers “dance” across the planetarium dome while visitors listen to songs such as “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons,” “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” by Fall Out Boy, and “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors. Planetarium show tickets cost $8 for one show or $14 for two shows on the same day. Reservations are strongly suggested for all planetarium shows. For additional information or to make reservations, call 908-231-8805 or visit

Astronomy and Music Show for Children with Autism, Developmental Disabilities The Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) Planetarium in Branchburg will present “The Sky Above,” Saturdays, Nov. 11 and Dec. 2. Both shows will begin at 5 p.m. and last for approximately 45 minutes. The astronomy and music show is specially designed for families with children on the autism spectrum or those with developmental disabilities. The sensory-friendly show, which is appropriate for audiences of all ages, will provide a comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming to everyone. During the show, the doors will remain open so children may freely leave and return if they choose. Lights will be left dim (instead of dark) and the audio will be lowered and kept at a consistent level. The show will include music, laser lights, stories and information about the planets, the moon and constellations. All material will be presented on a very basic, kindergarten level. Admission is $8 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly suggested. For additional information and to make reservations, call 908231-8805 or visit planetarium. The show is being presented with support from PNC Institutional Investments.


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It is unthinkable to imagine a restaurant where the diners are often listed as menu items. Though when seated at nature’s dinner table, the catch of the day takes on a whole new meaning as predators and prey freely alternate position. The dietary choices are also a surprise as the variety of delectable meals is often at odds with expectations. Sorting through my library of photos, I was perplexed trying to categorize some images showing two species in close contact. Obviously notable was the reversal of who was eating who. The first image which prompted these thoughts was captured as I launched my canoe. Here was a very young painted water snake, brilliant colored markings, with a fish sticking out of its mouth. Comparing the size of the snake to the fish, I wondered if the snake ‘bit off more than he could chew,’ as they say. The fish was wider than the snake and it didn’t look like much progress was being made in the attempt to swallow it. I couldn’t identify the species of fish

but thought it a moment of karma as small mouth bass which inhabit the river are well known to forage on anything that swims or crawls in the waters of the South Branch. A small snake would hardly be ignored by a hungry bass. Another image shows a larger painted water snake suspended on a vertical river bank holding onto the tail of a gold colored catfish. As the snake was in an awkward position and didn’t want to go into the water, it was a standoff with the advantage going to the snake. The fish would struggle and then lay still. Eventually the fish broke free. I then remembered a series of images documenting another struggle where a snapping turtle grabbed a painted water snake by the tail. As I paddled along, I saw a water snake swimming across the river and as it neared the opposite bank it suddenly reared up and began to thrash about. Mystery solved as a snapping turtle soon surfaced holding on tight, as the snake now alternated struggling and lying still. As I drifted closer, the turtle was intimidated into releasing its grip and the snake swam off. Turtles are not immune from the proverbial soup bowl as they are prey to many birds and animals that share the same habi-

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The food chain is not a one-way street, as a turtle whose kin may feed on baby ducks, gets picked on by a bald eagle.

tat. Even large water snakes will easily swallow a turtle hatchling seeking cover in the water, as will great blue herons, mink, fox, skunk, raccoon and birds of prey. In a twist of fate, the turtle that killed baby ducks in a farm pond yesterday could very well be on a larger bird’s menu today.

Such was the case when I spotted a bald eagle standing on a log near shore, intently pulling and tearing away at what was probably a deer carcass or white sucker. The eagle would occasionally look up and certainly it saw me from two hundred yards away, apparently not at all intimidated. As I closed the distance, a bright yellow object was clearly visible and the focus of the eagle’s rapt attention. I began to take photos, drifting ever closer and as I started to pass the eagle, it flew off. It was

then I realized the eagle was dining on a painted turtle! Across the land where rivers flow, the lines between predator and prey begin to blur. Don’t be surprised when a squirrel is seen carrying a baby crow or a muskrat is swimming underwater holding a baby blue jay or a blue jay is flying off with a dead vole. If you can’t imagine it, it is happening somewhere along our wild rivers. Contact See more articles and photos at

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A three-legged dog in a cowboy hat limps into a bar and says to the bartender, “I’m looking for the man who shot my paw.�

With the Mayor at the Police Station – On Oct. 6, Mayor Thomas Young spent his Friday evening with members of Cub Pack 185, discussing a variety of topics relevant to Branchburg. They discussed everything from bridges and roads to their future attendance at Somerville High School. There were some surprises – Mayor Young gave each child a small American flag, and a toy Branchburg police car. The group then visited the Brian R. Fitzgerald Police Headquarters. Branchburg Police Department Sergeant Ken Kaczorek gave the fifth-grade Cub Scouts an in-depth tour showing them everything from the holding cell to the evidence room to the fingerprinting machine. In the photo, from left: Mayor Thomas Young, Charlie Alexis, Robert Wolfe, George Dalrymple, Brian Linck, Hayden Brown, Ady Raina, Sergeant Ken Kaczorek, Joseph Keck – submitted by Stephanie Keck, den leader

Annual Canoe Trip – From Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, Troop 90 went to

the Ten Mile River Scout Reservation for the annual canoe trip. There were 13 scouts and 5 adults in attendance. The reservation is in the Catskill Mountains near Narrowsburg, NY, right on the Delaware River. It occupies over 12,500 acres and has several lakes, streams and ponds. The troop camped on a site near the river, sleeping in lean-tos and tents. The troop drove up Friday night and set up camp after nightfall. The weather was cool on Saturday with a light wind to the paddlers’ backs, and the troop canoed in class1+ rapids. In the afternoon, the scouts worked on axe & saw, fire-building skills and advancements. Pictured from left are Dan McDonald and Brian Armstrong of Readington, and Aidan Haddad of Branchburg. The troop now has scouts from both towns. – submitted by Larry Ahearn

Guy walks into a restaurant and the hostess asks “Do you have reservations?� Guy says “Sure but I’m going to be brave and try your food anyway.� News headline: “Energizer Bunny arrested, charged with battery.� What does Batman like in his drink? Just ice. A snare drum, a tom tom and a cymbal fall off a cliff. Ba Dum Tssssss!

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man’s experience with Branchburg cub scouts is part of history. On page 153 of the book “Branchburg,� published by Images of America in 1995, Kip is shown carrying a pack flag in the 1965 Neshanic Station Memorial Day Parade. On Sept. 21, 2017, the former cub met with current-day cubs when the boys of Pack 185’s Arrow of Light den were invited to his district office in Somerville. With school out for Rosh Hashanah, the boys were able to sit around the conference table and have a nice, casual conversation with the senator. Their questions ranged from, “What made you decide to become a senator?� to “Where are the best dirt bike trails in the area?� The boys learned a lot and, from a scout leader’s viewpoint, it was definitely an honor and a pleasure to speak with one of their state’s leaders who grew up in, and is still a resident of Branchburg. Standing: Mahin Patel, Ady Raina, Cole Osworth (with Pack 94), Hayden Brown, Charlie Alexis, Senator Kip Bateman. Down in front: Evan Osworth (with Boy Scout Troop 90), George Dalrymple, Joseph Keck. – submitted by Stephanie Keck, den leader

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Five Years Ago, Nov. 2012: November was a month of life disruption and debris cleanup in Branchburg. The post-tropical cyclone Sandy hit two days before November began, and power outages continued well into midmonth. This was a month of chain saws and constantly trying to find open gas stations to keep home generators running. 10 Years Ago, Nov. 2007: Archaeological excavations on land along Old York Road and North Branch River Road yielded many artifacts from the 1700s, including two musket balls likely fired during the Battle of Two Bridges on Dec. 8, 1776. The research was carried out by Monmouth University, the Battlefield Restoration and Branchburg Lacrosse Club Registrations – Starting on Archeaological Volunteer Organization (BRAVO), and the Branchburg Historical Society. or about Nov. 1, the Branchburg Lacrosse Club is enrolling boys and girls in 25 Years Ago, Nov. 1992: Predictions of overcrowding in Branchburg schools led to a study of how modular grades 3-8 for team play in the spring of 2018. No experience is necessary. For trailers might be attached to existing schools to accommodate about 500 extra students expected over the next details and online registration, visit Questions can be emailed to The Branchburg Lacrosse five years. In September, voters had rejected a bond referendum to build a new school.

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50 Years Ago, Nov. 1967: In a referendum, voters rejected spending $132,000 to buy 60 acres of land at the plays.� Teams are grade-based and play home games at White Oak Park and intersection of Old York Road and Stony Brook Road for construction of a high school. away games at various locations around Somerset and Hunterdon Counties. The

photo shows the 2017 BLC 7th Grade Boys Team. Top row from left: Coach Shawn Brown, Coach Randy Burkart, Colin Lewandowski, Anton Seazholtz, John Furino, Ryan Manhardt, Ethan Patrick, Coach Joey Toth, Coach Brian Boczon. Middle row: Carter Boczon, Aidan Gallagher, Evan Burkart, Owen Hughes, John Castles, Christian Palacio. Bottom row: Nick Tumminello, Patrick Brown, Colin Diodato, Joe Mastrogiovanni – submitted by Brian Bumgarner

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One Year Ago, Nov. 2016: In the Nov. 8 General Election, voters in a non-binding referendum showed a lack of support for spending about $5 million to build a new-construction community center. The question went down 4,080 to 3,163. In Branchburg presidential voting, Donald Trump bested Hillary Clinton 4,394 to 3,217.

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Christmas radio play “It’s a Wonderful Life” are planned for Dec. 1 and 2 at 8 pm at the Brook Arts Center, 10 Hamilton St. in Bound Brook. The show is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. The Igloo Collective has roots in Branchburg Recreation’s Creative Theater program. Both Joe DeStefano and Miranda Anne Meene are in the cast, with Joe directing. Branchburg cast members include Rich McNaught, Tyler Stasienko and Ryan McNaught, who is also tech director. Tickets are $15. Contact 87776-IGLOO. Email

Scouting for Food Pickups are Nov. 4 Plastic bags for the annual “Scouting for Food” project for non-perishable food and new winter items were scheduled to be delivered to homes in late October. The scouts ask residents to remember to place bags containing donated items on their doorsteps on Nov. 4 before 9 am. Scouts will pick up between 9 am and 2 pm. No glass containers. Winter items requested include new hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves. It is not possible for the scouts to

distribute bags to everyone in the Branchburg area, so they ask if you did not receive a bag to bring your food and winter item donations to the Branchburg Municipal Building on Nov. 4, between 10 am and 2 pm. Scouts will be collecing at the Fedex truck parked in the parking lot. The food and winter items collected benefit the Food Bank Network of Somerset County.

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