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Governorâ€™s Educator of the Year Honorees Announced
Saving a Great Blue Heron
The Readington Township School District has announced the districtâ€™s 2017-2018 Governorâ€™s Educator of the Year Recognition Program honorees. At Whitehouse School, Guidance Counselor Debra DeBaro and Grade 3 Teacher Alisa Swider are this yearâ€™s honorees, both of whom have been with the district since 1989. Grade 2 Teacher Donna KwiatkowskiBelt and Social Worker Monique Patti were selected at Three Bridges School; Kwiatkowski-Belt joined the Readington staff in 1998 and Patti in 2005. This yearâ€™s honorees at Holland Brook School are Grade 5 Teacher Linda Riess, who joined the district in 2005, and Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant Sheri Simonetti, a staff member since 1998. Readington Middle School has named Mathematics Teacher Denise Birmingham as the 2017-2018 honoree; Birmingham has been on staff since 2005. The annual Governorâ€™s Educator of the Year Recognition Program celebrates excellence in education. Both teachers and education services professionals are eligible for nomination by parents, peers, and community members.
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Readington Township EMT Carsten James (left) and Deputy Chief Lewis Moore Readington rescuers freed this blue remove tangled fishing line from the birdâ€™s beak. heron hopelessly tangled in fishing line.
By Betty Ann Fort, Deputy Mayor, Readington Township So you may have heard a rumor that Readingtonâ€™s Emergency Services are for the birds. Well, hereâ€™s how that rumor got started. On Tuesday, Jan. 23, a 911 call came in from a resident in Lake Cushetunk Woods reporting that a Great Blue Heron was hanging from a tree near the dam, entangled in fishing line. Officers William Dufosse and Alex Wright of the Readington Police responded, along with Deputy Chief Lewis Moore, Kaitlin Zielinski, Harrison
Laverty and Carsten James from the Whitehouse Rescue Squad and Chief BJ Apgar from the Whitehouse Fire Department. They were able to free the bird from the tree, but it was still tangled in fishing line. It floated downstream, and they were able to pull it out of the water in the creek behind the Railroad Avenue baseball fields. Chief Apgar went to Whitehouse Veterinary Hospital on Main Street, where Dr. Karan Oberhansley loaned him a large crate for the bird. They were able to remove more of the fishing line, and Animal Con-
trol Solutions, Readingtonâ€™s animal control provider, was called. Animal Control delivered our heron to the Raptor Trust, a careprovider for wild birds, in Millington. When it was apparent that the heron had recovered and was able to fly, it was released into the Great Swamp, where, hopefully, it will not encounter any more fishing line. Our Emergency Services personnel is primarily involved with helping people, but it is nice to know that they can care for wild animals as well.
Readington Community Garden Begins 10th Season
Pictured is the Readington Community Garden at the Dobozynski Farm Park. â€”Photo courtesy of Dan Allen
Spring is right around the corner, and so is the beginning of the Readington Community Gardenâ€™s 2018 season. The gardeners start the 10th growing season on Saturday, March 24, at 10 a.m. at the Dobozynski Farm Park, 42 Woodschurch Rd., near Stanton. The Community Garden exists for all who like fresh air, fresh
vegetables, and a dose of hard work. Founded on the principle of â€œshare the work, share the harvest,â€? the garden is run by a loosely organized group of enthusiastic gardeners who show up on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. and pitch in with the planting, weeding, or digging. The reward is a generous share of a variety of healthful,
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organically raised fruits and vegetables, starting with salad greens in May, and fresh strawberries and raspberries, green beans, a variety of peppers, broccoli, spinach, chard, onions, garlic, a variety of 6(//,1*1(:-(56(<21(<$5'$7$7,0( heirloom tomatoes throughout the summer, and squash, napa cab,6HOO1HZ-HUVH\+RPHVFRP bage and arugula in October. All are welcome. Members range in age from toddlers to seniors, with no experience necessary. Help out a lot or a little, depending on your own schedule. REALTOR What has made the garden such a REALTOR success over the years is that old Office: adage â€œmany hands make light Cell: work.â€? Jeff.Smith@cbmoves.com To learn more, contact Dan AlISellNewJerseyHomes.com Jeff.Smith@cbmoves.co len at readingtongardens@yahoo. 186 Center Street, Clinton, NJ 08809 186 Center Street, Clinton, NJ 08809 ISellNewJerseyHomes.com com or call 908-399-7029.
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Upcoming Events Chocolate Making March 4 Susan McLellan Plaisted demonstrates chocolate making with metate and cacao beans at an Open House 1-4 p.m. at the BoumanStickney Farmstead, 114 Dreahook Rd., Stanton. This is a free, family friendly event, although donations will be gratefully accepted. In case of inclement weather call the Museums to find out the status of the program. For more information visit http://www.readingtontwp.org/ ReadingtonMuseums/events_programs.html or call 908-236-2327. Herbalist Presentation March 6 The Woman’s Club of Tewksbury Township hosts WCTT member Tami Bronstein at the Oldwick Manor, behind the firehouse in Oldwick, following a 9 a.m. meeting. Bronstein, a qualified medical herbalist, will discuss wellness during seasonal changes. Reservations are required. Inclement weather may cause the meeting to be cancelled. Reservations and cancelation information can be had by calling 908-509-1855. Pasta Festa March 11 Marconi Lodge of the Sons of Italy in America will host its 27th annual all-you-can-eat event from noon to 5 p.m. at the Polish American Citizens Club, 29 Kline Blvd., Whitehouse Station. The lodge will provide several non-alcoholic beverages including soda, juice, water, coffee and tea. Adult tickets can be
purchased for $12, tickets for children aged 6-12 for $7 and children under 6 eat for free. Tickets are available at the door or by calling Tony Castrilli at 908-534-2559. Proceeds will benefit local charities.
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Breakfast Buffet March 11 Flemington Moose will host from Open Space Hike March 18 8 a.m. to noon at the lodge, 81 Barley Sheaf Rd. Adults $9, Seniors $8, A Sunday afternoon walk, beginChild (under12) $5, and Toddlers ning at 1 p.m., led by members of the Open Space Advisory Board, free. Phone 908-788-5694. will follow the trail in the Woodfern Section of Hunterdon CounSt. Patrick’s Day ty’s South Branch Reservation. Dinner March 17 Whitehouse American Legion will This is the only trail in Readinghost a dinner including corned beef, ton converted from an old railbed. cabbage, ham and potatoes, along The rail-trail stretches through the with the band Crossroads. Dinner woodland and along the picturstarts at 6:30 p.m. and the band esque South Branch Raritan River begins at 8. $20 per person. Call on level ground. For parking infor908-534-2061 for questions or ad- mation and to sign up, contact John Klotz at jwklotz@embarqmail. ditional information. com. Corned Beef and Cabbage Spring Concert March 18 Dinner March 17 Our Lady of Lourdes Council 6930, North Branch Reformed Church the Knights of Columbus, will hold Ministry of Music and Worship the annual event at 6:30 p.m. at the Arts invites the public to a concert Parish Community Hall, Our Lady featuring NBRC’s diverse conof Lourdes 390 County Road 523, temporary and traditional music Whitehouse Station. Dinner will groups at 4 p.m. The concert is free include dessert and beverages. Cost of charge and will be held in the is $20 per person for adults, $18 for NBRC sanctuary, 203 Route 28 in
Bridgewater, followed by a reception in fellowship hall. For more information contact Anne Karig at firstname.lastname@example.org. Camp Open Houses March 25, April 15 Visit Winnewald Day Camp, 21 Cratetown Rd., Lebanon, (908-7358336, email@example.com) from 1 to 4 p.m. and learn about summer camp programs running June 18 through Aug. 17 for ages 5-12. Visit winnewald.com for details. Easter Sunday April 1 An ecumenical Easter sunrise service will be held at 6:30 a.m. at the Round Valley Youth Center, 1124 Route 629 in Lebanon. For over 30 years, music has been provided by Mr. Ed and the Revs. Participating Hunterdon County churches include: Church of the Holy Spirit (Episcopal), Church of the Nazarene, Cokesbury & Fairmount United Methodist, Faith Chapel Wesleyan, Lebanon Reformed, Our Lady of Lourdes (Roman Catholic), Readington Reformed, Rockaway Reformed, Round Valley United Methodist, Stanton Reformed, Whitehouse United Methodist, Zion Lutheran. For information, call 908-534-4351.
Readington Schools Prepping for Summer
Cheerleaders Present 30th Annual Fashion Show
Hunterdon Central Varsity Cheerleaders will present their 30th Annual “Reflections 2018 - A Fashion Show” on Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m., at JP Case Middle School, 301 Case Boulevard, Flemington. The cheerleaders and their escorts will model this year’s latest prom fashions. The net profit of this charitable event benefits The New Jersey Chapter and Flemington Branch of The National Alliance on Mental Illness; http://www.naminj. org/. NAMI NJ is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals
and families affected by mental illness. Through education, support, advocacy and public awareness programs, NAMI NJ fosters understanding about mental illness, confronts stigma often associated with mental disorders, advocates for public policies that benefit those affected by mental illness, and promotes research into the causes, treatment, and recovery of mental health disorders. Tickets are $10 each. Contact a cheerleader or firstname.lastname@example.org with your ticket order. —Submitted by Jen Crisci
lacrosse, baseball/softball, and athletic training/running camps. Like the Summer Enrichment programs, the sports camps are led by district staff members. Inspired by inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention is returning to Holland Brook School Aug. 6 through 10. During this one-week program, children entering grades kindergarten through six are invited to participate in hands-on challenges that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and innovation. This program is designed to inspire future innovators. A new middle-school age program will be offered June 25-29. Invention Project, also inspired by the National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees, will empower the next generation of innovators by turning ideas into inventions. Like Camp Invention, Invention Project makes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) more fun than you thought possible. All township children are invited to register for age-appropriate summer activities, whether or not they are enrolled in the school district.
More information about these programs is available under “Summer Programs” on the district’s website (www.readington.k12.nj.us) or by calling the Board of Education Office at 908-534-2195.
THS Seeking Items for April 28 Oldwick Tag Sale
The Tewksbury Historical Society will participate in the 4th annual Oldwick Tag Sale sponsored by the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Oldwick, on Saturday, April 28, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; rain date is May 5. THS will be located at the Old Carriage House, 5 James St., Oldwick. Consider donating items to the society’s booth at the sale and get a tax donation slip. The society is seeking clean, quality items, including antiques, furniture, china, dishes, records, and toys. Volunteers will be accepting items at the Oldwick Carriage House Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to noon; Saturday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to noon; Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Anyone interested in volunteering at the booth may call 908832-6734 or email tewksburyhistory@ earthlink.net.
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Libraries All Set for Spring–Blustery March will be packed with opportunities to read special books. Escape snow and rain showers and find a book on leprechauns, St. Patrick’s Day, Passover, or Easter customs and crafts. Browse for the right book, check out the DVD collection, or choose an audio book. Staff members of the Readington Library on Main Street in Whitehouse Station and Three Bridges Library on Main Street in Three Bridges wish you the “Luck of the Irish” on the 17th, Happy Passover, and “Hoppy” Easter. Both libraries will be closed on Friday, March 30. The Three Bridges Library also will be closed Saturday, March 31. –Submitted by Librarian Karen Konn
By William DeFabiis, Ed.D., Interim Superintendent and Sherry Krial, Staff Development Coordinator The thermometer might register freezing temperatures, but plans are underway for summer activities being offered by the Readington Township School District. Summer Enrichment Programs offer children entering grades 1 through 8 a variety of fun-filled learning opportunities. Facilitated by district staff members, participants learn about science, technology, engineering, and fine arts through age-appropriate hands-on activities. Want to learn to make pizza? Take a cooking class. Want to learn relaxation techniques? Take a yoga class. Want to learn to play an instrument or refine your music talent? Choose a music class. The possibilities are endless. Summer Sports Camps provide the opportunity for young sports enthusiasts entering grades 2 through 8 to learn a new game during “Sports Fitness Games” or “Classic Neighborhood Games.” For those who would like to learn a new sport or refine their skills, the district offers volleyball, basketball,
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Whitehouse Prep Students Learn about Master Artworks
Peggy Barbella brings the “Art Goes To School” program to Whitehouse Prep, 587 Route 22 E, Readington. —Photo courtesy of Judith Serra, Head of School
Peggy Barbella from the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission, came to Whitehouse Prep for three Mondays to share the excitement of visual expression through art work with the children. She shared prints of beautiful art work and information about famous painters and their paintings. “The children were engaged
and enjoyed her presentation very much,” said Judith Serra, Head of School, noting that they loved the portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, and their favorite of all was the Starry Night print by Vincent Van Gogh. “A great big thank you to Peggy Barbella for a job well done.” The curriculum used at White-
house Prep is the research based and NAEYC endorsed program called Tools of the Mind. Whitehouse Prep’s programs go beyond the classroom environment and integrate music, language, arts, theater, physical education, gardening, and many more special programs to create a well-rounded learning environment. Art Goes To School is a volunteer organization under the auspices of the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission. It is an art appreciation program that is offered to all schools in Hunterdon County. Volunteers like Peggy Barbella donate their time to come into schools and share the art work with the children. Art Goes to School of Delaware Valley originated in 1962 as a project of the Community Arts Committee of the Junior League of Philadelphia. The intent was to “create a supplementary art appreciation program for elementary school children in
Stop Treating the Soil Like Dirt! By John Place, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Profeta Farms It is estimated that in the US we are losing 1% of our topsoil every year to erosion, most of which is caused by agricultural activities. In fact, the Natural Resource Conservation Service (an agency of the US Department of Agriculture) has an equation to determine “acceptable soil loss” for every acre of farmland in the US that is not measured in pounds per acre but rather in TONS per acre. If this doesn’t sound “acceptable” to you, you’re not alone. We are losing topsoil at a rate 10 times the pace at which it can be replenished naturally. One rainfall on unprotected, tilled soil can wash away a millimeter of soil. While that may not sound like much, it would take over 20 years for nature to replenish that same millimeter of soil through natural processes. A few rain events a year, year after year, and you can see that we have a real problem on our hands. DO I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION? Modern agricultural practices have contributed to the accelerated loss of topsoil. When land is left uncovered for long periods of time, wind and water wreak havoc on the soil. Constant tillage continuously breaks down soil structure and leaves it susceptible to water erosion from major and minor rain events.
We humans – specifically farmers – need to stop treating the soil like dirt. Soil is so much more than dirt. It is made up of combination of living organisms, nutrients, and rock and other minerals that play a critical role in supporting life on Earth. We need to treat it with the care that such a complex and vital system demands.
The common theme in soil loss prevention is keeping the soil covered with living plants. The plants on top of the soil not only help shield the soil from the damaging effects of rain and wind, but also the roots add structure to the soil and aid in preventing erosion from major rain events. Cover crops are an integral piece of soil management that NEEDS to be practiced by all farmers. Instead of having a living plant in the form of a cash crop (corn, soybeans, etc.) active for only a few months a year, we can extend the time the soil is covered and protected by planting cover crops in between harvested crops.
the Philadelphia area.” They have grown to more than 600 volunteers in forty-one school districts. They serve over 100,000 children in nearly 300 public, parochial and private schools. In addition, their members bring art appreciation to senior citizen centers, nursing homes, special education students, reading clubs, and home-schooling associations. Art Goes to School members volunteer as docents at every area museum, and have been active in developing creative partnerships with these institutions. They have been the recipients of several grants from the Women’s League for Art, Target, and the Five County Arts Program. We are proud to be a vital, active part of the arts community of Southern Delaware Valley and New Jersey.
Walmart on Route 22 West in Readington Township was set to close on Feb. 28. The store employed 149 workers, and a Walmart spokesman said the company was making every effort to find employees positions at other stores. Mayor Ben Smith said Readington Township officials were surprised and disappointed by the company’s decision to close the store and have no information about a new tenant for the site. Two Walmarts remain in Hunterdon County, one on Route 31 in Flemington and another on Route 513 in Clinton.
Shannon Daley Memorial Fund’s Basketball Event March 7 The Shannon Daley Memorial Fund’s 17th annual Charity Basketball Event takes place March 7 at 7 p.m. at the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Fieldhouse, located off Route 31 in Flemington. Readington teachers and Readington Men’s All Star Team will face the Harlem Wizards show team. The Shannon Daley Memorial Fund mission is to assist local families facing financial hardship due to a child battling a serious ailment. The first recipient is Reagan Reed, 4, from Raritan Township who has hearing loss, low tone, and developmental delays. The second recipient is Quincey Brown Jr., 4, from Hillsborough who has microcephaly and muscular hypertonicity. The third recipient is Billy Biviano, 6, from Hillsborough, who has an inoperable brain tumor. Typically, more than 1,000 spectators attend, and another sellout is anticipated. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12, in advance. All tickets at the door are $10. For ticket information, call 908534-0692 or www.shannonfund. org.
It’s time that we stop treating our soil like dirt and take an active approach to regenerating this allimportant resource. John Place, Profeta Farms How can we do this? There are a few common sense farming principles that can be used to reduce the prevalence of soil loss. They include, but are not limited to, the following: • • • • • •
Cover Cropping Reduced/Minimal Tillage No-Till Strip Cropping Perennial Agriculture (grasslands) Crop Rotation
Everything we do at Profeta Farms is done with the long-range view of not only sustaining the land, but more than that, enhancing the strength and health of the soil, making sure that it contains adequate nutrient levels, so that each subsequent planting benefits from our practices. Sign up for one of our farm tours and see for yourself.
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Officials from the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office and Arrow of Light Scouts from Readington Cub Scout Pack 1980 gathered at the Historic Hunterdon County Courthouse to discuss “Building a Better World.” Pictured are James Price, Michael Barckholtz, Zachary Barckholtz, Luke Bielen, Logan Campbell, Anantheshwar Elumalai, Ryan Miller, Harrison Marr, Eric Wootton, Jack Heppner, Mason Quintard, David Culley, and Frank Crisologo.
Officials from the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office met with Readington Pack 1980 Arrow of Light Scouts on Jan. 25 to help them complete the “Building A Better World” Adventure. This Adventure includes learning the history of the United States flag; understanding the rights and duties we have as citizens; learning what “rule of law” means; and practicing leadership within the den by planning an activity. It also requires meeting with a government or community leader. Assistant Prosecutor David Culley, Deputy Chief of Detectives Frank Crisologo, and Detective Sergeant James educated and
Three Bridges Therapy Horse Honored Posthumously
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Scouts Visit Prosecutor’s Office
inspired these fifth-grade scouts and helped them toward their Spring Thaw helped countless veterans during his life of service. scout advancement. The scouts learned that the number one crime confronted by the Hunterdon County’s Prosecutor’s Office is illegal drugs. Crisologo impressed upon the scouts that they need to make good choices and stay away from drugs. To find out more about how scouting teaches values consistent with good citizenship, character development, and physical fitness into fun and educational activities, visit www.njpack1980.org. —Submitted by Cindy Barckholtz, Pack 1980 Committee Chair
A therapy horse named Spring Thaw will be honored for his service to veterans on the first day of spring, Tuesday, March 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Spring Reins of Life (Horses, Humans & Healing 501c3) and Hunt Cap Farms, 401 Main St., Three Bridges. Spring Thaw, who passed away Jan. 20, was chosen in February to receive a Medal of Honor by veterans in the state of New Jersey. The horse is one of 15 national recipients of the 2017 Planetree Animal Therapy Medal of Honor and the only recipient in New Jersey. Since 2012 when Spring Reins of Life (SRoL) began seeing veterans with PTSD at Operation Horse, Spring worked with and served over 700 veterans from the NJ VA Healthcare System as well as local combat veterans, many of whom referred to him as “The General” or “Grandpa.” March 20 would have marked the horse’s 31st year. According to the SRoL website: “Spring’s talents set forth positive change in the lives of numerable clients in the 9 years he spent working his JediHorse tricks with our Herd and our professional facilitators, we are richly blessed to have had his guidance and wisdoms shared so freely in our EAP healing arena.” For further info visit http://www.springreinsoflife. org/.
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Readington Board Members Take Oath of Office
Fun In Any Season–On Jan. 21 about 40 people joined Readington’s monthly Open Space Hike at the
Hill and Dale Preserve in neighboring Tewksbury Township. Held on the third Sunday afternoon of every month at 1 p.m., the hikes provide an opportunity to get to know the local trail systems and public open spaces. Hikes are about Carol Hample (left) and Robyn Mikaelian three miles and are suitable for all ages. Check the Readington Township website http://www.readingtontwp.org/ under “News & Notices” or The Readington News Upcoming Events on page 2 for the time and place of the next hike. On March 18, hikers will explore the Woodfern section of the South Branch Preserve, a “Rail to Trail” developed by At the Jan. 2, Readington career in education as a teacher Hunterdon Parks, along the Raritan River near the village of Three Bridges. Township Board of Education of English over 20 years ago, is –Submitted by Julia Allen meeting, new BoE members currently a middle school coun-
Carol Hample and Robyn Mikaelian took the Oath of Office. Both were elected to three-year terms in November 2017, along with returning Board member Ray Egbert. Hample’s background is in business, focusing on project management and efficiency. She and her husband have three sons who attend Readington schools, and she has been an active volunteer for the Readington Home and School Association for the past seven years. She also volunteers as the track operator for Hunterdon County BMX in Flemington. Mikaelian, who started her
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Gathered for the service were (front row) Chase Wieder, Noah Bielen, Alexander Albanese, Daniel Ryder, Bernie Hoffman, Sean Ritter, and Parker Sanocki, (middle row) Mason Quintard, Luke Bielen, Zachary Barckholtz, Jack Heppner, Eric Wootton, Logan Campbell, Marc Wootton, and Christopher Rosinski, (back row) Brian Sanocki, Jay Wieder, Herb Ryder, Scott Wootton, and Cindy Barckholtz. (right photo) Alex Rathborne and Kyle Stansbury
Scout Sunday is an opportunity for local churches to celebrate and recognize that scouting shares many of the same values as the church when it comes to shaping youth in values and knowledge to become leaders in homes, churches, communities, and country. On Jan. 28, scouts and family members from Readington Cub Scout Pack 1980 attended the annual Scout Sunday Service at Readington Reformed Church to show their appreciation to the church which
Starfish Plans Easter Food Distribution
Readington Area Starfish, a community based volunteer organization that operates an emergency food pantry and provides holiday food baskets to families in need, is planning the Easter food distribution. Volunteers sort, bag or deliver holiday food. It is not necessary to sign up. All activities take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Route 523 and Pulaski Road, Whitehouse Station. The Easter food distribution schedule is as follows: March 25, 6:30 p.m., set up hall; March 27, 9 a.m., sort food; March 28, 9 a.m., pack non-perishables; 5 p.m. pack perishables; 5:30 p.m., volunteer drivers arrive to deliver food; 6 p.m., distribution. Donâ€™t have much time? Volunteer to do a local delivery for someone who canâ€™t pick up their food. Come to Our Lady of Lourdes at 5:30 on distribution night. If you have questions or if you know anyone in the community who needs a holiday meal, contact Readington Township Social Services at 908 5340974.
has supported Pack 1980 throughout the year. All assisted in the worship service by serving as greeters, bell-ringers, ushers, readers, and by participating is a responsorial reading of the Scout Oath and Law. The Scout Service was also attended by scouts from Readington Reformed Church, including Kyle Stansbury, a Life Scout with Stanton Troop 1969 and Alex Rathborne, a Girl Readington Community Theatre will present the Scout Senior with Branchburg Mel Brooks musical â€œThe Producersâ€? at the PolTroop 60481. ish American Club Theatre on Kline Boulevard in â€”Submitted by Cindy Barckholtz Whitehouse Station April 27, 28, and May 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m., and April 29 and May 6 at 3 p.m. For tickets or information, go to https://www.rctnj.org/ or call 908-534-1557. The cast is as follows: Jonathan Wierzbicki - Max &200(5&,$/5(6,'(17,$/ Bialystock; Eric Craft - Leo Bloom; John Kunka N.J. PC PM#00518 - Franz Liebkind; Matt Patalona - Carmen Ghia; Bruce McKillip - Roger DeBris; Ariana Fort - Ulla; /2&$/Â‡/21*',67$1&( Lucie Kunka - Hold Me Touch Me/Ensemble; Kim Coombs - Lick Me Bite Me /Ensemble; Janet Â‡3$&.,1* DePaolo - Bag Lady/Ensemble; Emily Castanza - Dancer/Ensemble; Julia Wierzbicki - Dancer/EnÂ‡Â‡ semble; Penny Althoff - Ensemble; Joanne VinciEMAIL: MOVE.RITE.VANLINES@VERIZON.NET guerra - Ensemble; Meghan Fenton - Ensemble; Barney Stone - Police Sergeant /Ensemble; Alan Gorelick - Mel/Ensemble; Dominic Wierzbicki - Blind Violinist/Ensemble; AJ Knox - Officer Oâ€™Riley/Ensemble; Jacob Barrett - Stormtrooper Lead Tenor/Ensemble; Michael Smith - Mr. Marx/ Ensemble; Joe Vinciguerra - Ensemble; Megha Vadehra - Dancer The theatre will produce â€œAugust: Osage Countyâ€? by Tracy Letts in the fall. The show will open at the Polish American Club Theatre on Nov. 9. There will be six performances. Auditions will be announced in May and will take place at the Polish Club in June. RC Theatre welcomes Christopher Rollings as director of this show. â€”Submitted by Rob Nonni ERRA AW ROUP for RC Theatre
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Readington Starfish accepts food and monetary donations. Donations can be made through local churches, dropped off at the Municipal Building (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday â€“ Friday) or mailed directly to Readington Area Starfish Treasurer, 530 Route 523, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889. â€”Submitted by Diane Clapp, Social Services
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Historian Barry Thompson to Speak at March 18 Meeting
The Tewksbury Historical Society will host local historian Barry Thomson at its meeting on Sunday, March 18, at the Zion Lutheran Church Christian Education Building, 16 Miller Ave., Oldwick, at 1:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served. Seating is on a first come first served basis. Barry Thomson was born and raised in Peapack-Gladstone, received his undergraduate degree at Drew University and took architecture and urban planning courses at Harvard University. He was a David Rockefeller Fellow, a program sponsored by the New York City Partnership. He co-authored, with the late Jack Turpin, the two-volume work, â€œNew Jersey Country Houses: Somerset County.â€? He writes extensively about history. Thomsonâ€™s presentation will describe the 18 Mansions used for the Mansion in May fundraising events organized and run by the Womenâ€™s Association for Morristown Medical Center volunteers from 1974 through 2017. This signature program has netted more than $11 million for the hospital, significantly enhancing the quality of medical care available to the areaâ€™s residents. They have
provided valuable public exposure and benefits for hundreds of interior designers, artists, skilled artisans, and landscape designers, plus substantial indirect benefits for many other area businesses. Thomsonâ€™s presentation will also look back to the nearly simultaneous founding of Morristown Memorial and All Soulsâ€™ hospitals in the early 1890s and the founding of the Womenâ€™s Association in March 1893. He will tell how the fascinating histories of both hospitals are steeped in connections of people and places going back to the American Revolution. In the event of inclement weather visit www.tewksburyhistory.net or call 908-832-6734 for cancellation details.
Hunterdon Walking & Social Club Plans Weekly Events The Hunterdon Social and Walking 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 last-minute changes, call 908-788-7072. For a complete schedule, go to www.angelfire. com/trek.hwsc.
Call for Crafters, Antique Dealers
The Whitehouse Rescue Squad Invites crafters and antiques and collectibles dealers to be part of its Annual Buffalo Watch, Crafts, Antiques and Collectibles Fair on Saturday, May 19, at the Readington River Buffalo Farm, 937 County Road 523 in Readington Township. For more information visit www. whitehouserescue.com.
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The Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers, HealthQuest of Hunterdon, Healthy U Fitness Studio, Hunterdon County YMCA, ASDC CrossFit, Orangetheory Fitness, KickQuest Martial Arts and Fitness, KI Training and Fitness Studio, Riegel Ridge Community Center along with Corrine Fuentes Pilates are teaming up to get Fit for a Cause in March. Each gym will participate in a Fit for Cancer community challenge at their facilities on Saturday, March 3. All funds raised will benefit Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center. Fit for Cancer is structured to be a physical challenge, but a safe one. HealthQuest of Hunterdon located in Raritan Township, YMCA Deer Path Branch in Raritan Township, Orangtheory Fitness in Raritan Township, ASDC CrossFit in Raritan Township, KickQuest Martial Arts and Fitness in Flemington will host Fit for Cancer for their membership only. Members of those facilities can register at their gym and participate in the three-hour challenge. The Hunterdon Health
and Wellness Centers in Clinton Township and Whitehouse Station, Healthy U Fitness Studio in Whitehouse Station, KI Training and Fitness Studio in Milford and Riegel Ridge Community Center in Milford will be open for nonmembers as well as their membership. The Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers will offer participants a morning three-hour power cycle 8 â€“ 11 a.m., an afternoon three-hour power cycle class 11:30 a.m. â€“ 2:30 p.m. (Clinton), a three-hour Zumba dance class (Clinton) will also be offered 8 a.m. â€“ 11 a.m., a Mind, Body Experience combining Barre, Tai Chi and Pilates 9 a.m. â€“ noon (Clinton), a Warrior Challenge 8 â€“ 10 a.m. or 10 a.m. - noon, which will include cardio, muscular strength, endurance and flexibility exercises (Clinton and Whitehouse), A Les Mills Combo which includes Body Pump, Step, Combat, Attack, Shâ€™Bam, CXWorx and Flow at 8 a.m. (Whitehouse). In addition, Fit for Cancer Yoga will be offered at both Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers on
Friday, March 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The registration cost to participate is $40. To register, visit www.givetohunterdonhealthcare. org/fitforcancer2018. Healthy U Fitness Studio located in Whitehouse Station will offer on Friday, March 2, Candlelight Yoga from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dance/Karaoke will be offered for the special needs population. On Saturday, March 3, participants can choose between two times: 8:30 a.m. â€“ noon or noonâ€“ 3 p.m. for a threehour workout with four classes, Pilates, TRX, Spin and Cardio/ Strength Training. To learn more and to register, call Healthy U Fitness Studio at 908-534-1961. KI Training in Milford will offer 8 â€“ 9 a.m. Seniors Toning, 9:30 - 11 a.m. Boot Camp/Core and 11:30 a.m. â€“ 1 p.m. TRX/ Kettle Bell. To register, call KI Training at 610-428-1360. Riegel Ridge Community Center and Corrine Fuentes will offer Restorative Yoga on Friday, March 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. (fee $25) and the following on Saturday, March 3, 8 a.m. Indoor Cy-
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Hunterdon Art Museum Offers New Classes
A variety of new winter classes and workshops for children and adults will begin soon at the Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center St., Clinton. Upcoming classes and workshops for children include: Pop Art; Art from Around the World; Draw, Paint & Sculpt; Mix It Up: Paint, Clay, Fiber; Art + Science = FUN; Design, Sculpt, Build. All programs are taught by professional artists, educators or storytellers. Find dates, times and descriptions for all of HAMâ€™s winter classes by visiting http:// www.hunterdonartmuseum.org. Register by calling 908-735-8415.
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Emily Van Doren
Emily Van Doren, a 2014 graduate of Hunterdon Central High School, has been admitted to Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Emily, who grew up in Whitehouse Station, is majoring in biochemistry and German at Tufts University outside Boston, where she is a senior. In addition
to her dental school acceptance, she recently learned that a paper she co-authored was accepted for publication by Tissue Engineering, a biomedical journal.
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Whitehouse School staff members share sweet treats with Readington Township police officers.
February is caring month at Whitehouse School, and, for the second consecutive year, school personnel hosted a “Police Be My Valentine” dessert party to honor Readington’s Finest. Lt. Chris DeWire, Chief Joe Greco,
Special Officer Brian Gilmurray, Patrolman Dave Bodine, Lt. Scott Crater, Detective Ray Mackiewicz, and Corporal Jim Ayotte stopped by to enjoy the dessert party.
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O.K., this is a quiz -- Put on your thinking caps. Here goes -- Who was the first Post Master General in what is now the United States? If you answered Benjamin Franklin, you get an “A” for the day. Yes, old Ben was first named to head the postal service by the British in 1737. Of course, being the efficient person he was, he organized how the mail should be handled for delivery to the addressees. Remember, those were the days when roads were dirt, narrow and generally had been Indian paths. New Jersey and the East Coast were essentially a wilderness. If a letter was sent to someone, it went by rider to a general spot (Trenton for us in Hunterdon,) and the receiver had to pick it up himself. Needless to say, it might have taken months for a letter to be received by the addressee. As the Revolutionary War came on, the Continental Congress at the urging of George Washington, determined that war correspondence needed to reach its destination quickly, and in 1775 named Benjamin Franklin to the office of Post Master General. Ben rode 1600 miles setting up post roads and postal stops for mail deposits. Since most of the mail was generated by Washington and his generals, the next Post Master General moved the postal service along the path taken by the Army --
even to the point of walking because the Continental Congress had made no provision for a horse for him. Rough as they were, stage roads along with stage coaches proved to be the best for carrying the mail from place to place. As internal travel became available, stage coaches were used extensively. For really quick service a horse and rider were most efficient and used exclusively by the Army during the war. By 1791 New Jersey had a total of six post offices: Trenton, ElizabethTown, Brunswick, Newark, Princetown, Bridgetown (now Rahway.) All mail was deposited in one of these post offices to be redeemed by the owner. Postal stamps were introduced in 1847, and in 1860 the Pony Express was initiated to deliver mail to the distant points in this developing country. By 1863 city delivery became standard. It wasn’t until 1897 that rural folks acceded to mail delivery on a regular basis. Meanwhile small rural towns set up local post offices. With the great distances to travel to get a letter, it was a necessity to ride a few miles to receive mail. In Readington, we had a total of 11 offices established in the early 1800s. See if you recognize these names: Barley Sheaf, Centerville, Pleasant Run, Potterstown, Rowland’s Mills , Williamsburgh, Mechanicsville, White House Station, Readington, and Three Bridges.
Barley Sheaf opened in 1857, closed in 1858, opened again in 1888, closed in 1907, the area to be served by Three Bridges. Centerville, located on the Old York Road in the local store, served from 1824 to 1907 when service was established by Rural Delivery at Neshanic Station. Pleasant Run Post Office was located in the store at the corner of Cole Road and Pleasant Run Road. It opened in 1856 and closed in 1907 when service went to Three Bridges. Potterstown opened in 1861, closed in 1867, reopened in 1893, and closed in 1899 with service transferred to Three Bridges. Readington Point, on the South Branch Raritan River, opened in 1828 and closed in 1829. Rowland’s Mills was located on (now) Route 31 and opened in 1856, closed1887, reopened 1889, and closed 1900. Williamsburgh opened 1848 to 1849 when the name of the village was changed to Stanton. (No, the name is not attributed to Lincoln’s War Sec. – there wasn’t even a war in 1849.) That post office remains today. Mechanicsville, which is Whitehouse today, remains. Whitehouse Station remains, as do Readington and Three Bridges. Even though we have but five working post offices in Readington today, sections of the township are serviced by Somerville, Neshanic Station and Flemington.
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Readington Schools Awarded $10,000 for Sustainable Energy Project
Sustainable Jersey announced that the Readington Township Public School District has been awarded a $10,000 Sustainable Jersey grant funded by the Gardinier Environmental Fund. Two $30,000 grants and nine $10,000 grants were distributed to fund projects including electric vehicle infrastructure, solar energy education, a climate action plan, an idle reduction study for police vehicles, energy efficiency upgrades to buildings and more. â€œWe are incredibly honored to receive this grant to help further the districtâ€™s Energy Efficiency Program, now entering its sixth year,â€? said Jodi Bettermann, Energy Efficiency Coordinator for the district. This grant will fund a project to bring a program called Panoramic Power to all four Readington district schools. Panoramic Power will
provides details on how each school building is using electricity on a device level giving valuable information on how to further conserve energy in the schools. â€œInvestments in local energy projects help us make progress toward the goal of a more sustainable and resilient New Jersey,â€? said Randall Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey. â€œThese grant recipients demonstrate leadership and a strong commitment to advancing climate action that will help New Jersey meet more ambitious targets moving forward.â€? â€œThe Gardinier Environmental Fund is committed to conserving the earthâ€™s energy resources and enhancing renewable energy measures,â€? said Gene Wentzel, president, Gardinier Environmental Fund. â€œWe are proud to stand
alongside Sustainable Jersey, and to continue to fund worthy projects that supports our mutual goals in New Jersey.â€? Since 2009, the Sustainable Jersey Grants Program has distributed over $4.2 million in grants to New Jersey schools and municipalities to help make their communities more livable, environmentally friendly and prosperous. Sustainable Jersey is a non-profit that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Currently, 79 percent or 445 of New Jerseyâ€™s 565 municipalities are participating in the municipal certification program and 292 school districts and 720 schools are participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program.
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