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downtown area, adding curbside composting pickup to trash and recycling routes, installing more solar panels and wind turbines, electric car charging stations at the station, more public transport, adding rent a bike stands, adding sidewalks to more neighborhoods, making Main Street for pedestrians only, and adding a dog park. Fort gave the children insight into several sustainability projects already under consideration in Readington and taught them about the many steps in the process required to move a suggestion from an idea to reality. The children and Pictured with Mayor Betty Ann Fort are Readington 2.0 Project Team members the mayor plan to keep in touch to (from left) Sadie Johnston, Ada Jackson, Angela Grillo, Laci Sova, Marcos allow the children to follow the Hernandez, Brooks Carlsruh, Maddie Christensen, and Jake Masterton. (Not progress of some of their suggespictured: Callum Suggit) tions. Readington Township Mayor aiming to enhance community —Submitted by Joyce McGibbon Betty Ann Fort attended a presen- feel, reduce environmental imtation “Readington 2.0: Our Town pact, reduce reliance on cars, crefor Our Future,” given by fourth ate healthier living opportunities, grade Gifted and Talented (GT) provide essential services for the students at Holland Brook School community, all while being fisSustainable Jersey for Schools on Friday, Jan. 25. cally responsible. and the New Jersey Education AsStudents were tasked with reThe mayor enthusiastically lis- sociation (NJEA) announced that designing the Whitehouse Station tened to their ideas which included Readington Middle School has Main Street area for the future, adding more recycling bins to the been awarded a Sustainable Jersey

Shannon Daley Memorial Basketball Event March 6

The Shannon Daley Memorial Fund will sponsor its 18th Annual Charity Basketball Event on Wednesday, March 6, at Hunterdon Central Regional High School Fieldhouse in Flemington at 7 p.m. The Readington Teachers and Readington Men’s All-Star Team will once again take on the worldrenowned Harlem Wizards. The Harlem Wizards basketball show offers a rare combination of individual athleticism, teamwork, and entertainment for every fan in attendance. 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 7-yearold Rebecca Piro from Raritan Township who has stage 4 kidney

cancer. The second recipient is 1-year-old Domenica Scalzo from Green Brook who has Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). The third recipient is 4-year-old Trent Powers from Cranbury who is diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. A fourth recipient has yet to be identified. Tickets for the game are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 in advance. All tickets are $10 at the door. Donations can also be made directly to: Shannon Daley Memorial Fund, PO Box 1271, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889. For ticket information call 908-229 -5460 or go to www.shannonfund. org. If you would like to advertise in the program, call 908-528-2231 or email

of this project are numerous, and Mrs. Freeman is well prepared to help students make the most of this authentic experience. Mrs. Freeman instills a love of learning into for Schools capacity-building grant. our students on a daily basis and is The $2,000 grant is intended to as- an asset to the Readington Middle sist the school green team as they School Community.” lead and coordinate sustainability activities. Principal Sharon Moffat said, “Readington Middle School is proud to be a recipient of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grant for the Food for Thought project. This concept was developed by our amazing Gifted and Talented Teacher, Mrs. Betsy Freeman. Through her enthusiastic and passionate teaching practices, Mrs. Freeman assisted students in developing environmentally conscious attitudes and educated them in a variety of ways to minimize their carbon footprint. Barn Fire–Firefighters battle a barn fire on Brookview Road in White- The Food for Thought project enhouse Station on Feb. 1. According to the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s ables our students to create their Office, the fire was reported at 6:40 p.m. and while not considered to be suspi- own smart and sustainable farming/ cious remains under investigation. A horse inside the barn was rescued and growing program within the school. was not injured. –Photo by John Painter The educational and practical uses

Proposals were judged by an independent Blue-Ribbon Selection Committee. The Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants are intended to help schools make progress toward a sustainable future in general, and specifically toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.


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Textiles and Quilts March 3 Dana Bala will present a program on 17th and 18th century quilts, textiles, and embroidery from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, 114 Dreahook Rd. in the Stanton section of the township. (For GPS use Lebanon, NJ 08833.) Bala will include the evolution of quilting and embroidery throughout textile history. She has been quilting for over 12 years and combines her love of history and fabric by researching historic quilts, patterns, techniques and the textile industry. This is a free family friendly event, although donations will be gratefully accepted. In case of inclement weather call 908-236-2327.

Jersey at 3 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $10 for the concert. Children under 12 will be admitted free of charge. Refreshments will be served during the intermission. The church is located across from the Neshanic Station Post Office, 301 Maple Ave., Neshanic Station. For more information, call 908-369-3838 or 908-421-1508. Hunterdon Watercolor Society March 4 The Hunterdon Watercolor Society will present a demonstration by Artist Hanna Aviv at 7 p.m. in Building #1 of the Hunterdon County Complex on Route 12 in Flemington. Anyone is welcome, with a suggested $5 donation. Hunterdon Watercolor Society is a group of about 60 members who meet the first Monday of each month September through May. Each meeting presents a demo by a professional artist.

complete breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at the lodge, 81 Barley Sheaf Rd. Adults $9, seniors $8, children (under12) $5, and toddlers free. Phone 908-788-5694 for additional info. Open Space Hike March 17 Take a Sunday afternoon walk at 1 p.m., led by members of the Open Space Advisory Board, in the Cushetunk Nature Preserve off Route 22 and Van Horne Road. The walk will follow trails circling through the woodland and along the picturesque South Branch of the Rockaway Creek. This natural area is adjacent to the Lake Cushetunk Woods Development. Suitable for the whole family, the two-hour walk will be on mostly level and gently sloping terrain. Dogs on leashes welcomed. For parking information and to sign up, contact John Klotz at

Financial Advisor in Whitehouse Station, will host “Social Security: Your Questions Answered” at 6:30 p.m. at Residence Inn by Mariott, 3241 US Hwy 22, Branchburg. Coffee and pastries will be served. RSVP to Sandy at 908-534-1537 by March 15.

Vendor Space for Flea Market The Branchburg Woman’s Club is seeking vendors for its indoor Flea Market fundraising event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Branchburg Central Middle School, 220 Baird Rd., in Branchburg. There will be a 50/50 raffle, a bake sale, and refreshments. Last spring’s market had a variety of crafts and new items as well as attic finds in good condition. Interested participants may inquire by emailing bwclubnj@ or by leaving a message soon at 908-698-0776.

Blood Drive March 3 There will be a blood drive at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 390 Route 523 in Whitehouse Station, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. There is a great need for blood, and each Social Security Seminar pint can save up to three lives. March 21 Breakfast Buffet March 10 If you are 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in good Flemington Moose will host a Brian J. Sulewski, Edward Jones health, you can donate. For information, call the church office 908Local Knowledge Works! 534-2319. Marshall’s Dixieland Band March 3 The Neshanic United Methodist Church continues its concert series with an afternoon of Dixieland music in the spirit of Mardi Gras, performed by Marshall’s Dixieland Band of Central New

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The Readington Township School District, with the support of the Readington HSA, will be hosting a viewing of the film Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age on Tuesday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Readington Middle School Cafetorium, 48 Readington Rd. Screenagers is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offer families solutions that work. Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention

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Readington Community Garden Kicks Off 10th Season Readington’s Community Garden will be kicking off the 10th gardening season on Saturday, March 23, at 10 a.m. New members are welcome. The garden, located at the Dobozynski Farm Park, 42 Woodschurch Rd., operates on one simple principle: “Share the work, share the harvest.” Simply show up, say hello, and get right to work. The reward, over the spring, summer and into

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Readington Recreation has been designated a Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider by the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS). This honor, like the Good Housekeeping Seal given to household products that meet high standards, recognizes organizations that have met an equally high standard when it comes to administering youth sports programming. “Earning this designation reinforces the hard work Readington Recreation does to ensure a quality youth sports program for all participants,” said Brian VanDongen, Assistant Director of Recreation at Readington Recreation. “We applied for the Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider designation to ensure our department was offering youth sports programs that are in line with current best practices. By earning this designation, parents of participants in Readington Recreation youth sports programs

can be confident that their child is in a safe, supportive, productive, and fun program that will help their child develop.” Today’s youth sports climate overflows with programming, making it challenging for organizations to stand out among the crowd, and difficult for parents to gauge which ones can deliver high-quality experiences for young athletes. To help organizations and families, NAYS introduced the Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider designation. Any organization can apply to be evaluated for the designation, and no cost is involved. “Parents typically have lots of questions and valid concerns when deciding where to enroll their child,” said John Engh, executive director of NAYS. “We have taken the guesswork out of this important time in a young person’s life. When parents see that a program has the Quality Program Provider designation they will

know that we have already asked all the tough questions that they may not have even considered or perhaps were afraid of bringing up.” To earn the designation a youth sports program must fulfill all the components associated with these five key requirements: Written Policies and Procedures, Volunteer Screening, Coach Training, Parent Education, Accountability. Within each of these five areas are important details such as if written policies exist regarding playing time; if concussion awareness information is disseminated to coaches; if volunteers are subject to background checks and social security number verification; if the organization has a system for receiving and responding to complaints; if the organization solicits feedback to evaluate programs. For further information visit; email nays@; or call (800) 729-2057.

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In 2018, Readington updated its Open Space Master Plan and committed to the preservation goal of 12,000 acres of preserved open space and farmland by 2050. This will require an additional 3,000 acres of land, either open space or farmland. This goal would preserve 40% of Readington lands with its success dependent upon the availability of Township, County, State and Non-Profit open space taxes and funding as well as by opportunities provided by existing landowners willing to preserve their land. Starting in 2018, Readington completed four (4) preservation efforts toward that goal with the preservation of a total of 35 acres of open space in separate parcels throughout Readington Township. • Round Mountain – 14 acres of high-quality old growth forest near Stanton Village • Round Mountain – 8 acres upland forest on center of Round Mountain • Cushetunk Mountain – 3.8-acre steep slope woodlot adjoining preserved land • Cushetunk Nature Preserve – 8-acre addition by South Branch of the Rockaway Creek All 2018 acquisitions were preserved by Readington Township through donation and license agreements and one with full reimbursement from County Open Space funding sources. All acquisitions extend protection of existing lands and two provide future trail opportunities. Both are expected to be completed by Readington open space volunteers in 2019

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In addition to attending two regularly scheduled Township Committee meetings per month, each Committee member serves as a liaison to several other departments, boards, committees and commissions. In the role of liaison, the Committee member attends meetings of these groups and departments to learn of plans, keep abreast of activities, and bring concerns back to the full Committee for consideration, and to keep them informed. This year’s assignments are: John Albanese—Planning Board, Affordable Housing, Recreation, and Social Services Betty Ann Fort—Historic Preservation, Museums, Zoning, Emergency Services, Fire Official, Engineering/ Roads/Buildings & Grounds, and Recycling Jonathan Heller—Library Services, Municipal Court, Construction/Code Enforcement, and Environmental Commission Juergen Huelsebusch—Farmland/Open Space Advisory Board, Agricultural Land Advisory Committee, and Board of Health

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Keep your family prepared for emergencies Early in the year is a great time to take personal inventory of preparedness for an emergency. The federal government has established to help you prepare. is a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement. Information is available on weather advisories, natural disasters, financial hardships, signing up for electronic alerts, making and practicing an emergency plan for your family and much more. The time you take to educate your household will be beneficial should an emergency arise.

Readington Business Association Last year, former Mayor Ben Smith and Township Committee member Liz Duffy started the Readington Business Association to give a voice to businesses in the Township as well as to collaborate with each other in order to be more successful and have a better overall experience in Readington. Normally, Ben is joined by one other Township Committee representative and there are often guests who attend to discuss various topics. The Business Association meets at the East Whitehouse Fire Department on the third Wednesday of every month at 8am. All with an interest in doing business in Readington are welcome.

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The Woman’s Club of Tewksbury will sponsor a casino charity fundraiser event “Diamonds and Dice” on May 17 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at Fiddlers Elbow Country Club. The event includes a dinner buffet, open bar, dancing, black jack, roulette, craps, door prizes, live auction and 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $150 per person. If purchased by March 22 tickets include $500 play money. Tickets purchased after March 22 will include $100 play money. To purchase tickets or learn more about sponsorship opportunities visit Proceeds from the event will be donated to various nonprofits, including CASA, SAFE in Hunterdon and the The Hunterdon Health and WellTewksbury Rescue Squad. ness Centers in Whitehouse Station and Clinton will host “What are mikesclassicolimoservice your Numbers? Measuring your Metabolism and Body Composition” with speaker Rosemary Logue, RD, MS, Clinical Dietitian, Center T/A Mike's Classico for Advanced Weight Loss. The program will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at Hunterdon Health and Wellness Center, 537 Rte. 22 East, Whitehouse Station. To register, call 908-534-7600. It will be held on Thursday, March 14, 6 – 7 p.m. at Hunterdon Health and Wellness Center, 1738 Rte. 31 North, Clinton. To register, call 908735-6884. These programs are free and participants will receive a guest pass to be used at the Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers. If you need special accommodations with hearing or vision issues, so that you are PECIALIZING IN ERFORMANCE RANDS able to participate in any programs, email Kathleen Seelig at Kseelig@ or call her at 908-788-6515.


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Readington Community Theatre will present “A Night of Scenes” from popular plays on March 9 at the Polish American Citizens Club in Whitehouse Station. This one-night, special production results from the Acting Workshops initiated by the theatre, under the direction of Christopher Rollings. Christopher was also the Director of the theatre’s fall 2018 production of “August: Osage County”. The performers in the eight scenes are aspiring actors who have been honing their onstage skills through coaching by Rollings. The cast includes local performers from Readington, Branchburg and other nearby townships. Tickets cost $10/General Admission and $8/Senior & Student. Purchase them online at or Kim Coombs and Susan Meacham rehearse a scene at the door. Curtain is 8 p.m., doors open at 7:30. from the March 9 “Night of Scenes” at Readington –Submitted by Rob Nonni for RC Theatre

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Historical Held annually the first Saturday “Of course, our corporate sponSociety of December, the Stanton Holly sors play an important part, too. Trail tour features five private We could not donate the amount Meeting Topic homes elaborately decorated for we do without the strong support is NJ Christmas with abundant hand- of our lead sponsor, Provident made ornaments, lush displays of Bank. Provident Bank has been Originals fresh evergreens, and other natu- with us since the inception of our

Stanton Holly Trail Donations Help Briteside, Stanton Reformed Church

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Stanton Holly Trail presents a donation of $21,700 to Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation towards improvements at Briteside Adult Day Center. From left are Amy Coss, Holly Trail co-chair; Karyn Fiedler, lead sponsor from Provident Bank; Catherine Seissel, Director Briteside; Patrick Gavin, CEO Hunterdon Healthcare; Suzanne Schwanda, Holly Trail co-chair; Phil Beekman, Senior Vice President at Foundation for Hunterdon Healthcare.

Stanton Holly Trail donated $41,400 to two local community groups from its sold-out 2018 tour. Patrick Gavin, the new CEO of the Hunterdon Healthcare system, had only been on the job for a few weeks when he attended Stanton Holly Trail’s Giving Meeting recently to receive a check for $20,700 on behalf of the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation. The donation will benefit Briteside Adult Day Center.

Now entering its 58th year, Stanton Holly Trail has raised over one million dollars for the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation and community outreach through the Stanton Reformed Church. Reverend Phil Pratt accepted the Stanton Reformed Church’s check and said the funds would be used to make the community playground, maintained by the church, safer and better for all neighborhood children.

ral decorations. Cathleen Seissel, director of Briteside, said that they are currently in the preliminary stage of creating blueprints for new outdoor garden areas. “Stanton Holly Trail’s generous donation will assist us in making this dream to create a wander garden with a sensory garden become a reality,” said Seissel. Other improvements will be made to the grounds with the Stanton Holly Trail funds so that Briteside can offer additional therapeutic spaces. “Community donations made program enhancements like these possible and improve the well-being of seniors and their caregivers,” explained Seissel. “Stanton Holly Trail involves over one hundred community members, some of whom work year round in order to make the tour happen,” said Suzanne Schwanda, co-chair of Holly Trail.

sponsorship program and we are grateful for their commitment to the community.” ShopRite of Hunterdon provides a generous donation of both food and expertise to the luncheon. Chef Ed Coss of the prepared food division of the Clinton Shop Rite works in the luncheon kitchen the day of Holly Trail and provides professional advice throughout the planning process. Saunders Jewelry, Ryland Inn, Mid-Jersey Orthopedics, and Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce are also sponsors. “Mark your calendars for Dec. 6 and 7 when we will present the 58th annual Stanton Holly Trail. Tickets will go on sale on our web site in the middle of September,” said Amy Coss, co-chair. To join Holly Trail as a crafter or receive notification when tickets go on sale, visit www.stantonhollytrail. org

The Tewksbury Historical Society will host Linda J. Barth author of “New Jersey Originals: Technological Marvels, Odd Inventions, Trailblazing Characters and More” at its March 17 meeting at 1 p.m. at its Headquarters, 60 Water St., in the Mountainville section of Tewksbury. Barth will discuss her latest book about New Jersey originals from Bell Labs and Thomas Edison to Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole. Also at the meeting, officers for Treasurer and Vice-President will be elected. The 2018 Financial Report, including results of the Society’s fundraising events, will be presented. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited. The meeting will be cancelled if bad weather prevails. Details can be found at or call 908-832-6734.

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RIOULT Dance NY Saturday, March 9 at 8PM Tickets: $25 & $35 Founded in 1994, RIOULT Dance NY presents the sensual, articulate, and exquisitely musical works of artistic director/ choreographer Pascal Rioult.

Theatre Lovett Friday, March 15 at 7PM Ages 7+ All tickets: $10 Cecilia Maria is a sensitive musical-prodigy whose magical, musical hat goes missing. This new production celebrates the power within us all to follow our dreams.

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Caring Month–Whitehouse School students and Soccer Silver–Pictured are Kaitlin Sorrentino of Readington Township, Victoria Cabrera, Annie Clapp and MaryJo Santana, members of the Bridgewater Soccer Academy 04G Barca team that took second place in the U15 Girls bracket on Dec. 15 in a very competitive EDP (Elite Development Program) 3v3 Soccer Tournament in East Brunswick. –Submitted by Sal Sorrentino

staff members focused on ways to show caring toward others in school, at home, and out in the community during “Caring Month” in February. Teachers and staff members showed their appreciation for Readington’s Finest by hosting their annual WHS “Police Be My Valentine” Dessert Party in honor of the Readington Township Police Department. Pictured at the event are Chief Joe Greco and Special Officer Brian Gilmurray. –Submitted by Ann T. DeRosa, Ed.D., Principal, Whitehouse School

The Knights of Columbus Council #15540 will host its 5th Annual Comedy Night on Saturday, April 27, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Hall, 105 Summer Rd., Three Bridges. Gemini Entertainment will present the comedy show again this year. All the entertainers are regionally known comedians who have appeared in New Jersey and New York comedy clubs. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and start with a hot buffet dinner. A selection of sodas, water and mixers are included. This is a BYOB event. The comedy show will start

at 8 p.m. In addition to the dinner and entertainment, there will be a 50/50 drawing for cash and prizes. Proceeds will benefit the council’s charitable endeavors that in the past have included Coats for Kids, Quilts for Kids, Puppies Behind Bars, Life Choices and others. Tickets are $35 per person, and advance purchase is recommend as seats may not be available at the door. For tickets and information, email or contact either of the co-chairs: Tom Pacifico 908-227-6611 or Ed Koch 908-797-6500.


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Catarina Queijo, both of Whitehouse Station, were named to the DeSales University fall Dean’s List. Megan Byra, Jay Gallagher, Lydia Romeo, and Charlotte Vitale, all of Whitehouse Station, were named to the fall Dean’s List at the University of Rhode Island.

Natalie Vergara of Whitehouse Station was named to Dean’s List Julia Knox and Millo Lazarcat Berkeley College for the fall se- zyk, both of Whitehouse Station, mester. were named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester at Bucknell UniKayla Lawrie and Michael versity. Tronolone, both of Whitehouse Station, were named to the fall Aidan Carden of Whitehouse Dean’s List at Muhlenberg Col- and Samantha Painter of Whitelege. house Station were named to the fall Dean’s List at Roger Williams Joseph Manobianco of Three University. Bridges, Alexis Girgis, and

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Looking Back. . . Nazi Spy Suspect in Three Bridges factory. Interestingly by 1940 Weber was back in the U.S. where he worked in an aircraft parts factory as supervisor. Somehow Weber found that Hass (whom he had met in the WWI German army) was the owner of a poultry farm in remote Three Bridges. What a perfect place for his clandestine activities! In December 1941 Weber moved in with the Hasses. Here in this far away place Weber could construct his contraband shortwave radio. There was no one to surveil him, no close neighbors, no police (Readington, along with all the towns and townships in Hunterdon, did not have a police force but relied on State Police.)

Unknown to Weber, due to his frequent trips to New York visiting war time suspicious gang members, the FBI was watching. By the last days of January 1942, both the FBI and the N.J. State Police swooped down on the Hass farm and arrested Richard Weber! Every nook of the poultry farm was searched for evidence which probably was obtained because in September 1942 Weber was sentenced to 15 years in prison. The charge? Not registering as a foreign agent. Hass also was arrested as a co-conspirator and spent his time on Ellis Island. What excitement in little Three Bridges – who would have thought!

Our Lady of Lourdes Rosary Altar Society will take orders for fresh pierogi (Polish dumplings) after all Masses during the weekend of March 30-31. All orders must be pre-paid by cash or check (made out to “Rosary Altar Society.”) Orders must be picked up at the OLL Community Hall on Saturday, April 13, between 9 a.m. and noon. OLL is located at 390 County Road 523 in Whitehouse Station. The pierogi are home-style European-tasting and made in New Jersey by the Delicious Fresh

Pierogi Company. They do not contain any egg fillings. Flavors available are potato, potato and cheese, potato and spinach, sauerkraut, and mini-potato and onion. Cost is $6 per pack. Each pack contains 12 pierogi. Minis contain 18. Order forms are available during March on the parish website: Completed forms may be mailed to: Our Lady of Lourdes/ Pierogi, P.O. Box 248, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889, no later than April 1. —submitted by Anne M. Parsons, pierogi sale co-chair

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By Stephanie B. Stevens, Historian, County of Hunterdon Believe it or not, a Three Bridges poultry farm was the scene of a World War II German espionage spy scheme. In 1940 Readington was home to some 3,000 people, most of them poultry farmers. Jacob Emil Hass , born in Germany, had served in the German army during WWI then moved from Germany to the United States seeking a better life. His poultry farm was located in the remote, sleepy town of Three Bridges, on the main road, Route 29, known today as Route 202. On the post in front of his farm hung a sign, “Tourists welcome.” So it wasn’t unusual that a stranger moved into his farm house. The stranger’s name: Richard Ernst Weber. Weber’s background was perfect for spying. Although he had been born in Germany, he had been in the United States since 1908 (before WWI). By 1921 Weber even became a citizen. After working in various radio plants around the U.S., Weber returned to Germany in 1938 where he became Superintendent of the radio division of the Berlin Magneto

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