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QuickChek Plan Advances
Readington Church Welcomes 23rd Pastor in 300 Years
At press time, a final site plan hearing was scheduled for March 21 for a new QuickChek convenience store and gas station at Route 22 and County Line Road. Headquartered in Whitehouse, QuickChek Corp. plans to build a 5,496-square-foot store and a fivepump gas station. Nearby property owners have repeatedly voiced complaints about traffic congestion at the intersection during rush hour. Two Route 22 gas station owners also are objecting to the proposal. QuickChek is required by the Readington Zoning Board to reach an agreement with the state Department of Transportation regarding Drop Everything And Read–Dr. Jonathan Hart, Superinten- adding a third eastbound lane to Route 22 for right turns onto Coundent of Schools in Readington Township, commemorates Dr. Seuss’s birthday ty Line Road. Meanwhile, the interas Whitehouse School engages in DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time. Rev. Elizabeth Estes section is being updated as part of Pictured with Dr. Hart are Kailea Vandermeyde (second grader), James Readington Reformed Church Advance Realty’s housing developMaraventano (kindergartner), and Joseph Granton (first grader). welcomes Rev. Elizabeth Estes, a.k.a. –Submitted by Ann T. DeRosa, Ed.D., Principal, Whitehouse School ment on westbound Route 22 on the Pastor Liz, as its new, energetic pastor Branchburg side of the intersection.
which is Reformation Sunday, the birthday of the Protestant church. “Freedom and Equality are American values that we trace through John Locke, a Calvinist,” said Pastor Liz. In her professional career before seminary, Liz worked as a public relations manager and business strategy consultant. She holds an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, an M.A. in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America, and a B.A. in Philosophy and the History of Mathematics from St. John’s College in Annapolis. Pastor Liz said she feels called by God to preach from Holy Scripture and to strengthen the church as a compassionate community in the service of Jesus Christ. She is an experienced chaplain trained at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. She loves worship, Bible study, problem solving, equipping leaders and facilitating organizational growth. At 10 a.m. each Sunday, the congregation worships God together at 124 Readington Rd. Liz shares her life with her husband Mark, their daughters Olivia (18) and Josie (14), Liz’s adult son Michael, and mother Selma. —Submitted by Susan Sohl
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Court Denies Airport Condemnation Lawsuit, Both Sides Speak Compromise
Readington Township and Solberg Aviation Co. are mentioning negotiating following the March 1 state Appellate Court decision upholding a Superior Court ruling that dismissed the township’s condemnation of the airport. Laurence B. Orloff, attorney representing Solberg Aviation, wrote in a statement from the Solberg family, “... the Appellate Division ‘respectfully suggests’ that before the battle continues, the parties attempt to resolve it. That has always been the Solbergs’ desire. As long-time and continuing residents of Readington, they want to remain part of the community in every sense. “Now that the Appellate Court has further made it clear that it is the Federal and largely State regulators who will ultimately determine the size and shape of the Airport, and not Readington’s politicians, maybe Readington will finally sit down with the Solbergs
to work out a reasonable plan for the airport’s future that should be acceptable to all parties. “I wish I could say on behalf of the Solbergs that they are optimistic that this will happen, but after almost 13 years of litigation, and more than 20 years of dispute, one can only hope for that conclusion and not necessarily expect it.” Mayor Betty Ann Fort, in a statement from the Township Committee, wrote, “...Township Committees and residents have consistently made it clear they support the operation of the Airport in its current configuration, but oppose an expansion which would permit larger, noisier planes and commercial operations. The Township also opposes allowing the runways to expand, affecting hundreds of residences, schools, parks and an historic district... it is important to address any expansion which would have an adverse impact on surrounding property owners
and the Township as a whole. We also believe that a compromise with the owners of the Airport is in everyone’s best interest. If the Airport is willing to agree to give up its demand for unreasonable expansion, the Township will work with it to allow it to modernize its facilities, address existing safety concerns and compensate it for establishing permanent size limitations. Such a solution could be a win-win-win for the Airport, the nearby residents and the whole Township.” In the decades-old legal battle, the township after a public referendum had sought to acquire through eminent domain the development rights to the 102 acres of the Solberg property used for the airport and acquire the remaining 624 acres. The Appellate decision stated that the township could pursue future condemnation proceedings with the Federal Aviation Administration and state Department of Transportation.
whose special interests lie in church, women’s and American history. This is Liz’s first pastoral position after her ordination in January at The Reformed Church of Highland Park. She is replacing Rev. Cathryn Gumpert, who married and moved to Buffalo. The church will publicly celebrate its 300th anniversary on Oct. 27, 2019,
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Move More Day April 3 Celebrate the American Heart Association’s “National Move More Day” with a Healthy Hunterdon Workforce Initiative walk. There will be three walks at three different times throughout Hunterdon County including Clinton, Red Mill, at 8:30 a.m., Flemington, Chamber- 119 Main St., at noon, and Deerpath Park at 5 p.m. The first 50 people to come to each walk will receive a T-shirt. Water and healthy snacks will be available. Music in the Pub April 5 Performance by Coo Coo Cachoo, a Simon & Garfunkel tribute with local talent Ed Jankiewicz and Tom Johnston, begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Polish American Citizens Club, 29 Kline Blvd., Whitehouse Station. $10 includes light refreshments. Additional food and beverages available for purchase. Ham & Turkey Dinner April 6 The Ladies Auxiliary of the Three Bridges Volunteer Fire Company (TBVFC) will host this fundraiser in the fire company banquet hall, 467 Main St., Three Bridges, from 4 to 7 p.m. Dinner is buffet style. Take-out orders will be available during the dinner hours. Tickets can be purchased at the door. They are $15 for adults, $8 for children and free for children 5 years old and younger. Wine, beer and soft drinks also can be purchased. All proceeds benefit the fire company. Colonial Toys and Games April 7 Colonial interpreters Bev Altrath and Arlene Soong will present “Colonial Toys and Games” from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, 114 Dreahook Rd., Stanton. For GPS, use Lebanon 08833. Roll hoops, toss rings, and play games such as skittles, draughts, and graces. This is a free, family-friendly event, although donations will be gratefully accepted. For more information, visit www.readingtontwp.org/ReadingtonMuseums. html or call 908-236-2327. Pierogi Dinner April 12 Our Lady of Lourdes Rosary Altar Society and the Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Lenten Pierogi Dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Community Hall, 390 County Road 523, Whitehouse Station. Dinner includes pierogi, fresh vegetables, condiments, fruit, soda, water, tea and coffee. The cost is $15 for adults and $9 for children under 12 years of age. Takeout orders are available. All are welcome and the
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from Roosevelt Road near Readington School to Pine Bank Road. The group will do a 3-mile round trip, visit the nearby “Round Field,” site of prehistoric Native American activWUMC Easter Egg Hunt April 13 ity, and explore the Holland Brook The Whitehouse United Methodist stream environs. Contact jwklotz@ Church, 73 Old Highway 28, White- embarqmail,com to register or check house, invites children and families the township website for information. from the community to an Easter Egg Meet at 1 p.m. at the Roosevelt Road Hunt at 10 a.m. This free event in- Ball Field. cludes refreshments. To RSVP or for more information, contact the church Flea Market April 27 office at 908-534-2064 or secretary@ The Branchburg Woman’s Club will whitehouseumc.org. host an indoor Flea Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Branchburg CenTap Takeover April 13 tral Middle School, 220 Baird Rd., Polish American Citizens Club, 29 Branchburg. There will be a 50/50 Kline Blvd, Whitehouse Station, will raffle, a bake sale, refreshments, plus host a Yards Brewing Co. event af- free admission and parking. This ter 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be public event is a fundraiser for many available for purchase. Pool table and charities. Interested vendors can email shuffle board table will be open. the event coordinator at bwclubnj@ gmail.com or leave a message at 908Open Space Hike April 14 698-0776 by April 15. Say Good Bye to Winter with a Sunday afternoon hike on the Township’s Walkathon April 27 Lachenmayr Trail, which traverses Readington Reformed Church will parkland and woodland, open fields, hold its 6th Annual Walkathon at 10 and skirts several preserved farms, a.m. at Pickell Park in Whitehouse
Station. There will be live music, door prizes and warm-up exercises. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the cost is $20. Call 908-534-2077 or register online at www.readingtonreformed.org and get a T-shirt. Proceeds will benefit Family Promise of Hunterdon County and Readington Reformed Church. Relay For Life May 3 This cancer awareness event will be held at 6 p.m. at the Robert Everitts Fairgrounds, 1207 Route 179, Lambertville. To find out more go to www. relayforlife/HunterdonNJ or call Tracey DePano at 484-325.0126. Plan to walk a few laps, to join a team or to donate. Take-Out Roast Beef Dinner May 4 The Readington Reformed Church, 124 Readington Rd., is having a TakeOut Only Roast Beef Dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $17, and advance tickets are highly recommended. Call Pat at 908-526-8572 to order your tickets no later than April 24. Tickets also will be available at the door beginning at 2 p.m. on the day of the dinner.
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By Eric Zwerling Chair, Green Committee Readington Twp. Board of Ed. The Readington School District is developing a National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitat in furtherance of our sustainability goals. At the Holland Brook School, part of the solar installation required the clearing of an area of overgrazed and disturbed scrub forest. In an ecologically enhanced exchange for this area, the solar contract specified that a separate and unused 0.28 acre section of land be enclosed with an 8 foot tall deer-proof fence, to be planted with native trees, shrubs and flowers that support wildlife including birds and pollinators. The initial planting occurred in the spring of 2018, with varieties of viburnum and magnolia. Last year’s rains were kind, as the survival rate was very high. This year, the plantings will be augmented to include a number of native wildflowers which will not only attract a wide array of wildlife species, it will also hopefully attract the interest of young and old naturalists who want to see this exciting habitat evolve and mature. Any and all help (including donations of appropriate
native plant materials along with trees and shrubs, and help during our Planting Day celebration in May) would certainly advance the project as well as the partnership between the schools and the community we serve. Along similar lines, we have installed a new rain garden for storm water management at Readington Middle School. The district has been working closely with Readington Township on the project, spearheaded by Steve Foster of the Township’s Environmental Commission, and the District’s Green Team. Funding was secured through a grant from the NJDEP. Rainwater from the rooftops and parking lots at the Middle School will flow into the detention basin, which has been planted with native species. Much of the water will percolate into the ground, filtering through the roots of the plants. The quality of any excess water that runs off into the Holland Brook will be significantly improved by its transit through the biological filter provided by the planting, demonstrating our commitment to uphold our River Friendly Schools designation. And following on that clean wa-
ter flow, the Green Committee is actively looking into Trout in the Classroom, a program of Trout Unlimited. If the district proceeds with the program, a large tank would be set up with specialized equipment to raise trout fry provided by a hatchery (in the fall),
which are then released into the waters of New Jersey. This would be a wonderful opportunity for students to watch the fish mature, with age-appropriate les-
sons included in their curriculum. Schools that have participated in the program have a big streamside celebration when the fish are released.
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Hunterdon Medical Center will host the 15th Annual Baby, Tot and Kid Fair, a free event for expectant parents, new families and parents of toddlers and young children on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Main Lobby of the hospital. Topics include Obstetricians, Midwives, Pediatricians and Family Practice Physicians, The Maternity and Newborn Care Center and tour facility, Lamaze and Hypnobirthing classes, Parenting Education Classes, Child Care Providers, Preschools, Nutrition, Breastfeeding, and Community classes for children. During April, Hunterdon Medical Center is sponsoring the United Way of Hunterdon County and NORWESCAP’s Diaper Bank. All attendees who bring in a box of diapers to help support this drive will be entered in a prize drawing to win a car seat. For more information, visit www.hunterdonhealthcare.org.
Guitar and Ukulele–Instructors at Allstar Music Empire in Flemington gave members of Stanton Troop 1969 a music lesson on Feb. 15. Assistant Scoutmaster Clayton Fluke began the evening with a brief introduction to the different types of musical instruments. The scouts then received hands-on instruction on the guitar and ukulele from guitar instructor Chris Loree and owner Anthony Gemignani. Scouts who participated came from a diversity of musical backgrounds, including scouts who regularly receive instrument lessons and play in an organized band and those who have never played a stringed instrument. At the end of the evening, the scouts played a song together and then were treated to a tour of Gemignani’s workshop where he makes custom Moxy Guitars. Pictured are (back row) Anthony Gemignani (Allstar Music Empire owner), Sean Kennedy, Assistant Scoutmaster Clayton Fluke, Ethan Fluke, Adam Sinagra, Aiden Watson, Luke Barckholtz, Chris Loree (guitar instructor), (front row) Michael Barckholtz, Jay T Wieder, Jake Beatrice, and Scoutmaster Bill Wallace. –Submitted by Cindy Barckholtz
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Planning Board updating Sign Ordinance
In keeping with updating outdated Township ordinances, the Planning Board has spent the last few months reviewing and updating the sign ordinance. This ordinance dictates what types of signage can be displayed in Readington in all zones. The Planning Board is not enabling any larger signage around town but, rather, the Board is looking into new forms of signs from feather flags to LED lighting to determine what fits best into our community. The Board is talking with the Readington Business Association to get feedback from our businesses in town and encourages residents and business owners to attend a future Planning Board meeting to provide any thoughts on this matter. The Planning Board will also tackle Floor Area Ratio regulations and Zone Ordinance updates for the Route 22 corridor in 2019.
Municipal Offices will be CLOSED on Friday, April 19 in observance of Good Friday
Environmental Commission Realignment The Environmental Commission (EC) had its first monthly meeting of 2019 on February 5th. The Commission discussed observance of Earth Day 2019, in cooperation with Hunterdon County Parks and Recreation, focusing on reduction of single-use plastics, as part of a larger long-term initiative.
JCP&L Area Manager Speaks at Township Committee Meeting
Stan Prater, Area Manager for Jersey Central Power and Light, appeared at the October 1 Township Committee meeting to outline the company’s four year infrastructure improvement plan. The plan includes investing $400,000,000 in new equipment and system enhancements along with more aggressive tree clearing. It will also include smart technology to assist in locating and minimizing outages, and replacing substation equipment. This plan will necessitate a slight rate increase for customers. Mr. Prater requested a resolution of support from the Township, but the Committee decided to wait to learn more about the clear-cutting of trees before considering such a resolution. In light of the power outages from the most recent winter storm, members of the Township Committee will schedule a meeting with Mr. Prater to examine areas of the Township which were particularly hard hit to see if some selective tree trimming might alleviate future power outages. 2nd Quarter Property Taxes for 2019 are due MAY 1.
Two (2) subcommittees of the EC were created: the Wildlife Advisory Committee, focusing on deer and other wildlife concerns and interests, and the Tree Advisory Committee, which will address invasive pests and diseases, tree ordinance, community forest management plan, and other issues involving Township trees. Township residents are welcome to attend meetings, the dates of which are listed on the Township website, and those interested in participating in the efforts of these committees can contact Commission Secretary Ann Marie Lehberger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Township Considers Two Affordable Housing Sites At the February 11th Planning Board and the March 4th Township Committee meetings, ordinances for two Affordable Housing zones were considered in Readington’s continued efforts to meet State mandated Affordable Housing quotas. The development on Route 22 West known as Readington Commons in Whitehouse Station would be rezoned to include residential housing. Approximately 254 residences will be permitted with a 25% set aside of 64 identified as affordable units. The original commercial development was never fully completed, and these new homes will be on the same footprint as originally approved. The second would be the redevelopment of the former steel mill abutting the NJ Transit rails at the end of Mullen Road on Route 22 East. Approximately 192 residences would be permitted with a set aside of 48 identified as affordable units. The Township is planning to establish, with State approval, a new road from this location with an outlet on Route 22 East likely through the space which the long abandoned and dilapidated Whitehouse Diner now occupies. The Township is working to convert Mullen Road to a cul-de-sac with no access to the new development. It is important to note that municipal obligation does not include ensuring that these developments are constructed. Rather, it is Readington’s obligation to provide a reasonable opportunity for Affordable Housing to be developed within the Township. Readington continues working towards a full court approved agreement with the lowest totals possible sometime in 2019 for its 3 rd and 4th round obligations.
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Inducted into the Readington Middle School Chapter # 8355 are: Jake Altom, Faith Brennan, Neela Bruen, Sophia Castillo, Sam Chatterjee, Megan Corbin, Jenna Dambres, Dan Eyler, Anya Fenn, Payton Fisch, Tyler Francfort, Cadence Funk, Dana Hennings, Andrew Ippolito, Caitrin Lynch, Vivian Marr, Ryan Mierzejwski, Sofia Nyez, Ricky Rodriguez, Ally Ross, Kaitlin Sorrentino, Olivia Stapleton, Dan Szymanski, Hannah Vasson, Audrey Watson, and Ava Zimliki.
The Readington Middle School Music Department and the Readington HSA Fine and Performing Arts Committee have established a junior chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society at Readington Middle School. On Feb. 11, 26 students were inducted into the Honor Society. The Tri-M® Music Honor Society is an international program dedicated to the recognition of exceptional music students in grades 6–12 who meet the music, academic, leadership, and character criteria asked of every TriM member. The purpose of this organization is to inspire music
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Lebanon Reformed Church will hold the 5th Annual We Shall Over-Run 5K Race / 1 Mile Walk on Saturday, May 4, in Lebanon Borough. Race start is 9 a.m. This year the race will be dedicated as a celebration of the life of Rev. Rebekah (Becky) Pratt (Stanton Reformed Church). Proceeds from the race/walk will benefit Hunterdon Hospice and The Rebekah Pratt Legacy Campaign. Online registration is now open to accept your entries and additional donations (if you choose) at: https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/ Lebanon/WeShallOverRun5K The race committee is seeking sponsorships for the race. Sponsors will have their names and/ or businesses printed on the race shirts and recognized on the online registration page. If you or your business would like to help sponsor, or for more race info, contact Meg Slutter at 908-797-3614.
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Readington Township Plans 14th Annual Memorial Day Parade
The 14th Annual Readington Township Memorial Day Parade is set for Monday, May 27, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the King’s Plaza Shopping Center parking lot. It will proceed down Main Street (Route 523) in Whitehouse Station to the Municipal Building, where a Memorial Service and Flag Raising will be held to commemorate those who fought and died in service to our country. This ceremony will be followed by Community Day in Pickell Park, directly behind the Municipal Building. Free hot dogs and snacks will be provided, and there will be music and activities for the whole family. For more info email email@example.com.
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Vendors are invited to sign up for the Whitehouse Rescue Squad’s 21st Buffalo Watch, Collectables & Craft Fair to be held Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Readington River Buffalo Farm, 937 Co. Rt. 523, Readington Township. Rain Date June Quilts for Kids–The Knights of Columbus Bishop Edward T. Hughes 8. The family event will feature Council 15540, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Three Bridges, contributed wagon ride tours to see the new$1,000 for material purchases to Quilts for Kids on Feb. 7. Quilts for Kids born calves on an authentic worksupports a network of volunteers who produce and deliver thousands of ing buffalo farm. There will be patchwork quilts to comfort children facing serious illness, injury or trauma pony rides, face painting, live in hospitals throughout the country. More information can be found at www. music, a beer saloon, antique and quiltsforkids.org. Council members delivered 115 of their quilts to St. Peter’s craft vendors, hot sauce experts, Medical Center for pediatric and neo-natal intensive care unit patients at the 4-H animals, and plenty of food. hospital. Pictured delivering the quilts to Alexa Curtiss, Certified Child Life Interested vendors should visit Specialist, St. Peter’s, are Andrew S. Casella of Quilts for Kids and Thomas the squad website at www.whiteMonroe and Edward Koch, of Council 15540. houserescue.com for registration –Submitted by Tom Monroe information.
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Readington River Buffalo Farm, 937 Route 523, invites the public to celebrate the newborn bison calves at Red Dog Day on May 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to hayride tours to see the spring crop of calves, the day will be filled with activities that highlight the many efforts that farmers take to keep the air, water, and soil healthy. Live music by Ed Jankiewicz and Thomas Johnston, a food court, beer at the farm’s saloon, and a craft bazaar will be featured. There will be face painting, makeyour-own bug repellant, and a free wooden craft for kids sponsored by Flemington Home Depot from noon to 2 p.m. Free admission, and most activities are free or under $5.
monthly for county residents age 60 and older at the Senior Center Café, 4 Gauntt Place, Flemington Building 1, Lower Level at 11:45 a.m. Suggested donation is $5.25. Call the office at 908-284-0735 to register. April programs are: Lunch and Learn Program (Nutritional Education) Wednesday, April 3. Vitamins and Minerals – B Vitamins & Deficiency A “Lunch N Learn” presentation and nutritious meal. Social and Presentation Lunch Thursday, April 25. “Seniors on the Go” presentation by goHunterdon. Learn about driving and pedestrian safety through a fun game. —Submitted by Mary Faust, Assistant Director, Meals on Wheels in Hunterdon Inc.
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Hunterdon Medical Center Auxiliary Sets “Wine Women & Shoes” Event Coffey Designs, Love Thirteen, la chele Medical Aesthetics, Tortured Soles and Beauty Counter. In addition to shopping while sipping Pinot or Chardonnay, guests will enjoy dinner and a runway fashion show presented by Bloomingdale’s. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation (HHF) Patient Assistance Funds which ensure that patients with cancer and/or financial vulnerability receive quality lifesaving medical treatments, wellness resources and non-medical support. The funds help those in the community who find themselves in the gap between what they need and what they can afford. Some of the local businesses in the area who are sponsors include Advanced Heart & Vascular Institute of Hunterdon, Mercedes Benz of Flemington, Buinewicz Plas-
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Hunterdon Medical Center Auxiliary and Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation will host its first Wine Women and Shoes benefit event on May 9 at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster from 5:30 to 9:30 pm. A blend of fashion and compassion, Wine Women and Shoes is a strolling wine, food tasting and boutique shopping experience with a dream closet raffle, glass slipper live auction, fashion show, and a best shoe contest that come together for a few hours of fundraising, camaraderie and fun. Some of the featured wines include Conundrum, Double Canyon, Malene, New Age, Pine Ridge, Scout and Cellar and Tropical Moscato. The shop-for-a-cause market place will feature designs and products from Addicted Chic, Charleston Shoe, II Embers, LaVern
Soup Cookoff–Whitehouse Rotary Club members helped at the registration table at the 12th Annual Hunterdon County Soup Cookoff on Feb. 11 at Hunterdon Central Regional High School. This year, 20 local restaurants served up soup to more than 500 soup lovers. More than $10,000 was raised for the five food pantries in the county. ShopRite of Flemington is a major sponsor of this event. Whitehouse Rotary has supported this event for the past seven years. Pictured are Rotarians Bob Boak, president; Tom Seibert, and Ed Weislo. Not pictured: David Livingston, secretary and liaison to the soup cookoff planning committee. – Submitted by David Livingston
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Readington Area Starfish is planning its Easter Food Distribution and seeks volunteers. Starfish operates an emergency food pantry, assists local residents with emergency needs and provides holiday food to families in need. Help is needed to sort, bag and deliver holiday food. Bring a friend and join Readington Starfish at any of the times listed below. It is not necessary to sign up. All activities take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Route 523 and Pulaski Road, Whitehouse Station. Just have a small amount of time? Volunteer to do a local de-
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By Melody Landon Simerson and Jeannie Vitale, Three Bridges Librarians Spring Forward to Three Bridges and Readington Libraries for books on spring gardening and travel tips. It’s that time of year. We also have books for those of you who are “bunny and bird lovers.” A big thank you to Robert Post who helped with keeping Three Bridges shelves nice and tidy for the extensive collection of DVDs. He designed and cut materials for each shelf so that the DVDs would not slide to the back of the shelf. Congratulations to the winners of the Three Bridge’s Valentine’s Candy Heart Guessing Contest: Dayana Reeves (child) and Jennifer Price (adult). Thank you to everyone who stopped by and participated. Readington Library is closed Good Friday, April 19, and Three Bridges Library is closed Good Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20.
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By Stephanie B. Stevens Historian, County of Hunterdon Step by step, always seeking a better mode of travel, this country has progressed from walking, horses, coaches, to the stage coach, steam ships, and then the railroad. Each one proved to be a vast improvement over its predecessor. After all, the traveler of 1750 could count on spending from 5 to 7 days to make the trip from Philadelphia to New York. Within the next 100 years with the advent of the railroad, reduced travel time from New York to Philadelphia was less than three hours, all due to those inventive Americans! As the railroad came on the scene, great plans were made to connect New York to Easton, PA. This line eventually became the most important East-West line in America and was known
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