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Readington Middle School Sends Forth 197 Graduates The Readington Middle School 8th Grade Commencement Ceremony was planned for June 22 (at press time) at the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Field House in Flemington. Headed for high school are: Sara Agosto, Effy Ainsha, Melissa Albrecht, Lucianna Allorto, Jordan Altom, Gabriella Amorosi, Alyssa Amster, Jack Antonello, Meaghan Aramburo, Anthony Arpaio, Cristian Artache, Nicole Baskin, Bridget Beardsley, Joshua Beisner, Molly Bender, Andrew Bennett, Megan Berger, Sean Berlin, Natalie Bettermann, Jennifer Bilicska, Zoe Blum, Christa Bojczak, Sarah Bolger, Jane Boni, Shane Boucher, Rebecca Bowser, Vincent Brito, Jalen Brooks, Margaret Burns, Nayeli Calcano, Dylan Campbell, Jack Cantwell, Bianca Centamore, Kyle Chen, Ethan Cheon, Julia Clark, Bianca Colaluca, Brianna Colasurdo, Noah Conk, James Corbett, Jon Cote, Alfred Critelli, Chloe Crook, Christian D’Agostino, Anthony Danubio, Mihir Das, Leah Davitt, Jack Deighan, Mara DeJe-

sus, Anthony DePaola, Colin DeRidder, Vincent DeVito, Jacob DiGiovanni, Catherine Dolan, Shelby Dorf, Kate Ducoff, Oliver Duryee, Taylor Fabian, Ryan Facinelli, David Ferraez, Haley Ferrara, Thomas Ferreira, Haley Fitzgerald, Connor Forestiere, Maxwell Freed, Carleigh Gale, Elyse Gallagher, Denton Galoppo, Jenna Geddis, Alexandra George, Lily Gerstein, Natalie Gerstein, Brynna Gill, Austin Gilmore, Cassidy Giuliano, Emma Glas, Jamie Goldfarb, Alyssa Graziano, Emily Green, Scott Grimes, Isabella Guerriero, Julia Hall, Ryan Handel, Marybeth Heater, Briley Heider, Lauren Heppner, Conner Hercek, John Hindle V, Annabelle Hinks, Christa Holland, Claire Holmes, Gina Holmes, Ryan Hughes, Grace Iervolino, Elizabeth Jensen, Mythrai Kapidi, Sarah Kennedy, Vanessa Kertesz, Joseph King, Steven Klein, Luke Knight, Darin Ladin, Noah Lago, Silvana LaVecchia, Gregory Lavish, Rachel Lee, Jason Linz, Matias Lopez-Carrete, Ana Macal-Garcia, Eva Mahoney, Elena Marshall, Logan Mason, Kaitlyn


Matos, Emma Matthews, Edward Matto, Madison McVetty, Benjamin Melanson, Samantha Melanson, Jacqueline Memoly, Justin Menendez, Andrew Menyhert, Matthew Merlini, Thomas Micco, Destiny Milliern, Matthew Molina, Steven Molineux, Thomas Mongioi, Jack Moran, Joshua Negin, Diana Neste, Franko Nicoletti, Patrick Nisivoccia, Katelyn O’Donnell, Kimberly O’Donnell, Ketzia Obi, Emma Oscilowski, Cadence Ottenstroer, Max Padovani, Vanessa Pagano, Jessica Pastore, Gauri Patel, Corey Paulson, Danny Pautler, Caleb Peters, Giuseppe Phillips, Brian Pijanowski, Evan Pollack, Ashley Pontecorvo, Isabella Prager, Josalyn Prokopik, Michael Redmond, Angelea Riner, Jacqueline Rockwell, Katherine Ryder, Aiman Sabaawy, Seraphim Schafranek, Zachary Schippnick, Benjamin Schlosser, Corrine Schneider, Jessica Schuchardt, Brendan Scocco, Kara Scotti, Christian Sellino, Vaughn Senel, Alexander Sepe, Laney Sgrignoli, Lauren Sherman, Ian Sherry, Lucas Shoemaker, Fox Shreiber, Marcello

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RMS Vikings Win Championship The Readington Middle School Vikings Baseball A Team brought home the Central Jersey Junior Sports Athletic Association (CJJSAA) championship beating Bridgewater in the finals at Bridgewater-Raritan High School on May 30. Pictured are (from left, top row) Coach Paul Yunos, Riley Wickenheisser, Ryan Hughes, Jacob DiGiovanni, Ryan Facinelli, Logan Mason, Thomas Smith, Marcello Silva, Coach David deVelder, (bottom row) Christian Artache, James Scott, Logan Escamilla, Jake Stollar, Corey Paulson, Colin DeRidder.

Readington Middle School was decorated in May with flags placed by each student in honor of Memorial Day.

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Upcoming Events Hope & Wellness Workshop July 7 Free program will present benefits of natural healing, yoga, reiki and mindfulness 1:30-4:30 p.m. at 1 Lamington Rd., Branchburg. Preregistration required at or call Augusta Santos 908-938-0392. Light refreshments will be served. Family Fun July 10-12 Calvary Bible Church of Readington Township will host “Family Fun in the Park” at the pavilion at White Oak Park in Branchburg on July 10, 11 and 12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Register online at calvarybiblechurchnj. org, call 908-534-9445, or email Sunday Hike July 15 Tucked right behind the Village of Whitehouse are over a hundred acres of preserved woodland, fields, trails and the bluffs along the picturesque Rockaway Creek. Take a walk with the family on an easy 1.5 mile, two-hour walk. The trails are shady on the wooded open space. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Meet at 1 p.m. at the East Whitehouse Ball Park parking lot, 93 Old Highway

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The third grade Girls on the Run team from Whitehouse School participated in a 5K run/ walk event on May 6 in downtown Flemington. The Girls on the Run 5K event celebrates the end of the Girls on the Run spring season, where girls are inspired to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Team members were Jenna Arrigo, Kelsey Burgey, Rayna Cottrell, Jillian Drzyzga, Angela

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time as well. Prepare a work ceed as well as when they stumBy Robyn Mikaelian, Chairman space free from distraction that ble, particularly for students who – BOE Communications/Policy can be used to accomplish those it might not come to so easily. Committee goals that you and your student Identify some of the challenges As the Readington School Dishave discussed. Create positive that they faced and set a goal for trict busily prepares its hallways preparation experiences - shopthings to concentrate on in the and campuses for the arrival of stuping together for new clothes year ahead. Let them know that dents this September, many of our and supplies, visiting the school achieving that goal is a process kids await the turn of each calendar ahead of time, completing any asthat takes time and it will not page with a mix of emotions. Besignments that may be due when happen overnight. ginning a new school year can be school begins - and spread them a time of great excitement, but also • Recharge - Have some fun! Take out over the summer months to time to relax and enjoy some of anxiety for even the best of students. make the transition back to the the things that might need to take It can be hard to anticipate their acaschool routine less daunting. a back burner during the busy demic and emotional needs as they As the school year begins, encourschool year. Model and practice take on the challenge of a new year. stress relievers like deep breath- age your students to get involved Parents can help their students ing and visualization to help your but not to overextend themselves. make a successful leap in a number students cope with the anxiety Having time for themselves is imof ways while still taking the time they may feel. Take part in lei- portant too. Stress the importance to enjoy the brief respite we know sure activities not just scheduled of seeking out help when they are as Summer Break. events. Talk about the benefits of feeling confused, stressed out, and • Reflection - Take time together eating well and good sleep habits, overwhelmed. Our schools are to look back on the past school not just during the school year. teeming with caring and conscienyear and recognize all of your Encourage them to get outside tious staff that will be more than students’ accomplishments. Celand take breaks from technology. happy to offer our kids the helping ebrate a grade well fought for, improvement shown in an area of • Plan - As school approaches, be- hand they need to have an amazing gin setting up a schedule to help school year. difficulty, or a milestone reached. organize activities, making time It is important to show our kids for the non-academics and down we are looking when they suc-

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15th Annual Basketball Tournament Donates Back to Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center

Dominic Critelli (far left) and Tournament Director Ron Armellino (far right) present a check to staff from the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center and Christina O’Malley, Senior Vice President of the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation.

The 15th Annual Cynthia K. Critelli Memorial Basketball Memorial Tournament presented the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation with a check for $12,250 to support the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center recently. Over the past six years, this event has raised a total of $72,250 to support the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center. The tournament was held from March 16 to 18 at Clinton Township’s Round Valley School, Holland Brook School, Hunterdon Central Regional High School, JP Case Middle School ,Raritan Valley Community College and Readington Middle School and was hosted by Hunterdon Horizon Girls Non-Profit Basketball Organization. The tournament included 19 girls and 20 boys basketball teams, ranging from fourth to eighth grade. Teams from Basking Ridge, Flemington-Raritan Youth Basketball, Hillsborough Travel Basketball, Immaculate Heart of

Mary – Scotch Plains, Long Hill Township, Long Valley, North Hunterdon Lions, Princeton Basketball Club, Readington Township Recreation, Solebury, Tewksbury Athletic Association, South Brunswick PAL and Washington Township participated in the event. Each participated in a round robin tournament over the three days. All teams received a trophy while each player received a trophy or a medal and a T-shirt. Special recognition to local teams - the Flemington-Raritan Youth Basketball 6th Grade Girls and Readington Township 8th Grade Boys - who won their bracket championships. In addition, special congratulations to Conor Hercek of Readington Township who was selected the Most Outstanding Player in the Tournament. Individual players were also recognized with awards in memory of James Byrnes Memorial Award (all-tournament team), Cynthia K. Critelli (championship game

MVP), Kevin Gilbert Memorial Award (hustle), Maria L. Hartman Memorial Award (sportsmanship), Outstanding Performance in the Tournament donated by Augustine “Dean” DeStefano of Caldwell Banker and the Drew O’Donoghue Memorial Award (outstanding player in the tournament). In addition, on March 19, an eighth-grade sendoff ceremony was held with each player presenting their parent with flowers (donated by ShopRite of Flemington) to say thank you for their support. All proceeds from the tournament were donated to the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center in memory of Cynthia K. Critelli, a Readington teacher and beloved community member who died in 2004 after battling breast cancer. Tournament Director Ron Armellino acknowledged the following people and organizations that helped to make the event a success: The Critelli Family, Rick and Linda Stefany from I-Path media of Flemington for their generous donation; Rick and Kimberley Allorto from Readington Township for their generous support; Eliot Runyon from South Brunswick PAL; Dave Merkel from Immaculate Heart of Mary; Darrows Sporting Edge; Pelican Ski and Pool; Sorella’s Pizza and Pasta; Flemington-Raritan Youth Basketball; Tom Kowal of Ritas of Flemington and Readington and the Gass Family of Readington Township for their generous donations; Clinton Township Board

of Education, Flemington-Raritan Regional Board of Education as well as Melinda Roethke and Madeline Cocuzza for their support. Hunterdon Central Regional High School Board of Education as well as Dr. Jeffrey Moore, Don Thorton, Jean Lojek and Mike Raymond for their support. Raritan Valley Community College as well as George Eversmann and Coach Phil Herro for their support. Readington Township Board of Education as well as Don Race, Readington Township Recreation for their support. Special thanks to Keith Roden from Raritan Township, Melissa Adams, Marty/Mickie Peterson, and Tom Daley from Readington Township, all members of the Shine Like George Event Team and players from the Hunterdon Central Girls Basketball Team who donated their time. All the janitors who worked long hours to support us at each school. Patti Marcine from Readington Township for her 15 year commitment to this event and Shop Rite of Flemington for their generous donations. All companies and individuals who donated to the Tournament Booklet. All of the Volunteers from FlemingtonRaritan and Readington Township. The 16th Annual event has tentatively been scheduled for March 15, 16 and 17, 2019. Any person or organization who would like information on how they can support the event can contact Ron Armellino at rjarmellino@embarqmail. com.

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Summer Lecture Series at Readington Museums The Readington Museums’ popular lecture series will continue on Fridays, July 20 and Aug. 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the historic Wade-Wyckoff Barn located at the BoumanStickney Farmstead. A $5 suggested donation for adults will be accepted. Refreshments will be served and reservations are not needed. “Witchcraft” will be presented by Janine Quimby, Ridge High School Language Arts teacher, on July 20. She received her BA in English and Secondary Education and her MA in English from The College of New Jersey, matriculated in Drew University’s Doctor of Arts and Letters Program, and has earned 30 post-Masters credits in Education. Much of her graduate work focused on the role of midwives and witches in literature. “The Dutch Architectural Influence at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead” will be presented by Christopher Pickell, architecture historian. In 1741 Dutch homesteader Thomas Bouman erected the building now known as the BoumanStickney Farmstead. Pickell will deliver a talk on Dutch design, and lead a tour inside and outside of the buildings. Pickell has been involved in historic preservation and restoration projects in Hunterdon and Mercer counties. He heads up the Flemington firm of Pickell Architecture, lauded for its work in adaptive reuse projects. The program runs from 7:008:30 pm at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, 114 Dreahook Road in the Stanton section of Readington Township. For GPS use Lebanon, NJ 08833. The program is free but donations are gladly accepted. Groups of six or more please call for a reservation. For more information please contact 908-236-2327 or For directions please visit

Robert P. Wise Retires from Hunterdon Healthcare System

Hunterdon Healthcare System has announced the retirement of long-time President and CEO Robert P. Wise. Wise wrote to his Board of Trustees, Medical Staff, Employees and Volunteers in an open letter, “It has been argued that the long-term stress and demands of my position are now real contributing factors and that my chronic health condition places me at greater risk of an untimely event. Over the past few days I have spent many hours talking to my wife and family members. They reminded me how fortunate I was 16 years ago. It is time for me to practice what I have preached ‘Family First’.” Wise took leadership of Hunterdon Healthcare System in 1990. He also serves as President and CEO for the system’s member organizations which include Hunterdon Medical Center, Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation, MidJersey Health Corporation and Hunterdon Regional Community Health. Throughout his tenure, Wise’s progressive vision has made the Hunterdon Healthcare System the valuable community resource it is today. He spearheaded the creation of a diversified system to ensure the provision of comprehensive, high quality health care to the people in Hunterdon County and surrounding communities. He helped to form joint business ventures and partnerships to bring advanced technology to Hunterdon County. Since 1991, he saw the organization’s revenues increase by 70% to more than $250 million with over 2,500 employees. Under his leadership, the Hunterdon Healthcare System entered into an affiliation with Fox Chase Cancer Center, which culminated in the opening of the Hunterdon

tive, New Jersey Hospital Association Executive Leadership Services Award, Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award and the Distinguished Citizen Award, Patriots’ Path Council Boy Scouts of America. Wise’s last day with Hunterdon Healthcare System was set for June 30. As Chairman of the Hunterdon Healthcare System Board of Trustees, Robert Cody, M.D. will assume the role of acting President and CEO. Dr. Cody is a retired Cardiologist. He has been a cardiovascular executive in the pharmaceutical/ medical device industries, and in academic and community health systems. He is a recognized expert with an established career in cardiovascular research, particularly heart failure. His innovative approaches to research have extended to the identification and support of new technologies and emerging companies. He has received several honors and, just last month, he received the


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Regional Cancer Center. Wise has also led the way in the expansion of Hunterdon Medical Center’s Maternity & Newborn Care Unit, Emergency Department and Operating Rooms, he opened two Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers in Clinton Township and Whitehouse Station, the Norman and Denise Guilloud Cardiovascular Center, the expansion of primary and specialty care practices in Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren and Mercer counties, to name a few. In addition to leading the Hunterdon Healthcare System, Wise made a firm commitment to playing a key role as an active member of the community. He is a member of the Flemington Rotary and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Raritan Valley Community College. He has won numerous awards including the Flemington Business Association’s Business Man of the Year, Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Award for Outstanding Medical Execu-

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Hunterdon Central Graduation to be Broadcast The Hunterdon Central Regional High School Class of 2018 was set to graduate at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, on Stewart Field, (at press time.) The class was 745 members strong. Graduation 2018 was aired live on HCTV - Comcast Channel 27 on the day of graduation. The ceremony also was planned to be posted on Hunterdon Central’s Youtube Channel, on the District website, and rerun on Channel 27 the week following graduation. Project Graduation festivities were to be held from 9:15 p.m. on June 21 until 6 a.m. on Friday, June 22, at Dave & Busters in the Franklin Mills Mall, near Philadelphia.

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Hunterdon Healthcare Seeks Volunteers

Looking to help others and feel better about yourself? How about becoming a volunteer for Hunterdon Healthcare? Volunteering your time to help others will not only make a difference in someone’s life but, it can help you learn and develop new skills, give you an opportunity to meet new people, gain work experience and can even build self esteem and self-confidence. Supporting your local hospital in your community is rewarding and good for your health. “Our volunteers touch people’s lives and make a difference seven days a week. They carry in their heart a level of compassion that is truly astounding,” said Karen DiPaola, Director of Volunteer Resources. In addition to the personal satisfaction you receive when you volunteer, Hunterdon Healthcare volunteers also receive comprehensive training, free access to a fitness center located in Hunterdon Medical

Center, a discounted rate on membership to the Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers and/or HealthQuest of Hunterdon, and free continuing education computer classes offered monthly through Hunterdon Medical Center’s Information Services Department. Currently nearly 400 volunteers support Hunterdon Healthcare. In 2017, volunteers donated over 60,000 hours to the hospital, which saved the hospital over 1.5 million dollars. Hunterdon Healthcare is currently looking for volunteers in the following areas: Bright Tomorrows Child Care Center, Yesterday’s Treasures Thrift Shop, greeters, endoscopy center, nutrition services, patient care areas, Transport Department, taking patients for tests and treatments, and opportunities for evenings and weekends in the Hunterdon Medical Center Lobby Shop. Hunterdon Healthcare is also seeking new pet therapy volunteers. All Hunterdon Health-

care pet therapists must meet the following requirements: Proof of Bright and Beautiful or Therapy Dog International Inc. training, certification, ID card and insurance coverage; a copy of the Hunterdon Healthcare Therapy Dog Annual Health Record Form; a minimum of 25 hours of Pet Therapy experience documented at a school, nursing home or library within a six month period and three reference letters. If you are not able to volunteer your time at the hospital, but would like to contribute, we are always in need of donations to bring joy to our patients. Examples of things needed; knitted or no sew blankets, themed pillow cases for children and small brand new stuffed animals, reader glasses and word search packets with pencils/pens. Call the Volunteer Resources Department at Hunterdon Medical Center at (908) 7886140.

Program on Bipolar Disorder July 10

United Methodist Church celebrated a “Yankee Doodle Dandy” Graduation on June 8. Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2018 including: Rhea Aravind, Jack Bakerman, Eileen Beykirch, Aubrey Brooks, Mia Caruso, Madalyn Corral, Hiya Das, Anjali Ghosh, Jonah Kairawala, Emerson Myers, Hunterdon Behavioral Health Intensive Family Patrick Ost, Michael Polacek, Greyson Rehrig, Riley Rutski, Benjamin Sartin, Support Services (IFSS) will hold “Exploring BipoSamantha Saunders, Lucy Shaw, and Millie Shaw. lar Disorder” on Tuesday, July 10, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. – Submitted by Chris Scheick, in Meeting Room C at Hunterdon Medical Center, Director of The Preschool of 2100 Wescott Dr., Flemington. Whitehouse United Methodist Church The information and resources provided will be

helpful to those diagnosed with or caring about someone with bipolar disorder. The program will be led by Melissa Weisel, MSW, LCSW, Psychotherapist, Hunterdon Behavioral Health. Space is limited. To register, call 908-788-6401 ext. 3006.

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By Melody Landon Simerson and Jeannie Vitale, Three Bridges LiTroop 90 members Andrew Ryder, Josh McDonald, Alex Niewiadomski, brarians Brian Armstrong, Scott Armstrong, and Dan McDonald are pictured on the School’s out. Summer’s in full Lehigh River. swing, but it’s not too late to enTroop 90 went on the annual 12 miles and 5 hours of Class II, III roll in the Summer Reading Club. white water rafting trip on the Le- rapids. The troop camped at near- Adults and high school students high River June 2-3. There were by Hickory Run State Park. Troop can sign up online at the Hunterdon 40 members in attendance. The 90 meets at 7:30 every Thursroute the boys took is called “The day at the Midland School from Lehigh Gorge Dam Release,” lo- September through mid-June. cated near Jim Thorpe, PA, with —Submitted by Larry Ahearn

County Library website. Younger children need to register at their local library. Let’s “Rock Your Library” this summer by reading a record number of books. Set your own goals. It might be reading some everyday, reading a set number of books over

the summer, or catching up on those books you always planned to read. Check with your local library for details on summer reading prizes. Both libraries are also having Storytime this summer for ages 2-5 and also making a Craft for ages 6-11. Ages 2-5 are welcome to stay for Crafts. For Readington Library the dates are Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, and 31. Storytime starts at 1 p.m. and Crafts at 2. For Three Bridges, the dates are Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2. Storytime starts at 1:30 and Crafts at 2:15. Call to register for Storytime or Crafts. Readington 908-534-4421, Three Bridges 908782-4064. Both the libraries in Readington Township will be closed Saturdays during the month of August, in addition to Saturday, Sept. 1, and Monday, Sept. 3.

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Girl Scout Camporee–Readington Service Unit 82 joined with

Branchburg Service Unit 73 for a Girl Scout Camporee Weekend June 1-3 at Pocono Valley Resort in Reeders, PA. Pictured, from left, are Yesim Gokmen, Sonya Hutzelmann, Sadie Doyle, and Riley Muir, waiting in line for the zip line across the lake. More than 350 girl scouts and their moms participated in team building and girl bonding at its best with rock climbing, giant swing, tree top ropes courses, paddle boats, kayaks, swimming, inflatable fun, lawn Pastor Dianna Stone The Whitehouse United Meth- games, and archery. –Submitted by Kristen Doyle odist Church has announced the

appointment of Dianna Stone as the new pastor at the Whitehouse UMC. Pastor Dianna comes to the congregation from the Boonton UMC, and follows in the footsteps of Pastor David Ravinder, who has served the church for the past 10 years and has now retired. Pastor Dianna’s first day at WUMC will be Sunday, July 1, at summer worship time 9 a.m. All are welcome to attend and come meet the new pastor.

Salon Plans Fall Fundraiser Signature Salon & Spa will host a fundraising event “Freezin’ for a Reason & Cuts for a Cause” to benefit Gretchen Surhoff, a local resident recovering from a tragic accident, and the Whitehouse Fire Co. on Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 153 Main St., Whitehouse Station. The indoor/outdoor fundraiser will feature cryotherapy sessions, hair “cut-a-thon,” tricky tray, crafters, kids activities, face painting, food, and live music. Schedule haircut and cryotherapy sessions in advance. Walk-Ins also welcome. For more information or to become a vendor, call 908-823-0533.

Music Under the Stars in its 42nd Year

Hunterdon County’s 42nd Anniversary of Music Under the Stars celebration will feature local talent Thursday evenings through Aug. 16 at Deer Path Park, 120 West Woodschurch Rd., next to the Hunterdon County YMCA facility. Shows begin at 7 p.m. and run until about 9. Deer Path Park offers incredible vistas, especially at sunset, as well as plenty of room for the entire family to spread out a blanket, have a picnic dinner, hold an im-

promptu game of frisbee or volleyball, or enjoy the playgrounds. Updated information about the concerts, including rain location needs (which at this time are scheduled to be held at Hunterdon Central Regional High School 84 Route 31, Flemington), will be posted at depts/parks/concertseries.htm. A voice recording will be available at the Division of Parks and Recreation at 908-782-PARK(7275).

Pictured are (back row, from left) Thomas Driscoll of Lebanon, Yesha Parekh of Ringoes, Namarata Battula of Annandale, Haley Marra of Annandale, Alexa MacKinnon of Alexandria Township, Sydney Stoter of Califon, Candy Greczylo of Pittstown, Amanda Albrecht of Whitehouse Station, Molly Higgins of Alexandria , Alexzandra Zdepski of Milford, Megan Allen of Bridgewater, Helen Pyne of Hillsborough, (front row) Kathleen Madden of Easton, Corie Markus of Kingwood Township, Denise Schwabe of Annandale, Jessica Mitchell of Union Township, Brighid Gibney of Annandale, Madeline Wolf of Annandale, Jacqueline Netschert of Pittstown, Sarah Leff of Pittstown, Kayla Reinhart of Milford, Marissa Young of Holland Township, Jodi Tomasello of Flemington, Almas Thaha of Flemington, Samantha Tufaro of Alexandria. Not pictured: Rebecca Brogan of Frenchtown, Yasmin Glennon of Phillipsburg, Elise Leuenberger of Milford, Madison Martino of Lebanon, Alexis Oyediran of Flemington.

Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation presented scholarships to 30 recipients on May 23. The scholarships are awarded to those who are pursuing careers in the healthcare industry. The recipients received scholarships from the Jean Alvater Baker Scholarship, Wingover Scholarship for Nursing Education, Albert Kahn and Mary Kahn R.N. Scholarship, the Patricia M. Psenisky Nursing Scholarship, Millie E. Apgar Scholarship for Nursing Education and the Hunterdon Medical Center Auxil-

iary Educational Fund. The Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation, the fundraising organization for the Hunterdon Healthcare System, seeks gifts and grants from individuals, corporations, foundations and other sources to assist the Hunterdon Medical Center and its affiliated non-profit organizations, such as Hunterdon Regional Community Health and Hunterdon Hospice, in fulfilling their mission to meet the community’s need for high quality healthcare.

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The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter is holding its second annual golf classic to support the organization on Oct. 1 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster. The shelter’s mission is to care for and provide homes to about 1,500 animals every year. All animals that are adopted from SRAS go home microchipped, spayed/neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Proceeds from the event will help raise money for an indoor/ outdoor cat playground, enhanced dog play yard, an innovative program to encourage animal welfare advocacy, groundbreaking spay/ neuter programs, and adoption events. SRAS seeks golfers, sponsorship, donations, and gift cards for baskets. Visit for more information. All donations are tax deductible, and checks can be made out to Somerset Regional Animal Shelter. All donations can be mailed to SRAS, Attn: Donna Parolie, P.O. Box 1202, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08869. —Submitted by Sandy Wendel, SRAS volunteer

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Students Make Magic for St. Jude’s Hospital

Holland Brook School student leaders stand in front of their “Make Some Math-a-Thon Magic” bulletin board. Front row (from left) Amy St. Miklosy, Amanda Mulligan, Emma Howell, Ryan Miller, Jack Heppner, Cameron Hess, and Morgan Dwyer. Back row Bani Meghadri, Chiara LaVecchia, Sydney Artache, Gaby Menyhert, Lila Allorto, and Meadow Troisi.

Students at Holland Brook School made magic for other children during May when the school held its 12th annual Math-a-Thon to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Students asked their family

members and friends for donations for each math problem they completed. This year, the fourth and fifth grade students raised $18,269.08, bringing the total to over $200,000 for the 12 years the school has held the fundraiser.

Profeta Farms to Host Weekly Public Tours Profeta Farms, an organic farm at 803 US Highway 202 in Readington, will host free farm tours on Sundays at 11 a.m. through Oct. 21. Tours last about an hour and are rain or shine, except in the case of severe weather. Registration is strongly recommended, as seating is limited. To register, email The tours will include a hayride that offers an up-close look at organic vegetable and livestock farming. Tour attendees will park in the parking lot around Profeta

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The Saved Seed–Librarian Karen Konn of the Readington Library on Main Street in Whitehouse Station (left) accepts a copy of a new children’s book “The Saved Seed” from Susan O’Donnell, a member of the Beautification Committee of Whitehouse Station. “The Saved Seed” is a recent publication of the National Garden Club Inc., written to educate K-4 children on the life cycle of a seed. The book takes youth on a journey of a smiling pumpkin seed from a Halloween pumpkin through the year becoming a seedling, a vine and then a new pumpkin. Along the way, children learn how to care for their own seeds and become successful gardeners.

Farms’ new Market and meet in the designated tour area. “We are looking forward to building a trusting relationship with our community through farm tours,” said John Place, co-founder of Profeta Farms. “We want you to have a chance to see what we do here on our organic farm, and we want you to learn why we do it. The only real way to do that is to bring you right out to the fields.” For more information about Profeta Farms, visit ProfetaFarms. com.



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Eagle Honors–Pictured are Scoutmaster Tony Woods congratulating Joseph Rottner of Readington Township, a member of BSA Troop 186 of Three Bridges, on earning Boy Scout’s highest rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Flemington, on May 20. To achieve the Eagle rank, a scout must earn at least 21 merit badges, 13 Eagle required, be active in his troop and serve in a leadership position. A scout must also plan, develop and lead others in carrying out a service project. Joseph’s Eagle Scout project was to build a natural stone firepit at St. Paul Lutheran Church which will be used for community worship and reflection through outdoor Bible studies, fellowship events, and youth activities. Joseph’s accomplishments as a Boy Scout include completing a 45-mile canoe trip in the Adirondacks, participating in the 2013 National Jamboree at Summit Bechtel, as well as a 90-mile backpacking trek at Philmont in New Mexico. At the Court of Honor, Joseph thanked his parents, fellow scouts and scout leaders who supported and encouraged him in reaching this milestone. ED STANGLE OWNER



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The Hunterdon County Freeholders at the May 15 board meeting moved forward to preserve 245 acres in Lebanon Township and 26 acres in Readington that create greenway and open space linkages between parkland in both communities. Hunterdon County will take ownership of the 245-acre Pelio property in Lebanon Township from the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, which spearheaded the preservation of the land. Freeholder Board Director Matt Holt said that linkages and connections between already preserved parcels provides for more trail connections and viewscapes for residents and visitors and has tourism value. “This new open space acreage will make huge strides in connecting the county’s Teetertown and Point Mountain parks, a long sought after linkage in the northern part of the county,” he said. The Hunterdon County Parks and Open Space Committee has endorsed the provision of two grants, totaling $1 million, from the


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County Open Space Fund toward 50-percent of the cost of the Lebanon property preservation. The remaining funding is being provided by New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Lebanon Township, and the Hunterdon Land Trust, utilizing Green Acres allocated funding. Hunterdon County has also agreed to an option agreement for the purchase of two parcels totaling 26 acres, located along the South Branch of the Raritan River in Readington that will connect municipal open space with the 732 acre South Branch Wildlife Management Area managed by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. “This connection continues the county’s effort, working with our municipal partners, to provide a greenway corridor from Clinton to Three Bridges that can be enjoyed by both casual and dedicated hikers,” Holt said. “Once again, POSAC and the Planning Department staff are to be congratulated for the excellent work in putting together these two strategic preservation packages.”

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Readington Newsmakers Lorenzo Sanelli, 15, of Three Bridges, won first place and $5,000 in the second annual HackHunterdon Hackathon competition sponsored by Hunterdon County’s Office of Economic Development, Flemington Community Partnership, and the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce. Sanelli created a messaging app called “Communique” that allows users to anonymously post messages that fade away in 60 seconds and are not stored. The event, held June 9-10 at Hunterdon Central Regional High School, was a 24-hour tech product creation competition that attracted dozens of competitors from the tri-state area and was open to people of all ages. Christopher Serrao, a sixthgrader from Readington Township, reached the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee June 2. He survived the first round by spelling “archaic,” but misspelled “grunion,” a small fish.

This was his second year competing at the national bee, following in the footsteps of his sister, Danielle Serrao, who competed in the national bee in 2016. Charlie Duryee, Julia Knox, Millo Lazarczyk, all of Whitehouse Station, were named to the spring dean’s list at Bucknell University. Taylor L. Johnson of Whitehouse Station was named to the spring dean’s list at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA. Timothy Moore of Whitehouse Station received a bachelor’s degree in sport management and Haley Cooney of Whitehouse Station received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from York College of Pennsylvania on May 12. Both graduates were named to the spring dean’s list.

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