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Scouts Head Up North for High Adventure
plane north into the Manitoba Canada, South Atikaki Park Reserve, where they were dropped off with all gear and food for the next seven days, along with their interpreter Sarah Bavoux. Completely “off the grid,” the crew canoed over 80 kilometers and portaged over 25 times going lake to lake, river to river, ending where they started. Two portages known as “Beaver Damnation” and “Heartbreak” required the crew to carry all their gear and canoes approximately 3 kilometers each time, at times walking through mud and swamp conditions up to their knees and/or chests. These conditions required the scouts to develop team-building skills to create and implement solutions to challenging physical conditions to get all gear through, with no injuries. With sun up at 4:30 a.m. and sunset 10:30 p.m. the scouts spent their late afternoons and evenings fishing, swimming, and exploring the areas around their camp nightly. Wildlife they observed included black bear, caribou, eagles, loons and the numerous fish they caught. Trek scouts were Jared VanVeldhuisen (crew leader), Aidan Beardsley, Michael Beisner, Joe O’Brien, Andrew Bennett and Carter Risse. Trek adults were Alex VanVeldhuisen (trek organizer), Derek VanVeldhuisen, Chris Beardsley, Dirk Beisner and Steve Risse. Three Bridges Boy Scout Troop 186 is chartered by the Three Bridges Reformed Church and has been serving youth and the community since 1949. The troop meets at the Three Bridges Reformed Church on Main Street, Three Bridges, on Tuesdays during the school year from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information visit https://readington186.mytroop.us/ or come to a meeting.
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Boarding a float plane to Manitoba are Jared VanVeldhuisen, Aidan Beardsley, Michael Beisner, Joe O’Brien, Andrew Bennett, Carter Risse, Alex VanVeldhuisen, Derek VanVeldhuisen, Chris Beardsley, Dirk Beisner, Steve Risse, and interpreter Sarah Bavoux.
By Alex VanVeldhuisen Assistant Scout Master Eleven members of Boy Scout Troop 186 from Three Bridges participated in a Northern Tier High Adventure Trip in Northern Canada July 5-14, one of scouting’s most challenging treks.
Flying into Winnipeg, Canada, then taking a bus four hours north to Bissett, a small gold mining town where the Boy Scouts have a small base camp, the troop met the interpreter and geared up for adventure. The following morning the troop members took a float
Readington Retirees Honored
Diane Clapp (left) and Bonnie Liddane (right) accept retirement congratulations from Deputy Mayor Betty Ann Fort. Michael Lorenzi was also honored.
Readington Township honored longtime employees Diane Clapp and Bonnie Liddane at a Retirement Luncheon held on July 26 in Pickell Park. Diane was honored for working 34 years as Director of Social Services and Housing Administrator. Bonnie was honored for work-
ing 23 years as Social Services Case Worker and Administration File Clerk. The township also honored longtime employee Michael Lorenzi for working 34 years in the Department of Public Works. —Submitted by Meg Slutter, Readington Township
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Puppy,” ascend at Solberg Airport on the morning of Saturday, July 28. The 36th annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Association with PNC Bank took place in Readington July 27, 28 & 29 with mass ascensions of about 100 hot air balloons at dawn and dusk. Pop star Andy Grammer and Creedence Clearwater Revisited topped the list of performers at the festival.
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Upcoming Events Open Hearth Cooking Demo Sept. 9 From 1 to 4 p.m., Deborah Peterson, culinary historian, will demonstrate how to use a bake kettle, otherwise known as a Dutch oven, to make apple pie, and how to make English ketchup, a sauce without tomatoes. This Open House Sunday program will be held at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, 114 Dreahook Rd. This is a free event, although donations will be gratefully accepted. In case of inclement weather 908-236-2327. For further info, visit http://www. readingtontwp.org/ReadingtonMuseums/index.html.
Chernesky will have a variety of activities inspired by her books “Pick a Circle, Gather Squares,” “A Fall Harvest of Shapes,” “From Apples Trees to Cider,” and “The Boy Who Said Nonsense.” The day will inHarvest Home Roast Beef Dinner clude a visit from the Rutgers University Cheer & Dance Teams, the Sept. 22 The Readington Reformed Church, Rutgers Scarlet Knight and other 124 Readington Rd., will host the surprise guests. For more informaAnnual Family Style Roast Beef tion contact 908-203-1600 or visit Dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. (three seat- www.branchburgsports.com. ings on the hour.) Adult tickets are Basket Bingo Oct. 5 $17, children 6-12 are $6, and children 5 and under are free. Advance The 6th Annual “Ladies Night Out” tickets recommended for sit down Basket Bingo Fundraiser to support or take-out meals. Call Pat 908-526- the Kevin Gilbert Scholarship Fund, 8572 to order tickets no later than “Live Your Dream” will be held at WCTT Meeting Sept. 11 Sept. 19. Activities include a quilt Hunterdon Central Regional High The Woman’s Club of Tewksbury show, crafts and bake sale. Shops School in The Commons. Doors Township will host the annual Wel- open at 2 p.m. open at 5:30 p.m. come Back Luncheon at the Oldwick Manor at 9:30 a.m. Visit with old and Hay Day Oct. 13 Family Fun Day Sept. 30 new friends and hear what amazing Branchburg Sports Complex, 47 The Whitehouse Rescue Squad will projects are planned for the upcom- Readington Rd., Branchburg, will host Hay Day at the Readington ing year. Cost for the lunch is $20 for host a free family event from 3 to Buffalo Farm on Route 523 from 9 members and $15 for guests. Guests 5 p.m. The event will feature field a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain date is Oct. 27. may become members by attending games and activities from BSC’s This fundraising event will have two general meetings, paying mem- popular child development classes, BBQ, empanadas, burgers, popbership and initiation dues, complet- bounce houses, soft play equipment, corn, Italian ices, pizza, chicken and ing an application and obtaining arts & crafts, prizes and giveaways. exceptional vegetarian selections. board approval. New members are Local children’s author Felicia There will be a farmers’ market and always welcome. Open Space Walk Sept. 16 Take a Sunday afternoon hike on the River Trail, a spur of the township’s Round Mountain Trail System which traverses township open space connecting Deer Path Park and the South Branch Reservation. This walk will begin at Deer Path Park and feature a beautiful section of the South Branch of the Raritan River. The group will walk about two miles, over level and sloping ter-
rain. Meet at Deer Path Park at 1 p.m. at the lot closest to the drained pond. To sign up, or for questions, contact John Klotz at jwklotz@embarqmail. com.
bands will be playing, near the oldfashioned Red River Saloon. Kids can enjoy face painting, pony rides and 4-H exhibits by the Hunterdon County farm animal club. Antiques, art, and craft sales and exhibitors will be staged throughout the farm. Guided wagon tours through the buffalo pastures with an option to visit the pumpkin patch or corn maze are planned. Additional crafts and antiques vendors are encouraged to join in the festivities. Contact www.whitehouserescue.com for registration information. Variety Dinner Show Oct. 27 Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Lourdes Council 6930, will host the 3rd Annual Variety Show featuring the Jersey Four Band performing a tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at Our Lady of Lourdes Community Hall, 390 County Road 523, Whitehouse Station. Doors open at 6:30 for dinner. Show starts at 8 p.m. Cost $45 per person, which includes show with dinner, beer, wine and dessert. Info and tickets: Tom DiQuollo 908-2174330 or Roman Hnidj 908 256-9760, email@example.com.
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New School Year, New Faces The new school year seems to always bring excitement and anticipation for children, parents and teachers, and this year is no different. The Readington Township School District will welcome students back on Sept. 6. The district also welcomes several new staff members in various positions. At Whitehouse School the district welcomes Nicole Castro, 2nd grade teacher, and Jaime McDonald, 1st grade teacher. At Three Bridges School the district welcomes Lisa O’Connor, Kindergarten teacher, and Jenna Nagel, 2nd grade teacher. The Holland Brook School welcomes Colleen Villiano, a special education teacher. The Readington Middle School welcomes Lindsay Capone, English/Language Arts teacher; Kenneth Cubillas, Music teacher/percussion specialist; and Kathleen Morgan, French teacher. There may also be some additional new faces as the school year gets underway. These talented individuals come with various backgrounds and experiences and will certainly add greatly to the Readington team.
In addition, there are administrative staff members who are familiar faces serving in new roles. Anthony Tumolo was appointed the Coordinator of Social, Emotional Learning (SEL). Recognizing the importance of social and emotional development, the district is looking to expand and enhance the SEL program over the course of the 2018-2019 school year. Anthony will be working with the students in all four of our schools. Sherry Krial was appointed to a supervisory position where she oversees professional development, technology, and school safety and security. The district continues to review safety and security procedures to heighten student and staff safety. The district used the summer months to revise curriculum, purchase new texts and technologies, and update much of our facilities. Many of our teachers attended the district’s Summer Teacher Academy Program learning new ways to enhance their teaching. This year is going to be an exciting year for our students. The district will continue its tradition of providing a rich and robust course of study for students at all grade levels.
Readington River Buffalo Farm, 937 Route 523, will host Wizard World Harvest on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The all-day event will feature classes on spell-casting and magical potions, a corn maze, corn
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Historical Society Seeks Submissions for 27th Tewksbury Juried Art Exhibition
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Columbus Council 6930 of Whitehouse Station, presents a check for $3,600 to Colleen Dennis, Deputy Executive Director of the ARC of Hunterdon County. The knights support the ARC and many charitable organizations.
The Tewksbury Historical Society will host its 27th Tewksbury Juried Art Exhibition Oct. 12 - 20 at the Zion Lutheran Church, Christian Education Building, 16 Miller Ave., Oldwick, with an Opening Reception on Thursday evening, Oct. 11. THS brings together the region’s best fine artists and includes juried, small work, portfolio areas and photography. Co-chairs are Shaun Van Doren and Andy Calamaras. Awards will be based on “Best in Show,” “Best of Tewksbury,” “Marion Katnack Award Tewksbury Landscape,” plus 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Honorable Mentions in each category.
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Hunterdon Healthcare will present information on the Dr. Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 6 to 7 p.m. at HealthQuest of Hunterdon, in the Adult Lounge. Participants will learn how this program can optimize their health, the research behind the Ornish reversal program, the four key elements - nutrition, exercise, stress management, and social support, medical coverage criteria and how to join. The session is free and open to the community. To register call 908-788-6371.
“A Culinary Affair” Sept. 24 Hunterdon Medical Center Auxiliary and Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation will hold “A Culinary Affair Goes Irish” at the Grand Colonial on Monday, Sept. 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. The Grand Colonial is located at 86 Route 173 West, Hampton. The event will feature a sampling of local fine restaurants, wineries and breweries. In addition to the food and music, a silent auction will be held featuring items such as restaurant gift packages, golf foursomes, and spa packages. There will also be a 50/50 cash raffle. Raffle tickets can be purchased before the event by either calling 908-788-6141 or in person at the Foundation office, located at 9100 Wescott Dr., Flemington.
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The Beautification Committee of Whitehouse Station continued its mission to beautify Main Street over the summer. Steve Fraebel and Mary Ann Lacamera worked on the Bank Street garden originally landscaped by Hidden Hollow Acres. The committee is researching plants to attract certain bird life to this garden. Across the street at the Readington Township Library, a butterfly garden planted by Steve Yurgel of Pinebrook Landscape attracted Pictured at summer camp are (front row) Liam Ott, Will Lawson, Joseph both butterflies and appreciative Keck, George Dalrymple, Daniel Ryder (Cub Scout), Brian Linck, Christolooks from passersby. Steve has pher Rasch, Andrew Ryder, Robert Wolfe, (second row) Mateo Aguirre, Prem maintained the garden and provided Singasane, Stefano Divinio, Evan Osworth, Aidan Haddad, Sean Maizel, a garden map to identify the plants. Lucas Litwinko, Daniel Flores, Joshua McDonald, Joshua Rutka, Dylan The committee thanks all who Nyakanga, Zachary Hoyer, (standing) Bradley Hieber, Matteo Flores-Jost, generously contributed funds for Adam Millman, Kristofer Litwinko, Brian Armstrong, Alex Niewiadomski, projects including the big planters Hayden Brown, Jackson Parisi, Peter Bellek, Daniel Liebergall, (on balcony) lining the Main Street corridor. A Damian Barczewski, Herbert Ryder, Robert Ott, Bill Lawson, Paul Parisi, few more planters will be added Ryan Maizel, Richard Moore, Dan McDonald, Eric Hoyer, Victor Haddad, for fall planting. Donors include: Walter Nyakanga, and Bradley Moor. - Submitted by Stephanie Keck
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Boy Scout summer camp is one of the highlights of the scout year, with the scouts enjoying some independence as they sleep away for six nights bonding with their fellow troop mates and working on merit badges while enjoying some good-old scouting fun. From Troop 90, 32 scouts and 13 adults headed off to Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation in Schuylkill Haven, PA, on July 8. Readington residents on the trip were scouts Brian Armstrong, Stefano Divinio, Kristofer Litwinko, Lucas Litwinko, Joshua McDonald,
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The Hunterdon Social and Walking Club (HWSC), a singles club for the 45+ age group, meets every Sunday afternoon for a walk and talk at various parks and trails throughout Hunterdon County, followed by a gathering at a local restaurant for socializing and fun. No dues or officers. The September schedule in-
cludes: Columbia Trail in High Bridge, Frenchtown Riverwalk, Voorhees State Park, Spruce Run, and Hunterdon County Arboretum in Clinton. For info, directions and lastminute changes, call 908-7887072. For a complete schedule, go to www.angelfire.com/trek.hwsc.
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Good News Home’s Harvest Festival Sept. 8 The Good News Home for Women is seeking vendors for the 15th Annual Harvest Festival & Craft Fair on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Good News Home for Women grounds, 33 Bartles Corner Rd., Flemington. Vendors are welcome to advertise their business as well as sell crafts and other merchandise to fair attendees. The Harvest Festival will feature fun activities for the entire family including face painting, music, games, prizes, and refreshments. Officers from the Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Office will be making identification cards for children through their Child Ident-A-Kid Program. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Good News Home, a nonprofit short and long-term residential treatment facility for women with chemical dependencies. Located on a farmstead, the “Home” provides its residents a spiritually based, comprehensive recovery program regardless of race, religion or the ability to pay. Each vendor setup will cost $45 including a table and chairs. For information and registration forms, call Dawn Davidson 908-806-7913, extension 323, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.goodnewshome.org for more information on the event and volunteer opportunities. —Submitted by Dawn Davidson, Director of Community Outreach
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The Polish American Citizens Club, 29 Kline Blvd., Whitehouse Station, has the following events planned for September: Disco 70s & 80s Dance, Sept. 8, 7-11 p.m. The evening features DJ Jared and a Hustle lesson at 7. Tickets are $15 pre-sale. Call 908534-6230 or online squareup.com/ market/PACCWHS. $20 at the door. Food and beverages available for purchase. Fall Polish Dinner, Sept. 22, 4:30-9 p.m. Continuous buffet, $18 per person, Seniors $15, children 5-12 years $10. Reservations requested. Call 908-534-6230 or prepurchase tickets at squareup.com/ market/PACCWHS.
By Steve Foster, Readington Twp. Environmental Commission A more streamlined and convenient registration and payment system has been developed for the 2018 Well Testing Program for Readington Township residents. The improved online ordering process will make selecting and paying for the desired tests easier than ever. A Basic Test Kit for coliform bacteria and nitrates is available for just $60 through the Community Well Testing Program. For those getting the Basic Kit other tests such as arsenic, lead and radon are available for additional fees. Each test kit comes with easy-to-follow instructions and all required containers. Test kits may be selected and purchased online at http://www. TestMyWell.org from Sept. 17 through Oct. 19 this year. A complete list of available tests and why they might be relevant is on the web page. Specific instructions for obtaining your test collection kit from the municipal offices will be provided during the online signup process. Samples are to be dropped off at the Municipal Building on either Monday, Oct. 22; Wednesday, Oct. 24; or Friday, Oct. 26 between 6:309 a.m. Samples will be tested by a state-certified laboratory and confidential results will be communicated directly to residents about two weeks later. If pollutants are detected out of normal range levels, well owners will be provided information on how to correct the problem.
To accommodate the commuter residents the Environmental Commission will also make the kits and advice on the tests available in the evenings of Oct. 9 and 16 in the Municipal Building Lobby (509 Route 523 in Whitehouse Station) from 5 to 8 p.m. and at the Three Bridges Library from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays Oct. 10 and 17. This year’s testing is especially timely given the continuous heavy rainfall experienced throughout the summer and the potential for surface water contamination where pesticides, fertilizers and coliform bacteria may be present. Arsenic is naturally occurring and very prevalent in this part of New Jersey, and the state recommends considering testing for ar-
senic every 3-5 years to monitor the levels in drinking water from private wells. The Readington Environmental Commission, in partnership with local nonprofit Raritan Headwaters, offers this water testing opportunity once a year to residents and businesses at substantial savings over commercial rates. About 80% of residents rely on private wells for their drinking water. For more information, contact Mara Tippett of Raritan Headwaters Association at 908-234-1852, ext. 401, or via email at email@example.com. Visit the RHA website for demonstrations of proper well water sampling techniques at www.raritanheadwaters.org.
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Register Now for Fall at The Preschool of Whitehouse United Methodist Church The Preschool of Whitehouse United Methodist Church is accepting registrations for the 20182019 school year. Children ages 2 ½ - 5 years old by Oct. 1 are eligible. The Preschool first offered programs in 1969 and has continually offered quality, half-day preschool programs. Visit preschoolwhitehouseumc.com for an overview of the family-friendly preschool. The Preschool offers extended day options as well. “Early Risers” provides parents with an early morning, 8 a.m. drop-off option. “Lunch Bunch” provides a multi-age lunchtime hour, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., after a student’s morning class. “Pre-K+” offers
enrolled pre-kindergarten students afternoon enrichment until 2:15 p.m., two or three days per week. For younger children, The Preschool offers two weekly parent/child classes. First, our Kids’ MusicRound instructor offers a weekly, interactive music class. Contact Beth Stone, beth.kmr@ gmail.com, for more information. “My Buddy & Me” is a fun, weekly parent/child activity class for children ages 18 months – 2 ½ years. Contact Director Chris Scheick at 908-534-6333 or by email at email@example.com for more information or to schedule a school tour.
Tenchi Dojo Students Attend Okinawa International Tournament
Pictured (from left) are Walker Heller, Greg Fawcett, Sensei Scott Fawcett, Kathy Fawcett, and Erik Heller. The Fawcett family resides in Whitehouse Station and the Hellers, in Washington, NJ.
During August, five members of the Tenchi Karate Dojo in Lebanon attended the 1st International Karate and Kobudo Tournament in Okinawa. The tournament had close ED STANGLE FREE ESTIMATES to 2,000 competitors from over 30 OWNER FULLY INSURED countries competing in empty hand kata as well as the bo and sai weapons. All five Tenchi Dojo students competed in the bo (or 6’ staff). The contest began with preliminary “YOU NAME IT WE DO IT!” rounds and over the course of three • Landscape Design • Cultured Stone • Blue Stone & Paver Patios days worked its way down to the & Installation • Sod & New Lawns Installed & Walkways main tournament and finals. Four • Lawn Maintenance • Deck Installations • Fencing of the five Tenchi dojo students • Stone & Mulch Installation • Renovations & Additions • Retaining Walls made it past the preliminary rounds QUALITY WORK AT AFFORDABLE PRICES! to the final 16. Sensei Scott Fawcett, one of those competing, said that he Branchburg, NJ was very impressed with the level
of competition at this event and how well the event was run. He said he was “extremely proud of his students for how well they competed on one of the biggest stages in the world.” Following the tournament, Tenchi Dojo students attended four ½ day seminars with some of the most well-respected masters in Okinawa. These seminars included weapons training as well as training in the Gojuryu, Shorinryu, Isshinryu and Uechiryu styles. “Following the tournament and on our off days we visited a number of important historical and cultural sites,” Sensei Fawcett said, adding, “as my teacher Sensei Arcenio
Advincula always teaches, one cannot fully understand Okinawan karate without an appreciation for Okinawan culture, history and customs.” Scott and Kathy Fawcett visit Okinawa every year for training and to continue to learn about the culture of Okinawa. “We have made many friends on Okinawa and have gained a true appreciation for their customs and culture,” Fawcett said. “Okinawa is known as the Island of Courtesy and it does not take long to understand why when you arrive there.” To learn more about Tenchi Dojo, visit www.tenchikarate.com.
Crafters Wanted Crafters are wanted for the Branchburg Woman’s Club’s 31st Annual Craft Show and Sale to be held Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Branchburg Central Middle School, 220 Baird Rd., Branchburg. The club is planning to only allow handcrafted items. The fundraiser will also feature door prizes, a bake sale, refreshments, and a 50-50 raffle. The artisan roster is filling quickly so interested crafters should email BWCcrafts@gmail.com or call 908-336-5160 soon. The BWC is a nonprofit organization through the NJ State Federation of Women’s Clubs and welcomes new members. Call 908-866-1060. Follow the BWC on Facebook.
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Coastal Virginia’s Premier Music Festival comes to New Jersey Friday & Saturday, September 21 & 22 Fri., Sept. 21 at 7PM – Songwriters-in-the-Round - $20 Mike Aiken, Sally Jaye & Brian Ashley Jones Sat., Sept. 22 Noon: music workshops - $10 Guitar – Brian Ashley Jones; Songwriting – Mike Aiken; Indie Music Promotion – Amy Aiken FREE 2-6PM: Concert On the Quad - A Community Event in Celebration of RVCC’s 50th Anniversary FREE Jo Stones & Phil Swanson; MSG Acoustic Blues Trio; Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches; and Session Americana food for purchase, vendors and kids activities all on the RVCC Quad • bring your own blanket/chairs Saturday, Sept. 22 - Evening - 7PM - Mike Aiken Band: Tall Tales & Troubadours - $20 Weekend pass for all Fest events (includes one workshop): $30 (a $50 value!) For 13 years, Aiken & Friends Fest has been coastal Virginia’s premier music festival featuring national, regional and local artists and songwriters performing original music. Now, we’ve joined with Mike & Amy Aiken in opening up a north branch two-day mini fest here at the theatre. Saturday afternoon’s FREE Concert on the Quad is a community event in celebration of Raritan Valley Community College’s 50th Anniversary! Join us!
Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity
Ping Chong + Company Friday, October 12 at 7PM This interview-based theatre production stages the personal and complex stories of five young Muslim New Yorkers at a time of increasing Islamophobia.
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The Capitol Steps: Make America Grin Again
Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre is well known for imaginative and high voltage performances that deliver the hard-driving, seductive rhythms of “timba” – an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of Latin jazz and Cuban son.
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Readington Newsmakers one for 30 second speed with 174 jumps and another for her pairs freestyle routine with her teammate. Johanna also received two fourth place ribbons, one fifth place ribbon, and three 9th place ribbons in various events. She scored in 10th place overall for Nationals in her 15-17 age group. Johanna is now a junior at Hunterdon Central Regional High School.
Johanna Beam of Readington Township competed during June in the 2018 USA Jump Rope Nationals in Wisconsin Dells, WI. With more than 50 jump rope teams represented and over 500 athletes competing, Johanna and her team received a gold medal for the team show performance. She received two silver medals:
Christopher Simone of Whitehouse Station graduated from the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine and is completing his residency training for internal medicine at Mercy Catholic Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Simone was also recently married to Michelle LaFalce of Fairfax, VA. The couple is now residing in Philadelphia. Michael Simone of Whitehouse Station earned his JD from Rutgers Law School, Newark. He will be completing his clerkship at the
Morris County Courthouse, Family Division, Morristown. Dr. Thomas Ombrello of Readington Township, Professor of Biology at Union County College, received the Annual Award from The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morristown, at the organization’s annual meeting on June 10. The award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the world of horticulture. Dr. Ombrello has propagated seeds from hundreds of historic trees nationwide and created the Historic Tree Grove on the Union County College campus in Cranford. The seeds were collected at the homes of presidents and other notable figures, from battlefields and historic sites, and from trees that are the oldest of their kind. Dr. Ombrello has shared hundreds of extra seedlings with schools, Scout groups, and other groups.
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Looking Back. . . Back to School an Arduous Undertaking in 1800s Well, it’s that time of year again . . . As the modern-day family rushes around buying school supplies (backpacks, notebooks, pencils, pens, iPads, computers) for the coming school year, whether it be kindergarten or college, perhaps we should look back to see how the early American student prepared for the upcoming academic year. Just for fun, let’s explore Cold Brook School up on Potterstown Road. It, like all of Readington schools in that time period (1828), is a one-room school house, housing all ages from 4 or 5 ( some-
times 3) years old to 18 years old. Of course the 18-year-old students attended when they were not needed on the farm - mainly in the winter months. So it’s off to school we go! Like all of the local schools, Cold Brook was known as a District School, with the District being a four-mile circumference. Without school buses or mom’s taxi, all youngsters walked – up to four miles. No gym for those kids. The school day commenced at 9 a.m. and ended between 4 and 5 p.m., with a half day on Saturday so that the children could clean the school house. The parents gave the land and built the school
Hunterdon Hospice Begins Bereavement Support Group for Traumatic Loss To recognize Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month, on Tuesday, Sept. 11, Hunterdon Hospice will begin an eight-week specialized bereavement support group for those who have suffered the traumatic loss of a loved one as the result of suicide or drug overdose. This particular type of loss can be isolating due to loved ones feeling ashamed or hiding the cause of death. A safe place will be created where members can receive empathy and openly share feelings and thoughts. The group will meet weekly in the Hunterdon Hospice office building, 215 Route 31 South in Flemington.
This is a closed group and registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Jennifer Kennedy, LCSW at 908-788-6600.
house, so they owned it and set the rules, along with hiring the teacher. They had no mandatory public education in those days. Married teachers were not allowed, and the teacher was generally hired who maintained the best student discipline. Teachers “boarded out,” that is, each family took turns housing the teacher who, like students, walked long distances to get to school. Windows with candles illuminated the school house while heat was provided by a wood stove. By the way, students’ families provided the wood, and the child whose family was remiss ended up sitting the farthest from the stove in the coldest corner. During warm weather the scholars’ bare feet got them to school but boots and shoes graced their feet during the cold weather months. Lunch buckets filled with leftovers, cold
potatoes, bread spread with lard, and hard boiled eggs sustained our little scholars during the long day. All of this was washed down with water from the well. Bathrooms? Well, there are two outhouses up behind the school house, one for girls, one for boys. Cost of educating these students was $1.50 per term - an enormous sum for a family in early America. Children were expected to learn their lessons well – and they did. Children studied subjects such as ciphering (math), orthography (spelling) and penmanship (using a goose quill pen) as well as reading. Little ones were called “ABCdarians” since they, as beginners, were memorizing the alphabet. The philosophy of the day was that all academic subjects should be memorized. Without memorizing, the brain would atrophy;
therefore; a great part of the day was devoted to recitation before the teacher. Interestingly, listening to daily recitations allowed the advanced child to move ahead quickly while the not-so-gifted youngster moved at his own pace and learned his lessons well. Because most families owned a Bible, that was the book used for teaching reading – there simply were no other books available to the rural child. With the advent of public education in the 1830s, series like “McGuffy’s Readers” became popular, and the Bible was read for religious teachings. From these American oneroom school houses arose a society of learned men and women, people who were responsible, honest, self sufficient, law abiding, and patriotic. It was they who built a great nation endowing us with the freedoms we so treasure.
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UNICOM Buys Merck Property In mid-July, UNICOM Corp., a division of UNICOM Global, signed an agreement with Merck Sharpe & Dohme Corp. to purchase the Merck property at Whitehouse Station. The office buildings, totaling approximately 1.24 million square feet, are located on 1,100 acres. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to
close in October, when the property will be renamed UNICOM Science Park I & II. News of the company’s intent to purchase the property first was announced in December. Merck announced it was moving its global headquarters to Kenilworth in 2013, with the campus sitting vacant since 2015. Merck also has locations in Branchburg and Rahway.
Meals on Wheels Offers Sociable Midday Meals Many may know that Meals on Wheels in Hunterdon Inc. provides home-delivered meals to residents 60 years of age and older but may not be aware that the non-profit agency also offers a “Daily Congregate Dining” program and “Monthly Congregate Dining.” The daily program is designed to meet the nutritional and social needs of the independent senior citizen. Participants socialize and have lunch Monday through Friday between 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Senior Center 4 Gauntt Place, Building 1 – Lower Level, in Flemington. The monthly congregate dining program adds educational and recreational presentations to lunchtime at Senior Center 4 Gauntt Place. A lunch and learn session “Making Breakfast a Priority” will be hosted by Registered Dietician Karen Fivek during lunch on Wednesday, Sept. 5, between 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. Marie Salthouse of The Red Mill
Museum in Clinton will present “Ghosts and Folklore” during lunch on Thursday, Sept. 27. The well-known “Home Delivered Nutrition” program delivers a meal Monday through Friday between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to homebound seniors. In addition, two nutritionally balanced cold meals for weekend consumption are delivered on Fridays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to homebound seniors opting for that choice. To register for programs call 908-284-0735 or email info@ mowih.org. A donation of $5.25 is suggested. Donations from participants in the programs are combined with federal, state, and local funding to provide services. All donations are confidential and voluntary. No eligible person will be denied service due to the inability to make a donation. —Submitted by Mary Faust, Assistant Director, Meals on Wheels in Hunterdon Inc.
School was easier for cave people because there wasn’t much history to learn. Ricky comes home from his first day at school and Mom asks him what he learned. “Not enough,” replies Ricky. “They said I have to come back tomorrow.” Teacher teacher: “Floyd, can you define the word ‘procrastination?’” Floyd: “Yes, but not right now. Maybe later.” Two wrongs don’t make a right, but what do two Wrights make? A plane (Orville & Wilbur).
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