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Readington’s Johanna Beam is National Jump Rope Champion Johanna Beam, a sophomore at Hunterdon Central Regional High School, and her competitive and performance jump rope team called Zero Gravity competed in the USA National Jump Rope competition in July at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney, and she won a gold medal in the three-minute speed event. Johanna placed in several events earning ribbons for Double Dutch singles freestyle, double dutch pairs freestyle, single rope 30-second speed, single rope 30-second power, single rope 1-minute speed. She scored her personal best and won gold becoming the National Champion in the 3-minute speed event with 829 jumps, in the 13-14 year old division. Each member of Zero Gravity placed in the competition, which consists of more than 40 teams and about 600 athletes. Each team member placed in the top ten for Double Dutch singles freestyle and Double Dutch pairs freestyle. The team had several podium winners from 30second speed to pairs freestyle. Zero Gravity performs for local colleges at their half-time shows, and they compete throughout the year in tournaments.

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The Readington Museums’ Cold Brook School, originally built in 1828, will be open on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. and will offer visitors the chance to see what it was like to attend school in the early 19th century. The one-room school house located at 190 Potterstown Rd., Lebanon, is a period-correct reconstruction built over the original foundations. The original burned down in the late 20th century. The schoolhouse is only opened once a year when a hands-on school day is held for all 4th graders attending Readington Township schools. Now, everyone will have the same chance to spend a fun-filled afternoon at the school house. Visitors will have a chance to see if they are Abecedarians, try their hand at orthography using a quill pen and ink, solve mathematical problems, and learn a sample of New Jersey history. During recess, visitors can try their hand at playing a variety of 19th century games, including rolling hoops, in the meadow. Apple cider and bread with apple butter will be served.

Due to the small size of the school house, groups of four or more are asked to call for a reservation. The program is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. For more information contact Program Director, Margaret Smith at 908-236-2327.

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Upcoming Events Editors/Publishers: Monita Casey Haduch, Bill Haduch Advertising Manager: Karen C. Muller Contributors: Lisa O’Donoghue & Susan Torsilieri Mailing Services: Mike Sanchez Art: Kevin Gora, Megan Moore Layout Services: Steve Skladany The Readington News is mailed monthly, free-of-charge to every mailing address in Readington Township. Free copies are also available for distribution in places of business, schools, and municipal offices. DEADLINES FOR NEXT ISSUE November 2017

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WCTT Meeting Oct. 3 The Woman’s Club of Tewksbury Township hosts Susan Cason Dempster, Community Marketing Director of County Arch Care Center, at the Oldwick Manor. Coffee and refreshments will be served at 9 a.m., followed by the meeting. Reservations are required. A program on “Centenarians” will be presented. For reservations or information about the club call 908-509-1855 or visit www.tewksburywomansclub.org. Pancake Breakfast Oct. 1 The Bishop Edward T. Hughes Council #15540, Knights of Columbus, will hold its quarterly pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 105 Summer Rd., Three Bridges. Proceeds help fund the Council’s charitable endeavors throughout

the community. The cost is $7 per Library system. For more info Hnidj 908-256-9760 rhnidj70@ person or $25 for a family of four contact fohclfriends@gmail.com gmail.com. Purchase tickets on or 908-806-8016 or 908-303- 6927. Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite. or more. com/e/tribute-to-frankie-valliand-the-four-seasons-dinner-andMOMS Club Meetup Oct. 11 Tricky Tray Oct. 7 The Friends of the Hunterdon MOMS Club of Three Bridges show-tickets-36638766537. County Library (FOHCL) is spon- meets on the second WednesFun Run/Walk Oct. 15 soring a Tricky Tray Basket Raffle day each month at 9:30 a.m. at Auction fundraiser at the Flem- Pickell Park in Whitehouse Sta- Certified Fitness for Special Needs ington Elks Lodge, 165 Rt. 31 in tion. The group offers playgroups Inc. (CFSN), a 501(c)3 subsidiary Flemington. The doors will open and the opportunity to meet fel- of Healthy U Fitness Studio of at 12:30, and the raffle drawings low stay-at-home moms. New Whitehouse Station, presents its will begin at 2:45 p.m. Admission members welcome. Email mom- second annual fundraiser at Pickell is $15 in advance, and $20 at the sclubofthreebridges@gmail.com Park. Registration by ticketing is door; admission is maxed out at for inclement weather location. at www.cfsn-nj.com/events. Regis150. Items include Disney passes, Visit momsclubofthreebridges.org tration is $15 for children and $30 for adults over 18. Activities begin gift cards/certificates, sports col- for more information. at noon, and the Run/Walk begins lectibles, wine baskets, household at 12:30 p.m. followed by music, items, DVDs, and locally produced Bag & Basket Bingo Oct. 13 arts/crafts/jewelry. Visit www.hcli- The Ladies Auxiliary of the Three games, and contests. Rain or shine. brary.us/friends/trickytray.pdf for Bridges Volunteer Fire Company Open Space Hike Oct. 15 more details on tickets and prizes. (TBVFC) will be hosting a Bag All proceeds will be committed to and Basket Bingo, featuring Lon- Hike along the Lachenmayr Trail enhancing the Hunterdon County gaberger® baskets and Coach® traversing parkland and woodland handbags, in the banquet hall from Roosevelt Road near Readat 467 Main St., Three Bridges. ington School to Pine Bank Road. Doors open at 6 p.m., and first A three-mile round trip visiting bingo game starts at 7. Tickets the nearby “Round Field,” site are $20 in advance and $25 at the of prehistoric Native American door. Raffles, door prizes, 50/50, activity, is planned. Contact jwkand light refreshments for sale are lotz@embarqmail,com to register planned. For more information and or check the township website for to purchase tickets, contact Terri information. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Roosevelt Road Ball Field. Macor at 908-917-2376. Variety Dinner Show Oct. 14 The Knights of Columbus 2nd Annual Variety Dinner Show will feature the Jersey 4 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 p.m. with dinner, show starts at 8. Cost is $45 per person, which includes show with dinner, beer, wine and dessert. Info and tickets: Tom DiQuollo 908-217-4330 or Roman

Luncheon with Julia Child Oct. 20 Flemington Woman’s Club will host “a luncheon with Julia Child” at Beaver Brook Country Club in Clinton at noon. Julia Child will be portrayed by actress Linda Kenyon, a television, stage and film actress. Enjoy an elegant meal while being entertained by this author and chef. Tickets cost $55. For more info, contact Lee Van Nest at 908-236- 9603 or Diane Dzurenko at 908-237- 0479.

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By Beth Fiore Chair, Readington HSA Fine and Performing Arts Committee The Fine and Performing Arts Committee, a committee of the Readington Home School Association (HSA), focusing exclusively on fundraising and advocacy for the fine and performing arts department, allocated the first two mini-grants benefiting Readington Township students in September. Donations that the committee has solicited thus far will be used to fund a portion of the cost of a tuba and tuba stand for Readington Middle School students, and will also fund a field trip for 25 jazz ensemble students at Readington Middle School to attend and tour a local university’s jazz concert and campus.

The committee is seeking donations, monetary or in-kind (instruments, art supplies), from anyone in the Readington community committed to providing outstanding music and art education in our schools. The committee’s mission is to provide support to all performing and visual arts programs in grades K-8. The types of projects the committee will address fall outside of the fine and performing arts education’s annual budget, and include: purchasing musical instruments and art and drama equipment, funding artsrelated assemblies and trips, and updating and improving current school rehearsal/performance facilities. More information can be found at https://www.readington. k12.nj.us/Page/5422.

Readington Superintendent Search Begins By Wayne Doran, Chairman, BOE Communications Committee This month the Readington Board of Education begins the search for a permanent replacement for Dr. Barbara Sargent. While Dr. William DeFabiis is doing a wonderful job, his appointment is an interim position meant to give the School District time to identify and hire the perfect candidate for our district’s long-term superintendent. The board will hire a search firm to help conduct the search. Four firms made presentations at a recent school board meeting. Once a firm is selected, a rigorous process to locate a candidate will begin. The search is expected to take most of this school year. The process will work through a number of phases. The firm selected will conduct on-line surveys, forums, focus group meetings and other methods to gather input and information about what would make a good superintendent for Readington. Attempts will be made to gath-

er input from as many groups as possible including teachers, parents, students, community groups, local business leaders and other involved residents. Anonymity will be assured to allow respondents to be open and honest in their responses. The search firm will compile the results into a “profile” that will be used to screen applicants. Ads will be placed in several professional publications and a local newspaper notifying potential candidates of the opening. Applicants will send their resumes to the search firm who will use the profile to narrow the pool to a manageable number. Part of the screening process will include background checks. Once the candidate list has been narrowed down, the board will conduct interviews to finalize the selection. These interviews will likely be held in closed session to allow the candidates’ privacy until the final selection is made. It is often difficult to include residents in the interview and still ensure that the names of

the candidates won’t be released as this might expose them to resentment in their current position. The board will keep the public advised of the progress of the search at various phases to ensure the process is as open as is reasonable. The person selected as the next superintendent will be offered a multi-year contract under terms restricted by the State of New Jersey. Once the contract is accepted the board will be free to announce the name of the new superintendent at a public meeting. The new superintendent will be required to finish the term of their existing contract before they can start work in Readington. It is hoped that this process can be completed in time to allow the new superintendent to begin work in Readington by July 1, 2018. As soon as details regarding each phase are available they will be posted on the Board of Education web page https://www.readington. k12.nj.us/.

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Woody Guthrie Certified Fitness for Special Needs and the 2nd Annual Fun Run/Walk Oct. 15 Certified Fitness for Special with physical restrictions and Great Depression Needs Inc. (CFSN), a 501(c)3 various conditions such as au-

The public is invited to attend “Songs of Economic Hardship: Woody Guthrie and the Great Depression,� Monday, Oct. 9, from 1 to 2:20 p.m., at Raritan Valley Community College. The event, which is free of charge, will be held in the Nash Theatre at RVCC’s Branchburg campus. Sponsored by the College’s Humanities, Social Science and Education Department as well as RVCCArts, the program is part of the “Music as a Mirror on History� series. Acclaimed New York City actor Randy Noojin stars as Woody Guthrie in a multimedia program featuring archival footage of the Great Depression. The one-man show will be followed by a question-and-answer session. All seating will be located on stage. For additional information about the program, contact Professor Roger Shutack at roger. shutack@raritanval.edu.

subsidiary of Healthy U Fitness Studio, presents its second annual Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, Oct. 15, at Pickell Park on Mountain Road in Whitehouse Station. Registration by ticketing is at www.cfsn-nj.com/events. Registration is $15 for children and $30 for adults over 18. Activities begin at noon, and the Run/Walk begins at 12:30 p.m., followed by music, games, and contests. This event will be held rain or shine. Volunteers are needed to assist with many areas including parking attendants, backyard game attendants, and registration. Vendors and exhibitors of all kinds are welcomed to participate with no fees. Sponsors for the event are also sought as well as participants to run or walk. Early registrants will receive a free event T-shirt. The charity was started in 2012 by Healthy U Fitness owner Janet Rollero. CFSN develops customized fitness programs for clients

tism, ADHD, seizure and sensory processing disorders, diabetes, high blood pressure, dementia, stroke, scoliosis, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and gullianbarre syndrome. Monies raised will be used to purchase adaptive exercise equipment and expand existing space, designated specifically for CFSN. Janet Rollero has a passion for fitness and exercise. With over 20 years of Personal Training experience, she holds certifications from the American Council on Exercise, Arthritis Foundation, IDEA, American Red Cross, and Water Art Fitness International (Master Trainer). She also offers programs for other trainers to become certified. Healthy U Fitness Studio and CFSN are located at 422 Route 22 West in Whitehouse Station. Stop by or visit www.CFSN-nj. com or call 908-534-1961.

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Raritan Valley Community College’s (RVCC) Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Department will present Continuations, an exhibition featuring artwork by RVCC alumni, Oct. 2-20, in the Art Gallery at the College’s Branchburg campus. The show is being coordinated by RVCC Art Gallery coordinator and VAPA faculty member Darren McManus. An Artists’ Talk will be held Friday, Oct. 6, from 5-6 p.m. A Softball Champs–The Readington Recreation Girls 3rd-5th Grade reception will follow from 6-7 Softball team won the championship for the spring season, defeating Branch- p.m. Both are free of charge burg. Pictured are (bottom row, from left) Coach Mike Lalas, Mira Bruen, Ella Lalas, Mia Verrengia, Jasmine Relovsky, Rachel McNamara, Coach Kevin Relovsky, (middle row) Morgan Heller, Elsa Kelly, Valentina Agostino, Katie Fazio, Maitland Halsted, Julia DelCorso, Meadow Troisi, (top row) Coach Ray Verrengia, Coach Patrick Heller. Missing from picture: Alexis Ondovik, Molly Pescatore. –Submitted by Patti Marcine

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Readington Recreation Offers Trips to Longwood Gardens, Franklin Institute Readington Township Department of Recreation announces that tickets are on sale now for two upcoming trips. The Rec Department will offer a trip Oct. 17 to Longwood Gardens for the Chrysanthemum Festival and another trip on Nov. 14 to Philadelphia to see the Terracotta Warriors Exhibit and explore the Reading Terminal Market. At the Chrysanthemum Festival, more than 17,000 chrysanthemums are nurtured and trained to resemble balls, spirals,

and columns. Enjoy lunch on your own at the CafÊ or the 1906 Fine Dining. Trip leaves from Kings parking lot on Route 22 and Route 523 at 8 a.m. and returns there at 7 p.m. Cost is $75 per person and does not include lunch. Travel to Philadelphia Nov. 14 to the Franklin Institute to see China’s Terracotta Army exhibition featuring the largest collection of artifacts related to the warrior emperor. After the exhibit spend free time in

the Reading Terminal Market, home to vendors of food, crafts and other shopping. Have lunch on your own at the Market. This trip leaves from the Kings parking lot at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m. The cost is $75 and does not include lunch. Register at www.ReadingtonRecreation.org or come to the Readington Recreation office in the Municipal Building to pay by check. For more information call 908-534- 9752.

             

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Test Your Well in October Readington Township Environmental Commission will again partner with nonprofit clean water advocate Raritan Headwaters to offer a full range of well water testing to residents and businesses at substantial savings over commercial rates. Sample collection kits can be purchased by check at the Readington Township Environmental Commission office in the Municipal Building at 509 Route 523 in Whitehouse Station Oct. 2 - 26,

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Legally Blonde The Musical Big League Productions Fri., Oct. 6 at 8PM Tickets: $25 & $35 Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat story of self-discovery. Symphonie Dramatique Cas Public Sat., October 14 at 7PM Ages 10+ The story of Romeo and Juliet told through dance, in an adaptation created especially for young people.

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Sense and Sensibility by Aquila Theatre Sat., Oct. 7 at 8PM • Tickets: $25 & $35 One of Jane Austen’s most popular novels, adapted for the stage in a bold and exciting new production.

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Jonathan Wierzbicki as McMurphy, Terry Mayfield as Chief Bromden and Denise Hickson as Nurse Ratched in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest� to be presented by Readington Community Theatre at the Polish American Club Theatre on Nov. 10, 11, 17 & 18 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 12 & 19 at 2 p.m. A play in two acts by Dale Wasserman from the novel by Ken Kesey, this story was adapted into a Broadway play in 1963 and into a 1975 film which won five Academy Awards. Tickets are available online at rctnj.org or by calling 908-534-1557. –Submitted by Rob Nonni for RC Theatre

The Hunterdon Medical Center Auxiliary is looking for volunteers. The community is invited to attend an Open House on Thursday, Oct. 5, to learn about the auxiliary and different ways to help. The Open House will be held in Meeting Room A/B at Hunterdon Medical Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The Hunterdon Medical Center Auxiliary helps to support the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation’s fundraising efforts. For more information or to RSVP, call 908-788-6591 or email ddalley@hhsnj.org.

          

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Craft Fair Planned Readington Reformed Church Women’s Ministries hosts its 15th Annual Craft Fair at 124 Readington Rd. on Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Original crafts, knitted items, jewelry, wood crafts, and quilted items will be featured along with a bake sale, tricky tray, homemade soups and sandwiches. Call 908534-2077 for details.

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Alternative Holiday Gift Giving Event Oct. 22 Are you looking for a way to make your holidays more meaningful this year? Why not make a donation to a charitable organization in honor of a family member or friend. Whitehouse United Methodist Church, 73 Old Highway, Whitehouse, will host an Alternative Christmas Gift event on Sunday, Oct. 22. Twelve non-profit organizations will be represented, and

attendees will be given the opportunity to make a donation to one or more of the charities. Gift cards will be available to announce your holiday gift to the recipient. The non-profit organizations will be introduced at the church’s 10 a.m. worship service. Following the service (at approximately 11:15), attendees are invited to talk to the representatives about their work. The following organiza-

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Signature Salon & Spa held its fourth annual “Freezin’ for a Reason, Cuts For a Cause” fundraiser, on Sept. 10 in Whitehouse Station to benefit the Whitehouse Fire Company, as well as Samantha Ahimovic, a local resident and mother, who at only 36 years old, is suffering from stage 4 kidney cancer. The fundraiser featured a haircut-a-thon, cryotherapy sessions, a tricky-tray with over 50 baskets and prizes, a cookout provided by

the local firefighters, face painting and activities for the kids, including pony rides, a petting zoo and a fire truck onsite. Local vendors also set up tables in the parking lot showcasing their businesses and wares. The event raised over $5,000 that will be split between Mrs. Ahimovic and the Whitehouse Fire Company. Owners Linda Altieri and Dana Garner thank everyone who came out to support these two important causes.

Hunterdon Healthcare to Host Hearing Health Fair with Free Hearing Screening on Oct. 6 Hunterdon Healthcare will host a Hearing Health Fair on Friday, Oct. 6, from noon to 4 p.m. at Hunterdon Medical Center on the first floor of the hospital outside the Auditorium. Hearing screenings will be available from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, approximately 20 percent of Americans, (48 million people) report some degree of hearing loss, and at age 65, one out of every three people has a hearing loss. Hearing loss is a major public health issue that is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease. For many individuals, hearing loss is underdiagnosed because people do not want to admit that there is a problem. Guest speakers from some of the leaders in the hearing healthcare industry, including Oticon, Resound and Advanced Bionics, will provide information about advances in technology. The Hearing Health Fair will also include information regarding new hearing instruments, hearing protection, assistive technology

and tinnitus. Hunterdon Healthcare will also be providing blood pressure checks and information on the Center for Speech and Hearing and other support services for the community. There is no registration required for is event. For more

information, call 908-788-6157 or email Kseelig@hhsnj.org. If you need special accommodations with hearing or vision issues to participate in any Hunterdon Healthcare programs, email Kathleen Seelig at Kseelig@hhsnj.org or call 908-788-6515.

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ville area. Following not far behind was a purchase of 222 1/2 acres along the South Branch Raritan River dated 28 November 1740, by John Huffman. By 1740 Joseph Kirkbride had died and his heirs sold this land to John Huffman. Imagine this tract of heavily forested land bordered along the south by the South Branch Raritan River. With water a great necessity for everything from canoe traveling to watering animals and milling grain, this was a prime piece of land. And so the tedious task of clearing the land for crops commenced. With nothing but an ax and possibly a saw, John Huffman began his commitment to the farm he loved. Trees were chopped down and dragged away for firewood,

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furniture, housing, and roofing, with the roots being exposed and pushed together for fencing – nothing in the Colonial farm was wasted. As the centuries moved on, family fathers willed the farm to their progeny. John Huffman willed the farm to his son Jacob who willed it to his son John Jacob, whose son John Schenk became the fourth owner. Fifth owner was John Schenk’s daughter Mary Potts Van Doren who bought out her brothers who cared not for farming. Mary Van Doren’s daughter Jesse Bartles became the sixth generation to own the farm. Jesse’s son Stanley was the seventh owner, and his son James Bartles was the eighth generation to own this ancient farm. In fact this Readington farm is the oldest in the State of

New Jersey in the same family ownership. Imagine eight generations farming the same land – what stories could be gleaned from the barns, soil, and sheds! And now Jim Bartles, a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran, has passed to his reward. While the

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By Stephanie B. Stevens Historian, County of Hunterdon Divided into four proprietary sections, Readington originally belonged to Budd and Logan on the Northwest; George Willocks on the Northeast; Col. Daniel Coxe, Southwest, and Joseph Kirkbride, the Southeast section. All of these sections were up for sale by the proprietors who, essentially, played the role of real estate agent and, rather quickly, regained their investment money. Throughout the Kirkbride-owned section of the township land sales commenced c. 1712 with the sale to Adrian Lane and Jerome VanEtta who are considered the first settlers in Readington. Lane purchased land around the village of Readington while VanEtta moved into the Center-

Looking Back. . . The Late Jim Bartles Last of John Huffman Lineage

farm, which is preserved, will continue to be farmed no family member will continue the legacy. A piece of Readington history has passed into oblivion. 277 years is a long time for one family to till the same soil. Rest in peace, Jim, we’ll miss you!

   

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