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Readington Township Welcomes UNICOM Global to former Merck site township.” Smith said that Merck began marketing their campus to prospective purchasers. Readington reviewed the zoning that included the Merck site to consider changes. Both the Planning Board and Township Committee discussed additional uses. Readington passed an ordinance expanding the number of permitted uses to make the site more attractive to prospective purchasers. A number of potential purchasers visited the Merck site. In time, Merck found an interested party to purchase the site and entered into a contract. That party met with the mayor, members of the Planning Board and township attorney. The contract purchaser’s plans did not fit the approved uses in that zone and the township chose not to change the zoning to meet their needs. Smith said that, in 2016, following a judge’s orders, Readington recalled 77,900 gallons of sewer capacity which had been allocated to Merck’s proposed, but never built, headquarters expansion. The contract purchaser immediately terminated their contract. In January 2017 rumors began to reach the Township Committee that a new suitor UNICOM Global was looking at the Merck site, he said. The Township Committee began to research this company. “We soon thought that they would be a good fit for Readington.” UNICOM, a privately-held company founded in 1981, started out writing software for IBM mainframes, but quickly expanded into all parts of Information Technology selling to all industry sectors. Today UNICOM operates 44 companies, and has purchased 13 enterprise software product divisions from IBM. “The rumors continued to float our way. Merck said nothing to Readington and when directly asked denied rumors. That all changed in September 2017 when an executive from UNICOM reached out to the mayor and admitted they were considering
Readington Township Mayor Ben Smith, right, welcomes Corry Hong, CEO of UNICOM Global, left, on Oct. 18. UNICOM Global has purchased the former Merck site in Whitehouse Station.
UNICOM Global closed the deal Oct. 1 on the purchase of the former Merck headquarters site in Whitehouse Station. The site which includes 2,000,000 square feet of office space on more than 1,000 acres will be called the “UNICOM Science and Technology Park” and serve as the company’s regional headquarters for New York and New Jersey. Mayor Ben Smith said, “This is great news for Readington,” noting the history of the campus dates back to 1990 when Merck built the sprawling headquarters in Whitehouse Station and moved from Rahway. “In 2009 Merck began a chain of events that greatly impacted Readington. First they purchased Schering-Plough. In 2011 Merck’s CEO retired and a new one was appointed. In 2012 Merck announced the closing of Whitehouse Station HQ and moving the HQ by 2014 to Summit (a Schering-Plough campus). Merck only gave Readington Township 30 minutes advance notice before the press release,” Smith said. “In 2013 Merck announced they were cutting 8,500 jobs (10% of the workforce) to cut $2.5 billion in costs. Before moving to Summit they changed their minds, moved the HQ to Kenilworth (the former Schering-Plough headquarters), and sold the Summit site. This chain of events left a hole in our
purchasing the property. We discussed how UNICOM would bring high tech jobs to Readington, how they bring internship programs for college students, how they want to bring joint projects with other companies and how they work with every local community where they have a major office. I knew the right company had found Readington.” By December 2017 UNICOM authorized the mayor to publicly disclose that UNICOM was the new contract purchaser.
Readington Community Theatre Presents “August: Osage County”
Readington Community Theatre will present “August: Osage County” at the Polish American Club Theatre Nov. 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 11 & 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20/adult and $15/senior and student. Buy tickets at rctnj.org, or at the door. Tickets may also be purchased through the mail by calling 908-534-1557. “August: Osage County” by author Tracy Letts is a major play that uproariously exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family. Winner of the 2008
Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, it is packed with unforgettable characters and dozens of quotable lines, and will “leave us laughing and wondering, shuddering and smiling, long after the house lights come back on.” (NY Newsday). The production is directed by Christopher Rollings, with a cast of 13 actors from both NJ and nearby PA. The show is rated “PG-13” for mature content. Parental guidance is recommended. –Submitted by Rob Nonni, RCT
Democrat Robert Menendez for a six-year term on the U.S. Senate. In the U.S. House of Representatives race, Republican Leonard Lance is opposed by Democrat Tom Malinowski for a two-year term. For a complete list of candidates and sample ballot visit http:// co.hunterdon.nj.us/election/2018/ General/ballots/Readington.pdf. The ballot has one question: Do you approve the “Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act?” This bond act authorizes the State to issue bonds in the aggregate princi-
pal amount of $500 million. The money from the sale of the bonds would be used to provide grants to schools, school districts,county vocational school districts, and county colleges. Money from the grants would be used to build, equip, and expand facilities to increase career and technical education program capacity. Money would also be used for school security upgrades and school district water infrastructure improvement projects. Polls will be open between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.
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General Election Nov. 6 The General Election is Nov. 6, and Readington Township will elect two Township Committee members to three-year terms. Vying for the seats are incumbent Mayor Benjamin A. Smith and R. Juergen Huelsebusch on the Republican ticket and Denise Esakoff and Elizabeth Fiore on the Democratic ticket. Also locally three candidates are running unopposed for three-year terms on the Readington Township Board of Education. Candidates are Andrew C. Saunders, Eric Zwerling, and Anna Shinn. No nomination has been made for a one-year unexpired term on the board. Vincent Panico is running unopposed for a three-year term as Readington’s representative on the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Board of Education. On the county level, four candidates are seeking two three-year terms on the Board of Chosen Freeholders. They are Republicans J. Matthew Holt and Susan J. Soloway and Democrats Cullen McAuliffe and Lynne McClintock. Republican Susan J. Hoffman is running unopposed for a five-year term as Surrogate. Republican Bob Hugin opposes
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Craft Fair Nov. 3 Readington Reformed Church Women’s Ministries will host the 16th Annual Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church, 124 Readington Rd. (HC Rt. 620.) Original crafts, knitted items, jewelry, wood crafts, and quilted items will be featured along with food items, a bake sale, tricky tray and a lunch counter featuring homemade soups and sandwiches. Call 908-534-2077 for further details.
Cardiologist from Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates. No special gear is required and there are no special rules. Just put on a pair of comfortable shoes and walk alone, with friends, a partner or family or with a group. This program will be led Harnish Chawla, MD, Interventional Cardiologist, Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates. The program is free and open to non-members of HealthQuest. To register, call 908-788-6157 or email Kseelig@hhsnj.org.
Roast Beef Dinner Nov. 3 Three Bridges Volunteer Fire Co. will host from 4 to 7 p.m. at the firehouse on 467 Main St. in Three Bridges. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $8 for children, and free for 5 and under. For further info, contact Mabel 908-782-2447.
BWC Craft Sale Nov. 17 The Branchburg Woman’s Club’s 31st Annual Craft Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Branchburg Central Middle School on Baird Road in Branchburg. Fine handicrafts and art will be featured. Admission is $1 for adults. Door prizes, a 50-50 raffle, refreshments, and a bake sale are planned. The event supports the club’s charitable donations and student achievement awards fund. Call 908-866-1824 for additional information.
Smokehouse Demo Nov. 4 Susan McLellan Plaisted will demonstrate 18th century methods and traditions for smoking pork from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, Stanton. The demo will take place in the smokehouse constructed by Derek Scott for his recent Eagle Scout project. The Bouman-Stickney GPS address is 114 Dreahook Rd., Lebanon, NJ, 08833. There is no fee, but donations are welcome. For more information, visit www.readingtontwpnj.gov/community/readington-museum or call 908236-2327. Walk with a Doc Nov. 15 Hunterdon Healthcare and HealthQuest of Hunterdon will host the Walk with a Doc – Cardiac Health Program from 6 to 7 p.m. at HealthQuest on the indoor track. While you walk at your own pace, you’ll have the opportunity to have questions answered by an Interventional
day afternoon hike in the fields and woodlands of the township’s Cole Road Greenway. Members of the Open Space Advisory Board will lead an exploration of the trails on the eastern section. Meet at 1 p.m. in the gravel parking area on the east side of Cole Road. If coming north on Cole Road this lot is the second parking lot, 7/10 mile from Pleasant Run Road (Rte. 629), on the right side. Coming south on Cole Road the lot is 3/10 mile past the intersection of Pine Bank Road, on the left. If using GPS, the gravel lot is across the street from 111 Cole Rd. The walk will last approximately two hours and cover level and some hilly terrain. To sign up, or for questions, contact John Klotz at email@example.com.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Nov. 20 Temple Beth-El, St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church, and North Branch Reformed Church (NBRC) will host an interfaith service will be held at 7 p.m. at NBRC, 203 Route 28, Bridgewater. Choirs and musicians from all three faiths will participate, lifting Open Space Hike Nov. 18 Enjoy the autumn foliage with a Sun- voices in thanks. The monetary of-
fering will benefit Interfaith Hospitality Network of Somerset County, and a collection of non-perishable food items will be given to the Food Bank of Somerset County. WCTT Silver Tea Dec. 4 The Woman’s Club of Tewksbury Township will host its traditional holiday silver tea following the 9:30 a.m. meeting at the Manor behind the Oldwick Firehouse in Oldwick. This tradition of serving an English tea with cucumber sandwiches and scones with lemon curd and other treats began 40 years ago as a way to celebrate the holidays. The Old Turnpike School Choir will be performing. Christmas with Elvis Dec. 7 Elvis tribute artist Jim Barone brings his performance to the Polish American Citizens Club, 29 Kline Blvd, Whitehouse Station, at 7 p.m. Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, dessert/ coffee service are included, with additional beverages available for purchase. Tickets cost $30 and are available by calling 908-534-6230 or at squareup.com/market/PACCWHS.
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By Stacey Brown, Supervisor of Humanities, and Sarah Pauch, Supervisor of Math, Science, and Technology The Readington Board of Education reviewed 2017-18 student assessment results during the Sept. 25 public meeting. District supervisors provided data from the spring administration of the PARCC assessments, Running Records, Mathematics test results, and special education learning results. While each assessment measures different components of our students’ academic growth, the overall news is that Readington students are achieving at high levels and surpassing state norms. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test is an online test that matches the rigorous content and skills outlined in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. These tests measure more complex, real-world skills such as critical thinking, writing, and problem-solving. The PARCC assessment uses five performance levels that delineate the knowledge, skills, and practices students are able to demonstrate, with Levels 4 and 5 considered to be passing: Level 1 – Did not meet expectations Level 2 – Partially met expectations Level 3 – Approached expectations Level 4 – Met expectations Level 5 – Exceeded expectations With more than 98% of our students taking the PARCC assessment, the test results for English Language Arts show that Readington students outperformed their peers at the state level at every grade level by as much as 24 percentage points. Students in grade 5, 7, and 8 did exceptionally well, with 78% or more achieving a Level 4 or 5 on the assessment. In Mathematics, Readington students outperformed their peers at the state level in all but one grade level. Many of our 7th and 8th graders are enrolled in Algebra I and Algebra II and, therefore, took the PARCC assessment for Algebra I or Algebra II. In Algebra I, 92% of our Readington students achieved a Level 4 or 5. In Algebra II, 89% of our Readington students achieved a Level 4 or 5 and no student scored at Level 1 or 2. These are outstanding results for our students and for the dedi-
cated teachers who work with them every day. Our other assessment results show equally strong performance among Readington students. Running record information which measures students’ reading levels indicates most of our students are reading at or above their grade level benchmarks. Literacy intervention programs are in place for those needing support, and we have been successful in meeting these children’s needs and lifting their levels of fluency and comprehension. Math end-of-year data shows equally strong performance across grade levels in such areas as Counting and Cardinality, Numbers and Operations, Algebraic Thinking, Measurement and Data, and Geometry. Intervention support is in place for students needing remediation and practice in specific skills and concepts. Finally, Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) assessments are
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administered to students with the Friends of the Uvenio family of most significant cognitive dis- Readington created a GoFundMe abilities for whom general state online donation page on behalf of assessments are not appropriate. the two teenage children who lost DLM assessments offer these their parents in a tragic murderstudents a way to show what they suicide on Sept. 21. Hunterdon County Prosecuknow and can do in mathemattor Anthony P. Kearns, III, stated, ics, English language arts, and “Readington Township Police science. Results from DLM aswere called to 145 Readington sessments support interpretations about what students know and Rd. on Sept. 21 for a report of an injured woman. Responding offican do. cers discovered Kimberly Uvenio, The Readington community age 48, deceased from what apcan be proud of the high achieve- peared to be blunt force trauma. ment levels demonstrated by our A K9 track for the suspect led to students. Through a combina- a shed on the property where Saltion of smart, dedicated teach- vatore Uvenio, age 52, was also ers and ambitious, hard-working deceased from self–inflicted asstudents, there isn’t anything we phyxiation.” cannot achieve. A full presentaThe teenagers, 16 and 13, have tion of the district’s assessment results for 2017-18 is available on the district website. https:// www.readington.k12.nj.us/cms/ lib/NJ01000244/Centricity/Domain/17/PARCC%20and%20Assessment%20Presentation%20 2018.pdf • Daily Visits / Walks
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Home Instead Senior Care is kicking off its annual “Be A Santa To A Senior” program for the Christmas season. This program has been successfully granting wishes for seniors in Hunterdon and Warren Counties for more than 14 years. “Be a Santa To A Senior” is Home Instead Senior Care’s nationwide gift-giving and companionship initiative. Many seniors are alone with no family or friends nearby. For details go to the BASTAS website at beasantatoasenior.com. Home Instead is also adding “Be A Santa To A Veteran,”
partnering with Veteran’s Haven North, a transitional housing program for homeless veterans. Gift tags that include an American Flag are for gifts for veterans. Local organizations provide the names of needy seniors for the Be A Santa To A Senior program. Veteran’s Haven North provides the first names of their veterans along with personalized gift tags and gift requests. These are placed on Christmas trees and wreaths in various locations throughout the county. Generous patrons of the establishments take gift tags, purchase
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the wish and return the item to the location, unwrapped with the tag attached. Home Instead Senior Care then enlists the volunteer help of its staff, CAREGivers, business associates, and volunteers from the community to collect and wrap the gifts for the seniors and veterans. The gifts will then be delivered starting on Dec. 12. The Be A Santa to A Senior/ Be A Santa To A Veteran program will run from Nov. 8 through Dec. 11. For further info, contact lucy. firstname.lastname@example.org. —Submitted by Lucy Hurley Artwork by The Preschool of Whitehouse United Methodist Church. Both the Three Bridges and By Karen Konn Readington Libraries will be closed Readington Librarian November is a time to reflect. the following days in November: The days are getting shorter and Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 6), darker, the year is coming to an Veterans Day (Monday, Nov. 12, obend and the next few months will served), and Thanksgiving (Thursbe busy with holiday and winter day and Friday, Nov. 22, and 23.) preparations. We want to take this Please note that the Three Bridges opportunity to thank all our library library will have special hours the families and friends. We enjoy your Wednesday before Thanksgiving, company and your book reviews. Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sports ★ Camps Our regular hours are: Three We hope that this year has been filled with good reads and that you Bridges - Monday, Thursday and discovered new authors. As the Friday - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesupcoming days fill with holiday day - 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday - 9 chores, don’t forget the library is a a.m. to noon. Readington - Monday, good resource. Cookbooks for new Wednesday and Friday - 9 a.m. to 5 holiday recipes, craft books for dec- p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday - noon orating or gift ideas, we have them. to 8 p.m.; Saturday - 9 a.m. to noon. Come in and check them out.
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The Hunterdon Health and Wellness Center in Whitehouse Station cut the ribbon on a new fitness studio on Oct. 2. The studio is named after longtime members and generous donors, Stanley and Joyce Gliniewicz of Whitehouse Station, who supported the expansion. The new studio is named the Stanley and Joyce Gliniewicz Wellness Atrium. Stan and Joyce moved to Readington Township in 2002, and the first thing they did was join the Hunterdon Health and Wellness Center in Whitehouse Station. “In 2013, the Wellness Center started issuing passes for Spin because the room could only accommodate 13 people. This was also done for Pilates and Chair Yoga. It became apparent to Stan and I that the Wellness Center needed more space to allow more people to participate. So, we made an initial donation to the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation to provide the incentive to consider expanding. Stan and I met with Hunterdon Medical Center staff and had preliminary discussions with Readington Township to discuss the idea,” explained Joyce. In 2014, it was determined the expansion was feasible and architectural drawings were completed. “In 2015, Stan came down suddenly with Myasthenia Gravis
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Troop 90 took part in the Raritan of the hook. To assist navigation, the Valley District Fall Camporee Sept. Sandy Hook Lighthouse was built 28-30 at the 9 Gun Battery Encamp- in 1764 and is now the oldest operment at Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook. ating lighthouse in the U.S. During Events included: 10 mile bike ride, the Revolutionary War Sandy Hook bird watching, fishing, kite flying, was occupied by British and Loyalist land navigation, hunt for hidden trea- troops. Sandy Hook was the also the sure, astronomy beach volleyball, site of the first U.S. Army Proving Pictured, from left, are Shelby Nelson, Wellness and Aquatics Program anchor raising, nature walk, camp- Ground from 1874 to 1919, where Supervisor; Mary Benyola, Assistant Director, Hunterdon Health fire program and beach football. the Army tested its new weapons. and Wellness Centers; Tamra Campanella, Administrative Director, Sandy Hook is a 1,665 acre barrier During World War II, Fort Hancock Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers; Joyce Gliniewicz, donor; and beach peninsula on the New Jersey was a major staging area for troops Cheryl Getz, Fitness Supervisor, Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers. shore. Since Colonial days, ships bound for Europe. Troop 90 meets every Thursday at and after a few months it was The Hunterdon Health and entering New York Harbor used the apparent he would not be able Wellness Center in Whitehouse Sandy Hook Channel just off the tip the Midland School in Branchburg. to live the lifestyle he was once Station will use the new space used too. One of his wishes was to hold various classes including to make sure the Wellness Cen- Pilates, Body Flow, Yoga, and ter was completed to allow more TRX. people to participate in classes To learn more about the Huntthey want, when they want. No erdon Health and Wellness Cenmember should be turned away,” ter visit, www.hunterdonhealth$135 • Designed to feed 8-10 people. said Joyce. Stanley passed away care.org. Heating instructions included. in 2015, but his wish of the Wellness Center having additional Pick up at the Clubhouse space came to fruition. b e t w e e n 1 0 a m - 6 p m o n We d n e s d a y , N o v e m b e r 2 1 s t .
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Boy Scout Troop 186 held a Court of Honor at the Three Bridges Reformed Church on Sept. 25, celebrating achievements since June. The following scouts earned the rank listed: Scout Rank Luke Bielen, Mason Quintard; Stanton Holly Trail Dec. 1–Lifetime Stanton Holly Trail Tenderfoot - Dylan Campbell, member Katie Benson instructs the members of Stanton Girl Scout Troop James Lynch, Luke Szymanski; 81121 on the niceties of working in the dining room during Stanton Holly Second Class - Joshua Beisner, Trail, while Leader Sara Haviland Jackson observes. The tour takes place Andrew Leibowitz, Ryan Linz, Dec. 1 and raises money for Briteside Adult Day Center and community outTyler O’Brien, Matthew Prager; reach at Stanton Reformed Church. Tickets holders tour five homes, enjoy First Class - Nathan Allen, Will complimentary tea, and visit a craft bazaar filled with artisan made goods. Barnes, Tyler O’Brien, Matthew This year vintage Christmas expert Bob Richter will be on hand to sign his Prager; Star Scout - Michael Beisbook, “A Very Vintage Christmas.” Visit www.stantonhollytrail.org for ticket ner, Jack Deighan, Patrick Hanrainformation. –Photo Credit: Robert Bell han, Stephen Wagner; Life Scout - Kyle Barrett, Jason Linz, Ben Melanson, Michael Migliorino. In addition to the rank awards achieved, more than 180 merit badge and other awards were presented including World conservation and Triple Crown. The ceremony honored adult service to the troop. Assistant Scout Master Rick Sidler was honored for his 20+ years in scouting as well as outgoing committee chair Steve Nees. Three Bridges Boy Scout Troop is chartered by the Three Bridges Reformed Church and has been serving youth and the community since 1949. Scouts meet at the Three Bridges Reformed Church on Tuesdays during the school year from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Troop 186 belongs to the Hunterdon Arrowwood District of the Washington Crossing Council. George Rocco Seminara, Jr., Director Daniel M. Erickson, Director NJ Lic. # 4798
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Back by popular demand, Immaculate Conception Church (316 Old Allerton Rd., Annandale) is hosting its fifth annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. featuring Rev. Alphonse Stephenson and the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea. Local maestro and beloved priest/conductor, Father Alphonse has been delighting audiences as the conductor of this magnificent orchestra for more than 30 years. The orchestra is comprised of 42 professional musicians and features three captivating soloists. Tickets for the concert will be available after all Masses in the narthex of the church beginning Nov. 3 and 4 and weekdays at the Parish Office (open from 10 a.m. 4:30 p.m., beginning Nov. 5). Donation is $40, Balcony ticket cost is $30, Student (21 years and younger) ticket cost is $25. This concert sells out fast. Questions? Call 7357319 or email email@example.com. Visit www.iccannandale.org for more information.
Fr. Alphonse’s very first orchestra was formed in New York’s Theatre District while he served at St. Malachy’s, the Actors Chapel. His conducting debut was with soloist Paul Plishka of the Metropolitan Opera. In 1980, the late Broadway director and choreographer Michael Bennett engaged him as conductor and music director of his musical hit, A Chorus Line. Father conducted nearly 3,000 performances of the record-breaking musical, both internationally and at the Shubert Theater, New York City. A student of the late George Schick of the Metropolitan Opera and Dr. Robert Abramson of the Juilliard School of Music, Father Alphonse has been guest conductor of the Fresno Philharmonic, Delaware Valley Philharmonic, Metro Lyric Opera, the Greater Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra and the Key West Pops Orchestra. In 2010, Father celebrated 30 years of professional conducting; he was awarded a Doctor of Music, “ho-
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Hunterdon Healthcare Offers More Comfortable Mammograms
Here are a few words that rarely go together: Relaxed, comfortable, and mammogram. The primary reason women dread and skip screening mammograms is pain. In one study, researchers found that 46 percent of women skipped their regular mammogram because the first one hurt too much. In another published study, researchers interviewed 2,600 women about their experience with a screening mammogram and found that 10-15 percent experienced “moderate to severe” levels of distress or pain. That’s why Hunterdon Healthcare is now offering patients a new option in mammograms: Senographe Pristina™. Designed from the ground up with input from women, it is the first mammography system to provide women with comfort, confidence, and clarity. “If women skip their screening mammogram, they could literally be putting their lives at risk,” said
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The staff, families, alumni and of a Monarch Butterfly unfold,” said current students of Whitehouse Prep, Judy Serra, Head of School. There Route 22, as well as Whitehouse were releases of butterflies every Station community members raised day from Aug. 1 through mid-OcMonarch Butterflies from eggs this tober. “There was always so much year and successfully released about excitement in letting them go.” 222 butterflies in September. This is The teachers and staff are all the first year that school staff tagged trained through the Monarch Teach100 of the butterflies released er’s Network and share a passion for through the Monarch Teacher’s Net- making sure that this beautiful butwork Journey North, and they are terfly continues to exist. On Sept. excited about getting notifications 20, they released 25 butterflies as a of where their butterflies are on their school. They had a big send off on journey to Mexico. their playground within the school’s The children found eggs at their Monarch Waystation. The children school’s waystation as well as their were all dressed up like Monarch community waystation garden at Butterflies and sang a song to the Cornhusker’s Park in Readington butterflies as they sent them off to Township. The newly formed way- Mexico. station at the Readington Com- Serra thanks Deputy Mayor Betty munity Garden is certified through Ann Fort for supporting the endeavMonarch Watch and its Waystation or this year and well as the many (number 19358). community members of Reading“They brought the eggs back to ton Township who helped water the the school and fed them lots of milk- garden and raise the caterpillars into weed and had an amazing first hand butterflies. experience in watching the lifecycle
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Christmas Antique Show Dec. 1 & 2 The Tewksbury Historical Society will host its 14th annual Tewksbury Christmas Antique Show on Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ( new closing time), at the Old Turnpike School, 173 Old Turnpike Rd. (Route 517) in the Fairmount section of Tewksbury Township. A portion of the $8 admission fee benefits THS. More than 50 exhibitors will display fine 18th through 20th century antiques and quality collectibles. The society will be selling period antiques donated by members and residents. Note cards, post cards, books, Tewksbury Afghans and prints of Oldwick, Pottersville, Califon, Mountainville and Tewksbury will also be available. For information visit www. tewksburyhistory.net or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
of time, volunteer to do a local delivery for someone who can’t pick up their food. Come to Our Lady of Lourdes at 5:30 on distribution night, Nov. 20. If you have questions contact Readington Township Social Services at 908 534-0974. Thanksgiving Food Distribution Schedule: Nov. 18 - 6 p.m. - Set Up Hall; Nov. 19 - 9 a.m. Sort Food; Nov. 20 - 9 a.m. - Pack Non-perishables, 5 p.m. - Pack Perishables; 6 p.m. Distribution The Readington Township Social Services Holiday Gift Match Program is underway with gifts
due back by Dec. 12. Community members can volunteer to adopt a local family, a child, a senior or an individual. You may do as much or as little as you wish. Past donors have been individuals, neighborhood groups, scout troops, work groups, clubs, churches and businesses. Wishes include items such as a warm coat, a grocery or gas card, a special article of clothing for a teen, or a new toy for a child. Call 908-534-0974 for details or to request a holiday match. –Submitted by Chistine Dey, LCSW, Readington Township Housing/Social Services
“Equestrian Heritage” is the subject of a talk by local historian W. Barry Thomson hosted by the Tewksbury Historical Society on Sunday, Nov. 11, 6:15 p.m., Fairmount Presbyterian Church Community House, 247 Old Turnpike Rd. in Tewksbury. The free talk is open to the public. Preceding the talk is a covered dish supper at 5 p.m., also open to the public, with a request to bring a covered dish to share.
Thomson will focus on “Farmer’s Day” races which evolved into the local Far Hills Race Meeting steeplechase held each October. He will also talk about the four-in-hand English road coaches, including the one scheduled between Bernardsville and Morristown. For more information and directions call 908-832-6734 and leave your name and phone number.
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Readington Area Starfish, a local church and community-based volunteer organization that operates an emergency food pantry, assists local residents with emergency needs and provides holiday food to families in need, is looking for volunteers to help sort, bag and deliver holiday food. Bring a friend and join Readington Starfish at any of the times listed below. It is not necessary to sign up. All activities take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Route 523 and Pulaski Road, Whitehouse Station. If you just have a small amount
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By Jen Snyder, HSA The HSA (Home School Association) or PTO is an organization run by volunteers to encourage communication between the parents and staff for the Readington Township School District. HSA raises money, organizes events for the students, allocates money for mini grants for learning accessories requested by the staff to enhance student’s learning experience. In lieu of having various sales to raise money, the HSA asks for a one-time stipend of $45 per family called “Invest in Your Child.” Thus far, we have reached 53% of our goal. These funds are then allocated towards events like Pumpkin Bash where the students carved pumpkins, displayed their lighted pumpkins outside the school followed by an exciting dance party. In November the Holiday Shoppe will be set up where the kids may buy small gifts for their loved ones. If you are interested in joining HSA or donating, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ed Weislo, Bob Boak, David Livingston, and Tom Seibert parked cars at Saucetoberfest Sept. 22 & 23 at Schaefer Farm on Route 523. More than $1000 was raised for scholarships. —Submitted by David S. Livingston, Whitehouse Rotary
Whitehouse Rotary Club is a non-profit organization composed of business/professional persons, both retired and actively working, who support the needs of our local community. The club meets each Tuesday at noon at the Rail Restaurant next to the Whitehouse train station. New members are welcome to join. Contact David Livingston, davebarbjean@gmail. com, for further information. Current projects and efforts by the
club include the following: • Annual $1000 scholarships to local high school seniors attending post graduate training and/or studies • Annual $100 awards to two 8th grade students attending Readington Middle School. The awards are given for outstanding community service. • Annual distribution of dictionaries (170) to each Readington public school 3rd grader
• Annual support of Rotary International Polio Plus efforts; Whitehouse Rotary is one of the top givers each year among the over 70 Rotary clubs in the central and north regions. These efforts have helped to support immunizations throughout the world resulting in near eradication of the disease. Currently, there is less than one case per week in only three countries; • Participation/distribution/preparation of free food at the annual Readington Memorial Day Parade • Financial support for the efforts of Judy Sanseverino of Whitehouse, who cuts the grass and picks up trash in the median along Route 22 in the Whitehouse area • Annual Whitehouse Rotary Club fund raising sale of 50/50 raffle tickets • Annual fundraising efforts at Schaefer Farms parking cars for the “Saucetoberfest” in the fall • Participation and support of the annual Hunterdon County Soup Cookoff; last year county Rotary Clubs distributed over $10,000 to the five county food pantries
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By Stephanie B. Stevens Historian, County of Hunterdon Considering that the only public places in Colonial/Early America were taverns, inns and ordinaries, all public, political and social gatherings took place there. Taverns were the meeting place for county court houses, polling places, school houses, regimental headquarters for training days, county freeholders and officers of townships met here, along with all travelers. The tavern keeper learned all news of the day and essentially became the newspaper ready to dispense all important information. In a word, everything pertaining to Colonial life was discussed, discussed again and effected in the local tavern. Along with information, travelers needed food. Menus consisting of venison, bear, wild fowl and domesticated
animals provided sustenance to the hungry. Vegetables and fruits were in short supply but not so the liquor list which comprised plain, royal and damasked cider, eight kinds of wine, rum, apple and peach brandy, eggnog, whiskey, molasses beer, mead, hot rum, tiff, hotch potch, sillibub and sampson - to name but a few of the more popular drinks of the day. Travel presented severe difficulties - the roads were dirt and no wider than our current sidewalks, all running through deep woods (sometimes hiding thieves and wild animals.) So by 1668 the Assembly … “in consideration of the inconveniences that do arise for the want of an ordinary in every town”… ordered that Bergen, Elizabethtown, Newark, Middletown, Piscataway, Woodbridge, Shrewsbury and all the settle-
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such: Annually application was made to the “Honorable justices of the peace of the quarter sessions for licenses for the County of Hunterdon.” Each application was signed by 10 men who were Freeholders, owned 50 or more acres, approved and knew the tavern. These men swore that the tavern had more than three beds for accommodating “ye Traveler,” that there was sufficient food and drink for guests and the owner was “a man of honesty and temperance and is known to us to have all the requisites required by law to keeping an Inn or Tavern.” Early laws are interesting!
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