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December 2019


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Readington Honors 2019 Volunteers

Holiday Tree Lighting Dec. 13


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Dr. Karan Oberhansley, owner of Whitehouse Veterinary Hospital, (kneeling) was named Volunteer of the Year for her work with police canines. She is pictured with K9 Agar, Police Sgt. Christopher Heycock and Mayor Betty Ann Fort.

By Mayor Betty Ann Fort Readington Township celebrated its volunteers at the annual Volunteer Dinner, held at the Three Bridges Firehouse on Wednesday, Oct. 23. Representatives from all of Readington’s boards, commissions, committees, and all branches of emergency services were treated to a tasty ham and turkey dinner and lots of good fellowship. There were about 165 people in attendance.

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Tree Lighting Committee members gather by the holiday tree at the Readington Township Municipal Building. From left are Maryann Lacamera, Herb RySpecial recognition was given The Volunteer of the Year award der, Susan Lacamera, Gabrielle Bolarakis, Ed Janckiewcz, Mayor Betty Ann to Readington’s CERT (Commu- was given to Dr. Karan OberhansFort, Christina Albrecht, and Julia Allen. (Not pictured Kristen Doyle) CERT charter members

nity Emergency Response) Team, which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, and individual awards were given to CERT’s Charter Members who have been CERT Volunteers since the organization began. Those members are: Alex Bahrami, Gene Berliner, Janet Doerer, Joseph Doerer, Paul Grassie, Lois Heikkila, Ron Komar, Adam Levison, Jane Lundy, Eugene Ngai, Wendy Sheay and Leslie Weiss.

ley, owner of Whitehouse Veterinary Hospital, for her consistent and generous support of Readington Police Department’s Canine Officers over the years. Dr. Oberhansley has provided all food and routine medical care to all of the dogs who have served the Police Department, which has saved the Township a tremendous amount of money over the past 12 years.

Dutch Sint-Nicolaas Day to be Celebrated at Bouman-Stickney Farmstead

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Dutch Sint-Nicolaas Day will take place on Sunday, Dec. 8, between 1 and 4 p.m. at the BoumanStickney Farmstead, 114 Dreahook Rd. in the Stanton section of the township. For GPS use Lebanon, NJ, 08833. Sinterklaas will be available for pictures, Colonial musicians will perform historic holiday pieces that showcase an historic violin and hammered dulcimer, and domestic historians will present 18th century cookie and candy making for the holidays. Visitors may also make an ornament to take home, as well as enjoy cider and homemade Dutch cookies. The free program honors the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead’s Dutch heritage. For more information visit or call 908-236-2327.

Maryann Lacamera and her jolly band of volunteer helpers have been busily planning the 15th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting. This year’s themed event “Making Spirits Bright” will be held at 7 pm, Friday, Dec. 13, at the Readington Township Municipal Building, 509 Route 523, Whitehouse Station. Join friends, family and neighbors to celebrate the holiday season with caroling and holiday music. There will be hot chocolate and homebaked cookies from members of the Readington Girl Scouts, and a special appearance by Santa. Park either at the Municipal Building parking lot or behind the building at Pickell Park. Bring a lantern if you would like to share the flame of the “Peace Light” complements of Cub Scout Pack 1980. —Submitted by Christina Albrecht


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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 January 2020

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Upcoming Events NJWOMENSONG Dec. 7 NJWOMENSONG women’s community chorus will present its annual winter choral concert, “What Sweeter Music” at 3 p.m. at Flemington United Methodist Church, 116 Main St., Flemington. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. For further information contact or 908-7200267. Open Space Hike Dec. 15 A bit more challenging than the Open Space Advisory Board’s usual outings, this trail takes a 450-foot climb to the top of the Hunterdon County Cushetunk Mountain Preserve and along a portion of the ridge. Sturdy foot-

wear is in order as the summit is quite rocky. The reward should be a terrific view of Readington to the east and Round Valley Reservoir to the west, impressive woods and possible bald eagle sightings. The hike time will be about two hours. Meet at 1 p.m. at the parking lot of the Hunterdon County Cushetunk Mountain Preserve, 106 Old Mountain Rd., Lebanon. To sign up, or for questions, contact John Klotz at Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea Dec. 15 Immaculate Conception Church (316 Old Allerton Rd., Annandale) will host a Christmas Concert at 3 pm featuring Rev. Alphonse Ste-

Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol at RVCC

Celebrate the season at The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg with two delightful holiday classics - The Great Russian Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol. The Great Russian Nutcracker, presented by Moscow Ballet, will be performed Sunday, Dec. 1, at 1 and 5 p.m. Tickets cost $50 and $60 each. This acclaimed holiday extravaganza features dazzling costumes, towering puppets, stunning sets, and the exquisite artistry of 40 world-class Russian dancers. As is the custom, the students of Gotta Dance will perform along

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with the professional dancers. The production will be enhanced by a special Nutcracker Tea Party event, Dec. 1, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., in RVCC’s Event Center. Tickets cost $30 for adults, $25 for children and may be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 908-725-3420. Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s production of A Christmas Carol will be presented Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2 pm. Tickets cost $50 and $60 each. This celebrated adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol weaves the spellbinding fable of a man who is given the rarest of gifts: the chance to change. To purchase tickets or for more information call the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at

Readington First Day Hike phenson and the Orchestra of St. Jan. 1 Peter by the Sea. Call the parish office 908-735-7319 for ticket in- Celebrate New Year’s Day with an afternoon hike from Pickell Park formation. through the fields and woods of the former Vuslocky Farm and up Christmas Concert Dec. 22 Episcopal Church of the Holy the Readington side of Cushetunk Spirit, 3 Haytown Rd. Lebanon, Mountain. As time allows, hikwill host “Advent Choral Even- ers will explore some of the trails song and Bach’s Christmas Ora- along the ridgeline of the mountorio” by the chamber orchestra tain. Meet at 1 p.m. at the paviland CHS choir at 4 p.m. A recep- ion in Pickell Park. Your dog on a tion will follow. Music Director leash is welcome. The group will is Alexei Tartakovsky. Commu- walk about three miles, about two nity members are invited to sign hours, at times over steeply slopup to sing with the choir. The ing terrain in old-growth woodsign-up form is at https://forms. land, watching for hawks, eagles, gle/YXrU6cmLsGZUaaJK7. See winter birds and other signs of for in- wildlife. To sign up, or for questions, contact John Klotz at jwkformation on the church.

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The Hunterdon Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting the annual Lights of Love Tree Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. at Hunterdon Medical Center, 2100 Westcott Dr., Flemington. The event gathers family and friends and brightens the holiday sky with lights, music and love. Returning this year to entertain is the Star Maker School and Crossroads. A holiday cookie sale will be held during the event to benefit Briteside Adult Day Center. The auxiliary will sell handpainted ornaments, created by The Brushing Violets. For 32 years, in early December, Hunterdon Medical Center has been lighting the campus with thousands of shining white and blue lights. These lights represent

gifts received from donors all over the country to honor or memorialize people who have touched their lives in a special way. If you would like to dedicate your own light and have a “light of love” placed on the tree, call the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation at 908-788-6141 or visit online at Tree lights available are Individual lights - $20, Starlight $100, Candlelight $250, Shooting Star $500 and Circle of Love $1,000. The Lights of Love lead sponsor is Wright & Ford Family Funeral Home. For more information and to RSVP to attend the ceremony, contact the foundation office at 908-788-6141 or email ddalley@

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By Jonathan Hart, Superintendent of Schools, and Anthony Tumolo, Supervisor of SEL and Special Projects At the Sept. 24 Board of Education meeting, the board voted to adopt district and board goals for the 2019-2020 school year. Both the district staff and the Board of Education have made social-emotional learning, including overall wellness and climate and culture a district priority. According to the Collaborative for Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), “Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults: 1. Understand and manage emotions (Self Awareness) 2. Set and achieve positive goals (Self Management) 3. Feel and show empathy for others (Social Awareness) 4. Establish and maintain positive relationships (Relationship Skills) 5. Make responsible decisions (Responsible Decision-Making) This year the district has continued to infuse these five core SEL

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competencies into the daily lives of students through specific techniques and practices. Supervisor of SEL and Special Projects, Anthony Tumolo, along with the assistance and support of many, including the district school counselors, have jointly led the charge to assist teachers in finding ways to infuse SEL in their daily instruction. Students at Readington Middle School participate in something called a connection circle. This restorative practice strengthens student-student and teacher-student relationships by building trust and empathy while establishing a sense of belonging. This creates a safe community conducive for learning. Students in the elementary buildings have a dedicated SEL period where they can fine-tune their social-emotional competence in a safe, supportive environment. These skills are applied throughout every facet of the school day. Organic, homegrown lessons are being created that are systemic, cohesive, and purposeful as they connect to the

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specific culture, climate, and academic curriculum in each school. Additionally, Whitehouse School conducts Town Hall meetings and Family Conferences, which over time has become part of the fabric of the school culture. Three Bridges School conducts monthly SEL assemblies that consist of teachers and students teaching the entire school community about what it means to have good character. Holland Brook School also has student-led character assemblies periodically throughout the school year. They also par-

ticipate in a buddy class program created by the school climate team, led by the School Counselor, Mrs. Barbara Pauley. A fourth and fifth-grade class is paired up and together they participate in a character based activity designed by the school climate team that connects to the character theme of the month. SEL is an important component of the academic curriculum, as it provides students with the social tools to feel connected with others. This is of increasing importance in the digital age where students are often con-

necting with others through online media. Additionally, this type of explicit instruction is intended to provide overall mental and physical wellness for the entire Readington School Family. Adolescent rates of suicide and physical illness are on the rise. This SEL work is critically important in combating these challenging issues because it forges a positive mindset rooted in resilience and compassion, while providing educators, parents, and students with healthy tools needed to thrive in an increasingly stressful world.

Readington Mayor Re-Elected in General Election

Mayor Betty Ann Fort (R) won another three-year term on the Readington Township Committee in the Nov. 5 General Election. She received 1,918 votes while opponents Denise Esakoff (D) received 1,234 and Trevor Izzo (I), 1,518. Elected to three-year terms on the Readington Board of Education were Carolyn Podgorski, 1,903 votes; Thomas Wallace, 1,978; and Laura Simon, 1,972, besting Jared M. Beatrice who received 1,876 votes. For Hunterdon County Sheriff, Frederick W. Brown

(R) received 20,254 votes defeating Dominick Puzio (D) with 14,324 votes. Brown will serve a three-year term. Elected to three-year terms on the Board of Chosen Freeholders were John E. Lanza (R) 21,197 votes and Zachary T. Rich (R), 21,125, defeating Cullen McAuliffe (D), 14,860. For State Assembly in the 16th District, voters elected Andrew Zwicker (D) and Roy Freiman (D), defeating Mark Caliguire (R) and Christine Madrid (R).

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Elders Karen Weber and Ken Iselin present an early history of the Readington Reformed Church.

By Susan Sohl In 1719, a group of Dutch and English colonists worshipped in a log cabin near the confluence of the North and South Branches of the Raritan River. On Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, the public was invited to commemorate the 300th anniversary of this humble beginning for Readington Reformed Church, now located in

Readington village. After a celebration of history and music, a reception followed in the nearby Readington Volunteer Fire Department. “Today we celebrate many gifts God has bestowed on our congregation, including this beautiful sanctuary, dedicated in 1865,” said Elder Karen Weber. “A church, however, is not a build-

ing.” Ken Iselin, a 50-year member who manages the cemetery, buildings and grounds, added, “Before that first log cabin church was built, a lay reader and chaplain named Guilliam Bertholf visited faithful Dutch families. He worked as a cooper who bent wooden planks into barrels. But colonists convinced him to travel to Holland for theological training. The church traces its roots to the Dutch Reformed Church, though its denomination became The Reformed Church in America. Among the civic leaders that spoke about local and church history were former U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen and NJ. Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker. Frelinghuysen’s ancestor, Theodorus Frelinghuysen, was the church’s first pastor. Zwicker spoke about the third pastor, Jacob Rusten Hardenburgh, a friend of George Washington and founder of Rutgers University. He spread seeds of freedom and equality in his sermons and

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went on to ratify the Declaration of Independence and help compose our state Constitution. While Dutch Reformed leaders wrote and signed our national declarations and constitutions, here in Readington black members were restricted to Civil War-era balconies and buried in the historic “Cherry Hill” segregated graveyard. Only in the last 50 years did women gain the right to serve as ordained leaders—including the last two pastors. Janet Cole, the church’s vice president, told how Fannie Hazen Drew was one of Cornell University’s first 11 women, though she complained her professors considered her invisible. Wife of Readington’s longest serving pastor, Rev. Benjamin Van Doren Wyckoff, Fannie helped him serve the congregation from 1884 to 1929. Wilma Cole, one of the first female elders in the church’s denomination added, “Fannie was very visible here at Readington. She began a Bible study for women. With 13 other women, Fannie began Readington’s Mission Society. It grew to 130 women members. Women like Fannie laid the groundwork for today’s women leaders.”

“Like our congregation, this building has been renewed and rebuilt, many times over,” explained the church’s 23rd pastor, Rev. Liz Estes. “When a terrible fire tore down their third building in 1864, they rebuilt the current and fourth sanctuary. In 1913, strong winds toppled the tower. They rebuilt it again. In 2007, the 22nd pastor, Rev. Cathy Gumpert oversaw a new sanctuary redesign. The tower was rebuilt once more in 2013.” Readington Mayor Betty Ann Fort said the event’s theme: “Deeply Rooted in Faith – Growing in God’s Love,” highlighted the church’s efforts to build a caring community. In the past 27 years, the congregation has provided meals and shelter for women and children through the Family Promise non-profit, the only shelter for homeless families in Hunterdon County. Six times a year, for one week at a time, volunteers cook dinners, read stories, play games, and stay overnight with families seeking permanent homes. An Old-World Christmas Eve Service, on Dec. 24 at 7 p.m., continues the 300th celebration of music and history.

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The actor(s) are not just targeting Readington Township. They are targeting many municipalities along the Route 78 corridor. Our officers and detectives are working hard to apprehend the actor(s), but they need help from residents. If you see something suspicious in your neighborhood, call us. It is our responsibility and our job to respond to all suspicious persons or incidents. If you have cameras on your house, check them routinely and pass on anything that may be of value to our Detectives. You can email the Readington Township Police Department at or call us at (908)5344031. Things to keep in mind: • Lock your vehicle even when it is parked in your driveway. •

Don’t leave personal items in your car (cell phones, laptops, purses and wallets).

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KEY POINTS OF EXECUTIVE (CLOSED) SESSION People have asked why the Township Committee or other Boards or Committees meet in Executive (Closed) Session. Most Township business is conducted in public meetings so that people can see how their government works and hear the results when elected and appointed officials vote on a matter before them. The New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act (NJSA 10:4-12) gives a public body the ability to go into Executive Session for some very specific reasons. The most commonly occurring reasons are explained here. 1. Any collective bargaining agreement, negotiations, terms and conditions with employees of the Township are considered confidential. Once agreement is reached, the contract or agreement is voted on in public. 2. Anything involving the purchase or lease of any real estate using public funds. This is to protect the content of negotiations so that the governing body cannot be outbid by a member of the public who learns of the price being offered. This is much like when a private individual is purchasing property—the price, terms and conditions are not disclosed until the contract is signed by all parties. Once a contract is negotiated to the satisfaction of both parties, it must be approved in a public meeting. 3. Anything that involves the employment, appointment, termination of employment, terms and conditions of employment, or promotion or discipline of any public employee in order to protect the privacy of that individual. The individual employee may request in writing that any of these matters be discussed in public session. Again, any action taken must be voted on in public session. 4. Any pending or anticipated litigation in which the Township is or may become a party to. This is to keep legal strategies confidential and to protect attorney-client privilege. Before a public body can go into Executive Session, it must adopt a resolution in open session stating that it is going into Executive Session. Advanced notice beyond this is not required. No official action can be taken in Executive Session. So when the Township Committee or other public body returns to open session, it reports on matters discussed in Executive Session and will vote in public on any action(s) to be taken.

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Meals on Wheels “Shares the Love”

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pated in the HSA Dine Around Event on Wednesday, Oct. 23, donating 20% of each dining receipt to the Readington HSA. Owners Ralph and Tiffany Barca are residents of Whitehouse Station and are proud supporters of their community. Pictured, from left, Readington Police Officer John Harris, Sorella’s Pizza Slice, Ralph Barca (Owner of Sorella’s), Alissa Buelow (5th grade Teacher at Holland Brook School), and Cathy Patrick (5th grade teacher at Holland Brook School). - Submitted by Tiffany Barca

Meals on Wheels in Hunterdon will be participating in The 2019 Subaru Share the Love® Event as a member of Meals on Wheels America. Through Jan. 2, 2020, Subaru of America will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to the customer’s choice of participating charities. By purchasing or leasing a new Subaru during the Share the Love Event and selecting Meals on Wheels as your charity of choice, you can help deliver nutritious meals and other important services to local seniors. “Last year, Meals on Wheels in Hunterdon received $16,174.64 by participating in the Share the Love Event which supports the nutritious meals, friendly visits, and safety checks that enable seniors to continue living in the comforts of their own homes,” said Regina Hlasney, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels in Hunterdon. #sharethelove. –Submitted by Mary Faust, Meals on Wheels in Hunterdon

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of their meals and packed sandwiches for their day trips. The next stop was Cape Cod National Seashore where scouts spotted seals off Coast Guard beach and stopped to see the Nauset Light and Three Sisters Lighthouses, and the conservation efforts to reduce erosion at Herring Cove Beach. Scouts visited the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, MA, finishing the day by cleaning up the beach at MacMillan Pier. Troop 1969 then went to Boston and hiked the Freedom Trail. Highlights of the tour included visiting the Park Street Church, the Old Granary Burying Grounds, the site of the Boston Massacre, Faneuil Hall, the Old North Church, Copp’s Hill Burying Grounds, and the square where Paul Revere started on his Midnight Ride. The scouts also climbed the 294 steps of the Bunker Hill Monument and explored the decks of the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship in the world. They stepped forward into history when they toured the USS Cassin Young to learn about the destroyer that engaged in seven Pacific battles in World War II and survived two Kamikaze hits. The scouts ended their visit to Boston as the sun set by taking a water taxi from the Charlestown Navy Yard across Boston Harbor to the Boston Long Wharf. Troop 1969 welcomes all boys ages 11 and up who are interested in adventure, outdoor appreciation, leadership, personal growth, and service. The troop meets at the Stanton Reformed Church on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. For information contact Scoutmaster Bill Wallace at

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Troop 1969 scouts assemble in front of the new statue dedicated to President George Washington on the Washington Parade Field of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with their cadet tour guides. Pictured are (front row) Zachary Barckholtz (Troop 186), Jake Beatrice, J.T. Wieder, and Danny Schneider and (back row) Luke Fischer, Cristian Artache, Luke Barckholtz, Michael Barckholtz, Aiden Watson, Adam Sinagra, Jack McPherson, Ryan Levison, and Dylan McPherson. –Submitted by Cindy Barckholtz

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Commander Scott Scammel of Readington shakes hands with Holland Brook of 2019, members of Stanton School student Charlie Staudt during a Veteran’s Day activity at the school. Troop 1969 took advantage of Scammel talked to students about his experiences serving as a Naval pilot. Stu- school holidays to take a threedents wrote letters of thanks to veterans and learned about Veteran’s Day dur- day excursion to New England. ing their SEL lessons in mid-November. The week’s affirmation was: “I honor Their first stop was in Connecticut, where the troop toured myself and others.”

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On Sept. 16 at the Union County Performing Arts Center, Denise Hickson of Readington Community Theatre was awarded the 2019 Perry Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play. The honor was awarded for her portrayal of Barbara Weston in RC Theatre’s production of “August: Osage County.” Denise, a resident of High Bridge, will appear next as Maria Merelli in RC Theatre’s production of “Lend Me A Tenor,” to be presented at Stanton Ridge Golf and Country Club Jan. 17 26. Find show information at rctnj. org.

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Alumni, current students, families, staff, WUMC members and friends of The Preschool of Whitehouse United Methodist Church celebrated on Oct. 27.

The Whitehouse United Methodist Church celebrated 50 years of the ministry of The Preschool of Whitehouse United Methodist Church on Sunday, Oct. 27, during the 10 a.m. worship service. Alumni and current students, families, staff, WUMC members, and friends gathered and participated in this joyous celebration. Alumni students read the Scriptures – Matthew 19:13-15 and Proverbs 22:6. A slide show illuminated the Sanctuary with the preschool program in action.

Teenagers, preschool alumni and now high schoolers, joined the WUMC choir in the anthem “He Never Failed Me Yet” while current preschoolers sang “This Little Light of Mine” during Children’s Time. Chris Scheick, Preschool Director, shared a brief history of The Preschool accompanied by reflections from others. A reception immediately followed the service. The Preschool was established in 1969 “to provide a loving, nurturing, safe environment in which all children are welcomed and

given ample opportunity to learn and grow.” It is estimated that hundreds of lives were impacted through the 50 years of this ministry. In a letter to the congregation, a founding staff member applauded and credited “the support of each and every member of the Whitehouse United Methodist Church” in fulfilling this mission. During the service, preschool memories were placed in the offering plate and shared. A teen alumni student remembered “making food and show and tell” where another confidently shared that The Preschool “forged most of my friendships today.” An alumni parent noted how preschool staff “encourage, nurture, and help mold children to be the best versions of themselves” and “their contributions in making her son the man he is today.” If The Preschool has touched your life in any way which you’d like to share, email memories to –Submitted by Chris Scheick, Director, 908-534-63333

The Readington News • December 2019

The Preschool of Whitehouse United Methodist Church Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Hunterdon Central Girls Volleyball Donates to Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center–Pictured (front

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Student Reps Update Board of Ed– Readington Middle School Principal Sharon Moffat and 6th,

7th, and 8th grade student representatives attended a Readington Board of Education meeting during October. The 6th grade students shared how they are adjusting to the transition from Holland Brook School to the middle school; 7th grade students shared highlights from their “All About Me” projects; 8th grade students shared details on their Peer Leadership pilot project; and 7th & 8th grade students demonstrated how they cook, pack, and deliver the weekly breakfast cart. Board members and administrators enjoyed breakfast sandwiches, beverages, and trail mix. Pictured (from left, top row) Mrs. Sharon Moffat, Jimmy Joe Horner, Garret Krygier, Liam Petros, Sarah Ducoff, Emily Mancusi, Rooney Rasare, Eric Holmlund, (bottom row) Joey Delli Santi, Colin Prior, Olivia Davis, and Calvin Cayero.

Cutting the sparkly ribbon at the Grand Opening of the new White House Bride on Nov. 10 at The Shoppes at the Farm in Whitehouse Station, from left, are Mark Hartman and Melinda McPhail, owners, Shoppes at the Farm; Betty Ann Fort, Readington Township Mayor;; Stacie Hiras, owner, White House Bride, and her husband Mike Hiras. The grand opening event included boutique tours, a ribbon cutting, champagne toast, and a wedding vendor fair at The Shoppes at the Farm, 667 US 22 East. The bridal shop (formerly Sara’s Boutique 22 on Route 22 East in Branchburg) opened front and center in the cluster of white buildings facing Route 22 at the Shoppes complex. The boutique offers a unique selection of dresses to suit every bride and member of the bridal party, in a luxurious but approachable space. Contact Stacie at 908-526-3134,, and @ White_House_Bride.

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By Stephanie B. Stevens Historian, County of Hunterdon Well, there I was in the local department store only to find myself somewhat surprised by the clothing of the day! Really, I had come to look for a dress to complement me for the family party - what was available? Looking for something plain and simple, made of good material, a tailored dress that might last for many more years - well, was I surprised! Today’s clothing certainly has few of the charming accents of yesteryear. Ah me, I would have been more pleased should I have been able to just jump into the fashion of ladies’ choice of 1812. To start, ladies of that earlier time lived in an era of many layers of clothing, most of it necessary due to the lack of heat in one’s house. And New Jersey is cold these days as it was in 1812. So we begin with the lady’s underclothing. Layer one consisted of a shift which was a shapeless cotton dress-like garment. Drawers (panties) came next, then stays which were indeed a corset with stiff bone pieces sewed into the garment. Of course this kept the lady standing straight - no slouching here. Next came the petticoat made of either cotton or silk and then stockings, pink or white and held up by garters. Lastly the dress called a gown, was settled over all of these garments. If the gown was to be worn around the house it would have been called a “dry dress.” Made of muslin with long sleeves, it was one


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olutions. We hope that 2019 has been a good year for you and that 2020 will be even better. The Readington Library on Main Street in Whitehouse Station will have special hours on Christmas Eve and New Year ’s Eve. It will be open those Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both libraries (Whitehouse Station and Three Bridges) will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day reopening the following Thursdays at regular hours.


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