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The BReeze Bridgewater Township & Raritan Borough, NJ Your Hometown Newspaper Volume 4, Issue 10

Bridgewater-Raritan Marching Band USBands Yamaha Cup Winners

L-R: Caroline Merrill, Kirby Gong, Ryan Kishore, Nicholas Schrum, Megan DeMichele, Zachary Kautz, Amulya Yalamanchili, Ashley Nitahara. Photo/Ramana Yalamanchili The Bridgewater-Raritan Panther Marching Band achieved the highest score overall at the USBands Yamaha Cup competition held at MetLife Stadium on October 13th. The band, under the direction of Larry Markiewicz and Gary Myer, defended their title, marking the second year in a row that the Bridgewater-Raritan band has accomplished this honor. The band won Best Music and Best Visuals Caption Awards for performing the 2012 season’s show Exotica featuring the music from composer Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” which is based upon the book, “A Thousand and One Arabian Nights.” Fifty-nine bands, including bands from upstate New York, Connecticut, and Virginia performed at the USBands organization Regional Competition at which the Bridgewater-Raritan band earned a score of 87.563, edging the second place West Genesee Wildcat band (Camillus, NY) who earned a score of 87.15 and a caption award for best overall effect. This band has an impressive record as recent awards include 2011 Class Champion and Medalist at two BOA Regional Championships (Norwin, PA & Towson, MD), 8 time USBands (dba USSBA) NJ State Champion since 2002, and 4-time BOA Regional Champion & Medalist since 2006. - Submitted by AnnaRene Jeremiah

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Cars, Racing, and Enduring Friendship

Bridgewater resident Ted Kijek with his 1957 Chevy. By Hal Laughlin The Greek Poet Euripides once said, “Life has no blessing like a prudent friend.” After spending some time with longtime Bridgewater resident, Ted Kijek (kee-yak), the quote certainly rings true. At a youthful 65 now, Ted has been battling a life-threatening illness for the last year and he appears to be doing OK, thanks in part to a group of motor-head friends he’s known since his early days of fixing up and racing cars back in the 50s, 60s and 70s. If you’ve never heard of Ted, you’ve missed out on quite an intriguing story of a self-made man that turned a love of cars into a series of National Championship Drag Racing victories in the early 70s.

One of his most memorable experiences came at the Nationals in Indianapolis (known as the “big race”) when he out drove some of the fastest and notable competitors in the country, including Shirley “Drag-on Lady” Shahan, who was a dominant figure in the sport at that time. Ted did not win the overall race but was a very respectable runnerup. Additionally, Ted claimed 2 National Class Championship victories at the NHRA Summer Nationals. It all started when Ted’s parents decided to purchase a used car to keep their 8th grader close to home, knowing he’d spend hours in the family garage taking it apart and putting it back together. This helped prepare him for the eventual leap into the

world of “running cars” as it was known back in the day. Ted, a former halfback at Bridgewater-Raritan (West) High School, vividly remembers the day he purchased his first muscle car, a 1957 Chevy, with an eye on turning his love of cars and competition to more than just a hobby. He and a group of friends tinkered with and traded for parts that transformed the Chevy into one of the most successful New Jersey drag racers of the 1960s. The history of drag racing dates back to the earliest days of factory-line automobile manufacturing, with a remarkable peak in the early to mid-50s when American car manufacturers accepted customized-orders that paired the highest performance engines with the lightest body styles. Yes, you could order directly from a factory, the equivalent of a hot-rod car that came to you ready to drag. This, however, “officially” came to a close in 1957 when car manufacturers agreed to self-impose a ban on their support of performance street racing in the name of highway safety. Behind the scenes though, there were whispers of Detroit creating special runs of limited edition hot rods that made their way to the right drivers and teams. The ban only lasted a few years

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‘The Intrepid’ Joe Mancini

Joe Mancini (1944) By Bruce Doorly Joe Mancini was born in 1921; the youngest in a family of eight boys and one girl. Growing up, he and his family overcame tremendous challenges as they lost their father when Joe was just a baby. The full story of the Mancini family was told in the October issue of The BReeze. This article tells of Joe Mancini’s service aboard the USS Intrepid during World War II. As a young man in the Bradley Garden’s section of Bridgewater, Joe drove a beer truck making deliveries to the local establishments. In December of 1943, he was called to service by Uncle Sam for a more

important job – serving in the U.S. Navy. Joe was the 7th Mancini brother to fight in World War II and the only one to serve in the Navy. He served on the USS Intrepid - a ship that saw a lot of action in the Pacific. The USS Intrepid would eventually become one of the most famous ships in U.S. military history. The Intrepid - The USS Intrepid was an exciting ship to serve on as it was one of the first of the new modern type of aircraft carrier called the Essex Class. Launched in August of 1943, she was 870 feet long with a crew of 2600. She held 90 planes of three types - fighters, dive bombers, and torpedo planes. These planes could take-off from the ship and fly hundreds of miles to attack the enemy and then return to land back aboard. The Intrepid was an amazing floating airport – right in the middle of the ocean. These aircraft carriers were the new superior weapon at sea as they outclassed the once powerful, now outdated, battleships. A single small plane or two from an aircraft carrier could disable (or even sink) a large powerful battleship. The nature of duty on an aircraft carrier was characterized by many hours waiting - on flying missions dozens of aircraft would take off for battle – the crew then anxiously awaited the safe return of their

friends. When the planes began returning to the carrier from their mission, their shipmates would start what was known as “the count.” On some missions every plane returned, however, when the enemy was confronted, some planes did not return. In that situation the pilots who did return would provide any information they had on the missing planes. Perhaps the crew was last seen ditching at sea – offering some hope for their return. But other times, the missing plane had last been sighted in a ball of flames. To aid in the possible recovery of downed flyers, there often were rescue boats, rescue submarines, and patrol planes stationed along the aircraft return path. Some missing men were picked up at sea, but many who did not return were never heard from again. Joe Mancini’s time on aboard the ship - Joe Mancini’s rank/title aboard The Intrepid was “Fireman 1st Class”. His everyday job duties were repairing, maintaining, and preserving engineering and associated equipment. His special job duties in battle situations were damage control, emergency and rescue, and firefighting. Joe Mancini’s tenure aboard the Intrepid began in June of 1944. But

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Celebrating 60 Years of Marriage

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School Achievements Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program Principal Brett Charleston, of Bridgewater-Raritan High School recently announced that the following students have been named “Commended Students” in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program: Thomas Brown, Spencer Chang, Jennifer Chen, Weihua Chen, Evan Cohen, Justin Do, Sara Fernandes, Akhil Golla, Kirby Gong, Crystal Guo, Michaela Harvis, Harrison He, Keerthana Hirudayakanth, Kathryn Hong, Jennifer Hsu, Olivia Kan, Sam Kulesa, Anish Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Lauren Kupper, Molly Lathrop, Julie Lee, Seung Lee, Emily Lu, Rounak Mukhopadhyay, Smitha Pallaki, Ami Patel, Cullen Pitney, Eileen Shentu, Humphrey Wang, Ivan Wong, Christopher Wu, Rose Ying, and Linda Zhuang. A Letter of Commendation certificate from the National Merit Scholarship Program will be given to each scholastically talented student. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended students placed in the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

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Page 4 Friday, November 2 Vendor Night at Bradley Gardens Volunteer Fire Company, 24 Old York Road, Bridgewater from 7-10 p.m. Featuring Pampered Chef, PartyLite, Tupperware, Longaberger, Jewelry, Avon vendors, and Hair accessories. Free Admission. Door Prizes. For more info call 908725-1250. Sat. & Sun., Nov. 3 & 4 4th Annual Craft/Vendor Show hosted by Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 105 Summer Road, Three Bridges from 10-4 on 11/3 and from 9-2 on 11/4. FREE admission, over 50 crafters, home-made bake sale, basket raffle, food & refreshments for purchase, door prizes, kid game room, Cash 4 Gold. Saturday, November 3 Christmas Bazaar hosted by The Reformed Church at Finderne, 581 Bridgewater Avenue from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. featuring holiday gifts and crafts. Free Admission. To rent a table call 908722-8453.

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Be There Monday, November 5 Birth & Disease - The Holistic Moms Network will meet at the Bridgewater Library from 7-9pm. Join us as Barbara Rivera discusses the relationship between common interventions used during pregnancy and birth, and human disease. RSVP nebowers@optonline.net or visit www.holisticmoms.org. Wednesday, November 7 Job Seekers Support Group is being offered by Jewish Family Service for active job seekers who are unemployed, underemployed or seeking a career change. The group will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the JCC, 775 Talamini Rd., Bridgewater. The topic is “Negotiating Salaries in a Positive Way” presented by Harold Levin. Free of charge and open to the community. To register, contact Elise Prezant at 908-725-7799 or eprezant@ JewishFamilySvc.org.

Saturday, November 3 Annual Holiday Bazaar hosted by Bradley Gardens Community Church, 124 Old York Rd., Bridgewater, from 8 am – 2 pm. Get an early start on holiday shopping with handmade crafts, handmade wooden toys, beauty products, & more. We will also have attic treasures, baked goods, jams & jellies, and plants. We are offering a pancake breakfast for $4.00 & chili dogs & soup for lunch.

Thursday, November 8 Robotics Programming being offered on Nov. 8th (NJEA) from 9-3 for grades 4-6. Come to learn robotics with true programming language and build it from scratch. Perfect for a brainy child to spend a day productively. For those who have experience, we will continue to reinforce. For those who are new, you will explore the fundamentals. Limited Seats. Contact: 908-595-1010 or admin@stormingrobots.com to register. Details: http://workshops.stormingrobots.com.

Sunday, November 4 Peninnah Schram presents The Apple Tree’s Discovery at 11:15 a.m at Or Chadash, 149 Foothill Rd., Flemington. Ms. Schram is the Founding Director of the Jewish Storytelling Center. She has told stories in America, Canada, England, and Israel, at synagogues, festivals, conferences, colleges, organizations, camps, and schools. Free to the Community.

Fri. & Sat., November 9 & 10 Somerville Senior Citizens Bazaar - The Somerville Seniors will be holding their annual bazaar at 1 Mountain Ave. in Somerville. Hours both days are 9 AM to 4 PM. Large selection of new and gently used clothing, as well as jewelry, household items and gift items. In addition, there will be a 50/50 and a raffle for Shop-Rite gift cards. Questions

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Tuesday, November 13 United Way Caregivers Coalition Munch & Learn Seminar from 5:30-7:00pm at the Bridgewater Library, 1 Vogt Dr., Bridgewater. Join us for this free educational workshop and a light meal provided by Community Visiting Nurse Assoc. Topic: Family Dynamics and Caregiving presented by: Sudha Narasimhan of Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties. Reserve your space today! Email Stephanie Mamary or call 908.253.6534 (space is limited).

Saturday, November 17 Bazaar/Craft Fair hosted by the Bound Brook United Methodist Women from 10am-3pm. The Church is located at 150 W. Union Ave., Bound Brook. Admission is free. Homemade cakes, cookies and pies are available for purchase to enjoy later. We also serve a delicious homestyle lunch with soups, sandwiches and desserts.

Tuesday, November 13 The JANUS Bereavement Support Group will meet at 7:30pm at 11124 Hwy 202S, Ste A2, Raritan. Dr. Beth Youmans, director of Yoga Central will talk about yoga/meditation to help reduce the stress of grief. There is no fee but registration is requested by calling Dr. Ronca at 908-218-9062. Anyone who has experienced a loss through death, separation/divorce, loss of health, job or relocation should plan to attend. Thursday, November 15 Holiday Boutique at the JCC, 775 Talamini Rd., Bridgewater from 11 am - 8 pm. Shop early for the Holidays. Free Admission. We will have many vendors to choose from including, jewelry, handbags, accessories, apparel, and much more. Any questions please contact Lisa Kopman at 908-725-6994 X206. Saturday, November 17 4-H Vendor & Craft Fair hosted by The Somerset County 4-H Association from 10a.m.– 2 p.m. at the Ted Blum 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater. The Fair will feature talented crafters & direct sales vendors. Food & snacks will be available

Saturday, November 17 Parents Night Out from 6-10pm at Branchburg Sports Complex, 47 Readington Rd., Branchburg. Parent’s Night Out at BSC is a great opportunity to catch a break while your kids enjoy a night jam-packed with tons of exciting activities. Drop your children off and plan an enjoyable night out. Cost: $30/members; $35/non-members, ask about our sibling discounts. Call 908-203-1600 to register. Tuesday, November 20 Society of Retired Registered Nurses Meeting from 10am12pm in the Human Services Bldg. Conf. Room 2A, 27 Warren St., Somerville. Speaker is Tilia Cornelius LSW, Jewish Family Services, Senior Services, Subject: Depression in Seniors. Parking in adjacent garage 3rd & 4th levels. Friday, November 23 NFL Play 60 Camp - Join BSC and the NFL Play 60 initiative in a full day of fun and unique activities. Focused together with the American Heart Association’s message on educating and motivating children from ages 6-12 to move before, during, and after school for at least 60 minutes per day. Campers will not only leave with a free Play 60 shirt, but also the knowledge and background on how to become and stay a healthy indi-

November 2012 vidual. Camp runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Cost - $63 for members/$68 for non-members, AM/ PM Care available. Register before November 20th for campers to receive a free NFL 2012/2013 School Agenda Book. Call 908203-1600 to register. Tuesday, November 27 Bridgewater Garden Club presents “Herbs and History” by speaker Mary Kay Muckenhoupt, landscape architect. Her topics will include historic herbal uses, herbs in today’s garden and landscape as well as those to avoid especially here in NJ. The Club meets at the Bridgewater Library. This free program begins at 10:45. All are welcome. Thursday November 29 Carol Miller - Up All Night: My Life and Times in Rock Radio – Carol will be at the JCC, 775 Talamini Rd, Bridgewater at 7:00pm. Carol Miller is one of the longest-running New York Radio personalities, currently heard on clear Channel’s Q104.3/New York, Sirus/ XM satellite radio and nationwide through United Stations. She’s been on the air at WPLJ and WNEW. In her book, Up All Night, Carol spins the entertaining, moving, and revealing story of her life and times. Fee: $8.00 in Advance / $10.00 at the Door. To register call the JCC at 908725-6994 x. 201.

Save the Date! Saturday, December 8 A Crafter Extravaganza hosted by the BRHS Band Parents Association will be held from 10am– 3pm in the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School Cafeteria, on Merriwood Drive. The cafeteria will be filled with wall-to-wall crafts for holiday shopping. Enjoy live holiday music by BRHS Band Members. Scrumptious Baked Goodies and Hot Food for Sale. For more info, email: brhs_craft_fair@yahoo.com

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Electronic Recycling Event in Raritan on November 17 Open to all local residents

Raritan Borough will be sponsoring an Electronics Recycling Event at Washington School, 614 First Avenue, Raritan, on Saturday, November 17th from 9am to 2pm. Anyone interested is welcome to drop off any and all old electronics, TV’s, VCR, microwaves, computers, cell phones, printers, copiers, fax machines, etc. No air conditioning units will be accepted; No Exceptions! Any questions please contact the borough recycling coordinator, Bob Fulminante at 908-725-1715.

Holiday Wreath Sales Help Support 4-H Youth Development Program The Somerset County 4-H Association is holding its annual holiday wreath sale to raise funds. Proceeds provide crucial funding for 4-H activities throughout the year. “This is one of only four fund raisers that we hold each year,” explained Lisa Rothenburger, county 4-H agent. “The money from those fund-raisers is crucial to helping 4-H make the annual county fair and other programs possible.” The wreaths are a 12” ring of double-faced balsam that makes the wreath 22”- 24” across the middle. They can be purchased plain for $12 or decorated with a red bow and 3 groups of 3 pine cones for $15. “Community support is instrumental in making the 4-H program such a success in Somerset County,” said Rothenburger. “And, if you are from a corporation, municipality or other institution that needs a large quantity of wreaths, we’d especially like to hear from you.” To place a wreath order, call the 4-H Office at (908) 526-6644 by November 20.

Crafters Wanted for Holly-Day Boutique Crafters and vendors are wanted for the first annual Holly-Day Boutique at St. Joseph’s Church in Raritan. The event will be held on Dec. 1 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Crafters of all types and volunteers are needed. Homemade crafts are preferred, including Holiday decorations, candles, fine art, glass crafts, jewelry, needlework, and more. For information contact Christine Wynkoop at 908-393-2431 or email at hollydayelves@gmail.com.

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New BINGO Night Supports Local Nonprofit Serving Youth Middle Earth, a nonprofit organization that has served local youth for four decades, will host BINGO on the second Thursday of every month in the cafeteria at the Somerset County Vocational and Technical School at 14 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater. On November 15, the community is invited to enjoy a night of BINGO, while also helping the community. All of the proceeds will raise funds for Middle Earth’s programs that serve youth in Somerset County. The monthly event will continue on December 13. “This is an exciting way we can connect our youth to our local community,” said Maria Strada, Executive Director of Middle Earth. “When our teens see people coming out to support programs that help them, they feel valued. Plus, BINGO is a lot of fun for everyone in the community.” Admission to the event is $5 per person, which includes one threeon-board card. Prize payout is guaranteed at $1,300. There will be three 50/50 specials held throughout the night, as well. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the game beginning at 7 p.m. Food, prepared by the Vo-Tech’s culinary students, will be available for purchase. “The Somerset County Vocational and Technical School has a strong history working with Middle Earth,” said Chrys Harttraft, Superintendent of the Vo-Tech. “I am looking forward to another partnership opportunity that will raise funds to benefit the youth in our community.” Middle Earth is a nonprofit that has served youth in Somerset County for 40 years. Middle Earth’s programs offer local children a safe environment where they can use their free time constructively, engage with caring adults who listen, obtain help with homework, prepare for future employment, participate in fun group activities, and volunteer for community service opportunities. Their programs also teach positive decision making skills, acceptance of consequences for their actions, mentoring and leadership skills, as well as basic life skills such as budgeting, cooking, and obtaining a driver’s license. Middle Earth also provides parents, teachers and other adults, information on a variety of teen issues on their blog, http://middleearthnj.wordpress.com. All of their programs guide youth in learning respect for themselves and others and choosing positive alternatives to gangs, drugs and crime. For more information about the agency, visit www.middleearthnj. org or call 908-725-7223.

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BRHS Class of 1992 and 2002 Combined Reunion in November A combined class reunion with the classes of 1992 and 2002 will be held on Friday, November 23rd from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Double Tree in Somerset, 200 Atrium Drive, Somerset. The cost is $99 per person attending. The evening includes: Full buffet dinner, open bar for 4 hours, DJ and dance floor, discounted room rates for our group ($89 per room - make sure you reserve under the BRHS Class of 2002 Reunion at 732-469-2600), Pub with a band located in the hotel for the after party from 11 p.m. - 2 a.m. In order to register you need to PAY via the following link: http:// events.r20. constantcontact. com/register/ event?oeidk=a07e6cs4iw9003d c6a8&llr=wvdvnwjab. For more information, contact Jennifer Sierveld Doty at (908) 723-1847, jdoty1@metlife.com.

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- The JCC recently held the 5th Annual Larry Cubas Memorial 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. The Tournament is held each year in support of the Larry Cubas Endowment Scholarship Fund. Each year the JCC awards two local high school students a $1,000 scholarship toward their college education. Larry Cubas was a basketball coach, athlete, businessman, mentor, volunteer and family man. The Larry Cubas Endowment Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Larry Cubas by fellow JCC Basketball League members and the JCC. Anyone interested in donating to the Fund should contact the JCC at 908-725-6994 x201. Pictured is the Women’s Championship Team: Jinny Strawderman, Melanie Gibbons, Lauren Cubas (Larry Cubas’ daughter, of Bridgewater), and Heather Ramsay. Photo/Ken Kaus

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Veterans Day Breakfast to Support Operation Jersey Cares on November 11 The Raritan Knights of Columbus Council 13264 will host their monthly Community Breakfast on Sunday, November 11th from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the St. Ann’s School Cafeteria, 45 Anderson Street, Raritan. Price:$8/Adult; $5 Kids; Kids under 5 yrs old are free. Breakfast menu includes: eggs, quiche and made to order omelets; pancakes & french toast; bacon, sausage, pork roll; hash browns, home fries & corned beef hash; southern bis-

or $8 (mezzanine section.) Proceeds will benefit the EmPoWER Family Success Center, operated by non-profit organization EmPoWER Somerset. The Center offers a wide variety of free activities, workshops, and information and services to all Somerset County families. An announcement at www.empowersomerset.com includes on-line ticket sales, a seating chart, and a link to listen to a sample of mr. RAY’s music. The EmPoWER Family Success Center is also offering a free drawing for four free front-row seats. To enter the raffle, simply e-mail your name and telephone number to empowerfsc@gmail. com or call 908-722-4400. The drawing will take place on November 15th. For more information, visit www.empowersomerset.com or contact the EmPoWER Family Success Center at 908-722-4400 or empowerfsc@gmail.com.

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Perfectly Paired: A Wine and Food Tasting Event Perfectly Paired: A Wine and Food Tasting Event returns for an encore performance on November 3rd from 7-10pm at St. Ann School in Raritan. The evening will feature specialties from top restaurants complemented by vintages selected by the Sommelier of Discover Wines in Somerville. Entertainment, a Basket Auction and cash prize drawings round out the night. Pam Wasilius, Event Chair, promises a wonderful evening. “Last year’s event was a tremendous success thanks to fabulous local restaurants like Spain 92, Café Picasso, Scampi’s, Espo’s, Martino’s, Il Forno and Uncle Vinnie’s Clam Bar, to name a few, who supported us. Guests raved about the food and wine selections.” Tickets are $40pp in advance and can be reserved by calling (908) 725-1008. If space allows, tickets will be available at the door for $45pp. All proceeds will benefit St. Ann School programs, including the Music, Art and Technology curriculums. Businesses or restaurants interested in participating or donating to the Basket Auction should call Maria at (908) 725-1008. (As of press date, 2012 restaurants are still being confirmed).

The life and times of Abraham Lincoln will be celebrated in November at the Bridgewater Library. On November 1, at 11:00am in Meeting Rooms A, B, C as part of the Learning Happens series, Marty Alboum will review Lincoln’s life and career. On November 6, at 7:00 pm in Meeting Room A there will be a pop culture book discussion featuring Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. On November 8, at 1:00pm in Meeting Room A there will be a non-fiction book discussion featuring Team of Rivals. On November 14, at 7:00 pm in Meeting Rooms A, B, C we will show the movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. During the month there will be an exhibit titled “Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times” sponsored by The National Endowment for the Humanities and The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Patrons with further questions can call SCLS at (908)526-4016 or visit the website at http:// www.sclsnj.org.

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Annual Cut-A-Thon Raises Record Funds

Cosmetology Student Julia Heller of Bridgewater performs a manicure during the Cut-A-Thon. Submitted photo It has been just over two years since Mackenzie Wright of Delaware Township lost her battle with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, at the age of seven. Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare form of cancer of the connective tissues, and is typically found in children. In memory of Mackenzie, her aunt, Cosmetology Instructor Julie Strober and students at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School hold a yearly Cut-A-Thon to raise money for Cure Search for Childhood Cancer Research. Today, Strober and her students are still celebrating from their most successful Cut-A-Thon in school history. On September 22, 2012, Strober and approximately 30 of her students cut, styled, and manicured over 70 community members to raise $1,300 for Cure Search for Childhood Cancer Research. The sum was the most ever generated by a Cut-A-Thon in school history. Instructor Julie Strober was thrilled with the turn out, and how professionally her students performed throughout the day. Strober plans to continue and grow this event in the years to come. For more information on this event or to donate, please contact Cosmetology Instructor Julie Strober at (908) 526-8900 x7260 or jstrober@scvts.net.


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Adopt-A-Family Program Benefits Food Banks You can help make this Thanksgiving special for a needy family in your town through the third annual Adopt-A-Family program being promoted by the Somerset County Board of Freeholders and mayors in the county’s 21 municipalities. “We often hear that people want to help others within their own community,” said Freeholder Director Patricia Walsh. “This is a perfect way for residents to earmark donations to help feed needy families in their own towns.” The estimated cost of a Thanksgiving meal is $40. Anyone wishing to donate may send a check to any of the following local food banks: Food Bank Network of Somerset County, P.O. Box 149, Bound Brook, NJ 08805; Franklin Township Food Bank, P.O. Box 333, Somerset, NJ 088750333; Samaritan Homeless Interim Program Inc. (SHIP), 87 E. High St., Somerville, NJ 08876. On the memo line of your check, write Adopt-A-Family and the name of the town where you wish your donation to go. If $40 is difficult for you, any amount will be gratefully accepted. For more info, call the Food Bank Network at (732) 560-1813, the Franklin Township Food Bank at (732) 2460009 or SHIP at (908) 393-9545. At the Mayors’ Roundtable she hosted recently, Freeholder Walsh asked the municipal officials to support and promote the Adopt-A-Family program through personal appeals, on their towns’ websites and through any other means available. You can go to http://bit.ly/ AdoptAFamily2012 to print the donation form.

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NJ Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Bridgewater Senior Center on Dec. 1

The New Jersey Youth Ballet will perform the Nutcracker at the Bridgewater Senior Center at 1 p.m. on December 1st. The New Jersey Youth Ballet presents this traditional Christmas ballet at the Bridgewater Senior Center. Dolls and sweets come to life, mice and toy soldiers do battle, and snowflakes dance in a beautiful snow-covered forest. The New Jersey Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker is fully narrated and abridged so children and adults of all ages can enjoy it. Come and enjoy this beautiful story, the magic, and the precision and grace of these beautiful young dancers. The event takes place on Saturday, December 1st at 1:00 pm at the Bridgewater Senior Center, 455 Somerville Road. Tickets sold at the Center are $5. For more information call (908) 725-8020.

SCORE to Conduct Free Small Business Roundtable in November SCORE, a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), is conducting a free “Small Business Roundtable” on November 20, from 7–8:30 p.m., at the Bound Brook Public Library, 402 East High Street. The Round Table discussion will be conducted by a panel of seasoned SCORE volunteers, all of whom possess years of business experience. Participants will be able to ask questions of the panel about such things as; What can I do to survive and thrive in today’s difficult business environment? How can I better market my business? How can Social Media help me grow customers and improve customer loyalty? What do I need to do to start my new business? Why is a business plan important for new and existing businesses? To register, go to http://centraljersey.score.org/localworkshops/ small-business-roundtable-0 and click on the Register button. For a complete list of Central Jersey SCORE seminars go to http://centraljersey.score.org/ and click on Local Workshops at the top of the page.

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Gaetano’s Salon Celebrates 50 Years of Glamour

Guy, II and Guy Sr. celebrate the opening of the new Gaetano’s Salon (present location) in l986.. Submitted photo For 50 years, Gaetano’s Salon has been providing hair care services to patrons throughout the central New Jersey area. Gaetano “Guy” Izzo, Sr. opened his first salon on November 1, 1962. “I had a wife and 9-month-old twin girls, Joan and Jean, when I started the salon,” says Guy. “And we had another baby on the way, Guy Jr., who was born in May of 1963.” Daughter, Gail, arrived six years later. “I worked very hard to build my business - it was slow at first so I worked all day in the salon from 9 in the morning until 9 or 10 at night,” recalls Guy. “After being in the salon all day I went home to eat dinner and then went to work for Morella’s Lawn Ornaments until 2 or 3 in the morning. I did this to pay for food, rent and other bills. I can remember sometimes working 110 hours a week to keep everything going.” Guy’s first salon was located at 75 W. Somerset Street; on the opposite corner of where the salon is located today. “I started by myself and after 3 or 4 months I hired one girl and after 5 months I hired another girl. In two years I had 5 employees. By 1968 I had 12 operators.” Guy expanded his business by opening a salon in Martinsville. After two years he sold that business but kept the salon in Raritan. In 1983, Guy bought an old house on the opposite corner of the street from his salon. He knocked down the building and built a new, larger salon that was completed in 1986. His salon has been located at the corner of Somerset Street and Nevius

Street in Raritan for 50 years. Guy states, “I still work and still love what I do. It was worth all the hard work and long hours I put in.” About celebrating his 50 year anniversary in Raritan he says, “Fifty years…it seems like it was yesterday. It doesn’t feel like 50 years. If you like what you do it’s easier.” So how did Guy become interested in the beauty industry? Well, it all started when he was 9-years-old. He worked at Maurice’s barbershop in Raritan and was employed there for 4 years. While he was in high school, he decided to attend a beauty school. In order to do this, Guy took a train to Elizabeth every day after school to learn about the trade. Over the years, Guy attended classes in Italy, Canada, California, and Miami to increase his knowledge and stay up on the latest industry trends. Guy still

attends classes today in New York City and Las Vegas. During his career, Guy opened five additional salons in the area. He eventually sold them all, except the original salon in Raritan. Guy proudly states of his Raritan location, “This is my home.” Today Gaetano’s Salon is a family business owned and operated by Gaetano Sr., Gaetano Jr. and daughter, Jeanie. The eighteen station full service salon caters to everyone; ages one through ninety-nine and is working on its fourth generation of clients. The salon’s diverse, dedicated, talented and educated team of professionals use the latest styles, products and techniques. Every staff member is committed to “The Art of Creating Beauty” offering superior hair and beauty services by design for every individual taste. Gaetano’s gifted staff have earned a collection of diversified and notable awards including: The World Championship for Female Styling, Western Hemisphere Championship for Total Look Male and Female, Global Championship, Beautiful People Award, NJ State Championship for Men’s Haircutting, Wella’s Color, Cut, Style Western US Championship, National Hair Up Dos Championship, State and National Nail Care Championships and Wella’s Top Ten Creative Haircuts in the Country Award Gaetano’s Salon is hosting an Open House from November 1-4. Please stop by to share a few memories and enjoy some refreshments.

Gaetano “Guy” Izzo in his first salon in 1982 - the year of his 20th anniversary as a salon owner. Submitted photo

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Raritan Riverfest - A Huge Success Raises Thousands for Charity Raritan Borough held its first annual Riverfest and Rubber Duck Race on September 30th. The rubber duck race was a huge draw despite a major challenge from Mother Nature in its final minutes. However, undaunted, 3,000 rubber ducks made their way down the Raritan River, withstanding torrential rain and even hailstones, to raise about $15,000 in funds for the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Somerset Medical Center and the Raritan Volunteer Fire Department, Relief Hose #2. This was a 100% volunteerrun municipal event, and could not have been possible without the tireless dedication of the Raritan Riverfest and Rubber Duck Race Sub-Committee, consisting of Raritan Borough Council President Stefanie Gara, Councilmen Don Tozzi and Greg Lobell, Councilwoman Denise Carra, Raritan resident and volunteer Rick Zack, and myself, Don Christensen. We would especially like to recognize Don Tozzi, the creator and director of the first annual Raritan Rubber Duck Race, for conceiving of this wonderful fund-raising idea. The Raritan Economic Development Committee and Riverfest and Rubber Duck Race Sub-Committee would like to thank everyone who helped plan the event, and who attended, exhibited, donated, supported the cause, and contributed to making it a terrific day for the Borough of Raritan. – Submitted by Don Christensen, Chairman Raritan Economic Development Committee on Behalf of the Riverfest and Rubber Duck Race Sub-Committee

The Raritan Riverfest and Rubber Duck Race raised $15,000 in funds for the Steeplechase Cancer Center and the Raritan Volunteer Fire Department, Relief Hose #2.

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Members of the Bridgewater West MOMS Club enjoyed a visit to the Country Hills Firehouse in October. Submitted photo The Bridgewater West MOMS Club enjoyed a fun-filled October. There was an exciting trip to the local firehouse where we sprayed the hose and climbed through the trucks. We enjoyed many park days and outdoor play-dates even with the weather turning colder. Our members participated in a free trial at a local soccer club, and a visit to the local nursing home to parade our costumes and have a mini dance party. We also had a successful Trunk and Treat filled with lots of treats and laughter and fancy costumes! Our November calendar is jam packed with fun events, including our monthly meeting at the Bridgewater Library, a Jump Zone and Kid Junction play-date and hot chocolate in the park. If you are interested in joining our MOMS Club, or would like more information please contact Lorren at info@bridgewaterwestmomsclub.com and please visit our website at http://www.bridgewaterwestmomsclub.com/. The MOMS Club of Bridgewater West, NJ is a chapter of the International MOMS Club, a non-profit, non-denominational organization for at-home mothers and their children. We offer age-specific playgroups, monthly meetings, newsletters, children’s and moms’ activities and field trips and MOMS Nights Out. Children are welcome at all our events. Don’t be a stay-at-home mom who just stays at home! Come and make new friends for both yourself and your children!

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Michael White with daughter, Rachel White, at the David Nasto Memorial Walk for Oral Cancer. When it came time for Rachel White, a 12-year-old Bridgewater resident, to choose her mitzvah project, the choice was clear. Rachel chose to raise money for the Oral Cancer Foundation which supports awareness and early detection of oral cancer. When Rachel was 15-monthsold, her father was diagnosed with stage 4 oral cancer. After a very aggressive treatment consisting of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy he survived and is

now a 10-year survivor. The Oral Cancer Foundation sponsored a fundraising walk: the David Nasto Memorial Walk held on September 22nd. Rachel participated in the walk with her family and over 150 other walkers. Rachel said, “When I saw this walk I wanted to do it right away. I want to raise money to help find a cure for Oral Cancer. I hope someday nobody will have to suffer and go through

what my dad and many people go through today.” In order to reach her fundraising goal of $3,000, Rachel took several steps, including emailing and calling friends and family, and promoting the event on a web page. Her efforts are part of her mitzvah project—an involved service project that must be completed by all Bar and Bat mitzvah candidates. Rachel not only exceeded her goal of $3,000, she was recognized as the largest fundraiser for the entire event. Rachel received donations from 82 different contributors and raised a total of $3,500. Rachel will be celebrating her Bat Mitzvah in June. Oral Cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers today. Over 40,000 people will be diagnosed this year alone in the US and this number is expected to rise significantly over the next few years. Head and neck cancer not only affects the older population it is now more prevalent with 18-25 year olds due to the HPV connection. If you would like to learn more about the Oral Cancer Foundation, please visit their website: http://don a t e . o r a l c a n c e r. o rg / i n d e x . cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive. home.

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Cindy Pagnotta joins Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby’s International Realty

Cindy Pagnotta Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to welcome Cynthia (Cindy) Pagnotta, one of New Jersey’s foremost real estate sales achievers. Beginning her real estate career in 2003 with one of the nation’s largest real estate firms, Cindy rose to the top 1% of the company’s agents nationwide as early as 2006. Cindy was the top producer and number one agent in her office from 2008 through 2011 for listings sold, buyer controlled

sales and total sales volume. In 2011 Cindy ranked second of all agents in Somerset County. That year alone she closed 52 homes averaging one closing per week and generated over $26 million in volume. Cindy qualified for the New Jersey Association of Realtor’s (NJAR) Circle of Excellence from 2006 through 2011 when she achieved its platinum level. Specializing in Somerset County and parts of Morris, Union and Hunterdon Counties, Cindy markets homes in all price ranges; from town homes to luxury properties. For sellers, Cindy provides a proven state of the art marketing plan and a track record of sold listings. Testimonials from homeowners speak of her expert knowledge, gracious interpersonal abilities and driven dedication. Regularly noted is her consistent communications including feedback to sellers from every potential buyer who has come through their home, thus providing the homeowner the information necessary to achieve a sale. Cindy’s ability to inspire trust in clients

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and fellow agents allows her to pair buyers and sellers before homes even reach the market. Kienlen Lattmann Realtors was chosen by Sotheby’s International Realty to join its select network of real estate brokerage companies in 2010. Long admiring of Sotheby’s renown for quality and gold standard service, Cindy is delighted to be able to bring the benefits of Sotheby’s prestige, innovative marketing and international reach to past and potential clients. In 2009, Cindy’s son Nicholas joined her real estate team. A licensed Realtor and buyer’s agent, Nicholas is also Cindy’s assistant and will make the transition to Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby’s International Realty with her. For help with marketing or purchasing a home in Somerset, Morris, Hunterdon or Union Counties, contact Cindy Pagnotta: office (908) 696-8600, cell (908) 436-7947. Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby’s International Realty is an affiliate of Sotheby’s International Realty LLC and is independently owned and operated.

The Morrow Family enjoy breakfast with dad (l-r): Caroline 1st Grade, Michael Morrow & Samantha. Submitted photo On October 5th the dads, grandfathers, uncles or special person of all the pre-K through 2nd grade Adamsville students were invited to a special “Breakfast with Dad” sponsored by the Adamsville PTO. Before class started the students and their guests enjoyed their special breakfast together. The PTO, as well as many of the Adamsville families donated the fresh fruit, bagels, coffee and juice that were served. “It is a time when the PTO enjoys inviting the men in these children’s lives to come and introduce themselves to each other,” said Wendy O’Hara, PTO Co-President. “This is an annual event that always brings out a crowd.” During the breakfast the PTO held a raffle, and the winner was David Metch, his son, Tyler is in the first grade at Adamsville, proceeds from this drawing help contribute to future PTO events.

Rebels Win U11 Tournament The Bridgewater United U11 Rebels played in the 19th Annual Mount Olive Halloween Classic on October 20, 2012. The Rebels went undefeated with no goals scored against them and won First Place against U11 competition. They play in the MCYSA League. The Rebels are coached by head coach Ed Moan and Asst. Coach Roxi Moen (pictured) and Asst Coach Mike Crovelli and Rachel Hadley (not pictured).

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Adamsville Students Show Compassion, Generosity Students from Ms. Billy and Ms. Pearce’s 2nd grade class and Ms. Ericksen’s 4th grade class at Adamsville Primary School recently answered the question, “If you had $100 and you could give it to any charity or person in need, who would you give it to and why?” Their answers appear below.

Daniel, 4th Grade

I would give my dad’s mom (my grandmother) the money because she gives me a lot of money for holidays. So I would give the $100 to her. And I said I will give her some of my money and she said I don’t have to but I will try to.

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If I had $100, I would give the hungry people all my money. I would do this because everyone needs to eat. I would feel proud to help.

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I love toy cars! They are the best! So if I had $100, I would go to Target and buy as many car sets as I could. Then I would give them to the church around Christmas. The church would give the cars to poor kids to make them happy. I’d really like a car set, but it’s more important to give them to kids that might not get any other gifts.

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If I had $100, I would donate it to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation because they help kids with cancer and they are looking to find a cure. I feel sad for kids that go bald because of cancer. They can wear wigs bought with money raised at shave events. My dad and brother shaved their heads to help raise money. I really hope all the sick kids will get better. I would feel so proud if my money could help.

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If I had $100, I would give it to the Humane Society. The Humane Society takes care of animals that need help. They help them to have food and medicine. They also help animals find good homes. I wish all animals could be taken care of.

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Larry Lauderman. Also lending assistance is Paul Fiedler, Tommy Manna, Ben and Tom Lawson and Joe Tinnes Sr. Taking up a bay at Corbo’s Automotive Garage in Somerville, the guys donate their time at nights and weekends slowly bringing the historic car back to life. Another one of Ted’s close friends, John Dubois, recognizing the uniqueness of this wonderful story, contacted The BReeze on behalf of Ted. Sitting around a table talking cars, Ted and John speak in terms that most of us don’t fully understand, like camshafts, manifolds and cylinder heads. But when Ted speaks of his friends taking on this endeavor, it’s with pride, appreciation and mostly adoration. This humble man that has led such an interesting life is blessed with a devoted family and “Euripidean” friends. Once Ted’s pride and joy is restored to its “period correct” state, you’re sure to see the vintage hotrod cruising the streets of Bridgewater and parked with similar cars next summer on Friday nights in Somerville. Although he’s lost 40 pounds over the last year, Ted seems to be, in his words, “hanging in there” with his battle. He attributes it to the help of his wonderful wife, Jeannie, daughter and grandson, Gina and Ryan, other family members, neighbors and friends and dedicated doctors and staff at Somerset Steeple Chase Cancer Center, and his never-ending stubbornness to get back in that car.

Ted Kijek’s friends donate their time at nights and weekends slowly bringing his historic car back to life. when Detroit recognized a correlation between winning races in NASCAR, sanctioned drag racing, and other types of motor sports and increased sales. So for the next 10 years drag racing went from the back streets of towns like Bridgewater and Flemington to racing capitals like Indianapolis, Gainesville and Pomona. In the middle of all this were Ted and this same group of dedicated car enthusiasts that spent their free time elbows deep in engines trying to squeeze out a little more horsepower. For Ted, those young faces that worked as mechanics and pit crew have weathered over time but still represent a link back to the days of dominating New Jersey tracks with ever increasing speed on the ¼ mile tracks and subsequent national recognition. This story, while reminiscing of cars, trophies and trailblazing, is really about the enduring friendship built over countless

Michael Bruce Fund Benefit Raffle Tickets on Sale Now Drawing to be held December 6 Tickets are on sale now for The Michael Bruce Fund annual 50/50 fundraising raffle. The chances are $25/per ticket with (4) winners chosen. First prize = 35%, Second prize = 7%, Third prize = 5% and 4th prize = 3% of gross ticket sales. Ticket sales this year will be limited to 1000 tickets. The 50/50 raffle contributes more than 85% of the annual budget for the MBF with the balance coming from private donations. The Michael Bruce Fund is a 501 3-C charitable organization founded in memory of Michael Bruce – a Martinsville resident who suffered an SCI and endured under the total support of a respirator. The fund provides financial assistance to those who have suffered SCI’s and who have been determined to be nonambulatory, left unable to care for themselves and require longterm medical and rehabilitative care. To participate, please contact Gene Kirkwood at 908-5072179. Prizes will be awarded on December 6, 2012 at 7pm.

hours in and around these cars. You see Ted parked that 1957 Chevy in his garage 41 years ago to get behind the wheel of a sponsored American Motors Corporation car. This was a very prestigious honor at the time. He had dismantled the Chevy thinking there would be plenty of time to fix it up and get it back on the road. However, life got in the way, as he and his wife had a daughter and Ted’s responsibilities working at Ethicon grew as well. But when Ted came face to face with his greatest challenge, one he is now fighting against his own body, his friends came up with an idea they knew would keep him inspired and hopeful. The 57 Chevy had to run again in its original state as a “restorod”, and Ted had to be behind the wheel. Ted’s friends working on the project have iconic drag names including: Tuffer Wilton, Jimmy “Farley” Newland and

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The Avalon Celebrates Assisted Living Week

Avalon residents gave back to the community by making blankets, alongside students of the Matheny School, for the Center of Great Expectations, which assists women who are overcoming addictions or who are victims of abuse, and teen mothers in need. Throughout Assisted Living Week, The Avalon celebrated its residents, families and staff members in grand style. Festivities included a Resident Art Exhibit; Virtual Travels to Jamaica, China and Italy; the Hillsborough Rockettes; and an exotic Belly Dancer performance. It was an exhilarating and rewarding week which was made possible through the efforts of the Recreational Directors at The Avalon Assisted Living Residences, Lucy Tamayo and Tonikia Van Ness. The Avalon Assisted Living Residences has two locations, one in Hillsborough and the other in Bridgewater, and is family owned and operated.

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JCC Doubles Pool Capacity by Raising Dome Over Outdoor Pool

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football cards during snack and lunch breaks is a favorite pass-time among St. Ann 3rd Graders Evan Nebab, Tanner Gorky and Abel Stephen. The boys can’t wait for the upcoming Sports Card & Collectibles Show. It will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24th from 9:30am – 3:30pm at St. Ann School. Fifty dealers; admission $1/pp. Think holiday shopping! All proceeds benefit St. Ann School.

The community is invited to attend a grand opening and dedication of the pool dome on Thursday, November 15 at 6 p.m. Pictured is JCC Bridgewater Tide Swim Team Director Mike Yearwood leading a team practice in the JCC’s new pool dome. Photo/Debbie Golden

The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) has raised a dome over its outdoor pool, signifying completion of the first phase of the JCC’s Swim & Trim Capital Campaign improvements, it was announced by Laura Friedman, Executive Director of the JCC. By raising the pool dome, the JCC has doubled its pool capacity, better serving its members and the community. The JCC will be holding a Grand Opening and Dedication of the pool dome on November 15 at 6 p.m. The community is invited to attend at the JCC’s location at 775 Talamini Road in Bridgewater. The pool dome – or “bubble” – was raised over the JCC’s existing outdoor pool on September 23 by a group of 60 JCC volun-

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teers and staff, led by professionals from the dome manufacturer. The white pool dome measures 100 feet by 100 feet and is 32 feet high. The pool dome is the first dome structure to exist in Bridgewater and the Birnbaum JCC is the second JCC in North America to raise a dome over an outdoor pool. The “bubble” will remain over the outdoor pool from September through the end of April. It will be taken down in early May and remain down for the entire summer so that the pool is enjoyed as a summer swim club. “By enclosing our outdoor pool, it enables the JCC to better serve our members and the community by providing additional pool space for lap swimming, aquatics fitness and instructional

swim,” stated Ms. Friedman. She added, “The JCC’s 170 memberstrong Bridgewater Tide Swim Team is now using the ‘bubble’ for daily practices, opening up our main indoor pool for other aquatics activities. Our members are thrilled to have the additional space for lap swimming, family time and to participate in the wide variety of aquatics programming we offer. I’d like to recognize our lay leadership for their vision and commitment to this capital project and for recognizing its importance to the success and future success of our JCC. We invite the community to attend our Grand Opening on November 15 and celebrate this JCC milestone with us.” David Bunevich, President of the JCC Board of Directors, stated, “After five years of dreaming and planning, it is extremely gratifying to see the pool dome become a reality for our JCC and the community. I want to thank our entire Board of Directors specifically Doron Steger for leading the Capital Campaign and Judy Gross for her unfaltering commitment to this project, and commend the JCC Staff for managing this monumental project. I also want to thank all of our donors who contributed to our ‘Swim & Trim Capital Campaign’ and for sharing the JCC’s vision. Our Capital Campaign is on-going with the next phases including upgrading the locker rooms and expanding our fitness facilities.”

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Sue Nordstrom (left) and her daughter, Kate, share Sue’s lifechanging experience in Kenya with her parish. Submitted photo Friends4Kenya is a grassroots project to teach women in Kenya skills that can enable them to become self-supporting. Recently Sue Nordstrom, a member of the board of this nonprofit organization, shared her work in Kenya with her parish, St.Martin’s Episcopal Church in Bridgewater. The Friends4Kenya was set up three years ago by a group of five American women. It serves women in Kenya who are infected and/or affected by the HIV Aids virus. They live in a part of Nairobi called Kibera, the second largest slum in the world. Few of the families have any source of support; the father either the victim of AIDS or having had to move further away to

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can fabrics and decorations. But the overall goal is more than the product; it is to make the project self-sustaining. That means they are learning about the need for quality control, coordination of effort, marketing skills, inventory, and accounting. Many of the products from Friend4Kenya can be seen on the website Friends4Kenya.org or by emailing Susan@Friends4Kenya.org. In Kibera these families face conditions that are virtually unimaginable for Americans. One million people live in an area about the size of Central Park in shacks with mud floors. They have no indoor plumbing or running water. Garbage and personal wastes are discarded on the streets. There are 100,000 children living there, the majority orphaned by AIDS. Unemployment is 50%. The challenge to improve the lives of the women and their families can seem overwhelming; Friends4Kenya is facing that challenge one small step at a time. Sue’s religious faith has always led her to serve others, even beyond her active lay leadership at St.Martin’s and she feels that the work in Kibera is a direct outcome of her faith. “My work in Kibera has affected my life and made me realize… ..I have the power to change the lives of these women and children. God has given me much to be grateful for and I give thanks every day.”

Buddy Day Returns to St. Ann School St. Ann School will host Buddy Day on Thursday, November 8th. Guest students will be paired with current students so they can experience St. Ann School in a comfortable, peer-interactive environment. Principal Sister Mary Klersey welcomes students that are currently enrolled in 1st – 7th grade to come and feel the love and learning that is unique to St. Ann School. There is no cost to attend Buddy Day, but advanced registration is required. Please call the School Office (908) 725-7787 for more information, to register or to schedule an alternate date.

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Bridgewater resident Dr. Ethan Bryson releases new book. Bridgewater resident Ethan O. Bryson, MD, is an awardwinning associate professor in the departments of anesthesia and psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. He received his MD from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Bryson has published extensively on the utilization of stimulation in medical education and the care and treatment of the addicted patient. He is considered an expert in the field of the potential for addiction among anesthesiologists and the addictive nature of anesthetic agents and is often called upon by the media. He is a frequent lecturer and has been interviewed by Newsweek, The New Republic, New York Magazine and MD Magazine.

Dr. Bryson is the author of the recently published book ADDICTED HEALERS: 5 Key Signs Your Healthcare Professional May Be Drug Impaired (New Horizon Press, September 2012). In the book Dr. Bryson reveals this gravely unaddressed problem in the healthcare industry. He strikes the silence by exploring and relating stories of addiction, drug-seeking behaviors and intervention efforts among healthcare professionals, from doctors and nurses to laboratory technicians. Many patients today do not realize they are at risk of injury or fatal medical malpractice, because their physicians or clinicians could be judgment-impaired by substance abuse. Through true life cases he provides the inside stories, the affliction and the untold harm that can be caused by addicted healthcare workers, how common the problem is and why healthcare professionals become dependent on drugs. By the end of Dr. Bryson’s exposé, readers will know the signs and symptoms of an addicted healer and how to be prepared and proactive before any treatment or surgery goes awry. If you’d like to learn more, please visit Dr. Bryson’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/AddictedHealers-by-Dr-Ethan-O-BrysonMD/322663617770639?ref=hl.

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Bridgewater United Pink Panthers Win Championship at Soccer Tournament

Pink Panthers U13 Girls pose for a photo after their Championship Win in the Parsippany Pride Soccer Tournament. Submitted photo The BUSC Pink Panthers, U13 Girls entered the Parsippany Pride Soccer Tournament held Oct. 6-7, 2012. This was the Pink Panthers first time playing in this tournament. The tournament offers three 60-minute games. The teams who finish with the best record in their flight move on to play a team who also finished best in their flight. The Pink Panthers defeated the North Valley Galfund, the Chatham Cheetahs, and the Randolph Wave, playing the Mt. Lakes Storm for the championship, with a 1-0 victory. Many of the Pink Panthers girls have been playing together since kindergarten, adding players over the years as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve grown into young ladies. They are led by head coach Pete Cornet, and assistant coaches Jason Lowrey and Don Doell, all volunteer coaches. This season the girls have a new Soccer Centersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; trainer, Kelly Lawrence, and with her guidance and training they have excelled as a team and are currently undefeated in Flight 2 in the MCYSA league. - Submitted by Donna Weidele, Team Manager

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Coats, Blankets, Baby Basics and Frozen Turkeys A Community-Wide Collection Temple Sholom is asking the community to “remember the needy as you clean out your closets for fall and earn points for a free turkey at your favorite grocery store.” The drive for winter items, baby basics, frozen Turkeys and nonperishable food will be held at Temple Sholom, 594 North Bridge St., Bridgewater, on Sunday, November 18th 2012 from 9:30am to 12:30pm. The annual drive, now in its ninth year, is sponsored by the Temple Sholom Mitzvah Committee and will benefit two local organizations: the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (SHIP) of Somerville and the Food Bank Network of Somerset County. Volunteers will be stationed in the temple’s parking lot as well as in the building’s lobby to accept donations. Items being collected are: Thanksgiving Day Meal: frozen turkeys and non-perishable food such as: canned pickles, olives, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, string beans, corn or peas; bottles of salad dressing; boxes of brown sugar, instant mashed potatoes, Stove Top stuffing mix, bottled soda (regular or diet) or cans of coffee (regular or decaf); packages of cookies, cupcakes, potato chips or pretzels; and packages of 6” or 9” paper plates, napkins, cups, plastic cutlery, tablecloths or takeout containers. All items will benefit the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (SHIP) of Somerville. Winter items: Blankets, Coats, Scarves, Hats & Boots for Men, Women and Children. (Winter apparel must be clean and in good condition.) All items will benefit the Food Bank Network of Somerset County. Baby basics: hats, gloves/mittens, scarves and blankets for infants and toddlers; 0-24 month winter clothing; formula, diapers, wipes, baby food, and health care items. All items will benefit the Food Bank Network of Somerset County. Receipts will be available upon request. All of this is being done in the spirit of Tikkun Olam - the Jewish commandment to Repair the World. Temple Sholom’s involvement with SHIP and the Food Bank Network has continued for many years. Since the start of this annual frozen turkey and food collection nine years ago, Temple Sholom members have donated over 300 frozen turkeys and 2,500 Thanksgiving food items for SHIP’s Thanksgiving Holiday Dinner and over 3,200 coats, blankets, winter apparel and baby basics to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County. Temple Sholom, located at 594 N. Bridge Street, Bridgewater, is an egalitarian Conservative Jewish congregation of 500-plus families. For additional information, please call: Rachel Drascher at (908)963-3840, Debby Lubliner at (908) 722-7015.

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School Calendar Nov. 1 - Van Holten - PTO Meeting - 9:30 a.m. Nov. 2 - Crim - Game Night Nov. 5 - BRHS - Picture Retakes Nov. 6 - No School for students - Teacher in service Nov. 8 & 9 - No School - NJEA Convention Nov. 12 - Hamilton - Picture Retakes Nov. 13 - Crim - Picture Retakes Nov. 13 - JFK - Market Day Nov. 13 - Eisenhower - PTO Meeting - 7:00 p.m. Nov. 13 - Wade Building - Board of Ed Meeting - 8:00 p.m. Nov. 14 - Hillside - Picture Retakes Nov. 14 - BRHS - College Fair - 7:00 p.m. Nov. 14 - Bradley Gardens - PTO Meeting - 7:00 p.m. Nov. 14 - Adamsville - PTO Meeting - 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-20 - Primary & Intermediate School Conference Days Nov. 21 - All Schools 4-hour session Nov. 22-23 - No School - Thanksgiving Holiday Nov. 27 - Milltown - PTO Meeting Nov. 27 - Wade Building - Board of Ed Meeting - 8:00 p.m. Nov. 30 - BRHS - School Dance - Winter Semi-Formal Nov. 30 - Adamsville - Book Fair Night, Clothing Drive, PJ Party - 7p.m. Nov. 30 - JFK - Game Night - 7:00 p.m. Please check the school web sites and calendars for updates or last minute adjustments http://www.brrsd.k12.nj.us.

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Above portrait created by Martin Demcak a senior in AP Studio Art.

Bridgewater-Raritan High School students in Mrs. Hawkinson’s AP and Honors Art classes recently participated in The Memory Project; a unique initiative in which art students create portraits for children and teens around the world who have been neglected, orphaned, or disadvantaged. To do this, the students received photos of kids in the Dominican Republic and used those photos to create the portraits. Then the portraits were delivered to the kids as gifts. Given that children in such situations tend to have few personal keepsakes, the goal of the project is to provide them with special memories that represent a slice of their own life story. Another

The above portrait was created by BRHS graduate Sonya Firer who is now majoring in Art at RVCC.

Senior AP Art student Erin Aversa created the above portrait for a little boy in the Dominican Republic.

BRHS graduate Lauren Pelletier created the above portrait for a girl in the DR. Lauren is now at Penn State majoring in Architecture.

goal is to help the kids see themselves as works of art. Regarding the art students who make the portraits, this is an opportunity for them to practice kindness and service to others, and to reach across international boundaries through their artwork. Mrs. Hawkinson said, “We try to capture a moment in their life with these Memory Portraits. It is truly one of the most rewarding projects I have ever worked on. It is as rewarding to our students as it is to these children who receive the portraits.” The project was developed by Ben Schumaker as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin. In 2003, while volunteering in Guatemala, Ben en-

countered a man who had grown up in an orphanage. This man explained that he did not have any personal belongings from his youth. He suggested that Ben help the kids collect special items that would contribute to their sense of heritage. With a love of portraiture, Ben started the Memory Project in 2004 and intends to keep it going as long as possible. The children’s immediate reactions to the portraits tend to vary by age. Young children are most noticeably thrilled to receive them. They hold their portraits proudly and show them to everyone around. Teenagers, as might be expected, usually prefer to receive their portraits privately in a place where their

peers are not crowded around to see. They often keep the portraits in their lockers and share them with close friends. “This is the fourth year that I have done this project and hope to continue it with my National Art Honors Society every year,” said Hawkinson. “I am looking into similar projects in which The National Art Honors Society creates portraits for loved ones lost in 9/11 and the soldiers lost in the war.” This year 3 other art teachers at BRHS volunteered their time and efforts; Mrs. Benson, Miss Post and Mrs. Stutzman had students contribute wonderful portraits. Through their combined efforts, they were able to supply 4 orphanages with portraits.

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Boy Scouts to Collect Food to Aid the Needy Boy Scout Troop 154, which meets at the Pluckemin Presbyterian Church, will once again participate in the annual National Good Turn, Scouting For Food. Scouting For Food is a program to collect non-perishable food to help feed the millions of Americans, who, studies show, go hungry at some time every month. Last year the troop collected over 4,000 cans and boxes of food which were distributed by the Food Bank Network of Somerset County. Those donations helped more than 100 local families during the holiday season. Over the November 10 -11 weekend, Troop members will go door-to-door in Bridgewater distributing 1,800 bags donated by Post Hardware, Route 22 E, Somerville. Then, on Saturday, November 17th, the Scouts will return to pick up the bags filled with food donations. It is suggested that people leave their food donations near the curb for pickup early Saturday morning. Pickup will begin at 9 a.m. Troop 154 meets Friday evenings beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Their Scoutmaster is Tom Ely.


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Friends of Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Celebrate 10 Years

Panther Perspective The Twelve Days of Senior Year By Rachel Jandak On a recent trip to the Bridgewater mall, my mother ambushed me (as she has been doing for the past year or so) about college, and how my senior year was going. Certifiably fed up with being constantly bombarded with my future, I responded, perhaps in jeopardy of my gas money for the month, with a song. It went a little something like this. The Twelve Days of Senior Year (Sung to the tune of the Twelve Days of Christmas.) On the first day of senior year someone said to me… College apps are due in January. On the second day of senior year, someone said to me… SATs are coming… And college apps are due in January. On the third day of senior

year, someone said to me… This really sucks SATs are coming And college apps are due in January. On the fourth day of senior year, someone said to me… I really want to sleep This really sucks SATs are coming And college apps are due in January. On the Fifth day of senior year, someone said to me… Gosh I need a job! I really want to sleep This really sucks SATs are coming And college apps are due in January. This went on for a while. I’m surprised my mother put up with it until we stepped out of the car in the parking lot. I went for the grand finale. On the twelfth day of senior

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year, someone said to me… I can’t wait for this to be over Did someone just drop this AP class? How am I going to pay for this? I just pulled an all-nighter My car just blew a tire Great, another essay I think I’m going crazy Gosh I need a job! I really want to sleep This really sucks SATs are coming And college apps are due in January. I stood in the parking lot, catching my breath. (I still tell myself I heard someone clapping.) My mother, in all of her infinite wisdom, just looked at me. “It’ll all be worth it,” she said. I sighed, knowing I won’t believe her until I get that acceptance letter in the mail.

Pictured left to right are Bridgewater residents and volunteers: Sharon Bartter, Phyllis Lange, Pat Franchino, Pat Collelo, Dave Rollins, and Nancy and Darryl Ingram. Submitted photo Friends of Somerset Regional Animal Shelter (FOSRAS) celebrated their ten-year anniversary on September 29th at the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter located at 100 Commons Ways in Bridgewater. FOSRAS is a non-profit 501-c organization that assists the shelter by raising funds to help cover the cost of care for the animals at the shelter. Thank you to the vendors that donated food for the party, the volunteers for their time and donations and to the public who came to make the day a success. The shelter currently has many wonderful cats, dogs, hamsters, and guinea pigs available for adoption that await their forever homes. If you’d like to volunteer at the shelter, volunteer orientation takes place the first Saturday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the shelter. See our ad on this page for shelter hours.

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Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Honored for Accreditation

Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano displays the accreditation certificate at the Sept. 25 freeholders’ meeting. Pictured left to right are Chief Ken Bird; Freeholder Director Patricia Walsh; Sheriff Provenzano; Chief Raymond J. Hayducka, President, New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Harry J. Delgado, Accreditation Program Manager, New Jersey State Association Chiefs of Police; and Capt. Tim Pino. Submitted photo The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office was recognized for achieving accreditation from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) at the Board of Freeholders’ Sept. 25 meeting. The honor, which was awarded to the Sheriff’s Office in May, puts the county in a rare class, according to officials. “I would like to congratulate Chief Ken Bird and Captain Tim Pino for a job well done and for serving as program managers,”

said Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano. “ I would also like to thank the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office for their cooperation during the past two years during the accreditation process. Without their input, we would not have succeeded in this worthwhile program.” NJSACOP Accreditation Program Manager Harry Delgado explained that agencies seek accreditation “to reach the highest standards of professionalism, training and discipline.” Over the past two years the Sheriff’s Office prepared for a review by NJSACOP assessors.

In December 2011, the Sheriff’s Office passed an on-site weekend inspection of the entire agency, including policies, standard operating procedures, vehicle inspections, dispatch area and evidence room inspections, as well as K-9 Unit, Honor Guard and Tactical Team demonstrations. In May of this year, representatives of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office testified in front of the accreditation commission and were subsequently approved for accreditation. “We are very proud of our Sheriff’s Office for undertaking the daunting task of seeking accreditation,” said Freeholder Director Pat Walsh. “Our longstanding belief that they are one of the best departments in the state has now been validated by a very tough and grueling process. Their mandated programs are exemplary and the additional programs initiated by Sheriff Provenzano have benefitted all the residents of Somerset County. We congratulate, thank and applaud the Sheriff’s Office.” Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Chief Ken Bird and Captain Tim Pino served as the Accreditation Program managers for the agency during the entire process. They worked alongside the Frank E. Rodgers Group, which assisted the agency in reaching the 112 accredited standards. The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office will be up for re-accreditation in three years.

Chorale Presents Benefit Concert Series The month of November, in the Christian Church calendar, is traditionally known as the month of the dead. Teachings and readings tend to center on the Second Coming of Christ, the Resurrection of the Dead, and the Last Judgment. It is in this spirit that Caritas Chamber Chorale presents its November 2012 benefit concert series, Journey Into Light, which contemplates our passage into eternal life and honors all who

have gone before us. Featuring the unaccompanied Requiem in Eb, op. 84 by Josef Rheinberger, the concert will also include a cappella works by Lauridsen, Tavener and Barber. Journey Into Light will be presented on Friday, November 9 at 7:30 pm at Our Lady of the Mount Church, 167 Mt. Bethel Rd., Warren; on Saturday, November 10 at 7:30pm at Christ Church, 5 Paterson St., New Brunswick; and on Sunday,

November 11 at 4pm at St. Margaret Church, 300 Ludlow Ave., Spring Lake. Admission is free. A freewill donation will be accepted for the Gianni Diurni Primary School in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa which is run by the Adorno Fathers’ St. Francis Caracciolo Mission. For more information see www.caritaschamberchorale.org or call 732.718.0775.

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October 12, the U12 Girls Bridgewater United Cyclones served as ball girls for the Rutgers vs. Louisville Women’s Soccer game, held at Yurcak Stadium in Piscataway. The girls experienced the entire game from the sidelines, in front of the crowd of 1,662 who cheered as the Scarlet Knights shutout their opponent 3-0. During halftime, the Cyclones scrimmaged on the field, prior to Rutgers Alum, former All-American and two-time gold medalist Carli Lloyd being honored.

Dr. Sanford Buying Back Halloween Candy to Benefit Smile Train Halloween candy can contribute to tooth decay, and some candy can even damage orthodontic patients’ braces. Bridgewater orthodontist Dr. Robert L. Sanford will help kids avoid injury to their braces and their teeth by buying back Halloween candy. Dr. Sanford is paying $2 for each pound of Halloween treats surrendered in his office. One dollar will go to the child. The other dollar will be donated to the Smile Train charity. Funds will be used to pay for cleft palate surgery for children who could not otherwise afford it. “When we pay orthodontic patients for their Halloween candy, we help them avoid the potential for harming their braces. It’s a fun way to reward the kids for their efforts on Halloween. In addition we help out the Smile Train,” said Dr. Sanford. Some candies are permissible for orthodontic patients. They include plain chocolate or soft, chocolate-covered peanut butter cups. However, Dr. Sanford cautions that patients should brush and floss thoroughly after indulging in sugary treats. Dr. Sanford’s office will accept Halloween candy at the weigh-in from Nov 1-10 on M,T, Th from 8am-7pm, and W 8-3.

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Joe Manciniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tenure aboard the USS Intrepid began in June of 1944. Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rank/title aboard the ship was Fireman 1st Class. even before Joe joined the ship, the Intrepid already had a proud battle history. In January of 1944, their planes bombed one of the Marshall Islands at Kwajalein to prepare for the U.S. invasion of that island. In February 1944, they played a major role in the bombing of the island of Truk. This was a large Japanese transportation hub in the middle of the Pacific. This island was rendered so useless by U.S. bombing, that no follow up invasion was necessary. At the very end of this mission, the Intrepid was damaged by a torpedo and had returned to Pearl Harbor for repairs. When repairs were completed in June 1944, Joe Mancini and the Intrepid headed out to open sea. Their first assignment was a simple ferry mission to deliver war supplies. The flight and hanger decks were packed with planes, tanks, various equipment, and replacement soldiers for the Eniwetok atoll of the Marshall Islands. After successfully delivering their cargo, the Intrepid would return to Pearl Harbor with troops and the wounded. While docked at Pearl Harbor, one memorable event occurred on July 27, 1944. That day the sailors of the Intrepid lined up in full dress whiteuniform along the rails to greet President Franklin D. Roosevelt who came to meet with his generals to discuss future strategy. At this meeting, the Intrepidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next combat

assignments were set by the ever persuasive General Douglas MacArthur. Early in the war he had, under orders, personally retreated from the Philippines leaving U.S. and Filipino soldiers to be killed or captured by the Japanese as they took over the Philippines. He was humiliated to have to accept defeat and abandon his men. Upon his leaving, he made a pledge to the people of the Philippines â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Shall Return.â&#x20AC;? This, of course, meant return with a large army (and navy) to liberate them. Thus at this July meeting MacArthur convinced the President that the

The BReeze next task would be the liberation of the Philippines. In order to bring his troops ashore with as little resistance as possible, the Japanese airfields on any nearby islands would have to be knocked out of action. The Intrepid (and other aircraft carriers) would get this assignment. In August 1944 the Intrepid sailed out to do battle. On September 6th the Intrepid arrived at the Palau Island group. Here their planes successfully bombed the Japanese airstrip at the island of Babelthuap. A few days later it was onto the island of Peleliu. Here again the enemy airstrip was bombed - and so were other Japanese positions as the U.S. military commanders felt this island had to be invaded. (Military historians judge this a poor decision that would cost the lives of thousands of U.S. troops.) After Peleliu, the planes from the Intrepid bombed the enemy airfields on various southern islands in the Philippines. On September 15th the ship was sent back to Peleliu as that battle in the jungle was not going well. The Intrepidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planes had a difficult assignment to bomb and strafe the still hidden enemy whose positions were very close to the U.S. troops. Always active, on September 21st the Intrepid was back in the Philippines bombing Japanese airfields. On September 23rd, the Intrepidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planes targeted Japanese ships sinking seven of them in a surprise attack in the Coron Bay of the Philip-

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November 2012 Continued from previous page were shot down as they neared the Intrepid, however, one would make it through the screen of defending ships. As the kamikaze neared the Intrepid, the anti-aircraft guns opened fire. A tremendous salvo of fire was unleashed at the kamikaze, but the plane flown by Japanese pilot Suehiro Ikeda avoided being hit and crashed into and through the flight deck. The resulting explosion killed 30 men in a room just beneath the flight deck and caused a fire to erupt on the flight deck. The ship’s firefighters quickly engaged to contain the fire. Joe Mancini was one of the sailors who went forth to put out the fires as fast as possible as a burning or injured ship quickly becomes the preferred target in an effort to “finish it off.” The firefighting crew was getting the fire under control when a second kamikaze, this one piloted by Kochichi Nunoda, crashed into the flight deck. The plane’s 500 pound bomb went through the flight deck and exploded inside the ship. The plane burst in a ball of fire and veered across the crowded flight deck where dozens of men were fighting the fire. Many sailors were knocked or forced overboard by the fire. Joe Mancini was most definitely one of them as he and others on the damage control team were “missing” after the much later “roll call” and identifying of the dead bodies. The Mancini family in Bridgewater received the dreaded telegram “Regret to inform you …” The Intrepid crew got the fire under control in a couple hours and saved the ship. The next day a memorial service was held for the 69 shipmates who had died from the kamikaze attack. The day before the surviving sailors had acted like brave warriors, instantly performing their dangerous duty fighting the fire unfazed by the carnage and the pending additional danger. However, on this day as they lined up for the solemn ceremony they were human, and many wept openly at the loss of their friends. The Intrepid, while damaged so that it could no longer launch or receive aircraft, still had its engines operating and returned once again for repairs. The Intrepid throughout her history came back again and again. In fact, even after its retirement from active service in 1974, the USS In-

trepid avoided the scrap heap and in 1982 was converted into a museum that is presently docked in Manhattan. One exhibit that runs every hour is called “The Kamikaze Experience - Day of Darkness, Day of Light” – a ten minute multi-media display that shows what happened on board on November 25, 1944, the day the two kamikazes hit the Intrepid killing 69 men including Joe Mancini. It is a must see for every visitor.

The Kamikaze Experience is a ten minute multi-media display that shows what happened on board the Intrepid on November 25, 1944. At the end of the exhibit the names of those killed in that attack are read and lit up on a commemorative wall. It is a bit ironic that Joe Mancini’s name is highlighted in tribute every hour aboard The USS Intrepid in New York City, but there is no tribute to him in Bridgewater as there is no plaque in town listing those who died serving our country.

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Leslie, an 11-year-old girl battling brain cancer, stands with Jennifer McKay, Dan’s sister and head of the Daniel T. Liss Foundation. Proceeds from this year’s Torbethon will help Leslie’s family with medical bills. On October 7, at White Oak Park in Branchburg, many of Dan Liss’ friends, family, teachers, and a new generation of supporters ran, walked, worked, laughed, and smiled to show support for the Daniel T. Liss Foundation. Dan, a 2007 BRHS graduate and wrestler, lost his battle with cancer two years ago. Since then, his family started the foundation and the Torbethon to honor Dan’s spirit for life and to help children and families stricken with cancer.

Some of this year’s proceeds will be going to the family of a local girl who was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer in April 2011. Leslie, an amazing 11-year-old girl from Bound Brook, underwent brain surgery, which could not fully remove the tumor. She has received radiation, and continues to receive chemotherapy and physical therapy. Over the past 17 months Leslie has dealt with losing her hair, having seizures, surgeries and missing school and her friends. The hardest part, though, was giving up her passion of competitive dance. From the moment you meet Leslie you are instantly taken by her vibrant, positive personality and her unending strength and courage. In August, Leslie’s mother was laid off from her job, causing her to lose the family’s health insurance benefits. Needless to say, they now face monumental financial difficulties. To donate to The Daniel T. Liss Memorial Fund or to learn more, visit the fund’s web site at http://danieltliss.wix.com/memorialfund or www.facebook. com/DanielLissMemorialFund.

In 1982, the USS Intrepid was converted into a museum. One exhibit is called “The Kamikaze Experience - Day of Darkness, Day of Light.” At the end of the exhibit the names of those killed in that attack are lit up on a commemorative wall. This author’s hope is that perhaps a plaque commemorating all those killed in war will one day be displayed in Bridgewater. For more information on Joe Mancini, including photos and letters he wrote during World War II go to www.raritan-online.com.

Members of the BRHS wrestling team pose for a picture during the Torbethon (l-r): Kyle Murphy, Gianni Calo, Pierce Gladfelter, Brian Faure, Anthony Caldero, Valerio Lamorte. Photo/Jason Gladfelter

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PANTHER SPORTS Field Hockey - The lady Panthers were crowned the SCT Cham-

pions on October 20, beating Montgomery 5-1 in the final. Senior middie Dayle Paustian was awarded the MVP trophy with two goals and an assist. Also scoring for B-R were Rachel Yaney, Catherine Caro (and two assists), and Emily Howarth. Also with assists in the win were Lindsay Alvarez and Emily Miller. The stalwart defense is led by seniors Nicole Braun and goalie Christen Piersanti with Samatha Lisk and Samantha Giordano. One of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best defenses has achieved 12 shutouts and allowed opponents only 12 goals this season. With their only loss of the season against another state top-five team, Oak Knoll, the 18-1 Panthers look to go all the way in the state tournament.

Football - At 4-3 the Panthers have enough power points to make it into the playoffs for the first time in a long time. Quarterback Donny Stires continues to impress with 101 completions for 1022 yards passing and 7 passing touchdowns. Receivers Tommy Goodberlet (28 catches for 372 yards) and Josh Robbins (32 catches for 309 yards) lead a talented receiving corps. Matt Eichhorn leads in yards rushing with 523 in 100 tries. Mike Pennella has been phenomenal whether rushing or passing and on the other side of the ball. Pennella has 11 catches for 102 yards and 1 TD reception, 227 yards and 8 TDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rushing, and 34 tackles and an interception. Helping Pennella out with tackles on defense is Scott Brandle with 35.

Girls Soccer - The girls survived an exciting shootout in SCT quar-

terfinal action to win against Pingry. Emily Sousa scored in the first half with an assist from Allison Morgan. Pingry tied the game. But in the 11th frame of the shootout with the score tied 7-7, goalie Casey Murphy made a diving stop and Daniella Greco converted her third PK to advance. Unfortunately the girls lost in the semifinals to #3 in the state Montgomery 3-1. A winning record 9-5-2 and experience against some of the best teams in the state have the girls looking to go far in the state tournament.

The Somerset County Champions pose with their trophy after beating Montgomery 5-1 in the field hockey final on October 20th. Photo/Peter Alvarez

Boys Soccer - Recent important wins over Gill St. Bernards (SCT quarterfinal), Ridge and North Hunterdon only dull the pain of the shootout loss (4-3) to perennial opponent Pingry in the SCT semifinal. Cole Gladfelter and Andrew Masur scored for the Panthers with assists from Kevin Horan and Josh Rich. Now at 11-4-2, the boys have broken into the Star-ledger top 20 for the state and are prepared to go deep into the NJSIAA tournament.

Gymnastics - Presently ranked #1 in the state, the gymnastics team

is having a dream season. Back on October 3, the team won the Somerset County Championships with a then season high 110.3 score. They surpassed that with a 111.975 in a match against Hillsborough, setting the then highest team score in the state. On October 17, the girls did it again with a score of 112.775 winning their first ever Skyland Conference Championship. In the All-around the Panthers took 3 of the top 4 spots, Ayana Lee (1st), Emily Shugan (2nd), and Faye Lawrence (4th). Also contributing to this dream season are Genevieve Suplee, Meghan Jones, Nicole Giacchino, Eve Hess and Alex Paul.

Girls Tennis - The girls tennis team ran into one of only two teams

to beat them this season. In the third round of the NJSIAA Section North 2 Group 4 they lost a close contest to nemesis Westfield 3-2. Arthi Palani (2nd singles) and Marissa Sashihara (3rd singles) won their matches with the 2nd doubles team, Emily Arditti and Divya Yeleswarapu, losing a hard fought match in 3 sets. A 14-3 record and the SCT championship title give the girls much to be proud of this season.

Girls Volleyball - It took three sets each against Hillsborough and

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Page 30 Edison – Hasuben Kansara, 79, died on September 17, 2012. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Service, LLC. Bridgewater - Dorothy P Hewett, 87, died September 17, 2012. Dorothy was an alumna of Pace University in 1948, and a retired CPA. She was a homemaker and enjoyed playing Bridge with her friends. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Somerville where she volunteered her time during the church activities. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Jean I. McDaniel, 94, died September 18, 2012. Jean was employed as a greeting card artist and later worked at several private nursery schools as an early childhood teacher. She was a member of the Crescent Ave. Presbyterian Church in Plainfield. She enjoyed painting flowers and cooking jam to give to her family and friends. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Manchester Township - Theresa R. McKeon, 68, died September 18, 2012. Theresa was a retired clerical worker. Arrangements were by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Nazareth, PA - Lorraine M. Kusch Davis, 83, passed away on September 21, 2012. Born in Milwaukee, WI, she resided in Bridgewater, and Poconos, PA, before moving to Nazareth, PA four years ago. Surviving are her beloved husband, James Davis; her four loving children, Sharon Davis, Christine Kasas and her husband, Michael, Joyce Castagna and her husband, Phillip, Jr., and Russell Davis and his wife, Patricia; twelve grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; her twin sister, Dorothy (Jerry) Ahne of Brookfield, WI; and two nephews. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Eileen Hoy, 89, died Sept 21, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Somerville on Sept. 20, 1923 to her loving parents John Frederick and Frederika Boyer Goellner. Eileen was an Administrative Assistant at J&J Ortho Diagnostic in Raritan. She was a graduate of Somerville High School, member of the Raritan Senior Citizens, and a Communicant of St. Bernard Church. Edward Hoy, her beloved husband died on Oct. 25,

2010 and she was predeceased by 3 brothers Howard, Robert and John Goellner. She is survived by her son Skip and wife Susan of Raritan; two daughters Renee Hoy of Somerville and Carol and husband Mike Chuisano of Brancburg; grandchildren Tim and Amanda Hoy, Kaitlin Hoy, Michael, Kasey, twins Megan and Andrew Chuisano and sister-in-law Josephine Goellner of Raritan. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC. Somerville - Francis Jane Moore Lusardi, 99, died September 22, 2012. Francis graduated from Somerville High School in 1932. Francis was employed at Somerset County Library as a librarian until her marriage to her late husband in 1937. She was the chairperson of the Somerville Civic League, arts department from the early 1950’s to 1965. Francis was a prolific artist in oils having painted over 100 canvasses and specialized in still like and landscape paintings. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bedminster - Minnie F. Merullo, 88, passed away peacefully September 27, 2012. Minnie enjoyed working at Herman’s World of Sporting Goods where she was the manager of the MIS department in Carteret, N.J. Her friends and co-workers from Herman’s became part of her extended family. She retired from Herman’s in 1990. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Flanders – Jayntilal Patel, 77, died on September 28, 2012. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Service, LLC. Bedminster - Bruce W. Grosvenor, 74, died peacefully on September 28, 2012. Bruce was a self employed general contractor retiring in 1980. Prior, he worked as a Grounds Supervisor for Eastern Airlines. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Froilan E. Dizon, 43, passed away suddenly, on September 30, 2012. Mr. Dizon was a Co-Owner and Operator of several Dunkin Donuts, Sonic, and Rita’s Ice franchises. Froilan was a hard worker and was very passionate about his businesses. Froilan loved to cook and enjoyed photography. He also enjoyed spending time at his home at the Jersey shore. He was an

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Obituaries avid fisherman and hunter and had a huge passion for cars, boats, and his WaveRunner. Froilan enjoyed spending precious time with his family and friends. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Morristown - Lillian Marian Schwartz, 91, died peacefully on September 30, 2012. Lillian began her career as a caseworker for the County of Morris. Later she became and educator, first working as a cooperative nursery school teacher in Cedar Knolls and for over a decade she taught third grade at the Briarwood Elementary School in Florham Park, New Jersey. In the 70s she left teaching to begin a thriving small business in jewelry design. Lilo Designs were sold for over two decades in department stores in Morristown, Short Hills, Philadelphia and Milwaukee most noteworthy, Epsteins, Saks and Bonwit Teller. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Raritan – John Francis Krehely, 83, died on September 30, 2012. John was a Mechanic for Redfern Lace Factory and a Grounds Maintenance Person for Somerset County in Somerville. John is survived by his sister, Mary Ann Weaver of Raritan; his sister-in-law, Thelma Krehely of Somerville; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; and his brother, Peter Krehely. Arrangements handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC. Clinton Township - Everett W. Merrill, 81, died October 1, 2012. Everett was employed as General Manager of Harbor Operations for Moran Towing Inc in New York for over 40 years, retiring in 1986. He then worked as a school bus driver for the North Hunterdon Regional School District for several years. He was a veteran of the US Navy during the Korean War. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Branchburg - Catherine C. Ross Meyer, 82, passed away on October 01, 2012. Mrs. Meyer retired from the Bloomfield School District in 1986, where she worked as a First Grade Teacher for 25 years. Her class ranked #1 for 25 years when

tested for the Annual Assessment Test. She was also a retired member of the National Education Association. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Doris Conway, 81, entered eternal life peacefully on October 2, 2012. Doris was a homemaker. She was a member of the Bridgewater Senior Citizens and best remembered for her passion of singing and writing poetry. Many of her poems were published with the National Poetry Society. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Neshanic - Lotte Herzog Schregenberger, 85, passed away on October 3, 2012 at home. Mrs. Schregenberger was a homemaker and day care provider. From 1965 until three weeks ago, she continually provided day care, first, for the neighborhood children; she then worked for The Creative Child Center and All Day Learning Center, and then she cared for all eight of her grandchildren in her home. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Somerville - Walter R. Butchkowski, 87, died October 3, 2012. Walter was employed as a warehouse worker at Centrey Hardware in North Bergen for over 10 years, retiring in 1985. He was a veteran of the US Coast Guard during WWII. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. South Bound Brook - William O. Howen, 90, died October 3, 2012. William was employed as a steelworker at Midland Ross Steel in Highland Park for 40 years, retiring in 1989. He was a veteran of the US Army during World War II. He was a member of the Steelworkers Union in Farmington. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Branchburg - Marie V. Castellano, 94, passed away on October 4, 2012. Mrs. Castellano was a homemaker who enjoyed spending quality time with her family, especially her granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty years, Thomas J. Castellano, in 2008; and her sister, Santa

November 2012 Cannava. Surviving are her daughters, Regina Lukin and her husband, Fred of Branchburg and Donna Bildstein and her husband, Karl of Stockton; and her two granddaughters, Stephanie Lukin of Branchburg and Corinne Bildstein of Stockton. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Neshanic Station - Josephine C. Buono - Loving wife, mother, and sister, Josephine Christine (Martino) Buono passed away October 4, 2012. Josephine retired from Ethicon Inc. of Somerville as a supervisor many years ago. Born and raised in Bound Brook and Martinsville, Josephine and Louis lived in Florida for some years, then returning to NJ to enjoy family, grandchildren, and life till her passing. Arrangements were by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Somerville - Marie Ellen Williams, 75, died peacefully on October 5, 2012. Marie worked for RCA and later worked for Raritan Health and Extended Care where she retired in 2002. Marie was a very active member of the First Baptist Church in Somerville and a member of the Somerville American Legion Post 12 Ladies Auxiliary. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Edison – Lekhraj Dhingra, 98, died on October 5, 2012. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Service, LLC. Bridgewater - Edward Ostroski, 75, died October 5, 2012. Ed graduated from Mount Carmel High School, and then enlisted in the US Air Force as a Confidential Communications specialist serving his country honorably for four years. He recently was employed as a warehouse manager for Waste Management in Camden, NJ. After his retirement, Ed pursued his passion to cook and then owned and operated a lunch truck at the Chimney Rock quarry. Arrangements were by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Columbus, OH – Elinor Stella Brown, 84, died on October 6, 2012. Elinor was a School Teacher

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November 2012 Continued from previous page for Immaculate Conception School in Somerville. She was a loving mother and grandmother who was kind, caring, generous, and will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Arrangements were handled by Somerville Funeral Home, Inc. Basking Ridge – Lester Thomas Vincenti, 67, died on October 6, 2012. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC. Bridgewater – John Franzoso, 63, died on October 10, 2012. John was a Well Driller for Somerville Well Drilling in Branchburg and served in the Navy. He was a kind, caring, generous person who will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home, LLC. Edison – Gloria Ann Mullins, 75, died on October 11, 2012. Arrangements were handled by AAA B Cremation Services, LLC. Edison – Ramanbhai J. Patel, 70, died on October 12, 2012. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Service, LLC. Bronx - Ella Annunziato LaSalata, 86, passed away on October 13, 2012. Mrs. LaSalata worked as a seamstress for five years for Madame Alexander Doll Company in New York City, until retiring in 1949. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Bedminster - Peter J. Gutkowski, 62, died peacefully on October 13, 2012. Peter was a 1972 graduate of Seton Hall University and was an Insurance Underwriter. Peter loved to travel; his favorite destinations were going to Cape Hatteras and especially Disney World. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Piscataway - Annette Meyers, 69, died peacefully on October 14, 2012. Daughter of Umberto Spaziano and Antonette (Giammarco) Yanusz, Annette was born in Plainfield and lived in Middlesex before moving to Piscataway 17 years ago. Annette was a homemaker. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home.

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L-R: Yelena Salvador of Bridgewater (Publicity/School Spirit), Ann Brunn (Vice President), Brock Manning (President), and Daniel Rogers (Secretary). Submitted photo

The officers of the Service Club at Immaculate Conception School were installed following a recent school Mass. The Service Club, which is comprised of homeroom representatives from Grades 4-8, meets monthly to plan and implement activities and projects designed to promote school spirit and provide service and assistance to the community. Activities include a Thanksgiving Food Drive, providing support for our overseas troops in the form of cards, letters and personal care items, and an annual school pep rally.

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Bridgewater - Theresa Bartok, 77, died peacefully on October 14, 2012. Theresa was a lab technician for Johnson and Johnson and was a member of the Finderne Rescue Squad Ladies Auxiliary. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Frank Szela, 94, died peacefully on October 15, 2012. Frank was a US Army WWII Veteran. He worked for Union Carbide in Newark for 35 years retiring as a Leader in 1983. Frank was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Martinsville; member of the American Legion Post 507 in Bridgewater; he enjoyed spending time at his beach house in Ship Bottom, LBI; and had a special place in heart for animals. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home.

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Raritan Riverfest Letter to the Editor If you were among the thousands who made it to the Raritan Borough’s first annual Riverfest and Rubber Duck Race on September 30th, we thank you! We are confident you had a great time, and that it was very worthwhile to attend. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and we’re grateful to all who were involved. On Sunday, October 7th the Raritan Loyal Order of the Moose #1965, host of the Rubber Duck Race, presented checks to our two charity partners, the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Somerset Medical Center and the Raritan Volunteer Fire Department, Relief Hose #2. The rubber duck race was a huge draw despite a major challenge from Mother Nature in its final minutes. However, undaunted, 3,000 rubber ducks made their way down the Raritan River, withstanding torrential rain and even hailstones, to raise about $15,000.00 in funds for the hospital and the volunteer fire department.

Pictured at the Raritan Rubber Duck Race check presentation ceremony on October 7th are (l-r) Raritan Borough Councilman Greg Lobell; Raritan Borough Volunteer Firefighter Brian Kredatus; Raritan Relief Hose Co. #2 President Lou Laine (in rear); Raritan EDC Chairman Don Christensen; Uncle Vinnie’s Clam Bar Manager Lois Ricci (kneeling); Raritan Moose Lodge #1965 Administrator Ken Alligier; Carrie Tozzi (as the Duck); Raritan Borough Councilman Don Tozzi; Uncle Vinnie’s Clam Bar Owner Lou Malenchek (kneeling); Somerset Medical Center Director of Special Events Donna Castronovo; Raritan Relief Hose Co. #2 Chief Carl Memoli; Raritan Borough Councilwoman Denise Carra; and Raritan Borough Council President Stefanie Gara. Not pictured is EDC Member Rick Zack. Photo by Ron Rispoli. It’s now time for the “Thank You’s”, and there are many. This was a 100% volunteer-run municipal event, and could not have been possible without the tireless dedication of the Raritan Riverfest and Rubber Duck Race Sub-Committee, consisting of Raritan Borough Council President Stefanie Gara, Councilmen Don Tozzi and Greg Lobell, Councilwoman Denise Carra, Raritan resident and volunteer Rick Zack, and myself, Don Christensen. We would especially like to recognize Don Tozzi, the creator and director of the first annual Raritan Rubber Duck Race, for conceiving of this wonderful fund-raising idea. A special note of appreciation goes out to the Raritan Loyal Order of the Moose #1965 for hosting the Rubber Duck Race, and to Uncle Vinnie’s Clam Bar for their exclusive sponsorship of the Rubber Duck Race. We would like to acknowledge John Ruffi / Eye 7 Graphics for the EDC and Duck Race logo designs, Van Cleef Engineering for the Riverfest / Duck Race T-Shirts, and EmbroidMe-Raritan for the Duck Race baseball caps. Also contributing to the day’s success were the Raritan Police Department, the Raritan Department of Public Works, and the Raritan Volunteer Fire Department. And so many other businesses and organizations stepped up with their sponsorships -- we truly appreciate all of you! Our event began with a moving flag-raising ceremony and salute conducted by the John Basilone Detachment of the Marine Corps League (coordinated by Ed Sphatt) and a rousing rendition of the national anthem by Raritan’s own Lisa Simonetti. Duck Race prizes were donated by the following generous sponsors: Raritan Valley Orthodontics, Bongiovi Funeral Home, Raritan Driving Range and Spain 92 Restaurant. Please show your support for these local businesses! The major Riverfest events were sponsored by Bridgewater’s Camp Bow Wow and Rawhide Rescue (the doggie fashion show and pet adoptions); by Raritan Music Store and Center (the music showmobile, public address system and stage); and by Bagelicious / Danny’s Catering (the hot dog eating contest.) Helping the committee get the word out to the public were The Courier News, The Star-Ledger, the Somerset Messenger-Gazette, The BReeze, and “On-the-Loose” TV producer Steve E. Kaiser. Also contributing their products & services were FedEx Office in Raritan, Ron Rispoli (photography), Advance Realty (signage and flyers), AllPro Tents and Christensen Tamburri Communications (publicity). Thank you to everyone who helped plan this event, and who attended, exhibited, donated, supported the cause, and contributed to making it a terrific day for the Borough of Raritan. Don Christensen, Chairman Raritan Economic Development Committee on Behalf of the Riverfest and Rubber Duck Race Sub-Committee

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