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The BReeze Bridgewater Township & Raritan Borough, NJ Your Hometown Newspaper Volume 4, Issue 9

Mancini Brothers of Bridgewater Serve Country During World War II

Standing in front of the home they built in Bradley Gardens are the six Mancini brothers who served their country and survived during World War II (L-R): Anthony, Steve, John, Sal, Louie, and James. By Bruce Doorly During World War II the Mancini family of Bridgewater had the distinct honor of having the most sons serving their country. Seven of the Mancini brothers went overseas to fight for freedom. While the newspapers followed their journey during the war years, today the Mancini brothers appear to have been forgotten. There is not a single reference to them on the internet or in any local history publication. They have an inspiring story that goes beyond their service in World War II. The parents of these patriotic boys, Patsy and Maria, came to this country from Italy at the turn of the century. They settled in Rhode Island, and then moved to Bayonne. They had nine children in a 12 year period. Their first child, Steve, was

born in 1909. Next came Sal, Fred, Louie, Tony, John, and James. Their only daughter, Fran, was born in 1919. The last child, Joseph, was born in 1921. The Mancini boys have all passed on, but their sister Fran, now 93, graciously met with The BReeze to tell her family’s story. Feeding and housing a family of nine children is a challenge for any family, but the challenge for the Mancini family became enormous as tragedy struck when the oldest boys were teenagers. Their dad Patsy was hit by lightning and rendered an invalid both mentally and physically. He never recovered from the tragedy and spent the rest of his life in an institution. The boys all went to work to keep the family together and support their mother and sister.

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Fran recalls that the boys worked as many jobs as possible to literally “put food on the table.” A proud family of their era, the Mancinis were not looking for handouts. Her brother Louie saw a unique opportunity to make a dollar a minute. Back then boxing matches featuring local fighters were popular in Bayonne. A fighter was paid $15 for a four round fight, a significant amount of money at the time. On fight nights, the brothers would attend to cheer Louie on while Fran and her mom stayed home and prayed that Louie would not get hurt. Louie won some fights and lost others but he always got paid. Today, his nephew Pat Mancini (Fred’s son) recalls that years later his Uncle Louie told him, “For the $15, even if I took a beating, it was better than selling apples on the street.” And Louie was not kidding about selling apples; he and his brothers did sell apples and other fruit. Sometimes the selling was door to door and sometimes in the street. Another way they helped “put food on the table” was to chop wood to sell as firewood. By 1935 the hardworking Mancini family, who had up to that time been renting a home in Bayonne, decided that they wanted to own their own home. Their funds were limited, so the traditional buying of an existing home was not within reach. Enterprising as they had learned to be, they shopped for property they could build on. They found a good deal on Leghorn Avenue in the Bradley Gardens section of Bridgewater. Some of the cheaper lots went for just $300 back then. After the property was purchased, the house had to be built. No contractor was hired; the Mancini boys built the home themselves. The home still stands – today the address is “181”, but back then it was “7”. It was not a large home by today’s standards especially for a mom and 9 children. Fran shared a bedroom with her mom and the boys divided

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Three Bridgewater Moms Fundraising to Fight Cancer

Gemma Altobelli, Natalie Shafer, and Stacey Krizan stand next to the “Charity Bowl” that will be making its tour of Bridgewater. Keep a look out for it. “Cancer Stinks, Flush It” is the name of a joint charity initiative that was started by three Bridgewater moms, Gemma Altobelli, Natalie Shafer & Stacey Krizan. The women started the “Traveling Charity Bowl” to bring awareness to their campaign locally and to raise money. The toilet bowl was creatively painted by artist Rachel Cronin of Love Blossoms. This charity bowl will travel to various lawns of Bridgewater and other local neighborhoods. If you see it, please stop and donate by making a monetary contribution inside the toilet bowl drop box. The charity proceeds will benefit 3 charities: Zero Cancer (Prostate Cancer), MMRF (Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation), and Team Continuum (which supports any cancer patients through their treatment process). To find out more information, please look for “Cancer Stinks, Flush It” on facebook and “like” us and “friend” us. We greatly appreciate the support of our generous lawn hosts and for all the neighbors who donate to support our cause.

Patriotic Parade Attracts Thousands of Spectators A beautiful fall day brought out thousands of flag-waving onlookers for the 31st Annual John Basilone Parade on September 23rd. People lined the streets of Raritan to show their patriotism and to honor Raritan’s hometown hero. The parade included over 150 groups including bands, military vehicles, veteran and military organizations, ROTC units, and many more. Photo right: Dominic Porcaro was chosen to be the Grand Marshall for this year’s parade. Sadly, Dominic passed away in July. His son, Robert (left), accepts a plaque on his father’s behalf from Parade Chairman John Pacifico. Photo/Dawn Wilde

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Nazario - Liptak Ms. Jo-Ann Liptak and Mr. Victor A. Nazario are pleased to announce their engagement. Ms. Liptak is the daughter of the late Joseph and Stella Navatto Liptak. She earned a B.A. degree in education from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) and earned an M.A. degree from Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). Ms. Liptak retired from the John F. Kennedy School in 2002 where she taught 3rd Grade. She is currently serving her second term as the Mayor of Raritan Borough. Mr. Nazario is the son of Fanny and Armando Nazario of Ponce, Puerto Rico. He earned a B.A. from the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico and an M.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has taught Spanish at The Pingry School in Martinsville since 1977 and is a United States Army veteran.

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Dana Christensen of Bridgewater recently graduated Cum Laude from The Richard Stockton College of NJ. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Holocaust and Genocide studies. During her four years at Stockton, Dana was named to the dean’s list multiple times and had earned ten scholarships due to a variety of involvement. In addition, Dana spent several semesters working at Stockton’s laboratories as well as working as a residential advisor. Dana has spent the past two summers engaged in marine based research studying marine ecology in Barnegat Bay. This summer she earned an internship working at the Rutgers University Marine Field Station in Tuckerton, NJ. Dana will continue her graduate studies at Stockton this fall working toward her Masters of Science in Computational Science while teaching high school biology and science. She is a 2008 graduate of BRHS and is the daughter of Mark and Chris Christensen of Bridgewater.

sity of Washington where she spent nine weeks working with the Alaska Salmon Research Project in Dillingham, AK. Bianca is a 2010 graduate of BRHS and the daughter of Augusta and the late Joao Jose ‘John’ Santos.

Bianca Santos of Raritan was named to the Dean’s List/Spring Semester at Stony Brook University, NY. Bianca is majoring in Marine Vertebrates Biology with a minor in Ecosystem and Human Impact. Bianca had the opportunity to intern this summer with JISAO of the Univer-

Jonathan Friedman of Bridgewater was named to the dean’s list at Rutgers University School of Business for the spring 2012 semester. A 2010 graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Jon is majoring in Business Analytics and Information Technology.

NJIT marked the start of the new school year at University Convocation, an annual celebration and awards ceremony. Convocation honors select NJIT faculty and staff members who have demonstrated the highest level of excellence over a sustained period. The Excellence in Teaching Awards recognize and reward members of the instructional staff for outstanding accomplishments in teaching. The awards are conferred upon teachers who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom, encouraging and guiding students to work at the highest academic level. Receiving this award is Sanchoy K. Das, PhD, of Bridgewater, (Professional Development) professor in the department of mechanical and industrial engineering in NCE.

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The following students at Bridgewater-Raritan H.S. have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievements on AP Exams. AP Scholars Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams: Abubaker Ahmed, Stefanie Albert, Kazim Ali, Dhairya Bhatia, Nachiket Bhujbal, Erica Bohdan, Kenneth Campbell, Jennifer Chen, Christine Cocca, Nicole Colarusso, Jonathan Cruz, SuneetDegaonkar, Kristen A. Dell’Osa, Swastik S. Deshpande, Lily D. Dinoff, Juhi S. Duggirala, Adam Elwood, John D. Fieseler, Bryan Finn, Joseph C. Fisahn, Charles J. Furey, Stephanie E. Goodin, Keerthana Hirudayakanth, Andrii Hlyvko, Jacqueline C. Huettenmoser, Shawn Hung, Matthew S. Jones, Nicholas Jones, Veda P. Joshi, Avanty Kavipurapu, Kaylyn Kavipurapu, Courtney A. Kemner, Evan J. Kielar, Colleen Kinsey, Jack F. Kong, Kimberly A. Kornbluth, Sam Z. Kulesa, Molly E. Lathrop, Matthew J. Leventhal, Rachel S. Levin, Hantian Li, Jason Z. Lu, Jessica C. Lyons, Ishwarya S. Mamidi, Anthony V. Mandraccia, Pamela Matcho, William L. Mone, Rounak Mukhopadhyay, Vijay Murugan, Megna Narasimhan, Nhung K. Nguyen, Nicholas C. Norcia, Laura R. Nutis, Alexan-

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der C. Olan, Gina M. Palombi, Michelle E. Palombi, Tejas Patel, Ryan M. Pearce, Lauren M. Pelletier, Joshua S. Posner, Katherine R. Robbins, Dorisa Rodney, Justin Rodriguez, Chakra P. Saranathan, Bora A. Sebuktekin, Emma E. Sommers, Meredith A. Steinmetz, Humphrey Wang, Jennifer L. Weinberg, Ivan Wong, Jeffrey S. Wong, Stephen Y. Zheng, and Linda Zhuang. Scholar with Honor

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Under 5 eat FREE. Regular menu items include: Scrambled Eggs, Pancakes, Omelets, Quiche, French Toast, Yogurt w/ toppings, Muffins, Home Fries, Bacon, Sausage, Coffee, Tea, Juice and more. Monies raised help support the Knights’ charitable causes. Monday, October 15 The Washington Valley Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. in the Bridgewater Library on Vogt Drive in Bridgewater. Pamela Becker will present “Ornamental Grasses.” Ms. Becker is a Rutgers Master Gardener and a speaker of The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners. Light refreshments will be served at 9:30a.m. New members are always welcome. Please e-mail wvgardenclub@gmail. com for any additional info. Tuesday, October 16 “Writing Our Memoirs” – The Society of Retired Registered Nurses will meet at the Human Services Building, 27 Warren St., Conference Room 2A, Somerville from 10 a.m. – noon. Speakers are: Eileen DeBlasio, writer; Jackie Flamm, co-owner and editor of PrintPod Inc; and Mike Aslett, publisher. Meeting is open to all Retired Registered and Semi-Retired Nurses. Join us and learn how to write your memoirs. We meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Saturday, October 20 Fall/Winter Consignment Sale hosted by Pluckemin Church Preschool, Route 202/206 South, Pluckemin, from 7:30am – 1pm; ½ Price Sale 2-3pm. You’ll find children’s fall & winter clothing size: newborn – 16 (junior’s too!) some new…some gen-

tly used, sporting goods roller blades/skates, bicycles, outdoor play equipment, etc., baby equipment, toys for all ages & books, puzzles, games, and DVDs. For more info visit or call Consignment Hotline (908) 658-4115. Saturday, October 20 Ham Dinner sponsored by United Methodist Women from 5-7 p.m. at Bound Brook United Methodist Church, 150 West Union Avenue, Bound Brook. Cost: $11/adults; $5/children. Sunday, October 21 Annual Penny Sale sponsored by the Rosary Society will be held at St. Mary’s Auditorium on Vosseller Ave and Second St, in Bound Brook from 2-5 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $5 which covers over 100 door prizes and refreshments. There will be special table prizes, mystery prizes totaling over $500, and a 50-50. Adults only 18 and over can play. For more info, call Theresa at 908-526-7687. Sunday, October 21 A Breakfast Buffet will be hosted by the Bradley Gardens Volunteer Fire Co., 24 Old York Rd, Bridgewater from 8 a.m.–noon. Breakfast includes: pancakes, omelet station, french toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, home fries, quiche, juice, coffee and tea. Adults: $9; Seniors: $7; Children (2-12): $6. Children (2 & under): Free. Tuesday, October 23 Bridgewater Garden Club “Tablescapes” a new term in the home decorating world but when taught by a master of the form, it takes on its most creative ex-

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All-You-Can-Eat Pig Roast Set for Oct. 13 The Second Annual Nick Magos Cancer Call Out hosted by Somerset Co. SWAT and PBA Local 307 will take place on October 13, 2012 from 2-7 p.m. (rain or shine) at the Eagles Picnic Pavilion, 350 Woodside Lane, Bridgewater. The cost is $25/adult; $10/child; FREE/children under 5 years old. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event or in advance by calling Dave Whipple @ 908-447-9519 or John Dapkins @ 908-234-0585. Attendees will enjoy the following: performances by the band Trippin’ Carla, pony rides for the kids, commercial size bounce house for kids, 50/50 raffle, a silent auction including Jets and Giants sports memorabilia, golf outings and many other great items. Food will include: hot dogs, hamburgers, sides, BBQ pig, Keg Beer and Birch Beer for the little ones. One hundred percent of all proceeds will be donated to four families from the Somerset County Law Enforcement community who are currently battling cancer. Anyone interested in making a financial donation can kindly make checks payable to PBA Local 307 and write “NM Cancer Callout 2012” in the notation. Donations can be mailed to PBA Local – P.O. Box 674, Somerville, NJ 08876-0647. Somerset County PBA Local 307 is a 501(c) non-profit organization. Any questions please contact the following: Dave Whipple @ 908447-9519; John Dapkins @ 908-234-0585; Todd Widitz @ 908-7251900; or Haddon Stein @ 732-485-1645. Note: Any large groups attending for support of the cause: please contact us prior to event in order for us to ensure we have enough supplies for the event.

Calling All Alumni of Bridgewater-Raritan High School East Class of 1982 Please join us in celebrating our 30th Reunion at Madeline’s in Bound Brook on Saturday, November 3rd from 7-11 p.m. Please contact Karen Spinda Hawkins to learn more details at 908-963-6630 or You can also check the Bridgewater-Raritan HS website for the details. We have less than two months to our celebration. - Submitted by Karen Hawkins

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@

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The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, located at 775 Talamini Road in Bridgewater, will be hosting its annual Texas Hold’em Tournament on Monday, October 22 at the JCC. The event benefits The JCC Scholarship Fund and is open to the community. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the tournament begins promptly at 7:15 p.m. The all-inclusive admission fee is $125/person and includes startup chips, dinner, snacks, open bar and more. Registrations received by October 15 will receive an additional 1,000 chips. Rebuys and add-ons are available and prizes will be awarded. Prizes include VISA Gift Cards, a seven night stay at a Wyndham Resort; an overnight stay and dinner for two at the Taj Mahal; plus much more. To register for the Texas Hold’em Tournament, call the JCC at 908725-6994 x201, stop into the JCC office, or register online at www. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For additional information and to become a sponsor, contact Laura Friedman at 908725-6994 x213 or email

The Bound Brook United Methodist Women are seeking crafters and vendors for their Annual Bazaar and Craft Fair, which will be held on Saturday, November 17th. A space is $25.00 table included. For more information, call Judy @ 732469-4613.

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- On Thursday, October 25th, the Bridgewater Senior Center located at 455 Somerville Road will host the 2012 Fall Senior Health Fair from 10 AM to 2 PM. There will be representatives from the American Lung Association, Raritan Audiology, the Visiting Nurse Association, Senior Helpers, the Lions Club Mobile Eye Center and Odyssey Hospice among many others. You can arrange for skin cancer or diabetes screenings or speak with someone from Somerset County Ridewise. A pharmacist from Wegmans will be on hand to answer questions, as will representatives from various health care and medical supply companies. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call the Senior Center at 908 725-8020.

Savings Pass Will Save You Money at Local Merchants for One Full Year Bradley Gardens School is offering new $10 Savings Passes. The Savings Pass offers discounts with 28 local merchants for an entire year. The convenient credit-card sized Savings Pass fits in your wallet so you always have it with you. Each time you make a qualifying purchase at the listed stores/restaurants/merchants and present the Savings Pass, you will receive the discount listed. The Savings Pass is valid thru October 2013. You may purchase a Savings Pass at the school’s $1-2-3 Clothing Sale on Sat., October 6 (148 Pine St., Bridgewater, 9am-1pm) or send a self-addressed stamped envelope with a $10 check or money order to: Bradley Gardens School, Attn: PTO Savings Pass, 148 Pine St., Bridgewater, NJ 08807. For more information please visit our website at or email Jeff Cichocki at scoutnmayo@gmail. com. Proceeds from the Savings Pass will be used for technology and educational programs for the students. FREE Wi-Fi!

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Survivors of Suicide Day Conference at Bridgewater Library on November 17 The Annual Survivors of Suicide Day Conference will be held at the Bridgewater Library on November 17th. Registration is required and the due date to register is November 3rd. This powerful, inspiring conference is presented by the JosĂŠ ‘John’ Santos Charitable Organization and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. What is Survivor of Suicide Day? Survivors of Suicide Day is a day of healing, support, sharing and guidance for bereaved individuals/families who have lost a loved one to suicide. This year, this broadcast will bring together thousands of survivors worldwide with more than 300 cities and 7 continents participating. Audience: Adults, and appropriate for most middle-school/ high school aged children to attend with a guardian (not appropriate for children under 12). Fee: $25/person - $40/family (includes materials/refreshments). To register: Send check payable to the JosĂŠ ‘John’ Santos Charitable Organization, P.O. Box 234, Raritan, NJ 08869. For more details, contact Augusta Santos: 908-707-1699/

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Open House Meeting of the MOMS Club of Bridgewater West If you’re a mom in Bridgewater looking to get out of the house, meet some fellow moms and learn about what our area has to offer, please join us for our Open House on Monday, October 1st, at the Bridgewater Library (bring a friend if you like). We will have a special breakfast for the moms and a craft for the kids. The MOMS Club is a non-profit support group for stay-at-home moms. Our upcoming schedule is full of exciting and fun activities you won’t want to miss! We have a murder mystery MOMS Night Out, many park days, and playdates on our calendar. Towards the end of the month there is a Halloween craft playdate and a Trunk ‘N Treat after school. We also will be giving back to the community by helping the Giving Network with their Tricky Tray, and a visit to the Raritan Health Center, where the kids will brighten the residents’ day with a Halloween parade. And what fall season would be complete without apple picking, pumpkin picking and enjoying the beautiful fall days playing at the park! We also have Fit Club activities (weight loss and fitness support), Stroller Club, and Book Club. If you’re interested in attending, or would like more information about our club, please email: You could also visit our website for more information:

Branchburg Sports Complex Staff vs. Branchburg Police Department in Flag Football on Oct. 5th On Friday, October 5th at 7:00pm the staff of Branchburg Sports Complex (BSC) will be playing the Branchburg Police Department in a Flag Football game supporting the American Cancer Society/Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The BSC, located at 47 Readington Road, Branchburg, will be collecting donations for the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge that evening as well. Hope Lodge is a nurturing, home-like environment where cancer patients and their caregivers can stay at no cost. Anyone making a donation at the event will receive a Video Arcade Card as a thank you for your support. For a list of Hope Lodge “Wish List” Items visit

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First Day of School - Children in the four year old program at the JCC Blaustein Early Childhood Center enjoy the first day of school. The Blaustein Early Childhood Center is located at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center on Talamini Road in Bridgewater and offers programs for infants ages 6 weeks through Kindergarten. For further information contact Linda Weiss, Early Childhood Director or visit Photo/JCC

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).

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E-Books at Raritan Public Library E-books are now available from the Raritan Library for downloading on the following devices: IOS iPads and iPhones, Android phones and tablets, desktops and laptops, and the Kindle Fire. Nook (color) and Sony Readers will soon be compatible. For more information, call the Library at (908) 725-0413. On Thursday, October 4th @ 6:30 pm you can join the Raritan Library staff for an E-book Tech Night to gain an overview of their library e-book collection and services with downloading instructions for your compatible devices. Bring your electronic reading device and questions. Registration required.

Congratulations to the winner of our ad symbol contest, Jane Blackman of Bridgewater. Jane won a $50 gift certificate from Mannion’s Pub & Restaurant. In the above photo, Jane is shown receiving her prize from owner Pat Mannion. Mannion’s Pub & Restaurant is located right in the heart of downtown Somerville and is one of the premier destinations in Central Jersey for traditional Irish food, drink and entertainment. Pat Mannion, has owned the restaurant with his father and brother since 1999. Mannion’s offers all of your Irish favorites like Shepherd’s Pie, Irish Stew and Fish & Chips, along with chicken, seafood, steaks, burgers and pasta dishes and a great selection of daily specials. And, of course, if you’re not looking for a bite to eat, there’s always the alternative—a great pint of Irish stout. Mannion’s has a fullservice bar with top quality drinks and 16 draft beers including Guinness, Smithwick’s and Harp. They also offer over 30 bottled beers and craft beers. Relax and watch the game with friends on one of our 5 HD TV’s. Football game specials include: Miller Lite is $3 during the Rutgers games; Sunday and Monday – Special Football menu and $4 imports, $3 domestic pints and other drink specials. The restaurant offers banquet and party facilities to comfortably accommodate up to 60 guests. Banquet and catering menus are available for lunch and dinner with a wide variety of tasty items to choose from, all at reasonable prices. Mannion’s has live Irish music every Friday night starting at 9 and live acoustic entertainment every Saturday night. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4-6:30 p.m. Upstairs from Mannion’s Pub is The Club House with 10 HD TV’s tuned to all your favorite sports, a pool table, 3 electronic dart boards, internet juke box, Karaoke on Thursday nights, and DJ dance parties every Friday and Saturday night. Come to Mannion’s where there are a hundred thousand welcomes waiting for you! Mannion’s is located at 150 West Main Street in Somerville and is open 7 days a week. Visit them on the web at www.

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Raritan Library Special Events for October The Raritan Public Library has special events planned for the month of October. To join in on the fun, stop by the library at 54 East Somerset St., Raritan or call 908-725-0413 to register. E-Book Tech Night Thurs., October 4 at 6:30 pm Gain an overview of our library e-book collection and services with downloading instructions for your compatible devices. Bring your electronic reading device and questions. Program for adults and mature teens. Ghosthunting/Paranormal Findings with P.A.S.T. Thurs, October 25 at 6:30 pm

Investigators from P.A.S.T. (Paranormal and Scientific Techniques) performed a “ghosthunting” at our Library in August. Come hear what they found and experienced during their visit to the Frelinghuysen homestead. They will also demonstrate the equipment used to reveal their findings! Program for adults and mature teens. Classic Comedy Movie Night: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Monday, October 29 at 6:30 Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster, and the Wolf Man. Come see this movie starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Bela Lugosi, and Lon Chaney, Jr. Running time: 83 min. B&W. Rated PG. Snacks & drinks provided. Register by visiting the Library or calling (908) 725-0413.



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Glen Ridge Gator Swim Team Has Undefeated Season

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local mom of 3 and owner of Tara’s Bootcamp was a speaker on September 18th for a charity event to raise money for the East Brunswick Road Races. Tara spoke on Balancing Motherhood and Fitness, a topic she is accustomed to since she taught bootcamp until the very day she delivered her healthy baby boy, Brent (now 7 months old). Tara works on a daily basis to educate the public on how they can balance family, work and fitness. Her goal is to continue to spread the word that fitness should be a priority. The proceeds from this event benefits East Brunswick Rescue Squad and Team in Training. Team in Training participants raise money to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The East Brunswick 5k/10k road race is on October 14th. For more info on having Tara speak at your next event, please contact her at

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Talamini Road in Bridgewater recently held “Dog Day at the J”. The event featured a variety of activities for dogs and their owners, including animal behavior seminars, dog adoption and dog-related businesses. Rawhide Rescue (pictured) was one of the animal welfare groups represented. Photo/JCC

Somerset Library County System (SCLS) is changing its hold policy as of September 4, 2012. When a patron places a hold on a title, the catalog system will keep the hold active for 365 days. After a year, the hold will expire and a cancellation notice will be sent. Previous to this change in policy, there were no expiration dates on holds placed in the system. This past March, My Wish Lists became an added feature of the SCLS on-line catalog. Among its benefits is that items included in each patron’s lists will never expire in terms of the length of time that an item is included on a list. In addition, an unlimited number of items may be placed in each list whereas the hold queue only accommodates up to 50 titles maximum. “This change in policy is a step for SCLS to better manage holds for all of our patrons. My Wish Lists expands the number of titles patrons may tag in their personal records while also allowing the on-line catalog system to work more efficiently,” said Wendy Clarkson, system administrator.

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National Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13

Local Fire Companies Plan Activities Local volunteer fire departments will host open house events during Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13. This year’s theme,“Have 2 Ways Out!”, focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice. Open house events allow residents to meet the firefighters, view fire fighting demonstrations and learn about fire safety and prevention. The following local events will take place during Fire Prevention Week: Friday, October 5 The Green Knoll Fire Station No. 1 will host their annual Open House from 6-9 pm at the fire station located at the corner of Foothill Road and North Bridge Street. Firefighters will be on hand to demonstrate the equipment and give out information. There will be free gifts, food and drinks. Please come out to support your local fire department and meet the volunteers that serve your community. Friday, October 12 Bridgewater residents are invited to visit the Finderne Fire Department’s Open House from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at 672 East Main Street. Fire prevention activities geared toward both adults and children will be available. Questions may be directed to 732356-3024.

Saturday, October 13 The Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual Open House at their Station #1 which is in the center of Martinsville, at the intersection of Washington Valley Road and Mt. Horeb Road from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. All adults and children are invited to attend. Events include: meeting members of the fire department and asking questions, viewing equipment and vehicles, sitting in the trucks for picture taking, fire extinguisher demonstrations, and safety demonstrations. There will be “fun” events such as a “dunk the firefighter” water tank, using a water hose to extinguish a simulated fire and much more. Bridgewater’s Fire Safety House will be on site to teach children about fire prevention and how to escape from smoke and fire. Refreshments will be available. In addition attendees will be given sport bottles, refrigerator magnets, stickers, fire prevention/fire safety literature and helmets. The Open House will be a fun time for all but with a serious subject “Have 2 Ways Out” and making all aware of the importance of having a fire escape plan.

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Bridgewater Garden Club Celebrates 60 Years mation sources. Day trips to local attractions including Duke Gardens; the perennial gardens at Colonial Park and club farmers market; a luncheon at Trade Wins, the Somerset County Vocational & Technical School’s dining room management program; are a few of the outsidethe-meeting events. Floral design classes, led by Gilded Lily Florist and designer Chris Ondraks during the summer, will continue through the fall for members only.

Bridgewater Garden Club Spring luncheon: (Seated L-R): Hope Dolan, Helen Anderson, Artemis Dunn, Colleen Boylan; (Standing L-R): Susan O’Donell (district director, GCNJ), Alice Jarvis, Faye Lieberman. Submitted photo From houseplants to massive vegetable gardens. From armchair gardener to master gardener. The Bridgewater Garden Club covers it all as it enters its 60th year as a federated club with the Garden Club of New Jersey. The Garden Club of NJ is part of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., the world’s largest gardening organization. From clearing litter off Bridgewater roads twice yearly to entering and earning design recognition year after year at the NJ Flower Show, busy members continue to fulfill the club’s charitable, educational, and scientific objectives. The Club’s meeting site at the Bridgewater Library is the main focus of beautification efforts. Dedicated members maintain the courtyard Peace Garden, create imaginative floral designs for the Customer Service Desk, and Wildlife Exhibits in the Youth Services area. Members also tend to the library entrance garden, and conduct delightful seasonal children’s programs as well as workshops on gardening topics for adults. Garden therapy is another strong component of the Bridge-

water Garden Club. Working in conjunction with other area garden clubs, members craft flower arrangements for patientcentered areas at Lyons Veterans Hospital, in Bernards Township. Additionally, club members provide seasonal plantings and decorations at the Cancer Support Community in Bedminster. Somerset County’s Visiting Nurse Association has many patients who receive individu-

Bridgewater Garden Club members at the Blue Star Memorial Dedication, Lyons Veterans Hospital, Bernards Twp, Nov, 2011. (LR) Marine Cpl. Tom Johnson, Patti Cerrato, Carole Iuso, Janet Ozzart, Elaine Bianchini, Margaret Esposito, Pat Schofield ally made floral arrangements on special holidays. Working closely with Rutgers Gardens, the club has helped establish a rain garden, a native and regional plant garden, the Helen Hull Wildflower Garden, the Field of Heroes, the Freedom Trail of Great Americans, and a wildflower garden at the Historic Log Cabin. Contributing to charities with a horticultural base is a

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long-standing tradition with the Bridgewater Garden Club. Recently funds were donated to the Delaware (state) Federation of Garden Clubs to provide a beautiful and peaceful garden at the Dover Air Force Base where grieving families come to receive the remains of loved ones killed in war. In addition, the club donates to Wreaths Across America, Somerset County 4-H Fair, and Train-a-Teacher among other local programs and charities. While some members are accredited floral designers and flower show judges, many more just enjoy sharing gardening tips and learning about the vast array of horticultural subjects through expert-led programs at monthly meetings. Those wanting to dig more deeply into gardening and design can participate in classes conducted by the Garden Club of NJ at Holly House on the site of Rutgers Gardens where professionals in such areas as landscape design, environmental studies, and garden study conduct intense but fascinating classes. This year the club will focus on local attractions and infor-

Chris Ondraks, Gilded Lily Florist, leads floral design classes for members. Submitted photo Bridgewater Garden Club programs for the 2012-2013 year include: Tablescapes, Herbs & History, Ikebana, Square Foot Gardening, Roses for All Gardens, and Strawberry Fields Forever-guide to planting and caring for strawberries. Meetings and programs are held at the Bridgewater Library on the fourth Tuesday of each month from October to May at 9:30 a.m.; a perfect time for moms after the children have left for school. Membership is open to anyone interested in horticulture. Expertise is not necessary but curiosity is! Interested in membership? Come to a meeting or call Janet at 732-469-3778 or email at

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Stars & Promises Holiday Concert Returns for 5th Year

5th & 6th Grade Rec Night Out Scheduled for October 20

Attention 5th and 6th graders! Bridgewater Recreation will be hosting its annual Rec Night Out on Saturday, October 20th, 7–10 pm at Evolution Gym, 360 Milltown Road. The cost is $25 payable to Evolution. Registration Deadline is October 12, 2012. Join us as we host an evening of games, dancing, food, and fun! Win prizes at our Speed Pitch and Just Dance contests and challenge yourself on our obstacle course. You can play video games in our game truck and play prison ball with your friends or dance the night away with our DJ. A hot dog or nacho meal is included with admission. This event is open to all residents of Bridgewater and Raritan in 5th and 6th grade. Space is limited, registration is on a firstcome, first-served basis. Registrations will be accepted at the Bridgewater Recreation Department, 100 Commons Way, either in person, through the mail, or in the Recreation mail slot. Please make checks payable to Evolution. Register by October 12, 2012 and be eligible to win an iPod! No refunds will be issued. Adult supervision will be provided. Questions? Please call the Bridgewater Recreation Department at (908) 725-6373 between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8a.m.-5p.m. on Fridays.

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Firecrackers Win Flight

- The Bridgewater United U11 Firecrackers played in the Readington Soccerfest Tournament on September 8th and 9th. They went undefeated and won the flight against U12 compeitition. The Firecrackers will be playing in Flight 1 of the MCYSA league in the fall of 2012. Submitted photo

Young Readers Look to the Sky - Children lined up outside the Raritan Public Library for a chance to look at the Sun, Moon and Mars through 8-inch telescopes equipped with solar filters. The Rutgers Astronomical Society visited the Library on August 29, 2012 as part of the Library’s “Dream Big - Read!” summer reading program.

The Peter Mayer Group is back to perform a Stars and Promises Holiday Concert on Friday, December 7, 2012 at the United Reformed Church, 100 West Main Street in Somerville. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., but doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person with proceeds being donated to charity. Tickets can be purchased by calling 908-725-2313. Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Peter Mayer has been quietly and steadily building a fervent following across the country, stepping outside his role as one of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefers to front his own band, The Peter Mayer Group. Melding a unique and eclectic writing style, a distinctive voice, and virtuoso musicianship, Peter and his band create compelling and accessible music that is electrifying in live performance. Each December, the Peter Mayer Group embarks on its holiday tour, Stars and Promises. These performances that kick-off the holiday season have become both a thrilling and meaningful part of the holiday celebration for many. “This is a fun event that helps our local community,” said Rick Fontana, one of the event organizers. “Peter Mayer has a way of capturing the holiday spirit and bringing joy to the entire audience. All the artists in this band are incredibly talented. That is what leads to our success. As word of mouth spreads that this concert is a New York quality performance for a very reasonable price, we expect to sell out early.” You can learn more about the event at The proceeds of the concert will be distributed equally among three local organizations: Middle Earth, the North Branch Reformed Church, and the United Reformed Church. Middle Earth is a nonprofit that helps local youth develop into responsible and productive community members, and the agency intends to invest its funding in their youth programs. The two churches will use the funding to invest in social ministries that help local individuals and agencies. The beneficiaries of the concert are strong community builders in our local area, and have collaborated together on this concert for all five years.

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Four Vie for Two Raritan Borough Council Seats As Election Day 2012 approaches residents of Raritan Borough are carefully examining the candidates who are running for election, or for re-election, within both political parties. Residents will head to the polls on Tuesday, November 6th, to elect two council members. Running for re-election on the republican ticket are Stefanie Gara and Greg Lobell. Running for council for the democrats are Joseph Licht and Stella Alosi. We offered the candidates the opportunity to provide a 200word statement summarizing their experience and goals if elected. The following are their statements.

Democrat Stella Alosi As a resident of Raritan Borough for most of my life, I was born the youngest of five to immigrant parents who settled here like many before them, in search of a better life. In continuation of that journey for a better life, I am taking the opportunity to run for Council. I am excited about this new journey and the opportunity to make a difference. I look forward to having a chance to help bring a sense of community, and understanding voice, to our residents. In using my strengths given and taught to me throughout life, I look forward to the chance to exceed the expectations set upon me as a Councilwoman. It is a privilege and an honor to be able to say that I have been greatly blessed by the people

who surround me throughout my life’s journeys; the ones who have mentored me and see more in me than I can see in myself at times. Therefore I feel a need to give back to my community and those same people. I believe that Raritan can, is, and will be a reflection of the present, a collection of the past and a direction for the future.

Democrat Joseph K. Licht My name is Joseph K. Licht, and I am pleased to be running with Stella Alosi for Raritan Borough Council. As a Councilman from 20052009, I had the opportunity to work with both Democrats and Republicans on the Council. Our Founders risked their honor, their fortunes, indeed their lives, for the cause of forming a more perfect Union. It is a simple fact that the current one-party monopoly in Raritan is not a Union. I believe so strongly in this precept that I am running to make things right. I believe that a lack of Union has caused less access to information than when I was in office, and less service; no National Night Out this year, less Bulk pickups, no “Meet Your Neighbor.” It took a letter to the Editor in the Courier from Stella and I to get meeting minutes published that were 6 months old. All Borough information is yours, and you deserve it in a timely manner. I believe elected officials are public servants, not the other

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Run for Danielle 5K Winner Billy Foster of South River and top female finisher, Gabrielle Alaimo of Bridgewater, hold their trophies with pride. Over 100 runners participated in the 3rd Annual Run for Danielle 5K on June 24, in Bridgewater, making it another great event for the Danielle Fedortion Scholarship Fund. This fund was founded 12 years ago by then-Bridgewater residents, Janet and Mike Fedortion, in memory of their daughter Danielle who passed away at the age of 12. They started with a swim-a-thon and basket auction held annually at the Glen Ridge Swim Club on Talamini Road, Bridgewater, where Danielle was a dedicated swim team member. Two years ago, the Run for Danielle 5K was added and is held before the swim-a-thon each year. Many of the runners are proud recipients of the scholarship, including Cailee Cassidy and Shane Carmody who were awarded it this year. Over 35 scholarships have been awarded, and proceeds of the events also benefit children charities such as Make-a-Wish of NJ, SVY Strong Kids Campaign and Matheny Arts Access Program. Billy Foster of South River (18:26) was the 2012 winner, and Gabrielle Alaimo of Bridgewater (20:35) was the top female finisher. Local Gold Sponsors, Annie’s Deli in Pluckemin and Girasole Restaurant in Bound Brook, were among many supporters and volunteers of the successful event. For complete meet results, please visit:


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Bridgewater Woman Educates with Monarch Butterflies She laughs and says, “Of course there’s always one that gets away. As they start to grow their chrysalis they really travel and I’ve found them on door jams or anything else that they can adhere to that suits them.”

Jake Laughlin releases a newly hatched monarch. Marie Comerford shows local group how to find monarch eggs (left to right): Loree Raia, Sean Raia, Luke Laughlin, Marie Comerford, Jake Laughlin, and Ryan Raia. By Pam Laughlin Marie Comerford, longtime science teacher and Sunset Lake resident in Bridgewater, first fell in love with monarch butterflies when she attended a workshop held by the Monarch Teachers Association. While there she learned how to use monarch butterflies to teach a variety of concepts and skills. The workshop made such an impact on Marie that they invited her to come back the following year so they could utilize her love of nature and science to educate fellow teachers on how to be responsible stewards of the earth and to use monarchs as a cross-curriculum teaching tool. As a veteran science and math teacher, Marie says, “Because of the monarchs unique migration pattern to Mexico, you can use them as teaching tools and tie into all types of curriculum like biology, geography, and language. In fact teachers often pick a sister school in Mexico and have the children correspond to those students.” Marie has a vast amount of experience as a biology, general science and math teacher and has taught at the Union County Vo Tech for unwed mothers and for recovering addicts returning to school to get their high school

diplomas. She was also a teacher for the South Branch Watershed Association where she was contracted by schools to teach students about water and take them into the river to hunt for and identify macro organisms to determine the quality of the water. Marie explains that her first sighting of the monarchs was before she was in the program while visiting Ocean City, NJ. She says, “We saw all these black things flying towards us. All I could think of was locusts, but as they got closer it was the monarch and they were starting their migration from Ocean City, NJ to Mexico. There were butterflies going down the boardwalk, weaving in and out between people, going down along the beach. There were thousands and thousands of them. It was nice to experience that.” Marie likes the monarchs best because, “Of all the butterflies, they are the most interesting because of their migration from the U.S. all the way to Mexico.” The butterflies born in late summer are the ones that migrate. They will stop at various places along the way until they hit Texas where they bulk up for their final flight to Mexico. They arrive in Mexico early November on one of the most festive

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Bridgewater Library October Programs The Bridgewater Library is excited to kick off its October program series. They have a wonderful variety of programs that are sure to delight both kids and adults alike. Registration for all events is required. Please visit: to register. Star Wars Reads Day! Sat., October 6th @ 10am Join us as we celebrate Star Wars Reads Day! Drop in for a showing of two Star Wars films at 10 am and 1 pm. There will be games, puzzles, crafts, a trivia contest and prizes. Jedis and padawans who come in costume will receive a special prize – the Force is strong with them! Tail Waggin Tutors October 9th & 18th @ 4pm Come to the Bridgewater Library for Tail Waggin’ Tutors, our new program where children will have the opportunity to practice their reading skills by reading a story to Xena the Therapy Dog, a friendly, sixyear-old chocolate labradoodle. Each child will have 10 minutes to read a favorite story to his or her new, canine friend. Open Mic Night Thurs., October 18th @ 7pm Want to share your poetry, comedy, or original music? Then join us for this one of a kind experience, and help local musicians and writers have their voices heard. You don’t need to be an artist to enjoy Open Mic Night - simply drop by and enjoy the show! Please register if you’d like to perform.

Somerset County 4-H Vendor & Craft Fair The Somerset County 4-H Association will hold its annual Vendor and Craft Fair on Saturday, November 17th, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Ted Blum 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater. Enjoy a one-stop holiday shopping opportunity! The Fair will feature talented crafters & direct sales vendors. Food & snacks will be available for purchase. For additional info contact:

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Book Signing to Benefit St. Ann School

Aldo Martinez Aldo Martinez, husband, father of three and committed community servant and is now also a published author. After years of insistence from his children â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all alumni of St. Ann School â&#x20AC;&#x201C; he has written his life story as a Cuban immigrant who arrived, alone, in the US at just eleven years of age. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Unspoken Giftâ&#x20AC;? is a story of achieving the American dream and sharing it by living an honorable life. Martinez, an avid supporter of St. Ann School, will hold a signing event at the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual book fair at Barnes & Noble Bookstore at the Somerville Circle from 5-7pm on Wednesday, October 17th. St. Ann School will earn a percentage of every sale all day when their schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voucher is presented. Vouchers are available on the school website at or by contacting the School or Rectory Office at (908) 725-1008.

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Fundraiser to Benefit Cancer Research at Green Knoll Grille on October 7 Come on out to the Green Knoll Grille, Route 202/206 in Bridgewater on Sunday, October 7, 2012 from 12-4 p.m. A private outdoor party area has been reserved for this event, which features large TVs for watching all of the Sunday football games, a full bar, plenty of tables, and a swing set area for the kids. Come and enjoy a 4-hour buffet, soda, raffle prizes, 50/50 drawings and more. All for $30.00/person (there is pizza for the children, 6 & under free); 7 & older is $15.00. Contact Natalie Shafer at: to reserve your tickets today. Advanced tickets are available for a limited time at the discounted price of $25.00; Children 7 & older $10.00. Help the NYC Marathon Runners raise money toward the fight against cancer. Proceeds from this event will support the Momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Run this Town (MRTT) New York City marathon runners, who in addition to training to run 26.2 miles are also raising money for the following cancer charities: Cancer Continuum, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, and Zero Cancer. Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation - Cancer Continuum - fundrasing_page/93016; Zero Cancer - raise?form_id=MjEz.

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Veterans Celebrated at TD Bank Ballpark Veterans were celebrated at TD Bank Ballpark on August 26th as the Somerset Patriots and Operation Jersey Cares teamed up to host the 10th Annual Veterans of America Day at the ballpark. The guest of honor for the event was Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Jack Jacobs. Admission was free to all veterans. Below Top: Veterans march into the stadium. Below Center: Colonel Jack Jacobs is greeted by fellow veterans at TD Bank Ballpark. Below Bottom: Colonel Jack Jacobs signs posters for young admirers.

Raritan Recreation Offers Fall/Winter Programs Registration is now open for the following recreation programs: Adult Volleyball, Youth Basketball, Adult Basketball, Youth Soccer, Gym Games, and Zumba. You may register for these programs in person or by mail. To register in person, stop by the Recreation Office at the rear of the Firehouse at 16 Anderson Street between 7-9 p.m., Monday-Friday. To register by mail, send check or money order to P.O. Box 125, Raritan, NJ 08869: Raritan Residents $45/per program; $90/for 2 household members enrolled; $25/for each additional household member. Non-Raritan Residents: $50/per program or session; $100/for 2 household members enrolled; $25/for each additional household member. Registration fee for adult programs: $55/ per person; $60/per person for Adult Basketball; $100/per person per 16 sessions for Zumba. Location for all programs is John F. Kennedy School, Woodmere Street, Raritan. For a printable registration form and a list of program dates and times, please visit the Raritan Borough website at www.raritanboro. org.

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Getting to Know the Bridgewater-Raritan School Board Candidates Residents of Bridgewater will head to the polls on November 6th to elect three members to the Bridgewater-Raritan School District’s Board of Education. Eight candidates have applied to run this year. Terms for board of education members are for three years. Incumbents seeking re-election are Patrick Breslin, Cynthia Cullen, and Daniel Petrozelli. Challenging them are Jacqueline Barlow, Kendall Blythe, Aaron Kurdyla, Hany Mostafa, and Taha Marhaba. We asked each candidate the following three questions: QUALIFICATIONS: What qualifies/motivates you to want to become a school board member? PRIORITIES: What is your vision for education in this community? What do you hope to accomplish during your term in office? BUDGET: What are your financial priorities for the school district? We gave the candidates a 200 word limit to answer the three questions. Their answers appear below in alphabetical order by last name.

Jacqueline Barlow Qualifications: Over the years I have become increasingly concerned about the state of education and our ability to serve the diverse needs of our children. There are many challenges running a school district. At times, different forces, such as finances and providing a top education, can seem at odds. My experience in industry, teaching, and involvement in the school district allows me to see multiple perspectives in addressing these types of tough issues. Priorities: My vision is to build consensus that the needs of every student will be met by raising standards, allowing our children to reach new heights, thereby preparing them to be world class contributors to society. I would instill a philosophy of each student growing academically at least a year, every year, in each major subject. This entails improving early identification and intervention for all students for remediation, enrichment, underachievement, and increasing differentiation so that all students achieve their potential. Budget: We need to manage within the community’s means while providing the best education at an affordable price. We must seek innovative ways to provide educational excellence at lower costs, such as leveraging technology in our schools. With salary and benefits representing the majority of the budget, we need to look at opportunities to control these costs while still offering fair, competitive compensation. For additional information please see


Kendall Blythe Qualifications: As VP in global insurance I serve as liaison between business and IT. I build and execute strategies that directly impact the areas of expense reduction, revenue enhancement, process improvement and technology while managing a $25M IT budget. Having garnered several Thought Leadership awards, I continually strive for success and that is what the BoE and the community need right now at a time when morale and communication is very low. Priorities: Our schools must provide an environment for achievement and excellence. This calls for strategic, visionary leaders willing to execute with innovation and ingenuity to use what is within our economical means. Only then can we afford our children and teachers the opportunity to reach their full potential. We must cultivate confidence in our abilities and through our behavior set a healthier climate and spirit in the community. Budget: Financial priorities should begin with a pulse on the health of the budget. As an expense cutting measure and process improvement initiative, an analysis of vendors is a valuable exercise that would benefit the district in identifying areas for cost savings. Through planning, setting policy and evaluating results we can establish a vision with the goal of building educational momentum and stronger relationships between the district and the public it serves.

Patrick Breslin Qualifications: I’m running for reelection because my community deserves a school system that is high in quality, wide with opportunity and affordable to the taxpayer. My degree in Education and a lifetime of experience in business and management give me the perspective and skills for dealing with our challenges. Priorities: We deserve to be a model of academic excellence. We need to continue to tailor our elementary school programs to meet the developmental needs of all children. We need to redouble our efforts at our intermediate and middle school levels to accommodate the spectrum of developmental growth rates across all subject areas. At the high school level we need to continue stressing achievement and the flexibility to meet the needs of students regardless of their choice of post secondary careers. Budget: We need to maximize our investment in our personnel. More than just recruiting the right people, we need to have an environ-

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ment that encourages continuous personal improvement. We need to protect our facilities investments. More than 10,000 students and employees work and learn in our buildings daily. They deserve a safe environment that promotes education. We need to leverage investments in technology to control costs, improve learning environments and preserve our infrastructure. For more info visit

Cynthia Cullen Qualifications: I believe it is important to give back to the community especially since I have personally benefited from quality public education. I am an experienced manager at Bristol-Myers Squibb, BOE Board member and previous BOE President. I have two children in the district. My managerial experience, analytical nature, and history as a board member demonstrate that I can balance excellence in education, extra-curricular activities, and fiscal responsibility. I probe and ask tough questions. Priorities: My vision is to provide the highest quality world class education for all of our children within our financial means. The District must meet the needs of all students in academics, athletics, and fine art. Conservative fiscal planning and accountability are more important than ever for maintaining and improving quality education in the District. I will continue the improvements within the district. Refer to my website for more information http://www.cullenboe.webs. com/. Budget: Fiscal responsibility is essential to providing a world class education. The district must continue to use existing resources more effectively. In spite of recent budget cuts the district has maintained high quality education and extracurricular activities. The district leveraged external resources for artificial turf fields and solar panels with no BOE or Township taxpayer funding. Continued expansion of academic opportunities via internal and external resources is a priority i.e. Option 2.

Aaron Kurdyla Qualifications: I feel that being a lifelong Bridgewater resident, a graduate of the Bridgewater-Raritan school district and a parent of four children that will be enrolled in the district is a great qualifier. As a resident of this township, I have been involved in many aspects of Bridgewater-Raritan starting in high school and continuing now in township government and involvement with my children’s activities and sports.

Taha F. Marhaba Qualifications: My education and scholarly work were in the applied civil and environmental engineering field. I earned a Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Rutgers University, whose alumni engineering society has recently awarded me the “Distinguished Engineer Award” for achievements that have contributed significantly to the national economy, security, public welfare, the quality of life, to the solution, and advancement of a specific technical need in engineering. I am also a licensed “Professional Engineer” in the State. Achieving excellence in academia also relies on strong appreciation and dedication to teaching and research excellence. My academic work is widely published in peer-reviewed journals. I sit on the State Drinking Water Advisory Council and am an ABET program evaluator who understands the continuous improvement process needed for achieving academic excellence. What motivates me to become a board member is my understanding of the problems we face in STEM education, which needs to be resolved early on in k-12 education prior to a college education. Priorities: I would like to help achieve excellence in the k-12 STEM programs in order to improve on the overall success of our student population in meeting the current and future challenges in higher education and their careers. Budget: Sufficient funding should be provided to achieve excellence in STEM programs.


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Hany Mostafa Qualifications: I am a CPA with an extensive experience in budgeting and financial planning. My motivation is primarily driven by my commitment to serve my community and also knowing that education is the most important part of children’s lives. With my two young children in primary school, i want to be as involved as I can with their educational future. My goal over the term is to make sure that our school system will not be compromised with our current economic downturn. Priorities: My vision is to change things around. The fact that we spend more money on our education than practically any other nation in the world and we still ranked number 26 doesn’t make sense. I am hoping to also change the fact that BRRSD is ranked number 94 in the state. Budget: This election represents to me a chance to better serve and payback my community. My financial priorities are very clear, the teacher’s interest and the student’s need. Research shows, in the best district with mediocre teachers will not produce proficient students. The success of our students lie within our teachers, their dedication and motivation supported by the resources made available to them.

Daniel Petrozelli Qualifications: I’ve had the opportunity to serve on the Board for the past 10 months as well as lead the Policy Committee. Because of my work experience, military service and educational background, I bring a different voice and perspective to addressing issues that face the Board. I bring this experience, coupled with my commitment to create a better community, to the table in this year’s election. Our children are our future and I want to make a personal investment in their growth and development. Priorities: I will promote programs and means to enhance our school district with minimal administrative cost and impact. This will ensure that the focus stays on our kids; providing a quality education, utilizing up-to-date technology, for all of our students and helping to prepare them for the future. This will be in conjunction with professional development and technology enhancements for teachers to ensure that they stay ahead of the technology curve. I will continue to provide a voice of reason to any issues that arise in our district. I apply a common sense approach to solving problems and seek balanced solutions that are equitable for all. Budget: I will keep control of the budget while giving a fair contract to our teachers and providing the best education for our children.

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Priorities: I currently have three children in the school district, with one more to be enrolled next year. My goal will be to improve what I feel is currently a great school district by making common sense decisions that benefit all of the students, of all levels, as best as possible. I feel that by using this sound decision making all students will be provided the most benefits available to them at all education levels. Budget: My financial priorities will be to find the best way to give sound and justified funding to all levels of education. I want to be able to speak with other residents of the town and justify why and how different programs of all levels are funded and give all students the most this township can offer them. I feel that my experiences at my current job, as a Director of Operations at High Tech Landscapes, Inc. will enable me to be a benefit to the current board on many different levels.

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The Reach 2 Women Club is selling breast cancer awareness tshirts at the Pink-Out football game on October 12th, the profits will be donated to the Mama Mare Foundation. Above: The Reach 2 Women club officers and their advisor pose for a photo wearing the breast cancer awareness t-shirts (l-r): Meredith Bunner, Mrs. Romeo (advisor), Laura Bianciella, and Kristen Semple.

The Michael Bruce Fund has just announced the start of the 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. “Since the inception of this fund, our goal has been to raise and distribute those funds to victims of SCI (Spinal Cord Injury). In 2011 alone, we have been able to disburse in excess of $50,000 to various victims, families and organizations.” comments Gene Kirkwood, Managing Trustee of the fund. 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 non-ambulatory, left unable to care for themselves and require long-term medical and rehabilitative care. To participate, please contact Gene Kirkwood at (908) 507-2179. Prizes will be awarded on December 6, 2012 at 7PM at the Martinsville Library.

With October being breast cancer awareness month, the Reach 2 Women club from BRHS has kick started the school year with fundraising activities. This year the club has partnered up with the Mama Mare Breast Cancer Foundation to organize a “Think Pink” campaign throughout the high school, as well as, continuous support with drives and t-shirt sales throughout the year. Mama Mare is a local organization that was recently founded in honor of Mary Ellen “Mama Mare” Pernice in order to provide support and funding for breast cancer patients and their families, as well as, innovative biomedical research. On October 12th Bridgewater will face Elizabeth during the annual Pink-Out football game where all the B-R fans will wear pink in support of breast cancer survivors and in remembrance of those lost from this unfortunately common disease. The Reach 2 Women Club is selling breast cancer awareness t-shirts at many BRHS events, including the Pink-Out football game, the profits will be donated to the Mama Mare Foundation. Everyone is encouraged to purchase one of the tshirts to support the cause and can do so by contacting Mrs. Romeo at Not only is the Reach 2 Women club fundraising for breast cancer awareness, this year the club is reaching out to women everywhere. Within the next couple of months volunteers from the club will be spending time and getting to know a group of women at the Anderson House; a half-way house for women recovering from addictions. The fundraising has already started -- the t-shirt company Custom Ink has generously offered to make a donation after seeing our t-shirt designs. The Reach 2 Women club works all year to help women in the community as well as around the world through donations of goods, money, and volunteerism.

Fall Rummage Sale The Congregational Church of Bound Brook is having their annual Fall Rummage Sale from Thursday, October 4 through Saturday, October 6. The hours of the sale are Thursday, 7:009:00pm; Friday, 9:00am 2:00pm; and Saturday our $2.00 bag sale is from 9:00am - noon. Donations will be accepted Monday, October 1st through Wednesday, October 3rd from 9:00am – 12:00pm, and Monday and Tuesday from 6:00pm – 8:00pm There will be a variety of items for sale - clothing, shoes, bric-a-brac, glassware, dishes pots, pans, small appliances, jewelry paper back books, toys, draperies, lamps, baby items... and so on. The Rummage Sale is sponsored by the Women’s Fellowship Group, and will be held in the Social Hall of the church, located at 209 Church Street, Bound Brook, NJ. For more information, please call the church office at (732)356-1293.

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The Jointure Board of Trustees are (l-r): Ernest R. Shuba, President; Rahul Mahna; Lisa Giranda; Barbara Kane; Dr. Rosina Dixon, Treasurer; Yumiko Mishima, Executive Director; Dr. Joseph P. McGarry; Stuart Wallach, Secretary; Vincent Barra; Gerald Smit; Dianne Lewis, Director of Operations. Absent: Jeanine Stellpflug, Manager of Child Enrichment Programs. The Jointure Board of Trustees held its first meeting of the new school year on September 10, 2012 at its offices on Route 202 in Raritan. As a non-profit, self-supporting organization, the Jointure offers Child Enrichment/Child Care centers for approximately 550 children at eight local schools. In addition, it provides about 60 classes for adults, both onsite and online, with fall and spring semesters as well as ESL instruction. For more information about the Jointure, call 908-722-0233 or check it out online at Board members are all volunteers representing a variety of careers in education, business and community service.

Kirkside’s semi-annual garage sale will be held on Saturday, October 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Kirkside, 199 Route 28, in Bridgewater. A rain date is scheduled for Saturday, October 20th. Members and friends of the North Branch Reformed Church, Kirkside’s sponsor, donate items for this popular sale. Bargain-hunters will find the majority of sale items are priced under a dollar. You’ll also find a huge selection of collectibles, toys, electronics, housewares, lamps, jewelry, man toys and a large selection of books priced at $1.00 per bag. There will be a boutique table for high quality items and new items in original packaging. Many holiday items will be featured. All proceeds from the garage sale benefit Kirkside. Kirkside is a beautifully restored colonial that serves as a shared home for 5 seniors. Each senior has a private bedroom and all residents share the home’s common areas and beautiful park-like grounds. Room and board is part of the low affordable monthly fee. A main meal is provided weekdays and all food and utilities are included. Kirkside fosters a self-help, self-reliant atmosphere that encourages sharing, caring, and independence. The emphasis on cooperation and continued personal involvement allows seniors to remain in a private residence without the responsibilities or isolation that often accompanies senior living. Kirkside is non-sectarian and members of all faiths are welcome. Currently there is a vacancy for a new resident. For more information about Kirkside, please call Kirkside Facilitator, Barbara O’Rourke at 908-526-8115

Free Dance Classes Offered Israeli Folk Dancing lessons are being offered at Temple Beth-El, 67 US 206 So, in Hillsborough. The classes will be held every other Thursday; October 4 &18, November 1 & 15 & 29, December 13 & 27, and January 10 from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. The classes are free with a suggested donation of $7.00 to defray the cost of materials/music. Free healthy snacks and beverages provided. The classes are open to the whole community. It’s a great way to meet singles. No experience necessary, easy circle dances with detailed instructions. People with two left feet welcome. Fun, relaxing atmosphere! For more info call Anna (908) 393-6506.

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People with disabilities, their caregivers, family members, friends and the public are invited to the 4th Annual Somerset County Disability Services Expo Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 3 to 7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at the Somerset County Human Services Building, located at 27 Warren St. The building is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Parking is available on both sides of the building and in the adjacent parking garage. The Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services is hosting the expo, which is FREE to providers and consumers. It will enable organizations to meet with consumers and talk about services they provide. In addition, providers will have an opportunity to share new services and resources with each other to further benefit consumers. Representatives will be available from many agencies providing assistance for individuals with physical, mental and developmental disabilities. For more information, contact Disability Services Coordinator Mark Malone at 908-704-6334 or

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Mancini Brothers - Continuted from page 1

John Mancini stands in front of the house he and his brothers built on Leghorn Avenue in Bradley Gardens.

Steve, Anthony, & Louie Mancini pose for a photo on Leghorn Avenue in Bradley Gardens. The house in the background was across the street from their home. Their brother, Fred, lived there. into the two other bedrooms. They never felt cramped as large close knit families in small houses was the way it was in 1930s America. At their new location, their entrepreneurial ways continued. Their yard was stocked with farm animals. They had chickens, turkeys, goats, and pigs and they built the sheds, coops, and pens to hold them. The chickens were often “processed” for dinner right in the backyard. Fran saw firsthand where the expression “running around like a chicken with your head cut off” came from. The family livestock did not just feed the

family, but helped raise extra cash. At Thanksgiving time, neighbors from all around came to buy their turkeys from the Mancini family. After a few years in Bradley Gardens the house became less crowded as one brother, Fred, married the woman across the street and moved in with her. In 1941, Fran married Joseph Soriano from Raritan and moved there. When World War II began, three Mancini brothers - Sal, James, and Anthony - went into the Army. Then a draft call in 1942 selected John, Louie, and Steve. The draft selection process may

have seemed unfair to some as in that round of the draft, only three guys from Bradley Gardens were drafted and all three were Mancinis. The Mancinis already had 3 in the service and draftee Steve was 33-years-old. But they went to serve their country without complaining. Having three more brothers leave was tough on Fran. She still remembers it like it was yesterday when all three said their good-byes at the same time to her and her mom. With six brothers in the service – the most from the Bridgewater/ Raritan area - the local papers took notice and ran articles about their travels. With so many brothers in the service, Fran did a lot of writing. She wrote often to each brother and sometimes acted as a communication center sharing information that she heard from one brother with the other brothers in her letters. Sadly, in November of 1943, their mom, Maria Mancini, passed. The brothers were notified of their

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mom’s death by letter while they were serving in the military. The six Mancini brothers in the service would be reduced to five in July of 1943 when James received a medical discharge from the service. By February of 1944, the count was back to six as Joseph was drafted into the Navy – the only Mancini who served in the Navy. The other brothers all served in the Army. While overseas, the boys wrote home. Parts of some of their letters L-R: Fran (Mancini) Soriano with her grandson, Jowere printed in seph, who just started his second year at the Naval AcadThe Raritan Val- emy, and Fran’s daughter/Joseph’s mother, Janet Toole. ley News (RVN) which offered a glimpse into life on John Mancini who fought with the battlefront. the 88th Blue Devil Division was John Mancini wrote about the rewounded in Cassino, Italy. An enality of war: “Our law is like the aniemy mortal shell that exploded near mal of the jungle – kill or be killed. him caused him to be thrown over a It becomes a soldier’s first nature afbarbed wire fence. He avoided cuts ter a while. He is even fiercer when from shrapnel, but he injured his he sees and learns that many of his back and wound up in the hospital. buddies have fallen by the wayside.” He recovered and returned to his It is often said that there are no unit and rejoined the fight. atheists in the foxholes. John echoes Anthony Mancini saw combat acthat sentiment: “Just one skirmish tion throughout Italy with the famed turns a man’s heart and soul to re45th (Thunderbird) Division. He ligion. If he never had religion, he was injured, but not by an enemy has God in him after his first battle weapon, but in a truck accident. experience.” As was common in World War II, One of John’s letters addressed soldiers were killed or injured just some of the criticisms that the solmoving from place to place as they diers were facing. He said: “A thing were moving heavy and dangerous that has the doughboy puzzled here equipment over makeshift roads is the public demand to save houses under the threat of enemy attack. of worship, beautiful and historical Anthony’s arm was broken in four paintings and buildings. My opinion

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John Basilone Memorial Parade Weekend Photos

Continued from previous page places and he had to undergo an operation. That ended his fighting days and he was sent to an Army hospital. Sal Mancini saw plenty of fighting with the 4th Armored Division. He too was injured in a truck accident while serving with General Patton’s Third Army. Sal was fortunate to meet up with his brother Steve overseas on two separate occasions. Steve Mancini landed in France in August of 1944. He fought with his unit as they moved across Europe into Germany. Louie Mancini fought in North Africa and Italy. He was in charge of the anti-aircraft gun that shot down his battalion’s first Nazi plane in the fighting at Sicily. He was later stationed in Corsica, an island in the Mediterranean that the U.S. used as an airfield. The youngest and last to join, Joseph, was killed in action when his ship, The USS Intrepid, was hit by two kamikaze planes on November 25, 1944. It was early in December that Fran and her brother Fred received a telegram telling them that Joe Mancini was missing in action. The word “missing” left some hope if a guy was in the army. But at sea, “missing” unless you were a navy pilot, offered little hope. The family mourned, but at first kept the information to themselves. However, soon Joe’s personal belongings arrived at home and reality set in. They then notified the local community. The telegram which officially declared Joe dead would not arrive until May of 1945. Joe Mancini had a very eventful tour of duty in his six months on The USS Intrepid. His full story will be told in the November edition of The BReeze. After the War - Steve Mancini, the oldest, stayed in the area. He became a carpenter working for various firms in Somerville. He died in 1981. Sal Mancini worked on the loading docks of his old hometown in Bayonne. He died in 1979. Fred Mancini, the one brother who did not serve in the war (he stayed home to care for mom and his own four kids) worked at Johns Manville and Calco. He started two fire companies in Bridgewater. He died in 1986. Louie Mancini along with his wife owned and operated various dress factories. The last one was on Anderson Street in Raritan which was open from 1957-1972. Louie died in 1994. Anthony Mancini went on to work for The American Can Company. He died in 1997. John Mancini moved to San Antonio, Texas to be with his wife. Early in the war while training in Texas, he had met and married her there. He became the Vice President of a bank in that area. He died in 1987. James Mancini used money from the GI bill to attend school to learn the trade of television repairman. He then opened his own business called Jim’s T.V. Repair. The office was in downtown Raritan. Fran Mancini, now age 93, lives quietly in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Displayed on the wall in her home is the original telegram that informed her that her brother Joe had made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. For more information and photos on the Mancini Brothers, logon to The story of the Mancinis - is one that should not be forgotten. It is this author’s hope that the name Mancini is at the top of the list when it comes time for Bridgewater to name a new park or street.

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On September 22nd Raritan held a Basilone 5K run and 1 mile fun run. Runners began at the Nevious Street Bridge (walking bridge) and ran into Hillsborough and returned back to the bridge. Above left: Winners of the 5K are: 1st Place - Tommy Bartocci of Raritan (center of photo); 2nd Place - Tom A’prile of Raritan; and 3rd Place Keira Forker of Hillsborough. Above right: The Fun Run winners are: 1st Place - Michael Lester of Middlesex (far right), 2nd Place - Winder Pestana of Newark (left); and 3rd place - Evan A’prile of Raritan (9 yrs old). Photos/Dawn Wilde

The Sibilia family of Raritan enjoy some cotton candy at the Basilone parade (l-r): Hunter (3), Samantha (13), Sydney (7), MacKenzie (5) and photo on right: Abigail Sibilia (6).

Mia Hassouna (4) and sister Juliana (9) of Bridgewater. Photo/ Dawn Wilde

St Ann’s Church in Raritan held a Memorail Mass in honor of John Basilone and all veterans. Above: A marine shakes hands after mass with Rev. Monsignor James M. Cafone. Photo/Dawn Wilde

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Sr. Mary Klersey, new principal at St. Ann School in Raritan, enjoys hearing about “Where My Sneakers Have Been This Summer” – a fresh spin on the classic summer composition so many of us wrote in grade school. St. Ann School is excited to welcome Religious Teacher Filippini Sr. Mary Klersey as new principal, replacing Sr. Gloria Caglioti, MPF who has retired from her principal post after twenty years of service. Prior to being appointed to St. Ann’s, Sister Mary was the Catholic School Superintendent of the Sante Fe Archdiocese in Albuquerque, NM. A New Jersey native, Sister Mary transferred to New Mexico after many years of classroom teaching to open St. Thomas Aquinas School in Rio Rancho, NM in 2000. The school quickly blossomed under her leadership growing from 156 students to 420 in the third year. Since her arrival, Sister Mary has been busy getting to know the families, students and parishioners of St. Ann. She has supported the transfer of accreditation of St. Ann School to AdvancED where St. Ann’s joins a network of 30,000 schools in 75 countries that are committed to continuous improvement. The new accreditation is a perfect fit, especially in light of the new learning programs - such as Distance Learning, an outdoor garden/classroom and The First Tee - that St. Ann has implemented over the past few years. Enthused about the legacy and plans that exist at St. Ann’s, as Sister Mary welcomed families to Back-to-School night she commented, “We are a great school with tremendous spirit. I wake up each morning with a focus on what will make us better than the best. I welcome you in our journey.”

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Jewish Family Service to Host Breast Health Programs in October Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties (JFS) and Jewish LIFE presents Breast Health, Promoting Well Being, two programs featuring a panel of experts discussing the latest in breast health and treatment, complementary therapies and the importance of spiritual care. The first program will be held on Sunday October 14, 2012, 10:00-12:00 PM at Congregation Or Chadash, 149 Foothill Road, Flemington. Panel Members include Dr. Jonathan Z. Rosenbluth, , Steeplechase Cancer Center, Somerset Medical Center; Ellen Levine, LCSW, OSW-C, Program Director, Cancer Support Community Central NJ and Cantor Lee Coopersmith, Ohr Tikvah, Community Chaplain, JFS. The presentation will be moderated by Bea Abrams, Ph.D., JFS Board Member. The second program will be held on Thursday October 25, 2012, 7:00-9:00 PM at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC, 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. Panel Members include Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Steeplechase Cancer Center, Somerset Medical Center; Joan Runfola, LCSW, Private Practice and Cantor Lee Coopersmith, Ohr Tikvah, Community Chaplain, JFS. The presentation will be moderated by Ronnie Weyl, JFS Board Member. This program is free of charge and open to the community. To register, contact the SSBJCC at 908-725-6994 or JFS at 908725-7799.

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Community Theatre Opens New Season with the Comedy ‘Unexpected Guests’

Cast Photo, left to right, top row: Erica Althoff, Kim Costa, Floyd Campbell, Paul deWolfe, John Kunka. Front row: Liz Systo, Arnie Chinich, Amber Campbell, and Dennis Johnson. The fall production of the RC Theatre will be a comedy, “Unexpected Guests”, to be presented at the Polish American Citizens’ Club, 29 Kline Blvd in Whitehouse Station. The theatre will present evening performances on October 18, 19 and 20 at 8:00 pm, and a matinee performance on Sunday, October 21, at 2:00 pm. In this original comedy by playwright Jorden Crittenden, a Southern California couple’s marriage is slowly disintegrating. Harry Mullin comes home to find his wife, Melissa, has left with a door-to-door cello salesman. If he thinks he will suffer his misery in solitude, he is very mistaken. The original, New York production was directed by Charles Grodin with Jerry Stiller in the lead role. The RC Theatre production will be directed by Joe Systo, with a cast of local actors. “Very funny…original humor in the tradition of Bruce Jay Friedman and Kurt Vonnegut. Crittenden is a playwright of immense comic talent!” - NY Post. Tickets cost $12.00/Adult, $10.00/Seniors and Students. For more information, and to advertise in the playbill for this show, contact the theatre at or call 908-507-6133.


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School Calendar Oct. 1 - Eisenhower - Back to School Night Oct. 2 - Van Holten - Back to School Night - Grades 3-4 - 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 - Hillside - 5th Grade Back to School Night - 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 3 - Milltown - Back to School Night Grades 1-2 - 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 - JFK - Back to School Night Grades K-2 - 7:00 p.m. Oct. 3 - Bradley Gardens - PTO Meeting - 7:00 p.m. Oct. 4 - Hillside - 6th Grade Back to School Night - 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 4 - Milltown - Back to School Night Grades K, 3-4 - 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 - JFK - Back to School Night - Grades 3-4 - 7:00 p.m. Oct. 5 - Adamsville - Breakfast with Dad - PreK-2nd grade Oct. 5 - JFK - Movie Night (rain date) - 6:00 p.m. Oct. 5 - BRMS - Rec Night - 7-9 p.m. Oct. 6 - Bradley Gardens - Clothing Sale Oct. 9 - Crim - School pictures - Grades K, 1, 2, and ABA Oct. 9 - Wade Building - Board of Education Meeting Oct. 9 - Crim - School pictures - Grades 3 and 4 Oct. 12 - Crim - Game Night Oct. 12 - Eisenhower - 6th Grade Fun Night/Movie Night - 7-9 p.m. Oct. 14 - Milltown - Family Bingo - 7 p.m. Oct. 15 - Hillside - Picture Day Oct. 15 - BRHS - PTO Meeting - 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 - Adamsville - Chuck E. Cheese Night Oct. 16 - JFK - Market Day - 5:00 p.m. Oct. 17 - Hillside - Coffee with the Principal - 10:00 a.m. Oct. 18 - JFK - PTO Meeting - 7:00 p.m. Oct. 18 - Hamilton - PTO Meeting - 7:00 p.m. Oct. 19 - Eisenhower - 5th Grade Fun Night/Movie Night - 7-9 p.m. Oct. 19 - Crim - PTO Meeting - 9:00 a.m. Oct. 22 - JFK - Board of Education Meeting - 8:00 p.m. Oct. 25 - Hillside - Celebrity Chef Challenge Oct. 25 - JFK - Monster Mash - 6:00 p.m. Oct. 26 - Hamilton - Halloween Bash Oct. 26 - Crim - Halloween Party - 7-9 p.m. Oct. 26 - Bradley Gardens - Halloween Hoot - 7:00 p.m. Oct. 26 - Adamsville - Halloween Party - 7:00 p.m. Oct. 26 - Van Holten - Monster Mash & Trunk or Treat - 7:00 p.m. Oct. 29 - Nov. 2 - Hillside - Book Fair Oct. 29 - BRMS - School Picture Retakes Please check the school web sites and calendars for updates or last minute adjustments

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JFK School Mural Project Sees Completion

Students and Scouts pose in front of the recently completed mural. Photo/Dawn Wilde A mural that was started three years ago by a group of JFK students and staff was unveiled on September 20th. The mural had been left unfinished due to new teacher schedules and teachers having to travel between schools. Members of Girl Scout Troop 61128 spent their last year at JFK School walking past the unfinished mural and decided to do something about it. When the girls needed a project for their Bronze Award, the mural came to mind. Part of the requirements of the Bronze Award is that the project should have a lasting quality; a piece of the girls that they leave behind and something that helps the community. By finishing the mural, the girls helped the students of JFK have a beautiful completed hallway and it left a little piece of themselves at the

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PANTHER SPORTS Field Hockey - In their usual fashion the panthers are dominating

Left: The unsung heroes, the offensive line: Patrick Saulino (77), Matt Roselle (75), Ryan Stevens (76), Ryan Mirra (55), Alex Kaiteris (74); also pictured: Matt Eichhorn (45) and Tommy Goodberlet (88). Photo/Dawn Wilde

opponents and are undefeated (6-0) at this time. The unrelenting attack has the ladies outscoring opponents 29 to 3 and the smothering defense has four shutouts to their credit. Leading the team in scoring is Catherine Caro and Rachel Yaney with 10 goals and 5 assists each. Dayle Paustian leads the team in assists with 7 and goalie Christen Piersanti has the four shutouts along with 33 saves.

Football - The Panthers began the season with a lopsided loss to

Union but have picked themselves up with a pair of thrilling home wins, coming from behind in both games to win by one point. First edging out Hunterdon Central, 20-19, then Hillsborough 21-20, the offense has come alive under the leadership of senior quarterback Donny Stires. With key receivers Tommy Goodberlet and Josh Robbins and running backs Matthew Eichhorn and Michael Pennella the offense has shown it can move the ball and score when it needs to. The defense has also displayed the ability to come up big, stopping opponents’ offenses late in both games to ensure the win. Linebackers, Scott Brandle, Jack Fanning, Daniel Renna, and Jonathan Capra, and lineman Chris Carter lead the defense in tackles and sacks at press time.

Girls Soccer - With a huge win over then #8 Pingry and a tie with

#11 Ridge the girls’ soccer team broke into the Star-Ledger top 20 at #17 with a 2-2-1 record. Led by captains Dana Lytle, Brianna Petro and Erin Sullivan the girls are looking to go a long way this season. Key to the Panthers success is Goalie Casey Murphy with 31 saves. In addition to Petro and Sullivan, Lauren Hall and Hayley Soriano have scored a goal each.

Right: Quarterback Donny Stires (#16) after three games has 56 completions for 574 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. Photo/Dawn Wilde

Boys Soccer - With only 3 returning players with significant play-

ing time from last year’s championship team the boys will have to make a name for themselves this season. Up front for the 3-3 Panthers is Cole Gladfelter, Oscar Marin and Josh Rich. Midfielders Kevin Horan, Drew Ungerleider, Patrick Masur and Andrew Masur are backed up by defenders Robert Bonjione, Evan Cohen, Aron Klug, Ryan Pearce and goalie Amit Mohan.

Gymnastics - The lady panthers are flying high with a 3-0 record and a Raider Invitational team title. Scoring consistently over 100 in every competition the team is ranked #3 in the Star-Ledger top 20. Team standouts Ayana Lee and Emily Shugan led the team to an impressive score of 108 at the invitational. Lee had a first place in Floor exercise, second in Beam and second All Around at the invitational. Shugan placed first in Bars.

Girls Tennis - The depth of the BR girls tennis team is evident

when you look at their record. Three of their wins were sweeps and their two loses were 3-2 splits with top 20 teams. All five flights have winning records with Cheryl Li (1st singles), Arthi Palani (2nd singles), Marissa Sashihara (3rd singles), Avanty and Kaylyn Kavi (1st doubles), and, Emily Arditti and Divya Yeleswarapu (2nd doubles) all looking to go far this season. The girls rallied past Pingry in the Somerset County Tournament to win the team title and 3 flights.

Above: Sam Murphy prepares to serve during Above (l-r): Seniors Ariel Schwalb, Alex Wick and Elizabeth Rynar on the match against North the back line for the Panthers. Hunterdon.

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Obituaries Somerville - Walter S. Pietraszewski, Sr., 79, died August 22, 2012. Walter was employed as the Head Machinist at Johns Manville Corporation for 36 years until they closed their doors. He served our country as a Sergeant in the National Guard. He also worked two jobs for 13 years as a tool & die maker and making tools and equipment for our Armed Forces. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Branchburg - Suk Jin Lee, 36, died August 24, 2012. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Freehold - Albert A. Annuzzi, 75, died August 24, 2012. Albert was employed as a supervisor for National Mfg. Co, Inc., Chatham for over 40 years, retiring in 2001. He recently worked for Competitive Courier Service Union. He was a veteran of the US Air Force. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Manville - Richard R. Sena, 71, died peacefully on August 25, 2012. Richard served in the United States Army from 1959- 1961.He was a Millwright -Locksmith for American Cyanamid from 1966 until his retirement in 1995. After his retirement he worked part-time for many of the local Somerset County Golf Courses. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Marcella M. McGlynn, 97, died August 27, 2012. Marcella was employed as maintenance worker for Johnson & Johnson, Division of Ortho Pharmaceuticals in Raritan for over 20 years, retiring in 1980. She was a former communicant of St Bernard RC Church in Bridgewater. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Somerville - William N. Ogden, Esq., 88, passed away August 28, 2012. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Europe in WWII. He graduated from Rutgers University Law School in 1951 and thereafter engaged in the private practice of law with offices in Somerville. He was an active member of the Somerset County Bar Association and was honored for over 50 years of service to the legal community. He

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Somerville - Marvin I. Finkelstein, 83, died August 28, 2012. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Hillsborough – Thomas L. Ward, 75, died on August 28, 2012. He was born in Ardsley, NY on December 21, 1936 to his dear parents Thomas L. and Lavern Purdy Ward, Sr. Thomas was a devoted husband, a loving father, a dear brother, and a wonderful grandfather who was kind, caring, generous, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Arrangements were handled by Somerville Funeral Home, Inc. Hillsborough - Charles J. “Chuck” Weisul, Jr., 75, died August 28, 2012. Charles retired from AT&T in1987, where he was vice president of training, after more than 22 years of service. Prior to his civilian career, Charles served his country as an Air Force Captain, troop carrier pilot, and flight commander during the Vietnam War. He was graduated from Princeton University in 1960 with a B.A. in history. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Oldwick - Dorothy Ann North, 87, died August 28, 2012. Dorothy was a homemaker and a member of the Lebanon NJ Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Hillsborough – Paul A. Balinski, 46, died on August 29, 2012. Paul was a Marketing Manager for Diversified Capital in Sterling NJ. He was a loving son and boyfriend, a dear brother, a wonderful uncle and friend, who was a Dallas Cowboy fan, enjoyed the 80’s music and high performance auto’s. Arrangements handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home.

Manville - Henry L. “Hank” Trautman, 59, died peacefully on August 30, 2012. Hank worked many years as a Night Crew Chief at Foodtown in Somerset. Arrangements were handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Bridgewater - Paul L. Hydock, 84, passed away on August 31, 2012. Mr. Hydock served in the United States Army Infantry during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Hydock was a New Jersey State Trooper for 28 years, retiring in 1983 as a Sergeant 1st Class, and was a Supervisor for 13 years. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Manville – Janice Marie Basilone Kretch, 74, died on September 1, 2012. Janice was a Customer Service Representative at Olympia Company. Janice enjoyed her monthly dinners with her close friends “The Tadalle’s”, going to garage sales, and cooking for her family and friends. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home. Branchburg - Barbara Blake Flynn, 86, passed away on September 3, 2012. Mrs. Flynn worked for Merck and Company in Rahway for over 40 years and retired in 1980 as an Executive Secretary. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Raritan - Michael J. Wirzman Jr., 76, died September 4, 2012. Michael was employed as a machinist for Johns Manville for over 30 years, retiring in 1999. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Branchburg - Patricia Tambo Hale, died September 4, 2012. Patricia was employed as an IT Engineer for AT&T in Basking Ridge for over 25 years, retiring in 2003. Patricia was an avid country music fan and loved going to many concerts especially in Nashville, Tennessee. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. West Windsor, NJ – Pawan Jain, 78, died on September 4, 2012. Pawan was a Computer Consultant

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the family home on Case Rd himself in 1958-59. A community service project he was responsible for was the construction of the Inner Courtyard at the former Old York School in Branchburg. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Bridgewater - John Fedechena, 87, died September 8, 2012. John was an employee for the U.S. Government/GSA Depot in Belle Mead, where he was a Warehouse worker for over 40 years, retiring in 1991. He was a veteran of the US Army during WWII. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. South Bound Brook - Muriel Simoncelli, 71, died on September 9, 2012. Muriel was a crossing guard for South Bound Brook for 30 years. She enjoyed playing bingo and enjoyed playing NJ Lottery “Scratchoff” tickets. Arrangements handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Basking Ridge - James S. Martin, 78, died September 11, 2012. Jim started his career with his father and family owning and operating 2 service stations in Greenbrook for many years, Sinclairs and City Service. Jim also owned 5-Js Cycle shop in Piscataway in the mid 70s and then moved on to work for both VIP Honda and Liccardi Motors as service manager before leaving to start PJ Courier Service to finish out his career. Arrangements were handled by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home. Raritan - Emily Madersky, 82, died peacefully on September 12, 2012. Emily was a homemaker. She loved music, singing, dancing and floral arranging. Emily was a member of the Adult Day Center in Bridgewater. Arrangements handled by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Hillsborough - Thomas M. Angeline, 46, passed away on September 14, 2012. Mr. Angeline worked for AT&T for twenty-one years, most recently holding the position of Director of Product Management. Thomas was past president and coach of the Hillsborough Baseball League. Arrangements were handled by Branchburg Funeral Home. Yardley, PA – Turiomal Abichandani, 92, died on September 15, 2012. Arrangements were handled by India Funeral Service. Bridgewater – Lucy Pontarollo, 80, died on September 15, 2012. Lucy was a 4th Grade Teacher for over 30 years at Bradley Gardens and JFK Schools; and a communicant of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Lucy is survived by her children, Lucy (Brian) Haywood, Jack (Mary Jo) Pontarollo, Jr. of Bridgewater, James (Sheri) Pontarollo of Bridgewater; seven grandchildren, Andrew (Amanda) Haywood, Jenni (Spencer) Bryant, Jamie Lynn, Nicole, Kelsey, Cory, Jordan Pontarollo; and two great-grandchildren, Maddilyn and Evelyn Haywood. She was predeceased by her husband, Jack Pontarollo, Sr. (8/9/12); and her parents. Arrangements were handled by Bongiovi Funeral Home.

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New Hospice Office Looking for Volunteers Compassionate Care Hospice has opened a new office in Branchburg on Lamington Road and serves Somerset and Hunterdon Counties along with portions of Middlesex County. Founded in 1993, Compassionate Care Hospice is a community based organization committed to providing the highest quality hospice care to patients, their families and close friends throughout the United States. Compassionate Care Hospice cares for terminally ill patients with a wide range of illnesses and everyone at Compassionate Care Hospice believes patients are entitled to live as fully and comfortably as possible. CCH is currently serving patients in your area and are recruiting volunteers to as assist them. Hospice patients not only rely on Nurses, Social Workers, Home Health Aides and Chaplains, but on Volunteers. Hospice Volunteers are needed for supportive visits, offering emotional support and companionship. Volunteers also help by doing administrative tasks in our office as office volunteers. Volunteers are the heart of hospice! Compassionate Care Hospice is in need of Volunteers to meet their needs. Volunteers can read to patients, hold their hands, talk and pray with them, write letters, be a good listener or various other supportive acts. Volunteers can provide relief for the family so they can run errands, companionship when the family cannot be there, Respite Care; sit with the patient, making phone calls, and support for the patient and family. They can also provide emotional support listening to the patient and family, holding the patients hand when he/she is scared, and just being there when they need to talk. Volunteering ideas are endless so anything would be greatly appreciated. Beauticians, barbers and manicurists are also needed for our patients. If you can give a few hours of haircuts or nails please consider volunteering. Compassionate Care Hospice offers a free Volunteer training program before the volunteer visits with their patients, or volunteering in the office. Compassionate Care Hospice can also coordinate an informational program/lecture for organizations about the hospice program and the volunteer opportunities. For more information about the services offered by Compassionate Care Hospice or to become a volunteer please call the Branchburg office at (908) 526-2600 or email

Weekly Duke Island Walkers A weekly walking group will meet every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park along a beautiful stretch of the Raritan River. Coffee, tea, and treats will be provided. For information call 908-722-1200, ext. 226. Duke Island Park is located off Old York Road in Bridgewater. The walk is free of charge and continues weekly as weather permits. Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Internet at

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The Bridgewater & Raritan Fire Departments need your help! They offer free training, the opportunity to develop skills, gain experience & the personal satisfaction of helping others. Please call your neighborhood fire department for more information or to volunteer! Martinsville (732)469-1955 Bradley Gardens (908)725-1250 North Branch (908) 725-2305 Country Hills (908)725-7070 Raritan (908)707-8540 Finderne (732)356-3024 Green Knoll (908)707-4128

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C l a s s i f i e d Ad s For Sale: Bridgewater charming 3/4 bedroom Cape, large lot, deck, patio, fenced back yard. Quiet court off Rte 202. Garage + carport. Call 908-243-0755. Art For Sale - “Rigoletto” by Erte, 1986 Signed Limited Edition Framed Serigraph; Letter Of Authenticity; Excellent Condition; Asking Price $11,300; Call 908 704-9009. Insurance/Billing person with experience, for mental health office, Bridgewater-Raritan area, call 908-253-8887, leave msg. Part-time position. Piano Instruction: All ages and styles. Degreed; B.A., M.M., 25 yrs experience. Call 908-7048620.

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Private Dog Boarding - In my home; Small group of dogs; Bridgewater and Middlesex Locations. Cat home visits also offered. Book Now For Holidays! Please call Lori @ 908 2030690.

Spanish Tutor: BA degree in Spanish with over 10 years experience tutoring all ages and levels. Lived and studied in Spain. Call Jennifer at 908-672-2588 for a free consultation!

Power Washing Services: Homes, Decks, Walks, Masonry, Drives, Siding and more. Gutters also repaired, cleaned and flushed. Fully Insured. Call Ron 908-256-9128.

Tutor for Grades 1 to 8: $25/ Hr. Certified Elementary School Teacher to help your Child with homework &/or try to expand their learning via extra assignments. Contact Tim at 908-9386406 or

Ken’s Stump Grinding – Removal of stumps and roots of all sizes, yard cleanups, Bobcat service. Free Estimates and Fully Insured. Call 908-231-0247.

Repair Screens Bridgewater/ Somerset Area: Pickup & Delivery or bring your screens to me. Call Fred for prices: 908580-0341 or 908-247-1994. Real Estate: Selling Your Home or Estate Property? Call me for a complimentary market analysis. I buy homes for cash! George Pantozzi, Broker/Associate, Prudential New Jersey Properties, 908-392-2677 or 908-874-3400 x. 324,

F.D. Mason Contractor: Over 30 years of experience. Brick, block, stone, concrete. No job too large or small. Fully insured and liscensed. Free estimates. 908-385-5701. Major & Minor Auto Repairs: Electronic & Computer Diagnostics. Reasonable prices & prompt service. Credit cards accepted. Appt not always necessary. Call Al at 908-526-8590. Economy Automotive Services, 18-C Raritan Ave., Raritan.

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Basilone Parade Photos by Dawn Wilde

September 22nd Fun Run

Senator Kip Bateman, Assemblyman Jack M. Ciattarelli, and John Pacifico at the Commemorative Concert on September 22nd.

Quantico Marine Corps Band - Commermorative Concert

John Basilone Honoree Breakfast on September 23rd.

Basilone and War Memorabilia Exhibit presented by the Raritan Historical & Cultural Committee at the Raritan Public Library.

Vic Nazario received a Certificate of Recognition for extraordinary acts of heroism while serving his country. Pictured with Raritan Mayor Jo-Ann Liptak.

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October 2012

Basilone Parade Photos by Dawn Wilde

Begalicious ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son Brandon Bessasparis and nephew Michael Kaufman , (both 14) grill sausage and peppers outside the store.

John Basiloneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classmate, Vicky Melitsky, Class 1932

Wreath Ceremony After the Parade.

The BReeze - October 2012  

Community newspaper covering Bridgewater and Raritan.

The BReeze - October 2012  

Community newspaper covering Bridgewater and Raritan.