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Denied Social Security Disability or Veterans Benefits?

Eligible residents can schedule a free consultation. Request a referral form by Nov. 6.
Post Date: 10/31/2017 3:19 PM

SOMERVILLE – Have you been denied Social Security disability or veterans benefits? Are you having difficulty applying for these benefits? If so, you may want to apply for a free consultation with an attorney from the Community Justice Center of Trenton.

The Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services will provide an opportunity for eligible residents to meet an attorney at its office at 27 Warren St. in Somerville Thursday, Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Somerset County residents living with disabilities who are interested in this free consultation should contact Paulann Pierson of the Office on Aging and Disability Services by Nov. 6 at (908) 704-6334 or ppierson@co.somerset.nj.us to obtain a referral form that is required by the Community Justice Center.

Eligibility for a consultation requires an income at or below 175 percent of the poverty level, or eligibility for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or General Assistance (GA).

Community Justice Center staff members are experienced in advocacy before the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs and have assisted people with all kinds of disabilities in obtaining benefits. They have extensive experience with “invisible” impairments, especially those associated with traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and other cognitive or mental health issues.

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New MHS Freshman Science Course Coming for 2018

Following the presentation of a petition signed by over 300 residents protesting the Physics First program for MHS freshman that, "creates an undue amount of stress, negativity and decreased confidence for our children," a remedy is now in play for next year's freshmen class.

On November 7 at the board work session, Superintendent of Schools Nancy Gartenberg explained the recommendation now from MHS Principal Paul Popadiuk to offer an alternative science course for freshman starting in September of 2018.

"Students in ninth grade will still have an opportunity to take Physics. They will also have another option. The feedback that we have gotten from students proved some urgency for us to take a look at it, and to offer them another option. We have engaged a research firm to study Physics in general and we will look at the research over the course of the current school year," Gartenberg said at the November 7 work session.

Board member Amy Miller said the school board's Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction (ACI) Committee recently discussed the Physics survey of freshman students fall in 2017 with Principal Popadiuk leading the initiative. "The goal was to get feedback on how their program was going so far. We will also continue with focus groups for students to give us feedback and from MHS supervisors and administration. We also plan another survey for later this school year to get another touch point on how ninth grade students are doing in Physics," Miller said.

"What is germane to this conversation is that the new junior assessment in New Jersey that will be given in science. We need to satisfy standards in the state and that will dictate contents of the course." Gartenberg explained.

In her routine update to the Board, Wynn spoke about changes in Physics First this fall with an introductory period to familiarize the freshmen students. However she stated that in an online survey this fall, more than two-thirds of MHS students said they spend less than 50% of their time studying Physics.
"More than half of them said that our Physics program caused half or more of their stress for school. They also do not feel there is enough practice given out or review. I also looked at what the greatest weaknesses were for MHS Physics First and whether there's any strengths. Weaknesses were the organization of information, presentation of course information and the clarity of that information. The strength was that Physics students felt they had an been given opportunity to not only learn for themselves but think for themselves about real world situations. While students are appreciating that I think too much of it can lead to the lack of clarity. We need to look at exactly how our classes are being taught and what information is given out to students versus what information is expected to be derived," Wynn said on November 7.

Nominations Sought for Outstanding Women Awards

The deadline for nominations for the 2018 awards program is Dec. 31, 2017.
Post Date: 11/09/2017 9:33 AM
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Do you know a Somerset County woman who has made extraordinary contributions to her career field or her community?

The Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women is seeking nominations for its 2018 Outstanding Women in Somerset County awards program.

“We have many women in Somerset County doing amazing things every day,” said Freeholder Patricia Walsh, commission liaison. “It is most appropriate that during Women's History Month, we take the time to publicly recognize them and say thank you.”

Download and print a nomination form and guidelines from the county website or call Commission Chair Janice Fields at 908-599-1637 if you do not have internet access.

Nominations must be received by Dec. 31, 2017. Email submissions are preferred. Send an electronic copy of the completed and signed nomination form, along with any supporting documentation, to SCCSWomen@gmail.com Entries also may be mailed to the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women, Attn: Janice M. Fields, Chair, 36 Darren Drive, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.Nominees must be women who live in Somerset County. All nominations will be reviewed by the commission’s selection committee.

Categories are arts/entertainment/sports; business/entrepreneur/information technology; education; environmental initiatives; government/public/social service; hometown hero; journalism/media/law; medicine/health services; and volunteerism.

Nominations should be as specific as possible, citing the ways the nominee has demonstrated outstanding performance or dedication in her job or community.Awards will be presented March 16, 2018, at the commission’s annual Women’s History Month celebration and dinner.

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Residents Seek Rationale For Superintendent's Contract

The Montgomery Board of Education debated a proposed raise for Superintendent of Schools Nancy Gartenberg, the timing of an amendment to her contract, and the availability of information for parents and community members.

Gartenberg is currently under contract for three years, until the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Her annual pay at the time of hire in 2012-2013 and continuing to now is $167,500, including a $2,500 stipend and base salary of $165,000. The maximum allowable compensation for Gartenberg is $191,584 including a $5,000 stipend for districts that include a high school. In prior years the stipend for high schools was $2,500.

The school board weighed a change to the existing contract to increase base pay to $182,174, an increase of approximately 12%.

Board President Rick Cavalli presented a slideshow with explained a proposal of 15% of Gartenberg's pay due under an amended contract as "merit pay" bonus due if she meets the board's set goals for her. The Executive Somerset County superintendent would have to approve those goals and the completion of those goals before merit pay can be paid.

Of the merit pay amount, goals were broken into three quantitative goals for 3.3% each and two qualitative goals of 2.5% apiece.

"Nancy wants to align her interests to what the district wants to achieve," Cavalli said.

The superintendent is also subject to another 2% of their salary in annual performance incentives after their initial year in the district. Cavalli describes this as an amount the state allocated for increased cost of living over time.

If Gartenberg had received raises in each of her first few years in MTSD, her salary now would be $196,000. The proposed raise now was under that salary.

School board attorney Chris Fogarty said the school board undertook a comprehensive and possibly "exhaustive process" for amending Gartenberg's contract at a time when conditions within state law have changed the superintendent contract structure.

"The issue for us this evening is one of salary. There is a sunset provision in the fiscal accountability of salary restrictions that went into effect in 2011; it had a sunset provision for November 2016. Ultimately the State Commissioner of Education was delegated with the authority to amend those accountability regulations. Salaries and caps that were based on student enrollment and certain tiers will raise based on revisions implemented by the commissioner. Superintendents are free to approach their boards of education for an amendment to an existing contract or to tear that up, extend the term and give them a new contract," Fogarty said.

Parent Bindu Verma said performance is the key, and the district's spot in recent rankings are not up to the standards set in the early 2000's. Based on rankings Verma observes, the superintendent's not due a raise now.

"I Googled a bit and it appears the district ranking has fallen consistently over the last 5 years. As the layperson that's how I gauge performance, so I wonder what the school board did to gauge performance? The township has 40% a makeup of Asian and Indian ethnicities but in this room we do not have 40% representation. When Nancy first came here she started something to include these communities more, so what happened? Market analytics suggest each individual has a market worth, I still don't understand with the figures presented what she is walking away with and why we're giving her a raise. That raise should better be spread among our teachers. I know Montgomery lost some talented staff members because we didn't compensate them enough," she told the school board on November 7.

Alan Wirsul of Belle Mead pointed out in all, there were four missing board members of the nine total. He said "in the ultimate analysis, the new school board coming on in January are the people who should make the decision."

Jessica and Raman Kia of Belle Mead wanted to see more about the long-term school district planning prior to Gartenberg's contract being addressed or approved.
Raman Kia questioned investments in security lacking for Montgomery's Strategic Plan.
The Board's Operations, Facilities and Finance (OFF) Committee requested $95,000 upfront for a new districtwide phone system.

Later, Cavalli told residents he can think of nothing more in line with the democratic process than the public hearing on election night.

2017 Election results

Once again the people have spoken, with a few surprises.

Murphy (D) won statewide against Kim Guadagno, (R) and also, Montgomery voters picked him as well, 3,289 to 2,525.

In Rocky Hill, 172 voters picked Murphy, 99 for Guadagno.

Kip Bateman (R) barely held onto his State Senate seat with 51% of the overall District 16 vote, but 3,131 Montgomery voters preferred his rival Laurie Poppe (D) to his 2,685 supporters. That was mirrored in Rocky Hill, where the vote was Poppe (159) to Bateman (114).

The first real surprise was that Democrats Zwicker (3,293), the incumbent, and running mate Roy Frieman (3,077) topped hometown favorites republicans Mark Caliguire (2,687) and running mate Donna Simon (2,519), while also winning their seats in the State Assembly. Rocky Hill mirrored that vote, with Zwicker (170), Freiman (158), Simon (103) and Caliguire (106).

Another big surprise was at the Somerset County level, where Steve Peter (D) won the County Clerk job, one of only three democrats to do so, unseating Breett Radi. Again, Montgomery residents picked the Democrat, 3,210 to 2,396. In Rocky Hill it was 164 – 100 for Peter.

The late and sorely missed Princeton Mayor Barbara Sigmund used to refer to them as the "Board of Frozen Cheeseholders." At any rate, Township voters again ran with the Democrats, picking Alex Avellan (3,113) and running mate Shanel Robinson (3,059) over Republicans, and overall County winners, Brian Levine (2,553) and Brian Gallagher (2,524) for the Somerset Board of Freeholders. Rocky Hill voters picked Robinson (166) and Avellan (156) over Levne (101) and Gallagher (102).

And for the local news, another surprise. Democrat Sadaf Jaffer (2,974) beat David Cheskis (2,793) for a three-year seat on Township Committee. Montgomery Committee will chose a new mayor from among the Committee members. Ten to one it's a Republican.

For three three-year seats on the MTSD Board of Ed, Township voters picked Paul Johnson (2,313), Amy Rao (2,725), Rahana R. Rao (1,937). Paul Blodgett only drew 1,872 votes. In Rocky Hill, it was Miller (113), Johnson (94), Blodgett (81), and Rao (79).

There were no surprises at all for Rocky Hill local elections. Running unopposed for all seats, Mayor Phillip Kartsonis (195) was reelected; for an unexpired seat on Borough Committee, Amy Kirkland (170); and for two three-year seats, Dawson (220) and Uhrik (226).

The Public Questions were also well supported in both municipalities, with a resounding "Yes" for both a NJ Library Construction Bond Act, which supports construction and upgrades to public libraries; and Question 2, which requires the State to use money recovered from environmental contamination cases to be actually used to "repair, restore, replace, or preserve the State's natural resources," instead of, say painting the men's room in the State House, or new limo's for the new governor, as was previously the practice.

So the take-away appears to be that for some reason, Republican politics have left a bad taste in the mouths of local voters, and they've had enough.


BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Rangers and the Volunteer Park Patrol are seeking volunteers to assist with trail maintenance projects throughout the year.

With the cooperation of the Jersey Off Road Bicycling Association, (JORBA), Rangers and volunteers will be performing trail maintenance at the Sourland Mountain Preserve off East Mountain Road in Hillsborough, New Jersey and Washington Valley Park off Newman’s Lane in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

The mission of the group is to provide a regular maintenance regimen in order to maintain trail conditions to the highest standards possible.

The Sourland Mountain Preserve is 4,000 acres of passive recreation opportunities including hiking, bouldering, mountain biking, birding, and horseback riding. It is rich in natural resources with a variety of stream corridors, geologic outcrops, and an ecological preserve that provides a core habitat for a diversity of plant and animal species.

Washington Valley Park is a 719-acre passive recreation facility that lies along the First Watchung Ridge in Bridgewater Township. The park contains the former 21-acre Bound Brook Elizabethtown Reservoir that is the focal point of the park’s seven miles network of trails. Washington Valley Park offers hiking, mountain biking, and hawk watching. The Park is known as among the premier mountain biking sites in the east.

The maintenance schedule:
Saturday, November 18 at 9:00 A.M. at Washington Valley Park
Saturday, December 2 at 9:00 A.M. at Washington valley Park.

For details call 908-231-0802, ext. 21 or www.somersetcountyparks.org. For cancellations due to weather call 908-285-3800.


MONTGOMERY, N.J. – Forty two years ago, the idea of having Santa fly into the Princeton
Airport for the local children to experience was brought to life. Throughout the years, this has
evolved into a wonderful annual event for the families our community.

The tradition continues this year on Sunday, December 24th, when the Nierenberg
family - owners of the airport - open the hangar doors to children awaiting Santa's arrival. Santa
is planning to arrive at 11:00 A.M. Parents are advised to bring their children prior to then, as
the Princeton Airport Flying Tigers will be serving cocoa and cookies, and local folk singer Pat
McKinley, starting at 10:30, will be leading the audience in holiday songs during the wait for

If parents would like to have a gift waiting for their child, they should bring a wrapped
gift with the child's name on it in large print to the Princeton Airport lobby. Gifts should be no
larger than 12” to accommodate Santa. If parents have more than one child participating, the

gifts should be wrapped in the same paper and tied together to speed up the distribution. Also,
to have their child participate, parents need to bring a gift for donation, as well. This is very

These gifts must be new, unwrapped and will be collected by the Mercer County Board
of Social Services. Personal checks made out to the “FoodBank Network of Somerset
County”, as well as canned or boxed food are suitable alternatives accepted at the airport.
Donations from non-participants are kindly accepted as well.

Gift collection begins the day after Thanksgiving and ends on Sunday, December 17th
enabling county workers to arrange the best matches for the needy. The gifts can be deposited
in the “chimneys” in the lobby of the airport between 8:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M.

Once Santa's plane lands at 11A.M., he will head into the hangar along with all the
participants, to distribute each gift individually. In fairness to all, Santa will distribute the gifts
in the order in which they are received at the airport. Children will also have the opportunity to
take a picture on Santa's lap. Usually, distribution is completed by 1:00 P.M. and Santa
continues his journey.

There is no charge for this event. The Princeton Airport is located in Montgomery
Township, 3.5 miles north of Princeton on Route 206. The full address is 41 Airpark Road,
Princeton, N.J., 08540. For further information, call 609-921-3100 or visit

An Enthusiastic Toast to Champagne

On his deathbed the famed economist John Maynard Keynes lamented, "I wish that I had drunk more champagne."

Every since I learned about that, I have vowed to make sure that I would not be able to say the same thing on my deathbed. Most Americans, unlike the Brits and the French, still consider champagne to be an extra special wine that should only be brought out for any special occasion. So this holiday season take a tip from Keynes and me and stock up on your sparking wine. It's the perfect time for the holidays, and I bet you can go through five or six bottles, maybe more, by the end of the year.

Many Americans are thrown off by bubbly because they think that it has to be an authentic and expensive French sparkler. The French version can be expensive since it's the best, and so people offer it rarely and then save it only for Christmas and New Year's eve.

The answer to the price difficulty is to look for some of the many non-French sparking wines that are now on the market. A host of wine producers now sell bubbly and at many prices. The Italian and Spanish versions are very good and not nearly as expensive as the French version. French producers often make the American bubblies and call the products sparkling wine. Such French big producers as Domaine Chandon, Mumm, and Domaine Carneros now sell American versions of their product, and you can't go wrong with any of them. Those French companies thought so highly of the California sparklers that they opened new businesses in the Napa area just to get into the American market. They brought their top French winemakers to California to keep a close control on what was going on, but then eventually let them do their thing. The French firms have now been in the U.S. for so many years that they know American desires and tastes.

One important warning about serving bubblies is to open the bottle correctly. I almost lost an eye when I was working in France many years ago. At an office party in Paris I opened the bottle incorrectly, and the cork landed just in the area just above my eye. An inch shorter, and I would today have only one eye. A French friend immediately gave me the tips to open the bottle right. First, put your hand firmly on the metal that holds the cork down. Then slightly twist the cork so that it comes out slowly. The cork will then slip out with a slight pop.

I always have two or more bottles of Sparkling wines in my wine cellar because you never know when you will want to pull one out for any particular reason. In my wine cellar right now I have five bottles of bubbles: Piper-Heidsieck, Nicola Feuillette, California Chandon, Prosecco Jaume, Serra Cristaino, and Zonna.

George M. Taber is the author of Judgment of Paris-California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine and other wine books.

New Montynews.com Poll

Our last Web Poll question, "Who do you dislike the most?" was answered by 3,400 viewers. Polls of this sort are generally called "joke polls," and are often good for a laugh, by comparing dissimilar objects and asking for a response.

The Taliban got high marks, at 96.4%. Casting aside such an obviously robo-voted response leaves the real favorites: President Trump at 2.8%, Comcast ( a perennial favorite, if that's the right word) pulled 0.5%, followed by Governor Christie (0.2%), Congress and the Senate, each got 0.1% of the vote.

This month our poll question is more serious: "Do you feel optimistic or pessimistic about 2018?"
To vote, go to our advertiser-supported website, www.montynews.com, and vote.

SCLSNJ to Close for Necessary System Upgrade Dec 2 - 4

SCLSNJ’s ten branches will be closed December 2, 3, and 4

(Somerset County, NJ: November 13, 2017) All ten Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) branches will be closed December 2, 3, and 4 to allow for installation of the new checkout and catalog system.

SCLSNJ’s new checkout and catalog system will offer easier searching yielding more relevant results, innovative account management features, effortless integration with eBooks and eAudio, a librarian-curated kids catalog, and an intuitive layout and user experience.

The installation will result in a three day Library closure, but it is worth the wait!

"Our new checkout and catalog system makes locating your next book, DVD, or other items effortless and fun. It is designed with mobile experience in mind and offers a host of self-service options for you including paying fines online, updating account information, and sharing reading lists or saved searches with your friends. Our new system also integrates with many of our popular resources such as eBooks and online magazines. You can even tag your own items to make finding them later a breeze," said Rich Loomis, digital services manager.

"Our new checkout and catalog system will alert you in advance when your library card needs renewing. This way you can renew at your leisure and will always be able to access your account, eBooks, online resources, and never be blocked when placing a hold. Speaking of holds, you will now be able to freeze or suspend your holds for a specific period of time - like when you are going on vacation. Your holds will simply become active again on the day you selected. You will never have to worry about remembering to unfreeze holds again," said Sue Kane, SCLSNJ's Bridgewater branch circulation department supervisor.

Even though the Library’s ten locations will be closed, SCLSNJ’s eBook and eAudiobook collection will be available throughout the three day closure. Visit somerset.overdrive.com and discover and check out over 21,000 items.

For more information about SCLSNJ’s new checkout and catalog system, contact SCLSNJ’s Director of Operations Lynn Hoffman at lhoffman@sclibnj.org.


Notes from the Township Administrator - November 2017

As the days grow shorter and the temperature drops the Township is gearing up for winter weather. The Green Avenue Phase II improvements are nearing completion as is the Sycamore Lane Sidewalk project. Work will continue on the Oxbridge/Riverside Wastewater treatment plant consolidation. The sidewalk/walkway project funded by Somerset County should be completed by the end of December. The State of New Jersey Department of Transportation is continuing the Cruser Brook bridge replacement just south of the municipal building on Rt. 206.

The Department of Public Works is getting snowplows, sanders, and brining equipment ready for winter weather. They have spent a significant amount of time over the last month putting up snow fence, patching potholes; crack sealing pavement, and doing some sidewalk repair. The Township is now responsible for well over one hundred and sixty miles of municipal roadway. The Township is now able to track in real time the status of each snowplow route as each vehicle is equipped to report their location and the status of their plow route. This will help us in focusing our resources more effectively and provide with increased accuracy how quickly roads will be cleared for vehicular traffic.

Code Enforcement continues to be very busy with inspections for the new homes and commercial properties being constructed at Country Club Meadows, as well as renovations and additions being completed on existing homes. Inspections are done to insure proper construction in accordance with the Uniform Construction Code as adopted by the State of New Jersey.

As the end of the year approaches the Township staff has completed the draft budget for 2018 and is preparing for the year end closing of finances. At the same time preparations are being made for annual reorganization of the Township Committee in early January 2018.

Holidays are upon and many of us will be attending family dinners and holiday parties. Please drive safely and if you drink don't drive, have a designated driver. All levels of law enforcement will be focusing on DWI enforcement. Here's wishing everyone a safe and joyous holiday season.

Rockingham Candle Light Tour Dec 10

On Sunday, December 10th from 11-4, Historic Rockingham, during its annual Candlelight Tour, will celebrate some of the Americans who gave their blood, sweat and tears to defend our unalienable rights. Many of these heroes served in the Continental Army and helped our troops to ultimately achieve the impossible—the surrender of the British Army and the concession of our independence from British rule. Some gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives, and others survived to enjoy the peace. Some served through written or verbal inspiration; others, by deeds done off the battlefield or by carrying vital information and protecting the lives of others, civilians and soldiers alike.

A few of these heroes will be remembered during the tour, with an emphasis on military campaigns in New Jersey. Visitors will be led around the rooms of the historic house by members of the Montgomery Township Live Historians club and hear tales of these brave few, which may include soldiers such as Washington and lesser-known John Glover, members of the Culper spy ring, poetess Phyllis Wheatley and William Lee, Washington’s body guard and personal slave. The candlelight tours will also feature period music by John Burkhalter of the Practitioners of Musick. Holiday goodies and warm drinks will be available in Rockingham’s Children’s Museum, and the Museum Store will be open, with its period toys, local honey, books, Rockingham DVD, quills and tricorn hats.

Because space is limited, tour reservations are required and must be made by calling 609-683-7132 through Nov. 19 or 609-683-7136 after Nov. 19. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person or $10 per family. Tours will be offered at least every half-hour, with 3:30 being the last tour. This program is made possible by the Live Historians, Rockingham Association, the Stony Brook Garden Club and the NJ Division of Parks & Forestry.

Rockingham is located on Laurel Avenue/Kingston-Rocky Hill Road (County Route 603) between Route 518 in Rocky Hill and Route 27 in Kingston. For further information or directions, please call (609) 683-7132 or visit www.rockingham.net.

Carrier Clinic Kindred Spirit Gala Raises over $130,000


(BELLE MEAD, NJ: November 15, 2017) On Saturday, November 4, Carrier Clinic hosted its annual Kindred Spirit Gala at Princeton Marriot at Forrestal. The event was attended by more than 200 people and raised over $130,000 to support the Belle Mead, NJ-based specialized hospital’s mission to inspire hope and recovery through expert treatment, education, compassionate care, and outstanding service.


“The Kindred Spirit Gala gives Carrier Clinic the opportunity to honor those who have demonstrated dedication and commitment to the field of mental health and addiction,” said Donna Zaleski, Carrier Clinic’s Director of Fund Development, Public Relations, and Marketing. “It is an event about bringing together those who believe every person deserves respect, compassion, and the best care possible.”


The 52nd Governor of New Jersey Jim McGreevey was recognized at the event with the Kindred Spirit Award. Through his work as Chairman of the New Jersey Reentry Corporation, McGreevey is making a difference in the lives of many, working to provide addiction treatment, sober housing, employment and training, identification services, and linkage to healthcare for formerly incarcerated persons. The clients of NJRC have a 19.7% recidivism rate with an annualized rate of employment of 62%.


Bonnie Nolan, Ph.D. was honored at the event with The Codey Award for her trail-blazing efforts to be a stalwart advocate for individuals who are on the fringes of society because of stigma. Dr. Nolan is the Addiction Services Coordinator in Woodbridge Township. She has teamed up with Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac and other passionate leaders to combat the opioid epidemic by implementing the Woodbridge Opioid Overdose Recovery Program in three area hospitals. Through this program, recovery coaches who have “lived the life” of a person struggling with addiction, are notified by police and dispatched to the bedside of a patient who has just experienced an opioid overdose and been saved by Narcan. Early success of the program has led to other surrounding towns to join – now the program serves six area hospitals and five towns, with more continuing to sign on.


“We are so grateful to the support of the honorees, attendees, sponsors, and our community,” said Zaleski. “The funds raised will provide life-changing care to our patients – and their families.”


For more information about Carrier Clinic and how you can support its mission, visit CarrierClinic.org.


About Carrier Clinic

Carrier Clinic, an independent, not-for-profit behavioral healthcare system located in Belle Mead, NJ, specializes in psychiatric and addiction treatment. Carrier Clinic’s system includes an inpatient psychiatric hospital, a detoxification and rehabilitation center, an adolescent residential facility, and a fully-accredited middle and high school for students classified as emotionally disturbed. For more information about Carrier Clinic, visit CarrierClinic.org.  

Ashley Henderson-Huff Memorial Drive Dedication Dec 19

There will be a dedication of a new street sign in honor of former Montgomery High School student, Lt. Ashley Henderson-Huff, MHS '00, at the main drive into MHS at 8:30 am on Tuesday, December 19.
It will be followed by an indoors assembly with students, township and district administrators. Ashley's father, Mark, will also be in attendance.

Ashley, a military police officer who was killed in Iraq in 2006, was the first New Jersey woman to be killed in the war.

Montgomery Discarded Christmas Tree Pick-Up Or Drop-Off

The Montgomery Township Department of Public Works will be starting curbside Christmas tree collection on Monday, January 8. Please do not wait to put your tree out, if your section of town happens to be collected first, it is possible that trees placed to the curb after January 8 may not be picked up. This collection takes several weeks and is dependent upon the weather, so please be patient.

As an alternative, you may drop off your tree at the Department of Public Works site, located at 12 Harlingen Road. This site is available for drop off at any hour, or day, starting December 26 until January 31. All trees either to be picked up or dropped off must be free of tinsel and ornaments.

Regular tree limbs/brush may be brought to the Public Works yard without charge but only during the regular Saturday drop-off dates from 8 am to 12 noon. There is a container facility day on January 6.

For more information, contact the Department of Public Works at 908-874-3144.

Montgomery Honors its Veterans with Observance

Marking the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Montgomery Township came together last Saturday to honor its veterans at the Township’s Memorial. Braving chilly but sunny weather, the turn-out at Montgomery Veterans Park was among the highest ever for Montgomery’s 7th annual Veterans Day Observance. Themes running through the day’s events included appreciation of the honorable role veterans have played in our country’s and township’s history and awareness of the issues veterans face today.

“Montgomery is named for General Richard Montgomery, who fought bravely for this country’s freedom and fell during the battle of Quebec during the Revolutionary War in 1775. Our Memorial is here to pays tribute to every known Montgomery resident who has given military service to our country since that time – we thank you,” said Mayor Ed Trzaska.

The event began with moving renditions on the bag pipe by Mike Ahnell. Soon after, a procession moved down Harlingen Road towards the Memorial, led by the Montgomery High School Marching Band and Color Guard, directed by Kawika Kahalehoe. The band was followed by Township boy scouts from both Troop 46 and 850, Cub Packs 185 and 850, and girl scouts from Troops 61215, 60193 and 600099, who later offered special pins to all veterans at the ceremony. First responders and equipment from Fire Companies 45 and 46 and Montgomery EMS closed the procession.

Montgomery Veterans Memorial Chairman and event organizer Michael Maloney, who is a Marine Corps veteran and lay chaplain, offered the invocation and opening remarks. MVMC member Peter Rayner, a Navy Veteran and retired Administrator of Montgomery Township, served as Master of Ceremonies. The event’s guest speaker was Rolling Thunder representative Joseph Kotch, a Vietnam War veteran who served a total of eight years in the Navy. Rolling Thunder is a national veterans support organization committed to helping veterans of all American Wars and educating the public on POW-MIA issues. The perpetually empty POW/MIA Chair of Honor was present at the ceremony. As of October, 2017, there are 82,427 American service members who remain unaccounted for.

Others offering reflections included US Congressman Leonard Lance, NJ Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, Boy Scout Srikar Surapanen, Girl Scout Julia Garaffa, Mayor Ed Trzaska, and Township Administrator Donato Nieman. Also present was Montgomery Township Committee member Patricia Graham, who is a liaison to the Veterans Memorial Committee, former Mayor Donald Matthews, and Township Attorney Kristina Hadinger.

Adding a special touch this year, costumed military reenactors from the Civil War and WWII eras set up realistic encampments and equipment, including jeeps and MASH first aid tents. Reenactor groups included the 6th New York Artillery, 9th Division WWII Historical Preservation Society, and 45th Infantry Division Reenactor Venturing Crew/WWII Recreation Association.

Reenactor Robert Costello, posing as President Abraham Lincoln to whom he bears a startling resemblance, sat silently watching ceremony, flanked by a guard of civil war soldiers. His presence was particularly fitting, as President Lincoln, during his second inaugural address towards the end of the civil war, said that America’s work is: “To bind up the nations wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan …” The Memorial location also boasts a “Gettysburg Address Witness Honey Locust” sapling, planted several years ago, grown from the seed of a still living locust tree which born witness to Lincoln’s address, 154 years ago.

The ceremony closed with retirement of the Colors and Taps. The first verse of Taps was played solo on trumpet by Mati Orlow-Ng, followed by the marching band. A very realistic demonstration of cannon fire using only powder was made by the civil war reenactors group, who took every safety precaution while educating the public.

“Veterans Day is a state of mind and here in Montgomery Township, our remembrance of our Nation's Veterans, their service and great-sacrifice, is a mindset rooted in action well beyond any 24 hour period found on a calendar,” summed up MVMC Chairman Mike Maloney. “We invite and remind everyone, everywhere, to always be mindful of just what has been provided them by our veterans - our yesterday, our today, our tomorrow, as we know it,” he concluded.

Opportunities to Serve on Montgomery Municipal Boards

Montgomery residents who would like to volunteer to serve on a municipal board, commission or committee are encouraged to apply for position appointments for 2018.

Montgomery residents serve on many of the Township's over 30 committees. Most of the appointments are made in the beginning of January but vacancies can open up any time throughout the year. Some of the boards meet regularly once or twice a month while others schedule their meetings as they go. Most but not all meet at night. Some are permanent committees while others are ad hoc, created to tackle a specific issue. Besides full member positions, there are alternate and advisory positions available. Depending on the position, terms can be one, two or three years in length.

Mayor Ed Trzaska stated, "Our volunteer boards are invaluable to the Township. Explore the options before taking the plunge by viewing our new web video series."

To learn more about the work of specific municipal boards and com

mittees, view the short video interviews with chairpersons on the VOLUNTEER! page of our web site.
To apply, fill out a Municipal Volunteer Form. The form can be filled out several ways. This is a fillable form which can be emailed. A paper version of form is also available through the Twp. Clerk's Office. The form may be mailed or brought to the Township Clerk's Office, 2261 Van Horne Road, Belle Mead, NJ 08502 or emailed to clerk@montgomery.nj.us. Although it is impossible to appoint every interested resident to a committee, submitted forms are kept on file for when seats open up during the course of the year. For further info, call the Township Clerk's Office at 908-359-8211.

Pet Waste Pick-up is the Law

According to Montgomery’s Animal Control Ordinance (Chapter 5-1), the owner or keeper of any pet that defecates on any public or private property must immediately pick up the waste. Proper disposal of pet waste means containment and discard into a regularly emptied trash receptacle, or disposal into a sewage system (ie. toilet) for proper treatment and disposal. It is an unlawful violation of stormwater regulations to drop waste into or allow waste to enter a storm sewer. Roadside storm sewers are NOT the same as sanitary sewers, which flow from toilets to treatment plants. Storm sewers flow rainwater directly to streams without treatment. Leaving waste behind anywhere on public or private lands is polluting, and never allowable. Thank you for your consideration.

Below are the applicable regulations:

a. No owner or keeper of any pet shall cause, suffer, permit, allow such pet to soil, defile, defecate on or create any nuisance upon any common thoroughfare, street, sidewalk, passageway, road bypass, play area, park or any other place where people congregate or walk upon any public property whatsoever, or upon any private property without the permission of the owner of the private property. If any owner or keeper of a pet shall permit the pet to soil, defile, defecate on or commit any such nuisance as aforesaid, he or she shall immediately remove the pet's feces and droppings, which removal shall thereafter be subject to proper disposal as defined hereinabove in Section 5-1.

(Section 5-1 Definition reads: Proper disposal shall mean placement of pet feces or droppings in a designated waste receptacle, or other suitable container, and discarded in a refuse container which is regularly emptied by the Township or some other refuse collector, or disposal into a system designed to convey domestic sewage for proper treatment and disposal.)

Any person who shall violate the provisions of subsection 5-1.2 shall be liable to a penalty of not less than twenty-five ($25.00) dollars nor more than one hundred ($100.00) dollars for the first offense, and not less than fifty ($50.00) dollars nor more than two hundred ($200.00) dollars for each subsequent offense, to be recovered in the manner provided by revised statutes, Section 4:19-15.19, et seq. Any person who shall violate any other provision of this chapter shall be liable to a fine of not more than two hundred ($200.00) dollars for the first offense, and not more than five hundred ($500.00) dollars for each subsequent offense, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding thirty (30) days, or both. Each day in which such violation continues shall be deemed to constitute a separate offense. (Ord. #78-349, S 14; Ord. #99-965, S 1; Ord. No. 08-1272, S 1)


The Shade Tree Committee received a $30,000 Community Stewardship Incentive Program grant from the NJ Forest Service to plant trees on six Montgomery streets as part of the Township's street tree planting plan. Per the grant's requirement, the Township will match the grant with cash and in-kind services of employee and volunteer time. The trees will be planted over the next three years, starting in spring 2018.

Montgomery Reminder on Leaf & Yard Clean-up

Stormwater regulations do not permit leaves/branches/brush to be placed in the road or in storm drains. We must ensure the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians who travel Township roadways and sidewalks.

Montgomery residents are responsible for proper disposal of their leaves/branches. Montgomery Township does not provide a leaf disposal program. Here are some guidelines:
• Please remember to keep leaves out of storm drains and out of the street.

• Follow Montgomery’s yard waste disposal rules for tree branch drop-off. Check the Container Facility and Bulletins pages of the twp. website at www.montgomery.nj.us or contact Public Works at 908-874-3144.

• Use a mulching mower that recycles grass clippings & leaves into the lawn.

• Use leaves as a resource for compost. For tips on how to compost, go to the Public Works section of Montgomery’s website. Somerset County also has large compost bins available for $50 each, a considerable discount to retail price. They also provide seminars twice/year on how to compost. Contact the County Office of Recycling at 908-231-7109.
If you see a violation of State stormwater regulations such as materials being dumped into stormwater drains, call the Montgomery Township Stormwater Hotline at (908) 281-6525. Much more information is available at http://www.twp.montgomery.nj.us/departments/engineering/stormwater-management/

Library Fundraiser Took Patrons "Down Under"

Attendees of the twelfth annual Mary Jacobs Library (MJL) fundraiser were treated to the food and wine of Australia and New Zealand. Once again, the November 4 event was sold out, with over 200 people at the library in Rocky Hill. The evening, hosted by the MJL Foundation, included a silent auction and wine pull and, new this year, a photo booth. The event surpassed last years' record in raising $59K, which will help the Foundation fund future improvements to the library building.

Allison Smith provided floral arrangements for each of the serving stations and lights and sprays of eucalyptus for the circulation desk. Smith also provided vintage travel posters which were hung as a backdrop to the wine pull. The flags of Australia and New Zealand, provided by Connie Hallman and Ingrid Yurchenco, were hung behind the circulation desk.

The Blawenburg Café, operated by Rodney and Alicia Mitchell of Rocky Hill, provided the bountiful food for the event. The menu included Desert Oak dusted salmon, crispy pork belly with shrimp and lemon myrtle, meat pie, yam gnocchi with Syrah-braised lamb ragu, and roasted chickpea and vegetable quinoa bowls. Fresh fruit and Bowen mango mousse parfait with pomegranate seeds was served for dessert.
Steele's Wine Cellar at Montgomery Shopping Center, owned by Alana and Justin Steele, provided the wines that accompanied each dish. The food and wine were served by employees and friends of MJL. Matt Robinson, a local guitar teacher, played acoustic guitar and sang throughout the evening. Drea Potocny and Anne Klein of Princeton Photo Booth generously provided additional fun for the attendees.

Jo Szabaga, who chaired the silent auction, noted, "We had the most ever offerings this year - more than 115 items." These included a Baccarat crystal butterfly, Japanese prints, Sourland Spirits gin and a tour of the distillery for ten people, and a share in Orchard Farm Organics. Gift baskets, tickets to local concerts or events, and gift certificates for local restaurants, stores, or services were also available. The auction netted $17K for the Foundation. Szabaga acknowledges the "invaluable support" she received from Nancy Geiger and Holly Kotler.

This year's wine pull offered 120 different wines valued from $25 to $100 for a donation of $25. All bottles were purchased within the first hour, raising over $3K for the library. While two-thirds of the wines were donated by patrons, the remainder was donated by Liquor Locker of Flushing, New York. Denyce Mylson and Joe Olenick organized the wine pull.

The close-knit community of the library was illustrated by three former MJL employees - Jessica Bauer, Brian Holovach, and Cynthia Lambert - who came for the event, although they now work for other libraries. Brenda Fallon, President of the Board of Trustees, explained, "This is a gathering of the community around the library."

Grant Moser and MJL Trustee Cary Dawson were Co-Chairs for the library fundraiser. Regarding the event, Dawson noted, "This might have been the best fundraiser ever. Response to the food and the ambience and vibe were terrific."

Crissy Blanos, President of the Friends of MJL, and Bhawani Shenoy, Administrative Assistant for the Foundation, provided assistance with the evening. Thirty sponsors donated over $29K for the event.
Regarding future enhancements the Foundation could make to the library building, Fallon said, "We're working with the Somerset County Library System to see what their space needs are, and how to best use our floor space."

One of those attending summed up the event by saying, "This is a tremendous showing by the community for a singular event. I'm thrilled to be a part of it."

To make an online donation to the Mary Jacobs Library, go to www.maryjacobslibraryfoundation.org. Donations can be made using PayPal. Donations can also be made by calling the library at 609.924.7073. The Foundation is also on Facebook. The Friends welcome new volunteers to help promote and raise funds for the library and its programs.


Digital Transformation Underway at Princeton Air

Predictably, the busiest workdays for a heating and air conditioning company happen when the seasons change. It seems the furnace stops working when the leaves begin to change color and frost appears on the windowpanes.

Princeton Air, the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) business in Princeton Junction, has a system in place to mediate the bad timing of Murphy's Law, the old adage that "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong."

The company encourages clients to join its Princeton Air Club, which provides regularly scheduled heating and cooling tune-ups and inspections to catch service and equipment issues before a big problem occurs.

Still, emergencies happen, as in the case of local client Ellen Goldman Frasco. "We had just brought my husband home from heart surgery," Frasco wrote on Princeton Air's Facebook page, "and walked into a house with no air conditioning. It was 92 degrees, which was untenable for a heart patient. Called Princeton Air ... in somewhat of a panic.

The technician arrived in "about 30 minutes" and was able to "immediately identify our problem and fix it," Frasco said. "We were able to bring my husband back into the house within two hours. Thank you Princeton Air ... for your very timely responsiveness and service!"

J. Scott Needham, president of Princeton Air, takes time to answer each comment on his social media pages. "Thanks for the shout out for Kyle (the technician) and our Call Center Team," Needham responded. "We are happy your husband is recovering in a cool house."

Social media monitoring is just one of the many newer roles Scott now has. The business has changed tremendously since his father, Joe Needham, founded the company in 1971.

"My father is now 84 years old and still comes to work every single day," Scott says, noting his dad is chief executive officer of the company, and very involved in local charitable organizations.

Scott and his five sisters grew up in Hopewell. His sisters were not interested in the HVAC business, though he says he wishes more women would consider entering the field. "We are always looking for good men and women," he says. "The Achilles heel of our business is finding qualified, skilled trades people."

Scott, 59, now lives in Pennington. He started working for the family business in 1987, and, after earning a degree in architecture from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, worked his way up through the ranks. As president of the company, he provides strategic leadership and direction. Most recently, he is in the process of using corporate-level technology management processes - Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) and an Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) - to manage the 62-employee company.

"We are getting everyone in our organization 100 percent on the same page," he said from his office in the Princeton Windsor Industrial Park, where he is in the process of converting a portion of this warehouse into office spaces and adding a conference room. He also has a room full of new Dell computer equipment still in the cardboard boxes.

"We are in an investment year," Scott says. "We will have a whole new state-of-the-art wireless work-order system.

"We are expanding, have added plumbing as a service we offer, and we are hiring the right people - from the sales team to the service technicians and installers to the office staff," he said, "and we are updating all software and hardware." Technicians, for example, will be equipped with iPads, which will be used for training, collecting data, reporting from the field, and more.

Scott is working with his HR specialist to visit area high schools to talk to students about entering the trade. Scott has a son, Spencer, 23, who studied mathematics at the Univeårsity of Vermont and is still exploring his career options, including the possibility of joining the family business.

New employees include Service Manager, Tony Cacciotti, who is an OSHA certified master plumber and HVAC specialist, who will help with Scott's vision to build a regional training center.

Princeton Air also added a chief operating officer position, which was recently filled by Michael Sanjek. Sanjek holds an MBA from Marist College, a Building Analyst certification from the Building Performance Institute (BPI), a nonprofit organization based in New York and the premier standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy auditing and upgrade work.

Sanjek is also a Green Associate, having completed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program designed by the U.S. Green Building Council, a membership-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in building design, construction, and operation.

"The future is wide open," Scott says. "I visited Google Headquarters with 10 contractors and toured Nest Labs. We are interested in the Nest Thermostat, which works with the Nest app. You can change the temperature from you phone, laptop, or watch, basically from anywhere. It turns itself done when you leave, saving energy."

Smashing Pumpkin Success: Trunk or Treat at MHS Here to Stay

On October 28, Montgomery High School's parking lot was transformed into a much more fun-filled scene than it usually is at the end of a school day.

The second annual Trunk or Treat event drew hundreds of community members into the lot, with a vivid array of Halloween lights on many cars, trucks, SUV's and decorations set up at MHS. This year the time was moved to a 5 to 7 p.m for a better spooky, nightfall feel.

One of the newest town theme activities for families, such as the outdoor summer movie night and FunFest, the Trunk-or-Treat at MHS is sponsored by the Board of Education and Montgomery Recreation. High School students gathered and set up tables for a number of charities they have created projects for, and donations were accepted from participating families.

Among the most popular trunks was the Montgomery Wrestling setup, the EMT and MTPD setups, and others that carried cartoon themes. The MHS Robotics team impressed the youngest ones by bringing back their 2015 robot, and children were able to watch the machinery work to pick up their candy.
Kids also got to enjoy time for arts and crafts, and try their hand tossing a ball into some trunks for a prize. Several MHS students also set up a popular s'mores table and the kids got to pretend to be fish, catching marshmallows on a string with their mouth.

The two candidates for Township Committee, Sadaf Jaffer and David Cheskis, each had individual trunks set up as they met many members of the community. Also Board of Education candidates and current school board members attended.

Not to be outdone was the DJ, as popular hip hop tunes for the MHS students created a dance floor scene playing Halloween classics such as including Michael Jackson's "Thriller," the Addams Family theme song, and "This is Halloween."

Helene Daniels of Montgomery Rec. collaborated with MHS Vice Principal Scott Pachuta to organize Trunk or Treat. She worked to get community organizations involved, and Pachuta coordinated school groups. After the event, Daniels counted the total crowd as the largest turnout Montgomery has ever had for a fall festival.

"We used to have a fall festival where all the nonprofit organizations would set up tables or sell something, the Rec. Department had crafts and we held costume parades, but there really wasn't viability to it. We brought it back and developed the Trunk of Treat. It was an amazing turnout, we are so happy so many residents came out to participate this year and we are focused on making the event bigger and better in 2018," Daniels said.

Lend a Help Hand: Donations Sought for the Homeless

Donations can be made through Jan. 19

SOMERVILLE – The holiday season is upon us. For many it is a time to lend a helping hand to people who are less fortunate.

With that in mind, Freeholder Brian D. Levine invites residents to donate personal and clothing items to be included in packages that will be distributed Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, when the county conducts its annual Point-in-Time survey of homeless individuals and families in Somerset County.

Point-in-Time volunteers will interview the homeless as part of Project Homeless Connect. Social service organizations will be on hand to screen clients for relevant services and distribute donated items.

Requested personal items include shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, deodorant, body lotion and feminine hygiene products, as well as new blankets and towels. Clothing items include new hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, socks, underwear, T-shirts, sweatshirts and pants. Other items include bottled water, juice boxes and individually wrapped snacks such as granola bars, crackers, nuts or trail mix.

“Given the difficult economy, individuals and families who already are vulnerable are finding it even more difficult to make ends meet,” said Freeholder Brian D. Levine, human services liaison. “I want to thank the public for their generosity in the past in providing items to be distributed during the survey process; all donations are greatly appreciated.”

Donations can be dropped off weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Jan. 19 at the Somerset County Community Development Office, located on the fourth floor of the Human Services Building at 27 Warren St. in Somerville, NJ 08876. County offices will be closed Nov. 23 and 24 for Thanksgiving, Dec. 25 and 26 for Christmas, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day and Jan. 15 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Free parking is available in the visitor’s parking lot on the corner of Warren Street and Veterans Memorial Parkway. Additional parking is available in the parking deck adjacent to 27 Warren St., on the third and fourth floors only. Metered parking is available on Main Street.

The survey is part of a statewide effort to obtain an accurate snapshot of New Jersey’s homeless population in response to a directive from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The data is also used by the county and local non-profit agencies when applying for grants to assist the homeless population.

Collecting baseline data is essential to understanding the causes of homelessness and designing effective responses. Somerset County is required to report the number of people who are homeless at particular intervals in order to apply for HUD Continuum-of-Care funding, which is a competitive grant that provides housing and supportive services to people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Data collection at regular intervals also helps track progress toward reducing homelessness.

For more information, contact the Somerset County Community Development Office at (908) 541-5756 or cdev@co.somerset.nj.us.  

MTPD Police Blotter - October – November 2017

MTPD officers found a car parked behind the Harlingen Village Shopping center on Oct. 19 at 1:09 am. Inside was a 51-year-old Washington, DC man who said he was visiting family in the area. He appeared to have been drinking, and after failing a field sobriety test, he was arrested for DUI. He was also arrested for possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and for drug paraphernalia. His car was impounded and he was released to a family member with two criminal and three motor vehicle charges.

On Oct. 23 at 2:13 am, MTPD responded to a single-car accident on Rt. 518 near the Princeton Elks after a 55-year-old Plainsboro woman, eastbound, drove off the road and hit a pole. She had also been drinking, and after failing a field sobriety test., was arrested for DUI. What was left of her car was impounded. She also went home with tickets for reckless driving, careless driving and failure to maintain a lane.

"Where there is smoke there's..." MTPD found a 19-year-old North Brunswick man smoking pot on Oct. 25 at 6:59 pm near Mystic Dr. and Hartwick Ct. He was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.

Buckle up, boys and girls: a 28-year-old North Haledon driving on Rt. 206 at Pike Run Rd was stopped on Oct. 25 at 11:48 am when Township Police officers noted a non-functioning brake light and that the front seat passenger, a 27-year-old Newark man, wasn't wearing his seat belt. The officer noted the smell of marijuana, and a search turned up a bag of marijuana and a glass pipe. Both driver and passenger were arrested; the driver charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to maintain lamps, and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. The passenger was charged with possession of prescription legend drugs, possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Oh, and failure to wear a seat belt.

Next time, just break the window: on Oct. 25, a19-year-old Newark man called Township Police for help getting into his girlfriend's vehicle after locking himself out with the keys inside. After getting permission from the car's owner, MTPD got the door open with a lock-out kit, whereupon they immediately detected the odor of marijuana. A search turned up pot, a marijuana grinder, and various bottles of alcoholic beverages. He was arrested and charged with possession under 50 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, and under aged possession of alcohol. Nice one.

On Nov. 2 at 12:44 pm, Township offices responded to a call about an unconscious driver on Rt. 206 near the Montgomery Shopping Center. The driver, a 44-year-old Ewing Township man, was "under the influence of an inhalant," for which he was given a DWI, and also charged with being under the influence of an inhalant, possession of drug paraphernalia, and other motor vehicle violations. He was taken to Princeton-Plainsboro Medical center before being arrested, and sent home with a date to appear in Municipal Court.

A 27-year-old Bedminster man was stopped for speeding on River Rd. on Nov. 3 at 10:07 pm and found to have no front license plate on his car and the odor of marijuana arising from the interior. He too, was found to be holding a grinder full of marijuana and a glass pipe, for which he was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding and failure to have a front plate.

On Nov. 5 at 1:57 am a 56-year-old Raritan woman was arrested after Township Police saw her swerving on Rt. 206. She admitted to having been drinking, and after failing a field sobriety test, was arrested and charged with DWI, failing to maintain a lane, failure to keep right, reckless driving, failure to wear a seatbelt, driving with a suspended license and being an unlicensed driver.

A westbound car on Orchard Rd. driven by an 18 year old Flemington resident, turning left onto Burnt Hill Rd., pulled into the path of an approaching MTPD SUV, with flashing lights and siren, which had been responding to an emergency call on Nov. 9 at 5:31 pm. Bad move. The driver, one of the two passengers, and a MTPD officer were taken to RWJH by MEMS. A second passenger , the driver's 44-year-old mother, who had been in the back seat, was also taken there with serious injuries and is listed in critical condition at RWJH-New Brunswick. The accident is being investigated by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Crash Analysis Response Team. Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor, and MTPD Director Wain are asking if anyone witnessed the accident, to call MTPD at 908-359-3222, or the County prosecutor at 908-541-5042.

Meanwhile, in October, the Montgomery Township Police Department investigated 206 criminal reports, including ten thefts and two burglaries, and one motor vehicle theft, the total loss was valued at $26,109.20. $11,777.49 worth of stolen property was recovered. There were 63 burglar alarms to check out, 1,054 motor vehicle stops resulting in 340 tickets issued, and 63 car accidents. A total of 28 arrests were made, including ten adult drug arrests and one juvenile drug arrest.

Rocky Hill - Road closed

Advisory: Crescent Ave & Princeton Ave in Rocky Hill will be closed until further notice due to a water main break 

Letters to the Editor Nov 2017

To the Editor:
I love New Jersey. My family has lived here for four generations. Unfortunately, New Jersey has become a difficult place to live for anyone other than the extremely wealthy. It doesn't have to be this way.
In Montgomery the average homeowner will pay nearly $150,000 in property taxes over the next 10 years. This fact represents a serious failure of public policy. A community should be more than a school district where its graduates can't even afford to live.

Middle class families are fleeing New Jersey for a reason. It isn't because taxes are too low and government is too small. Rather, the Garden State is an object lesson for the problems inherent in unlimited government. Corruption is rampant. Spending and debt are out of control. Economic growth is stagnant. Our business and tax climates are among the worst in America.

It's easy to blame the politicians for getting us into this mess. As the ongoing crises over public pensions painfully demonstrate, promises were made that will be nearly impossible to keep. Certainly both major parties have been complicit in the irresponsible fiscal behavior that helped New Jersey earn the third-lowest credit rating in America. However, the real explanation for how we got here is a bit more complex.
The truth is the politicians merely told us what we wanted to hear. It was convenient for us as citizens to believe we could defer our moral and civic responsibilities to a benevolent state government. This was naïve.

Cutting taxes and spending will require painful adjustments for powerful special interest groups, but this is the only way forward. I don't want to leave New Jersey. I want to help fix it for future generations. Let's make reasonable compromises now so our children won't have to make excessive sacrifices later.
Patrick McKnight
Chair, New Jersey Libertarian Party

To the Editor,
This election, I am proud to support Montgomery's hometown team, David Cheskis for Township Committee and Mark Caliguire for NJ General Assembly. Both are long-time residents of Montgomery, have distinguished records of community service, and understand how to protect our exceptional quality of life.

David has been active in Montgomery for almost 20 years. He was the President of the Pike Run Greens and Master Association boards and holds leadership positions on the local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. David also has years of valuable experience on our land use boards. First as chair of the Zoning Board and now chair of the Planning Board, David has been protecting Montgomery from unwanted and inappropriate development.

Mark has served Montgomery for 14 years as a Township Committee member, Mayor, and now a Somerset County Freeholder. He has been a mentor and friend for years and represents Montgomery's spirit of community involvement. Mark was instrumental with getting our financial house back in order. We are spending below 2005 levels and have cut debt by over $30 milllion due to the foundation that Mark created for us. He is also a champion of open space and led the effort to preserve Skillman Park, which was threatened with development.

Beyond these impressive records, I am thrilled to support David and Mark because both have ardently fought against Trenton's affordable/COAH housing mandate, which I believe represents the biggest threat to our quality of life. Special interest groups are pushing Montgomery to build thousands of new homes that we don't need or want.

As chair of the Planning Board, David has already made a big difference by ensuring developers stick to our strict building standards and fighting for as much open space preservation as possible. While Mayor and Freeholder, Mark has been on the frontlines working with our state leaders to rewrite affordable housing legislation and has proposed sweeping changes to this mandate.

On November 7, we have a clear choice. Let's support our hometown team, David Cheskis and Mark Caliguire. Both care deeply about our community and have proven records of making Montgomery a better place to live.
Ed Trzaska
Mayor, Montgomery Twp.

To the Editor,
I was disappointed to learn that the Republican candidates for Montgomery Township Committee and Somerset County Freeholder declined to participate in the October 17 forum organized by the League of Women Voters (LWV).

The nonpartisan LWV has hosted candidate debates and forums throughout the nation since the 1920s as part of its mission to engage and inform the public about civic issues. As a member of the Montgomery Democrats, I was impressed that the Montgomery Democrats planned a candidate Meet and Greet on the same date. Public service includes meeting with the public. I have researched the Democratic candidates, Sadaf Jaffer, candidate for Montgomery Township Committee, Shanel Robinson and Alexander Avellan, candidates for Somerset County Freeholder, and Steve Peter, candidate for Somerset County Clerk. They are highly qualified, and they would be a huge asset to our town and county government. They all have my vote!
Mary Schoen
Belle Mead

To the Editor,
Montgomery Township Committee left no doubt that a library is part of their plans for a new municipal complex at the corner of Rt. 206 and Orchard Rd., in discussing the project at their Oct. 5 meeting, but gave no details.

At present Montgomery residents get their library services through Somerset County Library System by paying a dedicated tax that allows them to use all of its branches. Most use the Mary Jacobs Library in Rocky Hill. Some find it more convenient to use Hillsborough Library. In 2017 the library tax for Montgomery was $2,177,878. In addition Montgomery contributed $67,500 in 2017 toward operating costs of the Mary Jacobs Library, and that contribution will increase to $77,500 in 2018 with annual increases of $10,000 to follow in recognition of Montgomery residents being the primary users of that facility.

Two avid library users, George Dorer and Jessie Havens, urged the Township Committee to give careful consideration to Montgomery residents’ needs and preferences early in their planning for the library, and volunteered to work toward determining this community’s needs and preferences and what alternatives exist for providing what is wanted so the architect will have this information as he begins to plan the municipal complex.
Jessie Havens
Belle Mead

Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra (GPYO) Winter Concert Dec 10

GPYO presents its annual winter concert, open to public with free admission.The Symphonic and Concert Orchestras are presenting works by Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Newbold and Rachmaninoff under the baton of Mr. Kawika Kahalehoe and Mr. Christopher Beckett. This will be a delight to all as well as an inspiration to upcoming musicians in the area. The concert is being presented at the Performing Arts Center, Montgomery High School, Skillman, NJ. Sunday, Dec 10, 3 pm www.gpyo.org, phone: 609-683-0150. FREE 

Walking tour of D&R Canal slated Nov. 18

The Delaware & Raritan Canal Watch will hold another in its series of free interpretive walking tours of the D&R Canal on Saturday, Nov. 18.

The walk will be between Carnegie Road in Lawrence and Cadwalader Park, Trenton, with the option of a shorter version.

The 6.2-mile walk will include the bridge tender’s house at Carnegie Road, a surprisingly remote section of the canal to Whitehead Road in Lawrence, an industrial portion south of Whitehead Road, a new link path around the section of the canal that is diverted into a culvert below the Trenton Freeway and many historic sites along the canal in Trenton. The shorter walk will be 2.5 miles.

Canal Watch board member Pamela V’Combe will conduct the walk and provide commentary.

Meet 10 a.m. at the Ellarslie Mansion, the Trenton City Museum in Cadwalader Park. The park entrance is near 299 Parkside Ave. Carpools will be arranged to allow a one-way walk.

For further information and weather-related updates e-mail Ms. V’Combe at pjvcombe@gmail.com or call 609-635-2783.

The nonprofit D&R Canal Watch helps promote, enhance and preserve the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park. Donations to support the park are appreciated.

Food For Though - Fava Beans: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Pythagoras (c. 580 BC-c. 500 BC), was a Greek philosopher and mathematician whose thinking influenced Plato and Aristotle. He is eternally familiar to mathematicians for his Pythagorean Theorem, which states that in any given right triangle, the square of the hypotenuse (the side opposite the right angle), is equal to the squares of the other two sides, i.e., a2 + b2 = c2. Although credited to Pythagoras, it is possible the theorem was developed by his disciples. The problem is Pythagoras left no written account of his works. What we know of him is based on his followers' disquisitions (and in all likelihood interpretations), of his teachings. Even the exact circumstances of his death are open to speculation. One interesting piece of folklore about his demise involves the fava bean. Conflicts had arisen amongst various factions at the time, and Pythagoras had his detractors. According to the legend, Pythagoras detested fava beans. He hated them so much that, rather than escape through a bean field, he opted to be captured and disposed of by his enemies.

If Pythagoras's revulsion of fava beans has any merit, he may have been one of the rare individuals allergic to them. Some people from the Ancient Near East (roughly the modern day Middle East), where favas probably originated, have a hereditary vulnerability to them. Certain substances found in favas can cause susceptible individuals to develop anemia. Technically this genetic disorder is known as Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, or more simply "favism." Fortunately, the overwhelimg majority of us can enjoy these wonderful beans, with no fears of blood disease or pursuing assailants.

Fava beans, also called faba, broad, horse, tic, bell, or field beans, have been consumed by man for thousands of years. The people of the Ancient Near East began to cultivate them during their Bronze age (3300-1200 BC). From there they spread ubiquitously, and can be found in the dietary portfolios of Europe, (where they became a staple), Ancient Egypt, China, India, Africa and even Latin America. The US, true to its culinary-challenged nature, never really got on the bandwagon, and thus they remain somewhat obscure in our country.

Favas were also the original bean in the traditional 12th night cake. Some branches of Christianity celebrate the "Twelve Days of Christmas." The 12th night marks the coming of the epiphany (the revelation of Jesus's divinity to man), and conlcudes the Twelve Days of Christmas. The fava's inclusion in the 12th night cake bestowed it with an auspicious reputation, and hence they became a symbol of good luck.

And then, at the other extreme is Hanibal Lechter, the canabilistic serial killer of Silence of the Lambs, who chillingly announced his enjoyment of favas, Chianti, and his victim's liver. Apparently, favas can be savory or unsavory.

Favas look like big lima beans and come in large pods. They are complicated to peel. The pods must first be split open to release the beans. This is the easy part. Next, each individual bean must be peeled. Unlike any other bean, each one is encased in its own jacket. This outer hull is fibrous and basically inedible. To remove it, a slit can be made in on end of the bean with a small knife or even a fingernail. Then it can be peeled away. Some chefs drop them in boiling water for one minute. Then the outer layer can be more easily removed, simply by squeezing each bean between one's fingers and popping them out. It is because of their labor intensiveness that favas are uncommon in most restaurants. When they are offered, expect the portion to be limited and/or the price to be high. Interestingly, their rarity on American menus has imparted them with an air of cachet. This is reinforced by the fact that restaurants that do feature them are usually upscale establishments. Ironically though, their scarcity-based-prestige is ultimately rooted in simple laziness, or labor costs.

Fresh favas are available in the spring, but you'll have to do some searching to find them. Not all supermarkets carry them, and you may need to peruse farmers markets. Look for large, plump pods, and squeeze them to ensure there are no vacancies. Favas are also sold canned and dried, but there is no comparison with the fresh.

Like almost all beans, favas can be eaten on their own or mixed into any number of other concoctions. Personally, I find them to be too special, and more importantly too delicious, to be diluted into a more complex recipe like a stew, casserole or soup. Favas are best appreciated as the star of the show. Simply sauté them in butter and add salt, pepper, and the herbs of your choice. The classic herbal pairing is savory. Savory is a potent herb that tastes like a marriage of thyme and mint. You can also include some heavy cream as a finishing touch.

Another popular recipe is a fava bean puree. It is hypothesized that purees of favas originated in Europe, when the beans were sometimes pressed through a sieve to release their outer skin. To make a fava bean puree, start with three pounds of beans (prior to removing their pods and outer hulls). Add the beans, one or two garlic cloves, the herbs of your choice, salt, pepper, and a tablespoon or two of lemon juice to a food processor. Give the ingredients an initial whiz, and then with the food processor running, add a gentle stream of extra virgin olive oil until it emulsifies, and you reach your desired consistency. Serve it on crostini, crackers, or crudités.



Kindergarten Registration Begins Jan 22 at OHES

Registration will take place at Orchard Hill School, 244 Orchard Road, Skillman, from 10 am to 12:45 pm and 1:30 to 3 pm. Children must be five years old on or before October 1, 2018.

Registration for students with last names beginning A - C , starts January 22; last names beginning D - J, starts, Jan. 24; last names beginning K - M, starts Jan. 26; last names beginning N - Q, starts Jan. 29; last names beginning R - S, starts Jan. 30; last names beginning T - Z starts Feb. 1.

Additional information and registration forms will be available beginning December 15 on the district website at www.mtsd.k12.nj.us/kregistration, or call 609-466-7605. Registration packets may also be picked up at the school in the Main Office.


Residents Returning to PSE&G While Twp Solicits Bids for Potential Third Round in 2018

The Township launched the Montgomery Community Energy Aggregation (MCEA) program in 2013, for the purpose of creating purchasing leverage and providing an opportunity for residents of the Township to save money on their electric bills. Through two rounds of the MCEA program it is estimated that Township residents have saved about $3 million in aggregate.

The current contract with TriEagle under Round 2 of the MCEA program has a duration of 18-months, and is set to expire in December 2017. The contract is estimated to have resulted in about $250 in electricity cost savings for the average participating residence, producing aggregate savings for Township residents of over $1 million.

With the pending expiration of the current contract, the Township renewed the Montgomery Community Energy Aggregation, and recently conducted a public bid to solicit a new round of price proposals from independent energy suppliers. Upon receipt of pricing results in the recent bid, the Township determined that the new price offers were higher than the current contract price, and did not produce sufficient savings as compared to the PSE&G tariff price and that, therefore, it was not in the best interest of Montgomery residents to accept a contract at this time. The Township came to the conclusion that the residents' interests can be better achieved by allowing residents to return to PSE&G for power supply at the end of the current contract, and to solicit updated bid prices at a later date in the hope of receiving better offers.

We are confident that the transition from TriEagle Energy back to the PSE&G tariff in December 2017 will be seamless. In November, PSE&G will send notices to residents informing them that service with TriEagle Energy will be ending effective on your December 2017 meter read date. There is nothing further that a resident needs to do. Effective on your December meter read, PSE&G will resume as your power supplier (as they had been prior to the inception of the MCEA program). Starting with your January bill, you will notice on your PSE&G bill that TriEagle Energy power supply charges will be replaced with a line item for PSE&G's 'Basic Generation Service' power supply.

If the Township receives improved savings from its next bid later this year and awards a new contract for Round 3 of the Montgomery Community Energy Aggregation program, the new contract would likely start in Spring 2018. Intermittently, residents may receive communications from non-program third-party suppliers; however, residents are reminded that any future communication from the Township will come affixed with the Township seal (see above) and will involve no solicitation via phone.

Please be aware that while residents are always free to choose their own 3rd-party energy supplier without penalty, suppliers not affiliated with the Township's program may not be able to provide you with the level of savings and consumer protections offered by the Township. Additionally, the terms of a third-party supply contract may interfere with your ability to enroll with the MCEA cost-effectively.

In such event, eligible residents (all residents except those who have their own solar generating system or their own third party supply contract, or those who chose to opt-out of previous rounds of the program and expressed a desire to be placed on a Do Not Disturb list), will be sent a Township mailing informing them of the details of the new contract, after which residents would have the choice of opting-out of the new program if they do not wish to participate. Again, no further action will be necessary for residents who want to enjoy supply savings through the program.

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to working diligently with our consultant in the coming months to achieve savings for our residents. Should you have any further questions, please feel free reach out to Gabel Associates at mcea-info@gabelassociates.com.

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions from when the current round began...
* What is Community Energy Aggregation?
Community Energy Aggregation is a program that allows municipalities to conduct a "bulk purchase" of energy supply on behalf of its residents, at prices lower than the average utility price. New Jersey regulations allow municipalities to take this approach to procure savings on your behalf.


Somerset County Democrats Declare Victory in Clerk’s Race for Steve Peter Based on County Clerk’s Website Results

Brett Radi’s Official Somerset County Clerk Website Shows an Historic Democratic Victory


(Somerville, NJ) – Somerville Council President Steve Peter was declared the victor of the Somerset County Clerk’s race by Somerset County Democratic Chair Peg Schaffer tonight after a close win of less than 1 percent.

The Somerset County Clerk’s office on its website reports the challenger with 43,511 votes and the incumbent with 43,383 votes.

“I look forward to updating the County Clerk’s office to serve all the people of Somerset County with consistent, high-quality services,” said Peter. “I will work hard with my team to have a smooth transition and hit the ground running in January.”

“I am thrilled to have won the first Somerset County race for the Democratic Party in more than 35 years, and look forward to more in 2018,” said Schaffer. “I am saddened that we did not cross the finish line with our great Freeholder candidates, Shanel Robinson and Alex Avellan, but they ran a great race and will continue to be a credit to Somerset County for a long time.” 


Over 300,000 Community Members Can Use The Technology To Send Anonymous Leads Targeting Drug Use, Via An App, To Local Authorities and Help Centers

New Jersey – October 25, 2017 @10am ET–STOPit, a leading provider of comprehensive, anonymous reporting software solutions that deter and mitigate bullying, harassment and Illegal behaviors, today announced it has partnered with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, to launch “Somerset Strong.” The technology which is available to all citizens in the county via a mobile app will provide a safe and secure way to allow fellow community members to report information related to the opioid crisis. Citizen reported information will assist law enforcement to address these issues in the community.

There are nearly 100 deaths a day from opioid use in the U.S., it is an epidemic that has the capability to kill nearly 500,000 Americans in the next decade. More than one out of three Americans used a prescription opioid painkiller in 2015. (This stat needs to be updated, 2015 was 2 years ago).

The White House is taking notice as President Trump recently declared the opioid crisis a national emergency. "The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I am saying, officially, right now, it is an emergency...a national emergency." President Trump further stated, "we're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis. It is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had.”

Not only will all community members have access to the STOPit app but law enforcement officials will have DOCUMENTit, a robust case management system and communication platform. Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor and John Fodor, Chief of Detectives will be heading up the program for Somerset.

"I am confident we are on the right path, not only to raise awareness of the dangers associated with heroin and opioid abuse, but also to assist the population in helping others,” stated Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor. “We need the communities help in fighting this epidemic and with everyone now having access to the STOPit app, we will continue to save even more lives.”

STOPit has helped schools across the world to protect over 2 million students with a platform that , deters, mitigates and controls bullying, including cyberbullying, harassment and other harmful and inappropriate conduct. This was done primarily through strategic alliances with insurance entities worldwide.

“We’re honored to join forces with Somerset County to help protect communities from the growing epidemic of opioids,” said Todd Schobel, Founder of STOPit. “We see the program, along with the brave men and women helping to protect Somerset, acting as a neighborhood watch on steroids.”

For additional info or to implement the platform into your county or municipality, please visit stopitsolutions.com/stopit-solutions-government. 


13th Annual Trail Maintenance Project & Rock Climbing Event
Saturday, November 4, 2017

NORTH BRANCH, NJ – Rock Climbers and other nature trail enthusiasts are invited to join Park Commission Rangers for the 13th Annual “Adopt-A-Boulder,” trail maintenance project

On Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. the Adopt-A-Boulder trail maintenance project will commence in the Sourland Mountain Preserve on the Hillsborough/Montgomery line. Events will focus on trail cleanup around the prime bouldering areas of the Preserve.

Bouldering is a style of rock climbing undertaken without a rope and normally limited to very short climbs so that a fall will not result in injury. It is typically practiced on large boulders or artificial man-made boulders however it can also be practiced at the base of larger rock faces.

Volunteers should register by calling 908-231-0802, ext. 22 or by email at ddendler@scparks.org.

Information on this event and other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Internet at www.somersetcountyparks.org. 

Reverend David McAlpin, Jr. Receives Princeton-Blairstown Center's Frank Broderick Award

Reverend David McAlpin, Jr., Princeton University Class of 1950 and Honorary Trustee of the Princeton-Blairstown Center, was awarded the 2017 Frank Broderick Award on October 13, 2017 at the Princeton-Blairstown Center's Fall Fundraiser, Soirée Under the Stars. The Frank Broderick Award is given to an individual who demonstrates a deep commitment to social justice, compassion, and selflessness - qualities that supported Dr. Broderick, Princeton University Class of 1943, in his courageous efforts to achieve racial integration of the Princeton Summer Camp and to mobilize those who advocated for racial integration of Princeton University in the 1940s.

Jane Fremon '75, PBC Advisory Council Member and Head of Princeton Friends School, proudly introduced Reverend McAlpin in front of the 175 guests who attended the annual event and said, "I have had the privilege of knowing Dave for decades." She then went on to recall her personal memories of him through the years, saying he was "universally adored."

A Princeton native, Reverend McAlpin received a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in 1953. After graduation, he settled in Princeton with his wife, Joan Rockefeller McAlpin. He met with Benjamin Anderson, the minister of the Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, who invited Reverend McAlpin to assist him. In 1957 Reverend McAlpin was installed as the first associate pastor of the historically black congregation. "I don't see anything unusual about my new position," he told the local press at the time. "It's quite natural for me, quite natural for the people of the Witherspoon Church, and quite natural for Christians."

In this role, Reverend McAlpin became keenly aware of discriminatory housing practices affecting African-Americans who were beginning to purchase homes in all-white neighborhoods. He was soon determined to establish an integrated housing development in the Princeton area. His efforts helped to establish two acclaimed integrated housing developments: "Glen Acres" in West Windsor Township off Alexander Road and "Maplecrest" at Dempsey Avenue and Walnut Lane in Princeton.

In 1970, he and his family moved to Detroit, where he served as a pastor working on civil rights and establishing affordable housing organizations. In the early 1980s, he and his family returned to the Princeton area where he helped found the Trenton chapter of Habitat for Humanity in 1986 and served as President of the Board until 2012.

Reverend McAlpin has a deep commitment to the Mercer County community. He has served on the Boards of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, The New Jersey Association on Correction, The Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association, The Historical Society of Princeton, Union Theological Seminary in NYC, and the Princeton-Blairstown Center. In 2015, he received the Vivian Award for Community Service from the Princeton Area Community Foundation. He was also honored by the Witherspoon Presbyterian Church and the Robeson House Committee in 2015.

About the Princeton-Blairstown Center
PBC is an independent nonprofit with a mission to empower young people, primarily from under-resourced communities, to strengthen their social-emotional skills through experiential, environmental, and adventure-based programming. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) includes five core competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Our wide variety of year-round, multi-service programs serve more than 7,000 students each year, including 450 in our award-winning Summer Bridge Program which combats summer learning loss and teaches critical 21st Century skills.

Juliana Cantarutti Nominated for The Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Juliana Cantarutti , a senior at Montgomery High School of Skillman, New Jersey was a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, MA on June 25 - 27, 2018.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Juliana Cantarutti was nominated by Dr. Robert Darling, the Medical Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists to represent MHS based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

During the three-day Congress, Juliana Cantarutti will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading medical research; be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school; witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learn about cuttingedge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.

This is a crucial time in America when we need more doctors and medical scientists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially," said Richard Rossi, Executive Director, National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. "Focused, bright and determined students like Juliana Cantarutti are our future and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her."

The Academy offers free services and programs to students who want to be physicians or go into medical science. Some of the services and programs the Academy offers are online social networks through which future doctors and medical scientists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by physicians and medical students; and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and much more.

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists was founded on the belief that we must identify prospective medical talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of this vital career. Based in Washington, D.C. and with offices in Boston, MA, the Academy was chartered as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution
to help address this crisis by working to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity as physicians, medical scientists. 

An Alternate Look at an Amazonian Tax Deal

Governor Christie, along with the governors of practically every state east of the Mississippi, has made a really big pitch for Amazon's mega headquarters, to be called HQ2.

HQ2 will employee some 50,000 tax-paying people on site, and pay $5B in construction costs. This is a big deal, or as another real estate mogul would say, "Yuge." In return for their commitment to build in New Jersey, our governor has offered $8B in tax breaks over a ten year period. Since 2010, NJ has awarded $8B in incentives to businesses to remain or move to New Jersey. This sort of interstate beggar-thy-neighbor tax-break competition has drawn the attention of any number of economists.

NJ.com, which is a really wonderful website, turned it around. What if instead of offering a tax-break to Amazon, which currently is holding more cash in their off-shore coffers than the US government, the Governor offered that same $8B tax break to NJ property tax payers? How much would they save?

The answer for Montgomery residents paying an average tax bill of $13,000, is a whopping $3,250 savings, or roughly 25%.

The Montgomery Woman's Club Welcomes You to The Paisades

On November 9th at 7:00 pm the Montgomery Woman's Club will meet at the Otto Kaufman Community Center where Eric Nelsen, historical interpreter, will present "The Unknown Palisades: A Slideshow Through Time". As with the October program on The Sourlands, this program also centers on Conservation. Each month, following speakers and discussions on topics such as health and wellness, family issues or ways to assist women and families, children's services and animal welfare a brief business meeting is held and lite refreshments are served. The Montgomery Woman's Club welcomes new members. We are a multi-generational club which is part of the New Jersey State Federation of Woman's Clubs, the largest volunteer woman's service organization in the state.


For more information contact a Vice-President of Membership: Beth Desai (908) 920-3843, beth.desai@gmail.com or Ella Furlong (609) 466-8728, efurlong@bridgewayseniorcare.com. 


Mae W. Smith, who lived for 25 years on Millstone River Road (Rt. 533), has celebrated her 100th birthday in Easton, Maryland, where she has lived since 1972.

Mae was born on October 27, 1917, near High Bridge, N.J., the daughter of Anthony Woodhouse and Mary Ely Woodhouse. In 1947, she married Carroll D. Smith, Jr., a pharmaceutical company executive. They built a home on River Road (now the Bed & Biscuit Inn dog boarding center). In 1963, they built the neighboring house (currently the home and office of urban planner and designer Anton Nelessen).

Mrs. Smith was active locally in the Griggstown Reformed Church, Montgomery Township elementary school library, and Princeton Red Cross.

In 1972, Mr. and Mrs. Smith retired to the Maryland Eastern Shore. Mr. Smith died in 1979.

Mae celebrated her 100th birthday with her son, Richard D. Smith of Rocky Hill (pictured), and numerous friends and relations from New Jersey and as far away as Arizona.

County Clerk's Office Extends Hours for Voters

Unable to get to the polls on Nov. 7? Submit an application for a mail-in ballot.

SOMERVILLE - The Somerset County Clerk’s Office, located in the lobby of the county Administration Building at 20 Grove St., is extending its office hours to accommodate voters who are unable to get to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 7.

Residents who wish to vote via mail-in ballot can submit their applications to the County Clerk’s Office during regular office hours between 8:15 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Or voters can take advantage of extended hours by visiting the office before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, or between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Applications for mail-in ballots can be obtained at the County Clerk’s Office, or online at http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/CountyClerkElectionDiv.

Voters, or authorized messengers for voters who are sick or confined, may visit the County Clerk’s Office up until 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6, to fill out an application and receive a mail-in ballot. New State statue limits the number of messengers to 3 per election.

All ballots must be received by the Board of Elections, located adjacent to the County Clerk’s Office in the county Administration Building, before polls close at 8 p.m. on Nov. 7.

The Somerset County Clerk's Office administers oath to notaries public, processes passport applications and records land records and related legal documents that deal with land situated in Somerset County.

For more information, contact the Somerset County Clerk’s Office at 908-231-7013 or CountyClerk@co.somerset.nj.us.