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Saturday October 21, 2017


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MONTGOMERY, NJ – Officials from the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Montgomery Township, and the Somerset County Park Commission recently gathered at Skillman Park in the township to officially open the Skillman Park Dog Park.

Located off Main Boulevard, Parking Lot A in the 247-acre general use park, the leash-free dog run is a 2-acre fenced in park separated into sections for small dogs and large dogs.

According to Freeholder Caliguire, “Skillman Park is a tranquil and beautiful park that encourages people to walk the paths, and bring their dogs to accompany them. Now our pets have their own play area within the new facility, to run free and enjoy the park. The Freeholders, the Park Commission, and Montgomery Township are proud to have this addition.”

Montgomery Mayor Ed Trzaska said, “I am thrilled that dog owners will have a place where they can meet friends and let their dogs exercise at the same time."

Freeholder Caliguire added, “Many Montgomery residents remember this was a blighted area for many years. Through the vision and leadership of Somerset County and Montgomery Township, this is now a world class park, now with a first class dog exercise area”.

Skillman Park is the newest park in the Somerset County system. The 247-acre general use park is located off of Route 601 in the Skillman section of Montgomery Township and features wide beautiful vistas and a 2.25 mile paved multi-use loop trail. Benches are located strategically throughout the park and chess tables are available at one of the trailheads.  

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Bloomberg Employees Look Forward to Getting Hands Dirty

to Help D&R Greenway Fulfill Mission of Land Preservation


Princeton, N.J.—Employees at Bloomberg L. P. are not afraid to get their feet wet or their hands dirty. As a Business Partner in Preservation to D&R Greenway Land Trust since 2002, Bloomberg employees have worked on trail maintenance at Cider Mill Preserve, reforestation and transplanting of seedlings at the Native Plant Nursery at the Johnson Education Center, planting milkweed at Greenway Meadows Park, clean ups at the D&R Canal and helping establish Capital City Farm in Trenton.


“Bloomberg's employees have made by a significant difference through the volunteer work they do on our properties,” says D&R Greenway President & CEO Linda Mead. “Bloomberg understands how creating places where residents benefit from clean air and water, outdoor recreational opportunities and healthful environments—all in the most densely populated state—is so important to our community’s well-being. This kind of commitment from the business community fuels our work to create publicly accessible trails, native wildlife habitat and fresh produce that everyone can enjoy.”


“When you get an opportunity to help a great organization like D&R Greenway while being outside—by the nature of our work, our employees spend a great deal of time behind a desk or computer—it creates a win-win situation,” says Dennis Jordan who works with Bloomberg’s global philanthropy and engagement team. “Through Bloomberg founder Michael Bloomberg’s generosity, Bloomberg employees volunteer their time to help strengthen local communities and improve the quality of life. We support D&R Greenway because it is an environmental organization in our local community that does fantastic work and we have a great longstanding relationship. ”


Deb Kilmer, manager of D&R Greenway’s Business Partners in Preservation program, invites other businesses to contact her to learn how they can support the mission and reap the benefits of business partnership. She can be reached at dkilmer@drgreenway.org or 609-924-4646 ext. 132.


Visit D&R Greenway Land Trust at the Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, to learn more about protected lands you can enjoy in central New Jersey and how you can become involved in preserving Land for Life. www.drgreenway.org 

Sharp Uptick in Township Residents Seeking Treatment for Heroin Abuse

Montgomery residents seeking treatment for heroin addiction spiked to 53 people in 2016—a substantial increase from three people in 2015—according to data released by the NJ Department of Human Services (DHS).

The harsh figure is the highest ever recorded in Montgomery, and means there are now two times as many people seeking relief from addiction to heroin and other opioids than from alcoholism in this rural community of highly educated, wealthy individuals.

Local police and substance abuse treatment professionals have expressed everything from disbelief to pledges of help when reviewing the cold figures, which conform to the nationwide opioid epidemic.
Montgomery Police Lt. James Gill says police have not experienced a correlated increase in the number of associated "drug-use" crimes one would expect with a large increase in the number of opioid users. Driving Under the Influence (DUI), burglaries of either homes or cars, and drug overdose rescues have remained consistent in the township over the last few years.

"There's no way these numbers can be correct," Gill says, shaking his head during a meeting at police headquarters on Rt. 206 in Belle Mead. "This number is staggering to me. This does not seem conceivable."

Montgomery Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) and the police have successfully used the life-saving antidote naloxone (Narcan(r)) to reverse 13 unintentional opioid overdoses since 2010. In a town of nearly 21,000 people, this is a serious problem, but it does not seem to indicate an epidemic, Gill says.
While the police would not give the names of the overdose victims, they did say the victims ranged in age from 16 to 50; two were female, 11 male. "We are here to help them, not to arrest them," says Police Director Thomas L. Wain. "The problem is a disease, and we will facilitate treatment for them."

Wain cited the recent New Jersey Good Samaritan drug overdose law, which grants immunity to addicts who overdose and to the person who dials 911 or otherwise seeks help. "But you have to call," Wain says. The law, signed in 2013, is in place to "encourage people who may be high on drugs themselves, to do the right thing when a life is in danger."

"We will do whatever it takes," Wain says. "We are open 24-7, so we are here at 2 am on a Saturday when you may need help."

The police did not have figures on opioid-related deaths in Montgomery, nor did the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The division collects and monitors abundant data through the Web-based New Jersey Substance Abuse Monitoring System (NJSAMS). Addiction treatment providers, including detox hospitals, residential programs, halfway houses, and outpatient care centers, are required to report admissions data on the system.

Across New Jersey, heroin and opioids killed about 2,000 people in 2016, according to NJ Advance Media. Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, morphine, and many others, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Montgomery resident and Carrier Clinic CEO Donald J. Parker says he believes the heroin treatment numbers of 2016 are accurate. "We are one of the treatment centers that reports numbers to the state," he says. Carrier is a private, non-profit clinic that specializes in psychiatric and addiction treatment and serves more than 6,000 patients annually. It is one of the largest providers of substance abuse treatment in the state.

"I think what happened is that we were extremely low in 2015," with only three Montgomery residents seeking treatment for heroin addiction, Parker says. The 2016 numbers are still in the lower quadrant when compared to other communities statewide.

"I think Montgomery was insulated (from the opioid epidemic) due to the strength of family values," he says. "I live in Pike Run and I walk all the time. I see moms and dads out walking with their kids and often with the grandparents as well. As much as you try to protect your family members, the addictive properties of this drug are so strong that it eventually got to Montgomery."

The pathway to opioid addiction often begins with a trusted source—the family doctor. "Physicians have not historically written the number of prescriptions they write today," Parker says. "Pain has become a fifth vital. Doctors will ask: 'how do you rate your pain?' And, they are graded on their ability to ease that pain.

"And, a number of pharmaceutical companies—some of them in our area—have aggressively marketed opiate painkillers to our doctors," he says. Gov. Chris Christie has looped in pharmaceutical companies in his campaign to fight opioid abuse.

The opioid story is well told and known in Montgomery, but the science of addiction is just unfolding.
Puzzling, for example, is why some people develop all-consuming compulsions.

"Some people are predisposed, and often have multiple addictions," says Steven J. Drzewoszewski, director of the 40-bed Blake Recovery Center at Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead, which is on the frontline of battle against opioid abuse.

While opioids are highly addictive, Drzewoszewski says he believes many more people in Montgomery actually suffer from alcoholism. Alcohol abuse goes underreported, he says, because it is more socially acceptable and people seem to remain functional for a longer period of time.

"People get heavily addicted to opioids very fast," he says. It could take an alcoholic, "30 years to seek a first treatment, where an opioid addict has about a two-year progression before seeking their first treatment."

Therapists say the warning signs are more obvious with heroin abuse as well, with the family home often operating in "lock down" mode as money and valuables begin to go missing.
While no one is able to answer the question for sure regarding the dramatic increase in Montgomery residents seeking treatment for heroin addiction, Department of Human Services Spokesperson Ellen Lovejoy says the data in the report are accurate.

When asked point blank whether the state agency may have made an error when tabulating the numbers for Montgomery Township in 2015 or 2016, Lovejoy said, "The data is extremely reliable."

One reason heroin addiction is rising, other than the obvious – doctors overprescribe it - is simple economics. In many cases, opioid prescription duration is for just long enough to result in addiction in those susceptible to it. Addicted patients are commonly refused prescription renewals and find that heroin bought on the street is cheaper than legally prescribed opioids. Also, as cited in a recent New York time story, many insurance companies have been willing to pay for the more powerful—and addictive—opioids such as Oxycontin, but not the more expensive but less addictive alternatives. Oddly, they also pay for addiction treatment. Go figure.

According to the National Council on Alcohol Abuse, more than 6% of American adults are alcoholic. It's not unlikely that an alcoholic on opioids would very quickly find himself hopelessly addicted.
Meanwhile, there are self-help groups available locally at the 24-Club of Princeton on Montgomery Rd. in Skillman, among other locations. An Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meeting list is printed on the pages of the Montgomery News every month and available online at www.24club.org. Meeting lists for Narcotics Anonymous are also available online at www.narcoticsanonymousnj.org and www.nnjaa.org. The life you save may be your own.

The Montgomery/Rocky Hill Municipal Alliance talks a great game and just received a $19,000 grant from the State. Perhaps they could coordinate something being done in 300 municipalities in 31 states called "Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative," under which authorities reach out to find treatment for addicts who ask for help instead of locking them up.


Notes From the Township Administrator

The fall has been very busy in the Township. Engineering staff is overseeing the Green Avenue Phase II reconstruction which includes the milling, paving, and sidewalk reconstruction from the intersection of Green Avenue and Belle Mead Griggstown Road to the intersection of Green Avenue and Staats Farm Road.

The cost of this project is approximately $770,000.00 with some of the cost being offset by a grant of $180,000 received by the Township from NJDOT. At the same time the Montgomery Road/Sycamore Lane Sidewalk project is moving towards completion, giving residents the ability to walk from the 1860 House to the Borough of Rocky Hill on a sidewalk rather than in the roadway.

Work has commenced on the Riverside/Oxbridge Wastewater Treatment plant consolidation. Eliminating two treatment plants and pumping wastewater to the Pike Brook Wastewater treatment facility reducing the total number of treatment plants operated by the Township from six to four. The regular maintenance of sewer easements and sewer lines continues throughout the year.

Construction activity continues at Country Club Meadows, in the residential and commercial/retail sections of that development. Engineering and Code Department inspectors have been kept very busy with this project as well as individual homeowner renovations. At the same time our Fire Inspectors have been working with our Volunteer Fire Companies to teach Fire Prevention in the schools in town. Madison-Marquette has opened their sales and leasing trailer on their site along Route 206 near Princeton Airport and is negotiating leases as I write this column.

Just be reminded the days are growing shorter and the deer are on the move. Be extra careful at sunrise and sunset as that is when the deer are most active. Enjoy the fall.

Montgomery Flag Football League Starts New Season

Montgomery Flag Football is a successful, independent sports league which has been in town since September 2005. Today, the league supports nearly 200 girls and boys from Montgomery and nine surrounding towns.

There are four age divisions playing in both the fall and spring, with players ranging from Kindergarten to 10th grade. This fall, Montgomery Flag Football began offering a new option to our community: a co-ed Adult Flag Football division that meets on Sunday mornings at Van Horne Park in Rocky Hill from 9 - 10 am. During this inaugural season, thirty-two individuals from Montgomery and three surrounding towns registered to play. They ranged in age from 27 to 67 years old.

When asked why he decided to start an adult division, league commissioner Matt Rosenthal said there had been several parents of youth league participants who wanted to play themselves. After finding out that there definitely was an interest, Matt promoted the idea of a three week "trial season" in August. He quickly received over 20 responses. Everyone during that trial period enjoyed the game so much that he decided to create a full seven-week season starting in September.

One of the adults who played both the summer and fall seasons is Stephen Kimm (43, Skillman). Stephen, who has been a coach for his son's team for the past six seasons, said "I coach my son's flag football team and see how much fun they're having. Flag football is my chance to run (often limp) in their shoes. It's fun, I get exercise and feel like a school kid again, even if only for an hour per week."

Ryan Murray (37, Skillman) also played both sessions, and added "I joined to get out, get some exercise and be social while competing against old and new friends."

Maryam Young (43, Skillman) decided to participate for few reasons: "I thought to myself - this is going to be so much fun and I wanted to show my children that 'mom' can still compete at the ripe age of 43."
Maryam also stated "I also hope to get out of it an hour of laughs, meet new friends, a good Sunday morning workout and use muscles I haven't used in a long time."

Maryam joins her husband Kevin on the playing field this fall after watching him play in the summer season.


Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Nov 21

A Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be hosted by Blawenburg Church on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, November 21, at 7:30 pm. The service will include songs, readings, prayers, and comments from local faith leaders. The service will provide an opportunity to give thanks for the blessings in our lives and in our world. A time of light refreshments will follow the service.

"We have a lot in common and a lot to be thankful for," Pastor Jeff Knol, who is helping to organize the interfaith event, said recently. "We encourage people of all faiths to come and join their voices and hearts with diverse members of our extended Montgomery community."

Blawenburg Church is located at 424 Route 518 in Blawenburg Village. (For GPS use Skillman 08558).

A Dream Deferred Materializes at Princeton Rug Gallery

Maryam Mohammadi and Jalil "Jay" Fatollahi, who recently opened Princeton Rug Gallery, have "known each other since age zero." As children, Fatollahi would bring her little gifts, mostly fabric angels from his family's textile and rug business in Iran.

"My mother always loved Jalil," Mohammadi says of the generous and kind man she married in Tehran in the 1970s. Little did the young couple know, but turbulence was on the horizon. Just after the birth of their baby girl, political uprisings and a revolution rocked their world, followed by distant employment opportunities and a military invasion. These things resulted in their living apart and in various locations for many years.

Mohammadi speaks Farsi, Turkish, German, and English, languages she picked up along the way. She studied fashion and design in Dusseldorf, where she worked as a dressmaker and raised their daughter, Golnar, who was a champion swimmer. Her husband, meanwhile, accepted job offers that led him to Kuwait, where he was a construction foreman, then to Canada where he worked for one of the largest carpet companies in the country.

The family reunited in Toronto in the 1990s, but then Fatollahi's work brought him to New Jersey. Mohammadi stayed in Canada so their 15-year-old daughter could finish her schooling.
One day, as Golnar was about to start college, she told her mother: "You and dad are married and you should be together." In 1998, facing an empty nest and missing her husband, Mohammadi eagerly joined Fatollahi in Morristown, NJ, where he helped to run a large, successful multi-million-dollar carpet business. She accepted a job as a showroom floor manager and later as a designer consultant.

In 2016, they opened Princeton Rug Gallery on Route 206 next door to Lucy's Kitchen and across the street from Hesco Lighting. "I have always wanted to do this," Fatollahi says. "When I was 12 I started in my family textile and rug business, working afterschool and on weekends. I now continue our family creed to operate with honesty, to give the best service, and to establish trust. Having a good reputation is very important since most of our customers come from word of mouth."

The showroom features hundreds of carefully curated carpets in various styles and sizes-from doormat to palace ballroom size. All are hand-tied-a skill that both husband and wife have mastered personally.
One of the reasons a hand-tied carpet can be expensive, and is an object of high artistic value and prestige, is the amount of time and care that goes into creating it. For example, a 9-foot by 12-foot Persian rug with 500 knots per square inch would take 14 months to complete, and this is only if you have five artisans each working six hours a day, six days a week.

Mohammadi says she and her husband work hard to provide affordable options to her clients. She does the creative part of the business while Fatollahi oversees the financial and business aspects, including carpet restoration, hand-cleaning, and appraisals. This is a natural separation of duties since she comes from a family of artists, mostly painters. "I select each carpet in the showroom," she says.

"First, I look at the rug as if I were looking at a painting on the wall," she says of her selection process. "I am looking to see if the colors and design are right. Then I look at the back, at the quality of the hand knotting.

"Next, I touch it," she adds. "Sure, it has to be soft but that is not what I'm thinking while I'm touching it. I am looking for the glow. Good rugs have a glow that tends to make them feel velvety, even a little oily."
She adds that a quality carpet is a beneficial investment that should last a lifetime. Carpets save energy, help to warm a room in the winter, keep it cool in the summer, and will save your hardwood floor from wear and tear. It also enhances mood, provides art and personality to a room.

Princeton Rug Gallery stocks a variety of rugs with multiple price points-including antiques, traditional, modern, contemporary, and transitional. Most are wool, silk, or viscose and hand-dyed. "If we don't have what you're looking for, we can help you create your own 'floor art' and guide you through designing your own carpet to capture your vision," Mohammadi says.

The Princeton Rug Gallery, located at 830 State Road in Princeton, is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm; on Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm; and, for the holiday season only, on Sundays from 10 am until 4 pm. For more information, or you are interested in trading-in a quality carpet for something new, phone 609-356-0043 or visit the website at www.princetonruggallery.com. 

Princeton Academy Hosts Fall Rummage Sale

On Saturday, November 4, from 8 am to 1 pm, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart at 1128 The Great Rd, Princeton, will host a Fall Rummage Sale sponsored by the Princeton Academy Parents Association (PAPA). This event is open to Princeton-area communities. Only cash is accepted and all items must be taken on the day of the sale. For more information please contact PAPA via email: PAPA@princetonacademy.org.  

Rental Assistance Available to Somerset County Residents

This program provides up to 15 months of rental assistance and monthly case management to eligible county households.

Somerset County Freeholder Patricia Walsh has announced that the Somerset County Rental Assistance Program is available to provide up to 15 months of rental assistance and monthly case management to eligible Somerset County residents. “The goal of this program is to help working families achieve financial stability,” she said.

The case management is provided by a trained volunteer and is intended to help clients set and achieve goals that promote long-term financial stability. The program provides a monthly subsidy to pay the difference between household rent and 30 percent of one’s monthly income, up to a maximum of $300 per month.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they will be able to afford their housing without rental assistance within 15 months. In order to qualify, at least one adult in the household must be employed, working at least 30 hours per week. Any non-working adult must have a verifiable disability or be a caregiver for a member of the household.

In addition, applicants must have a formal lease at a rental rate that is less than the fair-market rent for the unit size, and must be within the following maximum income limits:

1 Person - $51,500
2 People - $58,800
3 People - $66,200
4 People - $73,500
5 People - $79,400
6 People - $85,300

In addition, program participants must complete a monthly household budget; attend a monthly meeting with the program case manager; and be willing to accept case management services that include financial management, employment and/or any other services that are deemed necessary to maintain permanent housing in Somerset County.

Applicants who meet the criteria will be served on a first-come, first-served basis after being screened by the Somerset County Community Development Office. For more information call the office at (908) 541-5756.

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Montgomery EMS Blood Drive on Dec 2

Montgomery EMS (MEMS) is hosting a Community Blood Drive on Saturday, December 2, from 9 am to 1 pm at the Montgomery EMS squad building on 8 Harlingen Rd. Belle Mead.

Please join us to help save lives, by giving blood. Donors will receive a coupon for a free single cup of Thomas Sweet Ice Cream.

Please contact MEMS & leave your name, phone number and time of your donation at donateblood@mems47.org or 908-359-4112. Remember to bring Photo ID, eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids.

Directions to Montgomery EMS can be found on our website: www.mems47.org/public_website/directions.shtml.

For concerns or questions on medical eligibility, please contact Community Blood Services @ 201-389-0417 or visit www.communitybloodservices.org. 

Neshanic Garden Club Greens Workshop

The public is invited to participate in Neshanic Garden Club's 2017 Greens Workshop. There will be five holiday designs to choose from, several which were brought back by popular demand. This year's workshop will be held on Monday, December 4, at 7 pm at the Hillsborough Municipal Building. Sign-up will begin Wednesday, November 1 and the sign-up deadline is Tuesday, November 21. A $35 donation will cover material needed for the designs.

Beginning November 1, please e-mail Marion Nation with your first and second design choices, as listed below, by e-mail at mrsnation@comcast.net or call at 908-359-6317.

Instructions for the Victorian Style Centerpiece, Boxwood Tree, Pillar Candle Centerpiece, Door Wreath, and Candle Centerpiece will be given by club designers Arline Pagliaro, Carmella Shepley, Georgette Migliore, Jean Stives and Patricia Curran.

For further information about club activities and meetings, please contact Co-Presidents Kathy Herrington at 908-359-6835 or Cathy Heuschkel at 908-359-6881.  


Washington Crossing Audubon Society announces events for November 2017:

Field Trips

· November 11, 2017. “Birds of Shark River,” a free, public birding trip with Washington Crossing Audubon
Join Washington Crossing Audubon Society at 9:00 AM on Saturday, November 11 for a free, public birding trip led by Brad Merritt and Andrew Bobe at Shark River. See migratory birds from the North as they arrive to spend the winter in the warmer, fish-filled, fresh, brackish and salt waters of the Jersey shore. Meet at the Marina, Route 35 in Belmar. Bring lunch and beverage, and dress for the weather. For more information or in the event of inclement weather, contact Brad Merritt (609) 921-8964. See our website (www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org) and follow us on Facebook.

· November 18, 2017. “Assicong Marsh,” a free, public birding trip with Washington Crossing Audubon
Join Washington Crossing Audubon Society at 8:00 AM on Saturday, November 18 for a free, public birding trip led by Brad Merritt and Juanita Hummel at Assicong Marsh in Hunterdon County, NJ. This walk will focus on the migratory and resident waterfowl that use this marsh as a resting or breeding area. Meet at the site: Take Route 31 north to the Flemington Circle and then continue north 4 miles and make a right onto River Road. Proceed on River Road about 0.8 miles until you see the gravel lot on the left. For more information or in the event of inclement weather, contact Brad Merritt (609) 921-8964. See our website (www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org) and follow us on Facebook.

Monthly Program

November 20, 2017 (8 PM). Washington Crossing Audubon Society Presents: “Caught in the SNOWstorm,” a presentation by Scott Weidensaul at Stainton Hall of the Pennington School.
The winter of 2013-14 saw the largest invasion of snowy owls into the eastern United States in perhaps a century and presented an importunity to learn more about these mysterious Arctic hunters. We are pleased to have renowned author and researcher Scott Weidensaul share his story of Project SNOWstorm and how this internationally-funded, collaborative research came together in a few frantic weeks to continue to make discoveries and unexpected insights into the like and ecology of this great white raptor.

The program will be held in Stainton Hall on the campus of the Pennington School, 112 W. Delaware Ave., Pennington, NJ. Refreshments are served at 7:30 PM and the talk will begin at 8 PM. Additional information at: www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org. Follow us on Facebook.

Special Announcement

Scholarship Offered to Outdoor Educators
Outdoor or environmental teachers and educators in the Central NJ region are invited to apply for a scholarship from Washington Crossing Audubon Society (WCAS) to attend the Share Nature: An Educator’s Week at National Audubon’s Hog Island Center on Muscongus Bay in Maine. The program will be held July 15-20, 2018.
National Audubon will have a complement of well-known environmental instructors covering many aspects of teaching and field techniques along with identifying different habitats and the plants and animals that occupy them.
WCAS will award one scholarship cover tuition and expenses while on the island. The scholarship does not cover individual travel expenses.
If you wish to be considered, send an e-mail to: contact.wcas@gmail.com Please include your contact information, your position, your teaching experiences and how this program at Hog Island would benefit you. More information about the program can be found at hogisland.audubon.org.
The application deadline is Friday, December 15th. We will notify the successful applicant mid-January 2017.

Washington Crossing Audubon Society is a local member chapter for central New Jersey of the National Audubon Society. We have approximately 1300 members, mostly from the five counties of central New Jersey. Our monthly lectures and frequent field trips are free and open to the public. More information about WCAS can be found at the Society’s web site: www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org. Follow us on Facebook.  

"Don't Drink the Water" at MHS

Montgomery High School is proud to present the comedy, "Don't Drink The Water," by Woody Allen. The play is set in an American Embassy somewhere behind the Iron Curtain in the 1960's.

See what happens when The Hollander's, an American family from Newark, NJ accidentally take pictures in a restricted area and are chased into the Embassy for asylum. The Ambassador has just left for a trip when the Hollander's arrive and Axel Magee, the Ambassador's less then competent son is left in charge. Could this be war? Making matters worse, the Hollander's free-spirited daughter Susan develops a love interest with Axel that adds to her captive parent's stress.

This fast-paced comedy will have you laughing from beginning to end and it is a real crowd pleaser. With great period costumes, a gorgeous set and a large talented cast and crew. The cast includes: Jess Lubitz as Krojack the Communist Officer out to get the Hollander's, Sarah Merwin as Mrs. Hollander, her husband Mr. Hollander a caterer played by Matthew Jarzyna and their free spirited daughter Susan played by Genevieve Bouchonville, Lewis Gall as Father Drobney, the priest living in the attic for six years, passing the time practicing magic while he awaits his freedom and Riley Bursh as Axel Magee the Ambassador's bumbling son, just to name a few.

"Don't Drink The Water" is running Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 at Montgomery High School located at 1016 Rte. 601 Skillman, NJ 08558.

Tickets are $4 for students and senior citizens, $5 for adults. All seats are general admission..
$1 from each ticket will be donated to aid hurricane relief victims. For tickets or more information, call 609-466-7602.  

7th Annual Election Day Chili Lunch at Rocky Hill Trinity Church

November 7th, 2017
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Take out or eat in for $8.00
Lunch includes: chili, corn bread, soda or water, dessert
Trinity Church
1 Park Ave
Rocky Hill, NJ


Rocky Hill First Aid & Rescue Squad Family Belgian Waffle Breakfast Fundraiser

Saturday, November 4th
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Hosted by Trinity Church on Park Ave.,
(off Crescent Ave) in Rocky Hill.

Belgian waffles, made to order omelets and eggs,
sausage links, breakfast casserole and more.

Breakfast Donation: Adults - $10, Children age 6 to 10 - $5
First Responders - $5, Children age 5 and under free.


Troop 850 Offers Adventure and Leadership Training

Open House for New Scouts Nov 20

Interested in scouting? Boys in grades five and up and their parents are invited to attend the Troop 850 Open House on Monday, November 20. Current Cub Scouts and those without previous scouting experience are welcome.

Troop 850 is made up of residents of Montgomery and its surrounding communities and offers a boy-led, small-troop scouting experience guided by caring adults. The troop aims to maximize leadership opportunities and exciting, hands-on activities selected by the scouts. Activities this fall included camping, whitewater rafting, hiking, and a three-day cycling adventure on the Great Allegheny Passage in Pennsylvania. Members of Troop 850 also volunteer their time locally and meet weekly for games, skill-building activities, and merit badge workshops. This year, six of our scouts achieved Eagle rank, the highest honor a Boy Scout can reach.

The November 20 Open House will take place at Montgomery Lower Middle School, 373 Burnt Hill Rd. Skillman, from 7:00-8:30PM. Participants will have a chance to meet leaders, ask questions, and participate in typical activities in a friendly, welcoming environment.

Boy Scouts of America is a century-old organization dedicated to developing our nation's boys into honorable men and future leaders through character development, citizenship training, and mental and physical fitness.

For additional information, please see our website www.bsatroop850.com or email Troop 850 Recruitment Chair Anna O'Brien at annaob@comcast.com. 

Do You Have A Chronic Health Condition?

Are you or someone you know dealing with managing diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, hepatitis, hypertension, Lyme, cancer, COPD, or any other chronic condition? Montgomery offers a series of free "Take Control of Your Health" workshops.

6 Free Sessions: Wednesdays at 10 am to 12:30 pm
Beginning October 25
Mary Jacobs Library
64 Washington St.
Rocky Hill, NJ

Minute to Win It Re-Match Oct 20


Montgomery Senior Center’s - The highly-anticipated, intergenerational “Minute to Win It” rematch between members of the Hillsborough and Montgomery Senior Centers and fourth graders will be held Friday, Oct. 20, at 10:30a.m. This is the ninth year that the centers have competed for bragging rights and possession of the celebrated “Minute to Win It” trophy.



Fourth-grade students who will be participating in the “Minute to Win It” challenge represent Orchard Hill Elementary and Hillsborough Elementary schools. Members of the competition sponsors, the Hillsborough and the Montgomery/Rocky Hill rotaries, also will participate. Seventeen challenges are planned, five of which will be intergenerational competitions.


**Montgomery Police/ Hillsborough Police- Referee **


PLUS- **Special Opening Ceremony**



Montgomery Township will hold an observance to honor all veterans at 11 AM on Saturday, November 11th at the Montgomery Veterans Memorial, located next to the upper parking lot of Montgomery Veterans Park on Harlingen Road. The one hour event will include a procession and performance with the Montgomery High School Marching Band and first responders, presentation of the colors, patriotic speeches by local officials, and much more. Remarks will be offered by Congressman Leonard Lance, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, a member of Rolling Thunder veterans organization, and a Montgomery boy scout and girl scout. This year will also include special costumed civil war era re-enactors including an honored guest (TBA) and antique MASH-style military jeeps and equipment.


Princeton, NJ (October 17, 2017) - On Sunday, November 19, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart will host its annual DASH @PASH 5K Race. We are excited to host this annual event to raise awareness about boys’ wellness. The race will take place in the fall for the first time with the help of Princeton Pacers on Princeton Academy’s cross country course which traverses our beautiful 50-acre campus. The event will be run by the Princeton Academy Athletic Office with the help of eighth grade students and is open to the public. Early registration is $20, after October 23 is $25, and on the day of the race, registration is $30. Please visit princetonacademy.org/DASHatPASH5K to sign-up. The race will be timed and t-shirts are guaranteed to the first 75 participants. Same-day registration opens at 8:00 a.m. with a target race start of 8:30 a.m.  

A "Flxible" Kind of Travel and Recreation

You may have seen an interesting vehicle at the Montgomery FunFest in September. Although it looks like a bus on the outside, it has all the comforts of home inside. Originally a mobile showroom for Stanley Tools, this 1952 Flxible bus is now a recreational vehicle (RV) owned by Ned Brown of Belle Mead.
Flxible manufactured high end specialty buses including bookmobiles and a bus that tethered the Goodyear blimp. Brown's bus, which was purchased by Stanley Tools for the company's 100th anniversary, was first used to travel to retailers and display hardware. Around 1980, Stan Phillips bought the bus, then abandoned, and converted it into an RV.

Brown purchased the bus from another owner three years ago. Since then, he has spent thousands of hours refurbishing carpeting, upholstery, and mechanical and electrical components. The bus has a refrigerator, a microwave, a stove with cooktop, a sink, a shower, a vanity, and a toilet.

Brown owns the bus with his younger brother Ken. Their family came to Belle Mead from the suburbs of Philadelphia in 1965. Three years later, Brown graduated from Princeton High School. Ken was part of the first graduating class from Montgomery High School, now the Upper Middle School, in 1971. Brown notes that the area was almost all dairy farms then.

Three years after graduating, Brown began working at Country Cabinets on Route 601 with his friend Clifford Granitzki. The business, now owned by Brown, was first started by Granitzki's father, Gus, in 1953. Gus owned an Airstream trailer and was the president of the Wally Byam caravan club, named for the founder of Airstream.
With permission of then-Governor Richard Hughes, the club held a rally on the grounds of the New Jersey Neuropsychiatric Institute (now the site of MHS) from June 22 to July 6, 1964. Some 10,000 people and their 2,500 Airstream trailers converged on the site, forming concentric ovals. On June 30, 1964, midway through the rally, the group traveled to the New York World's Fair.

To accommodate the temporary city, eight business telephone lines and ten coin pay phones (remember those?) were installed on the grounds. Entertainment during the rally included square dances, movies, bridge, and golf. Brown notes that the number of attendees roughly matched the population of Montgomery at that time.

Last year, Brown and his brother Ken attended a Flxible rally in Loudonville, Ohio. This town, with nearly 2,500 residents, was home to the Flxible factory until its closure in 1995. Brown explains, "Everybody there worked in the factory." Highlights of the rally were a bus parade through town and a photograph Brown received from a local resident which showed the original interior of his bus.

The bus will soon be heading south to spend the winter in Florida with Ken, and then head up North again in the spring.

To see pictures of the 1964 Airstream rally in Skillman, go to: sierranevadaairstreams.org/memories/history/peewee/early-wbcci/library/magazines/1964-princeton-rally.pdf.

MHS National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists and Commended Students Announced

The National Merit Scholarship (NMS) Corporation recognized 73 Montgomery High School (MHS) seniors for their high performance on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) held in October of last year. A dozen MHS seniors are semifinalists in the NMS program while 61 MHS seniors have been commended.

The MHS semifinalists, alphabetically, are Maheera Bawa, Priyanka Dilip, Austin H. Fan, Julia Z. Guo, Emily Kim, Matthew Kim, Jeffrey Lin, Wilson C. Liou, Alexander H. Liu, Peter Ni, Laura C. Sun, and Edward L. Wang.

Of the 1.6 million American high school juniors who took the PSAT last year, 16,000 students - less than one percent - were named semifinalists based on their test scores. Ninety percent, or 15,000, of the semifinalists will be selected as finalists in February and half of these will be awarded scholarships totaling $33M between April and July.

Semifinalists can apply to become a finalist by submitting information on academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, and honors and awards received. According to the NMS Corporation, "A finalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test." The Corporation awards scholarships based on "skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies."

All finalists will compete for one of 2,500 scholarships worth $2,500. Some 230 Corporate sponsors will also provide roughly 1,000 scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees; residents where the companies are based; or who meet other related criteria. About 200 colleges and universities will also fund over 4,000 scholarships for finalists who will enter the institutions as incoming freshman next fall.
The 61 Commended Students from MHS are: Shriya Anungula, Kavan S. Bansal, Aarushi Bhan, Alexis L Blecher, Krishna Boppana, Joseph Y. Chen, Salman A. Chughtai, Jacob A. Curtiss, Isabella K. DeAnglis, Shrikeshav Deshmukh, Harry W. Feng, Charlotte K. Glancey, Christopher C. Guo, Nidhi R. Gurrala, Angelina Han, Dustin Han, Jenny L. Huang, William Q. Huang, Ian J. Kenny, Daniel J. Kim, Megan D. Kim, Lisa E. Knuckey, Aadhrik Kuila, Lucas Liu, Melissa Louie, Raj Lulla, Colleen McConnell, Jacqueline Mehr, Jeffrey W. Meyer, Indrasish Moitra, Hasan Muhammad, Preeti Naik, Kira K. Pancha, Katelyn E. Parsons, Neeharika Patibanda, Srinidhi Ramakrishna, Aamhish S. Rao, Brian I. Richie, Allison L. Rosenthal, Raghav Sambasivan, Dana A. Schaar, Johnny Shea, Xiaoyi Shi, Elizabeth Q. Song, Sophia L. Song, Sebastian Tamayo, Leona T. Tomy, Ram P. Venkadesan, Nanki Verma, Madeline C. Walsh, Yiou Wang, David Xue, Brenda H. Yang, Catherine T. Yang, Melissa W. Yang, Benjamin Yao, Teja Yendapally, David D. Zhang, Wenxuan Zhang, Jessica Y. Zheng, and Hossein A. Zolfaghari.

These talented students will receive a Letter of Commendation from MHS and the NMS Corporation.
About 34,000 students throughout the United States were recognized as "Commended" by the NMS Corporation for their exceptional academic promise. They are among the top five percent of the 1.6 million high school juniors who took the PSAT last fall.

While the commended students will not continue in the 2018 competition for NMS awards, the Corporation has noted, "The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success. These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation."

The goal of the NMS Corporation - a not-for-profit organization - is "honoring the nation's scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence." Since 1955, nearly a third of a million Americans have earned the designation "Merit Scholar." 

MHS Athlete of November - Grant Papa

Grant Papa, a senior and co-captain of the varsity football team, is the Montgomery High School Athlete for the Month of November. Papa earned a spot on the varsity squad his sophomore year. Since then, he has started as middle linebacker at every game, with a 21 on his jersey. Throughout his four years, he has emerged as a leader who embodies the qualities of teamwork, resilience, and humility.

The varsity squad currently has a 1-5 record and three more games left in the season. Despite a slow start, Papa is optimistic that their victory at the homecoming game against Plainfield will create momentum to propel them to success in future games.

Looking back, Papa’s most outstanding athletic memory takes place during his sophomore year, when he played an integral role in the team’s victory against Plainfield.

“In that game, I was able to intercept two passes, one of which I was able to return for a touchdown. It was the first touchdown of my varsity career. Without the two interceptions I made, our team might not have won that game,” he reflected.

Furthermore, he stated that overall, he is proud of the team’s “next man up” mentality which developed as a result of many members facing injuries.

He added, “Every single player puts the team before themselves and their statistics, something that does not take place on many other football teams.”

From his time on the varsity squad, he has learned many valuable life lessons such as leadership, resilience, and teamwork. The team is unified in their goals and rely on each other to put in the effort and hard work required to realize their goals. Additionally, they have always been able to bounce back from adversity, whether it be injuries or slow starts.

Papa explains that his football experience has not only has made him a better athlete but also a better person. He values his relationships with his teammates and the camaraderie and trust that has been built over the past few years.

On the field, his favorite position to play is linebacker because of all the success he has faced at that position. Likewise, he was able to take on a leadership role within the team, as it enabled him to gain “not only the trust of the coaches, but also [his] teammates, many of which look to [him] to lead.”
Head coach Zoran Milich noted that he “has a way of making the players around him better by making sure they are in proper positions.”

Milich praised Papa as a leader with “unwavering confidence” and as “very bright” in both his academics and on the field. Furthermore, he has shown significant growth throughout his four years: “Grant's growth has gone from a player who always took care of his own business into a teammate that makes sure everyone does their job.”

Papa’s humility is exemplified through his gratitude towards the football community: “I would like to thank Coaches Milich, Priebracha, England, Bastardi, Santaniello, Ciancio, Girvan, Carfley, Gebhart and all my teammates over the last four years for helping make playing football at Montgomery High School a truly memorable experience.”

Within the school community, he is a Peer Leader and a member of both the National Honor Society and Student Council. In the future, he will not be continuing his athletic career and hopes to pursue a business major. Whether it be on the turf, in the classroom, or in the community, Papa always gives his best effort to positively impact those around him.


MHS October Sports Round Up

On October 17, the varsity girls tennis squad beat West Windsor-Plainsboro South 5-0 to earn the sectional title of Central Jersey Group IV champions. Rhea Shrivastava, Alexandra Mednikova and Julia Freitor played first, second and third singles respectively. Ally and Amy Yan played first doubles while Katie Parsons and Sasha Demo played second doubles. Currently, the girls have an impressive 14-2 record. They will play Ridgewood in the Group IV semifinals on October 19.

“The season is going great. For the rest of the season we're all excited to do our best to win the state championships and get back into the top ten!” noted senior Preeti Naik.

At the Somerset County Championships, the boys cross country team tied for second with Ridge in a close race, falling short to Hillsborough. They scored 72 points while the winning team scored 64. The runners were led by senior and co-captain Harry Gould who ran a personal best of 16:33 and placed fourth.
Senior co-captain Austin Fan noted that, “We originally did not have very good summer training, so we were behind the curve. But we are starting to pick it back up, and even though we only got second in our county, we ran a lot of season best times, which bodes well for the season!”

On the girls side, the varsity team placed 8th with 182 points. The young team was led by senior Julia Hans who ran a 19:58 to a 13th place finish.

Both teams will compete against 23 schools at the Skyland Conference Championships on October 19.
Moving onto boys soccer, the team is currently standing with a 6-6 record. Sophomore Jace Orvos leads with seven season goals and senior Charlie Rodgers leads with six season assists. In the goal, junior Nick Millett has recorded 79 saves, for a career total of 191. The county tournament begins on October 21.
On the courts, the varsity girls volleyball squad has a record of 12-5, ranked sixth in the Skyland Conference. Senior Elise Randolph leads with 30 service aces, senior Julia Loffredo leads with 81 service points, and junior Abrianna Barrett leads with 70 kills.

The varsity, JV, and freshman volleyball teams’ Rally for Hurricane Relief game will take place on October 19 against Bridgewater. All contributions will be donated to the American Red Cross hurricane relief efforts.

Next up is varsity football. The team currently holds a 1-5 overall record, with three games left in the 2017-18 season. Also, the homecoming game against Plainfield on October 6 was their first win of the season, where senior Damian Bland made three touchdowns and scored 18 points for the team.
November Athlete of the Month and senior co-captain Grant Papa explained, “Unfortunately, we did not get off to the start we had hoped for this season, losing our first four games. We were able to win our first game against Plainfield by a score of 21-0. We are hoping that we can use the momentum from our first victory to help us in the coming weeks in order to make the playoffs.”

Girls field hockey team has a 6-10 overall record. Sophomore Bauke Gatzen has given notable performances on the field, leading the team with eight goals and eight assists. Junior Kylla Przekop follows with seven goals and sophomore Madison Wilson follows with four assists. In the goal, junior Colleen Hennessey has made 180 saves this season, contributing to an impressive total of 396 career saves.

Next, girls soccer have improved since the beginning of the fall and now stands with a 4-9-1 overall record. Senior co-captain Charlotte Glancey has displayed her exceptional talent on the field, as she leads with seven goals and shares the lead with junior Abby Halder for four assists. Freshman and goalkeeper Alison Walsh is also deserving of recognition, having made 69 saves. With only a few more games left, the varsity squad is looking forward to a strong finish this fall. The team’s senior night game is on Monday, October 23 against Rutgers Prep.

Lastly, the girls gymnastics team stands with a 0-6 overall record and two more upcoming meets in early November. Junior Karly Kerod leads in the vault and uneven bars, with scores of 8.6 and 8.75 respectively. Teammate and junior Jenna Sudol leads in the floor exercise with a score of 8.85.  

Farmers' Market Saturday Oct 21 9 am - 1 pm

The hedonistic days of mouth-watering summer fruits and veggies, and wonderful locally made products is nearly over. Only two more market days left until the 2017 season closes. I know I'll miss it. We've enjoyed exciting new vendors, plus our friends, the long-time vendors.

But, keep watch for our Holiday market, coming in December. A final fling in 2017. Many of our vendors have promised to come back. One day only! Great time to pick up unique once-a-year items that our vendors offer. Truly some special deals! Watch for the date. 

Rocky Hill Post Office Passport Day Nov 21, Dec 6, from 8 am – 3:30 pm

The Dept. of State is reminding citizens to check if their passport is up to date. It's been ten years since the government passed a law requiring a passport for citizens visiting Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda.

Additionally, travelers with driver's license that don't meet the byzantine and bizarre requirements of REAL ID Act of 2005 may need a passport as proof of identity to be allowed to board domestic flights. No, really. Fortunately, a NJ driver's license just got a one year reprieve. Aren't you glad Homeland Security has your back?

To apply for a passport, travelers need to complete a passport application Form DS-11 (unsigned) and provide one of the following: a U.S. birth certificate from the Dept. of Vital Statistics (not a certificate of birth) or naturalization papers. Also either a valid driver's license, a previous or current US Passport book or card, certificate of naturalization, certificate of citizenship, military ID or federal, sate, or municipal government employee ID card. Applicants 15 or under must be presnet with both parents unless consent is given; ages 16 or 17, only one parent must be present. Bring your checkbook to the Post Office office at 130 Washington Street, Rocky Hill.

Police Blotter September – October 2017

A Montgomery resident who hired an Edison-based carpet cleaning company on Sept. 12 later found that someone removed three checks from her home. After contacting her bank, she discovered that someone had cashed two of the checks for a total loss of $600. MTPD detectives followed up and discovered that a 30-year-old Asbury Park man, a member of the carpet cleaning crew, had cashed the checks. He actually confessed to MTPD detectives, for which he was charged with theft and theft by deception. He was released ROR.

A 21-year-old Piscataway man was arrested on Sept. 17 at 9:27 pm when MTPD officers responded to a disabled car on Rt. 601 near Pleasant View Rd. The driver had crashed his car in a single-car accident and, they found, had been drinking. The driver failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DWI and hindering prosecution. He also had an active warrant from Edison for $2,500. His passenger was also charged with hindering apprehension. The car was impounded and the driver released to a relative.

"Show me the way to go home. I'm tired and I want to go to bed." On Sept. 19 at 7:21 am, MTPD arrested a 24-year-old Brooklyn man after they found him sleeping in his car, which had been parked on the shoulder of Rt. 206 near Bridgepoint Rd. That seemed like an odd place to stop, but arriving officers detected the odor of marijuana, and a search turned up a small quantity of pot and paraphernalia, for which the driver was charged. He was also charged with possession of CDS in a motor vehicle and failing to have insurance.

On Sept. 21, two persons were arrested at 10:34 pm after MTPD officers stopped their westbound car on Rt. 518 for a dead driver's-side taillight, and noted the smell of marijuana coming from the car. The driver, a 25-year-old Atlantic City woman, was arrested for possession of under 50 grams of pot, and possession of drug paraphernalia; the passenger, a 26-year-old Orlando, FL man, was arrested for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana. Both were released ROR after processing at MTPD HQ.

Officer Clifford conducted a business check on Sept. 23 at 2:10 am and found a car parked after hours, whose driver, a 53-year-old Jersey City man, had active warrants: $159 to Englewood Cliffs, $120 to Atlantic City, $89 to Parsippany, and $89to Allamuchy Township. My, he did get around, especially after posting bail at MTPD HQ.

MTPD Officer Peterson stopped a 25-year-old East Orange woman for speeding on Sept. 23 at 3:12 am, and detected the smell of marijuana coming from her car. A search turned up marijuana and paraphernalia. She was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle.

A 60-year-old Belle Mead driver, southbound on Rt. 206 on Sept. 23 at 8:24 pm, attempting a left turn to get into Pike Run, drove into the path of a northbound car driven by a 28-year-old Madison man. MEMS responded, but both drivers refused medical attention. Both cars had to be towed. The first driver was ticketed for careless driving.

Driving with an overdue inspection sticker on Rt. 518 on Sept. 25 at 8:30 am resulted in an arrest for a 52-year-old New Brunswick man who was found to have active New Brunswick warrants totaling $1,000. He was arrested and released ROR.

Driving a commercial vehicle while using a cell phone on Sept. 27 at 11:43 am resulted in an arrest for a 30-year-old Newton man, who was found to have an active $150 warrant from Harrison, NJ. He was arrested and released ROR with a ticket for using a hand-held device while driving.

A 63-year-old Somerset man was arrested on Oct. 1 for DWI after MTPD responded to a report of a two-car accident on Rt. 206 and Belle Mead-Griggstown Rd. He managed to drive his pickup truck into a second car. He showed signs of being drunk, failed a field sobriety test, and was charged with DWI before being released to a family member.

Sharp-eyed MTPD officers recognized the passenger of a car travelling on River Rd. near the Causeway on Oct. 3 at 12:20 pm, as someone with an active $500 warrant from New Brunswick. They stopped the car and arrested the man, who was unable to post bond, and was locked up in Middlesex County Jail.
Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson announced on Oct. 5, the Sept. 25 arrest of a 35-year-old Lawrence, NJ man. The defendant was employed as a teacher's aid at East Mountain School at Carrier Clinic when, they say, he had sexual contact with a 17-year-old female student. He also contacted her by cell phone prior to the assault. He was arrested at his home and charged with 2nd degree endangering the welfare of a child, 2nd degree criminal sexual contact, and 3rd degree witness tampering. He was locked up in Somerset County jail without bail, pending a hearing.

A 33-year-old Plainfield man was arrested on Oct. 7 at 12:36 pm when Officer Chapkowski conducted a random license plate check. The driver, who had an active warrant for $217 from East Orange, was released from MTPD HQ after posting bail.

MTPD arrested a Montgomery Township resident on Oct. 9 at 12:31 pm after the man called the police to complain about traffic speeding past his home. During the call, the man then threatened violence on members of the police department. Office Parlow investigated, then arrested the man for disorderly conduct.

A 28-year-old Somerville woman ws arrested on Oct. 12 at 6:55 am. MTPD officers saw him stopped on the shoulder on Rt. 206 and a computer search turned up an active $250 warrant from Plainfield. He was released after posting bail.


Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:
I read a communication from Freeholder Mark Caliguire dated August 15, 2017, regarding Pedestrian Improvements on Route 601. Something bothered me about this. What was it? Was it the length of the new sidewalk (approx 400 yards)? No.
Perhaps the width (6 feet)? Nope.
Perhaps the cost ($2,334,000). Yes. That's it—the cost.

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association says the cost to construct a brand new 6-lane Interstate Highway is about $7 million per mile in rural areas, $11 million or more per mile in urban areas.
So why are we taxpayers paying (very roughly) 20 times the Interstate Highway construction costs to get a

Is anybody looking out for the Taxpayer?
John Gallagher
Skillman, NJ

To the Editor:
It has been an honor and a privilege to represent and serve Montgomery as a Township Committeeman, Mayor, and Somerset County Freeholder over the last 14 years. It is a very good feeling to know that your hometown and your neighbors are willing to put their faith in you to make decisions that move our community forward in a positive way.

To that end, I am proud to have been part of a team in Montgomery that was able to save Skillman Park from development and create a 256-acre county park; reduce debt by more than 50% from 2009 to 2016; hold municipal property taxes well below the state's 2% tax cap for years; make significant investments in our police department, while cutting waste in other areas, and preserve 700+ acres of open space that was slated for development.

And then, as a Freeholder to help earn an extremely rare Triple "A" bond rating for fiscal discipline and responsibility; reduce the size of government, while still enhancing key programs for all residents; and achieve one of the lowest childhood poverty rates and unemployment rates in the state.

I decided to run for the State Assembly to bring this record of success to Trenton. Over the last several years, our Republican Governor and Democrat-controlled State Legislature have embarrassed our state and made it harder for taxpayers and business owners to stay here. We need to do better. A lot better.
I am running with our long-time friend, Senator Kip Bateman, and former Assemblywoman Donna Simon, who was defeated by just 78 votes out of 32,000 cast in 2015, after overwhelming resources from entrenched special interests personally attacked her in a despicable way.

We can do so much better in New Jersey if we just adopt the model of good government that we follow here in Montgomery and in Somerset County. It isn't about partisanship, it's about results. If you honor me with your vote in November, I will do everything in my power to return that confidence in me by governing in a way that makes you proud.

Thank you for your time. Please contact me at mscaliguire@gmail.com or give me a ring at home at 609-466-4197 if you have any questions or concerns.
Mark Caliguire
Montgomery Township 

The Montgomery Woman's Club Holds Pot Luck Dinner

The Montgomery Woman's Club "kicked off" its 2017-2018 year with a pot luck dinner meeting held at St.Charles Borromeo Church on September 13. The delicious food was enjoyed by 20 Club members and six guests who learned about the Club through the Montgomery News or at the Montgomery Fun Fest.
On October 12 the MWC will meet at the Otto Kaufman Community Center at 7:00 PM. The program will be "The Sourlands - New Jersey's Last Great Wilderness" presenter by Caroline Kautmann from The Sourland Mountain Nature Preserve.

Each month, following speakers and discussions on topics such as health and wellness, family issues or ways to assist women and families, a brief business meeting is held and lite refreshments are served.
The MWC welcomes new members. We are a multi-generational club which 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) 829-3843, beth.desai@gmail.com or Ella Furlong (609) 466-8728, efurlong@bridgewayseniorcare.com.

Princeton Pro Musica Presents Brahms’ Requiem November 5

Sunday, November 5, 2017, 4:00 pm

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University

Princeton, NJ


The Princeton Pro Musica, led by Ryan James Brandau, will present Johannes Brahms’ Requiem at Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, at 4 p.m., on Sunday, November 5. Soprano Rochelle Ellis and baritone Paul Max Tipton will join the 100+-member chorus and orchestra in the performance of this large-scale work, considered among the most sublime and moving of all choral masterworks.


Tickets are priced at $60, $45, $25, $10 (under 21). There is a group discount of 20% for 10 or more. Order tickets online at www.princetonpromusica.org. For more information on group sales, call (609) 683-5122.


Zwicker to Host Fraud Prevention Seminars

Lawmaker Partnering with Division of Consumer Affairs to Protect Seniors


(SKILLMAN) – Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker will host two fraud prevention seminars in October to educate the public on common scams aimed at senior citizens.

“As our state seeks new ways to crack down on perpetrators who prey on New Jersey’s older residents, we also must equip seniors with the tools to recognize and respond to scams appropriately,” said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). “These seminars will help ensure that fewer senior citizens are susceptible to identity theft, online misrepresentation and other common categories of fraud.”

The lawmaker will partner with the Division of Consumer Affairs to hold events at senior residential facilities within the 16th Legislative District. A Consumer Affairs representative will be available to discuss various types of fraud, including telemarketing fraud and nuisance robocalls, and provide tips on how seniors can protect themselves.

The first seminar will be held on Monday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. at Independence Manor Hunterdon, 188 NJ-31, Flemington, NJ 08822. Parties interested in attending should RSVP directly to Independence Manor by calling 908-788-4893.

The second seminar will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26 at noon at Foothills Acres, 39 East Mountain Road, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844. Parties interested in attending should RSVP directly to Foothills Acres by calling 908-369-8711. 

Township Recreation & Open Space Committee meets Oct 10

 Township Building, 7 pm, Oct 10

Somerset County’s 12th Annual Weekend Journey through the Past,

Step back in time during Somerset County’s 12th Annual Weekend Journey through the Past, sponsored by the county Cultural & Heritage Commission. Mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 15, from noon to 4 p.m.

“This popular fall event has something for all ages,” said Freeholder Brian D. Levine, commission liaison. “This year there will be 29 historic sites countywide open free of charge.”

Visit the event website for details and watch our Weekend Journey video. This year you can view an interactive map of participating sites. A guide to the Weekend Journey also is available online.

The weekend will feature tours led by costumed interpreters and actors portraying historical figures; old-time silent movies with live organ music in an old vaudeville theater; authentic, traditional blacksmithing; 19th-century firefighting wagons and apparatus; sights and sounds of 18th-century living; open-hearth cooking by reenactors; one-room schoolhouses; original Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows; craftspeople demonstrating period crafts; live theater and music; a talking tour of Rocky Hill, a National Historic Site; an annual period antiques fair and community flea market; a live organ recital, including a stirring rendition of “The Battle of Trenton” by James Hewitt; access to local genealogical resources to aid in tracing your local family’s roots; SNAG golf and a scavenger hunt for children at the U.S. Golf Association Museum and a guided tour of the USGA equipment standard lab, both on Saturday; and much more!

Test your powers of observation and deduction by challenging yourself, friends and family to a Detective Mystery activity, “What in the World is That?” by downloading your own official detective task booklet from the SCHistoryWeekend.com website or accessing the mystery items for each site from your smartphone or tablet.

Prize Drawing. Adults visiting four or more participating historic sites during this weekend event will qualify for a free drawing to win one of several $25 prepaid gasoline gift cards. Visit the SCHistoryWeekend.com website for details.

The British are coming! At the Van Horne House in Bridgewater (across from the ballpark), experience British-occupied New Jersey as it was in 1776. During your interactive guided tour, put quill to paper and sign the King’s Loyalty Oath. Join a dance to meet genuine loyalists and secret patriots. Get a military briefing on the war against the rebels. Join a loyalist-versus-patriot debate in the pub. Witness the raising of a liberty pole. Which side will you identify with? The free tours run 1 hour and 15 minutes each.

New Locations. There are two new participating sites this year, both in Franklin Township: the Van Liew-Suydam House at 280 South Middlebush Road and the Griggstown Bridgetender’s House at 2 Griggstown Causeway. The bridgetender’s house, among other things, will feature spinning wool on an antique spinning wheel, organic dyes and sheared wool to sample.

2017 Participating Historic Sites and Locations

1. Blawenburg Reformed Church, Blawenburg (Montgomery)

2. Boudinot-Southard-Ross Estate, Basking Ridge

3. The Brick Academy, Basking Ridge

4. The Brook Arts Center / Historic Brook Theater, Bound Brook

5. Codington Farmstead, Warren Twp

6. Gen. John Frelinghuysen House / Raritan Public Library, Raritan

7. Amy Garret House, Rocky Hill

8. Griggstown Bridgetender’s House, Princeton

9. Griggstown School House, Princeton Township

10. Historic 1860 Schoolhouse / Millstone Borough Hall, Millstone

11. Kirch-Ford-Terrill House, Warren Twp

12. Mount Bethel Meeting House, Warren Twp

13. Old Millstone Forge Blacksmith Shop & Museum, Millstone

14. Old Presbyterian Graveyard, Bound Brook

15. The Presbyterian Church at Bound Book

16. Relief Hose Company No. 2 Engine House, Raritan

17. Daniel Robert Mansion, / Somerville Borough Hall, Somerville

18. Somerville Fire Museum, Somerville

19. South Branch School House, Branchburg

20. Abraham Staats House, South Bound Brook

21. Andrew Ten Eyck House, Branchburg

22. Texier House Museum, Watchung

23. USGA Golf Museum, Far Hills

24. Philip Van Horne House, Bridgewater

25. Van Liew-Suydam House, Franklin Township

26. Van Veghten House, Bridgewater

27. Dr. John Vermeule House, Green Brook

28. Wallace House State Historic Site, Somerville

29. Washington Rock State Park, Green Brook

Stay A While! Why not make a relaxing long weekend of it? Stay overnight at any of Somerset County’s fine hotels and dine at our great local restaurants during this special event weekend. A listing of local restaurants and hotels can be found on the county’s tourism website. 

Princeton Center for Yoga & Health Hosts Labyrinth Program Marking 21 Years

(Skillman, NJ) On Saturday, October 14 (1:00 – 3:00 pm) Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, (Princeton Yoga) 88 Orchard Road, Skillman, welcomes Deborah Ketter, a certified Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator for a special program – Step into the Labyrinth and stoke the Fire of Creativity. Participants will be guided to create their own finger labyrinth, stoking the fires of creativity by first walking the labyrinth together as a group. Fee is $35/$30 if pre-paid by 10/12/2017.

What is a labyrinth? The labyrinth is an ancient symbol seen in cultures around the globe. Exactly when it became a walking path is a bit of a mystery, but today they are popping up in schools, hospitals, community centers, and places of worship world-wide. Many people find profound effects in walking the labyrinth, often in times of transition or when seeking inspiration or simply finding a stillness and peace.

Says Deborah: “We are all endowed with a certain fire at birth. Call it soul, talent or genius. If you stoke it, it flourishes, though you may never know the secret from where it came. Long before the Labyrinth was a walking meditation it was seen as a symbol, its identity unknown. There is speculation that a small carving on an ancient tomb might have been a finger labyrinth placed for the deceased to use as a map to find a way back after reincarnation. Other carvings seen on cave walls may have been finger labyrinths meant to be traced.”

In speaking about the impetus for creating the labyrinth at Princeton Yoga, Director Deborah Metzger notes: “This year marks our 21st anniversary of the Princeton Center for Yoga & Health. My early vision for the Center was to create a haven for people to follow their unique path to health, well-being and self-actualization. As Maslow taught, this need for self-actualization does not always follow a standard progression. Part of my vision for the Center included having a labyrinth (initially metaphorical) as a way to support people on their path. Though it seems that one meanders along the circular walking pattern, the labyrinth has one path which leads to the Center. In fact, one of our early ‘tag lines’ was Find your center at the Center. This year (now fully settled into our new home, a scenic 5-acre campus at 88 Orchard Road, Skillman), seemed the perfect time to bring the labyrinth into being.

“In contemplating the labyrinth, one phrase which came to me again and again was -”Not all those who wander are lost.” ~J. R. R. Tolkien. There is no right way or wrong way to walk the labyrinth. You make a choice to go in, go around and around its circuits, yet always find your way to the Center. For some, it represents a journey to our own center, a meandering but purposeful path that always leads back out into the world. A perfect metaphor!”

“I searched for someone to help with its implementation and found a Kripalu colleague, Deborah Ketter, who is a certified, advanced Veriditas labyrinth facilitator, Kripalu Yoga teacher and artist. She and I together choose and modified a classical 7 circuit design to allow for extra gathering space in the center and came up with a plan to make it so. She completed the project beautifully with heart and intention – from initial layout/measuring, finding organic materials like the stone and mulch, recruiting the people to help build it and together, with some of our teachers, students and volunteers, worked for days in the hot sun yielding the what you now see. We envision adding additional landscaping and other features to the project (benches, found objects and the like) over time – this too will grow organically as there is no rush and no “ending” to the circular path!”

About Deborah Ketter, BFA, E-RYT 500, is a certified, advanced Veriditas labyrinth facilitator, Kripalu Yoga teacher and artist. She presents nationwide, including Kripalu, North America’s largest yoga training center, and has been building labyrinths and facilitating labyrinth walks at yoga studios, schools, community centers and hospitals for 15 years. Trained by Lauren Artress at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Debbie also studied labyrinth design with master builder Robert Ferre. As a yoga teacher, she uses a creative and therapeutic approach to teach the art and science of yoga, with a focus on guided relaxation. www.deborahketter.com

Princeton Yoga is the Greater Princeton area’s first and longest running yoga Center. Now at 88 Orchard Road, a bucolic 5-acre campus and its third home in Montgomery, the Center is known for its innovative programs, charitable classes, offerings for all ages, levels of fitness, busy schedules and budgets - featuring local talent and nationally acclaimed yoga educators and special guests. Free parking. Schedule and details can be found at www.princetonyoga.com or by calling 609-924-7294. The labyrinth is open to the public during regular business hours. In honor of the Center’s anniversary, new visitors are welcome to sample classes with a $20 for 20 days’ unlimited class pass.


Food For Thought - Dutch Ovens

Cookware is made from myriad materials, although some form of metal is the most common. Different metals of course, have different properties, and thus each one has its own constellation of pros and cons.
Cast iron is inexpensive, durable, becomes very hot and maintains its heat. Nothing short of a grill will sear your meat like cast iron. That's the good news. On the flip side cast iron is reactive. That means it can chemically interact with acidic ingredients. It can also rust, and food tends to stick to it. For these reasons cast iron pans must be "seasoned." This involves coating the entire pan, inside and out with oil or shortening and baking it to seal the fat into the pan. This inhibits rusting and provides a non-stick surface but naturally this layer eventually breaks down and the process must be repeated. Some cast iron pans are coated with enamel. This is an attempt to ameliorate the dilemmas of cast iron while maintaining its strengths, particularly the exceptional heat conduction.

A Dutch oven is a cast iron pot (usually of large size), with a snug fitting lid. There are a number of theories as to how the Dutch oven got its name. The first comes from the fact that during the 1600s the Dutch had the most advanced method of forging cast iron into cookware. The English later patented a process based on the Dutch design, and popularized it in Britain and the American colonies. Another theory ascribes the pot's name to the Dutch merchants who sold them. Finally, some posit that the Dutch reference emanates from the Dutch settlers in Pennsylvania who used the pots regularly. Indeed, any or all of these sources could have combined to form the final namesake.

In America, the Dutch oven took on iconic status. Legs were added to it so it could rest above a fire or smoldering coals. A special flanged lid (who some credit to Paul Revere), was also devised so that hot coals could be placed on top of it without embers dropping into the food. Surrounding the pot with a heat source truly turned it into an "oven." Dutch ovens were indispensable for frontiersmen, pioneers, and explorers such as Lewis & Clark. Utah was particularly enamored with the Dutch oven, so much so that the state's legislature named it Utah's official state cooking pot in 1997.

Modern Dutch ovens are designed to be used on a stovetop (or inside an actual oven), have a smooth, legless bottom, a heavy lid, and handles on either side of the pot. A modern version is the aforementioned enameled cast iron. As stated, the enamel eradicates the negatives of cast iron, namely rusting and reactivity. However, while you can deep fry in cast iron, such high temperatures are not recommended for enamel. Le Creuset is the quintessential example of the modern, enameled Dutch oven and certainly one of the best on the market.

Dutch ovens are the cooking vessel of choice for soups, stews, braises casseroles, and any other slow, long, simmered dishes. Pot roast, Bolognese sauce, baked beans, chili con carne, and cassoulet, are all ideal for a Dutch oven.

Nowadays the term Dutch oven has been bandied to the point that cookware manufacturers use it to describe any large part, regardless of the composite material. Purists would argue that only a cast iron vessel, enameled or not, can be considered a Dutch oven. If you must stray into some other element, such as stainless steel, ensure that it is a heavy gauge steel with a proportionately heavy and tight-fitting lid. Thicker steel will sear food without burning it, as well as distribute and maintain heat better. It will be devoid of "hot spots" since the thermal energy is uniformly dispersed. Heavier steel will also not warp over time. Finally, a heavy, snug lid will seal in the heat more thoroughly, and reduce moisture loss during cooking.

3 red bell peppers, roasted, skins and seeds removed
1 lb. boneless chicken thighs or breasts
1/2 lb. sweet Italian sausage
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil, as needed
1 medium-large onion, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, chopped
3 cups chicken broth
2 batches of baby spinach
Chopped parsley to taste

Roast the peppers by placing them in a pre-heated broiler, or on top of a gas stove burner until they are charred. Place them in a covered container to steep and cool. Remove the skins and seeds, cut them into strips and set aside.

Cut the chicken and sausage into bite size pieces and season with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven until it just starts to smoke. Add the chicken and sausage and remove as soon as they are browned. Add the onion and more oil if necessary and cook. Add more salt and pepper. When the onion has started to soften add the roasted peppers and then the garlic. Cook for a few minutes more. Deglaze the pot with the chicken stock, scraping up the browned bits on the bottom. Return the chicken and sausage to the pot, bring to a boil and then simmer uncovered for a few minutes. Begin adding the spinach, in batches if necessary, until it wilts and is completely incorporated. Taste and adjust seasoning, finish with fresh parsley and serve. Don't forget some bread for dipping.

Montgomery Police Advisory

Montgomery Twp Police advises you to AVOID Green Avenue starting Monday 10/09/17, road closed 7A-4:30P for road construction. Approximately 6 weeks.

Residents Between Staats Farm Road and Belle Mead Girggstown Road will have access, as well as busses and emergency vehicles.  

Saturday's Farmers' Market Oct 7

9 am - 1 pm

Plenty of flavor-packed produce still coming in: apples, pears, beets, onions, and potatoes to name a few.

Also enjoy our other market offerings: freshly made cheesecakes and dinner-in-a-snap
fresh pasta. Curries, soups and sausages. And gluten-free items, too!

Get ahead of the holiday shopping, look at the fine alpaca goods at Woods Edge Farms.

Market Focus:
Orchard Farm Organics

Orchard Farm Organics uses biodynamic practices throughout its 61 acres, employing raised beds and no-tilling to avoid compacting the soil. The beds are enriched with compost each season producing nutritious lettuces, herbs, beans, spinach and other healthy greens, tomatoes, squash and more which they sell at our Farmers' Market. Also on offer are delicious tomato and pesto sauces and their organic eggs.

The farm is proud to be certified organic by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. If you would like to learn about their CSA, visit their website orchardfarmorganics.org, or contact Caroline and Bob at info@orchardfarmorganics.org


Market Crosswords
must be turned in by Oct. 21st
Deadline to turn in the puzzles is Oct. 21. Stop by the bread table and show us what you've done. Good faith efforts will be rewarded!

Who's at the market?

Blue Ribbon Business Princeton Design Guild is again our Blue Ribbon sponsor. We thank them for their generous support. Visit them for high-quality custom home design and remodeling.

Thanks also to our other sponsors: Princeton Fitness and Wellness, 1st Constitution Bank of Rocky Hill, Terra Momo, Kevin Baez State Farm, Princeton Orthopaedic Assoc., Clyde River Christmas Trees, Radiation Data, and Nassau Tennis Club.

The 2017 market is open from June 3 through October 28 Saturdays, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. It is located at the Village Shopper II,1340 Route 206, across from Montgomery Cinema in Skillman.

You = Success. The market is strong because of dynamic people like you. Use your smarts and energy to make the market successful. Contact us to find how (leslie_brecknell2@yahoo.com) or sign up online now. Click the button below.

Celebrate Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins At Terhune Orchards in October


Your family’s great pumpkin is waiting for you at Terhune Orchards. Ranging from giant to small, Terhune Orchards has the pumpkin just right for your entryway or tabletop. Search our pick your own pumpkin patch for the perfect jack o’ lantern pumpkin or choose one from the display in our farmyard. After choosing the perfect pumpkin, children enjoy visiting the paint your own pumpkin decorating area.


Apple Days Fall Harvest Weekends continue through the end of October on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am – 5 pm . Climb aboard the tractor drawn wagon ride for a tour of our 200 acres of preserved farmlands. Children’s activities includes our interactive Discovery Barn, corn maze, barnyard animals, rubber duck races, hay bale maze and pony rides. Each festival day features a new local musical guest that plays toe tapping, good old fashioned country music. Entertainment includes Oct. 21-Daisy Jug Band, Oct.22 Albo, Oct. 28 Jimmie Lee Ramblers and Oct. 29 Tom and Jerry.

Acclaimed local pumpkin carver, Tom Cook will be here to demonstrate his whimsical pumpkin carving style during Apple Days Fall Harvest Weekends on Oct. 22, 28 and 29 from 12 -4 p.m. Cook is a Ewing resident and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.


Pam’s Food Tent has a lunch menu with farm favorites such as pulled pork sandwiches, barbecue chicken, vegetarian chili, macaroni and cheese, hotdogs and more. Savor one of our freshly baked pumpkin and apple treats. Enjoy your choice of our famous apple cider donuts, pies, muffins and freshly pressed apple cider. The winery tasting room is open for adults to have a glass of Terhune Orchards Vineyard and Winery’s award winning red, white and fruit based wines. 

Clam Rustlers Return To Rocky Hill

During this past June, a dog walker in the Rocky Hill Green Acres noted several bags laying alongside the pathway near the chain fence. The bags turned out to be full of small, freshwater clams, harvested unlawfully from the nearby Millstone River. Nearby lay a rolled up set of waders. A few days later, whoever it was had returned for more clams, only this time, it was with a crew of four men in a car with New York plates. They quickly loaded their car and scarpered. Rocky Hill Borough Councilman Billy Dawson was notified and he contacted the NJ Park authorities.

The clam rustlers returned again on October 3, only now it was clearly more of a wholesale operation. This time there were eight bags full, each weighing about 15 or 20 pounds. Passersby noted a single man, about 40 years old lurking in the woods, who proved remarkably shy. As the residents were in contact with a Park ranger, a car with NY plates drove up into the Greenacres, onto the pedestrian pathway, and after loading his passenger and clams, rapidly reversed, nearly striking this reporter.

Councilman Dawson said, "The NJ DEP passed the license plate number to the NY Dept. of Conservation and their officers have power to issue tickets on the other end. I was told they aggressively pursue this to make sure the clams don't end up in the food chain."

The freshwater clams from the Millstone River are no bigger than the joint on the end of your thumb, but resemble salt water clams in every way. Presumably, if left to nature they grow as big as the empty shells laying in the mud along the creek, which are nearly the size of salt water clams. Freshwater clams filter nutrients from water, and also help clean it. However, these are notably contaminated by sewage, industrial wastes, landscaping and farm chemistry and other pollutants, and should never be consumed by humans.

A source at DEP said that any commercial harvest is for a New York market that is, let's say, less discriminating, and have probably already been sold. Better lay off the clams casino for a few months.
Should see someone clamming in the Millstone, or taking bags of clams, please report it to the Borough Constable or try calling the Parks investigator at 609-468-1711.
So far, no arrests have been made. 

Local Democratic Candidates Schedule Meet-and-Greet in Montgomery in Lieu of Cancelled Debate

Montgomery Democratic Organization to host informational session after GOP candidates
decline to participate in League of Women Voters forum

The Montgomery Democratic Organization will hold a candidate meet-and-greet on Tuesday, October 17
at 7:00 p.m. The information session, open to all members of the community, will include the
Democratic Party’s nominees for Somerset County Freeholder, Somerset County Clerk, and Montgomery
Township Committee.

The Monty Dems scheduled the session after the Republican candidates for Montgomery Township
Committee and Somerset County Freeholder declined to participate in a forum organized by the League
of Women Voters (LWV) for the same date. 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.

Although the traditional debate between township-level candidates will not go forward, “I believe that
the members of our community deserve the chance to hear about the candidates’ positions and to pose
questions,” says Sadaf Jaffer, the Democratic Party candidate for Montgomery Township Committee. “I
welcome the opportunity to hear from Montgomery residents and to answer their questions about my
candidacy,” continued Jaffer. All members of the community, regardless of party affiliation, are invited
to hear from and ask questions of the Democratic candidates about their ideas related to Township

The meet-and-greet will be held at the Otto Kaufman Community Center, 356 Skillman Road, in Skillman
on October 17. It will begin at 7:00 p.m. Democratic candidates who will be in attendance include 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.
For more information, please email chair@montgomerydemsnj.org. 

The Montgomery Woman's Club Welcomes You to The Palisades

On November 9 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. 

MDO sponsored Community Meet and Greet Oct 17

7:00 to 9:00 PM
Main Room, Senior Center
Otto Kauffman Center

The information session, open to all members of the community, will include the Democratic Party’s nominees for Somerset County Freeholder, Somerset County Clerk, and Montgomery Township Committee. The MDO scheduled the session after the Republican candidates for Montgomery Township Committee and Somerset County Freeholder declined to participate in a forum organized by the League of Women Voters (LWV) for the same date. 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.

Report From Rocky Hill Oct 2017

Sharp-eyed drivers may have noticed on Washington Street a black Camaro with dark windows, and very faintly in "ghost lettering" along the side, "POLICE" This is a consequence of a new contract with the Franklin Township Police Department, to provide patrolling of Rocky Hill streets, three times a week, for four hours at a time, as requested by Rocky Hill. The contract was signed by Rocky Hill Borough Council in a special meeting on September 4, and a week later, by Franklin Township. On September 18, they issued eight tickets. Councilman Mark Sibley said, "It's not about the revenue, it's about traffic enforcement."

Meanwhile, South Bound Brook PD, which had been providing this shared service in the past, has failed to respond to repeated requests for a meeting so that the Borough can explain the new contract with Franklin. Borough Council thanked the Montgomery Township PD and the NJ State Police for stepping up to the plate during the period this summer after SBBPD stopped service and before Franklin began.

The NJSP reports that they investigated two accidents during August (one in the parking lot of the Rocky Hill Inn). In July there were three new moving violations, and three were disposed of in Court, for a total of $227, of which the Rocky Hill portion was $33.04. In August, there were nine new moving violations and one "other," 14 were disposed of in Court, with a total of $1,780 receipts, of which Rocky Hill's share was $358.

At the September 18,meeting of Borough Council, Rocky Hill resident Ethan Rizzi, a Boy Scout working on his Eagle Scout award, presented a plan to build a pathway connecting Crescent Avenue with Van Horne Park. There had been a pathway, but it was overgrown, and pedestrians were essentially trespassing on the Business Park, to the annoyance of the owners. Ethan proposed laying 4x4 sleepers along the path, covered with planks, for a distance of several hundred feet, and requested help from the Borough. Borough Engineer Bill Tanner volunteered the services of Van Cleef Engineering for the landscape architecture. Mr. Tanner said, "A boardwalk is the only way to avoid violating a wetlands," and noted that a permit would be required from the DEP. He said that gravel had been used unsuccessfully in the past, because it tended to wash away in heavy rains.

The Borough could be on the hook for the cost of the lumber, but the Scouts, assisted by Councilmen Sibley and John Hagemann, would be doing the heavy lifting, as well as clearing out a dense thicket of brambles. Borough Council approved it in principle, but they need to know how much it will cost.
Following that presentation, Matt Rosenthal, a Belle Mead resident, requested permission to install a storage shed at Van Horne Park. Rosenthal is head of something called NFL Flag Football, a sport for little kids, and indicated that as many as 180 children were signed up currently. He said that they need a place to store the pylons and gear used to mark the fields, which he had been lugging from his car in the parking lot for some distance to the fields, and it weighed a lot. He said that it could all fit into a 4x2x2-foot storage box presently, but he expected to outgrow that space, and requested permission to install, at his own expense, a storage shed with a seven-foot height alongside the bathroom building. Permission had been granted from Montgomery and he need the Borough's permission to go ahead, noting that the unused space in the shed would be available to other teams at the site. The Borough agreed to his request.
On which note, the Park is jointly managed and maintained by the Borough and the Township. However, Montgomery Township had been collecting fees from the various teams that used the Park. The Borough noted that they finally received a check from the Township for it's share of receipts.

Mr. Tanner made note of the data from the flow meters installed in the Borough sewer lines. Basically, they showed spikes following rain falls, indicating groundwater inflow into the sewer lines from three possible sources: leaks in the lines, inflow around manhole covers, and unlawful home sump pumps connected to sewer lines. At any rate, the sewer capacity for the Borough is maxed out, so that no new connections are possible.

He also said that although determining the source would be expensive, in the long run it would cost more unless the groundwater inflow was remediated, as the Borough shares sewer costs with Montgomery based on 18% percent of total combined flow and costs. If more rain water is getting into the metered sewer lines on the Borough side, then treating it will cost the Borough more.

Costs would vary, with manhole repairs estimated at $33,000, up to $129,000 for scoping all five miles of sewer lines for leaks, and a total estimated at as much as $223,000 for repairs. Council is considering it.
Another project under consideration is another solar-powered crossing light, estimated at $80K-$90K, to go were most needed, which appears to be the intersection of Washington and Montgomery Avenues. There's a very nice one at the canal end of Washington Street, installed by the State Parks Dept.
Fall leaf collecting is up in the air (no pun intended) as aptly-named Branchburg, which had shared that service in the past, is waiting for the hurricane season to end before committing to renew again. Stay tuned.

Rocky Hill CFO Joe Monzo reports that municipal tax collections are at 98.2%, which is the best that anyone can hope for, and that all of the basic municipal bills are paid, including two payments to the Montgomery Sewer Authority. Mr. Monzo said that the Borough also completed the NJ State Best Practices questionnaire, comprising 25 questions, down from last year's 30 questions. As the Borough was able to complete 22 out of 25 as "yes" or "undetermined," Rocky Hill will be receiving 100% of Municipal Aid.

Council is considering an ordinance to restrict parking at Borough Hall. Some have been leaving cars there for extended periods, and also ordinances to regulate massage parlors and vape stores.
The Borough is still looking for another Constable.

Residents pulled 2.266M gallons in July, and 2.728M gallons of water from Well #2 in August.
Borough Council approved three resolutions: 2017-55, that Borough Council members have reviewed the annual audit; 2017-56, that the Borough will participate in the second update of the Somerset County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (Erik Mickelson appointed as representative); and 2017-57, authorizing the Borough to participate in the Statewide Insurance Fund from Jan. 2018 through Jan. 2021.
Council also gave a first reading to Ordinance 2017-02, which repeals the former OEM ordinance and replaces it with an ordinance creating three paid per diem fire fighters. One or more of these fire fighters would be on duty during daytime at the station, when getting volunteers to a fire is more difficult. The ordinance will be voted on at the October 2 Council meeting.

A special welcome to new Rocky Hill resident Tom Malinowski, who lives in the old schoolhouse on Washington Street. He will be running a serious challenge against Cong. Lance in the 7th Congressional District.

The Borough Flu Clinic is on Oct. 24, from 1 pm to 3 pm at Borough Hall, free for all residents. Please register in advance at 908-359-8211.

Large Trash Pickup is Oct. 18. Brush and Limb pickup is Oct 19 – 20.

Borough Council normally meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at Borough Hall on Montgomery Ave., at 7 pm. For more information, visit www.rockyhill-nj.gov. 

Water Main Break Near Princeton Airport

There has been a water main break near Princeton Airport. This has resulted in a loss of running water in the area of Route 206 from Route 518 to Cherry Valley Road.

This is expected to continue through most of Monday while NJ American Water conducts repairs. All food establishments and many business in this location are closed due to lack of running water 

Princeton Pro Musica 2017-18 Season

Princeton Pro Musica is excited to announce their 39th season, beginning on November 5th with a presentation of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem. The season’s first concert will be held at 4:00 PM at Richardson Hall on the campus of Princeton University. The Requiem will be accompanied by full orchestra and will feature soprano Rochelle Ellis, a distinguished member of the music faculty at both Princeton University and Westminster Choir College, who is also a widely recognized soloist. The baritone soloist, Paul Max Tipton, has been described as an engaging singer with a voice of “earthy authority.” He enjoys an active career in opera, oratorio, and chamber music and has performed and recorded throughout North America, Europe, China, and Korea. The concert will be preceded at 3:00 PM by a talk given by Dr. Marjorie Herman, noted choral conductor and the former host of Sounds Choral, a program that is aired on WWFM, The Classical Network.


This year’s annual Christmas concert will feature Joy to the World: A Christmas Suite, Dr. Brandau’s compilation of popular carols, holiday songs, and the Christmas choruses of Handel and Bach. The Trenton Children’s Chorus will join the chorus for the second year in a row. Joy to the World will be presented at Trenton’s Patriots Theater on Sunday December 10 at 4:00 PM. Soloists for this spirited concert will be Margaret Dudley, soprano and Brian Mextorf, baritone.


In the Princeton University Chapel on Saturday March 3, 2018, Princeton Pro Musica will present Monteverdi’s early Baroque Vespers, its splendor enhanced by two premier NJ high school choirs from Princeton and Bridgewater, as well as the Westminster Kantorei, an auditioned chamber choir specializing in early and contemporary music.. The Chapel’s acoustics will enhance the vocal timbres of the soloists and all choirs to highlight the piece’s ethereal nature. The concert will take place at 7:30 PM.


In two 8:00 PM performances on Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28, Princeton Pro Musica will be the guests of the Princeton University Glee Club in presenting Benjamin Britten’s stirring War Requiem. This work is a gripping and powerful response to war in the Twentieth Century. The combined choirs will be accompanied by the full Princeton University Orchestra in Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium.


Princeton Pro Musica, a 100 member chorus founded by Francis Fowler Slade in 1979, has been led by Artistic Director Dr. Ryan James Brandau since 2012. After directing the Katzenjammers during his years at Princeton, Dr. Brandau earned an MPhil at Cambridge, then went on to earn his PhD in musical studies at Yale. He attributes his enjoyment of working with Princeton Pro Musica to its members. “It’s just something about that particular energy, when you have a lot of talented singers who are not necessarily professionals, who aren’t doing this for a paycheck or aren’t doing it for university credit. They are doing it just because they love it.”


You may purchase subscriptions and single tickets now online, by telephone to the PPM office 609-683-5122, or by US mail to PPM at P.O. Box 2244, Princeton, NJ 08543.  

Hillsborough Township to Conduct Point of Distribution Drill

Residents Encouraged to Participate in the September 27th Drill for the Distribution of Supplies/Medications in the Event of a Natural/Manmade Disaster or Pandemic

"The Hillsborough Township Office of Emergency Management, in collaboration with Hillsborough Health Department and the Hillsborough Business Advocate's Office

Residents driving through the drill will be given a supply bag filled with goods donated by local businesses
will be conducting a Point of Distribution Drill (POD) on September 27, 2017 at the Mountain View Park, 141 Mountain View Rd., Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844 between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm," announced Committeeman Frank DelCore, Liaison to the Office of Emergency Management at Tuesday's Township Committee Meeting.

A Point of Distribution Drill is conducted to test the Township's capabilities to distribute supplies and medications to residents and visitors to Hillsborough Township in the event of a natural or man-made disaster or pandemic.

Township Employees fill giveaway supply bags with donated goods.

Hillsborough businesses were invited to donate discount coupons and other promotional giveaways to be included in the supply bags. Please note, there will not be any medication distributed during this drill.

"Township residents are encouraged to assist in the drill by driving through the POD and receiving the supply bag. The more people that participate the better prepared the Township will be in the event of an actual emergency," added Committeeman Frank DelCore.  

Wildflower Walk in Hobler Park October 8th

Nov. 5th 2 pm Terry Lynch Nature's Healing Powers

Yellow Stargrass is a wildflower the grows in the Sourlands

Spectacular Autumn wildflowers are busting out all over Montgomery. Popular naturalists Mary and Charlie Leck will be showing us the splendid foliage and probably a little more in Hobler Park.

Charlie Leck is Professor Emeritus of Rutgers University where he taught Ornithology, Ecology, and Natural History courses for 30 years. A naturalist with many interests, he has been a birder since boy scout days. His research interests included behavior of neo-tropical migrants.

Mary is a botanist who's been interested in wetland seed ecology and soil seed banks beginning in 1976. The focus of her studies is the tidal freshwater wetland along Crosswicks Creek. While at Rider University, Mary taught botany courses including Modern Plant Biology, Field Natural History, and Marine Botany; she is currently Emeritus Professor of Biology.

A free 1st Sunday in the Park event sponsored by Montgomery Friends of Open Space (MontgomeryFriends.org).

Hobler Park, Blawenburg, NJ

From Route 518 (Georgetown-Franklin Turnpike), turn onto Great Road. Stay to the right at the fork. Entrance will be on the left across from Country Club Drive.

Explore more:
Hobler - A Work of Art:
Sunday, Oct. 8th 2 p.m. 

Deadline to Submit DACA Renewal Requests Approaching On Oct. 5


WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is reminding eligible Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients that they have one week to properly file their DACA renewal requests and associated applications for employment authorization. As previously announced, for recipients whose DACA and work authorization expire between Sept. 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018, inclusive, USCIS will continue to accept renewal requests through Oct. 5, 2017. These requests must be properly filed and physically received by the agency at the proper filing location no later than Oct. 5. The mailing address and instructions can be found here: https://www.uscis.gov/i-821d-addresses. Renewal requests that are granted will be valid for two years, unless otherwise terminated or revoked.


Individuals with DACA and associated work authorization that expire after March 5, 2018, are no longer eligible to submit a renewal request. However, their current DACA and work authorization will remain valid until they expire, unless otherwise terminated or revoked.


Individuals with DACA and associated work authorizations that expired on or before Sept. 4, 2017, who had not properly filed a renewal request that was received on or before Sept. 5, 2017, are also no longer eligible to request renewal.


Based on legal guidance issued by the Attorney General, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke issued a memorandum on Sept. 5, 2017, initiating an orderly wind-down of DACA. Additional information on this topic can be found on the USCIS website.


For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), and Facebook (/uscis).


Operation Friends Again Gives Relief to Houston, Oct 8 Drop-off

After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast twelve years ago, victims of Hurricane Harvey starting the school year in Houston are being helped by students and families from Montgomery and Rocky Hill, as part of the co-sponsored MTSD and municipalities' "Operation Friends Again."

The plan to bring back the donation program was noted by Deputy Mayor Rich Smith at the Township Committee's September 7 meeting.

In 2005 Montgomery sent aid directly to Biloxi, MS, and this year two schools in Texas will benefit. "We selected one school in the heart of Biloxi which got hit hard. We filled up a tractor trailer and delivered it to that school as people from all over town filled boxes of donated materials," Smith announced.
Donations will be accepted through Saturday, October 7, and community members who wish to donate can pick up free large packing boxes at any of the five Montgomery Public Schools, at the Board of Education's office or at True Value hardware located next to Shop Rite in the plaza. The packed but unsealed boxes can then be dropped off to the barn at Daube Farm on Sunset Road or one of the five schools. Also, a web page set up by the district explains the targeted relief effort:

"Operation Friends will together be adopting two schools from the Houston Independent School District. Many of the 2000 staff and students from Dogan Elementary and Sugar Grove Middle School have lost their homes, possessions and some even their lives as Hurricane Harvey decimated their neighborhoods and schools. We are encouraging our Montgomery families to pack a gift box for a child the age of their own, or between 4 and 14 years of age. We encourage working with neighbors or friends to pack the gift boxes with new clothes, underwear, socks, school supplies, toiletries, and toys," the district stated.

At the Board of Education's Tuesday, September 26 meeting at the Upper Middle School (UMS) Principal Cory Delgado delivered comments on Operation Friends Again and his contact with several school leaders in the Houston district. He says connections with the two schools came through social media, specifically Twitter and the hashtag "#PrincipalsHelpingPrincipals."

"Harvey was not in another country 20 years ago or another lifetime; this was in the U.S. just days ago. Nine consecutive days of torrential rains and sustained 100 mph winds wiped Houston out. When it hit, our UMS school leadership team met and we have been working hard to foster a collaborative environment in our school, and take on projects building social-emotional learning in curriculum. We discussed initiatives for the school year and there was just one thing to speak about - there are kids in Houston that need help. We always talk about Montgomery students being self-aware socially aware, empathetic and service-minded and we will walk the talk," Delgado told the board.

He presented a comprehensive look at how this relief effort turns into a service learning opportunity among UMS students for the families and kids suffering from situations in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Delgado, UMS Assistant Principal Kimberly Dewrell and Shelley Moore, journalism teacher and MTEA vice president at UMS, handed out large brown boxes to school board members and administrators at the meeting. They thanked a few Montgomery leaders as drivers of the 2017 version of Operation Friend: board member Charles Jacey, Frank Drift of Daube Farm and Deputy Mayor Smith and his wife Valerie.

"This thing quickly became a lot bigger than our school leadership team, it is a community-wide event. After talking with Charlie and Frank and revisiting the great work they did in 2005 after Katrina, we decided to adopt a second Houston school. When we spoke to those two principals and heard what was going on, it got real. The middle school principal has school enrollment of 750 students but as of September 19, he still had 100 students unaccounted for and no communication. Another 50 live somewhere else and they can't get to school. Three hundred kids in his school lost their homes. The principal of Dogan Elementary, meanwhile, detailed pre-K to grade 5 students who lost homes and don't know where their friends are," Delgado said.

Shelley Moore detailed the lessons Operation Friends Again holds for students. "UMS students started homeroom projects to think about what it's like to survive a hurricane. What can people take with them, what did people store in the dishwasher because it's waterproof, and where did the victims head to? The students are processing these thoughts and looking into disaster relief, what happens immediately after. They had to consider people in 90-degree heat for weeks without air conditioning, and how the victims have to prepare themselves, be resourceful, and keep up good mental health. We then presented students with assigned boxes to determine their goals - clothes, supplies, and necessities - to donate. Every single homeroom was assigned a grade level to focus on. We are creating posters and letters to Texas students to connect with them," Moore said 

Trunk-or-Treat Sat. Oct. 28th

Fun for Kids and Parents too! Join us for our 2nd annual Trunk-or-Treat! This year the event will be held on Saturday, Oct 28 5 - 7pm at the Montgomery High School front parking lot. Children will go trunk to trunk for treats. Crafts, games, DJ and prize awarded to the best "trunk"! We are in need of residents to take part in by decorating their vehicle for the Trunk-or-Treat. Please call or email Helene Daniels if you would like to participate 609-466-3023/ hlis@twp.montgomery.nj.us