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Pancakes in Oldwick

Winter Farmer's Market

Garden Design Program

Acoustic Cafe in Pottersville

Califon Book Shop Grand Re-Opening

Open House at JCC

Staples® Grant for JCC
WCTT Marks 40th Anniversary

WCTT Senior Outreach

"Project Enterprise" Subject of March 1st WCTT Program

FPC Welcomes 1st Female Pastor

MACNJ Meets Monthly

Parks Committee Notice


Pancakes in Oldwick

The Oldwick Fire Company and Oldwick Boy Scout Troop 199 annual All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast will be held Sunday, February 28th, from 8:00am–12:00pm, at the Oldwick Firehouse, 163 Oldwick Road, Oldwick.  Come support these two community organizations and enjoy Pancakes, Homemade Sausage, Pork Roll, Eggs (any style), Toast, and beverage of your choice.

Cost is: Adults $8 and Kids $5 (under 12).  All proceeds benefit Oldwick Troop 199 and the Oldwick Fire Company.  It’s a fun and tasty way to start your Sunday.

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Winter Farmer's Market

The Hunterdon Land Trust's winter Farmers' Market will be held the third Sunday of every month, from 11:00AM–1:00PM, in HLT’s new rustic classroom that was once a wagon shed on the Dvoor Farm, located at 111 Mine Street, off the route 12 circle, in Raritan Township.

Winter market dates for 2016 will be: January 17th, February 21st, March 20th, and April 17th.  If inclement weather occurs on the third Sunday, the market will be rescheduled for the following week.  However, if the March 20th market is canceled, there will be no market that month since March 27th is Easter Sunday.

This year, shoppers will find more than a dozen farmers and vendors:

• Apple Ridge Farm – artisan breads and pastries.
• Comeback Farm – organic vegetables.
• Farmstead Foods – Prepared foods using local farm-fresh ingredients.
• Fieldstone Coffee Roasters – Coffee (including beans and ground), teas and more.
• Fired Up Flatbread Co. food truck – pizza, pastries and beverages.
• Fulper Farms – cheese and yogurt.
• Griggstown Farm – eggs, poultry and poultry products.
• Locktown Farm — sour pickles, dill pickles, dilly beans, pickled jalapenos and salsa.
• Milford Farms – eggs, beef and pork.
• Purely Farm – eggs, pastured pork and turkey.
• Sandbrook Meadow Farm – organic vegetables.
• Toadshade Wildflower Farm – native plant seeds, teas and nuts.
• WoodsEdge Wools Farm (December) – llama and alpaca products.

“The Hunterdon Land Trust’s Winter Farmers’ Market is part of our commitment to supporting local farms and farmers, safeguarding our rural way of life, and ensuring everyone in this area has access to nutritious and delicious local food.  Extending the market season into the winter provides the farmers with income year-round and encourages them to extend their growing seasons,” said Catherine Suttle, cultural director of the Hunterdon Land Trust.

For more information on the Hunterdon Land Trust and the Winter Farmers’ Market, visit www.hunterdonlandtrust.org, or phone 908-237-4582.
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garden Design Program

The Garden Club of Hunterdon Hills invites anyone in the northern Hunterdon County area who shares an interest in gardening, horticulture, agriculture and conservation to join them on Wednesday, February 24th, in the High Bridge Emergency Squad Building, 95 West Main Street, High Bridge NJ 08829.

The morning begins with coffee at 9:30AM, followed by the regular business meeting at 10:00, and the day’s program at 11:00.

Presenter Jerry Fritz of Linden Hill Garden Design will share some solid garden design advice and planning pointers as well as discuss his favorite plantings.

Everyone is invited to come, meet the members and learn about the Club’s exciting outings, programs and committees.

Meetings will be held on the fourth Wednesday of every month through June.

For information about the club, visit www.gardenclubhunterdonhills.com, or e-mail info@gardenclubhunterdonhills.com.

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Acoustic Cafe in Pottersville

Mark your calendar for the March 5th Acoustic Cafe at the Pottersville Community House.  Enjoy an evening of live acoustic music in the peaceful ambiance of a candle-lit, cafe setting.  March’s Café features Vic Freiler, singer / guitarist who resides in Summit, NJ.

       Vic currently is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for a local cover band, Mid-Life Crisis, which performs in the Morristown area on a regular basis.  The band has quite a following, and is known for its high energy shows, getting the crowd moving and having an all-around good time.  Vic is originally from the Lehigh Valley area, where he performed both an acoustic solo and acoustic duo act for years.  Vic will be performing a variety of popular acoustic cover songs that span from the 60's through the present, many of which all will know and can sing along with.

Doors open at 7:30pm, and if you get hungry over the course of the two-hour performance, appetizers, soft drinks, coffee, and desserts will be availableall compliments of the house.  There is no cover charge either, but donations are always very appreciated.

The Community House is located at 2091 Black River Road, in Pottersville, directly across from the Pottersville Church.  You can check out the Acoustic Cafe on the church’s website, call 908-439-3913 or e-mail pottersville.church@aol.com for more information.

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Califon Book Shop Grand Re-Opening

Califon’s beloved book shop was sold just prior to the Holidays.   New owner Heather Kerner, of Mansfield, has many new plans for the store.   To start, a Grand Re-Opening is scheduled for Saturday, February  27th, from 1:00-4:00PM.   Several authors and illustrators of different genres, including Rolf Margenau, Barbara Clark, and Loren Spiotta-DiMare of Tewksbury, will be on hand, signing their books and chatting with visitors.

Other upcoming activities include:  Hike it Baby—a local hike for young children followed by story time at the store, Califon Book Discussion Club, Writer’s Critique Group and Introduction to Book Publishing Classes.

The first publishing class taught by long-time author and small book publisher, Loren Spiotta-DiMare will be held on three Wednesday mornings in February, the 10th, 17th, 24th, from 10:00AM–12:00PM.   The cost is $100.   Contact the store if you would like to enroll: 908-832-6686.

And don’t forget to stop by during the Grand Re-Opening to support your local, small book store.

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Open House at JCC

The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) located at 775 Talamini Road in Bridgewater, will be holding an Open House for JCC Camp Ruach and the JCC Blaustein Early Childhood Center on Tuesday, February 23rd, from 5:00-7:00PM.

JCC Staff will be available to provide tours of the JCC, its preschool and camp, and special savings will be offered for new registrations. The JCC is offering $100 off for new registrations for the JCC Blaustein Early Childhood Center, and $100 off on new registrations for JCC Camp Ruach received on February 23rd, 2016.  (This offer applies to new registrations only and cannot be combined with any other offer.  Some restrictions apply.)  For details, contact the JCC, at 908-725-6994, ext 201.

The JCC Blaustein Early Childhood Center offers programs for ages 6 weeks through Full Day Kindergarten.  Preschool and child care hours are 7:30AM–6:00PM.  Year-round programs are available. Academics, swimming, physical education, music and Jewish holiday celebrations are part of the curriculum.  Every classroom has a certified teacher with assistants and a high staff-to-child ratio.  Parents can choose to enroll children in afterschool enrichment classes such as Dance, Yoga, Legos, Karate, Soccer and Tumbling.  The JCC also offers half-day AM and PM Kindergarten Enrichment extension programs with public school busing provided from Van Holten and Hamilton Elementary Schools in Bridgewater.  For more information, or if you cannot attend the Open House, you can schedule a tour by contacting Early Childhood Director Linda Weiss, at 908-725-6994, ext 208.

Camp Ruach offers a nine week program for campers 15 months old through Grade 10 from June 27th - August 26th.  Registration is available for four weeks or more.  Preschoolers have multiple scheduling options to meet individual needs.  The camp is located on 14 acres and has three swimming pools -- indoor and outdoor -- four sports fields, climbing wall, bouldering wall, high and low ropes courses, mini-golf course, portable skateboard park, great indoor facilities including a gymnasium, enclosed game room and much more.  Activities include Swim Instruction and Swim Team, Karate, Archery, Zip Line, Sports, Gymnastics, Arts & Crafts, Musical Theatre, Cooking and Weekly Entertainment.  Camp Ruach features a high staff to child ratio, and includes transportation to/from the JCC.  Lunches, Early Care and Late Stay are also offered. Road Rulz Teen Travel offers five journeys a week for Teens entering grades 7-9, (two week-long adventures and multiple one-night trips).  New in 2016…Road Rulz Plus for Teens entering Grade 10, offering three two-week trips.  The Leadership In Training (LIT) program for campers entering Grades 8 and 9 combines learning to be a community leader, working with campers, and enjoying a weekly trip.  Sababa, a program for 7th and 8th graders, offers two day trips per week and on-site programming 3 days week; and Chaverim, is an individualized program for campers with special needs.  Limited space is available in the Road Rulz and LIT programs.  A post camp week is open to campers in Grades K - Grade 6 from August 22-26 offering a variety of specialty camps including On the Court Basketball, ArtsTech Creative Theater, School of Rock and Bricks 4 Kidz Legos.  A Post Camp Week is offered August 22-26 for campers ages 3 and 4.  For more information, please contact Camp Director Stacey Herman, at 908-725-6994, ext 223.  Brochure, video and applications available online.

The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center is located at 775 Talamini Road in Bridgewater.  The JCC is a social service agency that serves residents of all ages residing in Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties, providing fitness, recreational, social, cultural and educational programs for the entire community.  The state-of-the-art facility includes an indoor salt based pool, outdoor salt based heated pool with dome enclosure during the off season, gymnasium, fitness center, group fitness studios and JFitGround, an outdoor adult fitness training facility used for personal and small group training. The J-Crew After School Program is open to children in Grades K- 6.  The JCC is home to the Bridgewater Tide Swim Team and Summer Swim Club.  The JCC is pleased to host the Rising Tide Special Olympics Swim Team and offers a variety of programs for children and adults with Special Needs. For additional information, visit the JCC website.
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Staples® Grant for JCC

The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center’s Blaustein Early Childhood Center has been awarded $5,000 by Staples® Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples®, Inc., under a program that lets Staples® associates direct donations.

According to Laura Friedman, Executive Director of the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC), “This generous grant from the Staples® Foundation will be awarded to families in financial need in our local community so that their children can receive much needed child care and educational programs provided by the JCC Blaustein Early Childhood Center. We thank Jed Weinstein, a JCC member and Staples® associate, for choosing the JCC Blaustein Early Childhood Center for this generous grant,” she added.

This Staples® grant is part of a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation which allows Staples® associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations that are focused on education or job skills. The program, called 2 Million and Change, encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising – up to $25,000 per organization.

In 2014, Staples® awarded more than $2.4 million in grants to 1,056 local organizations in support of education and job skills programs, including tutoring for pediatric cancer patients, job skills development for individuals with disabilities, school supplies, mentoring and more.

“Staples® Foundation is committed to encouraging associates around the globe to make a difference in their local communities and through 2 Million and Change we enable them to directly support the programs where they personally see the greatest need,” said Emily McCann, senior manager of community and giving for Staples®, Inc.

The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center is located at 775 Talamini Road in Bridgewater.  The JCC is a social service agency that serves residents of all ages residing in Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties, providing fitness, recreational, social, cultural and educational programs for the entire community.  The state-of-the-art facility includes an indoor salt based pool, outdoor salt based heated pool with dome enclosure during the off season, gymnasium, fitness center and group fitness studios.  New to the JCC is JFitGround, an outdoor adult fitness training facility used for personal and small group training.  The JCC Blaustein Early Childhood Center provides childcare for ages 6 weeks through Kindergarten and the J-Crew After School Program is open to children in Grades K-6. JCC Camp Ruach is the JCC’s summer day camp for children ages 15 months through 9th Grade.  The JCC is home to the Bridgewater Tide Swim Team, Summer Swim Club, and is pleased to host the Rising Tide Special Olympics Swim Team.  For more information, visit the JCC website.

About Staples® Community and Giving: Staples® contributes to educational and job-related community efforts with a primary focus on disadvantaged youth, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development, through in-kind and monetary donations and grants from Staples® Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples®, Inc.  Through its community and giving efforts, Staples® and Staples® Foundation have helped more than 7,000 organizations in 26 countries. For more information, visit www.staples.com/community.
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wCTT Marks 40th Anniversary

Trish Mahoney, President of the Woman's Club of Tewksbury Township (WCTT), recently announced that January 2016 marks 40 years since the Woman's Club of Tewksbury Township became a part of the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs, a division of the General Federation of Woman's Clubs, which is "dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others".  The NJ Federation's mission is "Volunteers in Action - Making a Difference in the Lives of Others One Project at a Time!"

WCTT President Trish Mahoney shows off a cake decorated for the Club's anniversary
WCTT President Trish Mahoney shows off a cake decorated for the Club's anniversary

Holding its first meeting in November, 1975, the club consisted of twenty-three members under the leadership of Carol Pegoraro, its first President.  Betsy Baird, Lori Luciano, Elaine Patrick, and Patricia Botwinich are current members who belonged to that charter group of ladies.  Today the club numbers well over sixty members from Tewksbury and its surrounding areas, and is open to any woman 18 years of age or older.  Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, September through June, at the Oldwick Manor behind the firehouse, unless otherwise noted.

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WCTT Senior Outreach

Holiday cards for each resident of Little Brook and Hunterdon Hills -- to mail out immediately; and Valentine gift bags for each resident -- to pack and store for our Valentine Parties in February at the nursing homes; and a Santa-sized bag of additional amenities to deliver immediately for clients of Safe in Hunterdon, the Women's Crisis Center in Flemington: all this was accomplished by Woman's Club of Tewksbury Township volunteers in the home of Heather Greenagel Ross, at our annual organizing event and luncheon. Two volunteers even arrived at noon, but all “work” was accomplished, so they joined us for lunch.

After grouping amenities: l to r: Bridgette Oppedisano, Fran Fenton, Amy Levin, Lori LucianoAfter grouping amenities: l to r: Bridgette Oppedisano, Fran Fenton, Amy Levin, Lori Luciano

Card writing was organized by Barbara Barre, who has chaired it for ten years now but was ill on our "work and play" day. During the year Barb sends out cards to all Little Brook and Hunterdon Hills residents on their birthdays.

l to r: Holiday Card Writers include Marilou Muglia, Merilee Dely, Carolyn Jacoby, Lillian Lehmann, and Nel Kuehne

lBr: Holiday Card Writers include Marilou Muglia, Merilee Dely, Carolyn Jacoby, Lillian Lehmann, and Nel Kuehne

Ann McLean, Activities Director of Little Brook, said that the Holiday Cards now decorate residents’ doorsand she wanted me to extend thanks to all members of WCTT.  What you do, she said, “is a truly remarkable benefit to residentsa gift.”

Organizing jewelry and small gifts for female recipients: L to R: Anne Diamente, Carol Hontz, Joan Umholtz, Amy NirchioOrganizing jewelry and small gifts for female recipients: L to R: Anne Diamente, Carol Hontz, Joan Umholtz, Amy Nirchio

l to r: A peek inside a woman’s and man’s gift bag lBr: A peek inside a woman’s and man’s gift bag

  Lyndsay Mancilla runs the Valentine Parties at the two retirement homesdelivering bags to each resident at Valentine Parties in February, often with entertainment by the Turner Family of Flemington.

Packing bags l to r: Anne Diamente, Fran Fenton, Diedre Quinn

Packing bags: l to r: Anne Diamente, Fran Fenton, Diedre Quinn

Members contribute to the Senior and Social Services Program throughout the year.  Thanks for recent donations from Diane Chase, Kathi Mahoney, Lillian Lehman, Rori Pipeling, Dawn Jiosi, Mary Fazzini, Edel Freitag, Nel Kuehne, and Anne Diamente.

Best wishes to all for a Happy and Prosperous New Year from us all. Thanks to the many club member and friends of the club for their ongoing help and support.

Heather Greenagle Ross

WCTT Senior & Social Services Program Chair
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"Project Enterprise" Subject of March 1st WCTT Program

Debra Franklin-Schatzki of Project Enterprise will be the guest speaker at the meeting of the Woman's Club of Tewksbury Township (WCTT), scheduled for Tuesday, March 1st, to be held at the Oldwick Manor, behind the firehouse.  Coffee will be served at 9:00AM, followed by the meeting and the program.

Founded by Debra and her husband, Nicholas Schatzki, in 1996, Project Enterprise (PE) is a micro-lending organization which supports and develops entrepreneurs, including women, in poor areas across NYC.  It provides loans, training, and access to business networks.

PE is modeled on the Grameen Foundation, founded by Muhammed Yunus of Bangladesh.  The Schatzkis visited the country where they saw how the Foundation benefited women living in abject poverty and enduring inhuman treatment.  By providing them with the resources to improve their self worth they improved themselves and the lives of their families.

Debra, President/CEO of BPP Wealth, has over 25 years of financial experience.  She will speak to the premise that with education and training women across the world can achieve self-recognition thereby helping themselves, their families and their communities.  Women who work together can achieve success and can provide protection for one-another where necessary.

Anyone interested in attending the meeting can e-mail the Club for details.  To learn about WCTT, visit www.tewksburywomansclub.org.

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FPC Welcomes 1st Female Pastor

History is still being made at Fairmount Presbyterian Church (FPC), with their first ordination of a woman pastor, possibly the first pastor ordained and installed in the church.

Founded in 1747, before the United States was established, the first services were held in a log cabin, continuing today in the beautiful sanctuary, which was rebuilt in 1851.

A special service was held on Sunday, October 25th, to ordain the Rev. Katy Shevel into ministry. In the almost 275-year history of the church, this may be the first time a new pastor has been ordained and installed in the church.  All previous pastors have been ordained elsewhere.  Officiating at the Ordination was the Reverend Stephen Choi, Moderator of the Newton Presbytery, and Pastor of Stewartsville Presbyterian Church. A sermon was delivered by The Reverend Dr. Clifton Black, the Otto A. Piper Professor of Biblical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, in Princeton.

Rev. Shevel is also the first woman to become the full-time minister of Fairmount Presbyterian Church.  After a six month search, the Session of the church agreed to Terms of Call with Shevel, who prefers to be called “Pastor Katy”.  She is a recent graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, having earned her Master of Divinity degree in May, 2015.  Pastor Katy was born and raised in Storm Lake, Iowa, later attending Wartburg University in Waverly, Iowa.

Fairmount Presbyterian Church invites you to attend at 10:00am any Sunday for a traditional Presbyterian service and catch “the new buzz,” Pastor Katy said.  “Come join us for worship,” she said.  “It doesn’t matter if you dress up or dress down.  Come as you are.  We look forward to seeing you.  Contemporary music is mixed with standard traditional hymns sung by a talented choir.  Scripture-based sermons.  Children Messages every Sunday in our Sanctuary are followed by a vibrant Sunday school program in our Community House. (We’re) a service- and mission-focused congregation with plenty of opportunities to help others.”

Each week, all are welcomed by the church bell.  First installed in 1852 when the sanctuary was rebuilt, it still gets rung every Sunday – they will even let guests ring the bell!

Fairmount Presbyterian Church is located at 247 Old Turnpike Road in Califon.  For more information visit: www.fpctoday.org.

 

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MacNJ Meets Monthly

The Macintosh Association of Central New Jersey (MACNJ) is a (non-profit) certified Apple User Group. MACNJ provides an opportunity for Apple computer users to share experiences and exchange information about applications and hardware. 

Information on the next meeting was not available, but MACNJ usually meets on the 2nd Saturday morning of each month, from 9:00am-12:00pm, in the first floor Music Room of Voorhees High School.

For directions, or more information, see the MACNJ web site.
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Parks Committee Notice

The Tewksbury Parks Committee would like to remind you that while enjoying the Parks with your pet it is a Town Park Regulation that you pick up after your pet and that all pets be leashed. Those violating this are subject to a summons for Disorderly Conduct and a possible fine. In the spirit of Tewksbury courtesy, we also ask you to be neighborly and remind anyone not practicing picking up after their pet to please ask them to show respect to all users of the Parks and pick up after their pet. If you see something, say something. 

Tewksbury Parks Committee
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