Program will focus on the paranormal
Members of New Jersey Paranormal will share their experiences as paranormal investigators.
The program will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Woodbridge Main Library. This free presentation will also include demonstrations of equipment, an evidence review and a QA.
This will be an opportunity to “Escape the Ordinary” and familiarize yourself about the long rumored spirits of the Barron Arts Center and Woodbridge Board of Education Building. Watch Mayor John E. McCormac interview the members of New Jersey Paranormal @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=RojePmtMMwo.
New Jersey Paranormal, founded in 2009 by John and Barry Ruggiero, consists of four members who research and investigate the existence of energy and spirits in the hereafter. They accomplish this by utilizing current technology to measure energy fields and temperature differences along with video and audio documentation. They compile and analyze information and try to find a logical explanation for any occurrences. Things that cannot be explained are documented and presented as evidence.
The Woodbridge Main Library is at 1 George Frederick Plaza.
For more information on New Jersey Paranormal, visit www.newjerseyparanormal.com.
Registration open for Eco-Explorers
The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center has opened registration for Eco-Explorers, a summer science and nature program for children ages 7 to 9.
Eco-Explorers offers a series of four one-week and two two-week summer sessions of day-long programming exploring nature and science through hiking, canoeing, games, crafts, and day trips.
The naturalist-led series takes a hands-on approach to learning through creative expression, educational games, imagination, nature exploration and physical skill development. Each of the five sessions offers field trips, guest speakers, nature walks, canoeing, games, arts and crafts, and more.
Habitat Trackers runs Monday, Aug. 3, through Friday, Aug. 7. Learn about the world’s varied habitats and what makes them special. The cost is $360.
Bugtastic! runs Monday, Aug. 10, through Friday, Aug. 14. Learn about bugs and their amazing characteristics. The cost is $360.
Detailed program descriptions may be found at www.somersetcountyparks.org. Post program extended care options are available for all sessions. Registration may be made online at www.somersetcountyparks.org, in-person at the Environmental Education Center, via mail or by telephone (if using a credit card) at 908-766-2489. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center is at 190 Lord Stirling Road in the Basking Ridge section of the township.
The Links golf event is Sept. 28
The Raritan Valley Chapter, The Links Inc., will host their second annual golf outing on Monday, Sept. 28, at Neshanic Valley Golf Course.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $150 per person and includes lunch on the patio, a buffet dinner, 18 holes of golf, a cart and beverages during lunch and golf. There will be contests, raffles, prizes and gift bags given to all participants. For beginner golfers, lessons are provided at the Learning Center.
Many sponsorship opportunities are available including awards reception at $5,000, includes golf foursome; lunch venue at $3,000, includes golf foursome; learning center at $2,500, includes golf foursome; clubhouse exhibits at $1,000, includes golf pairing; golf hole, at $500, includes golf single. Also available are program donor opportunities at $1,000.
This is an annual event hosted by The Raritan Valley Chapter, The Links Inc., a national volunteer organization that serves the citizens of Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties. The organization’s primary purpose is to develop programs and opportunities that will benefit the community in the areas of education, the arts, health, and national and international trends. Scholarships are awarded annually to deserving high school students.
Register at www.raritanvalleylinks.org or contact Tycene Edd at 908-209-5544.
The Neshanic Valley Golf Course is at 2303 South Branch Road in the Neshanic Station section of the township.
Esposito to perform concert on Aug. 2
The Somerset County Park Commission Free Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park will continue the 2015 season on Sunday, Aug. 2, with a concert featuring the songs of America’s greatest performers by New Jersey’s Gerard Esposito.
The concert is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Esposito has performed more than 4,000 concerts, featuring the songs of artists including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Englebert Humperdinck, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow, Paul Anka and The Four Seasons. He repertoire also includes songs from Broadway to Vegas.
Concert sponsor is the Somerset County Park Foundation and Magic 98.3 WMGQ. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, chairs and blankets.
The next scheduled concert is the Doo-Wop and Food Truck Fest on Sunday, Aug. 9.
Duke Island Park is on Old York Road.
For further information on the concerts, call 908-722-1200. Individuals with hearing/speech impairments may call the Relay Service at 711. Over the weekends, in case of threat of inclement weather, call 908-722-1200, ext. 7. Weather updates are also posted on Twitter at https://twitter.com/scparksnj and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SomersetCountyParkCommission..
Information on this event and other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found at www.somersetcountyparks.org.
Department to hold program on Aug. 1
Sense Scents-Ability, a free program of the Somerset County Park Commission Horticulture Department, is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1.
The program will be conducted at the Fragrance Sensory Garden, Colonial Park Gardens, Lot A, 156 Mettlers Road, in the Somerset section of the township.
Participants will have the opportunity to see, smell, taste, and feel the essence of summer herbs. The day will begin with a tour of the garden, sharing the space with hummingbirds and butterflies gathering their favorite nectar sources.
Ken Selody, proprietor of Atlock Farms and a former contributing editor of Martha Stewart Living, will present a lecture on “Favorite Fragrant Plants: Scented Herbs, Annuals, and Tropicals in the Garden.”
For information, call 732-873-2459 or the NJ Relay Service at 711 for individuals with a hearing or speech impairment.
The Fragrance and Sensory Garden is at the western portion of the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden. Designed to be of special interest to visitors who are visually or physically impaired, the garden demonstrates how plants can appeal to all of the senses. The sunken garden is surrounded by a stone wall and raised beds, enabling visitors to easily reach out and touch the plants. The stone capping at the top of the wall will guide the visually impaired. Many of the herbs are identified with printed labels as well as Braille.
Information on this event and other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found at www.somersetcountyparks.org.
School is planning October celebration
This fall, Amsterdam Elementary School will celebrate 25 years of educating students in the township.
The school is planning a community celebration scheduled for October 2015 and is looking for former teachers, students and/or friends to lend a hand.
In preparation for the anniversary celebration, the school is looking for nostalgic Amsterdam School Tshirts, as well as some memories and stories from years past. If you have an Amsterdam Elementary School T-shirt (no matter the condition) and are willing to donate it to the celebration, drop off the washed T-shirt at the school. Note that it will not be returned.
The anniversary planning committee is also looking for special memories and stories from former students and teachers to be included in a video that is being created for the celebration.
Email any special memories or stories to Amsterdam principal Dr. Mary Ann Mullady at email@example.com to be considered.
Amsterdam School welcomed its first students in September 1990. At the time, the school housed kindergarten through fifth-grade students. The school currently is home to more than 525 students in kindergarten through fourth grade and more than 50 teachers and support staff.
Drop-off event set for Aug. 1
Somerset County residents can take advantage of the next First Saturday of the Month Drop-off event on Saturday, Aug. 1, to clean up around their homes.
The event runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County Recycling Center, 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater.
First Saturday drop-off events enable residents to recycle tires, clean textiles and usual curbside items at one time. They also enable residents to help people in the community who are less fortunate by donating food items for a local food bank.
As part of the program, residents can drop off up to eight tires — with or without rims, scrap metal, used motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze and usual curbside materials, including chipboard items and plastic bottles and containers, marked #1 through #7. Chipboard includes gift, shoe, shirt and all retail boxes, as well as cereal, cookie, pasta, cake and cracker boxes, without the plastic liners. Also poster board, backing from writing pads and empty, dried-out steel paint cans are accepted.
Residents have the option of disposing of clean dry textiles throughout the year at scheduled Saturday drop-off events. Textiles include drapes, curtains, sheets, towels, belts, handbags, shoes (pairs), clean cloth and small stuffed animals. Textiles only will be accepted in a plastic bag.
No household hazardous waste is accepted at First Saturday Drop-off events. The next Household Hazardous Waste event is Saturday, Sept. 12, in Branchburg.
For a complete listing of recyclable items, recycling events and more, visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle or call the Somerset County Recycling Center at 732-469-3363.
Residents can bring canned goods and non-perishable food donations to First Saturday of the Month drop-off events or they can put out canned goods in a plastic bag on their usual recycling pickup dates. Items are delivered to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County. Perishable items and foods in glass containers are not accepted by food banks.
Somerset County no longer accepts consumer electronics (e-waste) at First Saturday of the Month events. Residents can recycle e-waste, free of charge, at Newtech Recycling Inc., 600A Apgar Drive in the Somerset section of Franklin, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on selected Saturdays and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Upcoming Saturday drop-off dates are: Saturday, Aug. 1; Saturday, Sept. 5; Saturday, Oct. 3; Saturday, Nov. 7; and Saturday, Dec. 5. For more information about Newtech Recycling Inc., call 732-564-3110 or visit www.newtechrecycling.com.
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School supplies are now being taken
Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Patricia Walsh reminds residents, businesses and organizations that the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women (SCCSW) is continuing to collect donated school supplies through Monday, Aug. 3.
The annual “Project First Class” initiative benefits children of families served by the Food Bank Network of Somerset County.
New school supplies — such as notebooks, three-ring binders, paper, highlighters, markers, pens, pencils and crayons — will be accepted along with new or gently used backpacks.
Donations may be dropped off to the Somerset County Freeholders’ Office on the third floor of the county administration building at 20 Grove St., Somerville, now through Monday, Aug. 3. The office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free parking is available in the Bernie Field Parking Deck off East High Street.
The Warren Township Library on Mountain Boulevard in Warren also is collecting the donations during their regular business hours.
“Many families are struggling to make ends meet, and for them, school supplies are unaffordable,” said Walsh, commission liaison, in a prepared statement. “We hope that individuals, organizations and businesses once again will support Project First Class and help these children get a good start in school this fall.”
Project First Class co-chairs this year are Commission members Smriti Agrawal and Janice Fields. For more information, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
The SCCSW serves as an advisory board to the Board of Chosen Freeholders to address present and potential needs of women and to develop a greater public awareness of women’s issues.
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District’s program coming to close
The Westfield Public School District’s Extended School Year Program for pre-school through high school students is coming to a close.
The five-week program is designed for targeted students with special needs. In addition to fulfilling a state mandate intended for all public schools, Westfield’s program focuses on maintaining and strengthening students’ academic skills to prepare them for the new school year by providing special education and related services during the summer.
“For the most part, our own faculty and related service providers work with the children in the summer, resulting in consistency and efficiency all year round, said Michael Weissman, assistant superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services, in a prepared statement. “The added benefit to the in-district program is that it continues to save us hundreds of thousands of dollars, since we would otherwise be required to find out-of-district facilities for these students.”
This summer the program enrolled 137 students. Twelve classrooms are utilized at Washington Elementary School for children in pre-school through fifth grades. Westfield High School is the location for four classes of students in grades six or higher.
“Students were selected to the program based on an established regression-recoupment analysis which demonstrates that a student experiences significant regression over breaks from school,” said Joanne Ryan, supervisor of the Extended School Year, in the statement. “The maintenance of academic skills is vital, as well as the social and therapeutic activities offered to our students.”
Related and supplemental services are an integral part of the program that helps students advance toward attaining their annual goals.
The program, which is in its 13th year in Westfield, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Friday, Aug. 7. Specialists are available in Speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Behavior/Social Skills, along with special-education teachers, paraprofessionals and a registered school nurse.
Dedication will be conducted Aug. 2
The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA) will dedicate a “Together Campaign” Memorial on Sunday, Aug. 2. The event begins at 12:15 p.m. in Auditorium Park.
The memorial honors individuals, community groups, businesses and religious organizations who raised funds following superstorm Sandy.
On April 4, 2013, the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association launched a community fund-raising effort called the “Together Campaign,” whose mission was to raise funds for repairs to the beach front, Great Auditorium and Thornley Chapel that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. On Sunday, Aug. 2, OGCMA will honor, in perpetuity, those individuals, community groups, businesses and religious organizations that contributed to the success of the $1.5 million campaign with the dedication of the “Together Campaign” Memorial.
The Together Campaign Memorial is located in Auditorium Park, adjacent to the Great Auditorium on Pilgrim Pathway. For more information, call 732-775-0035.
In a few months, the Together Campaign surpassed its goal of $1.5 million in October, 2013, with earmarked monies for rebuilding the beachfront ($750,000), repairing the roof of the Great Auditorium ($100,000) and financing architectural/ structural repairs and improvements to Thornley Chapel ($500,000).
The “Together Campaign” Committee was chaired by Rev. David Cotton. OGCMA’S Acting COO, Ralph Del Campo, and Operations Director, Bill Bailey, also played a part in the Sandy Recovery efforts.
There will be refreshments. The dedication is free.
For more information, visit www.oceangrove.org.
Article source: http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/2015/07/31/community-news-briefs/30884127/