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The Branchburg News • May 2011 • Page 23


Township Students Busy in Immaculata Art ‘n’ Spirit


By Kirsten Schnappauf


Branchburg students will play a large role as Immaculata High School Visual Arts Department presents “Art ‘n’ Spirit 2011,” an exhibition of student art and cre- ative talents. For one evening, Immaculata transforms into an art gallery, performance space and a movie house to display the imaginative work of the students. Friends, family, teachers, staff and alumni gather to experience this annual event.


Studio art, digital video, photog- raphy, computer graphics, poetry, music and one act plays will be a part of the evening’s offerings. Branchburg students Cara Burke, Victoria Gaffney, Rebekah Del- gado, Liz Spicer, Billy Paustian, Nick Quirico and Cynthia Sefack are excited to have their hard work shown in the gallery. All are invit- ed to come on May 20 from 7-9 pm at Immaculata High School, 240 Mountain Ave., Somerville. The Marching Band, Concert Bands and Chorus are going on a trip to Williamsburg, VA to per- form. Along the way, they are stop- ping in Baltimore for an opportu- nity to perform at the Harborplace


Amphitheater. The following day they will arrive in Williamsburg to play at Merchant’s Square. The travelers include Branchburg stu- dents Matt Altonji, Patrick Mur- phy, Reed McDonough, Kevin Skocypec, Pat Burke, Karl Pre- isner, Doug Rybczynski, Patrick Grifone, Adam Diemicke, Matt Wiegartner, Lauren Cherichella, Katie Mustillo, Heather Malosky, Amy Lang, Cara Burke, Mike Al- tonji, Andrew Skocypec, Christine Madura and Elizabeth Marrosu. Immaculata is also partnering up with MSG Varsity, a television, online and interactive network devoted to high school sports and activities. Students will produce videos to post on MSGVarsity. com. The program will be based in the Journalism Department and the Art Department’s Digital Film class. Immaculata students will be acting as producers and writers to experience filming, scripting and editing first hand. A digital film- making student from Branchburg, Nick Quirico, has been working hard on this project.


Hats off also to our outstanding spring teams! Add to the list of Spring Spartans Carrie and Grace Callahan, Kyle Adam, Connor McKeon, and Scotty Royster. Kyle Adam has also been chosen as the captain of the basketball team for next year. Good work Spartans!


What They Went For


Recent property sales reported in Branchburg:


118 Arbor Way $210K 305 Branch Drive $168,065 95 Briar Way $615K 686 Case Road $268K 608 Corliss Court $435K 916 Magnolia Lane $219K 934 Magnolia Lane $190K 1218 Magnolia Lane $226,500 605 Red Crest Lane $249K 540 Woodside Lane $490K


Duke Island Walkers Walk


On Wednesdays A weekly walking group meets every Wednesday at 9:30 am at the Duke Island Visitors Center for a healthful walk through Duke Island Park along a beautiful stretch of the Raritan River. Coffee, tea, and treats are be provided. The walk is free of charge. Walks continue through all seasons as weather per- mits. For information call 908-722- 1200, ext. 226. Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Internet at www. somersetcountyparks.org


In Branchburg History This Month


One Year Ago, May 2010: On May 22, the Branchburg Community Garden at River Lea Farm opened its gates to residents. Surrounded by 800 feet of deer fence, and offering plots of 10x10 feet, and 10x24 feet, the garden was seen as a tribute to community cooperation and volun- teerism.


Five Years Ago, May 2006: The Challenger ball field held its opening ceremonies near the police station, providing a place for players with disabilities to enjoy athletics. A united effort by the Branchburg Rotary Club, Fraternal Order of Police, and Challenger League, along with busi- nesses and citizens, raised $100,000+ for the field. The very first batter on the new field was Edward Huang.


10 Years Ago, May 2001: A federal court judge ruled on May 22 that Branchburg was entitled to 40 percent representation on the Somerville school board. The decision set off months of public meetings and contro- versy between the two districts.


25 Years Ago, May 1986: On May 12, the township committee voted to inform the county that it was considering implementing mandatory recycling through the county’s ARC program.


50 Years Ago, May 1961: The number of youngsters registered for the upcoming kindergarten season jumped to 94, far outstripping a 1961-62 budget estimate of 80 to 85 kindergarten enrollment.


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