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January 2014 www.branchburgnews.com Ten Eyck House Celebrates Its First Dutch Christmas in a Long Time


The Branchburg Historical Soci- ety has been working on restoring the 1790 Andrew Ten Eyck House on Old York Road for a long time – about 20 years. The house, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is considered an important example of Branchburg’s early do- mestic architecture, and also serves as a research library and meeting place.


Enough progress on the restora- tion had been made in the past year that Society President Sue Winter decided it was time to bring the look and spirit of an old Dutch Christmas to its monthly open house. The date was set for Dec. 15, which turned out to be the day af- ter a considerable snowfall. Society members arrived early, armed with shovels and scrapers, clearing a path for the public to get from the Life Cell parking lot and into the house. Public turnout was light, which was expected, considering that much of Branchburg was busy clearing off home driveways. But Sue is happy to have the first presentation of a Christmas event in the house under her belt. As it turns out, the public will have another chance to see the displays of greens, fruit and real Dutch wooden shoes. The next open house and public touring are sched- uled for Jan. 19, from 1 to 4 pm.


Wooden shoe like to see some of the artifacts of an old Dutch Christmas? Branchburg Historical Society President Sue Winter expects that some of the decorations will remain in place for the next open house at the Ten Eyck House, Jan. 19 from 1 to 4 pm.


Sue Winter and Suzanne Daniels added a warm, cozy, festive look to the house’s original kitchen.


Society Vice President Bob Bouwman and President Sue Winter at the parlor fireplace.


Above, Society member Suzanne Daniels with the cute little tree in the parlor. At right, Barbara Follett, dressed in period clothing, is one of the tour guides at the house.


Ladder 49 Joins the Fleet at North Branch Fire


does not have a formal program to recognize firefighters for acts of valor or service, North Branch Vol- unteer Fire Company has received recognition from Bridgewater Mayor Dan Hayes, St. Barnabas Burn Foundation, NJ State Legis- lature and Governor Chris Christie. The fire company thanks Branch- burg Township for providing this piece of equipment to serve the citizens of Branchburg and Bridge- water townships. – Thanks go to Fire Chief Dave Hickson for most of this info


Ladder 49 was delivered to the North Branch Volunteer Fire Co. on Dec. 13. On Dec. 13, North Branch Vol- unteer Fire Company took delivery of the first ladder truck based with- in Branchburg Township. The truck, purchased by the township for the fire company, is known as a “quint” and is called “Ladder 49.” Quint, short for quin- tuple, refers to the truck’s five ba- sic functions – a pump, aerial lad- der, ground ladders, water supply and hose supply.


The town has been permitting the building of high rise structures like hotels, and relied on a tower/ ladder tuck based at the nearby Readington Volunteer Fire Com- pany for coverage. Readington Fire is considered one of Branchburg’s four volunteer fire companies. Former township committee-


man Bob Bouwman, who was the liaison to the fire companies, ac- knowledged the need for a ladder truck at North Branch and worked with the township committee to approve the estimated $850,000 needed to purchase the truck. After presentations of need by the fire coompany, the monies were ap- proved. KME Fire Apparatus won the contract and working with the Fire Department, they were able to cut the cost down to $765,000. North Branch Fire Company serves the residents of Branchburg and Bridgewater for 1st due fire response. Average call volume is in the range of 550-600 calls per year. The company has a staff of 50+ volunteer firefighters. Although Branchburg Township


One-Seat Rail Ride Could Happen as Early as March


On Dec. 16, the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition and the One-Seat Ride Coalition announced that NJ Transit will roll out a morning off- peak, one-seat ride to New York’s Penn Station starting in March. The trains will arrive in New York be- tween 10 am and 3 pm. Trains on the Raritan Valley Line currently terminate in Newark, and require a change of trains to get to Man- hattan. More info and updates can be found on the web at http://www. raritanvalleyrail.com and on Face- book at Raritan Valley Rail Coali- tion.


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Newspapers in the Classroom – Back in the fall, students at the Midland School were studying “newspapers and communication” as their social


studies theme for their first trimester. The timing was perfect. At the Branchburg Country Fair, Mrs. Francine Giorello, a Branchburg resident and teacher at the Midland School, picked up a quantity of papers at The Branchburg News table and used them to help students learn by reading and discussing “good news” stories -- the kind of stories featured in The Branchburg News. Seen above are some of her students. – submitted by Brianne Rabouin


Editor’s note: The Branchburg News staff is honored that Francine thought of using our papers in the classroom.


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