Robert A. Staats, Sr., 90

His Dutch ancestors were among Montgomery's early settlers February 24, 1928 – July 30, 2018 Robert A. Staats, Sr., 90, died on July 30, 2018. Born in Princeton on February 24, 1928, Robert (Bob) lived in Belle Mead throughout his life. His Dutch ancestors were among the first settlers in the Montgomery area. He was the son of the late Harry and Irene (Amerman) Staats. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1946, getting his diploma early so he could join the U.S. Navy in February of that year. He served on an oil tanker delivering fuel from Greenland to troops stationed off the coast of Japan. During his time in the Navy, he received training as an electrician. He served until the end o

EDWARD J. LUBAS, 80

Belle Mead Postmaster March 1938 — July 2018 Edward J. Lubas, 80, of Belle Mead died on July 17. Born in Manville on March 6, 1938, Edward grew up in Harlingen, graduated from Princeton High School in 1956, and proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. Ed worked on the Montgomery Township road crew before starting his lifelong career with the US Postal Service. He started as a clerk and later became Postmaster in Belle Mead, where he spent 36 years before retiring in 1994. Ed walked to work most days during his career, and being greeted by his children for his walk home at night would bring a smile to his face. Ed was an avid reader who enjoyed history and politics. He planted a lar

Somerset Freeholders and Montgomery Township Officials Oppose Closure of Route 206

The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, together with Montgomery Township elected officials, are opposed to a proposed two-week closure of Route 206 for the reconstruction of the bridge over Crusers Brook, which is located near the Montgomery Township Municipal Complex. The New Jersey Department of Transportation is pressuring local and county officials for the closure of the bridge over Crusers Brook to Route 206, in opposition of the contract documents and specifications, which stipulate that the project be completed in a staged format that allows for unimpeded two-way traffic during the entire construction period. In the interest of public safety, it is the position of the Freeh

Rabbi Susan L. Falk to Begin New Chapter

Congregation Kehilat Shalom Rabbi Susan L. Falk is moving to Brooklyn to live with her partner and to begin a new chapter in her life sure to be steeped in tikkun olam, meaning “the repair of the world” — the idea that Jews (and human beings, in general) bear responsibility for the welfare of society at large. The Montgomery News editor sat down with Rabbi Falk to chat about matters of faith. Q: What was your upbringing in relation to religion? A: I grew up in a small, conservative synagogue in northern New Jersey. My upbringing included my mother converting to Judaism when I was 8 years old. This had a huge impact on me and the whole family. My father’s family was not religious, so it was a

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