Joseph Peter Dmuchowski, 73

U.S. Air Force Veteran Joseph Peter Dmuchowski, 73, of Rotunda West Florida, formerly of Skillman, died on April 27 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, Florida. Joe served in the U.S. Air Force for four years, worked at Ethicon for 14 years, and owned Dependable Lawn Care until he retired in Florida 14 years ago. Joe was an avid fishermen and loved to spend time on his boat in New Jersey and the Florida Keys. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Gail Dmuchowski; a daughter, Stephanie Marquis; two grandchildren; and a sister, Jeanette Taft. ■

Zoning Board Okays Fake Tree Design for Belle Mead Cell Tower

As a result of an appeal won by Verizon Wireless in Somerset County Superior Court, a 123-foot cell tower will be erected at the Staats Farm property, 694 River Road, contingent upon state and regional approvals. Photo caption: Example of a faux evergreen cell tower to be installed near the Millstone Valley Scenic Byway in Belle Mead. The Montgomery Zoning Board of Adjustment heard Verizon's updated project plans on March 26 and decided in favor of a faux evergreen tree atop the landscape instead of a monopole design. Verizon will have co-location space for other wireless carriers to install their antennae and equipment on galvanized steel “tree branches” along the Millstone Valley Scenic By

Next Man Up — Belle Mead’s Mike Ford Joins NY Yankees

Mike Ford, 26, is the newest member of the New York Yankees. He learned the game playing little league baseball in Montgomery, where he helped take his summer travel team to the Cal Ripken World Series when he was 12, and to the Babe Ruth World Series when he was 13. Ford was also a star pitcher and batter for Hun School, then for Princeton University where he made Ivy League history when he was named both conference player of the year and pitcher of the year in 2013. He began his professional career with short-A Staten Island, where he hit .235 (27x115) with 19 runs, 7 doubles, 3 home runs and 17 RBI in 33 games. See more stats here. Montgomery resident Dale Johnson grew up with Ford and pl

Dan Rhodes Hartman, 94

Rocky Hill resident for 55 years 1924 — April 16, 2019 Dan Rhodes Hartmann of Rocky Hill died Tuesday, April 16 at home. Dan was born in Orange and was a resident of Rocky Hill for 55 years. He married Doris Tschenn in 1954. He was treasurer of Trinity Episcopal Church of Rocky Hill for many years. He was a First Lt. in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II in the Pacific. He graduated from Cornell University, EE 1948; Columbia University, MBA 1952; and was manager, Data Systems, RCA/GE Astro at his retirement. Predeceased by his parents George William and Anise Maude (Hudson) Hartmann; his brother Donald; and his sister Anise; he is survived by his wife Doris (Tschenn) Hartmann; h

Former Montgomery High School Teacher Faces One Year in Jail

Former Montgomery Township teacher Michelina Aichele, 30, faces up to a year in Somerset County jail. She plead guilty this week to third-degree endangering the welfare of a child for sending nude photos to a student. Aichele, of Hillsborough, was dismissed from her position as an English teacher at Montgomery High School after she was arrested in October and charged with sending nude photos and text messages to a male student from February through April 2018. Aichele, who’d faced up to five years in jail, plead guilty Wednesday in Superior Court of Somerset County in Somerville. In addition to jail time, she was ordered to give up her teaching certificate, will be on parole for life, and ha

Heating Oil Leaks into Bedens Brook

An estimated 600 to 900 gallons of heating oil escaped from a home oil tank off Great Road, with a significant amount spilling into Bedens Brook on Monday evening, April 8. The Montgomery Township Health Department recommends that people and pets not wade or play in the Bedens Brook between Great Road and Cherry Hill Road until further notice. Photo caption: Bedens Brook in Montgomery Township. Montgomery Township Police and Somerset County Haz Mat responded to a complaint of fuel oil odor and sheen on Bedens Brook at Mountain View Road on April 8. The Haz Mat team traced the source to a home oil tank off Great Road. Haz Mat workers pumped the remaining oil from the tank, however, a signifi

County Seeks Input on Walk, Bike, Hike Plan April 11 in Somerville

Have you ever taken a jog around Blawenburg, Belle Mead, or Skillman, and come to the end of a sidewalks and passable trails, running straight into brush? Or do you wait until weekends to fiddle with your car’s bike rack, and drive to Princeton, New Hope, or elsewhere to get your feet and two wheels turning? Somerset County wants to hear from residents at its spring public session — Thursday, April 11, starting at 5 pm at the County Administration Building, 20 Grove Street in Somerville — on the comprehensive “Walk, Bike, Hike Plan” shaping up for paths and trails near you. A presentation and maps of existing and potential network connections of county trails, bike lanes and paths aims to “s

Ways to Adapt to New Jersey’s New Climate

For the Montgomery area, the consequences of climate change will include more frequent and intense heat waves, heavier and more precipitation events, and increased flooding, according to Rutgers Climate Institute. Here are some things local governments and residents can do to adapt. Photo caption: Stormwater surges by the old mill house off Dead Tree Run in Montgomery. Photo by Barbara A. Preston. Stormwater Management Takes Center Stage Cities and towns around the globe are seeing signs of a changing climate, from wildfires borne of drought in California, to rising tides in lowland cities like Miami, to repeated flooding in shallow river valleys, as we’re seeing in Montgomery Township. The

Heavy Rains to Become Heavier & More Frequent

SEEKING LOCAL SOLUTIONS TO A GLOBAL PROBLEM Blackwells Mills Bridgetender's station flooded during heavy rain. Get used to weather forecasts predicting heavy rain. The record-breaking amount of rain that walloped the Garden State in 2018 is likely here to stay, according to Rutgers Professor Anthony J. Broccoli, who presented compelling scientific evidence to illustrate why Montgomery and the rest of the state must prepare for a rainier future. Broccoli discussed Climate Change Impacts on New Jersey with an audience of about 12 people who gathered on a Tuesday evening in March at the Mary Jacobs Library. Pretty much every reputable scientist in the world has presented evidence that burning f

High Water

Last year’s record rainfall in New Jersey approached biblical proportions locally, in the sense that for 40 days and 40 nights, the Millstone River at the Griggstown Causeway reached the flood action level — meaning the bridge was closed to vehicular traffic. Photo caption: Griggstown Causeway Bridge is closed because of high water. Photo by Barbara A. Preston Fortunately, those were not the result of 40 consecutive days and nights of rain, as in the story of Noah’s Ark. The impact of frequent, heavy rain was quite severe in Montgomery, where commuting, youth sports, and farming were all significantly affected in 2018. With the wet pattern continuing into 2019, local officials worry youth sp

Citizens Rally Against Local Compressor Station

“If we talk about climate change but keep these pipelines going, all you’re doing is giving our planet more hot air,” NJ Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel said at a recent rally opposing a natural gas compressor station planned near Trap Rock Quarry. Photo caption: Montgomery area residents protest fossil fuel projects, including the natural gas compression station proposed next to Trap Rock Quarry on the Montgomery border. The Williams Transco Gas Company plans to build a natural gas compressor facility, known as Station 206, on the border of Montgomery and Rocky Hill, in Franklin Township. About 150 locals attended a rally at East Brunswick’s Hammarskjold Middle School on March 18 to prote

Jane McClary Oakley, 63

Responsible for Rocky Hill’s Speed Bumps 1956 — April 4, 2019 Jane McClary Oakley, 63, died at home with her family on April 4 following a courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer. Her life and career were characterized by creativity, performing, writing, directing, and supporting others — Oprah Winfrey, Ray Charles, and Sergeant Slaughter — in their professional and personal endeavors. At home in Rocky Hill, and later in Bethesda, Maryland, Jane threw herself into community activities. She was active in the Rocky Hill Community Group, serving for many years as president along with co-president Anna Bernanke. Jane is credited with introducing traffic calming measures to Rocky Hill roa

Police Warn of Fire Prevention Scam

Montgomery businesses should be on alert for the unidentified male suspect pictured above. The man entered Dunkin' Donuts, Small Word Coffee, and Bent Spoon in Princeton and scammed the employees into making them believe he worked for "Metro Fire Prevention, 1485 State Street, Trenton, NJ," and that he inspects fire extinguishers. According to Princeton police, no such business exists. The suspect was able to get about $800 from the businesses after he pretended to inspect their fire extinguishers, police said. He is a white male, bald or crew cut, 6'02," heavy build, approximately 40 years old. The suspect wrote on sales invoices and used language as if he knew what he was talking about,

Dorothy C. Burnett, 94

Registered nurse February 10, 1925 — April 2, 2019 Dorothy “Dot” C. Burnett, 94, of Montgomery, wife of the late Wallace P. Burnett Jr. of Wayne, died on April 2. Dot was a registered nurse at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, Chilton Hospital in Pequannock, and Llanfair Care and Rehab Center in Wayne. She was a member of Packanack Community Church in Wayne, the Wayne First Aid Squad, and Montgomery Senior Center. Surviving are four children: Sharon Contuzzi of Montgomery; James of Carrollton, KY; Peggy Raposa of Coventry, RI; and Andrew of Galloway; a sister, Ruth Gunsel of Hillsborough; seven grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the

Montgomery Golfer to Compete in Augusta National Women's Championship

Watch Alice Chen in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship, April 3-6. The final round is expected to draw a large national television audience, with coverage available from 12-3 pm on NBC. Alice Chen is a name you may know. She grew up in Montgomery and is now among the top 100 female amateurs in the United States (according to the World Amateur Golf Rankings). Chen accepted an invitation to compete at the prestigious inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship April 3 - 6. The club, home to The Masters golf championship, only began accepting female members in 2012.) I sat down with Chen to learn about her incredible journey from budding golfer into national

Orchard Road Closed Thru July for Bridge Repairs

Teachers, parents, and school bus drivers trying to get to Montgomery Township schools will have to take a major detour beginning Monday, April 8. Orchard Road will be closed just west of Opossum Road from April through July, in order to fix this little bridge over a tiny brook. The Orchard Road Bridge over a tributary to Bedens Brook, located just east of the intersection of Opossum Road and about a half mile west of Route 206, will be fully closed to vehicular and pedestrian/bicycle traffic during construction, which is expected to last through July, according to the Somerset County Engineering Division. Detour route signs will be posted, redirecting traffic along Burnt Hill Road, Sunset R

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