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Shared heritage program 

“Land, Faith Slaves: Shared Heritage of the Hardenbergh family, Rutgers University, and the Dutch Reformed Church” will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site, 71 Somerset St., Somerville. Suggested donation is $5. Call 908-725-1015 or email whouse3@verizon.net to register.

READ: The Daily Rundown: Wednesday, June 14

Meeting to end community violence

The Rev. Dr. DeForest B. Soaries Jr., senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in the Somerset section of Franklin, will moderate a discussion about ending community violence 7 p.m. June 15. The discussion will include Councilman Carl Wright and Police Chief Lawrence W. Roberts. They will take audience questions. The church is at 771 Somerset St. Call 732-839-2429.

2017 Jersey Freshcipes contest

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher announced the 2017 Jersey Freshcipes contest is underway, encouraging people to create and share recipes using Jersey Fresh produce as one of the main ingredients. The recipes can be entered by going to http://jerseyfresh.nj.gov/recipecontest.html. There will be weekly winners as well as a grand prize of a $500 Visa gift card and Jersey Fresh kitchen accessories. The final week of submissions is Aug. 8. 

Linden building facade collapses 

Around 10 a.m. June 14, part of the facade from a building on the 300 block of West St. George Avenue, Linden, collapsed while workers were making repairs to the building. The building was unoccupied at the time of the incident, and no injuries were reported, police said. The cause of the collapse remains under investigation. 

Connelly honored

Adam Connelly has been selected as the 2017 Human Rights Advocate for the New Jersey School Counselor Association Inc. Connelly, a guidance counselor at Readington Middle School, was recognized by the association for his “unselfish dedication and loyalty to the students he serves and his involvement in his community”. The award was presented on June 1 at the Ramada Plaza Conference Center in Monroe. Connelly, who has served as a guidance counselor in Readington since September 2014, was nominated by Superintendent of Schools  Dr. Barbara Sargent, who said, “I am so in awe of Adam Connelly and the really amazing ways he advocates for students each and every day. He’s awesome!”  Visit http://www.readington.K12.nj.us.

Mayor’s Fluke Tournament

Mayor John E. McCormac and the Woodbridge fishing fleet have issued a last call to all fishermen (and fisherwomen) to sign up for the 2017 Mayor’s Fluke Fishing Tournament that casts off from the Sewaren Boat Launch, Cliff Road, at 6 a.m. Saturday, June 17. Weigh-in is at 5 p.m. Entrance fee is $125 per boat. This year, proceeds will go to Shyam Venkatesh, a 5year-old from Woodbridge diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Meet Shyam and family at the mandatory Captain’s Meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, June 16, at the St. Andrew’s Knights of Columbus Hall, 109 Morrisey Ave., Avenel. Registration: 732-596-4048, www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us.

Shad return to Musconetcong

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife reported finding American Shad on the Musconetcong River this week. In November 2016, the Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA) and partners, including NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife (NJFW) and U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW), completed the removal of the Hughesville Dam. In conjunction with two earlier dam removals, this restored the lower part of the Musconetcong to a free-flowing stream for five miles before it meets the Delaware River. American Shad live most of their life in the Atlantic Ocean and return to the Delaware and smaller rivers that empty into it, like the Musconetcong River, to spawn each spring. However, many of these smaller rivers have been dammed since colonial times, making them impassible to shad and other migratory fish.

Bridgewater police blotter

Shane Wilson, 27, of Bound Brook, was charged with DWI on North Mountain Avenue while officers were investigating a motor vehicle crash. After being processed for the arrest, Wilson was issued the following summonses: DWI, careless driving, failure to maintain lane and reckless driving. Ricardo Garcia-Pulido, 56, of Bridgewater, was charged with DWI following a motor vehicle complaint on Route 22 West at Milltown Road. After being processed for the arrest Garcia-Pulido was issued the following summonses: DWI, refusal to submit to chemical testing of his breath, unlicensed driver, delaying traffic and unclear license plate. Humza Saeed, 21, of North Plainfield, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Swim teams are making waves

Over the June 10 and 11 weekend, two swim teams based out of the Raritan Bay Area YMCA took home gold medals for their efforts. The RBAY Masters swim team competed in the Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama, and the Perth Amboy Piranhas, a Special Olympics swim team, swam at the 2017 Special Olympics Summer Games at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in Ewing. During the 2017 Senior National Games, four swimmers from the RBAY Masters team competed and had personal-best times. One, Sue Freeman-Patterson, won three ribbons in the 65-69 age group while also breaking the state record for the 50-meter freestyle. Freeman-Patterson is a longtime member of the Raritan Bay Area YMCA and Masters swim team. The Perth Amboy Piranhas entered 23 athletes in this years 2017 Special Olympics Summer Games. While official times have not been released yet, all swimmers received medals and many placed in first, second or third for their divisions. Visit Rbaymca.org.

Big band concert in Woodbridge

Legends of NJ Big Bands featuring Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band Celebrating 20 Years of New Music for Big Band will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 16, at Woodbridge High School, 1 Samuel Lupo Place. Admission is free. Visit http://dianemosermusic.com/news/diane-mosers-composers-big-band-june-16th-2017-legends-of-nj-big-band/.

Book fair to benefit conference

On Saturday, June 17, Barnes Noble will contribute a percentage of every sale made with a special Book fair voucher to the Becoming Conference. You can shop in support of The Becoming Conference at www.bn.com/bookfairs from June 17 to 22 and include the Book fair voucher ID on the payment page during checkout. The Becoming Conference’s main event and programs will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, 50 Labor Center Way — Critelli Memorial Auditorium, New Brunswick. Help support the Becoming Conference by shopping at Barnes Noble, 753 Route 18 South, East Brunswick, on June 17, with a Bookfair voucher or shopping online at www.bn.com/bookfairs. Contact Khristi Adams for The Becoming Conference at thebecomingconference@gmail.com or 732-991-3271.

Diversity conference CEO to speak

Elizabeth Williams-Riley, president-CEO of New Brunswick-based American Conference on Diversity, will be the keynote speaker of Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting at 11:30 a.m. June 15 at Forsgate Country Club, 375 Forsgate Drive, Monroe. The meeting will serve as the induction of the Chamber’s board members and officers for the new fiscal year. Visit mcrcc.org.

Perth Amboy small business program

The City of Perth Amboy, its Business Improvement District and Mayor Wilda Diaz are presenting a networking event and business program from 6 to 8 p.m. June 15 at The Barge Restaurant, 201 Front St. The program’s theme is “Six Steps to Grow Your Small Business.” Sales coach Milton J. Paris will explain how to re-energize a company in June to achieve its annual goals by year’s end. The evening also will include a business card exchange, networking opportunities and information from HolaDoctor about affordable health care programs for small businesses. Cost is $18 and includes dinner. Register at https://businessnetworking2017.eventbrite.com. For more info, call 732-442-6421 or email rtroche@perthamboy.org.

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