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County Clerk's Corner

THS X-mas Antiques Show

PRC Cafe Acoustic Christmas Special

WCTT's "Taste of Glamour"

Temple Grandin to Speak

Jewish LIFE Activities

Tewksbury Parks Activities

PRC Marks 150 Years

HS Student Creates App.

Oldwick Fire Co. Serves You

Oops! We Did It Again

Welcome to the newest incarnation of our website.  It took a while to get up and running, but we hope this version will be a little easier to navigate and more visually appealing.

Take a look around, there are notices of events occurring soon, on this page, as well as lots of other information.  Highlights from our pages include:

Our Columns has the new "Seniors Corner" column.  We plan to add archives of past columns soon.

Our Environment has Flood Control Solutions for Property Owners, notes about the Gardener's Helpline, and Tewksbury's Woodlands, and more.

Our Government has a couple of messages from the Equestrian Committee, information about paying taxes online, and other official notices.

Our Recreation has notices about the JCC Special Needs Symposium, Pottersville's It's a Wonderful Life Award, the WCTT's January Meeting, as well as other upcoming events.

Plus, there's more to discover.  And don't forget to give us your notices and feedback!

County Clerk's Corner

Passport Information

Effective June 1, 2009, ALL U.S. citizens must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel document approved by the U.S. government to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, or Bermuda at land borders and seaports of entry.  We NEVER require an appointment, take the best passport pictures in the county, and offer passport-friendly hours. Forms and additional information are available online, at For more information, phone 908-788-1221.

Regular Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

You are welcome to contact me at 908-788-1214 or via e-mail at with any concerns or suggestion on ways to improve our service to you.

My staff & I wish you a happy and healthy New Year

Mary H. Melfi, Hunterdon County Clerk


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THS Christmas Antiques Show

The Tewksbury Historical Society (THS) will hold its 12th annual Tewksbury Christmas Antique Show on Saturday, December 5th, from 10:00am4:00pm, and Sunday, December 6th, from 11:00am3:00pm, at the Old Turnpike School, 173 Old Turnpike Road.  Admission to the Show is $8 per person; a portion of the admission proceeds will benefit the Tewksbury Historical Society.

The Christmas Antique Show is one of several popular shows in the NJ-NY-PA area that attract residents from the tri-state area.  There are 52 antique dealers selling antiques and collectibles; all dealer spaces were sold out a year in advance.  The Show is managed by Ellen Katona and Bob Lutz, professional antique show managers.

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PRC Cafe Acoustic Christmas Special

December 5th

New Jersey residents, singer/songwriter Jeff Penque and songstress, Karen Fairweather have joined forces to create a fresh and unique acoustic duo. They blend classic folk/rock from the 60s through today with original tunes to create a truly memorable musical performance.  Last Christmas they taped their “Spirit of the Season” holiday show for New Jersey Cable TV.  It was a great success that caught the eye of Pottersville Café organizers who invited them to Pottersville to perform live.  Come out to enjoy a time listening to some old favorites such as Silent Night, Deck the Halls, Silver Bells, and much more.

Jeff & Karen have played throughout the state of NJ, as well as Rehoboth Beach, DE, Provincetown, MA, and lots of places in between including New York City!  They have been profiled in several periodicals and have appeared live on WMOR, WPRB and WFDU radio. In 2010 they appeared before an audience of over 2,000 people at New Jersey Pride, in Asbury Park. Their CD, “Jersey Fresh” features eleven original songs written by Jeff and performed in brilliant harmony with driving acoustic guitar arrangements. They achieve an overall retro ’60’s/’70’s sound - mixed with today’s musical influences.  To learn more about Jeff & Karen, visit them on-line.

Doors open at 7:30PM.  Soft drinks, light appetizers, coffee, and dessert will be available, all compliments of the house.  There is no cover charge either, but donations are appreciated.  The Community House is located at 2091 Black River Road in Pottersville, directly across from the Pottersville Church.  You can check out the Acoustic Cafe on the church’s website, or phone 908-439-3913, or e-mail for more information.

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WCTT's "Taste of Glamour"

The Woman’s Club of Tewksbury Township (WCTT) will hold a fashion show as its major fund raiser of the 2015-16 season, on Tuesday, December 8th.  “Taste of Glamour,” co-hosted by Denise Layton, of Flemington, and Judith Ross, of Tewksbury, will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Ryland Inn, in Whitehouse Station, from 5:30-9:30PM. The event is open to all WCTT members, spouses, guests, and community supporters.

The evening will include a Champagne Hour, followed by a full-course dinner with wine and the fashion show.

Clothing, provided by Bloomingdale’s, and jewelry, provided by Sherman & Sons Jewelers, will be modeled by WCTT members and community supporters.  A Silent Auction, Basket Raffle and 50/50 Raffle will add to the evening’s enjoyment.  In addition, area vendors will be showcasing beautiful items to fulfill everyone’s holiday gift list. Music during the evening will be provided by Joe Kahwaty of Kahwaty Joe DJ Entertainers.

Tickets are priced at $125 each and can be purchased at the WCTT website,, via PayPal®, or by check, sent to PO Box 407, Oldwick, NJ 08858-0407 (please include a return e-mail address for confirmation of receipt).

Funds raised from this event will be used by the Charitable Budget Committee for distribution to local organizations serving the needy in Hunterdon County. For more information about this event or about the Woman’s Club of Tewksbury Township phone 908-509-1855.

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Temple Grandin to Speak

The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) is hosting the JCC Special Needs Symposium, A Day of Learning for Parents, Caregivers and Professionals on Friday, December 11th.  The Symposium will feature keynote speaker, Dr.  Temple Grandin.  The day will also include sessions for additional learning, featuring a wide variety of professionals and experts in the field of autism.  The Symposium, which runs from 8:30am–3:00pm, will be held at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg.  The Symposium will include keynote address, two breakout sessions, continental breakfast and lunch.

Dr.  Grandin will candidly describe the challenges she has faced and will offer no-nonsense ideas on how others dealing with autism can meet these obstacles and improve the quality of their lives.  Backed by her personal experience and evidence-based research, Dr. Grandin will share her insights on a wide variety of topics, and offer useful “dos” and “don’ts”.

A brochure detailing the Symposium, including a complete list of Breakout Session topics and presenters, is available at the JCC, or online.  A certificate will be available at the end of the Symposium for those seeking Professional Development Hours (subject to district/supervisor approval).  A number of vendors will be present at the Symposium displaying during breakfast and lunch.

The Symposium registration fee is $150/person.  To register, contact the JCC at 908-725-6994, ext 201, or download the Registration Form.

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Jewish LIFE Activities

A Chanukah program featuring performances by the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) Ensemble is will take place on Tuesday, December 8th at the Birnbaum JCC, Bridgewater.  The evening will include two concert performances -- one for young children and families at 5:30PM and the other for adults at 7:30PM -- as well as a dinner and candle lighting for all guests at 6:30PM.  The fee for the adult concert is $35/person, the fee for the young family performance is $25/person, the student rate is $10/person and children under age 12 are free.  All fees include the concert and dinner. Patron, Benefactor and Supporter opportunities are also available.  For additional information, contact Laura Friedman at 908-725-6994, ext 213.

The Jewish Film Series will show the film, DeliMan, Saturday, December 12th, at 7:00PM at Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough.   A discussion and Q & A with filmmaker Erik Greenburg Anjou follows the screening ($5/person suggested donation).  “By George:  The Story of the Music of George and Ira Gershwin” will be presented Thursday, December 17th, 12:00PM at the Birnbaum JCC, Bridgewater ($5/person includes bagel “and”). The Irma Horowitz Film Series Featuring Falafel and Films, Thursday, December 17th, 6:30PM, at the Birnbaum JCC, Bridgewater.  Three Israeli Short films will be shown:  "Rosenzweig Born to Dance," "Getting Serious," and "The Strength to Tell".  (Fee Dinner: $12/person in advance or $15 day of event includes falafel dinner). December wraps up with a return engagement with Judith Viorst on Wednesday, December 16th, at 12:00PM, at the Birnbaum JCC, Bridgewater.  The legendary author’s latest book is Wait For Me – and Other Poems About the Irritations of Marriage (Fee includes luncheon and program: $18/person in advance or $22/person day of event).

To register for all Jewish LIFE special events, contact the Birnbaum JCC at 908-725-6994, ext 201, or register online.

Participating Jewish LIFE agencies and synagogues include:
● Chabad of Greater Somerset County;
● Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Somerset County;
Chabad of Hunterdon County;
Flemington Jewish Community Center;
Congregation Kehilat Shalom, Belle Mead;
Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties;
Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties;
Congregation Knesseth Israel, Bound Brook;
Or Chadash, the Reform Temple of Hunterdon County, Flemington;
Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, Bridgewater;
Jewish Center of Northwest Jersey;
Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough;
Temple Beth El, Somerset;
Temple Har Shalom, Warren; and
Temple Sholom, Bridgewater.

All events, programs and courses (taught at local synagogues) are detailed in the Jewish LIFE 2015-2016 brochure, which is also available at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC.

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Tewksbury Park Activities

Seeking Local Instructors

The Tewksbury Township Parks Committee is seeking local instructors (e.g. yoga, self-defense, fitness, bird watching, astronomy, etc) that may have an interest in leading free/paid activities for local residents at township parks facilities.

If interested, please contact Shana Goodchild, Tewksbury Township Land Use Administrator at 908-439-0022, ext. 731.

Nature Walks

Would you like to join a park naturalist on a seasonal stroll to find and identify local flora and fauna in one of Tewksbury’s beautiful parks?  Every season brings the potential for new discoveries.  Tewksbury Township is soliciting input from our residents to determine if there is interest in planning these activities in one or more of our local parks.  If you are interested please contact Shana Goodchild, Tewksbury Township Land Use Administrator, at 908-439-0022, ext. 731.
Tewksbury Township Parks Committee

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PRC Marks 150 Years

On Sunday, November 1st, the Pottersville Reformed Church (PRC) celebrated its 150th year anniversary with a special commemorative service.  PRC was officially formed on November 2, 1865.  The founding Elders were Sering Potter, Sr., Thomas Fritts, and Martin Rinehart.  Deacons were Joseph H.  Emmons, Alexander McDougall, and Edmund Potter.  The first members came from various church backgrounds including Presbyterian, Reformed, Methodist, Congregational, and Lutheran.  Local resident, George Moore, donated two acres of land as a site for the church building.

Pastor Tom Giglio, the church’s current pastor, along with his congregation, were anticipating this anniversary for over a year.  “It is with a deep sense of the enduring faithfulness of God that we approach this 150 year milestone.  It is our hope that this celebration will launch us into a new season of renewal and revival, where Jesus Christ is central to who we are and all we do.”

Heartfelt thanks go to all individuals who have supported the Pottersville Reformed Church throughout the years.   For more information, phone the church office, at 908-439-3913.

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HS Student Creates App.

The current pop culture trend is to capture every idea or life moment and post it on the Internet, often with the goal of racking up “likes”.   Social media communities work on a global level, but may neglect individuals who seek support for their posts in their community.  Local student Naomi Benenson, has developed an app, “wish2wish,” to allows users to make wishes that can be supported by their nearby neighborhood.  In addition, wish2wish allows users to view anyone’s wishes in the surrounding area.  There is no requirement to “follow” a person to view their content, thus the content is available to a wider audience.

The wish2wish system “Crossed Fingers,” “Tip of the Hat,” and  “Wag of the Finger” response buttons differ from the standard “like” or “dislike”.  Naomi stated, “Liking and retweeting is more an expression of acknowledgment than actual support…” and that crossed fingers would be reciprocated as a deeper sign of recognition to a wish.  The Tip of the Hat button is a symbol for gratitude, while the Wag of the Finger can express disapproval.

Unlike many other coöperative social media sites, wish2wish does not solicit or provide funding for a particular goal.  Rather, it gathers popular support needed to encourage and foster change for a wish.

wish2wish can be downloaded for free from the App Store, or Google Play (direct link).

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Oldwick Fire Company Serves You

Established in 1938, the Oldwick Fire Company (OFC) currently responds to 150 calls per year.   This volunteer organization of thirty-five members relies on its two pumper trucks, a tanker/pumper, and a brush truck to serve Tewksbury Township. 

Monthly meetings are held the first Monday of the month at 8:00PM at the firehouse, on Oldwick Road (rt 523), south of Oldwick.  Their office phone number is 439-2514 (dial 911 for emergencies). New Members are always welcome. 


The Oldwick Fire Company’s new banquet hall is now available to host your next event. The facility can handle events up to 200 people.  The banquet hall is suitable for weddings, business meetings, organization or club meetings, birthday parties, instructional seminars, or classes such as karate, dance etc. 

The banquet hall is in the lower level of the Oldwick Fire House, at the intersection of Routes 517 and 523, and offers beautiful woodland views in its surprisingly secluded setting. 

For more information, or to book your event, phone 439-2514, or drop a note to: 
Oldwick Fire Company 
attn Banquet Hall Committee 
PO Box 83 
Oldwick, NJ 08858.

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