Scout News

Presented 12/04/2003

West Windsor Plainsboro Girl Scouts collected food items at McCaffrey’s for HomeFront’s food pantry and to make up Thanksgiving baskets for area families. They were able to create 200 shopping bags and 100 Thanksgiving baskets with donated non-perishable food items from their weekend at McCaffrey’s.

Troops 1285 and 885 headed the drive while Troop 600 took the food home and created Thanksgiving baskets. A very large donation was made by Troop 1500 scouts after they ran their own food drive at Acme Supermarket.

Members of Troop 1285 include Jessica Caricato, Amy Breden, Carolyn Breden, Kimiko Marsi, Melissa Flesch, Emie Nowli, Alaina Wezel, Casey Spencer, Nancy Ko, and Christine Oglseby.

Troop 1885 members include Nicole Caricato, Amanda Grant, Adrienne Solomon, Gina Rodriguez, Shannon Curry, Carly Riemann, Devon Ngai, Ashleigh Delemos, Jenna Lamson, Kerry Girgenti, Pooja Patel, Arielle Buduoff, Kimberly Chiu, and Victoria Matthews.

In the Schools

Illeana Ojeda of West Windsor, a senior at Stuart Country Day School, was named a semifinalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Program, an academic competition established by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to honor African American high school students.

Tiffany Simmons, a sixth grade student at Grover Middle School, was the grand prize winner of a Lane cedar chest and an IBM computer in the “Listen to Life” essay contest, part of the national “Something to Remember Me By” Legacy Project under Generations United, based in Washington, D.C.

Simmons’ essay, about her great uncle, Alonzo Squire, and his Vietnam War experiences, competed against thousands of essays submitted from throughout the United States. Her language arts teacher, Toni Russo, read about the contest in “Reading Today.” Tiffany worked on the project at home with support from Russo.

Born in South Carolina, she lived in Willingboro until August, 2002, when the family moved to Plainsboro. She is the youngest of three children of Wayne, a pastor at Spirit of Christ Church, and Kim, a volunteer at the church. Her brother Wayne, 15, is a sophomore at High School South, and her sister DeAndra, 13, is also a student at Grover.

When in Willingboro, all three children attended Life Center Academy in Florence. “We wanted to move to a place with a better school district,” says her mother. “Private schools get expensive with three kids. The move also allowed us to be closer to the church.”

At the Academy, Tiffany was lucky enough to have Sister Jennie Higginbotham for both second and fourth grades. She was the one who noticed Tiffany’s writing skills and encouraged her to write. Following that advice, Tiffany has already written one book for her planned book series, “Girlfriends.” About a misunderstanding between two friends, “Kim and the Big Fight” is ready for publication.

“The contest people called to tell us how moved they were by the story and about the grand prize,” says her mother. “I was really proud of her and so grateful for the contest to give a moving experience to all of us.”

“It was the first time I had seen Uncle Lonzo in many years,” she says. “He was really happy to have visitors — especially young people. I can’t wait till we go back. I hope that he can understand that is story is so important to all of us.”

First-Time Author

S. Mitra Kalita, a graduate of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School, Class of 1994, is the author of her first book, “Suburban Sahibs: Three Immigrant Families and Their Passage from India to America.” Raised in West Windsor, she lives in Washington, D.C. and is a reporter for the Washington Post.

“Suburban Sahibs” focuses on three immigrant families in central New Jersey for a one year period. “Interwoven are the families’ stories of coming to America and dramatic events that marked the year, from the presidential election of 2000 to the earthquake that rocked Gujarat,” says Kalita. “I care about these families very deeply and was saddened when they lost jobs, loves, and elections. They have become like my own family and we keep in touch often.”

Kalita’s parents, Mohesh and Nirmala, came to the United States in the early 1970s. Kalita was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1976, and her family moved to Massepequa in 1978. Her father’s job with Citibank took the family to Puerto Rico from 1985 to 1988. “I was not happy about moving to Puerto Rico but I learned to like it,” she says. “Then I wasn’t thrilled about moving to New Jersey.” They settled in West Windsor in 1988.

Her father retired from Citibank in 1999, and her mother works in Trenton for the State of New Jersey. Her older brother, Sanjib, is a business developer at Citibank, and her younger brother, Rajul, is a sophomore at Northwestern University.

She graduated from Rutgers University in 1998 and from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 2000. She was a freelance writer for Associated Press between college and graduate school. After Columbia, she was a business reporter at Newsday.

“I am surprised to see the book doing so well on Amazon,” she says. “It is so specific — about Indians in New Jersey, but it’s holding steady.” The 176-page hardcover book is published by Rutgers University Press,"", and the list price is $23.05.

Kalita is appearing at a reading and booksigning on Wednesday, December 10, at 7 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble in Menlo Park Mall, Edison.

Around Town

Blair Bugher of West Windsor was featured on the Learning Channel show “Repo Men” on Sunday, November 30. Bugher, owner of Bugher Marine Services, was contacted when the television show wanted to do a segment on repossession of boats. Part of the segment concerning issues surrounding the repossession of a boat at the Jersey shore was filmed in June.

On a sunny day, Bugher was fitted with audio gear and cameras were positioned on a boat on the upper Barnegat Bay and Metedeconk River in Brick.

“I was skeptical as to whether this segment would ever air, or whether it would only be shown between midnight and 6 a.m.,” says Bugher. “I was surprised to hear that it was in the season premiere double episode in prime time. The bonus was that Vincent Pastore of the Sopranos was the host.”

Bugher Marine Services offers repo and custodial service, surveys, investigations, training, and deliveries with recreational vessels of all sizes, including commercial vessels over 150 feet. Bugher is a state certified teacher and a licensed captain. For more information visit www.bughermarine.com.

Twelve members of the Princeton Corridor Rotary Club spent a recent morning at Project Freedom in Robbinsville planting various shrubs and 500 bulbs. The shrubbery and bulbs were donated by Lowe’s and Home Depot in West Windsor.

Project Freedom is a non-profit agency that provides housing and support services to the disabled. Members and their families donated their time and gardening skills. Bed design and purchasing was done by Louise Crispin and layout and purchasing by Fred Crispin. The gardeners included Larry Hollander, Florence Cohen, Harvey Cohen, Linda Kibrick, Ed Kornstein, Maria Romero, Joachim Schafer, Donna Cannie, Alexander Cauwels, and Aristo Cauwells. Bill Rhoads from the Hightstown/South Brunswick Club was also a gardener.

They were presented with a plaque by Tim Doherty, executive director of Project Freedom, to thank them for all the support the Rotary Club has provided over the years.

Births

Cooper Thomas Dey was born at the University Medical Center at Princeton on November 1 to Charles and Laura Dey of West Windsor. Grandparents include Charles and Charlotte Dey of West Windsor and Diane and Tom Katana of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Cooper’s great grandmother Lolly Dey of East Windsor was a longtime West Windsor resident. Cooper’s big brother is Charles, 2.

The University Medical Center at Princeton has announced the following births:

Daughters were born to Plainsboro residents Kavitaha Sridharan and Sridharan Palanivelu, November 18; Marlo and Jeff Chovan, November 18; and Sukany Banerjee and Nemai Ghosh, November 20.

Sons were born to Plainsboro residents Jaya Sheela Kuppachi and David Rajamani, November 14; and Sheila and Omar Jama, November 14.

Sons were born to West Windsor residents Sarithade and Vijaysinha Kokkirala, November 20; and Vasumathi Sampath and Seshadri Ragauachari, November 21.

Deaths

Helen Powers, 79, of Edison, recently died. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen Richard Terzian of West Windsor.

Jeanette Greco, 74, of West Windsor, died November 17 after a long battle with cancer. Born in Mount Vernon, New York, she moved to West Windsor in 1971. A piano teacher, she established an endowment in memory of her parents, both operatic singers, at Westminster Choir College.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Saverio Greco of West Windsor; son John Greco of Flanders; daughters and sons-in-law, Suzanne and Adrian Dicker of West Windsor, Vicki and Brian Lipinski of South Brunswick, and Laura and Frank Milo of Robbinsville.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3076 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville 08648.

Beatrice (Pat) K. Redfield, 81, of West Windsor, died November 19 at University Medical Center at Princeton. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, she was a long-time resident of West Windsor. She was a member of the flower committee of All Saints’ Episcopal Church of Princeton and the Women’s Club of Princeton.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law Barbara R. and Kevin R. Nose, Joanne R. and Jonathan R. Nesbitt and Nancy R. and Darryl D. MacPherson; sister Phyllis Phillips; and grandchildren Jake, Tyler, Tom, Amy, Andy, and Elizabeth.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3076 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville 08648-2304 or the American Heart Association, 2550 Route 1, North Brunswick 08902.

Keith Duncan, 68, of West Windsor died November 13 at home. Born in England, he lived in West Windsor for 30 years.

He retired after 26 years as an engineer with Maritime Overseas Corp. in New York. An avid golfer, he was a member of the Cranbury Country Club.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret R. Hunter Duncan of West Windsor; daughter Sharon M. Duncan of Robbinsville; son David R. Duncan of Germantown, Maryland.; and brother and sister-in-law Alex A. and Vera Duncan of England.

Contributions may be made to Princeton Alliance Church He Cares, We Care Ministry, 20 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro 08536.

Barbara L. Mitchell-Melton, 54, died November 20 at her home in Bordentown City. A health and physical education teacher in West Windsor-Plainsboro High School for 11 years, she was also head coach of the girls’ tennis, basketball, and track teams, and the eighth grade field hockey coach. Contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 339 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown 08505.

Patricia Zarchin Cirkus, 58, of Boca Raton, Florida, died November 23 in Hospice by the Sea, Boca Raton. Survivors include a son, Michael, of West Windsor. Contributions may be made to National Foundation for Cancer Research, Bethesda, Maryland, or the Progressive Charter School, c/o The ARC, Riviera Beach.

Anna Dey, 103, died at the Pavilions at Forrestal in Plainsboro on November 22. She was distantly related to the Deys of Plainsboro. Contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton 08540 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Ed O’Donnell of West Windsor died recently at the University Medical Center at Princeton. Born in Newark, he was raised in Maplewood and lived in Princeton Junction and Harvey Cedars for over 27 years.

He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Seton Hall University. He served in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant from 1965-’67. A CPA, he worked with Ernst and Ernst, NL Industries in Hightstown, IU International in Philadelphia, and was director of Internal Audit for Aluisse-Lonza.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Eileen Budd O’Donnell; three children, Brendan and his wife Crista of Windsor, Danielle Resk and husband Bill of Manhattan, and Patrick of Hoboken; one granddaughter, Nora Resk; his mother, Peg of Manahawkin; brother James and wife Mickey of Florida; and seven nephews and nieces.

Daniel F. Ridorfino, 87, of Hamilton, died November 25 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton. Survivors include a brother, Bernard Ridolfino of West Windsor. Donations may be made to the St. Raphael’s Memorial Fund, 3500 South Broad Street, Hamilton 08610.

Anne L. DeCicco, 53, died at her Plainsboro home on November 27 after a long battle with cancer.

She was president of the Travel Goods Association, a West Windsor based national trade group representing the luggage and leather goods industry. She was also publisher of Travel Goods Showcase, the industry’s trade publication.

DeCicco was president and CEO of New Jersey Health in the early 1990s. For 14 years, she worked at the New Jersey Hospital Association in West Windsor as corporate vice president. She served on a number of advisory and professional boards including being a trustee and officer of the Somerset Medical Center, Somerville.

The recipient of many professional awards, she received the ASAE Key Award in 1999 from the American Society of Association Executives. She was the first American and first woman to hold both American and European certifications in association management.

Survivors include her children, Geoff DeCicco, Melanie Tindall, and Benjamin and Wynne Hydo; her mother, Nancy Lommel of Whitehouse Station; and three sisters, Laura Millen of Readington, Cris Thompson of Hull, Massachusetts, and Sue Tavaglione of St. Petersburg, Florida.

For information about the memorial service contact Kimble Funeral Home at 609-924-0018.

Contributions may be made to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, 31 Evans Terminal Road, Hillside 07205.

Helena B. Nowicki, 90, of West Windsor, died Thursday at the Princeton Medical Center, Princeton. Born in Poland, she came to the United States in 1923, and was a long-time resident of West Windsor.