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D&R Greenway Land Trust and Somerset County announce the Preservation Boondocks Farm in Hillsborough Township


D&R Greenway Land Trust and Somerset County announce the preservation of the 100-acre Granskie family property known as Boondocks Farm in Hillsborough Township, New Jersey.  Permanently protected with an agricultural easement, the land will remain forever in farming.  The Granskies generously donated a separate conservation and trail easement on land along a stream.  In the future, hikers will be able to enjoy the timeless beauty of this scenic area and connect with the Sourlands trail network.  Negotiations and funding were coordinated by D&R Greenway, coming to completion on May 6 when the land was permanently preserved.  Funding came from Somerset County’s Farmland Preservation Program, as well as monies contributed by D&R Greenway from the USDA’s Farm and Ranch Lands Protection program. These riverside acres complete a critical link in a continuous protected rural Amwell Valley landscape.  It extends from the Sourland Mountain Preserve north to the South Branch of the Raritan River, and west across the Neshanic River.  Surrounded by water on three sides, Boondocks Farm commands sweeping views of Round Mountain. 


President and CEO of D&R Greenway, Linda Mead speaks about the value of partnerships, “We are fortunate to have so many outstanding partners working alongside us to protect the landscape of this remarkable State.  At every turn, in this complicated transaction, Somerset County and the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service staffs accomplished amazing work to bring this project to fruition.”   As D&R Greenway celebrates its 25th anniversary, this land represents its 258th preservation transaction, totaling 18,325 protected acres – an area twenty times larger than New York City’s Central Park.  Closer to home, that’s seven times larger than Duke Farms in Hillsborough.  D&R Greenway continuously facilitates protection of large landscapes, such as the Amwell Valley, one piece at a time


The father of Melissa Granskie bought this property in 1938.  She reminisces:  “I grew up on the farm, frolicking in the woods. We had horses, chickens … I still love it.  I want to preserve my Dad’s legacy.  There aren’t many working farms left in Hillsborough.  It’s important to preserve farms for the community. As the bumper sticker says: ‘No farms / No food.’”


Mark Kirby, Somerset County’s Agricultural Development Board Chair, asserts, "The Somerset County Agricultural Board is very happy to have worked with D&R Greenway, the Somerset Board of Freeholders, and the Somerset County Open Space Program to preserve the Granskie farm. The family has been wonderful stewards of their land.  Its preservation adds a highly productive farm to the county's inventory of preserved farmland, now approaching 8,500 acres. We look forward to continued work with D&R Greenway to preserve not only farmland, but the industry of agriculture itself, in Somerset County."


Mark Caliguire, Deputy Freeholder Director and Somerset County Open Space Advisory Committee liaison, adds, “The preservation of the Granskie property is a prime example of a partnership where both farmland and open space can be saved upon the same property, advancing objectives of both programs.  In addition to the significant agricultural land, the trail easement allows future connection between the Sourland Mountain Preserve and the Neshanic River corridor.  Somerset County and D&R Greenway have a long history of successful open space partnerships.  We look forward to continuing that relationship in future projects.”


Connected land preserves human connections necessary for a healthy agricultural economy, and the ecological connections necessary for a healthy environment.  Eagles will continue to forage for fish over the Neshanic, and nest in tall trees along its banks. On the hillsides, American kestrels hover on fluttering wingtips, scanning open hayfields for prey. The eagle requires rivers for its major food source.  Kestrels need fields.  Both raptors must have access to mature trees.  The Amwell Valley’s mix of preserved farmland and natural areas is vital to a wide variety of wildlife, such as neotropical songbirds and grasslands birds.



Valid from 05/27/2014 to 07/01/2014

Somerset County Awards Grant to Local African-American Museum


 Somerset County Freeholders, Patricia L Walsh and Patrick Scaglione, along with Thomas D’Amico, Historic Sites Coordinator, present a ceremonial check to Caroline Katmann, Executive Director of the Sourland Conservancy and John Buck, president of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum

Somerville, NJ (Oct 11, 2016) –The Sourland Conservancy is pleased to announce that it has received a Somerset County Historic Preservation Grant in the amount of $67,688 to support the creation of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum – the first African-American museum in central New Jersey.


The museum will be housed in the historic Mount Zion AME church. The site of the original church was on Mount Zion Road on the Sourland Mountain in Hopewell Township.  The church was established sometime before 1850 by members of the Sourland Mountain African American community. At that time, the peach orchards provided the primary source of income for the congregants.  When the peach blight struck and took their livelihood, the parishioners moved to Skillman to find work.  When they moved, they took the church with them.  They disassembled the church, loaded into horse-drawn wagons, moved it to its current location on Hollow Road, rebuilt the structure, and resumed worship there.  Over the years, attendance declined and the church finally closed its doors.  Though unused for several years, the building and its contents have remained intact. 


The Sourland Conservancy first became involved with this historic structure in 2012. The Conservancy conducted a special fund drive to repair and paint the vacant church and completed the work in March 2012. The Montgomery Township Landmarks Commission provided a grant to pay for the materials needed for the repairs.


Local residents, Beverly Mills and Elaine Buck, have long dreamed of converting the building into an African-American museum. Ms. Mills and Ms. Buck are members of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association.  The Stoutsburg Cemetery is an African-American cemetery located on Province Line Road in Hopewell Township.  It serves as the final resting place for Hopewell Valley African-Americans including veterans of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.  Ms. Mills and Ms. Buck have strong family ties to the cemetery and history of the region.  They are currently working with Wild River Publishing in Lambertville to write a book about the history of African-Americans in the region.


In 2014, the Sourland Conservancy and the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association decided to partner on the project to make their museum dream a reality.  Members of the two organizations worked together to begin to formulate a plan, generate support, and establish a Museum board of trustees.  The Museum was awarded its own official nonprofit status in June.  Donations are tax deductible.


The partners have held two fundraisers this year: a gospel brunch in February at the Hopewell Presbyterian Church and historic camp meeting revival reenactment at Skillman Park in September.  These events were very successful in bringing the community together to achieving their fundraising goals and celebrate the spirit of the project.


Though it will be many months before the Museum opens its doors, many volunteers have already selflessly offered their time and talents to ensure the Museum’s success.  Musicians, speakers, carpenters, historians, high school students and more have rolled up their sleeves to delve into historic research, make maps, plan events, entertain, cook, design programs, set up tents, tables and chairs, and much more.


Area businesses and organizations have generously contributed, as well.  An old tree that was leaning precariously over the structure was removed thanks to a generous Pennington Day Grant and Wells Tree & Landscape.  The Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ has provided advice, expertise and display cases.  Renowned sculptor, Charles McCollough, created an original sculpture of a family for the museum.  This sculpture will be displayed to symbolize the hope of the families that lived here. This concept is inspired by the work at the Whitney Plantation in Louisiana.  The Hopewell Presbyterian Church and its members have offered support, hosted the Gospel Brunch, and sewed wildly popular “Church Lady Aprons” as a fundraiser.


The museum is planning to include several different types of exhibits including original objects and documents, interactive exhibits, films and recordings of local residents, demonstrations and live performances.  The board is currently seeking documents, pictures and artifacts that would be of particular interest to donate or loan to the museum.  Contributors will be acknowledged with a plaque next to the object. For more information, please email


Somerset County Historic Preservation Grant funds will be used to fund activities that will support the museum’s creation including: writing architectural and structural reports for the church building and a vision planning report for the future use and enjoyment of the site, placing a roadside interpretive sign outside the museum, working on the grounds and removing a dilapidated outbuilding and shed. In addition, the partners will prepare a New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places Nomination.


For more information about the project, visit, or follow the museum on Facebook

Valid from 10/14/2016 to 11/30/2016

Somerset County Park's Annual Rose Day Festival June 11


Somerset County Park Commission Colonial Park Gardens will be celebrating the 41st anniversary of the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden “Rose Day Festival.”  The event will be held at the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden at 156 Mettlers Road, Colonial Par, Lot A, Somerset (Franklin Township). The Rose Garden will be in peak bloom and visitors will enjoy a festival for rose enthusiasts, their families, and all others who enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors.

The Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden is one acre in size and contains more than 3,000 roses of 325 varieties. The garden was named in honor of Rudolf W. van der Goot, the first horticulturist with the Somerset County Park Commission, as a tribute to his efforts in designing and developing the garden.
Visitors can view popular modern hybrids, species, and various classes of Old Garden Roses. All roses are clearly labeled for easy identification and only roses that thrive in central NJ are kept in the garden.

Featuring scheduled events include:

Dan Kassel: Contemporary Cellist Extraordinaire
Guided tour of the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden
Hula Hoop Performance
Hula Hoop Workshop “Intro to Hoop Dance” for ages 7 to adult with Jesse Hoops
Musical performance by Astrograss Bluegrass Band
Musical performance by De Tierra Caliente Latin Band
Guided tour of the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden
Rose Sale while supplies last


  • Date: 06/11/2016
  • Time: 11 am -5 pm
  • Price: Admission to the event is free, however the Rose Garden welcomes donations!
  • Ticket Info: For further information, call 732 873-2459, ext. 21 or NJ Relay Service at 711 for individuals with a hearing or speech impairment.
  • Website:

Valid from 06/08/2016 to 06/12/2016

Somerset County


Valid from 10/09/2009

Somerset County Senior Centers Announce May Activities


The senior centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging announce the May program schedule.  All programs begin at 11 a.m. unless otherwise listed.  Please call for lunch reservations by 11 a.m. the day before you wish to come.    For more information, contact the appropriate centers. 



202 Mt. Airy Road

Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

(908) 204-3435

Hours: 8:30 to 3:30, Monday through Friday
Bingo – 1st and 3rd Thursday of the Month

Bridge – Every Tuesday, 9:30

Computer Lab – Daily, 10:00 – 3:00 (Call for availability)

Healthy Bones Class - Friday, 10:30 (Doctor note and Registration required)

Karaoke – Every Thursday, 10:45 a.m.

Mahjong – 1st & 3rd Tuesday and Every Wednesday, 12:00

Pool Sharks – Pool Table Available Daily, 10:30 –3:30

Senior Flex Class (Upper & Lower Body exercise) – Every Monday, 10:30

Social Dancing – Tuesday, 10:45

Tai Chi – Every Thursday, call to register.  Beginners class at 12:00; Intermediate at 1:00

Art Exhibit by Local Artists – Open 9:30 to 3:30

May 3 – Let’s Make Floral Arrangements with the Basking Ridge Garden Club

May 4, 11 & 18 – Let’s Get Walking Club, 1:00 pm

May 5 – 2010 Arthritis Walk Presentation by Nicole Lewis, Arthritis Foundation

May 6  – Journal Writing

May 7 – Mother’s Day Celebration

May 11 – Cognitive Fitness – A PBS Documentary About Brain Stimulation and Memory Retention

May 12 – East Mountain School Craft Project: Origami Spring Flowers

May 13 – “Keeping Your Immune System Strong” by Diane Freeman, All About Health, Morristown

May 14 – Cognifit Activity by Lori Reynolds, Somerset Hills Wellness Center

May 19 – Students From Warren Township Middle School Visit and Reminisce About the Second New York World’s Fair

May 25 – Internationally Acclaimed Classical Guitarist, Giovanni DeChiaro Benefit Concert for the Somerset County Senior Center Activities Fund

May 27 – Senior Olympics – Let the Games Begin

May 28 – Wheel of Fortune, 10:45

May 31 – Holiday – Center Closed





339 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, NJ
(908) 369-8700

Hours: 9:30 to 2:00, Monday through Friday
Blood Pressure Screening - 3rd Tuesday of Month, 10:30

Caram (East Indian game, similar to billiards) and other games – Every Thursday

Cards – Daily

Exercise - Tuesday and Friday

May 3, 10, 12 & 24 – Let’s Get Walking Club

May 4 – Mother’s Day Celebration

May 5 – Learn About Cinco De Mayo

May 6 – Fresh Herb Day – Enjoy a Healthy Treat!

May 7 – “Laugh Your Way to Health” by Yvette Halpin, Certified Laughter Leader

May 11 – Congressman Lance Mobil Office: Get Answers to Questions on Social Security and Medicare.

May 11 – Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony, 11:30 am

May 13 – Loaded Questions

May 14, 21 & 28 – Dance Fever Exercise Class

May 17 – Train Day: Learn About the 1969 Merger of the Union Pacific Railroad and the Central Pacific Railroad

May 18 – Performance by the Hillsborough Rockets and Rockettes

May 19 – “Reducing Stress” by Michele Ten Eyck, Somerset County Treatment Services

May 21 – Buzz Word Game

May 26 – Trip to the Montgomery Senior Center for Internationally Acclaimed Classical Guitarist, Giovanni DeChiaro in Benefit Concert for the Somerset County Senior Centers Activity Fund

May 27 – Pokeno

May 31 – Holiday – Center Closed



South Third Ave., Manville, NJ
(908) 526-0175 

Hours: 9:00 to 2:30, Monday through Friday
Bingo – Every Wednesday, 11:15

Birthdays – 4th Thursday of Month

Chair Exercise – Every Thursday, 11:15

May 3 & 21 – Wii Bowling, 10:45 – 11:15

May 3 – Wheel of Fortune, 11:15 – 12:00

May 4 – Learn About Mexico and Cinco de Mayo, 11:30

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo: Make a Maraca and a Frame

May 7 – Mother’s Day Celebration – Reminisce About Our Mothers, 11:30

May 10 – Performance by the Spring Hills Assisted Living Handbell Choir

May 11 – The Greatest Generation Event will Feature Special Terracotta Painted Pots with Live Plants made by Local Girl Scout Troop for all clients.  Entertainment by Jerry Costaldo, 10:45

May 12 – Sing Patriotic Songs with Don Langreich, Folk Guitarist

May 13 – Let’s Play Checkers

May 14 – Performance by the Franklin Township Swingin, Singin Seniors

May 17 – World Hypertension Day with Blood Pressure Screening and Educational Presentation by Dr. Mubina Shah-Khan and Dr. Mohammed N. Khan, Family Practice Associates, Manville




May 18 – Taste the Different Varieties of Tea, 11:15 am

May 19 – “The History of Tea” by Nancy Rosa – Mejias, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 10:45 am

May 20 – Congressman Leonard Lance Mobil Office: Get Answers to Questions on Social Security and Medicare.

May 21 – “Sharing Your Home with Someone” by Jennifer Elkowitz and Renee Drell, Somerset County Coalition on Affordable Housing

May 24 – Journal Writing

May 25 -  Wheel of Fortune, 11:15

May 26 – “Healthy Sleep” by Michele Ten Eyck, Somerset County Treatment Services, 10:30-11:15 am

May 28 – Brain Aerobics

May 31 – Holiday – Center Closed


356 Skillman Rd, Skillman, NJ

(609) 466-0846

Hours: 10:00 to 2:00, Monday through Friday
Beading - Daily

Bingo – Monday, 11:00

Birthday Celebrations – Last Friday of the Month

Blood Pressure Screening – second Monday of the Month, 9:45

Bridge – Every Monday at 1:00 and Thursday at 10:30

Chinese ESL - Every Monday, 10:15

Healthy Bones Class – Every Wednesday, 10:15 (Doctor note required)

Line Dance with Robbie – Every Friday, 10:15

Dominos – Daily

Pool Table and Cards – Daily

Silver Strength with Linda – Every Monday, 10:15

Walking Idols Club – Every Wednesday, 10:15

Yoga – Tuesday, 10:30, call for schedule

May 3 – “Affordable Housing” by Darlene Stewart, Somerset County Coalition on Affordable Housing

May 4 – Discussion on Motherhood with Superlatives

May 6, 13, 20 & 27 – Beginner and Novice Computer Classes with Susan, Beginner: 10:00 – 11:00 am and Novice: 11:00 – 12:00 pm

May 7 & 21 – “My Story: Memories in Writing” with Joan Goldstein

May 10 – Health Fair Presented by the Princeton Wellness Center: Age Strong – Live Long, 10:00 – 12:00 pm

May 11 – “Tips for Living Independently as We Age” by Audrey Taffet, Somerset Hills Visiting Nurses Association, 11:15 am

May 13 – Ballet Recital with Miss Ryan’s Toddler Class from the Montgomery Recreation Department

May 17 – Car Fit Driving Program (An Observation/Questionnaire Session to Recommend Vehicle Adjustments to Better Fit the Driver for Increased Comfort/Driving Confidence), by the Princeton Healthcare System (Pre Registration is required. Please call (609)466-0846.)

May 17 – Congressman Lance Mobil Office: Get Answers to Questions on Social Security and Medicare.

May 19 – Bird Feeder Craft with Lindsey from Girl Scout Troop #711

May 24 – Remember When - Musical with Entertainment by Rich Saracino

May 26 – Internationally Acclaimed Classical Guitarist, Giovanni DeChiaro Benefit Concert for the Somerset County Senior Center Activities Fund

May 31 – Holiday – Center Closed





625 New Brunswick Rd., Somerset, NJ
(732) 563-4213

Hours:  9:00 to 3:00, Monday through Friday
Bingo – Every Thursday

Caram Board Game – Daily (East Indian game, similar to billiards)

Chair Exercise – Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Crochet Group – Every Friday

Dominos – Daily

Healthy Bones - Monday and Thursday, 1:00 (Doctor note needed)

Line Dancing - Every Friday at 9:30

Rummikub – Monday and Thursday

Scrabble, Chinese checkers, chess, Yahtzee, Uno and Quizzle - daily

May 5 – Chair Volleyball

May 6 – TV Show Trivia

May 7 – Mother’s Day Celebration with Entertainment by the Franklin Township Swingin, Singin Seniors

May 10 – Art of the Masters Program: The Life and Work of John Singer Sargent

May 11 – Eggspressions Trivia – Test Your Egg Smarts

May 12 – “You Be the Judge” – Discussions About Famous Legal Cases

May 20 – Reminiscing About Lessons Mama Taught Me

May 21 – Dr. Sharon Joag from East Brunswick Ankle and Foot Care will Cut Toenails and Address Minor Foot Problems (Registration and Medical Insurance Card Required.)

May 25 – “Sharing Your Home with Someone” by Jennifer Elkowitz and Renee Drell, Somerset County Coalition on Affordable Housing

May 26 – Movie: “Miss Congeniality”

May 28– “Moving Today” by Erin Toomey, Office on Aging Health Promotion Coordinator

May 31 – Holiday – Center Closed


Somerset County Annex
614 First Ave., Raritan, NJ
(908) 203-0001

Hours:  10:00 to 3:30, Monday through Friday
Bingo – Every Tuesday

Caram – Daily (East Indian game, similar to billiards)

Cards and Dominos - Daily

Crocheting – Every Wednesday

Pool – available every day

Table Shuffleboard, Rummikub and Air Hockey – Daily

May 4 – “Heart Healthy Living” by Audrey Taffet, Somerset Hills Visiting Nurses Association

May 5 - Exercise

May 6 – “Slice of Life Performance (Improvisational Dramatizations About Issues and Problems Common to Older Americans)” by the Somerset Medical Center Magic Mirror Players

May 7 – Wii Games (Bowling, Baseball or Tennis)

May 10 – Congressman Lance Mobil Office: Get Answers to Questions on Social Security and Medicare.

May 11 – An Evening at the Cotton Club with Live Jazz Entertainment by Gary Morton

May 12, 19 & 26 – Let’s Get Walking Club

May 13 – A Day of Pampering with Somerset County Vo-Tech

May 14 – Mother’s Day Celebration




May 17 – Name That Tune

May 19 - Boggle

May 20 – Art of the Masters Program: The Life and Work of John Singer Sargent

May 21 – Diabetes Trivia

May 24 – Biography Trivia: The Life of Jack LaLanne

May 26 – “Learn About Veteran’s Benefits” by Peter Niemic, Somerset County Veteran’s Affairs Office

May 27 – Video Match

May 31 – Holiday – Center Closed


500 Warrenville Rd., Warren, NJ
(908) 753-9440

Hours:  9:00 to 3:00, Monday through Friday
Ballroom Dance Instruction – Every Tuesday, 10:30 (Advance registration required)

Bingo – Every Tues. & Thurs., 10:00

Bridge – Tuesday, 1:00

Caram – Daily (East Indian game, similar to billiards)

Card Club – First and Third Friday, 12:30 – 2:30

Chair Exercises – Every Wednesday, 11:00

Computer Instruction – Every Monday, 9:00 – 2:00 (Call for appointment)

Computer Room – Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, call for availability

Healthy Bones Classes – Every Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 - 11:00 (Doctor note needed)

Lending Library – Open Monday through Friday

Line Dancing – Every Monday, 1:00 – 3:00

Needlework Club – Every Wednesday, 10:00

Oil Painting – Every Wednesday, 9:00 – 11:00

Pool Room – Open Daily

Pool Sharks – First and Third Friday, 1:00 – 3:00

Social Dancing – Every Tues & Wed, 1:00 – 3:00

The Warrenbrook Game Show – Friday, 10:30

May 3 – Wii Sports (Let’s Bowl or Play Baseball), 10:30 am

May 4 & 5 – “AARP Defensive Driving Class” by Lois Hockenbury, 12:30-4:30 pm (Registration is required. Please call (908)753-9440.)

May 5 – Strawberry “Taste Testing” Festival, 10:15 am

May 7 – Congressman Lance Mobil Office: Get Answers to Questions on Social Security and Medicare, 10:00-11:30 am

May 10 – “Emergency Preparedness” by Cynthia Kusongbor, MPH, CHES, Somerset County Health Department, 10:30 am

May 12 – “How to Get a Good Night’s Rest” by Rob McCaffry, CRT, Somerset Medical Center, 10:15 am

May 17 – “The Beat of Stars and Stripes” by George Mariner Maull, Artistic Director of the Discovery Orchestra, 10:30 am

May 19 – “Writing Your Memoirs” by Stella Rose, 10:15 am

May 24 – “Love Ourselves, No Matter What Our Age or Body Tells Us” by Yvette Halpin, Certified Laughter Leader, 10:30 am

May 25 – Trip to the Senior Wellness Center for Internationally Acclaimed Classical Guitarist, Giovanni DeChiaro in Benefit Concert for the Somerset County Senior Centers Activity Fund

May 26 – Celebrate Life Birthday Party with Entertainment by the Keynotes and Warrenbrook Dancers, 10:30 am

May 31 – Holiday – Center Closed

Valid from 05/18/2010 to 06/01/2010

Somerset County Office on Aging


Valid from 05/18/2010