Somerset County News

Somerville: Memorial to Honor Legacy of "Ministerman" John Graf

Somerset Treatment Services hopes to raise $2,000 for a memoriam to its former president, John Graf, Jr.

SOMERVILLE. NJ - John Graf, Jr. was known for his ministry as much as his philanthropy and efforts to support good causes throughout Somerset County, including Somerset Treatment Services.

He worked with STS for over 20 years, helping to forge advocacy and support programs for those challenged by drug abuse and HIV issues.

Graf died March 6, 2016. He was 57.

Sign Up for E-News

STS is hoping to raise $2,000 to honor Graf's legacy and install a bench with a memorial plaque within the Somerset County Park system.

"The symbol will honor the tremendous contributions that John made to serve his beloved Somerset County community," said Father Ron Pollock, pastor of Reformed Church and president of Somerset Treatment Services.

The "Ministerman" presided at hundreds of weddings, funerals and other occasions.

Graf had served as president of the STS board. He was honored as Citizen of the Year by the Somerset County Business Partnership in 2002 and as the SCBP Business Volunteer of the Year in 1999.

He served in the administration of Gov. Christie Whitman, served on the Raritan Valley Community College Board of Trustees from 2009-2013 and was the CED of the Somerset County United Way.

"Should we exceed that goal, those funds would support the work of the agency he served for over two decades providing SA disorder and HIV care to our county's neediest clientele," said Barbara Schlicting, executive director of STS.

Donations can be sent to the STS office at 118 West End Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876. Further information is available by calling (908) 722-1232.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

North Plainfield/Green Brook/Watchung

Why All Parents Should Consider Refusing the PARCC—2017 Edition

March 19, 2017

Hi. My name is Jen Grana – I live in Sparta township and have 3 boys – 2 of which are in the public education system now – a middle schooler, a Kindergartner and a sweet oblivious 2 year old who will be there before I know it I am sure. We spend a lot of time talking about and thinking about public education in our house because we will be knee-deep in it for the next 20 years ...

Students Named to Dean's and Honors Lists at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Florham and Teaneck Campuses

March 12, 2017

MADISON, NJ - Students at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Florham Campus and Teaneck Campus located in New Jersey have been named to the Dean's and Honors Lists for the Fall 2016 semester.

Jeffrey Kukucka of Green Brook, NJ, has been named to the Honors List. To qualify for the Honor's List, a student must carry a 3.5 or better grade point average out of a possible 4.0 and be ...

Obituaries

Stephanie Markowitz – Tocci, 51, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017 at home. Born in New ...
Read more

Plainfield Area Humane Society - Designer Bag Bingo on March 25th

March 10, 2017

The Plainfield Humane Society still has tickets available for their Designer Bag Bingo on Saturday, March 25th.

Admission is $30.00 per person (must be 18 to enter)  Tickets are available at PAHS 30 Rock Avenue, Plainfield, NJ. Each ticket includes three Bingo boards per bag and a chance to win door prizes. Doors open at 6:30 pm – Bingo starts at 7:15 pm.

The Bingo will ...

Somerset Patriots Re-Sign LHP Rich Mascheri

March 23, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have announced that left-handed pitcher Rich Mascheri has been re-signed for the 2017 season.

“I am just really excited to get back to the field for the Patriots,” said Mascheri. “Now that I am finally healthy – and have spent the entire off-season working out and training – I am ready to come in and ...

North Plainfield Middle School to Host ‘Live Museum and Curriculum Fair’ on March 21

March 19, 2017

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ –North Plainfield Middle School (NPMS) will host its second annual ‘Live Museum and Curriculum Fair’ on Tuesday, March 21. This event is a collective initiative among, staff, students, and members of the community highlighting the varied forms of instruction and assessments that are part of the middle school culture. Last year, the North ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, March 24, 10:00 AM

SCLSNJ's Warren Township Library branch, Warren

Business Maker Day

Business & Finance

Sat, March 25, 9:00 AM

Mother Seton Regional High School, Clark

Mother Seton Saturday Enrichment Program

Carousel_image_0f733fffd8456bf12f57_satenrich

Sat, March 25, 9:00 AM

Mother Seton Regional High School, Clark

Mother Seton Saturday Enrichment Program

Education

Carousel_image_e7f86c4a8b7cb382ced9_pahs

Sat, March 25, 6:30 PM

North Plainfield

Plainfield Area Humane Society - Designer Bag ...

Wed, April 5, 7:00 PM

SCLSNJ's Bound Brook Memorial Library branch, Bound Brook

Importance Of Saving For The Future For Small ...

Business & Finance

Carousel_image_70a59c0d7252acb4e74c_north_plainfield_citizens

Thu, April 6, 7:00 PM

North Plainfield

North Plainfield Citizens for Community Rights ...

Fri, April 7, 10:30 AM

SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch, Bound Brook

Spring Into Meditation

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_ece3b5130e6292ebb030_9a6eca9295fe72cab675_celebrating_20_years-graphic

Fri, April 7, 7:00 PM

Westmount Country Club, Woodland Park

Susan G. Komen North Jersey to Mark its 20th ...

Giving Back

Carousel_image_e4e5cd31fcd0b96ca4f8_coin_club

Sun, April 9, 10:00 AM

Bridgewater

35th Annual Watchung Hills Coin Club Show and Sale

Sat, April 15, 2:00 PM

SCLSNJ's Bridgewater Library branch, Bridgewater

Walt Whitman: "The Good Grey Poet" (adults)

Arts & Entertainment

Blizzard Message from North Plainfield Mayor Michael Giordano

This is Mayor Michael Giordano with a message for North Plainfield Residents concerning the upcoming winter storm. The latest National Weather Service forecast is predicting 18-24 inches of snow and winds up to 40 MPH. This will be a dangerous and crippling snowstorm. Your cooperation is essential to ensure safety for yourself, your family and our emergency service providers. Today is the time to ...

SCLSNJ Bee Spectacular Winner Announced

On Saturday, March 11, Somerset County Library System of New Jersey hosted the 2017 Bee Spectacular, a county-wide spelling bee. Nearly 50 local children grades 3-8 participated. First place winner is Anmol Bhatia of Green Brook who attends Green Brook Middle School (photo attached). Bhatia will go on to represent Somerset County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee this ...

Without Mercy by Jefferson Bass

Without Mercy: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson Bass (Harper Collins, 2016)

In James Patterson's Master Class, an online course which I recommend highly to aspiring authors, Patterson talks about the validity of writing with a partner. Patterson notes several well respected creative teams like Lennon and McCartney, Simon and Garfunkle, and explains that combining the creative juices of two ...

Somerville: Memorial to Honor Legacy of "Ministerman" John Graf

March 20, 2017

SOMERVILLE. NJ - John Graf, Jr. was known for his ministry as much as his philanthropy and efforts to support good causes throughout Somerset County, including Somerset Treatment Services.

He worked with STS for over 20 years, helping to forge advocacy and support programs for those challenged by drug abuse and HIV issues.

Graf died March 6, 2016. He was 57.

STS is hoping to raise ...

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Gets an Early Start in Somerville

SOMERVILLE, NJ – From McCormick’s Pub at the east end of Main Street to Mannion’s Pub on the west end, the St. Patrick’s Day celebration gets started one week early and will continue beyond March 17th.

The centerpiece of the borough’s St. Patrick’s celebration is the 26th annual St. Patrick’s Parade held on Sunday, March 12th.

The parade is expected ...

“Futból de Sala” and Condors of Plainfield at YWCA (VIDEO)

March 23, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - On March 11, Organización Cultural Comunitaria, or Cultural Community Organization, hosted an indoor soccer tournament (termed “futból de sala” in Spanish) at the Young Women’s Christian Association of Plainfield and North Plainfield on East Front Street.

The Organización Cultural Comunitaria was created by local resident Oscar Arboleda ...

Historical Society of Plainfield to Host Lecture, Book Signing on March 26

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Stop by the Drake House Museum on Sunday, March 26th when the Historical Society of Plainfield hosts a lecture and book signing with author Carol Simon Levin as Abigail Adams.

Levin's book, “Remembering The Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates,” is made up of lost stories about amazing American women.  

The lecture will take ...