William F. Braitsch

Mr. Braitsch, 84, formerly of Sayreville, died Dec. 23, 2009, at his winter home in Fort Myers, Fla. He was predeceased by a brother, Walter Braitsch, and by three grandchildren, Joseph, Caileigh and Emma Brady. Surviving are his wife, Marilyn Morgan Braitsch; seven children and their spouses, Kathleen and Flaco Esteves of Perth Amboy, Helene and Tim Weeks of Aberdeen, Eileen Maerz of South Amboy, William Braitsch Jr. of Tampa, Fla., Marie-Elena and Michael Brady of Middletown, Craig Petersen of Clifton and Robert Petersen of Waco, Texas; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A Mass was offered at St. Bernadette’s Church, Parlin section of Old Bridge. Interment was in Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arnytown section of North Hanover. Arrangements were under the direction of Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home, Parlin section of Sayreville. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33980.

Anthony Jadczak

Mr. Jadczak, 78, of East Brunswick, died Dec. 29, 2009, at home. He was employed for 40 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb, North Brunswick. He was predeceased by a son, Stephen; a son-inlaw, Oley Allen; two brothers, Stanley and Joseph; and two sisters, Helen Konopacki and Marion Dobryznski. Surviving are his wife, Goldie Jadczak; two sons, Anthony M., and his wife, Sylvia, of Oakland, Maine, and John F., and his wife, Barbara, of Apopka, Fla.; a daughter, Karen M. Allen of the Browns Mills section of Pemberton; a sister, Janet Hartman of Sayreville; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A Mass was offered at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Old Bridge. Interment was in St. Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery, Sayreville. Arrangements were under the direction of Rezem Funeral Home, East Brunswick. Memorial contributions may be made to Deborah Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 820, Browns Mills NJ 08015.

Valerie Menegaux Murray

Mrs. Murray, 63, of the Parlin section of Sayreville, died Dec. 30, 2009, at home. She was predeceased by a brother, William Menegaux. Surviving are her husband, Michael; two daughters, Deirdre Rubay, and her husband, David, of South Amboy and Colleen Yuhas, and her husband, Richard, of Sayreville; a brother, Phillip Vandervort of Tarrytown, N.Y.; two brothers-inlaw, Robert Sullivan of East Chester, N.Y., and Carlos Benitez of Floral Park, N.Y.; and four grandchildren. A Mass was offered at St. Bernadette’s Church, Parlin section of Old Bridge. Cremation was private. Arrangements were under the direction of Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home, Parlin section of Sayreville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brain Tumor Center, New Jersey Neuroscience Institute, JFK Medical Center, 65 James St., Edison, NJ 08818.

Frances Farrell Gross

Mrs. Gross, 73, of the Parlin section of Sayreville, died Dec. 29, 2009, in Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy division. She was predeceased by two brothers, Edward and Fred Farrell. Surviving are her husband, Henry F. Gross; three children and their spouses, Constance and Al Dominik of Parlin, Lynn and Bob Latham of the New Egypt section of Plumsted and Timothy and Michelle Gross of Freehold; two sisters, Doris Smolyn of Clark and June De Rosa of Littleton, Colo.; a brother, Leslie Farrell Jr. of Linden; and seven grandchildren. Services were held at Our Lady of Victories Church, Sayreville. Arrangements were under the direction of Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home, Parlin.

Anthony T. Galante

Mr. Galante, 35, of Old Bridge, died Dec. 22, 2009, at home. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the College of Staten Island and a Master of Science degree in biology from N.J. Institute of Technology in Newark before becoming a research assistant at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of N.J. He is survived by his parents, Thomas Galante of Asbury Park and Cheryl Galante of Old Bridge; a brother, Thomas of Marlboro; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Lynda and Michael Mazzella of Howell and Lisa Van Vorst of Toms River; and several nieces. A funeral liturgy was celebrated at St. Ambrose Church in Old Bridge. Interment was private. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. The Freeman Funeral Home, Manalapan, handled arrangements.

Free dental care to be offered for kids in need

OLD BRIDGE — Doctors Cavan Brunsden and Nancy Villa of KIDZDENT, at 2455 Route 516, will participate in the “Give Kids a Smile” program, offering free preventive and emergency dental care for children ages 12 and under.

The one-day “Give Kids a Smile” event will take place on Feb. 5, during National Children’s Dental Health Month, and is part of the American Dental Association’s annual push to bring attention to the No. 1 childhood disease — tooth decay. The program, which is in its eighth year, is hoped to touch the lives of many of New Jersey’s disadvantaged children who need oral health care.

According to KIDZDENT, children who come to the office on Feb. 5 will receive a comprehensive dental examination, oral healthcare instruction, fluoride treatments, radiographs and free dental hygienematerials including toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss. In addition, emergency dental care will be provided where necessary.

Last February, nearly a half million children in the United States received more than $50 million in dental care at more than 4,600 sites nationwide as a result of the “Give Kids a Smile” event.

KIDZDENT can be reached at 732-679-2323 or www.kidzdent.com for more information. For other participating locations, log on to NJDA.org, click on “Public” and then “Give Kids a Smile.”

OBHS faces true test on the mats this week

BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA

A fter solid showings in the Icebreaker Invitational and Hunterdon Central tournaments, the Old Bridge High School wrestling team is poised to contend for another District 20 championship.

Old Bridge’s Joe Suozzo (l) gets a hold on Rumson’s John Bruno during a 119-pound bout at the 2009 Icebreaker wrestling tournament at Matawan Regional High School Dec. 19. Old Bridge’s Joe Suozzo (l) gets a hold on Rumson’s John Bruno during a 119-pound bout at the 2009 Icebreaker wrestling tournament at Matawan Regional High School Dec. 19. Ten seniors are back from a team that went 12-8 last winter, but peaked just in time for the postseason. Nine of the Knights’ returnees posted 15 or more wins a year ago. Coach Bryan Garnett is adding several newcomers to the mix to round out an already potent lineup.

The Knights opened the campaign with a second-place showing at the Icebreaker in Matawan and followed up with a solid performance at Hunterdon Central, where wrestlers compete as individuals. In its lone dual meet, the Knights bested Woodridge, 64-10.

Garnett noted that his team is facing stiff tests this week, with dual meets after press time Tuesday at Edison and against Wall at home today. Saturday will bring a huge alumni meet at home against Montgomery and South Brunswick, coached respectively by former Old Bridge grapplers Kevin Jacoutot and Joe Dougherty. The action is set to begin at 10 a.m. Anyone who wrestled for Old Bridge or its predecessor schools, Madison Central and Cedar Ridge, is invited to attend.

“We have a lot of talented wrestlers but we’re untested so far as a team,” the coach said. “After this week we’ll know a little more about what we’re all about.”

The Knights will certainly find out a few things this weekend, but there are quite a few things Garnett already knows. For instance, the team’s top competitors: Conor Hayes, Steve Zafrani and Nick Orak are all coming off strong campaigns.

Hayes is 8-0 in the early going at 140 pounds, taking first place in his weight class at both the Icebreaker and Hunterdon Central. Last season Hayes was 31-9, with second place finishes in the Greater Middlesex Conference (GMC) tourney and District 20 as well as a third-place showing in Region 5. With an 88-27 career mark, he is on the verge of attaining 100 wins.

Zafrani, who went 31-7 a year ago with a first-place finish in District 20, is off to a 6-1 start at 171 pounds this time around and reached the finals in Hunterdon Central. Orak, who won at both Matawan and Hunterdon Central at 189 pounds, is 7-0 thus far. He was 28-11 last season with a second-place finish in District 20.

Other key returnees include junior Phil Sandford (130 pounds), who is 5-2 after posting 24 wins a year ago; Jaime Bond (145) is coming off a 21-win year, while sophomores Joe Suozzo (119) and Chris Conway (112) each won 17 times. Suozzo won the Icebreaker and then captured the title at Hunterdon Central with an exciting overtime triumph. Also back is Sebastian Bea (152), who won 16 times last winter.

In addition, heavyweight Justin Harrison is due to return to the lineup in mid-January. Harrison was 12-16 a year ago when a late season rally propelled him to the District 20 title.

The rest of the Old Bridge lineup includes freshmen Mike Nadera (103) and James O’Connell (HW), sophomore Eli Zafrani (160); and juniors Frank Butta (125), Steve Vander Valk (135) and Vin Rossi (215).

Garnett also noted that there are now 69 wrestlers in the Old Bridge program, including a large group of talented freshmen.

“We may end up moving some of our wrestlers around depending on the opposition,” Garnett said. “It’s a nice option to have, but I also want to get the guys who are new to varsity some experience because we’re going to need them down the road.”

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The Old Bridge High School wrestling team is holding its annual Alumni Day on Saturday, when the Knights will square off against Montgomery and South Brunswick in a trimatch. Anyone who wrestled at Old Bridge, Madison Central or Cedar Ridge is invited back to share memories, meet old friends and watch the current team in action. Match times are set for 10 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. Alumni festivities will follow the second match at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Sports Shorts

Old Bridge Lacrosse Association’s new season will begin in March, with registration 1-4 p.m. Jan. 9 at the South Old Bridge Fire Dept. on Englishtown Road and Appleby Avenue.

Applications may be downloaded at www.oldbridgelacrosse.com, or picked up the night of registration. Equipment orders will be placed for new players, as well as current players. Orders will also be collected for Old Bridge Lacrosse apparel including T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and Jackets. A 50 percent deposit required on all apparel.

New players and parents should attend to meet the coaches.

The Cheesequake Baseball and Softball League will be holding registration for the 2010 season 7-9 p.m. Jan. 8 and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Cheesequake Baseball Fields located on Route 9 North and Schulmeister Road in Old Bridge.

Mail-in registration is available at www.leaguelineup.com/cqba. Click on handouts to download an application. For more information or questions, call Anthony Maffei at 732-727-1520 and leave a message.

Bombers, 6-1, shoot for more consistency

BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA

Coming off a strong second-half performance in a 62-46 victory against Carteret at home on Monday, the Sayreville War Memorial High School girls basketball team seems to be attaining the consistency coach Tara Currie wants to see on a regular basis.

Left to right: Sayreville War Memorial High School’s Lanie Andrews puts one up while on the move during a game against Manasquan Dec. 26 in the Jack Kuhnert Holiday Basketball Tournament in Freehold Township. Sayreville War Memorial High School’s Tanasia Wilson puts one up from underneath the boards. Left to right: Sayreville War Memorial High School’s Lanie Andrews puts one up while on the move during a game against Manasquan Dec. 26 in the Jack Kuhnert Holiday Basketball Tournament in Freehold Township. Sayreville War Memorial High School’s Tanasia Wilson puts one up from underneath the boards. The Bombers dominated the boards as Tanasia Wilson grabbed 17 rebounds and Jessica Kitrys pulled down 10 caroms — and scored 17 points apiece. Laine Andrews added 14 points and Cheyenne Grant contributed 10 points. The game remained close through the first half before Sayreville pulled away after the intermission.

With the victory, Currie’s team upped its record to 6-1 overall. The lone loss came against Manasquan in the Jack Kuhnert MemorialTournament in Freehold. Sayreville finished fifth in the tourney, but won its two other games against Freehold Borough and HamiltonWest. In the latter, the Bombers squandered a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, only to recover and win in overtime.

PHOTOS BY RICH GRAESSLE PHOTOS BY RICH GRAESSLE In Greater Middlesex Conference (GMC) White Division action, Sayreville has defeated Monroe and Perth Amboy, in addition to Carteret. The Bombers other victory came against Perth Amboy in a nonconference match-up.

“We’ve kind of been playing well, but not really playing that well,” Currie said. “The girls have generally outplayed the opposition, but we just can’t seem to put them away and we’re going down to the wire.”

Currie pointed to the Freehold Borough game as an example. Up by 14 points in the final quarter, the Bombers withstood a furious Colonials rally and held on to win. At the other extreme was Sayreville’s showing against Manasquan. Outscored 18-5 in the opening quarter, the Bombers gradually battled back and cut the lead to three points with less than two minutes remaining.

“We have to develop some more consistency,” Currie said. “It’s good to be 6-1, but I really think the girls can play better, especially since we have so many experienced seniors in the lineup and we have good team height.”

Kitrys and Andrews are in their fourth season as starters, and both have been playing well. Kitrys, a 5-11 forward, averages 17 points and eight rebounds, while Andrews, who plays point guard, averages 10 points and distributes the ball well.

Wilson, another 5-11 forward, is in her third varsity campaign and is the team’s top rebounder, averaging nearly 11 caroms per game. Grant, one of Sayreville’s best defenders, is in her second varsity season.

The Bombers have clearly missed Jacquie Ciak, another four-year starter, who normally shares point guard duties with Andrews in Sayreville’s three-guard attack. Ciak is out with a knee injury and may return later this week. Her ability to take the ball to the hoop adds another element to the Bombers offense.

Two juniors, Alexis Baker and Natasha Gordon have been splitting time as the third guard in Ciak’s absence. Nicole Adamusik, junior Jamilla Manley and sophomore Rachel Harris give Currie additional depth to call upon.

That depth may be tested the rest of this week as Sayreville was preparing for two tough divisional contests at press time. Yesterday, the Bombers were slated to travel to neighboring South Amboy to visit Cardinal McCarrick before returning home tomorrow to host Bishop Ahr.