Carl O.E. Bosenberg

Carl O.E. Bosenberg, 96, died Dec. 6 at the Francis E. Parker Memorial Home, Piscataway.

Born Sept. 29, 1919, in Jugenheim, Germany, he came to the United States with his parents, Henry F. and Martha Bosenberg, settling in North Brunswick in 1924.

He began working as a young boy with his father in the family business, Henry F. Bosenberg and Son Inc. in North Brunswick. In 1931, they developed the first ever-blooming climbing rose, the New Dawn, for which they were awarded United States plant patent number one.

Carl was a 1938 graduate of New Brunswick High School and a 1942 graduate of Rutgers University’s College of Agriculture. While at Rutgers, he wrestled, played on the 150-pound football team and was in the ROTC.

After graduation, he went to the Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut. He served in the South Pacific during World War II aboard LST 24. He returned stateside in 1944 and served as the commanding officer of the station in Pascagoula, Mississippi. While there, he met Mildred N. Bundy, and they were married in 1945.

He remained in the Coast Guard for many years, retiring with the rank of Commander. After the war, Carl and Mildred returned to North Brunswick where they raised their family and lived for the remainder of their lives. Upon his return to North Brunswick, he continued to work with this father, taking over the business in 1962. They did residential landscaping and tree work, as well as commercial work for Rutgers University, Johnson & Johnson, and several area municipalities for many years.

During the 1950s, he served on the North Brunswick Board of Education.

His wife, Mildred, died in 2002.

Surviving are a son, Robert Bosenberg, and his wife, Kim, of Lacombe, Louisiana; a daughter, Martha Decker, and her husband, Dennis, of North Brunswick; four grandchildren, Matthew Decker, Scott Decker, Kate Louise (Decker) Corriero and Brett Bosenberg; and three great-grandchildren, Luke Decker, Lucy Decker and Finn Corriero.

A memorial service was held at Kirkpatrick Chapel, New Brunswick, and burial took place at Van Liew Cemetery, New Brunswick.

Funeral arrangements were made by Quackenboss Funeral Home, 156 Livingston, Ave., New Brunswick.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, 1005 N. Glebe Road, Suite 220, Arlington, Virginia, 22201, (online at, or to Fisher House Foundation, which provides homes for military personnel and veterans while they receive medical care, at P.O. Box 97229, Washington, DC, 20077-7804, (online at

Local college student organizes global event in one month

Staff Writer

NORTH BRUNSWICK — A young man from North Brunswick organized a competition that has a global impact.

Umair Masood, a sophomore at Rutgers University, served as campus director for the seventh annual Hult Prize competition at Rutgers on Dec. 5, when 10 teams competed to solve former President Bill Clinton’s challenge for 2015: How to end poverty in urban spaces and encourage students to build sustainable, scalable and fast-growing social enterprises that double the income of 10 million people resided in crowded urban spaces by better connecting people, goods, services and capital.

“This creates a community platform for social entrepreneurs on campus who are trying to get their name out there,” Masood said.

“The one thing I learned as director is that there is a huge entrepreneurial community at Rutgers and there is a new wave of social entrepreneurship [that is] creating an idea or a project that is profitable while solving the world’s problems at the same time, which is very powerful.”

Masood was able to pull the event together in just a month’s time, having to find teams and judges, obtain sponsors and partners and secure prize money.

His experience was rooted in a five-year internship at the American Muslim Consumer Consortium, founded by his parents, Faisal Masood and Sabiha Ansari, to understand and address the needs of American Muslim consumers and to empower companies developing products for the market.

“I’ve seen them run an event, build a network and brand themselves,” he said.

The winning team members from Rutgers University were Daniel Reji of Holmdel, David Shah of Edison, Chisa Egbelu of Louisiana and Myles Jackson of Pennsylvania. They were awarded $500 and will represent Rutgers at Regionals in Boston in March.

Following the regional finals, one winning team from each host city will move into a summer business accelerator program, where participants will receive mentorship, advisory and strategic planning as they create prototypes and set-up to launch their new social business.

The final round of competition will be hosted at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in September, when one team will be selected as the Hult Prize recipient. Clinton himself will award the $1,000,000 prize to the winning team.

“The Hult Prize is a wonderful example of the creative cooperation needed to build a world with shared opportunity, shared responsibility, and shared prosperity, and each year I look forward to seeing the many outstanding ideas the competition produces,” Clinton said in a statement.

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Mosque, community members share respect

I was mayor of East Brunswick and a member of the Planning Board when our diverse community was honored to be chosen as the town in which to build the incredibly beautiful mosque along Dunhams Corner Road. All of East Brunswick should be proud that the new neighbors have added so much to our image as a strong, vibrant community that can share its devotion and spirituality with the other 34 different religious congregations throughout our town.

The congregants at the mosque were gracious, kind and patient throughout the entire laborious process of planning, zoning and construction. I have been honored to be part of their holidays and special events. I know of no one in East Brunswick who has ever had a negative experience with the congregation.

I wish that our good example of inclusion and hospitality would be an example about how the rest of the world should learn to live in peace.

I hope that the rhetoric and xenophobia expressed by a few high-profile political leaders in the state and the nation won’t diminish the respect we all must share among people, especially during these holidays when the oil lamps continue to glow while others will yearn to sleep in heavenly peace.

Bill Neary
East Brunswick

Many contributed to success of ball game

On June 27 the East Brunswick Buddy Ball League (EBBL) held a baseball game at the Heavenly Farms field, East Brunswick.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 133, East Brunswick, for hosting the event, and the East Brunswick police and fire departments, whose members participated in the game with the players. The children had a blast and were excited to be playing with the policemen and firemen.

We would also like to thank Steve Johnson, Barbara Johnson, Steve Onorato, all the coaches, managers, pals, the EBBL and East Brunswick Councilwoman Denise Contrino for making this such a successful event.

And, finally, a special thanks to Tommy Coohill at VFW Post No. 133 for his generosity and for helping to organize this special baseball game.

Swati Muscarella
Pals Director
East Brunswick Buddy Ball League

Scholarships available for visual arts students

Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts has announced that beginning next fall, all incoming visual arts graduate students will receive scholarships equivalent to full out-of-state tuition in the first year and full in-state tuition for the second year of the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program.

The scholarships reflect the school’s belief that graduate study in art should be accessible to students from a diverse range of backgrounds. Combined with private studios and the resources of a major public research university, these scholarships give students the opportunity to fully focus on their work within a stimulating and supportive community of equals.

“As a public university, we feel that critical art practice should be the focus of our graduate program and that access should be as democratic as possible,” said Gerry Beegan, chair of the Visual Arts Department. “We encourage artists to engage in a dialogue with each other, faculty, visiting artists and critics. They can also connect with our undergraduates through teaching and mentorship opportunities.”

The full-time 60-credit MFA degree program offers seminars in painting, sculpture, photography, media and printmaking. Each graduate student at Mason Gross receives private studio space that is available year-round, 24 hours a day, for the duration of their study.

Graduate students mount exhibitions in the school’s 4,000-square-foot gallery space, dedicated to showcasing student work, and follow up their final thesis show with an exhibition in New York City.

Applications for fall 2016 admission are being accepted through Feb. 1. For more information, visit

Holiday movie preview

In theaters now

As we race to the end of 2015, we will be greeted by a slew of big movies. Some movies will prosper, some will fail and some will get nominated for awards (both good and bad) — but all will bring their unique visions to the screen to share with us. Let’s peer through some rose-colored glasses at the month of December and what the holiday movie season holds.

In the Heart of the Sea (Dec. 11) brings to the big screen director Ron Howard’s vision of the real maritime disaster that inspired the novel Moby Dick, with Chris Hemsworth in the lead role. This looks visually stunning.

Legend (Dec. 11) shares the story of identical-twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray. They are two of the most notorious true-life criminals you’ll ever see onscreen, and who are in reality very different and unique individuals — though Tom Hardy plays both.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (Dec. 18) features our favorite chipmunks on — you guessed it — a road trip. The only true family film released during the month, it might do surprisingly well.

Sisters (Dec. 18) arrives on the same weekend as Star Wars as an alternative for those not in the core Star Wars demographic. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler star and even encourage viewers to take in both Stars Wars and this film.

The Big Short (Dec. 23) is director Adam McKay’s peek into the credit and housing bubble collapse, with Christian Bale and Steve Carell leading an amazing cast.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Dec. 18) is the ultimate holiday film. Not only is it highly anticipated by fans and critics alike, but it’s also a film that can be shared with most of the family and is poised to garner enormous box office results. Do you have your tickets yet?

Concussion (Dec. 25) will explode onto screens with a very volatile subject as the NFL regular season wraps up. Will Smith leads a talented cast that turns a spotlight on the concussion problems that have plagued football for years.

Daddy’s Home (Dec. 25) presents a funny take on parenting from two very funny men, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. They play guys who are competing to win the favor of Wahlberg’s biological children, who are also Ferrell’s stepchildren.

Joy (Dec. 25) is poised for awards acclaim. Jennifer Lawrence stars in the latest from David O. Russell as Joy, a woman who takes an idea and turns it in to something special.

Point Break (Dec. 25) became a hit in 1991, starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze in a Kathryn Bigelow-directed effort. In this version, inspired by the original, Luke Bracey and Édgar Ramírez go toe-to-toe in the extreme sports world.

These are just some of the great titles headed to theaters in December. Others that will sneak into select theaters before a wider release include The Hateful Eight from director Quentin Tarantino and The Revenant featuring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Ava Gardner

By David Cohea
ReMIND magazine

 Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner Ava Gardner was one of Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses during the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, starring in such films as The Killers, Show Boat, Mogambo (for which she was nominated for an Academy Award), On the Beach and Night of the Iguana.

A small-town girl from North Carolina, Gardner got her break in 1941 at age 18 while visiting her sister in New York. Her sister’s husband was a photographer and offered to take her portrait, and she consented. He liked the results so much that he displayed the picture in the front window of his studio.

This led to a screen test at the MGM office in New York, and while the talent scout thought she was a looker, he didn’t bother to record her voice due to her thick Southern accent. It wasn’t until he saw the results in the screening room that he saw how much the camera loved the young woman. After sending the test on to Hollywood, he received a telegram back from MGM head Louis B. Mayer that read: “She can’t sing, she can’t act, she can’t talk, she’s terrific!”

 Ava Gardner in 1951’s “Show Boat” Ava Gardner in 1951’s “Show Boat” Gardner was linked up with a vocal coach to lose her native Carolina drawl and soon began making bit appearances in various films, finally scoring a big role in producer Mark Hellinger’s noir film The Killers.

It wasn’t long thereafter that Ava Gardner was declared a star.

Offscreen, Gardner’s romances were even more stellar. After arriving in Los Angeles, she soon married fellow MGM contract player Mickey Rooney, but divorced a year later. After that she was married — also for a year — to big band leader Artie Shaw. She kept up a long friendship with Howard Hughes, though she said they were never romantically linked.

But the big romantic fireworks came with Gardner’s six-year marriage to Frank Sinatra. Sinatra had left his wife Nancy for Ava, and their subsequent marriage was savaged in the gossip columns, with Gardner characterized as a marriage-destroying femme fatale. But however tumultuous the relationship, both Gardner and Sinatra declared each other the love of their lives. (Sinatra once said it was Ava who taught him how to sing a torch song.)

Gardner had smaller roles in film and TV into the ’70s and ’80s, with appearances in disaster films like Earthquake and the primetime soap opera Knots Landing. She died of pneumonia at age 67. She was buried in Sunset Memorial Park in Smithfield, N.C., next to her siblings and their parents. A floral arrangement from Sinatra at her graveside simply read: “With my love, Francis.”

Gardner is listed as the No. 25 Female Screen Legend by the American Film Institute. Not bad for the little girl from North Carolina with the big Southern drawl and megawatt smile.