Author Archives: Jane Gandolfe

Washington Valley Library Reopens/MCC Annual Meeting

Great news!  The Washington Valley Library will reopen on Monday, 11/8/21.  The Somerset County Library System conducted an air quality test to ensure there was no mold in the building and the library passed, so we are able to finally reopen following the devastating damage from Hurricane Ida on 9/1/21.  A new floor was installed and looks great!  Stop by and check out the latest books. 

If you are interested in volunteering at the library, please contact us at

The MCC Annual Meeting is on Tuesday, 11/16/21 at 7:30pm at the MCC.  Join us to see what is going on at the MCC.  Light refreshments will be served. 

We hope to see you soon!  Stay well!

MCC Executive Board

MCC Fall Newsletter

September 14, 2021

Dear MCC Member,

We hope you enjoyed a healthy and safe summer.  Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc on Bridgewater Township and the surrounding areas.  The MCC building did not have any damage but the Washington Valley Library suffered flooding.  Fortunately the books are fine but the rug had to be removed and we had PowerDry come in right away to dry the floor.  We are in the process of cleaning up the mud and selecting a new floor covering.  In the meantime, the library will be closed.  We will post a message on the MCC sign when the library reopens. 

The Washington Valley Library is one of Bridgewater Township’s historic buildings.  It was the original Martinsville Fire Department firehouse, built in the mid-1920’s following the fire that destroyed most of Martinsville.  When the Fire Department built Station 1 in the early 1950’s, the building became a library, serving the Martinsville School and the community.  The Washington Valley Library is owned and operated by the Martinsville Community Center.  The books are provided by the Somerset County Library System, but the MCC provides the volunteers and pays for the maintenance of the building.  We do not receive any funding from the County or Bridgewater Township.  Our funds come from membership, rentals and donations for the MCC.  If you are interested in volunteering at the library (once it re-opens), please contact us at

The MCC calendar has been filling up with activities.  There are eight (8) Girl Scout troops meeting at the MCC this year. Check out the MCC website to see what is planned ( ). 

In the coming weeks, you will receive a Call for Nominations for the 2022 Board of Director election in November.  Consider giving some of your time as a volunteer on the Board. 

We hope to see you soon!  Stay well!

MCC Executive Board

President, Jane Gandolfe                                                        Trustees:

Vice President, Al Beronio                                                      Rich Barnett

Treasurer, Virginia Consalvo                                                  Steve Barthelmes

Recording Secretary, John Cronin                                         Tom Belardo

Corresponding Secretary, Tim Hurley                                   Carole Juth

                                                                                                     Rich Lepik