The Bridgewater Township together with the Bridgewater Chinese American Association organized a celebration event at the Bridgewater Senior Center on Feburary 5 at 3 pm, to share the festival spirit and cultural activities of the traditional holiday, which is celebrated by the Chinese as well as many other Asian ethnic groups as part of the new year celebration activities.
Over 300 residents from broader Bridgewater community attended the event. Congressman Tom Kean, local elected officials, State Senator Doug Steinhardt, Assemblyman Erik Peterson attended the event, and they addressed the broader community. As co-host of the event, the Bridgewater township leadership, Bridgewater Mayor Mathew Moench, Council president Michael Kirsh and Council vice president Tim Ring were at the event and they delivered new year address to the community. On behalf of the Bridgewater Chinese community, BCAA president Henry Wang welcomed everyone and introduced the meaning of the holiday. “On this day, families will get together, to celebrate the new year, and celebrate unity, as the full moon symbolize. Here in Bridgewater, the Chinese community are very happy to call Bridgewater home, and contribute in our best effort to the broader community and society. Today we come together, with the greater Bridgewater community, celebrate unity and solidarity. ” Wang said, “we look forward to a bright future together.”
The event featured cultural performances and exhibit. Traditional lion dance, folk songs and folk dance were performed by children and members of the community, hoeing their skills with King’s Academy of Dance Art, Huaxia Chinese School and Zhang Guifang Taichi Club. The exhibit showcased brush pen calligraphy and seal carving, which has been practiced for 2000 years.
The Bridgewater Chinese-American Association held their Appreciation Day at Duke Island Park last Sunday on the 25th. The organization thanked the community for their donations and volunteer efforts during the pandemic and welcomed Mayor Mensch and his family at the barbecue as well. Despite the rain, it was an amazing day filled with food, games, and community spirit. Special thanks to the MCs, volunteers, and the mayor and his family (who totally rocked at the trivia). BCAA looks forward to another wonderful year serving the community!
The date was October 17th, 2020. It was a Saturday, and most people were probably at home lazing about, while others were out playing elsewhere. But if someone took a moment to go down to the Bridgewater township municipal complex, they might have noticed an odd group of people. Those people were all wearing masks, gloves, and each held a trash bag or a stick to pick trash up with. They were out and about cleaning up the trash scattering around. It is thanks to any volunteers like these that everyone can enjoy a clean and beautiful community.
The community cleaning event described above was organized by the Bridgewater Chinese American Association (BCAA), whose mission is to unify the Chinese Americans and get involved in and contribute to local communities. During the events, all the volunteers practiced social distancing and took precautions (e.g. wearing masks and gloves) to ensure safety. BCAA thanks all volunteers, including 8 children: Zachary Hsieh, Jake Luo, Issac Tian, Andrew Wang, Ethan Wang, Victoria Wang, Andrew Zhang, and Bryan Zou, and 10 parents: Judy Cheng, Jean Lee, Erin Hsieh, Tao Luo, Carol Shi, Michael Tan, Henry Wang, Tianjiao Wang, Chris Zhang, and Ling Zheng. BCAA thanks Jean Li for making home-made candies and Carol Shi for bringing cookies as gifts for kids participating in this event. BCAA would also like to thank the Township Human Services for the support and for providing cleaning tools.