Members of the Senior Artists and Crafters share their work in the Library’s lobby display cases through the end of March. The display contains a variety of pieces; including crocheted and knitted works, fishing lures, jewelry, woodwork, photography, painting, and more. Senior Artists and Crafters is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the art of handcrafting and to provide a community service.

Senior Artists and Crafters meets at St. John’s Church, 158 West High Street, in Somerville. The non-profit group is comprised of area artists and crafters of all ages. The organization is community-minded and participates in Somerville’s Santa Land and Street Fairs, as well as holding a spring and fall show of its own, usually on the lawn of the historic Somerset County Courthouse.

The club donates monies realized from its spring and fall shows to various area charities and other non-profits. Among charities receiving donations in the past are S.H.I.P, YMCA, Middle Earth, Somerset County Office on Aging, Handyman Project, St. Hubert’s Animal Shelter, Life Skills, Wallace House, and Habitat for Humanity.

New members and visitors are always welcome at all monthly meetings. Visit their website: http://www.somervillecrafts.com/ for more information.

Get a glimpse of history! Check out this collection of photographs taken by local photographer Elton H. L. Wade during the early part of the 20th century. The collection includes photographs of everyday life in the Middlebush area of Franklin Township, as well as many historically significant photos, such as photos of the Hindenburg zeppelin flying over New Brunswick and exhibits at the New York World’s Fair of 1939-1940. The initial online collection features 29 images, and will grow each month to feature the over 2,000 photographs taken by Wade in his lifetime. Click here to see the photos.

If you sustained losses or damages from Hurricane Sandy and need assistance or information on housing, unemployment claims, temporary work, crisis counseling, tax returns or other matters, help is available.  To register for disaster assistance and get additional information, you can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) [1-800-462-7585 TTY for the hearing impaired,], go online to www.disasterassistance.gov, or visit the Somerset County Disaster Recovery Center, Somerset County Human Services Building, 27 Warren Street, Somerville, NJ 08876.  The Center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice.