New Town Notices Links HERE

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Early Registration for the Metuchen Municipal Pool memberships will begin March 20, 2015
and early fees will be in effect until April 20, 2015.

Please click CommunityPass to register or renew.

 

Notice to Bidders - Municipal Pool Maintenance

http://www.metuchennj.org/bids-rfps/Notice_to_Bidders_Pool_Maintenance_040715.pdf

 

Garbage and Recycling Calendar for April, May and June 2015
http://www.metuchennj.org/recycling-calendars/AMJ_2015_Single_Stream.pdf

 

The Metuchen Public Library Board of Trustees meeting minutes for February 10, 2015 have been posted.

http://www.metuchennj.org/library/2015/MPL_minutes_021015.pdf

 

 

Robotics Team WATT NXT Going to World Championships in St Louis

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From Rowena Carlos for WATT NXT:

Robotics Team 7350, WATT NXT advances again!  This past weekend Team WATT NXT competed among 72 of the best teams from the east coast for a spot in the FTC World Championships.  The team was one of 25 teams qualified to move on to compete with other US super-regional tournament winners,  as well as the best international teams from over 80 countries around the globe.

By winning the Connect Award at the FTC (First Tech Challenge) East Super-Regionals in Scranton PA the team qualified to participate in the 2014 - 2015 FTC World Championship to be held at the Union Station in St. Louis, Missouri. The World championships will be held between April 22 - 25, this year. 

Team 7350, WATT NXT, is a First Tech Challenge Robotics Team based in Middlesex County, New Jersey.  Composed of members spanning Grades 6 to 9 from Edison and Metuchen schools , this team is determined to spread enthusiasm for the fields of STEM education and robotics everywhere. This year, the team is focused on broadening the reach of FIRST robotics to encompass those students with disabilities.  The team aspires to "Take robotics where it has never gone before."  Team Captain, Jack Ryan, expresses, "Robotics is a sport for the mind, not just the body." This quote exemplifies the team's belief that any person can think and innovate, regardless of medical condition or disability.


Painter Ed Wetzel Opens New Studio on Main Street

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This Summer 2015: Ed and his wife Ginny will offer a Yoga and Art Summer Camp for kids during June 22nd to 26th and June 29th to July 3rd. Individuals interested in private, group or Plein-Air lessons are always free to stop by the gallery, or visit www.EdWetzelStudios.com for more information on available classes and services.

An iconic and original player for Rovers International Soccer, Ed Wetzel has been deeply involved in the Metuchen town soccer program since the early 80's. His love of both art and soccer has never wavered and through the years he has carved out the perfect career balance between the two. In his studio, Ed teaches the fundamentals of art in a fun-loving manner that only someone who has coached youth soccer for over 30 years could. He is a beloved founder of many local drawing groups for seniors and adults alike.  Classically trained in portraiture, he studied under many of the greats in the field, including; internationally celebrated portrait artist, Paul W. McCormack, renowned portrait artist and muralist, Brian Townsend and WWII combat artist and CBS courtroom artist-correspondent, Howard Brodie.

Ed's work is prominently and permanently featured in The Metuchen Savings Bank, Metuchen Borough Hall, Metuchen Library, Metuchen YMCA, Sakula Yoga Studio, and at Swain's Gallery. These works include commissioned paintings of the Metuchen Post Office, the Metuchen Borough Hall, the Metuchen Fire House, St. Luke's Church, and the Metuchen Library. He has also been commissioned to paint private residence portraits for several local residents. To commission a residential or commercial property painting, contact him direct at his studio or via email. Ed studied at the following institutions over the years:

• The duCret School of Art in Plainfield, NJ.

• Colorado Institute of Art in Denver, CO.

• The Academy of Arts in San Francisco, CA.

• The Art Students League of New York, NY.

• The Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts in Newark, NJ.

Ed can be found working on portraits or residential commissions at his studio gallery The Drawing Room, which is located on Main Street in Metuchen's historic district. This year he opened his studio to offer drawing and painting lessons in charcoal, pen and ink, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, oil and mixed media. Children to senior citizens can now learn to draw and paint alongside of the artist, in his studio.


Metuchen residents make no secret of the fact that they don't care for the vacant storefronts on Main Street.  As they grapple with big changes like the Pearl Street Development project and the arrival of Whole Foods, their ideas about filling these vacant spaces are decidedly small.  They want to preserve the small town feel and keep family owned businesses alive.

FROM TO BE CONTINUED BOOKSTORE AND BOUTIQUE:

As town officials contemplate a new ordinance allowing temporary "pop up shops" to fill those spaces, current business owners Sergio Gonzalez and Karen Winters are being proactive in their effort not to become another unwanted vacancy. Their bookstore boutique, To Be Continued..., has quietly evolved into a hybrid of all the things residents say they want downtown.  Metuchen has an oasis of Main Street USA mentality already in place as they provide a consignment space for many vendors at a reasonable rate, an affordable, flexible venue for area groups, musicians, authors and private citizens to use as well as the coffee, books, candy and gift items it has always had.  So...what's the catch?

It all gets back to that "quiet evolution."  Awareness must be raised and sales must increase in order for Winters and Gonzalez to make the decision to renew their lease this year.  August 1 is the deadline for them to make the decision to stay or to go.  To that end, they have taken an unprecedented step in sharing that deadline with the community and appealing to them directly for patronage to capitalize $100,000 by August 1. They won't take donations though.  Instead, they are offering $100 Special Limited Edition Patron Gift certificates for each $100 commitment from contributors. 

To kick off what has been dubbed by loyal customer and event organizer Melissa Peterson as the "Boutique Buy-In" campaign there will be a free, all-day open house on March 21, 2015.   It is the first of a series of promotional events ranging from free concerts to photo contests that she will coordinate. The community is invited to come and enjoy musical performances throughout the day as coordinated by the house band leader (yes they have a house band) Lee Caplan.  Caplan has lined up an impressive mix of professionals and students from various Rutgers music programs as well as local Metuchen acts residents already know and love.

Caplan's crew will provide free, live entertainment ranging from classical piano, violin and jazz to folk music and more from 12 noon through 10pm. Attendees can also take a self or guided tour of the store and meet authors and artists set to be featured in future shows. It will also be a forum to hear about the plans for the future from Peterson and have questions answered by the owners directly.

Basically the "Buy-In" is a presale; a commitment from contributors who believe in the store's vision to spend in the near future in exchange for a promise that the store will be there and continue to bring them a great variety of products and services when shoppers need them...at least until January 2019 to be exact. The gift certificates are valid for any merchandise or service offered in the store and the security of the renewed lease will allow To Be Continued...to avoid becoming another vacant storefront and to concentrate on showcasing its diverse selections with a variety of local vendors benefitting.

If Metuchen is serious about keeping Main Street storefronts full and big business at bay, the decision to visit To Be Continued...for the open house and to and learn more about "buying-in" to the presale should be an easy one. For more information contact Buy-In coordinator Ms. Peterson directly at Melissa@Metuchen.us or at 732-439-4423. Visit To Be Continued... on the web at Metuchen.us and on Facebook/MetuchenBookstore. They can also be found on  Instagram and Twitter @ToBeContinuedNJ

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Metuchen TAB Presents Author Legrand at the LIbrary March 29

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April Events at Temple Emanu-El

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April 4  Second Seder Night for Community  Need a
place to share and celebrate the second Passover Seder?  Join the Temple Emanu-El family for a fantastic Passover dinner, complete with holiday song and story.  Open to everyone. Contact the Temple office at 732-549-4442 for prices and to RSVP, which is required.

April 10   Shabbat Alive! A joyous and participatory
musical Shabbat service. Come share the pleasure, along with the rocking music.  7:00 p.m. 

April 17  Tot Shabbat   An age-appropriate fun and
learning program for children up to six years old which also includes a Jewish-themed art and craft session. The program starts at 6:00 pm. 
candy corsages.jpgIf you are attending the Daddy-Daughter Dance this Friday night, check out Lollipopland Metuchen for candy corsages for the little ladies and beautiful and unique wrist and arm corsages at Gardenias Floral. You can access their sites and their wonderful choices through their ads in the right margin on this page! HAVE FUN!

April 12th Neve Shalom Men's Club Pasta Dinner

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Call for Artists for Junebug! Deadline April 3rd

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CALLING ALL ARTISTS

8th Annual Metuchen Junebug ArtFest Seeks Participants

 

Registration Deadline: April 3rd  

 

February 6, 2015: It may be hard to believe with the cold weather outside . . . but the annual Metuchen Junebug Artfest is just around the corner! Visual and performing artists working in all media are invited to take part in this one-of-a-kind festival, which will be held from 6:00 - 10:00 pm every Friday evening in June (June 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th) throughout the streets of downtown Metuchen. Created by artists, for artists, this event draws several hundred visitors to downtown Metuchen NJ every Friday night in June and transforms our community into a month-long celebration of the arts. 

 

Now in its 8th year, the Junebug ArtFest is itself a work of art: it features 150+ visual and performing artists who participate in open air exhibits, window galleries, live music, interactive art events and open-mic sessions. In its prior seven years, the ArtFest has grown exponentially, both in the numbers of attendees as well as participating artists, who have evolved from primarily local performers and artists to visual artists and musicians from neighboring states.

 

Artists must register before April 3rd to be considered for participation in June Bug 2015, and online registration is preferred for this event. Simply go to www.junebugartfest.com to register.  If online access is not available, please

contact the chamber office at 732-548-2964 to request a paper application.

 

 

The "Brainy Boro" - Metuchen NJ - has been a mecca for artists of every discipline for more than a century. Sponsored by the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce and the Metuchen Cultural Arts Commission, the Junebug ArtFest reflects the Borough's commitment to nurturing all forms of creativity.

 

For more information:

 

For more information on registration or the event itself, please contact Nicole Chinchar at the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce at (732) 548-2964 ormetuchenchamber@optimum.net

Check Out Preschool of Rock This Spring

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"Colorful Connections" at the Library All During April

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COLORFUL CONNECTIONS IS a complement of works by a trio of artists which will be on display throughout the month of April in the Metuchen Borough Public Library. "Colorful Connections" is a flexible collective of exhibiting New Jersey artists comprised of Carol Clemens of Woodland Park, Margaret Cohen of Metuchen and Anita Gladstone of Springfield. "It is always remarkable to me that one starts with nothing, a blank page, and with a few marks of pigment creates something that didn't exist before but is still recognizable as if it were a real thing," Clemens says. "Paintings are not real; they only allude to the real ... supports and pigments expanded upon to become an expression of the mind or heart." The exhibition will feature works primarily in pastels. The artists have all studied with Christina Debarry, PSA, of Florham Park, NJ and are Signature Members of the Pastel Society of NJ. The exhibition is being held in the Metuchen Borough Public Library, 480 Middlesex Ave, Metuchen, NJ 08840. The library is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10a.m.-5p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. (732) 632-8526.

Townwide Garage Sale Coming UP!

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17th Annual Spring Townwide Garage Sale
When
Wednesday March 11, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Friday April 17, 2015 at 11:00 PM EDT
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Where
Metuchen New Jersey
323 Main Street
Suite B
Metuchen, NJ 08840
Driving Directions
Dear Jana, 

The thaw is upon us and spring is on the way. Register now for the 17th Annual Spring Townwide Garage Sale. Registration is open until April 17th. Please register soon to ensure that your address is included in our directory. BUSINESSES GIVE US YOUR GARAGE SALE ADS FOR OUR FLYER ASAP!
Register Now!
Here's to a bustling Metuchen on the 25th! See you then!
 
Sincerely,
 
Nicole Chinchar
Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce
metuchenchamber@optimum.net
732-548-2964

EGG HUNT SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 28TH

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Metuchen Recreation Commission Annual Spring Egg Hunt Saturday, March 28th - Here comes Peter Cottontail arriving in Metuchen just in time for the Annual Spring Egg Hunt! There will be plastic eggs filled with candy and some special prize eggs. Bring a basket or bag to collect your eggs. The hunt will begin at 9:00 am sharp, at Myrtle Field, located off of Orchard Street. In the event of inclement weather, the hunt will be cancelled. For further information, check out our website at www.metuchennj.org.

Garbage and Recycling Pickup Schedules UPDATED HERE

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For your new garbage and recycling pickup schedule, please check out this link.

Songwriters Series for Spring March 28

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Join the Metuchen Community Pool Now! Summer is Coming!

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Early Registration for the Metuchen Municipal Pool memberships will begin
March 20, 2015 and early fees will be in effect until April 20, 2015.

 

Please click CommunityPass to register or renew.

Please click here for Membership Application.


Non-Residents Please Note: There is now an early discounted registration fee
for Non-Residents
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Borough Department Meeting Minutes Published

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The Borough Council meeting minutes for February 2, 2015 have been posted.

http://www.metuchennj.org/bc-agendas/2015/BC_minutes_020215.pdf

 

The Borough Council meeting minutes for February 17, 2015 have been posted.

http://www.metuchennj.org/bc-agendas/2015/BC_minutes_021715.pdf

 

The Borough Council meeting minutes for March 2, 2015 have been posted.

http://www.metuchennj.org/bc-agendas/2015/BC_minutes_030215.pdf

 

 

 

The Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting minutes for January 8, 2015  have been posted.

http://www.metuchennj.org/ZB_agenda/2015/ZB_minutes_2015-0108.pdf

 

 

 

The Pool Commission meeting minutes for January 12, 2015 have been posted.

http://www.metuchennj.org/MMP/2015/pool_comm_minutes_011215.pdf

 

 

Temple Emanu-El Holocaust Rememberance Day April 17

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Temple Emanu-El in Edison presents "Lighting the Memories." You will receive a Holocaust memorial candle and identity card containing a brief biography and the fate of a Holocaust victim, so that you can participate in a moving ceremony as we rekindle the memories of people who suffered in the Holocaust. The ceremony takes place on Friday, April 17th at 7:20pm, leading
into out 8:00 pm Shabbat Service.  The cost is $18, please phone the temple office to reserve your kit. 


For more information, call the Temple Emanu-El office at 732-549-4442 Ext. 4 -- Temple Emanu-El is located at 100 James Street, Edison.
http://www.edisontemple.org/

MEF Annual Fundraiser March 20th

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Metuchen Makery Opens with Tech Fun at the Library March 21st

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You are invited to party with us on our first official open day at our creative workspace on Saturday March 21st 2015 from 11 am to 4pm. There will be a Grand Opening Ceremony with Dr. Robert Lemelson at 11 am. Our Grand Opening coincides with the New Jersey Makers Day and Metuchen Makery is proud to be one of the maker sites.

 

Demo classes and mini workshops will be on throughout the day. Team "Watt's Up?" who has competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) category of FIRST Robotics will be running robotic demonstrations and matches. Other workshops include Makey Makey, Coding, Inventing with Junk, Create Your Own Stories, Origami, and Design with littleBits. Come meet the people running each activity in the Metuchen Makery and find out about all the amazing things you can make with us!

Consider this event as a great way to network, meet other makers, and just have an awesome time with like-minded people. Come see first-hand what the hype is all about!

We started with nothing but an idea and with the help of our community and the generosity of the Lemelson Foundation have made a dream become reality!

Imagine a place where creativity gathers. A place that
cultivates imagination as the cornerstone of active learning and supports the library's evolving role as a community center where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to create tangible projects using shared resources.  The Metuchen Makery will be that place. The Metuchen community will soon have access to traditional tools and new technology in a hands-on, creative environment.

 

Start with us, grow with us, make with us!

If you're in the loop of what's going on in Metuchen, then you'll be at the Metuchen Public Library on Saturday March 21st!

Pancakes for Tyler Fundraiser by MEY Swim Team TOMORROW MORNING

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Annual Magic Show at Campbell School TONIGHT

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March 15th Chipotle Fundraiser for MHS Golf Team

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