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ARTS 4 A CAIUSE sponsored by Ms. Doreen's Fabulous Feet Nov 19

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Metuchen Matters just had to check in with Deb Zupan on her training for the roller derby! Here's what she had to say about this unique opportunity!

How did you make this decision to join? 

I've loved skating ever since I spent much of the late 70s-early 80's hanging out in roller rinks. In more recent years, I've dreamed of playing roller derby because it looked like so much fun and the women who did it seemed awesome (turns out both of these things are true!). Unfortunately there were no teams that I knew of close by, and my schedule didn't allow for practice and lots of travel time.  That all changed though when NJ's newest team, Dirty Jersey Roller Derby, started practicing at the Metuchen Sportsplex.  I met them at the Metuchen Street Fair this Spring.  They were just a few booth's down from Marafiki's booth, so clearly this was meant to be!

What is your training like and how long does it last? 

New derby players like myself are known as 'Fresh Meat.' The duration of training varies from skater to skater, but all us beginners are working towards the Minimum Skills Requirement test (details of this can be found on the WFTDA site, link below). Training involves a lot of on-skates drills and practice, as well as off-skates fitness.  We have two two-hour skating practices each week. At practice I'll generally warm-up and do some drills with the team, and then work on specific skills with other new skaters as our coach directs.

What's the actual rally like? Rules, etc

When two teams face off on the track it's called a 'bout,' like in boxing, because a derby match is a fight to the end! It's a full-contact sport and it's very exciting to watch.  

The rules are fairly simple: There are 5 players on each team, a jammer (the one who scores the points), 4 blockers (who have to block the opposing jammer while assisting their own). One of the blockers may be a 'pivot' and have a leadership position in the pack.  In order to tell who's who, the jammers wear helmet covers with a star, the pivots wear a striped cover (by the way, if you hear about someone referring to players' 'panties,' it's probably the helmet covers they're talking about).  The object is to score the most points by lapping opposing team members on the track. Each bout lasts an hour and consists of multiple jams, which are 2 minute periods in which teams attempt to score points.

How do you feel being part of something that is so rough and tough -- is it scary? Is it exhilarating? 

While it's definitely rough, we skate in full protective gear including knee and elbow pads, wrist guards, a mouth guard, and a helmet. As I mentioned, all skaters must pass a skills test before they can participate in a bout or scrimmage.  And penalties are strictly enforced for skaters' safety and fair play.  Is it scary? Yes! Is it exhilarating? YES! I think the very first thing I learned was how to fall in a safe way.  I did (and still) find falls especially frightening, but you fall and get back up and realize it's not so bad. 

Are you getting in awesome shape? 

Skating is great cardio, and your legs get an especially tough workout. One things skaters are always hearing from their coaches - get low! Squats are especially vital as derby skaters are basically in a squat almost all the time.  Core and upper body strength are also important, for delivering good hits and for staying stable when you get hit.  It's great to feel yourself getting stronger - I've only been at it a couple of months and already I can do so many things I found difficult when I started.


Temple Emanu-El Announces Open Registration for Youth Production of Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. --Early Bird Registrants to Attend Audition Workshop

For youth who like to act, dance and sing, Temple Emanu-El's production of "Fiddler on the Roof Jr." is the perfect match! This is an opportunity for children in grades 2 through 12 to enjoy the experience and camaraderie of working on a show with their peers, not to mention the chance to try performing in a fun, family friendly environment. Rehearsals will incorporate theater training, including improvisation and acting technique so all kids involved will develop their performance skills as they bring our show to life. Those who register by October 30 will be invited to attend an Audition Workshop and will receive a commemorative show t-shirt before the performance.

All rehearsals and the performance will be held at Temple Emanu-El. The participation fee is $75 for the first child and $50 per sibling for Temple Emanu-El members; $100 per child and $85 per sibling for non-members. The time commitment for participating includes: Rehearsals from 1 - 5 p.m. (later call times for ensemble members) on Sundays January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, and 26; and Technical Rehearsals from 6:15 - 8:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday, February 27 to March 2, with additional time to be added at the discretion of the director; and the performance on March 5 at 3 p.m., with a 1 p.m. call time. Space is limited, first-come, first-served. Registration is due no later than December 15.To register or for more information, call the Temple Emanu-El office at 732-549-4442 Ext. 4 or email Temple Emanu-El is located at 100 James Street, Edison. Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by

Vote for Stolarski, MHS Soccer Star, As Top Scorer in GMC

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Shade Tree Commission Has Trees for Local Businesses

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There is still time for business owners and residents to request the planting of a shade tree this season courtesy of the STC. Please contact us at or visit our booth this Saturday, Oct 15th at the Metuchen Farmer's Market from 9-2 where we will also be giving away Willow Oak and Red Oak seedlings. For more information on this program,visit our web site.

Harlem Wizards at MHS November 2nd

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Project Graduation Sponsors Social Network Evening Nov 18

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Dinner and Theater Deals for "Waist Watchers" at the FORUM

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Schoolhouse Songwriter Series November 5th

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The SCHOOLHOUSE SONGWRITER SERIES is BACK with its autumn 2016 offering! It's the last show of the year for this popular quarterly music series sponsored by the Metuchen Arts Council and hosted by local singer-songwriter Sharon Goldman.

The Schoolhouse Songwriter Series is an intimate, candlelit, cafe-style evening in which Sharon invites three talented local, regional and nationally-touring singer-songwriters to join her in a Nashville-style round-robin format. 

$10 at the door ($5 for kids under 12). Refreshments included, BYOB! Come early for the best cafe-style seats -- doors open at 7:30. Got questions? Email

Here's who's joining Sharon this time around: 

RUPERT WATES -- acoustic, melodic art-folk with serious chops...Rupert, a UK native who tours constantly, plays over 170 years a year! 

HEATHER PIERSON -- this New Hampshire-based songbird is a pianist, singer, songwriter, performer, bandleader, composer and adventurer. Don't miss her heartfelt, honest, soulful tunes! 

MITCH KATZ -- This Connecticut-based performer offers a mix of ballads and blues, and can really rock the ukelele. 

Your hostess, SHARON GOLDMAN , is a Metuchen, NJ-based singer-songwriter whose "intense, insightful, vivid" storytelling is a "clinic in how to paint an indelible picture with the simplest images and symbols" (Alan Young, NY Music Daily) Over several well-received albums, she has combined heartfelt portraits and memorable lyrics with unforgettable melodies and pure, precise, expressive vocals -- taking a folk/pop sensibility to new artistic heights.

Waist Watchers National Tour Rolls Into Metuchen's FORUM

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After successful runs in Florida, Arizona, California, Missouri, and Philadelphia, Alan Jacobson's WaistWatchers The Musical! pulls into New Jersey on October 12th with its outstanding cast of four seasoned comedic performers who can't "weight" to make audiences laugh in their seats.


In the same energetic and fun spirit as the Menopause The Musical®, WaistWatchers The Musical! takes a hilarious and lighthearted look at four women dealing with food, friendship, love, life and sex!  The show will run through November 20th, at the Forum Theatre at 314 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840.


Set in Cook's Women's Gym, WaistWatchers The Musical! features four women "of a certain age" dealing with assorted body image issues through active staging and two dozen songs with parody lyrics. With constant workouts, choreography, and infectious songs, WaistWatchers The Musical! tackles many of today's issues like dieting, exercise, plastic surgery, sex over the age of forty, and the relentless search for a positive self-image - with both humor and sensitivity.



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Audiences will be roaring with laughter as the four women "Zumba-ize" popular songs, turning them into tunes like "Botox Queen", "I Hope I Lose It", "The World's Greatest Ice Cream"," I Went To The Buffet Line", and "Viagra."






Left to Right: Krissy Johnson (Cheryl), Dionne Carole (Carla), Pam Jorgensen (Cindy),

and Eleonore Thomas (Connie). Photo credit: Michael Bush.



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Left to Right: Krissy Johnson (Cheryl), Dionne Carole (Carla), Pam Jorgensen (Cindy), and

 Eleonore Thomas (Connie). Photo credit: Michael Bush.





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Cast Members, Director, and Author are available for interviews - print, radio & TV.  Contact Inna Shamis Lapin of AvantGarde Communications Group

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WaistWatchers The Musical! Comes to Metuchen

Cast Can't 'Weight' To Make Audiences Laugh in Musical Comedy


National Tour Comes to Forum Theatre

Metuchen, NJ October 5th thru November 13th


WHEN: October 12 - November 20, 2016


WHERE: Forum Theatre, 314 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840


PERFORMANCES:  2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 p.m. on Fridays, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2:00 pm on Sundays.


TICKETS: $45-$65 (other fees may apply) and are available by visiting or 1-855-448-7469 (1-855-HIT SHOW)


RUNNING TIME: 90 Minutes (No Intermission)


PRODUCED BY: Playhouse Productions, Inc.

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