After posting the link to the bullying self-assessment for district schools, the following letter showed up in my mailbox. It is reprinted word for word as I received it here:

"To Metuchen Matters,

I am writing to comment on the Self-Asssessment Report on Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying in the Metuchen Schools discussed at the very end of a recent Board of Education meeting.

I understand the report must be presented publicly each year. I was very surprised at the comment of one of the Board of Education members. His response to the numbers was that we must have been a hard grader on ourselves compared to other districts.

On hearing Metuchen's numbers my first response was what can we do as a community to improve the school climate. What are the main issues plaguing the schools and what do we put in place to provide a positive environment for all of our students. We must reach out to students and families to get a true picture of the school environment.

I read on the Metuchen Matters Facebook page the comment that we were being honest in our reporting. All school districts should be honest if they want to truly address this persistent problem. These numbers should serve as a warning sign that we as a community are not doing our best.

No child should walk into a school building in Metuchen and have to worry about being harassed, intimidated or bullied. The only way to change it for our children is to face the HIB issues and not turn away. We can do much better.

Sincerely, A Concerned Mom"
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We want to thank Razorsharp Barbershop and Shave Parlor for this amazing show of support! Please bring your family in on May 4th for an amazing cut and support the Fuccile Foundation! 


A DAY DEDICATED TO HELP: RSBS x FUCCILE FOUNDATION The Fuccile Foundation is sponsoring a event called the FUCE 5k walk/run. The foundation is a non profit organization dedicated to the service and support of local families affected by tragedy. We, @rsbsx13 is going to dedicate a day of service on MAY 4, 2014 from 9am-3pm! All haircuts and monetary donations will be given to sponsor the FUCE 5k run for the families in need 100%! We ask all of you to please come and support us! 

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   270 Woodbridge Avenue, Metuchen

Phone: 732 491 2240  Email: cns@fpcweb.org

Website: communityns.org

Now Registering for September 2014

Full-day kindergarten - NEW for September

4-hour AM Pre-K - NEW for September

Classes for children 2 ½ and up

Flexible schedules

Valet drop-off

Snacks provided

Ample parking

Convenient downtown location

REGISTER NOW!

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Annual High Tea at Borough Improvement League May 3rd

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Celebrate Earth Day at Triple C Saturday April 26th

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Lemelson Grant Funds New Maker Space at Public LIbrary

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The  Friends  of  the  Metuchen  Library  are  honored  to  announce  that  it  has  received  a  $50,000  grant  from   The   Lemelson   Foundation.   The   grant   will   support   K-­12   science,   technology,   engineering   and   mathematics   (STEM)   programs   at   the   Metuchen   Public   Library   to   inspire   innovation,   invention,   and   entrepreneurship  in  the  sciences.  

This  grant  will  allow  the  Metuchen  Public  Library  to  upgrade  technology  within  the  library,  to  purchase   new   books   and   materials,   to   create   a   Maker   Space   center   for   creativity   and   innovation,   and   to   offer   programs   in   mathematics   and   robotics.   Sondra   Flite,   President   of   the   Friends   of   the   Metuchen   Library,   noted,  "This  grant  from  The  Lemelson  Foundation  provides  invaluable  support  for  our  mission  to  create  a   21st   century   learning   center   at   the   library.   We   thank   The   Lemelson   Foundation   and   family   for   their   generous  endorsement  of  our  mission." 

Susanna   Chan,   Director   of   the   Metuchen   Library,   adds   "I   would   like   to   give   my   most   sincere   thanks   to   The  Lemelson  Foundation  and  family  for  their  generosity,  and  to  the  Friends  who  work  tirelessly  to  help   the  Library  to  achieve  its  goal.  This  grant  provides  us  with  the  opportunity  to  transform  the  Library  into  a   place  where  children  and  young  adults  explore,  connect  and  create." 

Dorothy Obropta provided the introduction to the family and Alisa Schleif of the Friends was able to go in and pitch the project to the family. The grant will also fund the completion of an homage to Lemelson and his work via a permanent stained glass piece commissioned to local glass artist Amy Brooks. The space will be immersive, educational and beautiful.

Jerome  Lemelson  (1923-­1997)  was  a  prolific,  independent  inventor.  In  his  lifetime,  he  was  awarded  606   U.S.  patents.  The  family  continues  his  legacy  by  inspiring  and  promoting  invention  education  projects  all   over   the   world.   "Our   family   has   proud,   deep   roots   in   New   Jersey   and   Metuchen.   It   is   a   privilege   to  provide   funds   for   the   Maker   space,   as   the   library   works   to   inspire   citizens   interested   in   invention,   science  and  engineering,"  said  Dorothy  Lemelson,  chairman  of  The  Lemelson  Foundation.  

The   Lemelson   family   has   a   permanent   home   in   the   hearts   of   Metuchen   residents.   Dorothy   and   Jerome   Lemelson   were   Brainy   Borough   residents   for   many   years.  Their   sons,   Eric   and   Robert,   attended   Metuchen  schools.  It  is  this  personal  connection  to  Metuchen  that  makes  this  grant  particularly  special  to   the  Friends.  

For  more  information  on  the  Lemelson  Foundation,  visit  http://www.lemelson.org      

 For  more  information  on  the  Friends  of  the  Metuchen  Library,  visit  http://www.fotml.org   

Metuchen Treasure Hunt Slated for June 14th - Register now!

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Alex Dawson + Rutgers Presents YA Kid Lit Conference May 1st

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The Metuchen Municipal Alliance will be holding our annual Magic Show on Friday April 25th at Campbell School at 7:00PM. Please join us for a fun evening!
http://www.metuchennj.org/MMA/MagicShow2014.pdf

 

Happy Easter, Metuchen!

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Letters From Within Fundraiser Tuesday April 29th at Hailey's

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Letters from Within is a web-based, international film project documenting daily life, travel, and volunteer experiences in off-the-beaten path locations across the world. Metuchen resident Keith Timko, the project's producer, and founding members Dmitry (Dima) Petrov and Anna Soldatova, who hail from St. Petersburg, Russia, will host a fundraiser on Tuesday April 29 from 6-8 PM at Hailey's Harp & Pub in support of the first project in Nepal in fall 2014. Using minimally intrusive equipment and crew, Dima and Anna will chronicle their volunteer experiences in Nepal. "While it is wonderful to see new parts of the world as a tourist, international volunteering is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in another culture. It allows you to understand a place in a different and deeper way. We envision this Letters from Within project as a unique window into Nepalese culture that will offer a completely different perspective. It's a point-of-view rooted in the stories, smiles and sadness and sights and sounds of local residents and daily life," says Dima.

The Nepal project will be part of a larger collection of 7-10 minute films, produced in the "road movie" tradition, to be housed on the Letters from Within website (http://lettersfromwithin.com) as well as You Tube and Vimeo channels. The films are meant to entertain, provide a window into seldom seen parts of the world, and inspire others to volunteer and travel with purpose. The Letters from Within team will share information about the project at the April 29 fundraiser. A $25 donation at the door gets you a drink ticket and appetizers; Hailey's Harp & Pub is located at 400 Main St. in Metuchen.
  

MEF Spring Fundraiser Great Success

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Metuchen Education Foundation held its Annual Spring Fundraiser on March 28th at the Metuchen Inn.  The event was well attended, with an amazing selection of silent auction items!  There was also wonderful music by members of the Dave Grossman Trio.   One of the evening's highlights was a live, jazz music-inspired, painting created by talented Metuchen-ite, Easton Davy.   MEF is very grateful to everyone who attended and supported this fundraiser. 

100% of all monies raised fund projects that focus on improving education in our community.  All donations made to MEF go directly to the Metuchen Public Schools through grants given to teachers.  These MEF grants offer teachers the opportunity to enhance their regular curriculum with innovative ideas that otherwise might not be funded.

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If you missed this fabulous event, please consider attending future fundraisers sponsored by MEF.   Stay informed of all MEF activities, by becoming a "friend" of Metuchen Education Foundation on Facebook.  Also, tax-deductible donations can be made by visiting the MEF web site at www.metucheneducationfoundation.org

Happy Passover, Metuchen!

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Kabbalah Melody.
Here we have a story for the world,
A tale of justice served and freedom won,
Principles of goodness, universal,
Printed out on stone by God's own hand.
Yes, the past was bloody, and the old
Promise was by faithlessness undone.
And wonders ceased, memories turned brittle,
Shadows fell, and love turned into land.
Still, the story breathes the air of words
Old and new, a tale not writ in stone,
Vast as the hard history of a people
Ever changing, ever one, a grand
Recital running through time's glass like sand.

Free Tree seedlings will be available to Metuchen residents in the month of April as a part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign.  This program helps communities replace trees damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.

From 10am to 2pm on Saturday April 19, 2014, residents will be able to pick up tree seedlings at the Metuchen Senior Center Parking Lot.

Seedlings, available on a first come first served basis, also come with instructions on how to store, care for, and plant them.  The guides help residents chose the right place on a property to plant a tree while keeping in mind the tree's full-grown size in the future.  Residents should plant the seedlings within two days after pick-up in order to prevent the roots from drying out.

The goal of the Tree Recovery Campaign is to distribute over 500,000 tree seedlings to NJ residents over the course of the next 5 years.  It is a joint effort between Metuchen, the New Jersey State Forestry Services Community Forestry Program, The State Forest Nursery, New Jersey Soil Conservation Districts, Sustainable Jersey, and the Arbor Day Foundation, FedEx, and BJ's Wholesale Club provide financial support for the program.

When properly planted and maintained, trees can be assets to a community.

They improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood or business district, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

If you have any questions please contact Councilwoman Rasmussen atdrasmussen@metuchen.com

letters_about_lit_2014.jpgEach year, the Library of Congress's Center for the Book sponsors a contest called Letters About Literature.  Students are asked to write letters to the author of a favorite book, telling why this book inspired them.  This year more than 2000 New Jersey students submitted letters for this contest.  Three sixth graders at Edgar have been recognized for writing outstanding letters.  April CalishJackson Costello, and Megan Shen received honorable mentions in the 4th-6th grade division and will be honored at a reception next month.

 

Photo (from left to right):  Jackson Costello with Lois Lowry's The Giver, April Calish with R.J. Palacio's Wonder and Megan Shen with Grace Lin's Dumpling Days  and their ELA teacher, Ms. Kovacs.

 

Municipal Alliance's MAGIC SHOW Friday April 25th at Campbell

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SIGN UP NOW for Childrens Programs at the Library This Spring

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St. Luke's On Good Friday

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CQE Scholarship Apps Available for MHS Seniors NOW

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Citizens for Quality Education (CQE) is offering $1,000 in scholarships for Metuchen High School seniors who have challenged themselves with a rigorous high school curriculum.  At least one award will be for $500. All eligible students are encouraged to apply.  

The criteria for determining the winners include following a challenging curriculum and appreciating its benefits.

Eligibility:  Any Metuchen High School senior who has a GPA of 3.6 or higher and who has followed a rigorous curriculum, which includes some honors classes and at least one Advanced Placement course in 11th or 12th grade.

To download an application for the scholarship, go to: http://metuchencqe.org/cqe-scholarship/


Completed applications should be returned to MHS Guidance Counselor Mrs. Leigh Hanbridge by May 12, 2014.
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The Easter Bunny is coming to Lollipopland Metuchen tomorrow! 

Follow the Bunny from the Town Easter Egg Hunt to the Lollipopland Metuchen store on Main Street!

SAVE 10%, too!

HAPPY EASTER, EVERYBODY!

On Saturday ~ April 12th 
from 9a~12p 
(Right after the Town 
Easter Egg Hunt) 
Take Pictures, Free Lollipops, Save 10% 
On Our Screen This Weekend...Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
Friday & Saturday @ 7:30 Sunday @ 3pm
What does it mean to be a performing artist - first, last and always? Broadway legend Elaine Stritch can answer that. 

And: Opening On Stage  June 19 thru July 20 "DAVID MICHAEL FINKELSTEINS BAR MITZVAH" A Hilarious New Musical by Sue Fabisch (author of Motherhood the Musical). Directed by Peter J Loewy. You know that group of relatives you don't want to invite, but you have to anyway? Well, they're all her in this riotous original musical comedy. All backed a 3 piece band
Thursdays thru Saturday @ 8pm Sunday Matinees @ 3pm Tickets $35 with discounts of 20% for groups of 10 or more!at www.forumtheatrearts.org or by calling 732.548.5600 And NO. You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy... "DAVID MICHAEL FINKELSTEINS BAR MITZVAH"



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Metuchen High School's Keaton Weidmaier is working on his Eagle Scout project, doing some rehab on the front of the Old Franklin Schoolhouse. How is he planning to spruce the place up and how did he choose this as the focus of this long-range project? Keaton told MM all about it.

How long have you been a Boy Scout? How do you become an Eagle Scout?

KW: I've been a Boy Scout for about 4 years, and a Cub Scout since I was in first grade. To become an Eagle Scout, you have to successfully complete the requirements of the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life. Then you have to complete a project and get 21 merit badges.

What is the Eagle Scout project in general? Is it a community service project? What does Boy Scouts expect you to do in order for them to acknowledge and approve your project?

KW: An Eagle Scout project is a long lasting, community benefiting effort. The general consensus of what the average project is something that doesn't benefit the scout directly, lasts for a long time, and is something that the community will welcome.

Why did you choose the OFS as the focus of your project -- and in what way are you working to raise money to help it? What will the money be used for?

KW: To be honest, I chose the Old Franklin School (or Borough Improvement League, which is the technical name) because it was [a good fit]. Fundraising-wise, I've been helping out at BIL events, doing things like making and selling food. The money will be used to install a picket fence around the front of the building, build an information kiosk, and restore the Old Franklin School sign. If you drive by the school, you'll notice that the sign is gone. I'm currently giving it new coats of paint.

Why did you have a connection to this as a possible project? What need did you see that you wanted to fill?

KW: I had a connection to this project from my scout master, who suggested it to me at some point. As for [what] needed to be filled, it was just how old the place looks. Some TLC was all it really needed, so I figured the best place to start was on the outside.

Will you be documenting the project as it moves forward? In what way?

KW:  I have a website dedicated to updating the world on my progress (link below).

Good luck, Keaton! We will all enjoy the spiffed-up schoolhouse when you're done! Thanks for taking the time to help improve a Metuchen landmark.

Check out further info on the project at this link.


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