Happy Thanksgiving, Metuchen!

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Happy-Thanksgiving.jpgPOEM 655 (circa 1862)

Without this-- there is nought--
All other Riches be
As is the Twitter of a Bird--
Heard opposite the Sea--

I could not care-- to gain
A lesser than the Whole--
For did not this include themself--
As Seams-- include the Ball?

I wished a way might be
My Heart to subdivide--
'Twould magnify-- the Gratitude--
And not reduce-- the Gold--

--Emily Dickinson

Thanksgiving Day Dinner at St. Luke's For Needy

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St Luke's Episcopal Church in Metuchen will serve Thanksgiving Dinner from 12noon to 2pm on Thanksgiving Day, Nov 27 in the church's Fryer Hall, 17 Oak Avenue.   The Metuchen Inn is generously preparing this festive meal for those less fortunate than many of us.  Anyone in the Metuchen/Edison area who is in need is welcome at the feast.  Delivery service is available for the home bound or elderly who live in Metuchen or Edison.  The meal is free, but RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST!  Donations of canned goods and other non-perishable foods are needed and can be dropped off at the church seven days a week.   Please call the church at 732-548-4308 
smallbizsat2014.pngPlease welcome MM's newest advertisers -- Legacy Republic, Brainy Boro Montessori, Clicks and Bricks, Cafe Vaaza, A&J Jewelers,  and Naturabliss Soaps -- as well as our supportive long-time advertisers, all amazing hard-working unique small businesses. Link through on their ads to see their product offerings or menus. We wish them all the success in the world and hope that you will be supporting them on Small Business Saturday, November 29th. 

Metuchen Matters thanks all our great downtown entrepreneurs! We will support them this Saturday and hope you will too!

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Holiday House Tour Tickets ON SALE NOW

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December Events at the Library: Open Game Day COMPOUND IT ALL

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Everyone is invited--ages 9 to 99! On Saturday December 13, from 1 PM until 3 PM, there will be an Open Game Day in the Metuchen Public Library (480 Middlesex Avenue) to experience a fun, new strategy game of words---COMPOUND IT ALL! You can even meet the creators of the game, Kim and Danny Adlerman of Metuchen!

COMPOUND IT ALL! is simple to learn, difficult to master! It's a compound word building game that will expand your vocabulary, your critical thinking skills, and even your math skills. There are 3 challenging levels of play. For more information, write KLiss@Lmxac.orgStop by the Library to play the game!  No purchase necessary, but games will be available for purchase.

On Tuesday December 29, 2014 at 1 PM, a FREE Introduction to Fencing class will be offered to Metuchen residents in grades 6-12 at the Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue.  The 1.5 hour workshop includes demonstrations, floor exercises, and an introduction to the equipment, weapons and rules of the sport. The program is hands-on; participants should wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and sneakers.  Registration is required and opens on December 1; space is limited.  Write KLiss@Lmxac.org" id="chat_icon">KLiss@Lmxac.org with name, grade and phone number to sign up. The class is taught by coaches from a local fencing school, and it is paid for by the Friends of the Metuchen Library.


Metuchen Author-Illustrator team Kim and Danny Adlerman are proud to present COMPOUND IT ALL!, the new compound word building game, published by Lee & Low in New York City. This unique card game has an accessible platform of play, which was based on Rummy, and inspired by the couple's previous book, How Much Wood Could A Woodchuck Chuck? (Kids at Our House, 2007). 

Several years in the making, Kim says, "This game literally came to me in a dream. Not everyone is lucky enough to have such a wonderful and powerful dream actually come true, but it shows that with perseverance, patience, and dedication, all things are possible. It was a labor of love, and well worth it!"

Fans of the Adlerman's previous works, which includes ten books and three CDs, will be pleased to see this new entry, and especially happy that as a game intended for ages nine and up, it offers something for everyone. Says Danny, "Compound It All! was designed to be appropriate for all skill levels, and one never outgrows it regardless of their age or of how advanced they become. It's a great game for classrooms, at home, or for adult night out. If you like word games, you'll love Compound It All!"

There are select outlets where copies of Compound it All! are available; in particular, the Adlermans prefer independent bookstores, specialty shops, and those venues where they will be appearing. Currently, the $29.95 game is available at Leeandlow.com, and at two local outlets, To Be Continued on Main Street in Metuchen, and Over the Moon Toys in on Raritan Avenue in Highland Park; all three are offering a pre-publication discount of 25%. If ordered through Lee and Low, use coupon code COMPOUND for discount and free shipping. It is also available at Amazon for a small discount.

For more information, check out and like www.facebook.com/DannyandKim?ref=hl or email info@dannyandim.com. The game has been previewed and endorsed by children, parents, principals, literacy consultants, students, and teachers of all age groups across the country.

Eat Drink and Buy Art Pop-Up Store December 6th on Main Street

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For the past three years on the first Saturday night in December, the Borough Improvement League in Metuchen has hosted "Eat, Drink, and Buy Art," an arts event designed to match local talent with holiday shoppers in an elegant, festive atmosphere.  When planning for year's event, Chairpersons Amy Brooks and Judy Weinberg shared their dream for it to inhabit a storefront on Main Street as a "pop up art gallery."  With the assistance and support of many, this dream has come true and this year the event will be held on Saturday, December 6th from 6pm-10 pm at 457B Main Street in Metuchen.  The space is being generously donated by the DePasquales, owners of the newly opened 9Round Fitness Center located immediately next door to this as-of-yet unoccupied space.  Twelve artist and artisans will be featured this year, and their diverse works promise to make the event appealing to a wide audience:

®     Beryl Koblin of Beja Knits creates knitted and woven pieces for everyday use in your home.

®     Chelsea Villegas is a mixed-media artist who uses a combination of drawing, collage, oil paint, and wax to express her varied interests ranging from the human form, to elements from the natural world.

®     David LaMorte is a mixed media artist from Metuchen, New Jersey who creates his art from new and found paper.

®     Easton Davy creates music inspired artworks based on Jazz and Blues and exhibits frequently in New York and The Netherlands.

®     Janice Fried is a mixed media artist living in Metuchen.

®     Jerabek Pottery provides finely designed and crafted pieces for everyday use (all functional pieces are dishwasher, microwave, and food safe).

®     Judy Weinberg Photography creates colorful fine art photography featuring abstract, natural, uniquely composed, and altered images.

®     Mark Harris Photography is fine art photography of the human form.

®     Little Owl Soap is dedicated to the blend of science and art that is hand-crafted soapmaking, by combining creativity with the scientific knowledge of the last 150 years to craft small batches of gentle, pure, and natural soaps from vegan oils and butters; essential oils; and clays, botanicals, herbs, and spices.

®     Amy Brooks is a glass artist who works from her studio, Paradise Custom Glass in Metuchen, and specializes in custom stained glass windows and unique, one-of-a-kind gifts.

®     Roman Stefaniw's works in acrylics, spray paint, and paint markers to create fine art pieces influenced by his architecture studies as well as his passions for music and trains.

®     Stephanie Yu-Falkenstein's Sew Bespoke and Co. creates quality handmade accessories and home goods that blend contemporary style with functionality.

Everyone is welcome to come, browse, meet the artists and artisans, and support the arts

Coat Drive and Concert at BIL This Weekend with Kul d'Sack

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The Jersey Shore's favorite acoustic quartet, Kül d'Sack, will return to Old Franklin Schoolhouse on Saturday, Nov. 29, for a special night of live music to benefit the Jersey Cares organization. The evening is being billed as "Grateful and Thankful" in honor of one of the band's biggest musical influences, as well as the holiday spirit. 

Concert-goers are asked to bring a "gently used" or even new coat to be donated to Jersey Cares, which will distribute them to New Jersey residents in need of some winter warmth. 

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music will start at 8 p.m. Old Franklin Schoolhouse, Metuchen's original one-room school dating back to 1800, is located at 491 Middlesex Avenue. It's a brief walk to the Metuchen train station and some of Central Jersey's best restaurants.  

Seniors, Get Ready for the Winter Months with Scarf Class

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Neve Shalom Goods & Services Auction December 6

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Neve Shalom Goods & Services Auction

Saturday, December 6th at 7:30 pm

Table seating, light dairy snacks, soft drinks!

  Exciting new items, faster paced live auction, tricky tray, raffles, fun giveaways!


Admission price: $7 per person if you purchase tickets by November 30th, $10 at the door.

Neve Shalom

250 Grove Avenue

Metuchen, NJ 08840

(732) 548-2238 ext 17 

Questions? Contact Martha Mack (mjmack@aol.com

St. Luke's Holiday Music Schedule

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Dec 17  Raritan Ringers Handbell Choir, 7pm. Admission free with food donation

Dec 14   Lessons and Carols, 10 am.  Senior Choir and Schola Cantorum       

Dec 19  The Thirteen     "Joyeux Noel"  7.30pm. Ticket $20,$10 students

Dec 31   Jazz Vespers 6pm  Dec 31 


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Check out what the Mayor says about the Dog Park construction update. The project, initiated by Abby Brooks and Lilly Hoover as a Girl Scout Silver Award this year, is one that will serve the community for years and years to come! Congratulations to the girls for their forward-thinking work!

Raritan Ringers are Coming Back to St. Luke's for the Holidays

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Eat Drink & Buy Art December 6th Creates Holiday Pop Up Store

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Cafe Vaaza Brings Kashmiri Cuisine to Metuchen

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caffev.jpgCheck out this great article on Cafe Vaaza and then check out their website at www.cafevaaza.com for their menus as well as their Facebook page for updated information about this great new restaurant in town!

Brandon Arias (Daddy, Mr. Scary, Mr. Woo, Mrs. Gutzman) studies theatre performance at Kean University and is very excited to make his debut at the Forum Theater. A dance and voice instructor , Brandon would love to thank his family & friends for their support. Recent produc- tions: All Shook Up (Dennis), Little Women (Laurie), West Side Story (Snowboy, Action u/ s), Macbeth( Donalbain), Spring Awakening (Otto)

Tyler Barnick (Herb, Chenille) is excited to be making his debut at the Forum. Tyler has been

seen as The Cat in the Hat (Seussical), Harold Hill (The Music Man ), Rooster (Annie) John The Baptist/Judas (Godspell), Sir Lancelot (Spamalot) Hero (A Funny Thing...the Forum), and Prince Charming (Cinderella). Recent shows: Sunset Boulevard and The Little Mermaid, Jr. at Plays in the Park, and off-Broadway in Sweet Charity as Oscar. Tyler enjoys writing, singing, acting, & working out. He is a Theater Major at Middlesex County College. Tyler would like to thank Moggie, Vicki, & Peter, his fellow cast members of Junie B Jones, his family, Jeanette for helping with music and Michelle Massa.

Samantha Cook (Junie B. Jones) studied vocal music education at Oklahoma State Univer- sity, where she was an active member of Delta Delta Delta and a member of The Brightest Band in all the Land's Color Guard. Samantha recently worked as a member of the Cruise Staff on The Disney Fantasy for Disney Cruise Lines. Other credits: Joseph (Ensemble--Plays-in-the -Park), and while at Metuchen High School, Samantha was seen in Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Urinetown (Hope Caldwell), Footloose (Rusty) and HAIR (ens.). Samantha lives in Metuchen and works at The Community Nursery School as an Assistant Teacher for the 2-3 year-olds & Music Teacher for all of the classes. She also babysits for "just about every child

in Metuchen".

Shannon Garahan (Lucille, Grace, Jose) Shannon is thrilled to be making her debut at the

Forum Theatre. Past credits : Grease (Rizzo), High School Musical (Sharpay), Anything Goes (Reno Sweeny), Spamalot (Ensemble), and Bye Bye Birdie (Dance Captain/Helen) and A Chorus Line at Surflight Theatre (Tricia). Shannon trained at Center Stage Dance & Theatre School where she is a dance and acrobatics instructor. She would like to thank her family for their constant love and support.

Jason Jackson (Lennie, Sheldon, Camille) Recently performed as "Poe" in AlphaNYC's pro- duction of Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe in October. Recent credits: The Exoner- ated, and Steve Martin's adaptation of The Underpants, both performed at Middlesex County College. This Is Jason's first performance at the Forum Theatre. Jason began his onstage ca- reer in 2005 at Middlesex County College where he earned his AFA in Theatre. An artist and video editor , Jason's work can be seen at facebook.com/jacksonartistry and youtube.com/ thatsjustjjackson.

Lyra Koncsol (Bobbi Jean Piper) is a 7th grader at Hillsborough Middle School in Hillsbor- ough, NJ. Productions: Mt Saint Mary's Academy: The King and I, Annie, Wizard of Oz; Somer- set Valley Playhouse: The King and I, Joseph and ...Dreamcoat, A Christmas Carol, Treasure Island; Raritan Valley Community College: Six Characters in Search of an Author; The Villagers: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Snow White, Crystal and the Christmas Snowman; The Brook: Joseph and...Dreamcoat. McCarter Theatre: A Christmas Carol. Hillsborough HS: Jane Eyre. I would like to thank everyone who helped me fulfill my dreams of performing. Christa DiLalo Petti (May, Mother) is thrilled to perform for the first time at the Forum as her first grade self. Favorite roles: Charity (Anything Goes, NJACT Perry Award nominee) & Andie Lee (42nd Street). Other past productions: Kiss Me Kate, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Spamalot, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. She currently trains at the Metuchen Dance Centre. Many thanks to Peter, Vicki, Coco Nathaniel & Moggie, and all the love in the world to this incredibly talented and wildly fun cast!

Skullduggery at the Metuchen Library November 23rd

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Chamber Announces Distinguished Member Awardees for 2015

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Metuchen Chamber of Commerce announces their 2015 Distinguished Service Awardees:


Chamber Distinguished Member of the Year

Hailey's Harp and Pub 

Distinguished Non- Profit Member of the Year

Metuchen Recreation Department 

Chamber Distinguished Service Award

Nelson Li

Congratulations to them all!

Upcoming Events at the Old Franklin School

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Sunday, November 16, 1-4pm
"Looking Back" Transformations Gallery Exhibit Reception

Transformations Gallery at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse is currently an installation of some of the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society's most interesting and beautifully composed images from its archives in an exhibit entitled "Looking Back: unexpected images from the archives."  Most of the photographs come from the Frey-Sen Collection donated to the Society in 2007, and date primarily from the 1950s and early 1960s.  On November 16 there will be a special opportunities to view the exhibit, when the Borough Improvement League co-hosts a special reception with the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society's members and friends .  The reception will include a showing of the ca.1929 "Metuchen Movie" and light refreshments.   All of the high quality prints, custom-mounted in archivally stable frames, are available for sale.
Sunday, November 16, 6pm and 8pm
Doctor Who: A Staged Radio Play Parody & Immersive Themed Party

The Old Franklin Schoolhouse is the fabled police phone box (it's bigger on the inside) and London during the Blitz with staged productions of "The Empty Child" & "The Doctor Dances."   Theatrical lighting, period costumes, vintage commercials, a variety of themed snacks and drinks, an extensive display of Doctor Who memorabilia, a live rendition of "It Had to Be You," and an appearance by a celebrated Eighth Doctor cosplayer/Who historian.  $25 in advance. $35 at the door. $15 for ages 18 and under. Tickets available at Marafiki Fair Trade at 20 New Street in Metuchen, or online (will call). 
Saturday, November 29, 2014, 8pm (doors 7pm, drop offs all Day)
Grateful and Thankful -- Musical Coat Drive With Kül d'Sack!

Kül d'Sack makes their triumphant return to Old Franklin Schoolhouse on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for a special night of classic rock and holiday cheer! If you missed the schoolhouse's Deadfest weekend in 2013, this is your chance to see the band that blew everyone away!  Admission is a "gently used" coat, or even a new coat if you are so inclined, or some canned goods for the Jersey Cares organization.   "Coats and cans" may also be dropped off at the schoolhouse from 12pm onward that day.  For more information about Jersey Cares, visit www.jerseycares.org
Friday, December 5, 2014
Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Eat, Drink, & Buy Art, 6m to 10pm
Saturday, December 7, 2014
Holiday House Tour, 12pm to 5pm

Junie B. Jones This Weekend LAST TWO SHOWS at the Forum

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junie b jones cast lobby.jpgDid you see Junie B. Jones this weekend at the Forum Theatre?  Well, if not, you have TWO MORE CHANCES to see Junie B. and her whacky and adorable friends LIVE ON STAGE.  This weekend - Saturday, November 22 and  Sunday, November 23 - 1:00 pm.  CALL for tickets - 732-548-5600  All seats $15.00 .  Groups of >20 - $12.00.  

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A Letter From Edison Wetlands Association re: Save-a-Friend Program

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Dear Friends and Supporters of the Edison Wetlands Association and Triple C Ranch & Nature Center, 
I am writing to ask for your generosity and support for the Edison Wetlands Association's Save-A-Friend Program. Many of you have visited the Triple C Ranch and have seen first hand the love and care we provide our animal friends. This incredible natural oasis was only possible with the generous support of people who care about the welfare of our vulnerable animal friends.

The Edison Wetlands Association (EWA) founded the Save-A-Friend Program to house and care for discarded animals who are left to die without any consideration for their lives or the intelligence they possess. EWA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and does not receive any government funding. We rely solely on the generosity of our friends and supporters to further our mission. EWA and the Triple C Ranch aims to teach future generations about the ethics of caring for animals and the responsibility involved in purchasing or adopting animals. All donations to the Save-A-Friend program are tax deductible. 

 One of our newest rescued animal friends, Edison (Eddie) the Pot Bellied Pig, steals the hearts of everyone he meets. Eddie has made numerous appearances in the community over the last 12 months. He was featured in the "Mutt's" comic strip, as well as the News 12's "The Pet Stop" program along with our beloved pony, Shorty. 

 You might have also seen Eddie on television in the last few days as he appeared on My9 New Jersey and WNET. Eddie served as a "Spokes Pig" for a rally in Trenton to support the Humane Society's campaign to ban gestation crates, putting a face on the issue of animal cruelty and inhumane treatment of animals. You can check out Eddie's Facebook page to see his recent appearances. 

 Please consider donating to EWA's Save-A-Friend Program. Last year's winter was brutally cold and we need to upgrade our animal adoptees homes. Your support allows us to continue our mission of providing safe and healthy homes to our animal friends. We need to raise $5,000 to continue to provide food, shelter and veterinary care for Eddie and his other animal friends that call the Triple C Ranch and Nature Center home. If we exceed our goal, the Triple C Ranch can rescue more animal friends including two short hair kittens, Oliver Twist and Daisy Mae. 

 We are hosting an event on November 22, 2014 for all those who donate $100 or more to our Save-A-Friend Program. This event includes an exclusive visit with your animal "adoptees," as well as other fun activities. Any donation for the EWA's Save-A-Friend Program is greatly appreciated. Checks can be made out to Edison Wetlands Association or you may donate online by visitingTripleCRanch.org/Save-A-Friend. 

 Thank you in advance for your continued support!
Warmest Regards, 

Robert Spiegel 
Executive Director
Edison Wetlands Association 

YMCA Healthy Futures Garden Grant for Schools

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