Wellness Open House from Satya October 25th

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Metuchen Senior Citizens Lunch Sunday 26th at MHS

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The 21st Annual Metuchen Seniors Citizens Luncheon will be held on Sunday, October 26, at 1:00 p.m. at a new venue, Metuchen High School.

All ages are welcome to this fun event, which features a fully-catered meal, including beverages and dessert, entertainment and door prizes. Metuchen High School is handicapped accessible and features free parking.

The annual fund-raiser helps subsidize activities for local seniors at the Borough-funded Senior Citizens Center, and is its only fund-raiser of the year. The donation is just $25.00.

For more information, access the Metuchen Seniors, Inc. at http://www.metuchennj.org/senior_center_main.html or call (732) 632-8524.


Cathy Ostermueller, Director, Senior Citizen Center
(732) 632-8524

John Wooding, Vice President

(732) 570-8592

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Wizard of Menlo Park by Raconteur Radio at Metuchen Library Nov 6

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On Thursday November 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm, Raconteur Radio presents The Wizard of Menlo Park, an "old-time" radio play, at the Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue. In the play, Thomas Alva Edison reflects back upon his long, dynamic career as inventor, scientist, and businessman. Edison opens an "invention factory" at Menlo Park, perfects the phonograph, and with great trial-and-error effort, finally succeeds in inventing a practical electric light.
The Wizard of Menlo Park is a staged radio play, complete with costumes, lighting and sound effects! The show stars Michael Jarmus, Thom Boyer, Laurence Mintz and Alex Dawson. The performance is a family event.  It is FREE and open to adults, teens and tweens. This program is one in a series at the Metuchen Public Library celebrating New Jersey's 350th anniversary.  It is paid for by the Friends of the Metuchen Library.  For more information, write KLiss@Lmxac.org.

Special Photo Series for Veterans This Month

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 (information courtesy of Superintendent Vincent Caputo of Metuchen)

There is a series of workshops (free) for veterans sponsored by the Josephine Herrick Project (formerly Rehabilitation Through Photography).

The workshops take place beginning October 11th and run for 8 weeks. Location is Unique Photo in Fairfield, NJ.

Veterans from all wars (WW2, Korea, Vietnam and current day) are all welcome. They will be able to use equipment for free and will be taught the basics of cameras, composition, etc.  There are 4 professional photographers running the workshops.

Metuchen's Christine Cuthbertson, Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDTC), is displaying about a dozen photographs from her trip to Vietnam, printed on metal (in various sizes) so the Vietnam veterans can see what Vietnam looks like now. She did this show in Holmdel at the Vietnam Memorial and it was well received.


Campbell School Students Know you Need "Nothing But Nets"

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Check out this awesome article about the Campbell School intiative to help stamp out malaria around the world! Congratulations to everyone involved for achieving such a great goal!

Ask The Mayor at the Senior Center October 22nd

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Ask the Mayor

Wednesday, October 22

Metuchen Senior Center 15 Center St., Metuchen 10AM-11:30AM

Mayor Tom Vahalla will be at the Senior Center for a casual discussion about the topics that matter to you. Stop in for coffee and snacks and ask your questions!

Call (732) 632-8524 for more information.

Wendy Mass Is Coming to Campbell School October 21st

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Ice Cream Social with The Borough Council Candidates

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Casting Notice for MIS-MATCHED in Metuchen for Forum Performances

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Casting Notice
Contact Margaret Davis @ 732.548.5600
email: peter@forumtheatrearts.org

Casting 2 men and 2 woman, non equity who sing well and are comical for,  "MIsMATCH.com, The World Premeier of New Musical Comedy About Online Dating In The Middle Ages." This hysterical original musical shows the trials and tribulations of online dating for those six million boomers out there. Book by Peter J Loewy, Lyrics by Margaret Davis. Rehearsals begin Nov. 10; runs Dec. 4-31 at The Forum Theatre, 314 Main St., Metuchen, NJ 

Miranda, 40-60, Sexy, hot-blooded Latina with an enormous appetite for life; she's on the lookout for her perfect match even if she has to go through every guy she meets online; a combination Charo and Sophia Vergara; speaks with a strong South American accent. Must have a great sense of comedy

Rhonda, 45-60, Jewish from Long Island, now living in Boca Raton--which is actually the same thing; very sweet, heart of gold, very loyal to her friends; she's seeking Mr. Right, hopefully Jewish; just looking for a nice guy who'll share some guacamole with her; a little ditzy. Funny.

.Jack, 45-60,  Bartender at Racks Bar in Boca Raton; handsome, listens to everyone at the bar, and really seems to care about what they have to say; moved to Florida from Calgary, Canada; at the crossroads of his life. Interested in settling down and possibly moving to the islands.

Norm, 45-55, Everyman in the musical; must be a terrific character actor who can morph into several characters, from Manuel the Mexican gardener to a Jewish deli owner; great sense of comedy. 

Please email headshot and resume to mismatchauditions@yahoo.com to set up appointment. Auditions will be held in NY & NJ November 4 & 5. This is a paid position.

Chamber of Commerce Announces Two New Ribbon Cuttings This Week

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An official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at Cafe Vaaza, 419 Main Street in Metuchen. The Ribbon Cutting, scheduled for 5p.m., welcomes entrepreneur Moonis Meer to the community.  Representatives from the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce will be joined by Metuchen Mayor Thomas Vahalla and members of the Borough Council to celebrate the addition of this fantastic new restaurant to our community.

On Friday, October 17th the Chamber of Commerce and Borough representatives will be back on Main Street for another ribbon cutting ceremony to take place at Natrabliss located above the UPS Store at 402 Main Street, Suite, 208. Join us as we welcome owner Diana Gomez to Metuchen and check out her all natural soaps and candles. 

Temple Emanu-El Comedy Night October 25th

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Due to inclement weather predictions, the Metuchen Country Fair will NOT be held tomorrow. Instead, it will take place NEXT Saturday instead. Check out this link for more info.

Friends of the Library Book Sale SATURDAY RAIN OR SHINE

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Book_shelves_UWI_Library.jpgThis Saturday October 11th from 9AM to 3 PM is the annual book sale at the library. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library programming for the Metuchen Public LIbrary. Come on down and get some awesome reading material for the long winter ahead!


I went with some of my writing students and friends to this event. THE GOOD LIE is a wonderful, uplifting and educational film and I heartily recommend everyone sees it! In the meantime, here's a post-event wrap-up from Kean. It was a great event at a great place.

The Kean University Human Rights Institute welcomed internationally acclaimed human rights activist and bestselling author John Prendergast, Founding Director of the Enough Project, to its benefit screening of The Good Lie on Wednesday. The exclusive screening at Kean's state-of-the-art STEM Auditorium attracted some three hundred guests and generated over $5,000, with eighty percent of every dollar raised to benefit the Enough Project's work for peace in Sudan and South Sudan, and the remaining twenty percent to benefit the Human Rights Institute.

"The Good Lie is an extraordinary fictionalized account of the saga of the 'Lost Boys' of Sudan," stated Mr. Prendergast, who briefly appears in the film as a teacher working with refugee youth preparing for resettlement, and also contributed to the movie's storyline. "It took ten years to get The Good Lie to move from inside the head of my late friend, [executive producer] Bobby Newmyer, who didn't live to actually see his dream come true with this movie, before it finally made it to the screen, but it was well worth the wait."

Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center Presents BLITHE SPIRIT at BIL

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Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center, a nonprofit community theater based in Metuchen, announced they will be presenting a Halloween show, the classic play Blithe Spirit. Blithe Spirit, by Noel Coward, is a fast-talking comedy about a novelist who employs a medium to conduct a séance as research for his latest novel--only to have her bring back the ghost of his sassy first wife.

Directed by the theater group's founders, Anna Paone and Catherine LaMoreaux, Blithe Spirit spotlights the talents of local and New York actors. In the lead role is Tenafly native Wally Marzano- Lesnevich, an alumnus of Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts. Playing his second wife is Claire McClanahan, a Metuchen resident. Others in the cast include Lindsay Adkins of Roselle Park, Vivian Lam of Piscataway, Bernadette Maass of New York, and Barry Leonard of East Brunswick. Playing the psychic is Perry Award nominee Rosemary Wall of Mountain Lakes. Matthew Holbert from Metuchen is the company's Assistant Director. Other Metuchen residents will be working backstage.

Performances will take place at the Forum Theater, 314 Main Street, Metuchen. Opening night is Thursday, October 30 at 8:00. A special Halloween performance will be given on Friday, October 31 at 8:30 and will include a post-show wine and treats reception. The remaining performances are Saturday, November 1 at 8:00 and Sunday, November 2 at 3:00. Tickets for adults are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Student and senior tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased on the Dragonfly web site, DragonflyArtsNJ.com or through the mail via Dragonfly, P.O. Box 23, Metuchen, NJ 08840. All tickets are general admission.

Dates & Times: Thursday, October 30 at 8:00 pm; Friday, October 31 at 8:30 pm Saturday, November 1 at 8:00 pm, Sunday, November 2 at 3:00 pm

Tickets: Adults: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Seniors and students $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Advance tickets available on web site, DragonflyArtsNJ.com or through the mail.

Place: Forum Theatre, 314 Main Street, Metuchen

For More Information: go to DragonflyArtsNJ.com or Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center on Facebook, or call 908-930-3210.

Join Middlesex County Freeholder and Hands of Hope Director Charles Tomaro and his crew  on October 11 at 9AM for the first annual "The Race To Outrun Hunger" and race with them through Roosevelt Park in Edison, NJ for a good cause. Join the runners for an after-race brunch (sponsor to be announced soon). Hands of Hope "Taking Strides to End Hunger One Finisher at a Time" hopes to raise $25K.

Hands of Hope is a non-profit, community based organization. We are committed in providing an efficient and effective centralized system for distributing food to alleviate hunger. Our food drive for the needy is focused on sustaining good nutrition, health and most of all human dignity by providing a means for the individual to meet their full potential and to silence the pain hunger brings. Make a difference in our community by joining us in the fight against hunger by donating food, monetary donation or by volunteering your time.

Event schedule and times
6:45 AM: 5k Race Registration/Check-In Opens

4k Walk Registration/Check-In Opens

8:50 AM: 5k Race Registration/Check-In Closes

9:00 AM: 5k Race Begins

9:05 AM: 4k Walk Registration/Check-In Closes

9:20 AM: 4k Walk Begins

10:00 AM: Awards Ceremony

10:15 AM: Final Sweep For Runners

(Registration Closes 10 Minutes Before Event Start)

The Child Care Services Branch of the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy is hosting the annual Tot Trot & Youth Fun Run on Sunday, October 12th at Metuchen High School. This charity event will help us support families from our communities with scholarship assistance when they are unable to pay the full cost of child care. The fund also provides aid to families in crisis and allows us to temporarily provide tuition assistance in the event of a family emergency.

The Tot Trot & Youth Fun Run is sponsored by Metuchen Savings Bank. Metuchen Savings Bank has sponsored the Tot Trot since its inception in 2008 and is a long time supporter of the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy.

Rose Cushing, Executive Director of YMCA Child Care Services Branch said, "we expect over 200 families to attend the event, making this the largest fund-raising event for our branch this year. We invite the community to support the run while helping us fulfill our mission of providing quality programming for all children and families in our communities.  At the YMCA we believe that no one should be turned away from our programs and services based on their ability to pay. Help us continue to help those in need".

Event Details:

Sunday, October 12th

Metuchen High School Track

Tot Trot races begin promptly at 11am

Entry Fees:

$12 pre-registration by 10/10/14

$15.00 after 10/10/14 and on race day

All participants will receive a t-shirt.

The Tot Trot for ages 2 to 5 years will begin promptly at 11AM. Races are organized by age group, with each age group running their own race.

The Youth Fun Run for ages 6 to 12 years is a 400 meter event and will begin promptly at 11:30 AM. Registration and sponsorship forms available at www.ymcaofmewsa.org

For more information on the Tot Trot & Youth Fun Run, contact Melinda Wilson @ 732-548-3490.

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