Your Weekend Plans

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Football championships, live music, house tours, holiday events - you don't
have to travel far this weekend to stay busy and entertained.  Check out
what's going on in and around town the next few days:

 

Friday, December 5

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The BIL (Old Franklin School- 491 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen) 7:00PM

Entertainment to fill hearts with holiday joy, refreshments afterwards.

Snow or shine

 

Raconteur Event: The Hub Kings Live Music/CD Release Party

Visit the Raconteur website for more details.

The Raconteur 8:00PM

Free, Complimentary Wine

 

Saturday, December 6

Central Jersey Group I Football Championship

Metuchen v Asbury Park

Rutgers Stadium 10:00AM

Adults $10, Children/Seniors $7 (tickets go on sale 90 minutes before kickoff)

 

St. Luke's Episcopal Church Annual Christmas Fair

17 Oak Avenue, Metuchen 9:00AM-4:00PM

"Simple Gifts" will feature handcrafted ornaments and a variety of other items

created by our Christmas Elves, and other Master Craftspersons.

For more information call 732-548-4308 ext. 10 or visit www.stlukes17.org

 

Sunday, December 7

Jingle Bell 5K Walk/Run 10:05AM

Race to support Arthritis Foundation

Starts/Ends - Novito Bistro, 25 New Street, Metuchen

Adults $25, Children (under 12) $15

 

Borough Improvement League Holiday House Tour

Tour Flyer

Visit six seasonally decorated Metuchen homes

Refreshments, raffle, and holiday gift bazaar at Old Franklin School

Adults and Children (over 12) $20 Donation

All proceeds to benefit historic Old Franklin School

 

Annual Advent Workshop

Projects and fun for all ages.  Special guest for the kids and the Peter Puppet Theater

will be performing during the crafts.

First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen

270 Woodbridge Avenue, Metuchen 6:00PM-8:30PM

13 Comments

The traffic forum on Tuesday was more about residents voicing their concerns on pedestrian, automobile, and bicycle trouble spots. They even had a very cool giant satellite map of a Metuchen from Google for us to mark the areas.

Not much came out about what the town would do to remedy any of these issues though. It was the first step in the process; there should be a follow up meeting sometime early next year in which there will be more discussion on plans.

We do hope to talk with Planner James Constantine before that to talk about traffic and other issues.

Does anyone know what was discussed at the Traffic meeting on Tuesday? Were there mentions of bike paths, walking paths, etc.? Anything new or exciting to be reported?

This website looks great. I'm so proud of the Metuchen residents who designed this site, maintain it and then participate in it. If we can involve more people in the town's events and issues, we are more likely to be able to draw new businesses to the Renaissance project and to buy homes in town. Keep up the good work!

THE TREE LOOKS GREAT!

THANKS TO STEVE and PHYLLIS and KATE and ELIZABETH and CAROLYN and SANTA and everyone else who helped out!

It's not complaining, it's a question. And if people don't decide where they shop based on decorations, why does every store start putting up holiday decorations the day after Halloween? It creates an atmosphere.

Should I not get a tree because my neighbor 10 feet away has one? I can see it if I peek my head out the window. The point of putting one at Borough Hall would be so that you could see it from downtown.

I'm sure there is a good reason why they don't do it. I was just asking what it is.

I think they moved it so they can do it whatever the weather. One year when it was scheduled for Main Street by the bank it got rained out.

When was there any green open space on Main Street? 1920? Those were drive through lanes twenty years ago when it was the National Bank of New Jersey. Only difference was you used to enter them directly from Main Street.

A couple years ago there was a tree was by the drive through. It was on the sidewalk where they have the wooden benches, next to what is now Top Drawer North.

Complain, complain, complain.

The BIL building is less than 100 yards away from the front of Borough Hall and is directly across the street from it's parking lot. It is on a State highway where it will get a lot of visibility. The building itself offers a place for people to congregate and get hot chocolate and cookies. Which the town will be serving. Why would people then go somewhere else for dessert when there's free stuff right in front of them?

Also, who on earth makes a decision to shop downtown because there is or is not a Christmas Tree?

Finally, the tree used to be on Main Street when there was actually some green open space for it. That space is now the 3 drive thru lanes of the Metuchen Savings Bank. It's no longer feasible, nor is Borough Hall, because there's nothing but black top, concrete and stone. You can't anchor a tree into that.

The saying, "think before you speak" can also be applied to typing.

One year they put the tree by the Metuchen Savings drive-through but it wasn't very big.

As for the house tour, the homeowners often get their houses decorated for them by a local florist or the brass lantern. I think it's part of the deal.

I didn't write the original comment, but I agree. When I think downtown Metuchen I don't think Old Franklin School, I think between the Forum and Town Hall. Maybe that's just me.

I think it would be nice to see the tree when I walk downtown. Plus isn't the tree less likely to help businesses when it cannot even be seen from where any of the businesses are? Even tonight I bet more people would eat or get dessert afterwards on Main St., if they were parking on Main St. Now people can drive and park right by the tree and never pass a single business while walking.

To be fair, I don't know where they could have put it. I'm assuming there's a reason it can't go at Town Hall and there really isn't space anywhere else. It's just unfortunate I guess.

The BIL building is right next to the firehouse. How much more in the center of town do you want?

Why do they do the tree lighting so far away from the center of town? Is there not a more central location? Why not town hall? Is it because the tree is viewed as religious? A "Christmas Tree" has nothing to do with religion.

The house tour is a really fun event. The time the homeowners must spend to get their homes decorated so nicely, I could never.

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  • Anonymous: THE TREE LOOKS GREAT! THANKS TO STEVE and PHYLLIS and read more
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