According to our last poll, a store like Trader Joe's or Whole Foods would best satisfy the concerns of Metuchen's culinary consumers. Maybe the people who voted "other" really like vending machine cuisine.
March 2009 Archives
The Metuchen Little League clubhouse storeroom was crowded with unused uniforms. Families had been asking for advice on where to donate used bats, balls, and gloves. Chance and kindness helped find a home for all in Johannesburg, South Africa, where they have changed lives.
Back in 2005, league commissioner Rick Lomax saw a newspaper article about a charity that collected and donated used baseball equipment. Rick suggested a league-wide donation to commence on Opening Day, 2006.
"That Opening Day we had a downpour" explained Rick. "Despite the rain, we held our parade but got very little in donations." But it was a beginning. Each year since, used items have been collected in small quantities and stored until this year, when league officials made a push and asked families coming to register to bring their used equipment. The original charity was no longer in existence but while searching the web, Rick's wife found a new charity - Baseball in Africa.
As sad as it is to see so many businesses leaving town, it is encouraging when one such business doesn't leave much of a hole to fill. Megumi, the Chinese-Japanese restaurant on Center Street (which made a mean Black Pepper chicken, among other things) has disappeared into that great Business Cloud in the Sky. However, instead of becoming a boarded-up eyesore, it has turned its busy kitchen into Jade Garden II (they make a mean Dragon Roll but I hope they find Megumi's chicken recipe, too!)
It's nice to know that some voids are not hard to fill. If only it was that easy to resolve some of our other downtown vacancies...
Emily Claypool Almeida. A sweet child's name which has come to evoke feelings of inspiration, anguish, hope, perseverance, and faith in our community and beyond. Emily, big sister to Lily and daughter to Alison and Jose - the kind and friendly family who finds a smile for you no matter what their week may have included -- is the 7 year old girl in our town battling Osteosarcoma - cancer.
An exhausted family has succeeded in keeping us apprised of Emily's journey, with a lot of help from friends and family. In a recent effort to do just that, Aunt Kate wrote:
"I am so scatter-brained tonight as I sit and try to write about a topic I've written about numerous times over the past 7 months, sometimes unwillingly, other times for therapy. I try to keep the incredible town of
- How long does it take you to drive across town at rush hour?
- Are you concerned about safety while bike-riding?
- Have the pedestrian crosswalks made it easier to cross Main? Route 27? Do we need more?
- What about 4-way stops?
- Is there a light in town that you can't get through on one green turn? A spot where you can't cross the street?
A composting workshop will be held at the Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension Earth Center at Davidson Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick, NJ on March 28th at 10 AM (there is an additional workshop scheduled for Wednesday evening--call for further information).
Pre registration is required. Call 732 745 4170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Compost bins are also available for purchase--Handy Composter $5.00/Earth Machine $25.00/Vermicompost Bins at $40.00 each.
Junot Diaz said of Cuban writer Achy Obejas, who recently translated (into Spanish) Diaz's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, "Obejas writes like an angel: flush with power, vision and hope ... one of Cuba's most important writers." In 1994 Havana, times are hard and the rationing is so tight that pieces of a blanket marinated in spices pass for sandwich meat. With The Ruins, Obejas confronts the ruin of Cuba; evocatively chronicling the fate of those who escape to the States, and those who remain behind.
In addition to Havana Lunar, Cuban-American Robert Arellano is the author of Fast Eddie, King of Bees, and the graphic novel Dead in Desemboque, a collaboration with three comic-book artists that was inspired by the illustrated pulp fiction of Mexico. When he's not writing or teaching fiction workshops at Brown University, he plays guitar for Nick Cave, The Palace Brothers, and low-fi, quasi-country legend Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Bill), who said of Arellano's provacative fiction, "I hope he's not killed for writing this book." FREE! Comp wine. Books on sale at event.
Matt Volpe, 85 lb Bantam class, won three of his four matches at and placed third overall. Kevin Sullivan placed third in the 125lb weight class, Colin Weidmaier - 3rd in the 135lb weight class,and Sean Benedict took 3rd place in the Junior Heavyweight division. Lucas Revano, Devin Miller, and brothers Brian and Greg McCrystal are the other Metuchen boys who made it to this elite competition. And the Grapplers only female wrestler, Carmel Coleman, placed 3rd in the Girls States Elementary Division.
Boys wrestle in both their weight class and age group. Matt's mom said that if you were to ask him, the best part of his day was the really cool yo-yo he bought there.
I am almost embarrassed to say that the shuttle is the nicest or greatest thing that I have ever seen done by a community since giving out Xmas presents on the fire truck when I was a kid in the early 60's . . . In the morning, you get picked up at designated spots some less then 2,000 feet from the train station. On return at night, if you have a residence that is along the pre-determined route and because the driver practically knows everyone you are dropped off right off/right by your home (and only if you reside directly on the pre-determined route). That is dependent on who is on the bus with you and which way the driver opts to turn next. It is darn near a personal taxi service.
Many have commented to me that they would like to see The Forum Theatre once again open it's doors as a performing arts center. It is my intention to do just that. I am looking into refurbishing the existing motion picture and sound equipment, the lighting system as well as a general sprucing up of the interior as well as the exterior. We do however need the help of the Town Council, the community and hopefully the Middlesex County Freeholders.
Several Metuchen council members have expressed a very serious interest in the revival of The Forum. A downtown theatre can and should be an asset to the entire community. Look at New Brunswick, Union or Princeton, all communities that are grateful a performing arts institution is in their town. Right now there are many vacant store fronts throughout Metuchen. That was not the case when the theatre was in it's prime. My intention is to start a grass roots movement to Save The Forum Theatre. Alex Dawson of The Raconteur Book Shop on Main Street survives with the support of patrons he has nurtured over the years. Many of whom travel to Metuchen from out of town. It's time to make Metuchen a destination point, not just a commuter train stop with plenty of parking for commuters and very little for businesses.
We need to support ALL businesses throughout town, not just the theatre but the restaurants and the bookshop in an effort to revitalize what was once a thriving hometown shopping district.
The theatre is looking for help from anyone and everyone that would like to get involved with our mission of bringing stimulating, entertaining and educational programming back to the heart of Metuchen.
We would like to put in new seats, carpeting and bring back the Forum Cafe' for patrons attending performances. All of this takes money and hard work. I know we could not have picked a more difficult time than now to raise money for The Forum but volunteer work and donations are just as appreciated. Historically The Arts have thrived during hard economic times. People need an outlet to forget their problems for a couple of hours. That is my intent as well, to make the Forum an Arts Institution where you can bring your children to a musical, see an Independent Film, enjoy a concert or just laugh at Comedy Night.
My email is email@example.com if anyone is interested in getting involved.
With your help I will bring back The Forum as a viable affordable performing arts center the entire community can be proud of.
I simply need their [Borough Council] support. I have always tried to stay away from governmental involvement. Many theatres have closed since their funding dropped out from the State and Local Governments. I don't want a bailout, this is a private business after all. I am seeking out anyone who would like to get involved either helping out financially or voluntarily.
It certainly doesn't bring out the best in anybody--money discussions, especially during an official recession (it sure feels official, doesn't it?), create heat wherever they happen. Monday night's Borough Council budget review meeting showed that they were not immune to reactionary talk.
When the conversation turned to the seemingly innocent topic of adding to the 12-years-and-running static budget for the Emergency Medical Service in town, the Council erupted into what felt an awful lot like partisan political sides. Councilman Christopher Morrisson had asked about improving upon the $12,000 EMS budget (Morrisson is the liasion and an avid supporter of the EMS). So the conversation veered off into "What Will We Cut To Make That Happen?" and a suggestion to take monies from the Shade Tree budget forced Democrats to say they wouldn't support that type of cut, although Councilman Richard Weber took a moment to ask for compromise amidst the difficult exchange. Eventually, the Councilmen turned to Borough Administrator William Boerth to find a way to shift points amongst the various budgetary elements.
Since the meeting was called to continue the balancing of the town budget, it was an appropriate discussion that volleyed back and forth, between Democrats and Republicans, but the forced politeness of their tones showed that the demands of this changing economy were taking a toll on our town. Hopefully, as these conversations begin to draw to a close, the Council will find a way to support policies over plants, services over supplies, people over politics.
Yesterday, a reader posted the following comment about bike helmets:
"I would really like you to do a piece on the amount of children under 17 who are riding bicycles without helmets, and the fact that the police are not enforcing the law. I see children riding around Metuchen all the time without helmets. I have even seen police cars riding past them and not doing anything. Where is the enforcement?"
We contacted the police department and here's what they said:
The offense is chargeable with a $25 fine for the first offense and $100 for every offense there after. The law falls under Title 39, which is the motor vehicle code, and the summons would be issued to the parent or guardian.
For the most part, officers try to utilize discretion with kids and educate them to the law rather than enforce the law and issue a summons. This is especially the case for resident's children who are not breaking any rule other than the helmet law. Our traffic officer has stopped kids for not wearing a helmet but has not issued any summonses as a result.
What's your opinion? My guess is that as many people would complain about the police issuing violations and being charged fines as might for police just issuing warnings. Who is responsible for children wearing helmets? Parents or the Police?
We've finalized our poll on what questions you'd most like to ask the Board of Education candidates; the selections will be forwarded to the candidates shortly. We'll ask for their responses in the next couple of weeks and print them here the week before the election. Please note that we have not gotten confirmation from every candidate that they will answer your questions here. Therefore to ensure you get information from each candidate before voting remember to check out Candidates Night on April 1.
Here are the questions that won our poll:
- What can be done to improve our standings in the NJ Report Card relative to other I districts? Should this even be a goal of the district?
- If you had a choice of enacting one change in the District, regardless of cost, what would it be and why?
- How will you work to hold the administration accountable and monitor their performance?
- What will you do to enact Full Day Kindergarten in the district?
- What do you plan on doing with our curriculum to help the district improve especially with non-UL kids?
- What do you think about a longer school day? Right now, again we are near the bottom of the I districts.
With plans to open in June, Metuchen Massage Therapy is happy to be a new addition to the Metuchen business community. After receiving a Change of Use variance, construction will soon begin in the old Bagel Pantry site on Route 27 - transforming it into a five-room massage therapy clinic.
A client himself, owner Dr. Marc Rappaport strongly believes in massage therapy for pain management and stress relief. He explained that the clinic will be licensed by the State of NJ, which means it can be used in conjunction with insurance benefits and phyisican referrals.
Services will cost $50 per hour with half hour sessions available. The clinic will be open from 10 am - 10 pm seven days per week. Affordable and available, Dr. Rappaport said they are prepared-for and expecting 50% of the clientele will be walk-ins. Parking is available in the lot behind the building.
Residents came out in force to the Borough Council meeting last week and started some action on a parking and a traffic situation that affect many community families. Who said there wasn't strength in numbers, especially vocal ones?
Businesses on Prospect Street do not have enough parking space on their properties to help keep people from parking in the Metuchen Gardens area, in spots designated for residents, a situation that was addressed during discussion of Ordinance 2009-4. The heated debate that followed, by both residents and business owners, caused the ordinance, which would create a parking by permit zone 155 feet south of Essex Avenue to High Street Monday through Fridays from 6 AM to 8 PM and Saturdays from 6 AM to 12 PM, to be tabled until a Public Hearing could be held to reorganize the specifics of this ordinance.
Then residents at 81 Grove Avenue, prompted by a conversation begun here on Metuchen Matters, asked the Council what could be done about the pedestrian safety issues caused by heavy traffic at Grove and Oakland, near the park, as well at Henry Street, where commuters are waiting for the Jitney. Solutions offered on this site, including changing the speed limit there from 35 to 25 and putting in speed bumps were mentioned.
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It's Women's History Month, folks, and in celebration the National Women's History Project is giving props to quite a few New Jersey natives who have contributed significantly to making this a "greener" world--and as we march with hope into the very green seaon of spring, we thought you, too, might enjoy reading about their achievements. The first honoree, Sylvia Earle, a pre-eminent oceanographer and environmentalist, is featured in a documentary whose first airing was Wednesday evening on PBS called "Journey to Planet Earth: State of the Planet's Oceans". So take a look at how much women from our fair state have added to the ongoing struggle to make a cleaner, greener world to live in. (Check your local listings for channels and times).
At Wednesday night's "Young Pups vs Old Dogs" faculty basketball game, the Old Dogs (40 and over) team beat the Young Pups (under 40 gang) in a final score of 56 - 47. The sixth annual, the game is a 7th grade fund-raiser to help offset the cost of their class trip and this year also included a donation to Buddy Ball on behalf of the 7th grade. Teams are comprised of faculty members from all four schools as well as district administrators.
According to some fans in attendance, Young Pups coach Ed Albanese, Metuchen High's basketball coach and Edgar School math teacher, was his team MVP with a strong shout-out to Campbell's "Mr." Strauss. Bob Capra and Moss Principal Paul Pineiro tore-up the boards for the Old Dogs. All players did well though, much to the delight of the kids who came out to watch them play. It was a fun night for all.
Congratulations to 7th grader Michael Redshaw who won the half-time final-round of the Knock-Out foul shooting competition, on his birthday no less!
Maybe next year Young Pups. And look on the bright side, sooner or later you'll play for the other guys anyway!
According to Sunday's New York Times article about library usage in New Jersey, the thriftier economic trends of the day have lent themselves to the library's frugal ways--and so we checked in with director Melody Kokola from the Metuchen Public LIbrary to see if we match these current state and national trends. Indeed, just like the article claims, lifestyle changes are currently making the library a very popular place to visit.
According to Kokola's 2008 numbers, the library business definitely upticks while the economy turns downward. Circulation, which is loaning items in general, has increased in the last year by 10-1/4%. Although the in-house computer usage has gone down, the library's website has had more hits than ever--the use of the database has gone up 52%. Attendance at all library-sponsored events went up 10%--in 2008, 133,935 visitors came to the library (this is a 11% increase from 2007 to 2008).
They say in Hollywood that a good film is one where every ounce of energy put into it shows up on the screen. Last night's Board of Education meeting was treated to such a movie extravaganza, courtesy of Campbell School fourth grade students.
When Mr. Yakowenko's class at Campbell School took on the annual history curriculum and began studying the American revolution, he and his class aid, Miss Montaugh, came up with a novel idea: make a film about Lexington and Concord, so the children could have fun while learning. The interdisciplinary rigor that was required for this feat was evident when the film was shown. With a classical score that highlighted the drama of the events unfolding on the screen, fast-paced editing that made the action more exciting and the utmost consideration given to costumes, sets, props and, of course, an award-winning script, narrated by Mr. Yakowenko with a serious and sturdy tone appropriate to the grave events at Lexington and Concord, showed how exciting an innovative touch can make teaching a well-worn historical era. Kudos to the class, the teachers and all the behind-the-scenes helpers (a lot of parents, we would guess) for their Oscar-worthy work!
The owners of the gas station located where Route 27 curves at Lake Ave appeared before the Zoning Board seeking approval to remove a tree from and pave a small lot adjacent to the station.Without a complete site plan and with numerous unanswered questions about scheduled DOT renovations for that intersection, the board denied the request.
DOT will reconstruct that intersection and add a traffic light sometime in 2010. Not knowing exactly what the DOT has planned was one reason for the board to deny the variance request at this time.
Neighbors also appeared before the board to complain about extended operating hours and middle-of-the night gasoline deliveries. They complaianed that the new owner has been slowly expanding the approved M-F 6:30 am until 9:00 pm and weekend 8:00 am - 6:00 pm pump hours. Auto servicing at the site is approved for Saturdays from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm only.
Join Metuchen Matters at our very own virtual book club TONIGHT (7:30 PM) at the Raconteur for a free FUN event! Our first book ME AND ORSON WELLES is a beautifully-rendered, hilariously funny valentine to first love, Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater, by Metuchen's Robert Kaplow! The book has already been adapted into a film starring America's sweetheart Troy Bolton (I mean, Zac Efron!), directed by Dazed and Confused auteur Richard Linklater (US release date TBD).
JOIN US FOR A GREAT DISCUSSION WITH THE AUTHOR! BUY YOUR COPY RIGHT AT THE RACONTEUR! Even if you haven't read the book, feel free to come and see Robert's presentation on the adaptation of his book into a film. He will also read from the novel and take some questions from the audience. It's sure to be an entertaining event!
Wine and refreshments will be served. Many thanks to Robert Kaplow and Alex Dawson for helping make this endeavor possible!
In yesterday's story about the Fuce5K Family Fun Run, we wrote about beloved friend and neighbor Mike Fuccile, slain this past September in
Senate President Richard J. Codey has sponsored a bill that would create an Involuntary Outpatient Commitment (IOC) program in NJ. Following you will find information on the bill. It was approved by the Senate on Monday in a vote of 37 - 0 and will go before the Assembly later this spring, Click here to tell Representatives Barnes and Diegnan that you would like them to sign as co-sponsors of Bill A1618 (the Assembly companion bill for Senate Bill S735).
"This is a step in the right direction. It won't bring Mike back, but hopefully it will spare another family this horrific tragedy." - Nancy Fuccile, Mike's beloved widow.
Mayor Thomas Vahalla, in the most recent Metuchen Messenger, highlights the projects that Metuchen, through the County Planner's office, has officially requested stimulus fund monies for:
- construction of a parking structure
- an extension of the Metuchen train station platform
- storm sewer line replacemens from Main to Lake
- construction of new sidewalks and curbs on Main Street in the downtown business area
- Charles Field resurfacing.
Getting a chunk of dwindling State aid will require due diligence and the Mayor says that the town is pursuing these funds aggressively.
Epitomizing the idea that charity starts at home, a team of Metuchen residents have announced a 5K family fun run with hopes of achieving the following goals: Raise money for resident families in need, support an active lifestyle for local youth, and enhance families through shared experiences. This year's inaugural run is dedicated to the memory of Michael Fuccile.
Mike, a man known by many and loved by all who knew him, was tragically murdered on September 4, 2008 on his way to work in Jersey City where he served as a chief compliance officer for Merrill Lynch. He left behind his wife of ten years, Nancy, and three children, Michael, 7, Jack, 5 and Brooke, 3. Mike was 36 years old.
Event director Scott Brooks stresses that this is not a "race" but rather an opportunity for families to get out and enjoy the springtime weather with each other and with friends. He hopes families will "train for the run together and continue to enjoy participating in physical activities as a family after the race." And no one was more involved in his kids' lives than Mike, who coached their soccer, baseball, basketball teams, was the pied-piper of fun pool games, and could always be found playing a rousing game of some sort with not only his kids but with any child (and fellow-dad) who wanted to run and laugh and have fun.
And, in these difficult times, when it seems like everything that is happening in the world takes us one step closer to disaster, remember what the legendary Irish-born novelist James Joyce said--and take it to heart--"A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are . . . the portals of discovery." So everything bad is good again!
Erin Go Bragh, indeed! May the luck of the Irish go with you wherever you travel. And if you are looking for an authentic Irish Pub experience, travel you must; try Flynn's Irish Pub in Rahway or Molly Maguire's in Clark for some real Irish flavor.
Hours of operation are Monday - Saturday from 10am - 8pm and Sunday by appointment only. Walk-ins are accepted but appointments preferred. Charge-cards are accepted.
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I don't know about you but I would never try to cross Central Avenue on foot to get to the Brainy Boro post office. All this time that its property has been closed to drive-through traffic and didn't allow parking in their lot, I haven't bothered to use that branch. And I know I'm not alone. However, driivng by this morning, I noticed that the signs had changed, that cars can drive through the driveway and parking is available again. A quick call to the branch and they confirmed that all is well! No more Frogger-like runs across Central Avenue required for brave souls needing postal services. So the next time you go in, let them know that they made a very neighborly decision and you appreciate it!
The North Edison/Metuchen Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey will present their Annual Talent Show on Friday, March 13th, at 7 PM at Woodrow Wilson Middle School (500 Woodrow Wilson) off Plainfield Road in Edison. Over twenty-plus original performances, choreographed and written by Girl Scouts of all ages (even their family members get in the act in some cases), will entertain in the hopes of raising funds for the 50+ troops that operate in town. These funds will be used to provide workshops, special services and Unit operating costs for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes and older girls who attend area programs. A cupcake bake-off will also be conducted and concessions will be sold.
The other day a tanker spill emitted toxic vapors on Route 287, but that wasn't the cause of the strong odor that some local area people were complaining about today. That was the result of fumes released at an Edison Exxon Mobil plant (located at Route 27 and Vineyard Road) due to a mechanical failure. Today's fumes have been classified as "non-toxic".
The chemicals came from animal fat and waste use in a production process. While the odors, described as smelling like decaying animals, may have been an irritant to some people, Hazmat officials determined the fumes were not hazardous, police said.
From the Star-Ledger: "A rolled over tanker truck spilled 2,000 gallons of toxic methyl alcohol and shut down the ramp connecting the New Jersey Turnpike and Route 287 and other nearby roads this evening, authorities said. The tanker truck rolled over around 4 p.m. near Exit 10 on the Turnpike in Edison . . . Authorities shut down both directions of Route 287 in the area, as well as nearby sections of Route 440 and Route 514. The truck was carrying a total of 4,500 gallons of the substance.
The following people have filed petitions for the three open seats on the board of education: Incumbents Mary T. Kohl, Frances Brennan and Eileen Frowenfeld, and challengers Tanya Andrews and JoAnn Sabatino-Falkenstein. Election Day is April 21st and, if we've learned anything about our readers, it is that educational discussions are at the heart of what's most important to this community.
Metuchen Matters wants to solicit your questions for them and have each candidate answer them in depth. Now is the chance for you to have your say and get the information you need to help you make the right decision for one of our most important civic positions. Submit your questions here or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org and see what the candidates think about how our school district operates now and for the future!
You will see that we believe that it is possible to trim over $215K from the proposed budget. Our recommendations are not truly "cuts" in most instances, with one major exception, rather places where we thought it would be possible to hold the line on the expense to meet what we actually spent in 2008. If we say "spend the same amount" than it is not really a cut rather restraint from increased spending.
Click here for a copy of their presentation.
Metuchen Matters invites all of you who love to read to join us in our very own virtual book club on March 19 at 7:30 at the Raconteur! Our first book selection is ME AND ORSON WELLES, a beautifully-rendered, hilariously funny valentine to first love, Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater, by Metuchen's Robert Kaplow! The book has already been adapted into a film starring America's sweetheart Troy Bolton (I mean, Zac Efron!), directed by Dazed and Confused auteur Richard Linklater.
READ THE BOOK AND JOIN US FOR A GREAT DISCUSSION WITH THE AUTHOR! BUY YOUR COPY RIGHT AT THE RACONTEUR! We are soliciting your comments on the book and your questions for Robert so sign in and let us know what you think! Your questions and responses will help guide the conversation at the book club event.
Many thanks to Robert Kaplow and Alex Dawson for helping make this endeavor possible! We look forward to seeing you Thursday, March 19th, at the Raconteur!
Local photographer Kyo Morishima sent us some pictures he took this past Monday of sledders at Tommy's Pond. Check out www.kyomorishima.com for more of his work.
Baseball, apple pie and the national anthem--you can get at least two of these all-American stalwarts during this summer's minor league baseball season.
From noon to 4 p.m. at the Menlo Park Mall, on Saturday, March 7, the popular Somerset Patriots will audition 100 soloists and small groups for Star Spangled Banner at-the-plate performances this year. Ten attendants will be asked to sing our National Anthem before a Patriots home game at some point during the 2009 baseball season.
Singers of all ages are invited to audition, except for those who have previously done so. Judges will make decisions based on various elements in each performance, including vocal ability, stage presence and confidence in singing in front of a large crowd.
- At-home business owners from Southern Living or Pampered Chef, a small gift or $10 or 20 gift card for the business would be a great donation!
- Local businesses, consider donations of $10 to $20 gift cards. These would make for terrific prizes!
- The Chamber of Commerce offers gift certificates that can be used for all Metuchen services. Another great donation idea (wink, wink, nudge, nudge!)
According to the Metuchen Police Department, on Friday the 27th at 6:21 pm, a resident of
When the police arrived, they found pry marks on the front door.
The two men were described as black men, one 6' tall wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt. The other man was on the inside of the open screen door and not clearly seen.
Later that night/next morning, sometime between 6:30 pm and 11:00 am on the 28th, a '97 Acura parked in a driveway on
Lastly, on Friday the 27th, an 82 year old victim on
The two men were driving a white van with out-of-state plates. They were described as white men around 40 years old, 5'9-5'10, medium builds. One man had short dark hair.
Her motto is simple, a heartfelt quote from Gandhi: "Be the change you wish to see In the world." Gandhi and Evelyn Lisojo share similar values--which means that Evelyn works hard to open minds, stretch muscles, and give Metuchen a little peace and relaxation, inside and out. She answered some questions for us about how she came to her beautiful studio, SACRED SPACES, on Main Street Metuchen:
When and why did you open your own studio?
I founded and opened Sacred Spaces Yoga in December of 2003 in Edison, NJ.
I was a Wall Street Unit Trust and Mutual Trader as well as a traders' assistant for Fixed Income Securities for 12 years. I loved my work but soon realized after the birth of my first son that my heart was guiding me to my next journey [which was] becoming a full-time Mom and CEO of my home. [I wanted] to leave a legacy of 3 beautiful boys that are deeply loved and appreciated. During this time I discovered the world of healing hearts and the gifts of intergrating a conscious Body, Mind and Soul life.
If your street requires a residential parking permit for street parking, please check the date of your sticker. You will not receive a renewal or expiration notice in the mail and you may be ticketed if your sticker has expired.
Expiration dates are necessary in order to ensure that only current residents have access to street parking on designated streets.
If your sticker has expired or is due to expire, please drive over to police headquarters with your vehicle registration. Your address will be verified and a new sticker will be placed in your car. Dispatch is staffed 24/7 and the person on duty there will help you.