August 2009 Archives

Gone fishin'

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gonefishin3.jpegWe'll be taking time off this week but will be back right after Labor Day.  Enjoy the rest of summer!

St. Francis Golf Outing is A Hole in One!

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The annual St. Francis Cathedral School Golf Outing will be held on Thursday, October 1st for the seventh year in a row at the Metuchen Golf & Country Club.  All proceeds will benefit the students. Organizers are looking for golfers at all levels who enjoy a beautiful course and a great time. There will be a 9:00am Shot Gun format. Sponsorship opportunities are available.


Click here for more information and registration or call Kevin Blake, Committee Chairman at 732-603-0831.

Metuchen Pop Warner '09: Here we go, Dawgs!

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Thumbnail image for popwarner0809.jpegMetuchen Pop Warner (MPW) kicked-off season number 47 this past weekend by hosting its 3rd annual Football Jamboree, where teams from eight area towns braved the rain and played a 'round robin' of controlled scrimmages for kids aged 5 through 15. Also played was the 1st ever Alumni Flag Football game...

Come celebrate the journey to recovery

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Recovery  Month.jpegSeptember is the 20th anniversary of  National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month.  - a month devoted to promoting the message that successful recovery for addiction is possible.  The Metuchen Municipal Alliance is joining in the celebration by hosting its first annual RECOVERY MONTH CELEBRATION.


WHEN:    September 29th at 7:00 PM

WHERE:  Borough Hall Council Chamber


Please come join in the celebration. A variety of experts will share their knowledge about addiction and treatment and all that goes along with the incredible journey to health and wellness.  Light refreshments will be served and literature will be available.   


Seating is limited.  Please call Judi Cheung at 732-321-8720 or Irene Morris-Nann at 732-906-1182 or email for reservations or more information.   

Tonight at the Raconteur

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8 PM, Sheila Kohler, Reading/Signing - CRACKS


From Alex Dawson:
'As many of you may know, I'm getting my MFA in Creative Writing and Literature at Bennington College. Ms. Kohler is one of my professors and I had the pleasure of hearing her read at my most recent residency this past June. Being South African, she pronounces her English phonemes with a strong Dutch inflection, which makes her an absolutely exquisite reader.

Greenway News


bridge_evening.jpegI don't know about you but I'm happy to see the Middlesex County Greenway moving forward and considering  plans for expansion.  It sometimes seems other counties within NJ are much better at cultivating quality of life and beautifucation projects than ours.

Reader Andy Tytla shared this photo of the footbridge (that enters just behind A&P).  He and his family have ridden their bikes over and onto the Greenway. Click here to read more about the plans.   - thanks Andy! 

Do good in the neighborhood: Auxiliary Police Officers Needed

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Thumbnail image for police_badge.jpegFrom the Metuchen Police Department:

The Metuchen Police Department and the Metuchen Auxiliary Police are looking for Metuchen residents who are interested in becoming volunteer police officers for the borough.  No prior training is necessary; training will be provided.

The auxiliary police, consisting of both men and women, work with the police department to reduce hazards, assist police officers with patrols of the entire borough, assist in emergency or disastrous situations, conduct traffic control, crowd control and road closures, provide extra patrols at schools and places of worship, assist in the first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and provide services deemed necessary by Police Chief James Keane.

Pool Closure Update


You may have heard by now that the pool was closed again today. According to Councilman Pete Cammarano, the decision to close was made by pool management, with commission approval, because of cloudy water. According to Pete "We have been frustrated by this issue all summer and have been working with our engineering firm and the manufacturer to figure out the problem and the solution...

Labor Day Weekend Fireworks and Concert Planned

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The Cultural Arts Commission will wrap up their summer concert series with a fireworks display immediately following the VooDudes performance. Metuchen Savings Bank is the sponsor of this great event, to be held in the parking lot of the Senior Center at 7:30PM on September 6th. In the event of bad weather, the concert and fireworks will take place on the following Monday instead. For more information, call 732-632-8502 or click on the Chamber link on this front page.

Erin Brokovich, the environmental activist portrayed in an Oscar-winning role by Julia Roberts in the eponymous film, came to Central New Jersey to speak about the continued dangers of toxic waste dumping and how important it is to support state and federal attempts to rein in these real 'evildoers.'  Take a look at her in action.


When Adrienne Berofsky and our very own Jana Siciliano met in directing class their first year in the film department at the Columbia University Graduate School of the Arts, they could not have known that their friendship would take them on a journey from Manhattan to Berlin to Metuchen, New Jersey--and now, thanks to the Forum Arts Center's creative arts program, they will be working together to create a hands-on filmmaking class for the 09-10 school year.

An d the winner is . . . It's that time again, folks, when My Central and the Home News Tribune sponsor their Best of Central Jersey contest. Click here and vote for your favorites--this is a great chance to support our local businesses and enhance their (and the town's) economic viability.

The Duchess Rises Again!



It looks like everything old is new again . . . the Duchess might be rising like a phoenix on the edge of Metuchen as the economy starts to shake up a little bit. Check out this sign on the door! 


James Koukourdelis plans to renovate the Duchess with new carpets and wallpaint and reopen the Duchess Diner on Lake Avenue in order to give the construction workers on the old Stop & Shop site a place to eat and rest as the $70 million project, The District At Metuchen, gets underway.  

Adhoc Committee to Study Full Day Kindergarten


From the Metuchen District website:

The Metuchen School District is still seeking volunteers for our AdHoc Committee to study the issue of full day kindergarten. If you are interested in serving on the committee please contact Maggie Ryan, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, at or 732-321-8700 x1016

Beloved Rector of St. Francis Cathedral has passed away


MsgrAlliegro4.jpegWe sadly report that Rev. Monsignor Michael Alliegro of St. Francis Cathedral passed away this morning after a long battle with leukemia.  Arrangements are as follows: 


Reception of the body:       Thurs., August 20th at 2:00 pm

Public Viewing:                  Follows until 7:00 pm

Mass of Commemoration:  August 20th at 7:30 pm,

Mass of Christian Burial:     Friday, August 21st at 11:00 am,


Toxic Waste at Inman Sports Club Raises Health Concerns


IMG_9003.jpgCheck out this news from the Edison Wetlands Association. Extremely dangerous toxins are going unchecked in our own backyard, as you can see here at the Inman Sports Club site in Edison. Health concerns and continuing environmental questions make sights like this something everyone needs to worry about.

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It's official: In the summer, Ice Cream rules!

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Here are the results of our last reader poll asking which treats you CANNOT do without:


Tom Cheche at The Raconteur Saturday Night

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From the Raconteur Event Listings:

8 PM, Sat. Aug 15
Tom Cheche - Reading/Signing - EXIT 10

'Tom Cheche's broadcasting and newspaper career took him from the locker rooms of the NBA Champion New York Knicks and the NHL New York Rangers to pit roads at Daytona and Indianapolis, from the broadcast booth to the team bus. This is what came first. "Exit 10" is the story of a lousy athlete who knew he'd never get off the bench. Instead, he became the next best thing: a sports reporter who spent three decades interviewing his heroes.'

Countdown to Hailey's

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Hailey's Logo.jpegVictor DeLusso, manager of our soon-to-be Main Street Irish Pub Hailey's Harp and Pub, confirms that all is on schedule and the pub will open mid-September - the 12th if all goes as planned.  Stay-tuned! 

When Adrienne Berofsky and Jana Siciliano met in directing class their first year in the film department at the Columbia University Graduate School of the Arts, they could not have known that their friendship would take them on a journey from Manhattan  to Berlin to Metuchen, New Jersey--and now, thanks to the Forum Arts Center's creative arts program, they will be working together to create a hands-on filmmaking class for the 09-10 year.


Their film production course helps students make short films together which will be given a red-carpet premiere at the end of the year. Bypassing the not-so-artful world of YouTube personal videos, Berofsky and Siciliano hope to guide their students through the many elements of the production process, ending up with a high-quality short film that will get a red-carpet premiere at the Forum in June. They will work on their projects through two months-long semesters of production and a short post-production class in the spring.

Arts Commission Presents Double Feature Al Fresco Saturday Night

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Thumbnail image for index_05.jpgThe Metuchen Cultural Arts Commission is hosting a double movie feature on Saturday, August 15, at Charles Field.  The field will open at 7:30 pm.  IT IS FREE.  The first show, Walt Disney's Pinnochio (Rated G), running time 1:28 hrs, will begin at 8:15 pm.  The second feature is Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (Rated PG), running time is 1:55 hrs., will begin at 9:45 pm. 

Music for Aardvarks Finds a New Home at the Forum


Jerseyaardvarks2.jpegMetuchen resident and native Michael Napolitano is bringing something new and cool to town. Music for Aardvarks, a non-traditional music class for kids, will begin offering classes at the new Forum Arts Center Creative Arts program. 

Author Chris Grabenstein to visit the Metuchen Library

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Thumbnail image for top_grabenstein_purple.jpeg Murder down the shore under amusement park lights... You can smell the funnel cake and salt air and hear the bells of the arcade over the soft roar of the ocean as NJ beach lover Chris Grabenstein weaves his twisting plots through the sand and summer crowds. 


Hats-off to the great projects some of our teachers have shared with their students.  Mrs. Rena Falk, 5th grade reading teacher at Edgar School, has her class write stories - several chapters long and with illustrations - in which a 2nd grade student is the star.

Mark Polansky Returns From Successful Space Mission

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bilde.jpgAstronaut Mark Polansky, Edison native, is finally coming down to Earth. Literally. Last month, two times in less than a week, a potentially dangerous hydrogen gas leak forced NASA to delay shuttle Endeavour's launch--Endeavor brought new equipment to the International Space Station. However, Astronaut Mark Polansky used Twitter to keep the public updated on the mission, during the delays, launch, work and now re-entry. Check out his Twitter diary and get a sense of what it's really like for a human being to be floating around in space observing the big blue marble we all live on.

Plays in the Park Presents Final Show of the Summer

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SinginRainSM.jpgSINGIN' IN THE RAIN, a musical based on the iconic film musical of the same name, follows successful runs of COMPANY and ALL SHOOK UP in Roosevelt Park at their Plays in the Park program, sponsored by the Middlesex County Department of Parks and Recreation. Tickets are $6 ($5 seniors and kids under 12 free) and can be picked up at the box office the day of the show. Check out this link for further information. (Psst!! There's even a rainstorm on stage) The show runs through the 15th.

Boyhood Hijinks and Growing-up in the Borough

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TomCheche.jpegMetuchen native Tom Cheche is the author of 'Exit 10, A Sporting Life Just Off the Jersey Turnpike.'  It's a baseball book that 'chronicles his improbable and hilarious journey from teenage sports geek to professional sports reporter, navigating through adolescence in suburban New Jersey in the 1960s with his three accomplices--the instigator, the athlete and the saxophone player--a lunatic Gang of Four sports crazies.'  

Tom will be at The Raconteur on Saturday evening August 15th - 8pm to talk about and his book and how his experiences here cultivated his love for the game (and his smarts) into a successful career as a sports reporter and writer. We asked him a few questions about the Metuchen-details of his life:


What year did you graduate from Metuchen high?  And on what street did you grow-up?

Police Department Annual Night Out - TONIGHT

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The Recreation Commission and the Metuchen PBA LOCAL #60 will be celebrating Annual National Night Out, TONIGHT beginning at 6:30 - Borough Hall.

Lowes Grant for Campbell School Offers Green Future

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HomePagePic1.jpgLowes Hardware stores, under their Toolbox for Education Program, has awarded Campbell School $2000 to replant and maintain the shared courtyard space at the school.

The PTO submitted an application to  "And One to Grow On: An Edible Garden Lab," wth hopes of the courtyard being overhauled and gardens planted and maintained in order to encourage the students to enjoy seeing the process of growing food used in the various grade-level curricula.

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