On Thursday at 2:45PM, a Branchburg woman escaped a possible abduction at a Durham Avenue office building (they weren't specific in the story but there aren't that many to choose from). Here's the story . . .
February 2010 Archives
After an enormously fun and successful inaugural event, the Fuce 5K is back for another year of activity in downtown Metuchen!
We again look to provide an experience for Metuchen families and friends of Metuchen to exercise together and raise money for residents in need. The race is dedicated to the memory of Mike Fuccile who epitomized being active as a father and member of the Metuchen community.
The race will be held on Saturday, June 19th, 2010 beginning at 8:30AM in the Pearl Street parking lot in downtown Metuchen. You can register the same day from 7:00 - 8:00AM. or by completing an online registration here.
Edgar Middle School 12:15 p.m.
Moss AM Kindergarten 10:20 a.m.; Moss PM Kindergarten Cancelled
AM MIPP 10:20 a.m.; PM MIPP Cancelled
AM Resource Room Cancelled
From the Metuchen Office of Emergency Management:
The Metuchen area is forecast to receive significant accumulations of snow, sleet and ice in this storm.
- Please stay off the roads unless travel is necessary.
- Keep cars in the driveways and off the street to allow plowing by DPW.
- Do not put snow from your property into the public street.
- Check on elderly and disabled neighbors.
- Clear sidewalks and nearby hydrants as soon as possible.
- Dress for conditions. Don't over do it.
- Plan for power failures. Be careful with candles and space heaters.
- To report an emergency Dial 911.
The Teen Advisory Board of the Metuchen Public Library presents a TIM BURTON film festival, featuring some of the finest work from the highly-creative and award-winning director beginning with the poignant EDWARD SCISSORHANDS starring the great Johnny Depp on Sunday, February 28 at 2 PM. http://www.metuchennj.org/tim_burton_film_festival.html
Anna Walker of the Haiti Relief Committee sent us the names of the following Metuchen restaurants who will be honoring discounts for ticketholders of the British Invasion chairty event at the Forum Saturday night. Some of them have included gift certificates that will be raffled off at the event as well. The Committee thanks the business community for getting behind the event and helping to make it a big success! So grab a ticket and have a great night out at one of these great Metuchen dining spots:
Metuchen Inn- 15% off
What's The Scoop- 10% off
Il Torino- 10% off
Cafe Paris- 10% off
Hailey's Harp & Pub- 10% off
Meiying's- 10% off
Trattoria- 10% off (w/$40 minimum)
Earthsongs, led by Linda Vollerschmidt-LaStella, offers a special workshop, called Lenten Meditations in Clay. This workshop will give participans an opportunity to reflect on their experiences of the Lenten season through the medium of clay. The Way of the Cross and other traditional practices of the Christian journey will be referenced and connected to parables and rituals in other cultures and religions. The process will include Raku firing of the two concrete images of each participant's personal prayer experience created in the ditation and workshop.
Persons of all faith traditions are welcome. The basis for the workshop is, however, the Christian season of Lent. A donation of $20 is suggested to cover the cost of materials and firing.
The workshop will take place at Earthsongs Studio at 242 Amboy Avenue, Metuchen, in two sessions, March 10 & March 17, 7-9:30PM.
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The Home News Tribune is reporting in today's paper that a rabid raccoon was captured near Central Ave.and Aylin St. on February 12. Metuchen residents should report unusual animal behavior to the police at 732-632-8500. Avoid contact with wild or stray animals. All cats and dogs must have up to date vaccinations. Seek medical attention and report all animal bites.
James Graziano, Borough of Metuchen, Office of Emergency Management
Children who will have reached the age of 5 by October 1, 2010 are eligible to enter kindergarten at
Families with last names beginning with:
A, B, C: Monday, February 22, 9:00-11:00AM
D, E, F: Monday, February 22, 12:30- 2:30PM
G, H, I, J: Tuesday, February 23, 9:00-11:00AM
K, L, M: Tuesday, February 23, 12:30- 2:30PM
N, O, P: Wednesday, February 24, 9:00-11:00AM
Q, R, S: Wednesday, February 24, 12:30- 2:30PM
T, U, V: Thursday, February 25, 9:00-11:00AM
W, X, Y, Z: Thursday, February 25, 12:30- 2:30PM
If you cannot make the assigned registration time, please call the office at 732-321-8700, ext. 1000 to reschedule.
On our Facebook page, we got the following suggestion:
Katy Smith Hreha I think we need a racquetball or paddleball court in Metuchen--maybe at Olmeizer park. What do you think? Wouldn't that be nice? Nobody has a raised court in the area--I think we'd really stand out.
What do you think? A raised court is something that the town could use. What would it cost? Who would use it? How would usage be administered? If you're a builder, a town councilperson, or a "playground consultant," we want to hear from you ! How does an idea become a reality around here?
This information was forwarded to us by a reader. If you are interested, please follow the instructions below:
Thank you for your interest in the Metuchen CSA, registration for our 2010 season is about to begin! Attached to this letter is our information (on the next page) and application ( csa-member-application.doc). If you have any trouble opening the attachments or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: 732-321-0365, firstname.lastname@example.org. Some of the main points of information:
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.'
- Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
St. Luke's Church is sponsoring an amazing benefit concert at the Forum by The British Invasion Tribute to benefit Haiti on Saturday, Feb.27th. Several Metuchen restaurants will be offering pre-concert discounts on dinner to ticket holders. Read on for information about the band and its members.
The outreach for Haiti will be ongoing at St. Luke's, and a series of benefits are being planned. Already a group of local artists have responded to a call to donate work for an "Arts for Haiti" event. The details of that will be advertised in a few months. Any other artists who would be interested in getting involved in that can contact CLAYSONGS@aol.com.
The Forum Theatre presents one of the most highly acclaimed films of the year. Nominated for 9 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Jeremy Renner) and Best Director (Katherine Bigelow), THE HURT LOCKER plays this weekend.
Showtimes will be Friday and Saturday at 5:30 and 8PM and Sunday at 4:30 and 7PM.
All seats $8 -- this film is rated R with a running time of 2hr and 7min. Catch up on this Oscar nominee before the big show! Click on the ad to the left for more information!
Metuchen's own Cartoon Goddess Lauren Rabinowitz gave us the scoop on the recent Careers in the Arts events at the Metuchen High School. This is what she said:
The event (to the best of my knowledge) was organized by Joyce
Browning, Mary Lou Roma, Linda Graf and Judi Cheung.
There were 5 presenters :
David Glasofer - Photographer, Image Up Studio
Ed Wetzel - Fine Artist
Patrick Woodruff - senior at SVA
Christine Priola - muralist and painter
We were each stationed in different locations (library, auditorium,
art room). Five groups of art students came to see each presenter
speak for about 15 minutes about life as an artist/creative.
The upcoming Zoning Board hearing (Thursday, 2/11 @8pm) is scheduled to hear the from
The applicant is seeking major site plan, use variance and bulk variance approval for retail, restaurant and 33 one-bedroom apartments.
Any interested parties should plan to attend.
Central Avenue Block 82/Lots 1.01, 2.01, 8, 16.01 Zone B-4; Block 83/Lots 1-8, 9.01, 9.02, 28, 29
Mike Bransfield, Metuchen artist and resident, begins the 2010 season as director of The Gallery at The Rotunda, Metuchen Borough Hall. He takes over the position from the pioneering director, ceramicist and June Bug Arts maven, Linda LaStella. The Cultural Arts Commission is proud to present the second season of visual arts exhibits at the Rotunda Gallery.
Local artists were invited to submit images of their work for consideration by the Committee, which includes Amy Brooks, Preeti Singh, and Kimberly Adlerman along with Bransfield and LaStella. The Committee selected several of those artists to fill the gallery in four scheduled shows to take place throughout the year.
"The Rotunda Gallery provides a unique opportunity for local artists to show their work, and is another way that Metuchen is providing support to the arts. I am very proud to be part of the continued growth of The Rotunda Gallery and happy to see the arts scene in Metuchen branch out to include more venues," said Bransfield. All are invited to attend opening receptions for each Rotunda show with dates and times to be announced.
- Please stay off the roads.
- If at all possible, move your cars off the street so DPW can plow.
- Clear your sidewalks as soon as possible after the storm. Dress for conditions and do not over do it.
- Do NOT remove snow from your property to the public street.
- Please clear nearby fire hydrants.
- Check on elderly and disabled neighbors.
- Prepare for power failures. Be extremely careful with candles and space heaters.
- To report an emergency call 911.
Borough of Metuchen
A recent inquiry from a reader reads as follows:
"Do you know what the town's ordinance on dog's waste? I always walk around town and I've noticed the dogs' waste on the sidewalks and streets. I've put out a sign at my child's bus stop since there are always a new pile everyday. It is a beautiful town but it's not a very clean one. I tried calling the town about this and I was told that unless they know who does it then nothing can be done.I hope you can find a way to solve this problem. "
From the Raconteur:
11 AM, Sun. February 7
TRANSATLANTIC WEB CAM JAM SESSION
The shop's "jam session" runs concurrent with a very similar session occurring in Reading, England at a pub called The Retreat. Participants alternate, collaborate, and symphonize via a Google web cam. Web Cam Jam is more about the performers than the performance, but that doesn't you can't come in watch. Raconteur musicians drink coffee and play in the rear of the shop. Retreat musicians quaff pints (morning here, Happy Hour there) and are projected onto a movie screen behind local performers. All instruments welcome. NOTE: Last year Oscar winner Kate Winslet mentioned this very same pub and the pickling contest her mother had won there.Last February the Web Cam Jam caught Kate's mom, Sally Winslet (now known as the Queen of Shallots), in the foreground eating bangers and in last April's Mr. Winslet sang the old broadside "Darlin' Old Stick."
The borough has cancelled all town activities for today, February 6, thanks to the continuing snow advisory we have been under since last night. Grab your sleds and head to Tommy's Pond instead and enjoy this really pretty wintry day.
The Junebug Festival committee, with the help of Cartoon Goddess Lauren Rabinowitz, has created a Facebook page that you can join--it's a great way to keep on top of the plans. It's only five months away and fun and fantastic ideas are entering the planning stages so if you're interested in helping out, be a "friend" and click here. (Yes, you have to join Facebook in order to do this but, we promise, it won't hurt!)
The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the David E. Tutrone Memorial Scholarship (sponsored in part by the Franco Manufacturing Company) to be awarded to a student who is a Metuchen High School or St. Joseph High School senior pursuing higher education in the fall. Although GPA will be taken into consideration, the emphasis of the scholarship is on community service and volunteerism.
From the Forum Theater Arts Center:
The Forum Theatre Arts Center announces spring line-up for Family and educational programming! It's a welcome sight to see children pouring off school buses and into Metuchen's historic Forum Theatre. For many children, this will be their first live-theatre experience and certainly a memorable one. After a two-year hiatus, A Kids Forum - the professional theatre for young audiences division of the theater, has re-opened, presenting top-notch, professional theatre to young audiences and adults.
The Forum's newest legacy, Stars on Stage, kicked off this fall with a sell-out production of ANNIE. Stars On Stage, continues this spring offering budding performers their chance in the spotlight. The non-profit institution is offering classes in acting, dance, scene study, screen writing, film making, stand-up comedy, musical theatre and music. First-rate professionals and experienced educators will be teaching students as young as age three in a fun and positive environment. And EVERY STUDENT will get their time to shine on the Forum Theatre Stage in front of an audience.
It is with great excitement that the Metuchen Edison Woodbridge YMCA celebrates the 20th anniversary of early childhood care service to the community. Early childhood care is an important component in the mix of services provided by the Metuchen Edison Woodbridge YMCA. In many ways it serves as the foundation of the work provided to children and families in our community. The YMCA's first Early Childhood Center opened on January 2, 1990. Named the Edgar Child Care Center, this facility is run in association with the Reformed Church of Metuchen on Lake Avenue and is located across the street from the Metuchen Branch YMCA. This site was the first off-site child care center run by the YMCA and began with only four staff six children.
Over the last 20 years, this off-site model has been replicated throughout the YMCA's service area and today encompasses twelve programs operating in four towns serving over 500 children a day while employing over 125 staff members.