March 2010 Archives
From Dorothy Heyden, St. Francis Cathedral School:
Save the date May 7, 2010, for St. Francis Cathedral School's Annual Tricky Tray. Planning is well underway for this year's event, when we will transform the NJ Expo Center into "The Secret Garden," a showcase of mystery and beauty, filled with generous gift baskets and prizes. Tickets are now on sale for $20 with an advance package priced at $40. For more information about tickets, view our website at http://www.stfranciscathedralschool.org/. Doors open at 5 and calling begins at 8PM. Guests must be 21 years of age!
Project Graduation is coming up! Part of the excitement for the evening will be the traditional photo MEMORY DVD.
Here is what all of us (parents of seniors and seniors) need to do to make sure we get the best Memory DVD possible:
Find pictures of your senior at different ages. Find pictures of groups of students from the Class of 2010 including pictures from elementary, middle and high school days. The pictures may include sports, band, theatre or other activities. The pictures may also include parties and just hanging out, prom, winter formal, or homecoming. Pictures of teachers and/or class pictures from elementary and middle school days are good to include. Best friend shots are great. Look for pictures of students from the Class of 2010 that you think you will enjoy seeing in June and for many years to come.
Coming home to Metuchen after 35 years in the entertainment industry, Hegyes will talk about the Kotter years, his enduring friendship with John Travolta, and a particularly electric game of flashlight tag he once played with Jon Bon Jovi (they're cousins). Plus assorted Kotter memorabilia, including a foot tall Epstein action figure and Hegyes' pride and joy, his Mad Magazine cover.
The event (wine included) is FREE.
Metuchen Matters just got a call from Terri Sinatra and the Board business administrator, Michael Havier, with some clarifications about the issues discussed for both next year and the 2011-12 school year during the Superintendant's announcementts about budget cuts on Monday night. They include:
FRESHMAN COACHES: If a team does not have a full roster of interested students signed up to play, the team will not play and the coach that was assigned to that team will not be put on payroll. At present, those coaches are assigned to assistant positions for Varsity teams.
WORLD LANGUAGES: Next year the three offered world languages will stay as assigned now. However, in the 2011-2012 school year, there may be fewer offered.
CO-CURRICULAR CLUBS: Not all co-curriculars will be eliminated. Those decisions will be made at the end of this year for the 2011-2012 school year.
$600K EMERGENCY FUND: These monies have been collected over the past years and they will continue to be held in an account for emergency purposes only. They are not part of the monies involved in the next two years' budget decisions.
We thank the Superintendant and the business administrator for taking the time to clarify these issues for our readers today. Metuchen Matters will continue to update on the budget deliberations as they go on before the election in April.
HypnoBirthing® teaches women how to eliminate that fear so that they experience an easier more comfortable birth, the same peaceful experience that women in other cultures have practiced for centuries. The extreme relaxation of HypnoBirthing® has the opposite effect. It promotes the natural release of the body's own endorphins, which are 200 times stronger than morphine. It is not uncommon for women to appear as if they are sleeping and suddenly announce that the baby is coming. HypnoBirthing®, Also known as The Mongan Method, was created by Marie Mongan M.Ed., M.Hy. (Certified Hypno-Anesthesiologist) in an effort to allow the mother, baby, and birthing companion a means in which the true art and joy of birth could be experienced.
Historically, the stereotypical labor/birthing process has been associated with pain, fear, discomfort, and tension that exceed nearly all other life experiences. Women in Western societies have adopted the belief that the birthing process should be painful, but it's actually that fear itself that causes the pain. Fear causes tension. Tension causes pain. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy. When the fear-tension-pain cycle begins, true pain is experienced. Not only is pain created by opposing chemicals, the natural progression of labor is impeded. Dysfunctional labor patterns are created which can in many cases lead to interventions such as Pitocin and Cesarean births.
For more information you can call Mellisa at 732-800-0510 or check out www.myhypnobirthing.com.
With the district's reserve account needed to complete work for the 2009-2010 school year and an 89% reduction in state aid for the coming years along with additional cuts made by the Governor's office, Superintendent Terri Sinatra emotionally addressed the community by saying that there are monies to survive throughout the next school year but by the 2011-2012 year the district is going to be forced to make some creative and difficult choices in terms of services offered.
The County Superintendent is enacting the state regulations, which declare that the district must not exceed its budget from last year by more than 4%, With that in mind, the Superintendent discussed the variety of ways (no freshman teams, fewer world languages offered, salary freezes, technology cuts, co-curricular clubs cancelled) with which the district will begin to cope with these tight budget lines. However, Sinatra thanked the existing faculty for agreeing to the changes that will be needed and giving their full support to the district as they embark on this difficult journey.
Even with the cuts, a surplus account for emergency purposes will be set aside to the tune of $600K. Additional bright spots are that there are no major capital improvements that need to be made at this time and faculty salaries and health insurance costs are fixed. Total spending has dropped by about 3% according to the budget appropriations for the coming year. Arbitage money is available to pump into the school system.
All handouts from the budget discussions last night will be available soon on the district website. We will link to them when they are posted.
Costco Wholesale Club is in the process of obtaining permission from the Township of Edison to construct a highway-type superpumper gas station capable of fueling up to 16 vehicles at once. The site is at the Costco/Walmart Shopping Center at the corner of Vineyard Road and Route 27. Does this area need the congestion this type of station will create in a spot at the edge of our town that already causes traffic issues for Metuchen?
A meeting on March 15 at Edison Town Hall prompted a group of concerned citizens to make their protests known. At present, there are also several large retail buildings planned for the same area. Is there any way to keep this type of massive construction from going up?
Metuchen's The District is due to begin construction soon. The stores and office space available there will hopefully be prime real estate and help to revitalize our downtown area. But could this type of additional construction near the old Ford plant work against or with our proposed developments?
Today FEMA and NJ OEM teams are assessing local damage throughout Middlesex County. Any Metuchen resident that experienced flood or structural damage from the weekend stormshould immediately contact their insurance company and open up a claim. Federal reimbursement is never a gaurantee and FEMA is the payer of last resort.
John Holland tried his hand at guarding Marqus Blakely. Carlos Strong gave it his best shot, too. Jake O'Brien and Jeff Pelage together went after Blakely, Boston University's two best big men simultaneously getting in the face of Vermont's most explosive playmaker any time he got near the basket. Valdas Sirutis even was whistled for an intentional foul for wrapping his arms around Blakely -- and the ball wasn't even in play.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Hailey's you will not want to miss all that we have planned for you!
- Opening at 10:00 AM
- Live Music from 12:00 pm until 12:00 am
- Come and meet the Guinness Girls!
- Irish Dancers Performing at 7:00 PM
- Bagpipers Bigora!
- Free Giveaways!
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SERVICE ALERTS UPDATE March 15, 2010 10:45 p.m. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED FOR SOME MUNICIPALITIES Please note that the BOIL WATER ADVISORY that had been put in place March 14, 2010 has been lifted for the following towns only: WOODBRIDGE, CARTERET, METUCHEN, SOUTH AMBOY, HIGHLAND PARK, OLD BRIDGE, PORTIONS OF SOUTH PLAINFIELD AND EDISON SERVED BY MIDDLESEX WATER.
The Metuchen Inn suffered severe structural damage yesterday when a fire around 6:20 AM destroyed the bar section of the beautiful old inn. The rest of the structure was protected by quick fire and emergency responders from Metuchen and environs but the restaurant will now be closed until further notice.
- Many trees and wires are down throughout the borough. Assume all down wires are live. Nearby trees and structures may also be energized. Use extreme caution. If your home is without power contact PSE&G at the number on your electric bill and report the outage.
- The storm has wreaked havoc with the borough sanitary sewer system. Millions of gallons of storm water have infiltrated the system and, unfortunately, some homes are experiencing sewer backups and flooding.
- Flooded areas must be sanitized and dried thoroughly. Clean and disinfect every surface. Scrub surfaces with hot water and a heavy-duty cleaner. Then disinfect with a solution of 1/4 cup chlorine bleach per gallon of water or a product that is labeled as a disinfectant to kill germs.
- Flood kits are available through the borough Office of Emergency Management.
- Call 911 to report emergencies.
Come celebrate the fact that you got your taxes filed on Friday, April 16th at 8:00p.m.
The Metuchen Cultural Arts Commission's coffeehouse series presents "Blind Lemon Cello", a musical trio whose music spans jazz, blues and pop.
Carol Selick, Felix Buccellato, and Eric Jorgenson make up "Blind Lemon Cello". Ms. Selick is a singer-songwriter who has been performing in clubs and outdoor concerts throughout New Jersey. You can check out her debut CD, "Just Gonna Think About Today" on www.cdbaby.com. Mr. Buccellato has played guitar with countless bands over the past 25 years and in 2003 he won the National Guitar Workshop Songwriting Contest. Mr. Jorgenson is a classically trained cellist who has added a unique improvisational element to the group's original songs and interpretations of songs in a range of musical styles rooted solidly in melodic blues.
The concert will take place at the Old Franklin School (Borough Improvement League Building), located at 491 Middlesex Ave. in Metuchen, right next to the firehouse. Free parking is available directly across the street in the Borough Hall lot. Admission is $5(seniors and students $4) and no reservations are necessary. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. For more information visit the website at www.metuchennj.org or call (732) 632-8502.
From a student at Metuchen High School:
My name is Valentina Gordon and I'm a senior at Metuchen High School. This year I am part of Mr. Robbins Political Institute Class. Three years ago Mr. Robbins took an interest in the people of Ghana. He is now a partner with the IOM (Interenation Organization of Migration) and has been working with them. For the past three years Mr. Robbins' Political Institute class has been helping to raise money to rescue the enslaved children.
This year our class decided to go even bigger and we are now trying to raise money to build a school in a village called, Okpalama. The children who are allowed to attend school don't have calssrooms, or even buildings for schools. When the weather is bad classes are cancelled. We want to give the children of Ghana the opportunity to learn. The children of Ghana are the future and we believe that if we help to educate them then the country can start to change. It will cost us $50,000 to build a small school. We are lucky enough to have the help from Miss. Ghana who will raise $25,000. We hope that we can make a partnership with your website and to spread the word of what we are doing to all of Metuchen. This is a great cause and the whole community should be involved. Thank you for your consideration.
Valentina Gordon and Political Institute
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: Book Discussion and Theme Party.
The Teen Advisory Board and the Metuchen High School Book Club will team up on Sunday, March 7 at 2 PM at the Metuchen Library to celebrate the Young Adult book that the whole State will be talking about through the One Book New
A letter From the Edison Wetlands Association:
I wanted to ask for your help with something that won't cost you a dime. Do your spring cleaning early this year, and put your clothes, shoes, coats, blankets, and stuffed animals in a recycling bin managed by Edison Wetlands. By "re-purposing" these goods and keeping them out of landfills and incinerators, you not only help the environment as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day 2010, but you help kids in the area through supporting programs by EWA and other nonprofits. You can drop them off at the Triple C Ranch bin, or click here for additional bin locations. If you cannot drop them off, call Edison Wetlands at 732-321-1300 and we can arrange a convenient weekend pickup.
Thanks in advance for joining us on this exciting environmental initiative. Your support keeps waste out of landfills, keeping taxes down and protecting New Jersey's environment. For more information, visit: www.EdisonWetlands.org/HealthyKidsNewJersey
See you at the Triple C Ranch this spring!
Edison Wetlands Association
Triple C Ranch
What: First-ever Dismal Swamp State Preservation Commission meeting
When: Tonight, March 2 at 7 pm
Where: Edison Municipal Building, 100 Municipal Blvd, Edison NJ
I am writing to invite you to the Dismal Swamp State Preservation Commission kickoff meeting. It is critical that you show your support and participation in order to make this commission a success. I look forward to seeing you tonight. If you have any questions, or need directions, call our office: 732-321-1300.
Thanks again for all your support!
Edison Wetlands Association
In an ideal world, I would love to see a racquetball or paddleball court in Metuchen if there was enough support for it amongst the community. I have always been a supporter of the town's efforts to better our recreation facilities. For this reason, I voted along with the other members of the Borough Council to bond for the money to install lights at the new field which will be constructed at Myrtle Park. The installation of lights comes at a cost of $200,000 but will eliminate the additional cost and inconvenience that would be necessary if the lights were installed at a later date after the field is finished, and the lights will provide an immediate benefit to the residents of Metuchen who use the field. I was loathe to spend that extra money in this tough economic climate, especially since the entire cost of the field is being paid for with a grant from Middlesex County, but felt the benefits of lights being installed during construction of the field outweighed the cost.
However, with New Jersey in a state of Economic Emergency, with uncertainty as to the future of state aid to the borough and our schools, I would caution against undertaking any new capital projects such as this. The Mayor and Council are fighting to keep Metuchen's independence against increased calls in Trenton to require mergers of municipalities. This is not the time, in my opinion, for the Borough to consider taking on a significant capital project such as a racquetball or paddleball court.
Saturday, March 20th - Here comes Peter Cottontail arriving in Metuchen just in time for the Annual Spring Egg Hunt! There will be plastic eggs filled with candy and some special prize eggs. Bring a basket or bag to collect your eggs.
The hunt will begin at 9:00 am sharp, at Myrtle Field, Myrtle Park. In the event of inclement weather, the hunt will be cancelled.