April 2010 Archives
Staring The Forum's Kids On Stage
Friday and Saturday at 7PM and Sunday at 2 & 5 PM
All seats are $12
They can be purchased online at www.forumtheatrearts.org or at the door
Forum Theatre 732.548.5600
Next on our screen:
Ben Stiller is
Opens May 7th
From a reader:
Please post that Metuchenites and others can direct their questions to:
I have a front row seat to the detour traffic from the Route 27 closing between Grove Avenue and Parsonage Road. Living right near Metuchen High School, this is a pretty busy stretch of road anyway but today it has been wall-to-wall traffic and, I sadly assume, that it will be like this throughout the repair process. We never received a notice telling us that this was going to happen until I got a Honeywell call on Friday, as well as a note from concerned Councilmen and the Office of Emergency Management in town. Nothing from the DOT, nothing telling us how this work would alter, quite intensely, the way we could leave and enter our properties off Grove Avenue. We aren't the only ones who aren't happy--plenty of business owners think this is going to cause havoc for downtown as well.
If you have any information on how best to survive this roadwork, the detours and the backed-up traffic, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how you are going to deal with this for the next six months.
From NJ Department of Transportation -- Revised Notice of Impact:
The detour route for Route 27 NB has been modified
Work: Closure of the Bridge is required due to issues with the adjacent construction.
Location: Route 27 / NB & SB / MP 22.89 to 23.07
Municipality/County: Metuchen Borough / Middlesex County
Impacts: Route 27 will be closed at the bridge with all traffic detoured. The bridge is expected to remain closed for six (6) months. Detours - Cars on Route 27 SB will be detoured to James Street to Grove Street and returning to Route 27. Cars on Route 27 NB will be detoured to Grove Street to Amboy Avenue to Route 1 NB to Parsonage Road and returning to Route 27.
Trucks on Route 27 SB will be detoured to Route 35 SB to Route 1 SB to Route 287 NB and returning to Route 27. Trucks on Route 27 NB will be detoured to Route 287 SB to Route 1 NB to Route 35 NB and returning to Route 27.
Start Date: Monday, April 26, 2010
EWA Executive Director Robert Spiegel will join Edison Mayor Antonia Ricigliano in commemorating the walkway trail, constructed with the assistance of EWA and Conservation Resources, Inc. A ceremonial tree-planting will follow the press conference. EWA first conceived the vision for this walkway in 2002, and has worked with CRI and Edison Township in recent years to fund, plan, and begin construction on the project. The walkway, nearly a half mile long, includes a gazebo, interpretive signs, a native butterfly garden, and birding areas. Bald eagles, osprey, and yellow-crowned night-heron are regularly spotted along the river here.
The Board of Education/Budget Election for April 20, 2010, showed a large percentage of voters supporting the now-approved budget for the district for the next year:
YES - 1375
NO - 899
At final count, the four candidates for the three available positions on the Board of Education finished as follows:
Small - 1356
Lifton - 1282 Devries - 1256
Jaques - 1118
I found out that absentee ballots need $1.05 postage because of their new over-sized form. The envelope says "extra postage needed," so my husband put on an extra stamp, but it came back on Friday. I took his ballot to the P.O. on Saturday morning. But I'm afraid that other people's ballots might come back on Monday for additional postage and may not reach New Brunswick by 3 PM on 4/20.
. . . [A] CQE representative is going down to New Brunswick as usual on Election Day leaving Metuchen at noon to hand deliver any ballots that haven't made it down there yet. If anyone wants their ballot delivered, they can put it in the mail slot at 202 Dellwood Road before noon on Tuesday.
BASED ON THE LATEST FORECAST, THE TOWNWIDE GARAGE SALE SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 17 WILL GO ON AS SCHEDULED.
Stay Connected Charities Corp. (Sc3) was established in 2009 as a non-profit organization to collect and recycle electronic waste in the New York metro area. Rich Menziuso, a local resident in town, helped establish bring his nephew's vision come to life. Peter Pedulla, a high school student of Xavier H.S. in Manhattan, first came up with the idea when visiting Metuchen after a long train ride to see his uncle in town and he journalized in his notebook. "Manhattan is about buildings but Metuchen is about trees; and Edison's invention connects these two cities. I look around and I see electronic devices becoming the NY metro areas next biggest problem. What can I do to help make a difference and stay connected?"
Please join us on the lawn of 125 Amboy on Saturday, April 17th. We look forward to collecting your unwanted electronics - toys, phones, computers, TVs. etc. Sc3 is also in desperate need for a mini van. All profits on resale of these donated goods goes to charities in the local community.
Sc3 is application stages for its 301 (c), so any donation will be tax deductible once the application is accepted by the IRS.
If you want to know who the new principal of the Metuchen High School is, you will have to attend the Board of Education meeting this evening. Yesterday, the Board of Education announced that the name of the new Metuchen High School principal will be released during the public portion of tonight's Board of Education meeting. (Note: Even though the Board of Education's meeting calendar labels tonight's meeting CLOSED, that is only for part of the meeting. There will be a segment open to the public, that's when the announcement will be made.) The meeting will not be broadcast live for an unnamed reason; it will be aired at a later date.
Who is the person who will take the helm of the most divisive element of our school district during these difficult financial times? Tonight's meeting will be very important given both this announcement and the completion of the important budget considerations that have to be voted upon and confirmed before next week's Board of Education election takes place.
Hopefully the new principal will be available to discuss plans for the future shortly. We look forward to hearing this new member of the adminstration's views on how to make the best possible situation out of the many restrictions placed on the district at this time.
The Metuchen Recreation Commission, Metuchen Environmental Commission and the Metuchen Public Works Department will be celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 24th at 9:00am.
We will be meeting at the Metuchen Senior Center, Center Street at 9:00am to pickup our work assignments. We will be cleaning up various park areas in Metuchen. Volunteers will be served continental breakfast and lunch. Bring your work gloves and rakes.
From the Office of Emergency Management, Metuchen:
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of New Jersey to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas struck by severe storms and flooding beginning on March 12, 2010, and continuing. Residents of Metuchen may qualify for assistance. Go to http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call (800) 621-3362 (FEMA) to apply or for additional information.
Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's major disaster declaration issued for New Jersey.
National Library Week begins Sunday, April 11, and will be celebrated with an Open House from 1-5 PM. At 1:30 the new teen corner will be dedicated, and, at 2PM, author Micol Ostow will hold a reading in the community room. During LIbrary week, a winter scene of the Metuchen Library, painted by local artist Edward Wetzel, will be presented. Diane and Richard Wenk, and Betty Buzzi commissioned the painting, in memory of their dear friend, Rosemary Crowley. Rosemary was an active member of the Friends. The Friends of the Metuchen Library, a 501(c)(3) and New Jersey Non-Profit Corporation, continues a long history of service to the Metuchen Public LIbrary. Each year, the Friends make an unrestricted financial donation to the Library.
QTET is jazz-based but reflects the musical diversity (Funk, Afrocuban, Postbop, Swing, Big Band, Electronica) of its co-leaders, Ware & Kaplan. Steely Dan vibraphonist Bill Ware was a founding member of the ground-breaking acid jazz group the Groove Collective and the jazz/theater group the Jazz Passengers, which also featured Tom Waits guitarist Marc Ribot and was frequently fronted by ex-Blondie singer Debbie Harry. Saxophonist Mike Kaplan currently leads his 9 piece horn-proud jazz unit the Mike Kaplan Nonet, and has performed with the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Chico Mendoza Latin Jazz Dream Band. Kaplan has had original arrangements/compositions performed/recorded by the Composers Big Band, Juan Oliva y sus Progressiva, and Orquesta Royal. Also with bassist Ralph Hamperian and drummer Lou Petto. FREE. Comp wine.
If you attended the MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHT or watched it on METV last night, what did you think of the candidates' responses to the community's questions? Do you think that they offered solutions that were viable for this economy and Metuchen's own needs? Did it help you decide who to vote for? Sign on and let us know what you thought--after all, the elected will be the voice of our school district for the next few years, during some of the most trying economic times we've had in New Jersey. Do you feel like they're walking resolutely into the future or trying to hang on to the past?
MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHT should be available to watch via METV's Video-on-Demand service shortly.
Four candidates, all of whom have ads and link-thrus you may explore on this site, are running for three available spots in the Board of Elections campaign for 2010, culminating in April 20th's Election Day. Meet the Candidates themselves tonight at Metuchen High School at 7 PM in a panel forum sponsored by the Metuchen Parent-Teacher Council. The event will be aired live on METV as well.
Here is a quick update on the background of the candidates, two incumbents and two newcomers, in alphabetical order--their links are highlighted so that you can access their backgrounds and stands on the issues in their own words:
James. J. Jaques: A research physicist with a young family in Metuchen; President of CQE, Citizens for Quality Education
Jonathan Lifton: Business owner & President of New York Electrical Wholesalers Association, with a young family in Metuchen
Rosemary "Rose de Vries" Schifano: Proprietor of C.A.P.S. (College Advising for Parents and Students), put two children through Metuchen Public School System; presently on the Board of Education
Benjamin J. Small: CPA, Corporate Controller with a young family in Metuchen; presently on the Board of Education
If you are interested in submitting questions for the Candidates night, you must attend the event and submit them prior to the beginning of the discussion. Plase click through on the above links or on the links in each ad so as to learn more about each candidate and their stands on the issues at hand in this time of financial crisis.