June 2010 Archives

College-Prep Programs for High School Students at Library

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kids-metuchen1.jpgFrom the Metuchen Library:

The Metuchen Public Library will sponsor two free college-prep programs for high school students. 

The College Visit and Interview Workshop will be held on Monday evening July 12 from 7:30-8:30 PM and is geared to all rising high school juniors and seniors. Learn why it's important to make an official visit to a college before you apply and what to expect from the tour, the information session and the interview.  Practice questions will be provided and participants will work one-on-one with their peers to practice the skills that make for a stand out applicant. 

The College Application Essay is a three-session workshop to be held on Tuesday August 10, Tuesday August 17 and Thursday August 19 from 7 PM until 8:30 PM. In this workshop, rising high school seniors will learn what makes a good essay by looking at samples, brainstorming for ideas, personalizing their writing, and editing their work.

Forum Stars On Stage Registration On Now!

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alicelogo.gifFrom the Forum Theatre:

Registration for Forum Theatre's Stars On Stage education program of  Alice In Wonderland Jr.will be held tomorrow from 4:30 to 6:30 at the Forum Theatre 314 Main St Metuchen. Classes are for kids from 8 to 14 and will be starting July 12th, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 to 2:30. Performances will be on July 30 and 31st at 7:30 and Sunday August 1 at 3pm. If you are unable to make it tomorrow please call 732-548-5600 and leave your name and number and someone will contact you to make an appointment. You can register until July 2nd.

Community_1.jpgFrom the chicken himself: The Pollo Tropical® in Metuchen, at 77 U.S. Route 1 S. Menlo Park Terrace, is undergoing an exciting transformation to offer a new, elevated experience - complete with sizzling fajita platters, free table service and WiFi - as well as real plates, silverware and much more. The Metuchen restaurant is the second New Jersey Pollo Tropical to boast the brand's elevated concept, which bursts with tropical flavor and new, original menu items.

Final Night of Junebug To Be Great Send-off to Popular Event

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As Board member Linda Vollerschmidt-LaStella writes on Facebook,

This Friday is the final night of Junebug 2010...and what a finale we will have. DO
PLAN TO BE ON HAND FOR THE PET PARADE, beginning @ 7pm on South Main
Street. Winners of the "Italian Dreams" and "Something Fishy" Competitions will be announced @9pm & 9:30pm in the Gallery of Martin & Son Jeweler...and an all-round festive time will continue for everyone.                                                                                                                     
Enjoy, Metuchen! Make sure you bring lots of water for those pets! It's SUMMERTIME!

Metuchen's Marque Blakely Drafted by The Harlem Globetrotters

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Thumbnail image for bildemarqus.jpgThe world famous Harlem Globetrotters as part of the team's 2010 draft class have chosen Metuchen native Marqus Blakely of the University of Vermont to come on down!

Marqus Blakely, a native of Metuchen, N.J., posted a perfect score of 50 and a 47 en route to winning the 2010 College Slam Dunk Championship. The 6-5 forward led Vermont to a school record-tying 25 wins in 2010 and the school's fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament in its history. Blakely was one of only two players in the nation to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. He and Player of the Year Evan Turner of Ohio State were the only players in the nation to average at least 17 points, nine rebounds and three assists per contest.

Good luck to Marqus!

Did the MHS Footlighters' Pleas Save Their Fall Play?

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23282_119992014704893_260_n.jpgWith a popular petition on Facebook and a general concern among parents and students both, The Metuchen High School Footlighters are still waiting to find out if their fall play is going to be cut or not.

Their supporters were legion at the last Board of Education meeting as they attempted to sway the members to reconsider the recommendation by MHS principal Bruce Peragallo to cut the group's fall performance. Parents and students both appeared to ask for the group's play to be taken off the chopping block. With cuts needed in all areas, the Footlighters were told that final decisions have not been made and that, as Fran Brennan said to one distraught student, "We should all have hope." Those who assembled acknowledged that they understood the pressure the board was under in making cuts but asked that the educational resources available in programs like the Footlighters be acknowledged in kind.

The Footlighters can only wait for the final results. If you wish to sign the Footlighters' petition on Facebook, click here.



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Starts tonight with The Stranger at 7 PM and A Touch of Evil 8:45 PM.
 $10 for 1 and $15 for the double feature!

NOTE: If you have never seen an Orson Welles' film on a big screen, you MUST NOT MISS THIS!  Welles was a singular provocateur and cinematic artiste the likes of which we have rarely seen in American cinema since (all due respect to John Ford, Martin Scorsese, Frances Ford Coppola and Terrence Malick)

In "The Stranger," Orson Welles portrays the character of Franz Kindler, a Nazi who, not long after the war, has taken a guise as an American professor. Edward G. Robinson portrays Mr. Wilson, the war crimes official who hunts him down. With Edward G Robinson, Orson Welles and Loretta Young. Directed by Orson Welles

A TOUCH OF EVIL  1958 (Newly re mastered 35MM print!)

"Touch of Evil"  Brilliant is an understatement. (fNOTICE that the first thirteen minutes of this film is comprised of ONE SHOT ONLY. Longest tracking shot in cinematic history!) See this film, if not for the excellent acting and sheer brilliance in terms of the camera as well as high entertainment value. :"Touch of Evil" will astonish you. With Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles and Akim Tamiroff. Directed by Orson Welles

Many Thanks From Fuce5K Committee for Successful Event

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fuce 5 fggg.jpgPhotos by Tina DiSano--From the Fuce 5K/ Metuchen Fun Run and Walk Committee:

The race committee would like to sincerely thank you all for coming out and celebrating the life of a great guy, Mike Fuccile, and bringing your heartfelt support for some local families! We continue to be astounded by the support you all show the Metuchen/Edison community.  As Nancy said on race day "Mike would be very proud."

We grew this year and hosted 664 registered runners and walkers and raised over $30,000 - far exceeding our goals and last year's inaugural event.  The funds will go a long way in helping the Almeida, the McGuiness, and the Gossiaux families.  Thank you all so
much for the wonderful gift you provided.

victorystore00_2106_21615441.gifHouses are on the market for months longer than they were during the boon real estate times and many homeowners are resorting to offering rentals in order to help keep properties under their own jurisdiction. After serious incidents have occurred, the Fire Department is going to begin inspecting homes in order to determine who exactly and how many people are living in any Metuchen residence. The Council conversation about this plan, which is fully supported by businesses in town and the Chamber of Commerce, turned out to be a controversial one, with discussions about the funds that would be generated from such action turning into a partisan uproar. So what is the end result of that confluence of differing opinions?

A reader chimes in, "The Metuchen Boro Council is proposing to establish a new Fire Preventaion Bureau with a new position (Fire Marshal) and eliminate the existing one. In addition to proposed fees that the Bureau will charge Metuchen businesses, the Boro will fund the salary increase and pension obligations of the new position over the existing one.If you're interested in hearing more, please attend the Council meeting tonight and/or visit: http://www.metuchennj.org/bc-agendas/bc062110/2010-8%20red%20lined.pdf


Before we enjoy our final night of the wacky and enjoyable wonderfulness that is the Junebug Arts Festival, let's take a look back at some of the striking images from the last weeks. The photography stylings of Andy Tytla take us on a memorable journey . . .



The Forum Theatre presents a Week of Welles

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From June 23 through June 27, The Forum Theatre presents a Week of Welles.  Along with three classic Welles films (The Stranger, A Touch of Evil, The Third Man), The Forum will also be screening Me and Orson Welles based on the book by Metuchen's own Robert Kaplow and directed by Richard Linklater (Slackers, School of Rock).  The Friday 8:00pm show of Me and Orson Welles will be presented in association with The Raconteur and will be followed by a Q&A session with Star Ledger critic Peter Filichia.

For showtimes and more information click here.

St. Joseph Grad Helps Lakers Win Back-to-Back Championships

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200px-BynumLAL.jpgDid you know that Andrew Bynum of the back-to-back NBA Champs The Los Angeles Lakers learned his moves at St. Joseph's High School in Metuchen? Check out his official NBA page for more information on this great hometown pro.

Metuchen high schools have turned out other stars in other sports, but basketball seems to play a key role in producing talented alums, like Metuchen High School's Marqus Blakeley, a young player who made serious waves in college ball (he's looking at a pro career) and former St. Joe's and Duke star Jay Williams. Theirs, along with Bynum's success represents the dedication, determination and excellent play the schools stress and work hard to achieve. Nice job, Andrew!

Junebug Week Three -- Dance the Night Away!

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O great creator of being grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives.
::: Jim Morrison :::

The streets and sidewalks and windows of Metuchen downtown are not only filled with beautiful, bright, eclectic, exciting artwork but also sounds, movies, dancers, musicians . . . there's screenplay readings at the Raconteur, dance performances and classes on Main Street, open mic night at What's the Scoop and much much more!

 For the complete brochure, go to http://junebug.metuchenchamber.com/pdfs/junebugprogram_2010.pdf.


Support the Fuce 5K by Carb-Loading at Pizzeria Uno June 18

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This year The Fuce 5 is proud to announce:
You can help raise money for the FuccileFoundation by carb-loading for the event.
Eat at the Pizzeria Uno, Rt. 1 Woodbridge the night before the Fuce5K (June 18), present the coupon you can find on their website (click thru their ad on this page) and the FuccileFoundation receives a contribution from Pizzeria Uno.Helping a good cause never tasted so good! You must bring a copy of the flyer to this event. If you need a copy please email Mike Bradley at mbradley19@optonline.net. The flyers previously went home in the backpacks of all Metuchen school children. Thanks for your support.
The Fuce 5 Team.
Check out the trailer for Please Give starring Catherine Keener , Oliver Platt, Amanda Peet, and Rebecca Hall.  Please Give opens Friday, June 18 at The Forum. The theater will also be showing Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on Saturday morning FREE. Click for showtimes.

To our readers from Councilman Chris Morrisson:
Everyone in Metuchen is now at least somewhat familiar with the changes wrought by the closure of Route 27 for bridge repair.  The residents in the affected area have had to make changes to their daily routines.  Those changes have been frustrating for many and we all eagerly await the re-opening of the road.  Yet, the closure has affected more than just the residents.  Businesses are suffering too. 
In particular, Beacon Hill Automotive Service, a car repair business and gas station is in perhaps the most vulnerable position -- literally.   It is a business that relies heavily on car traffic rolling by, and stopping in for gas.  Unfortunately, it is on the stretch between the two sets of signs announcing "road closed" (right next to the Metuchen Elks building).  No cars are rolling by.   Yet, the business remains open - you can still buy gas and have your car serviced.  The road closure is taking a serious toll, though.

Metuchen Rec Camps Are Fun, Cheap and Ready To Start!

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From Nancy Goldberg:

Not sure what to do with your kids this summer? Given them something fun to do--MetuchenRrecreation Commission may have the answer! 

Besides the 6 week playground program, the Commission has a wide variety of programs, with additional programs still being added.  This year, we are offering the largest selection we have ever offered,including a few new programs, a weaving workshop, word game workshop, Theatre Camp, Music Camp, Track and Field Camp, Adult and Child Bowling  Program, Girls basketball program, Safety town Program and a Learn to Crochet. Returning from last year, is the ever popular, Bulldog Soccer Camp,  Science Classes, Ponyshare, Multi sports camps, Golf lessons, Lacrosse, and of  course tennis lessons.

For further information and program details, check out the Borough's website at  www.metuchennj.org or call Nancy Goldberg at 732-632-8502.


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The 2nd Annual Fuce 5k will take place in town this Saturday, June 19th. It's not too late to sign-up, in fact you can register on Saturday morning and catch the community spirit that is sure to light our streets on fire.

Three families will receive proceeds from this years race, each with a child facing serious illness: The family of Danny McGuinness, who is battling cystic fibrosis and currently in the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia awaiting a double lung transplant; the family of Maggie Gossiaux, a 14 year old with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and the Almeidas, whose daughter Emily is now in remission after fighting bone cancer  for the past two years
The race is organized and run in memory of  Mike Fuccile, our beloved friend and neighbor who tragically lost his life last year. His widow Nancy is on the planning committee and very happy that pre-registration numbers are high and thankful for all of the community involvement and enthusiasm. "To have Mike's name attached to this race and The Fuccile Foundation brings me such joy. I am honored to be helping these families. He would have been right on board and the first in line to help out. To see something so positive come out of something so horrific hopefully will inspire others to do good for their community," she said. "Ever since Mike's death, the community has pulled together time and time again to help my family.  I feel indebted to them and want to give back. Now, from here on forward, we will be helping other families in the Metuchen/Edison area. Without the support of the community, family, and friends, none of this would be possible."

CQE Meeting Tuesday Night!

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Citizens for Quality Education invites all Metuchen residents who are interested in education to coffee and conversation at their next public meeting  on Tuesday, June 15 at 8 PM in Room 225 of the Metuchen Borough Hall, 500 Main Street.

CQE meetings are informal and open to all Metuchen residents. Please visit www.metuchencqe.org, to learn more about the organization.  For more information, write Jim Jaques at correspondence@metuchencqe.org.

School may be winding down, but the business of the schools continues throughout the summer. Join the meeting and learn more about CQE, its over twenty-year history as a grassroots advocacy group that supports excellence in our schools, runs Story Lunch at Campbell School and co-sponsors the Metuchen High School Alumni College Day. 
At CQE meetings, you are welcome to share your opinions and let your voice be heard. Also on the agenda will be some of the topics of the Metuchen School District's Budgetary Advisory Committee: Athletics, Revenue, Class Size, Busing and Activities.  

From June 15th through August 15th, 2010, Kyo Morishima Photography (see ad to the right) will offer a summer promotion called the "30-20-10 Sale" to raise funds for the Metuchen-Edison-Woodbridge YMCA Fund for Tomorrow. Kyo Morishima, a Metuchen-based photographer, specializes in documentary-style portraits of children and families. With this promotion, parents can take advantage of steeply discounted session fees in order to get Kyo's signature evocative, magazine-style images of their kids and families, while simultaneously contributing to an important local charity.

002-1007x652.jpgIf you want an inspiring moment today, why not check out Jasmine Jordan, a 16-year-old from Minnesota, who is running from Los Angeles to New York on behalf of the St. Christopher's Fund, raising awareness and dollars for health care for those who don't yet have good health coverage. She is running on behalf of a family friend and employee and will be coming through Metuchen tonight! "Jazzy," as she's called, will be accompanied by several Metuchen runners, including Ryan Toth of Total Core Fitness Boot Camp. Check out this link for more information about this Olympic hopeful and her campaign so far! Good luck, Jasmine!

Memorial Day Memories from Julie Walton Shaver

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053110-Memorial-Day-blog-10.jpgThe Chamber of Commerce puts together an exuberant and moving rememberance on Memorial Day, paying tribute to Metuchenites past and present who have helped keep America the home of the brave and free. The talented Julie Walton Shaver, who can make an ice cream at What's the Scoop look like a Hawaiian vacation, gives us a peek into what her lens captured at this year's festivities.

Metuchen Garden Club Digs the Campbell Schoolyard--Wanna Help?

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From Joanne Sabatino-Falkenstein and Jirapon Raders-Chambers:
Can You Dig It?
Ms. Carter, our wonderful new principal, has a fresh vision of Campbell Elementary an its presentation on Durham Avenue. Friday, June 11th from 8:45-11:15 am, we're having a work day to help further the project.
If you'd like to improve your community, show up with your rakes and shovels and help us bring the new look to fruition. If you can't donate time, please contact Jirapon through info@metuchenmatters.com about a supporting contribution.

The Garden Club of Metuchen is also working on an edible garden in a sunny courtyard at Campbell School. We are meeting on Thursdays in June from 9am to 11am. Donations can be plants you may have in your garden that you need to divide as well as mulch or monetary contributions to the ongoing efforts.

As a Facebook prompt suggests, the Care2 petition for which signatures are being collected hopes to keep the drama program at the Metuchen High School, the Footlighters, from losing their funding. A popular and hard-working teaching at Moss School may not be coming back next year and parents are signing letters to help improve his chances. The 2010-2011 school budget was approved and yet there are a lot of changes coming. One, if not two, new first grade classrooms are being created, turning the vaulted music program into a cartable adventure. The fourth grade classrooms will have much larger groups of students in each class.

As one school year closes out, a new one is in the planning. When the budget was approved, we all knew things would be changing somewaht. So things are in motion but specifics are coming to light. Where else are you finding that things are changing per the economy? And are you prepared to step in and pick up the slack, if a treasured program is about to be cut back for the greater good? Is civic involvement the way to fill in the blanks?

Forum Has Free Movies for Kids Saturday Morning!

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From the Forum Theater Arts Center:

Continuing this weekend on Forum Theatre Screen
Starring Andy Garcia and Julianna Margulies
Friday 7:30, Saturday 6 & 8pm
All seats are $8 A Bargain!
Rated pg-13 Running time 1hr 40m
Opens June 18th The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo


Fuce5K Run/Walk To Benefit McGuinness Family this Year

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From Lenny Rizzo, Fuce 5K Family Run/Walk, June 19th:
Danny McGuinness is a Boy who is in my son's Class at St. Francis Cathedral School in Metuchen, NJ and also has been on the Baseball team I manage for the last 6 Years.

He has been in the Hospital since Early March and will not be coming out unless he gets a new lung. There is a Run/Walk on June 19th in Metuchen called the Fuce5 that will benefit the McGuinness Family this year.

The Website for the Fuce 5k Run/Walk is http://www.facebook.com/l/b29aa;WWW.fuce5.com.

If you can't attend the run/walk, donations are greatly appreciated. Please send checks made out to Fuce 5 Fund to: Fuce 5 Fund, PO Box 453, Metuchen, NJ 08840.

In Praise of Mr. Bobby, Crossing Guard Extraordinaire

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This tribute was sent to us by Kathy Burke:

If you walk to Olmeezer Park, drop your children off at Campbell School or simply drive on Main Street in the morning or afternoon, you may have encountered the friendly face on the corner of Mr. Bobby Moten.  Mr. Moten has been the wonderful crossing guard on the corner of Talmadge Avenue and Main Street for 5 years since retiring from General Motors.  It's hard to say what one notices first.  It could be his beaming smile, which far outshines his reflective vest and hat, his exuberant wave to passing motorists or his cheerful greeting to parents and children.

He is affectionately known to us regulars as "Mr. Bobby".  This man takes pride in his job.  He arrives early and stays late to ensure the safety of every child and pedestrian.  He loves the children and the parents.  The feeling is mutual.  Mr. Bobby says that 'the children see the inner part of you" and that "a smile makes a difference in one's day".

The Metuchen Youth Service board will hold one of its biggest fund-raisers of the year on Friday when "The Amazing Dave'' takes the stage for a magic show at Campbell School. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and adults can pay $7, which allows them to bring two children for free admission.

All proceeds will benefit the board--this "municipal alliance" operates under the authority of the borough. It is made up of 12 municipal officials and community members. Its mission is to educate the public and deter underage drinking and drug abuse and it is one of many such organizations in Middlesex County. Funding comes from the Governor's Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence and raises money to match the grant each year.

1 PM, Sun. June 6
Live Music
The first Sun of each month The Raconteur hosts a transatlantic jam session. The shop's session is 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. 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. Web Cam Jam is more about the performers than the performance, but that doesn't mean you can't come and watch. NOTE: If you watched the Oscars last year, you heard Best Actress winner Kate Winslet mention this very same pub and the pickling contest her mother recently won there. Indeed, last April's Web Cam Jam, Kate's mom, Sally Winslet (now known as the Queen of Shallots), was in the foreground eating bangers and in January's Mr. Winslet sang the old broadside "Darlin' Old Stick." MUSICIANS WANTED! FREE! Comp cornbread (fresh from the oven)!  YOU TOO CAN PLAY THE RAC! Your participation in the Web Cam Jam is your audition.

Edgar Middle School 10th Anniversary Celebration June 12

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Metuchen's Edgar Middle School will celebrate its 10 Year Anniversary with a family celebration on Sat., June 12, 11-4 p.m. on the Edgar Field.  The reorganization of the Metuchen Public School District in 2000 to provide a true middle school experience for grades 5-8 has given our students an opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that is responsive to the needs of this unique age level and has been rewarding for all involved. Come celebrate with a day of family fun as we recognize what we have accomplished over the last 10 years.  Events include musical performances, special guest speakers, a game show, "Are You Smarter Than A Middle Schooler?", square dancing, and carnival games.  Local food vendors who are participating in the event include La Rosa's Pizza, Hailey's Harp and Pub,  What's the Scoop, and Meiying's Chinese Restaurant.  A detailed schedule of events is posted on the school website at www.metuchenschools.org/ems. The rain date is June 13.

Call the Transportation Committee on Penn Ave Crossing

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From a reader:
Please EMAIL the Metuchen Traffic and Transportation Committee directly with your comments, questions and requests about anything concerning traffic, safety, pedestrian issues, roadway conditions, or the Metuchen train station, by clicking this URL
Specifically regarding the PENN AVE. CROSSING:
The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers kindly volunteered (at no charge to Metuchen) to review the Penn Avenue crossing and recommend a plan of action, at the request of the Chair of Metuchen's Traffic and Transportation Committee, Dan Lebar, Esquire.
The team from Voorhees has provided its report; please contact the Committee if you're interested in learning more about the Boro's plan to respond.
From the Hailey's website:

Every Wednesday night in June, Pat Dinizio of the SMITHEREENS "Confessions of a Rock Star" One-Man Show beginning Wednesday evening June 2nd at 8:00 P.M. at Hailey's. Songs and stories spanning 30 years in the life of a Rock and Roll Legend. Join Pat as he plays all the great Smithereens hits, as well as classic songs by the Beatles, Buddy Holly, and some of Pat's favorite song writers! He will also test brand the new Smithereens material.... psst!.... special guests may also arrive to play.

Here's Pat doing a one man version of the Smithereens hit "Blood and Roses".

Teen Programs Scheduled This Summer at the Metuchen Library

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Become a Photojournalist (Gr. 8-12): Metuchen is an historic town! Learn the art of photography and become a witness to history. Over this 3-part workshop participants will take digital photographs of locations in town. The class will develop a photojournalistic archive, so that future generations will see Metuchen in 2010 in a special collection to be housed in the Library. Participants need to bring a digital camera. Dates & Times: Wednesday, July 21, 1-3 PM

Write Your Own Adventure: Join Alex Dawson, writer and owner of the Raconteur, for a 3-session fiction writing workshop. Dates: Wednesday, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4; Time: 7-8:30 PM

It's Magic (Gr. 6-10): Learn the art of magic from magician Jim Vagias in this hands-on workshop.  You'll leave with instructions and supplies to perform magic.  Date: Thursday, July 22; Time: 1 PM.

All programs are paid for by The Friends of the Metuchen Public Library.  Registration is required and is open now. For more information and to sign up, write KLiss@Lmxac.org or call the Library on 732-632-8526.  In addition to the programs listed above, there will be two Community Service Projects (Book Friends and Game Partners) for which teens in grades 8-12 can volunteer to earn service credit.  Two book discussion groups will be also offered, one for grades 6-9 and the other for grades 9-12.  To learn more about all the programs offered this summer, visit www.metuchenlibraryteens.org.  

From Community Nursery School:


Community Nursery School (270 Woodbridge Ave., Metuchen) is proud to honor all of its dedicated staff but especially those who have been at the school for 20 or more years.

If you've ever walked on the short path to the train station parking lot you've passed one of Metuchen Chamber of Commerce's lovely benches. Community Nursery School purchased the bench in 2005 and had the plaque engraved with the names of teachers who had served for 20 years.


Currently there are four teachers on staff who hold this distinction: Carmelanne Dilkes, Diane Errickson, Nancy Sardone, and Andrea Hansen. Now Mrs. Dilkes is celebrating 25 years at CNS! The Parent Liaison Committee of the Board of Directors has organized a Teacher appreciation breakfast and luncheon in May. The school and its staff are pleased to play such an integral part in the life of so many Metuchen & Edison families over the past 60 years.

Amybrooks3.jpgLuscious homemade strawberry shortcake, an A-list bluegrass band and a host of well-respected members of Metuchen-Edison's growing artists' community will join forces in a benefit for Haiti Relief on Saturday, June 5th from 2-5 on St. Luke's church green.   Admission to the event is $5 for adults; children are free. Tickets are available at The Raconteur Bookstore and What's the Scoop, both on Main Street.  
Each artist has agreed to donate one work to this benefit event, and each of these works -- which ordinarily command hundreds of dollars each --  will be sold to the public for $50.00.  Among the artists whose works will be for sale are  photographers Nadira Hussain and Judy Weinberg, graphic designers Lauren Rabinowicz and Janice Fried, ceramists Linda LaStella and Evan Jones, stained glass artist Amy Brooks, printmakers Roy Chambers and Robert Shore, and painters Mike Bransfield, Rita Brown, Duffy Dillinger, Edith Pletzner, John Salvi, and Patty Tully. 
Bluegrass music will be provided by the New York bluegrass band Astrograss, whose music has been described by the Village Voice as "sweet and sweeping and refreshingly void of irony",  and by well-known Sewaren folksinger Ken Erb.

Metuchen Savings Offers Forum for First-Time Home Buyers

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Metuchen Savings Bank will host Metuchen Cares: an Economic Forum for First Time Home Buyers on Wednesday, June 9 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Administrative Offices of Metuchen Savings Bank at 429 Main Street, Metuchen. 

Metuchen Savings Bank will offer a "First Time Home Buyers" seminar in an effort to educate consumers on becoming homeowners and achieving the American Dream.  Topics discussed will include:  First Steps, Mortgage Pre-Qualification Info, Understanding Credit Scores & Discovering Down Payment Sources.

Ken Totten, Vice President and Chief Lending Officer & Michele Palmucci, Loan Originator will be on hand along with Armando Faria, the new Loan Originator and keynote speaker.  Lorraine Mulligan, Vice President of Business Development at Metuchen Savings said, "At our Bank we agree that homeownership is the cornerstone of a healthy community.  We're excited that Armando has created a program that will help educate potential buyers and give them the tools they need before making an investment in their future.  Metuchen Savings Bank recognizes that the income generated from home sales has a tremendous impact on the State and local economy."

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