July 2010 Archives

Councilman Chris Morrisson sent us this great slideshow of the Swim Across America Metuchen Municipal Pool swim to raise money for cancer research. It was held on Sunday at the MMP and 247 miles were swum by over 100 individual swimmers. Congratulations to all the participants with thanks from all the people whose lives were touched by their generosity and strength.

New Rotunda Gallery Exhibit from Photographer Kyo Morishima

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From August through September, Metuchen photographer Kyo Morishima will be exhibiting Photographs from Japan at the Rotunda Gallery at Borough Hall in MetuchenNJ. Including a range of portraits, landscape, and still life scenes from western and southern Japan, the exhibit offers central New Jersey a window into everyday Japanese life. The opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 pm on Friday, August 13th, 2010.

Kyo Morishima, a New Jersey photographer who specializes in weddings, portraits, and events, emigrated to the United States from Japan in the early 90s and has lived in Metuchen since 2007. Inspired by Robert Frank and the Magnum group of documentary photographers, Morishima is known for his empathetic street photography. He photographed the images in Photographs from Japan over several trips back to his hometown over the past five years.

"After having lived in the United States for many years, I can appreciate Japanese culture in a new way," Morishima explains. "Little by little, each time I return home, I learn new things about my country and myself. My photographs reflect some of this deepening understanding, which I am excited to share with visitors to the Rotunda Gallery."

Photographs from Japan includes photographs of marketplace arcades, hulking ferries, rustic pottery, cats on promenade, traditional ricepaper interiors and other vignettes that show how a distinctive, centuries-old aesthetic continues to influence contemporary life in Japan.


President Barack Obama is coming to Edison, New Jersey--yes, right here in our backyard!--to talk about the economy and have a Tastee Sub at the popular sub shop. Area businesses are split on whether it's going to be good or bad. Do you think the President appearing in a blue collar neighborhood eating blue collar food is a positive statement to make at this time, in our community? And are you going to handle the crowds and go over there today? To have a sub, of course, not just to see the President, right??

Mt. Zion Lodge Presents Old-Fashioned Family Picnic

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Mt Zion Lodge #135 & Jerusalem Lodge #26 are hosting an Old Fashioned Family Picnic with plenty of food, beverages and fun for everyone in the family!

Saturday, August 7th, 2010, starting at noon, until the last man's standing.
Mark the date, and get your tickets early!
The event will be held at the Danish Home of Edison, NJ.
855 New Durham Rd,
Edison, NJ 08817
(Across from the Red Roof Inn)

Joan Rivers A PIECE OF WORK at Forum this Weekend

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This weekend

A documentary that followed Joan Rivers for an entire year when she turned 75. She talks directly to the camera and opens up about her life, her job, her family and what makes her tick. An excellent documentary of a very complex woman.
Friday at 7:30 Saturday and Sunday 5:30 & 7:30

And don't forget to catch ALICE IN WONDERLAND as well--Stars on Stage presents the Forum's own production of the classic Lewis Carroll tale via Walt Disney's musical inversions.
Click on the Forum's ad to our left for times and ticket information.

An invitation from Councilperson Sheri-Rose Rubin:

A new group is starting in town and it is called "Breathing Room." It will be a gathering of parents who have children with disabilities or other special needs in the Metuchen/Edison area.  So many of us have spent hours chatting in playgrounds, parking lots and coffee shops  
whenever we have a minute to spare, but this group can give us a more structured way of being together,asking questions, sharing stories and  finding our way. Anyone is welcome to join our group on Facebook (Breathing Room) and attend our first meeting.

Breathing Room Sunday Brunch
Sunday, August 1, 2010
11:00 a.m.
At the home of Sheri-Rose and Seth Rubin
114 Spring Street, Metuchen NJ 08840
Please RSVP by email to sr1211@aol.com

According to an article posted in the Edison/Metuchen Sentinel on July 6, "The operation, Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services (MCFOODS), which collects and distributes food to more than 70 pantries and soup kitchens countywide, is running out of supplies quickly."


Martin & Sons (food drive pdf.webarchive), located at 418 Main Street in Metuchen, will be sponsoring a Community Food Drive  to help M.C.F.O.O.D.S. from now through November 24th.  For every donation, you will receive a free watch battery or Jewelry Clean & Steam (1 per customer).


They will be collecting non-perishable items, especially canned goods.  They cannot accept glass items or perishable or frozen foods. 

Julie Walton Shaver Presents Underwater Fun At MMP

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072210-pool-blog-10.jpgLocal photographer, Julie Walton Shaver, posted a status message on her Twitter feed letting friends know that she'd be taking Brad and Greg and her cameras to the pool later that day. She got a huge response from lots of willing Metuchenites! While at the pool, Julie let groups of kids borrow her underwater point-and-shoot. The kids had a blast shooting with the camera. Check out Julie's blog posts for lots of pictures of summer fun at the Metuchen pool, underwater and above. Click here for the first post featuring Julie's kids, Brad and Greg. Click here for the second post featuring the work of many different young photography assistants working underwater at the pool. 

Thanks, Julie! Now that looks like what summer is supposed to look like!

CQE Invites New Members to Attend July 26 Meeting

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From the CQE:

Citizens for Quality Education invites all Metuchen residents who are interested in education to coffee and conversation at their next public meeting on Monday, July 26 at 8 PM in Room 225 of the Metuchen Borough Hall, 500 Main Street. School may be out, 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 opinion and let your voice be heard. This meeting is informal and open to all Metuchen residents. Please visit www.metuchencqe.org  to learn more about the organization.
The MMP Swim Team is sponsoring a Metuchen version of Swim Across America this weekend and you can see who's swimming and other information at www.swimacrossamerica.org/metuchen. According to director Melissa Karlovitch, 

"As of today we have 63 swimmers registered (and we are still accepting registrations) and have raised over $3,000 so far this year.  This is MMP's third year doing the Swim 4 A Cure.  In the past two year combined we have raised just over $15,000 for cancer research and swam about 180 miles (that's a lot of laps). The swim on Sunday will take place at MMP from 8:00 - 11:00 am.  Last summer, Swim Across America sent three former Olympic swimmers to swim with the team at MMP and sign autographs.  MMP was also recognized this past spring by SAA with a volunteerism award for our effort sin the first two years of this swim. Our goal this year is to swim 157 miles and make it over the border into Ohio (Metuchen being our starting point 2 years ago) and to raise $6,000. 
Many of our volunteers to help run this event are coming from Pack 69 Cub Scouts and two local Metuchen based Girl Scout troops. 

A little bit about Swim Across America: Swim Across America has raised over $25,000,000 since 1987 engaging swimmers across the country in open water and pool swims.  The Metuchen Municipal Pool Swim 4 A Cure is part of the SAA National Pool Swim  - a united country-wide effort to hold fundraising pool swims through out the year to support cancer research, prevention and treatment.

The website has more information on how you can help this worthy cause! On your marks, get set, swim! Good luck, Metuchen!   

SMG Sportsplex Is Coming!

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Check out this post we found on our Facebook site:

SMG Sportsplex at Metuchen is coming to town - scheduled to open November 

29th, 2010!!!! Contact us with any questions and check out our layout on

our website (www.metuchensportsplex.com)....It will continue to be 

updated with information on our programs and leagues. Come by 215 Durham Avenue to see our progress. Call or email us with any suggestions, we can't wait to serve Metuchen and Central New Jersey!

You can see their information at www.metuchensportsplex.com.

Adamphoto.jpgThis Post was written by TOM DAVIS--Thanks, Tom!

Who says baseball isn't a team sport?

In Metuchen, N.J., 12 8-year-olds pulled together to pull off something extraordinarily rare: a complete-game, six-inning no-hitter led by a lanky, soon-to-be-third-grader named Adam Boucher.

On Sunday night, the Bulldogs capped off a month-long, almost-nightly stretch of games with a no-hit championship victory in the Milltown, N.J. baseball Tournament.

Anchoring the way was Boucher, a boy with a Mariano Rivera delivery who can name all the presidents frontwards and backwards. He was the anchor of the team's staff that helped lead Metuchen to a 6-0 record in the Milltown Tournament.

National Night Out August 5th at Charles Field

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nightout.pngNational Night Out is a national event that will be taking in towns all over the country on August 5, 2010.

Check out this flyer for more information!

Countries of the World Theme for 2010 Metuchen County Fair

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imagesCA0RDGI3.jpgFrom the Metuchen Chamber of Commerce:

The 47th Annual Metuchen Country Fair is scheduled for Saturday, October 2, 2010 with rain dates of October 9th, 16th and 23rd. This year's theme is "Countries of the World". You may reserve more than one space by so marking the card. This Fair is planned for non-profit organizations and Chamber members.

Chamber members, who are located outside the Fair area, may reserve space by completing the application. PRIZES - Use your imagination and add to the fun. Monetary prizes will be awarded for the following categories: Originality, Execution of Theme and Special Youth Group Award.

Oscar Winners and Zombies (Oh My!) at the Forum This Weekend

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Starts Friday
Academy Award Winner Best Foreign Film
Plus the East Coast Premiere of Tim Sullivan's

The Secret In Their Eyes
A retired legal attorney writes a novel in order to find closure for one of his past unsolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.
Friday 7:30 Saturday 2:30 & 5pm and Sunday 4:30 & 7pm
Rated R Running Time is 2hr and 9min
In Spanish with English Subtitles All SEATS $8 A Bargain!

Tim Sullivan's
Saturday July 17 at 9pm only.

Order your tickets now for 2001 MANIACS FIELD OF SCREAMS directed and produced by Metuchen's own Tim Sullivan. Tim will be here to introduce his "gore soaked horror-comedy" and do a Q&A after the screening. One night only Saturday July 17 at 9pm. No one under 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian! All seats are $15 and can be ordered on line at www.forumtheatrearts.org

Borough Improvement League Wants Your House!

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From the BIL:

The Metuchen Borough Improvement League (BIL) is searching for homes located in Metuchen or Edison to include on its Holiday House Tour to be held on December 5, 2010. Is your home filled with charm? Is it historically or architecturally interesting? Has it recently been remodeled? If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, your home may be the perfect candidate for the famous tour.

If selected, you will receive free tickets to the Holiday House Tour, various holiday decorations courtesy of the BIL in conjunction with the Garden Club of Metuchen, a hand-crafted wooden collectible of the Old Franklin School, an original artist's rendering of your home, and a historical analysis of your home based on available local history sources.

Dick's Dock Closing - More Empty Spaces on Main Street

cfiles3232.jpgWhat is going on here? Another storefront closing on Main Street? Goodbye, Dick's Dock--13 years and several awards later, fresh seafood isn't enough to keep you alive in downtown Metuchen. Joining WOW and WILD RICE, DICK'S DOCK leaves yet another reminder of how dire the economy is these days. That's the reason they're closing, right, the economy?

There are plenty of great restaurants in town but the loss of any of them is a sad situation. With families budgeted tighter and tighter, dining out is one of the old pleasures we can't afford to do as often as we'd like. And with the proximity of Main Street to malls and chain restaurants on Route 1, is there too much competition for family-run real restaurants?But the District is still going to be built (someday!) and the Sportsplex is being built and the council has approved the building of an apartment complex on the old Dodge dealership lot. So somebody out there believes that more people are going to move and work out in Metuchen. Who is going to feed all these extra people?

Metuchen Matters wants to know--who is the culprit? Who is running the restaurants out of downtown Metuchen? Do events like Junebug and Cruise Nights help bring in enough customers or should the Chamber be working on new ways to help promote the businesses in town that are hanging by a thread (those we don't know about yet)?
Metuchenite Sharon Goldman and some of her singer-songwriter pals will be performing at Brewed Awakening on Thursday, July 15th! So we asked her for a little info about her career and her upcoming shows!

I have been a singer-songwriter (with a day job) for the past ten years -- I have three CDs under my belt (I describe my style as contemporary folk-pop -- think Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, Aimee Mann, that kind of thing), including a release last year with a harmony folk/pop duo called Sweet Bitters. I'm starting recording for CD #4 this weekend and will have a new album by September! My husband and I moved to Metuchen in November -- we previously lived in Brooklyn and I was actually a city resident for 20 years. So moving to beautiful Metuchen was a big deal! I'm originally from Long Island, so I do have suburban roots.
So far I've planned two performances at Brewed Awakening, where I both play host and perform a couple of short sets: The first will be on Thursday, July 15, from 7:30 - 9 p.m. I've invited two other New Jersey singer-songwriters to do their own half-hour sets: Princeton-based Sarah Donner plays indie-style folk-rock with a fun stage presence, punchy guitar and sassy lyrics. Rahway-based Tom Picard play laidback, roots-folk with a great sense of humor. On Thursday, August 19, I'll be performing alongside Brooklyn-based folk singer-songeriter Meg Braun, as well as Bellefonte, Pennsylvania's Jim Colbert. Also from 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Now Showing at the Forum This Weekend!

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Friday 7:30
Saturday and Sunday 4pm & 7pm
Rated R Running Time is 2hr and 24m
In Swedish with English Subtitles

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family.

Order your tickets now for 2001 MANIACS FIELD OF SCREAMS directed and produced by Metuchen's own Tim Sullivan. Tim will be here to introduce his "gore soaked horror-comedy" and do a Q&A after the screening. One night only Saturday July 17 at 9pm. No one under 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian! All seats are $15 and can be ordered on line at www.forumtheatrearts.org

No More Recycling Calendars in the Mail - Get Yours Here!

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Effective July 1, 2010 The Borough is no longer mailing the quarterly trash / recycling calendars. New collection schedules can be found by clicking our RECYCLING SCHEDULE button on this front page.

  • Place items out the night before they are scheduled to be picked up.
  • Place all items curbside in full view, avoiding parked cars.
  • Check your schedule for all HOLIDAYS!
  • Remember that different trucks collect different items.
  • Please avoid calling about missed items until 1:00 pm. In most instances, the problem can be rectified promptly.
  • You may also take some items to the Jersey Ave. Recycling Center.
Questions: 732-632-8519 
E-mail them at recycle@metuchen.com

August 9th Metuchen + Edison Combined Chamber Golf Outing

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On Monday, August 9, 2010, the Metuchen Area and Edison Chambers of Commerce will host the 2nd Annual Combined Golf Outing at the Colonia Country Club. 

Colonia Country Club, located at 300 Colonia Blvd. in Colonia, is a golf purist's dream.  It's a 110-year-old golf course where par is a sacred score, even on the calmest days.  There are no tricks, and no overabundance of anything--water, trees, or sand--and for this reason; Colonia stands proudly alongside the other dozen pre-1900 architectural masterpieces in the state. 

Join us for an exciting day of fun at one of New Jersey's most challenging golf courses.  Enjoy a full barbecue lunch, a cocktail hour after play and a gourmet dinner buffet with a wide selection of chef specialties.

Sponsorships are available.  For more information about the Golf Outing, or to obtain a registration form, contact the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce at 732-548-2964, the Edison Chamber of Commerce at 732-738-9482, or visit one of our websites (www.metuchenchamber.com or www.edisonchamber.com).

Dismal Swamp Gets Attention In New Book by David Wheeler

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312.jpgEdison resident David Wheeler's forthcoming book, "Wild New Jersey: Nature Adventures in the Garden State," graces the cover of the just-released Rutgers University Press Fall/Winter 2010 Catalog in advance of the book's publication this coming winter
"Despite a reputation to the contrary, New Jersey is a state with more biodiversity and outdoor recreation options than just about any other place its size in America," says Wheeler.  "The Garden State offers such a spectacular range of adventures for everyone from an avid wildlife enthusiast to a family just looking to spend some time outdoors.  With 'Wild New Jersey,' I hope to open people's eyes to some of these adventures, particularly in the often-overlooked Central Jersey region."
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It's hard to give our children a context for doing good--we raise money for things we never see or touch and people we don't even know, for the most part. But the kids know they are doing something important and helpful and that matters a lot. However, when they get to meet the person for whom all their hard work has gone to benefit, it really helps drive the point home that doing good is a good thing. Some local Girl Scouts recently got a visit that helped them put a human face on their recent community service project.
Metuchen Daisy Troop 80612 received a visit recently from U.S. Army Capt. Christopher Hartings, the soldier they "adopted" during his tour in Afghanistan. The girls contributed items for a care package and drew pictures to send to "Capt. Chris" earlier this year. Captain Hartings came to a troop meeting to thank the Scouts for their support.

4th of July Concert at Metuchen High School

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The Metuchen Cultural Arts Commission will present the Brio Symphonic Band in an Independence Day Concert on Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. on the Metuchen High School Lawn. 

The band will be continuing its series of Independence Day Concerts started in 1995 in the tradition of Sousa and Goldman.   Marches, patriotic selections, vocal and trumpet soloists, folk music and other traditional and classic band music will be included. 

Metuchen resident Edward Logue, former Supervisor of Music and Band Director at Metuchen High School will conduct the band.   He is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College and the University of Arkansas.  Since his retirement in 1995, Mr. Logue has worked as a free-lance percussionist in the area and organized and conducted the Metuchen Gala Centennial Concert and the Metuchen 9/11 Memorial Concert.­­­­­­­­­­

Happy Fourth of July! So Many Ways to Celebrate in Town

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Thumbnail image for Waving Flag.jpegHappy Fourth of July, Metuchen!

Spend the day swimming at the Municipal Pool or entertaining at home--and then? Why don't you take in the free band concert at Metuchen High School at 5:30, then see THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO at the Forum at 7:30! Get some red, white or blue ice cream at What's the Scoop but 
whatever you do, don't forget to celebrate!

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