August 2010 Archives

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Metuchen Artisans Alliance will officially "launch" at the NJ Home Show,  September 11 and 12    at the Garden State Exhibit Center (80 Atrium Drive, Somerset, NJ). There, Amy Brooks, artist & designer at Paradise Custom  Glass and Linda Vonderschmidt-LaStella, ceramic artist-owner of Earthsongs:Works in Clay, will have an opportunity to expand their client base beyond their local contacts, as well as meet with architects and others in the profession. While entrance to the    Home Show is $9, the first four persons who visit the studio of either artist BETWEEN     SEPT. 8 and SEPT. 10 WILL RECEIVE A FREE ADMISSION PASS TO THE WEEKEND EVENT.

"Forming an alliance with Linda has been very rewarding.  The union of clay and glass has many unique opportunities for decorative pieces as well as one-of-a-kind functional creations, asserts Amy.  "Combining our materials, creativity, and experiences is leading us in many new and exciting directions." Linda adds, "Both Amy and I seem to have a very similar approach to creativity and business practice, and so collaborating like this is very exciting.  Beginning this project with Amy has added to my creative energy in the studio." 

Route 27 Bridge Reopening Rescheduled

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Revised 14 Day Notice:

Due to rain delaying the deck pour last week, the opening of the bridge has been rescheduled to 9/10/2010 Tentatively.


The bridge will now be fully opened in the final configuration.

Work:  Re-open Route 27 Bridge in the final configuration.

Location:  Route 27 / NB & SB / MP 22.89 to 23.07

Municipality/County:  Metuchen Borough / Middlesex County


Impacts:  The Route 27 Bridge will be fully re-opened to traffic on 9/10/2010 in the final configuration.


If you have any questions, please contact Denise Peck, Regional Manager, NJDOT, Community Relations at (609) 530-2853.

The Metuchen school district has moved up to #54 from #86 this year in the New Jersey Monthly public schools listing. This is certainly good news for the district, considering the heavy burdens placed on it in this economy, particularly with New Jersey not getting any Race to the Top funding. 

Are you excited by this change? Does this bode well for the district as it stands or is there still a lot of work to be done? What changes do you think were enacted by the district that caused this uptick? And, since Metuchen is placed well above Edison, does that give Metuchen any better leverage against the consolidations the Governor continues to pull for?

Metuchen's Marqus Blakeley Hits the NBA

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nba_g_blakely_b1_200.jpgThe NBA is the pinnacle of success for a serious basketball player--but how many kids who dreamed the big dream actually make it there? For one hardworking player from Metuchen, that dream is now a reality!

Marqus Blakeley, Metuchen native, University of Vermont superstar, has found his way to the NBA, signing with the Clippers for two years. As an undrafted rookie, he has an uphill climb ahead of him but he's ready for it. Here's a recent interview with the up-and-coming star.

Blakeley is the rare player drafted into the NBA who is a four-year collegiate starter. As the best player for the last three seasons in the America East Conference, Blakely was the NCAA Slam Dunk Champion and his exceptional "work ethic and self-awareness" make him a much-vaulted proposition for big league success.

Go, Marqus! Enjoy the big leagues!

Route 27 Bridge to Open September 3rd

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Check out this link from the New Jersey Department of Transportation! 
According to this notice, the bridge at Route 27, which has been causing traffic uproar for the last five months, is about to open again! We know businesses in the area have been affected in a negative way during the construction so it is exciting for them to realize that their traffic is returning! And for those of us who live in the area, maybe some of the car traffic will be lessening!

Town Wide Garage Sale Makes a Green Fall Clean-Up

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The Townwide Garage Sale is a great way to reuse, reduce and recycle elements in your house that you don't need anymore. And, if want to "go green," putting a couple of greenbacks in your wallet doesn't hurt, especially during this economy! 

The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce presents the 21st Annual Fall Townwide Garage Sale, Saturday, September 25th, 9am-4pm. Rain date is Sunday, September 26th. Metuchen residents can pick up registration forms at the Metuchen Train Station, Metuchen Public Library, Metuchen Savings Bank, What's the Scoop or the Chamber office on Main Street. Forms are also available for downloading on For more information, please call 732-548-2964.

Vacation Time!

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Metuchen Matters is tired and hot and needs some time at the beach so it takes this opportunity to inform you all that there will be limited updating of the site for the next two weeks. Enjoy your summer and keep checking back in for additional posts every few days!

From the YMCA:

Rev up your running or walking shoes and join us on Saturday, September 25th at Roosevelt Park in Edison for our annual Janice Garbolino Memorial 5K Walk/Run. Last year over 400 runners and walkers come out to Roosevelt Park to celebrate the spirit of Janice Garbolino, former long-time Health & Wellness Director at the Metuchen Branch YMCA, and raise money for our YMCAs Fund for Tomorrow at the same time! All proceeds of the Janice Garbolino 5K will support LIVESTRONG ™ at the YMCA program, a physical activity and wellness program for cancer survivors.

Invite some friends and form a team in memory of someone, in honor of someone, for encouragement of someone, or just because. To sign up for the 5K, please visit your local branch or register online at

Sponsorships are available! A Sponsor form is located in the "photos" section of this group. You can print a copy and send it back to the YMCA Corporate Office. Or contact Helene Zahn to sponsor this worthwhile event!

The Fund for Tomorrow has become the cornerstone for our commitment to building strong kids, strong families and strong communities. 

MHS Class of 65 Planning Reunion

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From the Metuchen High School Class of 1965:
The Class of 1965 is have a 45th  reunion on Sept 17-18-19, 2010.  We have invited the Class of 1964 and the Class of 1964 to join us in celebrating.  If you would like to attend, please contact Connie Thornall Hope at or 239-225-6609.  We are having a Cocktail party on Friday, Sept 17 at the Crowne Plaza for $22.00 per person.  Then Saturday night we are having a Dinner/Dance at the Pines Manor for $95.00 per person and on Sunday there will be a brunch for $15.00 per person.  Reuniting with former classmates is fun.   We have our own website at   Please come and join us to celebrate both on the website and at the reunion.

Connie Hope and Tom Cheche, local writers, will be signing their respective books at the Raconteur on September 18th as well. Contact Connie for further information.


Metuchen In the News Links

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Every once in a while, there is a lot of news to report in Metuchen. Habitual drunk drivers on our streets and thieves stealing money from parked cars in neighborhood driveways have all put our little town into the larger news cycle. Click on the hyperlinks for the stories about each incident.

Metuchen Artisans Alliance Launches at September Home Show

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In a distinctively difficult economy, it's hard to make a living at all, let alone be a working artist. However, sometimes the trick is to team up and some talented artisans in Metuchen have done just that. Beginning in February of this year, Amy Brooks and Linda Vonderschmidft-LaStella have met monthly at Brewed Awakening, first in an effort to simply meet regularly with a fellow artist who works independently and then to see if there would be any way they could collaborate. They felt that the art forms in which they specialize are significantly different from those of painters or collage artists or graphic designers and need a different approach to marketing and client development. Since both were full-time artists, they decided to create the collaborative Metuchen Artisans Alliance together.

Paradise Custom Glass and Earthsongs Works in Clay both provide custom design services and fabrication of their respective products to residential and corporate clients.  Much of their work can be permanently installed and included in original architectural design. The official "launch" of the Alliance will be at the NJ Home Show, September 11-12-13 at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ.  There, they will have an opportunity to expand their client base beyond their local contacts, as well as meet with architects and others in the profession.

Owner of Charming Nails Injured While Chasing Thief Sunday

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The owner of the Charming Nails salon, which recently moved into a larger venue north on Main Street, had a purse containing $5,000 in cash stolen yesterday and, while in hot pursuit of the thief, ended up getting dragged by a car. Read the details here. If you have any information on the event or the thief's identity, please do call the police as suggested at the bottom of the article.

Things are dire out there, ladies and gentlemen, so the least we can do is try to protect our neighbors and community members when they are in trouble. Metuchen Matters wishes a speedy recovery for the victim.

Metuchen Little League 11-Year-Olds Are Champs!

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 The Metuchen Little League has won the 10-11 Williamsport District 10 championship. Check out this link for all the details. Congratulations, boys!

Notice for Metuchen Savings Bank Customers for Saturday

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Lorraine Mulligan sent this notice to all customers for Saturday, August 7, 2010:

At approximately 6 AM on Saturday . . . the parking lots at the Mortgage Office and the Adninistrative Office will bev closed for a repaving project. The drive up ATM at Pearl Street and the parking lot at the rear of 429 Main Street will not be accessible again until Monday morning August 9th at 6 AM.

Please note that the Walk-Up ATM at 429 Main Street and the Drive-Up ATM at 442 Main Street are available every day 24 hours. On Saturday, the bank lobby will be open as usual from 9 AM - 12 noon. We are sorry for this inconvenience. (Now may be a good time to consider Metuchen Savings Bank's online banking services!)

Black Ash Is Falling! Here's Why . . .

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According to fireman Louis Kovach (149), the black ash that has been falling to the ground around town is from a recent brush fire surrounding the Raritan Center. The blaze's residuals have been upsetting and angering residents since the weekend. If you are having a particular problem due to the ash, it is requested that you contact the Edison Fire Department for further details.

Metuchen Rocks! Summer Free Concert Series Is Here

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The Metuchen Cultural Arts Commission, in association with the Metuchen Recreation Commission, will present its annual outdoor summer concert series, "Metuchen Rocks!" every Thursday night in August at 7:30 p.m. plus an end of the summer dance party and fireworks display on Sunday, September 5th.  All concerts start at 7:30 p.m.The concerts take place in the heart of downtown Metuchen on Center Street next to the Metuchen Senior Citizen Center (behind the A&P Liquor Store).This year's concert series includes five New Jersey bands with diverse styles starting on August 5th with The One & Nines, a rhythm & blues band from Jersey City.  The music continues with Asbury Park's Readymade Breakup on August 12, the Reggae band No Discipline on August 19, and the New Jersey indie roots/rock band The Roadside Graves on August 26. Metuchen Rocks! ends the summer with a dance party and fireworks display on Sunday, September 5th featuring music of the central Jersey band The Spidermonke

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