November 2010 Archives

Governor Florio Joins EWA for Superfund Anniversary Event

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Former Governor James Florio will join environmental activist Robert Spiegel of Edison Wetlands Association (EWA) along with community advocates at a press conference at the Imperial Oil Superfund Site for the 30th anniversary of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) Superfund program.  The press conference will be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 12 pm at the Imperial Oil Superfund Site, located at the end of Orchard Street in Marlboro, New Jersey. 

Spiegel has testified three times before the U.S. Senate about Superfund reinstatement, and his successful Superfund cleanup advocacy at dozens of sites has been celebrated in a best-selling book and an upcoming documentary feature film. Florio, known as the "Father of Superfund," and the groups will call for a reinstatement of the federal 'polluter pays' tax to fund the nation's over 1,200 highly contaminated Superfund National Priority List sites.  This event is part of a national campaign based around the Superfund anniversary, which will include other Superfund heros such as Lois Gibbs of Love Canal. Invited speakers include Senators Lautenberg and Menendez, Congressman Pallone, and USEPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck.

WHAT: Press conference with Governor Florio celebrating the 30th anniversary of Superfund

WHEN:  Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 12 pm

WHERE:  Imperial Oil Superfund Site, in Marlboro, New Jersey  

CONTACT: Robert Spiegel, Edison Wetlands Association 732-841-9375 or 732-321-1300      

Trading Cards Program Winners Will be Announced Friday Night

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Back by popular demand, the Metuchen Police Department is in the midst of a very popular trading card contest for Metuchen children.  Designed to provide a comfortable way for Officers to interact with kids, it's now a familiar way for kids to get to know their local Police Officers. Trading card posters are on display at Moss, Campbell and Edgar Schools, the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce office, and in many of the local businesses.  Children can check the status of their collection by comparing it to one of the posters. The winners will be announced and will receive their prize at the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Tree Lighting scheduled for Friday, December 3, at 7:00 pm.

The front of each card shows a photo of an officer.  The back of the card contains bio information or a personal or safety message from the officer.  The goal of the program is to reach as many children as possible with a message that enhances communication and trust.  The program is being sponsored by a number of local businesses. Children up to age 14 are encouraged to approach Metuchen's finest and ask them for their trading card. The first three children that collect all 30 trading cards and bring them to Police Headquarters will win a $20 gift certificate from one of three local businesses, Antonio's Brick Oven Pizza, LaRosa's Pizzeria, or What's The Scoop.   Questions regarding the contest should be directed to Daniel Granato, Community Policing Officer, at 732-632-8500.

Annual Tree Lighting Friday Night at the Old Franklin School

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The Chamber of Commerce and Boro ACE Hardware purchased a 12 foot Norway Spruce, and DCR Landscaping & Construction kindly planted the tree at the BIL (Old Franklin School, located at 491 Middlesex Ave.) This tree will serve as the permanent, official Christmas Tree for our annual event beginning this year. Festivities will kick off at 7:00 pm. There will be a variety of entertainment sure to fill spectators' hearts with holiday joy. Sponsored by Boro ACE Hardware, this event will feature instrumental performances, singing, and dancing in the parking lot of the Corporate Headquarters of the YMCA (483 Middlesex Ave.). Then have a visit with Santa and hot chocolate and cookies, provided courtesy of the BIL. 

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is also a great chance to help the Chamber replenish the First Presbyterian Church food pantry, which serves not only Metuchen residents but also the surrounding area.  Gift cards from a local supermarket are also going to be collected--Girl Scout Junior Troop #81158 will be Santa's helpers this year, collecting the donated food items at the ceremony.

Help Metuchen EMS -- Shop at Their Blowout Fundraiser This Weekend

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The Metuchen EMS is holding several fundraisers during the holiday season to help you get your gear together and help them with some very necessary purchases. "We are in desperate need of new furnaces.  We have 3 VERY old oil heat furnaces in our building.  One is completely out of service, so we currently have no heat in our vehicle bay.  The other 2 furnaces are limping along and need to be replaced as well," EMS head Lisa Garris explained.

Metuchen EMS is holding a Blowout Fundraiser Holiday Sale November 26, 27 & 28 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Metuchen EMS headquarters located at One Safety Place in Metuchen.  There will be something for everyone on your gift list --young & old, cats & dogs too - at amazing bargain prices!  Most items below $5 including shoes, coats, boots, bed spreads, novelty items, Dr. Sholls products and much, much more!  All proceeds to benefit Metuchen EMS.  Start your holiday shopping with us, avoid the crowded malls! 

Happy Thanksgiving, Metuchen!

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Flag Football League Wraps Up Successful "Super Bowl"

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As turkeys are prepared and families and friends gather together to give thanks on that one day of the year we are focused on what we have (and not what we don't), Metuchen parents give thanks for a very special coach who has brought a time-honored fall tradition back to our little town. Local businerssman Dan Misdea asked the Rec Commission to join him in starting a Flag Football league for Metuchen kids in grades 3 to 8 and it has grown from 35 players to more than 100. September through November, league members are instructed in basic skills without tackling.  Misdea states that ""We want to teach kids how to run a play without being worried about getting hit. It's important that parents see the chances of injury are very slim. Because the purpose of the league is largely instructional, a number of rules are in place."

Councilman Christopher Morrisson has shared some of his great photos of the recent "Super Bowl" game with us. They really capture the fun and determination of the players. Thanks, Chris!  Maybe this will inspire families across town to grab a ball and get out and play together before the feasting begins! Happy Thanksgiving!

Hailey's Pre-Thanksgiving Celebration with Bill and Andy

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Tonight at Hailey's Harp & Pub--Take a load off from the Thanksgiving preparations and give thanks for the multitudinous libations at Hailey's. DJ Tracey at 4PM and The Bill and Andy Show at 9PM-""The more you drink . . . the better we sound" tour is underway

Sounds of the Season Parade on Main Street November 28th

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The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the activities planned to kick off this year's holiday season.  Join us on Sunday, November 28, on Main Street in Metuchen for their 57th Annual Winter Festival Parade.  The theme of this year's parade is "Sounds of the Season".  This long standing tradition in the Metuchen community will feature music by Metuchen High School Marching Band, St. Joseph High School's Holiday Combo, The Banjo Rascals, Fred Lehotay's Ragtime Band, American Celts Pipes and Drums, and the All Star Mummers.  You won't want to miss the floats, children, and of course, Santa Claus in his bright red sleigh.

The parade kicks off at 2:00 pm, weather permitting, at the corner of Brunswick Avenue and Main Street.  Participants will travel down Main Street and turn onto New Street to end in the Pearl Street parking lot.  Be sure to join us at the Metuchen Senior Center at the conclusion of the parade for a visit with Santa and hot chocolate provided by the Metuchen Recreation Department. If the weather is questionable, call the Chamber office at 732-548-2964, or visit the chamber website at www.metuchenchamber.com, after 11:00 am for an announcement.

Hailey's Harp & Pub is once again an official drop off site for the Toys for Tots campaign and will accept toys or cash donations for the cause any day up until December 17th. Please bring one with you to the parade and drop it off during the event.

The Friends of the Metuchen Library's late fall trip will be to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in     New York City on Tuesday, November 30th. In addition to the museum's enormous permanent collection, there are several special exhibits at that time. The bus will leave Library Place in Metuchen at 8:15 a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. Street parking is available on Library Place. The     trip cost $35, which includes transportation, a gratuity for the bus driver and the museum entry     fee. There is no discount for members of the Metropolitan Museum.  Reservations can be made at the main desk of the Metuchen Library.  Checks should be made payable to the Friends of the Library. For further information call the Metuchen Public Library at (732)632-8526.

Dando Gracias at Salta Benefits Local Aid Groups

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Dozens of hungry families who rely on Fish, Inc. will benefit from Salta's "Dando Gracias"food collection program this month. Salta! Jump Into Spanish, a thriving Spanish immersion program in North Edison for children ages 18 months to 10 years old, recently helped out the Oak Tree Presbyterian Church and Fish, Inc., a nonprofit organization serving Middlesex County families in need.


Salta students performed a brief ceremony of "Giving Thanks" (Dando Gracias) in the Oak Tree Presbyterian Church Sanctuary located at 445 Plainfield Road in Edison, NJ. 

Jacqueline Sanin, Founder of Salta! Jump Into Spanish, states, "The children are learning about Thanksgiving and we felt it was important to teach them about giving back as well.  For them to actively participate in a ceremony where they are giving their donations Ms. Halteman who will explain who it will go to and how it will help, will stay with them. They become part of something bigger than themselves and the memory will last with them."


Salta! is participating in the Giving Thanks program with the Oak Tree Presbyterian Church (OTPC).  OTPC is collecting items throughout November for the Fish Hospitality program fro homeless families.  OTPC also collects food and clothing on an ongoing basis for the Fish Clothing Room and the Fish Food Pantry.  Labeled collection bins are set up in the lobby area of the Oak Tree Presbyterian Church. 


A little heads up from the Raconteur--Oscar Nominated Animator Bill Plympton, best known for his Academy Award nominated Your Face, hosts a special Raconteur screening of Idiots & Angels, his brand new animated comedy featuring the music of Tom Waits. Don't miss the NJ premiere of the movie the New York Times is calling "relentless and brilliant." 8 PM, Sat. DEC 10. More info soon.

The Forum Presents . . . Movies, Mr. Ray and Willie Wonka!

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Events from the Forum:

WAITING FOR SUPERMAN

Friday at 7:30, Saturday  5 & 7:30, Sunday 2pm & 5pm  All seats $9 Seniors 65 and over $8

Starts Friday November 26 on our screen: THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS NEST

After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in a hospital and is set to face trial for attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must prove her innocence. In doing this she plays against powerful enemies and her own past. 

For the kids...WILLY WONKA the musical performed by our Stars on Stage students will play live on stage December 3 and 4 at 7pm and Sunday December 5 at 2pm for children from 1 to 100  All tickets are $14.

Also for the kids, Mr Ray returns with Mr Rays Holiday Extravaganzzzza. December 18th at 11:30. Seats are $14. To order tickets for Willy Wonka or Mr. Ray click through the ad to the right and then click on the poster for each event.

Danny Adlerman Performing for the Metuchen EMS December 4

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Danny Adlerman and friends will be performing at a special event to benefit the Metuchen EMS on December 4th. Join Danny and Kevin and Yosi as they present the 3rd annual holiday benefit in support of the squad, who is in great need of financial support this year. The YMCA and the Metuchen Cultural Arts Commission co-sponsor the event--100% of the admission cost goes to the EMS. The event will be held 7-10PM Saturday night at the Y on High Street.
hoillday gift.jpgThis weekend St. Joe's is sponsoring their annual craft fair this Saturday November 20th, sponsored by the school's Father's Club, running Saturday from 9-5PM and Sunday from 10-4 PM . . . and on December 4th at 1 PM will be a multi-vendor event at the Knights of Columbus, benefitting their hoilday charity programs. The KofC are also collecting toy donations for needy kids. These are both great opportunities to do some holiday shoping and community service at the same time. For further information, please click on the links above.

Metuchen Pop Warner made history this past weekend as the cheer program continued to take gigantic leaps forward. The Jr Pee Wee Cheerleaders have clinched a spot at the National Pop Warner Cheerleading competition in Walt Disney World on December 6, 2010!

At the Eastern Region Cheer finals in Trenton On November 13th, only the top 2 teams from each division got a chance to move on and the Jr Pee Wee girls finished 2nd out of 12 teams in their division to move on to the final competition of the year. This is an amazing achievement for these girls and their coaches. This will be the first-ever trip for a Metuchen team to the National finals!

The Jr Pee Wee cheer families together with Metuchen Pop Warner now need to fundraise like crazy to get the girls to Florida. If you are interested, for as little as $25 you can support a particular cheerleader (family) or spread the donation throughout the program equally with a t-shirt sponsorshipAdditionally, Metuchen Pop Warner and their JPW families are asking local businesses for corporate donations. 

The Fuccile Foundation is pleased to help support the Johnson Family Fundraiser Dinner on Friday, November 19, 2010 at the Metuchen Golf & Country Club.  Registration for the dinner event is closed but you can still make your much-needed donations here. Print out the registration form and send to the Fuccile Foundation address provided.

Metuchen is a great town for supporting its own and helping neigbors in need. Here's a great way for you to make a difference in the life of a family that gives a lot to its community!

At Brewed Awakening Wednesday night at 7:30, Sharon Goldman will present a great night of acoustic music from Fred Gillen (see video below), Aaron Nathans and Metuchen's own Mike Porrino. Sharon is a great hostess so a great time is ensured! See you there!                                      

Maybe this will become a new fall classic! At Thompson Park in Jamesburg, the Metuchen girls cross-country team earned a title for the first time in three decades.

Led by sophomore and first-year cross-country runner Anna Lignell, Metuchen held off stiff challenges from J.P. Stevens and South Brunswick to win its first conference team title since 1980 at the Greater Middlesex Conference Championships.

This is Metuchen's fourth title overall in the 36-year history of the girls' event, following championships in 1975, '77 and '80. Check out this link for further information. Congratulations, MHS!


Earthsongs Linda LaStella Presents New Work in Two Exhibits

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Press Release: Metuchen artist Linda Vonderschmidt-LaStella has groups of ceramic wall-works included in two exhibits with Openings Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13. The Straube Center, Pennington, NJ hosts seasonal exhibits.  The "Heteraclite...Every Manner of Eccentric...Art Show," on view from Nov.12 through Dec. 31, will include Vonderschmidt-LaStella's "Veiled Women Series".  These eleven wall sculptures are double-layered 12"x12" tiles exploring the "veiling" of women.  

The first Ceramic Invitational at the Museum of the City of Trenton at the Ellarslie Mansion opened on Saturday.  This carefully-crafted exhibit by Museum Director Brian O. Hill, includes work by 30 ceramic artists from around the country.  Six primarily large wall sculptures by Vonderschmidt-LaStella are part of the show.  Her largest mandala to date, "The Cosmic Hug...the Mandala of the Canticle," a 5'd. wall sculpture, is included, as well as a 3'x3' porcelain work "The Seasons".  The show remains until January 4, 2011.  Interestingly, even as her work is on view in Trenton and environs, the artist continues to work from her Metuchen studio Earthsongs on a commission for the new Capital Health Hospital in Hopewell, NJ.  This is a 200+sq.ft. mural set for permanent installation in the hospital's dining area on the theme of community.  


Waiting for Superman at the Forum This Weekend

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For a nation that proudly declared it would leave no child behind, America continues to do so at alarming rates. Despite increased spending and politicians' promises, our buckling public-education system, once the best in the world, routinely forsakes the education of millions of children. Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education "statistics" have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying "drop-out factories" and "academic sinkholes," methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems.
Showtimes: Friday 7:30; Saturday & Sunday at 4, 6 and 8 PM

All seats $9 Seniors 65 and over $8



Fresh brewed Coffee, Tea and Hot Chocolate are now available at our concession stand!

CQE sponsors Read-Aloud Documentary Film Nov. 14th

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main-centermast.jpgOn Sunday November 14 at 2 PM, the entire community is invited to a free screening of the documentary film Jim Trelease: On Reading Aloud, in the Community Room of the Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue. 

Noted educator and reading specialist Jim Trelease is the author of the million-copy bestseller The Read-Aloud Handbook, first published in 1982 and recently updated in a 6th-edition. This seminal work launched the author's thirty-year career as a motivational speaker, visiting community groups and schools, encouraging parents to begin reading to their children in infancy and to continue throughout the middle and upper school years. The film, featuring Trelease, discusses the benefits of family-reading and includes research from the experts.  Attendees will receive a brochure with helpful ideas and an annotated bibliography of suggested picture books and chapter books that every child should read.  A copy of The Read-Aloud Handbook will be raffled off in a free lottery for those who attend the event.

The Gallery @ The Rotunda Presents David Glasofer + Gary Paul

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pic.jpegThe Metuchen Cultural Arts Commission's Gallery @ The Rotunda in Borough Hall presents art works by David Glasofer + Gary Paul on display now through December. Glasofer uses his photographic skills along with painting techniques to create one-of-a-kind works of art. North Brunswick artist Gary Paul fuses elements of realism and abstract hyper-realism. The Gallery is open during business hours at Borough Hall.

earthsongs scarecrow.jpgIf you've been on Main Street recently, you may have mistaken the smiling faces of little scarecrows hanging from the streetlights as people (you guys know who you are!). But they are all sponsored by various members of the Chamber of Commerce, gracing our downtown until November 19th. So if you are meandering about Main Street, check them out. And if you find one that really catches your fancy, vote for it at http://www.metuchenchamberexchange.com/scarecrow.html. We're hopingt his turns into a fun fall tradition for years to come!

(Pictures of all the scarecrows can be seen at the above link. This is courtesy of the Chamber on behalf of Earthsongs.)
From Clare Puerzer:
Did you know that arthritis is the leading cause of disability?  And this is not a "old person's disease."  Over 300,000 children in the U.S. have some form of arthritis (and over 9,000 are right here in New Jersey, including my son, Aaron.) For the 4th year, I have my team, Aaron's Army, to support my 8 year old, Aaron.  Not only will we have a great time at the event, but we'll raise money to help prevent, control and cure arthritis. Please visit my Web page (www.mcjbr.kintera.org/clarepto learn more, join my team or make a secure, online contribution to help our team reach our goal.  Together, we can make a difference for the 46 million Americans with arthritis.
 
Get in the spirit this holiday season!  Tie jingle bells to your shoes, dress in a festive costume, and run or walk in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis with me! Sunday, December 5th -- at Novita on New Street. This year, the course has be certified.  Registration is $20 until after Halloween, then $25 after that.  Please consider signing up early.  For the past few years, Aaron's Army has had the largest team, won't you help us continue that tradition?  Registration fee gets you a t-shirt, jingle bells, and a pasta lunch following the race.

By the way -- the Arthritis Foundation is having a contest to see which team can recruit the most new members this week.  The contest started yesterday and it runs through Tuesday 11/16.

If you want to join my team, go to www.mcjbr.kintera.org/clarep click on "join my team"

and fill out the form. If Aaron's Army wins the contest, I will raffle off the gift certificate that I win to one of newly signed-up team members. If you have been wanting to sign up, but you just haven't gotten around to it -- this contest week is a good motivation to do it.

 

Author/Illustrator Kim Adlerman Teaching Arts Classes at the Y!

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New art classes offered at the Y!



Taught by Kim Adlerman

November 9th-Dec. 16th



Ages 4.5-6: Tuesdays 4:15-5:00
Ages 7-9: Thursdays 4:00-5:15
Ages 10-14: Thursdays 5:45-7:00

It is only $35 for full members and $55 for program members.


In these classes, young artists will have lots of fun experimenting with
various art techniques and materials to make beautiful projects to bring
home. This will include drawing, painting, pastels, charcoal, clay
sculpture and three-dimensional artwork. Students will be introduced to
various artists throughout the course, as well. The goal is to develop and
strengthen creative skills, encourage self-expression and stimulate
imagination in children. Fee includes materials. 


Award winning artist Kim Adlerman has been an author and illustrator of
children’s books for almost twenty years. Some of her books include Africa
Calling (a New Jersey State Library “Pick of the Decade 1995-2005”), the
critically acclaimed Mommy’s Having a Watermelon and Oh No, Domino!



November 10th College Funding Workshop at Library

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college kids.jpgOn Wednesday, November 10 at 7:30 PM at the Metuchen Public Library (480 Middlesex Avenue), Complete College Planning Solutions is sponsoring a free college funding workshop for the parents of high school seniors, juniors and sophomores. The 60-minute workshop will focus on ways of getting free money for college, both financial aid and merit monies.

This must-see event for all parents looking to solve the cash flow crunch during the college years is taught by Ian Welham, a nationally known expert on getting into and paying for college. 

Seating is free, but limited due to room size. Reservations are suggested and can be made by registering online at www.myacfa.com.

Without knowing how the planets are aligned, we can't blame anything but sheer dumb luck that a multi-vehicle accident (in which there were no serious injuries) and a power shutdown that affected half the town greeted commuters and late-to-be-picked-up schoolchildren this morning. Mondays are hard enough--did these things make your Monday harder? 

P.S. The Y has just announced that it's open again and power has been restored.
Tonight at Monday, November 8, from 7-9PM, at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse (B.I.L.) on Route 27 in Metuchen, the Allergy & Asthma Support Group is coming to share information on dealing with food allergies, asthma, and environmental allergies. This open house is FREE and attendees will have the option of joining the group and gain access to a lending library. Parents with kids with allergies or those who know them will find this a very informational session.

Underage Drinking + Its Legal Consequences Discussion Nov. 9

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Did you know that 42% of high school students drink alcohol at some point? That 24% binge drink? That 11% of all the alcohol consumed in the U.S. is consumed by kids under 21? As an informed parent, you need to KNOW YOUR LIABILITY!

Attorney James Graziano will speak about the legal consequences of underage drinking for both parents and children on November 9th at 7:30 PM in the Boro Hall Council Chambers. The program is sponsored by the Metuchen Youth Services Board. Refreshments and literature will be available following the presentation.

Attention, holiday shoppers: Are you ready to do some stress-free holiday shopping? If so, you're in luck, because The Oak Tree Presbyterian Church at 445 Plainfield Road in Edison will be hosting the Second Annual Holiday Boutique and Harvest Bake Sale on Saturday, Nov. 6th from 9 am to 2 pm.  Local artisans and home-based vendors will be on hand selling unique gifts, seasonal décor and handcrafted items, as well as home-baked delights.  

 

Items being sold include handcrafted hair accessories, handbags and wallets from The Finest Accessories; candles, holiday décor and gourmet items from PartyLite, homemade holiday chocolates by Chocolates by Susan; skin care and beauty products by Avon; gift certificates for The Honeybaked Ham Company; Lia Sophia JewelryDiscovery Toys, handcrafted blankets and afghans and so much more!!!

 

Proceeds from the sale will help OTPC with necessary building repairs and maintenance.  We hope to see you there and please tell your friends!

 

According to our Borough Council, the Cablevision customers of Metuchen should get what they deserve--namely, money returned to customers who were without Fox-owned stations for two weeks (in which the Phillies played a Division series and the first two games of the World Series were not broadcast). However, regulatory officials state-side say that they hands are tied. Check out this link for more information.

Final Votes In For Close Metuchen Council Race

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REP - CHRISTOPHER P. MORRISON --2,342


REP - WILLIAM F. WALDRON --2,314


DEM - JAMES A. WALLACE, JR. --2,403                           


DEM - DOROTHY RASMUSSEN --2,359                                


Write-In-- 4                                                               


Total-- 9,422


What: Charity clothing drive hosted by EWA & Re-Purpose New Jersey 
 
When: Saturday Nov 6th & Sunday Nov 7th, during mall hours
 
Where: Woodbridge Mall, 250 Woodbridge Center Dr.
 
Edison Wetlands' innovative new recycling initiative, Re-Purpose New Jersey, has partnered with Woodbridge Mall and Bayshore Recycling Corp. to host a donation drive where companies, school groups, scout troops, families, and individuals can recycle clothing, shoes, bedding, stuffed animals, and other textiles.

To support Edison Wetlands and protect the environment without spending a dime, join us at the event - or better yet, lead your own clothing drive in the best two weeks .  Drop off your collection at the event, or call to schedule a pickup of any donation of 20 or more bags of textiles.  You can also visit us online at www.RePurposeNJ.org for locations of EWA textile recycling bins if the event's timing is inconvenient for donation of your textile collection.

These cost-free donations will:
  • Help our local environment by keeping one million tons of waste out of landfills and incinerators
  • Benefit local Middlesex County charities like Edison Wetlands
  • Save thousands of dollars for taxpayers by avoiding costly landfill costs, and
  • Earn tax deductions for anyone participating.

The Social Network This Weekend at The Forum + Upcoming Shows

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From the Forum:

Tickets are now on sale for the following events at The Forum Theatre 314 Main St Metuchen.
The musical Willy Wonka Jr. performed by the talented students of our Stars on Stage program. Seats are $14 with discounts for groups of 20 or more. Performance dates are Dec 3 & 4 at 7pm Dec 5 at 2:00. Seats can be purchased online at www.forumtheatrearts.org Just click on the Willy Wonka poster to order.

December 18 at 11:30 we will present Mr. Ray's Holiday Show! Mr. Ray returns with his own brand of music and merriment this holiday season. All seat $14 Go to www.forumtheatrearts.org and click on Mr. Ray's poster to order tix.

For the adults--ALMOST CHER, a tribute to, well you know who, starring Helene Mosika as Cher, comes to the Forum Stage Dec 18 at 8pm. Tickets are $16. Go to www.forumtheatrearts.org and click on the Cher poster to order tickets.

On our screen The Social Network continues Fri 7:30 Sat and Sun 4:30 & 6:45. BONUS: A screening of the cult classic Street Trash with producer writer Roy Frumkes this Sat at 9pm.


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Recap from Sherry Tomasco--Photo by Lisa Weidmaier:

It was a fight to the end. The Metuchen parents were kept on the edge of their seats the entire game. Metuchen Bulldogs came into this championship game as the #1 seed and Clark Crusaiders #2 seed. Congratulations to the Pee Football Team on capturing the 2010 Raritan Valley Championship with a 22-19 win over Clark. Metuchen's first football championship since 2007!

Clark fought back after falling behind 16-0 to take a 19-16 lead in the 4th quarter. But Metuchen went ahead on a 4th quarter touchdown and held off a very good and disappointed Clark Pee Wee team the rest of the way. Fantastic, hard fought win by our boys. Great job coaches. Great job boys, it was great to see them celebrate. They will now move on to the Regional playoffs this Saturday in Brick against the North Edison Shamrocks at 11 am. The Regional playoffs consist of 3 rounds. The winner will be crowned champion!

What a season it has been for our Metuchen Pop Warner Pee Wee boys. Coached by Head Coach, Carl Owens (Past President of Metuchen Pop Warner). Assistant Coaching Staff, Matt Owens, Joe DiMeglio, Danny Briggs and Coach Darnell

Metuchen Pop Warner Cheer Program In Eastern Regional Finals

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From Sherry Tamasco:

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The Metuchen Pop Warner Cheer Program has come a long way baby in the last few years!!!! Metuchen is proud to be represented by two Metuchen Cheer Squads in the Eastern Regional Finals!!

It was a long, long day in Trenton this Saturday. It resulted in a fabulous conclusion as both our competitive squads, the Jr Pee Wees and Midgets moved on to the Eastern Regional Finals the weekend of November 13 and 14 again at the Sun Bank Arena in Trenton. Only the top 3 in each division were selected to move on out of a combined 41 squads they competed against. They now face the best of the best coming out of each of the sections that make up the Eastern Region. Only two teams from each division will be selected to move on to Nationals in Disney in early December. We have a fantastic chance of making it. A big congratulations to Coach Melanie, and Coach Kelly and both their staffs and to the girls for making it this far. Our cheer program continues to get better and better each year and we are looking forward to seeing them compete again in a few weeks. We also look for new girls to continue to join the Metuchen Pop Warner Cheer Program next year and for years to come. 

GO BULLDOGS!! GO, FIGHT.....WIN!!!

9018412-large.jpgThe Edison firefighters are at the scene near the Raritan Center where a brush fire is sending smoke and debris all around our town's skies tonight--check this link (or this one if you don't have cable) for updates throughout the night.

2010 Election Results Are Still Coming in!

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Here's yet another update on the Metuchen Borough Council erlection--provisional votes are being counted and it may be a couple of days before this election is truly over so we have to stay tuned!

Given the back-and-forth of the evening, votes coming in, changing, updating, it was not hard to realize that democracy is a maleable process--and one in which we all take the chance of being unhappy when the final results are counted. For those of you who aren't pleased with the results, nationally, state-wide or locally, remember this: if you voted, you exercised a very important legal privilege with which we have been awarded in this country. No one shot at us for standing in line at a poll, no one tried to burn down our home because we supported one candidate over another. In other parts of the world, casting a simple vote isn't easy. And no one is guaranteed that they will win.

And every candidate who puts himself or herself out there for all to see, trying their best to run a clean campaign so that the issues are the focal point, should feel proud of the fact that they took that chance, whether they win or not. Again, it is a privilege to be able to run for office but so many of us don't do it because it's hard hard work and you have to have full disclosure of your life and your beliefs. The candidates from our town should be congratulated, win or lose--they care enough about our community that they give up their comfortable notoriety and try to help every citizen's needs and desires be met within our government. We appreciate all their efforts!

These are difficult times in our country and in our town. A lot of people are out of work, struggling with health insurance issues, trying their best to stay afloat when the bigger machinations of the country's leaders fail to bring balance to our lives. We owe it to them to work with whomever wins our local governmental seats and continue to let our elected officials know what we think. Democracy in action is every citizen speaking up--so just do it! We'lll all be the better for it! Thanks to you who got out to vote and thanks again to those who want to help our community be the best it can be for all our friends and neighbors.


NEW UPDATE 10 PM: THE 2010 ELECTION RESULTS ARE IN!

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At this point, with mail-in votes included, the following are the tallies for the 2010 Metuchen Borough Council race:

James Wallace            2403
Dorothy Rasmussen     2359
Christopher Morrisson   2342
Will Waldron                 2312

Congratulations to all the candidates for a race well-run! Check on NJ.com for county and state election results throughout the night.

Grand Opening + Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on November 8th

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Representatives of the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce invite you to join them, along with Metuchen Mayor Thomas Vahalla at an official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Monday, November 8th, at 6:00 pm, as we celebrate the new location of Metuchen Dance Centre.

June Vaganek, owner of Metuchen Dance Centre, has been serving the Metuchen community for 29 years, and is "thrilled that the dance studio and boutique will now be in the heart of downtown".  June holds a Masters Degree in Dance, and all of her teachers are DEA certified, with many holding Bachelor Degrees in Dance.  For almost three decades, Metuchen Dance Centre has been a leader in dance education.  Their reputation for inspiring young people to be the best they can be is one of the primary reasons for their success.  When they say "the best dancers they can be" they speak inclusively of every student, whether they are preschool, recreational, or intensive students.

Visit the Metuchen Dance Centre website at www.metuchendance.com.

VOTE TOMORROW! Be An Informed Voter!!

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VOTE HERE.jpgOkay, Metuchen Matters isn't your mom and can't tell you to wash your hands before dinner or make sure you give up your seat on the bus to the pregnant lady standing right in front of you, but we can tell you to VOTE tomorrow!! Interim elections are hugely important to the future of the country . . . and to our borough as well. In fact, as you know, four candidates are vying for two Borough Council seats in tomorrow's election. For additional information about each of them, incumbent Christopher Morrisson and Will Waldron and Democratic candidates Dorothy Rasmussen and James Wallace, check out this link. Make an informed decision and use the hard-earned privilege of voting rights to make a difference in your own community!

And make sure you know what the details are for the ballot question regarding raiding the state's workers' benefit funds in order to help plug holes in our state budget.

All four polling stations in town will be open from 6AM- 8PM tomorrow so, even though it's going to be cold (it is November, by the way), there's no reason to miss this opportunity to vote!!

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