Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Weekend Starts January 16

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The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce, YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge, & South Amboy, New Hope Baptist Church and Second Baptist Church have joined together to offer an opportunity for the community to unite in a "Weekend of Celebration" to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This year's theme is "The New Birth of Dreamers....Come Dream With Us".

The annual community celebration will begin on Sunday, January 16th, at 3:30 pm, at New Hope Baptist Church located at 45 Hampton St. in Metuchen.    The service will include choir selections, youth recitations, remarks and reflections from local clergy and other special guests.     A free will offering will be collected to benefit the MLK High School Senior Scholarship program.  Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program.  For more information about Sunday's event, contact New Hope Baptist Church at 732-549-8941.

The weekend celebration will wrap up on Monday, January 17th, at the Fourth Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast to be held at the Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27 in Edison.  Musical entertainment will feature the uplifting and harmonious voices of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Youth Choir, under the direction of Anita Martin of St. Francis Cathedral School.  This year's keynote speaker is Theresa Pollifrone-Sinatra, Superintendent of Metuchen Public Schools.  Guest speakers will include eight middle school children that will read their winning poems that address the question:  "What are your dreams that carry the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream forward?"  The breakfast will feature a hot buffet and will run from 8:30 am to 10:00 am.  Reservations are a must!  Tickets will be required for admittance and may be purchased by visiting the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce office (323 Main St., Metuchen) or by downloading and submitting a registration form posted on the Chamber website at www.metuchenchamber.com.  Ticket prices are: $25 for Adults in Advance/$30 at the door and $15 for Children 12 and Under in Advance/$20 at the door.  Please note that ticket requests not made in person must be received in the Chamber office by January 7, 2011.  For more information about the breakfast, contact the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce at 732-548-2964 or e-mail metuchen.chamber@verizon.net

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