By Jana Siciliano on February 25, 2011 5:10 PM
On Tuesday, February 22, theMetuchen Republican Committee
provided to the Borough Clerk a list ofthree names--candidates for the vacated spot of Councilman Justin Manley. The nominees are:
Kieran Esposito, 91 Amboy Avenue.
John Dowd, 33 Homer Place.
Stanley Lease, 28 Franklyn Place
As the committee's spokesperson, Attorney David Sachs, told us, "We expect the council to choose Justin's replacement as soon as possible so that there is no
vacancy." The remaining Council members will vote for the new councilperson at their next scheduled meeting--majority wins so stay tuned!
By Jana Siciliano on February 25, 2011 4:18 PM
The Campbell/Moss PTO Family Dance Night was a huge success and one of the most popular aspects of the event was a new addition by Metuchen photographer Kyo Morishima. With so many families and friends celebrating that night, Kyo and his wife/manager Janna Morishima thought that a photo booth would help to capture the evening's fun. And it did! We share some of our favorite personal shots from the photo booth with you here--if you are interested in having a photo booth at your famiily or school event, contact Kyo through his ad on this site. It's the most fun souvenir your family could have of any special event!
By Jana Siciliano on February 25, 2011 12:48 PM
Tonight, the Forum Theatre Arts Center (FTAC) in
Metuchen, New Jersey, in conjunction with Stagelight Electric Productions, will
present a series of live performances in an intimate setting, including an
evening with Suzanne Vega on February 25th at 8 PM. Tickets are $45 and $35.
It is the first of many upcoming shows, including: 2U : The Worlds 2nd
Best U2 Show (February 17th), Jefferson Starships 40th Anniversary show
(on March 31st), Frontiers/A Journey Tribute (April 2nd,) THE British Invasion
(April 16th), and a soon-to-be-announced line up for the spring and summer.
By Jana Siciliano on February 24, 2011 4:35 PM
8 PM, Thurs, Feb 24 JESS ROW & EMMA STRAUB Reading/Signing NOBODY GETS LOTS & OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY Jess Row is the author of NOBODY GETS LOST (forthcoming from FiveChapters Books) and the acclaimed story collection "The Train to Lo Wu" (Dial Press). Granta named Row one of the 21 best young American novelists. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Pushcart Prize and an NEA fiction fellowship. Emma Straub's debut story collection OTHER PEOPLE WE MARRIED is forthcoming from FiveChapters Books. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published by The Paris Review Daily, Barrelhouse, The Saint Ann's Review, Cousin Corinne's Reminder, and many other journals. FREE!Comp wine. Books on sale at event.
By Jana Siciliano on February 24, 2011 2:12 PM
A special Sports Safety forum sponsored by the Metuchen Superintendent of Schools will take place on February 24th at the Metuchen High School at 7:30 PM. Parents, teen athletes, coaches and recreation staff members are invited to learn about concussion prevention and screening methods, the importance of pre-participation physicals, proper hydration and spotting cardiac events during games and practice, overuse injury prevention techniques and appropriate gear and equipment. This event is brought to you by a Safe Kids New Jersey grant from Johnson & Johnson, facilitated by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
By Jana Siciliano on February 22, 2011 12:21 PM
popular demand, Alex Dawson and Raconteur Radio present The Abominable Snowman, a live
performance of the classic radio play, on Sunday, February 27 at 2 PM at the
Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue.
highest ranges of the Himalayas, in a realm of perpetual ice and snow, our two
headstrong heroes and their loyal Sherpa, Nah Song, are caught in a blizzard,
when they suddenly realize that the hulking bear-like biped they've been
doggedly hunting is . . . the hunter!
is welcome to attend: adults, teens, and tweens. The radio play features
Carlyle Owens, Laurence Mintz and Alex Dawson, and it includes costumes,
theatrical lighting and sound effects! The Abominable Snowman will be followed by a question and
answer session with the audience, and refreshments will be served. This
free program is open to the public (Metuchen residents and non-residents) and
has been paid for by The Friends of the Metuchen Public Library. For more
information, call 732.632.8526 or write KLiss@Lmxac.org.
By Jana Siciliano on February 22, 2011 10:30 AM
In February of
2009, Metuchen School Superintendent Terri Sinatra held two public forums,
which focused on the rigor of the school curriculum and its effect on Metuchen
students' ability to succeed beyond high school. The school district's website
provided a temporary opportunity for feedback from members of the community
interested but unable to attend the forum.
Here are some
of the issues distilled from those 2009 Superintendent Forums:
·Is our curriculum developmentally
appropriate and does it address core skills?
·Does our curriculum provide for
effective transitioning between grade levels?
·Is there balance between in-school
and at-home work and instruction?
·How are our teachers hired and
·With what criteria should we judge
Metuchen School District's performance?
·Are we appropriately challenging students
in the "middle 80%"?
By Jana Siciliano on February 18, 2011 1:14 PM
ANOTHER YEAR -- The latest celebrated film by veteran Brit director Mike Leigh
Another Year is Mike
Leigh's valentine to love in all its forms--his skillful directing is at its peak in this story of a long-married couple and their trouble friends (yes, it's a comedy!) Click on their ad on this site for more information.
By Jana Siciliano on February 17, 2011 10:59 AM
At the Forum: 2U presents a night of music by U2!
Featuring U2 Music from Boy,
October, War, The Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree, Rattle and Hum, Achtung
Baby, Zooropa, Pop, All That You Can't Leave Behind, and How To Dismantle An
Atomic Bomb. Even U2's latest release "No Line On The Horizon" is
duplicated live as only the most authentic U2 impersonators can. U2 songs, from
"Pride" to "Vertigo", "With or Without You" to
"New Years Day", "One" to "Sunday Bloody Sunday",
"Elevation" to "Miracle Drug", "Out of Control"
to "Get On Your Boots" are faithfully recreated live. Bono, The Edge,
Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. impersonators make up this incredibly
believable U2 Tribute Band.
By Jana Siciliano on February 15, 2011 9:47 AM
The Metuchen Senior Center
is hosting a bus trip to Show Boat Casino in Atlantic City is scheduled for
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 leaving from Metuchen First Aid Squad at Safety
Place at 9AM and returning at 7:00PM. The cost is $20 per person
and includes a return of $30 in slot cash. Not limited to seniors but you must
be over 21 years of age to attend. Reservations must be made
in person at the Metuchen Senior Center, 15 Center St. Payment must be
made at the time of reservation.
Please make checks payable to "Borough of Metuchen." Call 732-632-8524 for more info.
By Jana Siciliano on February 12, 2011 12:22 PM
Catfish with a Q&A with Directors Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost
We meet New York photographer Nev Schulman, brother of director Ariel, as he unwraps a painting of one of his photos by a young Michigan girl named Abby. They become Facebook friends, which eventually leads to Nevï¿½s online romance with Abbyï¿½s older sister, Megan. But as he comes closer to meeting Megan in person, Nev uncovers some unsettling information. The Social Network is about origins, but Catfish, at once narrower and more universal in implication, is about consequences. The story Catfish has to tell, at least in part, is older than the Internet, and certainly not limited to the latest technology. America is the land of spurious, seat-of-the-pants self-invention, and Mr. Joost and Mr. Schulman, a couple of young men with cameras and college degrees, find themselves in a real-life variation on a venerable American theme. Co-produced by the MCAC, The Raconteur and The Forum Theatre Showtime: 8 p.m. Tickets $12
By Jana Siciliano on February 11, 2011 1:35 AM
Metuchen is one of New Jersey's 20 designated Transit
Villages--in statistical analyses recently completed on these twenty towns,
there is an association between the designation and seeing an increase in property values.
Take a look at this NJ.com article which stresses that the designation does NOT
lead to successful increases of residential values necessarily. However, the
designation has helped Metuchen out, according to Mayor Thomas Vahalla, by
helping it qualify for and be awarded numerous grants and other funding, which
will be helpful to town development.
By Jana Siciliano on February 8, 2011 1:51 PM
Check this out--thanks to Chloe Jaques' quick camera reflexes, here's a shot of an American bald eagle taking off over the Metuchen/Edison YMCA yesterday--that's an amazing wingspan, right? No one knows why the eagles (there were two seen) were hanging out in Metuchen, but . . . wow! What a sight!!
By Jana Siciliano on February 8, 2011 1:46 PM
A letter from the Committee for Quality Education:
One of CQE's priorities in recent years has been to
encourage families of those graduates who leave Metuchen High School with the
intention of earning a bachelor's degree to have their children begin their
studies at a four-year college. The reason is simple: There is a far
greater likelihood that a student will earn a bachelor's degree if he/she
begins at a four-year college, as opposed to at a community college.
On average, only 31% of
community-college students who begin full-time and who set out to get a degree
complete it within six years, whereas 58% of students at four-year schools
graduate within that time frame.Furthermore, it is well known that people with bachelor's degrees have
greater earning potential and a lower unemployment rate than those who do
not.Workers with a bachelor's
degree earn 20% more than those with an associate's degree (translating to over
$500,000 of lifetime income), and have 23% lower unemployment.
Over the last 10 years, an average
of 32% of Metuchen students did not attend a 4-year college straight from high
school.These numbers are
high compared to other New Jersey towns with similar demographics.There are 48 high schools in Metuchen's
demographic category as defined by the state Department of Education, and Metuchen
ranks 46th out of those 48 in sending graduates on to four-year
colleges (as of 2009, the most recent year available).
Beginning at a
community college is not the most efficient way, nor sometimes even the most
economical way, of pursuing a 4-year degree, if that's the intention.Alternatives need to be explored. For
example, attending a four-year college and commuting from home could be an
option (especially with Rutgers so nearby) or applying for merit money.
By Jana Siciliano on February 7, 2011 9:05 PM
The look on Council President Pete Cammarrano's face said it all--shock and awe were employed heftily at last night's Borough Council meeting. After a long meeting on many topics, Councilman Justin Manley dropped a big bomb on the proceedings, namely that he won't be seeking another term and that he, not wanting to be a lame duck, has decided to tender a resignation to his station at the next Council meeting.
Discussions on the state legislation regarding public access television stations and a call from the Mayor to the public to write to him or attend the next Council meeting to discuss what could be improved regarding the snow plow situation in town were trumped by the last event of the evening, Justin Manley's admitting that personal and professional obligations are becoming more pressing and that his time and energy for the Council and his jobs within its circle are falling short of his expectations. Manley would have had to apply to run again early this spring.
What do you think about this news? Are you surprised? Once Manley was the only Republican on the Council, did you sense that his energies were being directed another way? Who do you think will replace him and how will this alter further the already-shaken-up Council at this time, when massive budget cuts threaten so much that we've become accustomed to in our small town?
By Jana Siciliano on February 7, 2011 3:30 PM
Historical Society invites the public to its annual Local History Day on Sunday
February 13, 2011 from 1:30 to 4:30 at the Metuchen Public Library, 480
Middlesex Ave. Metuchen NJ.
This year the Society
will display some recent items donated to the Society including a phonograph
made by Westinghouse in Edison. Also being displayed will be photographs
from the Grimstead, and Glasofer collections of old photographs, maps, and
other information. The Society will also offer historical post cards and
publications for sale.
The program is free
and open to the public. Parking is available on Library Place behind the
Library. For more information go to the Society's website:
Historical Society was founded in 1974 and maintains an archive of over 10,000
items relating to local history.
By Jana Siciliano on February 6, 2011 8:54 PM
In one particular forum where the public debate has raged regarding the DPW's response to the heavy snow this winter, Fred Hall filed his official statement about this winter's difficult situation. Here is his statement in full:
Please allow me
to set the record straight. In order to properly plow and remove the snow from
any street in town, we ask that (whenever possible) all vehicles be removed so
that we can provide the best service due to you. Last Thursday, the day of the
storm every street was plowed. Unfortunately there were certain areas that have
been mentioned that were difficult to plow as a result of parked vehicles. To
the residents of Jefferson condominiums I apologize for your inconvenience,
however we have made several attempts to carefully plow between the narrow path
of cars lined on both sides of Newman street. I have been in direct contact
with the property management eagerly requesting assistance and compliance so
that we could help your situation and expedite a permanant solution. They
mentioned to me that they saw the situation before, during and after the storm
and agreed with us that the vehicles must be removed and that they have similar
complaints with other properties that they manage.
After days of salting and
cautiously scraping we took it upon ourselves yesterday after the ice storm and
(without a PD order) we re-plowed every street and gave attention to areas
where cars were originally parked. I can not emphasize enough the difficulty
and additional work that is involved in dealing with vehicles parked in the
street during and after a snow storm, especially one of significant
accumulations. Additionally, our department does an excellent job in providing
an uninterrupted service to ensure that curbside collection is not hindered in
the midst of the storm.
What do you think? Was your street significantly cleared? Have your neighbors been trying this winter to be helpful or not? Send us your story!
By Jana Siciliano on February 4, 2011 10:25 AM
This weekend at the Forum, the Venice Film Festival's Best Picture winner, SOMEWHERE by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola: When world-famous actor Johnny Marco ends up interrupting his days of ennui with the arrival of his young daughter, he finds a new lease on real life. Starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning. Written and directed by Sofia Coppola. Check the Forum ad to the right for screening times Friday through Sunday.
By Jana Siciliano on February 4, 2011 9:50 AM
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2011
Parents of all Metuchen children who
will have reached the age of five by October 1, 2011, are invited to a Kindergarten
Orientation in the all purpose room at Moss School. Parents will have the
opportunity to obtain information regarding the Kindergarten curriculum and
registration procedures. The orientation is only for parents. Children will have an opportunity to tour the school at a later date.
By Jana Siciliano on February 3, 2011 7:22 AM
It's official! After a resolution was put before the Council by George Harry, the president of Metuchen Little League, and Councilpeople Justin Manley and Sheri-Rose Rubin to rededicate and rename Vidas Field for the late Steve Johnson, whose dedication to his sons and their love of baseball benefitted all families of Metuchen Little League.
For a complete text of the resolution, check out this link.
By Jana Siciliano on February 1, 2011 9:00 PM
The Metuchen Inn has posted an open invitation to the community to attend their re-opening on February 2, 2011. Check out this link for the notice--their website, however, is not up yet but, as soon as it is, we will have a link to that, too! Welcome back, Metuchen Inn!
By Jana Siciliano on February 1, 2011 9:08 AM
Metuchen School District schools, programs and the Board of Education are all closed today. This onslaught of lousy winter weather has prompted the Board to reschedule the year--check out here for the new schedule, with one additional snow day left in the season before days start coming off spring break.