January 2012 Archives
Begins February 6
Stars On Stage Musical Theatre Program
SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE!
Kids work in a fun,up-beat and supportive atmosphere. Students are trained in everything from auditioning to performance!
You can still register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or come to the 1st class on February 6 and register then
Performances are May 11,12,13
You can also register by emailing email@example.com or call 732.548.5600 and leave a message.
Tuition is $475.00 for the 12 week program or...
If paid in full on or before February 6 Tuition is $450.00
No previous experience is necessary only the desire to learn all aspects of musical theatre.
The program also enables children to use their imagination, creativity and personalities to bring the characters to life. We also emphasize self esteem, camaraderie and working with other kids as an ensemble.
From Campbell School:
The Spring BoxTop Collection begins at Campbell on January 30th and runs until February 24th. If you don't have a Campbell student in your family, surely you have a neighbor child who would love to have yours. Each BoxTop is worth 10 cents, but they add up fast. Campbell School raised over $2,200 in the fall contest, and hopes to exceed that in the Spring.
Join Neve Shalom's Men's Club as we celebrate WORLD WIDE WRAP XII - FEBRUARY 5, 2012. Celebrate the mitzvah of Tefillin with us. Learn about the uniquely Jewish Ritual. If it has been a long time since you have layn Tefillin OR If you have ever wanted to learn about Tefillin - JOIN US. We will be available to teach you. If you need to borrow a set, call and we will arrange it. Our Hai and Daled classes will be showing off their homemade Tefillin. Program begins at 8:15am - Services start at 9:00am Bagel and Lox breakfast to follow. Admission is Free...All are welcome. Please RSVP so we know how much food to buy. For information, contact Stu Mantel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
From the Metuchen Arts Council:
The Raconteur, The Forum Theatre, and The Metuchen Arts Council will present an evening with Oscar winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth that includes a screening and discussion of her powerful new documentary American Teacher on Saturday, January 28th at 8:00 p.m. at the Forum Theatre in Metuchen.
American Teacher is a heartbreaking study of what it's like to teach in America today. The film reveals the frustrating realities of today's educators, the difficulty of attracting talented new teachers, and why so many of our best teachers feel forced to leave the profession altogether.
Co-produced by Dave Eggers and Ninive Calegari and narrated by Matt Damon, American Teacher is, according to the Washington Post, "a film about education that gets it exactly right," and raising what Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan calls, "important questions about American teachers," and sparking " a much needed conversation." The Los Angeles Times says the film "ought to be seen by anyone concerned about the fate of the public school system, and the nation as a
whole."The screening will be followed by an on stage discussion between the director Vanessa Roth and select New Jersey educators with opportunity for questions from the audience.
Edgar Middle School of Metuchen placed third in the sixth annual St. Joseph High School math competition which took place on Saturday, January 14th. Thirty-two public and private schools from the surrounding areas were represented. Members of the Edgar team included thirteen seventh and eighth grade students. The team is coached by teachers Laura McCadden and Sandy Vorensky.
From Family Friends:
Feeling stuck inside this winter with a little one anxious to learn and play? Want to get out yourself and meet other new parents? Looking for a safe & inexpensive way to help your little one socialize before entering pre-school or Kindergarten? Then check out Family Friends at our February Open House on Monday, February 6 and Wednesday, February 8 from (10 a.m. to 12 p.m. both days) at St. Luke's Fryer Hall, 17 Oak Avenue, Metuchen. Watch your little ones play while you meet the other parents over coffee and a muffin. We'll have membership information on hand and can answer any questions.
Family Friends is unique...
- Playgroups are held in the same common, neutral space twice a week, allowing children to focus on interactive play and socialization without the distraction of a new or over-stimulating environment.
- We are a non-profit, 100% volunteer-run organization, which keeps membership fees low (only $80 per family each year!) and parents/caregivers involved.
- We are non-sectarian and welcome a diverse range of members from all cultures, religions, denominations, ethnicities, and backgrounds; we reflect the society our children are entering.
Golden Globe Best Director - Motion Picture
Throughout his extraordinary career, Academy Award-wining director Martin Scorsese has brought his unique vision and dazzling gifts to life in a series of unforgettable films. Now the legendary storyteller invites you to join him on a thrilling journey to a magical world based on Brian Selznick's award-winning, imaginative New York Times best-seller, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret." Hugo is the astonishing adventure of a wily and resourceful boy whose quest to unlock a secret left to him by his father will transform Hugo and all those around him, including a famous film innovator whose best days were thought to be behind him.
Running Time 2hr 6m Rated PG
Registration will be on Monday January 23 and Monday January 30 from 5:30 to 7pm. If you can't make those dates you can always register by emailing Peter Loewy at email@example.com or call the theatre at 732.548.5600 and leave a message.
Kids On Stage Fall Program presents:
Disney's Beauty and The Beast Jr.
Classes are for students from 8 to 14 years of age. No experience nessesary, only a desire to learn! Tuition is $475 for the 12 week program and $450 if paid in full by February 6. Payment plans are also available..
Performances are May 11,12,13 2012 On The Forum Stage!
For further info please visit our website at www.forumtheatrearts.org
Registration is limited so please let us know if you are interested in registering by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Classes will either be on Mondays from 4:30 to 6:30. Rehearsals will be added after the first 6 weeks. Parents will know well in advance of all added rehearsals
Introduce your children to the world of musical theater! The FTAC's Performing Arts School program, Stars on Stage, offers children a valuable experience in both theater arts and music. Children will develop singing, dancing and drama skills for a public performance held at the Forum Theatre at the end of each class series. (Please note: We offer a generous multiple class discount - sign up for more than one class OR sign up more than one child and save 15% on each additional class.)
The Metuchen-Edison Historical Society presents it's 22nd annual Local History Day on Sunday February 12, 2012 from 1:30-4:00 pm in the community room of the Metuchen Library, 480 Middlesex Ave. in Metuchen.
Because the 12th is Lincoln's actual birthday, the theme of this year's event is "The Civil War", with related items among the many artifacts from the collections of the Society on display. In addition, old maps, photographs, post cards, and gravestone rubbings, will be on display, providing residents with the opportunity to research their homes and learn about their community's diverse and interesting history, which includes Revolutionary War battlefields, fascinating architecture, and famous people. The Society will also have books, maps and other paraphernalia for sale to those who have an interest in the history of our area.
Local History Day is free and open to the public with ample parking in the
Library parking lot on Library Pl. and on the surrounding streets. For more information contact: Steve Reuter at 732-452-1381 or Walter Stochel at 732-906-0529.
If you had the opportunity to name a bookstore on Main St., what would you name it?"To Be Continued... Bookstore Boutique" is holding a contest, open to everyone, to share their opinion(s) for a unique and memorable name.Selected winning entry will receive a Grand Prize of 1 book a day for 1 year (plus the honor of having their name engraved for posterity on the façade of the store). Other prizes may be awarded to close runner-ups and EVERYONE who enters will receive a "To Be Continued... Bookstore Boutique" store credit Gift Card ranging from $5-$25 (depending on how many votes received.)Enter as many times as you want using our Facebook page or by emailing email@example.com with your opinion, name, age and parent's permission to participate if under 18 years of age.Winner will be announced in late March and then honored during our Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in April.Disclaimer: This is not a lottery or sweepstakes. The winner will be selected based on merit & originality (maybe popularity, too) by a 3-5 person judging panel of local residents, artists & officials.
A Grand Opening and official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place on Thursday, January 26, at Satori Academy's latest addition, The Satori Fit Center. The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place at 6:00 PM with interactive demo classes for both adults and children lasting until 8:00 pm. Representatives from the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce will be joined by Edison Mayor Antonia Ricigliano as we welcome the new expansion of the Satori Center to the Metuchen and Edison business community.
Located in the Tano Mall at 1199 Amboy Avenue in Edison, NJ, the Satori Fit Center is a new studio adjacent to Satori Academy. It will be used for adult fitness and martial arts programs including Kickboxing, Fitness, Strength and Personal Training. Classes are conveniently scheduled to run opposite children's classes so parents can simultaneously get their workouts in. Satori Academy is located at 1199 Amboy Avenue in Edison, in the Tano Mall. Hours of Operation are: Monday: 10-9:00 pm, Tuesday: 12-9:00 pm, Wednesday: 10-8:00 pm, Thursday: 12-10:00 pm, Friday: 12-6:30 pm and Saturday: 9:00 - 3:30 pm For more information, please visit our website at www.satoriacademynj.com or call (732) 494-2195.
On Friday, February 17 at 12:30 PM, Kaplan Test Prep will offer a free SAT/ACT Combo Practice Test at the Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue. The 3.5 hour Practice Test helps students decide which test is right for them. Students will receive scores and feedback via email that compares their performance on each of the analogous test sections of the two exams---for example, SAT math section vs. ACT math section. This is a perfect opportunity to experience both tests, now that most colleges will accept either exam for admissions.
To sign up for the Friday, February 17 Combo test, please write Young Adult Librarian Kathy Liss at KLiss@Lmxac.org or call the Library on 732.632.8526. Space is limited. The free test has early registration open at this time for Metuchen residents in grades 9, 10 and 11, but registration will open to interested others on February 6.
Also on Friday, February 17 from 1 PM until 2:30 PM, Mrs. B" (professional cooking instructor Helen Bayer) will teach students to make their own pizza from scratch at the Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue. Participants will learn to mix and knead the dough and to top the pie with fresh ingredients. Everyone leaves the class with their own pizza to bake at home and with recipes.
The program is FREE to all Metuchen residents in grades 6-12 and paid for by the Friends of the Metuchen Library. Registration is required and limited, due to space. Please write the Young Adult Librarian Kathy Liss at KLiss@Lmxac.org or call the Library on 732.632.8526.
From Neve Shalom:
Neve Shalom, Saturday Evening, January 28, will conduct a Havdalah and Musical program starting at 6:00pm - Bet Class students will lead Havdalah - In memory of Debbie Friedman - all of the songs will be her compositions. Refreshments will be served. There is no charge for the "25th Hour" Program. For more information contact Hazzan Levin - 732-548-2238 - ext. 14
Neve Shalom, in conjunction with the Northern NJ Federation of Jewish Men's clubs - Family Games is offering a special discounted ticket purchase - New Jersey Devils vs. Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 1:00pm - Great afternoon game for the kids! Games are at the Prudential Center - Newark, NJ - TICKETS - $61.00 ticket for only $40.00! Includes $10 food card! (a $71 total value) Save over 40% per ticket! Balcony seating. We are also raffling off an 8x10 autographed photo! To Order Tickets - Mail by January 31, 2012 with payment to: Neve Shalom Men's Club, Attn: Louis Eisenberg, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen, NJ 08840 - Checks payable to the Neve Shalom Men's Club. Please include No. of tickets, contact name, address, city, state, zip code, telephone and email. Questions? Call/Email Louis Eisenberg 732-672-9278 - firstname.lastname@example.org OR Matthew Bonus 732-968-4489 - email@example.com
From the Superintendent's Office:
2012 Edgar MLK winners and teachers (Left to right) Teachers: Jennifer Muller, Melissa Kovacs, Andrea Elton
Students: Aviv Hogan Appell (Grade 5), Ashima Sharma (Grade 6), Siri Uppuluri (Grade 7)
On Monday, January 16th, the Metuchen Public Schools were thrilled to participate in the 5th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast at The Pines Manor. This year's program, entitled, "The New Birth of Dreamers...Come Dream With Us," was sponsored by the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge, and South Amboy, the New Hope Baptist Church, and the Second Baptist Church. Helene Zahn did an excellent job in her role as moderator. The audience was treated to the sounds of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Choir and an inspiring keynote address by Mildred "Millie" Scott, Middlesex County Sheriff. In addition there were words of reflection from 6th district Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., an invocation from Rev. Dr. Ronald L. Owens and a benediction from Reverend Mark B. McCreary. Representing the Metuchen Public Schools were Superintendent Vincent Caputo, Edgar Principal Kathy Glutz, Edgar Assistant Principal Mike Knoth, teachers Jennifer Muller, Melissa Kovacs, Andrea Elton, and counselor Elaine Goldstein. In addition to the winners from Edgar School, Aviv Hogan Appell (Grade 5), Ashima Sharma (Grade 6), Siri Uppuluri (Grade 7), eighth grade student David James White from the Metuchen Christian Academy was also honored.
From the Central Jersey Fanatics Hockey Club:
We would like to extend an invitation to you and your company to become a sponsor for our 2011-2012 season. The Fanatics Hockey Club is a non profit hockey team based out of Metuchen, NJ. We are seeking sponsorship/donations from various businesses in our communities. We're committed to the long term growth and development of Roller hockey players . We provide playing opportunities to all skill sets of adult's regardless of gender and ability. The club aims to provide a warm welcome to everybody, includingsupporters, charities, and sponsors. We aim to be recognized as a charitable, social and family oriented hockey club. We are looking for sponsors who are willing to donate any dollar amount to assist in covering our major expenses such as rink time, officials, equipment, uniforms and administrative costs. In return for your contribution we will support your business with advertising. As a hockey club, we host charity hockey games to benefit various charitable organizations. During our charity events we will establish a game program which will be distributed to our patrons. Our sponsors are also provided exposure through our website www.aihlhockey.com.
8 PM, Sat. Jan 21
R.I.P. RAC BASH #2
Featuring Shayfer James, Honor Amongst Thieves, FenFell, and Laurence Mintz
Join us again in remembering, celebrating, and memorializing our almost bygone bookstore as Shay Jay tickles his tusks while logging saws sing; the H.A.T. sideshow eats fire, swallows swords, and escapes from a glass box filled with water; FenFell conducts its junkyard orchestra, and my man Mintz exhibits fifteen factory scapes, a dozen rail yards, and ten nekkid ladies, all done in the deep shadowy shades of Mr. Eddie Hopper.
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, everyone! In light of the work of Dr. King, here is a story about one member of our community who used a difficult experience and turned it into community service:
Tyreen Reuter is a mother of two young children and a stealthy supporter of Downtown Metuchen and its businesses. After almost being run down by an unsafe driver around the holidays, she reached out to MM and we printed a letter about it (http://www.metuchenmatters.com/2011/12/dangerous_drivers_causes_concern_for_citizens_and_downtown_businesses.html). This letter brought a call from the Mayor, who asked her to join the Transportation and Traffic Commission. She accepted the invitation and attended her first meeting last week. Here's what she had to say about it:
"I went to my first meeting last night - it was very eye-opening! There are certainly a lot of issues they have been investigating and advising on. Daniel Lebar . . . is the Chair and can probably fill you on a lot that has been going on. Some of the issues have to do with the conditions of the train underpass at Main Street, street lamps that are out, complaints of speed and cut-throughs, etc.
In terms of the pedestrian safety issue, there are a number of things in the works already! Officer Bauer . . . is really on top of this and can provide more detail and has some plans to alert motorists as they enter Metuchen that they need to be aware of and obey crosswalk laws. Also, there are flyers to be handed out to pedestrians and motorists - he is procuring them. Ideas were floated around about how to get the word out about the town taking its pedestrian safety seriously, and so there might be some publicity and perhaps the committee would have a presence at events like the Cruise Nights, Junebug, etc. There are a couple of helpful "giveaways" (i.e., a high visibility tote bag with a pedestrian symbol and stop sign, reflective vest) that we might be able to make available to the public.
Several people have told me that they are interested in helping with any initiatives, and I am completing that list for the committee, but one thing that Mr. Lebar and Officer Bauer agreed would be extremely helpful right now is that anyone in Metuchen who experiences an incident should report it through the Borough website (see the link to the committee and form below). This would help the police (and the committee) identify the "hotspots" that need to be addressed. Too often attention isn't given to a crossing or situation until there is an accident, but if the public reports trouble in a particular area, then it can be evaluated."
If you have an issue to report, or want to volunteer on this safety mission, please click here. Thanks to Tyreen and the commission for making these serious issues a priority in town.
From Linda LaStella and the Junebug committee:
JUNEBUG 2012 COMMITTEE is gearing up to plan the 5th Anniversary of the ArtFest. The committee is in need of several key coordinators:, a WRITER, PR-PERSON to head up PUBLICITY to get the word out about the 'Bug, a GRAPHIC DESIGNER to develop this year's program, and an organizer willing to head up SPONSORSHIP, in addition to others willing to join the team to assist with more general work. The Junebug ArtFest is the work of a completely volunteer group. If in the past four years, you've been a Host, if you've just come to enjoy the event, we do ask you to consider joining the team in a more involved way.
FIRST MEETING: MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 7:30pm, second floor meeting room in Borough Hall. See you there!
Marafiki Fair Trade invites you to join us here at 20 New Street, Metuchen on Saturday, January 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. for the next event in Marafiki's American Artists Series - a show featuring the fine art jazz prints and tribal sculpture of artist . Meet Easton, have some complimentary wine and cheese, and enjoy live jazz performed by Metuchen's own David Grossman!
Neve Shalom of Metuchen Adult Education Committee and the Gilbert and Claudie Hayat Speaker Series presents Josh Margolin, Journalist and author Reporter for NY Post and formerly The Star Ledger "The Jersey Sting". The story of crooked politicians and money laundering rabbi's in NJ. Friday night, January 20, 2012 at the 8pm service. Discussion will continue with refreshments. For more information contact Hazzan Levin - 732-548-2238, ext. 14.
The Sisterhood Neve Shalom will lift their voices in prayer for Sisterhood Shabbat, Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 9:30am. Kiddush luncheon to follow services. Following a luncheon special a discussion on the #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller,"STRENGTH FINDER 2.0" by Tom Rath ,NY Times Bestselling Author of WELLBEING". For more information contact Nancy - firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer - email@example.com
The Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue, will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Sunday, January 15, 2012 from 9 AM until 3 PM. For your convenience, you can make an appointment by calling Sam Liss at 732.632.7459 or by writing firstname.lastname@example.org. Or feel free to drop in at the Metuchen Library to donate blood on the day of the drive, even if you do not have an appointment.
The need for blood is ongoing. The supply is not. Every two seconds, over 43,000 times a day, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Can you give the gift of life? In order to donate blood, one must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds, and be in good health.
Screenwriting 101 -- Sundays, 1-3pm January 22-March 4
$95member/$115 program member
Youth grades 6-9
Discover how the magic of the movies is created by words on the page. Elements of screenwriting, formatting, character development, plot development and three-act structures will be discussed and a short screenplay will be completed at the end of the session.
Taught by Metuchen Matters' own Jana Siciliano!
Spanish Language and Culture -- Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15pm January 18- Feb. 29
$60 member/$75 program member
Children ages 4-6
Crafts and songs will be used to introduce Spanish language and culture in a fun way! During free time -15 minutes at the end of class - the teacher will call the students one by one and read a story in Spanish. Taught by Lorena Edenbaum, a notive Colombian, Metuchen mom and certified teacher! This is a drop-off class.
Raconteur Radio Presents 8:00 PM, Fri. Jan 6; 7:30 & 9:00 PM, Sat. Jan 7 FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER, & FLYWHEEL: A Staged Radio Play Featuring acclaimed Groucho impersonator Ron MacCloskey (in full costume
& makeup) and Welcome Back
Kotter's Bobby Hegyes (Epstein) as Chico Marx! Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel was the Marx Brothers
radio debut. It first aired in 1932 and was written by the same writers who
wrote some of their funniest film bits. Our production features short comedic
skits broken up by several period songs sung live, including the notorious Groucho
hit, "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady." Also with Michael Jarmus and
Francesca Tedeschi. $10 (payable at the door). Theatrical lighting! Costumes!
Sound effects! Raconteur Radio productions are staged performances of famous
radio plays for live audiences. To find out how you can book Raconteur Radio at
your library, school, or cultural venue, click HERE.
Raconteur Radio Presents
8:00 PM, Fri. Jan 6; 7:30 & 9:00 PM, Sat. Jan 7
FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER, & FLYWHEEL: A Staged Radio Play
Featuring acclaimed Groucho impersonator Ron MacCloskey (in full costume & makeup) and Welcome Back Kotter's Bobby Hegyes (Epstein) as Chico Marx!
Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel was the Marx Brothers radio debut. It first aired in 1932 and was written by the same writers who wrote some of their funniest film bits. Our production features short comedic skits broken up by several period songs sung live, including the notorious Groucho hit, "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady." Also with Michael Jarmus and Francesca Tedeschi. $10 (payable at the door). Theatrical lighting! Costumes! Sound effects! Raconteur Radio productions are staged performances of famous radio plays for live audiences. To find out how you can book Raconteur Radio at your library, school, or cultural venue, click HERE.
In addition to MHS's 1,000-point scorers, Dr.Bruce Rosenfeld (Class of '76) will attend the game and do a book signing for his recently published book 'Make Every Shot Count'. In his book, Dr. Rosenfeld discusses how the life lessons he learned on the MHS basketball court helped make him the successful surgeon he is today.
The Open House on Sunday, January 29th will run from 1 - 2:30pm and is open to interested families and their children.
For more information, contact:
528 Main Sreet
Metuchen, NJ 08840
From Katherine Liss, MPL:
The Metuchen Public Library,
The need for blood is ongoing. The supply is not. Every two seconds, over 43,000 times a day, someone in the