February 2012 Archives
(photo courtesy of E. Fuertes at the BIl Chili Cookoff)
Metuchen is filled with well-educated people with interesting idea and entrepreneurial spirit who want to share their expertise with others and make their lives better in various ways. Evelyn Fuertes is one of those people--she has recently started a Health Coaching business called "from sprouts to supper." Check out her ad on our site under the menu bar. We wish her all the best in her new business.
Here's what Evelyn had to say when we asked for some details about her work:
The name comes from my gardening blog that quickly evolved into a health and wellness blog. I am passionate about health and wellness and believe that we have a great responsibility to the planet and future generations.
In my practice I take a holistic approach meaning that it's not just aboutwhat you eat. Yes broccoli is important but just as important is yourcareer, exercise, spirituality and relationships. As a Health Coach Isupport people in setting smart goals on their journey to getting healthy.
I've always been interested in healthy living and found myself getting more into it after switching to a whole food plant-based diet 2 years ago. Ialso stared gardening at around the same time so that piqued my interest in growing my own food, organics and sustainability.
I am getting my Health Coaching education at the Institute for IntegrativeNutrition and have a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell. Tosee what I am about please feel free to check out my site and blog at fromsproutstosupper.com and for daily updates follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fromsproutstosupper
From Edgar School:
An "exchange of lessons" occurred recently between The Lakeview School of Edison and Edgar Middle School in Metuchen. Eighth grade students from Ed Ronk's Science classes at Edgar assisted the Lakeview students with a hands-on lab activity investigating Heat and Thermal Energy.
Campbell Elementary, Edgar Middle and Metuchen High have all been interacting with the Lakeview School for many years; this being the eighth year of collaboration between Edgar Middle School and Lakeview. The Lakeview School is located in Roosevelt Park and provides education and medical support to children with a wide variety of developmental disabilities.
Edgar students prepared for the event by learning about the various medical conditions, causes, prognosis, physical and cognitive limitations from a biological and medical perspective. Judi Alfano, Supervisor of Curriculum and Testing at Lakeview also provided a presentation to the Metuchen students describing the challenges and abilities with mobility, communication and social interaction. Edgar students were then taught the science lesson which they, in turn, taught to the Lakeview students.
Previous year's lessons ranged from velocity and acceleration to solar power to chemical reactions. In each case, the science was secondary to the real learning, which was what the students learned from their interaction with each other.
From the Office of the Superintendent:
Two Rutgers University football players captivated Campbell Elementary School's first grade when they read Dr. Seuss books to the school's youngest students. The visit on Monday, February 27, marked the beginning of Campbell's celebration of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss's birthday, which takes place later this week.
"Read Across America is a wonderful opportunity for children to enjoy Dr. Seuss books and celebrate reading. We are delighted to have Rutgers student-athletes share their enthusiasm for Dr. Seuss, while connecting with our first graders through his timeless books," said Vincent Caputo, Metuchen School District Superintendent of Schools. "It's very exciting for our younger students to meet those who are in college - our students can begin to understand that higher education is a goal for them to attain one day."
Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen, NJ presents "The Bible Players" for teens grades 7-12 on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7pm. The Bible Players perform an Interactive Bible Comedy Show with lots of audience participation. They use improve games and funny scenes to teach stories from the Bible. They will teach the teens improv games giving them tools to become Bible Players themselves! Refreshments will be served. The event ends at 8:30pm. For more information contact Hazzan Levin - 732-548-2238 ext. 14.
From the CQE:
For nearly 25 years, Citizens for Quality Education (CQE) has worked to pass school budgets in Metuchen. During the month of March, the organization runs both a Voter Registration Drive and an Absentee Ballot Campaign. CQE encourages all Metuchen citizens to vote in the School Board Elections, which will be held this year on April 17. Please see the Website (http://metuchencqe.org/boe-elections/important-dates/) for important dates, information and forms to register to voter and to apply for an absentee ballot application.
In addition, CQE representatives will be at the Metuchen High School cafeteria during lunch periods on Thursday March 1 and Thursday March 8 to register all interested students who will be 18 years old on or before April 17. Students will need either their NJ Driver's License number or the last four digits of their Social Security number to complete the registration form.
From the BIL and Tyree Reuter:
The BIL's First "Brainy Borough Chili Challenge" on Sunday, February 26th was a huge success! We had a dozen cooks who prepared a wide range of chilis and we sold out all 100 tickets! Between the tickets and donations, we fully funded this year's $1000 scholarship to a graduating Metuchen High School student pursuing a career in medicine, education, or social work (interested students should apply at the guidance office, and it will be awarded at graduation). Our panel of judges included Bruce Peragallo (MHS Principal), Chef John from Hailey's Harp & Pub, Frank Dy of the Metuchen Fire Department, Maggy Cook (President of the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce), and Chef Dan Slobodien. The Junior BIL, consisting of young ladies ages 10 to 18, sold beverages and also entered an award-winning chili. We were honored to have Congressman Frank Pallone in attendance, as well as Metuchen's own Councilwoman Dorothy Rasmussen. We hope this will become an annual event! Below are the winners:
**Judges' Choice First Place (voted by panel of local judges)**
Becky Seely, Quick & Light Chili
**Judge's Choice Honorable Mention**
Mike Bakos, Sweet & Roasted Chili
Rich Pearsall, Two Eagles Chili
**First Place, People's Choice (by popular vote)**
Rich Pearsall, Two Eagles Chili
**Second Place, People's Choice**
The Junior BIL, Pumpkin & Black Bean
**Third Place, People's Choice**
The Saguinsin's Year of the Dragon Szechuan Chili
**The Bobby Hegyes Memorial "Sweathog" Award for Hottest Chili**
The Saguinsin's Year of the Dragon Szechuan Chili
(Bobby Hegyes had planned to be a judge at this year's event, and in his honor we established this special Sweathog award.)
More information to come but put aside that $20 and prepare to help out our local businesses! To join the MOB, check out the Facebook Metuchen Cash Mob page and join up! Put this address into your browser and mosey on over! http://www.facebook.com/groups/314968811885353/
On March 24th Metuchen will have a "CASH MOB". Which means we gather a large group to spend about $20 each in one store to support local economy. We would like to repeat this on several occasions so many stores can be "MOBBED". Support is welcomed through the day and customers are encouraged to shop at all hours. But, we will congregate at a "to be announced time" and MOB the store. Also, we will later announce which store will be first to be "MOBBED". Customers are encouraged to meet up after at a local eatery, pub or ice cream establishment. Let celebrate local business!
From Neve Shalom:
Neve Shalom's spectacular BIGGER THAN EVER PURIM CARNIVAL will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2012 from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Professional carnival games, a moon walk & other inflatable. $20 includes all games & one prize. Hot dog or chicken nugget lunch. Popcorn, cotton candy for sale. LOTS OF FUN! For more information contact Hazzan Levin at email@example.com or call 732-548-2238 ext. 11
Neve Shalom will be holding PURIM SERVICES on Wednesday Evening, March 7, 2012. Family Service will start at 7pm with partial Megillah Reading. A Shushan HAIRSPRAY MUSICAL will start at 8pm, starring our Hebrew School students and the Adult Service will be at 8:15pm with the complete Megillah Reading in Hebrew. For more information, contact Hazzan Levin - 732-548-2238, ext. 14.
YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy Board President Pamela Brown announced today that a new President & Chief Executive Officer has been appointed for the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy. Scott Lewis, currently Senior Group Vice President at the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity, will assume the role of President and CEO, filling the position that opened with the planned retirement of William J. Lovett. The CEO transition will take place over the next several weeks. The expected start date for Lewis is April 2nd.
"We are pleased to make this announcement and welcome Scott Lewis to our YMCA association. His qualifications and past experience make him a great match for our YMCA and our community. Scott brings with him a passion for the Y and welcomes the opportunity to provide insight and leadership that will enable the organization to deliver on its mission to strengthen our community. With a proven track record of success over his 25+ years of solid experience, Scott will build on our strengths and take the Y to the next level in its development. Our hard working search committee should be commended for their efforts and diligence and we thank Y-USA for its assistance in this process," said Pamela Brown, YMCA Board President.
The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) of the Metuchen Public Library wants to know how the Library can better serve the teens in our community. If a Metuchen resident in grades 6-12 lives in your house, whether they are a library user or not, please ask them to take the ten question survey by clicking on the link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7TSNLX6.
Responses to the survey will help the TAB determine how well the Young Adult department is meeting the recreational and academic needs of its patrons. New book and non-book purchases, as well as upcoming programs, will reflect the survey's results. Participants can take the survey anonymously. Or if they provide their name and email address, participants will be entered in a lottery to win a $15 gift certificate from the Chamber of Commerce to be used at a number of stores and restaurants in town.
From FIrst Presbyterian Church:
Wars and natural disasters dominate the world's daily headlines, but behind the scenes and far from the spotlight, hunger and preventable diseases claim the lives of 24,000 of the world's children every day. More than 1 billion people go hungry every day. More than 6 billion live on the planet. One in six will go hungry tonight.
For 1 billion people, it's a problem right now. But world hunger is 100 percent preventable, and teens from First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen, NJ are ready to help. This February 24th-25th, 2012, they will be joining the efforts of hundreds of thousands of young people all over the nation who will set aside the usual "stuff" that fills their daily lives. Instead, they will do World Vision's 30 Hour Famine because they are "LOVE HUNGRY" - the theme for this year. By going without food, they get a taste of what the world's poorest children and families face every day. Prior to the event weekend, students raise funds with the knowledge that every $30 they raise will feed and care for a child for a month. Groups are also encouraged to perform hands-on service projects during the weekend in order to make a difference in their own communities.
In Honor of his Nephew Colin, Metuchen native Brian Tobin is Participating in the 2012 Polar Bear Plunge to Benefit Special Olympics New Jersey on Saturday, February 25, 2012 as he does every year.
Tobin told MM, "I am a proud member of the CAT Crew (Colin Allan Tobin Crew!) and would appreciate any support that you can give me as I dip my toes and butt and head into the freezing cold Atlantic Ocean. All funds raised through the Polar Bear Plunge help to advance the goal of Special Olympics New Jersey, to provide free year-round training and competition in 24 Olympic-type sports to more than 21,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities." Cablevision last year made a very informative and interesting video about Brian and his family.
Online donations of $25, $50, $100 (or any amount) are easily made by visiting his personal donation page and helping Brian reach his fundraising goal.
Pay online with a credit card--past this address into your browser to get to the site:
https://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=488354&supId=312765390 so you can print out the attached document and mail the document and your check made out to Special Olympics New Jersey to my attention at 84 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840. Brian will bundle the checks and deliver to the Special Olympics himself.
Brian Tobin says "Thank you so much in advance. It really does mean so much to me."
Student Outreach visited Whispering Knolls senior center on Thursday, February 2nd. Students led a sing-along bringing musical selections and lyrics for familiar songs like "New York, New York", "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and "Singing In The Rain". One resident of Whispering Knoll extemporaneously performed a solo of an Italian aria followed by a big applause.
Afterwards, the students sat introduced themselves. Residents shared fascinating stories with Student Outreach members. Including accounts of their recent 50 year wedding anniversaries, what high school was like when they were young, and, of course, how proud they are of their families.
Both the senior citizens and the coordinator at Whispering Knolls said they appreciate the visit and that Metuchen High School is welcome to visit again anytime. Student Outreach has plans to visit again in the spring. Ms. Wisniewski and Ms. Karger were impressed by the instant connection MHS students had with their hosts.
Residents are also required to breakdown any cardboard boxes to ensure that all of your items fit into the recycling container.
Cardboard and paper will no longer be permitted to be placed at the curb in any other container besides the blue automated can that all residents are currently utilizing for commingle products. Collection schedules at metuchennj.org
A professional Salsa dancer was on hand to lead the traditional dancing. Over 50 students in all grades learned the basic and some complex steps to the dance. The party celebration ended with a beautifully designed and delicious cake.
This evening was sponsored by the MHS Culture Club under the direction of Spanish instructor Dr. Rosann Kamin.
From Edgar Middle School:
On Friday, February 03, 2012 Edgar Middle School joined together to promote heart health by "wearing red". February is designated as Heart Disease and Stroke Awareness Month.
In preparation for "Wear Red Day", Melanie Wansor's 5th grade health classes learned about heart disease and ways to reduce risk. The students created posters which were displayed throughout the school. Fifth grade students also made public service announcements each day promoting heart health and the "fact of the day" was displayed on the large screen monitors in the hallway and cafeteria.
Fifth grade students will continue to promote heart health with Jump Rope for Heart. The event will take place on Thursday, February 16th and all 5th grade students will be participating. All proceeds go to the American Heart Association and the students are so excited about participating in the worthwhile event!
( Picture: Edgar Middle School Health teacher, Melanie Wansor (left) and her fifth grade students wear red to promote heart health on Friday, February 3rd).
Registration for Spring 2012 session of The Kids Theater Experience is happening now. The session runs from 2/27 - 5/17 and the class ranges are 1st-10th grades with some special NYC guest workshops announced on the website.
Although most classes are full, you can inquire about openings in any class; however, the 1st-2nd grade section has a few more openings. Proprietor and instructor Ann Marie Mullen said, "This is a good semester for younger students as we play a lot of theater games that the kids LOVE!" Each class has an end of semester performance with an audience that interacts with them and guides the improv sessions live. Mullen added, "Improvisation in theater teaches the wonderful skill of critical thinking. It helps kids approach a situation or scenerio with thought, wittiness and humor, not to mention the confidence they feel when they make us laugh. All acting skills taught here can be taken with them in whatever they do as a growing student." TKTE says spring is "typically the kid's favorite semester as they escape the busy season for an hour a week and just have loads of laughs with their theater arts friends." Click here for their website and more information.
Relay Team Members: Mackenzie Revano, Ciara Sellers, Missy Nichols and Gabby Jordan (picture courtesy of the Superintendent's Office)
Women's sports has been getting some outstanding returns on hard work lately at Metuchen High School.
Senior Jillian McVicker has signed her letter of intent to play soccer for the Ohio State Buckeyes. That's an amazing feat! Congratulations and best of luck!
The MHS Girls 4X400 relay team set the new school indoor record with a time of 4:10.3. Egypt Pringley-Mack set the indoor school record in the shot put with a throw of 34'1.5". And during Metuchen's basketball win last week over South River Jenna Oyler scored 33 points and her 1000th point for her career. Congratulations to all of our lady bulldogs and to all of our coaching staff.
Temple Emanu-El's Diana S. Herman Memorial Scholar-in-Residence Weekend is taking place this year on March 2, 3,2012. This year's theme is "The American Synagogue: Uneasy Past, Challenging Future." Rabbi Elliott Kleinman, Director of Advancing Reform Judaism for the Union of Reform Judaism, (URJ) is our guest scholar. The program begins on Friday at 6:30 p.m. with a Shabbat dinner. Rabbi Kleinman will speak at our Shabbat service which starts at 8:00 p.m. At 10:00 a.m. we'll have a lively musical Shabbat B'Shir service, followed by a Kiddush luncheon. The first study session with Rabbi Kleinman will be at 11:30 a.m., the second session of the program is at 1:45 pm. This program is open to the community and is free of charge. There is a fee of $18 for the Shabbat dinner on Friday night. Please RSVP by February 24th if you plan to dine.
On Sunday January 29, 2012, Metuchen Pop Warner (MPW) ended their 2011 season with a banquet and awards ceremony at The Rosewood Caterers in Edison, NJ.Metuchen Pop Warner had a lot to be thankful for this year. The banquet numbers were a reflection of the continued growth and success of the program. Participants in Flag and Mitey Mite, the youngest of MPW's football and cheer teams, who completed their season in early October, were almost all in attendance to receive their end-of-the year trophies and accolades.
Sergio Corvil, Football Director, spoke briefly about the success of MPW's football program pointing to a record number of players, 110, as the most ever for the program. All three of MPWs competitive teams, Jr Pee Wee, Pee Wee, and Midget performed very well this season. The Midgets missed out on the playoffs by one game, and the Pee Wee team, looking to capture its second Raritan Valley Conference championship in a row, fell just short, losing in the Championship game, on a snowy day in November.
This Valentine's Day, treat your sweetheart and spread some love to artisans around the world by shopping Fair Trade!
To make shopping at Marafiki this Valentine's Day even more alluring , we will be hosting a special event - our first sale! Please join us on Thursday, February 9 from 7-9 p.m. for an evening of romantic music, chocolate sampling, and one-night only special prices. During this time everything in the store will be 10% off, except for items that are red, pink, or heart-themed - those will be 20% off! If you want to be able to choose anything for 20% off, it's easy, just come wearing red or pink (a good amount of it - no cheating by throwing on a red scarf or pin - Linda and Deb reserve the right to judge how much Valentine's spirit is sufficient). Gift wrapping and complimentary wine will be available.
Marafiki Fair Trade is located at 20 New Street, Metuchen. Questions? Call us at 732-902-6300 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Valentine's Day to our friends, families, customers, and Fair Trade partners everywhere!
From the Chamber of Commerce:
The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the David E. Tutrone Memorial Scholarship is to be awarded to a student who is a Metuchen High School or St. Joseph High School senior pursuing higher education in the fall. Although GPA will be taken into consideration, the emphasis of the scholarship is on community service and volunteerism.
About David Tutrone
Dave became an 'official' member of the Metuchen community when he joined the Franco Manufacturing Company in 1985 as its Corporate Director of Human Resources, with corporate-wide responsibility for recruiting, training and development, labor and relations, fringe benefits and human resource policy administration.
In 1996, Dave became a member of the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He served as Secretary, Vice President, and Chamber President in 2000, and served on many committees throughout his dedicated years of service to the Chamber. Dave also acted as the HR advisor on Chamber business matters. In 2008, Dave was the recipient of the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award.
The Board of Directors of the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce award recipients for the 59th Annual Installation Reception & Awards Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, March 10, 2012. The event will be held at The Pines Manor, located at 2085 Route 27 in Edison, from 6:00 - 8:30 pm. Tickets are $65 per person.
Officers for 2012 have been elected and will be officially sworn in at the ceremony. The officers are President Margaret (Maggy) Cook of Prudential NJ Properties, Vice President Judie Crawford of Keller Williams Elite, Realtors, Treasurer Louis Novia of Metuchen Savings Bank, and Secretary Jason Conway of The Provident Bank. Awards will be presented to Organization of the Year: The Garden Club of Metuchen, Citizen of the Year: Maria Araneo, and Chamber Distinguished Service Award: Robert Matland of the Black Belt Institute.
For more information or to make a reservation to attend the 59th Annual Installation Reception & Awards Ceremony, please contact the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce at 732-548-2964 or visit www.metuchenchamberexchange.com.
These guest artists and MHS students pose for a picture after the presentation of "Life After High School: Careers in Art" that took place on January 27 & 30 at the Metuchen High School library. The event, conceived and organized by art instructor Joyce Browning, presented local artists from The duCret School of Art including Mr, Ed Wetzel. Pictured are the presenters for January 30, 2012. They include local artist Machiko Caputo, MHS student artists, instructor Joyce Browning, Full Sail University representative, Nick Friday and on the right former MHS graduate Patrick Woodruff who is art school graduate and works in the cartooning field.