February 2012 Archives

Transformer Fire Causes Pandemonium Tuesday Night

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pseg_fire_2.jpgCheck out this link so that you can see the transformer fire which blazed throughout the night yesterday and again this morning, causing power outages and traffic traumas throughout the area. 
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(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

Lakeview Students Learn from Edgar Eighth Graders

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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.

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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 Presents "The Bible Players" March 13th

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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.

Metuchen Recreation Commission Survey Needs You!

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The Metuchen Recreation Commission needs your help in answering some questions on their recent survey regarding their offerings, particularly for the summer. Check it out at this link.

CQE Voter Registration Drive Starts This Week At MHS

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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.  

 

Brainy Borough Chili Challenge = HUGE Success!

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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.)

 

 

Metuchen Cash Mob Forming to Support Local Businesses March 24th

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 From Lynn Fitzgerald Kodila on Facebook:

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! 

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/

 

Superintendent of Schools Calls Public Form for Tuesday Night

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Metuchen's new Superintendent of Schools Vincent Caputo is holding an open agenda meeting for the public on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at Metuchen High School. The program will begin at 7:30 PM with a coffee reception, followed by a 7:45 presentation by Mr. Caputo. A Q&A session will commence after that and the public is invited to come and ask all questions they may have about the direction of the district, the new curriculum director or any other topic related to our school system. See you there!

New Curriculum Director Chosen for District

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newcurriculumdirector.jpgFrom the Superintendent's Office:

Meet Metuchen's new Director of Curriculum, Richard Cohen.  Mr. Cohen was most recently a principal in Red Bank and he will also serve as the principal of Moss School.  He comes to Metuchen with 15 years of educational experience (7 as an administrator).  He has a Political Science degree from the University of Michigan and a Master's degree in Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration from Rutgers University.  He brings an expertise in leadership, curriculum, and instruction.  He has also been a part of the new teacher evaluation pilot and will bring those experiences with him to Metuchen.  Also pictured are Superintendent Vincent Caputo, Mr. Cohen's wife, Camilla, and BOE President Eileen Frowenfeld.

Neve Shalom Announces Purim Events

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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 can2r11@aol.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.

New President and CEO of YMCA Announced

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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.


CQE Story Time at Campbell Going Strong

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On Friday, February 10th, this year's second scheduled CQE Story Time took place at Campbell School.  CQE Story Time is a program that brings together members from our Metuchen community to read a favorite book to first and second graders at Campbell School.   In its 13th year, CQE Story Time is a long standing program sponsored by Citizens for Quality Education (who also sponsor CQE/MHS Alumni College Day) and is loved by students and the volunteers who have had a chance to participate in it. 

Thirty-one readers came in to share their love of reading with Campbell students on February 10th.  Parents and grandparents were joined by Corporal Dan Granato of the Metuchen Police Department, Board of Education member and Metuchen Police Department Sergeant Arthur Flaherty, Board of Education member Jackie Gibson, Edison Board of Education member Dr. Frank Heelan, Dr. Judith Bland, retired first-grade teacher Marilyn Court and other members of our Metuchen community.  The children had a wonderful experience listening to the readers but as important was the opportunity CQE Story Time gave them to meet members of their community and see volunteering at work within their classroom.   The last CQE Story Time scheduled for the 2011 - 2012 school year will be on March 2, which is also Read Across America Day. 

  

 

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On Friday February 10, Anne Newman, mother of Joel Nadler, visited with the eighth grade students to give a presentation on African art.  Ms. Newman's parents lived in Ghana for a period of three years during which they collected artifacts native to the region.  The display included replicas of African tribal masks, drums, clothing, Ashanti stools (thrones), spears, bronze weights, Kuduo (a vessel where gold dust was stored) and symbolic statues, that you might find in a museum.  Being able to see these replicas allowed the students to attain a first-hand account of the different type of art that is indigenous to African society.  This ultimately created an experience that went far beyond the usual textbook and brought to life the symbolism of African art.

Metuchen Market Day Farmers' Market 2012 Survey Needs You!

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L2BQVBZLQ2Z6.jpgCheck out this link for the Metuchen Market Day Farmers' Market survey and give the committee that brought our borough that wonderful market last summer your ideas so that they can incorporate them into their plans for coming season.

Satori Needs Your Votes!

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Check out the About.com Martial Arts Readers Choice Awards Finalists voting page to put in a vote for Metuchen's Satoria Academy, headed up by Nancy Walzog. Click on the link below to check out their site and this link to vote. This is how their information reads:

Satori Academy of NJ (school website): Satori teaches a melding of several different martial arts styles, including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Owner/manager Nancy Walzog has built an establishment that won best martial arts school of Central New Jersey recently. They offer classes for children, teens, and adults, and are centrally located in Edison, NJ

The Metuchen Department of Public Works is changing the garbage and recycling pick-up schedules to streamline the process and improve efficiency. Therefore, all residents, beginning this April, will have both their curbside trash and their blue recycling containers picked up on the SAME DAY each week, not every other week. Therefore, all recyclables, including bottles, cans and cardboard and paper will have to be put into the one sanctioned blue container and put out alongside your grey trash container the night before your pickup. This is what is referred as "single stream recycling" and will be a new procedure for the Borough.

The New weekly collection schedule is still based on the four quadrants of town. For further information and a map of your area, please link here to the Borough website.

Depending on the season, grass, leaves or brush will also be placed on the curb that same day. Absolutely everything will get picked up together. If you need to schedule a metal or bulk item pickup, you will have to call the DPW at 732-632-8519 to schedule it. Holidays will cause changes but will be reflected on revised schedules on the Borough website. 


Teen Advisory Board at the LIbrary Needs Your Help with Survey

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From the TAB:

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.

BIL Sponsors First Annual Chili Cookoff February 26th

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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. 


Comedy Night Benefit SOLD OUT But Get Your Raffle Tix Now!

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Tickets for Metuchen Parent Teacher Council's February 24th Comedy Night Benefit are SOLD OUT! However, raffle tickets are still available. Each ticket is only $10 and the payouts (if all tickets are sold) are as follows:

1st Prize--$3,750
2nd Prize--$2,250
3rd Prize--$1,500

Buy them now! And good luck! Congratulations to the PTCouncil for doing such a great job for our district!

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."

 

MHS Student Outreach Visits Whispering Hill

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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.

DPW Introduces New Curbside Collection Format Starting March 5

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Beginning Monday, March 5, 2012 the Public Works Department will be phasing in a new format to modify the current curb side collection system for automated recycling and sanitation. Residents will now be able to place their trash and recycling containers at the curb for collection on the same day each week according to their scheduled collection day. Residents will now be required to place all of their mixed news/junk mail and cardboard into their blue recycling containers with their commingled bottles and cans. 

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

Quinceanera Celebration at Metuchen High School

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Last evening the Metuchen High School Cafeteria was transformed into an authentic "Quinceanera" Celebration. This 'coming of age' 15th birthday party explained this Hispanic tradition originating in Mexico.  The students of the "court" (photo enclosed) made of 9th grade students, were 'announced' into the beautifully decorated cafeteria.  The girls change from flat shoes to high heels, symbolizing their entrance into womanhood.  

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.

Fifth Graders "Jump Rope for Heart" at Edgar February 16th

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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!

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Picture:  Edgar Middle School Health teacher, Melanie Wansor (left) and her fifth grade students wear red to promote heart health on Friday, February 3rd).

The Kids Theater Experience Plays Fun this Spring

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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.

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Karen Winters, who grew up here and returned here to bring up her three children, and her husband Sergio Gonzalez were haunted by the idea of the Raconteur becoming something Metuchen doesn't need another of -- a nail salon, a massage parlor -- or, worse yet, an empty storefront. And so they took the big leap and are planning to bring  a bookstore/boutique to the area this spring. 

In a quick conversation yesterday, Karen told MM that the store (which, by the way, looks amazing even in its infancy, with brand new bookshelves and unearthed windows bringing some light to the surprisingly large space she has opened up) will carry new books and used books as well as childrens' toys and educational learning gifts which cannot be found anywhere else. She has been speaking to publishers to try to bring in childrens' books that are unique and beautiful. Her plans for the store include a coffee bar that will work in sync with Brewed Awakening and events that will appeal to families as well as well-established residents who didn't frequent the Raconteur -- while still maintaining the sense of cultural appointment that Alex Dawson brought to Main Street for the last six years. She hopes to create synergy with other merchants and restauranteurs to help bring together all the variety that Main Street Metuchen offers.

New Ambulance Unveiled at Borough Hall Monday Night

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Beginning Monday, February 6, JFK Medical Center, in cooperation with the Metuchen First Aid Squad, will be providing daytime ambulance service to Borough residents and visitors. A fully equipped JFK ambulance staffed by two Emergency Medical Technicians will be on duty in the Borough from 5 AM until 7 PM every day except Sunday. There is no cost to the Borough. JFK will bill patient's medical insurance including Medicare, Medicaid, automobile personal injury insurance and workers compensation. The dedicated and well trained volunteer EMTs of the Metuchen Squad will continue to provide ambulance service in the evening and on Sunday.

Pasta Dinner To Support Girl Scout Silver Award February 18th

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Junebug Registration for Artists NOW

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Yes, Junebug is planning! Ladies and gentlemen with artistic leanings, start your engines at this link!

Big Wins for Girl Athletes at Metuchen High School - NEWS

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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.

Herman Memorial Scholar-in-Residence Weekend at Temple Emanu-El

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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.

 Note: The will be a simultaneous program for kids during the Scholar-In-Residence program on Saturday.

Metuchen Pop Warner Celebrates End of Winning Season

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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.

The day closed by honoring the success of Metuchen's two competitive cheer teams, the Midgets, made up of Metuchen girls ages 11-15, who competed in the Medium Novice division and the Junior Pee Wees, comprised of Metuchen girls ages 8-10 who also competed as Medium Novice. Both teams placed first at their Local competition, Metro Qualifier and again at The Eastern Region Competition, granting both teams the opportunity to compete for a National Title in Disney World. These were the first Regional cheer titles for Metuchen Pop Warner.

"As a Director, being able to send all of my competitive teams to Disney is a dream come true," said Midget Head Coach and Cheer Director, Melanie Shapiro. The Midgets enjoyed their first trip to Nationals where their strong performance ended with a 3rd place finish, out of 18 total competing teams. The Junior Pee Wees returned to Disney to defend their title and did not disappoint. Their outstanding performance granted them their 2nd National Championship in a row.


The Borough Improvement League is excited to announce a new event, the "Brainy Borough Chili Challenge," to be held on Sunday, February 26, 2012 from 1:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Old FranklinSchool (491 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen).  Sample more than a dozen different local chilis and vote for your favorites.  Prizes will be awarded for "People's Choice" and "Judge's Choice," selected by our panel of local celebrity judges including Metuchen High School Principal Bruce Peragallo, former scholarship winner Caroline Murphy, Chef John from Hailey's Harp & Pub, Chief Donnan from the Metuchen Fire Department, and Steve Epstein of Boro Ace Hardware.  All proceeds benefit the B.I.L.'s Scholarship Fund which, in its 82nd year, provides an annual $1000 scholarship to a graduatingMetuchen High School student pursuing a career in education, medicine, or social work.  Only 100 tasting tickets will be sold ($10 each), so purchase yours early!   Want to buy tickets?  Have questions?  Feeling up to the challenge and want to enter your chili?  Contact Kathi at 862-368-2202 or visit our website at www.boroughimprovementleague.org.

 

Support Local Scout's Silver Award February 12th

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Marifiki Fair Trade Offers Valentine's Day Specials

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From Marafiki:

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 info@marafikifairtrade.com. 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.


BREAKING THE CHAIN Fundraiser at MHS FRIDAY

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On Friday Feb.3 at Metuchen High School there is a  FUNDRAISER hosted by the  "Breaking The Chain" Club of Metuchen H.S. students. It's an evening of dance performed by Ms. Doreen's Fabulous Feet among other dance companies, and it begins at 6:30 pm. General admission is available. $10 Adult admission / $5 for children 12 and under. Come out for a night of exciting dance work for a great cause!

Chamber Announces Award Recipients for 2012 Event

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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.

Remembering Robert Hedges

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At this link are touching rememberances from some of Metuchen's art patrons and longtime friends of the late actor Robert Hedges, who died here last Thursday morning. He is very sorely missed in town.

Life After High School" Careers In Art Program a Hit at MHS

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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.


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