March 2012 Archives

From Salta:

Salta! Jump Into Spanish, a NJ-based Spanish language and cultural enrichment program for children, announced today their support of the American Cancer Society's Movement for More Birthdays by donating a portion of their revenue from March 28, 2012 to March 28, 2013.

American Cancer Society's More Birthdays movement is dedicated to creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays.  It is estimated that 11 million cancer survivors will celebrate another birthday this year, thanks to the American Cancer Society's relentless work in early detection, cancer prevention, support during and after diagnosis, finding cures and rallying communities.

The impetus behind Salta's support is in celebration over founder Jacqueline Sanin's recent victory over cancer.  September 2011, Sanin dutifully and thankfully performed a mammogram only to discover that she had a mass.  Further investigation showed that she had stage II breast cancer.  She underwent a double mastectomy in October 2011 followed by several months of chemotherapy.  She was declared cancer free just a few weeks ago.

Metuchen Lions Club Presents Pancake Breakfast April 15th

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A Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Metuchen Lions and the Metuchen Metro Lions Clubs will be held on Sunday, April 15, from 8:30 to 12:30 at the Metuchen First Aid Squad.  Along with pancakes the menu will include sausage, bacon, juice, coffee, tea and cookies.

Ticket prices will be $6 for adults and $4 for children, and tickets will be available at Optique Unique on Main St. in Metuchen or by calling 732-567-1592 or 732-549-2581. 

Funds raised by this event will go to purchase an Extrication Device for the Metuchen First Aid Squad, to other local charities and to help the Blind and Hearing Impaired.  

Greendrinks Now Meets at Meiying's First Tuesday of Month

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April 3, 2012 

WHO: Anyone working on environmental issues, studying them, or looking for technical support in living and working greener.

WHY: Fun, contacts, alcohol (or not), info, gossip, inspiration, business and pleasure.

NEW: Just go up to someone and say "are you green?", and you'll be made welcome.

STATUS: Informal, self-organising network. First Tuesday every month since June 2010. Average Attendance about a dozen with room for many more.

WHERE: At our NEW VENUE Meiying's Restaurant, 435 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840. Family owned and operated since 1977, Meiying's is a fixture in Downtown. Come enjoy great conversation and a lovely selection of Asian cuisine, just ask the host to seat you with GreenDrinks.

Just add the event to your calendar using our new listing system: 
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Party of 5 or more, please RSVP to

Junebug Announces 2012 Sculptor Duffy Dillinger

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Duffy's_Portrait.jpgFrom Junebug:

Congratulations to Duffy Dillinger!

Juenbug is  delighted to announce their selection of  hometown Metuchen artist, Duffy Dillinger, as this year's sculptor.  Dillinger has taught art at Mount Saint Mary Academy, Watchung, NJ for twelve years. She has a BFA from the University of Massachusetts and studied at the School of the Worcester Art Museum as well as The Johnson Atelier- Technical Institute of Sculpture.

Additionally, since 1990,Ms. Dillinger has taught art at the Hunterdon Art Museum. She has exhibited sculpture and mixed media pieces throughout New Jersey since 1983.

Watch for the monthly "Sculpture Update" on the Junebug ArtFest Facebook page at

Firefighters Mass at St Francis April 21st

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Metuchen Lions Club Presents Pancake Breakfast April 15th

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A Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Metuchen Lions and the Metuchen Metro Lions Clubs will be held on Sunday, April 15, from 8:30 to 12:30 at the Metuchen First Aid Squad.  Along with pancakes the menu will include sausage, bacon, juice, coffee, tea and cookies.

Ticket prices will be $6 for adults and $4 for children, and tickets will be available at Optique Unique on Main St. in Metuchen or by calling 732-567-1592 or 732-549-2581. 

Funds raised by this event will go to purchase an Extrication Device for the Metuchen First Aid Squad, to other local charities and to help the Blind and Hearing Impaired.  

Public Workshop on Pearl Street Lot Development April 17th

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Event: Pearl Street Lot - Public Presentation will occur on Apr 17, 2012 at 7:00pm 

Location: Metuchen Senior Center, 15 Center Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840 

Description: The Metuchen Parking Authority will hold a Public Workshop to share information regarding the proposed Pearl Street mixed use development. The workshop will take place on April 17th at 7:00PM at the Metuchen Senior Center. The workshop will be hosted by Borough Planner James Constantine and will include representatives from the two potential developers, Avalon Bay Communities and Woodmont Properties, as well as representatives from the Parking Authority.The public is encouraged to attend this informative event and provide input on the various aspects of the planned development.

Reuter of Traffic & Transport Committee Announces New Form

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From Tyreen Reuter, Traffic & Transportation Committee:

Since then I joined the borough's Traffic & Transportation Committee and have been trying to get accustomed to how things works and what could be done towards making our crosswalks safer.  Some of you have already sent in some ideas - one in particular (safety flags) from Lea Lanton, I am looking into and will be asking her to help also see if it could work here.   Other ideas include giving out pedestrian safety info possibly at a street fair or during Junebug or at the farmer's market.  There may also be some sort of giveaway - like a high visiblity tote.

[I want you to know] about the form on the borough website where you can submit complaints, near misses, concerns, etc.  Basically, unless the incident involves an accident and the police are called, there isn't any way for the borough to know where the "hot spots" are, or where to keep an eye out for close calls.  Also, it's not just near misses that should be reported - it should be concerns about unsafe areas also. 

So I encourage you all to use the form, and spread the word to everyone you know who walks or drives in Metuchen.  Here's a link to the form:

which is located on the Traffic & Transportation Committee page on the borough website, saying "Your comments and questions are welcome."

From Lynn Kodila, the coordinator/brains behind METUCHEN CASH MOB:


Fantastic, how area businesses are offering 10% to 15% entire restaurant bill for tomorrow in Metuchen and some great give always like a Wall Hanging, a beautiful gift basket, an hour massage, LOTS MORE... come out to CASH MOB. It's going to be lots of fun to shop in Metuchen @What's the Scoop Sat. 3/24 2-5PM (come have ice cream & pizza and get your flier for more fun) Stay in town for more shopping & dinner.

Metuchen Matters asked Lynn what inspired this development project for downtown:

I was inspired by the coverage of Andrew Samtoy's Cash Mob in Ohio in November 2011.  Metuchen is a small town and I've seen many stores close their doors.  This idea seems like a perfect match for locals to show their love for their community and practice celebrating local economy.  I would like to have this event again and again. As a local professional, I hope this event creates a stronger support for area business.

Here is how it works and what you will find downtown TOMORROW:

Everyone goes to What's the Scoop and buys ice cream.  Lynn will be there to hand out the flier which incorporates all of the following offers:

Marafiki:  raffle off at their place a Haitian Steel Drum
What's the Scoop: raffle 10 in ice cream cake
Main St. Trattoria is giving a 15% discount on dinner for Sat. 3/24
Sprouts:  $$ Off services and treatments
Torino2 10% off entire bill on 3/24
Brass Lantern: raffle at her store for beautiful gift basket
Hailey's:  10% off entire bill 3/24
ASAP Carpentry:  $25 gift card for the first 8 written estimates b4 4/6
Red MONK: 10% off entire Dinner  bill SAt. 3/24 & Sun. 3/25 
Willow House:  10% off order 
To be Continued, book store.  20% off all purchases
Appearance Plus Day Spa, raffle off an HOUR Massage
Crabtree All Enviornmental $20.00 Spring  Special
Phoenix Auto 15% off any repair until 4/15
American Dance Studio, free registration
Alan's Enterprises, free estimates
BIL, special collectible giveaway

The ADs are ALL FREE.  Money not spent on ads is being given back to you, the consumer, so make sure you stop by What's the Scoop, enjoy a cold treat and pick up the flyer that has all the coupons you will need to take advantage of these generous offers. SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES IS ECONOMICALLY FEASIBLE AND FUN, TOO!.  Thanks to Lynn Kodila, all her volunteers and all the businesses that have come together to make this day happen! See you on Main Street!!!

Meet the Candidate Night March 26th

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Come to the Metuchen High School to meet the candidates running for the Board of Education on March 26th at 7:30 PM. If you come early, you can submit a question for the candidates to answer. The evening will be aired live on MEtv (but it's always great to have the energy of a focused and interested crowd in the room so come if you can!) Additional 
viewings will be provided on MEtv up until the election. All Metuchen residents are invited to attend this question
and answer session. 

Appearing, in alphabetical order:

Frances Brennan
 * Lea Lanton
 * Tara Matise
 * Aileen McGuire

Please plan to arrive a few minutes early if you would like 
to submit questions to the candidates. Remember to vote!  Board of Education Election is Tuesday, April 17th, 2012.  
Polls are open 2pm to 9pm

Magic Show Fund Raiser at Campbell School April 20th

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Please join us on Friday April 20, 2012 at 7:00 P.M. (Doors open at 6:30) at Campbell School for some MAGIC and Family Fun

Municipal Alliance and the Metuchen Youth Development Corporation will be hosting our Annual Magic Show Fund Raiser.

Adult admission is $10.00 (includes one free child) additional children are $3.00 each. Tickets are available at the door.

All proceeds will go to support Drug Free Community and Youth Activities in Metuchen

For further information contact

or call 732-632-8502 - Irene Morris-Nann


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Board of Education Candidates to Discuss Issues and Qualifications

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this most important event sponsored by the Metuchen Parent Teacher Council. This will be a wonderful opportunity to find out more about the candidate's positions on various issues that concern our school district. The event will take place as follows:


                                            When:     Monday, March 26th

                                            Time:       7:30pm

                                            Where:    Metuchen High School Cafeteria


The candidates who are running for the Board of Education are:


                                             Fran Brennan

                                             Lea Lanton

                                             Tara Matise

                                             Aileen McGuire


NOTE: Candidates Night will be aired live on METV, rerun on their website, and shown multiple times before the election on April 17th

Marifiki Artist Event Saturday Night

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From Marifiki Fair Trade:
Join us for an evening of Chris' beautiful glass art. Photographer, painter, sculptor, Chris has combined all of her talents for her latest artistic expression, working with fused glass. Most of her fused glass art is made by private commission or for charitable donation. This body of work represents the first public showing and sale of her fused glass jewelry and art. 6-8 PM on March 24.
Complimentary wine and cheese.

Oscar Winner THE ARTIST at the Forum This Weekend

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From the Forum:
We have recently upgraded our 35mm Projectors and Sound!!! Just in time for the first silent film in years!
Winner for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and one of the finest performances by a canine in film!
Friday March 23 and Saturday March 24 at 7:30 Sunday at 3pm

This is a treat. Charismatic leads with chemistry and talent, in a love story that plays as a pitch perfect homage to vintage Hollywood features, whilst never tipping over into parody, and that's no mean feat. The period detail is outstanding: film stocks, tints, (heck even the frame weave), captions and montage are all on the money.There's an evocative score, an imaginative use of silence, wonderful locations and costume. All rounded off by a top notch cast which includes a brilliant dog. Dujardin is every inch the charming 20's star and Bejo is sassy, surefooted and gorgeous. Go see this people. They do make 'em like they used to!

Chamber Invites You to Discover the Power of Constant Contact

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Join us on April 11, 2012 to learn more about the Power and Flexibility of Constant Contact. Constant Contact is known for Email Marketing but did you know that there are three other products they provide that can also assist in your marketing efforts to keep in front of your customers.

Wednesday, April 11th
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM 
The Pines Manor
2085 Rt 27 [Lincoln Highway]
Edison, NJ 08820

This program is part of our Network Information and Education Series so combine your networking while acquiring information to help your business.

There will be appetizers and beverages for an overall rewarding evening.

Register now on-line below or via email, phone or drop office the registration form at the Metuchen Chamber office. Please register no later than April 9th.
For more details and agenda,  visit our event page.
Register On-line Now!
You can Register On-line above; it is quick and simple and you can opt to pay on-line, mail in a check or pay at the door. To Register via email/mail, use our Off-line Registration form.


or contact the Metuchen Area Chamber office
732-548-2964  or  Fax to 732-548-4094 
$10 MACC Members Paid in Advance  
$15.00 Non-Members & All Walk-ins

Please R.S.V.P by April 9th.
Register early. Share this invite with others. Bring a friend, colleague or customer. Get a coupon  for a FREE 60 day trial with Constant Contact.

Irish Culture Celebrated at Campbell School

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On Friday, March 16 as part of Campbell Schools's Celebrations Unit in Social Studies, two second grade students along with their parents provided the class with a unique look at Irish Culture.  Caitlin Waldron and Erin Eustace performed Irish Step dancing and taught their classmates a few Irish steps.  Mrs. Waldron and Mrs. Eustace gave a brief history of St. Patrick's Day, taught the classes the meaning of the shamrock and the Irish flag, told some fun facts about Ireland, shared pictures of their family's home in Ireland and told the class about their Irish heritage. 

Want to Run for the Borough Council? INTERVIEWS TODAY

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The Metuchen Democratic Committee will be screening potential Council candidates at a meeting on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:00pm at 231 Bridge Street, Building F, Metuchen, NJ 08840.  Interested candidates must submit their resume on or before March 16, 2012 to:

James Graziano, Chairman

Metuchen Democratic Committee

79 Rose St.

Metuchen NJ 08840

or fax 732-560-5777

Neve Shalom Pasta Night April 15

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Neve Shalom Men's Club presents a post Passover feast Pasta Night. All the Pasta, Garlic Bread, and Salad you can eat. We will also be honoring Ron Becker - A Founder of Neve Shalom Men's Club. Sunday Night April 15, 2012. Starts at 5:00 PM at Neve Shalom Auditorium. Price: $8.00 per person before April 1 - $12.00 after April 1, 2012. 

RSVP to Matthew Bonus 732-968-4489 or email:   


This year, CQE has asked the Board of Education candidates to participate in a forum where they'd share their thoughts in writing on several questions concerning academics and education in Metuchen. These questions have been sent to the four candidates: Lea Lanton, Aileen McGuire, Tara Matise, and Fran Brennan.  In early April, their answers will be posted on both the CQE front page as well as on Metuchen Matters, so that you can come to know the candidates better and have more information and insight for when you cast your vote.

The questions are designed to be open-ended.  "We are not looking for a 'right answer,' but rather a thoughtful discussion of some of the academic issues that the members of the next BOE may face," CQE states. Here are the questions:

1. Why are you running for the Metuchen Board of Education?

2. In many school districts, subject classes are not based on ability group until 5th grade.  In Metuchen, Reading and Math classes are grouped by ability level beginning in 3rd grade.  Please state your opinion. 

3.  Many would say "that the fork in the road to college" can be found in Middle School.  How can we improve college expectations for all students by focusing on the Middle School curriculum, programming, etc.?

4.  More and more colleges make clear in their admissions criteria that they want students who have taken AP classes and AP exams.  In response, some districts maintain open enrollment for AP classes for all students who want to challenge themselves: (  Some districts encourage all students to take at least one AP course in their high school career: (  What is your position on open enrollment in AP classes? How would you encourage more participation in AP courses?

5.  How should we prepare our students for their lives in the future? What should we be teaching them now so that they can be prepared for life beyond high school?

sciencerutgers.jpgFrom Edgar School:
(Photo   (left to right)  Kristen Thomas and Marcella Schoner) 

Eighth grade students at Edgar Middle School participated in the Rutgers Science Explorer program last week.  This program provides students with a 90 minute  hands-on science program.   The Matter Matters program introduced students to the atomic nature of all matter, atomic particles and structures, the periodic table and atomic bonding.  The program, delivered by Rutgers University graduate students, offered visual and physical models that students used to develop an understanding of these important concepts.  Students were able to build elements such as Oxygen and Chlorine using particles representing protons, neutrons and electrons. The graduate students also shared interesting information about graduate school, their scientific research, and the careers open to them as a result of their studies.  Students from Mr. Ronk's, Mrs. Niemiera's, and Mrs. Korellis' Science 8 classes attended this interesting program. The Rutgers Science Explorer program is coordinated by Patricia Irizarry-Barreto, Ph.D.


Annual Chamber Golf Outing May 21st

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The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 20th Annual Chamber Golf Outing. The event is scheduled for Monday, May 21, 2012 at Metuchen Golf & Country Club located at 244 Plainfield Road in Edison.


This Golf Outing will provide a great day for networking with business associates as well as golf enthusiasts who want a day of golf at a challenging course with friends. This year's event includes breakfast, lunch, goodie bag, golf and cart, beer and soda on the course and at lunch, plus PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!!! Click here for the link.


This is an excellent opportunity for you to promote your business to the neighboring Metuchen/Edison area golfers and businesses! This is your chance to let people know about your facilities, where you are located, and everything you have to offer. We invite your business to participate as a sponsor - descriptions for various sponsorships are detailed in the attached flier. We would be most appreciative if you would include our golf outing in your annual giving plans. The value of your giving is returned to you in our many services that benefit the entire community.

Thank you in advance for your generous support.

St. Luke's Annual Fish & Chip Dinner March 31st

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From St. Luke's Church:

St. Luke's Episcopal Church will hold its annual Fish & Chips Dinner on Saturday, March 31st from 6-8 pm in Fryer Hall.  The event, which has been held every year for at least 40 years, is $10 for adults and $6 for kids under 12.  St. Luke's is at the corner of Rt. 27 and Oak Avenue in Metuchen.  Call for reservations: 732-548-4308, ext 10.

From the Chamber of Commerce:

Metuchen Market Day will be returning soon. Last year's market was a huge success with thousands of visitors during the season. This year is going to be even better. And you can be a part of the market's success.

Chamber members can reserve a space in the market for one week at no cost. Additional weeks are available at very attractive rates. Food vendor or not, you can promote your business. Spaces are limited and are on a first come first served basis. Please contact David Glasofer at for more information.

All residents of Metuchen, New Jersey, and the surrounding communities, including Edison, Iselin, Woodbridge, and Plainfield, are invited to participate in a survey to help improve and shape the future of the Metuchen farmers market. A link to the survey is available on the Metuchen Market Day homepage:

"We are extremely proud of the progress we made last year," says Nelson Li, market manager, "but that's just a start. We want to make the market better and better each year. That's why input from the community is so important - it helps us decide where to make changes and focus our energy."

The market, located at the corner of Pearl and New Streets, will be open from 9 am to 2 pm every Saturday from June through October. Opening Day is on Saturday, June 16. For more information, visit the website,, or contact Nelson Li at

Metuchen Chamber of Commerce Post-Holiday Networking Party

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Join us for a Post St. Patrick's Day Networking Party and extend your St. Patrick's Day Celebration. So if you haven't had enough Green Beer, then come out to Party and Network at Metuchen's own Pot O Gold, Hailey's Harp and Pub.

This event is sponsored by Hailey's Harp & Pub in Metuchen.


DATE:  Monday, March 20th 2012

TIME:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm


LOCATION:  Hailey's Harp & Pub 
          400 Main St.
             Metuchen, NJ

Join us for one of the biggest and greenest Networking Events of the year.  Delicious Appetizers, Great Networking Opportunities and a Cash Bar.   


To learn more and see the Agenda, visit the Event Page  on our website. 

Space is Limited so Register Early either on-line, mail, fax or phone. RSVP by March 20th.

Special Needs Parent Conference and Family Day March 25th

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County, in partnership with New Jersey Yachad, will present a Special Needs Parent Conference & Family Day on Sunday, March 25, from 9:00 a.m. until 1 p.m. at East Brunswick Jewish Center. The Conference is a day of informative workshops, networking opportunities and programs for Jewish children with special needs and their parents and siblings. The goal is to connect these children and their families to available community resources that they may not know exist.

The day's keynote presenter is Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman, National Director of Yachad, The National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD), Dean of IVDU Schools, and Director of the NJ Association of Jewish Day Schools.  Dr. Lichtman will address the issue of inclusion of individuals with special needs into the Jewish community.

Evan Roberts' Ghana Relief Through MHS Huge Success

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GhanaFamilyJoshuaComX+_300_200.jpgCheck out this article about Metuchen High School teacher Evan Roberts, whose Breaking the Chain Through Education, raises funds to help build schools and provide a better life for kids in Ghana. Congratulations to the Roberts' family on their amazing efforts and to MHS students for all the help they have offered him through his non-profit organization, Breaking the Chain Through Education.

Edgar School Colonial Day Takes Fifth Graders Back in Time

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From Edgar School:

On March 16, the fifth grade wing at Edgar Middle School was transformed into Colonial America as our fifth grade students participated in their annual Colonial Day activities. Students showcased a variety of colonial crafts and trades such as doll making, tin punching, paper making, quilting, ink making, and toy making. Parents and fourth grade students from Campbell School were invited to attend and hear about the colonial crafts and trades from our fifth grade colonists. It was a wonderful day for our students and guests. Pictured is Ms. Mertz's ye olde class


Sign up today for the 4th annual Metuchen Treasure Hunt, sponsored by the Metuchen Mt. Zion Lodge  $135 of Free adn Accepted Masons, in conjunction with What's the Scoop! The chaperoned hunt will challenge kids to solve puzzles leading from one location in town to another. And the preceding event, a pancake breakfast, should give them all the energy they need to make it through to the treasure at the end! 
From the BIL:
The Borough Improvement League of Metuchen is happy to announce the creation of a new an on-line collaborative listing of local events which we hope assist with navigating and publicizing the many wonderful things our little brainy borough has to offer. Between the Borough, Chamber of Commerce, schools, churches, non-profits, cultural offering, sporting event, etc., there is clearly a lot going on, and our hope is that this calendar will be a resource to those in our community who plan public meetings & events as much as it will be a source of information for residents. The possibilities are endless when we work together, and we hope that the "Brainy Borough Bulletin Board" will complement the fantastic services already offered to our community through both The Criterion's weekly newspaper and Metuchen Matter's on-line reporting.

If you have an event you would like to suggest, click on the "submit your event" button to fill out a form to be sent for review by the calendar's moderators. This is a collaborative effort, so if you see something missing, send it in! Community minded items of general interest, events that you would hang flyers about, and other notable goings-on are all welcome, and will be interfaced with our school calendars, public holidays, parades, etc.

The site was only "born" last week; it is still very sparing in terms of appearance and features, and there is still a lot of information to be added. But as we said, if you see something that needs to be added, click on "submit your event"! the link doesn't work here, go to the BIL's site and click onto it from the events page)

Early Resident Pool Applications Available Now

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Check out this link to reserve your spot at the Metuchen Municipal Pool this summer! It's not too far away!!

Stomp Out Bullying with Campbell School Students

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From Tara Lingenfelter and Campbell:

At Campbell Elementary School, a staff anti-bullying committee meets once month to discuss relevant cases and brainstorm ideas. One of the committee members, Mr. LoPresti, developed an inspirational "Anti-bullying Pledge" to encourage students to be kind to one another. The committee met and discussed various ways it could highlight or display this pledge. After brainstorming ideas, Ms. Lingenfelter suggested an anti-bullying puzzle/floor mat as a means to display our anti-bullying pledge, and led efforts to develop the mat. The mat consists of multi-colored floor mat puzzle pieces that connect together to make a single, large floor mat. Each class was assigned a piece of the puzzle where then, each student and staff member signed his/her name on the puzzle piece. By signing their names, they were pledging to do their part to "stomp out bullying." This was indicative of our overall theme: Campbell School is coming together to stomp out bullying.

While each staff member developed his/her own plan and activities to introduce the theme to their class, Ms. Lingenfelter's first grade class did a lesson on bullying before they signed the puzzle piece. She began the lesson by showing the students a flat piece of paper and told them that we were going to pretend that the paper represented someone's heart. Then, she read a book about bullying. Each time someone in the book said or did something hurtful, she would wrinkle the paper a little bit, so that by the end of the story, the paper was in a crumpled ball. After they finished the book, she asked the students to share different ways they could help someone whose feelings had been hurt. They shared answers like "say you're sorry" and "play with them." Each time they would suggest something, Ms. Lingenfelter would "unwrinkle" the paper a little to show how doing those things would help someone feel better. She then asked them whether, after doing all of those nice things, the "heart" was the same as it was in the beginning. They, of course, responded no, observing that the paper was still wrinkled a little. She explained that, although saying you're sorry and doing nice things for someone whose feelings were hurt can help make them feel better, unfortunately, the damage is already done and will always be there....even if it is just a little. In the end, her class discussed ways they could prevent bullying and hurt feelings before they even happen or before anyone's heart is "wrinkled." This proved to be a very influential lesson and allowed the children to visualize the effects of their actions. They then signed their anti-bullying mat puzzle piece.

When each of Campbell's classes and staff members completed their activities and had signed the puzzle pieces, the pieces were assembled, forming the "anti-bullying mat", which is now displayed at the front entrance of Campbell School. We invite you to come, inspect our anti-bullying mat, give it a stomp, and help us "Stomp out bullying"! 

Sunjata_05.jpgFrom Campbell School:

While singing, dancing and acting as part of a joyous McCarter Theatre Center production last week, Campbell Elementary School students enriched their understanding about accepting each others' differences and the hurtfulness of bullying. 

Sunjata Kamalenya, an interactive play about a mother and son's struggles to overcome challenges due to jealousy, discrimination and ignorance, is based on a centuries-old West African legend.  Campbell School hosted four performances of the show, for each grade one through four, last Thursday and Friday, March 1st and 2nd.   In each presentation, Campbell students and faculty members performed alongside McCarter Theatre actors.

As part of its anti-bullying & self-esteem goal, Campbell school's homeroom and specials teachers have created many lessons and special activities to address bullying. 

"Sunjata Kamalenya beautifully aligns with our school goal 'We are on One Team: Anti-Bullying & Self-Esteem Education,'" said Campbell School Principal Florence T. Carter. "The show addresses accepting differences, discouraging bullying and encouraging self-esteem.  The performance also shows that heroes can come from unexpected places. 



March 31st is the Day the Easter Bunny Comes to Metuchen

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On March 31st, Peter Cottontail is arriving in Metuchen just in time for the Annual Spring Egg Hunt! There will be plastic eggs filled with candy and some special prize eggs. 

Bring a basket or bag to collect your eggs. The hunt will begin at 9:00 am sharp, at Charles Field, East Walnut Street. ( Additional parking available on Orchard Street- enter park, we will be on the Charles field which is the further field) In the event of inclement weather, the hunt will be cancelled. 
For further information, call the Recreation Office at 632-8502.

CQE Storytime Wraps Up Another Successful Year

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velezstorytime.jpgFrom Maria Pan at CQE:
March 2 was National Read Across America Day and Campbell School's first and second graders started their celebrations by having this year's last scheduled CQE Story Time.  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 the 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-two readers came in to share their love of reading with our students.  Parents and grandparents were joined by Metuchen Police Corporal Cynthia Velez ,  Board of Education member Dan Benderly, Michelle Sayers of Strauss Performing Arts in Edison, Doreen Graham Padilla of Ms. Doreen's "Fabulous Feet" School of Dance in Metuchen,  Metuchen Library's Young Adults Librarian and CQE vice-president Kathy Liss,  chairperson of the Metuchen Municipal Alliance  Irene Morris-Nann, Dr. Judith Bland, retired first-grade teacher Marilyn Court, and other members of our 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.   

This year's CQE Story Times at Campbell School brought together ninety-three volunteer readers to read more than one-hundred picture books to first and second graders!  The various volunteer readers provided a picture for the students of the tapestry that makes up the Metuchen community:  parents, grandparents, police officers, Metuchen Superintendent Vincent Caputo, business owners, Board of Education members and other town leaders, librarians, teachers, doctors and retirees. You will find additional information about the CQE and its programs, including CQE Story Time, at

Full Passover Calendar at Neve Shalom This Month

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A "Java Nagila" for Hebrew School and Nursery Parents of Neve Shalom is being held for discussions, friendship, coffee, tea and bagels. The date is Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 9:00am. For more information, please contact Hazzan Levin at 732-548-2238, ext. 14.

Neve Shalom of Metuchen and Congregation Beth Israel of Scotch Plains present an Interfaith Concert of Faith and Freedom" A SPIRITUAL PASSOVER, Sunday, March 25 at 4:30pm at Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen, NJ. Featuring the Neve Shalom Adult and Children's choirs - Hazzan Sheldon Levin, Director - Congregation Beth Israel Adult and Children's choirs - Hazzan Matt Axelrod, Director - and special guests Dr. Verolga Nix and the Intermezzo Choir Ministry. This specially selected group of singers has appeared in concerts around the world, at major public events, and on recordings and TV programs. Dr. Nix, has accompanied such performers as Patti Labelle, and written, arranged, or taught spirituals and many other genres of music.  This concert brings together and "matches up" Passover songs and text with spirituals, Gospel music and exciting energy.  For more information contact Hazzan Levin 732-548-2238 ext. 14 or Hazzan Axelrod 908-889-1830.

Local Dance Team Scores Big Points in Regional Competitions

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From Lisa Weidmaier:

Metuchen is filled with active, exciting dance programs -- recently, one of them scored big news with regional competitions. Over at Jill Justin Dance Alliance, the girls won a first overall in the Star Power Regional Competition -- The picture here is the Grand Line which also won the National Award last year. The Company is over 50 kids of all ages, the youngest being six years old! Congratulations!

Free SAT Practice Test at LIbrary April 3rd

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On Tuesday, April 3 at 12:30 PM, Kaplan Test Prep will offer a free SAT Practice Test at the Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue. The 4 hour Practice Test allows students to experience the SAT under simulated test conditions, without their scores going on record. Students will receive scores and feedback via email. Taking a practice test is just one way to become familiar with the timing of the exam and to improve scores.

To sign up for the Tuesday, April 3 Practice SAT, please write Young Adult Librarian Kathy Liss at or call the Library on 732.632.8526. Space is limited. The free test is open to Metuchen residents only in grades 9, 10 and 11, but it will open to interested others a few days before the exam.

browniesuse.jpgMarch 12, 2012, was the birthday of the Girl Scouts -- it's centennial, in fact. With 100 years of success behind them, our local troops have been celebrating in all sorts of ways befitting the memory of Juliette Gordon Low, the mastermind behind the organization. Metuchen Brownie Troop 80763 planted some new buds in the beautifully restored Campbell School courtyard on the gorgeous spring-y birthday day. Check out these pics to see the happy faces that abounded--Low would certainly have been proud of them all!

Special Hosts Needed to Sign Up Now for Junebug Duties

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Even though it's only March, we are already busily planning the 5th Annual Junebug Arts Fest.  This fun, family-friendly event is co-sponsored by the Arts Council and the  Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce.  With 5 Fridays in June this year, 2012 is sure to be our best year yet!  Plans are underway to bring more artist & performers to fill the streets of downtown Metuchen.  As in past years, I am coordinating the volunteers-- Junebug's special hosts-- and we need YOUR help.

The first Friday of June this year will be one for all of us to enjoy the arts as volunteers will be needed only on a very limited basis.  The main activities that night are limited to the unveiling of the Junebug sculpture, a drum circle, and an interactive, town-wide art event.  However, for the remaining 4 Fridays we will need our regular army of hosts to stroll Main St., wearing their brightly colored shirts, passing out programs and helping visitors find what they are looking for.  As in past years, there will be 3 shifts of hosts needed: 5:30- 6 pm (to man the meters and help artists get unloaded); 5:45- 7:45 pm and 7:30- 9:30 pm. In addition to these hosts, we will need some volunteers to help with the chalk walk which is held in front of Borough Hall.  No artistic skill is necessary and chalk walk is scheduled during the first shift. 

The dates of the Junebug this year are: June 8, June 15, June 22, and June 29.  Contact Amy Brooks at this link if you are interested. Junebug and Metuchen thank you!




Neve Shalom Blood Drive March 25th

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Neve Shalom will hold a Blood Drive - In Memory of Michael Allan Thompson, Sunday, March 25, 2012, from 8:00am - 12:30pm - Miller Ballroom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen, NJ. Anyone age 16 and over can give blood. Come and save a life. Contact Matthew Bonus at or 732-968-4489

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at the BIL SATURDAY

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea- A Raconteur Venture for all Ages!

7:30 PM, Sat. March 10 at The Old Franklin Schoolhouse (491 Middlesex Ave in Metuchen) (btwn the firehouse and the Masonic Lodge and across from the Public LibaryParking in the Borough Hall lot (across the street) or along Middlesex Ave. Do not park in the Masonic lot. 

With Carlyle Owens, Michael Jarmus, Laurence Mintz, and Alex Dawson. It's 1866 and a mysterious sea monster, theorized by some to be a giant narwhal, is sighted by several ships, one of which it almost sinks. A multi-national expedition is assembled to track down and destroy the menace. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a noted French marine biologist and narrator of the story, is issued a last-minute invitation to join, along with master harpoonist Ned Land. What follows is the adventure of a lifetime!

Theatrical lighting! Sound FX! Sci-Fi Props (including authentic diving helmet, model Nautilus, and submarine blueprints)

On The Forum Theatre Screen: Meryl Streep in her Academy Award Winning Performance as Margaret Thatcher in: IRON LADY A look at the life of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Iron Lady tells the story of a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is a surprising and insightful portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman. 

Running time 1hr 45m Rated pg-13 General seating $10, Seniors 65 and over $9, Kids 13 and under $8 Box Office opens 1 hour before Screening -- check for schedule -- 732.548.5600

Board of Education Discussing Budget, Adding New Supervisors

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At the Board of Education meeting, Superintendent of Schools Vincent Caputo reiterated some of the important statements that made his open forum at Metuchen High School such a success (even while the town was experiencing blackouts from the transmitter fire) last week. The Board is now into the most important financial time of the year -- the budget hearings. The final budget will be determined at the end of the month but the various specifics of the financial plan for the coming school year are being discussed now.

The most exciting announcement made at the meeting was that, thanks to prudent budget cuts over the last couple of years when state funding was limited or cut completely, this year all clubs, sports and technological issues that had been put to the side during the official budget process could now easily be written into the new budget with its 2% cap. Mr. Caputo reiterated that the proposed budget has money for a supervisor of guidance (K-12), a position eliminated a few years ago, as well as a supervisor of instruction (or assistant principal) for Campbell School, which has over 700 students.

The presentation that Caputo made at the open Superintendent forum will be made available on the district website. Caputo also announced that there would be new and positive changes made to the website in the coming months.

Campbell Kids Help Cancer Society with Duct Tape? YES!

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Metuchen's kids are all about helping out in their communities and the world. Here's yet another wonderful example: Last week, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey Foundation came to Campbell School to receive a donation.  Five girls in 4th grade, along with the student council officers, sold "duct tape bracelets and flowers" that they made in an effort to raise money for breast cancer research.  This effort allowed them to present a check for $217.62 to the foundation. 

PICTURED: Front row left to right:  Christina DiStaso, Thomas Cordes, Arun Subramanian, Ben Cunningham
Back row left to right:  Leanne Kochy(Cancer Institute), Julianna Margolin, Maggie Gross, Sophie Lipshutz, Rebecca Margolin, Isabelle Ruiz, Kathy Keers-Nolde(Student Council Advisor)

Congratulations to them all! Who knew duct tape could be so super-helpful?? Thanks to Kathy Keers-Nolde for the info! 


Family Friends Open House WEDNESDAY at St. Luke's Fryer Hall

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From Family Friends:

Trying to find a safe & inexpensive way to help your little one socialize before entering pre-school or Kindergarten?  Check out Family Friends at our March Open House on Monday, March 5  and Wednesday, March 7, 2012 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.

                A wide variety of age-appropriate toys are stored and used at playgroup, but we also set a regular schedule of parent-led activities, crafts, snacks, etc.

                Parents need socialization, too! We host several "Night Outs" every year, in addition to seasonal parties and outings for the whole family.

                And that isn't all! We host a book club, a "Meals for Members" program, a full Summer In The Parks schedule for June, July, and August, and issue a monthly newsletter, and so much more!

For more information, visit our website at or contact the president, Kim, at

MEF-Sponsored Edgar Science Fair a Huge Success

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From the Office of the Superintendent:

The Edgar Middle School Science Fair was held on Wednesday, February 29th.  Approximately 135 students in grades 5 through 8 participated in this voluntary event.  All participants received a medal and winners received monetary awards.  The EMS Science Fair is sponsored annually by the Metuchen Education Foundation.  The primary objective of the Science Fair is to promote critical thinking and scientific problem solving through hands-on experimentation and observation. Middle School science fairs are inquiry-based and differ greatly from elementary science fairs.   The students were expected to:

¨      Ask a question and form a hypothesis

¨      Design and complete an experiment to test that hypothesis

¨      Make observations, organize data, analyze results and draw conclusions

¨      Write about the scientific research conducted

¨      Create a scientific display board.


Judging for the Science Fair took place on the evening prior to the public event.  The judges were community volunteers who are in science related fields.   At each grade level, winners were chosen for first, second, and third place as well as honorable mention.  Thank you to the Metuchen Education Foundation for their support and sponsorship of the Science Fair.

Neve Shalom will be conducting Morning Family Service on Saturday, March 17, 2012, 10:15 to 11:45am for students grades 2-6 and their families with Rabbi Zelizer and Nita Polay Levin. For more information, please contact Hazzan Levin at 732-548-2238 ext. 14.

The Sisterhood of Neve Shalom will be selling Kosher for Passover wines for your table or for your hostess's table. An assortment of Israeli wines, Italian wines, Australian wines, and of course the Concord Grape wines are available. The deadline for the order is March 18, 2012. You can pick-up your order at Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen, 7-8pm on March 27, 2012. To order from the complete line offered and/or for more information, please contact Sandy at 732-816-2024.

From the YMCA:

It is with great excitement that the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy announces the selection of two prominent and influential community members to receive the Peter J. Barnes, Jr. Community Champion Award and the Charles S. Edgar Memorial Award.

The YMCA Peter J. Barnes Jr. Community Champion Award will be presented Metuchen Mayor, Thomas Vahalla for his contribution as a public official to the mission of the YMCA and to the community at large.

Mayor Vahalla has a long history of community involvement and political service in Metuchen New Jersey. In January 1994, Mayor Vahalla was elected to Metuchen Borough Council. In 1996, 1999 and 2000 he served as Council President. In 2008 he was elected to his first term as Mayor of Metuchen. In 2011, Mayor Vahalla was re-elected to another term as Mayor.


From the Office of the Superintendent:

Edgar School students visited Moss School on Friday, March 2, 2012 to help the kindergarten students celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with a Read Across America program.  Pictured in the back row (left to right) are Edgar teacher, Veronica Hullings, Edgar student, Jake Cascarelli, Edgar teacher, Erin Santasieri, and Moss teacher, Michelle Smith.  In the front are Moss kindergarteners, Alexander Serban and Nicole Bellows.  Mr. Robert Capra, Supervisor of Special Service, commented, "This is a great opportunity for our youngest students to learn from older children and for the older children to provide this fine community service."  Mr. Knoth, Edgar Assistant Principal, accompanied his students and teachers to Moss School, and praised his two teachers for organizing this event.

PT Council Comedy Night Raises Over $30,000 for District

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(photos courtesy of Paul Spera)
Mary Kay Sessa, Laurie Walker, and Karen Walker
Congratulations to the Metuchen Parent-Teacher Council for their supersuccessful fundraising event of the year -- COMEDY NIGHT at the Heldrich Hotel last Friday night raised over $30,000 for the district. Co-chairs Kelly Jaques and Teresa Zeng and all their many collaborators should be feted for such a remarkable turnout -- the event actually sold out! Guests enjoyed good food, two hilarious comedy performances and a silent auction. MM hopes this is a new tradition for the PT Council -- looks like a winner from here. 

Teresa Zeng and Kelly Jaques celebrate PT Council's great success!
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Nancy Fuccile and Mike O'Reily enjoy the culinary treats offered at the event.

Metuchen Savings Bank is All Ears in New Campaign

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From Metuchen Savings:


Metuchen Savings Bank, headquartered in Metuchen, NJ, has announced the launch of their new "Listening Campaign" on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8:30am.  Utilizing the theme "We're All Ears" represented by a jumbo-eared elephant logo, the 115-year old financial institution is reaching out to its customers and non-customers alike to solicit their opinions and suggestions about products and services offered by the Bank.  By filling out a short questionnaire, participants will provide helpful feedback to Metuchen Savings Bank.  In turn, the Bank will give a small gift as a thank you to anyone who submits a completed survey.  Additionally, participants' names will be entered into a drawing for a "Weekly Appreciation" gift from the Bank.

On the day of the campaign launch, the bank will be unveiling a 10-ft. high by 18-ft. long inflated elephant outside of its retail office on Main Street in downtown Metuchen.  In addition, Metuchen Savings Bank is inviting the public to stop by and enjoy refreshments and coffee, while receiving elephant-themed prizes to celebrate the occasion.  Other daytime events are being planned as well.  The life-size elephant will then rotate among several locations in Metuchen for the first two weeks of March.

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