April 2012 Archives

Marching Band Wins Cavalcade of Bands 2012

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imagejpeg_2.jpgFrom John Messenger at MHS Marching Band:

Metuchen High School Concert Percussion Ensemble and Indoor Drum Line were both crowned champions at the Cavalcade of Bands Indoor Championships at Quakertown High School in Quakertown, PA on March 31, 2012.  Both groups had extremely productive seasons, and their hard work was rewarded with gold medals at their final show.  The Concert Percussion Ensemble won it's 4th championship in a row this year.  They won their previous three titles in novice class and this year were promoted to A Class with their show entitled "Flight to Turkey" which is a play on "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Rimsky-Korsakav.  This year's show featured senior xylophone soloist Ryan Johnson and a talented batch of MHS percussionists.  The Indoor Drum Line was in competition for the first time this year, and won a gold medal in its inaugural season.  Their show was entitled "Rewind" and was arranged by MHS Percussion instructor Sean Sullivan.  

The staff for both ensembles includes director of the Pride of Metuchen Marching Band, John Messenger, Sean Sullivan, Robert Lazenbery, Samara Gomez, and Jason Gomez.  The Concert Percussion Ensemble had 15 members, and the Indoor Drum Line featured 25 students.  We would like to thank the faculty and staff of the Metuchen School District including superintendent Vincent Caputo, Supervisor of Fine Arts, Mary-Lou Roma, MHS Principal Bruce Peragallo, Athletic Director John Cathcart, the MHS Band and Music Parents and the Metuchen Board of Education for their support during this long and successful season.

On behalf of the entire team, we would like to welcome all new and returning families to the 
2012 season of the Metuchen Municipal Pool Swim and Dive Team. The teams had a 
wonderful season last year, thanks to the time and efforts of our coaches and families and 
we are really looking forward to the 2012 season.



The Parent Association Executive Board & Coaches



Parent Meeting

The purpose of this meeting will be to cover the following agenda topics and address any 

questions you, as parents and guardians may have.  As this meeting is geared toward 

parents and guardians, swimmers and divers need not attend. 

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Metuchen Public Library


The main agenda will be:

  • Practices and Meet Schedules
  • Introduction of Coaching Staff
  • Team Suits and Gear
  • Call for Officials and Training
  • Work Assignments, Fines & Volunteer Efforts
  • Swim Across America
  • Review of 2012 Budget
  • Board of Directors Election

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New!!  This year registration will be completed on-line.  Registration is due by:


Sunday, June 3, 2012 


  • The registration fee will be $80 for the first athlete in a household, $25 for each additional 
  • athlete.
  • Important Note:  All swim and dive team members must also be paid members 
  • of the Metuchen Municipal Pool. Please see the pool website to register.
  • To complete the Registration Form click here.
If a child changes their mind prior to June 9th a full refund will be issued by June 15th.

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Try Outs

Try Outs wills be held on 


Sunday, June 3, 2012

7:30 AM warm-up at the Pool


The team has a limited amount of time to conduct Try-Outs this year, we will be required by the pool to be finished by 10:30 am.  Participation in tryouts is mandatory for all new and returning swimmers with the following exceptions:

    1. Transfer times can be submitted from a High School GMC meet, a USS or YMCA winter team.  See the Try Out page for specific information on submitting winter times.
    2. Swimmer is a returning swimmer and is 14 years of age or older.
    3. If you are a returning swimmer who will be swimming the same distance this season (you are not moving up an age bracket) and want to use last years best times.


For detailed information on Try-Outs please visit our website.



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Practice Schedule
The practice schedules will remain the same as last year.
  • The first day of swim practice is Wednesday May 30th.
    • 10 & under from 4pm till 4:45pm
    • 11 & up from 4:45pm till 6pm
  • The first day of dive practice will be June 11th from 4pm till 5:30pm for all age groups.
  • Morning Practice will begin on June 25th.
The complete practice schedule can be found here.
 Further info can be found at:

MHS.msc.jpgFrom MHS:
Five Metuchen High School Students attended the Team Training Courses on April 20 to prepare for the New Jersey Envirothon.  The New Jersey Envirorhon is a natural resources problem solving competition for high school students.  This year, it will take place on May 5, 2012 at Camp Sacajawea at Farmingdale.  The Metuchen High School team consists of Anthony Cammarano (senior), Edward Murphy (senior), Jason Stadtmauer (senior), Michael Schwartz (senior) and Miranda McKirnan (freshman). 

The team arrived at the Swartswood State Park for the training course, and were given a crash course on aquatic ecology, soil science, forestry, wildlife ecology, and current issues (this year's topic is on nonpoint source pollution/low impact development).  The day consisted of series of lectures by working scientists and varioushands-on opportunities to try out techniques used by natural resource scientists  in their line of work.  The students were also provided instructions for the team presentation, which they will need to give as part of the competition.

Girl Scout Yoga Workshop May 11 -- Sign up NOW!

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Junebug Offers Great Sponsorship Opportunities for ArtsFest

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Sponsor Junebug this year for $100
and receive a ticket to redeem
at one of the many fine Metuchen merchants
who are also supporting the Arts.

Each $100 sponsorship,
will give you "Bug Bucks" to spend.

Choose from:
$50 @ To Be Continued...Bookstore & Boutique
$20 @ Serata Italian Bistro
$20 @ Main Street Trattoria
for TWO TICKETS to the Forum Theater

Visit JunebugArtFest.com to see additional merchants accepting "Bug Bucks".  More are being added to the list all the time!

student_outreach_dinner_and_play.jpgFrom Superintendent Caputo:

In what has become a fun filled tradition, the senior citizens of Metuchen Borough were invited to a large Italian style meal by the members of Student Outreach. The 75 senior citizens attended the dinner and then watched the dress rehearsal of MHS's most recent musical play, Sweeney Todd


Students cooked the meal with the guidance of Ms. Bonny Stanski, the Food Science teacher, and Ms. Wisneiwski and Ms. Karger, the Student Outreach club advisors. The students in the club were thrilled with the experience. During the meal students, sat with their guests, enjoying each other's company.  Some of the grandparents of student outreach members were even able to join in.


It is always such a wonderful event to have. By now every person in the club has a specialty, whether it is making the salad, the garlic bread, cooking the meatballs, pasta, serving drinks or plating the deserts. The students love meeting the senior members of the community and are proud to be able to thank them in this way.

gonzalezclass.jpgWhen the Superintendent of Schools asked about Campbell School history, three bright 4th graders from Mrs. Gonzalez's class piped up and gave him the scoop. The students were Max Gerlach, Frances Lee and Melanie McNeil -- maybe we should have a school-wide Jeopardy-type challenge on district history! MM would be happy to help sponsor it!!

Truck Takes Down Traffic Lights at Main and Amboy Friday

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Oops! Somebody took a bad turn and almost turned Vinnie's Pizza into a traffic light museum -- check out these pictures from our friend Kyo Morishima on the day of the accident. In good Metuchen stead, it was all cleaned up pretty quickly.


Summer Stars on Stage and Special Christmas Shows Announced

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From the Forum:

Our 2012 Summer Stars On Stage Program Will Present

Early registration will begin On Monday May 1st
Performances will be in late July

In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that shes the girl with the enchanting voice.
Adapted from Disneys 2008 Broadway production, Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. features the hit songs "Part of Your World," "Shes in Love," and the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea."


Coming This December! Tickets Go On Sale This June

Direct from The Wiggles - Dorothy's Rockin' Christmas Show!

Join everybody's favorite dinosaur when she meets the man in red from the North Pole in a brand new live show propelled by fun, beautiful music and dancing and written for the stage by Blue Wiggle Anthony Field. Join Dorothy the Dinosaur - graduate of RADD (Royal Academy of Dinosaur Dancing) along with her friends Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus. Joining them are the elves Fernie and Poppie, special guest ELF-IS and of course Santa. Children will be enchanted while they plan to bring together a special surprise Christmas party for Dorothy.  The dancing will be delightful and of course the music will be rosalicious with some wonderful Christmas cheer.

From the CQE:

CQE will award a $250 scholarship for academic rigor to at least two Metuchen High students in the Class of 2012.  All students who meet minimum eligibility requirements, who have challenged themselves with a rigorous curriculum, and who can demonstrate in an essay an understanding of the benefits of having taken one particular, challenging class, are encouraged to apply.  The deadline is May 16, 2012.  Please see the application at http://www.metuchenschools.org/mhs/Guidance/. Or ask for an application at the Guidance Office.

Calling all MHS Alumni from the Classes of 2010 and 2011! CQE and the MHS Guidance Department will co-sponsor the 6th Annual Metuchen High School Alumni College Day on the morning of Wednesday, May 30.  If you know someone from 2010 or 2011 who may be interested in returning to Metuchen High School to sit on a panel and to speak to their former schoolmates about the college planning process, as well as the joys and challenges of college life, please have them contact Kathy Liss at KLiss@me.com.  We are also looking for adult volunteers to help on that morning.  Please contact Kathy if you are interested.

Starts Tonight On The Forum Theatre Screen:
We Have A Pope (Habemus Papam)
Friday 7:30 Saturday 5:30 & 7:30 Sunday 4:30
The film premiered in Italy in April 2011 and played in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival.
Unrated, 1 hr. 44 min.
Drama, Comedy Directed By: Nanni Moretti. Written By: Nanni Moretti, Francesco Piccolo

On Stage For The Kids! Tickets Now On Sale
The Forum Theatre Stars On Stage Musical Theatre Performers present:
School House Rock Live!
Friday May 11 at 7pm Saturday May 12 at 11am and 7pm Sunday May 13 at 2pm
Based on The Emmy® Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series SHR Live is one of the most fun, energetic, and melodic musicals ever to hit the stage! For ages 4 to 400! All reserved seats are $14  and can be bought online at www.forumtheatrearts.org or by calling the box office at 732.548.5600

Sunday June 3
Mr Rays Spring Into Summer Show!
The Forum Theater Arts Center is pleased to announce the Mr. Rays 
Spring Into Summer Show, Sunday June 3 at 11am. NJ.

Recording artist and TV personality, Mr. Ray (aka Ray Anderson) is 
no stranger to the music scene. He has performed for over 20 in his own 
band, as well as with Meatloaf and Matchbox 20. Now he tours the country 
playing for children.
For more information on Mr. 
Ray go to www.mrray.com.

 General seating is $14. Tickets can be purchased 
online or in person. For tickets or more information, contact The Forum 
at 732-548-5600 or www.forumtheatrearts.org

On Sunday, April 29 at 2 PM, award-winning Young Adult Author Carol Plum-Ucci will visit the Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue. A Visit with Carol Plum-Ucci is co-sponsored by the Metuchen Public Library and the Metuchen Municipal Alliance, in collaboration with the Metuchen Public Schools. 

In 2002 Plum-Ucci's first novel The Body of Christopher Creed received a Michael J. Printz Award from the American Library Association, one of the nation's top literary prizes. Christopher Creed, a suspense story set in the Pine Barrens of South Jersey, examines the disappearance of a bullied teenager and the effects his disappearance has on the entire community, including the bullies and the bystanders. In 2011, Plum-Ucci published the sequel, Following Christopher Creed.  

Ms. Plum-Ucci is the author of five other works of fiction for grades 7-12. Her titles cover topics that range from bioterrorism and communicable diseases, to spies and espionage, to interpersonal relationships. In her books, the author explores teen issues like underage drinking, peer pressure, bullying, sexual identity and coping with grief. 

In anticipation of the author's visit, two 11th grade English classes of Ms. Chris Rockwell at Metuchen High School are reading The Body of Christopher Creed.  In addition, they are responding to a blog about the book. To see the students' insights and to read what they have to say about the book, visit www.metuchenlibraryteens.org (click on Blog at the top menu bar and then the book title).

A Visit with Carol Plum-Ucci is free and open to the public. It is a family event and all pre-teens, teens and adults are welcome. The author's presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer session with the audience. All titles will be available for purchase and for the author to sign. Refreshment will be served. For more information, write KLiss@Lmxac.org or call the Library on 732.632.8526.

Raconteur Radio Announces Slate of Performances For Springtime

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Want to get away from it all? Raconteur Radio's staged presentations are designed to free you from the four walls of today for an hour of thrilling suspense, brave deed, and rollicking derring-do!

2 PM, Sat. April 28 
Featuring Carlye Owens, Michael Jarmus, & Laurence Mintz 
With several attempts on his life having already taken place, Holmes asks Watson to accompany him on a roundabout Continental "holiday" designed to thwart the relentless pursuit of the Napoleon of crime himself, Professor Moriarty. The story, which was to be, as the title implies, Doyle's last, culminates with a fateful square off at "a dreadful cauldron of swirling water and seething foam" known as Reichenbach Falls. North Edison Branch Public Library. FREE!

7:30 PM, Sun. May 6 
Featuring Jane Smith, Caryle Owens, Laurence Mintz, & Michael Jarmus 
The lifeless body of struggling young Hollywood screenwriter Joe Gillis floats in the swimming pool of long-forgotten silent-film star Norma Desmond's palatial mansion on Sunset Boulevard, as Joe narrates, in flashback style, the story of his becoming Desmond's kept man and the events leading up to his own murder. The Old Franklin School. $10.

7:30 PM, Weds May 30 
Featuring Michael Jarmus, Laurence Mintz, & Carlyle Owens 
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! Metuchen Public Library. FREE!

6:30 PM, Fri. June 8 
Featuring Carlyle Owens, Laurence Mintz, Michael Jarmus, & Francesca Tedesci 
Set during World War II, the story focuses on Rick Blaine, a cyncial expatriate and a man torn between, in the words of one character, love and virtue. Rick must choose between his love for a woman named Ilsa and helping her Czech Resistance leader husband escape from the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis. Stage Left Restaurant (includes themed dinner & drinks). Price and menu TBA.


Raconteur Radio productions include costumes, theatrical lighting, and extensive sound effects. Raconteur Radio is an offshoot of The Raconteur, a bygone bookstore in Meutchen, NJ. Peformances occur in a variety of venues across the state.

To book a performance by Raconteur Radio at your school, home (that's right, folks, Rac Rad now does private parties!), or cultural venue, please contact raconteurbooks@gmail.com.

Brainy Boro Bulletin Board Lists All Activities on One Day!

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Don't forget that the Borough Improvement League is helping us all improve our crazy schedules by listing as much as possible the events of any one day in Metuchen on the BRAINY BORO BULLETIN BOARD. That way you always know what's going on! Check it out at this link!

Barbara Buono Awards Catherine Jennings Essay Award

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IMG_0091.jpgOn April 13th, Senator Barbara Buono visited Metuchen's Campbell School to address all fourth grade students and to present the winner of her essay contest, a certificate and gift card.  The winner of the essay contest, What Does New Jersey Mean to Me?, was Catherine Jennings.  She is pictured here after she received her award and read her wonderful essay for the entire grade.  Pictured with Catherine is Superintendent Vincent Caputo, Senator Barbara Buono, and Principal Florence Carter.

Metuchen Boy Scouts Earn Highest Honor, Eagle Scout Awards

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Boy Scouting's highest rank of Eagle Scout was awarded to four scouts from Troop 17 of Metuchen/Edison on March 24, 2012.

Brian Donovan, Robert Facchini, Vincent Saulys, and Alexei Teitler each completed the requirements to attain the top rank of the Boy Scouts of America.

An Eagle Scout must have completed at least 21 merit badges and organized a service project that benefits his church, community, or school.

Brian Donovan's project included erecting a lighted sign at St. James Episcopal Church in Edison. Robert Facchini constructed a butterfly garden at Edgar Middle School in Metuchen. Vincent Saulys installed landscaping at Saint Joseph High School and Alexei Teitler organized a benefit concert for Toys for Tots.

Mayor Antonia Ricigliano of Edison and Middlesex County Freeholder, Charles Tomaro were honored speakers at the event and presented the Scouts with proclamations congratulating them on their achievements. All four boys will be attending college in the fall.


holocaust_remembrance_013.jpgAttached photo:  Mrs. Sally Frishberg with Teresa Tomasco, Angelique Dulin and Elena Gonzalez, 5th graders.

On April 12, Edgar Middle School has had the pleasure to host Mrs. Sally Frishberg, a Holocaust survivor.   Mrs. Frishberg has been coming to Metuchen for 19 years.   Over those years she has shared her story of courage and survival, in a way that is uplifting and enlightening.   Mrs. Frishberg goes into detail about how her little village in Poland became occupied by German soldiers. Sally explains, to a very eager audience, how her family was forced to quarter Nazi soldiers in their home. While there, one particular solder befriended her father. Through their nightly chess games, it was revealed what fate held for Sally and the others in her village. With this information, Sally's family fled and eventually ended up hiding in a friend's attic for over two years. Her story is compelling to say the least. We are grateful to Sally for sharing her story with the children of Metuchen and giving us all hope that even in world where terrible things happen there is good in some.

During Mrs. Frishberg's visit with the fifth grade students at Edgar Middle School, she shared a recent honor that took place on January 17, 2012 in Rzeszów, Poland.  At an awards ceremony, Stanislaw Grocholski was posthumously honored for saving Frishberg's family when he hid them in his attic for over two years.  This honor was made possible through the application and documentation that was provided by Mrs. Frishberg on behalf of her family.  A delegation of 27 members of her family traveled to Poland in January as Mr. Grocholski was posthumously honored as "Righteous Among the Nations" for saving lives during the Holocaust.


IMG_4945.jpgFrom Dan Delmonaco, the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technology:

The Academy was visited by Diana Starace from RWJUH's Level One Trauma Center and given the presentation Driven to Distraction about the dangers of distracted driving. A local Allstate agent also visited the Academy and allowed student's to take the X the TXT pledge not to text while driving. 

Eight Academy students (Jill Deegan, Dan Delmonaco, Payal Patel, Artur Filipowicz, Stephanie Karanevskii, Enya Guo, Laura Gunderson, and Raeesa Soomar) under the guidance of Ms. Rosemary Simmons have been trained as Safety Ambassadors by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. These Safety Ambassadors have delivered presentations on topics including pedestrian safety and automobile safety to first and second graders at Lincoln Elementary School in Edison, NJ.

Students participated in an essay contest sponsored by the Metuchen Municipal Alliance about the effects and truths of underage drinking. The contest was open to high school students at the Academy and other local high schools. Senior Puneet Dhillon won the essay contest and junior Dan Delmonaco received an honorable mention. The two were awarded at the Metuchen Town Talks event on Tuesday, April 17. 

The Deep Blue Sea Premieres at the Forum This Weekend

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Starts Friday On The Forum Theatre Screen:

Rachel Weisz Stars in:

Terence Davies wrote the screenplay and also directed the movie based on a love story play by Terrence Rattigan. The cinematography is absolutely theatrical. 

Friday & Saturday 7:30 Sunday 4:30  Rated R Running Time 98m

On Stage For The Kids!
The Forum Theatre Stars On Stage Musical Theatre Program presents:
School House Rock Live!
Friday May 11 at 7pm Saturday May 12 at 11am and 7pm Sunday May 13 at 2pm
Based on The Emmy® Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series SHR Live is one of the most fun, energetic, and melodic musicals ever to hit the stage! For ages 4 to 400!
All reserved seats are $14  and can be bought online at www.forumtheatrearts.org or by calling the box office at 732.548.5600

From To be Continued Bookstore . . .
To anyone who supports and enjoys the Junebug ArtFest: 

If you purchase a 2012 $100 JUNEBUG ARTFEST Sponsorship Ticket, you will receive a whopping $50 Gift Certificate from To Be Continued... Bookstore Boutique (no limits on how many issued!) 

We love Junebug and support the Arts. 

We also hope our gesture encourages everyone, in and around Metuchen, in order to create an amazing event all of us can be proud of helping achieve. 

Share and encourage your friends & family as well. To Be Continued...

Temple Emanu-El Open House May 1st

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The Religious School of Temple Emanu-El of Edison is having an open house on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 from 4:15-6:00pm.  Come visit our K-3 classes in session and learn about our exciting curriculum for Grades K-12 including accommodations for individual learning styles. Our goal is to offer a meaningful Reform Jewish education including knowledge of Jewish history, traditions, holidays, language and culture. Please note that K-2nd and 8-12th grades are now open to non Temple members.  We invite you to join our warm and welcoming community. Packets are now available for membership starting July 1, 2012. If you would like to observe other grades in session or if you need to make an appointment for a different day to visit, please call Principal Jill Santoni at 732-549-4442 x5. Visit our website atwww.edisontemple.org. We are located at 100 James St, Edison.

St. Francis Students Shine at Boro Hall Art Exhibit

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st francis art at boro hall.jpgFrom Patricia Ackerson, art teacher at St. Francis Cathedral School:

I am thrilled to be a part of my students' Art Show! Their beautiful artwork is currently framed and hung on display at The Annex, a space made available in Metuchen Borough Hall, to display childrens' artwork. Their artwork will be hung from April - June.

Saturday, April 21, is the "grand opening" reception from 2- 4 pm in the Borough Hall Rotunda.

Congratulations to all the young artists:
Kindergarten - Humera Alisammond, Dominick Toscano, Gianna Nunziato
First - Jillian Bonavia, Lane Mintchwarner, Declan O'Connor
Second - Vera McCoy, Andrew Kwok, Mikaila Farrell
Third - Alison Picerno, Sara Walsh, George Theruviparambil
Fourth - Anna O'Connor, Matthew Flammia
Fifth - Isabella Felix, Joseph Manacop
Sixth - Stephanie Kleman, Christian Albanese, Valerie Bouchard, Rourke Morrison


Letters for Literature Winners Will be Feted at Princeton in May

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letters_for_lit_002_(2).jpgFrom Edgar School:
Each year, the Library of Congress's Center for the Book sponsors a contest called Letters for Literature.  Students are asked to write letters to the author of a favorite book, telling why this book inspired them.  This year more than 2500 New Jersey students submitted letters for this contest.  Three sixth graders in Ms. Melissa Kovacs' class at Edgar Middle School have been recognized for writing outstanding letters.  Molly Walters, Reilly Lepak, and Ben Isler received honorable mention in the 4th-6th  grade division and will be honored at a reception at Princeton University in May.   

Pictures from left to right:
Ms. Kovacs, Reilly Lepak, Molly Walters, Ben Isler

Election Results 2012

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Yes - 853
No - 355

Lea Lanton - 677
Aileen McGuire - 711
Tara Matise - 758
Fran Brennan - 653

Congratulations to all the candidates for a well-run race and thank you, Metuchen, for passing the school budget!

Neve Shalom Scholar In Residence will be Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, 2012, on Israel and the Middle East featuring Dr. Daniel Pipes, President, Middle East Forum Visiting Professor Stanford University. Dr. Pipes received his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University in 1978, and spent six years studying abroad, including three years in Egypt. He has written 12 book and his articles appear regularly in over one hundred newspapers and periodicals around the globe. Dr. Pipes discusses current issues on television on such U.S. programs as ABC World News, Crossfire, Good Morning America, News-Hour with Jim Lehrer, Nightline, O'Reilly Factor and The Today Show. There will be a service Friday evening at  6:30pm followed by dinner at 7:15pm (reservations required) and Dr. Pipes will begin speaking at 8pm on Middle East Overview. The Saturday service starts at 9:30am; Dr.Pipes will speak at the service and after the lunch on Threat to Israel's Existence, Why it's Back and How to Deal With It. There will be a catered lunch for those who make reservations and a free "Kiddush" for those who do not. One does not need to attend the meals to participate in the services or program. The annual Scholar-in-Residence Event is sponsored this year by the Scholar-in-Residence Fund, the Ohev Shalom Endowment and the Gilbert and Claudie Hayat Endowment. For more information about Adult Education programs contact Hazzan Sheldon Levin 732-548-2238 ex. 14 or can2r11@aol.com. 

The 22nd SUSY SCHWARTZ MEMORIAL Annual Scholarship fund Benefit Concert will be held at Congregation Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen, NJ 08840. Join us for the pop-rock, Jewish a Cappella Sensation SIX13 - Sunday, April 22, 2012, at 7pm. Proceeds help our young people benefit from an educational experience in Israel. General Admission:$20 in advance/$25 at door/Under 12 yrs. $12 Benefactors:$200/Patrons:$100 Both enjoy preferred seating and more. FREE BABYSITTING for ages 3 to 8 available to parents while attending the show. Must register by April 16th - 732-548-2238, ext. 18. Purchase tickets or learn more at www.neveshalom.net


Neve Shalom Offers Yoga Program April 29th

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Neve Shalom Hebrew School will have Wendy Kushner teach Basic yoga "Hatha" class that mimic the letters of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet on Sunday, April 29, 2012, 9-9:45am. Experience the benefits of yoga postures and breathing exercises while making Jewish connections. Bring a towel or yoga mat. There is no charge. This is open to all adults who are interested. For more information, contact Hazzan Levin - 732-548-2238, ext. 14.

Edgar Chorus Members Raise Voices for Little League Opening Day

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DSC00546.jpgFrom Edgar School:

On Saturday, April 14th, members of the Edgar Middle School Chorus participated in the Opening Day Ceremony for the Metuchen Little League.  These vocal students sang the National Anthem as part of the day's festivities.
Do your part.jpgMetuchen, today is your day to put your vote where your money is! 

Get out there from 2-9PM at any of the regular polling stations in town and cast your vote for the representatives you feel would be the best candidates on the Board of Education as well as support a school budget that would keep our district running smoothly.

If you haven't already read them, check out the questions and answers that all four candidates -- Lea Lanton, Aileen McGuire, Tara Matise and Fran Brennan -- have responded very thoughtfully to on MM as well as for the CQE. Click through the ads on this site to read further about the candidates. Click on the Board of Education link on this site to read about the budget proposals, KNOW WHAT YOU ARE VOTING FOR and make an INFORMED choice. Metuchen will be all the better for it! THANK YOU!

MM asked the Board of Education Candiates three additional questions and here are their answers. Please click through to see them in their entirety. As always, these capable women have given great thought to the questions we asked, as well as the ones from the CQE. MM hopes that this has been an instructive and informative help in your decision-making process. 

Don't forget - VOTE TOMORROW, 2-9PM, APRL 17TH!!!!

Memorial Day Sign-up For Parade Via Chamber Ready for You NOW

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Do you want to be in the Memorial Day Parade? The Chanber needs you! Sign in here and fill out the accompanying forms. See you on Memorial Day!

Metuchen High School PTO 2012 Fundraiser


April 16-20, 2012





BORO ACE HARDWARE (732-5483974)

MARAFIKI FREE TRADE (732-902-6300)

SEE-MORE APPLIANCE (732-548-9191)





BULLDOG DELI (732-548-1629)


HAILEY'S HARP & PUB (732-321-0777)

(Not 4/20; not to be used with other coupons, gift cards or other offers.)


LA ROSA PIZZA (732-549-6505)




NOVITA Bistro & Lounge


WHAT'S THE SCOOP (732-548-5900)


Please bring this flyer to the above businesses

and restaurants and they will donate to this year's

Metuchen High School Fundraiser.

Have fun discovering our great town! Thank you!

Questions? Contact Barbara McManus macbrimi@yahoo.com  732-343-2610

CQE Question #5 for the Board of Education Candidates

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Question #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?

Go to the next page to read the responses from candidates Lea Lanton, Aileen Mcguire, Tara Matise and Fran Brennan. Don't forget to vote this coming Tuesday, April 17th from 2-9 in all polling places!!

MEF Announces Fundraiser

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NOTE: Municipal Notice on Public Workshop Re: Pearl Street Lot

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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.

Please note that the developers have not been requested to submit proposals. They will be on hand to discuss their qualifications and experience and how they may relate to developing Pearl Street

From the CQE: Question 4 for the Board of Ed Candidates

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Question #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?

Go to the next page for the candidates' full answers. Thanks!


From the Office of the Superintendent:

Edgar School teacher Roseann Misrahi and her students will be one of only 10 programs showcased at the Department of Education's Kid Tech Day on Wednesday, April 18th in Trenton. 

"Can one person change the world?" - The Graphic Biography project teaches fifth graders how to acquire new knowledge by exploring the life of a famous person.  Students use a reliable first source and then learn how to ask good questions to further their Internet searches.  The students scaffold information from a wide assortment of resources that my not reside on a shelf or in a classroom.  Using Comic Life, students move from knowledge acquisitionist to first-rate storytellers by producing a biographical comic book.  The project has had a positive effect on student outcomes contributing to a 7.8% increase in NJASK mean scores in reading, and an increase by 5.05% for the NJASK Analyzing Test Cluster that was directly associated with this project.


More information, including her presentation to the Board of Education on April 10, is available on Ms. Misrahi's webpage.  Access the Edgar Middle School website, and go to Ms. Misrahi's teacher page. 

Holocaust Commemoration In East Brunswick April 19th

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The impact of the Genocide doesn't stop with a treaty. Its effects are felt for generations. It is with that understanding that the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County in cooperation with local area synagogues will present the annual "Commemoration of the Holocaust and Heroism," Thursday, April 19 at East Brunswick Jewish Center, 511 Ryders Lane, East Brunswick.

This year's theme, "The Holocaust Through Our Eyes: The Second and Third Generations Speak," will focus on the stories of those whose parents and grandparents either survived perished in the Holocaust.

Exhibits open at 6:00 p.m., and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. The program's keynote speaker is Sandy Rubenstein, a second generation, award-winning Holocaust educator. Also speaking will be Middlesex County residents Julie Cohen and Howard Wachtel, both third generation.  The exhibits will include essays and displays submitted by Middlesex County students in grades 6 -12. Musical tributes will be performed by the Anshe Segulah Men's Chorus.

The event is free and open to the public. It will feature a community candle-lighting procession. The public is welcome to participate in the procession.

Co-sponsors of the event include The Middlesex County College Center for the Study of Prejudice, Genocide and the Holocaust; The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission; Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey Historical Commission/Department of State;  and Men's Club of East Brunswick Jewish Center.

From the Citizens for Quality Education:

Question #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.?

Answering are candidates Lea Lanton, Aileen McGuire, Tara Matise and Fran Brennan. See next page for full text.

Metuchen Scout's Silver Award Asks for Donations

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Democrats Pick Council Candidates

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From The Metuchen Democratic Committee:
The Committee is endorsing two candidates in the primary election for three year terms on the Borough Council. Ron Grayzel from Wakefield Drive is a candidate for reelection. Ron was elected to the Council last year and is currently serving a one year unexpired term. He was formerly  a member and President of the Metuchen Board of Education. He is a partner with the firm of Levinson Axelrod in Edison. Also endorsed was Allison Inserro from Woodbridge Avenue. Allison seeks the Council seat held by Sheri Rose Rubin, who is not running for reelection this year. Allison, who has a master of public administration degree, serves as a health advocate for children on local, state and national initiatives and is a long-time community volunteer.
Metuchen Matters will run profiles on the candidates during the election season.

Chamber of Commerce Townwide Garage Sale April 21st

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The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce presents the 14th Annual Spring Townwide Garage Sale,

Saturday, April 21st, 9am-4pm.  Rain date, Sunday, April 22nd!  This year there will not be a fall garage

Sale, so if you're interested in selling or coming into Metuchen to shop, be sure to participate in our spring sale!


Ayers-Allen House Sponsors Friday the 13th Rac/Nos Event

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Stake your favorite vampire Friday the 13th at Ayers-Allen, a bona fide haunted house!

Stake Your Favorite Vampire! Pledge Party

8 - 11 PM, Fri. April 13

Orlock may not drink...wine, but YOU, my friends, will be served various libations (wine, sangria, etc.) along with a selection of non-alcoholic beverages and light themed snacks.

The SYFV Pledge Party is an opportunity for people who have pledged or who are interested in pledging to meet and engage the talented cast/crew of the upcoming world premiere, Nosferatu: The First Vampyre (click for deets), at the extraordinarily atmospheric Ayers-Allen House, a famous "haunted" house and former Revolutionary War tavern built in 1739.

The Ayers-Allen House has spurred dozens of news articles and as many entries into haunted house rosters (like Hans Holzer's Ghosts). People believe that a Revolutionary War soldier yet treads its wide floor planks, or that a Hessian soldier restlessly haunts the upstairs room where he hung himself. Some have seen a woman wandering around looking for her young son who was murdered by the British; others have seen the spirits of two Native Americans from the tribe of Chief Matochshoning who were lynched unjustly from a tree in the yard. The famous haunt-hunter Hans Holzer came with a medium and did a séance here in 1960. Mr. Holzer wrote about the séance in his book, Ghosts (in which he dubs the summoned enity, what else?..."the Metuchen Ghost"). The house has three working fireplaces, two trap doors and a hidden room. It is believed to have been part of the Underground Railroad.

Reservations strongly suggested. Simply reply to this e-mail for reservations (and directions).

In addition to the party, yourMINUMUM PLEDGE of $50(naturally, you can pledge more) also gets you a special "I heart NOS" button, a limited edition "I Heart NOS" t-shirt (and, no, it's not bad fashion form to wear them both at the same time), and an emboldened thank you in our program. Pledges may be proffered in check, cash, or with CC online at (or in advance of) the party.

Weather permitting, Murnau's German Expressionist masterpiece (Nosferatu, natch) will be screened outdoors next to the apple tree under which Mrs. Ayers-Allen is said to be buried (I kid you not).

It is also likely that the series will encourage parents to explore options in New Jersey in case their teenage loved ones become involved with substance abuse.

The Metuchen Municipal Alliance in conjunction with The National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD) of New Jersey and  Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) of Edison, will introduce a new series of events geared towards parents and teens called "Town Talks." The first "Town Talks" will take place on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Metuchen High School Cafeteria and is the first of an exciting series of events that will focus on youth issues, especially those concerning various aspects of underage drinking. The goal of the series is to promote open and honest dialogue between parents and teens about issues within our communities that often go unspoken. 


The event will host guests from the local Metuchen and Edison community, such as representatives from the New Hope Baptist ChurchEdison and Metuchen Police Departments, Middlesex County Prosecutors Office, Integrity House, and other invited guests. It will also feature a panel of prominent community figures, academic leaders, and experts within the field of alcohol and drug use, including: Senator Barbara Buono, Edison Mayor Antonia Ricigliano, Metuchen Mayor Thomas Vahalla, Metuchen High School Principal Bruce Peragallo, St. Joseph's High School Principal John Anderson, Director of the Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program for Students (ADAPS) at Rutgers University Lisa Laitman MSED-LCAD, Reverend and Dr. Ronald Owens.


The event will also announce the winners of its essay contest that was run in conjunction with Edison High SchoolMetuchen High SchoolSt Joseph's High School and Edgar and St. Frances Middle Schools. Students selected from three topics centered on how alcohol/drugs affect teen's lives. The top essays will be read and prizes awarded at the April 17th Town Talks. 


Doors open at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, and the program starts promptly at 7:30. For any questions or to learn more about the "Town Talks" event series, please contact: Irene Morris-Nann at (732) 632-8502.

Happy Holidays!

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Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all of you out there in Metuchen and beyond! MM is taking a short break and will return on Monday morning. If you have any questions or comments, please email info@metuchenmatters.com. 

CQE's Second Question for BofE Candidates Focuses on Grouping

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From the CQE: This year, Citizens for Quality Education asked five questions concerning education and academics to the candidates who are running for the Board of Education.  The candidates are, in ballot number order: Lea Lanton, Aileen McGuire, Tara Matise and Fran Brennan.

CQE's questions were designed to be open-ended and to engender thoughtful discussion. It was not our expectation that the candidates would agree with every position held by our organization. It is our hope that hearing from the candidates in their own words will prove helpful to the Metuchen community in making their choices on Election Day, April 17.

The second question that CQE asked was, 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.  

CQE asked this question to hear some thoughtful discussion on an issue on which the members of the next Board of Education may be asked to give an opinion or to vote.  In recent years, there has been discussion at Board meetings and among parents about the benefits of ability grouping vs. the benefits of differentiated learning in the classroom.  As of this time, CQE does not hold a position on this issue.

Please find the candidates' answers to Question #2 in completion on the following page . . . 

Board of Education Candidates Reply to "Why Are You Running?"

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The CQE has posed a series of questions to the Board of Education candidates and the first of them is "Why are you running for a position on the Board?"  Here are the replies in order of how the candidates will appear on the ballot: Lea Lanton, Aileen McGuire, Tara Matise and Fran Brennan -- their answers are all very interesting so click onto the next page to see them in their entirety! Be an informed voter on April 17th!

From the Office of the Superintendent of Schools:

The Metuchen High School senior class took part in the sixth annual Senior Seminar, a workshop designed to help them with life after high school. It had all the elements of a real-life workshop including a bagel breakfast, keynote speaker and break-out sessions.

 The keynote, Dr. Rob Gilbert from Montclair State University, is a professor of recreation therapy and a well-known sports psychologist and motivational speaker.  He set the tone in a humorous way, yet helped all members of the audience understand the importance of succeeding in the future. Dr. Gilbert also ran one of the break-out groups.

David McVicker, Vice President of Primerica, spoke to the seniors about money management, debt control, and the Rule of 72.  Mr. McVicker has been in the financial industry for over 15 years, owns two offices in the area and is the parent of a Metuchen High School senior.

Patrolman Jim Keane, of the Metuchen Police Department, has been a police officer for 10 years, is a DARE officer and has extensive experience working with juveniles.  His session was entitled  "From Mischief to Misdemeanor"  and the goal today was to impress upon audience the difference in the law from age 17 to age 18.  This session was a real eye-opener for many of the students.

Raconteur Ventures Presents NOSFERATU April 19 -22

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NOSFERATU_PRESS_5[1] (2).jpgFrom Alex Dawson:

Based on the 1923 German Expressionist film by F. W. Murnau, Dawson's stage adaptation additionally draws on Chinese shadow-play, Shakespeare, and explorer/orientalist Richard Burton's translation of Hindu vampire fables to tell the story of Count Orlock, a rat-fanged Romanian looking for love even as he brings a boatload of Black Death to a German village. From the team that brought you A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, with makeup by Tom Savini alumnus Dan Diana and original music by composer Bruce Donnola, the production, which stars film actress Quinn Shephard as Ellen Hutter and Shakespearean actor Caryle Owens as the eponymous Nos, opens with a scene so unsettling even the swooniest Twilight fan would be hard pressed to find the conceit remotely romantic ever again.

SHOW TIMES: 7:30 PM Thursday April 19; 7:30 & 10:00 PM Friday April 20; 3:00, 7:30 & 10:00 PM Saturday April 21; 3:00 & 7:30 PM Sunday April 22. All performances at the Edison Valley Playhouse, 2196 Oak Tree Road, Edison, NJ
ADMISSION: All tickets are $15. Limited seating. Advance purchase strongly recommended. ONLINE TIX AVAILABLE HERE!

Also on the website: notes from Dawson on this production and all the creepy, spooky details therewith.

You can make donations to the production to help it have a healthy run by checking out Kickstarter at  this link.

New Recycling/Garbage Pickup Schedules Start TODAY

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Did you see the previous notices on this site? Did you receive the flyer in the mail? Perhaps you saw the Mayor's advisory notice on METV? It's here, folks! The single stream garbage/recycling pickup is really happening. Starting April 2nd, there is a new schedule to be followed.

Click this link for all the information about what's going on. Hopefully this new elegant system will cost us less and give the DPW more time to do all the other things our busy town asks of it!

April 14th Help Woodwild Park Clean Up!

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SAVE THE DATE - "Town Talks' - April 17, 2011

We invite all Metuchen and area residents to participate in a series of Town meetings. This first presentation is in conjunction with the Edison High School's SADD (Students Against Disastrous Decisions) and the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency Advocacy Leaders (NCADD-New Jersey) under a grant from SAMHSA. Panel members include Senator Barbara Buono, Mayors Tom Vahalla and Toni Rucigiano, High School Principals Bruce Peragallo and John Anderson, Reverend Ronald Owns, Rutgers Lisa Laitman and representatives from the police departments and County Prosecutor's Office. The panel will respond to questions from the public and spark valuable exchanges regarding the problems of underage drinking and drug dependencies which we all face and need to address. Part of the program will include the essay winners from our schools and their voices on the serious global issue. The doors open at 7:00 at Metuchen High School with the program beginning at 7:30. We want everyone to attend, listen and participate.

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