April 2012 Archives
and receive a ticket to redeem
at one of the many fine Metuchen merchants
who are also supporting the Arts.
Each $100 sponsorship,
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$50 @ To Be Continued...Bookstore & Boutique
$20 @ Serata Italian Bistro
$20 @ Main Street Trattoria
for TWO TICKETS to the Forum Theater
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From the Forum:
Our 2012 Summer Stars On Stage Program Will Present
THE LITTLE MERMAID Jr! 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.
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.
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.
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.
Starts Friday On The Forum Theatre Screen: Rachel Weisz Stars in: THE DEEP BLUE SEA 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
Pictures from left to right:
Ms. Kovacs, Reilly Lepak, Molly Walters, Ben Isler
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 email@example.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 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.
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!!!!
Metuchen High School PTO 2012 Fundraiser
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April 16-20, 2012
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Please bring this flyer to the above businesses
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Have fun discovering our great town! Thank you!
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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!!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 . . .
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.
From 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, NJADMISSION: All tickets are $15. Limited seating. Advance purchase strongly recommended. ONLINE TIX AVAILABLE HERE!
You can make donations to the production to help it have a healthy run by checking out Kickstarter at this link.
You can make donations to the production to help it have a healthy run by checking out Kickstarter at this link.
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.