May 2012 Archives

Edgar Eighth Graders Win Music Technology Awards

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Three 8th grade students from Edgar Middle School's General Music Classes were awarded Gold and Silver Ratings at the Student Music Technology Expo, held on May 18th at Montclair State University.

All three students composed music for a ringtone, which was then orchestrated on Garageband.  Olivia Matisse won the Gold rating.  The judges commented on her "ambitious use of melody and harmony", scoring a perfect 10 for creativity.

Gregory Noma won a Silver rating.  The judges said that he used "sophisticated rhythmic ideas" in the original composition and they had "great fun listening to the final product".

Emily Rehorn won a Silver rating.  The judges commented on her imaginative use of simple melodic and rhythmic materials" and said that the final Garageband was "clever" and made "sophisticated use of Garageband features".

The Music Technology Expo was sponsored by TI:ME (Technology for Music Education).  8 Schools participated in the Expo and 35 projects were adjudicated.  The ringtone projects were part of the Grade 8 General Music Curriculum focusing on Composition.

From the Chamber and the Farmers Market committee:

Held every Saturday in the northeast corner of the Pearl Street Parking lot from 9am through 2pm, METUCHEN MARKET DAY, sponsored by the Metuchen Chamber of Commerce, returns starting June 16th with new faces and products, plus a full calendar of fun and informative events, along with many favorite past vendors.

New to 2012 METUCHEN MARKET DAY: Cherry Grove Farms (homemade raw milk cheese and grass-fed pork), Country Stand Farm (vegetables), and Gourmet Nuts & Dried Fruit. Returning vendors include Farmer Al's and Von Thun Farms (fresh fruit and vegetables), Sunshine Farms (multicolored eggs from free-range chickens), Vesco Foods (pickles, olives and marinated specialties) and Hoboken Farms (meats, pastas, fresh mozzarella and Bouley breads).


Mr. Ray Peforms This Weekend at the Forum

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This Weekend at The Forum Mr. Ray On Stage Sunday at 11 and "BULLY" Sat at 5:30 & 7:30

BULLY
Saturday June 2 at 5:30 & 7:30pm Sunday June 3 at 6:30pm 
Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch
Bully is also available for weekday screening for schools as well as private and public organizations. A minimum of 50 is required to book a screening. Please contact Peter Loewy at peter@forumtheatrearts.org  for information and special rate

For the kids...
Mr Rays Spring into Summer Show this Sunday June 3 at 11am! Mr Ray brings his cast of characters, a band and singers to join in the fun. Music for the whole family. General seating is $14 and can be purchased at the door. Box office opens 10am Sunday or call 732.548.5600 

Also for kids...
*Stars On Stage Presents our Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Program For Kids 8 to 12 The New Jersey premiere of
"The Little Mermaid Jr."
Registration Monday June 11 and June 18 at The Forum 314 Main Street Metuchen NJ 08840--You can also register by sending an email to Peter at peter@forumtheatrearts.org  or call us at 732.548.5600  and leave your name and number.

Classes begin July 9 for 5 weeks. 
Monday through Thursday from 9:30am to 2pm
Performances are August 10,11,12

sunshinelabel.jpgMeet Sunshine Farm Fresh Eggs!

What started out as a few chickens for eggs to feed a family of 4 back in 1996 has turned into a flock of 70+ (that we'll admit to) 
happy hens that produce 4-5 dozen eggs/day.  And two very busy roosters! 

OakPond Farm is the name of the farm in Pittstown, NJ which has become the home of Sunshine Farm Fresh Eggs.  The name came from an 
observation by a good friend who said the beautiful vibrant yolks of the eggs reminded her of "sunshine".  We have several different
breeds of chickens, some of which lay brown, blue, green and pale pink eggs.  Oh, and yes, of course, we have a few of your basic white ones.

Prix D'Excellence from Princeton to MHS Student

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prixprincegton.jpgFor the thirteenth year running, the Metuchen HS World Language Department, together with the Center for French Studies at Princeton University, awards a French Prize called "Prix d'Excellence".  The prize consists of $100  awarded to the best student of French, preferably at the junior level, in each high school.  There are about 10 high schools in the area that participate.  This year's winner is Halle Best.  She was awarded the prize on Thursday,  May 17,  2012 at 2:00 p.m. in Chancellor Green - Andlinger Center for the Humanities, on the Princeton University campus.  The French Department also receives a prize of $100.  

Pictured here are: Florent Masse of Princeton University, Halle Best, and MHS French teacher, Anna Girin.  

Happy Memorial Day, Metuchen!

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Architectural Math at Edgar School

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vorensky+2012+046.jpgFrom Edgar School:
Mrs. Loren Schnitzer, who is a Project Manager for a company that provides professional technical services and mother of sixth grade student Cole, shared her expertise with  a group of 6th grade Edgar Middle School students through a presentation regarding the use of scale rulers with architectural plans.  The presentation included an overview of a new educational building with phased construction photographs.  The students then used architectural plans to scale the dimensions of walls that will have actual murals installed on them in the future.  Students were instructed in the use of scale rulers and reading construction plans. Through a generous grant from the Metuchen Education Foundation, Math Teacher, Mrs. Vorensky and Art Teacher, Mrs. Gumbrecht have been collaborating with a group of 6th and 8th grade students on creating a hall mural at Edgar School that applies the knowledge of scale and proportion.

Farmers' Market Profile: Cherry Grove Farm

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Cherry Grove Farm

Located less than 60 miles from NYC, Cherry Grove is a small diversified farm on 480 acres of certified organic pasture and woodland in the historic town of Lawrenceville, NJ. Our skilled cheesemakers Kelly Harding and Sam Kennedy transform the milk from our own herd of grass-fed cows into an amazing variety of delicious, small-batch raw milk and pasteurized farmstead cheeses. Every slice reflects the unique qualities of our place in the countryside of central New Jersey. Our cheeses will delight you with their distinct flavors and aromas, smooth textures, and slight variations in tune with the seasons and the grass on which the cows are grazing.

2012 ROGATE Scholars From Edgar Complete Year-Long Project

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Twenty three eighth grade students from Edgar Middle School participated in the 2012 ROGATE Exposition at Montclair State University.  ROGATE, which stands for Resources Offered for Gifted and Talented Education, is a student research program offered by the Educational Information and Resource Center.  These talented 8th graders participated in a year long course taught by teachers Debbie Brown and Marian O'Connell.  As part of the course, students developed a thesis statement, conducted extensive research of primary and secondary sources, wrote a research paper and prepared a formal oral presentation to be delivered at the Exposition.  This year students wrote on topics including the acceptability of body art, invasive species, childhood obesity, NCAA recruiting violations and cell phone radiation.

Documentary BULLY Playing at the Forum This Weekend

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BULLY
Friday 7:30 Saturday 2 & 4pm Sunday 3pm Monday 3pm

Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, 'The Bully Project' is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America's bullying crisis.

'The Bully Project' follows five kids and families over the course of a school year. Stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals' offices, the film offers insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children.

GMC Conference Sportsmanship Awards Honor MHS Seniors

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sportmanship_luncheon_award.jpgFrom MHS: Representatives from the district, including Athletic Director, John Cathcart, Principal Bruce Peragallo, and Superintendent of Schools, Vincent Caputo, recently attended the annual Greater Middlesex Conference Sportsmanship Luncheon, to honor Metuchen seniors Kelly Jockwer and Bryan Peragallo.  These students were selected as Metuchen High School's Sportsmanship Award winners.  Metuchen High School was further honored with the GMC Blue Division Sportsmanship Award and associated banner.  The banner will be proudly displayed in the MHS gymnasium.  Also present for the celebratory luncheon were Kelly's parents and Bryan's mother and grandfather. 

(Pictured are Athletic Director, John Cathcart, Kelly Jockwer, Bryan Peragallo, and High School Principal and proud dad, Bruce Peragallo)

Neve Shalom June Events Scheduled

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Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen, NJ presents Friday Night Alive at 7:45pm. Shabbat Evening, June 8, 2012, with Rabbi Gerald Zelizer, Hazzan Sheldon Levin, and the Neve Shalom Adult Choir and Instruments. Installation of Neve Shalom Officers and Board. Light refreshments will follow. For information call Hazzan Levin 732-548-2238 ext. 14.

Neve Shalom's Sisterhood and Men's Club will be hosting a breakfast with Rabbi Zelizer , Speaking about Keruv/Outreach, its goals and hazards. What it means for Neve Shalom and the Conservative Movement. The breakfast and presentation will be on Sunday, June 10, 2012, 10:00am at Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen. Breakfast will be served. Please contact Nancy Shlossman- 732-321-4081.

Edgar Student Finalist in Wallenberg Honors Program

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Edgar Middle School eighth grade student Dale Macauley was selected as a finalist in the Seventeenth Annual Wallenberg Honors Program. Dale was honored along with other finalists at a reception on May 15th. This program was developed to honor outstanding young people whose behavior emulates that of Raoul Wallenberg who is credited with saving thousands of lives in Hungary near the end of World War II.  In addition to her parents, Dale was joined at the reception by her school counselor Lisa Chango and Director of Curriculum Richard Cohen. (Pictured is the Macauley Family with Lisa Chango, courtesy of Edgar Middle School)

What's The Scoop Offers New Hand-crafted Sodas

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According to Mike Patterson at What's the Scoop, the erstwhile ice cream emporium now offers 12 oz hand crafted sodas in the following flavors: Cherry, Creamsicle, RootBeer, Birch Beer, Grape & Vanilla Cream. Stop in and check one out and let us know what you think!

Metuchen Travel Soccer Tryouts U12 Boys May 24th

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From MTS:

Think your kids are ready for more competitive soccer? Now is a good time to try!

A number of teams in the Metuchen Travel Soccer Club are looking for players to add to their rosters, at all age levels and playing abilities. Games are always competitive and the teamwork experience builds lasting friendships. Tryouts are being held right now. You can register for tryouts here: https://www4357.ssldomain.com/metuchentravelsoccer/Tryouts_2012_2013/

One team in particular is having a special tryout session: the U12 boys ("Blue Dawgs"), on Thursday, May 24th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Metuchen High School. For more information, please contact Frank McGuire at 732-494-7080

 Win or lose, soccer develops agility, speed and stamina, and also teaches children the importance of teamwork, so it can play an important part in your child's physical and social development.

Any questions? Go to MetuchenTravelSoccer.com (http://metuchentravelsoccer.com/tryouts/) and remember to check the FAQs (http://metuchentravelsoccer.com/faq.aspx)

Junebug Tee Shirt Fashion Contest Starts May 25th

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Cablevision Awards Breaking the Chain Project with $5K

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charity_champs_check.jpgFrom the Superintendent's Ofice:

Cablevision's education arm, Power to Learn, sponsors an annual Charity Champions challenge to encourage students to "make a difference."  This year Charity Champions are students from Metuchen HS under the direction of Social Studies teacher Evan Robbins.  Their project, Breaking the Chain Through Education, works to end the cycle of children enslavement in Ghana.  Trent Anderson from Cablevision, presented Mr. Robbins and his students a check for $5000 at an assembly program on Tuesday, May 15th.  Metuchen High School principal, Bruce Peragallo, served as the master of ceremonies for this program, which included student testimonials, student dances, and student songs.  Special guests at the event included former Governor James Florio, current District 18 Assemblymen Patrick Diegnan and Peter Barnes, Metuchen Mayor Thomas Vahalla and Superintendent of Schools, Vincent Caputo.

Free Spirit Saturday at Earthsongs Saturday May 19th

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Free Spirit Saturday May 19th! Play with clay as you will!

        Price: $12 per hour / parent & child $10 each 

Those who visit Earthsongs on the FREE SPIRIT days will have the opportunity to freely experiment with clay in an open studio format.

The studio will be open, clay and tools available, but without any direction from the artist. Completed work will be fired to be picked up at a later time. Come for an hour or two, or spend the whole day!

STUDIO OPEN 12-5pm,

Charity Cut-a-thon May 20th at Salon 212

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Metuchen Cash Mob Hits Marifiki on May 25th

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Next week, the Metuchen Cash Mob will hit Marafiki Fair Trade on Friday May 25th @5:30pm. Following some fair trade shopping (they have a lot of beautiful and reasonably priced items!), the Cash Mob will celebrate at Cafe Paris!! 

Join the mob and help our downtown businesses to thrive! SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES!

Scrapbook Fundraiser June 9th at Metuchen Assembly of God

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The Bicycle Tour of Edison and Metuchen will be Sunday May 20,2012. Registration begins at 10:00 am, and the tour starts at 9:00am. This year there is a $10.00 registration fee to go to a Parkinson's Disease charity. The Tour starts at the Edison Municipal Complex on Municipal Dr. in Edison at 9am. All riders must wear a helmet. Children under 14 must be accompnied by an adult. SAG vehicle will be available to pick you up if you drop out. The tour is 26 miles long.

Night of Study at Neve Shalom May 26th

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The schedule of Shavuot Services and the schedule for the Night of Study at Neve Shalom starts on Saturday evening, May 26, 2012 at 7:30pm. After Mincha services then the Shavuot Festival Evening Service at 9:00pm will include A Night of Study: Leyl Tikkun Shavuot. Talks and discussions will go until 10:00pm. Presenter: Steve Gross: 3 Verses, 4 Countries, 5 Questions, 1500 Years. On Sunday, May 27, 2012, 9:30am Shavuot Services and a confirmation will take place. The service will include all the traditional holiday prayers, Torah, Haftarah and part of the Book of Ruth. Sunday evening Shavuot Services at 7:30pm. On Monday, May 28th Shavuot Services will start at 9:30am. The service will include all of the traditional holiday prayers, Torah, Haftarah and the Yizkor Memorial Prayers. For more information, contact Hazzan Levin - 732-548-2238 ext. 14.

Poetry Contest Winners at Edgar Middle School

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poetrywinners.jpgFrom Edgar Middle School:

Earlier this year, students from Edgar Middle School entered the Creative Communication Poetry Contest.  This organization chose three of our students' poems to be worthy of publication, and they will be published in the anthology, "A Celebration of Poets".  Their work was chosen out of thousands of entries, so this is quite an honor.  Congratulations to Edgar students Collin Draper for his poem "March", Karen Li for her poem, "Luck of the Penny", and Siri Uppuluri for her poem, " 10 Souls".  

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Siri Uppuluri, Colin Draper, Karen Li, and their Language Arts teacher Andrea Elton)
A PAY WHAT YOU WANT Forum Theatre Film Event This Saturday May 19 at 8pm

Alfred Hitchcocks
Rope
Starring James Stewart, John Dall and Farley Granger
Director Alfred Hitchcock
Writers Hume Cronyn (adaptation), Patrick Hamilton Play

On a late afternoon, two brilliant young aesthetes, Brandon Shaw (Dall) and Phillip Morgan (Granger), murder a former classmate, David Kentley (Dick Hogan), by strangulation in their apartment. They commit the crime as an intellectual exercise: they want to prove their superiority by committing the "perfect murder".
'Rope' is shot in a "real time" format. The movie lasts 80 minutes and takes place over a period of 80 minutes - with 10 8 minute takes spliced together smartly (such as switching when focused on a back) to give the appearance of one long take.

www.forumtheatrearts.org
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An open letter to the Metuchen Borough Council:

Thank you very much to all of you, and to Councilman Jay Muldoon especially, for the presentation on the Pearl Street Parking Lot development process at the Council meeting yesterday. It was so helpful to get a clear understanding of the current status and the process for moving forward, and I sincerely appreciate the opportunity you gave for members of the public to offer their feedback. 

Along with several other town residents, I spoke yesterday evening about my support for incorporating a permanent farmers market into the development plans. 

After last night's meeting, I realize all the more strongly what a pivotal project this could be. It could have a huge impact on Metuchen's landscape, community, and business development for the next several decades or more.

For this reason, I am heartened by the council's determination to proceed thoughtfully and to exert a creative leadership role. I want to encourage you to continue to think "outside the box" and to work with the Parking Authority and the developers to come up with a plan that isn't just another cookie cutter residential-retail structure, but a visionary space that will further enhance Metuchen's unique identity. 

The more I think about it, the more convinced I am that incorporating a *true* market into the plan -- in other words, an indoor-outdoor space where multiple small vendors could sell local produce and specialty foods year-round (like a small town version of Chelsea Market or Reading Terminal) -- along with a green public plaza, would be an incredible win-win for all of us.

It would make the project more appealing to potential residents, which would raise the value for the developers.

It would add a type of business that is currently lacking in downtown Metuchen and would increase foot traffic passing along Main Street.

It would attract shoppers from beyond the Metuchen/Edison area, as there is no market of this type in all of central New Jersey.

It would activate the public plaza and create a central gathering point similar to Palmer Square in Princeton.

It would recognize the cultural shift taking place in our society: the desire to have a direct relationship with food producers and to provide our families with fresh, healthy, local foods.

It would establish Metuchen as a leader in innovative public-private partnership and future-oriented land use.

In conclusion, I applaud your efforts to lead this project with deliberation and care. Let's think big and make downtown Metuchen the jewel of small town New Jersey.


Sincerely,
Janna Morishima

Metuchen Cash Mob Gets Serious Attention

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lynn.jpgCheck out this article from the Star-Ledger -- the Metuchen Cash Mob, whose fearless leader is local realtor Lynn Fitzgerald Kodilla (with Karen McNamara, at right, courtesy of the Star-Ledger), is getting some great publicity from the Star-Ledger. The Metuchen Cash Mob has had two very successful events, raising awareness of and bringing important revenue to downtown Metuchen businesses! Keep going, Cash Mob! Congratulations, to Lynn and everyone who has worked hard to make them a success! When's the next one??!

The Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue, will host two book clubs this summer for students in grades 6-12.  Books will be given to participants, courtesy of the Friends of the Library, on the first day that the club meets.

The Tween Book Club (Gr. 6-9) will read Countdown by Deborah Wilesa nominee for the 2013 Garden State Teen Book Award. The novel is set in 1962 in a suburb of WashingtonDC during the days surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. Amidst the ever-present threat of nuclear war, Franny Chapman must face the tension between herself and her siblings and friends. The book has been described as a "documentary novel," replete with black and white photos of historic moments, cultural events, and print advertisements from the early 1960s.  Club datesFridays, July 20 and August 3; Time: 1:00-2:00 PM.                                                                 

The High School Book Club (Gr. 9-12) will read The Life of Pi by Yann Martel, winner of the prestigious Man Booker Award. Narrator "Pi" Patel is a married man with a family of his own, living in Canada. In the story Patel recounts his journey of leaving his home in India as a sixteen-year-old and surviving 227 days on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. Part adventure, part magical realism, The Life of Pi tells a tale that you'll never forget. The film version of The Life of Pi is due out in theatres in December 2012. Club dates: Thursdays, July 12 and July 26; Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM. 

Registration for all summer programs and book clubs begins on Saturday, June 2, 2012.  Space is limited.  Register in person at the Library or by calling 732.632.8526 or by writing KLiss@Lmxac.org.

Sugar Blues Lecture from Evelyn Fuertes Saturday May 19th

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Are you suffering

from the

Sugar Blues

Are you constantly craving sweets and want to understand why?

Do you want to gain control without deprivation? 

Please join

Evelyn Fuertes

Health Coach 

for a free lecture on

Saturday, May 19th at 233 Raritan Avenue, 

Highland Park, NJ at 7 PM

Call 551-998-8484 for further information


Raconteur Radio Presents Sunset Boulevard May 19th

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SUNSET BOULEVARD: A Staged Radio Play

7:30 PM, Sat. May 19

$10 at the door

With Caryle Owens, Laurence Mintz, Michael Jarmus, and featuring Jane Hardy as faded film star Norma Desmond

The Old Franklin Schoolhouse

491 Middlesex Ave in Metuchen (btwn the firehouse and the Masonic Lodge and across from the Public Libary)

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.

Click HERE to watch the theatrical trailer for Billy Wilder's masterpiece.

Raconteur Radio productions include costumes, theatrical lighting, and extensive sound effects.

Again, reservations are strongly suggested. To reserve simply reply to this e-mail with the number in your party.

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For seven years I owned a bookstore called The Raconteur, before that I led a New York theater company called Bon Bock, but all I ever really wanted to do was run a circus, so...

RACONTEURS & ROUSTABOUTS: Where Culture and Carnival Collide...Live Music! Author Readings! Side Show Acts!

7:30 PM, Thurs. May 24

Singer/songwriter Shayfer James (recently dubbed "new and noteworthy" by i-tunes and featured on MTV.hive.com) tickles his tusks as logging saws sing; playwright/author/performer Clay McLeod Chapman (called "hauntingly poetic" by Time Out New York, compared to Lovecraft by the New York Times, and described as a "demon angel on a skateboard" by author Tom Robbins) grinds and kickflips his way through campire stories about kids with corn cob arms; and circus side show Honor Amongst Thieves wolf down Samaraii swords, then juggle (and simultaneously shave with) recently stropped machetes. Plus yours truly will be reading a brand new story about a Chinese Giant and an Illustrated Boy who are, you guessed it, private detectives! All this for a mere sawbuck! That's right folks, a roster of awe-inspiring wonders for one measly tenner. And who knows, maybe, just maybe, someone will dangle an anvil from their tongue.

"And the raconteurs and roustabouts said 'Buddy, come on in.'" Tom Waits, Small Change

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Former Raconteur house band and featured Rip Rac guests, The Roadside Graves, come to the Old Franklin School

8 PM, Friday May 11, 2012

From their doleful dirges to their sweet, romantic blues to their wild American poetry, the Gravesserve up torchers, scorchers and languid back porchers bursting with woodland wisdom and street corner philosophy. $5 at the door.Proceeds go towards a special fund to purchase audio equipment for the Old Franklin School (so they can provide an even better space to hear live music). Please note: this is not a Raconteur Ventures event (RV approved, yes, but not RV sponsored).

Sound of Music Rings Out at Board of Ed Meeting Tuesday

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soundofmusic.jpgMrs. Karen Logan, fifth grade teacher and Edgar School Musical Director, and members of the cast of "The Sound of Music" are pictured here.  On Tuesday, May 7th, at the Metuchen Board of Education meeting, the group provided a sampling of the musical including the song, "Do-Re-Mi."  All are invited to Edgar School for the full production on May 18th, 19th, and 20th.  Molly Hampsey is the musical director -- a former Edgar student herself, she graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts this year. Congratulations to you all!

Roadside Graves at Old Franklin School TONIGHT

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Former Raconteur house band and featured Rip Rac guests, The Roadside Graves, come to the Old Franklin School

8 PM, Friday May 11, 2012

From their doleful dirges to their sweet, romantic blues to their wild American poetry, the Gravesserve up torchers, scorchers and languid back porchers bursting with woodland wisdom and street corner philosophy. $5 at the door.Proceeds go towards a special fund to purchase audio equipment for the Old Franklin School (so they can provide an even better space to hear live music). Please note: this is not a Raconteur Ventures event (RV approved, yes, but not RV sponsored).

Local Brothers Accepted Into NJ Junior High Honors Choir

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The Tiu brothers auditioned for and were accepted in the New Jersey Junior High Honors Choir. Ted, a 9th grader at Metuchen High School,  and Romeo, an 8th grader at Edgar Middle School, performed a variety of choral selections with select students from all parts of New Jersey.  The concert took place at the J.C. Case Middle School in Flemington on Saturday, May 5, 2012.  This is the first time Metuchen has had a "brothers team" representing the district.  The students were prepared for the program by vocal music instructor, Stefeny Stofa Krombholz.  
jjatmetuchenmatters2.jpgMetuchen Matters had a visit from JJ, a local Cub Scout who came to share some of the exciting events that his den and pack enjoyed throughout this last year, their first in the organization.

Having completed a scrapbooking event that was a requirement for his TIGER badge - MYSELF AND MY FAMILY - on Friday night, the scouts had been looking over their personal pictures of all their adventures this year. They put all their materials together into a book that each scout could keep. Among the events they most enjoyed, JJ said a museum sleepover at Philly's Franklin Institute was the best. The conscientious young scouts also put their energies towards many community service projects, including Thanksgiving boxes for needy families and Holiday poppers distributed to folks at the Metuchen Senior Center.

JJ stressed that all the activities are supposed to help scouts better use the tenets of Scout Law, including Obey the Rules of the Pack! These important lessons will be put to good use at their year-end celebration, which will take place at Stokes State Forest, NJ, this June. This annual family camping trip is the first one for these youngest scouts -- JJ practiced putting up a tent at home and will now get a chance, with his den and pack, to put one up in the wild! 

jjtakesdownnancy.pngThe other event JJ most enjoyed was a demonstration evening at Satori Martial Arts Academy. JJ has been going there for many years now and he was able to demonstrate the 11 Swords during this karate and self-defense demonstration - he even managed to pin his teacher with all she has taught him!

With all of these events, the boys have earned their TIGER badge - this is their Tiger Cub year and all the electives that were required throughout the year have been completed. We wish JJ and all the scouts the best as they prepare to move into their second year of what sounds like a fantastic scouting experience!






Budget Meeting for Library Monday night

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From the Friends of the LIbrary:

"Calling all lovers of the Metuchen Library! The library's budget hearing is at 6:30pm tomorrow, Monday, May 7th, at Boro Hall. We hope to see you there! The demand for the library's services is growing and we need a good show of support as the Council addresses all of its budget needs."

BIL Tea Party May 5th at Old Franklin School

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From the Chamber: Each year the Memorial Day Parade Committee in Metuchen invites all veterans and active duty personnel to be a part of the Memorial Day Parade.  The committee works tirelessly to identify and honor at least one veteran from each of the existing wars.  This year we need your help! 

As this year's theme is "Honoring Our Women in the Military," we are looking for two more female grand marshals....one that served in the Korean War and one that served in WWII.  If you know of someone who has served in one of those two conflicts (a friend, neighbor, relative, etc.) that would allow us to honor them as one of our grand marshals, please call the Chamber office at (732) 548-2964. Also, if you know of anyone that is a veteran or currently serving our country that will be in the area on Memorial Day, have them contact the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce to be a part of our parade.

The Memorial Day Parade steps off at 10:00 am on Monday, May 28, 2012.  A brief ceremony at Memorial Park will take place immediately following the parade. Your attendance will help us honor those who have honored us with their service. For more information, visit www.metuchenchamberexchange.com.

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From the Fuccile Foundation:


The Fuccile Foundation will sponsor its annual Fuce5K run in honor of the late Mike Fuccile. The money this year will be used for families in Metuchen who are suffering from tragic circumstances and could use our town's help! What follows is both information about the event and the foundation as well as entry and sponsorship information (click through to page 2 for extended information). Click through the ad on this site for further information or to email questions to the organizers. Thanks!



On Saturday, June 2 at 10 AM, the Young Adult Department of the Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue, officially kicks off Summer 2012 when registration opens for all programs (which are free!) for Metuchen residents who will be entering 6th-12th grade in the fall. Programs include community service projects, a high school book club, a middle school book club, and classes in creative writing, painting, robotics, martial arts, theatre games, and more.  To see the complete programs list, click HERE.  Please sign up early to ensure a spot by visiting the Library, calling 732.632.8526 or writing KLisss@Lmxac.org starting on June 2. 

Also on Saturday June 2: Between 10 AM and noon, the Teen Advisory Board of the Metuchen Library will host a Library Scavenger Hunt for students who will be entering grades 6-12 next fall.  Come to the Young Adult area on the first floor to pick up a set of clues and instructions.  One winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble.

Everyone who signs up for summer programs or participates in the scavenger hunt at the Library on Saturday, June 2 between 10 AM and noon will receive a free book of their choice.  All the Young Adult Summer 2012 Programs, books and prizes are paid for by the Friends of the Metuchen Public Library.

 

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Neve Shalom Open House May 14 - 18

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From Marafiki Fair Trade:

Evan Robbins, a teacher at our own Metuchen High School will be giving a talk and slide show about his ongoing quest to rescue child slaves in Ghana, on the west coast of Africa. Evan was inspired to action after reading an article about the Ghanaian "Fishing Children" often sold into slavery as young as 3 or 4 years old by parents who think they are sending their children to a better life. Since then, Evan and his students at Metuchen H.S. have been raising money for his charity, Breaking the Chain Through Education, which builds schools in villages in exchange for the release of child slaves. Twenty children were rescued and rehabilitated one year ago from the village Awate Tornu and the first school is near completion. Evan and his family have recently traveled to Ghana to meet with the children rescued on his previous trip and to observe progress on the new school's construction. 

Marafiki Fair Trade is pleased to to help further this cause by donating 10% of all sales and 20% of all sales from items from Ghana during this event. Come out and support our local high school students in their quest to help students in Ghana!
chris_creed_and_public_library.jpgOn Sunday April 29, 2012 award-winning Young Adult author Carol Plum-Ucci (seated on the right) visited the Metuchen Public Library. Among her audience were 18 students from Metuchen High School who read her novel The Body of Christopher Creed in their 11th grade English class.  Also attending the event were the Metuchen School's Supervisor of English and Social Studies Mr. Ed Porowski (standing on the left), who arranged for the class to participate in the event at the Library, and Ms. Chris Rockwell (standing on the right), of the Metuchen High School English Department, who taught the book. Students were able to ask in-depth questions about the work and the writing of it. The students had also written about the work on the YA Library blog at www.metuchenlibraryteens.org -- check out their work, too!
2012 Google "Doodle4Google" Art Contest had 100,000+ entries. Edison High School Cynthia Cheng's artwork has been selected as one of 10th-12th grades top 10 national winners. All 50 finalists' art will be posted online for public voting (May 2nd 6am-May 10th midnight).
Cynthia was the 2011 Doodle4Google national finalist too. After 2011 5,000,000+ online votes, she got into top 3 in 10-12 gr. We wish that she can receive you & your friends' support this year as well. The 1st place prize will benefit both Cynthia & her school. Thank you.
TO VOTE, please go: www.Google.com/doodle4google/vote.html

May 9th is First Cruise Night!

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    • From the BIL: 
      May 1 at 10:00am until May 31 at 4:00pm

  • Metuchen is known for its historic architecture, and a variety of interesting details can be found on the façades of our historic downtown buildings. In honor of National Preservation Month, the Borough's Historic Preservation Committee is once again hosting a self-paced Scavenger Hunt during the month of May. The elements in this year's contest are all visible from street level along Main Street from the train station to Middlesex Avenue, and along Middlesex Avenue between Main Street and the public library. Prizes will be awarded in five categories and additional runners up may be chosen, so even if you can't identify all the photographs, you should still send it in!

    Entry forms are available for download on the Borough website atwww.metuchennj.org and hard copies are available at the Metuchen Public Library. Only one entry per person or group, please. All entries must be returned to Borough Hall (500 Main Street) by May 31, 2012.

    $25 Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce Gift Certificates will be awarded to the winners of each of the following five categories: up to 10 years old, 11 to 14 years old, 15 to 18 years old, Adult, and Family/Group. All complete, correct entries will be pooled, and winners drawn at random and announced at the June 4, 2012 Borough Council Meeting. For more information, contact the Borough's Historic Preservation Committee at 732-261-4807 or ayersallenhouse@msn.com.

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