June 2012 Archives

Help Therapy Tree Grow With a Small Business Grant

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Metuchen residents Walter and Jennifer Chavez own and operate Therapy Tree, LLC, a multi-disciplinary pediatric therapy practice specializing in occupational and speech therapy. The website WestfieldPatch recently did a feature on Therapy Tree and their opportunity to grow their business with a grant from Chase Bank's Mission Small Business program. For more information on Therapy Tree and how you can help them attain their grant please read the article from WestfieldPatch:

Husband and wife Walter and Jennifer Chavez are hoping to have an opportunity to see their business flourish the way they've watched their clients blossom. 

The couple opened the South Avenue business, Therapy Tree, LLC, in 2007. Specializing in pediatric occupational and speech therapy for children ranging from birth through 19 years of age, many of whom are on the autism spectrum or have ADHD or developmental delays, the practice provides one-on-one individualized care.

Thanks to what Walter refers to as "the mommy grapevine," the business has grown from a one-room studio on St. Paul's Avenue to a thriving multi-room center.

The partners--Walter is an occupational therapist while Jennifer is a licensed counselor--are hoping to serve even more families in need with the help of a small business grant.

"We now have an opportunity for growth at this stage in our own 'professional development,'" Jennifer explained. "Chase Bank is inviting small businesses to apply for a $250,000 grant called Mission Small Business. We see this as an opportunity to bring change to our practice and grow with our families."

Farmers' Market Vendor Profile: Yona's Gourmet Delights

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yona.jpgFrom the Metuchen Farmers' Market:

Yona's Gourmet Delights is a purveyor of mini quiche and bourekas which are triangle appetizers. Our line is entirely vegetarian except for the Hot Dog sliders (which are very popular). The mini quiche are unique because they are loaded with vegetables and are 125 calories or less. We do not use butter or cream to make them. The concept of our appetizers and quiche is that they are convenient, easy to heat or freeze and ready to eat in minutes. I hope you enjoy our "quiche-to-go" we hope to one day to package and have them available in your neighborhood supermarket. 

Family of Artists Featured at Junebug Friday Night

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Bobbie Colegrove, whose family of three are working artists, will be at Junebug this Friday. She sent us a little inside info into this creative family:

Sarah's talent was not discovered until the age of 12 when I saw her drawing of Queen Amadala (from Star Wars). I signed her up for art lessons at Creative Images to hone her skills. She did great and we encouraged her progress. Later, she took commercial art at Gibbs School, which was based in Piscataway at the time (it is no longer there). She did many fine works of art and graduated with honors.

Selynda and Josiah (a.k.a. P.J.) were both encouraged from a very early age. By the time each was at least 3 years of age, I noticed how they were doing just as I had told them to do: Draw what you see and how you're seeing it. Josiah would often copy what Selynda was drawing and he did so well that at times, I couldn't tell which child had drawn what (they are 3 years apart, so he was drawing at a level for a child who was 3 years older than he was).

Exotic Marigold Hotel Opens at Forum This Weekend

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Now Playing On The Forum Screen...

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Fri 7:30 Sat 5 & 7:30 Sun 4pm
Stars Judi Dench, Bill Nighy & Maggie Smith
Director:John Madden Writers: Ol Parker(screenplay), Deborah Moggach (novel)

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past.

PG-13, 2 hr 3 min
Drama, Comedy 

Smooth Ride Technology Training at To Be Continued . . .

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From Smooth Ride Training and To Be Continued . . . :

'Smooth Ride' training sessions will begin on Thursday, June 28th at 3:30 pm at the Metuchen Bookstore-- To Be Continued... which is located at 431 Main Street. For those who have always wanted to learn how to use the computer, or for those who are experiencing problems using an upgraded version or for those who are attending school or college and find themselves struggling to make a PowerPoint Presentation or Charting and Graphing in Excel to complete a homework assignment, this is your opportunity to have your questions answered!Each one-hour session addresses the individual's specific questions, which enables the participant to gain a clear understanding of concepts in a personalized manner. Sessions are held in a relaxed atmosphere, with simplified, concise instruction using the individuals own computer device (laptop, iPad, etc.). All are warmly invited to attend. 

Me and Orson Welles Opens YA Department Screening Offerings

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On Wednesday evening June 27 at 8 PM, the Young Adult Department of the Metuchen Public Library (480 Middlesex Avenue) will kick off its summer film series-From Book to Screen-- with Me and Orson Welles (PG-13). 

The film is based on the novel by Metuchen resident RobeOn Wednesday evening June 27 at 8 PM, the Young Adult Department of the Metuchen Public Library (480 Middlesex Avenue) will kick off its summer film series-From Book to Screen-- with Me and Orson Welles (PG-13). 

The series is paid for by The Friends of the Metuchen Public Library. For more information, ask at the front desk or call 732.632.8526 or write KLiss@Lmxac.org. All ages are welcome. Bring along your friends or family for a late night at the Library! Other films in the series are It's Kind of a Funny Story (Thursday, July 19) and Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist (Thursday, August 23).

Build with Purpose Beautification Gets Nod from LBJ Library

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Check out this link sent from Building with Purpose's Brian Keenan -- the recent plantings in Metuchen, inspired by the love of beautiful gardens by former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, got a nice mention on the LBJ Library site. Congratulations!

Summer House for the Arts At BIL This Summer!

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From Rob at Runner's High in Metuchen:

From now until July 31st, the store is trying to collect 600 prs of shoes through the store for a great charity in Africa, PPPAfrica.

Anyone who brings in a pr of their old running shoes or soccer cleats for our water barrel will receive 10% off of their new shoe purchase.  Our goal is 600 prs which will provide water to one family IN AFRICA.
The website for the charity is www.PPPafrica.org.   

The barrel is in front of our store and out during all our business hours, multiple prs are encouraged. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or furthur details necessary.

Thanks in advance

Rob DeFilippis
732 549-9440 (store)

Stars on Stage Registration July 2nd

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Stars On Stage Summer Musical Theatre Camp
For Kids 8 to 12

Registration July 2 From 11am to 3pm at The Forum ... 
Program begins July 9

If you can't make it just send an email to peter@forumtheatrearts.org and say you would like to register or leave a message at 732.548.5600

Stars On Stage will present The New Jersey premiere of:
Disneys "The Little Mermaid Jr."

Classes begin July 9 for 5 weeks.
Monday through Thursday from 9:30am to 2pm
Classes include auditioning, singing, dancing, acting, scenery design and development, rehearsing and performance. There will also be a weekly master class by Broadway and Off-Broadway professionals in Make-up, Music and stagecraft.

Past experience in theatre is NOT necessary, only the desire to be creative and the ability to use your imagination

Tuition is $850 for the 5 week program
Additional children from the same family receive a 15% discount.

Fuce 5K Pix -- Relive the Fun!

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Congratulations to the Fuce 5K for another stellar event! Tina DeSano has linked up all her great pix at this site and you can relive all the fun from beginning to end right there! Contact Tina if you want copies of the pix . . . and here's to another great year helping out local families! To Nancy and all the Fucciles, YOU ROCK! 

Twinkling Creations Offers Classes -- See Them at Junebug

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From Twinkling Creations:

Metuchen now has a local artists offering summer classes "Workshop for Young Designers - Jewelry Making". Roxy, the local jewelry designer, founder of Twinkling Creations, is offering daily classes at very affordable rates. 
The detailed schedule is available on site  http://www.twinklingcreations.com/#!classes. The registration is open and you can register online or by phone or in person. The classes will be held in Metuchen at her house.

On June 11th, the Edgar Middle School PTO Executive Board honored Retired Superintendent of Schools, Terri Sinatra with the dedication of the school's Outdoor Fitness Circuit which was installed last fall.  The Edgar PTO raised over $17,000 to purchase the ten-station fitness center.  Mrs. Sinatra's legacy in the Metuchen Public Schools included the collaborative and open relationship with parent organizations, such as the PTO.  Edgar PTO President Kara Harry acknowledged Mrs. Sinatra for her support and commitment to the children at Edgar Middle School.  The festivities included remarks by Superintendent of Schools Vincent Caputo, musical selections by the Eighth Grade Band, remarks by students, Sam Battaglia, Colin Draper, and Kyle Harry, and the unveiling of a monument stone commemorating Mrs. Sinatra's support to the middle school.  In her closing comments, Mrs. Sinatra recalled her vision of providing unique learning opportunities that promoted healthy living and physical fitness.  This PTO project brought this vision to reality as the Fitness Circuit is used extensively by middle school students and the community at large.  

Library Offers Second Crocheting Class

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Due to popular demand, the Metuchen Library will offer a second Learn to Crochet Class this summer. On Tuesday July 24, Thursday July 26 and Tuesday July 31, adults are invited to learn to crochet in three easy lessons at the Metuchen Public Library from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM.  Participants will complete a simple project using several basic stitches, such as single, double, half-double and triple crochet. Hooks and yarn will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Metuchen Public Library.  This program is open to Metuchen residents only. For more information or to register for the class, call the Library on 732.632.8526 or write KLiss@Lmxac.org.   

Bob the crossing guard.jpgBob Moten, our erstwhile dedicated crossing guard on Main Street near Campbell School, died suddenly last week. Check out this beautiful memorial to him from Julie Walton Shaver and, for those of us who were hoping something nice would be done to memorialize him further in town, read this lovely note from Councilwoman Sheri-Rose Rubin. Wherever Bob has gone, he is sure to know how much we all loved and appreciated his service and kindness every single day.

From Councilwoman Sheri-Rose Rubin:
At {the most recent} Council meeting, we passed a resolution to honor Bob by posting a street sign at the corner of Main and Talmadge with his name on it.  We will prepare it to say whatever the family would like and it will be mounted on the already existing street sign above the street names. It will be made during the summer and then mounted and presented during a ceremony at the beginning of school next year. We will plan to ask the police to close off the street so Mrs. Carter can arrange for the children to come outside. 

The other item that was mentioned is a new program by the Shade Tree Commission to allow people to purchase a memorial plaque and plant a tree to honor someone.  This might be something a group of people want to do with any donations that have been collected.

UPDATE on Build With Purpose Beautification Planting TODAY

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Passing along an update on our community planting efforts in Metuchen today for those of you tracking this story closely...

·       Fundraising: We have raised close to $1,000 for plants and materials.  Woo hoo!  We honestly cannot thank everyone enough for their generosity and support.  Folks have donated, called and stopped by with advice, lent shovels and rakes, etc.  That said, budgetary increases can still be made at: http://bwpurpose.org/community/donate-help-beautify-metuchen/ or email if you still intend to give and would like to afford us more options during the many anticipated trips to Boro Hardware and local nurseries. 

·       Start Time of 10AM: If anyone was planning on stopping by as part of the planting, we moved up the start time to 10AM to try and beat the heat.

What's Next...The Farmers' Market This Saturday: We will have a table this Saturday at the Metuchen Farmers' Market where we will share more about the work that we do, background on the Metuchen community planting effort and our upcoming 10th anniversary celebration events.  We hope you'll take advantage of the market, and stop by our table to hear more about our work.

Re-Purpose New Jersey Starts Outdoor Market at Triple C Ranch

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The not-for-profit recycling leader Re-Purpose New Jersey is hosting the grand opening of the Common Cents Outdoor Market at Edison Wetlands Association's Triple C Ranch and Nature Center on Saturday, June 23, from 10 am to 3 pm and Sunday, June 24, from 12 to 3 pm located at 206 Tyler Road in Edison, New Jersey 08820.

Various clothing, textiles and other merchandise is available at the outdoor market for a tax deductible donation. Items include brand new high-end clothing, baby goods, children's toys, costume jewelry and much more. Inexpensive vendor space is offered for any interested vendors.  All proceeds are tax-deductible and will directly benefit the Triple C Ranch and the Save-A-Friend program. (http://tinyurl.com/bs3n8hk)

Re-Purpose New Jersey is the state's only clothing, shoes and textiles recycler where all proceeds go to benefit New Jersey environmental and animal care charities.  Last year, Re-Purpose New Jersey collected over 100,000 pounds of clothing, shoes, and other textiles, taking them out of the waste stream, and saving them from being dumped into local landfills along the environmentally sensitive Raritan River.   

The Triple C Ranch and Nature Center, managed by the environmental nonprofit Edison Wetlands Association (EWA), is located in the heart of the 1,240-acre Dismal Swamp Conservation Area and is the last remaining farm in Northern Middlesex County.  For more information, visit www.RePurposeNJ.org or www.EdisonWetlands.org.

 WHAT:                Grand Opening of the Common Cents Outdoor Market

WHEN:            Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 10 am to 3 pm

Sunday, June 24, 2012 from Noon to 3 pm  

WHERE:            Triple C Ranch & Nature Center, 206 Tyler Road, Edison, NJ 08820

CONTACT:            Robert Spiegel, Re-Purpose New Jersey, Director, 732-841-9375

In celebration of their 10 year anniversary, Metuchen based non-profit Build with Purpose is giving back to the community that it has been a part of for the past 10 years, by helping to beautify the streets in our town.  

On Wednesday, June 20, 2012, Build with Purpose (bwpurpose.org), will begin installing several hundred plants on the median island of South Main Street as well as downtown Metuchen next to the train station.  However, volunteers are needed and donations are welcome to help defray the cost of this initiative.  Boro Hardware has generously agreed to sell the plants at cost, and the first planting is expected to take place at 2PM on June 20th.  Those interested in volunteering as part of the installation or donating should contact Rose Grummer-Strawn at rgrummer@bwpurpose.org or 732-635-1000 ext.111.

According to Brian Keenan and Keith Timko, both Metuchen residents and Directors with the organization, this effort "benefits all of us and not just because the town will look nicer but this kind of community improvement increases home values and brings a greater sense of community to Metuchen."   Timko adds that any and all help and support for this effort is much appreciated since Build with Purpose is hoping to raise another $800 to cover material costs.  To donate or learn more over the next two days, you can click here or send an email to ktimko@bwpurpose.org.

Catherine Wolff is MHS Middlesex County Student of the Year

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catherine.jpg(Pictured left to right are Superintendent Vincent Caputo,  MHS Principal Bruce Peragallo, Mrs. Wolff, Catherine Wolff, Mr. Wolff, and MHS Assistant Principal, Susan LaFauci.)   
Catherine Wolff won the MHS's Middlesex County Principals and Supervisors Association Outstanding Student of the Year at a Pine Manors event on June 6. Congratulations to all the graduates and to Catherine, in particular! We are sure you are all proud of your achievements these last four years -- and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

From Bruce Peragallo:

Catherine Wolff is the kind of student who is at home in an academic environment, on the soccer field and track field. However, her most outstanding trait is in her desire to lead others because she is giving of her time and talents. Catherine has been an integral part of the soccer program for the past four years.  Throughout Catherine's high school career, we have witnessed her mature as both an individual and an athlete.  Catherine's improvement over these four years was noticed not only by the coaching staff, but more importantly by her peers who named her the Most Improved Player for the last two seasons. Catherine's community service involvement is with the Metuchen Town Soccer Club's Buddy Ball team. She volunteers on Sunday's throughout the fall to "coach" those with physical and mental disabilities. Catherine is also a pole vaulter for the track team.  To illustrate how giving Catherine is, she stays long hours with the younger pole vaulters. She states that even though she may not be the most talented player or track and field performer, she still does her best to work hard for the team. Catherine will attend the University of Delaware this fall.

HYSTERIA Continues at the Forum Starting Thursday Night

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 at the FORUM

Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy and Jonathan Pryce

7:30 Thursday is Ladies Night. All seat $8 for the Ladies... or a a reasonable facsimile there of! 
Fri 7:30 Sat 5:30 & 7:30 Sun 5pm

In Victorian London, Dr. Mortimer Granville, a young doctor struggles to establish himself. He is hired by Dr. Robert Dalrymple who is renowned for treating women diagnosed with female hysteria using 'pelvic massage'. Hysteria was originally defined as a neurotic condition peculiar to women and thought to be caused by a dysfunction of the uterus. By the 19th century, hysteria came to be defined as a more generalized sexual dysfunction. Mortimer devises various different methods of pelvic massage, undertaking various experiments in his quest.
Dr. Granville sets about becoming an expert in the problem, seeking devices to remedy the problem. 

7:30 Thursday is Ladies Night. All seat $8 for the Ladies... or a a reasonable facsimile there of! 
Fri 7:30 Sat 5:30 & 7:30 Sun 5pm

Running time 100m

CQE Awards Scholarships to Seniors at MHS

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The winners of the CQE Scholarship from the MHS Class of 2012 are Danisa Schiff, Nava Caluori and Victoria Zelikson who each received $250.  Joseph Pahlow received a $50 gift card for Honorable Mention.  The prizes were awarded at Senior Convocation on Friday evening June 15 by Dan Spiegel, longstanding CQE member and one of this year's six-person Scholarship Committee. To learn more about the CQE scholarship visit: http://metuchencqe.org/cqe-scholarship-application/

Satori Academy of NJ, a premier martial arts organization, was awarded Outstanding Business at the 13 th Annual Awards Dinner hosted by the Edison Chamber of Commerce.  The awards dinner took place at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ.

The Edison Annual Awards Dinner seeks to publicly recognize and honor local businesses that contribute to the economic vitality and overall quality of life of the township by demonstrating responsible business leadership and harmony within the community.

Nancy Walzog, owner of Satori Academy was on hand to receive this prestigious honor.  In addition to thanking Mayor Ricigliano and the Edison Chamber, Walzog graciously acknowledged her staff and students.  "...It is the instructors, students and families of Satori, represented by my colleagues here with me tonight, who should take most of the credit.  Every day, we are greeted by the warm friendly smiles and enthusiasm of our students, ranging in age from 3 to 63. Their exceptional attitude and dedication remind us every day of our mission, the meaning of Satori-- Being in the moment, at your best. Our students deserve nothing less."


Would YOU have thought that being "green" and getting good grades had anything to do with Mixed Martial Arts practice? Well, meet Nancy Walzog - owner of Satori Academy - she thinks that the martial arts offers an opportunity for all people of all ages, an opportunity to not only learn something exciting about themselves but become better and more accomplished members of their community as well.

Nancy Walzog, owner of Satori Academy at Tano Mall, is a renowned teacher and practitioner of mixed martial arts. Her programs at the Academy are not only popular because of their obvious physical benefits and the mental health that comes from a practice of strength and high personal expectations but they also reflect concern for the community-at-large. Personal projects such as anti-bullying campaigns for school-age students and charitable events that benefit organizations like Amandla Crossing and Soles for Souls offer an opportunity for even the youngest martial arts student to see how the elements of practicing care and consideration in their physical life can have a huge effect on the way they interact with the rest of their world. And this sets Nancy's work apart from most other teachers.

"This was a bigger passion for me than my film career," Nancy explained--that career at Tapestry International included an Academy Award for her 2000 documentary "King Gimp,''' the story of a young artist with cerebral palsy, and two Emmys for Outstanding Children's Series for "Assignment Discovery''' and "Greatest Inventions with Bill Nye." After all this success, and with two young sons at home, Nancy decided that it was a good time to move on to making this passion for the martial arts something that was more integral to her life.  Having been a part of a martial arts organization to which the Satori Academy was a member, she was approached by one of the company's founders to take over their East Coast schools (there is one in Milltown as well).

Come check out many of our local farms this Saturday!!

We'll be on the corner of New and Pearl Streets every Saturday 9:00 am-2:00 pm from now until October.


Check out our profile on the front page of the Sentinel




We have many new vendors this year including Cherry Grove Farms who will be selling their homemade cheeses and Sunshine Eggs who will be providing us with fresh eggs.


Here's a full list of the vendors you'll see:


                Cherry Grove Farm - Handmade, raw milk cheeses and grass-fed meat.

                Farmer Al's - Fruits and vegetables.

                Hoboken Farms - Breads, meats, pastas, and fresh mozzarella.

                Little Owl Soap - Hand-crafted vegan soap.

                Sunshine Eggs - Fresh eggs.

                Vesco Foods - Marinated mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, pickles, olives.

                Von Thun Farms - Fruits and vegetables

                Country Stand Farm - Fresh produce

                Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruit

                The Starving Anthropologist - Homemade granola and cookies

Unionville Vineyards - wine (July 7th only)

HYSTERIA Premieres at The Forum This Weekend

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This Friday On Our Screen: HYSTERIA

Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy and Jonathan Pryce

Fri 7:30 Sat 5:30 & 7:30 Sun 5pm

In Victorian London, Dr. Mortimer Granville, a young doctor struggles to establish himself. He is hired by Dr. Robert Dalrymple who is renowned for treating women diagnosed with female hysteria using 'pelvic massage'. Hysteria was originally defined as a neurotic condition peculiar to women and thought to be caused by a dysfunction of the uterus. By the 19th century, hysteria came to be defined as a more generalized sexual dysfunction. Mortimer devises various different methods of pelvic massage, undertaking various experiments in his quest.

Running time 100m

Forum Theatre 314 Main Street Metuchen NJ 08840


MHS Courtyard Dedication on World Environment Day

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From Dr. Rosann Kamin, Metuchen High School Culture Club Adviser:

On Tuesday, June 5, 2012, the Metuchen High School Culture Club celebrated

World Environment Day with the Dedication of the Metuchen High School

Courtyard.    Since the fall of 2011, the members of the Metuchen High School

Culture Club have been developing plans to participate in a global day of

environmental awareness.  Inspired by the recycling efforts of the German classes

at Metuchen High School and the enthusiasm of the Garden Club for the Earth,

the Culture Club included an environmental goal for the 2011-2012 school year.Through the efforts of community advocates for the environment in

Metuchen, four trees were donated to Metuchen High School by Barton Nurseries

and Johnny's Landscaping.  Members of the Metuchen Environmental Commission, the Shade Tree Commission, the Metuchen High School PTO, administrators, faculty, and students who collaborated to realize this project  participated in the event.  The students in the Food Science and Meal Management classes of Mrs. Bonnie Stanski prepared various types of muffins for the occasion.   Musicians from Mr. Adam Levy's Poetry of Song class initiated the program, followed by international poetry concerning the theme of trees. These poems were read in the ancestral languages of the students, then translated into

English.  Next, the Honorable Thomas Vahalla read a proclamation concerning the Metuchen High School Courtyard.  As part of his concluding remarks,

 Mr. Bruce Peragallo spoke of the opportunities for interdisciplinary learning outdoors in the area designed by drafting students, with benches donated by the Metuchen High School PTO.  We look forward to utilizing the Metuchen High School Courtyard during the 2012-2013 school year.

Moss School Walk-a-Thon for Breaking the Chain

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(Pictured in photo are Metuchen Director of Curriculum, Richard Cohen, and Metuchen High School teacher, Evan Robbins, along with high school and kindergarten students from Metuchen.)

From Moss School:

On June 12, 2012, the kindergarten classes at Moss School, Metuchen, will be holding a Walk-A-Thon to support the Breaking the Chain through Education, and to help build a school in Awate-Tornu, Ghana.  This event will capstone Moss School's instructional programming to support the schools' goals and students' learning in the areas of geography, culture and character education.   

As a preview to Moss School's Walk-A-Thon, Mr. Evan Robbins (organizer of Breaking the Chain through Education, an organization which provides funding for schools in Ghana)  and his student leaders from Metuchen High School visited on May 31, 2012 and prepared an assembly for the kindergarteners consisting of African dances, songs, and an age-appropriate PowerPoint presentation on cultural similarities and differences.  The students were able to compare schools, games, houses and clothing of Ghana with those of the United States.  The high school student leaders facilitated small group discussions with the kindergarten students about the presentation and the importance of helping others.

The kindergarteners at Moss School are excited to participate in this year's Walk-A-Thon to raise funds and awareness for a school in Awate-Tornu, Ghana.  "Students helping students learn."

From Fuce 5K:

June 10, the date of the Fuce 5K Family Fun Run/Walk is soon upon us. Just wanted to send out a few notices in preparation for the event.

1. Registration updates: If you haven't already registered, it is not too late. Register online athttp://www.facebook.com/l/bAQF2HQpxAQFeZvORK66pnRNERjOZIYrUXbbR8-zAG2iM1Q/www.fuce5.com or print out the form and send it to: Fuce 5, PO Box 453, Metuchen, NJ 0884.

Registration and participant check in will take place at Metuchen High School at 400 Grove Avenue in Metuchen from 7am-8am. 

Be in it to win it! All participants will be entered into a raffle to win Dick's Sporting Goods Gift Certificates and Great Adventure passes. 

Lend a hand: This year's event will be benefting the following families: 
The Patterson Family: This year the race is being held in honor of Ryan Marie Patterson, who tragically passed away in October of last year from complications related to Crohn's disease. She was extremely active in the community as a youth coach for swimming. She and her family are long-standing contributors to our community and her loss is felt throughout the community. 

The Pirrotta Family: Natalie, Steven, Emily, 14, and Val, 19. In May 2011, Steven , was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. One month later their home burnt down. Natalie works part-time at Little Genius Academy and spends the rest of the day caring for her husband. 

Please come out and support these local families who are going through a difficult time. If you are unable to join us this year, please consider mailing in a donation to show your support.

Looking forward to a great day-
Michael Bradley, Race Director


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Check out these Special Events for June 8th Junebug #2

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Preschool of Rock with Michael Napolitano
: 6pm at the Borough Hall 500 Main St
Preschool of Rock will offer a unique musical experience for children and their families. This evening will be sure to be a roof-raising celebration of music, sound and movement! We deliver a cerebral experience filled with exciting and intelligent entertainment.

Plein Air Painting Competition: Painting outdoors throughout the evening
Location: Outdoor spaces on Main and New Streets
Plein Air Painters...those artists who take their materials outside and create complete work right there on location...have been invited to "Paint the Junebug". Once their painting is complete, we are inviting them to submit them to the Junebug Committee at the Registration table.

Beginning Friday, June 15, all the plein air paintings will be exhibited at VAM, Metuchen's newest art gallery. where they will be juried by two professional painters and voted on by all who visit. Awards for "Best in Show" and "People's Choice" will be given the final night of Junebug June 29, 8pm at VAM Gallery, 15 Station Place.

Community Mural: All Fridays

Location: Near Junebug Sculpture 460 Main Street

A new feature at the ArtFest this year is the Community Mural. Large boards are available near the Junebug Sculpture, along with a variety of art-making materials. These five are sections of one large mural, and contain the basic outline that will help unite them when finally assembled.

Everyone who visits the ArtFest is invited to add to the mural with color and shape, an image, object, photos, etc. Work on the mural will continue throughout all the five weeks of the ArtFest. At the end, a loca artist will put the finishing touches on the mural to bring it together and make it come alive.

Everyone is encouraged to add to the mural and pend some time with it. Be bold. Add your own lovely color.


4 Degree - Boy Rock Band
7-730pm Convery Courtyard 470 Main St

Lou Petto - Acoustic Guitar
7-730pm Brewed Awakening 417 Main St

Open Mic
6-10pm Brewed Awakening

Satori Academy -Martial Arts Demo
Main Stage corner Main and New St

Shooter McGavin - Rock/Blues/Jaxx
745-815pm Convery Courtyard

Past Tense Band
8-10pm Main Stage

Framework Acoustic Jazz Quarter
830-10pm Borough Hall

larryqyuirk.jpgFrom Marifiki Free Trade:

We are proud to announce the next event in Marafiki's American Artists Series - a show featuring the work of potter Larry Quirk.

After thirty one years as a practicing trial attorney, Larry Quirk decided to shift gears and start a second career as a potter.  Quickly an avocation became an addiction and he is now fully dedicated to learning as much as possible about the art of making clay do what he wants it to do at the wheel and the slab roller.

Don't miss the chance to meet this interesting and unusual individual who loves to talk passionately of his work.  In Larry's words:  "My recent focus has been on making tea pots because the form is both confirning (it must have a spout, a handle and a lid) and liberating in the variety of shapes, textures and themes that can be developed.  Happily, working with clay is a never ending creative learning process."

Please join us here at 20 New Street, Metuchen on Saturday, June 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. to meet Larry and view a selection of his beautiful creations, which will be available for sale.  Complimentary wine will be served.


On May 26-27 the U14 Boys New Jersey State Cup Champion Metuchen Travel Soccer Club Rover Juniors traveled to New Hampshire where they competed in and won 5 straight games vs Presidents cup winners from Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maryland, Virginia, and Massachusetts to win the 2012 Region 1 US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup Tournament Championship. 

This great accomplishment gives the team the opportunity to represent Metuchen, New Jersey, and the  US Youth Soccer Northeast Region at the 2012 US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup National Championships in Sacramento, California from July 11 through July 15.

If you'd like to support the teams fund raising efforts as they continue their dream of a National Championship, p lease make checks payable to "Metuchen Travel Soccer Club" and send your tax deductible donations to:

Jeff Josell C/O Metuchen Travel Soccer Club, 5 Norris Ave , Metuchen NJ 08840 


MHS Students Excelled at Merck Science Day Competition

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From the Superintendent's Office:

On May 22  five Metuchen High School students competed in the Annual Merck Science Day competition sponsored by the Merck Institute for Science Education and the New Jersey Science Teachers' Association. Top science students from schools across the state competed in a written test administered at their schools. Aditya Uppuluri (Sophomore), Jake Silverman (Junior) and Revan Sopher (Senior) took the Chemistry exam, which is intended for students in an advanced chemistry course.  Shreya Ganguly and Miranda McKiernan (both Freshman) took the Integrated Science test, the only test open to students in grades 9-11 taking a first course in biology, chemistry or physics.  "I'm very pleased that we have begun participating in this competition," said Kathleen Henn, the Supervisor of Science and Gifted Education.  "Our students did well in a very strong pool of competitors.  Aditya placed in the top fifth state-wide. That's quite impressive for a first year Honors Chemistry student competing in a test intended for the best AP Chemistry students.  Jake did quite well too, placing in the top two-fifths. All the students can be proud of their results."

Metuchen Farmers Market Profile: Meet Hoboken Farms!

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From Hoboken Farms:

Spring has sprung and the season is upon us. Hoboken Farms has been participating in farmers markets, feeding families, and employing good New Jersey people since 1994 and is now is celebrating their 20th anniversary!

Hoboken Farms specializes in an array of hand crafted, small batch gourmet foods created and inspired by products that are produced right here in New Jersey and usually no more than 50 miles from a market. They'll be in Metuchen this summer offering creamy freshly made Mozzarella cheese, their famous crab cakes, hand cut aged steaks, luscious sirloin burgers, thin double pounded chicken cutlets, special homemade Ravioli, and a selection of artisanal breads baked daily.

They always draw a happy crowd, offering samples, full product literature, recipes, and new this year, fun specialty items such as tote bags, magnets, and stickers for the children.

Hoboken Farms is the true definition of LOCAL and they have the accolades to show it:

"Top Pick, Most classic", Wall Street Journal

"A comfort Food Extravaganza", The New York Times

"The Absolute No-Holds Barred Best Sauce Ever", Buddy Valastro TV's Cake Boss


We always look forward to having Hoboken Farms join us for the summer and hope you'll come out to the Metuchen Market Day, Saturdays starting June 16 from Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, to check them out.

**Change in Fuce5K Registration Location for June 10th**

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The registration location has been changed for the Fuce5K charity race on Sunday, June 10th.  Instead of coming to the Senior Center on Pearl Street, register at Metuchen High School, which is at 400 Grove Avenue.

Don't forget that day of registration runs from 7-8AM.  The beginning of the race is 830AM. Check out the ad on this site--click thru to register NOW and for further information on the Fuce5K and the Fuccile Foundation. Thanks!

From the Forum: "Ladies...

Have you seen enough films about Suicide, Illness, Depression, Bullying and Which Clowns Going To Win This November? Had Enough Street Fairs, Parades, Disney and Picking Up At Day Care?

If you have, then join us this Friday June 8 for a little SEX at The Forum Theatres Shade of Grey Night with a screening of the very HOT film SECRETARY Friday night at 7:30, Starring James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jeremy Davies.

Then Join Us After The Screening For Cocktails at Novita Bar and Restaurant (minutes from the theatre) in Metuchen. Offering $2 OFF All Martinis to Forum Patrons Only!

Leave your husbands, boyfriends, lovers...(well you can bring your lovers, we won't tell) and come with your friends.

All seats $10 or $8 for anyone who brings a Collar, Handcuffs, a Paddle (Not that kind of paddle!) or a Feather.

We'll Also Throw In A Free Mr. Goodbar Chocolate Bar!

Check out the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmSO07r_zTc

Let's Bring a Little Sexy to the Sleepy Brainy Boro, We Could Certainly Use It! and Don't Forget To Join Us After The Screening For Cocktails at Novita Bar and Restaurant (minutes from the theatre) in Metuchen. Offering $2 OFF All Martinis to Forum Patrons Only!

Running time 104m

Rated R

No one under 17 Please. This is an Adult Night Out Event.

Adults Learn to Crochet at the Library June 21, 26, 28

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On Thursday June 21, Tuesday June 26 and Thursday June 28, adults are invited to learn to crochet in three easy lessons at the Metuchen Public Library from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM. Participants will complete a simple project using several basic stitches, such as single, double, half-double and triple crochet. Hooks and yarn will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Metuchen Public Library.  For more information or to register for the class, call the Library on732.632.8526  or write KLiss@Lmxac.org .   


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Polling Place Information

Polling Place Hours 

Primary Election hours: 6 AM to 8 PM ---NJSA 19:23-40 

ADA Compliant : Yes 
From Edgar School:

TONIGHT, June 4, 2012, a group of 6th grade students from Edgar Middle School will present a policy they created in their Life Studies class during the Project Citizen unit to the Borough Council at the meeting that night.  This policy is designed to combat the problem of texting while driving in Metuchen.  It is a combination of ideas from two Life Studies classes which were written while completing a citizenship based unit called Project Citizen.  The unit is designed to teach students about public policy and it allows the students to gain real world experience by identifying different problems in their community and then working to fix it.  The students have worked with Officer Joe Keane, who also serves as the D.A.R.E. Officer and Sergeant Artie Flaherty of the Metuchen Police Department.

FREE TRIAL for Metuchen Preschool of Rock June 13th

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Metuchen Preschool of Rock
Offering summer programming beginning Wednesday July 11th (for 6 consecutive weeks).

June 13th 9:15AM
What's The Scoop - Metuchen NJ 

Full schedule and information on registration for the trial class here:
(Only valid for new students.) 

The 6th Annual CQE-MHS Alumni Day was held on Wednesday, May 30 at Metuchen High School.  Thirty members of the Classes of 2010 and 2011 returned to their alma mater to speak to their former schoolmates about the challenges, rewards and realities of college-life. Principal Bruce Peragallo spoke; Guidance Counselors Traci Grauer and Liz DeMott led the discussions and moderated the alumni panels, making the event a meaningful experience for each class--grades 9-12. CQE worked with the MHS Guidance Department on this event throughout the year, corresponding with the alumni, helping to plan alumni panels and questions, and bringing in 11 adult volunteers to host the event alongside school personnel. 

The alumni represented the following schools:  Boston University, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Duke, Emory, George Mason University, George Washington University, Lafayette College, Manhattan College, Marist, Monmouth, Ramapo, Rider, Rutgers, Stevens Institute of Technology, Swarthmore College, TCNJ, the University of Delaware, the University of Hartford, the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), the University of Pittsburg, and William & Mary.

CQE will award $250 scholarships to three Metuchen High School students from the Class of 2012 at Senior Convocation on Friday, June 15. This year 17 students have applied for the scholarship. A six member CQE Scholarship Committee will convene early next week to judge the papers and select the winners. The papers were submitted to the committee anonymously.  The scholarship is funded by personal donations from  members and past and present members of the CQE Steering Committee. To learn more about the CQE Scholarship, visit http://metuchencqe.org/cqe-scholarship-application/.

From the Borough Council:

The unique searching feature allows for viewers to search for a particular topic of interest. Not only will the searching function pull up videos with the appropriate words listed in the link, title, or description, but it will display clips where the topic was talked about during the meeting as well.

When trying to view the videos, viewers will find that meetings are categorized with a name, date, the number of agenda items and the total duration of that particular meeting. To access the videos, all the viewer needs to do is click the "play" link to the far right of the table. This will prompt a new page to open with an embedded video player. From there, the viewer can either watch the meeting from beginning to end as the play begins automatically or they can skip through the meeting to points of interest by clicking the item links displayed on the right side of the page.

In addition to the links below. The videos are also linked on the Borough Council Agendas/Minutes/Video web page.

Staged Radio Play from the Rac June 8th

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A Staged Radio Play!

7 PM, Fri. June 8 @ Stage Left in New Brunswick


Featuring Carlyle Owens, Laurence Mintz, Francesca Tedeschi, Michael Jarmus, and Alex Dawson

"Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine."

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the world's favorite gin joint with a staged dramatization at New Jersey's top ranked cocktail bar!

Against the bustling background of an American nightclub in a North African port, through which pours a steady tap of connivers and crooks, a thrilling cocktail of high intrigue and unrequited love is precisely prepared. Casablanca: easy to enter, but so hard to leave. Especially for Victor Laszlo, legendary leader of the underground.

Wanted by the Nazis, his only hope is Rick Blaine, the cyncial expatriate owner of   Rick's Cafe, who sticks his neck out for no man. Particularly if that man is the new husband of ex flame Ilsa. When Ilsa offers herself in exchange for helping Laszlo escape, the bitter Blaine must decide what counts more - personal happiness or the countless lives hanging in the balance.

With live musical interlude, As Time Goes By, sung by jazz   vocalist Tedeschi.

Includes champagne cocktail and multi-course menu. For details or to reserve online, click HERE.


Maybe you can't make the June 8 date, or maybe Stage Left's Lobster Vichyssoiseou and Stuffed Lamb Loin don't fit into your budget. But don't fret, ladies and gentleman, Rac Radio will be staging Casablanca at their current home base in Metuchen, Frankie Ol' Skool (a.k.a. the Old Franklin School), 8:30 Sat. June 16 for the low, low price of $10!

As always, my friends, reservations are strongly recommended!


RR HQ: Frankie Ol' School a.k.a. The Old Franklin School at 461 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen, NJ.






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


16th Annual Metuchen Street Fair TODAY

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The Chamber of Commerce presents the 16th Annual Street Fair -- Main Street will be full of fun and food, vendors and great activities so come on down and enjoy the day!

Junebug 2012 STARTS TONIGHT!

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From the Chamber:

A drum circle, community mural project, plein air painting competition and the eclectic sound of Los Gringos are just some of the festivities on tap to mark the fifth anniversary of the Metuchen Junebug ArtFest this spring.

A very special fifth anniversary commemoration is planned on June 1 to kick off the month-long celebration of the arts. The evening gets underway beginning at 7 p.m. with the unveiling of the Junebug 2012 sculpture by Metuchen artist Duffy Dillinger.

Opening night will also offer lots of cultural entertainment for visitors, including these exciting activities:

                Community Mural: Everyone who visits the ArtFest can help create the fifth anniversary mural.  Beginning on opening night and on subsequent Friday nights, five panels will be placed at strategic locations, along with art-making materials.  Volunteers will help visitors add their own photos and drawings to the panels. At the conclusion of the festival, local artist Kim Adlerman will work the five panels into a beautiful mural, which will be exhibited throughout the summer.

                Drum Circle: Richard Reiter, an Emmy-award winning musician and leader of drum circles, will bring more than 60 drums and other instruments and invite visitors to participate.  He will greet the gathering following the sculpture unveiling and lead an "anniversary festival parade" to Borough Hall, inviting all to join him there for the drumming. 

                Los Gringos: Live from the festival's main stage, the Jersey Shore's favorite rock band will perform an eclectic mix of tunes spanning several decades.

                Metuchen High School: Student arts, ranging from film, spoken word, performance pieces and music, will be showcased at the Old Franklin School.

Following opening night festivities, Junebug will continue to offer the traditional fare of arts and entertainment that has drawn thousands of visitors to Metuchen on Friday nights in June.

The festival is held each Friday night in June from 6-10 p.m., and features a wide array of open air exhibits, interactive art events, open mic sessions, and live music performances. This year's Junebug will also include a new plein air painting competition on June 8, and on June 15, Metuchen's own "Project Runway" will give children and teens aged 8-18 the opportunity to redesign and then model the official Junebug T-shirt.

InterimLogoTHEREAL.jpg For more information about Junebug happenings and for a peek at the full schedule of events, visit the Junebug website at www.junebugartfest.com.

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