July 2012 Archives

The MMP Swim and Dive Team's Swim Across America wracked up a massive 228.37 miles, raised over $9K and engaged 108 swimmers and 175 donors and it's still going strong. The Swim Across America efforts continue tonight, at a celebration at Hailey's in the bak room from 6-8 PM. Awards will be presented for 1, 3 and 5 Milers and other helpers. 

And you can still help out! Main Street Trattoria is donating 10% of all lunch and dinner checks through Thursday to the efforts and Clare Puerzer is donating 20% of all orders from her MyInitials site to their efforts. If you dine at Hailey's tonight, 10% of the proceeds will go to Swim For A Cure. Congratulations to the MMP for another stellar year of helping the community!

Go to this link for the Main Streeet coupon:

Break-in at Martin & Sons on Main Street Sunday Morning

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martinson.jpgFrom NJ.com:

Burglars who broke into a borough jewelry store quickly smashed open at least six display cases and scooped an unspecified amount of values, then fled out a window before police could respond to alarms.

Thieves used a ladder to force open a third-floor window at the rear of the Martin & Son Jewelers at 418 Main St., early Sunday, then made their way to the first-floor display area, authorities said.

Police said numerous alarms went off in the store at 3:54 a.m.

Authorities said burglaries escaped through the same window and left the ladder leaning against the building.

Here is a list of Metuchen teachers and administrators who will present at the New Jersey School Boards Annual Workshop on October 24th.  The Workshop is a program designed to highlight innovative practices from around the state.  Metuchen will have an unprecedented 11 teachers and administrators presenting 6 different successful programs.Congratulations to all those invited to attend!

Presentation Title


More Than Music -

21st Century Guide to General Music Curriculum

Christine DeSimone


Sandy Vorensky


Graphic Biographies

Roseann Misrahi

Jane Brown


Learning Through Collaborative Modeling

Judy Graziano

Effective Uses of Social Media in the Language Arts Classroom

Ed Porowski

Linda Donohue

Melissa Kovacs

Practicing What We Preach:   Administrator Professional Learning Communities

Ed Porowski

Kathy Glutz

Local Pedestrian Calling Edison Patrols on Bad Driving

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Brian Latham, the Deputy Chief of the Fire Department in Edison, has been getting the what-for from local Metuchen resident Jared Hayter, who has twice been almost hit by Edison Fire personnel who drive through crosswalks and don't stop. Here are his missives and the Chief's answer:

Deputy Chief Latham: 

Some person driving one of your vehicles drove through a crosswalk I was standing in trying to cross the street at Central Avenue and Midland Avenue in Metuchen with my two dogs at around noon this afternoon. I was able to take a photo as it passed that clearly shows the Edison Fire Dept seal on the side of the truck. Perhaps you and your department are not aware that under New Jersey state law all vehicles are required stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk. This intersection used to have a flashing pedestrian warning lights until our town in their infinite wisdom decided to remove the buttons rather than repair the lights. I cross at this light every day and must contend with numerous vehicles failing to obey the law and stop for pedestrians. It saddens me that even official town vehicles fail to obey traffic laws. Please be aware that I will be making an effort to document traffic violations at this intersection and publicize violations to the best of my ability.

Jared Hayter

From the Superintendent's Office and Edgar School:

Edward C. Ronk, a teacher at Edgar Middle School, Metuchen, was one of twenty- four New Jersey teachers selected to participate in a week-long sustainable energy institute that explored what it means to "go green" through the use of solar and wind energy production. In addition, the teachers were introduced to other energy-related topics and learned about career opportunities for their students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In September, the teachers plan to incorporate the engaging, hands-on, engineering design activities that were the foundation of this summer experience into their middle school science programs. Conducted at The College of New Jersey, the institute was a partnership between the New Jersey Science Teachers Association (NJSTA) and the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ and was made possible with generous funding from the Public Service Electric and Gas (PSEG) Foundation.

From the LIbrary:

The Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue, will sponsor the following free college-prep programs in August for Metuchen residents who will be entering grades 10-12. Both workshops and both practice tests have limited space; registration is required. To sign up, please visit the Library, or call 732.632.8526, or write KLiss@Lmxac.org. Metuchen residents should register early as the programs will be open to others later on. 

A Teen Resume Writing Workshopwill be held on Friday August 24 from 1 PM until 2:15 PM. The program is designed especially for students going into 10th-12th grade. During this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the important components of a good resume and how to explore opportunities that build experience during the teen years. Sample student resumes will be distributed and each participant will have a chance to work in small groups to outline his/her own. You'll leave the workshop prepared to write a resume, which you can use and tailor throughout your high school and college careers.

The YMCA Offers Birthday Greetings to John Malinowski

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From the Y:

Please join the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy in wishing John G. Malinowski a happy 90th birthday on Sunday, July 29th.  "Mr. Mal" as he is affectionately known by his YMCA family, served as the General Director of the YMCA of Metuchen from 1980 to 1988.  Mr. Mal is a long time resident of South Amboy, where he resides with his loving wife of 64 years, Marian.  He and Marian are exceptionally proud of their two children, Bruce and Donna, and six grandchildren, Anna, Brian, Christian, Emily, Jenna, and Mary Kate.

Born in New York City, Mr. Mal grew up near in the Theatre District and belonged to the West Side YMCA where he was a member of the Leader's Club and the YMCA Swim Team.  For him, the YMCA was a refuge, a place he could go to after school where he could participate in safe, supervised activities.  He graduated from McBurney School, a part of the educational system of the YMCA of Greater New York.  Other celebrity graduates of McBurney include JD Salinger and Henry Winkler.

Mr. Mal's first job out of school was at the Medical Film Guild, producing medical teaching films.  He was responsible for the photography used to create motion pictures later distributed to colleges and medical schools.  Mr. Mal worked there for most of his career, leaving from 1943-46 to serve in the United States Air Force.  He was attached to the Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, and was honorably discharged in 1946 as a Sergeant.

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METV Municipal Survey Results Have Been Posted

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A municipal survey on the town's use of and interest in METV has been published by the TV and Technology Commission. Check out this link: http://www.metuchennj.org/tv_technology_documents/Report_Survey_Results.pdf for the complete results. According to the survey, at least 60% of the households in town turn into METV for their variety of local and area programming. 

Metuchen Rocks With Free Concerts All August Long

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Jewelry Making by Twinkling Creations August at the Library

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The Metuchen Recreation Department is sponsoring summer classes for Jewelry Making, at the Metuchen Public Library.  The workshop offers classes on Tues and Fri, starting from Aug 7th and ending on Aug 31st. Roxy, the local jewelry designer, founder of Twinkling Creations, has designed these classes to get young girls involved in creative activities. She believes that this skill could help them become a professional in this field or they could use it to create jewelry for their own personal use.  To register contact Roxy at 201 424 5619.

Rac Presents the Great Gatsby at the BIL Friday Night

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It's West Egg, 1922, and a mysterious millionaire is hosting a summer party the whole Sound is talking about. Guess what? You're invited!

Got a white summer suit or a feathered headband? Wear it as you drink ice cold "Gatsby" martinis (Lillet Blanc, vodka, grapefruit juice) on the Old Franklin School house lawn before the show.

The Great Gatsby: A Staged Radio Play

With Francesca Tedeschi, Laurence Mintz, Michael Jarmus, Alex Dawson, and Carlyle Owens as bootlegger-cum-big fish Jay Gatsby.

8:30 PM, Sat. July 28

The Old Franklin School 491 Middlesex Ave. Metuchen, NJ

$10 at the door.

"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther...." In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write "something new--something extraordinary and beautiful and simple." That extraordinary, beautiful, and above all, simple novel became The Great Gatsby, arguably Fitzgerald's finest work and certainly the book for which he is best known. A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. The Modern Library named it the second best English-language novel of the 20th Century.

Reservations strongly suggested. To reserve a seat simply reply to this notice with your name and the number in your party.

Costumes! Sound FX! Theatrical Lighting! With live musical Jazz Age interlude by vocalist Tedeschi.

Starts Friday July 27
Moonrise Kingdom
Fri 7:30 Sat 5:30 & 7:30 Sun 4pm

Director Wes Anderson Writers, Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Starring Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray & Edward Norton.
Rated pg-13 Running time 94m

Ladies Martini & Movie Nite Out Thursday August 2 @ 7:30
Join Us for a screening of this classic film on the big screen in 35MM...
Breakfast at Tiffanys
Director Blake Edwards is at his funniest in this iconic classic, and Audrey Hepburn absolutely lights up the screen.
Then Join Us After The Screening At  Novita Restaurant (Pearl St) for $7 Martinis for theatre patrons only!

Nut Cheese Making Workshop July 28th

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At 11am on July 28, Say Cheese, Say Cashew Cheese!

Dairy allergy or lactose intolerance got you down? Making nut cheese is fun and simple to learn! Join me for a cashew cheese-making demo by Evelyn Fuertes of From Sprouts to Supper!

Sponsored by Metuchen Market Day & the BIL at Old Franklin School

at 491 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen NJ

SummerHouse of the Arts Demo and Concert Saturday Night

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The BIL SummerHouse for the Arts continues on Saturday, July 21st with a cooking demonstration and an evening of Blue Grass and American Folk music.


At 11:00 a.m.  Hema Devarajan will conduct a workshop on Indian cooking titled, "Let's Cook Indian:  Simple Indian Vegetarian Recipes."  Ms. Devarjan will demonstrate how to use simple spices and fresh produce from the Metuchen Farmers Market to put together simple and healthy Indian vegetarian recipes that you can try at home.   

At 7:30 p.m. the Metuchen Arts Council will present the Clayhole Bros. in concert.  The Clayhole Bros. play traditional American folk and bluegrass, ranging from the Civil War era through the 20th century.    Tickets are $10 and $5 for students and seniors. 

The SummerHouse for The Arts is sponsored by the Borough Improvement League and programs takes place in Metuchen's historic Old Franklin School House (The BIL) located at 491 Middlesex Avenue (Route 27) in Metuchen right next to the Metuchen Fire House.  Parking is available along Middlesex Avenue or across the street at Borough Hall.

For information about the cooking demonstration go to www.metuchenmarketday.com. For more information about the Clayhole Bros. concert, contact Nancy Goldberg at 732-632-8502.  For a full schedule of the BIL's SummerHouse events, log onto www.boroughimprovementleague.org.  

What's Up with The District?

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I called and said I was interested in the state of the undergoing development project. I was told that there are permits waiting to be approved and . . . well maybe this summer . . . . As the traffic drives by that space, with its flapping sign, now years old, telling us how wonderful the District will be, it seems a shame that it's still just an empty space surrounded by a fence. With all the talk about the Pearl Street lot development, you would think someone would notice that there is this adjoining development that isn't moving forward. 

Given the excitement this summer over Junebug, the expanded Farmers' Market, the activities at the Old Franklin School through the BIL, it seems to be a good time to talk once again about trying to help fill up all those vacant buildings on Main Street. With the chocolate shop and Welcome Home gone or almost gone, don't we all hope that the Peruvian restaurant in the Tooley's space and the new yogurt shop that is under construction have greater success and stay a while? As more people come downtown for all these wonderful planned events, let's hope that it encourages the combined efforts of landlords and politicians in town to ensure that over the coming year we have nothing but forward development on Main Street and in Metuchen in general.

Their website isn't updated. The last picture they have of the Lake Avenue and 27 corner still has the old buildings on it. What do you think is happening with the District? 

Still Time To Register for The Artist's Eye Writing/Art Camp

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Swim 4 The Cure Registration NOW -- July 29th Event

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Join The MMP Swim Team in the fight against cancer!  MMP's 5th Annual Swim 4 The Cure will be held on Sunday July 29th from 7:30 - 10:30 am. Special Guest, Craig Beardsley will be joining us.  Craig was a member of the US Olympic Team and World Record Holder. 

On-Line Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  This event is open to the MMP Swim & Dive Team, their families and all MMP Pool Members.  Remember every lap swam and dollar raised goes towards this great cause!

Register at www.swimacrossamerica.org/metuchen2012.  All participants will receive a t-shirt, cap and breakfast - plus other great prizes and give aways.  It will be a fun morning for all!

It's Kind of A Funny Story at Library Thursday Night

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On Thursday evening July 19 at 8 PM, the Young Adult Department of the Metuchen Public Library (480 Middlesex Avenue) continues its summer  Book to Screen Film Series with It's Kind of a Funny Story.   Based on the Young Adult novel by Ned Vizzini,  the film is inspirational. Craig Gilner (Keir Gilchrist), a stressed-out teenager finds himself overwhelmed by social and academic pressures to succeed. When he checks himself into a mental health facility,  he finds an unlikely mentor (Zach Galifianakis), a potential new romance (Emma Roberts) and an opportunity to begin anew.        

With music to appeal to both teens and adults, the soundtrack includes 13 songs by newer artists and "Under Pressure" performed by Queen and David Bowie.  It's Kind of a Funny Story is an uplifting coming of age story with a clear message: adolescence is often a difficult time, but it's also a wonderful opportunity to discover who you really are.              

All ages are welcome. The film is rated PG-13; parental guidance is advised. Bring along your friends or family for a late night at the Library!  The final film in the series is Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist scheduled for Thursday, August 23. The film series is paid for by The Friends of the Metuchen Public Library. For more information, call 732.632.8526 or write KLiss@Lmxac.org.



The Metuchen Arts Council, in association with the BIL SummerHouse for the Arts, will present a "SummerHouse Party" honoring the legacy of the late Levon Helm on Saturday, July 7th at 7:30 p.m. at The Old Franklin School building, 491Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen.

Levon Helm, who passed away in April at the age of 71, was a member of "the Band" which became Bob Dylan's backup band in the late 1960's.  The Band went on to record and tour on it's own.  Mr. Helm was the Band's drummer and contributed vocals, many of which were lead vocals on some of the groups best known recordings including, "The Night They Drove All Dixie Down," "Ophelia" and "Rag Mama Rag." 

In recent years, Mr. Helm's barn at his home in Woodstock, NY became a hub for a wide circle of musicians.    He began hosting "Midnight Rambles" concerts that often featured surprise guest artists along with young, emerging musicians and signer/songwriters. 

That spirit of passing on musical traditions is the inspiration for the Metuchen SummerHouse Party on July 7th.  Instead of a barn, the gathering will take place in Metuchen's historic, one room schoolhouse known as the Old Franklin School.  It promises to be an intimate evening of live music featuring several emerging singer/songwriters whose own work, like that of Levon Helm, make full use of deep-rooted American rhythms, communal harmonies and downhome storytelling. 

On the first Friday evening in July, Metuchen area residents will have the opportunity to taste a historic wine.

Only one week ago, a wine competition in Princeton was set up to mirror the notorious 1976 "Judgement of Paris" where California wines routed their French competitors in a blind taste test. This time, New Jersey wines were compared with French peers and again judged blind by a panel of international wine experts, including three critics from Belgium and France. The New Jersey wines were ranked so well that the results were almost a statistical tie; a 2010 Chardonnay from Unionville Vineyards placed a close second after the top white, a Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos Mouches 2009 from Burgundy, France.

"I am ecstatic about sharing this epic moment in New Jersey wine history with Metuchen," says Janna Morishima, programming director for Metuchen Market Day. "The quality and variety of what is being produced by New Jersey farms, orchards, and vineyards is increasing every year, and this special event gives us a chance to celebrate that, not to mention raising a glass to toast the continuing growth and success of the Metuchen Farmers Market."

At Metuchen's July 6th wine and cheese reception, local wine lovers will be able to sample the spectacular 2010 Chardonnay from Unionville, along with a host of other specialities, including Governors Cup-winner The Big "O" (a blend of Cabernet Sauvigon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Verdot); Albariño Spanish-style dry white; and Vat #17 Port, among others. Local musician Steve Kaplan will be entertaining guests with acoustic guitar music, while an exhibit by more than a dozen local artists will be on view.

The event is open to the public and starts at 7 pm on July 6th, in the Old Franklin School located at 491 Middlesex Avenue. Tastings will be available for $5 a glass.

The wine andcheese reception is the launch event for Metuchen Market Day and the Borough Improvement League's 2012 "Summer House for the Arts" events series. Metuchen Market Day cooking demos will be held every Saturday at 11 am in July and August at the Old Franklin School. These will include:

  • July 14: The Stress Effect by Jamie Checket, a private health coach, on how to use food and behavior to lessen stress;
  • July 21: Let's Cook Indian by Hema Devarajan, an Indian cooking blogger;
  • July 28: Say Cashew Cheese by health coach Evelyn Fuertes;
  • August 4: Fresh Fruit and French Pastry by Kir Rodriguez, Pastry Chef Instructor at The International Culinary Center in NYC;
  • August 18: Cooking Gluten-Free by Karen McNamara, a former special education teacher, and Allison Inserro, who runs the support group www.allergyfriendsnj.org; and
  • August 25: How to Pack a Bento Box Lunch by Janna Morishima.

For a full roster of Summer House events, visit:http://www.boroughimprovementleague.org/8.html.

Metuchen Market Day is the Metuchen farmers market, held every Saturday in the northeast corner of the Pearl Street Parking lot from 9am through 2pm, and sponsored by the Metuchen Chamber of Commerce. To join the mailing list or get more information, visithttp://www.metuchenmarketday.com or become a fan athttp://www.facebook.com/metuchenmarketday.

The Borough Improvement League, founded in 1901, is a non-profit organization devoted to community service and preserving the historic Old Franklin School in Metuchen. For more information, visit

http://www.boroughimprovementleague.org or become a fan at http://www.facebook.com/groups/boroughimprovementleague/

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From Build with Purpose:

Friends and Supporters:


It is hard to believe but the "back to school" season will be upon us in no time.  Next to the holiday season, this is the biggest financial stressor for low-income families and as a result many children don't have the basic school supplies needed to succeed.  


As part of our "10 for 10" Celebration, Build with Purpose is helping kids and families in need by providing students in low-income communities with backpacks stuffed with the school essentials- like pencils, pens, rulers, note books-in time for the start of the school year this September.  


So many children attend poor or failing, and often dangerous schools, places where learning comes second to safety, where dropout rates exceed graduation rates and where more students end up in prison than college.  To help fight these trends and to help ensure the nation's greatest asset will be successful we are asking you to consider donating to our Backpacks for Kids Campaign.  


Every $20.00 donation will provide a child in need with a backpack filled with all the necessary school supplies.  We sincerely appreciate your support in the past and hope that you will continue to support our work and the children and communities we serve.


Click here to donate a backpack filled with school supplies to a child in need.



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