August 2012 Archives

Stars on Stage Registering for Fall/Winter WIZARD OF OZ

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Stars On Stage Presents our Fall/Winter Musical Theatre Program presents the classic tale of "The Wizard of Oz," live on stage for students kids 8 to 14
Open House Registration is Thursday Aug 30 from 5pm to 7pm  Thursday Sept 6 from 5pm to 7pm & Sunday Sept 8 from 11am to 1pm
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 September 15. 
Saturdays from 11am to 4pm  Additional classes will be added after the first 5 weeks.
Performance are December 14, 15, 16
Tuition is $650 for the 12 week program
Additional children from the same family receive a 15% discount.

Stars On Stage program will include...
    Supervision and Direction by professional Children's Theatre Educators
    We will supply scripts, writing pads and pencils
    Students should bring bagged lunch & drink, preferably  water
    4 performances on the Forum Theatre stage open to the public
    Printed Program.
    Cast Party

WHAT:                 Metuchen Rocks! Summer Concert Series
WHEN:                 Thurs. August 30th - THE DAVID CEDENO LATIN ORCHESTRA
WHERE:               Metuchen's Summer Stage, Corner of New and Center Streets  
TIME:                   7:30 p.m.
PRESENTER:      The Metuchen Arts Council
ADMISSION:        Free
CONTACT:           Nancy Goldberg (7320632-8502 / ngoldberg@metuchen.com 

St. Luke's Offers Sunday Classes This Fall

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Acts Church Back to School Prayer Rally September 5th

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attach.msc.jpgANNOUNCING the 9th Annual Back to School Prayer Rally - Sept. 5th - 7:30 p.m. - at the Forum Theatre Arts Center

 

Hosted by Pastor James Nevius (The Acts Church), the Back to School Prayer Rally is a free, non-denominational community event, scheduled on the Wednesday night of the first week that classes resume in September.


Its purpose is to bring together ministry, parents, teachers, school administration and community leaders to pray for success and safety for our K-12 student population and educators.

Temple Emanu-El Offers Religious Education This Fall

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From Temple Emanu-El:

Temple Emanu-El of Edison invites you to learn about our Temple and education programs at our Religious School Open House on Sunday, September 9 from 10:30am-12:00pm. Come meet Rabbi David Vaisberg and join us in a song session led by Cantor Jacquie and Rabbi Vaisberg followed by time for questions & answers. 

The Religious School program goes from Kindergarten through 12th grade. The CHAI Curriculum was developed by the Union for Reform Judaism to create a love of Judaism and provide children with the skills to live as well-informed Jews. Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Temple Emanu-El represents the attainment of a significant level of Jewish knowledge through individualized study. Post Bar/Bat Mitzvah students continue their studies through Confirmation and high school including participation in our peer leadership program. Adults find many opportunities to continue Jewish learning via a weekly "Lunch n' Learn", Shabbat morning services and Torah study, a Conversion class and an Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah class.

Packets are now available for membership and Religious School registration. Please note that K-2nd and 8-12th grades are now open to non Temple members. Visit our website at www.edisontemple.org  Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg, Cantor Jacqueline L. Marx, Principal Jill Santoni. (732) 549-4442. 

We are located at 100 James St, Edison.

 

Woody Allens, TO ROME WITH LOVE
Thursday 7:30 Fri 7:30 Sat 5pm & 7:30 Sun 4pm
Starring: Woody Allen, Penlope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Roberto Benigni and Alec Baldwin

"To Rome with Love" is a fantasy film; a comedy about people living out their fantasies. The great thing about it is that it's subtle enough that you don't recognize the fantasy element in all of the relationships until later on in the film. The obvious one is when native Roman, Leopoldo Pisanello (Roberto Benigni), becomes a celebrity over night. "It's better to be a celebrity than an unknown." And as Benigni shows, way funnier too. It's the type of film where everybody gets to see themselves as famous, or supremely interesting, or a guiding angel, or married to a hooker, or the object of a movie star's affections, or on a romantic rendezvous with a thief, or having the ability to change the world with one simple idea. It will take you to wherever your heart desires. And then you'll realize why it's often advised to think with your brain rather than with your heart. Half Italian and half English, we follow two relationships involving Romans and two relationships with Americans in
 Rome. 

Toga Party August 31...National Lampoons...ANIMAL HOUSE @ 7:30
Starring... Tom Hulce,Tim Matheson, Karen Allen and John Belushi On The Big Screen In 35MM!


Livestrong Program at the Y and Garbolino Run Registration Info

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From Helene Zahn at the Y:

"Cancer. The Big 'C' - call it what you will. Years ago it seemed like a death sentence but today with the work being done the Lance Armstrong Foundation, more people are fighting the battle and winning, going on to live happy, healthy and productive lives.

It is the focus on the living that brought the YMCA and the Lance Armstrong Foundation together, united in a common purpose -- to ensure that cancer survivors and their families receive the help and support they need to thrive.

Each year 400+ walkers and runners participate in the annual Janice Garbolino Memorial 5K event, walking or running in memory of Janice Garbolino, the former Health & Wellness Director of the Metuchen Branch YMCA, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2002.

Janice would be pleased and proud of the work the YMCA is undertaking with the Lance Armstrong Foundation in her memory.

NEW THIS YEAR: The Y is asking participants to get involved by not only walking or running in memory or in honor of a loved one, but by raising funds in support of the program. Participants can simply and easily establish a personal fundraising page and set a personal or team fundraising goal by visiting the YMCA's website (www.ymcaofmewsa.org) and clicking on the Garbolino 5K Event link.

EVENT DETAILS: The event will take place at Roosevelt Park in Edison NJ on Saturday, morning September 22nd.  Registration will be accepted in advance at the branches of the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy and online through midnight on Thursday, September 20th. After September 20th, participants can register the morning of the event, from 7:30 AM until 8:15 AM at Lakeview School in Roosevelt Park (the location of the start and finish of the 5K). The run/walk will start promptly at 8:30 AM. Fees are $20 per person until September 20th and $25 per person on the day of the event.

ABOUT THE LIVESTRONG™ at the YMCA Program

Since 2009, the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy has offered the free LIVESTRONG™ at the YMCA Program. More than 300 people have benefited from this life-changing program as they traveled on their journey back to health and wellness. LIVESTRONG™ at the YMCA is a research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health.

Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG™ at the YMCA is helping people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.

Here's what some of our participants had to say about the program

"The program provided a flawless transition from 'cancer patient' to empowered cancer survivor. The LIVESTRONG™ Program builds you up and restores you"

"Having cancer made me feel powerless, out of control. The LIVESTRONG™ Program was a way to do something - my fitness   under my control - a game plan."

Another Truck in the Bridge

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If you're a truck driver, you should probably know your route in advance, taking into account height and weight restrictions, etc. Around noon today, one driver wasn't paying attention and pinched his truck under the railroad bridge on Main Street (westbound).

The recovery specialists arrived, ready to tow it away. But first, it had to be removed and no "lowering of the tire pressure" was going to solve this one. Simple solution: put it in reverse and back it out. Check the video for how well it worked.
 
GIRL SCOUTS.jpgOn Tuesday night, Metuchen Junior Troop 80417 awarded the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society with an archive edition of its Bronze Award documentary project for posterity. This is the 100th Year of Girl Souting in America and its anniversary inspired Local Junior Troop 80417 to become "History Detectives," spending the better part of this last school year working on a documentary project that brings together women from ages 18 to 92 to discuss their involvement in Girl Scouting in our community. The troop was commended by Edison Mayor Andrea Ricigliano in April at the girls' award ceremony and in a private ceremony with Mayor Valhalla in May.

"HISTORY DETECTIVES: 100 YEARS OF GIRL SCOUTING IN METUCHEN" had its world premiere on April 21st at St. Luke's in Metuchen. The screening, for interviewees, Scouts, friends and family members, was attended by several local political officiants, including Tyreen Reuter of the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society. A copy of the finished project and all its raw footage (over 25 hours of footage was shot throughout the year-long production period) will be placed in the town's historical archives at the Metuchen Public Library as well as the Girl Scout Archives for the Central and Southern New Jersey Girl Scouts. The completed film will be available for viewing on the Girl Scout Council YouTube page in the near future.
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This month, Janna Morishima from Kyo Morishima Photography will be presenting two separate workshops as part of the Borough Improvement League's Summerhouse for the Arts -- a highly successful summer series of special workshops, art programs and other exciting unique events, most of which have been presented to Metuchenites for the first time through this program. The fun continues with Janna's August workshops. (Check out http://www.boroughimprovementleague.org/12.html for full information) 

At 7 pm on Tuesday, August 14th, she'll lead a workshop on "How to Create a Gorgeous Photo Book. In this workshop, she'll go through seven simple steps to ensure your book turns out beautifully, and she'll offer some photography tips from her husband, Kyo.

At 11 am on Saturday, August 25th, she'll do a cooking demo, "How to Pack a Bento Box Lunch [link: http://www.facebook.com/events/415645951800487/]," as part of Metuchen Market Day's culinary series. She'll demonstrate a few classic bento box recipes and discuss Japanese principles of healthy lunch-making.

Below is a short Q&A with Janna.

MM: Can you tell us a little more about what you'll be teaching in your Photo Book workshop?

Janna: Sure! In my evening workshop on August 14th, "How to Create a Gorgeous Photo Book," I will be breaking down the steps to designing and producing a professional-quality illustrated book. My husband, Kyo Morishima, specializes in documentary photography, and I have a background in publishing, so we are constantly creating books for our clients: everything from traditional wedding albums formatted as books to custom children's picture books and cookbooks. Through trial and error, I've refined my process and hopefully it will be helpful for other people who have their own book projects or ideas.


The Story Behind the Franklin School Window

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If you attended any SummerHouse of the Arts events this summer, you may have noticed the beautiful old window hanging near the eaves of the Schoolhouse. This window hung for ninety years above the double front entrance doors to the Franklin School on Middlesex Avenue. Here's the story from the BIL:

That building was in fact the third Franklin School to be built in Metuchen.  The Old Franklin Schoolhouse (built ca. 1807) was the first, and a larger wood frame Franklin School (built 1870) located on Middlesex Avenue at Centre Street was the second.  This second school was later moved to the northeast corner of New and Pearl Streets to make way for the construction of the third school, and was home to the Second Baptist Church for many years before it was demolished.  

Built in 1909 by Walker & Morris Architects, the third Franklin School was a large brick Colonial Revival building, complete with keystone lintels, quoining, pedimented dormers, a hipped roof flanked with massive chimneys and a decorative cornice.  Additions were made to the building in 1922, 1930, and 1939, and it survived a fire in 1957.  But it was retired from service, and sold to make way for the Franklin Square condominiums.  

August 16th Brings The Saddle Tones to SummerStage

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WHAT:               Metuchen Rocks! Summer Concert Series
WHEN:               Thurs. August 16 - The Saddle Tones (Country)
WHERE:             Metuchen's Summer Stage, Corner of New and Center Streets 
                          in downtown Metuchen
TIME:                 7:30 p.m.
PRESENTER:     The Metuchen Arts Council
ADMISSION:       Free
CONTACT:         Nancy Goldberg (7320632-8502 / ngoldberg@metuchen.com 

Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist at The Library August 23rd

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On Thursday evening August 23 at 8 PM, the Young Adult Department of the Metuchen Public Library (480 Middlesex Avenue) will conclude its summer film series-From Book to Screen-- with Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (PG-13). The romantic comedy  is based on the award winning novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan and stars Michael Cera and Kat Dennings as two lonesome teens who make a love connection as they roam the streets of NYC looking for their favorite band's secret show, as well as for their friend Caroline. The film series is paid for by The Friends of the Metuchen Public Library. For more information, write KLiss@Lmxac.org.

Build with Purpose Sponsors Movie Night August 30th

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Woody Allen's TO ROME WITH LOVE at the Forum

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Starts This Friday August 17



Woody Allen's TO ROME WITH LOVE


Fri 7:30 Sat 5pm & 7:30 Sun 4pm


Starring: Woody Allen, Penlope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Roberto Benigni and Alec Baldwin

AND 
On August 31st at 7:30 The Forum Will Have a "We Can Lower Ourselves As Much As Our Congress & Presidential Candidates Night" With an end of the summer screening of National Lampoons...ANIMAL HOUSE  
Starring... Tom Hulce,Tim Matheson, Karen Allen and John Belushi On The Big Screen In 35MM!
Wear your Toga to the theatre for a discount! Toga Toga Toga
Then Following The Film Join Us For An End Of The Summer Toga Party At Novita On Pearl St  For Some Cheap Beer or JD & Coke! (Yes you can still get a martini)
Food Fight Not Included!


Build With Purpose Is Awarded $3.3M Grant for Charter Schools

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from Build with Purpose, Metuchen:

Build with Purpose, the nation's largest charter school developer, got a big boost from the US Department of Education on Friday when it awarded the organization $3.3 million to support its work with charter schools.

Build with Purpose organized a unique consortium with Boston Community Capital and the Nonprofit Finance Fund and applied for the grant funds. The consortium of nonprofits, which works across the country, will use the funds to help charter schools obtain facilities. The grant funds come from US Department of Education Credit Enhancement for Charter Schools Facilities Program (Credit Enhancement), one of several grants under the Office of Innovation and Improvement's Charter Schools Program. The Credit Enhancement program helps to improve educational options for students and parents by targeting funds to areas with the greatest need for public school choice.

"We have heard repeatedly from charter schools that access to affordable and suitable school facilities is their number one challenge. This grant will enable us to help them with a greater breadth of services", said Brian Keenan, Director and President of Build with Purpose. "We are pleased that the US Department of Education sees such value in our work, and this grant will enable us to expand our efforts to other states."


From the Forum Theater:
For The Kids, Grandkids and kids of all ages!
This Friday August 10 @ 7:30 Saturday Aug 11 @ 11am & 7:30 & and Sunday Aug 12 @ 2pm
The Forum Theatre Stars On Stage Summer Musical Theatre Performers present The New Jersey premiere of:
Disneys "The Little Mermaid Jr." Live On Stage!
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above.
General Seating $14
Tickets can be purchased online @ www.forumtheatrearts.org By calling 732.548.5600 or at the door the day of the performance.

National Night Out TONIGHT 7 PM

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FYI - Edison Wetlands Associ Announces New Schedule

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Edison Wetlands Association
Upcoming Schedule of Events

Edison Wetlands Association, which has owned and operated Triple C Ranch and Nature Center since 1999, has been working to protect and restore the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area, a 1,450-acre natural area and the largest continuous wetland in Northern Middlesex County. The Dismal Swamp is located in Metuchen, Edison, and South Plainfield.

The Triple C Ranch and Nature Center is located in the heart of the "Diz" and runs conservation, land use, public advocacy, and nature programs. For more information about Edison Wetlands Association, Triple C Ranch, or any events and programs, call 732-321-1300 or go to NJDismalSwamp.org.
 
This Week
August 2012


Saturday August 4th, 9pm- Release of 2 Screech Owls

Saturday August 25th, 8am-3pm 
Common Sense Flea Market

check out our blogs:
newgreenmedia.tv and wildnewjersey.tv
Next Month:
September /2012

Dismal Swamp Conservation Area-Eco-Tours
Metuchen, Edison, South Plainfield, New Jersey

Saturday, September 8 - 3pm- 5pm 
Eco-Tour Hard Wood Forest 

Saturday, September 15- Eco-Tour, South Plainfield Diz Night hike, Sing alone Camp Fire-6pm

Saturday September 22- 6pm
Environmental Center program
Outdoor Screening 

Rescuing the River, the Raritan
Gates open 6pm-outdoors-Bring a chair

All events are free for EWA members 
For info on membership check out our website njdismalswamp.org or edisonwetlands.org 

Recent Luring Incident Near Moss School Reported

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Another luring incident was reported last week by a 12-year-old Metuchen student walking to a summer program at Moss School on SImpson. Click here for the details.

For tips on protecting your children, check out this link and teach your children the right way to respond in this situation.

Check Out Female Singer-Songwriters August 4th at SummerHouse

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PLAY LIKE A GIRL: SIMON & GARFUNKEL RE-IMAGINED

The "Chicks With Dip," a NYC-based singer-songwriter collective currently doing a 40th anniversary tribute tour of Joni Mitchell's "BLUE" album around the Northeast (as well as original songs inspired by her work), will do a one-time-only summer show at the historic Old Franklin School from 8-11 PM, based on and inspired by the work of Simon & Garfunkel.

Female singer-songwriters interpret classic songs and share original songs inspired by the legendary duo. There will be one set of S&G tunes with lots of harmonies and interpretations, and a second set of original songs inspired or influenced by the duo's music. Cost: $10 at the door

 

Contact: Sharon Goldman, sharon@sharongoldmanmusic.com, for further information. (And, for a list of performers, see the next page . . . )

From the Superintendent's Office:

For two weeks, five mathematics and special education teachers from the Metuchen School District are participating in Year 3 of the Mid-Jersey Math Science Partnership Institute at Middlesex County College. Participants include Campbell School teacher Michele Bethe, Edgar Middle School teachers Jeanne Hughes, Laura McCadden, Lindsay McKenna, and Sandy Vorensky and Metuchen High School teacher Sherry Lifson. The purpose of the Institute is to provide teachers with enriching activities and the opportunity to collaborate and articulate on topics related to the new Common Core Standards recently adopted by the State of New Jersey in order to increase student achievement. Professors in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) will provide the instruction and guidance for the Year 3 topics: Geometry and Statistics and Probability. 

Other school districts participating in the institute include Carteret, Clifton, Diocese of Metuchen, East Brunswick, North Brunswick, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, Spotswood, West Milford, Woodbridge. At the conclusion of the two weeks of workshops, the teachers will be making a presentation on a vertically aligned concept and how it can be expanded within each grade level 5-10. 

As participants in the partnership, the teachers will receive complementary classroom materials (manipulatives, technology software, etc.), in addition to a stipend provided in accordance with the grant from the New Jersey Department of Education. As an added bonus to the 70 hours of work from July 30th to August 10th, the teachers will be participating in additional 30 hours of professional development workshops associated with the grant throughout the 2012-2013 school year in order to further collaborate both within and outside the district. Google groups will be utilized to help all participating teachers organize and share materials. Click here for their website: http://www.mjmmsp.org/

METUCHEN ROCKS! Free Concert Series Starts NOW

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From the Arts Council: Metuchen's summer of music and art continues as the annual "METUCHEN ROCKS! outdoor concerts gets underway in August. 

The Metuchen Arts Council, in association with the Metuchen Recreation Commission, will present its annual outdoor summer series  with concerts on August 16, 23, 30, and an end of summer street party on Sunday, September 2nd. 

The concerts are free and take place  at 7:30 p.m. on the Metuchen Summer Stage in the heart of downtown Metuchen on the corner of Center and New Streets.   

This year's concert series includes four New Jersey bands that demonstrate the States diverse musical culture starting on August 16th with the country sound of The Saddle Tones.  The music continues with the Reggae band Random Test on August 23rd.   On August 30th, the Latin rhythms of David Cedeno and His Latin Orchestra return to Metuchen with their dance party inspiring Salsa rhythms.   Metuchen's own hometown rockers The Spidermonkeys will officiate at an end of summer street party on Sunday, September 2rd.

For more info on the individual performers, check out the next page . . .

Avalon Bay is one of the two companies in contention for the Pearl Street Lot Development project here in Metuchen. However, their safety record is being contested, with a petition against their involvement being circulated. Have you read the details? Is this an issue you think the Council needs to pay attention to? 

Go to our Facebook site where I am starting a conversation on this issue and give us your take on the situation. Safe town development - do you care or not?

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