September 2012 Archives

Mutts Highlights Triple C Ranch

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Mutts Comic Strip:
From September 24 - September 29, Mutts Comic Strip, "Farm Animal Sanctuary" will feature an animal from Edison Wetlands Association's Triple C Ranch & Nature Center! Long-time EWA supporter and founder and illustrator of Mutts Comic Strip, Patrick McDonnell was inspired when he came to visit our animal friends at the farm.  He then decided to feature some of them in his daily comic strip.  

Click the link below to read the comic
  (Be sure to click each calendar day to see the different strips.  There will be 6 total!) 

You can also find Mutts Comic Strip in The Star Ledger, Philadelphia Inquirer, and NY Daily News!

MHS Project Graduation Fundraiser September 29th

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Municipal Alliance Invites You to Recovery 2012

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Adult Education Classes at Neve Shalom

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Adult Education classes held at Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen, will begin on Sunday, October 14, 2012, at 10:00am with Rabbi Zelizer teaching "Judaism, Christianity & Islam Similarities & Differences". Rabbi Zelizer's lectures will compare the Christian Bible and the Hebrew Bible; Discuss the life and person of Jesus; Explain how Paul changed Christianity and departed from the Torah; Explain the difference between the idea of the Messiah in Judaism & Christianity.

Hazzan Levin will be holding classes on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm starting on Oct. 11, 18, 25 Nov. 1, 8, 15,2012. "How Zionism has changed" - using videos, discussions, an interesting card game and historical facts we will see the history and development of Zionism and discuss how it has evolved and may change in the future. Questions such as "Why American and Australian Jews have very different opinions about Israel" will be discussed. Any questions, contact Hazzan Sheldon Levin - 732-548-2238, ext.14

Bike-Walk Metuchen Makes a Point for Safe Transport in Metuchen

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Bike-Walk Metuchen is a newly formed advocacy group comprised of Metuchen residents interested in promoting bicycling and walking in Metuchen, and improving bicycle and pedestrian access throughout the Borough. We seek to and improve the quality of lives of our citizens.

The purpose of this letter is to make you aware of our organization, and to let you know about some exciting events that we are taking part in over the next few weeks. On Friday, September 21, 2012 from 9 AM to 7 PM, Bike-Walk Metuchen will participate in the PARK(ing) Day on Main Street. PARK(ing) Day is an annual global event where citizens temporarily transform metered parking spots into PARK(ing) spots as a means for spurring conversation about how we

utilize public spaces. Bike-Walk Metuchen will transform a parking space in front of Brewed Awakening on Main Street,and invites residents to stop by, enjoy the public space, and learn more about biking and walking advocacy efforts in


On Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 9 AM to 1 PM, Bike-Walk Metuchen will have a table at the Metuchen Farmers Market to introduce our organization to residents and recruit new members. Our table will be under the Borough Chamber of Commerce tent.

Finally, on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from 7-9 PM, we will host an official Bike-Walk Metuchen kick-off event at the Old Franklin School. On this evening, Bike-Walk Metuchen members will present our mission and current goals, and solicit ideas and feedback regarding initiatives aimed at fostering increased, safe walking and bicycling travel options

in town. Interested residents will be encouraged to join the group, as well as learn more about our sub-committees, which will include a Safe Routes to School Committee and Planning and Policy Committee, among others.

Metuchen Jazz Fest September 22nd Features Mike Kaplan Nonet

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The Mike Kaplan Nonet finally gets a chance to play in the leader and primary arranger's current hometown!

Outside Borough Hall --bring your own chair! Free admission! 

Live at The Metuchen Jazz Festival....  This Saturday September 22nd, 3pm - 4pm!

For more info on the Nonet:

Presented by Metuchen Arts Council & Middlesex Cultural Heritage Commission

For more info on Metuchen Arts Commission: 

In case of inclement weather, concert location will be switched to Metuchen Senior Center, 15 Center Street, Metuchen, NJ

Edgar School Participating in Princeton's Roots Research Program

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From the Superintendent:

Edgar Middle School in Metuchen, New Jersey has been selected to participate in the the Princeton University sponsored Roots Program. The Roots Program is part of an innovative anti-HIB intervention and research program run by researchers from Princeton University. The Roots Program focuses on measuring school climate using advanced social network survey techniques.

Edgar Middle School was one of 60 schools state-wide accepted to particpate in this exciting program. Edgar Assistant Principal, Mike Knoth will be the district contact person for the program. Mr. Knoth states: "This partnership with Princeton University and the Roots Program is a wonderful opportunity for Edgar Middle School and the Metuchen School District to continue its emphasis on providing Metuchen students with strong and effective HIB education".

Students will be surveyed about their social relationships and will be asked about their perceptions of what other students at the school think. This confidential data will help researchers develop a social network profile for the school with the goal of learning about the school climate. This will further assist researchers to make recomendations about the best ways to spread tolerant and inclusive behavior throughout the school.


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Batman: The Dark Detective from Raconteur Radio

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'But I don't want to go among mad people,' Alice remarked. 'Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat, 'we're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad.' 'How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice. 'You must me,' said the Cat, 'or you wouldn't have come here.'


8:30 PM, Fri. Sept 21

The Old Franklin School 491 Middlesex Avenue Metuchen, NJ

$10 at the door

Set in the behomithic bedlam of Arkham Asylum and based on Grant Morrison's acclaimed graphic novel, this thrilling radio drama features Laurence Mintz as felonious funnyman the Joker, Michael Jarmus as true blue police comissioner Jim Gordon, Jane Hardy as Nurse Ruth Adams, and Carlyle Owens as the caped crimebuster himself!

The patients of Arkham have taken over the asylum, threatening to murder the staff unless the cowled crusader agrees to spend the night. Inside the monstrous madhouse, Batman wrestles with his sanity, giving his popular nickname, Bats, new meaning and weight, and facing many of his most famous foes, including the Joker. But his deadliest enemy is himself and his ever weakening grip on his own barely contained psychosis.

This is dark, folks. Parents use your discretion. Our suggestion is ages 13 and above.

Theatrical lighting, costumes, and extensive sound effects!

Reservations strongly suggested! To reserve simply reply to this e-mail with your full name and the number in your party.

Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale? Bah! No one comes within a bat's whisker width to my man Owens. Don't miss Carlyle Owens as the Dark Dick. And if you thought Laurence Mintz was intense as Gollum in Raconteur Radio's recent production of The Hobbit, wait until he uncorks his take on everybody's favorite clownfaced killer.


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20120918-severe-map.jpgThe National Weather Service has our area in a tornado watch until 7 PM this evening. Make sure all outdoor elements that can fly are battened down due to the possibly 40+ MPH winds coming our way. 

Tune into the Borough of Metuchen Government Facebook page for further updates at

Dr. Christina Guarneri Book Signing To Be Continued September 22

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Dr. Cristina Guarneri will be available to sign copies of her spellbinding book See No Evil on Saturday, September 22nd at To Be Continued...Bookstore Boutique & Cafe, 431 Main Street, Metuchen at 2pm. Following the reading, Dr. Guarneri will be available for questions and autographs. Based on the current events found in the heart of the city skyline and the prominent buildings of American history, See No Evil holds a captivating secret that must be learned how to either lived with or divulged and challenges one man's quest for freedom.  

Middlesex Greenway Dedication Saturday at 11AM at Trailhead

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parking.jpgFrom the Greenway FB page: "Folks, we have more details about the Middlesex Greenway Dedication on Saturday September 15, 2012 at 11am at the Trailhead in Metuchen. There will be handicap parking at the Trailhead parking area. Also general parking will be available on the lawn at the trailhead. Parking is also available at Memorial Park off of Lake Ave., and it is a short walk to the Rose St. entrance to the Greenway, and a short walk to the Trailhead. After the ceremony there will be food from Subway, and an ice-cream truck will be there. Posters and other Greenway information will be available." Awesome! See you there!

The Forum extends "Beasts of the Southern Wild" This Weekend

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Now Playing:

"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Thurs Sept 13 @ 7:30,  Fri & Sat @ 8pm,  Sun @ 1pm

Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in the Bathtub, a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink's tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he's no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack, temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink's health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother. 

The Forum wishes all its patrons, "L'Shana Tova," a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

Rated Pg-13 Running time 93m  General Tix $10,  Seniors 65 & Older $9,  Kids 15 and under $8  Phone 732.548.5600 and follow us on Facebook!

Moss Starts Extended Hours This Year

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School has started and there are some big changes afoot! Vincent Caputo, District Superintendent of Schools, has announced: "This year, the district has extended the learning time in the half-day program by nearly 20 minutes.  The teachers and their principal, Mr. Rick Cohen, have 


dedicated the extra minutes to individualized guided reading as part of the district's balanced literacy initiative."


The first photo shows Director of Curriculum/Moss School Principal, Rick Cohen, welcoming students in Laura Fischer's class (standing to the right). The second photo shows newly-hired kindergarten teacher, Sarah Anderson, leading her students in a kinesthetic learning activity.  Best of luck, Class of 2024!

Build with Purpose Offers Final 2012 Conversation series Events

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Build with Purpose invites you to participate in our 2012 Conversation Series:  a multi-part conversation series with experts in real estate development, finance and law. Brian Keenan, President & Director of Build with Purpose, hosts each of the conversations on the first Thursday of each month, 3-4pm eastern standard time.  Each conversation is an in-depth interview allowing participants to gain a greater understanding of the many facets of real estate development. Read on for the remaining schedule and to register for the conversations.

Find a Community Service Connection for Teens September 24th

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On Monday, September 24 at 7:30 PM, the Metuchen Public Library will host a Community Service Information Night at the Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue. High School students and 8th graders  are invited to attend with interested parents when a number of local organizations will speak on the different volunteer opportunities available to Metuchen teens. Adult representatives and student volunteers will be on hand from the Library's Teen Advisory Board, the YMCA, the Municipal Alliance, the First Aid Squad, the Fire Department, the Historical Society and the Borough Improvement League. Volunteer applications from local hospitals and other institutions will be available. For more information write Young Adult librarian, Kathy Liss at

9/11 Memorials In New Jersey

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On this, the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., you can find a number of memorial services scheduled if you wish to choose a public rememberance today. Check out this link for memorials throughout the state, as compiled by New Jersey firefighters.

MACC Networking Party September 19th

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 ~  5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. 
Rutgers Athletic Center
Sponsor for the most visibility, exhibit to collect 1,000 business cards, or attend to network with top leaders at the Largest Networking Party presented by the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce!


Louis Brown Athletic Center ("The RAC") Home of Rutgers Basketball

83 Rockafeller Road

Livingston Campus - Rutgers University

Piscataway, New Jersey


    Big Business Bash on the B-Ball Court

  • Networking: Dribble down the court to meet new business players
  • Business Expo: Get into the game as a sponsor or exhibitor
  • Fabulous Food: Showcase your restaurant's specialties to a hungry crowd
  • Live Music: Enjoy reverberations from the arena's rafters
Ticket Information
MCRCC Member: $25
Nonmember: $30
At the Door: $35

Call the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce at 732-745-8090 for more inforamtion.

For more informations, email: or visit

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Metuchen Chamber Wants Booths for October 6 Fair

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The 49th Annual Metuchen Country Fair, sponsored by the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held on October 6, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Rain dates are October 13th, 20th and 27th. For an application and more information, please contact Angela Sielski, (732) 548-2964 at the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce. Deadline for booths is Friday, September 21, 2012. More information can be found at


This year's theme is "Gardens." All participants have the opportunity to compete for monetary prizes of up to $250. Use your imagination!! Prizes will be awarded for "Originality," "Execution of Theme" and "Special Youth Groups."  A plaque will be awarded to the Chamber Member contributing the most to the spirit of the Fair.  Non-profit civic, religious and charitable groups, as well as Metuchen Chamber Members, are invited to participate in this fun filled day. Be sure to mark your calendars! Be a part of the Metuchen Country Fair!


Nails in the Wall Gallery Opens at St. Luke's September 22nd

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8p2.preview.jpgCheck out this wonderful article about the exciting coordinated efforts between Rev. Barbara Crafton and St. Luke's here in Metuchen and local artist Linda LaStella. The ONE STREAM, MANY WELLS exhibit will open on September 22nd at St. Luke's and will be the first of extensive exhibits to come. Join the artists and exhibitors at the Nails in the Wall Gallery on their opening day.

Grand Opening Ceremony for Aanya Beauty Parlor September 18th

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There's another filled storefront on Main Street and that is always a cause for celebration. A Grand Opening and official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at Aanya Beauty Parlor. The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place at 6:00 PM. Representatives from the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce will be joined by Metuchen Mayor Thomas Vahalla as we celebrate with Fazia Khan on the opening of her new location. Come to 214 Main Street and welcome her to the Metuchen community.

Jazz Fest September 22nd - FREE Concerts at Borough Hall Plaza

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From Metuchen Recreation:

Metuchen celebrates the coming of fall with its annual Jazz Fest on Saturday, September 22nd,  3:00  to 5:00 p.m. at the Metuchen Borough Hall Plaza on the corner of Main Street and Middlesex Avenue (Route 27) in Metuchen.

The free, outdoor concert will feature the Mike Kaplan Nonet and the  Richard Reiter Swing Band. The  Metuchen Jazz Fest starts at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept 22nd.  The plaza in front of Metuchen's Borough Hall on the corner of Main Street and Middlesex Avenue provides a lovely, intimate, outdoor venue to showcase these talented New Jersey musicians.  The public is invited to bring lawn chairs or simply relax on the bench seating that rings the plaza.  In case of rain, the program will move indoors to the Metuchen Senior Center on the corner of New and Center Streets.

This free concert is sponsored by the Metuchen Arts Council and is funded in part by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission with assistance through a grant provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State. For more information, please call Nancy Goldberg, Metuchen Recreation Director at 732-632-8502.  

Metuchen News Held Up by Robber Tuesday Night

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The Metuchen News shop was held up by a bandit wielding a hand tool on Tuesday night around 7:15 PM. Check out this link for more information. The robber, who threatened the cashier and left her in tears, took off with the money from the cash register. He is described as nearing six feet in height, thin build, wearing blue jeans and a gray hoodie. 
From the Borough:

Sinkhole at Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 27) and Main St. causing traffic woes. One westbound lane closed. No left turn from westbound Middlesex to southbound Main permitted. No left turn from southbound Main to eastbound Middlesex permitted. Expect significant westbound delays on Route 27. PD directing traffic. Go a different way.

Check out this link for further information . . . 

Pearl Street Lot Meeting THURSDAY 4:30 PM 2nd Floor Borough Hall

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Parking Authority of the Borough of Metuchen Announcement:

Notice of Special Meeting

September 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm

NOTICE is hereby given that the Parking Authority of the Borough of Metuchen hasscheduled a special meeting on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm to be held inthe second floor conference room at Borough Hall, 500 Main Street, Metuchen, NewJersey. 

The purpose of the meeting will be discussion with the Pearl StreetDevelopment Advisory Committee and consultants Jeffery Otteau and JamesConstantine regarding proposals to develop the Pearl Street parking lot.

Due to pending contract negotiations the Commissioners may meet in closed session.

No formal action will be taken.

Metuchen Town Soccer Registration NOW - Games Start This Weekend

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From Town Soccer Club:

The Metuchen Town Soccer Club is a recreational soccer club for children in grades K-8 who live or attend school in Metuchen or whose parent works in Metuchen. Player registration fee for grades 1-8 is just $55 per child for the ten week season - the best value in organized sports in town. The fee for the Kindergarten Division and for new families who have moved to town since April 2012 is $35 per child. 

The Metuchen Town Soccer Club was established in 1991 by Tony Black. The club's Tony Black Memorial Fund awards scholarships every year to Metuchen High School senior soccer players who demonstrate excellence in academics and community service.

There are no tryouts, everyone plays, and they play small-sided games. Each fall over 500 children participate in the ten week season on over 50 teams, assisted by over 100 adult volunteers, with support from Metuchen area businesses as team sponsors.  Games are played on Saturdays between 9 AM and 2 PM.

The Metuchen Town Soccer Club was established in 1991 by Tony Black. The club's Tony Black Memorial Fund awards scholarships every year to Metuchen High School senior soccer players who demonstrate excellence in academics and community service.

Register now at www.metuchensoccer.comm. For more information or to sponsor a team, please email your request to

Barbara Buono Wants to Give the Governor Some Competition

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barbkick_1.jpgAt an event yesterday in Charlotte, where the Democratic National Convention is being held, our State Senator Barbara Buono, Metuchen resident, announced that she would love to give Governor Chris Christie some competition in 2013. Although not a formal declaration, her Chief of Staff Christine Zuk announced that the remarks were only a statement of desire for the future. MM will be following this story as it unfolds . . . 
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It's the beginning of the new school year so GOOD LUCK, STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND PARENTS! And now that the quiet streets of summertime are giving way to the crowded crosswalks of autumn, DRIVERS BEWARE! Make sure that you slow down for those in the crosswalks -- some rampant disregard of crosswalk laws put some of our townspeople in danger over the last few months and this is a great time to reconsider how important good driving skills are in town.

A group of concerned citizens, including members of the Board of Education and the Traffic and Transportation Commission, are looking into ways in which crosswalk safety can be maximized. Feel free to share your ideas about what could improve this situation by checking out the Metuchen Matters Facebook page or commenting here on the site. More information will be coming in the next few days about the committee and its plans for a safer future for our children and all pedestrians.

Check out these links for the rumblings of what has the potential to be a much larger citizen movement and for the newly-formed Bike-Walk Metuchen group.

Build With Purpose Announces BackPacks for Kids Campaign

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For the past four weeks, Build with Purpose, a Metuchen-based nonprofit focused on building community facilities including schools and nonprofit centers, has raised money as part of the Backpacks for Kids Campaign.  The initiative was created as a way to help low-income families manage the additional expense of buying back-to-school supplies.

Next to the holiday season, the back-to-school season is the most financially difficult time for parents as they struggle to pay for basic school supplies their children need to be successful in school. To help meet this need and ease their burden, Build with Purpose set a goal of raising $10,000 to purchase backpacks and all the necessary school supplies needed for 500 low-income children.  Build with Purpose still hopes to raise funds to purchase an additional 200 backpacks and school supplies.

To date, Build with Purpose has raised approximately $6,000, enough to supply backpacks with school supplies to 300 children.  Along the way, Gibbons, PC, a New Jersey-based law firm donated 50 backpacks with school supplies to the initiative.   For every $20 raised through this initiative, Build with Purpose is able to purchase one backpack and all the necessary school supplies.  

According to staff with the organization, "Backpacks and school supplies may not seem like much, but we are sending a message to these children, families and schools that we believe in them and are fully behind their success."

As a nonprofit with a mission to build sustainable organizations and healthy, vibrant communities, Build with Purpose has identified this initiative as one of ten events leading up to the organization's tenth anniversary next year.  More information about this particular initiative is located at:  For more information on Build with Purpose or to donate visit us at   



Metuchen Residents Receive Congressional Medals of Honor

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guys.jpgTwo Metuchen residents received the Congressional Medal of Honor in a pre-Labor Day celebration last week at Borough Hall. Montfort Point Marines Daniel E. Robinson and Austin F. Banks were given their Gold Medals by Representative Frank Pallone, Junior, and the ceremony was hosted by the U.S. Marines 5th Motor Transport Battalion from Red Bank. MM was not able to be there for the festivities but make sure you check out this informative link and Julie Walton Shaver's excellent collection of pictures ( of this momentous occasion. Congratulations and thanks go out to these brave men!

(picture courtesy of Julie Walton Shaver - Capt. Jennifer Beckner and Rep. Pallone flank the receipients, Mr. Banks and Mr. Robinson)

Jesse Shafer Asks for Your Assistance on Eagle Scout Project HERE

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Dear all neighbors and friends,

I am a Boy Scout of Troop 17 and will be conducting my Eagle Scout Project September 8th at 9:30 AM.

It will take place at Woodwild Park, at the top of East Chestnut Ave. Please come join me in making the park a better place!

Volunteers will be assisting in the installation of the plaques. These custom informational plaques are quite costly, and donations would be greatly appreciated. These plaques include information about the park including history, wildlife, and the 'kettle hole'. Any amount of money would be happily accepted. Other things we will be doing include the removal of invasive weeds that are non-native. A trash clean-up will also be taking place.

If donating by check, please make it payable to the Woodwild Park Association. To make everything easier, I am able to come and pick up donations. My telephone number is (732) 439 - 0375. My email address is Thanks for the help!


Jesse Shafer

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