September 2012 Archives
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 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.
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!
Presented by Metuchen Arts Council & Middlesex Cultural Heritage Commission
For more info on Metuchen Arts Commission: www.metuchennj.org/cultural_arts_commission.html
In case of inclement weather, concert location will be switched to Metuchen Senior Center, 15 Center Street, Metuchen, NJ
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.
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.
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 www.forumtheatrearts.org Phone 732.548.5600 and follow us on Facebook!
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.
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.
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.
Check out this link for further information . . .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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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: http://bwpurpose.org/community/donate-backpacks-for-kids/. For more information on Build with Purpose or to donate visit us at www.bwpurpose.org.
Dear all neighbors and friends,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for the help!