October 2012 Archives


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From Tyreen Reuter, Zombie Invasion Official:

"ZOMBIE ALERT!!! Cemetery Reconnaissance at 12:06PM reveals a grim situation; large dead tree near the launch site. Although this Mama Zombie has braved monsoons in the Philippines, pre-glasnost Moscow, and the deserts of Morocco, I fear the effect the gathering winds could have on this tree and all the undead gathered around it, even for a short time. HENCE: Zombie Invasion is POSTPONED one week, until NEXT SUNDAY. If this week's storm doesn't fell the tree, then nothing will. Will keep all you flesh-eaters posted on the status of arrangements, dinner deals, etc. As for me, I'm heading into town for a last lunch and stop by the Monster Mash at To Be Continued."

From Superintendent Caputo On Hurricane Sandy Protocol

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The Metuchen Public Schools continue to monitor the path of Hurricane Sandy. We are taking all precautions here at the schools so that you can take this weekend to prepare with your families. Should the Metuchen Schools have to close at any time, you will be notified by the Honeywell system. The information will also be on our website and available by dialing 732-321-8700. I would like to offer our best wishes as we enter a potentially difficult week. 


Vincent Caputo 


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From Angela Sielski:

The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce and Metuchen Recreation Commission have made a decision that today's Halloween Parade scheduled for 3:00pm will be CANCELLED. However, as this storm may affect our childrens' Halloween, we have decided it will be RESCHEDULED to NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4th at 3:00pm. We thank you all for your understanding and can't wait to see you all NEXT weekend! Stay safe!

The Thirteen Concert at St. Luke's Church at 4 PM TODAY

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From the Borough: Preparing for Sandy TODAY

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The National Weather Service is forecasting that Tropical Cyclone Sandy will evolve into a powerful storm as it heads for New Jersey with
dangerous winds and flooding rains expected late Sunday through Tuesday. 

Local information and advisories will be posted on the Borough Facebook page and twitter.com/MetuchenNJ. In anticipation of the storm, please take this advice :
• Plan. Prepare. Stay Informed.
• Use 911 for emergencies ONLY!
• Clean and repair rain leaders and gutters at your home.
• Clear debris from storm drains in the street by your home.
• Reinforce areas where water may enter your home, including your garage door. 
• Move furniture and household fixtures from areas that have flooded in the past.
• Secure outdoor furniture and fixtures. Remove outdoor decorations.
• Test and refuel your backup generator. Follow all ventilation safety precautions. 
• Test sump pumps
• Charge your cell phone
• Have a working flashlight and portable radio 
• Know how to turn off electricity and water at your home or business 
• Prepare an emergency supply kit 
• Prepare an evacuation plan, including a plan for your pets 
• Have some cash on hand in case ATMs are disabled
• Have your insurance policy numbers and insurance company claim phone numbers handy

Transformations -- Pictures from the Event

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Last week's BIL event, "Transformations," brought together six local artists to celebrate the opening of a new art gallery at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse. Check out the pix from the event, courtesy of Mark Harris. Look for more info on the gallery coming soon!
Friday 7:30  Saturday 5:30 & 7:30 Sunday 4pm
Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest '70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late '60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez.he very end! Rated pg-13 Running Time 1hr 25m

On Thursday November 1st @ 7:30pm, The Forum presents a FREE Film Event...
Frank Capras Classic Tale of Political Greed and Scandel before it was popular!...James Stewart, Jean Arthur and Claude Rains in: 

Tickets Now On Sale for the N.J. Premiere of..  "Respect, A Musical Journey of Woman"   Directed by Peter J Loewy
December 27 through January 6. Special New Years Eve Performance at 8pm
All seats, $35 (NYE Perf $48). Discounts for Groups of 10 or more please email peter@forumtheatrearts.org for pricing details. Gift Certificates also on sale.
Performance Times Thursday - Saturdays @ 8pm Sundays @ 2pm
Order tickets online @ www.forumtheatrearts.org or by calling 732.548.5600. 

For The Kids Our Stars On Stage Musical Theatre Program presents:
THE WIZARD OF OZ...on stage December 14 @ 7:30 Dec 15 @ 11am & 7:30 and December 16 @ 2pm.
 For group rates call 732.548.5600 or email peter@forumtheatrearts.org

Zombies Will Invade Metuchen Again This Year -- BE PREPARED

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advance_flyer_image.jpgTHIS SPECIAL REPORT JUST IN!

Zombies are once again hunting for BRAINS in the Brainy Borough!  
On Sunday, October 28 at 5pm, a vile horde will depart the Old Colonial Cemetery in seach of tasty cerebellums.  As they stumble down Main Street towards the Old Franklin Schoolhouse, their rotting limbs will tote canned goods for local food banks to feed the living.  Some local restaurants and stores are offering special Zombie deals to help mark the Apocalypse, so make sure to check out the facebook page or www.boroughimprovementleague.org for last minute details and offers.  Mind your medulla oblongatas, Metuchenites!

Edgar and MHS students Attend State Theater Concert For Free

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From the Superintedent's Office:

Sixty five Edgar Middle School and Metuchen High School students were treated to an afternoon at the symphony courtesy of two Board of Trustee members of the State Theatre in New Brunswick.  The tickets were given to the students without a fee attached.  This gift enabled the students to hear a live symphony orchestra, many for the first time.

The Warsaw Philharmonic, from Warsaw Poland captivated the student's attention from the first note of the Beethoven Piano Concerto (played by a 21 year old who had won the international piano competition in that city when she was just 16!) to the last note of the third encore, John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" the students were enthralled. 

The State Theater's generosity was greatly appreciated by the District and all the students who attended.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2-5pm, Fine Art Artisans, Amy Spaans Brooks and Linda Vonderschmidt-LaStella will welcome visitors to the second annual Biennial Open Studio.  This year the event will include an Artists' Showcase.  Beginning at the Old Franklin School, 491 Middlesex Ave., Metuchen, NJ, this free arts event will focus on presentations by the two host artisans and their processes in completing new large work.

Titled "Transformations" the event will also include five additional artists, individually invited by the organizers, to share their own work and present a brief introduction of themselves and their art.

"We believe inviting other artists whose work we see as "transformational," will give added energy to the afternoon," noted Amy.  Linda added, "Most of those invited are artists outside of the Metuchen/Edison locale, and so they will have the opportunity to meet a new audience, and the local audience will have their art experience considerably broadened."

Amy Brooks, of Paradise Custom Glass, will share her experience preparing for and being accepted into the 2012 Art Prize competition in her hometown of Grand Rapids, MI.  Linda LaStella, ceramic artist and owner of Earthsongs Studio, will present the process she used to create two large murals, commissioned by the new Capital Health Hospital, Hopewell, NJ and installed in the Fall of 2011.

 Adding interest and diversity to the afternoon, will be the "showcase" artists, Sandy Rosen, a painter from Princeton; Nanci Hersh, a painter from PA, Dan Fenelon, best known as a monumental muralist, with his home-base in Madison, NJ, Judy Weinberg, a Metuchen photographer, and Easton Davy, a mixed-media artist currently calling Metuchen home.   There will be opportunities to converse with all of the artists in this informal arts gathering.

Evin Muse Ride for Life Sunday

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373301_406704672721485_1280679363_n.jpgOn Sunday October 21 the Sunday Riders are going to do a ride to benefit Evin Muse. Evin was a perfectly healthy 9 year old boy that one day broke his leg playing. His family soon found out that this was no ordinary fracture. It was diagnosed as bone cancer. As you can imagine traditional medical coverage is going to no where cover Evin's medical expenses so we are looking for at least 10 riders to raise at least $1000 each! If we can get more riders great! Who is going to join us in our cause!

If you are interested in helping out, check out their Facebook page for more information!

Monarch Butterflies Take Flight at Edgar School

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Per6_GrC_Pic.jpgFrom Edgar Middle School:

7th grade science classes participated in a month long investigation of the life cycle of Monarch butterflies.  While successfully raising the caterpillars to adulthood, they researched information about their care, behavior, anatomy, and current decline in population.  With mixed feelings of sadness and excitement, students released the adult butterflies in early October to begin their 4,000 km journey to Mexico.  Afterwards, the students created personal symbolic butterflies to mail to schools in Mexico as part of an international goodwill "ambassador" program sponsored by Journey North.  This class project is spear-headed by science teacher, Judy Graziano.


From left to right: Evan Derector, Owen Critchley, Millie Hines, and Diana Misrahi


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Continuing On Our Screen Richard Gere in...ARBITRAGE
Friday & Saturday 7:30 Sunday 4pm
Arbitrage is both a tense thriller and a penetrating character study, elevated by the strength of a typically assured performance from Richard Gere.
When we first meet New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere) on the eve of his 60th birthday, he appears the very portrait of success in American business and family life. But behind the gilded walls of his mansion, Miller is in over his head, desperately trying to complete the sale of his trading empire to a major bank before the depths of his fraud are revealed. This mystery drama is one that will keep you on the edge of your sit from the get go till the very end! Rated R Running Time 107m

On Thursday November 1st @ 7:30pm, The Forum presents a FREE Film Event...
Frank Capras Classic Tale of Political Greed and Scandal before it was popular!...James Stewart, Jean Arthur and Claude Rains in: 
Jefferson Smith: "I guess this is just another lost cause Mr. Paine. All you people don't know about lost causes. Mr. Paine does. He said once they were the only causes worth fighting for and he fought for them once. For the only reason any man ever fights for them. Because of just one plain simple rule. Love thy neighbor. And in this world today of great hatred a man who knows that rule has a great trust. You know that rule Mr. Paine and I loved you for it just as my father did. And you know that you fight harder for the lost causes than for any others. Yes you'd even die for them. Like a man we both knew Mr. Paine. You think I'm licked. You all think I'm licked. Well I'm not licked. And I'm gonna stay right here and fight for this lost cause. Even if this room gets filled with lies like these. And the Taylors and all their armies come marching into this place. Somebody will listen to me".  

CROP WALK Sunday the 21st - Starts at St. Luke's

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Metuchen Edison communities of faith will walk to fight world and local hunger in the annual 5K CROP WALK on Sunday, October 21at 1pm.   The walk steps off from St. Luke's Episcopal Church at the corner of Rt 27 and Oak Avenue.  Dog walkers: your best friend will love it, and you will be walking for a good cause!  Runners: you'll be done before the rest of us have laced up our walking shoes.  Obtain sponsorship envelopes from St. Luke's by calling 732-548-4308, then buttonhole your friends and family to sponsor you by the kilometer.

Bike-Walk Metuchen Meeting Round-Up

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Courtney McKnight, one of the founders of Bike-Walk Mertuchen, sent us this round-up of what happened at the meeting last week. Thanks, Courtney!

Great turnout, approximately 35-40 people, including Walter Stochel & Mike Kruimer from the Edison Greenways Group who offered hard won advice and tips based on years of advocacy for the Greenway, Councilman Jay Muldoon, Borough Council candidate Allison Inserro and Metuchen Borough Planner, Jim Constantine.Lots of enthusiasmProductive meeting-We formed 4 subcommittees, including:

1. Policy & Infrastructure-charged with researching and advocating for policy initiatives that help promote a more bike- and pedestrian-friendly Metuchen

2. Safety & education-educate and promote safer biking and walking in town through town-specific initiatives, such as walking school buses, as well as partner with other local, regional and national organization to draw on existing resources

3. Events planning-organize events in and around Metuchen focused on biking and walking. Previous events include PARK(ing) Day and representation at the Farmers Market & Country Fair, and in the future may include organizing Metuchen participation in Bike to School Day (5/8/13), International Walk to School Day (Fall 2013) and other biking and walking events.

4. Communication & membership-focused on expanding membership, utilizing social media to promote Bike-Walk Metuchen (BWM) mission, potentially establishing BWM as a 501C3, promoting BWM events and initiatives that come out of the other committees.

Each of these committees will meet once before our next meeting on January 16, 2013

St. Luke's Pumpkin Patch Open Daily Until Halloween

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Poster_18.jpgGet your Halloween pumpkin at the Pumpkin Patch at St. Luke's, corner of Rt 27 and Oak Avenue in Metuchen.  All shapes and sizes -- bring your little goblins and pick out just the right one.  The Patch is open from 9am-7pm daily until Halloween.   732-548-4308.

The Gallery @ the Rotunda in Metuchen's Borough Hall is pleased to present Beyond The Seven Seas, an exhibition of paintings of six women artists from North India.  There will be a reception on Sunday, October 21st between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m.  The artists from India will be on hand via Skype.  In addition to the artwork hanging in the gallery, the artists will show new work on a live video feed.  The reception is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be provided by Mimi's Restaurant. 

The Gallery is in the Rotunda of Metuchen's Borough Hall located on the corner of Main Street and Route 27 in Metuchen.  For more information, contact Rotunda Gallery director Preeti Sahota at preeti_saho@yahoo.com

Hi my name is John O'Connor, I am a father, outdoorsman and passionate about living a healthy lifestyle.  Over the past few years I have become more and more interested in hearing loss.  My father and grandfathers, who are and were all hunters, are affected by hearing loss.  I feel that there is a general lack of understanding around the issue and it is our job to spread awareness where we can.  Check out my new blog at bloggingwjohno.blogspot.com!

Choosing Hearing Protection Before Hunting Living with severe hearing loss can be difficult for both you and your loved ones.  Even though hunting may seem like a fun hobby, there are many safety measures that you need to take in order to be a responsible huntsman.  Protecting your hearing and the hearing of your group members is key to having a safe and fun trip.  There are a few ways that hunting can affect your hearing and why you should prevent hearing loss earlier on.

My father who has been into hunting for many years often times when out in the woods or practicing at the shooting range, neglected his hearing protection.  Now in his late 70's he is affected severely by hearing loss.  After meeting with his doctors he came to realize that hunting has taken a major toll on his hearing health.  Although no the only cause, it has played a major role in damaging his eardrums.  To this day he still likes to get out in the field and head to the shooting range but always remembers to have his hearing aids in and to bring the proper protection with him.  

Marifiki Continues Art Day in Metuchen 6-8 PM Saturday

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From Marifiki Fair Trade:
We are proud to announce the next event in Marafiki's American Artist Series - a show featuring the art of photographer Barbara Habenstreit.

Barbara works primarily as a street photographer in New York City, taking her inspiration from the myriad, often unexpected sights that we all encounter in everyday urban adventures. Her pictures of life in New York range from the traditional to the abstract, depending on what she comes across during her outings and on her mood of the moment. Barbara aims to capture
 the essence or "soul" of the urban experience, while fully realizing that this is an impossible goal. 

Here's your chance to meet with this accomplished photographer whose work has been selected for many juried shows and is featured in several books as well as a literary journal. Barbara also has several works on display as part of the Permanent Collection of the Yuko Nii Foundation, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY.

Please join us here at 20 New Street, Metuchen on Saturday, October 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. to meet Barbara and view a selection of her stunning photographs, which will be available for sale. Complimentary wine and cheese will be served.

Raconteur Ventures Finds a Home at Rahway's Hamilton Stage

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Last Feb, after shutting down and emptying out my shop, I sent you this note: "The Raconteur Bookstore isn't a beast, it's a nest, a cocoon, and as such we haven't died, we've simply molted and taken wing..."

Well, folks, we've landed. Yes. That's right. In Rahway.

As most of you know, community connection and engagement has always been a personal priority, and my new company, Raconteur Ventures, is dedicated to Reviving and Animating Communities (R.A.C.) through cultural programming. To that end, I recently became Programmer-at-Large for the Union County Performing Arts Center and their brand new sibling space, a two hundred seat, art deco, chrome-and-glass performance venue called The Hamilton Stage. The Hamilton Stage is part of the newly minted Rahway Arts District, the "Rahway Rising" renaissance, and the UC PAC's growing cultural campus (it now governs five separate venues, all within a three block radius). This past July, Rahway was awarded one of only 80 NEA "Our Town" grants and is now being held up as a national model for the ways in which cultural programming can successfully enrich and revitalize a community. So, I ask you, what better place for me to mold my mud, spin my silk, dig my hole, build my dam?

In any case, I'm very excited to announce my Fall/Winter Calendar, starting with a particularly hair-raising happening, just in time for Halloween.

Tired of tortured Tommy Hillfinger teens being passed off as horror? Looking for a smart, rollicking throwback to the heyday of Hammer? Look no further...


Larry Fessenden (Grimes) & Dominic Monaghan (Blake) flank zombie in I Sell the Dead.

8:00 PM, Friday October 26


1601 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ

Click HERE, for advance $10 tix!

Featuring an in depth, on stage conversation between Fessenden, McQuaid, and Dread Central's Paul Nomad, and a screening of their collaborative effort, the Dickensian I Sell the Dead, a bumptious buddy pic about two no-luck grave robbers.

Can you dig?

Dubbed a "modern day Roger Corman" by the New York Times, producer/director/actor Larry Fessenden (The Innkeepers; Stakeland; I Sell the Dead) has much more in common with foreign arthouse auteurs like Guillermo del Toro, a friend and longtime supporter, than he does with the current wave of American torture-porn directors. As founder of the fiercely independent Glass Eye Pix and its "no budget" arm, Scare Flix, Fessenden is known for producing smart, inexpensive "B list films with A list themes" (what the Village Voice calls "brains before blood"), mentoring a slew of young horror hot shots that include Ti West, Jim Mickle, and Glen McQuaid (V/H/S), the Dublin born director whose feature film debut is the period horror comedy I Sell the Dead. Body thief Arthur Blake has "five hours to kill" (his words) before he loses his head, courtesy of the guillotine. Thus begins McQuaid's boozy buddy flick about two bumbling turn-of-the-century resurrectionists trying stay alive and make a living in undead Ireland. Think Charles Dickens by way of Hammer Horror. Written, directed, designed and edited all by McQuaid, the film features Fessenden as producer and head grave-robber Grimes, and stars Ron Pearlman, Dominic Monaghan, and tall man Angus Scrimm.

Click HERE for the NPR review of I Sell the Dead. Click HERE to watch the trailer. Click HERE and click "Going" on our FB event page. And, again, click HERE for cheap, cheap $10 tix! That's right, folks, ONLY $10!

Ron Perlman (Father Duffy) and Dominic Monaghan (Arthur Blake) in I Sell the Dead.

The landmark Union County Performing Arts Center was built as a vaudeville venue-cum-silent film house in the early 1920s. In keeping with the film's necropolitan setting, horse drawn hearses and authentic period charnel carts will be parked/displayed out front.

The newly rennovated Union County Performing Arts Center.

For more info regarding upcoming RV Events at the UC PAC or The Hamilton Stage, click HERE to visit Raconteur Ventures.

Here we go, friends!

The Principal, Mr. Bruce Peragallo, of Metuchen High School announced that

Quinn Shephard - graduated 2012

Halle A. Best

Connor M. Babos

Elizabeth J. Baran

Nina S. Kumar

Meredith M. Rocha

Jake R. Silverman

have been named (a) Commended Student(s) in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this (these) scholastically talented senior(s).


About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2013 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).


"Recognizing academically talented students plays a fundamental role in the advancement of educational excellence within our nation," commented an NMSC spokesperson.   "The young people recognized as Commended Students represent some of the best and brightest minds in the country as demonstrated by their outstanding performance in our highly competitive program. We sincerely hope this recognition will provide them with the additional educational outlets and motivate them in their pursuit of academic achievement."

Cupcake Decorating Class & SAT Prep at Library November 8

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On Thursday November 8, when the Metuchen Schools are closed, there will be a Cupcake Decorating Class at the Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue, for Metuchen residents in grades 6-12. In this hands-on workshop, participants will make icing and learn to use bags and tips to decorate cupcakes like a professional baker. Make and take home delicious samples!  Everyone will leave with recipes for cupcakes and icing.  The workshop is free and paid for by the Friends of the Metuchen Library. Registration is limited because of space.  To sign up, call the Library at 732.632.8526 or write the Young Adult Librarian at KLiss@Lmxac.org.

Also, Kaplan Test Prep will offer a free SAT/ACT Combo Practice Test at 12:30 PM at the Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue. The 3.5 hour practice exam helps students decide which test is right for them. Students will receive scores and feedback via email that compares their performance on each of the analogous test sections of the two exams---for example, SAT math section vs. ACT math section. This is a perfect opportunity to experience both tests now that most colleges will accept either exam for admissions.

To sign up for the practice test, please write Young Adult Librarian Kathy Liss at KLiss@Lmxac.org or call the Library on 732.632.8526. Space is limited. At this time, the free test is open to Metuchen residents only in grades 10, 11 and 12, but registration will open to interested others, one week before the scheduled date of the practice exam.

Boy Scout Pack 15 Looking for Boys to be Cub Scouts

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Pack 15 is a small pack which provides personal attention to the boys while teaching them to "do their best".  We meet at the First Presbyterian Church Social Center on Woodbridge Avenue in Metuchen.  Our smaller size helps keep the meeting structured and under an hour.

The Cub Scouting program takes place at two levels.  Your son will be a part of a den; a small group of boys in the same grade level who meet on a regular basis.  All dens, from grades 1 through 5, make up a pack.  Once a month, the dens, with their families, are together at the pack meeting, where boys show off their new skills they have learned during the month and are recognized for the badges they have earned.

Upcoming Activities

Some activities already planned for this year are:

November - Overnight Camping Trip

December - Winter Parade

January - Pinewood Derby

February - Winter Camping Trip

May - Memorial Day Parade

June - Summer Camping Trip

Meetings have already begun.  Please contact Jaime Lijeron at jlijeron@yahoo.com for more information

Neve Shalom Plans Saturday Morning Family Service Oct. 27th

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Rabbi Zelizer and Nita Polay Levin of Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen, will be conducting a Saturday Morning Family Service on Oct. 27, 2012 - 10:15 - 11:45am for students grades 2-6 and their families in the Hayat Beit Midrash. For more information, contact Hazzan Levin - 732-548-2238 ext. 14 or can2r11@aol.com.

Campbell School Artwork at Boro Hall Rotunda Gallery

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campbell_art_work_for_boro_hall.jpgFrom Campbell School:

Campbell School currently has artwork displayed at the Boro Hall Rotunda Gallery. About 30 artists were picked from a variety of different projects we've done in class including Chinese Ink Paintings, Chalk Pastel Still Life's, Abstract Monochromatic Paintings, and many others. The art will be on display until the end of December; and on October 25th we'll be having an opening reception to honor all of the participants. Art teacher, Kathleen McKeown, stated that "the reception is open to everyone looking to support the arts, and the Campbell School Community."  This effort is all part of Supervisor Mary Lou Roma's plan to "celebrate the arts and all of Metuchen's artists."
stanski_and_foods_students.jpgThe students of the Metuchen High School Meal Management and Food Science classes planned, prepared and served a delicious breakfast honoring the Metuchen Crossing Guards.  Principal Bruce Peragallo also invited members of Metuchen Town Council), the Police Department, the Board of Education and School Administration.  Mr. Peragallo welcomed everyone to the breakfast.  Mayor Tom Vahalla and Police Chief Rob Rentenberg thanked the Guards for their great contributions to the Borough.  Superintendent Vince Caputo praised the Guards for keeping the district's students safe to and from the schools.  He said, "Metuchen is an extremely environmentally-conscious community.  Many students walk or ride bikes.  The Crossing Guards provide a vital resource for the district."  Guests were served Pumpkin Spice Muffins and Fresh Fruit  Parfaits, while the buffet included hearty breakfast foods--Scrambled Eggs, Crispy Bacon, Potato & Chive Home Fries, and Challah French Toast.  The event was a wonderful way for students and Community Leaders to say "Thank You" to our Crossing Guards who help keep Metuchen students and residents safe!

Picture: Foods teacher, Bonnie Stanski, and students

Metuchen Country Fair TODAY OCTOBER 6th

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Metuchen's Country Fair is today! Vendors, entertainment and all your favorite businesses . . . and probably a few politicians, too, will be on hand (and shaking hands) to mark the beginning of the fall season. Check out the Chamber site for your map!

And the Farmer's Market is still here! Take a walk down New Street and get some beautiful food for dinner on your way home from the fair!

Healthfirst NJ and the New York Red Bulls Academy partner to hold a special youth soccer clinic at Metuchen Sports Complex on Sunday, October 7 from 10:00 am - 12 noon.  Made possible through a Healthfirst sponsorship of the New York Red Bulls for the 2012 season, the clinic will offer 75 children, ages 6-14, the unique opportunity to meet and interact with professional trainers from the New York Red Bulls Academy to learn about the fundamentals of soccer in a fun learning environment. Registration for the event is closed.

"This partnership with the New York Red Bulls fully aligns with Healthfirst NJ's mission to improve the health and well-being of underserved populations via community events and forums that promote a healthy lifestyle," said Terence L. Byrd, President of Healthfirst NJ. "Through our ongoing support to make these soccer clinics possible, we are assured that children throughout the state have the opportunity to incorporate through sports activities the practices of healthy living at an early age."

Children in attendance will receive a special visit by John Wolyniec, former New York Red Bulls player and current coach. The New York Red Bulls Academy aspires to help develop the best youth talent in the Tri-State area, assisting in cultivating future professional stars of the New York Red Bulls soccer league. Kids chosen to participate in the clinic will receive two-hours of personalized instruction from the Academy trainers, learning game strategies and rules, aspects of teamwork, and other soccer techniques that encourage pro-social skills to empower them in making more positive life choices. The clinic is a one-time event and free of charge. 

"Our academy is excited to work with eager and talented young players in the community. It is our hope that we can help motivate them to pursue a healthy lifestyle playing the 'beautiful game'", said Bob Montgomery, Red Bulls Academy Director.

For more information on the New York Red Bulls Academy, please visit www.redbullsacademy.com.

Teachers Honored at Board of Ed Meeting September 24th

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teachers_presenting_at_NJSBA_2012.jpgFrom the Superintendent's Office:

The Metuchen Board of Education, at the September 24th meeting, honored teachers and administrators who have been selected to present innovative programs as part of the Curriculum Fair at Workshop 2012, sponsored by New Jersey School Boards Association.  Pictured from left to right:  (back row) Melissa Kovacs, Chris Donahue, Linda Donahue, Roseann Misrahi, Kathy Glutz, Christine DeSimone, and Sandy Vorensky; (front row) Judy Graziano, Ed Porowski, and Jane Brown.  Not pictured - Jennifer Gumbrecht and Margie Thomas.

Blessing of the Animals at St. Luke's Sunday

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You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension - a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into the Twilight Zone!

As always, reservations strongly suggested. To reserve simply reply to this e-mail with your full name and the number in your party. A unique seasonal event for the whole family!

8:30 PM, Friday October 5

The Old Franklin School 491 Middlesex Avenue Metuchen, NJ

$10 at the door

With Carlyle Owens, Jane Hardy, Michael Jarmus, Laurence Mintz, and Alex Dawson

The Twilight Zone is an American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. Each episode (156 in the original series) is a mixture of self-contained drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, suspense, or horror, often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist. A popular and critical success, it introduced many Americans to serious science fiction and abstract ideas.

We'll be staging three episodes: The Howling Man, Nothing in the Dark, andThe Monsters are Due on Maple Street.

THE HOWLING MAN: Seeking refuge from a storm, traveler David Ellington comes upon a bizarre hermitage of monks, who have imprisoned a man who begs for his help. When David confronts the head monk Brother Jerome, he is told that the man is the devil, and David must decide who to believe.

NOTHING IN THE DARK: A lonely old woman, Wanda Dunn, will not leave her dark basement apartment because she's afraid "Mr. Death" is waiting for her outside.

THE MONSTERS ARE DUE ON MAPLE STREET: There is an old adage which says, "throw ten people in a room together and they may not pick a leader but they'll darn sure pick someone to hate." Anywhere, U.S.A. A normal street in a normal town on a not-so-normal day. A child's sci-fi fueled explanation of the day's strange events sparks a wave of neighborhood paranoia; panic and violence ensues.

Theatrical lighting and extensive sound effects!

And don't miss Raconteur Radio's staged production of Gaslight in November!

Raconteur Radio Presentations are considered parody productions. These productions are not sponsored by, endorsed by, or affiliated with the original material or its presenters.

Important Fundraiser for Leukemia October 4th at Hailey's

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LAUGH AWAY LEUKEMIA at Hailey's Harp & Pub Thursday Night!

BENEFIT for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
October 4, 2012
Showtime is 7:30 -9:00 PM
Tickets $20.00 in Advance or $25.00 at the door

Kevin Dombrowski
Broadway Comedy Club, 2011/12 Carolines On Broadway Final Four 
Brett Druck
Chicago 'Just For Laughs' Festival, Andy Kaufman Award
Mike Brown
Carolines On Broadway, SF Sketchfest/The San Francisco Comedy Festival
Dan Farley

** If You DINE at Hailey's the night of the show 10% of your bill will 

ped safety.jpgOctober is a busy month as we all transition into autumn but the Metuchenites for Improved Pedestrian Safety have gotten it declared by the borough to be Pedestrian Safety Month. 

Check out this link about the program and others like it. And this is what founder Tyreen Reuter had to say about this exciting new development:

Basically, I am very happy with the response from the borough council in regards to attempting to address our concerns thus far... some steps have already been taken to deal with certain intersections, and they clearly understand that this is a serious safety issue - not just a "quality of life" concern like litter. With cell phone use, texting, life's distractions, the high volume of vehicles, and large trucks blocking visibility, the road is a dangerous place for people on foot or on bikes. You can see from all the groups holding events that there are a lot of people this affects locally, and I think the Town Talks being planned for traffic & ped. safety is just what is needed.
Congratulations to everyone whose hard work is paying off for all Metuchen citizens!

On Sunday, October 7 at 2 PM, graphic novelist George O'Connor will visit the Metuchen Public Library. Mr. O'Connor is the author/illustrator of Olympians, an ongoing graphic novel series which retells the classic Greek myths in comic form. The program will include a presentation by the author/illustrator in which he shows and tells how he takes a familiar story and transforms it into a new medium through his artwork and words. MM has had the distinctive pleasure of seeing Mr. O'Connor's presentations in person and can highly HIGHLY recommend your attendance at this event -- he is talented and charming and the kids will learn quite a bit! You might end up going home with a child who wants to be a graphic novelist -- Mr. O'Connor is that inspiring.

The author visit is a must-see event for anyone interested in art, illustration, mythology, writing or graphic novels. Copies of O'Connor's Zeus, Hera, Athena and Hades from his continuing series of graphic novels looking at individual Gods and Goddesses will be available for purchase and for the author to sign. All ages are welcome to this FREE program sponsored by the Young Adult Department of the Library, in collaboration with the Metuchen Public Schools.

Kathy Liss told MM, "I'm thrilled that the Friends have generously provided the books and that the teachers are excited about incorporating O'Connor's work in their classrooms. Having the opportunity to actual meet an author who was studied in class can be an inspirational experience for students."

The author visit is for all ages, adults, teens, and children in grade 3+.  Many young readers have been exposed to Greek mythology in the popular Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan and will find O'Connor's books of interest.

The program is paid for by the Friends of the Metuchen Public Library.  In addition, the Friends paid for a class set of Athena which will be taught in anticipation of the author's visit in a number of classes at Edgar Middle School and at the Metuchen High School. For more information, call the Library on 732.632.8526 or write KLiss@Lmxac.org.

Breaking the Chain Sponsors Fundraiser October 27th

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On Saturday October 27th from 8AM to 3PM FUSP will hold their 1st annual International Gift Fair at the Metuchen High School in conjunction with the Local Non-Profit, Breaking the Chain.  The fair offers a unique opportunity for citizens to invest in their world by shopping fair trade.  Fair trade works to provide low-income artisans with a living wage for their work, ensures environmental sustainability and safe and healthy working conditions.  This is a better alternative to the many products made in sweatshops or other unsafe working environments.  

The purpose of the sale is to return to the true meaning of gift giving and receiving by offering gifts made from the heart and by human hands.  We can avoid supporting sweatshops and other unjust trade practices by buying fair trade.  "The gifts we have for sale are truly unique and knowing that they help support some of the most disadvantaged people around the world make them even more special," says sale organizer, Jason Simmons.  "By holding this sale we are giving people the chance to help others feed, clothe and educate themselves and their families by ensuring that they receive a fair wage for their work." 

Metuchen High School Educator Evan Robbins engages students in learning about fair trade, economic issues, and child slavery that is occurring in many parts of the world.  Students will be displaying information about social justice issues affecting people around the world such as AIDS, poverty, hunger and information about fair trade.  The youth will also be selling food and wrapping gifts as a fundraiser.

Visitors can enjoy a free cup of fair trade coffee, shop and learn about their power as consumers.  The event is free and open to all.

Sales like this one, sponsored by FUSP, owe their success to dedicated volunteers who set up the crafts, serve as sales clerks, educate shoppers and clean up following the event.

For more information about the International Gift Fair, contact Jason Simmons at Jason.simmons1@gmail.com or 609-713-7272.

YMCA Sponsors Tot Trot & Youth Fun Run October 14th at MHS

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The Child Care Services Branch of the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy is hosting the 4th annual Tot Trot & Youth Fun Run on Sunday, October 14th at Metuchen High School.

This charity event will help us support families from our communities with scholarship assistance when they are unable to pay the full cost of child care. The fund also provides aid to families in crisis and allows us to temporarily provide tuition assistance in the event of a family emergency. The Tot Trot & Youth Fun Run is sponsored by Metuchen Savings Bank. Metuchen Savings Bank has sponsored the Tot Trot since its inception in 2008 and is a long time supporter of the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy.

Event Details:

Sunday, October 14

Metuchen High School Track

Tot Trot races begin promptly at 11am

Entry Fees:

$12 pre-registration by 10/10/12

$15.00 after 10/12 and on race day

All participants will receive a race medal and tee shirt

The Tot Trot for ages 2 to 5 years, will begin promptly at 11AM. Races are organized by age group, with each age group running their own race.The Youth Fun Run for ages 6 to 12 years is a 400 meter event and will begin promptly at 11:30 AM. Registration and sponsorship forms available at www.ymcaofmewsa.org. For more information on the Tot Trot & Youth Fun Run, contact Rose Cushing at 732-516-9200 x1109



To Be Continued Book Boutique and Café in Metuchen, will be host to the first public reading and signing event for HEARTLESS CRUELTY, the debut novel of the Mr. Bachman series by Richard Goffman, on Friday evening, October 5, from 7-9pm.
Set in 1983 in the fictional beachfront town of Atlantis, NJ, HEARTLESS CRUELTY tells the story of a teacher who looks for an absent student but instead discovers the horribly mutilated body of the boy's father. The boy is missing, and everyone, including the police, the mayor and the press, believe the teenager committed patricide. Everyone except the teacher, Mr. Bachman.

Jazzmyn Perez, a young Metuchen jazz singer, will be performing before and after the reading.

Mr. Bachman, the teacher-hero who doesn't believe in heroes - he only believes in protagonists, and the more he tries not to be one, the deeper he becomes involved - is a character who reminds readers of that special teacher they once had, and reminds teachers of their best selves.

Called "fast-paced, well-plotted and cleverly written," HEARTLESS CRUELTY is a crackling mystery, a passionate love story, a desperate race to save a motherless child who may not want to be saved. This is the first book in the Mr. Bachman series. The next Mr. Bachman mystery, a prequel, is coming in 2013.

About the Author: 

Richard W. Goffman is the author of two college textbooks on writing and reading, as well as magazine articles, novels, short stories, plays, screenplays and poetry. He writes, teaches and lives in New Jersey.

For more information about HEARTLESS CRUELTY and public appearances by the author, please visit www.richardgoffman.blogspot.com or contact the author directly at 201-736-9517.

Neve Shalom Blood Drive October 14th

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Neve Shalom will hold a Blood Drive - In Memory of Michael Allan Thompson, Sunday, October 14, 2012, from 8:00am - 12:30pm - Miller Ballroom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen, NJ. Anyone age 16 and over can give blood. Come and save a life. Contact Matthew Bonus at neveshalomblooddrive@yahoo.com or 732-968-4489



Networking Event at Houlihan's on Route 1 South October 16th

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Tuesday,  October 16, 2012

Networking Event 

Sponsored by Metuchen Chamber of Commerce at Houlihan's (event sponsor)

65 Route 1 South 

Metuchen, NJ 08840


Get more information about the Event
Register On-line Now!
$15 MACC Members    
$25 Non-Members  
First Time Guests Free Accompanying a Member   



Please R.S.V.P by October 12th.    

For Event Planning, Advance Registration is Required

Rotunda Exhibit Highlights North Indian Artists

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WHAT: Beyond The Seven Seas: an exhibit of paintings by six women artists from North India 
WHEN: October 1st through December 31st; Free Reception Oct. 21st at 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Gallery At The Rotunda, Metuchen Borough Hall, Corner of Main Street & Route 27 in Metuchen
TIME:  During regular Borough business hours
PRESENTER: The Metuchen Arts Council
CONTACT: Rotunda Gallery director Preeti Sahota at preeti_saho@yahoo.com or Nancy Goldberg (732)632-8502 / ngoldberg@metuchen.com 

CORONATION at St. Luke's October 28th

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13 Artists One Voice Chamber Choir at St. Luke's October 28th

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Friends of the Library Fundraisers Coming Up in October

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From the Friends:
Two Major Fundraisers for the Library!
The Friends of the Metuchen Library are sponsoring two major fundraisers for the Metuchen Library.  Join us and help us support all of the programs you love for children, teens and adults at the library.

The Friends of the Metuchen Library are sponsoring two major fundraisers for the Metuchen Library.  Join us and help us support all of the programs you love for children, teens and adults at the library.
·         October 6 Book Sale, 9am to 4pm.  Used books will be on sale at great prices.  Buy books, buy books, buy books! All money raised supports the library
·         October 16th Antiques Appraisal, 6:30pm.  It is the annual meeting of the Friends and we are adding some panache to the event with an antiques appraisal.  Here is how it works. Arrive by 6:30pm, bring two of your treasures to the library and a professional appraiser will assess their value.  The cost is $10 for the two items and you will automatically be enrolled as a Friend of the Library for 2013. All proceeds benefit the library!
·         If you cannot attend either of these events, you can make a donation online at the Friends of the Metuchen Library web site:  http://www.fotml.org .
Show your love for the Metuchen Library at these two fundraisers!

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