November 2012 Archives

Holiday House Tour December 2 - Get Your Tickets Now!

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Raconteur Radio Presents A Christmas Carol

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Raconteur Radio returns to the Old Franklin School with their family friendly holiday hit!

Christmas Carol Scrooge

3 PM, Sat. Dec 1

With Michael Jarmus, Carlyle Owens, Laurence Mintz, Gwen Owens, and Alex Dawson

THE OLD FRANKLIN SCHOOL 491 Middlesex Ave, Metuchen

Adapted from Charles Dickens' classic novella, the story tells of a misanthropic pinchpenny named Ebenezer Scrooge and his ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.

$10.00 at the door.

If you haven't been to one of our productions at the Old Franklin School, this is the one to attend; or if you have, this is the time to bring a friend. The rustic 1807 landmark school house will be gorgeously dressed with period holiday decorations and a twelve foot Norway Spruce will be aglow out front. Plus complimentary cocoa and cookies!Ye Olde Franklyn Cafe' will be open and serving holiday refreshments: complimentary cookies and hot cocoa for the kiddies and teetotallers; and for sale (by permit, natch!) mulled wine, wassail, nog, and a variety of hand-picked seasonal beers (incl Old Fezziweg Ale and Young's Winter Warmer).

Seymour Hicks, Alastair Sim, Patrick Stewart, George C. Scott? Bah! Not one of them holds a ghostly candle to my man Mike's irascible portrayal of the tetchy tightwad (pictured left).

Theatrical Lighting! Costumes! Sound Effects! Period Carols!

Reservations are pouring in, folks! To guarantee your party a seat, reply with your name and the number of guests.

St. Luke's is Collecting Toys for Hands of Hope Food Pantry

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toys.jpgNew toys are needed for the toy drive sponsored by St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Metuchen for families served by Hands of Hope Food Pantry in Edison.  Bring unwrapped toys, $10-$20 value ( or money to cover the purchase of toys) to St Luke's at 17 Oak Avenue any day through December 21st, for distribution on December 22.  Call 732-548-4308. 

Updated Senior Calendar for Metuchen Available Now

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Check out this link for the exciting events for seniors this holiday season!

Breakfast with Santa Benefits the EMS this Weekend

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Eat, Drink and Buy Art December 1st 7-10PM at Franklin Schoolhouse

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This weekend at St. Luke's--The Annual Christmas Fair

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Buy a Pie and Send the MHS Band to Disney World This March

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MHS Chorus and Band members are selling PIES as a holiday fundraiser for their trip to Disney in March. Pies are $16 (apple, apple/blueberry, apple crumb, blueberry, peach, peach/berry, cherry, pecan, pumpkin, sweet potato, strawberry rhubarb) or $21 for a chicken pot pie, and a band member will deliver to your doorstep on Friday, Dec 21, just in time for the holidays. If you're interested, please send an email to info@metuchenmatters.com and we will forward your order to the right folks!

Senior Center Trip to The Sands in PA Rescheduled to December 4th

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Metuchen Senior Center November Trip RESCHEDULED

Due to threat of inclement weather, the trip to The Sands in Bethlehem, PA. originally set for Nov. 27th has been rescheduled to Tuesday, December 4th.

There is still time to sign-up!

The bus leaves from the Metuchen Municipal Pool Parking Lot off Lake Avenue behind Edgar School at 10AM  and returns by 6:30PM.

The cost is $22 per person and includes a return of $20 in slot cash and a $5 food voucher. Not limited to seniors but you must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Reservations must be made in person at the Metuchen Senior Center, 
15 Center St.  Payment must be made at the time of reservation.

Make checks payable to "Borough of Metuchen." 

Call 732-632-8524 for more info.

 

alex.jpgAlthough To Be Continued . . .  has made a great new addition to the Main Street business pantheon, Alex Dawson and the Raconteur continue to loom large in the minds of Metuchenites. However, for those of you who didn't know, he has found a new programming space in Rahway at the Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts. Metuchen Matters continues to highlight his programming but thought the recent Sentinel article gives some insight into Alex's new venture. Best of luck to him!

Free Fencing Demo at Edgar School by Hub City

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On Wednesday, November 21st, middle school students in Health and PE classes of Mrs. Gilbert, Ms. Caruso, Mr. Carter, and Mr. Hogrebe enjoyed an assembly which introduced the sport of fencing.  Two representatives from Hub City Fencing Academy, located in Edison, NJ taught the students about this captivating sport.  First the students learned about the rules and equipment.  Then the representatives talked about the many scholarship opportunities available for fencing.  Since fencing is an Olympic sport, most of the students had heard about it, but this assembly provided a detailed description, demonstration, and an opportunity to ask questions.  The students learned that most of the Fencing Olympians actually come from New Jersey!  The assembly came to close when the two representatives geared up and fought in a fencing bout.  The students enjoyed the presentation and were motivated to find out more about this unique sport.  

MHS' Own Dorian Miller Signs up With Rutgers for 2013-14

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It's official!
Metuchen's own Dorian Miller is the first offensive lineman recruited by Rutgers University in the class of 2013.

With choices ranging from NCState to UConn, Miller chose Rutgers because of the fact that "they are so family-oriented." Miller told NJ.com that "They always treated me right and always let me know I had a spot there."

Miller will now be playing for a Big Ten conference team, with Rutgers recently accepting that invitation. Miller will report to Rutgers next summer in an effort to make a smooth transition from offensive tackle to possibly center or guard.
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Opera GoLightly Musical Benefit

Centenary United Methodist Church 
200 Hillside Avenue, Metuchen

 

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, 8:00 P.M

Suggested Donation: $15 Adults under 65, $10 Seniors and Children under 12  

           

Opera GoLightly (formerly Operantics), is pleased to present Love, Life & Legendary Tales

 

A program of staged excerpts from musicals, operettas and famous operas. The benefit will raise money for Centenary United Methodist Church's Fix-the-Roof Fund and includes:

 

Duets and trios from Oklahoma, West Side Story,

The Mikado, Vagabond King -- Plus opera standards, made fun and accessible, from Turandot, The Pearl Fishers, Rigoletto, The Barber of Seville, Hansel & Gretel and much more.

 

Hometown Holidays Guide November 30-December 2 courtesy of BIL

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Paradise Custom Glass Announces Holiday Events

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Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis -- Join Up!

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From the Forum: The Sessions and more This Holiday Season

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Starts Friday November 30
THE SESSIONS
Friday 7:30 Sat 5:30 & 7:30 Sun 2
The controversial new film by Ben Lewin puts a spin on "commitment."
Running time 95m Rated R

"Respect, A Musical Journey of Woman"  
A N.J. Premiere
December 27- January 6 Including New Years Eve at 8pm!
From "Someone to Watch Over Me" to "I Will Survive." It's the journey of women, told through Top-40 music in the new musical production RESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women. From  "I Will Follow Him"   "These Boots are Made for Walking," "What's Love Got to Do with it,"  Combining excerpts of 60 songs with women's own stories about finding dreams, lost love, relationship issues, entering the workforce, gaining independence, and more, "this show is "exhilarating!" It's more than just a story worth telling, it's a must-see and must-hear.
"Respect is a high-energy, historical and hysterical look at women's changes from 1900 to today as illustrated by popular song (New Times), portrayed by a narrator and three breath-takingly talented singers. It is a lively and engaging look at music's depiction of women, as they go from codependence to independence, from Someone to Watch Over Me to I Will Survive and beyond. Interwoven between the music are monologues--real women's stories, which give more meaning to the songs. The show includes 63 song excerpts and grew out of playwright Dorothy Marcic's research and subsequent book (published in 2002) on women's Top-40 songs, which showed how women are portrayed differently in each era". 
Men you will love this show as well. After all a man directed it! This is the perfect date night or ladies night show! Discounts for Groups of 20 or more. ( New Years Eve not included)
Tickets Now On Sale at www.forumtheatrearts.org or by calling 732. 548.5600!

For The Kids This Holiday Season!
THE WIZARD OF OZ..Presented by our Stars On Stage Students  December 14, 15, 16 Live On Stage Tickets Now On Sale!
Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy's imagination.
 THE WIZARD OF OZ. includes all the popular songs from the film. Over The Rainbow, Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead), If I Only Had A Brain, If I Only Had A Heart, If I Only Had The Nerve , We're Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road), The Jitterbug, and The Merry Old Land of Oz....to name a few. Tickets Are Now On Sale @ www.forumtheatrearts.org or by calling 732.548.5600 

Help Metuchen Pop Warner Cheerleaders Get to Disney Again

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From the Wine Chateau:

Metuchen Pop Warner Cheer Presents a night of wine and food at 
at the Wine Chateau in Metuchen. 
Light appetizers and dessert from Lola's, Mimi's and Torino local Metuchen restaurants also a Cuban surprises. $25.00 per person, 21 and over only. No money exchanged at the door, you must purchase your ticket before. Invite you friends... 
70 guest maximum
For tickets please contact Merrill Lunt at 732-306-4585 - THE_LUNTS@YAHOO.COM

Holiday Services at St. Luke's and Carols, too!

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Neve Shalom Rituals Workshop December 5th

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Neve Shalom's Tikkun Olam Committee in conjunction with Sisterhood, Men's Club and Membership Committee is offering a one-time information session for volunteers to learn about all the rituals and how to appropriately set and maintain the house during the Shiva period according to the individual families' requests on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 7:30pm at 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen. For more information, please contact Jonathan & Julie Hersch at 732-494-3439.

Happy Thanksgiving, Metuchen!

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WISHING YOU AND YOURS A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY WITH 
THANKS AND GIVING BOTH! 

An Evening with Oscar nominated animators Paul and Sandra Fierlinger and My Dog Tulip

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Screening/Q&A/On Stage Conversation

8:00 PM, Sat. Nov 24

THE HAMILTON STAGE

360 Hamilton St, Rahway, NJ

The Hamilton Stage is an intimate venue of only 199 seats. Advance tix strongly recommended!

Click HERE for advance tix!

Featuring an on stage conversation between the Fierlingers and 2012 Caldecott honoree Patrick McDonnell (the renowned creator of the comic strip Mutts), and a screening of their film, My Dog Tulip, a cartoon for adults and the first animated feature ever to be entirely hand drawn and painted utilizing paperless computer technology. The film took 2 1/2 years to make and contains over 100,000 hand drawn and painted pictures by Paul & Sandra.

The Fierlingers will also preview clips from their brand new movie, Slocum At Sea with Himself, about Joshua Slocum, the first man to sale single-handedly around the world.

Even Our Youngest Community Members Give Back at the Holidays

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020.jpgFrom Campbell School: Each November, the students and staff of Campbell School donate food and health/hygiene items to support Metuchen families in need.  This year more than ten families are receiving these necessary items... and of course a turkey.  The food drive is organized by our very own Nurse Falco.   The "baskets" were assembled by the students of 4G, Mrs. Gonzalez, Mrs. Anderson & Mr. Rodriguez, and are ready for pick up.

Bring Food Donations to the Parade on Sunday

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The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the activities planned to kick off this year's holiday season.  Join us on Sunday, November 25 at 2:00pm on Main Street in Metuchen for our 59th Annual Winter Festival Parade.  The theme of this year's parade continues to be "The Season of Giving."  JFK Medical Center is delighted to once again be the Principal Sponsor of this fun-filled family event.  Hailey's Harp & Pub is a Silver Sponsor. The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge and South AmboyMetuchen Savings BankThe Criterion News, The Provident Bank, and the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center are Bronze Sponsors. Supporters are Methfessel & WerbelBlack Belt Institute, and Topping the Web. Our sponsors would love for you to celebrate the holiday season with them. 

 

As this year's theme continues to be "The Season of Giving," we are excited to announce that the Salvation Army will be joining our parade this year to collect non-perishable food items and unwrapped toys to help needy families in the area and replenish local food pantries. Volunteers from our community and the Salvation Army will be collecting items as the parade progresses through town- the goal is to fill up the van! There will be donation bins placed at the review stand at the corner of Main Street and New Street as well as the Salvation Army "Canteen Truck" parked at the Metuchen Senior Citizens Center to collect donated items. Also, please consider donating an unwrapped toy to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Some of the official drop-off sites in Metuchen are at Hailey's Harp & Pub and George's Dry Cleaning and Tailoring.

Raconteur Radio Presents A Christmas Carol

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Raconteur Radio returns to the Old Franklin School with their family friendly holiday hit!

Christmas Carol Scrooge

3 PM, Sat. Dec 1

With Michael Jarmus, Carlyle Owens, Laurence Mintz, Gwen Owens, and Alex Dawson

THE OLD FRANKLIN SCHOOL 491 Middlesex Ave, Metuchen

Adapted from Charles Dickens' classic novella, the story tells of a misanthropic pinchpenny named Ebenezer Scrooge and his ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.

$10.00 at the door.

Seymour Hicks, Alastair Simms, Patrick Stewart, George C. Scott? Bah! Not one of them holds a ghostly candle to my man Mike's irascible portrayal of the tetchy tightwad (pictured left).

Ye Olde Franklyn Cafe' will be open and serving holiday refreshments: complimentary cookies and hot cocoa for the kiddies and teetotallers; and for sale (by permit, natch!) mulled wine, wassail, nog, and a variety of hand-picked seasonal beers (incl Old Fezziweg Ale and Young's Winter Warmer).

Theatrical Lighting! Costumes! Sound Effects! Period Carols!

This is one of our most popular shows, folks. Reservations strongly suggested! To reserve, reply w/ your name and number in your party.

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Edison Wetlands Says Happy Thanksgiving!

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Best Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is here, so our minds have turned
To what time has taught us, to what we've learned:
We often focus all our thought
On shiny things we've shopped and bought;
We take our pleasure in material things
Forgetting the pleasure that friendship brings.
If a lot of our stuff just vanished today,
We'd see the foundation of each happy day
Is special relationships, constant and true,
And that's when our thoughts go directly to you.
We wish you a Thanksgiving you'll never forget,
Full of love and joy-your best one yet!

By Joanna Fuchs

We wish you a happy and healthy
Thanksgiving from all of us at 
Edison Wetlands Association!

St. Luke's Benefit for NJ Victims of Sandy On November 24th

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Benefit for the NJ Victims of Hurricane Sandy
Saturday, November 24th @ 7:00
St. Luke's Church
17 Oak Avenue
(Corner of Oak and Route 27)
Metuchen, NJ

St. Luke's wanst you to "take a deep breath before the holiday rush starts and enjoy an evening of music with seasoned cabaret and theater performers Stephen Belfatti, Tony Didia, Mimi Francis, Barbara Gurskey and Carlos Monteagudo and help us raise money for local families affected by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy."

The suggested donation is $20 and refreshments will be served. Make your reservation early at 732-548-4308 or by emailing music@stlukesmetuchen.org.

Neve Shalom Auction TONIGHT

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Please join us at Congregation Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Avenue in Metuchen for the annual Goods and Services Auction to be held on Saturday, November 17th at 7:30 pm.  We have many fabulous items up for bid including vacation homes, designer bags, theatre tickets, sporting event tickets, flat screen TV's, Weber gas grills, original fine art, restaurant gift certificates, retail store gift cards and much, much more! 

In addition to the open auction we feature a silent auction, a 50/50, raffles, giveaways, and complimentary coffee and dessert at the end of the evening.  Admission has been rolled back to only $5.00 per person! For more information about the Goods and Services Auction please contact Martha Mack at 732-548-2238 ext. 17.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Borough of Metuchen Professional Services Request for Qualifications

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BOROUGH OF METUCHEN

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

Notice is hereby given that the Borough of Metuchen is seeking qualifications for the provision of the following professional services:

Borough Attorney Labor Attorney Borough Engineer Borough Planner Borough Auditor Bond Counsel

The Borough of Metuchen is seeking qualifications from qualified individuals for the above listed professional positions.

Proposals will be evaluated by the Metuchen Borough Council of the Borough of Metuchen on the basis of the following:

A. Experience (minimum of seven years) and reputation in the given field;

B. Knowledge of the Borough of Metuchen and the subject matter to be addressed under the contract;

C. Availability to accommodate required meetings of the Borough;

D. Other factors to be demonstrated to be in the best interests of the Borough of Metuchen.

Qualifications should be submitted in the form of a CV, resume, or by other documentation which will allow for evaluation under the above criteria.

Submittals must be received by 10:00 AM December 12, 2012 at the Metuchen Borough Hall, 500 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840.

Questions should be directed to the Borough Administrator at 732-632-8509. Submittals must be addressed to:

Borough Administrator 500 Main Street Metuchen, NJ 08840

with the envelope marked "Professional Services Qualifications"

Friends of the Library Invites You to the Met Tuesday December 4th

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The Friends of the Metuchen Library's late Fall trip will be to the Metropolitan Museum in New York City on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. In addition to the museum's enormous permanent collection there will be several special exhibits, including the following:


Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop

Annual Christmas Tree & Baroque Creche 

Chinese Gardens: Pavilions, Studios, Retreats 

Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years

Bernini: Sculpting in Clay 

Matisse: In Search of True Painting

George Bellows (1882 - 1925)


The bus will leave Library Place in Metuchen at 8:15AM and will leave the museum promptly at 3:30PM. Please arrive before 8:00AM. Street parking will be available on Library Place.

The cost of the trip is $40 which includes transportation, a gratuity for the driver and the museum entry fee. Lunch may be purchased at the Museum's cafeteria or cafe. Please make your checks out to FRIENDS OF THE METUCHEN LIBRARY and bring them to the Main Desk at the Metuchen Library. There are no discounts for members of the Museum. In accordance with our policy, there will be no refunds for those who cancel. Those who do, are encouraged to sell their tickets to someone on the waiting list. Questions? Please call the Library at 732-632-8526.

December 1st - St. Luke's Annual Christmas Fair, 10-4

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St Luke's Annual Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday, December 1st from 10am-4pm.  Dozens of craftspeople will be on hand for your complete holiday shopping experience.  Poinsettias, delicious homemade baked goods, knitted items, jewelry, collectibles, vintage goods, gift baskets, wonderful hot soups...and of course, a visit with Santa!   St Luke's is at the corner of Rte 27 and Oak Avenue in Metuchen.  Call 732-548-4308.
65 roses picture.jpgThe "65 Roses Cystic Fibrosis" benefit concert included a multitude of performances from different groups. This year, three dance studios from central New Jersey, along with two professional companies and the NJ Devils Dancers, came together on one stage. Ms. Doreen's Fabulous Feet (Metuchen, NJ), Serova School of Dance (Somerville, NJ), Broadway Dance Theater (North Plainfield, NJ), Uniting Colleges Through Tap (Philadelphia, PA) and The NJ Devil Dancers will perform together for a good cause. Dance studios are often seen competing against each other, but together they raised over $5000 last year for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of NJ. 

The second annual 65 Roses Benefit Concert will be held on November 17th, 2012. For more information and to donate online, please click here

Vote for Your Favorite Scarecrow on Main Street

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Voting for Scarecrows On Main has begun. The voting period has been Scarecrow2extended to November 19th due to the weather conditions that impacted the start of the contest. 

 

Come on downtown to be greeted with all types of creativity in the form of angels, witches, brides and grooms, swimmers, a mummy cat, a fireman saving a baby, a seamstress and tailor, a policeman in full gear, Minnie Mouse, and much more.

 

 

The scarecrows are mounted on street lamp posts on Main and New Street. 

The Scarecrows On Main contest is open to anyone so pass the word to friends and relatives. Stroll down Main and New Street this weekend and pick out your favorite scarecrow. Then visit our website   www.metuchenchamberexchange.com to VOTE for your favorite scarecrow.

In addition to our three Scarecrow prizes, the Metuchen Chamber of Commerce will be selecting at random, a winner of a $25 Chamber of Commerce gift certificate from the list of voting entries.

Scarecrows will remain in place until November 19th. At that time they will be removed and will be placed on a float in the Winter Festival Parade on November 25th.  Scarecrow winners will have 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place ribbons displayed.  

The Other Son at the Forum Theater This Weekend

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Starts Tomorrow...
THE OTHER SON
Friday 7:30 Sat 4:30 Sun 2 & 4pm
"The Other Son" is the moving and provocative tale of two young men -- one Israeli, the other Palestinian -- who discover they were accidentally switched at birth, and the complex repercussions facing them and their respective families. 
Tel Aviv resident Joseph Silberg (Jules Sitruk) is about to turn eighteen and start his military service, but the physical turns up something odd - his blood type is A-negative while both mother Orith (Emmanuelle Devos) and father Alon (Pascal Elb) are A-positive, a genetic impossibility. It turns out that on the night Jo was born, the hospital in Haifa was locked down against a potential Scud attack, and in the confusion the Silbergs' baby was switched with that of Leila and Said Al-Bezaaz (Areen Omari and Khalifa Natour), a Palesinian couple now living in the West Bank. Though the families initially intend to keep this secret from Jo and Yacine (Mehdi Dehbi), Joseph's sudden ineligibility for military service demands an explanation.
Running time 105m Rated pg-13 

     

         THIS SHOW IS A BENEFIT SHOW FOR HURRICANE SANDY RELEIF!        

         To celebrate Crystal Plumage Films' 2nd anniversary of bringing you 35mm of horror on the big screen, we are showing two bangers!

         THE RE-ANIMATOR

         and

         DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS

        Saturday November 17th  at 7:30PM

         Tickets are $13

  A donation of $5 will get you a raffle ticket for special prizes, too!

         This is their show of the year--no more programmiing 

until March 2013!

 

At the Forum Theatre Cultural Arts Center
314 Main Street, Metuchen, New Jersey 08840

Board of Education: Balanced LIteracy and New AP Differentials

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The last Board of Education meeting first celebrated students who had earned perfect scores on NJASK tests last year. The audience was packed with proud families and students, who were commended by Supervisor Caputo and Curriculum Director Rich Cohen. The main business of the meeting, a presentation by Mr. Ed Porowski, the Lanugage Arts Supervisor for the district, commenced shortly thereafter, focusing on the new balanced literacy program which has been put into effect this year. The essentials of the program presentation can be found here.

The basic idea behind the program is to help ensure that all students are getting the same ratio of writing and reading time with teachers as well as on their own. Questions about the level of the reading program in an inclusive classroom were raised by several board members--would readers of different levels really get their individual needs met when the classroom program had a common goal? It was clear that the board hoped that the program would help to challenge students without raising any child's level of "frustration," a term used quite often in the presentation. (At present, the placement criteria for children grades 3-5 can be found here.)

The remainder of the meeting focused on the AP Differentials -- the points for taking an AP class will be raised to one full point. The differential change is to reflect the elevated difficulty in the academic work required for that class. If the student then takes the AP test and gets a score of 3, 4 or 5, the student can receive college credit for that coursework.

The next Board of Education meeting is tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 27th. The floor will be open for questions and statements from the public. The business agenda is here.

Chamber of Commerce Sponsors Winter Festival Parade November 25

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The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the activities planned to kick off this year's holiday season.  Join us on Sunday, November 25, on Main Street in Metuchen for our 59th Annual Winter Festival Parade.  The theme of this year's parade continues to be "The Season of Giving."  JFK Medical Center is delighted to once again be the Principal Sponsor of this fun-filled family event.  Hailey's Harp & Pub is a Silver Sponsor. The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge and South Amboy,Metuchen Savings BankThe Criterion News, The Provident Bank, and the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center are Bronze Sponsors. Supporters are Methfessel & WerbelBlack Belt Institute, and Topping the Web. Our sponsors would love for you to celebrate the holiday season with them. 

 

This long standing tradition in the Metuchen community will feature music by Metuchen High School Marching Band, St. Joseph High School's Falcons Holiday Combo, The Banjo Rascals, Fred Lehotay's Ragtimers Band and more!  You won't want to miss the floats, children, and of course, Santa!  The parade kicks off at 2:00 pm, weather permitting, at the corner of Brunswick Avenue and Main Street.  Participants will travel down Main Street and turn onto New Street to end in the Pearl Street parking lot.  Be sure to join us at theMetuchen Senior Center at the conclusion of the parade for a visit with Santa and hot chocolate provided by the Metuchen Recreation Commission. 

 

Don't miss this one - it's sure to be a crowd-pleaser!  If the weather is questionable, call the Chamber office at 732-548-2964, or visit either the chamber website at www.metuchenchamberexchange.com, or our facebook page at www.facebook.com/metuchenchamber, after 11:00 am for an announcement.  There is no rain date for this event.

 

As this year's theme continues to be "The Season of Giving," we encourage everyone attending to bring non-perishable food items or gift cards from a local supermarket to help replenish local food pantries.  There will be donation bins placed at the review stand at the corner of Main Street and New Street as well as bins at the Metuchen Senior Citizens Center. Also, please consider donating an unwrapped toy to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Some of the official drop-off sites in Metuchen are at Hailey's Harp & Pub and George's Dry Cleaning and Tailoring.

 

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Holiday Creations at Earthsongs Ceramics

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Calling All Local Playwrights -- Kean University Wants Your Play!

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Premiere Stages, the Professional Theatre Company in residence at Kean University, seeks submissions to the 9th Annual Premiere Stages Play Festival.  This yearly competition for unproduced scripts offers developmental opportunities to four playwrights born or currently residing in the greater metropolitan area (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut). The winner of the festival will be awarded $2,000 and a full Equity production in Premiere's 2013 season. The runner-up will receive $750 and an Equity workshop in June; two other writers will receive Staged Readings in March and a cash prize of $500.

From CQE: "Tonight, Tuesday November 13 at 8 PM in the Metuchen High School cafeteria, the Board of Education will meet and will cover two important topics.  There will be a presentation on balanced literacy, which will inform the way instruction is delivered in grades K-5.  There will also be a discussion on the grade point differential for AP classes at the high school. Changes in these two areas will affect the education of Metuchen students for years to come.

Board of Education meetings are open to the public; please plan to attend. To view the agenda for tonight's open session, see: http://metuchenschools.org/metuchen/Our%20District/Board%20of%20Education/Meeting%20Agendas/2012-2013/"


Every NJ family deserves to have a Thanksgiving dinner, especially after
dealing with Hurricane Sandy.

The Community FoodBank of NJ will be holding a turkey drive this week.

Middlesex County locations include:
Heidi's Cottage, 445 North Avenue, Dunellen
St. Francis School, Main St. & 45 Library Pl., Metuchen
Magyar Bank, 582 Milltown Road, North Brunswick
All Star Mitsubishi, 6056 State Highway 35, Sayreville

The event is on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Items needed to feed NJ families: Frozen turkeys (never thawed),Canned
Fish/Meat, Powdered Milk and Infant Formula, Boxed or Canned Meals, Peanut
Butter (Plastic jars only), and Canned Vegetables/Fruits.

New Calls for Volunteers in Continuing Storm Relief throughout NJ

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There is no way to thank you all enough for the outpouring of aid so many Metuchen and Edison families have given to so many other families throughout New Jersey who are still suffering from the storm and its horrific aftermath. And I, as I know you all do, want to return to normal life, now that my living room is clear. However, lots of people need our continued help to return to their "normal" lives. Those needs are changing. 

Cleaning supplies and nonperishable food are still needed, especially as soup kitchens and shelters try to prepare for the upcoming holidays and feed displaced families who are sharing the space with the families who were already homeless due to other reasons.

Elijah's Promise in New Brunswick services thousands of people in the area. The SouperVan, an awe-inspiring blend of food truck awesomeness and commercial possibiility, has been traveling around making food for people in remote areas where the Red Cross hadn't set up shelters yet. The animal shelters have been decimated and volunteers have been working around the clock to house and feed and care for all the animals whose families had to leave them behind as they ran from storm surges to higher ground. There are very specific needs out there.

At this juncture, I would like to ask MM readers for two things: one, keep up with the real time requests that I can post on FB and two, contact me at info@metuchenmatters.com about specific pockets of need that you know about. Big distribution areas are full, packed to the gills, and not taking in any more donations. However, Councilwoman Dorothy Rasmussen is meeting with councilpeople in South River to find out about their needs -- most of the homes there that are standing have now been officially condemned and volunteers are needed to go there and help knock them all down so the cleanup can begin.  This is the time when the call will go out for specific needs at specific times.

As the holidays come around, there will be many more calls for your attention to different charities. But, as they say, charity starts at home so let's keep our friends and neighbors in New Jersey in mind when we reach out to help with donations of stuff, money or time. Thanks to all of you for opening up your homes, hearts, wallets and closets to all the people whose very lives have been turned upside down by this catastrophic event.

Delayed Opening for Metuchen School DIstrict THURSDAY NOVEMBER 8

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2012
Delayed opening for all Metuchen schools - 
Edgar: 9:35 a.m., MHS: 9:50 a.m., Campbell: 10 a.m., Moss AM Kindergarten: 10:05 a.m., Moss PM Kindergarten: 12:40 p.m.

WATER ADVISORY LIFTED FOR MIDDLESEX COUNTY CUSTOMERS

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10:00 a.m. November 7, 2012 MIDDLESEX WATER COMPANY LIFTS BOIL WATER ADVISORY

ISELIN, NJ, November 7, 2012 (10:00 a.m.) The boil water advisory issued Monday night by Middlesex Water Company for its customers in Carteret, Clark, Edison, Highland Park, Metuchen, the Melrose section of Sayreville, South Amboy, South Plainfield, and all sections of Woodbridge has been lifted. Customers in those municipalities no longer have to boil water before consumption as water quality results show that the water meets all state and federal water quality standards.

THE BOIL WATER ADVISORY IS LIFTED and the following measures are strongly encouraged at this time:

•Run your water faucets for 3-5 minutes to flush your service connection and interior plumbing with water from the service main.

•Empty and clean your automatic ice makers and water chillers.

•Drain and refill your hot water heater if the temperature is set below 113 degrees Fahrenheit.

•Service connections with a water softener/cartridge filters should be run through a regeneration cycle or other procedures recommended by the manufacturer.

•Water reservoirs in tall buildings should be drained and refilled.

Customers with questions should contact Customer Service at 732-634-1500.

Middlesex Water Company had issued the precautionary boil-water advisory after it lost power and secondary power at its intake station which resulted in significant loss of water pressure throughout its distribution system. Although power has since been partially restored to its intake and main treatment plant, the Company remains cautiously optimistic about sustaining reliable power supply at these locations and getting power restored to its other operating facilities which lost power or remain on emergency back- up generation. Customers are urged to continue to conserve water until further notice as previously directed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

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St. Luke's  Episcopal Church in Metuchen will hold its annual Christmas Fair onSaturday,  December 1st from 10am-4pm.  Shop for beautiful and unusual gifts, gourmet food, homemade baked goods, collectibles, poinsettias, jewelry knitted items and more.  Buy a raffle ticket and win one of our famous themed gift baskets.  Bring your little ones for a visit with Santa.  Questions? Call the church at 732-548-4308.

Water Advisory Still In Effect Until Tomorrow

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11829175-small.jpgThe Middlesex Water Company has advised that its customers continue to boil water for the next 24 hours as a safety measure although they are hopeful that the system will be up and running smoothly by the end of the business day today. MM will keep you updated as the situation continues.

However, there is no more water at the Senior Center. If people still need water and know where to get it, please post on the MM Facebook page and I will update here later in the day. Thanks!

The Democrats Take the Borough Council Seats

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As President Obama secured a second term, Allison Inserro and Ron Grayzel won their local borough council seats by a wide margin. Take a look at the graph -- 3331 for Inserro and 3525 for Grayzel. 

Additional election coverage can be found at this link. Thanks to everyone who came out and voted yesterday, recognizing the most important of our inalienable rights in the USA.
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Nov 6 2012 4:50 a.m. POWER RESTORED TO MIDDLESEX WATER COMPANY INTAKE, CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM REGARDING SUSTAINED POWER RELIABILITY; WATER PRESSURES SLOWLY RISING; BOIL WATER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT

POWER RESTORED TO MIDDLESEX WATER COMPANY INTAKE, CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM REGARDING SUSTAINED POWER RELIABILITY; WATER PRESSURES SLOWLY RISING, BOIL WATER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT

November 6, 2012 (ISELIN, NJ) 4:50 a.m. Primary power was restored to Middlesex Water Company's intake at approximately 2:00 a.m. Water pressures can be expected to slowly increase over the next 8 hours assuming electric power can be sustained. Tap water may initially appear cloudy, this is harmless and is simply the result of excess air in the water mains resulting from the initial loss of water pressure.

Middlesex Water customers in Carteret, Clark, Edison, Highland Park, Metuchen, the Melrose section of Sayreville, South Amboy, South Plainfield, and all sections of Woodbridge had been affected by the initial loss in pressure. Customers are urged to continue to conserve water until further notice as previously directed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.



November 5, 2012 MIDDLESEX WATER COMPANY LOSES POWER AT INTAKE STATION; URGES CUSTOMERS TO STORE WATER IMMEDIATELY AND ISSUES BOIL WATER ADVISORY

November 5, 2012 (ISELIN, NJ) 7:00 p.m. Due to a power failure at its intake station in New B
runswick, NJ and failure of back-up generation at that location, Middlesex Water Company is advising its customers in Carteret, Edison, Highland Park, Metuchen, South Amboy, South Plainfield, and all sections of Woodbridge to immediately store an ample supply of water for drinking and sanitation purposes until further notice.

The company's treatment plant and intake station had been on emergency generation since Monday, October 29 and both facilities were restored to normal electric power over the weekend. However, late this afternoon, the intake station, which draws in the water supply, lost power again. In addition, the emergency standby generator at the intake also malfunctioned rendering it inoperable. Over the next few hours, customers can expect to see significant drops in water pressure and loss of water service. Customers should store a minimum of 3 gallons of tap water for each person, each day in addition to supplies of bottled water they may have secured as part of their storm preparations.


November 24th Storm Fundraiser - Cabaret at St. Luke's

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From St. Luke's:

Barbara Gurskey and Friends are back for a cabaret evening benefitting hurricane relief on Saturday, November 24 at 7pm. What  better way to spend an evening than with some great artists and some great songs?  Artists so far include Ms. Gurskey, Stephan Belfatti, Pam Jorgensen, and Carlos Monteagudo.  Suggested donation is $20, but we'll take more if you can give more. This is a townwide event, so make your reservation early at 732-548-4308 or by emailing music@stlukesmetuchen.org.
We are pleased to announce that the Metuchen Chamber has power restored and is open to the public again as of today, Monday, November 5th.
 
After such a serious storm, we hope that your family, homes, and businesses are safe and secure. Now the clean up and recovery process begins!

 

Through Middlesex County Freeholder Charles Tomaro, Chair of the Business Development & Education Department, we are providing the attached FACT SHEET, recently issued from theUS Small Business Administration which provides information on the availability of Disaster Loans for Physical Injury and Economic Injury due to Hurricane Sandy.

 

Middlesex County will continue to email updates as they become available. For more information, contact SBA's Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailingdisastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA's Web site at www.sba.gov. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

 

Below please find the link for the  "U. S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 2727 FACT SHEET - DISASTER LOANS" which details the programs and loans available to help your business recover from this storm.

To view the fact sheet, click the link below:
Also, for an update on PSEG service in our area, including temporary mobile customer service units, please click here for a business update as of 11/4: PSEG STATUS.

Please let us know if there is anything that we can do as the Chamber and members of the Metuchen community to help you in your recovery process.

If your business is running any type of promotion to raise funds for the disaster relief in our area, please let us know at the contact information listed below so that we can spread the word. Every little bit helps and with teamwork, we can all get New Jersey back on track.


Sincerely,
Angela Sielski
Executive Director
Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce
Tonight, Monday Nov. 5 @ 7:30, just in time for the election, the Forum presents a FREE screening of Frank Capras classic film,"Mr Smith Goes to Washington", starring James Stewart, Jean Arthur and Claude Rains (1939) A film about a naive man who is appointed to fill a vacancy in the US Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down. A man who has all the attributes our current Politicians both lack! If we only had a man like Mr. Smith running the Country today the World would be a far better place!

This Weekend On Our Screen We Continue With The Truly Inspiring Documentary..."SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN"
Fri Nov 9 @ 7:30 Sat Nov 10 @ 7:30 Sun Nov 11 @ 4pm
Pg-13 1hr 25m

Updated List of Donation Items Needed at the BIL NOW and Ongoing

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From Danny Adlerman at the BIL:

Here's what we can use more of right now, as cars, vans, and even a truck I think have all departed to get supplies to various communities. Please bring the following to the Old Franklin School, 491 Middlesex Ave, Metuchen:

I have tried to prioritize.

Canned goods (flip-top prepared preferred) - veggies and fruit especially, as well as soups and canned pastas (ie spaghetti, ravioli, etc).
Canned
 and dry Beans.
Peanut Butter 
Tuna
Dry/boxed goods (cereal, oatmeal, pasta, crackers, cookies, etc)
Juice, Boxed Milk
Can Openers
Batteries (D especially) and flashlights
Cleaning Supplies (bleach, sponges, mops, brooms)
Diapers, Formula, Wipes
Pet Food
extension cords
Bottled Water
New packages of Mens Underwear & Socks
Big Trash Bags - Contractor Bags
Paper towels, Toilet Paper
Toiletries
Paper good (plates, utensil, cups)

Almost everything is gone except our momentum, energy, and will so any restocking would be appreciated. WE ALSO NEED BOXES TO PUT THINGS IN!

Finally: Emergency blood drive today from 9-3 at Bayshore Hospital. There is a critical shortage.

Thanks everyone!"

If you can drive a van or truck to deliver materials, please call Tyreen Reuter at 732-261-4807.
The outpouring of help throughout Metuchen for our friends and neighbors as well as those throughout the state who have been aversely affected by the storm is truly awe-inspiring. The pictures from the BIL yesterday say it all -- Metuchen has given from the heart and the wallet equally to help bring things to a sense of normalcy for the millions of people who need so much after this devastating event.

However, if you think you missed the boat on donating, don't worry! YOU HAVEN'T! There is still so much to do for so many people. Here are some of the ways you could still help. MM will update with additional information throughout the day so send an email to info@metuchenmatters.com if you have requests or are collecting specific items for a hardstruck area. THANKS!

RIGHT NOW: The BIL has loads of donations but is in need of someone with a van or truck to help them deliver it to any number of places that need these items. If you have a truck or van and are willing to donate it or drive it yourself, please contact Allison Inserro at the Borough Improvement League facebook page or contact MM at info@metuchenmatters.com and I will pass on the information.

RIGHT NOW: From Barbara Buono: "Need to charge your phone, warm up, or get a hot cup of coffee? Come to my office (Two Lincoln Highway Suite 401, Edison) - we'll be open until 5PM. If you can spare, please bring non-perishable food, diapers, toiletries, lanterns, flashlights, batteries, and blankets. We have many residents throughout the district who are in dire need of help. Please share this status and help spread the word."

In terms of donations, there are many items still needed. We received a request from one of our readers today asking for very specific stuff -- 

Melissa Dormoy of Raices Cultural Center sent this note: "We are helping to collect bleach, baby clothes, blankets, coats and underwear for displaced shore residents. I have a friend from Sea Bright who will pick up from me and distribute to those in need. I'm in Highland Park, if you want to donate, call, text or private message me here on FB, 732-236-7618"

Wendy Gyug of Weichert Realty, Metuchen sent this info: "I am collecting donations of non perishable foods, blankets and clothes for the people in Keyport, Union Beach, Keansburg and Laurence Harbor. I live in Laurence Harbor (no electric and won't for maybe 3-10 More days). I will be working days at Weichert in Metuchen should anyone like to stop by to drop anything off. I thank you in advance."

Dawn Romond of Metuchen said that her dad, who owns a business in Keyport, will be driving items down there on Wednesday. For further information on drop off for them, please email info@metuchenmatters.com. Thanks!

Susan O'Rourke-Sedelsky said "I have been collecting donations from family and friends to help my friends in Union Beach. If you can help....donations are being accepted at the Police/Municipal Station on Poole Ave. just off Rt. 36 (Exit 117 GSP) in Union Beach and also at the Union Beach Fire House On UNION AVE." She is in Edison.

  • From Colleen Anderson-Sexton for PO Box 640, Vestal, NY 13851- 0640
  • "
    On Saturday, December 1st, 2012: I will send ALL KNIT, FELT, CROCHET, WOVEN items collected to volunteer organizations in the NYC and NJ area.
    Beginning TODAY:
    -- knit, felt, crochet: mittens, hats, scarves [any / all sizes - I will post inventory as items come in so that you know if we are lacking any size]
    -- feeling really ambitious? Sure, make baby blankets and afghans!
    -- send items as you work on them, or all at once [all items n
    eed to be in my mailbox (PO Box above) by Saturday, December 1st; I will ship everything out on Monday, December 3rd]

VOTING INFORMATION FOR METUCHEN RESIDENTS

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Waving Flag.jpegThis link will give you all the information you need regarding voting by email or fax. Please take the time to look through it and find the county you are registered in first. Then follow the instructions. This way anyone can vote, even if you don't want to make the trip to the polls themselves (or can't, athough I can provide some transporation for those who wish to get to the polls in town and are having trouble).

For Middlesex County Voters!

Voters can vote in person, by postal mail, email or fax. Call your local Municipal Clerk to find out if your polling location has been moved due to the storm. Displaced voters may cast a provisional ballot at the nearest polling location.

Voters may also vote via e-mail or fax by 5 p.m. on Nov. 6. You must first complete and sign a Vote-by-Mail application. Scan and e-mail the application to dee.anderson@co.middlesex.nj.us or fax it to 732-745-3642 with a return fax number.

You will receive ballot documentation. E-mail completed documentation to the Middlesex County Board of Elections at votedabsentees@co.middlesex.nj.us or fax it to 732-214-1656 by 8 p.m. on Nov. 6.

This election is close. Your vote WILL count. Please exercise this important right!
voting.jpgTomorrow is Election Day. Perhaps it is not the first thing on anyone's mind who lives around here and may not even have their power back on after a week in the cold. The Presidential Election waits for no one (nor do the state and local elections taking place then as well). SO . . . Metuchen Matters offers you transportation to the polls. If you are not able to vote via email or fax as the Governor has proposed, please either email info@Metuchenmatters.com or post your contact info on the MM Facebook page and I will contact you to make arrangements to get you to the polls. I have a small car and can't take a vanload of people but I can take several individuals to the polls in town if needed. Please do take advantage of this offer -- it is so important that EVERYONE VOTES!

UPDATE: New Jersey Emergency Assistance Information

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housemetuchen.jpgFor those of you still looking for help for yourselves or others, please refer to this very complete listing of emergency services information from News12 New Jersey. They did an amazing job of putting it all in one place. It is also available for sharing on the MM Facebook page. Thanks!

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