January 2013 Archives

Junebug Looking for New Co-Chairs

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From former Chairperson Linda LaStella:

As we near critical time to begin planning if there is to be a Junebug 2013, I did want to make everyone aware that someone beyond the committee has expressed interest in working as a CO-CHAIR with someone who has already been through the process.  I know many of you who are individual Committee Co-ordinators said you would be willing to continue in that role this year.  Now, as we stand on the cusp of the event, recognizing the need, one or another, might be willing to take on added responsibility and service.  The Borough Council, the Arts Council, the Metuchen Chamber are all very interested that the event continue and have pledged support.  But they cannot develop the event without a leader.

If you see that as a possibility for yourself, please contact Councilwoman Dorothy Rasmussen: drasmussen@metuchen.com

Neve Shalom Nursery School Open House Jan 28-Feb 1

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Family Friends Open House January 28 and 30

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February 1st at Hamilton Stage - Raconteurs & Roustabouts

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RACONTEURS & ROUSTABOUTS: Where Culture & Carnival Collide! Live & Inside!

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8 PM, Fri, Feb 1

Get there early to visit The Mythsonian Museum Of Monstrous and Mythological Oddities and watch the H.A.T. side show upchuck fifteen foot flumes of flame into the blue black sky outside the theatre. Then stay for the carnie stories, the haunted ditties about side show sins, the rockabilly and ragtime, the samurai sword swallowing, bone-breaking escapism and the whirling power drill insertion.

$20 @ The Hamilton Stage

Click HERE for advance tix!

In addition to sideshow extraordinaire Honor Amongst Thieves and The Mythsonian Museum of Monstrous Oddities, R&R also features vaudevillian tusk tickler (i.e. piano man) and villainous thingShayfer James; former Boss couture model-cum-wraithy songbird (think Carla Bruni meets Poe's Annabel Lee), Francesca Tedeschi; psychotropic outlaw rocker, gonzo author, former High Timeseditor, and one time professional wrestler, zombie walker Mike Edison (accompanied by the weird and wonderful waverings of his own Theremin, and the dental stylings of tooth-toucher Mickey Finn), and rounding out the troupe, freakcentric fabulist and renowned "rodeo clown" Clay Mcleod Chapman, creator of the frequently perverse and occasionally petrifying Pumpkin Pie Show.

"With the trembling voice of Vincent Price and the sinister presence of Boris Karloff, Clay McLeod Chapman uses the macabre to explore the humanity of his characters and reveal an almost spiritual side to the horrific. " The New York Times

As always, shenanigans supervised by the Raconteur's resident ringmaster, yours truly! And, accompanied by the salty guitar of Briny Bruce Donnola, I'll also be reading an original story about a Chinese giant and a tattooed ten year old who are, you guessed it, private detectives!

And the Tony Goes to . . . Stars on Stage Winter/Spring Classes

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Stars On Stage Winter/Spring Program,"And The Tony Goes To..."  Registration Monday February 4 & Tuesday February 5 from 4:30 to 7pm
The Forum Theatre Professional Theatre Program for Kids, Stars On Stage, will begin classes on Saturday February 16. Now in our 6th season our Stars On stage students learn every aspect of musical theatre. From auditioning to script work, singing and choreography all culminating in 4 performances, open to the public, on the Forum stage. Students also learn respect for the arts, what it takes to be in an ensemble and most importantly self esteem and self confidence.

The cost for the 11 week program is $650 with discounts for siblings.
Registration for students ages 8 to 14 will be on Monday February 4 & Tuesday February 5 from 4:30 to 7pm
Program Begins February 16 Performances May 17, 18, 19 2013
To register by phone or for more info call 732.548.5600

MHS Fundraiser for Music Dept Trip to Disney on March 2nd

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From MHS:

Come out to support Metuchen High School's Music Department Disney Fundraiser as they make their plans to perform at Walt Disney World in March!  A fundraiser will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2013, from 8:00 am to 10:00 am at Applebee's, 1045 Route 1 South, Edison NJ (Edison Crossroads Shopping Center).  The students will be on hand to serve you your breakfast and to thank you for showing your support! Advance ticket purchase is recommended as we are excepting a sell out morning!  Tickets are $10 each--contact Lewis Levy at aquicksign@optonline.net or call 732.259-0500 for more information. (If available, tickets can be purchased at the door.)

Safety and Development Priorities to Mayor Tom Vahalla

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Check out this article with Metuchen Mayor Tom Vahalla about the importance of safety issues for the upcoming Borough Council agenda.

Bike Exchange in Plainfield Helps Boys & Girls Clubs in NJ

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A new Bike Exchange group in Plainfield helps give bikes to underprivileged kids through the Boys & Girls Clubs of New Jersey. Kevin Brenneman, a volunteer in Newark, gives MM the lowdown on how it works:

There are currently three Bike Exchanges operated for Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey - Trenton, Newark, and the newest in Plainfield.  I, and my sons, had been volunteering around the shop and as bike mechanics at the Newark Bike Exchange over the past couple years.  With the recent opening of the Plainfield location, I now concentrate my efforts as a volunteer with that Bike Exchange, fixing bikes, organizing the shop, and assisting with some administration.  The Plainfield location is relatively close to Metuchen and has a lot of potential, which got me excited about helping there.

The Bike Exchanges in Trenton and Newark are located in stand-alone shops.  The Plainfield BEX is unique in that the shop is located within the Boys & Girls Clubs Of Union County Plainfield building.  While it may not yet have a slick bike shop feel (we're constantly working on that!), it has the benefit of a direct connection with the Club.  So in addition to the basic bike shop functions, the location has me thinking of ideas for getting the BGCUC youth involved.  Not only are the goals to get them actively volunteering in the shop and working on bikes, but also to get them working creatively in designing displays and artwork for use around the shop by re-purposing bike parts that are otherwise unusable.
Bike-Walk Metuchen met last week, welcoming Jerry Fried from Rutgers to talk about changes Montclair made to improve the use of the roadways for bikers, walkers and other pedestrians: .https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mxihwgiq3gjf234/J9bCUbqtyr This link will take you to his presentation in its entirety.

The Borough's Traffic & Transportation Committee is "back up and running with renewed enthusiasm," according to Tyreen Reuter, who is working on the new committee with Chairperson Jay Galeota.  Pedestrian flags are being placed at a couple of trial intersections (in consultation with the police), and a Town Meeting about pedestrian safety will be held on Monday, February 25 in Borough Hall, starting at 7pm, to discuss the findings and other pertinent issues.

Metuchen PBA Invites You to Awards Banquet February 9th

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For the 3rd time, the Metuchen P.B.A. has opened their Awards Banquet to the public. Take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy an evening of fine food and spirits at the Pines Manor while getting to know Metuchen's Finest. Cocktail Hour will begin at 6:00pm, followed by dinner, dancing and the presentation of awards.

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM Cocktail Hour
Location: Pines Manor (2085 Rt. 27, Edison)
Price: $50.00 per person (Dinner and a 5-hour Open Bar)

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Metuchen Police Headquarters prior to February 8, 2013.

If you wish to assist by sponsoring a portion of the evening, please contact Wayne Karalevich at (732) 632-8501.

School Board Elections DIscussion at BofE Meeting TONIGHT

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The Metuchen Board of Education meeting for Wednesday, January 23: a discussion of the pros and cons of moving the April school elections to the November political elections. Among other  changes, this will eliminate the public's vote on the budget. Everyone is invited to attend the meeting in the Metuchen High School cafeteria at 8 PM.

Raconteurs, Roustabouts, HAT February 1st at Hamilton Stage

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RACONTEURS & ROUSTABOUTS: Where Culture & Carnival Collide! Live & Inside!

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8 PM, Fri, Feb 1

Get there early and watch the H.A.T. side show upchuck fifteen foot flumes of flame into the blue black sky outside the theatre! Then stay for the carnie stories, the haunted ditties about side show sins, the rockabilly and ragtime, the samurai sword swallowing and the whirling power drill insertion.

$20 @ The Hamilton Stage

Click HERE for advance tix!

Featuring sideshow extraordinaire Honor Amongst Thieves (who, as we understand it, plan to juggle and simultaneously shave with recently stropped machetes, insert a variety of meat hooks and power drill bits into their (surprisingly accommodating) nostrils, swallow a series of samurai swords and illuminated neon tubes, and maybe even escape from a sloshing glass box known as the Chinese Water Cell).

"And the raconteurs and roustabouts said 'Buddy, come on in.'" Tom Waits, Small Change

Woodmont Properties to Discuss Pearl Street Development TONIGHT

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On the agenda of the Borough Council this evening is a presentation and discussion regarding the updated information available on the Pearl Street lot development project. TONIGHT'S MEETING IS at 7:30PM and will be shown live on METV.

Renee' Gatz, author of "Wise Words & Witty Expressions," is pleased to announce that the Metuchen bookstore, To Be Continued, Inc. at 431 Main Street is hosting Gatz for a book signing on Saturday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m. as part of their St. Patrick's Day celebration. Gatz has been featured in the Sunday Star Ledger and the Irish Echo newspaper. She has been a guest speaker at the Barron Arts Center, the American Irish Association in Woodbridge, NJ, Barnes & Noble in Menlo Park Mall, NJ and multiple internet radio programs. She also writes a monthly article titled "The Power of Irish Wisdom" for the Irish American Cultural Institute's member newsletter. She is currently working on a children's version of "Wise Words & Witty Expressions."   To learn more about Gatz and her book, visit her blog at www.reneegatz.com.

Book Buddies Brings MHS Students to Read with 1st and 2nd Graders

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From the Superintendent's Office/Campbell School:

When you combine picture books, young students and high school volunteers, what do you get?  A lot of fun and an enriching experience for all involved.  Book Buddies, a program enabling older students to share literature with first and second graders began this month.

"It's wonderful to see our high school students giving back to the school community and bonding with our first and second graders through literacy," said Vincent Caputo, Metuchen School District Superintendent.  "Reading with children truly makes a difference in their lives."

"Seeing children engage with books is always magical," added Florence Carter, Campbell Principal.  "The more they are exposed to books the better they will read."

Book Buddies will continue twice a month for the rest of the school year.  The program takes place under the supervision of Barbara Derer, Campbell Library Media Specialist and Patricia Glave, High School Library Media Specialist.   Book Buddies is available to students enrolled in Before After School Care at Campbell and any Metuchen high school student can participate.  

Novita Presents Dan Farley January 24th

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Comedy Show, Saturday January 24th

8pm at Novita

25 New Street

   Metuchen, NJ

Tickets: $10 Contact Dan Farley for more details

   Featuring:    

Otto and George

Frank Vamos, Dan Farley and Keith Carnivale

HOSTED BY JOE PICOLLI

For More Information, Contact Dan:

E-Mail - Dnlfarley@gmail.com

Twitter: @JerseyDan18

COME AND LAUGH IN THE NEW YEAR!!!

Free Movie Sponsored by Centenary January 19th

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Rev. Anna Thomas invites the Metuchen community to a free movie at Centenary UMC on January 19th at 6:30 PM. Free popcorn and ice cream will be served.  Courageous one

Lisa Weidmaier, CPLP, Training and Technical Manager at Western Pest, offers some really important tips on avoiding bed bugs when you are traveling over the upcoming holiday breaks. She also told MM that the scariest thing is to bring them home to infest your own home -- which is why " I always keep my suitcase in the bathroom of the hotel -- lots of light and lots of tile -- very few places for the little critters to hide and I never unpack my suitcase in my bedroom --- it goes straight to the basement!" You can contact Lisa for an inspection of your home (she recently gave the BIL a once over and found it free of bugs) by contacting her through this site at info@metuchenmatterse.com. In the meantime, travelers, check out this infographic:

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CQE Issues Statement Regarding Discussion of New Election Dates

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The CQE issued the following statement regarding the changing of election dates following the discussion at the Board of Education meeting on January 8th. This is their notice:

On Tuesday January 8, 2013, the Metuchen Board of Education met to preliminarily discuss the pros and cons of moving the Board of Education elections, which are traditionally held in April, to the November political elections.

Please follow this important issue by going to: http://metuchennj.org/METV/METV-VOD.html and selecting the "Board of Education Meeting 010813." You can set the video at 10:55  (minutes) when Board President Jonathan Lifton opens the discussion.

It is worth viewing the public discussion with members of the Board from about 54:00 (minutes) to about 69:00 (minutes).

You can read a description of the law that allows a district to move its elections to November, with frequently asked questions at: http://www.njsba.org/PI/commissionermemo.pdf?w=411.


Local Artist Amy Brooks Featured at Monmouth Fest of the Arts

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Raconteur Ventures Presents Once Vaudeville January 18th

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Neve Shalom Men's Club Founders' Breakfast January 20th

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Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen Men's Club Present the 2nd Annual Founders Breakfast, where we honor one of our own for a lifetime achievement in our chapter. This year we are honoring DAVID YELLIN, with a breakfast in his honor - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 10:00am. Suggested donation is $10.00. For more information, contact Matthew Bonus at 732-968-4489.

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Singer Elizabeth Von Trapp, granddaughter of Maria Von Trapp, who was immortalized in the musical 'The Sound of Music," will perform in concert at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Metuchen on Saturday, January 19th at 7pm.  On Sunday at noon, January 20th, the parish will present a "Sound of Music" Singalong: come ready to sing the beloved songs as you watch the movie, and come in costume as your favorite "Sound of Music" character!  There is no admission charge, but a  freewill offering will be taken at the concert.  Prizes will be awarded for the best costume.  Call 732-548-4308 for more information.
Check out this video from an Austrian television show.

St. Francis Cathedral Registration and Open House

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From St. Francis:

Open House for families will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2013 after the noon Liturgy from 1-2:30pm. Registration will be held in the school cafeteria for Kindergarten - 7th Grade students on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 9am and Pre-Kindergarten students at 1pm. (If the school is closed due to inclement weather,registration is re-scheduled for Friday, February 15, 2013.)

Evening Registration will be held for Kindergarten - 7th Grade Students on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 6pm in the school cafeteria. Visit our website at www.stfranciscathedralschool.org or call the school office with questions at 732-548-3107. 

Planning Board Agenda Available

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The next planning board agenda is available at http://metuchennj.org/pb_agendas/2013/pb_agenda_20130117.pdf

5Linx Event at Crowne Plaza Sponsored by Metuchen's Dawn Gross

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From Metuchen's own Dawn Gross:
Open minded about earning extra income?
Please come out Tuesday January 15, 2013 @ 7:30 p.m. to the 
Crowne Plaza
Newark Airport
901 Spring Street 
Elizabeth New Jersey
Rte 1& 9 at Neck Ln
908-527-1600

Stan Richards 
Platinum Senior Vice President 5Linx and my Team Leader will be presenting the opportunity with our team. 
http://www.facebook.com/l/2AQFkPRW3AQHmMOo3fUSuLSxnuXNLfGR-8m4oT18AiCu0aQ/www.5Linx.com/opportunity
then click on success stories and see Stan and Chereace Richards story, so inspiring
Any questions please contact
Dawn E. Gross
732-917-5287 - Cell
732-983-9815 - Business Phone

MHS Italian Independent Study Program Welcomes Speakers

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Dr. Rosann Kamin's  Italian Independent Study class hosted a visit on Thursday, January 10th, by an Italian high school student.  Metuchen resident Dora Labate and her niece, Sylvia Chiantera , shared the life of a  high school student in Italy and compared it to school life in the United States. The students had the opportunity to chat and ask questions in the target language about school subjects, types of music, travel and many other topics.   The students left with a better understanding of life in Italy.

 

Another visit to the Italian program that day was 2012 MHS graduate, Safi Ali-Kahn, majoring in Romance languages at NYU.  He wrote a book of Spanish poems and dedicated this work to Dr. Rosann Kamin.  Mary Lou Roma, Supervisor of Music,  commented that "Safi Ali-Khan was a key member of our Spanish and Music departments and graduate in June.  He visited MHS and he gave Dr. Kamin a copy of his book.  This is the 'good stuff' in life and speaks volumes about the impact teachers have on students." 

 

Saturday April 6, 2013 In Concert...
KENNY VANCE AND THE PLANOTONES UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
All Reserved Seats $40.00 To Order Online Go To www.forumtheatrearts.org Or Call 732.548.5600 To Order Over The Phone
As a kid in New York, Kenny Vance was captivated by the magic of rock'n roll. At the age of fifteen, he was hanging around the famed Brill Building, meeting other singers and songwriters. Eventually he formed the successful group Jay and The Americans, who had the distinction of opening for The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for each of their first U.S. performances. Kenny remained with Jay and The Americans throughout the group's eleven-year history, touring extensively and recording fifteen albums, which included the hits Come A Little Bit Closer, Cara Mia, She Cried, and Only In America. He gave the film of the Alan Freed story, American Hot Wax, its musical life by recreating the groups of the 50's and 60's for the screen. In addition, Vance served as musical director for Saturday Night Live and music supervisor for the films "Animal House," "Eddie & The Cruisers," and "Looking For An Echo." In 2002, Kenny Vance was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame; in 2007, he was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame.

Windows on Heaven Opens at Nails in the Wall January 15th

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Metuchen PT Council Comedy Night - TIX on Sale NOW!

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Superintendent Caputo Explains Yesterday's Bus Incident

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Thursday morning at approximately 7:45 a.m., Bus E7 was pulled over by Metuchen Police on Lake Avenue on its way to Edgar School after a citizen reported that the driver had swerved to avoid a car that had stopped in front of the bus. 

Officer Cynthia Velez interviewed the driver. No ticket was given out and the bus company has conducted an investigation, providing counseling to the driver on proper procedures and protocols in those types of traffic situations. 

The police alerted the Superintendent's office to the situation and the district spoke with the bus company. It is a third party contractor which reported, in proper procedure, back to their district liaison, Michael Harvier, the business administrator and Board of Education secretary, who updated Mr. Caputo. Mr. Caputo gave Metuchen Matters this information today.

The driver and the bus were back on the road for the afternoon bus commute home and no further issues came to light.

 

  • Old Franklin Schoolhouse 491 Middlesex Ave (Rt 27) Metuchen NJ
  • Laugh for a good cause ... 

    A night of comedy featuring New York and New Jersey stand up pros to benefit the Old Franklin Schoolhouse. Attendees will also receive a 10% off coupon for Hailey's Harp and Pub in Metuchen, NJ to use after the show. 

    Doors at 6:30pm, show starts promptly at 7:30pm. Some material NOT SUITABLE for children. Ages 18 and over (ID required) BYO. 

    Reserved table seats (seats 6, and includes light snacks, buckets of ice, glasses for drinks): $15 -- PLEASE RESERVE BELOW 

    Regular seating (behind tables): $10 

    Seating limited to 35-45 table seats and 15-20 non-table seats. 

    Call Steve at 732-713-9080 for more information.

Highly-decorated Marine Daniel E. Robinson Dies

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robinson.jpgMetuchen Matters joins the many Metuchenites who send their condolences to the family of Daniel E. Robinson who passed away Jan. 9. 

As Julie Walton Shaver wrote on Facebook today, "A sergeant in the United States Marines serving as a communications officer in the South Pacific during World War II, he later went on to become a pioneer in telecommunications research, helping NASA launch the Mercury and Apollo space capsules. In August, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian honor, in Metuchen for his service as one of the first African-Americans to serve as a Marine. Mr. Robinson's voice was featured in the 2009 "Memorial Day in Metuchen" slide show describing why it's so important to honor the memory of those who died for our freedom."

Visitation is Friday, January 11, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, January 12, 10 a.m. to noon at the Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Ave. (Route 27) in Metuchen. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 12 at 12:30 p.m. at Metuchen Reformed Church, 150 Lake Ave. in Metuchen.

Edgar Winter Concert Puts 7th/8th Graders Center Stage

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edgarchoir.jpgFrom Edgar School: On Wednesday, January 9th, the seventh and eighth grades orchestra, chorus and band performed at an assembly for the students at Edgar School.  Pictured here is the chorus under the direction of Stefeny Stofa-Krombholz.

Birthday of the Trees at Neve Shalom Nursery School January 27th

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The Board of Education tonight will discuss the possibility of changing the dates of the Board elections from April to November in an attempt to capitalize on greater voter turnout and other issues.

"There will be a preliminary discussion on the merits of moving the date of the School Board Election to November. There will also be consideration of the formation of an exploratory ad-hoc committee to investigate further." This is an agenda listing for tonight's meeting.

Other districts have made these changes in the past year. Check out these links on the ability to change the dates and what happened in Chatham when they tried to change:

MHS's Dorian Miller Succeeds at 2012 Chesapeake Bowl

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From the District:

MHS student, Dorian Miller played in the Chesapeake Bowl on December 29th.  This high school football game featured the NJ/PA/DE all-stars vs. VA/MD/D.C./WV all-stars.  Here are a few pictures of Dorian at the event.  John Cathcart, Metuchen Athletic Director, reports that "he did really well, and the North (NJ/PA/DE) beat the South (DC/MD/VA/WV) 38-13."

 

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Weekend of Celebration Honors Memory of Dr. King

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The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce, YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge, & South Amboy, New Hope Baptist Church, and Second Baptist Church have joined together to offer an opportunity for the community to unite in a "Weekend of Celebration" to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The annual interfaith community celebration will begin on Sunday, January 20th, at 3:30 pm, at New Hope Baptist Church located at45 Hampton Street in Metuchen. The service will include choir selections, youth recitations, remarks and reflections from local clergy and other special guests. A free will offering will be collected to benefit the MLK High School Senior Scholarship Program. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program. For more information about Sunday's event, contact New Hope Baptist Church at 732-549-8941.

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Nails in the Wall Gallery, the Metuchen exhibition space sponsored by St. Luke's Episcopal Church, will begin its 2013 Season Saturday, January 19, 2-5pm, with WINDOWS ON HEAVEN:  Contemporary Icons.  This exhibit will feature multiple works by six well-known iconographers, several who "write" religious icons in the very traditional Byzantine style, others who, while they work in that spirit, have developed a very personal approach to icon painting. The exhibit runs from January 19 through May 15, 2013.

During the Opening of "Windows on Heaven," the gallery will also partner with the NJ Symphony to host its ART STRINGS project.  Ten small violins, exquisitely painted by artists from around the state will be on display.  Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase a chance on the one of their choice.

"We are delighted that the NJ Symphony accepted our invitation to include the ART STRINGS project as part of the Opening of the Icon exhibit.   We believe partnering with the symphony in this way will be highly beneficial for both arts organizations," acknowledges Gallery Director Linda Vonderschmidt-LaStella.

Pop Warner Fundraiser January 15th

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At the Forum, ARGO continues . . .

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Nominated For 5 Golden Globes Including Best Picture & Best Director Ben Affleck
ARGO
Starring Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin and  John Goodman 
Friday @ 7:30 Saturday @ 5pm & 7:30 Sunday @ 2pm
Argo is based on true events which chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis-the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA "exfiltration" specialist named Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.
Running Time 120m    www.forumtheatrearts.org

Eric LeGrand Speaks at MLK Breakfast - Want to be a Sponsor?

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From the Chamber:

The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce, YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge, & South Amboy, New Hope Baptist Church, and Second Baptist Church have joined together to offer an opportunity for the community to unite in a "Weekend of Celebration" to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


On Monday, January 21st, we will be holding the 6th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast at the Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27 in Edison. We are proud to announce that this year's special guest is former Rutgers Football player and author, Eric LeGrand who will participate in a moderated Q&A with the audience. In October 2010, LeGrand suffered severe spinal cord injuries on-field during a Rutgers vs. Army game at MetLife Stadium that left him paralyzed. Though doctors believed he'd be a quadriplegic and on a respirator for the rest of his life, within five weeks he had resumed breathing on his own and continues to work towards his goal of walking again. In September 2012, he released a book, Believe: My Faith and the Tackle That Changed My Life, also available in a young-readers' edition, which will be available for purchase during the event. LeGrand has turned his tragedy into an inspirational story and his determination serves as a great example for both the young and old.

Von Trapp Family Weekend - St. Luke's, January 19-20

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A concert by Elizabeth Von Trapp of the original Von Trapp Family singers (yes, just like in THE SOUND OF MUSIC) on Saturday, January 20th at 7 PM at St. Luke's Church will be the highlight of the weekend celebration. Click on St. Luke's info on this site to get further information.

Temple Emanu-El Blood Drive at Library January 6th

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From Metuchen Public Library:

Temple Emanu-El will host its 2nd post Hurricane Sandy Blood Drive on Sunday January 6, 2013 from 10 AM until 3 PM. This time, the drive will be held at the Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue. The supply of blood is still critically low in New Jersey due to nearly 400 drives that had to be cancelled because of the hurricane and its effects. In addition, during the winter months, the blood supply is traditionally the lowest of the year.

For more information about the blood drive, or to schedule an appointment, please call  732.632.7459. For your convenience you may also schedule an appointment online at www.redcrossblood.org by clicking on the blue box on the top right (Make a Blood Donation Appointment) and by entering sponsor code 0229434. Donors are also encouraged to drop in at the Metuchen Library on the day of the drive, even if they do not have an appointment. Please give blood, the gift of life.

NOTICE: MHS Dinner Fundraiser CANCELLED

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The MHS Music Dept Pasta Dinner Fundraiser, which was scheduled for Friday, January 4th at the High School, has been cancelled. There are no plans at this time for it to be rescheduled.
The Metuchen EMS has announced that their annual summer fundraiser will not only raise money for their volunteer organization, a vital part of our town's first response team, but also raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims.

"Since I know it will take years for our coastline to recover from Hurricane Sandy, I figure why not have our show help out while we also help our local Rescue Squad," Ben Deutschman of the EMS said today in a Facebook conversation with Metuchen Matters.

Here's the flyer for the Fundraiser. If you are interested in being a sponsor or advertiser for the event, please contact Ben Deutschman or Alan Regan at this link: http://www.metrescuesquad.com/
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CQE Events for Winter-Spring 2013 Announced

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Citizens for Quality Education begins the New Year by inviting Metuchen residents to join them at one of their upcoming events"

  •                   CQE Story Time at Campbell School:  Are you interested in reading to a 1st or 2nd grade class?  Or would you like to get involved in planning for our program that brings members of the community into our schools? You can read more about this longstanding CQE event athttp://metuchencqe.org/cqe-programs/story-time/.  Our first Story Time of the year will be held on the morning of Friday January 11.  Write Shannon Osborn-Jones at cqemetuchen@gmail.com for more information.
  •                  In 500 Words or Less:  On Sunday February 10 at 1 PM in the Metuchen High School auditorium, CQE and the Metuchen Guidance Department will co-sponsor a free screening of In 500 Words or Less, an important documentary film about the college admissions process. The film is open to the entire community--parents, students, grandparents, etc. To learn more about the documentary, visit: http://www.in500wordsorless.com/.
  •                CQE/MHS Alumni College Day:  On Monday May 20, alumni from the MHS Classes of 2011 and 2012 will return to their alma mater to speak to their former schoolmates about the challenges, rewards and realities of college life.  More information will follow on how the alumni can get involved and how adults can volunteer to help at our 7th annual Alumni College Day.
  •          CQE Scholarship:  Over the last two years, CQE has awarded over $1500 in scholarships to Metuchen High School graduates at Senior Convocation in June.  For more information about the scholarship, please see: http://metuchencqe.org/cqe-scholarship-application/

To learn more about Citizens for Quality Education (CQE) and the benefits of membership, please see our Website at www.metuchencqe.org.  Click on "Join CQE" for a membership form.

Raconteur Ventures Presents A Discussion/Screening/Q&A 

Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (

$20 @ the Hamilton Stage in Rahway)

THIS FRIDAY -- 8 PM, Fri, Jan 4 

Featuring an on stage conversation with director Eric Zala, star Chris Strompolous, and author Alan Eisentock, whose brand new bookRaiders! chronicles Chris and Eric's amazing adolescent adventure remaking their favorite film. 

Raiders of the Lost Ark returns to the big screen, the much awaited BluRay box set is released, and a brand new book, Alan Eisenstock'sRaiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made hits the shelves, which means it's the perfect time to see the homemade cult sensation Spielberg himself calls "hugely imaginative!" and meet the boys behind it. 

After seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, three 12 year old friends, Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb, began filming their own shot-by-shot adaptation in the backyards of their Mississippi homes. 

The Metuchen Arts Council is sponsoring a bus trip to McCarter Theatre in Princeton to see CINDERELLA performed by the State Ballet Theatre of Russia on Sunday, January 20th.

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia has become a favorite of American audiences. Based in the city of Veronezh, this company of 50 returns to McCarter Theatre with a new production of the ballet classic Cinderella, set to the familiar Prokofiev score and choreographed by Vladimir Vasiliev, a legendary figure in Soviet dance and one-time premier danseur with the Bolshoi Ballet.

Tickets to the January 20th performance are $55, which includes a ticket to the ballet and round-trip bus fare. 

The bus leaves the Metuchen Senior Center parking lot, located at 15 Center Street, at 12:00 noon on and arrives in Princeton's Palmer Square at 1:00 p.m. for lunch and shopping.  The bus leaves Palmer Square for McCarter Theatre at 2:30 p.m. for a 3:00 p.m. performance.  The bus returns to Metuchen at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Seating is limited.  For reservations call Nancy Goldberg at (732)632-8502 or ngoldber@metuchen.com

St Luke's Bible Challenge This Winter Accepting Participants

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January Events Announced at Neve Shalom

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From Neve Shalom:

The Robert J. and Deborah A. Chalfin Family Foundation, Inc. Lecture presents GEORGE VECSEY - AMERICAN LIVES:  NY Times sports columnist discusses "Loving our country through the careers of others" at Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen, NJ on Friday, January 18, 2013 - 7:30pm. Services followed by talk and refreshments. George Vecsey has written about such events as the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics and on a wide variety of sports including tennis, football, basketball, hockey, soccer, and boxing, but considers baseball, the sport he's covered since 1960. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including "Baseball: A History of American's Favorite Game" and "Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter", with American country singer Loretta Lynn. Vecsey has also serviced as a national and religion reporter for The New York times, interviewing the Dalai Lama, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and other noteworthy figures.  In addition to assisting Loretta Lynn, Vecsey has also helped several other celebrities and high-profile figures write their autobiographies, including country singer, Barbara Mandrell, and Chinese human rights activist, Harry Wu. For more information contact Hazzan Levin - can2r11@aol.com or 732-548-2238 ext. 14.



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