February 2013 Archives


The Friends of the Metuchen Library, a non-profit organization that supports the Metuchen Public Library,  is sponsoring a library fundraiser on Sunday March 3.  "An Afternoon with Andrew McCarthy," star of stage and screen and travel writer, promises to be a compelling and insightful event and not to be missed!

McCarthy will make a presentation based on his recent memoir -- "The Longest Way Home" --  about his travel adventures and the life lessons they have brought him. (Of course, if you came of age in the 1980s, McCarthy is best remembered as a member of "The Brat Pack" - falling in love with Molly Ringwald in "Pretty in Pink" and breaking Ally Sheedy's heart in "St. Elmo's Fire" among many others.   

The purpose of this event is to raise funds to support enhancements to the Metuchen Public Library.   

A VIP meet-and-greet at 1pm will precede McCarthy's presentation at 2pm at the gorgeous new social center of the Presbyterian Church on Woodbridge Avenue and books will be available for sale at this time. Tickets are on sale at Marafiki Fair Trade on New Street, at the Metuchen Library or through the Friends website.

Metuchen Matters asked both the Metuchen police and the school district for statements regarding the arrest of Kenneth J. Christensen, booked on February 24th, in Essex County Department of Corrections. The arrest and subsequent investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (http://arrestfiles.org/publicinfo/kenneth-j-christensen)

Officer Dave Liantonio, the press contact for the Metuchen Police force, issued this as the official police statement: "The crossing guard was stationed at Main Street at Brunswick Avenue. He started in September of 2012 after his application was reviewed and he received training. His background check was clear and there was nothing in his past history to indicate a problem. He was terminated last week upon being arrested by the FBI. Any statements or questions, in terms of what actually occurred or his charges would have to be answered by the FBI as his arrest and any crimes committed occurred outside of the Borough of Metuchen."

When asked about the investigation, Superintendent of Schools Vincent Caputo made the following statement: "The administration and Board of Education are obviously concerned about the FBI arrest and the nature of the charges. We are monitoring the developments and will work closely with law enforcement officials if requested."

The US State Attorney's office issued further information.

Andrew McCarthy March 3rd Fllyer

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Edgar School Donation Drive - March 12th

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Spring is right around the corner...

Time to clean out the closets!

The Edgar PTO is sponsoring a DONATION DRIVE

Items can be dropped off in the GYM on Tuesday,

March 12 from 2:30-7:00 PM

We will be collecting:

  • all clothing (men's, women's, children's)
  • pocketbooks, belts, ties, scarves, gloves
  • any fabric household items (linens, bedding, pillows, draperies, towels etc.)
  • stuffed animals
  • soft toys
  • hard toys that can fit in a 24"x 24"x 21" box
  • shoes (please bag separately)
  • Baby accessories

We cannot accept books,VCR tapes, CDs, furniture. 

****  Please place all items in

securely tied plastic bags ****

Items can also be dropped off at our PTO meeting on March 11 at 7:30PM.

Receipts will be available for tax purposes.


Team Academic Award from NSCAA for MHS Soccer Players

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From the Superintendent's Office:
Both the boys and girls soccer teams have earned the Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.  Metuchen High School is one of only 51 schools in the nation where both the boys and the girls teams received this honor.  To qualify for this award, the high school team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 (on 4.0 scale) for the entire academic year.  Head coaches Ken Graf and Val Gazda are extremely proud of this long running tradition of excellence on and off the playing field.
Official Results of the 2nd Annual Brainy Borough Chili Challenge....
(drum roll...)

 "Sweathog Award" for Hottest Chili - Billy Seccombe
3rd Place People's Choice - Junior BIL Members
2nd Place People's Choice - Lauren Kane
Judges' Honorable Mention: John AbbottGeorge Laday
1st PLACE PEOPLE'S CHOICE - Jeanne Coppola Giarratano
And congratulations to the 50/50 winner who is generously donating back $100 of his winnings!!!

Many, many thanks to ALL the chefs (every one of them was worthy of an award, as evidenced by the close voting), our 'celebrity' judges Dorothy Rasmussen (Borough Council), Lorraine Mulligan (YMCA & Metuchen Savings Bank), Moshe Atzbi (Hailey's Harp), and Rich Pearsall & Becky Seely (last year's winners). AND THE HUGEST THANKS TO Kathi Pearsall for chairing the event this year - she did a great job!

THIS WEEKND AT THE FORUM: Lincoln and Andrew McCarthy

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This Weekend On Our Screen 
Academy Award Winning Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is...LINCOLN
Director:Steven Spielberg Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn and Tommy Lee Jones
Friday @ 7:30 Saturday @ 4:30 & 7:30  In 1865, as the American Civil War winds inexorably toward conclusion, U.S. president Abraham Lincoln endeavors to achieve passage of the landmark constitutional amendment which will forever ban slavery from the United States. 
2hrs 30m  www.forumtheatrearts.org   732.548.5600

Sunday March 3 Friends of the Metuchen Library Fundraiser benefiting the Metuchen Public Library Andrew McCarthy Author Presentation At 2pm
$12 per ticket $40 one ticket+meet&greet $75 two tickets+meet&greet New Jersey native Andrew McCarthy has appeared in dozens of films, including The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Joy Luck Club, Mulholland Falls, Pretty in Pink, St. Elmos Fire, Less Then Zero, Weekend At Bernies and Mannequin.  Andrew is an award-winning travel writer. He is an editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler and has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Travel+Leisure, National Geographic Adventure, and others. Hes won awards from both the Society of American Travel Writers and North American Travel Journalists Association. He has three times been cited for notable work in the Best American Travel Writing series. His memoir is THE LONGEST WAY HOME. Tickets can be purchased online at www.FOTML.org, in person at the Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue, or at Marafiki Fair Trade, 20 New Street. Buy the Book at the Metuchen Public Library. Meet and Greet will
 occur at 1 p.m. the day of the event.

Register for Jumebug TODAY! It'S ON!

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Calling All Artists!

6th Annual Metuchen Junebug ArtFest Seeks Participants

Registration Deadline: April 15th


Visual and performing artists working in all media are invited to take part in the annual Metuchen Junebug ArtFest. This month-long celebration fills Metuchen's downtown with art lovers and reinforces this Central New Jersey community as a vibrant home for the arts.


Now celebrating its 6th year, Junebug Artfest has grown in both numbers of attendees and participating artists.The festival is held each Friday night in June from 6-10 p.m., and features a wide array of open air exhibits, interactive art events, open mic sessions, and live music performances.

How Do I Register?


Artists who would like to participate in the June 2013 event must register before April 15th to reserve a spot:

  • Visual Artists, Art Institutions, Painters, Sculptors, Fine Craftspeople -- CLICK HERE
  • Writers & Performers: Musicians, Dancers, Actors, Open Mic -- CLICK HERE

Online registration is preferred for this event. If for some reason you cannot register online, please email the chamber office at metuchen.chamber@verizon.net for a papejunebug picr entry form.



The "Brainy Boro" - Metuchen NJ - has been a mecca for artists of every discipline for more than a century. Sponsored by the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce and the Metuchen Cultural Arts Commission, the Junebug ArtFest reflects the Borough's commitment to nurturing all forms of creativity.

Nails in the Wall Presents RoundTable Sunday April 7th

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Nails in the Wall, the Gallery @ St. Luke's, 17 Oak Ave., Metuchen, will host a Round Table Discussion at the gallery Sunday, April 7, 12 noon - 1:30pm.  Participating in the discussion will be the five women artists whose work is in the current exhibit WINDOWS on HEAVEN:  Contemporary Icons.  Titled "...and find in them, not bonds, but wings," the Round Table will invite the iconographers to discuss their work with icons, what influenced them to paint in this style, and to engage in conversation together about their very different approaches to this form,

Christina SajChristine Hale SimeoneauSybilArchibald, and Suzanne Schleck will be present for the discussion; SandyMezinis will participate from Florida, via a Skype connection. 

The discussion is free and open to the public.


Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting for Empire Asian Fusion Saturday Night

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Grand Opening and official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at Empire Asian Fusion at 11:00 AM. Representatives from the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce will be joined by Metuchen Mayor Thomas Vahalla as we welcome Howard You and Jackie You to the Metuchen business community.

There will be a complimentary food tasting from 11:00-12:00 PM followed immediately by lunch and dinner service until 11:00 PM. All members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend the event as we celebrate with the business owners!

Proprietors Howard You and Jackie You and the entire staff of Empire Asian Fusion promise to greet you with the warmest welcome, whether you are a habitual patron or come for the first time. "We have made painstaking efforts to create the tidiest and cleanest dining place, and guarantee you with friendly and timely service. All of your demands and feelings will be cared for in our restaurant."

For your convenience, they accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and of course, Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce gift certificates. 

Edgar School Career Day Big Hit With Students

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On February 6, 2013, the students in grade 6 at Edgar Middle School were able to learn from and interact with a professionals from all different careers who shared stories, experiences, and insights on their experiences in the working world.  The students were in awe of the professionals, a group that included former Metuchen Chief of Police Jim Keane, former Rutgers University football standout Shawn Tucker, and Event Planner Rachel Reinhart.

Referring to student favorite Shawn Tucker, sixth grader Julia Memory commented that "His turning around something bad that happened into something positive was a great message about being flexible in the real world." Such lessons resonated throughout the day, especially as the students discovered that their shop teacher is a former federal agent!

The knowledge the students were able to gain from the Career Day included the importance of learning how to communicate with others, which Ernst and Young's Gary Horowitz emphasized, along with the ability to read and write properly.  The students also noted that professionals Rachel Reinhart, Ed Paulmenn, and Peter Cammarano encouraged the students to follow their hearts and choose a career that they feel they would love to do everyday.

All the professionals who participated in the Edgar Middle School Career Day:

Gary Horowitz: Executive Director Tax Services, Ernst and Young
Shawn Tucker: Assistant Athletic Director for Student Athlete Development, Rutgers University
Chief Jim Keane: Former Chief of Police, Metuchen Police Department
Vincent Caputo: Superintendent of Schools, Metuchen School District
Rachel Reinhart: Event Planner, TCNJ
Gerard Wansor: Food Technologist, IFF
Dr. James Coromilas: Head of Cardiology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center
Peter Cammarano: Former Chief of Staff for Governor Richard Codey and Metuchen Borough Councilman
Ed Paulmenn: Mechanic/Owner, Phoenix Autoworks
Sonia Dawson: Technical Marketing Manager, Croda
Frank Jones: Former Federal Agent and Woodshop Teacher, Edgar Middle School
Dean Butler: Production Manager, CBS Sports

SAVE THE DATE! Fuce5K June 16th

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Save the Date

The 2013 Fuce 5K Event
The Fifth Annual
Fuce 5K Family Fun Run/Walk

will be held on

Sunday, June 16, 2013
Race Starts at 8:30am
(Rain or Shine!)
7:00 - 8:00am
Metuchen High School
Metuchen,  New Jersey

Pedestrian Safety Town Meeting Monday NIGHT at Boro Hall

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From Irene Morris-Nann and the Municipal Alliance:

The Attached Marijuana Fact sheet was designed by our Municipal Alliance Youth Alliance members as well as the supporting Main Street banner. They developed the idea on their own and worked as an amazing team of young people to do the research, gain community support and last night received a Marijuana Awareness Month Proclamation at the Council meeting which will be on Display at the Library. Kudos to the Youth Alliance and their Awesome advisor Kathy Liss.

Check the next page for the flyer. . . 


Support MHS for Disney Trip Fundraiser March 2nd

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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 and can be purchased by contacting Lewis Levy at aquicksign@optonline.net or call 732.259-0500.  (If available, tickets can be purchased at the door.)

PTO Comedy Night SOLD OUT!

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If you have any questions about Comedy Night, please contact Teresa Zeng or Kelley Jacques:


On Sunday March 10, 2013 at 2 PM, there will be an Open Mic at the Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue, for all Metuchen residents (grades 6-12) interested in sharing their work.

The program will be hosted by journalist Jana Siciliano (Metuchen Matters) and will include some of the students from her The Write Stuff writing workshop. ALL musicians, writers, poets, filmmakers, comedians, painters, sculptors, etc. are encouraged to share their art!  If you'd like to take part in the Open Mic, please write KLiss@Lmxac.org or info@metuchenmatters.com.   The Open Mic is free and open to everyone who wishes to attend.  Refreshments will be served and are paid for by the Friends of the Metuchen Library.

From the Superintendent:

"We're excited to announce that a team from Edgar Middle School has applied to the Follett Challenge, a program run by Follett to recognize and reward schools for their work applying technology, content and creativity in ways that engage students, foster literacy and promote critical thinking.  Six winning schools will be awarded with the cash-equivalent of a total of $200,000 worth of products and services.

As part of the competition, Roseann Misrahi and Jane Brown created a short video about their Graphic Biography project.  The video is now posted on the Follett Challenge website for the public to vote for their favorite school.  30% of the school's total entry is determined by the number of votes its video receives.

The public will vote until March 15th for the school with the best video overview about their library program.  Edgar's submission is available on the Follett Challenge website under the "View Entries" tab at the following link http://www.follettchallenge.com/video.cfm?id=327

After registering, please go back and vote for our school once per day !!.

The Follett Challenge winners will be notified by April 5, 2013.  To cast your vote or learn more about the Follett Challenge, visit www.follettchallenge.com

The Graphic Biography project is a literacy technology project for students in 5th grade at Edgar Middle School that asks students to explore the life of a famous person.  The purpose of the project is to teach students how to acquire new knowledge even if they know nothing about a particular topic.

Metuchen Chamber Golf Outing May 6th - save the date!

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21st Annual 
Golf Outing 
DATE: Monday, May 6, 2013


Metuchen Golf & Country Club
244 Plainfield Road
Edison, NJ



Registration                7:45 am

Breakfast                    til 9:00

Shotgun Start             9:15

BBQ Lunch Buffet      2:30

Door Prizes/Awards  3:30


To see rates & sponsorship opportunities, see below or click here:

February 23rd at Hamilton Stage: Poet Paul Muldoon

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8 PM, Sat. Feb 23

Live Music/Author Reading/On Stage Conversation/Audience Q&A

$20 @ the Hamilton Stage

Described by The Times Literary Supplement as "the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War," the Pulitzer Prize winning, self-described "prince of the quotidian," Paul Muldoon, writes poems filled with meaty unpronounceables and querulous urgencies. His many published collections, include the upcoming Word on the Street: Rock Lyrics and the recent Maggot, a raucous mix of rot and the erotic that led one critic to label it a "thrilling, wild, fairground ride, with few let-ups for the squeamish." Late of Oxford (where he was Poetry Chair), Muldoon now lives in the United States, where he is a professor at Princeton University; Chair of the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts; and Poetry Editor of The New Yorker.

Muldoon's poems are musical, with half an ear to Yeats's ballad-singing porter drinkers and half to Cole Porter--and quite of few of them double as rock songs, performed by Wayside Shrines. Their themes are the classic themes of song: lost love, lost wars, Charlton Heston, barbed wire, pole dancers, cellulite, Hegel, elephants, Oedipus, more barbed wire, Buddy Holly, Jersey peaches, Julius Caesar, Trenton, and, of course, cockatoos.

Reading and performing with his band, The Wayside Shrines, Muldoon will also participate in an on stage conversation, an audience Q&A, and a lobby meet and greet.

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a police officer? 

The Metuchen Police Department will be conducting a 13-week "CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY" program for Borough residents beginning March 4th 2013 at 6:30pm at Borough Hall. Classes will be held every Monday night.

This interactive program is designed to educate borough residents about department procedures, guidelines, responsibilities, and demands of personnel that guide police decision-making. Some of the topics that will be covered include: An overview of the Department's organization and structure, recruitment and training, and the roles and responsibilities of the various divisions and sections. In addition, participants will be given an opportunity to "ride along" with a patrol officer and experience a firearms training simulation.

The Citizen Police Academy is open to Borough Residents, business owners, and school faculty within the Borough of Metuchen who are over the age of 18 and who successfully complete a background investigation.  PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS CLASS IS NOT A TRAINING COURSE TO BECOME A SWORN POLICE OFFICER.

If this sounds like something that might interest you, please contact Sgt. David Liantonio at (732) 632-8550. Class Size is Limited.

Please note that the Citizen Police Academy does not have any physical fitness requirements. Furthermore, this program is intended to offer residents an insight into the Metuchen Police Department. This is not an actual police academy.


It is always a welcome time when Metuchen entrepreneurs open a new business in town . . . and surely something to be celebrated! Lollipopland Metuchen is your one-stop shop for gifts and favors made with candy and lollipops - imagine a teacher's joy at receiving yummy treats beautifully packaged at the end of a hard year or the look on your birthday baby's face when these delightful packages show up as favors for the friends who come to the party! Owned by two local moms, Michelle Schutz and Denice Quinn, Lollipopland Metuchen is here to stay. See what the ladies who own the lollipops told us about their thriving business:

MM: What inspired Lollipopland Metuchen?

Denice: Michelle and I have talked about the idea for a while. We decided to display our work at the Metuchen Country Fair. Our products were so positively received, we took the leap and took the idea to the next level. I love to be challenged and to start new ventures.

MM: What are the services you are offering at this time?

Michelle: We provide favors, centerpieces and gifts made with candy and lollipops. We can also provide candy tables for your event.

Since we pride ourselves on creating unique pieces for each client, potentially our services are endless.

MM: What's the best part about being a small business owner right here in your own town?

A: Denice - As a mom, I am very lucky to be home when my kids get off the bus from school each day. However, the "NY" in me is always looking for "more". Starting this business has given me the chance to work outside of the house and be in the workforce, however, it is on my own time schedule.

A:  Michelle - I have a very creative and strong personalitity coming from the Islands, and i'm very independent and i always wanted to put my creativity to good use. I also wanted to show my kids that i can be a great mom and still own my business. The kids have had  a lot of input in the beginning stages of the business. Denice's son helped by coming up with the name, Lollipop Land, and my daughter and husband designed the logo.

MM: Why was it important for you to take an office in Metuchen and make this the touchstone for your business?

Denice and Michelle:  We love Metuchen and all it has to offer. We are lucky to live in a town that has local businesses and have been able to keep the big chains out. We support local businesses. We provide quality and profesional products and services, so we are confident the residents of Metuchen will support us."

Check out the Lollipopland Metuchen ad on the right and click through for information on their array of services and ordering instructions.

Happy Valentine's Day, Metuchen!

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At the Board of Education meeting on February 12th, Mary Lou Roma, District Supervisor ten years running for the Language program, presented the final report on the World Language education program in the Metuchen school district. It was a very comprehensive report and can be found on the district website. Take a look and see the results of the survey which ran on the District website throughout the last marking period (http://www.metuchenschools.org/metuchen/Announcements/World%20Language%20Task%20Force%20Presentation%20February%2012%2C%202013.pdf)

Here are the results of the "Parent/Community Survey":

            AP designation was listed as "Extremely Important" by 37% of respondents

            "Honors" designation was listed as "Extremely Important" by 40% of respondents

            A desire to travel was listed as the strongest motivator for 50% of respondents

            40.5 % of respondents would like students to study multiple languages

            Job Opportunities was reported as the #1 gain from studying a world language               (93.4%)

         59% of respondents felt the Metuchen Community was represented by the current World Language Program


   95% of respondents studied a world language in school    Personal Benefits from study of a world language were:

·       Broader view of the world

·       Interactions with people

·       Increased tolerance

·       Success in a global economy

·       Job opportunities

·       Improved test scores

            59% of respondents felt the Metuchen Community was represented by the current World Language Program

Save the Date for MEF Fundraiser in April

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7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

The Metuchen Inn

Middlesex Avenue




Neve Shalom Purim Events February 23rd

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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 February 23, 2013 - 10:15 - 11:45am for students grades 2-6 and their families. For more information, contact Hazzan Levin - 732-548-2238 ext. 14 or can2r11@aol.com.

Neve Shalom of Metuchen will be holding Purim Services on Saturday Evening, February 23, 2013 - 6:30pm. Partial Megillah reading for families. Lots of noise and prizes for kids with teen readers. At 6:30pm, there will be a complete Megillah reading for adults and kids. Sunday Morning, February 24, 2013 - 9:00am a complete Megillah reading for adults and kids. BREAKFAST WITH THE PURIM CHARACTERS, and a delicious pancake breakfast at Neve Shalom, Sunday, February 24 at 10:00am made by our Neve Shalom Men's Club. Have your child's picture taken with Ester, Mordecai, Haman, the King and other Purim characters. The program is perfect for everyone ages 2-92. No reservations required, free breakfast. The program includes a performance of the new Purim Shpiel AVENUE SHU - shan written and directed by Hazzan Levin, music from Avenue Q and Sesame Street performed by Neve Shalom members and puppets. For more information, contact Hazzan Levin, 732-548-2238, ext. 14.

This year Mrs. Susan Canter, UL Teacher at Campbell School and gifted/talented expert, has been chosen by New Jersey Association for Gifted Children to be honored for her remarkable achievements in her field.

On Friday, March 8, 2013, the NJAGC will hold its annual Awards Celebration in conjunction with the Annual Conference at the Hotel Somerset-Bridgewater in Somerset, NJ from 6:30-8:30. If you would like to celebrate Mrs. Canter's years of service with our school district, you can join the fun by contacting the conference staff at njagcmail@gmail.com.

Congratulations to Mrs. Canter!

Learn to Crochet at the Metuchen Public Library March 10th

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Adult are invited to learn to crochet in three easy lessons at the Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue. The three session workshop will meet on Sunday March 10 from 2 PM until 3:30 PM, and then on Tuesday, March 12 and Thursday March 14 from 7 PM until 8:30 PM.  Participants will complete a simple project using several basic stitches, such as single, double, half-double and triple crochet. Hooks and yarn will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Metuchen Public Library. The workshop is open to Metuchen residents only. For more information or to register for the class, call the Library on 732.632.8526.   

NOW-NJ PAC Endorses Buono in Gubernatorial Run

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From NOW-NJ:

The NOW-NJ Political Action Committee (PAC) is pleased to announce its endorsement, by unanimous vote, of Senator Barbara Buono for Governor.

A tireless champion for women's rights, Senator Barbara Buono's proven record in the legislature demonstrates her long-standing commitment to women, families, and workers in the Garden State. While Chris Christie has waged a relentless war against women by cutting funds for basic family planning and health services and rejecting an increase in the minimum wage, Senator Buono has courageously defended women's rights, public education, and public sector unions.

Experienced and well-qualified, Senator Buono brings more than a message of compassion, hope, and respect for women and working people in New Jersey--she is a fierce defender of women's rights and economic justice. She has been willing to put her own career on the line to defend what is right and fair. New Jersey needs this brand of courage in these hard economic times and to counter the efforts of the current administration to undermine the basic rights of women in the Garden State.

The feminist candidate and the people's candidate, Senator Buono stands strong behind and stands up in support of economic justice, women's rights, equality of opportunity, reproductive rights, funding for women's health services, and marriage equality. NOW-NJ proudly and enthusiastically endorses her gubernatorial candidacy as representative of our ideals and the future of New Jersey.

Death By Improv at To Be Continued on Main Street

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A message from the Officers of Citizens for Quality Education:

On Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 1 PM, the public is invited to a FREE screening of the award-winning film In 500 Words or Less in the auditorium of the Metuchen High School, 400 Grove Avenue. Parents of students in grade 7-12, students and all others who are interested in learning about preparing for and applying to college nowadays should attend.

The free screening is co-sponsored by the Metuchen Citizens for Quality Education and the Metuchen High School Guidance and Counseling Department. Light refreshments will be served during a short intermission.  For anyone interested in staying after the film, "A Conversation with Ms.Tiffany Goodson" will follow, a Q & A session with the Supervisor of Guidance for the Metuchen Schools.  Doors open at 12:45 PM. Please feel free to forward this email to interested friends.

MEF Fundraiser: Give & Take Jugglers at Campbell FREE Sunday

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Tonight on Channel 2 News at 11 PM Metuchen's new pedestrian flag plan will be discussed by, among others, Transportation Committee head Tyreen Reuter and Councilwoman Dorothy Rasmussen. The program will be a test program instituted at two difficult intersections -- Middlesex and Oak and Main and Lincoln - so stay tuned. Here's some info about the program from Tyreen:

At the February 4, 2013 Metuchen Borough Council Meeting, a resolution was passed to begin test trials of Pedestrian Flags in the Borough.  Below is background about this initiative.  The test flags will hopefully be available for use sometime this month.

In 2012, two Metuchen residents contacted the Traffic & Transportation Committee with a suggestion that we look into the possibility of using Pedestrian Flags at some of our crosswalks.  The residents had seen them used elsewhere effectively, and wondered if they might be possible here.  The committee looked into other municipalities where these were used, contacted Keep Middlesex Moving regarding their use in New Jersey, coordinated with Metuchen Police Chief Rentenberg, and is now recommending that the Borough begin test trials of the flags, first piloting them in two locations.  If they meet with success, we could expand the program.  Since these are very inexpensive and can be used on borough, county, or state roads, we felt it was worth trying them.  

The idea behind the Pedestrian Flag is to provide a tool that a pedestrian can use to gain the attention of an approaching motorist.  With the aid of a brightly colored flag that can be held out in front of the pedestrian and/or waved, the pedestrian is better able to attract the attention of a driver.  They are ideally suited for crosswalks in areas where there is a long straightaway or that are not already controlled by a traffic signal, stop sign, or other traffic control device.  A supply of flags are kept in containers positioned at each end of the crosswalk - the pedestrian takes one, signals with it, crosses, and then replaces it in the bucket on the other side.  Many municipalities call this a "Take it to Make it" program, or even "Wave a Flag for Safety."

Write a Letter and Save the Rutgers Geology Museum

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MM received this information this morning from Rutgers. Campbell students make an annual pilgrimage to the Geology Museum for a wondrous and wonderful afternoon, meeting, among other things, the Egyptian sarcophagus that they can get up close and personal with -- and now the geology museum is in danger of being dismantled. Take a moment and send a note about how much your child or your class has enjoyed visiting the museum and do your part to keep it running! Thanks!

From Earth Sciences at Rutgers Museum:

This note is for those who have been to the Rutgers Geology Museum, know of the Rutgers Geology Museum, and wish they knew of the Rutgers Geology Museum. A week ago those running the museum were told the museum will close for good and the collections dismantled. No one saw this coming since the message was delivered from the interim vice chancellor of undergraduate education and not through a discussion about cost saving measures or a need for space, etc.

Just like the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers is a community entity, so too is the Rutgers Geology Museum (http://geologymuseum.rutgers.edu/). For those of you who are unaware of the Rutgers Geology Museum it plays a large role in enlightening the community of the latest research in the Earth and Planetary Sciences through its many outreach events such its 45 year old Annual Open House, famous and rock and mineral sale lectures, school visits, birthday parties, fall and spring geology field hikes, etc. Someone working from within Rutgers may not see all that the museum offers the Rutgers community and the public if they are not made aware of the impacts. This is where you can help. President Barchi needs your letters - email and/or snail mail. 

Here is some information that was provided to me from those at Rutgers that will help you craft a quick note:

 1- the letter should be addressed only to President Barchi with CC to Vice-President Richard Edwards. The reason for writing is that at the recent Rutgers Geology Museum Annual Open House on Saturday January 26th Prof. Olsson made the statement that "the Geology Museum may be closed and dismantled". It is only natural then that you write to the higher authorities at the University.

2- we believe that sending an e-mail to Prof. Barchi followed by regular post mail would be most effective.

Neve Shalom Events THIS WEEKEND

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Neve Shalom Adult Education Committee and the Gilbert and Claudie Hayat Speaker Series present Prof. GARY RENDSBURG of Rutgers University DIALECTIC IN JUDAISM: Differing Viewpoints in the Torah - Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the 9:30am service. Discussion will continue after the Kiddush lunch at Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen. All are invited, free of charge.  For more information, contact Hazzan Levin - 732-548-2238 x 14 or can2r11@aol.com

Neve Shalom 's Men 's Club Presents it 's 1st annual Chili cook off. Come taste the 5 varieteis of different chilis .  Meat and  vegetarian.  The place: Congregation Neve Shalom 250 Grove Avenue, Metuchen , The date: Sunday, February 10, 2013, the Time: 5:00pm.  Only $8.00 per adult person, children 6-13 $4.00 each and under 5 no charge.  Please contact Matt at 908-422-0227 or neveshalommensclub @ gmail . com to make your reservation. 


Metuchen Rec Basketball Clinic Great Success for Girls

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On Saturday, February 2nd, Edgar Middle School Girls Basketball Coach Emily Mertz and members of her seventh and eighth grade team attended the Metuchen Recreation Girls Basketball Clinic.  The middle school team worked with aspiring players in each of the clinic's three sessions:  Grades 1 & 2, Grades 3 & 4, and Grades 5 & 6.  These middle school players, many of which have come through the Recreation Program, demonstrated drills, coached teams, and offered inspiration to these future stars.  Coach Mertz and the Edgar Middle School team is currently undefeated at 10-0.  It was a terrific morning of basketball and community service. 

Black_history_stamps.jpgAt  Nails in the Wall, the gallery at St. Luke's, ONE DAY ONLY, Sunday Feb 10:   "Icons from the Post Office: Collected Black History Commemoratives." 

St. Luke's Parishioner Wanda Garbett has amassed a complete collection of the USPS Black History stamp series. These will be on display in the Nails in the Wall gallery for one day only this Sunday, February 10. from 11am to 1pm.    Ms. Garbett and Deacon Bob Turner will be on hand to discuss the many important figures commemorated in these remarkable pieces, which include famous African Americans from many worlds: the sciences, education, entertainment, sports, government and more.  From Sojourner Truth to James Baldwin, from Benjami Banneker to Thurgood Marshall, from Ella Fitzgerald to Arthur Ashe, these remarkable images offer a walk through 350 years of American history.

MHS Presents SOUTH PACIFIC February 28-March 2

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Metuchen HS senior, Marvic Adoptante, designed the enclosed poster to promote the upcoming show, "South Pacific."

Borough Council to Discuss Pedestrian Signs TONIGHT

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Take a look at the agenda for the Borough Council tonight. They will be discussing, among other things, putting up several pedestrian signs at important intersections in town. If you have something to say, you should go there and let them know. Otherwise, it's live on METV.


Lenten Retreat with Barbara Crafton - Apply Here

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Ash Wednesday Services at St Luke's

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