March 2013 Archives

6th Graders Experience Project Citizen In Life Studies Class

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If any person believes that children are too young to become active participants in their community, they forgot to mention that to some sixth grade students at Edgar Middle School.  On Monday, March 18, 2013, these sixth grade students presented public policies they created in their Life Studies class to distinguished members of the community, their parents, and their peers.

Part of the Life Studies curriculum is a unit called Project Citizen.  The Project Citizen unit teaches students how to become empowered and dynamic citizens in a democracy.  The unit allows the students to gain firsthand experience in dealing with the policymaking process by giving them an opportunity to identify and fix a problem in their community.  These specific students chose to create policies on the issues of underage smoking and pedestrian safety.  The class is taught by EMS teacher, Ken Smith. 

The students looked at different ways to make Metuchen a safer town for all of its citizens.  Being a residential town, Metuchen citizens are constantly on the streets walking around, which can be dangerous if both drivers and pedestrians are not careful when people are walking in the crosswalks.  The students feel the need to re-paint crosswalks yearly and to teach other students how to properly use the newly implemented flags.

The other group of students focused on creating a policy that punished any person under the age of 19 who is caught smoking cigarettes.  Their passion and interest in this problem can be credited in part to the D.A.R.E. program, in which all sixth grade students participate.

In looking at the energy and enthusiasm the students have regarding these issues, it is apparent that Edgar Middle School is breeding a group of concerned citizens, regardless of their age. 

Easter Holiday Events at St. Luke's This Week

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School Board Election Season is upon us, and the Metuchen Citizens for Quality Education (CQE) has begun its annual mission to engage all Metuchen citizens in the electoral process.  Each April, voters are asked to elect three candidates for the School Board, and most importantly, to vote for the budget which ensures the high quality of our schools. Polls at all regular voting stations will be open on Tuesday April 16, 2013 from 2 PM until 9 PM.

CQE believes that voting YES for the budget "is imperative in protecting both the quality of our schools and the value of our real estate properties. Earlier this month, our organization was at the Metuchen High School where thirty-five eligible and interested students were registered to vote.  If you know someone who is eligible but not yet registered to vote in Middlesex County, please alert them to our webpage below."

If getting to the polls may be difficult, CQE urges all voters to consider absentee ballots as a sure and easy way to cast your vote. Anyone may vote by mail with an absentee ballot.  For information and application forms for both voter registration and absentee ballots, please see

Voters will cast their votes for up to three candidates for three open seats on the Board this year. The candidates include incumbents Jonathan Lifton and Rose deVries and newcomers Michael Stern and Erica Doyle. (Although her name will appear on the ballot, Ms. Doyle has withdrawn her candidacy.)

Earth Day Celebration From Metuchen Rec

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What do you think about Co-working space in Metuchen?

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Jason Delia, a Web Developer who lives in town and works from home most days, is proposing a Co-working Space in Metuchen. Great idea for freelancers and work-from-homers who need a good place to work from -- what do you think? As someone who works freelance from home, I LOVE the idea about separating work and home life! Would you use this? Check out their link here.

Here's what Jason told MM about how this came to be:

My family and I moved to Metuchen in 2011. We loved the easily walk-able downtown with its shops and restaurants, easy access to NY via the train and the fantastic school system. We also love the sense of community and have enjoyed the parades, Junebug, the farmers market, the summer concert series and all the other events in town. I can't wait to help coach my son's t-ball team next month.

I've been a Web Developer for over ten years. I can work from anywhere as long as I have my laptop and an internet connection but most days I work from my home office. I'll occasionally try Brewed Awakening or Panera for a change of scene but places like those aren't exactly the ideal working environment. While working remotely full time is fantastic for work-life-balance it is difficult not to feel isolated.

Coworking attempts to solve these problems by bringing together independent individuals like me into one space where we can work on our projects in a professional environment but also share ideas with the other coworkers, quickly get help or ask for a second opinion, or simply network and make business connections.

Brainy Boro Honor Library at Train Station Starts April 1st

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New Jersey Orators Showcased Skills and Issues

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From New Jersey Orators/Jennifer Wilner (Metuchen resident):

On Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Freehold Microsoft Store, four New Jersey Orators were showcased to announce a unique partnership offering between the New Jersey Orators, Inc. (NJO) and KiDz HuB Media Network. Freehold Microsoft Store shoppers heard oratory presentations by Xavier Hargrove, Schyler Hoard, Chad Smith and Makenzie Swann during a two-hour live show produced by KiDz HuB. The four young Orators represented the Lakewood and Freehold Chapters of NJO. The Lakewood Chapter Orators presented poems by Carol Boston. Xavier Hargrove presented the poem "Remember the Bridge" and Orator Makenzie Swann presented the poem "I am the Bridge." Freehold Chapter Orator Schyler Hoard presented dramatic interpretations on the impact of bullying entitled "Why Me" by Shannen Hoskins and "Cyberbullying." And Freehold Chapter Orator Chad Smith presented Thurgood Marshall's speech "Brown vs Board of Education." "It always amazes me when I hear our young Orators perform with such heart and soul." stated NJO Co-Founder, Eloise Samuels. The partnership offering of KiDz HuB and NJO is the first of its kind between the two organizations. As part of the partnership, KiDz HuB intends to highlight the New Jersey Orators organization for their work over the last 28 years in shaping the future of youth in New Jersey.

KiDz HuB has offered a partnership to NJO that would  award four outstanding Orators per month with the opportunity to be heard on the KiDz HuB flagship station, KZUB.  From the partnership, participating Orators will  also have the opportunity to be featured in recorded public service announcements and advertisements that will be aired on KiDz HuB stations. Participating Orators will also have opportunities to be featured in monthly webinars and to receive recognition awards and certificates from KiDz HuB. "We look forward to the partnership and greatly appreciate the extension of KiDz HuB stations, resources and mentors to showcase our Orators." stated New Jersey Orators Co-Founder Jim Hunter.

Edison Wetlands Association Spring Events Scheduled

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Sat. April 13: EWA Earth Day Celebration 
Save the date!  EWA will be hosting our annual Earth Day Celebration at the Triple C Ranch & Nature Center.  Stay tuned for more details! (Rain date: Sunday, April 21)

Sat. May 18: Birding Tour of the Dismal Swamp
An expert birder will lead a group through the uplands and meadows into the woods of the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area to spot as many birds as we can!  Stay tuned for more details! 

New Fencing Classes at Hub City

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From Lauren at Hub City:

Our most popular program, Introduction to Fencing, is a 10 week course that meets once weekly for an hour. It is designed for people with little or no fencing experience and will provide a good foundation for more advanced techniques. During the course, students will learn the basics of footwork, and the rules and techniques for the foil, epee, and sabre weapons. At the conclusion of the course, students choose which weapon they prefer, and join the appropriate group class for that weapon.

Intro to Fencing - Adult will meet on Saturdays at 1pm, starting March 23rd. Intro to Fencing - Youth will meet on Mondays at 6pm, starting March 25th.

The $300 course fee includes the purchase of a brand new glove, mask and jacket for each student. Upgrades are available for this safety equipment at an additional cost. We offer students complimentary use of a club weapon. Please contact us to discuss payment options. Family and group discounts are available.

MHS Band Trip to Disney Great Success for All

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From the Superintendent's Office:

The MHS Music department brought 144 students to Florida's Disney World March 15-18.  Students performed for park visitors as well as attending workshops during their time there. The Marching Band - "The Pride of Metuchen" - paraded down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom on Saturday morning, playing to cheering onlookers. The Chorus and Orchestra both performed at the Innovations outdoor stage at Epcot on Sunday to standing room only audiences.

Band and Orchestra members attended the "You're Instrumental" workshop, a seminar led by a Disney conductor. Students rehearsed and recorded a soundtrack for a Disney animation with the emphasis of always striving for excellence.

Concert Choir members attended the "Disney Sings" workshop where they rehearsed and recorded an excerpt from a Disney animated soundtrack. They also learned audition skills and vocal techniques with guidance from a Disney vocalist.

Color Guard members attended the "Auxiliration" workshop. They rehearsed and performed a simulated Disney special event production, with an instructor who emphasized what it takes to be a member of a dedicated and focused unit.  Each workshop is accredited by the Music Educator's National Conference.

April 13th at Novita -- Laughs with Joe Picolli

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The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce presents the 15th Annual Spring Townwide Garage Sale, Saturday, April 20th, 9am-4pm. Rain date, Sunday, April 21st. This year there will NO Fall garage sale, so make sure to get your items out this spring! Last year over 300 homes registered in this unique, annual event!


Metuchen residents can pick up registration forms at the Metuchen Train Station, Metuchen Public Library, Metuchen Savings Bank, Brewed Awakening, What's The Scoop, Boyt Drugs, or the Chamber Office at 323 Main Street (Across from the Forum Theater.)


Forms can also be downloaded by visiting or The registration deadline to be included in the directory is Friday, April 12th. For more information call (732) 548-2964.


Resume Writing and ACT Exam Practice at Library Over Break

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On Monday, March 25 at 2 pm (during the Metuchen Schools' Spring Break), the Metuchen Public Library will host a free teen resume writing program designed especially for students in 9th through 12th grade. It's never too early to think about how to present yourself on paper for different occasions: for special high school programs, for interviews with prospective colleges, when applying for internships while you are at college, etc. During this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the important components of a good resume and how to explore opportunities that build experience during the teen years. Sample student resumes will be distributed and each participant will have a chance to work in small groups to begin to outline his/her personal resume. You'll leave the workshop equipped to write a resume, which you can use and tailor throughout your high school and college careers.
Please bring paper or a notebook and a pen or pencil. Space is limited. Metuchen residents only. Register by writing the Young Adult Librarian at


During Spring Break, on Wednesday March 27  from 12:30 PM until 4 PM, Kaplan Test Prep will   be at the Metuchen Public Library to offer a FREE practice ACT exam for students in grades 9-  11. Scores and feedback will be provided by email. Space is limited.  Register by writing the Young Adult Librarian at


The current exhibit, by William Seccombe, at the Old Franklin School opened in January 2013 and will remain until the end of March. A special "Open Invitation Sunday" event, which will include a portrait painting demonstration by the artist, is scheduled for Sunday, March 24th from 6-9pm. The free event will be held in the Transformations Gallery at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse.

Seccombe was born and raised in Rochester, NY, and studied illustration under the direction of Bob Dacey at Syracuse University, receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in illustration in 2000. He has also studied academic approaches to painting and drawing at the Art Students League of New York and the New York Academy of Art. His work combines academic realism with a combination of patterning, textures, and a hint of playful theatrics by utilizing vibrant colors and costuming. Seccombe's work as a painter has been hung in various galleries across the United States and has been recognized with multiple awards and honors. He is a member of the renowned Portrait Society of America and the Salmagundi Club in New York City, and currently resides in Metuchen, New Jersey with his wife and young son.

Click through for his opening reception interview . . . 

LIFE OF PI at the ForumThis Weekend

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This Weekend On Our Screen Academy Award Nominated Best Picture...
Directed by Academy Award Winner Ang Lee (This film will NOT be shown in 3D)
Friday @ 7:30 Saturday 5pm & 7:30 Sunday 2pm

Edgar School Science Team Places Second in Annual Science Bowl

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Science_Bowl2.jpgThe Edgar Middle School Science Team , comprised of 25 students in grades 6-8, finished in Second Place in the St. Joseph's High School Fifth Annual Middle School Science Bowl.   The EMS Team finished in first place after the written portion of the competition but fell to Highland Park in the buzzer round.   Seventh grade student Kassia Antin was the top Edgar scorer in the written round finishing in third place overall.  Participants in the buzzer round included Kassia Antin, Siri Uppuluri, Anton Popov, and Divij Gupta.  

Pictured:  Team members with EMS Science Teachers John Butler and Judy Graziano

Free ACT Test at Library March 27th

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During Spring Break, on Wednesday March 27 at from 12:30 PM until 4 PM, Kaplan Test Prep will be at the Metuchen Public Library to offer a FREE practice ACT exam for students in grades 9-11. Scores and feedback will be provided by email.

Space is limited.  Register by writing the Young Adult Librarian at

Students should bring #2 pencils and a calculator to the exam. 

Earthsongs Celebrated April 14th

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The Metuchen Parent-Teacher Council wishes to send a sincere and heartfelt thanks to all the people who participated to make the 2013 Comedy Night fundraiser such a huge success.

The event, which is the major fundraiser for the school system every year, brought in $32,696, which will be used for various needs in the four public schools in Metuchen.  Co-chairs Teresa Zeng and Kelly Jaques put together an amazing team that really worked hard to ensure a fun time for all participants, including some local comedians. They should all be congratulated on this enormous success.

Edgar's Beauty and the Beast Scores Huge Success

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beautybeast.jpgFrom the Superintendent's Office:
The Edgar Middle School production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast delighted audiences for three performances during the weekend of March 8-10.  The play was directed by Mrs. Karen Logan with musical direction from Mrs. Stefeny Krombholz.  The cast consisted of 37 seventh and eighth graders.

Pictured from left to right:  Alex Brooks (as Cogsworth), Sebastian Zuniga (as Lumiere), Sam Battaglia (as the Beast), Jon Michael Manzo (as Chip), Jazmynn Perez (as Belle) and Sara Harpster (as Mrs. Potts).

The Board of Directors of the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce award recipients for the 60th Annual Installation Reception & Awards Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2013. The event will be held at The Pines Manor, located at 2085 Route 27 in Edison, from 6:00 - 8:30 pm. Tickets are $60 per person.

Officers for 2013 have been elected and will be officially sworn in at the ceremony. The officers are President Judie Crawford of Keller Williams Elite, Realtors, Vice President Steve Epstein of Boro Ace Hardware, Treasurer Lou Novia of Metuchen Savings Bank, and Secretary Richard Topping of Topping the Web.

Awards will be presented to Organization of the Year: 2012 Junebug ArtFest Committee, Citizen of the Year: Tyreen Reuter, and Chamber Distinguished Service Award: Lou Novia of Metuchen Savings Bank.

For more information or to make a reservation to attend the 60th Annual Installation Reception & Awards Ceremony, please contact theMetuchen Area Chamber of Commerce at 732-548-2964 or at


A Special Announcement from local author Jon D'Amore:

I'm doing a SPECIAL READING & SIGNING of THE BOSS ALWAYS SITS IN THE BACK at TO BE CONTINUED BOOKSTORE in METUCHEN (431 Main Street, 08840, 732.902.6720, ) on SATURDAY, MARCH 16th at 6PM. Even if you've been to a BOSS reading before, this one is going to be different and very special! PLUS...a free gift you're guaranteed to enjoy will be included with all purchases of the book.

Billy Secombe at the Transformations Gallery March 24th

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Andrew Wolfenson Appears at To Be Continued . . . Saturday

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At To Be Continued . . . 4:30pm until 5:30pm On Saturday, March 16th
  • Andrew Wolfenson will be selling and signing copies of his new book, "In His Own Defense"
    Exposing the boundaries of the Attorney-Client Privilege -- Attorneys spend their lives defending others, but they never expect that they will be forced to defend themselves, especially against a false murder accusation. In a novel which explores and exposes the boundaries of the attorney-client privilege, Eric, a New Jersey attorney, finds himself caught in a web of sex and murder, and must travel to Brazil in order to find the one person who can clear his name. Eric is joined by a transplanted American architect and his free-spirited, exhibitionist Brazilian girlfriend, and the international chase takes him through the streets and nightclubs of Sao Paulo. Police from both the U.S. and Brazil are searching for Eric, adding extra urgency to his quest to clear his name.
Bach's St. John Passion at St. Luke's on March 17 at 4 pm.
The Thirteen, New Jersey's newest professional chamber choir, under the direction of Matthew Robertson, returns to St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Metuchen with this seasonal masterwork as its third concert of the four-concert season..  A talk entitled "Music, Text and Anti-Semitism in the Gospel of John" by Ronald Young, Th.D.  will precede the concert at 3pm.  Tickets for $20 adults, $10 seniors/students.  Reserve a place by calling 732-548-4308

Gold and Canter Celebrated for Exceptional Careers

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From the Superintendent's Office:
Debbie Gold, a paraprofessional, who works at Edgar Middle School with Special Needs students, was named Paraprofessional of the Year.  She was acknowledged for her commitment to her work which can be, at times, both difficult and demanding.  Supervisor of Special Services Robert Capra called her "a model for other districts as to what a paraprofessional could and should be."   


The Board also recognized Susan Canter, teacher at Campbell School, for being named Educator of the Year by the New Jersey Association for Gifted Children.  Superintendent Vincent Caputo read the Mission Statement of the NJAGC: "The association promotes excellence and leadership in gifted education through appropriate programs, resource networks, and community advocacy," and congratulated Ms. Canter for her dedication to gifted and talented children in the Metuchen School District.


One of my favorite places in NJ, the awesomely atmospheric Rutgers Geology Museum (see picture below), has agreed to host the release party for my new novel, The Rapscallion Club: An Archeological Adventure for All Ages.

And guess what? You're invited!

Book Release Party: The Rapscallion Club! A rip-roaring adventure novel by yours truly!


7 PM, Weds. April 3

Refreshments! Door Prizes! Entertainment!

FREE! All Ages!

The Rutgers Geology Museum (Old Queens Campus, Rutgers College, New Brunswick)

Please RSVP

What do French fry contests, bullet ants, and the lost art of umbrella combat have in common with dead pirates, island treasure and an excoriated Titanic survivor named Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon? A ten year old boy from New Jersey finds out when he travels to Peru by way of an underground tunnel that magically connects the cellar of his house to the basement of the South American Explorers Club, an eccentric and possibly haunted establishment chock-a-block with bones, stones, tusks and teeth.

The Rapscallion Club has already gotten a good deal of advance praise from authors like Lev Grossman (The Magician King), Glen David Gold (Carter Beats the Devil), Arthur Phillips (The Tragedy of Arthur), and Patrick McDonnell (Mutts, Me...Jane). World Fantasy Award Winner John Crowley (Little, Big) called it, "A witty and inventive tale that smart kids, and kids who want to be smarter, will love to read and make other people read too." It's been compared to Proust, TinTin, and Calvin & Hobbes; and one blurb described it as "Johnny Quest meets The Royal Tenenbaums," which seems to me as apt a description as any.

So if drinking chicha morada and chomping churros in front of the monstrous tusked skeleton of a mounted mastadon, while champion fencers demonstrate the sweeping prise de fer, baleful bagpipers blow out the Bonnie Banks, and hobo prince Shayfer James unveils and plays a handful of original songs directly inspired by the book, is your idea of a good time, well, what can I say? Join the club!

Illustrated with fifty vintage engravings, TRC additionally includes a temporary club tattoo, an official membership card, and one removable, fold-out map.

Books on sale at the event (natch), as well as TRC buttons, t-shirts, and working compasses!

Visit, or click HERE, for advance praise, excerpts, and illustrations.

Geological Museum

The Rutgers Geology Museum, Old Queens Campus, Rutgers College (just up the hill from the New Brunwick train station).

Mummies! Minerals! Mastodon! As some of you already know, themuseum, open for almost two centuries, is closing its doors forever in May; don't miss your last chance to check out one of New Jersey's best kept secrets!

Teen Resume Writing Program at the Library March 25th

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On Monday, March 25 (during the Metuchen Schools' Spring Break) at 2 PM, the Metuchen Public Library will host a free teen resume-writing program designed especially for students in 9th through 12th grade. It's never too early to think about how to present yourself on paper for different occasions: for special high school programs, for interviews with prospective colleges, when applying for internships while you are at college, etc. During this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the important components of a good resume and how to explore opportunities that build experience during the teen years. Sample student resumes will be distributed and each participant will have a chance to work in small groups to begin to outline his/her personal resume. You'll leave the workshop equipped to write a resume, which you can use and tailor throughout your high school and college careers. Please bring paper or a notebook and a pen or pencil. Space is limited. Metuchen residents only. Register by writing the Young Adult Librarian at

  • Join us to welcome artist Easton Davy back to Marafiki! There will be live music and an unusual opportunity to watch as a painting is created right here in the shop (live painting will take place around 9:30 p.m.).

    Easton Davy's music-inspired artworks have been collected all over the world for the past 18 years. Easton is also known for his 'live painting' improvisations during jazz performances. This event marks the first in a series of upcoming shows in the US and Europe, culminating with his performance at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, The Netherlands this summer.

    Easton also creates jazz CD covers for Blue Note Records (some of which will be available for sale), and various European jazz labels.

    We hope to see you for what is certain to be an unforgettable evening!

AMOURat the Forum This Weekend

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This Weekend On Our Screen Academy Award Winning Best Foreign Picture...  
Friday @ 7:30  Sunday 2PM   ( Please note there are no showings Saturday March 16 due to a private event)   Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested. With towering performances and an unflinching script from Michael Haneke, Amour represents an honest, heart wrenching depiction of deep love and responsibility. 2hrs 7m  Tix $10 Seniors 65 and over $9  For more info visit us at   732.548.5600

SHUT UP LITTLE MAN Screening March 22nd at Hamilton Stage

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An Evening with MITCHELL D. & a screening of the documentary SHUT UP, LITTLE MAN!!


8 PM, Fri. March 22

Screening/Q&A/On Stage Conversation/Signing

Featuring an on stage conversation with S.U.L.M. "engineers" Mitchell D. (live) and Eddie Lee Sausage (Skype) and a screening of the acclaimed epic documentary, Shut Up, Little Man: An Audio Adventure, in which they stars.

$20 @ The Hamilton Stage

360 Hamilton St, Rahway, NJ

Click HERE for advance tix!

The Shut Up, Little Man recordings feature the real-life rants, hateful harangues, soused soliloquies, and audible fistfights of Raymond and Peter - two hooch-swilling homicidal roommates in a low-rent district of San Francisco. These now infamous tapes were recorded by their much-menaced neighbors, Eddie Lee and Mitchell D. The dialogs of Raymond and Peter have been widely championed. Profiles have appeared in SpinRolling StoneVanity FairThe LA TimesThe Washington Post , PlayboyThe Wire and on Ira Glass's radio program "This American Life." Sarah Vowell, the essayist and cultural commentator, included a segment about Shut Up, Little Man in her book Radio On, calling it "some of the strangest bickering I've ever heard." The recordings have inspired comic illustrations by Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) and Ivan Brunetti (Schizo), animation features by Kevin Peaty (principle animator of The Lion King and other Disney classics), numerous songs (e.g. Devo's "Shut Up Little Man" and Nirvana's "Dough, Ray, and Me"), theatrical plays, and film shorts. Shut Up, Little Man is widely considered to be a classic of the audio verite and field recording genres, and the recordings continue to inspire laughter, shock, and amazement at the raw humanity and dark comedy contained therein.

Metuchen Treasure Hunt June 15th at Mt. Zion Lodge

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Neve Shalom Presents Professor David Mechanic March 8th

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Neve Shalom Adult Education Committee and the Gilbert and Claudie Hayat Speaker Series present Prof. David Mechanic of Rutgers University THE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE  PREDICAMENT  Friday, Mar. 8, 2013 at the 7:30pm service. Discussion will continue over refreshments.Prof. Mechanic is the nationally recognized expert on Healthcare issues. Please join us for timely and important topic which eects all of us. Neve Shalom 250 Grove Avenue. Metuchen. 732-548-2238 x14

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Some Kind of Jersey Girl Cover.jpg.opt605x907o0,0s605x907.jpgQ: Is this your first book? How did your career start as a writer?


A: This is my first book! It's difficult to answer the question of how I became a writer because I'm still adjusting to the concept. I suppose the simple answer is that I became a writer the moment I picked up my computer and holed myself up in a room away from the kids. And that was simply an act of self-preservation, if I'm honest. But really...that's too simple. I've always loved to read - never any particular genre. I was the type of kid who reads the cereal box at the breakfast table and walks to school with their nose in a thought whatsoever to the oncoming traffic while crossing the street. Writing seemed the natural progression, though it took me a very long time to accept that fact. Fear has always been a motivating, or more accurately, a non-motivating factor for me. However, I found that after having my children, my thoughts often turned to what I wanted for their futures. Like most parents, I want to instill in my children the belief that their dreams and ambitions are worth striving for and that they are capable of achieving those dreams. But I also found that I was a hypocrite because I had never once attempted to follow mine. And so began the work of many years.


Q: What was your inspiration for this book? What is it about? Any of it based in real life?


A: Some Kind of Jersey Girl is a contemporary romance. I began writing it quite a few years ago, sometime in 2008. Facebook was really just becoming mainstream and I thought, Now there is a story! It seems a little cliché today, which is, in some part, why I chose to self-publish - I just wanted to get it out there. But the story is more than just rekindling a romance. It's about overcoming our fears, of facing the inevitability of aging, of loving others the best that we can and accepting them on their terms.  The story itself is not based on my life. However, there are littlereal-life bits sprinkled throughout. Clearly, one theme is New Jersey, as evidenced by the title. I've been a Jersey girl my entire life, and I think it's one of those things where, as a native, you're allowed to feel the passionate love-hate relationship, but no one else is. You know, we all detest the high taxes and the congestion, but just let an outsider make a disparaging remark and watch out...suddenly we're all Jersey Strong. And, though I never name the town in which the book is set, anyone living in Metuchen need only read the following lines to understand my inspiration for Jenny King's hometown.


Dear Friends, Please Help Make Edgar Middle School A Winner! 

Edgar Middle School in Metuchen, NJ, is in the running to be named one of the country's most innovative schools and we need your support to win! There's a chunk of $200,000 on the line, so keep reading to learn how you can support our school. 

The Follett Challenge is a program created by Follett Library Resources to find and reward schools for their work applying technology, content and creativity in ways that engage students, foster literacy and promote critical thinking. As part of the competition, we created a short video about what makes our Graphic Biography program unique. 

Please support us by viewing our video and voting for our submission at the Follett Challenge website under the "View Entries" tab at the following link: 

30% of our total score is based on how well we spread the word about our video and earn votes! You can cast one vote per day from now until March 18th, so be sure to visit often! By casting your vote, you'll help us to spread the word about all the exciting activities going on in our school. Thank you for your support. Your vote could make the difference in helping our school be crowned one of the Follett Challenge champions! 

Temple Emanu-El Presents Chapter Three Chavurah

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From Dara Winston:

Temple Emanu-El of Edison is proud to host the first gathering of the newly formed Chapter Three Chavurah, a social group for mature Jewish singles 60+.  Our first get-together will take place on March 24, 2013 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm at the Temple, and will feature "The Tool Gal", with her assortment of quirky and unusual tools and gadgets.  Bring an odd item of your own & see if you can stump her; prizes will be awarded.

The cost is $5.00 per person.  Pizza & soft drinks will be served.  Please bring a non perishable food item for the Temple food pantry. 

Temple Emanu-El is located at 100 James Street, Edison, NJ 08820. We look forward to seeing you, it will be a great afternoon of fun and meeting new people.  Please RSVP to

AMOUR This Weekend at the Forum

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Academy Award Winning Best Foreign Feature
Friday @ 7:30 Saturday @ 5PM & 7:30 Sunday 2PM
2hrs 7m  Tix $10 Seniors 65 and over $9  For more info visit us at   732.548.5600

KENNY VANCE AND THE PLANOTONES UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL    Saturday April 6, 2013 In Concert... All Reserved Seats $40.00 To Order Online Go To Or Call 732.548.5600 To Order Over The Phone


From the Superintendent's Office:

Four Rutgers student athletes delighted Campbell Elementary School's first grade when they read Dr. Seuss books to the school's youngest students.  The visit on February 27 marked the beginning of Campbell's celebration of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss's birthday.  

"Read Across America is a wonderful opportunity for children to enjoy Dr. Seuss books and celebrate reading. We are pleased to have Rutgers student-athletes share their enthusiasm for Dr. Seuss," said Vincent Caputo, Metuchen School District Superintendent of Schools.  "It's very exciting for our younger students to meet those who are in college - our students can begin to understand that higher education is a goal for them to attain one day."

Participating in the read-aloud were Felicia O'Donnell, Paige Senatore and Lindsay Bertulis of the Rutgers Track Team and Stephanie Zielinski of the Rutgers Volleyball Team. The four also answered questions from the children about their academic and athletic activities.  

The 14-year-old Read Across America program is sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA) and was part of the Metuchen Citizens for Quality Education's Story Time Program at Campbell School. It was the final reading for the school year.


Edgar Boys' Basketball Team Finishes Awesome Season

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From Edgar School:

The 2012-2013 Edgar Boys Basketball accomplished a feat that no other basketball team in the history of the school ever completed: A perfect season.   Edgar went an impressive 14 - 0 this year and proved to be one the most complete and dynamic teams in Middlesex County.   The season was highlighted by wins versus rivals Milltown, Spotswood, and Hoover in Edison.  Edgar trailed their opponents only one time the entire season, a game against powerhouse Carteret.  Edgar showed resiliency by erasing a 14-point deficit in the final 10 minutes of the game.  The Metuchen boys finished off the perfect season by defeating previously unbeaten South Amboy 56-50 in the final game of the season.  In this classic battle of the unbeatens, Edgar did what it had done all season long - shared the basketball on the offensive end with impressive passing and a tenacious full-court pressure defense to create timely turnovers.  

The 2012-2013 team members include:

8th Graders - Mitchel Epstein, Kyle Harry, Devin Miller, Mike Farr, Danny Flaherty, Nick Loffredo, Derek Shapiro, Jon Hoffman, Colin Gaven, Justin Briggs.

7th Graders: Daniel Russell, Daniel Petto, Riley Watkins, Diuij Gupta.

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