April 2013 Archives

Bike-Walk Metuchen Quarterly Meeting
Tonight, 4/30 at 7:00pm
Old Franklin School (491 Middlesex Avenue), Metuchen, New Jersey 08840

Dave Nelson from Project for Public Spaces will be talking about creating a sense of "place" and the ways in which improving walking and biking infrastructure can help foster more sustainable and vibrant communities.

We will also be joined by Tom Brown from from Nelson\Nygaard. Tom will discuss the Parking Management Plan in development for the Borough and how non-motorized mobility helps to reduce parking demand by expanding the modes of accessing the downtown.

Tom and BWM would like to hear your thoughts and questions and here are some questions that might help with the conversation:

• Are there any streets that are especially good candidates for adding traffic-calming and/ or bike facilities, better ped crossings, etc.?

• Any streets or intersections that are in particular need of safety improvements?

• How would you rate the overall sidewalk network, within and surrounding downtown/ the train station area?

• Any suggestions for better-connecting downtown Metuchen to local or regional bike networks

• Are downtown bike parking capacities sufficient, well-located to support functional bike trips?

• Have you noticed progress toward ADA-compliance in downtown sidewalk networks?
From the Historic Presevation Committee:
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In honor of National Preservation Month, the Borough of Metuchen's Historic Preservation Committee is once again hosting a self-paced Scavenger Hunt during the month of May.
  The nine elements in this year's contest are all visible from the sidewalk at street level along Middlesex Avenue, between Main Street and Grove Avenue.  All complete, correct entries will be pooled, and winners drawn at random.  $25 Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce Gift Certificates will be awarded as prizes to the winners of each of the following categories: up to 10 years old; 11 to 18 years old; Adult/Individual; and Family/Group).  Additional runners up may be chosen to receive merchandise from the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society, so even you if can't find them all, send in your form!  Copies of the forms are available at Borough Hall and the Metuchen Public Library.  Additional forms (with color images) are available for download on the Borough website at 
www.metuchennj.org
. All entries must be returned to Borough Hall (500 Main Street) by May 31, 2013.  Winners will be announced at the June 3, 2013 Borough Council Meeting. 


MHS Stars In HAIR at State Theater This Weekend

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At the State Theater in New Brunswick this weekend, Metuchen High School alumna Marissa Czyz (Class of '06) will perform with the national touring company of HAIR (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200815624093456&set=vb.23880415002&type=2&theater). For tickets, click on this link: http://www.statetheatrenj.org/hair

Support Fourth Grade Fundraising for Alex's Lemonade Stand NOW

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From Julie Anderson and Alexandra Gonzales of Campbell School:

Dear Metuchen Families,

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Our fourth grade Reading classes have read a book called The Lemonade War, by Jacqueline Davies. This book is about two kids who start a war to see who can make $100 in a week selling lemonade.  The character Jessie decides if she wins, she will donate her money to the Animal Rescue League. We made a text to world connection with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. Alex was a girl with childhood cancer. She tried to raise money for a cure. This inspired us to do the same.

We are planning our own lemonade stand called Campbell's Cup for Cancer. We will be donating all of our earnings to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation to continue helping fight childhood cancer. Please support us by sending in money with your children so they can enjoy a cup at lunchtime. Our stand will happen Monday, April 29th through Friday, May 3rd.   This means they can buy a drink each day of that week! Our lemonade will cost only 50 cents per cup. WOW!!!!

If you or someone you know would like to contribute, but cannot visit our stand, we would gladly accept cash donations for supplies or checks payable to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

We thank you for your support. Campbell's Cup for Cancer wants to help end this childhood disease one cup at a time. 

Laughs and Lemons,

Mrs. Gonzalez's and Mrs. Anderson's  Reading Classes

For more information about Alex's Lemonade Stand, please visit, http://www.alexslemonade.org/


May 6th Golf Outing - Tix on Sale now

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

  

LOCATION:
Metuchen Golf & Country Club
244 Plainfield Road
Edison, NJ

 

Schedule

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:
Registration Fees

 $875            Foursome & Tee Sign

 

 $565            Double & Tee Sign

 

 $360            Single & Tee Sign

 

 $195            Single Player         

         

 $45              Chamber Members:

                    Lunch/Networking

 

 $50              Non Chamber Members:

                    Lunch/Networking

 

$25               Superticket

Includes one mulligan, one sand ticket, and three 50/50 tickets 

Highlights

Team Prize

Superticket

Longest Drive

Closest to the Pin Contest

Goody Bag for Every Golfer

Hole-in-One Prize Sponsored by

Reydel Volkswagen

 

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Foursomes to some of the finest private golf courses will be available at our silent auction!

 


Neve Shalom Adult Ed Program May 6th

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Neve Shalom Adult Education and Men's Club, present Dr. Robert Moss OYFSHTAND/POWSTANIE: THE WARSAW GHETTO UPRISING, Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 10:00am. This presentation honors the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Test and a Power Point presentation of photographs and philatelic material will commemorate this heroic Jewish response to Nazi genocide. No admission fee. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Hazzan Levin - 732-548-2238, ext. 14 or can2r11@aol.com.

Moving Van Needed for Transferring Donated Goods

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As some of you may know, throughout Hurricane Sandy, I tried to use this website and the accompanying Facebook page as a means of communication between people who needed help and those who could offer it. That continues to this day as many Sandy-ravaged families continue to try to get back on their feet. Recently, a local woman and her MHS0-attending daughter were able to find a rental in town so that they could move out of the shelter they were living in as temporary housing. I put out the call for furniture for them this weekend, hoping that people would have leftover items from the Townwide Garage Sale that they would be willing to donate to her. Metuchen is a gracious and generous place and offers came in for everything she could need. HOWEVER, now I need to transport these items to her from their original owners.

Unfortunately, I only own a small sedan and cannot handle larger items like sofas or beds. A few good friends have offered to help but I need a moving van and some brawn to transport a few of the larger items to this deserving woman who is getting her life back in order. If you have a moving van, a truck or know someone who does, I would appreciate knowing about it. It would take about an hour or so of their time but I cannot afford to pay for a moving truck at this time to help her out yet I don't want her to lose these items because people need them out of their homes.

If you can help, please email info@metuchenmatters.com. And if you know someone who is in a similar situation and needs help, please also forward that information to this email and I will do whatever I can to get them the items they need. Thanks, Metuchen!!

American Legion Boys State Delegate Chosen from MHS

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Walker Zjawin(representative for American Legion Post 65), Aditya Uppuluri, Bruce Peragallo, and Leigh Hanbridge (Aditya's counselor)


Aditya Uppuluri, a junior at Metuchen High School, has been selected by our local American Legion Post 65 of Metuchen to serve as a delegate in the Boys State Program at Rider University this summer. American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high-school students. Aditya is among the top students in his class, with a cumulative GPA of a 4.5. He is an AP Scholar, and is currently taking five AP courses.   MHS Principal, Bruce Peragallo, said, "In addition to his academic success, Aditya has shown a tremendous level of commitment to his school and surrounding community. He is the Captain of the Varsity Tennis team, and has spent countless hours volunteering at JFK Medical Center, to name a few."  Tiffany M. Goodson, Supervisor of Guidance & School Counseling, proudly added,  "Aditya possesses an insurmountable enthusiasm to learn, and is thrilled to represent Metuchen High School at such a prestigious program."  
From Steve Korievo:

On April 27, at noon, I will be at To Be Continued . . . on Main Street to autograph copies of my book Tales from the Tailgate: From the fan who's seen 'em all!  All my profits will be donated to the Eric LeGrand Believe Fund.  My book is about my adventure over thirty years of how I attended at least one game played by every major college football team (120 at the conclusion of the book). Since 1979 I've attended 428 college football games and it is all documented on my web page www.collegefootballfan.com

Check it out at To Be Continued . . . 
  

Football and Cheer Registration Coming Up

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From Brian Pelayo of AYF/AYC (American Youth Football, American Youth Cheer):

We are Metuchen Bulldogs AYF/AYC we will be having football and cheer registration on the following dates:

April 27th from 1-3 at the Little League Clubhouse

May 10th from 6-8 at What's the Scoop

May 1st we will be having a parents meeting for all interested parents from 7:30-8:30 at the Metuchen Elks.

Neve Shalom's Adult Education Committee and the Gilbert and Claudie Hayat Speaker Series presents Dr. Shirley Russak Wachtel Educator and Author - Blima's Daughter: A Second Generation Holocaust Story Friday, April 19, 2013 at the 7:30pm service. Discussion will continue over refreshments. 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen. For more information, contact Hazzan Levin - 732-548-2238 ext. 14 or can2r11@aol.com.

April 16th Alcohol Awareness Month Program at MCC

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MHS Band Wins Fifth Gold Medal at Cavalcade of Bands 2013

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From John B. Messenger,
Director of the Metuchen High School Marching Band and the Director of Elementary Bands:

On Saturday, April 4th, The Metuchen High School Concert Ensemble became a 5 -Tme Cavalcade of Bands gold medalist, and was crowned Class A Champion for the 5th year in a row.  As Messenger said himself,

?The group worked hard throughout their indoor season as they competed around New Jersey and Pennsylvania. They will present their 2013 piece Porgy and Bess at the Metuchen High School Spring Concert on May 2nd and at the town's arts Junebug Festival on June 7th.  

The Percussion Staff and Music Educators of the Metuchen School District are extremely proud of this group and all the groups that participated at finals, which included: The Metuchen High School Indoor Drum Line, The Metuchen High School Winter Guard and the Metuchen High School Independent Guard."

The Metuchen High School Marching Band
was the 63rd Annual Junior Orange Bowl Parade Class A Champions, 2012 Cavalcade Indoor Drum Line Champions,
2009-2013 Cavalcade Concert Percussion Champions.

Congratulations to everyone involved!

 

http://messengermusic.pbworks.com/w/page/36812223/Messenger%20Music

Metuchen Arts Council is looking for Gardens

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The Metuchen Arts Council is looking for gardens for its' first, and what it hopes will be its annual, Art in the Garden Tour to be held on Saturday, June 8th.    If you live in the Metuchen area, enjoy gardening, have an established garden you would like to have included in the tour, please contact Grace Shackney at graceshackney@gmail.com or call 732-549-3294.  

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Chai Shabbat at Neve Shalom April 27th

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Neve Shalom Honors "Chai" Shabbat - 18 years of Synagogue Membership lifetime of memories and fond recollections. Kiddush lunch to follow - Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 9:30am, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen. The public is invited to hear our member's stories. Please contact Debbie Schildkraut on our member committee at 732-549-3686 or dkestins@gmail.com

5. How important to you is the community's interest, knowledge and participation in school issues? How would you go about increasing public input, if at all?

ROSE DEVRIES

The community's interest, knowledge and participation in school issue are very important to me.  I advocated to keep the right to vote on the school budget in April.  If school elections are moved to November the public will lose their right to vote on the school budget.

http://medm.gmnews.com/news/2013-01-30/Schools/Metuchen_school_board_split_on_moving_elections.html

I think it is important to encourage public participation at the Board of Education meetings.

Meetings take place on Tuesdays bi-monthly at 8pm if you are unable to attend you may view the meetings at the MeTV website:

http://www.metuchenschools.org/metuchen/About%20Metuchen%20District/MEtv/

You may review the  Board of Education meeting agendas and minutes posted on the district website:

http://www.metuchenschools.org/metuchen/Our%20District/Board%20of%20Education/

Go to the Superintendent's Open Forum taking place four times a year at either Moss, Campbell, Edgar or Metuchen High School.  Volunteer for Board of Education ad/hoc committees when committees are formed to address pertinent issues.

Join community groups such as:

The Citizens for Quality Education (CQE): http://metuchencqe.org/membership-form/

The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO): http://teacherweb.com/NJ/CampbellSchool/Campbell_Moss_PTO/2012-13-PTO-MEMBERSHIP-FORM.pdf

The Booster Club:

http://www.metuchenschools.org/mhs/Athletics/Booster%20Club/Booster%20Club%20Membership%20Form%202012-13.pdf

Support The Metuchen Education Foundation (MEF):

http://www.metucheneducationfoundation.org/Welcome.html

Attend the MEF fundraiser April 5th,:

http://www.metucheneducationfoundation.org/2013_Fundraiser.html

Please become involved we encourage your participation and input.

Feel free to contact the Board of Education with comments and concerns:

http://www.metuchenschools.org/metuchen/Our%20District/Board%20of%20Education/Contact%20Information.html/_top

MICHAEL STERN

The taxpayer has every right to be involved in their community's school system. I've seen Boards and Administrations run like exclusive clubs with little to no input from the outside, often to disastrous results. This is not the case in our town. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience in this community. It should be leveraged to the maximum extent possible. However, we need to remember that we hire educators and administrators to carry out important responsibilities and that they shouldn't be micro managed.  My role on the board is to listen to all sides' ideas and use the best of them to help effect positive change. The public has a right to open communication with their school administration and educators. They should be part of the process. Consensus is a good thing but we need to run the railroad while we're building consensus so there needs to be a balance. I see this all the time in business. Too little or too much consensus building doesn't work. The balanced approach works.

JONATHAN LIFTON

One of my goals as President of the Board has been to increase communication between the community and the board.  We are in the process of overhauling the structure of our board meetings to make them more understandable and transparent.  For the first time, the minutes of our meetings are now posted on the district website.  But more then any formal changes, I hope the community has noticed a change in tone.  All comments and input are welcome at our meetings, and issues of concern are debated openly.  One example was our recent debate on whether to move our elections to November.  Whatever side of that issue you were on, I feel that all sides were heard and all views respected.  If I am re-elected, I hope to continue and enhance that openness and respect.
From the Forum:
Friday, April 19, 2013 Chrystal Plumage Films  presents Two Crazy Mismatched Films!..CITY OF THE WALKING DEAD (1980) Airplane exposed to radiation crash lands. Out of the wreckage, blood drinking zombies emerge armed with knives, guns and teeth! They go on a rampage slicing, dicing, and biting their way across the Italian countryside  & JOYSTICKS (1983) And to answer the question, "were arcades really like this?"...Oh yeah, this portrays the arcade "scene" in the early 80s pretty well. Joysticks is a have fun, so bad it's funny movie. It could be thrown in with the "sex-comedies" of the 80s- and there were a lot of them 7:30 SHARP!  All Seats $13


THE GATEKEEPERS  Directed By: Dror Moreh ... Saturday @ 7:30pm  Sunday  4pm
" It is hard to imagine a movie about the Middle East that could be more timely, more painfully urgent, more challenging to conventional wisdom on all sides of the conflict." NY Times Since its stunning military victory in 1967, Israel has hoped to transform its battlefield success into the basis for long-lasting peace. Simply put, this hasn't happened: 45 years later, violence continues unabated while the mistrust between both sides increases daily. In what can only be called an historic achievement, filmmaker Dror Moreh has brought together six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel's Secret Service, who reflect on their successes and failures to maintain security while responding to the shifting politics and imperatives of the "peace process." 97m In Hebrew & English with English Subtitles.-pg13, Documentary All Seats $10 Seniors $9
  

Also On Our Stage...
TICKETS ON SALE FOR....NJ Premiere of...RESPECT, A MUSICAL JOURNEY OF WOMAN  June 13 Through June 30
If You Liked Menopause The Musical You'll Love RESPECT! It's The Perfect Ladies Night Out Musical!  
And Men Don't Be Afraid, You'll Love It As Well And Your Date Will Love You For Bringing Her! Tickets www.forumtheatrearts.org or by phone @ Box Office 732.548.5600  Reserved Seats $38 DISCOUNTS FOR GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE!! BIGGER DISCOUNTS IF YOU BOOK YOUR GROUP BEFORE MAY 15

Board of Ed Candidates Answer Question #4 from CQE

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Question #4

Many would say, "The fork in the road to college can be found in the middle school." How can we optimize success for college and careers by focusing on the middle school curriculum, programming, etc.?

Rose deVries:

Since my first term on the Board in 2007 I have been advocating for a fully articulated district wide guidance curriculum focusing on grades 6- 12 for college and career planning and a guidance supervisor to develop and administer the guidance curriculum. Since purchasing the college and career planning software Naviance, I have advocated for full implementation beginning in the middle school and following through the high school. Last summer, the district hired a Supervisor of Guidance. Having a supervisor to coordinate guidance between the middle school and the high school will ensure that planning for college and career success is a smooth path that begins in middle school with full use of a guidance curriculum and Naviance, http://www.naviance.com/.

Jonathan Lifton:

Having two children currently in Edgar Middle School, I can attest to the many difficult transitions children of that age are going through. There are tremendous academic and social pressures which students must deal with in order to excel and position themselves for a successful High

School career. Recognizing these challenges, the Middle School has focused on increasing the support students can access. There is a new "advisory" program where all Edgar students meet with their peers to discuss issues at the Middle School. The restructuring of the guidance

department on a district-wide level has led to a much more active partnership between the High School and Edgar guidance departments. Naviance access has been extended to all students at the Middle School. These changes and enhancements are designed to help Edgar students

become aware and serious about their High School and post High School careers at an earlier age, and help them make the choices that will enable them to reach their goals.

Michael Stern:

I absolutely agree with that statement. The middle school experience is incredibly important which is why I think our children need to be exposed to more unique learning opportunities early in their middle school experience. As a school system, we need to keep a close eye on emerging career trends and respond rapidly through agile curriculum decisions that will position kids to be most competitive in college and in life.

Board of Ed Candidates Answer CQE Question #3

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Question #3 Balanced Literacy and Differentiated Learning are now part of the District's curriculum at the elementary school level. How can we ensure success for all students at every level?

Rose deVries:

Success for every student can be ensured with instruction that is truly differentiated for each individual student at every level of ability, whether Language Arts Literacy classes are heterogeneously or homogeneously grouped for the 2013-2014 school year. Not only should every student receive his or her own Personalized Student Learning Plan (PSLP) and receive differentiated instruction, students of every ability level should receive an equal amount of weekly instruction time. Each student at every level needs teacher facilitation and support. All students at every level should be working in their zone of proximal development, which means every student should be challenged without being unduly stressed.

Jonathan Lifton:

As a board and a district, we must demand that all students be challenged and be facilitated in growing to their maximum potential at every level. Balanced Literacy and Differentiated Learning are the accepted best practices for accomplishing that goal in the elementary grades and was strongly recommended for implementation by our Superintendant and Director of Curriculum. The board has dedicated significant resources to insuring these programs are a success including hiring an implementation consultant and considerable professional development. All programs, however, must be continually monitored and evaluated using data driven metrics, and the board and administration will remain vigilant in assuring that these new programs are resulting in higher student achievement at all levels.

Michael Stern:

I must be honest here that I know next to nothing about Differentiated Learning nor do I pretend to have an opinion the subject. However, if you ask me how we can ensure success across all levels, we can back up and start by collecting all the video game consoles and iphones in the community and give them back to our kids when they're adults. The implied goal of "Balanced Literacy and Differentiated Learning" is to maximize kids' ability to read and comprehend as well their ability to absorb knowledge or learn. Well, last time I checked, that is rather difficult when we live in a culture that has virtually turned kids into "screen addicts". I'll get off my soap box now but I think you get my drift. Kids are not reading as much as they should in their personal time. They are virtually addicted to the Internet and social media and that is leading to decreased attention spans and a "short circuiting" of cognitive abilities. Until we get this epidemic under control, my fear is that we will not be able to bring out the best of our kids' abilities and learning.

Board of Ed Candidates Answer CQE Question #2

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Question #2

What do you believe are the Metuchen School District's strengths? Are there areas in our schools where you'd like to see growth?

Rose deVries:

I think the District's strengths are our community groups, and caring staff, all of whom value an academic and co-curricular program.

The areas where I see room for growth in the District are in technology, high school course offerings and sports safety. The district is in the process of updating the technology infrastructure, which includes improving wireless capabilities throughout the district. AppliTrack online software is being used to recruit job applicants. These are some of the areas where technology has been improving and where I am confident the growth will continue.

High School course offerings that were recently added are three Advanced Placement (AP) courses: Statistics, Environmental Science and Government and Politics. I am advocating to add Advanced Placement Psychology, and the Curriculum Committee is continuing to advocate for Advanced Placement French and German languages.

The Athletic Department has implemented the ImPACT, http://www.impacttest.com/, concussion software program, that I advocated for, at the high school for all student athletes. Now I would like to see ImPACT fully implemented at the middle school for all students in grades 5-8 and for all students in the high school.

Jonathan Lifton:

Metuchen School District's strengths have always stemmed from our goal to educate the "whole" child; to support and promote not just academic excellence but also excellence in art and music, extra and co-curricular activities, and public service. These priorities are an extension of our community, and are a wonderful expression of what makes Metuchen a special place. Over the last three years we have made progress on many of the issues that I raised when I last ran for the board. We have added resources and restructured the guidance department, increased the availability of AP classes and increased the AP differential, extended our half day kindergarten program, and hired a new Superintendant that is focused on student achievement and excellence. Our current district goals are extremely ambitious and we are making good progress. One of the areas of concern continues to be raising the level of rigor and expectation for all students. Edgar Middle School has been designated afocus school due to the wide disparity in the performance of our highest and lowest performing sub-groups. There is clearly work to be done to raise the level of our lower performing students. This is and will continue to be a focus of the board and the administration,

Michael Stern:

As a whole, we live in a pretty caring and supportive community that places a high value on education. Overall, I think the Board has worked rather well with our educators and community in raising our standing in the State compared to other districts with a lot more money and resources. I'm looking to keep that going but also bring the perspective of a person who has been out there in business as well as a former military pilot who had the opportunity to see a lot of the world but eventually came back home to the same small town he grew up in and spent his formative years. Not only do I want to expand children's languages and IT abilities, I want us to focus on developing leadership and character amongst our kids. They need to come into direct contact with the world outside of Metuchen as much as they can. I'd like to try to bring in more unique learning opportunities with private and public partners both here and abroad,


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This is Doug Wheeler's speech from the dedication last week for Little League's late great supporter Hal Clarke.

"Good evening.  On behalf of the Metuchen Little League, I would like to welcome everyone to the Hal Clarke Way Dedication Ceremony. 

Last summer, our dear friend and Metuchen Little League volunteer extraordinaire Hal Clarke passed away at a far too early age.  I had the opportunity to speak on behalf of the MLL community at his funeral.  I mentioned the impact Hal's loss would have on our community especially our youth who benefited from Hal's generosity, selflessness and kindness in supporting not just the MLL but many other programs enjoyed by our children.

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The LL contemplated many ideas but ultimately decided to honor Hal by renaming the driveway leading into Fater Field and our Clubhouse as Hal Clarke Way and by sprucing up the run the bases area that runs adjacent to the driveway, which is now being named The Run the Bases Park at Hal Clarke Way.  We thought what better way to honor Hal then to name the driveway that all of our kids who benefit from the efforts of special volunteers like Hal will walk on as they finish the annual opening day parade and onto Fater Field for the opening day ceremony.  It will be a constant reminder of the contributions Hal made to MLL.

Wheeler went on to thank Dan Lebovits for his help in both filling Clarke's shoes for the league and arranging this celebration.

To encourage the public to get to know who will be their representatives on the Board of Education, Metuchen Citizens for Quality Education have posed five questions concerning education and academics to the candidates who are running in this election.  The candidates are, in alphabetical order: incumbent Rose deVries, incumbent Jonathan Lifton and newcomer Michael Stern. (Erica Doyle, whose name will appear on the ballot, has withdrawn her candidacy.)

These questions were designed to be open-ended and to engender thoughtful discussion. CQE states that "The topics were chosen because we believe that these are some of the issues on which the next Board of Education may be asked to give their opinion or to vote. It is our hope that hearing from the candidates in their own words will prove helpful to the Metuchen community in making their choices on Election Day, Tuesday April 16, when polls are open from 2 pm until 9 pm."

Here is the first question. Each candidate's extensive answer can be found on the next page. Please read each one to get a good sense of each candidate's priorities and concerns.

Why are you running for the Metuchen Board of Education?

Childrens Library Renovation Begins; Funding still Needed

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From the Friends of the Library:

WE HAVE GOOD NEWS! The much-needed renovations of the children's room are underway. Beginning April 2, 2013, the Children's Room at Metuchen Public Library will be closed. The Children's collection will not be accessible at this time, but your Metuchen library card can be used at all LMXAC member libraries. Find a list at http://lmxac.org/ . We will keep you updated on the renovation - we anticipate that the room will reopen for use by mid-June. Stay tuned for updates! We appreciate your patience during this time and are very excited about this much-needed update! Please made a donation to the Friends to support these improvements to our beloved library:http://www.fotml.org/donate.html

Mick Murtha, of Death By Improv, Middlesex County's home for improv comedy since 2005, gave MM the lowdown on the group's work. They appear the last Thursday night of every month at To Be Continued . . . here's what he told MM:

What is Improv? Improv Comedy, short for Improvisational Comedy, is made up entirely on the spot. Fun games and scenes based on audience suggestions, and created from the combined imaginations of our players.

Since January, we've been performing the last Thursday of each month at To Be Continued ... Bookstore, Boutique & Cafe, which is located at 431 Main Street. Our next show there is April 25, at 7:30pm. There is a 5.00 cover charge at the door. We perform what is commonly referred to as "short form" improv, meaning we play games similar in style to what you may have seen on the television show Whose Line Is It 

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Nails in the Wall, the Gallery @ St. Luke's, 17 Oak Ave., Metuchen, NJ will host an Artists' Round Table Discussion at the gallery Sunday, April 7 from 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,
Artists Christina Saj, Sybil Archibald, and Suzanne Schleck will be present for the discussion; Sandy Mezinis will participate from Florida, and Christine Hale Simeoneau from Philmont, NY via a Skype connection.  
The discussion is free and open to the public.   For additional questions, contact Linda Vonderschmidt-LaStella, Gallery Director, 732.906.4137, EarthsongsCeramicStudio@gmail.com.

Local Metuchen author Elesha Khan has published an entertaining and insightful story for children titled I am Happy Every Time. This is a tale about the importance of values like kindness and appreciation.

Elesha Khan was born in the beautiful Islands of Trinidad and Tobago.  She relocated to the United States at the age of 21. She currently resides in New Jersey where she is working on additional books for children. Half of this book's proceeds will be used to provide food, clothing and shelter to those in need in Syria.

She will be appearing at To Be Continued . . .  in Metuchen on April 20th at 1 PM to sign copies of the book. Meet Elesha and bring the kids to celebrate the creation of I am Happy Every Time.

 METUCHEN LIONS & METUCHEN METRO LIONS CLUBS

SIXTH ANNUAL, JOINT FUND RAISING

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Sunday, April 7, 2013,  from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

at the First Aid Squad

1 Safety Place, Metuchen, NJ

 

The purpose of this Pancake Breakfast is to  raise funds for:

               HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF IN NEW JERSEY

Purchase a ticket or two, or three (Bring the whole family)  and come enjoy delicious Pancakes, Sausage, Bacon, Juice, Coffee or Tea and Pastries all for the price of:

 

                                 $6.00 per Adult

                                 $4.00 children 10 or under

 

DONATIONS ALSO ACCEPTED

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT  OPTIQUE UNIQUE, MAIN ST. METUCHEN, OR BY CALLING SUE JOHNSON AT 732-567-1592 OR  PAUL PESSOLANO AT 732-549-2581

Edison Wetlands Earth Day Celebration April 13th

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Edison, NJ, Saturday, April 13, 2012 - Edison Wetlands Association (EWA) will celebrate Earth Day 2013 at the eleventh annual Earth Day event at the Triple C Ranch and Nature Center, the last farm in northern Middlesex County.  The event will be held on Saturday, April 13 from 10 AM to 2 PM (rain date Sunday, April 21) at the Triple C Ranch located at 206 Tyler Road in Edison. 
 
EWA's Earth Day celebration will include wildlife exhibits in the Triple C Nature Center, a petting zoo, live music, eco-tours of the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area, raffles, an environmental award presentation, Dismal Swamp cleanup, and arts & crafts for kids.  Girl Scout troops will be leading volunteer nature cleanups of the Bound Brook headwaters and trails next to the Triple C Ranch.  The suggested donation for admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children and free for active EWA members.
 
EWA is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment in Central New Jersey.  EWA owns and operates the Triple C Ranch & Nature Center, located in the heart of the 1,240-acre Dismal Swamp Conservation Area.  The Triple C Ranch supports environmental education with an emphasis on learning through enjoyment ensuring environmental values, ecology, and conservation.  For more information, please visit EdisonWetlands.org or TripleCRanch.org or call our office at 732-321-1300.

WHAT:          Earth Day Festival at the Triple C Ranch & Nature Center
 
WHEN:          Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 10 AM to 2 PM      
                           *Rain date Sunday, April 21
 
WHERE:        Triple C Ranch, 206 Tyler Road, Edison, NJ 08820
 
CONTACT:    Robert Spiegel, Executive Director
                       Edison Wetlands Association  732-841-9375
                       (For media inquiries ONLY) or ewainfo@edisonwetlands.org

JJDA Wants Your Used Clothing After Your Yard Sale

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Applications Due NOW for Junebug and Street Fair 2013

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April 1, 2013: Visual and performing artists working in all media are invited to take part in the annual Metuchen Junebug ArtFest, which will be held from 6:00 - 10:00 pm every Friday evening in June (June 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th) in downtown Metuchen.

 

Now in its 6th year, the ArtFest has grown in both numbers of attendees and participating artists and is a great opportunity for artists of all types to showcase their work to an art-conscious audience. The festival features a wide array of open air exhibits, window galleries, interactive art events, open mic sessions, and live music performances as well as several hundred visitors who transform the streets of downtown Metuchen into a month-long celebration of the arts.

 

How to Register? Artists must register before April 15th to be considered for participation in the June 2013 event at www.junebugartfest.comOnline registration is preferred for this event. If online access is not available, please email the chamber office atmetuchen.chamber@verizon.net for a paper entry form.


On Sunday, June 2, 2013, the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 17th Annual Spring Street Fair & Craft Show along Main and New Streets in downtown Metuchen, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Admission is free.  Over 120 Artists, Crafters and Vendors will be participating.  Exhibitor applications are available by visiting the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce website atwww.metuchenchamberexchange.com or by calling 732-548-2964.



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