May 2013 Archives

Metuchen-Edison Bike Tour to be held June 9th

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The Metuchen-Edison Bike Tour is coming up! On June 9th, get on your bike and hit the NJ Convention and Exposition Center in Raritan Center, Edison. Then join your fellow two-wheelers on a tour of Metuchen and Edison ranging over 25 miles -- and benefitting the JFK Foundation for Parkinson's Disease. Details can be found at detail.cfm?event or you can email questions about the event to Walter Stochel of the Middlesex Greenway Coalition at If you register now, you will receive an officlal bike tour T-shirt. ENTER NOW -- link to  for the application form.

Breakfast with the Rabbi June 9th at Neve Shalom

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Neve Shalom's Sisterhood and Men's Club invite you to join us for Breakfast with the Rabbi on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 10:00am. Rabbi Zelizer will speak about "Common Misconceptions about Judaism, and the Reality".  Breakfast will be served. For more informations, please contact Nancy Shlossman at - Jennifer Bullock - - or Matt Bonus -    This is open to the public.

Metuchen Lions Club Flea Market June 8th

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The Metuchen Lions Club will be holding a Flea Market on Saturday, June 8th.  9am-3pm at the New Street Parking Lot in Metuchen.  Vendors and Shoppers invited.   Spaces 18 x 20 ft. $12.00 in advance, $15.00 at the gate.  Proceeds go to the blind and hearing impaired.  No rain date.  For Information call 732-494-8641 or e-mail

Buddy Ball Looking for Sponsors for Upcoming Fundraiser

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This June 10th, Woodbridge Buddy Ball will have their biggest fundraiser- The 13th Annual Woodbridge Buddy Ball Charity Golf Outing.

Buddy Ball Needs Hole Sponsors! Contact Dan Taylor at 732-221-1789 or Peter Romanienko at 646-805-8346 for further information.  
Sponsor a hole for your child and get contributions from family members- aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. Just five or ten dollars from each person can easily add up to a Sponsorship. 
Ask your PTOs, your place or worship, dry-cleaner, supermarket, car dealerships, delis, restaurants, pharmacies. Team leagues, social clubs or groups (Elks, K of C, Lions, VFW, American Legion, etc.) are also eligible.

Woodbridge Buddy Ball is a non-profit organization and donations are tax-deductible!!!  The hole sponsorship forms and payments are due NO LATER than June 7.

Alumni College Fair at MHS Gives Students Peer Guidance

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From the Superintendent's Office:

The Metuchen Student Alumni College Fair began in May of 2006 when the class of 2005 returned to Metuchen High School to act as admission representatives for their respective colleges.  The alumni brought brochures and enthusiasm to their former schoolmates in a fair-like setting. The high school students were very interested in hearing about the alumni's freshmen experience and what they needed to do to get into the colleges they were most interested in attending.  As the program grew the Metuchen guidance department saw how former peers could  influence and impact the college admission process.  Question and answer sessions were developed by the guidance department targeting the needs of each grade. 

To Be Continued Sponsors Kinetic Reading June 28th

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MM asked the founders of "Kinetic" to discuss their book concept prior to their reading at To Be Continued . . . June 28th. Here's what they had to say for themselves:

Gregory "Herro" Raymond grew up in New Jersey until graduating from high school. After that, he lived in Florida for four years where he attended college, earning a degree in graphic design and fine arts. He then came up with the concept for "Kinetic," in 2003, where it went by a different name.  He spent the next several years building the story of "Kinetic."

Laz Matech
has lived his life in New Jersey, mostly in a small town known as South River. He always found writing interesting but not the reading side of literature as much. Laz got into the car industry where he sold vehicles alongside Gregory "Herro" Raymond. The two spent the next two years rigorously coming together to co-write the action-pack romance, "Kinetic."

Tonight at the Board of Education meeting, the Grouping and G&T programs will be discussed as well as a report presented by Kathy Glutz, Principal of Edgar School, on Regional Achievement Center (RAC) programs. Out of district placements will also be summarized. The agenda in full is on the next page so click through and see what's going on TONIGHT. The meeting will be televised on METV live.
molly.pngJill Justin competition dancer and Metuchen resident Molly Weidmaier, 12,  has been selected to perform in the dance troupe which graces the stage of FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY, the musical based on Julianne Moore's picture book of the same name - the production will be performed at two different venues in June. MM talked to Molly about her work and this great new opportunity! Congratulations to her and the entire cast -- get your tickets now!

With competition and school, how do you manage your time?

I am used to dancing every night at JJDA, so I always do my homework as soon as I get home from school.  We don't have any more competitions until July so that helps.  

What is Freckleface Strawberry about?

It's about a girl with red hair and freckles that gets bullied.  The story is about learning to love who you are.  

How does dance figure into the production?

I think it helps tell the story in a way that people will listen.

How long have you been dancing? 

I started dancing when I was four and when I was nine I started dancing on Company at JJDA. 

What's your greatest performing experience so far?

Two years ago when our Grand Line went to Nationals and won the Battle of the Stars and became a National Champion. 

What is the next big thing you would like to accomplish after this?


Here is the link to the site:

Current Performance Dates:

Saturday June 8th - George Street Playhouse New Brunswick 11 & 2

Saturday June 15th - Alexander Kasser Theater - Montclair State University 11& 2

From Metuchen Farmers' Market:

On Friday, June 14th, the public is invited to celebrate the return of the ever-popular Metuchen Farmers Market with a program entitled Celebrating New Jersey Food,  beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Old Franklin School House in Metuchen.  The program is sponsored by the Metuchen Farmers Market, with the gracious support of the Borough Improvement League and the Metuchen Chamber of Commerce.

The program begins with How to Start an Organic Farm from Scratch, a dialogue with Helen Chandler, a young farmer whose Whistling Wolf Farm in Hunterdon County has its first harvest this year.  Ms. Chandler is a Rutgers Ecology graduate turned farmer.  She is working to foster an understanding of the natural world and our place in it through a closer connection with our food source.  Whistling Wolf Farm is one of the Metuchen Farmers Market's newest vendors. 

At 7:45 p.m. Diane Pinder will offer a presentation entitled Making Some of the World's Best Chocolate in New Jersey.  Ms. Pinder is the owner and chocolatier of Donna & Company Chocolates.  Her handcrafted artisanal chocolates are inspired by the chocolate masters of Tuscany and are guided by the Slow Food commitment to quality, community and the environment.  For instance, she exclusively uses honey from NJ apiaries as a sweetener and one of her confections is licensed by the Department of Agriculture as a "Made with Jersey Fresh" product. The recipient of many awards, she was recently named one of 2013's Best Chocolatiers by the International Luxury Chocolate Salon.

New Jersey Orators Celebrate Scholarship + Awards May 18th

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The New Jersey Orators, Inc. established in 1985 has held true to its mission statement:

To teach the art of public speaking, reading literacy and life skills to youth between the ages of 7 and 18, thereby increasing their self-confidence, leadership skills and ability to maximize career choices and academic success.

This non-profit organization was founded by a small group of African-American corporate executives living in Middlesex and Somerset counties who were concerned about the lack of language competency exhibited by many of the young people while interviewing for jobs in their companies.

As a result of their involvement with the organization and participating at corporate or community events, NJO youth have received full scholarships to private schools, an annual renewable scholarship for college, and job internships in the fields of broadcasting and publishing, as well as recommendations to highly selective academic programs. The Orators are proud of its graduation rate of 98% of their Seniors attending 4-year colleges.

The Orators will be celebrating their 2013 Scholarship & Awards Program with Keynote Speaker, Phyllis C. Hunter, well-known literacy specialist on   May 18 from 2 -5 PM at New Brunswick High School 1000 Somerset Street New Brunswick, NJ. Her speech will focus on "Its not Complicated!" addressing the myths about ability to read and providing techniques for successful readers.

To find out more about our organization log onto the New Jersey Orators website at: or call 732-846-5011.  "Like Us" on Facebook.  Write us at:

New Jersey Orators, Inc. 812 Hamilton Street   Somerset, NJ 08873

Dear Community Members (From the Municipal Alliance):
As Prom and Graduation approach The Metuchen Municipal Alliance has developed a Safe Sober Prom And Graduation Lawn sign Campaign. It is an important initiative to remind Teens about the danger of Alcohol and Substance abuse especially at this high risk time of year. Accidents, fatalities and overdoses from drugs and alcohol increase expodentially between Memorial Day and the end of summer in August. "Drunk drivers are a threat on the road during Memorial Day weekend, warns 
Fox Business. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 397 people died over the three-day weekend in 2010, the latest year for which data is available. Of those crashes, 40 percent were alcohol-related." (Join
Please let us know if you are willing to host a sign this year. Municipal Alliance Volunteers will place the sign on your lawn approximately 5/20 and pick it up on approximately 6/21.
reply to : or call 732-887-2785 for more information
Thank you for your support!

Metuchen Matters wishes everyone a safe and happy prom and graduation season!

GMC Sportsmanship Awards for 2 MHS Seniors

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photo.jpgMetuchen High School seniors, Bobbi Spiegel and Aaron Lewis, were among 66 student-athletes from Middlesex County who were honored at the 12th Annual GMC Sportsmanship Awards Luncheon held at The Pines Manor in Edison on Wednesday, May 15th.  The Dan Hayston Memorial Scholarship Awards program is run each year by William Visokay.  Returning as the Master of Ceremonies was Mike Pavlichko from radio station WCTC.  The Invocation was offered by the Hayston Family and this year's guest speaker was Joseph Rossi, Special Teams Coordinator for Rutgers University football.  

Photo (L to R):  Vincent Caputo, Metuchen Superintendent of Schools, Bobbi Spiegel, Aaron Lewis, John Cathcart, Supervisor of Athletics, and Bruce Peragallo, MHS Principal.

treeplanting.jpgFrom Edgar School:
On May 8, 2013, National Arbor Day was observed by the Borough of Metuchen. The Metuchen Shade Tree Commission presented a tree to Edgar Middle School, which was then planted by students from the school's Environmental Club. Planting of the tree was assisted by Commission members Frank Ferrara and Maggie Manza, and Town Council Liaison, Dorothy Rasmussen. Despite the threat of rain, the sun broke through as the crew set the tree down into its new home.  Environmental Club advisor Judy Graziano coordinated efforts between the school and the Shade Tree Commission. and Eva Abreu, courtesy of her IPhone, bring you the story of today's scary events at KinderCastle in Metuchen. After an evening of additional fires in the industrial park off Forrest Street last night, the MFD really showed how much their awesome volunteer efforts mean to this town. Thanks, Fire Department! MM truly appreciates your help and expertise!

Campbell's Cup for Cancer campaign was conducted by the fourth grade at Campbell School and Mrs. Gonzalez and Mrs. Anderson's reading classes. Check out this link to see how these fourth graders raised over $3700 in one week to help this great cause! For more information, see MM's article that helped them start off their campaign at this link:

Congratulations to everyone involved! Great work well done!

MetuchenHigh Compliments is a Facebook page started by someone who wishes to go unnamed at this time to give MHS students a chance to say nice things to each other anonymously online. Instead of the usual mocking and bullying, there is kindness, complimenting and support for each other's work and talents and personalities. Awesome page -- check it out and friend them! Here's what they wrote to me:

MetuchenHigh Compliments
3:52pm May 9
Hi Jana Siciliano, Thanks for your appreciation! I am a co-host of this page with one other person who originally created it and asked me to co-host it with them. When I asked how they came up with the idea, they said "There are too many people who are under-appreciated in the school who walk around with a very gloomy look on their faces. As much as they don't say so, they would like to be acknowledged. Everyone really does." Which I think is the whole purpose of the page and is why I was honored when they asked me to co-host it with them. However, all of the praise should not be sent to us. The students of Metuchen High are the ones who have contributed the kind comments you see listed on the page. My co-host and I would like to remain anonymous however to keep the page going and keep people sending in comments without knowing who we are. Thanks again!


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Save the Date

The Fuce 5k is an event sponsored by the Fuccile Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the service and support of local families affected by tragedy. The Fuce 5K Metuchen Family Fun Run/Walk has been a focal point of the community event calendar for over four years - drawing over 650 participants to Metuchen and raising over $150,000 in that time to support families and children in need.  

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

 The Fuce 5K is an event sponsored by the Fuccile Foundation, a non-profit 

organization dedicated to the service and support of local families affected by tragedy.

If you can't attend the run/walk, donations are greatly appreciated.  

                   Please send checks payable to Fuccile Foundation to: PO Box 453, Metuchen, NJ 08840.


From the BIL:

Mr. Ray will be doing a benefit concert for local organization, Breaking the Chains through Education. Metuchen High School teacher, Evan Robbins, and his students run this very successful organization. Every cent earned goes to help child slaves in Ghana to be freed and to receive an education at the school that the organization has helped to build through funds raised.

Please come out and support this wonderful grassroots organization!

There will be activities for the kids to do before and after Mr. Ray performs.

July 20th from 2 - 4pm $15 per person at the Old Franklin School

***limited amount of tickets will be sold, get them while they last***

If you cannot make it but would like to make a donation to this organization then you may make the check out to Borough Improvement League and we will give them one big check after the concert.

Contact Jirapon at 908-616-6822 to purchase your tickets or to make a donation!

Metuchen's Own Barbara Buono Fundraising May 16th

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spathis.jpgLocal musician Jerry Spathis will be bringing his rockabilly energy to To Be Continued . . .  for a free performance May 17th at 6:45 PM. As the Cape May Convention Center said, "Jerry Spathis and his Rockabilly Band gets things going, bringing to life songs from the early rock 'n' roll era. His tributes to Elvis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Fats Domino and Ricky Nelson are always a hit with the crowd. And you won't have a chance to catch your breath as Bill Haley Jr. and the Comets fire up their Rock 'N' Roll History Show, combining great music with the inside scoop on Shake, Rattle and Roll, Rock Around the Clock, and other hits." 

CDs will be on sale at the event and donations will be accepted for a charity TBD. Check it out!

NJ 9/11 Memorial Foundation Golf Classic June 10th

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Health Fest 2013 for Edgar Middle School Thanks to the YMCA

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From the Superintendent's Office:

During the span of May 6-8, the eighth grade students of Edgar Middle School in conjunction with the Metuchen YMCA participated in Health Fest 2013.  Throughout this three day period, the students were exposed to various physical activities that included zumba, spin, indoor soccer, pool volleyball, and body pump training classes.  Other non-physical activities included a nutrition seminar, internet scavenger hunt, and a team building activity in which the students had to build a tower out of marshmallows and macaroni that could support an egg.  These activities served to broaden the students' physical and mental health as well as their nutritional horizons in a fun and exciting atmosphere.  

Art in the Garden Tour Saturday June 8th

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From the Arts Council:

For the first time in borough history, visitors can take a peak beyond the fence gates of six breathtaking Metuchen gardens for the Art in the Garden Tour, Saturday, June 8, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

During the self-guided tour, visitors can enjoy warm spring weather, live music, poetry, and visual art as they stroll through beautiful residential gardens. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20.00 at: Marafiki Fair Trade, To Be Continued, The Brass Lantern, Boro Hardware, and Borough Hall. All proceeds from this event will benefit summer events and concerts sponsored by the Metuchen Arts Council.

Tour booklets and maps will be distributed the day of the event at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse, 491 Middlesex Ave, Metuchen, NJ 08840. For more information, please visit our event page on Facebook.

Art in the Garden


The Metuchen Arts Council is a nonprofit arts committee approved by the Metuchen Borough Council. The Arts Council's mission is to foster, promote, encourage and celebrate the Arts in Metuchen in order to enhance the quality of life and spirit of community for all the residents of the Borough.

The Thirteen Return to St. Luke's May 12

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From CQE President JoAnn Sabatino-Falkenstein:

This is the third year that we are offering CQE scholarships for $250 to MHS seniors at Convocation in June. The CQE Scholarship rewards students who have challenged themselves with an honors or AP class. Last year the CQE Scholarship was awarded to 3 students and we hope to expand that this year.

For 2013, any paid CQE member can contribute to fund the CQE Scholarship. This contribution is fully tax deductible and can be made in the following manner.

Please send your contribution to the CQE mailbox, P.O. Box 382, Metuchen, NJ 08840-0382. We are collecting them and submitting the checks weekly through the MHS Guidance Department. They are in the midst of testing and college applications so please use this process. Information on membership is on the next page -- join CQE and you can help make a donation to this worthy cause!

Cleanup_13.jpgTo celebrate Earth Day 2013, students from two organizations at the Edgar Middle School gave back to the Earth.  On Tuesday, April 23rd, Student Council members collected litter around the school's perimeter including the field and bleacher area.  On Wednesday April 24th, Environmental Club members circulated through Edgar Woods behind the school, and collected litter and debris.  They were joined by a wetlands expert from NJDEP, Faraz Khan, who also showed the students how to take a core of the soil and use it to determine wetland status.   Students were assisted by Edgar Middle School staff members, including club advisors Vivian Petrakakos and Judith Graziano.

In time for Mother's Day, a Forum Theater Horror Special

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From the Forum:
Saturday Evening May 11 All Seats$10 For Both Films! In 35mm On The Big screen!
In Celebration of Mothers Day The Forum Theatre Presents The Mothers Day Eve Double Feature! HITCHCOCK & PSYCHO! 
HITCHCOCK (2012) 7:30
Starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson-- In 1959, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma, are at the top of their creative game as filmmakers amid disquieting insinuations about it being time to retire. To recapture his youth's artistic daring, Alfred decides his next film will adapt the lurid horror novel, Psycho, over everyone's misgivings. Unfortunately, as Alfred self-finances and labors on this film, Alma finally loses patience with his roving eye and controlling habits with his actresses. When an ambitious friend lures her to collaborate on a work of their own, the resulting marital tension colors Alfred's work even as the novel's inspiration haunts his dreams. 1hr 46m
PSYCHO (1960) 9:15    
Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh & Vera Miles

Free Rabies Clinic at MHS Saturday May 11

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Metuchen will be conducting a free rabies clinic on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Metuchen High School on Grove Avenue, Metuchen from 9:00 A.M. to 12 Noon.

Dogs/Cats that received a 3 year shot in 2010 or a one year in 2012 are eligible for re-vaccination in 2013. Licenses are required for dogs and cats and can be paid for at the clinic, but due to the computer program, licenses and tags will be mailed the following week. Only checks will be accepted at the clinic for the licenses. If residents prefer, they can bring their rabies certificate they receive at the clinic to the Health Department Office in Borough Hall the following week and pay for their license(s) in person. If your pet has a 2013 license, please bring it with you to the clinic. Proof of neutering or spaying is required if applicable. Please leash or containerize all animals.

If you have any questions, please call 732-632-8503.

lollipopland3.jpgMother's Day is May 12th and it's time for you to consider the most delicious way you can let Mom know how much she is valued. Lollipopland Metuchen has a wide variety of delicious options for you -- check out these pix and more at this link or click through their ad at the right. Prices for the settings pictured are:
Green vase: $10
Mom/Grandma mugs: $15
Lollipop Tree: $15
Large Centerpiece: $45

Lollipopland Metuchen will create anything you want as well, in any price range.Custom order NOW!!


Edgar's Vorensky Wins Middlesex County Teacher of the Year

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vorensky.jpgCongratulations to Sandy Vorensky, math teacher at Edgar Middle School, who was voted Middlesex County Teacher of the Year!

Berline Film Fest Winner BARBARA At the Forum This Weekend

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BARBARA...This Friday & Saturday Screenings @ 7:30 Only
Winner of the Best Director prize at this year's Berlin Film Festival, the latest film from Christian Petzold (Yella, Jerichow) is a simmering, impeccably crafted Cold War thriller, starring the gifted Nina Hoss-in her fifth lead role for the director-as a Berlin doctor banished to a rural East German hospital as punishment for applying for an exit visa. Germany's official Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film. In German With English Sub-titles PG-13, 1 hr. 45 min

May 17 & 18th Stars On Stage Student Program presents...AND THE TONY GOES TO...The Forum Stars On Stage Students present a Broadway Musical review featuring songs and scenes from your favorite Broadway shows! Friday May 17 @ 7:30 Saturday May 18 @ 7:30 Sunday May 20 @  2pm General Seating $15. To order tickets call 732.548.5600 Come out and support these vary talented young performers & help support our Stars On Stage program!

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! From "Someone to Watch Over Me" to "I Will Survive." It's the journey of women, told through Top-40 music in the new musical production RESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women. From the "I Will Follow Him", "These Boots are Made for Walking," "What's Love Got to Do with it," and more, this show is "exhilarating!" 
Tickets or by phone @ Box Office 732.548.5600  Reserved Seats $38 DISCOUNTS FOR GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE!

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