June 2013 Archives
Young artists in town are participating like crazy in Junebug this year. On June 28th, at To Be Continued . . . , Alexis Wilner from Edison will be reading from her self-published book, "The Public Speaking Life of Alex Tins." Alexis, however, is only eleven years old. MM asked her to take us through her process and answer some questions about this remarkable achievement.
What is your book titled and what is it about?
The title of my book is; The Public Speaking Life of Alex Tins. Alex Tins knows how to speak publicly , and take care of troubles. From surprise public speaking events to no electric, she has it all on the back of her hand. With her trusty best friend supporting her on the stage, and her little puppy with her along the way, Alex is unstoppable.
How long did you work on it?
Approximately 4 months.
What inspired the idea?
I was sitting down one night and just started writing because I was bored. I like to write.
Why did you decide to publish it yourself?
I decided to self-publish because I wanted to share my book in a professional way, not just a bunch of pieces of paper stapled together.
How did you feel when you first opened the box and saw your own book?
I was shocked, at first, then was extremely happy, almost crying, that this was something that I was able to accomplish.
At the reading, will you read the whole thing?
At the reading I will share a segment of the book.
What's your next work going to be about?
I have a few ideas, but I'm not ready to share them publicly yet.
The Metuchen Public Library is delighted to announce that the Children's Room will officially reopen to patrons today Monday, June 24, and will host an open house during the June Bug ArtFest on Friday, June 28.
The Children's Room has been closed since April 2, 2013 while undergoing greatly needed repairs and improvements. Thanks to careful oversight from the Library Board of Trustees, Phase One of the work was completed on schedule and within budget. The structural work, essential to the safety and function of the room, included electrical upgrades, repairs to the ceiling and walls, replacement of two radiator covers, and replacement of all the broken and inadequate shelving in the Children's Room. The walls and ceiling have been painted, new lights and fans have been installed, carpet has been replaced, and outlets have been upgraded and relocated. Earlier this year the exterior window sashes were painted. Window cleaners are scheduled to wash both the exterior and interior panes to put the final polish on these distinctive and beautiful architectural elements of the original library building.
Meuchen's borough council approved plans for the 250 units of high-end housing, a tract for retail space and a 750-spot parking structure."It's been a long time coming," Metuchen Mayor Thomas Vahalla told the Star-Ledger. "Development has to be prudent and fit with our character. I think this development will do that. We're anxiously waiting for shovels to be in the ground." If all goes well, the construction could begin in six months.
The project includes an anxiously-awaited open-space piazza surrounded by prime retail spots. High-end apartments will rent for about $1,800 to $1,900 a month, bringing more customers for established Main Street businesses.
"You're going to have people who are there walking to the restaurants, to the cleaners, the other shops," Vahalla said. "You're going to see an upswing in activity on Main Street."
The piazza space has been moved to the other side of the development but otherwise existing plans stay the same as formerly published.
Brittany is a girl scout and has earned her Silver Award and is in the process of completing her Gold Award. She was recently inducted into the Spanish National Honor Society and is in Honors Algebra 2. She enjoys golf and color guard.
Again, contact Brittany at Brittany.email@example.com to book a session that will be held at the Metuchen Public Library
OPENING DAY JUNE 15
Corner of Pearl & New St.
June through October
Saturdays, 9am - 2pm
Are you ready for farm fresh produce every Saturday? The Metuchen Farmers Market is back! We've got a great line up of vendors and events throughout the season. We'll have our favorite vendors back and a few new ones to spice things up-come check us out! And be sure to join us for our kickoff event - details below.
CELEBRATE NEW JERSEY FOOD & ARTS
an evening sponsored by the Metuchen Farmers Market with the gracious support of the BIL and Chamber of Commerce
June 14th at 7, 7:45, & 8:30 pm @ the Old Franklin Schoolhouse
How to Start an Organic Farm from Scratch @ 7:00pm A dialogue with Helen Chandler, a young farmer whose Whistling Wolf Farm in Hunterdon County has its first harvest this year (and one of the Metuchen Farmers Market's newest vendors)
Making Some of the Best Chocolate in the World - in New Jersey @ 7:45pm A presentation and tasting by Diane Pinder, a multiple award-winning chocolatier with rave reviews from the New York Times, Today Show, etc.
Celebrity Chefs of New Jersey @ 8:30pm A cookbook signing by author Teresa Politano, restaurant critic and Rutgers University professor. Chocolate tastings will be available for $5 tickets and cookbooks will be for sale.
MM asked Yona Amsalem to explain to you readers the inspiration for and best products available from her "Yona's Gourmet Delights," another amazing offering at the Farmers Market this year. She says she loves Metuchen and its community spirit and is excited to be a part of the market.
"I originally started my company as a side business to make extra money on the side. I quickly quit because I found it to exhausting to cook all that I make and then go out and sell. However my husband lost his job in July 2009 about a month after I quit. IT was our only income source. We then realized that we could expand into other markets and our product was very popular because it is healthy and it tastes great. Our two main products are mini quiche to go and bourekas. The bourekas are a very tatsy puff pastry appetizer in various flavors, spinach, cheese, mushroom and potato. The quiche to go is the size of a cupcake that is made with no butter or cream and is loaded with vegetables. It is vegetarian as well as under 125 calories."www.yonasdelights.com
The Metuchen Recreation Commission will be sponsoring their Annual Youth Fishing Derby at Tommy's Pond, Lake Avenue, on Saturday, June 22nd. Registration will begin at 9:00am. Trophies will be awarded in several categories. The fee to participate in this catch and release event is $1.00, payable at the pond on the morning of the event. Please use barbless hooks only. Participants must supply their own fishing pole and bait.
For further information call the Metuchen Recreation office at 632-8502.
Thursday-Saturday @ 8pm Sunday @ 3pm
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," to the strength of woman in "Hero."
For more than the first half of the last century, the voice of women in Top-40 popular music has been one of neediness and dependency. I'll do anything for you; just be my baby, even if you're no good and treat me bad; just LOVE me and I'll stand by my man. By the end of the century, things were quite different.
RESPECT is a high-energy, historical and hysterical look at women's changes from 1900 to today as sung by 4 very talented singers and backed by a 3 piece band it's is a lively, engaging and very funny look at musics depiction of women, as they go from co-dependence to independence, from Hero to I Will Survive and beyond.
Tickets www.forumtheatrearts.org or by phone @ Box Office 732.548.5600 Reserved Seats $38 DISCOUNTS FOR GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE! Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Doors will open a half hour before performance
Box Office Hours...Tuesday & Wednesday 11am to 6pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11am to 9pm Sunday 11am to 4pm
From Mike and Julia to MM, the Starving Anthropologist gives us all a look at the inspiration of their company and their excitement at returning to the Farmers Market this weekend:
1) How did you start your company and WHY?
The Starving Anthropologist is a small family-run business that makes gluten-free granolas and cookies and is based in East Brunswick, NJ. Julia and Mike got married in August of 2011 after a courtships spanning over 5 years and several states, and, feeling the need to create something new, exciting, and down-to-earth together - that didn't involve having more children! - started the business in May of 2012. At the time we had come from years working in academia and corporate and we wanted to try life in the much more body-, soul- and community-friendly world of natural foods. Feeling overeducated and underemployed (Julia has a Ph.D. in Anthropology, not to mention a master's degree from Harvard, and Mike has two Masters degrees, one in business and another in special education), we decided to play with the expression "The Starving Artist" and name our business "The Starving Anthropologist." Apparently our name sometimes worries new customers, as we often get the question: "You are not really starving, are you?" To that we answer that people can be starving for many things: from food to a day at the beach to community... We also like to turn the question around and ask the questioner: "What are YOU starving for?" We believe that "starving" stands for "wanting something with a passion" and as such we hope everybody is starving for something!
2) What is your most unique product and why do you offer it?
We didn't immediately make gluten-free foods. We started offering granolas made with regular oats, playing with an old recipe Julia had been making for over two decades. Then came requests for gluten-free varieties of our product. The switch was an easy one and gluten intolerant customers were so happy to be able to eat our product that we decided to make all our granolas gluten-free. Today we have five varieties (Almond and Honey, Walnut and Honey, Maple Pecan, Dark Chocolate Cranberries and Peanut and Brown Sugar) available with a sixth version about to be introduced to the market in the coming weeks (Chilli Ginger). Then we added cookies? Why? Because Julia's daughter, Bela, is gluten-sensitive. With her help we had come up with some amazing cookie recipes which she very much approved. We thought our customers might approve of it too, and gradually added three varieties of cookies. Today the cookies make up almost half of our sales.
I have come to think of oats as a canvas on which we get to paint and create the wildest combinations of tastes. Our most unique creation on that canvas so far is the savory granola that is just entering large-scale production. It contains chili, ginger, pecans and turmeric, and is simply delicious on salads, meats and even yogurt. We have brought samples to farmers markets and the reviews have been great!
As for cookies, the chocolate chunk is our most unique variety, and that is in part because it is not only gluten-free, but also vegan. The blend of special flours plus the high quality dark chocolate makes this a much more interesting cookie than its traditional chocolate chip cousin.
3) What is your particular link to the Farmers Market -- why is Metuchen worthy of your time and energy as an entrepreneur?
Vendors at Farmers Markets talk to each other and share news about where the great markets are. Early on in our search for Farmers Markets we were told that Metuchen was one market we didn't want to miss. And they were right! There is a friendliness about the customers and the vendors that make it a real pleasure to be there. Rain or shine, we look forward to running the Metuchen Market. We love the town's energy and sense of community, as exemplified by its many community run events and its ability to support an independent bookstore. In fact, the bookstore I'm referring to, To Be Continued, carries our cookies and granolas year-around with exclusivity in Metuchen. While you can find us on Saturdays at the Farmers Market, you can get your Starving Anthropologist cookies and granola fix any day of the week at To Be Continued. We hope to see you not only at the market on Saturdays but also during the week looking for that granola or cookie you ran out of at To Be Continued.
I carry a deep love of the natural world and a desire to help people be happy and healthy, farming ended up being the fusion of these two driving factors. That is how Whistling Wolf Farm was came about. I have thought for a long time that if people had a closer relationship with their food, they would better understand the need to care for our living environment, and would want to do just that. By growing, and then selling, transitional organic vegetables, I get the opportunity to talk to people every week about where their food comes from, the energy that goes into it, and the energy that it gives to us. I feel that every one of these conversations moves us as a whole towards a more caring relationship to the natural systems that provide our food, clean water, clean air, and our place in the world.I think that our most unique product is the ginger. I can't imagine going a season without it, and since I am growing it, then why not share the joy? Fresh ginger is nothing like the ginger that you can buy in the store. It is incredibly aromatic, when you cut through it, it's as smooth as cutting through a clove of garlic, and it is beautiful. But the biggest part about the ginger is the flavor. What a delight to mince it and mix it into yogurt, or dice it and cook it into greens. It is as refreshing to taste as it is to smell. I can't wait for it to be ready.Ever since I first visited Metuchen, getting ice cream on a summer afternoon, I have loved it. Filled with great people and great community, it is a wonderful place to be and I am looking forward to becoming part of it.Helen Wolfe ChandlerPOB 501Three Bridges, NJ 08887
Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruit LLC is based in East Hanover, NJ and has been operating since 2009. Our first season we started in 6 farmer's markets. This season we will be in 32 farmers' markets throughout the state and continue to expand. You can also find us in hospitals, corporate buildings and events.
We sell a variety of nuts, dried fruits, dried mixes, brittles, and chocolates. Our reputation has been built on our wide selection of products and customer satisfaction to sample any product until you find something that satisfies your taste. Products carried include kosher products and gift baskets and trays can be customized for all events!
See them at the Metuchen Farmers Market starting next weekend!
There are a few remaining openings in the following FREE Summer 2013 Metuchen Library programs for Metuchen residents who are high school students.
The High School Book Club (Gr. 9-12) will read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. In the novel, sixteen-year-old narrator Jacob tells the story (with words and with old photographs) of how he discovers that his grandfather's tales of monsters and children with strange powers may actually have been true. The 2011fantasy novel spent 63 weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers List. A sequel is due out January 2014. The Club meets Thursdays 7/11 and 7/25 from 7:30 PM until 8:30 PM. A free copy of the book will be given to participants, courtesy of the Friends of the Library, at the first meeting.
Speak Your Mind: Public Speaking Made Fun. Over 3 sessions, using theater games and speech activities, students will learn effective strategies for high school presentations, job and college interviews, campaign speeches, etc. Dates: Tues. 7/9, Thurs. 7/11 and Fri. 7/12. Time: 2 PM-3:30 PM. This program will be led by Ms. Catherine LaMoreaux, a Metuchen resident and a high school English and Drama teacher at South Brunswick High School.
In addition, the following college-prep programs are open to Metuchen residents in at the Library:
Resume Writing for High School Students: Tuesday 8/20 at 1PM until 2:30 PM (grades 10-12)
The College Interview Workshop: Wednesday 8/21 at 1 PM unitl 2:30 PM (grades 11 and 12)
A FREE practice SAT exam: Tuesday 8/27 at 12:30 PM until 5 PM (grades 10-12)
These programs are free to Metuchen residents and paid for by the Friends of the Metuchen Library. For more information or to sign up, please send an email with name, grade, address and phone number to KLiss@Lmxac.org. See www.metuchenlibraryteens.org for more information about the Library's Young Adult Program.
If you're looking to make a special someone's day SWEETER, please contact LollipopLandMetuchen. They can customize a yummy basket for any occasion. Check out these recent recipients of Lollipopland Metuchen baskets:
Happy Kindergarten Graduation Aidan! Always stay as SWEET as you are.
The walk began 11 years ago when 13 year old Janna Zuckerman, founded the event to memorialize Michelle Offsie, a former Edison Township resident who died of breast cancer at a young age. Since then, The Metuchen/Edison community has come together to raise more than $1,000,000 to help fund the breast cancer research, treatment and awareness programs of the City of Hope.
TODAY is the New Jersey Primary Election with hotly-contested state gubernatorial candidacies (headed up by the campaign of one Metuchenite, Senator Barbara Buono) SO come out and vote in the primary elections! TODAY! Polling places are open from 6AM to 8 PM in most places--check this link first before you go out. Thanks for exercising your civic rights! Good luck to all the candidates!.
There's a delicious new addition to Metuchen's Main Street - 2 Chicks with Chocolate (right next to the Metuchen Train Station) is an artisanal chocolatier featuring mouth-watering treats for chocoholics of all ages!
We want to thank Metuchen and all the amazing people who have welcomed 2 Chicks to town with open arms! What a great community! Please stop by any time and especially for the Metuchen Street Fair this Sunday, June 2!!
About 2 Chicks: In addition to a delectable assortment of barks, tiles, toffees and other treats, such chocolate covered Oreos with bacon, fun and fanciful chocolate covered pretzels, s'mores, rice crispie treats and gummies, 2 Chicks features 65 flavors of caramels and ganaches in our exquisitely hand-painted bonbons. In addition to delectable choices such as lemongrass, raspberry, ginger, Drunken Jack, Jamison, PB&J and coffee, 2 Chicks also offers a wine collection with flavors to tempt even the most discriminating aficionado.
Count on 2 Chicks for all your favor and gift needs - Dads & Grads, teacher thank you gifts, special occasions and more. Ask us about chocolate platters, trays, cocoa bars and fountains!
Plus: An added bonus! 2 Chicks with Chocolate welcomes Blue Sheep Bake Shop featuring the most delicious cupcakes and gorgeous specialty cakes!
Stop by! Say hello! Enjoy some samples! And, take some home! We can't wait to meet you! Also, "Like Us" on Facebook and visit 2chickswithchocolate.com for information on upcoming classes, special events and promotions!