July 2013 Archives

From the Library:

On Thursday August 1 at 7:30 PM, NJDEP Environmental Specialist Sondra Flite will entertain and inform her audience with an interactive slideshow on what lies beneath the surface of NJ--under our lawns and shops, and in our landfills. What can our artifacts, the garbage we make today, reveal about our civilization to future generations? 

The free program is geared to tweens, teens and adults and is based on the book Rubbish! The Archeology of Garbage by William Rathje and Cullen Murphy.  Five copies of the book will be raffled off to those who attend, courtesy of the Friends of the Metuchen Library. Refreshments will be served.  


From the MMP:

For the 6th year in a row, the Metuchen Municipal Pool Swim & Dive Team and membership community came together on an early Sunday morning in support of Swim Across America and the annual Swim 4 A Cure.  Swim Across America, Inc., [SAA] is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming- related events.

An amazing outpouring of support from the Metuchen Community and local Employers highlighted this year's event.  Main event sponsor Celegene Corporation, a global biopharmaceutical company committed to improving the lives of patients worldwide, saw to it that each participant received a Swim Across America t-shirt.  In addition major supporter Rust-Oleum came back to pay for breakfast for all swimmers and volunteers. 

Metuchen's generous Main Street business have also joined on board to help raise money for this cause, including La Rosa Pizza, What's The Scoop, Main Street Trattoria and Hailey's Harp & Pub.  A special Highlight to this year's event included stretching sessions with the Satori Academy and professional dj serves being donated by Mike Malone of Music n' Motion Entertainment. 

This year the participants of Swim 4 A Cure swam over 9,000 laps for a total 198.14 miles and have raised nearly $8,000 for cancer research.  Donations to support the team can still be made at www.swimacrossamerica.org/metuchen.

The event's planning committee would like to extend a huge thank you to the Pool Commission and management of the Metuchen Municipal Pool.  Also to the numerous community volunteers who came out to counts laps (& bake muffins) - the Girl Scouts of Troops 80743 and 80611, Boy Scouts from Troop 17 and the CCD Confirmation candidates from St. Francis Cathedral.  

America's Night Out at Friendly's August 6

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Check out the Farmers Market website at http://www.metuchenfarmersmarket.com/ -- the site, which is quite attractive and easy to follow, gives you the lowdown on everything from what vendors are available during the coming market and provides extras like recipes to help you use your produce efficiently and deliciously! Be an informed shopper and get the most out of our very own fresh market!

Neve Shalom Nursery School Sing-A-Long at What's the Scoop

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Neve Shalom Nursery School invites you to attend a Sing-a-long Ice Cream Party! at What's the Scoop  (410 Main Street Metuchen, NJ) on Sunday, August 11th at 3:30pm. Come join us in singing some of your favorite songs led by Hazzan Levin and Mrs. Mack, topped off with a yummy "make your own" ice cream sundae! Please RSVP to Martha Mack at either 732-548-2238 ext 17 or nurseryschool@neveshalom.net at your earliest convenience. There is limited space, we can accommodate up to 25 children and their families!

YA Summer Reading Contest at the LIbrary

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From the Library:

Metuchen residents in grades 6 - 12 are invited to enter the YA Summer Reading Contest sponsored by the Friends of the Metuchen Library.  Come into the Library and sign-up by filling out a reading log and recording the titles you've read since school has been out.  You'll earn a lottery ticket for each title read. For every five books read, you'll receive a free paperback book of your choice from the Library's Beach Bag of Books which holds a wide selection of popular YA titles.  The lottery drawing will be held on the evening of Wednesday August 28, 2013 at the Library's YA End of Summer Bash. Prizes include a variety of gift cards valued from $5--$25.  Paperbacks can be picked up now through September 3.


All MMP Swim & Dive team members and families, as well as any interested MMP Pool members are invited to join the Swim For A Cure hosted by Swim Across America [SAA], a non profit dedicated to raising money for cancer research, prevention & treatment.

This is MMP's 6th Anniversary hosting the "swimathon".  Last year MMP splashed their way to over 860 miles.  The 2013 goal is to beat the 1,000 mile mile marker in Metuchen's Swim Across America. Families can raise money and swim as a team and individuals can start their own web pages to raise their own funds to put towards this important cause. 

Sunday, July 28th7:00 am check in  - 7:30 am splash time - 10:30 am

Participating Swimmers are strongly encouraged  to register in advance and on-line at Swim Across America - Metuchen

All pre-registered participating swimmers will receive a SAA cap and t-shirt. There will also be special prizes for fundraising and swimming milestones; including medals, certificates and more!  Suggested donations (but not required) to SAA of $25 or more per swimmer $60 + per family.    

For all families who register via the website, a pre-swim check-in at MMP will be held on Thursday, July 25th for 6:30 - 8:00.  You will be able to sign in, get your shirt and cap and bet of all, not have to wait in line on Sunday (that means more pool time!) 

Best of luck to everyone who participates!

Metuchen Town Soccer Registration NOW OPEN for Fall Season

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The Metuchen Town Soccer Club (MTSC) invites parents of children entering grades K-8 this September to sign up for the fall 2013 season.

The MTSC offers ten weeks of soccer on Saturdays starting September 7th. Participation is open to kids who live in or go to school in Metuchen or whose parents live in or work in Metuchen.

With no tryouts and an "everyone plays" policy, the MTSC's program strives to create an environment that fosters fun and player development while de-emphasizing winning and losing.

Now entering its 22nd year, the MTSC will honor founder, Tony Black during the 2013 season through a variety of programs and events.

The fee is $60 and registration closes August 12th. Parents can sign up at metuchensoccer.com or by filling out an application available at the Metuchen Public Library, Metuchen Borough Hall Recreation Department or the Metuchen Municipal Pool. For more information, contact registrationinfo@metuchensoccer.com.


Steve Beal Presents LOCAL COLOR at Rotunda Gallery NOW

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Edison artist Steve Beal will display a compilation of watercolor paintings at Metuchen's Gallery @ the Rotunda, in a show entitled "LOCAL COLOR". The exhibit, which will run from July 3rd to September 30th, is sponsored by Metuchen Arts Council. The Gallery @ the Rotunda is in Metuchen's Borough Hall building located on the corner of Main Street and Route 27 in Metuchen. An Opening Reception will be held on Sunday July 14th between 2 and 4 PM.

Steve, who has had many solo and group shows, was a member of Metuchen Artworks and also has produced many commissioned works for private clients. His work is frequently displayed in retail establishments in Metuchen, most recently at To Be Continued Bookstore and Café on Main Street.

Mr. Beal currently lives in Edison with his wife and three teen-aged children, all of whom share a similar love of art and culture, but he was born and raised in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. He studied Architecture and Construction Management at Pratt Institute where he developed an interest in painting urban street scenes.
Continuing On Our Screen...  MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Thursday & Friday 7:30 Saturday 5pm & 7pm Sunday @ 3pm
Shakespeare's classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon's film, "Much Ado About Nothing".
Lighthearted to a fault, Much Ado's giddy energy and intimate charm make for an entertaining romantic comedy -- and a Shakespearean adaptation that's hard to resist. 
"Within the first 10 minutes of Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing," I found myself smiling with excitement, while also holding my breath in nervous anxiety. Would the film be able to sustain its confident manic tone, maintain its humor and smarts, its depth of characterization and innovative use of text and landscape? Would the magic hold? The magic holds. It holds from beginning to end."
Roger Ebert Movies
Running time 1hr 49m

THE ATTACK...Starts Friday July 19 On Our Screen...
 A Film Directed and Co-Written by Ziad Doueiri.  Starring Ali Suliman & Reymonde Amsellem.
Amin Jaafari (Ali Suliman, Paradise Now) is an Israeli Palestinian surgeon, fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society. He has a loving wife, an exemplary career, and many Jewish friends. But his picture perfect life is turned upside down after a suicide bombing in a restaurant leaves nineteen dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife, Sihem (Reymonde Amsellem, Lebanon) who also died in the explosion, was responsible. Convinced of her innocence, Amin abandons the relative security of his adopted homeland and enters the Palestinian territories in pursuit of the truth. Once there, he finds himself in ever more dangerous places and situations. Determined, he presses on seeking answers to questions he never thought he would be asking. 
In Arabic & Hebrew with English subtitles.

TISHA B'AV Services Monday at Neve Shalom

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Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen will be having Erev TISHA B'AV Services Monday, July 15, 2013 at 8:00pm followed by D'VAR TORAH by Rabbi Zelizer and chanting of Book of Lamentations.  TISHA B'AV Morning Services on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 6:30am. The Torah will be read. This is open to the public.  For more information, contact Hazzan Levin - 732-548-2238 ext. 14.

Former Metuchen councilman Christopher Morrison and his family have started a charity organization to raise money for the devastated families at Breezy Point in Queens, hit so hard during Hurricane Sandy. Daughter Mary created a website with all the information regarding their endeavor. Here is their mission statement and a link to their website, if you would like to buy a tee shirt and help them in their cause:

We are the Morrison family and spend most of our summers down at Breezy Point. My name is Mary and I am sixteen. My brother Tom (15) and I are the organizers of Rebuild Breezy. Our younger siblings love helping us with fundraising and selling t-shirts. 

Last summer we began selling T-shirts out of a beach wagon after Sunday masses at St. Edmonds and St. Thomas churches. Instead of getting summer jobs we designed a simple logo and ordered T-shirts. We sold these shirts in red, white and blue to reflect the strong patriotism of the Breezy Point community. These T-shirt sales were a great success. 

We have been visiting Breezy every summer since we can remember. The first time that we went down after the storm, my brother and I felt that there must be something we could do to help get Breezy back in shape for summer. Because of the successful t-shirt sales last summer, we thought it would be a great idea to sell t-shirts and collect donations to be given to the Co-op for repairs. We designed a new logo for the Rebuild Breezy Shirts and plan on selling them this summer. 

Our main goal is to donate a portion of our profit to Breezy Point to help rebuild the playgrounds that were destroyed in the storm. 

Learn to Crochet at the Library This August - Sign up Now!

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Adult are invited to learn to crochet in three easy lessons at the Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue. The three session workshop will meet on Thursday August 1, Tuesday August 6 and Thursday August 8 from 7 PM until 8:30 PM. Participants will complete a simple project using several basic stitches, such as single, double, half-double and triple crochet. Hooks and yarn will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Metuchen Library. The workshop is open to Metuchen residents only. For more information or to register for the class, call the Library on 732.632.8526.

The New Childrens Room Successful Unveiled -- Check it out!

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On Friday June 28th, The Metuchen Public LIbrary unveiled its renovated Childrens Room to great excitement. Passports were given to the younger children when they came to tour the freshly-painted room with new bookshelves and computer equipment.

Coordinator Kelly Jaques and the Friends of the Library engaged the youngesters with balloons and mango juice on exiting the building, in order to drive home the existence of the Mango Language learning system that is now available at the library. The Friends recruited and Board Members answered questions about the upcoming changes still in production. All in all, a successful premiere of a great resource in Metuchen. 

Picture: Ellen Greenberg, Linda Koskoski, Angela Sielski (courtesy of A. Sielski)

Neve Shalom Rosh Hashonah Orders Due July 15th

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Congregation Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave, Metuchen, NJ, 08840. It's a Rosh Hashonah tradition to dip the apples in the honey for a sweet new year! Help others celebrate the New Year's tradition of apples dipped in honey! Each gift jar contains eight ounces of delicious golden certified pure Kosher honey and your signed gift card. The package is an exceptional value at $10 (including shipping) and all proceeds will benefit Neve Shalom Hebrew School and Nursery School. Order forms are available at the synagogue office. Order deadline is July 15th to ensure delivery prior to Rosh Hashonah. Don't forget to include the full address of the recipient, their name(s), and your name(s) so that gift cards will be included and your orders will reach their destinations. All orders are shipped directly from the source, Katelyn's Honey Inc. in Burlington, KY.

For more information you may contact the synagogue office at (732) 548-2238.


The Metuchen Arts Council is pleased to sponsor a bus trip to the Brooklyn Museum on Wednesday, July 24th for a guided tour of the John Singer Sargent exhibition, followed by admission to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, which is adjacent to the museum.

John Singer Sargent Watercolors exhibition unites for the first time the John Singer Sargent watercolors acquired by the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.            The ninety-three pieces on display provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to view a broad range of the artist's finest production in the medium.

The bus leaves from Metuchen High School at 400 Grove Avenue on July 24th at 9:00 a.m. and returns at 5:00 p.m. The cost is $45 per person, which includes bus transportation and admission to the museum and gardens. Lunch is available at the museum café or at the garden's Terrance Café at an additional cost.

Space on the bus is limited and reservations are required in advance by contact Nancy Goldberg at ngoldberg@metuchen.com or call by calling 732-632-8502.

Happy Fourth of July, Metuchen!

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