September 2013 Archives

BeerFest '13 Hosted by BIL and Hailey's

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"Bring your friends." That's the tagline for this year's first-ever BeerFest '13, a local craft brew festival being held at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse in Metuchen on October 19, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Hosted by the Borough Improvement League (BIL) in partnership with Hailey's Harp and Pub general manager, Moshe Atzbi, BeerFest '13 unites seasonal brew flavors and local cuisine with a communitywide party. It will also feature exhibits from local artists, an indoor/outdoor stage for professional music acts, food for sale from Metuchen eateries, and beer from local craft brewers. Event guests will receive an official BeerFest '13 5-ounce mug to taste unlimited samples of over 20 different beers.

NJ ABC Permit #14001791 ßmust print this for legal reasons.  

"This is a great way to show support for the borough," Tyreen Reuter, the BIL president, said. "The more people come out to this event, the better chance we have of throwing a BeerFest in 2014 on a much larger scale. It has the possibility to be a great revenue generator for the borough--but, most importantly, it's a really fun way to unite our community."

Rutgers Gardens Fall Fest October 6th

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Join us at the Rutgers Gardens' Fall Festival - October 6, 2013 from 12-4

 Activities will include fun and learning for all ages:

·      Apple Tasting and Sales

·      Bulbs, Plants and Pumpkin Sales

·      Pumpkin Games and hands-on children's activities

·      Pumpkin Painting

·      Scavenger Hunt

·      Tour of the Labyrinth

·      Food Available & Farm Market

Admission: $5 per car

Rutgers Gardens are located at the intersection of Ryders Lane and Log Cabin Road, just off of Route 1. See our website for directions and more information:

Triple C Ranch Offers Fall Festival September 28th

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The environmental noprofit Edison Wetlands Association (EWA) will celebrate its 10th Annual Fall Festival at the Triple C Ranch and Nature Center, the last farm in northern Middlesex County. The event will be held on Saturday, September 28 from 1 - 5 PM (rain date Saturday, October 5) at the Triple C Ranch located at 206 Tyler Road in Edison.  

EWA's Fall Festival celebrations will include wildlife exhibits in the Triple C Nature Center, pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, eco-tours of the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area, raffles, and arts & crafts for kids. Live musical performances include Astronaut Jones, Manny Dylan, and Mike Kovacs. The suggested donation for admission is $5 for adults, $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 or or call our office at 732-321-1300.
WHAT:    Fall Festival at the Triple C Ranch & Nature Center

WHEN:    Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 1 - 5 PM      
                *Rain date: Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 1 - 5 PM

WHERE:    Triple C Ranch, 206 Tyler Road, Edison, NJ 08820

Celebrate Recovery! Event September 26th at Borough Hall

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From Municipal Alliance:

The Borough of Metuchen will hold its 5th annual "Celebrate Recovery!" event on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Metuchen's Borough Hall. The event promotes the benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery from substance use and abuse and celebrates those in recovery. A variety of recovery information and resources will also be made available.

The event, sponsored by the Metuchen Municipal Alliance, and NCADD New Jersey's Advocacy Leaders, features a panel of speakers including representatives from the recovery community, law enforcement, the Governor's Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (GCADA), treatment providers, and family support groups. An open question and answer period will follow the speakers. Check out this Vimeo link for a video presentation.

Friends of the Library October Events Planned

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HIB Training in Metuchen School DIstrict Starts September 21st

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From Metuchen School District:

The Metuchen School District will hold training sessions on the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights and the Harassment Intimidation and Bullying policy and its requirements.

Additional topics covered will be HIB Prevention and school climate. Parents, substitute teachers, law enforcement personnel and community members are invited to attend. There will be three complete training sessions: Saturday, September 21, 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at Metuchen High School; Wednesday, October 2, 2:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. at Edgar Middle School; and Wednesday, October 9, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Campbell Elementary School. There is no charge for the training. Please pre-register with District Anti-Bullying Coordinator Judi Cheung.

Accessing this pdf at will give you the assessments for HIB implementation and training in each of the four district schools.

Lights On At Metuchen High Field In FIrst Lighted Game EVER

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bilde.jpgLights on! Check out this article about the upcoming FIRST lighted night game at Metuchen High School as Metuchen also wins the ShopRite Cup to celebrate their fantastic season last year.

(Picture courtesy of Alexandra Chalker)

International exhibit Spirituality of the Mandala, Reality in the Round with Opening and Reception Saturday, September 21, 2-5pm will mark the beginning of the Fall Exhibition Season at Nails in the Wall, the Gallery @ St. Luke's, 17 Oak Ave., Metuchen, NJ.

Forty pieces of art by twenty-four artists from across the country and around the world are included, work in a variety of media, from film to drawing, collage to ceramic, wood and metal sculpture, fused glass, painting and photography. The Mandala exhibit continues the gallery's interest in showing work that relates strongly to the spiritual element of our humanity without being connected to one specific belief system


Caption: "Blue Knots" - Archival Print, 20" X 24". ©2012 Catherine Hartigan.      

On September 21st, a new show opens at the Transformations Gallery - "Catching Up" -- running through November 16, 2013.  The artists will be present at a reception will be held from 7:00 through 9:00 pm at the opening.  "Catching Up" is the story, in art, of two Jersey girls returning to their roots, and sharing their passion for color and light, capturing nature and beauty, weaving it into the lines and threads of their lives, after having been out of touch with each other for a long time.

There will also be an artist talk and workshop that is open to the public on Sunday, September 22, from 12:00 noon through 2:00 pm at the gallery. The artists will discuss their work in the exhibition. The workshop is entitled "Learn to Transfer" in which they will teach participants how to transfer their favorite images from one surface to another. The artists noted that these are simple techniques that are great for collage, journaling, or mixed media work. All materials will be supplied, however participants are encouraged to bring their own magazines or ink jet prints to transfer. The workshop is free and open to public; no experience is necessary. Anyone interested in attending the workshop should email

Video from Swim Across America Shows Hard Work for a Good Cause

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courtesy of Chris Morrison

Nelson Li, Manager of the Metuchen Farmers Market, had the opportunity to run down the events of the season -- a recent article for the  Chamber of Commerce newsletter is quoted here.

"The Metuchen Farmers Market is once again bringing delicious Jersey-fresh produce and a wide range of tantalizing edibles to our town. Now in its third year of rejuvenation, the all-volunteer Market Committee has grown this attraction from two farmers plus a few other vendors to a major Saturday happening with seventeen vendors, including four farmers." Nelson went on to list the dizzying array of vendors that have come in since last year, including  Knead Bakery, Passion Fruits Artisanal Ice Pops, 2 Chicks with Chocolate and Neil's Sharpening Services.

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Over the next two Saturdays Ms. Doreen's Fabulous Feet, Metuchen's premier dance school, will present two free trials for their new Hip-Hop class and enhanced Musical Theater classes. Fabulous Feet offers over 21 years of experience in dance education for both children and adults. This year, the school is adding two teachers with remarkable professional resumes to round out the expert cast at the school.

On Saturday, Anthony D'Astoli will host a free hip hop trial class from 1:30-2:15 for ages 12 and under AND 13+ 2:15-3:15. Anthony has performed at venues such as Radio City Music Hall, B.B.King's, Highline Ballroom, Terminal 5, HA! Comedy Club, The Joyce Theatre, The Williamsburg bridge, Ripley Grier studios, The State Theatre and many more. Anthony has worked with Chris Brown among other established and up-and-coming aritsts, recently at the  Cartoon Network's Camplified Tour in the summer of 2012 & 2013.


On  Saturday, September 21st, Keira Hailey Gordon will offer a free Musical Theater Class. Keira comes to Fabulous Feet with a wealth of experience in performance and education. She is a certified teacher currently employed at Chatham Day School in Chatham, NJ where she teaches music, theatre, and movement to grades PS through eighth grade.  She also holds a BA in Fine Arts from Rider University. Keara has been a professional actress, singer, and dancer since the age of nine, making her professional acting debut in 1986 in the Whitney Houston video, "The Greatest Love of All" where she portrayed a young Whitney.  Keara has performed in many productions regionally, on tour and Off-Broadway.  Some of her favorites include Junie B. Jones (Lucille) off- Broadway at the Lortel Theatre. In 2002 Keara was cast in the "Wizard of Oz" at the Forum Theatre as Dorothy where she not only met her husband Eben, but she found pure joy in sharing her love of theatre with children. For more information, please check out the website at

St. Luke's Presents Blessing of the Animals/Crop Walk in October

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BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS Sunday, October 6th from 9am-11am in St. Luke's beautiful Memorial Garden.  Is your puppy not practicing the Golden Rule?  Does your kitty lack a certain spiritual depth?  Or do you just love your pet madly?   Bring him/her over for a blessing.  Because it might just help.  St. Luke's is the pretty little church at the corner of Rt. 27 and Oak Avenue.

CROP WALK METUCHEN 2013 will step off from St. Luke's at 1 pm on Sunday, October 13th. This 5K sponsored walk addresses world hunger, and is sponsored by the Metuchen Edison Ecumenical Interfaith Clergy Association.  It has been held in Metuchen for more than 35 years.  If you would like to participate in this fun and worthy cause, call 732-548-4308.  Doggies welcome!

Woody Allen's BLUE JASMINE at the Forum THis Weekend

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bluejasmine_2675152b.jpgStarts Friday September 20 On our Screen... Woody Allens
Friday @ 7:30 Saturday 5:30 & 7:30 Sunday @ 2pm
Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine finds the director in peak late-period form -- and benefiting from a superb cast led by Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, Andrew Dice Clay & Louis C.K.
"A moral fable about greed and comeuppance, crimes and misdemeanors, "Blue Jasmine" begins with a socialite brought low and evolves into a tragedy that becomes far greater than her own". NY Times

Follow us:
Friday @ 7:30 Saturday @ 6:30 & 7:30, Sunday @ 2pm All Seats $10 Seniors 65 and Older $9     Running Time 98m In 35MM

Fire and Rain: A Concert For Seaside at Franklin School Friday NIght

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  • Seaside has been through so much...if ever they needed the love and support, it's now. Please come for an evening of music and peace; all proceeds will benefit Seaside.

    We'll either be asking $10 at the door or be passing around a bucket which we hope to fill. Either way we hope you'll dig deep!

    Doors open 7:00; music somewhere around 7:30 or so. We won't leave until the last one of you does.

    Lineup thus far includes:

    John Wilkey
    Benjamin Davis
    Alejandro Ataucusi
    Bob Kasper
    Danny Adlerman

    One or two more possible...check back here often and tell your friends!!
491 Middlesex AvenueMetuchen, New Jersey 08840

Metuchen Yarn Bomber Revealed!

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For the many of you readers who have been wondering aloud who the Metuchen Yarn Bomber, MM has gotten the scoop for you. In her own words, here is some background on Jennifer Daro, longtime Metuchenite and Arts Enthusiast:

I graduated from Metuchen High School--my grandparents settled here and my family is the fourth generation to live here. I started knitting around 1991 -- I taught myself the basics. I never took any classes. I usually give [my] finished pieces away to those who appreciate them. I find it very meditative after a long day of work.

I discovered yarn bombing only a few years ago [through] the Internet. Art has always been a love of mine. I have a BFA (Visual Communications with a concentration in graphic design) and an MA (Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Human Behavior and Organizational Psychology) from Kean University. 
So art was and still is a passion for me. The creative bug in me is being expressed via fiber art.

I didn't expect the reaction I received with the yarn bombing. 
It is very exciting that everyone seems to enjoy it. I do want to eventually yarn bomb all the trees from Hailey's Pub to 27 on 
  one side. I have done two trees so far and I am working on the third. The next tree to get bombed will be the one in front of Hailey's Pub.

Temple Emanu-El Offers Programs for All Ages In October

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October 1                  Zumbini! Babies and toddlers with parents sing, dance, and play instruments together. An innovative new program where Child development meets ZUMBA! Join us for a FREE demo class at 9:30 am.  The 10 week session begins on October 8th.


October 5                  LOL! Comedy Night, featuring renowned comedian, Steve Mittleman. Join us for three acts of comedy, with Steve Mittleman headlining.  Also performing are Harriet Rose and John Debellis. The laughs begin at 7:30 pm.  BYOB, nosh, candy bar, and dessert The cost per ticket is $25 in advance, $30 at the door.  Contact us for tickets- 732-549-4442.  21 and older only.


Community Service Info Night at LIbrary September 16th

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On Monday, September 16 at 7:30 PM, the Metuchen Public Library will host its annual Community Service Information Night at the Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue. High School students are invited to attend with interested parents when a number of local organizations will speak on the different volunteer opportunities available to Metuchen teens. Adult representatives and student volunteers will be on hand from the Library's Teen Advisory Board, the YMCA, the Municipal Alliance, the First Aid Squad, the Fire Department, the Zimmerli Museum, etc..  Volunteer applications from other institutions will be available. For more information write Young Adult librarian, Kathy Liss at

The Forum will be closed this weekend on observance of the Yom Kippur Holiday

IN A WORLD... Continues on our screen September 20
Lake Bell ("Children's Hospital") stars in In a World..., a hilarious romantic comedy about a struggling vocal coach who strikes it big in the cutthroat world of movie-trailer voiceovers, only to find herself in direct competition with the industry's reigning king-her father. Written and directed by Bell, who won the Sundance 2013 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for the script, In a World... also stars Fred Melamed (A Serious Man), Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), Demetri Martin ("Important Things with Demetri Martin"), Michaela Watkins ("Enlightened"), Ken Marino ("Burning Love"), Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation"), Alexandra Holden (The Hot Chick) and Tig Notaro ("The Sarah Silverman Program"). 
Follow us:
Friday @ Saturday 7:30, Sunday @ 4:30 All Seats $10 Seniors 65 and Older $9
Running Time 93m 

My Jewish Journey Sunday Mornings at Neve Shalom

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Local Authors Massengill and Bannister At Library October 15th

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 Local Authors

Rebekah Massengill

Nikki Bannister

 Metuchen Public Library

Tuesday, October 15 at 7 PM

What do The Wal-Mart Wars and Some Kind of Jersey Girl have in common? They are written by local authors who are coming to the Metuchen Public Library! Rebekah Massengill and Nikki Bannister are Metuchen residents, Moms and authors. Check out this free program from the Friends of the Library!    

Library Book Fair October 5th

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What:              Book Fair - over 4000 used books for sale
When:              October 5, 2013
Time:               9:00 - 3:00     
Where:             480 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen, NJ, 08840

Presenter:        Friends of the Metuchen Library


The Friends of the Metuchen Library will hold their annual Book Fair on October 5 on the lawn of the Metuchen Public Library, the same day as the Metuchen's Country fair.  Stop by before you visit the fair for the best selection, or drop by later - we're open from 9:00 until 3:00.

Calligrapher Terry Antoniewicz at YMCA September 17th

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The Metuchen YMCA is presenting the program "Discover Yourself:  Handwriting Tells" on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013.  The event will be from 12:45 pm - 2 pm at the Metuchen Branch YMCA gym.  The Metuchen YMCA Branch is located at 65 High Street.  The program, presented by calligrapher Terry Antoniewicz of Anton Productions, will guide you step-by-step to see what secrets your handwriting reveals about your personality. 

Terry Antoniewicz is a calligrapher who has 45 years experience in creating and repairing historical documents.  In analyzing the handwriting for repairing these documents, she developed a passion for understanding the "story" that each person's handwriting tells.  She is excited to partner with the Metuchen YMCA for this presentation.

Registration is $10.00 and includes supplies for this program; however you are welcome to bring your favorite writing paper and pen.  You are encouraged to register early at the front desk.   To reserve your spot at the YMCA, call 732-548-2044.  For more information about the handwriting analysis program, call Terry at 732-900-3130.

Chamber Offers Business Mixer September 30th

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Local Dancers Show their Superpowers at Starpower Nationals

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SAM_1331.jpegThe Jill Justin Dance Academy Company won the coveted Victory Cup at Starpower Nationals in Ocean City, MD for their Grand Line "It's Our Party."  
Over 1700 numbers performed at this event - of those, 104 were chosen for the battle for the Battle of the Stars.
JJDA had 11 dances in the battle all together.

Extra Days at the MMP This Week!

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From the MMP:

For the enjoyment of its membership the Metuchen Municipal Pool will be open Thursday September 5, Friday September 6, Saturday September 7 and Sunday September 8.  The hours of operation on these four days will be 11 am until 4 pm.

If you have questions, please call Diana the Pool Office Manager at  732-632-8503



Metuchen Rec Offers Bowling Program for Kids 5-14

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Fridays at 4PM and 6PM the Metuchen Recreation Commission and Stelton Lanes offer a weekly bowling program  for students between the ages of 5 and 14. This 12-week fun program starts on September 20th. For further information, check out the Recreation Commission page through their listing to the right. 

YMCA Offers Youth Arts and Activities Classes All Day

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Check out this link for classes at the YMCA all day long. For preschoolers to high schoolers, there are enrichment classes galore! And this year Roxy Aggarwhal of Twinkling Creations will present a jewelry-making class, sure to be a lot of fun and very creative, too! For more information, contact Kat Driane Davis at the Y (

Metuchen Rec Girls Basketball Registration Open

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The Metuchen Girls Youth Basketball League is designed for Metuchen girls who are in grades 1st through 8th.   The purpose of this league is to have fun, learn fundamental basketball skills, like dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding,
defense and inter-league games (3rd-8th grade only)
For additional information: please contact Nancy Goldberg at Metuchen Recreation, 732-632-8502 or Ben Small at 732-549-9066.

For girls 1st through 6th:
Clinic runs from December 7th through February 15th at Moss School on Saturday mornings (times TBD)
For girls also interested in league play (3rd through 8th grades only):
The season runs from December 7 through March 20
Practices are at Edgar & Moss Schools during the week.
Games are on Saturdays and/or weekday evenings TBD

Who: 1st - 8th grade girls that go to school in Metuchen


·          Clinics (1st - 6th); Saturdays from Dec 7 through Feb 15
·         Team Practices for (3rd - 8th grades); Dec 7 - March 20
·         Games (3rd - 8th) - January through Mid March



·      Clinics at Moss School Gym

·      Team Practices

o   3rd/4th grade at Moss school gym

o   5th-8th grade at Edgar Middle School gym

Cost: $50 for the season.  $70 if submitted after the deadline. (Team shorts are optional for an $15.)

The Borough of Metuchen will hold its 5th annual "Celebrate Recovery!" event on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Metuchen's Borough Hall. The event promotes the benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery from substance use and abuse and celebrates those in recovery. A variety of recovery information and resources will also be made available.

The event, sponsored by the Metuchen Municipal Alliance, and NCADD New Jersey's Advocacy Leaders, features a panel of speakers including representatives from the recovery community, law enforcement, the Governor's Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (GCADA), treatment providers, and family support groups. An open question and answer period will follow the speakers.

Costume Supercenter Looking for Seasonal Employees

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Halloween Industry leader, Costumer Supercenter, is gearing up for its busiest time of the year and is looking to hire up to 600 new employees.  New employees are needed for the upcoming Halloween season and the hiring period for all positions has already started.  
Costume Supercenter specializes in Halloween Costumes, Halloween Décor, Party Supplies and more.   Costume Supercenter has openings for all levels of employees at its Edison NJ facility which houses on site Call Center and an expansive warehouse.  Open Positions include; Full-Time, Part Time and even overnight shifts.   Shifts and Hours vary by department with flexible scheduling to staff the in-season 24-hour operation.
On-the-job -training is provided for new employees.  Full-time employment or possible future seasonal opportunities with the company may be available.
For more information about available positions and opportunities, check out!  You can also apply in person at 45 Fernwood Ave, Edison, NJ 08837 located near the NJ Expo in the Raritan Center between the hours of 8:30 to 5:30M-F.

Metuchen Public Library Offers Two New Online Programs

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Check out this link to access these great new programs!
 Mango Language Courseware                              Learn a language on-line. Free and Easy!
Mango Languages is available to all Metuchen Library Cardholders, and is funded by the Friends of the Library.

Worldbook online
Free Downloadable Digital Magazines Service is available to all Metuchen Library Cardholders 24/7. Enter your library card no. and set up your Zinio account to access over 120 most current magazines at your finger tips.

Metuchen Country Fair Taking Applications Now

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The 50th Annual Metuchen Country Fair is scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2013 with rain dates of October 12th, 19th and 26th. Booth applications are being accepted right now. Check out this link.


This Fair is planned for non-profit organizations and Chamber members only. 


Organizations who wish to use outside vendors in lieu of their own volunteers may be denied and should contact Angela Sielski at the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce (732) 395-7050 for more information. If approved, there will be an additional charge of $100 per booth space.

If you have any questions, please phone contact Angela Sielski, Country Fair Manager at (732) 395-7050 or
Check the next page for further information.

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