October 2013 Archives
Pomptonian, the district's food service provider, sponsored a food day celebration that gave the children at Campbell School a chance to sample locally grown apples. The farmer who grew the apples was there along with two representatives from Pocono Produce, the produce supplier for Pomptonian. Patty Baxter and Cindy Sue Schaller, both from Pomptonian, made
sure that the kids had a ball. The students were excited to sample the delicious apples at the school farm stand.
The idea of setting up a farm stand in the cafeteria came from Cara Cuite, a parent representative on the district Wellness Committee. It was part of an initiative to sponsor a Food Day at the elementary school in the district, an idea that Pomptonian loved, cooperating with school officials and volunteers to bring into being.
(PHOTO INFO: The people featured are Jerry Daidone, Business Development/ Multi Unit Representative for Pocono ProFoods; Kara Snyder, Culinary Specialist/ Business Development for Pocono ProFoods; Jonathan Consalo-Vivid, Fruit & Produce, LLC. (they provided the locally grown apples); Patty Baxter, Director of Pomptonian Food Service; and Brooke Kirschner, the Vice Principal of Campbell School and student Nathan Daniels.)
Friday @ 7:30 Saturday @ 4pm & 6pm Sunday @ 2pm
The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers, is the 13th release by Moriah Films, the Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaking division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Based on the best- selling book by Ambassador Yehuda Avner, The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers takes the audience inside the offices of Israel's Prime Ministers through the eyes of an insider, Yehuda Avner, who served as a chief aide, English language note-taker and speechwriter to Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres. Running Time 1hr 54m
Sunday October 27 @ 11am For Kids 1 to 100 We Present a Free Screening Of One Of The Classic Horror Comedies Of All Time...
ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello star in this hilarious horror/comedy that has not only one but three of Universal's classic monsters: Frankenstein, Count Dracula and the Wolfman.
AS ALWAYS WE ACCEPT DONATIONS FOR OUR FREE SCREENINGS AND WE THANK YOU!
Marafiki Fair Trade is bringing a global movement to educate girls and change the world home to Metuchen with a screening of Girl Rising. Girl Rising is a groundbreaking feature film that spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. The film captures their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives. It is also a movement dedicated to empowering and achieving educational equity for girls around the world. The film will be shown on Sunday, November 17 at 2:30pm at the Old Franklin School House, 491 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen - The suggested donation is $5.00 and additional donations will be gratefully accepted. For more information or tickets call 732-902-6300 or visit our event page at www.facebook.com/events/1423222211238219/.
Linda Koskoski and Deborah Zupan, co-owners of Marafiki Fair Trade believe in the power of education to change not only a girl, but the world. "By hosting a screening of Girl Rising in Metuchen, we are demonstrating our commitment to breaking down the barriers that prevent girls around the world from going to school barriers like child marriage, sex trafficking, gender violence and discrimination. We are humbled to be part of this growing movement, raising visibility in our community alongside thousands of other events worldwide."
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Metuchen Recreation Commission
and the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce Present:
The 3nd Annual
And Trunk or Treat
Sunday, October 27th
Parade begins PROMPTLY at 3:00pm festivities until 5:00pm
All costumed youngsters are invited to "trick or treat" around the Pearl Street parking lot and then back to the Metuchen Senior Center for music, photo opportunities and balloon artists. Families are invited to set up for trunk or treating in order to keep the fun going! Please note that families are required to register in order to participate with their vehicle in the Trunk or Treat! Register online
In the event of bad weather, the event will be held on the same date and time inside the Campbell Elementary School (24 Durham Avenue).
Please check our website and Facebook page listed below
on the day of the event if the weather is a concern.
Questions? Contact Nancy Goldberg at the Recreation Commission at (732) 632-8502
At the end of last month, Mayor Vahalla asked the Traffic & Transportation Committee (T&TC) to survey residents about the Pedestrian Flag Pilot Program. In addition to the booth at the country fair, the T&TC & volunteers are collecting surveys at the Metuchen Farmer's Market, Metuchen Senior Housing, Metuchen Library, and Metuchen Senior Center. We will collect data for the next month with the goal of reviewing it at our November 13th meeting.
Attached here is a PDF copy of the survey. Below is a link to an on-line version that the T&TC would like posted on the borough website and facebook pages, if at all possible.
Traffic & Transportation Committee
Sunday, Nov. 3, 3pm, Nails in the Wall, the Gallery at St. Luke's, Oak Ave. & Rt. 27 in Metuchen, will sponsor a one- hour presentation by a Sufi Dervish who "Whirls," Sakina, a woman dervish from the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Community in Tribeca, Manhattan. This particular "embodied" form of prayer, the physical act of moving in a circle, is not well known in the West, though nearly all of the great religious traditions use body postures, kneeling, bowing, dancing, as part of prayer ritual.
The program is connected to the Gallery's current exhibit, "Spirituality of the Mandala, Reality in the Round." All are invited.
From Metuchen Bulldogs Football:
Sept 23rd Action on the field:
Another fine day on the gridiron for the Metuchen Bulldogs! It all began with the flag team and there battle with Manville. Once again Coach Ryan's team received contributions from a number of different players. The "Young" Bulldogs overcame another hostile environment and scored 4 touchdowns and were able to stymie Manville with lockdown defense. Sebastian Leardi scored his first touchdown of the year on a nifty run Congrats Sebastian and Awesome Jobs Boys!
The JR. Midget team was the middle game on the slate. Coach Hronich's bunch competed hard all day but eventual fell to a very tough St. Barts team. Lucas Revano played a stellar defensive game. His outstanding tackling and all out assault on the ball carriers of St. Barts surely left an indelible impression. On offense, Jack Hogerty sparkled and was the Offensive Player of the Game.
In the finale the Mighty Mites also took on St. Barts and once again our 7, 8 & 9 year olds battled a team comprised of all 8 and 9 year olds. Ben Michaliszyn scored on a beautiful tigh end reverse early in the game and the offense sparkled behind the direction of quarterback Dante Regan and the blocking of Greg Henson and Francis Cheche. Defensively the hard hitting of Will Kwiatkowski and Drew Delabar lead a great team effort.
Awesome performance boys keep working hard!
And congratulations to our Cheerleaders on the great performances all day--and for those who attended the Mighty Mite game we were able to witness an impressive Halftime Show. Great Job Ladies!
Sept 29th Action on the field:
On Sunday our flag team once again went on the road in a test of will and grit. The "young" Bulldogs played a solid game defensively led by flag machine Kyle Johnston. Offensively the boys were led once again by Evan Toth, as he scored on a 48 yard scamper, taking it to the house thanks to a great block by Ben Michaliszyn. Don't forget the Flag Team makes it much anticipated homecoming this Sunday--get there early to see all the action.
The Mighty Mites traveled to Keansburg in an early morning contest. The boys battled hard all day long. The defensive effort was led this week by Greg Henson and AJ Perillo. On offense the Mites got great efforts from Leopold Dorilas and Stephen Michaliszyn. And" Mr. Versatile" Patrick Miller provided worthy of his nickname playing several different positions all while providing a boost to his team. Great job boys!
The JR. Midgets exploded for 26 points in a their first victory of the season. The Bulldogs jumped out early, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter. Quarterback Will Hronich scored two touchdowns while teammates Lucas Revano and Jaden Rojas both chipped in with scores of their own. Also starring on offense was Chris Ahumada. Lucas Revano also received the Defensive Player of the Week for the JR. Midgets this week Congratulations and keep it going!
The Metuchen Municipal Alliance and Satori Academy are proud to join teens, parents, teachers, and other citizens across America in celebrating Red Ribbon Week 2013 (October 23-31), the oldest and largest drug prevention observation in the nation.
The first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign in 1985 was organized in response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America.
Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. The campaign has reaches millions of U.S. children and families.
Pick up a free "Celebrate Drug Free" Red Ribbon decal at The Metuchen Police Records Department or Metuchen Recreation (M-F 9:00am -4:00pm), at the Metuchen Library or at Satori Academy's Tano Mall location (1199 Amboy Avenue Edison, NJ).
For more information and Prevention resources please visit the Metuchen Municipal Alliance web-site
This is a perfect opportunity to experience both tests, now that most colleges will accept either exam for admissions.
To sign up for the practice test, please write Young Adult Librarian Kathy Liss at KLiss@Lmxac.org or call the Library on 732.632.8526. Register early; space is limited.
Congregation Neve Shalom presents the Donald and Ruth Kahn Book and Author Event on Sunday, October 20th, at 250 Grove Avenue, Metuchen. Refreshments at 9:30am and program starting at 10:00am.
For our 20th year this year's presenters are Jami Attenberg, The Middlesteins: A Novel, Allison Amend, A Nearly Perfect Copy: A Novel, Ruth Behar, Traveling Heavy: A Memoir Between Journeys, and Naomi Schaefer Riley, 'Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America. Meet the authors of recently published books and hear their compelling stories. Books will b e available for sale and autographs by authors.
This program is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Hazzan Levin at 732-548-2238 ext 14.
THE METCHEN MUNICIPAL ALLIANCE WILL HOLD THE ANNUAL TREASURE HUNT GARAGE SALE ON 10/12, 10/19, and 10/26.
WITH APPROVAL FROM THE METUCHEN PARKING AUTHORITY, THE PEARL STREET PARKIING LOT WILL BE THE SITE FOR THIS SPECIAL EVENT.
The Metuchen Municipal Alliance has coordinated THIS event TO OFFER THE OPPORTUNITY FOR "HIGH TRAFFICE GARAGE SALES." ALL RESIDENTS AND NON METUCHEN RESIDENTS ARE INVITED TO RENT A SPACE FOR $10.00 AND SET UP ANY ITEMS THEY WISH TO SELL. IF A TABLE IS DESIRED FOR THE DURATION OF THE EVENT, AN ADDITIONAL $5.00 IS REQUESTED.
Please show your support for the METUCHEN Farmer's Market as you peruse your neighbors' offerings in search of that special treasure you seek.
· Please Contact Michael at 908-565-3004 for further information or to reserve your table or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org visit our website at www.metuchennj.org/MMA/index.html
Dear Metuchen Matters,My name is Garrett Shafer and I am a prospective Eagle Scout and a resident of Metuchen. I understand you sometimes write about Eagle Scout Projects so I wanted to tell you about my Project. I am conducting my Eagle Scout project on October 12th and 13th (2013) behind the Social Center of the First Presbyterian Church in Metuchen. My Project involves fixing a broken swing-set (including replacing the swings) and painting it, filling in the area around the swing-set with wood chips, adding a park bench near the swing-set, and repairing and painting a shed which currently has graffiti on it and broken wood siding. We will work on the Project starting October 12th (Saturday) at 8:00 a.m. until approximately 3:00 p.m. Then on October 13th (Sunday), we will begin again at 8:00, take a break at 9:15 until 10:30 to attend the Church service at First Presbyterian, and then continue until the Project until it is completed. If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them. Please contact me at (732)-978-2891,email@example.com.
The Child Care Services Branch of the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy is hosting the 5th annual Tot Trot & Youth Fun Run on Sunday, October 13th at Metuchen High School. This charity event helps the program continue to support families with scholarship assistance when they are unable to pay the full cost of child care. The fund also provides aid to families in crisis and allows us to temporarily provide tuition assistance in the event of a family emergency.
Sunday, October 13th at the Metuchen High School Track
Tot Trot races begin promptly at 11am Entry Fees: $12 pre-registration by 10/09/13. $15.00 after 10/10/13 and on race day. All participants will receive a t-shirt. The Tot Trot for ages 2 to 5 years will begin promptly at 11AM. Races are organized by age group, with each age group running their own race. The Youth Fun Run for ages 6 to 12 years is a 400 meter event and will begin promptly at 11:30 AM. Registration and sponsorship forms available at www.ymcaofmewsa.org
For more information on the Tot Trot & Youth Fun Run, contact Rose Cushing at 732-516-9200 x1109
On Sunday, October 13 at 2 PM the Metuchen Public Library will kick off Teen Read Week with A Visit with Paul Volponi. Mr.Volponi is the author of 11 Young Adult novels which confront issues that all teens face on their journey to adulthood--identity, tolerance, justice, courage and morality.
The focus of Volponi's most recent title The Final Four is basketball and March Madness. In the novel, Volponi brings together four college players from different backgrounds to a single moment on the court. Part of the story is told through a series of flashbacks by which the characters' lives and motivations are revealed. The action on the court is enhanced with newspaper articles, interviews and a play-by-play broadcast. In Crossing Lines (2011), the setting is the suburban Central High School, where one student (Alan) begins to explore his gender identity with clothes and makeup. But the novel is told from the point of view of Adonis, a varsity football player who strives to fit in with his teammates, then tries distancing himself from Alan, and is forced to make tough choices when the bullying escalates.
The Metuchen YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk through healthy eating, increased physical activity and weight loss - an approach that has been proven to prevent or delay the onset of the disease by more than half.
Now is a great time to take control of your health. In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach will help you change your lifestyle by learning about healthy eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over the course of 16 one-hour sessions. Topics covered include nutrition, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more! After the initial 16 core weekly sessions, you will meet monthly for up to a year for added support to help them maintain their progress.
· Reduce body weight by 7%
· Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week
New Classes Begin:
· October 16 @South Amboy YMCA-6:30pm to 7:30pm
· October 24 @ YMCA Corporate Office-6:30pm to 7:30pm
· October 23 @ Affinity Federal Credit Union-5:00pm to 6:00pm
· November 4 @ Edison YMCA 11:30am-12:30pmTo find out if you qualify or to register for a new class contact: Keisha Griffin, YDPP Community Connections Coordinator @ 732- 516-9200 ext. 1112. For more information on the program go to www.ymcaofmewsa.org
Our son, Max, who is ten years old and in fifth grade at Edgar Middle School, is having a birthday party to celebrate the the main character from the best selling book, Wonder by R.J. Pallacio.
Wonder is a beautiful story about August Pullman, a ten year old boy who has a deformity. He never attended school before and the book is about his first year at public school, how he make friends and the impact he has on his family and the entire community. My son, who has cerebral palsy, connected very deeply with this story as he feels as though someone has written his life's words.
To be Continued has been gracious enough to host the party and we are expecting a nice turn-out of kids and adults. Come join us!
I am a Metuchen resident and a volunteer for Get Covered America (http://www.getcoveredamerica.org/) - a non-profit non-partisan group working to help people become enrolled in the new insurance Marketplace (https://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/individual/#state=new-jersey) .
If any of your community members what to learn how and where to enroll for the new healthcare insurance they can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I'll will also periodically be at To Be Continued Book Store...
We plan to have an event here in a few weeks time, but have not yet set the date.
Thanks. Best Regards,
Mary Sue Schmaltz
FROM THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY:
Annual Meeting and Author Event
It's that time again! You're invited to our annual meeting on October 15, 2013, at 7PM. After a short business meeting where we will elect next year's officers to the Friends Board, and the presentation of our annual gift to the Library, we will be entertained (and informed) by two of our local Metuchen authors: Nicole Chinchar and Rebekah Peeples Massengill. After their presentations, you will have a chance to meet the authors, socialize with the Board and members, and enjoy some light refreshments.
Elections: all but one of our Officers and Trustees have agreed to continue to serve next year so we are looking for nominations to fill the post of Vice-President (currently held by Bern Bransfield).
President Sondra Flite
Treasurer Alisa Schleif
Recording Secretary Marilyn Silver
Corresponding Secretary Rosemarie Schwarzman
Trustees Karen Alexander • Mary Kearns-Kaplan • Dorothy Obropta • Dominic Walker
Author Event: Nicole Chinchar, writing as Nikki Bannister, has crafted a story of life, love, and the self- discovery that comes with approaching middle-age. Her debut novel, Some Kind of Jersey Girl, released in January of this year and is available in paperback and ebook.
Rebekah Peeples Massengill is a cultural sociologist whose work has been published in scholarly journals and national media. She has taught at Princeton and Swarthmore, worked for the Pew Research Center, and currently serves as Director of Studies at Mathey College at Princeton University. Her first book, Wal-Mart Wars: Moral Populism in the 21st Century, was published by NYU Press in March of this year, and has been described by Library Journal as "first-rate sociology, deftly packaged to offer insight for both academic and popular audiences."
Both authors will do short presentations which will be followed by light refreshments and a chance to meet the authors and purchase their books.
We hope you'll join us for what promises to be an enjoyable, and informative evening!
Grand opening for Lollipopland Metuchen on October 5th, from 10am to 6pm during the fair. Come visit what Michelle and Denise call the "sweetest spot in Metuchen." They will have balloons and face painting on the 5th, and we will have candy and center pieces to buy, Face painting is from 1 to 4. We will also be handing out free lollipops.
Both Michele and Denise promise that "We will be able to customize any basket, any arrangement, any centerpiece. Stop by to place an order for your holiday parties."
Julie Brickman is author of the story collection, Two Deserts, to be released October 1, 2013 by Hopewell Publications. She will be reading excerpts from the book at To Be Continued , , , this Saturday October 5th at 3 PM (during the fair).
Julie. a MHS graduate, is also the writer of the novel What Birds Can Only Whisper published by Turnstone Press. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the North American Review, the Louisville Review, the Barcelona Review, the International Journal of Women's Studies, Kinesis, Canadian Psychology and the anthologies High Horse and States of Rage. Julie teaches fiction on the faculty of the brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Her honors include grants from the Canada Council, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and a writer-in-residence position at the Berton House in the gold rush city of Dawson City, Yukon. A New Jersey girl, she lives in Laguna Beach, California, where she is currently working on two new novels.
Friday @ 7:30 Sunday @ 3pm
With sly humor and an intensity of feeling, THE SPECTACULAR NOW (directed by James Ponsoldt) creates a vivid, three-dimensional portrait of youth confronting the funny, thrilling and perilous business of modern love and adulthood. This is the tale of Sutter Keely (Miles Teller), a high school senior and effortless charmer, and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with "the good girl" Aimee Finecky (Shailene Woodley). What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth - one that doesn't look for tidy truths. The film was written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber (500) DAYS OF SUMMER and also features wonderful supporting turns from Brie Larson, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.