October 2013 Archives


School District Food Service Sponsors Farm Stand Day at Campbell

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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.)

November 2nd Pumpkin Pie Workshop at St. Luke's

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Complete Streets Resolution Passed -- Here's What's Coming

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Webbanner2.pngCheck out this link for information on Complete Streets -- a program which illustrates best practices and procedures for making sure that a town like Metuchen can accomodate drivers, pedestrians, bikers and everybody else on the same roads all together! A resolution passed at the previous Council meeting has brought this to its starting point here in the Brainy Boro.

Dems Invite You to An Ice Cream Social October 29th

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Zombies Invade Metuchen Saturday October 27th

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A vile horde of zombies will invade Metuchen on Sunday, October 27, on a hungry hunt for brains in the Brainy Borough. They will gather and depart the Colonial Cemetery at 5:00 P.M. (by the Metuchen Train Station) and drag their rotting flesh, and food bank donations, along Main Street towards the Old Franklin Schoolhouse, gathering willing victims & cans of soup as they scrape their undead bones along the sidewalk. Why? Self-interested ZOMBIES live by these words: THEY STARVE,WE STARVE!
For more info, contact "Zombies of Metuchen" on Facebook or call 862-368-2202.

Flip-a-Thon Saturday for Metuchen Bulldogs!

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THE PRIME MINISTERS:The Pioneers,  A New Documentary This Weekend On Our Screen Oct 25-27
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... 
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. 

732.548.5600   www.forumtheatrearts.org

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."

 Click through for more ABOUT GIRL RISING

It's Halloween Time so Trunk Or Treat is Back! October 27th

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The 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

Hello All, 
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.
Thank you, 
Tyreen Reuter
Traffic & Transportation Committee

Nails in the Wall Presents "Whirls" - Sufi Dervish presentation

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Sunday, Nov. 3, 3pmNails 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.

September Round-Up for Jr Bulldog Football in Metuchen

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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!

Red Ribbon Week Starts October 23rd

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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


Free ACT/SAT Combo Practice November 8th

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On Friday November 8, 2013, Kaplan Test Prep will offer a free ACT/SAT Combo Practice Test at the Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue. Registration is open to Metuchen residents in grades 9-12. The 3.5 hour Combo Practice Test helps students decide which test is right for them. Students will receive scores and feedback via email from Kaplan Test Prep that compares their performance on each of the analogous test sections of the two exams (ex. SAT math section vs. ACT math section). 
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. 

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On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, there will be a large event at St. Francis Cathedral located on Main Street. Beginning at approximately 9:15 am, Main Street will be closed from Durham Ave. to Maple Ave. until approximately 12:30pm. Anyone living in this area will be allowed to get to their home if necessary. Please have all cars off of Main Street between Rt. 27 and Chestnut by 8am on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. During this event, there will be a ceremonial 21 gun salute. Anyone needing to get to Campbell School will be able to do so.

MHS Athletics Receives Shop Rite Cup

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MHS students pose proudly with the Shop Rite cup, awarded to Metuchen High School as Top Group 1 athletic program in the state.


Neve Shalom Offers Book + Author Event October 20th

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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. 

Aditya Uppuluri Receives 10K Scholarship from Nordstrom

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Photo: Aditya outside his classroom with his parents and sister Siri (MHS freshman) immediately following the surprise classroom visit by Nordstrom reps.

Metuchen High School senior, Aditya Uppuluri, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship by Nordstrom.  Information about the award program is attached.  He also was awarded a MacBook Air by our local Nordstrom store in Menlo Park.

AP + SAT II High Scorers Celebrate at Board of Ed Meeting

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AP,SAT_students_oct_2013.jpgOn Tuesday, October 8th, the Metuchen Board of Education honored Metuchen High School students who earned scores of 800 on SAT II and scores of 5 on the AP exams administered in the spring of 2013.  Pictured here (l to r) are: 

·         Joshua Hasler (800 on SAT II in Reading; 5s on AP English Language Composition and AP US History)

·         Aditya Uppuluri (800s on SAT II in US History and Math level 2; 5s on AP English Language Composition, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP US History, AP Calculus BC, and AP Spanish Language)

·         Anica Bustamante (5 on AP English Language Composition)

·         Tiffany Yao (5s on AP English Language Composition, AP US History, and AP Calculus BC)

Other students who earned these top scores include (not pictured):  Christopher Kay, James Hampsey, Kevin Kattiandagho, Daniel Lackland, Sarah Ma, John Melendez, and Madison Schaper.

Edgar Students Explore Edgar Woods with Princeton Grad Students

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Science_-_Edgar_Woods_2.jpgSeventh grade students in Judy Graziano's classes at Edgar Middle School worked with graduate students from Princeton University in Edgar Woods as they studied ecology in an authentic science lesson.  Edgar Woods is located directly behind the middle school and has served as an outdoor classroom for many years.  This project allowed students to work with graduate level scientists as they collected data from the woods.  Students measured and recorded the circumference of a variety of trees.  They recorded the % color change status of the plant, and collected leaves to be used in the identification of the trees.  Soil moisture and temperature measurements were also included in their record keeping.  As part of this on-going partnership, these seventh graders will return to Edgar Woods at periodic intervals to collect additional data and monitor their findings.   These types of science learning activities provide a real world application to the concepts studied in the classroom.  The opportunity to work in an authentic science learning environment provides these young ecologists with a unique learning experience.

Rutgers Science Bus at Edgar Brings Interactive Elements to Study

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Science_Bus.jpgEighth grade students at Edgar Middle School participated in hands-on interactive learning activities on the Rutgers Science Explorer Bus on October 8, 9, and 10th.  The program, Matter Mattersfocused on solids, liquids, and gases as well as parts of an atom.  Students looked at chemical combinations and combined elements to make compounds.  Each session included approximately 20 students for a 90 minute time period.   The Rutgers Science Bus will return to Edgar Middle School in December for forensics lessons for seventh graders.


Youth Basketball Through the YMCA - Registration Open Now

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Click on the YMCA's link on this page to register!




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 metuchenysb@gmail.com visit our website at www.metuchennj.org/MMA/index.html

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Metuchen Matters welcomes new advertiser Amy Brooks and Paradise Custom Glass! Check out the button ad with link to the right to find out more about this unique artist! And, while you're at it, familiarize yourself with her work in person at What's the Scoop. Just in time for Halloween, Brooks has mounted these Day of the Dead Masks at What's the Scoop, available NOW.

Eagle Scout Garrett Shafer Needs Help October 12th and 13th

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From Garrett Shafer:
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,shafer.garrett@gmail.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.

Event Details:

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

BeerFest at the BIL October 19th

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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.

YMCA Offers DIabetes Prevention Program

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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.

Program Goals:

·        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-12:30pm

To 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
1014168_517623838310437_510835358_n.jpgMax Rubin, son of former councilwoman Sheri-Rose Rubin, has a message for Metuchen: "Don't judge a boy by his face...come to Auggie's party to celebrate friendship!"
The party he is referring to will happen at To Be Continued Bookstore on October 10th, 2013. Ms. Rubin explains it all for us here and extends an invitation to the community to join this special event:

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: getcovered@metuchen.us

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

Email: getcovered@metuchen.us

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting Invitation HERE

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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).

Friends Board 

President Sondra Flite

Vice-President TBA 

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!

Farmers Market Stays Until November 23rd!

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What's New at the Market 
Wonderful news...the market will be extended until Saturday, November 23!  Our non-farmer vendors will continue to visit us with their pickles, granola, bread, and prepared food items. Whistling Wolf and Country Farm Stand will have a good selection of fall veggies to offer as well.  Happy continued shopping!
New From Our Vendors this Week:
Whistling Wolf Farms arugula, bok choi, cilantro, daikon, dill, flowers, garlic, ginger, basil, daikon, flowers, garlic, kale, mizuna,  parsley, sage, oregano, thyme, chives, peppers, hot peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, radishes, salad mix, swiss chard, tatsoi, turnips, and NEW THIS WEEK ... acorn squash, head lettuce, and baby collard greens!

November 2             Shabbat B'Shir! Saturday at 10:00 a.m. A participatory, intergenerational, musical service.  Open to the whole community- families are encouraged to join us.


November 15           TOT Shabbat!  An age-appropriate Friday evening Shabbat program for younger children up to six years old which also includes a Jewish-themed art/craft session. The program starts at 6 pm. 

At the fair, sign the petition for the Girl Scouts who are interesting in creating the Dog Park for Metuchen. Their website info is listed below -- you can sign the petition online, too, at the link! In the summer of 2013, 2 Edgar Middle School students discussed how they wanted a place they could bring their dogs to play. Since they are both Girl Scouts, they decided they would use their Silver Award as an opportunity to try to make this happen. They reached out to family, friends, and Council members and have been trying to get support for their idea. The Mayor of Metuchen assembled a committee to study the idea and the girls are seeking people to sign their petition to show the Mayor that the town wants a dog park!

Lollipopland Metuchen NEW GRAND OPENING SATURDAY on Main Street

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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."

St. Luke's Presents Blessing of the Animals October 6th

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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!

Metuchen, NJ: The Brainy Borough's own singer-songwriter, Sharon Goldman, will host a night of female musicians at the Old Franklin School, 491 Middlesex Avenue, on Saturday, October 5 at 8 pm (after the Metuchen Country Fair).

Local banjo player, Sondra Flite, who is also the president of the Friends of the Metuchen Library, will open the show with a couple of her carefully-curated cover tunes. Next, an amazing folk-rock duo, Wool & Grant, which consists of veteran NYC singer-songwriters Ina May Wool and Bev Grant, will share of a set of their rootsy, heartfelt songs that have been called "Woody Guthrie meets Laura Nyro."

Finally, Sharon Goldman -- who has hosted many "Acoustic Night" evenings at Brewed Awakening and spearheaded last year's "Play Like a Girl" Simon & Garfunkel tribute at the BIL "Summer House" series -- will play a set of her original songs, and a couple of surprise cover tunes, with a group of highly-talented musical friends, including Amy Soucy on harmony vocals; Jeremiah Birnbaum on guitar and mandolin; Jon Sobel on bass and Skyler Bode on keyboards.

"I absolutely love bringing singer/songwriter-centric music to Metuchen," says Goldman, who moved to the borough in 2009 after 20 years of living in Brooklyn and Manhattan. "And everyone who I have invited to join me here has become a huge Metuchen fan. There are so many music and art lovers here, it is a tremendous community for creative artists of all kinds."

Julie Brickman is author of the story collection, Two Deserts, to be released October 1, 2013 by Hopewell PublicationsShe 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 StudiesKinesisCanadian 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.

Lollipop Land Is Moving to New Site at 329 Main Street

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The Spectacular Now At the Forum This Weekend

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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. 

International Film Festival at the Library Starts September 30th

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