November 2013 Archives

Happy Hanukkah, Metuchen!

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ASH MOB SPECIALS
FRIDAY November 29th through SUNDAY December 1st

 

body & brain} 432 Main Street: Saturday, November 30th Open Yoga/Tai Chi Class 12 Noon to 1pm

 

bookstore} 465 Main Street: Buy 3 books, get 1 more FREE! Only during Shop Small Weekend 11/29-12/1.

 

Boro Hardware} 655 Middlesex Avenue: Wreaths, trees and roping are in! Visit acehardware.com for Special Offers from Ace all weekend

 

Boyt Drugs} 411 Main Street: 20% off jewelry, handbags and boxed Christmas cards; Windmill vitamins: buy one, get one FREE; Exclusive Metuchen Christmas ornaments, only at Boyt Drugs

 

The Drawing Room} 329 Main Street, rear entrance: Metuchen artist Ed Wetzel has opened a new studio. Visitors who sign guestbook will be entered in a raffle for a 8 x 10 portrait of their home in pen and ink with watercolor wash ($300 value)

 

Empire Asian Fusion} 435 Main Street: FREE appetizer with purchase of two entrees over $25. Dine in only during Cash Mob Weekend

 

Gardenia's Floral} 297 Main Street: Stop by for a $5.00 special bouquet while supplies last, beginning Black Friday

 

George's Dry Cleaner} 424 Main Street: Drop an unwrapped children's toy or game for Toys for Tots

 

The Groove Academy Music Institute} 26 Jersey Avenue: FREE consultation with a music instructor, call 732.549.4766

 

Joey D's Pizza} 279 Central Avenue: 12 FREE garlic knots with 2 pizza pies

 

LaRosa Pizza} 335 Lake Avenue: One FREE appetizer with 2 entrees

 

LollipopLand} 329 Main Street: Win a $25 gift certificate if you correctly guess the number of lollipops in the bowl

 

Main Street Trattoria} 413 Main Street: 10% discount on Cash Mob Friday & Saturday when you mention the Cash Mob ad

 

Marafiki Fair Trade} 20 New Street: FREE Marafiki tote bag with a purchase of $30 or more, plus all visitors can enter a drawing for a $25 gift certificate

 

Metuchen Liquor & Deli} 422 Main Street: 10% off all wine bottles over $15 or 10% off any purchase of 6 items

 

Metuchen Matters} www.metuchenmatters.com: 6 months of paid advertising at a 25% discount and get the 7th month FREE

 

Metuchen Travel} 428 Main Street: Book a Girlfriends Getaway to Canyon Ranch; visit for details on Royal Caribbean's brand-new cruise ship Quantum, departing from New Jersey

 

Mimi's at Metuchen} 452 Main Street: FREE appetizers up to a $7 value with purchase of 2 dinner entrees

 

NJ Nutritionist} http://njnutritionist.com/freeassessment: Give yourself the gift of health this holiday season. Start by taking a FREE self-assessment

 

Premier Car Wash} 175 Essex (Rt. 27): Holiday Gift Certificate Program: Buy 5, get 2 FREE; Buy 10 get 4 FREE; Buy 20 get 10 FREE. Full, Silver gold and platinum services available

 

Pyramid Vitamin & Health Foods} 449 Main Street: 20% discount off full price vitamins, herbs and supplements

 

Runners High} 454 Main Street: Spend $20 and get $40 worth of merchandise during Small Business Saturday Weekend!

 

STS Tire & Auto Center} 203 Route 27: Buy 2 STS Signature Series Tires, get 2 tires FREE during Small Business Saturday Weekend'

 

Suite Beverly} 433 Main Street: Jewelry, buy one, get one FREE; 10% off on all clothing in the boutique

 

Tiger Workshops Learning Center} 280 Amboy Avenue tiger.workshops@gmail.com: 1 FREE writing class for students in grades 3 through 11, helping them improve on the NJ ASK

 

To Be Continued} 431 Main Street: For each $100 spent, receive a $25 gift certificate. Browse the boutique showcasing handmade gifts by local artisans. Buy 3 books, get 1 more FREE! Only during Shop Small Weekend 11/29-12/1

 

What's the Scoop} 410 Main Street: Blood Drive Friday 11/29--Turn Black Red! With each donation get 1 slice and 1 scoop plus a Hailey's coupon for 1 free pint for a donated pint of blood

 

If you would you like your special offer for Small Business Weekend listed here, send details to joannsaba@gmail.com

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, METUCHEN!

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Holiday Recycling Information from Borough HERE

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This message from the Borough of Metuchen, Department of Public Works was transmitted today on our Code Red reverse 911 system. 

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday the Department of Public Works has reduced the regular 5 day collection schedule to 3 days. 

If your trash and recycling are normally collected on Monday, your schedule has not changed. Please place your cans out on Sunday night for Monday collection. 

Keep reading for additional quadrants and information.

Special Holiday Deals at Lollipopland Metuchen

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2 More Days to get your Thanksgiving Gift! Our arrangements are great hostess gifts and look beautiful on your Thanksgiving table.
 
BLACK FRIDAY (Nov 29th)-
Lollipop Land will be open from 9AM - 6PM.
We will be offering 20% off all purchases in the store and orders made and paid for between 9 AM and 12 PM.
This offer is for everyone! So please tell all your friends to come by and visit!
 
CASH MOB / SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY (Nov 30th)
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Lollipop Land will be participating in the Metuchen Cash Mob. Please visit our store. We will be having a chance to win a $25 gift certificate.
Small businesses are a rare breed in today's world. Help and support all small businesses this Saturday. These small businesses are what helps keep Metuchen the charming town it is!
 
SANTA IS COMING TO TOWN! (Sun, Dec 22nd)
Santa Claus LOVES Lollipop Land! He is so excited to come and visit the store and pick up all the orders for all the kids in town to deliver on Christmas Day!
Come visit between 2PM and 4PM to see Santa!
Bring your cameras!
We will be giving free gifts to the kids.
And the entire time Santa is there, we will be offering 10% off all purchases!
 
Lollipop Land has been very busy making many new arrangements for the Holidays! We have 100's of new lollipops in and fun, novelty candies! Great gifts for everyone!
 
We wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and look forward to help "sweeten" all your celebrations!
 
Denice and Michelle

Pedestrian Killed on Grove Avenue Yesterday Morning

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The details can be found in this article from the mycentraljersey.com, which I link to here. A man lost his life in an accident yesterday while crossing on the crosswalk at Christol. Metuchen Matters extends all condolences to the man's family after this very tragic accident.

As a Metuchen resident who lives on busy Grove Avenue and whose husband walks to the train in the dark every morning and walks home from the train in the dark several nights a week, I ask Metuchen drivers to do their best this holiday season to slow down and stop rushing! I know that  it is harder to control all the people who use our roads as cut-throughs to other places but we ourselves have to set the bar high and do our damndest to ensure safety for our bikers, walkers, runners and drivers.
It's that time of year again and Black Friday is almost upon us! On top of American Express-sponsored Small Business Saturday, many Metuchen businesses are particpating in an energetic Cash Mob Special display of shopping power the weekend after Thanksgiving! 

Metuchen Cash Mob, founded by realtor and Metuchen resident Lynn Kodila as a way to encourage shopping downtown, aided in this effort by Metuchen resident Joanne Sabatino-Falkenstein, brings special attention to businesses who wish to extend great new offers to all consumers throughout that weekend.

Here is the complete list of places offering specials:

body & brain} 432 Main Street: Saturday, November 30th Open Yoga/Tai Chi Class 12 Noon to 1pm

 

bookstore} 465 Main Street: Buy 3 books, get 1 more FREE! Only during Shop Small Weekend 11/29-12/1.

 

Boro Hardware} 655 Middlesex Avenue: Wreaths, trees and roping are in! Visit acehardware.com for Special Offers from Ace all weekend

 

The Drawing Room} 329 Main Street, rear entrance: Metuchen artist Ed Wetzel has opened a new studio. Visitors who sign guestbook will be entered in a raffle for a 8 x 10 portrait of their home in pen and ink with watercolor wash ($300 value)

 

Empire Asian Fusion} 435 Main Street: Free appetizer with purchase of two entrees over $25. Dine in only during Cash Mob Weekend

 

Gardenia's Floral} 297 Main Street: Stop by for a $5.00 special bouquet while supplies last, beginning Black Friday

 

George's Dry Cleaner} 424 Main Street: Drop an unwrapped children's toy or game for Toys for Tots

 

The Groove Academy Music Institute} 26 Jersey Avenue: Free consultation with a music instructor, call 732.549.4766

 

LollipopLand} 329 Main Street: Win a $25 gift certificate if you correctly guess the number of lollipops in the bowl

 

Main Street Trattoria} 413 Main Street: 10% discount on Cash Mob Friday & Saturday when you mention the Cash Mob ad

 

Marafiki Fair Trade} 20 New Street: Free Marafiki tote bag with a purchase of $30 or more, plus all visitors can enter a drawing for a $25 gift certificate

 

Metuchen Matters} www.metuchenmatters.com: 6 months of paid advertising at a 25% discount and get the 7th month FREE

 

NJ Nutritionist} http://njnutritionist.com/freeassessment: Give yourself the gift of health this holiday season. Start by taking a free self-assessment

 

Premier Car Wash} 175 Essex (Rt. 27): Holiday Gift Certificate Program: Buy 5, get 2 free; Buy 10 get 4 free: Buy 20 get 10 free. Full, Silver gold and platinum services available

 

Pyramid Vitamin & Health Foods} 449 Main Street: 20% discount off full price vitamins, herbs and supplements

 

Runners High} 454 Main Street: Spend $20 and get $40 worth of merchandise during Small Business Saturday Weekend!

 

To Be Continued} 431 Main Street: For each $100 spent, receive a $25 gift certificate. Browse the boutique showcasing handmade gifts by local artisans. Buy 3 books, get 1 more FREE! Only during Shop Small Weekend 11/29-12/1'

 

What's the Scoop} 410 Main Street: Blood Drive Friday 11/29--Turn Black Red! With each donation get 1 slice and 1 scoop plus a Hailey's coupon for 1 free pint for a donated pint of blood

 

If you would to extend a special offer for Small Business Weekend, contact joannsaba@gmail.com.


How does one MOB?
(1)  Show Up
(2)  Have Cash / It is suggested to try to spend 
at least $20.00.
(3)  Check out the other great businesses in 
town.
(4)  Have Fun!

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Graham Lustig, Artistic Director of New Brunswick's Lustig Dance Theatre (LDT), will offer a sneak peek of his brand-new production of  "A Jazzy Nutcracker" on Monday, November 25 at 6:00 pm at To Be Continued bookstore in Metuchen. This event is free and everyone is welcome! Mr. Lustig will share his vision and inspiration for the production and professional company members will perform a few excerpts.

A Jazzy Nutcracker will premiere on December 14, 2013 at the Monroe Township Performing Arts Center. With an original score inspired by familiar melodies, a live jazz band, wonderfully colorful sets and costumes, and the critically-acclaimed Lustig Dance Theatre professional dancers with 48 local dance students, A Jazzy Nutcracker brings new energy and verve to the holiday classic.

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From the Metuchen Fire Department:

Once a year the Members of the Metuchen Volunteer Fire Department reach out to the residents and businesses of our community to ask for your support.  Our annual mailing is the only general effort conducted by our organization to raise funds. Everything received goes directly to support our firefighters and the mission of the MFD.  We are a 501(c)(4) Organization and all donations are Tax Exempt.

 

Any additional attempts to raise funds are always associated with special ventures such as last year's "Unit 9 Project" or our "Pet Rescue Project" planned for the spring of 2014.  On occasion, the MFD may also team up with other community organizations in support of a special goal or effort.

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The "65 Rose" Arts of a Cause Benefit Concert, to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis will be held on November 16, 2013. Doors will open at 5:30 with performances beginning at 6:30. Please join us as we come together on one stage to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The benefit will be held at Fords Middle School, Fords NJ and will include performances fromMs. Doreen's Fabulous FeetSerova School of DanceWoodbridge School of DanceBroadway Dance Theatre and The Graduates!

Works by Amy Brooks Exhibited at Art + Frame Express Oct-Nov

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END OF YEAR GIVING SUGGESTION: METUCHEN EDUCATION FOUNDATION

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This is the time when charitable giving efforts become more heavily-trafficked. MM would like to suggest town organizations that could benefit from your generous donations. This week the suggested organization is THE METUCHEN EDUCATION FOUNDATION.

The Metuchen Education Foundation is a town non-profit, a volunteer organization that raises funds as requested by teachers in the district for special enrichment and educational opportunities that would be hard to finance on restricted school budgets. MEF has made over $300K in donations to Metuchen teachers over the last 16 years. They fund ideas that are not included in the budget for the coming year. A team of 16 trustees, made up of both families active in the school system as well as retirees whose children came up through the district already, evaluate the requests for funds from teachers from all four schools and give out grants in both the fall and the spring.

"We try to enrich the education of our students through our teachers, many of whom find truly creative ways to change the game in their field of work," said MEF President Paula Best. Some of the lasting benefits from these efforts over the years have paid for and maintained the Edgar Weather Station, the High School Footlighters' sound system, the Naviance program for tracking a students' progress and eventually their college applications, and a virtual classroom system at Edgar Middle School as well as start-up costs for new AP classes to be offered and smart boards for seven fifth grade classrooms.


Order Thanksgiving Candycopia at Lollipopland Now

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Order your Thanksgiving cornecopias at Lollipop Land!
These make the sweetest centerpiece!
They are wonderful gifts too.
We are taking orders now, so come and stop in.
The cost is only $22.99.

Neve Shalom presents "Halleluyah" November 17th

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 On Sunday, November 17th, at 3:00 PM, Congregation Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Avenue, Metuchen, NJ, presents a joyful concert "HALLELUYAH!" featuring NJ Cantors Concert Ensemble, Hazzan Sheldon Levin, conductor; HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir; HaZamir New Brunswick & HaZamir North Jersey Cantors Joel Caplan and Anna West Ott, conductors; and Neve Shalom Children. Patrons: $50 per person, General Admission: $20 per person, Seniors and students: $10 per person. Tickets are available at Neve Shalom. For more information please contact Hazzan Levin at 732-548-2238 ext 14 or hazzan@neveshalom.net.

Hub City Fencing Offers 10% off Beginner Courses -- see here!

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Temple Emanu-El Offers Lots of December Fun

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 All events take place at Temple Emanu-El unless otherwise noted.

 

December 6             Chanukah Shabbat  (after Chanukah, keep the celebrations going!)  Yum, delicious roast chicken, potato latkes, and salad served at 6:00 p.m. Cost is $9 for adults, $7 for children. RSVP necessary (by November 29th)  Dinner will be followed by a Special Chanukah Family Service appropriate for all ages.

 

December 7             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.

 

December 8             Mitzvah Day  This is the day when our congregation performs acts of loving kindness for people in need. Everyone, young and older, is welcome to help in the various activities that make a difference in the lives of others.  We begin at 1:00 p.m. on various projects that include sorting clothing (bring clothes that you no longer need or use), and such things as children's books, wrapping paper, baby hats and blankets and food for our food pantry. You'll come away this day knowing you have done good deeds.

 

December 13                Shabbat ALIVE! A joyous and participatory musical service. Come raise your voices to the heavens as we share your pleasure.  Music with a three piece band. 7:00 p.m.

 

December 20               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. 

 

December 22               Jews on the Chocolate Trail  Rabbi Debbie Prinz, and author of the book "Jews on the Chocolate Trail" will be on hand to treat us with a "Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao."  The program starts at 5:00pm.  Refreshments (including, of course, chocolate!) will be served.  Free of charge, open to the community.

New Jersey Orators Succeeds with Help of Metuchen's Jennifer Wilner

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Local writer/publicist Jennifer Wilner has a lot of interesting clients but MM finds the New Jersey Orators the most interesting. Check out their history and agenda at http://www.njorators.org/njhistory.htm. 

MM asked Wilner about her work and her association with the Orators.

How did you first get into contact with Young Orators? (New Jersey Orators) 

A. While chatting with friends a year and a half ago, they mentioned that their children had joined New Jersey Orators and that we should "check it out". They were seeing a direct connection to the improvement of their children's language and reading comprehension in school.  I took Alexis as a guest one night, and since she LOVES to have a crowd's attention and perform, she was immediately drawn to the idea.  

What do you think is the strongest benefit from their program? Do you have personal involvement with them beyond publicizing their events?

 A. I think the strongest benefit is teaching children to be confident public speakers. Not necessarily in front of thousands of people to start, but just their peers (to start) they need to be comfortable talking to people. It's a life skill that they will fall back on through their school years, college, job interviews and all through life. 

As I said earlier, my personal involvement is that Alexis is a member. As parents, my husband (Jonathan) and I are enjoying seeing her confidence soar through the skills she's learning every week.  


Post-Sandy Journalism Seminar November 16th by Citizens Campaign

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The Citizens Campaign is hosting free training on Saturday, November 16 to give residents tools and techniques to investigate and report if their town is "ready for next time."

The event is supported in part by the NJ Recovery Fund, which focuses on building stronger and more engaged communities in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. By empowering citizens with the skills and know-how to collect and share information, we can foster greater civic engagement and ensure the public is informed about recovery decisions.

"Eyewitness Reports: Are we ready or not?" will be Saturday, November 16 from 9am - 1pm at Middlesex County College in Edison.  Speakers include Jersey Shore Hurricane News and White House Sandy Hero Justin Auciello, Mayor of South Orange Alex Torpey and The Citizens Campaign Chairman Harry Pozycki. 

The event will include four different breakout sessions:

·           Investigative Reporting

·           Upgrading your towns emergency communications

·           How to set up a blog

·           Mapping out Story

This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To register visit thecitizenscampaign.org or call (732) 548-9798 x 1.  Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided to our guests at no costs.

Additional sponsors of the series include: Jersey Shore Hurricane News, NJ Spotlight, Creative New Jersey, Sustainable Jersey, WHYY, NJ News Commons, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Community Foundation of New Jersey, and the Rita Allen Foundation.

Second Looks at St. Luke's November 29th

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HAPPY VETERANS DAY 2013

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Temple Emanu-El in Edison welcomes children from the entire community to participate in its first musical production for youth, "Seussical, Jr." This is the perfect opportunity for children in grades 2 - 12 to enjoy the experience and camaraderie of working on a show with their peers, not to mention the chance to try performing in a fun, family friendly environment. The musical will be directed by experienced, professional children's theater director, Tova Halpern. '"Seussical, Jr" is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International, MTI.  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Rehearsals will be held on Sundays from 3-5pm at Temple Emanu-El, beginning on January 5, 2014. Additional time will be required for technical rehearsals immediately preceding the performance, which is scheduled for March 9, 2014. 


The cost is $90 per child. Registration is due on December 9, 2013.  To register or for more information, call the Temple Emanu-El office at 732-549-4442 Ext. 4 or email janetsuss@gmail.com.  Temple Emanu-El is located at 100 James Street, Edison. http://www.edisontemple.org/

Scholastic Warehouse Deals Great for Holiday Gifting

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Rabbi Vizotsky December 6-7 at Neve Shalom

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Congregation Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Avenue, Metuchen, NJ, presents Scholar-In-Residence - Rabbi Burt Visotzky, Professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary, on Friday evening, December 6th, and Saturday, December 7th. Professor Visotzky's topics will be: Friday: "Bible: The Word of God or Hand of Moses?"; Saturday morning: "Scripture and It's Interpretation: Continuing Revelation"; and Saturday afternoon: "The Sins of Sodom are Not What You Think: Text Study." On Friday evening there will be a dinner starting at 6:30 PM, services at 7:30 PM, and Rabbi Visotzky will speak at 8:00 PM. Saturday services begin at 9:30 AM and will be followed by a light kiddush lunch. You do not need to attend the meals to participate in the services or program. Cost for the dinner is $18.00 per adult and $9.00 per child. You may bring our own wine. The deadline for dinner reservations is November 26th.

This program is open to the public.  For more information please contact Hazzan Levin at 732-548-2238 ext 14.

Hub City Fencing Offers New Classes and MM Discount to Readers

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A new schedule of upcoming beginner
 classes being offered at Hub City Fencing Academy in Edison has been released. If you mention that you read about the class in Metuchen Matters, you will receive a discount! Here are the new offerings for this new session;

Introduction to Fencing - 10 Weeks - $300
 Adult (age 12 and up): Monday, 11/18 - 7pm
 Youth (ages 7-11): Saturday, 11/23 - 1pm
 http://hubcityfencing.com/learn-to-fence/introduction-to-fencing-
 a-10-week-course/



Pick Your Weapon - 4 Weeks - $100
 Monday, 12/2 at 6pm
 http://hubcityfencing.com/learn-to-fence/pick-your-weapon-a-4-
 week-course/



Taste of Fencing - 90 minutes - $40
 Wednesday, Nov 6 - 5:30-7pm
 Friday, Dec 6 - 8:00-9:30pm
 Saturday, Jan 4 - 2:00-3:30pm
 http://hubcityfencing.com/learn-to-fence/90-minute-group-lesson-
 a-taste-of-fencing/



They are working on some serious Black Friday deals so "like" their page on Facebook for the latest news:
 www.facebook.com/HubCityFencingAcademy

Farmers Market Open Through November 23rd

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The Metuchen Farmers Market is pleased to announce that, due to popular demand, it is expanding its season and will continue to bring delicious Jersey-fresh produce and a wide range of tantalizing edibles to the Metuchen area through November 23rd.

The market, sponsored by the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce, is also proud of its ever-increasing interconnections with the Metuchen community, starting with the First Presbyterian Church's Food Pantry and Camp Kiddie Keep Well receiving weekly donations of produce from Country Stand Farm. The Market also enjoyed the same arrangement with Von Thun's Farm during the height of the season.

The Market is a community event at so many levels. This year on various market days, the Market has welcomed community groups including Bike|Walk Metuchen, Metuchen EMS, Metuchen Garden Club, First Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, Family Friends, Borough Improvement League, Metuchen/Edison Historical Society and Galleries of Metuchen.

The Metuchen Farmers Market is located in the Pearl Street Parking lot at New and Pearl Streets in the heart of downtown Metuchen.  The Market is open every Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. through November 23rd. 

For updates on weekly specials, visit the Market's website at metuchenfarmersmarket.com.

Sakula Yoga Open House with Free Classes Sunday November 10th

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Sakula Yoga is now starting its renewed life at their new space -- 335 Main Street, the former home of the Brass Lantern. On Sunday from 12:30  to 5:30 PM, meet the teachers and owners of Sakula either by stopping in to say hello and enjoy light refreshments or by taking one of the two offered free classes: 1:30-2:30 for Veterans in honor of Veterans Day or 3:30-4:30 for Gentle Flow to start the work week. For further information, check out sakulayoga.com or call 732-906-0100.

Latest Election Results for Metuchen 2013 Races In

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Dorothy Rasmussen and Jim Wallace will be taking their second three-year term on the Borough Council for 2014, winning last week's elections in the Brainy Boro.

"I feel very excited," Councilwoman Dorothy Rasmussen said on election night. "It was a lot of hard work," she told the Sentinel. "A lot of people had something to do with our success. It was a team effort."

Rasmussen had 2,318 votes and Wallace 2,281 votes with Republican candidate William Waldron at  2,265.  and his running mate, Walter Zjawin, at 2,025 votes. Absentee ballots have not been counted and so these numbers will change slightly by the end of the official tally.

"I think we ran an excellent race," Zjawin told the Sentinel on election night. "We came very close. It's up to the voters to decide, and they made that decision. Waldron acknowledged the rise in voter turnout this election season as proof that "Metuchen voters are engaged in the issues.

What do you think is the most important issue facing the Council this year? Congratulations to all the candidates for a race well run and best of luck to Councilwoman Rasmussen and Councilman Wallace. MM thanks them all for using the site as a platform to get their important ideas and beliefs across to the town voters.

Election Results Still Forthcoming

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As soon as the complete numbers from yesterday's elections are in, MM will publish them. Although Barbara Buono is now a former state senator and lost her bid for governor, other Democrats fared better, including Dorothy Rasmussen and Jim Wallace, who got back their seats on the Metuchen Borough Council. Also, Peter Barnes has won Buono's former State Senate seat for Middlesex County.

Congrats to all the winners! And congratulations to everyone who bothered to take the time to run and be truly engaged in the important political conversations that affect our community!

Board of Ed Celebrates Perfect Scorers on NJASK Tests

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Metuchen Superintendent Vincent Caputo presents fifth grader Edward Kalegi with a certificate recognizing his top scaled score of 300 in mathematics on the 2013 administration of NJASK.  Edward was among 58 students honored at the October 29th board of education meeting.

The Board of Education is making a commitment to celebrating the perfect scores of students on NJASK tests. Do you think this is a positive way to acknowledge the top scorers? Or does it pull greater attention to the idea that teachers are forced to teach too much to the test? Will this change with Common Core tests that will be taking over the NJASK in the next few years? What do you think? MM would love to hear your views, especially if you are an educator or administrator, here in Metuchen or in New Jersey.

VOTE TOMORROW -- ELECTION DAY INFORMATION

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Your-vote-counts.jpgMake sure that you get out to vote tomorrow. All four schools in the district will be open as polling places from 6AM to 8PM TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 5th.

As for our local election, MM is posting the exclusive interviews with the Borough Council candidates again below the following ads.

For further information, please check out this link.
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The following are the answers from the Democratic candidates for Borough Council, Dorothy Rasmussen and Jim Wallace. Some of the answers are joint and some are individual, as noted:

1.What do you think is the most important upside of all the development going on in Metuchen?  What is the downside or what issues should we be ready to face once people start moving into those spaces?

DR/JW: As a small, fully developed borough, Metuchen needs to be creative in maximizing its assets to generate needed tax ratables.  We're fortunate to have attractive assets like a safe, vibrant downtown, convenient train access to New York, and beautiful residential neighborhoods.  Downtown Metuchen is ideal for well planned, pedestrian-friendly residential infill development, close to transit and shopping.  These residents will live, shop and dine in Metuchen, adding more vibrancy to our downtown and patronizing our businesses.  

Traffic is always a concern, but adopting policies such as Complete Streets will help, as will taking a more proactive, coordinated approach in conjunction with Edison and the county and updating our 2009 transportation study.

2.  What types of elements would you put in place in terms of  Emergency Management, that don't already exist given the recent history of particularly bad and treacherous weather in our area?

DR/JW: The Borough is well positioned for emergencies.  Since Hurricane Sandy we have strengthened communication and cooperation between borough departments, which were already good.  Middlesex County is in the process of establishing a countywide CERT team that can be deployed to different towns in time of need.  We have just acquired through a grant an electronic variable message sign board.  We now have on hand shelter supplies including cots, blankets, food, water, and hygiene kits.  We have a new portable generator that can be deployed for shelter or other emergency use.  We are upgrading our reverse 911 system at the end of this year and we have established a Nixle (www.nixle.com) account for emergency alerts and advisories.  We continue to integrate emergency advisories with our social media sites.  Our first responders are well trained and ready to protect the Borough in the event of an emergency or disaster.

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Metuchen Matters asked four questions to each of the candidates for Borough Council (election is November 5th). Here are the answers from Candidate WIll Waldron. Each candidates' informative answers will be posted throughout the next week.

1. What do you think is the most important upside of all the development going on in Metuchen? What is the downside or what issues should we be ready to face once people start moving into those spaces?

WW: Development is important to the future of Metuchen.  Development has the potential to increase revenue for Metuchen and, if done correctly, it can have a minimal impact on our municipal services. However, our focus should be on smart development.  The development of our few remaining municipal parcels is important--but it has to be done wisely after sufficient evaluation and input from our professionals and our community. The development of any public property should be centered on the best interests of Metuchen. A recent example to consider is the Pearl Street parking lot - our main commuter parking lot that currently generates significant income for our Parking Authority and indirectly our town.  Our opponents have voted to permit a structure including 250 apartments to be built on this site, while touting their desire to protect the small town feel of Metuchen.  This is not smart development.  I've spoken with architects and planners who agree that the bipartisan plan agreed upon in 2010 for a mixed use development with limited residential units was a smart plan.  It was a plan with a purpose as it aimed to connect Main Street to the approved Renaissance project.  The plan was arrived at after spending nearly $50,000 for our Borough Planner to design, and after several meaningful "charettes" attended by many in town who gave their opinion and time freely to achieve the best result. That was smart. 


Borough Council Candidate Walter Zjawin Answers MM's Questions

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MM has asked the same five questions of each candidate for Borough Council this year (election is November 5th). Here are the answers from Walter Zjawin:

What types of elements would you put in place in terms of Emergency Management, that don't already exist, given the history of particularly bad and treacherous weather in our area?

I would like to also mention that the week before Sandy hit, they were already gathering resources and staging assets.

I would try to have Our Police Force, Fire Officials, and EMT personnel visit the Rock.

How can you best serve the youngest and oldest members of our town -- the new families and the established residents hitting their golden years?

My commitment to youth is on going providing from the youngest to the oldest from Baseball,Soccer,Basketball. [I was a] Cub Scout Leader 8 years, started First Tiger Cub Group in the Area, [served as] Asst Scoutmaster 10 years and many other positions.

My commitment to old is shown but what I have done and still do at Menlo Park Soldiers Home from purchasing clothes playing Bingo, providing picnics and trips out of the home.

The Golden Years [are] the real Problem for people who retire in New Jersey.The main problem is Taxes on their homes which force many to live below the Poverty level. Everytime there is an increase in Taxes the Seniors are the loser, because they do not get equal raises in their pensions.

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Neve Shalom Goods & Services Auction

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Saturday, November 9th at 7:30 pm

 

 

 

Congregation Neve Shalom

250 Grove Avenue in Metuchen, NJ

 

Come join us for an exciting evening filled with fabulous items up for bid including: theatre tickets, vacations, designer handbags, electronics, jewelry, retail and restaurant gift certificates, and much, much more!

 

Admission price is only $5 per person!

 

Free coffee and dessert will be served at the end of the evening


Saturday & Sunday On Our Screen...
THE PRIME MINISTERS:THE PIONEERS,  A New Documentary   Saturday
@ 8pm  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.

Sunday November 3 @ 11am Our Forum Jr. Film Series For Kids Presents a Free Screening Of Mel Brooks Classic...
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Starring Gene Wilder
AS ALWAYS WE ACCEPT DONATIONS FOR OUR FREE SCREENINGS AND WE THANK YOU!

Edgar Environmental Club Plants Special Tulip Patch for spring

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Tulip_Planting.jpgStudents in Edgar Middle School's Environmental Club planted 200 tulip bulbs on October 30th as part of a Red Ribbon Week activity.   Club advisors Judy Graziano and Vivian Petrakakos coordinated the efforts of 30 students in this planting activity.  The bulbs were planted in the front of the school adjacent to both sides of the school sign.  Students in Sandy Vorensky's and Danielle Kennedy's math classes submitted designs for the placement of the bulbs.  The winning design featured Bulldog Paw prints.  The club's efforts will be seen in the spring as the tulips emerge in the form of paw prints of the school mascot.  (Pictured:  Fifth grade students Sela Wyetzner (front) and Elizabeth Lackland)

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