December 2013 Archives


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The first three letters of our town are M-E-T so it is only fitting that I give the New York METs the final say during the Christmas holiday and new year season. With love from MM and Mrs. and Mr. Met (they look so crazy, I mean COZY in that sleigh, don't they!):

The Thirteen Returns to St. Luke's December 20th

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Santa Vists Metuchen December 21st at 5 PM, Sponsored by Fire Dept

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Santa Visits Metuchen

Saturday, December 21st at 5:00pm


Every year during the holiday season, Santa takes time out of his busy schedule to visit Metuchen and ride around town with the Fire Department.  This year he will be visiting neighborhoods some evenings during the week of December 16th to the 20th.


Unfortunately there is no guarantee that he can come down every street or that he will be able to visit every family.  So this year Santa and the Fire Chief came up with a great idea!


Santa and his Firefighter helpers will stop by the Metuchen Senior Center on Saturday, December 21st from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.  This way, if he missed your neighborhood or you weren't home when he came by you can stop down and see him one last time before his long night.



Santa Visits Metuchen

Saturday, December 21st

5:00pm to 6:00pm


Metuchen Senior

Citizens Center

15 Center Street




This will be Santa's last chance to visit Metuchen residents before his long night on Christmas Eve, so he probably won't be able to stay too long.  He just wanted to make sure he had the chance to see anyone that he might have missed while visiting the neighborhoods.



SPECIAL: This year Santa and his helpers will have Free Smoke Alarms that were donated by The Home Depot with them for anyone that needs them.  Just ask one of the crew and receive the a gift of safety.


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I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the advertisers and supporters of this site who give me the funds to maintain, update, and pay taxes on, Metuchen Matters which attempts to bring important information to our community on a wide-range of topics in one single place (and Facebook, of course!) This year you and I have joined together to do a lot of good in town for a lot of different places, by supporting our town development and local businesses, our school district and local services, by helping needy people and worthwhile organizations here when the call has gone out for help, promoting the arts in the Brainy Boro and supporting our kids' enrichment programs. May our town and everyone in it be blessed with good health, lots of love and a chance to always make the better and kinder effort in all endeavors throughout the new year. Happy Happy 2014!

Here is the list of the people who made it fiscally possible for MM to exist at all and who enhance our life in Metuchen with their talents and efforts and products all year long. My deepest thanks goes to them for all their help and support throughout the year!

Lynn Kodila and Keller-Williams
Paradise Custom Glass and Amy Brooks
The BIL and Tyreen Reuter
St. Luke's and Rev. Barbara Crafton
SALTA! Jump Into Spanish and Jackie Sanin
The YMCA of Metuchen/Edison/Woodbridge
Nancy Walzog and Satori Academy
Preschool of Rock and Michael Napolitano
Hub City Fencing and Lauren Beischer
Lollipopland Metuchen and Denise Quinn + Michele Schutz
2 Chicks with Chocolate
Gardenias Flowers and Samantha Monday
Marafiki Fair Trade and Linda Koskoski and Deb Zupan
Ms. Doreen's Fabulous Feet and Doreen Graham Padilla
Neve Shalom Nursery School and Martha Mack
Preschool of Rock and Michael Napolitano
Hub City Fencing and Lauren Beischer
Andy Tytla
From Spouts to Supper and Evelyn
Kyo Morishima Photography and Kyo and Janna Morishima
The Kids' Theater Experience and Ann Marie Mullen
Jim Wallace, Dorothy Rasmussen, Will Waldron and Walter Zjawin
All the wonderful people at the Metuchen Farmers Market and Nelson Li
Metuchen High School Booster Club
Runners High and Rob
Alan Binstein
Andrea Orlando
Audrey Burns Academics


Help Metuchen's Christine Gerity Create a New Mag for LGBT Kids

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Raritan Ringers Perform at Old Franklin Schoolhouse Wednesday

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The Raritan Ringers, a choir of advanced handbell ringers from communities in north central New Jersey, will present a concert of sacred and secular holiday music at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday,
Dec. 18, at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse, 491 Middlesex Ave. in Metuchen.

The select group of 13 adult handbell ringers is led by F. Paul Dickey, director of music and organist at the United Reformed Church in Somerville.  Flutist Hannah Morris, a senior at Somerville High School, will be featured in several arrangements.

Admission is free with a canned good donation for a local food bank.



For more information, call (862) 368-2202 or (732) 261-4807.

Metuchen Fire Deparment Battles Blaze on Amboy - Watch this video

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A video from Metuchenite Edwin Diaz shows the extent of the fire on Amboy Avenue early Tuesday morning. The fire department had its hands full battling the blaze but, as you can see, they got the job done.

Mother-Son Bowling Event -- Use This to Reserve your Space Today!

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Metuchen Recreation Commission

requests the pleasure of your company at our

Mother-Son Bowling Event

on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at the Majestic Lanes Bowling Center 525 Route 9 North in Hopelawn, NJ ( 5 miles from Metuchen)

Metuchen Moms are invited along with their sons, kindergarten through eighth grade to an afternoon of bowling! The event will consist of two hours of bowling, (retractable bumpers available) shoes, ball and lunch. 4-6 people per lane. Please arrive by 1:45pm.

DEADLINE to register is January 7, 2014 RSVP: $40.00 per couple, $19.00 each additional son

Mother-Son Bowling Jan 12, 2014 Escort's Name ____________________________________________________

Son's Name (s) _____________________________________________________ Address____________________________________________________________ Age/Grade _________ Phone Number _____________ email _____________________ Request to share lane with ______________________ Maximum 6 people per lane Every effort will be made to accommodate all requests.

Checks should be made payable to: Borough of Metuchen and mailed to: Metuchen Recreation, 500 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840.

For further information call Metuchen Recreation at 632-8502 or email, Preorder lunch forms will be sent upon receipt of registration.

Martin Luther King Services at Temple Emanu-El

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Shabbat Gospel Service  
In honor of Martin Luther King Day, Temple Emanu-El will host our popular annual special Shabbat service - Gospel style. Once again
we will enjoy the inspiring singing of the New Hope Baptist Church Choir.  Its leader, the Reverend Ronald Owens will be our guest speaker. Join us for this

outpouring of friendship and caring, which starts at 8:00 p.m.

My Jewish Journey Special Event Sunday

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"My Jewish Journey".......Come join us for a very special Jewish learning experience for you and your preschool aged child (ages 3 - 5).  Our next session is on Sunday, December 15th at 11:00 am.  Each month there is a one hour program on a Sunday morning designed specifically for young Jewish families to learn, interact, and create together!


We will explore Jewish holidays and values through art, music, cooking, storytelling, games, and activities designed specifically for you and your preschool aged child.


We began our journey back in October, but please feel free to join us for the remaining six sessions on December 15th, January 12th, February 9th, March 2nd, April 6th, and May 4th.


The original cost was subsidized so that each family paid only $36 for the entire eight sessions.  Join now and your cost will be only $27 for the remaining six sessions!  Registration is limited to 10 children and their families so please sign up early to guarantee your child's spot in this wonderful program.


Please contact Martha Mack, Nursery School Director at (732) 548-2238 ext 17 or if you have any additional questions or to sign up your family today!

Congrats to Geography Bee Winners at Edgar School

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geobee.jpgCongratulations to eighth grade student, Evan Derector who was crowned as the Edgar Middle School  School Champion in the National Geographic Bee.  The Championship round took place on Thursday, December 12th with three eighth grade finalists competing for the school title.  Finalists included Kassia Antin and Jack Bradley, along with Derector.  Evan Derector  will take a state test in order to determine eligibility for the state competition in the spring.   Social Studies teacher Ken Graf is the school coordinator for the event.

Pictured: (Left to Right)
Mr. Ken Graf, Kassia Antin, Evan Derector, Jack Bradley, and Principal Kathy Glutz

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Metuchen Fire Department Instructs on Safe Holiday Fun

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mfdmaltese.jpgCheck out the Metuchen Fire department's website at this link to see their suggestions for safe Holiday Fun and Decorating as well as Winter Safety Tips. And, while you are there, if you are so inclined, please feel free to donate to their 2014 Annual Fund collection! Your donations help make sure they can keep us all safe. Happy Holidays, MFD!

Interfaith Services and a Holiday Blessing From Temple Emanu-El

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On the evening of Tuesday, November 26th Temple Emanu-El of 
 Edison had the
 honor of hosting the annual Metuchen Edison Area Interfaith Clergy
 Association (MEAICA) Thanksgiving Service. With over 150 people in
 attendance, we meaningfully offered thanks in the shared 
 language of
 multiple faiths. Interfaith relationships are fundamental to vibrant
 communities, and we here at Temple Emanu-El are grateful to all 
 those who
 joined us and raised their voices in fellowship. In this season 
 of light and
 miracles, it is a blessing for us to be able to gather as one. 
 May the
 Metuchen-Edison area continue to grow in community, and may our 
 interfaithwork serve as a beacon of light through this holiday 

In blessing, 
 Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg
 Cantor Aviva Marer
 The entire Temple Emanu-El family

Service participants:
 Rev. Dr. Annari Griesel, JFK Health System, President
 Rev. Mark McCreary, Second Baptist Church, Vice-President
 Karen Boateng, New Hope Baptist Church
 Rev. Barbara Crafton, St. Luke's Episcopal Church
 Rev. Jill Kitsko, Oak Tree Presbyterian Church
 Cantor Aviva Marer, Temple Emanu-El
 Rev. Dr. Ronald Owens, New Hope Baptist Church
 Rev. Peter Sanfilippo, Reformed Church of Metuchen
 Pastor Amoon Sharon, First Baptist Church of Metuchen
 Rev. Anna Thomas, Centenary United Methodist Church
 Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg, Temple Emanu-El

Sensitive Santa for Kids with Special Needs December 15th

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Buy Marafiki Items for the Holidays Through New Link

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Marafiki Fair Trade now makes their most special inventory available online. It connects to the store's account at This makes it even easier to find all those special items for the holidays! Check it out!
Metuchen Matters offers all small businesses in town a special offer for advertising from now until December 20th. If you pay up front for an ad of any size and contract to a six-month run, you will receive a 25% volume discount and even an additional seventh month free before renewal. Your ad will be seen by thousands and thousands of unique users each month and you can change the link and the art of the ad as many times as you wish throughout the life of the contract. Try to match that on another digital site!

Pull down the menu under ADVERTISING and check out the rates. Then take off 25% and send your ad request to It will be up within the next 24-48 hours after payment is received.

Your company will be highlighted on MM's Facebook page as well, where an additional 3K+ followers, a demographic of consumers ages 25-60, check in daily to see the updates and link back to the website. On any given day, your ad could have an audience of 5-8K unique views!


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Metuchen's annual Christmas treelighting ceremony will be Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse, 491 Middlesex Ave.

Sponsored by Boro Ace Hardware, the event will feature festive music with a special performance from Preschool of Rock's Michael Napolitano, a visit from Santa, hot chocolate and cookies. See you there!

SALTA! JUMP INTO SPANISH all-day preschool and enrichment programs are running an Open House on December 7th. Click on the banner ad above for further information.

Meet and Eat with Santa to Benefit the EMS THIS SUNDAY

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St Luke's Christmas Fair Saturday December 7th

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holidaybooklet.jpgCheck out the Hometown Holiday Weekend schedule for this coming weekend! Starting with the Tree Lighting and the arrival of Santa followed by a special art gathering Saturday night and the House Tour on Sunday, The Borough Improvement League ( has a great plan to kick off your holiday season celebration! Click through on the banner ad to buy tickets for Sunday's event.

For more information, click through to the Borough Improvement League from this site or use the link above. Then check out the rest of the events that will take us into the New Year 2014  with their extended guide.

Salta! Jump into Spanish offers a variety of unique NJ Spanish preschool programs, as well as Spanish classes for kids of all ages. From full day classes to weekend and after-school programs, we have a variety of program types to fit your busy schedule. Your child will leave our Spanish preschool classes with more knowledge and confidence. Plus, learn the benefits of Spanish for kids.

Salta Schoolhouse (2 yrs old)

Our Salta Schoolhouse 2 year olds enjoy the full compliment of Salta activities including art, readiness, music, dance, dramatic play and more.


Salta Kinder Class

The Kinder Class Spanish Immersion program provides our children with many opportunities to receive individualized attention with our native Spanish speaking professional teachers.


Saturday Culture Club

It's not over! Salta also offers cultural classes on Saturdays to instill in your children a love of the Spanish culture.

On Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7 p.m., the Metuchen Municipal Alliance will host another evening in its Town Talks series at the Metuchen High School, 400 Grove Avenue.   A panel of professionals (advocacy leaders, counselors, police officers) who work with substance abuse issues will provide an opportunity for parents and youths to learn important information and to speak openly about their concerns in a supportive environment. The evening will focus on youth issues and ways for teens to keep safe in substance abuse environments, including an understanding of the 911 Good Samaritan Law (its implications concerning underage drinking and illegal drug use here in New Jersey, as well as away at college) and an introduction to the Alliance's Safe Homes project.  For more information about the event, contact Rev. Mark McCreary or Michael Scheller at, or 732-549-0447. Doors open at 6 p.m. for networking; the program begins promptly at 7 p.m. 


Metuchen Fire Dept Needs Your End-of-Year Contributions

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Don't forget! Check out their site and contribute today (at! As their site explains:

The Metuchen Fire Department is an "All Volunteer" organization made up of your neighbors and friends. We are people that have dedicated ourselves to serving our community and ensuring that when someone needs help, the call is answered. Intensive training, modern equipment and 130 years of tradition come together to provide the best protection possible, allowing all our families to sleep soundly at night.

"Your Metuchen Fire Department"

Vote Now for Garden State Book Award Through LIbrary TAB

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From the Library TAB:

The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) of the Metuchen Public Library invites all New               Jersey residents in grades 6-12 to vote for the winning titles of the 2014 Garden State Teen Book Awards.  Ballots are available in the libraries at Edgar Middle School and                      at Metuchen High School, as well as in the Metuchen Public Library (480 Middlesex Avenue) during the month of December.  All those who vote at Edgar School, MHS or               at the public library will be eligible to win their choice of one of the three winning titles and a $15 gift card, courtesy of the Friends of the Metuchen Library.  To learn more about the award and to see the 2014 ballot, visit and click                        on "Garden State Book Award."  Winners will be announced in January.

Free Kaplan Test for SAT at Library December 27th

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On Friday December 27, 2013 at 12 noon, Kaplan Test Prep will offer a free SAT Practice Test at the Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue. The 4.5 hour Practice Test allows students to experience the SAT under simulated test conditions, without their scores going on record. Students will receive their scores along with feedback via email. Taking a practice test is one good way to become familiar with the timing of the exam and to improve scores.

To sign up for the Friday, December 27 Practice SAT, please write Young Adult Librarian Kathy Liss at or call the Library on 732.632.8526. Space is limited. Registration for the free test is open to high school students who are  Metuchen residents;  it will open to all interested others a few days before the exam.

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