January 2014 Archives

The Metuchen Public Library will cut its operating hours, closing on Sundays and some holidays to compensate for budget shortfalls.


The Library's Board of Trustees decided to close the Library on Sundays effective Feb. 1, 2014. Check out other budget issues in this article from the Sentinel.


The Library is currently open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays between Labor Day and Memorial Day. The Library is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and closed on Sundays from mid-June through Labor Day. The Library will also now be closed on Lincoln's Birthday, Election Day and Veterans Day.

The Library's funding was cut each of the past four years and is down another $18,958 for 2014, resulting in a total reduction of $93,675, or a 13.4% decrease since 2009. 

Faced with budget shortfalls, the Library has laid off all library pages and looked for every other possible way to cut spending without reducing public services during the past few years. The reduction in funding and staffing makes it increasingly difficult to maintain public services. With the new schedule, staff hours can be reallocated to ensure that patrons continue to receive quality service.


The Metuchen Public Library is open 62 hours per week between Labor Day and Memorial Day. Closing on Sundays will cut a total of four operating hours per week. 

New Stars on Stage Program, "13" at the Forum This Spring

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The Forums Stars On Stage Teen program will be presenting the Broadway musical, "13" this spring Directed by Forum Artistic Director Peter Loewy. 
With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, "13" is a hilarious, high-energy musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it. We will be auditioning for the "13" lead performers (Ages 13-17) before the program begins in early March however we will also have additional chorus roles for which no audition is required. Everyone with a desire to perform is welcome! Auditions and sign ups will be held Thursday February 20 from 4 to 6pm and Saturday February 22 from 10am to 12pm. Those auditioning should prepare an uptempo pop song. Performances will be May 15-18. We are also looking for a teenage musicians to play the show. Please send an email to peter@forumtheatrearts.org if you're interested in being part of this exciting program.www.forumtheatrearts.org 732.548.5600

Girls Leadership Initiative At the BIL in April

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Girls Leadership Institute has expanded into Middlesex County. Partnering with the the Metuchen Borough Improvement League, the Girls Leadership institute has opened registration for the first Parent-Daughter workshop in the 2013-2014 academic year in the County. Parent Daughter Workshops for 2nd/3rd Grade girls and 4th/5th Grade girls will take place at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse location and will begin in April. Workshops meet once a week for 4 weeks. Workshops are open to the public. Additional workshop offerings are offered in Northern and Central New Jersey. 

Girls Leadership Institute develops a relationship with girls and their families as early in the girls' lives as possible, and strengthens that relationship over the girls' developing years in order to prevent the loss of voice that can accompany adolescence. Through these programs, girls build strong "internal" leadership skills, which include: recognizing and building healthy relationships, developing empathy and increasing emotional intelligence, learning how to acknowledge mistakes, accepting constructive criticism and approaching conflict as an opportunity for change. 

Visit:http://www.girlsleadershipinstitute.org/programs/new-jersey/ to register for workshops and for more information.

IMG_1087_2.jpgCheck out this Sentinel article about the agreement the two parties have finally reached. That could mark a major move forward for the development project, which is being discussed this week in a closed-door session with Borough administrators and the Development Commission.

NEVE SHALOM Nursery School Open House THIS WEEK

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Board of Ed Elections WILL NOT MOVE to November

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The Board of Education meetings have been thick with revelations in the last month or so. Not only are 5 vaulted, long-time teachers retiring from the district this year, not only did Ed Porowski take over from Florence Carter as the principal at Campbell, but the board has determined officially that the board elections will continue to take place in April. Those who wanted the elections to take place during the regular November elections had hoped it would create a greater turnout but the board opted to maintain the April slot instead. For more details, check out the Sentinel article here.

Buy Your Raffle Tix for Metuchen Schools Fundraiser NOW

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LAST CHANCE: Y's Special Prices ONLY Until January 31st

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YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy Offers Happy New You Resolutions for 2014


The New Year is a time for new beginnings and to set goals that strengthen one's spirit, mind and body.


The YMCA of MEWSA has a special New Year offer to help get you started! From January 1 - January 31, join any Y branch in our association (Metuchen Y, Edison Y at the Community Campus & South Amboy Y) and save 50% off the joiner's fee.


And to help you stick to your new year resolutions, the YMCA has added a new feature to enhance your Y membership.  We have partnered with our colleagues at the Raritan Bay Area Y and the Raritan Valley Y to offer our members the Passport Membership feature - You can visit any Y in our network for no additional charge. That's like getting five YMCA memberships for the price of one.


"At the Y, we are committed to strengthening individuals and families to build stronger communities," said Lisa Sanguilano, District Executive Director, YMCA of MEWSA. "When making New Year's Resolutions, we encourage people to begin with small changes that are easy to sustain and that lead to big benefits over time." Here are some suggestions to welcome a Happy New You in 2014.

Local History Day February 8th

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Come support Metuchen High School's Music Department First Annual Indoor Music Competition/Exposition. Talents from Winter Guard, Concert Percussion and Drumline will be performing on Saturday, February 1, 2014, beginning at 6:00pm. Admission is $8 Adults, $5 Senior and Students are free, and the tickets can be purchased at the door. 

For more information contact Maria Morgan at maria.morgan.gs@gmail.com


Fuce 5K Date Set -- Register online now

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The date for the Sixth Annual Fuce 5K Family Fun Run/Walk has been set for Father's Day, June 15, 2014.  The Fuce 5K is an event sponsored by the Fuccile Foundation, a non-for-profit organization striving to raise money for helping local families in need. 

"Last year's event exceeded our expectations.  We welcomed over 800 participants and raised over $55,000 for area families, " stated Nancy Fuccile, Fuccile Foundation President.  " We are looking forward to continuing this success." The race, the Fuce 5K Metuchen Family Fun Run/Walk, will be held Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.  The course will begin and end at Metuchen High School, 400 Grove Avenue, Metuchen, New Jersey.

Racers can register in advance either online at www.fuce5.com or by printing out the registration form from the website and mailing it to Fuce 5 Fund, PO Box 453, Metuchen, NJ 08840.   Families can also register race day from 7-8 a.m.  Early registrants will receive a complimentary race t-shirt.

For more information regarding the race, sponsorship opportunities or volunteering, please contact the committee at www.fuce5.com

From St. Luke's:
We want to hear your story. Nails in the Wall Gallery of St.. Luke's Church, 17 Oak Avenue, Metuchen is looking for your or your family's immigration story to complement our new exhibit entitled The Immigration Issue opening on Saturday, January 25th. All stories collected will be part of a collection that will be available to read at the exhibit. In addition, some of the stories will be read aloud as part of the Songs of the Journey coffee house on February 15th at St. Luke's Church. All admissions must be no longer than one page ( 8.5'' by 11'') in length. Please send your story to Nails in the Wall Gallery, 17 Oak Avenue, Metuchen, NJ 08840. Deadline for presentation in the coffee house is February 1st.

Brainy Borough Chili Challenge Is Back!

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An Open Letter from the Forum Theater Director Peter Loewy

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To All Our Loyal Patrons,
I know many of you have been coming to the Forum for years and I appreciate the fact that we have so many loyal and dedicated patrons. The Forum is one of the only single screen privately owned theatres in the State. This year movie companies are going to put many independent theatres out of business by going digital. There will be no more films distributed in 35MM. A shame to say the least. And for theatres to transfer to digital is extremely costly. For that reason I will be concentrating on bringing more and more live programming to the community. Children's musical theatre classes and live shows for kids as well as musicals and plays for adults. And yes we will still present the best in film. With temperatures reaching record lows and snow it has been a challenge for us to keep the theatre as warm as we would like and I sincerely apologize for that. We have also experienced roof issues with water leaking down a couple of areas along the walls of the theatre ruining the gold fabric and some of the lighting sconces. I rarely ask for help but it is now time to reach out and ask YOUR help in raising the funds needed to improve the theatre going experience at the Forum and help keep the arts alive here in Metuchen with first class films and live stage productions. We are hoping to raise $150,000.00 for capital improvements over the next year.  

Check out Gardenias for Valentine's Specials

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The Metuchen Borough Department of Public Works will not be picking up garbage and recycling today. The holiday schedule for pickups will begin again on Thursday.

Due to the weather, no trash or recycling will be collected on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. That includes SW area, downtown businesses and non automated areas. If your regular collection day is Tuesday or Wednesday please place your cans at the curb for Thursday morning. It will be collected Thursday OR Friday. Regular Thursday and Friday collection is unaffected by this change.



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Wednesday, January 22nd, is an official snow day for all Metuchen district schools and offices. Those taking mid-term exams at Edgar Middle School will be given an additional day for the end of the marking period so that all exams can be completed.

Family Arts of Metuchen will present the first concert in the Snowflake Series, a winter children's concert series, on Sunday, January 26 at 4:00 PM. Children's musician Danny Adlerman (www.dannyandkim.com) will perform at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse (491 Middlesex Ave). Danny Adlerman is a familiar face in town from his various performances as a local musician for adults and children. He is also a well-known children's author, having written several children's books with his wife, Kim Adlerman. Danny has released award-winning children's albums, including "... and a Happy New Year," "One Size Fits All," and "Listen Up."


Tickets will be sold at the door, $3 per person.  Parking is available in front of the schoolhouse, in the Borough Hall parking lot across the street, and on neighboring streets. Please do not park in the YMCA/Mason parking lot. For more information, please visit www.familyartsofmetuchen.org or e-mail info@familyartsofmetuchen.org.


Additional concerts will be held on Sunday, February 23 and Sunday, March 23. This concert series is co-sponsored by the Metuchen Arts Council. Come join us for music and fun!

Songs of the Journey presentation at St. Lukes February 15th

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St. Luke's Presents: Songs of the Journey Coffee House:


On Saturday, February 15th, from 7:30pm to 10:00pm at the church's Fryer Hall, the Nails in the Wall Gallery will present Songs of the Journey, a coffee house featuring local folk singers Ken Erb, MaryJo VonTury, Dwinal Smith  and singer/ professional storyteller Anne Lemay. This event is a further celebration of the Gallery's new exhibit: The Immigration Issue. Admission is $10.00 per person. This price grants you a unique evening of songs and stories reflecting the myriad of emotions that are part of the immigrant experience, plus a delicious homemade dessert and beverage. How can you go wrong? St. Luke's is at the corner of Oak Avenue and Rte. 27 in Metuchen.  Questions?  Call 732-548-4308.

The Immigration Issue THEN & NOW will open at Nails in the Wall, the Gallery at St. Luke's, 17 Oak Ave., SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2-5PM with a reception for artists.  It is free and open to the public.

Art works using many media and styles by artists from all over the country reflect on this ethical moral issue, a major justice concern of our day.  Spearheading the 150th Anniversary celebration of the founding of St. Luke's Church, this exhibit calls us to acknowledge that we have always been and continue to be a nation of immigrants....and what that means emotionally and psychically.

A Message From Hub City Fencing

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Enroll now in our Intro to Fencing course. The adult course will start on Saturday,
1/25 at 11am, and the youth course will start on Tuesday, January 28th at 7pm. This 10 week course is $300, and that cost includes brand new equipment for each student. You'll get your own mask, glove, and jacket to keep.

If 10 weeks is a little too long for you, consider our Pick Your Weapon course. At just 4 weeks, it is a good overview to the sport. The fee is $100 and does not include equipment, but students can borrow whatever the need from us at each class. The next Pick Your Weapon class starts on Monday, February 3rd at 8pm.

Neve Shalom Present New Events Jan 15 and 18

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Congregation Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Avenue, Metuchen, NJ, is having a Tu B'Shvat Seder and Dinner on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.  There will be dinner, songs, prayers, readings, and special foods.  (There will be a fee). 

Congregation Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Avenue, Metuchen, NJ, presents Fulfilling the Dream:  Jewish "Takes" on Social Justice on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 7 p.m.  Rabbis, Cantors, and speakers from Neve Shalom, Temple Emanu-El, Beth Mordecai, and the JCC will teach a variety of fascinating and engaging subjects at Temple Emanu-El, 100 James Street, Edison (across from JFK Hospital). 

These programs are free and open to the public.  For more information please contact Hazzan Levin at 732-548-2238, Ext. 14.


Ceramic Mural Project in Metuchen Wants You!

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Big Art!  Art on a Grand Scale!  Public art is very often large, something that creates interest and "buzz" and beauty in the public arena.  With Metuchen's recent efforts to put the Arts at the heart of its public life, it is a natural progression that the Borough, through the Metuchen Arts Council, commision a piece of highly visible art.

Enter "Mud making Magic:" a ceramic mural that will eventually cover the entire exterior of the cement block storage building near the Grove Avenue tennis courts.  And one of the most exciting aspects of this project is that anyone in the community who wishes can have creative input into the artwork. With The Seasons as the theme, each side of the building will reflect life in Metuchen during that season of the year. Ceramic artist Linda Vonderschmidt-LaStella will develop the overall abstract design.  The first side, "Summer," will be composed of roughly 80 clay tiles. 

Each participant in the project will receive an irregular 12" X 12" shape of clay to freely impress and/or sculpt as they wish.  A donation of $25 per tile is requested from each participant to cover the cost of the clay. 

Paradise Glass Offers Stained Glass Family Trees

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8 Dimensions of Wellness Workshop at To Be Continued Jan 23rd

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Denise Trimble Teaching New Yoga Classes at SaKula This Winter

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Metuchenite Denise Trimble is teaching new classes at SaKula Yoga Studio on Main Street this session. Check out the new classes and a little bit about Denise's experience as a teacher:

Introduction to Yoga, 5-class series. $75.
 If you are brand new to yoga or if you haven't practiced for a while, then this is the class for you!  Step-by-step introduction to foundational yoga poses including those in the Sun Salutation (asana), basic breath awareness and practice (pranayama), guided deep relaxation (savasana), and introduction to basic yoga teachings and philosophy will be covered in this class.  Yoga is truly for everyone.  Come discover how this ancient practice can enhance your life.
 This Introductory 5-class series will be offered on:
 Mondays, 9:30-11am.  January 6, 13, 20, 27, and Feb. 3.
 Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm. January 8, 15, 22, 29, and Feb. 5.

Basic Yoga, Thursdays, 9:45-11am.  This is an on-going class, so drop in any day.
 The next step for students who have taken one or two Introduction to Yoga series, and for students with some knowledge of basic yoga poses. This class will reinforce safe alignment in foundational yoga poses, and explore options for moving through simple pose sequences at a slower pace. Class will also include explorations of pranayama (breathwork), deep relaxation (savasana), simple meditation, and yoga philosophy.
 If you have any questions feel free to email me.  You can also check out the Sakula website http://sakulayoga.com/

Denise Trimble has an eclectic blend of experience, allowing her to bring knowledge, depth, and richness to her yoga classes.  A graduate of Colorado State University with a BS in Occupational Therapy, Denise worked for 4 years in medical environments, before leaving the profession to pursue a path of healing through Massage Therapy Certification from Health Choices Holistic Massage School in 1999.  During her massage training, she discovered the joy and life-changing practice of yoga, and pursued her Yoga Teacher Training Certification through Soma Center in 2002.  Passionate about spreading her love for the practice of yoga, she opened Inner Light Yoga Center in North Brunswick in 2002, and taught and ran the business for 3 years.  Following the whispers of her heart and the longing of her soul, she sold the yoga business to become a new Mom in 2005.  Now Mommy to a beautiful vibrant daughter, Denise can truly appreciate the tools that yoga has taught her to ride the roller-coaster of parenting and the ebb and flows of life.

Due to her fascination with Anatomy and Physiology, Denise was also a teacher's assistant in the Neuro-muscular Therapy program at Health Choices Massage School, as well as teaching the Anatomy portion of the Yoga Teacher Training program at Soma Center.  She brings her knowledge of the physical body into her teaching, so that all students may have a greater understanding of the bodies we inhabit!

Winter Children's Programs @ Metuchen Public Library

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There is a 15 child limit for most programs. Metuchen Residents Only!

Story Soup (18 to 36 Months)

Tuesdays @ 10:30 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/18, 2/25

Kid's Klub (3-5 Years Old) Wednesdays @ 10:30 OR 1:30 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/19, /26

Mostly Mother Goose (Children up to age 5)

Fridays @ 10:30 1/24 & 2/21

Exciting New Programs Are Coming Soon!

Will the library be open today? For closing information, listen to wctc 1450 am or wmgq 98.3 fm. Or check their websites, www.wctcam.com & www.wmgqfm.com

Metuchen Public Library 480 Middlesex Avenue Metuchen NJ 08840 732-632-8526

Healthier US School Challenge Winner: Campbell School!

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Campbell School recently was given the Healthier US School Challenge Award for their Edible Garden, as monitored by the PTO and Joann Sabatino-Falkenstein and Jirapon Rader Chambers. 

The award is given by the US Department of Agriculture and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition division.

For details, check on this link. Congrats, Campbell School:


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SnowDay.jpgDue to Winter Storm Hercules, the four schools in Metuchen will be closed tomorrow, Friday the 3rd of January. For more information, check out the district website here.

American Red Cross Blood Drive at Library January 5th

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The Metuchen Public Library and Temple Emanu-El ask you to consider donating blood during the holiday season when each year in New Jersey, blood supplies drop to critically low levels. 

The 6th annual American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Sunday January 5th from 10 AM until 3 PM at the Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue.  For your convenience you may  schedule an appointment online at www.redcrossblood.org by clicking on the blue box on the top right that reads "Make a Blood Donation Appointment" and by entering sponsor code: Temple Emanu-El. Walk-in donors are encouraged to stop by the Metuchen Public Library on the day of the drive. Metuchen's Cadette Troop 80417 will be on hand to sign in donors and to serve refreshments. Remember: A single pint of blood can save 3 lives! 

(All presenting donors will receive a $5 Dunkin' Donuts gift card.)

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