February 2014 Archives

Girls Leadership Institute Comes to Metuchen April-May at the BIL

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gli.jpgParticipate in a fun, engaging workshop, where you and your
daughter will build a common language, practice healthy approaches to conflict, and learn authentic communication skills.


 For over 10 years, the national nonprofit organization, Girls Leadership Institute (GLI), has awakened thousands of 

 girls to a new, bold definition of leadership. Co-founded by best-selling author, Rachel Simmons, GLI believes that

 leadership is a way of life which begins in girlhood. We define leadership as a girl's ability to know how she feels, say

 what she needs, and respond courageously to her mistakes. Girls graduate from our programs more emotionally iintelligent, resilient, and confident. 


2/3 Grade Parent & Daughter Workshop: 

Nine Tools for True Friendship

Program Curriculum

Week 1: Standing Up for Yourself 

Week 2: Sharing Feelings

Week 3: Double Sorry 

Week 4: Choices For Friend Trouble


4 Tuesdays: April 22nd, 29th, May 6th, & 13th  6:30 - 8:00pm

  Girls in second or third grade with one adult

  Open to public, limited to 15 adult/girl pairs. $200 per adult/girl pair


 4/5 Grade Parent & Daughter Workshop: 

 Say How You Feel, Ask For What You Need

Program Curriculum

Week 1: Assertive Self-Expression 

Week 2: Emotional Intelligence at Home

Week 3: Owning Our Mistakes

Week 4: Road Map for Conflict

 

 4 Wednesday: April 23rd, 30th, May 7th, & 14th 6:30 - 8:00pm

  Girls in fourth or fifth grade with one adult


David Moss Coming to Neve Shalom for Lecture 3/23

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david_moss_scroll_800_800.jpgDavid Moss will give this year's Israel Segal Lecture on Sunday morning March 23rd at 10 am at Neve Shalom. David Moss is one of the Jewish world's most prominent illuminators, animators, transformer of Jewish texts, objects and spaces. 
For more info on the artist, click through to the extended information.

Library Closes Community Room for Repairs Beginning March 16th

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The Metuchen Public Library's upstairs community room will be closed to the public beginning the week of March 16th. As part of the library's continuous effort to improve services to the community, the community room will be undergoing necessary renovations to improve its usage for non-profits that serve the borough of Metuchen. The renovations include electrical work, the installation of new carpet and repainting to brighten up the whole room.

The children's room will remain open during the renovations.
For more information please call the Metuchen Public Library at (732) 632-8526.

UPDATE from the Borough On Bridge Street Conditions

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Metuchenites, the DOT has patched some potholes on Bridge street, making it passable for the time being. Councilman Pete Cammarano stated on the MM Facebook page that "The DOT was out yesterday and did some hot patching in the bridge. Hopefully that will hold until spring when they can come back to mill and replace it. They are in contact with the police department regularly to monitor the status."

The original notice from the Borough is on the next page . . . 

First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen invites all to three fundraising events to help defer costs for the church's annual weeklong summer trip to build homes in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity. The events, dates, times and locations are listed below:

 

Ziti Dinner - Sunday, March 9 at 5:30pm - First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen Social Center at 270 Woodbridge Avenue, Metuchen - Tickets are $10 dollars for adults and $5 dollars for children 10 & under and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Car Wash - Saturday, May 10 from 9am - 12pm at First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen at 270 Woodbridge Avenue, Metuchen - Cars washed for cash donations.

Car Wash - Saturday, June 14 from 9am - 12pm at First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen at 270 Woodbridge Avenue, Metuchen - Cars washed for cash donations.

For over 20 years, the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen has been giving a week of service to Habitat for Humanity sites all over the United States. Please help us raise money to continue this important mission. For more information, please contact call the church office at (732) 491-2300.

TAKE BACK METUCHEN'S MAIN STREET posts Survey for Metuchenites

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A group called TAKE BACK METUCHEN'S MAIN STREET, founded by Jason Delia and Sharon Goldman, have posted a survey which asks what types of businesses you would love downtown (similar to the one we have on this site). Go to this link and check it out -- vote and let's see where it leads!

Vote for 2Chicks With Chocolate in Online Poll by 2/28

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Check out this survey at  http://form.jotform.us/form/40156356806152 to vote for 2Chicks for best chocolatiers in NJ or any of our other outstanding restaraunts on Main Street and throughout Metuchen for a chance at Nj Monthly article!

Geology Museum Events Coming up at Rutgers -- SO MUCH FUN FOR KIDS!

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Junebug Registration is OPEN! Calling All Artists!

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Visual and performing artists working in all media are invited to take part in the annual Metuchen Junebug ArtFest, which will be held from 6:00 - 10:00 pm every Friday evening in June (June 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th) in downtown Metuchen.

 

Now in its 7th year, the ArtFest features a wide array of open air exhibits, window galleries, interactive art events, open mic sessions, and live music performances as well as several hundred visitors who transform the streets of Metuchen into a month-long celebration of the arts.

 

The Junebug has grown in both numbers of attendees and participating artists and is a great opportunity for artists of all types to showcase their work to an art-conscious audience.

 

How to Register? Artists must register before April 11th to be considered for participation in the June 2014 event at www.junebugartfest.com. Online registration is preferred for this event. If online access is not available, please download a printed registration form from the Junebug website and either email it to the chamber office atmetuchenchamber@optimum.net or send in the mail to the address above.

 

The "Brainy Boro" - Metuchen NJ - has been a mecca for artists of every discipline for more than a century. Sponsored by the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce and the Metuchen Cultural Arts Commission, the Junebug ArtFest reflects the Borough's commitment to nurturing all forms of creativity.

 

For more information:

REGISTRATION FOR MMP OPEN MARCH 15TH ONLINE

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Online registration for the Metuchen Municipal Pool will be available via CommunityPass starting on March 15, 2014.  No more waiting on lines!  No more missed deadlines.

You can now securely register your entire family at one time from the comfort of your home or workplace 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Be sure to create your CommunityPass account now by clicking on the CommunityPass link below:

https://register.communitypass.net/Metuchen

Once your account is created, you will receive an email that contains your login information.  Be sure to keep this email in a safe place so that you can continue to enjoy the convenience of online registration.

Questions?  Please call 732-632-8503

You can register your family now and payment will be accepted starting March 15, 2014.  The early resident deadline for the discounted price is April 15, 2014.

 

Manado Flood Benefit March 15th at First Prebysterian Church

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Manado Flood Relief Benefit Variety Show

Saturday - March 15, 2014

Social Center - First Presbyterian Church

270 Woodbridge Ave

Metuchen, NJ 08840

Come enjoy food, music and dance performances!

Dinner will be prepared by the Indonesian Fellowship.

Menu:  Spicy Chicken a la Manado; Sweet Soy Sauce Chicken a la Manado; Vegetarian - Tofu & Mixed Vegetables

Dinner Tickets:  $10 Adults   $6 Children

 Dinner 6:30 PM

Variety Show at 7:30 PM:  Free-will offering


Neve Shalom Sponsors Family Bowling Party March 23rd

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From Neve Shalom:

Congregation Neve Shalom and Highland Park Conservative Temple invite you to join us at our Family Bowling Party! on Sunday, March 23rd from 3 - 5 pm at Stelton Lanes - 1665 Stelton Rd - Piscataway, NJ.  Open to members of the community with children of all ages.  Bumper lanes will be available upon request.  There is a charge of $5 per person that includes two hours of bowling and shoe rental.  

We have a limited number of spots so RSVPs are REQUIRED.  Please contact either Sherri Lerner at Sherrilerner@hotmail.com or Martha Mack at nurseryschool@neveshalom.net if you plan to attend.  Payment will be collected at the door, we look forward to seeing you there!  This is event is made possible by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County.

Lenten Services at FIrst Presbyterian Church start Ash Wednesday

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Wednesday, March 5 at 7:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen at 270 Woodbridge Avenue, Metuchen,  an Ash Wednesday Service to mark the beginning of the Christian season of Lent, a time of penitence and reflection in preparation for Holy Week and Easter, will be held. All are invited. This traditional worship service will include special music, the preaching of the Word, the Imposition of Ashes, and the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. The service is open to the community and all are welcome. For more information, please contact call the church office at (732) 491-2300.

 

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Congrats to the BIL for a successful Chili Challenge fundraiser

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1010098_10203235459157130_1170740213_n.jpgThe BIL said the Brainy Borough Chili Challenge was a huge success, meeting the group's goals of 100+ tickets sold and fully funding their annual scholarship for a graduating Metuchen High School student pursuing a career in education, medicine, or social work. 

The BIL is extremely grateful to Chairperson Kathi Pearsall for all her hard work. Thanks also to her helpers Rich Pearsall, Skyler, Steve Reuter, and Ellen Regan. Once again Marafiki Fair Trade gets a major shout-out for selling tickets, and thanks also to judges John Aquadro from Haileys, Skip Schmidt (Edgar Crossing guard & the guy with the little dogs on his bike), Jeanne Giarratano (last year's winner and House Tour committee), Khalil Malamug (owner of Razor Sharp), and Mike Butler (Metuchen teacher & chili aficionado). Now for the winners....

People's Choice
3rd Place - Tiffany Pirkwoski
2nd Place - Maggy Cook
1st Place - Bill Kocot 

Judge's Choice
3rd Place - Wayne Underwood
2nd Place - Steven Smith
1st Place - Zach Simon

Hottest Award - Steven Smith
(awarded unanimously by the Mens Division of the BIL)


Preschool of Rock at Family Arts Metuchen Concert Sunday Feb 23

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Michael Napolitano and the awesome Preschool of Rock to appear Sunday at the Old Franklin schoolhouse as part of the new Family Arts of Metuchen concert program!
4:00 pm, $3/person, tickets at the door. Co-sponsored by the Metuchen Arts Council. Come early! Last one was packed and full of energetic kids! This one will be, too!

Therapy Dog Needs Readers at the LIbrary

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TAB Presents: Go On A Blind Date with a Book at the Library

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To encourage reading for pleasure and to have some fun during the month of February, 
the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) of the Metuchen Public Library invites all students in 
grades 6-12 to:

Go on a Blind Date with a Book!

Here are the Official Dating Rules:

  1. Students are to come into the Metuchen Public Library (480 Middlesex Avenue) between February 1 and February 15 to choose among a number of available books to "take out."  The books are brown-wrapped, and carry a unique teaser like "Looking for adventure?" or "Hey! I like the survivor in YOU!" or "Baseball Enthusiast, looking for the same?" 

  2. Readers are asked not to unwrap their mystery date until they check it out and leave the Library.   

Join the Metuchen Citizen Police Academy! Starts March 3rd

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Neve Shalom Presents Nancy Abramson March 21st

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Congregation Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Avenue, Metuchen, NJ, presents the Claudie and Gilbert Hayat Shabbat Guest Speaker Hazzan Nancy Abramson on Friday evening following 7:30 p.m. services on March 21, 2014.  Hazzan Abramson will be speaking on the subject, "Zemirot and Cantors of the Future."

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

Check out this great article from Mycentraljersey.com about Metuchen's Mary Morrison and her web design project to support Sandy relief.

Cassie Smith Is On Fire! Vote for her in Star-Ledger Poll

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Cassie Smith of Metuchen High School is on fire! Cassie Smith netted 26 points while adding 21 rebounds and seven assists to lead Metuchen to a 69-29 victory against Highland Park in Metuchen.

Samantha Streckfuss finished with 15 points and five rebounds for Metuchen, while Liane Cifrodelli chipped in 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Rachel Beyer led Highland Park with 19 points.

You can vote for Cassie in the Who's The Best Girls Basketball Player in Central Jersey poll at this link. DO IT NOW! Let's get Cassie as many votes as possible!

METUCHEN IS CLOSED TODAY!

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All schools and district offices, the Borough offices and the LIbrary are all closed today. Marafiki is trying to make it in at some point but I doubt many other store owners are going to open up today. OR ARE YOU? Let us know!

Night at the Museum at Campbell School Huge Hit

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Night_at_the_Museum4.JPGOn a dark, chilly night in January Campbell School underwent a major transformation! Fourth grade teachers, Erin Santasieri and Melissa Savarese, facilitated the event by having the library converted into a museum and the gym into a movie theater.  

Fourth grade students and their families were invited to share in a "Night at the Museum" special event. Students were able to take their families on a guided tour of the "museum," which housed projects that they had worked on during the year. 

Exhibits included solar system models, endangered animal projects, writing samples and biography boxes.  After the tour, the families made their way to the "movie theater" where they cozied up on blankets and watched a showing of "Night at the Museum" starring Ben Stiller. Assistant Principal Brooke Kirschner was in attendance, along close to 300 event participants. With the help of the other fourth grade teachers, art teacher Katie McKeown, librarian Barb Derer and Mr. Mark and his custodial staff, the evening was a huge success! Campbell's new principal, Ed Porowski, stated that he is hopeful that this program would become an annual event at the school.

Follow the Board of Ed Through Its Budget Hearings

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Check out this link so that you can follow the Board of Education through its budget process for the upcoming school year. 

NEW SCHOOL SCHEDULE DUE TO ENDLESS SNOW DAYS AND CANCELLATIONS

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At the BOE meeting last night, a revised calendar was approved which includes additional snow days.  Please be informed that Monday, February 17th will be a make-up snow day should we have a school cancellation this week to the impending storm.   Additionally, the May 23rd In-Service Day is now scheduled as a make-up snow day (if we need it).    Again, if school is cancelled on Thursday (or Friday), Monday will be used as a make-up day. 

Borough Council Overturns Board of Education's decision

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Last night the Borough Council overturned the Board of Education's decision to maintain their elections in April (only Councilwoman Dorothy Rasmussen voted no, calling for additional discussion on the issue). They will now be held in November, saving the borough $17K, and making the "school children safer," according to Mayor Vahalla, since the election will take place when school is not in session. The councilpeople all claimed that it would also increase the amount of people who vote in the school election. 

All of that remains to be seen, the extensive opposition in town believes. Over 30 citizens attended the Council meeting to make their opinions known to the Council.


A public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday February 11, 2014 and will be held at 5:00 pm in Metuchen Borough Hall Council Chambers, 5oo Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840. The public is invited to express their views at this meeting concerning the use of Community Development Block Grant Funds which are anticipated to be received by the Borough of Metuchen for the 2014-2015 funding cycle. Preceding the receipt of public comments, there will be a presentation which will review the immediate past projects involving Community Development Block Grant Funds, the recommendations provided by the local Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee and the eligible types of activity which can be undertaken utilizing Community Development Block Grant Funds. The public is invited to attend the hearing and present written or oral testimony.
Borough of Metuchen Beatrice Moskowitz HCD Representative

Are You Ready for This Weekend's Chili Challenge??

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Volpe and Ravano Sign for Sacred Heart U on National Signing Day

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On National Signing Day, MHS Seniors Mackenzie Ravano and Olivia Volpe cemented their college careers, signing letters of intent for the next four years of undergraduate study. Both will be attending Sacred Heart University in my hometown of Bridgeport, Connecticut.  Mackenzie will be joining their Track and Field Program while Olivia will be playing for their Field Hockey Team.


Congrats and continued success to these athletes!

 

Read on for their High School Award listings.

Change the school board election to November and combine it with the general elections, save money and maybe more people will vote.  Seems like a good idea?  Think again.

While the school board election is officially nonpartisan, nothing prohibits politicians from endorsing or supporting their preferred candidates.  That means that they can use their fundraising and campaigning connections to support their selected candidates.  

Here are some questions to consider:

Will the move make our Board of Education elections more political?
Will politically-connected candidates have a greater advantage?
Will candidates who are not politically connected be disadvantaged?
Will it discourage qualified candidates from running?
Will it encourage  candidates with higher political aspirations to use the Board of Education as a stepping stone?
Will  it encourage lobbying of politicians by individuals who have interests in school positions or business contracts with the school?
Will voters  be less informed due to competition with other elections at the same time?
Will any increase in voting be a result of less informed voters?
Could Trenton politicians apply pressure on our local elections?

Is it worth the price of one cup of coffee per year?  Yes, that is all you will save.

Why not wait four or five years to see what happens in other towns? For many of the reasons listed above,  Edison has decided not to move it's school board election.  Our Board of Education has already had public input on this issue and voted not to move the election.  Why would we now allow the town council to nullify their vote?  While the council has the right to vote on this, they are not required to vote on it.  

 THE MEETING OF THE METUCHEN BOROUGH COUNCIL SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2014 WAS CANCELLED. THE BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETING IS RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2014 AT 7:30 PM AT METUCHEN BOROUGH HALL, 500 MAIN STREET, METUCHEN, NJ."

The council is scheduled to vote on this matter at the February 10th meeting ( http://www.metuchennj.org/bc-agendas/2014/bc_20140203/R2014-48.pdf ).  Please attend the meeting and give your input.  If you can not attend the meeting, you can contact the council members prior to the meeting( http://metuchennj.org/council.html ). If the decision is made to move the school board elections to November, it must stay that way for at least four
years. 

SUPERINTENDENT'S FORUM TONIGHT AT EDGAR 6 PM

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Superintendent's Open Agenda Session Monday, February 10th 6:00 pm at EMS 

Superintendent of Schools, Vincent Caputo will host an Open Agenda Session on Monday, February 10th at 6:00 pm in the Edgar Middle School library. This is a wonderful opportunity to dialogue with our Chief School Administrator. Please join us.

Lots of Fun Scheduled in March at Temple Emanu-El

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

 

March 9                     Seussical Jr! Attention community members of all ages, family and friends - don't miss our show, fun for all 'til it ends!  Watch youngsters from the local community as they perform in our first youth musical production. The show starts at 2:00 pm, tickets are $5 at the door.

 

March 16                   Purim Carnival  After a kid-friendly Purim Service at 11:00 a.m. we'll start our annual Purim Carnival at 11:30 until 1:30 p.m. Play games, have fun and win prizes.  All who come in costume will receive a prize. (Please bring canned or boxed food for our food pantry.)

 


Campbell School Dance Night POSTPONED UNTIL 2/28

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Due to the remnants of the winter storms this week, Metuchen's Campbell School has postponed their Dance Night tomorrow night until February 28th instead. Parking is compromised due to snow and ice so hopefully there will be milder weather at the end of the month. Save those 80's costumes for just a few more weeks!

Lollipopland Metuchen Says Place Valentine's Orders NOW

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1902901_253968571438631_679674954_n.jpgLollipopland Metuchen -- place orders now and get a free VALENTINE'S DAY CHOCOLATE LOLLIPOP!

Click on their ad on this page to see all the yummy choices!

Breaking the Chain Dance Fundraiser at MHS TOMORROW NIGHT

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NO SCHOOL TOMORROW FEBRUARY 5TH

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Because of the impending snowstorm, all Metuchen schools and offices will be closed tomorrow, February 5th.

Delayed Opening for Metuchen Schools February 4th

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Delayed opening today for all district schools -- 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2014
Metuchen Schools are operating on delayed open!
Edgar: 9:35 a.m., MHS: 9:50 a.m., Campbell: 10 a.m., Moss AM Kindergarten: 10:05 a.m. - 11:50 a.m., Moss PM Kindergarten: 12:40 p.m. - 2:25 p.m., MIPP/ELC AM 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., MIPP/ELC PM 12:00 - 2:05 p.m.

NO SCHOOLS OPEN TODAY -- DISTRICT SHUT DUE TO STORM

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THE METUCHEN SCHOOL DISTRICT IS CLOSED TODAY, FEBRUARY 3,  DUE TO THIS NEW WINTER STORM-- ALL SCHOOLS, ALL OFFICES -- AND THE HONEYWELL ALERT SYSTEM DOES NOT WORK SO PLEASE SHARE THIS MESSAGE WITH OTHERS AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. 

BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!

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