March 2014 Archives

Borough Notices Posted -- Guggenheim Passes Available At Library

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The April 2014 Senior Calendar has been posted.


The April 2014 Senior Newsletter has been posted.


Parkinson's Support Group Meeting, April 16th at 1:00pm.

April Casino Bus Trip, Tuesday, April 22nd


Metuchen Library Free Museum Passes- GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM added.


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1. Monday, March 24 and Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - There will be no school for students who attend James Monroe Elementary School.
2. Monday, March 24, 2014 - There will be a Parent Meeting/Press Conference at Edison High School at 7:30PM.
3. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - School will reconvene for James Monroe students with space being provided at Middlesex County College. Bussing will be provided. (All details will be provided at the Parent Meeting/Press Conference at Edison High School on March 24th.)
4. Counseling services will be available at the Education Center, (312 Pierson Avenue, Edison) for James Monroe students, staff, and members of the community.  (Counseling services for students attending other Edison Public Schools will be available at the respective school.)
If you are interested in making a donation in support of the James Monroe Community, please contact one of the persons listed below:
Virginia Pattie  at:
Dora Ramos at:
Joann Petruzzi at: 

The Book Thief Starts Friday at the Forum

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Starts Next Friday March 28 On Our Screen
THE BOOK THIEF The Book Thief --  A young girl who is intrigued by "books" to escape the nightmare that surrounds her.

Recommended for families and especially teens! The Book Thief, an adaptation of the hugely popular book, is the story of a young German girl growing up during the Second World War. The girl, Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nélisse), discovers a love of books thanks to the kindly Hans (Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech) who adopts her. Based on the beloved international bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel, an extraordinary and courageous young girl sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany. She learns to read with encouragement from her new family and Max, a Jewish refugee who they are hiding under the stairs. For Liesel and Max, the power of words and imagination become the only escape from the tumultuous events happening around them. This film is a life-affirming story of survival and of the resilience of the human spirit.
Starts Next Friday March 28 On Our Screen
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Green Drinks Metuchen Ready for 2014

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Come to the world-famous Green Drinks!

WHAT: We gather and talk about eco-issues from a logical, non-partisan perspective. Topics can vary based on who is attending, sometimes we have a moderated discussion format and sometimes we have more of a bull session, we strive to let everyone participate in the discussion.

WHO: Anyone working on environmental issues, studying them, or looking for technical support in living and working greener.

WHY: Fun, contacts, alcohol (or not), info, gossip, inspiration, business and pleasure.

NEW: Just go up to someone and say "are you green?", and you'll be made welcome.

STATUS: Informal, self-organising network. First Tuesday every month since June 2010. Average Attendance about a dozen with room for many more.

WHEN: First Tuesday of every month, 7PM to 9PM 
January 7, 2014 & February 4, 2014 
March 4, 2014 & April 1, 2014 (No Fooling!) 
May 6, 2014 & June 3, 2014 
July 1, 2014 & August 5, 2014 
September 2, 2014 & October 7, 2014 
November 4, 2014 & December 2, 2014 

BYOB: You're welcome to bring your favorite wine or beer to share. Homebrew is encouraged (BYOH)! Our hosts also have a number of virgin Island Drinks that could be supplemented, or are great on their own.

WHERE: At our NEW VENUE Breezes Caribbean Cuisine, 567 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen, NJ 08840. Experience real Caribbean cuisine right here in Metuchen! Come enjoy great conversation and fresh curries and seafood, just ask the host to seat you with GreenDrinks.

IMPORTANT - NEW BE COOL COVER CHARGE Please be kind to our hosts and come to Breezes for dinner or at least dessert ($12 Minimum requested). It's really a great place with wonderful, healthy food. 

Party of 5 or more, please RSVP to

HOW: Walk, cycle, bus, or NJ Transit (Northeast Corridor, Metuchen Stop): Downtown Metuchen, NJ. Taxi or car OK if more than 2 passengers ;)


Registration on NOW for Metuchen Bulldogs

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The Girls Leadership Institute will hold workshops for girls from second to fifth grades and their parents at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse on Middlesex Avenue, once a week for four weeks, starting April 22 for second- and third-graders and April 23 for third- and fourth-graders. Tuition is $200, and scholarships are available. MM discussed the organization and their objectives with Amie Herman, NJ Outreach Manager for the organization:

What is GLI?

Girls Leadership Institute teaches girls the skills to know who they are, what they believe, and how to express it, empowering them to create change in their world. We work with girls, parents and caregivers, and educators to ensure lasting impact.

The GLI organization made the decision to expand programming to NJ in 2012 and I joined the organization as the Outreach Manager for GLI in NJ in early 2012 to help raise awareness of what we do and bring programming to communities across the state.  I believe in the importance of what GLI does, first hand, as I have two daughters who are 11 and 15.

What is the topic that most helps in the positive growth of a young girl?  What does GLI provide that other organizations, like Girl Scouts, which also target young girls, cannot?

GLI's focus is on social emotional learning -- the importance of building authentic and healthy relationships using assertive communications skills (being able to say what you mean and ask for what you need) and understanding that there is such thing as constructive conflict in relationships and friendships, particularly between and amongst girls. GLI views these social emotional skills as critically important to becoming leaders.  We see leadership not just as something you become, but something you demonstrate each day in choices you make, especially choices around friendships and challenges you may face.

Check it out! The premiere is tomorrow but here's a sneak peek -- the WSWW Thursday middle school class has had a short film accepted into the 90-Secoond Newbery Festival at the New York Public LIbrary tomorrow. And you can get the first look here:

Congratulations, writers!

Sam Menafro Talks to Edgar Students about Life in Afghanistan

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Menafro_(1).jpgOn Friday March 7th 2014 the sixth graders in Ms. Menafro, Ms. Kovacs, and Mrs. Elton's classes had an exciting guest speaker come to Edgar School. The students in these classes read the novel Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai. In the novel, a family flees their home country of Afghanistan to escape the Taliban's rule. They go to America just before the devastating events of September 11th 2001 occur. The remainder of the novel depicts life for Middle Eastern people living in America post-Sept 11th. Our guest speaker is very familiar with the issues facing Afghan people because she experienced all of this first hand.


Lieutenant Samantha Menafro, Ms. Menafro's sister in-law, came to Metuchen to discuss her experiences in the military as a member of the Air National Guard. Lieutenant Menafro joined the military in 1999 because she was interested in becoming a doctor. She knew that the military could help her pay for her education.  She has had many incredible accomplishments during her time. First, she worked as a critical care technician at the trauma center in Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick. Then, she became a Master Sergeant Boom Operator where she refueled military planes in the air. Recently, she earned the honor of Second Lieutenant.


Lieutenant Menafro presented the students with background information about her experiences in the military with pictures of her jobs, trainings, and her travels. Interestingly for our students, she discussed her experiences in Afghanistan bringing wounded American soldiers home. Additionally, she brought helmets, a gas mask, and a military survival vest with her for the students to try on.  The students asked a variety of questions from, "Can you wear makeup?" to "What has been your biggest challenge so far?" March is Women's History Month, so Lieutenant Menafro made a special point to discuss her role as a female in the military. Lieutenant Menafro's presentation was concluded by distributing stickers of the badge that represents her unit: The Princeton tiger eating a World War II German helmet. All involved in the presentation were delighted and grateful that Lieutenant Menafro took the time to visit us at Edgar Middle School, and they thanked her for her service to our country.

Metuchen Y Hosts Donation Party for Selfless 9-year-old

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The Metuchen Y is a great place enjoyed by the community. But one little girl used her birthday party there to raise a lot of money for a good cause. 

In lieu of a regular party with presents all for her, Marcella Iversen from Edison chose to have a donation birthday party this year for the ASPCA.
 She created a web page on the ASPCA site and let friends and family know about her special day. "Instead of a gift for me, please help animals in need by donating to the ASPCA for my 9th birthday.
 I love animals so much it breaks my heart to see them abused or abandoned."
 Marcella gave them some information on the ASPCA to read about and asked them to help her reach her goal of $200.

Because of the generosity and kindness of so many friends and family, $900 was raised to help animals in need.
 Since the winter was so cold and snowy, we are all looking forward to some warmer weather, so she had a pool /gym party at the YMCA. Her party invitations featured animals in a pool to keep with the general theme.

She got the idea of a donation party by watching the Disney Channel where there is a segment called , "Disney Friends for Change".  They highlight a child who does something to make a positive change in the world.  Marcella was so impressed by these youngsters and their creativity, hard work and big hearts that she wanted to do something as well.  So she decided to raise funds through her birthday for animals. 
 This is the second year Marcella  has had a donation birthday. Last year she raised $780 for St. Jude Children's hospital.

Marcella's mom Donna told MM, "Both years her young guests arrived with huge smiles and looked so proud to donate to others in need.
 A few parents have told us that their kids were very amazed and inspired by Marcella's idea and plan to do something of the same for causes near and dear to them. Pretty awesome!
 I believe it caused them to think and made some impact on these kids." Congratulations to Marcella for her selfless concern for animals and to her family for helping her make such a generous dream come true!

If you are interested in a birthday party at the Y, click through their ad on this page for more information.

It's never too early to think about how to present yourself on paper for different occasions: for special high school programs, for interviews with prospective colleges, when applying for internships now or during college, for jobs on college campuses, etc.
On Tuesday, April 15 (during the Metuchen School's Spring Break),  the Metuchen Public Library will host two free teen resumé writing workshops designed especially for students in grades 9 -12. (Choose either the 11 AM session or the 1:30 PM session.)
During this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the important components of a good resumé and how to explore opportunities that build experience during the teen years. Sample student resumés will be distributed and each participant will have a chance to work in small groups to begin to outline his/her personal resumé. You'll leave the workshop equipped to write a resumé, which you can add to and tailor throughout your high school and college careers. Please bring paper or a notebook and a pen or pencil. Space is limited. Register by writing the YA Librarian Kathy Liss at


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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:

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.

The option to pay by credit card will not be
 available at this time but should be available within the next few weeks.  If you wish to pay by check please still register on line and mail the check to Metuchen Municipal Pool Commission,  500 Main Street,  Metuchen, NJ  08840.   The early resident deadline will be extended to April 30, 2014. 

Questions?  Please call 732-632-8503.  You can 
register your family now and be already to submit your payment once the credit card option is available.  The early resident deadline for the discounted price is April  30, 2014.

Podcast_Winners.jpgCongratulations to Edgar Middle School sixth grade students, Julianna and Rebecca Margolin.  Their podcast entry was selected as the Second Place winner for the Middle School category at 2014 FLENJ (Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey) Annual Spring Conference.   The girls along with their Spanish teacher, Mrs. Audra Smith, will be invited to the conference  on Saturday, March 15 to receive the award and their certificates.


Pictured L to R:  Julianna Margolin, Spanish Teacher Audra Smith, and Rebecca Margolin

Coin Collector for Friends of the Library Now Hosted at Haileys

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The Friends of The Metuchen Library need your help. Donate your unwanted change to our coin collector. For the month of March, the coin collector will be at Haileyʼs Harp and Pub at 400 Main Street in Metuchen.

"Thanks to community partners like Haileyʼs Harp and Pub, we are all working to ensure our library provides a 21st century learning environment," says Sondra Flite, President of the Friends of the Metuchen Library. "The coin collector is just one example of an innovative way we raise funds for the library."

Chris Flynn, owner of Haileyʼs Harp and Pub notes, "Metuchen is a town with a strong  cooperative spirt. We are pleased to host the coin collector and to do our part to help support the library." 

Stop in at Haileyʼs Harp and Pub and help to feed a river of readers at the Metuchen Library. For more information, contact The Friends of The Metuchen Library at All funds raised support the Metuchen Library.

Edgar Celebrates Womens History Month with Cablevision/C-Span

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womens history program at edgar.jpgOn March 25th at 9:00 am, EMS will host a Women's History Month Program in collaboration with Cablevision and C-Span.  The program, First Ladies  Influence and Image (see attachment), will include presentations by Edgar students on selected First Ladies.  Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin will be in attendance.  Local officials will be invited as well.    

Indonesian Fellowship At First Presbyterian Fundraiser March 15

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Saturday, March 15 (Dinner at 6:30p, Show at 7:30p)

First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen Social Center at 270 Woodbridge Avenue, Metuchen

The Indonesian Fellowship of the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen is hosting a fundraising dinner and variety show on Saturday, March 15, 2014. The goal is to raise money for the flood victims in Manado. Dinner will be prepared by the Indonesian Fellowship and will consist authentic Indonesian cuisine for all, including vegetarian options. Tickets for dinner are $10 for adults and $6 for children. A variety show will follow dinner, with a free-will offering being taken during the show.For more information, please contact the church office at (732) 491-2300.


The Princeton Learning Cooperative, a non-profit organization that provides a self-directed learning environment for teens, will host one in their series of "Outside the Box" events at Metuchen's Old Franklin School on Thursday, March 20th at 7:00 p.m. 

The evening's theme is "Re-imagining School" and will feature two popular TED talks by Ken Robinson and Daniel Pink with a discussion to follow.  The program is free and open to the public. The program on March 20th begins at 7:00 p.m.  The old Franklin School is located at 491 Middlesex Avenue (Route 27) in Metuchen, next to the Metuchen Fire House.  Parking is available across the street in the Borough Hall parking lot.  For more information about the Princeton Learning Center visit their website at princetonlearningcoopertive or call 609-851-2522.


Community Nursery School loves to highlight teachers and their educational philosophies and experience. Here is a profile of Colleen Smith, a Metuchen native who teachers 4 and 5-year-olds at Community.

Mrs. Colleen Smith joined the Community Nursery School staff in September 2008 and is currently a teacher of 4 and 5-year-olds. She began her career teaching first grade in the Metuchen school district.

Administrator Audrey Kowalski explains, "Her classroom is a lively place. In addition to literacy and math activities, her lessons include science experiments and cooking activities. A firm believer in fitness, she and her assistant set up an obstacle course with balls and hoola-hoops when the children cannot play on the CNS playground due to weather conditions, or they dance to lively music to get the children in motion. 

Opportunities for personal expression through art and music are also part of her plan. The rules of the classroom emphasize respect for one another and the children learn appropriate social behavior. Her students are excited about school and look forward to their busy day."

Mrs. Smith and her husband actively support their two sons in their athletic pursuits and her family enjoys vacationing together, bike riding and swimming. Community Nursery School is registering now for fall classes. Please see the ad on this page for further information.

The Metuchen Public Library will be hosting a Meet and Greet Event on March 8th at 2pm to welcome the new library director, Ms. Susanna Chan. Ms. Chan wants to meet the community and share her vision on where she wants to take the Metuchen Public Library into the future. It will be a great opportunity to get to meet her and let her know what the library means to you. Everyone is welcome as food and refreshments will be served. There will also be activities for the kids like origami, balloon animals, and face painting. Don't wait and mark this event on your calendar today. Registration is not required for this event. For more information please call the Metuchen Public Library at (732) 632-8526.

Birthday Bash for Middlesex County Seniors April 7th

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MSC.jpgJunior and senior high school students who are often overlooked in traditional awards ceremonies were recently honored at the 28th Annual Student Recognition Program at New Brunswick High School. Two of the recipients were from Metuchen High School, Matthew Nicholas and Nancy Hafez, were celebrated. They attended the evening with Bruce Peragallo, Principal of Metuchen High School, Superintendent of Schools Vincent Caputo and proud family members by their sides.

The Middlesex County School Boards Association, and the Middlesex County Association of School Administrators sponsored the annual event, recognizing "the unsung heroes who have not yet captured the headlines."
A variety of factors are used to select students for the award, including their ability to overcome significant academic or personal challenges, said Dr. Frank R. Alfano, President of the Middlesex County Association of School Administrators.

"There are many worthwhile events recognizing students who excel in academics, athletics, or community service activities," Dr. Alfano said. "But there is something special about the quiet strength demonstrated year after year on the part of these students," he added.
The Keynote Speaker for the event was Mark Finkelstein, Superintendent of the Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission, who chaired the committee that founded the program in 1985, while serving on the New Brunswick Board of Education.

During his speech, Mr. Finkelstein praised the 65 Middlesex County student award recipients, noting: "Tonight is about recognizing you for your work ethic, your strength of character, your ability to respond to whatever obstacles life has thrown your way, and to find the strength to successfully meet those challenges head on."

Magic 98.3 Cites Wagenblast + Messenger as "Magic" Teachers

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Check out this page for information on Mr. Wagenblast and Mr. Messenger from MHS who were cited by Magic 98.3 as 'magic" teachers!

Check out this article with all the details on Evan Robbins of Metuchen High School's national recognition award for all his hard and successful work on Breaking the Chain. Last year Jimmy Carter won this medal and Malala did as well -- it's a huge honor! CONGRATULATIONS!

Hub City Presents Intro to Fencing Starts 3/3

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Intro to Fencing - Adult will meet on Mondays at 7pm, starting 3/3

Intro to Fencing - Youth will meet on Wednesdays at 6pm, starting 3/5

Their most popular program, Introduction to Fencing is a 10 week course that meets once weekly for an hour. It is designed for people with little or no fencing experience and will provide a good foundation for more advanced techniques. The $300 course fee includes the purchase of a brand new glove, mask and jacket for each student. Students receive complimentary use of a club weapon. Please contact Hub City to discuss payment options. Family and group discounts are available.

Be sure to "like" our Facebook page at for the latest information about the sport and our club.

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More info? Contact Lauren Beischer,
Manager, Hub City Fencing Academy
Cell: 848-467-0724



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Metuchen Schools are operating on delayed open schedule!

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.

MEF Sponsors Successful Science Fair at Edgar

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Aluminum.pngThe Metuchen Education Foundation (MEF) sponsored the Edgar Middle School Science Fair last week with great success. The turnout from sixth graders, according to Katharine Henn, the district's supervisor for Science and Gifted/Talented programs, was the highest it has ever been. Hundreds of projects lined tables at the event, focusing on the use of true scientific method on a variety of interesting experiments. The MEF awarded ribbons to every recipient, who were given a moment to shine at the ceremony following the Fair. 

The winners in each grade received special recognition from MEF -- They are as follows:

EIGHTH GRADE: First place, Arnav Agrawal; Second place, Michael Lapczynski; Third Place, Evan Derector; Honorable Mention: Serena McKiernan and Julia Pirro & Chirstina Czochanski.

SEVENTH GRADE: First Place, Julia Memory and Alanna Redwood; Second Place, Shaezmina Khan and Third Place, Chloe Jaques and Nina Suss.

SIXTH GRADE: First Place, Aaron Puerzer and Noah Fong; Second Place, Flavia Delle Femine; Third Place (rie), Daniel Melendez and Aakash Sood; Honorable Mention, Ian Emanuele + Jakob Cherry and Mia Schutz.

FIFTH GRADE: First Place, Isabel Melendez; Second Place, Jai Dreher; Third Place, Jackson Fenner; Honorable Mention, Jessical Grace and Sela Wyetzner.

The winners in each grade will be celebrated at an upcoming Board of Education meeting when District Superintendent Caputo introduces them during a live broadcast, in an ongoing series highlighting exceptional academic achievement in Metuchen schools.

Congratulations to everyone who participated and to MEF for another excellent contribution to our district schools!


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If you need someone to shovel your walk or drive or whatever, please contact one of our new "Snow Angels," able-bodied folks who would like to help you out. Please determine their pay with them before you schedule them. But MM recommends any of them for good help! If you know someone else who is interested in offering services, please send their names and contact info to Be careful out there, everybody!

Nick Loffrredo, 732-609-1469;

John Schleck and Grace Schleck, both at 732-662-9080 and;

Tommy Davis 848-219-4780;

Mindy Keller -- at;

Maxx Adlerman at; 

Alex Brooks at (732)-910-6887 (off Woodbridge)

William Hoover at 732 995-6293 (Rose St area)

Christine Gerity at 
(St. Francis Church side of town)

Bella Zech - off Hillside (through Facebook at Nila Zech);

Mindy Keller --at 940-399-8985 or;

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