April 2014 Archives


We want to thank Razorsharp Barbershop and Shave Parlor for this amazing show of support! Please bring your family in on May 4th for an amazing cut and support the Fuccile Foundation! 

A DAY DEDICATED TO HELP: RSBS x FUCCILE FOUNDATION The Fuccile Foundation is sponsoring a event called the FUCE 5k walk/run. The foundation is a non profit organization dedicated to the service and support of local families affected by tragedy. We, @rsbsx13 is going to dedicate a day of service on MAY 4, 2014 from 9am-3pm! All haircuts and monetary donations will be given to sponsor the FUCE 5k run for the families in need 100%! We ask all of you to please come and support us! 

EMS Plea by Video for Help This Summer Season

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MHS Percussion Ensemble, Winter Guard Take Gold for 2014

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band.jpgCongratulations to the Metuchen High School Percussion Ensemble and Winter Guard for winning Gold Medals at this year's Tournament Indoor Association Chapter Ten Championships.  It is the first championship for each group.  Also congratulation to the MHS Winter Drum Line who won a silver medal at the same event.

St. Luke's Invites Community to MayPole Event May 4th

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St. Luke's Episcopal Church invites parents and children to come celebrate spring in a Maypole dance on Sunday, May 4th at 11.30am.   The Maypole was a popular springtime custom when St Luke's was founded in 1864, and many adults recall performing it in school when they were young.   Let's bring it back!  Refreshments will be served.   St. Luke's is at the corner of Route 27 and Oak Avenue in Metuchen.  Call 732-547-4308 for more information.  

Three Community Members To Receive YMCA Awards This May

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From the YMCA:

It is with great excitement that the Metuchen Edison Woodbridge YMCA announces the

selection of three prominent and influential community members to receive the Peter J. Barnes, Jr. Community Champion Award and the Charles S. Edgar Memorial Award.

The YMCA Peter J. Barnes Jr. Community Champion Award will be presented to NJ Senator Peter J. Barnes III for his contribution as a public official to the mission of the YMCA and to the community at large. Senator Peter J. Barnes III represents the 18th Legislative District, comprising the communities of East Brunswick, Edison, Helmetta, Highland park, Metuchen, South Plainfield and South River. A resident of Edison for more than 50 years, Peter has previously served on the Edison Township Council, Planning and Housing Authorities. He is a Past President of the Middlesex County Bar Association and Past President of the Metuchen Rotary Club. Peter attends St. Francis Cathedral in Metuchen, New Jersey where he is a member of the Parish Council. He has also served as a youth coach for the North Edison Baseball and Softball League, YMCA of MEWSA, and St. Francis CYO.

Annual High Tea at Borough Improvement League May 3rd

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Alex Dawson + Rutgers Presents YA Kid Lit Conference May 1st

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Free Hebrew School at Neve Shalom for K-2

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Congregation Neve Shalom (250 Grove Avenue in Metuchen, NJ) will be hosting an open house for its Hebrew school on Sunday, May 4th from 10 am to 11 am.  During this time, members of the Hebrew school staff will show prospective families around the facilities and be available to answer questions about the school and its award winning programming. Thanks to the generous contribution from an anonymous donor, there will be no charge for tuition for all students in kindergarten thru second grade and membership is not required. [There is a small book fee.]

Neve Shalom's Hebrew school is a multiple time winner of the coveted Framework for Excellence Award and the Solomon Schechter Award for programming.  The program provides children with a dynamic and comprehensive Jewish education for students in kindergarten through the seventh grade. Younger students attend Hebrew school on Sunday mornings (grades 3 thru 7 attend two days) and receive a strong foundation in reading and writing Hebrew and an understanding of Jewish history and Jewish rituals, holidays, customs, and ceremoniesFor questions regarding the open house or the Hebrew school program at Congregation Neve Shalom, please contact the Educational Director, Hazzan Levin, at 732-548-2238 (Ext. 14) or Hazzan@NeveShalom.net.  Information is also available at www.NeveShalom.net

Support Send a Kid to Camp with YMCA Charity Golf June 10th

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On Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy (YMCA OF MEWSA) will host its annual Richard Hale Memorial YMCA Charity Golf Classic at The Metuchen Golf & Country Club, Edison NJ.

While the golf outing has become an annual event, the mission work that it supports is far from ordinary. The annual Hale Golf Outing provides much needed scholarship assistance to those in our community that would otherwise be unable to benefit from the wonderful experience of YMCA Summer Day Camp.

Proceeds from this year's outing will support the Send A Kid to Camp Program, the single largest scholarship assistant program provided by the Y to the children and families in our community each summer.

For the past two years, close to $100,000 was provided in camp scholarship assistance, ensuring that almost 200 children could experience the life-changing power of YMCA Summer Day Camp.

It is through golf outing sponsorship dollars that we continue to support this important program. All of our committee members are hard at work in their communities to encourage support through sponsorship and participation.

The cost is $250.00 per person. Golf package includes lunch, round of golf, cocktails, light dinner and short program

Many sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information on supporting the June 10, 2014 golf outing through sponsorship or joining us on the golf course, please contact Katie McAdoo, Association Advancement katie.mcadoo@ymcaofmewsa.org 848-702-2276

After posting the link to the bullying self-assessment for district schools, the following letter showed up in my mailbox. It is reprinted word for word as I received it here:

"To Metuchen Matters,

I am writing to comment on the Self-Asssessment Report on Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying in the Metuchen Schools discussed at the very end of a recent Board of Education meeting.

I understand the report must be presented publicly each year. I was very surprised at the comment of one of the Board of Education members. His response to the numbers was that we must have been a hard grader on ourselves compared to other districts.

On hearing Metuchen's numbers my first response was what can we do as a community to improve the school climate. What are the main issues plaguing the schools and what do we put in place to provide a positive environment for all of our students. We must reach out to students and families to get a true picture of the school environment.

I read on the Metuchen Matters Facebook page the comment that we were being honest in our reporting. All school districts should be honest if they want to truly address this persistent problem. These numbers should serve as a warning sign that we as a community are not doing our best.

No child should walk into a school building in Metuchen and have to worry about being harassed, intimidated or bullied. The only way to change it for our children is to face the HIB issues and not turn away. We can do much better.

Sincerely, A Concerned Mom"

Celebrate Earth Day at Triple C Saturday April 26th

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The Metuchen Municipal Alliance will be holding our annual Magic Show on Friday April 25th at Campbell School at 7:00PM. Please join us for a fun evening!


Happy Easter, Metuchen!

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Letters From Within Fundraiser Tuesday April 29th at Hailey's

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Letters from Within is a web-based, international film project documenting daily life, travel, and volunteer experiences in off-the-beaten path locations across the world. Metuchen resident Keith Timko, the project's producer, and founding members Dmitry (Dima) Petrov and Anna Soldatova, who hail from St. Petersburg, Russia, will host a fundraiser on Tuesday April 29 from 6-8 PM at Hailey's Harp & Pub in support of the first project in Nepal in fall 2014. Using minimally intrusive equipment and crew, Dima and Anna will chronicle their volunteer experiences in Nepal. "While it is wonderful to see new parts of the world as a tourist, international volunteering is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in another culture. It allows you to understand a place in a different and deeper way. We envision this Letters from Within project as a unique window into Nepalese culture that will offer a completely different perspective. It's a point-of-view rooted in the stories, smiles and sadness and sights and sounds of local residents and daily life," says Dima.

The Nepal project will be part of a larger collection of 7-10 minute films, produced in the "road movie" tradition, to be housed on the Letters from Within website (http://lettersfromwithin.com) as well as You Tube and Vimeo channels. The films are meant to entertain, provide a window into seldom seen parts of the world, and inspire others to volunteer and travel with purpose. The Letters from Within team will share information about the project at the April 29 fundraiser. A $25 donation at the door gets you a drink ticket and appetizers; Hailey's Harp & Pub is located at 400 Main St. in Metuchen.

MEF Spring Fundraiser Great Success

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Metuchen Education Foundation held its Annual Spring Fundraiser on March 28th at the Metuchen Inn.  The event was well attended, with an amazing selection of silent auction items!  There was also wonderful music by members of the Dave Grossman Trio.   One of the evening's highlights was a live, jazz music-inspired, painting created by talented Metuchen-ite, Easton Davy.   MEF is very grateful to everyone who attended and supported this fundraiser. 

100% of all monies raised fund projects that focus on improving education in our community.  All donations made to MEF go directly to the Metuchen Public Schools through grants given to teachers.  These MEF grants offer teachers the opportunity to enhance their regular curriculum with innovative ideas that otherwise might not be funded.


If you missed this fabulous event, please consider attending future fundraisers sponsored by MEF.   Stay informed of all MEF activities, by becoming a "friend" of Metuchen Education Foundation on Facebook.  Also, tax-deductible donations can be made by visiting the MEF web site at www.metucheneducationfoundation.org

Happy Passover, Metuchen!

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Kabbalah Melody.
Here we have a story for the world,
A tale of justice served and freedom won,
Principles of goodness, universal,
Printed out on stone by God's own hand.
Yes, the past was bloody, and the old
Promise was by faithlessness undone.
And wonders ceased, memories turned brittle,
Shadows fell, and love turned into land.
Still, the story breathes the air of words
Old and new, a tale not writ in stone,
Vast as the hard history of a people
Ever changing, ever one, a grand
Recital running through time's glass like sand.

Free Tree seedlings will be available to Metuchen residents in the month of April as a part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign.  This program helps communities replace trees damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.

From 10am to 2pm on Saturday April 19, 2014, residents will be able to pick up tree seedlings at the Metuchen Senior Center Parking Lot.

Seedlings, available on a first come first served basis, also come with instructions on how to store, care for, and plant them.  The guides help residents chose the right place on a property to plant a tree while keeping in mind the tree's full-grown size in the future.  Residents should plant the seedlings within two days after pick-up in order to prevent the roots from drying out.

The goal of the Tree Recovery Campaign is to distribute over 500,000 tree seedlings to NJ residents over the course of the next 5 years.  It is a joint effort between Metuchen, the New Jersey State Forestry Services Community Forestry Program, The State Forest Nursery, New Jersey Soil Conservation Districts, Sustainable Jersey, and the Arbor Day Foundation, FedEx, and BJ's Wholesale Club provide financial support for the program.

When properly planted and maintained, trees can be assets to a community.

They improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood or business district, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

If you have any questions please contact Councilwoman Rasmussen atdrasmussen@metuchen.com

letters_about_lit_2014.jpgEach year, the Library of Congress's Center for the Book sponsors a contest called Letters About Literature.  Students are asked to write letters to the author of a favorite book, telling why this book inspired them.  This year more than 2000 New Jersey students submitted letters for this contest.  Three sixth graders at Edgar have been recognized for writing outstanding letters.  April CalishJackson Costello, and Megan Shen received honorable mentions in the 4th-6th grade division and will be honored at a reception next month.


Photo (from left to right):  Jackson Costello with Lois Lowry's The Giver, April Calish with R.J. Palacio's Wonder and Megan Shen with Grace Lin's Dumpling Days  and their ELA teacher, Ms. Kovacs.


SIGN UP NOW for Childrens Programs at the Library This Spring

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St. Luke's On Good Friday

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CQE Scholarship Apps Available for MHS Seniors NOW

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Citizens for Quality Education (CQE) is offering $1,000 in scholarships for Metuchen High School seniors who have challenged themselves with a rigorous high school curriculum.  At least one award will be for $500. All eligible students are encouraged to apply.  

The criteria for determining the winners include following a challenging curriculum and appreciating its benefits.

Eligibility:  Any Metuchen High School senior who has a GPA of 3.6 or higher and who has followed a rigorous curriculum, which includes some honors classes and at least one Advanced Placement course in 11th or 12th grade.

To download an application for the scholarship, go to: http://metuchencqe.org/cqe-scholarship/

Completed applications should be returned to MHS Guidance Counselor Mrs. Leigh Hanbridge by May 12, 2014.
The Easter Bunny is coming to Lollipopland Metuchen tomorrow! 

Follow the Bunny from the Town Easter Egg Hunt to the Lollipopland Metuchen store on Main Street!

SAVE 10%, too!


On Saturday ~ April 12th 
from 9a~12p 
(Right after the Town 
Easter Egg Hunt) 
Take Pictures, Free Lollipops, Save 10% 
On Our Screen This Weekend...Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
Friday & Saturday @ 7:30 Sunday @ 3pm
What does it mean to be a performing artist - first, last and always? Broadway legend Elaine Stritch can answer that. 

And: Opening On Stage  June 19 thru July 20 "DAVID MICHAEL FINKELSTEINS BAR MITZVAH" A Hilarious New Musical by Sue Fabisch (author of Motherhood the Musical). Directed by Peter J Loewy. You know that group of relatives you don't want to invite, but you have to anyway? Well, they're all her in this riotous original musical comedy. All backed a 3 piece band
Thursdays thru Saturday @ 8pm Sunday Matinees @ 3pm Tickets $35 with discounts of 20% for groups of 10 or more!at www.forumtheatrearts.org or by calling 732.548.5600 And NO. You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy... "DAVID MICHAEL FINKELSTEINS BAR MITZVAH"


Metuchen High School's Keaton Weidmaier is working on his Eagle Scout project, doing some rehab on the front of the Old Franklin Schoolhouse. How is he planning to spruce the place up and how did he choose this as the focus of this long-range project? Keaton told MM all about it.

How long have you been a Boy Scout? How do you become an Eagle Scout?

KW: I've been a Boy Scout for about 4 years, and a Cub Scout since I was in first grade. To become an Eagle Scout, you have to successfully complete the requirements of the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life. Then you have to complete a project and get 21 merit badges.

What is the Eagle Scout project in general? Is it a community service project? What does Boy Scouts expect you to do in order for them to acknowledge and approve your project?

KW: An Eagle Scout project is a long lasting, community benefiting effort. The general consensus of what the average project is something that doesn't benefit the scout directly, lasts for a long time, and is something that the community will welcome.

Why did you choose the OFS as the focus of your project -- and in what way are you working to raise money to help it? What will the money be used for?

KW: To be honest, I chose the Old Franklin School (or Borough Improvement League, which is the technical name) because it was [a good fit]. Fundraising-wise, I've been helping out at BIL events, doing things like making and selling food. The money will be used to install a picket fence around the front of the building, build an information kiosk, and restore the Old Franklin School sign. If you drive by the school, you'll notice that the sign is gone. I'm currently giving it new coats of paint.

Why did you have a connection to this as a possible project? What need did you see that you wanted to fill?

KW: I had a connection to this project from my scout master, who suggested it to me at some point. As for [what] needed to be filled, it was just how old the place looks. Some TLC was all it really needed, so I figured the best place to start was on the outside.

Will you be documenting the project as it moves forward? In what way?

KW:  I have a website dedicated to updating the world on my progress (link below).

Good luck, Keaton! We will all enjoy the spiffed-up schoolhouse when you're done! Thanks for taking the time to help improve a Metuchen landmark.

Check out further info on the project at this link.


This week, MM has another look at another great teacher at Community Nursery School, thanks to Audrey Kowalski. Let's look at Susan Williams.

Susan Williams is a teacher of 2 ½ and 3 year-olds and has been a valued member of the team at Community Nursery School since 2007. Often she is a child's first experience with a teacher other than a member of the family. (We all know that a parent is a child's first teacher!) Her loving patience and genuine care and concern for each of her students help everyone make a smooth transition to preschool.

Susan allows each child time to explore the classroom to find what interests them, listens to what each wants to tell her, and helps them enter into play with the other students. Socialization is the primary goal of the entry level classes.

As these young students grow in confidence and ability, Mrs. Williams adapts the activities to hold their interest and challenge them. Matching games and puzzles help build fine motor skills; water and sand table activities and outdoor experiences develop a natural curiosity and interest in science.

Mrs. Williams and her family enjoy winter snowboarding, summer boating and playing with their dog.

Peggy_Young0001.jpgLong-time residents of Metuchen, the Cammarano family, have been to many opening day celebrations for spring baseball. This year, however, they will have a very special connection to the season opener -- this year is the 10th anniversary of the passing of Peggy Cammarano Phillips, the first girl to ever play on a baseball team in the Metuchen Little League. This year, two Little League teams will be sponsored in her name (one by her family and one by Edward Perrone of Eagle Plans, a Metuchen financial planning office).

Dawn Cammarano says of her beloved sister-in-law, "[We have had] number 5 placed on the arm of the shirts of all of the players. We chose this way to remember her for two reasons: she was the first girl to play on a baseball team in Metuchen Little League, and [she had a great] love of children's sports. She went to so many of her children's games and made sure that she knew the name of everyone on the teams to root for them -- each and every child."

Peggy tried twice, at the ages of 10 and 11, to break the gender barrier of Metuchen Little League and finally got on a team when the gender-breaking edict from Little League's Williamsburg headquarters became official. Peggy told the Metuchen Recorder in 1994 that "I remember trying out . . . everything. I did everything the boys did. Nothing was different." She and two other girls found place on teams that year.

Peggy played left and right fields and spent some time at shortshop. At her first game, she surprised her head coach, who assumed she wouldn't show up. "I had my hair up in my cap," she recalled with a laugh. "I was standing right next to him and I said, 'I'm right here.'" That 1974 change in national Little League protocol was revolutionary at the time. "Knowing what I know now," she said in that 1994 profile, "it doesn't hurt to raise a little ruckus now and then."  

The Little League Opening Day parade will end up at Oakland Park this weekend, the same park where Peggy spent her ball-playing days and watched her brothers play before she was able to. With her family in attendance, it will be a heartfelt way to remember all that Peggy meant to them and to Metuchen in general.

Every girl playing ball this season owes a debt to Peggy and her role in creating a new era for girls in Little League. Her commitment, dedication and sense of fun will never be forgotten.

St. Luke's Fish'n'Chips Dinner Saturday April 12th

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Come to the Annual Fish'n'Chips Dinner on Saturday, April 12th at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Oak Avenue and Rt 27 in Metuchen from 6pm to 8pm. Thistle Restaurant in Kearney provides us with the best and most Celtic feast around!  $10 adults and $6 kids.  Call 732-548-4308 for more information or to make a reservation.  Bring the kids early to dye Easter eggs and make palm crosses -- Palm Sunday in the nest day! -- then stay for fish and chips.

Saturday Morning Kids Classes at Hub City Starting April 5th

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Saturday Morning Fitness, Fencing, & Fun!

Ages 7-11 / Grades 2-5
Starting Saturday, April 5th

$55 per session for 3 hours of fencing, fitness, and fun!
$45 per session prepaying for one full month*
$35 per session prepaying for 3 full months*

Hub City Fencing Academy is proud to offer a new program for young athletes on Saturday mornings. These high energy 3 hour sessions will provide great exercise, fun, and training in the sport of fencing.

Each week's fun-filled activities and games will integrate cardio, conditioning, and fencing in a friendly environment. Coaches will lead students in exercises utilizing body weight resistance to build strength. Young athletes will improve stamina, coordination, agility, and endurance. Exercises and activities can be modified for all ages and skill levels so that all students will feel comfortable and included. Not only will these fun challenges improve overall physical fitness, but they will also lay the groundwork for successful fencing careers.

Sessions will begin with warm up and stretching, then progress to group exercises, games, and partner work. Time will be dedicated to learning correct fencing footwork, building muscle memory with fencing drills, supervised electric bouting, and learning to referee fencing bouts.

New and experienced fencers are welcome. Please contact us today to reserve a spot, and be sure to ask about our family discount!

*Registration fees are non-refundable. We offer credit for up to one missed session per month. Credit can be used toward weeknight group classes or future Saturday Morning Fitness, Fencing & Fun sessions.

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Metuchen's Stankiewicz Joins All-Area Girls Swim Team

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bilde.jpgMHS student Julie Stankiewicz of Metuchen is on the All-Area girls swim team! Check out the story at this link. Congrats, Julie!

(photo courtesy of Home-News Tribune)

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 2014 at 10:00 am the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 87th Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. This year's theme, Korea: The Forgotten War, pays special tribute to the veterans who served our country during this time.


This tradition is one of the area's longest established Memorial Day parades.  The Chamber invites all members and non- members, civic groups and businesses to participate in the parade as well as inviting veterans and active duty personnel home on leave to join us in this important celebration.  Registration for the parade can be done online by visiting www.metuchenchamberexchange.com or you may call our office at 732-548-2964. Veterans and Active Duty Personnel should please contact the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce by Friday, May 16, so that special arrangements can be made for their participation. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m., rain or shine


Please note: Due to the ongoing construction at the Lake Ave. bridge, the parade route and ceremony location will once again require a change. As it did last year, the parade will kick off from the Pearl Street lot, proceed down New St., turn right at Main St., follow Main St through town, turn right at Brunswick Ave., and end at Edgar Middle School. The Memorial Day Ceremony will take place inside the Edgar Middle School Gymnasium (49 Brunswick Ave) at the conclusion of the parade. A map of the route is available on our website listed above.


2014 Ad Journal &

May 18 Red Carpet Gala

to Honor

Audrey Napchen


Adam Glinn

The congregation is invited to attend A Red Carpet Gala starring Audrey Napchen and Adam Glinn on Sunday, May 18. Covert is $54.00 per person and $25.00 for children 5-12 years. Time is from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.

If you have any questions, please contact Kenneth Braverman at (732)548-4086

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