May 2014 Archives


MM asked Development Commission liasion Dorothy Rasmussen to discuss what is happening now that the Whole Foods construction ( is a real deal for our town. Here is what she said about the process and about the Renaissance project in general:

The borough of Metuchen will be amending the land development ordinances of the borough to meet criteria that Whole Foods has for their supermarkets. For example, I believe they require approximately 43,000 sf. for the one planned in Metuchen but currently in the ordinance they are capped at 40,000 sf. The ordinance will be amended to reflect the need for Whole Foods construction at the Renaissance site. 

The mayor and council are sensitive to the residents' desire to be a business friendly community. We want to dispel the myths that we are inflexible when it comes to economic development. We want Metuchen businesses to be able to successfully compete for consumer dollars that will be spent in Middlesex county and beyond. To make things clear, Whole Foods is part of the Renaissance development, not a replacement for it. When the project was initiated, part of the agreement was for a supermarket. They could not go forward without one. Now that one is in place, they can go forward with the development. Also, it is a private project so no borough funds went into the development. 

The Renaissance development is not dead, but just beginning. They will have to come before the Planning Board with the actual plans now that the Whole Foods has been secured.


Hub City Fencing Offers New Sessions Starting June 2nd

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Intro to Fencing - 10 weeks - $300 - Includes brand new equipment

Upcoming sessions begin:

Youth (ages 7-11): Monday, 6/2 - 7pm

Adult (age 12 and up): Saturday, 6/7 - 1pm

Our 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. During the course, students will learn the basics of footwork, and the rules and techniques for the foil, epee, and sabre weapons. At the conclusion of the course, students choose which weapon they prefer, and join the appropriate group class for that weapon. The course is $300 for ten lessons and brand new equipment that is yours to keep.

Click here for more information:

Pick Your Weapon - 4 weeks - $100

Upcoming sessions begin:

Thursday, 6/5 - 6pm and Tuesday, 7/1 - 7pm

This is a shorter program, only lasting four weeks. The four lessons allow the students to briefly learn footwork, foil, epee, and sabre. This course is best for students with complicated schedules and limited availability, or who are unsure about committing to a longer program. 

Click here for more information:

Just for Kids! Saturday Morning Fitness, Fencing, & Fun!

Ages 7-11 / Grades 2-5


Classes are ongoing

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

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.


Register Now for Fall Classes at Community Nursery School

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graf.jpgCheck out MM's petition for Mr. Ken Graf, soon-to-be-retired Social Studies teacher in the Metuchen district. After 40 years of working, he still hopes to coach soccer as usual at MHS but legislation on the books right now will keep him out of the Fall Season, as he has to wait 180 days to return to coach after retirement. If you agree with him that this legislation should be changed to 30 contract days instead, please do sign the petition at this link.

In the meantime, if you aren't up on the story, here's a link so that you can get all the details:


The spirit of the Olympic Movement will roll into Edison, NJ on June 14th, as Hub City Fencing Academy hosts a fencing demonstration and all-ages free lesson in celebration of Olympic Day. Olympic Day celebrates the birth of the modern Olympic Games in 1896. Fencing was included at those first games, has been included in every Olympic programme since then.

Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey will open the celebration, and Paralympian Andrea DeMello will speak to attendees about her experiences in Beijing. Hub City coaches will put on a demonstration of the three weapons: foil, épée, and sabre. Then they will lead participants in a free group lesson. No experience necessary, no equipment required, but definitely wear sneakers and athletic pants or shorts. Please feel free to invite friends and family to try it out with you. The more, the merrier! Participants will learn basic footwork, attacks and defenses for the épée. Volunteers will also get to fence short matches. There will be ample photo opportunities and light refreshments.

RSVP here:

FREE Summer Programs at the LIbrary for Young Adults

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On Saturday, June 7, 2014, Young Adults can sign up for FREE summer programs at the Metuchen Public Library.  Of particular interest to the high school student would be the Library'sBook Friends Program where teenagers mentor 1st and 2nd graders who are learning to read. The program is scheduled for Friday mornings. High School students earn community service credit for their time.  There is an application to fill out for this program and a training session. The program includes varied activities in a supervised setting.  Find the application by clicking on "Community Service" and reading about Book Friends.  (Fridays July 11, 18, 25 and August 1; 10:30 AM -12:15 PM)
Do you have summer reading to do? Then join the Library's Summer Book Club for high school students when they read September Girls (and it's definitely a book for guys too!) by Bennett Madison. The fantasy takes place over one summer when 17 year old Sam, along with his father and brother, are abandoned by his mom, and spend time together at the beach. Called "a contemplation of manhood," the book was a 2014 finalist for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America's prestigious Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Literature. The book club meets two Thursday evenings in July. A free copy of the novel will be given to each participant at the first meeting. (Thursday July 10 and July 24; 7:30 -8:30 PM)
Also of interest: Printmaking led by instructors from the NJ Printmaking Center who will teach the history, art and technique of monoprinting in a hands-on workshop. (Tuesday July 15; 1:00 -3:00 PM)
Please see the brochure of programs which includes dates and times Click on "Summer 2014" where you will find other events for high school students like programs that feature STEM and a free practice SAT test.
Early registration is in-person only from 10 AM until 1 PM at the Metuchen Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue.  After 1 PM you may call on 732.632.8526 or write the YA Librarian Katherine Liss  No email registration can be accepted before 1 PM, when regular registration begins.  Sign up early; programs have limited space.
Also please note: This summer, the Metuchen Public Library's Children's Room is in need of volunteers to shelve books!  If you can commit to as few as two hours a week, we would love to have you!  We will have two information sessions.  One will be on Saturday, June 7th at 11:00 AM, the other on Monday, June 9th at 3:00 PM.  If you can't make these sessions, please call and together we will make other arrangements. Registration for the information sessions is suggested, but not required.  For more information, please call Miss Glynis in the Children's Room on 732-632-8532.  You may also email her at You will receive community service credit for your time. Thank you in advance for your help!

Memorial Day Parade Info -- Honoring Korea: The Forgotten War

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On Saturday, June 7, 2014, Metuchen residents who will be entering grades 6-12 in September are invited to sign up for FREE summer programs at the Metuchen Public Library.  Programs include Book Friends (a community service project), book clubs, printmaking, and programs that feature STEM. You can also ask about the Library's Summer Math Club for students in grades 6 and 7 and sign up that day too!

Early registration is  in-person only from 10 AM until 1 PM at the Metuchen Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue.  After 1 PM you may call on 732.632.8526 or write the YA Librarian at  No email registration can be accepted before 1 PM, when regular registration begins.  Sign up early; classes have limited space. To see the brochure with programs, dates and times, visit and click on "Summer 2014."

Also on Saturday, June 7, the Teen Advisory Board of the Library will host their 4th Annual YA Scavenger Hunt between 10 AM and 1 PM for Metuchen residents who will be entering grades 6-12.  The Scavenger Hunt begins in the Young Adult section of the Library. Participants are free to hunt the public spaces of the Library for answers to a set of questions and clues.  One lucky person will win a $15 gift card, courtesy of the Friends of the Metuchen Library.

The STEM programs are paid for with a grant from The Lemelson Foundation.  All other programs are paid for by the Friends of the Metuchen Library.


Register for the MM Swim Team by May 19th - NO EXCEPTIONS

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The early registration cut-off date is May 5th.  Late registrations will be accepted till May 19th, with a $25 penalty. No registrations will be accepted after May 19th - no exceptions.

2013 Registration Fee - $85 for the first child and $25 for each additional child.

Team registration and meet entries will be handled this year by Active, Inc. Please click here to begin the registration process (you will need a credit card; your child's doctors name, an emergency contact other than a parent and phone numbers; any medications; and general contact information to complete the registration).  Please note that when you pay the system will charge you 85.00 per child, but on checkout you will receive a multiple child discount of $60.00 per each additional child so that your net cost will be $25 for each additional child.

 Click Here for Registration Link

In order to participate on the team you MUST be a registered pool member.  To register for the Metuchen Municipal Pool please click here.

Special "Thank You" to all who registered on time.  The board has a lot to do and your cooperation is appreciated.

Greenway Feedback Needed!

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Metuchen Teen Wins State Contest as Enthusiastic Reader

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The New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) has selected Kelsee Young, a senior at Metuchen High School and a member of the Metuchen Public Library's Teen Advisory Board (TAB), to receive an Enthusiastic Reader Award. The Association honors 9 winners annually (3 high school students)  to represent the many students across the State who value the joy of reading for pleasure and who share their enthusiasm for reading with others. Kelsee was nominated by the Metuchen Public Library for her work with the Young Adult Department.

Kelsee Young has been a member of the Library's Teen Advisory Board since its inception in 2008. Additionally she has participated in nine book clubs sponsored by the Library. For five summers, Ms. Young has volunteered as a mentor, helping 1st and 2nd graders practice reading and listening skills in the Library's Book Friends program. In November 2013, Kelsee was one of 50 students from across four states selected to take part in the Young Adult Feedback Session at the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, where they helped to choose the ALA's list of Best Fiction for Young Adultsfor this year.
Highly acclaimed motivational speaker and stand-up comedian Matt Bellace, Ph.D. will present "Getting High Naturally" to the sophomore and junior classes at Metuchen High School on Tuesday, June 3 during the school day.Dr. Bellace's approach is science-based but also entertaining, as he discusses substance-abuse prevention with his audience. His presentation focuses on natural highs, how teenagers can create healthy habits to prepare themselves for high school and beyond, and ways to find positive outlets to express emotions.
Bellace has been a motivational speaker and comedian since 1995. He earned a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology with a subspecialty in Neuropsychology from Drexel University. Dr. Bellace is the author of A Better High: laugh, help, run, love . . . and other ways to get naturally high! He is a contributing author of the National Geographic children's book series This or That. In addition, Bellace has performed at hundreds of colleges, high schools and middle schools across the country.
"Getting High Naturally" is sponsored by Metuchen's Youth Alliance and paid for by the Metuchen Municipal Alliance. In selecting Matt Bellace to speak, the Youth Alliance wanted to encourage their peers to stay healthy while living with the everyday pressures that go along with being a teenager.  In addition, they've asked Dr. Bellace to include information in his talk on New Jersey's "9-1-1 Lifeline Legislation" which grants immunity to someone who calls for help while staying with a friend who may be suffering from alcohol poisoning. 
The initiative to bring Matt Bellace to Metuchen was worked on by the following MHS students and Youth Alliance members: Marina Beshara, Emma Boughton, Dan DiBenedetto, Shivangi Manivannan, Rachel Rubenstein and Angela Yao. The students took their idea of having Bellace speak at their school to Substance Abuse Counselor Judi Cheung and Supervisor of Guidance Tiffany Goodson for their insights and advice.

From the Friends of the LIbrary:

Have a Schmear and Feed a River of Readers at the Metuchen Library!

You guessed it. Our Penny Brigade is on the move! The coin collector is now at Bagel Pantry,545 Middlesex Avenue in Metuchen. Have a schmear on a yummy bagel and donate your spare change to the Friends of the Metuchen Library.  All funds raised support library programs.
Mr. Mohammad Jaber, owner of Bagel Pantry, notes, "The Brainy Borough is a welcoming community with a strong cooperative ethic. Bagel Pantry is pleased to host the coin collector and to support the Friends in their mission to aid the library."

Visit Bagel Pantry at 
545 Middlesex Avenue in Metuchen and feed a river of readers at the Metuchen Library

Seniors Plan Casino Trip May 27th

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Check out this link for info on the May Casino Bus Trip, Tuesday, May 27th, for Metuchen Seniors!

Acting Classes from the Kids Theater Experience for Fall 2014 and on

Three Sessions a year-

Fall 2014/Winter 2014-15/Spring 2015

Three sessions a year is recommended

Session includes:

10 weekly 1 hour instructional classes

2 showcase Saturday rehearsals

1 showcase performance

Kids grades 3-5 (beginners)

Mondays:  4:15pm-5:15pm 

Kids grades 5(Advanced)-7

Tuesdays: 4:15pm-5:15pm

Kids grades 7-8

Monday:  5:15pm-6:15pm

Kids grades 9-10

Tuesday 5:15pm-6:15pm

To register - click through the ad on this page to print registration form.

Hurry -Classes FILL quickly!

Private lessons available by appt

+Additional showcase ticket and guest artist workshop, costs may apply throughout the year

**ALL DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE - The Kids Theater Experience Studio LLC.  Reserves the rights to refuse service, change dates or dismiss students/families in order to best satisfy the needs of the school, the safety of students and for the good of the production/classes. Weather permitting on all production dates.    

WALKING WITH THE ENEMY  Friday & Saturday 7:30 Sunday @ 3pm Stars  Jonas Armstrong, Ben Kingsley, Hannah Tointon
A powerful new film inspired by a true story. This feature follows the heroic lives of a world leader and a young man swept up in the horrors of WWII. Both men are from Hungary--a country and German ally that had been spared the atrocities orchestrated by Hitler throughout much of Europe. As the war reaches its climax, Germany begins to doubt the loyalties of the Hungarian leadership-in particular Regent Horthy (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley). Running Time 2hrs 4m For more info go to 732.548.5600

Single & Group Tickets Are On Sale For:  "DAVID MICHAEL FINKELSTEIN'S BAR MITZVAH" A Hilarious New Musical Comedy by Sue Fabisch  June 19 - July 20 Thursday - Saturday @ 8pm Sunday Matinees @ 3pm Tickets $35.00 Groups Of 10 Or More $29.00 To order online go to or call 732.548.5600 You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy... "DAVID MICHAEL FINKELSTEINS BAR MITZVAH" See it at The Forum before it goes on tour!

What's more fun than a barrel full of monkeys? Sheep on Show! What's that? A new community artevent for ages and skill levels, organized by the Borough Improvement League's Transformations Gallery chairs with support from the Metuchen ArtCouncil.


The event will place on Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 1pm to 5pm at the Franklin Schoolhouse at 491 Middlesex Avenue in Metuchen and will feature a variety of activities; music by Celtic songstressMary Shannon, a collaborative Yarn Bombing project (bring your knitted bits to add!), and centrapart to all of this wilbe PYOS, or PainYouOwSheep, activity. Participantwill paint theiownnearly-life-size wooden sheep. The sheep will gather in the pastur(okay, schoolhouse lawn) whilethey dry, and then at the end of the day, they are yours ttake home to sheep, er, keep.  The cost toPYOS is $20 per sheep, and includes materials at the schoolhouse.  Download an idea template and reservation form from the BIL website at  Feel free to bring your own materials (bling, stickers, fabric, etc.) and make sure to wear something you don't mind getting paint on!


For questions or more information, contact 862-368-2202 or  And be on the lookout for special artist-embellished SHEEP around town before the event!


Contactt: Tyreen Reuter, BIL President,


Metuchen Treasure Hunt Slated for June 14th - Register now!

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Metuchen Indoor Model Flying Club Finishes Successful Season

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The Metuchen Indoor Model Flying Club held its end of the indoor 
season flying event at Edgar Middle School in Metuchen on April 
 27th. The event was
 a chance for this year's 21 students to demonstrate what they 
 had learned
 during the weekly sessions held since the Fall to their families and
 friends. Students presented the various precision maneuvers they 
 practice in
 preparation for competitions. Starting with taxiing and learning 
 to control
 small indoor remote controlled airplanes, students progress to 
 take offs,
 landing and aborting take offs, before moving on to low altitude 
 flight, and
 finally aerobatics. 
 After the students presented the skills they've been working on 
 and received
 certificates for their achievements this season, flying 
 demonstrations were
 held first by instructors and then by national and international 
 competitor,Dave Lockhart, who regularly represents the United 
 States at international
 indoor and outdoor RC aerobatic championships throughout the 
 world. Mr.
 Lockhart dazzled the crowd with multiple sets of advanced 
 maneuvers and in
 between sets spoke to students about proper techniques and how 
 to progress
 to higher levels of model flight.
 Finally the audience's attention was directed to the Air Races, with
 students and instructors participating in small model airplane races,
 maneuvering around a circuit marked with balloons and a limbo 
 obstacle. The
 entire event was a thrill for both students and spectators.
 The flying program in Metuchen is sponsored by the Tri-County RC 
 Club of New
 Jersey (TCRC), which is a teaching club with outdoor fields in 
 Edison, North
 Brunswick and East Brunswick. Indoor flying has been taught in 
 Metuchen by
 the club since January 2013. The program consists of learning to 
 build a
 precision remote controlled model airplane from scratch and then 
 buildingthe skills needed to fly it. 

Whole Foods Announces It Will Open Store in Metuchen

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Check out this article:

and then read about it in Marketwatch! It's finally happening, ladies and gentlemen!
Thank you to Razorsharp Barbershop & Shave Parlor and you!!
...Cut-a-thon rasies $1,000 to help Metuchen families.
Thank you so much to Razorsharp Barbershop& Shave Parlor!!! They raised $1,000 for the Fuccile Foundation and the upcoming Fuce 5K! They donated their time, tips and money earned! Huge THANK YOU for supporting such a wonderful event and to all of those that showed up and got their hair cut!

RSBS continues to give back to Metuchen through such events and by sponsoring a Little League team (see jersey in photo).  If you want to learn more about this great new Metuchen business please check out their website atRazorSharpBarborShop

Lemelson Grant Funds New Maker Space at Public LIbrary

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The  Friends  of  the  Metuchen  Library  are  honored  to  announce  that  it  has  received  a  $50,000  grant  from   The   Lemelson   Foundation.   The   grant   will   support   K-­12   science,   technology,   engineering   and   mathematics   (STEM)   programs   at   the   Metuchen   Public   Library   to   inspire   innovation,   invention,   and   entrepreneurship  in  the  sciences.  

This  grant  will  allow  the  Metuchen  Public  Library  to  upgrade  technology  within  the  library,  to  purchase   new   books   and   materials,   to   create   a   Maker   Space   center   for   creativity   and   innovation,   and   to   offer   programs   in   mathematics   and   robotics.   Sondra   Flite,   President   of   the   Friends   of   the   Metuchen   Library,   noted,  "This  grant  from  The  Lemelson  Foundation  provides  invaluable  support  for  our  mission  to  create  a   21st   century   learning   center   at   the   library.   We   thank   The   Lemelson   Foundation   and   family   for   their   generous  endorsement  of  our  mission."

Free Rabies Clinic Saturday May 10th at MHS

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The free Rabies Clinic is Saturday May 10, 2014 from 9 am to 12 noon at Metuchen High School. The clinic is open to all Middlesex County residents. Metuchen residents must have a pet license or purchase one that day. (if you need to purchase a license please bring a check since no cash will be taken at the clinic).

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