June 2014 Archives

Author Polly Shulman at Library June 26th at 7 PM

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sculpt2014.jpgThanks to the call of Junebug, News12 came galloping into Metuchen last week to do a series of reports on all the stuff that makes the Brainy Boro so special! Marafiki shares its wares, artist Ed Wetzel discusses his work, the Trimboli-Russo clan explain their inspiration for this year's beautiful Junebug sculpture and more! Check out this link for all the News12 segments from ON THE ROAD that feature Metuchen businesses and activities. 
8Uteam.jpgThe Metuchen 8U softball team took 2nd place in the Cranford 8U Softball Tournament this weekend! The girls went undefeated as the #1 seed into the championship game, coming up short 8-10 in the final game against Cranford Gold. So proud of this team of Metuchen girls! They play again July 4th weekend at the Firecracker Tournament in North Edison.

Shofar to Sound on NJ's 350th Birthday at Neve Shalom

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On June 24, 2014, New Jersey will turn 350 years old, and citizens all over the Garden State will mark the occasion by ringing bells, blowing horns, or joining in this communal celebration at noon on that day in any way that they find appropriate. Assistant Secretary of State Carol Cronheim described the planned activities further: "We're inviting all religious organizations, schools, community centers, and local governments to ring their bells at that hour for a full minute to join in our statewide celebration. Many churches are planning to ring their bells, while we have heard from synagogues where the Shofar will be blown, and other groups that will be offering prayers or ringing virtual bells online."


At Congregation Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Avenue in Metuchen, NJ, we will commemorate New Jersey's 350th with the blast of the Shofar at high noon in front of the synagogue.    All are welcome to join us and help celebrate this commemoration.


Groups are also encouraged to take photographs of their activities at noon on June 24 and post them on the Facebook page for New Jersey 350th. You can access Facebook and Twitter accounts for the celebration through the anniversary website, www.officialnj350.com.


This year the Garden State is celebrating its 350th anniversary, commemorating the 1664 land grant to John, Lord Berkeley and Sir George Carteret that became New Jersey.  In preparation, the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) is coordinating commemorative activities and working with partners all over the state to develop programming that explores and celebrates the many contributions of the Garden State to the nation and the world.   For this anniversary three themes have been identified to reflect much of what makes New Jersey so special: Innovation, Diversity, and Liberty.


For more information on this commemoration, please contact Rita Devlin at Congregation Neve Shalom, 732-548-2238 x18.

2 Chicks with Chocolate Roll Out New Dessert Cafe

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2 Chicks with Chocolate is rolling out a new Dessert Café concept. They will be featuring plated desserts including crepes, molten lava cakes, chocolate tasting plates & more! They now also have milkshakes & smoothies along with their full coffee bar including gourmet cappuccino, espresso, iced & hot organic teas. Swing by to take advantage of their Grand Opening Café Specials during sit down service. 
Located at 387 Main St, next to the train station. Reservations are appreciated. Seating is from 6-9:30pm. To reserve, call 888.896.2449 or email Metuchen@2chickswithchocolate.com 

Weird Animals VBS at First Baptist Church July 7th

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A summer kids' event called Weird Animals VBS will be hosted at First Baptist Church, Metuchen from July 7 to 11.  At Weird Animals, kids will learn about some of God's most creative creations! They'll participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience cool Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them they are one of a kind, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they'll take home and play with all summer long.

Part-Time Library Job Available at MPL

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Metuchen Public Library is seeking individuals who are energetic, flexible and enthusiastic to join its team.

Job Summary:

The junior library assistant will be responsible for checking out and returning materials, issuing library cards, handling fines and fees, keeping statistics, providing simple reference and basic readers' advisory, processing library holds, troubleshooting patron issues and concern, shelving/straightening of library materials, may also include technical services and other duties as assigned.

The job is approximately 8-11 hours per week and does involve weekly weekend and evening hours.


Strong interpersonal skills. Speak, write and communicate in English effectively.  Computer literacy including use of email, keyboard, search engines and basic windows

functions.  Able to recognize and address the diverse nature of the library's patrons and community.  Ability to learn and adapt to new technology.


High School diploma or equivalent technical or trade school. Salary:

$10 per hour with no benefits.

To apply, send resume with cover letter and two references to Susanna Chan, Director, Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Ave, NJ 08840 or e-mail: schan@lmxac.org

Hub City Fencing Offers Free Day on June 14th for Olympic Day

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Take a stab at fencing!

Olympic Day 2014 - Fencing Demonstration and Free Group Lesson
Saturday, June 14th from 2-4pm

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 Hub City coaches will speak about the history of fencing and the modern Olympics. Then they will put on a lively 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: https://www.facebook.com/events/680099548723878/

Be sure to "like" our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HubCityFencingAcademy for the latest information about the sport and our club.

Remember, we offer a 15% discount for families!

Kids Concerts at BIL This Summer!

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Kindergarten Before/After Program at Neve Shalom

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Click through to read the moving stories of the families who will benefit this year from the Fuce5K Fundraising efforts. The Fuce5K and the Fuccile Foundation benefit families going through tough times in the Brainy Boro.

MM hopes that this makes you run faster, knowing how many people you are helping! And donations are still being accepted so click through the ad on the right side of this page. Thanks for your help!


Three Metuchen students completed their Jewish education a graduation ceremony that took place on May 18, 2014 in Somerset. The three students, Eric Bernheimer, Julia DiBenedetto and Rachel Wyetzner, along with three students from other local towns, researched and delivered oral presentations on a diverse range of Jewish-themed topics. Eric Bernheimer presented: "Judaism in Albert Einstein's Life"; Julia DiBenedetto presented: "Matisyahu and Other Jewish Rappers" and Rachel Wyetzner presented: "Firsts in the History of Jewish Women." Students met their community service graduation requirement by collecting funds for UNICEF, collecting pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House, shelving food at the Highland Park Food Pantry and baking muffins for the Highland Park Senior Center. They also took part in The Remember Us project, which commemorates children killed in the Holocaust.

The I.L. Peretz Community Jewish School was founded by the Arbeiter Ring or Workmen's Circle, in 1924. It provides a secular K-7 Jewish Sunday School for youngsters in central New Jersey, weekly educational programs for adults including a Yiddish class, and a teen group. Members and their guests gather for traditional holiday celebrations including outdoor Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur ceremonies and social-cultural event like the annual retreat at Stokes State Forest. The I.L. Peretz Community Jewish School is a non-profit educational institution.

For more information about the I.L. Peretz Community Jewish School or the I. L. Peretz Secular Jewish Community, call 732-545-9691 or visit www.ilperetz.org or email info@ilperetz.org

Community Nursery School Registration Info HERE

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Community Nursery School in Metuchen (CNS) registration is underway!   Some classes are filled but space is available for:


·    Young Learners  Tuesday/Thursday mornings

·    3 & 4 year-olds Tuesday/Thursday mornings and Monday/Wednesday/Friday afternoons

·    Pre-K (4+ year-olds) Monday/Wednesday/Friday  9:00 - 1:00

The Community Nursery School in Metuchen is a not-for-profit preschool sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen since 1949.


Now in its seventh decade, the school is a popular place for Metuchenites to begin their children's educational journey.


We couldn't be happier with our experience at Community Nursery School. The staff and administration are great and from the first day we knew our two sons would enjoy the time to socialize with other children, expand their creative horizons with the many arts and crafts projects and learn how to acclimate to a classroom environment. This has been a great resource to our family and has been a tremendous help in getting our kids ready for kindergarten. 

- Robia Timko

Taught by certified and licensed teachers, preschool classes are offered for children 2 ½ - 5 years of age, with flexible schedules to fit the needs of most families.

For more information call 732-491-2240 or send an email to cns@fpcweb.org.    Also visit us at www.communityns.org


The Brainy Boro has a new arts center coming to town - the Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center is planning its first production this summer.

The Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center was started by Metuchen residents and mother-daughter team Catherine LaMoreaux (executive director) and Anna Paone (artistic associate).  Catherine has lived in Metuchen since 1990 and Anna is a Metuchen native.  Catherine worked a variety of arts administration jobs in Manhattan and was an administrative assistant at the Forum Theatre Company in the 1990s.  Anna graduated with a degree in film from the University of Michigan, has worked at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, and currently works at Backstage magazine.  

The team sees the need for more live entertainment in Metuchen and aims to create a new kind of community theatre, one geared towards ensemble-based theatre education and lesser-known, family-friendly works.  For their first production in August, Dragonfly will perform at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse/Borough Improvement League.  In the fall, they will start teaching theatre classes for all ages, with a special focus on multiculturalism and marginalized communities.

See the casting notice from Backstage here.


Safety Survey for All Metuchen District Families -- Link Here

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The Metuchen School District asks all families to participate in the Safe Routes to School survey. Surveys are due on June 17th. The survey results may help Metuchen procure funds for a safety grant.

Here is the Rutgers' explanation of the program it relates to: 

"Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a nationwide effort to encourage more and safer walking and bicycling to school. The goal of this study is to understand any issues or concerns you have about allowing your child to walk or bike to and from school.  The information gathered will be used to assess your local, state and national Safe Routes to School programs.   

Please note that all responses will be kept anonymous and neither your name nor your child's name will be associated with any results.   If you have any questions about your rights as a participant in this study, you may contact the Institutional Review Board administrator at Rutgers University at 848-932-0150."

July events at Temple Emanu-El

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Special Note:           Join Temple Emanu-El now and new members receive 50% off membership fees for two years of membership! This includes High Holy Day tickets and the many events and services the Temple has to offer.  We are a warm community and welcome people of all races, genders, ethnic backgrounds, physical abilities, sexual orientations and marital status. Come be part of the Temple Emanu-El family.


July 11                       Shabbat Alive! A joyous and participatory musical service. Join us in celebrating Shabbat with song and dance.  Celebrating a birthday or anniversary?  Come to the service- you'll be invited to the bima for a Special Blessing. 7:00 pm.


July 18                       Tot Shabbat  An age-appropriate Shabbat program for younger children up to six years old which also includes a Jewish-themed art/craft session. The program starts at 6:00pm.


July 25                       Shabbat Under the Stars  Bring your favorite Shabbat Dinner for your own family.  Temple Emanu-El will provide drinks, challah and dessert.  Dinner starts at6:00 pm.  At 7:00 pm we'll have services outside, under the stars with music and song.  A "berry" special oneg will follow the outdoor service- bring your own berry creation for everyone to enjoy. Visitors and friends are warmly welcome. 

Thumbnail image for lemelsonwindow.jpgAmy Brooks at Paradise Custom Stained Glass has completed her special window for the Library, thanks to the Lemelson Grant procured by the Friends of the Metuchen Library. Here's what she had to say about the window in her most recent newsletter:

Awesome news for residents of Metuchen: The Friends of the Metuchen Library have secured a $50,000 grant through The Lemelson Foundation to inspire the next generation of inventors in Metuchen!  This grant will result in technology updates, audio/ visual improvements, new books, club and community programs and the creation of a "Maker Space."  The foundation's namesake, Jerome Lemelson, was a Metuchen resident and prolific inventor who secured over 600 patents, averaging one patent a month for more than 40 years.  He believed that invention and innovation were essential to economic success.

As a tribute to Mr. Lemelson and the generosity of The Lemelson Foundation, Paradise Glass was commissioned to create a window that has been installed in the community room of the Metuchen Library.  I designed the fused and painted glass window incorporating drawings he submitted for 8 of his patents.  I did a lot of research about Mr. Lemelson and connected with how he kept a sketchbook next to his bed to record ideas that came to him throughout the night-- I do too!  The sketchbook is featured in the window as are other bright, eye catching inventions.


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Farmers Market Returns to Metuchen June 14th

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The Metuchen Farmers Market returns with many returning favorites and new product offerings on Saturday June 14, 2014. The Market is held in the Pearl Street Lot every Saturday morning, rain or shine, from mid June - mid November from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Metuchen Farmers' Market supports nearly 20 local entrepreneurs who are farmers, producers, bakers, artists and more who find gratification and success while connecting their livelihood to Metuchen's suburban community. They offer seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, poultry, cheese, eggs, wine, flowers, plants, pickles and olives, breads, pastries, nuts and so much more. The Market also offers specialty and artisan foods, makes connections with local community groups, and offers learning opportunities and special programming.

The Metuchen Farmers' Market welcomes a record 17 vendors including 4 newcomers this year. "I can't say enough good things about our vendors." says Nelson Li, Market Manager. "The combination of our farmers and purveyors of artisanal food and products makes each Saturday at The Market an outing to be savored. This year in addition to the tested and true fan-favorites you'll see new products such as Hungarian Nut Loaf - a unique specialty of nearby Edison's Raritan Bakery; gluten-free arepas (a cornmeal based, stuffed griddle cake) from Arepa Shack;  grass-fed pork, free-range eggs and herbal teas from Stonybrook Meadows Farm in Hopewell, NJ; and Metuchen's own La Gateaux providing beverages including their signature fresh fruit smoothies."

Brad Finkel of Hoboken Farms adds, "Since 1992 Hoboken Farms has participated in 30 weekly NJ Farm Markets. As one of the "original three" vendors in Metuchen we are thrilled at the smart growth process that they have followed to expand their market and meet the needs of customers and vendors alike. The Metuchen Market delivers on its mission to provide great local food and bring its community together. There is no better place to be on a Saturday morning than the Metuchen Farmers Market!"

Metuchen resident and Farmers Market shopper, Sandra Spinelli, states, "We love the vibe at the Metuchen Market. There is something there for everyone!   Some enjoy comparing vegetables, picking fresh flowers, trying new things, or catching up with neighbors. Our kids enjoy trying different specialty foods, fruits and new veggies.  It's a joyous atmosphere!"

New STEM Programs for Kids at the Library This Summer

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Lions Club Flea Market June 14th in Pearl Street Lot

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The Metuchen Lions Club is holding a Flea Market on Saturday, June 14, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Pearl Street Lot in Metuchen.  Spaces 18 x 20 ft.  are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the gate.

For information please call 732-494-8641 or email blyashin@verizon.net.  Vendors and shoppers are welcome.  As always all proceeds go to help the blind and hearing impaired. 

Woodwild Park Assoc Plans Spring Meeting TONIGHT

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 The Spring Meeting of Woodwild Park Association will be held on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 7 PM to 8:45 PM at the Metuchen Public Library - Middlesex Avenue between Main Street and Linden Avenue.  All who are interested in the preservation of nature and wildlife are invited to attend. 


Woodwild Park is located in Metuchen and its main entrance is at the stone pillars on Middlesex Avenue between Oak Avenue and Grove Avenue. It is a 3.5 acre natural park and wildlife sanctuary. Over 58 species of birds have been recorded, using it as a migratory stopping place. The park, a gift of Charles and Elizabeth Corbin in 1897, is meant for passive recreation and has walking trails.  It includes a "kettle hole" a geologic formation created by glacial activity. It becomes a seasonal pond visited by ducks and other wildlife. The Park is managed by Woodwild Park Association, a group of volunteers dedicated to maintaining and preserving the park for future generations. Join us! Visit www.woodwildpark.org for further information or call 917 207 4953.

Author Polly Schulman FREE at LIbrary June 26th at 7 PM

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On Thursday June 26 at 7 pm, the Young Adult and Children's Departments of the Metuchen Public Library (480 Middlesex Avenue) will kick off their summer events with A Visit with Polly Shulman.  Ms. Shulman is the highly acclaimed author of The New York Circulating Repository fantasy series for middle school students (grades 4 and up), which includes The Grimm Legacy and The Wells Bequest. Both novels are part of a planned trilogy and can be read independently, with The Poe Annex due out later this year.  In addition Ms. Shulman has written the award-winning novel Enthusiasm for high school students, a comic romance that has "the makings of an instant classic," according to Time Magazine.

Polly Shulman is an alumna of Hunter College High School (NYC) and Yale University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.  She has written about edible jellyfish, Egyptian tombs, infinity, blind dates, books, brains, centenarians, and cinematic versions of Jane Austen novels.  Her interests are as eclectic as the subjects of her works and are reflected in her collections of outdated technology, 19th century spoons, and antique jewelry.

Since 2008 the Friends of the Metuchen Library has sponsored over a dozen authors, poets and graphic novelists of literary merit for the Library's YA Author Series.  This year the treasurer of the Friends, Alisa Schleif, won a grant from Constellation Energy, an Excelon Company, to bring Ms. Shulman to the Library.  According to Schleif, the Friends are happy to support the Author Series because "meeting an author strengthens a young person's relationship with literature."  YA Librarian Katherine Liss sees Ms. Shulman's visit as a not-to-be-missed opportunity for the middle school or high school student. Liss added: "And author visits often inspire a transformational moment for many children and teens, when they first begin to think of themselves not only as readers but as writers too."


A Visit with Polly Shulman is free and open to the public.  It is a family event and all ages are welcome.  The evening will include a lively presentation, followed by a Q & A session with the audience. Afterwards, refreshments will be served.  Ms. Shulman's novels will be available for purchase, for those who may be interested in buying books and having them signed by the author. To learn more about Polly Shulman, visit her Website at www.pollyshulman.com. For more information about the event, write: KLiss@Lmxac.org.

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