June 2014 Archives
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.
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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 JUNIOR LIBRARY ASSISTANT - METUCHEN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Metuchen Public Library is seeking individuals who are energetic, flexible and enthusiastic to join its team.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
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!"
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Vendors and shoppers are welcome. As always all proceeds go to help the blind and hearing impaired.
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.