August 2014 Archives

Pancake Breakfast Raises Money for Habitat for Humanity Trip

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Summer 2014 Update

Thank you!

We wanted to take a moment at the close of the summer to update you on the final numbers from the Fuce 5K.  We can't say thank you enough to all of you who ran/walked/bought a bib as we sold over 1,200 and between registration fees and sponsors raised over $70,000. The continued and growing success of this cause is a testament to the very big heart of our extended community.  The Fuccile Foundation strives to continue to help those in need in the Metuchen/Edison area and you can learn more about just a few of our families by clicking on this link Fuce 5 Families

Another way to help and have fun!

On Wednesday, September 17th at 9AM at Fiddler's Elbow Country Club in Far Hills, NJ, friends and co-workers of Mike's will host the 7th annual Michael Fuccile Memorial golf outing.  All proceeds from this outing will benefit the Fuccile Foundation.  This event presents a wonderful annual opportunity for Michael's family, friends, co-workers and all contributors (his extended family) to spend quality time together remembering Michael as the special husband, father, son and friend that he was, and to celebrate his life. To learn more follow this link to the registration form: Golf Outing Brochure


Thank you again for the continued support!  We wish you a safe and pleasant Labor day weekend.  Best of luck to all of our younger racers as they head back to school.

The Fuccile Foundation 

Hazy Souls release Party August 29th

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New Montessori program opens on Lake Avenue

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The Kids Theater Experience is a unique private acting/theater studio for children grades 3-10 that focuses on the role of the actor and has become a successful Metuchen institution.  The children take group acting lessons concentrating on the technical aspects of the voice, body and mind while learning how to tell, relate to and react to a playwrights story.  As they enter their sixth year, actors/professional musicians/instructors/co-founding partners Ann Marie Mullen and Beth Lucas add new skills to the program in order to accommodate the needs of both the new student and the progressing student. Who is looking for exciting new challenges in performance? Check out the new schedule of classes available.

The Kids Theater Experience Studio,

2014-2015 School Year - Revised Class Times
Monday - 3rd-5th grades - 4:30pm-5:30pm
Monday - 7th-8th grades - 5:30pm-6:30pm
Tuesday - 5th-7th grades - 4:30pm-5:30pm

Tuesday - 9th-10th grades - 5:30pm-6:30pm -Advanced Only

Wednesdays-Thursdays - Private instruction - Advanced Only


The Kids Theater Experience is going into its sixth successful year of servicing Central NJ kids who have all different levels of acting skills.  It has grown to include important and productive connections to the professional world of the NYC theater and East Coast film scene for some of our students and stretching the social and academic skill levels of other students.  These skills make each child a real and  believable young actor, whether in showcase performance or in a professional situation.

Fair Trade Resolution Passed July 21st

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With the proposal from Marafiki Fair Trade and its proprietors, Linda Koskoski and Deb Zupan, the idea of Metuchen becoming a Fair Trade Town became a foreseeable reality. On July 21st, an official resolution was passed by the Council and makes the designation of Metuchen as a Fair Trade Town one step closer to reality. Congratulations to the Brainy Boro for taking such a big step towards contemporary progress in trade!

Resolved by the Borough Council of the Borough of Metuchen, as follows:

That WHEREAS, Fair Trade is an innovative market strategy that promotes fair labor practices and healthy, safe work environments through the production of food and other goods; and

WHEREAS, Fair Trade provides producers with fair prices that translate into livable wages; and

WHEREAS, production of Fair Trade goods is achieved through sustainable and

ecologically friendly means, thus contributing to the future of a healthy planet for all; and

WHEREAS, as consumers, referring to individuals as well as private and public entities, we all have a responsibility to be aware of the impact that our consumption has on the communities that produce the goods we purchase; and

WHEREAS, we consumers have a voluntary choice to make such purchases of Fair Trade goods; and

WHEREAS, we recognize that supporting our local economy by purchasing locally and ethically produced goods and services is in keeping with the values of Fair Trade; and

WHEREAS, the Borough of Metuchen has the opportunity to lead by example and present a model of social responsibility for other towns and cities to follow;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that when purchasing goods for the Borough, the of Metuchen of Metuchen will consider procuring local and Fair Trade products when those products are available, meet applicable City standards, and are comparably priced to the alternative; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this City Council encourages the members of our community to do likewise; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Borough Of Metuchen and visitors to the borough will gain a greater understanding of what is and what is not Fair Trade, in order to make educated decisions; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Borough Council supports Metuchen's initiative to become a Fair Trade Town.

Thumbnail image for graf.jpgCheck out this article and send congratulations to Ken Graf for winning this battle for himself and all the other coaches who still have so much to give when they step out of the classroom for the last time. BEST OF LUCK, KEN!
A notice came to MM through Facebook today regarding the proposed stadium at St. Joe's. Their athletic program is renowned but new construction is always a concern for the neighbors. Karen Blanchard of Metuchen sent in the following to encourage neighbors to come out to the Zoning Board meeting on Thursday, the 14th of August. If you are concerned, the Metuchen Zoning Board agenda is here:

The notice reads as follows:
"Fellow neighbors of WILLOW RD, APPLEWOOD CT, MILLER DR & TURNER CT St Joe's would like to build a football STADIUM and is looking to do it with exceptions and waivers to current zoning requirements. This has the potential to become a headache for our neighborhood Please attend the Zoning Board Meeting TOMORROW THURSDAY -- AUGUST 14th @ 7:45pm BORO HALL Let's hear what they are proposing, express any concerns you have (PARKING -NOISE-TRAFFIC) and make this a win-win for both our neighborhood & the school. SHOW UP, ASK QUESTIONS, & SHARE YOUR OPINIONS ON THIS MATTER OTHERWISE THE BOARD TRULY CANT MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION. THANK YOU!

Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center, a new community theatre founded by mother-daughter team Catherine LaMoreaux and Anna Paone, is proud to announce that the theatre's inaugural production, The Coarse Acting Show, will be presented August 22 and 23 at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse in Metuchen.

The Coarse Acting Show is a collection of British one-act comedies by Michael Green and others about a community theatre troupe in which everything goes wrong. Nontraditionally cast, the plays will be performed by actors from central New Jersey and New York City. The show includes the murder mystery spoof "Streuth," a Chekov parody called "The Cherry Sisters," and a Shakespeare take- off entitled "Julius and Cleopatra." With falling sets, missed cues, and an ill-fated chariot race, the plays will be a hilarious and spirited introduction to the Dragonfly's work.

The Coarse Acting Show will showcase the talents of Metuchen residents Matthew Holbert, Coleman Silver, Josh Artman, Scott Randolph, and Roxanne Guarino. Other actors come from Iselin, Woodbridge, East Brunswick and Colts Neck. Several performers are actors who are currently living in New York City.

Dates & Times: Friday, August 22 at 8:00; Saturday, August 23 at 2:00 and 8:00. Tickets: $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. Available at the door or on the theatre web site. Place: Old Franklin Schoolhouse, 491 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen For More Information: or Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center on Facebook.            

Safer Streets Are on the Way! Check out this article

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stroller.jpgThe best efforts of Tyreen Reuter at the Traffic and Transportation committee, the Metuchen Moms who have staged several Stroll-ins and the groups that have been working to bring Complete Streets to Metuchen got some good news as the borough finds innovative ways to approach the latest safety issues in the Brainy Boro. Check out the article here.
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Double Feature Under the Stars This August

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National Night Out August 5th at Friendly's TONIGHT

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Old Franklin Schoolhouse Has Loads of Fun for You This August

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Wednesday, August 6

6:15 pm

Sunflower Series children's concert featuring Preschool of Rock! Final show of the summer! 

$4 per person

Concert on the lawn of the Old Franklin Schoolhouse (inside in the event of rain). Tickets $4 per person at the gate. We will also be collecting canned goods for a local food pantry! Preschool of Rock has redefined children's music by combining entertainment and education through exhilarating performance. Along with a vast catalog of original children's music, Preschool of Rock offers classes, shows, preschool enrichment and birthday parties throughout New Jersey and New York . 

Friday, August 8, 8:00 pm 

Raconteur Radio and the Borough Improvement League presents Raiders of the Lost Ark : A Staged Radio Play Parody & Themed Party

$25 adults, $15 for children 15 and under

For one night only, the Old Franklin Schoolhouse is a booby-trapped temple, a Nepal tavern, a Nazi U-boat, and the Well of Souls!  Don't miss Raconteur Radio's take on the summer blockbuster! Their most ambitious project to date! Fun for the whole family! Includes Peruvian finger food and an outdoor Tiki bar with complimentary cocktails for adults and Chicha Moradas for all.  Also, an extensive exhibition of archeological accoutrement and Indiana Jones memorabilia PLUS, Popcorn cart!  JUST ADDED: a side show Bullwhip Artist performing a range of cracks and stunts. For advance tickets call (862) 368-2202 (CC/1.50) or visit Marafiki at 20 New St. in Metuchen (Cash/Check).  

Friday August 15 at 7 PM

Theatreprov Performances: Theatreprov is Edgar Middle School 's and 

Metuchen High School 's improvisation club led by author, actor, and improviser Cheryl Hulteen. Join us for an evening of great laughs, story making and interactive theatrical merriment. The public is welcome to attend.

Metuchen's Development Planning In High Gear

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With the recent cementing of commitment from Whole Foods, the July Planning Board meetings ( 
and the approval of a space for the American Legion within the Pearl Street 
plans ( , development in Metuchen is reaching a fever pitch! Check out the links for all the information you need regarding the upcoming construction and discussions.

Vacation Bible School at St Luke's August 4-8

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"How Can I Make God My Friend?" is the theme of St. Luke's evening Bible School, which is in session from 6-8pm Monday August 4,through Friday August 8.   A meal is served first at 6pm, and instruction follows, using drama, music and a craft to learn about the Bible story of the day. The week concludes with a cookout for students and their families on St. Luke's beautiful grounds.  St Luke's is at the corner of Rte. 27 and Oak Avenue in Metuchen.

Please register by calling the parish office at 732-548-4308, or by emailing

Do you want portable diesel lights at MHS Field?

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One of the Board of Education meetings that I missed while away included a discussion of whether the Board would approve fundraising efforts by an anonymous group of local parents who wish to rent portable diesel lights for the MHS field to create a  "Friday Night LIghts" event during the football season. A week of lights last season went off without a hitch but the idea of extended use of exhaust-emitting portable lighting with heavy bases and no discernable safe area in which to store them does not sit well with folks. As Metuchenite Eileen Duffy noted at the meeting, there are also idling laws that would prohibit the use of such lights and, as former Board member Devra Golbe said, this is an issue which has been met in the past with opposition from the public, especially those in the neighboring areas (of which I am one myself, to be clear). 

SO . . . if you didn't see the meeting, check it out at (June 24th meeting) and then let MM know what you think of this idea. NOTE: The Board may discuss it at a later date but they have not had a full conversation about whether or not they would let it move further into the realm of reality yet.

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Hoboken Farms' Brad Finkel Talks to the Farmers Market

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Brad Finkel, owner of Hoboken Farms, spoke to the folks at the Farmers Market about Hoboken Farms this week. Brad started Hoboken Farms 22 years ago by preparing fresh mozzarella and selling baguettes at a farmer's market in Hoboken, he says, "I'm lucky to be at the forefront of the slow food movement."  Brad grew Hoboken Farms into a business that visits 30 different markets a week - seeing 4-7 markets a day. Hoboken Farms also has a sandwich shop in Summit and two juice bars in NJ. 

Hoboken Farms started coming to the Metuchen Market about 10 years ago when the Metuchen Farmers Market operated out of the old location at Boro Hardware.  He really likes the people in Metuchen and from the start "felt right" coming here to sell his products.  When asked about his favorite product, Brad deliciously described choosing a "perfect ugly tomato," slicing it onto a ciabatta roll and then adding slices of fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil and pepper to complete a summer delight.  He loves this time of year when tomatoes and basil are coming to market and folks can pair it with fresh bread and mozzarella.    

Learn more about Hoboken Farms on their website or visit their FB page.


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