September 2014 Archives

Metuchen Grapplers Registration Coming Up

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Neve Shalom's My Jewish Journey Registration NOW

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Lollipop Land Metuchen Celebrates First Anniversary with Art Contest

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Campbell Walking School Bus Informational Meeting Monday at 730

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Community Service Opportunities for Metuchen's Teens


Metuchen Volunteer Fire Department

Junior Firefighter Program (ages 14-18)

(The page directs you to the 'Recruitment Page' where there is an application online)


Metuchen First Aid Squad

Cadet Program (high school students, ages 16-18)

(Click on 'Join' on the top menu bar; from that page you can download an application.)


Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University

ZAMbassordors Program  (grades 10-12)

(The page directs you to join by clicking on 'email.')


Helping Hands for Helpless Paws, Inc.

Volunteers for the Edison Animal Shelter

Volunteers walk and play with dogs, run drives to collect blankets and towels for the shelter, or raise money.

Contact Barbara to volunteer:; 732.572.7637

JFK Medical Center

Junior Volunteer Program (grades 10-12)

Contact Christine Piterski for a Junior Volunteer application.

Call: 732.321.7083

Junior Independent Volunteer Project (age 13+)

(See flyer)


Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center

Volunteer Program (grades 10-12)

(The page includes "Volunteer Services: Orientation Manual" and a downloadable application.)



Junior Volunteers (age 13+)

Volunteers are needed with swimming lessons, the pre-school program and summer camp. One day opportunities exist to help others in the community and with events like the Tot Trot and an annual 5K event. For more information about various opportunities and an application, write Pat Colandra at


Borough Improvement League

Junior Volunteer (grades 6-12)

Volunteer opportunities include art curation, yard work and gardening, helping at historic house tours and serving events, and helping at the annual Metuchen Zombie Walk in late October.

(See attachment for application)


The Metuchen-Edison Historical Society

Junior Volunteers (high school students)

Volunteer opportunities include photographing buildings along assigned streets and special sites, conducting and documenting interviews with long-time residents (oral history) and preserving and maintaining the Colonial Cemetery.

(See attachment for application)


Metuchen Public Library

The TAB: Teen Advisory Board (grades 6-12)

TAB members attend monthly decision-making meetings to plan and promote Young Adult programming and initiatives like author visits, book groups, the Garden State Book Awards, and the annual YA Library Scavenger Hunt. TAB members also assist at the Friends of the Library's annual book fair, the Library's booth at the Country Fair and other events. The TAB meets September - May. (See attachment for application)

Book Friends (grades 8-12)

Volunteers meet weekly in July with a 1st or 2nd grader in a supervised program with varied reading and word fun activities and crafts. There is a mandatory training session in June. Applications become available in early June.

Game Partners (grades 8-12)

Volunteers organize a Wii tournament for younger kids.  The group meets in August for two planning sessions and the tournament.  Applications become available in early June.


The Metuchen Municipal Alliance

Youth Alliance (grades 8-12)

Youth Alliance members attend bi-monthly meetings on Saturday mornings to plan the promotion of programs and initiatives for a drug-free community among their peers, e.g. National Medicine Chest Challenge, Metuchen Town Talks, and a Recovery Month event. In addition, members are encouraged to attend adult Municipal Alliance meetings to share their teen perspective on the discussion. Volunteers help at sponsored events like National Night Out and the town's Halloween Parade, and they help put up Safe/Sober Prom/Graduation signs throughout the town in May.  (See attachment for application)


(photo courtesy of Julie Walton Shaver)

If you had the kids at First Presbyterian wash your car this weekend, you donated to a worthy cause. As Michael Draper of the First Presbyterian Chuch tells MM, their Habitat for Humanity fundraising and work that their youth group participates in each year is an amazing way that the church pays it forward to Americans who need help:

Long van rides. Sleeping on host church floors. Aching in places you didn't even know could hurt each summer when everyone else is at the beach.

The youth of the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen think it's worth it.

That's why they, along with some extremely dedicated adult volunteers, are already planning and preparing for the church's 25th annual weeklong Habitat for Humanity mission trip next summer.

The purpose of these trips is to offer hands-on assistance to the building of homes for those in need. This can mean anything and everything from framing and sheet rocking to siding, painting and landscaping. This past year's trip to Roanoke, Virginia was the latest stop on a house-building tour de force that has taken the church group up to Vermont, out to Kentucky, down to North Carolina and everywhere in between.

Have a Party at the YMCA

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Check out the YMCA through their ad above for further information. Thanks!

51st Annual Metuchen Country Fair October 11th

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Caputo Analyzes School Rankings From Various Media Outlets

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2014_04_01_metuchen_relays.pngMM asked Vincent Caputo, Superintendent of the Metuchen School District, to comment on the variety of school rankings listings that have been released by various media outlets in the last few months -- including Inside Jersey magazine, NJ Monthly and U.S. News and World Report. NJ Monthly's list was garnering some queries, since Metuchen dropped a great deal in those ratings. However, here is Caputo's official statement regarding all rankings:

"As part of my state of the schools address on august 27th, I shared the rankings from Inside Jersey, NJ Monthly, and US News and World Reports.  See my powerpoint that is on the district front page: 


Just last week, Newsweek released their rankings, in which we placed #255 in the nation (and #27 in NJ, according to my calculations):


It is very fashionable for various media outlets to rank schools.  All of them use publicly available data and develop proprietary algorithms.  Like all high schools, Metuchen High School's "ranking" depend on which data is selected and the percentage weights assigned.  We take all rankings with a sense of seriousness.  We also realize that "good" or "bad" rankings are fleeting and based on already-old data.  So we celebrate the successes and at the same time address areas of need.


For example, in the latest batch of rankings:


US News and World Report scored us very well, but we didn't qualify to be numerically ranked based on their entry criteria


Our NJ Monthly ranking was #77 in NJ this time, after a high of #19 in 2012


Inside Jersey gave us a relatively high score of 344, fourth in the county


Newsweek ranked us #255 in the nation and #27 in the state."

Hub City Fencing Offers New Classes Starting 9/18

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Fencing is a great sport, for kids and adults alike ( Here's a message from Hub City Fencing. Click on their ad on this page to access their full schedule and sign-ups.

We hope you've had a great summer! We just wanted to let you know that
the next sessions of Intro to Fencing have been scheduled. The adult
course will start on Thursday, 9/18 at 7pm, and the youth course will
start on Saturday, 9/20 at 1pm. This 10 week course is $300, and that
cost includes brand new equipment for each student. You'll get your
own mask, glove, and jacket to keep.

We still have a great on-going beginner level class for kids on
Saturday mornings! New students can join any time. Fencing, Fitness, &
Fun is from 9am-11am every Saturday. The pricing structure is:
$45 per session for 2 hours of fencing, fitness, and fun!
$35 per session prepaying for one full month
$25 per session prepaying for 3 full months

Order Online to Help Metuchen Schools During District PTO Fundraiser

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Longtime Resident and Civic Volunteer Stanley Lease Dies

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MM extends its sympathy to Mr. Stanley Lease's family and friends at this time. He gave so much to Metuchen and we all benefitted. Thank you, Mr. Lease.

Click this link for more on Mr. Lease's life in Metuchen.

Garbage and Recycling Schedule for October HERE

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Garbage and recycling october.jpgHere is the recycling and garbage pickup schedule for October!

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Metuchen Fire Dept Dedication for New Engine September 21st

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Library "Call for Artists" for The Gallery at the Library

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The Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue, will soon open The Gallery at The Library in the upstairs Community Room.  The September exhibit will be The Oak Tree Artists led by Ray Skibinski, and in October, the winners of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey poster contest, "Species on the Edge," will be shown.

This is a "Call To Artists" for two upcoming shows.  An exhibit beginning in November is entitled Celebrate New Jersey, 350 Years.  Works for this exhibit should reflect a New Jersey-related theme, and must be submitted by Friday, September 12.   

The theme for the December/January show is Winter, and again, the work should express an idea or feeling about that season.  Deadline for submissions is October 16.  Established and emerging artists are invited to submit up to two works for either show by sending an e-file of each piece to metuchenlibrary @    Artists will be notified when the selection of work to be included in the exhibit is completed.   Additional information is available on the Metuchen Public Library website, , or by  or

Ecycle Residential Electronics in MIddlesex County

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Nails in the Wall Gallery Presents ARTIFACTS exhibit

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Past, present, and future collide at Nails in the Wall, the Gallery @ St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 17 Oak Ave., Metuchen. The church will begin its 150th anniversary celebration with ARTIFACTS, a collection of relics, history, and lore. See and hear how the history of town and church, people and building, intertwine with the growth of our nation. ARTIFACTS include hand-crafted needlework, antique handmade Sunday School materials, many photographs, maps and blueprints, books by authors who have passed our way, and much more.

Come to the opening celebration Saturday Sept. 20, 2-5pm for music and refreshments.  "If these walls could talk..." well, the walls, floors, furniture, handicrafts, and especially the windows HAVE talked to our own Ted Latham, church and town historian. His many years of rummaging, salvaging, sleuthing and saving are manifest today on the Gallery walls. Talk to Ted at the opening, and you will hear even more than those Gallery walls coul contain. Walk through the historic sanctuary with Ted's printed guide for an up-close view of century-old hand-crafted  stained glass windows. 

Want to know more? Ted Latham will offer three talks on Sunday mornings:

Sunday, Oct.12, 11:45am

Sunday, Nov.9, 11:45am

Sunday, Nov.16, 11:45am

ARTIFACTS closes on November 20. WHAT THEN? We begin our journey into the next 150 years!

Gallery hours: M-F 9am - 2pm; Sat. 4-6pm; Sun. 11am-2pm. For further information, please contact 

Guest Curator Deborah Kmetz:

Metuchen Football Readies For New Season

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Check out this article about Metuchen Football and see what's up for this new season!

Press Release For Dragonfly Arts Center Fall Class Schedule

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MHS PTO First Meeting September 8th at 7:30

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The Metuchen High School Parent-Teacher Organization invites you to join them this Monday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the high school library for "Ask the Principal," an overview by MHS's Bruce Peragallo of new staff, schedule and class changes, and expectations for the school year, followed by a question-and-answer session. It's the first of five bimonthly meetings of the MHS Parent-Teacher Organization and the best way to learn about what's going on at the high school. Each meeting includes a principal's report--an excellent way to stay abreast of developments at the school--as well as professional speakers on everything from college planning to the drug-and-alcohol scene in town. Join the PTO now--only $10 per year per family for all the PTOs--online at (the same log-in as for the municipal pool membership) or by downloading the membership form from the PTO link, the far right tab, on the high school website (

Sponsors Needed for Fire Department new ENGINE 1 - DONATE NOW!

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Build with Purpose has received a $121,850 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Technical Assistance (TA) award from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's CDFI Fund.  Build with Purpose is just one of 22 organizations to receive the TA award.  On Tuesday, the CDFI Fund announced a total of $158.2 million in Financial Assistance awards to 130 CDFIs and $2.6 million in TA awards to 22 certified and emerging CDFIs.

The TA award will provide funds for training and capacity building for Build with Purpose to achieve CDFI certification. "We are excited by this new opportunity and appreciative of the support.  This grant will provide Build with Purpose the resources to obtain CDFI certification which will enable us to better serve low-income communities in and around New Jersey," said Brian Keenan, Director and President of Build with Purpose.

The purpose of the CDFI Program is to use federal resources to invest in existing and emerging CDFIs and to build their capacity to serve low-income people and communities that lack access to affordable financial products and services. Since 1994, the CDFI Fund has awarded more than $1.3 billion in FA and TA awards through the CDFI Program.

Field Trips and Flea Markets at St. Luke's This September

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The Whole Parish is Invited to Join St Veronica's Photography Guild Field Trip!
Looking for something to do on Sunday of Labor Day Weekend? Come along with us to Duke Farms (used to be called Duke Gardens). Meet at St. Luke's at 11:15. Just come on in to our usual meeting room in Fryer Hall, and join us at coffee hour for a cup of coffee and a snack while we assemble. We will leave at 11:30. Duke Farms has a cafeteria, or brown bag it. 
Grab a little summer before it's gone! 

First Monthly Indoor Flea Market on Sunday, September 7 in Fryer Hall Auditorium!
9am-3pm.  St Luke's will have a table, along with many other vendors, so if you have treasures to donate, now's the time!  This will take the place of our fall rummage sale.   Coffee and goodies will be available for purchase. 

Metuchen Car Wash Offers Free Charging to Electric Car Owners

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Metuchen Car Wash owner Kerry Armus is sponsoring a charging station at his business and he is offering its use for FREE to his customers. The system is being installed now and will be up and running within the next few weeks. Armus hopes that those who drop off their cars for two or three hours to complete their charge will walk downtown and take advantage of all the wonderful business and entertainment and eating opportunities in the Main Street area.

Great idea, Kerry, and awesome way to give back to the community!

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