October 2014 Archives

Metuchen Public LIbrary Announces Hoopla

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Metuchen Public Library is pleased to announce a brand new cutting edge service. We are partnering with hoopla to offer Metuchen Public Library cardholders easy access to thousands of movies, TV shows, music albums, and audiobooks for free streaming and temporary downloading to their mobile devices and computers 24/7 starting Monday, November 3, 2014.  
Library users can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS devices or visit www.hoopladigital.com. To sign up, you will need a valid Metuchen Library card and PIN, enter an email address and password for a hoopla account.  Each library cardholder can borrow up to 5 items per month. Juvenile library cardholders (18 and under) are limited to music albums and audiobooks. The lending periods are:  a movie and a television episode 2-3 days; a music album 7 days; an audiobook 21 days.
Browse, borrow, and enjoy digital video, music and audiobooks from Hoopla - for free!! NO waiting time is neededAll of the items are instantly available on Hoopla and its automatic return means NO late fees. You can hoopla when you like, and what you like.
Metuchen Public Library also offers other digital content services, such as ZINIO digital magazine as well as an ever-growing ebook collection.
For more information, please contact the Library at 732-632-8526, or visit hoopla help www.hoopladigital.com/support.
snyb-v23.pngA local parent who is also a long-time sports coach sent me the following essay from Steve Nash's Youth Basketball Blog. She had recently witnessed a disturbing interaction at a game:

"I was recently at Charles field standing in between a Rec Field Hockey game and a travel soccer game.   One very young travel soccer player said to his teammate "Do you know why they call is Rec? Because they play like a wreck."  It struck me as so sad but also so wrong.  What are we doing to our kids?"

Have you seen this kind of action on the field? Does your child no longer participate in sports because of this kind of callous treatment? Are you a coach? How do you try to encourage kids without making them feel lessened by their inability to participate at certain levels? Read the article here by Steve Nash -- comment here or on Facebook or Twitter. MM would love to know what you think!

Temple Emanu-El Comedy Night October 25th

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Metuchen Senior Citizens Lunch Sunday 26th at MHS

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The 21st Annual Metuchen Seniors Citizens Luncheon will be held on Sunday, October 26, at 1:00 p.m. at a new venue, Metuchen High School.

All ages are welcome to this fun event, which features a fully-catered meal, including beverages and dessert, entertainment and door prizes. Metuchen High School is handicapped accessible and features free parking.

The annual fund-raiser helps subsidize activities for local seniors at the Borough-funded Senior Citizens Center, and is its only fund-raiser of the year. The donation is just $25.00.

For more information, access the Metuchen Seniors, Inc. at http://www.metuchennj.org/senior_center_main.html or call (732) 632-8524.


Cathy Ostermueller, Director, Senior Citizen Center
(732) 632-8524

John Wooding, Vice President

(732) 570-8592

Wellness Open House from Satya October 25th

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Special Photo Series for Veterans This Month

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 (information courtesy of Superintendent Vincent Caputo of Metuchen)

There is a series of workshops (free) for veterans sponsored by the Josephine Herrick Project (formerly Rehabilitation Through Photography).

The workshops take place beginning October 11th and run for 8 weeks. Location is Unique Photo in Fairfield, NJ.

Veterans from all wars (WW2, Korea, Vietnam and current day) are all welcome. They will be able to use equipment for free and will be taught the basics of cameras, composition, etc.  There are 4 professional photographers running the workshops.

Metuchen's Christine Cuthbertson, Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDTC), is displaying about a dozen photographs from her trip to Vietnam, printed on metal (in various sizes) so the Vietnam veterans can see what Vietnam looks like now. She did this show in Holmdel at the Vietnam Memorial and it was well received.


Campbell School Students Know you Need "Nothing But Nets"

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Check out this awesome article about the Campbell School intiative to help stamp out malaria around the world! Congratulations to everyone involved for achieving such a great goal!

Ask The Mayor at the Senior Center October 22nd

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Ask the Mayor

Wednesday, October 22

Metuchen Senior Center 15 Center St., Metuchen 10AM-11:30AM

Mayor Tom Vahalla will be at the Senior Center for a casual discussion about the topics that matter to you. Stop in for coffee and snacks and ask your questions!

Call (732) 632-8524 for more information.

Wendy Mass Is Coming to Campbell School October 21st

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Ice Cream Social with The Borough Council Candidates

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Casting Notice for MIS-MATCHED in Metuchen for Forum Performances

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Casting Notice
Contact Margaret Davis @ 732.548.5600
email: peter@forumtheatrearts.org

Casting 2 men and 2 woman, non equity who sing well and are comical for,  "MIsMATCH.com, The World Premeier of New Musical Comedy About Online Dating In The Middle Ages." This hysterical original musical shows the trials and tribulations of online dating for those six million boomers out there. Book by Peter J Loewy, Lyrics by Margaret Davis. Rehearsals begin Nov. 10; runs Dec. 4-31 at The Forum Theatre, 314 Main St., Metuchen, NJ 

Miranda, 40-60, Sexy, hot-blooded Latina with an enormous appetite for life; she's on the lookout for her perfect match even if she has to go through every guy she meets online; a combination Charo and Sophia Vergara; speaks with a strong South American accent. Must have a great sense of comedy

Rhonda, 45-60, Jewish from Long Island, now living in Boca Raton--which is actually the same thing; very sweet, heart of gold, very loyal to her friends; she's seeking Mr. Right, hopefully Jewish; just looking for a nice guy who'll share some guacamole with her; a little ditzy. Funny.

.Jack, 45-60,  Bartender at Racks Bar in Boca Raton; handsome, listens to everyone at the bar, and really seems to care about what they have to say; moved to Florida from Calgary, Canada; at the crossroads of his life. Interested in settling down and possibly moving to the islands.

Norm, 45-55, Everyman in the musical; must be a terrific character actor who can morph into several characters, from Manuel the Mexican gardener to a Jewish deli owner; great sense of comedy. 

Please email headshot and resume to mismatchauditions@yahoo.com to set up appointment. Auditions will be held in NY & NJ November 4 & 5. This is a paid position.

Chamber of Commerce Announces Two New Ribbon Cuttings This Week

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An official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at Cafe Vaaza, 419 Main Street in Metuchen. The Ribbon Cutting, scheduled for 5p.m., welcomes entrepreneur Moonis Meer to the community.  Representatives from the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce will be joined by Metuchen Mayor Thomas Vahalla and members of the Borough Council to celebrate the addition of this fantastic new restaurant to our community.

On Friday, October 17th the Chamber of Commerce and Borough representatives will be back on Main Street for another ribbon cutting ceremony to take place at Natrabliss located above the UPS Store at 402 Main Street, Suite, 208. Join us as we welcome owner Diana Gomez to Metuchen and check out her all natural soaps and candles. 


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Due to inclement weather predictions, the Metuchen Country Fair will NOT be held tomorrow. Instead, it will take place NEXT Saturday instead. Check out this link for more info.

Friends of the Library Book Sale SATURDAY RAIN OR SHINE

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Book_shelves_UWI_Library.jpgThis Saturday October 11th from 9AM to 3 PM is the annual book sale at the library. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library programming for the Metuchen Public LIbrary. Come on down and get some awesome reading material for the long winter ahead!


I went with some of my writing students and friends to this event. THE GOOD LIE is a wonderful, uplifting and educational film and I heartily recommend everyone sees it! In the meantime, here's a post-event wrap-up from Kean. It was a great event at a great place.

The Kean University Human Rights Institute welcomed internationally acclaimed human rights activist and bestselling author John Prendergast, Founding Director of the Enough Project, to its benefit screening of The Good Lie on Wednesday. The exclusive screening at Kean's state-of-the-art STEM Auditorium attracted some three hundred guests and generated over $5,000, with eighty percent of every dollar raised to benefit the Enough Project's work for peace in Sudan and South Sudan, and the remaining twenty percent to benefit the Human Rights Institute.

"The Good Lie is an extraordinary fictionalized account of the saga of the 'Lost Boys' of Sudan," stated Mr. Prendergast, who briefly appears in the film as a teacher working with refugee youth preparing for resettlement, and also contributed to the movie's storyline. "It took ten years to get The Good Lie to move from inside the head of my late friend, [executive producer] Bobby Newmyer, who didn't live to actually see his dream come true with this movie, before it finally made it to the screen, but it was well worth the wait."

Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center Presents BLITHE SPIRIT at BIL

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Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center, a nonprofit community theater based in Metuchen, announced they will be presenting a Halloween show, the classic play Blithe Spirit. Blithe Spirit, by Noel Coward, is a fast-talking comedy about a novelist who employs a medium to conduct a séance as research for his latest novel--only to have her bring back the ghost of his sassy first wife.

Directed by the theater group's founders, Anna Paone and Catherine LaMoreaux, Blithe Spirit spotlights the talents of local and New York actors. In the lead role is Tenafly native Wally Marzano- Lesnevich, an alumnus of Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts. Playing his second wife is Claire McClanahan, a Metuchen resident. Others in the cast include Lindsay Adkins of Roselle Park, Vivian Lam of Piscataway, Bernadette Maass of New York, and Barry Leonard of East Brunswick. Playing the psychic is Perry Award nominee Rosemary Wall of Mountain Lakes. Matthew Holbert from Metuchen is the company's Assistant Director. Other Metuchen residents will be working backstage.

Performances will take place at the Forum Theater, 314 Main Street, Metuchen. Opening night is Thursday, October 30 at 8:00. A special Halloween performance will be given on Friday, October 31 at 8:30 and will include a post-show wine and treats reception. The remaining performances are Saturday, November 1 at 8:00 and Sunday, November 2 at 3:00. Tickets for adults are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Student and senior tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased on the Dragonfly web site, DragonflyArtsNJ.com or through the mail via Dragonfly, P.O. Box 23, Metuchen, NJ 08840. All tickets are general admission.

Dates & Times: Thursday, October 30 at 8:00 pm; Friday, October 31 at 8:30 pm Saturday, November 1 at 8:00 pm, Sunday, November 2 at 3:00 pm

Tickets: Adults: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Seniors and students $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Advance tickets available on web site, DragonflyArtsNJ.com or through the mail.

Place: Forum Theatre, 314 Main Street, Metuchen

For More Information: go to DragonflyArtsNJ.com or Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center on Facebook, or call 908-930-3210.

Join Middlesex County Freeholder and Hands of Hope Director Charles Tomaro and his crew  on October 11 at 9AM for the first annual "The Race To Outrun Hunger" and race with them through Roosevelt Park in Edison, NJ for a good cause. Join the runners for an after-race brunch (sponsor to be announced soon). Hands of Hope "Taking Strides to End Hunger One Finisher at a Time" hopes to raise $25K.

Hands of Hope is a non-profit, community based organization. We are committed in providing an efficient and effective centralized system for distributing food to alleviate hunger. Our food drive for the needy is focused on sustaining good nutrition, health and most of all human dignity by providing a means for the individual to meet their full potential and to silence the pain hunger brings. Make a difference in our community by joining us in the fight against hunger by donating food, monetary donation or by volunteering your time.

Event schedule and times
6:45 AM: 5k Race Registration/Check-In Opens

4k Walk Registration/Check-In Opens

8:50 AM: 5k Race Registration/Check-In Closes

9:00 AM: 5k Race Begins

9:05 AM: 4k Walk Registration/Check-In Closes

9:20 AM: 4k Walk Begins

10:00 AM: Awards Ceremony

10:15 AM: Final Sweep For Runners

(Registration Closes 10 Minutes Before Event Start)

The Child Care Services Branch of the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy is hosting the annual Tot Trot & Youth Fun Run on Sunday, October 12th at Metuchen High School. This charity event will help us support families from our communities with scholarship assistance when they are unable to pay the full cost of child care. The fund also provides aid to families in crisis and allows us to temporarily provide tuition assistance in the event of a family emergency.

The Tot Trot & Youth Fun Run is sponsored by Metuchen Savings Bank. Metuchen Savings Bank has sponsored the Tot Trot since its inception in 2008 and is a long time supporter of the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy.

Rose Cushing, Executive Director of YMCA Child Care Services Branch said, "we expect over 200 families to attend the event, making this the largest fund-raising event for our branch this year. We invite the community to support the run while helping us fulfill our mission of providing quality programming for all children and families in our communities.  At the YMCA we believe that no one should be turned away from our programs and services based on their ability to pay. Help us continue to help those in need".

Event Details:

Sunday, October 12th

Metuchen High School Track

Tot Trot races begin promptly at 11am

Entry Fees:

$12 pre-registration by 10/10/14

$15.00 after 10/10/14 and on race day

All participants will receive a t-shirt.

The Tot Trot for ages 2 to 5 years will begin promptly at 11AM. Races are organized by age group, with each age group running their own race.

The Youth Fun Run for ages 6 to 12 years is a 400 meter event and will begin promptly at 11:30 AM. Registration and sponsorship forms available at www.ymcaofmewsa.org

For more information on the Tot Trot & Youth Fun Run, contact Melinda Wilson @ 732-548-3490.

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12:30 - Ribbon Cutting
1:00 - Live Music from Jim Toscanno from the Spider Monkkeys
2:00 - Poster Contest Winners will be awarded their prizes.
Free food / cake / games and give-aways

Gallery Walk Metuchen 2014 Coming Sunday, October 5

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Be part of Gallery Walk Metuchen 2014 from noon to 5pm on Sunday, October 5.  Festivities will include gallery events and food from local partner restaurants as well as music provided by The Happy Campers, who will perform outside Metuchen's Gallery at the Rotunda at Borough Hall.


Friday, October 3, 8pm

"ALIEN: A Staged Radio Play Parody & Themed 35th Anniversary Party"

In space no one can hear you scream! That's right, folks, to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the science fiction horror film Alien, the Old Franklin Schoolhouse becomes the commercial towing ship Nostromo for one night only!  Don't miss Raconteur Radio's next staged radio play and themed party with complimentary refreshments, an exhibition of movie memorabilia, PLUS a sideshow sword swallower recreates the whole facehugger-proboscis-down-the-throat bit with a variety of invasive items!
Cost: Advance tickets only $15! ($25 at the door, if available)


Sunday, October 5, 12pm to 5pm


Gallery Walk Metuchen 2014, sponsored in part by the Metuchen Arts Council, will showcase six exhibition spaces that make their home in the tiny borough.  In addition to visual enjoyment, the galleries will include the tasty specialties of their various local "art partner restaurants" as well as music in various locations. The galleries can be visited in any order between 12:00 noon and 5:00 pm. Transformations Gallery, located at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse, is one of the stops on the self-guided tour and will host "Looking Back," comprised of over two dozen of the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society's most beautifully composed and unexpected images, mostly from the Frey-Sen Collection donated to the archives a few years ago.  


Eo-Tours at Edison Wetlands -- Last of the Season so Sign Up NOW

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Edison Wetlands Association will host 2 final eco-tours for the year.

Friday, October 3rd
 Adams Farms Eco-Tour
@ 6:00 pm

Saturday, October 18th
 Hardwood Forest Eco-Tour
@ 11:00 am

Please RSVP by calling our office at (732) 321-1300. Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. You may also leave a message with your full name, phone number, and total number of people attending.


Triple C Ranch and Nature Center is
  open on weekends until Thanksgiving (weather permitting) and we are accepting applications for events and memberships at the Triple C Ranch and Nature Center.   

For more information, please visit triplecranch.org 
or call 732.321.1300 

MHS Golf Fundraiser Through Restaurant.com

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The Metuchen School District will convene a Task Force beginning in October to survey the current World Language offerings in the schools.  A World Language Task Force, previously formed in 2012, compared Metuchen World Language studies to school districts similar in size.  That report can be found on the Metuchen School District website.

This task force will review the findings of the original task force, create a new survey to be distributed to parents and students through Naviance, and develop recommendations to the Board of Education for a broad and comprehensive program, taking students from the basics of learning a language to actively engaging students in a learning opportunity that is connected to the school and broader community.

Parents, students, business members and civic leaders are encouraged to join this task force.  If you are interested, please contact Christine De Simone, Supervisor of Music, Art and World Language, at 732 321-8756 or cdesimone@metboe.k12.nj.us.  The first meeting will be held in October.

Writer Bennett Madison, YA Author, Comes to Library October 26th

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madison.jpgOn Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 2 PM, highly acclaimed author Bennett Madison will speak at the Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue. The program will be of interest to teens and to "new adults," as well as to those who may want to write for these two important demographics.
Madison is the author of five Young Adult novels.  His most recently published work, September Girls(2013), received rave reviews from four professional library journals and is included on the American Library Association's prestigious Best Fiction for Young Adults list for 2014.  The Kirkus Review described the novel as "a meditation on manhood [that] takes a turn into magical realism" and as "a not-mermaid story for boys."  September Girls was nominated by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America for the Andre Norton Award, their Nebula Award for YA fiction.
Bennett Madison's presentation at the Library will focus on his books and his journey to become a published author. The Author Visit will include a Question and Answer Session with the audience. BothSeptember Girls and The Blonde of the Joke (2009) will be available for purchase, for those who would like to have a copy personally addressed for them and signed by the author. 
Although the Library is usually closed on Sundays, doors will open at 1:45 pm on October 26 for this special event.  Please use the Library Place entrance only. The Author Visit is FREE to the public and paid for by the Friends of the Metuchen Library.  For more information write YA Librarian Katherine Liss atKLiss@Lmxac.org.

School Lunch Suggestions from the Farmers Market

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School is back in session which means many families are packing lunches.  This invites the age-old question of what to pack for lunch?

Come to the Metuchen Farmers Market for some inspiration!  Luckily, for Farmers Market shoppers there are plenty of options - many of which are ready-to-eat. This time of year, farmers are transitioning from summer crops into fall harvest.  Apples and pears can go straight into the lunch box.  Sweet ground cherries are fun to peel and even better to eat. Slice up cucumbers and bell peppers for a crunchy snack to be dipped into humus, guacamole, or salad dressing. Farm-fresh eggs can be hard-boiled and enjoyed with a fresh baked bread.  Cheese and nuts are easy treats packed with protein.

More and more, research shows that children who exercise and eat healthy foods throughout the day, tend to perform better academically and are less likely to battle obesity and/or develop diabetes as they grow. But many parents can find it daunting during a busy school year to send children on their way with the right foods.

One Metuchen Farmers Market Shopper, a mother of three, suggests getting your children involved in the process.

"Let your kids help pick out items they like. We make the Farmers Market a Saturday morning family affair.  I have found that when my kids actively participate in choosing what goes in their lunch boxes, they are more inclined to eat it. Choosing from different apple varieties and a smorgasbord of pickles, is fun for them.  And as far as I am concerned, it's far healthier than store-bought processed snacks."

Metuchen Farmers Market Manager, Nelson Li, agrees. "It's a great way to get kids used to different and healthier foods. Kids become much more imaginative and willing eaters."

So the next time you take your child to market, explore the options together and you will have the comfort of knowing that they will want to eat what you're tucking into their lunch boxes.

Need additional fresh, seasonal inspiration? Sign up for the Metuchen Farmers Market newsletter which packs a new recipe every month.  You're bound to pick up an idea or two for your brown bag office lunch!The Metuchen Farmers Market has been in existence since 1997, but has enjoyed a revitalization starting 2011, when it grew from a few farmers to more than a dozen top-notch vendors. Proudly presented by the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce and managed entirely by community volunteers, The Market hosts four "Jersey Fresh" farmers and other food-first vendors offering cheese, pickles, olives, fresh-baked breads, mozzarella, dried fruits/nuts, grass-fed pork, free-range eggs, farmhouse-baked pies and more. 

Need more info? "Like" The Market on Facebook for special newsfeed, follow us on Twitter and visit us online at www.metuchenfarmersmarket.com where you can sign up for our e-newsletter.

The Edison Wetlands Association (EWA), a grassroots non-profit involved in the cleanup of seventy toxic waste sites and twenty Superfund Sites in New Jersey, announces today that the USEPA's Proposed Plan for the Cornell-Dubilier Electronics (CDE) Superfund Site falls short in protectiveness and permanence.  


"While we are encouraged that the USEPA is finally working towards the cleanup and restoration of this critically important water body, they must address the short falls that the EWA and our environmental engineers have uncovered. The ongoing emergency at the CDE site is a direct threat to the human health and environment for all of Central Jersey, especially South Plainfield," according to Robert Spiegel, Executive Director of EWA. Spiegel has testified four times in front of the US Senate on Superfund related matters.  


The EWA got involved with the cleanup after finding PCB capacitors labeled "CDE" in the Bound Brook adjacent to the CDE Site. This led the EPA to mobilize their emergency removal branch to stabilize the PCB capacitors. EWA's long term advocacy prompted the USEPA to test the groundwater forcing the USEPA to modify its no action decision. 


Cornell-Dubilier Electronics, Inc. is located at 333 Hamilton Boulevard, South Plainfield, New Jersey, adjacent to the Bound Brook. From 1936 to 1962, CDE manufactured electronic parts and components including capacitors. During site operations, the company released and buried materials contaminated with PCBs and chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs), primarily trichloroethylene (TCE), which resulted in contaminating the surrounding site soils. In 1998, the site was put on the EPA's National Priorities List. 


The Bound Brook has been deemed the most contaminated waterway in all of New Jersey. The Bound Brook is the only water body in the state of New Jersey that has a "do not consume any fish in any amount by any risk group" advisory. This is due to the PCBs that have been released at the CDE Superfund Site and failure of regulatory agencies to act responsibly and in a timely manner. The threats to human health and the environment are not a risk to solely South Plainfield residents but a threat to anyone who comes in contact with the multiple exposure pathways.

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