November 2014 Archives
Metuchen Author-Illustrator team Kim and Danny Adlerman are proud to present COMPOUND IT ALL!, the new compound word building game, published by Lee & Low in New York City. This unique card game has an accessible platform of play, which was based on Rummy, and inspired by the couple's previous book, How Much Wood Could A Woodchuck Chuck? (Kids at Our House, 2007).
Several years in the making, Kim says, "This game literally came to me in a dream. Not everyone is lucky enough to have such a wonderful and powerful dream actually come true, but it shows that with perseverance, patience, and dedication, all things are possible. It was a labor of love, and well worth it!"
Fans of the Adlerman's previous works, which includes ten books and three CDs, will be pleased to see this new entry, and especially happy that as a game intended for ages nine and up, it offers something for everyone. Says Danny, "Compound It All! was designed to be appropriate for all skill levels, and one never outgrows it regardless of their age or of how advanced they become. It's a great game for classrooms, at home, or for adult night out. If you like word games, you'll love Compound It All!"
There are select outlets where copies of Compound it All! are available; in particular, the Adlermans prefer independent bookstores, specialty shops, and those venues where they will be appearing. Currently, the $29.95 game is available at Leeandlow.com, and at two local outlets, To Be Continued on Main Street in Metuchen, and Over the Moon Toys in on Raritan Avenue in Highland Park; all three are offering a pre-publication discount of 25%. If ordered through Lee and Low, use coupon code COMPOUND for discount and free shipping. It is also available at Amazon for a small discount.
For more information, check out and like or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The game has been previewed and endorsed by children, parents, principals, literacy consultants, students, and teachers of all age groups across the country.
Concert-goers are asked to bring a "gently used" or even new coat to be donated to Jersey Cares, which will distribute them to New Jersey residents in need of some winter warmth.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music will start at 8 p.m. Old Franklin Schoolhouse, Metuchen's original one-room school dating back to 1800, is located at 491 Middlesex Avenue. It's a brief walk to the Metuchen train station and some of Central Jersey's best restaurants.
Neve Shalom Goods & Services Auction
Saturday, December 6th at 7:30 pm
Table seating, light dairy snacks, soft drinks!
Exciting new items, faster paced live auction, tricky tray, raffles, fun giveaways!
Admission price: $7 per person if you purchase tickets by November 30th, $10 at the door.
250 Grove Avenue
Metuchen, NJ 08840
(732) 548-2238 ext 17
Questions? Contact Martha Mack (email@example.com)
Dec 17 Raritan Ringers Handbell Choir, 7pm. Admission free with food donation
Dec 14 Lessons and Carols, 10 am. Senior Choir and Schola Cantorum
Dec 19 The Thirteen "Joyeux Noel" 7.30pm. Ticket $20,$10 students
Dec 31 Jazz Vespers 6pm Dec 31
Brandon Arias (Daddy, Mr. Scary, Mr. Woo, Mrs. Gutzman) studies theatre performance at Kean University and is very excited to make his debut at the Forum Theater. A dance and voice instructor , Brandon would love to thank his family & friends for their support. Recent produc- tions: All Shook Up (Dennis), Little Women (Laurie), West Side Story (Snowboy, Action u/ s), Macbeth( Donalbain), Spring Awakening (Otto)
Tyler Barnick (Herb, Chenille) is excited to be making his debut at the Forum. Tyler has been
seen as The Cat in the Hat (Seussical), Harold Hill (The Music Man ), Rooster (Annie) John The Baptist/Judas (Godspell), Sir Lancelot (Spamalot) Hero (A Funny Thing...the Forum), and Prince Charming (Cinderella). Recent shows: Sunset Boulevard and The Little Mermaid, Jr. at Plays in the Park, and off-Broadway in Sweet Charity as Oscar. Tyler enjoys writing, singing, acting, & working out. He is a Theater Major at Middlesex County College. Tyler would like to thank Moggie, Vicki, & Peter, his fellow cast members of Junie B Jones, his family, Jeanette for helping with music and Michelle Massa.
Samantha Cook (Junie B. Jones) studied vocal music education at Oklahoma State Univer- sity, where she was an active member of Delta Delta Delta and a member of The Brightest Band in all the Land's Color Guard. Samantha recently worked as a member of the Cruise Staff on The Disney Fantasy for Disney Cruise Lines. Other credits: Joseph (Ensemble--Plays-in-the -Park), and while at Metuchen High School, Samantha was seen in Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Urinetown (Hope Caldwell), Footloose (Rusty) and HAIR (ens.). Samantha lives in Metuchen and works at The Community Nursery School as an Assistant Teacher for the 2-3 year-olds & Music Teacher for all of the classes. She also babysits for "just about every child
Shannon Garahan (Lucille, Grace, Jose) Shannon is thrilled to be making her debut at the
Forum Theatre. Past credits : Grease (Rizzo), High School Musical (Sharpay), Anything Goes (Reno Sweeny), Spamalot (Ensemble), and Bye Bye Birdie (Dance Captain/Helen) and A Chorus Line at Surflight Theatre (Tricia). Shannon trained at Center Stage Dance & Theatre School where she is a dance and acrobatics instructor. She would like to thank her family for their constant love and support.
Jason Jackson (Lennie, Sheldon, Camille) Recently performed as "Poe" in AlphaNYC's pro- duction of Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe in October. Recent credits: The Exoner- ated, and Steve Martin's adaptation of The Underpants, both performed at Middlesex County College. This Is Jason's first performance at the Forum Theatre. Jason began his onstage ca- reer in 2005 at Middlesex County College where he earned his AFA in Theatre. An artist and video editor , Jason's work can be seen at facebook.com/jacksonartistry and youtube.com/ thatsjustjjackson.
Lyra Koncsol (Bobbi Jean Piper) is a 7th grader at Hillsborough Middle School in Hillsbor- ough, NJ. Productions: Mt Saint Mary's Academy: The King and I, Annie, Wizard of Oz; Somer- set Valley Playhouse: The King and I, Joseph and ...Dreamcoat, A Christmas Carol, Treasure Island; Raritan Valley Community College: Six Characters in Search of an Author; The Villagers: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Snow White, Crystal and the Christmas Snowman; The Brook: Joseph and...Dreamcoat. McCarter Theatre: A Christmas Carol. Hillsborough HS: Jane Eyre. I would like to thank everyone who helped me fulfill my dreams of performing. Christa DiLalo Petti (May, Mother) is thrilled to perform for the first time at the Forum as her first grade self. Favorite roles: Charity (Anything Goes, NJACT Perry Award nominee) & Andie Lee (42nd Street). Other past productions: Kiss Me Kate, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Spamalot, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. She currently trains at the Metuchen Dance Centre. Many thanks to Peter, Vicki, Coco Nathaniel & Moggie, and all the love in the world to this incredibly talented and wildly fun cast!
Winter 2015 High School Musical Jr. Temple Emanu-El in Edison welcomes children from the entire community to participate in its second musical production for youth, "High School Musical, Jr." This is the perfect opportunity for children in grades 2 - 12 to enjoy the experience and camaraderie of working on a show with their peers, not to mention the chance to try performing in a fun, family friendly environment. The musical will be directed by experienced, professional children's theater director, Tova Halpern from Fresh Theatre Arts, LLC. '"High School Musical, Jr" is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International, MTI. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
Rehearsals will be held on Sundays from 3-5pm at Temple Emanu-El, beginning on January 11, 2015. Additional time will be required for technical rehearsals immediately preceding the performance, which is scheduled for March 22, 2015.
The cost is $140 per child and $115 for a sibling. Registration is due on December 8, 2014. To register or for more information, call the Temple Emanu-El office at or email . Temple Emanu-El is located at 100 James Street, Edison. http://www.edisontemple.org/
December 5 TOT Shabbat! An age-appropriate Friday evening Shabbat program for younger children up to six years old which includes a Jewish-themed art/craft session. The program starts at 6 pm.
December 7 Mitzvah Day This is a day when our congregation performs acts of loving kindness for people in need. Everyone, young and older, is welcome to help in the various activities that make a difference in the lives of others. We begin at 1:00 p.m. on various projects that include sorting clothing (bring clothes that you no longer need or use), and such things as children's books, wrapping paper, baby hats and blankets and food for our food pantry. You'll come away this day knowing you have done good deeds.
December 12 Shabbat ALIVE! A joyous and participatory musical service. Come raise your voices to the heavens as we share your pleasure. Music with a three piece band. 7:00 p.m.
December 12-19 Jewish Book Fair for Children and Adults! Just in time for your Chanukah shopping, Temple Emanu-El is hosting its annual Jewish Book Fair, with a great variety of books for people of all ages. Call the temple office for exact times.
December 13 Chanukah Laser Light Show Join us as the Chanukah story becomes a duel of light beams with fantastic lighting effects. We will celebrate Havdalah and then watch an exciting laser light show, performed by science edu-tainer Ken Fink from Wondergy, and culminating in a giant menorah lighting you'll never forget! For adults and kids of all ages. Light refreshments will be served. A Jewish book fair will be open before and after the program. Open to the whole community and free for all attendees! Co sponsored with Neve Shalom of Metuchen, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County
December 19 Chanukah Shabbat Dinner and Service Yum, delicious chicken, potato latkes, and salad served at 6:00 p.m. Cost is $11 for adults, $9 for children. RSVP necessary (by December 12th) Dinner will be followed by a Special Chanukah Family Service appropriate for all ages.
Metuchen School District is proud to present... Parenting Children with ADHD
WHEN: Thursday, November 13th, 7 pm
WHERE: Campbell Elementary School Library
DESCRIPTION: Living with ADHD is not easy. Not for the parents, not for the siblings, and most of all, not for the child with ADHD. We have learned so much in the past 10 years to help us ease the path for these children both in school and at home. This presentation will cover essential things parents must know to help their children not just survive, but actually thrive. Learn about the bet supports they really need, the facts about ADHD beyond diagnosis that you may not know, and how to best prepare yourselves for the journey ahead.
- How to create a strong, supportive school connection
- Help your child value their strengths and opportunities
- Teach your child to advocate for themselves in school and in life
- Understand the true impact of ADHD beyond the diagnosis so that you can truly help your child in the broadest sense.
Questions? Please contact Sarah Karger at
Tiffany M. Goodson, Supervisor
On October 20th, the Metuchen Borough Council presented a proclamation declaring the month of November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in Metuchen. In commemoration, purple ribbons will adorn the trees along Main Street in downtown Metuchen.
Borough Council President Jay Muldoon presented a proclamation to Dr. Deborah Mohammed Spigner, Beatrice Zatorski and Grace Shackney whose husbands lost their lives to this disease. Dr. Spigner thanked the Mayor and Council on behalf of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. She explained that hundreds of towns around the country do this each year. The proclamations are collected by volunteers and given to congress as evidenced of the advocacy for finding a cure for this dreadful disease.
In addition to having the purple ribbons along Main Street, Mayor Vahalla and several Council members volunteered to put purple ribbons on their lawns in solidarity. Anyone interested in doing the same can contact Grace Shackney at 732-549-3294 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Candidates for the Metuchen Board of Education (2014) Reply to CQE (Citizens for Quality Education)'s Questions:
1. What experience and expertise do you bring to the table that make you
a good candidate for the Board of Education?
JACKIE GIBSON: I have been a member of the Metuchen Board of Education
for six years. I currently serve as Vice President of the Board, Chair of Policy
Committee, and as a member of the Finance and Negotiations committees. I
have taken more than the minimum required New Jersey School Boards
Association (NJSBA) training and earned the status of Certificated Board
Member (CBM). I am active in the NJSBA, where I serve on the Strategic
Planning Committee, Legislative Committee, Resolutions Subcommittee, and
Delegate Assembly. This involvement keeps me informed of statewide issues
and how they may impact Metuchen. I represent the Board as liaison to the
Metuchen High School PTO and the Metuchen Municipal Alliance. I have
participated in passing fiscally responsible budgets. I have supported pro-active
maintenance of district schools.
DAN BENDERLY: I have served on the Metuchen Board of Education for the last
six and a half years, serving as Vice President, Chair of the Curriculum and
Instruction Committee for the last two years, as well as Chair of Policy and a
member of the Negotiations and Technology Committees.
Over these last six and a half years, there have been many satisfying moments.
But there have been some real highlights for me:
• Selecting a new Superintendent - One of my original motivations to run for
the Metuchen Board of Education was to help manage the managerial
transition from our long-tenured Superintendent, Mrs. Sinatra. Filling her
shoes, along with most of the administrative staff in the district that have
also retired in the interim, has been a vital function of the Board of
Education, and central to maintaining the quality of the education we
provide as well as the community spirit and support that we enjoy.
• Maintaining our programming in the face of the severe 2009- 2010 budget
cuts, when we lost over $1.5 million in state aid virtually overnight. Most
districts in the state had to cut programs such as world languages, music,
art, sports, and extra and co-curricular activities. With the cooperation of
the district's teachers and staff, who were one of the few associations
across the state to accept a wage freeze, we were and still are able to
maintain our full slate of instruction and activities for the students in our
• Increasing focus on differentiated instruction. Over the last 6ó years, we
have seen a dramatic increase in the use of differentiated instruction in
our classrooms, all the way from Kindergarten through the high school.
Teaching every student in the manner and pace that best suits their
individual styles is key to the ultimate goal of having every child achieve
their full potential.
Professionally, I have over 20 years of management experience in developing
and executing on growth strategies and strategic relationships, in both large and
small companies, including the last two years focused on educational technology
while at the College Board.
Educationally, I studied Electrical Engineering at the Cooper Union for the
Advancement of Science and Art, and earned an MBA from Columbia Business
I have four children, aged 17, 16, 12 and 10. - 2 boys and 2 girls. I have lived in
Metuchen since 1998, and have been active in the community over the years,
including being a Little League manager/coach for both softball and baseball,
volunteering with the MMP Swim Team, and presenting at Campbell School
Spring Extravaganza for the last 11 years. In addition, as a family we have
participated in Metuchen Rec and Travel Soccer, Basketball, Flag Football and
Field Hockey program.
BEN SMALL: I previously served two, successful terms on the Metuchen Board
of Ed and served on a variety of committees and as the Board's liaison with the
PTO at Campbell/Moss and Edgar. My finance background provides me with the
skills to help guide the Board on budget and financial matters and my experience
with board governance eliminate any learning curve if I am re-elected.
"Taking Time Apart," an art exhibit in word and wall sculpture, opened Sunday, Oct. 5 at the Rotunda Gallery in Metuchen's Borough Hall (500 Main St./Metuchen). It is a solo exhibit by local ceramist Linda Vonderschmidt-LaStella, Earthsongs Studio, that continues until Dec. 31.
The wall sculptures, utilizing porcelain clay as a basic medium, incorporate other media as well, particularly the insides of old clocks and watches. "I had been working with this concept for several years, but when I left in July for three weeks in Alaska, those materials, along with some phrases playing on the words "taking time apart," were all I had to develop the exhibit. I had great hope that this very concrete 'time apart' would help me to bring the work into being."
"Journeying deep into central Alaska, I came in contact with a very different world: wild and expansive, dangerous and unpredictable, rich in natural resources of all kinds. The remnants of human presence on the land shared some of those same characteristics, especially the massive pieces of machinery, relics of efforts from the previous centuries to mine gold.