November 2014 Archives

Happy Thanksgiving, Metuchen!

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Happy-Thanksgiving.jpgPOEM 655 (circa 1862)

Without this-- there is nought--
All other Riches be
As is the Twitter of a Bird--
Heard opposite the Sea--

I could not care-- to gain
A lesser than the Whole--
For did not this include themself--
As Seams-- include the Ball?

I wished a way might be
My Heart to subdivide--
'Twould magnify-- the Gratitude--
And not reduce-- the Gold--

--Emily Dickinson

Thanksgiving Day Dinner at St. Luke's For Needy

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St Luke's Episcopal Church in Metuchen will serve Thanksgiving Dinner from 12noon to 2pm on Thanksgiving Day, Nov 27 in the church's Fryer Hall, 17 Oak Avenue.   The Metuchen Inn is generously preparing this festive meal for those less fortunate than many of us.  Anyone in the Metuchen/Edison area who is in need is welcome at the feast.  Delivery service is available for the home bound or elderly who live in Metuchen or Edison.  The meal is free, but RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST!  Donations of canned goods and other non-perishable foods are needed and can be dropped off at the church seven days a week.   Please call the church at 732-548-4308 
smallbizsat2014.pngPlease welcome MM's newest advertisers -- Legacy Republic, Brainy Boro Montessori, Clicks and Bricks, Cafe Vaaza, A&J Jewelers,  and Naturabliss Soaps -- as well as our supportive long-time advertisers, all amazing hard-working unique small businesses. Link through on their ads to see their product offerings or menus. We wish them all the success in the world and hope that you will be supporting them on Small Business Saturday, November 29th. 

Metuchen Matters thanks all our great downtown entrepreneurs! We will support them this Saturday and hope you will too!

Holiday House Tour Tickets ON SALE NOW

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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, 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 The game has been previewed and endorsed by children, parents, principals, literacy consultants, students, and teachers of all age groups across the country.

Coat Drive and Concert at BIL This Weekend with Kul d'Sack

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The Jersey Shore's favorite acoustic quartet, Kül d'Sack, will return to Old Franklin Schoolhouse on Saturday, Nov. 29, for a special night of live music to benefit the Jersey Cares organization. The evening is being billed as "Grateful and Thankful" in honor of one of the band's biggest musical influences, as well as the holiday spirit. 

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.  

Seniors, Get Ready for the Winter Months with Scarf Class

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Neve Shalom Goods & Services Auction December 6

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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.

Neve Shalom

250 Grove Avenue

Metuchen, NJ 08840

(732) 548-2238 ext 17 

Questions? Contact Martha Mack (

St. Luke's Holiday Music Schedule

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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 

Raritan Ringers are Coming Back to St. Luke's for the Holidays

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Eat Drink & Buy Art December 6th Creates Holiday Pop Up Store

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Cafe Vaaza Brings Kashmiri Cuisine to Metuchen

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caffev.jpgCheck out this great article on Cafe Vaaza and then check out their website at for their menus as well as their Facebook page for updated information about this great new restaurant in town!

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

in Metuchen".

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 and 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!

Skullduggery at the Metuchen Library November 23rd

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Chamber Announces Distinguished Member Awardees for 2015

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Metuchen Chamber of Commerce announces their 2015 Distinguished Service Awardees:


Chamber Distinguished Member of the Year

Hailey's Harp and Pub 

Distinguished Non- Profit Member of the Year

Metuchen Recreation Department 

Chamber Distinguished Service Award

Nelson Li

Congratulations to them all!

Upcoming Events at the Old Franklin School

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Sunday, November 16, 1-4pm
"Looking Back" Transformations Gallery Exhibit Reception

Transformations Gallery at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse is currently an installation of some of the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society's most interesting and beautifully composed images from its archives in an exhibit entitled "Looking Back: unexpected images from the archives."  Most of the photographs come from the Frey-Sen Collection donated to the Society in 2007, and date primarily from the 1950s and early 1960s.  On November 16 there will be a special opportunities to view the exhibit, when the Borough Improvement League co-hosts a special reception with the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society's members and friends .  The reception will include a showing of the ca.1929 "Metuchen Movie" and light refreshments.   All of the high quality prints, custom-mounted in archivally stable frames, are available for sale.
Sunday, November 16, 6pm and 8pm
Doctor Who: A Staged Radio Play Parody & Immersive Themed Party

The Old Franklin Schoolhouse is the fabled police phone box (it's bigger on the inside) and London during the Blitz with staged productions of "The Empty Child" & "The Doctor Dances."   Theatrical lighting, period costumes, vintage commercials, a variety of themed snacks and drinks, an extensive display of Doctor Who memorabilia, a live rendition of "It Had to Be You," and an appearance by a celebrated Eighth Doctor cosplayer/Who historian.  $25 in advance. $35 at the door. $15 for ages 18 and under. Tickets available at Marafiki Fair Trade at 20 New Street in Metuchen, or online (will call). 
Saturday, November 29, 2014, 8pm (doors 7pm, drop offs all Day)
Grateful and Thankful -- Musical Coat Drive With Kül d'Sack!

Kül d'Sack makes their triumphant return to Old Franklin Schoolhouse on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for a special night of classic rock and holiday cheer! If you missed the schoolhouse's Deadfest weekend in 2013, this is your chance to see the band that blew everyone away!  Admission is a "gently used" coat, or even a new coat if you are so inclined, or some canned goods for the Jersey Cares organization.   "Coats and cans" may also be dropped off at the schoolhouse from 12pm onward that day.  For more information about Jersey Cares, visit
Friday, December 5, 2014
Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Eat, Drink, & Buy Art, 6m to 10pm
Saturday, December 7, 2014
Holiday House Tour, 12pm to 5pm

Junie B. Jones This Weekend LAST TWO SHOWS at the Forum

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junie b jones cast lobby.jpgDid you see Junie B. Jones this weekend at the Forum Theatre?  Well, if not, you have TWO MORE CHANCES to see Junie B. and her whacky and adorable friends LIVE ON STAGE.  This weekend - Saturday, November 22 and  Sunday, November 23 - 1:00 pm.  CALL for tickets - 732-548-5600  All seats $15.00 .  Groups of >20 - $12.00.  

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A Letter From Edison Wetlands Association re: Save-a-Friend Program

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Dear Friends and Supporters of the Edison Wetlands Association and Triple C Ranch & Nature Center, 
I am writing to ask for your generosity and support for the Edison Wetlands Association's Save-A-Friend Program. Many of you have visited the Triple C Ranch and have seen first hand the love and care we provide our animal friends. This incredible natural oasis was only possible with the generous support of people who care about the welfare of our vulnerable animal friends.

The Edison Wetlands Association (EWA) founded the Save-A-Friend Program to house and care for discarded animals who are left to die without any consideration for their lives or the intelligence they possess. EWA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and does not receive any government funding. We rely solely on the generosity of our friends and supporters to further our mission. EWA and the Triple C Ranch aims to teach future generations about the ethics of caring for animals and the responsibility involved in purchasing or adopting animals. All donations to the Save-A-Friend program are tax deductible. 

 One of our newest rescued animal friends, Edison (Eddie) the Pot Bellied Pig, steals the hearts of everyone he meets. Eddie has made numerous appearances in the community over the last 12 months. He was featured in the "Mutt's" comic strip, as well as the News 12's "The Pet Stop" program along with our beloved pony, Shorty. 

 You might have also seen Eddie on television in the last few days as he appeared on My9 New Jersey and WNET. Eddie served as a "Spokes Pig" for a rally in Trenton to support the Humane Society's campaign to ban gestation crates, putting a face on the issue of animal cruelty and inhumane treatment of animals. You can check out Eddie's Facebook page to see his recent appearances. 

 Please consider donating to EWA's Save-A-Friend Program. Last year's winter was brutally cold and we need to upgrade our animal adoptees homes. Your support allows us to continue our mission of providing safe and healthy homes to our animal friends. We need to raise $5,000 to continue to provide food, shelter and veterinary care for Eddie and his other animal friends that call the Triple C Ranch and Nature Center home. If we exceed our goal, the Triple C Ranch can rescue more animal friends including two short hair kittens, Oliver Twist and Daisy Mae. 

 We are hosting an event on November 22, 2014 for all those who donate $100 or more to our Save-A-Friend Program. This event includes an exclusive visit with your animal "adoptees," as well as other fun activities. Any donation for the EWA's Save-A-Friend Program is greatly appreciated. Checks can be made out to Edison Wetlands Association or you may donate online by 

 Thank you in advance for your continued support!
Warmest Regards, 

Robert Spiegel 
Executive Director
Edison Wetlands Association 

YMCA Healthy Futures Garden Grant for Schools

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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 732-549-4442 Ext. 4 or email  Temple Emanu-El is located at 100 James Street, Edison.


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.

For parents of K-8 students

Metuchen School District is proud to present... Parenting Children with ADHD

PRESENTER: Cindy Goldrich, Ed. M., ACAC, Life Coach Specializing in ADHD 
PTS Coaching: Creating Pathways to Success

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.

Topics include:

  • 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

The School Counseling Team
Tiffany M. Goodson, Supervisor

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in Metuchen

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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. 

Dr. Spigner said, "We hope by working together with the Mayor and Council we will be able to continue to raise awareness, support patients and their families, and raise funds to find the cure." 

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

Buy A Pie and Support the MHS Music Department!

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AshleyK Salon presents The Esther Project November 14th 630-830pm

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Youth Basketball at the Y - REGISTER NOW

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Check out this link for the candidates' ideas about Metuchen and its future!

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.

Wizard of Menlo Park by Raconteur Radio at Metuchen Library Nov 6

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On Thursday November 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm, Raconteur Radio presents The Wizard of Menlo Park, an "old-time" radio play, at the Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue. In the play, Thomas Alva Edison reflects back upon his long, dynamic career as inventor, scientist, and businessman. Edison opens an "invention factory" at Menlo Park, perfects the phonograph, and with great trial-and-error effort, finally succeeds in inventing a practical electric light.
The Wizard of Menlo Park is a staged radio play, complete with costumes, lighting and sound effects! The show stars Michael Jarmus, Thom Boyer, Laurence Mintz and Alex Dawson. The performance is a family event.  It is FREE and open to adults, teens and tweens. This program is one in a series at the Metuchen Public Library celebrating New Jersey's 350th anniversary.  It is paid for by the Friends of the Metuchen Library.  For more information, write

Earthsongs Finds Inspiration in Alaska

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linda1.jpgHow a Journey to Alaska Helped Create a Sculpture Series with a "Steam Punk" Feel

"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. 

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