January 2015 Archives

Clicks & Bricks Releases Winter Schedule -- Check it out here!

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4:00-5:30 (90 min) Carnival (should have some experience in robotics or have taken Amazing Animals Ages 7-10

7:00 - 8:30(90 min) We Do Workshop Builders at different levels will learn about strong builds, sensors, gears, and programming.
Ages 7 - 14

5:00 - 6:30 (90 min)Powerful Machines. This class is for the child who just Loves to build. This class takes the next step in building and teaches how to build complicated, strong machines that actually perform a real life job. Builders will be encourage to modify, improve and invent new machines. Ages 8-14

3:00 - 4:00 (60 mins) Advanced Early Builders: This class is for the young builder who has taken our Basic Builders class or has some knowledge of following directions and and building a strong build. Ages 4 -6

4:30 - 6:00( 90 min) Amazing Animals This class teaches the basics of building, programing, working with sensors and gears and being able to present their project to the class. 6-11

5:00 - 7:00 (2 hr.) Advanced Robotics: Using Lego Mindstorm materials, the advanced builder will build robotic animals, people and machines. Projects may take one/ two or three weeks to complete. This class is for the serious, mature builder who has had a lot of experience with Legos and robotics. Ages: 9 - 14

4:00- 5:00 (60 mins) Early Beginner Builders: Each week using duplo bricks, young builders will create a boat, hockey player, spinning top and three other projects. During the process they will learn about how gears make things move and how to make a strong build. Ages 4-5

5:00 - 6:30 (90 min) We DO Challenge: Each week builders will be given a project to build with minimal direction and certain criteria. This class is for builders who have taken Amazing animals AND Carnival. Students will be planning, designing and building a new build each week. Ages 9 -14

10:30 - 12:00 (90 min) Amazing Animals: This class teaches the basics of building, programing, working with sensors and gears and being able to present their project to the class. Ages 6-11

10:00 - 12:00 ( 60 mins.) Advanced Robotics: Using Lego Mindstorms materials, the advanced builder will build robotic animals, people and machines. Projects may take one, two or three weeks to complete. This class is for the serious, mature builder who has had a lot of experience with Legos and robotics. Ages: 9 - 14

Classes that are 60 mins cost $100, 90 mins cost $160, and 2 hour classes are $200 for 6 weeks.

School Board Decision Made by County

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school.gifThe County Superintendent decided who would lead the Metuchen school board and gave the town a little warning about organization and management, which seems to have gone awry.
Check out the details here.

Senior Announcements HERE

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February 2015 Seniors Newsletter


February 2015 Seniors Calendar


AARP Income Tax Preparation Tues & Thurs only beginning Feb. 3


Parkinson's Support Group, Wednesday, February 11

TAB Presents A Blind Date with a Book at the LIbrary This February

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Neve Shalom Presents Nursery School Program February 1st

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Come join us for "Tu B'Shvat & Me!" on Sunday, February 1st from 2:30 - 4:00 pm at Neve Shalom Nursery School, 250 Grove Avenue in Metuchen.  Come celebrate the Birthday of the Trees!  An exciting hands-on program for children ages 2 - 6 years old and their families exploring the meaning of Tu B'Shvat!  There will be storytelling, planting, creating artwork, a cooking activity, and lots of singing and dancing... it's absolutely free and we look forward to seeing you there!

Please RSVP by Friday, January 30th to Martha Mack nurseryschool@neveshalom.net or (732) 548-2238 ext 17.

Congregation Neve Shalom Presents Lecture and Movies in February

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Congregation Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Avenue, Metuchen, NJ is featuring Danny Siegel:  Mitzvah Man on Tuesday, February 3 at 7 p.m.  This is a Barry Miller Fund Lecture and is open for teens and parents.  This event is co-sponsored with grants from Jewish Federaton of Greater Middlesex County.


Congregaton Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Avenue, Metuchen, NJ presents Hava Nagila (The Movie) on Wednesday, February 4 at 7 p.m.  This is a documentary romp through history, mystery and meaning of the great Jewish standard.  There are interviews with Harry Belefonte, Leonard Nimoy and performances by Connie Francis, Glen Campbell and many others.  Filled with fun and entertainment, it also taps into the power of music and the spirit of a people.  75 minutes, in English.


This program is free if you register for the Winter Semester.  Any individual film is $5 or $15 for the series.  For more information please contact Hazzan Levin at 732-548-2238, Ext. 14 or hazzan@NeveShalom.net.



Metuchen Film Students Gain Entry to Garden State Film Fest

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GSFF15.jpgAn original short dramatic film by Metuchen film students who attend the Write Stuff Writers Workshop has been selected for the Garden State Film Festival, to run in Atlantic City March 19-22, 2015. The entry is titled LUCY.

Metuchen High School freshman Molly Babos wrote the script for LUCY and stars with Metuchen High School sophomore Sandy Fairclough. The short film was directed by Metuchen High freshman Ada Nelson and edited by Edgar School 8th Grader Julia Memory. Additional members of the Write Stuff Writers Workshop and local teen actors also played supporting roles in the film, notably Geneva Lawson, an Edgar 8th grader. Sebastian Zuniga, who was Aladdin in Edgar's production of the musical ALADDIN JR. last spring rounded out the main cast. The script was workshopped in the Thursday class of the WSWW throughout the year. The film was shot in Metuchen locations.

The Write Stuff Writers Workshop is headed by local writer/filmmaker Jana Sicliano who runs workshops and private classes in academic writing, creative writing and filmmaking in Metuchen. For more information on tutoring, classes or other questions, please contact the program at thewritestuffwc@gmail.com. Check out the trailer here for their showcase from last year's Junebug Arts Festival: 

If you would like more information about the film festival or would like to buy tickets to any of their premiere events, please use this link. http://www.gsff.org/

Nails in the Wall Gallery Show Opening TODAY January 24 2-5PM

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Nails in the Wall, the Metuchen art gallery sponsored by St. Luke's Episcopal Church (17 Oak Ave. in Metuchen), will begin its 2015 Season Saturday, January 24, 2-5pm, with REVELATION / REVOLUTION.  This exhibit will include work from nearly twenty artists both from around the U.S. as well as outside the country, with art that focuses on the power of God's Word.  

The exhibit, which includes painting, photography, mixed-media and free standing sculpture, runs from January 24 through May 31, 2015 

Revelation / Revolution brings together art work reflective of the three great Faiths, those referred to as the "People of the Book", Christians, Jews and Muslims, and the way each of their respective Scriptures (Revelation) call them to an interior change, a change of heart; that is, an interior "Revolution." 

Additionally, Revelation/Revolution also includes the work of:  South Orange collage artist Luis Alves; mixed-media artist Lauren Curtis, Somerset, NJ; Andrea D'Allesandro, photographer, Elizabeth, NJ; Sally Dill, mixed-media artist, NY,NY; Robert Eustace, mixed-media artist, Meadville, PA; Geraldine Fiskus, painter, Santa Fe, NM; Dwight Harris, photographer, Lambertville, NJ; Jennifer Moses, Montclair, NJ mixed-media artist; Nancy Ori, photographer, Berkeley Heights, NJ; painter Edward Ruggieri and sculptor Lisa Westheimer, both of West Orange, NJ; NJ Sculptor Susanne Davis; Michael Sweeney, sculptor, Middletown, CT; and David Teich, mixed-media, Roosevelt, NJ. 

For additional information about the gallery itself, view previous exhibits and see what's happening later in the year, visit


The Gallery is open every day:  M-F 9am-2pm, Sat. 4-6pm, Sun.11am-1pm.  For additional information, contact Gallery Director Linda LaStella 732.322.6512 / EarthsongsCeramicStudio@gmail.com. 

Support the MHS Band & Music Department January 24th

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MHS TRICKY TRAY.jpgThis week the Pride of Metuchen Band had the opportunity to play with the Wagner College Pep Band for a Wagner College Men's Basketball game.  The game was shown on ESPN 3 that evening.  The students had an incredible performance and a fantastic time playing with the members of the Wagner Band and their director Mr. Jose Diaz.  They are looking forward to playing again at the college!

Upcoming at the Old Franklin School This February

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Happy 2015 from the Old Franklin Schoolhouse! 

There are already some great events cooking at the Schoolhouse in January and February, so come on down!! Here's what's coming up: 

Saturday, January 17, 8 pm
Raconteur Ventures presents: Twin Peaks

This January, the Old Franklin Road-er-School House becomes The Great Northern Hotel, Big Ed's Gas Farm, and the Double R Diner. Don't miss our uniquely immersive interpretation of TWIN PEAKS !  There'll be plenty of CHERRY PIE and damn good COFFEE, and of course, "it goes without saying, Harry, JELLY DONUTS." Plus, Black Yukon Sucker Punches!  The cast includes Laurence Mintz, Michael Jarmus, Danielle Illario, and Jeff Maschi.  Jazz vocalist Danielle Illario will also sing the Twin Peaks theme song, Falling, LIVE!   $25.00 (advance); $35 (at door, if available). For advance tickets, click here

Sunday, January 18, 4 pm
Family Arts of Metuchen's Snowflake Series: Featuring Danny Adlerman & Friends

Danny Adlerman and friends perform in the first children's concert of the Snowflake Series 2015. Tickets at the door, $4 per person. Brought to you by Family Arts of Metuchen, the Borough Improvement League, the Metuchen Arts Council, Satori Academy of Martial Arts NJ and the Busch Law Group. For more information, visit http://familyartsofmetuchen.org/

Saturday, February 7, 8 pm
The Schoolhouse Songwriter Series

Metuchen's own singer-songwriter, Sharon Goldman, hosts this quarterly intimate, candlelit music series sponsored by the Metuchen Arts Council. Sharon invites three top local and regional singer-songwriters to join her in a round-robin performance (each performer sings an original tune and then passes to the next). This month, the guest artists are two super-talented local Metuchen favorites, Bruce Donnola and Renee Maskin, as well as one of Brooklyn's smartest and funniest folk-pop performers, Mark Allen Berube. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children under 12. Refreshments included, BYOB. 

Coming up: 
Brainy Borough Chili Challenge - 4
th Annual - February 21
Snowflake Series: Featuring Fuzzy Lemons - February 22
Schoolhouse Songwriter Series: Featuring Martin Swinger, Sarah Donner and TBD -- March 28

Snowflake Series: Featuring Martin Swinger - March 29
High Tea - Coming in May!

Campbell School National Math Contest Winners Announced

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Third and fourth grade students at Campbell Elementary School participated in the Noetic Learning National Math Contest during the fall. Upon completion of the contest, the following students were identified as National Honor Roll Honorees: Alysa Tay, Erin Hart, Ryan Timko, Emily Lan, Julian Dutemple, Alexandra Lipshutz, and Raghav Potdar. Julian Dutemple and Emily Lan were also honored as the recipients of the Team Winner Awards. We are very proud of our young mathematicians!

Students pictured: Ryan Timko, Alysa Tay, Erin Hart, Emily Lan, Julian Dutemple, Raghav Potdar, and Alexandra Lipshutz.

Library Book Club Social Event January 22nd

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Support Brian Tobin's Polar Bear Plunge for Down Syndrome Kids

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Brian Tobin in Metuchen is about to take the Polar Bear Plunge on behalf of his nephew Colin. Check out the info here and donate if you want to help!

"Welcome to my annual fundraising campaign for the Special Olympics.  It means that I cared enough to save your email and beg, beg, beg, for your support!  

As you may or may not know, my adorable little nephew has Down Syndrome. In honor of Colin, I am once again taking part in the 2015 Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, February 21, 2015.  

If I can reach an aggressive goal of $10,000, a team of friends and I will jump into the frigid cold Atlantic Ocean in SMURF COSTUMES!!!


If I raise the following amounts, I will wear a fun "get up."

·  For $5000, I will wear a funny Halloween costume that is simple yet dopey.

·  For $10,000, my friends and I will wear SMURF COSTUMES!  We will be sure to theme them up, but I can assure you that I will be vying for Brainy Smurf. 

As always, every contribution is awesome, but let's see if we can get up to $10,000 this year!  For those of you that own businesses, it's VERY acceptable to donate both personally and through your business. And, for those of you who can take advantage of matching-gifts programs: (1) Awesome! and (2) Please let me know if you plan to submit a matching gift, so I can keep better track of my fundraising.


I have some extra Polar Bear Plunge items to share with a few lucky donors! For every $25 that you contribute, your name will go into a hat and will be eligible for the drawing, which will take place soon after the plunge.


To further encourage you to donate, let me give you some awesome reasons!

1. Colin -- Attached, you will find a picture of Colin starting his race at his third Special Olympics last summer.  That is Chris - his father - taking his picture.  Man, does Colin look committed!  He was part of the Young Athletes Program.  He was SUPER proud of himself, and he should have been.


2.  The above dated but informative video about Colin and my brother and his family should show you just how awesome it all is.  

3.  All funds raised through the Polar Bear Plunge help to advance the goal of Special Olympics New Jersey, to provide free year-round training and competition in 24 Olympic-type sports to more than 21,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

4. To make me look sillier and sillier... and win prizes.

HOW TO MAKE A DONATION . . .  see next page for links

Rec Commission Presents Mother-Son Bowling Annual Event

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Help out Metuchen's Swim Team With Your Old Clothes

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Affordable Care Act Information Seminar Tuesday Jan 13 at Library

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Metuchen Public Library will host two more workshops of the Affordable Care Act Information Seminar and Enrollment on Tuesday,  January 13, 2015 from 1:00 PM-5:00 PM and Monday, February 9, from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, respectively. Registration is required. Please call the Library at 732-632-8626.

There will be a presentation about the Affordable Care Act followed by Enrollment provided by SRA International.
For the enrollment or getting help to shop the Health Insurance Marketplace, please bring the following information:
  • Social Security Numbers for all household members (and any immigration documents)
  • Employer and income information or every member of your household (e.g. from pay stubs or W-2 forms - wage and tax statements)
  • Current health insurance plan information for everyone in the household

Public Speaking Seminar at LIbrary January 24th

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On Saturday January 24, 2015 from 1 pm until 2:30 pm, the Metuchen Public Library (480 Middlesex Avenue) will host Speak Up! Public Speaking Fun, a free workshop for Metuchen residents in grades 8-12. Have you ever felt shaky doing a presentation? Terrified of a job interview? Do you want to hone your skills for college? Then this class is for you. Through games, fun activities and short exercises, you will increase your confidence and your ability to speak in front of an audience. You will receive gentle yet constructive feedback and tips on how to refine your public speaking expertise. This workshop is led by Catherine LaMoreaux, a teacher with years of experience teaching public speaking and theatre in high school. Speak Up! will be an enjoyable, educational, practical class for teens that will change how you look at making presentations. Space is limited; write KLiss@Lmxac.org to sign up.

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