May 2015 Archives

Friends of the Library Trip to MOMA - REGISTER NOW

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The Friends of the Metuchen Library is sponsoring a trip to the Museum of Modern Art in New York on Wednesday May 27, cost $55.  Bus leaves at 9am and returns at approximately 5pm. Sign up at the Metuchen Library front desk.  You can check out the awesome Yoko Ono show on NOW (includes some of the pieces she exhibited when she first met John Lennon!)

Junebug Gets Set for First Night June 5th with Arts Galore

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The 8th annual Metuchen Junebug ArtFest kicks off on Friday evening, June 5th from 6:00 - 10:00 pm with an enticing line-up of open air art exhibits, interactive events and live performances throughout the streets downtown Metuchen.Event dates for 2015 are June 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th from 6:00 - 10:00 pm on Main Street.


Community members of all ages are invited to feast their eyes on a spectacular array of arts and crafts in oil, acrylics, watercolors, photography, sculpture, glass, precious stones, and textiles - as well as rock and jazz musicians, dance performances, film screenings and open mic sessions at various locations.


This year's Junebug will feature a renowned chalk artist and window gallery competition:

·         With the help of a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign, the Junebug planning committee was able to invite Anthony Cappetto a renowned sidewalk chalk artist who specializes in the art form of 3D illusionary street painting. He will create a fun, whimsical and interactive piece featuring his version of a Junebug, which will be designed in front of Borough Hall over a 3 - 4 day period for completion and unveiling on Friday June 12th.  

·         Juried Window Gallery Competition - Downtown Metuchen businesses will host a series of storefront window displays showcasing the work of established artists throughout the month of June. Visitors are invited to tour the galleries and vote for "People's Choice," and "Best Designed Exhibit." All voting will be done digitally via the Junebug Mobile App - or, if you are an iPhone user, via the link to the ballot ( Two museum curators will review the exhibits and award a "Best 2-D Artist" and "Best 3-D" Artist. Voting begins opening night and continues through Thursday, June 18. Awards will be announced Friday, June 19.

·         Old Franklin Schoolhouse Shed Mural Three professional artists will paint a large mural on the shed behind the Schoolhouse throughout the month of June. The public is invited to watch them create their larger than life painting incorporating their unique styles and create their own artwork alongside them.


Friday, June 6th - Opening Night Interactive Events:

·         7:00 pm -Junebug Sculpture Unveiling on Main Street in front of the Metuchen Savings Bank; graphic arts educator and illustrator Lauren Rabinowitz (Lauren the Cartoon Goddess) has fabricated this year's sculpture from recycled materials, and it is also interactive (visitors can sit on it!). The annual Junebug sculpture presides over the month-long event, and its unveiling signals the official start of the ArtFest.

·         6:30 - 8:30 pm - Preschool of Rock at Borough Hall (+ sign language interpreter)

·         6:30 - 8:30 pm - Lollipop Land Live Music from The Toscano Family Band

·         6:30 - 8:30 pm - Richard Reiter Drum Circle at the Senior Center

·         6:00 - 9:00 pm - Bringing Art to Life - Join instructors from the Academy of Art of Highland Park as they demonstrate a range of drawing techniques and media . . . with some face painting thrown into the mix

·         6:00 - 8:00 pm Community Preschool Student Art Show @ the Old Franklin Schoolhouse


Friday, June 6th - Opening Night Live Performances:

·         6:00 - 7:00 pm @ Main Stage - Metuchen High School Bands

·         6:00 - 9:00 pm @ Metuchen Public Library - The Write Stuff Writers' Workshop

·         7:00 - 8:00 pm @ Hailey's Harp & Pub - The eMKays - Jazz/Blues/Folk/Rock

·         7:15 - 7:45 pm @ Main Stage - Kinova Alponse - Gospel

·         8:00 - 8:45 pm @ Main Stage - The Rollbacks - Latin/Jazz/Rock

·         9:00 - 9:45 pm @ Main Stage - Foxtrot - Rock/Pop/Grunge 

Richard Hale Memorial YMCA Charity Golf Classic on June 9th

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Greetings Friend,
You are invited to join the Richard Hale Memorial YMCA Charity Golf Classic on June 9, 2015 at the Metuchen Golf and Country Club. As a golfer, sponsor, or both,  you will experience the legacy of Richard "Dick" Hale by supporting the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge and South Amboy's Send a Kid to Camp Scholarship Fund. Dick's tireless efforts as a YMCA champion created a standard of generosity we are committed to steward. The YMCA awards over $80,000 of Financial Assistance each year for deserving families to send their children to summer day camp. Your participation in this golf outing will create a happier, safer summer for many children. 
$250 per Golfer
$1,000 per Foursome

The Richard Hale Memorial YMCA Charity 
Golf Classic Sponsorship Opportunities
Corporate Sponsorship 
Dinner Sponsor 

Sponsor the end of day dinner for all our golfers and other guests. Your sponsorship will include a 5 foot banner recognizing your charitable gift on the day of our golf outing. This sponsorship is fully tax deductible. Sponsorship needs to be taken by June 1 to ensure a banner.

Platinum Sponsor 
Select sponsoring Lunch, Cocktail Hour or Golf Cart 

Sponsor the golfer lunch, the cocktail hour or our golf carts. Your sponsorship will include a 5 foot banner recognizing your charitable gift on the day of our golf outing, golf cart sponsor will have their name on each golf cart. Sponsorship needs to be taken by June 1 to ensure banner.

Gold Sponsor
Course Refreshment Sponsor 

Sponsor the refreshments enjoyed by our golfers on the course. Your sponsorship will include a 5 foot banner on the day of our outing. Sponsorship needs to be taken by June 1 to ensure a banner.

Silver Sponsor
Sponsor various golf games described below or select a hole to set up a display and engage with golfers

Sponsor one or more of our popular golf games: Closest To The Line On Drive Longest Drive (Male and Female) Closest to the Pin Hole in One 

Promotional Table on HoleSponsor a table at the hole of your choice (based upon availability) to display your products and services and engage with golfers. This sponsorship is fully tax deductible. Sponsorship needs to be taken by June 1 to ensure signage.

Your sponsorship will include a 3 foot banner recognizing your charitable gift on the day of our golf outing

Bronze Sponsor
Hole Sponsor or Flag Sponsor 

Hole Sponsor - A sign on the hole with your or your companies name and logo. Sponsorship needs to be taken by June 1 to ensure signage. 

Flag Sponsor- Your name, or your companies name, will be embroidered on a hole flag to fly on the day of the outing. The embroidered flag will be presented to you for display as you like, after golf outing. Sponsorship needs to be taken by May 15 to ensure flag is prepared.


From Metuchen Savings Bank:

Metuchen Savings Bank is pleased to announce that Ronald Severino has recently been hired as the Banks's Vice President/Chief Lending Officer.  Formerly, the Chief Lending Officer with Hilltop Community Bank, Mr. Severino has extensive commercial lending expertise, bringing over 40 years of experience in the banking industry with him.


You can contact Mr. Severino at 732-548-7400 ext. 6311 to discuss your Commercial Real Estate lending needs. For more information about the bank's products and services visit our website at

CNS Presents Student Artwork Show June 5th

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Community Nursery School

supports JuneBug 2015!

On Friday, June 5th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Stop in at the Old Franklin School House

to see art work displayed by many of the

5-year-old students at CNS. The children are pleased

to display their work and can't wait to show it to you!

Nails in the Wall Gallery Presents Love Is A Very May 31st

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Fuce 5K SIGN UP NOW!!!

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Join the Metuchen CSA For Great Produce All Summer Long

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Get 100% certified organic produce, fresh from the farm, every week, at the Metuchen CSA! 
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is one way for consumers to gain access to locally grown food direct from a farmer. CSA members provide the farmer much needed capital at the beginning of the growing season. In return, they receive a share of the harvest each week during the growing season. 

Metuchen CSA works with Circle Brook Farms, which provides produce to a number of other CSAs. How does the Metuchen CSA work? Pickups begin the second Thursday of June at a member's home. The share consists of vegetables, herbs and sometimes fruit. The pickups continue for about 24 weeks, until Thanksgiving. There is also a small site fee ($5-10) for supplies at the pickup site, and each member is expected to volunteer to help setup or clean up 3 times during the season. What kind of produce will I get? Types of vegetables vary from week to week, depending on the season, success of the particular crop and the weather. 

Please see Farmer's Letter at for more information.

Arts Council Presents Art in the Garden Tour June 7th

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The Metuchen Arts Council is pleased to announce the third annual Art in the Garden Tour will be held on Sunday, June 7th, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  During the self-guided tour of five residential gardens in Metuchen, visitors can enjoy live music, visual art and some extraordinary local gardens at the peak of early summer bloom. 

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 at the following Metuchen location: Marafiki Fair Trade on New Street; The Brass Lantern on Main Street in downtown Metuchen; Gardenias Floral on the corner of Main Street and Amboy Avenue; and the Metuchen Arts and Recreation Office at Borough Hall, corner of Main and Middlesex Avenue. 

On the June 7th, the day of the event, tickets for the Art in the Garden Tour will be on sale for $25 at Borough Hall, where the tour will begin at 1:00 p.m.

The Art in the Garden Tour is sponsored by the Metuchen Arts Council.  All proceeds from this event will benefit arts programing in Metuchen. For more information, contact Nancy Goldberg at (732) 632-8502 or


Here is a plea from the Write Stuff Writers Workshop: It is time to shoot all student films for the presentation at Junebug on June 5th this year and the following props are desperately needed. If you have any of these items and could donate them for ONE DAY, that would be great! Contact Jana at with your name and donation and email. Thanks! All items will be returned cleaned and fresh!

WE NEED: PRESCHOOL AGE COSTUMES: LaLa (yellow Teletubbie), ALL SUPERHEROS (with or without masks) and princess dresses.

WE ALSO NEED GRADUATION GOWNS for teen actors and colored wigs (thmk Nicki Minaj). 

Thanks for your attention to this!

Mickey Waring Exhibit at Rotunda Saturday May 17th

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WHAT: Artist Reception for Mickey Waring's collage exhibit titled "Bits and Pieces." With live music, readings and refreshments
WHEN: Sunday, May 17th, 2015
TIME: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.; (Reading at 2:00 p.m.)
WHERE: The Rotunda Gallery, Metuchen Borough Hall, corner of Main Street and Middlesex Avenue (Rte 27), Metuchen, NJ
PRESENTER: The Metuchen Arts Council
CONTACT: Nancy Goldberg, (732)632-8502/

Job Seekers Workshop at Library June 2nd

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Job Seekers Workshop will be offered at Metuchen Public Library on June 2, 201510:30 AM-12:30 PM.
Metuchen Public Library will host job seekers workshop on Tuesday, June 2, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM. The workshop will be presented by One-Stop Career Center from Middlesex County Workforce Investment Board.  It will provide information, and tips on resume writing, interview skills and what employers expect on the current and future job market.  The One-Stop Career Centers throughout the state of New Jersey provide free services to any unemployed resident who is seeking employment or someone who is seeking a career change or to upgrade their current skills. The workshop is open to all. Please call Metuchen Public Library to register, (732) 632-8526. 

Habitat for Humanity Car Wash SATURDAY

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Silver Award Girl Scout Film about Pit Bulls HERE

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Marina Jones of Edgar School created this film for her Silver Award for Girl Scouts. Here it is in its entirety. Congratulations to her for such excellent work!

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