July 2015 Archives


The annual MMP Swim 4 A Cure for Swim Across America will be held on Sunday, August 2nd from 7:00 am - 10:30 am at the Metuchen Municipal Pool.
This year's swim is open to the community and you are invited join the MMP Swim & Dive team in their annual fundraiser for cancer research.
Registration is free and all participants are required to register beforehand. Registered participants will receive a swim cap. Raise $100 or more to receive a t-shirt
To register, go to http://swimacrossamerica.org/metuchen. Registration will close on Friday July 31st or once we reach 200 participants.
Feel free to form a team - join a team - or swim on your own...All are welcome!

Metuchen Municipal Pool Swim

Open House at the Library August 1st (THIS SATURDAY!)

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Tax Increase of $95 Approved by Council

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Check out the details in this article from The Sentinel --


Upcoming Events at the Old Franklin School -- #RomansGotThis

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Rockin' for Roman Special Open Mic
Friday, July 31 7 pm

Roman Taggart is an artist, musician and beloved member of the Metuchen community. He was severely injured in a hit-and-run accident on Route 1 in Edison a few weeks ago and many in town are working to help him defray his resulting huge financial burdens. Danny Adlerman hosts this Special Edition Open Mic Night in honor of Roman's recovery. Arrive early at 6pm to sign up to play or just come and enjoy the music. This event always brings out some major talent and the Schoolhouse rocks (pun intended). If you've never been, you won't be disappointed. BYOB 
Finale Concert of the Sunflower Family Music Series: Featuring Mr. Ray
Wednesday, August 5, 6:15 pm
Cost: $4 at the door. 

Don't miss the last concert for our summer concert series-mr. RAY performing at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse (rain location inside). mr. RAY (Ray Andersen) is one of a new breed of artists under the genre name of kindie (kid + indie) music. mr. RAY was a top-10 best-selling kids' artist according to Billboard Magazine in 2013 and 2014. 

Roman's Got This Fundraiser
Saturday, August 8, 1 pm - 
Cost: Free, Donations greatly appreciated

A full day and night of live entertainment to benefit Roman Taggart's recovery fund. Hear music from some of the most talented performers around, sample food from local restaurants like Hailey's Harp & PubCivile Cucina Italiana, Cafe Vaaza, To Be Continued... Bookstore, Boutique & CafĂ© and more. No cover charge but DONATIONS of any amount are ENCOURAGED and appreciated. LIneup includes: Mike PorrinoBrittney DixonLeander GalimbaAlejandro AtaucusiAsecnir ChBryan Bernard HansenGlenn Garr Steve Beal Matthew Telliho and Renee Maskin. Doors open at 12 pm, last act takes the stage at 9 pm.

Register Now for Preschool of Rock Fall Classes

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Neve Shalom Nursery School invites you to attend a Sing-a-Long Ice Cream Party! at  "What's the Scoop", 410 Main Street, Metuchen NJ on Sunday, August 16th from 3 - 4 pm.  Come join us in singing some of your favorite songs led by Mrs Mack, topped off with a yummy "make your own" ice cream sundae!

Please RSVP to Martha Mack at either 732-548-2238 ext 17 or nurseryschool@neveshalom.net  at your earliest convenience.  There is limited space, we can accommodate up to 25 children and their families....we look forward to seeing you there!

August 4th National Night Out for Metuchen

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METUCHEN ROCKS! Performances Every Thursday Night in August

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Get your lawn chairs and picnic baskets ready.  METUCHEN ROCKS!, Metuchen's outdoor Summer Concerts Series gets underway in August with a very exciting line up of some of the best New Jersey bands.  The free concerts take place every Thursday night in August at 7:30 p.m. on the Metuchen Summer Stage located on the corner of New and Center Streets in downtown Metuchen. 

Scheduled to appear are: Big Nancy and The Supreme Court on August 6th; Gripweed on August 13th; The Spider Monkeys on August 20th; and King Django on August 27th

On August 6th, Metuchen welcomes back the incomparable Big Nancy and The Supreme Court (http://www.bignancy.com).  This hard-hitting Blues, Funk and R&B ensemble features the vocals of Ms. Yolanda Briggs.   Her soulful renderings of R&B classics make her the undisputed Queen the NJ blues scene.  Sitting on "the Court" with Ms. Briggs will be guitarists Moon Reubin and Tony Scardaci; drummer, Ron Howden (from Nektar); bassist Dave Carta; saxophonist Dave Homan; and the big Blues harp sound of Nancy Swarbrick.   "Big Nancy" is a world-class blues harmonica player who has appeared with many of blues and rock greats including Willie Dixon, Pinetop Perkins, Clarence Clemons, Levon Helm and David Johansen.

On August 13th, one of New Jersey's most lauded indie bands The Gripweeds (http://www.gripweeds.com)come to town on the cusp of the release of their acclaimed latest album, How I Won The War.  The Grip Weeds incorporate many different styles of original material, from Psychedelic and Garage Rock to Folk-based ballads and thought-provoking social commentary.   Family ties are strong in The Grip Weeds, as singer/drummer Kurt Reil is joined by his wife Kristin Pinell and brother Rick Reil, both singer/ guitarists.  The newest member is bassist Dave DeSantis, who's held down bass duties for a number of top New Jersey bands.  

On August 20th, Metuchen's own Spider Monkeys take the Summer Stage.  The Spidermonkeys specialize in Classic Rock, R&B and Blues.  The band has been a favorite in clubs throughout central New Jersey and beyond since 2000.  It is powered by Jimmy Toscano's vocals and rhythm guitar and Zack Leffand's lead guitar playing.  Both musicians hail from Metuchen, NJ.  Drummer Steve O'Neil, from Edison, has played with several bands including the Shawn Mars Trio, and is one of the areas most respected sound engineers.  Bass player Greg Molyneux, from Round Valley, NJ, is a long time veteran of the New Jersey music scene and is also a member of the bluegrass/country/rock band the Rodeo Gypsies

The concert series closes on August 27th with the legendary King Django (http://www.kingdjango.com/shows.php) and a band he will put together for the occasion.   Django was one of the pioneers of the New York Ska and Reggae scene.  He has made his name internationally as a bandleader, singer, songwriter, arranger, instrumentalist producer, studio engineer and label owner (Stubborn Records).  He achieved mainstream recognition as the founder and leader of traditional Ska super group Stubborn All-Stars.  Django has continually built on his reputation as one of the most influential and driving forces of Jamaican-inspired music in America and throughout the world.

The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday night in August and take place on the Metuchen Summer Stage located on the corner of New and Center Streets in downtown Metuchen.

There is plenty of free parking.  In the event of rain, the concerts will be held in the Metuchen Senior Center at the same location. 

This free concert series is sponsored by the Metuchen Arts Council and Metuchen Recreation with generous support from the Metuchen Savings Bank.  It is also funded in part by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholder, Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission, with assistance through a grant provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Dept. of State.

For more information about the Metuchen Rocks! Concerts contact Nancy Goldberg at (732)632-8502 or visit the Metuchen Arts Council on Facebook.  For a full calendar of summer arts programs in Metuchen, log onto www.boroughimprovementleague.org

Open House at Library August 1st

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Metuchen Public Library will host an Open House: Discover, Learn and Explore, on Saturday, August 1st, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Library Open House will showcase the value of your library card, and live demos of various e-resources and electronic databases, show you how to get the most value out of your library card, both at home and in the Library. If you don't have a Metuchen Library Card, it's the best time to sign up now. 
Open House schedules:
1:00-2:00 Special presentations: Friends of the Metuchen Library, Library Gallery and Metuchen Makery
1:15-2:15 Demo: Library Online Catalog, Hoopla, eLibraryNJ, Mango
2:20 Raffle drawing for prizes
2:30-3:30 Demo: IndiFlix, Zinio, Infobase Learning, LearningExpress Library
3:30-4:00 Hands-on & Q&A
4:00 Raffle drawing for prizes
You are cordially invited to the first-ever Library Open House event at the Metuchen Public Library. Light refreshments will be served.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Library at 732-632-8526.

Support the Cat/Canine Carnival at Edgar July 29th

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Support Local Arist After Recent Accident

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On Sunday, July 5, Roman Stefaniw was struck by a car while riding his bicycle. All funds gathered by the Borough Improvement League of Metuchen, a 501c3 tax-exempt non-profit charity, will go towards his medical expenses and rehabilitation. Checks can be made out to the "BIL" or "Borough Improvement League" and mailed to PO Box 174, Metuchen, NJ 08840.

Check out this link to help out: https://squareup.com/market/borough-improvement-league/special-donation-romansgotthis

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Edgar Middle School Wins Healthy Futures Initiative Award

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Shortly before the end of the school year, school staff and leaders, families and community members joined students in the courtyard at Edgar Middle School in Metuchen for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the unveiling of their new greenhouse and garden. Representatives from the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge and South Amboy celebrated alongside the students who built both the garden and greenhouse with grant funds provided by the YMCA. Edgar Middle School was one of thirteen area public schools that received grants this spring through the YMCA's Healthy Futures Initiative, which is funded through the Stop & Shop Family Foundation. The program is focused on building awareness for children and their families about the benefits of healthy nutrition and physical activity.

Schools received up to $2,000 to support a variety of school garden projects including installation of new vegetable and flower gardens, upgrades and improvements to existing gardens, greenhouse projects and school beautification projects. Build with Purpose, a Metuchen nonprofit, worked with the YMCA to implement the program. "The YMCA grant gave us invaluable support so that we could provide students with hands-on, experiential service-learning STEM projects that engage students in learning not only science content, nutrition, the scientific method and design thinking, but also in physical activity and opportunities to work collaboratively towards common, community service-based activities at school, after-school and during lunch." said Rick Cohen, Assistant Superintendent of Metuchen Public Schools. "The grant funds are a gift that will keep on giving as the garden and greenhouse will continue to provide experiential learning experiences and healthy foods that will serve our students for years to come."

"The students did a wonderful job on the greenhouse and garden," said Rose Cushing, YMCA District Executive Director. "We are thrilled to be able to see theimpact and end result that our grants are having on students and our schools." For more information contact Rose Cushing, District Executive Director, Child Care, YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy at 732-516-9200 extension 1109 or at Rose.Cushing@ymcaofmewsa.org.

BIL Events for July and August - Schedule HERE

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Schoolhouse Songwriter Series: A Duo of Duos! 
Saturday, July 18, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm, come early for best cafe seats!)

The summer edition of the popular SCHOOLHOUSE SONGWRITER SERIES, hosted by Metuchen-based singer-songwriter Sharon Goldman, will feature two amazing duos: The father-son blues stylings of Philly-based BEAUCOUP BLUE and the folk-pop fabulousness of husband-wife combo FRICTION FARM (all the way from their home base in South Carolina!). Join us for an intimate, candlelit evening of music, sponsored by the Metuchen Arts Council! Includes refreshments, BYOB. $10 at the door ($5 kids under 12).  

Family Arts of Metuchen's Sunflower Series: Play Date!
Wednesday, July 22 at at 6:15pm

What in the world is that, way up in the sky? A Bird? A Plane? A Unicorn? A Unicorn-Pegasus! No... It's Play Date! Soaring through time and space to win the hearts of kids, parents and magical creatures everywhere! Play Date is an award-winning kindie music band that consists of husband-and-wife duo Greg Attonito, lead vocals and founding member of punk rock legends, The Bouncing Souls (1989-Present) and singer/songwriter Shanti Wintergate. Tickets sold at the gate, $4 per person. Bring a picnic and come join us for music and fun!

Scrapbooking is back!  
Weekend Adult Scrap - July 24 & 25

Join us on Friday, July 24th from 5 pm - 11 pm and/or Saturday, July 25th from 10 am - 9 pm.  Bring your projects to work on (some supplies will be available for purchase).  Cost is $5 for BIL members and $10 for non-members per day.  Feel free to bring a snack to share.  RSVP to Clare at scrapbooking@boroughimprovementleague.org or 732.635.0860.

Scrapbooking Camp for Kids! July 27 through 31
Scrapbooking Camp for children ages 6-16.  Date: July 27 - 31 from 9 am - 12 pm each day.  Cost: $95.  To register, contact Clare at 732.635.0860 or scrapbooking@boroughimprovementleague.org.

Rockin' for Roman Open Mic Night
Friday, July 31 from 7pm to 10pm

Danny Adlerman hosts this Special Edition Open Mic Night to support friend and artist Roman Taggart's recovery.Arrive early at 6pm to sign up to play or just come and enjoy the music. This event always brings out some major talent. . If you've never been, you won't be disappointed. BYOB #RomansGot This

Eagle Scout Fundraiser Event for Old Franklin School

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Happy Fourth of July, Metuchen!

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June 24

Yosi & Johnny
Meet Eugene!


July 8

Preschool of Rock


July 22

Play Date


Aug. 5

mr. Ray


All concerts at 6:15pm 
$4 at the door.

Picnics welcome! Rain location inside the schoolhouse

July 15th Credit Workshop at Metuchen Savings Bank

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