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Meet the Candidates for Board of Education October 1st

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THE TRUE COST to be screened by Marafiki at Library October 4

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Marafiki Fair Trade is proud to present The True Cost - a feature length documentary film that explores the impact of fashion on people and the planet. It's a story about clothing, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? 

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world's leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.  If you are interested in fashion, social justice and/or the environment, this film is for you.

The movie will be screened at the Metuchen Public Library on Sunday October 4, 2015 at 2pm.  The Library is located at 480 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen, NJ.  Tickets are limited and available at Marafiki Fair Trade, 20 New Street, Metuchen, NJ. The suggested donation is $3 per ticket or 2 for $5, because you should really bring a friend! 

Questions?  Call 732-261-9026 or email us at  Check out the event page on Facebook at

Special Cooking Demos at Farmers Market TODAY

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Please join Chef Brett Smith of Metuchen-based Novitá Bistro & Lounge and Metuchen Farmers Market's Christine von der Linn of "Vegging Out with Christine" for "Make Your Own Vinaigrette," an interactive culinary event.

Why make your own vinaigrette? Read the labels. Bottled salad dressing, while convenient, can be expensive and is often full of salt, sugar, trans fats and chemical additives. Making your own is simple, less expensive and healthier - especially if farm fresh, health-promoting ingredients are used.

Smith and von der Linn will provide recipes, hands-on help and advice with making vinaigrettes, as well as meat marinades and pickle brines, using seasonal, fresh ingredients provided by Metuchen Farmers Market Farmers.

The first 48 participants will be able to take home their creations in a branded glass container.

BEATS IN THE BOROUGH Competition Supports MHS Music Program TOMORROW

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The Pride of Metuchen Marching Band hosts "Beats in the Borough" Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 1 to 4pm.  Seven High School Marching Bands from around the Garden State will perform at Metuchen High School. This is the first Tournament of Bands Outdoor Competition hosted by the MHS Marching Band. There'll be plenty of food, vendors, great music, and outstanding competition. All are invited to cheer on the Marching Bands and enjoy the always entertaining field shows.  Admission is $10,  $7 for senior citizens and students under 18, children 5 and under free.

TOB, Tournament of Bands, is one of the largest competitive band organizations in the country.  The Metuchen High School Marching Band under the direction of John Messenger is composed of 83 dedicated students who perform every weekend throughout the fall. The competition is hosted with the assistance of the Metuchen Band & Music Parents Organization and will benefit the Metuchen music program.

On Monday, Sept 28 at 7:30pm., Dr. Michael Catalanello and Dr. Margaret Head of Comprehensive Health Physical Rehab and Chiropractic Center of Metuchen will present a FREE seminar given by Doctors of Chiropractic and Physical Therapy. Let us help you safely and effectively achieve good health and optimal weight!

Exercising but not losing weight?

Dieting and not seeing any results?

Suffering from achy joints or chronic neck and back pain?

If you are asking yourself any of these questions then we have answers

for you!

You are not alone. Statistics show that most people struggle with exercise and nutrition on their own. Only about 20% of people sustain long term weight loss successfully, 95% of diets fail, 92% of people are unable to achieve their fitness resolutions each year, and more than 60% of gym-goers cannot maintain their workout plan for more than 3 months. Diet, exercise, and proper nutrition are not always a one size-fits-all formula. Each person has their own individual requirements based on several different factors including size and gender, genetics, vitamin needs, medical history and more.

LOLA sponsors Swim Fundraiser in Honor of Matt Rein Sept 13

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Preschool of Rock Opens New Class in Metuchen 2015 Fall

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Jazzfest 2015 in Metuchen Saturday Sept 19

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Metuchen celebrates the coming of fall with its annual Jazz Fest on Saturday, September 19th.  In addition, one of Metuchen's fine art galleries will host an opening reception for a major show.  Also on September 19th, the autumn installment of the Schoolhouse Songwriters' Series will take place at the historic Old Franklin School. 

An exhibit, EarthAirFireWater: Elements/Sacraments, will mark the beginning of the fall exhibition season at Nails in the Wall, the Gallery @ St. Luke's at 17 Oak Avenue in Metuchen.   The environmental themed exhibition features 50 pieces of work by 29 artists, both local and from across the country. The public is invited to the reception from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Several of the artists will be in attendance to discuss their work.  Actress Janet Aspinwall will perform a dramatic monologue as the New Testament "Women at the Well."  For information about the EarthAir/FireWater exhibit at Nails in the Wall Gallery @ St. Luke's, contact Linda Vonderschmidt-LaStella at 732-906-4137. 

At 3:00 p.m. the Metuchen Arts Council presents their annual, free, outdoor Jazzfest concert featuring the Carrie Jackson and The Jazzin Allstars and The Derrick Baker Group in the Plaza in front of Metuchen Borough Hall on the corner of Main Street and Middlesex Avenue (Route 27).  The plaza provides a lovely, intimate, outdoor venue to showcase these talented New Jersey musicians.

Jazzfest takes place at 3:00 p.m. on September 19th .  The public is invited to bring lawn chairs or simply relax on the bench seating that rings the plaza.  There is plenty of room to dance, so bring your dancing shoes.  In case of rain, the program will move indoors to the Metuchen Senior Center on the corner of New and Center Streets.

For more information about Metuchen Jazzfest and the Schoolhouse Songwriters Series contact Nancy Goldberg at (732)632-8502 or at   For information about the EarthAirFireWater: Elements/Sacraments exhibit at Nails in the Wall Gallery, contact Linda Vonderschmidt-LaStella at 732-906-4137. 

Rally Day Sunday School Kickoff September 13 First Presbyterian

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