December 2015 Archives

Rose Cushing Now Officially President & CEO of YMCA

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Rose Cushing, formerly interim CEO at the YMCA, will succeed Scott Lewis, who announced he has accepted the position as President and CEO of YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids.

Cushing currently serves as the District Executive Director of Child Care of the YMCA of MEWSA, where she directs the day-to-day operations of 15 early education and school age child care programs serving more than 900 children daily. Bruce Peragallo, YMCA of MEWSA Chair of the Board of Directors said "Rose's appointment to the interim position was a natural choice for our YMCA Board of Directors. We believe that transferring Rose to the role of interim CEO brings the most stability and consistency to the YMCA. Having worked for our YMCA for 26 years Rose has been an integral part of the Y's expansion from a $900,000 single branch operation in 1988 to its current scope of service to Greater Middlesex County with programs in Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge, South Amboy, Piscataway and Perth Amboy with a budget of over $14million. We are certain that Rose will bring a new, exciting vision to the YMCA's upcoming annual campaign and new membership drive. As a respected leader to staff, YMCA members and YMCA families in our communities Rose will be working with our Board volunteers to assist in the process of leadership selection."

Cushing said she's prepared for the challenge -- no woman has held the position at the YMCA of Metuchen Edison Woodbridge & South Amboy before -- and ready to show that she can handle it. "It's a privilege, and I'm honored and excited about the opportunity," she said. "We will continue to focus on service to members and growing our programs. The YMCA is here for the benefit of others; focusing on what their needs are is our top priority.

A native and resident of Edison, Cushing received her bachelor's degree from Marywood (College) University and earned her master's degree from Rutgers University. The process to select a permanent replacement for Lewis will be led by Bruce Peragallo, Chair of the Y's Board of Directors. A committee comprised of representatives from the board, Y staff and the community is being formed to undertake that task.

Come see Santa on these Fire Department-Approved Routes This Week

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From Fire Dept Facebook page:

Attention Metuchen Residents! Santa Claus is coming to town. Your Metuchen Fire Department will be walking around town with Santa starting at 6pm-830pm on December 20 - 23. Below are links to our routes for each night of our Santa Walk.

As with every year, the Metuchen Fire Department will do our best to cover as much of the town as possible. By sharing our planned route we hope that residents can "home pool" at locations along the walk route. This is a great opportunity to have friend and family over to see Santa together.

Please invite others to like your Metuchen Fire Department Facebook page so that they can stay up to date your Metuchen Fire Department's activities.

12/20/15 Northeast:

12/21/15 Southeast:

12/22/15 Southwest:

12/23/15 Northwest:

Affordable Care Act Explained at Library January 7th

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Metuchen Public Library will host an Affordable Care Act Information Seminar on Thursday, January 7, 2016, from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM.    
 Questions about how to find affordable health insurance that is right for you? 
Whether you're renewing or enrolling health insurance from "Marketplace" for the first time?  Metuchen Public Library is in partnership with Enrollment Assistance Center, SRA International, Inc, a federal subcontractor, to provide a free information seminar on Thursday, January 7, 2016, from 7:00-8:00 PM. The trained assisters from Enrollment Assistance Center--SRA International, Inc. can offer help and assist you getting the best health care plan that meets your family's needs and budget. 
For 2016 coverage, the Open Enrollment period is November 1, 2015-January 31, 2016.
  • December 15 is the last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage to start on January 1, 2016.
  • January 15 is the last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage to start on February 1, 2016. 
  • January 31 is the last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage to start on March 1st, 2016. 
Open enrollment ends on January 31, 2016. If you don't enroll in a 2016 health insurance plan by January 31, 2016, you can't enroll in a health insurance plan for 2016 unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. 
For any further questions, please contact the Library at 732-632-8526. 
Metuchen Public Library is located at 480 Middlesex Ave., Metuchen, NJ 08840. 
Don't miss out this opportunity!


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REGISTER NOW for YMCA Winter Programs

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Full Facility Members: December 14
Program Members: December 21
Register for our Winter swim, sports, art and enrichment classes online or stop by the Member Service Desk!

65 High Street
Metuchen, NJ 08840

Cookie Walk to Benefit Needy Families in Town December 19th

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Fencing demo FREE at LIbrary December 29th

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Meet Santa This Weekend

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Merry Merry Sithmus from Raconteur

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The Pride of Metuchen High School Marching Band ended the 2015 competitive season with the High School's first ever national championship. The MHS Marching Band competing in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania against schools from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey won the Tournament of Bands Group 3A Atlantic Coast Championships. The MHS Marching Band received first place with an outstanding score of 94.01 including awards for High Music, High Visual, Best Drum Line, and Best Color Guard. The win means a promotion for the Band from A Class to Open Class (expert class) for the upcoming season. 

MHS Director of Bands John Messenger said, "These young men and women have worked a tireless amount of hours preparing for our competitive field show. We began in June and have practiced for months to prepare for this one moment. The countless hours and sacrifice the students made is truly remarkable. I could not be any prouder of these students. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. They rose to the challenge, and they made me and every resident of Metuchen proud. I could not think of a more deserving group of kids. They committed themselves to the concept that we perform with

excellence every time we entered the field and the result was an amazing field show each and every week.

The winning band was greeted with a Metuchen Police escort and cheering crowds at Metuchen High School on their return from Pennsylvania. Senior Drum Major Viktor Lacson said, "It was amazing to see how far the support for our band has come since my freshman year. I know that we continue to exceed the expectations our community has set for us and I can't wait to see what the band will achieve in the future." Senior Color Guard Captain Zoe Vardaro said, "Being a part of this marching band is being part of a family. The achievements mean so much more because I got to do it alongside my best friends." Senior Drum Captain Matt Westreich said, "I couldn't be prouder to march with the best drum line on the East Coast!"

The Color Guard finished with High Color Guard at the Atlantic Coast Championships and in the top 10 at Grand National Championships at MetLife. The Drum Line finished with High Percussion at Atlantic Coast Championships with a school record of 98.0.

Metuchen High School is unusual in that it allows students to be in both Marching Band and athletics or theater in the fall season. That's why MHS Marching Band with 83 students out of a student body of 600-plus students has such a large marching band for its size and competes against high schools with much larger student populations.

This year's show titled "A Day in the Life" was a musical journey through one's day and featured the music of Gershwin, Mackey, and Adams. The design team consisted of: Music arranger Ben Schwartz, Drill design by Izzy Delgado, Color Guard design by Debbie Yaniga, Percussion design by Sean Sullivan with additional percussion instruction by Samara Gomez and Jason Gomez. Additional Color Guard instruction by Lisa Allgauer, and additional visual instruction by Scott Sellis.

Mr. Messenger said, "I have never measured success with scores and trophies and this season is no exception. My kids work extremely hard every year both on the field and in the classroom. I measure success by how many kids lives have been changed by being part of this band. I see that success with every email from alumni in the fall that tell me how much they miss the band and how they are having fun playing with their college bands. These students are the best of the best that Metuchen Schools can offer. They carry 12+ AP Class credits, play sports, are in theater, are Eagle Scouts, volunteer outside of school and go on to Harvard, Dartmouth, Yale, MIT, and Stanford University to name a few. That is where the real success of the program is. We are very lucky to have a supportive administration, a hard working supervisor in Mrs. Christine De Simone, and a principal, Mr. Bruce Peragallo, who came every Monday to thank and congratulate the students for successful weekends. That being said, it is nice to be recognized by Tournament of Bands and I thank them for giving us a place to compete. This year will not soon be forgotten and I am excited to connect again with my amazing staff, start planning with incredible parents, and start working again with the best group of kids a director could ever ask for. The sky is the limit for the Pride of Metuchen.

Happy Holidays and Lots of Events at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse

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Happy Holidays!

We have an amazing array of events going on all season long this month at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse! Here is the rundown...hope to see you! 

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, December 4th -- 
open at 6pm, lighting at 7pm -- FREE
Santa visits, cocoa & cookies, Winter Wonderland!
Donations of Canned Goods and/or New Children's Slippers (for pediatric cancer wards) gratefully accepted.
Co-hosted with the Metuchen Volunteer Fire Department, organized by the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce.

Eat, Drink & Buy Art @ 476 Main Street (Former Danford's)
Saturday, December 5
th -- 6pm-10pm -- FREE
Pop-up gallery! Shop 15 local artists, enjoy complimentary beverages and tastings from local restaurants.

Holiday House Tour
Sunday, December 6 -- 2pm-5pm
It's the year's BIGGEST and most important fundraiser for the Borough Improvement League, the organization that runs the Old Franklin Schoolhouse! Tour five beautiful area homes, enjoy seasonal refreshments, shop the artisan's bazaar. Basically, the proceeds from this one event subsidizes nearly all the free events we are able to offer during the year, as well as any capital improvements (heating and air conditioning!  bathroom renovation!  exterior painting and structural reinforcement).  Even if you cannot go on the tour, please consider shopping at the Schoolhouse artisan's bazaar (free admission to the schoolhouse) or making a donation at this time.  You will not be disappointed!
$20 in advance (online or in local stores), or $25 the day of. Plus: New this year - two bonus stops!

Scrapbooking Night
Friday, December 11 
-- $5 members, $10 non members
Bring your scrapbooking and craft projects!
Contact for reservations.

Raconteur Radio's "Empire Strikes Back" Staged Radio Parody
Co-hosted by the Borough Improvement League

Thursday, December 17, doors at 7:30pm
Show, Refreshments, & Libations included
$25 advance, $35 day of. ($15 children)

Metuchen Open Mic Night
Friday, December 18 at 7pm - FREE!
Contact host Danny Adlerman with any questions through either the "Metuchen's Open Mic Night" page on Facebook or email at

Metuchen Cookie Walk
Saturday, December 19 -- 9am to 2pm
All proceeds to benefit the Fuccile Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting local families affected by tragedy.  Purchase one of two size boxes (small-$10 & large-$20) to fill as you 'take a walk' through a mouth-watering selection of homemade cookies.  
Questions?  Contact

Yarn Bombing Meeting
Sunday, December 20, from 12pm to 3pm - FREE!
Think Spring! We have an arbor to yarn bomb at the Schoolhouse. Knit or crochet vines, flowers, leaves, bugs, birds, butterflies, etc. Follow a pattern or freeform! What a great way to get through the winter and keep our eyes on spring!

Snowflake Series Concert with Yosi & Danny Adlerman
Sunday, December 204pm
Danny Adlerman and Yosi perform holiday hits from their album, "... And a Happy New Year." 
Tickets $5 per person, available at the door.
Hosted by the Borough Improvement League, sponsored by the Metuchen Arts Council.

Raconteur Radio's "Twilight Zone" New Year's Eve
Co-hosted by the Borough Improvement League
Thursday, December 31

This event sells out every year! Get your tickets when they are released on Monday, December 7 at midnight.   Additional details to be announced soon! 

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