February 2016 Archives
Are you looking for a full day Kindergarten for your child in September? Come to our Open House on Wednesday, March 9th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm! There will be fun and challenging activities for your child while you visit our Kindergarten classroom and meet our certified Kindergarten teacher. Class size is limited to 12 children allowing for a customized learning experience for each child.
We provide an academic learning experience that follows the existing Metuchen Kindergarten curriculum including Common Core guidelines. With our Full Day Kindergarten (9 am - 3 pm) we can both reinforce and extend your child's learning, including twice daily access to outdoor playground or indoor gym.
Questions? Please contact Martha Mack, Director at email@example.com
BREAK OUT OF THE WINTER BLUES AND COME SEE THE SHOW
On Saturday, February 27, 2016 the Metuchen High School Band and Music parents will host the 3rd Annual Artistry in Motion Indoor Guard and Percussion competition at Metuchen High School. The competition will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be held in the gymnasium of Metuchen High School on 400 Grove Avenue.
This unique competition will host some of the best indoor guard and percussion ensembles from around the state. Schools that are attending include Memorial High School, Arthur L. Clarke High School, North Brunswick High School, New Providence High School, Jefferson Township High School, East Side Winter Guard, Winter Star Guard, True Colors Guard, Matawan Regional High School, North Plainfield High School and of course the Metuchen High School Percussion Ensemble, Winter Guard, and their newly formed Indoor Winds Ensemble.
Indoor guard takes all of the beauty and pageantry of color guard and combines it with dance and theater to provide a very unique form of entertainment. Percussion ensembles bring the passion of percussion music inside to amaze every one that sees them and the newly formed category of indoor winds combines elements you would find in marching band (wind and brass instruments) and combines them with indoor drum line for what proves to be an exciting leap forward in indoor competitions. The groups coming have been working since the beginning of the winter and are looking forward to performing for everyone.
We will provide the best food and refreshments in Middlesex County. There will also be representatives from the New Jersey University Music Department to talk about music at the next level. Combine all the entertainment with our 50/50 and door prizes, and we guarantee you will have a very enjoyable evening. Tickets prices are $10 general admission, $7 for senior citizens and students, children 5 and under are free.
We look forward to seeing you at the show. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are currently assembling the edit. I have just completed the first director's cut--from here we will hold a series of screenings as well as be advised by a consulting editor on how to tighten the cut. Following picture lock (the term for when a film is locked into the exact assembly of shots that will be used for release), we will send the film out for color, graphics, sound mixing, and score.1. What state of post is the film in now?I have always found post-production to be the most satisfying and calming part of making a film. Pre-production is not very creative and a bit overwhelming--production is hands-on and thrilling but also very stressful (production is the only part of shooting where something going wrong can actually ruin a scene, which greatly affects the film). Post-production, specifically the editing process, is very creative and therapeutic. It tends to remind me of writing or completing a puzzle. It's all about shaping the story, tuning into nuances of performance, and building a strong mood and tone. It's also something I can do while traveling. My first pass of many scenes was done on other sets, working between scenes, or in a hotel room. Now my mom and I work together on notes each day, refining the cut.2. What has been the toughest part about the post-production process?3. How did shooting in Metuchen help you achieve the look and tone you wanted?Films like this can only happen in small towns. Nowhere else would I have been able to have the support of so many different people who helped make our locations possible--especially Mr. Peragallo, who championed our project to the Board of Ed with us so that we would be able to shoot at Metuchen High School. I had originally drafted my ideas for the screenplay back when I was only a Sophomore in high school as part of an independent study under the supervision of Mr. Wag. It was largely inspired by my experience doing a local production of The Crucible. Going into production on the film five years later, we had the support of the school system, the custodial staff, Booster Club, teachers, students and alumni! Without that location--as well as the beautiful houses that we shot inside, all lent to us by generous Metuchen-ites who welcomed our crew into their homes--we never would have been able to produce the film. Many of the people who allowed us to film in their homes also ended up helping out on the film in other ways as well--it was a community effort that made it all possible in the end.Aesthetically, it was important to me that the location of the town and school felt distinctly wholesome, close knit and all-American. The blue and white color scheme of MHS, with its classic football field and stunning auditorium, was the perfect setting for our story. I was able to rediscover a place I had spent three years (I graduated a year early) of my life in a totally new way.
4. How difficult was it to direct yourself and are you finding the post process difficult because you are both actor and director?It was important for me to play the role I did in Blame because the character was so close to me (as an FYI to those who don't know--I make my living as an actress and am pursuing directing alongside that.) Thankfully the film was an ensemble piece and there were a lot of scenes that I was not in. I probably had the most fun directing those because I was able to wear 'one hat' in a sense (and also pants, as opposed to the 1940's wool dresses my character almost always had on!) A lot of the challenges came in big group scenes that my character was a part of--classroom and hallway scenes especially. I would be trying to keep an eye on multiple actors and elaborate choreography while simultaneously staying in character. It was much easier to direct the quiet one-on-one scenes I shared mostly with Chris Messina, because I could just concentrate on him. We did all kinds of crazy stuff to get into the right energy--tons of improv with two cameras, listening to music, even yelling at each other to bring up our anger in a fight scene. He gives great notes too--he just directed his first feature, "Alex of Venice" as well. He is an amazing person to work with--it was so crazy generous of him to come work on my first feature. He's definitely one of those actors who means it when he talks about championing indie films. We were honestly so blessed with our cast--from Tate Donovan, who came to cameo after playing my dad in 'Hostages', to Nadia Alexander, a NY actress who blew everyone out of the water as our lead antagonist. They were all such giving, warm people. Everyone gave it 110%. They made my job so much easier!
It also helped a lot of have my mom, who coaches me and produced the film alongside me, on set watching me on monitor. We share an artistic perspective and she's the only person I'd trust to keep an eye on my vision when I couldn't myself. We make a great team, and having someone with good taste watching your performance is very important when you're multitasking.
As far as post, I'm very detached from myself as an actor while editing. I edit myself as I would any actor--I want everyone to look the best they can!5. Are you rewriting at all in post?Yes, a bit, but not significantly. We'll reorder scenes, cut scenes, maybe add a few pickups. But it's a very tight cause-and-effect script, there's not room to disassemble it too much.6. When do you imagine being finished? What plans do you have for the film's future life?We will be starting festival submissions in the Spring or Summer--whenever everything comes together. I don't like to rush post, especially while I'm balancing my time with another career! I want the film to be perfectly polished when it gets submitted to fests--I cringe when I have to show off unfinished work.7. What's next for you?Well, Blame is still taking up most of my time outside of auditions. I've shot two films since the summer as an actor that should be coming out in the next year--'Midnight Sun' and 'Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl'. So look out for those!
Also, you can follow updates on Blame on our social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and tumblr) under the hashtag and handle #blamethemovie
February 28 Rescheduled- Drum Orchestra Experience for children in grades K-8. Join us for this hands-on experience as we welcome kids to speak the universal language of music. Together as a community we will build a performance incorporating music, rhythm, drumming, Jewish storytelling and song. The performers from Musical IQ will lead this unique educational and entertaining program which is open to the whole community and free for all attendees. The program begins at 5:00 pm, with a free spaghetti dinner, followed by an interactive drumming experience. Please RSVP by February 21st to or .
March 3-April 14 Get Festive! A new Adult education class, exploring the history of Jewish holidays and how we celebrate them. Which holidays are not in the Torah? What's the deal with poppy seeds on Purim? Is there anything I can do at home for Shavuot? Taught by Rabbi Victor Appell, Thursdays from 7:30-8:30pm. $36 per person for the course.
March 4-11 Jewish Book Fair for Children and Adults! Just in time for Purim and Passover, Temple Emanu-El is hosting its annual Jewish Book Fair, with a great variety of books for people of all ages. Call the temple office for exact times.
March 4 Tot Shabbat! An age-appropriate Friday evening Shabbat program for younger children up to six years old which also includes a Jewish-themed art/craft session. The program starts at 6 pm.
March 4 Rescheduled- Shabbat Gospel Service Temple Emanu-El rescheduled our popular annual special Shabbat service - Gospel style, in honor of Martin Luther King Day (cancelled in January due to snow). Once again we will enjoy the inspiring singing of the New Hope Baptist Church Choir. Its leader, the Reverend Ronald Owens will be our guest speaker. Join us for this outpouring of friendship and caring, which starts at 8:00 p.m.
March 5 Rugelach Cookie Baking Temple Emanu-El's Family Education Committee is sponsoring this hands-on program teaching adults and kids to make rugelach, led by a professional cooking instructor. A musical Shabbat B'Shir service begins at 10:00 am, followed by the program and a light Kiddush lunch. The program is FREE and open to the community!
March 13 Rummage Sale Come snap up great bargains of quality, both used and new items, while supporting a good cause. Donations of new or lightly used clothing and accessories are still being accepted. Doors open at 9:00am and the sale ends at noon.
March 13 Aladdin, Jr! Watch youngsters from the local community as they perform in our third annual youth musical production. The show starts at 3:00 pm, tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids, sold at the door.
March 18 Community Shabbat Dinner Come at 6:30pm for a traditional communal Shabbat meal and stay for the Shabbat service, which begins at 8:00pm. Cost is $20 per person ($12 children) MUST RSVP by March 14 to be admitted into the dinner.
March 19 Diana S Herman Scholar in Residence This year we welcome as our scholar Rabbi Michele Medwin, author of the book "A Spiritual Travel Guide to the World of God." The program starts at 9:00 am with a Torah Study on "Does God Care What I do?" followed by a 10:00 am Shabbat Service. Sessions continue after the service until 2:30pm, including a free Lunch. Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect!
March 20 Purim Carnival Our annual Purim Carnival is from 11:00 until 1:00 p.m. Play games, have fun and win prizes. All who come in costume will receive a prize. (Please bring canned or boxed food for our food pantry.) The carnival will open at 10:30am for families with children whose needs are met through a quieter and line-free environment.
March 25 Shabbat ALIVE! A joyous and participatory musical Shabbat service with a three piece band. 7:00 p.m.
Temple Emanu-El to Present Its Third Children's Musical Production, Disney'sAladdin, Jr.
Come by camel, carpet or caravan to Temple Emanu-El's production of the musical, Disney's Aladdin, Jr., to be held on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at 3 p.m., at 100 James Street, Edison. Doors open at 2:45 p.m. Featuring youth from our surrounding communities, our show promises entertainment and fun for all ages. Tickets are available at the door -- $10 for adults and $5 for children. The musical is directed by experienced, professional children's theater director, Tova Halpern from Fresh Theatre Arts, LLC, who has directed the two prior children's musicals at the Temple. Disney's Aladdin, Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI (www.MTIShows.com). For more information call the Temple Emanu-El office at , Ext. 4 or email .
5th Annual Brainy Borough Chili Challenge
Saturday, February 20, 1 pm
Taste over a dozen chilis - some traditional, some wild, all delicious! We sell only 100 tasting tickets to the public and all proceeds provide a scholarship to a MHS student pursuing a career in education, medicine, or social work. This is our organization's 86th year of supporting our local students and we hope to continue for many more. Click here for tickets!
Metuchen Open Mic Night
Saturday, February 20, 7pm, FREE
We'll have an evening of special music by our faves who have passed since January 1st (what a hideous six weeks...boo). Please come prepared to play (or just hang and listen to) Bowie, Eagles, Jefferson Airplane/J. Starship, and/or Earth WInd & Fire! All gear other than instruments are provided - a PA system, mic stand, cables, mics... and there is a house piano!
"The Man Who Would Be King"
Thursday, February 18, 8 pm
NOTE: LOCATED AT THE MT. ZION MASONIC LODGE
483 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen
Raconteur Radio presents a staged radio play at the Mt. Zion Masonic Lodge. Refreshments and complimentary cocktails sponsored by the Borough Improvement League. Tickets are $15 and available online .
Schoolhouse Songwriter Series: Winter 2016 edition!
Saturday, February 27, 8 pm, $10 (at the door)
Join a quartet of top local and regional singer-songwriters for an intimate, cafe-style, candlelit evening of music, hosted by Metuchen-based singer-songwriterSharon Goldman and sponsored by the Metuchen Arts Council. For this winter offering, Goldman has invited three talented performers to join her in sharing original music in a round-robin format: New Jersey's own CHRISTINE DELEON; Peekskill, NY's FRED GILLEN JR; and Philadelphia's AVI WISNIA.
Sunday, February 28, 12-3pm.
Bring a project! Free!
March 5: Music -- Dan Whitley & Renee Maskin
March 6: Snowflake Series Children't Concert
March 12: Transformations Gallery Reception -- Steve Beal
March 19: Michael & the Rockness Monsters
March 25: Open mic night
We are happy to announce that Summer STREAM will be offered this July 2016. We initially planned on having the program take place at Campbell, Edgar and Metuchen High schools, but were informed on February 12th that Edgar Middle School will be completely under construction and there will not be a single classroom open to students. Therefore, we are planning for Summer STREAM to take place at Campbell School (entering 1-4 grades), 8:45a.m. - 12:45 p.m. and Metuchen High School (entering 5-10 grades), 8:30a.m. - 12:30p.m. But please keep in mind that as the district finalizes facility projects this spring for this coming summer, there may have to be adjustments to locations accordingly.
Please fill out the attached forms and return them to Amy Opitz either by email at or by mail or via your child's homeroom teacher. The deadline is March 15, 2016 and space is limited so we will process registration on a first come first serve basis. We will respond to you regarding your child's application no later than March 18.
Please deliver your Door Prize items to our MACC office by Friday, Feb. 26 ... it's a good way to have people thinking about you long after the event.
See you there!
Larry McCullough, Executive Director
Feb. 23: Personal Finance for Small Business Owners. 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. atMetuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen. 3-part seminar by Common Interests financial planning firm; co-sponsored by Metuchen, Edison and Woodbridge Chambers of Commerce. Must register at or . No fee for Chamber members; non-Chamber members $15.
Carolyn Pirro and her two year old Smooth Collie, Ch. Special Baby You a Song CGCA, "Cruise" will be among more than 3,000 dogs competing in the events of Westminster Week, which includes the iconic all-breed dog show, its 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Inaugural Masters Obedience Championship.
Twenty year old Carolyn Pirro has been showing dogs since the age of twelve. While she has shown at Westminster before, this is the first time doing so with her own dog. In under two years, Cruise has received all of his points to become a Champion, completed his Advanced Canine Good Citizen title, and passed his herding instinct test, all thanks to the hard work and dedication of his owner handler, Carolyn. When he is not at a show, Cruise enjoys hiking, trips to the beach, and lounging by the TV.
Breed competition in Westminster's world-famous dog show will be held during the day at Piers 92/94. The evening finals (Groups and Best in Show) will be held at Madison Square Garden and televised live from 8-11pm ET on CNBC, Monday, Feb. 15 and on USA Network on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
The dog show is preceded on Saturday, Feb. 13, by the 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Pier 94 as part of the "Meet & Compete" event which also includes AKC Meet The Breeds® presented by Purina Pro Plan on Piers 92 and 94 giving Westminster Week a full range of informational and fun dog-related activities.
For the full Westminster Week schedule, please see www.westminsterkennelclub.org. For more information, contact: Gail Miller Bisher, The Westminster Kennel Club, email@example.com, 212-213-3212
Applications are now being accepted for the Middlesex County Youth Conservation Corps, whose mission is to protect and preserve the more than 7,500 acres of Open Space owned and maintained by Middlesex County. The County recognizes that these natural areas must always be guarded from misuse, polluters and the forces of nature, and needs help in keeping these areas green and safe.
Conservation Corps crew members earn $8.50 per hour and will work Saturdays from April 2 through June 11. Work will primarily take place at County Open Spaces in Old Bridge, Monroe and South Brunswick. Students age 16 and over are encouraged to apply. Applications must be received in the office by Feb. 16, 2016.
"The seasons may change from fall to spring, but what remains the same is that Middlesex County needs help in keeping its environment green and safe," said Freeholder Charles E. Tomaro, chair of the County's Infrastructure Management Committee. "Our Youth Conservation Corps members have been an incredible asset in maintaining and preserving our open spaces and trails."
"The Board of Chosen Freeholders is very proud of the success of this program, and of the efforts of its young workers," said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "The youth corps is a responsible and economical way of carrying out our land management goals while introducing young Americans to conservation activities."
Activities include trail building, litter clean-up, invasive species removal and wildlife habitat improvements. Applicants should be enthusiastic, motivated and willing to work and learn as part of a team. Also, applicants must have the capacity to walk several miles and stand for extended periods of time, the willingness to get dirty and work outdoors in various weather conditions and the ability to use various hand tools.
Space is limited. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and employment application to:
Scott Meyler, Middlesex County Office of Parks and Recreation
PO Box 661
New Brunswick, NJ 08903.
A full job description and a link to a downloadable application can be found athttp://www.co.middlesex.nj.us/About/ParksRecreation/Pages/PR/CC-Work-With-Us.aspx.
For more information, call Scott Meyler at.
To encourage reading for pleasure and to have some fun during the month of February, the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) of the Metuchen Public Library invites all students in grades 6-12 to:
Go on a Blind Date with a Book!
Here are the Official Dating Rules:
- Students are to come into the Metuchen Public Library (480 Middlesex Avenue) between February 1 and February 16 to choose among a number of available books to "take out." The books are brown-wrapped and carry a unique teaser like "Looking for adventure?" or "Hey! I like the survivor in YOU!"
- Readers are asked not to unwrap their mystery date until they check it out and leave the Library.
- Next comes the date itself! In order to give your mystery book a fair chance, read at least the first 2 chapters, then return it with a brief paper survey (found inside each book) that asks you to "rate your date."
- If you and your date get that far, you'll be entered into a contest to win a prize from the Friends of the Metuchen Library.
And who knows? Maybe you'll actually fall in love with an author, a book or an entire series!