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Greendrop Metuchen Makes Spring Cleaning a Snap

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Metuchen.jpgGreendrop Charities is a program that helps recycle and resell your good condition used items (everything from cookware to bikes to clothing and sports equipment) and gives the money to assist charitable programs for American veterans, the blind, and neighbors in need benefitted by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia.

When it is time to donate, you can bring your items to Metuchen's convenient GreenDrop location - where a friendly attendant will remove them from your vehicle and provide a tax receipt from your selected charity - OR you can Call 1-888-944-DROP or schedule a home pickupRecent items dropped off include good condition baby items and bikes.

You may also receive GreenDrop postcards in the mail or an email from us advising you of specific dates when our GreenDrop trucks will be in your neighborhood. Or, you may receive a telephone call from our friendly staff, alerting you to the next time we plan to be in your area. We strive to make donating as convenient as possible! If you prefer to bring donations directly to us, there are more than 20 GreenDrop locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, and we are growing! Check out our Location Finder to find the location nearest you. 

The Metuchen center is located at the corner of Amboy Avenue at the Suburban Tire Center. 

Robotics Team 7350, WATT NXT Advances Again

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Robotics Team 7350, WATT NXT advances again!  This past weekend Team WATT NXT competed among 48 of the best teams from New Jersey for a spot in the FTC East Super Regionals.  The team was one of 9 teams qualified to move on to compete with other State tournament winners in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

By winning the highest honor- the Inspire Award- the team qualified to participate in the 2015 - 2016 FTC Eastern Super Regionals to be held in Pennsylvania. The Super Regionals championship will be held from March 18-20.

Team 7350, WATT NXT, is a First Tech Challenge Robotics Team based in Middlesex County, New Jersey. Composed of members spanning grades 9 to 12 from Edison and Metuchen schools, this team is determined to spread enthusiasm for STEM education. This year, the team is focused on broadening the reach of FIRST robotics to encompass those students with disabilities as well as kids from underprivileged backgrounds. The team aspires to "take robotics where it has never gone before."  Team Captain, Jack Ryan, expresses, "Robotics is a sport for the mind, not just the body." This quote exemplifies the team's belief that any person can think and innovate, regardless of medical condition or disability.

The team won the Inspire award at the FTC New Jersey State Championship in Newark, New Jersey. This prestigious award is given to the team that the judges feel is the overall most well-rounded in all judged areas. 

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Information on New Bishop for Metuchen Archdiocese

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Chamber Events and Information

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NEW STREET SIGNS AROUND Metuchen ... what's up?
Turns out a surprising number of New Jerseyans are maimed and killed each year by cars when they ride a bicycle or walk in public streets.
The Street Smart NJ campaign wants to change that. It's a public education effort coordinated statewide by North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.
This month, many new signs have been posted urging motorists to obey speed limits and be more mindful of walkers and cyclers. Non-motorists are advised to wait for Walk signs and use crosswalks and avoid jaywalking. Warnings against "distracted driving" (and distracted walking and cycling) are also part of campaign.
To focus the public's attention on the Street Smart NJ initiative, you'll likely see more police handing out more tickets this month for violations of the above traffic laws.
Here is official info on the campaign.
Here is an overview story in the Sentinel.
Here are interesting stats on what's happened in Metuchen regarding traffic injuries and causes.

Upcoming Chamber Seminars:
8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Renaissance Woodbridge, 515 Route 1 South, Iselin. Harry J. Pizutelli of N.J. Department of Human Services Division of Disability Services speaks on issues related to disability hiring in the workplace. $25, open to the public; reserve ticket at (732) 636-4040 or

Mar. 15: 
 How to Start a Business in Metuchen 
8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in Council Chambers at Metuchen Borough Hall, 500 Main Street, Metuchen.Sponsored by Metuchen Savings Bank. Hear from Borough officials and local business owners on making a smooth start. Admission-free; RSVP to (732) 548-2964 or
Mar. 21:  Restaurant Business Mixer
6:00-8:00 p.m. Two Chicks with Chocolate, 387 Main Street, Metuchen. Hospitality expert Lisa Todaro offers marketing tips for food-service businesses. Admission-free, open to all area food businesses. RSVP to(732) 548-2964 or   
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Shoe Collection Drive for Edison Municipal Animal Shelter

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johnolivia.JPGJunior and senior high school students who are often overlooked in traditional awards ceremonies were recently honored at the 31st Annual Student Recognition Program at New Brunswick High School. Two of the recipients were from Metuchen High School, John Mullen and Olivia Williams, were celebrated. They attended the evening with Bruce Peragallo, Principal of Metuchen High School, Susan LaFauci, Vice Principal at MHS, Superintendent of Schools Vincent Caputo and proud family members by their sides.

The Middlesex County School Boards Association, and the Middlesex County Association of School Administrators sponsored the annual event, recognizing "the unsung heroes who have not yet captured the headlines."  A variety of factors are used to select students for the award, including their ability to overcome significant academic or personal challenges, said Dr. Frank R. Alfano, President of the Middlesex County Association of School Administrators.

March 19th Album Release for Preschool of Rock at OFS

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Preschool of Rock founder Michael Napolitano, spirited musician, award winning program creator and father of two released his debut album Michael and the Rockness Monsters this past Friday, February 26, 2016 and will be celebrating with a special Metuchen album release show at The Old Franklin Schoolhouse on Saturday, March 19th.

After almost a decade of performing, teaching, writing and developing his widely popular NY/NJ based Preschool of Rock program, Michael Napolitano has helped foster the love of music in thousands of children. Now, the seasoned performer is introducing his new blend of music to the world with Michael and the Rockness Monsters, a kid-focused collection written for the sole purpose of having fun and letting his creative spirit loose. There are no classroom walls or age restricters here, all are welcome to this energetic party.

Hopefully you'll have a chance to check out this warm, sunny and playful collection of honest music that comes from the heart and have room to consider a write up or interview with Michael before the big Hoboken event later this month.

You can listen to the album in full here: 

Check out the music videos:

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Make Your Own Pizza at the LIbrary March 29

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On Tuesday March 29 at 1:00 PM, Metuchen residents in grades 6-12 will learn to make their own pizza at the Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue. During the 1.5 hour hands-on workshop, participants will learn to mix and knead dough from scratch, then top it with fresh ingredients. Pies will be taken home to bake in the oven. The free program is paid for by the Friends of the Metuchen Library. Write to sign up.

Integrated PreK Registration Information HERE

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All children who will be 3 or 4 years old as of September 1, 2016 and reside in Metuchen are eligible for the Metuchen Public School's integrated preschool programs.  Time and tuition for the classes are as follows:

Half Day 8:50 AM to 11:00 AM $250 per month
Half Day 11:50 AM to 2:00 PM $250 per month

All programs are five days per week and follow the Metuchen Public School's calendar.
The integrated preschool program is taught by an experienced, highly qualified teacher following the state approved Creative Curriculum.
Registration will begin Monday, February 22, 2016 and will close Thursday, March 3, 2016.
Enrollment will be determined by lottery on Friday, March 4, 2016.
Payment of $500 (first and last month's tuition) is due after notification of acceptance.
Checks should be made payable to the Metuchen Board of Education.
              Cash will not be accepted.

Integrated preschool programs will be held at Moss School.  To register, contact the Moss School secretary at732-321-8700, x1000.  Registration forms are available on line at:

If you have specific questions about the integrated pre-school program, please call Mr. Robert Capra at 732-321-8700, x1006.

Transportation is NOT provided.

PTO Fundraiser with Kim Adlerman March 11th

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Support Breaking the Chain at Fundraising Dinner March 10

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Free Workshop on College Planning at MHS April 12th

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Parents, is your child college BOUND?

Don't miss this FREE workshop!


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Metuchen High School

400 Grove Avenue
Metuchen, NJ 08840


6:45 Registration starts

7:00 Workshop begins


Due to the popularity of our free workshops,

seats fill up quickly.


Register online:


Call 24 hrs. /day: 1-888-377-5001



Please join us for a FREE Educational College Financial Planning workshop that will focus on high school freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

We'll discuss the FAFSA form and all the other information you need to understand in order to maximize the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive!

Even if your family is not eligible for need-based aid, we will cover the best strategies on how to pay for college on the most tax efficient basis--without it putting a strain on the rest of your finances.

In this workshop, you will learn:

·    How to increase your tax deductions and tax credits.

·    How to pick colleges that will give you the best financial aid packages.

·    How to send your child to an expensive private university for less than a state school.

·       Which assets are taken into consideration when the U.S. Department of Education calculates your Family Contribution.

·    How to pay for college in a failing economy without relying on 529 plans, expensive private student loans or raiding your retirement accounts.

·    How to get ahead by developing a customized plan to meet all the college costs you will incur as a family.

·    How to lower your "out-of-pocket" costs and get the maximum amount of money from each school.

Spring Acting Classes & Summer Fun At Dragonfly Arts Center

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