September 2016 Archives

Support MHS PTO at the Metuchen Country Fair Saturday

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September Is Library Card Sign-up Month

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Did you know what Metuchen Public Library Card can do for you? 
Anyone who lives in and pays property taxes in the Borough of Metuchen is eligible to receive a Metuchen Public Library Card, free of charge, with full privileges to library materials, resources, and programs. The library card will be updated every three years. 
Your library card can...................
  • Allows you to check out a variety of library materials, renew items, place holds through library's online catalog.
  • Allows you to register STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs for Metuchen Makery, such as Makery Camp, Math Club, 3D Printing & Design, Robotics, and Coderdojo computer programming, etc.
  • Allows you to sign up for free museum passes, currently the Intrepid, Guggenheim and Morris Museums, compliments of the Friends of the Metuchen Library.
  • Allows you to access online databases and download eBooks, eAudiobooks, and other e-resources 24/7 from the comfort of your home, such as Hoopla (movies, music, television and audiobooks),Universal Class (online educational courses), Zinio (digital magazines), Consumer Reports and more.
  • Allows you to learn a language online through Mango Language and Rosetta Stone.
  • Gives you access to InfoBase Learning, which has a variety of online learning tools such as the kid's almanac, online history, online science and more.
  • Gives you access to Learning Express Library for practice tests, skill building courses for elementary students to adult learners.
All of these services are available to Metuchen residents free of charge. Come in and visit the Metuchen Library and sign up for a library card today!
For information, please call Metuchen Public Library at 732-632-8526, or email us:

Fucille Foundation Golf Outing October 18th

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On Tuesday, October 18th at 9am at Metuchen Country Club in Metuchen, NJ, the 9th Annual Michael Fuccile Memorial Golf Outing will be held. All proceeds from this outing will benefit the Fuccile Foundation. This event presents a wonderful annual opportunity for Michael's family, friends, co-workers and all contributors (his extended family) to spend quality time together remembering Michael as the special husband, father, son and friend that he was, and to celebrate his life.  It also gives participants a chance to contribute to the foundation established in Michael's memory which serves people in need in the community.

To learn more follow this link to the registration form: Golf Outing Brochure


ADULT ESL Classes at the Y this Fall

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Call for Artists at Transformations Gallery in Metuchen

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Tot Trot Needs Volunteers

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Volunteers Needed


What:                  Tot Trot

When:                  Sunday, October 9, 2016

Time:                  8:30 am to 1:00

Where:                  Metuchen High School, Grove Avenue, Metuchen, NJ                       

A few things that we are looking for volunteers to help with on October 9th are:

1. From 8:30am-9:30am we need help setting up tables and chairs on the Metuchen High School Field.

2. From 9:30am until 12:30 pm we need help with arts and crafts, carnival games, and face painting.

3. From 11am-1:00 pm we need a few people to cheer on the racers, hold up signs, help supervise the fun run, and hand out medals. Then we would need help cleaning up and folding up chairs and tables.

If you think you will be able to volunteer for this event please let me know as soon as possible.  Please fill out the bottom part of this letter and return it to me as soon as possible or return it to the front desk of the Metuchen YMCA.    If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at: 732-548-2044 ext. 2229 or  or you may contact Pamala Cohen, Child Care Director Metuchen Branch at 732-548-2044 ext. 2226 or


Thank you!




Patricia Colandra

YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge and South Amboy

The Y:  We're for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

The YMCA: Always Here For Our Community



Yes I will be there to volunteer for the Tot Trot

Race  Name: _______________________________________________

 E-Mail:          _____________________________________________ 

Telephone #______________________________________________ 

The time frame I will be volunteering for:_______________________

For more info, check out this link:

Annual Beats of the Borough Band Competition at MHS Sunday Sept 25

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The Pride of Metuchen Marching Band will host the Second  "Beats in the Borough" Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 1 to 4pm.  Over six high-profile high School Marching Bands from around the Garden State will perform at Metuchen High School, 400 Grove Avenue, Metuchen. This is an annual Tournament of Bands Outdoor Competition hosted by the MHS Marching Band. A wide array of concessions will accompany the remarkable music and outstanding competition. Thrill to the thunderous beats of The Pride of Metuchen and other bands including J.P. Stevens, Perth Amboy,and Weehawken and the whimsical choreography of their accompanying Color Guards as the audience cheers the high-quality entertainment of the field shows.  Over 300 students will participate in the program. Admission is $10,  $7 for senior citizens and students under 18, $5 for children 5-12  and under 5 are free.

TOB, Tournament of Bands, is one of the largest competitive band organizations in

the United States.  The Metuchen High School Marching Band under the direction of

John Messenger is composed of 85 dedicated music students who perform every

weekend throughout the fall. The highlight of the 2015 season saw The Pride of Metuchen win the Tournament of Bands Group 3A Atlantic Coast Championships on October 31st in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. They achieved a score of  94.01 against bands from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. The Pride of Metuchen also received awards for high music, high visual, best drum line and best color guard. The band is now allowed to compete in the open, or expert, class this coming season. 

The competition is hosted with dedicated assistance by the Metuchen High School

Music Parents Organization and benefits the Metuchen music program, an award-winning district-wide curriculum that gives all students a change to learn a musical instrument and work together in a variety of ensembles and orchestras from third through twelfth grade. For further information, please contact Jana Siciliano, Publicity Chair for Beats in the Borough 2016.

TONIGHT! Public Info Session on Bicycle & Ped Plan

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Arts Weekend in Metuchen Sept 24-25 (Dance rescheduled to Sunday)

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Scouts Selling Popcorn This Fall in Metuchen

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It's Popcorn Time Again - A delicious way to support Scouting!  Boy Scout Troop 17 of Metuchen-Edison will be selling Campmasters popcorn this year at 2 locations for your shopping convenience.  Seventy percent (70%) of all sales benefit local scouting.


On Sunday September 25th look for our booth 8:00am-2:00pm at the Edison Farmer's Market located at 925 Amboy Avenue, Edison, NJ.  On Saturday  October 8th look for our boot6h 9:00am-2:00pm at the Metuchen Farmer's Market located in the Senior Center parking lot (corner of New and Center Streets in Metuchen, NJ).


Want to send a treat to our Military Service Members?  A donation of $30 to $50 will have popcorn on the4 way to military bases in the U.S. and across the globe.


The Boy Scouts of America is a nationally recognized youth organization offering educational programs that instill values, develop social and leadership skills, and promotes physical fitness and environmental awareness.  For more information visit our website at

Welcome to Troop 17 This website is intended to serve as an informative guide for both new Scouts and their parents, as well as for current members of our Troop.

New Fall Classes at Preschool of Rock

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To be performed at Tommy's Pond in Metuchen

Sunday, September 25, 2016, 3:00 p.m. 

The Metuchen Arts Council is pleased to present DanceSpora, Trenton's dynamic professional contemporary dance company, on Saturday, September 25th, performing their original dance entitled Rapture For A Season.

Rapture For A Season is an enthralling new work choreographed by DanceSpora co-director Heidi Cruz-Austin created to be performed outdoors in a natural setting.  Rapture for a Season was originally commissioned by the D&R Greenway Land Trust and present at the Greenway in 2012, with the support of The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. DanceSpora is a professional contemporary dance company based in Trenton, NJ. It was formed in 2008 by artistic directors, Pennsylvania Ballet alum Heidi Cruz-Austin and accomplished Hip Hop dancer David Austin. 

 Over the last 7 years, the company has captivated audiences at major festivals, special events, and their own bi-annual weekend concerts with their spirited brand of contemporary dance. Led by Heidi's inextricably dynamic choreography, our company's artistic range is wide and nimbly embraces a bevy of contemporary and traditional aesthetics. 

In addition to local performances, DanceSpora has been invited to perform at many prestigious festivals and events including: Jacob's Pillow Festival in Massachusetts, NYC10 Festival (NY), Koresh" Come Together" Festival in Phila, PA, The Outlet Dance Festival at the Grounds For Sculpture (NJ), and the Independence Seaport Museum's Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River exhibit opening (Phila, PA).have captivated audiences at major festivals, special events, and our own bi-annual concerts with our spirited brand of contemporary dance.

Now, in our fifth season as resident dance company for the Passage Theatre of Trenton, NJ they are poised to spring board to even greater acclaim. True to their name, the word "Spora" means spore and is indicative of our commitment to the growth of our artists and to the creation of works that inspire and take root in the hearts of our audiences.

The free performance of Rapture For A Season begins at 3:00 p.m. at Tommy's Pond located on Lake Avenue in Metuchen.  The public in invited to bring lawn chairs and refreshments and enjoy.  In case of rain, the performance will move to September 25th.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, 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 call Nancy Goldberg in the Metuchen Arts & Recreation Office at (732) 632-8502 or visit

Hands of Hope Benefit Run Taking Registrations NOW

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Janice Garbolino Fun Run September 18 - REGISTER NOW!

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Last Summer Farmers Market Before fall Season This Labor Day Wkend

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This Saturday is the last farmers market of the summer -- but not the last farmers market of the season, thank goodness! (That won't happen until November.) Make sure you stop by to stock up on lots of goodness for back-to-school lunches! 

Christine von der Linn will be reprising her starring role at our market as the Vegging Out Lady. This weekend, she'll be focusing on cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens. 

Everybody knows that veggies like spinach, kale, brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage are nutritional powerhouses.... but they're not always everybody's favorite foods. Especially the lunchbox set. Never fear, though, Christine will help you out! She has more recipe suggestions and secret tips than all the rest us combined. She'll have everybody in your family clamoring for another serving of GREENS!

And in our Making the Market section below, learn more about popular MFM vendor Pickles, Olives, Etc., in an informative interview with owner Simon Karaben.

See you soon!                  



Tomatoes and peppers are at their best right now and we noticed more heirloom varieties of both being offered last weekend. Beets, squash, and okra are still readily available, too. Crops starting to wind down now include corn, cucumbers, eggplant, For fruit, the stone fruits are dwindling as are those scrumptious blackberries we had this year, but the fall crops of raspberries will be coming out soon-can't wait! Apples & pears have just begun to appear, too.

And since September marks the coming of the cooler weather again, we will soon be treated to a second round of leafy greens and crucifers & brassicas; these are the veggies in the broccoli & cabbage family and tend to be slightly heartier and bitter tasting. Throughout September, we will explore some of those vegetables and offer you delicious ways to enjoy them. 

Here are a few botanical facts to get us started:
These vegetables are widely cultivated and include broccoli (including broccoli rabe), bok choy, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, collards, horseradish, kohlrabi, turnips, radishes (Daikon especially), rutabaga, mustard seeds, wasabi, and many bitter greens including kale, cress, arugula, mustard greens, and Tatsoi.
The traditional Latin name of the plant family is Cruciferae (thus crucifers), meaning "cross-bearing," from the shape of their flowers, whose four petals resemble a cross-like or crucifix shape. However, crucifers are all part of the Brassicaceae family and the term brassica is now more widely used by scientists; in Latin, brassica translates to cabbage which is the most common member of this vegetable group. Farmers often refer to them as Cole Crops (as in Cole Slaw--the famous cabbage dish) or Mustard Crops (for all the mustardy, bitter tasting plants).  

Woman Indicted for Poisoning Murder in Metuchen

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A Woman's Voice in Metuchen Loud and Clear

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Check out this article on A WOMAN'S VOICE, a new musical program presented by Metuchen's Sharon Goldman:

St. Luke's First Fall Flea Market This Weekend

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