March 2017 Archives
From April 3, to June 30, 2017,
the Rotunda Gallery at Borough Hall in Metuchen NJ will be featuring the work of award winning artist, Kat Block with her exhibition entitled, "Mania". This exhibition is composed of a variety of media, including mixed media collage, watercolor and graphite. Kat's main sources of inspiration are: nature, colors and color combinations, and varied patterns and surfaces.
Despite the complexity of her pieces, one comes away from viewing them feeling serene due to her meticulous and beautiful compositions.
In addition to being an accomplished career artist, Kat is a sought after art educator. She currently teaches at the du Cret School of Art, the Visual Art Center of NJ, the Institute of Music for Children, and Arts Middle School in both Middlesex and Monmouth Counties. She also conducts workshops throughout the state, and has private students of all ages, some of whom have gone on to win their own awards.
There will be an opening reception for "Mania" on April 9 2017 from 2 to 4 which is open and free to the public at the Rotunda Gallery, 500 Main Street, Metuchen. The exhibition can also be viewed from Monday to Friday when the municipal building is open.
Annual Chili competition to raise funds for our MHS Scholarship! 13 chefs and a whole lotta flavor!
**2017 WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT**
Incredible competition today! Our lucky 13 chefs brought the flavor and the heat! For anyone that could not stay to the end, here is our list of winners!
1st Place: #1 - Southern Yankee by Danielle Leone McMahan
2nd Place: #6 - Last Minute Holy Mole Chili by Ryan Dumapit
3rd Place: #13 - New Texas Chili by Dan Boutureira
1st Place: #1 - Southern Yankee by Danielle Leone McMahan (64 votes)
2nd Place: #9 - Monster Chili by Sarah Teti and Steve Teti (43 votes)
3rd Place: #13 - New Texas Chili by Dan Boutureira (34 votes)
Sweathog Award for Hottest Chili:
1st Place: #10 - Diabla's Revenge by Deborah Zupan
2nd Place TIE: #6 Last Minute Holy Mole Chili by Ryan Dumapit AND #11- Holy Smoke Red by Doug Dickman
Best Table Display: #3 - RG3's Chili by Richard Green III with his creative District 11 hunger games theme. "May the odds be ever in your favor!"
And our big 50/50 winner was Metuchen Councilman Jay Muldoon who graciously donated his winnings back to the scholarship fund!
Thank you to our judges and all the volunteers! I could not pull off this event without you!
Thank you everyone for coming out! We sold out of tickets and everyone left with a full belly! You all helped the Borough Improvement League provide a scholarship to a deserving MHS student for its 87th YEAR! --Angela Sielski, 2017 Chairwoman
Donate to help local families
Goal: Each grade, 9-12 is challenged to bring in
a total of 314 (or more) cylindrical
or circular non-perishable food items.
Monday March 6th - Tuesday March 14th
Donate Cylindrical or circular non-perishable food items (canned soup, canned vegetables, tuna fish, spaghettiOs, Cheerios, etc)
Bring all food items to Room 119 by 8:20 am
Some teachers are giving extra credit points, is yours?
"Pay" a Library fine (just let Mrs. Glave know you have donated)
NO Glass items NO liquids NO expired food
Each person who donates to this worthy cause
will receive a circular treat
November 8, 2016. To residents of India, it was the day of the shocking announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that dealt with demonetization. But to me, a resident in the United States of America, this day was all about the Presidential election and the victory of Donald Trump. In the wake of the election of President Trump, I paid no attention to the outside world.
Only as I started preparing for my trip to India for Christmas break, did I first hear the word "demonetization". I came to find out that PM Modi had suddenly decided to invalidate some common, large denominations of the rupee. This came as a complete shock to me. Living in America, I have never thought that any country could or would abruptly change the accepted bills.
Upon arriving in my family's flat in Mumbai, India's equivalent of New York City, my aunts and uncles began to tell me about demonetization and the effects they have each felt. They complained about the fact that the banks have run out of money to exchange and whichever ATMs have the new denominations, the lines are unbelievably long. But they were also keenly aware of the intentions of PM Modi. Though they, and fellow Indians, had been put in an uncomfortable situation, they understood that it was for the greater good of the country and that it would, hopefully, uproot the black market money and counterfeiters, disrupt and prevent terrorist financing, and would force residents to start paying taxes.
In spite of the tedium for the government to mint enough new 500 and 2000 rupee notes and the hassle for people to find banks that could exchange the money, it has and will help the developing economy of India. Corruption and infrastructure seem to be problems in India and the demonetization efforts by Modi seem to be good first steps to solving these problems by taking out cash from the black market. This will also help transition India's cash economy to a cashless one, like the one I see at home in America, and would directly have a positive impact on the India's GDP.
As an economics student, I was intrigued by and understood Modi's actions, but walking through Mumbai I could not fathom how the residents and businessowners had so easily adapted to the situation. But as I wandered the streets of Mumbai with my cousins, I noticed a transition to a cashless economy. I saw small businessmen helping out their customers by creating IOU logs and telling them to pay once they reached 2000 rupees because of a lack of cash for change. I even saw small market stall owners using credit card machines in an effort to adapt to demonetization.
Pivotal is the only way to describe this. The resiliency of the citizens enables PM Modi to achieve his goals and it brings India and its economy one step closer to becoming a first world country.
Written by Rhea Sali. High school senior and aspiring economics major from New Jersey, USA