June 2017 Archives

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Help the Y Fix Hunger Issues for Local Families

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Facebook Help Needed ASAP

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Hello, readers! Is there anyone out there who can help me fix a Facebook issue for Metuchen Matters' page? I can explain the specifics when I speak with you but I am unable to post right now, which is NOT GOOD! I would love some assistance in getting to the bottom of this -- and, of course, Facebook is barely helpful. Any takers? Please send a message through to Info@metuchenmatters.com, please? Thanks!

Farmers Market Has All the Fixings for a Great Fourth of July

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As you gear up for Fourth of July, check out these messages from Metuchen Farners Market!


Heading into July, we'll see fewer tender greens and alliums but more warmer weather fruits and vegetables. Our farmers will be bringing larger quantities of summer crops such as cucumbers, heartier greens like chard, broccoli, beets, cabbage, snap beans, squash, onions, and maybe the beginning of the sweet corn. Blueberries are getting sweeter, and raspberries and blackberries should be joining them.


  • Cai's CafĂ©
  • Cherry Grove Farm
  • Chickadee Creek Farm
  • Country Stand Farm 
  • Farmer Al's Market & Greenhouses
  • The Farmer and the Chickpea
  • Gourmet Nuts & Dried Fruit
  • Hoboken Farm Stand
  • Jersey City Fish Stand
  • MahA Premium Granola
  • Mishrun Chutneys & Relishes
  • Pickles and Olives Etc.
  • Sugar Maple Jerseys
  • The Farmer & The Chickpea
  • Von Thun's Country Farm
  • Wood Stack Pizza Kitchen


  • Local food tastes better. Food imported from far away is older, has traveled on trucks or planes, and has sat in warehouses before it finally gets to you.
  • Local food is better for you. The shorter the time from farm to table, the less likely it is that nutrients will be lost.
  • Local food is safe. Local farmers aren't anonymous and they take their responsibility to the consumers seriously.

5 Tips for Parents with Kids Who Love Sports

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1. Keep Your Child's Spirits High

Sports can be draining, especially for a child. The difficult training hours, the staunch competition, and the many games can wear them out from time to time.

A great parent knows exactly how to keep their kids excited and motivate them to pursue their passion. Boosting your child's morale can be as simple as talking to them at the end of a long day of practice, or as creative as consulting the services of businesses like Strideline to help your child relish being an athlete. Dig deep to find what your child loves about their game of choice, and keep that fire alive--they'll thank you for it in the long run.

2. Be Involved

While it's unhealthy to be a helicopter parent, it can be equally harmful to be too far detached from your child's activities. Kids take notice when their parents are involved in what they love, and appreciate it when parents are engaged without getting in the way of their fun.

While the average parent treats driving their children to practice as a chore, for example, good parents are aware of the bonding opportunity this presents as well as the feeling of support gained from seeing one's parents go out of the way for them.

Find the proper balance between letting your child feel independent, and displaying your support for them in the face of what they love to do.

3. Meet their Friends

Getting to know the kids who interact with yours is a must. These are the people with whom your kids might end up forming lasting friendships in the long run, and from whom your children will learn the value of teamwork and leadership. Meeting these influences can help you monitor your child's growth, and give you an idea of what more you could do to help them develop their social skills.

It helps to develop a good rapport with your child's team. Building this kind of positive reputation means dishing out encouragement as often as you can, being present during after-practice hangouts, and planning out gestures that help the team grow as a unit (one popular trend right now involves getting the team their own set of custom socks.

4. Don't Freak Out Over Injuries

Nobody would fault a parent for getting upset when their child suffers an injury. The instinct to protect our young is only natural, after all. But there are advantages to keeping a level head when your kid gets hurt in the field of play.

For one thing, it's important for a child to learn that accidents can happen, and that some risks are worth accepting for the sake of greater things. Well-balanced children learn early on that accidents and injuries are a part of life, and shouldn't prevent them from pursuing healthy activities. On the other side of  things, children also learn how to handle injuries from their parents --you wouldn't want to show them that panic is the appropriate response.

 All that having been said, it is important to do your part to make your child's experience with sports as safe as possible, and prevent any serious harm from happening while they're at play.

5. Never Push Too Hard

Nothing ruins a passion like unnecessary pressure. It's understandable for a parent to want their children to excel and rise above their peers, but going overboard can lead to some big issues like adolescent depression further down the line.

 When it comes to encouragement, make sure you don't cross the line. The right amount of push usually looks like a clear discussion where a parent outlines their reasons for wanting their kid to aim higher, and then listens to what their child has to say in return. When these discussions are closed on a positive note (ex., And remember I want you to choose what you feel is best for you), then you know that positive encouragement has been achieved.

Keep your child happy and motivated while engaging in the things that make them feel alive. They'll thank you for it when they're grown, though their smiles today are sure to be reward enough.

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Congrats to the Metuchen District Music Education Program!

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Save your BoxTops for the School District

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The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge, and South Amboy has announced that they will be offering a 25% membership discount at the Edison YMCA for caregivers of veterans and servicemembers. This benefit is being offered in conjunction with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation's Hidden Heroes Campaign, a national initiative to raise awareness and support for the 5.5 million spouses, parents, siblings, and other loved ones caring for our nation's wounded, ill or injured servicemembers and veterans at home. In 2012, Senator Elizabeth Dole created the Foundation after witnessing firsthand the complex challenges military caregivers face while her husband, Bob, was hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.


The Township of Edison initially joined the cause, declaring the township by way of a council resolution a "Hidden Heroes City", with the goal of raising public awareness and inspiring people, businesses and civic groups to join in the support of these caregivers.  Edison is the first township in Middlesex County and the second in New Jersey to do so.  "The YMCA is honored to do our part in this worthy cause," said Rose Cushing, President & CEO of the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy.  "We plan to not only open our doors to our Hidden Heroes at the Edison YMCA, but at our Metuchen and South Amboy branches as well."  A military caregiver is defined as a family member, friend or other loved one who provides a broad range of care and assistance for, or manages the care of, a current or former military service member with a disabling physical or mental injury or illness.


The YMCA also offers a discount for veterans and members of the military through their Military Outreach Program.  "There are over 3,000 veterans and over 700 disabled veterans in the township of Edison," said Cindy O'Neill, Director of Operations at the Edison YMCA.  "Given that one of the tenets of the YMCA is social responsibility, this gives the YMCA the opportunity to give back to these brave men and women, as well as their caregivers".  For more information on the YMCA Military Outreach Program, go to http://www.ymca.net/military-outreach/memberships.html.


If you feel you are eligible for either program or know someone that may be, please contact Membership and Marketing Director Kristine Rosko at the Edison YMCA at 732-494-3232, ext. 3512.  To find out more about the Hidden Heroes campaign, go to www.hiddenheroes.org and register to be eligible for the Hidden Heroes YMCA membership discount.


About the YMCA

The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy is a charitable, nonprofit organization devoted to supporting individuals and families--regardless of age, income or background--in their quest to realize their full potential through programs and services that foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Each day we serve over 6,000 YMCA members and 1,000 children in childcare in five communities throughout Middlesex County.  The YMCA of MEWSA has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. www.ymcaofmewsa.org.

YMCA Richard Hale Memorial Golf Classic June 6th

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM EDT
Check In 10:30
Lunch 11:30
Tee Time 12:30

Metuchen Golf and Country Club
483 Middlesex Avenue
Metuchen, NJ 08840
Edison, NJ 08820
Driving Directions
As you read this email you can almost hear the birds chirping and the course trees rustling...the 2017 Richard Hale Memorial YMCA Golf Classic is just around the corner.

Responses for this year's outing have been very strong. If you plan on joining by golfing or sponsoring please respond soon.

As a golfer, sponsor, or both, you will experience the legacy of Richard "Dick" Hale by supporting the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy's Send a Kid to Camp Scholarship Fund. Dick's tireless efforts as a YMCA champion created a standard of generosity we are committed to steward. 

The YMCA awards over $80,000 of Financial Assistance each year for deserving families to send their children to summer day camp. Your participation in this golf outing will create a happier, safer summer for many children. 

$250 per Golfer
$1,000 per Foursome
Register Now!
If you need any assistance registering or would like to register over the phone, you may contact  Katie McAdoo , 732-516-9200 x1108 or email her at katie.mcadoo@ymcaofmewsa.org
Thank you for your support & we hope to see you on June 6th!
Katie McAdoo
732-516-9200 x1108

Temple Emanu-El June Calendar Available Here

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All events take place at Temple Emanu-El unless otherwise noted.


Prospective Membership Giveaway Program Prospective members who attend any service or event at Temple Emanu-El can enter into a raffle for 12 months of FREE membership at the temple! One entry per family can be made for EACH event attended. Every month, one free membership will be given away. The year of free membership will begin on the first of the month following the raffle draw.

This amazing opportunity will take place for one full year. Raffle winners who continue their membership following the promotional free year will be eligible for our ongoing membership incentive (Two years at 50% regular membership fees).

Contact the Temple for details and restrictions.


June 2                       Shabbat Alive! A joyous and participatory musical Shabbat service. Come share the pleasure, along with the rocking music.  7:00 p.m.  This month we will have a special blessing for all graduates- of high school, college, graduate school... if you are a graduate, make sure you join us!


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