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(photo courtesy of Julie Walton Shaver)

If you had the kids at First Presbyterian wash your car this weekend, you donated to a worthy cause. As Michael Draper of the First Presbyterian Chuch tells MM, their Habitat for Humanity fundraising and work that their youth group participates in each year is an amazing way that the church pays it forward to Americans who need help:

Long van rides. Sleeping on host church floors. Aching in places you didn't even know could hurt each summer when everyone else is at the beach.

The youth of the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen think it's worth it.

That's why they, along with some extremely dedicated adult volunteers, are already planning and preparing for the church's 25th annual weeklong Habitat for Humanity mission trip next summer.

The purpose of these trips is to offer hands-on assistance to the building of homes for those in need. This can mean anything and everything from framing and sheet rocking to siding, painting and landscaping. This past year's trip to Roanoke, Virginia was the latest stop on a house-building tour de force that has taken the church group up to Vermont, out to Kentucky, down to North Carolina and everywhere in between.

Community Nursery School Registration Info HERE

Community Nursery School in Metuchen (CNS) registration is underway!   Some classes are filled but space is available for:


·    Young Learners  Tuesday/Thursday mornings

·    3 & 4 year-olds Tuesday/Thursday mornings and Monday/Wednesday/Friday afternoons

·    Pre-K (4+ year-olds) Monday/Wednesday/Friday  9:00 - 1:00

The Community Nursery School in Metuchen is a not-for-profit preschool sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen since 1949.


Now in its seventh decade, the school is a popular place for Metuchenites to begin their children's educational journey.


We couldn't be happier with our experience at Community Nursery School. The staff and administration are great and from the first day we knew our two sons would enjoy the time to socialize with other children, expand their creative horizons with the many arts and crafts projects and learn how to acclimate to a classroom environment. This has been a great resource to our family and has been a tremendous help in getting our kids ready for kindergarten. 

- Robia Timko

Taught by certified and licensed teachers, preschool classes are offered for children 2 ½ - 5 years of age, with flexible schedules to fit the needs of most families.

For more information call 732-491-2240 or send an email to    Also visit us at


Mother-Son Bowling Event -- Use This to Reserve your Space Today!

Metuchen Recreation Commission

requests the pleasure of your company at our

Mother-Son Bowling Event

on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at the Majestic Lanes Bowling Center 525 Route 9 North in Hopelawn, NJ ( 5 miles from Metuchen)

Metuchen Moms are invited along with their sons, kindergarten through eighth grade to an afternoon of bowling! The event will consist of two hours of bowling, (retractable bumpers available) shoes, ball and lunch. 4-6 people per lane. Please arrive by 1:45pm.

DEADLINE to register is January 7, 2014 RSVP: $40.00 per couple, $19.00 each additional son

Mother-Son Bowling Jan 12, 2014 Escort's Name ____________________________________________________

Son's Name (s) _____________________________________________________ Address____________________________________________________________ Age/Grade _________ Phone Number _____________ email _____________________ Request to share lane with ______________________ Maximum 6 people per lane Every effort will be made to accommodate all requests.

Checks should be made payable to: Borough of Metuchen and mailed to: Metuchen Recreation, 500 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840.

For further information call Metuchen Recreation at 632-8502 or email, Preorder lunch forms will be sent upon receipt of registration.

Rabbi Vizotsky December 6-7 at Neve Shalom

Congregation Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Avenue, Metuchen, NJ, presents Scholar-In-Residence - Rabbi Burt Visotzky, Professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary, on Friday evening, December 6th, and Saturday, December 7th. Professor Visotzky's topics will be: Friday: "Bible: The Word of God or Hand of Moses?"; Saturday morning: "Scripture and It's Interpretation: Continuing Revelation"; and Saturday afternoon: "The Sins of Sodom are Not What You Think: Text Study." On Friday evening there will be a dinner starting at 6:30 PM, services at 7:30 PM, and Rabbi Visotzky will speak at 8:00 PM. Saturday services begin at 9:30 AM and will be followed by a light kiddush lunch. You do not need to attend the meals to participate in the services or program. Cost for the dinner is $18.00 per adult and $9.00 per child. You may bring our own wine. The deadline for dinner reservations is November 26th.

This program is open to the public.  For more information please contact Hazzan Levin at 732-548-2238 ext 14.

Library Book Fair October 5th

What:              Book Fair - over 4000 used books for sale
When:              October 5, 2013
Time:               9:00 - 3:00     
Where:             480 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen, NJ, 08840

Presenter:        Friends of the Metuchen Library


The Friends of the Metuchen Library will hold their annual Book Fair on October 5 on the lawn of the Metuchen Public Library, the same day as the Metuchen's Country fair.  Stop by before you visit the fair for the best selection, or drop by later - we're open from 9:00 until 3:00.

Whistling Wolf Farm Returns to Metuchen Farmers Market This Weekend

LogoCFinal.jpgHelen Chandler from Whistling Wolf Farm, another Metuchen Farmers Market mainstay, sent MM the following responses to questions concerning the company's inspiration, its best product and why WWF loves to come to Metuchen! 
Here is what she said:

I carry a deep love of the natural world and a desire to help people be happy and healthy, farming ended up being the fusion of these two driving factors. That is how Whistling Wolf Farm was came about. I have thought for a long time that if people had a closer relationship with their food, they would better understand the need to care for our living environment, and would want to do just that. By growing, and then selling, transitional organic vegetables, I get the opportunity to talk to people every week about where their food comes from, the energy that goes into it, and the energy that it gives to us. I feel that every one of these conversations moves us as a whole towards a more caring relationship to the natural systems that provide our food, clean water, clean air, and our place in the world. 

 I think that our most unique product is the ginger. I can't imagine going a season without it, and since I am growing it, then why not share the joy? Fresh ginger is nothing like the ginger that you can buy in the store. It is incredibly aromatic, when you cut through it, it's as smooth as cutting through a clove of garlic, and it is beautiful. But the biggest part about the ginger is the flavor. What a delight to mince it and mix it into yogurt, or dice it and cook it into greens. It is as refreshing to taste as it is to smell. I can't wait for it to be ready. 

Ever since I first visited Metuchen, getting ice cream on a summer afternoon, I have loved it. Filled with great people and great community, it is a wonderful place to be and I am looking forward to becoming part of it.

Helen Wolfe Chandler
POB 501
Three Bridges, NJ 08887

Temple Emanu-El Presents Chapter Three Chavurah

From Dara Winston:

Temple Emanu-El of Edison is proud to host the first gathering of the newly formed Chapter Three Chavurah, a social group for mature Jewish singles 60+.  Our first get-together will take place on March 24, 2013 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm at the Temple, and will feature "The Tool Gal", with her assortment of quirky and unusual tools and gadgets.  Bring an odd item of your own & see if you can stump her; prizes will be awarded.

The cost is $5.00 per person.  Pizza & soft drinks will be served.  Please bring a non perishable food item for the Temple food pantry. 

Temple Emanu-El is located at 100 James Street, Edison, NJ 08820. We look forward to seeing you, it will be a great afternoon of fun and meeting new people.  Please RSVP to


The Friends of the Metuchen Library, a non-profit organization that supports the Metuchen Public Library,  is sponsoring a library fundraiser on Sunday March 3.  "An Afternoon with Andrew McCarthy," star of stage and screen and travel writer, promises to be a compelling and insightful event and not to be missed!

McCarthy will make a presentation based on his recent memoir -- "The Longest Way Home" --  about his travel adventures and the life lessons they have brought him. (Of course, if you came of age in the 1980s, McCarthy is best remembered as a member of "The Brat Pack" - falling in love with Molly Ringwald in "Pretty in Pink" and breaking Ally Sheedy's heart in "St. Elmo's Fire" among many others.   

The purpose of this event is to raise funds to support enhancements to the Metuchen Public Library.   

A VIP meet-and-greet at 1pm will precede McCarthy's presentation at 2pm at the gorgeous new social center of the Presbyterian Church on Woodbridge Avenue and books will be available for sale at this time. Tickets are on sale at Marafiki Fair Trade on New Street, at the Metuchen Library or through the Friends website.

Write a Letter and Save the Rutgers Geology Museum

MM received this information this morning from Rutgers. Campbell students make an annual pilgrimage to the Geology Museum for a wondrous and wonderful afternoon, meeting, among other things, the Egyptian sarcophagus that they can get up close and personal with -- and now the geology museum is in danger of being dismantled. Take a moment and send a note about how much your child or your class has enjoyed visiting the museum and do your part to keep it running! Thanks!

From Earth Sciences at Rutgers Museum:

This note is for those who have been to the Rutgers Geology Museum, know of the Rutgers Geology Museum, and wish they knew of the Rutgers Geology Museum. A week ago those running the museum were told the museum will close for good and the collections dismantled. No one saw this coming since the message was delivered from the interim vice chancellor of undergraduate education and not through a discussion about cost saving measures or a need for space, etc.

Just like the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers is a community entity, so too is the Rutgers Geology Museum ( For those of you who are unaware of the Rutgers Geology Museum it plays a large role in enlightening the community of the latest research in the Earth and Planetary Sciences through its many outreach events such its 45 year old Annual Open House, famous and rock and mineral sale lectures, school visits, birthday parties, fall and spring geology field hikes, etc. Someone working from within Rutgers may not see all that the museum offers the Rutgers community and the public if they are not made aware of the impacts. This is where you can help. President Barchi needs your letters - email and/or snail mail. 

Here is some information that was provided to me from those at Rutgers that will help you craft a quick note:

 1- the letter should be addressed only to President Barchi with CC to Vice-President Richard Edwards. The reason for writing is that at the recent Rutgers Geology Museum Annual Open House on Saturday January 26th Prof. Olsson made the statement that "the Geology Museum may be closed and dismantled". It is only natural then that you write to the higher authorities at the University.

2- we believe that sending an e-mail to Prof. Barchi followed by regular post mail would be most effective.

Superintendent Caputo Explains Yesterday's Bus Incident

Thursday morning at approximately 7:45 a.m., Bus E7 was pulled over by Metuchen Police on Lake Avenue on its way to Edgar School after a citizen reported that the driver had swerved to avoid a car that had stopped in front of the bus. 

Officer Cynthia Velez interviewed the driver. No ticket was given out and the bus company has conducted an investigation, providing counseling to the driver on proper procedures and protocols in those types of traffic situations. 

The police alerted the Superintendent's office to the situation and the district spoke with the bus company. It is a third party contractor which reported, in proper procedure, back to their district liaison, Michael Harvier, the business administrator and Board of Education secretary, who updated Mr. Caputo. Mr. Caputo gave Metuchen Matters this information today.

The driver and the bus were back on the road for the afternoon bus commute home and no further issues came to light.


The Thirteen Chamber Choir returns to St. Luke's December 23rd

The Thirteen chamber choir returns to St. Luke's on Sunday afternoon, December 23rd at 4pm.  Under the direction of Matthew Robertson, The Thirteen specialize in music of the Renaissance and Baroque.  This, the second of their four-concert season, will include music of Josquin, Elder, Britten and more.  A festive holiday reception will follow the concert.  

Tickets are $20, with a special senior/student ticket at $10.  Reserve your ticket by calling 732-548-4308 or by emailing   



November 5, 2012 (ISELIN, NJ) 7:00 p.m. Due to a power failure at its intake station in New B
runswick, NJ and failure of back-up generation at that location, Middlesex Water Company is advising its customers in Carteret, Edison, Highland Park, Metuchen, South Amboy, South Plainfield, and all sections of Woodbridge to immediately store an ample supply of water for drinking and sanitation purposes until further notice.

The company's treatment plant and intake station had been on emergency generation since Monday, October 29 and both facilities were restored to normal electric power over the weekend. However, late this afternoon, the intake station, which draws in the water supply, lost power again. In addition, the emergency standby generator at the intake also malfunctioned rendering it inoperable. Over the next few hours, customers can expect to see significant drops in water pressure and loss of water service. Customers should store a minimum of 3 gallons of tap water for each person, each day in addition to supplies of bottled water they may have secured as part of their storm preparations.

Edgar and MHS students Attend State Theater Concert For Free

From the Superintedent's Office:

Sixty five Edgar Middle School and Metuchen High School students were treated to an afternoon at the symphony courtesy of two Board of Trustee members of the State Theatre in New Brunswick.  The tickets were given to the students without a fee attached.  This gift enabled the students to hear a live symphony orchestra, many for the first time.

The Warsaw Philharmonic, from Warsaw Poland captivated the student's attention from the first note of the Beethoven Piano Concerto (played by a 21 year old who had won the international piano competition in that city when she was just 16!) to the last note of the third encore, John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" the students were enthralled. 

The State Theater's generosity was greatly appreciated by the District and all the students who attended.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2-5pm, Fine Art Artisans, Amy Spaans Brooks and Linda Vonderschmidt-LaStella will welcome visitors to the second annual Biennial Open Studio.  This year the event will include an Artists' Showcase.  Beginning at the Old Franklin School, 491 Middlesex Ave., Metuchen, NJ, this free arts event will focus on presentations by the two host artisans and their processes in completing new large work.

Titled "Transformations" the event will also include five additional artists, individually invited by the organizers, to share their own work and present a brief introduction of themselves and their art.

"We believe inviting other artists whose work we see as "transformational," will give added energy to the afternoon," noted Amy.  Linda added, "Most of those invited are artists outside of the Metuchen/Edison locale, and so they will have the opportunity to meet a new audience, and the local audience will have their art experience considerably broadened."

Amy Brooks, of Paradise Custom Glass, will share her experience preparing for and being accepted into the 2012 Art Prize competition in her hometown of Grand Rapids, MI.  Linda LaStella, ceramic artist and owner of Earthsongs Studio, will present the process she used to create two large murals, commissioned by the new Capital Health Hospital, Hopewell, NJ and installed in the Fall of 2011.

 Adding interest and diversity to the afternoon, will be the "showcase" artists, Sandy Rosen, a painter from Princeton; Nanci Hersh, a painter from PA, Dan Fenelon, best known as a monumental muralist, with his home-base in Madison, NJ, Judy Weinberg, a Metuchen photographer, and Easton Davy, a mixed-media artist currently calling Metuchen home.   There will be opportunities to converse with all of the artists in this informal arts gathering.

Local Pedestrian Calling Edison Patrols on Bad Driving

Brian Latham, the Deputy Chief of the Fire Department in Edison, has been getting the what-for from local Metuchen resident Jared Hayter, who has twice been almost hit by Edison Fire personnel who drive through crosswalks and don't stop. Here are his missives and the Chief's answer:

Deputy Chief Latham: 

Some person driving one of your vehicles drove through a crosswalk I was standing in trying to cross the street at Central Avenue and Midland Avenue in Metuchen with my two dogs at around noon this afternoon. I was able to take a photo as it passed that clearly shows the Edison Fire Dept seal on the side of the truck. Perhaps you and your department are not aware that under New Jersey state law all vehicles are required stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk. This intersection used to have a flashing pedestrian warning lights until our town in their infinite wisdom decided to remove the buttons rather than repair the lights. I cross at this light every day and must contend with numerous vehicles failing to obey the law and stop for pedestrians. It saddens me that even official town vehicles fail to obey traffic laws. Please be aware that I will be making an effort to document traffic violations at this intersection and publicize violations to the best of my ability.

Jared Hayter

A PAY WHAT YOU WANT Forum Theatre Film Event This Saturday May 19 at 8pm

Alfred Hitchcocks
Starring James Stewart, John Dall and Farley Granger
Director Alfred Hitchcock
Writers Hume Cronyn (adaptation), Patrick Hamilton Play

On a late afternoon, two brilliant young aesthetes, Brandon Shaw (Dall) and Phillip Morgan (Granger), murder a former classmate, David Kentley (Dick Hogan), by strangulation in their apartment. They commit the crime as an intellectual exercise: they want to prove their superiority by committing the "perfect murder".
'Rope' is shot in a "real time" format. The movie lasts 80 minutes and takes place over a period of 80 minutes - with 10 8 minute takes spliced together smartly (such as switching when focused on a back) to give the appearance of one long take.

From Neve Shalom:

Neve Shalom, Saturday Evening, January 28, will conduct a Havdalah and Musical program starting at 6:00pm - Bet Class students will lead Havdalah - In memory of Debbie Friedman - all of the songs will be her compositions. Refreshments will be served. There is no charge for the "25th Hour" Program. For more information contact Hazzan Levin - 732-548-2238 - ext. 14

Neve Shalom, in conjunction with the Northern NJ Federation of Jewish Men's clubs - Family Games is offering a special discounted ticket purchase - New Jersey Devils vs. Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 1:00pm - Great afternoon game for the kids! Games are at the Prudential Center - Newark, NJ -  TICKETS - $61.00 ticket for only $40.00! Includes $10 food card! (a $71 total value) Save over 40% per ticket! Balcony seating. We are also raffling off an 8x10 autographed photo!  To Order Tickets - Mail by January 31, 2012 with payment to: Neve Shalom Men's Club, Attn: Louis Eisenberg, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen, NJ 08840 - Checks payable to the Neve Shalom Men's Club. Please include No. of tickets, contact name, address, city, state, zip code, telephone and email. Questions? Call/Email Louis Eisenberg 732-672-9278 - OR Matthew Bonus 732-968-4489 -


Dangerous Drivers Cause Concern for Citizens and Downtown Businesses


Tyreen Reuter is the President of the BIL and a hard-working member of the community and a mother of young children. She believes in supporting local businesses and frequents Main Street for as many of her family's needs as possible. However, that may all change, due to the continuing issue of inconsiderate drivers here in the Brainy Boro. Here's the information she sent to the police after this last incident. If you've had a close call like this, let MM know (either here or on Facebook). Maybe we can all work together towards a solution for this dangerous situation. Thanks to Tyreen for sharing (the picture is her son, whom she dresses in reflective clothing on walks downtown just to make sure they can be seen!! (MM is glad you're okay!)

Dear Office Bauer,

It's Tyreen Reuter again - I dropped off a letter last week about a traffic/crosswalk incident that happened the day before Thanksgiving, and I appreciate your follow-up phonecall afterwards.  It was really great to have such a speedy and considerate response.

Unfortunately, this afternoon I was out with both my boys, and experienced another extremely serious incident.  Perhaps this is just my bad luck to have two such dramatic incidents in less than one month, but honestly, I feel so unsafe at this point that I have decided I will no longer risk our lives by walking downtown.  I don't say this lightly; in the past year I have worked on a few of volunteer efforts specifically designed to attract people to our downtown (the Historic Architectural Scavenger Hunt, Junebug volunteer, Zombie Walk, Hometown Holidays guide, etc.) 

At about 2pm today, I was crossing Main Street in the flashing crosswalk at Highland Avenue, from the "Fresco" side to the "Cartridge World" side.  Both my six-year-old and two-year-old sons were wearing their bright yellow reflective safety vests and "safety cone orange" winter hats.  The younger one was in the stroller.  Again, I waited until cars stopped in both directions, and then carefully entered the crosswalk.  Suddenly, a black sports sedan that was waiting at the light in northbound traffic (about in front of Smoker's Haven, but also partially blocking Highland Avenue) started to accelerate BACKWARDS towards the crosswalk where my sons and I were still crossing.  I started to scream for her to stop, pulled the stroller closer to the car that had stopped for us, and yanked my older son backwards.  There were a couple of other pedestrians on the "Fresco side" that started to yell at her as well, and she finally stopped WITHIN the crosswalk itself.  She then pulled towards her left and quickly made off for the green turn signal at 27/Middlesex Avenue.  I realized later she must have seen the light was about to turn green and decided to make a left instead of going straight or right, and was racing to change lanes in order to make the left turn signal.  Regardless, she was only two or three inches from my son's stroller by the time she finally stopped, even with us trying to get out of the way.  Honestly, if I hadn't been so hyper-alert about cars around me ever since the incident before Thanksgiving, I might never have seen this car until it was too late.  It was pretty clear she didn't check behind her before backing up - and I am sure she didn't realize we were there until everyone started yelling.

Starts Friday April 14 


Starring Juliette Binoche

Juliette Binoche won the Best Actress prize in Cannes for her performance in this playful and provocative romantic drama from legendary auteur Abbas Kiarostami (TASTE OF CHERRY, THE WIND WILL CARRY US), his first feature made outside of Iran. Binoche plays a gallery owner living in a Tuscan village who attends a lecture by a British author (opera star William Shimell) on authenticity and fakery in art. Afterward, she invites him on a tour of the countryside, during which he is mistaken for her husband. They keep up the pretense and continue on their afternoon out, discussing love, life and art, and increasingly behaving like a long-married couple. But are they play-acting on a whim or is there more to their seemingly new relationship than meets the eye?

Friday 7:30 Saturday 5:30 & 7:30 Sunday 4 & 6pm
1hr 46m

Full Day of School Announced for Today Regardless of Snow

The Metuchen School District has announced that there will be NO EARLY DISMISSAL today, regardless of the snow situation. However, all afternoon and evening classes and clubs are cancelled today except for ZONE, which will have no transportation. Please make pick-up arrangements according to your situation. AND BE CAREFUL OUT THERE! IT'S SLIPPERY!
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