Community Bulletin Board: Criterion Sentinel




St. James Episcopal Church will hold a flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 12 in Swales Park behind the church, 2136 Woodbridge Ave., Edison. Rain date is Oct. 26.

For more information, call Mary at 732-672-2199.


Author and psychotherapist Linnda Durre, who grew up in Metuchen, will present a PowerPoint lecture and question-and-answer session on her book “Surviving the Toxic Workplace” published by McGraw Hill from 2-4 p.m. on Oct. 12 at the Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Ave., Metuchen.



Princeton Ballet School, the official school of American Repertory Ballet, is offering Bharatanatyam dance classes through its Dances of the World program.

The class will be taught from 12:15-1:15 p.m. on Wednesdays in three sessions from Oct. 16-30 at the school’s Princeton studio, 301 N. Harrison St.

The classes will be taught by Supriya Hariprasad, an award-winning dancer and teacher of the Pandanallur style of Bharatanatyam.

Classes are intended for students age 13 and older.

Students can drop in for one or more classes or sign up for all three. All levels are welcome.

For more information or to register, visit or call 609-921-7758.


The Metuchen Farmers Market continues through November.

The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays in the Town Plaza on the corner of New and Pearl streets.

For a list of weekly vendors, visit


The Child Care Services Branch of the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy is holding its 11th annual Tot Trot & Fall Festival on Oct. 13, rain or shine, at Metuchen High School, 400 Grove Ave., Metuchen.

The charity event helps the Y support families from the community by providing scholarship assistance to those unable to pay the full cost of child care. The fund also provides aid to families in crisis and allows us to temporarily provide tuition assistance in the event of a family emergency.

Families with children from crawlers to 12 years old are invited to join the event beginning at 9:30 a.m. There will be vendors and activities prior to the races including games, crafts, a bounce house, face painting and tattoos. Vendors and food trucks will be on site.

Registration is available at www.runsignup/ymcaofmewsatt.

For more information, contact Melinda Wilson at 732-548-5468 or [email protected].

The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy (MEWSA) launched a new program, “Healthy Weight & Your Child,” an evidence-based program for children carrying excess weight.

Based on a grant from Y-USA, this program is offered at no charge and includes 25 sessions delivered over four months. The program empowers 7-13-year-olds with the support of their families, to reach a healthy weight and live a healthier lifestyle. A parent/caregiver must attend all sessions. One adult YMCA membership is also included with the program.

Other qualifications to participate in the program include receiving clearance from a healthcare provider or school nurse to participate in physical activity.

The program is slated to begin in mid-October and will consist of two hour-and-a-half sessions per week. The sessions will include 45 minutes of workshops, nutritional education and/or guest speakers, followed by 45 minutes of physical activity.

For more information, contact Hannah Thomas at 732-548-2044, ext. 2219 or at [email protected].


The Consulate General of India, New York; GOPIO International Health Council with support from GOPIO Central Jersey Chapter; and TV Asia will host their third Health Summit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 12 at TV Asia Auditorium, 76 National Road, Edison.

Ambassador Sandeep Chakravorty, the Consul General of India in New York, will address the summit as the chief guest at this third health summit. Other dignitaries who will join include CEO and Chairman of TV Asia Padma Shree Dr. H.R. Shah, CEO of Parikh Worldwide Media Padma Shree Dr. Sudhir Parikh, and other local and state elected officials.

The day will include a comprehensive discussion on medical, dental, mental health, alternative medicine, lifestyle modifications and wellness and yoga sessions.

The health summit is free but an invitation-only event; RSVP must be completed on Eventbrite invitation to confirm the seating due to limited space. For more information, contact Dr. Tushar Patel at 848-391-0499 or email at [email protected].

The Metuchen Arts Council has teamed with five professional galleries in Metuchen for a self-guided gallery walking tour and fine arts fair from 2-6 p.m. on Oct. 13. The Gallery Walk is free and open to the public, and will be held rain or shine.

Each gallery will feature a curated show, refreshments and live music. Participants can start the tour at any point. Maps and program information will be available at each location.

The Rotunda Gallery is in Metuchen’s Borough Hall on the corner of Main Street and Middlesex Avenue. Featured will be the “Made in New Jersey” exhibit of Margaret Marzullo’s landscape paintings of scenic areas of New Jersey. Guitarist Joseph Frame will be featured.

The Library Gallery at 480 Middlesex Ave. features a collection of paintings and drawings of artist/illustrator Ray Skibinski. The exhibit, entitled “In Nature’s Realm,” features Skibinski’s art in several media and exemplifies his love of nature through landscapes and portraiture.

Transformations Gallery in the historic Old Franklin Schoolhouse at 490 Middlesex Ave. will offer an exhibit titled “Hope.” Featured musician will be singer/songwriter Kim Boyko.

Metuchen’s newest gallery, the Galerie Westerhoff, at 5 Calvin Pl., will feature their inaugural show, “Dark, Dark, Dark Looms the Canopy of Clouds,” an exhibition of paintings and drawings by the Westerhoff School’s own art teachers, that celebrate the correlations between art and music and connections to the cycles of nature. The exhibition takes its name from a 20th century rain song by Dinkar Kaikini.

Nails in the Wall Gallery at St. Luke’s Church will feature a juried collection of fine art by artists with physical or mental disabilities titled “Wonderfully Made.” Using Psalm 139:14 as an inspiration, which says, “I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made,” the artwork expresses a range of life experiences and emotions of 14 artists from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Canada, England and Sweden.

St. Luke’s is also the site for a fine art sale featuring 14 well-known local and regional artists whose work has been accepted by the Gallery Walk selection committee. Gallery Walk patrons will have a chance to shop for some fine art, have some refreshments and listen to the music of Enrique Zaldivar, who is one of the featured vendor artists.



La Rosa Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant will donate 10% of all proceeds to the Metuchen High School Scholarship Fund from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the restaurant, 355 Lake Ave., Metuchen.

The fundraiser applies to eat in, take-out and delivery.

Sponsored by the Metuchen Edison Women’s Club.

For more information, call Laurel at 732-742-6946.



Kenneth Vercammen will hold a seminar on wills and estate administration at 6 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the Clara Barton Branch Library, 141 Hoover Ave., Edison.

Topics will include new estate tax law changes, the 2019 changes in federal estate and gift tax, power of attorney recommendations, living will and advance directive, administering the estate/probate/surrogate, and avoiding unnecessary expenses.

Complimentary materials will be provided.

For more information, call 732-287-2298, ext. 228.

To register, visit


The Circle of Single Jewish Friends, for those age 50 and older, will hold a meet-and-eat lunch at noon on Oct. 20 at Bahama Breeze Island Grille, 520 Woodbridge Center Dr., Woodbridge.

Cost is price of meal off menu/tip, plus $3.

RSVP to Roberta at 908-668-8450 or [email protected]     

The Edison Chamber of Commerce will hold Horror Fest from noon to 7 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Lake Papaianni, Edison.

There will be a costume contest, dance contest, rides, food, crafts, vendors and trunk-or-treat.

For more information, visit or call 732-738-9482.


Middlesex County Recreation Council Inc and Kiddie Keep Well Camp will hold the Changing Lives Fall Gala at 6 p.m. on Nov. 2 at the Schirber Dining Hall, 35 Roosevelt Dr., Edison.

Five course dinner includes shrimp and chorizo appetizer, mushroom soup, stuffed filet of sole, grapefruit sorbet, coq au vin and chocolate bread pudding.

The cost is $125 per person.

To RSVP, call 732-548-6542 or email [email protected].


The Metuchen Arts Council’s Cornerstone Jazz Series continues with trumpeter Bruce Harris Band at 3 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the Old Franklin School, 491 Middlesex Ave. (Route 27), next to the firehouse, Metuchen.

The cost is $10 for adults, or free for students.

For more information, visit or call 732-632-8502.



Registration is open for the 2019-20 Metuchen Grapplers wrestling program.

Students must be in grades 2-8 and reside in Metuchen or North Edison in the 08820 zip code.

Practice starts on Nov. 12 in the Metuchen High School wrestling room. Beginning in December, wrestlers will participate in a series of dual meets and tournaments.

Registration is $99 per wrestler, but scholarships are available. All registrants will receive a hooded sweatshirt, a t-shirt and shorts.

A pre-team clinic is also available for students in grades K-2. The clinic will cost $35 per wrestler and meets on Wednesday nights for one hour at Metuchen High School, starting Dec. 4 and ending Jan. 30. All participants will get a Grapplers t-shirt.

The program is looking for volunteer coaches with wrestling experience. For more information, contact Nick Zaneto at 908-217-3239 or at [email protected].

The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County will hold its second annual Mah Jongg Tournament on Dec. 8 at the center, 1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison.

Under the direction of Joanne of Four Seasons, players will enjoy six rounds of play, continental breakfast, lunch catered by Deli King of Clark, snacks and coffee all day, cash prizes, door prizes and a welcome gift.

All players must be able to complete four games in 50 minutes.

To register, call Diane Mael at 732-494-3232, ext. 3619.