Community Bulletin Board: Criterion Sentinel


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


Congregation Neve Shalom will hold a Yoga Shabbat Service at 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 19 at the temple, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen.

Bring a yoga mat or a towel.

Chair modifications will be available if needed.

At 11:30, attendees will join the congregation for Musaf.

For more information, email Wendy Kushner at [email protected].

A breast cancer awareness charity dinner will be held from 5-10 p.m. on Oct. 22 at Lola Latin Bistro, 87 Central Ave., Metuchen.

Dress code is a touch of pink.

A la carte or family-style dinner menu. Music. Swag bags.

Partial proceeds will benefit Breast Intentions.

For reservations, call 732-548-5652.


The National Council of Jewish Women, Metro Jersey section, will hold a welcome event for prospective members at 3 p.m. on Oct. 27 at a member’s home in North Edison.

There will be wine, cheese and dessert.

For more information and for the address, email Barbara at [email protected]


The Terra Nova Garden Club of Edison will invite Fred Carl to show the ins and outs of growing dahlias during a meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Edison Library, 777 Grove Ave., Edison.

New members are welcome.

Christmas Con will be held from 5-11 p.m. on Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the N.J. Convention & Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison.

Celebrity guests include Lacey Chabert, Jonathan Bennett, Cameron Mathison, Jackee Harry, Alicia Witt, Nikki DeLoach, Erin Krakow, Paul Greene, Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Paevey, Chad Michael Murray, Melissa Claire Egan, Jack Wagner, Melissa Joan Hart, Andrew Walker, Jill Wagner, Rachel Boston and Danica McKellar.

Catch Alicia Witt in concert at 8 p.m. on Nov. 9, an ugly sweater contest posted by Jonathan Bennett on Nov. 9, and Gingerbread Wars hosted by Bennett on Nov. 10.

Varying ticket packages range from $10-$170.

For more information, visit



Metro Centre Association of Realtors will hold a tricky tray fundraiser for the Hugs for Brady Foundation from 5-9 p.m. Oct. 17 at Saint Joseph High School, 145 Plainfield Ave., Metuchen.

Ticket packages range from $15-$250. Cash only.

Adults only.

The fundraiser will benefit children battling cancer.

For more information on Hugs for Brady of South Brunswick, visit To donate an item for the tricky tray, call the MCAR office at 732-442-3400. For tickets, visit


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.


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.


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


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 Holiday House Tour in Metuchen will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Dec. 8.

Enjoy refreshments at the Artisans Bazaar before and during the tour at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse, 491 Middlesex Ave., Metuchen. Schoolhouse doors open at 11 a.m.; guidebooks will be released at noon.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Advance tickets are available at The Brass Lantern, Boyt Drugs, Cai’s Cafe, Gardenias Floral and the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce.

All proceeds benefit the preservation and maintenance of the Franklin schoolhouse.

For more information, visit


Eat, Drink & Buy Art will be held from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sec. 8 at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse, 491 Middlesex Ave., Metuchen.

Participating artists include Kim Adlerman, Amy Brooks, Sondra Flite, Jerabek Pottery, Beryl Koblin, Little Owl Soap, The Cartoon Goddess and Judy Weinberg.

Sponsored by Transformations Gallery.

For more information, visit



The Jingle Bell Run will be held on Dec. 8 at Metuchen High School, 400 Grove Ave., Metuchen.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K at 9 a.m.

Proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation.

For more information, visit

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.