Community Bulletin Board: the Sentinel


The Matt Collura 5K Run/Walk & BBQ will be held on Oct. 20 at Thompson Park, off Perrineville Road, Jamesburg.

Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. Race begins at 10:30 a.m.

The cost is $30 per person, or $15 per child age 7 and under. Participants must register in advance. Funds raised will help Collura in his fight to overcome a traumatic brain injury.

To become a sponsor, to donate, or for more information, email [email protected], or call Tony Collura at 732-513-2628.

For more information or to make a donation, visit



East Brunswick Elks Lodge 2370 will hold its Halloween For All 2019 Halloween party at noon on Oct. 19, rain or shine, at the lodge, 21 Oakmont Ave., East Brunswick.

There will be a costume party, games and prizes.

Reservations are highly recommended by calling Joan Scaduto at 732-567-6671 or [email protected].



The Philadelphia Athletic and the Monmouth Furnace will play an 1860s baseball game at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 at Green Acres Park on Augusta Street, next to Grace M. Breckwedel Middle School, Jamesburg, as part of the Jamesburg Fall Street Festival.

President Abraham Lincoln, as portrayed by Robert Costello, will throw out the first pitch.

Free admission.

Free giveaway to children, while supplies last.

Presented by the Jamesburg Historical Association.

For more information, email [email protected], visit, email [email protected], or visit



“Knowledge is Power: What You Need to Know About Hereditary Cancer Risk” will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the East Brunswick Library, 2 Jean Walling Civic Center, East Brunswick. The program is sponsored by the East Brunswick chapter of Hadassah in partnership with the library’s “Just for the Health of It” initiative.

Medical and genetics experts from the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, along with a BRCA-positive “previvor,” will discuss how individuals can understand, determine and reduce hereditary cancer risk for themselves and their families.

Dr. Shridar Ganesan is associate director for translational science, section chief of molecular oncology and Omar Boraie Chair in Genomic Science at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. He studies the biology of the BRCA 1 and 2 genes and is working on the next generation of targeted treatments for breast cancer with experts across multiple disciplines.

Sherry Grumet is a licensed, board-certified genetic counselor working as program director of the LIFE Center at The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. She has more than 20 years of clinical experience in cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling. She is on the faculty of the Rutgers School of Arts & Sciences.

Abby Grayson is a licensed professional counselor who is BRCA1-positive and a “previvor.”

Information also will be available from local and national organizations that provide education and support on hereditary cancers.

The program is coordinated by East Brunswick resident Sandra Lanman in memory of her daughter, Sheryl Lanman Nichols, who died of breast cancer at age 34 in 2015.

For more information, email [email protected].



Brandeis University Middlesex Chapter will welcome Dr. James Steward, director of the Princeton University Art Museum, as he reflects on personal experiences of art works, what such experiences can enable, why this matters in the 21st century, and the ways in which art can change lives, at 1 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the East Brunswick Library, Civic Center Drive off Ryders Lane, East Brunswick.

The program is free and open to the public.
The October social justice collection will collect items for the Elijah’s Promise HEART program.
For more information, call Thelma at 732-257-4833.



Aldersgate United Methodist Church will hold its fifth annual pumpkin patch from noon to 8 p.m. every day through Oct. 31 at the church, 568 Ryders Lane, East Brunswick.

Credit cards, cash and checks will be accepted.

Choose from a variety of sizes, shapes and colors.



United Methodist Church will hold a fall tea accompanied by piano music on Oct. 26 at the church, 47 N. Main St., Milltown.

The brunch seating is at 10 a.m. The lunch seating is at 1 p.m.

Includes scones, finger sandwiches and cakes.

Tickets are $15 each.

RSVP by Oct. 23 by calling 732-828-0610.

The church will also hold a piano concert at 4 p.m. on Oct. 27.

Pianist Veronica O’Brien will present a concert of piano works. The program will include pieces by Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Dimitri Shostakovich, and a duet for piano and organ.

A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the organ fund.

The performance will be followed by a reception.


Temple B’Nai Shalom and The Daniel Pearl Education Center will hold a free community concert featuring Cook Road Experiment at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the temple, 15 Fern Road, East Brunswick.

RSVP by calling 732-251-4300, ext. 222.

Email [email protected] for more information.




Officers from the East Brunswick Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee during Coffee with a Cop, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Brunswick Square Mall, 755 Route 18 south, East Brunswick. Panera Bread and Cinnabon will provide free coffee and refreshments.

For more information, contact the Community Policing Unit at [email protected] or at 732-390-6938.



The Spotswood Police Department will hold a Touch-a-Truck event at 1 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Spotswood Library, 548 Main St., Spotswood.




The East Brunswick Ghost Walk tour, located in the historic Old Bridge village section of town lasts about 90 minutes, rain or shine, beginning at 7:30 p.m. each Saturday at 5 Pine St. at the Old Bridge Volunteer Fire Company, East Brunswick. For GPS directions, use 21 Kossman St. as the central point of the historic village.

The tour is appropriate for ages eight and above, and are wheelchair- and stroller-friendly. Flashlights and cameras are recommended.

Parking is available in the neighborhood.

The cost is $8 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the fire department.

Sponsored by the New Jersey Ghost Organization.



Aldersgate United Methodist Church will hold an indoor yard sale and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the church, 568 Ryders Lane, East Brunswick.

There will be a variety of household items, clothes, toys, gifts and crafts for sale, new and gently used.

There will also be a pumpkin patch.

Middlesex County invites all of Monroe’s adult communities to participate in the Fall Harvest Food Drive. The initiative is a coordinated effort among Middlesex County, MCFOODS (Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services), the Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA), Feeding Middlesex County, and the Monroe Township Department of Public Works.

Items will be collected by the Monroe Department of Public Works on Oct. 21. Place nonperishable donations in a bag or box near your mailbox. The Monroe DPW will pick up your items between and 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The most needed items include canned chicken, cereal, macaroni and cheese, canned meats, canned pasta, low sodium vegetables, low sugar fruits, diapers and wipes, low sodium stew, granola bars, rice, pasta, dry beans, paper products, soap, shampoo and toothpaste.

All items should be canned and packaged goods only. No glass items will be accepted.

Monetary donations will be accepted in the form of a check payable to Feeding Middlesex County and mailed to P.O. Box 781, Edison 08818.

For more information on MCFOODS, visit



The East Brunswick Historical Society will present “The Dreyfus Affair,” a scandal in France in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that involved Alfred Dreyfus, an artillery captain in the French Army, who was falsely convicted of passing military secrets to the Germans.

Susan Addelston, an adult education seminar speaker, will lead the discussion.

The program will be held at 2 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the East Brunswick Historical Society House, 78 Milltown Road, East Brunswick.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 732-249-3522.



The Saint Vincent de Paul Society of Corpus Christi Church will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 19 in the church parking lot, 100 James St., South River.

Donated items including household items, Christmas and Halloween decorations, fishing gear and more will be sold.

Proceeds will help the needy of South River.

Private vendors will also participate.

For more information, call 732-589-1576 or 732-432-0365.



The Holy Name Society and Altar Rosary Society of St. Mary of Ostrabrama Church will hold a fundraising dinner from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the parish center, 30 Jackson St., South River.
Take out dinners will be available from 4 p.m.
The menu will include pierogi, stuffed cabbage, sauerkraut, kielbasa, rye bread, coffee, tea and dessert.
Adults are $15, children under 12 are $5 and children under 5 are free.
Tickets are on sale in the parish office during business hours, and at the door.



The East Brunswick Friends of the Library will hold a Designer Handbag Bingo fundraiser on Oct. 18 at the East Brunswick Library, 2 Civic Center Dr.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. First game will be called at 7:30 p.m.

All tickets include three bingo boards and light refreshments. Additional bingo boards can be purchased at the event.

Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase at the library’s Circulation Desk or online at After Oct. 16, tickets can be purchased at the event.

There will also be a tricky tray, 50/50 raffle and other prizes.

For more information, visit

The Middlesex County 4-H Haunted House and Hayrides will be held every Friday and Saturday in October from 7-10:30 p.m. at the 4-H Center, 645 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

The cost is $5 for one activity or $8 for a combination ticket. Proceeds benefit 4-H community service projects.

For more information, contact the 4-H office at 732-398-5261 or email [email protected].




The East Brunswick Education Foundation Celebrity Dance-Off, a fundraising event for East Brunswick schools, will be held at 3 p.m. on Oct. 20 the East Brunswick Performing Arts Center at Hammarskjold Middle School, 200 Rues Lane, East Brunswick.

For more information, visit


The Monroe Township Cultural Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Monroe Township Public Library and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, will present a Chamber Music series starting with a quartet of the violin, cello, oboe and viola, at 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Monroe Township Public Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe.

Admission is free.


Jamesburg Elks will hold a soul food night from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 25 at the lodge, 74 W. Railroad Ave., Jamesburg.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Senior discount is $18 in advance or $23 at the door. Children 10-17 are $10, while children 1-9 are free.

For tickets, call Della at 732-672-4230 or Robin at 908-331-7193.


Temple Beth Shalom, 108 Freehold Road (Route 522), Manalapan, will hold its fall vendor event
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27.
Vendors will sell jewelry, clothing, sports memorabilia, children’s products, books, makeup, household goods, art, crafts, etc.
For more information, call 732-446-1200.


Playhouse 22 will hold auditions for “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” from 7:30-10 p.m. on Oct. 22 and 23. Callbacks are scheduled for 2-5 p.m. on Oct. 26.

All roles are available.

The performance dates are Feb. 7-23 at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. on Sundays.

The theater is located at 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

For more information, visit, email [email protected] or call 732-254-3939.

The American Jewish Experience Lecture Series, presented by the Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey, continues for its 22nd consecutive year with a presentation by Dr. Marcia Midler, entitled “Gertrude Berg: Broadcasting Pioneer/Creator of Molly Goldberg: the Original Jewish Mother.”

The lecture will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 29 at Jewish Family Services, 52 Concordia Shopping Center, Monroe.

A $2 donation is requested at the door.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 732-249-4894.


Monroe League of Women Voters will hold a meet-and-greet with candidates running for Middlesex County freeholder and sheriff at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Monroe Recreation Center, 120 Monmouth Road.

For more information, email [email protected]


Temple B’Nai Shalom will hold a holiday boutique and craft sale from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the temple, 15 Fern Road, East Brunswick.

Items will include fashion jewelry, handbags, cosmetics, skin care products, clothing, food and kitchen products, candles, stationery, home décor and party accessories.

There will also be a 50/50 raffle and tricky tray.

Free admission.

Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Email [email protected] to become a vendor.



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



If you are a soprano, alto, tenor or bass and would like to join the Monroe Township Chorus, rehearsals are from 9-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Monroe Township Senior Center, 12 Halsey Reed Road, Monroe.

Anyone age 18 and over residing in Monroe is welcome to prepare for the Nov. 17 concert.

For more information, call Sheila Werfel at 609-619-3229.

The East Brunswick Library will offer a program on the legend of the Jersey Devil at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the library, Civic Center Drive, off Ryders Lane, East Brunswick.

The program is led by Angus Kress Gillespie, the host of the television show Old Ways in New Jersey on EBTV.

This program is free and open to the public, due to sponsorship from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the Friends of the East Brunswick Public Library.

For more information, visit


Temple B’Nai Shalom and The Daniel Pearl Education Center will present “Intersection Point: A Conversation on Religion and Race” with Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum of Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, Massachusetts, during Shabbat services at 8 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the temple, 15 Fern Road, East Brunswick.

Email [email protected] for more information.



New Beginnings Animal Rescue of East Brunswick will hold a Fall Harvest Shenanigans event on from 6-10 p.m. on Nov. 16 at Sayreville VFW Post 4699, 575 Jernee Mill Road, Sayreville.

There will be a buffet dinner, dessert, DJ Mike the Apeman, trivia, games, tricky tray and a 50/50 raffle.

Must be 21 or older to attend.

Tickets are available at

For more information, contact Kim at [email protected].




Spotswood Reformed Church is seeking crafters for a craft fair planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the church, 429 Main St., Spotswood.

Handmade crafts only. Tables are $25 each.

Call 732-251-9277 for reservations or more information.

East Brunswick VFW 133’s Auxiliary will hold a tricky tray to benefit the VFW National Children’s Home on Nov. 1 at the VFW, 485 Cranbury Road, behind University Radiology, East Brunswick.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Drawing starts at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $10, which includes tier one sheet.

For tickets, call Robin at 908-331-7193.



Ss. Peter & Paul RO Church will hold its annual babka sale through Nov. 3.

Flavors include cheese, chocolate, cinnamon crumb, prune, poppy, raspberry, apricot and raisin, at a cost of $12 each; or raspberry cheese, apricot cheese and chocolate cheese, at a cost of $13 each.

To order, call Judy at 732-828-0076.

Pick up will be from 3-7 p.m. on Nov. 7 in the church hall, 7 Jeffrie Ave., South River.



Spotswood Reformed Church will hold its annual bazaar and ham dinner on Nov. 9 at the church, 429 Main St., Spotswood.

The bazaar will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A raffle for the ‘Cherished Memories quilt will be drawn around 7:30 p.m. The bake shop, attic treasures and gift items will remain open until 8 p.m.

The family style dinner will be served from 4:30-7 p.m. Take out will be available after 5 p.m. 

Tickets cost $15 for adults, $9 for children ages 6-12, and free for children five and younger.


The Monroe Township Cultural Arts Commission will present “Popular Classics with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra,” led by conductor Nell Flanders, at 4 p.m. on Nov. 10 at the Richard P. Marasco Center for the Performing Arts, 1629 Perrineville Road, Monroe.

The full orchestral concert features Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, and the music of Johann Strauss, Jr. and Ennio Morricone.

The cost is $25 for patrons, $30 general admission, or free for students with ID.

Tickets are available at, by calling 1-800-514-3849 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., by calling 732-521-4400 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by calling 877-77CLICK.


The Sons of American Legion Post 25 will hold an All You Can Eat Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Nov. 17 at the post, 4 JFK Blvd., Milltown.

The menu features pancakes, French toast, pierogies and an omelet bar.

Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 10, and free for children under 5.

For more information, call 732-828-7125.



The East Brunswick Public Library and the East Brunswick Arts Commission will offer a multicultural dance workshop series at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road.

East Brunswick choreographer Phil Solomon leads a hip hop dance class on Nov. 10 for ages eight and up.

The series ends on Nov. 17 with an Israeli dance workshop. Led by Vera Galleid, the program shares circle, line and partner dances set to Israeli music, for ages eight and up.

All three dance workshops start at 12:30 p.m. These programs are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit

A New Jersey Sales Tax Seminar and Online Businesses and New Jersey Tax Seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 15 at the Monroe Township Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe.

The combined course will teach you about the taxability of products and services, New Jersey exemption certificates, collecting New Jersey sales tax, sales inside and outside of New Jersey, shipping products, and filing sales and use tax returns.

Register at the Welcome Desk.

For more information, call 732-521-5000 or visit


“Veterans’ Voices” is a new documentary film (2019, 84 minutes) made by Central New Jersey 16-year-old Theodore Blume. The film captures stories of service spoken by nearly two dozen Monroe residents serving during World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

“Veterans’ Voices” premieres at 1 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Monroe Township Public Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe.

Preview the film at




Travel through creepy-crawly musicals from the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” to “The Addams Family” at 11 a.m. on Nov. 22 at the Monroe Township Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe.

Register at the Welcome Desk.

For more information, call 732-521-5000 or visit


The Boheme Opera NJ Lecture Performance Series, “I’ve Grown Accustomed – The Broadway of Lerner and Loewe,” will be led by Jerry Kalstein at 1 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Monroe Township Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe.

Admission is free.



Playhouse 22 announced its 2019-20 season lineup:

“Bye Bye Birdie” will be Nov. 8-25.

“A Christmas Carol” will be Dec. 13-22.

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” will be Feb. 7-23.

“Harvey” will be March 20 to April 5.

“Camelot” will be June 12-28.

All performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets for the main stage are $22 for adults or $20 for seniors and students.

A season subscription of three shows is $63 per person, or $57 for seniors and students. A select package of four shows is $80 per person or $72 for seniors and students. An elite package of five shows is $95 per person, or $85 for seniors and students.

 Special times will be announced for “A Christmas Carol.” All tickets to “A Christmas Carol” and other special events and concerts are $15.

Playhouse 22 is located at the Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

For tickets, visit

The Altar Rosary Society of Immaculate Conception will hold a fall festival and craft fair, formerly known as Granny’s Cellar, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 30 at the church, Manalapan Road, Spotswood.

There will be photos with Santa.

The kitchen will be open for breakfast and lunch.

Free admission and parking.





The United States Census Bureau is seeking applicants for jobs for the 2020 Census.

For information on how to apply, visit or call 1-855-JOB-2020.

T A Sprinkler, Inc. will hold its annual Winter Wonderlights Spectacular from Nov. 30 to Jan. 5, 2020, at the Middlesex County Fairgrounds, 655 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

There will be Christmas lights, food, hot chocolate and photo opps with Santa.