Community Bulletin Board: the Sentinel


The East Brunswick High School Marching Band will host the Central Jersey Music Educators Association Marching Band Competition at 5 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the high school, 380 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 students, or free for children under five.

Attendees will receive a voucher for a free beverage if bringing a non-perishable food item to support the East Brunswick Food Pantry.


Boy Scouts from Troops 54, 3 and 60 and Packs 54 and 105 will begin a food drive in Jamesburg, going door to door on Oct. 26 to distribute food donation bags to residents. On Nov. 2, they will collect the donations, then sort, organize and deliver them to the Deacons Food Cupboard.

Food donation bags are provided by Shop Rite and its Partners in Caring program. The Deacons Food Cupboard is a mission of the Presbyterian Church of Jamesburg.

Anyone who wants to donate food on their own may bring it to 177A Gatzmer Ave., Jamesburg, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 2.

Later in the season, after farms in the area have collected their fall harvest, the scouts will glean their fields for produce. The gleanings will be distributed to food banks throughout New Jersey by Farmers Against Hunger. For more information, visit



Disability Allies of East Brunswick will hold its second annual Halloween party from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 at The Young Adult Inclusion Center, in the Village Green Shopping Center, 415 Route 18, East Brunswick.

There will be games such as wrap the mummy, pin the bone on the skeleton, music, a dance contest, apple air bobbing and more. A singer will perform original music. 

Wear a costume for the contest.

Register in advance at For more information, email Audrey Weiner at or call 732-789-7027.  



St. Mary’s Altar Rosary Society will hold its Thanksgiving babka sale through Nov. 17.

The cost is $11.50 for cheese, cinnamon crumb, prune, raisin, poppy seed or chocolate. The cost is $13 for apricot and cheese or raspberry and cheese.

Orders, with payment, may be left during normal business hours at the parish office; enclosed in an envelope and dropped in the collection basket at church during all Masses; or mailed with checks made payable to St. Mary’s Altar Rosary Society, 30 Jackson St., South River.

Babkas will be available for pickup only from 3-6 p.m. on Nov. 21 in the Parish Center.

For more information, call Christine at 908-391-3355.



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.



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 or at 732-390-6938.



The Daniel Pearl Education Center will present “On a Mission to Lead: A Conversation on Religion and Scholarship” with Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter at noon on Oct. 27 at Temple B’nai Shalom, 15 Fern Road, East Brunswick.

Fructher will talk about making a change in the Jewish community – combining a lifelong commitment to scholarship with a passion to lead in the Orthodox and broader Jewish community.

Email for more information.




Disability Allies of East Brunswick is initiating a family support group for families caring for adults ages 18 years and older at The Inclusion Center, 415 Route 18, East Brunswick.

The group will meet the last Tuesday of each month from 7:30–9 p.m. beginning on Oct. 29. It will be facilitated by Disability AlliessStaff, as well as professional guest speakers. 

The group is free of charge.

Register in advance by visiting


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.

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


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 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 or call 732-249-4894.


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 to become a vendor.


The East Brunswick Woman’s Club will sponsor a charity brunch at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 4 at the East Brunswick VFW, 485 Cranbury Road, behind University Radiology, East Brunswick.

The cost is $10 per person along with a covered dish to share. All donations will benefit Elijah’s Promise in New Brunswick.

All are welcome to join in activities, door prized, and a silent auction. The events‘s theme is Patriotic Red, White & Blue.

For more information, call Sara at 732-698-0380.



East Brunswick AARP Chapter 4855 will hold a general meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 12 at the East Brunswick Firehouse, Civic Center Station, 310 Rues Lane, East Brunswick.
Guest speaker Dr. Sandy Milgraum, a dermatologist in East Brunswick, will speak on lowering drug costs. Dr. Milgraum has information on how to minimize costs and what to be aware of when purchasing medications.
Attendees are encouraged to participate in MCFOODS (Middlesex County’s Emergency Food Distribution Network) Fall Food Drive by bringing non-perishable food items to the meeting.
Refreshments and a short general meeting will follow the program. Guests are welcome.
For more information, call 732-238-6326.


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



“Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story,” an award-winning documentary about food waste and its devastating consequences around the globe, will be screened at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 at East Brunswick Library, Civic Center Drive off Ryders Lane, East Brunswick.

A facilitated discussion will follow.

The program is free and open to the public. Children 8 and older are welcome.

The program is part of the Option Green lecture series presented by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission in partnership with the library.

For more information, visit or email



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 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


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


Spotswood Reformed Church is seeking crafters for a craft fair planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 7 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. 8 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.