Community Bulletin Board: Criterion Sentinel


The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County (JCC) will offer a trip to the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia on Dec. 12 to see the new exhibit, Notorious RBG: the Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Cost is $59 for members or $65 for non-members, and includes transportation, admission, guided tour and snack. Lunch is on your own in the nearby area.

The bus will depart at 9:45 a.m. and will return at approximately 5:30 p.m. to the JCC, 1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison.

For reservations, call Diane Mael, director of Adult Services, at 732-494-3232, ext. 3619.



Breaking the Chain will hold a pancake breakfast and prize raffle from 8-9:45 a.m. on Nov. 16 at Applebee’s, 1045 Route 1, South Edison.

Free prize for children 12 and under.

Cost is $12 per person. Purchase tickets at or at the door.

Sponsored by the Metuchen Education Association.



The Circle of Single Jewish Friends, for locals age 50 and older, will hold a meet-and-eat lunch at noon on Nov. 17 at Chili’s Grill & Bar, 1655 Oak Tree Road, Edison.

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

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


The National Council of Jewish Women: Metro Jersey Section will present “Power Your Brain: Strategies to Improve Your Memory” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 18 at the Jewish Community Center, 1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison.

This educational program will feature presenters from Hackensack Meridian/JFK Community Outreach and Engagement Center. It will include audience participation and questions.

The program is open to the public and there is no admission fee. Light refreshments will be served. 

To RSVP, email Elaine at [email protected]



The second annual Piano & Friends Chamber Music Concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the First Presbyterian Church Social Center, 270 Woodbridge Ave., Metuchen.

Featuring the music faculty from the Westerhoff School plus professional community musicians, performing Bach, Vivaldi, Prokofiev on piano with brass, woodwinds, strings and voice.

Tickets are $15 for adults or $5 for students.






The Holly Fair Extraordinaire will be held on Nov. 22 and 23 at the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen, 270 Woodbridge Ave., Metuchen.

On Nov. 22, shopping will be from 5-8:30 p.m. Buffet dinner will be served from 6-7 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. RSVP by emailing [email protected]. Pay at dinner.

On Nov. 23, shopping will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

There will be jewelry, baked goods, crafts and personal collections.

Proceeds will benefit local and worldwide charities.




The Edison Arts Society will showcase Maryann Martin, visual arts director for the society, in its exhibit on the third floor of the Municipal Building, 100 Municipal Blvd., Edison.

The exhibit runs through Nov. 26.

The gallery is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. during the business week.




Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Winter Festival Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 1.

The parade will begin at 4 p.m. at Edgar School, 49 Brunswick Ave., Metuchen.

The lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m. on the plaza in downtown Metuchen.

For more information, sponsorship opportunities or the opportunity to march, visit


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 Dec. 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.


The Edison Recreation Department is seeking craft makers, artisans, service organizations and food vendors to participate in the annual Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting, to be held from 2–6 p.m. on Dec. 7 along Amboy Avenue in the Clara Barton section of Edison.

Tables are available in a heated tent for a limited number of vendors on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information or to apply, stop by the Edison Recreation Department, 100 Municipal Blvd., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the business week; call 732-248-7310; or visit




Abstract paintings by Ray Skibinski will be on display through Dec. 22 at the Gallery at the Metuchen Library, 480 Middlesex Ave., Metuchen.

Formerly an illustrator for various periodicals, newspapers and books, Skibinski now devotes his creative energy to his own painting and to teaching a weekly watercolor class, the Oak Tree Watercolor Group.



The 10th annual Hugs for Brady Foundation Winter Gala will be themed “Oh What a Night!,” featuring entertainment from the stars of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys,” on Jan. 25 at The Palace at Somerset Park

The gala honors individuals who have made significant contributions to help those affected by childhood cancer. This year’s honorees are The 2020 Gala Committee as the Ellen Gambatese Pediatric Cancer Volunteer of the Year; Roy G. Svenson as the Brady Buggy Wagon Volunteer of the Year; Steven K. Libutti, director of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, as the Dr. Randy Siegel Pediatric Cancer Medical Humanitarian of the Year; and Kevin Cummings, chairman and CEO of Investors Bank, as the Hugs for Brady Foundation Pediatric Cancer Humanitarian of the Year.

For more information, tickets, sponsorship information, to donate or to take part in the silent auction, visit