Community Bulletin Board: the Suburban (for December 4)


A Home for the Holidays Market will be held from 3-8 p.m. on Dec. 5 at Reformed Church Home, 1990 Route 18, Old Bridge, featuring local artisan vendors open to the public.

A festive evening of seasonal treats and beverages, strolling carolers and holiday shopping is planned, including gift and food specialties, holiday craft items, clothing and accessories, purses, chocolates and jewelry.

For more information, visit or call 732-607-9230.

Dropkick Depression is a non-profit organization focusing on mental health awareness and assisting individuals in securing finances for mental health assistance, including therapy and medication.

There will be a wrestling fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. on Dec. 14 at the Knights of Columbus, 61 Pine St., Old Bridge. During the event will be a winter clothing drive to assist local individuals experiencing homelessness.

Tickets are $15 in advance, available at; or $20 at the door.

Main Street Theatre Company will present “It’s A Wonderful Life – The Musical” at 8 p.m. on Dec. 6, 7 13 and 14 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 8, 14 and 15.

The theater is located at 3018 Bordentown Ave., Parlin.

For tickets, visit

The Jamaica Organization of New Jersey (JON-J) will hold its annual Pre-New Year’s Ball from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Dec. 28 at The Imperia, 1714 Easton Ave., Somerset.

Proceeds benefit the organization’s scholarship fund for awards to local high school graduates who are going on to college and for a donation to Hampton School in Jamaica towards infrastructure improvements.

Tickets are $110. Cash bar.

For tickets, visit

Music at Saint Mary’s will present a Saint Mary Church tradition, “Messiah!” at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 at the church, 256 Augusta St., South Amboy.

The Saint Mary Chamber Orchestra and Choral Society’s presentation of George Frederik Handel’s timeless oratorio is under the direction of Maestro Christopher M.C. Deibert, conductor. The Advent/Christmas portion of this work will be performed in its entirety along with excerpts from the second and third parts

Donation of $15 is suggested.

For more information, call 732-857-0202.

Old Bridge will conclude its yearlong 150th anniversary celebration with a holiday event from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 15 at the Thomas Warne Museum, 4216 Route 516, Old Bridge.

The public is invited to the event, which will include museum tours and a Christmas tree lighting. The Voices of Old Bridge choir will perform.

For more information, call 732-721-5600 ext.2040 or visit    



Central Jersey SCORE, a non-profit resource partner of the Small Business Administration, is seeking volunteers to assist people looking to start a business or grow an existing small business.

The organization is recruiting retired or current business owners and executives who want to share their experience and knowledge with today’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs.  The Central Jersey Chapter of SCORE serves Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties.

Central Jersey SCORE provides in-person mentoring at a wide variety of locations and also presents seminars at local venues. In addition, the SCORE website offers tools and templates on a wide variety of topics related to organizing and managing a business and numerous online courses and webinars to assist small business owners through every aspect of business development. Services are offered free of charge.

For more information, visit

“Breakfast with Santa” will be held on Dec. 14 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 367 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

There will be a homemade breakfast of eggs, sausage, pancakes, and hot and cold beverages served from 8:30-10:30 a.m., with Santa arriving at 10:30 a.m. to meet and greet the children.

Tickets will be sold at the door: $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for children age 2 and under.

A magic show, face painting and other special treats are included.

In addition, the Women of Trinity will offer Santa’s Bake Show with an abundance of homemade goods as well as handcrafted gift items for purchase.

For more information, call 732-257-6636.

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.


Sayre Woods Bible Church will hold its annual Drive Through the Christmas Story from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and 14-15 on the church property, 2290 Route 9 south, Old Bridge.

Due to the popularity of this event, there may be a wait of up to two hours. Cars go through in the order of arrival and are parked in rows.

There are activities inside while patrons wait; attendees will be called 10-15 minutes prior to starting the tour.

Entry is closed at 8 p.m., or when the maximum car limit has been reached.

Monetary donations and unexpired canned food donations will be accepted for the church’s Bread of Life Food Bin, which serves dozens of families monthly.

For more information, visit


Sayreville United Methodist Church will hold Brunch with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 14 at the church, 406 Main St., Sayreville.
Menu includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, macaroni and cheese, cereal, bread, coffee, tea and juice.
There will be crafts, Christmas storytime and gifts.
Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-12, or free for children 3 and under.
For tickets, call Winsome at 732-432-9072.


This year’s Friends of South Amboy fundraising event will be held on Dec. 21 at South Amboy Middle High School, 200 Gov. Hoffman Plaza, South Amboy.

The proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Leonard family, longtime city residents dealing with the recent loss of their husband and father, Pat

As in years past the event will feature local high school basketball games, as follows:

2 p.m. South Amboy Varsity Girls vs. Piscataway Vo-Tech

4 p.m. South Amboy Varsity Boys vs. Piscataway Vo-Tech

6 p.m. South River Varsity Boys vs. Sayreville

8:00 Saint Thomas Aquinas Varsity Boys vs. Mater Dei

Tickets can be purchased at the door.



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.



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