Community Bulletin Board: the Suburban (for December 18)



The Italian American Association of Monmouth County will present “The Legend of La Befana” from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 5 (show begins at 12:30 p.m.) at the  Reception Center at St. Clement, Matawan.

Admission is $18 for children ages 3-10, and $25 for adults. Price includes performance, buffet, coffee, tea, dessert and a goody bag for children.

Colazione (breakfast) will be served from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

RSVP by Dec. 26. Contact Cheryl Scuorzo at 732-536-5832. Download the form at




Our Lady of Victories School HSA will participate in its annual Ancient Order of the Hibernians Polar Plunge to support Catholic education during Catholic Schools Week 2020.

This year’s plunge on Jan. 26 is hosted by Ocean House Tap & Grill, 1072 Ocean Ave., Sea Bright.

Take the plunge, stand on the sidelines or simply make a donation.

For more information, contact David O’Connor at 908-510-4226 or [email protected]. For more information, visit or


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

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

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

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



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