Editor’s note: In light of recent events, some organizations have decided to cancel their upcoming programs. Please check the status of any event before attending.
- Jersey Mike’s Subs’ Day of Giving on March 25 to benefit the Hugs for Brady Foundation is canceled.
- The Sayreville War Memorial High School Hall of Fame Committee has cancelled its April 25 Hall of Fame Banquet and rescheduled it for Sept. 26. All previous ad book and ticket requests will be honored for the September date. For problems or questions, contact Elaine Kubacz at 732-727-0192 or email@example.com.
- The Daniel Pearl Education Center’s “Intersection Point: A Conversation on Religion and Race with Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum” on March 20 at Temple B’nai Shalom in East Brunswick.
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East Brunswick Elks Lodge 2370 canceled its annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and egg hunt on April 11.
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness, which is headquartered in North Brunswick, canceled its April support group meetings. However, online meetings are available on a first-come, first served basis. Visit naminj.org for more information.
- The Monroe Township Board of Education canceled its budget meeting for March 18.
- The Garden Club of Metuchen canceled its April 6 meeting.
The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is open to suggestions about what would help business owners the most. The office will be open by appointment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays indefinitely. Chamber staff will continue to answer emails, telephone, mail, etc. All March and April events will be postponed to a later date to be determined, including the Town Wide Garage Sale and General Membership Meetings. Decisions and announcements will be made soon regarding our May events. For more information, visit #OneMetuchen on social media, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-548-2964. Ad solicitations for the forthcoming Metuchen Magazine are on hold for two weeks, but content work will continue on the directory and publication which will be released in the fall.
First Reformed Church will move its Downtown Lunchtime Recital Series to YouTube, airing at 12 p.m. on March 18 with a handbell soloist. Public concerts are canceled. The YouTube channel is “First Reformed Church of New Brunswick.”
- South Brunswick canceled its budget meeting for March 17.
- Beginning March 18, general public access to Edison Town Hall will be restricted to those individuals with pre-scheduled appointments. Visitors will be required to check in upon arrival. Entrances for the public will be restricted to two points of entry: the main entrance and the Public Safety entrance. Call 732-287-0900 and follow the prompts to the appropriate department to schedule an appointment. There is a message board currently set up outside, in front of the secure lock box located by the main entrance for taxes and utility payments. Cash will not be accepted for lock box payments, but will be accepted by pre-scheduled appointment.
- The North Brunswick Township High School Class of 2022 gift basket auction is rescheduled for May 8. Pre-sale tickets are available for $30; includes free entry, a value pack of auction tickets and early access at 6 p.m. At the door, entry fee will be $10 and auction ticket packs will be $35. To order tickets, email NBTHSClassof2022@gmail.com or call Diana at 732-672-5560.
- The Thomas Warne Museum & Library in Old Bridge postponed its “Mrs. Lincoln” event until the fall.
- The South River Library will be closed until further notice. Due dates will be suspended and late fees will be waived during the closure.
- The South River Board of Health has cancelled its pancake breakfast fundraiser scheduled for April 5.
- The Borough of Spotswood closed its municipal offices to the general public as of 3 p.m. March 16 until further notice.
Online payment services are available for tax, water and sewer. Dropoff payment services are through a dropbox located outside of the front municipal complex entrance. The dropbox will be emptied daily to ensure prompt processing.
Emails and phone messages will be reviewed regularly; residents having questions regarding municipal services are urged to telephone staff for assistance. Email addresses and phone extensions can be found in the directory on the borough’s website.
All municipal court sessions have been postponed until further notice. Make payments online at njmcdirect.com or by mail only.
All transportation and programs through the Office on Aging are cancelled until further notice. Staff will be available via telephone to field any questions.
As of 5 p.m. on March 16, the library closed until further notice.
All activities run through the Recreation Department have been suspended until further notice.
The Department of Public Works has no interruption in services.
- The South Brunswick Municipal Building will be closed until further notice, although essential staff will still respond to public inquiries.
Residents in dire need of food may email email@example.com for extreme emergencies only. Any other emergency needs, such as housing, may be requested by calling 2-1-1.
PSEG will not be shutting utilities off during this time.In an effort to limit face-to-face interactions when not necessary, the South Brunswick Police Department has temporarily instituted the following changes:
– Police dispatchers may request callers to make police reports online in certain cases of non-violent crime. This may be done by visiting www.sbtnj.net/online-reports
– In some non-emergent cases, a police report may be taken by a police officer over the phone.
– In emergent cases, we will continue to offer the same level of service our residents have come to expect of us.Since staffing is reduced, there will be a delay in certain services, such as retrieving police reports and crash reports, and processing of firearms applications. No reports will be available at police headquarters, but anyone needing a copy of a police report may email the following staff members, provide sufficient information, such as name, address, phone number, case number, date of report, and type of report needed, and the report will be mailed to you.
– Police Reports: firstname.lastname@example.org
– Crash Reports: email@example.com
- The Police Department Entrance Exam, initially scheduled for April 22 in South Brunswick, has been postponed. Registrants will be notified when the new exam date is scheduled.
- The Islamic Society of Central Jersey in South Brunswick will close its mosque on March 17 until further notice.
- There is a temporary suspension of all permit and inspection requirements for the sale of residential homes in North Brunswick. All construction permit inspections and rental inspections for a change of tenancy are also suspended.
- Per East Brunswick Executive Order, as of March 17 at 8 p.m., all banquet halls, adult and child day care centers, barbershops, nail salons, hair salons, state licensed cosmetology establishments and massage establishments must close. Houses of worship are asked to follow the CDC guidelines for assembly of no more than 50 people, and they must adhere to social distancing guidelines.
- The Milltown Municipal Building will be closed to the public as of March 17. Municipal staff will be available by phone and email. All online services will continue to be available including tax/utility pay and traffic ticket pay. DPW operations such as garbage collection will also continue as scheduled.The Milltown Police Department is requiring citizens who would like to file a police report, to call the police station instead of coming in. If you need to file a report, call 732-828-1100, provide the details of your complaint, and a police officer will call you back.
In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
- All Recreation & Parks activities, programs, events, etc. are cancelled indefinitely in East Brunswick. All Fall/Winter Programs will be cancelled and not completed (Adult Volleyball, Art, Cooking, Adult/Youth Fitness, Gymnastics, Keyboards, Chess and Men’s Basketball). Registration for spring activities is suspended until further notice. Registration for Summer Camps is still open. All permits for park activities (playing fields, picnic groves, etc.) are cancelled through at least April 13.
- The Old Bridge Recycling Center will be closed daily from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for cleaning. All recycling bin sales will take place outside of the Recycling Center.
- Spotswood Municipal Court is canceled for March 24 and 26. All municipal offices are closed until further notice.
- The North Brunswick Board of Education officially canceled its conference meeting regarding budget discussions on March 18.
- Super Science Sunday at Temple Emanu-El in Edison is canceled.
- East Brunswick’s Shade Tree Division canceled its Option Green program for April 1 at the East Brunswick Library.
- Although the City of South Amboy does not have anv presumptive cases related to COVID-19, South Amboy Public Schools will close from March 16-20. The closures affect all programming at the schools, including before and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and weekend events.All teachers have updated their webpages to include daily assignments and virtual learning. Packets have also been sent home with students that do not have technology access. Teachers will have virtual “office hours” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be available via email and/or the Remind 101 app to answer any questions.The district will continue to provide lunches to students who are on Free and Reduced Lunch status. A drive-by, grab-and-go, format will be setup at the entrance of the Middle High School auditorium from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. each day. Parents should drive up to the tent and avoid sending students to the school.All students should remain home and follow social distancing measures.Students, parents or staff exhibiting flu-like symptoms should contact the Middlesex County Health Department at 732-745-3100.The administrative and secretarial staff will be available to answer any questions during the hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call the school or email the principal as needed.
All municipal buildings in Monroe will be closed to the public effective March 16. While buildings are closed to the public, the township will be open and operating with limited staff to assist residents by phone and email. Members of the public may call 732-521-4400 with questions regarding any township business. Questions regarding coronavirus should be directed to the New Jersey Department of Health Hotline at 800-222-1222. All police and emergency services are fully staffed and operational.
- The Metuchen Arts Council is postponing all scheduled public events through mid-April, including the Metuchen Arts Exchange educational series, the Trio Metephora concert on March 15, Fireside Stories on March 21, the Singer/Songwriter evening on April 2, the Bollywood concert on April 3 and Cornerstone Jazz on April 5. For updated information, visit www.metuchenartscouncil.com.
The Middlesex County Board of Social Services is urging all clients to conduct their business with the agency online, by phone or by mail. Board offices will be fully staffed during normal operating hours, but visitors will be restricted. Clients can reach a staff member from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. weekdays. Call 732-745-3500 ir visit middlesexsocialservices.com/
Visit oneapp.dhs.state.nj.us/ for information or to apply for the following programs:
- Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) — formerly Food Stamps
- General Assistance (GA)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
For NJ Family Care matters and questions, go to www.njfamilycare.org
For Child Support Services, go to www.njchildsupport.org
- The pancake breakfast on March 21 at American Legion Post 401 in the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick is cancelled.
- Playhouse 22 in East Brunswick postponed its production of “Harvey.”
- South River Municipal Court sessions scheduled for March 17 and 24 have been cancelled. You will receive a new court date via mail. The South River Municipal Court will remain open during normal business hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays) to process payments and for any assistance needed. For more information, call 732-257-1233.
- Old Bridge Municipal Court is suspended for two weeks beginning March 16.
- The free rabies clinic scheduled for March 16 in Helmetta is canceled.
- A talk on election security being hosted by the League of Women Voters on March 18 is canceled.
- The Minnie B. Veal Recreation Center and all three libraries will be closed in Edison until further notice.
- The 2020 Taste of Middlesex event in Edison is postponed.
- Monroe Township Schools will be closing for the following week.
- All South River Public Schools will be closed the week of March 16. There is the potential for further closings beyond that point. Visit www.srivernj.org for more information.
- South River Recreation’s Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for March 28 has been cancelled. In the event a new date is scheduled, further information will be shared.
The Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce is postponing all events through April 23. All committee meetings will move to conference calls. For more information, visit mcrcc.org.
- The Run for Our Heroes 5K in Old Bridge, planned for March 28, is canceled.
- All Monroe Township schools will be closed for the following week. Remote learning for all students will begin on March 16. Schools will send out specific instructions to students on how to access learning materials. All staff will be engaging with students each day.
All activities and athletic events are cancelled during this time. SATs are still scheduled for March 14. If any student does not have access to technology or internet, notify your building principal. All schools and district offices will continue to operate with essential staff only. For any free/reduced lunch student, notify your building principal if you will be picking up lunch on the days we are operating; all lunches will be available for pick up at Monroe Township High School. Guidance counselors are available via email.
- Old Bridge Township’s Department of Parks & Recreation has suspended all programs.
- All programs and meetings scheduled to be held at the Metuchen Public Library are canceled through April 5.
- The Metuchen Recreation Commission’s annual Daddy Daughter Dance has been rescheduled to May 22.
The Thomas Warne Museum in Old Bridge canceled its March 17 general membership meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 21 at the museum, 4216 Route 516, Matawan.
The Sayreville Senior Center will be closed to the public beginning March 16. Staff members will report during normal business hours and can be contacted by phone for any assistance. Income tax preparation will be moved to the Sayreville Library. Bus transportation for seniors will be limited to doctor’s appointments and food shopping.
Voices Chorale NJ canceled its Celtic Ceilidh Spring Fundraiser on March 22; and its Young Composers Project 2020 on March 24, April 14 and April 21.
- SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in South River canceled its Easter Bazaar for March 28.
The Main Street Theatre Company canceled its production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot” March 20-28.
- The public is banned from attending the Old Bridge Township Council meeting on March 16. There will be live streaming and call in available.
- The Winter Guard International Board of Directors has suspended all regional events for the remainder of the 2020 season. The East Power Regional for percussion and winds was planned for March 15 in Monroe.
- The Edison Recreation Eggstravaganza scheduled for March 28 has been canceled.
- The Edison Senior Center will be closed until March 30. However, transportation services will be provided as needed; call 732-248-7345.
- The Metuchen Senior Center is closed until further notice. All classes and programs, including tax preparation, are cancelled. Most borough committees and commissions will not meet either until further notice.
- The Old Bridge Library’s Second Saturday Concert scheduled for March 14 is canceled. Jazz vocalist Ellen LaFurn was rescheduled for Sept. 12.
Music at Saint Mary’s will present an encore performance with Irish folk singer Sara McCabe and harpist Merynda Adams at 7 p.m. on May 16 at Saint Mary Church, 256 Augusta St., South Amboy. Suggested donation is $15. A wine and cheese reception will follow the recital. For more information, call 732-857-0202. The concert was originally planned for March 14.
- The Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge on March 28 in Old Bridge is canceled.
- East Brunswick PBA Local 145’s Easter Egg Hunt for April 11 is canceled.
- The Jamesburg Monroe Regional Chamber of Commerce canceled its March Networking Luncheon, planned for March 19 at Station Bar & Grill in South Brunswick.
- In order to minimize the number of people on campus at Middlesex County College, all face-to-face instruction will be moved temporarily to online delivery. All classes scheduled at the Edison campus and the New Brunswick and Perth Amboy centers will be canceled from March 14-17, and beginning March 18, all instruction through March 27 will take place through Canvas, the online learning management system in use at MCC. During this period, all college offices and services will remain open. On or about March 25, the college will post a decision on its website as to whether classroom instruction will resume after March 27.
- Boy Scout Troop 33’s annual spaghetti dinner, originally scheduled for March 14 in Milltown, is postponed. Save any pre-purchased tickets as they will be honored when the dinner is rescheduled.
- Camp ROBIN programs and activities are suspended through March 27 in Old Bridge.
- Silver Linings at Old Bridge will be closed March 13-27 in Old Bridge.
- The Milltown Senior Center will be closed as of March 13 and will tentatively reopen on April 5. All meetings and gatherings in municipally owned facilities are cancelled from March 13 through April 5, including all events scheduled for Borough Hall, the Senior Center and the library; this does not include Municipal Court operations. Municipal offices will remain open for business during regular business hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
- The special school district budget meeting scheduled for March 14 in North Brunswick is canceled.
- The Education Foundation of South Brunswick postponed its Ladies Night Dance Party on March 27 at Rasoi.
- All activities, events, trips and classes at the Spotswood Senior Center will be canceled starting March 12 until further notice. Medical transportation, food shopping, Social Service counseling and income tax preparation will continue according to their designated times and schedules.
- Reformed Church Home of Old Bridge postponed its annual Easter Fair and Egg Hunt, scheduled for April 4.
- The annual Norma & Ralph Lamo Daisy Breakfast to benefit the Daisy Recreation Program in East Brunswick has been postponed until Nov. 1.
- Elijah’s Promise in New Brunswick will only serve meals to go during the COVID-19 outbreak. Meals will be served at the door in takeout containers with guests having extremely limited access to the building.
- All township-sponsored events, trips, classes and programming held at the Monroe Township Senior Center will be cancelled effective 4:30 p.m. on March 12. These activities will remain suspended until further notice. Refunds will be issued per the township’s cancellation policy. Medical transport and counseling services will continue according to the designated appointments and schedule. For more information, contact Office of Senior Services Director, Karen Theer, at 609-448-7140. A notice will be issued when programming resumes.
- The South Brunswick Library canceled its events for NJ Makers Day, set for March 20 and 21. The event may be rescheduled for May.
The North Brunswick Senior Center has canceled all programs until further notice as a preventative measure. LYFT transportation will be available for individual rides for those who are registered with the program. Senior Meal delivery will continue as usual. For more information, call 732-418-2222. The business office will remain open.
- The Old Bridge Public Library canceled the activities for NJ Makers Day on March 21. It will be rescheduled for a later date.
- Fireside Stories: An evening of Curated Storytelling planned for March 21 in Metuchen is canceled.
- Caribbean Night on March 21, featuring Oasis Steel Orchestra and Christine & Friends, has been canceled. Christ Church Woman with Purpose of South Amboy will announce if the evening is rescheduled.
- North Brunswick canceled its Holi event for March 14 and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on March 28.
- The women of Trinity Presbyterian Church in East Brunswick have decided to postpone their corned beef dinner scheduled for March 14.