Community Bulletin Board: the North and South Brunswick Sentinel (for March 18)

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Editor’s note: In light of recent events related to coronavirus, some organizations have decided to cancel their upcoming programs. Please check the status of any event before attending.

 

 

The South Brunswick Senior Golf Association is accepting new members for the 2020 season.

Players golf every Tuesday at Tamarack Golf Course in East Brunswick.

For more information, call John Fuller at 732-297-0387 or Joe Saffiotti at 732-297-3389.

 

 

North Brunswick Buddy Ball Soccer will open its spring season at 10 a.m. on April 4 at North Brunswick Community Park, 2053 Route 130, North Brunswick.

Buddy Ball Soccer provides sports opportunities for physically and developmentally challenged youth.

Participants can sign up by emailing [email protected] or calling 908-307-3260, or at the field on April 4.

Volunteers are also needed for the 10-week program. For more information, call 908-307-3260.

 

 

The New Brunswick Kennel Club will hold its all-breed dog shows from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 20 and 21 at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center, Raritan Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison. 

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for 65 and over, and $2 for children under 10. 

No baby strollers or dogs allowed. 

For more information, visit www.nbkc.org.

 

American Legion Post 459 will hold an indoor garage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 28 at the post hall, 1015 Linwood Place, North Brunswick.

Spaces are available. Call 732-249-4147.

 

The Viking Closet at South Brunswick High School is holding a prom dress drive through March 20.

Gently worn and new prom dresses, formal dresses, shoes, jewelry and purses for students in eighth grade and high school are requested.

New makeup, perfume, gift certificates for salons and raffle items are also requested.

The ninth annual Red Carpet Dress Event will then be held from 1:30-5 p.m. on March 21 at the school, 750 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick. Parents are required to attend. Bring a student ID and a non-perishable food item. All items will be available free of charge.

RSVP to [email protected] and follow SBHSVikingCloset on Instagram.

 

 

Jersey Mike’s Subs is holding its 10th annual Month of Giving during March.

Proceeds will specifically benefit the Hugs for Brady Foundation on March 25 when visiting the Princeton location at 3495 Route 1 south, Suite 118B, by Whole Foods and Staples.

To place an order in advance, email [email protected] by March 20.

Hugs for Brady is a pediatric cancer awareness organization based out of South Brunswick.

 

Freddie Rubino will perform a comedy show on March 27 at North Brunswick Fire Co. No. 3, 1470 Cozzens Lane, North Brunswick.

Dinner starts at 7 p.m., followed by the show at 8 p.m.

Support the Adams AC youth football league.

Buffet dinner (Lenten menu available), beer, wine, soft drinks, dessert and coffee included.

Cost is $45 for the dinner and show. For tickets, call Scott at 732-491-5560, Rich at 732-732-2222 or Derek at 908-812-2435.

 

 

Sons of American Legion Squadron 401 will hold an All-U-Can Eat Pancake Breakfast from 8-11 a.m. on March 21 at the post hall, 148 Major Road, South Brunswick, to raise funds for post improvement projects.

The menu will feature plain, blueberry and chocolate chip pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea and juice.

The breakfast is open to the public. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

For tickets or information, stop by the post or call 732-329-9861.

 

 

The North Brunswick Township High School Class of 2022 gift basket auction will be held on March 20 at the school, 98 Raider Road, North Brunswick. Snow date is March 27.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

At the door, entry fee will be $10 and auction ticket packs will be $35.

To order tickets, email [email protected] or call Diana at 732-672-5560.

 

The Ladies Auxiliary of North Brunswick Volunteer Fire Co. No. 2 will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on March 28 at the firehouse, 2030 Route 130 north, North Brunswick.

Menu includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, muffins, bagels, coffee, tea and juice.

Cost is $10 for adults or $5 for children 12 and younger.

There will also be a 50/50 raffle.

 

 

A tricky tray to benefit South Brunswick High School Project Graduation will be held on March 28 at Crossroads Middle School North, 635 Georges Road, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Calling begins at 7 p.m.

Gift basket, gift card or monetary donations will be accepted. Drop off inside the main entrance of the high schooler send to SBHS c/o PG Tricky Tray, Attn: Lisa Carneglia, 750 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction 08852. To arrange a pickup, call Lisa at 732-239-6393 or Gina at 732-266-7927.

 

 

 

Tax forms are available at the South Brunswick Public Library, 110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick.
A new 1040 form for seniors only is now available.
Forms are located near the Information Services Desk. Ask a librarian for more assistance.

 

 

 

Applications are being accepted for plots in the North Brunswick Community Garden at the Pulda Farm, Old Georges Road off Route 130, North Brunswick.

Families can grow herbs, produce and flowers. A 10-foot by 10-foot plot costs $35.

Make checks payable to the Township of North Brunswick. Send to the Township of North Brunswick, Department of Parks & Recreation, ATTN: Community Garden Committee / Lou Ann Benson, 710 Hermann Road, North Brunswick 08902

Applications are due by March 30.

Visit northbrunswicknj.gov for the application and rules and regulations.

 

Guidelines for the annual NAMI NJ (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Mental Health Poetry Contest include:

* Poem should be in keeping with the theme of how your superpowers helped you battle your challenges with mental illness

* Poem must be typewritten. If sent electronically, do not send PDF files.

* Poem should be no longer than 40 lines.

* Fill out a media release form to accompany your entry.

* Provide a cover letter that includes your name, email (if available), mailing address and phone number.

The contest submission deadline is March 25.

Mail typed entries to NAMI NJ Poetry Contest, 1562 Route 130, North Brunswick 08902. Or, email your entry with the signed media release form to [email protected].

April is the National Poetry Month and May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Playhouse 22 will hold open auditions for “Camelot,” a musical by Lerner and Loewe, at 7:30 p.m. on March 30 and 31 at the theater, 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick. Callbacks will be by invitation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 4.
Those auditioning should be prepared to sing 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show. Sides will be provided at auditions.
Be prepared to list any dance experience. Everyone auditioning will be taught a short movement combination. No specific shoes/attire required.
Video auditions will not be accepted. Bring your theater resume.
Rehearsals are expected to begin on or about April 6 and will be held depending on cast availability.
​Performance dates are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, June 12–28. Tech Week will begin on June 6 and all cast members are expected to attend these rehearsals.
For character descriptions, visit www.playhouse22.org.

 

 

 

 

 

One in 8 Middlesex County residents are food insecure – meaning they don’t have reliable, affordable access to nutritious foods and necessities.

The holidays are over but the need for food donations has not ended. MCFOODS (Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services) is running low on items such as macaroni and cheese, rice, spaghetti, peanut butter, tuna fish, canned fruits and vegetables.

Consider hosting a food drive with your business, school, civic group or athletic team. MCFOODS can provide containers and transportation of items back to the warehouse. A flyer is attached that can be used or personalized to promote a collection.

Individual donations can be dropped off at the libraries in East Brunswick, Edison, Metuchen, Monroe, Piscataway, Plainsboro and Woodbridge.

MCFOODS is also in need of volunteers to help at the warehouse, offer professional expertise, assist at local events and host a food drive.

For more information, contact Jennifer Apostol, MCFOODS director, by calling 609-409-5033, emailing [email protected] or visiting www.mciauth.com.

 

 

Guidelines for the annual NAMI NJ (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Mental Health Poetry Contest include:

* Poem should be in keeping with the theme of how your superpowers helped you battle your challenges with mental illness

* Poem must be typewritten. If sent electronically, do not send PDF files.

* Poem should be no longer than 40 lines.

* Fill out a media release form to accompany your entry.

* Provide a cover letter that includes your name, email (if available), mailing address and phone number.

The contest submission deadline is March 25.

Mail typed entries to NAMI NJ Poetry Contest, 1562 Route 130, North Brunswick 08902. Or, email your entry with the signed media release form to [email protected].

April is the National Poetry Month and May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Jamesburg Presbyterian Church will hold a Merit Badge Fair on March 28, open to all Boy Scouts of America scouts.

Each class has a $15 non-refundable registration fee. Separate transactions are required for registering each sibling.

Each scout will receive one free lunch; additional food and snacks available for sale.

Scouts must be prepared. Bring a signed blue card, printed merit badge workbook for each class, pen and paper. Scouts should be dressed in Class A uniform.

If prerequisites are not completed, a partial completion will be given.

For more information, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0a4daea62ca5ff2-merit. Do not call the church.

 

The South Brunswick Police Department is seeking new officers. 

At a minimum, candidates must be between 18 and 35 years of age; possess a minimum of 60 college credits from an accredited college or university; or have four years of active military service in the United States Armed Forces with an Honorable Discharge. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens and hold a current driver’s license.

The department will give a competitive exam administered by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. The deadline to apply is April 10, with the exam being given on April 22 at South Brunswick High School, 750 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick.

For a list of requirements and how to apply to take the exam, visit www.policeapp.com/Entry-Level-South-Brunswick-NJ-Police-Officer-Jobs/903/

For questions about the exam, email [email protected]

 

The North Brunswick Senior Center is offering a bus trip to the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse on April 17 to see “Sherlock Holmes Returns.”

The bus will leave at 10:15 a.m. from the Senior Center, 15 Linwood Place, North Brunswick.

The cost is $70 per person, and includes lunch, show and transportation.

For tickets, call 732-418-2222.

The Mackenzie Blair Foundation will hold Designer Bag Bingo on April 24 at Our Lady of Peace, 227 Washington Ave., North Brunswick.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Games begin at 7 p.m.

Advanced tickets include 10 bingo game sheets, three boards per game. Bingo package is $35; does not include EventBrite ticket fee.

Tricky tray packages will be pressed.

Must be 21 or older to attend.

Purchase tickets at www.thembf.eventbrite.com.

For more information, email Wendy at [email protected].

 

The North Brunswick Heritage Day Committee will present Taste of the Town from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on April 25 at Our Lady of Peace Church, 1740 Route 130, North Brunswick.

There will be wine, beer, food and music.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

For tickets, call the North Brunswick Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services at 732-247-0922, ext. 475, or order online at www.communitypass.net.

 

North Brunswick PBA Local 160 will hold its 25th annual Cops & Rodders Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 26 in the parking lot next to DeVry University, 630 Route 1 north, North Brunswick.

To register a car or learn about sponsorships, contact Officer Joseph Grasso or Officer Shawn McCorry at [email protected].

 

 

 

The American Cancer Society’s Bark for Life canine event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 26 at Mannino Park, 1 Mannino Park Dr., Old Bridge.

The community dog walk, festival and vendor fair will raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer.

There will be dog contests, entertainment, demonstrations and more.

To register, visit www.relayforlife.org/barkcentralNJ

 

 

The Middlesex County Board of Elections is seeking poll workers for the Primary Election on June 2. In addition to receiving a stipend of $200 for the day, poll workers perform a valuable civic service by helping to ensure that every eligible voter can exercise their right to vote.

Any county resident who is 18 years or older, registered to vote in Middlesex County and can speak English is qualified to become a poll worker. High school students (16 or 17 years old) can serve as poll workers if they are a United States citizen, a resident of Middlesex County, can speak English and have written permission from his or her parent or guardian and high school representative.

While all individuals are welcome to apply, the county’s focus is recruiting poll workers to assist the county’s large demographics of voters who speak English and at least one of the following languages: Spanish, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Urdu, Mandarin, Cantonese and Korean.

No experience is needed. Before Election Day, each poll worker attends a single-session training course.

Those interested in becoming poll workers are advised to apply now in order to reserve a spot. For more information and to obtain an application, call the Middlesex County Board of Elections at 732-745-3471.

 

North Brunswick Township is accepting submissions for its Veterans Park Memorial Paver Donation Project.

Any resident who has a family member who served in the United States military during a wartime period can honor them at Veterans Park on Roosevelt Avenue with a 4-inch-by-8-inch brick engraved with their name, branch of service, rank, conflict and period of service.

All engraving will be done in upper case. There is a maximum of three lines with 15 letters/spaces/punctuation marks per line.

Checks in the amount of $75 should be made payable to the Township of North Brunswick and mailed with the name, mailing address, telephone and email to the Veterans Paver Donation Project, c/o the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services, 710 Hermann Road, North Brunswick 08902.

For more information, call Lou Ann Benson at 732-247-0922, ext. 475.

The Township of North Brunswick will continue honoring veterans with a secondary street signs at township roads.

Applications for wartime veterans are received throughout the year. The honored veterans must be a past or current resident of North Brunswick.

The requirements can be found at www.northbrunswicknj.gov; on Facebook; or at the Municipal Building at the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services, 710 Hermann Road, North Brunswick.

For more information, contact Lou Ann Benson at [email protected].

 

 

The Antonia Maria Foundation and Day One Sober Living will hold their 2020 spring gala, Celebrate a New Day, from 7-11 p.m. on April 3 at the South Gate Manor, 260 South St., Freehold.

The second annual gala will launch the partnership with Day One to help revolutionize sober living care for women in New Jersey. Together, the two organizations will be opening Leo’s House, a recovery home for women following in the footsteps of Gracie’s House. Both are located in North Brunswick.

For information on tickets or sponsorship, call 732-823-8350.

 

 

Fight the Stigma, a mental health awareness 5K hosted by the North Brunswick Soccer Club, will be held on April 19. The event begins at 9 a.m. at Community Park, 2053 Route 130 south, North Brunswick. Check in begins at 8 a.m.

 

There will be free refreshments for all racers.

Team discount for five or more participants.

One hundred percent of proceeds will benefit Minding Your Mind. For more information, visit www.mindingyourmind.org.

To register or to make a donation, visit www.mha5k.org or runsignup.com/MHA5K.

For more information, email [email protected].

 

The Heart of Oneness Holistic Expo will be held March 27-29 at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison.

Reiki, crystals, psychic readings, workshops and aura photography.

Hours are 5-9 p.m. on March 27, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 28 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 29.

Free tote for the first 150 attendees at the door on March 28 and 29.

For more information and tickets, visit www.heartofonenessholisticexpo.com.

 

 

The New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning and PNC Bank are inviting New Jersey students in grades 2-12 to take part in the 17th annual PNC Bank “American Patriot Essay Contest” by writing a short essay on the topic “What the American Flag Means to Me.”

The Grand Prize winner will receive the opportunity to take a ride in a 75-foot-tall hot air balloon in front of their classmates at their school in June and then fly in one of the 100 hot air balloons at this year’s 38th annual balloon fest, scheduled for July 24-26 at Solberg Airport in Readington.

The Festival VIP Grand Prize package includes a hot air balloon ride for two, four Blue Sky Club VIP tickets, and the opportunity to meet one of this year’s concert headliners.

This year’s winning student’s immediate classmates will each receive one complimentary general admission ticket to the Festival. Second-place and third-place prizes consisting of festival admission and merchandise will be also awarded. The winning student’s teacher and school principal will each receive two Blue Sky Club VIP tickets.

All teachers in the state who submit a group of 15 essays or more on behalf of their students will receive two free general admission tickets to the festival regardless of whether one of their students submits the winning essay.

The essays must be 100 words or less. They will be judged by a panel of representatives from PNC Bank and the balloon festival. Winning essays will be selected based on creativity, poignancy and clarity with consideration given to the grade level of the contestant.

Entries should be mailed to Essay Judges, New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning, 363 Route 46 West, Suite 200, Fairfield 07004; or emailed to [email protected]. Entries should include the student’s name, grade and age; the school name, address and telephone number; and the name of their teacher and the teacher’s school email address.

The deadline to enter is May 1.

Additional information may be found at www.balloonfestival.com/pncessay.

 

Monroe Township Jewish War Veterans Post 609 is collecting United States and foreign stamps, both on and off envelopes.

Stamps are used by veterans as hobbies and as therapy to support medical staff at VA Medical Centers nationwide.

Stamps are not traded or sold; they are forwarded to veteran patients at no charge.

Also requested are DVDs suitable for veterans at those locations.

Send all items to JWV Post 609, c/o Charles Koppelman, 6 Yarmouth Dr., Monroe 08831-4742.

The 74th annual Bernie Cohn Golf Classic will be held on May 14 at Forsgate Country Club, 375 Forsgate Dr., Monroe, by the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Tee off is 9 a.m.

Sign up at mcrcc.org.

 

Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County will hold its One Community Gala for 2020 at 5 p.m. on June 14 at Classical Caterers at Congregation B’Nai Tikvah, 1001 Finnegans Lane, North Brunswick.

Dinner, dancing and auction.

Honorees include community leaders David and Ellen Rabinowitz, BCB Bank and Vincent Davis, and Bill Neary.

Sponsorship opportunities and journal ads are available.

For more information, email [email protected] or [email protected], or call 732-777-1940.

 

The fourth annual Celebrate Middlesex County event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 13 at Roosevelt Park, Parsonage Road, Edison.

Enjoy roller skating, a fishing derby, live music, entertainment, food trucks and hands-on activities.

For more information, visit middlesexcountynj.gov/celebrate.

 

The Redhawk Native American Arts Council will hold its annual Raritan Pow Wow from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., rain or shine, on June 20 and 21 at the Middlesex County Fairgrounds, 655 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

There will be Native American dancers, singers, artists, vendors, crafts, performing groups and food.

Grand entry of dancers is at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. both days.

The cost is $12 for adults and teens, $8 for children ages 6-12, $10 for seniors age 65 and older, $10 for students, and $35 online only for family four-packs.

Parking is free.

Bring lawn chairs. Leashed pets welcome.

For more information, visit www.redhawkcouncil.org. For tickets, visit raritanpw2020.eventbrite.com.