Community Bulletin Board: the Sentinel (for May 27)


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.


Applications for the 2020-21 East Brunswick High School Bears and Cubs Preschool Program are available online at

Free to East Brunswick residents, the Bears and Cubs Preschool is an elective for high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers involving children. In this double period, full year course high school students learn, plan, teach and observe children ages 3-5 in a laboratory preschool setting.

Prior to the preschool students’ arrival, the high school students learn about child development, teaching methods, how to conduct an observation, appropriate lesson planning as well as routines that are needed to work with preschool-aged children. The high school students then observe, plan and execute lessons for the whole class or their specific preschooler under the supervision of a certified teacher.

Applications must be returned by May 31. Notification of acceptance will be sent to parents in mid-June. The first day of school will be in late October. This free program operates from 8-10 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The child must be 3 years old as of Oct. 31, 2020, and no older than 4 years, 8 months.  Regular attendance expected. The child must be toilet-trained. The child must be transported to and from the school. The child must be up-to-date with all immunizations

For more information, contact Taylor Wapelhorst by calling 732-613-6992 or 732-613-6979 or emailing [email protected].



Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society is holding Fetch & Pounce, a month-long virtual fun run/walk/bike event during May to benefit local homeless animals.

The event, in partnership with Pets 2 the Rescue, allows participants to safely take part in a virtual one-mile or 5K run/walk or 5-mile bike ride during the entire month to raise money for Karma Cat + Zen Dog. Registration costs $13.25 and $10 of the registration fee is donated to the animals taken care of by Karma Cat + Zen Dog.

To participate, register at and choose Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society as the participating shelter and team. Participants then complete their run/walk/bike distance while observing social distancing protocols, and can either submit their time via the IYR Virtual mobile app or manually online. Participants can RSVP to Karma Cat + Zen Dog’s Facebook event page for the race for fun and inspiring content from fellow team members.

For more information, visit

Although Karma Cat + Zen Dog’s adoption facilities in Milltown and North Brunswick are currently closed, many cats currently reside in volunteer foster homes and those interested in adopting can browse available pets online at and contact the rescue to set up a virtual meet-and-greet.

The East Brunswick Jewish Center is providing minyanim twice every day, services on Shabbat and holidays, adult education classes and Lunch and Learn with the Rabbi.

Membership welcome but not necessary.

Visit for more information.



The East Brunswick Public School District Community Programs Department is again offering summer Kindergarten Readiness Academy and Summer Early Learning Academy programs to all East Brunswick residents, as well as surrounding communities.

The Kindergarten Readiness Academy is designed to provide students entering kindergarten with continued quality programming prior to kindergarten. The Summer Early Learning Academy will offer a summer care program for 3 and 4 year olds who will not be entering Kindergarten in September 2020. Both programs will also concentrate on closing the learning gap that research shows traditionally occurs over summer months.

Kindergarten Readiness and Summer Early Learning will have full day and half day programs, running from June 25 to Aug. 7, with the option to attend three weeks or all six weeks.

Registration is open. Visit for registration instructions and program details.

Due to COVID-19, programs will be run if permitted by the State of New Jersey and in accordance with all applicable restrictions and guidelines. Refunds will be provided if the programs are unable to run.

The Early Learning Academy Preschool is again being offered for the 2020-21 school year and will begin on Sept. 8. This parent-pay program is for 3- and 4-year-old children residing in East Brunswick and surrounding areas.

Children must be 3 years of age by Oct. 31 and not age-eligible for kindergarten (5 years of age by Oct. 31). Children must also be toilet trained.

This tuition-based program is five days per week. Half-day and full-day including early morning and/or after school care are available.

The program is located in a designated section in the Hammarskjold Middle School. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

Visit for full registration instructions, including fees and all required forms. A nonrefundable registration fee plus the first month’s tuition must be received to reserve a spot in the program. There is a discounted registration fee of $25 for those who register prior to July 1.

For more information regarding the registration process, curriculum and program content information, email [email protected] or call 732-613-6983. For registration questions, email [email protected] or call 732-613-6674.





Raritan Valley YMCA is encouraging residents to #StayWithUs during this time, in particular by visiting the Y’s Facebook page for virtual events, programs and classes.

Adult programs include group fitness classes provided by Y360, Les Mills and from Y instructors. Programs and classes will be updated on a week-to-week basis. The ZOOM app is required; email [email protected] for log-in details.

The Facebook page also features live story time and creative arts with Ms. Preeti and Ms. Brenda.

Details Camp Yomeca day camp are available on the website. Online registration is open.

For more information, visit



The top 10 poems have been selected for the 2020 NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Mental Health Poetry Contest based on the theme of “battling our challenges with superpowers.”

NAMI NJ (National Alliance on Mental Illness) members and friends can vote online for the top three poems through May 31. All poems entered into the contest will be showcased on NAMI NJ’s Poetry Corner webpage in the coming months.

The poems are listed in alphabetical order by poem name; the author names are temporarily omitted for fair voting: Cosmic Revelation, D.I.D., Hello my name is: Resilience, Metamorphosis, My Survival Story, Signs, Silence, The good the bad and the mental illness, Untitled and Visibility.

Vote online at


Quaran-Teen-Ed: Apart But Not Alone is a PSA contest for New Jersey high school students.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Express your creativity by sharing how you are coping and keeping your mind and body healthy. The PSA will provide support to other youth who may be going through a difficult time.

Enter a digital poster, size 11-inch by 11-inch (1080 by 1080 pixels) as a jpg file; a poem, short essay or lyrics, 300 words max, as a pdf file; or a 30-60 second video as an mp4 file.

Entries must include a reference to 2nd Floor Youth Helpline 888-222-2228. Provide accurate and factual information from other reliable sources. Incorporate the message and phrase “Apart But Not Alone.”

Attach the submission and email to [email protected]. Subject line should state County, Name, Contest Submission. Include first and last name, name of high school, grade, project title, contact phone number and email, and parent/guardian name and contact information for approval.

Winners will be chosen by regional community leaders and celebrity judge Joetta Clark Diggs, a four-time Olympian.

Prizes range from $100 to $400. Winning entries will be posted on various social media outlets.

Deadline is 10 p.m. on May 31. Winners will be announced on June 8.

The United Way of Central Jersey’s COVID-19 Recovery Fund will assist individuals and families affected by the novel coronavirus with crucial basic expenses including rent, utilities, prescription medication/medical supplies, child care and food.
United Way will work with trusted community partners to identify individuals and families most in need of this temporary support.
Donations to the UWCJ COVID-19 Support Fund may be made online at Checks made payable to United Way may be mailed to United Way of Central Jersey, 32 Ford Ave., Milltown 08850.


The National Purple Heart Honor Mission is opening the nomination process for its 2021 Purple Heart Patriot Project. This multi-day salute to service will bring together Purple Heart heroes representing each state and territory in the nation to pay tribute to their courage and sacrifice on behalf of a grateful nation.

One Purple Heart recipient and an escort of their choosing from each state and territory will again be selected for an all-expenses-paid tribute filled with tours and ceremonies honoring their service and that of all those who have earned the Purple Heart. The four-day Patriot Project Mission will feature visits to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, historic Washington’s headquarters where the Badge of Military Merit originated in 1782, and a private tour of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor – the museum dedicated to paying tribute to our nation’s combat wounded. Other special tribute events are also being planned.

Anyone can nominate a Purple Heart recipient they know. Nominations must include a short description (up to 250 words) of why their nominee is deserving of this special recognition. Submissions can be sent via email to [email protected] or submitted via

Nominations will be accepted until Aug. 31. The Honor Mission will select three finalists from each state and territory and a national panel of Purple Heart recipients and other distinguished Americans will select the final honorees.

A complete list of honorees will be announced nationally on Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

The Spotswood Police Department is accepting applications for the 2020 Junior Police Academy, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 13-17 at Spotswood High School, 105 Summerhill Road, Spotswood.

The academy is open to students entering sixth through 12th grades.

Applications can be picked up at Spotswood police headquarters, 77 Summerhill Road, Spotswood. Deadline to apply is June 29.

For more information, contact Detective Sgt. Edward Schapley at 732-416-1861 or [email protected].


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.



Playhouse 22 will present “Camelot” June 12-28. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets for the main stage are $22 for adults or $20 for seniors and students.

Playhouse 22 is located at the Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

For tickets, visit




The Redhawk Native American Arts Council will hold its annual Raritan Pow Wow from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 20 and 21, rain or shine, 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 For tickets, visit




The East Brunswick Domestic Response Team is seeking volunteers.

Citizens are trained to respond to local police departments on an on-call basis to provide support and information to victims of domestic abuse.

For more information, email [email protected].




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 Korean War/Defense Veterans Association Central Jersey Chapter No. 148 extends an invitation to any veterans, regardless of branch of service, who served during the war from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953, in any location, including Europe, or who have served in Korea from July 27, 1953, through the present.

The group meets at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month —except January through April — at the Monroe Township Municipal Building, 1 Municipal Plaza.

Membership dues are $25 to the Korean War Veterans Association and $10 chapter fee per year.

The chapter is involved in various functions during the year, including parades, flag raisings, visiting the Korean War Memorial in Atlantic City, etc.

For more information, contact Charles Koppelman at 609-655-3111 or [email protected].


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


The SAMHAJ (South Asian Mental Health Awareness in Jersey) Multicultural Picnic is planned for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 11 at Thompson Park Grove 4AB, Perrineville Road and Schoolhouse Road, Monroe.

The annual NAMIWalks is scheduled for Sept. 26 at the Boardwalk at Seaside Park.

For more information, visit