Community Bulletin Board: Criterion Sentinel (for Aug. 19)



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 Metuchen Area of Chamber of Commerce will hold Cruise Nights from 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 2 and Oct. 7 at the intersection of New and Center streets and at the senior center.

For more information, visit


Mayor Jonathan Busch will discuss the current affairs of the Borough of Metuchen during the next meeting of the Metuchen Area of Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 23, via Zoom at noon.

The 2021 slate of officers for the chamber will be announced. Other nominations made must be submitted by Oct. 13.

To join, please RSVP by emailing [email protected]

Those who register by Sept. 9 will receive a special gift and be entered to win a door prize.


The Jamaica Organization of New Jersey (JON-J) will hold a virtual Jamaica Independence Party from 7-10 p.m. Aug. 29.
Patrons are asked to donate to the fundraiser by using one of the following methods: JON-J PayPal account at ; Zelle to [email protected] ; or write a check payable to the Jamaica Organization of New Jersey and mail to JON-J, P.O. Box 446, Orange, NJ 07051. Sponsorships are available.
JON-J is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization that launched in 1998. The money raised through various fundraising events have been impactful in providing aid for hurricane disaster-relief efforts in New Jersey, Jamaica, and other Caribbean Islands; funding scholarships to college-bound students in New Jersey; assisting local food banks in New Jersey; and providing aid to needy schools in Jamaica.


United Way Central Jersey’s annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive will accept donations of $15 per student online at

Organizations and businesses can also hold a traditional supply drive with requested items including backpacks, folders, notebooks, markers, crayons, No. 2 pencils, glue, erasers, scissors, pencil sharpener, highlighters and pens; plus personal protective equipment, adult and child masks, hand sanitizer, wipes and facial tissues.

For a full list of needed supplies or to make arrangements to drop off items, email Patricia Desiderio at [email protected]



CASA of Middlesex County is seeking volunteers to advocate for children who have been abused or neglected.

When a child is in foster care, having a CASA (court-appointed special advocate) means they are more likely to find a permanent home, spend less time in foster care, and perform better in school. 

Fall training starts in October. Online information sessions will be offered at noon on Aug. 20, at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 and at 10 a.m. Sept. 19.

For more information or to register, email [email protected]




The Woodbridge Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of town hall, 1 Main St., Woodbridge.

Free parking is available at the NJT Eleanor Street parking lot and at the NJT Parker Press parking lot.

Visit www.twp.woodbridge for more information.



Woodbridge will continue its tradition of five nights a week of free outdoor concerts on the lawn of Woodbridge High School, 1 Samuel Lupo Pl.

Woodbridge will celebrate women and the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, with an all-female free outdoor concert series on Wednesday evenings.

Americana groups Bobtown and The Honey Dewdrops co-bill on Aug. 19. Blues singer Daniele Nicole brings her band on Aug. 26.

The series closes with “American Idol” finalist Tristan McIntosh performing her original tunes along with rock/pop standards on Sept. 2.

All concerts are at 7:30 p.m.

Full listings, bios and other information can be obtained at

The THE BAND Band honors the great Bob Dylan with an evening of his work on Aug. 23. Panama Dead brings the foot stomping music of the New Riders of the Purple Sage on Aug. 30.

Closing the season on Sept. 13 is the Linda Ronstadt Experience, who’s faithful sound blew away the crowd last season.

Oldies Monday, Tribute Tuesday and Local Band Thursday round out the offerings.

Beer, wine and food trucks will be available.

For the lineups and more information, visit






Summerfest 2020 has been moved to Sept. 5 in Merrill Park, Iselin section of Woodbridge. Mayor John McCormac said they hope to have a ceremony during the festival to recognize the residents who passed from COVID-19 and bring together family and loved ones to celebrate their lives as well as to celebrate hero first responders and health care professionals who put their lives on the line to protect and save others.


Woodbridge’s annual fireworks display has been moved to Sept. 6 in Alvin P. Williams Park in the Sewaren section of the township.


Woodbridge will hold its summer concert series: Doo Wop Monday nights of the ’50s and ’60s, Rock and Roll Tuesday night tribute bands from the ’70s and ’80s, Eclectic Wednesday nights, Local Band Thursday nights and Country Band Sundays – at Woodbridge High School to allow proper social distancing.

All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m.; shows on Sundays will begin at 6 p.m.

Concerts are free with food and refreshments for sale.

The township will collect boxes and cans of non-perishable foods at the shows for the local food pantries.



CASA of Middlesex County will hold Toast 2020, which will honor John E. Harmon Sr., the founder, president and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ).

Toast 2020 is an opportunity to mingle with community leaders, enjoy a champagne brunch, participate in a silent auction and learn how Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) help children who have suffered abuse and/or neglect and are now in an out-of-home placement.


The event is planned for 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Steakhouse 85, 85 Church St., New Brunswick. If necessary due to COVID-19, the event will be held virtually.



Funds raised from Toast 2020 help to recruit, train and support volunteer advocates. CASA advocates go through extensive training before they are paired with a child or sibling group and annual continued education to stay current on issues impacting children. Though state agencies ensure the child’s basic needs are met, CASAs are trained to gather well-being information and report to the family court judge to help a child thrive.



Additionally during Toast 2020, the late William Hamilton, Jr., will be recognized for his contributions to CASA of Middlesex County as a board member, donor and friend.


To purchase tickets, visit To inquire about event sponsorships, ad journal opportunities and silent auction donations, email [email protected].




NAMIWalks NJ 2020 will be held virtually on Sept. 26.

Join a team and collaborate with activities in a safe, socially distanced manner or jointly on a virtual platform. Be your own “virtual walker.” Walk or run in your neighborhood, backyard or local park; garden, cook, play games over social media, etc.

Efforts support the National Alliance on Mental Illness New Jersey chapter.

For more information, visit


Antonia Maria Foundation is seeking live-in staff for its sober living home for women, Gracie’s House, located on Livingston Avenue, North Brunswick.

The primary duty is to maintain the safety of the residents through overnight checks.

You receive reduced rent, days free to work a job or attend college, and free access to spiritual and wellness programs.

Applicants must be female, drug- and alcohol-free, and trustworthy and compassionate.

To apply, contact Antonia Montalvo at 732-823-8350 or visit


The County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey is offering scholarships to law school students seeking careers as prosecuting attorneys, graduate students with a commitment to child advocacy, and to police officers hoping to attend college or graduate school to advance their careers in law enforcement.

The annual scholarships, each amounting to a one-year grant of $3,500, will be paid directly to the recipients, who will be selected by a committee that administers the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey Scholarship Foundation.

Scholarship applicants must be residents of New Jersey and must demonstrate a financial need. Scholarship recipients from previous years are ineligible.

Each of the scholarships are dedicated to the memory of an attorney who died in office, where they had served with dignity as prosecutors in various counties in New Jersey and exemplified the high standards of law enforcement professionals.

To be eligible for the Oscar W. Rittenhouse Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must be accepted for admission to a law school and must have an interest in pursuing a career as a prosecutor.

To be eligible for the Andrew K. Ruotolo Jr. Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must be accepted for admission to a law school or a graduate school. Applicants must exhibit an interest, and commitment to, enhancing the rights and well-being of children through child advocacy programs.

To be eligible for the Harris Y. Cotton Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must be accepted for admission to a law school. The applicant must have an interest in pursuing a career as a prosecutor with an emphasis in domestic violence or hate crime prosecutions.

To be eligible for the John H. Stamler Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must be a sworn law enforcement officer seeking educational advancement on a college or graduate level to improve his or her effectiveness as a law enforcement officer.

Applications must be postmarked by Sept. 4. Applications are available online at

Personal interviews of finalists will be conducted. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision in October.

Applications should be sent to Prosecutor Scott Coffina, Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, 49 Rancocas Road, Mount Holly 08060; or email [email protected]




The Edison Farmers Market is open from 1-3 p.m. every Wednesday at the Jade Dynasty parking lot, 925 Amboy Ave., through October.

The vendors include Asprocolas Acres, La Bonbonniere Bake Shop, Fresh Honey and Honey Products, Bebe’s All Natural and Elcha’s Eats.

For more information about pre-order and pickup, visit,,,, and




The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy (MEWSA) is offering virtual learning support for children in grades K-8.

Childcare professionals and staff will help children complete school assignments through one-hour, live, one-on-one virtual tutoring sessions.

Also, coming soon is a Kindergarten Readiness Program that will provide learning activities in a small virtual class setting to help develop social-emotional, cognitive and language skills.

To register, visit



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 Metuchen Farmers Market is on, rain or shine, every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Town Plaza, corner of New Street and Pearl Street, June to November.






The First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen (FPC) rescheduled its annual spring rummage sale for 5-8:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 in the FPC Social Center, 270 Woodbridge Ave., Metuchen.

 FPC will accept donations from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 21-24 in the church office.



The Community Health Law Project (CHLP) has extended the deadline for nominations of candidates for the Ann Klein Advocate Awards and Mike Lione Accessibility Award to recognize those who dedicate themselves to improving the lives of people living with disabilities through Oct. 17.

The Ann Klein Advocate Award is given to a group of select individuals and organizations, nominated by the public, who have performed exemplary work as advocates for people living with disabilities and/or vulnerable populations.

The award is named in memory of Ann Klein, former commissioner of the NJ Department of Human Services, whose career as a public servant, legislator and social worker paved the way for significant advances in the human services systems throughout the State of New Jersey.

The Mike Lione Accessibility Award was established in 2013 in memory of longtime Community Health Law Project Board Member and former Chair Mike Lione. This award is presented to an individual or entity that has performed exemplary work as an advocate for accessibility on behalf of persons living with disabilities.

For more information, visit or call 973-275-1175.