Community Bulletin Board: the North and South Brunswick Sentinel (for Sept. 9)

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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.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

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Use your library card for free access to STEAM programs/activities, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help, online testing, practice and certification exams, technology workshops, and live tutoring with Learning Express.

In addition to books, a cardholder can borrow movies, music, audio books, and games. Use it for free access to e-book and digital magazine collections, English as a Second Language, genealogy research; language learning with Rosetta Stone; streaming media; and even the New York Times online.

And, don’t miss: Bookflix for kids, Brainfuse, Lynda.com, Consumer Reports, Encyclopedia Britannica, Heritage Quest, Learning Express, MedlinePlus, Morningstar, The World Almanac for Kids, and more.

To learn more, visit www.sbpl.info and order your library card online.

For more information, call the Borrower Services Department at 732-329-4000, ext. 7290.

 

 

Middlesex County College will be offering an alternative educational program for children in grades 1-5 starting Sept. 8. The program, called “Think Tank,” is offered by the MCC Child Care Center.

Since many of the local elementary schools have decided to go virtual, many working parents are struggling to assist their child with school and maintain a job. The children will bring classroom assignments and projects from their schools, and our staff will assist but not instruct with the assignments.

Think Tank will follow all state and federal health protocols, including social distancing in the classroom and taking children’s temperatures daily. Staff members will wear masks, and it is highly recommended that children wear them too.

Classes will be limited to 10 students in each.

The children would be responsible for bringing their own tablet or laptop to the classroom, depending on district guidance.

Parents will provide lunch for their child.

In addition to the assignments from the school districts, students will participate in a nature walk and journaling, as well as various math, science and art projects.

As some parents may work remotely part of the week, MCC will offer options for three, four or five days per week. The fee is $40 per day, and capacity is limited.

For more information, contact the MCC Child Care Center at 732-906-2542 or email MTivenan-Mackintosh@middlesexcc.edu.

 

 

The Department of Defense Warrior Games was established in 2010 as a way to help in the recovery of wounded veterans through team and individual participation in various sporting events. This year’s games have been cancelled due to the pandemic.

As children of veterans who fought in the nation’s wars and as caretakers for many veterans over the years, Right at Home of Central New Jersey honors all veterans and thanks them for their service to our country.

The Let’s Get Nauti(cal) event at The Armory Restaurant and Banquet Hall in Perth Amboy will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21 featuring drinks and appetizers to honor the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Special Operations Command team members who would have participated in the Warrior Games this year.

Attendees should bring personal care items for packages that will be sent to current service members.

RSVP to Beth Sholom at 732-967-0900 or beth@rahcentral.com by Sept. 14.

 

The Middlesex County Conference on Mental Health and Addiction Recovery will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 22 via Microsoft Teams.

 

Following opening remarks by Freeholder Director Ronald Rios, an inspirational presentation from Lynette Sheard, director of NJ Mental Health Players, will address the COVID-19 pandemic and its intersection with the economy, racism and behavioral health.

 

The keynote address will be on “Ending Stigma in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Among the LGBTQ+ Community” delivered by Mayte Redcay, Serise, Inc.

Elie De Franca of Velocity Mentoring will present “Community Wise, Mindfulness and Meditation: Addressing Oppression to Promote Individual and Community Health.”

The conference will close with an interactive mindfulness exercise that participants can experience virtually.

 

CEUs have been requested for this free conference.

For questions concerning behavioral health and social work contact hours, contact Rutgers UBHC Center for Continuing Education at CCE@ubhc.rutgers.edu.

To register, visit https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=5LTzjogOi0O5pRD-y9C3Hpd0esbzOXRPsS_B0Aq5FmxUNlBCVVBCTkswMTNIMDZQQ1pCSU81NDBJUy4u

 

The Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business committee will present the 19th annual Women’s Leadership Summit in a weekly format, planned for 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23.
The theme for this year is “Rest… Renew…Relaunch” in keeping with individual journeys and experiences during this pandemic.
The event will feature a diverse set of professionals who will bring their expertise and personal experience into insightful and empowering sessions. There will also be time set aside for questions and answers.
For more information and to register, visit https://www.mcrcc.org/event/19th-annual-womens-leadership-summit/

 

 

Right at Home of Central New Jersey has created the Tickled Pink Silent Disco, to be held from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 7 at Buccleuch Park, 321 Easton Ave., New Brunswick, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The suggested donation is $5 will all proceeds benefiting breast cancer research.

RSVP to Beth Sholom at beth@rahcentral.com or 732-967- 0900 by Sept. 30.

 

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Wreaths Across America, sponsored through Elmwood Cemetery, will host a commemorative program to mark the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, at 10 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Sept. 11 memorial off Route 1 south near Chili’s Restaurant.

All safety and health guidelines will be followed, including wearing a mask and social distancing during the ceremony.

Following the ceremony, Wreaths Across America members will collect artifacts from the attendees who would like to donate, such as photos, newspaper clippings, letters, etc. to begin to prepare a time capsule and contents for next year’s 20th anniversary.

For more information, call 908-307-3260.

 

 

Community organizations are joining forces for a Back to School Supplies Drive Thru to collect items for students with special needs.

Supplies needed include binders, folders, colored pencils, rulers, construction paper and notebooks.

This one-day collection will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 near the cricket fields as you enter Community Park, 2053 Route 130 south, North Brunswick.

Residents donating supplies will drive through and drop off items in the school supply bins, then continue through the parking lot without leaving their car. Wrap supplies in a plastic bag and all involved will follow safety and health guidelines.

The North Brunswick Buddy Ball Association, with assistance from North Brunswick CERT, are reaching out to the business community to hold a school supply day in offices; and the sports community is asked to participate by dropping off supplies when playing games in Community Park that day.

Potential volunteers can call 908-309-3296. Anyone needing pickup of donated supplies can call 908-307-3260.

 

Fight the Stigma, a mental health awareness 5K hosted by the North Brunswick Soccer Club, will be held virtually through Sept. 12.
The Virtual 5K can be run or walked from any location – on the road, the trail, treadmill or track. Choose your own pace and time it yourself. When you register you will receive a bib that you can wear when you participate. When you’ve completed your 5K, submit your time and a picture of yourself wearing the bib and then you will be able to download a completion certificate.
On Sept. 13, swag can be picked up at Community Park, 2053 Route 130, North Brunswick.

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 mentalhealthawareness5k@gmail.com.

 

The North Brunswick Public Library will offer adult programs virtually throughout September:

  • Fiber Arts Club, 10-11 a.m. Sept. 11 and 25. Work on a current project (embroidery, cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, weaving, etc.) while enjoying the company of others remotely. Register in advance for the Sept. 11 Zoom program at https://forms.gle/F73c3BUa6qrTcPz78 or the Sept. 25 Zoom program at https://forms.gle/BUdWoddPYYQuC9j76
  • Bullet Journal Club, 10-11 a.m. Sept. 14. Work on a bullet journal page. Register in advance for this Zoom program at https://forms.gle/ZjMyNFSKYTujwFuYA
  • Henri Matisse Collage with April Zay, 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 14. Create a masterpiece inspired by the work of Henri Matisse. Supplies needed include colored paper, glue (preferably a glue stick) and scissors. Register in advance for this Zoom program at https://forms.gle/ZphsVFaq9eE3WLmS7
  • Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body: Tips from the Latest Research, 7-8 p.m. Sept. 28. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association. Learn how to identify the reasons for taking care of yourself as you age and list strategies to age well in cognitive activity, physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, and social engagement. Register in advance for this Zoom program at https://forms.gle/gwC1SyjmDvb58Q7c7

For a complete listing of virtual events, visit https://northbrunswicklibrary.org/ or follow the library on Facebook @NorthBrunswickLibrary

 

 

 

 

The North Brunswick Public Library and Rutgers Cancer Institute of NJ announce “Take Back Your Health Tuesdays” virtual program sessions beginning Sept. 15.

Join experts from RCINJ for informative and interactive online programs, where you’ll learn how to reduce your risk from certain cancers, how nutrition and lifestyle choices can protect you and your family against certain cancers, and how genetics can often heighten your cancer risks.

Each program begins at 7 p.m.

Registration is required at https://form.jotform.com/202264021498148

You may register for all or any of the programs that interest you.

Once you’ve registered, you will receive a link with the Zoom URL.

The dates are as follows:

Sept. 15: Cancer 101: Learn about how cancer develops, basic screening that can save lives and what steps you can take to reduce your risk for certain cancers.

Sept. 29: HPV-Related Cancers: Learn how to protect you and your family against HPV-related cancers.

Oct. 13: Guts and Glory: Learn about the relationship between the GI tract and cancer.

Oct. 27: Nutrition for Colorectal Health: Learn how proper nutrition can reduce your risk for colorectal cancer.

Nov. 10: Lung Cancer Screening: Learn about lung cancer screening, if you are eligible and the process for screening.

Nov. 24: Breathing Easier: Learn about the dangers of second hand smoke and how you can protect yourself and your family.

Dec. 8: Controlling Your Cancer Risk: You can inherit or develop a heightened cancer risk. Learn what causes heightened risks and best practices to manage them.

Dec. 22: Family History and Cancer Risk: Don’t be in the dark when it comes to familial cancer risks.

Any questions, email rmiller@northbrunswicklibrary.org

For a complete listing of virtual events, visit https://northbrunswicklibrary.org/or find the library on Facebook @NorthBrunswickLibrary

 

 

 

 

 

In lieu of its annual gala, the Antonia Maria Foundation will hold a live raffle at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 to raise funds for its new sober living home in North Brunswick.

Prizes will be posted on the foundation’s social media pages in the coming weeks.

For more information, visit www.antoniamariafoundation.org

 

 

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 10 a.m. Sept. 19.

For more information or to register, email nora@casaofmiddlesexcounty.org

 

 

 

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 www.casaofmiddlesexcounty.org/Toast2020. To inquire about event sponsorships, ad journal opportunities and silent auction donations, email stephanie@casaofmiddlesexcounty.org.

             

 

 

 

The North Brunswick Public Library is hosting a free Writing Strategies for Resumes & Cover Letters virtual, interactive workshop at 7 p.m. Sept. 24.

Join Kawana Jacocks, senior resume writer at WriteOne Resumes, to learn how to create effective resumes and cover letters that get your invaluable skills and unique personality across for employment, advancement and career changes.

Register in advance at https://form.jotform.com/202405572318147

Any questions, email rmiller@northbrunswicklibrary.org 

For a complete listing of virtual events, visit https://northbrunswicklibrary.org/ or find the library on Facebook @NorthBrunswickLibrary

 

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 https://www.namiwalks.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=965

 

The North Brunswick Public Library will offer a free virtual Wills, Estate Planning & Probate seminar from 6-7 p.m. Sept. 22.

The NJ Probate Law has made several substantial changes in Probate and the administration of estates and trusts in New Jersey. Join speaker Kenneth Vercammen, Esq., as he shows you how to correctly navigate the current changes to the NJ Probate Law, and make estate planning easy while also protecting your family.

Topics covered during this free seminar include how to eliminate the NJ Estate Tax, what a living will is, and an overview of problems that arise if you have no will.

Registration is required at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tde-sqjouE9fXmYAWFx34o1BJgoyDnVIG

You will be sent the virtual program URL following registration.

Any questions, email rmiller@northbrunswicklibrary.org

For a complete listing of virtual events, visit https://northbrunswicklibrary.org/ or follow the library on Facebook @NorthBrunswickLibrary

 

 

Women Aware will mark 40 years of service to individuals and families in Middlesex County affected by domestic violence with a 40th anniversary Virtual Candlelight Vigil from 7-8 p.m. Oct. 21.

The event will remember victims whose lives were ended by domestic violence and to honor survivors moving beyond abuse.

During the vigil, the organization will honor Women Aware shelter founders Diane Palladino and Ellen Koteen; volunteer advocate Ruth Hague; and Paul Sansone Sr., founder of Sansone Auto Group, Paul Sansone, Sr.

The candlelight vigil is open to the public and free to attend. Visit https://givebutter.com/WomenAware40th

For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Susan Dyckman, director of development, at sdyckman@womenaware.net or 732-249-4900, ext. 0428.

To donate online, visit https://givebutter.com/WomenAware40th

Text to donate 202-858-1233 Code WA40

Mail a check payable to Women Aware; mail to Women Aware, 40th Anniversary, 250 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick 08901

Follow Women Aware on social media: Facebook @womenawareinc or Instagram @womenaware or Twitter @Women_Aware

 

 

 

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 www.chlp.org or call 973-275-1175.

 

 

 

Ongoing

 

South Brunswick VFW Post 9111 is seeking monetary assistance from the community.

The organization has long supported free Christmas parties for children, food drives, Purple Hearts Chapter 10, the American Veterans Dog Foundation that trains dogs to support veterans, and a Christmas party for veterans at the New Jersey State Veterans Memorial Home in Menlo Park.

The efforts are in jeopardy because of the impact of COVID-19.

To donate to the GoFundMe account, visit https://gf.me/u/ynb882

 

The Islamic Society of Central Jersey (ISCJ), in partnership with the South Brunswick Food Pantry, holds a weekly drive-thru food pantry program every Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at ISCJ, 4145 Route 1, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick.

The ISCJ is providing a box of provisions meant to supplement a family of four for one week. Items in this box generally include pasta, spaghetti sauce, rice, canned beans, canned soup, oil, hummus, cheese, bread, canned beef or fish, frozen organic chicken, corn flour, pudding, some personal protective equipment and personal hygiene items.

This service is open to all citizens in need, regardless of legal status, creed, ethnicity or geography.

Email foodpantry@iscj.org for any questions regarding the program, to seek assistance, to volunteer or to donate food.

 

Residents of South Brunswick are able to preregister and pick up food twice a week at the Municipal Building, 540 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick.

Drive-thru is available from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Register to receive food by emailing jwert@sbtnj.net by 1 p.m. the day prior to pickup. After you register you will receive a confirmation number which you will show on the day of your pickup.

On your pickup day you will pull around to the rear of the building and pull up to the drive thru. Upon arriving you will show one of the employees the confirmation number from your phone or you can write it on a piece of paper and hold it up to the window.

An employee will place the boxes in your trunk after verifying your confirmation number. Food will not be distributed without a confirmation number.

Remain in your vehicle and keep your windows rolled up at all times.

This program is for South Brunswick residents only.

For more information, call Wert at 732-329-4000, ext. 7674.

 

 

The North Brunswick Police Department is seeking donations of sanitizing wipes and other PPE.

Drop off items at police headquarters, 710 Hermann Road, North Brunswick.

Call 732-247-0922, ext. 326 for more information.

 

 

 

The South Brunswick Public Library is chronicling residents’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Visit www.sbpl.info/covid-19-stories/ to be part of the South Brunswick historical local archives. The link takes you to a survey of 17 questions to help encourage a story.
Stories can also be emailed directly to SBPL Information Services Specialist Randall Marsola at rmarsola@sbpl.info
Stories can be anonymous.
Entries can include photographs, artwork, poems, etc.
The submissions may be featured on the library website.

 

 

 

 

 

The New Brunswick Community Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the market pavilion, 178 Jones Ave.; from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at the market pavilion; and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at Kilmer Square Park, 108 Albany St.

 

 

 

 

Central Jersey Family Health Consortium is offering a series of virtual support groups.

 

A New Dad Support Group for expectant and new fathers with babies under 1 year old will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, co-facilitated by a therapist and an experienced father of twins.

Registration is required by emailing Pat Vena at pvena@cjfhc.org.

 

A New Mom Support Group for pregnant and new moms with babies under 1 year old will be held in English at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and in Spanish at 1 p.m. Wednesdays.

To register in English, email Pat Vena at pvena@cjfhc.org. To register in Spanish, email Mariella Flores at mflores@cjfhc.org.

 

The Listening Hearts and Minds Support Group is held at 6 p.m. Tuesdays for pregnant and parenting women, co-facilitated by experienced counselors. Topics include parenting skills, coping with COVID-19, stress management, keeping mental health and meditation.

Pre-registration required by contacting Deena Cohen at dcohen@cjfhc.org or 888-633-5502.

CJFHC is located at 30 Silverline Dr., Second Floor, Suite 1, North Brunswick.

For more information, visit www.cjfhc.org or call 732-937-5437.

 

 

 

To continue providing service to the North Brunswick community in these “virtual times,” the North Brunswick Public Library has launched its own YouTube channel.

Though the library remains closed, librarians are regularly creating fun and educational videos ranging from craft demonstrations and book talks to poetry readings and instructional lessons on how to use several of the library’s awesome databases.

Soon, the library hopes to broadcast its videos on North Brunswick’s own TV-15.

Visit www.youtube.com/channel/UC1WP7DqpscPLtBsIOBSepXQ to subscribe to the channel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 www.uwcj.org. Checks made payable to United Way may be mailed to United Way of Central Jersey, 32 Ford Ave., Milltown 08850.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 lbenson@northbrunswicknj.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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