Community Bulletin Board: the Sentinel (for Sept. 23)

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.



New Beginnings Animal Rescue will host its ninth annual golf outing on Oct. 13 at the Peddie School Golf Course, 201 S. Main St., Hightstown.

The cost is $145 per golfer, which includes greens fees, electric cart, locker room facilities, lunch, beverages and awards.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with shotgun start/scramble at 10:30 a.m.


Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information on the golf outing or to request a brochure, call Karen at 732-816-7381.

For more information on New Beginnings, visit



The Community Pet Food Bank by New Beginnings Animal Rescue is open from 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, with varying hours on Saturdays, on the grounds of Nativity Lutheran Church, 552 Ryders Lane, East Brunswick.

For more information, visit


Affiliates of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) want to help individuals and families better understand what is commonly known as hoarding disorder.

Laverne Williams, CSW, who has many years of experience providing trainings on hoarding disorder for the Mental Health Association in New Jersey as well as facilitating support groups for those seeking to overcome their tendencies to hoard, will speak from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 7 about “Too Much Stuff.”

The webinar will use Zoom as its online platform and will include an opportunity for questions and answers with the audience.

To register, visit


Disability Allies in East Brunswick is facilitating a virtual monthly seminar series, Embrace Inclusion Without Exception; the next session is from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 5 via Zoom. 

This seminar will be presented by Fred Buglione, M.A., M.Ed., president and CEO, New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education, who will discuss their vision of a society where all individuals are valued members of their community and have opportunities to reach their maximum potential

Register for this conference in advance at

For more information about the event, email or call Harriet Shander at 908-848-0385.


Jim Peck, an amateur astronomer since he first saw the Russian satellite Sputnik I in the night sky as a child, will present a virtual program, “The Sky by Day and by Night: An Introduction to the Heavens,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 7.

Peck’s presentation will cover the moon, planets, stars and constellations, as well as deep sky objects, artificial satellites and the sun’s path across the sky. He will show the night sky exactly as it will appear that night over East Brunswick using software that can be downloaded for free. He will also be able to speed up time and adjust the location to show numerous astronomical objects from anywhere on Earth.

The program is part of the Option Green lecture series sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission in partnership with the East Brunswick Library.

Peck is a resident of Monroe.

To attend, follow the instructions for Zoom on the library website at

The program is recommended for adults and science-oriented young people.

For more information, visit


Raritan Valley YMCA will hold the following drive-in movie nights at the Y, 144 Tices Lane, East Brunswick:

“Into the Spider-verse” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9, and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Rain dates are Oct. 10 and 31, respectively.

Pre-registration is required. Cost is $20 per car.

This event is sponsored by the Raritan Valley YMCA and Point Community Church.

All attendees must remain in their cars or in front of their cars with face mask and social distancing practices.

Register online at


The East Brunswick Public Library is teaming up with Saint Peter’s University Hospital for a three-part virtual “Lunch ‘N’ Learn” program series, to be held at noon on Oct. 23, Nov. 6 and Dec. 18.

Attendees will be able to watch medical presentations on the Zoom platform.

This series focuses on gastrointestinal diseases.

The first program is “Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease” at noon on Oct. 23. This talk will focus on gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and it will review the definition, symptoms, risk factors, diagnostic tests, treatments and complications of reflux disease. Dr. Sugirdhana Velpari board certified gastroenterologist, will lead this workshop.

“Basics of Inflammatory Bowel Disease” will be presented at noon on Nov. 6. Led by Dr. Debra Goldstein, this program will explore what inflammatory bowel disease is and treatment options. Other topics include how different factors, including pregnancy and age, impact the condition.

The final program titled “Colon Polyp Screening … Not the Same as Colon Cancer Screening” will be held at noon on Dec. 18.

This workshop will examine colorectal cancer, the third leading cancer in the world. Dr. Arkady Broder will introduce the audience to the benefits of colon cancer screening and ultimately, prevention.

These programs are offered through the library’s “Just For The Health Of It!” consumer health and wellness information initiative.

Registration is requested for these free events.

For more information or to register, visit



The East Brunswick Department of Recreation is offering First Tee Golf Lessons. 

There is no prior golf experience needed.

Clubs will be provided to those who don’t have them for use during the sessions and have requested clubs during the registration process. Students with their own clubs should bring to each class.

Due to COVID restrictions, the limit is eight children per session.

Programs include Ultimate Frisbee for grades 5 – 12; Youth Track for K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 grades; Youth Cross Country, grades 1-8; Web Development/Joomla, grades 8-12; Youth Golf Lessons, ages 8-10; drive in movies and concerts.

For more information, visit




To help families get ready for a school year from home, East Brunswick Public Library and ProFysio Physical Therapy are hosting the online workshop “Successful Remote Learning: Workstation Setup, Stress Management and Exercise” at noon on Sept. 24.

Dr. Nichole Chaviano and Dr. Leonard Somarriba will present practical strategies to create a healthy desk station for your child, reduce and manage stress for parents and children, and exercise.

Registration is required for this free program. To register, visit or call 732-390-6767.

This program is offered through the East Brunswick Public Library’s “Just For The Health Of It” consumer health and wellness information initiative. To learn more about this service, visit




The East Brunswick Public Library is hosting the Just Say Yes Nutrition Workshop Series at 2 p.m. Sept. 29. Attendees will learn about proper handwashing techniques, the list of steps for safe consumption, and safe handling of fruits and vegetables.

All programs are presented by the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.

Registration is required for the free programs. Each program is limited to 25 attendees. To register, visit or call 732-390-6767.



The East Brunswick Public Library is hosting the “Path to 2020 Elections” program to explore the election process.

Frank Argote-Freyere explains the Electoral College in the lecture “Who Really Elects the President: the Workings of the Electoral College” at 7 p.m. Oct. 27. His presentation explores how the Electoral College was created by the founding fathers as a way to manage an unruly public and, if needed, overturn the election results.

The lecture will be presented on the Zoom platform.

These programs are all sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Public Library.

For more information, visit


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 or 732-967- 0900 by Sept. 30.




East Brunswick Public Library’s popular “Take A Business Break” returns this fall with three online programs to help local business owners to get tips from experts during their lunch break.

Edward Mendlowitz, CPA, leads this online workshop series. He is an emeritus partner at WithumSmith+Brown, PC, and a Fairleigh Dickinson MBA professor. He was designated one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting by Accounting Today.

The second program is Five Numbers You Should Get Every Day to Better Control Your Business at noon on Oct. 15. He will share the important numbers that every business person must evaluate each day.

The final program in the series is When to Hire Your First Employee and How Much to Pay at noon on Nov. 19. This workshop explains how to determine if this critical decision is right for your business.

All three programs are free and open to the public.

The events will be held on the Zoom platform. Registration is requested; to register, go to




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


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


Aldersgate Outreach Community Center will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at The Little White House, 562 Ryders Lane, East Brunswick. Rain date is Oct. 10.

Shop a variety of new and gently-used items, clothing, household items, Halloween costumes and decorations.

Masks and social distancing will be required.

No donations will be accepted at this time.

Proceeds will benefit the Aldersgate AOCC Ministries.


East Brunswick VFW Post 133 and its auxiliary will host a takeout dinner on Oct. 4.

Menu will include kielbasa, homemade pierogies, cabbage, noodles, vegetables and dessert.

The cost is $15 per person.

Must call 732-254-9674 from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 30 to place the order.


The Sammy’s Hope 5th Annual Charity Golf Outing will be held on Sept. 30 at Royce Brook Golf Club, 201 Hamilton Road, Hillsborough.

The outing begins at 8 a.m. with registration and breakfast; 9 a.m. shotgun start; lunch at the turn; followed by a buffet reception with open bar, basket raffle, 50/50, prizes and awards.

Reception venue will be outdoors and follow CDC guidelines.

All proceeds from the event go toward medical care and training of the animals in its care.

First responders, firefighters, police, EMTs and military personnel can join the outing at a reduced fee of $75 (limited to 16).

Sponsorship opportunities of various levels are available.

To register, sponsor, or for more information, visit



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.


The Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre will present “The History of the Migration of Spaniards from Andalucia to New Jersey” from 7-8 p.m. Oct. 15.

There will be a lecture by Dr. Mirta Barrea Marlys; Flamenco guitarist/singer Pedro Jimenez, who was born in Cadiz; a talk by Maria Hill, born in Spain; narration by Eva Lucena; and Spanish cultural demonstrations and regional dances.

The event is free and open to the public.

For reservations, call Lucena at 732-598-3979 or email, or visit


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

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

To donate online, visit

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


High School Mock Trial Competition teacher-coaches can enter their teams online at
There is no charge to enter. Registration closes on Oct. 23.
The 2020-21 High School Mock Trial Workbook, which contains the rules, procedures and case, will be released by the end of October. This season the competition will be conducted via Zoom.
For more information, contact Sheila Boro, director of mock trial programs, at

Ride a cycling course of your choosing to help support and raise funds for more than 26,000 Special Olympics New Jersey athletes.

This year’s route and mileage are up to each participant.

From Sept. 24 to Oct. 24, register and complete your ride.

All registered participants will receive a long sleeve t-shirt, ride bib and finisher medal.

Fundraising incentives are available to those who reach specific milestones.

To register and for more information, visit


The East Brunswick Jewish Center will present Tovah Feldshuh, Up Close and Personal, at 8 p.m. Nov. 7 via Zoom.

The Broadway actress will talk about her 45-year career.

Tickets are $18 per Zoom link.

The $180 sponsorship includes four Zoom tickets, a pre-show chat and recognition.

Register at under Events.

For more information, email Ellen at




A health literacy social worker is available to assist patrons of the East Brunswick Public Library.

Emerith Hernandez Cortes, MSW, is a bilingual social worker who speaks Spanish and English. She can help with needs such as food, housing, addiction, health services, job loss, small business recovery, places to find employment, and mental health topics.

Appointments can be made by calling 732-518-8247 or by emailing These appointments are digital on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sessions are private and confidential.

The program runs through Nov. 30.

This service is offered through the library’s Just For The Health Of It! consumer health and wellness information initiative. It is offered through a grant from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

To learn more, visit




To showcase emerging artists in the area, the East Brunswick Public Library held the Grownup Summer 2020 Art Challenge.

The result is an online gallery, sharing the work of area residents.

It is available online for viewing at


The East Brunswick Recreation, Parks & Community Services Department is collecting non-perishable food, cash and gift cards for distribution to Aldersgate Community Outreach Center.

Drop off food in the back of the box truck parked in the parking lot, 334 Dunhams Corner Road; the door is kept down so lift it to put donations inside.

Or, drop cash/check/gift cards in an envelope and put in the drop box next to the front door to the Recreation Department.



The South River Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of school crossing guard (part-time/substitute).

School crossing guards work under the direction of the police department and are responsible for the safe crossing of school children and other pedestrians at designated crossing areas within the Borough of South River.

Minimum qualifications:

• Must be 18 years of age or older

• Must possess a minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalent

• Must be a United States citizen

• Must be a resident of New Jersey

• Must be of sound body and of good health with vision and hearing adequate to perform essential job functions

• Must possess a valid New Jersey driver’s license

• Must be of good moral character and not be convicted of any criminal offense

Applications can be obtained from and returned to South River Municipal Offices, 48 Washington St., South River.






Raritan Valley YMCA in East Brunswick is offering a new hybrid learning club, a wraparound school age program to roll over from summer camp to a full-day learning experience that combines virtual learning with outdoor activities.

Students can bring their virtual learning devices. Credentialed staff will aid in classwork and homework during the day.

The afternoon portion will run similar to Camp Yomeca. Activities will include arts and crafts, tennis, basketball and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) along with an afternoon snack. Swimming will be included in September, weather-permitting.

For the session schedule and rates, and to register, visit












East Brunswick now has a disc golf course at Heavenly Farms, 440 Dunhams Corner Road, across from the main parking lot.

It is free to play. Bring your own equipment.

Pickleball can be played on six brand-new courts at Community Park, 350 Dunhams Corner Road, and two hybrid pickleball/tennis courts at Lenape Park, 31 Millman Dr.

On Wednesday evenings there is a “club” that gathers at Community Park and plays, as well as a group that plays on Saturday and Sunday mornings at Community Park. They are open to the public. The group is not affiliated with East Brunswick Recreation.

East Brunswick VFW Post 133 will host takeout dinners on Friday nights.
In addition, the outside seating for the bar area has new hours: 3-10 p.m. weekdays and noon to 10 p.m. weekends.
For more information, call 732-254-8864 or 732-254-9674.


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.





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 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 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.



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 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




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