Community Bulletin Board: Criterion Sentinel (for November 25)







The Girls on the Run of Central NJ (GOTRCNJ) Fall 5K race will be virtual this year.

The 5K Turkey Trot will take place Nov. 26-29 and is open to the public. Registrants can complete the virtual 5K on their time and in their own place.

Registration is free and open to all. However, in an effort to sustain the GOTRCNJ Scholarship Fund, participants can donate $10 or an amount of their choice to GOTRCNJ during registration. One hundred percent of donations will go to scholarships to make the program accessible to girls who otherwise would not be able to participate.

Participants will receive a printable bib and finisher’s certificate.

Register at or visit

For race questions, contact Donna York at [email protected] or 908-642-4321.


The JCC Baby Boomers continue their Zoom movie talks with the latest selection, “The Queen’s Gambit” on Netflix.

Watch the limited series before 11 a.m. on Dec. 2 and join the free Zoom discussion with JCC film gurus Laurie and Diane at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

Email [email protected] to learn more and get the Zoom details.

Held by the Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, location in Edison.



The Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth will hold the 17th annual Suicide Prevention Conference, focusing on “Reaching for Hope,” from 8:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 3, via WebEx.

Speakers include Susan Klebold, author and activist; and Vanessa L. McGann, clinical psychologist

To register, visit

Cost is $49 per person.


The JCC of Middlesex County in Edison will hold a virtual Mah Jongg Tournament on Dec. 9. Opening ceremony on Zoom at 10 a.m. Play from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Play on There will be three rounds/12 games.

Winners will be announced on Zoom at 1:45 p.m.

There will be Amazon gift card prizes for first, second and third place winners. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.

The cost is $18 per person; $5 per 50/50 ticket.

Must register by Dec. 4.  

Zoom registration information will be sent upon receipt of tournament registration.

Contact Diane Mael, director of Adult Services, by emailing [email protected] to get an invitation, rules for scoring and registration information.


The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, serving Monmouth and Middlesex counties, will hold its annual meeting, Giving Wings to the Jewish Heart of Jersey, at 6:30p.m. Dec. 8 via Zoom.

Look at ways the Jewish community became more connected and capable this year amid extraordinary challenges, recognize individuals and organizations for playing key roles, and celebrate the shared values that unite Jews.

The first 100 households to sign up by Nov. 25 will receive a celebration goody bag.

For registration information, visit




The Arthritis Foundation will hold the Can’t Stop Jingling Jingle Bell Run virtually from Dec. 11-13.

Wear your favorite holiday costume and “jingle along” your own 5K route.

Register at

Sponsored locally by FLT and Ivy Rehab Network in Metuchen.


Dove Hospice Services of New Jersey seeks compassionate volunteers to provide support to local hospice patients and their families.

Hospice patient care volunteers visit with patients in their homes, which can also be nursing facilities or assisted living facilities, at least once a week. They read to the patient, reminisce about their lives, play cards, help with letter writing and provide respite for caregivers.

Visits can be virtual, and are either during the day or early evening.

Volunteers may also assist with administrative work within the hospice office.

Patient care volunteers complete an application and attend a virtual volunteer training program that covers the role of a hospice volunteer. Day and evening virtual training programs are offered.

To sign up for the next virtual training class, contact Volunteer Coordinator Deborah Adams at 732-405-3035 or email [email protected].


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.