Community Bulletin Board: the Suburban (for Feb. 3)


Women With Purpose of Christ Episcopal Church in South Amboy will hold Zumba on Zoom at 10 a.m. Feb. 6 and March 6.

The cost is $10 per session.

The Zoom link will be provided after registration and payment is received.

Call or text Donna at 732-309-8767 or Gail at 732-991-3124 for more information.

Anyone who cannot attend can make a donation using the GivePlus app by Vanco to support the church’s outreach and scholarship programs.



Edward Mendlowitz will discuss the 5,421-year history of Taxation, Investing and Finance at 10 a.m. Feb. 7.

Mendlowitz, a CPA, adjunct professor in Fairleigh Dickinson’s MBA program, and emeritus partner in WithumSmith+Brown, will cover highlights of the past 54 centuries in a two-hour program.

The program, sponsored by Congregation Beth Ohr of Old Bridge, is open to the public, at no charge, via Zoom.

Email [email protected] by Feb. 4 to obtain the log in data.

A Family Night Out program will be offered to parents, caregivers and youths ages 10-14 who live in Middlesex County starting Feb. 8.

The program will take place on Monday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m.

Families will spend their time doing interactive activities and games while building communication skills. The adults learn and discuss parenting techniques to help them deal with their children during adolescence. They review subjects that include parental love and limits, making rules, encouraging good behavior, using consequences, protecting against substance abuse and getting help through community resources. Youth learn about subjects such as having goals and dreams, appreciating parents, dealing with stress, following rules, dealing with peer pressure and reaching out to others are discussed.

On the Tuesday after the lesson is attended, families will receive a gift card for a grocery store. They will be able to purchase whatever food they would like and have dinner while completing homework assignments for the program.

 Subsequent sessions will follow on Mondays Feb. 22, and March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Register at

Contact Heather Ward at 732-254-3344, ext. 120 or email at [email protected] for more information.

This program is made available through a grant from the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.


The Sayreville Public Library will offer the following programs in February:

The Contagious Optimism Wellness Group will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Feb. 6 and the first Saturday of each month. Dr. Colleen Georges facilitates this monthly wellness group designed to help grow optimism and overall happiness.

Family Night Out is a seven-session program that works with children ages 10-14 and their families to address teen behavioral problems and issues of substance abuse. This program is open to families in Middlesex County and will be held on seven consecutive Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m. from Feb. 8 to March 29. Families will receive a gift card for a grocery store after each lesson attended. Register at 2021 For more information, contact Heather Ward at 732-254-3344, ext. 120 or [email protected].

ESL conversation classes meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Typically, they meet anywhere from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., depending on the availability of the tutor and students. Contact Lauren Sergeant for more information, at [email protected] or fill out an online application form at


Get inspired to create non-alcoholic drinks for Valentine’s Day at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10. Instructors will discuss the art of making drinks, syrups, infusions and edible garnishes, and explore some myths and facts about historic romantic ingredients while learning how to make mocktails.

Stitchers and Knitters Anonymous will meet virtually at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11, and every second Thursday of the month. Open to adults. For more information, call Aziza at 732-727-0212.

Learn to knit with Jen in a virtual beginners class at 6 p.m. Feb. 17.

The library will hold a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb 22 in the library meeting room, 1050 Washington Road, Parlin section of Sayreville.. By appointment only; call 201-251-3703 or register at

The Blood Drive will take place at Sayreville Public Library (Meeting Room)

The “What’s It Worth?” appraisal program will be offered by Mike Ivankovich from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 24 via Zoom. There will be three parts to this program beginning with a 20-minute discussion on “10 Factors That Will Always Impact the Value of Your Treasures”. He will then transition to the appraisal portion of the program, evaluating each attendee’s treasures, one by one. Throughout the program, Ivankovich will share buying and selling strategies. The program is expected to last two hours, but will end once everyone’s treasures are appraised.

Unless otherwise noted, register for each program on the Sayreville Public Library’s Events Calendar at in order to receive the Zoom link; or call Aziza at 732-727-0212 for more information.




The Middlesex County Youth Conservation Corps is dedicated to protecting and preserving the more than 8,000 acres of open space owned and maintained by Middlesex County.

Conservation Corps crew members must be 16 years of age or older. They work from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays from April 10 through June 5. Salary is $12.50 per hour.

Responsibilities include:

  • Litter clean-up, recycling and brush removal
  • Trail marking, building and maintenance
  • Mapping/survey of existing trail system
  • Plantings and reforestation management projects
  • Wildlife habitat enhancement projects
  • Invasive species management and removal

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] or mail to Middlesex County Office of Parks and Recreation, Attn: Julia DeRosso, P.O. Box 661, New Brunswick 08903.

Applications are due by Feb. 19.


Louis L. Picone, presidential historian and author of “Where the Presidents Were Born,” “The President Is Dead!” and a soon-to-be released book about President Ulysses S. Grant, will present a virtual program at 10 a.m. Feb. 28.

The program is a presentation of the Sisterhood and Men’s Club of Congregation Beth Ohr of Old Bridge and is sponsored by the Herman and Freda Lipp Memorial Fund in memory of Barbara Lipp.

There is no charge to view the program, which will be presented on Zoom.

Email [email protected] by Feb. 24 to acquire the log in data.









Christ Church in South Amboy has reopened its thrift shop.

Limited hours are from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Items available include clothing, shoes, accessories and household items.

The new entrance is from the church parking lot, 220 Main St., South Amboy.

Follow COVID-19 guidelines of social distancing and mask wearing.




Middlesex College is developing apprenticeship opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing through Career Advance USA, a U.S. Department of Labor-funded grant.

Apprenticeships, developed and implemented in collaboration with employers, are earn-and-learn programs that combine formal classroom learning with on-the-job training.

Those interested in the program should register for a virtual information session at They will be held over Zoom at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 9, March 9, April 13 and May 11.

The college is also looking for employers interested in developing workers.

For more information about the grant and how to participate, visit or contact Yarelis Figueroa at [email protected] or John Miller at [email protected].





Nominations for the 25th annual Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award are being accepted through Feb. 12.

Members of the community can nominate a fellow New Jerseyan and give him or her the chance to be recognized for their service. They are people who help others in need, give their time and energy to solve community problems, and put others above themselves.

Each year, the Making a Difference Award presents $50,000 to one winner, $25,000 to two runners-up, and up to $7,500 to several others at a ceremony hosted by Ramapo College of New Jersey, which manages the awards program on behalf of the Russell Berrie Foundation.

Awards will be presented at a virtual ceremony in May.

The nomination form is available online at



The Latino Mental Health Association of New Jersey will hold its 2021 annual conference virtually on Feb. 19 and 20.

Find meaning across Latinx identities and adapt to changing times affecting racism, colorist and invisibility.

To register, visit

Co-sponsored by Horizon NJ Health and Rutgers School of Social Work.



Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society and People for Animals will hold their quarterly Snip & Chip for Community Cats event on Feb. 19, where locals can bring in feral cats to be spayed/neutered and microchipped free of charge.

Do not bring any socialized cats, they will be turned away.

The event will be held at the People for Animals Clinic located at 1 Sharon Road in Robbinsville. All feral cats from Central New Jersey are welcome, with a limit of five cats per participant. All cats must be dropped off between 7 and 7:30 a.m. to receive treatment.

Snip & Chip will provide free spay/neuter surgeries (valued up to $55) which will include rabies & distemper vaccines, ear tip, injectable pain control, tattoo, and medical waste disposal for feral cats. Microchip insertion/registration will be available free of charge as well.

Additional services will be available for an additional charge, including post-op boarding.

All additional services must be pre-paid at the time of drop off.

Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society will accept cash or credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover). No American Express or checks accepted.

Registrations must be made by Feb. 8. To register, participants must fill out the form at If participants cannot fill out the form, email [email protected] with “Snip & Chip Reservations” in the subject line. Within the body of the email, participants must provide: full name, email address, mailing address, phone number, number of cats, what town the cats reside in, and a description of the colony.

The pickup date is Feb. 19 or 22; $15 boarding fee per cat to be paid to the rescue.


“The Year of 2020” photography contest is being held by The Friends of the Sayreville Public Library.

This contest is open to residents of Sayreville older than age 12 who hold a valid Sayreville Library Card.

Photographs must be relevant to the theme: The year of 2020 in Sayreville or the State of New Jersey. It can be pandemic related or capture Sayreville’s and/or New Jersey’s landscape, people, food, nature or wildlife. Must be appropriate subject matter.
All submissions must be printed in black and white, but may be any size. Digitally altered
pictures will not be considered. The photo can be framed or mounted on mat, foam or gator board, for display and judging only – the frame will be returned after the contest.
Entries must be submitted by the original photographer. Submission of the photo and entry form is a testament to usage rights. If the photo includes people, the photographer is responsible for obtaining releases from those pictured.

Limit five submissions per person.

Submissions may be dropped off at the Sayreville Public Library, 1050 Washington Road, Parlin.

Each photo must be accompanied by a completed entry form (available at the Circulation Desk) or online at the Sayreville Public Library site.

Entries must be received by Feb. 28 to be eligible.

Photos will be on display beginning March 1. Along with three anonymous judges, the public will be allowed to vote on the submissions until March 30. Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, quality and effectiveness in conveying the subject. All contest decisions are final. Entries that fail to comply with the rules will be disqualified and the submission will be returned.

Judges will select a first, second, and third place photo, as well as at least one honorable mention. The first place winner will receive a $100 gift card, the second place winner will receive a $50 gift card, and the third place winner will receive a $25 gift card. Honorable mention winners will receive a certificate of appreciation. Winners will be contacted by April 1.

The winning submissions will remain on display in the Sayreville Public Library.



Women With Purpose of Christ Episcopal Church in South Amboy will hold Zumba on Zoom at 10 a.m. March 6.

The cost is $10 per session.

The Zoom link will be provided after registration and payment is received.

Call or text Donna at 732-309-8767 or Gail at 732-991-3124 for more information.

Anyone who cannot attend can make a donation using the GivePlus app by Vanco to support the church’s outreach and scholarship programs.




The Sayreville War Memorial High School 2020 Hall of Fame Annual Awards Banquet is rescheduled again for 6 p.m. April 24, 2021, at the VFW Hall on Jernee Mill Road.

The honorees are:

  • Chris Beagan, Class of 1990, three-time state championship coach, GMC Coach of the Year
  • Steven Casano, Class of 1985, founding executive director of NeuroSearch; Sayreville Little League coach, sponsorship coordinator and board member
  • William D’Amico, Class of 1973, distinguished military career; three special operations commanding officer tours of duty; post-military career in corporate medical device, consumer goods and industrial manufacturing industries
  • The late Matthew Lynch, Class of 1985, president of Friends Of Children’s Hospital in Warsaw, Poland; honored by U.S. ambassador to Poland for 20 years of service
  • Farrah Reilly, Class of 1994, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author under the pen name Emma Chase; books translated into more than 20 languagesTickets are $50 for adults or $30 for children, with a choice of meals.All reservations received to date for tickets and program ads will be honored.New ad book and ticket requests will be mailed in March.For more information, contact Elaine Kubacz at 732-727-0192 or [email protected].


Recognizing the bravery and commitment of volunteer firefighters and first responders, New Jersey American Water announces its 2021 grant program for volunteer fire departments, ambulance squads and first aid squads located within the company’s service areas.

Grants may be used to cover the costs of personal protective equipment, communications gear, first aid equipment, firefighting tools, vehicle maintenance and other materials that will be used to support volunteer firefighter and emergency responder operations. Reimbursement for specific training courses, including the cost of training manuals, student workbooks, and instructors is also eligible.

To apply, organizations must complete the application available at under News & Community, Community Involvement.

The maximum grant amount awarded to any organization is $2,000.

The deadline to apply is March 12. Interested applicants can find more information and apply online at

Grant recipients will be notified at the end of March.





Teens across the state can begin submitting entries for the 26th Annual New Jersey Teen Media Contest, which highlights the New Jersey Human Services’ mission to support families, especially during these challenging times.

The contest, run by the Division of Family Development, is open to all New Jersey middle and high school-aged children.

The 2021 contest challenges teens to illustrate – through art or the written word – how they and their loved ones have supported each other through all of the changes that have happened this year, from remote schooling to finding new ways to stay connected to friends and family.

All entries must be postmarked no later than March 31.

Staff from the Division of Family Development and its Office of Child Support Services will judge the contest. Winners will be selected in first, second, and third places in both the middle and high school groups, for each of the two entry categories. Typically, winning students are recognized at an awards ceremony in mid-May, but a final decision on an awards ceremony will be made at a later date based on the status of the public health emergency and related health and safety guidelines.

Winning entries from the contest will be included in the 2022 Office of Child Support Calendar, as well as potentially being included as part of the office’s marketing materials. A number of honorable mention entries will also be selected for possible inclusion in both areas.  

The 2021 calendar can be viewed or downloaded from the contest homepage,, to serve as inspiration for the teens. The website also provides the official rules, frequently asked questions, entry forms, a look at the winners and honorable mentions from previous contests and other important contest information.

Teachers and administrators can register their school by visiting or by contacting Matthew Cossel at 937-207-7627 or [email protected]. School registration is not required for direct student entry.

For complete submission guidelines, visit

For more information about child support services, call 1-877-NJKIDS1 or visit










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.


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.




Old Bridge High School is seeking active duty or reservist military personnel who are alumni for the Military Wall of Honor expected to be established this year.

The wall is meant to commemorate graduates who have given their lives to honor their country and shine a light on the importance of veterans within the Old Bridge community.

Residents are urged to assist with the project by spreading the word of the proposed military wall. The high school is looking for graduates from 1995 through the present.

To submit information, visit or contact Guy Lassen at [email protected].