Community Bulletin Board: the North and South Brunswick Sentinel (for March 24)


Food Truck Fridays To Go will continue on March 26 from 5-7 p.m. at Community Park, 2053 Route 130, North Brunswick.

Zinna’s Bistro will offer a party of two dinner, a party of one dinner, and a kids dinner.


For more information, call the North Brunswick Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services at 732-247-0922, ext. 475.


The North Brunswick Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services will present a Bunny Trail on March 27 at Community Park, 2053 Route 130, North Brunswick.

Sign up for one of six sessions from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Bring a basket to collect eggs, as well as a camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny.
There will be treats, games and crafts.

The cost is $5 per child, for children under 12.

Masks are required. Social distancing will be in effect. No supplies will be shared.
To register, call 732-247-0922, ext. 475.


North Brunswick is seeking crossing guards for three hours per day at a rate of $12 per hour.

Applicants must be available from 7-9:15 a.m. as well as from 2-4 p.m.

Applicants must have access to a vehicle and a cell phone.

Interested parties can fill out an employment application and submit it to the Business Administration’s office, second floor, Municipal Complex, 710 Hermann Road, North Brunswick.

A copy is available at

A copy of a driver’s license is required.

If interested, contact Lt. Greg Gyumolcs, Traffic Safety Bureau, at 732-247-0922, ext. 321; or Sonia Brown, Human Resources, at 732-247-0922, ext. 242.


Right at Home of Central New Jersey will hold its second annual Shed the COVID-19 Challenge: Round 2.

The eight-week weight loss challenge begins April 5.

Donate $1 for every pound lost to Smash Out Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Last year, more than $5,000 was donated to Alzheimer’s New Jersey.

Contact Beth Sholom at or call 732-967-0900.

Ask about partnership opportunities.


The North Brunswick Woman’s Club will hold a clothing drive from 9 a.m. to noon April 17 on the patio outside the auditorium at North Brunswick Township High School, 98 Raider Road.

Wearable and usable clothing, shoes, belts, handbags, linens, stuffed animals and hard toys will be accepted.

Toys must be 2 feet or smaller.

Place shoes in a separate bag.

No sports equipment, board games, books, puzzles, pots, pans, glass, electrical devices, VCR tapes or furniture will be accepted.

For more information, find the North Brunswick Woman’s Club on Facebook, or call 732-640-8166 with any questions.



Student athletes Darcy Fruhschein of North Brunswick and Mackenzie Keane of East Brunswick, who are GMC bowlers, have teamed up to create Bowl for the Battle Youth Scholarship Tournament, a bowling fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society for breast cancer support.

Check in time on May 8 is 8:30 a.m.; start time is 9 a.m. at Bowlero North Brunswick, 1 Caroler Lane, North Brunswick.

There will be two divisions: handicap and scratch.

Entry fee is $60 per athlete.

Proceeds will provide scholarship money to student athletes.

Pre-register at

For more information, call 732-846-2424, ext. 4950 or email





United Way of Central Jersey is continuing to provide VITA services to prepare taxes this season for individuals and families making $65,000 or less.

All taxes will be prepared remotely via video conferencing and/or phone.

To schedule an appointment, visit

For VITA Lockbox locations, visit

To prepare your own taxes for free, visit www.myfreetaxes




NAMI In Our Own Voice (NAMI En Nuestra Propia Voz) is a program by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Jersey chapter geared toward community education and reducing the stigma of mental health, as trained volunteers share their lived experience of mental health recovery.

To schedule a presentation at a school, PTA meeting, congregation, town hall, support group or professional training, email

Presentations are available in English and Spanish.












The second grade teachers at Judd Elementary School in North Brunswick wanted to do something for their students and families since they miss each other.

They will hold a virtual Family Fun Night from 6-7 p.m. March 25.





The North Brunswick Public Library announced its March 2021 virtual adult programs.


  • A virtual Fiber Arts Club will meet from 10-11 a.m. March 26. Work on a current project (embroidery, cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, weaving, etc.) and enjoy the company of others. Register in advance for the March 26 Zoom program at Any questions, email librarian Barbara at
  • Virtual Tai Chi will be held at 10 a.m. March 27. Participants age 16 and up are invited to join teacher Vikram Sarath for free virtual sessions. Beginners are welcome. Registration is not required. Tune in via Zoom at Use Meeting ID 857 4922 7982 and passcode 437431. Any questions, email librarian Ryan Miller at
  • A nutrition dialogue for cancer prevention will take place at 6 p.m. March 24 with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey nutrition experts Evelyn Fuertes and Michelle Jansen. Learn how to reduce cancer risk through healthy eating and physical activity. All ages are welcome. Register at Any questions, email librarian Ryan Miller at





Bentley Community Services will be the recipient of $1 donations from the Dayton Stop & Shop location when the Bloomin’ 4 Good floral bouquets are purchased throughout March.

Stop & Shop is located at 24 Summerfield Blvd., Dayton section of South Brunswick.

Bentley Community Services is a unique food pantry serving families, seniors and individuals in need, located at 4064 Route 1, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick.

For more information, visit or call 908-227-0684.





The 23rd annual Women’s Leadership and Career Pathways Experience will be held on March 27 by the South Brunswick Women’s Commission.

Beginning at 9 a.m., listen to discussions with Dr. Genevieve Kumapley, founder and executive director of MyGOAL Autism and a clinical pharmacy manager at Holy Name Medical Center.

Sessions topics will include Act Like a Lady, allied health care professions, business, college and beyond, law, public service, politics and activism, medicine and dentistry, sexual harassment, domestic violence, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), vocations and entrepreneurship.

Registration details will be announced.

















The North Brunswick Community Garden is located at the Pulda Farm property, 300 Old Georges Road.

North Brunswick residents are able to reserve space to have a family garden where they can grow herbs, produce and flowers. Each resident/household can reserve one 10-foot by 10-foot parcel, with 5 feet of space between plots, to use for one season.

The cost is $35 for the season.

Applications are not considered complete unless the applicant reads and agrees to the Rules and Regulations.

To reserve a parcel, fill out the application form and return to: Township of North Brunswick, 710 Hermann Road, North Brunswick 08902, Attention: Community Garden Committee, Attention: Lou Ann Benson.

The application form and list of guideline are available at

Deadline to reserve is March 30.



The Tamarack Women’s 9-Hole Golf League is welcoming new members for the 2021 season on Thursday mornings from April through October.

While the league is nine holes, ladies are welcome to play the remaining nine holes following league play each week.

Golf experience is required for membership.

Interested lady golfers should contact membership Chair Linda Schuller at for further information.




Gain stability from an in-demand occupation; apply for a Women’s Center career training grant from Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County.

Qualified persons who are active members of the JFS Women’s Center must submit an application and attend an interview. Grants are available for short-term training programs for in-demand jobs.

Eligible candidates must qualify as a “displaced homemaker,” a woman who is a single mother, divorced, separated, widowed, or living with a disabled spouse/partner.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, email



In an effort to foster the joy of reading and in celebration of National Reading Month in March, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16) is launching a book drive through the end of March to benefit the children enrolled in the YMCA and YWCA day care and early education learning centers throughout the 16th District.

To donate, visit

For more information, email Zwicker at





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 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




The North Brunswick Adams Athletic & Social Club will hold drive-by fish frys from 5-7 p.m. April 2 at the club, 1210 Cozens Lane, North Brunswick.

The menu includes fried or baked fish, fried shrimp or fried clams, all with French fries and cole slaw, for $14. Or, a combination platter of all three fish with French fries and cole slaw, is $16.

Delivery or take out.

Call 908-812-2435 to place an order.




Learn about the COVID-19 vaccine at 7 p.m. April 6 through a presentation by the North Brunswick Library with Gina-Marie Miraglia, Community Outreach health educator for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.

Discuss how exactly the vaccine protects your body, the U.S. approved vaccines, the partners involved in implementing the vaccine, potential side effects, risks of the vaccine, and public safety measures.

Questions throughout the presentation will be highly encouraged.

Register at

Receive the virtual program URL following registration.

For more information, email Librarian Ryan Miller at






The North Brunswick Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services will offer a pet photo shoot from 9-11:30 a.m. April 9 at Community Park, 2053 Route 130, North Brunswick.

Pictures with Parx the Chipmunk, the department’s mascot, will also be available.

Cost is $15 per session, which includes six digital photos.

To make an appointment, call 732-247-0922, ext. 475 or email

Space is limited.

Register online and make an appointment at




Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is hosting a free virtual lecture series on adolescent and family health issues.

Organized by Saint Peter’s Opioid Task Force, this virtual lecture series is designed for parents and families. The presentation will address common parental concerns about the numerous ways the pandemic has impacted teens, from issues like isolation to how they cope, socialize and develop. The series will also explore addiction which has escalated during the pandemic and resources for successful recovery.

Each lecture will start at 6:30 p.m.

The full list of lecture topics is:

March 24: Vaping and the Adolescent, presented by Nicki Francis and Mara Carlin, BS, CPS, Wellspring Center for Prevention
Registration link:

April 7: Recovery Coaches, presented by Bonnie Nolan, PhD, Woodbridge Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (WOORP)
Registration link:

April 21: Successful Recovery from Addiction, presented by Don Rogers, Community Outreach director at The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper
Registration link:

For more information on any of the virtual lectures, contact Robert J. LaForgia, coordinator, Healthier Middlesex, at or 732-745-8600, ext. 5831. Allow up to 48 hours for a response.


The NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Mental Health Poetry Contest will be based on foods and the memories they evoke. Weave those thoughts into a poem.


The poem should keep with the theme; be typewritten in a Word file; be no longer than 40 lines; be accompanied by a media release form; and include a cover letter that includes your name, email address, mailing address and phone number.


Contest submission deadline is April 6.


Email the entry to Or, mail typed entries to NAMI NJ Poetry Contest, 1562 Route 130, North Brunswick 08902.


Poems will be open to public voting for the Top 10. The Top 3 will win a cash prize and the top poems will also be published on the NAMI NJ website for others to read.





Join Mara Carlin, coordinator of Coalition and Community Programs for the Wellspring Center for Prevention, as she discusses what CBD oil is and facts about cannabidiol at 7 p.m. April 13, presented by the North Brunswick Public Library.

Register at

The virtual program link will be sent following registration.

For more information, email Librarian Ryan Miller at






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, 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 or John Miller at




New Jersey American Water is accepting applications for green project funding through its Environmental Grant Program.

The program offers grants of $1,000 to $10,000 for qualifying innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies throughout the company’s service areas.

New Jersey American Water will award the grants on a competitive basis and select projects based on various criteria including goals, impact, innovation, design and sustainability. The nature of the project’s collaboration with other community organizations as well as its overall community engagement will also be considered.

All applicants are expected to outline specific, measurable goals for projects in their proposals. At the conclusion of the grant project, the lead organization must provide a written report on the project results/impact.

Grant recipients will be notified in mid-April.

More information and application requirements can be obtained directly at



The Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold the 75th annual Bernie Cohn Golf Classic from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 13.

Tee time is 9 a.m. at the Banks Course, Forsgate Country Club, 375 Forsgate Dr., Monroe.

Sign up at or

To get motivated and earn bragging rights, North Brunswick Mayor Francis “Mac” Womack will present a Wellness to Health Challenge.

Through May 21, lace up sneakers, take out the bike or grab swim goggles and join the wellness challenge.

Categories include walking, running, cycling or lap swimming. Record miles/laps and email results each Friday to

Certificates and prizes will be awarded.

For more information, contact Lou Ann Benson, director of the North Brunswick Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services at or 732-902-1590.





The North Brunswick Department of Parks & Recreation will award the Grandparents of the Year.

A one-page typed explanation of why the grandparent(s) deserve(s) the title should include the name, address and phone number of both the nominee and nominator.

Submissions are due by Aug. 1.

Email to Lou Ann Benson at

Recipients will be awarded in September near Grandparents Day.

For more information, call 732-247-0922, ext. 8233.









French American School Princeton (FASP) is accepting enrollment.

At FASP, students in preschool (3 years old) through grade 8 benefit from a rigorous bilingual curriculum accredited by the Middle State Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools and the French Ministry of Education; personalized attention thanks to small class sizes; and a multicultural community with more than 30 nationalities represented.

FAPS is located at 75 Mapleton Road, Princeton.

Visit, call 609-430-3001 or email


Central Jersey SCORE, a non-profit resource partner of the Small Business Administration, is looking for volunteers to assist people looking to start a business or grow an existing small business.

The organization is recruiting business owners and executives, both current and retired, who want to share their experience and knowledge with today’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

The Central Jersey Chapter of SCORE serves Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties.

Central Jersey SCORE provides in-person mentoring and webinars, both offered virtually in line with current pandemic restrictions. In addition, the SCORE website offers tools and templates on a wide variety of topics and numerous online courses and webinars to assist small business owners through every aspect of business development and management. Services are offered free of charge.

Anyone interested in volunteering with SCORE or seeking additional information should email



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; 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



The Antonia Maria Foundation has beds available at Gracie’s House in North Brunswick for women seeking a safe, loving, caring environment in which to recover from addiction and trauma.

There is in-house and overnight staff available 24/7. There are daily check ins, recovery guidance and weekly house meetings. Private Reiki sessions, individual EFT/tapping sessions, in-house yoga, nutritional education, meditation and other healing and spiritual tools are offered.

Call Destiny at 609-384-4023 for information on how to apply.

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


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


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 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 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 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
Stories can be anonymous.
Entries can include photographs, artwork, poems, etc.
The submissions may be featured on the library website.





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


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 To register in Spanish, email Mariella Flores at


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 or 888-633-5502.

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

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




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.