Community Bulletin Board: the Sentinel (for April 21)

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The Middlesex County Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Mega-site, operated by RWJBarnabas Health, is seeking volunteers to assist in the efficiency of the registration and vaccination process and help visitors feel comfortable.
Volunteers of the mega-site, located at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison, will greet patients and visitors; perform temperature screenings; direct patients through various steps of the vaccination process; provide education materials; and assist with maintaining the registration area and supplying vaccination stations.
Volunteers do not administer vaccines.

Those who apply to volunteer must be a minimum of 18 years old and will be subject to a background check and a drug screen, and will need to sign a confidentiality statement. 

College students requiring community service hours are also eligible to volunteer. RWJBarnabas Health will track hours and provide written verification for those who need it.

Volunteers must commit through June to at least two shifts per week from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.; or one full day from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with an hour break for lunch. Shifts are available seven days a week.

Send your name, phone number, email address, desired start date and your availability to [email protected].

The Anshe Emeth Community Development Corp (AECDC) Central Jersey Diaper Bank is collecting baby clothing sizes newborn-2T, diapers and books.
Donations can be picked up if within Middlesex County. Volunteers from the Rutgers School of Nursing will arrive between 10 a.m. and noon on the day indicated.
At this time, no shoes, equipment, toys, etc. can be collected.
With local gardeners getting ready to start their spring plantings, the East Brunswick Public Library is opening its EB Grow seed library to the public.

EB Grow began in 2018 as a joint project between the library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission.

Housed at the library on Civic Center Drive, the goal of the seed library is to introduce residents to gardening, provide education on seed-saving, and encourage patrons to develop a passion for sustainability and hands-on learning.

Gardeners can view and request one of the three curated garden packs online at www.ebpl.org/ebgrow.

This collection includes easy-to-grow seeds that do well in New Jersey’s climate. Each pack has a different theme, including garden salads.

In addition to the EB Grow seed library, the library circulates a special seeds starting kit through the EB Create lending kit program to its cardholders. The kit includes grow lights and heating mats to help jumpstart plants. Kits can be borrowed by library cardholders for two weeks.

For more information about upcoming programs and events at the East Brunswick Public Library, visit www.ebpl.org.

 

 

 

“Building Bridges: Combating Anti-Asian Racism” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 20 via Facebook Live, presented by East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen, the East Brunswick Human Relations Council and the East Brunswick Public Library.

 

The goal of this program is for the whole community to build bridges together in an effort to show unity due to the recent rise in anti-Asian racism.

 

The program features a diverse group of panelists who will provide educational background and share their unique perspectives on this topic. The panel includes Sylvia Chan-Malik, Ph. D, an associate professor in the Departments of American and Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick; Khyati Y. Joshi, Ed. D, a professor of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University and a social science researcher whose work focuses on the intersections of race and religion in the United States; and Thomas Wong, the senior pastor at

Point Community Church, president of the Asian-American Fellowship and member of the East Brunswick Inter-faith Council, as well as the East Brunswick Alliance for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug abuse. 

 

Instead of an honorarium, the speakers requested to have funds donated to Stop AAPI Hate, a non-profit organization that tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Information about this cause can be found at www.stopaapihate.org

To view the event, go to the East Brunswick Human Relations Council’s Facebook page at www.tinyurl.com/ebhrcouncil.

 

 

 

 

 

The Arts Institute of Middlesex County is presenting a multitude of arts and culture events throughout April, primarily centered around National Poetry Month.

Highlights include:

 

  • April 21 at 4 p.m. – Explore the real-life story of the Puerto Rican-American pediatrician and New Jersey-based poet William Carlos Williams as told through multimedia illustrations. Let the images and words inspire you to create your own poems and collages from a variety of your own found papers and other materials.
  • April 28 at 4 p.m. – Explore everyday family and community life in the Bahamas through paintings and poetry in a reading of “Under the Sunday Tree,” then create your own everyday scene or portrait in paint.

 All programs will be held virtually.

Visit www.middlesexcountynj.gov/Artsculture for full details on all the events.

To honor National Poetry Month, the Arts Institute will also present a series of videos and content on www.middlesexcountynj.gov/PoetryMonth

 

Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick has launched the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group for families who are coping with loss due to addiction.

The free and confidential support group meets virtually on the second Thursday of every month from 7-8:30 p.m.

Inspired by Saint Peter’s Opioid Task Force, the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group is for families and close loved ones of people who have passed away from addiction.

The support group is open to everyone in New Jersey and serves as a safe space for families to discuss their grief.

To join the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group, call Jeanne Delacruz, a social worker at Saint Peter’s who facilitates the support group, at 732-745-8522 or email [email protected]

Saint Peter’s also plans a “Successful Recovery from Addiction”
virtual presentation from 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 21 via Zoom, presented by Donald Rogers, Community Outreach director at The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper.

In this presentation, Rogers will share his story of active addiction, treatment episodes, and interactions with law enforcement. He will also explain the disease concept of addiction, family systems and how addiction can impact loved ones, and the experience of treatment leading to the recovery process.

To register for “Successful Recovery from Addiction,” visit
https://SaintPetersHCS.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5QCvDKsbSk-JkDa2sAna3w

 

 

 

East Brunswick residents can turn the page on a winter spent mostly indoors by renting a plot at the township’s Community Garden, located adjacent to the municipal complex off Rues Lane.

A limited number of 10-foot by 10-foot plots are now available for new gardeners on a first-come, first-served basis for $45 for the first season. The garden is open to township residents and people who work in East Brunswick.

All gardeners are required to put in four hours of community garden service each year by working with a committee and participating in work days, or paying $40 in lieu of service. Gardeners can select from a list of committees found on the registration form.

For more information and to register for a plot, visit registration form.

The garden’s website  offers timely articles, tips and tricks for gardeners, a calendar of events and information on donating surplus produce. Gardeners have donated more than a ton of surplus produce in the last few years. Meetings and events during the year also give gardeners a chance to share ideas outside the garden.

To keep gardeners safe, several rules, including mandatory mask wearing and social distancing while in the garden were instituted last year.

For more information, email to [email protected].

The East Brunswick Community Garden is a project of the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Films focusing on climate change and its impact will be featured in the East Brunswick Public Library’s first-ever virtual film festival.

The upcoming series includes “Fire and Flood: Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change,” April 20-21, examines how the LGBTQ communities of Puerto Rico and Santa Rosa survived Hurricane Maria and wildfires, in late 2017. The film explores the vulnerability of LGBTQ communities to climate disasters. This film is not yet rated but runs 102 minutes. Trailer not available.

The Option Green Virtual Film Festival is part of the ongoing partnership between the library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission. Each year, the two organizations host free events on environmental topics led by experts in the field.

The film series is funded by the American Library Association’s “Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change” pilot program.

The films will be available for online viewing. Participants can sign up for these free screenings online at www.ebpl.org/optiongreen. Links to view the films will be sent to ticket holders at the start time of this event, and will expire 48 hours later. Following each screening, there will be an ongoing, discussion on the EBPL Discord server. Attendees will receive the link in their ticket.

 

 

Women Aware will present a virtual community education panel on the Rights & Resources for Victims of Crime in Middlesex County from 7-8 p.m. April 21.

The webinar will promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during the 2021 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 18-24).

Panelists include the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Central Jersey Legal Services, Monroe Township and Perth Amboy police departments, and Women Aware advocates.

Information will be presented in both English and Spanish.

Access the Zoom webinar at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89437471896?pwd=WldvUFBCa0l6cWs4SXdYZU5DMkh0UT09

Women Aware is the state-designated lead domestic violence agency for Middlesex County. Call Women Aware’s confidential 24-hour hotline at 732-249-4504, or toll-free at 833-249-4504.

 

 

Saint Peter’s University Hospital and the East Brunswick Public Library will team up for the webinar “Autism Through the Lifespan” at noon on April 23.

This program is led by Rose Mary Merola, MD, FAAP.

Several topics will be covered, including the early signs of autism, the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder, treatment options for different age groups, and family resources.

Autism Through the Lifespan will be presented on Zoom.

Registration is requested for this free program. To register, go to www.ebpl.org/calendar 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. Additional health programs and resources can be found online at www.justforthehealthofit.org.

 

 

 

 

Free tree seedlings will be available as part of the New Jersey Forest Service’s New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign.

Residents can pick up tree seedlings from 9 a.m. to noon April 24 at Great Oak Park, 260 Rues Lane, East Brunswick. 

Seedlings, available on a first-come, first-served basis, come with instructions on how to store, care for and plant the trees. The guides help residents choose the right place on a property to plant a tree while keeping in mind the tree’s full-grown size in the future.

Residents should plant the seedlings within two days after pickup in order to prevent the roots from drying out.

Each individual must wear a mask and line up on the socially distanced markings that will be placed on the ground while waiting for the seedlings to be distributed.  

For a list of distribution locations across the state, visit www.forestry.nj.gov or www.facebook.com/newjerseyforests.

For more information on East Brunswick’s event, email Jill Veit at [email protected]

 

 

Middlesex County will hold a residential paper shred program for all Middlesex County residents from 9 a.m. to noon April 24, or until the truck is filled, whichever occurs first, at Babbage Park, Laurel Place, North Brunswick.

Limit of five file boxes or 100 pounds per car.

Paper must be in a manageable container. No plastic bags will be accepted.

No need to remove paper clips, staples or paperboard binder covers.

Do not bring newspapers, magazines, hardcover books, junk mail, photos, x-rays, CDs, shredded paper or garbage.

Residents must wear face coverings, keep their vehicle windows closed and remain inside their vehicles.

Materials should be in the truck, cargo area or truck bed, easily accessible for staff to retrieve.

 

Middlesex County’s Parks and Recreation Department will accept reservations for picnic groves at nine county parks via a new online reservation system, with the first reservations available on April 24.

The parks included in this new reservation system include Alvin Williams Park in Woodbridge; Donaldson Park in Highland Park; Fords Park in Woodbridge; Johnson Park in Piscataway; Joseph Medwick Park in Carteret; Merrill Park in Woodbridge; Roosevelt Park in Edison; Thompson Park in Monroe; Warren Park in Woodbridge.

These picnic groves offer visitors a socially distanced way to host picnics and small gatherings in an outdoor setting. 

Fees vary for each location and are contingent on the Executive Order in place at the time of event.

To reserve a picnic grove online and view a list of accommodations provided at each grove such as electrical outlets, charcoal grills, shelter, etc., visit www.middlesexcountynj.gov/About/ParksRecreation/Pages/PR/Reservations.aspx. 

A list of rules and regulations for the use of picnic areas will be listed on that page.

 

 

The East Brunswick Public Library and the East Brunswick Arts Commission are seeking artists from the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities for a 2D exhibit in May during AAPI Heritage Month.

 

Art can be photography, painting or drawings no larger than 8.5 x 11 inches, and is not limited to East Brunswick residents.

Images must follow the library’s exhibition guidelines.

Interested artists should email [email protected] for more information and submissions requirements.

Art must be submitted no later than April 26 to be included.

 

 

The East Brunswick Public Library will host a program focusing on retirement and financial income via Zoom.

“Planning For Long-Term Care” will be held on April 28 at noon. The costs associated with disabilities caused by age and infirmity can have a significant impact on a person’s financial life. This webinar covers the key steps in the process of planning for long-term care.

The webinar is geared toward pre-retirees and retirees.

To register, visit www.ebpl.org/calendar or call 732-390-6767.

 

 

 

 

Township children who will be 5 years of age on or before Oct. 31, 2021, are eligible for the East Brunswick Public School full-day kindergarten program for the 2021-22 school year.

Visit www.ebnet.org/register to schedule a virtual appointment. All required forms and additional information can be found on the website.

To assist in planning for the upcoming school, register by April 30.

Students will be invited to participate in an informal screening process in the summer.

 

 

Hiding in Plain Sight: Working Together to Prevent Youth Suicide will be presented by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the New Jersey Department of Health, New Jersey Poison Information and Education System, Monmouth University SRF Suicide Prevention Research and Training Project and the School of Nursing and Health Studies, New Jersey Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner, New Jersey Department of Children and Families, the New Jersey Traumatic Loss Coalition, and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.

The free virtual conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on April 29.

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OK4X_jzXTIqHYvDtrLW5PA 

For more information, contact Sharleen van Vlijmen at [email protected]

 

 

 

Edward Mendlowitz, CPA and Emeritus Partner with WithumSmith+Brown, PC, teams up with the East Brunswick Public Library to present the online program “How Warren Buffett Did It” via Zoom at noon on April 29.

Warren Buffet is one of the most successful investors of all time. The program will present a brief biography of Buffett, his investing principles and how Berkshire Hathaway became the vehicle for his wealth.

This program is part of the East Brunswick Public Library’s “Take A Business Break” program series, where Mendlowitz explores and discusses business and finance topics.

The program is free and open to the public.

To register for this online program or for more information, visit www.ebpl.org/calendar or call 732-390-6767.

 

MCFOODS (Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services) is holding a virtual walk to end hunger through April 30.

Choose when, where and how far to walk.

Go to www.feedingmiddlesexcounty.org/virtual-walk to sign up. There is a $5 registration fee. Ask others to sponsor per mile or per journey.

Tag photos, videos or screenshots of a walking app with #FMCVirtualWalkForHunger and @feedingMC1. And, visit the Facebook event page at https://fb.me/e/4mvbiiwoz

In addition, several food drives to benefit the food insecure in Middlesex County are planned over the next few months:

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 17 at the Park and Ride on Applegarth Road, Monroe
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 15 at East Jersey Old Town Village, Johnson Park, 1050 River Road, Piscataway
  • East Brunswick High School’s second annual Battle of the Classes Food Drive: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 8, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 16 at Brunswick Square Mall, 755 Route 18, East Brunswick

In addition, Dine Below the Line will be held at 6 p.m. June 6 via YouTube. Tune in live to watch local chefs showcase recipes prepared on a budget with items typically found in a food pantry. Chefs will be judged on creativity, budget and nutrition. There will be a “People’s Choice” vote as well by those watching.

Furthermore donations can be dropped off at the MCFOODS facility at 28 Kennedy Blvd., East Brunswick, around the back of the building under the tent. Staff members are there weekdays from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. to receive donations.

If an organization would like to conduct a food drive, arrangements can be made for staff to deliver containers and pick up donations.

Or, direct monetary donations can be made at www.feedingmiddlesexcounty.org/ or checks payable to Feeding Middlesex County can be mailed to P.O. Box 781, Edison 08818.

 

RU Ready to Farm, a new beginner farmer training program from the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension, will hold its first online information session on May 1 at 10 a.m.

This program is directed by Middlesex County Agricultural Agent Bill Hlubik and will provide a combination of online and in-person hands-on training to new and beginner farmers from around the state.

This information session will:

  • Highlight the need for a next generation of farmers.
  • Provide an overview of the RU Ready to Farm training program.
  • Explain how to sign-up for the program.
  • Outline the level of commitment expected from program participants.
  • Feature farmers sharing the story of their horse-powered diversified farm in coastal Maine.

Registration for the information session can be found at https://go.rutgers.edu/db88up1r

For more information about RU Ready to Farm, visit rubeginnerfarmer.rutgers.edu, or email [email protected]. Follow on Facebook and Instagram @RUReadytoFarm.

Boheme Opera NJ Guild will host a Zoom “Watch Party” that features the epic Puccini opera “Turandot” at 4 p.m. May 2.
Artistic Director Joseph Pucciatti narrates the origin, history, story and characters, with archival excerpts from Boheme Opera’s 2006 production at Trenton’s Patriots Theater at the War Memorial.
A live Q & A segment closes the event.
No cost to attend.
For more information, email [email protected]

 

 

 

Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is hosting a free virtual lecture on Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Self Care Strategies, presented by Laurie Herrick, BS, and Heather Ward, MSW, LSW, CPS, Wellspring Center for Prevention, 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 5. Register at https://SaintPetersHCS.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2-vnCAeHTjKFFjTCrqHLCg

Another lecture, the HPV Vaccine’s Role in Cancer Prevention for Your Adolescent, will be presented by Daniela Correa, MD, pediatrician, The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, and Paulina Rojas, MD, pediatrician, Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s Family Health Center, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. June 2. Register at https://SaintPetersHCS.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7kQcomXSReqmT-3slyOPpw

For more information, contact Robert J. LaForgia, coordinator, Healthier Middlesex, at [email protected] or 732-745-8600, ext. 5831. Allow up to 48 hours for a response.

 

 

 

 

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 [email protected]

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

 

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 middlesexcc.edu/manufacturing-apprenticeships. It will be held over Zoom at 10 a.m. May 11.

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

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

 

 

Football fans still talk about Tony Dorsett scoring the first-ever 99-yard touchdown in the history of the NFL during a broadcast of Monday Night Football. The world can thank sports statistician Steve Hirdt for confirming that fact.

Hirdt is the special guest of the East Brunswick Friends of the Library for a virtual lecture on “Sports Analytics As Seen from a Sports Data Expert” on at 7:30 p.m. May 13. He has worked his entire career at sports data companies.

Sports statistics go beyond providing information for sports broadcasting. A deeper look into these numbers affects how the game is played and the players in the game.

This program is sponsored by the East Brunswick Friends of the Library as part of their annual open spring meeting. The Friends of the Library holds several fundraising events throughout the year that benefits East Brunswick Public Library, ranging from the EB Create makerspace to the museum pass program to special events and programs like this.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is requested; to register online go to www.ebpl.org/calendar or call 732-390-6767.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 mcrcc.org or https://shotgunflat.wufoo.com/forms/z1qupopx0qkzr0t/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eligible adult students and graduates with the potential to succeed in college can apply for the 2021 NJALL Scholarships.

 

NJALL will award two scholarships on June 18 to two adults who earned a high school diploma by attending a New Jersey adult education program to prepare for a High School Equivalency Test or Adult High School and have been accepted to/or are attending college.

 

The Scholarship NOW provides up to $1,000 per semester for full-time enrollment, (pro-rated for part-time) to a maximum of $8,000 for higher education.

 

To qualify, an applicant must be a resident of New Jersey. Scholarship applications are open to anyone regardless of gender, race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation or disabling condition.

 

The 2021 application with eligibility information is available at https://files.constantcontact.com/2333e3fb001/c398a7eb-91b8-4dfa-9f55-18a3a701099f.pdf

 

All applications must be submitted, including all required documents, postmarked no later than May 10.

 

 

The East Brunswick Library announced the return of its annual short story contest in celebration of National Short Story Month.

The “73 Words in the 732” contest seeks original short stories that contain 73 words or fewer.

Stories can be on any theme or topic, and a panel of library staff will select the best short stories, which will appear on the library’s website.

All ages are welcome to participate and East Brunswick residency is not required.

Contributors must submit their stories online at www.ebpl.org by May 24.

 

 

 

 

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 https://uwcjtaxprep.as.me/schedule.php

For VITA Lockbox locations, visit https://tinyurl.com/VITALockbox

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

 

 

Applications for the 2021-22 East Brunswick High School Bears and Cubs Preschool Program are available online at www.ebnet.org/preschool 

This program is free to East Brunswick residents. 

The Bears and Cubs Preschool is an elective for high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers involving children. The high school students plan and execute a developmentally appropriate curriculum lesson for the whole preschool class or their specific preschooler under the supervision of a certified teacher.

Prior to the preschool students’ arrival, the high school students learn about child development, teaching methods, how to conduct an observation, appropriate lesson planning as well as routines that are needed to work with preschool-aged children.

Applications must be returned by May 20. Notification of acceptance will be sent to parents by the end of June.

The first day of school will be in late October; the date is yet to be determined.

This free program operates three days a week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). There is one session in the morning from 8-10 a.m. The child must be 3 years old as of Oct. 31, 2021, and no older than 4 years, 8 months. The child must be toilet trained and up-to-date with all immunizations.

For further information, refer to www.ebnet.org/preschool.

 

 

 

 

The East Brunswick Public School District Community Programs Department again is offering the Early Learning Academy preschool classes.

This parent-pay program is for 3- and 4-year-old children residing in East Brunswick and surrounding areas.

To be eligible for the 2021-22 school year, children must be 3 years of age by Oct. 31, 2021, and not age-eligible for kindergarten (5 years of age by Oct. 31, 2021).

Children must be toilet trained.

The curriculum design and implementation is based on the New Jersey Department of Education’s Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards and the Preschool Implementation Guidelines. Certified supervisors with expertise in the field of early childhood and school readiness oversee the planning and preparation for the program.

The program provides parents the opportunity to register their child for a five-day/week developmentally appropriate learning experience within the school district.

This tuition-based program is five days per week. Half-day (a.m. or p.m.), mid-day extension, and full-day including early morning and/or after school care are available.

The program is located in a designated section in the Hammarskjold Middle School, with  security and its own designated pick-up and drop-off doors.

Transportation for this program is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

Visit www.ebnet.org/ela for full registration instructions, including fees and all required forms. 

A non-refundable registration fee plus the first month’s tuition must be received to reserve a spot in the program. Credit card payments are accepted (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) as well as via e-check.

For more information or questions regarding the registration process, curriculum and program content information, email [email protected] or call 732-613-6629.

Enrollment for the current school year is still being accepted for the in-person 5 day per week half and full day programs. Visit www.ebnet.org/ela  

For summer, in-person 3- or 6-week programs (half and full day), visit www.ebnet.org/elasummer.

 

 

The East Brunswick Public School District Community Programs Department is again offering summer in-person Kindergarten Readiness Academy and Summer Early Learning Academy programs to all East Brunswick residents, as well as surrounding communities.

The Kindergarten Readiness Academy is designed to provide students entering kindergarten with continued quality programming prior to kindergarten. Participation in this program will focus on essential kindergarten readiness skills, therefore providing a head start for all participants. These essential kindergarten skills are aligned with the East Brunswick Kindergarten curriculum.

Additionally, the program enables us to provide comprehensive transition information for children to their Kindergarten teacher.

The Summer Early Learning Academy will offer a fun-filled summer care program for 3- and 4-year olds who will not be entering Kindergarten in September 2021. Activities and themes are designed to promote children’s social and cognitive development.

Both programs will also concentrate on closing the learning gap that research shows traditionally occurs over summer months. They will provide your child a summer of fun including Science, Carnival, Olympic and Ocean-themed weeks, plus more. Kindergarten

Readiness Academy and Summer Early Learning Academy will have full- and half-day programs, running from June 28 to Aug. 10, with the option to attend three weeks, or all six weeks.

Visit www.ebnet.org/elasummer for registration instructions and program details.

 

 

North Brunswick PBA Local 160 announced the return of its annual Cops & Rodders Car Show for Sept. 19. Rain date will be Sept. 26.

More details will be announced.

For more information, email [email protected]

 

 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold its 2021 walk, NAMIWalks NJ Your Way: A United Day of Hope, virtually on Oct. 9

For more information, visit namiwalks.org/newjersey

 

 

 

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Spring youth soccer registration for Milltown residents is now open.

Visit milltownnj.org/Recreation to register.

 

The Lost Souls Memorial Project (LSP) is releasing the official Request for Design Proposals (RFP), seeking design teams to submit their ideas about what the future Lost Souls memorial will be in East Brunswick.

The LSP seeks to create a permanent memorial to 137 African Americans who, in 1818, were stolen from New Jersey and transported to the Deep South to be sold into permanent slavery. Jacob Van Wickle, a corrupt Middlesex County judge, organized an extensive ring that included members of his family as well as highly placed members of the New Jersey elite. The state was phasing out slavery at the time, and under the state’s gradual emancipation laws no slave could be sent out of state without having given formal legal consent. The judge and his ring used deception, fakery and outright kidnapping of both free and enslaved people, who were held under guard in his home in what is now East Brunswick, New Jersey. They were sent on ships from Perth Amboy to Louisiana and Mississippi, many ending on the plantation owned by Van Wickle’s brother-in-law. Had they remained in New Jersey, they would in time have become free according to the state’s laws.

Outrage when the ring was discovered led to a few indictments, but Van Wickle was never brought to account, and the affair was forgotten.

The purpose of the Lost Souls Public Memorial is to ensure that these children, women and men are never again forgotten, and this horrific event be brought to light.

The New Brunswick NAACP, the New Jersey Chapter ​of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, and The Unitarian Society, as well as other community groups and individuals, are working to bring this project to life.

For more information about the project, and to access the RFP, visit lostsoulsmemorialnj.org.

 

 

The Monroe Township Police Department created a new Facebook page and Instagram account in 2020.

In an effort to reach more residents, the department created a new Twitter account at www.twitter.com/MonroePoliceNJ

The department’s Instagram account is www.instagram.com/MonroePoliceNJ/

The Facebook page is www.facebook.com/MonroePoliceNJ/

For more information, visit the department’s website at www.monroetwppolice.org/

 

 

The South River Police Department responds to emergency and non-emergency calls at businesses 24 hours a day. Occasionally, it becomes necessary to contact someone from the business outside of business hours. To assist police with having this information available when needed, the department maintains a database containing after hours contact phone numbers for business owners and representatives.

Anytime a new business is opened, business ownership is transferred, there are changes in employment status of listed contacts, or there are changes in positions or job titles of listed contacts, a business should be registered – but registration is 100% voluntary.

Information will be stored in a secure database. In the event it is deemed necessary by first responders on scene, the Communications Center can access the information and quickly reach a business owner or representative.

To register a business, visit southriverpd.org/business-registration and download the business registration form. The completed form can be submitted by emailing it to [email protected], faxing it to 732-613-6103, or dropping it off at headquarters, 61 Main St., South River.

For more information on registering an alarm, call 732-257-1999.

 

 

 

 

Monroe Township is seeking volunteers who, along with township employees, will be matched with a specific senior or other individual who does access to technology or family support to help navigate the state’s COVID-19 Appointment Vaccine System.

Any residents who wish to help a senior should email [email protected] with their name, address and phone number.

As more volunteers are signed up, information will be provided on how seniors can request assistance.

 

 

 

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 [email protected]

 

 

 

 

Trinity Presbyterian Church of East Brunswick invites all to join virtual worship services every Sunday at 10:15 a.m.
Visit http://Trinity-PC.org and click on the “Sunday Services” tab for a link to the service on YouTube.
In addition, Trinity offers a safe and socially distanced outside worship service every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m.
For more information, call the church office at 732-257-6636 or visit the website.

 

 

 

The Jewish Family Services Food Pantry needs volunteers to organize its food pantry and supply closet, located at 1600 Perrineville Road, Monroe.

The schedule is flexible.
If interested, contact  JFS Volunteer Coordinator Michelle B. at 732-777-1940 or [email protected].

 

 

Monroe Township residents can apply for current and future openings on township boards, commissions and advisory councils.

Monroe is accepting volunteer applications for appointments to the Americans with Disabilities Act Committee, Affordable Housing Board, Commission on Aging, Cultural Arts Commission, Environmental Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Human Relations Commission, Library Board of Trustees, Open Space & Farmland Preservation Commission, Planning Board, Recreation Advisory Board, Shade Tree Commission, Sustainable Jersey – Green Team Advisory Committee, Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Residents should visit https://monroetwp.com/index.php/boards-commissions and select from a list of boards and commissions to review full descriptions of each group.

They then can send the downloadable form located at the bottom of the boards and commissions page of the website for their area of interest.

Submissions may be sent to the Municipal Clerk by mail at the Administrative Offices, by email at [email protected], or by fax to 732-521-3190.

All submissions will be retained for a maximum period of one year from the date of filing.

 

 

Volunteer vaccinators may be needed in Middlesex County and at other vaccination sites.

Licensed nurses, doctors and medical professionals who are willing to volunteer should email their name, address, phone number and license information to Lt. Jangols of the Monroe Township Police Department at [email protected]

 

The East Brunswick Police Department has established a “Safe Exchange Zone.”
Two parking stalls in the lot of the municipal court next to police headquarters, 1 Civic Center Dr., are available to the public for conducting in-person transactions that have been facilitated through online marketplaces. The parking stalls are indicated by signage.
The designated zone is available to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day.
Access to the police headquarters lobby may also be granted for “safe exchanges” during non-court hours and may be arranged in advance by calling the police department.
For additional information, visit www.eastbrunswick.org/278/Safe-Exchange-Zone

 

 

 

 

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 [email protected]

 

 

 

 

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 ecoleprinceton.org, call 609-430-3001 or email [email protected].

 

 

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 [email protected]

Presentations are available in English and Spanish.

 

 

To document the experiences of the community while living through the COVID-19 pandemic, the East Brunswick Public Library has been collecting submissions to a COVID-19 Community Time Capsule.

The time capsule can be viewed online at www.ebpl.org/history

The library is still taking submissions at this time.

 

 

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 nbarnj.org

 

The Jamesburg Public Library will hold its board meetings on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

These meetings are open to the public, and will take place on Zoom for the remainder of the year.

Visit jamesburglibrary.org or www.facebook.com/JamesburgLibrary/ for further information.

Each meeting will have a different Zoom link and passcode

 

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.

 

 

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 [email protected] 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 raritanvalleyymca.org.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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 [email protected].

 

 

 

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 [email protected].

 

 

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].