Community Bulletin Board: the Suburban (for April 28)

 

The First Presbyterian Church of Sayreville will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon May 15 in the church parking lot, 172 Main St., Sayreville, across from Borough Hall.

 

 

Keep Middlesex Moving has developed a transportation finder to help seniors find a ride to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

The tool allows users to see what transportation options are available at almost all of the 40-plus vaccination sites in Middlesex County.

For more information, visit https://kmm.org/

 

 

 

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 Megasite_Volunteer@rwjbh.org.

  

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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

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, virtually at 4 p.m. April 28.

 

Visit www.middlesexcountynj.gov/Artsculture for full details.

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 jdanyus@saintpetersuh.com

 

 

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 svanvlijmen@njaap.org

 

 

 

 

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 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 beginnerfarmer@njaes.rutgers.edu. Follow on Facebook and Instagram @RUReadytoFarm.

 

 

Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation will host a golf outing on May 3 at Manasquan River Golf Club in Brielle in support of the Emergency Department expansion project taking place at Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge.

The golf outing will follow all CDC, state and local guidelines and is being planned in conjunction with Hackensack Meridian Healthclinicians to ensure the safety of guests.

Raritan Bay Medical Center broke ground on the renovation and expansion of its Emergency Department in 2019. The first phase of the project is slated to open to the public later this year, with the full Emergency Department opening in 2022.

The medical center remains open to the public for all emergent and outpatient needs throughout construction.

Individuals and foursomes can register at give.hackensackmeridianhealth.org/RBMCGolf, by calling 201-519-2446, or emailing paige.cooper@hmhn.org.

For more information, visit www.rbmc.org.

 

 

 

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 rlaforgia@saintpetersuh.com or 732-745-8600, ext. 5831. Allow up to 48 hours for a response.

 

 

Camp Middlesex, a summer enrichment program for children age 7-15, will return for the summer.

A virtual camp information session will be held on May 6 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Visit middlesexcc.edu/camp-middlesex for details. 

Camp runs from June 28 to Aug. 20 at the college’s Edison campus. 

While most programs will be in person, there is also a virtual component for those who prefer that option.

Each week, children choose a program that combines two classes, which have been paired together to create an all-day experience in areas such as sports, crafts, STEM, Super Science for Kids, computers and theater. 

There is also an option to take classes in a “virtual Live” setting, in which campers sign up and participate at a set time from their home computers. These include cupcake making, drawing, genealogy, poetry and painting. 

The new theater camp will run both morning and afternoon, and is centered on musical theater. 

For those students interested in science, math and technology, Camp Middlesex offers Black Rocket courses, which run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. They include Minecraft Designers, eSports, Creating Video Games, Virtual Reality, Robotics, and many others. These classes are run on-site, but there is also a virtual option, in which campers can participate from home. 

For more information, visit middlesexcc.edu/Camp-Middlesex or call 732-906-2556. 

 

 

 

The Sayreville Historical Society is planning three Night at the Museum events.

The first on April 8 honored the history of industry in Sayreville.

The May 13 event will honor police, fire and EMTs.

The June 10 night will honor veterans.

In addition to regular displays there will be special displays depicting each of the honored groups.

The programs are open to the public and admission is free. Masks will be required and all COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

The events will run from 6-9 p.m. at the Sayreville Historical Museum, 425 Main St., Sayreville.

 

 

 

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. They 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 yfigueroa@middelsexcc.edu or John Miller at jsmiller@middlesexcc.edu.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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 annual Daddy-Daughter Dance hosted by the South Amboy-Sayreville Rotary Club will be held at 7 p.m. June 4 at the Knights hall on Washington Road, Parlin section of Sayreville.
Cost is $60 for adult and one daughter. Each additional daughter is $25.
Due to COVID protocols, no walk-ins will be allowed.
Registrations are being accepted now as space allows.
For more information, including registration, call Greg at 732-721-0400 or email greg@customfinancial.org

 

 

 

Jim Raffone, the founder/CEO of JAR Of Hope, has been fighting for years to save children with a fatal disease called Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Duchenne is an extremely rare (one in every 3,500 live births), muscle-wasting disease for which there’s no cure. By the early-teens, these children (mostly boys) are in wheelchairs. By the late-teens, they’re breathing on ventilators. And by the early-twenties, they’re in graves. After suffocating.

Jim and Karen Raffone’s son James Anthony, now 11, was diagnosed with Duchenne at four. When they found out there was no cure, they started JAR Of Hope to raise funds for research.

Official Celebrity Boxing is staging a boxing event at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City on June 12. Raffone will go against Tommy “The Tiger” Moose, on the same boxing program with Lamar Odom and Aaron Carter.

Tickets are available at james@jarofhope.org

 

 

 

Jammin for Jaclyn, the New Jersey-based benefit for those fighting cancer, will hold its eighth annual benefit concert from 7-10:30 p.m. June 12, streaming virtually on Facebook Live @jamminforjaclyn

The event will benefit local business owner Brian DaSilva, who is battling pancreatic cancer.

Performers include Levy Okun, SOF, Sahara Moon, Nick Ryan, Fern, Taylor Tote, Natalie Farrell and Jake Tavill.

There will be a 50/50 drawing.

For more information or to donate, call Denise or Ron Morgan or Michael Squillace at 732-525-9536; email JamminforJaclyn@gmail.com; or visit JamminforJaclyn.org

The organization was originally established for Sayreville resident Jaclyn Squillace, who was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer while five months pregnant in 2014. Her brother, Michael Squillace, a professional multi-instrumentalist, along with her parents and co-founders, Denise and Ron Morgan, created the annual event in order to raise funds for Jaclyn’s many surgeries and treatments, but also to lift her spirits.

As she went in and out of remission for several years, they continued to run the event for others fighting cancer in the community.

Though Jaclyn passed in 2018, they continue to run the event in her name.

 

The First Presbyterian Church of Sayreville will hold its annual flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at the church, 172 Main St., Sayreville, directly across from Borough Hall. Rain date is Sept. 25.

Vendor spaces are available for $15 for one space, or $25 for two. There are a limited number of tables to rent for an additional $5.

No food vendors.

For more information, leave a message on the church answering machine at 732-257-6353 or email churchoffice172@optimum.net.

 

 

 

The First Presbyterian Church of Sayreville will hold its annual flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at the church, 172 Main St., Sayreville, directly across from Borough Hall. Rain date is Sept. 25.

For more information, leave a message on the church answering machine at 732-257-6353 or email churchoffice172@optimum.net.

 

 

 

 

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 carshow@nbtpba160.com

 

 

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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Ongoing

 

 

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 ioov@naminj.org

Presentations are available in English and Spanish.

 

 

A COVID-19 testing site has been set up in the front parking lot of the Sayreville Police Department, 1000 Main St., Sayreville.

It will be running daily, with no out of pocket cost.

To make an appointment, visit https://test.svnj.online/reg/sayreville.aspx

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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 womenscenter@jfsmiddlesex.org

 

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 admissions@ecoleprinceton.org.

 

 

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 marcia.glatman@scorevolunteer.org

 

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 deborah@dovehs.com.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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 docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSev1sK7AIQ6KvNb2iqUz6l7UgFmPBJXBpMbkAR2IuRwkUeVQQ/viewform or contact Guy Lassen at glassen@obps.org.