Community Bulletin Board: Criterion Sentinel (for May 19)


The Metuchen Recreation Commission is sponsoring a Pop Up Dance for current Metuchen eighth- and ninth-graders and their escorts at the Metuchen Pool from 6:15 – 9 p.m. May 20.

All state and CDC recommendations will be followed, including mask-wearing and social distancing. The event is limited to 200 attendees, including staff.

The dress code is business casual for the escorts and semiformal, “anything goes,” for the young ladies, according to the commission.

The recommendation is to bring flat shoes or flip-flops as the event will be held on grass. There will be no swimming.

Photos, favors, dancing and food will be supplied by Frescos By Jimmy.

To register, log in to the recreation site or create a new account. The primary account name to use is the adult and additional family members can be added. Then return to the program and register the child.



The National Council of Jewish Women, Metro Jersey Section, is holding its installation of officers on June 16 at 5:30 p.m. at The Metuchen Inn, 424 Middlesex Ave., Metuchen.
Cover is $40. Mail checks to P.O. Box 2525, Edison 08837.
Guests are welcome.




The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy (MEWSA) is once again offering the Ryan Patterson Memorial Scholarship for teen youth within Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge, South Amboy and Piscataway, who are pursuing higher education in the fall of 2021.

The Ryan Patterson Memorial Scholarship was established several years ago in honor of late Metuchen Branch YMCA swim coach and mentor, Ryan Marie Patterson. Ryan was 27 years old. As a teen, she began as a member and coach of the Metuchen Branch YMCA Manta Ray swim team. She attended Colgate University, graduating with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She then received her Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University in the Bronx.

The recipient must strive for excellence in academics, sports or the arts. In addition, they must demonstrate that they have made an impact in their community through volunteer work, a service project or other means, live by the golden rule, have influenced others in a positive way and advocated for others who are less fortunate.

There is no grade point average that is required to apply for this scholarship.

The scholarship can be used to fund the recipient’s higher education cost.

The final scholarship award amount for 2021 is $2,000.

Applications are available at All submissions must be made electronically through the website.

All applications must be received by June 30. The committee will notify the scholarship recipient in July and they will receive their scholarship at a small presentation in August.

For more information, contact Veronica Vargas at [email protected]


The Edison Recreation Department will hold a youth football camp for residents and non-residents ages 6-18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 24 at Edison High School, 50 Blvd. of the Eagles, Edison.

Children will learn the drills and skills of football in a fun and energetic environment. This camp will teach the fundamentals of the game and allow participants to interact with some of the Jersey Sharks Minor League Football Players. All aspects of football will be covered including the importance of fair play, teamwork and good sportsmanship. Participants will learn how to achieve success on and off the field.

Make sure your child wears comfortable clothing and cleats or sneakers. Face masks must be worn at all times and social distancing rules will apply.

The price to attend is $25 per child.

Camp t-shirts and lunch will be provided for all participants.

Registration is open through June 22. To register, visit or access Community Pass via the township website under Recreation.

For more information, call the Edison Recreation Department at 732-248-7310.



The Township of Edison and the Jewish Renaissance Foundation (JRF) Community Health Center have partnered to provide pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics of the Moderna vaccine from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 26, June 9 and June 23 at the Edison Township Senior Center, 2963 Woodbridge Ave., Edison.

Appointments are required, and may be made by calling 732-482-9600 or by visiting the JRF website at The Township of Edison’s website,,  contains a registration link directing visitors to the JRF registration site.

The senior center was selected as the vaccination site because it offers multiple parking lots and is fully ADA-compliant.

In preparation as a vaccination site, the Township of Edison has prepared the building, from installing a temperature check point, to setting up registration tables and vaccine injection pods. The facility has been cleaned and sanitized, and will continue to be on a daily basis.

Additionally, Edison purchased and accepted delivery of a new pharmaceutical grade refrigerator and new pharmaceutical grade freezer to properly store the vaccines in compliance with the CDC guidelines.

The vaccination clinic will be staffed by employees of both Edison’s Department of Health and the JRF. The vaccinations will be administered by medical professionals from the JRF.


New Jersey State Association of American Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) COVID Crisis Fund is supporting the rising demand for medical oxygen for hospitals in India.

Make a check payable to AAPI and mail to Dr. Binod Sinha, 4 Progress St., Suite A9, Edison 08820.

Or, visit to donate online.




Papillon & Company will host a Kamoinge Workshop exhibition, “From Harlem to Metuchen: Lens on Black Life.” The members of this African American photographers collective will be sharing their experiences, conducting a photography workshop and exhibiting their work June 30 in Papillon’s Metuchen store, located at 418 Main St.

Kamoinge means “working together” in the language of the Kikuyu people of Kenya.

The artists participating in the “Harlem to Metuchen” exhibition include Adger Cowans, Collette Fournier, Eli Reed, Gerald Cyrus, Jamel Shabazz, John Pinderhughes, Jules Allen, June Truesdale, Laylah Barrayan, Lola Flash, Mark Blackshear, Ron Herrard and Salimah Ali.

A ticketed photography workshop will be held May 22.

To register for the opening, the free, virtual panel discussion, or to buy a ticket for the workshop, visit  

For more information, email [email protected] or call 732-762-5224.





The Metuchen Farmers Market will begin its season on May 22 at the Metuchen Town Plaza, at the corner of New and Pearl streets.

The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, May 22 through November.

Walk up only; no curbside or drive-through.

For updates, visit


The Terra Nova Flower Club of Edison will hold its annual flower sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 22 at the Thomas Edison Tower, 37 Christie St., Edison. Rain date is May 23.

There will be an assortment of annuals, perennials, house plants, herbs and honey from a local beekeeper for sale.

Current COVID-19 guidelines will be observed.

Purchases will be cash only.


Metuchen Dance Centre will hold auditions for Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker” on May 23.

Auditions are 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages 8-10, 1-2:30 p.m. for ages 11-12, and 3-5 p.m. for ages 13-18.

For more information, visit




Women Aware invites the Middlesex County community to join a virtual conversation with Rachel Snyder, author of “No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us” at 7 p.m. May 25.

An award-winning journalist, Snyder explores the real roots of private violence, its far-reaching consequences and what it will take to truly address it.

This is a fundraiser with proceeds benefitting Women Aware’s comprehensive services for individuals and families affected by domestic violence in Middlesex County.

To register, visit







The School of the Arts on the East Brunswick campus of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools will present an outdoor production of Shakespeare’s comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” May 26-30.

Theater, music, dance, and arts technology students are collaborating on the performance, which will be presented before a limited audience in the outdoor “Hobbit” courtyard on the East Brunswick campus, 112 Rues Lane.

The play will be directed by theater arts teacher Brian Homer, with set design by arts technology teacher Lea Anello, and choreography by dance teacher Cleo Mack.

Music will be provided by East Brunswick campus music students under the direction of their teacher, Andy Greatorex, with costume design by students Emily Rosado, Paige Brathwaite, Louis Meagher-DiEllo, and Kevin Hernandez; light design by students Isabella Tomazic and Kirstyn Surowiec, and sound design by student Oliver Nichols.

The production will feature students Darrion Brown of North Brunswick as Lysander, Theodore Lenahan of South Amboy as Demetrius, Cheyenne Busch of North Brunswick as Helena, Isabella Sanchez of Highland Park as Hermia, Elizabeth Saucier of Edison as Hippolyta and Titania, Joseph McKenzie of Highland Park as Theseus and Oberon, Chris Bush of South River as Egeus, Dylan Ferrel of Carteret as Puck and Philostrate, Jonathan Williams of Avenel as Peaseblossom, Nya Wright of Highland Park as Cobweb, Nashaly Espinal of New Brunswick as Moth, Emily Gonzalez as Mustardseed, Arden Gonzalez as Snug and Starveling, Dajah McCormick of South Plainfield as Flute, Aleks Spohr of Edison as Snout, and McKenna Swan of Sayreville as Bottom.

The production team is led by Anello as company manager, with students Katarina Puig and Tiffany Crosby as stage managers.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be presented at 7:30 p.m. May 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30, with matinees at 2 p.m. on May 29 and 30.

Tickets are $20 for the general public. There will be limited reserved seating with strict social distancing.

Tickets can be purchased through Ludus at





The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce announced Cruise Night Season for 2021.

The scheduled dates are June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1 and Oct. 6 from 6-8:30 p.m.

Rain dates will be the following Wednesday.

There will be prizes for first, second and third place at each event.

Sponsorships are available.

For more information, call 732-548-2964 or email [email protected]



The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey will present a workshop titled “Implications and Treatment of the Long-Term Neurological and Cognitive Effects of COVID-19” at noon on June 3.

Identify long-term and neurological impacts of COVID-19; describe the lingering cognitive issues resulting from COVID-19 and useful strategies to increase function; and describe options for medical, rehabilitative and recovery programs for those individuals who have experienced long-term effects of COVID-19.

Presented by Dr. Carol Sonatore, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, and Jennifer Murphy, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.

Register at

The Brain Injury Alliance is located in North Brunswick.




First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen will hold an outdoor rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 5 at the church, 270 Woodbridge Ave., Metuchen. Rain date is June 12.

Donations of apparel, shoes, accessories, bed/bath/kitchen linens/curtains, toys/puzzles/games, frames, baskets, household items, electronics and rain-proof outdoor items will be collected. Drop off is June 1-3.

For more information, email Cindy O’Neill at [email protected]




MCFOODS (Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services) will hold Dine Below the Line 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.

Donations for MCFOODS 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 or checks payable to Feeding Middlesex County can be mailed to P.O. Box 781, Edison 08818.



The Edison Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 2021 Distinguished Awards, including chamber member, outstanding business, citizen, organization, non-profit, hotel/restaurant/hospitality, entrepreneur, young entrepreneur, vocational student, veterans business, and educator of the year.

Deadline to apply is June 15.

For complete details, visit



NAMI New Jersey will hold its virtual annual meeting and conference from 6-8 p.m. June 18 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 19. Meeting times are tentative.

The meeting will recognize the efforts of mental health advocates to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness. These awards are presented to affiliate leaders, individuals and families affected by mental illness, community leaders, mental health service providers, law enforcement officers, educators, legislators and media.

The theme is “Growing Through Adversity, Embracing Resilience.”

Registration information will be released.

For more information, visit


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

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 or call 732-906-2556.





The Edison Police Department is seeking applicants to serve as auxiliary police officers.

Auxiliary police officers are unpaid volunteer positions open to U.S. citizen, age 18 or older, with a high school diploma or a G.E.D, and a valid N.J. driver’s license.

Applicants must be in good physical condition and able to pass a criminal background check and interview.

The applicants should be Edison residents, or live in towns near Edison that do not have auxiliary police officers of their own.

The auxiliary police officers augment the Edison Police Department by assisting with traffic control functions, crowd control and security, road closures, extra patrols in parks and public properties, and may be dispatched to emergency or disaster situations.

All applicants, if selected, will be required to attend the Middlesex County Auxiliary Police Academy which will tentatively start in May or June and extend for six weeks. The training will occur on most Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and a few Saturdays during that period of time.

Applicants for auxiliary police officer should contact Lt. Robert J. Dudash Jr. at 732-248-6442 or [email protected].

Applications can be downloaded from or

Completed applications must be mailed or dropped off to the Edison Police Department, Patrol Bureau, 100 Municipal Blvd., Edison 08817, Attention: Lt. Robert J. Dudash Jr.

Applications must be submitted by no later than 4 p.m. to be considered for the 2021 appointment process.


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 YMCA of MEWSA (Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge and South Amboy) will host its annual Richard Hale Memorial Golf Classic on Oct. 7 at the Metuchen Golf and Country Club in Edison.

This fundraiser supports the Y’s Send a Kid to Camp Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to children from underserved families in the community.

In 2020, the Y provided more than $12,000 in camp scholarship funds which provided peace of mind for families facing economic challenges. With these scholarships, campers are less likely to experience summer learning loss and become inactive.

Camp provides access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) programming, swimming, sports, arts and crafts and more.

The fundraiser starts with lunch and a Bloody Mary bar, a shotgun start at 12:25 p.m., followed by an open bar and dinner, along with several events including a wine pull, raffles and a 50/50 raffle.

Sponsorship opportunities are available which are tax deductible and include recognition in all promotional materials, press releases and in the event program.

For more information, visit; or contact Catherine Haugh at 732-516-9200, ext. 2083 or [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






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.




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



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].





Middlesex County’s Parks and Recreation Department will accept reservations for picnic groves at nine county parks via a new online reservation system.

 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 

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



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]




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]




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]



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

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

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

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

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

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


The United Way of Central Jersey’s COVID-19 Recovery Fund will assist individuals and families affected by the novel coronavirus with crucial basic expenses including rent, utilities, prescription medication/medical supplies, child care and food.
United Way will work with trusted community partners to identify individuals and families most in need of this temporary support.
Donations to the UWCJ COVID-19 Support Fund may be made online at Checks made payable to United Way may be mailed to United Way of Central Jersey, 32 Ford Ave., Milltown 08850.