Community Bulletin Board: the North and South Brunswick Sentinel (for May 19)

 

The regular public meeting of the North Brunswick Board of Education will be held in person at 7 p.m. May 26 at North Brunswick Township High School in the auditorium, 98 Raider Road, North Brunswick.

For instructions on how to access the meeting and make public comments during the livestream, visit www.nbtschools.org

 

 

 

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Safe Kids Middlesex County will co-host Summer Safety at the North Brunswick Library, a series to help children stay safe while having fun.

Webinars will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesdays via Zoom.

May 26 will be about playground safety; register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsc-2trjsiGdP7jBNJsZSjSybz02Yg1joj

June 23 focuses on water safety; register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvde2pqT4qGdIkXFcrWYlo3bkCtfxclEOY

For more information, visit northbrunswicklibrary.org

 

 

The Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands will present “We’re Back!”: The Emergence of the Brood X Periodical Cicadas via Zoom at 7:30 p.m. May 27.

Professor George Hamilton, chair of the Department of Entomology and director of the Rutgers Graduate Program in Entomology, will speak about the highly anticipated emergence of the 17-year cicadas in an illustrated slide talk.

Pre-register to receive the link by emailing karenlinder@fpnl.org or by calling 609-683-0483.

 

 

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 bianj.org/webinars

The Brain Injury Alliance is located in North Brunswick.

 

 

 

The annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Township of North Brunswick and hosted by the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services, will be held on June 20 at Boyd Pond on Independence Way, off Route 130 south, North Brunswick.

There will be sessions at 8 a.m. or 9:30 a.m.

Bring a chair, fishing pole and bait.

Each family will have a designated fishing spot six feet apart.

Registration is required by calling 732-247-0922, ext. 475.

 

 

The North Brunswick Youth Sports Festival will return July 1-11.

More information will be released at www.nbysf.com/

The South Brunswick School District has opened kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year.

Due to COVID-19, all registrations will be handled remotely.

Appointments can be made at www.sbschools.org/central_registration Go to Central Registration to pre-register and schedule an appointment.

If you have already scheduled an appointment, someone from Central Registration will contact you.

Any questions, email Registration@sbschools.org

 

 

Bentley Community Services in South Brunswick has been selected by the Dayton Stop & Shop store leadership as the benefiting non-profit in the Community Bag Program for May.

Bentley is a unique food pantry serving families, seniors and individuals in need, creating access to and providing high quality, fresh foods and other products weekly, facilitating healthy diets and nutrition. By Bentley offsetting/eliminating weekly grocery bills, clientele are able to save crucial monies they need for monthly bills, reduce debts and work toward self-sufficiency.

Bentley Community Services will receive a $1 donation for every $2.50 reusable Community Bag purchased at this location in May.

The store is located at 24 Summerfield Blvd., Dayton section of South Brunswick.

Learn more about Bentley Community Services by visiting www.bentleycommunityservices.org or call 908-227-0684.

For more information about the Stop & Shop Community Bag Program, visit https://stopandshop.bags4mycause.com/

 

 

 

 

Medical Mall Pharmacy will provide Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for North Brunswick residents age 55 and older from noon to 2 p.m. May 21 at the North Brunswick Senior Center, 15 Linwood Place, North Brunswick.

Sponsored by Right at Home of Central New Jersey.

Appointments required. Call 732-418-2222.

 

The Student Activists of Central New Jersey, in collaboration with South Brunswick Girl Scout Troop 81030/82460, will present Princeton’s first Pan-Asian Cultural Festival from 3-6:30 p.m. May 23 in Hinds Plaza, Princeton.

CelebrAsian is an event to appreciate, education and illuminate. Join an appreciation of the Asian community through discussions and musical and visual performances.

Masks are required.

Email studentactivistscnj@gmail.com or visit the Instagram page @thesacnj

 

The North Brunswick Public Library will hold an outdoor bike rodeo and food drive on May 23.

In collaboration with Keep Middlesex Moving and Mobile Family Success Center of Middlesex County, children in grades 1-6, along with their parents/guardians, can bring their bicycles to the North Brunswick Library parking lot for a bike rodeo. The safety course is made of multiple stations to exercise and learn how to ride a bike safely.

The sessions are 10-11 a.m. for grades 1-3, and noon to 1 p.m. for grades 4-6.

Bring a helmet or one will be provided.

Masks are required and social distancing will be observed.

No registration is necessary.

A food drive will be held simultaneously to benefit the North Brunswick Food Bank. Donations of peanut butter, jelly, pasta, canned beans, rice and mac n’ cheese are needed. Food must not be out of date, and only non-perishable foods will be accepted.

For more information, email children’s Librarian Miss Val at vwerner@northbrunswicklibrary.org or Librarian Ryan Miller at rmiller@northbrunswicklibrary.org

For a complete listing of virtual events, visit https://northbrunswicklibrary.org

 

 

 

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 https://givebutter.com/WomenAwarePresents

 

 

 

Join the North Brunswick Public Library for a virtual container gardening demonstration at 6 p.m. May 25.

Rutgers Master Gardener Adero Solomon will present a live virtual demonstration where he’ll discuss container gardening, and how to successfully implement the best practices and techniques to create a container garden.

All registrants will be entered into a seed raffle.

Register at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkduGsqzIqEtdMDjpNLZXQLJQOcv07oouO

Any questions, email librarian Ryan Miller at rmiller@northbrunswicklibrary.org

For a complete listing of virtual events, visit https://northbrunswicklibrary.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Complete all five challenges from April to August to collect Team USA gear during the North Brunswick Tour de Parks.

Each challenge costs $3 per participant.

After completing each challenge, submit photos and the completed form in order to collect gear.

The next Commit to be Fit activity includes a self-guided stroll around Boyd Pond off Independence Boulevard.

Once the hunt is over, submit photos from the trail along with the form by May 24 to receive a prize.

The cost is $3 per participant.

Details on future activities will be announced.

Participants can register for one event at a time, or choose the Spring Summer Total Tour de Parks option and commit to all five.

Register at https://register.capturepoint.com/NorthBrunswickTownship or email events@northbrunswicknj.gov or call 732-247-0922, ext. 475.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Brunswick’s Memorial Day 5K will be virtual again this year. The last day to register and run is May 24.

On May 23 at 9 a.m., there will be an annual Firefighters Memorial Service at the memorial on Livingston Avenue across from the post office.

The Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Park will be held in person at 11 a.m. Monday, May 31. 

Prior, at 10 a.m. there will be a ceremony at Sabella Park, Cozzens Lane, by members of the North Brunswick Adams AC.

For more information, visit www.northbrunswicknj.gov

 

 

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 mcvtsarts.ludus.com

 

 

 

COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing in India, with more than 350,000 cases reported per day. The death toll is devastating the most vulnerable and marginalized populations: the homeless, poorly paid daily wage laborers and domestic workers. There are critical shortages of ventilator beds, medical oxygen, medicines and other lifesaving supplies.

United Way of Central Jersey (UWCJ) has established an India COVID-19 Relief Fund to raise financial support for the United Way of India to help battle this pandemic. The UWCJ India Relief Fund will accept donations though May 31. Donations may be mailed to: UWCJ at 32 Ford Ave., Milltown 08850; or visit https://bit.ly/3gNsSdZ

One hundred percent of all donations will be directed to the UWCJ India COVID–19 Relief Fund.

 

The North Brunswick Public Library will offer free Zumba classes virtually at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, June 2, 16 and 30.

The class is open to those 16 and older.

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcudO2grDgvHtI3Dn91XmZFUU0qaYyhzIwI

Any questions, email librarian Ryan Miller at rmiller@northbrunswicklibrary.org

For a complete listing of virtual events, visit https://northbrunswicklibrary.org

 

 

 

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 www.feedingmiddlesexcounty.org/ or checks payable to Feeding Middlesex County can be mailed to P.O. Box 781, Edison 08818.

 

 

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 naminj.org

 

 

Old Bridge PBA Local 127 will once again sponsor the Old Bridge Militia’s Bulldozer Bash, which will be held at 2 p.m. June 19 at Old Bridge Elks Lodge 2229, 67 Old Amboy Road, Old Bridge.

The Old Bridge Militia Foundation has played a part in cultivating a hard rock and heavy metal scene, while also assisting those who might be interested in learning about music, especially younger members of the community. Funds raised by those initiatives go to those who do not have the financial means to purchase instruments or lessons.

Donation of $30 includes beer and soda. Food trucks will be on site all day.

For more information, visit oldbridgemilitia.org or email metaljoe@oldbridgemilitia.org

 

 

Summer Fun & Games in the Park for North Brunswick children in grades K-7 will be offered from June 21 to Aug. 27 at Veterans Park, Roosevelt Avenue.

All CDC guidelines will be followed during summer day camp.

Deposit is $15.

Register early in order to ensure programming is not canceled.

For more information, visit www.northbrunswicknj.gov

 

 

Win at Weight Loss workout in the park will be held by the South Brunswick Parks and Recreation Department from 7-8 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 1 at Beech Woods Park, 137 Beekman Road, Kendall Park section of South Brunswick.

Join Claire Mason of PurposeFit LLC for an outdoor workout that is a mix of cardio, conditioning circuits and strength training.

Classes are suitable for all fitness levels.

Bring a mat, water and a set of dumbbells.

There are no rain dates; virtual classes or class recordings will be offered in the event of inclement weather.

Drop-in sessions are $15. Packages are available.

For more information, call 908-403-7093 or visit www.purposefitcoach.com

 

 

 

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

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

Submissions are due by Aug. 1.

Email to Lou Ann Benson at benson@northbrunswicknj.gov

Recipients will be awarded in September near Grandparents Day.

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

 

 

North Brunswick Township is accepting nominations for the Ann Marie Chandlee Volunteer Service Award for 2021.

Any organization, business or person who willingly gives their time, talents and resources  to fulfill the needs of the community and improves the lives of North Brunswick residents can be nominated.

Return the nomination form to the North Brunswick Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services, 710 Hermann Road, North Brunswick; fax to 732-247-0979; email to events@northbrunswicknj.gov; or drop the nomination form inside the box marked “Volunteer Service Award Nominations.”

 

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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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 https://njstateaapi.org/donation-for-medical-oxygen-to-india/ to donate online.

 

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 middlesexcc.edu/Camp-Middlesex or call 732-906-2556. 

 

 

 

 

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 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 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.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

A copy is available at www.northbrunswicknj.gov/crossing-guard

A copy of a driver’s license is required.

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

 

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

 

 

The Township of North Brunswick will continue honoring veterans with a secondary street signs at township roads.

Applications for wartime veterans are received throughout the year. The honored veterans must be a past or current resident of North Brunswick.

The requirements can be found at www.northbrunswicknj.gov; on Facebook; or at the Municipal Building at the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services, 710 Hermann Road, North Brunswick.

For more information, contact Lou Ann Benson at lbenson@northbrunswicknj.gov.

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To sign up for the next virtual training class, contact Volunteer Coordinator Deborah Adams at 732-405-3035 or email deborah@dovehs.com.

 

South Brunswick VFW Post 9111 is seeking monetary assistance from the community.

The organization has long supported free Christmas parties for children, food drives, Purple Hearts Chapter 10, the American Veterans Dog Foundation that trains dogs to support veterans, and a Christmas party for veterans at the New Jersey State Veterans Memorial Home in Menlo Park.

The efforts are in jeopardy because of the impact of COVID-19.

To donate to the GoFundMe account, visit https://gf.me/u/ynb882

 

The Islamic Society of Central Jersey (ISCJ), in partnership with the South Brunswick Food Pantry, holds a weekly drive-thru food pantry program every Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at ISCJ, 4145 Route 1, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick.

The ISCJ is providing a box of provisions meant to supplement a family of four for one week. Items in this box generally include pasta, spaghetti sauce, rice, canned beans, canned soup, oil, hummus, cheese, bread, canned beef or fish, frozen organic chicken, corn flour, pudding, some personal protective equipment and personal hygiene items.

This service is open to all citizens in need, regardless of legal status, creed, ethnicity or geography.

Email foodpantry@iscj.org for any questions regarding the program, to seek assistance, to volunteer or to donate food.

 

Residents of South Brunswick are able to preregister and pick up food twice a week at the Municipal Building, 540 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick.

Drive-thru is available from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Register to receive food by emailing jwert@sbtnj.net by 1 p.m. the day prior to pickup. After you register you will receive a confirmation number which you will show on the day of your pickup.

On your pickup day you will pull around to the rear of the building and pull up to the drive thru. Upon arriving you will show one of the employees the confirmation number from your phone or you can write it on a piece of paper and hold it up to the window.

An employee will place the boxes in your trunk after verifying your confirmation number. Food will not be distributed without a confirmation number.

Remain in your vehicle and keep your windows rolled up at all times.

This program is for South Brunswick residents only.

For more information, call Wert at 732-329-4000, ext. 7674.

 

 

The North Brunswick Police Department is seeking donations of sanitizing wipes and other PPE.

Drop off items at police headquarters, 710 Hermann Road, North Brunswick.

Call 732-247-0922, ext. 326 for more information.

 

 

 

The South Brunswick Public Library is chronicling residents’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Visit www.sbpl.info/covid-19-stories/ to be part of the South Brunswick historical local archives. The link takes you to a survey of 17 questions to help encourage a story.
Stories can also be emailed directly to SBPL Information Services Specialist Randall Marsola at rmarsola@sbpl.info
Stories can be anonymous.
Entries can include photographs, artwork, poems, etc.
The submissions may be featured on the library website.

 

 

 

 

Central Jersey Family Health Consortium is offering a series of virtual support groups.

 

A New Dad Support Group for expectant and new fathers with babies under 1 year old will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, co-facilitated by a therapist and an experienced father of twins.

Registration is required by emailing Pat Vena at pvena@cjfhc.org.

 

A New Mom Support Group for pregnant and new moms with babies under 1 year old will be held in English at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and in Spanish at 1 p.m. Wednesdays.

To register in English, email Pat Vena at pvena@cjfhc.org. To register in Spanish, email Mariella Flores at mflores@cjfhc.org.

 

The Listening Hearts and Minds Support Group is held at 6 p.m. Tuesdays for pregnant and parenting women, co-facilitated by experienced counselors. Topics include parenting skills, coping with COVID-19, stress management, keeping mental health and meditation.

Pre-registration required by contacting Deena Cohen at dcohen@cjfhc.org or 888-633-5502.

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

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

 

 

 

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