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Community Bulletin Board: the Sentinel (for November 24)

Ss. Peter & Paul RO Church in South River is holding its annual babka sale.

Orders are being taken for 11 different flavors.

Cheese, chocolate, cinnamon crumb, prune, poppy, raspberry, apricot or raisin are $12 each.

Raspberry cheese, apricot cheese or chocolate cheese are $13.50 each.

To order, call Judy at 732-828-0076.

The last day to order is Dec. 5.

Potato cheese pierogi will also be available for $8 a dozen and can be ordered by calling Carol at 732-254-4979. The last day to order is Dec. 1.

Pick up is on Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church hall, 7 Jeffrie Ave., South River.


The South River High School Adopt-A-Family Program Club is requesting donations of new gifts, clothing and necessities for families in need in South River.

A dropoff bin is located at the South River Public Library on Appleby Avenue.

To donate a monetary gift, make the check payable to SRHS – Adopt-A-Family and drop off the check at the Administration Building located at 15 Montgomery St.

Any questions may be directed to Debbie Napolitano at dnapolitano@srivernj.org.




The Monroe Township Public Library’s Bookmobile will be adding new book bundle themes for December.

The themes are Books for Foodies (cookbooks and food-themed fiction), Under the Mistletoe (holiday romances), and Family Stories.

Each bundle comes with three books from the adult collection based around the bundle theme, as well as a holiday ornament painting kit to keep.

There are few changes to the Bookmobile schedule:

Beginning Dec. 8, the Bookmobile stop in Clearbrook will now be every third Wednesday at the clubhouse at 11 a.m.

Beginning Dec. 9, the Bookmobile will be stopping at the gazebo on Nighthawk Drive in The Ponds immediately following the stop at the clubhouse.

Beginning Dec. 21, the Bookmobile will stop at the clubhouse in Rossmoor immediately following the stop at Newport Way and Old Nassau Road.

For more information on the Bookmobile schedule or stop locations, visit https://www.monroetwplibrary.org/services/bookmobile-2/ or email bookmobile@monroetwplibrary.org




For the fifth year, residents can anticipate South River police officers and staff members sporting mustaches and beards.

As part of the South River Police Department’s and South River PBA’s participation in the No-Shave November campaign, the usually well-groomed officers and employees from the South River Police Department will be ditching their razors for the month all in the name of raising money and awareness for cancer, Chief Mark Tinitigan said.

Coming on the heels of the department’s breast cancer awareness initiatives during October, No-Shave November is about embracing hair, which many patients lose during cancer treatment.

Money typically spent on razors and shaving during the month is instead donated to charity for cancer research and to aid those fighting cancer battles.

Each participating officer has personally made a monetary donation to the cause.

Donations on behalf of the South River PBA can be made directly to No-Shave.org under their team at no-shave.org/team/south-river-pba


Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help strengthen the immune system.

The East Brunswick Public Library will host Amanda Fano, registered dietician, for the online lecture “Title: Supporting Your Immune System with Good Nutrition” at 2 p.m. Dec. 6. 

This free program is presented online using Zoom.

Registration is requested; go online to www.ebpl.org/calendar or call 732-390-6767.

This program is offered through East Brunswick Public Library’s “Just For The Health Of It!” consumer health and wellness information initiative. To learn about upcoming events and resources, visit www.justforthehealthofit.org.





The Community Team NJ is asking for donations of coats, toys and holiday cheer through its Community Giving Tree, to support Ozanam Family Shelter, Dina’s Dwelling and local families in need.


Sign up to donate at https://tinyurl.com/givingtree2021


Or, drop off donations at any Spotswood Recreation Department events through December; or at the Spotswood Municipal Building and Helmetta Community Center from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, through Dec. 11.




Women Aware, in collaboration with the Spotswood Police Department, is seeking volunteers to serve on the Spotswood Police Domestic Violence Response Team.

The team is composed of trained community members who respond to the police department on an on call basis in order to provide emotional support, domestic violence information, legal options, community resources and a safety plan to individuals affected by domestic violence.

Volunteers are needed for after hours and weekends.

Volunteers must undergo a background check and fingerprinting, interview process, and complete a 40-hour training.

To apply, visit www.womenaware.net/volunteer

Women Aware’s 24-hour hotline for assistance is 732-249-4504.









American Legion Post 253 will continue Friday Night Dinners on Dec. 3 at the post, 50 Devoe Ave., Spotswood.

The meatloaf dinner includes meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, gravy and a dinner roll for $12.

Dine in, take out or ask for curbside pickup from 5-7 p.m. each night.

Call or text orders to 732-991-9507.




Middlesex County mayors will meet with members of the business community to share economic development opportunities.

This year’s topics include arts and culture, travel and tourism, sustainability, and economic development.

Meet the mayors of Edison, Woodbridge, Carteret, Perth Amboy, Milltown, North Brunswick and Metuchen at 8 a.m. Dec. 2.

Meet the mayors of Old Bridge, South Amboy, Sayreville, South River, East Brunswick and Spotswood in February 2022.

Hosted by the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

For more information and to register, visit www.mcrcc.org/



Join centraljersey.com at Central Jersey Basketball in Marlboro for their Rockin’ Rudolph Kids Expo from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 5.

Expect fun, games, vendors and more to get children and their parents into the holiday spirit.

The event is free, but pre-registration is requested for all attendees at nmg.ticketleap.com/rockin

For vendor opportunities, email michelle@newspapermediagroup.com

The event is hosted by Newspaper Media Group, which publishes this weekly chain of newspapers.



East Brunswick Elks Lodge 2370 will hold “Winter Warmth for our Youth” from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the lodge, 21 Oakmont Ave., East Brunswick.

Contact Aimee Schneider at 732-207-3774 or smile2laugh2@gmail.com to donate any youth size winter jackets, hats, gloves and scarves before Dec. 5.

The items will be distributed to children in need in the community.




The Imperial Music Center, 48 Appleby Ave, South River, will present a holiday concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 5.

David Crosby is conducting. 

A $5 donation is requested. 

For more information, call 732-238-0310 or visit www.imperialmusiccenter.com





The Monroe Township Police Department will hold its 7th Annual Toy Drive to benefit the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Drop off an unwrapped, new toy for children of all ages at the Monroe Township Police Department, 3 Municipal Plaza, through Dec. 6.

Due to infection control and allergy issues, the hospital can only accept new toys, and cannot accept stuffed animals.

The hospital is also in need of large amounts of crayons, coloring books, Play-Doh, stress balls, Matchbox cars and Barbies.

Order on Amazon via https://amzn.to/2UNg7rg



East Brunswick Public Library and four other libraries will host an online event featuring author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong of “Sex and the City” at 7 p.m. Dec. 8. 

This program is presented online using Zoom, thanks to sponsorship from the Friends of the East Brunswick Public Library.

Registration is requested; go to www.ebpl.org/calendar or call 732-390-6767.

Other library partners include Elizabeth Public Library, Matawan-Aberdeen Public Library, New Brunswick Public Library and the Old Bridge Public Library.





Playhouse 22 will present “A Christmas Carol” Dec. 10-19 at the theater, 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and at 3 p.m. Sundays.

For ticket information, visit https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=pla22





Middle school students and their parents can find out about opportunities in career and technical education at upcoming open houses on the five campuses of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools.

MCVTS offers 36 career majors, as well as a traditional academic curriculum, to Middlesex County students, along with interscholastic sports and extracurricular clubs and activities.

The East Brunswick Campus will hold in-person open houses on Dec. 11 and Jan. 22, 2022, both from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Perth Amboy Campus open houses will be Dec. 18 and Jan. 29, 2022, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Piscataway Campus schedule is Dec. 4 and Jan. 29, all from 10 a.m. to noon.

No tuition is charged to residents of Middlesex County.



Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Milltown is celebrating is 100th anniversary of the laying of the corner stone. 

The Anniversary Committee is working on the annual Christmas Bazaar to be held on Dec. 4. Vendors currently include vintage China, Longaberger baskets, handmade gift bags, teddies, the bakery, New-to-You Christmas, fresh evergreens, vintage jewelry, emporium gifts, gently-used toys, Magic Tree Game, homemade chocolates, decorative lamps, Color Street Nails, Thirty-One Bags, seasonal decor, and raffles.

Children’s DIY crafts will be available. 

The Knights of Columbus will offer Breakfast with Santa (reservations required) and a la carte lunch items. 

Sign one of the Christmas cards for a veteran and, if possible, bring a small treat or personal care item to be delivered to a veterans Care home. 

For additional information, visit www.ololchurchnj.org or search @ololmilltown on Facebook.



The Level Club of South River and Philo Lodge No. 243 will present Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to noon on Dec. 5 at the Masonic Temple, 120 Old Bridge Turnpike, South River.

The country-style buffet will include ham, sausage, eggs, hash browns and more.

Photos with Santa will be available.

The cost is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $4 for children ages 5-12, or free for children under 4.

Bring an unwrapped toy to support the USMC Toys for Tots program.

For tickets, call or text Jim at 732-701-7236.





Blood donors are needed to help save lives around the holidays.

New Jersey Blood Services will hold a blood drive from 1-7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Spotswood Knights of Columbus, 30 Crescent Ave., Spotswood.

Appointments are recommended. Visit https://nybc.org/newjerseydrive using sponsor code 14881; or call 800-933-2566.

Walk-ins will be accepted if spacing allows.

Remember to eat, drink and bring a donor ID card or ID with name and photo.

Donors 76 and over need a doctor’s note unless one is already on file. Donors age 16 need a signed New York Blood Center consent form.

During December, donors will be eligible to win a gift voucher for a staycation at Refinery Hotel in Manhattan, including two-night accommodation for two, breakfast, parking, food and beverage credit and broadway.com gift card.

Second prize is a staycation at the Hotel Hendricks in Manhattan, including one-night accommodation for two, breakfast, valet parking, and food and beverage credit.



Saint Peter’s University Hospital and the East Brunswick Public Library will present a special online Lunch N Learn program to help the community better understand food allergies at noon on Dec. 10, via Zoom.

The program is led by Laura Vetter, outpatient dietitian at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick. Her presentation covers several topics, including the difference between food allergies and intolerances, the top food allergies, the importance of proper food labeling, hidden allergies, cross-reactions and allergy treatments.

Registration is requested for this free online program. To register, go online to www.ebpl.org/calendar or call the library at 732-390-6767.

This program is offered through East Brunswick Public Library’s “Just For The Health Of It!” consumer health and wellness information initiative. To learn about upcoming events and resources, visit www.justforthehealthofit.org.



The Princeton Battlefield Society (PBS) will mark the 245th anniversary of the Battle of Princeton – fought on Jan. 3, 1777 – with “Experience the Battle of Princeton” on Jan. 2.

The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Princeton Battlefield State Park, 500 Mercer Road, Princeton, with a presentation by Larry Kidder, historian and author of “Ten Crucial Days: Washington’s Vision for Victory Unfolds” and several other books on Revolutionary War New Jersey.

Following this presentation, attendees can watch the narrated re-enactment, with British and American reenactors, including artillery.

Following the reenactment, the New Jersey Sons of the American Revolution will hold a wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial Grove behind the colonnade on the battlefield.

Tours of the historic Thomas Clarke House will be offered.

Pre-registration is required at www.pbs1777.org





Jurassic Quest heads to the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center in Edison from Dec. 29 to Jan. 2, 2022.

Jurassic Quest includes more than 100 life-like dinosaurs, dinosaur-themed rides, live dinosaur shows, interactive science and art activities, a Triceratots soft play area, bounce houses and inflatable attractions (socks required) and photo opportunities.

Come face-to-face with a moving, life-size, 50-foot-long megalodon.

Meet the babies, hatched only at Jurassic Quest: Cammie the Camarasaurus, Tyson the T-Rex and Trixie the Triceratops – and catch one of the dino trainers: Safari Sarah, Dino Dustin, Captain Caleb, Prehistoric Nick or Park Ranger Marty.

Tickets start at $19 at www.jurassicquest.com or on site, and include a 100% ticket guarantee that in the event of a show cancellation or postponement for any reason, ticket purchases will be automatically refunded for the full purchase amount.

Tickets are for a timed arrival window. Guests can walk through the dinosaur experience at their own pace, and strollers are permitted.

General admission tickets include access to the dinosaur and marine exhibits, arts and crafts activities, and dinosaur shows. There are rides and activities that require activity tickets available on site, or guests can upgrade to the Kids Unlimited Rides ticket. Green screen photography and animal art tattoos are available at a separate cost.

Entry is free for children under age 2.

 Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 29 and 30; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 31; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 1; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 2.

The expo center is located at 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison.





New Jersey Youth Soccer (NJYS) announced the Frank Bollaci Memorial Scholarship.

A long-time president of the South Brunswick Soccer Club, Bollaci was also a coach and seasoned referee with the NJ State Referee Committee.

Beginning this fall, the Frank Bollaci Memorial Scholarship will award $1,000 to a deserving college-bound senior.

All applications, along with a short essay and high school transcript, must be received by Dec. 18. The essay should give an explanation of what soccer means to the applicant and how soccer has impacted his/her life. Also describe community service.

Scholarship winners will be notified by NJYS by Jan. 4, 2022. Winners will receive an award and also have the opportunity to be recognized via a press release and online interview promoted by NJYS.


The recipient of the scholarship will also receive recognition of the accomplishment through the NJYS Annual Awards presented by RWJBaranbas Health, which will take place in early 2022.


Applications are being accepted at www.surveymonkey.com/r/GQSLK9L 



The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health, announced the launch of the 10th annual Protect Me With 3+ poster and video contest.

The contest challenges New Jersey youth in middle and high school to raise awareness about the importance of adolescent immunizations including tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap), human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY) and flu vaccines. Additionally, the contest has expanded to include entries for COVID-19 vaccination awareness.

Middle school and high school students can participate in the contest by submitting a hand-drawn poster or an original computer-generated poster that integrates key facts about one of the adolescent vaccines listed above. High school students also have the option to submit a video up to 30 seconds long instead of a poster.

In addition to accepting posters via mail, the contest is also accepting poster and video submissions electronically at www.protectmewith3.com/submit.

If a student is selected as a finalist, the agency will provide them with a pre-stamped envelope to mail their original poster.

Judges will then select the top three winners in each category.

The submission deadline is Jan. 23, 2022. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries in the video and poster categories, and the winning entries will be showcased during various statewide immunization awareness activities.

Additionally, students who submit entries by Jan. 1, 2022, will be entered into random drawings to win prizes courtesy of Protect Me With 3+ event sponsors.

For more information about Protect Me With 3+ sponsorship opportunities, visit www.protectmewith3.com/sponsors.

The top five finalists in each of the three categories will be posted on www.protectmewith3.com for public voting in March. The winners will then be announced and honored at an awards ceremony in May.

New Jersey teachers are encouraged to make the Protect Me With 3+ contest a class project. As an added incentive, prizes will be awarded to the classrooms with the most eligible submissions in each of the three categories. For more information on lesson plans and interactive materials for schools, visit http://www.protectmewith3.com/schools.

Information regarding eligibility, video and poster submission guidelines, and contest rules can be found at www.protectmewith3.com.






The Pinelands Preservation Alliance’s Annual Juried Photo Exhibition has a scheduled opening for March 26, 2022.

All photographs must be made within the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve. The reserve is found in portions of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Ocean counties. All wildlife, flora and fauna must be photographed in their natural environment.

Submission date is Jan. 30, 2022.

More than $2,000 in cash prizes will be awarded: $1,000 for First Place Best in Show; $350 each for First Place Landscape, Flora & Fauna, and Other (People, Towns, Architecture, Culture, History, Recreation, etc).

Photographs submitted for exhibition will be selected by a credentialed jury with final selections chosen by Michael Yamashita, an acclaimed National Geographic photographer.

Acceptance notification is planned from Feb. 14-18. Awards, including cash prizes, will be announced at the reception on March 26.

All selected photographs will be exhibited at the historic Bishop Farmstead in Southampton from March 28 through April 30, and all submitted photos will be on display in the online gallery opening by April 15.

Open submissions are $30 for up to three images and $5 per image for each additional image. A total of six images can be submitted per photographer.

All participants must use the Smarter Entry system to register. Photos must be JPEG format, and files cannot exceed 8MB in size.

Learn more at www.PinelandsPhotoExhibit.org or email entries@pinelandsalliance.org.




The Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office will hold an 8-week-long Sheriff’s Civilian Academy for residents of Middlesex County in Spring 2022.

The academy is designed to educate residents on the various functions and duties of the Sheriff’s Office.

Applications are being accepted for the program, which will be held at the Middlesex County Fire Academy located in Sayreville.

The first session is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. April 5, 2022. Classes will continue weekly on Tuesdays. One Saturday class will be held. The program culminates with a graduation ceremony scheduled for May 24.

Each session will highlight functions of the Sheriff’s Office including defensive tactics, K-9, transportation, fingerprinting, DARE, courts, civil process and foreclosures, among others.

Participants will tour the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office and the Main Courthouse in New Brunswick.

Applications are due no later than Feb. 15, 2022. The application will be used to determine suitability for the program. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, reside within the County of Middlesex, have no felony convictions, not be wanted for any crime, and submit to a limited background check.

For more information on the Sheriff’s Civilian Academy, contact Sgt. Frank Sautner at 732-745-5909 or email frank.sautner@co.middlesex.nj.us.

For more information, call 732-745-3382.









The Kosher Meals on Wheels program through Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County is in need of substitute drivers to deliver meals, sometimes with limited notice.

Currently, there are openings on Mondays along the Highland Park route and along the Edison/Metuchen route. Areas include Woodbridge, Edison, Metuchen, Highland Park, East Brunswick and Old Bridge.

Call 732-777-1940 for information on how to apply.





The South River Police Department is reminding residents about the Operation Blue Angel program, which allows officers quick access to senior citizens and other eligible residents in the event of an emergency.

Operation Blue Angel is a program to assist residents who, due to advanced age, immobility, or medical concerns, may be unable to answer their door in an emergency situation.

The program is administered free of charge to any eligible resident.

Through Operation Blue Angel, a police department-owned lock box similar to a real estate agent’s lock box is placed outside the residence. A key, supplied by the resident, is locked inside the box. In the event of an emergency, responding police officers are able to retrieve the key by using a code accessed by our Communications Center, allowing first responders to quickly enter the home without causing damage. The code is stored securely at all times in the Communications Center and reset to a new code in the event it is used to access the lock box.

Applicants to Operation Blue Angel must meet certain criteria and agree to the following:

• Must be 55 years of age or older, or have a medical condition that is potentially incapacitating

• Must either live alone, or be home alone on a frequent basis

• Must provide a key for an entry door to the home

• Must grant the South River Police Department permission to access and use the key during an emergency

• Must complete and notarize a waiver form

To apply for the program, print, complete and return the application and liability waiver to police headquarters, available at southriverpd.org/operation-blue-angel



The Central Jersey Chapter 148 of the Korean War Veterans extend an invitation to any veterans, regardless of the branch of service, who served during the Korean War from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953, in any location; or who served in Korea from July 27, 1953, to the current date.

The group meets at 10 a.m. for a breakfast meeting the second Wednesday of every month from May to December at the Monroe Township Municipal Building, downstairs on the first floor.

Requirements for membership include paying dues of $25 to the Korean War Veterans Association and $10 to the chapter each year.

Korean War Veterans National Life membership if one is over age 80 is $75.

The chapter is involved in various functions during the year, including fundraising to help veterans at the New Jersey State Veterans Memorial Home in Menlo Park, the Lyons Veterans Hospital Lyons, and the Vineland Veterans Hospital in Vineland.

For more information, contact membership chair Charlie Koppelman at 609-655-3111 or KWVANJ148@yahoo.com




The South River Police Department is reminding residents of its Unoccupied Residence Program.

As part of this free program, South River residents can complete and submit a form to let officers know when a residence will be unoccupied. A police officer will check on the home as time permits during his or her normal patrol duties.

The Unoccupied Residence Form can be downloaded by visiting www.southriverpd.org or picked up at Police Headquarters located at 61 Main St. Once completed, the form can be faxed to 732-613-6103 or dropped off at police headquarters.

This program is intended for residences which are unoccupied due to short-term travel or vacation plans. It is separate from South River’s long-term vacant property ordinance.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal & Northern New Jersey (BBBSCNNJ) is inviting Middlesex County residents to become a volunteer Big Brother or Big Sister to a local child.

BBBSCNNJ currently has 20 children on its Middlesex County waiting list, mostly boys.

BBBSCNNJ provides one-to-one mentoring for youth ages 6-18. Volunteer Big Brothers and Sisters spend quality time with their Littles each month, enjoying free or low-cost activities during which the child may learn new skills, explore new interests, or expand their experience beyond their family and neighborhood. 

There are no special skills required, and BBBSCNNJ’s experienced staff provides continual support.

To be matched with a Middlesex County child, apply at mentornj.org.



Middlesex County residents looking for local farmers, grocery stores or food pantries – as well as public transportation routes to get there – can download the interactive map-based Accessing Healthy Foods app.

Visit http://middlesexcountynj.gov/healthyfoodsmap








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

Hospice patient care volunteers visit with patients in their home, which can also be nursing facilities or assisted living facilities, at least once a week. Visits can be virtual and are during the day or early evening. Volunteers may also assist with administrative work in the hospice office.

To sign up for a virtual training class, contact Deborah Adams at 732-405-3035 or email Deborah@dovehs.com




The Center for Therapy & Counseling Services is offering a Teen Girls Support Group.

This free group offers girls ages 13-17 a safe place to connect, share stories and be encouraging. The goal is to enhance self esteem, self confidence and communication skills.

Each group is led by trained facilitators.

Girls meet weekly at 7 p.m. Thursdays, virtually.

Registration is required by calling 732-254-0600.

Or, email info@centerfortherapy.net for more information.

The Center for Therapy & Counseling Services is located at 15 W. Prospect St., East Brunswick.



The Kiwanis Club of Greater Monroe is holding a coat drive for Trenton Rescue Mission and NJ Rise.

Gently used coats, hats, scarves and gloves are requested.

Drop off containers are located at the Encore Clubhouse vestibule or on the side porch of 39 Westminster Dr. in Greenbriar Whittingham.

For more information, call Lin at 609-655-0023.



Right at Home of Central New Jersey can organize a Senior Citizen Prom for local facilities.

They will provide music and entertainment.

A prom king and queen will be crowned.
For more information on how to schedule a prom, call 732-967-0900.

Serving northern Middlesex, Mercer and Monmouth counties.



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.



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




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 adehanes@southriverpd.org, 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.







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





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 MichelleB@jfsmiddlesex.org.



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 preid@monroetwp.com, or by fax to 732-521-3190.

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




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 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.



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.




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.







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 domesticviolence@ebpd.net.




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