Community Bulletin Board: the Sentinel (for April 13)




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

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

To be eligible for the 2022-23 school year, children must be 3 years of age by Oct. 31, 2022, and not age-eligible for kindergarten (5 years of age by Oct. 31, 2022).

Children must also be toilet trained.

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

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

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

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

Register at” for full registration instructions, including fees and all required forms. A non-refundable registration fee plus the first month’s tuition must be received to reserve your spot in the program. Credit card payments are accepted as well as e-check.

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




St. Paul Community Church in Milltown is collecting food for members of the community in need.

Donations can be brought to the church at 62 S. Main St., Milltown.

Call Kim at 732-828-0020 with any questions.




Helmetta Happenings and The Community Team NJ will present Egg My Yard.

Wake up to a yard filled with candy-stuffed eggs and a note from the Easter Bunny.

Open to Spotswood and Helmetta residents.

The cost is $15 for 30 eggs, $25 for 50 eggs or $35 for 70 eggs.

Proceeds benefit The Community Team NJ, which provides those in need in the community the whole year.

Contact Sandy Bohinski at 732-521-4946, ext. 100 by April 8 to purchase delivery for Friday night or Saturday morning before Easter.




Join at Monroe 33 Tennis, Basketball and Sports Center for their Kids Expo on June 5 from noon to 4 p.m.

Expect fun, games and more from vendors for kids and parents. 

More information on vendors and activities coming soon.

This event is free, but pre-registration is requested for all attendees. Pre-register at

For vendor opportunities, email [email protected].




The Jamesburg Knights of Columbus will offer Fish Fry Fridays every Friday during Lent, through April 15.

Menu includes peel-and-eat shrimp, homemade calamari, broiled or fried scallops, baked fresh scrod, baked fresh salmon, fried flounder, fried shrimp, or pasta with butter or sauce. There will be weekly specials, as well as a children’s menu.

All dinners include side salad and dessert.

Dine in will be 5-8 p.m.

To order take out, visit Or, order by phone at 732-521-3366. Call back until someone answers; there is no voicemail box. Or, walk in the hall via the front door and place an order in person.

Curbside pickup will be available.

Raffles will be sold each week at the hall.

The St. James Council is located at 83 E. Lincoln Ave., Jamesburg.



With local gardeners getting ready to start their spring plantings, East Brunswick Public Library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission has opened the EB Grow seed library to the public for the 2022 growing season.


EB Grow seed library has introduced residents to gardening, provided education on seed-saving with the Middlesex County Master Gardeners, and encouraged everyone to develop a passion for sustainability.


Gardeners can request native pollinator or container-friendly garden salad seed packs online at Both packs in the collection include easy-to-grow seeds that do well in New Jersey’s climate. 

In addition to the EB Grow seed library, East Brunswick Public Library still circulates a special seeds starting kit through the EB Create lending kit program to its cardholders. The kit includes grow lights and heating mats to help jumpstart plants.


For more information, visit




Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County held a Ukraine Donation Drive, receiving many boxes of medical supplies, personal care products, sleeping bags, flashlights, socks and more.

To contribute, direct monetary donations to the Jewish Federation in the Heart of NJ or email [email protected] for information on donating items for the people of Ukraine.



East Brunswick Recreation & Parks wants to hear from residents of East Brunswick, conducting a survey that takes approximately 3-5 minutes to complete. Visit

The department also launched a new app, available for download at





Spotswood American Legion Post 253 will hold Fish Friday Nights from 5-8 p.m. Fridays through April 15 at the post, 50 Devoe Ave., Spotswood.

Menu includes fried fish sandwich for $10, fried fish platter for $15, fried shrimp platter for $16, fried shrimp and scallop platter for $18, fried deluxe platter for $18, grilled cheese with fries for $7, and french fries for $5.

Platters are served with french fries and cole slaw.

Dinners are available as dine in, take out or curbside pickup.

Call or text orders to 432-991-9507.




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

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

The Summer Early Learning Academy will offer a summer care program for 3- and 4-year-olds who will not be entering kindergarten in September 2022. Activities and themes are designed to promote children’s social and cognitive development.

Both programs will also concentrate on closing the learning gap that research shows traditionally occurs over summer months. They will provide your child a summer of fun with weekly themes and daily activities with on-site vendors. Special events and enrichment classes will include a carnival, dinosaur dig, field day, luau, Spanish classes and music.

Students will also have opportunities each week to participate in on-site water play activities.   

Weekly themes for Summer 2022 are:

  • To Infinity & Beyond: Focus on Science and the Solar System.
  • Community Helpers: Learn About and Meet Local Community Helpers.
  • Islands of Adventures: Explore Island Life, Music and Water Transportation.
  • Wide World of Sports: Learn and Play Various Sports.
  • Under the Big Top: Explore Circus and Carnival Life.
  • Land & Sea Creatures: Focus on Dinosaurs, Sea Life and Farm Animals.

Both programs will offer full-day or half-day sessions, running from June 27 to Aug. 9, with the option to attend three weeks or all six weeks.

Visit for registration instructions and program details.


The third annual D.A.R.E. Jr. Academy will be held this summer by the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office.

The program is for children entering fifth and sixth grade in Middlesex County for the 2022-23 school year.

This program will include the D.A.R.E. program, as well as a junior police academy.  

The program will run for two weeks, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 15-26, at the Middlesex County Fire Academy, 1001 Fire Academy Way, Sayreville.

The $150 fee per child will include a T-shirt, ball cap, water bottle, supplies and a graduation party at commencement. 

Junior Recruits will be responsible for their own lunches and snacks, as well as their own gym-style shorts (fingertip length at least), sneakers and mask.

The daily routine will include roll call, platoon formation, D.A.R.E. lessons, lunch, drill, demonstrations, police lessons, and daily physical training. 

The class is limited to 45 seats.

Registration will only be confirmed once the completed forms with payment are received.

Contact Sgt. Frank Sautner at 732-745-5909 or [email protected] from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays to schedule a pickup time for the full packet.




Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County wants to help residents grow quality food, as well as pick the best plants for your landscape, with the return of their weekly webcast: RU Ready 2 Garden. 

This free online event is open to the public. 

Master Gardener educators and New Jersey Agricultural Experiment station experts will offer advice for gardeners of all levels with a different topic each week. Participants will learn from these online live presentations that will occasionally include how to videos and virtual visits to local farms.

The one-hour webcasts will take place each Tuesday in April at 6:30 p.m.

For a full season schedule and registration details, visit and search “RU Ready to Garden”  

The RU Ready 2 Garden Webcast was developed by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, with the goal of providing gardeners with  research-based methods to ensure success in their home and community gardens.

To view previous episodes of the webcast, visit   



NAMI New Jersey (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is committed to serving New Jersey’s diverse communities, and as such is hosting its last webinar of the series sponsored by Amerigroup, NAMI NJ Multicultural Conversations, from 1-2 p.m. April 28.


The four multicultural programs serving African American, Hispanic/Latinx, South Asian and Chinese American communities will help facilitate meaningful, culturally-sensitive dialogues on various mental wellness topics.

Learn about “The Value of Culturally Sensitive Mental Health Resources” during Mental Health Awareness Month.

During this webinar there will be opening statements from NAMI NJ Board President Mark Williams and Executive Director Meredith Masin Blount.


Register at






The 5th Annual Om Memorial 5K Run/1M Walk will take place at 8 a.m. May 15 at Thompson Park, off Perrineville Road, Monroe.

Registration is underway for the event, organized in memory of childhood cancer patient Om Parikh, to help raise funds in support of the charitable services of the Om Foundation.

To register, visit

To learn more about the Om Foundation, sponsorship opportunities, and to support its philanthropic efforts, visit





Beekman Road in East Brunswick will have intermittent road closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the annual salamander migration over the next few months.

Be aware of pedestrian traffic while traveling in the area during this timeframe.
















Middle-schoolers are invited to partake in academic competitions at the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies in Edison.

The third annual Edison Academy Middle School Math Competition will be held April 30. In addition to using critical thinking and logical reasoning skills, students will be required to collaborate with teammates and to show an ability to learn new ideas. More information is available at

The Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School District, the first full-time county vocational school district in the nation, has campuses in East Brunswick, Edison, Perth Amboy, Piscataway, and Woodbridge, offering 36 career majors. More information is available at




East Brunswick residents can rent a plot in the community garden, located adjacent to the municipal complex on Civic Center Drive off Rues Lane.

A limited number of 10-foot by 10-foot plots are available for new gardeners on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $45 for first-year gardeners.

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

For more information and to register for a plot, go online to the registration form.

The garden’s website offers timely articles, tips and tricks for gardeners, a calendar of events and information on donating surplus produce. Meetings and events during the year also offer an opportunity to share ideas outside the garden.

To keep gardeners safe, gardeners are asked to follow current guidance on COVID. Masks are suggested when others are present, but are not required in the garden.

Established in 2009, the garden offers 160 plots for new and returning gardeners who live or work in East Brunswick.

Fencing erected by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission and the township protects the area from deer and other critters.

For more information, email to [email protected].






Westfield Senior High School Class of 1976 will hold its reunion weekend June 3-5.

The reunion will kick off on June 3 at 6:30 p.m. with a casual get-together at Crossroads in Garwood.

On June 4, join classmates at the Shady Rest at Scotch Hills Country Club for an event featuring a buffet, beer and wine and music.

Early bird discount applies before April 15.

Registration can be found at

A website is available with more detailed information, including hotel and travel information.

For more information, contact either Ruth Liebesman at [email protected] or Jim Bivona at [email protected].




AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador Ginny Rockey will lead a program about rain barrels at 7 p.m. April 20 at the East Brunswick Public Library, 2 Jean Walling Civic Center Dr.

Rockey’s demonstration shows how to build and install your own rain barrel.

The first seven registered participants will receive materials to make their own barrels. They must be prepared to take home a 55-gallon plastic drum at the end of the workshop.

Registration is required for this free program; to register, call 732-390-6767.

The program will also be livestreamed on Zoom. For more information on how to watch online, visit

This event is part of the Option Green series, a program series partnership between the East Brunswick Public Library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission. Information about the Option Green program series can be found at




The East Brunswick Public Library continues its annual Holocaust Remembrance Program series with “The Jews of Austria and Vienna Before the Holocaust.” This multi-media program of lecture and music will take place at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, on April 24 at 2 p.m.


The program is dedicated to the late Dr. Michael Kesler, who organized this program series since its inception in 2014. After his retirement in 2006, Kesler wrote three books of his and his late wife’s experiences during World War II. His last book, “The Remnant,” was published in April 2021.


Historian Glenn Dynner will lecture on the history and culture of Austrian Jewry. In the early 19th century, Vienna became the cultural center of western civilization. His presentation focuses on the impact of the Jewish community on the Austrian capital city. 

Following the presentation, a concert will feature classical Jewish Austrian compositions performed by an ensemble of local musicians under the direction of Dave Schlossberg, pianist.


May Kesler, the founder of contemporary dance company Keslerdances, will lead a choreographed performance of traditional Jewish and Austrian dances.


“The Jews of Austria and Vienna Before the Holocaust” is sponsored through a partnership of the East Brunswick Public Library and the East Brunswick Arts Commission.

The program is free and open to the public, with limited seating at the Community Arts Center.

Additional information about this event can be found at



The Rutgers Business School Center for Women in Business will hold its CWIB Summit 2022 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29 at the Rutgers Business School, 100 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway.

Rutgers alums can reconnect with fellow Rutgers women.

Keynote speaker is Michele Meyer-Shipp, chief executive officer of Dress for Success.

Join a workshop on how to declare a bold vision and share it with Lisa McCarthy, CEO and co-founder of Fast Forward Group.

Registration and breakfast begin at 8 a.m.

For ticket information, registration and an itinerary, visit





Children who live in East Brunswick who will be 5 years of age on or before Oct. 31, 2022, are eligible for the East Brunswick Public School full-day kindergarten program for the 2022-23 school year.

Visit to schedule a virtual appointment.

Register by April 30.


YMCAs in the area will celebrate Healthy Kids Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30.

Healthy Kids Day celebrates children’s mental and physical health, encouraging active play and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

This year’s theme is “Educate, Vaccinate, Be Healthy”.

The event will include educational, interactive health fair booths, as well as sports and games for kids.

Camp tours, water safety demonstrations, and swim info will also be at this event.




Cardboard Box City provides individuals and groups with a greater personal understanding of the challenges facing families experiencing homelessness here in our own community.

Individuals, families, or groups spend the night in their own decorated cardboard box. There will be activities, entertainment and presentations throughout the evening related to family homelessness.

This event will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 367 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, sponsoring the FISH program, from 6 p.m. April 30 to 7 a.m. May 1.

Donations in kind, as well as monetary gifts, are greatly appreciated.

For more information, visit









The League of Women Voters of the Greater New Brunswick Area (GNBA) is sponsoring an essay and video contest entitled “Y Vote” for high school students who will share their thoughts on the importance of voting. 

All students in the participating Somerset and Middlesex county high schools are eligible to enter, regardless of whether they are of voting age. 

The writer of the winning essay and the producer of the winning video will each receive a prize of $50 and will be recognized at an awards ceremony on May 19. Honorable mentions will be awarded to runners-up in the competition.   

Essay submissions should be no longer than 500 words, and video entries cannot exceed three minutes. Creative, effective and inspirational entries should act as a call to action. They should describe the importance of voting and using votes to influence the direction of democracy. 

Entries may not include endorsements or criticism of individual candidates or political parties. 

Students in participating schools should send their entries to [email protected] by May 1.



Discover Greatness: An Illustrated History of Negro Leagues Baseball will be presented through May 1 at East Jersey Old Town Village, 1050 River Road, Piscataway.

The traveling exhibit from The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum features close to 90 framed photographs showcasing the history of African American baseball from the late 1800s to the 1960s.

Also, visit Treasures of Middlesex County: 300 Years of Raritan Valley History at The Cornelius Low House, 1225 River Road, Piscataway.

For hours, information and directions, visit or text “CULTURE” to 56512.


The Bernie Cohn Memorial Golf Classic and 76th Annual Outing will be held May 3 at Forsgate Country Club, 375 Forsgate Dr., Monroe.

The annual golf classic serves as an opportunity for the business and community leaders of Middlesex County to connect while supporting the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s efforts to improve Middlesex County.

Shotgun start is 9 a.m.

Bernie Cohn was very active with the chamber, serving as past chair of the Board of Directors, past chair of the golf outing and recipient of the first Leaders of Distinction Award.

For registration information, visit



Astera Cancer Care, Princeton Radiation Oncology and the East Brunswick Public Library will present the online program “Proton Therapy for Cancer” on May 3 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Brian Chon will discuss proton therapy, an advanced technology for the fight against cancer. It works by using precise radiation which can reduce the exposure to normal, healthy tissues.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is requested; to register, visit or call 732-390-6767.






Middlesex County’s Plays-in-the-Park is returning to the stage this summer with performances of “Something Rotten!,” “The SpongeBob Musical” and “A Chorus Line” as part of Plays-in-the-Park’s 60th season.

Plays-In-The-Park will be held at 8 p.m. performance nights at the Stephen J. Capestro Theater at Roosevelt Park, 1 Pine Dr., Edison.

“Something Rotten!” is set for June 22 to July 2. Welcome to the 1590s, where brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a show that will rival William Shakespeare. This show tells the story of the Bottom brothers as they attempt to write the world’s very first musical.


“The SpongeBob Musical” will be performed July 13-23. Since its launch on July 17, 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has reigned as the No. 1 kids’ animated series on TV’s Nickelodeon.


“A Chorus Line” is scheduled for Aug. 3-13. Exploring the inner lives and ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies, the show captures the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition.


The Box Office opens at 5:30 p.m. each night and patrons are admitted to the seating area immediately after purchasing tickets. All shows start at 8 p.m. The box office closes at 8:30 p.m. each show night.

Bring a lawn chair.


Ticket price is $7 per adult, $5 per senior citizen 60 and over, and children 12 and younger enter for free.

In the case of inclement weather, save the ticket stub for use at another performance this season.

In partnership with Replenish, Middlesex County’s food distribution organization, Plays-in-the-Park will be collecting nutritious food for residents in need throughout the season. Bring a non-perishable food item when attending performances.

For more information, visit



Middlesex County’s photography contest, Picture Middlesex County, runs through May 17, and is open to all New Jersey residents.

From photos of landscapes to closeups of plants, insects, birds and other wildlife, there are many photograph opportunities in Middlesex County.

The photo contest is open to all amateur and professional photographers, youth to adult. Ages 17 and under require parent/guardian consent on the entry form.

Photos must be taken within Middlesex County within the timeframe of the contest.

Individuals may submit up to two photos per category.

Contest Categories:

  • Arts and History: Historic sites, landmarks, public art, festivals, etc.
  • Cityscapes: Buildings, architecture, skylines, etc.
  • Landscapes: Parks, gardens, waterfront, farms, sunrise, sunset, etc.
  • Lifestyle: People, community, photos that showcase life in Middlesex County
  • Nature/Wildlife: Foliage, animals, etc.
  • Transportation: Planes, railroad/trains, vehicles, boats, roadways, interstates, bicycles, etc.

After the contest, all submissions will be displayed on Middlesex County’s Facebook page, where people will vote for their favorite photo by “liking” the picture. The 10-day voting period will be from May 20–30. This will determine the “People’s Choice Award” winners.

A judging committee will anonymously judge all the photos to determine the contest’s overall winner. Winning photos may be publicly displayed at a future county event.

For full contest rules and more information, visit


Middlesex County has scheduled the following rabies clinics:

Spotswood, 1-4 p.m. May 21, Spotswood Municipal Building, 77 Summerhill Road, for dogs and cats

Milltown, 6-8 p.m. May 24, Public Works Garage, 50 Washington Ave., for dogs and cats

For more information, visit





South River’s Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for 1 p.m. May 20.

The borough will honor all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of this country.

The route begins at Main Street and Hillside Avenue, turns onto Jackson Street, then Ferry Street, then Main Street, ending at the War Memorial Building.

All are welcome.

For more information, email [email protected]

Visit the Facebook page @southriverculturalartsandheritagecommission



Applications for the 2022-23 East Brunswick High School Bears and Cubs Preschool Program are available at

This program is free to East Brunswick residents.

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

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

Applications must be returned by May 20. Notification of acceptance will be sent to parents by mid-July. The first day of school will be in late October, the date is yet to be determined.

This program operates Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:-10 a.m.

The child must be 3 years old as of Oct. 31, 2022, and no older than 4 years, 8 months. The child must be toilet trained and up-to-date with all immunizations.

For further information, visit




Join at Monroe 33 Tennis, Basketball and Sports Center for their Kids Expo on June 5 from noon to 4 p.m.

Expect fun, games and more from vendors for kids and parents. 

More information on vendors and activities coming soon.

This event is free, but pre-registration is requested for all attendees. Pre-register at

For vendor opportunities, email [email protected].




The Redhawks Native American Arts Council will hold its Native American Heritage Celebration June 18 and 19 at the Middlesex County Fairgrounds, 655 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

Redhawk Council produces the largest heritage celebrations in the Northeast which include over 1,000 Native American artists, performers, and educators.

Buy tickets at




The South River School District is seeking nominations for the South River High School Wall of Fame.

A Wall of Fame is erected in the main corridor of the high school with the names of the recipients on plaques of recognition. The purpose is to identify individuals with stellar achievement and performance who serve as a role model for current and future South River High School students. This award is not limited to athletic achievement.

Nominees will be considered based on the following criteria:

1. Attended and graduated from South River High School.

2. Exhibits a high level of achievement in his/her field.

3. Possesses the qualities of a positive role model for South River youth.

The committee will consider all nominees based on the strengths of the candidates in the above areas.

A maximum of two individuals may be inducted this year.

The nomination form is available at

The deadline for submission is July 15.





The Freehold High School Class of ’72 will celebrate its 50th class reunion on July 23 at the American Hotel in Freehold.

Tickets are $85 per person, and must be purchased in advance; no tickets will be sold at the door.

The deadline for ticket purchases is July 13. Contact Sue Shrott at [email protected] or 732-995-7754.







More than $325 million of federal funding will be used to provide financial assistance and counseling for homeowners financially impacted by COVID-19. The Emergency Rescue Mortgage Assistance Program (ERMA) will assist eligible homeowners with up to $35,000 in aid. The funds for the program have been allocated by Congress from the Homeowner Assistance Program within the federal stimulus American Rescue Plan.

To be eligible for financial assistance, families must have suffered a COVID-19 related financial hardship occurring after Jan. 20, 2020, such as increased expenses due to child care or funeral expenses, or lost income such as having lost a job. To be eligible, a family must earn less than 150% of their respective county’s median income.

To check qualifications, visit FY 2021 Homeowner Assistance Fund Income Limits. ERMA will also provide free housing counseling services to help homeowners apply for this program. Counselors will guide them through all available options, and even work with their loan servicers to achieve the best outcome possible for their family. These counselors will also ensure that the process is accessible to those without access to the internet or those having difficulties navigating the process.

For assistance applying for the program, call 855-647-7700 or email [email protected]

For a list of free housing counselors who can help with the application, visit

Applications for assistance can be submitted at






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

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


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




Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen, is offering crisis counseling services for those affected by Tropical Storm Ida last September.

New Jersey Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program will offer confidential and anonymous services for free, including stress management, emotional support, linkage to resources, daily or drop-in Zoom calls, and motivational quotes.

For more information, call 732-646-4077 or email [email protected]



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, including Europe; or who have served in Korea from July 27, 1953, to the current date.

Other veterans may join as associate members.

The group meets at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month, from May to December, at the Monroe Township Municipal Building, 1 Municipal Plaza, in the court room.

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

Korean War Veterans National LIFE membership is available for those 80 and older, and 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 campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System, and the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland.

For more information, contact Charlie Koppelman at 609-655-3111 or [email protected]



The 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 a hobby and as therapy at VA medical centers nationwide.

The 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 Township 08831.




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 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



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.









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 [email protected]




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 [email protected] for more information.

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




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 [email protected]




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

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







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]





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

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



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





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]




NAMI In Our Own Voice (NAMI En Nuestra Propia Voz) is a program by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Jersey chapter geared toward community education and reducing the stigma of mental health, as trained volunteers share their lived experience of mental health recovery.

To schedule a presentation at a school, PTA meeting, congregation, town hall, support group or professional training, email [email protected]

Presentations are available in English and Spanish.




Monroe Township Jewish War Veterans Post 609 is collecting United States and foreign stamps, both on and off envelopes.

Stamps are used by veterans as hobbies and as therapy to support medical staff at VA Medical Centers nationwide.

Stamps are not traded or sold; they are forwarded to veteran patients at no charge.

Also requested are DVDs suitable for veterans at those locations.

Send all items to JWV Post 609, c/o Charles Koppelman, 6 Yarmouth Dr., Monroe 08831-4742.




The East Brunswick Domestic Response Team is seeking volunteers.

Citizens are trained to respond to local police departments on an on-call basis to provide support and information to victims of domestic abuse.

For more information, email [email protected].