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Community Bulletin Board: Middlesex County: Sept. 14

 

 

 

Due to the national formula shortage, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Middlesex County is holding a baby formula drive.

Those wishing to donate can drop off baby formula Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; or email Lauren Sikora at laurens@casaofmiddlesexcounty.org to make alternate arrangements. The office is located at 77 Church St., New Brunswick.

Those wishing to donate funds can visit casaofmiddlesexcounty.org/donate.

CASA of Middlesex County is non-profit dedicated to standing up for the needs of children living in foster care, advocating for these children through the work of trained volunteers who are assigned to a child or sibling group.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer at CASA of Middlesex County, visit casaofmiddlesexcounty.org, email info@casaofmidddlesexcounty.org, or call 732-246-4449.

 

New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), a division of New York Blood Center, which provides blood for local patients, is looking for a few good volunteers.

The blood drive volunteer is an integral member of our team whose tasks include assisting donors with registration and/or at the refreshment area. No medical background necessary. Volunteers should be outgoing to provide friendly customer service, be able to perform tasks as needed and must provide proof of COVID Vaccination prior to volunteering. Must have transportation. All training is provided including additional precautions for the safety of our team and blood donors. For additional information call or text Sharon Zetts, manager of NJBS Volunteer Services at 732-850-8906 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

To apply online as a blood drive volunteer, go to https://www.nybc.org/support-us/volunteer-nybc/volunteer-application/

 

Metuchen’s farmers market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the Saturday before Thanksgiving, at the intersection of Pearl and New streets.

 

The Woodbridge farmers’ market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Town Hall parking lot, 1 Main St., throughout the summer. There will be weekly surprise vendors, events and entertainment.

 

South Brunswick Township is currently recruiting for School Crossing Guards.

All positions are part time. All interested should apply through the township website at https://www.southbrunswicknj.gov/employment.

 

The South River Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of School Crossing Guard.

Applications can be obtained at the following link:

http://southrivernj.org/DocumentCenter/View/388/Employment-Application-PDF

Completed applications can be emailed to dnale@southriverpd.org or returned to: South River Police Department, 61 Main Street, South River, NJ 08882. Attn: Diane Nale

Applicants are requested to apply as soon as possible.

 

The Metuchen Auxiliary Police is seeking applicants.

Eligible applicants for these unpaid, volunteer positions must be U.S. citizen, age 18 or older, with a high school diploma or G.E.D. and valid New Jersey driver’s license.

Applicants must be in good physical condition, pass an interview and a criminal background check. The applicants should be Metuchen residents or live in a municipality near Metuchen that do not have auxiliary police.

Auxiliary Police augment the Metuchen Police Department; assist with traffic control, crowd control, road closures, and extra patrols in parks, school, and places of worship, public properties and during emergency or disaster situations.

If selected, applicants must attend the Middlesex County Auxiliary Police Academy from March to the end of May. The Auxiliary Police Academy classes are held from 6:30-10:30 p.m. on Tuesday’s, Thursday’s, some Wednesday’s and four Saturdays. Saturday classes are held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Applicants can print out an application by going to the following Metuchen_Auxiliary_Police_Application_02_05_2020.pdf (metuchennj.org)

Applications can be mailed to the below address:

Metuchen Police Department
C/O Metuchen Auxiliary Police – A/Lt. Angelo Donato, III
500 Main Street
Metuchen, NJ 08840

Applicants can also email the application to auxiliarypolice@metuchenpd.org. Any questions please contact the Auxiliary Police at 732-632-8123.

 

Middlesex County will hold a series of bike rodeos:

Sept. 17, New Brunswick

Oct. 12, North Brunswick

Dates subject to change based on weather.

For more information, call 732-387-1220.

To RSVP, visit https://bikerodeos2022.eventbrite.com

 

The North Brunswick Board of Education has scheduled meetings at 7 p.m. at the Board Office, 25 Linwood Place, unless otherwise noted:

Regular public meetings are scheduled for Sept. 28, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16.

Conference meeting Dec. 7 at Livingston Park Elementary, 1128 Livingston Ave.

Regular public meeting Dec. 21.

If any regular public meeting cannot be broadcast live, it will be taped.

For updated information, the meeting agendas and links to any recorded meetings, visit nbtschools.org

 

The Monroe Township Farmers Market is open weekly through Thursday, September 15. The market, which takes place in the parking lot of the Monroe Township Public Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, will operate on Thursdays from 2-7 p.m.

The market will be held rain or shine. If the market is canceled or delayed, it will be posted on the library’s social media accounts and website at www.monroetwplibrary.org/market.

 

The 41st Bi-Annual New Jersey Festival will be taking place on select Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Oct. 16. The festival will be hybrid – presenting online, as well as select in-person screenings at Rutgers University. All the 18 films will be
available virtually via Video on Demand for 24 hours on their show date.

For more information visit njfilmfest.com

 

East Brunswick Public Library and the East Brunswick Department on Aging will team up to host the program “Heads-Up: Fall Prevention & Pedestrian Safety” at 10 a.m. Sept. 15 in the library.

The interactive presentation aims to share information with seniors, their caregivers, and everyone else about how to stay safe in the home and around the community. Topics include how to prevent falls and concussions, as well as tips on how to “walk, bike and drive more safely.

This program will be led by Debbie Aidelman, education and development coordinator at the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey. All attendees will receive a safety checklist to help anticipate and diminish the chance of injuries.

“Heads-Up: Fall Prevention & Pedestrian Safety” is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

 

“Cruisin’ for a Cause” returns to Main Street in downtown South River from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 15.

The event will feature music, food, fun, and plenty of vehicles on display all while supporting a good cause for the South River community. The event is free to the public with food available for purchase. All downtown businesses will be open during the show.

Interested in showing off your vehicle? All makes, models, years, and styles are welcome. There is a registration fee of $10 per vehicle which can be paid when arriving the night of the show. There is no need to pre-register. Trophies will be awarded to the best vehicles.

Proceeds from the event help fund drug, alcohol, and violence awareness/prevention programs for the South River community.

 

The Metuchen Downtown Alliance is sponsoring a Downtown Rumble Pro Wrestling from 5-7 p.m. on the Metuchen Town Plaza, 1 Pearl St., Sept. 17.

 

The eighth annual Jessica Uveges LoNigro Community Blood Drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 17 at Old Bridge High School Grade 9 Center, 4207 Highway 516, Matawan.

Appointments are highly encouraged. Walk-ins will be accommodated only if space allows. For more information call 1-800-933-BLOOD or visit tinyurl.com/jessica-sept-2022 

 

Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre will present its Summerfest 4-8 p.m. Sept. 18 at Lola’s Latin Bistro, 87 Central Ave., Metuchen.

For more information, contact Eva Lucena at 732-598-3979 or visit www.alboradadance.org.

The 15th annual Tour de Woodbridge Bike Tour is on Sept. 18. It starts and finishes at Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main St., Woodbridge.

Check-in opens at 7 a.m. The 30-mile route begins at 8 a.m. and the 15-mile route begins at 8:15 a.m.

 

Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey (GOTRCNJ) is seeking volunteer coaches for its fall season starting week of September 19 for the following sites:

Somerset County: Cedar Hill Elementary, Bernards Township.; Bernardsville Polo Grounds; Mt. Prospect School, Basking Ridge; East County Park, Warren; and VanDerveer Elementary, Somerville.

Monmouth County: Fair Haven Fields, Marlboro Recreation Center, Monmouth Beach Elementary, Shrewsbury Elementary and Swimming River, Tinton Falls.

Both men and women are invited to volunteer, and you don’t have to be a runner or athletic. Just bring energy and enthusiasm. Volunteers provide critical leadership, and the non-profit organization is currently seeking coaches to facilitate the program with teams of eight to 20 girls.

GOTRCNJ is a positive youth development program for girls in third through fifth grades in Camden, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Somerset counties. Participants develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults and make a meaningful contribution to the community. Each session is led by trained volunteer coaches that guide and mentor the girls. The nine-week program concludes with all participants completing a celebratory 5K event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals.

For more information about coaching, participant registration or to start a new site in your area, contact Donna York, Executive Director at donna.york@girlsontherun.org, 908.642-4321 or go to www.gotrcnj.org Coach application can be found here: https://www.pinwheel.us/volunteer/index/CNJNEWCOACHFALL22

The 32nd annual St. James School’s Street Fair will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 17 on Main Street in Woodbridge. The fair will include a 50/50 raffle, two stages with live performances, food trucks, snacks, crafters, vendors and a kid’s fun zone.

For vendor applications email stjamessf@gmail.com.

 

The Middlesex County Office of Aging and Disabled Services is holding their annual Senior Health and Fitness Walk from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Roosevelt Park, 151, Parsonage Road, Edison on Sept. 21. The annual county-wide event promotes the benefits of exercise and healthy living to Middlesex County seniors. The free event is open to the public.

Free health screenings and wellness information will be available at the event. Boxed lunches and entertainment will follow the walk. There will also be raffles and special T-shirts for walkers.

Registration ended on Sept. 7. For more information, call the Middlesex County Office of Aging and Disabled Services at 732-745-3295 or contact a local senior center.

 

The Philo Lodge No. 243 and The Level Club of South River will be holding a rib fest from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 24 in support of the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park in Edison.

Philo Lodge No. 243 is located at 120 Old Bridge Turnpike, South River.

The Edison Recreation Department is holding its Fall Family Spectacular beginning at 11 a.m. Sept. 24 on Amboy Avenue from Waltuma to Jackson avenues. There will be food, drinks and live music.

 

North Brunswick Humane Association (NBHA) is holding a dog walk-a-thon and adoption event between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 25 at North Brunswick Community Park, 2053 Route 130 South. Rain date Oct. 9.

The event will include music, food, games and prizes.

Pre-register on the NBHA website at www.NorthBrunswickHumane.org.

 

Old Bridge Township Cultural Arts is sponsoring the Old Bridge Community Book Club at the Old Bridge Cultural Arts Gallery, The Shoppes at Old Bridge at 7 p.m. Sept. 28.

For more information email erdoz1002@gmail.com.

 

The 40th annual North Brunswick Heritage Day will be held from 3-10 p.m. at Community Park, Oct. 1. There will be fireworks after the evening band performance. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 2.

Submit Heritage Day Art Contest submissions by Aug. 31. The theme is: What does my heritage mean to me?

The contest is open to all ages. All art will be displayed at Heritage Day.

Submissions can be dropped off at the Parks Maintenance Facility in North Brunswick Community Park (2051 U.S. 130) Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Heritage Day Committee is looking for assistance in gathering photos from the past 40 years. If you have any photos of family and friends enjoying a past Heritage Day, please e-mail them to heritagedaynb@gmail.com to add to the 40 years of fun montage.

 

The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi community is celebration its 150th year anniversary of incorporation with an Italian Street Fair with a Metuchen twist from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 548 Main St., Metuchen Oct. 2.

The festival will a blessing of animals, procession, a lot of food, refreshments, goods, entertainment, a beer garden and fun.

Rain date is Oct. 9.

Rock painting with Eva Abreu from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 2 at Swales Park Community Garden, Germantown Ave., Edison.

It’s a free, family-friendly event and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

 

Sayreville is holding a number of events.

Sept. 30 – 4-7 p.m. – Annual car show at Kennedy Park, Washington Road, Sept. 30.

Oct. 1 – noon to 4 p.m. – Sayreville Day at Kennedy Park.

Oct. 15 – 8:30 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. start – Hit the Bricks 5K Trail Fun Run/Walk.

 

The Saint Vincent de Paul Society of Corpus Christi Church in South River will be holding a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 15. This will be held in the church’s lower parking lot off of Kamm Ave. Many private vendors will be participating. Household items, dishes, Christmas items and much more will be for sale. Proceeds of the sale will help the needy of South River. Questions can be emailed to svdpcorpuschristi38@gmail.com.

 

East Brunswick Public Library with Astera Cancer Care will present the online lecture “Side Effects Of Cancer Therapies: Chemotherapy, Hormonal Therapy and Immunotherapy” at 7 p.m. Oct. 18. The program is presented by Dr. Robert P. Fein, a board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist.

To register for the free online program, go to www.tinyurl.com/Fein2022

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

 

The East Brunswick Friends of the Library is collecting jewelry donations for the second “Baubles, Bangles & Bling Boutique” fundraiser sale this fall.

They are accepting new and gently used accessories, including fine jewelry, costume jewelry, vintage pieces, earrings, pins, tie tacks, cuff links, rings, watches and more.

Donations can be dropped off in a sealed plastic bag at the East Brunswick Public Library’s Circulation Desk during regular library hours at 2 Jean Walling Civic Center, East Brunswick. Tax receipts will be available for all donors.

Jewelry collected will be sold during the “Baubles, Bangles & Bling Boutique” fundraiser at the library on Nov. 4 and 6.

The Friends of the Library fundraise throughout the year to support several library programs and services, including special events, the East Brunswick Create makerspace and the Museum Pass Program. Additional information about the Friends can be found online at www.ebpl.org/friends

The Cornerstone Jazz Series at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse in Metuchen continues on Sunday afternoons in October and November; dates to be determined.

 

The Madison-Old Bridge Township Historical Society will hold its 55th annual Apple Festival from noon to 4 p.m. at the Old Bridge Township Civic Center, Route 516 and Cottrell Road, Old Bridge, Nov. 12.

                

Kingston: On The Map will be on view through November from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in the History Room at the D&R Canal Locktender’s House, on old Lincoln Highway (off Route 27) in Kingston.

The village of Kingston has hosted colonial taverns, armies during the American Revolution, canal boats, railroad trains and travelers on the Lincoln Highway. One of the oldest settlements in central New Jersey, Kingston evolved with America over its 340-year history.  
The display uses journal entries and prints of a dozen historical maps to illustrate Kingston’s evolution, from settlement to commercial center to modern community. One map shows how Kingston moved between the colonies of east and west New Jersey. Another shows both Kingston and Princeton divided by county lines. Railroads appeared in the 19th century, disappearing by the 20th. The Delaware and Raritan Canal was built for commerce, but is now a recreation destination.

This display follows a talk by George Luck, Jr. and Charlie Dieterich, titled “Why is Kingston Here?” given this past February.

Air circulation is limited, so masks and distancing are requested.

For more information, visit www.khsnj.org/


The Kingston Historical Society is planning events, including a community walk on May 21 and a panel discussion later this spring. Details of future events and a video of the February talk are available on the organization’s website, www.khsnj.org/.  

 

 

 

Ongoing

 

Both the Kendall Park First Aid and Rescue Squad and the Monmouth Junction First Aid Squad in South Brunswick are seeking new volunteer members.

Anyone age 18 or older who wants to save lives should apply.

Free training will be provided.

Anyone interested should call 888-842-6060.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

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 KWVANJ@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

To assist unemployed and underemployed county residents with their job search, Middlesex County’s One-Stop Career Centers within the Office of Career Opportunity are offering virtual career-related services.

 

In addition to accessing the One-Stop Career Centers for assistance with job searches, resume reviewing, career counseling, and career services for low-income residents, job seekers and underemployed residents are encouraged to sign up for SkillUp, a free online training portal with more than 5,500 courses focusing on business, project management, accounting, human resources, information technology, and customer service. To sign up, visit http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/Government/Departments/BDE/Pages/SkillUp.aspx

 

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development also recently launched Job Source, offering a variety of tools designed to help fuel a successful job search experience. Users can create a free account and get tips and templates for job search, resume writing, cover letters and many other free services.

 

State-run One-Stop Career Centers are currently only operating remotely, with career-related services available virtually and by telephone. A return date for appointment-only services at the state-run centers has not been determined.

 

For more information, contact the Office of Career Opportunity at 732-745-3970 or if interested in job training contact Middlesex County One-Stop Career Centers at 732-745-3955 (New Brunswick) and 732-293-0642 (Perth Amboy) to schedule an appointment.

More information can be found at www.middlesexcountynj.gov/Government/Departments/BDE/Pages/Office_Workforce.aspx

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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@j fsmiddlesex.org

 

 

 

Central Jersey SCORE, a non-profit resource partner of the Small Business Administration, is looking for volunteers to assist people looking to start a business or grow an existing small business.

The organization is recruiting business owners and executives, both current and retired, who want to share their experience and knowledge with today’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

The Central Jersey Chapter of SCORE serves Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties.

Central Jersey SCORE provides in-person mentoring and webinars, both offered virtually in line with current pandemic restrictions. In addition, the SCORE website offers tools and templates on a wide variety of topics and numerous online courses and webinars to assist small business owners through every aspect of business development and management. Services are offered free of charge.

Anyone interested in volunteering with SCORE or seeking additional information should email marcia.glatman@scorevolunteer.org

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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