Community Bulletin Board: Middlesex County: Dec. 27


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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.

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The collection bin at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 385 Cranbury Road in East Brunswick supports Soles4Souls, a worldwide nonprofit organization focused on making a measurable impact on people and on the planet. Soles4Souls turns unwanted shoes and clothing into opportunity by keeping them from going to waste and putting them to good use:

  • They collect and distribute items to people across the U.S. and around
    the world.
  • They help people launch and sustain their own small business selling
    donated shoes and clothing.
  • They protect the environment by putting used goods to good use,
    instead of wasting away in a landfill.
  • They aim to empower women, ensuring they have the opportunity and
    recognition they deserve.

The South River High School (SRHS) Adopt-A-Family Program Club is requesting donations to help create a positive and memorable holiday season by supplying gifts, clothing and necessities to families in need in South River.

In the past, the program has been fortunate enough to assist over 100 children in the community as a result of the generous donations received. For convenience, a drop off bin is located at the South River Public Library, 55 Appleby Ave., South River.

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

Any questions may be directed to Linda Forniero at

The Old Bridge School District provides special education and related services to disabled children/students ages three to 21 that are in need of special education. If someone resides within the district or has a child attending a non-public school in Old Bridge and suspects their child may be disabled due to physical, sensory, emotional, communication, cognitive or social difficulties, they can call the Office of Special Services.

For children three to five, pre-school disabled means an identified disabling condition and or measurable developmental impairment that requires special education and related services.

For additional information, residents can call their neighborhood school and ask for the Child Study Team or call 732-360-4461.

Hackensack Meridian Old Bridge Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center has begun scheduling patients for the updated boosters that are available for people ages 12 and older. The public can schedule an appointment by visiting

Old Bridge Medical Center
Retail Pharmacy
3 Hospital Plaza
Old Bridge, NJ 08857
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Raritan Bay Medical Center
530 New Brunswick Ave
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Gina Rafkind, the new owner of Hope Yoga in Jamesburg, began With Hope, Miracles Happen fundraiser with 100% of proceeds from merchandise sales going to Sammy’s Hope and Women Aware. For more information visit

Edison Addiction Services now has two weekly meetings available to all residents with substance use disorder (or with a family member affected). The meetings are held at noon on Tuesdays at the Edison Public Library, 340 Plainfield Ave., Edison and 11 a.m. on Thursdays at the North Edison Library, 777 Grove Ave., Edison.


Edison Police Department is currently looking for dependable adults to fill part-time school crossing guard positions. Contact supervisor Ryan Szucs at 732-404-8673 or email

Edison Police Department is bringing back the Civilian Police Academy for 25 township residents, 18 years of age or older, that will run from Jan. 25-March 15, 2023.

The academy will be held at the Edison Police Substation, 205 Raritan Center Parkway, Edison.

For more information contact 732-248-7440 or email The deadline for registration is at 4 p.m. Jan. 17, 2023. Completed applications should be emailed to Detective Keith Jackson at


South Brunswick Township is currently recruiting for School Crossing Guards.

All positions are part time. All interested should apply through the township website at

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

Applications can be obtained at the following link:

Completed applications can be emailed to 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 Terra Nova Garden Club of Edison is alive and well and meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Oak Tree Presbyterian Church on Plainfield Avenue, Edison. The Club’s February meeting will host Nisha Khanna who will teach the ins and outs of straw bale gardening, a great option for people with limited mobility, poor soil quality, or limited space.

If you enjoy gardening, have an interest in the environment, or just have a favorite plant, the Club always welcome new faces.


The Middlesex County Magnet Schools have scheduled open houses on all five campuses for prospective students and their parents to become familiar with the career offerings and academic programs available.

East Brunswick Campus, 112 Rues Lane, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, Jan. 21, 2023.

Perth Amboy Campus, 457 High St., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, Jan. 28, 2023.

For more information visit


Volunteers needed for Woodbridge Township Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) in North Brunswick, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, Piscataway, Edison, Metuchen, Sayreville, South Plainfield and Woodbridge.

For more information contact, call 732-634-4500 ext. 2802, or visit


Visit the Rotunda Gallery at Metuchen Borough Hall, 500 Main St., featuring ArtCycle: School Crossing through Jan. 31, 2023.

The exhibit is in conjunction with the ArtCycle Outdoor Gallery and features art created from recycled road signs made by students of Edgar Middle School and Metuchen High School.


Join Spotswood Public Library for December children events at the library 548 Main St., Spotswood.

Dec. 27 – 6 p.m. – Hot Cocoa Social for Tweens & Teens.

Dec. 29 – 3 p.m. – Countdown to New Years.

For more information visit



Art meets environment in a unique, outdoor gallery that is set to open along the Middlesex Greenway in Metuchen. The Metuchen Arts Council received a grant from Middlesex County to create a walkable outdoor gallery with an environmental theme. This gallery is the second installment of one of the Arts Council’s existing arts programs called ArtCycle, where artists are encouraged to make art with recycled material.

For more information about the ArtCycle Greenway Gallery project go to:


The Edison Public Library is presenting “Connected,” an art exhibit featuring works from Kushi Hebbar, a sophomore at John P. Stevens High School. Her artwork will be on display at the Main Library and North Edison Branch through Dec. 31.

The South River Food Bank is seeing an increased need for assistance for items such as peanut butter, jelly, pasta, canned tuna, meals in a can (soup, stew, chili), pork and beans, canned vegetables, cereal, pasta sauce, baking mixes, canned meats, meal mixes (hamburger helper etc.), nuts, rice-a-roni, trail mixes, oatmeal, cereal, granola bars, sugar, powdered milk, and any packaged, non-perishable food items.

Donations can be dropped off at the South River Food Bank, 98 Jackson St., South River during the following times:

Saturday: 1-3 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30-10 a.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to noon.

For safety reasons, the food bank is unable to accept donations left outside of the building at any other time. For additional information, the South River Food Bank can be reached at 732-238-3020.


The Barron Arts Center’s Holiday Model Train Show runs through Dec. 30 at the arts center 582 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge. The show is free to the public and is in its 32nd year.

Reservations required on all weekends and the week after Christmas from Dec. 27-30.

For more information call 732-634-0413.

The Menlo Park Mall, 55 Parsonage Road, Edison, will be converted into a winter wonderland, with a state-of-the-art Christmas village for shoppers to experience at Christmas House Menlo Park that will run through early January 2023.

A ten-room portion of the shopping center will be transformed by Hollywood and Broadway set designers, utilizing the latest lighting and digital technology to depict festive and contemporary holiday scenes.

For more information visit




Gourgaud Gallery at Cranbury Town Hall will feature its Open Call Exhibit in December called Beauty of the Earth. The exhibit is the Gallery’s 13th annual event.

The exhibit will run through Dec. 28.

Admission to the gallery is free.

The show will feature several different mediums (paintings, drawings, photography), in a variety of styles and sizes, created by many different artists. Light refreshments will be served on reception day.

In January, the Cranbury Arts Council and The Gourgaud Gallery will host a retrospective collection from Monica Sebald Kennedy. The collection will be on display through Jan. 30.

Monica was born in Spain and grew up in Germany in a culturally diverse family. She studied communications design in Wuerzburg, Germany and freestyle painting in Salamanca, Spain.

Her father was a well-known bookbinder in Wuerzburg and encouraged me to work as book illustrator.

She is associated with the Garden State Watercolor Society and is a board member with The Creative Collective.

The Gallery in Cranbury Town Hall, 23-A N Main St., is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

As part of a non-profit Cranbury Arts Council, The Gourgaud Gallery donates 20% of art sales to the Cranbury Arts Council and its programs that supports arts in the community. Checks made out to the artist, or cash are accepted as payment. For more information visit and visit



The East Brunswick Community Arts Center – Playhouse 22 – to hold a Winter Acting Camp through Dec. 30 at the playhouse, 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

Partnering with NextGen Acting, the acting camp is for students 7-17 during winter break.

For more information visit


Join Temple Emanu-El for Plays-In-The-Park’s Production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at 7 p.m. Dec. 28 at the NJ State Theatre, 15 Livingston St., New Brunswick.

To register go to

For the holiday season, warm coats are being collected in partnership with Coming Home Middlesex. Donations will be collected during the performances and be given to Coming Home of Middlesex County Inc., Elijah’s Promise and the Raritan Bay Area YMCA.

Jessica Uveges LoNigro Winter Community Blood Drive will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 28 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in the main auditorium, 333 Route 18, Old Bridge.

Jamaicans and Friends of Jamaica will welcome in the New Year with a Pre-New Year’s Ball celebrating 24 years of the Founding of the Jamaica Organization of New Jersey, (JON-J) on Dec. 30 at The Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27, Edison. The celebration begins at 7:30 p.m.

The community is encouraged to come out and celebrate with the organization as they mark New Year occasion, and at the same time support our initiatives.

Tickets for the event are available at Eventbrite, or zelle to JONJ.MIDDLESEX@GMAIL.COM. For more information about this event, call 732-470-0604.

Wind down 2022 and Kick in 2023 with Metuchen Downtown Alliance’s New Year’s Party with Karaoke and a Ball Drop on Dec. 30 on the Metuchen Town Plaza, 1 Pearl St.

For more information visit

Group sessions for Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) are planned for January 2023 for the parents of children ages 3-12 on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. at a member’s home. There are 8 sessions meeting once per week.

The program is sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women, Metro Jersey Section. For more information or to RSVP:

The topic for the Garden Club of Metuchen’s next meeting is “Slime Mold—the Real Blob, Plant or Animal?, which will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Fryer Hall, 27 Oak Ave., Metuchen, on Jan. 9, 2023. Come and learn more about the “BLOB” with guide Loretta Brooks, master gardener and Garden Club of Metuchen vice-president.

The meeting begins with socialization and refreshments at 6:45 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m. All are invited.

East Brunswick AARP Chapter No. 4855 will hold a general meeting at 10:30 a.m., Jan. 10, 2023 in the East Brunswick Public Library, 2 Jean Walling Civic Center.

Guest speaker, Maria Guerra, AARP NJ Program Specialist will speak on “The Six Pillars of Brain Health”.

Guests are welcome. For more information, call 732-238-6326.

The South River Board of Education invites all residents to attend one of their upcoming information sessions regarding January’s referendum vote. Information sessions are scheduled for the following dates, times, and locations.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Location: South River Public Library

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Elementary School Media Center

The referendum vote is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023.

The East Brunswick Elks Lodge presents a Stem Night from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 13, 2023 at the Lodge, 21, Oakmont St., East Brunswick. For additional information call Joan S. at 732-567-6671.


Join the Edison Human Relations Commission for a Taste of the Holidays from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 28, 2023 at the Clara Barton First Aid Squad, 1079 Amboy Ave., Edison. For more information call Maria Orchid at 732-766-8489.

The Kingston Historical Society is planning events, including a community walk on May 21, 2023 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,  






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







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


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




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.





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 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





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




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




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



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



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