April 24, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Fire-displaced pupils will go to Iselin school

The students of James Monroe Elementary School will have a new home next fall. With the help of Woodbridge Township and the Diocese of Metuchen, the 487 students in kindergarten through fifth grade will attend school at the former St. More...

Board president opts not to run, keeps zeal for education

EDISON — It’s the end of a chapter for Board of Education President Gene Maeroff. More...

Immigration histories requested for ongoing exhibit in Metuchen

METUCHEN — Nails in the Wall, the Gallery at St. More...

Dinner will raise funds for Helping Hands

A spaghetti fundraiser will be held 5-7 p.m. April 25 at the Hungarian Reformed Church Center, corner of Kirkland Place and Fayette Street, Perth Amboy. The fee is $10 for adults and $6 for children. More...

Water rates on rise in Edison

EDISON — After years of stable water rates, residents and commercial businesses will now face rate increases of 35 percent and 50 percent, respectively. More...

Costume dispute turns comedy into legal drama

EDISON — Laughter might be the best medicine, but it apparently falls short of a legal remedy. Edison High School, its former drama director and a Jersey Shore theater company are the subjects of a recent lawsuit in U.S. More...

Edison council appoints comptroller to fill in for CFO

— The township’s chief financial officer (CFO) is on paid administrative leave, according to township officials. Janice Saponaro has served as the township’s CFO since 2012. More...

CARE adds 5K run to fundraising walk

Community Action Reaches Everyone (CARE) will hold its sixth annual 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. April 27 at Middlesex County College, Edison. More...

Earth Day Festival set at Triple C Ranch

The Edison Wetlands Association will hold its 12th annual Earth Day festival from 1-5 p.m. April 26 at the Triple C Ranch and Nature Center, 206 Tyler Road, Edison. A rain date has been set for May 3. More...

Lemelson grant to fund STEM programs at Metuchen Public Library

METUCHEN — The Friends of the Metuchen Public Library has received a $50,000 grant from the Lemelson Foundation. More...

Events focus on Christ and LGBT community

The Reformed Church of Metuchen, 150 Lake Ave., will host “Jesus Christ in the LGBT Community: An Open Conversation” from 7-9 p.m. April 25 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26, when attendees can come for all or part of the day. More...

Keeping kids active once the school year ends

I n many ways, today’s kids have busier schedules than any previous generation of youngsters. More...

Hiring a babysitter takes careful consideration

One of the primary roles of parents is ensuring their children are safe and well-cared for and receive the necessities in life. But sometimes parents need time away from the kids to recharge their batteries. More...

Free relationship seminar slated in Metuchen

Jonathan R. Nussbaum, LCSW, will present “Relationship Recharge: The High Road to a Great Relationship,” a free seminar, on April 24 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at 20 Highland Ave., Metuchen. More...

Clean Ocean Action to begin Beach Sweeps

Clean Ocean Action will host its annual Spring Beach Sweeps this month. All are invited to help clean up local beaches. The Earth Youth Environmental Society will participate in a Beach Sweeps on April 26 at Sandy Hook Beach (Lot D) from 9 a.m. More...

Applebee’s to host fundraiser for school

Applebee’s locations in Edison, Woodbridge and Piscataway are inviting the public to “dine for a cause” on April 29, when 10 percent of patrons’ bills will be donated to help James Monroe Elementary School, which was destroyed More...

Center plans visit to Fifth Avenue museum

The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Middlesex County has rescheduled its Feb. 9 trip to the Neue Galerie to April 27. More...

Center will sponsor Atlantic City bus trips

The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Middlesex County will sponsor Atlantic City trips on April 28, May 19 and June 23. The bus will leave the JCC, 1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison, at 8:45 a.m., travel to Showboat Casino and leave Atlantic City at 5 p.m. More...

Men’s Club will offer April 27 pasta dinner

The Neve Shalom Men’s Club will host a pasta dinner at 5 p.m. April 27 at Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen. The meal will include three different sauces to serve over the pasta, a garden salad, garlic bread, beverages and dessert. More...

Flea market slated at Edison church

Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church, 37 Plainfield Ave., Edison, will hold an indoor flea market from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 26 in the church hall. Vendors will sell a variety of merchandise. Some table space is still available. More...

The ‘bunny’ system

Marissa Shipman and Jeremy Sierra, prekindergarten students at Our Lady of Peace School in Fords, use teamwork to fill their bucket with eggs during an Easter Egg Hunt that teacher Renee Cusick held More...

‘Orchestra of Exiles’ screening scheduled

To commemorate Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day, a screening of “Orchestra of Exiles” by Academy Award-nominated director Josh Aronson will be shown at 1:15 p.m. More...

Earth Day Celebration scheduled for April 27

Edison Township will hold its Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at Papaianni Park, 100 Municipal Blvd., Edison. More...

Rutgers Day, Ag Field Day, Folk Festival offer fun for all

Rutgers Day will welcome new additions this year, including a parade along College Avenue, displays about Rutgers’ participation in the Big Ten conference and health sciences programming on Busch Campus. The event takes place from 10 a.m. More...

SOUL POWER

Kia’s Soul gets a makeover for 2014 that adds both style and substance to this already endearing compact hatchback.

We’ve always had a fondness for small hatchbacks that pack maximum utility into affordable and fun-to-drive packages. One of the top models in that regard in recent years has been the amenable-yet-quirky Kia Soul. More...

Letters

Reusable tote bags better for environment

Kudos to the New York City Council for introducing a bill that would impose a 10-cent fee on all plastic and paper grocery bags. If the bill passes, it will help clean up our environment and save countless animals. More...

Business

Somerset Gate more than 60 percent sold out; community to open new section

The final sections of Somerset Gate, a luxurious gated community featuring spacious two-bedroom townhomes priced from $239,900, have just been released for sale. More...

REAL ESTATE BRIEFS

Jack Waters, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced that the Edison office was recognized for outstanding performance in March. More...

Voters narrowly pass Edison school budget

Edison voters approved the school budget, and elected two incumbents and a newcomer to the Board of Education during the April 23 school election. More...

Emergency managers learn from Sandy

I n New Jersey, where tornadoes, wildfires, blizzards, nor’easters and hurricanes are just some of the disasters perpetually on the horizon, it pays to be prepared. More...

Family gears up auto show to repay kindness

Stefanie Arozamena was devastated when her Edison home burned down in 2011, but was thankful that no one was hurt. More...

Sex abuse survivor honored for work to help other victims

I n the midst of a betrayal of what could be considered one of the most sacred trusts, Mark Crawford saw a banner in church that read, “Things now hidden in darkness will be revealed in great light.” More...

Edison officials bring Easter to family shelter

EDISON — Municipal employees and the Easter Bunny helped bring early Easter festivities to nearly 50 children and teens at the Ozanam Family Shelter on April 15. More...

Indoor flea market slated for April 26

Transfiguration of the Lord Parish, Guardian Angels Church, will host an indoor flea market on April 26 at 37 Plainfield Ave., Edison. The flea market will take place between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Church Hall. More...

Wardlaw-Hartridge offers help in college-admission process

EDISON — April may be decision month for most high school seniors accepted to colleges and universities, but the college-admission process is a year-round focus at the township’s Wardlaw-Hartridge (W-H) School. More...

JFK hospital showcases art by those with Parkinson’s

EDISON — The Neuroscience Institute at JFK Medical Center is displaying artwork by artists with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers this month. More...

Westminster musicians to perform at church

A free concert will be performed at 7 p.m. April 26 at the Oak Tree Presbyterian Church, 445 Plainfield Road, Edison. Musicians from Westminster Choir College will perform a variety of vocal and instrumental music, including original compositions. More...

Farmlands bike tour showcases rural routes throughout state

METUCHEN — Those traversing the highways and byways of New Jersey are often doing so behind the wheel of a vehicle, making their way through traffic-clogged conditions. More...

Students honored as ‘Charity Champions’

METUCHEN — Students at Metuchen High School recently learned the power of giving when they were presented with $1,000 from Optimum’s Power to Learn program. More...

Boy to Congress: Children get arthritis, too — please help

EDISON — In an effort to get the word out that children get arthritis, too, 14-yearold township resident Ryan Donnelly, who has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., with his family to advocate for others like hi More...

Kaye-Lynn Dance Studio has been offering quality dance education since 1955

Kaye-Lynn Dance Studio is a well-established center for dance in Middlesex County. Kaye- Lynn is celebrating 59 years of operation and three generations of quality dance education. More...

Children develop love of Judaism at Temple Emanu-El

At Temple Emanu-El of Edison, the Religious School curriculum was designed by the Union for Reform Judaism, for the purpose of creating a love of Judaism and providing children with the skills to live as well-informed Jews.The program extends from ki More...

J.P. Stevens to stage May jazz extravaganza

The J.P. Stevens High School, 855 Grove Ave., Edison, will present its 41st annual jazz band extravaganza on May 2, beginning at 7 p.m. More...

Men’s Club will offer April 27 pasta dinner

The Neve Shalom Men’s Club will host a pasta dinner at 5 p.m. April 27 at Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen. The meal will include three different sauces to serve over the pasta, a garden salad, garlic bread, beverages and dessert. More...

Interfaith Holocaust Memorial program set

An Interfaith Yom Hashoah Holocaust Memorial Program, sponsored by the Metuchen- Edison Area Interfaith Clergy Association and the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Middlesex County, will be held at 7:30 p.m. More...

Holocaust service, discussion scheduled

A Holocaust service will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 29 at Congregation Beth El, 91 Jefferson Blvd., Edison. The topic of “Can We Preserve the Memory of the Holocaust?” will be discussed with keynote speaker Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg. More...

Plays-in-the-Park to present cabaret

The Friends of Plays-in-the-Park will present a “cabaret” featuring the best of Plays-in-the-Park performers, past and present, from April 25-26. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. More...

Garden Club offers scholarship

The Terra Nova Garden Club of Edison awards a college scholarship to a high school senior each year. More...

MCC to present pair of dance performances

The Middlesex County College (MCC) Dance Ensemble will present its 13th annual spring dance concert “Impedimentum” at 7 p.m. April 26 and at 2 p.m. April 27. More...

Garden club offers talk by local floral designer

The Terra Nova Garden Club of Edison will host floral designer and Metuchen native Rebecca Weissenburger at its April 26 meeting at 6:45 p.m. at the North Edison Branch Library, 777 Grove Ave., Edison. More...

Hadassah to conduct symposium on Israel

The Hadassah Southern New Jersey Region will host its annual educational symposium from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30 at the Forsgate Country Club, Monroe. More...

Magic Show set for April 25 in Metuchen

A magic show will be held at 7 p.m. April 25 at the Campbell School, 24 Durham Ave., Metuchen. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. General admission costs $10. One child will be admitted free with each paid adult admission. More...

22nd Annual Central Jersey RV Show and Food Drive to be held May 2-4

The 22nd Annual Central Jersey RV Show once again expects to draw a record crowd in addition to collecting a record amount of food donations. The dates for this year’s event are May 2-4. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. More...

Opinion

Photo

The remains of the boardwalk along the beaches of Long Branch as seen on April 17. More...

Sports

Ex-Hawk Crawford named junior college All-American

Marvin Crawford is the poster child for what junior college can do for an athlete. The former J.P. Stevens High School star wasn’t exactly thrilled to be playing Division II college basketball. He had aimed higher. More...

Trojans’ lack of seasoned battery causes early-season struggles

BISHOP AHR B ishop George Ahr High School has always been among the perennial powerhouses in Greater Middlesex Conference (GMC) softball. But this year, the Trojans are missing a key element that has accounted for much of their success. More...

SPORT SHORTS

Join the Jay Dooley Memorial Foundation (JDMF) on May 16-17 for the fourth annual JDMF 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at Holy Cross School in Rumson. More...