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The 5th Annual Cigar Night fundraiser, co-sponsored by The Aubrey Foundation and the Anthony A. Raspa Memorial Foundation, will be held at 4:30 p.m. on June 23 at The Brown Stone Bar and Grill, 932 Middlesex Ave., Metuchen. Cigar Night was originally established by The Aubrey Foundation as a fundraising event to honor the memory […]

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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Middlesex County is seeking volunteers to advocate for children in foster care. CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to speak for a child’s best interests. They meet with the child and learn about their circumstances, then share information and recommendations with the judge. CASA volunteers come from all […]

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The Circle of Single Jewish Friends, age 50 and older, will hold a meet-and-eat lunch at noon on June 23 at Olive Garden, 510 Woodbridge Center Dr., Woodbridge.   Cost is price of meal off menu, plus $3.   Please RSVP Roberta 908-668-8450 or roger678@optonline.net.

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Friday Night Alive! Will be held at 7:30 p.m. on June 14 at Congregation Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen. The Shabbat service will include singing, clapping and instruments. The installation of Neve Shalom officers and board members, along with light refreshments, will follow. For more information, call Hazzan Levin at 732-548-2238, ext. 14.

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Visit Downtown Metuchen businesses for specials and offers, music on Main Street, cotton candy from The Asbury Park Cotton Candy Co., and an 85-foot long inflatable obstacle course from 1-6 p.m. on June 21 for Kids Takeover Downtown Metuchen at the Metuchen Town Plaza. Presented by the Metuchen Downtown Alliance. For more information, visit www.downtownmetuchen.org.

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“Outside Looking In,” an art exhibition featuring Transformations’ Doors artists Enrique Zaldivar, Kim Adlerman and Joe Mattina, will be open through Aug. 31 at the gallery inside the Old Franklin Schoolhouse, 491 Middlesex Ave., Metuchen.

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The Clara Barton Public Library has recently introduced a new library book club called “The Bookies.” This is an informal, unstructured book club for the older adult community, age 55 and older. This month’s book selection is “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” by John Berendt. It will be discussed at 1 p.m. […]

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EDISON – Four, four-year Township Council seats are up for grabs in the November election in Edison. After a contentious primary on June 4, Democrats Joseph A. Coyle and Ajay Patil, both incumbents, and newcomers Richard Brescher and Joyce Ship-Freeman, will face Republican challengers Russell Azzarello, Cathleen Lynch Kilic, John J. Roche and Gerald T. […]

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In January, Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred Scott invited all fourth grade students throughout the county to submit artwork for two Sheriff’s Office publications. The purpose of the books, “Bicycle Safety” and “Personal Safety,” is to serve as a guide for children on riding safety, traffic safety, stranger awareness, home security, injury prevention and other topics, […]

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EDISON – The growing deer – specifically white tail deer – population has become a problem in the township – eating homeowner’s plants, leaving droppings on lawns, causing motor vehicle accidents and bringing concerns of Lyme disease. “We all realize there is a definite deer problem,” Edison Township Councilman Robert Diehl said. Jay Elliot, director […]

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EDISON DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION The Edison Democratic Organization, in accordance with our Bylaws, solicits for consideration any person wishing to seek the Organization's endorsement in the following 2019 election: Town Council. Interested candidates must be registered to vote in Edison Township and have been an Edison resident for at least one year prior to the date of the election. Submit a letter of intent and 150 copies of resume to the Democratic Chairman on or before 5PM on February 28, 2019. Resume should be limited to one page typed (can be double-sided) and include name, home address, phone number, and current occupation. Please email edisondemorg@gmail.com to coordinate delivery of documents.

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On April 1 at Sayreville War Memorial High School, Saint Joseph Regional High School blew an 11-run lead and lost its baseball season opener to the Bombers, 13-12. For the Metuchen school, it was an inauspicious start that appeared to forecast a stormy spring ahead. “If you told me we’d end up in the (NJSIAA) […]

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On June 6 at South Brunswick High School, the Old Bridge High School boys’ volleyball team won the NJSIAA championship –its second straight– with a 2-1 victory over Fair Lawn High School. The Knights took the first set, 25-19, dropped the second set, 25-17, and clinched the state title with a 25-18 decision in the […]

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The 2019 campaign did not end with Bishop George Ahr High School’s first NJSIAA South Jersey, Non-Public A sectional tournament championship since 2009. But Bishop Ahr still enjoyed another tremendous softball season, which included a 20-3 record, a Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division championship and a Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament title, the program’s second in […]

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Cynthia Boryeskne specializes in girls’ track and field races that are 600 meters or longer. The Edison High School junior is great at “kicking,” or increasing her speed and passing other runners over the final 200 meters or so. Since she usually makes her move in the back stretch, Boryeskne likes to pace herself during […]

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It was an impressive run. First, Saint Joseph Regional High School’s boys’ lacrosse team earned the No. 2 seed in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament and a first-round bye. Then it controlled a GMC Tournament quarterfinal matchup with seventh-seeded Edison High School, winning 17-1 on May 6 in Metuchen. Finally, the Falcons edged a talented […]

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As Paige Tidaback walked toward the batter’s box in the bottom of the third inning at Middlesex County College in Edison, she wasn’t shaking. But she may as well have been. The Bishop George Ahr High School freshman was super nervous. She even admitted as much after the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament softball championship on […]

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Maximum Security may not have won the Kentucky Derby on May 4. But on July 20 at Monmouth Park, the horse should at least have a chance for a great consolation prize in his backyard. His trainer, Monmouth’s own Jason Servis, wants to run Maximum Security in the Oceanport racetrack’s biggest annual event— the $1 […]

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By Pam Hersh Anthony “Skip” Cimino, who last year assumed the job of executive director of the New Jersey State Assembly Majority Office, recently told me he was a “failure.” Having worked with him for decades in our various intersecting professional and volunteer jobs in Mercer County, I was stunned to hear the word “failure” […]

By Pam Hersh Anthony “Skip” Cimino, who last year assumed the job of executive director of the New Jersey State Assembly Majority Office, recently told me he was a “failure.” Having worked with him for decades in our various intersecting professional and volunteer jobs in Mercer County, I was stunned to hear the word “failure” […]

By Bert Mandelbaum, M.D. Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders in children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 11% of American children ages 4-17 have the disorder, which can result in children who are overactive, inattentive and impulsive. Children with ADHD are more likely to experience […]

By Pam Hersh Princeton-based architect Bob Hillier has completed projects in 34 countries throughout the world. And yet, the Princeton University undergraduate and graduate alumnus never has left the college campus. Never leaving Princeton University emotionally goes without saying. It is a syndrome shared by tens of thousands of alumni as evidenced annually at the […]

By Pam Hersh “Are you for real?” That was my reaction to a young woman shopping on Palmer Square on Saturday, when she asked me, “Why the parade today?” and “What’s with all the flags?” She was referring to the just completed “Spirit of Princeton Memorial Day Parade” and the bag of mini American flags […]

By Pam J. Hersh Bob Cawley, Barbara Sigmund, Marvin Reed, Joe O’Neill, Mildred Trotman, Yina Moore, Jack Wallace, Jay Bleiman, Josie Hall, Win Pike, Gail Firestone, Kate Litvak, Dick Woodbridge, Larry Glasberg, Phyllis Marchand, Michele Tuck-Ponder (both before and after she added Ponder to her name), Bernie Miller, Chad Goerner, Liz Lempert – what do […]

By Kristy Champignon, L.P.C., L.M.H.C., A.C.S.  The tween and early teen years are a time of change, growth and discovery, often filled with intense emotions.  To cope with these emotions, an increasing number of children in this age group are turning to non-suicidal self-injury, deliberately hurting themselves to provide relief or express themselves.  In fact, […]

By Pam Hersh Mother’s Day brings a tear and a smile to Princetonian Lynne Cannon, the mother of Kate “Katie” Cannon. The tears are due to the fact Katie – Dr. Kathryn Cannon Hughes, an obstetrician-gynecologist and herself a mother of two toddlers – died in November 2017 at the age of 36 from acute […]

By Pam Hersh Princeton-based artist Sydney Anne Neuwirth has no problem talking about her age. During a conversation last week, in front of one of her art pieces at the Cranbury Station Gallery in Princeton’s Palmer Square, she told me, “I am 84 years old – and that’s just fine with me. Nowadays, women artists […]

By Evan Katzel, M.D. Many women who undergo a mastectomy to treat breast cancer opt for reconstructive surgery to help rebuild the shape and look of their breast. And while reconstruction techniques vary greatly depending on the unique needs of each woman, the goal is largely the same – to restore self-image, self-confidence and quality […]

By Pam J. Hersh On Thursday, April 18, at a Princeton University reception, I learned the following: the words “mentor” and “mensch” might be etymologically related; no one has the heart or guts to eat cookies in the shape of a Chicago Cubs baseball and in the image of the Cubs’ greatest New Jersey fan; […]

By Pam Hersh Before municipal consolidation, Princetonians continually agitated over the donut-and-hole controversy – often leaving a bitter taste in one’s mouth, very different from the taste of the donuts and holes found at Princeton’s two Dunkin’ stores. Since that controversy has settled down, perhaps it is time that our elected officials tackle another not-so-sweet […]

By Pam Hersh My favorite people-watching perch in town – the front window stool of Starbucks overlooking the sidewalk of Nassau Street – has trained me in a new profession. I have become a fundraising consultant to individuals soliciting money from strangers on Nassau Street, an enterprise that takes place each weekend directly in front […]

Comcast announced the official opening of the first Middlesex County Xfinity Retail Store, located in the Brunswick Square Mall, 755 Route 18, East Brunswick. The 12th Xfinity Retail Store to open in New Jersey is a 4,400 square-foot center. In addition to the latest mobile devices and top-of-the-line mobile accessories, retail offerings at the East […]

North American Properties (NAP) announced that industry veteran Mark J. Fetah has joined the firm as senior vice president/director for the Riverton Master Planned Projects, a $2.5 billion, 5 million-square-foot mixed-use development comprised of 400 acres on the Raritan River in Sayreville. Fetah is a hands-on real estate development and construction veteran who has delivered […]

Cyndi Bleier, Amboy Bank senior vice president and general counsel, accepts her award as the 2019 winner of the General Counsel of the Year Awards in the Private Company with Revenue Over $500 Million category. Presented by NJBIZ, the awards honor the state’s most dynamic general counsels and chief legal officers who are making an […]

CentraState Healthcare System, Freehold Township, announced that Dr. Margaret Dufreney has joined its OB/GYN team at Women’s Health Specialists of CentraState. A fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dufreney specializes in female reproductive health, pregnancy, and childbirth, with a special interest in preventative care, management of abnormal uterine bleeding and pap smears, […]

Last month, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar restaurants owned and operated by Doherty Enterprises announced the winners of their third annual Above and ‘BEE’yond Teacher Essay Contest. The contest recognized top teachers from school districts throughout New Jersey as nominated by their students via an essay written and submitted to their local Applebee’s restaurants. Winning […]

Casper opened its first Edison retail store, the Casper Sleep Shop, on the first floor of Menlo Park Mall, 55 Parsonage Road, off Route 1, Edison. Visitors can shop Casper’s sleep offerings and even book a nap to experience the products in one of the store’s miniature homes. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. […]

Weichert Real Estate School will offer a full schedule of two- and three-week real estate pre-licensing classes throughout the summer. The 75-hour pre-licensing course provides all the training and testing necessary to kick-start a career in real estate by earning a New Jersey real estate license. The first class begins on June 17 at Weichert, […]