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News and Information About Chamber Members, Events and Meetings Volume 16, Issue 2

President’s Message Dear Fellow Members and Community – In this issue I have my business Judie Crawford and net working hat on! My friend Brian Frere, successful real estate entrepreneur, shared his insight into growing his business philosophy with me and I wanted to pass it on to our business and town community. “I believe that being face -to face and setting appropriate expec t ations ahead of time c an really make going through a touchy or complex situation much easier especially in Business.” “Know your business inside and out and then tell EVERYONE. Getting the word out is the most important way of growing your business whether it is a for-profit or non-profit business.” Brian’s philosophy, as evidenced by the quotes above, is simple, but highly effective. Reach out! Make it a habit to reach out to clients, colleagues and friends. Put it on your schedule and then act on it. When someone purchases an insurance policy, a water heater, a home, a computer etc., don’t be afraid to ask them how they liked the service, product etc. Be personable! If a client or colleague’s parent just had surgery, ask about it. If someone’s son or daughter graduates from college, send a congratulatory card. Be human! Show them that you really c are. Don’t let a moment go by unused. Make contact, on the phone, in-person, etc., ever y chance you get. Continued on page 5

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The 6th Annual Metuchen Junebug Artfest kicked off with a splash as this year’s first night was greeted by Tropical Storm Andrea that did not dampen the spirits of those who still were able to come out and support those who were able to perform indoors. Each year, the Artfest brings magic to downtown Metuchen every Friday evening in June. Though it felt like we were always ready with umbrellas this Junebug season, the turnout was still fantastic as our residents and fans of the event came out to support our street-side artists and live performers. This year offered more music choices than ever before and new interactive events including the new addition of a familyfriendly magic show. During the Fest, a drum circle, a plethora of jazz and rock performers, “boy bands” and more paved the way for live dance performances and open-mic sessions. Junebug showcases local artists across the artistic spectrum while affording the not-so-artistically inclined the opportunity to appreciate all the ‘bug has to offer. This year’s event featured many returning artists including Amy Brooks (an outstanding glass work artist); Lauren Rabinowitz, renowned painter/illustrator; Lynda Woodworth

(painter) and popular photographers Judy Weinberg and Mark Harris. Long-time Junebug participants who also returned included the painter Edward Wetzel and jewelry maker, Monalisa Ghosh.  New participants who arrived on the 2013 scene include painters Suri Long and Sandy Rosen, and Jill McKeown, jewelry maker. Each year a local artist is given an honorable recognition and is invited to create an original “Junebug” sculpture. This year, Continued on page 7


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Upcoming Events CRUISE NIGHTS First Wednesdays of of the Month August 7, September 4 6:00 – 9:00 pm Raindates: Second Wednesday of the month Downtown Metuchen METUCHEN MARKET DAY Every Saturday from June 15th to October 19th 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Pearl Street Parking Lot 50th ANNUAL COUNTRY FAIR Saturday, October 5th, 2013 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Raindates: October 12th, 19th, and 26th Downtown Metuchen SCARECROWS ON MAIN Voting begins October 28th – November 15h Downtown Metuchen 3rd ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARADE In conjunction with Metuchen Recreation Commission Sunday, October 27th 2:00 pm

The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce works to advance the civic, industrial, professional, and commercial interests of the Borough of Metuchen and to maintain a high standard of integrity in business practices. The Chamber Connection is published quarterly by the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce 323 Main Street, Suite B Metuchen, NJ 08840 Tel.: (732) 548-2964 Fax: (732) 548-4094 Newsletter Co-Chairs: David Goncalves & Bob Matland Photos by: Image Up/Frey Sen Studios Phone: (732) 549-1845 Layout by: Creative Design Plus Phone: (732) 287-3336 Printed by: Alphagraphics of Edison Phone: (732) 985-6677

Officers, Directors & Staff Executive Officers Judie Crawford - President Keller Williams Elite, Realtors

Steve Epstein - Vice President Boro Ace Hardware

Louis Novia - Treasurer Metuchen Savings Bank

Richard Topping - Secretary Topping The Web

Board of Directors Maria Araneo - Metuchen Travel Kerry Armus - The Metuchen Car Wash Gerard Bargoud - Boyt Drug Store Peter Carpena - Reputation Title Agency Joe Cascio - NJ Expo & Convention Center Jason Conway - The Provident Bank David Glasofer - Image Up Studio Silvia Goncalves - Silvia’s Tailoring John Jeney - The Schenck Agency Martin Jessen - Victorian Office Rentals Radika Lutchman - Fulton Bank Of New Jersey Jan Margolis - Applied Research Corporation Robert Matland - Black Belt Institute Dottie Winhold - Prudential NJ Properties Chamber Representatives Allison Inserro Borough Council Rob Donnan Metuchen Fire Department David Irizarry Metuchen Police Department

Fred Hall Metuchen Dept. of Public Works

Nancy Goldberg Metuchen Recreation Commission

Past Officers Helene Zahn - YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy Maggy Cook - Prudential NJ Properties Chamber Office Staff Angela Sielski - Executive Director Laraine Altman - Administrative Assistant Nicole Chinchar - Administrative Assistant

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WELCOME WELCOME New Members Suburban Discount Tire John Parrinello 359 Amboy Avenue Metuchen, NJ 08840 (732) 549-1111 Suburban Discount Tire is Metuchen’s neighborhood tire shop and your one stop destination for all your tire and service needs. We carry a full line of name brand tires at discount prices including Michelin, BF Goodrich, Uniroyal and Yokohama and more, with prices that won’t be beat with our tire price match guarantee. Suburban Discount Tire offers complete auto repair services with our convenient commuter drop off service located at 359 Amboy Avenue. Stop in and visit or call at (732)-549-1111. MediCenter of Edison 1813 Oak Tree Road Edison, NJ 08820 (908) 769-9494 The MediCenter of Edison has been serving Edison and the surrounding area for over 25 years. In September 2012, in order to meet the growing needs of the community, we moved from the Inman Avenue office to the larger facility on Oak Tree Road. We are a walk-in urgent care facility that is open Monday through Friday 9 AM TO 7 PM, Saturday 9 AM TO 3 PM and Sunday 9 AM TO 2 PM. We are open from 9 AM TO 2 PM on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day and closed Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and New Years Day. We treat patients of all ages. Our services include the treatment of minor ailments and minor emergencies, as well as physicals, EKGs, minor emergencies, blood work, and x-rays. Our on-site testing includes Strep, Flu, and Mono. Dr. Johal is a designated civil surgeon and can perform immigration physicals. We offer Isolaz skin treatments and we have recently introduced the very successful weight loss program, Ideal Protein. Our caring compassionate staff includes Dr. Gurvindra Johal, Dr. Diane Bruzzi-Ehrlich, Dr. Swati Nadkarni, and Physician Assistant Melissa Amsellem. Metuchen Senior Center 15 Center Street Metuchen, NJ 08840 Metuchen Seniors Inc. (MSI) is a non-profit, State and Federal Government recognized 501 c3 Organization, dedicated to raising funds to benefit senior citizens of Metuchen, Edison and other Middlesex communities.

The organization was established in 1994, with the intention of paying for additional activities, equipment and supplies for the seniors who frequent the Metuchen Senior Center location, which are not normally provided for by the Borough’s annual budget. Some examples of these are: bottled water, ceiling fans, coffee urns, snack tables, and more! We purchase supplies for activities such as Art Class, Bingo, Origami and Knit & Crochet group. MSI subsidizes the cost of luncheons and parties during the year such as Healthy Heart Day, St. Patrick’s Day luncheon, Mother’s Day Tea Party, Year-End Holiday party. We also, contribute to local organizations that do so much in support of seniors, such as the Police and Fire Departments, the Metuchen First Aid Squad, JFK Foundation, and the Metuchen High School Student Outreach Program. We pride ourselves on our committed community participation and conduct a yearly Senior dinner which many prominent citizens and government officials attend. Every older citizen is invited to join in the activities provided at the Center or to be a member of the NSI administration Sam’s Club Kailyn Ramos or Julio Rosa 883 Route 1 South Edison, NJ 08817 (732) 632-8634. At Sam’s Club we are dedicated to helping out not only our community but the surrounding communities as well. We have much to offer with our yearly grants to Non-Profits Organizations, as well as VAP (Volunteer Always Pays) programs. Aside from helping out our Non-Profit organizations, we like to help our surrounding business’ and their employees. We work side by side with companies to give not only the owners but their employees Sam’s Club benefits. We have participated in a lot of Metuchen and Edison community events. Giving back to the communities is what Sam’s Club is all about. To inquire more information on how your company and employee’s can receive benefits through our Sam’s Club program please call Kailyn Ramos or Julio Rosa at 732-632-8634. Metuchen Grapplers 55 Oak Avenue Metuchen, NJ 08840 The Metuchen Grapplers is an organization supporting wrestling programs open to

students in grades K through 8 who are residents of Metuchen and North Edison with the Zip Code 08820. There are two programs based on grade. The first, Novice Clinic, is for students in grades K through 2. The Novice Clinic meets for one hour a week for ten weeks during December, January and into February. Students will be taught some fundamentals of wrestling. There is little to no competition at this level. The usual enrollment is 25 students. The second, the wrestling teams, is for students in grades 2 through 8. There are three wrestling teams: A, B and Senior for grades 7 and 8. Depending on skill level, the teams practice two or three nights a week starting in November and ending in February. During this period there are a number of matches with teams from other towns in the area. The usual enrollment is 35 to 40 students. The Law Office of Jace McColley 266 Lake Avenue Metuchen, NJ 08840 (732) 494-8404 The Law Office of Jace C. McColley, LLC is a general practice law firm handling a wide variety of legal matters from real estate litigation and foreclosure to divorce and municipal court matters. Our office is equipped to handle varied legal disputes. Our office is located in the heart of central New Jersey and a short train ride from New York City. We serve both New York and New Jersey clients. At the Law Office of Jace C. McColley, LLC, we provide professionalism in the way we conduct ourselves. We treat our clients with the utmost respect and courtesy. We are extremely confident in our ability to provide excellent legal services. Our confidence, professionalism and expertise translate to effective legal representation.

Did you know that the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce offers membership for families? “Family Members” know that their dues are an investment in their business community and not merely a contribution. They recognize that by putting “their money where their house is” they are helping the Chamber continue to promote and sponsor activities that benefit the businesses, schools, and residents of Metuchen. For more information about Family membership contact the Chamber office.


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Garage sale brings an unexpected experience By Liz Szatkowski, Metuchen resident When I signed up to participate in my first Metuchen townwide garage sale, I thought I’d be able to reduce some of the clutter in my garage and basement — and perhaps make a little cash in the process. Little did I realize that I would receive so much more. For me, the true value of the event was meeting with neighbors with whom I never get to speak, seeing the excitement in the eyes of children as they jump for joy over getting “new” toys that once brought joy to my children, a grandmother finding a perfect gift for her granddaughter, a woman finding just the right piece for her house, and seeing a happy dog strolling down the street with a stuffed animal hanging from his mouth. My first “customer” was a dog named Buddy, who came strolling by with his owner well before we officially opened. I had a big box of stuffed animals — mostly new — that we had won years ago at the boardwalk. Buddy immediately put his nose into the box and pulled out a bear wearing a Yankees shirt. “Buddy is not a Yankee fan,” his owner claimed. “But he likes to play with stuffed animals.” I insisted that Buddy take it. “They’re free,” I told the owner. Buddy was delighted. He walked away wagging his tail with the bear hanging from his mouth. Later that day, when Buddy and his owner returned for more stuffed toys, his owner insisted on paying even though I told him they were free. Then Charlie, a 4-year-old boy whose grandparents live next door, came over to see

what was in the box. “Can I take one?” he asked. “Sure, they’re free!” I said. Charlie grabbed three stuffed toys and ran back to his grandparents’ house. When he returned shortly thereafter, all dressed up, he told me he was going to his birthday party. “It’s your birthday?” I asked. “Then you must take something else as my birthday present to you.” Charlie grabbed a snow tube and said, “It would be perfect for sledding at Grandpa’s cabin. And may I also have the shark?” He was asking about a boogie board that was listed for $2. “Consider it your birthday present,” I told him, and happily handed him the boogie board. Later that day, I saw a delighted Charlie sledding down his grandpa’s lawn on his new boogie board. There was a constant parade of people to the sale throughout the day. A young woman stopped by to purchase a few items. She told me they were for the women’s shelter. I told her to please also take the children’s books for the kids that come to the shelter. Another woman said her dog just had mouth surgery and needed something soft to chew on, so I gave her some of the stuffed animals. Another little boy and his mom came by to try on roller blades. I had several pair of different sizes that were my son’s when he was growing up. The women couldn’t decide which pair fit her son best, so I told her to take them all at no extra charge. “He’ll grow into them!” I said. The little boy was so happy that he wanted to wear them home. A tired-looking mom was trying to find

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something within her budget for her son, who was tagging dutifully behind her. When she asked about a skateboard ramp, I told her it was only $2. The little boy was so excited at the bargain price that he begged his mom to take it home so he could try it out. Another item was a handmade wooden doll cradle that had belonged to my daughter. A woman was thrilled to grab it for $4 and said she was taking it right home to knit a small blanket to fit over her granddaughter’s baby dolls. Later that day, a woman spied a bench that was in good shape but badly in need of a coat of paint. That didn’t deter her as she said, “I know just what to do with it.” She excitedly worked to fit it into her car. Last but not least, Buddy returned again for the third time. When his owner insisted that I take $5 for another stuffed toy, I was just overjoyed that I had one more left to give to him. Buddy was thrilled once again, his tail wagging happily as he pranced down the street. The day was fairly profitable, as I took in $270. I was able meet my original goal of cleaning out some unwanted “junk.” But I found that the old adage of “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure” is certainly true. And as I watched Buddy walk happily down the street as I packed up the last items, I decided that the only thing that would make the day even more of a success was to donate the money I made to the local animal shelter. I’m sure they could use it to buy their tenants some new treats and toys. Thank you, Buddy, for your inspiration.

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Kids Corner Sophia Cascio, 9 and Olivia Cascio, 8 St. Francis Cathedral School

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Be sincere! Don’t be “salesy”. Love this word! Authenticity can’t be faked. It is ok to let others know you can and want to help them. Know your business! Complete knowledge of your business is essential to success. You cannot be ignorant or be idle about your business. Whether at a dinner party, the neighborhood pool or at a client meeting, successful people are never without an educated answer or insightful news about what they do. Develop relationships! Nurture faceto-face relationships with people who work with others. Have your morning coffee and lunch with individuals that can really make a difference in your business life and who you respect and enjoy being around. Attend Conferences! Attend as many conferences and conventions as possible. Make friends while learning. Be seen! Be out and about in the community. Some effective ways include sponsoring a neighborhood party, town event, and especially volunteering. There are so many ways you can give back while growing your business. Say Thanks! Most importantly, thank people for their referrals. Call them. Send them chamber certificates, movie tickets or gas cards. Let them know that you appreciate their trust in YOU and that you care. I guarantee that if you follow this advice, whatever your business may be, success will follow. Happy summer everyone, be well, be happy and most of all be successful!

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17th Annual Spring Street Fair

Sunday, June 2, 2013

METUCHENOPOLY Collect $300 dollars, roll a twelve and proceed to Salson’s Bakery….move ahead one and you’re on Seldow’s Stationary. What game is this, you might ask? Why it’s Monopoly…Metuchen style! Metuchenopoly, Centennial Edition, was a specially themed version of the classic board game produced in 2000 to celebrate the one hundredth birthday of our wonderful little town. A fundraising venture by the Chamber, Metuchenopoly replaced the traditional Monopoly street names with Chamber of Commerce businesses instead. And, of course, it is only fitting that the money was issued in the name of Metuchen Savings Bank. Looking over the game board, it is exciting to see businesses such as Abilitees, Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, Georges Dry Cleaning, The Schenk Agency, Prudential Winhold Reality, Inc., and Victorian Office Rentals which have been an integral part of the community and are still with us today. This quick trip down memory lane originated with a visit by Marsha Salton, chamber president in 1991, who came into the office this spring with a mint condition copy of the game. Here’s to a vibrant Metuchen future with many years to come!

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the sculptor was prominent local artist and ceramicist, Linda VonderschmidtLaStella, who was delighted to be able to participate:  “I sense  a ‘pulsing enthusiasm’ for the event that seems to be growing in the Borough. The ArtFest brings an energy and pride to our town quite unlike any other event. In taking on the work of creating the 2013 Junebug sculpture, I really wanted to experience for myself what I felt was at the heart of the ArtFest  while inviting all to experience the richness and risk of engaging their own creativity. While I have worked in clay for 30 years, I have never used the material to create a large free standing sculpture. I wanted that challenge and it has been challenging!” shares Ms. LaStella. Her piece, entitled “There’s a Little JUNEBUG Inside Everyone” truly

captured the spirit of the event and the pride that our community feels in hosting it each year. “Our annual Junebug ArtFest is a jewel in the year-long list of events brought to you by the Chamber. We attract hundreds of families and art enthusiasts to our downtown each Friday night in June. The streets are filled with live music, the restaurants are full, and our businesses get great exposure,” said Metuchen Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Angela Sielski. Summer in Metuchen officially arrives with the Junebug ArtFest and we cannot wait to see what the committee has in store for 2014!


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News Makers NewsMakers The Borough Improvement League has just finished the repair and repainting of the exterior of the historic Old Franklin Schoolhouse. This was the largest element of an overall  project undertaken almost two years ago to make repairs to the ca. 1807 site.  The cellar hatchway was also replaced, and a structural tie rod  is being added to the interior roof framing.   Although the BIL received a $10,000 grant from the NJ Cultural Trust towards the work, it has been busy raising the additional $15,000 needed to cover the entire project.  Stop by and see the work at any of the schoolhouse events - and donations are always welcome!  -----------------------La Rosa Pizzeria is celebrating its 5th year at our new location and 35 years of serving the Metuchen & Edison area. We’d like to thank our loyal customers for helping us to rebuild after the fire, we could not have done it without you. As we enter our 6th year, we are

proudly offering a new menu. To learn more about our new menu and what is going on at La Rosa, check out our new website at www. or visit our Facebook page. ---------------------“Are you ready to take your health & happiness to soaring heights? Join Jamie Checket, H.H.C., A.A.D.P. of Begin Again Health for a MindBody Nourishment workshop on Sept 26th to restore your natural state of balance and start looking and feeling your best! Details here: events.html” ------------------------The Borough Improvement League is proud to announce the date of the Holiday House Tour! This year’s event will be held on Sunday, December 8th. Please check www. for details as we get closer to the event date.

Thank You Metuchen!

We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to our chamber member businesses and supporters. Your commitment to Metuchen is evident by your event sponsorship which benefits the community and contributes to the quality of life our residents have always enjoyed. These efforts exemplify the mission statement of the Chamber which has been in operation since 1950.

The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce mission is to advance the civic, industrial, professional and commercial interests of the Borough of Metuchen and vicinity, to maintain a high standard of integrity in business practices, and to accumulate and distribute information of value to its members. The Chamber reflects the neighborly, small town spirit of Metuchen. It is a partnership of businesses, professionals and residential volunteers working together to keep Metuchen a thriving, enterprising community and a vibrant place to live and work. Through Chamber-sponsored events and activities, we actively seek to bring business to the doorsteps of our members, and to provide opportunities for Metuchen residents and businesses to share in activities that are mutually rewarding, thus improving the quality of life for all.

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Cruise Night

Motors are running, oldies are playing and families are enjoying both. Cruise Nights offer the opportunity for a stroll down Main Street while viewing the art, muscle and uniqueness of antique, collectible and performance cars and motorcycles. With 45 cars average for each of the 5 Cruise Nights, there is so much variety from an antique tractor to motorcycles to tricked out newer cars to antiques to street rods to the classic muscle of the 60’s and 70’s. Vote for your favorite car at our registration desk located in front of the Metuchen Savings Bank and by the DJ stand. There are three People’s Choice Awards: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place. May’s winners were: 1st Place: Don Coleman, 1970 Plymouth AAR. 2nd Place: Berkeley Varitronics, 1931 Ford Pickup. 3rd Place: Maritza Melendez, 1979 Chevrolet Corvette. June’s winners were:1st Place: Jim McClusky, 1933 Plymouth PC Coupe. 2nd Place: Raj Sekhow, 1972 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. 3rd Place: Maritza Melendez, 1979 Chevrolet Corvette. These nights bring back the nostalgia of the old town neighborhood, the excitement of a fair, the enjoyment of meeting friends and neighbors and the tastes of Metuchen’s eateries, taverns and ice cream shops. So mark your calendars for the first Wednesday of every month beginning from May to September.  Rain date is typically the following Wednesday but always

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check our website for announcements. These signature events do not just happen on their own. It takes volunteers, sponsors and the support of the Borough and their police department, especially the volunteer auxiliary force that comes out to each event. The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce extends their thanks to our sponsors of this year’s event: Supercharge Sponsors: St. Joseph’s High School, Reydel Volkswagen, Ken’s Plumbing, Metuchen Savings Bank, and Dr. Michael Donato, Jr. - Orthodontic Specialist P.C. Turbocharge Sponsors: ecuacool, Metuchen Rent-A-Car, and Precision Motorsports. Fuel Injected Sponsor: And of course our Award Sponsors: Main Street Trattoria, Antonio’s Brick Oven Pizza, Boyt Drugs, Topping the Web, Black Belt Institute, STS Tire & Auto, and Torino II. Stop by our Chamber businesses and thank them for supporting the community. For those interested in participating, visit our website at www. or contact the Chamber office for more details at 732-548-2964. This year we will again have the end of season prize for our registered participants, the Driver’s Grand Prix Award to be awarded at the end of the season in September.


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Chamber member, Kicks Are For Kids a NJ non Profit, held their annual kick-a-thon fund raiser on May 4, 2013. The event, held at Black Belt Institute in Metuchen, marked the non profit’s 5th annual kick-a-thon fundraiser and their 5th anniversary of serving the Metuchen/Edison community. A sincere thank you goes to our special guests Judie Crawford, the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce president, and Rich Topping, the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce secretary. Their presence made the event extra special. The kickers are students of Black Belt Institute. There were over 50 participants ranging in age from 4 years to 24 years old. Parents helped by holding target paper and counting the number of kicks in 15 seconds for 2 rounds each person. The highest number was recorded. Each kicker attained either flat donations or pledges for number of kicks. The average number of kicks per person for 15 seconds was 32. That’s more than 2 kicks per second! In addition to the donations for kicks, area businesses helped out with monetary donations or gift certificates which were auctioned off.

The businesses who provided donations and deserve a special thank you include: Metuchen Savings Bank K&L Certified Public Accountants in Hillsborough Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce Torino 2 Marafiki Fair Trade Brewed Awakenings Boro Ace Hardware Tete Empanadas Fresco Italian Deli New Pearl Cleaners Main St. Trattoria What’s the Scoop Optique Unique George’s Dry Cleaning Silvia’s Tailoring Bunny Lotions & Soaps Precision Motorsports BJ’s Wholesale Club

Due to the efforts of everyone involved, Kicks Are For Kids has over $3000.00 more to use towards helping area kids whose parents do not have the means to provide “Positive Mentoring for a Positive Future” through the physical arts.


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Memorial Day-Honoring our Purple Hearts

Memorial Day is a day to remember our heroes who gave ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty to protect our country, our ideas, and our way of life. For Metuchenites, it is something more than that. For us, it is a long held tradition that is embedded in the rich history of Metuchen. On the one hand, we offer our tribute to our war-heroes by including veterans and military vehicles in our parade. On the other hand, we display the talent and entrepreneurial spirit of the people in our town. Our kids also participate with great excitement and interest by decorating their bicycles with bold red, white, and blue to show their support. Memorial Day in Metuchen honors the lives of the forty-one Metuchen men who sacrificed their lives in our nation’s wars and the many Metuchen men and women currently serving in the armed forces. The first one was held on May 30, 1927. On May 27, 2013, Metuchen continued this long held tradition. The Memorial Day Ceremony took place inside the Edgar Middle School Gymnasium at the conclusion of the parade. Our theme this year was “Honoring Our Purple Hearts.” According to the Military Order of the Purple Heart, “the Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It is specifically a combat decoration.” The

sacrifices of our service men and women, past or present, shall never be forgotten. This year’s grand marshals were Art Hamilton, U.S. Air Force representing WWII; Joe Bellafronte, U.S. Army, Mike Garni, U.S. Army, Lenny Jackson, U.S. Army, Richard Tuma, U.S. Army representing the Vietnam War; Herman Jackson, U.S. Army representing the Korean War; and Neal Auricchio, U.S. Marines and Vanessa Collins, U.S. Army representing Enduring Freedom Afghanistan and Enduring Freedom Iraq. The Metuchen High School Band under the leadership of John Morrison, the American Celts Pipes & Drums, the Banjo Rascals, St. Joseph High School Band under the leadership of Sal Ascolese, and Fred Lehotay’s Ragtime Band inspired all those present with their spirited live performances. This year’s ceremony featured remarks from our guest of honor, Rear Admiral Timothy Beard, III of the US Naval Reserve and an invocation lead by Rev. Hazel Shue, Chaplain, Commander, U.S. Navy. The American Legion Certificate of Continuous Membership was awarded to Don Wernik by Commander Walter Zjawin of the American Legion Fugle-Hummer Post #65. An emotional Marine Corps Memorial was held for former Metuchen resident, Robert Nann (1946-2012). As is tradition, we also honored high school seniors in our community that were entering the military upon graduation. Each year, a poster drawing contest is held

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 17 Oak Avenue at Route 27 Metuchen, New Jersey 08840 732-548-4308 Barbara C. Crafton – Interim Rector Services Saturday 5:30 pm Sunday 8 am &10 am Wednesday 10 am – Healing Eucharist Nails in the Wall, the Gallery at St. Luke’s Open by appointment

with hundreds of submissions received from Campbell Elementary School, Edgar Middle School, and St. Francis Cathedral School. After careful selection, this year’s poster contest winner was 4th grader, Natalie Devlin of St. Francis Cathedral School. Her imagery of a bald eagle and the words “Honor the Brave” won over the group of volunteers who meet each year to pick the winners. This event is funded entirely through private donations. The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce extends its thanks to the sponsors of this event: Metuchen Savings Bank as our Principal Sponsor; American Legion Fugle-Hummer Post #65 as our Platinum Sponsor; Victorian Office Rentals, Costello-Runyon Funeral Homes, and Keller Williams Elite, Realtors as Silver Sponsors; Boro Ace Hardware, D & S Landscaping, Franco Manufacturing, Metuchen Elks Lodge #1914, Metuchen Volunteer Fire Department, Suzanne Nann & Jennifer Colitre, NJ Convention & Expo Center, The Criterion News, What’s The Scoop, and the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy as Bronze Sponsors and others who supported us through the purchase of business card ads and messages of support through our event program. We are already at work planning for the 2014 parade! If you would like to get involved, please reach out to the Chamber office.




Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce 323 Main Street, Suite B Metuchen, NJ 08840


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Metuchen Connections Summer 2013 iss2 vol16  

Metuchen Connection Newsletter for Summer 2013 Iss 2 Vol 16

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