Tuesday, April 18, 2017

This is an inactive blog.

Hi all,
I haven't been on here for a while.  In fact, I couldn't even FIND this blog for a while.  My domain name expired.  I haven't paid for a new domain name again, so I'm no longer at iselintimes.com, I am now here at https://hometowniselin.blogspot.com   
which isn't as exciting but, on the other hand, it IS free.  I never could make this blog make any money.  And I don't want to spend money on it for no reason.

Actually, I guess I would have been able to make money on this blog, if I had been willing to straight up lie about things.  It would have made a great fake news site, wouldn't it?  But I never even thought of it.  Well, also, I have some integrity.  I wouldn't have been able to lie and live with myself.

After a while, my interests have changed, and writing about Iselin became less fun to me.  That is the main reason it became it became inactive.  That probably won't change.

Just because the blog is inactive, though, doesn't mean I really wanted to lose it completely.  I still occasionally would like to post something about Iselin.  I still want to see the old posts I put up.  At least now I will be able to find it again.

I doubt anyone else will find it.  I doubt anyone else will be looking.

Anyway, Happy Spring!


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Garage Sale Saturday 4/16/16 8AM - 3PM

So, it's been more than a year since I posted here.  Hey, what can I say... facebook is kinda all the rage, isn't it?  It kinda took over my internet life, things haven't been the same since.  Anyway, I figured... on the off chance anyone still sees this... I would post:  I'm having a yard sale this Saturday.  It's one of the designated "townwide" yard sale weekends.

So -shop in Iselin this weekend, and stop by my house, on Benjamin Avenue across from School 26.  Say hi, and maybe buy some of my incredibly under-priced yet extremely valuable items.  :)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Woodbridge Artisan Guild

The Woodbridge Artisan Guild on Main Street in Woodbridge held a closing reception tonight for the "21 and Under" art show, which was an opportunity for artists under the age of 21 to exhibit their work.  It was a lovely show with some very talented artists.

Iselin was represented with a piece of metal sculpture done by Patrick Daniels.  Pat is a resident of Iselin, but he is currently away at college - which is where he is learning to weld and work with metal. His piece, a helmet based on the "Knights who say Nee",  is shown here with his proud parents at the art show tonight.  An interesting side note - Patrick's Eagle Project was working on the landscaping surrounding Glenn Murgacz's metal sculpture, in downtown Woodbridge, and now Patrick is producing works of art of his own, in the same medium!

The Woodbridge Artisan Guild is a membership gallery.  At this show, members voted for their favorite pieces of art at the show, and prizes were awarded to the top two artists in each of the two categories:  Elementary/Middle school, and High School/College.  Here are the winners, posing with their works of art.  

Congratulations to everyone who exhibited; all of the works are impressive!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Six more weeks of winter? Hmph!

Happy Groundhog Day!

I am wishing for whatever it takes for Spring to get here SOON!  The older I get, the less I like the winter.  If the groundhog sees his shadow today, it's six more weeks of winter.  So somebody blindfold that rodent! 


Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Knights of Columbus Lot

Did you know that the Knights of Columbus building has been taken down?  Yup, this is the lot.  They are working on the new building, which I hear is a day care.  Change happens, like it or not.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

New Exit Number?

We were taking the Parkway today, southbound from North Jersey, and noticed the new exit signs being set up.  I'm really behind times, I guess, because probably everyone else has noticed this already.  Anyway, it seems like our exit is being renumbered to be exit 132.

Exit 132, formerly known as Exit 131.

Any idea when the change is officially taking place?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Great Outdoors

After school today, I took a walk to the black top at School 26.  It is a beautiful sunny afternoon - pretty cold, but the sun is shining brightly.

Leading onto the black top is a little tiny hill.  It isn't much for sleigh riding, but it was fun when I was young, and when my kids where young.

Not only does School 26 have a lovely, though tiny, little hill, but now they also have a lovely playground.   You can see it because I took this lovely photo for you.

The sad part of this story is what I didn't find - and, honestly, what I didn't expect to find.   I did not find any kids playing outside.

No one will be surprised by this, I guess.  It is just the way things are.  No one feels safe enough to say to their kids "Go out and play, come home when it starts getting dark."  Like I said, I didn't expect to find anyone out there.  If there had been anyone on the playground I wouldn't have taken a photo, because that would be just wrong. 

Well, no one was there, so I snapped my photo and came home.  You can see that there are plenty of boot prints and sled trails, so someone was having fun yesterday, I guess.  Not today, though.