Monday, May 31, 2010

The Iselin American Legion
T. Nulty Post 471

The T. Nulty Post 471 of the American Legion commemorated Memorial Day with a beautiful ceremony at their post home on Brown Avenue in Iselin. “Memorial Day must never be forgotten,” said Commander Stanley Baum, shown here on the left. “It was an honor for us to participate in the ceremony for our brothers,” agreed his fellow Legion member Tony Orsini.

Times are tight for everyone, and the Iselin American Legion post is no exception. There have been discussions about whether the T. Nulty post can afford to keep their building. In spite of all the talk, they aren’t going anywhere yet. “We are still holding on,” said Second Vice-Commander Charles K. Paul, II. “But we need to raise money for the post to stay open, and to support the many programs we provide. We need to raise the public’s awareness, and we need new members.”

Through the years Post 471 has been an active community organization, contributing time, energy, and financial support to many worthwhile activities. Their efforts include a Blue Star Program to support veterans and the families of veterans currently serving on active duty, and volunteering at the N.J. Veterans Home at Menlo Park. The post has helped Woodbridge State School, Scouting organizations, Boys State, Girls State, and Legion Baseball; they distribute Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to the needy of the Township, and provide scholarships for local students, and many more activities. The T. Nulty Post shows its support of the community in countless ways; and now, it needs the community to show its support of the Post.

Buy a Brick to Support the Iselin American Legion

The Post has started a “Buy a Brick” campaign. The bricks will be used to support the Post and the programs that the post provides. More information on the Brick Campaign can be found on the Post’s website HERE.

With this fundraiser, which is already underway, personalized bricks will be installed along the walkway that leads to the front entrance of the building at 25 Brown Avenue. They will be among other honored plaques, monuments and markers, and very visible to anyone entering the building.

The brick is a standard size of 4 inches by 8 inches. It can be personalized with 3 lines of text with no more than 18 to 21 characters per line, including spaces and punctuation. The cost of each brick is $75.00.

For more information, contact Charles Paul at 732-634-4174 or by email at

Are You Eligible to be an American Legion Member?
Another great way to support the American Legion is by becoming an active member, if you are eligible. Membership requirements can be found on the American Legion website, located HERE.
If you are currently on active duty, serving the United States honorably, anywhere in the world, or have served honorably during any of the following eligible war eras, you are invited to become a member of The American Legion.
• April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 (World War I)
• Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 (World War II)
• June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955 (Korean War)
• Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War)
• Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon / Grenada)
• Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990 (Panama)
• Aug. 2, 1990 to today (Gulf War / War On Terrorism)

Photos of the Memorial Day Service
at the American Legion

I have great stories to post... come back soon!  Meanwhile, enjoy these pictures...

American Legion Memorial Day Observance Today

The T. Nulty Post 471 American Legion in Iselin will observe Memorial Day today by putting flags on the graves of veterans in local cemeteries, to be followed by a solemn service at the post home, located at 25 Brown Avenue in Iselin. All are welcome to attend the service in honor and memory of the Veterans who have served our country.

Originally called "Decoration Day," Memorial Day was founded in 1866 when Waterloo, NY, set aside this day to lay flowers on the graves of soldiers. It became popularly observed throughout the country in the years following the Civil War; approximately 620,000 lives were lost during that war, which is the deadliest war in American history.

Memorial Day has become more widely known for the first three day weekend of the summer, a time for barbecuing and heading to the Jersey Shore. However, approximately 4,400 American Soldiers have lost their lives fighting in Iraq, according to the website The American Legion invites everyone to spend some time honoring the many, many soldiers who have sacrificed their own lives to preserve America's freedom.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Get Ready for a Saturday BBQ

If you aren't going anywhere this weekend... or even if you are... it's a great weekend to barbecue!

I found a great recipe for kicking up your burgers. Take a look at it HERE at the Pig n Spit blog :)

now might be a good time to run out to Shoprite and pick up some supplies so you are ready to grill for tomorrow!

Plan a Trip for Memorial Day
to the Battleship NJ!

The Battleship New Jersey is a great place to visit, and what a good way to commemorate Memorial Day! We had so much fun there when my boys were little - we attended a "camp out" on the battleship...

If you want to check out their website, you can do that HERE.

Here is info from their website:
The Battleship will remember our military brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice with a special wreath ceremony on the ship's forecastle at 11 am on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31. Members of the South Jersey Knights of Columbus, as well as veterans, will participate in this stirring ceremony, which will be capped by the casting of a wreath into the Delaware River. This event is free to attend for anyone with a tour ticket.

The Camden Waterfront shuttle will launch Memorial Day Weekend.   Tourists and residents in Philadelphia can enjoy accessible and affordable transportation from Independence Visitor Center on 6th and Market Streets to the Battleship and Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for just a $2 round-trip ticket! The shuttle will run on weekends thru June 18, and will then run daily through Labor Day. The shuttle will make loops from Camden Waterfront to the Independence Visitor Center beginning at 10:45 am until 6 pm.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

REMINDER - Clothing Drive at IMS today and tomorrow!

Please donate useable clothing, shoes, stuffed animals and bicycles, yes bicycles to our PTO. The funds collected will go directly to the children of IMS. Please place items in a WELL tied plastic bag and bring to the school on Wed. 5/26 or Thurs. 5/27 between 8 am and 4 pm.

JFK Academics

The first of the three A's - the Academics - is something JFK can be proud of. Students did very well on the HSPA (High School Profficiency Assessment) testing. According to the State of NJ Website,
"The High School Proficiency Assessment is used to determine student achievement in reading, writing, and mathematics as specified in the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards."
Basically, it's the test you must pass in order to graduate.

This year, the highest percentage ever here at Kennedy passed... 95.5% passed the Language Arts section, and 92.5% passed the Math section. These are excellent grades for our school.

More JFK Sports...

Congratulations to Junior Tiffany Tai who posted a score of 46 on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 and captured the Fourth Place Medal in the Greater Middlesex Conference Girls Golf Tournament at the par 36 Bunker Hill Golf Course. Tiffany is the first Lady Mustang in school history to have competed in the Girls Conference Golf Tournament. She represented JFK Memorial High School very well and her FOURTH PLACE finish among 63 entrants is a commendable accomplishment!!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Boycott BP

Iselin is nowhere near the oil spill in Louisiana, but it affects us all.
BP brands to boycott include Castrol, Arco, Aral, am/pm, Amoco, and Wild Bean Cafe, Safeway gas.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Kennedy Excels
in the THREE A's!

What are the three A's, you ask?
I guess you haven't heard Mr. Cilento's speech, huh?
The three A's are Academics, Athletics and the Arts!

For today, I'm going to brush right past the academics section. Sure, we're A+ there too - but it's a separated story and I'll talk more about that in the next few days, hopefully.

But as for the Arts and the Athletics, wow! The following stories come to you directly from the morning announcements at JFK...

Congratulations to the JFK Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and Show Choir! All three groups have returned home with SUPERIOR ratings in our competition held in Williamsburg, Virginia!! Our Concert Choir not only had a superior rating... but placed 1st out of 8 Choirs!

Speaking with Ms. Verrilli this morning, she also made a point of mentioning that not only did the choir do well, but there behavior was admirable. "These kids behaved so well, it was lovely. The whole trip was superior," she said.

There are a few highlights in our Athletics Department. Boys Tennis is still competing, eyeing a championship. One of our Golfers will be the first girl from JFK to golf in the GMC Girl's Golf Tournament. And our track team, still on the run... From the announcement over the JFK PA system:
The Boys Track Team will continue their winning season for at least one more week as they crowned three sectional champions this past weekend at South Plainfield. On Friday, Senior Dante LaVecchia defended his title from last year by placing first in the long jump once again.
Later in the meet, senior Jason Donahue picked up his first sectional title by winning the High Jump with a leap of 6'4". On Saturday, Jason came back to claim his second sectional title by leaping 3'5" in the Triple Jump on his last attempt to win. As a team, the Mustangs placed third overall in the North 2 Group 3 sectional. Other Mustangs claiming medals and moving on to the State Group 3 Championships were:
Luiz Maurina -- 2nd in Pole Vault
Andre Sylvester -- 4th in 200; 6th in 100
Daren Tang -- 4th in High Hurdles; 6th in HJ
Isaiah Claiborne -- 5th in Triple Jump; 6th in Long Jump
Jason Donahue was also 4th in Long Jump.
In Girls Track action, junior Emily Guimaraes tied for 6th in Pole Vault and will compete this Friday in the Girls Group 3 Championships.

Have a good Monday :)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

East Coast Greenway

Have you heard of the East Coast Greenway? It's a pretty exciting project, and it runs right through Iselin!  It's a trail that people are trying to establish that will run about 3,000 miles, from Maine to Florida.  I think it's meant primarily as a bike trail, but that doesn't stop people from hiking it, and I like to hike.

The trail is just now being built, and there are gaps in it.  But they've marked the section going through our town, so it's pretty exciting.  So far, about 20% is actually done on off road trails, according to the FAQ on the web site.

If you are interested in more information you can take a look at the web site HERE.
... or go to Merrill Park, and take a look at the information board...

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Patrick Daniels Eagle Project
Group Photos

It was a lovely day to hang out in the park... and work...

Pat Daniels had a great group of people turn out to give him a hand with his Eagle Project.
Even the Mayor stopped by for a while!

And the final product came out pretty nice.

Beautify the Community today!

Pat Daniels, an Iselin Boy Scout, is working on his Eagle Project today. He's landscaping around this sculpture on Rt. 35 in Woodbridge, to promote the arts and beautify the community.
C'mon out and help!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Mommy Rhapsody

Mommy Rhapsody is a great video I saw recommended on Facebook... take a look, it's great! It reminds me of what they would film if they were filming the REAL real New Jersey Housewives!

Mommy Rhapsody from Church on the Move on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Kennedy High School Sports

It's getting close to the end of the Spring Sports Season, and Kennedy High School sports has a lot to be proud of. Here's a quick summary of the season so far:
-- Boy's Spring Track and Field is 7 - 0, White Division Champs! Tomorrow, they are going to the States, at South Plainfield.
-- Girls Spring Track's record is 3 - 5. You go, girls!
-- Last year's Baseball team was amazing - Group 3 State Champs! A few key players graduated, so it isn't completely the same team; but they are still doing great. As of this afternoon, the team was 17 - 9, and playing in the quarter finals of the State Tournament.
-- Softball, on the other hand, saw more than just a few key players move up; a big chunk of the team graduated, including Coach Cuntala, who retired. This year, the team is 5 - 16. This is what is known as a "rebuilding" year, but they are working hard.
-- Boy's Volleyball, at 9 - 11, is looking forward to next year.
-- Golf is 17 - 13, with a few individuals still moving forward at the GMC's.
-- Boy's Tennis, at 17 - 3, is playing for the GMC White Divisional Title.
Spring Sports awards will be held on June 1st, and I'll report back with more details on the sports season wrap up.

Camping In Style

I'm so honored! I was invited to write a guest post over at the "Camping In Style" blog, which you can see if you go HERE! I shared some of my tips for camping with my family -- and there's even a cute picture of my son and my nephew. So go take a look, and start planning a weekend camping trip!

Support Our Troops

Soldier’s parents list the many ways to support our troops | Woodbridge, NJ

Matt and Julie Barany are Woodbridge residents who are members of the Blue Star Family and Support Group, made up of families of service members.  They wrote a nice article that was published on; the link is above.

From the article on

In our last effort to mail packages to our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, we spent more than $700. We sent packages to 35 deployed soldiers. We cannot understand why members of Congress can have free postage privileges but our deployed servicemen can't. This is why we appeal to our neighbors for their assistance.

We have repeatedly seen how enthusiastically our neighbors have responded when we have informed them of a need for our troops. It is very encouraging. If you would like to help to defray the expense of sending packages to our troops, please feel free to contact the Blue Star Family and Support Group at or send check payable to the Blue Star Family Support Group, c/o T. Nulty Post 471, 25 Brown Ave., Iselin, NJ 08830.

Doesn't that sound like a great way to celebrate Memorial Day? I think I'm going to send a check in a thank you card today. How 'bout you?

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Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?

It isn't even summer yet, but it's time to sign your kids up for Fall Football and Cheerleading! Iselin is a big sports town, especially for football season, and you don't want to be too late!

If your kids want to be a part of the St. Cecelia's Golden Knights program, the sign ups are today, May 20th, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. They will be held at the St. Cecelia's gym, according to their website which you can visit HERE.

If your kids want to be one of the Iselin Giants, sign ups are scheduled on June 3rd from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Woodbridge Library (lower level). You can find their web site HERE.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Iselin Middle School Fundraiser

Iselin Middle School is doing a fundraiser. And it won't cost you a thing to help.

The Iselin Middle School PTO is asking for everyone to go through their closets and dig out any old but still useful clothing, shoes, stuffed animals and bicycles -- yes bicycles! -- for their fundraiser. The funds collected will go directly to the children of Iselin Middle School.

If you want to help support the Middle School, start going through your things today! Then, when you've found some things you are willing to donate, please place the items in a WELL tied plastic bag and bring them to the school next week: Wednesday 5/26 or Thursday 5/27 between 8 am and 4 pm. It's that simple, and like I said - it doesn't cost you anything!

Thanks for supporting our schools!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

IMS Music Program Tomorrow Night

Tomorrow night, Wednesday, May 19th, the Iselin Middle School Music Department will hold their spring concert at John F. Kennedy Memorial High School at 7:00 PM.  Make plans now to come out for the show which should include musical contributions from the 6th Grade Band, 7th & 8th Grade Concert Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Strings, and Chorus.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Mr. Capitano is Retiring

Samantha is one of many students who'll have good memories of gym with Mr. Capitano at Robert Mascenik School 26.

I suppose everyone around town has already heard this... but Mr. "Cap" is actually retiring!

Pete Capitano has been the gym teacher at School 26 for EVER. Well, it seems that way. He was my gym teacher when I was in elementary school. He was the gym teacher for both of my sons. And now, after 46 years of teaching, he's decided the time has come to retire. He will be one of many people deciding it's a good time to retire, with all of the politics of the current situation in New Jersey.

I went over to school to talk to him this morning, and found him where he can usually be found - on the playground at Robert Mascenik School 26. As I walked up, he was busy calming down a little girl who had just skinned her knee -- I'm sure that's pretty standard! I only took a minute of his time, but in the short amount of time I was there, I witnessed him solve one playground dilemma after another. "Mr. Cap, I broke my shoe!" He examined it (and everything looked fine). "Mr. Cap, look at me!" He's every kid's favorite teacher, and always was. How can you help but love the guy who lets you go outside and play, giving you a much needed break from sitting still?

Mr. Capitano graduated from Montclair, and got his Masters at Kean. "I could have been a principal, years ago," he said, "But I would have had to change who I am. Wearing a suit and tie every day, you know, that's not really me." And besides, like I said - the kids adore him.

"Mr. Cap, tell them I want to play on THAT side," said a little boy. And with that, I said good-bye. To the kids on that playground, Mr. Capitano is the most important guy in town.

Happy Retirement, Mr. Capitano! We all wish you well, and we'll think of you fondly!

Happy Monday!

We tend to forget 
that happiness 
doesn't come as a result 
of getting something 
we don't have, 
but rather of recognizing 
and appreciating 
what we do have.
  ~Frederick Keonig

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sunday Papers

I used to love reading the Sunday newspapers. I don't have a subscription anymore, do you? But I miss reading the updates. I'm online, instead. Of course, I always start with Facebook, because that's where I can read the news about family and friends. After that, I just surf the web a while.

So if you wanna read what I've been reading, take a look at some of these links.

Here is an article from the NY Times about how Facebook is affecting our information. (It seems like a good article... to tell the truth, I'm going to have to go back and read it again to really absorb it!)

I always used to love the comics, so here are a few that I like (even though they are not typical comics!)
Encoreseraphine and xkcd

The debate on the Red Sticker on teenager's license plates continues at Ledger Live:
Will the new N.J. teen driver decal law actually stick?

This is a very good article analyzing how much money teachers really make, from NJ.Com ... it includes this chart:

... and you can read it HERE.

And finally, how about the NY Times book review? HERE is the list of Paperback Non Fiction -- check out #4 on the list, "Are you there, Vodka? It's me, Chelsea," which is the book we've picked for the book club! (I hope it's a good one!)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

It's Saturday!
Take a Day Trip!

One of the best things about Iselin is how close it is to everywhere else.
Today, being a beautiful bright and shiny Saturday, might be a good day to take a trip down the Jersey Shore.

A lot of people rave about LBI. Nice beach, cute shops, friendly people... why not take a ride down the shore today?

Friday, May 14, 2010

The Army Landed at IMS Today!

In case you were wondering why a heliocopter landed at Iselin Middle School today, I heard that it was because the National Guardsmen where there to talk to the 7th graders about the importance of not doing drugs.

What a nice thing for them to do!

Hope no one was overly concerned, LOL...

FILE PHOTO- New Jersey National Guard Black Hawk helicopter at the New Jersey National Guard facility December 20, 2002 in West Trenton, New Jersey. 

Photo: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images


Go get 'em!

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.
Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear,
do not sit home and think about it.
Go out and get busy.
Dale Carnegie

Thursday, May 13, 2010

By the way, did you see this?

This is the link for the the Kennedy HS Jr. Cotillion on the Rachel Ray Show! Well - it wasn't really the cotillion... only a few shots of that. It was a makeover kind of shopping advice kind of show. But the three girls they spotlighted are our students!

They looked beautiful and made Kennedy proud! Good job, girls!


Some advertising emails are helpful. Like this one.
Children 12 and under can get a free book at Borders by filling out a form listing the 10 books they've read for summer reading... all they have to do is
-- read 10 books - anyones you like
-- download and print the form
-- list the 10 books you've read on the form
-- bring the form in to Borders and pick up one of the ten books they have for free.

Click on this link for all the info:


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Have a good day!

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.
~Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Amy Krouse Rosenthal's Thought Bubble: Kindness

This was a really cool video. It doesn't have much to do with Iselin, but... I liked it, so I'm posting it anyway! Thanks to Nolly Posh, 'cause I saw it on her site first!

Celebrate the Arts
at JFK High School

Tonight is the CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS at Kennedy High School.
The Chorus, Concert Band and Jazz Band will be performing at 7:00 PM. Also as part of the evening, an art exhibit has been set up to show the student fine arts, home arts and industrial arts.
There is a $5.00 admission fee.
Hot dogs, drinks and snacks will also be available.

Happy School Nurses Day!
Don't forget
to thank
the School Nurse
for all of the
care that they


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tickets Available Now
for Pasta Night & Tricky Tray

A Pasta Night and Tricky Tray has been scheduled by the Jennifer Elizabeth Metzger Memorial Scholarship Foundation. It will be held on Friday, May 21st, at the Hungarian Reformed Church Hall, at the corner of Kirkland Place and Fayette Street, in Perth Amboy. The Dinner will begin from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, followed by the auction at 8:00 PM. Dinner will be $10 for adults and $6 for children, with tricky tray tickets sold seperately.

Dinner tickets will not be sold at the door, so please contact the foundation by email at or call 732-850-4156. Donations are also accepted and appreciated.

Good Morning

Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold.
But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure
that your most important decision in the day
simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.
~Douglas Pagels, These Are the Gifts I'd Like to Give to You

Monday, May 10, 2010

Who's On The Rachel Ray Show Tomorrow?

Three local girls who attended the John F. Kennedy Jr. Cotillion had an exciting time getting ready for the dance...
because they were chosen by the Rachel Ray show to be on a show about choosing prom gowns!
The three girls were taped in the days before the Cotillion at their homes and at the studio. Then, they were all taken shopping, so that the "experts" could help them pick out the best, most stylish gowns.
The show will finally be on tomorrow. I can't wait to see it -- and I'm sure the girls and their families feel the same!
Watch The Rachel Ray Show tomorrow at 10:00 AM, on Channel 7!

It's a brand new day...

Holding on to anger 
is like holding on to a hot coal 
with the intent of throwing it at someone else; 
you are the one who gets burned.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

"Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers, and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world."
-- Kate Douglas Wiggin

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Video about Old Times in Iselin NJ

Wow, talk about memories! Even though I personally don't think I know anyone in this video, it reminds me of my childhood growing up here in Iselin.

Anyone else have any old pictures or videos that I can post on here? Let me know!

Have you gone shopping for Mom yet???

Lets cross our fingers for a nice weekend!

There is little chance that meteorologists can solve the mysteries of weather 
until they gain an understanding of the mutual attraction of rain and weekends.
Arnot Sheppard

Friday, May 7, 2010

Eagle Scout Dinner

An Eagle Scout Dinner was held tonight to honor four Eagle Scouts from Troop 31 of Port Reading. From left, George Nichtern of Iselin, Matt Juba of Carteret, Ryan Maccie of Carteret, and Michael Maglione of Iselin at their ceremony which was held at the Woodbridge Ambulance and Rescue Squad in Iselin.

George is a senior at John F. Kennedy Memorial High School and plans to study architecture at Johnson College. Matt is a senior at St. Joseph's High School and plans to attend Immaculata University where he will study to become a teacher. Ryan is a senior at St. Joseph's High School and plans to study accounting at Temple University. Michael is a graduate of John F. Kennedy Memorial High School and is currently attending Middlesex County College; he hopes to be a Physical Education Teacher.

Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. It is a great achievement, with only about 5 percent of all Boy Scouts earning the Eagle Scout rank.

Congratulations, Gentlemen!

Happy Friday!

Why wait for the weekend to have fun 

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Dreaming of the Prom

This is the time of year that big plans are being made for PROM...
Kennedy's prom is scheduled for early in June.  It's such an exciting night, and the RIGHT DRESS can mean a lot to a girl.  Some girls, though, might be having some trouble finding a dress that they can afford.

If you know a girl in this situation, let her know that on Wednesday, May 12th - just next week! - the Second Annual Dream Dress Give-away will be held at the Knights of Columbus, 775 Washington Road, in Parlin, NJ.  The event will take place from 2:30 to 7:30 PM.

According to the flier, "Just for teens!... Gorgeous donated prom dresses & gowns available FREE to teens.  Attending Junior or Senior Prom will be a reality with NASW - NJ.  Choose from a selection of over a thousand dresses in all sizes.  We want to make your teen's dreams come true."

The National Association of Social Workers - NJ Chapter will provide each teenage girl the opportunity to choose from a large selection of prom dresses and gowns.

If you know an interested teen, please reach out to help make her dream a reality.

For more information, contact Jacqueline Durham, LSW  732-690-2611

Have a nice Thursday!

The universe is not required 
to be in perfect harmony 
with human ambition.
Carl Sagan
US astronomer & popularizer of astronomy (1934 - 1996)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Good Morning!

A teacher affects eternity; 
he can never tell where his influence stops.
~Henry Brooks Adams  

It's teacher appreciation week... thank a teacher today!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

More Photos of the
Emergency Services Program

Frank Sutphen, Chairman of the Community Advisory Panel, said that he wants to be sure that the students in our town have plenty of chances to learn about the town's emergency services. "When we go out on a call, the kids all want to see what's going on, but it isn't the time to really show them the equipment and explain what we do. I'm glad to offer this kind of program to our schools, so we can take the time to show the kids."

Mrs. Moskowitz, Principal of School 26, agreed. "It's fabulous," she said. "The students are so engrossed in what they are learning."

Woodbridge Community Advisory Panel Sponsors Program

The Woodbridge Community Advisory Panel is holding an Emergency Services Program at Robert Mascenik School #26 today from 9 AM through 3:30 PM. Benjamin Avenue is closed between North Main Street and Cherry Street while students from the elementary school have a chance to look at the vehicles and speak with the Emergency Services personnel.

Good Morning!

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.

-- Bob Marley, Jamaican Musician


Monday, May 3, 2010

Iselin Boy Scouts Mark Great Achievements

From right, Eagle Scout George Nichtern and Life Scout Patrick Daniels at the park that Patrick plans to landscape as his Eagle Project, on May 22.

There are plenty of Scouts in Iselin. And they are very busy people.

This week, Boy Scout Troop 31 will host their annual Eagle Dinner, honoring four boys who have earned the rank of Eagle Scout this past year. George Nichtern and Michael Maglione of Iselin are to be honored along with Ryan Maccie and Matt Juba, both of Carteret. Troop 31, which meets every Tuesday at St. Anthony's Church in Port Reading, has members from throughout the area.

Patrick Daniels, who will also attend the dinner, will be watching. He hopes to be one of the honorees for next year. Patrick has completed all of the requirements except for an Eagle Project, scheduled for Saturday, May 22nd. He will landscape around the sculpture "Pablo's Girl," located at Bernie Anderson Park on Route 35 in Woodbridge.

Emergency Services Day Rescheduled?

It's looking like the Emergency Services Day at Robert Mascenik School #26 on Benjamin Avenue is going to be rescheduled for tomorrow.

That was the original plan - a rain date of Tuesday, May 4th was given... and we had plenty of rain this morning! I'm here on Benjamin Avenue right now, and although barricades were dropped off, they weren't set up, and there aren't any Emergency Services vehicles here yet either.

Oh well, come by tomorrow! :D

It's a new day....

We are what we think. 
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.

-Siddhartha Gautama aka The Buddha
quote found on an AP European History high school website, 

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Make a wish for the world

This is the photo I sent for the "Lens" blog's photo submission request... see the story below :)
Have a nice Sunday!