Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Iselin Gardens

Here's a photo of an amazing flower being grown in my neighbor's yard.  I just love these, don't you?  And they are so large - it's hard to get a scale here, but the flowers are huge, at least as big as a dinner plate!


The Quote of the Day

Are right and wrong convertible terms,
 dependant upon popular opinion?  

~William Lloyd Garrison

Monday, July 30, 2012

School Board Elections ...
Coming Soon to a Polling Place near you...

I received this press release today:

(Woodbridge) - Ezio Tamburello and Dan Harris have announced they are running as a team in this year’s school board elections on November 6.

“I’m excited to be running for re-election and I know Dan Harris and I will work hard for the parents and students of Woodbridge Township” said Tamburello, who is currently Vice President of the Woodbridge Township School Board.  Harris is running as a first time candidate and believes he has the right stuff to be a Board member. 

Dan Harris has been a long time community advocate and believes a Board member’s role in the budget process is critically important now more than ever. “With the annual school operating budget no longer part of the election process, the decision to elect the most effective Board members is of greater importance,” he said. 

The candidates will announce their Moving Forward Agenda in the near future and will bring their message to the people via their website @ movingforwardteam.org.

Tamburello added, “Simply put, we vow that our decisions will make both academic and economic sense for our students and taxpayers”.

So, I guess the electioneering has begun.  I'm going to have to go back and do some research!

Woodbridge Concert Tonight:
The B Street Band

"On the lawn and under the stars" - the Woodbridge Township Concert Series at Woodbridge High School tonight presents the B Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen Tribute band.   The show starts at about 7:30, but bring your chairs and get there early for a good spot!  Be sure to bring a can of food for the food drive.

PLUS - tonight's 50/50 will benefit JFK High School.  So bring a few extra dollars and take a chance at winning and help our high school!

I love that early Bruce music, don't you? Here is an old Bruce and the E Street band video... I hope the B Street Band is just as rocking!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Carl S. Christiansen Park Dedication



The Carl S. Christiansen Park - the Iselin Fire Department's park on Green Street - is OPEN FOR BUSINESS! The dedication ceremony and party when on yesterday in spite of threatening weather. Here are some highlights, thanks to Sara Schweitzer, who was able to be there during the ceremony when I couldn't be, and take photos and video. (Thanks Sara!) And thanks to the Fire Department for setting up such a nice little area for Iselin... in addition to everything else they do!






(Photo credit Sara Schweitzer)

The Board of Fire Commissioners and guests (Photo Credit Sara Schweitzer)

(Photo credit Sara Schweitzer)

They had plenty of food!  (Photo credit Sara Schweitzer)

Before the ceremony - (Photo credit Sara Schweitzer)

(Photo credit Sara Schweitzer)






The Ribbon Cutting (Photo credit Sara Schweitzer)
Iselin Native and Volunteer Fireman Kevin B. Williams at the event

Open for Business! (Photo credit Sara Schweitzer)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Red Solo Cup Party at Riffy's Tonight

Toby Keith won't be there, but you could win tickets to his concert!
Tonight, Riffy's is holding a RED SOLO CUP Party, and everyone is invited!  The event starts at 9:00 PM.

According to their facebook invitation:

"We all heard the song now its time to party!!! Since a red solo cup is the best receptacle for barbecues, tailgates, fairs and festivals, all drinks will be served in red solo cup.

Do you want to see Toby Keith Live August 17th? we have two ways of winning tickets!!! from now til July 28th anytime you order a shot of Toby's Wild Shot Mezcal you will receive an entry form for a chance to WIN 2 tickets to the concert.

The second way, on July 28th we will give away two more tickets to the person with the best use of a red solo cup.. it could be a costume, a prop and magic airplane??? Come up with the best ideas for the red solo cup and WIN!!!!"


Riffy's, more formally known as Rugs and Riffy's, is located at 493 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge.
Will you be there? 


Red solo cup, I fill you up
Let's have a party, let's have a party
I love you red solo cup, I lift you up
Proceed to party, proceed to party...

Iselin Fire House Park Dedication TODAY!


Today is the park dedication ceremony and party at the Iselin Fire House on Green Street.

The Fire House is throwing a party for the neighborhood,
from 2:00 to 7:00 PM,
in their new park next to the fire house.

It should be a good time -- try to get there to celebrate the new park and support our local heroes!



Friday, July 27, 2012

Let the Games Begin!

All attention is being turned to the Olympics for the next 17 days. If you are interested in reading more about the Olympics, you can check out the Olympics Website.
The Olympic Rings being raised - photo from www.london2012.com

May the Odds be ever in your favor!

FRIDAY MUSIC

One of the greatest things about living in Iselin, like I've always said, is how close you are to so many wonderful experiences. That was highlighted for me this past weekend, when my husband, son and I took a road trip to see the Firefly Festival in Dover, Delaware.

We are really pretty close to Dover, so it wasn't such a problem to spend the weekend there -- and we had a great time! The festival was held near Dover Nascar Track, and there was a casino right there too, so it's a nice destination.

And, also, it was interesting how many times a musician would come out and say to the crowd "Wow, I never played in Delaware before!" Imagine living in a state that you could never get to a concert nearby? I love living in Iselin, with easy access to concerts in NYC, the Meadowlands, Newark, and Philly!

So - for Friday Music - I'm putting up a video of my vacation last weekend :) I hope I don't bore you too much. It's really long. There are mostly snippets of lots of songs. BEST FESTIVAL EVER!!! Can't wait 'til next year! And, well, if you are bored, you can certainly just turn it off! So, here's my LONG VIDEO... I'd be glad to hear comments!

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I didn't get to see ALL of the acts at the festival - you can only be in one place at a time, right? I also didn't video everything I did see. My battery wasn't unlimited, unfortunately, and ya know, when you are videotaping, you can't really sing or dance! The Killers did an AMAZING set - I think I sang and danced the whole time! - so I grabbed someone else's video off youtube:

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And we also saw the Flaming Lips; we didn't video them either, but I know a lot of people like them. The show was really cool but they aren't one of our favorite groups. So here is a video from them:

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Iselin's India Day Parade is On,
At least in Iselin!

Given the conflict between the Iselin and Edison Indian Organizations that wanted to hold a parade, I was curious about the status of the Iselin parade. So I contacted the Woodbridge's Director of Communications, John Hagerty. This is what he replied:
"The Township is not involved in the discussions between the groups. The Township issued a permit to the Indian Business Association, Inc. for the India Independence Day Parade in (the Iselin section of )Woodbridge (Oak Tree Road) for Sun., Aug. 12, 2012. Otherwise, the groups are working to come to terms."
So, it's on for August 12th, at least here in Iselin!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

What's Up with Iselin's
India Independence Day Parade?

So I suppose you've seen the article on My Central Jersey.com, Here, about the India Independence Day parade's continuing split?  Apparently, according to the article, the Edison Town Council has denied the Iselin group's appeal of the Edison group's parade permit.

Hey, like anything else, there are always two sides (or more) to every story, and I only know what I've read in the paper.  As far as I know from reading the article, the Iselin group and the Edison group both want to hold the parade - the date in the article was given as August 12th.  Edison gave the permit to the Edison group.  The Iselin group wasn't happy about it and appealed.  The article didn't say anything about the Iselin part of the Oak Tree Road parade.

If I hear anything else, I'll let you know!

According to Wikipedia, India celebrates it's national Independence Day holiday on August 15th:
Celebration (include) Flag hoisting, parades, singing patriotic songs, speech by the Prime Minister, kite flying, singing the national anthem.
India celebrates Independence Day on 15 August to commemorate its independence from British rule and its birth as a sovereign nation on 15 August 1947.  India achieved independence after a struggle remarkable for largely peaceful nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience movement led by the Indian National Congress. 

The Quote of the Day

Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together.  All things connect.  

~Chief Seattle, 1855

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Gardens at Correja

Iselin houses might not have acres of property, but the yards we have we turn into our own private oasis! Here is a great example... The Gardens at Correja!

There are a profusion of flowers and plants here, and plenty of beautiful  details to take in like statues and paths and things.  So much time is invested!  I know a garden takes lots of work, because I have a few of my own gardens to try to keep up with.




These gardens are the creation of Jerry Daily.  He has lived in Iselin all of his life, and graduated JFK in 1976.   I was very happy to get his email and these lovely photos. 

If you have any photos of your own private backyard getaway,  send them to my email -- I would love to share them with everyone!

Now, can't you just imagine sitting here on a warm summer night, fireflies twinkling in the yard, with some cool tunes and a cold drink?


Monday, July 23, 2012

Woodbridge Concert Tonight: The Brooklyn Reunion Show

"On the lawn and under the stars" - the Woodbridge Township Concert Series at Woodbridge High School tonight presents The Brooklyn Reunion Show, featuring Emil Stucchio and The Classics, The Passions and The Mystics.   The show starts at about 7:30, but bring your chairs and get there early for a good spot!  Be sure to bring a can of food for the food drive.



Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Quote of the Day


There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is.  ~William P. Merrill

Thursday, July 19, 2012

FOOTLOOSE is Wonderful!

I went to see Footloose last night, and I have to tell you, it was wonderful!  We have so many talented kids around here, don't we?  These actors and dancers and singers are amazingly talented, and I won't be at all surprised to find them on bigger Broadway stages someday in the future.
 
Footloose is the story of a Chicago boy who "can't stand still", and who is transplanted to a small Texas town.  Because of a tragedy, the town of Bomont has outlawed dancing - and the teens in town are ready to rebel once Ren is there to lead the way.  I remember seeing Footloose in the movies years ago, with Kevin Bacon as the lead character, and I remembered many of the songs as they were sung; you probably will recognize them too.  And I was so impressed by the entire cast and crew.  The characters were well acted and believable, the jokes were funny, and the songs were infectious.  It was all around a wonderful performance.

One of the best things about the performance was the dancing, and I'm not just saying that because my niece is a dancer... although yes, my niece is a FABULOUS dancer! But all of the performers were great. 

You really should go see Footloose while you have the chance.  Tickets are available at the Box Office, while they last... go see it tonight!  

The Theater at Woodbridge Middle School (525 Barron Ave., Woodbridge)
Shows start at 7:30 Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2:00 on Sunday.  Doors open about an hour before the performance.  Tickets $15.00 each.
Box Office Hours are 5 - 7:15 PM.
 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

More Iselin Gardens

I just love to look at the beautiful job landscaping this corner.  Yeah, I know, we should be seeing the Iselin Fair here this week.  But what's done is done.  And at least the homeowner on the one side is trying to make their yard as beautiful as the Noll Brothers make THEIR side of the street!



What can you do on a scorcher like today?

It's gonna be HOT again today!  A heat advisory remains in effect until 8 PM,  with "heat index values generally from 99 to 104 this afternoon"!!!  Plus, thunderstorms should be rolling through, any time from 1 or 2 o'clock on.  I HATE thunderstorms!  Although at least I don't have any big trees about to break at my house anymore - I feel better about that - I still worry about the lightening.  Do you?

So... What can you do on a day like today?  Well, personally, I plan on hitting the mall.

I've been reading a lot lately about how important exercise, like walking, is.  So I think I'll do the mall walking thing, in the AC at Woodbridge Center.  I was over there briefly yesterday, too, and let me tell you that the air conditioning felt good to me.  It wasn't TOO cold - they are conserving energy too - but it was very pleasant.  I'm gonna pick up my iced green tea at Starbucks, and stroll around and window shop.

While I'm walking I can check out all the sales.  Yesterday I saw hand towels for sale in Sears for like $1.99, which seems like a good price.  Plus, I can start thinking about my Christmas shopping.  I guess if you have kids it would be a good time to start "Back to School" shopping, but my kids are a little past that point now.

And if you don't feel like shopping, and you aren't into walking, they have plenty of nice seating areas to hang out at. 



So maybe I'll see you there?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Woodbridge Wednesday presents
Tom Chapin in Family Fun Series!

What are you doing tomorrow night?

Woodbridge Wednesday Special Edition 
on July 18
Green Fair at Farmers’ Market at Parker Press Park... 
FREE Tom Chapin Concert 
at the Woodbridge Community Center...
 
"Family Fun Series"
Hosts 
Bounce House...
Fun & Fit Activities...
Green Neighbor Awards... 
Carvel Ice Cream... and More...
 
WOODBRIDGE, NJ – Mayor John E. McCormac today announced a “Woodbridge Wednesday Family Fun Series Special Edition” with a FREE Tom Chapin concert, and a Green Fair at the Farmers’ Market at Parker Press Park. 
 
The Woodbridge Wednesday Family Fun Series, sponsored by Provident Bank, gets underway at Parker Press Park in Downtown Woodbridge with the Farmers’ Market (3:00 – 8:30 P.M.)... Participate in the Green Fair, & Green Neighbor award program at 6:45 P.M... Top-it-off with a FREE Tom Chapin "Family Fun” Series concert at 7:30 P.M. (Woodbridge Community Center). 
 
The Woodbridge Farmers’ Market – named one of the best Farmers’ Market in Middlesex County – is the market to stock up on Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables for your weekend BBQ.  Enjoy fruits, vegetables, fresh eggs, and baked goods from Norz Hill Farm & Market of Hillsborough.  Specialty food items include prepared foods with the taste and flavors of Eastern Europe... pierogi, kielbasa, stuffed cabbage, and other home-made products from Krakus Deli... pulled pork, pulled chicken, chopped brisket and rib platters (along with your choice of sides) and homemade lemonade from Down to the Bone Barbeque... Jaker's Pickles... Rita's Italian Ice... Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruits... Charlie's Organic Toffee... and the J.J. Bittings Brewing Co. Beer & Wine Garden are on center stage at Parker Press Park.  Shop for homemade soaps, artwork, and eco-friendly home products from Lucky 7 Design... and there are “surprise” specialty shops, vendors and events every Wednesday at Parker Press Park between 3:00 - 8:30 p.m.  The Woodbridge Wednesday concerts are usually LIVE on the Parker Press stage at 7:30 P.M, but this one will be held indoors at the Woodbridge Community Center.
 
For more information about Woodbridge Wednesday and the Farmers’ Market events, log-on to the Township Web Page at: www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us.
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Iselin Gardens




I want to put up a lot of photos like this... there are SO MANY nicely landscaped yards and pretty gardens in Iselin. I love seeing what everyone has done to decorate their home. It lifts up the whole neighborhood, to see color and beauty as you drive by. So here is my Iselin Garden photo for today... if you have a garden or decoration or detail at your house that you would like to post, send me an email at iselin.home@yahoo.com and I would be happy to post it! Or, for that matter, just let me know where it is, and I can come take the picture myself! :)

Bus Driver Catching Child... Wow!

Did you see this video? Amazing! Two things I find just stunning about this video. Mainly, of course, that the hero of the story was in the right place at the right time and able to catch the 7 year old child; and, less important, but still interesting to me? That somebody got the whole thing on a cell phone video!

From what I read, the child is autistic and slipped out of the window and was standing or dancing on the air conditioner.

It's gonna be hot out!

Health Care Costs Infographic

This was a very interesting infographic created by Medicare supplemental insurance.com. It took a while for me to really read the information, because there is so much interesting data presented here. I thought you might be interested in it as well. Happy reading...

For more information about medicare supplemental insurance and medigap, go to www.medicaresupplementalinsurance.com

Click image to enlarge
Health Care Costs Infographic
Via: Medicare Supplemental Insurance.com

Concussion Discussion for Parents
at Brookdale Community College

This is an interesting seminar for any parents who have kids in sports. I saw it on the Brookdale Community College Facebook Page. Brookdale Community College is in Monmouth County - it's not that hard to get to. I just thought I'd share it, in case someone is interested.

Monday, July 16, 2012

GET TICKETS on TUESDAY EVENING
for FOOTLOOSE this WEEK!!


The Theater at Woodbridge Middle, 525 Barron Avenue, Woodbridge

FOOTLOOSE, 
the Musical,
is coming soon to the Theater at Woodbridge Middle School - did you get your tickets yet?  You should get them on Tuesday, because the box office will be open from 4 to 6 PM, and you will be able to pick up your tickets for any of the shows for the discounted price of $12!  Tickets will be available at the door on the nights of the performances - if they don't get sold out - But I wouldn't suggest you wait until the last minute like that!

The Woodbridge Community Youth Players, Inc., have been practicing hard and getting ready for a great show.  The stage is set, and the theater is all ready - in case you were concerned, they have air conditioning, so it will be a great place to be even on a hot night.  The theater is in fact a beautiful authentic old theater, and worth seeing anyway; I never even knew this place existed before this year, did you?


 BOX OFFICE HOURS, TUESDAY, JULY 17th: 
TICKETS PURCHASED IN ADVANCE $12
 The Theater at Woodbridge Middle School (525 Barron Ave., Woodbridge)
      TUES, 7/17 from 4-6PM
Woodbridge Middle School - the Theater is on the right.

AT THE DOOR TICKETS - $15
(ALL tickets purchased on or after Wednesday, July 18)

BOX OFFICE HOURS, AFTER TUESDAY:
The Theater at Woodbridge Middle School (525 Barron Ave., Woodbridge)
     WED, 7/18 from 5-7:15PM
     THURS, 7/19 from 5-7:15PM
     FRI, 7/20 from 5-7:15PM
     SAT, 7/21 from 5-7:15PM
     SUN, 7/22 from 12:30-1:45PM



I think there are about 5 Iselin kids in the show, and they are all really talented.  And, of course, plenty of really talented Colonia and Woodbridge kids, not to mention my REALLY TALENTED niece!  From the WEBSITE:

Ren McCormack ................................................................................ MICHAEL KORNER
Ariel Moore ..................................................................................... KIERSTEN MORGAN
Reverend Shaw Moore ................................................................. PETER WILLOUGHBY
Vi Moore ........................................................................................................ KIM BOYKO
Rusty ........................................................................................... VALENTINA SERAMBA
Urleen ................................................................................................... LISA STEINBERG
Wendy Jo ..................................................................................... LAUREN BRODOWSKI
Ethel McCormack ................................................................................ NAJALYN IDEHEN
Willard Hewitt .............................................................................................. PAOLO ABAD
Chuck Cranston .................................................................................... ADRIAN FERRER
Garvin .................................................................................................... SEAN DOMINGO
Bickle ...................................................................................................... SHAWN BRUSH
Lyle ................................................................................................... STEVEN CORDERO
Travis ..................................................................................................... SAM ARENCIBIA
Lulu Warnicker ......................................................................... CHRYSANTHE HALIOTIS
Wes Warnicker .............................................................................................. ED GRIFFIN
Coach Roger Dunbar ................................................................................. ALEX CAMMY
Eleanor Dunbar ........................................................................................... EMILY MOSS
Betty Blast ............................................................................................... JESS LUZARDO
Cowboy Bob .................................................................................................. ED GRIFFIN
Principal Clark ............................................................................... JOHN E. MCCORMAC

TEEN ENSEMBLE ................................................... ALYSSA KEMPER, NAFIS KINSEY,       
         SARAH MASPERI, ALI PAJONK, ANDREW SANTIAGO

ADULT ENSEMBLE ..................... VERONICA ALBARELLA, REBECCA FENDERSON,
           BRIELLE FRAGE, KHALIF KINSEY, AMY KORNER, KATIE LANIGAN, APRIL LIWANAG, JANETTE NWEME, BROOKE STEFANELLI

Oh No! Yoan's Garden was robbed!

Did you hear about Yoan's Garden?  They got robbed!!!

Yoan's Garden is a GREAT chinese food place here in Iselin.  I always order my chinese food from them.  According to what I read in the Woodbridge Patch this morning, they were robbed last Sunday.  Videos show a white female robbing the place.

What a shame!!!  People work hard for their money, and I can't understand why anyone would be able to even consider breaking in somewhere and taking something that doesn't belong to them.  I guess with a video tape, the police will hopefully have an easier time of tracking down the thief.

And I guess that gives me an good excuse to order lunch out today.  I'm gonna support Yoan's Garden and get an order of beef and broccoli, and maybe some steamed dumplings -- how 'bout you?

Their restaurant review on Yelp.com gives them 4.5 stars with 7 reviews.  That seems pretty good, in my opinion.  You can read the reviews on Yelp, and you can also check out their menu.

Woodbridge Concert Tonight:
Hotel California, an Eagles Tribute Band

"On the lawn and under the stars" - the Woodbridge Township Concert Series at Woodbridge High School tonight presents Hotel California, an Eagles Tribute Band.  The show starts at about 7:30, but bring your chairs and get there early for a good spot!  Be sure to bring a can of food for the food drive.

Remember the Eagles?  They were so good back then... this is a video of the Eagles doing Hotel California, back in "the day"...


Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Quote of the Day



Each moment is a place you've never been.

 ~Mark Strand 


Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Dirty Urchins at Parker Press
For Woodbridge Wednesday

Did you stop by the Farmer's Market and the Woodbridge Wednesday Concert yesterday? If not, here is a little of what you missed. Make sure you come out next Wednesday, when Woodbridge Wednesdays will present a family show starring Tom Chapin.

Generosity for Fire Victims

WOODBRIDGE COLONIA GARDEN APARTMENT 
FIRE VICTIM ASSISTANCE INFORMATION:
 
 
Woodbridge, NJ – Mayor John E. McCormac today announced that the outpouring of donations and community support in support of the victims of the Colonia Garden Apartment fire has been nothing short of incredible. 
 
The Township has received tons of clothing donations and is now asking that the community hold on any further donations of clothing.  The victims can still use donations of toiletries and personal care items and gift cards.  Any/all donations can be dropped-off at the Mayor’s Office, Municipal Building, One Main Street or at the Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main Street, Woodbridge.  Monetary donations in the form of checks should be made payable to: McCormac Community Charity Fund and dropped-off or mailed to: Office of the Mayor, Municipal Building, One Main Street, Woodbridge, 07095
 
Victims and displaced residents of the Colonia Gardens Apartment fire are instructed to go to the First Presbyterian Church of Avenel, 621 E. Woodbridge Ave., Avenel, where they can obtain clothing and receive other forms of aid and assistance.  The First Presbyterian Church is open on Thurs., July 12 to 9:00 P.M.; Fri., July 13 from 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. and 5:00 – 9:00 P.M.; Sat., July 16 from 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. 
 
Contact the Mayor’s Office at: WBMayor@twp.woodbridge.nj.us for information.
 

The Quote of the Day


We live in a very tense society.  
We are pulled apart... 
and we all need to learn how 
to pull ourselves together.... 
I think that at least part of the answer 
lies in solitude.  


~Helen Hayes                                                                                                                                                       

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Blood Drive Today

As seen on Facebook:


NJ Blood Services Blood Drive today outside Applebee's in Woodbridge Center! Come get your free Mets tickets and Coupons for free Chick-fil-A food! 2:00pm - 8:00 pm! The Chick-fil-A Cow will be there from 2pm - 4pm and we'll sampling yummy chicken so come on over!

Press Conference about the Woodbridge Apartment Fire

Woodbridge Township held a press conference this morning about the efforts underway to help the victims of the huge apartment fire.  As I posted before, the Colonia Corner is leading the efforts to help by collecting donations of decent new and used items.  They can be dropped off at the Woodbridge Community Center. 

The families who have been displaced by this horrible fire are not the most well-off people to begin with.  Your donations are needed and appreciated.

The fire was bad enough to have the entire building condemned; it seems most likely that the families will have to just walk away from anything still in the building, as it is way too dangerous for anyone to enter.  I can't even imagine having something like that happen to me, can you?  Thoughts and prayers for everyone involved, and thanks to the Emergency Responders who put themselves on the front line to try to help.


NJ 12 has a story -- click here to WATCH

Farmers Market and Free Concert Tonight at Parker Press!

Tonight should be a lovely night for an evening of music and maybe a beer or two in Parker Press Park... come take a look at a hip NYC band!

Log In Now for Job Fair on the 17th and 18th.


Burlington Coat Factory Job Fair 
at  Woodbridge Community Center 
on Tues., July 17 & Wed., July 18
 
Burlington Coat Factory is hiring for all positions at its Woodbridge store location opening in September, 2012.  Apply on line before attending job fair at: careers.burlingtoncoatfactory.com. (Select the New Store Opening” tab).
 
WHEN:          Tues., July 17 – 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
                        Wed., July 18  – 11:00 A.M. to 7:00  P.M.
 
WHERE:        Woodbridge Community Center
                        600 Main Street, Woodbridge
 
 
WOODBRIDGE – Woodbridge Township residents seeking employment can take advantage of the Burlington Coat Factory Job Fair at the Woodbridge Community Center on Tues., July 17 and Wed., July 18.  Be sure to log in to their web site and apply online before those dates!
 
Burlington Coat Factory is now hiring for all Woodbridge store positions: Customer Service Supervisor, Receiving Supervisor, Team Lead, Baby Depot Specialist, Merchandising Team Associate, Markdown Team Associate, Sales Associates, Receiving Associate, and Cashier.
 
Burlington Coat Factory is seeking ideal candidates who are self-motivated, team players, and who have the desire to succeed.  Burlington Coat Factory cares about their employees, with a supportive environment that values trust and respect, offers a competitive wage and benefits package that includes a generous paid time-off plan, associate discount program, and a company matched 401(k).  Additional employment attributes: 
  • Previous retail customer service experience within a Big Box or Specialty environment preferred;
  • Physical ability to stand for extended periods, and to move and handle merchandise, which entails lifting, and perform all functions as set forth above;
  • Ability to work a full-time schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays; 
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, organization, and follow-through skills.

Burlington Coat Factory is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.  For management positions, please review the Burlington Coat Factory career site for the position and location near you.
 
Apply on-line before attending at: careers.burlingtoncoatfactory.com. (Select the New Store Opening” tab).

Donate for those affected by Fire

There was a huge fire yesterday at the Woodbridge Village Apartments in Avenel.  52 apartments were affected, and according to the story in NJ.com, and the Woodbridge Patch, at least 100 people lost their homes and belongings.

The Colonia Corner is leading the charge to help these people.  According to the Colonia Corner facebook page,

"...Over the next couple days we will be collecting “lightly used” clothing and new toiletries to help these families that have lost everything. There will be a drop off points tomorrow till Friday at the following locations: 
Evergreen Center, Inman Avenue, Colonia 
VFW, Inman Colonia, 
American Legion, Colonia, 
The Woodbridge Community Center

For more information please call Debbie@ the Colonia Corner @ 732-382-0273."
 Donations would be greatly appreciated!

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Quote of the Day




There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, 
There is a rapture on the lonely shore, 
There is society, where none intrudes, 
By the deep sea, and music in its roar: 
I love not man the less, but Nature more. 


 ~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage



Sunday, July 8, 2012

Saturday, July 7, 2012

ISELIN FAIR RIBS RECIPE!

There is a group on Facebook called the "Iselin Fair Timeline," which you can find HERE.    Everyone's pretty sad about the end of the Iselin Fair, and this has been very interesting reading, thanks to a lot of great contributions from Iselin people.  One of these contributions is the ORIGINAL RECIPE for the Iselin Fair Ribs!!  I can't wait to try it!! Thanks to Annamarie Jones for providing this. 
Sure, there's no fair anymore... but you can make up your own official Iselin Fair Ribs using this recipe Of course, the quantities and things are written here for a LOT of ribs.  You'll have to experiment to figure out the proportions for yourself. 
(And, of course, after you've tried making these ribs yourself, it shouldn't be hard to replicate the pizza -- deep fat fry the dough, pour on a little tomato gravy, some cheese -- you remember....)
Iselin Fair Ribs
Ingredients:
Ribs, Kosher Salt, Coarse ground black pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and white vinegar.
for every 4 racks of ribs you will need:
1 gallon white Vinegar
3 jars Paprika (total of 11 oz)
1 jar Onion Powder
1 jar Garlic Powder
1 1/2 cups salt
1 cup of ground Pepper

Trim loose fat from racks of Ribs, Soak in large pot covered with white vinegar for at least 2 hours

Remove ribs and place aside (save vinegar)

Mix ingredients thoroughly with hands to fine powder. Make sure there are no lumps.

Start adding used vinegar to powder, 3 cups to start. Mix with hands and add a little vinegar at a time until it's a mustard consistency.

Tub racks of ribs completely and lay in layers in large pot or pan until ready to grill. They can be left in the fridge up to 24 hours but leave at least 1 hour before grilling. (I always leave overnight.)

Cook for two hours, turning every 20 minutes until meat starts to draw back from the bone.

The sauce they used to serve with it is just ketchup and horseradish, to your taste.
 

 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday Night Music
How 'bout some Old Bruce
Thunder Road?

HEAT WARNING

In case you didn't already know this...

Issued by The National Weather Service Philadelphia, PA

Fri, Jul 6, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

... EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 8 PM EDT SATURDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOUNT HOLLY HAS ISSUED AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 8 PM EDT SATURDAY.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES... BETWEEN 105 AND 110 SATURDAY AFTERNOON DUE TO TEMPERATURES CLOSE TO 100 DEGREES AND AND DEW POINTS IN THE UPPER 60S TO LOWER 70S.

* IMPACTS... THESE CONDITIONS INCREASE THE DANGER OF HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES... ESPECIALLY FOR THE ELDERLY... INFIRM... THE VERY YOUNG... AND THOSE IN INNER CITY AREAS THAT DO NOT HAVE AIR CONDITIONING. PETS ALSO ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE HEAT. PREPARE TO REDUCE YOUR AFTERNOON OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES... .SPENDING TIME IN AIR CONDITIONED ROOMS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF DANGEROUSLY HOT TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE LIKELY. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS... STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM... STAY OUT OF THE SUN... AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.

TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE... RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITY TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING.

KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK... THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS.

ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION.

HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY - CALL 9 1 1.

Enjoy the Heat today!







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Thursday, July 5, 2012

This Year's Woodbridge Fireworks Video

It might be the day after the fourth, but it's never too late for fireworks.  Here is the video the Township put up on their website.

Oh - by the way - the fireworks start about 33 minutes in, just so ya know...


The Quote of the Day




In summer, the song sings itself. 

 ~William Carlos Williams




Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Firework Video

It was last year, but it's still a good video! I'm guessing that if you are on your computer right now, you aren't watching fireworks anywhere... but why should that mean that you'll miss out? Here are some really pretty fireworks! The guy (or girl) who took this video seems to be a real pro at videoing them!

Fireworks Tonight in Edison or Clark or Keansburg!





(Thanks to the Woodbridge Patch, which is where I saw this!) or...

you can go to Clark:
Clark Township 4th of July Celebration 
Clark Twp will be hosting their annual Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, July 4th. Fireworks will be at Arthur L. Johnson High School Athletic Field between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m.
DJ and vendors in front of Town Hall at approximately 7:30.
Rain date is July 5th.

or... don't forget about Keansburg... or Asbury Park!  They both have fireworks tonight on the beach, starting at about 9:00 too.

Woodbridge Wednesday Music
Next Wednesday at Parker Press

No show this week in Woodbridge at Parker Press... but get ready to be there next week for the Dirty Urchins!