New NJ Car Seat Law Goes Into Effect Today

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New Jersey’s new child car seat law goes into effect today, September 1, 2015. This makes New Jersey the first state in the United States to require that child car seat usage meets all of the safety recommendations promoted by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Children under two years old who weigh less than 30 lbs must be rear-facing in a five- point harness. Once your child no longer meets one of these criteria, they may be turned forward facing. Children two to four years old who weigh less than 40 lbs must be in a five-point harness, either forward- or -rear-facing. Continue Reading →

DEF 5K Run Cancelled

Runner reaching the finish line at Dunellen Education Foundation 2012 5K race.

Dunellen Education Foundation’s 18th annual 5K race will not be happening this September. According to the organization’s president Trina Rios, “After 17 years of a successful race, we are taking a year off to focus on fundraising.” The DEF had solicited for volunteers in July but did not receive the response needed for the event to go forward. The 5K race has been the major fundraising event for the nonprofit organization that has as its mission to support “educational, nonprofit, and community related programs that would provide the knowledge and skills to face the challenges of an increasingly complex and technology driven world.” In the past, it has provided grants to bring smart boards to various classrooms, improve the sound system in the high school auditorium, and help with several Dunellen Public Library programs. According to Rios, since the DEF started, they have donated at least $200,000. Although mostly Dunellen residents participate in the 1 mile family fun run component, runners from all over the tri-state area come to compete in the officially timed race. Continue Reading →

Local Lenni-Lenape Sites Mentioned in 1915 Survey Article

The Treaty of Penn with the Indians by Benjamin West.

Years ago, the Dunellen area was not covered by roadways and mini-malls. Instead, the Lenni-Lenape hunted its forests and cultivated its land. However, by the 18th century, most of those surviving disease and intertribal conflict had been pushed out of their homelands and moved west, first to Ohio and then to Oklahoma. (Information on the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribe whose headquarters is in Bridgeton, Cumberland County can be found on its website). An article in the 1915 Geological Survey of New Jersey, “Indian Remains near Plainfield, Union County, and along the Lower Delaware Valley by Leslie Spier,” mentions Lenni-Lenape sites that had been identified a century ago. Continue Reading →

Dunellen High School Class of 2015 graduates

Herg Zhang, salutatorian addresses the graduating class of Dunellen High School.

Dunellen High School’s Class of 2015 graduated Friday June 19, 2015 in Washington Park. The clouds held back the rain that had been threatening the outdoor ceremony which is a unique tradition that allows extended family, friends, and townsfolk to attend, no admittance tickets required. This year’s class was comprised of 89 seniors. Wearing the school colors of red and blue, they entered the park two-by-two, having walked a block from Dunellen High School. Grace Amodeo, who will be attending Westminster Choir College in the fall sang the Star Spangled Banner and Kevin Bluni, secretary of the senior class led the Pledge of Allegiance. Continue Reading →

Middlesex County to host “Clara Barton” on July 4

On Saturday, July 4, 2015, Pat Jordan of the American Historical Theatre will portray “Clara Barton” in a special presentation with performances at 1 and 3p.m. This free event, hosted by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Office of Cultural and Heritage, will take place inside East Jersey Old Town’s Indian Queen Tavern, located at 1050 River Road in Piscataway. Clara Barton was a celebrated Civil War nurse. She began her career as a teacher and started a school in Hightstown, New Jersey. Barton answered Abraham Lincoln’s request for nurses to join the Union forces. She earned the name “Angel of the Battlefield” for her heroic efforts, including going to the front lines. Continue Reading →

Rt 529 Corridor Transit & Bicycle–Pedestrian Study

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The first Open House public meeting regarding the Route 529 Corridor Transit and Bicycle–Pedestrian Studywill be held June 15 from 6:00pm –8:30pm at the Westergard Library in Piscataway, 20 Murray Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854. The study will evaluate possible improvements to bicycling and pedestrian facilities and enhancements to transit services within the Route 529 Corridor, which includes all of Dunellen. Active participation will provide critical input and feedback to the project team’s development of recommendations. To confirm your attendance and if you have any questions, please contact Danielle A. Britton of the Middlesex County Planning by phone at(732) 745-3835, or via email at danielle.britton@co.middlesex.nj.us. To review downloadable documents from the first Steering Committee meeting held on November 13, 2014 go to: http://goo.gl/wkbx9w Continue Reading →

Free Entertainment In & Near Dunellen

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Here is a list of free entertainment happening near Dunellen (within about 30 minutes by car or train) arranged by town

Bernards Township
MUSIC
Wednesday Evenings, 7:30-9:00 PM at Memorial Park

July 8: 5nd Street Band
July 22: The Infernos
July 29: Parrot Beach
August 5: Jersey Four
MOVIES
Thursday Evenings, 8:15 PM or Dusk at Memorial Park
July 23: TBD
August 6: TBD

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Bernards Township
THEATER
8pm at Pleasant Valley Park
July 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25:
Amphitheater Trilogy Repertory Company Presents Mary Poppins

MUSIC
Tuesdays, 7pm at Pleasant Valley Park
July 7: Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis
July 14: Jimmy & the Parrots

July 21: Rhyme & Reason Dave Matthews Tribute

July 28: Beatlemania Again

MOVIES
Wednesdays, 8:30pm at Dunham Park

July 8: Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,Very Bad Day

July 15: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

July 22: Big Hero 6

July 29th: Back to the Future II

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BridgewaterDuke Island Park, Old York Road, Bridgewater

July 19, 7pm-8:30pm: Marc Antoine
July 26: 19th Annual Bayou Fest
5:30pm – 6:30pm: The VooDudes
7pm – 8:30pm: Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots
August 2, 7pm – 8:30pm: Gerald Esposito
August 9, 5pm-8:30pm: 2nd ANNUAL DOO-WOP AND FOOD TRUCK FEST
5pm: Food Trucks Open
5:30pm – 6:30pm: The Cameos
7pm – 8:30pm: Emil Stucchio & the Classics
August 16: Blues In The Park
5:30pm – 6:30pm: Johnny Charles
7pm – 8:30pm: Tweed & the Sugardaddies

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Dunellen
BLUES/R&B/FUNK
Lenny’s Night Out on Wednesdays at Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse
Thursday Night Jams at Maggie Murray’s Pub House
JAZZ
Sunday Jazz Jams at Maggie Murray’s Pub House

Highland Park
MOVIES
Municipal Parking Lot (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
June 27: 9pm Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown; 10:15pm The Warriors
July 11: 9pm The Black Hole; 10:30pm The Thing (1982)
July 25: 9pm Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
August 8: 8:30pm Leonard Bernstein’s Young Peoples Concert (1958); 9:30pm The Song Remains the Same
August 22: 8:15pm Fantastic Mr. Fox; 9:45pm Deep Red (Profundo Roso)

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Newark
NJPAC, Thursdays at 5pm (second act starts at 7pm)

July 9: Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue
July 16: DJ Spinna / George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
July 23: Angela Johnson / Eric Roberson
July 30 Milo Z / The Family Stone
August 6: Valarie Adams and the Dimension Band / Motor City Revue
August 13: DJ Kaos / Slick Rick
Aug 20: Michael Tate & 3D Ritmo de Vida  /José Alberto "El Canario"
August 27: Steve Lovell & Friends / Alice Smith

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Somerville
MOVIES
Wednesdays July 8th – August 12th at 8:30pm
Division Street Plaza

MUSIC
Every Saturday from July 11th to August 15th at 7pm
Downtown Somerville

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Warren
Municipal Complex Pavilion off Bardy Road
MOVIES
Starting at dusk. Municipal Complex Pavilion off Bardy Road
June 17: Mr. Peabody & Sherman
August 5: How to Train Your Dragon 2
MUSIC
June 24, 7pm-9pm: Mr. Ray
July 15, 7pm-9pm: Sal Ritz Band
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Watchung
MOVIE IN THE PARK
June 12th at 8:30 pm @ Mobus Field (Rain Date June 19th) Dispicable Me II
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Westfield
Live Jazz Every Tuesday Night in July & August, 7pm-9pm
Downtown Westfield
More information regarding musicians and locations

Woodbridge
MONDAYS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
7:30 p.m. at the lawn at Woodbridge High School

June 29: The Duprees

July 6: The Bronx Wanderers

July 13: The Happenings

July 20: The Brooklyn Bridge

July 27: The Fabulous Greaseband

Aug. 3: Jersey Sound

Aug. 10: 1910 Fruitgum Company

Aug. 17: The Cameos

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Weekend Events: June 6-7, 2015

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SATURDAY, JUNE 6
Townwide Garage Sale, June 6 9pm-1am, Washington Park for maps, N. Washington Avenue, Dunellen
This Old House Band, rock, June 6 9pm-1am, Maggie Murray’s Pub House, 119 N. Washington Avenue, Dunellen
Heritage, rock, June 6, Tim Kerwin’s Tavern, 353 Bound Brook Road, Middlesex
School of Rock Fleetwood Mac tribute, rock, June 6 2:45pm-4pm, $10, Roxy & Duke’s Roadhouse, 745 Bound Brook Road, Dunellen
School of Rock Black Sabbath tribute, heavy metal, June 6 1pm-2:45pm, $10, Roxy & Duke’s Roadhouse, 745 Bound Brook Road, Dunellen
Kinetic Element |Jimmy Robinson | Lo-Fi Resistance, prog rock, June 6 7:30pm-1am, $35 cash/at door, Roxy & Duke’s Roadhouse, 745 Bound Brook Road, Dunellen
Benefit Concert featuring Alexandra Kelly: acoustic guitar country/pop sound, Timi Kendrix: cover trio, The Dark Matters: hard rock, Amigos, Amigos!: indie rock, The Color Atlantic: alternative/indie/electronic, and The Uptown: motown and jazz covers, June 6 6pm-1am, $15, Dunellen Theater, 458 North Avenue, Dunellen

SUNDAY, JUNE 7
Jazz Jam featuring Tom Brislin, 20s-40s music, May 24 1pm-5pm, Maggie Murray’s Pub House, 119 N. Washington Avenue, Dunellen
School of Rock Black Sabbath tribute, heavy metal, June 7 4pm-6pm, $10, Roxy & Duke’s Roadhouse, 745 Bound Brook Road, Dunellen
School of Rock Fleetwood Mac tribute, rock, June 7 6pm-8pm, $10, Roxy & Duke’s Roadhouse, 745 Bound Brook Road, Dunellen

UPCOMING

Nelson Illusions presents Smoke & Mystery, magic show, June 26 8pm, June 27 2pm/7:30pm, Brook Arts Theater, 10 Hamilton Street, Bound Brook
The DJ Band, rock, June 13 9pm-1am, Maggie Murray’s Pub House, 119 N. Washington Avenue, Dunellen
The Pirates, rock, June 20 9pm-1am, Maggie Murray’s Pub House, 119 N. Washington Avenue, Dunellen
Southern Thunder, rock, June 27 9pm-1am, Maggie Murray’s Pub House, 119 N. Washington Avenue, Dunellen
River Dogs, rock, June 12, Tim Kerwin’s Tavern, 353 Bound Brook Road, Middlesex
Wilson Brothers, rock, June 13, Tim Kerwin’s Tavern, 353 Bound Brook Road, Middlesex
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County to Offer Backyard Farmer Workshop

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The Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is holding a new program for those interested in implementing farming techniques on their residential property. Raising Chickens in Your Backyard will take place on Wednesday, June 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the EARTH Center in Davidsons Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick NJ. This free workshop will be hosted by Dr. Joseph Heckman, who has been raising chickens on pasture since 2005. Dr. Heckman will discuss many details on raising backyard poultry starting with baby chicks, coops, feeder systems, sourcing feed, protection from predators, and the collection and care of eggs. On display will be a small flock of chickens in a movable coop. Continue Reading →

Memorial Weekend Events: May 22-25, 2015

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FRIDAY, MAY 22
DJ Dance Party,club music, May 22 9:00pm, Ellery’s, 701 Lincoln Boulevard, Middlesex
Cinderella, theatre for young audiences, 22 & 23, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm and Saturday 2:00 pm matinee, Adults: $12.00, Children 12 & Under/Seniors: $10.00, Veterans and Active Military: FREE (with valid I.D.), First Presbyterian Church of Dunellen, 218 Dunellen Ave, Dunellen, New Jersey 08812
Godspeed,progressive rock May 22 EARLY SHOW 8:30pm-10:00pm, $12, Roxy & Duke’s Roadhouse, 745 Bound Brook Road, Dunellen
NJ Burlesque Showcase, May 22 LATE SHOW 10:30pm-1am, $20, Roxy & Duke’s Roadhouse, 745 Bound Brook Road, Dunellen
Overtime, rock, May 22, Tim Kerwin’s Tavern, 353 Bound Brook Road, Middlesex

SATURDAY, MAY 23
Johnny Starlight & the Careless Whispers, rock, May 23 9pm-1am, Maggie Murray’s Pub House, 119 N. Washington Avenue, Dunellen
Rocky N Billy, rock, May 23, Tim Kerwin’s Tavern, 353 Bound Brook Road, Middlesex
Dead Cowboys/Ziggy Shock
, rock/alternative country/punk/ May 23 10:30pm-1am, $10, Roxy & Duke’s Roadhouse, 745 Bound Brook Road, Dunellen
Cinderella, theatre for young audiences, May 22 & 23, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm and Saturday 2:00 pm matinee, Adults: $12.00, Children 12 & Under/Seniors: $10.00, Veterans and Active Military: FREE (with valid I.D.), First Presbyterian Church of Dunellen, 218 Dunellen Ave, Dunellen, New Jersey 08812

SUNDAY, MAY 24
Jazz Jam, 20s-40s music, May 24 1pm-5pm, Maggie Murray’s Pub House, 119 N. Washington Avenue, Dunellen
Jumpin’ Jivin’ Swingin’ Sunday Summer Blast Off Party! with Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Company, Dr. Void and the Death Machines, Crash Gordon & Debra Dynamite, swing/rockabilly May 24 2pm-6am, $15, Roxy & Duke’s Roadhouse, 745 Bound Brook Road, Dunellen
Bound Brook Criterium, bicycle race, May 24 1:30 p.m., Cherry Avenue, Bound Brook, NJ

MONDAY, MAY 25
Memorial Day Parade, May 25 starting 10:00 a.m., downtown Dunellen
Tour of Somerville, bicycle race, May 25 10:45 a.m., rain or shine, N. Bridge and Main Street, Somerville

UPCOMING

Nelson Illusions presents Smoke & Mystery, magic show, June 26 8pm, June 27 2pm/7:30pm, Brook Arts Theater, 10 Hamilton Street, Bound Brook

Katmandu, rock, May 30 9pm-1am, Maggie Murray’s Pub House, 119 N. Washington Avenue, Dunellen
This Old House Band, rock, June 6 9pm-1am, Maggie Murray’s Pub House, 119 N. Washington Avenue, Dunellen
The DJ Band, rock, June 13 9pm-1am, Maggie Murray’s Pub House, 119 N. Washington Avenue, Dunellen
The Pirates, rock, June 20 9pm-1am, Maggie Murray’s Pub House, 119 N. Washington Avenue, Dunellen
Southern Thunder, rock, June 27 9pm-1am, Maggie Murray’s Pub House, 119 N. Washington Avenue, Dunellen

Rich Meyer, rock, May 29, Tim Kerwin’s Tavern, 353 Bound Brook Road, Middlesex
Jersey Central, rock, May 30, Tim Kerwin’s Tavern, 353 Bound Brook Road, Middlesex
Everybody Everything, rock, May 16, Tim Kerwin’s Tavern, 353 Bound Brook Road, Middlesex
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