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Community Announcements for Week of April 20, 2016

School Open House
Thursday, April 21, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at The Academy for Urban Leadership Charter School, 612 Amboy Avenue, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861, 848-203-3742.  Meet our administration, faculty and students. A special welcome to 8th Grade students for the 2016-2017 school year.

Walking For Fitness

PERTH AMBOY – Hosted by Mayor Wilda Diaz as part of the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign. Starts Monday, April 11. Monday – Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Starts at the Brighton Avenue Community Center, 56 Brighton Ave. T-Shirt Included. Free of Charge. Enjoy a fitness walk with Mayor Wilda Diaz as she promotes healthy calendar gradient w people

Vendors Wanted
SAYREVILLE – We are looking for vendors for the annual Flea Market at the First Presbyterian Church of Sayreville. Our Flea Market will be held on June 4, 2016. The time is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. We are located at 172 Main Street, Sayreville – directly across from the Borough Hall. Spaces are available for $15 for one space, $25 for two. For information please leave a message on the church answering machine at 732-257-6353 or e-mail us at

Friends of the Library Meeting
PERTH AMBOY – The Friends of Perth Amboy Free Public Library Meeting will be Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Kearny Cottage, 63 Catalpa Ave., Perth Amboy. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more info call 732-261-2610.

Women’s Day 2016
PERTH AMBOY – St. James AME Zion Church, 68 Commerce St., Perth Amboy Presents Women’s Day 2016, Wednesday Night Worship, 7:00 p.m. Theme: Celebrating a New Season, A New Day, A Fresh Anointing to Exhort, Edify and Embrace. Scripture: Ephesians 4:12 For the protecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. April 20, Sis. Sheerene Brown.

Sewing Clinic
SOUTH AMBOY – Sewing Clinic – Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dowdell Library, adjacent to South Amboy High School. For more info call: 732-721-6060 or email: website: Learn how to SEW!

Inspirations for the Generations
PERTH AMBOY – RBMC Foundation’s Annual Art Show will be on Thursday, April 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at RBMC Perth Amboy, 530 New Brunswick Ave. A preview of the artwork will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Includes open bar and entertainment. Tickets are $50 pp. Cash raffle tickets are available for $20 each. To purchase tickets, contact the Foundation at 732-324-5374.

Game Night/Pajama Party
PERTH AMBOY – Game Night /Pajama Party at St. James AME Zion Church, 68  Commerce St., Perth Amboy on Friday, April 22. Rev Mary Giles – Chair; Rev. Donna Stewart Co-Chair.

Walk to End Domestic Violence
COLONIA – Walk to End Domestic Violence, Saturday, April 23 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at Merill Park, Grove#2 Colonia, NJ. Registration and Breakfast start at 8 a.m. Opening Ceremonies start 9 a.m. We’re walking rain or shine! DJ, Balloon Animals, Fun Games for Kids, Photo Booth. Bring your friends, family and children! Have fun and help raise money to provide services to those in our community affected by domestic violence. All proceeds go towards helping victims. For more info or to make a donation call 732-634-4500 ext. 2802 or visit

Annual Pocketbook Bingo
SOUTH AMBOY – Sacred Heart School is hosting its Annual Designer Pocketbook Bingo on Saturday, April 23, located at Sacred Heart/St. Mary’s school cafeteria 301 Second Street, South Amboy…BYOB and Snacks….also soda and snacks will be sold that night! 50/50 and Basket Raffles…tickets are $35 each which includes (12 Bingo sheets)….to purchase tickets please contact Paty Velez via email or call Mr. Prichard @ 732-721-0834. Proceeds to Benefit Sacred Heart School.

Citizen Peterson
PERTH AMBOY – “Citizen Peterson: How Thomas Mundy Peterson Made the Most of His Historic Vote.” The lecture will be at the Kearny Cottage, 63 Catalpa Ave., on Sunday, April 24 at 2 p.m.  If you have heard the name Thomas Mundy Peterson, it is likely because he was the first African-American to vote under the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1870.  But he didn’t just cast his ballot and disappear into history. Peterson used his status to fully-embrace the role of citizen in the face of those who questioned a black man as a sociopolitical equal. New Jersey historian and author, Gordon Bond, has discovered how Peterson ran for local office, switched from the Republican to Prohibition Party, and calls into question some of the often repeated aspects of his post-vote roles in his latest presentation. Donations welcome. Light refreshments available.

A.C. Bus Trip – Saint George Catholic Club
PERTH AMBOY – The Saint George Catholic Club is running a bus trip to the Taj Mahal casino on Sunday, April 24. Bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. from the club at  415 Eagle Ave. Cost $30 per person. Receive $25 slot cash from the casino. Continental breakfast will be available from 8:30 a.m. Call Tony at 723 324-0338 for reservation.

Ladies Auxiliary Meeting
SAYREVILLE – The meeting for the Ladies Auxiliary will be on April 26 at 7 p.m. at the post hall on Jernee Mills Road, in Sayreville. All members  are invited to come to our meeting. Call 732-264-3041 for any more info.

A.C. Bus Trip – St. John Paul II Seniors
PERTH AMBOY – St. John Paul ll Seniors are holding a bus trip on Wed., April 27, to Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. The cost is $30. The Casino reimburses each visitor with $25 slot money. The bus leaves at 9:45 a.m. from the parking lot, Mechanic Street, behind the church.  The bus returns at approximately 7:30 p.m. For more information and/or reservations please call Bobbi at 732-636-2867.

Open Mic
SOUTH AMBOY – South Amboy Knights of Columbus Council 426 will hold their next Open Mic on Friday, April 29 at 308 Fourth St. South Amboy beginning at 8 p.m. If you play an instrument or like to sing you are invited. Snacks and refreshments are available. For more information call 732-721-2025.

Trip to Sight & Sound’s “Samson”
PERTH AMBOY – The Cathedral International is sponsoring a trip to Sight & Sound’s “Samson” in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, April 30. Cost is $125 pp ($25 non-refundable deposit due on Sunday, Feb. 28. Package includes: Performance of “Samson” at the Millennium Theatre, Smorgasbord meal at Shady Maple Restaurant; Shopping as time allows; Motorcoach transportation to WhiteStar Tours. Departure from 205 Smith St., Perth Amboy Parking Lot. Light Refreshments served 8:30 a.m.; departure promptly at 9 a.m. For reservations and information contact the Cathedral International, Senior Citizen Ministry Louise Williams 732-572-5145 or Susie McKnight 732-324-1037.

Leaf Foundation 4th Annual Red Carpet Gala
PERTH AMBOY – Saturday, April 30, at 6 p.m. at the Cornucopia River Queen, Stationary Boat, 401 Riverview Dr., Perth Amboy. The Learning Empowerment Achievement Foundation’s (LEAF’S) mission is to support and offer scholarships and resources for the student population enrolled in the Perth Amboy School System serving all Middlesex County Communities. A diverse student population, participating in various High School Diploma programs in a non-traditional educational setting will be provided with a variety of opportunities to further their educational goals. For more info call (732) 896-0395.

PERTH AMBOY – Saturday, April 30 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Perth Amboy Catholic Primary Gym, Brace & Carlock Avenues, Perth Amboy. Doors open 6 p.m. and kitchen will be open. Tickets $25 with advanced sale $30 at the door. Each includes 20 games and complementary coffee and cake. Raffle Baskets and 50/50 drawings will be held. Over $3000 in prizes. Proceeds for Perth Amboy Catholic School. For more info go to or call 732826-1598.

Third Annual Mother/Son Spring Fling
SOUTH AMBOY – Moms, Grandmother’s, Aunts, or Any Special Lady please join us with your son/nephew/grandson on April 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the South Amboy Knights of Columbus, 308 4th St., South Amboy. Tickets are $45 per couple (includes dinner and dessert). Tickets can be purchased by mail Mother/Son Dance 377 Main St., Sayreville 08872. Ticket Deadline is April 10, 2016. Cash/Paypal/Checks made payable to Julie Veloz….Photos packages will be available for purchase with Amy McLaughlin Photography. 50/50, Giveaways and Contests, Facepainting by Just Jules. 100% of all Proceeds will be donated to Sayreville Association of Brain Injured Children (B.I.C.) please email: or call 732-343-1896 for any questions etc!

RBMC Perth Amboy 38th Annual Geranium Sale
PERTH AMBOY – $32 per dozen; $3.50 per plant. Geraniums available in Pink, White, Red and Fuchsia. Also Available: Hanging Geranium Plants; $20 each. Pick-up outside the medical center at the Groom Street entrance. Please remember to mark your calendar for the date and pick-up time; Thursday, May 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Orders due by May 4. Mail orders to: Joan Volanin, 154 Kearny Ave., Perth Amboy, NJ 08861. Sponsored by the Perth Amboy Auxiliary. Proceeds to benefit projects and programs at Raritan Bay – Perth Amboy.

Live Music
PERTH AMBOY – Live Music every Saturday Night at 8 p.m. at Al Cibelli’s Night Club, 1096 Convery Blvd., Perth Amboy. Music in the downstairs lounge. Must be 21 to enter and drink. Extra parking across the street.

Raritan Bay Cruisers Car Show
Starting on Tuesdays, May 10 – Sept. 27, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., weather permitting.
Pizza Hut, Rte. 9, Woodbridge (Wal-Mart Parking Lot) Trophies awarded, plus one Cancer Trophy Award. For more info call 732-585-7365.

A.C. Bus Trip – San Salvador Seniors
PERTH AMBOY – The San Salvador Seniors are sponsoring a bus trip to Caesar’s Casino in AC on Thursday, May 5. Bus leaves 12 Noon from the Perth Amboy Knights of Columbus, High Street, Perth Amboy. Cost 30 pp. Receive $30 back in slot dollars. For more info call Joe at 732-826-0819.

Golf Outing
SOUTH AMBOY – South Amboy Knights of Columbus Council 426 hold their annual golf outing Thursday, May 12 at Cruz Farms Golf Course in Farmingdale. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with tee-off at 9 a.m. Cost of $100 includes 18 holes, golf cart, lunch, dinner, and many prizes. For more information call Ray at 732-721-2025 or Wayne at 732-406-2340.

Edison AARP Ch. 3446
FORDS – Edison AARP Chapter 3446 Planned Trips: May 17-18: Pennsylvania Package Tour – includes “Samson” at the Sight & Sound Theater, “Million Dollar Quartet” at the Dutch Apple Theater, Turkey Hill Taste Lab, and a hotel stay at Eden Resort in Lancaster, PA. Contact Bob at 732-885-1789 for reservations. All trips are open to non-members. For information on the Knitting & Crocheting club, contact Kay at 732-548-1976. Canned food for MCFOOD, miscellaneous items for nursing homes & hospitals, used eyeglasses for the Lions Club, and can tabs for Ronald McDonald House will be collected at the meeting. For additional information, visit our website at

Memorial Day Parade
SAYREVILLE – The Veterans of Foreign Wars #4699,Sayreville,NJ is sponsoring the Memorial Day Parade on May 30, 2016 at 10 a.m. Anyone who is interested in marching in this parade Please Contract Frank Straczynski at 609-651-1991 or 732-141-2448 or the post home at 732-254-4789 for more information call Frank Straczynski or the Post Home.

Edison AARP Ch. 3446
EDISON – June 20-24: New Hampshire-Indian Head Inn-Tour & More: Call Bob at 732-885-1789 for more information. A few subscriptions are available for the Paper Mill Playhouse 2016-2017 season.  Call Doris at 732-603-8788 for reservations.
All trips are open to the public.
Eyeglasses for the Lions Club, as well as canned food and miscellaneous items for veterans, hospitals, and nursing homes will be collected at the meeting.
For additional information on the chapter or upcoming events, visit our website at

Car Show
SOUTH AMBOY – South Amboy Knights of Columbus Council 426 hold their spring Cruise Night Car Show Friday, June 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the parking lot located at 308 Fourth St. South Amboy. Trophies awarded for best in show. Free hot dog for anyone bringing in non-perishable food. For more information call 732-721-2025.

Casino Bus Trip
HOPELAWN – Casino Bus Trip to The Sands in Bethlehem, PA, on Thursday, June 23. Cost: $30 pp – ($20 Back in Play Plus $5 Food Voucher). Bus leaves Holy Rosary parking lot at 10:00 a.m. For more info please call Ronnie at 732-442-5252.

Mets Trip in July – South Amboy Knights of Columbus
SOUTH AMBOY – South Amboy Knights of Columbus sponsor an outing to beautiful Citi Field to see the National League champion Mets battle division rival Washington Nationals with Daniel Murphy in a July 9 game at 7:15 p.m. Cost of $100 includes round trip motor coach transportation, sandwich, snacks, water, and soft drinks. Motor coach leaves the parking lot at 308 Fourth St., South Amboy at 3 p.m. For reservations call Steve at 732-727-1707

Ask the Rabbi
EDISON – Every Wednesday, in March and April, Rabbi Saks of Congregation Beth Mordecai of Perth Amboy will be at Menlo Park Mall Food Court at 12 noon to 1 pm for his “Ask the Rabbi” program. He will offer a Jewish perspective on any question that you would like to ask.

Digital Café
SOUTH AMBOY – Drop in assistance with downloadable materials such as eBooks, eAudio, eMagazines or Movies. Mondays 12 noon to 2 p.m. Thursdays 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Dowdell Library, adjacent to South Amboy High School. For more info call: 732-721-6060 or email: website:

Adult Scrabble Club
SOUTH AMBOY – Finger Plays, Sadie Pope Dowdell Library – Adjacent To High School, South Amboy. K E Y B O A R D K O N T E S T J U N E 8 3- 5 Every Monday 12 Pm -2 Pm You Don’t Need To Be A Word Whiz To Enjoy A Good Game Of Scrabble! Come And Play A Game And Make New Friends! For more info call 732-721-6060 or email: Comments@Dowdell.Org Website: www.Dowdell.Org

Have You Volunteered Lately?
PERTH AMBOY – The first and biggest benefit AmeriCorps VISTA members get is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country. The intangible benefits alone, such as pride, satisfaction and accomplishment are worthwhile reasons to serve.  There are other benefits as well including awards, job and education certifications, professional development, and more. For more info call the Jewish Renaissance Medical Center, 275 Hobart Street, Perth Amboy.

Food Pantry
SAYREVILLE – Each month on the 3rd Thursday of the month our Food Pantry “Daily Bread” distributes food for those in need. Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Faith Fellowship Ministries, 2707 Main St., Sayreville. For more info call (732)727-9500 ext. 1704

Open Jam Night
PERTH AMBOY – Stageright Studios Presents Open Jam Night every Wednesday Night at 9 p.m. at Al Cibelli’s Night Club, 1096 Convery Blvd., Perth Amboy. Music lovers can enjoy great food at the lowest drink prices in town as you watch the best entertainment in New Jersey. Listen as amazing musicians jam with one another. As always, no cover charge in the downstairs lounge, all back line provided. 21 to enter and drink. Extra parking across the street. Hosted by John Garoniak. For more info call: Stageright Studios 732-602-1355. Bands welcome – all styles.

Success Coaching
PERTH AMBOY – The JRF Family Success Center helps families reach their goals. Feel free to stop by and meet with or family partners for goal planning, helping you and your family members reach your individual success. The JRF Family Center is located in the rear of the Proprietary House (149 Kearny Ave.) For more info call 732-638-5063.

Knitting Club
SOUTH AMBOY – There will be a Knitting Circle on the first and third Tuesday each month at 6 p.m. at the Dowdell Library, 100 Harold G. Hoffman Plaza, South Amboy. Teens & Adults. For more info call 732-721-6060.

Need Rent, Food or Utility Assistance?
PERTH AMBOY – The JRF Family Assistance Center provides rent, food or utility assistance to qualifying individuals or families in the community. To be eligible you must meet program requirements. For more information, please call 732-324-2180. You can also stop by our office on the 2nd floor! (149 Kearny Ave. – Rear of Proprietary House)

Vet’s Coffee House
PERTH AMBOY – Attention area vets of our Armed Forces.  The Salvation Army Vet’s Coffee House meets once a month, every 2nd Thursday for coffee, donuts and conversation.  Time is 19:00 – 21:00 located at the corner of Washington Street and State Street, Perth Amboy. We can be reached at the Salvation Army 732-826-7040.  We look forward to meeting you.

Food Stamps Assistance
PERTH AMBOY – Every Wednesday there will be a Food Stamps Assistance Program 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.:  JRF’s Family Success Center families to come in and meet with a representative from the Community Food Bank of NJ to assist with food stamps application and eligibility guidelines. For additional information please call 732-638-5063 or visit our office located at: 149 Kearny Ave. Perth Amboy (Rear of Proprietary House).

Military Assistance Center
WOODBRIDGE – Sansone Auto Mall and Woodbridge Township are sponsoring a Military Assistance Center, 3rd Floor, Town Hall. Ronald G. Davie, Coordinator. 732-634-4500 ext. 2037. Email –

Book Drop/Book Exchange/Book Sale
PERTH AMBOY – The Friends of the Perth Amboy Free Public Library have established a use for the books you have read and would like to recycle!!!  Drop off your books.  Exchange them for books you have not read …. pick up a book or two ($.50 for paperbacks/$1 for hard cover) …or select a “bag of books” for a price of only $5.  Please no text books or reference books.
Visit us at the Brighton Ave. Community Center located at the corner of Brighton Ave. and Sadowski Pkwy. in Perth Amboy.  The schedule for the next three months is as follows:  Saturdays,  January 23, February 13 and 27 and March 12.  We will be there from 12 noon until 2 p.m. (weather permitting).
For more info, e-mail us at

Get Your GED/HSE!
PERTH AMBOY – Are you 18-25 years old and in need your High School Diploma? If yes, please contact the Civic Justice Corps program. We are a youth serving program model that reconnects young adults with their communities while earning a modest stipend (allowance). The CJC in Perth Amboy is designed to serve in four areas: High School Equivalency/GED; Career Development; Leadership Development; Construction Vocation. For more info, contact 732-324-2114 Ext. 100 or 102. We are actively recruiting for our next coed cohort.

$100 Worth of Food for $40
PERTH AMBOY – The Jolin Food box program is designed to provide families with nationally branded food products at wholesale prices. On behalf of the Cathedral’s Community Development Corporation, the Jewish Renaissance Foundation’s AmeriCorps is helping promote the Jolin Food Box. Check out or contact us at 732-324-2114 x103

HIV Support
PERTH AMBOY — Raritan Bay Medical Center is sponsoring an HIV support group meeting on Monday’s at 6 p.m. Anyone diagnosed with or caring for someone infected with HIV is welcome to attend.    Meetings  are  held  at  the hospital’s  Perth  Amboy Division, New Brunswick Avenue. To register or for more information, call (732) 324-5022.

Volunteer Firefighters Needed
PERTH AMBOY – The Perth Amboy Fire Department: Volunteer Division needs members. Accepting men and women ages 18 years or older.  Volunteers must be a Perth Amboy resident.  For more information please contact 732-442-3430 or 732-324-3505.

Kearny Cottage Open
PERTH AMBOY – Come visit the historic home of Commodore Lawrence Kearny. The Cottage is located at 63 Catalpa Ave, Perth Amboy, and is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. and the last Sunday of the month from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. by appointment. The Kearny Cottage needs your help.  Anyone interested in joining the Kearny Cottage Historical Society please contact 732-293-1090.  We are on the web!

Do you or someone you know have Old Photographs or Documents?
The Kearny Cottage Historical Society is looking for old photos and documents of
Perth Amboy, South Amboy, Woodbridge, Fords, etc. (local area) for an archiving project. Your photos and documents will be scanned into digital format and returned to you. For more info please call 732-293-1090

Tea Room Open
PERTH AMBOY – The Proprietary House is now open every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for tea and tours.  The tea room has reopened, serving their usual delicious homemade cakes and assorted teas.  Hostesses Dot, Helen and Joanne are back to greet you.  A $7.00 donation includes both the tea and a tour of the mansion.  Although the house is still in the process of being restored, some rooms have been newly decorated, and we have acquired several pieces of antique furniture, including a 1700’s desk and game table. The gift shop is also opened. A visit to the tea room is the perfect way to spend a pleasant afternoon. Groups are welcome, although reservations are required for groups over six people.  The Proprietary House is located at 149 Kearny Ave., Perth Amboy, NJ. Tel: 732-826-5527. Email:

Connections Program Seeks Volunteers
METUCHEN – The Connections Program of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen, a voluntary child to adult match program is seeking adult volunteers to provide a positive friend relationship to children and youth that has suffered a loss or has special needs.  These children reside in Middlesex County and Franklin Township and are in desperate need of a positive role model.  Adult Volunteers are being sought to make a difference in the lives of children and youth through one-to-one activities.
Any individual 18 years old or older, of any ethnic, religious or economic background, who is interested in making a positive impact on a child’s life is eligible to become an adult volunteer mentor.
All adult volunteers will be screened, receive training, staff support and other services as needed.   If you are interested in learning more about the Connections Mentoring Program, please contact Jeanette Cullen at (732) 738-1323. 1/27

Dowdell Library Foundation DVD &Recorded Media Drive
SOUTH AMBOY – Your fall cleanout is done and you’re wondering what to do with all of those unwanted DVD’s, CD’s, and video games. How about donating them to South Amboy’s Sadie Pope Dowdell Library?  Just bring those unwanted items to the library, during regular hours. No VHS please! This program has been running since 2012 collecting thousands of DVD’s and other electronic media for the library.  Those generous donations have enabled the library to increase its resources for the benefit of South Amboy residents and the surrounding communities.
All donations are fully tax deductible and the Dowdell Library Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.  Please call (732)721-6060 for library hours. To schedule a pick-up for larger collections, please contact Grace at 732-721-6592. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Notice: Community Announcements or “Shorts”
The Amboy Guardian is committed to serving the community. However, due to the rising cost of print publication, we are forced to now charge a small fee for community announcements in our print version. We will provide one complimentary short paragraph or “short” per event. After your event “short” is published for one week, there will be a $5.00 fee per week charge for each additional “short” published pertaining  to that particular event. For those who pay for a display ad, there will be no fee for additional shorts pertaining to the event in the paid display ad. To our regular loyal advertisers who hold community events, your “short” announcements will remain complimentary. Effective 1/1/16. Thank you.

Carolyn Maxwell, Owner/Editor/Publisher
Katherine Massopust, Asst. Editor/Writer/Layout
The Amboy Guardian.

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