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Community Calendar for week of August 24, 2016

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Drums Alive Fitness Class
SOUTH AMBOY – The Knights of Columbus in South Amboy will be running another session of Drums Alive Fitness class starting on Thursday, August 4. The class starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 7:50 p.m. The cost is $65 for 8 classes.  Part of the proceeds benefit the Columbian Club Council No. 426. Location is 308 Fourth Street, South Amboy. Equipment needed is a Stability Ball and a Yoga mat, the rest of the equipment is provided.
This class is therapeutic and also a serious cardio workout! Drumming has been proven to trigger the release of endorphins. Endorphins help us endure pain and stress and make us more joyful. It has been proven that when people drum in a group even more endorphins are released!
Pre-registration is required. Please call Denise at 732-525-9536 or email Please note that Tabata and Yoga classes on Tuesday evenings are still underway, join us at any time.

Farmers’ Market
Raritan Bay Area YMCA Farmers’ Market is back! Our outdoor Farmers’ Market is held in the YMCA’s parking lot at 357 New Brunswick Avenue, Perth Amboy, NJ. Every Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting July 26. Fruits vegetables, plants and much more… Remaining Dates:
August 23, 30
September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25

Interested in becoming a VENDOR? Please contact Sholonda Chipepo at 732-442-3632 or by email at:

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.

Waterfront Concert
PERTH AMBOY – Performing: Karaoke Night at Bayview Park, Perth Amboy on Thursday, August 24, – 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Free Diabetes Self-Management Program
PERTH AMBOY – Are you a person with Medicare living with diabetes or know someone who is? Perth Amboy Public Library has partnered with Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network and will be offering free six-week diabetes self-management workshops as part of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program. The free evidence-based workshops developed at Stanford University cover a variety of topics including preventing complications, setting goals, the importance of healthy eating and portion control, exercise, medication management, communicating with healthcare providers, dealing with stress and depression, and much more. The workshops will be taking place at the Perth Amboy Public Library at 196 Jefferson Street, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861. Workshops are on Tuesdays, August 23 to September 27, 2016, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. For more information or to register, call Jarmaine Williams at (732) 955-8168.

Summer Prize Party
SOUTH AMBOY – Summer Prize Party Thursday, August 25 at 3 p.m. at the Dowdell Library, 100 Harold G. Hoffman Plaza, South Amboy, Refreshments! For more info call 732-721-6060.

NY Yankees Trip
PERTH AMBOY – Trip to NY Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles, Friday, August 26. Game starts 7:05 p.m. $55pp. Money Order Only. Transportation included. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. For more information, call the Office of Recreation 732-826-1690 ext. 4305.

Garden Guru Postponed
PERTH AMBOY – Due to the maintenance at the Kearny Cottage, the demonstration of the Garden Guru on Sunday, August 28 at the Kearny Cottage, 63 Catalpa Ave., Perth Amboy has been postponed. For more information call 732-293-1090.

Dowdell’s Magical Mystery Extravaganza
SOUTH AMBOY – Tuesday, August 30 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Join us for the End of Summer Party! This magical event will have a Harry Potter theme with different stations featuring unique activities such as Zen coloring, snap circuits, jewelry making and our take on the wizard game Quiditch! So grab your wand and owl and save the date for this magical event. Refreshments & Surprises! All Ages. At the Sadie Pope Dowdell Library, 100 Harold G. Hoffman Plaza, South Amboy, Adjacent to the South Amboy High School. For more information, call 732-721-6060 or email

SAYREVILLE – The Sayreville Police Auxiliary will be holding a carnival on Wednesday, August 31 through Saturday, September 3 at Kennedy Park on Washington Rd., in Sayreville. Free parking available at Sayreville War Memorial High School. Carnival hours are Wednesday through Friday 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Rides, games, delicious food and great music. Come out and join us for some serious family fun! For more information visit

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, September 1. 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.

Fundraiser for South African Pilgrimage
PERTH AMBOY – Brunch Fundraiser for South African Pilgrimage on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 11:30 a.m. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 183 Rector Street, Perth Amboy. Tickets $10 for adults, $5 for children 13 and younger. More information call 732-826-1594.

Half Way to St. Patty’s Day Dinner
SOUTH AMBOY – South Amboy Elks Drug Awareness Committee – Half Way to St. Patty’s Day Dinner (D.A.P.), at 601 Washington Ave., South Amboy on Friday, September 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Corn Beef & Cabbage (with all the fixings); $12.00 per person. Elks D.A.P. (Drug Awareness Program). For more Info call: 732-727-7170

Welcome Back Sunday
PERTH AMBOY – Welcome Back Sunday -Sunday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. service St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 188 Rector Street, Perth Amboy. Special Prayers for 15th Anniversary of 9/11, Blessing of the backpacks, and festive potluck coffee hour. All are welcome. For more information, call 732-826-1594.

Frog Hollow 5K Run & Health Walk
SOUTH AMBOY – The Frog Hollow 5K Run & Health Walk has will take place on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. Proceeds will benefit the city of South Amboy’s Fire and First Aid departments.  There will be a free youth Fun Run, awards, t-shirts, post race picnic, and all day swimming and tennis for race participants. Entry fee is $20 in advance and $25 day of race. For more information or to download a registration form, go to or register in person at the club 7:30 AM on race day. Fun Run steps off at 8:30 AM and the 5K Run starts at 9:00 AM. The Frog Hollow Swim and Tennis Club is located on Ferris St. off of South Pine Ave. in South Amboy, NJ. For additional information call race director, Danny McCrone at 732-721-6592 or go to

Register Now to Become a Licensed Practical Nurse Or Certified Nursing Assistant
Universal Training Institute
LPN Classes start September 12, 2016, Day & Evening
174 Jefferson St., 2nd Floor
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
“Stop Dreaming and Start Doing”


Poet’s Wednesdays
Sept. 14 – Ken Greenley
Barron Art’s Center, 582 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge, 732-634-0413, Free Admission.
Workshop 7 p.m.; Poetry Reading 8 p.m. -10 p.m.,
For more info, contact Poetry Director Deborah C. LaVeglia at 908-272-3141 or email: Website:

POW/MIA Gold Star Mother’s Recognition Day
HOMDEL – With POW/MIA Gold Star Mother’s Recognition Day just around the corner, it is time to plan for your organization’s wreath at our annual ceremony at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation, 1 Memorial Lane, Homdel
This year’s ceremony will take place on Friday, September 16 at 11:00 a.m.
If you are planning on participating, we ask that someone from your organization notify us no later than Monday, September 12, 2016. If your wreath is currently stored at NJVVMF we will need to retrieve it from storage – so the deadline is very important. We would also would appreciate knowing if you are placing a live or artificial wreath. For more information contact: Gerry Appel, Office Manager, or call 732-335-0033 ext. 100
As always, thank you for your support and dedication and we look forward to seeing you on this special day.

We Care Hunger Walk
PERTH AMBOY – We Care Hunger Walk on Saturday, Sept. 17. Help raise money for local food pantries. Registration 9 a.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 183 Rector Street, Perth Amboy. More information call 732-826-1594.

Business Meet N’ Greet
Networking at The Barge, 201 Front St., Perth Amboy, NJ
Thursday Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. For more info call Milton at 732-306-0040. Find out what all the buzz is about!

Second Reunion of Old Friends
PERTH AMBOY – ZPA Hall, 281 Grace Street, Perth Amboy. Saturday, September 24 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Catered Buffet – Cash Bar – Music & Dancing & Prizes. Tickets are $55.00 pp. Check or Money Order. Tickets available from committee: Hilda Williams -732-442-2505; Sara Hunley – 732-261-1148; Shirley Jones – 732-442-3629; Patricia Bowers – 732-697-1124; Faye Robinson -732-439-6268.

BBQ Showdown
SOUTH AMBOY –  BBQ Showdown Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 (3rd annual)  from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Raritan Bay Waterfront Park,1 Keenan Way, South Amboy. Join the city of South Amboy and iRun New Jersey for the return of BBQ Showdown, the hottest BBQ festival in central New Jersey. Held at the beautiful Raritan Bay Waterfront Park. BBQ Showdown features the best gourmet BBQ food vendors in the area with plenty of retail vendors and exhibitors. There will be live music on stage all day, with the local bands. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, families, friends and most of all, your appetites! Free admission. Vendors Needed! Arts and crafts vendors wanted. Direct sales vendors wanted. To request vendor information or application; sponsorship information; or to schedule a consultation please call or email. For more info Contact Diana St. John at 855-478-6888 or email moc.yesrejwennuri@ofni Event Website:

Edison AARP Ch. 3446
October 3-5, 2016: Boston, MA Package – Call Bob at 732-885-1789 for information. October 12, 2016: Octoberfest at Doolans, Spring Lake – Call Mary Ann at 732-287-3659 for information. Canned food and miscellaneous items for veterans, hospitals, and nursing homes will be collected at the meeting.  New socks will also be collected for children at NJ Institute for Disabilities in Menlo Park. For additional information on the chapter or upcoming events, visit our website at

Pink Ribbon Gala

PERTH AMBOY – “Celebrate Perth Amboy – Pink Ribbon Gala” is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring its Second Annual “Pink Ribbon Gala”.  It is scheduled to take place on October 15, 2016 at the Cornucopia – St. Charles Vessel, 401 Riverview Drive, Perth Amboy, NJ.  The cost of the ticket is $125.00 per person.  The cost includes dinner and dancing.  The donations are tax deductible.

The event honors “Mary’s Place by the Sea” which is a non-profit organization located in Ocean Grove, NJ.  “Mary’s Place” provides an innovative approach to caring for women with cancer during and after treatment.  It provides a comfortable place for women to rest during their cancer treatment.  The services provided to guests of “Mary’s Place by the Sea” include:  Reiki Therapy, Oncological Massage, Spa Services, Guided Meditation, Yoga, and Nutritional Counseling.

To purchase tickets, contact Raquel Roche (732) 586-2799 or mail your check to:  “Celebrate Perth Amboy – Pink Ribbon Gala”, P.O. Box 1905, Perth Amboy, NJ  08862. [Coming soon: Tickets will soon be available online at] Contact Raquel at (732) 586-2799 for more information.

PRAHD 30th Annual Roberto Clemente Gala
Friday, October 21, 2016
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel
515 Route 1 South, Iselin, NJ
6:30pm – 11:30pm
A message from our Gala Co-Chairs: PRAHD is a tremendous asset to Perth Amboy. Its exceptional management works tirelessly to stretch every dollar donated to care for our community’s most vulnerable. We are deeply honored to chair this year’s PRAHD gala. Join us as we celebrate this year’s honorees.
– Harry and Caroline Pozycki

CASA of Middlesex County Seeks Volunteers to Help Abused and Neglected Children
NEW BRUNSWICK – Individuals interested in helping kids in foster care are invited to join Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Middlesex County for an information session on Monday, September 12 from 6-7pm. The session will be held at the CASA Office located at 77 Church St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.
CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to speak for a child’s best interests.  They meet regularly with the child and research the child’s circumstances with the goal of securing a safe and permanent home for the child as quickly as possible. CASA volunteers come from all walks of life, with no special background needed.  Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and pass background checks.
If you are interested in volunteering and are unable to attend the information session, please  call (732) 246-4449, email or for more information and a volunteer application.

DVD/Media Drive
SOUTH AMBOY – The Sadie Pope Dowdell Library is having a DVD/Media Drive. Please place your unwanted DVDs, Blu-Ray, CDs, and video games in good condition, into the collection boxes at the Dowdell Library, or Madura Pharmacy Your contributions will be donated to the Dowdell Library to help enhance its current collection. Larger collections call Grace at 732-721-6592 for pick-up Thank you for your support! This on-Going Collection Drive is sponsored by the Dowdell Library Foundation, Inc.

3D Printer News
SOUTH AMBOY – Every Thursday from 6 p.m. -7:30 p.m. at the Dowdell Library, 100 Harold G. Hoffman Plaza, South Amboy, adjacent to South Amboy Middle High School. Stop in and watch our 3D Printer In action! New design every week! For more info call 732-721-6060 or email or go to

Minecraft &
SOUTH AMBOY – Minecraft & 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Dowdell Library, 100 Harold G. Hoffman Plaza, South Amboy, Refreshments! For more info call 732-721-6060.

Summer Prize Party
SOUTH AMBOY – Summer Prize Party 3 p.m. at the Dowdell Library, 100 Harold G. Hoffman Plaza, South Amboy, Refreshments! For more info call 732-721-6060.

Book Drop/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 . . . 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, July 23rd, August 13th (CLOSED!) August 27th, September 10th, September 24th, October 8th, October 22nd, November 12th, December 10th. We will be there from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.  (weather permitting). For more info, e-mail us at

Ask the Rabbi
EDISON – “Ask the Rabbi” with Rabbi Saks from Congregation Beth Mordecai of Perth Amboy, in the Menlo Park Mall food court, every Wednesday from 12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m. All questions will be answered. Everyone is invited to ask.

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 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).

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
MIDDLESEX COUNTY – 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.

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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MON. Jan 22
• City Council, Caucus,
4:30 p.m.
City Hall, High St.

WED. Jan 24
• City Council, Regular,
7 p.m.
City Hall, High St.

THURS. Jan 25
• Historic Preservation Commission
7 p.m.
City Hall, High St.

MON. Jan 29
• Special Public Meeting, RE: Discussion of Rezoning Ordinance
6 p.m.
City Hall, High St.


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WED. Jan. 31
• City Council, Regular,
7 p.m.
City Hall, N. Broadway

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• City Council, Business,
6 p.m.
City Hall, N. Broadway

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