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Ask the Rabbi
EDISON – PERTH AMBOY/EDISON – On January 10, Rabbi Sara Metz of Congregation Beth Mordecai of Perth Amboy will be at Menlo Park Mall food court (near Panera) from noon to 1 p.m. She will speak on various topics of interest and answer any and all questions as it relates to Judaism. She will also discuss the topics of the day.

Book Sale
PERTH AMBOY – 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. Presently due to lack of shelf space we are NOT accepting any donations of books.
Visit us at the Brighton Ave. Community Center located at the corner of Brighton Ave. and Sadowski Pkwy. in Perth Amboy. The schedule is as follows: Saturdays: Jan. 13 & 27; Feb. 10 & 24. We will be there from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (weather permitting). For more info, e-mail us at Book Dealers are welcome. !!!!

An Interfaith Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
WOODBDRIDGE – Woodbridge Township presents: An Interfaith Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 – 1968) Monday, January 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main Street, Woodbridge. Featuring: The Woodbridge Interfaith Clergy Council and Rev. Neva Lawson, First Baptist Church of Woodbridge, and the Woodbridge High School Choir. The event is open to the public. Please Bring a Non-Perishable Food Item for We Feed Woodbridge.

MLK Jr. Services at Cathedral International
PERTH AMBOY – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, legacy and dream continues to be celebrated at Cathedral International. On Monday, January 15, 11 a.m., the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day service takes place in the Cathedral Sanctuary, 277 Madison Ave., Perth Amboy, NJ. Bishop Donald Hilliard, Jr., is the guest speaker. Everyone is invited to attend the service. More information is available by calling (732) 826-5295 and by visiting

Edison AARP Chapter 3446 Meeting and Upcoming Events
EDISON – Edison AARP Chapter 3446 will meet on Monday, January 15, at 1:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Our Lady of Peace Parish Center, Franklin Ave, Fords, NJ. Venus Majeski will present a program titled “Concerns About Disabilities.” Canned goods & miscellaneous Items for hospitals and nursing homes will be collected at the meeting.
Upcoming Events:
March 16: The Brownstone – St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Show – For information call Mary Ann at 732-287-3659
March 23 & May 18: AARP Driver Education Course – For information call Bob at 732-885-1789.
For information on the Knitting and Crocheting club, contact Kay at 732-548-1976.
For additional information, visit our website at

Music at Saint Mary’s Presents: The Choral Art Society of New Jersey!
SOUTH AMBOY – This magnificent choral ensemble, under the direction of Martin Sedek, returns to Saint Mary’s by popular demand after their stunning performance in January 2017. This 50+ voice choir will be performing Palestrina’s Missa Brevis, Moneverdi’s Beatus Vir and Durufle’s Requiem. Nothing warms up cold January nights better than the warm sounds of delicious choral tones set in beautiful Victorian-Gothic architectural surroundings!! Saturday, January 20, 7:00 p.m., at Saint Mary Church, 256 Augusta Street, South Amboy NJ, 08879. Free admission ($15 donation suggested). A reception will follow the concert. For questions call MASM @ 732-857-0202.

A Tribute to Sports in South Amboy
SOUTH AMBOY – The South Amboy Historical Society invites you to “A Tribute to Sports in South Amboy” on Saturday, January 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the South Amboy Senior Center, 108 South Stevens Ave. $5 donation includes brunch. In collaboration with the City of South Amboy.

South Amboy Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Annual Dinner
SOUTH AMBOY – The Saint Patrick’s Day Committee welcomes you to join them as they honor this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal’s on Friday, January 20, at 7pm at the Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall, 271 Second Street, South Amboy. Tickets are $40 per person and includes dinner, beer, wine and soda. Tickets must be purchased in advance at any of the following locations:
Main Liquors (533 Main St. So. Amboy, The Ancient Order of Hibernian Hall and the South Amboy YMCA (200 John O’Leary Blvd. So. Amboy).

Spaghetti Dinner
PERTH AMBOY – The Perth Amboy Volunteer Fire Department Parade Committee will be holding their 8th Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, January 20, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Church Hall, 490 State St., Perth Amboy. $10 pp. Children under 5 are free. ALCOHOL IS NOT PERMITTED. Dinner includes salad, spaghetti and meatballs, bread with butter, soda/water, dessert, and coffee/tea! Come have dinner with our local heroes! Enter through the rear of the school from Mechanic Street parking lot. Tickets available at the door.

Pancake Breakfast
SOUTH AMBOY – The South Amboy Elks are having a pancake breakfast on Sunday, January 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. At 601 Washington Ave., South Amboy. Cost: $9 per person. Kids 7rs. Old & under are $4. The Served Buffet includes: pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, bacon, home fries, Danish, breads, bread pudding, juice, coffee, tea & more. For more info call: 732-727-7171.

Starting a Small Business Workshop
SOUTH AMBOY – Are you, or someone you know in the process of opening up a small business? Attend a FREE presentation at the Dowdell Library presented by the State Department of Treasury on Starting a Small Business on Monday, January 22 from 4:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m. In this workshop learn about the different business structures, how to register a small business in New Jersey, legal entity registration, individual structured business registration, how to report your New Jersey business income, and much more! This workshop is limited to 25 participants. To register, please call the library at 732-721-6060 or email

Save Ellis Island
WOODBRIDGE – The Historical Association of Woodbridge Township Presents “Save Ellis Island,” with speaker Robert Currie, Director, and Secretary of the Save Ellis Island Foundation. Monday, January 22, at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge. For more information, please call: Brenda Velasco, Township Historian: 732-428-2403.

Spaghetti Benefit Dinner
SOUTH AMBOY – South Amboy Columbiettes and Knights of Columbus host a spaghetti dinner to benefit the Cheer Dream Scoliosis Foundation on Friday, January 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the K of C on 308 Fourth St. South Amboy. Cost is $10 Adults and $7 Children. RSVP to Daniela by January 19th at 732-721-2025.

Sands Casino Bus Trip – Holy Rosary Seniors
HOPELAWN – The Holy Rosary Seniors are sponsoring a bus trip to Sands Casino in Bethlehem Pennsylvania on February 1. Cost is $30 and Includes bus, gratuity, $20 back in play and $5 food voucher. Bus leaves Church parking lot 10:00 am. For more details please call Ronnie at 732-442-5252.

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, February 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.

Bingo/Tricky Tray
SAYREVILLE – Feeling Lucky? Come enjoy a fun evening of coach bingo on Friday, February 9, for the second annual Middlesex County Association of Chiefs of Police coach bingo/tricky tray at St. Stanislaus School, 221 MacArthur Ave., Sayreville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. Cost is $30 per person which includes 12 games of bingo (3 boards per game), coffee, tea, and dessert. There will also be a 50/50. All guests are invited to bring their own food and refreshments. For tickets please call Gina at 732-432-8361 or Joanne 732-254-1781. See you there!!

NJ Rock Band Mikell’s Plot to Perform at Chess Tournament
PARSIPPANY – NJ Rock Band Mikell’s Plot will perform at the World/US Amateur Team East Chess Tournament. Lead Singer Michael O’Connor will participate in the chess tournament on Saturday, February 17, at the Parsippany Hilton, 1 Hilton Court, Parsippany, NJ 07054. O’Connor has been an amateur chess player since his teen years.
The band will perform at the tournament from 11 am – 12:15 p.m. during event registration. There is no charge for the audience.

75th Anniversary of Troop 53, BSA
FORDS – Troop 53, BSA, Our Lady of Peace Church, Fords, NJ is Celebrating their 75th Anniversary on April 14, 2018. All Troop alumni is asked to join us in celebrating 75 years of service and rededicate to the future. For more information contact

New School Naming Committee
PERTH AMBOY – Want to be involved in naming the New Seaman Avenue Elementary School? Accepting applications and letters of interest. Go to for an application.

Perth Amboy Free Public Library Offers Home-bound Delivery Service
PERTH AMBOY – If you can’t make it to the library, the library can come to you! The Home-Bound Program is a resource delivery service offered to all Perth Amboy residents who are temporarily or permanently confined to their homes because of illness, age or physical disability. Care facilities and nursing homes are also welcome to take advantage of this program. The service is absolutely free to join and use! Residents who do not currently have a library card will be issued one after successful sign-up of the home-bound application. To sign up for service call the library at 732-826-2600.

Stories From Perth Amboy
PERTH AMBOY – Stories From Perth Amboy by Katherine Massopust is available at the Barge Restaurant, 201 Front St., Perth Amboy or in Fertig’s Uniform Store, 195 New Brunswick Ave., Perth Amboy For more info call Katherine at 732-261-2610 or call the Barge at 732-442-3000 – or Fertig’s at 732-442-1079 – A Great Gift! Get it now along with Then & Now: Perth Amboy!

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!

Proprietary House Open
PERTH AMBOY – The Proprietary House, the last official Royal Governor’s residence still standing in the original 13 colonies, is open every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., for tea and tours. Tea is served in our atmospheric candle-lit wine cellar, and includes our delicious homemade desserts and assorted teas. A $10 donation, $5 for children under 12, covers both the tea and a mansion. Although the house is still in the process of being restored, some rooms have been newly decorated. Go back in time and learn about William Franklin and other residents of the house. It’s a perfect way to spend a pleasant afternoon. The gift shop is also open. 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 E-mail: Follow us on our website, and or/Facebook.

Historic Surveyor General’s Office
PERTH AMBOY – The Historic Surveyor General’s Office, which is adjacent to Perth Amboy City Hall, is now open for tours. At one time, this structure was the meeting place of the East Jersey Board of Proprietors & housed their records. Presently the Surveyor General’s Office is displaying artifacts from the John Watson (1685-1768) archaeological site along with other items from Perth Amboy’s rich history. Perth Amboy history DVDs are also available.
Free tours are available Tuesdays & Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Clubs, classrooms & groups are welcome. Come & view this newly restored building!

DVRT Seeks Volunteers
PERTH AMBOY – The Domestic Violence Response Team is looking for volunteers. For more information, contact: Detective Liza Capo, Perth Amboy Police Department at: 732-324-3815 or DVRT Coordinator Damaris Ramirez at 732-500-5758 or Pastor Bernadette Lopez at 732-213-1537. Pick up an application at the Perth Amboy Police Department.

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.

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

Volunteer Drivers Needed For Meals on Wheels Program
HIGHLAND PARK – Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County (JFS) is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver meals to homebound senior adults in the Highland Park area for the Kosher Meals on Wheels Program. The program delivers meals Monday – Friday mornings. A commitment of at least 2 days per month for regular volunteers is required. Also seeking substitute drivers who can fill in as needed throughout Middlesex County. Must have valid driver’s license. Please contact the JFS Volunteer Coordinator for more detailed information at 732-777-1940 or visit under the Volunteer Tab.

Become A Member of the South Amboy First Aid & Safety Squad
SOUTH AMBOY – Serve the Emergency Medical Needs of Your Community! A Unit of A.R.C. If you are at least 16 years old and have a few available hours in your day each week to give to others, contact us at or call (732) 721-1005. South Amboy First Aid Squad serves our residents 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days-a -year. The squad is an independently run private organization, completely staffed by dedicated volunteers and supported by tax-deductible donations. Join your fellow residents with service to our community. Neighbors Helping Neighbors! All training courtesy of the South Amboy First Aid Squad. See how a little bit of your time can benefit so many. Become A Volunteer Member Now! South Amboy First Aid Squad – PO Box 328 – South Amboy, NJ 08879.

Exploring Law Enforcement
NEW JERSEY – Get your hands on the challenging field of Law Enforcement. Law Enforcement Exploring offers young men and women ages 15-20 the chance to experience law enforcement career opportunities. For information about scouting contact Will C. Adams Office# – 973-765-9322 ext. 234; Cell# – 732-540-5936 or email: Join Now!

Sayreville/South Amboy Police Auxiliary Members Wanted
SOUTH AMBOY/SAYREVILLE – Attention South Amboy / Sayreville Residents:  The Sayreville Police Auxiliary is seeking new members to join its volunteer force. If you are interested in a future in law enforcement and have a desire to serve your community, this is a great opportunity! Interested applicants must be 18 years of age or older, be able to pass a criminal background check and possess a valid New Jersey driver’s license. Interested applicants can download an application from:

SAYREVILLE – FEELING LUCKY! Get out of the house and off the couch – come enjoy an evening or afternoon playing Bingo. St. Stan’s Parish, 225 MacArthur Ave., Sayreville – has Bingo each Thursday evening, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and games beginning at 7:30 p.m. We also have Sunday afternoon Bingo each week, with doors opening at 12 Noon and games beginning at 1:30 p.m. Our kitchen is open for great homemade lunch and dinner specials along with a nice selection of snacks to munch on. Please call our Parish Office at (732) 254-0212 for more info. See you there!

Christ Church of South Amboy Thrift Store and Services
SOUTH AMBOY – 1. Our Thrift Store is open: Tuesday and Thursday, 12 p.m. until 3 p.m.  All are welcome to shop.
2. Please join us for Mass and Fellowship on: Saturday, Service at 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, Service at 9:00 a.m. Fellowship follows our 9:00 a.m. Mass. Christ Church is located at 257 Fourth Street, South Amboy. The entrance for parking is on Main Street.

DVD/Media Drive
SOUTH AMBOY – 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.

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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South Amboy Calendar

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

WED. Feb. 7
• City Council, Business,
6 p.m.
City Hall, N. Broadway

Stay informed! Attend public meetings. All are welcome!