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Metuchen YMCA Receives ESL Grant

The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy received notification of a $3,000 grant award that will support the costs of their ESL Program at the Metuchen Branch.  The grant was received from Vernon Library Supplies, a husband and wife-owned company, who decided to donate all of their 2017 profits to non-profit organizations with programs designed to help new immigrants achieve English literacy and proficiency.  “Immigrants and their successful integration into the country have been critical to what has made American into the wonderful country it is”, said Shai Robkin, President of Vernon Library Supplies.  Judy Robkin added, “Successful integration of new Americans into our country is a deeply personal matter to us” noting that her father, a Jewish immigrant-turned American soldier, was able to achieve the American dream by receiving a college education through the GI bill.

“Welcoming and engaging new Americans has always been a part of the YMCA’s mission”, said Rose Cushing, President & CEO of the YMCA of MEWSA.  “The Y feels strongly that now more than ever, we need to provide assistance to this vulnerable population and build bridges between diverse communities, rather than tearing them down.”

The Metuchen Y’s ESL program provides the essential tools for integration into society and the workforce, creating opportunities for students to thrive personally, socially, academically and professionally and to encourage a culture of belonging, acceptance and connectivity in the community.  The ESL Programs offered at the Metuchen Y include ESL English Pronunciation Classes, Conversation Classes, Book Club, Walk and Talk, Citizenship Preparation Classes and Bring Your Own Device.  The Y is able to offer many of these programs through their collaboration with Literacy New Jersey, an organization that trains volunteer tutors to help adult learners and supports a network of literacy programs.

If you are interested in learning more about these programs or to register, please contact Robin Guensch at 732-548-2044 or at


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East Brunswick Rabbi Charged with Engaging in Prostitution with a Child

February 19, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Aryeh Goodman, 35, the rabbi from the  East Brunswick Chabad Learning Center has been charged with one count of engaging in prostitution with a child and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.  He was one of thirty men charged with having sex with the teenager over a four-week period.

According to the New Jersey Jewish News, Goodman ...

New Brunswick Prisoner Reentry Site to Open Tuesday

February 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Former Gov. Jim McGreevey, who has made prisoner reentry programs his major focus, will be on hand Tuesday to open a new site on Livingston Avenue. 

McGreevey runs the New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC), a nonprofit agency serving court-involved individuals. The opening is set for 11 a.m. at  57 Livingston Avenue, Unit 3, New Brunswick, N.J.

2017 Graduate of J.P. Stevens High School Gets a Perfect Score on the AP Spanish Language & Culture Exam

February 22, 2018

College Board recently released the names of students who earned every possible point on an Advanced Placement Exam in May 2017, receiving the maximum score on each portion of the exam. This is an extraordinary academic feat as only 511 students in the world achieved this. This year a local student, Maria Guevara Carpio, a 2017 graduate of J.P. Stevens High School earned a perfect score ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...