Arts & Entertainment

May 28, 2020

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - There were two weeks left in the Spotswood Recreation Department's winter programs when the coronavirus stay-at-home order impacted Garden State residents. Subsequent spring programs were canceled and eventually even the REC Department's popular summer camps and events would also be ...

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MILLTOWN, NJ - The borough announced the cancellation of all programs for the summer of 2020 on Wednesday including the Milltown Borough Pool, the Summer SACC Program and the Albert Avenue Summer Rec Camp. The announcement was made via a Nixle advisory on Wednesday afternoon. The Milltown ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood High School senior Ioannis Hatzistefanis is better known as Yanni by most people who know him. Hatzistefanis was a member of the Chargers boys varsity soccer team for all four years. The Spotswood native was a part of the Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Virtual Sunshine Concert organized by Spotswood High School Drama and Communication Arts teacher Annie Raczko will premiere on Friday, May 22 at 6 p.m. on Facebook. "I was inspired by Broadway star Laura Benanti's initiative to do a Sunshine Concert for senior citizens and ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Mr. Spotswood has been a Spotswood High School staple for the past 18 years. The much anticipated and extremely popular event is the brainchild of pageant director and Spotswood High School History, Psychology and Sociology teacher Colleen Meyers. Meyers, paired with Spotswood High ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - With uncertainty surrounding the summer of 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Spotswood Recreation Department has announced the cancellation of its upcoming programs and events. For the summer of 2020, the S'Woodstock kickoff, the annual Fishing Derby, the Spotswood ...

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MILLTOWN, NJ - At Monday's Borough Council meeting, Milltown Fourth of July Committee President David Potter provided an update on the fate of the borough's annual July 4 celebrations. Potter read a letter stating the in conjunction with Milltown Mayor Trina Mehr, the Miltown Borough Council, ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood PTA and Helmetta Mayor Chris Slavicek are launching Virtual Autism Awareness Spirit Week for the April 20 to April 24 week of remote learning. Students in the Spotswood School District are invited to participate for each spirit day and share by posting on the Spotswood ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - A local virtual Sunshine Concert is set for the upcoming weeks. It is being put together by Spotswood High School Drama and Communication Arts teacher Annie Raczko. "I was inspired by Broadway star Laura Benanti's initiative to do a Sunshine Concert for senior citizens and people ...

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HELMETTA/SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood PTA's Chalk the Walk, Bear Hunt and Easter Egg Hunt have made walking, running and biking through Helmetta and Spotswood a lot more fun during the coronavirus stay-at-home. Now, the PTA is inviting all residents to create a rainbow to display in their window ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Now is the perfect time to get a library card if residents do not already have one. The Spotswood Public Library is closed until further notice because of the coronavirus crisis, but residents can still apply for a card online. A Spotswood Public Library card gives residents access ...

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HELMETTA/SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Memorial's kids tricky tray was supposed to be on April 17. However, since Spotswood School District Schools will still be doing distance learning, the Spotswood PTA came up with a virtual way to hold it. All Memorial Middle School students are invited to register for the ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Before the Easter Bunny heads over to Helmetta, he will be hopping by Spotswood on Saturday, April 11. EB will get a ride through the borough courtesy of the Spotswood Fire Department. Due to social distancing guidelines, the Easter Bunny can only wave at residents. He won't be able ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood Recreation Department is hosting a virtual Easter Egg Hunt in place of the annual scramble at the Spotswood High School Gymnasium this April. Residents are invited to craft paper Easter eggs and hang them in their windows or on their front doors. Participants should ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - The #SafeHands Challenge has been making the social media rounds since just before New Jersey began shutting down to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. A key component to fighting the spread of the deadly virus is handwashing. While most people wash their hands not everyone ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - The coronavirus shutdown won't keep the Easter Bunny from stopping by the borough after all. His annual breakfast had to be canceled, but the Easter Bunny is still going to take a tour around the borough on Saturday, April 11 thanks to the Helmetta Recreation Department and the ...

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HELMETTA/SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Appleby Drama Club Director Chris Slavicek also happens to be the mayor of Helmetta. This year's spring production for the fifth grade's drama club may be on hold because of remote learning, but that hasn't stopped Slavicek from keeping in touch with the cast and crew of ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood High School Band Director Sarah Carino-Koza has been directing the high school's award-winning music program for the past 17 years. The band like the drama club has gone silent in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Today, the band is spotlighted as Carino-Koza recounts ...

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HELMETTA/SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood PTA and Helmetta Mayor Chris Slavicek are launching Virtual Fashion Frenzy Spirit Week for the upcoming week of remote learning. Students in the Spotswood School District are invited to share pictures of their rockin' outfits for each spirit day and share by ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood PTA is going on a Bear Hunt starting Monday, March 30. Residents in Spotswood and Helmetta can participate by putting a stuffed teddy bear in one or more windows. For folks that don't have any teddy bears, any stuffed animal can hop into the window to join ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood PTA is hosting a Chalk the Walk event on Saturday, April 4 for Spotswood and Helmetta students and staff to help welcome spring break in the Spotswood School District and to try to spread positivity during these difficult days. "I am a huge believer that the ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Theater like most everything people hold near and dear has gone dark in the wake of the coronavirus shutdown impacting New Jersey, the nation and the world. The Spotswood High School Troupers had to cancel their four-run performance of "Once on This Island" last week as the ...

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HELMETTA, MILLTOWN, SPOTSWOOD, NJ - As the Spotswood and Milltown School Districts enter week two of remote learning, Appleby technology teacher Paige Besthoff has webcast suggestions for parents to help keep kids engaged. "CBS Evening News Steve Hartman is doing a Facebook Live webcast called ...

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HELMETTA/MILLTOWN/SPOTSWOOD, NJ  - Teens and tweens have the social media thing down to a tick or a snap, but that is not the case for elementary school kids. With remote learning swinging into it's second week, younger children are starting to feel a little lost without being able to connect with ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Feeling a little blue and lost this Saturday? Helmetta Mayor Chris Slavicek is asking residents to put on the dancing shoes and their favorite tunes and head out to the front yard at 4 p.m. this afternoon for a community-wide dance party. The separate-but-together front yard party ...

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HELMETTA/SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood High School teacher and resident Megan Mucci came up with an idea to help welcome spring, brighten spirits and provide families with a creative outlet in the two boroughs during the coronavirus shutdown. In conjunction with the Spotswood PTA, the Spotswood ...

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MILLTOWN, NJ - As social distancing and shutdowns continue to impact life in the Garden State, borough families are taking it one day at a time and looking for ways to bring some fun into the day while still complying with the guidelines put down by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and ...

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NEW JERSEY - Residents are a day shy of a week of social distancing though it probably seems like much longer than that as people navigate the complexities of working from home and online schooling without sports and other extracurriculars. While the news continues to raise the blood pressure and ...

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NEW JERSEY - March 17, 2020 is the St. Patrick's Day that wasn't. For the first time in 258 years, New York City canceled their annual parade as did many towns throughout the Garden State. With most people working from home and schools closed, there wasn't a lot of enthusiasm to wear a little green ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School Trouper's March 19, March 20 and March 21 performances of "Once on This Island" have been postponed due to the concern of the spread of COVID-19 in the Garden State. Director Annie Raczko and the creative team of the musical are hopeful that the play will ...

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