Bertucci's 899 Saint George Ave, Woodbridge, NJ07095 Bertucci's restaurant, located on St. Georges Avenue, is part of a chain of restaurants specializing in brick-oven…More cooking. The chain's executive chef, Stefano Cordova, is world renowned and is part of Michele Obama's healthy eating initiative. Chef Stefano oversees the menu for the Bertucci restaurant chain. Some of the dishes offered are chicken piccata, chicken marsala, grilled salmon and veal parma, all baked in the brick oven. There are also appetizers, soups and salads in addition to the brick-oven pizza. The atmosphere is quiet and relaxing.
Woodbridge Middle School 525 Barron Ave, Woodbridge, NJ07095 From its original incarnation as the township high school, then as a junior high, and since 1981 as a school for grades…More 6 through 8, Woodbridge Middle School has withstood the test of time. In fact, the solid structure, built with bricks fashioned from Woodbridge's world famous clay pits, just recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of the laying of its cornerstone. Current students have a wide variety of clubs and activities from which to choose. The school spends many resources to ensure the education and well-being of the student body. Robert McLaughlin serves as the school's principal.
Known by everyone as "the Old White Church," the structure is a Woodbridge landmark, and the oldest church in the…More township (although Trinity Episcopal Church next door on Rahway Ave. is a worthy competitor.)
Only two structures have stood on that triangle of land, bounded by Rahway and Port Reading Aves. at the terminus of Freeman Street. The original Meeting House was erected in 1675, and served church members as well as being the seat of Woodbridge's government. The "new" church was built in 1803, and it's still there, under a white brick facade and renovation done in 1972.
A fantastic cemetery, rich in historic lore, is in back of the church. James Parker, a Revolutionary War patriot and the town's famous printer, is buried there.
Both the church and cemetery were put on the National Register of Historic Place in 2007, due mainly to the efforts of the late Robert J. McEwen, a well known author of all things Woodbridge and the best authority on township history.
The Old White Church has a vibrant church community that is very active and involved with the community. The Rev. Robert Boyar has served as pastor since 2005.
One look at Mawbey Street School, and you get the impression that close attention to detail is a big consideration in…More how things are run. The pleasant, well-maintained brick building in a pretty suburban neighborhood demonstrates it: the little white pickets to protect planted flowers by the school's entrance, a carefully painted reserved parking space for the school's custodian.
The school is on some of the cutting edge of the district's elementary school ideas. The fifth-grade music program uses software, combined with student compositions, to come up with music for the school's concerts. It's so innovative it was featured on a TV program on a New Jersey station.
The parent association is heavily invested in the children's progress, as is the small but dedicated staff.
Mawbey Street is an excellent example of a public school that exhibits the attention and care of a small, exclusive private school while still being open to neighborhood students.
Organizing a church was a high priority to Hungarian immigrants in Woodbridge at the turn of the 20th century. The…More Hungarian Reformed Church, at the corner of James and School Streets, was founded in 1907 to serve the needs of the immigrants and their families to worship in their native tongue.
While a parsonage was added in 1940, the original wooden church needed to be replaced. That happened in 1961, when a gracious brick church was erected on the original church site.
Over the years, a dwindling Hungarian population has caused churches to close or merge. That happened last year when the John Calvin Magyar Reformed Church in Perth Amboy, with only two dozen congregants, was put up for sale. Rev. Stefan Torok, who pastored the Perth Amboy church, now leads his flock in the Woodbridge church.
A nine-member Board of Education oversees the finances of a school district with sixteen elementary schools, five…More middle schools and three high schools. The student population hovers around 13,000, and district taxpayers fund the annual educational budget of $181.5 million.
Brian Small is the Board of Education's president; other members include Vice President Diane Acquisto, John Golden, Judy Leidner, Lawrence Miloscia, Brian Molnar, Ezio Tamburello, Jonathan Triebwasser, and George Yuhasz. Every April, three of nine BOE seats are up for reelection.
Board of Ed meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of the month at Avenel Middle School. The district's administrative offices are located in the Township's first schoolhouse, "PS 1", which was built in 1876 of bricks fashioned in Woodbridge's clay pits.
Dr. John A. Crowe is the district's superintendent, and Dennis DeMarino serves as business administrator.