Sunday, March 31, 2013
Are there baskets at your house on Easter morning? How far will you let your children go in indulging?
For those kids (young or maybe on the verge of young adulthood) whose sweet tooths already may be tingling at the thought of Easter baskets on the way, this weekend looms second only to Halloween as an opportunity to indulge a love of candy. Certainly, now that today's parents are supposed to be dieticians along with everything else, we all try to be somewhat responsible in what we select, and the amount of candy mysteriously delivered by the bunny. (Did anyone ever specify how the bunny makes the rounds to fill these baskets?) On Easter mornings, I used to wake to a beautifully arranged basket wrapped in pink or purple cellophane and filled with my favorite chocolates, candies and — how did I ever find them so appealing? — wildly …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
It's time for the annual Easter flower sale, now through Easter Sunday
Easter's right around the corner - and so is the Avenel-Colonia First Aid Squad's annual flower sale. Proceeds from the sale help support the work of the squad. A wide variety of flowers and plants as well as cemetery pieces will be available. Hours for the sale are: The flower sale will be held at the squad building at 105 Avenel Street in Avenel. For more information, call 732-636-4640. Follow Woodbridge Patch on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for the daily newsletter.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Victims of Hurricane Sandy flooding are having an open meeting tonight
The Woodbridge Flood Zone group, which has caused a stir with a march and presence at last week's council meeting, will be holding a meeting tonight at the First Presbyterian Church in Woodbridge. Mayor John McCormac and members of the town council are slated to attend. The meeting will begin with a planning session at 7:30 pm, followed by the regular meeting at 8 pm. The community group is comprised of township residents affected by Hurricane Sandy and other flooding events, and who are ready to do work towards real change. Township residents who have experienced flooding issues are welcome to attend the meeting. Follow Woodbridge Patch on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for the daily newsletter.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Members of the Woodbridge Flood Zone group gave eloquent - and painful - testimony about their Sandy devastated homes at the town council meeting.
Residents of Woodbridge's flood-prone areas were polite, but the patience was becoming threadbare. That was the sentiment at Tuesday's council meeting from the dozens of homeowners who marched down Main Street to Town Hall to keep the pressure on after years of having their flood-battered homes ignored. Most are members of the ad hoc Woodbridge Flood Zone - a group begun by Monique Coleman, who expanded their efforts into a meeting and a frequently updated website - own some of the more than 600 homes in the township that experienced moderate or severe devastation from Hurricane Sandy. The township administration was prepared for the marchers. Mayor John McCormac gave a speech to update residents on progress being made to get the …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
The Iselin American Legion is hosting an Irish dinner and dance tonight
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in traditional style tonight. The American Legion T. Nulty Auxiliary Unit #471 is hosting an Irish dinner at the post, located at 25 Brown Avenue. Doors open at 5:30 pm, and the dinner starts at 6 pm sharp. On the menu is corned beef and the trimmings, along with soda bread and rye bread, and dessert. Also included for beverages are soda, beer, wine, coffee and tea. The dance portion of the evening runs from 7 pm to 11 pm, with live music from the Family Tradition Band. The cost is $30 and admission must be purchased in advance. For tickets, call Janet Misak at 732-738-4694. Follow Woodbridge Patch on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for the daily newsletter.
Friday, March 15, 2013
The Iselin bank, which caters to the township's South Asian communities, has a checking account that earns interest rates for small businesses
A Woodbridge-based bank founded to serve the South Asian community in the township is now offering a way for small businesses to earn interest rates on checking accounts without having to maintain other separate bank accounts. Indus American Bank's Smart Business Checking consolidates savings, money market and checking accounts in one convenient and cost-effective account, eliminating the need to transfer funds back and forth between accounts. With a minimum balance of $10,000 to open and a daily balance of $10,000 required to earn interest and avoid monthly fee, the Smart Business Checking Account comes with unlimited check writing, free mobile banking, online banking with bill pay, Debit / ATM card, and a choice of a paper or electronic…
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
A pet owner is looking for his pooch. Can you help?
A family dog has been missing from its home on Highland Avenue - located in the Keasbey section of Woodbridge - since early February. The dog's owner is still looking for the pooch, a Miniature Schnauzer. The owner says the dog is very friendly and doesn't bite. The family has posted his picture on Facebook, looking for leads. If you've seen the dog, call Johnny at 732-801-4887. Follow Woodbridge Patch on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for the daily newsletter.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Monique Coleman isn't just sitting around in her Heidelberg Avenue home, waiting for the flood waters to rise again
In January, Monique Coleman went to a Woodbridge council meeting to ask for help with continual flooding issues in her Heidelberg Avenue neighborhood that reached a crescendo after Hurricane Sandy. Not much came from asking for tax relief, home buyouts, and the creation of a flood advisory board, nor from presenting a petition to the council, and few township residents learned anything new after a FEMA meeting in January, four months after the hurricane. Coleman took matters into her own hands and started a website, Life in the Woodbridge Flood Zone (otherwise known as woodbridgefloodzone.com) to chronicle what life is like on Heidelberg Avenue. The site isn't just for that section off Rahway Avenue; anyone who lives in a flood zone in …
Monday, March 4, 2013
A glitch in the Woodbridge substation caused a power failure Monday afternoon.
Residents and businesses experienced a power outage early this afternoon, according to PSEG. The outage affected parts of Woodbridge Proper and Edison Township. "There was a malfunction with the breakers at the Woodbridge substation," said Kristine Snodgrass. The substation in question is located on Route 1 in Woodbridge Proper; the Sewaren substation, which is usually the one that has electrical issues and was out of commission from flooding after Hurricane Sandy, was not affected. Homeowners in the Martin Terrace section of the township, located off Rahway Avenue, complained about their lights going dark on Woodbridge Patch's Facebook page around 1 pm. There were also reports the power outage affected residents in the Avenel section of …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Residents in sections of the township who experienced major losses and destruction from October's hurricane found little to allay their frustration at the first local meeting on the destruction.
Maybe it's becaue it's been so long since Hurricane Sandy, or maybe it was just the frustration of dealing with monolithic federal bureaucracies. Woodbridge homeowners who have been suffering since last October's gigantic hurricane had little good to say about a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) meeting held on Monday. It was the first public meeting held for township residents to deal with the effects of Hurricane Sandy since it devastated parts of Woodbridge four months ago. "[It was a] total waste of time. Nothing was presented that I didn't find out on my own 3 months ago," posted Debbie Wherrity Smith on Woodbridge Patch's Facebook page. "No new info! And no one could answer any of our questions!" declared Christina O'Leary…