Apr 212015
 

TRENTON – New Jersey Transit commuters could be paying an average of 9 percent more, starting Oct. 1.NJ Transit announced a proposed fare hike Monday. It is also proposing to end two late-night trains out of Hoboken end in September and make cuts to six bus routes, including routes running to Great Adventure from Freehold and Philadelphia.MORE: Background on the planned fare hikesFares would go up across all rail, bus and light-rail lines, by roughly 9 percent but varying slightly. A monthly rail pass between Metropark and Penn Station New York would go from $284 to $310, up 9.2 percent. A monthly bus pass from Lakewood to the Port Authority Bus Terminal would go from $411 to $448, up 9 percent. A monthly light-rail pass from Camden to Trenton would go from $50 to $54, up 8 percent.Single round-trips for those same three examples would see slightly smaller increases: $1.50, or 7.5 percent, from Metropark, $3, or 8.6 percent, from Lakewood; and 20 cents, or 6.7 percent, from Camden.Click here for links to all the proposed fare increases.The fare hikes is scheduled to be considered by NJ Transit’s board on July 8.NJ Transit will hold nine public hearings on the proposed changes between May 18 and 21, as well as an information session on Saturday, May 16, at the New Brunswick Public Library. The public hearings, which will be conducted from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., include sessions in Freehold on May 18, Camden on May 19 and Morristown on May 21.Click here for a full schedule of public hearings.Two after-midnight trains out of Hoboken would be eliminated — the 12:32 a.m. departure on the Montclair-Boonton Line and the 12:45 a.m. departure on the Pascack Valley Line.Service would be discontinued on two bus lines to Great Adventure, the 307 bus from Freehold and the 318 bus from Philadelphia, as well as on the 655 bus between Princeton and Plainsboro. The last trip of the day would be eliminated on the 463 bus route between Woodbury and the Avandale Park-Ride and service between Riverside and Burlington City on the 419 route and Mack-Cali in Parsippany and the Livingston Mall on the 872 route.NJ Transit says the fare hikes and service cuts are needed to close a $60 million budget shortfall.Michael Symons: (609) 984-4336; msymons@gannettnj.com

via NJ Transit proposes 9 percent fare hike.

Follow @MyCentralJersey on Twitter to keep up with Central Jersey news.

Apr 162015
 

A raccoon has tested positive for rabies in the vicinity of Whitehall Road and Agate Road in East Brunswick.

The raccoon was the first rabid animal reported in Middlesex County during 2015, according to the Middlesex County Office of Health Services.

On April 8, the animal control officer for East Brunswick responded to a call about a raccoon that had been in a fight with a resident’s dogs.

The raccoon died and was sent to the New Jersey Department of Health laboratory for testing. It was reported on April 10 that the animal tested positive for rabies, according to county officials. Two people were exposed to the raccoon, and they were notified to consult with a physician regarding their exposure during the incident.

The dogs, which were current with their vaccinations, were expected to receive a booster vaccine from a veterinarian and be kept under a 45-day observation period.

A registered environmental health specialist from the Office of Health Services was expected to distribute rabies fact sheets within the area.

via Raccoon found in East Brunswick is county’s first rabies case of year | eb.gmnews.com | East Brunswick Sentinel.

Apr 162015
 

Cheryl Makin wrote a nice article about Jax making it into the final 6 – please read the entire article at the link below. Please be sure to vote for Jax!

(1) SuperVote™ at www.americanidol.com/vote or Facebook: https://apps.facebook.com/american-idol-vote – must be signed into Facebook for either

(2) SuperVote™ via the FOX NOW App: If you have a compatible Android or iOS device (tablet or handheld), then you can vote via the FOX NOW App.

(3) Vote using Google Search: If you have a valid Google account, you can vote using Google Search. Simply go to Google, and search “American Idol Vote” – you must be logged in with a valid Google account.

EAST BRUNSWICK – Jax gave an all-out edgy performance of "Piece of My Heart" on "American Idol" after being named to the Top 6 Wednesday. Using the entire stage and then some in her second performance, Jax hit another high note, creating an electric atmosphere as she rocked out to Michael Jackson’s "Beat It."

The night was filled with a double dose of powerhouse performances – all showcasing the week’s "American Classics" theme.

And judges Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez pulled no punches – this week they were lovin’ on the Jersey Girl.

In the first hour, as audience members shouted out Jax’s name as their "favorite," "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest gave them what they wanted – a Jax safe for another week. Taking the stage after Tyanna Jones sang Franki Lymon and the Teenagers’ "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" and Clark Beckham performed "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder, Jax gave it her all and the judges and fans appreciated the effort.

via With 'Piece of My Heart,' Jax 'Beat It' to Top 6.

In case you missed it, here is a youtube of her performances

Mar 192015
 
Jax is in the top 10 - Vote for her now
They made us wait until the very end, but Jax did great and is now in the top 10 which will allow her to go on the American Idol tour this summer, but we all need to vote for her to keep her in the contest. Please everybody keep voting for her!

You can vote each way

Jax is in the top 10 - Vote for her now

Jax is in the top 10 – Vote for her now

Please send out messages on Facebook and Twitter encouraging your followers to Vote for Jax. It is really easy to vote – just use the below methods to vote – note you can do more than one, so it is possible to give Jax 80 votes.

There are 5 ways to vote:

(1) SuperVote™ at www.americanidol.com/vote or Facebook: https://apps.facebook.com/american-idol-vote – must be signed into Facebook for either

(2) SuperVote™ via the FOX NOW App: If you have a compatible Android or iOS device (tablet or handheld), then you can vote via the FOX NOW App.

(3) Vote using Google Search: If you have a valid Google account, you can vote using Google Search. Simply go to Google, and search “American Idol Vote” – you must be logged in with a valid Google account.

(4) Text Voting: When voting begins for all of the contestants, they will each be assigned a text message “keyword” number which will appear on screen during the Voting Show each week alongside the short code 21523 send 7

(5) Toll-free Voting: Call 1-866-IDOLS-07 (1-866-436-5707)

Based on the above rules, it would appear that you can cast up to 20 votes for Jax with your Facebook ID and an additional 20 with your Google ID and 20 more by Texting or Calling. It’s fast and easy – Keep Jax in this!

@Jax hit 30K followers on twitter – she is really good about answering some of her followers and retweeting their tweets. She also posts lots of info about what she is up to. Please follow her on Twitter

There was a nice article on mycentraljersey.com today:

Hometown glory

Looking ahead, just prior to the May 13 finale, the Top 3 contestants get a hometown visit. Knowing that there is a very good chance ("Don’t jinx it!," Jax said.) that she may be one of the three, Mayor David Stahl said East Brunswick will be ready for her.

"That would be awesome," he said. "All of East Brunswick is really proud of her. She’s got a great voice. She’s got style and presence. She is incredibly talented. To do what she is doing at her age, she is certainly an inspiration to all our young people in East Brunswick."

Stahl said that he is proud of the township and it’s support of their own Idol.

via 'American Idol's' Jax feels hometown love.

For those who missed her singing previously – here’s how she got this far:

Idol Auditions: Jax – New York City – AMERICAN IDOL XIV

Hollywood Week 1 – Jax, Emily, Sal & Adam American Idol 2015

Hollywood Week 2 – Jax (Solo) – American Idol 2015

Jax makes the top 24

Here is the Youtube of her performance on 2/26/2015

Here is the youtube of her presentation tonight – in case you missed it.

Mar 192015
 

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit — the nation’s largest barbecue chain – will open its first New Jersey location, in East Brunswick, today.

Never heard of Dickey’s? Well, the Dallas-based barbecue chain has almost 500 restaurants in 42 states, and slow-cooks all meats onsite. There are home-style sides — and free ice cream with every meal. And kids eat free on Sundays. Can’t beat that.

The East Brunswick restaurant, at 77 Tices Lane, opens at 11 a.m. today; the first 50 guests will receive gift cards worth up to $50.

On Friday, radio station 92.3 AMP will be onsite from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and one lucky winner will win a $500 gift card, with three winners earning free barbecue for  a year.

On Saturday, guests can score Dickey’s merchandise with all-day giveaways.

"It’s exciting to see our footprint extended to New Jersey,” said Roland Dickey Jr., CEO of Dickey’s. "Barbecue is gaining popularity across the country and throughout the East Coast.”

via Nation's largest BBQ chain opens first N.J. location | NJ.com.

EastBrunswickInfo Comment: I just had lunch at a Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Detroit last week and it was excellent – glad to hear one is opening in East Brunswick!

Mar 172015
 
EBTEC Free Computer Training

The following is a great opportunity for people that are looking to get a little help at understanding how to use computers or other tech devices – take advantage of this.

The following is from http://www.ebtecs.com:

Great, so who’s teaching me?

All of our tutors are East Brunswick High School students in grades 10, 11, and 12 who have grown up surrounded by technology. Our students are not paid or compensated; they provide their services because it is their passion to help others. Sounds good, now what?We meet once a month on a Saturday morning to teach you one-on-one. The students will answer your questions while introducing you to a whole new world of technology. There are no lectures and no single topic – you choose what you want to learn. Please check the dates in meetings tab above for specific events. To receive updates, please visit the enroll page. Walk-ins are always welcome!

What is EBTECS?

In today’s world of rapidly growing technology, less tech-savvy adults can become lost and overwhelmed. Formerly known as “Computer Club,” we are a group of students gathered to help those who have trouble, or just have questions regarding technology. We utilize our own knowledge to help teach different aspects of technology ranging from computers to smartphones. As a community service, we try to give back to the community by helping adults grasp the concepts of computing in today’s world of modern technology.

Ok, but where is it?

All of our meetings take place in the East Brunswick High School media center. The media center is fully equipped with 2 full Dell computer labs (about 30 computers each) that run Windows 7. iMac computers and iPads are also available to use. You can also bring your own computer or technology device to use during our meetings. WiFi is available for usage.

via About Us — EBTECS.

EBTEC Free Computer Training

EBTEC Free Computer Training

Mar 122015
 
Vote for Jax

Jax moved up into the final 11 on American Idol today but needs your continued support to continue further on American Idol. This is quite an accomplishment for a girl that graduated from East Brunswick High School last year. I hope she keeps going all the way to the end. Let’s all get out the vote to help her continue this magical journey.

Please send out messages on Facebook and Twitter encouraging your followers to Vote for Jax. It is really easy to vote – just use the below methods to vote – note you can do more than one, so it is possible to give Jax 80 votes.

There are 5 ways to vote:

(1) SuperVote™ at www.americanidol.com/vote or Facebook: https://apps.facebook.com/american-idol-vote – must be signed into Facebook for either

(2) SuperVote™ via the FOX NOW App: If you have a compatible Android or iOS device (tablet or handheld), then you can vote via the FOX NOW App.

(3) Vote using Google Search: If you have a valid Google account, you can vote using Google Search. Simply go to Google, and search “American Idol Vote” – you must be logged in with a valid Google account.

(4) Text Voting: When voting begins for all of the contestants, they will each be assigned a text message “keyword” number which will appear on screen during the Voting Show each week alongside the short code 21523 send 7

(5) Toll-free Voting: Call 1-866-IDOLS-07 (1-866-436-5707)

Based on the above rules, it would appear that you can cast up to 20 votes for Jax with your Facebook ID and an additional 20 with your Google ID and 20 more by Texting or Calling. It’s fast and easy – Keep Jax in this!

For those who missed her singing previously – here’s how she got this far:

Idol Auditions: Jax – New York City – AMERICAN IDOL XIV

Hollywood Week 1 – Jax, Emily, Sal & Adam American Idol 2015

Hollywood Week 2 – Jax (Solo) – American Idol 2015

Jax makes the top 24

Here is the Youtube of her performance on 2/26/2015

Here is the youtube of her presentation tonight – in case you missed it.

East Brunswick Family

In case you missed it, Bobby Olivier wrote a nice article about her making the top 24 – Passionate East Brunswick teen raises rare Jersey flag on 'American Idol' | NJ.com – I’m including the section about her family below:

Jax’s family — parents John and Jill Miskanic, Jax and brother Matt — moved to New Jersey in 2005, from Atlantic Beach, Long Island where Jax (born Jackie Miskanic) was heavily involved in the area’s musical theater programs.

"Theater literally taught me how to read," Jax says. "And it helps me with ‘Idol’ since you have to learn songs so quickly, sometimes just in a night. Now my memorization skills are so strong."

Her mother Jill still teaches in Brooklyn and her father John Miskanic worked for years as a Brooklyn firefighter, but was forced to retire after sustaining a lung injury at the 9/11 recovery site. Through his time off, though, Miskanic has become Jax’s de-facto right-hand man, driving her to vocal lessons, auditions and shows.

"American Idol" contestant Jax, with her father John Miskanic, at her home in East Brunswick.

"He’s the only one I’ll go to for genuine honesty and opinion," Jax says. "He’s the only person I care about hearing from and getting feedback after I perform. He gives me the real deal, whether I agree with him or not."

And since the family moved to East Brunswick, Miskanic has been given plenty of material. At 12, Jax led the pre-teen outfit Jersey Kidz to a win over several hundred bands in the Break Contest. Her group’s prize was a performance at The Bamboozle outside Giants Stadium in 2009. Jersey Kidz was the youngest group to rock the now-defunct festival.

As a pint-sized frontwoman, Jax grew up on classic rock. She recalls her mother, a Pink Floyd fan, playing the psychedelic hit "Comfortably Numb" to lull her to sleep. Today, the teen still loves the staples, along with everything from Top 40 pop stars to heavy metal.

She says if she reaches the "American Idol" finale, she’d love to sing with sassy star Pink, but jokes "I don’t think I could be on the same stage as Pink without throwing up."

via Passionate East Brunswick teen raises rare Jersey flag on 'American Idol' | NJ.com.

East Brunswick native - Jax in the top 12 on American Idol

East Brunswick native – Jax in the top 12 on American Idol

Mar 122015
 

Music at the Museum

The Zimmerli hosts a monthly weekend concert series organized by the Mason Gross Extension Division and featuring artists from Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division and Collegiate Music Department. Music at the Museum, which is presented in the Zimmerli galleries, allows visitors to enjoy art and music side-by-side.

Music at the Museum performances are free to the general public, but seating is limited.

Sunday, February 15 / 2pm

Art of the Guitar

Featuring Kevin Hildebrandt, Guitar; Michael Donahue, Guitar; and Leighann Narum, Guitar

Works by Coltrane, Herzog, Domeniconi, Albeniz, Gnattali, J.S. Bach, Dyens, Milan and Tarrega.

Sunday, March 15 / 2pm

Piano Plus

Featuring Zoe Browder Doll, Piano; Allison Brewster Franzetti, Piano; Karen Dalley, Piano; Jing Yang, Piano; Pamela Stein, Soprano; and Peter Saleh, Percussion

Works by Mozart, Crumb, Salkind-Pearl.

Sunday, April 12 / 2pm

Afternoon of Opera and Art Song

Featuring Jenne Carey, Soprano; Vincent Granna, Baritone; Jihye Park, Piano Accompanist; and Christopher Kenniff, Guitar.

via Concerts | Zimmerli Art Museum.

Mar 122015
 

Garden Design

Healthy Backyard Habitats

Whether you are interested in learning garden practices to minimize the negative impact on human health and the environment, providing a healthy habitat for wildlife or creating a beautiful outdoor space that is sustainable without the need for pesticides, this class is for you. Get practical advice on how to select the right plants and materials to create a beautiful garden at home that also protects our environment. This class builds awareness of recommended horticultural practices and sustainability principles, all in the context of our local conditions and resources.

Instructor:  Kelly Wenzel/NJ Audubon

Fee:  $ 50.00

Date:  March 28, 2015

Time:  9:00 AM–12:00 PM

Location:  Holly House and Rutgers Gardens

MG-CEU:  3

Container Gardening Workshop—Terra Cotta and Beyond

Container gardens are becoming increasingly popular and a hot horticultural topic.  Bruce explores a variety of appropriate containers and window boxes, soil mixes and amendments, as well as watering and fertilization practices.  A wide range of plants—from the familiar annual to the now-popular tender perennial and succulents, to bulbs and shrubs—will fill out the potential plant list.  Please bring a container—soil and a number of fun and unusual annuals will be available for students to decorate their own containers at the end of class.  If you choose, containers and extra plants will be available for purchase during class.

Instructor:  Bruce Crawford

Fee:  $ 70.00

Date:  May 16, 2015

Time:  9:30 AM–12:00 PM

Location:  Holly House

MG-CEU:  2.5

Ohhhhh, My Aching Back: Gardening Techniques as We Age

Gardening as we grow older can offer new challenges but we should remember we don’t need to give up the passion we have for gardening!  Items to be covered will include scaling back, using lower maintenance plants, learning techniques that are labor saving yet give us the capability of growing anything! Adaptive tools, raised beds and container gardening will be part of the presentation. We will conclude the presentation with a walk through the gardens.

Instructor: MaryAnne McMillan

Fee: $ 50.00

Date: September 26, 2015

Time:  1:00–3:00 PM

Location:  Holly House and Rutgers Gardens

via Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Mar 112015
 
East Brunswick native - Jax in the top 12 on American Idol

Jax got into the top 12, but still needs your votes to continue in the competition! Jax sang great tonight with a wonderful rendition of “I want to hold your hand”. She started playing the piano and ended with a rousing ending up close with the crowd. The judges loved it and I’m sure lots of viewers did also.

There are 5 ways to vote – the Google and Facebook voting is making you wait till after the show.

(1) SuperVote™ at www.americanidol.com/vote or Facebook: https://apps.facebook.com/american-idol-vote – must be signed into Facebook for either

(2) SuperVote™ via the FOX NOW App: If you have a compatible Android or iOS device (tablet or handheld), then you can vote via the FOX NOW App.

(3) Vote using Google Search: If you have a valid Google account, you can vote using Google Search. Simply go to Google, and search “American Idol Vote” – you must be logged in with a valid Google account.

(4) Text Voting: When voting begins for all of the contestants, they will each be assigned a text message “keyword” number which will appear on screen during the Voting Show each week alongside the short code 21523 send 7

(5) Toll-free Voting: Call 1-866-IDOLS-07 (1-866-436-5707)

Based on the above rules, it would appear that you can cast up to 20 votes for Jax with your Facebook ID and an additional 20 with your Google ID and 20 more by Texting or Calling. It’s fast and easy – Keep Jax in this!

For those who missed her singing previously – here’s how she got this far:

Idol Auditions: Jax – New York City – AMERICAN IDOL XIV

Hollywood Week 1 – Jax, Emily, Sal & Adam American Idol 2015

Hollywood Week 2 – Jax (Solo) – American Idol 2015

Jax makes the top 24

Here is the Youtube of her performance on 2/26/2015

Here is the youtube of her presentation tonight – in case you missed it.

East Brunswick Family

In case you missed it, Bobby Olivier wrote a nice article about her making the top 24 – Passionate East Brunswick teen raises rare Jersey flag on 'American Idol' | NJ.com – I’m including the section about her family below:

Jax’s family — parents John and Jill Miskanic, Jax and brother Matt — moved to New Jersey in 2005, from Atlantic Beach, Long Island where Jax (born Jackie Miskanic) was heavily involved in the area’s musical theater programs.

"Theater literally taught me how to read," Jax says. "And it helps me with ‘Idol’ since you have to learn songs so quickly, sometimes just in a night. Now my memorization skills are so strong."

Her mother Jill still teaches in Brooklyn and her father John Miskanic worked for years as a Brooklyn firefighter, but was forced to retire after sustaining a lung injury at the 9/11 recovery site. Through his time off, though, Miskanic has become Jax’s de-facto right-hand man, driving her to vocal lessons, auditions and shows.

"American Idol" contestant Jax, with her father John Miskanic, at her home in East Brunswick.

"He’s the only one I’ll go to for genuine honesty and opinion," Jax says. "He’s the only person I care about hearing from and getting feedback after I perform. He gives me the real deal, whether I agree with him or not."

And since the family moved to East Brunswick, Miskanic has been given plenty of material. At 12, Jax led the pre-teen outfit Jersey Kidz to a win over several hundred bands in the Break Contest. Her group’s prize was a performance at The Bamboozle outside Giants Stadium in 2009. Jersey Kidz was the youngest group to rock the now-defunct festival.

As a pint-sized frontwoman, Jax grew up on classic rock. She recalls her mother, a Pink Floyd fan, playing the psychedelic hit "Comfortably Numb" to lull her to sleep. Today, the teen still loves the staples, along with everything from Top 40 pop stars to heavy metal.

She says if she reaches the "American Idol" finale, she’d love to sing with sassy star Pink, but jokes "I don’t think I could be on the same stage as Pink without throwing up."

via Passionate East Brunswick teen raises rare Jersey flag on 'American Idol' | NJ.com.

East Brunswick native - Jax in the top 12 on American Idol

East Brunswick native – Jax in the top 12 on American Idol