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

Mar 052015
 
American Idol - Vote for Jax

Jax an East Brunswick High School Graduate is in the top 16 on American Idol and needs votes from the public to stay in this, so please VOTE Now! Jax just got finished singing and she really did a great job.

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!

Our family already voted with both Facebook and Google – will text now!

American Idol - Vote for Jax

American Idol – Vote for Jax

Google voting for Jax!

Google voting for Jax!

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

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.

Feb 262015
 
American Idol - Vote for Jax

Jax an East Brunswick High School Graduate is in the top 24 on American Idol and needs votes from the public for the first time tonight, so please VOTE Now! Jax just got finished singing and she really did a great job. She should be moving on without any problem, but let’s vote like crazy so she gets the most votes of all of them!

I hope all voted – although I don’t think there is any doubt that Jax is going to be around for awhile. Here is the Youtube of her performance on 2/26/2015

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 11

(5) Toll-free Voting: When voting begins for all the contestants, they will each be assigned a toll-free number during the Voting Show each week.

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!

Our family already voted with both Facebook and Google – will text once we know what number!

American Idol - Vote for Jax

American Idol – Vote for Jax

Google voting for Jax!

Google voting for Jax!

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

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.

Feb 232015
 

Patrick Awosogba, a Rutgers University freshman and 2014 East Brunswick High School graduate who was a member of the high school’s varsity baseball team, collapsed and died on Sunday while playing a recreation basketball game on campus.

"I can’t say a negative thing about him," East Brunswick head baseball coach Chris Kenney said of Awosogba, who was a reserve outfielder on East Brunswick’s 2014 Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division championship baseball team.

"He was such a nice kid. His focus was education. It was all about grades, all about going to college and getting a job, which isn’t a bad thing. The interesting thing about Pat is he played baseball just for fun. It wasn’t about being the greatest player. His interests were really school and academics. That’s all he kept talking about."

Rutgers police and emergency services responded to the Cook/Douglass Recreation Center shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday regarding a report of a male student collapsing while playing basketball, according to a university spokesman.

Lifeguards on duty at the recreation center immediately began CPR, the spokesman said. Upon arrival a few minutes later, Rutgers EMTs and police immediately began resuscitation efforts through CPR and electronic defibrillation.

Awosogba, 18, was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where resuscitation efforts continued. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at about 3:15 p.m.

East Brunswick Athletics Director Chris Yannazzo and a Rutgers University spokesman said counseling will be made available to students at their respective schools for any students grieving Awosogba’s passing, or who are in need of counseling for any reason.

via Rutgers student from East Brunswick collapses, dies playing basketball.

Feb 212015
 
Kathleen Elle

Jax is getting very famous from her well deserved American Idol success, but her friend and former East Brunswick High School classmate Kathleen Lonski, artist of the anti-bullying song “Don’t Let Them In” is also a very accomplished artist.

Kathleen has been very generous in helping her community – she raised over $1200 by performing at the Brunswick Grove in a fund raiser for Jack Mix an East Brunswick boy with cancer.

You can download her latest single “Green Light” at http://kathleenelle.bandcamp.com/ – you will love it.

On May 29, 2015 she will also be a speaker/performer at the East Brunswick TEDx event.

Check out her page at https://www.facebook.com/KathleenMusic16.

Follow her on twitter – @kathleen_e11e
Subscribe to her youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/kathleenmusic16

Feb 192015
 
JAX in top 24!!!

EAST BRUNSWICK — For "American Idol" contestants, few moments are more nerve-racking than what’s ominously referred to as "the final judgement."For New Jersey singer Jax, it was excruciating.As she sat before the judges, waiting to learn whether she would advance into the coveted "Top 24" semifinals, and perform live for America’s vote, she was criticized for her previous showing."It’s a dangerous thing to do," Jennifer Lopez said Wednesday night of the hopeful’s choice to play rockstar and briefly stop singing her cover of Lady Gaga’s "You and I," in order to rev up the crowd. "It was very telling that there was a little bit of greenness there."But despite the sharp comments, Jax’s news was very good — the buoyant 18-year-old from East Brunswick was sent through.She appropriately burst into tears and scurried back to the "Idol" holding room to meet her parents. Through a cry-cracked voice, she uttered all what they wanted to hear: "Top 24.""All of the sudden it hits you," Jax says. "You feel like a celebrity once you reach Top 24, you start working with the best vocal coaches, and the best producers."

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

Feb 082015
 

CENTRAL JERSEY – Several Central Jersey municipalities have been cited recently not only the affordable value of their schools, but also for providing a safe haven for residents.

Parents looking for a bang for their buck when it comes to education in the state can find just that in Central Jersey.

Several area school districts have made the top 20 list of “Best School Districts for Your Buck in New Jersey,” according to Nerdwallet, a personal finance web site.

NerdWallet looked at 266 school districts across the state and used Census and state Department of Education data to determine which Garden State districts offered families the biggest bang for their buck.

The finance website considered each district’s 2013 median home value, graduation rate, students’ enrollment in 4-year higher education institutions, average SAT score, percent of students scoring proficient or higher in the HSPA and class size.

While Haddonfield and Glen Rock took the first and second place rankings, Bernards Township took the third place slot.

“Even though it has a median home value of $631,800, Bernards Township earned the No. 3 spot on our list because of its strength in all categories analyzed,” the website said.

Bernards Township had a graduation rate of 97 percent, a SAT average of 1738 and 97.4 percent of the 2013 class scored proficient or higher on the HSPA. The school district, which offers language courses beginning in fifth grade, features high-level courses in Spanish, German, Japanese, French, Italian and Latin, the website said.

New Providence, which took the number 9 spot, was recently heralded by the College Board, according to Nerdwallet.

The district performs well across the board, with strong scores in our college-readiness index and the testing averages measure. Extracurricular excellence includes state championships in girls tennis and cross country and recognition of its music education by the National Association for Music Merchants, the website said.

Also on the list is East Brunswick, which was listed in 11th place, followed by Metuchen which took the number 14 spot.

“I think it really is a testament to the district and it reinforces what we try hard to do every day here,” East Brunswick Superintendent of Schools Victor Valeski said. “We have a great school board. We have a very talented staff of instructional professionals and other people that make this operation what it is. It is a community where people value education and we hear consistently that they moved to East Brunswick because of the quality of the schools. We really try very hard to look at our budget and make sure that we spend prudently throughout the year so that it is a value that people can afford. It’s an incredibly complex and complicated process throughout the year to make that happen. We certainly have a lot of talent here that helps me do that every day.”

via Some Central Jersey communities hailed for their schools and safety.

Please also review the full study results!

Feb 042015
 

Updated 3/12/2015 – Jax is now in the top 11 and needs your votes now!

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!

EAST BRUNSWICK – The jeweled "X" on the left side of her face just under the corner of her eye is not a permanent face tattoo, as some news sites reported. Rather, it is part of Jax, her name and who she is as a performer. It can be interpreted as a kiss, marking the spot or the treasure you find after a long search. Whatever it may be, the "X" catches the audience’s eye — and her singing holds their ear.For those that need to know, Jax does have a tattoo — a phrase from "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel."Sail on silver girl," Jax said.Appropriate: The next line is "Sail on, your time has come to shine."Everyone who auditions for "American Idol" on Fox comes to shine, make a memorable impression on the judges and get that golden ticket to Hollywood. Eighteen-year-old Jax was no different. Inwardly nervous yet sure of her talent, Jax sat down at a piano before Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Adam Lambert and performed The Beatles’ "I Want To Hold Your Hand." It was haunting and sweet and soulful and memorable. So much so that the judges coined a new word just for her — "shonfident" — a mix of shy and confident.Jax’s audition captured the attention and "yes" votes of "American Idol" Season 14 judges Connick, Lopez and Season 8 contestant Adam Lambert, who was filling in for judge Keith Urban. Wednesday night will see her, along with about 220 others, head into "Hollywood Week," a taped part of the national competition that happened in October.

via Jax marks the spot on 'American Idol'.

EastBrunswickInfo Note: Read the whole article at the link above. There is also a video that is great. Enjoy.