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Those who grew-up in Morris County, NJ are probably familiar with the AT&T training facility in Chester that truly is a sght to see. The facility actually treats the logs used in making telephone poles with the preservative compound to make them weather and pest proof.  Now, imagine a field of these poles standing upright in unseen vats so that their tops are just a few feet above ground.  I remember being told by my folks that that was where telephone poles were born, and the little ones were "just babies that would grow up to be big and strong like their parents."

It was always a neat place to drive past with your kids to tell them of the "urban legend" about where telephone poles came from.

A good friend who grew up in the area told me about the time his now grown-up son was driving by the area and matter-of-factly explained to his girlfriend about the birthplace of  telephone poles and other myths which he actually believed "because his dad told him so."

You could imagine the look on that girl's face when she realized that her boyfriend was not kidding...he meant and believed every word of it. 

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WED 2 - SUN 6 - SALAAM SHRINE CIRCUS - Salaam Shrine presents its 33rd Annual Shriners Circus at Mennen Arena in Morris Plains, NJ  For pricing and  more details, see ads in UPBEAT NEWS, click on www.salaamshrinecircus.com, or call 973-992-2860. Proceeds from this event do not support Shrine Hospitals, only Shrine Center operations.

SAT 5 - AARP DRIVER'S SAFETY COURSE -
Sponsored by AARP and St. John's Lodge #1 F.& A.M. at Masonic Lodge, 280 Boulevard, Mt. Lakes, NJ  Reservations Required, Limited Size Classes  Lunch Included.  Call 973-257-2788 for more information.

SUN 6 -
CELEBRATE MOM! Annual Mother's Day Event - presented by East Jersey Old Towne Village, 1050 River Road and Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission,  2 pm at the Village. Historian Jeanne Austin as Louisa May Alcott. Best known for her novel, Little Women, Louisa May Alcott was a celebrated author, abolitionist, feminist, journalist and Civil War nurse. Ms. Austin is a founder of HerStory productions, an organization dedicated to presenting the stories of the many important women found throughout history. She brings Louisa May Alcott to life through her journals, letters and published works. For more information, to register for this free event and to request directions, call 732.745.3030. Persons with hearing impairments may dial 732.745.3888 TTY or 711, the New Jersey Relay Service. The Village is a fully accessible site with Assistive Listening devices and folding wheelchairs available on site and Sign Language Interpreters available with a prior request.  

TUE 8 - SOUTH PLAINFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES - will meet at 7:30PM.  Members of the public are encouraged to attend and get the latest information on the Library’s present and future plans, including the proposed new Library building.

WED 9 - FREE E-BAY WORKSHOP - Sponsored by the US Postal Service, Fairlawn Community Center,10-10 20th St, Fair Lawn, NJ.  3 sessions: 9:00, 11:15 AM and 1:45 PM.  For more information, see the April edition of UPBEAT NEWS or call Kathy Fennimore at USPS (973) 515-7820 or Email kathy.monaco@usps.gov

 
FRI 11 - MEMORIES OF ELVIS CONCERT 
- Tickets are still available at the South Plainfield Public Library.  The tickets go for $15.00 each; a portion of the proceeds from this event will be directed to funding the proposed new Library building.  For more information on the concert, please call (908) 412-0436.
 

SUN 12 - PISCATAWAY 16TH ANNUAL TOWN STREET FAIR - Piscataway Town Hall, 455 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, 9 AM to 4 PM, Rain or Shine. Free Admission. Fun and a great time for all.  For further information, please call (732) 561-2301.

SUN 13 - HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

SAT 14 - CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL STONE DEDICATION -
The South Plainfield Historical Society will be held at 1 PM at Monument Park in South Plainfield, The stone honors five men from South Plainfield who perished serving their country during the Civil War.  Reenactment units from across NJ will participate, and encampment will take place in Spring Lake Park from 10 AM to 4 PM and a display of Civil War memorabilia will be exhibited at the Senior Center from 1-4 PM.  For biographies of the honored men, log onto http://geocities.com/sphistoricalsociety.

TUE 15 - OSTOMY ASSOCIATION MEETING
- The Ostomy Association of Somerset County will be held in Conference Rooms C & D of the Somerset Medical
Center, Rehill Avenue, in Somerville, NJ.  7:30 PM  An affiliate of the United Ostomy Association of America, OASC is a support group for ostomates, their families and loved ones.  For further information, please contact Ed Wheeler at (908) 534-7897

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WED 16 - LIVE SLIDE PRESENTATION OF "AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH" -
South Plainfield Friends of the Woods presents this special presentation by Tina Weishaus, MS, RN, CS at The Nature Center at Highland Ave Woods Environmental Education Center, 115 Sylvania Place (off South Clinton Avenue, SP), 7:00 PM, Free to the public.  For more information contact Pat Parente, paparente@verizon.net

MAY 18-20 - 34TH ANNUAL GREEK FESTIVAL -
St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1101 River Road, Piscataway, NJ  Hours: Friday, 11 AM – 11:30 PM; Saturday, 11AM – 1 AM, and Sunday, 12 – 8 PM.  Homemade Greek food, live music by the Golden Greeks II Express,  Greek Folk Dancing by the Church's four dance groups, as well as Church tours and cultural information.
Free parking and shuttle service is available at the Church and Rutgers Stadium. Food for take out by email may do so by sending their orders to: Festival2007@patmedia.net. Please include a contact name and phone number with your order and allow 20 minutes for pick up.  Donation $2.00; Children under 12 Free; $7 Saturday Night 10 pm or later. For more information St. George G.O.C at 732-463-1642, email Festival2007@patmedia.net or on the web  http://www.stgeorgepiscataway.org/

THU 17 FREE EBAY/USPS WORKSHOP - Sponsored by the US Postal Service, Warren Cnty. Technical School, 1500 Rt. 57, Washington, NJ. 1 Session at  6:30 PM   For more information, see the April edition of UPBEAT NEWS or call Kathy Fennimore at USPS (973) 515-7820 or Email kathy.monaco@usps.gov

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SUN 27 - PANCAKE BREAKFAST - St. John's Lodge #1 F. & A.M., 280 Boulevard, Mt. Lakes, NJ.  8 AM - NOON   Adults $4.50, Children $2.50  For more information, call 908-769-9116, Box 1.

FRI 25 - SUN 27 - MEMORIAL DAY BASEBALL TOURNAMENT - Hosted by the Millville Babe Ruth League  This year's tournament will be held on May 25th - May 27th (May 28th) if needed, at our league complex in Millville New Jersey. This year we have two fields available for use located at our complex.  Registration for all divisions will be Closed Monday, May 21st. This year's entry fee is $200.00 per team which must be Received by May 19th. To learn more visit their website http://millville.baberuthnetwork.com or contact Dave Andrews: 1-856-765-0329,
 1-856-498-7663, or 1-856-327-0194

MON 28 - MEMORIAL DAY - Remember those who serve and have served.

MON 28 - MEMORIAL DAY PARADES:

                Livingston - Livingston Avenue starts at 10 am
                Highland Park - Rt. 27 (Raritan Avenue) starts at 10:30 am


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SAT 2 - ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST - Sponsored by Silentia Lodge #168 F.& A.M., corner of Arch and Main Sts., Butler, NJ - 8 am to 11 am.  Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs to order, taylor ham, sausage, chipped beef, juice, fruit, tea or coffee.  Donation is $6 for adults and $4 for children under 12.  For more info, call Kurt Wagner 973-865-2163 or email whitfieldwagner@aol.com.

SUN 3 - CELTIC MUSIC & HIGHLAND PARK GAMES -  Artists Now presents a free day of celtic celebration and concert featuring Blackwater at the Highland Park High School grounds.  Starts at 3 PM, concert starts at 7 PM for more information, contact mark@artistsnow.org or call 732-418-0141.  www.artistsnow.org

SAT 2 & SUN 3 - ANNUAL JUNIOR MASONIC WHEELCHAIR GAMES
- Sponsored by NJ Freemasons - North Brunswick HS, Rt. 130, North Brunswick.  Teams from 4 states expected to participate. Come out and cheer on these young, talented, wheelchair-bound athletes. For more info call Ralph Armento (732) 422-9094.

SAT 9 - 5TH ANNUAL FINE ARTS FESTIVAL - An outdoor Juried Show and Sale of Fine Art and Fine Crafts - Sponsored by the East Brunswick Arts Commission, East Brunswick Municipal Pond, Ryders Lane, East Brunswick, NJ FROM 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.  Call 732-390-6707 or email karen.kecskes@eastbrunswick.org with any questions.

SAT 9 - RUMMAGE SALE -
Sponsored by Atlas Chapter #99, Order of the Eastern Star - Westfield Masonic Temple, 1011 Central Avenue, Westfield, NJ - 10 am - 3 pm. Great items at great prices...something for everyone.  For more information,  Karyn Visscher, Worthy Matron Karyn.B.Visscher@usa.dupont.com|

SUN 10 - 27TH ANNUAL LOBSTER BAKE -
Sponsored by Warwick Lodge #544 F.& A.M. at Warwick Memorial Park, Warwick, NY.  1 PM to 5 PM - rain or shine, proceeds to benefit local charities.  1 PM to 2 PM -Corn and crabs, 2 PM to 3PM - Steamers and 3:30 PM to 5 PM - Lobsters and salad Beer/Soda all day, please bring your own shell crackers.  Tickets $45 can be ordered by e-mailing Kurt Wagner at whitfieldwagner@aol.com or calling 973-865-2163.  Deadline is June 1st

THU 14 - HIGHLAND PARK DCS CONCERT: THE FINS
- Highland Park presents a free concert as part of their 2007 DCS Concert Series. The Fins will perform from 6-8 pm in Highland Park at the corners of 3rd and Raritan (Rt. 27)  Bring a blanket, folding chair and enjoy. (Raindate is June 19th) For more info, call the Department of Community Services at 732-819-0411.

FRI 15 - ANNUAL STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL -
 The Bound Brook Presbyterian Church located on the corners of Union and Mountain Avenues in Bound Brook from 6:30 - 8:30 in the Fellowship Hall. Come and enjoy generous portions of shortcakes topped with vanilla ice cream, strawberries and fresh whipped cream.  There will be live music, games for kids and door prizes.  Adults $5.00, Children 4-12 - $3.00 and children 3 and under are Free.  Come join us for a wonderful time.  For more information, contact Debbie at 732-762-3668.

SAT 16 - BLOOD DRIVE - Sponsored by Madison Lodge #93 F.& A.M. at the Masonic Lodge building, 170 Main Street, Madison, NJ.  No Appointment Necessary, please bring photo ID or donor card.  Free cholesterol screening provided for all donors. Call 973-377-0044 for more information.

SAT 16 - TIPI RAISING  - Sponsored by Intertribal Indians of New Jersey.  Local residents are invited to help raise a tipi and learn a few American Indian dance steps at the next meeting between 2-4 pm at Thompson Park in Jamesburg, NJ.  Enjoy American Indian music and have the chance to see a professional dancer, Matthew Clair perform a Hoop Dance. For info. call Mary Anne Ross 732-238-3792 or email maryanneross123@yahoo.com

SUN 17 - HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

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FRI 22 - OASIS LOUNGE
AT SALAAM- Salaam Shriners invites Shriners and non-Shriners alike, their ladies and friends to a great new monthly social event in a casual lounge atmosphere. Come mingle with friends and enjoy complimentary hot and cold snacks, music, widescreen TV and games.  Cash bar.  $12.00 donation per person.  Proceeds from this event do not support Shrine Hospitals, only Shrine Center operations.  RSVP by Monday, June 18th to Jose Chia at 973-402-4774 or e-mail jusport66@hotmail.com

FRI 22 - GENTLEMEN'S CIGAR EVENING -
Sponsored by the Grand Lodge of Freemasons of NJ in a tent at The Fellowship Center, Oxmead Road, Burlington, NJ.  Black Tie Charity Affair benefiting the Masonic 32 Learning Centers in NJ, Shriner's Hospitals and the NJ Wheelchair Track and Field Meet.  Donation $125.00. Reservations Required. Call Kevin for information, 973-540-0500.

SAT 23 - FREE EBAY/USPS WORKSHOP -
Sponsored by the US Postal Service, Ridgefield Post Office, 757 Broad Ave., Ridgefield, NJ.  Fairlawn Community Center,10-10 20th St, Fair Lawn, NJ.  2 sessions:
10:00 and 12:30PM.  For more information, see the April edition of UPBEAT NEWS or call Kathy Fennimore at USPS (973) 515-7820 or Email kathy.monaco@usps.gov

SAT 23 - BLOOD DRIVE
- Sponsored by Cinncinatti Lodge #3 F.& A.M. at the Masonic Lodge building, 39 Maple Avenue, Morristown, NJ.  No Appointment Necessary, please bring photo ID or donor card.  Free cholesterol screening provided for all donors. Call 973-377-0044 for more information.

SUN 24 - PANCAKE BREAKFAST - St. John's Lodge #1 F. & A.M., 280 Boulevard, Mt. Lakes, NJ.  8 AM - NOON   Adults $4.50, Children $2.50  For more information, call 908-769-9116, Box 1.



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The South Plainfield Recycling Center on Kenneth Avenue will be closed Tuesday, May 29th, for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Recycling will be open instead from noon. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30th  Both the Center and the Yard Waste site will be open as usual from 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., May 28th.

Regular Recycling Drop-off Center hours are 12 noon to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.  Regular summer Yard Waste hours are 12 noon to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

2007 Yard Waste Decals are available in the Municipal Clerk's office in Borough Hall from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.  Bring the registration of the vehicle you will be using.  For updates, call the Recycling Hotline: (908) 226-7620.

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The Library will also be closed on Sunday, May 27th, and on Monday, May 28th, in observance of Memorial Day.

Throughout May, the Library will follow its usual schedule of children’s program-ming.  “Storytime” programs for children age 3 & over are held on Tuesday morning at 10:30, Wednesday evening at 6:30 and Thursday afternoon at 1:15.  “Time for 2’s & 3’s”, for children age 2 & 3, is held on Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30, and Thursday evenings at 6:30.  And “Books & Babies”, for children age 3 and under, is held on Friday mornings at 10:30.  Each program lasts about an hour; no pre-registration is needed.  If you like more information, please call us and ask for Miss Linda or Miss Mija.

The Middlesex County Emergency Food Distribution Network now has a collection box at South Plainfield Library.  Donations of food, paper products and personal items may be left in the box.  Canned and packaged goods are requested; please do not contribute glass items.  For more information, please call the Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services (MCFOODS) at (732) 729-0880.  
           

Please be advised that the Library’s Notary Public will not be available from Monday, May 21st to Tuesday May, 29th.

The Library continues to seek help to teach craft programs for adults.  Programs may be scheduled for once a month, both daytime and evening hours are available.  Programs may also be scheduled on a one-time basis, or as an ongoing series.  If you are interested, please call the Library and ask for Millie.

South Plainfield Free Public Library is located in the South Plainfield Municipal Complex at 2484 Plainfield Ave. in South Plainfield, NJ. For more information, please call us at (908) 754-7885 or visit our website at www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us.

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