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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.
And if you don't believe it..go ask the Easter Bunny!. :)
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WED 2 - SUN 6 - SALAAM SHRINE
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
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
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)
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
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
SUN 20 - DEADLINE FOR JUNE UPBEAT NEWS
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.
learn more visit their website
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
WED 30 - ELEVENTH ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC - Sponsored by East Brunswick
Lions Club and the EB Chamber of Commerce to help the Blind - Bunker Hill
Golf Club, Griggstown, NJ. Registration and Continental Breakfast 7:00
am - 10:00 am , 8:00 - 11:00 am Tee off time. Entry deadline 5/15.
Space is limited. Call Fred Tomchuk (732) 257-7425.
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
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
email@example.com or call
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)
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
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
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
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
SUN 17 - HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
WED 20 - DEADLINE FOR JUNE UPBEAT NEWS
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
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
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:
For more information, see the April edition of UPBEAT NEWS or call
Kathy Fennimore at USPS (973) 515-7820 or
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
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.
A SPECIAL NOTICE FROM THE
SOUTH PLAINFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY
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