Greetings From Woodbridge

The annual “Support Our Troops” Rally Honored Active Duty Military Personnel and Township Veterans..

The Woodbridge E-News is your direct link to all of the news, events, programs and happenings in Woodbridge Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey.  We’ve put together a line-up of Spectacular “SummerFest” events that will keep everyone – residents and visitors alike – entertained throughout the entire Summer.  Stay tuned for the Mayor's Summer Concert series:  Monday “Oldies.” Tribute Band Tuesday.  Woodbridge Wednesday.  Local Band Thursday.  Second Friday Jazz and Country Sunday.  Plan to shop the Farmer’s Market at Parker Press Park.  The Independence Day Fireworks extravaganza “blasts-off” on July 3 from Alvin Williams Park in Sewaren!!!  Explore
the Barron Arts Center and the annual BarronFest Art Festival!!!  The “Taste of Woodbridge” serves in October. And there are a host of new events and much, much more to come!!!

Visit us at: www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us foreverything Woodbridge!!!

See You Around Town!
Mayor John E. McCormac  

Woodbridge: The Best Town Around
Celebrating Our 350th Sesquarcentennial Anniversary
1669 ~ 2019

350th anniversary

WELCOME TO THE CELEBRATION!!!Woodbridge celebrates its 350th Birthday in 2019!!!  And, we’re kicking-off the year-long celebration with the 350th Sesquarcentennial Anniversary Community Gala on June 1, 2018... and everyone is invited!  Advance Ticket
Purchase Only!!!  Visit the Township web page at: www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us to purchase tickets to the 350th Gala celebration.

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WOODBRIDGE: THE BEST TOWN AROUND: Woodbridge Township - the oldest Township in the State of New Jersey - was chartered on June 1, 1669.  Over its 350 years, Woodbridge Township has had many historic New Jersey firsts –  from the first drinking of British tea in the “Colonies” to the site of the first permanent printing press operated by James Parker in 1751.  During the Nineteenth century, clay mining and brick manufacturing became the major industry of the Township.  The Township Seal - adopted on November 11, 1885 by the Town Committee - depicts the prominence of the clay and brink industry.  Standing at the “Crossroads of New Jersey,” Woodbridge prospered over the years achieving the designation as an “All American City” home to international corporations, commercial manufacturing and development and a thriving “Buy Local” economy.

Today, ten separate and distinctive communities make up the fabric and fiber of our Township – Avenel, Colonia, Fords, Hopelawn, Iselin, Keasbey, Menlo Park Terrace, Port Reading, Sewaren, and Woodbridge Proper – where we’re proud of our “Quality-of-Life” which is why we are “The Best Town Around.”

Celebrate Avenel Community Day on Sat., May 19


Join fellow Avenel residents at Mayor Frank G. Pelzman Park (End of West Park Avenue and Tappen Street) in celebration of the 11th Annual Avenel Community Day on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Enjoy a FREE picnic, games, music, arts and crafts, petting zoo and the Avenel community spirit.  Please bring a can... or two... or three of non-perishable food for donation to "We Feed Woodbridge" which supports Woodbridge Township food banks and food pantries.  Find us on FaceBook @ Avenel Community Day.

Senior Summit Targets Programs & Events
Senior Month Celebration Continues Throughout May  


Woodbridge Township Senior’s gathered at the Mayor’s Senior Summit this week to exchange ideas in an open discussion on topics ranging from expanding and improving services, programs and facilities at the Woodbridge Community Center (WCC), Evergreen Senior Center in Colonia, Sycamore Senior Center in Port Reading and other Township senior facilities... to improving communications with senior residents on emergency preparedness, weather-related alerts and consumer safety... to suggestions on improving public safety such as cracking down on speeding in residential areas... to “Quality of Life” issues such as home maintenance and repair and expanded physical fitness and wellness programs and seminars for senior residents.  


Representatives from the Woodbridge Township Department of Health & Human Services, the Multi-Service Program on Aging, the Department of Recreation & Resident Services, the Woodbridge Police Department, Department of Public Works, the Evergreen Senior Center and the Sycamore Senior Center, the Woodbridge Community Center, the Woodbridge Township Public Library, The Barron Arts Center and many Woodbridge businesses and medical care facilities participated in the Mayor’s Senior Summit.


Don’t forget that May is “Senior Month” in Woodbridge Township - the entire Month is jam-packed with informative, educational, recreational and entertainment activities specially geared to Senior residents. Senior Month encourages Senior’s to engage in health and fitness activities, attend informative programs and seminars, participate in mind-stimulating activities such as Rummikub and Sudoku competitions, art and music classes, entertainment events, senior receptions and community engagements. Visit www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us for all of the Senior Month activities and events. 

New Jersey Paraunity Expo “Haunts” Woodbridge on Saturday

The 5th Annual New Jersey Paraunity Expo 2018 returns to Woodbridge on Saturday (May 19.)  Doors open from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Woodbridge High School (1 Samuel Lupo Place, Woodbridge, NJ 07095).  Meet New Jersey’s Biggest Paranormal Event Guests.  Paranormal groups from across New Jersey, Mediums, Authors, Lectures, Psychics, Ghost Tours, Vendors and Much More.  Tickets:  $20.00  Visit: www.newjerseyparaunityexpo.com


Woodbridge Community Choir Spring Concert Performs Tonight 


The Woodbridge Community Choir will host their first concert of the season with a rousing “Musical Journey Through Americana.” TONIGHT:  LIVE PERFORMANCE AT 7:30 PM.  First Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge (The Old White Church) located at 600 Rahway Ave.  The concert is FREE with a Reception to follow.  Visit the Woodbridge Community Choir at: https://www.facebook.com/WoodbridgeCommunityChoir.

Woodbridge Community Players Announce Auditions for Little House of Horrors
Sat., May 19 & Mon., May 21 @ The Theatre at Woodbridge Middle School 

LSOP Auditions

The Woodbridge Community Players (WCP) – our very own summer stock theatre group of local actors and actresses – are looking for talent!!!  Ensemble auditions for the cast of “Little House of Horrors” are scheduled for Sat., May 19 at 9:00 AM and Mon., May 21 at 7:00 PM at the Theatre at Woodbridge Middle School. Stay tuned to the WB News or the WCP Facebook at: www.facebook.com/wcyp.inc or www.WoodbridgeCommunityPlayers.org for information on performance dates and tickets.  

WCP Needs Patrons:  The work of the WCP does not end with the final curtain call for “Little House of Horrors” in July!!!  What many theatre-goers may not realize is how costly a stage production can be - just the rights to a play or Broadway musical show can run more than $5,000.00 - add to that costs for lighting, sound, scenery, costumes and props and you’ll understand why the WCP needs your help to produce shows the entire community can be proud of.  That’s why we’re asking Township residents to support the Woodbridge Community Players by signing on as a Patron.  To support the WCP and to learn how you can be a “Patron of the WCP” go to: www.WoodbridgeCommunityPlayers.org.

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Celebrate a Sunday in Spain:  Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre presents “Feria de Sevilla en Woodbridge” 


The Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre presents the splendor and charm of Spain’s artistic heritage with a gala “Feria de Sevilla en Woodbridge” on Sunday (May 20) at Parker Press Park (428 Rahway Ave.).  Enjoy Live Music... Traditional Flamenco Dances... Arts & Crafts... Dance Workshops & Demonstrations... Spanish Food & Beverage.  The “Feria” is open and “on-stage” from 2:30 to 6:00 PM.  “Feria de Sevilla en Woodbridge” is an admission-free event. 

Shopping this weekend.  Download the Woodbridge NOW APP... It’s FREE... It’s Easy...         It’s Everything Woodbridge


Planning on shopping the best Woodbridge Buy Local stores this weekend???  Looking to find out what’s happening in Town???  Download the Woodbridge NOW APP for all of the best shopping deals, rewards and specials!!!  The Woodbridge NOW APP Is FREE!!!  And, it’s the best source for what’s happening in Woodbridge.  Stay connected with just one touch.  Visit www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us.

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WCC Summer Camps are Filling-Up Fast... Sign-Up NOW!!!

ATTENTION PARENTS!!!  If you’re looking for that really cool Summer Camp... then look no further.  The all-new WCC Summer Camp offers more camping alternatives than any other camp in the region.  Check out the exciting swim camp at the Highland Grove Swim Club & Spray Park in Fords.  

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The Recreation Department’s Summer Camps return to Merrill Park in Colonia with expanded Specialty Sports Camps for soccer, baseball, basketball and the hugely popular Multi-Sports camp – all camps offer in-depth individualized sport coaching  from swimming to skating... arts & crafts... sports & specialty camps - there’s a camp for every child and every interest.  So, before time runs out, stop-by the WCC at 600 Main Street and sign-up your campers for the best - and most affordable - Summer Camp experience anywhere.  The camps always fill-up quickly, so don’t miss the “early bird” special.  The professional WCC Summer Camp staff is waiting for YOU!!!  Visit www.njwcc.com to learn more about the WCC Summer Camp Program. 


Make Fitness Fun with a WCC Family Membership


Stop by and explore the all-new Woodbridge Community Center (WCC) - Woodbridge Township’s community, recreation, entertainment, fitness/sport and cultural center.   WCC membership packages are available in all shapes and sizes.  Check out the Family Membership or an Individual Membership.  Join in May and receive a FREE WCC Gift with Paid Membership!!!  We’re betting that you’ll discover that the WCC is the perfect place for family fun and fitness.


The WCC is at the leading edge of what’s hot in the health, wellness and fitness industry – we’re going strong and getting in shape with the popular LesMills “Group Effect” exercise classes and personal training program.  The WCC also offers a full aquatics program with swim lessons for all ages, a competitive swim team, roller and ice skating lessons, ice hockey, open skate sessions, weight and aerobic center, personal training & fitness programs, a full-court gymnasium, basketball court, indoor track, and so much more.  Perfect your swing – baseball or softball - at the 3-cage batting center.  And, after taking batting practice, tee-off at SkyLine Mini-Golf - the best and most challenging mini-golf course in Central Jersey.

The WCC also hosts Corporate/Office outings and Birthday, Anniversary, Project Graduation, or any party for that special occasion.  Your special event party comes with the full-service, in-house WCC Café and catering.  Contact our Membership Services Coordinator at 732-596-4196.  Visit our webpage at: www.njwcc.com.  See us on Facebook.  Or stop-by the WCC at 600 Main Street, Woodbridge.  You’ll be glad you did!!!

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WB Events & Happenings

Relay For Life

SUN., MAY 20
The Old Neighborhood:  Stroll Down Memory Lane-Avenel                                                                

Join Township Historian Brenda Velasco and Avenel residents in a discussion about the “Old Days” in Avenel.  2:00 to 4:00 PM.  Barron Arts Center (582 Rahway Ave.)                                                                                              

MON., MAY 21
Historical Association of Woodbridge Township Presents:  Envisioning New Jersey.  Dr. Richard Veit offers a discussion on the Garden State: The Crossroads of the American Revolution.  First Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge (Rahway Ave.)  7:00 PM.                                                                                                                            


School News & Events


There are many events, programs and happenings every day that focus on our schools, students and extra-curricular activities.  The E-News encourages residents, parents, students and visitors to support the various school-related activities - without community sponsorship, many of the student programs, events and activities would not be able to take place.  Plan to attend.


SAT., MAY 19
Colonia High School Diamond Club Presents: Take Me Out To The Ballgame...  a Tricky Tray Fundraiser benefitting CHS Baseball.  $30.00 per person.  Gates Open at 4:00 PM.  First Pitch at 6:05 PM.
International Thespian Society Presents:  A Musical Theatre Gala Fundraiser – “A Night of Stars.”  7:00 PM at Colonia High School (Ticket purchase).

MON., MAY 21
Pennsylvania Avenue School #21 Spring Chorus Concert.  6:30 PM
Barron Arts Center Presents:  Poetry Slam.  6:30 – 8:00 PM.
Ross Street School #11 Spring Music Concert.  6:30 PM
Robert Mascenik School #26 Spring Chorus Concert.  7:00 PM
Avenel Street School 4/5 Spring Vocal Music Concert.  Colonia High School.  7:00 PM.
WED., MAY 23
Art Show & Chorus Concert at Colonia High School.  7:00 PM
POPS Instrumental Music Concert at Woodbridge High School.  7:00 PM.
Woodbine Avenue School #23 Spring Concert at Avenel Middle School.  6:00 PM
Colonia Middle School Festival of the Arts.  Doors Open at 6:30 PM
John F. Kennedy Memorial High School Senior Awards Ceremony.  6:30 PM.

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