Unity Bank donation benefits Edison food pantry

EDISON — Unity Bank and its employees have donated a total of $15,000 to 15 food pantries in Central Jersey, including one in Edison, and Easton, Pennsylvania.

The St. James Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen received $1,000 from the Edison branch.

The funds were donated by Unity Bank employees and matched by the bank as part of a special holiday community service project.

“As a community bank, it is our responsibility to serve those in need in the towns and neighborhoods where we have branches,” said Unity Bank President and CEO James A. Hughes. “We are all so busy these days that it is easy to forget there are many people who are struggling to make ends meet so I am very proud of Unity Bank’s employees for their generosity. The food pantry drive is just another way that Unity Bank and our employees show that we are committed to serving our communities.”

JCCMC to host new Men’s Group meetings

On Jan. 6 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. will be the first meeting of the JCC Men’s Group at the Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County (JCCMC) at 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison.

This new group is devoted to semi-retired and retired men who are looking for a meaningful social activity for relaxation, learning and friendly interaction with men of a similar age. Topic for the first meeting: Where Were You: When World War II ended? When JFK was shot? When Neil Armstrong walked on the moon? When the 9/11 attacks happened? Tell your stories!

Bagels and coffee will be provided.

The group is free for members and $5 per session for nonmembers. For more information, contact Lincoln Richman at 732-494-3232, ext. 3627.

Diocese of Metuchen announces observances

Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski will open Holy Door at Metuchen Cathedral and celebrate Mass on Dec. 20.

The Diocese has announced 10 Doors of Mercy in the diocese will be open to pilgrims throughout the year. The Diocesan commission was formed to find ways to celebrate the Year of Mercy in the local Church and to blend Pope Francis’ observances into the diocesan calendar and planned activities.

The Diocese has established a section on its website dedicated to the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which will highlight observances of the local church. For information, visit http://diometuchen.org/mercy.

Holiday luncheon set for Dec. 31

Edison AARP Chapter 3446 will meet at noon on Dec. 21 for an annual holiday luncheon. The meeting will be held at The Forge Inn, 1002 Highway 9 North, Woodbridge. Entertainment will be provided by The Elderly Brothers.

A trip is being planned to Doolan’s in Spring Lake on Dec. 31 for a New Year’s Eve day celebration.

Food for MCFOODS will be collected at the luncheon. For more information, call Mary Ann at 732-287-3659, or visit www.edisonaarp.org.

Center offers trip on Jan. 13

The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison, will offer a behind the scenes tour of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City on Jan. 13. See production areas not seen by the general public and increase understanding of how the company works.

The bus leaves the JCC on Oak Tree Road, Edison, at 1:15 p.m. and returns approximately at 6 p.m.

The cost is $49 for Community Campus members, $55 for nonmembers, and includes bus transportation and guided tour. Space is limited.

For more information, contact Diane Mael, director of adult services, at 732-494- 3232, ext. 3614.

Metuchen Library hosts information seminar

The Metuchen Public Library will be the host to an Affordable Care Act Information Seminar on Dec. 9, from 7 to 8 p.m.

The seminar is free and open to all. Trained assisters from Enrollment Assistance Center—SRA International, Inc. will be available to answer questions.

Dec. 15 is the last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage to start on Jan. 1, 2016. Open enrollment ends on Jan. 31, 2016

For questions, contact the Library at 732-632-8526.

Christmas Concert, treats set Dec. 17 at Trivium Academy

A “Christmas Concert and Night of Sweet Treats” will be held Dec. 17 at Trivium Academy in South Plainfield.

Cakes from local bakeries and bakers and ornaments hand made by students will be for sale. Doors open at 7 p.m. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the cake sale will start at 8:30 p.m.

For additional information, contact info@triviumacademynj.org.