Model Train & Toy Expo slated for Jan. 10

The Model Train & Toy Expo will be held at St. Joseph High School, 145 Plainfield Road, Metuchen, on Jan. 10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Children under 10 are admitted free with an adult. A special presentation will also be held at 11 a.m. by Frank Duke on “Questions on Model Railroading.” View numerous operating layouts, get spare parts for both vintage and newer train models and visit with the train doctor for repairs or purchase new boxed sets of the “Polar Express.”

Classic Toy Train Magazine has donated numerous other prizes including magazine subscriptions and train related introductory booklet “giveaways” to the public.

Other highlights include Greenberg Book Store, as well as several other club layouts with multiple train gauges and tables of toy trains in every gauge. Door prize drawings will be announced every half hour including the Grand Prize Winner of a “Thomas the Play Station Train Set” at 2:30 p.m. (winner need not be present to win).

View train layouts operated by members of Central New Jersey “N” Track Club, the Independent Hi-Railers and the Staten Island Society of Model Railroaders. Chat with scenic specialists and learn about wiring techniques and the art of displaying a landscape filled with farm and mountain scenes for your trains.

Tickets for the show are $7; children under the age of 10 are admitted free with a parent. Visiting hours of the expo are Sunday only from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Jan 10. For more information, call 201-327-5254 or 732-845-5966.2

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

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

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.

Apply now for Sheriff’s civilian academy

Applications are being accepted for the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office’s Civilian Academy.

Participants will meet 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays for eight weeks. beginning April 6, at the Middlesex County Police Training Center, North Patrol Road, Edison. One Saturday class will be held. Graduation is scheduled for May 25.

Each session will highlight functions of the Sheriff’s Office, including defensive tactics, K-9, transportation, SWAT, the courts, civil process and foreclosures. Participants will also tour the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office and the Main Courthouse in New Brunswick.

Applicants must be residents of Middlesex County, at least 18 years old, have no felony convictions, not be wanted for any crime and must submit to a limited background check.

Applications are due by Feb. 5.

For more information, contact Sheriff’s Officer Frank Sautner at 732-745-5909 or

Breakfast set at Edison Elks Lodge

The Edison Elks Lodge will hold its monthly Breakfast on Dec. 13 from 8:30-11 a.m. at the lodge, which is located at 375 Old Post Road.

Breakfast consists of eggs any style, omelets, bacon, Taylor ham, sausage, potatoes, toast, assorted cereals, juices, milk, coffee, tea and assorted desserts. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 and children 5 years and under are guests of the lodge.

For more information, call the lodge after 3 p.m. at 732-985-2487.