Greetings From Woodbridge

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 spectacular line-up of Fall events that will keep everyone – residents and visitors alike – entertained throughout the year. 
Experience top-name entertainment appearing at The Avenel Performing Arts Center (APAC).  Plan to shop the best Buy Local stores and merchants… and, grab a bite to eat at any of our restaurants, delis, & pizzerias!!!  Explore the Barron Arts Center & Woodbridge Artisan Guild Gallery.  Get into Wellness and work-out at the Woodbridge Community Center (WCC) & The Club at Woodbridge. Explore the Halloween and Fall events at Parker Press Park…   And, there is much, much more to come!!!  

Visit us at: www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us for everything Woodbridge!!!

See You Around Town…
Mayor John E. McCormac

Mayor John E. McCormac Welcomes Senior Residents to Red Oak Manor


Mayor John E. McCormac welcomed 60 new residents to Red Oak Manor – the Township’s newest Senior Housing Community located adjacent to the Sycamore Senior Center in Sewaren.  “The Grand Opening of the Red Oak Manor residential community stands as an incredible day for the residents of the former Stern Towers as they left the oldest housing complex in town to the newest residential community in Woodbridge,” said Mayor John E. McCormac.  “Red Oak Manor represents yet another step in our efforts to replace older residential communities with new, modern facilities.  The demand for affordable housing for seniors is tremendous and we keep looking for locations where more can be built.  With the Sycamore Senior Center right next door, and with our senior bussing program up and running, the Red Oak complex will be an amazing place for our seniors to live.”  Red Oak Manor replaced the 55 year-old Stern Towers, a Woodbridge Housing Authority building which opened in downtown Woodbridge in 1964.  




The Avenel Performing Arts Center (APAC) - the region’s newest performing arts center designed for theatre, stage productions and special performances – is welcoming theatre-goers with the very best entertainment venue in Central Jersey.  The APAC is a multi-disciplinary performing arts center located in Avenel (Woodbridge Township). Managed by the Woodbridge Arts Alliance (WAA), the APAC promises to energize Avenel and surrounding communities by programming exceptional, professional theatre, music, comedy, dance and more.  The APAC features seating for 200 patrons, a separate performance room and pre-function lobby area that opens to exterior space for larger gatherings and events.  APAC also features Curtains Restaurant – a stand-alone dining destination available for catered pre-performance and special events.   

Avenel Arts This Weekend

Fri., Oct. 11:  8:00 PM 

TICKETS: $49.50 

Visit: www.avenelarts.com or call Box Office at:  732-314-0500

Avenel Arts

Wed., Oct. 16:  8:00 PM
Thurs., Oct. 17:  8:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 18 :  8:00 PM

TICKETS: $39.50
Visit: www.avenelarts.com or call Box Office at:  732-314-0500                                                                                                            

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BarronFest Art & Craft Festival Returns to Parker Press Park on Saturday Oct. 12


The BarronFest Arts & Crafts Festival returns to Parker Press Park on Saturday (Oct. 12).  BarronFest - sponsored by the Woodbridge Township Cultural Arts Commission and the Barron Arts Center - features over 50 local artisans & crafters.  Stroll the BarronFest booths and craft areas from Noon to 4:30 PM.  Food and other refreshments are available for purchase as a fundraiser for the Woodbridge Township Cultural Arts Commission. 

Woodbridge Celebrates Columbus Day on Sunday 

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Celebrate Columbus Day on Sunday (Oct. 13) when the Knights of Columbus Colonia Council #6571 welcome Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella as part of the annual Columbus Day Observance & Flag-Raising Ceremony.  State Senator Joe Vitale, Mayor John E. McCormac, the Woodbridge Township Municipal Council, dignitaries and residents will join the Columbus Day festivities with the presentation of Proclamations to Columbus Day honorees and the raising of the Italian flag.  The festivities start at 10:00 AM in the Municipal Council Meeting Room, First Floor, Town Hall (1 Main Street).

Woodbridge Ghost Walk  ‘Haunts’ Main Street on Saturday

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The Woodbridge Halloween Ghost Walk returns to Parker Press Park and Main Street on Saturday (Oct. 12) and again on Sat., Oct. 19, with an all-new fun and fascinating 40-minute guided tour into the spirit-filled past of Woodbridge Township.  Ghost Walk explores a side of Woodbridge not typically found in textbooks – the Township’s rich history of ghosts, curious incidents and unexplained occurrences from Colonial days to the present.  Costumed guides and actors tell the stories of New Jersey’s first European settlers, Revolutionary War heroes, members of Victorian society and much, much more!!!  Meet the spirits of both famous and infamous local residents of the town’s past.    Ghost tours haunt Main Street starting at 6:30 PM (Sat., Oct. 12 & 19).  Tours leave every 15 minutes from Parker Press Park (400 Rahway Ave. across from Berkeley College).  Tour Tickets: $10.00 per person (strollers FREE). Like us on Facebook at: Woodbridge Ghost Walk.  www.hauntedhistoryproductions.com

Recreation Department Hosts Halloween ‘Hauntings’ & ‘Spooktacular’ Events!!

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Woodbridge Township is under the spell of ‘Haunted Halloween’ with special Township-wide ‘Spooktacular’ events to celebrate the annual recognition of  ‘All Hollows Eve.’  The Department of Recreation has a line-up of Halloween events that are not to be missed!!!  Pumpkin Painting returns to Parker Press Park on Wed., Oct. 16 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM.  Come pick out a ‘Great’ pumpkin and paint a Halloween masterpiece.  It’s Stuff Your Own Scarecrow on Thurs., Oct. 17 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Parker Press Park.  We supply the hay... you bring some old clothes and create your own take-home scarecrow.  The Haunted Halloween Hay Ride & Family Fun Festival is set for Thurs., Oct. 24 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. at Parker Press Park... Beware of the Ghosts & Goblins along the way!!!   Trunk-or-Treat on Main Street and at the Town Hall parking lot on Sat., Oct. 26 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Show off your Halloween costume while ‘Trunk-or-Treating’ at Town Hall… Prizes for funniest, scariest and most original costume.  The Halloween Drive-In Movie – Monster House – is showing at dusk in the WCC parking lot.  

Save the Date: Taste of Woodbridge “Serves” on Oct. 17

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Experience the best food, deserts, wine & beverage that Woodbridge restaurants and culinary establishments have to offer.  The Taste of Woodbridge returns to the Woodbridge Community Center (WCC) on Oct. 17, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.  Tickets: $30 Advance.  $35 at the Door.  Call the Woodbridge Department of Recreation at 732-596-4047 or email eileen.caggiano@twp.woodbridge.nj.us for ticket information.  See you there!

Buy Local Shopping... Download the Woodbridge NOW APP
It’s Free... It's Easy...It's Everything Woodbridge!!! 

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Buy Local shopping this weekend.  Be sure to 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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Public Works Announces FREE Leaf Bag Distribution


The Fall ‘Bagged Leaf’ collection program is about to get underway!!!  Check out the Public Works schedule to find out where to pick-up FREE leaf bags.  To collect leaves more efficiently the Township requires that residents bag leaves in biodegradable paper leaf bags only – plastic bags cannot be used  The biodegradable paper leaf bags are designated for ‘Leaves Only’ and are to be used only while the leaf collection program is in effect.  The Township distributes paper leaf bags to residents FREE of charge and are available at the Public Works Recycling Center located on Smith Street in Keasbey.  Check the Township web page at www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us. or call the Recycling Hotline at 732-738-1311 x3049 for more information on the ‘bagged leaf’ collection program.

Mayor Mac Sponsors 2019 Holiday Shopping Spree Raffle
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Check-Out a Fall Health & Wellness Membership at the WCC

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Check out the Fall Membership packages at the Woodbridge Community Center (WCC) - Woodbridge Township’s family recreation, fitness/sport and entertainment center.  WCC membership packages are available in all shapes and sizes…  Sign-up for a Family Membership or an Individual Membership and receive a FREE WCC gift!!!


DID YOU KNOW???  The WCC is at the leading edge of what’s hot in the health, wellness and fitness industry!!!  WCC members are 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 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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It’s All Happening at The Club

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The Club at Woodbridge is now part of the Woodbridge Township Recreation Family – and we’re offering an incredible menu of health, wellness, fitness and entertainment programs, events and happenings to members and guests!!!  The Club is the perfect complement to the Woodbridge Community Center (WCC) right across Main Street.  Both facilities have a pool, running track, cardio rooms, weight rooms, concession areas and child care functions. Both run summer camps for kids and personal training and other amenities. The Club has racquetball and badminton, while the WCC has a hockey rink, roller rink, mini-golf course and batting cages.   Explore all The Club has to offer at: www.theclub.org.

WB Events & Happenings


SAT., OCT. 12
The Woodbridge Elks Present:  The Flying Ivories Dueling Pianos.  2 performances on 2 pianos…  Doors Open & Pasta Dinner at 6:30 PM.  Dueling Pianos:  8:00 PM.  Woodbridge Elks at 665 Rahway Ave.

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SAT., OCT. 12
Port Reading Day.  FREE EVENT…  Food… Refreshments… Entertainment… Kids Games… Arts & Crafts.  Noon to 3:00 PM.  Port Reading Fire House, Port Reading Ave.


SUN., OCT. 13
3RD Annual Inman Avenue Breast Cancer Walk & BBQ.  Walk leaves School 21 at 11:30 AM…  Walk to Charlie Shaughnessy Park.  $10.00 per walker.  Proceeds benefit Lorraine (Hauptman) Monteiro who is battling breast cancer.


School News

There are many events, programs and happenings every day that focus on our schools, students and extra-curricular activities.  The WB 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., OCT. 12
Garba Indian Dance Festival.  Colonia High School.  6:00 – 10:00 PM.
TUES., OCT. 15
Broadway Night Student Performance.  Woodbridge High School.  7:00 PM.

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