Check out the latest on the state closures due to the budget situation here: this is the live stream from NJ.com with most recent updates. Happy 4th of July??

POOL CLOSED BY STORM DAMAGE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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The Metuchen Municipal Pool has been closed due to severe damage from the Saturday night storms the area suffered -- the Pool Commission is hoping to have the pool up and running by tomorrow at noon. Stay tuned for information.

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Local Author Robert Kaplow Reading at Library August 21st

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Help the Y Fix Hunger Issues for Local Families

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Facebook Help Needed ASAP

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Hello, readers! Is there anyone out there who can help me fix a Facebook issue for Metuchen Matters' page? I can explain the specifics when I speak with you but I am unable to post right now, which is NOT GOOD! I would love some assistance in getting to the bottom of this -- and, of course, Facebook is barely helpful. Any takers? Please send a message through to Info@metuchenmatters.com, please? Thanks!

Farmers Market Has All the Fixings for a Great Fourth of July

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As you gear up for Fourth of July, check out these messages from Metuchen Farners Market!

WHAT'S IN SEASON / COMING THIS WEEK

Heading into July, we'll see fewer tender greens and alliums but more warmer weather fruits and vegetables. Our farmers will be bringing larger quantities of summer crops such as cucumbers, heartier greens like chard, broccoli, beets, cabbage, snap beans, squash, onions, and maybe the beginning of the sweet corn. Blueberries are getting sweeter, and raspberries and blackberries should be joining them.
 

VENDORS THIS WEEK

  • Cai's CafĂ©
  • Cherry Grove Farm
  • Chickadee Creek Farm
  • Country Stand Farm 
  • Farmer Al's Market & Greenhouses
  • The Farmer and the Chickpea
  • Gourmet Nuts & Dried Fruit
  • Hoboken Farm Stand
  • Jersey City Fish Stand
  • MahA Premium Granola
  • Mishrun Chutneys & Relishes
  • Pickles and Olives Etc.
  • Sugar Maple Jerseys
  • The Farmer & The Chickpea
  • Von Thun's Country Farm
  • Wood Stack Pizza Kitchen

REASONS TO SHOP LOCAL

  • Local food tastes better. Food imported from far away is older, has traveled on trucks or planes, and has sat in warehouses before it finally gets to you.
  • Local food is better for you. The shorter the time from farm to table, the less likely it is that nutrients will be lost.
  • Local food is safe. Local farmers aren't anonymous and they take their responsibility to the consumers seriously.

5 Tips for Parents with Kids Who Love Sports

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1. Keep Your Child's Spirits High

Sports can be draining, especially for a child. The difficult training hours, the staunch competition, and the many games can wear them out from time to time.

A great parent knows exactly how to keep their kids excited and motivate them to pursue their passion. Boosting your child's morale can be as simple as talking to them at the end of a long day of practice, or as creative as consulting the services of businesses like Strideline to help your child relish being an athlete. Dig deep to find what your child loves about their game of choice, and keep that fire alive--they'll thank you for it in the long run.

2. Be Involved

While it's unhealthy to be a helicopter parent, it can be equally harmful to be too far detached from your child's activities. Kids take notice when their parents are involved in what they love, and appreciate it when parents are engaged without getting in the way of their fun.

While the average parent treats driving their children to practice as a chore, for example, good parents are aware of the bonding opportunity this presents as well as the feeling of support gained from seeing one's parents go out of the way for them.

Find the proper balance between letting your child feel independent, and displaying your support for them in the face of what they love to do.

3. Meet their Friends

Getting to know the kids who interact with yours is a must. These are the people with whom your kids might end up forming lasting friendships in the long run, and from whom your children will learn the value of teamwork and leadership. Meeting these influences can help you monitor your child's growth, and give you an idea of what more you could do to help them develop their social skills.

It helps to develop a good rapport with your child's team. Building this kind of positive reputation means dishing out encouragement as often as you can, being present during after-practice hangouts, and planning out gestures that help the team grow as a unit (one popular trend right now involves getting the team their own set of custom socks.

4. Don't Freak Out Over Injuries

Nobody would fault a parent for getting upset when their child suffers an injury. The instinct to protect our young is only natural, after all. But there are advantages to keeping a level head when your kid gets hurt in the field of play.

For one thing, it's important for a child to learn that accidents can happen, and that some risks are worth accepting for the sake of greater things. Well-balanced children learn early on that accidents and injuries are a part of life, and shouldn't prevent them from pursuing healthy activities. On the other side of  things, children also learn how to handle injuries from their parents --you wouldn't want to show them that panic is the appropriate response.

 All that having been said, it is important to do your part to make your child's experience with sports as safe as possible, and prevent any serious harm from happening while they're at play.

5. Never Push Too Hard

Nothing ruins a passion like unnecessary pressure. It's understandable for a parent to want their children to excel and rise above their peers, but going overboard can lead to some big issues like adolescent depression further down the line.

 When it comes to encouragement, make sure you don't cross the line. The right amount of push usually looks like a clear discussion where a parent outlines their reasons for wanting their kid to aim higher, and then listens to what their child has to say in return. When these discussions are closed on a positive note (ex., And remember I want you to choose what you feel is best for you), then you know that positive encouragement has been achieved.

Keep your child happy and motivated while engaging in the things that make them feel alive. They'll thank you for it when they're grown, though their smiles today are sure to be reward enough.

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