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Single Volunteers

"Last summer, one of our board members, Debbie Faigen, was approached

by her daughter who at the time was single," says Jessie Falcone,

production director at Recording for the Blind and

Dyslexic of New Jersey. "She was asking her mother for ideas (on how

to meet men). Debbie told her, if you do volunteer work you might meet

someone similar with good virtues." That conversation led Faigen and

Falcone to hatch an idea for a singles night, which will take place

Thursday, April 28, during RFB&D’s annual record-a-thon. The

record-a-thon is an intensive, weeklong volunteer effort to double the

production of taped textbooks at RFB&D recording studios across the

United States in preparation for the busy back-to-school season in the

fall.

"We have a great need for volunteers who would like to come in the

evenings," says Falcone, who oversees a staff of seven and almost 400

volunteers in the daily production of about 300 recorded textbooks –

or more than 9,000 hours of recorded material – a year. She makes sure

that books are completed in a timely fashion and produced with good

quality. The organization used to have a studio in Carnegie Center,

where it was fairly easy to attract evening volunteers.

"Two years ago, we combined two studios and moved to Plainsboro at St.

Joseph’s Seminary, so we lost several volunteers because it wasn’t as

convenient. Evening volunteers are professionals, and tend to come and

go," says Falcone. The upside of volunteering for singles, she says,

is that since RFB&D records textbooks in all different subject areas

and several different languages, it’s a great place to meet

well-educated, intelligent people. "Our volunteers are are a real

cross-section – doctors, lawyers, physicists, chemists, teachers and

educators, and people who are fluent in Spanish, French, German, and

other languages."

Falcone says the state-of-the-art facility has 12

digital recording booths and evening hours are split into sessions:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and 7 to 8:30 p.m.;

Tuesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Falcone, who is single, says they have marketed the event to many area

singles groups with members in the age range of 30s to 50s. The

evening will include wine and hors d’oeuvres and tours of the

facility. There will be recording sessions going on and visitors can

listen in on a recording.

Falcone, whose background is in public radio, lives in Hamilton and

earned a degree in audio production from Ohio University in 1997. Does

she think she might meet someone at the singles night? "I’m probably

going to be too busy," she says.

Singles Night at Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic – New Jersey Unit,

Thursday, April 28, 5 to 7 p.m., 69 Mapleton Road (St. Vincent Hall at

St. Joseph’s Seminary, behind Forrestal Village). For directions visit

www.rfbdnj.org.

The newest club to hit the Mercer County singles scene, A+ Singles

Exchange, hosts its inaugural monthly culinary event, "Mediterranean

Escape: An Epicurean Evening," Friday, Friday, April 22, at Bon

Appetit cafe, Princeton Shopping Center, North Harrison Street, from

7:30 to 9 p.m. The event features Mediterranean food by Bon Appetit’s

Deeann Lemmerling and a tasting led by wine expert Mark Bovenizer of

Community Liquors, a Diploma "A" Wine Master and owner of Community

Liquors on Witherspoon Street. Cost: $10; $15 non-members. No

registration necessary. Pay at the door.

A+ Singles Exchange, E-mail contactaplus@aol.com. Singles "Activities

Club" based in Princeton and serving Mercer County area for the "just

right" age group (35-45) with eclectic, well-rounded taste in cultural

arts, selective pop culture, and outdoor leisure activities.

Professional E-mail address and personal contact phone number required

to participate.

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Call for Entries

Community Arts Partnership at the Peddie School invites New Jersey

playwrights to submit works for consideration for public reading in

the 2005-’06 season. Deadline is May 1. Visit www.peddie.org/capps or

call 609-490-7550 for information.

International Sculpture Center announces the 11th annual Outstanding

Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. Winners

participate in an exhibition at Hamilton’s Grounds for Sculpture,

receive a membership in ISC, and one of the awardees is selected for a

six-week residency in Switzerland. Visit www.sculpture.org for

information.

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Call for Donations

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church invites gifts for the Women Award

shelter for the victims of domestic violence. Bring to 142 Sand Hill

Road, Monmouth Junction. Needed are alarm clocks, lamps, disposable

diapers, flashlights, pajamas, bathrobes, slippers, phone cards,

towels, and twin size sheets. Items should be new. Call 732-297-4607.

HomeFront requests cribs and linens, bassinets, changing tables,

infant seats, car seats, diapers, layette items, baby monitors, and

baby care items. Visit www.homefrontnj.org or call 609-989-9417.

Plainsboro Public Library and SuperFresh in Plainsboro are collecting

gently-used magazines and books for children and families who are

staying at RWJ’s Children’s Hospital. E-mail Allison Packer at

jemar5@aol.com.

Special Olympics New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run will raise funds

and awareness of the programs. In New Jersey, it is comprised of close

to 2,700 law enforcement officers who carry the Flame of Hope Torch

close to 950 miles around the state on Friday, June 3. For information

visit www.sonj.org or call 609-896-8000.

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Available

New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has established

a toll-free helpline featuring peer counseling, clinical assessment,

assistance to family members. It provides veterans and their families

access to a mental health provider network specializing in post

traumatic stress disorder and other issues. Free and confidential.

Call 866-838-7654.

Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey offers blue ribbons to symbolize Child

Abuse Prevention Month (April). Call 800-CHILDREN.

County of Mercer opened fresh water fishing areas to the public on

April 9. Visit www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/fishneed.htm or call

609-292-2965 for information.

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Calling All Bands

Keyport Business Alliance seeks bands to perform at Keyport’s Third

Annual Battle of the Bands on July 30. Www.keyportonline.com for

information.


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