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"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
"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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Keyport Business Alliance seeks bands to perform at Keyport’s Third
Annual Battle of the Bands on July 30. Www.keyportonline.com for
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