Mexican Dinner before Moody blues Tribute Concert – May 23

All are welcome to join other RPCVs, family & friends on May 23rd at 5:00 p.m. for some flavorful, eclectic, and refreshing Mexican cuisine ahead of the “Time Traveller” Moody Blues Tribute concert which starts at 7pm (see below for FREE ticket information)

Taqueria Maria’s
51 Dayton Road, Jamesburg NJ 08831   (732) 521-1400

BYOB Tex-Mex restaurant with excellent reviews.
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Spouses/friends/family members are welcome!

Please RSVP by 5/20 to:
Greg Harris

The restaurant is a 5 minute drive from the Moody Blues Tribute concert that starts at 7:00 p.m.
We are offering FREE tickets to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and families.
To reserve free tickets, contact Nancie at
For further info:

Marasco Center for Performing Arts
1629 Perrineville Rd.,
Monroe Township, NJ, 08831

RPCV-NJ Family Picnic and Animal Bell Presentation – June 28

Sunday, June 28, 2015
11:00am to 5:00pm

Harmony Recreation Area Pavilion
Route 519 South, Harmon, NJ
**Note: if the address 3003 Belvidere Avenue, Phillipsburg, NJ is used, you can get directions online to the Harmony Recreation area (Phillipsburg street address but in Harmony Township- Route 519/Belvidere Avenue)**

Rain or Shine! Please bring some food and/or beverage to share, ethnic dishes welcomed. Crock pots and warming trays can be plugged in. If a grill is desired, you would have to bring one to use. Bring sports equipment, kites etc. A playground and large open fields are available for recreation. Picnic tables are available under the pavilion but also a large open grassy area if you want to bring a blanket or lawn chair(s).

Family and friends welcome! Prospective volunteers or those who have joined the Peace Corps and are preparing to serve are welcome too.

Please RSVP to Christie Musa or contact with questions:
Cell: 908.283.9990 or email

Jim Diamond & wife Betty (RPCVs Chad 1971-73) will share their collection of domestic animal bells from around the world. 20-25 of the bells from a collection of 82 bells from 29 countries will be displayed and Jim will describe where and how animal bells are made; why herders uses animal bells; then ring each bell and describe a brief story for each bell. Children are invited to take part in the presentation.

Peace Corps Welcome Back/Send Off Event – June 25

Save the date! Welcome Back/Send Off:

Thursday June 25th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Reformed Church of Highland Park
19-21 South 2nd Ave. Highland Park, NJ 08904

Welcome home new RPCVs and send off new Invitees! (Official invitation to follow including RSVP details. Family and friends welcome)

We have a great evening planned and we’re looking for RPCVs to help in many different capacities.

1) Around the World Fair: Would you like to host a table highlighting items from your service? We will have a handful of tables set up around the room for invitees & applicants to peruse and ask questions about your service and your country. If so, please email Patrick McGettigan at

2) Panelist: Are you interested in answering questions about your Peace Corps service, how you connected to friends and family, and the transition upon returning home? If so, please email Rachel Bueide

3) Food: We’re hoping to provide some food in a potluck style. Peace Corps will be able to provide some items and we’d love to have some dishes supplemented by RPCVs. You can make something from your country of service or pick up a simple snack to share on your way over. If you are interested in making a food contribution, please email Rachel Bueide at

4) General milling around: There will be an informal portion of the evening and we will encourage invitees & applicants to interact with RPCVs so if you’re not up for a formal presentation, how about just coming to hang out with and enjoy some great company?

Diversity Stride 2015 – June 6

Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ
Saturday – June 6th, 10:30 -3:00 PM

Each year social justice advocates, change agents, students, community leaders, corporate employees, youth-based organizations, cultural groups and teams of walkers enjoy a leisurely 5K walk in a select New Jersey city park.

The Diversity Stride promotes community unity and helps to ensure our neighbors of all races, faiths, ethnicities, identities and ages know that they are valued and respected.  At the Diversity Stride, you will enjoy cultural entertainment as well as food and refreshments and the sense of fulfillment that comes along with valuing diversity and promoting respect.

RPCVs are invited to come out and walk with the Peace Corps group! Please contact if you plan to attend.

Outreach Presentation: Christie Musa RPCV Sierra Leone ’81-83

A presentation was made on her Peace Corps experience in Sierra Leone by Christie Musa, Inland Fisheries Extension Agent 1981-83.

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Howell Farms Potato Planting – April 25

On Saturday, April 25, a group from RPCV-NJ participated in the Annual Potato

Planting event at Howell Living History Farm in Lambertville NJ. The weather was cool and crisp and ideal for working outdoors. Assisted by 2 teams of horses who plowed the fields, our group was joined by others from the community in the planting activities.

The RPCV group included: Christie Musa, Gerry Gillio, Edie Ben-Israel, George Gunkelman, John Lawlor, Greg Harris, Carmine Grasso, Peter Arney, Pete Watson (our host), farmer Rob Flory and his intern and, soon to be PCV in Cameroon, Alex Amador.

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We worked hard and have the aching backs to show for it. After spending the morning in the field, we had lunch together treated to us by Pete Watson, our host.

Each week Howell Living History Farm hosts a different event involving the community. Next week it is sheep shearing. The harvesting of the potatoes will take place in August with the potatoes being donated to local Trenton area food banks. Our RPCV group will be back to join in the harvest.

RPCV Picnic in Waretown, NJ – May 3rd

Please join us and bring your family & friends on May 3rd for a Spring Picnic at:
905 Wells Mills Road (Route 532), Waretown, NJ
Days activities will include a hike lead by local expert Phil Levy, a Peace Corps Show and Tell, and a cookout on the grill!
Spouses/friends/family members are welcome!
Please RSVP by April 26th to:
Anthony Privetera

Ethnic Dining – Topo Vietnamese cuisine in Hackettstown, NJ

On a beautiful spring day, April 19, 2015, RPCVs and family members gathered in Hackettstown (Warren County) to enjoy Vietnamese food at Topo Restaurant  recommended by Allison Wawrin. The restaurant was easy to find and the décor bright and cheerful with setting was adequate for the eight attendees.

The food was excellent, from the Topo sampler (with fish, peanut and curry sauces) and pickled appetizers to the varied dishes ordered by attendees. A wide selection of foods from breakfast/brunch items to luncheon specials and regular menu items was available and by all accounts the food was delicious.

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As always, the camaraderie of RPCVs and friends was enjoyable.

RPCV-NJ Participates in 2015 Jersey Cares Day

On Saturday, May 2, 2015, seven representatives of RPCV-NJ participated in Jersey Cares Day activities.  The sun was shining and the weather was perfect for some outdoor work.  This year we chose the project “It’s fun to paint at the YMCA” in Hillsborough.  There were several projects to work on at the YMCA and the majority of our group chose painting a map of the world on the blacktop of the children’s playground.  Joining a group of about 20 volunteers from Novo-Nordisk we quickly worked collaboratively to make this project come to life.  We lined up and rolled out long white sheets across the playground and then painted in the many tiny circles with white paint.  When we took away the sheets, it revealed in the many dots a very rough outline of the world map.  We then had to connect the dots with chalk to form the outline of continents and countries.  Next was numbering each country to reflect the color that country was to be painted.  Then we painted each country with its assigned color.
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When it came to the continent of Africa, our Peace Corps experience gave us a bit of an advantage in identifying the countries from the outline.  In addition to painting many other countries, we made sure that Barbara painted Senegal, Lisa painted Ghana, Edie painted Malawi and Peter painted Sierra Leone.  You can see from the photos how things turned out. Anthony and Gabby worked on some different painting work at the Y but we made sure to stop and pose for a group photo.  A good time was had by all.