Designer Bag Bingo May 5th!

Please come support the School One PTA at their Designer Bag Bingo! Friday May 5th! Doors open at 6pm and games start at 7pm. Buy your boards early and save!

Snow Storm Warning: Feb. 8th – 9th

Be advised there is a significant snow storm expected to affect Middlesex County, including Piscataway. Snow fall is expected to begin late tonight (Wednesday) through the early evening on Thursday. The Arbor Rescue Squad urges all individuals to not drive on the roads unless needed to. Do not let All Wheel Drive and 4 Wheel Drive give you a false sense of security when driving. Do not park on the roadways to allow both County and Township workers to clear streets (side streets as we all well know will take longer to get cleared). Take care when removing snow as to not put your hands into a snow blower to clear it and do not put snow back onto the roadways. If shoveling by hand, know your abilities, take breaks and ask for help if needed to avoid making any medical conditions worse. Please remember to “salt” steps and walkways to avoid slips and falls and in case emergency personnel are needed to come to your home. As always make sure to check on elderly neighbors to see if they are ok or need help with anything as their ability to deal with issues can be limited during snow fall.

Dear Piscataway Residents

The Arbor Rescue Squad has been servicing the community since 1931. For 85 years we have relied strictly on donations and fundraisers, no citizen of Piscataway has ever been charged a tax dollar for our services. However, over the past decade donations have steadily decreased while expenses have only increased. The economic realities have reached the point that in order to maintain operations and eventually improve and expand operations; we must begin billing for services effective Jan. 1st 2017.  This decision was not made lightly and took a very long time to come to. We have spent the last year and a half working with Piscataway Township, New Jersey Dept. of Health, and Cornerstone Adminisystems to ensure our organization and services could continue in Piscataway.

Of our two sister rescue squads in Piscataway, one already has been billing for a few years and the other one is part of a fire department and their Fire Commissioners provide them with funding generated through a tax from their fire district. Most health insurance carriers have payment for 911 services built into their plans; the impact to most people will be minimal. Those who have legitimate hardship cases will be reviewed and our billing company is flexible enough to deal with them as individuals, not as just numbers. Revenue from the new billing will be used to pay our monthly utilities, insurance, and service bills, pay for medical supplies, maintenance of the ambulances, building and property. In the future, we are looking forward to buying a new ambulance, creating community outreach and prevention programs, buying advanced medical technology to provide an even wider and higher level of care. We will still remain a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization accepting generous donations and will be run by a completely volunteer staff. No member shall receive a salary, we will however invest in volunteer recruitment and retention programs just as most of our fire departments have been doing for many years such as a training fund, clothing allowance and LOSAP.

We realize and expected that this news will cause mixed emotions throughout the community, just as it has within the rescue squad itself. However, we would like for everyone in the community to understand in recent years many rescue squads with long standing history in their communities have begun billing or even worse….. closed their doors and shut down. We did not want to do that to our friends, families and neighbors that we serve. We have the passion and will to continue to be there for you when you need us most. Growth is not always done during the good times; sometimes we must go through the rough patches in order to become a stronger rescue squad so that Piscataway’s health becomes stronger as well. For any questions please feel free to message us on our Facebook Page or call (732) 956-4141.

Designer Bag Bingo! Sat. Oct 22nd

Come to the Arbor Rescue Squad and support a good cause PACarts! Designer Bag Bingo will be held Sat. Oct. 22nd. Doors Open 5pm, Games Start 6pm.

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Hall Rental Updates

This has been the Arbor Rescue Squad’s 4th year welcoming people to our building and having their special celebrations with us. This has been our most popular year yet and we are excited for what the future holds for us and our renters. However, due to a string of issues revolving around both alcohol and damages we are changing some of the ways you can celebrate with us at any event scheduled for on or after Dec. 31, 2016. This is in cooperation with our insurance company and other emergency services so that we are able to continue to offer the community the use of the second largest hall in Piscataway.

  • Rentals will be limited to 250 Guests. This provides better access in cases of emergencies and will give guests more space to enjoy while here.
  • No Distilled/”Hard” Liquors will be allowed. Wine and beer are perfectly fine to continue to celebrate with.
  • The Deposit amount of $500 Cash will remain the same, however the hourly rate will be $100 each hour. No more $50 hours after your 7th hour. (Our insurance rate has significantly increased due to rentals and their related issues) We will continue to offer discounts to 501(c)3 Non-Profit Fundraisers, Active/Past Military, Police/Corrections, EMS and Fire personnel.

New Year, New Changes at the Squad

First of all, the Arbor Rescue Squad would like to thank you for taking the time to check out our website. We hope your New Year has been a happy and healthy one. We would like everyone to know some key new changes that have happen at the squad in the past month.

#1 – We have renovated our membership requirements to make it easier for people to become and remain volunteers in the new era we live in.

#2 – Bingo is closed, but our Hall Rentals are going strong! We will still be hosting Hall Rental viewings, contracts, and payments on Wednesday Nights between 6pm – 8pm.

#3 – We would like to Congratulate Susan Grimando as remaining Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Thomas Zullo retaining President, and Michael Kim continuing his leadership as Captain.

#4 – We would like to thank all of our volunteers at the rescue squad for their dedication last year and their continued commitment this year in answering calls for help in the community.

 

Healthy and Safe Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of this countries great holidays full of friends, family and FOOD! However, every year the holiday gets ruined for many people and their loved ones because of preventable accidents. The Arbor Rescue Squad wishes you all the best holiday possible, so take the time to read our provided information and always search online more to educate yourself and others this holiday season.

Cooking: Please remember to NEVER leave a stove, oven, or deep fryer (inside or outside the house) unattended. Not only can you ruin the food, but you can easily catch your house on fire or a child can get seriously injured. Always make sure to clean all cooking utensils, preparation areas, and food itself prior to cooking. No one wants to be that guy who makes their family and friends violently sick that year.

Fire/Heat: Make sure that cooking temperatures and methods are correct for the size and type of food you are cooking. There are a lot of books and online material from reputable food agencies on how to properly cook your holiday meals. Make sure once you are done using any device that has a flame or heat is turned all the way off. Not only can you cause a fire by forgetting to do this, but if the flame goes out you can fill your house with gas and carbon monoxide, which are very deadly. Make sure your smoke detectors and CO (Carbon Monoxide) detectors are working (if you don’t have them, get them!). Also it is ALWAYS a great idea to have a fire extinguisher in the house, better to have a mess from that than a half burned out house.

Pets: Don’t forget our furry friends on this day. Please remember not all pets like to have a house full of strangers, if your pet has anxiety there are pet hotels or put them in a bedroom/unused room with some food, water, and toys to keep them entertained and check on them periodically. With so many people going in and out of your house make sure all your pets have a collar with identification on them. They can easily jet right by everyone and down the street. Finally, just because you are enjoying our human food, please be careful what you feed your pets. Though they are animals, they cannot eat just anything, they are domestic breeds and their body cannot handle some foods very well, some are even deadly.

Once again, the Arbor Rescue Squad wishes everyone a Healthy and Safe Thanksgiving! Gobble Gobble!

 

Final Bingo Dec. 16th

The Arbor Rescue Squad will hold it’s final Bingo on Wednesday Dec. 16, 2015. Our rescue squad is 100% volunteer based. Bingo each week does require a significant amount of time and effort from our members. Along with the drastic decline in revenue generated over the last 8 years has made Bingo no longer viable as a fundraiser.  Dec. 2, 9, and 16th will be the last chances for anyone wishing to come visit our squad’s Bingo. Santa will make a visit on Dec. 16th and be giving away special holiday gifts. We want to thank all of our costumers for their years and even decades of support.

Designer Bag Bingo & Tricky Tray! Sat. 11/07

LEO Bingo

Please come support The Spouses of LEO Only, a part of LEO Only that help families of fallen police officers, tomorrow Saturday 11/07 at the Arbor Rescue Squad (Corner of W. 7th and Walnut in Piscataway). The rescue squad will be hosting their Designer Bag and Tricky Tray Bingo. Doors open and ticket sales start at 12pm, Lunch at 1pm and Game Play starts at 2pm. It is sure to be a fun day with the chance to win lots of amazing prizes. Entry is just $40 that goes to a good cause! Credit Cards ARE Accepted!

Passing of Ellen Hodgson

It is with the deepest regrets we announce the passing of Ellen Hodgson whom was a member of the rescue squad’s Women’s Auxiliary. May she rest easy now having helped to serve her community and be reunited now with her husband and daughter whom preceded her. Please follow the link below for more details.

 

Ellen Hodgson Obituary