The Holy Grail! How to Turn Fat Into Muscle?

The short answer is you cannot.  Muscle is muscle and body fat is body fat and they both weigh the same, although muscle mass is much denser.  You may see a layer of fat over your muscles, but despite our best efforts of exercise and diet, it is impossible to convert one to the other. However, it is possible to change your body composition and become leaner. Losing body fat (breaking ...

Trust Your Gut!

Our gut, also known as our gastrointestinal tract, is at the core of our physical well-being.  Influencing every organ system in the body, our gut has an outsized responsibility in our overall health.  Made up of 40 trillion bacteria, our microbiome is its own little unique world.  Each body creates its own unique microbiome as a result of diet, genetics, medications, environment ...

Eating for Sport: Is Your Young Athlete Receiving Adequate Nutrition?

Many parents may be wondering what to feed their young athletes to satisfy their appetites.  Making sure they are eating enough quality foods is the key to better performance, normal growth and injury prevention. If you live with a teenager, then it is no surprise to you the changes you are witnessing seemingly daily!  Changes in body composition (muscle) and fluctuating hormones are ...

Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Meet Union Catholic's Allison Lestarchick

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In our latest installment of Faculty/Staff Spotlight, we shine the spotlight on Union Catholic's Allison Lestarchick.

Here is our Q and A with Lestarchick -   

Faculty/Staff Member: 
Allison Lestarchick

Years of service at Union Catholic?
11 years

All current positions at UC?
Director of Parent Relations, Main Office Administrative ...

Union Catholic Inducted 66 Students Into The World Language National Honor Society

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic hosted its World Language National Honor Society Induction Ceremony on Thursday night.

The following Union Catholic students have met all the requirements set forth by the World Language National Honor Society for their respective language of study:


Nevaeh Aaron
Joseph Attalla

Josefine ...

Saint Joseph High School Edison Rotary Seniors of the Month - March 2023

Saint Joseph High School is proud to congratulate Tyler Andersen and Aidan Dul as the Edison Rotary Seniors of the Month for March 2023. 


Tyler Andersen is a senior at Saint Joseph High School in Metuchen. He attended Immaculate Conception School in Spotswood where he has been an altar server since 4th grade and will end this summer after 9 years of this Catholic service to the ...

The Saint Joseph Theatre Company Presents: Godspell

During the weekend of March 31st, the Catanzaro Stage will be transformed into a living reenactment of the stories of the Holy Bible, when the Saint Joseph Theatre Company performs the musical Godspell.


Godspell is a 1971 musical co-created by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak, which follows several vignettes from the Bible, including the Gospel of Matthew’s version of ...

Union County Offers Free Scrap Metal Recycling Events in April

The Union County Board of County Commissioners advises residents that the first two scrap metal recycling events of 2023 will take place on Thursday, April 6 and Saturday, April 15. A wide variety of metal goods, from household appliances to gutters and sheds, will be accepted at two countywide collection sites in Cranford and Rahway every month from April to November.

“Our scrap metal ...

Car Crashes into Van Gogh's Ear

March 21, 2023

UNION, NJ - The iconic Stuyvesant Avenue eatery Van Gogh's Ear Café sustained serious damage Tuesday morning after a vehicle drove through the front of the building and well into the restaurant.

According to Union Fire Chief Greg Ricciardi, at about 8:40 a.m., a vehicle went over the sidewalk, through the front door and windows of the café, and stopped after completely ...

Wonder Planning Delivery-Centric Physical Location in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — While the company is phasing out its on-truck kitchens, the app-based food service Wonder is planning a delivery-focused brick-and-mortar location in Westfield.

The food service aims to have its new location at 210 South Ave. West, the former location of a CVS pharmacy in Westfield, up and running in June, said Andrew Gasper, Wonder’s chief governance ...

Union County in Talks to Change Seal Depicting a Murder. Historian Objects

UNION COUNTY, NJ ­— The county is considering a change to its official seal, which depicts Revolutionary War-era figure Hannah Caldwell being murdered by a British soldier. The idea, confirmed by the Union County Commissioners’ chairperson, has met with opposition from a historian based in Union Township, the area where the murder took place.

Hannah Caldwell was the wife of the ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Seventh Graders Win Odyssey of the Mind Competition

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison entered two Middle School teams into the Odyssey of the Mind regional competition, held on Saturday, February 25.

The seventh grade team of Rehan Ali of Carteret, Japjeev Singh of Edison, Joshua Simeonidis of Scotch Plains, Joy Patel of Iselin and Arshi Goel of Edison captured first place and will move on to the state competition in Princeton on ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Makes Blankets for Children's Hospital

The Student Government Association at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison sponsored two Days of Service in the Middle School during the week of Presidents’ Day. A dedicated group of 26 middle schoolers gave their time to make fleece tie blankets in support of the Children's Hospital at St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick. They worked hard to make 14 blankets ...

Imagine, a Center for Coping with Loss, and Camp Yachad are joining forces to support community members in need.

March 22, 2023

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, located in Mountainside, NJ, is a grief support center for children, young adults and families coping with the death of a parent, sibling or child. Imagine provides free peer grief support year-round for as long as is needed.  Imagine’s mission is to create safe spaces where those who are grieving can share their stories ...

2023 Cranford Knights of Columbus Final Four Fundraiser

Press Release - On Saturday, April 1st, please join the Cranford Knights of Columbus for our 2nd Annual Final Four Charity Fundraiser which will be held at the Cranford VFW from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM.  The NCAA tournament never disappoints and at the time of this Press Release Princeton has reached the Sweet 16 and Fairleigh Dickinson (FDU) has a chance to if they can beat Florida ...

Upcoming Events


Wed, March 22
05:00 PM — 08:00 PM


BPS Art Night (Events)


Thu, March 23
07:00 PM — 09:00 PM


CHS Senior vs. Faculty Basketball Game ...


Fri, March 24
09:00 AM — 04:00 PM


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TAPinto Launches Local News and Digital Marketing Platform in Hanover Township, New Jersey

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, NJ — There's more local news for Morris County residents, with the launch of TAPinto Hanover Township.

Laura Ali is the owner and publisher of the new TAPinto local news and digital marketing platform, which started providing local news to the community in February. It is the 10th TAPinto site in Morris County.

Ali said local leaders reached out to her, saying ...

North Ave Redevelopment

March 20, 2023

OPINION - At the Township Committee meeting on Tuesday , March 21 at 7:30 pm the Township Committee will vote to approve an RFP for the North Avenue Redevelopment on North Avenue and Springfield Avenue.  They are proposing four stories at the gateway to our town. If you believe that 3 stories is more appropriate please let your voice be heard .  Please attend the workshop meeting on ...