Spring Cleaning and Recycling Tips for Union County Residents

The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites all residents to bring their spring cleaning recyclables to countywide drop-off events. These countywide events provide a free, convenient way to clear out personal documents for secure shredding and recycling, unwanted metal items for resource recovery, and household chemicals, smoke detectors and many other potentially dangerous products ...

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 ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Winter Athletes Named to GMC All-Division Teams

Several members of the swimming and indoor track teams at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison earned recognition on the All-GMC Blue Division teams.

Freshman Sophia Fontaine of Somerville led a group of nine W+H swimmers on the All-GMC Blue Division team by also earning a spot on the overall All-GMC team. Other Rams from the division championship team to make All-GMC Blue included ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, March 25
11:00 AM — 02:00 PM

Plainfield High School, Plainfield

Women's Self-Care Health & Wellness Fair


Sun, March 26
03:00 PM — 04:00 PM

First United Methodist Church, Westfield

Oratorio Singers Concert


Tue, March 28
06:00 PM — 10:30 PM

Zoom and Plainfield High School cafeteria, Plainfield

Board of Ed Business Meeting

Spring Time Means Tennis and Pickleball In Plainfield

March 23, 2023

A new season of Tennis and Pickleball starts in Plainfield on Saturday, April 1st, we have youth tennis, junior tennis, adult tennis, and pickleball.

If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Parks and Recreation at 908-753-3097


Former Governor James McGreevey Honored as Paterson's Hibernian of the Year

March 19, 2023

PATERSON, NJ — Former Governor James McGreevey was honored as Paterson’s Hibernian of the Year during the Irish Flag Raising Ceremony held on St. Patrick’s Day. The event was hosted by Mayor Andre Sayegh, who recognized McGreevey’s contribution to the community as the chairman of the New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC).

The NJRC is a non-profit agency with a social ...

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 ...

‘Hercules’ Hits All the High Notes at Paper Mill

MILLBURN, NJ — This mythical tale of gods and goddesses makes for smashing musical theatre in “Hercules”, now at the Paper Mill Playhouse.

The enthusiastic audience at a recent matinee caught all the nuances right away. From the hero Hercules (in a strong performance by Bradley Gibson) to the muses to the earthbound peasants, it all comes together with flair. We start ...

An Ocean of Collected Souls by Stephen Grand

An Ocean of Collected Souls by Stephen Grand. CHB Media, 2023.


The year is 1966. Picture a girl, 15 years of age with black hair, parted in the middle, tumbling to her waist. Today she is to meet a young man who is in college already, studying mathematics. She does not realize that this brilliant and very funny fellow will have a profound and enduring impact on her life. She is too ...

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus


Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus (Doubleday, 2023)


In reading Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus, which has just hit the top of the New York Times Best Seller List in the Fiction Category, I was reminded of “Fractured Fairy Tales,” which was a segment on the Rocky and Bullwinkle Cartoon Show which aired from 1959-1965. Fractured fairy tales are parodies ...

Doctor Assassin by Mark R. Belsky

Dr. Assassin by Mark R. Belsky  (BabyBook, 2021).


More thrilling than the series Homeland. . .   More frightening than The Stand . . . Faster paced than a James Patterson novel . . .As beautifully crafted as a Nelson DeMille . . . 

The book to which I am referring is a “medical thriller,” that is so much more than a Michael Crichton or Robin Cook .

Hidden Demons: Evil Visits a Small New England Town by Margery B. Metzger

Hidden Demons: Evil Visits a Small New England Town  by Margery B.  Metzger. (Wild Blue Press, 2023).

They are everywhere. A hidden demon can be a kindly neighbor who helps friends in need; he can lurk anonymously near school crossings, watching young teens on their way to and from school, he can be the janitor who scours cinemuck in the local movie theater after the crowd has ...

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Verity by Colleen Hoover. (Grand Central Publishing, 2018.


By her own admission, Verity is a departure from the romance novels for which Colleen Hoover had earned her standing as a New York Times best selling author. She was skeptical while writing the novel that her loyal readers would reject the psychological thriller that she was penning. However, the novel has been a huge ...

Strange Fruit by Lillian Smith

Retro Review:


Strange Fruit by Lillian Smith. Brown Thrasher, 1944.

Strange Fruit

By Abel Meeropol

Southern trees bear a strange fruit

Blood on the leaves and blood at the root

Black bodies swinging in the Southern breeze

Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees


Pastoral scene of the gallant South

The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth

Scent of ...