What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

Are you preparing to return to work? NJ TRANSIT is ready for you.

NEW JERSEY — The pandemic resulted in a unique work-from-home model for many New Jersey residents, with a “new normal” evolving as infection rates decline.

While some employers may intend to keep remote work options in place, a growing trend reveals many companies transitioning back to in-person workplaces.

Roadways already show evidence of rush-hour congestion as workers ...

Quitting Can Be Winning

I will begin by quoting a recent Instagram message by Justin Bieber.

“Nobody will ever understand the pressures you face! I know we don’t know each other but I’m so proud of the decision to withdraw.  It’s as simple as – what does it mean to gain the whole world but forfeit your soul.  Sometimes our no’s are more powerful than our ...

Afraid to Put Your Guard Down? Learn How To Establish Healthy Boundaries

Learning how to set personal boundaries and how to implement those boundaries is a topic that can either make or break a relationship. According to the dictionary a boundary is defined as “a line that marks the limits of an area; a dividing line.” In psychology, personal boundaries do just that. Boundaries help us clearly define our limitations and expectations for both ourselves ...

Parenting a Teen with Panic Disorder

The life of a teenager is filled with challenges and pressures – which can be complicated even more if they have panic disorder. And as a parent, it can be difficult to know how to help your child deal with this anxiety disorder.

Panic attacks can happen to anyone, and they are the main symptom of panic disorder. These sudden and repeated events, which last for several minutes or longer, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Earns Chinese Proficiency Award

Ananya Murlidharan of Edison delivered a timely, meaningful message and her wonderful execution and poise earned her second place in the 14th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Secondary School Students earlier this summer.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge rising senior has been studying Mandarin for five years and is grateful for the preparation, guidance and motivation ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Earns National, Academic Lacrosse Recognition

Kevin Yan of Plainfield is a quick study whose relentless work ethic continues to pay dividends on the lacrosse field. 

The recent Wardlaw+Hartridge graduate first picked up a lacrosse stick in the spring of his sophomore year. Just over two years later, Kevin has been selected as an Academic All-American and also will be representing the Chinese U-19 national team at the World Lacrosse ...

Daniel Anderl - Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk Attracts 1,000+ Participants, Raises $100K+ for Scholarships

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The original goals of the Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, July 17, in honor of Daniel Anderl were 500 participants and $100,000 for scholarships at St. Joseph High School. However, organizers announced that the event had more than double the number of participants, who included Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy and Daniel's parents, Mark Anderl and ...

The Never Ending Voice

When the Ten Commandments are repeated in the Torah as part of Moses' review of the Israelites' 40 years in the wilderness, Moses describes how G‑d spoke those words in "a mighty voice that did not end" (Deuteronomy 5:19). One of the explanations offered by Rashi is that Moses is contrasting G‑d's voice with human ...

How Have We Survived?

What is the biggest miracle of our generation? The fall of Communism? The peaceful political transition in South Africa? That Fidel Castro still runs Cuba?

Surely for us, indisputably, the greatest miracle of all must be that after the Holocaust the Jewish people picked themselves up and rebuilt Jewish life and Jewish communities. Is there anything more extraordinary than that Jews who were ...

Promises, Promises...

I have always been intrigued by the traditional way in which diamond merchants seal a deal. They shake hands and say “Mazel and Brocha” (“good fortune and blessing”). Once those few words have been said, the deal is done and it has all the power of a legal, contractual transaction.

It is a tribute to the diamond fraternity that in their industry, a word is a ...

What Is Your Bottom Line?

This week's Parshah (Torah reading) is the Parshah of Pinchas the Zealot: the courageous young priest who stood up against idolatry and immorality and, in the end, saved Israel from a devastating plague.

While Pinchas' radical response made him a hero worthy of having a Torah section named after him, we wouldn't ...

Pet-Friendly NJ Restaurants Offer Menus for Your Dog

August 1, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Looking for a dog-friendly place to eat? You’re not alone.

Catering to the pet-loving crowd, some New Jersey restaurants are taking dog-friendly dining a step further by offering a special menu just for your pooch.

At Sheelen’s Crossing Bistro & Pub in Fanwood, the “woof” menu includes items such as beef, chicken, fish, rice, vegetables ...

In Season: The Best Ways to Cook NJ Sweet Corn

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey sweet corn is in season until the beginning of September. Take advantage of this local summer veggie by eating it as soon as possible after it’s picked — the sugar turns to starch as it ages.

For storage, keep fresh corn on the cob in the husk in the fridge. Once you’re ready to enjoy your corn, remove the husk and silk, wash it and try one of ...

The Secrets Behind the Deliciousness of NJ Summer Tomatoes

NEW JERSEY — For many who call the Garden State home, summer tastes like the first bite of a ripe, juicy Jersey tomato plucked fresh from a roadside farm stand or local farmers market.

But for every delicate tomato dripping with flavor we devour on the spot or place ever so carefully in our canvas bag to bring home from the market, we struggle to understand its secrets. What makes the ...

NJ to Allow Profit From Home Baking as Entrepreneurs Learn New Rule’s Nooks, Crannies

NEW JERSEY — Bakers in the Garden State who have been longing to make cookies, cakes and other baked treats from home and legally sell them for a profit are another step closer to achieving their goal.

The New Jersey Public Health Council recently approved the state Department of Health’s rule change to allow for the sale of home-baked goods and ...

New Jersey Date Night: Take a Stroll on the Boardwalk

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Living in New Jersey, be it as a couple or a single, isn’t always easy. We deal with the traffic and most of the time we’re victorious at finding parking places at the mall. But with whatever not-so-great things we’re faced with as New Jerseyans it all looks a little less bad … ...

5 Cool Tips to Prevent Heat-Related Illness

You’re finishing up your afternoon walk on a scorching 90-degree day when you feel a little dizzy. You check your pulse. It’s faster than normal. You’re sweating, and you feel a cramp in your left leg. Should you head indoors?

Yes, says Alexander Sarenac, MD, an emergency medicine physician with Atlantic AdvancED Urgent Care. “These are all signs of a health condition ...

With Evictions Looming, Union County to Distribute $16.6M in Federal Rental Aid

July 24, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Landlords will be able to apply for federal funds to pay for up to 12 months of their tenants’ unpaid back rent and utilities starting Monday, the county announced.

It comes amid pending legislation in the statehouse that if approved would end New Jersey’s moratorium on evictions this fall.

The first round of CARES Act dollars going to rental relief in ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Staff Announcements

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- As we continue moving forward, we have some exciting staff announcements:

Jennifer Donahue has moved into the role of Senior Program Director, overseeing Healthy Living, Wellness and Sports. Jennifer was previously our Health and Wellness Director who oversaw our group exercise classes and Wellness Center, among other responsibilities.

Donna ...

It is Almost Time for 'National Night Out' in Scotch Plains

July 31, 2021

Dear Editor:

Very soon, it will be the first Tuesday in August.

Since 1984, that day on the calendar has signaled National Night Out, which we proudly celebrate every year in Scotch Plains. It began simply with neighbors turning on their porch lights and sitting in front of their homes.

The first National Night Out involved 2.5 million residents across 400 communities in 23 states; ...

Union Catholic Plans Another Viewing Party For Sydney McLaughlin's Semifinal Race At The Olympics

August 1, 2021

A huge gathering of members of the Union Catholic Community came together on the school's campus on Friday night for a viewing party to watch UC graduate Sydney McLaughlin begin her quest for a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

With lots of electricity and excitement in the air, McLaughlin, a 2017 graduate of UC, sent the packed house of about 1,000 into a frenzy by easily winning her ...