NJ TRANSIT’s Renaissance Plans Focus on a Decade of Enhancements

NEW JERSEY – The state’s most extensive transit system recently laid out plans for a massive transformation intended to make it tops as far as reliability and efficiency.

According to NJ TRANSIT President and CEO Kevin Corbett, President, the company intends to make up for lost time and has already begun the process. Strategic plans made through 2030 bring a promise of increased ...

More Teens Are Struggling With Eating Disorders, Thanks to the Pandemic and Social Media

As we approach the second anniversary of the pandemic, most of us have COVID fatigue—meaning, we are exhausted from hearing about COVID-19. Be that as it may, fascinating new research is continually emerging about the impact it's had on all of us. If you're a parent to a teen, regardless of being COVID fatigued, you might want to read on. 

During the height of the ...

How to Deal With Difficult Family on Thanksgiving

Family get-togethers are not always easy.

Many of us dread having to participate in some of the social events that take place during this time. We may begin to experience stress knowing that our gathering will involve some relatives or immediate family which we really do not like. We may feel the tension building as we think about in-laws and/or relatives who have such strong ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Food Drive Helps Needy at Holiday Time

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held a very successful food drive before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Students in the Middle and Upper school divisions combined to collect over 600 pounds of food items, which were donated to Starfish in Plainfield.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School (1295 Inman Ave., N. Edison) is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students, Coaches Excel in Girls on the Run 5K Race

EDISON, NJ -- The Girls on the Run program at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison capped another strong fall season with an outstanding performance at this year’s Central Jersey 5K race in Somerville. The young athletes and their coaches ran well on a chilly Sunday morning.

Ryan Maciorowski, an eighth-grade student from Neptune City, finished third overall in a field of 886 ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge First Graders Program a Community Parade

EDISON, NJ -- First graders at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison combined many useful skills during a recent project in their study of communities that culminated in a parade on the day before Thanksgiving break.

The students read Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet, a book based on a true story about puppeteer Tony Sarg and the origins of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Investigate Ocean Currents During STEM Workshop

EDISON, NJ -- Just how did a 55-pound Aldabra Tortoise from the island atoll in the Seychelles float and arrive on the shores of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania some 450 miles away? What makes ocean currents? Middle School STEM students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison started their two-day after school program last week with these focusing questions. 

Under the guidance of Mrs.

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Swimmer Bradley Frank

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The first boys swim meet of the year pit Scotch Plains-Fanwood against Summit, one of the toughest meets of the season, at the Summit YMCA. The contest was something of a grudge match between the Raiders, who felt that they had never actually (virtually) faced the Hilltoppers in 2020, while their opponents felt they did and had won.

Bradley Frank, a junior, rose to ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Hockey's Zack Harmer

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A four-year varsity player, the school's homecoming king, and a described 'natural born athlete' by his coach, Zack Harmer exhibits the traits of a program's leader. For being named captain of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood hockey team, Harmer is this week's Joint Motion Therapy Athlete of the Week.

"Zack is a four-year starting varsity ...

New Book Combines Classic Cocktails and True Crime Stories

December 5, 2021

If you’re throwing a themed party or looking to curl up with some scintillating stories and a nightcap, “Mixology and Murder” by Kierra Sondereker (Ulysses Press; October 2021) has what you’re looking for.

“‘Mixology and Murder’ is a combination of two things I really enjoy — cocktails and true crime stories,” said author Kierra Sondereker, ...

New Jersey Date Night: Celebrate Hanukkah With Some of NJ’s Best Doughnuts

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

Whether you personally celebrate Hanukkah or have friends who do, there are a lot of takeaways from this well-known yet not major Jewish holiday. Much like an action film of today, Hanukkah features conflict between the Maccabees and the Seleucids, a sacred temple as a backdrop and of course a supply chain ...

All About the Thanksgiving Side Dish Green Bean Casserole

NEW JERSEY — Green Bean Casserole, that Thanksgiving Day staple since the 1950s, was invented right here in New Jersey. If you have some on your table Thursday night, you can thank Campbell’s recipe developer Dorcas Reilly, who Campbell’s refers to as the “Grandmother of Green Bean Casserole.”

Some other facts about green bean casserole to share around the ...

The Omicron Variant – What We Know Today

An update on the Omicron variant of COVID-19 from Atlantic Health System experts Steven Sheris, MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Physician Executive, Atlantic Health System, President, Atlantic Medical Group and Jason Kessler, MD, section chief, infectious disease, Morristown Medical Center. For more information ...

Timing of Latest Swastika Discovered at Westfield High School Hits Community Hard

December 6, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The latest swastika discovered defacing school property at Westfield High School was found shortly after most of the student community took a pledge against hate, the school’s principal said Thursday.

In an announcement that was both read aloud to students and sent in an email to families, Principal Mary Asfendis said the swastika drawn in pencil on one of the ...

Sayreville's Riverton Announces Charles E. Cristella as Leasing Director for Nationwide Push

December 2, 2021

Industry Veteran Has More than 25 Years of Experience

SAYREVILLE, NJ – North American Properties (NAP) today announced that JLL’s Charles E. Cristella has been named National Director of Leasing for Riverton, a $2.5 billion, mixed-use destination in Sayreville, New Jersey. Riverton is located on 400 acres with over two miles of frontage on the Raritan River and Raritan Bay in the ...

Kindsgiving Returns to Help Local Families in Need This Holiday Season

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In 2020, several local community organizations came together to host Kindsgiving, an initiative aimed at making the holidays brighter for our neighbors in need. The inaugural event saw 75 meals delivered to those alone for Thanksgiving due to the pandemic and raised over $7,000 for local food pantries.

This year, as needs have changed, Kindsgiving 2021 is focused ...

Shady Rest Country Club's 100th Anniversary Dinner Dance

December 5, 2021

Dear Editor:

On Friday, December 3rd, the Shady Rest Country Club held its 100th Anniversary Dinner Dance and one could almost feel Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Count Basie in the room. The mood was electric at times and that is because everyone in attendance came ready to party.

The Preserve Shady Rest Committee, founded by visionaries Mauro Checchio, Kevin Glover, Ruby Simmons, ...

Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 Vaccines for Union County Residents, Dec. 7

December 6, 2021

The COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall will focus on misinformation and vaccines for children.

UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Union County Commissioners invite members of the public to attend a virtual, interactive Town Hall on COVID-19, on Zoom beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7, aimed at helping the county residents to understand the science behind COVID-19 vaccines, including ...

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