Mount St. Mary Academy's Director of School & College Counseling Presents at Winter Institutes of NYSACAC

Elizabeth Roper, Director of College & School Counseling at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, participated and presented at the Winter Institutes of NYSACAC (New York State Association of College Admission Counseling) on January 7 and 14. The events were hosted by Cornell University and Syracuse University, respectively, in a virtual format.

Ms. Roper presented with committee members ...

Is it Wise to Be Giving Advice to Others?

We usually like to give advice because we want to be helpful.  It also makes us feel very good when we can do something for someone else.  We may think we have more wisdom in a particular situation and know that we have experience and know better. Our intentions are good when we set out to help others, however, how is this perceived by them?

Inserting ourselves in other ...

Your Teen Is Likely Stressed About College—and How They Manage It. Is It All in Their Heads?

I’m a Westfield, New Jersey kid. Well, I was a Westfield, New Jersey kid-- now I’m a 40’s something Westfield, New Jersey resident. Regardless, I know the pressures of going through the school system of a well-to-do town—and it’s not easy. 

So many of my high school clients are currently experiencing the same pressures I felt all those ...

How to Survive Virtual Learning…Again

Due to the surge in Omicron COVID cases, several NJ schools have gone virtual…again. Meaning, for some of us, the New Year is off to a chaotic start…again. 

This time around, we kind of know what to expect as we attempt to juggle careers, remote learning, and sick family members. So, why then does it seem harder for some of us? 

Well, we’re worse for wear. The ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Soars to Diving Success

EDISON, NJ -- Maiti O’Connor of South Plainfield, a junior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, has overcome a variety of obstacles, including a global pandemic, during her quest to become a championship level diver. Armed with a gymnastics background, Maiti began competitive diving four years ago and has found a new passion tumbling and twirling her way into the water.

Her ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Young Alumni Impart Advice to Parents, Students

EDISON, NJ -- Six recent graduates from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison shared their insights and experiences in virtual panel discussions with parents and students on Jan. 12. This year’s panel included recent graduates Sydney Johnson of Piscataway (Princeton University), Neil Shah of Edison (Brown University), Jessie Ni of China (Emory University), Brian Machado of Scotch ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Announces Cast List for Musical Grease

EDISON, NJ -- The Performing Arts Department at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison has announced the cast list for the upcoming Upper School musical Grease. The wildly popular show has begun live rehearsals and is filled with an enthusiastic mix of veterans and newcomers to the stage.

Shiv Tickoo of Scotch Plains and Raiya Patel of Edison will portray lead characters Danny and Sandy.

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Honor Dr. MLK, Jr.’s Legacy

EDISON, NJ -- Students in all three divisions at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison have been involved in activities honoring the legacy and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Black Student Alliance (BSA), a student-run affinity group in the Upper School that focuses on advocating for black students, promoting black culture, and creating a sense of community to unify students ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge School Announces Partnership with Global Online Academy

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School is excited to announce a partnership with Global Online Academy (GOA), an international consortium of leading independent schools that unites behind a common mission: to reimagine learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society. GOA imagines a future where all students acquire and practice ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Earns Eagle Scout Ranking

EDISON, NJ -- It took longer than expected, but Matt Piccoli of Somerset, a junior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, is proud to be following in his father’s footsteps as an Eagle Scout.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge student was on track to achieve this milestone about two years ago, but then the pandemic put everything on hold. He had planned for his project to take place in the ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Basketball's Matt Nervi

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Matt Nervi is blossoming... and he is not even close to his final form.

Developing on the varsity team since he was a freshman, Scotch Plains-Fanwood's leading scorer has demonstrated the ability this season head coach Steve Siracusa saw of the junior when he first came out of middle school. For his recent string of performances, and for evolving into the ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Girls Basketball's Amanda Baylock

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Amanda Baylock can shoot. She can also pass, rebound, and san steal. Just as importantly, she knows how to win.

The versatile sophomore point guard has produced in everyway for the Raiders as the second-year signal caller of the offense, averaging 18.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. Since the beginning of Scotch Plains-Fanwood's three-game ...

Wrestling Saint Joseph Defeats Old Bridge, Somerville and Sparta at Quad Meet

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph wrestlers continued their strong performances on Saturday by defeating opponents from Old Bridge, Somerville, and Sparta on Saturday. 

Saint Joseph over Old Bridge, 59-16

106 Zachary Beadling (St. Joseph Metuchen) over Nicholas Duchatellier (Old Bridge) (Fall 0:37)
113 John Whitacre (St. Joseph Metuchen) over Ziyad Ibrahim (Old Bridge) (Fall ...

St. Joseph HS Graduate Punts to Notre Dame After Undergraduate Career at Harvard

CLARK, NJ- Jon Sot, a Clark native, local punting legend and 2018 Saint Joseph High school graduate announced via Twitter this week that he will be joining Notre Dame football as a transferring graduate student in a few months.

“After graduating Harvard University this May, I will be attending the University of Notre Dame as a graduate student transfer for my last season of college ...

Saint Joseph Pins Woodbridge, 61-9, on Senior Night

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph wrestling continued its dominance on the mats with a 61-9 victory over visiting Woodbridge on Senior Night. After the match, head coach Michael Carbone discussed the impact of his seniors on the program:


Aidan Pierce
"Aidan has been a four-year starter for the Falcons but unfortunately had his season end early due to a shoulder injury. Aidan ...

SJHS Hockey Hits Historic 800th Game and 200th Win in Same Night

METUCHEN, NI – It was a milestone day all around for St. Joseph High School’s hockey team on January 12 when the team completed its 800th game as an athletic program for the school. Making the night even more special coach Ryan Carter won his 200th game as head coach of the team.

Carter and Coach Kolodney are foundations in the hockey program at Saint Joseph high school as they are ...

SJHS Announces Seniors of the Month

METUCHEN, NJ - St. Joseph High announced their seniors of the month recently.  This month featured Mekai Matthews and Anthony Wright.

Mathews is a resident of Somerset, NJ and a proud member of the graduating Class of 2022 at St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen. Since attending St. Joseph’s, Mekai has come to embrace the importance of servant leadership in academics, ...

Wrestling: Saint Joseph (Metuchen) Downs Sayreville, 62-15

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) dominated Sayreville War Memorial High School, 62-15, at Sayreville on Wednesday, January 12. The Falcons scored victories in all but two matches.

"The mentality we wanted to have going into this year was that we're going to wrestle for six minutes," Saint Joseph (Metuchen) wrestling coach Mike Carbone said.

Maskless Attendee Causes Abrupt End to Cranford BOE Meeting

January 25, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ -- Monday night's Cranford Board of Education meeting was canceled approximately a half hour after it began when an audience member refused to wear a mask.

The meeting began with opening remarks from Superintendent Scott Rubin, Ed.D. and student liaison updates from Hillside Avenue School, Orange Avenue School, and Cranford High School.

Immediately following the ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains Y partners with American Red Cross to Host Community Blood Drive

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Sunday, Feb. 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the YMCA, 1340 Martine Ave., in Scotch Plains.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit with sponsor code Fanwood-ScotchPlains.

January is also National Blood Donor ...

Expansion Plans for the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA in 2022

This coming year marks our Y’s 75th anniversary, and I’m most excited about our upcoming building project and the opportunities it will provide to our community. The plan is to add two new fitness studios for spin and yoga; expand our Wellness Center on the first floor and the second floor mezzanine, which will allow us to add more equipment; add in seating for pool viewing (Pool 2) ...

Catholic Schools Week Begins Next Week

January 27, 2022

Dear Editor:

Catholic Schools Week will be held Jan. 30 - Feb. 4, with Holy Trinity School hosting an open house on Jan. 30 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

In 2019, Governor Murphy declared, during his signing of a proclamation honoring this week:

“Catholic schools provide students an education that emphasizes the formation of moral values and a commitment to community ...

With Sacrifices of Local Veterans in Mind, Mount Saint Mary Student Francesca Salas Earns Girl Scouts Gold Award

January 28, 2022

WARREN, NJ -- Since she was in kindergarten, Francesca Salas of Warren has emerged as a leader in her community with compassion and service through the Girl Scouts of America.

A Senior Ambassador with the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey, she received her Gold Award on Flag Day, June 14, 2021, during a special ceremony at the Warren Municipal Building. Francesca has also earned her Silver and ...

Upcoming Events


Fri, January 28, 10:00 AM

Scotch Plains Public Library (Virtual Program), Scotch Plains

Virtual Balance Awareness Class with Yasmin Ofek

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Sat, January 29, 9:00 AM

Echo Lake Church of Christ, Westfield

Free Covid-19 Rapid Test Kit Distribution

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