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 ...

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 ...

There’s You There’s Me and There’s Us

There are many different ways that people relate to one another in relationships. People generally tend to relate to each other in three ways: Independent, co-dependent and inter-dependent. Some people are very independent in relationships; others are co-dependent (which means they put aside their own well-being to maintain the relationship). Co-dependence leads to seeking validation and ...

Adjusting to the Single-Life Post Divorce

Navigating through a divorce can be very challenging, especially if it has been a long-term relationship. Although length of relationship sometimes does not matter, it’s the intensity of the relationship and how invested you were that does. Oftentimes we linger on in a marriage even knowing that it no longer serves us. When children are involved, we may feel that we are the cause for ...

The Disease to Please

The Disease to Please is a learned behavior that occurs when we take care of others’ needs at our own expense. If you are this type, you do too much, too often for others, almost never say “no” rarely delegate, and inevitably become over committed. These self-defeating patterns take a toll on your health and on your relationships. It is driven by the excessive need for ...

We are First-Time Grandparents: How Can we Help?

The arrival of a newborn is probably one of the most exciting times a family can experience. Becoming first-time grandparents is totally thrilling for us; and while it is thrilling for our children as well, it is also a time when they can experience a lot of stress. If we can remember back to when we had our children, we spent many sleepless nights feeding, changing, bathing, and soothing our ...

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 ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Athletes Honored for Winter Milestones

Mike Romeo of Plainfield, Athletic Director at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, honored one team and three individual athletes at a recent Upper School meeting in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Mr. Romeo called the co-ed varsity swim team to the stage to accept recognition for winning the GMC Blue Division title, the first for the Rams since joining the league in 2010. He also ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Thespians Shine in Upper School Musical

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison recently completed a fabulous weekend run of the musical Into the Woods that entertained the W+H community of parents, students, faculty, alumni and friends in the Berry Performing Arts Center.

Nick Vargas of Plainfield made an amazing W+H stage debut in the leading role of the Baker, and Naischa Puri of Edison capped her fine W+H ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge School Third Graders Share Memoirs

The third-grade classes of Ms. Katherine Heiss and Mrs. Donna Pedde at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison proudly shared their memoirs with an audience of parents, faculty and friends in their classrooms last week.

The students have been reading many books that modeled memoirs and began the study unit by writing a mini memoir. They took a moment in time selecting a topic they felt ...

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 ...

2023 Saint Joseph High School Wrestling State Finals Recap

The 2022-2023 Saint Joseph Wrestling season can be described in one word: historic. 

Following a successful regular season, which included key victories over South Plainfield, Old Bridge, Raritan and Seton Hall Prep, as well as a Greater Middlesex Conference title and NJSIAA District 19 championship, the Falcons sent seven wrestlers down to Atlantic City for the NJSIAA Individual ...

Taking Care of Yourself While Taking Care of Others

Around the world, women take care of other people. It’s a natural human expression of love that can be a source of great joy – and a source of exhaustion and stress over time. Although men are taking on more caregiving for children and family, women still handle the majority of childcare, elder care, and informal care to spouses, parents, in-laws, friends, and neighbors.

So, if ...

Westfield Council OKs 8 Financial Agreements, $57M in Bonds For Redevelopment

March 20, 2023

WESTFIELD, NJ — A major redevelopment plan for the town is anticipated to move forward following the Town Council’s approval of financial agreements and bonding for public improvements in connection with the project.

Following required public hearings on the measures, council members on Tuesday approved eight separate financial agreements with the Hudson’s Bay Company entity ...

23 Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Swimmers Make Waves at 12 & Under State Championships

TOMS RIVER, NJ -- At the 2023 NJ YMCA 12 & Under State Championships, 23 swimmers in the 12 and under groups from the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA’s (FSPY) Swim Team ended their short course season with amazing swims.

Held at the Ocean County YMCA in Toms River from February 24-26, FSPY competed against 24 other YMCA teams from across the state and finished 5th place overall combined ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Swimmers Shine at the 2023 NJ YMCA Silver Championships

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) swimmers were back in the championship pool at the 2023 YMCA Swimming Silver Championships during President’s Day holiday weekend. The three-day meet from February 17-20 was hosted at Gloucester County Institute of Technology.

FSPY joined 24 other YMCA swim teams from across the state. The meet saw fantastic swims with FSPY swimmers taking the ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA 8 and Under Swimmers Kicked Off Super Bowl Sunday with a Big Splash

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The New Jersey YMCA 8 and Under Championships were held February 11-12, 2023, at Jersey Aquatic Center in New Providence. Twenty-five YMCA teams from across the state participated in the event. This championship is open to the youngest swimmers in the YMCA team community.

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) 8 and Under swimmers were out early and ready to swim ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Day of Giving is March 7

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is hosting its first-ever Day of Giving on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. The YMCA Day of Giving is a national, one-day giving event that provides an opportunity for community members to give to their local YMCA. The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

The ...

(Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) Swimmers Shine at 2023 Bronze Championships

PERTH AMBOY and BERKELEY HTS., NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) had 64 swimmers represented at the 2023 YMCA Bronze Championships, which took place from February 3-5.

On Friday night, February 3, distance events were held at the Raritan Bay YMCA where swimmers competed against swimmers from 16 other teams. Subsequent events were held at the Jersey Aquatic Center in Berkeley ...

Fake Grass Does Not Belong in a PARK; False Choice between Flooding vs. Expensive Polluting Plastic Grass

March 21, 2023

Dear Editor:

I realize you can’t please all of the people all of the time. But contrary to what I heard at the town meeting last week, it seems that it is the minority that want to dictate to the majority. 

I heard a lot of whining about Scotch Plains not being as cool as neighboring towns who have fields we have to borrow/rent for some of our games.  Bottom ...

NJ Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) Will Present Its 2023 Free Winter Concert on March 26

March 19, 2023

SUMMIT, NJ -- The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) will present its free 2023 Winter Concert on March 26, at 3 p.m. at Summit Middle School (272 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ). 

The concert will feature performances by three of NJIO’s ensembles: Symphony Orchestra, Intermezzo Orchestra, and Prelude Ensemble. The Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Artistic Director ...

Upcoming Events


Thu, March 23
07:00 PM — 09:00 PM

South Avenue Arts, Garwood

Art Workshop with Callie Campbell


Thu, March 23
08:00 PM — 11:45 PM

Scotch Plains

BOE - Regular Public Board Meeting


Sun, March 26
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM

Union County Torah Center - Chabad, Westfield

Passover Story & Crafts Hour