So Much More Than the "School on the Hill"

“The school on the hill.” A statement we hear quite frequently when we tell people we go to Mount Saint Mary Academy. For many, that is all they know about our school – until they come to our unquestionably informative annual Open House. Hosted this year on October 17th our Open House is a great way for prospective students and families to learn about, and experience, our ...

NJ TRANSIT’s Mobile App Upgrades: Keeping Riders in the Know

NEW JERSEY – With more and more riders returning to public transportation, NJ TRANSIT’s recent changes to mobile apps literally represent well-timed upgrades.

Smartphone users can readily appreciate the ease of information available at their fingertips. A few swipes on the mobile app replace the need for paper schedules and more.  The mobile app is available on both Google ...

Buggin' Halloween Photo Contest

Viking's 3rd Annual Buggin' Halloween Photo Contest Starts Friday, October 1, 2021!  Submit a photo of you, your pet, or a loved one dressed as a creepy-crawly bug, insect, or another pest for your chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card and other awesome prizes! Click here to learn more and enter the contest!

When Adult Children Move Back Home

The COVID-19 pandemic put more generations under the same roof, and more parents are now helping their adult children financially. Young adults have returned to their parents’ homes due to disruptions in their jobs, closures at colleges, and change in living arrangements and health brought on by the pandemic.

No one expected COVID. Many parents were living the empty nest days when ...

Anxiety Can Be Contagious

There are two types of anxiety, acute and chronic.  Acute anxiety occurs on a daily basis.  Examples are the reactions we get to stressors such as being late for a meeting, a child waking up with a cold/illness, sitting in traffic, missing a train/bus, etc.  Chronic anxiety is more of a background of anxiety that we carry with us.  Much of this type of anxiety is programmed ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Embrace Spirit Week Themes

EDISON -- Students in all three divisions at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison enjoyed a week of daily themes to celebrate Spirit Week from Oct. 4-8.

Upper School students engaged in a week of friendly competition and the seniors prevailed with the class championship in a narrow 160-140 victory over the juniors thanks to solid performances each day. Daily themes included Color Day ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Community Enjoys Return of Fall Fair and Homecoming Day

EDISON -- The community of parents, students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and friends at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison enjoyed fun, food and games as Fall Fair and Homecoming Day returned on Oct. 7 after a one-year hiatus.

This year’s event was held outdoors at the back of campus with volunteers from the Parents’ Association, Booster Club and W+H student body ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Named National Merit Scholar Semifinalist

EDISON -- The College Counseling Office at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison announced that senior Aarush Dharayan of Edison has been named a semifinalist in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation was presented to Aarush, who is pictured with Dr. Bob Bowman of Scotch Plains, Upper School Head (left) and Andrew Webster of Edison, Head of School.

Aarush ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Upper School Fall Play Announces Cast List

EDISON -- The Performing Arts Department at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison announced the cast list for its fall play – These Shining Lives – with performances set for November 12-13 in the Berry Performing Arts Center.

Leading players include Rose Kassam of Scotch Plains as Catherine Donohue, Naischa Puri of Edison as Charlotte Purcell and Krishna Patel of Edison as ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Senior Earns College Board National Recognition

EDISON -- Feisal Kiiru of Edison, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, is one of 32,000 students from across the country to earn academic honors from the College Board’s National Recognition Programs! These National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Soccer's Issac Tu

SCOTCH PLAINS -- As the Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys soccer season begins to fade into late fall, Issac Tu has blossomed into a pivotal player for the Raiders to start the postseason stretch. As the weather gets colder, Tu gets more hot, and for his recent and season-long performance, he has been named the Joint Motion Therapy Athlete of the Week.

Over his last three matches, the senior has ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week: Scotch Plains Girls Tennis Team

SCOTCH PLAINS -- It has never happened before at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. This year, the girls on the tennis team wanted to change that.

The Raiders are state champions for the first time in school history after defeating a pair of opponents on Thursday afternoon. But, how did they get there this week?

After 48 years, the Raiders captured their first state sectional ...

Saint Joseph High School Inducts the 2021 Class into its Athletics Hall of Fame

METUCHEN, NJ -- NBA superstar Karl-Anthony Towns and Brandon Bielak, a pitcher for the Houston Astros, were among the honorees for Saint Joseph High School's Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2021. The event was held at the Metuchen Golf and Country Club in Edison on Fri., Oct. 8.

The list of inductees included:

Craig Belunes ‘77 - Wrestling
Brandon ...

Saint Joseph High School Homecoming Game was held on Saturday, Oct. 9

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) welcomed alumni, family, and friends back to the campus to celebrate our third annual homecoming game.

Many Falcons returned to the flock, and their support helped that the varsity football team beat New Brunswick by score of 38-14. On the field, quarterback Christian Solino was 19-for-28 for 229 yards and 3 TDs and one INT. He ...

New Jersey Date Night: Frighteningly Great Halloween Destinations

October 16, 2021

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

October brings us candy, trick-or-treaters and a great opportunity for our date to hold our hands a little tighter. Halloween is upon us and what better way to celebrate the spooky season than to visit one of New Jersey’s many Haunted Houses? From eerie hayrides to disturbing hallways, a haunted ...

There’s More Than One Way Cook a Pumpkin

Whether you’re hitting the pumpkin patch or shopping at the supermarket, you’re bound to find a bounty of pumpkins this time of year.

Ready to start cooking? Baking or steaming then pureeing your own pumpkin is a great way to get what you need for homemade pies, breads, soups and more.

Tip: Don’t use big, hollow Jack-o-Lantern pumpkins for cooking — they don’t ...

Healthgrades Recognizes All Atlantic Health System Medical Centers for Hallmark Specialties


All five Atlantic Health System medical centers were honored for delivering high-quality care and superior outcomes across multiple specialties in the Healthgrades 2022 Report to the Nation, released today. Among the national and regional recognitions, Morristown Medical Center became the only hospital in the nation to achieve 2022 Specialty Excellence awards in each of the following ...

How to Recycle Right in Union County

Recycling has been subject to statewide rules in New Jersey since 1987, but questions continually arise about recycling. The Union County Bureau of Recycling and Planning wants to help residents learn the rules and “Recycle Right.” Here are answers to four of the most frequently asked questions we receive about recycling in Union County:

Q: What is ACCPTABLE in my curbside ...

Authorities Release Sketch of Man Wanted in Westfield Home Invasion, Sexual Assault

October 21, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The investigation continues into a violent home invasion that involved a sexual assault earlier this week, authorities said Thursday.

In a joint statement with Westfield Police, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office released a sketch of the armed suspect alleged to have broken into a home in the area of Forest and Longfellow avenues at about 12:50 p.m. and sexually ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Brings Back Its Annual Fall Harvest on Sun, Oct. 24

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is excited to bring back its annual Fall Harvest event for 2021! Reservations are not required to access the event, which is free and open to the community.

The event is scheduled for Sunday, October 24 from 12-3pm, with a rain date of Saturday, October 30 from 12-3pm. The event will be held solely outdoors this year in the YMCA’s parking lot, 1340 Martine ...

Find Something for Everyone at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA This Fall

This Fall, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is offering a variety of programs for youth, teens and adults. Whether you’re interested in sports, swimming, health and fitness, weight loss, or looking to join a community of individuals with similar interests, the Y has you covered during its upcoming Fall 2 session.

The session runs Nov. 1 - Dec. 23, 2021, and online registration kicks ...

Let’s All Step Up to Spare Children from Gun Violence

October 20, 2021

Dear Editor: 

Our nation has come a long way since the days when gun violence was associated almost entirely with known criminals and gang-related street violence. School shootings have become so commonplace that they rarely make headlines, and it seems that our youth are at risk no matter where they go, whether it’s a sporting event, a birthday party or a neighbor’s ...

Mount Saint Mary Academy Announces Women at the Well Initiative

October 20, 2021

Arianna Salerno '22, the Student Council Executive Board's Director of Communications at Mount Saint Mary Academy, recently shared details about plans for the Mercy Girl Effect project. The board also made a special presentation about the project to members of the Mercy Guild this month.

"The 2021-2022 Executive Board has been hard at work since June of 2021. The Mercy Girl Effect ...

Upcoming Events


Thu, October 21, 7:30 PM

Holy Trinity RC Church, Westfield

Steve Angrisano Concert

Arts & Entertainment


Fri, October 22, 10:00 AM

Scotch Plains Public Library (Virtual Program), Scotch Plains

Virtual Balance Awareness Classes with Yasmin ...

Arts & Entertainment Education Health & Wellness Home & Garden


Fri, October 22, 8:00 PM

All Saints' Episcopal Church, Scotch Plains

Rupert Wates in Concert - Singer, Songwriter, ...

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