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Berkeley Heights PTO Seeks Play "Dough" for a New Playground at Woodruff School

The Parent Teacher Organization of Woodruff Elementary School in Berkeley Heights is seeking the support of the community to raise "dough" for a new playground to be installed in 2012.  "Twenty five years ago, the Woodruff PTA raised the funds to install a playground that offered accessible equipment to all students.  Fast forward another 25 years, and building materials, as well as accessibility equipment have improved dramatically.  We can't think of a better way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the school than to install a new playground with challenging equipment that builds strong bodies for today's students," said PTO President Debbie Koutsaftes.  All children playing side by side has always been the goal of the Woodruff community.
Woodruff School has a long history of celebrating the unique needs of all children. "We have a philosophy that recognizes that learning and physical challenges reflect the real world.  Fostering understanding and inclusion and teaching children to honor and respect differences makes us stronger," commented Principal Patricia Gasparani. "I was delighted the PTO decided to celebrate our 50th Anniversary with this project."
After numerous meetings with state officials and school specialists, and countless of hours of planning and discussions, the Playground Committee of Cindy Lepore, Ellyn Dally, Debbie Koutsaftes, and Dan Bernier, chose GameTime to design the final layout of the new site. "The decision to hire GameTime as the official contractor was based on their flexibility, equipment offered, price and reputation," said Ellyn Dally, "and Dan Bernier brought his expertise and incredible insight as Head of Park Planning for Union County Parks and Recreation, in developing the project." A company representative met with the students and got their "wish list" of a fantasy playground.  Using the same technology used to create Pixar movies, GameTime brought the fantasy to life in a 3D format at the end of each meeting.
Cindy Lepore explained, "Working with the Playground committee is the volunteer fundraising team of parents Michelle Harder, Jennifer Serretti, Eileen Granelli, and Andrya Wallace. The $50,000 needed for the project is being raised through fundraisers, grants, and donation requests." The first fundraiser is a Carnival from 11am to 5pm on October 15th at the school located at 55 Briarwood Drive West.  Food, games, and rides featuring a giant rock slide, rock wall, whirly bird, dunk tank, moonwalk, and more will be ready to greet families, alumni and friends.  Merchandise sporting the 50th Anniversary logo will also be on sale. A dinner dance is planned for March 2, 2012.
A poster rendition of the new playground is located in the school lobby.  The community is invited to support the project with donations sent to:  Woodruff School Playground Fund, 55 Briarwood Drive West, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922.  For more information on the Carnival and the playground project, please call the school at (908) 464-1723.

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Union County Magnet High School to Hold Silent Auction

February 21, 2018

A great night out with family and friends for just $10.  And we provide dessert and coffee/tea.

Please come to the Magnet High School PSA Silent Auction on Friday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Union County Vocational Technical School in Scotch Plains (West Hall Cafeteria). 

Tickets are only $10. You can then bid on over $12,000 worth of ...

2018 LGBTQ Roundtable Comes to Hamilton Stage in Rahway

Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados and Freeholders Bruce H. Bergen and Alexander Mirabella welcomed Christian Fuscarino of Garden State Equality to the 2018 LGBTQ Roundtable meeting hosted by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders at the Hamilton Stage in Rahway.

They were joined by Union County Department of Human Services Director Debbie-Ann Anderson, Union County ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Rotary Club will host their first Pancake Breakfast at the newly renovated Scotch Hills Country Club in Scotch Plains. The event will take place on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and the price will be $10 per person. Pancakes, eggs, ham, turkey sausage, coffee, tea, and juice will be served and there will be prize ...

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Colleen Mahr Has Paid Her Dues, Earned Peoples’ Trust, and Left a Track Record of Success

February 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

As a 26-year-old Scotch Plains resident who cares more about the well-being of our town than about local politics, I am extremely disappointed that the Scotch Plains Democratic Committee leadership has decided to abandon Colleen Mahr in her run for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee.

Mahr, who as Mayor of Fanwood for 15 years has worked closely with Scotch Plains ...

We Need More Women Like Colleen Mahr in Municipal, County and State Government

Dear Editor:

I’m proud to support Colleen Mahr for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee  (UCDC) and am encouraging my Scotch Plains peers to join me.

I was a first time candidate wanting to make a difference in my hometown of Scotch Plains, when Mayor Mahr of neighboring Fanwood stepped in to help me campaign and win my election to be Councilwoman three years ago.

Democratic Party Would Be Making a Big Mistake by Not Recognizing Colleen Mahr's Talents

Dear Editor:

Mayor Colleen Mahr has been a valuable friend to the Township of Cranford. Whether it’s offering advice and assistance during devastating flood cleanup, supporting the Mayor's Council on the Rahway River, or her insight and assistance in meeting our affordable housing obligations, Mayor Mahr is always there for Cranford.

Colleen’s fairness and integrity is ...

Chatham Borough Police Chief Crosson has Retired; Captain Gibbons is Acting Commander

February 12, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - Phil Crosson Jr., who has been a member of the Chatham Borough Police Department since 1992, retired from his position as the police chief on Feb. 1.

"It came on pretty quickly," Crosson said when reached by phone on Sunday. "I was on vacation for six weeks and I bought a business. I came back for one day and retired."

According to Crosson, ...

‘Reefer Madness’ Comes to Chatham Borough Council; Cannabis Advocates Make Pitch for Chatham Marijuana Shop

February 14, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - A group of pro-cannabis activists came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night and used the public commentary portion of the meeting to ask the council to support a marijuana dispensary in town.

The advocates, who say they have attended more than 80 town meetings to inform about the benefits of medical cannabis, mentioned the 1936 movie "Reefer ...

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Invest Like a Tortoise -- Not Like a Hare

Aesop’s “The Tortoise and the Hare” is a perfect metaphor for the way people go about investing their money. As you recall in the fable, the hare brags about his ability to beat the tortoise and is overly confident about winning. In the investment world, the hare is someone who thinks he or she is great at selecting “winners” and avoiding “losers.” The ...