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Intergenerational Mentoring Program Launches at the Berkeley Heights YMCA

The Berkeley Heights YMCA is proud to be launching an Intergenerational Mentoring Program. This six-week pilot program brings high school teens and seniors together to share experiences and expertise with each other.  As a group, they will brainstorm and complete a community project together as well. This mentoring program will be led by an experienced group facilitator who will guide the group through the process.  The program will have its first meeting Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 4:30-5:15 PM at the Berkeley Heights YMCA.

Intergenerational programs bring both younger and older generations together where talents and resources are shared that benefit both the individuals and the community.   Interacting with older adults enables youth to develop social networks, communication skills, problem-solving abilities, positive attitudes toward aging, a sense of purpose and community service.   According to AARP, students who worked with seniors for a single school year saw more than 60 percent greater gains in literacy skills than those who didn’t participate. 

On the flip side, seniors learn new innovations and technologies from the younger counterparts while feeling a sense of belonging and purpose which leads to greater self-esteem.  According to a recent Harvard University article, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests people who give their time to others might also be rewarded with better physical health—including lower blood pressure and a longer lifespan.  Both the younger and older generations benefit tremendously from this connection and experience.

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For more information about this program, please contact Maria Nolting at the Berkeley Heights YMCA at (908)464-8373 x2024.  Registration is required.

The Summit Area YMCA is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. A strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. The Intergenerational Mentoring Program benefits all community members with the stepping stones needed to build a better tomorrow.

The Summit Area YMCA is one of area’s leading 501c3 organizations. Our programs and services are open to all through our financial assistance programs made possible through the generosity of our members, donors, staff and partners. To help us help others, please make your donation today at www.thesay.org.

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Join in Lutheran - Catholic Common Prayer, From Conflict to Communion, on April 4

March 27, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Area residents are invited to join in a collaborative prayer service with members of Faith Lutheran Church and the Church of the Little Flower.

The prayer service will commemorate the 500 years since the Reformation and give participants an opportunity to look back in thanksgiving and look forward with renewed commitment towards unity. Together, participants will ...

Boy Scout Troop 326 High Adventure Crew Used Clothing Drive Will Help Pay for Philmont Trip

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ  - Just in time for your Spring closet cleaning, there's a clothing drive being held by the Boy Scout Troop 326 High Adventure Crew.

On Saturday, April 8, the crew will host a used clothing drive to raise money to help fund their trip this summer to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico

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Berkeley Heights Police Blotter - Warrant Arrests and A Reported Theft

The information provided herein may not represent the total scope of police activity. Anyone charged as a result of a police investigation is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

WARRANT ARREST:  On 3/20/17 Ptl. Frank Mea arrested Latoya Tucker, 41 years of age from Irvington, NJ for a $2,500 warrant out of Somerville and a $289 warrant out of ...

A One Night Jazz Festival To Benefit St. Joseph's Social Service Center

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Fans of Jazz and music enthusiasts everywhere will enjoy “A One Night Jazz Festival,” featuring eight jazz artists, many with worldwide jazz reputations, Saturday, April 29, at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains.

The event supports the work of St. Joseph’s Social Service Center, a non-profit organization that serves the materially poor and ...

Chatham Resident says Moms Appearing on Fox News Made Chatham 'A Global Target'

March 14, 2017

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough resident Tracey Tango read a letter of thanks after the Borough of Chatham Council passed a "Welcoming" resolution on Monday night, but followed up with a counter-point to council member Peter Hoffman's statement, by asserting that two Chatham moms appearing on Fox News last month had made Chatham a "global target."

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Historical Society of Plainfield to Host Lecture, Book Signing on March 26

March 19, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Stop by the Drake House Museum on Sunday, March 26th when the Historical Society of Plainfield hosts a lecture and book signing with author Carol Simon Levin as Abigail Adams.

Levin's book, “Remembering The Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates,” is made up of lost stories about amazing American women.  

The lecture will take ...

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Dear Susan: Beauty Tips from a Beauty Expert

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Primary Election Ballot Drawings on Monday, April 17

March 27, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ - The drawing for ballot positions for the June 6, 2017, Primary Election will be held on Monday, April 17, at the County Courthouse, 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth beginning at 3 p.m., Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announced.

“Anyone interested in the primary election process is encouraged to attend,” said Rajoppi.  “This year voters will decide on a ...

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