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Imagine Welcomes new Volunteer Facilitators

“Volunteers are the heart and soul of Imagine and we could not be more grateful to all of the people who take on this commitment,” said Mary Robinson, Imagine Executive Director. On July 7-10th for 32-hours 16 new volunteers were trained to take on a year-long commitment at Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss as volunteer facilitators. The training is delivered by Imagine clinical staff who model how to provide support using mirroring and reflection and by immersing the volunteers in the experience of a support group. “The training was so rich and gave me a true sense of how to facilitate as well as the value in the work we do,” said one newly trained facilitator, Maria Mujica. 

“Since moving into our new space we have grown quickly as anticipated ,” said Mandi Zucker, Imagine’s Program Director.  “These new volunteers mean we can start a fifth Night of Support in September serving 60 additional children and adults without having to place anyone on a waiting list. We now provide support groups on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, offering more choices and flexibility to the participants that need it.”

Imagine offers free year-round grief support groups for people ages 3-30 as well as parents/guardians of the children who have had a parent or sibling die, and for people coping with a family member with a terminal or chronic illness.  Support groups meet on weekday nights for an hour and a half. Dinner is provided prior to the group meeting. To schedule an orientation for yourself or your family, or for more information about volunteering, please contact Imagine at 908-264-3100 or info@imaginenj.org.

Shown in the photo, above, are: Back row : Kathy Vergel (Westfield), Nina Carnavale (Caldwell), Florence Wilcox (Watchung), Meredith Stick (Westfield), Remy Davis (Basking Ridge), Monica Rodriguez (Union), Alayne Morgenthal (Westfield), Beth Rakin (Warren). Front Row: Kathy Dulan (Westfield), Elizabeth Savnik (Bound Brook), Mandi Zucker (Westfield), Dorothy Jean Jones (Piscataway), Juliann Satz (North Brunswick), Jacqueline Miller (North Plainfield), Anna Berman (Warren), Veronica Ortiz (North Plainfield),Mackenzie Kuhl (Westfield), Maria Mujica (Union).

 

 

 

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Criminals Go High Tech; Scotch Plains Police Warn Apps Help Thieves Steal Cars

November 14, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Scotch Plains police department is warning the public about how thieves are increasingly using technology to steal motor vehicle thefts in the township:

The bad guys have figured out a way to use an app that finds key fobs that are left inside vehicles. Then, the criminals test the doors of the cars to see if they are unlocked. If the keys are ...

Hub City Native, Longtime Boxer, Facing Off for Global Title in Atlantic City This Weekend

November 18, 2017

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — New Brunswick native and legendary boxer Jorge “King” Diaz has certainly had his ups and downs over the years, and in some ways, he’s epitomized the rags to riches story.

Diaz was born in New Brunswick and throughout his youth, moved around to Puerto Rico, Franklin Township and North Brunswick, before finally settling down in Somerset some years ...

Wardlaw + Hartridge Middle School Thespians Put on a Musical Show

November 17, 2017

EDISON, NJ -- Bravo to the Wardlaw + Hartridge Middle School students for entertaining the audience with two fantastic performances in The Little Mermaid Jr. in the new Berry Performing Arts Center last Friday.

Among the show's many stars were Sydney Racine of Piscataway as Ariel, Naischa Puri of Edison as Ursula, Aum Mehta of Edison as Sebastian, Julian Kaniuka of North Plainfield as ...

Westfield Area Y Men’s Club Annual Tree Sale About to Begin

For over 65 years, the Westfield Area Y Men's Club has held its annual Christmas Tree Sale at the Elm Street field. All proceeds are donated to local charities and non-profit organizations. The event is run by club members from Westfield, Scotch Plains, Mountainside and Cranford, along with many volunteers from area organizations and local youth.

The trees will be delivered and lot ...

Tips to Sell Your Home this Winter

The winter is usually the main focus is on family and the holidays, not on buying a home

Perhaps your winter selling strategy needs an adjustment. Strategize for the season. Take advantage of seasonal opportunities, current market trends, home care and staging tips and sell your home this winter.

Seasonal Opportunities:

Winter is the time for opportunities like job relocations, ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Multiple Drug-Related Arrests & More

November 17, 2017

The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity.  Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation.  All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

1. 11/09/2017 11:19 p.m.

Centennial Avenue at Winans Avenue

Arrested: Kenneth Meier, 25, Cranford

Arrested by: Ptl Ryan Gerrity

Charges: ...

Parting Advice from Four Decades on the Front Lines of Local News

November 12, 2017

In February 1978 I walked into the office of The Rahway News-Record and Clark Patriot to begin what I thought was to be a short-term job stepping stone. 

Instead, it turned out to be a nearly 40-year odyssey in local journalism—including the last eight—overwhelmingly great—years with The Alternative Press (TapInto.Net).

I have decided it is time to spend more time in ...