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Like a Good Neighbor...Imagine Receives Grant from State Farm

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On February 22nd at their Open House and Ribbon Cutting for their new center in Mountainside, Imagine was surprised by a grant of $5,000 from State Farm Insurance Company.  “We are so grateful for the ongoing generous support from State Farm,” said Stuart Arnold, Imagine Board Chair.  Their company and their agents have been extraordinarily generous.  Without this type of support we would not be able to continue to provide free year-round services for children and families who are grieving a loss due to death or illness.”

“Imagine provides a valuable service that everyone will need at some point in their lives”, said Jennifer Young, Community Relations Specialist for State Farm.  “Our shared mission of helping people recover from the unexpected allows families and communities to thrive through one of the most difficult times of their lives.  Our support goes deeper than the dollars, our hearts go out to all of those involved in the program”, she added.

Imagine is a free year round grief support center for children, parents and adults coping with the loss of a family member due to death or life-altering illness, designed to help children and teens develop healthy coping skills and foster resiliency and emotional well-being for all those who grieve.

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Imagine provides grief support and education throughout the year for children, parents and adults through its bi-weekly peer support groups, youth workshops and in-service workshops in the schools, community agencies and workplaces, community-wide days of remembrance, and on-site peer support in schools and workplaces after any traumatic loss. For more information contact: Administrative Manager, Val Stierhoff, val@imaginenj.org, 908-264-3100

Pictured from left State Farm Employees Taryn Elliott (Grassroots Specialist); Peter Romeo, Agent, Mountainside; Scott West, Agent, Livingston; Mike Scalera, Agent, Springfield; Jennifer Young (Public Affairs Specialist); Christine Cosenza, Agent, Westfield; and Glisel Jimenez, Agent, Summit.

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Union County Democratic Committee Elects New Chair

February 22, 2018

CLARK, NJ – The vote for the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chairmanship came to a conclusion Wednesday night when 748 committee members from the county’s 21 municipalities descended on the Gran Centurions in Clark to vote for their new party leader.

State Senator Nick Scutari won with a 412-341 victory over Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr in a battle that had become ...

Filthy, dangerous conditions, theft and assault alleged at recently-opened Newark shelter

February 13, 2018

Newark, NJ—Antoinette Jackson, Sonya Webb and Andrea Eaddy sit in a McDonald’s on a cold winter morning, not far from the homeless shelter they currently call home.

During the day, they count on places like McDonald's to stay warm. They must leave the shelter at 7 a.m. and can only return after 4 p.m., even when temperatures drop below freezing.

When the ...

Clark's CityMD Urgent Care Shares Flu Survey

CLARK, NJ - As flu season is in full gear and the probability of catching the flu is a real concern, a majority of Americans admit to taking actions that may contribute to the spread of this highly contagious virus.  According to a recent survey, roughly three out of five Americans who have had the flu or flu-like symptoms (61%) admitted to being out and about the last time they ...

Cranford Endorses Colleen Mahr

February 19, 2018

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 beyond reproach.

Reminder: Free Wellness Program for Union County Military Women

February 23, 2018

All Union County women with military service – veterans, active duty and reserve – are invited to join “Boots 2 Heels,” a free event designed to foster wellness and connect women with resources and guidance for empowerment. Boots 2 Heels will be held on Saturday, February 24 at the Westfield Armory, located at 500 Rahway Avenue in Westfield.

The event is free but ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Multiple Drug-Related Arrests & More

February 20, 2018

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. 02/14/2018 @ 2226 hrs.

Raritan Road and Coleman Avenue

Arrested: Kevin Johnson, 60, Plainfield

Arrested by: Jason D’Agostino

Charges: Possession of ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, February 23, 8:30 AM

Honor Ridge Academy, Clark

Workshop for Parents & Educators: Reducing ...

Education Giving Back

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Fri, February 23, 6:30 PM

Union County Vocational Technical Schools, West Hall Cafeteria, Scotch Plains

Union County Magnet High School Silent Auction

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'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

The Definition of Insanity

February 21, 2018

Dear Editor:

There is a quote, attributed to various people, including Albert Einstein that states, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”, that is fitting for our current election for Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chair.

There is no shortage of polling data related to the functioning of our Federal, ...