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Active Aging

Squeezing in time to exercise can be challenging, especially if you juggle a hectic schedule. But staying physically active is one of the most important things you can do for your health as you age. Given the increasing popularity of 5-minute interval workouts (or High-Intensity Interval Training – HIIT), swapping short bursts of moderately intense and vigorous aerobic exercise followed by short periods of rest might provide an easy solution. That said, 30-minute workout sessions have been the rule for a long time. So, which is ...

Home Sweet Home

As summer approaches, everyone is eager to spend more time outside enjoying the sun. It’s also the perfect time to transition your home décor to reflect the added daylight and brightness outside. If you’re ready to bring more of the sunshine inside this season, here are four great ways to easily update your décor for a lighter and brighter feeling. Clean and Reorganize While not as much fun as buying new décor, some simple cleaning and reorganizing can go a long way towards making your home lighter and ...

Looking Forward

Listen as Jeff speaks with nationally recognized Cyber-dating expert, Julie Spira: author, dating coach, and media personality. Julie discusses such things as how online/mobile app dating has evolved, how COVID has affected online and mobile dating, and where things may be headed in the future in that world. Julie also provides some excellent dating tips! To get a FREE copy of Julie's e-book, "The Secret’s to Finding Love Online, " please name one online dating tip that Julie mentions during the podcast ...

Recycling 101 in Union County

The Union County Board of Commissioners encourages Union County residents to help keep County parks free of litter, by reducing their use of single-use plastic bags and other disposable plastic items. “Spring is in sight and visitors will be returning to the County parks and we are asking everyone to pitch in and help preserve the environment in our green spaces.  Plastic bags and straws are the most significant source of ocean pollution, so taking steps to diminish litter has a positive impact on our wildlife habitats and our ...

The Entertainer

The days are long and filled with light, and neighborhoods are abuzz with warmth and energy. It’s only fitting that you want your home to reflect that same lively spirit. To celebrate summer, let the sun shine through your home décor with these ideas for bright, warm, and summery interior accents.  Bedroom / Living Spaces ● Sunny yellow pillows and throw blankets are an easy addition to add some sun in your bedroom or living room. Simply cover your regular pillows with a solid or graphic pillowcase, or break out a bright ...

Viking Pest Control in Your Community

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy.  You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them. So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these answers below. What Is a Wasp? A wasp is a winged stinging insect. There are around 4,000 types of wasps in the US! They're close cousins of bees, ...

Women's Wellness

Winding down at the end of the day is essential to any wellness routine – your sleep cycle will dramatically improve once you adopt a predictable evening practice. Ultimately, the best wind-down routine is one that fits into your schedule and meets your individual needs. While you’d ideally take 1-2 hours of calming time in the evenings, sometimes a goal that’s too ambitious can make the entire undertaking feel too stressful -  if 30 minutes feels attainable, start there! As you decide what to include in your wind-down, ...

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What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

Turnpike Authority to Rename GSP Service Area after Judy Blume of Scotch Plains

July 28, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that the state will rename nine Garden State Parkway service areas after iconic New Jerseyans, including Judy Blume, who grew up in Elizabeth and lived in Scotch Plains on Winding Brook Way from 1960 to 1972. 

Judy Blume (née Sussman) is one of America's best-selling writers of books for children and young adults. She ...

Newark Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison for Statewide Armed Robbery Spree

July 23, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – A Newark man on Wednesday was sentenced to 110 months in prison for participating in a string of statewide convenience store robberies, authorities announced. 

Meshach Whagar, 31, of Newark, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty and was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, nine substantive counts of Hobbs Act ...

Rental Assistance Available for Tenants in Union County Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

July 31, 2021

Tenants can apply for assistance beginning August 2; their landlords must also register.

The Union County Board of County Commissioners has launched a new grant program to provide financial relief for Union County residents unable to meet their rental obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the new Emergency Rental Assistance Program, eligible tenants can receive up to 12 months of ...

5 Minute Intervals Or 30 Minutes At Once: Which Is Better?

Squeezing in time to exercise can be challenging, especially if you juggle a hectic schedule. But staying physically active is one of the most important things you can do for your health as you age.

Given the increasing popularity of 5-minute interval workouts (or High-Intensity Interval Training – HIIT), swapping short bursts of moderately intense and vigorous aerobic exercise followed ...

8 Simple Activities To Enjoy With Your Grandkids

Spending quality time with your grandkids (and kids) adds joy and laughter to any given day. Just basking in a child’s boundless energy and carefree silliness can boost your mood and make you smile. But joining in the fun also keeps you physically and mentally active – and research shows that multigenerational interaction is good for older adults and kids.

 

If you’re ...

Bring the Sunshine Indoors With These 4 Simple Décor Ideas

As summer approaches, everyone is eager to spend more time outside enjoying the sun. It’s also the perfect time to transition your home décor to reflect the added daylight and brightness outside. If you’re ready to bring more of the sunshine inside this season, here are four great ways to easily update your décor for a lighter and brighter feeling.

Clean and ...

How to Incorporate Chalk Paint Into Your Next Project

Chalk paint is all the rage for that cozy richness it gives to furniture, décor, and even walls. The matte finish adds a softness to bold colors and a thickness that covers even the most worn down surfaces.

 

Home decorating moguls love chalk paint, and now you can, too - here’s the lowdown on why, where, and how to use chalk paint for your next DIY decorating ...

Assistance Continues for those Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic in Union County

July 15, 2021

 

The country is gradually re-opening and COVID-19 restrictions are lifting, however, our residents are still suffering from the economic fallout of the pandemic.

In support of our residents in need, Union County is launching an Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to provide financial relief for Union County residents unable to meet their rental obligation during the COVID-19 ...

“We Have Your Heart” at Newark Beth Israel Heart Transplant Center

At 1:30 a.m., a nurse holding a glowing cell phone approached Bernard China’s hospital bed at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and gently woke him for a phone call. Bernard, age 58, took the phone. “Mr. China,” Dr. Saurabh Kapoor, heart transplant cardiologist at Newark Beth Israel said, “we have your heart.”

It was the evening of December 29, 2020, and ...