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Beth's Book Review

Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power by Neal Gabler. (Yale  Univ. Press, 2016). Stephen Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell. (Yale Univ. Press, 2017)   My family complains each year at holiday time that I am impossible to buy gifts for. This is true because, usually, if I want something, I purchase it myself. They ask me for lists, but even then, my suggestions are lame. However, this past holiday season, I found something that I really wanted.   Just in time for Chanukah, Jewish ...

Dad in the Box

I am told I need to participate in the national conversation. I am not exactly sure what that means, but It seems like everytime I turn on the news some authoritative figure addressing the most recent topic of the day decries the need to “have a conversation” or “add to the conversation” or “join in the conversation”. Who exactly am I supposed to be having a conversation with? Is this some sort of national Zoom call I don’t know about? You know, with the rest of the country. To discuss ...

Mommy Mayor

Like so many of you I’ve watched the events of the last week in horror. I have not watched them in shock, I have long thought that violence would erupt during this transfer of power. I have seen the signs – the increasing violence, the rise in the acceptance of hate, racism, antisemitism and sexism. The armed militias, the increasing desperate cries, the willingness to use lies to justify behavior. I have watched in sadness as I saw the Capitol sieged in an attempted coup, I watched people who claim to support law and order ...

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 ...

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Building Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Programming in Schools

April 21, 2021

In March, my home state of New Jersey signed into law the Murphy, Reynolds-Jackson & Verrelli Bill requiring schools to include diversity and inclusion (DNI) instruction into their curriculums. When I read that news I was first ecstatic.  I love social justice!  I live and breathe diversity and inclusion.  Preparing students to become leaders who can live and effect change in ...

Union County Clerk Encourages Voters to Use One-Stop Vote-by-Mail Service

April 29, 2021

Vote-by-Mail applications can be picked up in person at the Union County Clerk’s offices in Westfield and Elizabeth.

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi reminds residents that the County Clerk’s offices in Westfield and Elizabeth are available to voters for “One-Stop” Vote-by-Mail service. Eligible voters can pick up an application for a Vote-by-Mail ballot, receive their ...

Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininty, and Power

Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power by Neal Gabler. (Yale 

Univ. Press, 2016).

Stephen Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell. (Yale Univ. Press, 2017)

 

My family complains each year at holiday time that I am impossible to buy gifts for. This is true because, usually, if I want something, I purchase it myself. They ask me for lists, but even ...

Linden Police Department's Youth Police Academy Set to Return This July

May 5, 2021

LINDEN, NJ - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Linden Police Department's Youth Academy was unable to resume in 2020 but announced that it will be returning this July.

The academy will begin Monday, July 12 and conclude on Friday, July 16 and is for students graduating grades 6-8 this school year.

Registration will be available in the coming weeks, but space is limited.

For ...

Loss of Human Rights Activist Felt Across Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ -  Human rights leader Janice Caren Lilien, age 71, died peacefully in her home on May 3 after a long battle with lymphoma. She was a very active citizen of Union County, holding multiple leadership roles with human service organizations, according to her obituary posted by The Star-Ledger. 

Lilien served as the CEO for the Girl Scouts of Greater Essex and ...

Advocates Call on Justice Department to Investigate Union County Jail Closure

UNION COUNTY, NJ — While Union County enters into a five-year agreement to send the inmates from the county jail in Elizabeth to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, Elizabeth-based activist Salaam Ismial says the fight to challenge the move is not over.

His organization, the National United Youth Council Inc., submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice and Civil ...

Citing Downward Trending Numbers, Murphy Eases More Restrictions on Gatherings

TRENTON, NJ -- With COVID-19 numbers trending decisively in the right direction and New Jersey progressing toward its adult-age vaccination goals, Gov. Murphy on Monday announced an additional easing of restrictions, including a removal of all percentage capacity limits for indoor and outdoor businesses, a lifting of the prohibition on indoor bar seating, and an end to the outdoor ...

New Jersey Residents Can Now Get a "Shot and a Beer"

NEW JERSEY - Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey is launcing a "Shot and a Beer" program, encouraging eligible residents, ages 21 and over to get vaccinated.

Any New Jerseyan who gets their first vaccine dose in the month of May and takes their vaccination card to a participating brewery will receive a free beer. The following are restaurants and brewing companies are ...

Linden Firefighter Raises Awareness About Organ and Tissue Donation

LINDEN, NJ - A Linden Firefighter is sharing his personal heart transplant story to help raise awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donation.

Aware of his family's history with heart disease, Mathew Pribish decided to take the first step and check out the condition of his heart before it was too late.  During one of his routine check-ups, Pribish was told that he had a ...