Education

Pathways’ Jersey Fresh Harvest Day at Harrison School

47461d6ca0e5cc8b8590_Greenhouse__1.jpg
Pathway students with James McLaughlin, Ed.D., superintendent of North Plainfield Schools; Joe Gyurian, horticulturalist with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County; John Burke, Pathways teacher, Elizabeth Junco, a cook with Maschio’s Food Services; and Steve Escobedo, corporate executive chef for Maschio’s Food Service.  Credits: Victoria Caruso
14d1b40470f8eaf84a4f_Greenhouse__2.jpg
Pathways students presented Joe Gyurian, horticulturalist with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County, with a special thank you gift.  Credits: Victoria Caruso
f41b34dbc9899c4f4127_greenhouse__3.jpg
Students cut the ribbon on the Pathways Greenhouse Credits: Victoria Caruso
47461d6ca0e5cc8b8590_Greenhouse__1.jpg

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The North Plainfield School District’s Pathways Program, a career-readiness program for special education students in ninth through 12th grade, held a Jersey Fresh Harvest Day on May 29 at the Harrison School. The event, which was attended by administrators, faculty, parents and community members, featured a ribbon cutting and reception celebrating the products grown this year in the school’s greenhouse and the program’s s partnership with Maschio’s Food Service.

Since September, the students have been working closely with Joe Gyurian, horticulturalist with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County, on the greenhouse products and, with his help, successfully grew different varieties of coleus along with numerous vegetables, including but not limited to parsley, cilantro, tomatoes, peppers, basil and cilantro.

“Mr. Joe taught us many skills this year, including how to plant seeds and care for each plan,” said one Pathways student while another added, “We learned many skills along the way.”

Sign Up for E-News

Pathways integrates core curriculum content standards with career orientation training and, according to teacher John Burke, the program teaches students across the curriculum. Science skills are used to determine a plant’s life cycle; math skills are applied to track the temperature and height of the plants; and business skills are used to organize and manage two successful plant sales, which this year raised $750.

“Most importantly, the program helps develop a sense of accomplishment and builds on teamwork and social skills,” said Burke. 

This year, Pathways has partnered with the Chester-based Maschio’s Food Service and, according to the company’s Corporate Executive Chef Steve Escobedo, herbs and vegetables grown in the Pathways Greenhouse will be used in menu items served to students at North Plainfield High School.

“Programs like this are very important,” said Escobedo, noting that school districts are requiring food service companies to serve healthier, fresher options. “The availability of local grown items is becoming more and more prevalent. It’s important to know what is going on our plate.”

Additionally, any items Maschio’s cannot use will be donated to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County. “The greenhouse isn’t just about producing a profit. It’s about giving back to the community…” said Burke, adding, “The students did a fantastic job with the greenhouse this year.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

North Plainfield/Green Brook/Watchung

Holy Savior Academy Cheer Competition

February 14, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Holy Savior Academy’s cheerleading squad is on winning streak.  Competing at the Biddy Level in the CCCANJ League, the girls took 1st place in the first two competitions of this cheer season. The 12 girl squad competed in the Immaculate Conception and the St. Mary’s competitions and came out on top beating fellow Catholic Schools, Immaculate ...

Looking for Something to Do? Weekend Events in Somerset County

February 15, 2018

Things to do in Somerset County

A weekend celebrating Warmer Days!

1. Winter Market, Duke Farms

2. The Mountaintop, Theatre at RVCC - Friday featuring the Peking Acrobats.

3. State Theatre New Jersey - nothing scheduled this weekend - next show Feb 22 

4. Heritage Trail Association - Five Generals House Bus Tour - ...

Travels’ Pick 2 For 1 Valentine’s Day Special on Comedy and Music Tickets at the Wellmont

TAPintoTravels - We seldom post these deals last minute, but it seems to good to miss.  It’s even better that a number of great events are at the Wellmont in Montclair.

Here are our picks to take your significant other out for a night on the town:

The Muscial Box - a Genesis tribute band is performing decades worth of the band’s vast repertoire.  They ...

Third Annual Long Beach Island Job Fair Set for Saturday, March 31

SURF CITY, NJ - Need a job this summer? Look no further. Shore Fire Grille again has teamed up with local businesses in the area for a special summer 2018 Job Fair event. 

The Third Annual LBI Job Fair will take place Saturday, March 31.  Employers will be looking to hire help for the summer season on busy Long Beach Island.  The event will be held at the Surf City Yacht ...

Flying Today - TAPinto Travels Made and Here Is What You Need to Know

If you are flying today, you have likely seen the flight delay notifications.  The good news is the area airports have overcome the morning slowdown and most flights are on schedule.

TAPinto Travels made it in from Cleveland, after a short delay.  As you can see in this video, there is some turbulence.  The runways and taxiing areas have been cleared.  Do expect ...

Team USA Has Traveled Far - But Will They Dip Our Flag Tonight?

TAPintoTravels - It has been a tradition since 1940 and has roots in acts of defiance.  Will Team USA refuse to dip our Stars and Strips in the Opening Ceremony tonight?

If you are already know the issue of the time delay, than you know the answer. It is a good guess that they will not. The 1940 Federal Flag Code specifically forbids it.  

The tradition formally began in ...

TAPinto Travels Presents - Our Winter Olympic Connections

The Winter Olympics are in South Korea and many members of the TAPinto community are there competing, spectating, traveling, or behind the scenes.

For TAPinto athletic competitors, see this article.

For TAPinto professional broadcasters, see this article on a Cranford High resident’s journey and her NBC colleague from Somers.

Ten 2018 Winter Olympian ...

Guest Column: The Great "Wait" of the College Process

February 14, 2018

"The Great Wait" of the College Application Process

For all the high school seniors and their parents, we are in the stressful "waiting period".  We've just finished or are finishing applications to all the schools we might possibly want to attend next year and now sit and wait our fate after the $60-$80 non-refundable application fees to at least 8-13 schools and ...

Third Annual Long Beach Island Job Fair Set for Saturday, March 31

February 11, 2018

SURF CITY, NJ - Need a job this summer? Look no further. Shore Fire Grille again has teamed up with local businesses in the area for a special summer 2018 Job Fair event. 

The Third Annual LBI Job Fair will take place Saturday, March 31.  Employers will be looking to hire help for the summer season on busy Long Beach Island.  The event will be held at the Surf City Yacht ...

Monmouth Park Announces Stakes Racing Schedule

When Monmouth Park opens its 73rd race meeting on May 5 — Kentucky Derby Day — both racing fans and horsemen are in for some exciting innovations during the 52 days of live racing.

The $1 million, Grade 1 betfair.com Haskell Invitational again is the headliner. The mile and a furlong classic will be run July 29 along with four other graded events.

Red ...

Low-Income Families Who Need Safe Cribs Have Nowhere to Go

February 16, 2018

One recent email came from a pastor in East Orange, sharing the struggles of a young couple who have no safe place for their baby to sleep.

Then, there was also a phone call from a Newark hospital, making its fourth request in two years, as well as a frantic text from Puerto Rico, for a family who lost everything in the hurricane.

They all pleaded for the same thing: A safe crib for a ...

Obituaries

North Plainfield – Gail A. Kaufman – Cain, 62, passed away peacefully on Saturday ...
Read more

Upcoming Events

Sat, February 17, 12:00 PM

New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, Summit

Movement Invention Project2® 2018 Auditions

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_d50fa1a5b6c86e5f49d5_spagetti_dinner

Sat, February 17, 6:00 PM

South Plainfield

Holy Savior Academy Spaghetti Dinner

Carousel_image_248cea245b872fb9c722_resolve_house

Fri, February 23, 12:00 PM

Resolve, Scotch Plains

Free Teen Anxiety Group (Ages 14-17) at Resolve

Carousel_image_3d7e35618f05795eb00f_omstbydesignnew_jpeg

Tue, February 27, 7:00 PM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

“Olmsted By Design!” Free First-Person, Dramatic ...

Arts & Entertainment Green Home & Garden

Carousel_image_248cea245b872fb9c722_resolve_house

Fri, March 2, 12:00 PM

Resolve, Scotch Plains

Free Teen Anxiety Group (Ages 14-17) at Resolve

Carousel_image_248cea245b872fb9c722_resolve_house

Fri, March 9, 12:00 PM

Resolve, Scotch Plains

Free Teen Anxiety Group (Ages 14-17) at Resolve

Tue, March 13, 9:30 AM

Congregation Beth Israel , Scotch Plains

Crisis listening line volunteer listening and ...

Education Giving Back Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_248cea245b872fb9c722_resolve_house

Fri, March 16, 12:00 PM

Resolve, Scotch Plains

Free Teen Anxiety Group (Ages 14-17) at Resolve

Carousel_image_ad6c3c447b5accf3e1a1_3ef0aae34bda175becfa_ptp_save_the_date_-_p1

Fri, March 16, 7:00 PM

The Grove, Cedar Grove

Susan G. Komen North Jersey

Giving Back Other

Carousel_image_248cea245b872fb9c722_resolve_house

Fri, March 23, 12:00 PM

Resolve, Scotch Plains

Free Teen Anxiety Group (Ages 14-17) at Resolve

Green Brook, North Plainfield and Watchung Students Compete in County Spelling Bee

February 16, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Students from more than 30 schools in Somerset County, including Green Brook, North Plainfield and Watchung, will compete in the 3rd annual Spelling Bee Spectacular sponsored by the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey.

Participation is limited to those students up to the eighth grade.

The contest, which is a preliminary to the 2018 Scripps National Spelling ...

Wellness at WHRHS: On Stress, Wellness and Integrity at Watchung Hills

WARREN, NJ - A letter was sent to all parents of Watchung Hills Regional High School students (WHRHS) on Jan.19 addressing the school’s efforts to promote student wellness and reduce student stress. The letter also encouraged parents to review the academic integrity guidelines and have conversations with their children about health, wellness, and ethical ...

WHRHS Girls Basketball: Watchung Hills Tops East Orange, 44-40

EAST ORANGE, NJ - Julia Cunningham recorded a double-double for Watchung Hills with 21 points, 16 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block to lead the Watchung Hills girls basketball team over East Orange on Monday, 44-40. 

Jayden Baltuch finished with seven points, four assists and one rebound. 

Watchung Hills is now 19-1 on the season and next plays at Newark ...

WHRHS Boys Basketball: Watchung Hills Routs Somerville, 82-54

WARREN, NJ -  Six Warriors scored in the double digits to lead the Watchung Hills boys basketball game over Somerville on Saturday, 82-54.

Mike Hopwood led Watchung Hills with 17 points, Dan Pilsbury added 14 points and eight rebounds, Steven Bressler sunk 15 points, Gavin DeFuria added 13 points, Micheal Bressler got 11 points and 10 assists and Chad Martini chipped in 10 points and ...

National Signing Day in North Plainfield: Four NPHS Students Sign Letters of Intent

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Four North Plainfield High School scholar athletes signed letters of intent notifying the colleges they plan to attend that they do intend to compete in football or soccer on National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at the school.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcOME3XFSOw

Playing football are:

Jude Okolo: Illinois State University - Division I ...

Somerset County Preparing for Construction of Finderne Avenue Bridge, Beginning Feb. 20

February 16, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Finderne Avenue bridge, between Union Avenue and Foothill Road, will be under construction from Feb. 20 for about nine months, according to a release from Somerset County.

The bridge will be constructed in three separate stages, with one lane northbound and one lane southbound being maintained, aside from intermittent single-day closures as required. In addition, ...

Bernards Police Locate Body of Missing Township Teen

BERNARDS TWP., NJ -  Bernards Township Police announced late Thursday afternoon that the body of a 19-year-old township resident, Lydia Comtois, had been located in a wooded area of Liberty Corner following a search by personnel and volunteers from numerous public safety organizations. 

A preliminary investigation indicated the young woman's death was not deemed to ...