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Christmas Cactus Gift From ESCNJ Board Member Delights CLL Students

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CLL students, Greenhouse Committee members, and Principal Mary Beth Conley (L), in the school’s greenhouse with ESCNJ Board Vice President Bill Petscavage (center). Credits: Educational Services Commission Of New Jersey
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CLL students presented ESCNJ Board Vice President Bill Petscavage with an herb plant in appreciation of his visit. Credits: Educational Services Commission Of New Jersey
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PARLIN - A distinguished science teacher for over three decades, a valuable member of the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey (ESCNJ) Board of Directors (including several years as vice president), and a long time member and current president of the Milltown Board of Education, Bill Petscavage has another credential to add to his impressive portfolio—a green thumb.

The most recent beneficiaries of Mr. Petscavage’s gift for growing plants were students at the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL), which offers specialized classroom instruction based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis for students 3-21 with Autism and Multiple disabilities.

Mr. Petscavage recently visited CLL, a school within the ESCNJ, to meet with students and Greenhouse Committee members Shashi Gross, Anne Padmore and Sabine Shloyda.  In addition to answering questions, Mr. Petscavage contributed a Christmas Cactus plant, a tradition in many North American and European homes during the holidays, for students to replant in the greenhouse.

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The students were thrilled with Mr. Petscavage’s visit, and returned the favor by giving him an herb plant for his home garden.

Mr. Petscavage also surprised everyone with a $100 donation for the Greenhouse Committee, which will put the funds toward the purchase of a raised garden bed so wheelchair students can participate in gardening activities.

CLL Principal Mary Beth Conley said everyone enjoyed the visit, and sent Mr. Petscavage a note thanking him for his donation and sharing gardening knowledge.

“I look forward to more visits from Mr. Petscavage so he can see the continued growth of CLL’s Greenhouse program,” Mrs. Conley said.

The Center for Lifelong Learning is one of six ESCNJ schools in Middlesex County for student’s ages 3-21 with autism, multiple disabilities, and at-risk behaviors. The largest Educational Services Commission in the state, the ESCNJ also provides special education services to school districts statewide, coordinates transportation services for over 10,000 students across the state, and manages an 1,100 member Co-op Pricing System, the largest cooperative buying program in New Jersey.

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Edison Police Seek Help Finding Missing 14-Year-Old

June 22, 2018

EDISON, NJ - A 14-year-old Edison girl who ran away from home on May 3 has yet to be found and police are asking anyone with information about  to come forward.

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New Jersey Launches NJ ABLE Accounts to Help Individuals with Disabilities Save for Expenses

June 24, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson on Monday announced the launch of a major new program to help individuals with disabilities become more independent and better thrive in their communities.  

With the newly launched NJ ABLE program, individuals with disabilities can save tax-free for eligible expenses such as education, housing and ...

Susan G. Komen North Jersey Increases Program Funding by 15% for 2018-2019 and Awards 13 Grants to 11 Local Community Non-Profit Organizations

Susan G. Komen North Jersey Increases Program Funding by 15% for 2018-2019

and Awards 13 Grants to 11 Local Community Non-Profit Organizations

June 21, 2018  – Susan G. Komen North Jersey announced that it will award a total of 13 grants to 11 local community non-profit organizations in its nine-county service area for 2018-2019, with an increase in total program funding at 15% ...

Rutgers takes over New Brunswick police dispatch service

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers University will provide the city’s police dispatching services in a move that New Brunswick says will cut costs and put an end to dispatcher shortages that resulted in officers doing the job.

The city’s 12 current dispatchers will be laid off at the end of the day on June 30, and Rutgers will supply dispatchers as of July 1 under an agreement that city ...

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Fatal shooting in Plainfield under investigation

June 24, 2018

TAPinto Plainfield received this release from the Union County's Prosecutor's office:

PLAINFIELD, NJ  A shooting that left a man dead and a woman seriously injured in Plainfield overnight is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Sunday.

The deceased victim has been identified as Michael Welsh, 34, of Plainfield.

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My So-Called Graduation

The last of my children graduated from high school.  

 

My son and daughter threw their caps high into the air and cheered their liberation from one symbolic institution before contemplating their matriculation into other, much larger institutions significantly further away.  

 

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