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Celebrate the Holiday Season with Sensory Friendly Theatre and The Nutcracker Suite

December 3, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- A sensory friendly version of the beloved ballet classic The Nutcracker, will be performed live on stage by the American Repertory Ballet at the Union County Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 1:00 p.m.

“Sensory Friendly Theater provides an opportunity for children and their families to enjoy the enriching experience of live performances in a ...

Westfield Art Association Member’s Winter Art Show.

Westfield Art Association Member’s Winter Art Show. 
Opening Night: Friday, December 3. 6 to 9 pm
The Rialto, 250 East Broad Street, Westfield, NJ, 07090

The show will run from Dec. 3 to Jan. 7.

Gallery hours:
Fridays, 6-8PM
Saturday and Sundays, Noon-4PM

The Center for Creativity at the Rialto Theater presents over 40 works of art featuring paintings and photography ...

Tina Berlin of Scotch Plains Wins Top Honor at The New Jersey Senior Citizen Art Show

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Tina Berlin of Scotch Plains is among the 12 artists from Union County have been selected as award winners in the 55th annual New Jersey Senior Citizen Art Show. The show included more than 200 artworks created by both professional and non-professional artists, ages 60 and older, from 15 counties across the state.

Awards to artists based in Union County artists ...

Wawa Opens at South Ave. and Terrill Road in Plainfield

December 4, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Wawa celebrated its new gas and food market location on South Avenue in Plainfield with a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony Friday. The store opened bright and early to a steady stream of customers, offering "I Love Wawa" T-shirts for the first 100 customers, and free coffee. Wawa will offer a free cup of Joe to all Plainfield customers through Sunday, December ...

Shop Local for the Holidays with the Downtown Westfield Gift Card

The Downtown Westfield Gift Card lets you enjoy your favorite restaurants, shops and entertainment in Downtown Westfield and makes the perfect holiday gift.

This year, the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) wants to encourage residents and downtown visitors to keep holiday shopping local. Small businesses are still trying to weather the COVID-19 storm and need our support more than ever. The ...

Barnes & Noble in Springfield May Be Replaced by a Chick-fil-A

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- The Barnes & Noble that has been a staple at the corner of Route 22 and Hillside Avenue in Springfield for close to 30 years may be demolished to make way for a fast-food restaurant.

The Springfield Board of Adjustment Tuesday night heard a presentation from developers seeking to replace the Barnes & Noble with a Chick-fil-A drive-thru restaurant.

Stephen Hehl, a ...

Scotch Plains and Fanwood Police Bust Out Hip Hop Dance Moves

December 1, 2021

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains and Fanwood Police Departments participated in a dance-off at the youth 'Hip Hop Experience' class taught at Forest Road Park on Monday night, showing off their dance moves and their support for the children in both towns.

Scotch Plains officer Michael Baltazar and Fanwood Councilwoman and Police Commissioner Trish Walsh were among the participants.

Tina Berlin of Scotch Plains Wins Top Honor at The New Jersey Senior Citizen Art Show

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Tina Berlin of Scotch Plains is among the 12 artists from Union County have been selected as award winners in the 55th annual New Jersey Senior Citizen Art Show. The show included more than 200 artworks created by both professional and non-professional artists, ages 60 and older, from 15 counties across the state.

Awards to artists based in Union County artists ...

Rutgers Preparatory School Partners with Rise Against Hunger

November 23, 2021

SOMERSET, NJ - Students and faculty at Rutgers Preparatory School held its annual Day On for Service earlier this month. 

It is a day the Rutgers Prep community has the opportunity to participate in local and global service events. 

Upper (high school), and middle school students at Rutgers Prep were gathered, with masks and socially distanced in one of the ...

Walkthrough Wednesdays at Rutgers Prep

SOMERSET, NJ - Rutgers Prep invites families to join us on select Wednesday mornings for a "Walk-thru Wednesday" visit at 1345 Easton Avenue in Somerset. 

Guest will experience a campus tour from our Admission Team to learn more about Rutgers Prep and how you can become a part of our community. Drop-ins are welcome. We ask that all ...

Native American Heritage Month Marked at Mount St. Mary

The Mount Saint Mary Academy community has been celebrating November as Native American Heritage Month with a wide variety of activities and presentations.

Amelia Benjamin, a sophomore from Maplewood, gave an informative presentation about the legend of the Native American dreamcatcher to members of the Peer Ministry Club on November 4. She explained that there are five specific aspects of ...

Wawa Opens at South Ave. and Terrill Road in Plainfield

December 4, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Wawa celebrated its new gas and food market location on South Avenue in Plainfield with a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony Friday. The store opened bright and early to a steady stream of customers, offering "I Love Wawa" T-shirts for the first 100 customers, and free coffee. Wawa will offer a free cup of Joe to all Plainfield customers through Sunday, December ...

Shop Local for the Holidays with the Downtown Westfield Gift Card

The Downtown Westfield Gift Card lets you enjoy your favorite restaurants, shops and entertainment in Downtown Westfield and makes the perfect holiday gift.

This year, the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) wants to encourage residents and downtown visitors to keep holiday shopping local. Small businesses are still trying to weather the COVID-19 storm and need our support more than ever. The ...

Wawa on South Ave. in Plainfield Set to Open on Friday

PLAINFIELD, NJ -- The new Wawa on 1470 South Ave., Plainfield (near the corner of Terrill Road) will host a ribbon-cutting to celebrate its opening 
on Friday, Dec. 3, and the public is invited. 

Doors open at 8:00 a.m. with limited-edition “I Love Wawa” t-shirts for the first 100 customers through the door. The outdoor ribbon-cutting ceremony will ...

Scotch Plains Unveils New Engine 1681 at Northside Fire House

December 4, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains officials celebrated the unveiling of Engine 1681, the latest addition to the Scotch Plains Fire Department, on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021.

Engine 1681 is a pumper tanker vehicle that has a built-in water tank with a 1,000-gallon range and replaces a truck that was more than 25 years old.

Fire Chief John Lestarchick thanked Township Manager Al Mirabella, Mayor ...

Man Charged in Westfield Sex Assault Linked to Prior One in Plainfield, Prosecutor Says

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Authorities have linked the man accused in an Oct. 19 sexual assault in Westfield to another such assault in Plainfield reported earlier that month, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office announced Thursday.

Terence Rhue, 22, of Plainfield, is charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault with a weapon, third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact with a ...

Scotch Plains Hit-and-Run Driver with Suspended License Arrested for Fleeing Scene, Issued Summonses for Poor Driving

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A driver of 2022 Acura RDX that hit and seriously injured the rider of a 2019 Harley Davidson motorcycle on the 300 block of Park Avenue and fled the scene on Wednesday, Nov. 24, was arrested by Scotch Plains police and charged with several offenses, according to the Scotch Plains police blotter. 

The driver, identified as Shahen Marku of Scotch ...

Elf the Musical Jr. Begins December 10; Proceeds Support Community Access Unlimited

December 3, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — Following months of virtual rehearsals and preparation, Elf the Musical Jr. is returning to the stage in December.

The shows, on December 10, 11 and 12, will stream virtually at 7 p.m.

The Musical stars performers from the CAU Community Players, an inclusive group of talented people with and without disabilities.  Community Access Unlimited (CAU) is a Union ...

Fanwood's Famous Christmas House Returns, Continues Raising $ for NJ Institute for Disabilities

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood's famous Christmas House has returned with new displays but the same mission: to raise money for NJ Institute for Disabilities (NJID), which offers specialized facilities for infants, children, and adults with developmental disabilities.

Despite the constant challenge of squirrel chewing through electrical wires (when the displays are off) Greg Roser has ...

Community Access Unlimited Helping Members During the Holidays, Preparing for #GivingTuesday

ELIZABETH, NJ — In a time of year when many people are giving thanks, Community Access Unlimited (CAU) says its members are doing the same, following a challenging time.

The challenges of the pandemic for people with disabilities have sometimes been more complicated: dealing with changes to important services and navigating the state-mandated safety rules of service providers. People ...

Union County Residents Invited to Attend Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 Vaccines, Dec. 7

December 4, 2021

The Covid-19 Virtual Town Hall will focus on misinformation and vaccines for children.

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union County Commissioners invite members of the public to attend a virtual, interactive Town Hall on COVID-19, on Zoom beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7, aimed at helping the Union County community understand the science behind the vaccines, including booster shots ...

First Omicron Variant Case Confirmed in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli announced the State Department of Health has confirmed a case of the Omicron variant in a traveler to the state. The person has been identified by the state as an adult female, who is a fully-vaccinated resident from Georgia, and had recently traveled to South Africa.

She tested positive on Nov. 28 and has ...

Award-Winning Film Featured in Mental Health Association in NJ's Virtual Evening of Excellence

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Mental Health Association in New Jersey's (MHANJ's) 21st Annual Evening of Excellence will highlight “Orchestrating Change,” an award-winning documentary, featuring captivating individuals, beautiful music, and people who are living successfully with a diagnosis of mental illness. 

The documentary engages audience members in the story of the ...

Fanwood Celebrates Hanukkah with Menorah Lighting

November 30, 2021

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood neighbors and Council members turned out tonight for a ceremonial lighting of a giant Menorah to celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.

Rabbi Avrohom Blesofsky of The Chabad of Union County officiated, injecting great energy into the small gathering at the North Avenue side of the train station where the Menorah stands. He was accompanied by a keyboardist and ...

Scotch Plains Celebrates Hanukkah with Menorah Lighting at Town Green (VIDEO)

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mayor Josh Losardo, the Scotch Plains Council, and other township officials hosted a Hanukkah celebration on the Alan Augustine Green with Rabbi Avrohom Blesofsky of The Chabad of Union County, who presided over the lighting of the menorah on Sunday, Nov. 28, to mark the start of the Jewish holiday. 

The event featured traditional Hanukkah donuts, an ice-carving ...

Temple Sholom in Scotch Plains to Host Annual 'Chanukah Lego Night' on Thursday, Dec. 2

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – November 17, 2021 – Temple Sholom will host its annual Chanukah Lego Night on Thursday, Dec. 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Temple Sholom (1925 Lake Avenue, Scotch Plains). Back by popular demand, the event is free and open to the public. Masks are required to be worn inside the building.

Participants are welcome to build as many Lego creations as ...

Swimming: Perreault, Kaniuka, and Davis Spark Union Catholic to Opening Day Victory

December 2, 2021

RAHWAY, NJ -- The Union Catholic swim team, sparked by quadruple winners Jack Perreault, and Julian Kaniuka, and triple-winner Bridget Davis, opened its season in very impressive fashion with a 126-42 victory over AL Johnson (Clark, NJ) on Wednesday at the Rahway YMCA.

The Vikings, a team loaded with firepower in every event, finished 1-2 in nine of the 11 ...

Boys Swimming: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Tops Summit, 91-79

SUMMIT, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fanwood boys team defeated Summit by a score of 91 to 79 at the Summit YMCA on Wednesday in their season opener on Wednesday.

The Raiders set the tone early by winning the medley relay with Kyle Karyczak, Aidan, Trenery, Corey He, and Bradley Frank, in 2:34.01. Scotch Plains-Fanwood took first in every race thereafter until Summit won the last event of ...

Girls Swimming: Summit Tops Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 98-72 in Season Opener

SUMMIT, NJ -- Summit defeated Scotch Plains-Fanwood by a score of 98 to 72 at the Summit YMCA on Wednesday in their season opener on Wednesday.

The Raiders won medley relay with Lily Hughes, Chloe Howell, Billie Rose Sherratt, and Julia Bonhote taking first place with a time of 1:50.23. The two teams swapped victories from that point onward. Dagny Donaldson of Summit edged Aislinn Mooney ...

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NJ TRANSIT’s Renaissance Plans Focus on a Decade of Enhancements

NEW JERSEY – The state’s most extensive transit system recently laid out plans for a massive transformation intended to make it tops as far as reliability and efficiency.

According to NJ TRANSIT President and CEO Kevin Corbett, President, the company intends to make up for lost time and has already begun the process. Strategic plans made through 2030 bring a promise of increased ...

More Teens Are Struggling With Eating Disorders, Thanks to the Pandemic and Social Media

As we approach the second anniversary of the pandemic, most of us have COVID fatigue—meaning, we are exhausted from hearing about COVID-19. Be that as it may, fascinating new research is continually emerging about the impact it's had on all of us. If you're a parent to a teen, regardless of being COVID fatigued, you might want to read on. 

During the height of the ...

How to Deal With Difficult Family on Thanksgiving

Family get-togethers are not always easy.

Many of us dread having to participate in some of the social events that take place during this time. We may begin to experience stress knowing that our gathering will involve some relatives or immediate family which we really do not like. We may feel the tension building as we think about in-laws and/or relatives who have such strong ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students, Coaches Excel in Girls on the Run 5K Race

EDISON, NJ -- The Girls on the Run program at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison capped another strong fall season with an outstanding performance at this year’s Central Jersey 5K race in Somerville. The young athletes and their coaches ran well on a chilly Sunday morning.

Ryan Maciorowski, an eighth-grade student from Neptune City, finished third overall in a field of 886 ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge First Graders Program a Community Parade

EDISON, NJ -- First graders at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison combined many useful skills during a recent project in their study of communities that culminated in a parade on the day before Thanksgiving break.

The students read Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet, a book based on a true story about puppeteer Tony Sarg and the origins of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Investigate Ocean Currents During STEM Workshop

EDISON, NJ -- Just how did a 55-pound Aldabra Tortoise from the island atoll in the Seychelles float and arrive on the shores of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania some 450 miles away? What makes ocean currents? Middle School STEM students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison started their two-day after school program last week with these focusing questions. 

Under the guidance of Mrs.

Wardlaw+Hartridge Global Scholars Explore Food Insecurity, Water Scarcity

EDISON, NJ -- Students in the Global Scholars Program at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison participated in an interactive learning session led by Amal Stefanos, an Eritrean researcher, writer and educator who approaches her work and teaching through the lens of global citizenship. She was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya and her studies have specialized on the Horn and Eastern ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Swimmer Bradley Frank

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The first boys swim meet of the year pit Scotch Plains-Fanwood against Summit, one of the toughest meets of the season, at the Summit YMCA. The contest was something of a grudge match between the Raiders, who felt that they had never actually (virtually) faced the Hilltoppers in 2020, while their opponents felt they did and had won.

Bradley Frank, a junior, rose to ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Hockey's Zack Harmer

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A four-year varsity player, the school's homecoming king, and a described 'natural born athlete' by his coach, Zack Harmer exhibits the traits of a program's leader. For being named captain of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood hockey team, Harmer is this week's Joint Motion Therapy Athlete of the Week.

"Zack is a four-year starting varsity ...

New Jersey Date Night: Celebrate Hanukkah With Some of NJ’s Best Doughnuts

November 27, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Whether you personally celebrate Hanukkah or have friends who do, there are a lot of takeaways from this well-known yet not major Jewish holiday. Much like an action film of today, Hanukkah features conflict between the Maccabees and the Seleucids, a sacred temple as a backdrop and of course a supply chain ...

All About the Thanksgiving Side Dish Green Bean Casserole

NEW JERSEY — Green Bean Casserole, that Thanksgiving Day staple since the 1950s, was invented right here in New Jersey. If you have some on your table Thursday night, you can thank Campbell’s recipe developer Dorcas Reilly, who Campbell’s refers to as the “Grandmother of Green Bean Casserole.”

Some other facts about green bean casserole to share around the ...

The Omicron Variant – What We Know Today

An update on the Omicron variant of COVID-19 from Atlantic Health System experts Steven Sheris, MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Physician Executive, Atlantic Health System, President, Atlantic Medical Group and Jason Kessler, MD, section chief, infectious disease, Morristown Medical Center. For more information ...

Amid Strident Objections, Union County Commissioners OK Raises for Top Administrators

December 4, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — County social service workers and concerned residents filled the County Board of Commissioners' first in-person meeting in over a year Thursday night to protest pay raises for top administrators, which they said are being given in a struggling economy and without fair consideration to other county employees.

The board approved the raises by a 7-0 ...

Sayreville's Riverton Announces Charles E. Cristella as Leasing Director for Nationwide Push

December 2, 2021

Industry Veteran Has More than 25 Years of Experience

SAYREVILLE, NJ – North American Properties (NAP) today announced that JLL’s Charles E. Cristella has been named National Director of Leasing for Riverton, a $2.5 billion, mixed-use destination in Sayreville, New Jersey. Riverton is located on 400 acres with over two miles of frontage on the Raritan River and Raritan Bay in the ...

Kindsgiving Returns to Help Local Families in Need This Holiday Season

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In 2020, several local community organizations came together to host Kindsgiving, an initiative aimed at making the holidays brighter for our neighbors in need. The inaugural event saw 75 meals delivered to those alone for Thanksgiving due to the pandemic and raised over $7,000 for local food pantries.

This year, as needs have changed, Kindsgiving 2021 is focused ...

Giving Thanks for Marianne Kranz’s 23 Years of Outstanding Service

November 29, 2021

Dear Editor:

I’m writing to recognize Marianne Kranz for her outstanding efforts serving thousands of older adults in need and spearheading a large local volunteer program for over 23 years in our community as Director of Volunteers, Meals on Wheels and Home Support Services, for SAGE Eldercare.  

As an integral part of the organization, Marianne worked with volunteers ...

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Sensory Friendly Theatre and The Nutcracker Suite

December 3, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- A sensory friendly version of the beloved ballet classic The Nutcracker, will be performed live on stage by the American Repertory Ballet at the Union County Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 1:00 p.m.

“Sensory Friendly Theater provides an opportunity for children and their families to enjoy the enriching experience of live performances in a ...

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