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Congregation Beth Israel Conducts Food Drive During Yom Kippur

Susan Klapper volunteered to transport donated bags of food to Jewish Family Service's food bank.

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains conducted a food drive for hunger relief during the holiday of Yom Kippur. Congregants brought non-perishable food to the synagogue at the start of the Jewish High Holy Day, and the collected food was donated afterwards to the food pantry of Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Central New Jersey in Elizabeth.

Congregation Beth Israel’s food drive was called “The Corners of Our Fields,” which references the Biblical commandment for farmers to leave the corners of their fields unharvested in order to feed the needy.

Performing acts of charity is commanded year-round, but is particularly encouraged during the holiday of Yom Kippur.

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Cops Arrest 3 After Stolen Car Crashes in Westfield; 4th Person Sought

October 15, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Around 7:00 a.m. Sunday, a stolen car left the roadway and crashed on the 1200 block of Central Avenue, according to Westfield Police Chief David Wayman. Four males exited the vehicle and fled on foot, he said.

The car was not being pursued by police at the time, he said.

“Police arrived and the vehicle ended up being stolen out of Manalapan,” Wayman ...

Video: Firefighters Battle Five-Alarm Blaze in North Plainfield

October 18, 2017

NORTH PLAINFIELD — Firefighters continue to battle a five-alarm fire that began in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the vacant Villa Maria facility at 641 Somerset Street. At 10 a.m. the fire was still burning and fire companies were being rotated, continuing to operate by hitting hot spots of active fire, authorities said.

Somerset Street South was closed and ...

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Why I Am Running for Fanwood's Representative on the Board of Ed

October 18, 2017

To the Editor:

 As a 10-year Fanwood resident with a passion for education and community service, I had anticipated running for the Scotch Plains Fanwood Board of Education in the future (like possibly in 2019). However, the July 2017 deadline for nominating petitions passed and there were no candidates petitioning to be on the ballot.

With one current sitting Board Member stepping ...

What Is Co-Dependency? Learn How to Establish Healthy Boundaries

October 15, 2017

Co-dependence is a false attachment to a person, place or thing. It becomes a false sense of importance.  It is a learned behavior to take care of others’ needs at the expense of our own.  It is driven by the excessive need for others’ approval. 

Rather than being inner oriented, you are “other oriented” looking for outside approval in order to feel ...

Veteran's Appreciation Day at St. Bart's in Scotch Plains on Nov. 5

October 19, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- NJVetsConnect will be hosting a special "Veteran's Appreciation Day" on Sunday, Nov. 5, at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church in honor of the upcoming Veteran's Day.  

NJ VetsConnect is a group who's mission is to bring Veteran's together in Fellowship, Camaraderie and Connection.  Led by a group of military veterans, the ...

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Fri, October 20, 7:00 PM

Italian American Club, Scotch Plains

Education Enrichment Foundation (EEF)'s  annual ...

Education Giving Back

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Sat, October 21, 10:00 AM

Nomahegan Park, Cranford

2017 Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Walk

Education Giving Back Health & Wellness

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Sat, October 21, 12:00 PM

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Park Middle School Fall Clothing Drive

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