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Refugee Assistance Partners Plans Aid for Local Families

RAP volunteers deliver donations for refugee families

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Refugee Assistance Partners (RAP), an interfaith coalition in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood area, has helped a number of refugee families resettling in New Jersey, and continues their quick pace in the wake of a rapidly changing political climate for refugees arriving here.

Sponsoring several families and donating to more, RAP volunteers are people from many faith traditions, including Jewish, Christian, and Muslim, as well as non-affiliated concerned community members. Their work assists refugees in getting jobs, accessing medical and dental care, going to government agencies with their documentation, finding apartments, donating needed items, financial assistance, and other ways to help transition these families to be contributing in their new community.

RAP member Jill Segulin comments, “We see many parallels between what is happening in the world today with refugees being turned away by many countries, particularly Syrian families, and what we know now was fatally insensitive in turning away Jewish refugees in the 1930s.  This strikes a chord with people across many faiths and many different heritages.”  Refugees coming today are by definition fleeing for their lives from war, persecution, extreme violence and, in some cases, were victims of torture.  Those identified by the United Nations as having refugee status routinely undergo extreme vetting for up to 2 years before landing on American shores.

The next meeting of RAP will be Tuesday, Feb. 21st at 7:30 p.m. at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church, 1961 Raritan Rd. in Scotch Plains.  RAP meets on the third Tuesday of each month; all meetings are free and open to the public.  There is ample on-site parking and full handicap accessibility.  For more information about RAP or to sign up by email for meeting summaries, contact

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Driver Escapes Icy Waters After Car Goes Off GSP Near Clark-Cranford Border

March 21, 2018

CLARK, NJ – A car went off the road and into the river on the northbound Garden State Parkway between the Clark and Cranford exits during Wednesday night’s snowstorm.

According to Clark’s Chief of Police Pedro Matos, the car’s driver managed to escape the water. Divers went in to the river and determined the car to be empty. The sole occupant was ...

The Day After

Some years ago, the United Nations held the International Summit on Sustainable Development, here in Johannesburg. The Summit was a great success. One wonders, though, whether all the wonderful decisions and resolutions that were adopted were ever implemented. In other words, were they themselves sustainable?

Good ideas and worthwhile projects are suggested regularly. The question is, do they ...

The Role of Meal Replacements in Weight Loss

March 20, 2018

Obesity is at epidemic proportions in the United States and in other developed and developing countries. The prevalence of obesity is increasing not only in adults, but also in children and adolescents. We all know that obesity is a significant risk factor for various chronic illnesses, most importantly heart disease and diabetes, but also cancer and osteoarthritis, liver and kidney disease, ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) 13 and Over Swim Team Finishes 6th at State Championship

March 21, 2018

LANCASTER, PA -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA swim team traveled to Franklin-Marshall College in Lancaster, PA from March 9th to 11th for the NJ YMCA 13 and Over State Championships.  During this 3 day meet, 51 State Qualifiers from FSPY competed against 25 YMCA swim teams from across the state. Nineteen FSPY swimmers scored points by finishing in the top 16.

The team captured ...

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Fri, March 23, 12:00 PM

Resolve, Scotch Plains

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

Sat, March 24, 11:00 AM

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Westfield Tennis Club, Westfield

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