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JCC of Central NJ

www.jccnj.org

Live up!  At the JCC anything is possible.  Whether your goals are as modest as shooting hoops in a friendly environment or as ambitious as imparting important values to your children, th...

John's Meat Market

www.johnsmarket.com

At John's, we believe that if you're going to do something, do it right. The township landmark opened its doors on April 17, 1939, with John Losavio at the helm. Over seventy years later...

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In Westfield, NJ, a Dream to Help People Live Better Through Food at Fettle + Fare

March 17, 2019

Opening a new restaurant is rarely an easy task, and for Fettle + Fare owner Amanda Vargas, who has multiple sclerosis and is legally blind, the journey to create her shop in Westfield, NJ, was extra challenging. 

It was here that she created a space that is more to her than a place to find tasty, nutritious food. It’s a symbol of growth and helping others ...

New Jersey Date Night: A Little Irish Luck

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

Everyone has a St. Patrick’s Day story. Maybe yours involves being stuck in parade traffic with your date and just one bottle of water, or maybe it was being stuck in a pub with just your sixth glass of green beer. If St. Patrick’s Day can leave behind so many great stories, then it only ...

9-Year-Old Livingston Boy to Compete on FOX’s ‘MasterChef Junior’

This story first appeared in TAPinto Livingston.

Matthew Smith, a 9-year-old Livingston, NJ, boy with talent enough in the kitchen to stand opposite Gordon Ramsay, will appear on Season 7 of “MasterChef Junior” on FOX when it premieres on Tuesday, March 12, at 8 p.m.

Smith said his interest in the culinary arts began quite early in life. His aunt gifted him a ...

New Jersey’s Anthony Bourdain Food Trail in the Works

Fans of Anthony Bourdain eagerly wait to learn how some of his favorite New Jersey restaurants will honor the late star.

The New Jersey Assembly approved a resolution in January designating 10 Garden State restaurants to be on the “Anthony Bourdain Food Trail,” so chosen because they were featured in an episode of “Parts Unknown” four years ago, ...

Find Restaurant Week Events in New Jersey During March 2019

In many New Jersey communities, it’s become an annual event.

Restaurants large and small participate in restaurant weeks, which are held throughout the year and often take place for more than just a week. Business districts hold these events to bring patrons into town to shop and dine out, hoping to bring more people into town and increase the vibrancy of the community with special ...

Scotch Plains Man Charged with Distribution of Child Pornography

March 12, 2019

NEWARK, N.J. – A Union County man was arrested on Tuesday on a charge of distributing images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Jeffrey Shreve, 35, of Scotch Plains, was arrested at his home by agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). He is charged by complaint with one count of distributing child pornography.

How to Cope with College Rejections

It is that time of year when students are receiving either their acceptance or rejection letters from colleges.  Every senior student that I have seen thus far is extremely stressed awaiting the news. Some have already received their responses, while others are on a wait list.

It is important to recognize that rejection letters are out of your control. Many schools are ...

The Prom as a Source of Stress

The Prom can be one of the most exciting times for your teenager but at the same time one of the most stressful. It can also be very stressful for parents as they prepare themselves to accept that their teenager is graduating and soon going away to school, while planning a weekend away after prom night. 

Going to the Jersey Shore for the weekend or somewhere overnight has become more ...

Why We Choose The Wrong People

Have you ever been in a romantic relationship where you wonder how this person is very much like your ex-boyfriend/girlfriend?  How did I not see this coming?  How did I choose the same person once again?  Do you wonder why you choose a certain type?  Perhaps, you choose an aggressive personality or even a very passive type of person or even a person who drinks too ...

Winter Doldrums? Don't Worry, Spring is Coming!

After the holiday rush is over and winter has really set in, we begin to experience the winter blues. According to the Mayo Clinic, “reduced sunlight can cause a drop in serotonin that may trigger depression.” Some experience (SAD) seasonal affective disorder which is a type of depression that’s related to changes in the seasons.

Some typical signs of winter blues ...

Why Your Teen Should Join Private School Clubs

A private school education gives students the knowledge and skills they need to excel in college, but your child could be gaining even more from their secondary school career. By joining clubs and after-school activities, your son will enrich his learning with a variety of new experiences. 

Here are some of the many benefits of getting involved in ...

Boneparth: College Education is the New Timeshare

“Laws of nature do not make exceptions for nice people. A bullet has no conscience; neither does a malignant tumor or an automobile gone out of control. That is why good people get sick and get hurt as much as anyone.”  ― Harold S. Kushner, When Bad Things Happen to Good People

For a few years now, I’ve been assisting an elderly client (a retired public ...

Our Houses of Worship Are a Place of Sanctuary and Security

March 15, 2019

Dear Editor:

The Scotch-Plains Fanwood Ministerium reaches out to our Muslim siblings in this time of pain and sorrow. 

We hope for the day when our entire world will be safe, but we imagine that our houses of worship, especially at the times of holy gatherings, are always a place of sanctuary and security.

We pray for the peace of the members of the Muslim community of ...

Union County’s Mobile Document-Shredding Events Kick Off March 30

March 17, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The county's first mobile paper-shredding events of 2019 will be on Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31, at the Union County Vocational Technical School in Scotch Plains. These events are free and open to all Union County residents.

Both events will take place at the UCVTS (located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or ...