Balance Awareness with Yasmin Ofeka at Scotch Plains Library on Fridays in June

On Friday mornings at 10 am in June, join the Scotch Plains Public Library via Zoom for a different approach to exercise! Older adults in particular are encouraged to join these classes, which are designed to address the loss of balance and strength that can occur with age. Yasmin Ofek's instruction integrates principles from the Feldenkrais Method, which emphasizes moving with awareness to allow your nervous system to discover easier, more efficient movement patterns. With her knowledge of anatomy and experience as a fitness trainer, Yasmin’s classes can help you establish a better connection between the brain and body, while also gently strengthening the muscles that keep your body upright.

All you’ll need are a chair and sneakers to experience this gentle but effective approach to moving confidently throughout the lifespan!

Register once to attend any (or all) of the classes in June (June 4, June 11, June 18, and June 25).   You will immediately receive an email with the Zoom link that will be used for all of the June classes. 

The registration form and information about the library’s entire month of programming, can be found at www.scotlib.org. You can also register by phone by calling 908-322-5007 x204.

Contact Information
  1. Adult Services Department
  2. 908-322-5007 x204
  3. library@scotlib.org
Fri, June 11
10:00 am — 9:00 pm
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On Friday mornings at 10 am in June, join the Scotch Plains Public Library via Zoom for a different approach to exercise! Older adults in particular are encouraged to join these classes, which are designed to address the loss of balance and strength that can occur with age. Yasmin Ofek's instruction integrates principles from the Feldenkrais Method, which emphasizes moving with awareness to ...

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Helping Children Cope with the Loss a Parent to COVID

SCOTCH PLAINS NJ-- The pandemic has taken a toll on a scale that none of us has experienced in our lifetimes. Individuals and families have had to deal with loss and grief in addition to the extreme anxiety and stress we have all experienced. And the high mortality rate among prime-age adults, many of whom are parents, has left an unprecedented number of children to cope with the death of one or ...

Identifying Mental Illness in Children

Living with a child who has mental illness can be one of the most challenging life experiences for a parent.  No parent wants to acknowledge or accept that their child may have a mental illness. We may dismiss some of the warning signs and believe that their acting out is more of a behavioral issue than an illness. You might reason that every child displays childhood behavioral ...

Coronaphobia: What Is It and How Can We Combat It?

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- How are we doing one year after the pandemic? How have we weathered this stressful journey? In an effort to comfort and relate to one another, we often use the phrase, “we’re all in the same boat.” But, that’s not necessarily true—we are in the same storm, but not the same boat. Some of us may be ship-wrecked, some of us may be lost at sea, and ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Named GMC Scholar-Athletes

EDISON, NJ -- Zane Lee-Briggs of Avenel and Ariana Di Landro of Elizabeth, seniors at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, were honored at last week's Greater Middlesex Conference Scholar-Athlete Dinner at The Estate at Lake Farrington. The Rams joined representative from all Middlesex County schools at the event, which was attended by parents and athletic directors. W+H athletic director ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Earn Instrumental Accolades

EDISON, NJ -- Shourya Chhabra of Roselle Park and Luke Tan of Edison, students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, recently performed with the Region Jazz Band Dizzy Gillespie Virtual Ensemble. Students who participated in this performance were accepted through a stringent audition process in the spring. Both Shourya and Luke were featured as soloists.

As a result of receiving the top ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Third Graders Share United States Presentations

EDISON, NJ -- States from all over our great nation were on display at last week’s Third Grade States Presentations, held outdoors under the AP Room Tent at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison. Faculty, staff and students visited the displays and learned about many states and their customs and traditions from expert guides who were dressed to represent their state.

The assignment ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Enjoy Live Return of Field Day

EDISON, NJ -- Students in Grades PreK-5 at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison enjoyed an afternoon filled with fun, games, laughs and friendly competition as the beloved tradition of Field Day returned as a live event on the rear athletic fields. Lee Nicholls, Physical Education Department Chair, orchestrated the event with help from a dedicated group of faculty and student ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Inducted into Cum Laude Society

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison inducted 14 new members into the Cum Laude Society in a ceremony held Friday, June 4 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Andy Webster, Head of School, Dr. Bob Bowman, Upper School Head, Dr. Corinna Crafton, Middle School Head, Christine Cerminaro, Dean of Students, and Upper School faculty members Nicole Nolan, Don Kluizenaar, Liz Rooney and ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Entertain at Cookin' Cabaret

EDISON, NJ -- There’s nothing like live entertainment and Upper School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison provided plenty of it at last Thursday’s 12th annual Cookin’ Cabaret. A limited audience of students, parents, faculty and staff enjoyed 90 minutes of performances including poetry, vocals, instrumentals and dance. 

This was a special evening indeed, ...

St. Joseph (Metuchen) Wins GMC County Tournament, 2-0, Thanks to Strong Pitching, and RBI Squeeze Play

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- St. Joseph (Metuchen) won the GMC Conference Championship over South Brunswick on Sunday, June 6, 2021 in East Brunswick. Andrew Goldan started and pitched 6 2/3 brilliant innings before being removed for reaching the 110 pitch limit. He gave up just two hits. Colin Leyner closed out the game with a strikeout for St. Joseph.

Jack Kern executed a squeeze ...

Behind the Tradition: All About the Jersey Shore’s Famous Salt Water Taffy

June 17, 2021

NEW JERSEY — When you think of the Jersey Shore, what comes to mind? Boardwalks? Beaches? How about salt water taffy?

The bite-sized candy has a history that stretches as long as the Atlantic City boardwalk itself.

Salt water taffy was introduced on the AC Boardwalk in the 1880s and became known as the first Atlantic City souvenir, according to AtlanticCityNJ.com. Having been ...

Restaurants Offer Entertainment, Outdoor Spaces to Bring Back Diners

NEW JERSEY — Indoor dining is back at full capacity in restaurants around the Garden State. But while some diners have been eager to get back inside, many have gotten out of the habit, and some still eye gathering maskless indoors with trepidation.

To woo diners back, some restaurants are turning to enhanced outdoor spaces, live entertainment and good old-fashioned fun.

Khris Raina, ...

New Jersey Date Night: A Revolutionary Trip to Bordentown

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

Making a day of a date is a great way to create memories with your love, but when you choose to spend that time in Bordentown, it’s guaranteed to go down in relationship history. New Jersey has many historical towns and Bordentown, settled in 1682, is a true standout. Here you can visit the Clara ...

Seasonal Recipe: Make Our Quick Lemon-Basil Pesto

Grab some fragrant fresh basil at the store or farmers market, or pick some from your garden, for this zippy summer recipe.

This simple no-cook sauce is great on pasta or pizza. Try it on fish or chicken, or mix some into mayonnaise for a flavor-packed sandwich spread.

If you have leftover pesto, freeze it in an ice cube tray for future use.

Lemon-Basil Pesto:

1 cup packed fresh basil ...

Sadness in Dads: It’s a Bigger Problem Than You Think

Did you know that approximately 1 in 7 mothers suffers from a postpartum mental illness, such as postpartum depression (PPD)?

Did you know that approximately 1 in 10 dads suffers the same thing?

And did you know that, if mom is suffering from PPD, 50% of their partners likely will as well?

The Monday after Father’s Day has, for the last few years, been christened International ...

Community Conversations: Living with Scoliosis

Does your child have scoliosis? Do you know what the signs are? Find out on the next Community Conversation where Jason Lowenstein, MD, medical director of Atlantic Health System’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, shares how it’s diagnosed and explains why early identification is key to treating spinal deformity.

 

CLEAR and Atlantic Health System Partner to Empower Patients With Digital Proof of Vaccination

Atlantic Health Patients Now Able to Link Vaccination to CLEAR’s Health Pass

CLEAR and Atlantic Health System have partnered to empower patients with the ability to access and share their proof of COVID-19 vaccination through CLEAR’s digital vaccine card and Health Pass. Using the free CLEAR app, vaccinated patients now have the option to create a digital version of their paper ...

The Heat is On. Your Sun Protection Should Be, Too

The temperatures are up, and I think it’s safe to say, summer’s back – at least in whatever form it exists in 2021.

Truth be told, summertime is not my favorite season. It’s the heat, but more importantly, the sunburns.  The biggest question I get in the office around this time is “what kind of sunscreen works best?”  There’s no ...

Atlantic Health System Welcomes New Trustees and Board Leaders

Atlantic Health is sharing exciting changes to the leadership and composition of its Board of Trustees. The integrated care delivery system, which serves 4.9 million people in 11 counties across New Jersey and Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce its new chair, Robert E. McCracken and vice chair, Gita Rothschild, Esq.  The system also welcomes new trustees: Jeanine D. Liburd, Arthur ...

Community Conversations: Treating Brain Tumors

If you think brain tumors are too rare to affect you, think again. Currently, 700,000 people in the United States are living with one. On this Community Conversation, physicians from the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center explain the newest advancements in treatment options.

 

 

Union County Vaccinations by Town: See How Scotch Plains and Fanwood Compare

June 12, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — As of Friday, just over half of all Union County residents have been immunized with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but where you live plays a significant role in how well vaccinated your community is, state figures show.

While the rate of people partially or fully vaccinated stands at 55.1% countywide, COVID-19 immunization rates vary widely by town, with the ...

New Jersey Is America's Best State to Live in, New WalletHub Study Says

June 18, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- A new study by WalletHub ranks New Jersey as the Best State to Live In.

The annual listing gave the Garden State high ranks for safety, education and healthcare, and quality of life. It ranked 49th in affordability, however.

New Jersey edged Massachusetts for the top spot, while neighboring New York came in third. New Mexico was rated the worst state. 

"You ...

Make Summer Spectacular at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is excited to offer a 9-week program session in the Summer of 2021! The Y is continuing to increase its offerings and has programs for youth, teens and adults, including swim lessons, sports, healthy living programs and fitness classes. 

The Summer Session will run from June 28 to August 29, 2021 and online registration for programs begins Monday, June 14 at ...

Popular Little Sprouts Preschool Camp Returns to the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA

Great summers start at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA, and this year, the Y is bringing back its popular half-day Little Sprouts Preschool Camp for kids ages 3-5.

After a hiatus last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the camp is back and better than ever!

Little Sprouts is the perfect opportunity for preschool-aged children to experience camp for the first time. Held Monday through Friday ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Calls on the Community to Put Children’s Safety First

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- From June 7-11, The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA will participate in the Five Days of Action, a week designed to raise awareness and inspire adults to take action to protect children from sexual abuse.

Throughout the week, the Y will be providing information and resources on its social media accounts and encouraging local residents to join in its efforts to make the ...

Juneteenth Celebration in Scotch Plains on Saturday Takes on More Significance with New Federal Holiday

June 18, 2021

Dear Editor:

It’s graduation season and I congratulate our high school and college seniors and our middle-school graduates on making it through this unusual school term. The COVID pandemic added many challenges to education and home life for our students and their families. We are looking forward to a return to 100% in-person classes in September.

Now that Juneteenth has become a ...

Scotch Plains Public Library to Host 'Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow'

June 16, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Public Library will host the New-York Historical Society on Monday, June 28, at 7 p.m. for a virtual presentation of “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow.”

When slavery ended in 1865, a period of Reconstruction began, leading to such achievements as the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution. By 1868, all persons born in ...