"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" at the Scotch Plains Library

On Sunday, July 12 at 2 pm, join the Scotch Plains Public Library staff as garden historian Lesley Parness takes us back to the Colonial Era to introduce the original ‘Real Housewives!’

Kitchen gardens in the 1700s fed, healed, and clothed Early American families.  The 18th century “huswife” skill set included “physicke, cookery, distillation, perfumery, the making of wool, hemp, flax, dayries, brewing, baking,” and, of course – gardening.  Growing plants (both Native American and from their homelands), these women turned their soup pots into the “melting pot” that is America.

Lesley Parness has worked in public gardens in America and abroad for the past four decades.  She is a founding member and past President of Garden State Gardens, a consortium of NJ Public Gardens.  She writes a column for Gardener News Magazine, is the consulting horticulturist at Jersey City’s Berry Lane Park and is a Founding Member of the Harriet Tubman Museum of Cape May for which she is designing a Medicinal Plants garden.  She is a frequent speaker at Garden Clubs, Historical Societies, and Libraries throughout the mid-Atlantic region

Advanced registration is required for this online program. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link via email a day or two in advance. The registration form can be found here, while information about the entire summer reading program can be found at www.scotlib.org

The Scotch Plains Public Library is grateful to the Friends of the Scotch Plains Public Library for their generous support of the entire summer reading program

Contact Information
  1. Adult Services Department
  2. 908-322-5007 x 204
  3. library@scotlib.org
Sun, July 12
2:00 pm — 3:00 pm
Add to My Calendar 07/12/2020 2:00pm 07/12/2020 3:00pm America/New_York "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" at the Scotch Plains Library

On Sunday, July 12 at 2 pm, join the Scotch Plains Public Library staff as garden historian Lesley Parness takes us back to the Colonial Era to introduce the original ‘Real Housewives!’

Kitchen gardens in the 1700s fed, healed, and clothed Early American families. The 18th century “huswife” skill set included “physicke, cookery, distillation, perfumery, the ...

1927 Bartle Ave Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Scotch Plains Public Library (Virtual Branch)

1927 Bartle Ave
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Sign Up for E-Calendar

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-Calendar

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

Are you preparing to return to work? NJ TRANSIT is ready for you.

NEW JERSEY — The pandemic resulted in a unique work-from-home model for many New Jersey residents, with a “new normal” evolving as infection rates decline.

While some employers may intend to keep remote work options in place, a growing trend reveals many companies transitioning back to in-person workplaces.

Roadways already show evidence of rush-hour congestion as workers ...

Quitting Can Be Winning

I will begin by quoting a recent Instagram message by Justin Bieber.

“Nobody will ever understand the pressures you face! I know we don’t know each other but I’m so proud of the decision to withdraw.  It’s as simple as – what does it mean to gain the whole world but forfeit your soul.  Sometimes our no’s are more powerful than our ...

Afraid to Put Your Guard Down? Learn How To Establish Healthy Boundaries

Learning how to set personal boundaries and how to implement those boundaries is a topic that can either make or break a relationship. According to the dictionary a boundary is defined as “a line that marks the limits of an area; a dividing line.” In psychology, personal boundaries do just that. Boundaries help us clearly define our limitations and expectations for both ourselves ...

Parenting a Teen with Panic Disorder

The life of a teenager is filled with challenges and pressures – which can be complicated even more if they have panic disorder. And as a parent, it can be difficult to know how to help your child deal with this anxiety disorder.

Panic attacks can happen to anyone, and they are the main symptom of panic disorder. These sudden and repeated events, which last for several minutes or longer, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Earns National, Academic Lacrosse Recognition

Kevin Yan of Plainfield is a quick study whose relentless work ethic continues to pay dividends on the lacrosse field. 

The recent Wardlaw+Hartridge graduate first picked up a lacrosse stick in the spring of his sophomore year. Just over two years later, Kevin has been selected as an Academic All-American and also will be representing the Chinese U-19 national team at the World Lacrosse ...

Daniel Anderl - Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk Attracts 1,000+ Participants, Raises $100K+ for Scholarships

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The original goals of the Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, July 17, in honor of Daniel Anderl were 500 participants and $100,000 for scholarships at St. Joseph High School. However, organizers announced that the event had more than double the number of participants, who included Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy and Daniel's parents, Mark Anderl and ...

The Never Ending Voice

When the Ten Commandments are repeated in the Torah as part of Moses' review of the Israelites' 40 years in the wilderness, Moses describes how G‑d spoke those words in "a mighty voice that did not end" (Deuteronomy 5:19). One of the explanations offered by Rashi is that Moses is contrasting G‑d's voice with human ...

How Have We Survived?

What is the biggest miracle of our generation? The fall of Communism? The peaceful political transition in South Africa? That Fidel Castro still runs Cuba?

Surely for us, indisputably, the greatest miracle of all must be that after the Holocaust the Jewish people picked themselves up and rebuilt Jewish life and Jewish communities. Is there anything more extraordinary than that Jews who were ...

Promises, Promises...

I have always been intrigued by the traditional way in which diamond merchants seal a deal. They shake hands and say “Mazel and Brocha” (“good fortune and blessing”). Once those few words have been said, the deal is done and it has all the power of a legal, contractual transaction.

It is a tribute to the diamond fraternity that in their industry, a word is a ...

What Is Your Bottom Line?

This week's Parshah (Torah reading) is the Parshah of Pinchas the Zealot: the courageous young priest who stood up against idolatry and immorality and, in the end, saved Israel from a devastating plague.

While Pinchas' radical response made him a hero worthy of having a Torah section named after him, we wouldn't ...

In Season: The Best Ways to Cook NJ Sweet Corn

July 28, 2021

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey sweet corn is in season until the beginning of September. Take advantage of this local summer veggie by eating it as soon as possible after it’s picked — the sugar turns to starch as it ages.

For storage, keep fresh corn on the cob in the husk in the fridge. Once you’re ready to enjoy your corn, remove the husk and silk, wash it and try one of ...

The Secrets Behind the Deliciousness of NJ Summer Tomatoes

NEW JERSEY — For many who call the Garden State home, summer tastes like the first bite of a ripe, juicy Jersey tomato plucked fresh from a roadside farm stand or local farmers market.

But for every delicate tomato dripping with flavor we devour on the spot or place ever so carefully in our canvas bag to bring home from the market, we struggle to understand its secrets. What makes the ...

NJ to Allow Profit From Home Baking as Entrepreneurs Learn New Rule’s Nooks, Crannies

NEW JERSEY — Bakers in the Garden State who have been longing to make cookies, cakes and other baked treats from home and legally sell them for a profit are another step closer to achieving their goal.

The New Jersey Public Health Council recently approved the state Department of Health’s rule change to allow for the sale of home-baked goods and ...

New Jersey Date Night: Take a Stroll on the Boardwalk

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

Living in New Jersey, be it as a couple or a single, isn’t always easy. We deal with the traffic and most of the time we’re victorious at finding parking places at the mall. But with whatever not-so-great things we’re faced with as New Jerseyans it all looks a little less bad … ...

5 Cool Tips to Prevent Heat-Related Illness

You’re finishing up your afternoon walk on a scorching 90-degree day when you feel a little dizzy. You check your pulse. It’s faster than normal. You’re sweating, and you feel a cramp in your left leg. Should you head indoors?

Yes, says Alexander Sarenac, MD, an emergency medicine physician with Atlantic AdvancED Urgent Care. “These are all signs of a health condition ...

With Evictions Looming, Union County to Distribute $16.6M in Federal Rental Aid

July 24, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Landlords will be able to apply for federal funds to pay for up to 12 months of their tenants’ unpaid back rent and utilities starting Monday, the county announced.

It comes amid pending legislation in the statehouse that if approved would end New Jersey’s moratorium on evictions this fall.

The first round of CARES Act dollars going to rental relief in ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Staff Announcements

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- As we continue moving forward, we have some exciting staff announcements:

Jennifer Donahue has moved into the role of Senior Program Director, overseeing Healthy Living, Wellness and Sports. Jennifer was previously our Health and Wellness Director who oversaw our group exercise classes and Wellness Center, among other responsibilities.

Donna ...

Fanwood Has Established a Sewer Bill Appeal Process

July 30, 2021

Dear Editor:

I am aware that there is concern among some of our citizens about the new sewer utility bills that went out this week. We have established an appeals process for those households billed under Tier 3 who are disputing the amount of water usage their bills are based on. Click here for more information.
 
I’m pleased to announce the return of our beloved street ...

Union County “2022 HEART Grant” Applications Now Available

July 30, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Applications for the 2022 Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program are now available for Union County non-profit organizations, individual artists and scholars for projects related to local history, the arts and humanities.

The HEART Grant Program was created to encourage a thriving environment for the arts and cultural activities. This ...