Virtual New Book Preview at Bagels & Books

Do you like talking about books, but prefer to make your own reading choices? On Monday, March 1 at 10 am, the library will host a virtual Bagels & Books program via Zoom, where book-lovers can share what they have been reading or listening to and can pick up suggestions for future reading. This month, the group will be joined by Annie Mazes from Workman Publishing. She’ll spend about 20 minutes introducing new books the group might like, and will offer a sneak peek at some upcoming titles. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to pick up some great reading ideas!

Registration is required. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link via email a day or two in advance of the meeting.

The registration form, and information about the library’s entire month of programming, can be found at

Contact Information
  1. Adult Services Department
  2. 908-322-5007 x 204
Mon, March 01
10:00 am — 11:00 am
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Do you like talking about books, but prefer to make your own reading choices? On Monday, March 1 at 10 am, the library will host a virtual Bagels & Books program via Zoom, where book-lovers can share what they have been reading or listening to and can pick up suggestions for future reading. This month, the group will be joined by Annie Mazes from Workman Publishing. She’ll spend about ...

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The Disease to Please

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- The Disease to Please is a learned behavior that occurs when we take care of others’ needs at our own expense.  If you are this type, you do too much, too often for others, almost never say “no” rarely delegate, and inevitably become over committed.  These self-defeating patterns take a toll on your health and on your relationships.  It is ...

When Adult Children Move Back Home

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- Covid-19 pandemic put more generations under the same roof, and more parents are now helping their adult children financially. Young adults are returning to their parents’ homes due to disruptions in their jobs, closures at colleges, and change in living arrangements and health brought on by the pandemic.

No one expected Covid-19.  Many parents were living the ...

Spring Will Be Here in 37 Days

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- Spring is coming … in 37 days!  What a year it has been! We have been cooped up during winter Covid-19 and now the added stress of the snowfall certainly hasn’t helped any one of us.

The good news is that we have only 37 more days to go and we will be in spring 2021!  37 days are doable for anyone. The month will go very quickly; we are half way ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Concludes Black History Month Celebration

EDISON, NJ-- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison wrapped up its celebration of Black History Month with more events and activities in all three divisions last week.

The Upper School embraced its weekly theme of Hip Hop, Comedy, Dance and Art with guest speakers and student presentations. They culminated the week with a group poem recited by members of the Spoken Word Club. The 13-minute ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Swimmers Set Two School Records

EDISON, NJ-- Middle School swimmers at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison set two school records last week. 

Phoebe Kaplan of Scotch Plains set a new school record in the 50-yard breaststroke with a sizzling time of 36.70 seconds. Phoebe also joined Tom O’Connor of South Planfield, Coco Lee of Edison and Sammy Faust of Westfield to establish a new standard in the 100-yard ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Honored at National Women in Sports Day

EDISON, NJ-- Ariana Di Landro of Elizabeth, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, was more than proud to represent her school at the National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The honor made Ariana reflect on her own achievements and what the school has meant to her in the past four years.

This year’s event was not held in person on the Seton Hall University campus as in past ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Players Named to GMC SAAC Teams

EDISON, NJ-- Nadia Valcourt of South Plainfield and Mehkai Huey of Piscataway, athletes at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, have been named to this year’s Greater Middlesex County Student-Athlete Advisory Committee basketball teams. Both Rams leaders were honored in February for their contributions to their teams in early season games.

Nadia has brought senior leadership and ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Learn About Lunar New Year

EDISON, NJ-- To celebrate the beginning of the Lunar New Year, students in Miss Ellen Colandrea’s second grade class were treated to a special presentation via Zoom by Ms. Lang Li of Edison, mom of Austin Li ’31. Everyone had fun watching a video about the origins of the Chinese Zodiac, learning to write “Happy Year of the Ox” in Mandarin, and creating beautiful ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Offering Summer Programs in 2021

EDISON, NJ-- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison will offer a robust array of summer programs in 2021! 

The year’s offerings include Camp Funshine, Adventure Camp, Brain Boosters Junior Academics, Summer Scholars, Teen Leadership Camp and Summer Sparks Enrichment.

Other special camps including Drama, Egypt, Technology and Entrepreneurship, Dungeons & Dragons, and ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Julia Jackson

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- After breaking a school record in the Union County Qualifying Meets, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School runner Julia Jackson is this week’s Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week.

Jackson established an indoor track school record in the 400 meters race with a time of 58.14 seconds. The old indoor school record was 58.49, which Jackson set last ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Girl's Basketball's Emily Friscia

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- After doing her part toward the Lady Raiders Basketball Team's four-game winning streak, Emily Friscia is this week's Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week.

Averaging 11 points 2 assists and 5 rebounds over each of the four wins during the team's streak, her biggest game came onFeb. 16 in a 10-point victory over Governor Livingston after ...

Help Keep Union County Parks Litter Free: Avoid Single-Use Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Commissioners encourages Union County residents to help keep County parks free of litter, by reducing their use of single-use plastic bags and other disposable plastic items.

“Spring is in sight and visitors will be returning to the County parks and we are asking everyone to pitch in and help preserve the environment in our green spaces.  Plastic bags and ...

Union County Board of County Commissioners Offer Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of County Commissioners urges residents to download the Recycle Coach App to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free app is designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County ...

Put “Choose to Reuse” on your 2021 To-Do List

Union County residents who are seeking ways to help the environment this year can start by bringing reusable grocery bags to the supermarket, and skipping single-use bags.

“Switching to reusable grocery bags is a simple but effective way for everyone to help cut down on waste and litter pollution, and start getting into the ‘Choose to Reuse’ habit,” said Union County ...

As Food Delivery Booms, More Ghost Kitchens Emerge in NJ

March 2, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Delivery has become our new best friend over the past year. With the pandemic almost a year old and numerous delivery services at our fingertips, the idea of having food come to you (instead of the other way around) has become commonplace.

After the initial shock and shut downs of the pandemic, New Jersey restaurants were put through the wringer with ...

New Jersey Date Night: Making History

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

February is Black History Month and as such we’re reminded of so many people who have made a difference in how we live all year through. As we celebrate the hefty list of accomplishments of those who came before us, we think of those who are making history in the now; some in politics, some in ...

NJ Cookbook Author Shares Her Favorite Hamantaschen Cookie Recipe for Purim

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Jewish festival of Purim is almost here, which means it’s time for hamantaschen! 

The traditional triangle-shaped cookies have a reputation of being a little dry, but Shannon Sarna, cookbook author and editor of The Nosher, swears by the recipe below.

The South Orange mom of three said her children love getting creative while helping ...

As a Parent, Failure is … an Option

The tagline for the 1995 Tom Hanks movie Apollo 13 (slightly overrated, in my humble opinion) included the phrase, “Failure is not an option.”  That may certainly have been true for the Apollo crew, as failure likely meant death.  However, the phrase has sadly been used in situations that it should not, especially when it comes to parenting.  I cannot tell you how many ...

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers Named Among World’s Best Hospitals and Best Hospitals for Infection Prevention by Newsweek

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center have been named among the World’s Best Hospitals by Newsweek for the third consecutive year of the publication’s ranking. In addition, both Morristown and Overlook are ranked among the Best Hospitals for Infection Prevention in 2021.

The World’s Best Hospitals 2021 ranking is based on ...

COVID19: Vitamin D and the Sunshine at the End of the Tunnel

As a pediatric orthopaedist, I regularly discuss bone health with my patients, expounding on the multitude of benefits of vitamin D supplementation. Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is a cheap, easily available nutrient that impacts bone quality and is known to boost immunity, which is especially relevant as we try to stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is profoundly interesting is ...

With Options for In-person PT Limited by the Pandemic, this New Jersey Rehabilitation Provider Used an App to Help Patients Find What They Needed

As the COVID-19 virus began to arise in communities throughout New Jersey, Atlantic Health System worked quickly to adapt and implement new methods in order to continue to deliver safe, exceptional care to patients.

While the health system was able to deploy telemedicine alternatives for many situations, there were many settings that still relied on in-person care – rehabilitation ...

Community Conversations: COVID-19 and Communities of Color

Every community has felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but none more so than communities of color. On the latest Community Conversation from Atlantic Health System, Dr. Christina Johnson, a family medicine physician with Atlantic Medical Group and community health advocate, shared some of the ways communities of color have been disproportionally impacted by COVID-19 and what viewers need ...

Pay Equity, Pregnancy Key in Two Women’s Claims vs. Union County Prosecutor, Lawsuits Say

March 4, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — Two women, an assistant prosecutor and a victim witness coordinator with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, claim in lawsuits that the county’s top law enforcement official discriminated and retaliated against them, each for different reasons.

Attorney Juan C. Fernandez, who represents Susan Gleason and Maria Reynolds-Jerussi, said his clients have ...

Gen. George Washington Turned 47 in Central NJ Living the Good Life

February 22, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - While there is no evidence of a birthday celebration for George Washington in 1779, the General did attend a few parties in central New Jersey around the time of his 47th birthday on Feb. 22 that year.

Details are provided in a video posted on YouTube, as part of a virtual President's Day celebration hosted by Valley Forge National Historical Park, narrated by ...

Kids Are Isolated and Alone, and They Need Help

March 1, 2021

Dear Editor:

Pre-teens and teens are greatly suffering emotionally during this pandemic. I want to give you insight into being a pediatrician in this pandemic. As a pediatrician, I used to see many ear infections, colds, and sore throats. We are seeing very little of that now, which is good, but what we are seeing is a lot more horrific for our kids. This pandemic IS a health crisis, but for ...

St. Patrick’s Day Concert at VoTech in Scotch Plains Will Feature U2 Tribute Band 'Unforgettable Fire' on March 20

March 5, 2021

Event is drive-in only and pre-registration required to reserve a spot; COVID-19 prevention rules apply.

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Acclaimed U2 tribute band, Unforgettable Fire, will headline a live drive-in concert in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 20, at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus, at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.

Unforgettable ...