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Castle Bootery in Westfield Closing Shop After 70 Years

November 2, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – A children's shoe store has lost its foothold in on Elm Street.

The Castle Bootery announced Friday it is leaving its location at 52 Elm St., after about 70 years in Downtown Westfield. The announcement said the retailer lost its lease and will be closing on Dec. 30.

Eric Graff, who has owned the shop for the last 28 of the store’s years, said he ...

No One Can Make You Feel Guilty

We often think that others are responsible for making us feel guilty. This is not true.

Others may try to manipulate us by saying certain things to make us feel guilty and at times they are very effective in causing us self doubt. However, the reason that manipulators are able to make us feel guilty is that a part of us agree with their message and the doubt already exists in our head.

For ...

Enabling and Codependency

Codependency is usually associated with the term “enabling.”

Enabling is doing something for someone that they can or should be doing for themselves. It is taking responsibility for others. I often hear people say “I like helping others”, “It makes me feel good,” and “I am a good person.” Many people derive their sense of ...

Addictive Behaviors That Affect Self-Esteem

Any activity, substance, object, or behavior that becomes the major focus of a person’s life to the exclusion of other activities or has begun to harm the individual whether it be physically, mentally or socially is considered an addictive behavior. A person can become addicted to anything whether it be shopping, surfing the internet, food, alcohol, drugs, compulsive gambling, sex, work, ...

The Matchmaker

Once upon a time, a pious Jew was traveling through the countryside in Eastern Europe. He came to a shtetl where the local schochet (ritual slaughterer) had just taken ill. The town butcher had no one to do the slaughtering and was desperate when he bumped into the visitor. The traveler looked pious and G‑d fearing (perhaps he wore a black hat and a beard) so the butcher ...

Column: What Does Retirement Look Like, Reinvented?

Retirement means different things to different people.

You might think of it as a standing tee time at Echo Lake Country Club, while your neighbor would like to hop on a six-month cruise around the world. Many millennials and younger professionals aren’t thinking about retirement in that traditional sense at all, as they face the burdens of student loan debt and an uncertain future ...

Thank You Scotch Plains!

November 8, 2018

Dear Editor:

Elizabeth Stamler, Roshan “Roc” White and Josh Losardo wish to thank the great community of Scotch Plains for supporting the Democratic ticket on Election Day. 

We also wish to extend our gratitude to the countless volunteers who helped us during the campaign and on Election Day. We are so pleased that the rain did not stop voters from casting their ...

Five Ways to Help Give Your Money a Makeover

November 4, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Do you feel like your finances are being pulled into too many directions? Between paying off your mortgage and credit card debt to saving for retirement or your child's college education, you may feel like you're not achieving your financial goals. Here are five ways to help give your money.

Do you feel like your finances are being ...

Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA Swim Team Hosted First Frost Invitational

November 15, 2018

Branchburg, NJ -- The Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) swim team hosted its annual First Frost Invitational Meet at Raritan Valley Community College on Sunday, Nov. 11, with over 600 swimmers in attendance from various YMCA teams in New Jersey.

The meet, under the leadership of meet directors Glenn Falkowski and Mary Perreault, was a tremendous success.  Hosting this large meet ...