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Westfield’s ‘Virtual Girls’ Night In’ to Put Social in Social Distancing

May 23, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Quarantine hair is perhaps not the direst of issues on folks minds these days, but it’s certainly a common one.

That’s why Daniel Tschopp, or “Dan Tee,” of Dan DanTee Hair Architects in Westfield is one of many local businesses who will be presenting as part of the Downtown Westfield Corporation’s “Virtual Girls’ Night ...

Jersey Shore Musicians Festival Features Fanwood's Glenn Stuart of B Street Band

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood's Glenn Stuart of B Street Band will be among the performers of the NJ Shore Musicians Online Music Festival that takes place Memorial Day Weekend (May 23-25) on Facebook Live. 

The event has assembled a lineup of the best local Jersey Shore musicians, each of whom will perform their favorite songs for a 30- to 45-minute set curated to lift ...

Ocean County Beach Season: What You Need to Know

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – People north of the Driscoll Bridge look to Memorial Day to begin their trek “go down the shore.”  For Ocean County residents, a visit to the sand and surf is more commonly referred to as hitting the beach. With just two weeks away, it is important to know about beach badges and the like.

In Southern Ocean County, Long Beach Island offers an assortment ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Choir Finds 'Refuge' from COVID by Creating Music with Renowned Composer

Choirs Commission Composer to Unite Them in Song; World Premiere Performance on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Thousands of public and private high school music programs throughout the country were forced to close and cancel capstone events due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

A "virtual choir" of over 200 students from five high schools coast ...

One Song: A Benefit Concert for the Rotary Club of Fanwood-Scotch Plains

Scotch Plains Performing Arts Groups Come Together for Virtual Benefit Concert to Raise Money for the FSP Rotary COVID-19 Relief 

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Theatrical Artist’s Prep of Scotch Plains presents “ONE SONG,” a virtual benefit concert on Friday, May 8, at 7:00 p.m.

The live-streamed event hopes to raise $1,500 for the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary’s ...

Rockin' for Autism: The Show Did Go On

FANWOOD, NJ -- The 5th Annual Rockin’ For Autism went on not as planned in La Grande Park, but virtually on Saturday, April 25. Concert organizers, the Banks family, announced the event will be broadcast online because of social distancing requirements in the state of New Jersey.

The event featuring local musicians, such as Eric Harrison, the first ...

Tradition Revived: Park Middle Jazz Ensemble Gives Virtual Performance of Scotch Plains-Fanwood Alma Mater

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School had a long-held tradition in the singing of the SPF Alma Mater, but about 30 years ago, that tradition faded away. 

Through the vision of Dr. Joan Mast, Superintendent of Scotch Plains-Fanwood Schools, and the aid of the SPF Arts Integration Specialist, Barbara Prestridge, the Alma Mater has been brought back to life and will ...

Reach Your Quarantine Goal With These Online Classes in Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Classes and live-streamed events available from businesses in Downtown Westfield can help keep you connected to others — and when you feel connected it's easier to keep feeling positive.

Downtown Westfield Corporation recently announced the following slate of online classes available for both children and adults.

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Acting Out Kids and teen ...

Cantor Matt Axelrod of CBI in Scotch Plains, Appears in HBO Series 'The Plot Against America'

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Singing Jewish hymns is part of his very being, but Cantor Matt Axelrod of Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains had never done it in a TV miniseries before.

Axelrod lent his talents and authenticity to the successful HBO production of The Plot Against America, which is based on the best-selling novel by Philip Roth. It presents an alternate ...

Postponed by Coronavirus, Rockin’ For Autism Goes Virtual on Sat, April 25

FANWOOD, NJ -- The show must go on... Rockin’ For Autism will happen, no matter what.

That’s the loud-and-clear message from concert organizers, announcing the signature fundraiser for autism awareness month will now be broadcasted online next Saturday, April 25, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  As usual, Rockin’ for Autism promises a fun-filled event of live music, and is ...

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New Jersey’s Role in Computing History at the Scotch Plains Public Library (Digital Branch)

May 3, 2020

Did you know that New Jersey was deeply involved in the evolution of the computer industry? On Wednesday, May 6 at 7pm, join the library staff via Zoom for a talk by Evan Koblentz and learn how the summer of ’48 shaped the 21st century; why a Jersey shore army base made a computer as big as a whale; how Apple almost had a different name, and much more — all because of events in the ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Students Share Talents in Show

EDISON, NJ -- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison provided a wonderful hour of entertainment in last week’s Rising Stars Talent and Variety Show. The event, which was live-streamed on Vimeo and Facebook Live, included vocal, instrumental and dance performances.

Among the show’s many highlights were a piano vocal by Julia Machado (pictured) of ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Band Members Perform in Virtual Concert

EDISON, NJ -- Fourth and fifth grade musicians at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison shared their talents in a virtual format in an entertaining Lower School Instrumental Concert. Under the direction of instructor Mr. Matt Bergman, students performed a variety of short pieces at home on flute, trumpet, clarinet, trombone, saxophone euphonium and ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Excited for ‘Karma’ HBO Series

EDISON, NJ -- Wardlaw+Hartridge student Jack Silver of Rahway must feel almost as if he’s won the lottery. Well, at least the HBO version of it.

A freshman at Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, Silver was chosen to participate along with 15 other contestants from around the country out of approximately 12,000 applicants to appear in the HBO Max original series Karma, set to begin ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Share Work at Virtual Art Show

EDISON, NJ -- Lower School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison shared their artwork in a virtual format last week and provided enjoyment for the W+H community. Congratulations to Mrs. Sue Howard, Lower School art teacher, for capturing images of work from all students in her division. Works presented included self-portraits, clay tiles, samplers, paintings and mixed ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Share Work at Virtual Art Show

EDISON, NJ -- Lower School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison shared their artwork in a virtual format last week and provided enjoyment for the W+H community. Congratulations to Mrs. Sue Howard, Lower School art teacher, for capturing images of work from all students in her division. Works presented included self-portraits, clay tiles, samplers, paintings and mixed ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Seniors Named GMC Scholar-Athletes

EDISON, NJ -- Sydney Johnson of Piscataway and Ricardo Garces of North Brunswick, seniors at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, have achieved excellence in the classroom and on the athletic fields during their scholastic  careers. Sydney and Ricardo were recognized for their consistent performance in both areas by being named the school’s GMC Scholar Athlete award ...

Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

Union County Freeholders Offer Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges residents to download Recycle Coach 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 residents and ...

NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

May 23, 2020

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

NJ Bars Still Closed, but Now You Can Get That Cocktail to Go

NEW JERSEY — Bars and restaurants with liquor licenses in the Garden State have been able to sell alcohol in its original containers during the COVID-19 crisis. Now, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Phil Murphy before the weekend, they can sell mixed drinks for pick up and delivery, too.

Craft distilleries, which operate under a different kind of license, can also sell ...

New Jersey Date Night: Virtual Experiences Bring the World to You

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

If April showers bring May flowers, what does May bring? If you guessed more social distancing, you win!  Fortunately, there are some amazing people who use technology to bring all the fun of a night out to you. 

With live streaming and video conferencing, we can still feel a connection ...

Surprising Benefits of the Virtual Visit

When Atlantic Health System put telehealth into effect to help control the spread of COVID-19, I thought, I’m going to hate it. I felt strongly that there’s no substitute for in-person visits, and expected that trying to communicate using video apps would be cumbersome. So I was surprised to find that there are some real benefits to virtual medicine.

I noticed, for example, a ...

Protect Your Health: Do Not Put Off Important Medical Care

The safety of patients and team members is Atlantic Health System’s top priority. To make sure emergency departments across Atlantic Health’s hospitals remain safe for every patient who enters, reconfigured processes and facilities are in place to optimize safety and improve the patient experience.

All care is delivered with strict rules around social distancing, universal mask ...

Atlantic Health System Earns New Level of Recognition for Environmental Sustainability, its Overlook Campus Again Taking Top Honors

Atlantic Health System achieved a new level of recognition for its accomplishments in environmental sustainability, receiving the System for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. Its Overlook Medical Center once again earned Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor, the Top 25 Environmental ...

Community Conversations: Returning to a New Normal

Join Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO of Atlantic Health System, for a look at how hospitals are seeing a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel and delivering safe and accessible care to every patient.

 

Keeping Our Medical Centers Safe: Emergency Services at Atlantic Health System

At Atlantic Health System the safety of our patients and team members is our top priority. Here are a few ways we are keeping our hospitals safe for you and your families. Please don’t delay seeking important care. To learn more, visit https://www.atlantichealth.org

 

Community Conversation: 3 Things About Our Hospitals You’re Not Hearing in the News

In Atlantic Health System’s latest Community Conversation, Amy Perry, CEO, Hospital Division, Senior Vice President, Integrated Care Delivery, Atlantic Health System, shares the keys to our response to COVID-19 and some of the incredible stories taking place inside our medical centers.

 

Union Freeholders’ 2020 Budget Won't Increase County Taxes, Impact Varies by Town

May 22, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Freeholder Board approved a budget that will not increase county taxes — the first time in nearly 20 years — to ease financial pain for residents and business owners caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The 2020 budget, which was unanimously passed Thursday night, promised to avoid layoffs and maintain essential county services, while ...

Shop Owner's Facebook Live Stream Shut Down by Bernardsville Police for Violating Executive Order

May 20, 2020

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ  — The owner of a gift shop in downtown Bernardsville had her live-streamed Facebook sales demonstration from inside her store interrupted early on Tuesday evening by a borough police officer.

Katherine Hermes, owner of Country Home in Olcott Square, was displaying her merchandise in her store to a live Facebook audience when she received a knock on her door ...

Lockdown with Your Partner -- Togetherness and Separateness

While some couples prefer autonomy and independence in a relationship, others enjoy a strong emotional connection. One partner may want to talk things through and need to always feel connected, reassured while the other will be more distant and removed.  When the partner remains removed and distant, we then continue to pursue even more. As we pursue, the distancer retreats and ...

Anxiety Can Spread Just Like COVID-19

When a family becomes stressed, everyone feels anxious. The anxiety moves easily from person to person in the family. Anxiety that affects one, affects all. It can be contagious.

For the past several months, our country and our communities have gone through a very stressful time. In some states, restrictions are beginning to get lifted while others remain the same. We are tired of hearing ...

How Do We Celebrate Mother’s Day During COVID-19

For many of us, social distancing will make Mother’s Day challenging this year. Our traditional way of celebrating has changed. Due to the numerous stay-at-home orders in place this year, mothers may find themselves alternatively living with or without their children. Some moms may be isolated from their children and their grandchildren. Enjoying a family dinner out in one of our ...

Missing Jews

How many Jews are there in the world? 13 million? Perhaps 14 million, if you’re generous. How many Jews were there before World War II? Apparently the number was around the 19 million mark. So if we deduct the six million wiped out in the Holocaust, we are down to 13 million—which is exactly where we are today. So the colossal question is this: Where are all the missing Jews? Or, ...

It's Time, Governor Murphy

May 25, 2020

It's Time Governor Murphy

Governor, it's time. It's time to step up and out of the box. It's time to be bold but more importantly it's time to be empathetic, sensitive and reasonable. There has been much talk about listening to the data and science and about letting the data and science guide us through this public health crisis. Well, it's time to really listen.

If ...

Be 'Street' Smart Now That Warm Weather Has Arrived

May 23, 2020

It’s hard being stuck inside, and not being able to visit family and friends makes it even more difficult. Now that warm temperatures are here, getting outside and being more active is a nice respite from the isolation and boredom of the last couple of months.

Lately, it’s very common to see adults and children walking, biking, and skateboarding throughout neighborhoods while ...

Union County Clerk to Resume Limited In-Person Services, by Appointment Only

May 27, 2020

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announces that beginning on Tuesday, June 2, the County Clerk’s offices will begin in-person appointments to swear in notaries and assist persons seeking to register trade names, tax waivers and clerk’s certificates.

Everyone seeking these services in person is required to make an appointment in advance and wear a face mask at all times, in order ...