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Union County’s 'Rhythm & Blues by the Brook' Outdoor Music Festival Returns to Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield

May 21, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Rhythm & Blues by the Brook, a full afternoon of free music and activities at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield, returns on Saturday, June 4, from noon to 6:00 p.m. to kick off summer.

“We are delighted to bring Rhythm & Blues by the Brook back to Union County this year,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “Cedar Brook Park is ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Moonglowers Win State Jazz Band Championship

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Moonglowers took first place in the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education Division II finals at Princeton High School on Saturday, April 30. The NJAJE festival is a prestigious yearly competition for jazz bands from New Jersey schools.

This was the second year in a row the Moonglowers, led by director Durand Thomas, won the ...

NJ Festival Orchestra Mother’s Day Concert Brings Audience to its Feet in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Music lovers cheered Westfield’s own New Jersey Festival Orchestra Saturday night during its “Roses from the South” performance, a tribute to Mother’s Day featuring Strauss waltzes, Debussy and songs, ballads and serenades sung by famed Irish Tenor Anthony Kearns.

“Tonight is a particularly special one,” said Maestro David Wroe, ...

Musical Club of Westfield to Perform Concert in Fanwood, Weds, May 11

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Musical Club of Westfield presents its National Music Month Concert, Wednesday, May 11, 7:30 p.m. at The Fanwood Presbyterian Church (74 S. Martine Ave., Fanwood). Please enter by the door near the parking lot on La Grande Avenue. Like all Musical Club monthly concerts, it is open to the public and there is no admission charge.

The concert opens with Jenny Cline, flute and ...

Scenes from the Scotch Plains-Fanwood SPFK12 District Art Show 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood SPFK12 School District held its annual District Art Show for the first time since the pandemic began on Thursday, May 4, 2022, at Scotch Plains-Fanwood Hight School.

Works from students at the district's five elementary schools, two middle schools, and the high school were featured.

NJFO Mother’s Day Concert in Westfield to Feature Irish Tenor, Waltzes & More

WESTFIELD, NJ — Does Mom love live music? On Saturday, May 7, you can take her to the New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s “Roses from the South,” a musical tribute to moms featuring Strauss waltzes, Debussy and serenades just in time for Mother’s Day.

The celebratory program will feature a special guest appearance by renowned Irish tenor Anthony Kearns, founding ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Graduate Among Finalists for Premiere Play Festival

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains native Erin Breznitsky has been selected out of 655 submissions as one of four finalists of the 2022 Premiere Play Festival for Premiere Stages at Kean University.

Breznitsky's play, Satellites, will be presented during the 17th annual Spring Reading Series at Liberty Hall Museum on Sunday, Apr. 24, at 5 p.m. A short description of the play ...

Osborn Cannonball House Museum Open May 1st

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Osborn Cannonball House Museum (1840 Front St.) will be open to the public tours for the first time since Christmas, with the current exhibit featuring mannequins dressed in clothing from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.

House tours, which will be open on Sunday, May 1, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., will be provided by costumed ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Concert Features Local Comedian Mike Marino, Rock & Roll Oldies Band

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Concert returns for the first time since before COVID on Friday, May 27, with a different feel and a celebrity host emcee. The concert's theme is "Together Again: Honoring Our Service Men and Women."

In years past, the Memorial Day Concert highlighted music from the Big Band (WWII) era, military ...

Woodbridge Summer Concert Series: 40 Shows Include B Street Band Featuring Fanwood Resident

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — With a wide variety of musical acts that will be in town this summer, perhaps the festival should be called "Woodbridge-Stock."

The Mayor’s Free Summer Concert Series will return starting Monday, June 20, with performances five nights-a-week, most of them at the Woodbridge High School football field. The schedule includes artists like The B ...


Head Over Heels Brings Love and Laughs to the Union County Performing Arts Center, June 30

May 7, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union County Board of County Commissioners and the City of Rahway are proud to present a live performance of the Broadway hit musical Head Over Heels at the Main Stage of the Union County Performing Arts Center, located at 1601 Irving Street in Rahway, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 30.

The performance is part of a series of events hosted by the Commissioner Board in ...


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New Brunswick Mayor Cahill Urges Approval of RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – New Brunswick Mayor James M. Cahill has thrown his support behind the transaction between Saint Peter’s HealthCare System (“Saint Peter’s”) and RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”), which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick.

“Today, New Brunswick residents in need ...

NJ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey ("SHCCNJ") threw its support behind the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and St. Peter's HealthCare System, which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick. 

In a letter to the Federal Trade ...

African American Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBH Transaction with St. Peters

New Brunswick, NJ – Access to quality medical care in New Jersey is vital to underserved populations. That's why the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (“AACCNJ”) announced its support for the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New Brunswick, which will lead to the creation of New ...

RWJBarnabas Health, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Vision to Create NJ’s First Premier Academic Medical Center Gets State Approval

New Brunswick, NJ – RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System (“Saint Peter’s”) announced that the State of New Jersey has approved their transaction to create New Jersey’s first premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) located in New Brunswick.

“This is a tremendous milestone in a years-long ...

Don’t Forget to B.Y.O. Bag Starting Wednesday, May 4

On Wednesday, May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, supermarkets will not hand out any free, single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Customers will have to bring their own shopping bags, or purchase them at the supermarket.

Other retail stores and restaurants can continue to provide free paper shopping bags, but they will not be allowed to ...

Mount Saint Mary Academy Captures Euro Challenge Win

WATCHUNG – Kathleen Brennan, Math Department Chairperson at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, reported that the Mount's Euro Challenge team edged out four other finalists in the competition on May 19th. Their topic was Gender Inequality in Germany. 

The sophomore presenters included: Zoe Daly of Piscataway, Victoria Fekete of Livingston, Lillian Del Rossi of Union, ...

How To Change When It Feels Impossible

As a mental health and pain management coach, I spend a lot of time talking to my clients about managing chronic pain, chronic illness, and mental health struggles like depression, anxiety, grief, ADHD, bipolar disorder, etc. 

In the process, I often hear, "I want to change Christina, but I just can't." My response is always, "well…you get to decide that." ...

Is An Emotional Affair Cheating?

An emotional affair is when you turn to a friend or co-worker for emotional (not physical) intimacy.  The seduction is that this person gives you what you feel that your spouse does not: support, ego boosts, playfulness, empathy, flirting, and understanding. This relationship begins in a very innocent way, yet you may begin to share more with this person than with your ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Present Middle School Art Show

EDISON, NJ --Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison created a wonderful array of art to display at last week’s first in-person Middle School Art Show since 2019. 

Miss Tanda Tucker’s students presented a variety of works, including Illuminate Letters, Zentangle Shadow Portraits, Quote 1/2 Portrait Paintings, Cubist Self-Portraits, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Announces Class Officers for 2022-2023

EDISON, NJ -- Annie Gu of Edison, a junior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, will lead the student body as senior class president in the 2022-2023 school year after winning the Student Council election. Annie, who took over the leadership from outgoing president Shiv Tickoo of Scotch Plains earlier this month, will be joined by Gbemi Olarewaju of Piscataway and Adam Eisdorfer of ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Shine at Middle School Spring Concert

EDISON, NJ -- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison provided more than 90 minutes of musical entertainment at last week’s Spring Concert in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Nine ensembles performed under the direction of Choir Director Sharon Byrne, Performing Arts Department Chair, and Band Director Rick Fontaine.

Highlights of the show included the ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Girls Repeat as State Golf Champs

EDISON, NJ -- Consistency, depth and determination propelled the girls’ golf team at The Wardalw+Hartridge School in Edison to its second straight state team championship at Raritan Valley Country Club on May 16. After falling behind by a few strokes early, the Rams remained steady and did not panic as weather conditions began to deteriorate with a storm coming. Fueled by a balanced ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Young Students Lead Entertaining Journey at Concert

EDISON, NJ -- Students in Pre-K through Grade 1 at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison took the audience on a safari, through a book and to a farm during Tuesday’s entertaining Early Childhood Spring Concert. 

Lower School music teacher Shannon Sari’s students shared stories and songs about animals through performances of Pole, Pole by Ella Jenkins, assorted ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Receives DAR Good Citizen Award

EDISON, NJ -- Gurinder Singh of Carteret, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, was among three local high school seniors to receive Good Citizen Awards from The Westfield Chapter of The Daughters of The American Revolution (DAR).

Each school selected one Good Citizen from their senior class based on Dependability (truthfulness, loyalty, punctuality), Service (cooperation, ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Girls LAX's Trish Gillen

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Trish Gillen is a force on the Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls lacrosse offense. The senior is perhaps the main factor in controlling time of possession while also serving as one of the Raiders' most pivotal attackers. For her performance this season, and for scoring 15 goals in her past four games while recording her 100th career draw control, Gillen is this week's ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Golf's Andrew Yu

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Andrew Yu is a hole-in-one player for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood golf program.

The senior has finished as the leader in scores for almost all of the matches for the Raiders this season, once again showcasing he is the true No. 1 of this year's unit. For his season long performance, Yu is this week's Joint Motion Therapy Athlete of the Week.

"Andrew is ...

Saint Joe's Valedictorian Credits Extracurricular Activities for His Academic Success

METUCHEN, NJ -- There was very little doubt in Aayush Agnihotri’s mind when it came to choosing where he wanted to attend high school. Aside from the wide array of academic offerings and extracurricular activities, there was a deeper connection to Saint Joseph High School that only a select few understand - the legacy connection. 

After seeing his older brother, Aniket (Saint ...

Saint Joe's Salutatorian DaSilva: Campus 'Felt Like Home'

METUCHEN, NJ - The second that Matthew DaSilva stepped foot on the campus of Saint Joseph High School five years ago he immediately felt something special. From his first campus tour to his time as “Freshman for a Day,” DaSilva knew the choice was easy. He was going to spend the most formative years of his life at Saint Joe’s.

Sure there were other private schools in ...

The facts are clear about prostate cancer – and what you can do about it

Prostate cancer is dangerous – right? The disease remains the number one solid organ cancer diagnosis among men in the United States, with more than 248,000 newly diagnosed cases each year. Yet while there can be great differences in how prostate cancer affects each patient, there’s little debate that it is important to monitor for the disease.

Urologist Naeem Rahman, MD, part of ...

Union County’s 'Rhythm & Blues by the Brook' Outdoor Music Festival Returns to Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield

May 21, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Rhythm & Blues by the Brook, a full afternoon of free music and activities at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield, returns on Saturday, June 4, from noon to 6:00 p.m. to kick off summer.

“We are delighted to bring Rhythm & Blues by the Brook back to Union County this year,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “Cedar Brook Park is ...

New Jersey Warns of Price Gouging During Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage

May 19, 2022

NEWARK, NJ —New Jersey's Acting Attorney General and the Division of Community Affairs (DCA) are warning customers and merchants statewide about price gouging and any fraud dealing with the sale of baby formula in New Jersey.

“The current baby formula shortage may have scammers and unscrupulous vendors coming out of the woodwork to take advantage of parents at a vulnerable ...

YMCA and PTA team up for Colors for Courage 5K

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA and the Scotch Plains-Fanwood PTA Council are coming together this year to host the 'Colors For Courage 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run'. The event will be held in-person on Sunday, May 22 at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA, with the 1-Mile Fun Run beginning at 9:00 a.m. and the 5K beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Participants can register for ...

We Hope People Suffering from Severe Mental Illness Get Help Before They Make Horrific Decisions

May 18, 2022

Dear Editor:

My colleagues join me in sharing our horror and frustration about the shooting in Buffalo, New York, over the weekend.  

Learning the victims’ names and ages, and more about their productive lives, which were so violently cut short, has only compounded our sorrow. Learning that intolerance, bias and racism played a part in why this crime occurred, coupled ...

Bring Household Hazardous Waste to a Free Recycling Event for Union County Residents, June 4

May 22, 2022

UNION, NJ -- Union County residents can safely dispose their unwanted household chemicals, old fire extinguishers, propane tanks and other potentially hazardous items at Union County’s next free Household Hazardous Waste event on Saturday, June 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Kean Hall parking lot at Kean University (1000 Morris Avenue in Union Township). Any Union County resident may ...