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Scotch Plains' Bond Rating Shows the Township on Strong Financial Footing

May 11, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In an affirmation of Scotch Plains' strong fiscal position, Moody’s has given the Township a Aaa bond rating, the highest rating assigned by the company. It is only awarded to 10% of municipalities in New Jersey.

This top rating from an independent agency underscores the creditworthiness of Scotch Plains as an issuer of bonds, signifying the ...

Westfield at Bottom of WalletHub List for Worst Small Cities for Starting a Business

WESTFIELD, NJ — A new ranking out from the website WalletHub puts Westfield last in a nationwide list of 1,337 “Best & Worst Small Cities to Start a Business,” but not everyone agrees with the website’s analysis.

Local business owners on Monday offered varied views on the findings, while Mayor Shelley Brindle decried the list as unfair, and Republicans seeking to ...

Scotch Plains Town Leaders Meet with Merchants, Share Ideas for a Stronger Business Climate

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- As part of NJ Local Government Week, Mayor Josh Losardo, members of the Township Council, as well as municipal administration and emergency responders, hosted a Business & Economic Development Roundtable with local business owners on Tuesday morning.

The purpose was to provide an update on downtown redevelopment and further strengthen the ties between the Township ...

NJ TRANSIT Fills Its Locomotive Engineer Roster

NJ TRANSIT Has Added More Than 100 New Engineers Since Gov. Murphy Took Office, Total Active Roster Is Now 393

ISELIN, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy, NJ Dept.of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, and NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin Corbett today recognized the result of years of dedication to restoring ...

Scotch Plains Newsstand Wallis Stationery to Close

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- After serving the community for decades, Wallis Stationery, located in downtown Scotch Plains on Park Ave., will soon be permanently closing its doors after struggles due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Owner Alex Desai has owned the business for over 25 years and has served fresh coffee, cigars, greeting cards, newspapers and other products to the citizens in Scotch ...

Longtime Somerset Patriots Owner Steve Kalafer Dies at 71

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- Somerset Patriots Chairman Emeritus, and chairman and CEO of Flemington Car & Truck Country, Steve Kalafer died of cancer Wednesday.

"I was absolutely shocked and saddened today to hear about the passing of Steve Kalafer," Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. "Steve has left an indelible mark on Bridgewater ...

Launch Date for $85 Million Phase 4 of NJ's Small Business Emergency Grant Program Announced

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has announced Phase 4 of the Authority’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, adding $85 million in funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It will provide short-term operating support to a broad group of New Jersey small and medium-sized businesses and ...

Scotch Plains Redevelopment: Jade Isle Strikes Deal with QuickChek; Truck Traffic Study Planned

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- At the most recent Scotch Plains Redevelopment Meeting on April 14, Scotch Plains Project Coordinator for Redevelopment, Tom Strowe shared updates on several major projects happening in the township.

QuickChek is in the process of striking a deal with the owners of Jade Isle on Terrill Road to develop a convenience store and a gas station. The Township is in the process of ...

Elizabeth Native Powers Up PSEG Nuclear Plants for Newark, All New Jersey

NEWARK, NJ — When Judy Rodriguez was a sophomore at Elizabeth High School, her history teacher gave her a key piece of information that would empower her, then one day power New Jersey.

"She gave us an aptitude test, and the result for me was that I would be good at the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Her reaction was 'You should try for ...

Edison Heating and Cooling: Check and Replace Cooling Units Before Summer Hits

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Signs of spring are slowly popping up throughout New Jersey which means the hot and humid days of summer – and the non-stop running of home and office cooling systems – are just around the corner. 

According to Mike Iarrapino, owner of Edison Heating and Cooling, spring is the best time of year to have units checked and, if necessary, ...

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Register Now for The Sixth Union Catholic Business Networking Luncheon on Thurs, April 29

April 23, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- The sixth Union Catholic Business Networking Luncheon is set to be held virtually on Thursday, April 29 at 11 a.m.

The event, which features a focus group of business professionals and will be moderated by WCBS Newsradio 880 Business Reporter Joe Connolly, is open to the public. To register, visit http://m.unioncatholic.org/ucbnl or contact Chris Dill at ...

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Mothers and Young Adult Daughters

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- A mother/daughter relationship is one of the most important ties each will have in her lifetime.  Many women have difficult relationships with their mothers and daughters, even when they want good relationships.  A mother may wish her daughters happiness, yet --- from the point of view of her daughter, she acts quite opposite.  A mother may describe her ...

Is Your Family Very Involved in Your Life?

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- If you have ever watched the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, known as the Portokalos family, then you can certainly understand what it’s like having an overbearing family. The family is very large, loud and intrusive. The movie was released in 2002 and the premise of the movie is basically about a woman named Toula  (Nia Vardalos) who is unmarried at ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Wins DAR Good Citizen Award

EDISON, NJ-- Taliyah Williams of Rahway, 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, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Scholars Deliver Capstone Presentations

EDISON, NJ-- Twelve seniors in the Class of 2021 at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison shared their research and findings on a variety of pertinent topics in last week’s Capstone presentations in the Center for Global Learning. This project, a requirement to graduate with the Global Scholars Program diploma, involves many components including a written paper, action research ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Participate in Read-a-thon

EDISON, NJ-- Lower School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison capped a three-week read-a-thon in April with some impressive numbers. The students logged 20,438 minutes of total reading. Fourth-grader Josh Culver of Colonia led all students with 1,368 minutes, which is nearly one full day! Total donations reached $4,130 and the proceeds will go toward a fund to diversify Lower ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Enjoy Middle School Spirit Week

EDISON,NJ-- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison are celebrating their own divisional Spirit Week from May 3-7. Students are having a blast embracing daily themes to begin the home stretch of this unprecedented school year in style.

The week kicked off with Match a Friend Monday on which students joined up to four friends with matching outfits. Teachers joined the ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Release Butterflies in Garden

EDISON, NJ-- The Junior Kindergarten class at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison concluded its lifecycle unit by releasing their Painted Lady butterflies in the Lower School garden on April 28. Early Childhood students learned about the lifecycles of ladybugs, chickens, frogs and the butterfly. 

“We received our butterflies as caterpillars and watched them form chrysalis as they ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Wins Golf Course Design Contest

EDISON, NJ-- Claire Lu of Edison, a freshman at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, captured the essence of her signature sport to win the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) Great Junior Golf Design Challenge of 2021. She designed a par-5 hole and named it hOle. Claire’s design was selected as the best of more than 85 designs sent in, and she is recognized as the top ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Baseball's Ryan Jones

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- It would be nearly impossible for Raiders outfielder Ryan Jones to be any hotter at the plate than he is right now. In three games during the past week, he amassed 10 hits for a .435 batting average, with 6 RBI and 9 runs in 3 games this week. For his production, speed, and stellar defense, he is this week's Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week: Scotch Plains Fanwood's Girls Track Team

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- With every passing week, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls track athletes seem to reach new milestones, and the past several days have been no exception. With another head-turning performance at the 31st Blue Devil Classic at Kehler Stadium in Westfield, the SPF track stars are this week’s Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week.

Corinne ...

Sayreville's Brandon Bielak, Saint Joseph HS Grad, Pitches Against the Yankees

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Brandon Bielak, a Sayreville native who played his high school baseball at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen), took the mound for the Houston Astros against the Yankees Tuesday evening in a hostile Yankee Stadium, where fans released their anger over Houston's sign-stealing scandal became public following the 2019 ALCS.

Bielak had the thrill of ...

Find Your Green Thumb: NJ Experts Offer Tips for Starting a Kitchen Garden

May 8, 2021

NEW JERSEY — They don’t call this The Garden State for nothing.

Want to bring out your inner green thumb this season? There’s no better time than now to get started on a kitchen garden.

“There is no mastery of gardening, you just get better at guessing,” said Bloomfield’s L. Be. Sholar, who offers gardening tips on her blog, Farm-Based ...

More Breweries Join NJ’s ‘Shot and a Beer’ Program to Encourage COVID Vaccinations

NEW JERSEY — Need another reason to get your COVID-19 vaccine? Now you can get free beer at more than 30 New Jersey breweries just for getting your shot during the month of May.

The number of breweries participating in New Jersey's “Shot and a Beer” program, which began this month in partnership with the Brewer's Guild of New Jersey, the Governor's ...

NJ has America’s Best Pizza, Food & Wine Says. But You Already Knew That

NEW JERSEY — Food & Wine magazine made waves this week when it declared New Jersey the No. 1 pizza state in America and proclaimed that New York is No. 3. In the No. 2 spot? Connecticut.

You can read the article, in which the author recommends “The Best Pizza in Every State,” here.

MORE: Pizza in High Demand During Pandemic, NJ Restaurant Owners Say

New Yorkers ...

Community Conversations: AFib, Heart Health and Stroke Prevention

People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) are five times more likely to have a stroke than the average person. In this Community Conversation, Atlantic Medical Group cardiologists Timothy Mahoney, MD, and Michael Katz, MD, answer your questions on managing AFib and reducing your risk of stroke. See all of Atlantic Health System's Community Conversations ...

Do or Do Not? Parenting the Star Wars Way

Two very important events occurred in 1977. One, I was born.  Two, Star Wars came out. I’ll let you contemplate which was more important, but I am willing to concede that my birth may not be number one.

Thirty-five years later when I found out that my wife was pregnant, one of the first things to enter my mind was...what order to show my child the Star Wars movies? I ...

Atlantic Health System Celebrates 25 Years of Building Healthier Communities

25 years after establishing one of the first integrated health care systems in New Jersey, Atlantic Health System has become a nationally recognized leader in the delivery of high-quality, innovative health care.

Founded in 1996 through the merger of Morristown Memorial Hospital, Overlook Hospital, Mountainside Hospital, and soon after, the General Hospital Center at Passaic, Atlantic Health ...

Community Conversations: Vaccine Updates and Variant Testing

Approximately 4 million people in New Jersey have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine! On the next Community Conversation, Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO, and Steven Sheris, MD, SVP, Physician Enterprise, Atlantic Health System, discuss New Jersey’s new eligibility guidelines and Atlantic Health System’s vaccine program along with the ability to rapidly screen ...

A Springtime Reminder

Finally, it’s Spring!  Thank God the winter is over!  Bring on … well, whatever outdoor activities we can safely practice these days!

But first…let’s talk a little about two important medical topics that are related to April and one another.  Of course, I am talking about oral cancer and immunizations.

That’s what you were going to guess, ...

Community Conversations: Summer Safety and Fun for Kids

Preparing children for a healthy summer of activity starts now! On this Community Conversation, pediatrician Sarah Nielsen, MD, has some must-see information on childhood health and safety, whether they are at home or at camp, including the latest news about COVID-19 and children.

Learn more ...

Police Investigate Report of Attempted Sexual Assault on Glenside Ave.

May 11, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit reports that police are investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault perpetrated by an unknown actor posing as an Uber driver who was transporting the victim from New York City to Pennsylvania.

The driver, described as a white male with a beard, reportedly exited Rt. 78, stopping on Glenside Avenue. The victim was able to escape from the vehicle ...

Missing NJ Baby Found After Amber Alert Issued, State Police Say

May 10, 2021

Updated at 3:51 p.m.

NEW JERSEY — Following an Amber alert issued Monday, authorities have found an infant reported missing, state police said.

"Chinna Payne, a 2-week-old baby girl, of East Orange, N.J. has been safely located," state police said in a Facebook post.

Police had said the child last seen in East Orange with a 27-year-old man.

Weighting 7 ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains Y Hosts Nursing Students Focused on Community Health

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA has partnered with Seton Hall University’s College of Nursing to host 19 senior undergraduate students majoring in nursing. Throughout the month of April, the students have been working on the clinical portion of their community health class and have been interning at the Y.

The nursing students have been working – at a ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA and PTA Team up for Virtual 'United For A Cause 5K'

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA and the Scotch Plains-Fanwood PTA Council are partnering up to host the United For A Cause 5K and 1-mile Fun Run, held virtually this year.  

The virtual run will take place between May 5 and 12, 2021. Proceeds benefit the Y’s LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program for cancer survivors and fund a Scotch Plains-Fanwood High ...

Scotch Plains Mayor’s Wellness Series Set to Begin

May 7, 2021

Dear Editor:

It’s that time of the year again when we eagerly get back into shape, after a long winter and plenty of pandemic time in the house.  

I am pleased to kick off the Mayor’s Wellness Series, which is set to begin in Alan Augustine Park (next to town hall) on Saturday, May 15 at 9:30 a.m. For those who are new to the series, it is free, it is fun, and it is a ...

RWJ Rahway Opens Newly Renovated Medical/Surgical Unit

May 12, 2021

RAHWAY, NJ -- Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway opened its newly renovated 3E with a host of patient-focused amenities that include a family lounge and nourishment station for visitors, flat screen TVs in each room, large bathrooms and in-room work stations for the clinical staff to keep them close to the bedside.  

The new unit, whose renovation was halted during ...

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