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Fourth of July Fireworks at Union County Parks Canceled; Scotch Plains Decision Expected June 12

May 29, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union County Parks and Recreation has announced that Independence Day fireworks scheduled to take place in county parks have been canceled this year due to COVID-19. 

The following displays are canceled:

Plainfield fireworks scheduled to take place in Cedar Brook Park on July 4.
Cranford fireworks scheduled to take place in Nomahegan Park on ...

100-Year-Old Rides in a Humvee: Scenes from the Scotch Plains Memorial Day Ceremony (VIDEO)

Scotch Plains, NJ -- Scotch Plains honored its fallen soldiers with a ceremony at the township's war memorial this morning

Vietnam veteran Joe McCourt led the ceremony with remarks from fellow vet Ralph Checchio and Mayor Al Smith. The 2020 Grand Marshal from Scotch Plains was 100-year-old WWII veteran Alphonse Fantini, who clearly enjoyed the ceremony. The pubilc was not invited ...

VIDEO: Police, Fire Dept. Hold Rolling Tribute to Fallen Heroes; Scenes from Fanwood's Memorial Day Ceremony

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood honored its fallen soldiers with a traditional ceremony delivered in a somewhat unconventional manner. 

Mayor Colleen Mahr led the ceremony and introduced 2020 Grand Marshal Patrick Moore, an active duty US Army major, who recently returned from a tour in Iraq. The publc was not invited to attend, as is usual, because of social distancing measures. Instead the ...

Positively SPF: Scotch Plains Troop 104 Places US Flags on Vets' Graves for Memorial Day

KENILWORTH, NJ -- In observance of Memorial Day, Scouts and Adult Leaders from Scotch Plains-Fanwood BSA Troop 104 joined dozens of other area volunteers to place over 300 American flags at the headstones of veterans at Graceland Memorial Park in Kenilworth.

“This was a great opportunity for our Troop to honor veterans on this weekend when we commemorate those who made the ultimate ...

Memorial Day Schedule to Include Bell Tolling in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Memorial Day schedule for Scotch Plains and Fanwood includes traditional wreath-laying ceremonies that are able to be expanded with the easing of some social distancing restrictions, as well as bell-ringing throughout the towns at 3:00 p.m. to remember the fallen soldiers who gave their lives in service to their country.

"We have arrived at a milestone of ...

Meet the Memorial Day Grand Marshals: Scotch Plains's Alphonse Fantini and Fanwood's Patrick Moore

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Although the march along Park Ave. in Scotch Plains and Martine Ave. in Fanwood won't take place on Memorial Day 2020, the parade committee is honoring two grand marshals for this year: 

Alphonse Fantini, who proudly says he is "100 and a half years old," was born on October 8, 1919, Montazzoli, Italy, and has been a resident of Scotch Plains for ...

Scotch Plains Honors Its Fallen Heroes

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Since Memorial Day gatherings are prohibited under Gov. Murphy's social distancing guidelines, Scotch Plains and Fanwood have sought alternative methods to their fallen heroes.

While the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade was canceled, Scotch Plains will host its annual ceremony honoring the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice on Monday, May 25, at ...

Memorial Day Events: Fanwood Honors Its Fallen Heroes

FANWOOD, NJ -- While the traditional events such as the Memorial Day Concert and Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25, were canceled, the towns have devised alternative ways to their fallen heroes.

Mayor Colleen Mahr and (fewer than ten) local officials and veterans will gather on the steps of the Fanwood Memorial Library to formally recognize the valor and ...

Scotch Plains Recreation 2020 Summer Camps Canceled

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - The Scotch Plains Recreation Commission at its Monday, May 18, meeting on Zoom (and broadcasted on Facebook live unanimously) voted to cancel the Department’s 2020 Summer Camp programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The programs, held at Brookside and Green Forest Parks, had over 300 registered participants for summer 2020.

“When presenting the ...

Meals on Wheels Continues to Serve Union County Seniors During COVID-19 Outbreak

UNION COUNTY -- Homebound senior citizens in Union County continue to be served during the COVID-19 Pandemic through the Meals on Wheels program. The program is funded through the Union County Department of Human Services Division on Aging.

“Eligible seniors have continued to receive nutritious meals during the COVID-19 out-break through Meals on Wheels,” said Freeholder ...


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Wardlaw+Hartridge Thespians Win Theatre Night Awards

EDISON, NJ -- Mayah Nissim of Scotch Plains and Sahil Mulji of Edison, seniors at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, won the equivalent of an Oscar in their categories of distinction at the Montclair State University's Theatre Night Foxy Awards, which was held virtually on May 19. Mayah won for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Work of Innovation & ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Inducted Into World Language Honor Societies

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held its annual World Language Honor Societies induction ceremony on May 28. This year’s event was a virtual presentation. 

Esther Faus, World Language Department Chair, delivered the welcome, which was followed by the Introduction to the Honor Societies, Candle Ceremony and Honor Society Oaths. Twenty-three Upper School ...

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 ...

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 ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

May 28, 2020

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

Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How about something sizzling found in a basket, on a plate or inside a bucket?

When it comes to ...

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

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 ...

Coronavirus Pandemic Adds to the Admiration as Hospital Honors Local EMS Members

Overlook Medical Center celebrated the work of the dedicated EMS first responders throughout the communities it serves with awards, gifts and other recognition as part of the national EMS Week, May 18–22.

“The first responders throughout our region have been our steadfast partners through the height of the pandemic, and their collaboration in caring for our patients during this ...

Atlantic Health System Leads Phase 1 Study on CPI-613® (Devimistat), First-in-Class Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer to be Presented at American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2020

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care’s Angela Alistar, MD, medical director of GI medical oncology at Morristown Medical Center and medical director of the Phase 1 Breakthrough Treatment Center, is lead author of a phase 1 study of CPI-613® (devimistat), a unique first-in-class treatment for locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer, in combination with two chemotherapy drugs.

Community Conversations: Is It Safe To Have Surgery?

James C. Wittig, MD, chairman, Orthopedic Surgery, Morristown Medical Center, medical director of Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Oncology and Sarcoma Surgery for Atlantic Health System, joined host Luke Margolis for the latest edition of our Facebook Live event series, Community Conversations. Dr. Wittig shared what our patients need to know before having an important surgery that’s been ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

Watson Coleman Statement on Nationwide Protests in the Wake of George Floyd’s Death

May 29, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC - Following overnight protests and violence in the wake of the death of George Floyd as a result of excessive police force in Minneapolis, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D, NJ-12) issued the following statement:

“Every single person, in Minneapolis and well beyond, who has taken to the streets in the wake of the filmed murder of George Floyd has done so because they ...

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 ...

Virtual Job Fair for Teachers Hosted by Plainfield Public Schools

May 28, 2020

Positions open in Science, Mathematics, ESL, Bilingual, and Special Education 

The Plainfield Public School district will host a virtual job fair on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  All applicants must apply online via ...

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