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'Slowly But Surely, The Needle Is Moving in The Right Direction': Gov. Murphy Gives Latest NJ Update

February 24, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy provided during his COVID press briefing on Wednesday some positive news about testing sites and vaccinations. He said the 1,758,979 total vaccine doses (1,192,364 first doses, and 566,441 second doses) have been administered as of this morning.  He also was proud that New Jersey has been able to distribute vaccine more equitably than other ...

NJ Budget 2022: How Much is There to Deal with COVID-19?

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NJ SPOTLIGHT-- The COVID-19 pandemic loomed large in Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget presentation Tuesday and the state has already committed $2.4 billion ...

What’s the Official NJ Vaccination Timeline? Depends on Who’s Talking, Murphy or Persichilli

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NJ SPOTLIGHT-- For months, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has highlighted the state’s goal of vaccinating 4.7 million people against COVID-19 within six ...

Family Doctors — Untapped Resources in NJ’s Battle Against COVID-19

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NJ SPOTLIGHT-- Family doctors are a trusted gateway to the health care system for scores of New Jersey residents — including many with underlying ...

NJ Easing Restrictions for Religious Gatherings, Live Sports, Entertainment Venues

NEW JERSEY — “Good trends,” as Gov. Phil Murphy put it Monday, will allow New Jersey to expand its COVID-19 gathering limits.

The changes go into effect immediately. Religious services at churches, mosques and other houses of worship will be allowed to run at 50% capacity.

Also in effect, two parents/guardians will be allowed to attend indoor and outdoor college ...

Union County COVID Test Center Changes Hours. 2 Cases of Variant in County

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county announced Sunday that its COVID-19 drive-through test center at Kean University is modifying its hours this week.

The test center will be open Monday, 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. It will also be open Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. — noon. Persons who cannot make the new hours must reschedule, officials said. They can do so at this link.

Anyone who has an ...

Latest Scotch Plains, Fanwood, and Statewide COVID Numbers

NEW JERSEY -- The latest COVID dashboard update for Scotch Plains reports 1,251 positive test results since the pandemic began and 22 deaths (five in 2021) as of Feb. 17, 2021.

Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr reported in her Feb. 19 newsletter that borough had 18 additional cases of COVID-19 infection this week for a total of 433 infections overall. Cases are evenly dispersed ...

Murphy Assures New Jersey: 'Everyone Who Wants to Be Vaccinated Will Be Vaccinated'

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday reported that four of the state's six vaccine mega-sites were closed Thursday due to the winter storm, resulting in a slowdown in vaccinations.

"Our vaccine numbers didn’t grow by as much as they otherwise would have," Gov. Murphy said. "As of midmorning, we are reporting a total of 1,559,569 vaccinations having been ...

NJ’s Home Rule Seems Set to Trump CDC Guidance on School Reopening

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NJ SPOTLIGHT-- For all the fanfare surrounding Friday’s guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to reopen schools ...

Gov. Murphy Encourages All to Double Mask, Releases Latest COVID-19 Figures

NEWARK, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy emerged from his self-quarantine Tuesday wearing not one but two face masks.

Last week, despite testing negative for COVID-19, the governor entered a self-quarantine when a family member confirmed they had contracted the virus. His office said he was entering a quarantine  "out of an abundance of caution” and thus shifted his press conference ...


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When Adult Children Move Back Home

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- Covid-19 pandemic put more generations under the same roof, and more parents are now helping their adult children financially. Young adults are returning to their parents’ homes due to disruptions in their jobs, closures at colleges, and change in living arrangements and health brought on by the pandemic.

No one expected Covid-19.  Many parents were living the ...

Spring Will Be Here in 37 Days

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- Spring is coming … in 37 days!  What a year it has been! We have been cooped up during winter Covid-19 and now the added stress of the snowfall certainly hasn’t helped any one of us.

The good news is that we have only 37 more days to go and we will be in spring 2021!  37 days are doable for anyone. The month will go very quickly; we are half way ...

What Is People Pleasing?

As you were growing up you may not have learned how to take good care of yourself. In fact, much of your attention may have been in taking care of others or on just getting by. "People Pleasing" is a term that refers to taking care of others’ needs rather than taking care of ourselves.

People often confuse “people pleasing” with being unselfish and make ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Celebrate Lunar New Year

EDISON, NJ-- This year’s Lunar New Year festivities at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison took on a different look but retained the festive atmosphere of the annual school tradition. The event took place Friday, Feb. 12 in the Berry Performing Arts Center in front of a small socially distanced audience but was viewed by others at school on a livestream.

Juniors and seniors entered ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Second Graders Provide Valentine’s Cheer to Seniors

EDISON, NJ-- The students in Miss Ellen Colandrea’s second grade class wanted to share some love with the residents of the Complete Care Woodlands senior facility in Plainfield for Valentine’s Day. Following guidelines outlined by Ms. Terry Miller, Director of Therapeutic Recreation, the children created Valentine bear bags and filled them with candy and positive messages written ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Boys Off To Fast Start in Gold Division

EDISON, NJ-- The boys’ varsity basketball team at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison has opened the 2021 season with five consecutive victories and is off to a 6-1 start overall, including 6-0 in the GMC Gold Division. Last week’s 60-57 triumph over Timothy Christian was the closest margin for the Rams, who lost at Pennington before bouncing back with a 63-31 rout of East ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Model UN Team Excels at Bergen County Conference

EDISON, NJ-- The W+H Model UN Team had a successful showing at last week’s AMUN XXII Conference hosted by Bergen County Academies. A coalition of 31 W+H students represented individuals and countries from around the world. Club advisor Cristian Fernandez saluted his students for their preparation and called the event “a wonderful success.”

Delegates participated in debates ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Report Weather in Spanish

EDISON, NJ-- Lower School Spanish students in the second, fourth and fifth grade classes were assigned to report the local weather as an opportunity to use their Spanish in a real life situation and for them to review what they had studied in previous years. 

The young weather reporters embraced this new opportunity to provide information including the day, season, temperature and weather ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge First Graders Zoom with Meteorologists

EDISON, NJ-- First-grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison culminated their recent study unit on weather with a virtual field trip and Zoom session with meteorologists Stephen Shiveley and Trent Davis from the National Weather Service Tampa office. 

The professional meteorologists shared a presentation about extreme weather. They talked about hurricanes, blizzards and ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Boys Basketball's Damon Schumann

After averaging 10 points per game over the course of his team’s three-game winning streak, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Boys Basketball’s Damon Schumann is this week’s Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week.

In three consecutive victories for the boys against Hillside, New Providence, and Roselle, Schumann posted 7, 17, and 6 points in each game ...

Put “Choose to Reuse” on your 2021 To-Do List

Union County residents who are seeking ways to help the environment this year can start by bringing reusable grocery bags to the supermarket, and skipping single-use bags.

“Switching to reusable grocery bags is a simple but effective way for everyone to help cut down on waste and litter pollution, and start getting into the ‘Choose to Reuse’ habit,” said Union County ...

NJ Cookbook Author Shares Her Favorite Hamantaschen Cookie Recipe for Purim

February 21, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Jewish festival of Purim is almost here, which means it’s time for hamantaschen! 

The traditional triangle-shaped cookies have a reputation of being a little dry, but Shannon Sarna, cookbook author and editor of The Nosher, swears by the recipe below.

The South Orange mom of three said her children love getting creative while helping ...

Cheers! Celebrate National Drink Wine Day New Jersey Style

NEW JERSEY — Raise a glass! Thursday, Feb. 18, is National Drink Wine Day.

New Jersey oenophiles have plenty to celebrate, including more than 60 wineries right here in the Garden State.

Wine has been made in New Jersey since before the American Revolution, but thanks to changes in state laws that made winemaking more feasible as a business here, it’s during the last two decades ...

Try This at Home: NJ Chefs Stream Virtual Cooking Classes to Your Kitchen

NEW JERSEY — The pandemic has not only provided people with a want to learn, as many scroll through TikTok and Instagram to see the latest buzzy recipe; but it also shed light on the need to learn to cook. With uncertainty clouding the future, many began to feel that a recipe repertoire consisting of toast and cereal would not cut it in the months ahead.

A Bloomberg report ...

With Options for In-person PT Limited by the Pandemic, this New Jersey Rehabilitation Provider Used an App to Help Patients Find What They Needed

As the COVID-19 virus began to arise in communities throughout New Jersey, Atlantic Health System worked quickly to adapt and implement new methods in order to continue to deliver safe, exceptional care to patients.

While the health system was able to deploy telemedicine alternatives for many situations, there were many settings that still relied on in-person care – rehabilitation ...

Community Conversations: COVID-19 and Communities of Color

Every community has felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but none more so than communities of color. On the latest Community Conversation from Atlantic Health System, Dr. Christina Johnson, a family medicine physician with Atlantic Medical Group and community health advocate, shared some of the ways communities of color have been disproportionally impacted by COVID-19 and what viewers need ...

Union County Vo-Tech Superintendent Shines a Light on Students as Commissioners Support Grant Applications

February 19, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — An accomplished group of Union County Vocational-Technical high school students were recognized at Thursday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting during which the board approved $12 million in grant applications in support of the school.

Students from across the county studying subjects as diverse as allied health professions, information technology, ...

Gen. George Washington Turned 47 in Central NJ Living the Good Life

February 22, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - While there is no evidence of a birthday celebration for George Washington in 1779, the General did attend a few parties in central New Jersey around the time of his 47th birthday on Feb. 22 that year.

Details are provided in a video posted on YouTube, as part of a virtual President's Day celebration hosted by Valley Forge National Historical Park, narrated by ...

Looking Forward to Spring

February 24, 2021

Dear Editor:

As we move out of February, I am sure I’m not the only one looking forward to leaving the snow and cold weather behind. Before we do, however, I want to again thank our women and men serving the town at the Department of Public Works for the terrific job they did throughout what meteorologists are saying will end up as one of the top five snowiest Februarys on record.

Free Guided Nature Walks for Seniors at Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center

February 23, 2021

Popular series returns to Watchung Reservation in March; masks and social distance required for COVID-19 prevention.

Weather permitting, Union County’s free series of guided nature walks for seniors age 55 and up will resume beginning at 11:00 on Wednesday, March 3, at the Trailside Nature and Science Center in the Watchung Reservation, located at 452 New Providence Road in ...

Upcoming Events


Mon, March 1, 10:00 AM

Scotch Plains Public Library--Virtual Branch, Scotch Plains

Virtual New Book Preview at Bagels & Books

Arts & Entertainment Education


Thu, March 4, 7:30 PM

Congregation Beth Israel, Scotch Plains

Virtual Interactive Cooking Experience With ...

Food & Drink


Mon, March 8, 7:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library--Virtual Branch, Scotch Plains

Evening Book Club at the Scotch Plains Library: A ...

Arts & Entertainment Education