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Video: Keep Kids Safe on Snapchat with Help from Union County Sheriff's Office 

August 19, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Parents and kids all over are using the app “Snap Chat,” but are you sure it’s safe? Did you know that there are features in the app that allow someone to follow you or your kids? It’s called “Snap Map” and it allows users friends to see their exact location. 

Snap Chat can be fun when used with caution, according to experts, ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Eye Doctors Provide Safety Tips for Monday's Solar Eclipse

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - The first total solar eclipse in the U.S. since 1979 will take place on Monday, Aug. 21 from roughly 1:20 p.m. until about 3:30 p.m. EDT.  

Safety is extremely important for all eclipse viewers. Dr. Marla Mackey of North Jersey Eye Care (350 Park Ave., Scotch Plains) warns not to look directly at the sun.

"Low energy radiation passes ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Fall I Session Registration Begins Tues, Aug. 15

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Registration for the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Fall I session begins at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, for full members and at 5:00 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 22, for program members and members of the community. 

The Fall I Session runs for 8 weeks from Sept. 5 through Oct. 29. It session includes a multitude of new programs for all ages ...

Westfield-Based Crisis Listening Line to Offer Suicide Prevention Training and Volunteering Opportunities

Are you a good listener? Do you want to make a difference in the life of someone in crisis?

Are you an empty nester or retiree looking for flexible and rewarding volunteering opportunities?

Become a volunteer listener at Caring Contact, the crisis listening line located in Westfield. Caring Contact will be offering Excellence in Listening training beginning Sept. 18 at the First ...

U.S. News Announces 2017-18 Best Hospitals in New Jersey and Nationally

NEW JERSEY -- U.S. News & World Report has released its annual list of Best Hospitals in the U.S. and in each state. According to the magazine, the analysis reviews hospitals' performance in clinical specialties, procedures and conditions. Scores are based on factors including survival, patient safety, and nurse staffing, among others. The rankings also looked at treatment of specialties ...

Jam Kancer in the Kan Effort Born in Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raises $250,000 for Research

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- What began as a backyard event has now evolved into a movement that has generated over $231,000 for cancer-related charities and organizations. The fourth annual Scotch Plains/Fanwood Jam Kancer In The Kan event will take place on Sept. 23, 2017.

The success has led to the creation of the Jam Kancer In The Kan Foundation. Its mission statement is simple: to provide ...

World Peace Through Inner Peace at Fanwood's Dhammakaya Meditation Center

It's Saturday afternoon at the Dhammakaya International Meditation Center in Fanwood. People from all backgrounds are gathered together to meditate. Towards the end of the meditation, Venerable Klint Kaevalin, the monk leading the group, articulates slowly in a calm, soothing voice: "Now, let us begin spreading loving kindness. Spreading loving kindness is like spreading out ...

Keep Furry Friends Safe During the Dog Days of Summer

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The dog days of summer are here and with the rise in temperatures comes the need to keep pets cool and safe.

“If it is hot for you and me, it’s hot for your pet, too,” said South Plainfield resident and animal activist Adriana Bayone. “The difference is they do not have a voice and cannot tell you they do not feel okay.”

Bayone ...

Fanwood Officials Address Rat Problem Near Municipal Lot Downtown

FANWOOD, NJ -- Borough officials, including Police Chief Richard Trigo, DPW Director Clint Dicksen, Councilman Tom Kranz, and Eleanor McGovern, Borough Administrator, met with representatives of local businesses that use the dumpsters in the Fanwood municipal parking lot on Tuesday to discuss rodent sightings in the area.

Kranz has been in the forefront in the ...

Cookout, Kickball Tournament to be Held at Plainfield's Milt Campbell Field on August 5th

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The NJ Sharing Network will sponsor a Cookout and Kickball Tournament at Plainfield’s Milt Campbell Field (1322-50 East 3rd Street) to promote National Minority Donor Awareness Week.

The Cookout and Kickball Tournament will be held on Saturday, August 5, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Enjoy food and music, and bring your friends and family.  There is a ...

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Help with Daily Tasks Available to Eligible Union County Residents

August 19, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents with permanent physical disabilities that they may be eligible for assistance under the Personal Assistance Services Program, a statewide program designed to foster independent living.

“The Personal Assistance Services Program has been making a meaningful difference in the lives of Union County residents ...