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Bill That Would Force Telemarketers to Explain Why They're Calling in 30 Seconds Advances in Trenton

January 27, 2023

TRENTON, NJ — A bill that would require telemarketers to identify themselves and what they're trying to sell in the first 30 seconds of the call has advanced in Trenton.

“New Jerseyans should know who they’re talking to on the phone and what’s being sold to them by telemarketers,” Sen. Jon Bramnick (R - District 21), one of the primary sponsors of the ...

Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs in New Jersey Receive $10 Million Federal Grant

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs (NJHVIPs) received a big boost on Friday, in the form of $10 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds.

The programs launched three years ago using federal money with the mission of ending cycles of violence across the state by helping victims and their families.

“These innovative violence ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Delivers 2023 State of the State, Says New Jersey Is Moving in the Right Direction

TRENTON, NJ — During Tuesday's State of the State Address at the Assembly Chambers in Trenton, Gov. Phil Murphy said he's confident with the direction in which the state is going.

"We are stronger and we are fairer," Murphy said. "We are moving confidently in the right direction — forward."

Republicans aren't so sure.

"Despite the ...

New Jersey Becomes First State to Require Media Literacy Instruction in Schools

TRENTON, NJ — Students in New Jersey, from kindergarten to 12th grade, will soon learn about how to spot misinformation online.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Wednesday that directs the Department of Education to create guidelines on media information literacy. New Jersey will be the first state in the nation to do so.

“It is our responsibility to ensure our nation’s ...

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Winchester, Altobelli, Ansong Lead Union Catholic Boys Basketball Team Over Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ -- The Union Catholic boys basketball team hung on to win a nail-biter over Plainfield, 54-53, on Tuesday night.

The Vikings, who have won three of their last four games to improve to 8-7, were clinging to a one-point lead when Plainfield missed two free throws with five seconds to go in the game. After the second free throw bounced off the rim, UC's Yaw Ansong grabbed ...

Union Catholic Girls Basketball Legend Kris Kirchner Honored With Olympic Banner

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- When Pam Holmes was an eighth grader back in 1976 at St. Bernard's School in Plainfield, she spent a lot of time reading the sports pages and attending basketball games at Union Catholic.

And each time she opened the paper or sat in the stands, her eyes would always lock in on one name, one player - the legendary Kristin Kirchner, who at the time was a junior ...

The Truth About Self-Esteem

Self Esteem is a way of thinking, feeling and acting that implies that you accept, respect, trust, and believe in yourself. When you accept yourself, you can live comfortably with both your personal strengths and weaknesses without undue self-criticism. When you respect yourself you acknowledge your own dignity and value as a unique human being. You treat yourself well in much the same way you ...

Doing Too Much For Our Children

As parents, we all have that innate desire to protect and provide for our kids. Yet, at some point we must ask ourselves, Are we doing too much for them? We are all guilty of mild and extreme acts of over-protectiveness and over-parenting that can be very damaging to our children. Many parents are willing to overextend themselves in catering to their children and excessively meeting their needs.

Anxiety in Adolescents

Anxiety can be one of the most unpleasant emotions that people feel. The word “anxiety” describes periods of fear, worry, nervousness, and restlessness. Anxiety comes with thoughts of danger and helplessness. Life experiences, especially those that occurred in childhood and adolescence, often determine our perception and expectations of threats and vulnerability.

We react with ...

Curing Neediness

Relationships take on various forms, and they can change over time. You may find that a person you really enjoyed at one point has become a burden to you. Or you may have a person whose neediness seems to have no end. No matter how much you comfort them or support them, the well never seems to be filled. You can recognize the needy ones because you may find yourself asking:

Why is he/she ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Selected to All-State Band

Luke Tan of Edison and Sophia Fontaine of Somerville, students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, who earned the opportunity to perform with the New Jersey All-State Band. The W+H students auditioned for the All-State High School Bands and Orchestra at J.P. Stevens High School in Edison on Jan. 21. 

Sophia was accepted into the Wind Ensemble on euphonium and Luke was accepted into ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Celebrate World Languages

The Lower School at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison wrapped up a three-day schoolwide celebration of World Language and Culture Day with two events on Friday, Jan. 20. Lower School Spanish teacher Maria Hinestroza hosted the performances and guided the students.

Students in Pre-K, Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten gathered for an intimate Early Childhood assembly in Lower Snowdon.

Wardlaw+Hartridge School Students Honor World Languages and Cultures

Students in all three divisions at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison celebrated World Language and Culture Week with a series of activities and events from Jan. 18-20. The students used poetry, song and dance to address a theme of love in all performances recited in Latin, Spanish and Mandarin.

The festivities began at the Middle School division meeting on Jan. 18 in the Berry Performing ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Coach Honored at State Luncheon

Jim Howard of North Plainfield, the longest tenured golf coach in New Jersey from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, officially received his State Girls’ Golf Coach of the Year award at the annual New Jersey State Coaches Association Luncheon at the Pines Manor on Jan. 15. Coach Howard was accompanied by his wife, Sue, a longtime Lower School art teacher at W+H, and Rams athletic ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Celebrate MLK’s Legacy

Students and teachers in all three divisions at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison participated in events and activities to recognize and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the past week. 

Lower School students in Pre-K, JK and Kindergarten celebrated the Dr. King’s spirit and legacy during a special assembly on Jan. 13 in Lower Snowdon. Pre-K teachers Sarina Morales ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Anatomy Students Create Skeletons

Students in Ms. Ann Pengue’s Anatomy and Physiology class at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison have been studying the skeletal system. They ended the unit by creating a life-size representation of the skeletal system that helped to reinforce their understanding. Students were asked to trace one another, then draw, paint, or create the bones of the skeletal system using any material of ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Winter Track Abi Elliott, Delaney Farley, Keira Kelly, and Jenai Berry

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - Abi Elliott, Delaney Farley, Keira Kelly, and Jenai Berry of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood winter track team have been named Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week. This relay team won the NJSIAA Group III State Championship in the Sprint Medley Relay on Sunday, January 15. They also broke the school record for indoor girls sprint medley ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Boys Basketball's Khadar Jackson

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - Khadar Jackson, senior on the Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys basketball team, has been named Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week. Khadar scored 25 points in the Raiders' win over Summit on Tuesday, January 17, including the two game-winning free throws in the final seconds of the game.

Jackson currently leads the Raiders in scoring with 155 points and ...

Family of Great Grandfather Assaulted at Nursing Home in Westfield Fundraising for Funeral

January 27, 2023

LINDEN, NJ — The family of Herman Walker, a resident of Complete Care at Westfield who died after he was allegedly attacked by his roommate, is raising funds to pay for the funeral he would have wanted.

“His assets all went to pay for his care in the nursing home and he had no insurance, as we were in the process of getting him on before he passed,” said his granddaughter, ...

Attempted Firebombing at Synagogue in Bloomfield Draws Condemnations, Concern

January 29, 2023

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Authorities are investigating after a man threw a Molotov cocktail at the front door of a synagogue in Bloomfield early Sunday morning, police said.

Security footage shows a man approach the front door of the synagogue at 3:19 a.m., light the Molotov cocktail then throw it at the front door, Public Safety Director Samuel A. DeMaio said in a statement.

The glass bottle ...

Successful Weekends for FSPY’s 13 and over Swimmers

The 13 and over swimmers from the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) Swim Team followed up a successful weekend at the Long Island Holiday Invitational with spectacular swims at two invitational meets.

Thirty-nine swimmers took to the Rutgers University pool to swim the 2022 Holiday Classic on December 16-18, 2022, and over 65 swimmers returned to the pool after the new year to swim the Winter ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Swimmers Excel at January Chill Meet

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Swim Team hosted the January Chill meet at home for 12 and under swimmers on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. The meet, the final one at home before the start of the short course championship season, saw many personal best times and championship eligibility cuts made by the team’s youngest swimmers.

Congratulations to the following swimmers for their hard work ...

FSPY Swimmers Make Their Mark Across Two Meets over Two Weekends

Swimmers from the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) Swim Team participated in two invitational meets over two weekends. The 12 and under swimmers and several 13 and overs represented the team at the Ice Cube Invitational hosted by the Madison Area YMCA (MAY) on December 16-18, 2022.  After a short holiday break, swimmers returned to the pool at the Greater Somerset County YMCA ...

It’s 11PM on a Thursday Night, Do You Know Where Your School Board Is?

January 30, 2023

Dear Editor:

It’s 11PM on a Thursday Night, Do You Know Where Your School Board Is?

If you are a resident of Scotch Plains or Fanwood, on January 19, 2023, your Board of Education had just finished making a series of blunders that resulted in an extraordinarily bad decision. In fact, this decision goes in the Hall of Fame of Bad Decisions.  The losers of this bad ...

Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains Participates in 19th Annual High School Hoopfest, Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children

January 21, 2023

Roselle, N.J. – The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children’s (SFIC) 19th Annual High School Hoopfest raised over $100,000 to fund partial tuition assistance scholarships for underprivileged students attending Archdiocese of Newark schools.

This year’s Hoopfest was held in the Roselle Catholic High School gym on January 7, with more than 750 spectators cheering on ...

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Mon, January 30
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Wed, February 08
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Tue, February 21
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Darby Road Pub, Scotch Plains

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