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Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary and Holy Trinity Catholic Church Fill Urgent Requests from Hospital Nurses

May 22, 2020

Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club Plays Key Role in Supplying Needed Items

WESTFIELD, NJ  -- Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield has taken a leadership role during this Covid-19 crisis to supply hundreds of needed items to area hospitals, according to Lori Arena, RN, Holy Trinity Parish Nurse. These items include dozens of patient care packages, antiseptic bottles, prayer ...

Archdiocese of Newark Will Close 10 Catholic Schools

Difficult Decision Will Strengthen Schools, Safeguard Future of Catholic Education; At-Home Learning Continues Through End of School Year 

The Archdiocese of Newark has announced the consolidation of its school community and the closure of nine archdiocesan-operated elementary schools at the end of this school year, the result of archdiocesan strategic planning efforts to ...

Sister Irma Gazzillo, SSJ, Beloved Member of the Union Catholic Community, Has Died

Scotch Plains, NJ -- Sister Irma Gazzillo, SSJ, a beloved member of the Union Catholic community who was inducted into Union Catholic's Hall of Fame this past fall, passed away on Friday, May 1.

Erminia Gazzillo grew up in the Germantown section of Philadelphia and attended Little Flower High School for Girls. Upon graduation in 1951, she entered the Sisters of Saint Joseph, entering the ...

Cantor Matt Axelrod of CBI in Scotch Plains, Appears in HBO Series 'The Plot Against America'

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Singing Jewish hymns is part of his very being, but Cantor Matt Axelrod of Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains had never done it in a TV miniseries before.

Axelrod lent his talents and authenticity to the successful HBO production of The Plot Against America, which is based on the best-selling novel by Philip Roth. It presents an alternate ...

Archdiocese of Newark and News 12+ Will Livestream and Broadcast Easter Mass at Noon

NEWARK, NJ -- Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin will be the main celebrant of Easter Sunday Mass livestreamed at Noon from the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark on Sunday, April 12. The worship aid can be downloaded at www.rcan.org/easter.

In addition to livestreaming on its social media channels, the Archdiocese of Newark and News 12 will simultaneously broadcast Easter Sunday ...

Easter Messages from Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and NJ Gov. Phil Murphy

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr took the opportunity on Friday to bring residents up to speed on the latest COVID-19 news and extend Easter and Passover wishes.

"I want to thank you all for doing what the governor, the president, and all the health officials have asked and mandated us to do, which is to stay home, to self-isolate. I know it hasn't been easy - ...

Coronavirus: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Temples Host Virtual Seders, Churches Alter Easter Plans

NATIONAL -- More than two-thirds (68%) of Americans who observe Easter say their Easter spending will be affected by the coronavirus this year, according to WalletHub’s new holiday-focused Coronavirus survey. This survey looks at how the coronavirus pandemic has changed Americans’ plans.

Key Findings

Worshippers don’t want to stay home: 56% of Americans ...

Pastor from St. Helen’s Church in Westfield Named Bishop-Elect of Archdiocese of Newark

WESTFIELD, NJ — Father Michael Saporito of will be stepping down from his role as Pastor of St. Helen’s Church of Westfield as he moves on to serve as a Regional Bishop for the Archdiocese of Newark, which encompasses Bergen, Hudson, Essex, and Union counties.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of the Archdiocese of Newark announced the new appointment last month. The Bishop-Elect will have ...

Keeping the Faith During the Coronavirus Pandemic

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

One of the many lessons of the coronavirus pandemic may well be: Faith will find a way

Easter and Passover come in early April this year. Both holidays typically mean ...

IHM in Scotch Plains Continues Virtual Masses

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A message from Father Michael Ward of Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) parish in Scotch Plains.

 

While Mass will not be celebrated publicly, the church will remain open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for private prayer. There will be some resources available, i.e. Stations of the Cross booklets, to help you in your prayer. Whether in church or at home I would encourage ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Third Graders Present Virtual Recorder Recital

EDISON, NJ -- Third grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison performed on their recorders with homemade videos to create a wonderful virtual recital. 

The students began learning the recorder at the beginning of the school year. They continued practicing and improving their skills during distance learning.  The repertoire includes songs learned early in the ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Celebrates Athletes, Teams at Virtual Rams Recognition Night

EDISON, NJ -- The department at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held a virtual Rams Recognition Night to celebrate the accomplishments of its Upper School athletes and teams on May 27.

Four athletes who compiled at least nine varsity letters received W+H blankets: Brianna Chambers of Somerset, Austin Miller of Linden, Sahil Mulji of Edison and Nadia Valcourt of South Plainfield.

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Share Genetics Research

EDISON, NJ -- Upper School science students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison addressed the fields of genetics and molecular biology in a series of informative virtual presentations in a webinar on May 20.

W+H offers honors research programs in genetics and molecular biology and technology. In genetics, students work on an independent genetic research project using drosophila ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Lower School Embraces Virtual Community Field Day

EDISON, NJ -- The first-ever virtual Field Day turned into an enormous success, with Lower School students and parents participating in a community oriented challenge event that incorporated many interesting aspects.

Students in from PreK-Grade 5 were divided into teams of Green and Gold during the daylong event, which triggered thousands of posts on SeeSaw. Students and their families ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Eighth Graders Deliver Capstone Presentations

EDISON, NJ -- Eighth grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison addressed a variety of interesting topics during a series of well-executed virtual Capstone presentations last week. Nine students participated in this year’s program:

Gbemi Olarewaju of Piscataway – Water Shortages in sub-Saharan Africa; Tiger Huang of Edison – Impact of Artificial ...

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 & ...

Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

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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 ...

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

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, ...

Community Conversation: Keeping Kids Healthy & Safe This Summer

Walter Rosenfeld, MD, Chair of Pediatrics at Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Health at Atlantic Health System sat down recently for a Facebook Live where he shared some important information for parents about what they need to know to keep kids healthy and safe this summer.

 

Community Conversations: Guiding Patients with Cancer

Join Eric Whitman, MD, medical director of Cancer Care for Atlantic Health System, for a Facebook Live where he will share guidance for patients with cancer as we coexist with COVID-19.

Community Conversations: Keeping Kids Healthy & Safe this Summer

Join Walter Rosenfeld, MD, Medical Director for Children's Health for Atlantic Health System, for a Facebook Live where he will answer your questions about what parents need to know to keep kids healthy and safe this summer.

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 ...

Plainfield Anti-Violence Coalition Plans Peaceful March on Saturday

June 4, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Anti-Violence Coalition will hold a peaceful march and rally Saturday, June 6, starting at Library Park. The event is in response to the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police, and racial injustice.

Norman Deen Muhammad, a member of the PAVC and one of the organizers of the march, told TAPinto Plainfield that "the horrendous killing ...

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 ...

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, ...

Racism Is Not Tolerated in the Scotch Plains Police Department

June 4, 2020

Dear Editor:

The brutal, reprehensible murder of George Floyd reminds us yet again that racism still is a factor in American life.  Although I support those peacefully protesting what happened in Minneapolis, my responsibility is to the people of Scotch Plains.

I am confident that racism is not tolerated in the Scotch Plains police department, and I believe the joint letter of Chiefs ...

I photographed George Floyd protest in Newark. This is what I Witnessed.

June 1, 2020

NEWARK, NJ -- I entered Newark, NJ, on Saturday with shatter-proof goggles, a helmet and camera. As a freelance photographer, I wanted to capture the historic moment of the George Floyd protests, but was also nervous. Footage of Minneapolis, New York and Philadelphia smoldering occupied my news and Twitter feeds the night before.

Would the same happen in Newark?

It turns out, no. Not on ...

The Return of Sports at Scotch Plains Public Library

June 3, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic brought a complete standstill to pro, college, and amateur sports around the world for roughly two months. Many leagues are now making tentative steps toward resuming competition, but sports are still like never before for both athletes and fans, with more historic changes yet to come.

On Monday, June 15 at 7 p.m., Eric Fisher, US Editor for SportBusiness and a Scotch ...