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Springfield Mayor Updates Township on Redevelopment, New Projects

February 22, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a Facebook post across multiple residents' forum pages on Sunday, Springfield Mayor Chris Weber shared an update on redevelopment, as well as new projects the township will look to undertake in the coming months.

REDEVELOPMENT

In his post, Weber updated residents on a number of redevelopment projects taking place across town, including the Saks property ...

Springfield Township Committee Enters into Shared Services Agreement with BOE for Ruby Field Netting

SPRINGFIELD, NJ —At last week's meeting, the Springfield Township Committee voted to enter into a shared services agreement with the board of education (BOE) for the installation of protective netting at Ruby Field.

The agreement comes following extensive repairs to the field, with the netting being one of the final steps. As part of the agreement, the township will pay for the ...

Murphy Reports Latest COVID Figures, Announces Community-Based Vaccination Partnership for Underserved Communities

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced today that a total of 1,244,224 vaccine doses have been administered in New Jersey as of mid-morning Friday. Of those vaccinations, 933,160 were first doses and 310,529 second doses.

"At the rate that we are going at the moment, roughly 30,000 first doses a day, we should anticipate exceeding 1 million first doses over the next couple of ...

Springfield Student Makes Dean's List at Miami (OH) University

February 17, 2021

OXFORD, OH — One Springfield student has achieved the honor of being named to the dean's list at Miami (OH) University.

Maya Mehlman was named to the Dean's list at Miami University for the 2020-21 fall semester. In order to acheive recognition on the dean;s list, Miami University students must be ranked in the top twenty percent of undergraduate students within ...

Multiple Springfield Students Named to University of Delware Dean's List for Fall Semester

NEWARK, DE — Congratulations to the following Springfield students, who have been named to the University of Delaware Dean's List for the Fall 2020 semester:

To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean's List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester. The following students made the cut:

Arianna ...

Springfield Girls Hoops: Wood Scores 14 to Lead Dayton to Seventh Straight Win

February 24, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — Senior Aiyona Wood scored a game-high 14 points and freshman Molly Martys added nine to lead Dayton to a 43-23 victory over Roselle Park Wednesday on Mountain Avenue.

Dayton (8-1) has won seven straight games since a 60-37 home loss against Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Jan. 30. The win is also the seventh game this season Dayton’s defense has held opponents to 30 ...

Springfield Girls Basketball: Del Duca, Wood Lead Dayton to Sixth Straight Win

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — The combination of offense and defense has been on display for the past month for the Dayton girls basketball team, and it continued on Wednesday.

Freshman Caitlyn Del Duca scored a team-high 14 points with two 3-pointers and four assists and senior Aiyona Wood added 13 points with 12 rebounds and four steals to power Dayton to a 47-28 victory over Rahway ...

Springfield Boys Basketball: Campbell-Miller Posts Season-High in Loss to Roselle

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Junior guard Cameron Campbell-Miller posted a season-high 20 points and senior guard Josh Jackson added 19 to pace Dayton in a 62-59 loss to Roselle Wednesday.

Senior guard David Ares hit two 3-pointers for six points and senior center Daniel Munoz added six for the Bulldogs (0-3), which suffered its second loss by five points or less.

Dayton used a 21-15 second ...

Springfield Weekly Recap; Shared Services, Sports Recap and More

February 21, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Check out the weekly recap, featuring the top local stories from Springfield in once place:

Springfield Township Committee Enters into Shared Services Agreement with BOE for Ruby Field Netting
Springfield Girls Basketball: Del Duca, Wood Lead Dayton to Sixth Straight Win
Springfield Basketball: Dayton Boys Drop Pair of Weekend Games to Start Season
Springfield ...

Springfield and Spotswood Public Libraries Partner To Present Series Of Virtual Writing Classes

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood Public Library is joining forces with the Springfield Public Library to bring a series of four virtual writing classes to their patrons. Each workshop will be led by instructors from the Writers Circle. The Writers Circle is an organization offering creating writing workshops for adults as well as children. The writing workshops are free and are taught by published ...

Springfield Weekly Recap; Sports Round-Up, COVID Milestone and More

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Check out the weekly recap, with the top local stories from the past week in one place;

Springfield Surpasses 1000 Cumulative COVID Cases Since Pandemic's Start
Springfield Girls Basketball: Dayton Continues Winning Ways With Victory Over Brearley
Springfield Girls Basketball: Dayton Routs Roselle Behind Leading Scorer Del Duca
Springfield Nettes Eighth ...

Westfield Student Breaks World Record to Take a Stand Against Bullying

February 24, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Jordan Mirrione is strong — world record-breaking strong.

There was cause for celebration when the Westfield High School freshman broke his father’s record for the most jump squats in one minute, 87, on Sunday in Manhattan. His dad’s record stood for a mere seven months.

“I can’t describe the joy I have for breaking my dad's world ...

Union County Commissioners Announce COVID-19 Emergency Food Distribution, Feb. 27

Produce will be distributed on a first come-first served basis at drive-up event in Scotch Plains.

The Union County Board of County Commissioners will hold a food distribution event for Union County residents to aid those affected by COVID-19 on Saturday, February 27th. A drive-up distribution will be held Saturday, February 27, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Union County Vocational Technical ...

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

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, ...

History Made for Springfield Fire Department, as First Female Firefighter Sworn In

February 24, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a swearing-in ceremony held at town hall on Wednesday morning, Stephanie Bagniewski made history, becoming the first female firefighter that the Springfield Fire Department has ever had.

Bagniewski was appointed as a probationary firefighter by resolution 2021-70 at the Springfield Township Committee meeting on Tuesday. With her history-making ...

The Annual Simon Westfall-Kwong Home Expo is Virtual this Year. Free Registration Open Today

February 11, 2021

SHORT HILLS, NJ - Momentum is building for the Simon Westfall-Kwong Real Estate Group of Keller Williams Home Expo taking place this Saturday, February 13th from 10:00am to 12:00pm online at wwwSWKHomeExpo.com. Swag bag will be given to the first 250 people!

Speakers will be covering a variety of topics of interest to home buyers and sellers. We will introduce viewers to local providers for ...

Springfield Officials on Hand for Groundbreaking Ceremony at Former Saks Site

February 23, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In an effort decades in the making, groundbreaking finally moved forward at the site of the former Saks Fifth Avenue store Tuesday afternoon, as township officials were on hand to commemorate the occasion with a brief ceremony.

A small crowd, consisting of township officials, business leaders and officials from Garden Homes, the builder of the incoming complex, were ...

Springfield Mayor Updates Township on Redevelopment, New Projects

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a Facebook post across multiple residents' forum pages on Sunday, Springfield Mayor Chris Weber shared an update on redevelopment, as well as new projects the township will look to undertake in the coming months.

REDEVELOPMENT

In his post, Weber updated residents on a number of redevelopment projects taking place across town, including the Saks property ...

New Jersey Will Not Tax PPP Loans to Small Businesses

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced today that loans received through the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will not be subject to state taxes and that all expenses paid through PPP funds will be tax-deductible.

"This is another layer of protection our business owners need to help them get through this pandemic," Murphy said during his press briefing via ZOOM ...

Parents Rally at Maplewood Town Hall For Return to In-Person School

February 24, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The sky cleared after morning snow and afternoon rain as some 100 parents and students gathered on the steps of the Maplewood Municipal Building to demand a safe return to in person school.

The rally was organized by SOMA for Safe Return to School (SOMA SRS) with the explicit goal of having schools reopened five days a week for elementary and special needs ...

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 ...

Puff, Puff, Passed! Murphy Signs Bills to Legalize Marijuana in NJ

NEW JERSEY — Around midday Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize recreational marijuana-use and establish a regulated cannabis market within the next six months.

The legislation will allow for adults to legally possess as much as six ounces of marijuana and mean relief for anyone previously subject to arrest for petty marijuana possession.

“As of this moment, ...

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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 ...

The MEND 'Sweet Pea' Van Visits JESPY

February 19, 2021

JESPY continued its important work with food drive donations and their partnership with MEND/Our Lady of Sorrows Church in South Orange. On February 9th, 2021, MEND (Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity) came to JESPY, bringing their “Sweet Pea” van to accept food donations. 

JESPY clients, staff, and board members donated items that included oatmeal, rice, soup, canned fruit, ...

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers are New Jersey’s Only Hospitals to be Named Among America’s 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades in 2021

Morristown and Overlook among the top 1% of U.S. hospitals for overall clinical excellence

Morristown, NJ – Atlantic Health System, a nationally-recognized provider of health care, is the only system in New Jersey with hospitals -- Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center – achieving the 2021 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™, as ...

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Officially Opens New Union County Fire/EMS Training Academy in Linden

LINDEN, NJ -  A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday at the new Union County Fire/EMS Training Academy.

The new facility, located at the former site of the Union County Juvenile Detention Center, provides classroom space for both professional and volunteer firefighters in training, as well as continuing education for firefighters and EMT’s who are currently ...

JESPY Partners with NJACP and SRS Strategic Associates to Benefit From ‘Inclusive Healthy Community’ Grant

SOUTH ORANGE - JESPY House, a nonprofit that has successfully supported adults with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities in building and maintaining an independent life through training in a full range of life skills for over 42 years, was recently named a sub-grantee for a project funded by an Inclusive Healthy Communities Grant from the State of New Jersey Department of Human ...

Parents Rally at Maplewood Town Hall For Return to In-Person School

February 24, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The sky cleared after morning snow and afternoon rain as some 100 parents and students gathered on the steps of the Maplewood Municipal Building to demand a safe return to in person school.

The rally was organized by SOMA for Safe Return to School (SOMA SRS) with the explicit goal of having schools reopened five days a week for elementary and special needs ...

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 ...

Puff, Puff, Passed! Murphy Signs Bills to Legalize Marijuana in NJ

NEW JERSEY — Around midday Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize recreational marijuana-use and establish a regulated cannabis market within the next six months.

The legislation will allow for adults to legally possess as much as six ounces of marijuana and mean relief for anyone previously subject to arrest for petty marijuana possession.

“As of this moment, ...

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 ...