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Nomahegan Park Cuts the Ribbon on New Playground

April 19, 2021

CRANFORD, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for new playground facilities at Nomahegan Park on Sunday.

“County residents have been anxiously awaiting the opening of these new playground facilities,” said Union County Commissioner Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “The Board of Commissioners is happy that the ...

Springfield Food Truck Festival Set for April 25

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Rotary Club of Springfield, in conjunction with Jonathan Dayton High School PTSO, will be holding the first annual Springfield Food Truck Festival on Sunday, April 25.

The event will be held in the back parking lot of Jonathan Dayton High School from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost of admission is $5 per person with children under the age of 10 ...

New Playground Facilities at Nomahegan Park to Open This Sunday

CRANFORD, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners will cut the ribbon on new playground facilities at Nomahegan Park this Sunday, April 18 at 11 a.m. The park is located at 995 Springfield Ave.

“As the weather gets warmer, families look to our local parks to safely have fun while staying active,” said County Commissioner Chairman Alexander ...

Springfield Library to End Quarantining of Returned Items; Township Reports 18 New Positive Tests in Last 5 Days

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Springfield Free Public Library will no longer be quarantining returned items.

The library made the announcement on Monday, citing information released by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) pertaining to the extremely low risk of contracting COVID-19 from contact with surfaces.

Since Wednesday, April 7, Springfield has 18 new confirmed positive COVID tests ...

Union County to Hold Free Drive-In Concert Next Weekend

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Splintered Sunlight, a Grateful Dead tribute band, will headline a free, live drive-in concert Saturday, April 17 at 6 p.m. at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus, at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.

Opening for Splintered Sunlight will be The Sweater Pills.

The event is free, but registration is required online in advance to reserve a ...

Springfield: How Will Kids' Camps be Different in Area Towns This Summer?

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The upcoming summer will be the second one on which the COVID-19 pandemic has an effect on nearly all aspects of our daily lives.   

Pods, social distancing, masks, remote learning, hybrid schedules, cohorts, hand sanitizers, quarantining, capacity limits and Zoom are all words that have come to define children’s daily ...


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Atlantic Medical Group opens new office for pediatric, family medicine in Scotch Plains

May 18, 2021

Atlantic Medical Group, Atlantic Health System’s network of physicians, today opened a new office location in Scotch Plains, bringing together some of the network’s local board-certified providers in pediatric and primary care under one roof.

Atlantic Medical Group’s Pediatrics at Scotch Plains and Family Medicine at Scotch Plains offer a convenient location on Terrill Road ...

What Patients Know About Their Implanted Coronary Stents: Not Enough, According to Morristown Medical Center Study

To be Presented at American College of Cardiology 70th Annual Scientific Sessions, Study Led by Dr. Jordan Safirstein Suggests Keeping Stent Info on Smartphones 

May 11, 2021, Morristown, NJ – Fewer than half (48%) of patients receiving a heart stent, or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), had the provided stent card with them when surveyed at a later date, according to ...

Free Drive-Up Movie “Black Panther” for Union County Residents

COVID-19 safety rules apply at this event.

Union County’s seasonal series of drive-up movies continues on Friday, May 28 with a screening of The Black Panther at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. This event is free and open to Union County residents only. Pre-registration is required in order to reserve a spot.

To register ...

Join Union County’s Free Recycling Events in May, June

Free events enable Union County residents to help conserve resources and reduce waste.

The Union County Board of Commissioners reminds residents that free countywide recycling events are coming up in May and June. There will be separate events for Scrap Metal, Mobile Paper Shredding, and Household Hazardous Waste. All residents from any municipality in Union County can use any of these ...

Gov. Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency, Faces Criticism for Keeping Mask Mandate for Fully Vaccinated

May 16, 2021

TRENTON, NJ—For the 15th consecutive time, Gov. Phil Murphy has extended New Jersey’s public health emergency for another month, but acknowledges that it may be the last time the executive order is needed.

As state coronavirus metrics continue to trend in the right direction, Murphy said his administration is working with lawmakers on legislation that will end the COVID-19 public ...

Somerset Patriots Owner Steve Kalafer, 71, Dies; Philanthropist, Businessman, Friend to All

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Steve Kalafer, who as a young man parlayed a one-car showroom into one of New Jersey’s largest automobile groups; was the founder and owner of the Somerset Patriots baseball team, a prolific filmmaker, real estate developer, community activist and philanthropist, has died from cancer at the age of 71.

A devout family man, he is survived by his wife, Suzanne; two sons ...

Women’s Mental Health Hit Hardest during COVID Pandemic

We have all been adjusting to the reality that COVID is an infectious disease, but we now know that it is also a profound chronic stressor with serious implications for mental health. These stressors are impacting mental health for all of us, but women, and especially women of color, have been hit the hardest.

Recent studies have shown that one in ten women have had to quit a job due to a ...

Community Conversations: AFib, Heart Health and Stroke Prevention

People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) are five times more likely to have a stroke than the average person. In this Community Conversation, Atlantic Medical Group cardiologists Timothy Mahoney, MD, and Michael Katz, MD, answer your questions on managing AFib and reducing your risk of stroke. See all of Atlantic Health System's Community Conversations ...

Do or Do Not? Parenting the Star Wars Way

Two very important events occurred in 1977. One, I was born.  Two, Star Wars came out. I’ll let you contemplate which was more important, but I am willing to concede that my birth may not be number one.

Thirty-five years later when I found out that my wife was pregnant, one of the first things to enter my mind was...what order to show my child the Star Wars movies? I ...