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Springfield Finalizes Proposed Budget for 2021

May 15, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The proposed budget for 2021 was finalized at the Springfield Township Committee meeting Tuesday night. 

Deputy Mayor Alex Keiser, head of the Budget Committee, emphasized the challenges faced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic so far and made sure the committee continued to keep pandemic in mind while planning for the 2021 fiscal year as it continues to impact ...

Springfield Receives its $60K Infrastructure Grant from Union County

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Two Union County commissioners were in town Thursday morning to present township leaders with a check.

Union County recently awarded the Township of Springfield the $60,000 Union County Infrastructure Grant. County Commissioners Bette Jane Kowalski and Kimberley Palmieri Mouded presented the award in person to Mayor Chris Weber and Deputy Mayor ...

Eastern Section of Lenape Park to Close for the Summer

CRANFORD, NJ — The eastern section of Lenape Park will be closing next month in order for dam repairs to take place, the Union County Board of Commissioners and the Union County Parks Department announced this week.

The purpose of the dam is to regulate the flow of water into Cranford during heavy rain events. The eastern section of Lenape Park, beginning from the Rahway River and ending ...

Citing Downward Trending Numbers, Murphy Eases More Restrictions on Gatherings

TRENTON, NJ -- With COVID-19 numbers trending decisively in the right direction and New Jersey progressing toward its adult-age vaccination goals, Gov. Murphy on Monday announced an additional easing of restrictions, including a removal of all percentage capacity limits for indoor and outdoor businesses, a lifting of the prohibition on indoor bar seating, and an end to the outdoor ...

Springfield MVC Agency to Move to Route 22

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Motor Vehicle Commission's Springfield Agency is planning to move out of its present location on Center Street into a new space on Route 22.

Springfield Township Administrator John Bussiculo made the announcement during his report at this week's Township Committee meeting, revealing that Springfield had received a change of tenancy application to move ...

As Legal Costs Rise, Union County Will Borrow Up To $120M for New Gov't Complex

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will be borrowing up to $120 million for the planning, design and building of a new county government complex in Elizabeth.

Officials have said the new complex at 61-99 West Grand St. will save money on rent the county pays for existing office space, but legal representation fees are growing for the county’s defense in a lawsuit that challenges the ...

Springfield to Get $60K Grant for Improvements from Union County

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The township has been awarded grants valued at $60,000 from the Union County Commissioners.

The funds will be directed toward the paving of several streets throughougt Springfield in 2021.

In all, the Union County Board of Commissioners made awards to 21 municipalities as part of the seventh annual Union County Infrastructure Grant program, funding projects aimed ...

COVID's Downward Trend Continues: Summer Camps to Open, Murphy Hints at More Easing of Restrictions

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy at his COVID press briefing Wednesday announced that he would sign an Executive Order allowing for summer camps – both day camps and sleep away camps – to open for the upcoming season. The governor says that he is pleased with the way COVID numbers are trending downwards, which enables things to open up as the summer ...

New Jersey Loosens Restrictions on Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy said at his COVID press briefing Monday afternoon that effective May 10, indoor room capacities for private catered events -- including weddings and school proms, political events, funerals, memorial services, and performances -- will increase to 50% with a maximum of 250 individuals.

He also announced the easing of the following ...

New Jersey Opens Vaccinations to Residents Ages 16+

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey residents ages 16 and up are now eligible to get vaccinated. 

"Today, everyone who lives, works, or studies in New Jersey, ages 16+, is now eligible to be vaccinated" Gov. Phil Murphy said during his COVID press briefing in Trenton on Monday afternoon. "At this time, those ages 16 and 17 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine and must be accompanied by ...

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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 ...