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Union County College Foundation Welcomes 5 New Board Members

The Union County College Foundation recently welcomed five new community leaders to serve on their Board of Trustees. Union County College Foundation Executive Director Doug Rouse is pleased with the appointments, believing that…” we have five citizen leaders who will bring fresh perspectives to the Trustees in their service to the Foundation and Union County College.”

Alan Haveson, of Berkeley Heights, is currently retired, but spent many years as the owner and operator of Eastern Bearing, the largest independent bearing and power transmission products distributor in the New Jersey/New York/Eastern Pennsylvania metropolitan area and of Lee Controls, a manufacturer of precision linear shafting and related precision linear motion bearing, and component products in Piscataway, New Jersey. Mr. Haveson also participates in many civic roles such as Trustee at Temple Emanu-el in Westfield, NJ; President of the Power Transmission Distributors Association; Member of the Planning Board in Watchung, NJ; Board Member of Stonegate Townhome Association in Watchung, NJ; Vice-President and Treasurer of the Monterey Towers Homeowners Association in Watchung, NJ; Member of Central Jersey SCORE; and serves as current President of the New Jersey Technology & Manufacturing Association. Mr. Haveson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Seton Hall University.

Patrick Scanlon, of Union, is Vice President Commercial Banking and Director of Government Relations of ConnectOne Bank. He is a former mayor and township committeeman for the township of Union; is a three time winner of the Union Center National Bank Presidential Award for Excellence; and was the founder/director of Genesis Drug and Alcohol Recovery Program at the former Union Hospital. Mr. Scanlon has also served as the President of the Union Township Board of Health; as Vice Chair of the Union Public Library Board of Governors; as Vice Chair of the Township of Union Special Improvement Business District; and was the founder of the Irish American Society of Union. Many local residents may know Mr. Scanlon from his involvement with the Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. He has served as their Treasurer since its inception.

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Michael Duffy, of Pompton Plains, is currently employed as the Senior Director, North American Operation for Celgene. In his capacity, he manages a staff of over 200 employees in engineering, life sciences, and consumer related industries. He is also an accredited Master Coach and is certified to provide leadership to executive level personnel within the organization. Mr. Duffy has participated in several Habitat for Humanity builds, including in other states, and was President of the high school parents Soccer Association, a non-profit, self-funded association that provided scholarships to graduating seniors. Mr. Duffy holds an Associate in Applied Science degree in electronics from Union County College; he holds a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Technology from Montclair State University; and he has a master’s in business administration in management from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Deborah Enix-Ross, of Westfield, is the Senior Advisor, International Dispute Resolution Group of Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP of New York, NY. As the senior advisor, she is responsible for managing lawyers in international dispute resolution, intellectual property and privacy/data protection. She previously served as the Senior Legal Officer, Head, Information and External Relations Section, for World Intellectual Property Organization – Arbitration and Mediation Center in Geneva, Switzerland. In this role she advised lawyers, companies and business associations on the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution to resolve intellectual property disputes, especially trademarks, patents, licensing, franchising, and copyrights. Ms. Enix-Ross has a bachelor of arts degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Miami; a certificate in international law from the London School of Economics; a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, FL; and a diploma in comparative law from Columbia University – Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law, New York, NY. She also serves as the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights and as an officer for the Bar Issues Commission of the International Bar Association. She is a member of the New York Bar and the United States District Court.

Sandra D. Rice, of Plainfield, is Senior Vice President, Eastern Region and National Recruitment for the Emma L. Bowen Foundation.  Her primary responsibilities include organizational development and planning.  As SVP, she recruits minority high school and college students to work in multi-summer paid internships at media companies (including NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, ESPN, HBO and Warner Bros) throughout the United States. Prior to joining the Emma L. Bowen Foundation, Ms. Rice was the Marketing Manager for ABC Daytime and was responsible for the marketing and promotion of programs including All My Children, General Hospital and One Life to Live. Ms. Rice personally served two consecutive terms as National President of the Alliance for Women in Media (formerly the American Women in Radio & Television) located in Washington, DC.  She is also a former co-chair for the Annual Gracie Allen Awards held in Los Angeles, California. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Great Expectations in Somerville, New Jersey;  the Advisory Board for Embrace Kids Foundation in New Brunswick, New Jersey and as Vice President for the Friends of Plainfield Public Library in Plainfield, New Jersey. Ms. Rice has a bachelor degree in journalism, radio and television from San Jose State University and a master’s degree in media studies from The New School in New York, NY. She was also selected amongst outstanding business leaders to attend the executive program at Simmons Graduate School of Management in Boston, Massachusetts and later served on their Alumni Board.

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Dianne Grossman, Mallory's Mom & Founder of Mallory's Army, to Speak in Scotch Plains

July 20, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — Mallory Rose Grossman, a girl from Rockaway, NJ, took her own life on last June at the age of 12. Following this tragedy, her parents, Dianne and Seth Grossman, started a charitable foundation called Mallory’s Army. Its mission is to change behavior, provide education to parents and create enrichment programs for schools to put a ...

Corruption Has No Place in Union County

July 19, 2018

The Union County Freeholders’ decision to appoint State Senator and newly-elected Union County Democratic Chairman Nick Scutari’s chief of staff, Ed Oatman, as county manager smelled of corruption from the start. To place a political consultant like Oatman in the role of overseeing 2,800 employees and running the day-to-day operations of the $500 million county budget suggests ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, July 21, 9:00 AM

Westfield Community Center , Westfield

Rummage Sale


Mon, July 23, 7:00 PM

TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs vs. Somerset Patriots

Arts & Entertainment Sports

Westfield Police Blotter: Multiple Businesses Report Thefts & More

July 18, 2018

July 11,2018 3:50 p.m.

A business located on the 100 block of Central Avenue reports being the victim of a theft. Unknown actor came into the business and removed $2,200.00 worth of property.

July 12, 2018 2:40 a.m.

Danny Burke, age 32, of Edison, NJ was arrested for driving while intoxicated pursuant a motor vehicle stop. Subject was arrested, processed and released to a ...

Shakespeare in the Park Returns to Union County Sunday, July 22

July 20, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the return of Shakespeare in the Park this weekend. The performance will be presented on Sunday, July 22 at 12:30 p.m. at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield.

The Shrew Mechanicals Troupe from The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will present an hour long performance of “Shakespeare Gumbo,” a stirring collection of ...

IRS Working on a New Form 1040 for 2019 Tax Season

The IRS plans to streamline the Form 1040 into a shorter, simpler form for the 2019 tax season. The new 1040 – about half the size of the current version – would replace the current Form 1040 as well as the Form 1040A and the Form 1040EZ. 


This new approach will simplify the 1040 so that all 150 million taxpayers can use the same form. The new form ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.



Picking up the Pieces – The Benefits of Account Consolidation

Over a lifetime of investing we often have numerous accounts located at different financial firms.  Rarely are these accounts managed with a grand plan that takes into account all the individual pieces.   Account proliferation can be detrimental to your investment performance, increase your risk profile, and lighten your pocketbook.  

Account consolidation offers the ...

Big Changes in Store for New Jersey’s Employers and Employees

Big changes are in store for New Jersey’s workplaces, with dramatic legislation aimed at improving conditions for New Jersey’s workers. These changes include the enactment of New Jersey’s Equal Pay Act, a new law to help the unemployed, and passage of New Jersey’s Paid Sick Leave Act. Most likely one or all these laws will impact you or someone in your family.

New ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...

26 Homes Sold July 8-15 in Westfield and Surrounding Towns

There were 26 homes sold between July 8 and July 15 in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Mountainside`

TOWN          ADDRESS    STYLE            RMS   BRS BTH   GAR   Sale Price

Cranford  115  Bryant Ave ...

Dog Found in Garwood

UPDATE: Reunited with owner.

ORIGINAL POST: Dog found on Pine Avenue in Garwood. He was given food and water. Garwood police now has him. Sweet and friendly. Contact the Garwood Police Department.

It's Not What You Are Eating, It's What's Eating You


Emotional eating can be described as episodes of binge-eating, grazing and/or eating when not hungry to soothe feelings. Emotional eaters have a pattern of eating to cope with stress, emotional conflicts and problems of daily life.

Emotional eating is eating for reasons other than hunger. Instead of physical symptoms initiating the eating, ...

ELL Summer Experience at Westfield Public Schools

Westfield students representing six different languages recently enjoyed a weeklong summer camp focused on providing meaningful enrichment activities for students to continue their English language acquisition while having fun.

The ELL (English Language Learners) Summer Experience ran from July 9-13 at Wilson School, welcoming students in grades 1-4 whose native languages are Russian, ...

Westfield Area YMCA: Take Swim Lessions This Summer

The Westfield Area YMCA is providing a free one-week guest pass to non-members which will also enable access to purchase a week of swim lessons at full member rates during the summer.  The one-week guest pass includes use of the Y’s fitness facilities, land and water group exercise classes and open gym/swim.

“Our goal is to have people of all ages and skill levels grow to ...

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper Welcomes Stephen A. Timoni to Firm

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper P.C., announced that Stephen A. Timoni has joined the firm in its Westfield office. Stephen will focus his practice in the areas of Corporate and Health Care Law.

“Stephen brings additional depth and experience to our firm. He has tremendous experience in complex corporate, M&A and health care areas of practice. We anticipate that Stephen ...

Livingston Council Votes on Ordinance to Prohibit Vape Shops

July 19, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Concern about the increased use of electronic cigarettes and other vapor products were among the reasons why the Livingston Township Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting “vape shops,” or any establishment that primarily sells “electronic devices, liquid nicotine or vapor products,” in the township’s retail commercial ...


Eric Lieberman, 47, of Scotch Plains, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Tuesday, May 22, 2018 ...
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