Linden teacher drops off surprise art supplies at students’ homes

Linden teacher drops off surprise art supplies at students’ homes

LINDEN, NJ — A teacher at Soehl Middle School in Linden paid a surprise visit to the homes of two students recently to reward them for their faithful participation in her after-school enrichment class. Jennifer Veltre, a language arts teacher, hosts the voluntary “Socialize and Scattergories” class each week as part of the school’s “21st […]

Cranford drive-through food collection events continue

Cranford drive-through food collection events continue

CRANFORD, NJ — Cranford United Methodist Church has announced that it will host its next drive-through food collection event on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the church’s parking lot, as the pandemic rages on and more neighbors are struggling to keep food on the table. Place your bags of nonperishable […]

Premiere Stages announces winners of 2021 Bauer Boucher Playwriting Awards

Premiere Stages announces winners of 2021 Bauer Boucher Playwriting Awards

UNION, NJ — Premiere Stages, the professional theater company in residence at Kean University, has named current Kean University student Lucien Edme, Class of ’21, and alumnus Megan Hoche as the winners of the 2021 Bauer Boucher Playwriting Awards, named for longtime donors W. John Bauer and Nancy Boucher. Both winners will receive cash prizes […]

Cranford police officer delivers baby boy

Cranford police officer delivers baby boy

CRANFORD, NJ — Patrolmen Thomas Bell and James Knight were on patrol on Sunday, Dec. 20, around 8:33 a.m., when they were dispatched in response to a 911 call for a pregnant woman in labor. Cranford resident Gina Chaves had gone into labor in her home when her water suddenly broke and the baby’s head […]

Mentorship program in Linden aims to ease difficulties of virtual learning

Mentorship program in Linden aims to ease difficulties of virtual learning

LINDEN, NJ — Linden public school administrators have begun mentoring at-risk students to ensure that they do not fall behind or get overlooked while the district continues with remote learning due to COVID-19. Superintendent Marnie Hazelton tracked student data for the first marking period to identify vulnerable high school and middle school students who were […]

Rahway continues to support local businesses financially

Rahway continues to support local businesses financially

RAHWAY, NJ — Building on the success of Rahway CARES Forgivable Loan Program, in which $250,000 in forgivable loans were provided to small businesses, Rahway and the Rahway Arts and Business Partnership again have joined forces to help small businesses financially during the economic downturn due to the extension of the COVID-19 restrictions. Mayor Raymond […]

Pen pal program begins between SAGE Eldercare and Lincoln-Hubbard School in Summit

Pen pal program begins between SAGE Eldercare and Lincoln-Hubbard School in Summit

SUMMIT, NJ — In an effort to combat the loneliness and isolation older adults are experiencing during COVID-19 and the cold weather months, SAGE Eldercare partnered with fifth-grade students at Lincoln-Hubbard School to start a pen pal program with Meals on Wheels clients called Cold Weather Buddies. In the past, the school’s fifth-graders visited SAGE […]

Blue and Gold Club at Franklin School in Rahway ‘Believe’ in making change

Blue and Gold Club at Franklin School in Rahway ‘Believe’ in making change

RAHWAY, NJ — Students in the Blue and Gold Club at Franklin Elementary School in Rahway made 45 cards and dropped them off at Macy’s to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Through the Macy’s Believe campaign, Macy’s donates $1 to the charity for every letter received. The Franklin students were thrilled to be able to help […]

Linden Board of Education welcomes three new members

Linden Board of Education welcomes three new members

LINDEN, NJ — The Linden Board of Education swore in three new members at its annual organization meeting on Thursday, Jan. 7. Samuel De La Cruz Jr., Jennifer Flemming and Malaysia Thomas were sworn in to three-year terms. All were elected on Nov. 2. The new board chose Doris Johnson as its president. Carlos Rivas […]

Police officer is appointed to the Detective Bureau

Police officer is appointed to the Detective Bureau

SUMMIT — The Summit Police Department announced the appointment of Police Officer Henry Ludena to its Detective Bureau on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Ludena is a nine-year veteran of the Summit Police Department, where he actively served in the Patrol Bureau, participating in many community and school events. “Detective Ludena is a respected member of the […]