Premiere Stages at Kean University announces 2023 Bauer Boucher Playwriting Award winners

Premiere Stages at Kean University announces 2023 Bauer Boucher Playwriting Award winners

UNION, NJ — Premiere Stages, the professional theater company in residence at Kean University, has named Kean University student Chad Colacurcio, Class of ’23, and alumnus Steven Patrick, Class of ‘78, as the winners of the 2023 Bauer Boucher Playwriting Award, named for longtime donors W. John Bauer and Nancy Boucher. Both winners will receive […]

Clark Police Department presents ‘Not Even Once’ to ALJ students

Clark Police Department presents ‘Not Even Once’ to ALJ students

CLARK, NJ — The Clark Police Department recently visited Arthur L. Johnson High School to present the “Not Even Once” program to ninth-graders. The presentation, given by detectives Brian Soos and Mark Detore from the Clark Police Department, shared valuable information on the dangers of opioid use, including a background on opioids; the power of […]

NJ bald eagle population continues to climb, with 250 active nests identified in 2022

NJ bald eagle population continues to climb, with 250 active nests identified in 2022

TRENTON, NJ — The bald eagle population in New Jersey continues to climb, according to the 2022 New Jersey Bald Eagle Project Report developed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Fish and Wildlife Division and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, with 250 active nests identified last year, NJDEP Commissioner Shawn M. […]

Cub Scout Pack 145 goes Scouting for food

Cub Scout Pack 145 goes Scouting for food

CLARK, NJ — Clark Cub Scout Pack 145 collected food to help its community through its annual Scouting for Food program. Scout troops and packs throughout the United States collect food during the holiday season to support neighbors in need by helping to stock local food pantries and food banks. Scouts reached out to family, […]

Ukrainian ballet dancers pour out their hearts in NJPAC performance before returning to war-torn country

Ukrainian ballet dancers pour out their hearts in NJPAC performance before returning to war-torn country

UNION COUNTY, NJ — In “The Nutcracker,” she was a snowflake. In “Sleeping Beauty,” she was a fairy. Both roles, among others portrayed by English-speaking ballerina Olena Pedan, were performed in a recently concluded North American tour by the State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine. The 55-member troupe’s final show, a performance of “Sleeping Beauty,” was […]

Valley Road students honored for ‘tree’-mendous character

Valley Road students honored for ‘tree’-mendous character

CLARK, NJ — As the first marking period came to a close, staff at Valley Road Elementary School were invited to nominate candidates who went above and beyond in the area of character for the school’s “Tree”mendous Character Award. Sarah Badillo, school counselor, who organizes this event, said, “This award is part of our (Positive […]

Data shows 74 percent drop in use of secure detention for young people in NJ

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and Juvenile Justice Commission acting Executive Director Jennifer LeBaron have announced the release of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative 2021 annual data report. Since 2019, all 21 New Jersey counties have participated in this statewide reform initiative led by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which […]

Church hosts Rise up for Roe rally for reproductive justice

Church hosts Rise up for Roe rally for reproductive justice

SUMMIT, NJ — Beacon, the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Summit, hosted a Rise Up for Roe rally on Sunday, Jan. 22. Though the weather was cold, men and women gathered in front of the church to support the right to abortions and reproductive health care. The congregation declared its support for age-appropriate, gender-affirming care to […]

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