Scotch Plains

Holt near your home

STATE — Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) is holding a series of community offices in towns throughout central New Jersey. Members of Holt’s staff will be available to assist residents who are having problems with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the VA,…

Bank Donates To Central Jersey Food Banks

Stephany Kim, Unity Bank Edison Branch Assistant Relationship Manager, (left) presents a $1,400 check to Jackie Goedesky, President of St. James Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen. Unity Bank and its employees will donate a total of $21,000 to 15 food pantries in Central Jersey and Easton, Pa. this month, one service organization for each Unity branch. (Photo courtesy of Unity Bank)

MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Unity Bank and its employees will donate a total of $21,000 to 15 food pantries in Central Jersey and Easton, Pa. this month, one service organization for each Unity branch. The funds, which represent a 50 percent increase over the previous campaign, were donated by Unity Bank employees and matched by the bank as part of a special holiday community service project.

Raritan Valley Line To Introduce One-Seat Ride To Manhattan In March

An NJ Transit train at Plainfield Station (Photo credit: Adam E. Moreira)

STATE — NJ Transit will roll out a morning off-peak, one-seat ride on to New York’s Penn Station on the Raritan Valley Line starting March 2, 2014, the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition and the One-Seat Ride Coalition announced Monday.

[PHOTO] The Spirit Of Giving

Angel-Tree

EDISON — Kelly Lawrence of Scotch Plains, a seventh grade student at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, visits the Angel Tree to select an ornament with gift suggestions for autistic children attending the Crossroads School in Westfield. The gifts will be delivered to the school for autistic children later this month. (Photo courtesy of the Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

One year of senseless silence on gun violence

Voice of the People by James J. Devine

One year ago today, we lost 26 fellow Americans to gun violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. We lost 20 of our youngest students, and six dedicated school workers. To mark the anniversary of that tragedy with…

Judge Accused Of Trying To Help Reduce Punishment For Garwood Councilman’s Daughter

GARWOOD – A municipal court judge who serves Clark, Garwood and Scotch Plains is accused of trying to intervene and reduce the punishment for a Garwood councilman’s daughter who was arrested for alleged possession of alcohol, according to a report by the Clark-Garwood Patch.