A free Health Kids Expo will be held 1:00-4:00pm on Saturday, February 23 at the Westfield Area YMCA Main Facility, 220 Clark Street. This event will include active indoor fun including t-ball, basketball and track & field stations, the inflatable obstacle course, arts & crafts activities and carnival games. Dance Academy will offer 30 minute demo classes during the event: 1:30PM for ages 3-5, 2:30PM for ages 6+ and 3:30PM for ages 3-5. Register at www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0b4fafaa29a7ff2-healthy for dance demo classes. Overlook Medical Center staff will host a Teddy Bear Clinic…bring a stuffed animal!
Learning to be safe around water is a life skill that is included in the YMCA Swim Lesson curriculum. Water safety information is available throughout the Expo in the Gym. Water safety in the pool will be held 3:00-4:00PM to be followed by family swim 4:00-5:00PM. Adults and kids can visit the Camp Open House to learn more about the Y’s ACA-accredited traditional, sports, S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), leadership and travel camp offerings for campers ages 3-15 years.
Please contact Amanda Aguirre at 908-301-9622 x258 or [email protected] with any questions.
Celebrating our Grand Welcoming at Renzo Gracie Garwood
Join us Sunday, February 24th 8am-4pm for free classes, chair massages, card readings, giveaways & raffles sponsored by local businesses.
We recommend you reserve your spot for flight classes as space is limited using the link below.
I will be competing in the NY Giants Snow Bowl, a flag football tournament at MetLife Stadium that raises money to benefit Special Olympics NJ.
My team, Luke’s Warriors, is playing in honor of Luke Brown, a courageous Cranford kid whose family we share a special bond with. Myself and more than 30 other local dads have been practicing every Sunday morning ‘on the frozen tundra’ of my old high school field in preparation for my first Snow Bowl on Saturday, March 16th.
Please help support Special Olympics New Jersey by making a donation.
Thanks so much! Your contribution, big or small, helps 25,000 athletes throughout the state reach their goals.
Special Olympics NJ came to Cranford High School to film one of our practices with the other local team. WARNING: It’s awesome and heart-warming.
BLOOD DRIVE SPONSORED BY: Church of the Assumption & Knights of Columbus SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2019 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. LOWER CHIEGO CHURCH HALL 113 CHIEGO PLACE ROSELLE PARK, NJ 07204 Appointments are preferred, walk-ins are welcome. All Donors will receive the following free health screenings: Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Temp, Iron, Pulse & Blood Type Donor Guidelines: * Weigh at least 110 lbs.
The Borough of Roselle Park in partnership with Lions Club MD16, the Union County Office of Health Management, Regional Chronic Disease Coalition of Middlesex & Union Counties and Union County CEED through Hoboken Family Planning presents the First Annual Community Health Fair.
The health fair will be held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the Michael Mauri Gazebo Park. Chestnut Street, Roselle Park, NJ 07204.
It will include health screenings, giveaways, door prizes, and children’s activities.
For more information, or to participate please contact Rupen Shah at 908-245-0666 or email [email protected].
On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Cranford Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Cranford Police Department at 8 Springfield Avenue, rear entrance. (We cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last fall Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11 million pounds—nearly 5,500 tons—of pills. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Ameri cans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 27 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com
Joseph Van Bergen
5K RUN • WALK • ROLL • VOLUNTEER • DONATE • SPONSOR | April 28
Greta’s Run is the principal fundraiser for Greta’s Run Foundation, a volunteer-led, granting-making 501(c)3 nonprofit.
Greta’s Run is organized in memory of Greta Schoenemann, a Westfield High School freshman who died from injuries sustained on the first anniversary of 9/11 when a tree fell on her during lunch. Her childhood friends, Jayne Ruotolo and Ben Nanna, founded Greta’s Run in 2013, to continue the work Greta was already doing. In honor of Greta’s sister Elise, who has cerebral palsy, all proceeds benefit people with special & adaptive needs.
“The Westfield Public Schools join with the community in upholding the values of kindness and compassion that have become Greta’s legacy. The students, athletes and staff look forward to helping make Greta’s Run a success.”
Westfield School District Statement
VIP Petcare makes it convenient for you to get your pet the preventive care it needs! Please bring your cat in a secure carrier and make sure your dog is on a leash. Clinics are held at local pet and feed retail stores, and no appointment is necessary. VIP Petcare staff will be located inside or right outside the store. When you walk up to the clinic area, our caring staff of pet lovers will walk you through the process.
We will also send you reminders so your pet can remain protected from disease and parasites. Your pet’s records are stored safely in our database so if you ever need proof of pet vaccination or have questions about your pet’s health history, we’re simply a call or a click away.
Once your pet is seen by one of our veterinarians, you will become part of the VIP Petcare family. During your visit the clinic staff will discuss the lifestyle of your pet, under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, so you know exactly what your pets need to stay healthy, happy and safe.
This is a free donation based event:
The Opioid Epidemic: Silently Affecting Our Community
Union County residents can learn about the local impacts of the national opioid crisis first-hand from representatives of the Union County Prosecutor, Sheriff, Police Division and other professionals by attending a free public meeting hosted by the Public Safety Committee of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders titled, The Opioid Epidemic: Silently Affecting Our Community.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the McManus School auditorium, at 300 Edgewood Road in Linden. Admission is free and no pre-registration is required.
“Opioid abuse impacts the entire community, and that is why we are providing the public with an open discussion about the scope and nature of opioid abuse in Union County, and an assessment of the tools that are available to fight it,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “I encourage all concerned citizens to come and learn how public resources are deployed to fight this epidemic.”
“Although the most recent numbers are encouraging, now is the time to bear down and get to the root of the crisis,” said Freeholder Christopher Hudak, who is the Chairman of the Public Safety Committee. “We are looking forward to hearing from professionals on the front lines of the battle against opioid abuse, and sharing this information with the public.”
The Opioid Epidemic: Silently Affecting Our Community will include:
- Overview of facts and trends about the opioid epidemic in Union County
- Details about the County Prosecutor’s Operation Helping Hands program and CLEAR, a collaborative program including the Union County Department of Public Safety, the Office of the Union County Sheriff, the nonprofit organization Prevention Links, and the Union County Department of Human Services
- Prevention Links presentation on prevention, treatment and recovery featuring personal stories and Recovery Coaches
- Information on Naloxone lifesaving assistance presented by First Responders
- Office of the Union County Sheriff K-9 demonstration and discussion about the impact of fentanyl on drug detection
- Discussion of statewide efforts to combat the opioid epidemic by representatives from the New Jersey Department of Health and Department of Human Services
A question and answer period will follow the presentations.
For more information contact Karen Dinsmore, Assistant Director, Union County Department of Human Services, [email protected]
Please join the Hanson Park Conservancy on Tuesday, May 21st from 6:30-7:30 PM for our Lettuce Bowl Workshop at Hanson Park, 38 Springfield Ave. in Cranford. In this “make it & take it” workshop we will be using a selection of lettuce, herb, and flowering annuals to create a 12-14 inch container garden to bring home for your patio or deck. All supplies will be provided, however, it is suggested that participants bring their own garden gloves. Sign-up early on our website, www.hansonparkconservancy.com, as registration is limited to the first 15 people. The cost is $15 for members of the Hanson Park Conservancy ($20 for non-members). The registration deadline is May 17th. Payment is due at time of registration and non-refundable. This program is rain or shine.
Farm Yoga Event: A Yoga Practice in the Fields at Dreyer Farms
with Gina Pachkowski
Thursday, May 30th – 6:30-8:30 pm
Join Alluem Yoga at Dreyer Farms for an evening of yoga and farm fresh food to get you grounded and back to the earth! Breathe the fresh air in a yoga class with Gina, then enjoy a taste from the delicious Dreyer Farms! There will be a light bite to eat, some sweet treats, and juice samples with Fresh Press Juice Co.!! All are welcome! Register here to save your spot!
Pay at the farm (831 Springfield Ave, Cranford) upon arrival – $25 per person – cash or check.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Oceanic Global.
Learn more at the event or visit:
Bring your own mat & blanket/towel to place under your mat. We’ll be in the dirt, but don’t worry…you’ll also be receiving free soap samples from Forevergreen so you can clean yourself up later!
Yoga on the Green
with Gina Pachkowski
Saturday, June 5th – 6:00-7:00pm
Come support the Westfield High School Girls Ice Hockey Team!
Please join us for our third annual Yoga on the Green at Shackamaxon Country Club! All levels welcome to this course side class with Gina Caruso Pachkowski! Overlook the rolling greens under the big blue sky! Visit the Westfield High School Girls Ice Hockey team website to purchase tickets, event-related tank tops, money-saving packages, and an optional poolside dinner following Yoga. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $30, but we are encouraging everyone to buy their tickets in advance. We expect to sell out! All ages welcome. Dinner registration will be unavailable after 9 pm on May 20th. Online yoga registration will be unavailable after 9 pm on June 4th. In person registration for yoga only will still be available at the event on Wednesday. (100 Tillinghast Turn, Scotch Plains) Bring a mat!
*Rain date June 6th
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