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99 Bridge To Debut Luxury Rental Living In Idyllic Suburb Of Old

First-Class, Amenity-Rich Rental Community Prepares to Launch Leasing in Convenient Middlesex County Setting

OLD BRIDGE, NJ – Developer dream team BNE Real Estate Group, LPZ and Sterling Properties are nearing completion of their newest luxury rental community, 99 Bridge, delivering a modern collection of rental residences with a full suite of lifestyle amenities to the well-connected Middlesex County township of Old Bridge, New Jersey later this summer.

The sophisticated one- and two-bedroom residences will feature spacious floor plans, open and bright living areas, and upscale finishes and appointments. Residents will also appreciate the building’s ultra-convenient location at 99 Old Amboy Road near Route 9, Route 18, and The Garden State Parkway.

Prospective renters are invited to join a waitlist to be among the first to learn about leasing opportunities at 99 Bridge by visiting www.Rent99Bridge.com.

“We’re just weeks away from opening the doors to 99 Bridge and showcasing all that this exceptional new living experience has to offer,” said Marc Pantirer, a Partner at BNE Real Estate Group. “We’ve witnessed the pent-up demand for amenity-rich, maintenance-free living in this area, and believe our modern residences, indoor and outdoor lifestyle amenities, and easily accessible location will resonate with discerning residents.”

Stylish residences at 99 Bridge will feature nine-foot ceilings, chef-inspired kitchens with white quartz counters, espresso cabinets, and stainless-steel appliances, full height tiled baths, custom modular closets, and in-home washer & dryers. Select homes will offer private outdoor space.

Right at home, residents of 99 Bridge will enjoy access to a full suite of lifestyle amenities, highlighted by a two-story resident lounge, state-of-the-art fitness facilities with virtual training technology, a co-working lounge with private offices, a coffee bar, children’s playroom, pet spa, and more. Residents can also take advantage of an abundance of outdoor recreational areas, including a swimming pool, BBQs and dining areas, an outdoor bar with TV screening areas, lawn areas and fire pits. Additional conveniences include Amazon® package lockers, on-site parking and 24/7 onsite maintenance. The pet-friendly community also includes a dog run.

Situated on 40 square miles of land in southeastern Middlesex County, about 25 miles south of Manhattan, Old Bridge is a township of 65,000 residents with an attractive rural vibe and all the conveniences of a New York City bedroom community. Route 9, Route 18, and the Garden State Parkway run directly through the municipality and are easily accessible. The Jersey shore is about a 40-minute drive away. NJ TRANSIT and Academy Bus run commuter buses from the township daily. One of New Jersey’s outdoor gems, Cheesequake State Park, is located entirely within Old Bridge, home to a lake beach, kayak launches, picnic areas, hiking trails, campsites, and an interpretive center. Old Bridge Waterfront Park offers another taste of the great outdoors, with two new playgrounds, fishing piers, an environmental education trail and pristine views of Raritan Bay.

99 Bridge will open this August with brand new, furnished model residences and stylish amenities available for touring. To join the waitlist and be among the first to learn about leasing opportunities at once the community opens, visit www.Rent99Bridge.com.

Horse who was rescued in Union County looking for a new home

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Carolina Equine Rescue and Assistance of Monroe, were scrambling to find a new home after the old location was forced to close.

The farm where they kept a dozen rescue horses and several other farm animals was going back to the property owner after more than a decade of that owner leasing it to the rescue.

The rescue found a temporary location, but it is much smaller than the one before. Darlene Kindle, the animal rescuer, is hoping she can raise the money to buy a permanent farm, one where all the herd can find a home, and find peace.

If you’d like to help out the horse rescue find a new home, go to the Gofundme page, here.

Credits: wbtv.com

Life-sized dinosaurs roar again in N.J. county park.

As you enter Field Station: Dinosaurs, you’re greeted by 32 life-sized, moving, realistic dinosaurs. The Dinosaurs make low closed-mouthed throaty whooshes of air sounds.

According to nj.com, this wild scientific expedition situated in beautiful Overpeck Park, located in Leonia, is an experience that brings you back in time with the sights and sounds from when dinosaurs roamed the land.

And it’s back with some new socially distant precautions.

“Field Station: Dinosaurs moved all of our shows and activities outdoors and we’re following the state and county’s guideline for public parks,” said Executive Producer, Guy Gsell. “To ensure that all our visitors can have a safe experience, we’ve given the entire park a facelift that includes wider trails and open air tents.”

Visit www.JerseyDinos.com for more information, daily and season passes as well as information on hosting an event at Field Station: Dinosaurs.

Information from: nj.com

Mobile book bus returns to Union County

Credits: WBTV

Union County Public Schools is getting books into students hands with a mobile book bus.

The mobile book bus will hold a six-week tour across the county. The bus will make over 100 stops in the six weeks serving thousands of students. Students will be able to receive multiple free books.

According to WBTV, “after the pandemic paused summer programs last year, this is the first time since 2019 that the mobile book bus is rolling into summer camps and community programs to deliver books to elementary students.

“It’s been a great community effort to try to enhance literacy when students are typically not in the school building,” said Superintendent Andrew Houlihan.

The mobile book bus ends on July 29.

Union County Performing Arts Center closed for renovations and maintenance

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According to the Union County Performing Arts Center website, “effective immediately, the Union County Performing Arts Center will be closed so that the historic Mainstage can undergo necessary renovations and maintenance.  This closure impacts all spaces, including the Hamilton Stage.”

The center hopes to have a refreshed interior and is scheduled to reopen on Sept. 1 of 2021. The center’s next scheduled event is on Sept. 25, Bowling for Soup concert.

For more information visit, https://ucpac.org/

Clarus Glen Ridge Luxury Rental Community to Open for Leasing in July

JMF Properties Brings Award Winning Clarus Brand to Quiet Borough of Glen Ridge, Just Steps from Downtown Montclair   

JMF Properties announced today that its newest residential community, Clarus Glen Ridge, is nearing completion, with a July grand opening expected. 

Located on Baldwin Avenue, just steps from downtown Montclair and NJ TRANSIT’s Bay Street train station, Clarus Glen Ridge will soon deliver a collection of 110 modern rental residences and lavish amenities to the desirable borough of Glen Ridge. Renters will enjoy the acclaimed “Clarus” lifestyle, an upscale brand created by JMF Properties Founder and Principal Joe Forgione that offers residents plush living spaces, exquisite finishes, and a curated collection of amenities that go above and beyond the industry standard for luxury and service. 

Prospective renters are invited to join the Clarus Glen Ridge wait list at www.ClarusGlenRidge.com. Those on the list will be among the first invited to take a private tour of the building and the first to receive information on the community’s generous grand opening prices. 

“We are excited to announce that we will soon be introducing a brand-new residential option to this charming, historic Essex County borough with the launch of leasing at Clarus Glen Ridge,” Mr. Forgione said. “Glen Ridge is the perfect location for the newest addition to our Clarus series of luxury rental properties. You can walk to shops, restaurants, parks, cultural attractions and mass-transit in downtown Montclair, but when you walk home you return to a quiet, relaxed suburban neighborhood, completely insulated from the hustle and bustle. A lot of thought went into customizing every single detail of this community and we are counting the days until we can officially announce its debut.” 

Clarus Glen Ridge was designed to provide its residents a luxury lifestyle experience that incorporates the best aspects of urban and suburban living. It will soon offer renters a selection of one- and two-bedroom residences with features that go well above and beyond what is typically offered in modern luxury rental communities.  

JMF’s elevated take on sophisticated living is particularly unmistakable in the gourmet kitchens at Clarus Glen Ridge, where renters will enjoy features such as a gas range with Faber® Cristal Collection vented hood, quartz countertops with undermount stainless-steel sinks, European-style, two-tone cabinetry, and stainless-steel appliances. Additional details found throughout the homes include 9’ ceilings, energy-efficient LED light fixtures, seven-inch composite plank floors, in-unit washer and dryer, oversized windows with custom shades, a high-performance heating and cooling system designed to keep residents’ climate control costs down, and spa-like baths with marble floors, walls and accents. Den units and private outdoor space will be available in select homes. 

Residents of Clarus Glen Ridge will have access to a full complement of amenities, starting with an incredible, cutting-edge wellness center. The wellness center includes state-of-the-art exercise equipment with touch consoles, cycling, TRX® suspension training, a heavy bag, kettlebells and more. A separate personal training studio gives residents access to Echelon® Reflect Touch touchscreens with both live streaming and on-demand training classes, including Zumba, yoga, kickboxing, strength, and cardio-focused workouts from a variety of certified trainers.  

Other luxe amenities include a central lobby and lounge with hospitality-inspired finishes and a two-sided fireplace, reading lounge, parlor with gas fireplace and wet bar, business center, theatre room, and billiards room with vintage billiards table. Outside, residents will be able to enjoy a courtyard with seating areas, firepit, grills and more. The Clarus Glen Ridge emphasis on luxury will extend to the community’s four-legged friends as well, with an expansive dog park that spans 300-feet in length. On-site covered parking, car charging stations, storage lockers, bike storage, 24/7 maintenance, and other conveniences and services will also be available to residents. 

JMF Properties updated its planned amenity and floorplan offering even while construction was underway to accommodate modern lifestyle needs. For residents who choose to work from home, conference rooms and private work spaces were added to the business center and layouts were redesigned to include more units with dens. The parking garage was reconfigured as well to provide each unit with up to two parking spaces with direct access to their floor, creating a very safe, convenient environment where residents who choose to continue the practice of social distancing can comfortably do so. 

Clarus Glen Ridge is the second community by JMF Properties to carry the “Clarus” brand name. Its predecessor, Clarus Maplewood, is a multiple award-winning community that captured the 2018 “Community of the Year” honors for mixed-use communities from the Metropolitan Builders & Contractors Association and is the first community in New Jersey to earn the prestigious WELL Certification – Gold Level by the International WELL Building Institute™, which recognizes buildings designed to enhance the health and wellness of its occupants. Taking its cue from the property Latin name, which means “clear” or “bright”, it emphasizes light-filled residences, exquisite finishes and curated amenities that brighten each resident’s day, day in and day out. Clarus Glen Ridge residents will enjoy an upscale atmosphere, elegant design, and exquisite finishes similar to what Clarus Maplewood offers. 

Glen Ridge is a charming borough of a little over 7,000 residents in suburban Essex County, about 14 miles from Manhattan. It is known for its tree-lined streets lit by elegant gas lamps and its top-notch public schools, ranked highly by the ratings websites Niche.com and Greatschools.org. The Glen Ridge Historic District comprises over 90 percent of Glen Ridge and runs the entire length of the Borough. It includes some of the most well-preserved examples of residential architecture from the turn of the 19th Century. New York City is about 35 minutes away by train. Route 3 and the Garden State Parkway are both easily accessible. 

Glen Ridge is home to a number of neighborhood businesses, including a coffee shop, restaurants, a nail salon, a yoga studio, and local landmarks such as Glen Gazebo, overlooking the lush green park at Toney’s Brook. Neighboring Montclair offers a vibrant shopping and dining scene, museums, galleries and popular annual events such as the Montclair Film Festival and the Montclair Jazz Festival. 

For more information on Clarus Glen Ridge, visit www.jmfrentals.com. For more information on JMF Properties, visit www.jmfproperties.com.  

About JMF Properties 

Under the leadership of Joseph M. Forgione and his 25 years of experience in the industry, JMF Properties has developed a reputation for creating residential, retail, and mixed-use communities of lasting value in some of the state’s most desirable locations. Mr. Forgione has developed more than 2,500 residential units and multiple commercial and retail properties during his career, with more than a dozen current projects totaling over 3.5 million square feet of retail and 1,800 residential units, with another 3 million square feet under development. Projects range from transit-oriented developments to urban and suburban retail centers to sprawling office parks.  

As a former long-time Commissioner of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, a graduate of civil engineering, and a member of the New Jersey Civil Engineers, Mr. Forgione understands the unique responsibilities and needs of all stakeholders involved in the development process, including local government officials, architects, construction managers, investment partners, community members and end users. This holistic approach to development has been vital to JMF’s success, allowing the company to identify under-valued assets, forge strategic partnerships, and develop dynamic residential and retail properties that enhance their host communities, including the first residential community designed for WELL certification in New Jersey. www.jmfproperties.com

Crossings at Raritan Station Launches Leasing for New Luxury Rental Residence next to Train Station

Transit-Oriented Community Delivers Amenity-Rich Living to Suburban Raritan, NJ

RARITAN, NJ – Crossings at Raritan Station, the highly-anticipated luxury rental community next to the Raritan train station, has officially started leasing.

Developed by Accurate Builders & Developers, Crossings delivers a collection of 256 studio, one- and two-bedroom rental residences to an ultra-convenient location at 59 Second Avenue in the Borough of Raritan. The new community offers a comprehensive lifestyle experience with spacious layouts, modern indoor and outdoor amenities, and proximity to Somerville’s walkable and lively downtown.

Crossings at Raritan Station opens with fully furnished model residences and completed resort-style amenities, according to the developer, which tapped The Marketing Directors as the exclusive marketing and leasing agent. Monthly rental rates start from $1,578 net effective, with grand opening incentives of up to two months free for a limited time. Immediate occupancy is available.

“We are thrilled to officially kick off leasing at Crossings at Raritan Station,” said Jack Klugmann, President & CEO of Accurate Builders & Developers. “This community reflects our commitment to creating a well-balanced lifestyle for residents that considers stylish living spaces, thoughtful social amenities and great locations. We look forward to welcoming our first residents and watching our vision spring to life.”

The debut of Crossings is a game changer for Raritan, a quiet suburban town with excellent public schools that borders downtown Somerville, along NJ TRANSIT’s Raritan Valley line. It introduces a new caliber of rental residences with features such as 9’ ceilings, luxury plank flooring, and upscale kitchens with quartz counters, modern espresso cabinets, a full-height subway tile backsplash, stainless-steel appliances and a gas range.

Designed by architect Devereaux and Associates, the interior spaces are well thought out, with details such as tiled bath floors and wet walls, an in-unit washer & dryer, and custom roller shade window treatments in every home. Private outdoor balconies and extra-spacious den layouts are available in select homes.

All residents of Crossings at Raritan Station enjoy a full complement of amenities and services that include a sophisticated lobby lounge with coffee bar, a state-of-the-art fitness center with virtual training technology, Amazon® package lockers, private covered parking, a bicycle share, bicycle storage and 24/7 onsite maintenance.

Outside, multiple landscaped courtyards provide abundant space for al fresco recreation and relaxation. Among them are an outdoor terrace with lounge seating, BBQs, a fire pit, outdoor games, and a meditation garden with hammocks and greenery. Residents will also enjoy access to a tennis court, basketball court, and dog park.

Perhaps the most important lifestyle amenity at Crossings at Raritan Station is its location. Trains departing from Raritan Station either offer direct service to Manhattan or transfers to New York via the PATH system at Newark Penn Station. Residents are only one mile from the walkable streets of downtown Somerville, where they can explore a variety of unique restaurants, retail shops and small businesses. Somerville’s Division Street, a pedestrian-only street, is a thriving community square, home to outdoor festivals, concerts, and movies under the stars’ programs, just to name a few. Downtown Raritan’s main street, Somerset Street, is even closer and is charming in its own right, providing a retail mix that includes an espresso bar, ice cream shop, bakeries, a craft store, music store, and a wide range of eateries.

Raritan is home to five parks and playgrounds as well as tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball/softball fields and two public swimming pools. It borders Duke Farms, a 1,000-acre estate that is open for walking, bicycling, and eco-exploration. Duke Farms also offers atmospheric outdoor dining at the Farm Barn Café and a seasonal farmers market. The Village Brewing Company in downtown Somerville is another local favorite, serving a rotating selection of craft beers and an inspired menu of elevated New American cuisine. Several major employers, such as Johnson & Johnson, Bausch & Lomb, and LabCorp are just minutes from Raritan.

“Right now, there is strong consumer demand for luxury rental properties in suburban markets like Raritan, where residents can enjoy conveniences like walkable downtowns and easy access to mass-transit, but in a low-density neighborhood,” said Jacqueline Urgo, President of The Marketing Directors. “We’re excited to open our doors to these prospective renters at The Crossings at Raritan Station and to showcase everything this exceptional new community offers.”

Raritan’s location near a hub of major highways makes it easy and convenient for residents to access major employment centers and other parts of the state. Routes 287, 78, 202, 206, 28 and 22 are all nearby and directly connect to other major roads, such as the New Jersey Turnpike. The Lincoln tunnel is about 45 miles away.

For more information about Crossings at Raritan Station and to schedule a private tour of the community’s model residences and amenities, visit http://www.CrossingsRaritan.com or call (855) 276-8589. The community’s leasing center is located at 59 Second Avenue, Raritan, NJ 08869.

About Accurate Builders & Developers

Founded by Jack Klugmann in 2009, Accurate Builders & Developers was built around the principle of providing quality construction to transform neighborhoods and the lives of those who live and work in the homes and buildings constructed. The company has earned a reputation for developing high-quality multifamily properties, including transit-oriented developments in key urban and suburban locations. Currently, Accurate is developing and leasing thousands of units in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. A key factor in the company’s success is that Accurate is both the developer and general contractor of its projects. By maintaining control over these critical aspects of any development project, Accurate is able to manage project costs and construction timetables which maximize efficiency and allows the Company to complete projects ahead of schedule and at or below budget. http://www.accuratenj.com.

About The Marketing Directors

The Marketing Directors is a renowned development advisory firm with over forty years of experience working exclusively on behalf of real estate developers to design, market, and sell or lease residential homes. The Marketing Directors team is a collective of strategic thinkers, market experts, and trusted partners. Headquartered in New York with offices and sales teams active across North America, The Marketing Directors have helped clients successfully sell-out hundreds of new developments accounting for more than $30 billion in total sales.

In Search of Lifestyle Amenities and a Piscataway Address, Young Couple Finds it all at The Grove

When Wes and Sasha Ifan were looking for a place to celebrate the 4th of July a few years ago, they decided to visit Mr. Ifan’s hometown of Piscataway.  

The township was hosting a small festival and fireworks display at Piscataway High School, the school Mr. Ifan graduated from about 15 years earlier. As the fireworks illuminated the summer evening sky, the couple looked around and marveled at the tight-knit, fun-loving, diverse community that was enjoying the holiday together. They felt right at home. This was a town they could see themselves living in one day. 

After selling their townhouse in Hunterdon County earlier this year, the Ifans had a chance to make that vision a reality. They visited a few apartments in the area and found that one luxury community stood out above all the rest: The Grove at Piscataway, a brand new boutique development located just minutes from everything the Piscataway/New Brunswick area offers.  

The Grove offered them a broad selection of modern one- and two-bedroom residences as well as abundant lifestyle amenities and maintenance-free services. The staff was friendly, inviting, and seamless to work with. Plus, with monthly rental rates starting from the $1,800s and grand opening incentives of up to two months free and more, the value was beyond compare. The couple signed a lease and moved in to the community in February. 

“The Grove had all of the right amenities for us, beautiful apartments, and a location in a great neighborhood. It was exactly what we were looking for,” Mr. Ifan said. “We love the staff too. Of all the places that we toured, this is where we felt the most genuine warmth from the staff. It really solidified our decision to move here.” 

The Ifans selected a one-bedroom apartment with a balcony. Developed by BNE Real Estate Group and Sterling Properties, their new home boasts an open-concept layout, luxury plank flooring, custom modular closets, and in-unit washer & dryer. The modern kitchen offers quartz countertops, full-height tiled backsplashes, custom portobello cabinetry with bronze hardware, built-in wine storage, a gas range, a side-by-side refrigerator, and stainless-steel appliances. They particularly appreciate the recessed lighting and tall ceilings, which makes the apartment feel open and inviting. 

“We like to entertain often, which is something we were concerned about when downsizing,” Mr. Ifan said. “But we realized that the layout of the apartment actually lends itself to entertaining.”  

One thing that the Ifans’ love most about The Grove is the amazingly easy lifestyle offered by the community, thanks to amenities and services that perfectly fit their needs. They both love to exercise, so they use the state-of-the-art fitness center any time they want. Their three-year-old Yorkshire terrier, Kendrick, can run free in the community’s dog run and get “puppy pampered” at the onsite pet spa. Other amenities include a co-working lounge, children’s playroom, a clubroom with a bar, billiards and lounge areas, Amazon® package lockers, and 24-hour onsite maintenance. As the weather warms, they’re looking forward to enjoying the community’s outdoor amenities, such as the resort-style pool, BBQ grills, and lounge seating areas. 

They also see themselves working or reading in the co-working lounge in the future. Mr. Ifan is interim pastor at First Reform Church in Hawthorne and the CEO of Kobo Wealth Strategies, a financial planning company. Ms. Ifan is a motivational speaker and author. There is a lot that they can accomplish at home. Having the lounge available means they can spread out and enjoy a change of scenery throughout the workday. 

“The amenities were a big draw for us. We definitely use the gym. Having it right here and being able to let off a little steam has been a Godsend,” Mr. Ifan said. “When the pool opens, I think that will be a ‘go to’ for us as well. They have grills that are available, and I anticipate that we will have some family members over and sit there by the pool with them. We’ll be in the dog park with Kendrick quite often too.” 

The Grove’s location puts the Ifans near a variety of stores, supermarkets, and restaurants in Piscataway, as well as the eclectic shopping, dining, entertainment, culture and nightlife of downtown New Brunswick. Mr. Ifan is impressed with how much the Piscataway business community has grown since he last lived there, and he likes that downtown New Brunswick not only offers excellent restaurants, but also a train station with service to Manhattan. 

Outdoor recreation options in Piscataway include walking trails, sports fields, playgrounds and a petting zoo at Johnson Park, hitting the links at the Rutgers Golf Course, or hiking through the Rutgers University Ecological Preserve, all located just a few minutes away. 

“This area really lends itself to being outdoors,” Mr. Ifan said. “We are surrounded by several different parks, which is something we really like. I would say just getting outside and enjoying the outdoors is one of our main hobbies.” 

Now that the Ifans have lived at The Grove for a few months, their experience exploring Piscataway and meeting new friends in the neighborhood evokes memories of their 4th of July adventure a few years ago. 

“My wife said to me ‘I still remember when you brought me to Piscataway a couple years ago,’” Mr. Ifan said. “Now we’re here and we are very excited. This is the perfect place for us to get acclimated to the area. We may buy a house in the future or we may rent here long-term, but either way we are going to enjoy our time living here at The Grove.” 

For more information on The Grove and the current incentives being offered, visit RentAtTheGrove.com. Prospective renters can also call (732) 968-5077 for more information or to schedule a private, in-person tour. Virtual tours are also available. 

Garden State Film Fest is Virtual and In-Person this Year!

The Garden State Film Festival will be held this year with a comprehensive hybrid schedule of in-person and virtual events, starting on Tuesday, March 23, and ending on Sunday, March 28. This comes at the perfect time, given that one year ago the Garden State Film Festival was shut down just 11 days before it was suppose to begin, due to the coronavirus lockdown. While programmers were able to move quickly and adjust over 200 films to fit an online platform, the community is ecstatic that the festival is making its way back to a normal setting in Asbury Park.

“It’s a whole new world we live in,” said GSFF executive director Lauren Concar Sheehy. “Our focus this year is transforming health through the arts. By integrating literary, performing, visual arts and design, along with other forms of creative expression, our mental wellness is enhanced through community connection.”

The 19th annual festival will present in-person screenings, with an option to screen virtually, at Asbury Lanes, Asbury Hotel and Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park. Four other venues will serve as virtual hosts. More than 300 films are set to play this year, along with celebrity guest appearances, panels and special events.

A full schedule is available at gsff.org. Be sure to check it out this year! Tickets are $20 for each online screening block, or $55 for a virtual multi-pass. The in-person screenings and special events require separate tickets.

Union County Gym Members Donate $6K to Help Hungry Residents

Union County announced that it has received a $6,000 donation from Max Challenge gyms of New Providence, Springfield and Union to help Union County residents in need.

The donation was submitted in the form of grocery store gift cards and will be distributed by the Union County Division of Social Services. The donation was made possible because of the generosity of gym members’ collective donations.

Freeholder Rebecca L. Williams and deputy county manager Amy Wagner joined gym owners Allison DiMarzio and Amy Walsh, and gym manager Sara Kirsch at the New Providence location to accept the donation on Union County’s behalf.

The gift card collection took place as a park of the sixth annual “Fitmas Competition,” where gym members compete against each other on their fitness and nutrition goals.

Union County residents who are experiencing hunger are encouraged to visit ucnj.org/food to get information on upcoming food drives or call the Division of Social Services at 908-965-2700, Elizabeth, or 908-791-7000, Plainfield.