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Examiner News Briefs, Dec. 8

During a meeting on Nov. 22, the members of the Upper Freehold Regional School District Board of Education appointed Patrick Leary, the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, to serve as interim board secretary through Dec. 21.

Leary is filling a vacancy that was created by the resignation of Patrick Pisano, who was hired as the business administrator and board secretary in the Freehold Borough K-8 School District.

The board is expected to name a new business administrator at a future meeting.


The Mental Health Association in New Jersey is providing a new virtual wellness center that offers no-cost groups and workshops statewide to individuals interested in day-to-day wellness, support for substance use disorder, and strategies for improving mental health.

Called United by Wellness, the center can be accessed online or by call-in. More than 45 groups and workshops are offered daily, including weekends.

Among the groups are Healthy Habits, Meditation, LGBTQ, Young Adult, Anxiety and Depression Support Groups, Grief and COVID, Too Much Stuff, Virtual Job Interviews, Peer Support Career Information, and Grief and Recovery, according to a press release.

Groups are organized into four “communities” for like-minded people with similar goals, but participants are not limited to a specific track. The communities are general well-being; coping skills; co-occurring mental health and substance use; and a community for individuals who have a disorder who are seeking employment.

Staff providing services are culturally diverse certified peer specialists, including some who are bilingual and facilitating groups in Spanish. For more information about United by Wellness, call 609-652-3800, ext. 303, or visit www.mhaac.info/ubw

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