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A One Night Jazz Festival to Benefit St. Joseph's Social Service Center

March 26, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Fans of Jazz and music enthusiasts everywhere will enjoy “A One Night Jazz Festival,” featuring eight jazz artists, many with worldwide jazz reputations, Saturday, April 29, at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains.

The event supports the work of St. Joseph’s Social Service Center, a non-profit organization that serves the materially poor and ...

Third Annual New Jersey Makers Day at Fanwood Library on Sat, March 25

FANWOOD, NJ -- Community members of all ages are invited to the Fanwood Memorial Library for an exciting NJ Makers Day on Saturday, March 25. This free event is filled with New Jersey’s freshest innovations, creative efforts, and inspiring growth in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, arts (STEAM) and more! 

Snap circuits, Arduino, 3D-pens, ...

Lederman Family to Appear on ‘George to the Rescue’ Saturday

WESTFIELD, NJ — This Saturday’s episode of NBC’s home improvement show “George to the Rescue” will feature the Lederman family of Westfield. Darren Lederman died after a battle with Leukemia last March, leaving behind his wife, Stacey, and children Emma and Noah.

“George to the Rescue,” starring George Oliphant, provides house renovation ...

Small Business Tax Workshop on Tues, April 4 at Kean University (SBDC)

March 26, 2017

UNION, NJ -- The Small Business Development Center at Kean University (SBDC) is offering a “Small Business Tax” workshop on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Learn directly from the New Jersey Division of Taxation the various State tax-related responsibilities and how to handle them, directly for the N Division of Taxation. The workshop will provide tips and ...

Gas Main Replacement Update for Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ -- A representative from Elizabethtown Gas attended the Fanwood Council meeting on Tuesday, March 21, to update the borough on the gas main replacement projects taking place in the borough this spring.

One project is currently underway in the southeast quadrant including Shady Lane (pictured), Poplar Place, Clement Place, Winfield Terrace and Beech Avenue.

A second, ...

Employee Training for Businesses and Non-Profits Available at UCC's Industry-Business Institute

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Industry-Business Institute (IBI) at Union County College  offers any size business or non-profit organization the opportunity to use grant funding to provide training in basic skills and/or management workshops for current employee. The IBI lends their mobile computer lab (up to 20 laptop computers) to employers who host these programs at their place of ...

Scenes from Scotch Plains Rescue Squad's 8th Annual Pancake Breakfast

March 27, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad hosted its 8th annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, March 26,y to benefit the all-volunteer organization.

Scores of local residents and Township officials showed their support, including Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, Township Manager Al Mirabella and Police Chief Ted Conley. Prizes were raffled off throughout the morning.

The ...

Scotch Plains Easter Egg Hunt on Sat, April 8

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Annual Scotch Plains Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, April 8, and will begin at 11:00 a.m. The annual event will be held at Augustine Park - Village Green, located at 430 Park Avenue in Scotch Plains,

In addition to the egg hunt, there will be photo opps with the Easter Bunny, face painting, washable tattoos, and balloon art.  All egg hunters must be 8 ...

Small Business Tax Workshop on Tues, April 4 at Kean University (SBDC)

March 26, 2017

UNION, NJ -- The Small Business Development Center at Kean University (SBDC) is offering a “Small Business Tax” workshop on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Learn directly from the New Jersey Division of Taxation the various State tax-related responsibilities and how to handle them, directly for the N Division of Taxation. The workshop will provide tips and ...

Board of Ed. Introduces Preliminary Budget with $2.34M Increase in Local Tax Levy for 2017-18

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ – A preliminary operating budget $91.1 million for the 2017-18 school year was approved by the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education in a unanimous vote at its open agenda meeting on Thursday, March 16. The proposed budget calls for a total local tax levy more than $88 million, a $2.34 million increase over last year’s totals, despite a slight ...

Wardlaw-Hartridge Middle School Robotics Club Preps for Competition

NEW YORK, NY -- Robin Zhong of Edison, Faizah Naqvi of South Plainfield and Shiv Tickoo of Scotch Plains, Middle School Robotics Club members at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, attended a Botball robotics workshop in New York City on March 4.

"The workshop is really important for new programmers in the Robotics Club, like me.  It gave us a lot of information about the ...

Breakfast with The Easter Bunny at Mara's on April 2

March 28, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- Mara's Café & Bakery will host Breakfast with The Easter Bunny on Sunday, April 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.

Peter Cottontail will be taking a break from coloring eggs and making baskets to greet families at Mara's. No reservation is required.

Parents and guardians are advised to bring cameras. Mara's Café & Bakery is located at ...

Fanwood Residents Turn Out for "Coffee with the Mayor" at Mara's Cafe

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood residents had the opportunity to discuss current topics and learn more about upcoming programs and initiatives in the borough when Mayor Colleen Mahr hosted "Coffee with the Mayor" at Mara's Cafe (250 South Ave., Fanwood) on Sunday.

Among the topics discussed were plans for downtown redevelopment, taxes, road work, education and other local ...

Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Hosts Annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 26

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad (1916 Bartle Avenue, Scotch Plains) will host its 8th annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 26, from from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The cost is $5.00 per person – all you can eat. Get a picture taken with your family, enter at a chance to win raffle baskets, and enjoy a warm breakfast with your neighbors and ...

Plainfield Police Seek Suspect in Stabbing Incident

March 24, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield Police are actively seeking the whereabouts of a suspect in a Saturday evening stabbing incident.

On Saturday, March 18, 2017 at approximately 8:00 pm, Plainfield Police and EMS Units responded to the 300 block of East 6th Street on a report of a stabbing. Upon arriving in the area, responding officers located a 19 year old female with injuries consistent with ...

Suspect in Israel Detained in Connection with Calls Threatening JCCs in U.S.

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Multiple news media are reporting today law enforcement officials in Israel have detained a Jewish American teenager in connection with multiple phone threats to Jewish Community Centers across the United States. 

According to the New York Times, an Israeli  judge has ordered the suspect, who has not been charged, to be held until at least March 30 ...

Plainfield Man Admits to Killing Infant Son     

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- A Plainfield man has admitted to killing his infant son nearly four years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday. Michael Bell, 39, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single count of aggravated manslaughter.

On May 10, 2013, Plainfield Police Division patrol units traveled to Bell’s home on Lee Place to find 4-month-old Zion Bell ...

Dairy Queen Bicycle Giveaway Gives New Bikes to 150+ Kids

March 28, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - With 152 bicycles neatly organized in her parking lot, Donna Albanese-DeMair opened her Plainfield Dairy Queen store and welcomed families who arrived as early as 7:30 a.m. to receive a free bicycle.

Albanese said the program began eight years ago after speaking with a customer who needed ice cream for a children’s event, as well as seven bicycles. Since then, the ...

Cost-Sharing for Nonprofits Panel Discussion at JCC on April 4

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) will host panel discussion: Cost-Sharing for Nonprofits at the JCC (1391 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains) on Tuesday, April 4, from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Skyrocketing operational costs affect all organizations, especially nonprofits. With shrinking revenue and increasing costs, now is the time to think about the ...

Marianne Kranz of Fanwood Honored at 25th Annual Union County Women of Excellence Gala

KENILWORTH, NJ -- Fanwood resident Marianne Kranz was among 10 women honored at the 25th annual Union County Women of Excellence gala on Friday at Galloping Hill Golf Club in Kenilworth.

Kranz, a 23-year resident of Fanwood, was recognized for her work at SAGE Eldercare, a non-profit eldercare agency in Summit, where she is Director of Volunteers and Meals on Wheels. In that position, she ...

Seventh-Graders Compete for $1,000 at Health Bee at Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA on March 23

March 17, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- From healthy fats to fitness tips to science facts, seventh graders from Park Middle School and Terrill Middle School in Scotch Plains-Fanwood, and from St. John the Apostle School and Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark will focus their brain power on health as they compete in the UnitedHealthcare Health Bee at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA ...

Suspect in Israel Detained in Connection with Calls Threatening JCCs in U.S.

March 23, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Multiple news media are reporting today law enforcement officials in Israel have detained a Jewish American teenager in connection with multiple phone threats to Jewish Community Centers across the United States. 

According to the New York Times, an Israeli  judge has ordered the suspect, who has not been charged, to be held until at least March 30 ...

Congregation Beth Israel Makes Sandwiches for Local Youth Center

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Volunteers at Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains prepared sandwiches for Plainfield’s Second Street Youth Center (SSYC) on Wednesday, Feb.15.  The synagogue’s Social Action committee organizes monthly sandwich-making sessions for volunteers of all ages to prepare after-school snacks for participants at the youth center. Sandwiches are ...

Willow Grove Church in Scotch Plains Features Special Music and Service Projects During Lent

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Willow Grove Presbyterian Church of Scotch Plains invites the community to come to worship services and participate in local service projects during the season of Lent.  Each week the Sunday worship at 10:00 am will include special music that invite people to reflect on their spiritual journeys.  A new service opportunity for all ages will be an opportunity to serve ...

Fanwood Scotch Plains Y Swim Team Finishes Strong at the NJ 14 and Under Junior Olympics

March 25, 2017

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY -- Fanwood Scotch Plains (FSPY) YMCA swim team was well represented at the NJ 14 and Under Junior Olympics. Thirty-one FSPY swimmers -- 16 girls and 15 boys -- achieved gold times to qualify for this highly competitive meet held at Rutgers University from March 17th to 19th.

The boys finished 5th out of 44 swim teams represented at the NJ 14 and Under Junior ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Hosts Its First USA-Tri 60 Indoor Triathlon

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) hosted its first USA-Tri 60 indoor triathlon on Sunday March 19.

 

It was a huge success with many families taking part as well as our Tri Club. Much thanks to USA Tri Certified Coach Bridget Sherratt for organizing this event.

 

All proceeds went to our LIVESTRONG program. If you are interested in being part ...

Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week: Football's Izu Mozie

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — Previously pegged as a Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week for his shotput performance, two-sport Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School star Izu Mozie has landed this week’s honors for his other sport — football. 

This week, Mozie, a senior, was named to the 2017 Snapple Bowl Union County team. A key cog on Scotch Plains’ line this past season, ...

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VIDEO: Union County Freeholders Recognize Westfield Family for 'Wall of Love'

March 25, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Freeholders held their regular meeting tonight, and a special resolution was introduced to recognize and commend Westfield residents Valerie Latona and David Contract for building their "Wall of Love".

Latona had posted her first “Love trumps hate” sign before the Presidential election, and it was vandalized.  Her family put up a ...

Photos: NHL’s Centennial Fan Exhibit Makes Stop in Newark

March 25, 2017

NEWARK, NJ –  Hockey fans of all ages enjoyed the first day of a two-day event on Saturday afternoon by participating in a variety of festivities at The Prudential Center’s Championship Plaza, at the corner of Mulberry and Market Streets in Newark as the NHL celebrates its centennial with an interactive traveling fan experience prior to the New Jersey Devils’ home game ...

Bright Lights, Big Difference

Every home has its own distinct personality and style. If the way we paint, furnish and treat windows in a home are like its clothing, then light fixtures are the jewelry. They sparkle and shine, set the mood, and help us to see everything else.

Light fixtures can add great impact as the focal point of a room. They can be as creative and interesting as works of art. Some truly ARE works of ...

In Opposition to the American Health Care Act

March 26, 2017

Dear Editor:

For over 48 years I have protested unfairness, war and inequality.  Over the years I have rarely felt as horrified as I do when contemplating the American Health Care Act. After seven years of promising us a better, more comprehensive, less expensive alternative to the ACA, the GOP has presented the American people with a bill that potentially leaves millions uninsured ...

How Can I Build a Better Relationship with My Child?

March 20, 2017

One way to help children belong is to focus on building positive relationships with them. Strong positive relationships can go a long way toward helping children learn to cooperate and be responsible. Four ingredients of strong relationships are:

Showing respect
Having fun
Giving encouragement
Showing love

Parents often complain that their children do not respect them.

Greta's Run Early Registration Ends 3/28

March 27, 2017

Greta’s Run early registration is $25 and ends March 28. Only early registrants are guaranteed race shirts. The entry fee becomes $30 on March 29. Register online for Greta’s Run or learn more here.

Greta’s Run is Sunday, April 23, 2017, at Roosevelt Intermediate School on 301 Clark St. in Westfield, NJ. The course is USATF certified and sanctioned. Prizes and ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, March 28, 7:00 PM

Clark Public Library, Clark

The Italian American Museum

Arts & Entertainment Government

Wed, March 29, 2:00 PM

Temple Emanu-El, Westfield

National "This is Hunger" Exhibit Tour in ...

Education Giving Back Law & Justice

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Wed, March 29, 3:00 PM

Grillestone Restaurant Bar Private Event Space, Scotch Plains

Raw Bar Wednesday

Food & Drink