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Aug. 2nd Services Planned for Plainfield Woman Who Was Electrocuted in Fanwood During Storm

July 30, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ -- There will be a memorial service for Susan Charlotte Potok at the Westfield Presbyterian Church (140 Mountain Ave., Westfield) on Tueesday, August 2, at 11:00 a.m.

Potok, who lived in Plainfield, was electrocuted when she tried to escape from her car near the corner of Midway Ave. and Hunter Ave in Fanwood during violent thunderstorms that hit the area on July 18 while she was ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Swim Team Sets Record at National Meet

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, N.J. – The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) swim team made a huge splash at the YMCA National Championships in Indianapolis this week. Through the first two days of competition, the FSPY women rank third overall with 96 team points, 18 points from the lead. The men are in tenth place, and both have rode record-setting performances to get there.

The women set a new ...

Baseball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders 9U Wins, 12U Falls in NPGL Finals

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders 9U White team won the New Providence Gold League (West Division) title with a 10-3 victory over Summit on Friday night. The Raiders finished 10-1 on the season.

In Clark, the SPF Raiders 12U jumped out to a 6-0 lead before Clark erupted for a 14-run inning in the bottom of the second inning highlighted by Mason ...

Somerset Patriots To Host Sinatra Celebration On August 3rd

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots will host a Sinatra Celebration at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday, August 3 during their game against the Long Island Ducks. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.

The event will feature a pre-game performance by Jack McDade on the main concourse beginning when gates open at 6:00 pm. The performance will include a 45-minute set of Sinatra ...

Somerset Patriots To Host Sinatra Celebration On August 3rd

July 29, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots will host a Sinatra Celebration at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday, August 3 during their game against the Long Island Ducks. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.

The event will feature a pre-game performance by Jack McDade on the main concourse beginning when gates open at 6:00 pm. The performance will include a 45-minute set of Sinatra ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Marching Band to Host Annual Festival

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The 2014 NJ Group 6A State Champion & National Gold Metal, 2015 Group 6 Open State Silver Medal Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raider Marching Band will host their 18th Annual Marching Band Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m. 

Come to this musical festival at SPFHS Varsity Field and be inspired by 11 NJ marching band performances. The 170-member ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Community Garden Set to Open

The Scotch Plains Fanwood Community Garden at the Frazee House, 1451 Raritan Road, will officially open on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. with a planting event. The Garden consists of 28 raised beds for growing vegetables, all rented by local residents, as well as several demonstration garden beds. 

The demonstration beds will be used for teaching, both adults and children, ...

Grillestone in Scotch Plains Combines Modern Look with Old School Work Ethic

July 26, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. – Between the car dealerships and strip malls of busy Route 22 lies a hidden oasis of quality dining in Scotch Plains: Grillestone, a popular family restaurant and bar.

Now in its sixth year of business, the restaurant serves anything from steaks and short ribs, to pizza, to fresh, daily-delivered seafood and even has a full sushi bar. The menu comprises of ...

Gas Meters Removed on Park Ave. in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- After controversey earlier this year, the gas meters on Park Ave. have been removed.

Soon after the meters were placed in front of Apple Blossom Florist, the Little Shop of Comics, John's Meat Market and other storefronts in March, business owners were upset by the decision to place the meters at these locations in the first place.

Following the ...

Fanwood Flea Market and Collectible Show at Train Station on Sat, July 16

FANWOOD, NJ -- Saturday, July 16, there will be a flea market at the Fanwood train station parking lot from 10:00 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m.

The market will include over 50 exhibitors displaying an array of merchandise such as handbags, sports collectibles, jewelry for all ages, clothing, gift items, gloves & scarves, toys, perfumes, antiques & collectibles,and garage/tag sale ...

Fanwood Honors Girl Scout Gold Awardees at Council Meeting

July 24, 2016

FANWOOD, NJ -- Annmarie Kearns, Allison Roden, and Mary Catherine Stovall were recognized at the Fanwood Borough Council meeting on Monday, July 18, for earning their Girl Scouts Gold Awards.

 

Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Fanwood Council honored the girls for completing the , the highest achievement in Girl Scouts.

 

Ms. Kearns created a Pollinator Garden in ...

Scouting Out the Flags

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Cub Scout Pack 4 & Boy Scout Troop 33 assisted the American Legion Post 209, in removing flags which were placed on Veterans graves for Memorial Day. On Saturday July 16, thirteen Scouts and parents arrived at Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains eager to help remove the flags.

"With the weather being close to 85 degrees at 8:30 am, I was pleasantly surprised to see ...

Fanwood Resident Wins Trooper of the Year Award

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Freeholders Bruce H. Bergen and Alexander Mirabella present a resolution to Madison McBride of Fanwood congratulating her on winning the Trooper of the Year Award at the 83rd annual Spring Troop Horse Show at the Watchung Stable in Mountainside. (Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)

It'll Be Wet and Wild in Downtown Scotch Plains as SPFD Launches New Truck

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fire Department will host a "wetdown" for its newest apparatus, Engine 1684, on Saturday, July 23, from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m. in the Scotch Plains Municipal Lot.

A wetdown is a dedication/celebration of a new fire vehicle. Fire departments from nearby towns come and “wet down” the new vehicle by spraying it with ...

Scenes from the Scotch Plains “Cruising on Park Avenue” Car Show

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. – Scores of Scotch Plains residents cruised down Park Avenue for Thursday night’s car show. From Cadillacs to Corvettes, coupes to convertibles, old cars and new lined the street in front of the Scotch Plains Municipal Building.

The show began around 6 p.m. and New Jersey doo wop group Sounds of the Street kicked off the Scotch Plains Summer Concert ...

Fanwood Flea Market and Collectible Show at Train Station on Sat, July 16

FANWOOD, NJ -- Saturday, July 16, there will be a flea market at the Fanwood train station parking lot from 10:00 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m.

The market will include over 50 exhibitors displaying an array of merchandise such as handbags, sports collectibles, jewelry for all ages, clothing, gift items, gloves & scarves, toys, perfumes, antiques & collectibles,and garage/tag sale ...

Partnerships Fulfilled: Scotch Plains Fanwood Scholarship Foundation Distributes $142,860 In Scholarship Awards

July 27, 2016

 

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- In its 50th anniversary year, the Scotch Plains Fanwood Scholarship Foundation has again fulfilled its many, varied partnerships with community members, community organizations and individuals by distributing $142,860 in scholarship aid to 95 local students. 

Community members contributed to the Dollars for Students Campaign that ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Residents Graduate from Fairleigh Dickinson

MADISON, NJ -- In Commencement exercises on May 17, 2016, Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) conferred more than 3,000 degrees, ranging from associates to doctorates, on graduates, at MetLife Stadium. Four graduates were from Scotch Plains:

Alissa Ricci of Scotch Plains earned a BA in humanities
Erik Ekstrand of Scotch Plains earned a BA in interdisciplinary ...

A Vision of the Future of the Fanwood Memorial Library

FANWOOD, NJ -- The first of two public information meetings was held at the Fanwood Memorial Library on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Members of the public gathered along with library trustees, council members, and Mayor Colleen Mahr to hear about the redesigned library that would help bring library services into the 21st century.

Developed in response to the needs and expectations expressed by ...

Fanwood Rec Camp Kicks Off Summer

July 5, 2016

FANWOOD, NJ - The Fanwood Recreation Summer Park Program began its 8-week camp on Monday, June 27th.

Held at LaGrande Park and run by Lisa Capanna, who has served as camp director for nine summers, the camp is open to kids entering grades Kindergarten through 6 in the fall. It is split into three age groups: K-1st grade, 2nd and 3rd graders, and 4th through 6th ...

Grillestone in Scotch Plains Combines Modern Look with Old School Work Ethic

July 26, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. – Between the car dealerships and strip malls of busy Route 22 lies a hidden oasis of quality dining in Scotch Plains: Grillestone, a popular family restaurant and bar.

Now in its sixth year of business, the restaurant serves anything from steaks and short ribs, to pizza, to fresh, daily-delivered seafood and even has a full sushi bar. The menu comprises of ...

FroyoWorld in Scotch Plains Introduces New Flavors of Bubble Tea

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- As the summer temperatures soar in Scotch Plains- Fanwood, FroyoWorld has introduced a freshing drink to beat the heat: bubble tea.

Bubble tea, a popular drink in Asia and on the West Coast, comes in nine new flavors, including:
•Strawberry
•Avocado
•Taro
•Thai Black Tea
•Pineapple
•Peach
•Milk Tea
•Green ...

Guardians of Movie Night in Fanwood: Nick's and Rocko's

FANWOOD, NJ -- Nick's Pizza and Rocko's Ice Cream in Fanwood are teaming up for Tuesday Night "Movies in the Park" Special.

Nick's will offer $9.99 pizzas from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. when customers mention the Movies in the Park deal. Likewise, Rocko's will offer free Slushies with any regular purchase from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. to anyone ...

Ted Conley Sworn in as Scotch Plains Police Chief

July 28, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Friends, family and law enforcement officials throughout Union County were among many of those in attendance in a capacity crowd to show their support of Ted Conley, who was sworn in as Chief of the Scotch Plains Police Department on Tuesday evening at the Municipal Building.

Councilwoman Colleen Gialanella led the meeting with a moment of silence and a prayer to ...

Two Dead in North Plainfield Fire; American Red Cross Assists Families Displaced by Blaze

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The American Red Cross is assisting eight families displaced by the deadly fire that tore through the Regency Village Apartment Complex on Route #22 in North Plainfield earlier today. The fire killed an elderly man and woman living at the complex.

Five members of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) responded to provide comfort and emergency assistance ...

Scotch Plains Welcomes New Engine with Wetdown

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- With the sun shining and 90 degree temperatures, one could not have picked better weather for a "wetdown" to welcome Scotch Plains fire department's new engine 1684.

A wetdown is a long-standing tradition among firefighters to officially launch a new engine. Typically, visiting fire departments will open the hoses to spray down the new truck. Among the ...

Partnerships Fulfilled: Scotch Plains Fanwood Scholarship Foundation Distributes $142,860 In Scholarship Awards

July 27, 2016

 

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- In its 50th anniversary year, the Scotch Plains Fanwood Scholarship Foundation has again fulfilled its many, varied partnerships with community members, community organizations and individuals by distributing $142,860 in scholarship aid to 95 local students. 

Community members contributed to the Dollars for Students Campaign that ...

Swim-A-Palooza Raises Nearly $6K for Resolve in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Highland Swim Club's SWIM-A-PALOOZA fundraiser to benefit RESOLVE Community Counseling Center in Scotch Plains raised nearly $6,000 on Sunday. 

Participants raised money by swimming lengths of the pool from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. 

Caitlyn Falkowski: 132 laps
Evan Weber: 104 laps
Katie Romanyshyn: 102 laps
Erin Ryan: 102 laps
Grace ...

Fanwood Honors Girl Scout Gold Awardees at Council Meeting

FANWOOD, NJ -- Annmarie Kearns, Allison Roden, and Mary Catherine Stovall were recognized at the Fanwood Borough Council meeting on Monday, July 18, for earning their Girl Scouts Gold Awards.

 

Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Fanwood Council honored the girls for completing the , the highest achievement in Girl Scouts.

 

Ms. Kearns created a Pollinator Garden in ...

The Chelsea in Fanwood Provides Cooling Center

July 22, 2016

FANWOOD, NJ -- The National Weather Service has predicted high temperatures and poor air quality in the Fanwood area through the weekend. To help those in need of heat relief, the Fanwood Police Department has designated The Chelsea Senior Living Center, 295 South Avenue, as a Cooling Station.

 

Anyone who needs transportation to the Cooling Station may call the Fanwood Police ...

Parents of Westfield Girl Who Nearly Drowned Say She’s Smiling, Speaking & Giggling Again, Update Says

WESTFIELD, NJ — Linda Fazio, the 6-year-old girl who was found unresponsive and revived at Westfield Memorial Pool June 25, is smiling, speaking and giggling once again, according to an update posted on the “Support Linda Fazio’s Recovery” GoFundMe site.

“Linda's miraculous recovery continues as she does not cease to amaze us with her incredible strength ...

Cooling Stations Established in Fanwood and Scotch Plains as Heat Hits

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has established a cooling station at the Scotch Plains Library, 1927 Bartle Ave. The hours will be noon to 8:00 p.m. today (Weds, July 6) and 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 7th. 

Fanwood has established a cooling station at The Chelsea Senior Living (295 South Ave, Fanwood).

The Office of ...

Obituary: Jeffrey Hoens of Westfield

July 19, 2016

Today my family and I must face the reality that our son Jeffrey Peter Hoens’s physical presence will no longer be with us.

He had a “quirky” personality. He was our most creative child. He would go up to people and ask them, “Do you want to be friends?” When he was 2 years old he walked on the ice in the middle of a NJ Devil’s practice at Cody arena and ...

Family of Girl Who Nearly Drowned in Westfield Tells of ‘Pronounced Increase in Signs of Improvement’ Since Prayer Service

WESTFIELD, NJ — Through a friend, the family of Lind Fazio, the 6-year-old girl hospitalized after nearly drowning at Westfield Memorial Pool Saturday, thanked the community for the prayer service held Wednesday at St. Helen’s Church and said that Linda showed a “pronounced increase in signs of improvement” since then.

Jen Goldstein shared this statement from parents ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Swim Team Sets Record at National Meet

July 30, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, N.J. – The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) swim team made a huge splash at the YMCA National Championships in Indianapolis this week. Through the first two days of competition, the FSPY women rank third overall with 96 team points, 18 points from the lead. The men are in tenth place, and both have rode record-setting performances to get there.

The women set a new ...

Baseball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders 9U Wins, 12U Falls in NPGL Finals

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders 9U White team won the New Providence Gold League (West Division) title with a 10-3 victory over Summit on Friday night. The Raiders finished 10-1 on the season.

In Clark, the SPF Raiders 12U jumped out to a 6-0 lead before Clark erupted for a 14-run inning in the bottom of the second inning highlighted by Mason ...

Wardlaw-Hartridge School Athletes Recognized by Conference, State Coaches

EDISON, NJ -- Several spring season athletes from The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison were named to all-star teams by coaches in the Greater Middlesex Conference and New Jersey Prep leagues.

 The co-ed golf team, which rolled to an undefeated divisional record to win the Blue Division title, was well-represented on the all-division team. Seniors Cecily D’Amore of Scotch Plains ...

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Fanwood Recycling Association Gives Thanks and Asks for Help

July 27, 2016

Dear Editor:

On Wednesday, July 27, the Fanwood Scotch Plains Recycling Association completed the last day of its 30+ years of operating the Fanwood Recycling Center for the public. 

The Association would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Fanwood, Scotch Plains, Westfield, and many other communities for their use of the Center over these many years.  We ...

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