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Thousands Expected to Attend Westfield’s Festifall Street Fair Sunday

September 24, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — The 2016 Westfield FestiFall street fair, sponsored by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, is set to take place Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. 

Tens of thousands are expected to arrive from all around to enjoy the annual event, which will close off downtown streets to cars to make way for pedestrians, vendors, rides, ...

Solid Brass Opens Crescent Concerts’ 35th Season with “Sound the Trumpet, Strike the Drum” on Sept. 25

PLAINFIELD, NJ -- The exciting Solid Brass Ensemble opens Crescent Concerts’ 35th Season at the Crescent Ave. Presbyterian Church in Plainfield on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 3:00 pm. 

Founded in 1982, Solid Brass is recognized by audiences and critics alike as one of the premier brass groups in the country.  The eleven members of the ensemble are some of the ...

JukeBox Trivia at Molly Maguires Begins Sept. 22

CLARK, NJ -- Molly Maguires (1035 Central Ave., Clark) will host Fun Juke Box Trivia Night during its Sunset Dinner hours (4:00 - 7:00 p.m.) on Thursday Nights, beginning Sept 22.

The trivia contest begins at approximately 5:15 and features Top 100 and popular hits mainly from the 60's, 70's and 80's. It's a chance to win prizes, have ...

Bowcraft Sends Email Announcing 2017 Schedule, Scotch Plains Planning Board to Review Property's Housing Site Plan on Monday

September 20, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Thousands of area children will be relieved to hear that Bowcraft Amusement Park on Route 22 West in Scotch Plains will operate this fall and plans to re-open for the 2017 season. The amusement park operators sent a widely circulated email to their customer base to dispel the perception that Bowcraft's final days were imminent.

To Our Valued ...

Flex School Expands in Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ -- FlexSchool, a micro school for gifted and twice exceptional students, is expanding into the space previously occupied by Be Craftful.

The space will be a combination of meeting, eating, and creation space, according to Jacqui Byrne, Head of School.

"The students are thrilled to be getting a new multipurpose room and can't wait to see what it looks ...

Business of the Week; St. Joseph's High School

Congratulations to our Advertiser of the Week, St. Joseph's High School. Their goal is to cultivate a desire for life-long learning, nurture the integration of faith and academic inquiry, and instill values of integrity and compassion in the tradition of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. Learn more at http://www.stjoes.org/index.jsp.

U.S. Rep Bonnie Watson Coleman Visits Shady Rest Clubhouse in Scotch Plains

September 23, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Mayor Kevin Glover led a discussion on the Shady Rest Clubhouse’s iconic history with U.S. Rep Bonnie Watson Coleman, New Jersey’s first African-American Congresswoman, and local residents in attendance. 

Mayor Glover detailed the history of the Shady Rest, first black-owned golf club in the U.S., and former ...

Fanwood Officials to Hold Ribbon-Cutting for Skate Park at Forest Road Park on Saturday

FANWOOD, NJ --  Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Fanwood Borough Council will celebrate official grand opening of its new skate park with a ribbon-cutting with on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 3:00 p.m. at Forest Road Park.  

“We are thrilled to provide this new recreational facility to Fanwood families," Mayor Mahr commented. "There are many ...

Union County College Foundation Exceeds its Summer Scholarship Campaign

September 24, 2016

CRANFORD – This summer the Union County College Foundation launched the first annual “$100,000 Summer Scholarship Challenge” to raise additional funds for student scholarships. The Foundation “challenged” current and past donors of endowed and annual scholarships to consider increasing their financial support, bring back an old scholarship, or to start a new one.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Students Experience Dangers of Driving Drunk

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Dozens of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School seniors hit the asphalt (and numerous cones) today while driving a computerized vehicle known as The Safety Bug that simulates the effects of drinking and driving on a road course at St. Bartholomew’s back parking lot.

Licensed students performed the test under the supervision of a trained facilitator, who ...

Westfield Could Follow Scotch Plains-Fanwood in Offering Full-Day Kindergarten

WESTFIELD, NJ — As the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public School district begins its first year offering full-day kindergarten, Westfield parents are increasingly asking why we can’t have the same services here.

According to Westfield School Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan, the challenges involved in offering full-day kindergarten to Westfield students are largely financial and ...

Jones, Glover Spar Over Employee Health Benefits at Scotch Plains Council Meeting

September 22, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The opening salvo came during public comments when Scotch Plains resident Frank Festa went to the microphone at the township council meeting on Tuesday evening and asked if council members were full-time employees.

Township attorney Bob Renaud responded that the issue is "complicated."

Festa followed up by asking if any council members received health ...

And Then There Were Three: Why Rev. D. Keith Owens is Running for Mayor of Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Why would an individual with no party backing for his mayoral candidacy want to take on the established political party candidates? Former Mayor Nancy Malool has dropped her independent campaign. However, the Reverend D. Keith Owens, who has served for nearly 23 years as pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Jersey City, continues his.

"I see these exchanges at council ...

Malool Drops Independent Candidacy for Scotch Plains Mayor

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Former Scotch Plains Mayor Nancy Malool has decided to withdraw her campaign for mayor this November.

The former mayor announced her candidacy in the spring, but has shown little visibility since. She set up a Nancy Malool for Mayor Facebook page that had been updated just once since June 12 -- a "Happy Fourth of July" message  -- until today. Today ...

Thousands Expected to Attend Westfield’s Festifall Street Fair Sunday

September 24, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — The 2016 Westfield FestiFall street fair, sponsored by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, is set to take place Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. 

Tens of thousands are expected to arrive from all around to enjoy the annual event, which will close off downtown streets to cars to make way for pedestrians, vendors, rides, ...

Mara's Café in Fanwood to Host Glass Paint Party on Weds, Sept. 28

FANWOOD, NJ -- Mara's Café and Bakery (250 South Ave, Fanwood) will host a Glass Paint Party on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.. Ticket purchase includes glass and supplies necessary for painting and instruction.

A fixed menu will be available; choose between a salad, panini and or Mara's classic burger for an additional charge.
Mara's ...

Celebrate National Ice Cream Cone Day (Thurs, Sept. 22) at Rocko's in Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ -- National Ice Cream Cone Day seeks to draw attention to the invention of an important, yet sadly often overlooked, invention that allows people to enjoy a portable way to eat ice cream.

There is some debate as to who made the first ice cream cone. Italo Marchiony, an immigrant from Italy in the late 1800s, was granted a patent in December 1903, according to the International ...

Knife-wielding Man Shot by Clark Police Is Charged with Attempted Murder

September 21, 2016

CLARK, NJ -- Emmanuel Goda, 36, the knife-wielding defendant shot by Clark police on Tuesday, has been charged with attempted murder, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Wednesday. The investigation by Clark police remains ongoing.

At about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, police received reports that a male, later identified as Goda, was threatening local residents, lunging ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Students Experience Dangers of Driving Drunk

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Dozens of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School seniors hit the asphalt (and numerous cones) today while driving a computerized vehicle known as The Safety Bug that simulates the effects of drinking and driving on a road course at St. Bartholomew’s back parking lot.

Licensed students performed the test under the supervision of a trained facilitator, who ...

Clark Police Shoot Machete-Wielding Man

CLARK, NJ—  A man who threatened people with a machete-type knife was hospitalized Tuesday night after he was shot by Clark police, according to Mayor Sal Bonaccorso.

The man, a resident of the Hillcrest Apartments, went after a female citizen with the knife, Bonaccorso said. Three other men saw it and tried to intervene, he said.

When Clark police officers arrived, an ...

Kups For Kancer Lemonade Stand in Fanwood on Saturday to Benefit the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

September 22, 2016

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Every year, local "Junior Jammers" put on their Kups For Kancer lemonade stand that they staff, make and sell lemonade to raise money for cancer research.

This year, the effort will benefit the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where local 6th grader Kyle Brainard has received treatment. Organizers of the fundraiser, including ...

Fashion Show and Luncheon to Benefit Center for Hope Hospice on October 16

EDISON, NJ -- The Center for Hope Hospice and Palliative Care Auxiliary will host its 19th annual Fashion Show and Luncheon from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Oct. 16, at the Pines Manor (2085 Lincoln Highway, Edison). 

The show is attended by approximately 400 women each year who enjoy a wonderful afternoon of fashions, prizes and lunch. This year music will again be ...

Township Launches "Adopt a Scotch Plains Spot"

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains has implemented Adopt a Scotch Plains Spot, a program that pairs local businesses who have generously volunteered time and resources, to landscape spots throughout Scotch Plains.

Landscapers and business owners have donated services and areas to keep Scotch Plains beautiful. Among them are Mike Galbraith, owner of Galbraith ...

Susan G. Komen Sets Bold Goal to Reduce U.S. Breast Cancer Deaths by 50 Percent in 10 Years

September 24, 2016

NATIONAL -- The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Organization has announced a bold plan to reduce the nation’s 40,000 breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in 10 years, by improving access to quality and timely cancer care for the underserved and enhancing Komen’s research focus on lethal breast cancers.

“We know that people die of breast cancer for two reasons: a lack of ...

Fanwood Residents Can “ASK” About Services for the Aging at Events on Weds, Sept. 21

FANWOOD, NJ -- Union County’s new mobile Aging Service Kiosk (ASK) will host a free information event at the Fanwood Memorial Library (5 Forest Road) on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. ASK events are designed to provide residents with a convenient, friendly way to find out about services for the aging, and for their families ...

Scotch Plains Health Fair and Breast Cancer Research Walk on Sat, Oct. 8

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains kicks off its annual Health and Wellness Fair on October 8, with a town-wide walk supporting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at 9:00 a.m.

Registration for the walk will start at 8:30 am. The walk covers approximately 1.5 miles (a route of the map can be found on the website www.scotchplainsnj.gov) along with information about ...

Willow Grove Church Sponsors Worship and Picnic in the Park

September 17, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Willow Grove Presbyterian Church is hosting an outdoor worship service followed by a picnic on Sunday, Sept. 25, starting at 10:00 am at LaGrande Park in Fanwood. For this come-as-you-are service, the community is invited to worship under the pavilion on the picnic benches. People are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item (no glass) or paper ...

Support Group for the Divorced and Separated to Launch on Weds, Sept. 14

BERKELEY HEiGHTS, NJ - Are you separated or divorced?  Do you know someone who is?  The Divorced and Separated Ministry of the Church of the Little Flower in Berkeley Heights is offering a twelve week support group designed to provide comfort and healing before, during, and after the divorce process. The group will begin meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 7:30  to ...

Meet The New President of St. Joseph High School

METUCHEN, NJ - When Dr. Gregory Brandao arrived on the campus of St. Joseph High School, he said it was the young men that attend the school that impressed him immediately. Brandao, came to New Jersey from Louisiana this summer to become the school’s new president. 

Brandao is charged with managing the school’s infrastructure, finances and fundraising. To this role ...

St. Joe's Jonathan Sot Hits Record 55-yard Field Goal

September 23, 2016

PERTH AMBOY, NJ – It was a kick that a pro would envy – Jonathan Sot, 16, a junior at St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, found the uprights with a 55-yard field goal kick in the Falcons' 43-15 victory over Perth Amboy last Friday. 

CLICK TO VIEW VIDEO OF SOT'S 55-YARD FIELD GOAL

Although a potentially risky move, St. Joe's head football ...

Boys Soccer: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Wins, 1-0, Over Hunterdon Central

Scotch Plains/Fanwood, NJ – The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders (7-0) remain undefeated in boys soccer, as they handed the Hunterdon Central Red Devils (4-1) their first loss Thursday in a 1-0 game at Wexler Field.

Rob Devine-Gelling, who has a knack for the dramatic early on this season, provided Scotch Plains-Fanwood with the lone goal in the 31st minute of the first half.

Girls Soccer: Hunterdon Central Ties Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1-1

FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Hunterdon Central girls soccer team went toe to toe with highly regarded Scotch Plains-Fanwood Thursday and fought them to a draw.

Brie Pavol scored in the first half to give Hunterdon Central its lone goal in a game that ended in a 1-1 tie after the teams battled through a scoreless overtime. Shaye Seyffart assisted on Pavol's goal.

Ava Gillikin of Hunterdon ...

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Knife-wielding Man Shot by Clark Police Is Charged with Attempted Murder

September 21, 2016

CLARK, NJ -- Emmanuel Goda, 36, the knife-wielding defendant shot by Clark police on Tuesday, has been charged with attempted murder, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Wednesday. The investigation by Clark police remains ongoing.

At about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, police received reports that a male, later identified as Goda, was threatening local residents, lunging ...

How Hot is the Real Estate Market?

We hear the nationwide market is shifting downward. Yet, in this part of Union County, that is certainly not the case as of August figures.  The markets in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Cranford are all strong. Supply is low, and prices are on average up from a year ago.  Let's examine the statistics based on the Garden State MLS from from August 2016 with ...

Lance Takes Immediate Action: More Terror Funds in Wake of NJ Bombing

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) tonight supported H.R. 5859, the Community Counterterrorism Preparedness Act, which passed the U.S. House on the heels of three acts of terror that struck the United States over the weekend.

“We saw great bravery in New Jersey this week.  Police, fire and other emergency response professionals need more tools to ...

Public Service Should Be About Service, Not Self-Enrichment

September 21, 2016

Dear Editor:

Scotch Plains residents see how Mayor Glover thinks he is above the law and has powers he doesn't have, such as the power to give the Township Manager a secret pay raise and take health benefits he isn't entitled to.

But just as troubling is that our township council is not using the powers it has to make our government evolve and work better for our ...

Star Trek: 50th Anniversary at the Scotch Plains Public Library

September 12, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Public Library will welcome Paul Cirillo of AstronomyNJ on Monday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m.,for a look back at the original Star Trek TV series, which premiered 50 years ago this month in 1966.

Cirillo will share intriguing facts about the show and the cast, including the impact it had on the scientists and explorers of today. After ...

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Sun, September 25, 9:00 AM

Westfield, Westfield

Festifall Street Fair

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Sun, September 25, 3:00 PM

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield

Crescent Concerts Opens Season with "Sound the ...

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, September 25, 4:00 PM

Grillestone Restaurant Bar Private Events, Scotch Plains

Grillestone Prime Rib & Dinner Buffet

Food & Drink