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Youth Chess Club to Meet at Scotch Plains Library on May 9 & 23

April 19, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- On Wednesday, May 9​ and Wednesday, May 23​ from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders ages 7-16 are invited to participate in the library’s very popular chess club led by instructor Errol Singh.

Pre-registration is required for the chess club and is limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders.  To register, go to ...

Gallery Reception to Showcase Sherman Feller’s Photography

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The public is invited to the Scotch Plains Public Library to view the photography of Sherman Feller. There will be an artists’ reception which the public is welcome to attend on Sunday, May 6 at from 1-3 pm.  Registration is not required for the reception.

Feller has exhibited six times at the Scotch Plains Library and at the Malamut Art Gallery, the Pearl ...

Local Crisis Hotline to Screen Remarkable Film of Golden Gate Jump Survivor to Increase Suicide Awareness

MOUTAINSIDE, NJ -- Local crisis hotline Caring Contact will present a special screening of "Suicide: The Ripple Effect," the remarkable story of Kevin Hines, who at 19 attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. The screening will take place Wednesday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. at AMC Loews at 1021 Route 22 East in Mountainside.

Following the screening, there will ...

Fanwood Business Owner Named Business Leader of the Year by Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce

April 14, 2018

FANWOOD, NEW JERSEY -- Ron Shovlin, owner of the Shovlin Mattress Factory in Fanwood, is being honored as “Business Leader of the Year” during the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s 70th Anniversary Gala at the Primavera Regency in Stirling on Thursday, April 19. This family owned business, located at 35 South St. in Fanwood, doubles as a 2,000 sq. ft. showroom and a ...

Monk's Home Improvement Opens in Downtown Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Borough of Fanwood welcomed Monk's Home Improvements and Design Studio to downtown Fanwood with a ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration on Thursday, April 12.

Monk's is a full-service home improvement business offering solutions for bathrooms, kitchens, flooring, tile, basically everything for a renovation, large or small. Monk's is owned by Ty ...

Union Catholic's 4th Annual Business Networking Luncheon Scheduled for April 24

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- Union Catholic High School will host its fourth annual Business Networking Luncheon on Tuesday, April 24, at the Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains. The program will feature a panel discussion and will be moderated by Joe Connolly, a WCBS Newsradio 880 Business Reporter.

Here is a look at each of the three panelists who are scheduled to be part of this great ...

"Abigail Adams" Comes to Fanwood-Scotch Plains

April 17, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ --  “Abigail Adams”, portrayed by living history presenter Carol Simon Levine, brings to life the lost stories of fascinating and forgotten women at the monthly meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains & Fanwood on Tuesday evening April 24th. 

Abigail Adams famously wrote to her husband John asking that the Continential ...

Scenes from Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League Opening Day

FANWOOD, NJ - Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League (SPFBL) celebrated its annual Opening Day in a festival atmosphere and glorious skies at LaGrande Park on Saturday. 

More than 500 young players from ages 4 to 16 participated as the league welcomed the beginning of a new season and recognized award-winning players and sponsors.

James R. Sochan MVP Award (Senior Division) Shawn ...

"Abigail Adams" Comes to Fanwood-Scotch Plains

April 17, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ --  “Abigail Adams”, portrayed by living history presenter Carol Simon Levine, brings to life the lost stories of fascinating and forgotten women at the monthly meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains & Fanwood on Tuesday evening April 24th. 

Abigail Adams famously wrote to her husband John asking that the Continential ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Musicians Win Multiple Awards at Festivals of Music Competition

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Music Department performed exceptionally well at the Festival of Music Competition in Virginia Beach, Virginia, this weekend.

The renowned Moonglowers performed My Funny Valentine and placed first in their division, and won Best Overall Jazz Ensemble at the 2018 Festival of Music, along with the ...

Carl H. Kumpf Middle School Wins 2018 UnitedHealthcare Health Bee Competition in Scotch Plains, N.J.

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Seventh-grade students from Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark won the 2018 UnitedHealthcare Health Bee competition in a spirited final round in Scotch Plains, NJ, on April 12. The school was awarded a grand prize of $1,000 to apply to its health and wellness programs.

Students from five middle schools -- Kumpf, Newmark, Park, St. John the Apostle and ...

Fanwood Democrats Nominate Erin McElroy-Barker and Patricia Walsh to Run for Borough Council

April 18, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Democratic Committee has nominated Borough Councilwoman Erin McElroy-Barker for a second term and resident Patricia Walsh to run for the Council seat currently held by Jack Molenaar, who is not seeking re-election.

McElroy-Barker, currently serving her first term on the Council, is the chair of the Council's Recreation and Community Services Committee and a ...

Parties Name Scotch Plains Council Candidates

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Democratic and Republican candidates for November’s municipal elections were filed on Monday, April 2. Three seats on the Scotch Plains Council will be contested in 2018. 

The Democrats have nominated:

Joshua G. Losardo, an attorney who has also served on the JCC's physical fitness committee
Elizabeth C. Stamler, who is ...

Rock ‘n’ Joe’s in Westfield, Closed by Fire, May Re-Open Next Week, Owner Says

April 18, 2018

WESTIFELD, NJ – Rock ‘n’ Joe’s in Downtown Westfield is tentatively set to re-open next week following an electrical fire on Saturday, according to owner Lincoln Chaudry.

The small fire was caused by an electrical short in the ceiling. According to Chaudry, the fire department needed to break through part of the wall and the ceiling to find the spark before dousing ...

Riedel Wine Tasting Event to Benefit the Boy Scouts of America Programs

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Boy Scouts of America and volunteer co-chairs, Dawn and Rich Buchanan of Fanwood will host a Riedel Wine Tasting on Tuesday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Masker's Barn located in the Watchung Reservation in Berkeley Heights, NJ.

Guests will enjoy great wines using Riedel wine glasses, learn more about wines, how to pour them, the effect wine glasses have and how to ...

Scotch Plains Library to Host Teen Instant Pot Class on April 19

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- This month, the Scotch Plains Public Library will host a bonus teen cooking class on Thursday, April 19​ at 5:00 p.m.

Valerie Gray, author of the blog From Val’s Kitchen will be coming in to teach teens how to use Instant Pots. Participants will make an appetizer, entree, and dessert, so come hungry! Space is extremely limited and registration is required. Please ...

Scotch Plains Man Arrested for Exposing Himself to Girl at Farley Park

April 18, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A 26-year-old Scotch Plains man was arrested and charged with lewdness after he allegedly exposed himself in front of a girl at Farley Park.

The girl's family members contacted the Scotch Plains police, who arrested Melvin A. Hanciles, who lives near the park on Farley Avenue.

Sergeant David Lavery and Patrolman Chris ...

Flash Flood Warning in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- There is a flash flood warning for our area with an additional 1-2 inches of rain expected in the next few hours.

Scotch Plains and Fanwood police advise to exercise caution when traveling and be prepared for the possibility of closed or flooded streets.

Rain is expected to continue through the late morning with clearing is likely to begin in the early ...

Westfield Firefighters Extinguish Small Blaze at Rock 'n' Joe's

WESTFIELD, NJ - A small electrical fire started around noon at Rock 'n' Joe's on Prospect Street on Saturday.

According to Deputy Chief Anthony Tiller, the fire was caused by an electrical shortage in wires in the ceiling, sending smoke into the neighboring businesses on both sides.

“It created a smoke condition," Tiller said. "Once we located the fire, we ...

Meet Fanwood's Volunteer of the Month: Himanee Hendre

April 17, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- Himanee Hendre, 16, a student at the Union County Magnet School, was named "Volunteer of the Month" at the Fanwood Borough Council meeting on Monday, April 16.

Hendre has given her time for several years to the Fanwood Recreation Commission with event planning and execution.

She received a print of Fanwood’s historic train station from Mayor ...

Fanwood Honors Mobile Meals as Organization Celebrates 50th Anniversary

FANWOOD, NJ -- Mobile Meals, based in Westfield, delivers meals to thousands of area residents every day. They passed their one millionth meal delivery several years ago.

Mayor Colleen Mahr (left) read a resolution acknowledging Mobile Meals and presented it to volunteers Nancy Otchy (right) and Josephine Walsh (center).

TAPintoSPF.net is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily ...

Riedel Wine Tasting Event to Benefit the Boy Scouts of America Programs

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Boy Scouts of America and volunteer co-chairs, Dawn and Rich Buchanan of Fanwood will host a Riedel Wine Tasting on Tuesday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Masker's Barn located in the Watchung Reservation in Berkeley Heights, NJ.

Guests will enjoy great wines using Riedel wine glasses, learn more about wines, how to pour them, the effect wine glasses have and how to ...

UCC Hosts Free Public Panel Exploring Sexual Assault and Consent

April 19, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ -- The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites members of the public to attend a panel discussion on sexual assault and consent on Wednesday, April 25, at 2:00 p.m. in Room N-4 at Union County College, 1033 Springfield Ave. in Cranford. The panel will feature a question and answer session.

The panel discussion is intended to raise awareness about sexual assault and ...

Travels Spotlight - New Brunswick Ciclovia Opens 2018 Season

NEW BRUNSWICK  – New Brunswick Ciclovia will open its 2018 season on Sunday, April 22 for another fun day of open streets and active living for all. 

Now in its fifth year, New Brunswick Ciclovia is a family-friendly event that emphasizes healthy living and community building by opening our streets and offering programming for all to enjoy. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., more ...

Carl H. Kumpf Middle School Wins 2018 UnitedHealthcare Health Bee Competition in Scotch Plains, N.J.

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Seventh-grade students from Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark won the 2018 UnitedHealthcare Health Bee competition in a spirited final round in Scotch Plains, NJ, on April 12. The school was awarded a grand prize of $1,000 to apply to its health and wellness programs.

Students from five middle schools -- Kumpf, Newmark, Park, St. John the Apostle and ...

Car Show and Food Truck Festival at Saint Joseph High School on April 28

April 12, 2018

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School's Father's Club will host a Car Show and Food Truck Festival (featuring live DJ and Beer Garden) on Saturday, April 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00.

 

Food Trucks will include:

Boardwalk Freddy
Bro-Rito
Cousins Maine Lobster
Empanada Monster
Falafull Gourmet
Jerkin' Chicken
Oink and ...

Swimming: Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) Finishes in 7th Place at YMCA Short Course National Championship

April 19, 2018

GREENSBORO, NC -- Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) swim team finished 7th overall at the YMCA Short Course National Championship held in Greensboro, North Carolina, from April 3rd to April 7th.

Sixteen FSPY swimmers qualified for this highly competitive meet against 207 other YMCA swim teams from across the country.  After 5 days of competition, FSPY swimmers delivered 2 National ...

SPFSA 40th Anniversary Soccer Festival to Feature Rutgers-Seton Hall Match and Pre-Game Festivities by Red Bulls on Sun, Apr. 22

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Soccer Association (SPFSA) will present its SPFSA 40th Anniversary Soccer Festival on Sunday, April 22, at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.

The festival will feature a special NCAA women’s soccer exhibition between 2016 national semifinalist and perennial Big Ten Conference power Rutgers University versus instate rival and Big East ...

Union Catholic's Surles and Trower Sign National Letters of Intent

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Two members of Union Catholic's Class of 2018 gathered with their families, classmates, coaches and school administrators for a special ceremony in the main lobby on Thursday morning to sign their National Letters of Intent.

Goldera Surles signed to bowl at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, N., and Connor Trower signed to play baseball at Elmira College in ...

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Summer Life Guard Job Opportunity in Union County

April 10, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Summer lifeguard positions are available at Union County’s public swimming pool, the Walter Ulrich Memorial Pool at Rahway River Park in Rahway.

“Union County’s Ulrich Pool provides our youth and adult summer job seekers with an opportunity to enjoy working outdoors in the fresh air all summer long while sharpening valuable life skills including leadership, ...

Why We Keep Kosher

Why We Keep Kosher

This week's parshah, Shemini, introduces the Torah's dietary laws. Animals must chew their cud and have split hooves to be kosher, fish need fins and scales, and a list of forbidden fowl is enumerated.

To those of us in Jewish education, it is a continuing source of disappointment that so many Jews still believe the kosher laws to be outdated.

New Jersey’s Out-of-Network Bill Is a Huge Blow to The Middle Class

April 8, 2018

Dear Editor:

As Trenton currently looks to balance the budget, once again it’s our state’s hardest working citizens who will be left holding the bag. This time, though, it will be the hardworking office and ancillary staff from our small business private medical practices. 

A bill called “The Out-of-Network Consumer Protection Bill” ...

Helping Teenagers Deal with Prom Night Stress

April 18, 2018

Prom can be one of the most exciting times for your teenager but at the same time one of the most stressful. 

It can also be very stressful for parents as they prepare themselves to accept that their teenager is graduating and soon going away to school, while planning a weekend away after prom night. Going to the Shore for the weekend or somewhere overnight has become more of the ...

Swimming: Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) Finishes in 7th Place at YMCA Short Course National Championship

April 19, 2018

GREENSBORO, NC -- Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) swim team finished 7th overall at the YMCA Short Course National Championship held in Greensboro, North Carolina, from April 3rd to April 7th.

Sixteen FSPY swimmers qualified for this highly competitive meet against 207 other YMCA swim teams from across the country.  After 5 days of competition, FSPY swimmers delivered 2 National ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, April 19, 5:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Teen Cooking Class: Instant Pot Recipes with ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Sat, April 21, 10:00 AM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

"All About Owls" Nature Presentation with The ...

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, April 21, 11:00 AM

PetSmart, Millburn

Dog Adoption Event

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