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The JCC of Central NJ Receives One of 22 Making Music Happen Grants

January 17, 2017

 The JCC of Central NJ in Scotch Plains is one of 22 JCCs across North America to receive a grant from JCC Association (JCCA) of North America in honor of its 2017 Centennial Celebration. The grant is intended to enable JCCs to create music projects tailored to their community’s interests and needs and is funded by Marvin J. Pertzik, a former JCCA board member, in cooperation with ...

Citing Respect for Springsteen, Tribute Band Pulls Out of Garden State Inaugural Ball in DC

FANWOOD, NJ -- For more than three decades, The B Street Band, a popular Bruce Springsteen tribute band, has played Jersey Shore bars and festivals, as well as the 2009 Garden State Ball for Barack Obama's first Inauguration and a return engagement four years later. However, the group, which pioneered the "tribute band" concept in 1980, has never received as much flak for ...

Scotch Plains Public Library Announces Dates for January and February Meetings of the Teen Anime Club

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Join the teen librarians and the ever-expanding members of the teen anime club for more great conversation and activities. 

Meet downstairs on Monday, January 23 and Monday, February 6 at 7 pm to watch the widely acclaimed anime series (Your Lie in April), discuss favorite titles, and continue work on bleach t-shirts. 

Snacks will be served. Registration is ...

Career Networking Group: The Value Proposition at Scotch Plains Library on Monday, Feb. 13

January 14, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- On Monday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m., Alex Freund, the Landing Expert, will be at the Scotch Plains Public Library to discuss how developing a strong value proposition will benefit your job search.

The value proposition is all about why people say “yes.”  In a job search, like it or not, one of the biggest challenges is marketing yourself effectively to a ...

Union County Clerk Hosts New Jersey Notary Training in Scotch Plains on March 3

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Notaries Public are invited to attend the next session of New Jersey Notary Training, an educational seminar for Notaries Public hosted by Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi, together with Union County Surrogate James LaCorte, Esq., who will present the legal aspects of the functions of notaries public. Ms. Rajoppi will open the seminar and review the application process ...

Gas Prices Continue Upward Climb, Says AAA

NEW JERSEY -- Gas prices continue to rise both nationally and in New Jersey, with today’s average price for a gallon of gas up three cents since last week nationally and one cent in the Garden State.

AAA’s January 9th survey of gas prices found in New Jersey, motorists are paying an average of $2.45, one cents more than a week ago ($2.44), 13 cents more than a month ago ...

The Voting Rights Act: Then and Now A Martin Luther King Day Program at Scotch Plains Public Library

January 13, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - On Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 16, at 1:00 p.m. at Scotch Plains Public Library, Ryan P. Haygood, President and CEO of the Newark based New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, will speak about the Voting Rights Act, which is widely recognized as the crowning achievement of the Civil Rights Movement. This past November marked the first Presidential ...

JCC Presents Screening of "Be an Upstander: The Fred Heyman Story" on Jan. 9

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The JCC of Central (1391 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains) will present Be an Upstander, the story of Fred Heyman, a local Holocaust survivor who has done extraordinary things within his community on Monday, Jan. 9, at 7:00 p.m.

His story describes the Jewish people's darkest times while sending an incredibly powerful message of hope ...

Wardlaw-Hartridge Middle School Students Excel at Math Competition

January 17, 2017

EDISON, NJ -- Neither snow nor rain could stop nine Middle School students at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison from participating in the eleventh annual St. Joseph's Mathematics Competition. They competed against nearly 250 other students from 20 other schools. Awards are bestowed on the top 10 schools and our team took eighth place!

Congratulations to seventh graders Shreya Dharayan ...

Mother Seton Students Achieve National Merit Scholar Commendation

CLARK, NJ – In recognition of outstanding academic achievement on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), two Mother Seton Regional High School seniors received “Commended Student” status through the National Merit Scholarship Program, the school recently announced.

“The student body of Mother Seton is doubly blessed with two outstanding scholars this ...

College Club welcomes Mark Di Ionno Star-Ledger columnist and Author

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The College Club of Fanwood-Scotch Plains welcomes lifetime newspaperman and a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist in news commentary, Mark Di Ionno to share stories about his journalism career on Monday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at The Chelsea (295 South Ave, Fanwood).

Di Ionno is a columnist, editor as an author of award-winning nonfiction books about New Jersey with a ...

Union County Democrats Endorse Joe Cryan for State Senate

January 7, 2017

CLARK, NJ  – Union County Democratic Chairman Jerry Green, Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, 20th Legislative District Assembly members Annette Quijano and Jamel Holley, and the Democratic Municipal Chairmen from the  district today issued their support of Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan for State Senate.  Their support follows press reports that long-time State ...

Valentine's Dinner Special at Mara's Fanwood Feb 12 - 14

January 12, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- Love is in the air at Mara's Cafe & Bakery in Fanwood. 

From Sunday, Feb. 12 through Tuesday, Feb. the cafe is featuring a 3-course dinner.

Appetizer: Fresh Bruschetta

Entree: Choice of Surf and Turf, Shrimp Scampi over Angel Hair Pasta and Pasta Primavera.

Dessert: Strawberry Cheesecake or Chocolate Lava Cake.

No Reservations ...

Take a Delicious Break for Social Justice on Martin Luther King Day - Celebrate Again in June

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Four local organizations will “pay it forward” to produce a community experience that will be remembered and enjoyed by all. The participants are Mara’s Café and Bakery, Social Justice Matters, Inc. (SJM), a local grass-roots organization, “Voices from the Margins,” a Scotch Plains Public Library book group engaged in ...

January Is National Soup Month

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Now that cold weather is upon us, what better way to warm up than with a bowl of hot soup?

January is National Soup Month, and throughout the coming weeks, Nick's Pizza (42 South Martine Ave.) will celebrate with a variety of homemade soups made daily. 

"Our soups include minestrone, lentil, butternut squash soup and many others, ...

Scotch Plains JCC Deemed Safe After Bomb Threat

January 18, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Jewish Community Center of Central New Jersey was closed for a short time after preschool began there Wednesday morning due to a bomb threat. A bomb squad swept the building for explosives and no bomb was found, according to Lt. Jeff Briel of the Scotch Plains Police Department.

“This is another in a series of bomb threats to JCCs up and down the East ...

Scotch Plains Police Department Promotes Five Officers

SCOTH PLAINS, NJ -- Before a capacity crowd at the Scotch Plains Township Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17,  Police Chief Ted Conley announced the promotions of five officers:

Sergeant Stanley Pearson
Sergeant James Ritchie
Sergeant David Lavery
Sergeant Jerald Brown
Lieutenant Albert Sellinger

Sgt. Stan Pearson (joined by wife, Jessica, and kids Lucas & ...

Plainfield Resident Arrested, Charged in Connection with Thursday Night Death

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A Plainfield resident has been arrested and charged for his alleged role in an altercation that resulted in the death of 34-year-old Oscar Isaac Ramos Lopez  this week, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Saturday.

Jamie Castillo Castro, 24, is charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter in connection with the killing.

Plainfield Police ...

The JCC of Central NJ Receives One of 22 Making Music Happen Grants

January 17, 2017

 The JCC of Central NJ in Scotch Plains is one of 22 JCCs across North America to receive a grant from JCC Association (JCCA) of North America in honor of its 2017 Centennial Celebration. The grant is intended to enable JCCs to create music projects tailored to their community’s interests and needs and is funded by Marvin J. Pertzik, a former JCCA board member, in cooperation with ...

Scenes from MLK Day Events in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood celebrated the 8th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 16, with an opening ceremony at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA and numerous social activism events in the community.

Activities included:

Food Drive to benefit Operation Jersey Cares in effort to support our ...

Volunteer Projects on MLK Day in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains and Borough of Fanwood will co-host its 8th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service featuring on Monday, Jan. 16, a day filled with events and social activism in the community.

The opening ceremony will take place at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA at 10:00 a.m. Collection boxes for non-perishable items are being placed ...

New Jersey Wins Under Lance Mental Health Law

January 13, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. ---  Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) announced that New Jersey has been selected to participate in a demonstration program to expand access to community mental health services and strengthen the quality of care for those living with mental and behavioral health issues. The demonstration program was created under Lance’s Excellence in Mental Health Act, which was ...

Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Presents Trinitas Health and Wellness Expo Feb. 26

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) will present the Trinitas Regional Medical Center Health and Wellness Expo on Sunday, Feb. 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Snuffy’s Pantagis, 250 Park Avenue in Scotch Plains. The expo is free to all attendees.

“With the limitless choices of health and wellness practitioners, we thought the ...

Patients Treated at Individualized Physical Therapy Programs Receive Better Care

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ –Imagine a scenario in which a patient learns he needs a dreaded root canal. The dentist’s plan of care requires four visits instead of the standard two and the patient will be on the hook for double the typical out-of-pocket costs. On top of that, the patient will receive a lower quality of care than if he went elsewhere. Should the patient stand for ...

Mother Seton Faculty Become Seton Associates

January 14, 2017

CLARK, NJ -- Three Mother Seton faculty members became Seton Associates of the Sisters of Charity at a liturgy honoring Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton at Convent Station on Saturday, Jan. 7. Seton Associates are women and men who, following their own particular vocation in life, seek to deepen their relationship with God and to share in the mission and ministry of the sisters. They live out the ...

Road to a Champion

January 18, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Everyone knows it takes hard work, discipline, dedication and perseverance to get to the top, or in my case, to become a world champion. People realize its tough but most think you just have to do it. Not that easy. Its extremely hard motivating yourself as I'm sure most can understand if you try to apply it to everyday challenges: trying to lose weight, quit smoking or ...

Boys Basketball: Best Start Ever for Scotch Plains-Fanwood Continues With Overtime Thriller Over Rahway, 53-46

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The scoreboard may not have been working at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood basketball gym Tuesday night, but the Raiders were able to still light up the hardwood, winning in overtime, 53-46, over the Rahway Indians.

The victory extended the Raiders' perfect season to 12-0 while propelling the team into sole possession of first place in their ...

Boys Basketball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood (11-0) Makes School History, Defeats Woodbridge, 54-47, in Showcase Game

UNION, NJ — No Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys basketball team has ever started off this well. 

With their statement 54-47 victory over Woodbridge in the Eric LeGrand Showcase, the Raiders advanced to 11-0 for the first time in school history Sunday at Kean University. 

The highly anticipated matchup lived up to its hype. Senior Nigel Nelson erupted for 14 points, including ...

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Plainfield Resident Arrested, Charged in Connection with Thursday Night Death

January 14, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A Plainfield resident has been arrested and charged for his alleged role in an altercation that resulted in the death of 34-year-old Oscar Isaac Ramos Lopez  this week, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Saturday.

Jamie Castillo Castro, 24, is charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter in connection with the killing.

Plainfield Police ...

New Jersey Wins Under Lance Mental Health Law

January 13, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. ---  Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) announced that New Jersey has been selected to participate in a demonstration program to expand access to community mental health services and strengthen the quality of care for those living with mental and behavioral health issues. The demonstration program was created under Lance’s Excellence in Mental Health Act, which was ...

5 Questions to Ask at an Open House

When you go to your next open house, ask the listing agent these key questions to help you make an informed decision. When a property is hot, a public open house may be your best opportunity for due diligence before submitting an offer. While the hosting agent may not be able to answer all of your questions, there is a lot you can learn.

1. How long has it been on the market?  You may ...

Where's the Replacement?

January 17, 2017

To the Editor:

As a chair of the Rare Disease Congressional Caucus, Congressman Leonard Lance has been a strong advocate for those who have been stricken with uncommon health issues and last year helped to pass the 21st Century Cures Act. Yet on Friday, Congressman Lance voted to take away the health insurance of those very souls he claims to be on the side of.

The Affordable Care Act makes ...

Homes That Sold This Week in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

January 15, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Brought to you by Keller Williams Realty, the following is a list of homes that have sold this week in the towns of Fanwood, Scotch Plains and Westfield. (See table below.) This information includes sales that were listed in the Garden State MLS.

Check this weekly update to stay informed about your local real estate market.

The Sold Sisters are a real estate ...

Upcoming Events

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Wed, January 18, 3:00 PM

Grillestone Restaurant Bar Private Event Space, Scotch Plains

Raw Bar Wednesday

Food & Drink

Wed, January 18, 7:00 PM

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA, Scotch Plains

Ladies Night Out

Community Calendar

Wed, January 18, 7:00 PM

Giovanna's Restaurant, Plainfield

The 2017 Fanwood-Scotch Plain Rotary Wine Tasting

Food & Drink Giving Back