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Youth Chess Club to Meet at the Scotch Plains Public Library on June 6 & 20

May 23, 2018

On Wednesday, June 6, and Wednesday, June 20 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 ...

Scotch Plains Public Library Announces June Book Clubs

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- On Monday, June 4, at 7:00 p.m., the Evening Book Club will be meeting to discuss The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner. A fifty-year-old Bridge game provides an unexpected way to cross the generational divide between a daughter and her mother. Betsy Lerner takes readers on a powerfully personal literary journey, where they learn a little about Bridge and a lot about life.

On ...

Teens Invited to Participate in Coding and Bi-Weekly After-School Club at the Scotch Plains Public Library

On Wednesday, June 13 at 6 pm, teens in grades 5-12 are invited to the Coding Club. The library will provide Microsoft Surface tablets and iPads, along with suggestions for websites and programs that can teach useful coding skills. No registration is required but space is limited and tablets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Finally, don’t forget about the ...

Private Bus Service from Westfield to NYC Launches May 29

May 24, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Boxcar, a private bus company, will launch service from Westfield and Cranford train stations direct to Midtown and the Upper East Side of Manhattan on May 29. Their luxury buses offer amenities including reserved seating, restrooms, power outlets and free Wi-Fi. 

Though it's more expensive than New Jersey Transit, “We think this is a better way to ...

How to Get 80 Percent of LinkedIn's Benefits in 20 Percent of the Time

Since 2005, Andy O'Hearn has sought to plumb the depths of LinkedIn's mysteries, ranging from LinkedIn Open Networker (LION) to LinkedIn Associations of Mutual Beneficence (LAMB). He's mined the expertise of LinkedIn's most proficient practitioners, and on Monday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Scotch Plains Public Library, he will present his concentrated knowledge and curated ...

Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce Appoints Four New Board Members

WESTFIELD, NJ -- The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) at its Board of Director meeting held in May elected four new members to a two-year term of office: Ron Bansky, Paul Mecca, Matthew Pejkovic and Marta Alexandre. 

Ron Bansky of Ron Bansky & Associates, Allstate Insurance, specializes in auto, home, business, and life insurance and, in addition to ...

Memorial Day Schedule in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

May 24, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Weekend festivities this year will include:

The Memorial Day Concert on Sunday, May 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Side of the Fanwood Train Station,
Ceremony at Fanwood Memorial Library on Monday, May 28, at 9:00 a.m.,
Ceremony at The Gazebo on Park Ave. & Front St. at 10:00 a.m., and
The Memorial Day ...

Buy a Vet... Program Helps Formerly Homeless Veterans

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - It started with a collection to help fund a Memorial Day barbecue at the Valley Brook Village veterans facility in Lyons, NJ. When the bucket collection raised $7,000 at John's Meat Market in downtown Scotch Plains, they decided to keep it going and had barbecues all summer. The program has grown ever since.

Steve Hackenberg, a Scotch Plains ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Students Named to Bucknell's Dean's List

May 25, 2018

LEWISBURG, PA -- Bucknell University has released the dean's list for outstanding academic achievement during the spring semester of the 2017-18 academic year. A student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean's list recognition.

Roland Crystal, Class of 2019 from Scotch Plains
Brian Lapham, Class of 2019 from Scotch Plains
Ari ...

St. Joseph High School (Metuchen) Holds Commencement Ceremonies for the Class of 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School held its commencement ceremonies, including a baccalaureate mass and graduation, on Sunday, May 20, at The Church of the Sacred Heart in South Plainfield in honor of the Class of 2018.

Brother Louis Couvillon, S.C., a SJHS resident brother, presided over the mass. The Most Rev. James F. Checchio was in attendance and handed out diplomas ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Residents Among East Stroudsburg University Graduates

EAST STROUDSBURG, PA -- East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania held its commencement exercises for undergraduate and graduate students on May 4 and 5. Among the Class of 2018 were:

Margaret Appezzato of Scotch Plains, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Special Education (Pre K-8) and Early Childhood Education (Pre K-4), 
Christian Lettieri of Fanwood, who received a ...

Sample Ballots Now Available on Union County Clerk Elections Website and App

May 19, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Sample ballots for the June 5 Primary Election are now available on the Union County Votes mobile app for Apple and Android devices, and on the County Clerk’s election website at unioncountyvotes.com.

“The mobile app and website enable voters to see their sample ballots quickly and conveniently on their computers, laptops and other devices,” said Union ...

Service Learning Project Centers on Books; Collection at Nick's Pizza Through May 30

May 22, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Brigitte and Reese Priel and Gia Milano are focusing on reading for their 7th grade service learning project, which is part of the social studies curriculum at Terrill Middle School.

The girls have undertaken a multi-step project centered around books. They are raising money to buy new books, collecting slightly used books, and donating them to various ...

Scotch Plains Farmers Market Opens 2018 Season on Sat, May 12

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The 2018 Scotch Plains Farmers' Marketplace season officially begins on Saturday, May 12, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The popular open-air market celebrates its 26th anniversary this summer and this year promises a wide range of "Best of the Best Vendors" with fresh, locally grown produce, delicious handmade baked goods, and ...

Westfield Detective Eric Lieberman, a Scotch Plains Resident, Dies Suddenly

May 25, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle called for a moment of silence at Tuesday night’s town council meeting to remember Westfield Police Detective Eric Lieberman, whom she said died suddenly Tuesday morning.

Lieberman was a 27-year veteran of the Westfield police department and father of two. His father, Phil, is also a veteran of the Westfield PD.

“Our condolences ...

Scotch Plains Police Officer Wins George W. Bush Warrior Open Pro-Am Tourney in Dallas

DALLAS, TX -- Scotch Plains police officer Andrew Gitto won the 2018 Warrior Pro-Am hosted by former President George W. Bush.

Officer Gitto enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantryman in 2008 right out of high school. He deployed to Afghanistan in December of 2009 with the 1st Battalion 6th Marines and supported Operation Moshtarak in ...

Fanwood Observes National Police Week

FANWOOD, NJ -- Police Chief Richard Trigo honored a number of Fanwood officers for meritorious actions in saving lives and assisting the public.

Awards were given for two instances of drug overdoses which the officers saved the victims by administering Naloxone, making arrests in a home invasion, answering more than 300 calls for service during the nor’easter storms over a 30 hour ...

Service Learning Project Centers on Books; Collection at Nick's Pizza Through May 30

May 22, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Brigitte and Reese Priel and Gia Milano are focusing on reading for their 7th grade service learning project, which is part of the social studies curriculum at Terrill Middle School.

The girls have undertaken a multi-step project centered around books. They are raising money to buy new books, collecting slightly used books, and donating them to various ...

Buy a Vet... Program Helps Formerly Homeless Veterans

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - It started with a collection to help fund a Memorial Day barbecue at the Valley Brook Village veterans facility in Lyons, NJ. When the bucket collection raised $7,000 at John's Meat Market in downtown Scotch Plains, they decided to keep it going and had barbecues all summer. The program has grown ever since.

Steve Hackenberg, a Scotch Plains ...

Fanwood Community Day at Somerset Patriots

SOMERSET, NJ -- The Banks family of Fanwood organized the Rockin' for Autism and Fanwood Community Day at the Somerset Patriots game on Sunday.

The fundraising continues following the highly successful LaGrande Park event last month, founded and organized by Mallory Banks, 16, and the game at TD Bank Ballpark was a part of that effort. Organizers are tallying up the money raised for ...

Red Cross Calls for Summer Blood Donations to Prevent Shortage

May 23, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The American Red Cross is counting on volunteer donors to give blood and help ensure patient needs can be met this summer.

 

Around Memorial Day, the Red Cross sees a steep decline in blood donations. Busy summer schedules, vacations and school breaks also cause a drop in donations. Accidents and medical emergencies don’t take a summer break – patients ...

Historic Day at Union Catholic as Joseph W. Cardinal Tobin Visits School in Scotch Plains

May 11, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- One of the most historic and memorable moments in Union Catholic history took place when Joseph W. Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R., D.D., the Archbishop of Newark, celebrated the Ascension of the Lord Mass on Thursday morning in the school’s gym. It was the first time ever that a Cardinal visited Union Catholic. 

The Ascension Mass began with a welcome from ...

Baseball: Friedman Hurls 1-Hitter, Bats Stay Hot as Raiders Crush Union, 9–1, in State Tourney

May 25, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD — With the way Scotch Plains-Fanwood has been hitting the baseball, the Raiders’ pitchers have had plenty of room to work with. 

But Jake Friedman’s performance on the mound in Thursday’s sectional quarterfinal would have earned him a win even behind even the most anemic of offenses — though that certainly wouldn’t be a description ...

LAX: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Season Comes to an End with 15-9 Loss to Mt. Olive in State Tourney

FLANDERS, NJ -- The Raiders boys lacrosse team's exciting season came to an end on Wednesday with a 15-9 loss to No. 3 seed Mount Olive in the semifinals of the North jersey, Group 3 State tournament in Flanders.

The Raiders entered half-time knotted at 6-6 and at one time led the contest. However, Mount Olive dominated the second half, led by Jackson Tilves, who scored a total ...

Softball: Peralta's Walk-Off Homer Gives Union Catholic a Dramatic 2-1 Win Over DePaul in State Tournament

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Gianna Peralta belted a walk-off homer over the center-field fence to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning to give third-seeded Union Catholic a 2-1 victory over DePaul in the quarterfinal round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Non-Public A Tournament on Wednesday in Scotch Plains. 

Peralta, a freshman, drove in both runs for the Vikings, ...

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New Ice Rink Gets Green Light from Westfield Town Council

May 23, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — A standing room-only crowd cheered and booed Tuesday night after the town council, with a 6-3 vote, passed a resolution granting Mayor Shelley Brindle the authority to negotiate a lease agreement with Arena Realty Partners for a temporary ice rink at Gumbert Park this winter.

Brindle made her case for testing out the public-private partnership.

“I don’t ...

Capitalist or Communist?

Karl Marx may have been the pioneer, but many other Jews were also involved in the struggle for communism, particularly in the early days of the Russian revolution. Personally, I don’t think that we have any apologies to make for this phenomenon. Having suffered unbearably under successive oppressive regimes, many of those political activists genuinely thought communism would be better ...

The Facts About Vaping

May 13, 2018

Dear Editor:

The recent public discussion about vaping and “Juuling” that occurred at our high school really opened the eyes of a lot of parents who may have been clueless about what their kids are doing to themselves. There is a lot of conflicting and confusing information available online, on YouTube and social media about the so-called benefits of vaping vs. smoking ...

Softball: Peralta's Walk-Off Homer Gives Union Catholic a Dramatic 2-1 Win Over DePaul in State Tournament

May 24, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Gianna Peralta belted a walk-off homer over the center-field fence to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning to give third-seeded Union Catholic a 2-1 victory over DePaul in the quarterfinal round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Non-Public A Tournament on Wednesday in Scotch Plains. 

Peralta, a freshman, drove in both runs for the Vikings, ...