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Scotch Plains Public Library to Host Escape Room for Teens

June 23, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- ​Teens going into grades 6-12, who are registered for the Build a Better World Summer Reading program, are invited to participate in this fun Escape the Library event on Monday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required for the Escape Room and is limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders. 

Visit  www.scotlib.org, or call 908-322-5007 x204 ...

Once-in-a-Lifetime Chance to Witness History as Battle of Short Hills Unfolds at Oak Ridge Park in Clark

CLARK, NJ -- Union County residents and visitors can partake in a once-in-a-lifetime experience this Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25 at Oak Ridge Park in Clark, when hundreds of uniformed men, women, and children stage a re-enactment to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the 1777 Battle of Short Hills.

The two-day event covers everything from dramatic clashes with British regulars to the ...

Dream at Better World at the Scotch Plains Public Library

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Teens going into grades 6-12, who are registered for the Build a Better World Summer Reading program, are invited to Dream a Better World on Tuesday, July 25 at 3:30 p.m.  At this event, the library staff will guide teens through tie-dyeing pillow cases and making a calming lavender sugar scrub.

Registration is required and will open on Tuesday, July 18. Please click ...

Podcast: Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gene Jannotti

June 18, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — TAPinto Westfield podcast host Mike Cohen chats with Gene Jannotti, executive director of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, about what the chamber can do to help local businesses thrive.

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Westfield Chef, Owner of Butcher Burgers C.J. Reycraft, Jr.

Chat with TAPinto Westfield Publisher Jackie Lieberman

Ladies Night Out Event Celebrates Fanwood, Attracts Shoppers from Afar

FANWOOD, NJ -- The 6th annual Ladies Night Out in Fanwood kicked off at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, with dozens of women lined up to register and pick up a goody bag filled with coupons for local businesses and tickets to win prizes at a tricky tray raffle.

Sponsored this year by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce which represents Fanwood businesses, the event ...

NJ TRANSIT Service Changes During AMTRAK Summer Repairs

NEW JERSEY -- In advance of the upcoming Amtrak track work at Penn Station New York (PSNY) during July and August, NJ TRANSIT has published new weekday rail schedules to assist commuters in navigating the service changes and making their travel plans.

To accommodate AMTRAK’s track repairs in July and August in New York, NJ TRANSIT will implement service changes weekdays only between ...

Six Scotch Plains Students Participate in American Legion Jersey Boys State

June 19, 2017

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - Six young men from Scotch Plains are participants (listed with sponsoring Legion Posts) this week at the 72nd session of American Legion Jersey Boys State (ALJBS) at Rider University.

Tyler Aversa, Scotch Plains, Legion Post #328
Edward Chrystal, Scotch Plains, Legion Post #209
Declan Costello, Scotch Plains, Legion Post #209
Clayton Lee, Scotch Plains, Legion ...

Scotch Plains Celebrates The Careers of Three Retiring Officials

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains threw a celebration on the Village Green on Thursday for three of its long-time officials, who are all retiring this month.

Public Works Director Joseph Timko has served the Township of Scotch Plains for more than three decades.
Fire Chief Jonathan Ellis also served Scotch Plains for 30 years.
Chief Financial Officer ...

Wardlaw-Hartridge Upper School Students Celebrate Achievements

June 23, 2017

EDISON, NJ -- Upper School students at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison were honored for their participation and achievement at the Honors Assembly on June 2. The program began with a welcome by Dr. Bob Bowman of Scotch Plains, Assistant Head of School for Upper School, and continued with recognition of students who participated in service and leadership, clubs, the arts and ...

Wardlaw-Hartridge Fifth Graders Graduate at Moving Up Ceremony

EDISON, NJ -- The fifth graders at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison moved up to Middle School during the Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony on Tuesday, June 13. Students said farewell to Lower School with family, friends and faculty and staff members in attendance.

The program began with the processional to "Prince of Denmark's March" and a flag salute before everyone ...

Scenes from Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Class of 2017 Graduation

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School held its 2017 commencement for its graduating class on a humid Thursday evening at the school's football field. 

The ceremony started at 6:00 p.m. and featured several speeches including one from Principal Dr. David Heisey, Superintendent Dr. Margaret Hayes, Valedictorian Carlie McNichol, and Salutatorian ...

BYOB at Houdini Pizza Lab - How to Pair Wine and Pizza

June 22, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- Houdini Pizza Laboratory (25 South Ave., Fanwood) is a BYOB, and encourages customers to bring their favorite bottles of wine, beer or liquor to enjoy with their menu.

Houdini suggests considering these pairing options:

Wine and Cheese Lovers
If you’re a cheese lover and will indulge in our Margherita, The Queen, Stinky Feet, Camorra or the Artichoke, ...

Fanwood Summer Fan Jam and Food Truck Festival Will Rock LaGrande Park on Sun, July 9

FANWOOD, NJ -- A food truck festival, live rock music, a beer-and-wine garden, and a classic car show will transform Fanwood’s La Grande Park into the 1st Annual Fanwood Summer Fan Jam on Sunday, July 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Food trucks include:

The Empanada Guy
Jersey Johnny’s
Little Sicilian Rice Balls
Tony’s Sausage
Cheech A ...

Summer Means Salad Pizza at Houdini Pizza Lab in Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ -- As summer approaches Houdini Pizza Laboratory, home of wood-fired pizza in Fanwood, is offering a salad pizza featuring the freshest, locally sourced ingredients available. 

Veggie lovers can also choose among the eatery's many health offerings, including:

Margherita (tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil)  
Houdini Green (zucchini, eggplant, shallots, ...

Scotch Plains Police Will Enforce Parking Rules More Diligently, Beginning July 6

June 22, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ _- Beginning on July 6, Scotch Plains Police will strictly enforce all parking ordinances in the downtown business area, Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella announced at the Township Council meeting on Tuesday, June 20.

Police will more diligently enforce the following parking ordinances:

One- and two-hour parking (Township Ordinance 7-3.6)
Overnight parking ...

Fire Academy Graduate from Scotch Plains Wins Two Awards

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union County Freeholders Alexander Mirabella and Vernell Wright congratulate Brian Bischoff of the Scotch Plains Fire Department on graduating from the Union County Fire Training Academy as part of the Fall 2016 Class. They were joined by Scotch Plains Fire Chief Jonathan Ellis. 

Bischoff earned the Battalion Chief Ken Nocera Memorial Award for Outstanding ...

Scotch Plains Welcomes Newest Firefighters

CRANFORD, NJ -- At the Union County Fire Academy graduation on June 19,  Scotch Planis Township Manager Al Mirabella, Fire Chief Ellis, Deputy Chief Lestarchick and Captain Hercel welcomed four new firefighters to the department. 

Pictured left to right are: Deputy Chief Lestarchick, Township Manager Mirabella, Salem Feurier, Chief Ellis, Brian Bischoff, Michael ...

Union County Honors Brigadeer General Edward Crystal of Scotch Plains

June 22, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen, Vice Chair Sergio Granados and Freeholder Alexander Mirabella on Thursday presented Edward J. Chrystal, Jr of Scotch Plains with a resolution congratulating him on his promotion to Brigadier General in the New Jersey National Guard.

They were joined by General Chrystal’s wife Georgette.

Brigadier ...

Scotch Plains and Fanwood Police Participate in Torch Run for Special Olympics

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- More than 3,000 law enforcement officers from 340 New Jersey police departments participated in the annual Torch Run on 26 routes to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics. 

The Scotch Plains Police Department, Mayor Al Smith and Councilman Ted Spera were among those who participated in the run on Friday, June 9. Several members of ...

“Warehoused” Film Screening June 20 For World Refugee Day

In honor of World Refugee Day on June 20, 2017, Refugee Assistance Partners NJ (RAP) will host a public screening of the film, “Warehoused.”  An estimated 12 million people live in refugee camps worldwide, and only 0.1% are resettled, repatriated, or integrated into normal society each year.  Only an extremely small percentage of this number are admitted for resettlement ...

Fanwood Police Department Meetup Spot for Safe Internet Transactions

June 20, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- In an effort to protect buyers and sellers and ensure that all exchanges are done in a safe manner, Chief Richard Trigo has established the Fanwood Police Department building as a meetup spot for Internet Purchases and Exchanges. 

The green sign above is located to the left of the front door of the Fanwood Police Department headquarters.

"At this location ...

Free Alzheimer’s /Dementia Support Group Friday

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, a non-sectarian health and social service agency, will be hosting an Alzheimer’s Support Group, through Alzheimer’s New Jersey, on Friday, June 16, at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, 140 Mountain Avenue, Westfield, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.   

The free program is open to Alzheimer’s/Dementia ...

The Gift in the Struggle -- Are We Doing Too Much for Our Children?

One day a man saw a butterfly shuddering on the sidewalk, locked in a seemingly hopeless struggle to free itself from its now useless cocoon.

Feeling pity, he took a pocketknife, carefully cut away the cocoon and set the butterfly free.  To his dismay it lay on the sidewalk, convulsed weakly for a while and died.

A biologist later told him, “That was the worst thing you could ...

Expert Gardeners Share Tips on Growing a Successful Vegetable Garden

June 17, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County are on a mission to help gardens flourish all over the County, and this summer they are offering a free Vegetable Garden Series of classes and garden tours available to all gardeners from beginner to expert.

The series is held in the Union County Demonstration Garden, located in Union County’s Watchung Reservation by the ...

JCC Continues Its Making Music Happen Program, Thanks to a Generous Grant

June 18, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The JCC of Central NJ 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 gran has supported a monthly daytime program intended to connect participants with their Jewish roots through music. Genres such as klezmer, folk, jazz and tributes to Yiddish ...

Top Musicians to Perform at Juneteenth Celebration

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The organizers of Community Juneteenth have announced the lineup of performers to appear at a free Juneteenth program to be held at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church on Monday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m.

Well-known vocalist Stephen Fuller will be joined by Fred Fischer on keyboard, guitarist Liz Fischer, and the Plainfield UCC Church Choir. As a lead vocalist, Stephen Fuller has ...

World Refugee Day Candlelight Service at St. Bartholomew's Church in Scotch Plains on June 20

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- World Refugee Day is designated at June 20 by the United Nations.  

In an effort to bring awareness to the plight of the refugee, St. Bartholomew will host a Candlelight Service in partnership with the new Refugee Ministry. Bishop Manuel A. Cruz of the Archdiocese of Newark, a Cuban refugee himself, will  lead the service ...

Scotch Plains Council Honors Hockey Player Jared Figueroa

June 21, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Council and Mayor Al Smith recognized the outstanding hockey achievements of Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS senior Jared Figueroa, who ended his career with more than 100 goals and 100 assists.

Figueroa's athletic abilities have earned him recognition and elite awards. The Raiders center/forward was named his high school team's MVP for three ...

Baseball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood 8U Black Wins Spring Championship

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains 8U Black jumped out to an early lead over their in-town rival Scotch Plains Blue scoring 5 runs in the first two innings including a hard hit double by Chris Horn. 

The offense continued and collected another 5 runs in the third including a double by Nick Madden. SP Blue responded by plating one in the third and another in the fourth ...

UC Track Star Sydney McLaughlin Smashes Record in Final HS Race

GREENSBORO, NC -- Union Catholic's Sydney McLaughlin made her final high school meet a memorable one in record-breaking fashion as she captured the 400-meter hurdles for the fourth straight year in a meet record 54.22 at Sunday’s New Balance National Championships at North Carolina A&T.

McLaughlin, perhaps the greatest female high school track and field athlete in ...

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Freeholders Approve Agreements on Oak Ridge Park Recreation Facilities

June 23, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ -- An amended shared services agreement with the Union County Improvement Authority and a use-and-maintenance agreement with Union County College (UCC), both having to do with the Oak Ridge Park Project, were unanimously approved by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Thursday.

According to Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen, the agreements would further county efforts ...

6 Reasons Why You Need a Buyer’s Agent When Purchasing a Home

Technology has made it easy to view homes online. And it can be fun to say, “Honey, stop the car!” whenever you see balloons in front of a great house on Sunday afternoons. When you are seriously looking to purchase a home, however, you will be doing yourself a huge favor by working with a buyer’s agent. Here’s why:


Exclusivity - A buyer’s agent represents ...

Three Sizzling Tips to Sell Your Home Quick This Summer

The market to buy a home is as hot as ever, but that doesn’t mean selling will come easy. Now that the summer is upon us, home owners must be conscious of certain areas that may have eluded them the rest of the year. After all, attention to detail can be the deciding factor whether an interested party turns into a buyer.

Here are three tips that every home owner should consider before ...

Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Tip of the Month – Handling a seizure

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Seizures can be very scary to witness.  The person may be violently shaking, unconscious and rigid, or just staring into space.  This may be happening because he or she has a seizure disorder, or because of an illness or injury.

Epilepsy, or seizure disorder, is a neurological condition that affects the nervous system.  People can be diagnosed at any ...

Family Searching for Lost Parakeet Believed to be Adopted by Someone Else at Pet Store

June 15, 2017

Dear Editor:

On May 31 our beloved adopted parakeet Pablo slipped out of our garage door. Our friends and family have searched all over for him.

He has a partner, Sunny, who is devastated he's gone — along with five young babies  — not to mention a 9-year-old girl who adores and cries for him every night. 

Amazingly, we found out ...

Is Summer Camp the Right Choice for My Child?

June 15, 2017

Is your child attending camp this summer? Is it their first experience away? If yes, it can be an experience causing anxiety for you, for the parent and the child. This experience can be frightening to your child if it is their first time and it is so important that they do not see your worry or anxiety about leaving home for the first time… especially if it is sleep away ...

Scotch Plains Public Library to Host Escape Room for Teens

June 23, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- ​Teens going into grades 6-12, who are registered for the Build a Better World Summer Reading program, are invited to participate in this fun Escape the Library event on Monday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required for the Escape Room and is limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders. 

Visit  www.scotlib.org, or call 908-322-5007 x204 ...

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Sun, June 25, 1:00 PM

The First Baptist Church of Westfield, Westfield

Mental Health Awareness Seminar

Health & Wellness

Sun, June 25, 4:00 PM

Grillestone Restaurant Bar Private Events, Scotch Plains

Grillestone Prime Rib & Dinner Buffet

Food & Drink

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Wed, June 28, 3:00 PM

Grillestone Restaurant Bar Private Event Space, Scotch Plains

Raw Bar Wednesday

Food & Drink