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Scotch Plains Parks & Rec to Host Paint in the Park on July 31

July 16, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Park & Recreation will host Paint in the Park on Tuesday, July 31.

Participants will be treated to an evening of artistic expression with the evening's theme of "A Lifetime of Discovery."

 

Registration is required via Community Pass. Contact the Scotch Plains Parks & Recreation Department at (908) 322-6700 ...

Sciencetellers to Visit the Scotch Plains Public Library

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Children ages 3 and up are invited to stop by the Scotch Plains Public Library on Thursday, July 19, at 3:00 p.m. for an interactive show science show featuring the Sciencetellers.

The show will feature an adventure story about the Wild West, where a legendary bank-robbing outlaw is back in town and about to strike again! Throughout this absolutely wild adventure ...

Award-Winning Senior Art Exhibited at Freeholders Gallery

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union County Freeholders is presenting a new exhibit of award winning artworks by local artists age 60 and up, now on display at the Freeholders Gallery through August 29. Each of the 13 works received first place honors in the countywide Senior Art Exhibit held earlier this summer in the Atrium at Liberty Hall in Union Township.

The artworks cover a wide ...

Downtown Scotch Plains May Eventually Look Like Princeton, According to Redevelopment Committee Feedback

July 15, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Residents who attended the Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) meeting on Wednesday night got a peak into what the future of the township will look like… and it looks a lot like Princeton.

Tom Strowe, the Township’s Project Coordinator for Redevelopment, presented findings of the recent survey on architectural styles. More than 2,100 ...

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Back to the Future: Scotch Plains Downtown Visual Preference Survey Finds Support for Colonial Style

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Residents want to go back to the future and by a wide margin chose a Colonial visual preference style for the planned revamping of downtown Scotch Plains. 

More than 2,100 people participated in the Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee's (SPDRC) two-week long visual preference survey on architectural themes. Most respondents (33 percent) ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Girl Scouts Earn Gold and Silver Awards

July 16, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Six local Girl Scouts this year earned their Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award that they can achieve. 

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Girl Scouts held their 33rd annual Gold and Silver Awards Ceremony at Immaculate Heart of Mary's Nazareth Center before the conclusion of the school year. The Gold Award winners from Troop 40205, 40352, and ...

Back to the Future: Scotch Plains Downtown Visual Preference Survey Finds Support for Colonial Style

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Residents want to go back to the future and by a wide margin chose a Colonial visual preference style for the planned revamping of downtown Scotch Plains. 

More than 2,100 people participated in the Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee's (SPDRC) two-week long visual preference survey on architectural themes. Most respondents (33 percent) ...

Friends of the Fanwood Library Named Library Champion of the Year

July 12, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Friends of the Fanwood Memorial Library has been named Library Champion of the Year by the New Jersey Library Association. The award is given annually in recognition of an exceptional contribution to a state library, group of libraries, or library community.

The Fanwood Friends were recognized for their remarkable efforts in helping to pass the Library Construction Bond ...

Terrill Middle School Announces Honor Roll for the Fourth Marking Period

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Terrill Middle School has announced its honor roll for the fourth marking period of the academic year. 

Grade 8 Distinguished Honor Roll
Andrew Abrantes, Mary Adekunle, Aditya Aggarwal, Alice Bachman, Janet Bai, Brooke Boissonneault, Julia Bonhote, Meagan Bourke, Marin Brace, Ariel Burman, Avery Burman, Anthony Cerino, Joshua Chan, Victoria Cirillo, Amelia ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Residents Among James Madison University Spring 2018 Graduates

HARRISONBURG, VA -- James Madison University announced that two students from Scotch Plains-Fanwood graduated during the May 4, 2018 commencement exercises.

More than 4,400 students received undergraduate, master's, educational specialist and doctoral degrees.

Brandon Scott Meyers of Scotch Plains  graduated with a degree in Accounting.
Lauren Marie McMorrow of ...

Scenes from the Scotch Plains Farmer's Market

July 8, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- After a week of blistering heat and humidity, the area was treated to beautiful weather on Saturday, July 7, at the Scotch Plains Farmer's Market. 

Patrons were able to purchase seasonal fruits and vegetables, along with prepared foods and other items at the market. The Scotch Plains Farmers' Marketplace is managed by the Scotch Plains Business & ...

Scenes from Fanwood Grille's Anniversary Party

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave.) marked its 1st anniversary on Saturday, July 7, with $1 hot dogs and other specials.

Many of the eatery's regular customers -- including Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella came in to help celebrate the occasion.

The Grille features a traditional luncheonette menu with specialty items ...

Fanwood Grille Marks First Anniversary on Saturday, July 7

FANWOOD, NJ -- Shortly after opening last summer, the Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave. in downtown Fanwood) quickly gained a reputation for its Maine lobster rolls and was profiled in the Courier News as a "retro diner."

In January 2018, the eatery was voted Best Soup in New Jersey by The Daily Meal, a leading "foodie" website. Soup fans came ...

Street Closings and Parking Restrictions in Fanwood for FanJam Festival

July 8, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- Second Street from Marian Ave. to LaGrande Ave. and Marian from Second St. to Helen St. from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in conjunction with Fanwood's Summer FanJam music and food truck festival in LaGrande Park. 

Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo announced the street closures earlier this week, and parking restrictions are clearly posted alongside nearby ...

Car Crashes into Home on Westfield/Scotch Plains Border

WESTFIELD, NJ — No one was injured Tuesday evening when a car crashed into a two-family house on the corner of West Broad Street and Lamberts Mill Road.

The crash occurred around 6:30 p.m., after rain had slicked the streets.

“I heard this big bang and the whole house shook,” said Caroline De Freitas, who lives on the second floor. “I thought, is this a bolt of ...

UPDATE: Scotch Plains Woman Injured in Plainfield Shooting Has Died

PLAINFIELD, NJ -- The female victim of a double shooting that took place in Plainfield the weekend of June 23-24 has died due to her injuries, Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas Jr. announced Monday.

The victim has been identified as Shavonne Young, 25, of Scotch Plains. The shooting, which took place around 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 24, at the corner ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Girl Scouts Earn Gold and Silver Awards

July 16, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Six local Girl Scouts this year earned their Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award that they can achieve. 

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Girl Scouts held their 33rd annual Gold and Silver Awards Ceremony at Immaculate Heart of Mary's Nazareth Center before the conclusion of the school year. The Gold Award winners from Troop 40205, 40352, and ...

Westfield Family Continues ‘Summer of Kindness’ with Infant Clothing Drive

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield mom and teacher Sara Liptack is continuing her family’s “Summer of Kindess” with an infant clothing for Furniture Assist, an organization in Springfield that helps formerly homeless people, veterans, the elderly, fire victims, refugees and people fleeing domestic violence.

“I said, ‘What’s the one thing you really ...

Katie’s Kitchen: Healthy Cooking for Teens

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The main reason that teens leaving the home for the first time don’t eat well is because of a lack of time, resources, and money. Rising senior, Katie Agnello, is trying to fix this. Katie is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award Project, Katie’s Kitchen. This project includes a healthy cooking class for teens as well as a website with tips, recipes, and videos of ...

Arbor Terrace Mountainside Prepares to Welcome First Residents

July 14, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Contractors and employees spent the past week polishing, training and putting the finishing touches on the interior of Arbor Terrace Mountainside. On Monday, July 16, the first residents will be moving in.

On Thursday, July 12, Senior Care Counselor Maria Owens gave TAPinto a guided tour of the three-story senior living facility which provides both assisted living ...

Downtown Westfield’s 17th Annual ‘Pizza Run’ Set for July 25

WESTFIELD, NJ — Combine a town with one of New Jersey’s best high school track programs (26 state titles), a midweek midsummer night, live music and pizza and you have the recipe for one of the highlights of the New Jersey running season, aptly named The Downtown Westfield 5K and Pizza Extravaganza. The 17th annual “Pizza Run,” as it’s nicknamed, starts at 7 p.m. on ...

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves to New Brunswick Children's Hospital

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

Baseball: 8u Raiders Win District State Game in Walk-Off Fashion

July 16, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD — Morning showers wiped out many baseball games throughout the state of New Jersey Sunday afternoon. Scotch Plains’ Booth Field, however, withstood the rain and was able to hold day four of the Cal Ripken 8u District State Championship.

And, for the host Scotch Plains-Fanwood 8u travel team, it’s a good thing that their home field survived the ...

17 Fascinating Facts About Rutgers Athletics

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For all the critics of the athletics program at New Jersey’s largest public university, there are more than a dozen reasons to cheer for successes of the sports programs and teams on the playing fields, in classrooms and beyond.

Here are 17 on the field and off the field things this took place this past academic year at Rutgers University:

1. Rutgers had four ...

Union Catholic's Cameren Dawkins Selected for Prestigious Golf Tournament at Pebble Beach

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Cameren Dawkins, a rising senior golf star at Union Catholic, received a great honor on Wednesday when he was chosen to participate in the very prestigious PURE Insurance Championship at the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California.

PGA TOUR Champions and The First Tee announced on the Golf Channel on Wednesday that Dawkins, who lives in Hillside ...

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Westfield Family Continues ‘Summer of Kindness’ with Infant Clothing Drive

July 12, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield mom and teacher Sara Liptack is continuing her family’s “Summer of Kindess” with an infant clothing for Furniture Assist, an organization in Springfield that helps formerly homeless people, veterans, the elderly, fire victims, refugees and people fleeing domestic violence.

“I said, ‘What’s the one thing you really ...

It's Not What You Are Eating, It's What's Eating You

EMOTIONAL EATING: FEEDING YOUR FEELINGS

Emotional eating can be described as episodes of binge-eating, grazing and/or eating when not hungry to soothe feelings. Emotional eaters have a pattern of eating to cope with stress, emotional conflicts and problems of daily life.

Emotional eating is eating for reasons other than hunger. Instead of physical symptoms initiating the eating, ...

Let's Talk About Suicide

In our world today, it seems our children, no matter the town, state, education, family unit, socioeconomic background, ethnicity or religion are grappling with complex, confounding and complicated issues not even fit for a middle-aged adult. Sadly, one of these issues is suicide. With mental health gaining more attention, the stigma appears to be dissipating but when a mental health ...

What Is Your Bottom Line?

This week's Parshah (Torah reading) is the Parshah of Pinchas the Zealot: the courageous young priest who stood up against idolatry and immorality and, in the end, saved Israel from a devastating plague.

While Pinchas' radical response made him a hero worthy of having a Torah section named after him, we wouldn't necessarily suggest to our children ...

Affordable Housing Hearing In Trenton Needs Your Voice

July 16, 2018

Dear Editor:

Recently Mayor Al Smith of Scotch Plains joined the chorus of ordinary suburban New Jersey voices  who are deeply concerned about NJ overdevelopment in the guise of affordable housing.  Prominent names like Asm. Jon Bramnick, Asw. Holly Schepisi and NJ101.5 radio host Bill Spadea have also expressed concern. 

Unfortunately, I ...

When to Dial 911: Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Tip of the Month

July 10, 2018

There are many times you should call 911. If you or someone around you is in true medical distress, such as experiencing difficulty breathing, chest pains, bleeding, possible stroke, or any other serious health issues, then 911 should be called as soon as possible. If there are wires down, fire, a crime in progress, or other dangerous conditions to people or property, call 911 ...

Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey Encourages Family Fun with Online Fishing Tournament

July 16, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ — The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) is asking families to cast their lines and reel in some quality time this summer as part of the fourth annual Don’t Get Hooked on Drugs Online NJ Family Fishing Tournament.

The competition will be held from July 27 to August 5 as a way to encourage families to enjoy a day of fishing, while giving ...