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Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Hosts 20th Annual Marching Band Festival

September 23, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Marching Band hosted its 20th Annual Marching Band Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22. 

South Brunswick was the big winner of the evening and took home the mayors' trophy. Members of the Scotch Plains Fanwood marching band presented trophies to the winners in various categories.

The Festival included performances by ...

Westfield International Film Festival Kicks Off at James Ward Mansion

WESTFIELD, NJ — The four-day Westfield International Film Festival kicked off Thursday evening at the James Ward Mansion downtown.

Attendees enjoyed cocktails and appetizers provided by Westfield vendors before sitting down to view the first series of short film screenings.

“I think it’s going fantastic,” said Founder and Executive Director Gina Rodriguez.

New Jersey Festival Orchestra Season Opens on October 13/14 with “Made in America!”

WESTFIELD, NJ -- The New Jersey Festival Orchestra (NJFO) has announced its exciting new program for the 2018-2109 season. The beautifully crafted new series promises a variety of spectacular concerts that celebrate composers and artists who came to the U.S. from abroad and were inspired by what they found here.

The season showcases highly anticipated appearances by a series of ...

Fanwood Development and Business Update

September 22, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ – Fanwood’s economic development director Liz Jeffery hosted a small business roundtable for local business owners on Wednesday evening at the Fanwood Grille to update them on developments impacting the borough’s downtown area.

Station Square at Fanwood (35 townhome style rentals with 7 affordable units) – Developer Landmark has received building permits.

Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee Unanimously Approves Downtown Redevelopment Plan

SCOTCH PLAINS,  NJ -- The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) unanimously approved the draft Tier 1, Phase 1 Downtown Redevelopment Plan at its monthly public meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 12. 

Following this action, the plan will now go to the Scotch Plains Township Council for approval. The SPDRC, which contains residents, downtown business, and downtown ...

Fanwood Hosts Downtown New Jersey Professionals for Redevelopment Summit

FANWOOD, NJ -- More than 20 economic development professionals and downtown managers met in Fanwood on Wednesday, Sept. 12, to discuss downtown economic development and hear from Mayor Colleen Mahr about the Borough’s efforts to revitalize its downtown community.

Mayor Mahr spoke about Fanwood’s experience and the 10-year effort to attract new development, businesses and ...

Cruising on Park Ave. Car Show in Scotch Plains on Sun, Sept. 30

September 24, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains will host the Cruising on Park Ave. Car Show on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. featuring dozens of hot rods and music from the band Memphis Rain.

The show will take place between Front St. & Westfield Ave. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily ...

Community Organizations Invited to Display at Scotch Plains Day on Sun, Oct. 7

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains will host the annual Scotch Plains Day Fall Family Festival on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the downtown district on Park Avenue. 

The event will feature:

Food Trucks
Family Entertainment
Interactive Inflatables
Local Community Organizations
And more

The Township is encouraging more local ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Schools Superintendent Presents New School Year Report to BOE

September 24, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS – SPFK12 Superintendent of Schools Dr. Margaret Hayes, presented her "Opening of Schools" report for the 2018-19 academic year at the Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. 

Among the highlights of the report:

5,626 students attend the eight schools in the district, a slight increase from last year’s total of 5,584 ...

Tips for Tackling College Costs

ROSELAND, NJ – As the school year begins, does the prospect of paying college tuition for your kids next year and in the future make you panic? While college can be a major expense, there are ways to minimize the cost.

Here are some tips that can help your student (and family) have a good college experience without spending a fortune.  

Start at a Community College
Is your ...

Rutgers President Barchi Staying 2 More Years

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University President Robert Barchi has agreed to continue in that position for two more years, university officials said.

Members of the Rutgers board of governors asked him to remain at least two more years, and he agreed, officials said.

“Bob Barchi has been a remarkable leader for Rutgers,” board president Sandy Stewart said. He said ...

Elections: Scotch Plains Republican Council Candidates Launch 2018 Campaign

September 13, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Republicans kicked off their 2018 election season with a fundraiser hosted by Pam and Rich Duthie. 

The 2018 candidates on the Republican ticket for Scotch Plains Council are: 

Andrew Bondarowicz
Sonali Dalvi
Jeff Kowalczyk

The party's platform consists of positions on the following:

Business District -- Work ...

Elections: Scotch Plains Democratic Council Candidates Launch 2018 Campaign

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer as well as the kickoff of the 2018 campaign season. 

The Scotch Plains Democratic team -- Elizabeth Stamler, Roshan “Roc” White, and Josh Losardo -- is in full swing and focusing on their campaign. The Council candidates have been knocking on doors to introduce themselves and layout their campaign ...

Scotch Plains Farmers Market Welcomes Mexi-Boys

September 23, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Farmers Market welcomed its newest vendor, Mexi-Boys, on Saturday.

The co-owners, who worked together at a food truck previously and then ventured on their own, opened for business just a few months ago but have developed a strong following in Jersey City and in Union. 

The Scotch Plains Farmers Market is open every Saturday from ...

September Starts Soup Season for the Fanwood Grille

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Having won the title of Best Soup in New Jersey from food website The Daily Meal, the Fanwood Grille has expanded the availability of its award-winning soups to the Scotch Plains Farmers Market this fall.

Among the soups that the eatery has sold at the market are its famed lobster bisque and New England clam chowder, the popular chicken noodle soup, and ...

Scenes from the Scotch Plains Farm-to-Table Fundraiser for Veterans Programs

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The second annual "From Farm to Table" fundraising dinner treated attendees with a six-course meal prepared by Brian Kirpan, from BK Private Dining and Catering, and other local chefs on Saturday, Sept. 15, on the "hedge property" next to the Scotch Plains Municipal Building.

Kirpan created the gourmet meal using farm fresh ...

Road Closure in Fanwood

September 24, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- Sections of Madison Avenue in Fanwood will be closed between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. this week for road work, according to Fanwoof Police Chief Richard Trigo.

Please use caution when driving through this area," Chief Trigo said. "Detour signs will be in place, and officers will be on the scene to assist with traffic." is Scotch ...

Fanwood Announces Sale Date for 2019 Train Parking Passes

Fanwood, NJ -- The Borough of Fanwood has announced the sale dates for 2019 parking passes at the Fanwood Train Station. 

October 9, 2018
Fanwood Renewals
A link and password will be emailed to all REGISTERED permit holders on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018.
* Renewals are guaranteed a space, but not the same spot as this year.

Oct. 15, 2018
Fanwood New Applicants
A link ...

Fanwood Police Chief Encourages Citizens to Register Surveillance Cameras

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo is asking residents and business owners to help solve crime and keep the community safe by registering their surveillance cameras with the Citizen/Business Security Program to help deter crime and assist FPD in its overall crime prevention strategy.

"Many residents and business owners currently operate surveillance systems at their ...

Fanwood and Scotch Plains Residents Take Oaths as Advocates for Foster Youth

September 24, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ — State Superior Court Judge James Hely administered oaths to 13 Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County, including Carolyn Colonna of Fanwood and Judy Sturm of Scotch Plains. The volunteers came from 11 towns from across the County. 

CASA Volunteers are extra eyes and ears for family law judges hearing cases involving abused, neglected or ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Kids and Community Raise $1,200+ for Homeless Vets with Lemonade Stand

FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr presented a proclamation to Fanwood children (left to right) Olivia Haley, Dante Castronuovo and Ian Weisholtz who raised $1,265 for the Valley Brook Village Community for homeless veterans by selling lemonade. 

The second graders, who attend Brunner School, received a proclamation naming Sept. 17, 2018, in their honor along with a Key to the ...

Scenes from the Scotch Plains Farm-to-Table Fundraiser for Veterans Programs

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The second annual "From Farm to Table" fundraising dinner treated attendees with a six-course meal prepared by Brian Kirpan, from BK Private Dining and Catering, and other local chefs on Saturday, Sept. 15, on the "hedge property" next to the Scotch Plains Municipal Building.

Kirpan created the gourmet meal using farm fresh ...

Fanwood 5K Super Hero and Family Fun Run on Oct. 21

September 23, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood 5K Super Hero and Family Fun Run tales place on Sunday, Oct. 21 at La Grande Park in Fanwood. 

Online registration closes on Friday, Oct. 19, at midnight. Fees are $25, USATF-NJ members: $20, Late registrations: Oct. 20 and 21: $30. Fun Run: $10 with race t-shirt, $5 without t-shirt. Save $5 by inviting 3 friends to run ...

Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2018 and Beyond

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- September 22 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, and the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is joining the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Falls Free Coalition for this annual initiative, a day of action to help raise awareness and prevention of falls in our community.

Each year, it is estimated that one-fourth of Americans aged 65 or older will ...

FUMC Westfield to Examine “Addams Family Values” in Worship

September 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Things are about to get creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky at First United Methodist Church Westfield!

As the Westfield community prepares to celebrate the works of Charles Addams at Addams Fest, FUMC Westfield will be taking a look at some “Addams Family Values” during Sunday morning worship in October.

Sunday, October 7th: We will be exploring ...

Union Catholic Community Pauses in Prayer to Honor Victims of 9/11

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- The Union Catholic Community paused in prayer on Tuesday morning to honor the memory of the victims of 9/11.

John Becht, UC's Campus Minister, and UC students Shaun Keating, Brianna Pinheiro, and Katie Paltz all delivered prayers that aired over UCTV. That was followed by a moment of silence, and then UC Principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, held a prayer service with ...

SPF PAL Players of the Week for Sept. 23

September 24, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fanwood PAL Raiders won twice and dropped one game in New Jersey Suburban Youth Football League play on Sunday, Sept. 23, in Berkeley Heights.

The A team Raiders defeated Berkley Heights, 30-6, on the eighth grade level, and the D team fifth grade Raiders knocked off Chatham, 13-0, also in Berkeley Heights. The C team for SPF was defeated by ...

Scenes from SPF PAL - Week 2

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- While the SPF PAL A, B, and C Raiders played against Berkeley Heights and the D took on Chatham on Sunday, Sept. 23, flag football ruled the day at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School varsity field.

SPF PAL flag football is played by players in grades K-8 every Sunday at the high school's lower grass fields and on the varsity football ...

Volleyball: Union Catholic Places Third in Bloomfield Tournament

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The Union Catholic volleyball team, ranked No. 6 in the state, turned in a very strong showing when the Vikings placed third at the very prestigious Bloomfield Tournament on Saturday.

The Vikings, competing in a loaded field that consisted of 24 teams, defeated Hunterdon Central, 25-21, 25-19 and Jackson Liberty, 25-13, 25-20, and split with Mount Olive, 25-21, ...

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Pedestrian In Critical Condition After Being Struck on Route 22 Early Sunday Morning

September 13, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – A 24-year-old Mountainside resident is in critical condition at University Medical Center in Newark after being struck by a vehicle while walking on Route 22 in the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 9.

Police gave the following account of the incident:

At about 1:09 a.m. Sunday, a 24-year-old Mountainside resident was walking along Route 22 East, near the ...

The Benefits of Family Therapy

Family systems theory is a theory of human behavior that views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. 

Members of the family are intensely connected emotionally.  What affects one, affects all in the family system.  For example: when family members get anxious, the anxiety can escalate by spreading from one ...

September Is Suicide Prevention Month and Pain Awareness Month

September is suicide prevention awareness month and pain awareness month. Both are very much related.

Patients with chronic pain are vulnerable to depression and may present with higher risk for suicide. According to the American Chronic Pain Association, patients with chronic pain are twice as likely to attempt suicide compared with those without chronic pain, an action generally caused ...

Summer Ends, School Routine Begins

The new school year has arrived. Back to the routine of getting up early, school assignments, sport activities (which means more driving), early breakfasts, meal planning and overall more activities.

Oftentimes as parents, we begin to take on a lot of the responsibility for our kids going “back to school.” We are overwhelmed by the number of things we need to do in order ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School's 'Happy Days'

September 24, 2018

Dear Editor:

High schools in the 50's were always some combination of the movie, Grease, and the old TV series, Happy Days. Grease was typical of most city schools, while Happy Days was the model for the upscale "burbs." Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (SPFHS) was definitely in the latter category.

In 1958, the last of the "small classes" (182+) was to become the ...

Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Tip of the Month: Avoiding Fall Driving Hazards

September 11, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Everyone knows that winter can bring driving challenges, with snow and ice sometimes covering the roadways. But did you know that fall can be just as hazardous?

Those beautiful colorful leaves that we all admire can cause slippery roads, especially after a rainfall. Wheels can easily lose traction when driving over them, especially if you’re going at a high rate ...

Three Union County College Students Named 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise

September 24, 2018

CRANFORD – Union County College (UCC) students Isabel Castillo of Elizabeth, David Valle of Linden, and Brandan Williams of Plainfield, have each been named as Phi Theta Kappa 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars and will each receive $1,000 scholarships.

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) members offset educational expenses while ...

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