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National Exhibition on Frederick Douglass at Scotch Plains Public Library

January 20, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Public Library will host Frederick Douglass from Slavery to Freedom: The Journey to New York City, a national traveling exhibition, on display from Saturday, Feb. 10, to Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.  

The exhibition explores the youth of Frederick Douglass, born a slave in Maryland in 1818, who after his escape to NY in 1838 became one of the ...

Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters Annual Winter Show Set

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters annual Winter Train show at the Ted Blum 4-H Center, on Milltown Road, is being held Jan. 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children under 12 years old. Children under the age of 2 years old are free. Admission pays for entry to all areas of the show. The ...

Plainfield Symphony's 98th Annual Free Concert Will Be “A Family Affair” on Jan. 27

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Family Concert on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 3:00 p.m. under the baton of Maestro Charles Prince. The concert will be held at Crescent Ave. Presbyterian Church (716 Watchung Ave. in Plainfield).

The program, entitled “A Family Affair,” will feature the Young Pianist Competition of New ...

Facebook Changes Its News Feed; How You Can Get Your Local News

January 20, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Facebook recently announced it is changing its news feed and algorithms so that news from legitimate publishers and posts from businesses will seldom appear. 

This will be frustrating for people who use Facebook to find news and information relevant to them, said TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro. 

“Relegating legitimate news publishers and ...

Reasons Why New Jersey Is the Second Worst Place to Retire

NEW JERSEY -- If you are thinking of staying in New Jersey after your working days are over, you might want to think again. Many people consider relocating to a state that lets you keep more money in your pocket without requiring a drastic lifestyle change.

 

WalletHub, an online financial services site, compared all 50 states on indicators of retirement friendliness. The ...

Mayor Al Smith Welcomes Michael Lamela CPA in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith and members of the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon to officially open the new office of Michael Lamela, CPA, at 210 Haven Ave. in Scotch Plains.

"If you are looking for a blend of personal service and expertise, you have come to the right place," says Lamela. "With today's complex tax laws, I strive to ...

Fanwood Resident Struck and Killed by NJ Transit Train

January 16, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ -- The man fatally struck by a New Jersey Transit train in Elizabeth near the Broad Street station late Saturday night has been identified as 24-year-old Emmanuel Laboy from Fanwood, according to a report by NJ.com.

Laboy, earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Affairs from Columbia University in 2017 and a BA degree in political science a ...

Fanwood Recreation Children’s Winter Programs

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Recreation’s upcoming lineup of after-school programs offers a fun, exciting mix of the old and the new. Returning are such favorites as LEGO Club, Babysitting Certification Class, Junior First Responders and Child’s Play Challenge Course.

For the first time, for those young scientists who like creating things that are a little bit… icky, ...

18 Scotch Plains-Fanwood Students Make Dean's List at University of Delaware

January 20, 2018

NEWARK, DE -- Students from your region have been named to the University of Delaware Dean's List for the Fall 2017 semester:

Eduardo Arocha of Fanwood
Samuel Bebout of Fanwood
Madeleine Bebout of Fanwood
Rachel Butler of Fanwood
Paige Vanbuskirk of Fanwood
Megan Voorhees of Fanwood

Francesca Arvizzigno of Scotch Plains
Paige Crandall of Scotch Plains
Mikayla ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Students on Roger Williams Fall 2017 Dean's List

BRISTOL, RI -- Three students from Scotch Plains have been named to the Fall 2017 Dean's List at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Full-time students who complete 12 or more credits per semester and earn a GPA of 3.4 or higher are placed on the Dean's List that semester.

Amanda Espinoza 
Caroline Keane 
Gianna Rosello 

With campuses on the coast ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Alumni Share Advice with Students

EDISON, NJ -- Four graduates from the Class of 2017 at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison participated in a panel discussion and answered questions about the college process and their transition from high school on Young Alumni College Day in Lower Snowdon. The discussion was moderated by Susan Swenson of Plainfield, Director of College Counseling.

This year's panel included, from ...

Fanwood Grille Soups Voted "Best in NJ" by Foodie Website The Daily Meal

January 18, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ – National food website, The Daily Meal, which has released its list of Best Soups in Every State, has chosen the soups at the Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Avenue, Fanwood, NJ) as the best in New Jersey.

The Daily Meal wrote that “restaurants all throughout the country are making some truly great bowls of soup from scratch, and we’ve tracked down the best ...

Fanwood Grille to Celebrate Mardi Gras with Cajun Food Fest on Feb. 13

FANWOOD, NJ – The Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave.) will celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday, Feb. 13, with a special Cajun food menu that will include the eatery’s popular New Orleans chicken gumbo, crawfish etouffée, and classic Po’ boy sandwiches. 

For the occasion, the Grille will extend its evening hours until 8:00 p.m. Reservations are suggested for the ...

Fanwood Grille Introduces Dinners to Go

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- For commuters and others who want convenient, quality food, The Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave., Fanwood) has introduced its Dinners-to-Go offering.  

The offerings include many current favorites and some new editions, including maple honey ham, meatloaf, pasta primavera, and salmon. The new items can be found in the "To ...

Scotch Plains Honors First Responders at Annual Dinner

January 20, 2018

GARWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains Township held its annual awards dinner honoring its local heroes on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Westwood in Garwood. Police Sgt. Jerry Brown was the Guest of Honor at the awards dinner. 

Honorees included:

Deputy Fire Chief Skip Paal (20 years of service)
Fire Captain Dennis Hercel Jr. (Above & Beyond)
Firefighter Doug Freitag (40 years of ...

Scotch Plains Offically Welcomes Three New Police Officers

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Police Department welcomed three new members to the force this month: Officer Michael Smolinski, Officer Richard Sopko, Officer Charles Tripet.

Richard Sopko 
Sopko grew up in Clark, NJ, and graduated from AL Johnson HS and then later from Clemson with a BS degree in biological science. In 2010, he enlisted with the NJ National Guard to become ...

Widespread Power Outages Hit Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Other Union County Towns Friday Morning

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — Customers are reporting widespread power outages across Union County Friday morning.

Outages are affecting several towns, including Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Westfield, Clark, Union, Cranford, Garwood, Roselle Park, Rahway and Elizabeth. Outages have been reported along Hetfield Ave. in Scotch Plains and in other parts of the town, according ...

Somerset Patriots and Steve Kalafer Receive 4-H K9 Dano Award

January 19, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots and team Chairman Steve Kalafer have received the Somerset County 4-H K9 Dano Award.

The K9 Dano Award is given annually to Somerset County businesses or residents that have gone above and beyond in their treatment of animals. 

“We are truly honored to receive the K9 Dano Award,” said Kalafer. “The Somerset Patriots take pride ...

Sheelen's Donates $3,000 to Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders Boosters

FANWOOD, NJ -- Sheelen's Crossing donated $3,000 for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Boosters Club last week. The donation is a result of the bar/bistro's year-long Bloody Mary bar, which was co-sponsored by Tito's Vodka.

Sean Flannery, owner of Sheelen's Crossing, presented the check to Fanwood Councilwoman Erin McElroy Barker, Mayor Colleen Mahr, and Matt Tibbals of ...

MLK Day of Service Honors Lifelong Scotch Plains Resident and Volunteer Marie Leppert

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- At the opening ceremony for the 9th annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, longtime community volunteer Marie Leppert was honored with the third annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood Martin Luther King Day of Service Award at the JCC.  The award was presented by Sylvia Hicks, the 2017 honoree along with the Honorable Leland S. McGee, the ...

Health Department Sees Spike in Flu Cases, Offers Clues to Prevent the Flu

January 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ -- In line with both statewide and nationwide data, our area is seeing an increase in confirmed flu cases, according to the Westfield Regional Health Department, which also serves Chatham, Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, New Providence, Roselle Park and Summit.

“It’s here. It’s in New Jersey. It’s in all of our towns,” said Laura ...

Health Department Sees Spike in Flu Cases, Offers Clues to Prevent the Flu

WESTFIELD, NJ -- In line with both statewide and nationwide data, our area is seeing an increase in confirmed flu cases, according to the Westfield Regional Health Department, which also serves Chatham, Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, New Providence, Roselle Park and Summit.

“It’s here. It’s in New Jersey. It’s in all of our towns,” said Laura ...

Over The Counter Dietary Supplement May Prevent Epileptic Seizures

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects an estimated 3 million adults and 470,000 children in the U.S. It is characterized by unpredictable, recurrent seizures that can occur when brain cells become hyperactive. This leads to surges of electrical activity that disrupt signaling between brain excitability in the learning and memory region of the brain (the ...

Union Catholic's Students for Human Dignity headed to D.C. for March for Life

January 20, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A group of students from Union Catholic's Students for Human Dignity Club headed south to Washington, D.C. on Friday, Jan. 19, to participate in the 45th annual March For Life.
 
Students from Union Catholic were joined by the St. Bartholomew and Immaculate Heart of Mary Parishes of Scotch Plains in the March for Life, which involves several Catholic youth and ...

Wrestling: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Falls to Roselle Park, 44-23, on Historic Night

January 20, 2018

ROSELLE PARK, NJ --  Roselle Park became only the second high school wrestling program to win 1,000 matches when it beat the Raiders, 44-23, in a match originally scheduled to be held at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.

Roselle Park's lighter weight wrestlers led the day, as Michael Fleck was the only Raider below the 170 weight class to win his match. Fleck and Nick ...

Girls Track and Field: Union Catholic Races to 4th Straight State Non-Public A Relay Title

TOMS RIVER, NJ -- In a performance that solidified its status as the top team in New Jersey, Union Catholic put on a remarkable display by sweeping all six track events and steamrolling its way to a 72-37 victory over runner-up Paramus Catholic. UC captured its fourth straight State Non-Public A Relay title on Thursday night at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

UC won the ...

Boys Track and Field: Union Catholic Wins 5 Events, Places 2nd at State Relays

TOMS RIVER, NJ -- The Union Catholic boys track and field team had one of its best indoor meets in recent years when the Vikings won five events and placed second at the State Non-Public A Relays on Thursday night at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

UC, which placed second to CBA, 72-66, received several great performances.

One of the biggest highlights for the Vikings came ...

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Clark High School Senior Dies; Counselors Provide Support to Classmates

January 9, 2018

CLARK, NJ — Students at Arthur L. Johnson High School are mourning a classmate who died Monday evening. 

“I am writing to you with great sadness that one of our ALJ seniors passed away this evening. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends,” Clark's School Superintendent Ed Grande wrote in a letter to parents Monday night.

The ...

The New Tax Plan: When It Comes To Real Estate, There are Still Winners

Let’s see who wins and who may lose.

We have all heard a lot about the new tax plan. Depending on your individual financial situation, you may have a positive or negative take on the tax bill. But how does it impact real estate? That also depends on a few things, like where you are buying a house, how much money you have, and what you intend to do with it.

The new tax plan has had a ...

Mark Zuckerberg Should Be Concerned About His Legacy; Punishing Legitimate Media Organizations and Small Businesses Isn’t the Answer; Regulation Is

Facebook recently announced it will be changing its feed and algorithms so that news from publishers and posts from businesses will be relegated in favor of posts about your neighbor’s cat. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is making these changes because he is concerned about his legacy and that of the company he founded. If ...

Does Our Congresswoman Care About How Scotch Plains Feels Right Now?

January 18, 2018

Dear Editor:

This week, as you can read here, Scotch Plains got hit with an absolutely outrageous number of apartments by the Fair Share Housing Center under the Mount Laurel doctrine.  Many of us are very extremely worried about the impact on our schools and traffic that this overdevelopment might cause. We also wonder what private interests might be profiting from all ...

What Affects One, Affects All in the Family System

January 20, 2018

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 family ...

National Exhibition on Frederick Douglass at Scotch Plains Public Library

January 20, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Public Library will host Frederick Douglass from Slavery to Freedom: The Journey to New York City, a national traveling exhibition, on display from Saturday, Feb. 10, to Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.  

The exhibition explores the youth of Frederick Douglass, born a slave in Maryland in 1818, who after his escape to NY in 1838 became one of the ...

Upcoming Events

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Sun, January 21, 10:00 AM

Temple Sholom, Scotch Plains

Temple Sholom Religious School Open House

Education Religions And Spirituality

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Sun, January 21, 2:00 PM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

The Wonderful World of Snow Globes

Other

Mon, January 22, 3:30 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Middle School Scene @ Scotch Plains Public Library

Arts & Entertainment Education