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

January 14, 2018

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 ...

Fanwood Councilman Publishes First Novel

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Councilman Tom Kranz has published his first novel, Budland, the story of how Bud Remmick, a successful TV assignment editor, went from newsroom manager to prison inmate.  

Remmick's plan sounded good on paper: do the time for killing his blackmailing, abusive boss, get out in a few years, and move on with his life. But the realities of prison -- ...

Union Catholic Principal Sister Percylee Hart Steals Show at Cabaret Night

On a night filled with surprises and memorable performances from the past and present, Union Catholic Principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, stole the show at the third annual Cabaret Night last Friday in the Union Catholic Auditorium.

With the packed house and cast members all in suspense over who the special guest performer would be, Nick Kraus (UC Class of 2002) came on stage for the final ...

Mayor Al Smith Welcomes Michael Lamela CPA in Scotch Plains

January 12, 2018

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 ...

Scotch Plains Redevelopment Committee Reconvenes in 2018 with New Members

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- At the Scotch Plains Downtown Committee meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 10, Mayor Al Smith announced that he will provide details on the Township's affordable housing settlement. at the next Council meeting next Tuesday.

 

"It will have a major impact on the town," according to Mayor Smith.

 

Also at the Redevelopment meeting, which was ...

Plainfield: Muhlenberg Hospital Site Set for New Life

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- An adaptive reuse project aims to breathe new life into the shuttered Muhlenberg Hospital (1200 Randolph Rd, Plainfield). The City Council recently approved a plan by Muhlenberg Urban Renewal, LLC, an affiliate of Bloomfield-based Community Healthcare Associates (CHA), to develop a 186,000 sq. ft. medical arts complex and 120 luxury residential apartments.

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, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Alumni Share Advice with Students

January 16, 2018

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 ...

Scotch Plains Fanwood Scholarship Foundation Application Now Available

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fanwood Scholarship Foundation is pleased to invite all high school seniors and college students residing in Scotch Plains and Fanwood to apply for the many scholarships available through the Foundation. 

Some awards are need-based, while others have different criteria for selection, such as the intent to pursue an education ...

College Club Scholarship Applications are Open for 2018-19

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The College Club of Fanwood-Scotch Plains 2018-19 scholarship application forms can be obtained from the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Counseling Office or at www.collegeclubfsp.org.

Scholarships are awarded annually to young women who are:

High school seniors or
College students, and who plan to pursue a Baccalaureate Degree at a four-year ...

Fanwood Grille Introduces Dinners to Go

January 9, 2018

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 ...

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

January 12, 2018

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 ...

Scotch Plains Police Bust Suspected Drug Dealer, Confiscate $6K of Marijuana

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains police arrested Kenneth J. Norton, 23, of Scotch Plains on charges including possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia on Saturday, Dec. 30.

 

The search warrant of a home at 417 Farley Avenue resulted from months-long investigation conducted by Det. Bradley Belford of the Scotch ...

Firefighters, Cops Find Body in Clark Home Wednesday Evening

CLARK, NJ — The Clark Fire and Police Departments discovered the body of a man in a Clark home Wednesday night while putting out a fire.

“A 58-year-old male resident was discovered with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Clark Police Chief Pedro Matos. “The investigation is still ongoing, but it does appear he attempted to set the house on ...

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

January 15, 2018

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 ...

Scenes from the 9th Annual MLK Day of Service in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Nearly 1,000 volunteers across Scotch Plains-Fanwood participated in the 9th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.

Volunteers of all ages were involved in various activities in the community, including providing food to the hungry and sending Valentine's cards to U.S. troops serving overseas.

"Today I had ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood 9th Annual MLK Day of Service Schedule for Mon, Jan. 15

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The 9th annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood MLK Day of Service is takes place this Monday, Jan. 15. The Opening Program begins at the JCC at 10:00 a.m. Adults and families are welcome to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Volunteer opportunities take place from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all ...

Over The Counter Dietary Supplement May Prevent Epileptic Seizures

January 13, 2018

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 ...

Clark High School Senior Dies; Counselors Provide Support to Classmates

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 ...

Red Cross NJ Region Offers Winter Storm Safety Tips

PRINCETON, NJ — The American Red Cross is keeping a close eye on the winter storm expected to impact New Jersey, bringing with it the potential for snowfall and icy conditions affecting various parts of the state. The Red Cross has steps people can take to prepare for and stay safe during severe winter weather.

“The most important thing people can do right now is to get ...

Ice Hockey: Glod, Scheer Net Hat Tricks as Raiders Crush ALJ, 11-2, in County Cup

January 15, 2018

ROSELLE, NJ — The performance put on by Scotch Plains-Fanwood Monday night not only punched the Raiders a state playoff ticket, but it also said something, loud and clear: Bring on Westfield. 

In the midst of their greatest season in program history, the Raiders produced their most dominant game yet with an 11-2 drilling of A.L. Johnson (Clark) in the Union County Cup quarterfinal ...

Track and Field: Union Catholic Girls Nearly Register Perfect Score on Way to 5th Straight County Relay Title

JERSEY CITY, NJ -- The Union Catholic girls track and field team produced the most dominant performance in meet history when the Vikings just missed recording a perfect score en route to winning the Union County Relay title for the fifth straight year on Sunday at the Jersey City Armory.

The Vikings won seven of the eight events, including NJ #1 times in the shuttle hurdles and ...

Boys Basketball: VIDEO/PHOTOS - Brady’s Three With :23 Lifts Scotch Plains-Fanwood Over Woodbridge

UNION, NJ -- Trailing or even with Woodbridge for the first 31 of 32 minutes on Sunday, Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s undefeated start was in grave jeopardy. 

With 23 seconds in the game remaining, after continuously battling back and always being countered by Woodbridge, the Raiders finally jumped ahead and stayed on top for good. 

Jack Brady hit a three-pointer in the ...

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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 ...

Dog Dies After Being Left at PetSmart; SPCA and Family Seek Answers

January 4, 2018

RARITAN TWP., NJ – This is a story about Scruffles and it is not a happy one.

Scruffles was an eight-year-old bulldog, a pet loved by Danielle DiNapoli and her family. Their story has gone viral on Facebook with more than 14,000 shares and nearly 10,000 comments, leading DiNapoli to create a “Justice for Scruffles” Facebook page.

DiNapoli said she just wants answers. She ...

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 ...

Trump’s Comments Targeting Immigrants from Africa and Central America

January 14, 2018

Dear Editor:

Donald Trump continues to make clear what many of us knew to be true in throughout the 2016 presidential election cycle: he is a racist whose bigotry and ignorance guide his decision-making.

For far too long, his allies and validators have excused his shameful behavior and discriminatory policies, refusing to hold him to the standard of the Office of the President.

This ...

Learning the Warning Signs to Prevent Teen Suicides

January 10, 2018

Losing a child to suicide is one of the most devastating, heartbreaking and life changing events that impact a family’s life forever. Parents, siblings, family, friends and community are all affected by the loss and our community mourns.

How can teen suicides be prevented? 

Parents question and blame themselves for not having seen the warning signs. Understanding ...

Boys Basketball: Union Catholic Celebrates Alumni Reunion Day with Win over North 13th Street Tech

January 14, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Riding the hot early shooting of Ibn Lynn and Isaiah Hill, Union Catholic  jumped out to big early lead on the way to 62-42 victory over North 13th Street Tech in front of a big group of former UC players who gathered for a Basketball Alumni Reunion on Saturday.

The Vikings, now 8-4 on the season, opened the game with a 15-0 run and ...

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Tue, January 16, 1:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Evening Book Club @ Scotch Plains Public Library

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Tue, January 16, 6:00 PM

Community Access Unlimited, Elizabeth

Open Auditions for Very Special "Annie, Jr."

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Tue, January 16, 7:30 PM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

“The Art of Flower and Garden Photography” with ...

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