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Scotch Plains Public Library Announces May Book Clubs

April 25, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- On Monday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m., the Evening Book Club will meet at the Scotch Plains Library to discuss Karolina’s Twins by Ronald H. Balson. From the author of Once We Were Brothers comes a saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor’s quest to fulfill a promise, return to Poland, and find two sisters lost during World War II.

On Tuesday, May 15 ...

Scotch Plains Public Library to Host Star Wars Craft for Teens

May the Fourth be with you!  Teens in grades 5-12 are invited to the library on Friday, May 4 at 3:30 pm for a Star Wars-themed craft.

For more information or to register, visit www.scotlib.org, email library@scotlib.org, call (908) 322-5007 x 204 or stop by the Reference Desk.

The Scotch Plains Library is located at 1927 Bartle Ave., one block from Park Ave. in the center of ...

Union County College’s Drama Club to Present “12 Angry Jurors”

CRANFORD – Union County College’s Drama Club will be performing for their spring show the play, “12 Angry Jurors,” as adapted by Sherman L. Sergel and based on the Emmy award-winning TV movie by Reginald Rose. The play is based on the same plot as “12 Twelve Angry Men,” but by being named “12 Angry Jurors” both men and women appear in the ...

Sheelen's Fish Market Cuts Ribbon in Fanwood

April 23, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- Sheelen's Fish Market (383 South Ave., Fanwood) celebrated its official opening on Saturday, April 21, by hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and members of the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce (GWACC).

"We're not a fish & chips place. The key thing is that we are a fish market with seafood brought in daily from the world ...

Scotch Plains Farmers Market to Open 2018 Season on Sat, May 12

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Farmers Market will launch its 2018 season on Saturday, May 12 at the Municipal Building parking lot in downtown Scotch Plains.

"Our popular open-air market happens to be celebrating its 26th year, and promises to be one of the best again in the area," said organizers Jeff Stein and Lisa Mohn of the Scotch Plains Business + ...

Readying for Spring with Grille-nola at the Fanwood Grille

FANWOOD, NJ -- While spring snows seem to now be over, eventually warm weather will take over on a permanent basis, and the Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave., Fanwood) is ready for the change of seasons.

This week, the eatery reintroduced its yogurt parfaits with fresh berries that proved so popular last summer. However, a new twist for 2018 is the addition of homemade granola ...

New Senior Café to Open in Scotch Plains

April 25, 2018

Union County, NJ – The Union County Freeholders have announced the opening of a new senior café in Scotch Plains on Tuesday, May 1, at the Shady Rest Clubhouse at the Scotch Hills Country Club (820 Jerusalem Road). The historic site is a meeting place for Scotch Plains seniors, and is currently owned by the Township of Scotch Plains. Built in the 1920s, it was the first ...

Kurt Steiner, a Holocaust Survivor, Tells Life Story as 106th Birthday Draws Near

CRANFORD, NJ – In a quaint white house near the border of Cranford and Garwood, 105-year-old Kurt Steiner sat at his dining room table, surrounded by cabinets that held his collection of Viennese glass and antique Limoge plates. At his table, he had his carefully taped together passport and exit papers from Vienna, Austria, stamped with a large “J” and “Jude,” the ...

Local Residents Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

April 21, 2018

BATON ROUGE, LA -- Alexandra Burns and Jane Lestarchick of Scotch Plains were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, at The College of New Jersey. They are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa ...

"Abigail Adams" Comes to Fanwood-Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ --  “Abigail Adams”, portrayed by living history presenter Carol Simon Levine, brings to life the lost stories of fascinating and forgotten women at the monthly meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains & Fanwood on Tuesday evening April 24th. 

Abigail Adams famously wrote to her husband John asking that the Continential ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Musicians Win Multiple Awards at Festivals of Music Competition

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Music Department performed exceptionally well at the Festival of Music Competition in Virginia Beach, Virginia, this weekend.

The renowned Moonglowers performed My Funny Valentine and placed first in their division, and won Best Overall Jazz Ensemble at the 2018 Festival of Music, along with the ...

Fanwood Democrats Nominate Erin McElroy-Barker and Patricia Walsh to Run for Borough Council

April 18, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Democratic Committee has nominated Borough Councilwoman Erin McElroy-Barker for a second term and resident Patricia Walsh to run for the Council seat currently held by Jack Molenaar, who is not seeking re-election.

McElroy-Barker, currently serving her first term on the Council, is the chair of the Council's Recreation and Community Services Committee and a ...

Northside Kitchen Wins ‘Best Bite’ at Westfield’s Sandwichfest

April 22, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Northside Kitchen’s fried chicken sandwich beat sandwiches from nine other local restaurants to win “Best Bite” by popular vote at Sandwichfest Sunday. Northside Kitchen is located at 760 Prospect St. in Westfield.

More than 400 ticket holders each had a chance to taste 10 sandwiches and vote for their favorite, according to Rory Chadwick, one of ...

Scotch Plains Farmers Market to Open 2018 Season on Sat, May 12

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Farmers Market will launch its 2018 season on Saturday, May 12 at the Municipal Building parking lot in downtown Scotch Plains.

"Our popular open-air market happens to be celebrating its 26th year, and promises to be one of the best again in the area," said organizers Jeff Stein and Lisa Mohn of the Scotch Plains Business + ...

Readying for Spring with Grille-nola at the Fanwood Grille

FANWOOD, NJ -- While spring snows seem to now be over, eventually warm weather will take over on a permanent basis, and the Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave., Fanwood) is ready for the change of seasons.

This week, the eatery reintroduced its yogurt parfaits with fresh berries that proved so popular last summer. However, a new twist for 2018 is the addition of homemade granola ...

Knights of Columbus Shield Awards Honor Scotch Plains-Fanwood Emergency Responders

April 26, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood and Scotch Plains police, fire and rescue squad responders were recognized on Wednesday, April 15, at the annual Shield Awards presented by the Knights of Columbus, Father John Nelligan Council, at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church in Scotch Plains.

This event is special because it brings together all police and volunteer first responders from both ...

Scotch Plains Man Arrested for Exposing Himself to Girl at Farley Park

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A 26-year-old Scotch Plains man was arrested and charged with lewdness after he allegedly exposed himself in front of a girl at Farley Park.

The girl's family members contacted the Scotch Plains police, who arrested Melvin A. Hanciles, who lives near the park on Farley Avenue.

Sergeant David Lavery and Patrolman Chris ...

Flash Flood Warning in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- There is a flash flood warning for our area with an additional 1-2 inches of rain expected in the next few hours.

Scotch Plains and Fanwood police advise to exercise caution when traveling and be prepared for the possibility of closed or flooded streets.

Rain is expected to continue through the late morning with clearing is likely to begin in the early ...

Dozens Sleep in Boxes Outside Westfield Church to Raise Funds, Awareness About Homelessness

April 25, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Presbyterian Church in Westfield hosted 40 overnight guests on Saturday, April 21, in a temporary “Box City” set up on the church’s front lawn. 

The event was organized to drive awareness of homelessness and to raise funds for the FISH Hospitality Program, a rotating shelter staffed by volunteers that houses 14 people per night, a week ...

Fanwood Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Mobile Meals

FANWOOD, NJ -- At the Fanwood Borough Council meeting on Monday, April 16, Mayor Colleen Mahr read a resolution acknowledging Mobile Meals' 50th anniversary and presented it to volunteers Nancy Otchy and Josephine Walsh.

Mobile Meals, based in Westfield, delivers meals to thousands of area residents every day. The organization passed its one millionth meal delivery several years ...

Shane Sheppard Softball Tournament on Sun, Apr. 22 Benefits Two Treatment Centers

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The fourth annual Shane Sheppard Softball Tournament, which benefits two treatment centers, will be played on Sunday, April 22, at Jerseyland Park in Scotch Plains.

The pre-game ceremony will start at 12:00 noon, followed by the game.

The Sheppard family, Steve, Gladys and Summer, started this tournament to honor Shane, their son and brother, who passed away. Shane was ...

Shane Sheppard Softball Tournament on Sun, Apr. 22 Benefits Two Treatment Centers

April 20, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The fourth annual Shane Sheppard Softball Tournament, which benefits two treatment centers, will be played on Sunday, April 22, at Jerseyland Park in Scotch Plains.

The pre-game ceremony will start at 12:00 noon, followed by the game.

The Sheppard family, Steve, Gladys and Summer, started this tournament to honor Shane, their son and brother, who passed away. Shane was ...

UCC Hosts Free Public Panel Exploring Sexual Assault and Consent

CRANFORD, NJ -- The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites members of the public to attend a panel discussion on sexual assault and consent on Wednesday, April 25, at 2:00 p.m. in Room N-4 at Union County College, 1033 Springfield Ave. in Cranford. The panel will feature a question and answer session.

The panel discussion is intended to raise awareness about sexual assault and ...

Travels Spotlight - New Brunswick Ciclovia Opens 2018 Season

NEW BRUNSWICK  – New Brunswick Ciclovia will open its 2018 season on Sunday, April 22 for another fun day of open streets and active living for all. 

Now in its fifth year, New Brunswick Ciclovia is a family-friendly event that emphasizes healthy living and community building by opening our streets and offering programming for all to enjoy. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., more ...

Dozens Sleep in Boxes Outside Westfield Church to Raise Funds, Awareness About Homelessness

April 25, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Presbyterian Church in Westfield hosted 40 overnight guests on Saturday, April 21, in a temporary “Box City” set up on the church’s front lawn. 

The event was organized to drive awareness of homelessness and to raise funds for the FISH Hospitality Program, a rotating shelter staffed by volunteers that houses 14 people per night, a week ...

Kurt Steiner, a Holocaust Survivor, Tells Life Story as 106th Birthday Draws Near

CRANFORD, NJ – In a quaint white house near the border of Cranford and Garwood, 105-year-old Kurt Steiner sat at his dining room table, surrounded by cabinets that held his collection of Viennese glass and antique Limoge plates. At his table, he had his carefully taped together passport and exit papers from Vienna, Austria, stamped with a large “J” and “Jude,” the ...

Car Show and Food Truck Festival at Saint Joseph High School on April 28

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School's Father's Club will host a Car Show and Food Truck Festival (featuring live DJ and Beer Garden) on Saturday, April 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00.

 

Food Trucks will include:

Boardwalk Freddy
Bro-Rito
Cousins Maine Lobster
Empanada Monster
Falafull Gourmet
Jerkin' Chicken
Oink and ...

Girls LAX: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Beats Livingston, 12-9

April 25, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood used a balanced attack to defeat Livingston, 12-9, at home on Wednesday.

Sabrina DiLollo had four goals, Amber Bretz added two goals, as did Kelly Mehorter. Bridget Jacob,Emma Philip,Erica  Peprocki and Carly Walker all had 1 goal a piece. Libby Daniskas had 10 saves in goal.

TAPintoSPF.net is Scotch ...

Union County College to Begin Esports Program in the Fall of 2018

CRANFORD, NJ -- Union County College (UCC) will become one of 63 schools nationwide, and the first county college in New Jersey, to offer a coed intercollegiate esports program, also known as Electronic Sports. Esports is a multi-player video game program that competes with colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. UCC Esports teams could compete against two and four-year ...

Softball: Union Catholic Blanks Oak Knoll, 12-0

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Lauren Sasala homered and winning pitcher Justina Benvenuto drove in two runs, 12-0, on Tuesday two runs and captured her 10th victory of the season when Union Catholic defeated Oak Knoll, 12-0, on Tuesday in Summit.

The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for UC as the Vikings improved to 10-3 on the season.

Union Catholic was clinging to a 2-0 ...

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Why We Keep Kosher

Why We Keep Kosher

This week's parshah, Shemini, introduces the Torah's dietary laws. Animals must chew their cud and have split hooves to be kosher, fish need fins and scales, and a list of forbidden fowl is enumerated.

To those of us in Jewish education, it is a continuing source of disappointment that so many Jews still believe the kosher laws to be outdated.

Politics IS Government in Union County

April 21, 2018

Dear Editor:

After Bruce Patterson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County Freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting Freeholder, I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered.

At the April 19 meeting I answered with these comments.

After ten years of following government in Union ...

Helping Teenagers Deal with Prom Night Stress

April 18, 2018

Prom can be one of the most exciting times for your teenager but at the same time one of the most stressful. 

It can also be very stressful for parents as they prepare themselves to accept that their teenager is graduating and soon going away to school, while planning a weekend away after prom night. Going to the Shore for the weekend or somewhere overnight has become more of the ...

Union County College to Begin Esports Program in the Fall of 2018

April 25, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ -- Union County College (UCC) will become one of 63 schools nationwide, and the first county college in New Jersey, to offer a coed intercollegiate esports program, also known as Electronic Sports. Esports is a multi-player video game program that competes with colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. UCC Esports teams could compete against two and four-year ...