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Cruising on Park Ave. Car Show & Concert in Scotch Plains on Thurs, Sept. 14

August 16, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The good times will roll when Scotch Plains hosts its Cruising on Park Avenue Car Show and Concert on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Dozens of classic cars will be on display, and the evening will also feature by a free live concert by the band “Memphis Rain.”

“We normally get between 50-75 cars,” says committee chairman, ...

Scotch Plains Concert Series Commences

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- After cancellations due to rain on the previous four weeks, the Township of Scotch Plains kicked off its Summer Concert Series on the Village Green on Thursday evening with a performance by The Revolving Door Band.

The next performance will be on Thursday, August 17, at 7:30 p.m. when The 80's Explosion takes the stage.  

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Mad Science Returns to the Scotch Plains Public Library for Upcycling

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mad Science returns to the Scotch Plains Public Library on Wednesday, August 16, at 4:00 p.m. with another program for teens going into grades 6-10. Attendees must also be registered for the Build a Better World Summer Reading program.

Advanced registration is required . Click here to register.

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Young Entrepreneurs Academy Welcomes Melinda Sánchez Donio as New Program Manager

August 15, 2017

GREATER WESTFIELD AREA, NJ -- The Westfield Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) welcomes Melinda Sánchez Donio as the new program manager for the 2017-18 academic year.

YEA! is a year-long program in which students in grades 6-12 generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their very own companies. The Greater ...

Business of the Week: Keller Williams Realty

Congratulations to our Business of the Week: Keller Williams Realty.

Keller Williams, located at 188 Elm Street in Westfield, serves the surrounding communities helping homebuyers, sellers, renters, investors and individuals who would like to make real estate a career. For more information, click here.

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Fanwood Development and Business Update: Young's Paint Property Sold

FANWOOD, NJ – Fanwood’s redevelopment consultant Liz Jeffery provided her monthly update to the Borough Council at its meeting on Monday evening.

Public plaza expansion: A construction contract was awarded to A Team Concrete in July. Construction of the pedestrian plaza behind the Martine Ave. stores will commence shortly.

Fanwood Crossing: Following the departure of the Bath ...

A Peek Inside the Shady Rest Renovations in Scotch Plains

August 15, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Renovations of the third and final phase on the interior of the Shady Rest Clubhouse at Scotch Hills Golf Course began last month.

Walls, flooring and electrical wiring have all been torn down as the historic building is set to receive a significant facelift to complete the renovation process. Work is expected to conclude by the Fall of 2017.  

Barton ...

Here's How Some Veterans Can Participate in New Free Parking Meter Program

UNION COUNTY, NJ  - The Union County Clerk's office can help disabled veterans and Purple Heart recipients in the county obtain documents to participate in a new statewide program that exempts them from paying at parking meters.

County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi said veterans' identification cards and copies of DD-214 honorable discharge forms can be obtained for free at her ...

The College Application Process at Scotch Plains Public Library

August 16, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Lisa Bleich of College Bound Mentor will present What to Expect When You’re Applying, to help high school students and their families prepare for the college application process at the Scotch Plains Library on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Learn how to focus on your strengths and minimize stress and excessive time spent on the process. This interactive ...

Young Entrepreneurs Academy Welcomes Melinda Sánchez Donio as New Program Manager

GREATER WESTFIELD AREA, NJ -- The Westfield Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) welcomes Melinda Sánchez Donio as the new program manager for the 2017-18 academic year.

YEA! is a year-long program in which students in grades 6-12 generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their very own companies. The Greater ...

Bullet Journaling at Scotch Plains Public Library

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- It is a new organizational craze and how it can transform your life.

A bullet journal is a completely customizable system for keeping all of your calendars, lists, plans, and reflections in one place. Although it can inspire your creativity and increase your productivity, the biggest benefit is the freedom you experience when you externalize your memory. When you can ...

Get Vote-by-Mail Ballots on Time By Registering Now, County Clerk Says

August 12, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ - College students and others who plan to be out of state in November are being encouraged by the County Clerk to apply now for a vote-by-mail ballot.

“Exercising the right to vote is always important, and in this election cycle New Jersey voters will decide on a new Governor for the first time in eight years,” said Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi in a statement.

Jam Kancer in The Kan to Hold Summer Jam event on Sat, Aug. 19, at Darby Road

August 14, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Jam Kancer in The Kan Foundation will hold its inaugural Summer Jam fundraising event on Saturday, August 19, at Darby Road (450 Park Ave., Scotch Plains), beginning at 11:00 a.m. when the restaurant opens.

Darby Road will donate 20% of its revenue that day/night back to the Foundation. In addition to food and drink specials, there will be Kan Jam ...

Morano Gelato Introduces Later Evening Hours

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Morano Gelato is staying open later to serve you!  We open at noon and stay open until 10.30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday.  

This morning we whipped up fresh batches of lavender, Persian vanilla (with saffron, cardamom and rosewater), cannolo Siciliano (Sicilian cannoli), ...

Plainfield Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2014 Killing Over Dice Game

August 11, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ -- A Plainfield man who fatally shot an acquaintance over a game of dice has been sentenced to life in prison for the crime, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Friday.

Johnathan Sylvester, who was 28 at the time of the killing of 24-year-old Rashawn Bryant, was sentenced Friday by state Superior Court Judge Frederic McDaniel.

At approximately 5:15 p.m.

Scotch Plains Swears in Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Joseph Rodrigues

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Joseph Rodrigues was sworn in by Mayor Al Smith as Battalion Chief of the Scotch Plains Fire Department on Tuesday evening during the Council Meeting with his family by his side.

Last month, Rodrigues was serving his Marine Reserve duties in the Middle East while several of his fellow comrades were sworn in. 

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New Scotch Plains Police Recruits Introduced at Council Meeting

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – At last week’s Scotch Plains Council meeting, Lieutenant Jeff Briel and Mayor Al Smith introduced three new police recruits to the community:

Richard Sopko
Richard Sopko grew up in Clark and graduated from ALJ High School in 2006. After high school, he attended Clemson University and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree ...

Jam Kancer in The Kan to Hold Summer Jam event on Sat, Aug. 19, at Darby Road

August 14, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Jam Kancer in The Kan Foundation will hold its inaugural Summer Jam fundraising event on Saturday, August 19, at Darby Road (450 Park Ave., Scotch Plains), beginning at 11:00 a.m. when the restaurant opens.

Darby Road will donate 20% of its revenue that day/night back to the Foundation. In addition to food and drink specials, there will be Kan Jam ...

Lemonade Stand in Scotch Plains for Summer

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In honor of what would have been her granddaughter Summer's third birthday, Jo-Ann Crifasi will host a lemonade stand to help raise funds for pediatric cancer research on Sunday, August 20, after the 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. masses at St. Bart's in Scotch Plains.

To learn more about Summer's short but brave life, click here. The Noon mass ...

Westfield-Based Crisis Listening Line to Offer Suicide Prevention Training and Volunteering Opportunities

Are you a good listener? Do you want to make a difference in the life of someone in crisis?

Are you an empty nester or retiree looking for flexible and rewarding volunteering opportunities?

Become a volunteer listener at Caring Contact, the crisis listening line located in Westfield. Caring Contact will be offering Excellence in Listening training beginning Sept. 18 at the First ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Fall I Session Registration Begins Tues, Aug. 15

August 14, 2017

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Registration for the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Fall I session begins at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, for full members and at 5:00 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 22, for program members and members of the community. 

The Fall I Session runs for 8 weeks from Sept. 5 through Oct. 29. It session includes a multitude of new programs for all ages ...

Westfield-Based Crisis Listening Line to Offer Suicide Prevention Training and Volunteering Opportunities

Are you a good listener? Do you want to make a difference in the life of someone in crisis?

Are you an empty nester or retiree looking for flexible and rewarding volunteering opportunities?

Become a volunteer listener at Caring Contact, the crisis listening line located in Westfield. Caring Contact will be offering Excellence in Listening training beginning Sept. 18 at the First ...

U.S. News Announces 2017-18 Best Hospitals in New Jersey and Nationally

NEW JERSEY -- U.S. News & World Report has released its annual list of Best Hospitals in the U.S. and in each state. According to the magazine, the analysis reviews hospitals' performance in clinical specialties, procedures and conditions. Scores are based on factors including survival, patient safety, and nurse staffing, among others. The rankings also looked at treatment of specialties ...

Congregation Beth Israel Welcomes Rabbi Howard Tilman as its New Spiritual Leader

August 16, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains has welcomed Rabbi Howard Tilman as its new spiritual leader. His predecessor, Rabbi George Nudell, retired in July, after serving as spiritual leader of the Conservative Jewish synagogue for 35 years. Congregation Beth Israel will hold an installation ceremony for Rabbi Tilman during Shabbat services on Friday evening, ...

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish to Host Senior Brunch and Parish Festival Events in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Parish (1571 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains), invites the local community to attend two upcoming events.

On Tuesday, August 29, the parish will host its Summer Brunch for Senior Citizens from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. at the Nazareth Center gymnasium behind the church. The event is free, but anyone planning to attend should call (908) 889-2100 to RSVP.

Temple Sholom in Scotch Plains Launches Mishpakha Program; 1st Temple in Union Co. to Adopt Voluntary Membership Contribution Model

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Temple Sholom of Scotch Plains has launched its new Mishpakha Program, becoming the first synagogue in Union County, NJ, to adopt a voluntary membership contribution model. “Mishpakha,” the Hebrew word for “family” signifies the importance of congregants’ responsibilities to each other within the synagogue ...

Local Basketball Academy Is a Slam Dunk for Special Needs Students

August 5, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- On Monday night at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, the Wolves Basketball Academy’s (WBA) summer basketball league played its championship game. Players from the two finalists went back and forth exchanging baskets in hopes of lifting the trophy.

From afar, the game looks no different from any other summer rec game: high school and college students shooting ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Swimmers Shine at NJ Long Course Junior Olympics

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The New Jersey Long Course Junior Olympics was held on July 27th to July 30th at Rutgers University where 65 swim clubs/YMCAs around the state participated. Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) swim team had 34 swimmers who qualified for this highly competitive meet. 

Laura Kim (101 points) and Owen Waibel (69 points) were the highest point scorers for the ...

Swimming: FSPY Finishes 7th in Nation at YMCA's Long Course National Competition in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, NC -- Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) finished strong on the last day of competition at the YMCA Long Course Championships held in Greensboro, NC, on Friday.

For the meet, FSPY women rated No. 3 nationally; FSPY men rated No. 10; and the combined team score put them in 7th place overall. 

Friday's Top 16 finishers:

Women 400 LC Meter Freestyle ...

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Marble, Quartz, Granite — What is the Best Choice for Your Counter?

Are you thinking about remodeling an outdated kitchen or bath? There are so many wonderful choices these days when it comes to countertop materials ... it can be hard to decide which to use. Here are a few that are favored by today’s buyers and therefore, would increase the value of your home!

Granite has been a popular choice for a long time. It is a natural stone that is mined ...

Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Tip of the Month – The Dangers of Too Much Caffeine

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In today’s society, it seems like our to-do lists are always getting longer while our opportunities for sleep are getting shorter. How often do you hear, “Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my cup of coffee?” Caffeine has become a necessity to many, and possibly an addiction for others.

In small doses, caffeine shouldn’t cause too much trouble, although it seems like every ...

Making New Jersey an Affordable Place We Can All Call Home

August 10, 2017

Dear Editor:

As many residents in Union County, and across the state, are aware, New Jersey's constitution prevents municipalities from using zoning powers to discriminate against lower income residents, and requires that every community provide a reasonable opportunity for affordable homes to be built. Mount Laurel, as this doctrine is known, has been the law of the land for over 40 ...

Communicate With Your Pharmacist About Your Health

August 16, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- It can be intimidating to step into a pharmacy and have to pick out which health items you need. You might face a lot of medical terminology you don’t recognize or similar products with somewhat different advertised effects or have a difficult time finding the product you need. Don’t fret – ask one of our staff members to help you out!

Our team is knowledgeable ...

Mad Science Returns to the Scotch Plains Public Library for Upcycling

August 13, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mad Science returns to the Scotch Plains Public Library on Wednesday, August 16, at 4:00 p.m. with another program for teens going into grades 6-10. Attendees must also be registered for the Build a Better World Summer Reading program.

Advanced registration is required . Click here to register.

UpCycling: verb. reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, August 20, 10:00 AM

Temple Sholom, Scotch Plains

Temple Sholom Open House

Religions And Spirituality

Sun, August 20, 4:00 PM

Grillestone Restaurant Bar Private Events, Scotch Plains

Grillestone Prime Rib & Dinner Buffet

Food & Drink