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Celebrate the Season at Warinanco Park, Dec. 3

November 23, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union County Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Recreation invite you to celebrate the holiday season at the Warinanco Sports Center on Sunday, December 3.

Kick off the season with family and friends at the newly modernized facility in Warinanco Park from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Skate on the new ice rink ($4 for skate rental), visit with Santa and skate ...

Scotch Plains Public Library to Host Harry Potter Events for Teens in December

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- December is an exciting month for Harry Potter fans at Scotch Plains Public Library.  

On Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6:00 p.m., teens in grades 5-12 are invited to YA Chat Club to discuss all things Harry Potter. Talk about favorite books, movies, characters, and houses with Scotlib’s new teen librarian, Dana.

Do you long to be a student at Hogwarts? Then come ...

Wardlaw + Hartridge Middle School Thespians Put on a Musical Show

EDISON, NJ -- Bravo to the Wardlaw + Hartridge Middle School students for entertaining the audience with two fantastic performances in The Little Mermaid Jr. in the new Berry Performing Arts Center last Friday.

Among the show's many stars were Sydney Racine of Piscataway as Ariel, Naischa Puri of Edison as Ursula, Aum Mehta of Edison as Sebastian, Julian Kaniuka of North Plainfield as ...

Fanwood Hosts Pop-Up Store to Showcase Local Businesses on Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25

November 24, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- Downtown businesses

Additionally, the Borough of Fanwood has organized a pop-up store to showcase the products of home-based businesses in a retail setting on Saturday, Nov. 25, "Small Business Saturday," at the former site of Be Craftful (250 South Ave. with entrance on S. Martine Ave.). 

"We have organized the pop-up shop to help support local ...

Mayor Smith Encourages Residents to Shop Local in Scotch Plains on Small Business Saturday

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith has joined the many politicians nationwide encouraging holiday shoppers to support their local small businesses. 

"We have great places to shop downtown, and I hope the residents of Scotch Plains will support the local retailers and restaurants," said Mayor Smith, who has put a high priority on downtown redevelopment since taking office this ...

Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts Panel of Influential NJ Legislators

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A panel of five state legislators created a prevailing air of equanimity as 90 members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and guests gathered at Shackamaxon Country Club Tuesday morning for networking at a breakfast and an hour-long panel discussion on current state concerns. Hosted by the GWACC, Republicans and Democrats put their heads together to ...

Fanwood Recognizes Local Veterans at Council Meeting

November 21, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr presented a Veterans Day proclamation on Monday evening to Joe McCort, finance officer at American Legion Post 209 and quartermaster of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10122, both of which provide support for veterans in the community.

McCort was the emcee at Veterans Day ceremonies in Scotch Plains and Fanwood on November 11 and at Memorial ...

1.3 million New Jerseyans Expected to Travel for the Thanksgiving Holiday: AAA

50.9 million expected to travel nationwide, highest travel volume since 2005

FLORHAM PARK, NJ -- AAA forecasts 50.9 million Americans -- including nearly 1.3 million in New Jersey -- will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday.

The 2017 Thanksgiving weekend will see the highest travel volume since 2005, when 58.6 million Americans left ...

Wardlaw + Hartridge Students Gain Insight at STEM Workshop

November 22, 2017

EDISON, NJ -- Last week, 20 Middle School students at The Wardlaw + Hartridge School in Edison, with the help of The Stone House Group, set out to understand the promise and limitations of sustainable energy and solar power in an exciting after school STEM workshop.

The week began with students learning the importance of harnessing solar power as a heating and cooking source and the challenges ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Holds World Language Honor Societies Induction Ceremony

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Fifty-seven (57) students were inducted into their respective world language honor societies during a ceremony replete with pomp and circumstance  on Wednesday, Nov, 17.

Flag-bearing officers led their inductees into the auditorium as cultural music played. Senior Ryan Midwinter, who served as Master of Ceremonies, introduced the various guest speakers of ...

Wardlaw + Hartridge Students Visit Columbia University

EDISON, NJ -- A group of 49 students in grades 10-12 from The Wardlaw + Hartridge School in Edison participated in the W+H Columbia University Pilot Leadership Development program n October 30. The goal of the program is to provide W+H students with a chance to understand what colleges and universities are looking for and to help them establish a supportive network with admission ...

Morano Gelato Special Thanksgiving Eve Flavors

November 16, 2017

Morano Gelato is now taking pre-orders for pints of its special Thanksgiving Eve flavors, which will appear in the case next Wednesday:

cranberry sorbet,
orange sorbet,
candied yams,
brown butter,
candied chestnut,
rice,
pumpkin,
ricotta and pear, and
caffe and cinnamon. 

Call 908-228-2150 or email westfield@moranogelato.com to place your order.  Morano Gelato ...

New Cuban Restaurant Opens in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — New restaurant 1958 Cuban Cuisine is officially open for lunch and dinner. Located at 301 South Ave, on the corner of South Ave and Boulevard, the restaurant offers authentic Cuban cuisine including Ropa Vieja and Churrasco a la Cubana. According to the restaurant’s Cuban owner, Luis Perez, the restaurant is named for the “last great year in Cuba” ...

Scotch Plains Fire Department Welcomes Newest Engine

November 17, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fire Department unveiled its newest fire engine at the Southside Station on Thursday evening. 

Scotch Plains Township Manager Alexander Mirabella, Fire Chief John Lestarchick, Fire Deputy Chief Skip Paal, Deputy Mayor Llewellyn Jones, and Councilman Ted Spera were all present for the ceremony.

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Video of Crook Robbing Tip Jar Goes Viral; Thief Caught in Clark

CLARK, NJ — When Danae Tuck went to work at the Clark White Diamond on Tuesday, she anticipated an ordinary day of serving up fresh food and smiles to her customers. What she didn’t expect, after nine years on the job, was someone to walk out the door with the staff’s tip jar. But that's what happened, and video of the theft, which she posted to Facebook, quickly ...

Car Thieves Go High Tech; Scotch Plains Police Warn Apps Help Thieves Steal Cars

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains police department is warning the public about how thieves are increasingly using technology to steal motor vehicle thefts in the township.

The bad guys have figured out a way to use an app that finds key fobs that are left inside vehicles. Then, the criminals test the doors of the cars to see if they are unlocked. If the keys are inside and the ...

James Leitner of Scotch Plains to Discuss His Walk Across America to Promote Clean Water

November 23, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield's The Coffee Box will host a talk with MissionCleanWater founder James Leitner of Scotch Plains. On Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Leitner will discuss water, health, and adventure and share his story of walking across North America from May 17 to Oct. 6 while pulling almost 90 pounds of water. 

Leitner's ...

Homefirst Raises $35K at Annual Evening of Thanks; Recognizes 2 Teens, 2 Organizations for Exemplary Service

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Homefirst Interfaith Housing & Family Services, Inc. raised more than $35,000 at its Evening of Thanks awards dinner last week at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains.  At the dinner, two local teenagers received the Homefirst Hero Award and two organizations were recognized as leaders in the fight to end homelessness in Union County.

“Our Evening ...

Meet Fanwood's Volunteer of the Month, Teresa Seefeldt

FANWOOD, NJ --  The Fanwood Council named Teresa Seefeldt, a member of the Fanwood Planning Board, as the Borough's Volunteer of the Month on Monday, Nov. 20. The proclamation was  presented by Councilman Jack Molenaar on behalf of the Mayor and Council for her volunteer service to the Planning Board and, before that, the Recreation Commission.

Ms. Seefeldt ...

Scotch Plains Mom Raises $60K for Metastatic Breast Cancer Research

November 19, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Over the past two years, Tami Eagle Bowling has raised about $60,000 through her various fundraising efforts for metastatic breast cancer research.

Bowling, a Scotch Plains mom of two, was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer in in 2015. With no history of breast cancer in her family, she said she was shocked to find out these results after a routine mammogram at ...

Caring Contact Trains Teens at St. Bart's to Help Other Teens in Crisis

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Perhaps no one understands what a teenager in crisis is experiencing better than another teenager. That is why crisis listening line Caring Contact has introduced new training – Teens Helping Teens: Building Confidence and Awareness.

Caring Contact introduced the new training recently to a group of high school teens at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church in Scotch ...

Stuttering Workshop for Parents on Tues, Nov. 14

BERKELEY HTS, NJ -- Emily Root, a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist is hosting a Stuttering Workshop for parents of children and young adults who stutter on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7:00 p.m., at the Berkeley Heights Public Library. The workshop will allow for parents to connect and gain support from other families who are also going through the Stuttering journey.  

In addition, ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Ministerium Hosts Thanksgiving Service

November 21, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Ministerium hosted a special Thanksgiving service in which a diverse group of celebrants from different denominations participated on Monday, Nov. 20 at the Fanwood Presbyterian Church.

The program featured readings, talks, and a wonderful selection of music featuring choir singers from a number of different ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Ministerium to Host Thanksgiving Service on Mon., Nov. 20 at Fanwood Presbyterian Church

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Ministerium will host a special Thanksgiving service on Monday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fanwood Presbyterian Church (corner of South Martine Ave. and Marian Ave).

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Ministerium is comprised of clergy from various faith communities, along with leaders of non-profit organizations, the school ...

Union Catholic High School announced its Honor Roll for first marking period

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic High School has announced its Honor Roll for the first marking period of the 2017-18 school year. The students are listed below by grade and are listed alphabetically.

FIRST HONORS



Seniors
Juniors


 
 


Christian Albanese
Nicholas Ali


Ahmael Alexander
Seungwon An


Mervin ...

Celebrate the Season at Warinanco Park, Dec. 3

November 23, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union County Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Recreation invite you to celebrate the holiday season at the Warinanco Sports Center on Sunday, December 3.

Kick off the season with family and friends at the newly modernized facility in Warinanco Park from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Skate on the new ice rink ($4 for skate rental), visit with Santa and skate ...

Girls Cross-Country: Union Catholic Wins State Title in Dramatic Fashion

HOLMDEL, NJ -- Trailing with a half mile to go with a state title hanging in the balance, the Union Catholic girls cross-country team dug down deep and staged a dramatic rally to edge Red Bank Catholic in thrilling fashion to capture its second NJSIAA Non-Public A title in three years on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Holmdel Park.

Junior Jerika Lufrano led the charge for the Vikings by placing second ...

Soccer Association Honored by Fanwood and Scotch Plains Councils

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- As it celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2017, the Scotch Plains/Fanwood Soccer Association has been honored by both the Fanwood Borough Council and the Scotch Plains Township Council.

On Monday evening, Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, whose sons Dan and Colin play in the league, presented a proclamation to League president Andrew Bonderowicz and a ...

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Video of Crook Robbing Tip Jar Goes Viral; Thief Caught in Clark

November 16, 2017

CLARK, NJ — When Danae Tuck went to work at the Clark White Diamond on Tuesday, she anticipated an ordinary day of serving up fresh food and smiles to her customers. What she didn’t expect, after nine years on the job, was someone to walk out the door with the staff’s tip jar. But that's what happened, and video of the theft, which she posted to Facebook, quickly ...

Great Places to Take Holiday Photos in the Westfield Area

’Tis the season to cajole your family to wear matching outfits, bribe the kiddos with candy canes and chocolates, and somehow balance reindeer antler onto your pet’s head. What to do for your holiday photos this year? Why not take advantage of all of the great outdoor backdrops in our quaint towns and parks? Local businesses and townships also have some photo ops scheduled that will ...

You Don’t Recover from an Addiction by Just Quitting; Create a New Life

November 16, 2017

You don’t recover from an addiction by just quitting. You recover by creating a new life where it is easier to not use. If you do not create a new life for yourself, then all the factors that led you to your addiction will eventually catch up with you again. AA teaches that you must change people, places and things.

You don’t have to change everything in your ...

Scotch Plains Public Library to Host Harry Potter Events for Teens in December

November 23, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- December is an exciting month for Harry Potter fans at Scotch Plains Public Library.  

On Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6:00 p.m., teens in grades 5-12 are invited to YA Chat Club to discuss all things Harry Potter. Talk about favorite books, movies, characters, and houses with Scotlib’s new teen librarian, Dana.

Do you long to be a student at Hogwarts? Then come ...

Upcoming Events

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Thu, November 30, 7:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Owning the Application Process: Developing Your ...

Education

Fri, December 1, 9:30 AM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Sandra Cerchio to Lead “Draw Your Animal” at the ...

Arts & Entertainment Education Home & Garden

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Sat, December 2, 9:00 AM

Mother Seton Regional High School, Clark

Peppermint Boutique - Craft Fair

Arts & Entertainment