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Poems Are Wanted for Fanwood Carriage House Poetry Prize

February 23, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ – The Carriage House Poetry Series and the Fanwood Shade Tree Commission are sponsoring the 2018 Carriage House Poetry Prize with a first prize of $300 plus publication of the winning poem in the autumn edition of Tiferet Journal.

Poets are invited to enter one or two poems – 40 lines or less each. There is a $5.00 entry fee for each contestant. Poems must be previously ...

Union County Magnet High School to Hold Silent Auction

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A great night out with family and friends for just $10.  And we provide dessert and coffee/tea.

Please come to the Magnet High School PSA Silent Auction on Friday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Union County Vocational Technical School in Scotch Plains (West Hall Cafeteria). 

Tickets are only $10. You can then bid on over ...

NJ Festival Orchestra Presents ‘Madama Butterfly’ in Westfield March 3

WESTFIELD, NJ — Soloists from the New York Metropolitan Opera and beyond will join the New Jersey Festival Orchestra to present the opera “Madama Butterfly,” Puccini’s enduring tale of love, honor, betrayal and sacrifice on March 3, at 7:00 p.m. in Westfield

The concert will be presented with supertitles, costumes, staging and design by Maria ...

Hellenic Therapy Center Seeking P/T Clinician

February 13, 2018

Hellenic Therapy Center is seeking mental health providers who have training and clinical experience with children, teens, adults, couples and families. Minimum requirements include Master’s degree and professional licensure in New Jersey, LPC, LCSW, LMFT, PhD. Experience in family systems preferred. Part-time availability during the day and evening hours which can lead to full-time ...

TAPinto.net Sets All-Time Monthly Traffic Record With More Than 2.3M Pageviews In January 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In January 2018, TAPinto.net set an all-time record for the most traffic in any single month since its inception 9 years ago.   

From Jan. 1, 2018 to Jan. 31, 2018, TAPinto registered 913,468 readers and 2,328,707 page views, up from 799,995 readers and 1,934,413 page views during the same period a year ago. 

"Since Facebook relegated news ...

Shady Rest Clubhouse in Scotch Plains Open House on Friday, Feb. 23

February 23, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  The public is invited to attend and tour the newly renovated Shady Rest Clubhouse at Scotch Hills Country Club (820 Jerusalem Rd.) on Friday, February 23 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. There will be refreshments and artifacts that belonged to John Shippen, America's first golf pro, will be on display throughout the building.  

Mayor Al Smith and ...

Shady Rest to Reopen, Offer Tours of Inside Renovations on Fri, Feb. 23

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The third and final phase of the renovations at the Scotch Hills Country Club's Shady Rest clubhouse (820 Jerusalem Rd.) are now complete.

The Township of Scotch Plains will celebrate the reopening of the Shady Rest on Friday, February 23, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., and the public is invited to attend and tour the newly renovated building.

Scotch Plains and Fanwood Police Launch Middle School 'Cops & Kids' Program

February 23, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains and Fanwood Police Departments have partnered with the SPFK12 school district to again host the SP-F PAL Cops and Kids afterschool program at Terrill Middle School on Tuesday afternoon.

In the program, students from 5th to 8th grade engage in a variety of activities, including a version of dodge ...

Nicholas Route Earns Scholarship to Alvernia University

READING, PA -- Nicholas Route, of Fanwood has been granted the Veronica Founder's Scholarship to study Nursing at Alvernia University in the fall. Route is currently a senior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.

To be awarded this $16,000 scholarship, the recipient must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and minimum SAT score* of 980 old/1060 new (21 ACT). Students are eligible for only one ...

Breaking News: Elizabeth Schools Report One Student Has Died from Flu Virus

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth School District has reported that a student has died from the flu.

“It is with great sadness that I must report to you that the Elizabeth School District has lost one of its own,” Elizabeth Superintendent of Schools Olga Hugelmeyer wrote in a letter to parents over the weekend. (The full letter follows below.) Grief counselors will be ...

Union County Democratic Committee Vote: And the Winner is...

February 22, 2018

CLARK, NJ – The vote for the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chairmanship came to a conclusion Wednesday night when 748 committee members from the county’s 21 municipalities descended on the Gran Centurions in Clark to vote for their new party leader.

State Senator Nick Scutari walked away with a 412-341 victory over Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr in a battle that had ...

Judge Rules in Favor of Open Ballot in UCDC Chair Election: A Win for Nick Scutari

ELIZABETH, NJ -- Just one day before the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) convention to elect a new County chair, Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis ruled in favor of State Senator Nick Scutari, who made the case that UCDC bylaws call for an open ballot.

Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, the acting Chair of the party, advocated the use of voting machines when committee members ...

Union County Democratic Committee Election: Who Are The Scotch Plains and Fanwood Voters?

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- After weeks of campaigning following the resignation of Jerry Green as Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chair, the two leading candidates, Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and State Senator Nick Scutari of Linden, will soon find out who will lead the party.

The outcome will be decided by 800 elected Democratic party members: two from each voting district ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast

February 23, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Rotary Club will host their first Pancake Breakfast at the newly renovated Scotch Hills Country Club in Scotch Plains. The event will take place on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and the price will be $10 per person. Pancakes, eggs, ham, turkey sausage, coffee, tea, and juice will be served and there will be prize ...

Hamantash Bake at the Torah Center

WESTFIELD, NJ -- The Union County Torah Center - Chabad will be hosting a Hamantash Bake at its center, 111 Laurel Place, Westfield, on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 11:30 a.m.

Participants will learn the techniques and skills for making hamantashen. They will be putting on aprons, preparing the dough, choosing from a variety of fillings and taking home their very own created delicious ...

Jade Isle's Closing in Scotch Plains Postponed Due to Customer Response

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The sudden announcement that the venerable Jade Isle restaurant (158 Terrill Road in Scotch Plains) would close on Sunday evening caught many of its fans by surprise. As a result, longtime customers flocked to the eatery this weekend for one last meal. 

Not wanting to disappoint those who wanted to stop in a final time, owner Jack Lee has postponed the ...

Scotch Plains Council Discusses Security, Police Presence in Schools

February 23, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ  – The topic of school safety in the SPFK12 school district was a major topic of discussion at the Scotch Plains Council meeting on February 20, following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, in which 17 students and teachers were killed in Florida.

The Council invited Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley to update the public on safety issues ...

Scotch Plains Police Dept. Announces Promotions

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Police Chief Ted Conley announced the promotions of two of Scotch Plains' finest at Tuesday night's Township Council meeting.

Lt. David Smith
Born and raised in Scotch Plains, Smith graduated SPFHS in 1991. He began his service to town in 1992 on the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad and remained an active member for 16 years. He graduated from Bridgewater State ...

UPDATE: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense Will Meet on Tues, Feb. 20, at Forest Road Park Building

FANWOOD, NJ -- Following the mass shooting in Florida this week, the Union County Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7:00 p.m. at the Forest Road Park Building in Fanwood. (NOTE: This is a change of venue from LaGrande Park).

"Every life cut short by gun violence -- that somehow becomes a statistic -- is tucked away in our ...

Scotch Plains Teen Visits NFL Pro Bowl Thanks to Make-A-Wish® and Jersey Mike’s Subs

February 18, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, - Among the many wishes granted this year through the annual Jersey Mike’s “Month of Giving” campaign with Make-A-Wish was Scotch Plains resident Kyle Brainard's visit to the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida, in January.

Kyle, who has courageously battled a critical illness always had an admiration for his NFL heroes. The chance to experience a ...

Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Annual Pancake Breakfast on Sun, March 4

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 4, 2018, from 8:00 to 12:00 at its building located at 1916 Bartle Ave. This event is hosted by the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Auxiliary, which raises funds for the volunteer squad. 

All-you-can-eat pancakes, coffee and sausages are offered for just a $5.00 per person entry ...

Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

February 19, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of elementary school student Daniela Genaro after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials said it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's passing."

In a second letter ...

Breaking News: Elizabeth Schools Report One Student Has Died from Flu Virus

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth School District has reported that a student has died from the flu.

“It is with great sadness that I must report to you that the Elizabeth School District has lost one of its own,” Elizabeth Superintendent of Schools Olga Hugelmeyer wrote in a letter to parents over the weekend. (The full letter follows below.) Grief counselors will be ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

Guest Column

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The ...

Boys Track and Field: Union Catholic's Patterson Wins Shot Put, Reilly Breaks School Record at Easterns

February 23, 2018

NEW YORK, NY -- Brandon Patterson won the shot put and Conor Reilly broke the school indoor record in the pole vault for the second time in less than a week to highlight action for the Union Catholic boys at Tuesday's 84th Eastern States Championships at the New Balance Track and Field Center.

Patterson, a senior who lives in Plainfield, unloaded a throw of 57-5 ...

Track and Field: Union Catholic Girls Shatter School Record in DMR at Easterns

New York, NY -- The Union Catholic girls smashed the school record in the distance medley relay and received several other great performances at Tuesday's 84th Eastern States Track and Field Championships at the New Balance Track and Field Center.

In the distance medley, UC's Zamira Ysaac ran 3:49.20 for 1,200, Mia Bennett-Jones ran 59.68 for 400, ...

Boys Basketball: Union Catholic Freshmen Capture Title at N.J. Rising Stars Basketball Classic

ELIZABETH, NJ -- The Union Catholic boys freshmen avenged an early season loss to Elizabeth by defeating the Minutemen, 46-43, to capture the title at the prestigious N.J. Rising Stars Basketball Classic on Tuesday night at the Dunn Center in Elizabeth.

UC, which also defeated Ridge on Saturday and avenged a loss last week to Roselle Catholic on Sunday, was clinging to a ...

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Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

February 19, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of elementary school student Daniela Genaro after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials said it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's passing."

In a second letter ...

The Missing Moses

A seemingly dubious distinction belongs to this week’s Parshah, Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20–30:10). It is the only reading in the Torah — from the first Parshah of the book of Exodus (in which he is born) until the end of the book of Numbers — where the name of Moses is not mentioned. Tetzaveh’s opening words are V’atah ...

Congratulations to UCDC Chairman Nick Scutari

February 23, 2018

Dear Editor:

First, congratulations to Chairman Nick Scutari. I look forward to working alongside him as 1st Vice Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee. 

For the last three weeks, this campaign for UCDC Chair displayed the power we have and the voice we share. You are the leaders, citizens and activists who are helping shape our future. What you do in your hometowns and ...

Being Alone on Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2018

Valentine’s Day is a day filled with Hallmark cards, chocolate covered strawberries, red roses and special dining.  It’s a day to express our love and affection to those close to us.  Some of us have expectations that this day will be blissful, we may even receive that diamond ring that represents engagement or marriage.

Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful time if ...

Poems Are Wanted for Fanwood Carriage House Poetry Prize

February 23, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ – The Carriage House Poetry Series and the Fanwood Shade Tree Commission are sponsoring the 2018 Carriage House Poetry Prize with a first prize of $300 plus publication of the winning poem in the autumn edition of Tiferet Journal.

Poets are invited to enter one or two poems – 40 lines or less each. There is a $5.00 entry fee for each contestant. Poems must be previously ...

Upcoming Events

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Fri, February 23, 12:00 PM

Resolve, Scotch Plains

Free Teen Anxiety Group (Ages 14-17) at Resolve

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Fri, February 23, 5:00 PM

Catanzaro Dining Hall at Saint Joseph High School, Metuchen

Friday Night Lenten Fish Fry

Food & Drink

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Fri, February 23, 6:30 PM

Union County Vocational Technical Schools, West Hall Cafeteria, Scotch Plains

Union County Magnet High School Silent Auction

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink