Scotch Plains Public Library to Celebrate NOON Year’s Eve

December 14, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Public Library will once again celebrate a new year with a Count Down to Noon party on Friday, Dec. 29, at 11:15 a.m.

Open to families with children of all ages, this year’s event will include crafts, live music with JP Arthur, and another attempt at a successful balloon drop! Registration is required and can done on the library’s ...

NJ Intergenerational Orchestra's Annual Family Holiday Concert on Dec. 17

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra will continue its 2017-2018 season with the annual Family Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 17. The performance will begin at 3:00 p.m.  at New Providence High School near downtown New Providence, and will feature performances from all three of NJIO’s orchestral ensembles, as well as the special ...

Scotch Plains Rock Legend Pat DiNizio Dead at 62

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Local music legend Pat DiNizio, who rose to fame with his band, The Smithereens, during the 1980s, has died. His death was announced on The Smithereens Facebook page.

A 2015 inductee into the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Hall of Fame (Class of 1973), DiNizio founded The Smithereens in 1980. The band featured DiNizio on vocals and guitar, Jim ...

Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Celebrates New Location Downtown

December 4, 2017

WESTFIELD, N — The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce marked the move to its new office at 212 Lenox Ave. in Downtown Westfield Saturday with a grand opening celebration.

Representatives from the Downtown Westfield Corporation, Mayor-Elect Shelley Brindle, Garwood Mayor Charles Lombardo and past executive directors of the GWACC joined members and ...

Third Annual Menorah Lighting in Scotch Plains on Tues, Dec. 12

December 11, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS,  NJ -- The Scotch Plains Business and Professional Organization and the Township of Scotch Plains will host the third annual Menorah Lighting on Tuesday, Dec.12, at 6:00 p.m. at the Alan Augustine Village Green (430 Park Avenue).

The Chabad of Union County will preside over the lighting. Festivities will include a Gelt Drop of thousands of chocolates, a ...

Scenes from the Scotch Plains Mayor's Gala 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- More than 230 local residents turned out on Friday evening for the 27th annual Mayor's Gala at the Shackamaxon Country Club while raising money for the historic Frazee House. 

Emceed by David Webb Mangan, a radio host on SiriusXM Patriot 125, the event honored local residents for their commitment to volunteerism:  

Vincent Losavio, Male ...

Distracted Driving Simulated Accident 'Hits Home' For SPFHS Students, First Responders

December 12, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Distracted driving can emotionally scar anybody’s life. Just ask those involved with Tuesday’s simulation at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.

A chillingly realistic demonstration was put on by the police, paramedic, and fire departments of both Scotch Plains and Fanwood in addition to the school’s DECA club. The purpose of the presentation ...

Terrill Middle School Announces 1st Quarter Honor Roll

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Terrill Middle School has announced its honor roll for the first marking period of the 2017-18 school year.

Grade 8 – High Honor Roll

Andrew Abrantes; Mary Adekunle; Aditya Aggarwal; Alice Bachman; Janet Bai; Ryan Beauregard; Kai  Bobrow; Julia Bonhote; Meagan Bourke; Marin Brace; Aislinn ...

Register Now for Spring 2018 Continuing Education Classes at Union County College

CRANFORD – The Office of Continuing Education at Union County College has posted the spring 2018 brochure of classes offered for adults and seniors, as well as youth ages 11-18. Programs run from January through mid-May, and online registration is now available. The Continuing Education Department offers a variety of courses for certification, professional development, career ...

Judge Rules Addams Tavern in Westfield Must Close for Now, Starting Friday

December 14, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A judge has ordered Addams Tavern at 115 Elm St. downtown to close as of Friday, Dec. 15, and not re-open without further court order.

Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis wrote that the court is convinced based on the testimony of four expert witnesses that the building is not compliant with the applicable building code, and that the court finds that there is ...

Fanwood Grille Introduces Catering Menu

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In time for holiday gatherings and other upcoming events, The Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave., Fanwood) has introduced a catering menu that includes continental breakfast and full breakfast options, as well as appetizers, lunch and dinner items.

"I found that many of the catering menus in the area had extravagant food with expensive prices to ...

Morano Gelato Launches December and Holiday Flavors

Morano Gelato is launching its December and Holiday range, which includes seasonal flavors such as white chocolate peppermint, sugar cookie, ginger, gingerbread, holiday spice, and the Italian Christmas classic Panettone.  Please check our Facebook or Instagram pages to see which flavors are appearing on a given day, and stop in for a taste of the season!

Morano Gelato is located ...

Clark Target Evacuated

December 14, 2017

CLARK, NJ –  Holiday shoppers heading to Target on Central Avenue in Clark on Thursday arrived to find the store closed to the public as emergency responders and utility employees worked inside. 

The store was evacuated for a short time around noon on Thursday  to check for carbon monoxide.  According to Police Chief Pedro Matos a couple of employees working in ...

Distracted Driving Simulated Accident 'Hits Home' For SPFHS Students, First Responders

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Distracted driving can emotionally scar anybody’s life. Just ask those involved with Tuesday’s simulation at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.

A chillingly realistic demonstration was put on by the police, paramedic, and fire departments of both Scotch Plains and Fanwood in addition to the school’s DECA club. The purpose of the presentation ...

FOUND: Missing Person Billy Hannam Is Safe

PLAINFIELD, NJ -- Janet Dillon, who has led efforts to find Billy Hannam, a 2008 graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, reports that he has been found. 

Hannam had been missing since Friday, Dec.1. Dillon, with whom Hannam lives in Plainfield, posted on Facebook today.

Billy has been found and he is safe. That is all the info I can share at this ...

Fanwood 'Christmas House' Welcomes Santa, Raises $ for NJ Institute for Disabilities

December 10, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- Santa visited the "Christmas House" at 83 Paterson Road in Fanwood on Saturday evening to give out over 100 wrapped gifts to little boys and girls and to raise money for NJ Institute for Disabilities. The display will be lit until January 8, 2018, including 30+ hours straight from Christmas Eve to Christmas Night.

Santa's visit was ...

Fanwood Luminary Sale Begins

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary club has begun selling Luminaries at the Fanwood Department of Public Works Building on Manfra Way off North Ave. (across from the Fanwood Public Library). The sale dates are December 9, 10, 16, 17, and 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Christmas Eve. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The luminary kits cost 75 cents apiece in all ...

Holiday Home Decorating Contest Raises Donations for Local Food Pantries

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains and Fanwood residents are invited to participate in a Holiday Home Decorating Contest to benefit local food pantries from Dec.10 through Jan. 1, 2018. 

Prizes will be awarded to the best-decorated home courtesy of Grillestone, Fabio's Bistro and Soul Bowls!

Click here to participate in the contest or to vote on the ...

YETI MMA Offers Free Boxing and Self-Defense Classes for Female Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Seniors

December 9, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- YETI MMA is offering free boxing and self-defense classes for all female Seniors at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.

Interested students can stop by Yeti MMA (2507 Route 22 West, Scotch Plains) to register. Students are required to sign a waiver and show school ID in order to participate.

Yeti MMA is located at 2507 Route 22 West in Scotch ...

Union County College to Host Healthcare Job Fair on Dec. 13

PLAINFIELD, NJ – If you are interested in working in the healthcare field, visit Union County College’s Plainfield Campus (232 East Second St.) on Dec. 13, 2017.

A Healthcare Job Fair will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in UCC's Logos Building. This employment opportunity is being hosted by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training ...

Scenes from the Scotch Plains Menorah Lighting

December 13, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A record crowd braved freezing temperatures to experience Scotch Plains Township's third annual menorah lighting on Tuesday evening. 

The event was led by Rabbi Avrohom Blesofsky of the Chabad of Union County, which is located in Scotch Plains, Rabbi Levi Block of the Union County Torah Center (Westfield), and Rabbi Howard Tilman of ...

Happy Hanukkah from TAPintoSPF

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Although Hanukkah, "The Festival of Lights," is considered a “minor” Jewish holiday, it is a popular celebration among Jewish families across America.


According to, when the Maccabees entered the Temple in Jerusalem to reclaim it from the Greeks, they immediately relit the ner tamid (eternal light), which ...

St. Bart's Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec. 16

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The annual Christmas Concert at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church in Scotch Plains will take place on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7:00 p.m. 

More than 40 members of the music ministry of St. Bartholomew Parish will perform a blend of familiar carols, contemporary songs, and surprising arrangements accompanied by a chamber orchestra and band.  Songs include "Oh ...

Boys Basketball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Tips Off Season Friday at Colonia

December 15, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — Coming off a resurgent year in which Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys’ basketball matched its second-highest win total in school history (22) and appeared in the Union County quarterfinals -- a huge feat for a public school in Union County -- the Raiders hit the court with high aspirations in 2017-18.

Tipping-off the season at 7:00 p.m. Friday night ...

Girls Swimming: In Rematch of State Sectional Final, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Beats Chatham, 102-68

WARREN, NJ -- DeeDee Maizes, Rachel Maizes, and Erika Frazier each won two individual events and participated in two relay victories to lead Scotch Plains-Fanwood over Chatham, 102-68, at Morris-Union Jointure Pool in Warren.


DeeDee Maizes, committed to Cornell next year, won the 200 Freestyle (1:55.27) and 100 Freestyle (52.59), while her sister, Rachel, who ...

Boys Swimming: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Edged by Chatham in Meet's Final Race

WARREN, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood started the day atop the podium with a win in the 200 Medley, but it was the final relay of the meet, the 400 Freestyle event that saw Chatham sweep the top three spots, which gave the Cougars a 87-83 victory at Morris-Union Jointure Pool in Warren.

Chatham was buoyed by senior Will Covino, who was part of the winning 200 and 400 ...

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79 Arrests Made in Massive Child Trafficking and Pornography Sting

December 2, 2017

TRENTON, NJ – Arrests of 79 targeted sex offenders and persons possessing child pornography have been made in a massive operation that stretched from New Jersey to California,  NJ Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced on Friday..

“Operation Safety Net,” a nine-month, multi-agency child protection initiative, was led by the New Jersey Regional ...

Tips To Make Your Home Photo-Ready and Market-Worthy

You’re selling your home, or you’re starting to think about it, but your house hasn’t been updated or painted in years. You want it to look its best before presenting it to prospective buyers, but you don’t know where to begin.

Home Staging Tips
Sprucing up your home can be as simple as adding a new coat of paint, inside and out, or as extensive as interior renovation ...

Scotch Plains Mayor's Gala Raised $20K for Frazee House

December 11, 2017

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank all who attended and participated in the Scotch Plains Mayor’s Gala at Shackamaxon Country Club this past Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.  In addition to the over 230 attendees who honored five great volunteers, the Gala also raised over $20,000 for the Frazee House restoration.

A special thanks goes to the 2017 Mayor’s Gala Committee ...

Endings Are Necessary

December 11, 2017

The truth is that we often do not do endings well. Although we need them for good results to happen in life and for bad situations to be resolved, the reality is that most of us often avoid them. Endings are not only part of life; they are a requirement for living and thriving both professionally and personally. 

In business, endings are absolute necessities for a turn-around or ...

Union County College’s Board Member Zimmermann Named to NJCCC Executive Committee

December 15, 2017

CRANFORD - Union County College is pleased to announce that Mary M. Zimmermann, former Chair of the Union County College Foundation Board and member of the College’s Board of Trustees and Board of Governors, was elected to the Executive Committee of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges on Nov. 20, 2017.

The members of the Executive Committee represent the New Jersey Council of ...

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Sun, December 17, 3:00 PM

New Providence High School, New Providence

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