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Union County Magnet High School to Hold Silent Auction

February 21, 2018

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 ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Announces Spring Musical from March 2-4

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School is pleased to present its first musical in the new Berry Performing Arts Center - Urinetown. The show will run at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 2-3 with a matinee finale on March 4 at 3:00 p.m.

Leading players include CJ Stueck of Scotch Plains, Kallie Schildge of Westfield, Mayah Nissim of Scotch Plains, ...

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

February 17, 2018

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.

Camille Douglas of Scotch Plains Appointed to the Union County United Way Board of Trustees

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – United Way of Greater Union County has announced the two newest members of the organization's 2017-18 Board of Trustees: Camille Douglas of Scotch Plains and Amanda Parrish Block of Summit.  

Camille Douglas, a longtime Scotch Plains resident, brings extensive credentials as an experienced executive and advocate for empowering women. She is the ...

Nicholas Route Earns Scholarship to Alvernia University

February 20, 2018

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 ...

Six Scotch Plains-Fanwood Students Named to Dean's List at Clemson

CLEMSON, SC -- Local students have been named to the Dean's List at Clemson University for the fall 2017 semester. They are:

Isabella Anna Bernardo of Fanwood, whose major is College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities
Robert M. Nugent of Fanwood, whose major is Microbiology
Tyler Costas O'Brien of Scotch Plains, whose major is Industrial Engineering
Lindsay Rebecca ...

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 ...

Hamantash Bake at the Torah Center

February 22, 2018

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 ...

After 47 Years of Operation, Jade Isle Set to Close Its Doors in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The iconic Jade Isle Restaurant located at the corner of Terrill Road and Second Street in Scotch Plains will close its doors forever after its last day on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. A phone call to the restaurant on Saturday confirmed that the Jade Isle's long history would come to an end tomorrow.

Jade Isle has served a menu of traditional Chinese and Polynesian dishes ...

Scotch Plains Police Dept. Announces Promotions

February 22, 2018

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 Ranked Among Top 50 Safest Cities in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY -- Scotch Plains ranks 47th among the safest cities in New Jersey, according to a recent report published by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, a trade association of security professionals that advocates for safe communities and home safety. 

"I am extremely proud of the work that the men and women of the Scotch Plains Police Department have done in making ...

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 ...

JCC to Host Free Special Needs Symposium Featuring Disability Advocate and Stand-up Comedian Pamela Schuller

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – The JCC of Central NJ (1391 Martine Ave.) will present Pamela Schuller, an internationally known disability advocate and stand-up comedian, along with experts on children with special needs on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

This program has been organized in honor of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) by ...

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 ...

JCC to Host Free Special Needs Symposium Featuring Disability Advocate and Stand-up Comedian Pamela Schuller

February 9, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – The JCC of Central NJ (1391 Martine Ave.) will present Pamela Schuller, an internationally known disability advocate and stand-up comedian, along with experts on children with special needs on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

This program has been organized in honor of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) by ...

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

February 22, 2018

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 ...

Union Catholic's Jadeyn Williams Earns 6th Place Medal at Junior Olympic Fencing Championships

MEMPHIS, TN -- Jadeyn Williams, a freshman at Union Catholic, turned in an outstanding performance by earning a sixth-place medal and an “A’’ rating in the Cadet Women’s Saber competition at the Junior Olympic Fencing National Championships on Sunday at the Memphis Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

Williams, who was fencing for her club team ...

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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 ...

Sinai or Sanctuary?

 

 

And in the beginning, G‑d was homeless, and so G‑d asked His people to set Him up with some digs. Where does it say that? Well, nowhere, actually. But it does say that G‑d instructed Moses to tell the people, “They shall make for Me a Sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.”

Now the question is, was G‑d really homeless? ...

The Definition of Insanity

February 21, 2018

Dear Editor:

There is a quote, attributed to various people, including Albert Einstein that states, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”, that is fitting for our current election for Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chair.

There is no shortage of polling data related to the functioning of our Federal, ...

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 ...

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

February 22, 2018

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, ...

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

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