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Harvest Homecoming Celebration at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Community Garden

August 27, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Rotary Frazee House and the Scotch Plains Fanwood Community Garden will host a Harvest Homecoming fund raiser at the Frazee House, site of the SPF Community Garden, 1451 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains, on Saturday October 1st, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

The event will celebrate the pre-Revolutionary days, when the land was a flourishing farm and community ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders Advance in Playoffs in Cooperstown, Fall to Bitter Rival in 2nd Round Thriller

COOPERSTOWN, NY -- Representing Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League for the first time at Cooperstown All Star Village (CASV), the Raiders 12U team advanced in Round One of the playoffs, 4-3, against Putnam Braves before falling, 9-7, in a thrilling game against the Cadets Baseball Academy of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

Playing in a tournament against some of the nation's elite club ...

Fanwood Rescue Squad Participates in Mock Disaster Drill

ELIZABETH, NJ -- The Fanwood Rescue Squad joined a number of EMS agencies on Saturday, August 20 in a mock disaster drill at the Port of Elizabeth. The scenario involved an explosion with multiple injuries.

Fanwood squad members taking part were Nancy Mustachio, Ian Lewis, Ralph Palazzi and Shreya Kachroo. 

The Union County Office of Emergency Medical Services organizes joint exercises ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Marching Band Holds Annual Band Camp, Prepares for Upcoming Season

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - The 2016-17 Scotch Plains Fanwood High School Marching Band (SPFMB) has begun preparing for the upcoming season with its annual Band Camp for all marching band and color guard members. Band Camp occurs this year August 22-26 and August 29 - Sept. 1. Rehearsals for the first week run 8 am - 8 pm.

This 2016 show is themed “Chivalry: Of Kingdoms ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Marching Band Holds Annual Band Camp, Prepares for Upcoming Season

August 26, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - The 2016-17 Scotch Plains Fanwood High School Marching Band (SPFMB) has begun preparing for the upcoming season with its annual Band Camp for all marching band and color guard members. Band Camp occurs this year August 22-26 and August 29 - Sept. 1. Rehearsals for the first week run 8 am - 8 pm.

This 2016 show is themed “Chivalry: Of Kingdoms ...

Fanny Wood Day Set for Sept. 18

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Borough of Fanwood announced that the 21st annual Fanny Wood Day will take place on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in downtown Fanwood. The event is free, and people of all ages and interests are invited to attend.

This year’s Fanny Wood Day will feature live entertainment, a classic car show, vendors, a wide variety of activities. The ...

Cruisin' Car Show Features GoodWorks Band in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains hosted its Cruisin' Car Show on Park Avenue on Thursday evening featuring the sounds of the GoodWorks Band, founded by Scotch Plains resident Paul Lavenhar.

The band performs at events of nonprofit organizations. A percussionist since age 10, Lavenhar combines his passion for music, which he says “brings attention to issues and ...

Business of the Week; Froyo World

August 21, 2016

Congratulations to our Business of the Week, Froyo World! Snack on some cookies and cupcakes in addition to the signature frozen yogurt. Learn more at http://froyoworld.com/location/scotch-plains-nj.

Business of the Week; You Need Coffee

Congratulations to our Business of the Week, You Need Coffee! Grab some high quality coffee along with cold brew, fresh tea and donuts. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/youneedcoffeenj.

Edison Heating and Cooling –  Where 100-Percent Customer Satisfaction Is the Goal

EDISON, NJ - Established in 1987, Edison Heating and Cooling began as a one-man operation run out of the basement of Michael Iarrapino’s childhood home. At the time, Iarrapino assisted customers from his hometown of Edison and the surrounding communities but as business grew, Edison Heating and Cooling moved into larger facilities throughout South Plainfield and, in May 2015, settled into ...

Fanny Wood Day Set for Sept. 18

August 18, 2016

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Borough of Fanwood announced that the 21st annual Fanny Wood Day will take place on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in downtown Fanwood. The event is free, and people of all ages and interests are invited to attend.

This year’s Fanny Wood Day will feature live entertainment, a classic car show, vendors, a wide variety of activities. The ...

Cruisin' Car Show Features GoodWorks Band in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains hosted its Cruisin' Car Show on Park Avenue on Thursday evening featuring the sounds of the GoodWorks Band, founded by Scotch Plains resident Paul Lavenhar.

The band performs at events of nonprofit organizations. A percussionist since age 10, Lavenhar combines his passion for music, which he says “brings attention to issues and ...

Astronomy Lesson at Scotch Plains Library

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Astrono-educator Bob Reichman invited the public for an indoor astronomy program and offered a look through the telescopes he and his colleague brought to the Scotch Plains Public Library on Monday, August 8.

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Caboose Pulls Out of Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ -- The caboose sold by the Fanwood borough council in March has finally left for its new home at Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Sussex County.

Museum president William Kroth bought the train car, which the borough had once planned to restore and display at Fanwood's historic train station, for ten dollars last spring. It remained at the Fanwood Recycling Center ...

National Night Out Takes Place in Scotch Plains-Fanwood Tonight

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood and Scotch Plains will each participate in National Night Out, which takes place annually on the first Tuesday of August. 

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National Night Out activities take place at LaGrande Park in Fanwood from 7 p.m. until dusk. Games, food, face-painting, raffles, a bounce house and Dunk-a-Cop will be part of the activities. The event ...

Fanwood Kids Among Those Inspired at Camp for Children Adopted from Korea

STIRLING, NJ — For one week each year, a camp for children adopted from Korea gives kids and their parents a chance to come together and embrace the childrens’ Korean roots.

Camp Friendship was founded in 1984 by parents of Korean-born adopted children to provide their kids the opportunity to experience their native culture and traditions. The five-day camp is held every year ...

Scotch Plains’ Alex Joshua Petitions Government to Bring Afghan Translator to U.S.

August 19, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Alex Joshua, a student at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, has started a petition on a section of the White House website known as “We The People” to grant Afghan translator Sami Kazikhani entry into the United States.

Kazikhani worked undercover with U.S. troops to fight against the Taliban. When American forces withdrew from the ...

Union County College Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Student Development Building at Cranford Campus

CRANFORD, NJ – A new student services center, named for 1948 Union County College alumnus Helen E. Chaney, graces the ground floor of UCC’s new Student Development Building at the college’s Cranford campus.  The two-story, 30,000-square-foot facility is an extensive renovation of the historic Nomahegan Building and is the new campus hub.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, Vo-Tech Schools Ranked on Newsweek's Best Public High School List

NEW JERSEY -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood High Schools and five of the Union County Vocational Technical Schools (UCVTS) are listed among Newsweek's just released annual ranking of the Best Public High Schools in America.

No. 4:  Union County Magnet High School, UCVTS
No. 21:  Academy for Allied Health Sciences, UCVTS
No. 23:  Academy for Information Technology, UCVTS
No.

Tour de Force Will Wheel By Scotch Plains

August 17, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - The 2016 Tour de Force will roll into to Scotch Plains on Thursday, August 18, to remember the the brave police officers that risked their lives during the attacks on September 11, 2001. 

The Tour de Force is a four-day bike ride for law enforcement around the country that begins in Washington D.C. and finishes up in New York City. 

According to the ...

Mara's Cafe Fanwood to Host Music by Bob Funck and Brian Hill on Tues, Aug. 9

FANWOOD, NJ -- Mara's Cafe Fanwood will host a special music event featuring music from Bob Funck and Brian Hill on Tuesday, August 9, at 7:00 p.m.

Bob Funck delivers a rhythmic, percussive, Americana-influenced acoustic rock like a hard luck angel casting into the swamp of the wayward, penetrating the soul with irresistible hooks, and reeling in with deft lyricism and the ...

Calandra's Legendary NJ Bakery Products Available at Rocko's

NEWARK, NJ -- Calandra’s Bakery has always served up impressive desserts and many different types of delicious bread to its customers. But if not for its never-say-die attitude type of owner, Calandra’s would have never been able to spread its treats throughout New Jersey.

In 1962, Luciano Calandra, an immigrant from Italy, opened Calandra’s Bakery in Newark with his wife ...

Fanwood Rescue Squad Participates in Mock Disaster Drill

August 26, 2016

ELIZABETH, NJ -- The Fanwood Rescue Squad joined a number of EMS agencies on Saturday, August 20 in a mock disaster drill at the Port of Elizabeth. The scenario involved an explosion with multiple injuries.

Fanwood squad members taking part were Nancy Mustachio, Ian Lewis, Ralph Palazzi and Shreya Kachroo. 

The Union County Office of Emergency Medical Services organizes joint exercises ...

Scotch Plains Woman Charged as a Ringleader of Auto-Theft Network

TRENTON – Two New Jersey residents and a Florida man have been charged as ringleaders of an auto-theft network that preyed on people selling their vehicles on Craigslist, Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (OIFP) announced today.

In an indictment handed up by a state grand jury in Mercer County, Luther Lewis, 38, of ...

Union County Warns Residents of Scams Involving Callers Purporting to be Law Enforcement Officials

UNION COUNTY,  NJ -- Union County has experienced a recent increase in the number of residents reporting attempted scams by callers purporting to be members of law enforcement and asking for money via wire transfer, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park and Union County Sheriff Joseph P. Cryan jointly announced Thursday.

Law enforcement agencies involved in all New Jersey ...

Harvest Homecoming Celebration at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Community Garden

August 27, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Rotary Frazee House and the Scotch Plains Fanwood Community Garden will host a Harvest Homecoming fund raiser at the Frazee House, site of the SPF Community Garden, 1451 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains, on Saturday October 1st, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

The event will celebrate the pre-Revolutionary days, when the land was a flourishing farm and community ...

CASA of Union County Annouces New Leader; Marla Higginbotham Takes Helm

UNION COUNTY, NJ  — Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County has appointed Marla Higginbotham as its new executive director. CASA is a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains, supervises and supports community volunteers to advocate for abused, neglected and abandoned children placed in foster care or residential facilities.

CASA serves all ...

Jennifer Coppock-Huegel Named Fanwood Volunteer of the Month

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Council and Mayor Colleen Mahr named Jennifer Coppock-Huegel the Volunteer of the Month for August, presenting her with the traditional framed print of Fanwood's historic train station on Monday, August 15.

Jennifer has been a member of the Library Board of Directors since 2011 and serves on the Board's communications subcommittee. She took ...

Emmanuel Cancer Foundation Leaves Scotch Plains

August 19, 2016

CLARK, NJ -- The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation (ECF) was founded in New Jersey 33 years ago to honor seven year-old Emmanuel Vizzoni who lost his battle with Burkett’s lymphoma.

During his illness, Emmanuel’s parents, Susan and Joseph Vizzoni, experienced the enormous emotional and financial hardships that families endure when a child is diagnosed with cancer. In 1983, two years ...

LIVESTRONG at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA® Graduates 32 Cancer Survivors

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Congratulations to Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA’s July graduation class of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA®.  This class joins 40 other participants that completed the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA® program this year, making the total number of participants served 203 over the past 5 years. 

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA® is a free 12-week physical activity ...

Be Thrifty at the Fanwood Presbyterian Church

August 21, 2016

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Thrift Shop at the Fanwood Presbyterian Church will be freshly stocked with clothing and house hold items, some brand-new, when it opens from 10:00 a.m. on September 8th .

The Thrift Shop, run by volunteers, is located at the rear of the church complex on McDermott Place will be open each Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

All proceeds from the sale of the gently ...

Homecoming Sunday Offers Multiple Services at Fanwood Presbyterian Church

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Presbyterian Church will hold a “Homecoming Sunday” on September 11th with a return to two services of worship. The traditional service will be at 9:30 a.m. with beautiful music by the Sanctuary Choir, directed by Marcello Velame.

From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., refreshments and fellowship will take place in Westminster Hall along with ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders Advance in Playoffs in Cooperstown, Fall to Bitter Rival in 2nd Round Thriller

August 27, 2016

COOPERSTOWN, NY -- Representing Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League for the first time at Cooperstown All Star Village (CASV), the Raiders 12U team advanced in Round One of the playoffs, 4-3, against Putnam Braves before falling, 9-7, in a thrilling game against the Cadets Baseball Academy of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

Playing in a tournament against some of the nation's elite club ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Player Wins Top Honor in Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN, NJ -- Shawn Martin, a member of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders 12U team at competing in Cooperstown, NY, this week, won the tournament's Roadrunner contest as the fastest player.

Martin, who circled the bases in 12.64 seconds in the preliminary round, lowered his time to 12.59 in the finals. He defeated participants from 50 teams from across the United States and ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders 12U Arrives in Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN, NY -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood 12U Raiders arrived in Cooperstown as SPFBL's first representatives in the tournament in recent memory. 

The team is comprised of: Gabriel Barco, Matthew Bender, Jack Burke, Robbie Dobies, Brendan Fay, Andrew Jotz, Andy Kipp, Shawn Martin, Aidan Mooney, Tommy Ricci, Marco Signorelli, Tommy Wright. Managers: John Mooney ...

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Thinking of Buying a Vacation Home?

Owning a vacation home is many people’s dream.  Being able to own property in one of your favorite locations as a second home provides a much needed escape from the pressures of everyday life.  It’s a special place designated to create memories with our families for years to come.  In fact, vacation home sales soared to 1.13 million in 2014.  The spike shows that ...

Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Tip of the Month –Teenagers and Prescription Drugs

Parents are usually diligent about talking to their kids about drugs and alcohol.  However, when they think of drugs, most tend to focus on marijuana, heroin, cocaine and other well-known street drugs.  Often overlooked are the drugs sitting in their own medicine cabinets.

Prescription drug abuse among teens is a national health crisis.  A survey launched by The Partnership at ...

We Have To Budget Better

August 10, 2016

Dear Editor: 

As we have been visiting residents while campaigning, quite a few have expressed their disappointment with the lack of a branch pickup after the recent large storms. Our neighbors in Fanwood picked up branches after these storms, but in Scotch Plains the manager says we can't because "budgets are tight". 

 

The Mayor touted an $11 average ...

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