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Union County College’s Drama Club to Present “12 Angry Jurors”

April 20, 2018

CRANFORD – Union County College’s Drama Club will be performing for their spring show the play, “12 Angry Jurors,” as adapted by Sherman L. Sergel and based on the Emmy award-winning TV movie by Reginald Rose. The play is based on the same plot as “12 Twelve Angry Men,” but by being named “12 Angry Jurors” both men and women appear in the ...

Youth Chess Club to Meet at Scotch Plains Library on May 9 & 23

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- On Wednesday, May 9​ and Wednesday, May 23​ from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders ages 7-16 are invited to participate in the library’s very popular chess club led by instructor Errol Singh.

Pre-registration is required for the chess club and is limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders.  To register, go to ...

Gallery Reception to Showcase Sherman Feller’s Photography

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The public is invited to the Scotch Plains Public Library to view the photography of Sherman Feller. There will be an artists’ reception which the public is welcome to attend on Sunday, May 6 at from 1-3 pm.  Registration is not required for the reception.

Feller has exhibited six times at the Scotch Plains Library and at the Malamut Art Gallery, the Pearl ...

Scotch Plains Farmers Market to Open 2018 Season on Sat, May 12

April 20, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Farmers Market will launch its 2018 season on Saturday, May 12 at the Municipal Building parking lot in downtown Scotch Plains.

"Our popular open-air market happens to be celebrating its 26th year, and promises to be one of the best again in the area," said organizers Jeff Stein and Lisa Mohn of the Scotch Plains Business + ...

Readying for Spring with Grille-nola at the Fanwood Grille

FANWOOD, NJ -- While spring snows seem to now be over, eventually warm weather will take over on a permanent basis, and the Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave., Fanwood) is ready for the change of seasons.

This week, the eatery reintroduced its yogurt parfaits with fresh berries that proved so popular last summer. However, a new twist for 2018 is the addition of homemade granola ...

Fanwood Business Owner Named Business Leader of the Year by Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce

FANWOOD, NEW JERSEY -- Ron Shovlin, owner of the Shovlin Mattress Factory in Fanwood, is being honored as “Business Leader of the Year” during the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s 70th Anniversary Gala at the Primavera Regency in Stirling on Thursday, April 19. This family owned business, located at 35 South St. in Fanwood, doubles as a 2,000 sq. ft. showroom and a ...

Scotch Plains Farmers Market to Open 2018 Season on Sat, May 12

April 20, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Farmers Market will launch its 2018 season on Saturday, May 12 at the Municipal Building parking lot in downtown Scotch Plains.

"Our popular open-air market happens to be celebrating its 26th year, and promises to be one of the best again in the area," said organizers Jeff Stein and Lisa Mohn of the Scotch Plains Business + ...

"Abigail Adams" Comes to Fanwood-Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ --  “Abigail Adams”, portrayed by living history presenter Carol Simon Levine, brings to life the lost stories of fascinating and forgotten women at the monthly meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains & Fanwood on Tuesday evening April 24th. 

Abigail Adams famously wrote to her husband John asking that the Continential ...

"Abigail Adams" Comes to Fanwood-Scotch Plains

April 17, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ --  “Abigail Adams”, portrayed by living history presenter Carol Simon Levine, brings to life the lost stories of fascinating and forgotten women at the monthly meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains & Fanwood on Tuesday evening April 24th. 

Abigail Adams famously wrote to her husband John asking that the Continential ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Musicians Win Multiple Awards at Festivals of Music Competition

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Music Department performed exceptionally well at the Festival of Music Competition in Virginia Beach, Virginia, this weekend.

The renowned Moonglowers performed My Funny Valentine and placed first in their division, and won Best Overall Jazz Ensemble at the 2018 Festival of Music, along with the ...

Carl H. Kumpf Middle School Wins 2018 UnitedHealthcare Health Bee Competition in Scotch Plains, N.J.

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Seventh-grade students from Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark won the 2018 UnitedHealthcare Health Bee competition in a spirited final round in Scotch Plains, NJ, on April 12. The school was awarded a grand prize of $1,000 to apply to its health and wellness programs.

Students from five middle schools -- Kumpf, Newmark, Park, St. John the Apostle and ...

Fanwood Democrats Nominate Erin McElroy-Barker and Patricia Walsh to Run for Borough Council

April 18, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Democratic Committee has nominated Borough Councilwoman Erin McElroy-Barker for a second term and resident Patricia Walsh to run for the Council seat currently held by Jack Molenaar, who is not seeking re-election.

McElroy-Barker, currently serving her first term on the Council, is the chair of the Council's Recreation and Community Services Committee and a ...

Parties Name Scotch Plains Council Candidates

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Democratic and Republican candidates for November’s municipal elections were filed on Monday, April 2. Three seats on the Scotch Plains Council will be contested in 2018. 

The Democrats have nominated:

Joshua G. Losardo, an attorney who has also served on the JCC's physical fitness committee
Elizabeth C. Stamler, who is ...

Scotch Plains Farmers Market to Open 2018 Season on Sat, May 12

April 20, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Farmers Market will launch its 2018 season on Saturday, May 12 at the Municipal Building parking lot in downtown Scotch Plains.

"Our popular open-air market happens to be celebrating its 26th year, and promises to be one of the best again in the area," said organizers Jeff Stein and Lisa Mohn of the Scotch Plains Business + ...

Readying for Spring with Grille-nola at the Fanwood Grille

FANWOOD, NJ -- While spring snows seem to now be over, eventually warm weather will take over on a permanent basis, and the Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave., Fanwood) is ready for the change of seasons.

This week, the eatery reintroduced its yogurt parfaits with fresh berries that proved so popular last summer. However, a new twist for 2018 is the addition of homemade granola ...

Rock ‘n’ Joe’s in Westfield, Closed by Fire, May Re-Open Next Week, Owner Says

WESTIFELD, NJ – Rock ‘n’ Joe’s in Downtown Westfield is tentatively set to re-open next week following an electrical fire on Saturday, according to owner Lincoln Chaudry.

The small fire was caused by an electrical short in the ceiling. According to Chaudry, the fire department needed to break through part of the wall and the ceiling to find the spark before dousing ...

Scotch Plains Man Arrested for Exposing Himself to Girl at Farley Park

April 18, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A 26-year-old Scotch Plains man was arrested and charged with lewdness after he allegedly exposed himself in front of a girl at Farley Park.

The girl's family members contacted the Scotch Plains police, who arrested Melvin A. Hanciles, who lives near the park on Farley Avenue.

Sergeant David Lavery and Patrolman Chris ...

Flash Flood Warning in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- There is a flash flood warning for our area with an additional 1-2 inches of rain expected in the next few hours.

Scotch Plains and Fanwood police advise to exercise caution when traveling and be prepared for the possibility of closed or flooded streets.

Rain is expected to continue through the late morning with clearing is likely to begin in the early ...

Westfield Firefighters Extinguish Small Blaze at Rock 'n' Joe's

WESTFIELD, NJ - A small electrical fire started around noon at Rock 'n' Joe's on Prospect Street on Saturday.

According to Deputy Chief Anthony Tiller, the fire was caused by an electrical shortage in wires in the ceiling, sending smoke into the neighboring businesses on both sides.

“It created a smoke condition," Tiller said. "Once we located the fire, we ...

Shane Sheppard Softball Tournament on Sun, Apr. 22 Benefits Two Treatment Centers

April 20, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The fourth annual Shane Sheppard Softball Tournament, which benefits two treatment centers, will be played on Sunday, April 22, at Jerseyland Park in Scotch Plains.

The pre-game ceremony will start at 12:00 noon, followed by the game.

The Sheppard family, Steve, Gladys and Summer, started this tournament to honor Shane, their son and brother, who passed away. Shane was ...

Meet Fanwood's Volunteer of the Month: Himanee Hendre

FANWOOD, NJ -- Himanee Hendre, 16, a student at the Union County Magnet School, was named "Volunteer of the Month" at the Fanwood Borough Council meeting on Monday, April 16.

Hendre has given her time for several years to the Fanwood Recreation Commission with event planning and execution.

She received a print of Fanwood’s historic train station from Mayor ...

Fanwood Honors Mobile Meals as Organization Celebrates 50th Anniversary

FANWOOD, NJ -- Mobile Meals, based in Westfield, delivers meals to thousands of area residents every day. They passed their one millionth meal delivery several years ago.

Mayor Colleen Mahr (left) read a resolution acknowledging Mobile Meals and presented it to volunteers Nancy Otchy (right) and Josephine Walsh (center).

TAPintoSPF.net is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily ...

Shane Sheppard Softball Tournament on Sun, Apr. 22 Benefits Two Treatment Centers

April 20, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The fourth annual Shane Sheppard Softball Tournament, which benefits two treatment centers, will be played on Sunday, April 22, at Jerseyland Park in Scotch Plains.

The pre-game ceremony will start at 12:00 noon, followed by the game.

The Sheppard family, Steve, Gladys and Summer, started this tournament to honor Shane, their son and brother, who passed away. Shane was ...

UCC Hosts Free Public Panel Exploring Sexual Assault and Consent

CRANFORD, NJ -- The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites members of the public to attend a panel discussion on sexual assault and consent on Wednesday, April 25, at 2:00 p.m. in Room N-4 at Union County College, 1033 Springfield Ave. in Cranford. The panel will feature a question and answer session.

The panel discussion is intended to raise awareness about sexual assault and ...

Travels Spotlight - New Brunswick Ciclovia Opens 2018 Season

NEW BRUNSWICK  – New Brunswick Ciclovia will open its 2018 season on Sunday, April 22 for another fun day of open streets and active living for all. 

Now in its fifth year, New Brunswick Ciclovia is a family-friendly event that emphasizes healthy living and community building by opening our streets and offering programming for all to enjoy. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., more ...

Car Show and Food Truck Festival at Saint Joseph High School on April 28

April 12, 2018

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School's Father's Club will host a Car Show and Food Truck Festival (featuring live DJ and Beer Garden) on Saturday, April 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00.

 

Food Trucks will include:

Boardwalk Freddy
Bro-Rito
Cousins Maine Lobster
Empanada Monster
Falafull Gourmet
Jerkin' Chicken
Oink and ...

Somerset Patriots Pitcher Scott Copeland's Contract Purchased By New York Mets

April 21, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have announced that right-hand pitcher Scott Copeland’s contract has been purchased by the New York Mets. He is expected to report to Double-A Binghamton.

The 6’3” righty broke into the big leagues in 2015 with the Toronto Blue Jays. That year, Copeland went 1-1 over five games (three starts) with six strikeouts. He had gone 11-6 with a ...

Scotch Plains Honors SPFHS Student Athletes at Council Meeting

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Council recognized the achievements of a number of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School winter athletes at the governing body's meeting on Tuesday, April 17. 

Among those honored were:

Girls Varsity Swim Team: Four-time Union County Champions
Wrestler Sam Wustefeld: Union County and District Champion, runner up in the State Championships in ...

Boys Tennis: Nocera Staves Off 3 Match Points to Give Union Catholic The Victory over Elizabeth

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Dan Nocera did it again.

Earlier this month, Nocera fought off 10 match points against Elizabeth's Andre Torres before rallying to win a thrilling three-set match at first singles to give the Union Catholic boys tennis team a 3-2 win over Elizabeth at Kramer Manor Park in Scotch Plains.

In the rematch on Wednesday, Nocera was on the ropes once ...

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Summer Life Guard Job Opportunity in Union County

April 10, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Summer lifeguard positions are available at Union County’s public swimming pool, the Walter Ulrich Memorial Pool at Rahway River Park in Rahway.

“Union County’s Ulrich Pool provides our youth and adult summer job seekers with an opportunity to enjoy working outdoors in the fresh air all summer long while sharpening valuable life skills including leadership, ...

Why We Keep Kosher

Why We Keep Kosher

This week's parshah, Shemini, introduces the Torah's dietary laws. Animals must chew their cud and have split hooves to be kosher, fish need fins and scales, and a list of forbidden fowl is enumerated.

To those of us in Jewish education, it is a continuing source of disappointment that so many Jews still believe the kosher laws to be outdated.

New Jersey’s Out-of-Network Bill Is a Huge Blow to The Middle Class

April 8, 2018

Dear Editor:

As Trenton currently looks to balance the budget, once again it’s our state’s hardest working citizens who will be left holding the bag. This time, though, it will be the hardworking office and ancillary staff from our small business private medical practices. 

A bill called “The Out-of-Network Consumer Protection Bill” ...

Helping Teenagers Deal with Prom Night Stress

April 18, 2018

Prom can be one of the most exciting times for your teenager but at the same time one of the most stressful. 

It can also be very stressful for parents as they prepare themselves to accept that their teenager is graduating and soon going away to school, while planning a weekend away after prom night. Going to the Shore for the weekend or somewhere overnight has become more of the ...

Union County College’s Drama Club to Present “12 Angry Jurors”

April 20, 2018

CRANFORD – Union County College’s Drama Club will be performing for their spring show the play, “12 Angry Jurors,” as adapted by Sherman L. Sergel and based on the Emmy award-winning TV movie by Reginald Rose. The play is based on the same plot as “12 Twelve Angry Men,” but by being named “12 Angry Jurors” both men and women appear in the ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, April 21, 10:00 AM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

"All About Owls" Nature Presentation with The ...

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, April 21, 11:00 AM

PetSmart, Millburn

Dog Adoption Event

Other

Sat, April 21, 12:00 PM

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA, Scotch Plains

Healthy Kids Day

Health & Wellness