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Tarzan Swings into All Saints Episcopal Church in Scotch Plains on Feb 3 and 4

January 22, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Play Theater, a musical theater program that provides classes and performance opportunities for local children, will present Tarzan on Feb. 3 at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. and Feb. 4 at 1:00 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church (559 Park Ave..) Scotch Plains. The cast and crew is comprised of 51 local children ages 6-14. Admission is free.

Tarzan is based on ...

Union Catholic's Han Wang and Mr. Don Frio performed at Carnegie Hall

NEW YORK, NJ -- Union Catholic’s Han Wang and Mr. Don Frio had an experience of a lifetime this past Saturday when they performed together at world famous Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Wang, a junior at Union Catholic, won a prestigious Silver Award at the 2017 IMPACT (International Musicians’ Performing Arts Cultural Troupe) Young Artists Competition last month, which earned him ...

National Exhibition on Frederick Douglass at Scotch Plains Public Library

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Public Library will host Frederick Douglass from Slavery to Freedom: The Journey to New York City, a national traveling exhibition, on display from Saturday, Feb. 10, to Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.  

The exhibition explores the youth of Frederick Douglass, born a slave in Maryland in 1818, who after his escape to NY in 1838 became one of the ...

How to Keep Important TAPintoSPF Local News Stories in Your Facebook News Feed

January 22, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Facebook recently announced it is changing its news feed and algorithms so that news from legitimate publishers and posts from businesses will seldom appear.

At TAPintoSPF, we believe in serving you with high-quality, objective local news coverage of events relevant to the communities of Scotch Plains and Fanwood. To make sure that you continue to see news from us in ...

Facebook Changes Its News Feed; How You Can Get Your Local News

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Facebook recently announced it is changing its news feed and algorithms so that news from legitimate publishers and posts from businesses will seldom appear. 

This will be frustrating for people who use Facebook to find news and information relevant to them, said TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro. 

“Relegating legitimate news publishers and ...

Reasons Why New Jersey Is the Second Worst Place to Retire

NEW JERSEY -- If you are thinking of staying in New Jersey after your working days are over, you might want to think again. Many people consider relocating to a state that lets you keep more money in your pocket without requiring a drastic lifestyle change.

 

WalletHub, an online financial services site, compared all 50 states on indicators of retirement friendliness. The ...

Fanwood Resident Struck and Killed by NJ Transit Train

January 16, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ -- The man fatally struck by a New Jersey Transit train in Elizabeth near the Broad Street station late Saturday night has been identified as 24-year-old Emmanuel Laboy from Fanwood, according to a report by NJ.com.

Laboy, earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Affairs from Columbia University in 2017 and a BA degree in political science a ...

Fanwood Recreation Children’s Winter Programs

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Recreation’s upcoming lineup of after-school programs offers a fun, exciting mix of the old and the new. Returning are such favorites as LEGO Club, Babysitting Certification Class, Junior First Responders and Child’s Play Challenge Course.

For the first time, for those young scientists who like creating things that are a little bit… icky, ...

18 Scotch Plains-Fanwood Students Make Dean's List at University of Delaware

January 20, 2018

NEWARK, DE -- Students from your region have been named to the University of Delaware Dean's List for the Fall 2017 semester:

Eduardo Arocha of Fanwood
Samuel Bebout of Fanwood
Madeleine Bebout of Fanwood
Rachel Butler of Fanwood
Paige Vanbuskirk of Fanwood
Megan Voorhees of Fanwood

Francesca Arvizzigno of Scotch Plains
Paige Crandall of Scotch Plains
Mikayla ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Students on Roger Williams Fall 2017 Dean's List

BRISTOL, RI -- Three students from Scotch Plains have been named to the Fall 2017 Dean's List at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Full-time students who complete 12 or more credits per semester and earn a GPA of 3.4 or higher are placed on the Dean's List that semester.

Amanda Espinoza 
Caroline Keane 
Gianna Rosello 

With campuses on the coast ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Alumni Share Advice with Students

EDISON, NJ -- Four graduates from the Class of 2017 at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison participated in a panel discussion and answered questions about the college process and their transition from high school on Young Alumni College Day in Lower Snowdon. The discussion was moderated by Susan Swenson of Plainfield, Director of College Counseling.

This year's panel included, from ...

Fanwood's Mayor Mahr Addresses Crowd of 1,500+ at Westfield’s Women’s March

January 20, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Between 1,500 and 2,000 people participated in the second annual Women’s March in Westfield Saturday, according to organizers. The event was one of many women’s marches around the country.

Speakers included Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, Democratic congressional candidate Lisa Mandelblatt, Westfield 20/20 co-founder Marci Bandelli, Scott Mack of Moms ...

Fanwood Grille Soups Voted "Best in NJ" by Foodie Website The Daily Meal

January 18, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ – National food website, The Daily Meal, which has released its list of Best Soups in Every State, has chosen the soups at the Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Avenue, Fanwood, NJ) as the best in New Jersey.

The Daily Meal wrote that “restaurants all throughout the country are making some truly great bowls of soup from scratch, and we’ve tracked down the best ...

Fanwood Grille to Celebrate Mardi Gras with Cajun Food Fest on Feb. 13

FANWOOD, NJ – The Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave.) will celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday, Feb. 13, with a special Cajun food menu that will include the eatery’s popular New Orleans chicken gumbo, crawfish etouffée, and classic Po’ boy sandwiches. 

For the occasion, the Grille will extend its evening hours until 8:00 p.m. Reservations are suggested for the ...

Fanwood Grille Introduces Dinners to Go

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- For commuters and others who want convenient, quality food, The Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave., Fanwood) has introduced its Dinners-to-Go offering.  

The offerings include many current favorites and some new editions, including maple honey ham, meatloaf, pasta primavera, and salmon. The new items can be found in the "To ...

Scotch Plains Honors First Responders at Annual Dinner

January 20, 2018

GARWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains Township held its annual awards dinner honoring its local heroes on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Westwood in Garwood. Police Sgt. Jerry Brown was the Guest of Honor at the awards dinner. 

Honorees included:

Deputy Fire Chief Skip Paal (20 years of service)
Fire Captain Dennis Hercel Jr. (Above & Beyond)
Firefighter Doug Freitag (40 years of ...

Scotch Plains Offically Welcomes Three New Police Officers

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Police Department welcomed three new members to the force this month: Officer Michael Smolinski, Officer Richard Sopko, Officer Charles Tripet.

Richard Sopko 
Sopko grew up in Clark, NJ, and graduated from AL Johnson HS and then later from Clemson with a BS degree in biological science. In 2010, he enlisted with the NJ National Guard to become ...

Widespread Power Outages Hit Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Other Union County Towns Friday Morning

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — Customers are reporting widespread power outages across Union County Friday morning.

Outages are affecting several towns, including Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Westfield, Clark, Union, Cranford, Garwood, Roselle Park, Rahway and Elizabeth. Outages have been reported along Hetfield Ave. in Scotch Plains and in other parts of the town, according ...

Somerset Patriots and Steve Kalafer Receive 4-H K9 Dano Award

January 19, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots and team Chairman Steve Kalafer have received the Somerset County 4-H K9 Dano Award.

The K9 Dano Award is given annually to Somerset County businesses or residents that have gone above and beyond in their treatment of animals. 

“We are truly honored to receive the K9 Dano Award,” said Kalafer. “The Somerset Patriots take pride ...

Sheelen's Donates $3,000 to Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders Boosters

FANWOOD, NJ -- Sheelen's Crossing donated $3,000 for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Boosters Club last week. The donation is a result of the bar/bistro's year-long Bloody Mary bar, which was co-sponsored by Tito's Vodka.

Sean Flannery, owner of Sheelen's Crossing, presented the check to Fanwood Councilwoman Erin McElroy Barker, Mayor Colleen Mahr, and Matt Tibbals of ...

MLK Day of Service Honors Lifelong Scotch Plains Resident and Volunteer Marie Leppert

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- At the opening ceremony for the 9th annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, longtime community volunteer Marie Leppert was honored with the third annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood Martin Luther King Day of Service Award at the JCC.  The award was presented by Sylvia Hicks, the 2017 honoree along with the Honorable Leland S. McGee, the ...

Go Red Fanwood! Women’s Heart Health Fair on Feb. 2

January 21, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ --  The annual Women’s Heart Health Fair will again be sponsored by Go Red for Women by the American Heart Association, The Chelsea at Fanwood and Big World Little Hearts on "Wear Red Day,"  Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The event at The Chelsea at Fanwood (295 South Ave.) will offer a variety of hors ...

Health Department Sees Spike in Flu Cases, Offers Clues to Prevent the Flu

WESTFIELD, NJ -- In line with both statewide and nationwide data, our area is seeing an increase in confirmed flu cases, according to the Westfield Regional Health Department, which also serves Chatham, Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, New Providence, Roselle Park and Summit.

“It’s here. It’s in New Jersey. It’s in all of our towns,” said Laura ...

Over The Counter Dietary Supplement May Prevent Epileptic Seizures

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects an estimated 3 million adults and 470,000 children in the U.S. It is characterized by unpredictable, recurrent seizures that can occur when brain cells become hyperactive. This leads to surges of electrical activity that disrupt signaling between brain excitability in the learning and memory region of the brain (the ...

Union Catholic Students, St. Bart's and IHM Parishioners at March for Life in D.C.

January 20, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A group of students from Union Catholic's Students for Human Dignity Club headed south to Washington, D.C. on Friday, Jan. 19, to participate in the 45th annual March For Life.
 
Students from Union Catholic were joined by the St. Bartholomew and Immaculate Heart of Mary Parishes of Scotch Plains in the March for Life, which involves several Catholic youth and ...

Boys Swimming: Cohen Smashes Two Records as Scotch Plains-Fanwood Finishes 3rd at County Championships

January 22, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys swim team finished third in the Union County Championship meet held at Rutgers on Sunday.

Although Westfield won the championship by a big margin, the story of the meet was the blazing fast performance by Josh Cohen, who broke a 31-year-old county record in the 200 Freestyle and broke his own 500 Freestyle record that he set as a freshman ...

Girls Swimming: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Wins Fourth Straight County Championship

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls swim team won its fourth straight Union County Championship with a dominating performance on Sunday at Rutgers. The girls, who racked up 422 points, easily outpaced rival Westfield, which upset the Raiders on Friday, Dec. 22.

"The Medley Relay (the first event of the meet) set the tone and every swimmer just took that momentum and ...

Girls Swimming: Union Catholic's Kate Fuhrmann Wins 50 Free at County Meet, Smashes 2 School Records

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Kate Fuhrmann continued to add to her legacy as one of the greatest swimmers in Union Catholic history with a sensational performance at Sunday's Union County Championships at the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center at Rutgers University in Piscataway.

Fuhrmann, a junior from Berkeley Heights, smashed two school records and finished first in the 50-yard Freestyle ...

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Clark High School Senior Dies; Counselors Provide Support to Classmates

January 9, 2018

CLARK, NJ — Students at Arthur L. Johnson High School are mourning a classmate who died Monday evening. 

“I am writing to you with great sadness that one of our ALJ seniors passed away this evening. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends,” Clark's School Superintendent Ed Grande wrote in a letter to parents Monday night.

The ...

Mark Zuckerberg Should Be Concerned About His Legacy; Punishing Legitimate Media Organizations and Small Businesses Isn’t the Answer; Regulation Is

Facebook recently announced it will be changing its feed and algorithms so that news from publishers and posts from businesses will be relegated in favor of posts about your neighbor’s cat. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is making these changes because he is concerned about his legacy and that of the company he founded. If ...

Government Shutdown Is a Manufactured Crisis

January 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

Every day it becomes more and more clear that Republicans’ dysfunction runs so deep that they’re unable to manage even the most basic functions of government.  

Democrats aren’t making irrational demands outside of the will of the people; the majority of Americans want to protect Dreamers, fund essential health programs, and keep the government ...

What Affects One, Affects All in the Family System

January 20, 2018

Family systems theory is a theory of human behavior that views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Members of the family are intensely connected emotionally.  What affects one, affects all in the family system. For example: when family members get anxious, the anxiety can escalate by spreading from one family ...

Union's Catholic Peer Ministry Makes Impact at St. Bart's Confirmation Retreat

January 22, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union Catholic Peer Ministry Club made its presence felt at the Confirmation Retreat on Sunday at St. Bartholomew's in Scotch Plains.

Mr. John Becht and Mrs. Patti Caffrey, the advisors for UC's Peer Ministry Club, and five UC Peer Ministers ran three sessions for the confirmation candidates at St. Bartholomew's. 

The Peer Ministers representing ...

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