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Cast for Union Catholic's Spring Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Announced

September 20, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The cast for Union Catholic’s spring musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, has been chosen. The show will be presented by Union Catholic’s Performing Arts Company on March 16, 17, 23, and 24th at 7 p.m., and on March 18 at 3 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood Cast List
Chairman ........................Brian Power
John ...

Sears Closes, ‘Legend of Watchung’ Mural Safely Removed, Donations Sought to Restore Painting

WATCHUNG, NJ - The Mural has been saved from demolition. The ‘Legend of Watchung’ mural has been safely removed from Sears after the store closed for good after more than 50 years on Route 22 earlier this week.

"The mural has been removed today and is being shipped to Philly for storage," said Watchung Planning Board Chair  Tracee Schaefer at the start of ...

Scenes from the SPFHS Marching Band Festival

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raider Marching Band hosted its19th annual Marching Band Festival at SPFHS Varsity Field on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The packed stadium watched performances from 10 of New Jersey's top marching bands: Weehawken, Cranford, East Brunswick, Fair Lawn, Chatham, Bridgewater-Raritan, Immaculata, Edison, J.P. Stevens, ...

Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee Launches Survey

September 20, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) has launched a survey aimed to gather input from the community on downtown redevelopment.

Participation will help guide the SPDRC as it prepares its redevelopment plans. The 23-point survey asks residents everything from “what is your primary reason for coming downtown,” to “what type of housing ...

Fanwood Companies LYft Hurricane Irma Victims' Spirits with Caffeine Stick Donation

FANWOOD, NJ -- Pure Mix LLC, makers of the PureLyft Caffeine stir stick in coordination with ReTrans trucking, a Kuehne + Nagel company, sent 30,000 sticks of their All Natural caffeine powder to the Salvation Army Warehouse for the Hurricane Irma victims in Florida. 

“The devastation that occurred in Florida may not have directly hit us, but we felt that sending our product ...

Sears Closes, ‘Legend of Watchung’ Mural Safely Removed, Donations Sought to Restore Painting

WATCHUNG, NJ - The Mural has been saved from demolition. The ‘Legend of Watchung’ mural has been safely removed from Sears after the store closed for good after more than 50 years on Route 22 earlier this week.

"The mural has been removed today and is being shipped to Philly for storage," said Watchung Planning Board Chair  Tracee Schaefer at the start of ...

Sabattis Saved: Boy Scouts Adventure Camp to Remain Open After Patriots’ Paths Council Executive Board Vote

September 20, 2017

CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ -- The Patriots’ Paths Council Executive Board met on Monday, Sept. 18 in a special session to discuss the future operation of Sabattis Adventure Camp, which was threatened with closure.

After thorough and thoughtful discussion, the Board voted to continue Sabbatis camping activities through the end of the 2019 summer camping season. The Board ...

Fanwood Volunteer of the Month September: Amy Boroff

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Borough Council and Mayor Colleen Mahr named Amy Boroff as the September Volunteer of the Month.

A Recreation Commissioner for the past two years, Amy is the owner of Be Craftful, a web-based company that specializes in event design & production, personalized party favors and corporate crafting events.

A Fanwood resident for 11 years, Amy is also a ...

Amy Boroff Launches Write-In Campaign for Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education

September 20, 2017

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Amy Boroff, who on Monday evening was recognized as Fanwood's Volunteer of the Month of September, has begun a write-in campaign for an open seat on the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education (BOE).

While I come to the table with fresh eyes, my passion for education and role with the Board of Education as a volunteer has provided me with knowledge and ...

Wardlaw-Hartridge Students Celebrate Character Day

EDISON, NJ -- Lower School students at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison celebrated Character Day, a global movement of over 130,000 events happening in 119 countries across the globe, on Sept. 13.

Silvia Davis of Metuchen, Head of Lower School, shared a special book, Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed, during morning assembly in Lower Snowdon. Mrs. Davis used the book to ...

Scenes from the SPFHS Marching Band Festival

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raider Marching Band hosted its19th annual Marching Band Festival at SPFHS Varsity Field on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The packed stadium watched performances from 10 of New Jersey's top marching bands: Weehawken, Cranford, East Brunswick, Fair Lawn, Chatham, Bridgewater-Raritan, Immaculata, Edison, J.P. Stevens, ...

Amy Boroff Launches Write-In Campaign for Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education

September 20, 2017

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Amy Boroff, who on Monday evening was recognized as Fanwood's Volunteer of the Month of September, has begun a write-in campaign for an open seat on the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education (BOE).

While I come to the table with fresh eyes, my passion for education and role with the Board of Education as a volunteer has provided me with knowledge and ...

Fanwood Council Campaign Season Begins

FANWOOD, NJ -- Councilman Russ Huegel and Fanwood Council Candidate Anthony "Coach" Carter, both running on the Democratic ticket, began going door to door last weekend to listen to residents' concerns and share their vision for Fanwood.

"I am proud to serve the people of Fanwood," says Huegel, an attorney and a Fanwood Councilman since 2008, in his ...

Golf Outing & Pig Roast Block Party to Benefit SPF Field Hockey on Fri, Sept. 22

September 19, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Field Hockey Clubs will host its first annual Golf Outing & Pig Roast at Scotch Hills Country Club on Friday, Sept. 22.

The SPF Field Hockey Club is a non-profit  organization that sponsors the SPF high school field hockey teams as they are in their second year at SPF High School. This year is ...

Morano Gelato Introduces Apple & Honey Sorbet for Rosh Hashanah

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Morano Gelato introduces Apple and Honey Sorbet, just in time for Rosh Hashanah!  

Sweeten your New Year with our non-dairy sorbet, in the classic holiday flavor combination. 

Morano Gelato offers a Sicilian-style gelato that uses as many local ingredients as possible, while sourcing the rest from Italy. Morano Gelato makes a variety of traditional ...

Scenes from the Farm-to-Table Benefit at Scotch Plains Farmers Market for Homeless Veterans

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Scotch Plains Farmers’ Market hosted a five-course meal prepared by local chef Brian Kirpan from BK Private Dining and Catering on Sat, Sept. 16, to benefit homeless veterans.

The meal consisted of chef-selected local produce and ingredients from the Scotch Plains Farmers’ Market’s farmers and vendors.

Photos by Jon ...

Fanwood Institutes Online Renewal of Train Station Parking Permits

September 20, 2017

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Borough of Fanwood has announced that a renewal sale period will be offered to current parking permit holders at the Fanwood train station. Current permit holders must register by clicking here and completing the online form. 

Email addresses must be provided by September 29. 2018 Sale Information will be announced in the near ...

Route 22 in Mountainside Reopened After Tree Falls on Car

WESTFIELD, NJ — Route 22 in Mountainside near Lawrence Avenue was briefly shut down during rush hour Tuesday morning after a tree fell on one of the cars, according to police.

As of 9 a.m., the road was open.

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Scotch Plains OEM to Host Individual Preparedness Class on Thurs, Sept. 21

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- As part of National Preparedness Month, the Scotch Plains Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will host an Individual Preparedness Class at the Scotch Plains Library Meeting Room on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7:00 p.m.

Class size is limited to 30. To register for the class, email OEM@scotchplainsnj.com and provide with your name and phone ...

Scotch Plains Officials Help Bag Hunger

September 21, 2017

CLARK, NJ -- Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, Township Manager Al Mirabella, and Tom Strowe, Project Coordinator for Redevelopment, participated in “Help Bag Hunger” on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at the ShopRite of Clark as part of National Hunger Action Month.

They joined other elected officials and volunteers to bag groceries and help raise money and awareness on the issue of hunger ...

Imagine Offers Support Groups for Caregivers

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- Imagine is offering support groups for adult caregivers under 60 who are living with a family member’s chronic or terminal illness. The groups are safe spaces in which people can express their feelings, and gain support from fellow caregivers. 

The criteria for participation includes: caring for any person with a diagnosis of physical illness, injury or ...

GoFundMe Campaign Established for the Family of Stephen Crosby of Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family of Scotch Plains resident Stephen Crosby, who died on September 17.

Stephen leaves behind many loved ones, including his wife, Tracy, three beautiful daughters and a handsome young son. All those who knew Stephen knew how devoted he was to his family and how proud he was of them. He would do anything for them, and they ...

Imagine Offers Support Groups for Caregivers

September 21, 2017

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- Imagine is offering support groups for adult caregivers under 60 who are living with a family member’s chronic or terminal illness. The groups are safe spaces in which people can express their feelings, and gain support from fellow caregivers. 

The criteria for participation includes: caring for any person with a diagnosis of physical illness, injury or ...

State Infant/Child Car Seat Rules Currently in Effect

TRENTON, NJ - Effective September 1, 2015, legislation set in place revised parameters relative to the use of infant / child car seats in the Garden State. New Jersey guidelines currently mandate the following:

Newborn to Age 2
Children under age 2 and under 30 lbs. must be in a rear-facing car seat with a five-point harness. Toddlers who are tall or have long legs ...

IHM in Scotch Plains Will Host Casino Night on Sat, Nov. 4

September 16, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Immaculate Heart of Mary in Scotch Plains will hold a Casino Night on Saturday, Nov. 4 at IHM's Nazareth Center (1571 Martine Ave.). 

The cost for the event is $75 per person, which includes buffet dinner, beer, wine, and “funny money” to play casino games for prizes. All the gaming tables (Black Jack, Texas Hold ‘Em, Roulette and ...

St. John's Baptist Church Hosts Back to School Community Fair

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. John's Baptist Church hosted its annual Back to School Community Fair on Saturday, Sept. 9. 

Young members of the community received free school supplies and enjoyed music, food and fellowship at the landmark church in Scotch Plains. 

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Willow Grove Church offers Worship, Picnic, and Hurricane Relief Collection at La Grande Park in Fanwood

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Willow Grove Presbyterian Church invites everyone from the community to come to the Annual Fall “Worship in a New Key” service and Picnic in the Park on Sunday, Sept. 24, under the pavilion at La Grande Park in Fanwood.

The day begins with an informal contemporary worship service starting at 11:00 a.m. Following the service will ...

Girls Tennis: Union Catholic Improves to 5-1 with Win over Roselle

September 20, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ -- The Union Catholic girls tennis team continued its strong season with a 5-0 victory over Roselle on Tuesday at Warinanco Park in Elizabeth. Union Catholic improved to 5-1 with a dominating performance as the Vikings won all 10 sets and dropped five games in the triumph.

In singles play, Manya Trehan won at first singles, 6-1, 6-0. Ivana Wijedasa was victorious at ...

Girls Soccer: Muskus Goal Lifts Scotch Plains-Fanwood Over Crosstown Foe Union Catholic

SCOTCH PLAINS — While it took longer to score than Scotch Plains-Fanwood would have liked, the Raiders edged out a 1-0 victory over crosstown rival Union Catholic to improve to 5-1 on the season south on Tuesday afternoon.

Playing under the rainy conditions from the remnants of Hurricane Jose, overtime was looking like a possibility when the score was still stuck at zero passed the ...

Golf Outing & Pig Roast Block Party to Benefit SPF Field Hockey on Fri, Sept. 22

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Field Hockey Clubs will host its first annual Golf Outing & Pig Roast at Scotch Hills Country Club on Friday, Sept. 22.

The SPF Field Hockey Club is a non-profit  organization that sponsors the SPF high school field hockey teams as they are in their second year at SPF High School. This year is ...

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Grace Park Stepping Down as Union County Prosecutor; Thomas Isenhour to Take Over Role

September 12, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ — Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park is going to work for PSEG after more than four years of public service, she announced Friday. Thomas K. Isenhour, a 33-year veteran of the office who formerly served as first assistant prosecutor under Park, has been appointed to take her place.

“With over three decades of experience prosecuting defendants and ...

Whether You’re Selling Your Home or Want More Peace

Realtors always advise home sellers to eliminate clutter when selling their homes because it makes a remarkable difference. A clutter-free home can look like a new one altogether, and you shouldn’t wait until you sell your home to make it look better. Furthermore, clutter can have adverse effects and cause mental and physical stress. You can take steps to conquer your clutter by breaking ...

Help Save Sabattis Adventure Camp for Our Boy Scouts

September 10, 2017

Dear Editor:

All of the other troops think that Blackfoot is the worst campsite at Sabattis Adventure Camp. That’s because it’s the furthest walk to the center of camp. Troop 77 knows that Blackfoot is the best campsite at Sabattis. We’ve been camping at that campsite every summer for years, far longer than our current scouts or their older brothers can remember.

Caring for a Chronically Ill Child Impact the Entire Family

September 14, 2017

September is Pain Awareness Month. It’s not easy balancing your care giving role and other parts of your life when you care for someone with a chronic health condition. Taking care of a chronically ill child, parent, spouse, or friend can be one of the most draining and difficult tasks we can face.

I have experienced chronic pain through my adult daughter’s illness; ...

Basketball Great Cheryl Cop Hart to Be Inducted into the Union Catholic Hall of Fame

September 22, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Cheryl Cop Hart, one of the greatest players in Union Catholic and New Jersey basketball history, will be enshrined into the Union Catholic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 30.

As a point guard for the Vikings, Cop led the girls basketball team to one of the greatest runs in state history as Union Catholic won four Union County titles from 1986 to 1989, and captured three ...

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