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Scotch Plains Library to Host Teen Afternoons in Summer

June 18, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In lieu of the Scotch Plains Library’s after school club, the teen department will host weekly summer programs for patrons in grades 5-12. Starting on July 2, teens are invited to hang out, play games, and make crafts every Monday at 3 pm. 

Starting on July 11, the library will offer special programming every other Wednesday at 3 pm. Rock candy, slime, and ...

Springsteen and His Layered Lyrics at the Scotch Plains Library

​On Monday, July 16 at 7pm, Prudence Jones, professor at Montclair University, will present Springsteen and his Layered Lyrics as part of the Scotch Plains Public Library’s Libraries Rock summer reading program.

As generations of fans have been impacted by his music, Bruce Springsteen was influenced by the American folk tradition, which he then reinterpreted to create new sounds and ...

Magic and a Movie on the Green in Scotch Plains on Fri, June 22 at 7:30 p.m.

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains will host Magic and a Movie on the Alan M. Augustine Village Green on June 22 at 7:30 p.m. 

Magical entertainment will be provided by Joe Fischer, followed by the feature presentation of The Emoji Movie.

Bring your family and friends for what's sure to be a great evening. Don't forget to bring a blanket and a ...

Lightbridge Academy Opens in Downtown Fanwood

June 17, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr and members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, joined Fanwood couple Vishal and Bhavna Ajwani for the grand opening at the new Lightbridge Academy (15 South Ave., Fanwood) on Saturday, June 16. The franchise has taken over what once was the Sun Tavern.

Founded 20 years ago by Guy and Julia Falzarano, the ...

Darby Road Celebrates World Cup Excitement, Even Without U.S., Italy and Ireland

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- While the game the rest of the world calls "football" is the most popular sport in most countries except the U.S., the 1994 World Cup hosted here remains the tournament with the highest ever attendance (3,568,567). The '94 tournament lifted a growing sports to new heights.

This year will bring something totally different. The 2018 World Cup takes place ...

Chris Prasek Joins DWC as Summer Intern Thanks to a Westfield Foundation Grant

WESTFIELD, NJ -- The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC), with assistance of a Westfield Foundation grant, has hired Chris Prasek for their summer intern position. The Westfield Foundation grants provide non-profit and civic organizations with financial assistance to provide summer employment to an area student. 

The DWC has been fortunate to have this assistance available for many ...

Five Scotch Plains Students Participate in American Legion Jersey Boys State

June 19, 2018

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - 838 high school rising-seniors from New Jersey are attending the 73rd session of American Legion Jersey Boys State (ALJBS) held annually at Rider University.

 

Local participants in the prestigious program this week are:

Ben Kuperschmid, Scotch Plains, Legion Post #209
Jack Pedersen, Scotch Plains, Legion Post #209
Zander Reyes, Scotch Plains, Legion ...

DWC Thanks Everyone for a Successful Yoga on Quimby Event

WESTFIELD, NJ -- The first event of Downtown Westfield Corporation's new 'Second Sundays' series kicked off with Yoga on Quimby Sunday, June 10. 

Quimby Street was closed off and designated for pedestrians only for several hours Sunday for the Wellness in the Street free yoga class. Kika Stretch Studio opened up the event by leading a light opening stretch, and Satsang ...

Westfield High School Sophomore Dies; Counselors on Hand at School

June 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Carthoris “Carter” Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High School, died Sunday night, according to Westfield Public Schools and a letter sent to parents by Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson.

“Words cannot convey the grief we feel in the Westfield Public Schools community over the death of Carthoris ‘Carter’ Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High ...

Updated: Scenes from the Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Senior Prom

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- It's a right of passage each spring for the graduating class of any high school: the senior prom. This year, the prom was held at Imperia in Somerset, NJ. But before the actual event, some great photo opps...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood School System Alerts Parents About Possible Child Abduction Attempt

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood school district sent a letter to parents on Friday regarding an attempted child abduction at Park Middle School.

The letter, signed by Superintendent Dr. Margaret Hayes, said:

I would like to alert you to the report of an attempted luring of one of our students that occurred this morning in the vicinity of Park Middle School A white ...

Primary Election Results in Fanwood and Scotch Plains

June 6, 2018

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi has posted the unofficial results of Tuesday's Democratic and Republican primaries.

 

In Fanwood, candidates in the Democratic and Republican primaries ran unopposed. Among the Democrats, Erin McElroy Barker collected 438 votes, while newcomer Patricia Walsh had 458 votes. Brian Walter tallied 162 votes for the ...

Scotch Plains Fire Department 150th Anniversary Fundraiser Will Be July 17

June 16, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS,  NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fire Department will host its 150th anniversary fundraiser on Tuesday, July 17, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m at the new Stage House Tavern, (1099 U.S. Route 22 East, Mountainside).

Prices are  $35 per person. $65 per couple. The ticket includes buffet dinner and one free drink.

The Scotch Plains Fire Department is ...

Scotch Plains Public Library to Host Teen Cooking Class on June 27

​On Wednesday, June 27 at 6 pm, join Dana for the library’s very popular teen cooking class. Teens in grades 5-12 are invited to learn how to make ice cream from scratch. Stop by to experiment with different flavors and simple ingredients. Registration is required, please note any food allergies on the registration form. 

To register, ...

Osaka Japanese Restaurant in Scotch Plains Closes for Renovations Following Fire

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Osaka Japanese Restaurant (427 Park Ave., Scotch Plains) has announced that it has closed for renovations and hopes to reopen in one month, according to the owner. 

The restaurant sustained damages last week when it had a small fire inside the premises.

Osaka restaurant, which is located across the street from the Municipal Building, offers a wide array of ...

Scotch Plains Fire Department 150th Anniversary Fundraiser Will Be July 17

June 16, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS,  NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fire Department will host its 150th anniversary fundraiser on Tuesday, July 17, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m at the new Stage House Tavern, (1099 U.S. Route 22 East, Mountainside).

Prices are  $35 per person. $65 per couple. The ticket includes buffet dinner and one free drink.

The Scotch Plains Fire Department is ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood School System Alerts Parents About Possible Child Abduction Attempt

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood school district sent a letter to parents on Friday regarding an attempted child abduction at Park Middle School.

The letter, signed by Superintendent Dr. Margaret Hayes, said:

I would like to alert you to the report of an attempted luring of one of our students that occurred this morning in the vicinity of Park Middle School A white ...

Small Fire Extinguished at Addams Tavern in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — It likely started with a smoldering cigarette, according to Deputy Fire Chief Anthony Tiller.

The fire that started in a flower planter on an outside deck on the second floor of Addams Tavern Wednesday caused a lot of smoke as it spread to the flooring, but only about a three-foot by three-foot area was damaged, Tiller said.

The restaurant at 115 Elm St. is ...

Water Company Donates to Fanwood Rescue Squad

June 18, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Rescue Squad received a grant of $1,000 from New Jersey American Water at the Borough Council meeting on Monday evening.

Accepting the grant from NJAW’s Manager of Operations Michael Bange (left) was squad president Ed Winsor, accompanied by (left to right) squad members Chrissy O’Connor, Maggie Richard, Lily Hsiao, Nam-June Joe and Steve ...

Union Catholic's Audrey Davis Starts Special Needs Club for Gold Star Project

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  Audrey Davis, who will be a senior at Union Catholic in the fall, has founded and organized a club for her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

The name of the club is the A.W.A.R.E Club-which stands for Active Walking and Respite Exercise Club. It's a walking club for teens and young adults with special needs from ages 13-21.

The free club, sponsored by the Union ...

Hailey Rachko of Scotch Plains Climbs Mount Everest, Raises Money for Childhood Cancer Research

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- When Hailey Rachko, a 2015 graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, reached her goal of climbing to the base camp of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain and raising more than $5,500 for charity through an organizaiton calledChoose a Challenge, which pairs challenges with causes.

Q&A with Hailey Rachko

How much money did you raise?

I ended ...

New Jersey Blood Services Declares Blood Emergency

June 12, 2018

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey Blood Services/New York Blood Center (NYBC) has declared a blood emergency. The organization is asking people across the New York metropolitan area to donate blood to help replenish the supply for hospitals throughout the area.

In order to maintain a safe blood supply, a seven-day inventory of all blood types must be continually replenished. Right now, reserves are ...

‘2nd Sundays’ in Downtown Westfield Launches with Yoga on Quimby

WESTFIELD, NJ — The first event of a new series in Downtown Westfield, 2nd Sundays, kicked off with Yoga on Quimby Sunday morning and afternoon despite overcast conditions and scattered sprinkles and drizzle.

Quimby Street was blocked off and designated for pedestrians only for several hours Sunday for the Wellness in the Street free yoga class organized by Tricia Camino of Ono ...

Local Crisis Hotline Flooded with Calls After Two Celebrity Suicides

WESTFIELD, NJ — Calls came pouring in to Caring Contact Friday after people awoke to the news of celebrity chef, author and television host Anthony Bourdain’s death by suicide, according to Executive Director Janet Sarkos. Just three days before, celebrity designer Kate Spade had also died by suicide. 

 “The phones have been ringing off the hooks,” ...

Boys Volleyball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Named Union County Team of the Year, Glod: Player of the Year; Hor: Coach of the Year

June 19, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  The Union County Conference has announced its All Conference boys volleyball season awards, and Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School's surprising first-year varsity team was honored as Union County Team of the Year. Additionally, Adam Glod was named Union County Player of the Year, and Brock Hor Jr., was named Coach of the Year.

Union ...

Union Catholic's Goldera Surles has Received a Prestigious Scholarship

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Goldera Surles, one of the state's top bowlers during her career at Union Catholic, was recently awarded a very prestigious scholarship by The National Bowling Association, Inc.  

Surles, who will continue her bowling career at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, N.Y. this fall, was awarded the first place Owen O. Washington Scholarship, which was ...

Track & Field: Union Catholic Shines at New Balance National Championships

GREENSBORO, NC --  The Union Catholic boys and girls track and field teams concluded its season with several sparkling performances at the New Balance National Championship, which came to a close on Sunday at Aggie Stadium on the campus of North Carolina A&T.  

The biggest highlight for the Vikings came when the girls placed fourth in the shuttle hurdles in a ...

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Westfield High School Sophomore Dies; Counselors on Hand at School

June 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Carthoris “Carter” Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High School, died Sunday night, according to Westfield Public Schools and a letter sent to parents by Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson.

“Words cannot convey the grief we feel in the Westfield Public Schools community over the death of Carthoris ‘Carter’ Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High ...

Is Summer Camp the Right Choice for My Child?

Is your child attending camp this summer? Is it their first experience away?  If yes, it can be an experience causing anxiety for you, for the parent and the child. 

This experience can be frightening to your child if it is their first time and it is so important that they do not see your worry or anxiety about leaving home for the first time… especially if it is sleep ...

What Are The Warning Signs of Suicide

The recent passings of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain remind us to take mental illness seriously. 

Many of us feel uncomfortable to ask when someone in distress is suicidal for fear we are putting this thought in their minds. This is not true. It is a myth that asking about suicide increases the risk of suicide. The most common mental illness is depression. Some people are ...

Greatness

In honor of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's (of righteous memory) 24th  Yahrtzeit (anniversary of his passing) this coming Saturday the 16th.

Excerpts from an address given by Nobel-laureate Elie Wiesel on April 7, 1992, at a congressional dinner held in Washington on the occasion of the Rebbe's 90th birthday.

Some of you are aware of my admiration, not only ...

We Must Address The Unrealistic Affordable Housing Process Now

June 19, 2018

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank all the residents who attended and watched last Tuesday’s Town Hall meeting on over-development and legislative solutions with Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi and I. If you were unable to attend, I encourage you to watch the meeting on SPTV or the Township’s Facebook page at ().

The meeting was a real eye-opener for many of our residents. It ...

Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

June 19, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that plastic bags and other excluded items cannot be recycled through their local curbside pick-up programs.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate compared to other counties in our state, and we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Every ...

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Fri, June 22, 7:30 PM

Crossroads, Garwood

Benefit Concert

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Mon, June 25, 9:00 AM

Terrill Road Baptist Chruch, Scotch Plains

LifeWay’s 2018 Vacation Bible School at Terrill ...

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Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Join the Summer Jewelry Making Club at the Scotch ...

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