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Seven Scotch Plains-Fanwood Entities Among 63 Groups Receiving Union County “HEART” Grants

August 15, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Freeholders have selected seven Scotch Plains-Fanwood groups and individuals among the 63 artists, historians and organizations that will receive Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) grants in 2018.

The Freeholder Board established the HEART Grant Program in 1998, in recognition of the importance of culture and the ...

Redevelopment Rockers Win Music Trivia at Scotch Plains Library

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Redevelopment Rockers (Mayor Al Smith, Tom Strowe, Margaret Heisey and Steve Goldberg) won the Library Rocks trivia competition on Thursday, August 9, at the Scotch Plains Library.  

Categories included Music Potpourri, Rock Geography, Broadway Musicals, and Who's in the Band. The Redevelopment Rockers scored 30 out of a possible 40 points. Julie Jacobs ...

Scotch Plains to Host Live Band Karaoke Night Rescheduled for Weds, Aug. 29

SCOTCH PLAINS. NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains has rescheduled Live Band Karaoke Night for Wednesday, August 29, from 6:30  to 8:30 p.m. at the Alan Augustine Village Green next to the Municipal Building (430 Park Ave).

Live Band Karaoke Night will feature the band The Golden Boyz of New Brunswick. Participants will get to be the “lead singer” and ...

Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Elects New Executive Board

August 9, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ, -- The incoming Executive Board of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) was elected at the most recent Board of Directors meeting held at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains.

The newly-elected members of the Executive Board are: Darielle Walsh, Board President; Carol Kearney, Vice President; Harold Star, Vice President; Jody Weinberg, Treasurer, Mike ...

National Farmers Market Week Takes Place August 5-11

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- August 5-11 is National Farmers Market Week, an annual celebration sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system.

Now in its 19th season, National Farmers Market Week takes place during the first full week of August. It allows farmers markets to take center stage ...

Scotch Plains to Host Live Band Karaoke Night Rescheduled for Weds, Aug. 29

August 6, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS. NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains has rescheduled Live Band Karaoke Night for Wednesday, August 29, from 6:30  to 8:30 p.m. at the Alan Augustine Village Green next to the Municipal Building (430 Park Ave).

Live Band Karaoke Night will feature the band The Golden Boyz of New Brunswick. Participants will get to be the “lead singer” and ...

One-Seat Rides on Raritan Valley Line to be Temporarily Discontinued, NJ TRANSIT Announces

REGION, NJ — Off-peak, one-seat rides on the Raritan Valley Line to Penn Station New York will be temporarily discontinued starting Sept. 4, NJ TRANSIT announced Friday. Service is expected to resume in early 2019, the company said in its press release.

The change comes as NJ TRANSIT continues the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment on its rail fleet throughout ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Appoints New Head Boys’ Basketball Coach

August 10, 2018

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison has hired Greg Fahey as its new head boys’ basketball coach.

Fahey, 27, is excited to bring his energy, experience and work ethic to a program that has struggled in recent years. The Rams are coming off a 4-17 season under Eugene Maxwell, who spent the past five years as the team’s head coach.

“I’m excited because ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Rated No. 64 in NJ by Niche.com

NEW JERSEY -- Real estate website Niche.com has issued its annual rankings of the Best Public High Schools in New Jersey.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School came in No. 64, one notch ahead of Cranford High School. SPFHS received an overall A grade. Specifically, the grades for Scotch Plains-Fanwood were:

Academics: A
Diversity: B+
Teachers: A
College Prep: A
Clubs ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Students Named to University of Rhode Island's Spring 2018 Dean's List

KINGSTON, RI -- Five local students were named to the University of Rhode Island's Spring 2018 Dean's List:

Shannon Patrice Costello of Scotch Plains
Jessica S. Florendo of Scotch Plains
Julia Marie Napolitano of Fanwood
Nicole Silverman of Scotch Plains
Lauren Elizabeth Szpond of Scotch Plains

To be included on URI's Dean's List, full-time students ...

Fanwood Grille to Reopen Thursday Following Air Conditioning Issues

August 8, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- High heat and humidity this week, combined with a performance issues of a new air conditioning unit, led to two unexpected days off for the Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave., Fanwood) on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

"We hate to disappoint anyone, but it was too hot for our customers to be comfortable," said chef Paul Watterson about the decision to close ...

National Farmers Market Week Takes Place August 5-11

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- August 5-11 is National Farmers Market Week, an annual celebration sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system.

Now in its 19th season, National Farmers Market Week takes place during the first full week of August. It allows farmers markets to take center stage ...

Volunteers Sought for Scotch Plains Farmers Market's 'From Farm to Table' Fundraiser Sept. 15

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Farmers Market's highly-anticipated From Farm to Table benefit dinner will take place on Saturday, Sept 15, 2018, outside at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building (430 Park Ave.).

The proceeds of this special event will benefit Operation Chillout Homeless Veterans Outreach, as well as other local veterans efforts.

Anyone interested in ...

Part of Central Avenue in Westfield Closed Friday Morning

August 10, 2018

Central Avenue northbound is closed at Myrtle Avenue until further notice, Westfield Police announced via Nixle Friday just after 10:00 a.m.

They have asked that people please avoid the area.

Meet Scotch Plains' Newest Police Officer Michael Baltazar

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith swore in Michael Baltazar as the SPPD's newest police officer at Tuesday's meeting of the Scotch Plains Township Council. 

Baltazar, a native of Elizabeth, graduated from Old Bridge High School and later spent six years as a police dispatcher in Old Bridge. He later served on the Helmetta Police Department, which disbanded a few ...

Scenes from National Night Out in Scotch Plains

FANWOOD, NJ -- Following a brief, but pounding thunderstorm, the Township of Scotch Plains hosted its annual National Night Out event at the Alan Augustine Green on Park Ave. on Tuesday night.

Police officers and other first responders interacted with the community they serve. The evening featured demonstrations, free food, live music, face-painting and the ever popular dunk-a-cop ...

Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains Awarded Allstate Foundation Grant

August 15, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Nancy Fela Parenti and her son Matthew volunteer at Peggy’s House in Scotch Plains every Monday evening, serving ice cream and visiting with patients and families at the Center for Hope Hospice. 

The Fanwood residents do the same once a month at Father Hudson House, the Center’s Elizabeth residence. Their community service not only provides a ...

Immaculate Heart of Mary Hosts Senior Breakfast on Aug. 30

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- This summer, the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) 8th graders will once again host a summer brunch from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. on Thurs., Aug. 30, for senior citizens who live in the area. 

This is a free event, but RSVP is needed in order to plan for refreshments. Call the parish office at 908-889-2100 or email faithformation@ihmparish.net ...

After Losing Son, Couple Creates Charity to Help Grieving Parents

WESTFIELD, NJ — “On every ultrasound we had throughout the pregnancy, my son’s face was always hidden by his hands,” Francine Magrone wrote on her website, WalkinSunshineCharity.org. “The technicians would tease me and say he was camera shy.”

Francine was 30 weeks pregnant when she noticed that her baby’s movements had slowed. 

“Well ...

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory Through Tuesday Aug 7

August 6, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ - The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Northern New Jersey through Tuesday, August 7.

A Heat Advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to 104 degrees for any length of time.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety ...

Immaculate Heart of Mary Hosts Senior Breakfast on Aug. 30

August 12, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- This summer, the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) 8th graders will once again host a summer brunch from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. on Thurs., Aug. 30, for senior citizens who live in the area. 

This is a free event, but RSVP is needed in order to plan for refreshments. Call the parish office at 908-889-2100 or email faithformation@ihmparish.net ...

Union Catholic's Mike McCabe Named One of NJ's Most Influential People in HS Sports

August 13, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mike McCabe, Union Catholic's head track and field and cross-country coach, was named one of N.J's most influential people in high school sports by NJ.com.  

McCabe, despite losing the greatest high school track and field athlete in NJ history in 2016 Olympian Sydney McLaughlin, still guided the UC girls track and field team to its fourth straight ...

Mets’ Todd Frazier Talks New Jersey Roots, Benefits of Playing Close to Home

FLUSHING, NY — Throughout the past decade, the state of New Jersey has produced copious baseball talent at the major league level. There are currently 19 New Jersey natives in the league, a number that is higher than it’s ever been. 

"We got a lot of good guys and we represent where we’re from,” said the New York Mets’ Todd Frazier, one of those ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Appoints New Head Boys’ Basketball Coach

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison has hired Greg Fahey as its new head boys’ basketball coach.

Fahey, 27, is excited to bring his energy, experience and work ethic to a program that has struggled in recent years. The Rams are coming off a 4-17 season under Eugene Maxwell, who spent the past five years as the team’s head coach.

“I’m excited because ...

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Two Kilos of Heroin Seized from Drug Trafficking Suspect on Route 22

August 7, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Two kilograms of heroin were seized from an Indianapolis man traveling through Union County last week on Route 22 in Union, according to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.

Noel Ramiro Hernandez is charged with first-degree possession of heroin with the intent to distribute and third-degree heroin possession.

Members of the Prosecutor’s ...

Learning to Trust Again

Learning to trust again after trust has been broken takes time, healing and work.  Trust can be broken in many ways including being cheated on, betrayed, lied to, left out, or a break-up.

When someone breaks our trust, we no longer trust anyone.  This leads to isolation, loss, depression and unhealthy patterns in relationships.  On the other hand, others will find that someone ...

Me, You and Us

Who is more important, the Jew or the Jewish people? Is it Reb Yisroel or am Yisroel?

In last week's parshah we read the first chapter of the Shema. This week, we read the second. Yet there are so many similarities between the two. In fact, certain sentences are virtually identical. Why would the Torah, normally so cryptic, be so repetitious?

If one ...

Taking A Stand For Quality Healthcare Coverage

August 7, 2018

Dear Editor:

Washington’s heated rhetoric and constant attempts to sabotage health care coverage is causing uncertainty these days for far too many families. It’s not right, so here in New Jersey we are fighting back and taking a stand for quality health care coverage.

Under Governor Phil Murphy’s leadership, New Jersey is fighting back against President Trump’s ...

Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Medical Mystery – What Is All That Noise I hear?

August 15, 2018

The world can be a noisy place. Sometimes you just have to get away from it all, find a quiet place and relax.

However, what if the noise was coming from inside your own head? What if you could not get away from it, ever? For people who suffer from Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome (SCDS), it can make everyday living a nightmare.

As reported on www.Hopkinsmedicine.org, “Researchers ...

Union County College Receives $1.5 Million Grant from National Science Foundation

August 16, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – Union County College (UCC) received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) first program to support STEM research at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. The grant, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program (HSI Program), awarded funding to 31 new projects nationwide that aim to increase retention and graduation ...

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Thu, August 16, 8:00 PM

Union County Torah Center-Chabad, Westfield

The Jewish View On Life, Death, and Resurrection

Religions And Spirituality

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Mon, August 20, 3:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Cookie Wars at Scotch Plains Public Library

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Tue, August 21, 7:00 PM

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