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Poems Are Wanted for Fanwood Carriage House Poetry Prize

February 23, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ – The Carriage House Poetry Series and the Fanwood Shade Tree Commission are sponsoring the 2018 Carriage House Poetry Prize with a first prize of $300 plus publication of the winning poem in the autumn edition of Tiferet Journal.

Poets are invited to enter one or two poems – 40 lines or less each. There is a $5.00 entry fee for each contestant. Poems must be previously ...

Union County Magnet High School to Hold Silent Auction

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A great night out with family and friends for just $10.  And we provide dessert and coffee/tea.

Please come to the Magnet High School PSA Silent Auction on Friday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Union County Vocational Technical School in Scotch Plains (West Hall Cafeteria). 

Tickets are only $10. You can then bid on over ...

NJ Festival Orchestra Presents ‘Madama Butterfly’ in Westfield March 3

WESTFIELD, NJ — Soloists from the New York Metropolitan Opera and beyond will join the New Jersey Festival Orchestra to present the opera “Madama Butterfly,” Puccini’s enduring tale of love, honor, betrayal and sacrifice on March 3, at 7:00 p.m. in Westfield

The concert will be presented with supertitles, costumes, staging and design by Maria ...

Hellenic Therapy Center Seeking P/T Clinician

February 13, 2018

Hellenic Therapy Center is seeking mental health providers who have training and clinical experience with children, teens, adults, couples and families. Minimum requirements include Master’s degree and professional licensure in New Jersey, LPC, LCSW, LMFT, PhD. Experience in family systems preferred. Part-time availability during the day and evening hours which can lead to full-time ...

Scotch Plains Honors John Shippen During Black History Month at Shady Rest Clubhouse

February 24, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In recognition of Black HIstory Month, the Township of Scotch Plains held an open house at the Shady Rest Clubhose of the Scotch Hills Country Club, where John Shippen, America's first professional golfer, served as the resident pro.

The event was attended by Mayor Al Smith, Business Administrator Al Mirabella, Councilmembers Ted Spera and Rose Checchio, and ...

Shady Rest Clubhouse in Scotch Plains Open House on Friday, Feb. 23

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  The public is invited to attend and tour the newly renovated Shady Rest Clubhouse at Scotch Hills Country Club (820 Jerusalem Rd.) on Friday, February 23 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. There will be refreshments and artifacts that belonged to John Shippen, America's first golf pro, will be on display throughout the building.  

Mayor Al Smith and ...

Scotch Plains and Fanwood Police Launch Middle School 'Cops & Kids' Program

February 23, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains and Fanwood Police Departments have partnered with the SPFK12 school district to again host the SP-F PAL Cops and Kids afterschool program at Terrill Middle School on Tuesday afternoon.

In the program, students from 5th to 8th grade engage in a variety of activities, including a version of dodge ...

Nicholas Route Earns Scholarship to Alvernia University

READING, PA -- Nicholas Route, of Fanwood has been granted the Veronica Founder's Scholarship to study Nursing at Alvernia University in the fall. Route is currently a senior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.

To be awarded this $16,000 scholarship, the recipient must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and minimum SAT score* of 980 old/1060 new (21 ACT). Students are eligible for only one ...

Breaking News: Elizabeth Schools Report One Student Has Died from Flu Virus

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth School District has reported that a student has died from the flu.

“It is with great sadness that I must report to you that the Elizabeth School District has lost one of its own,” Elizabeth Superintendent of Schools Olga Hugelmeyer wrote in a letter to parents over the weekend. (The full letter follows below.) Grief counselors will be ...

Union County Democratic Committee Vote: And the Winner is...

February 22, 2018

CLARK, NJ – The vote for the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chairmanship came to a conclusion Wednesday night when 748 committee members from the county’s 21 municipalities descended on the Gran Centurions in Clark to vote for their new party leader.

State Senator Nick Scutari walked away with a 412-341 victory over Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr in a battle that had ...

Judge Rules in Favor of Open Ballot in UCDC Chair Election: A Win for Nick Scutari

ELIZABETH, NJ -- Just one day before the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) convention to elect a new County chair, Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis ruled in favor of State Senator Nick Scutari, who made the case that UCDC bylaws call for an open ballot.

Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, the acting Chair of the party, advocated the use of voting machines when committee members ...

Union County Democratic Committee Election: Who Are The Scotch Plains and Fanwood Voters?

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- After weeks of campaigning following the resignation of Jerry Green as Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chair, the two leading candidates, Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and State Senator Nick Scutari of Linden, will soon find out who will lead the party.

The outcome will be decided by 800 elected Democratic party members: two from each voting district ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast

February 23, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Rotary Club will host their first Pancake Breakfast at the newly renovated Scotch Hills Country Club in Scotch Plains. The event will take place on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and the price will be $10 per person. Pancakes, eggs, ham, turkey sausage, coffee, tea, and juice will be served and there will be prize ...

Hamantash Bake at the Torah Center

WESTFIELD, NJ -- The Union County Torah Center - Chabad will be hosting a Hamantash Bake at its center, 111 Laurel Place, Westfield, on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 11:30 a.m.

Participants will learn the techniques and skills for making hamantashen. They will be putting on aprons, preparing the dough, choosing from a variety of fillings and taking home their very own created delicious ...

Jade Isle's Closing in Scotch Plains Postponed Due to Customer Response

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The sudden announcement that the venerable Jade Isle restaurant (158 Terrill Road in Scotch Plains) would close on Sunday evening caught many of its fans by surprise. As a result, longtime customers flocked to the eatery this weekend for one last meal. 

Not wanting to disappoint those who wanted to stop in a final time, owner Jack Lee has postponed the ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL Presents Checks to the Fanwood and Scotch Plains Rescue Squads

February 24, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Police Athletic League (PAL) presented the Fanwood Rescue Squad with a donation of $1,000 for the squad’s support of PAL football games last year.

Pictured, left to right, Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo who is on the PAL board; Councilwoman Kathy Mitchell; PAL President Shawn Johnson; PAL Board Member and football coordinator ...

Scotch Plains Council Discusses Security, Police Presence in Schools

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ  – The topic of school safety in the SPFK12 school district was a major topic of discussion at the Scotch Plains Council meeting on February 20, following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, in which 17 students and teachers were killed in Florida.

The Council invited Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley to update the public on safety issues ...

Scotch Plains Police Dept. Announces Promotions

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Police Chief Ted Conley announced the promotions of two of Scotch Plains' finest at Tuesday night's Township Council meeting.

Lt. David Smith
Born and raised in Scotch Plains, Smith graduated SPFHS in 1991. He began his service to town in 1992 on the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad and remained an active member for 16 years. He graduated from Bridgewater State ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL Presents Checks to the Fanwood and Scotch Plains Rescue Squads

February 24, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Police Athletic League (PAL) presented the Fanwood Rescue Squad with a donation of $1,000 for the squad’s support of PAL football games last year.

Pictured, left to right, Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo who is on the PAL board; Councilwoman Kathy Mitchell; PAL President Shawn Johnson; PAL Board Member and football coordinator ...

Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad’s First Female Member -- A Scotch Plains Resident -- Retires After 45 Years

WESTFIELD, NJ — Recently honored for 45 years of volunteer service to the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, Marie Keller reminisced about her experience as the first-ever female member of the squad.

In the early 1970s, Keller and her husband, Bill, were raising their three sons and one daughter in Westfield. Keller had always enjoyed helping people and was looking for somewhere to ...

Scotch Plains Teen Visits NFL Pro Bowl Thanks to Make-A-Wish® and Jersey Mike’s Subs

SCOTCH PLAINS, - Among the many wishes granted this year through the annual Jersey Mike’s “Month of Giving” campaign with Make-A-Wish was Scotch Plains resident Kyle Brainard's visit to the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida, in January.

Kyle, who has courageously battled a critical illness always had an admiration for his NFL heroes. The chance to experience a ...

Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad’s First Female Member -- A Scotch Plains Resident -- Retires After 45 Years

February 24, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Recently honored for 45 years of volunteer service to the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, Marie Keller reminisced about her experience as the first-ever female member of the squad.

In the early 1970s, Keller and her husband, Bill, were raising their three sons and one daughter in Westfield. Keller had always enjoyed helping people and was looking for somewhere to ...

Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of elementary school student Daniela Genaro after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials said it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's passing."

In a second letter ...

Breaking News: Elizabeth Schools Report One Student Has Died from Flu Virus

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth School District has reported that a student has died from the flu.

“It is with great sadness that I must report to you that the Elizabeth School District has lost one of its own,” Elizabeth Superintendent of Schools Olga Hugelmeyer wrote in a letter to parents over the weekend. (The full letter follows below.) Grief counselors will be ...

Girls Track and Field: Union Catholic's 4x400 Wins Record 4th Straight Title at Meet of Champions

February 25, 2018

TOMS RIVER, NJ -- The Union Catholic girls, one of the most dominant track and field programs in recent state history, added to its remarkable legacy with a historic victory in the 4x400-meter relay at Saturday's NJSIAA Meet of Champions at the Bennett Center.

When UC sophomore Leena Morant crossed the finish line to put the finishing touches on the victory in ...

Wrestling: Cannon, Wustefeld Advance to State Finals in Atlantic City

UNION, NJ -- Senior captains Jack Cannon and Sam Wustefeld will advance to the State championships held in Atlantic City next weekend following their performances in the Regional tournament held on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Union High School.

Wustefeld, who has lost only one match this season became a two-time Regional champion. He won the 195-lb. weight class by defeating Scott Fernandes of ...

Girls Swimming State Finals: Moorestown Defeats Scotch Plains-Fanwood by Narrow Margin, 91-79

EWING, NJ -- In a meet between No. 1 seeded Scotch Plains-Fanwood and No. 2 seeded Moorestown, the Quakers overtook a Raiders lead half-way through the 400 meter Freestyle Relay to win their first State championship since 1995 in an dramatic 91-79 victory.

Moorestown's Emily Wisniewski, who won the 200 IM and 500 Freestyle, and teammate Holly Robinson, who touched first in ...

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Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

February 19, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of elementary school student Daniela Genaro after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials said it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's passing."

In a second letter ...

The Missing Moses

A seemingly dubious distinction belongs to this week’s Parshah, Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20–30:10). It is the only reading in the Torah — from the first Parshah of the book of Exodus (in which he is born) until the end of the book of Numbers — where the name of Moses is not mentioned. Tetzaveh’s opening words are V’atah ...

Congratulations to UCDC Chairman Nick Scutari

February 23, 2018

Dear Editor:

First, congratulations to Chairman Nick Scutari. I look forward to working alongside him as 1st Vice Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee. 

For the last three weeks, this campaign for UCDC Chair displayed the power we have and the voice we share. You are the leaders, citizens and activists who are helping shape our future. What you do in your hometowns and ...

Being Alone on Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2018

Valentine’s Day is a day filled with Hallmark cards, chocolate covered strawberries, red roses and special dining.  It’s a day to express our love and affection to those close to us.  Some of us have expectations that this day will be blissful, we may even receive that diamond ring that represents engagement or marriage.

Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful time if ...

Superhero Purim at the Union County Torah Center-Chabad

February 25, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ -- The Torah Center will host a family Superhero Purim Bash at the center, 111 Laurel Place, in Westfield on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 5:30 p.m.  There will be face painting, a superhero masquerade contest with all children dressed in costume receiving a prize, and a grand prize awarded for the best costume & a pizza dinner. A multi-media Megillah reading will follow at ...

Upcoming Events

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Sun, February 25, 10:00 AM

Camp Riverbend, Warren

Camp Riverbend Open House

Arts & Entertainment

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Wed, February 28, 1:00 PM

Mountainside Borough Hall (Recreation Room), Mountainside

Hearts for Hope; Create a moment of joy to those ...

Giving Back