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80's Movie Icon Andrew McCarthy Talks About "Pretty in Pink," Westfield Book Signing on Sat, April 29

April 27, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ – Though he may best be known as Blane McDonough from the John Hughes classic “Pretty in Pink,” actor/director/writer Andrew McCarthy is, as he says, always moving onward.

McCarthy, 54, recently released his first young adult novel, “Just Fly Away.” The novel tells the story of Lucy, a 15-year-old girl who discovers her father had an affair eight ...

Union County College’s Drama Club to Present “The Laramie Project”

CRANFORD – Union County College’s Drama Club will present a staged reading of “The Laramie Project” on Thurs, April 27, in the Roy Smith Theater at the College’s Cranford campus. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. Please note: the play contains adult language and themes. Parental ...

Camelot at St. Joseph High School; Musical Presented on April 29 and 30

METUCHEN, NJ -- St. Joseph High School's Spring Theatre Production is Camelot, presented in the Catanzaro Theatre at Saint Joe's.  

The remaining show schedule will be: April 29 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; and April 30 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets sold at the door: $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors.  Don't miss this great ...

Houdini Pizza Laboratory in Fanwood Serves Magic on a Plate

April 28, 2017

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Harry Houdini had the rare ability to make the impossible seem effortless and became the greatest magician of all-time. We share this level of commitment and a remarkable flavor for life with Houdini.

The original Houdini Pizza opened in Ridgewood, Queens, not far from Houdini's final resting place. It features a wood-burning brick oven  that produces ...

Register Now for the 5th Annual Union County Women Mean Business Networking Seminar

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Registration is now open for the 5th annual Union County Women Mean Business networking seminar on Wednesday, May 17, 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The popular series assembles Union County businesswomen with experts on hot topics and role models. This year's special guest speaker will be Janice Huff, Chief Meteorologist for NBC 4.

“Ms. Huff has ...

Community Access Unlimited Honors Community Partners at 2017 Awards Celebration

Community Access Unlimited (CAU) honored seven community partners last week at its 2017 Awards Night Celebration, held at its Elizabeth headquarters. The honorees represented the wide variety of professionals and organizations the agency partners with to fulfill its mission of enabling people with disabilities and at-risk youth to live independently within the community.

Community Access ...

World War II Veteran and Longtime Fanwood Recycling Center Director Alan Ebersole Dies at 94

April 28, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- Wearing a World War II veteran's hat on his head and overseeing the Fanwood Recycling Center for decades, Alan Ebersole was one of the most recognizable of Fanwood's residents. Ebersole, who was to be honored as a Grand Marshal in the upcoming Memorial Day parade, died at his home this week at the age of 94.

 

"You'd have to live it to ...

Services for Michael Ruzek

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A Funeral Mass will be held for Michael Ruzek at St. Bartholomew the Apostle R.C. Church, 2032 Westfield Ave., Scotch Plains, on Thursday, April 27, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Gertrude Cemetery (53 Inman Ave., Colonia, NJ).

Visitation will be in the church on Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Arrangements are by Memorial ...

Magnet Ranks No. 4, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High No. 42 in NJ by US News & World Report

April 26, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- Union County Magnet School (Scotch Plains | Union County Vocational-Technical School District) rated No. 4 overall among New Jersey high schools and #105 in the National rankings, according to new rankings published by U.S. News and World Report.The magazine determines rankings based on their performance on state-required tests and how well the high ...

Union County College’s Drama Club to Present “The Laramie Project”

CRANFORD – Union County College’s Drama Club will present a staged reading of “The Laramie Project” on Thurs, April 27, in the Roy Smith Theater at the College’s Cranford campus. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. Please note: the play contains adult language and themes. Parental ...

Wardlaw-Hartridge School Students Learn About Culture Through Cuisine

EDISON, NJ -- Third grade students at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison combined their Spanish conversation skills and study of counting money by turning the classroom of Lower School Spanish teacher Maria Hinestroza into a Taqueria. Students from all divisions visited the Taqueria, where the third graders served them food prepared by Chef Anibal Rodriguez and Sage Dining ...

Vote-By-Mail Ballots Available May 1

April 28, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ --County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi has announced that Vote-By-Mail ballots will be available beginning on Monday, May 1 for the 2017 Primary Election, which will be held on Tuesday, June 6.

“New Jersey will select its first new governor in eight years this November, and the June 6 Primary Election is a critical step in that ...

Nick's Pizza Posts Poems Written by Middle School Students on 300 Delivery Boxes

April 28, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- Thinking outside the box,Nick's Pizza will deliver pizza and poetry when they order pies on Friday, April 28.

As part of a literacy program, Nick's teamed up with Park Middle School and will feature over 300 original poems written by 7th grade students taped to delivery boxes . The effort was initiated by Alexandra Hanner, a writing teacher.

"I thought this ...

Houdini Pizza Laboratory in Fanwood Serves Magic on a Plate

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Harry Houdini had the rare ability to make the impossible seem effortless and became the greatest magician of all-time. We share this level of commitment and a remarkable flavor for life with Houdini.

The original Houdini Pizza opened in Ridgewood, Queens, not far from Houdini's final resting place. It features a wood-burning brick oven  that produces ...

Comedy Night Fundraiser Event to Benefit Multiple Sclerosis Features Comedians Joe Carney and Rich McDonald on May 12

The Clark Soccer Club is proud to pursue community involvement to fight Multiple Sclerosis and vows to “Kick MS” by focusing their spring season on raising awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. The club is offering a variety of ways for the community to get involved and support this worthy cause. 

One event is a comedy night fundraiser featuring Comedians ...

Bear Sighting in Scotch Plains

April 27, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains police report that there has been a black bear sighting in the area of Mountain Avenue and Henry Street, not far from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. It appears to be heading toward Route 22.

The SPFK-12 school district has alerted parents that school will begin at its regular time. 

The bear is running through yards and the neighborhood.

Union County College Foundation to Establish Law Enforcement Scholarship Fund

CRANFORD – One of the new campaigns for the Union County College Foundation is to establish the Union County College Law Enforcement Scholarship Fund. Once endowed, this scholarship will provide financial support for active and retired police officers and their children.

Police officers are a vital part of the safety and well-being of the towns of Union County. The College is the top ...

World War II Veteran and Longtime Fanwood Recycling Center Director Alan Ebersole Dies at 94

April 28, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- Wearing a World War II veteran's hat on his head and overseeing the Fanwood Recycling Center for decades, Alan Ebersole was one of the most recognizable of Fanwood's residents. Ebersole, who was to be honored as a Grand Marshal in the upcoming Memorial Day parade, died at his home this week at the age of 94.

 

"You'd have to live it to ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Taking Action To Prevent Child Abuse

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- April is National Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Month, and the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is designating a week this month to raise awareness and understanding locally.

From April 24-28, the Y will host Five Days of Action for Child Abuse Prevention, a series of events and activities designed to inform the community about how to recognize, prevent and report ...

Canine Therapy Brings Comfort to Patients and Loved Ones at Center for Hope Hospice

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J., April 21, 2017 – Rio, Atlas, Coco and Karl are a special breed of volunteer at the Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care. The canines bring their comforting presence and the benefits of animal therapy to patients and their loved ones at both of the Center’s two residences—Peggy’s House in Scotch Plains and Father Hudson House in ...

The Loss of a Pet and How You and Your Child Can Cope

April 24, 2017

Animals provide companionship, acceptance, emotional support and unconditional love.  If you understand this connection between human and animal, then you understand that coping with loss and grief of a pet is no different than when a person you love dies.  It’s natural for family and friends to express sorrow for your loss for a human, unfortunately, many people do not understand ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Taking Action To Prevent Child Abuse

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- April is National Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Month, and the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is designating a week this month to raise awareness and understanding locally.

From April 24-28, the Y will host Five Days of Action for Child Abuse Prevention, a series of events and activities designed to inform the community about how to recognize, prevent and report ...

Canine Therapy Brings Comfort to Patients and Loved Ones at Center for Hope Hospice

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J., April 21, 2017 – Rio, Atlas, Coco and Karl are a special breed of volunteer at the Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care. The canines bring their comforting presence and the benefits of animal therapy to patients and their loved ones at both of the Center’s two residences—Peggy’s House in Scotch Plains and Father Hudson House in ...

Jumpstart Your Spring Decluttering: Seminar at the Scotch Plains Library on May 18

April 25, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Not sure where to begin decluttering or even where to find the time to do it?

Jamie Novak returns to the Scotch Plains Public Library on Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. with a new program that will help you jumpstart this year’s spring cleaning and organizing. Advanced registration is recommended.

To register, email library@scotlib.org, call (908) 322-5007 ...

Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale Returns to Union County May 21

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - A rainy spring is setting the stage for a promising summer growing season, and gardening enthusiasts can stock up on plants, seedlings and other supplies at the 28th annual Master Gardeners of Union County Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale. The event takes place this year on Sunday May 21, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Union County Demonstration ...

Willow Grove Church Hosts Service-Oriented Knitting Group

April 21, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Willow Grove Presbyterian Church is hosting a new group for anyone who knits or crochets with an eye toward mission and service.  The group, called KniTTogether, is a weekly gathering to talk and socialize and create for a common cause.  Knitters will be making crib-sized baby blankets to be donated to Raphael’s Life House in Elizabeth.

Raphael’s ...

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Baseball: Gov. Livingston's Schneider Outduels Scotch Plains-Fanwood's Geissel in 3-0 Win

April 27, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINSFANWOOD, NJ -- Raiders ace Timmy Geissel and Governor Livingston strikeout artist Cole Schneider traded zeroes for four innings before the Highlanders broke through a pair of runs in the 5th with a two-out rally. They added another run in the 6th and ultimately took a 3-0 victory at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Thursday.

Schneider, who was 2-0 with ...

Baseball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Seeded No. 3 in Union County Tournament

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Defending champion Gov. Livingston is the top seed in the 2017 Union County Tournament, which starts Thursday with preliminary round games. Second round action takes place on Saturday with quarterfinals set for May 3. The semifinals will be held at Cranford Memorial Field on Saturday, May 6 with the championship game taking place a week later on ...

Baseball: Gov. Livingston Beats Scotch Plains Fanwood, 4-0, on Cocchia's Complete Game

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Pitcher Nick Cocchia of Gov. Livingston improved to 3-0 on the season after tossing a two-hit shutout to lead GL to a 4-0 victory over Scotch Plains-Fanwood. Cocchia struck out 12 Raider batters.

Gov. Livingston, jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, thanks in part to Raiders' fielding errors, and tacked on one more in the ...

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Debate Over Bike Trails in Watchung Reservation Continue at Union County Freeholders Meeting

April 22, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ — Debate about the possible addition of trails for mountain biking in Watchung Reservation continued at Thursday night’s Union County Freeholders meeting. The county had asked for input regarding the trails in February, which sparked an outpouring of people into the subsequent board meetings.

A resolution regarding mountain biking had appeared on the agenda for ...

Feelin' Hot, Hot, Hot

The real estate market is heating up! Homes are selling quickly in the entry-level price points and things are moving in the luxury market as well. According to NJ real estate valuation expert Jeff Otteau, "For the first time in a decade, we're seeing an increase in demand for houses in the $1M to $2.5M price range ... this is a significant change."

Multiple ...

Paramedic Unit Now Stationed at the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad

The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad is pleased to announce that advanced medical care for our community and surrounding towns is now closer than ever. Since December 2016, paramedics from JFK Medical Center have being stationed at our building on Bartle Avenue.

The rescue squad provides BLS care (Basic Life Support) by Emergency Medical Technicians. This includes everything from the stabilization ...

Election Sloganeering

April 23, 2017

Dear Editor:

November seems like a long way off, but is it possible to at least hear more substantive ideas instead of recycling campaign rhetoric?

Presenting a litany of a city's or state's problems (and virtues) without offering any real solutions, improvements or original ideas is somewhat embarrassing. "Keep our schools great." What does that mean?

"We need to ...

College for Teens Program at Union County College

April 28, 2017

CRANFORD – This summer the Office of Continuing Education at Union County College is offering the 2017 College for Teens program sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The program is offered for two sessions. Each session will be held for two weeks and will meet from Monday through Thursday. During the session students have the chance to explore and research careers ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, April 28, 1:00 PM

The Presbyterian Church of Westfield, Westfield

A Victorian Spring Flower Show

Home & Garden

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Sat, April 29, 7:00 AM

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

Fitness 'Fun' Raiser

Health & Wellness

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Sat, April 29, 9:00 AM

Mother Seton High School, Clark

Free STEM Day at Mother Seton for Girls in 6th, ...