Author David Lubar to Visit Terrill Middle School on Monday, Feb. 27

February 24, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- David Lubar will visit Terrill Middle School on Monday, Feb. 27. Lubar has written more than 30 books for teens and young readers. His novels, including Hidden Talents and Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, are on reading lists across the country.  His novel, Dunk, won Pennsylvania's Young Adult Book Award and was used by the New Jersey ...

Westfield Band Audible Soul Releases Single; Hear Them Live at Molly Maguires Friday

WESTFIELD, NJ — A chef, a personal trainer and the owner of a music school walk into a bar. And start jamming.

Chef by day, guitarist by night, C.J. Reycraft, Jr., owner of Butcher Burgers in Downtown Westfield is known in town for his killer burgers and crazy milkshakes. But when he steps out of the kitchen, he’s likely playing with his band, Audible Soul, which just dropped a new ...

Posthumous Book Launch at Fanwood’s Carriage House on March 5 Will Celebrate Life of Westfield Poet Wendy Rosenberg

FANWOOD, NJ – The Fanwood Arts Council and the Carriage House Poetry Series invite the public to attend a special posthumous book launch for “Whatever Happens,” by Wendy Rosenberg of Westfield, on Sunday, March 5, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Kuran Arts Center, adjacent to Fanwood Borough Hall (75 North Martine Ave.).

Published by Tiferet, “Whatever ...

TAPinto Launches Free TAPinto App for iPhone and Android: Download it Today

February 13, 2017  has launched a free TAPinto App for iPhone and Android, enabling readers to obtain their local news and events in a fast, easy-to-use application. With this launch, TAPinto becomes one of the only local news publications in the country to have its own app.

The TAPinto App not only features news and events, but also enables readers to receive push notifications regarding ...

21st Annual Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Steps Off Sat, March 11

February 19, 2017

UNION, NJ -- Twenty years after the first Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade stepped off on Morris Avenue the tradition continues on Saturday, March 11 at 1:00 p.m. sharp with thousands of marchers and spectators gathering to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland.


This year’s Grand Marshal, Joe Nolan of Westfield, will lead the march of bagpipe and high ...

Scotch Plains' Malcolm Nettingham to Speak at The Tuskegee Airmen Film Screening at Plainfield on Saturday

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Malcolm Nettingham, Sr., of Scotch Plains will be the special guest when the Christian Education & Nurture Committee presents The Tuskegee Airmen at Crescent Ave. Presbyterian Church in Plainfield on Saturday, Feb. 18 to celebrate Black History Month. Mr. Nettingham, the grand marshal of the 2014 Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade, served with the ...

Holy Trinity School 8th Graders Receive over $500,000 to Local Catholic High Schools

February 24, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ -- The Holy Trinity School eighth grade class has been awarded over $500,000 in scholarship funds to area Catholic high schools, as of Feb. 23, 2017.

The local Catholic high schools providing scholarships to Holy Trinity School students include:

Mother Seton Regional High School
Mount Saint Mary Academy
Oratory Preparatory School
Roselle Catholic High ...

Clemson University Honors Two Scotch Plains Natives

CLEMSON, SC -- Tyler Costas O'Brien of Scotch Plains has been named to the President's List at Clemson University for the fall 2016 semester. O'Brien is majoring in General Engineering. To be named to the President's List, a student must achieve a 4.0 (all As) grade-point average.

Lindsay Rebecca Ratner of Scotch Plains has been named to the Dean's List at Clemson ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Repertory Theatre Presents Bye Bye Birdie

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – The SPFHS Repertory Theatre is proud to present this year's production of Broadway's hit musical Bye Bye Birdie. Performances will be held on Friday, March 10, Saturday, March 11, Thursday, March 16, Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 12 at 2 pm.  All shows take place at ...

Support "The Cannoli Doctor's" Relay for Life Team on Wednesday

February 21, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- This Wednesday from 5-8 pm help support Ela Ryan's Relay for Life Team by eating at Nick's Pizza, 42 South Martine Ave.  in Fanwood. 10% of all proceeds will be ultimately be donated to the American Cancer Society.

An employee at Nick's, Ela has become known as the "Cannoli Doctor" for helping Nick's revamp its entire ...

Red, White & Que Smokeshack Celebrates Grand Opening in Scotch Plains on Sat, Feb. 25

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- called it the “Best BBQ in NJ.” Now, you can call it your local place for Southern BBQ with the Grand Opening of Red, White and Que Smokeshack on Saturday, Feb. 25. The party starts at noon and goes until the food runs out!

Owners Dan and Katie Misuraca (of Red White & Que Smokehouse in Kearny, NJ), Edward Danberry and Ron DeLucia ...

Foodies: Fanwood Memorial Library Will Present Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine on Sun, Feb. 26

FANWOOD, NJ -- Sarah Lohman will discuss her new book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine on Sunday, Feb. 26 @ 2:00 p.m. at the Fanwood Memorial Library. Her book offers a unique culinary history of America based on long-forgotten recipes and explains how eight flavors changed the way we eat.

Ms. Lohman is a “historical ...

Scotch Plains Resident, Westfield Firefighter Michael Lanza Dies; 35-Year-Old Was a Father of Two

February 24, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield firefighter Michael Lanza, 35, of Scotch Plains died suddenly on Wednesday, Feb. 22. He was a father of two. 

According to his obituary, Lanza was born and raised in Westfield and lived in Scotch Plains with his family; wife Annett Lanza and children Anthony and Charlotte. He graduated from Westfield High School in 2000 and the Union County Fire ...

Scotch Plains Police Department Launches Project Medicine Dropbox to Combat Drug Abuse

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In an effort to curb pill and painkiller abuse, the Scotch Plains Police Department has launched the Project Medicine Dropbox for expired medications in pill form only. 

For safety reasons, the Project Medicine Dropbox can only accept solid medications such as pills, patches, inhalers and similar objects. No liquids, medical waste, or syringes are allowed.

Pole Falls on FedEx Truck, Causing Power Outage at Stores in Route 22 Corridor

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A single-car accident involving a 10-wheel FedEx truck and an electric pole temporarily closed Union Ave., a small connecting road from Route 22 West to New Providence Road on Friday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. It is unclear if the driver hit the pole or if the pole fell due to weather-related conditions.

When the Scotch Plains Police responded to the call, power lines were ...

Mardi-BRA: Supporting Women in Need; Clark Event March 11

February 20, 2017

CLARK, NJ - When asked to help those in need, many are quick to fill a bag with canned goods, gather the kids' outgrown clothes, or perhaps assemble a box of shampoo, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes. While all of those items are needed and appreciated, many don't realize that some of the most basic, everyday necessities are among the least donated.

Often overlooked in the quest ...

Imagine Open House at New Center in Mountainside

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, has moved into a dedicated home of its own at 244 Sheffield Street in Mountainside and invites the public to an Open House on Feb. 22 to see and learn more about Imagine. Sessions are 7:30 – 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Imagine is a free, year-round grief support ...

Fit to Be Fab to Host Nutritional Workshop on Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m.

February 21, 2017

Fit to Be Fab is hosting a free meal preparation workshop on Thursday, February 23 from 7-8:30 p.m. at its personal training facility on 445 Park Ave. in Scotch Plains. February is heart healthy month and the perfect reason to start your diet. 

The event will feature:

Cooking Demos
Planning Advice
Tips and Q&A

Customers can register for the program ...

Why Is Saying “No” Difficult and Why Does it Make Us Feel Guilty?

Some of us may derive our sense of self by doing things for others. When this becomes extreme and we cannot say “no” for fear of not being liked, we lose our own identity. People pleasing or caretaking are learned behaviors to take care of others’ needs at the expense of their own. The inability to say no may be linked to the self esteem you think you earn by doing things for ...

Helping Our Children During Difficult Times of Divorce and Separation

The reality is that a successful relationship takes hard work and a successful divorce takes harder work.  It’s difficult to stop being “intimate partners” and become just two people working together to raise a child.  The good news is that with patience and persistence you can have a positive divorce.  Divorce is ranked at the top of the list of stressful life ...

Scotch Plains Resident, Westfield Firefighter Michael Lanza Dies; 35-Year-Old Was a Father of Two

February 24, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield firefighter Michael Lanza, 35, of Scotch Plains died suddenly on Wednesday, Feb. 22. He was a father of two. 

According to his obituary, Lanza was born and raised in Westfield and lived in Scotch Plains with his family; wife Annett Lanza and children Anthony and Charlotte. He graduated from Westfield High School in 2000 and the Union County Fire ...

Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week: Wrestling's Sam Wustefeld

February 24, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Sam Wustefeld continued to work his way up the ranks amongst New Jersey’s wrestling elite this week, and the Scotch Plains wrestling star’s tremendous accomplishments on the wrestling mat have pegged him as this week’s Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week.

In the NJSIAA District 13 Tournament last Saturday, hosted by Scotch Plains-Fanwood for the first ...

FSPY Swimmers Shine at YMCA Silver Meet

SEWELL, NJ -- The Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA Swim Team sent 67 swimmers who qualified for the YMCA Silver meet to Gloucester Institute of Technology at Sewell, NJ, from Feb. 17-19. The team finished 9th overall with 20 swimmers attaining YMCA State times.

The two Top Scorers for the team: for the boys, Manav Shah (66 points) 1650 Free (1st ), 500 Free (3rd), 1000 Free ...

Wrestling: Cannon, Wustefeld to Compete in Region 4 Tournament at Union High School on Saturday

UNION, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School junior Jack Cannon will compete at the Region 4 Tournament on Saturday at Union High School, following to his victory over Michael Massa of Seton Hall Prep on Wednesday.

Cannon and fellow co-captain Sam Wustefeld, who drew a bye thanks to his No. 1 ranking in the 182 lb. weight class, were the only two Raider wrestlers to advance following ...

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Chewy Massena, Union County College’s Men’s Basketball Star, Surpasses 1,000 Career Points

February 22, 2017

CRANFORD - Chinua “Chewy” Massena, a sophomore guard from Bloomfield and a vital member of Union County College’s Men’s Basketball team, surpassed his 1,000 career point total during the Feb. 2 game against Passaic County College. In addition to this significant achievement, he is currently leading the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III in scoring, ...

Fit to Be Fab Celebrates Heart Health Month, Offers Complimentary Sessions for New Customers

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The heart is undoubtedly our most crucial organs, and heart disease continues to be the number one cause of the death in the U.S. Because February is Heart Health month, it is time to take charge and ensure that your heart is in good shape!

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that adults engage in a minimum of either 150 minutes ...

Will President Trump Make Real Estate Great Again?

You would think with Donald Trump’s transition from real estate mogul to President of the United States would make this answer a resounding “yes.”  

According to Allan Glass, founder of ASG Real Estate in Los Angeles, President Trump's presidency will result in fewer business regulations, which allows lenders to be more liberal with underwriting standards, and ...

No NJ Replacement Funding for Monies Trump May Withhold from Cities

February 13, 2017

To the Editor:

I am once again appalled by the desire to suck as much money out of the tax payers as possible. However, this is especially grievous, in that it penalizes American citizens and legal immigrants to support people that should not be here in the first place.  

This time it is State Sen. Brian Stack, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji and Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro, all ...

What to Do If Your Child Is Being Bullied

February 22, 2017

Most children who are bullied keep quiet about it and do not tell an adult or parent. It is embarrassing for the child to admit that they are being bullied. Some signs to look out for include doing poorly in school, having low self esteem, being depressed, having sleep problems, withdrawing from school or social activities, being reluctant to go to school, staying away from friends, and ...

Free Presentation on Alzheimer's in Westfield Feb. 28

February 24, 2017

An informational program on “Alzheimer’s Disease: Warning Signs and Prevention”  for seniors and their families will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, 11:30 a.m. at The Senior Resource Center at The Lavy House, 748 E. Broad Street, Westfield. The program will be presented by Alice Greenberg-Sheedy, LSW, a licensed social worker and certified dementia ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, February 25, 10:00 AM


Camp Riverbend Open House is an Alien Invasion

Sat, February 25, 6:00 PM

VFW, Kenilworth

Bingo Fundraiser for UC Mudturtles

Sun, February 26, 4:00 PM

Grillestone Restaurant Bar Private Events, Scotch Plains

Grillestone Prime Rib & Dinner Buffet

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