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Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Drama Club to Perform “You Can’t Take it With You” This Weekend

December 3, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- It’s that time of year again, when the SPF HS students in the Drama Club take on the challenge of playing unusual roles. This year’s production, directed by Kale Thompson, a music instructor at Terrill Middle School, will be the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “You Can’t Take it With You.”

The show revolves around the eccentric Sycamore ...

It’s a Wonderful Life – The Radio Play “POPS UP” in Union Township, hosted by Unity Bank.

UNION, NJ -- The Theater Project presents its annual holiday production of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: The Radio Play at Unity Bank on Saturday and Sunday, Dec.. 3 and 4, at 2:00 p.m. The Theater Project will recreate the Lux Radio Theater circa 1947 as 12 actors, a musician and one extremely overworked sound technician prepare for the big radio broadcast of the story ...

Royal Stage School of Music Community Orchestra Performs Free Concert on Fri, Dec. 9 at Fanwood Presbyterian Church

FANWOOD, NJ – Students from the Royal Stage School of Music Community Orchestra (RSSM) will perform a free concert on Friday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fanwood Presbyterian Church dining hall. It will be performed by adults and their children in the Angels Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Philharmonic and Group Keyboard. Proceeds from a bake sale at the end of the concert ...

Business of the Week; The Espeland Group

December 4, 2016

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Panera Explains Why it Will Close Westfield Location Dec. 20

WESTFIELD, NJ — Panera Bread at 143 East Broad St., a café that many consider a staple in Downtown Westfield, will close Dec. 20, the company confirmed Thursday.

“For years, the Panera Bread bakery-cafe on Broad Street has been privileged to serve our neighbors in Westfield,” the company wrote in a statement.

“Panera continually invests in our ...

Career Networking Group at Scotch Plains Library: Your Mindful Career

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- On Monday, December 12, 2016 @ 6:30 pm, join Donna Gerhauser at the Scotch Plains Public Library for a mini-retreat for your career.​

It’s almost 2017 - what would it take for you to bring purpose and peace to your work life in the new year and beyond? How can you focus on what’s truly important when you’re suffering from information overload and ...

Scenes from the Scotch Plains Tree Lighting 2016

December 4, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains kicked off the holiday season with its annual tree lighting on Sunday.

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Scenes from the Fanwood Tree Lighting 2016

FANWOOD, NJ -- Hundreds of holiday revelers attended Fanwood's tree lighting celebration,organized by the Fanwood Recreation Commission, at the north side train station on Sunday, Dec. 4.

Santa Claus visited with hundreds of kids who shared their Christmas wish lists. He was joined by elves, musicians and carolers from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, and Boy Scout Troop ...

Mother Seton High School Honors Veterans

December 3, 2016

CLARK, NJ -- The Parents’ Guild of Mother Seton High School is dedicated to pairing their activities with a community outreach embedding the school’s mission of personal growth and service to others. The annual Pocket Book Bingo added a request for participants and students to literally thank New Jersey Veterans for their service. 

The Department of Veterans Affairs New ...

Longtime Scotch Plains Library Director Meg Kolaya Passes Away

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Early this morning, Meg Kolaya, a beloved member of the Scotch Plains community passed away after enduring a two-year battle with brain cancer.

Kolaya served the community as Director of Scotch Plains Public Library from 2002 up until her retirement in 2015.  During her tenure, she transformed the library into a hub of community activity, tripling program ...

Union County College to Offer “Girls Gone Wired II: A Night with Python” at Cranford Campus

CRANFORD, NJ - Union County College is offering a free demonstration class, called “Girls Gone Wired II: A Night with Python,” to host an Hour of Code™ event during Computer Science Education Week, which runs from Dec. 5-11, 2016.

The College will offer the free class at its Cranford Campus, located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. The class will be held on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, ...

Observer PolitickerNJ to Hold Forum on Obama's NJ Impact on Dec. 9

November 28, 2016

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The first installment in the Top Minds Series presented by Observer PolitickerNJ -- and partially sponsored by TAPinto.net -- will feature  academics from all over New Jersey and their assessment of “The Legacy of President Barack Obama in New Jersey.”  

How have Obama's two terms impacted the Garden State? The event slated ...

Fanwood Passes Open Space Ballot Question, Kranz and Mitchell Re-elected

FANWOOD, NJ -- In a local election that featured two unopposed Council candidates -- Thomas Kranz and Kathy Mitchell -- and another unopposed candidate, Amy Winkler, for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education, the only suspense on the local level was whether Ballot Question #4 would pass.

The first local referendum in decades, the proposed created a Municipal Open Space Fund ...

Smith and Spera Defeat Glover and Bianco in Scotch Plains Election by Wide Margin

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Republican party will regain control of the mayoralty in Scotch Plains as Al Smith defeated Mayor Kevin Glover by nearly 1,400 votes on Election Day. Meanwhile, his running mate, Ted Spera, beat Luisa Bianco by more than 900 votes in an election that most voters expected to be much closer.

Rev. Keith Owens, who mounted an independent campaign, captured 487 votes. Even ...

Trader Joe’s in Westfield Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

December 2, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Amid cheers from employees and customers, the Downtown Westfield’s newly re-built Trader Joe’s opened Friday morning at 8:00 a.m.

The previous building was demolished this in February after its roof collapsed during January’s blizzard.

“It’s so great to be home,” store manager Casey Latsko said as he greeted ...

Panera Explains Why it Will Close Westfield Location Dec. 20

WESTFIELD, NJ — Panera Bread at 143 East Broad St., a café that many consider a staple in Downtown Westfield, will close Dec. 20, the company confirmed Thursday.

“For years, the Panera Bread bakery-cafe on Broad Street has been privileged to serve our neighbors in Westfield,” the company wrote in a statement.

“Panera continually invests in our ...

Breakfast with Santa at Mara's Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ -- Mara's Cafe & Bakery is hosting Breakfast with Santa from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec.18.

Kids of all ages are encouraged to bring their Christmas wish list for the big man. Parents and guests should bring their own cameras, as a professional photographer will not be provided. No Reservations are required.

Mara's Cafe & Bakery is located at 250 ...

Route 22 Exit/Entrance on Lawrence Ave. in Westfield Closed

November 20, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Lawrence Avenue exit/entrance to Route 22 in Westfield was closed Sunday due to a downed tree.

The road will remain closed until further notice, the Westfield Police Department announced Sunday night via Nixle, and commuters should plan accordingly Monday morning.

Scotch Plains Introduces Three Traffic-Related Ordinances; Will Vote on Dec. 13

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- At a combined conference-business meeting on Monday, Nov. 14, the Scotch Plains township council introduced three traffic-related ordinances that will be voted on at the governing body's final meeting of the year on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

One ordinance will add 10 new Stop signs at the following intersections:




Intersection


Stop Sign ...

Man Charged in 2004 Scotch Plains Homicide 

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A Middlesex County man has been arrested and charged in connection with the 2004 fatal shooting of a Plainfield resident in Scotch Plains, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park, Plainfield Police Director Carl Riley, and Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley jointly announced on Thursday. 

David Ghigliotty, 35, of South Plainfield was arrested without incident ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders Wrestlers Give Back Day

December 4, 2016

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Fifty members of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School wrestling team spent a chilly Saturday morning washing the police cars, fire trucks, and EMS vehicles from the Scotch Plains and Fanwood departments.

The event was the brainchild of head coach Marc Fabiano, whose best friend, Dan Piccola, is a member of the Fanwood police department.

"I have always ...

Dog Photos with Santa Help to Fund Rescue Organization

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Santa Claus hears requests for toys from children in many languages and then delivers gifts to countries throughout the globe. On Saturday, he utilized his skills as a dog whisperer at the Knights of Columbus Hall on North Ave. in Westfield to help the sixth annual fundraiser for Brendan's Meadows dog rescue organization. 

Pet owners paid a ...

Mother Seton High School Honors Veterans

CLARK, NJ -- The Parents’ Guild of Mother Seton High School is dedicated to pairing their activities with a community outreach embedding the school’s mission of personal growth and service to others. The annual Pocket Book Bingo added a request for participants and students to literally thank New Jersey Veterans for their service. 

The Department of Veterans Affairs New ...

Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips from the Red Cross

November 22, 2016

PRINCETON, NJ — Thanksgiving is almost here. It's a time when many people will travel home to visit loved ones and households will prepare the holiday feast. The American Red Cross has steps people can follow to have a safe holiday.

“Cooking is the number one cause of home fires,” said Paul Gass, regional preparedness manager, American Red Cross New Jersey Region.

Road Safety Rules for Thanksgiving Travel

NEW JERSEY -- The American Red Cross New Jersey Region has issued tips that people can follow to safely get to their Thanksgiving destinations.

“We want people to stay safe and to reach their destinations safely,” said Paul Gass, regional preparedness manager, American Red Cross New Jersey Region.

Red Cross Thanksgiving travel tips are: 

If driving, check the ...

Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains Raises Funds for Charity Care at Annual Fashion Show

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – As they do every October, several hundred people gathered for an afternoon of fashion, fun and chances to win prizes at the annual Fashion Show & Luncheon to benefit the Center for Hope Hospice. The luncheon event raised over $30,000 to provide hospice and palliative care to people in need.

Nearly 400 people attended the event at Pines Manor in Edison, which ...

Fanwood's Annual Luminary Sale to Begin Dec. 3

November 25, 2016

FANWOOD, NJ -- During the month of December, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary club will sell Luminaries at the Fanwood Department of Public Works Building on Manfra Way off North Avenue (across from the Fanwood Public Library). The sale dates are December 3, 10, 11, 17, 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Christmas Eve. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The luminary kits cost 75 cents apiece ...

Temple Sholom to Host Annual Chanukah Lego Night

December 4, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Temple Sholom (1925 Lake Avenue, Scotch Plains) will host its annual Chanukah-themed version of its popular “Lego Night” on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

“We’re pleased that our annual Chanukah event has grown over the last few years,” said Mindy Carton, co-chair of Temple Sholom’s Lego Night. “Known as the ...

Royal Stage School of Music Community Orchestra Performs Free Concert on Fri, Dec. 9 at Fanwood Presbyterian Church

FANWOOD, NJ – Students from the Royal Stage School of Music Community Orchestra (RSSM) will perform a free concert on Friday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fanwood Presbyterian Church dining hall. It will be performed by adults and their children in the Angels Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Philharmonic and Group Keyboard. Proceeds from a bake sale at the end of the concert ...

Fanwood Presbyterian Church Invites Public to Advent and Christmas Services and Programs

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Advent Celebration begins on Sunday, Nov. 27, with the lighting of the first Advent candle at the 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. services. The Sanctuary Choir sings at the early service and the Praise Ensemble will play at the second.

The regular worship times of 9:30 and 11:15 will continue on Dec. 4 and 11, after which there will be single services at 10:30 a.m.

SPF-PAL 4th Grade Raiders Win Warren Hoops Tournament

December 4, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The 4th Grade SPF-PAL Raiders travel basketball team won the 7th annual Warren Tournament defeating the Summit Hilltoppers 47-37 in the Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Mt. Horeb Gym in Warren.

"It was a great weekend of basketball for the boys, Warren did an excellent job hosting the tournament for the coaches, players and ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders Wrestlers Give Back Day

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Fifty members of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School wrestling team spent a chilly Saturday morning washing the police cars, fire trucks, and EMS vehicles from the Scotch Plains and Fanwood departments.

The event was the brainchild of head coach Marc Fabiano, whose best friend, Dan Piccola, is a member of the Fanwood police department.

"I have always ...

Boys Hockey: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Ties Gov. Livingston, 3-3

UNION, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders Hockey team led with less than two minutes in a game that would have been their first victory of the season Friday night. They instead settled for a tie with the Gov. Livingston Highlanders, 3-3.

Interlocked in a 2-2 in the waning minutes of the second period, Jared Figueroa -- the Raiders' lethal weapon -- sent a shot passed the Gov.

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Condominiums Will Replace Lawnmower Shop in Clark

December 3, 2016

CLARK, NJ – A 7-unit condominium building will soon stand on the site of the Clark Power Equipment property at 1132 Westfield Ave. The Clark planning board voted unanimously in favor of an application presented by Vincenzo Associates at its meeting Thursday night.

Site engineer Edward Dec said the single 7-unit structure is a better use of the lot’s size and shape than two ...

What Do The PSAT Results Mean?

Fall 2016 PSAT results will be available Monday, Dec. 12 online for high school students and parents. This year, we anticipate that junior students’ percentile rankings will be lower than last year’s. 

Why? 

This year, the College Board can compare student performance with actual performance from the last year.  In 2015, the College Board used a convoluted ...

Scotch Plains Grieves Loss of Longtime Librarian Meg Kolaya

December 1, 2016

Dear Editor:

I am saddened to hear of the passing of our former Scotch Plains librarian Meg Kolaya. Her loss reminds me, and I assume all of us yet again how precious life is.

She served our Township with great dignity and professionalism; always committed to making our library the valued centerpiece of our community, one that we could all take great pride in. Her influence and ability to ...

Congregation Beth Israel to Host Scholar-in-Residence Weekend With Rabbi Esther Reed From Rutgers Hillel

December 3, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will hold a Scholar-In-Residence weekend on Friday evening, Dec. 9 and Saturday morning, Dec. 10, with Rabbi Esther Reed, Senior Associate Director for Jewish Campus Life at Rutgers University Hillel.  The program is free and open to the community, with an oneg dessert reception Friday evening and a kiddush ...