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Steve Forbert performs at the Jewish Community Center of Central NJ on Saturday, October 27

October 17, 2018

Folk-rocker Steve Forbert will perform songs spanning a career of more than forty years at the JCC of Central New Jersey in Scotch Plains on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8:00 p.m.  Rocker Lisa Bouchelle, who frequently performs at venues all along the Jersey shore, will open the show.

Advance tickets are $27 and can be purchased at or by calling 908-889-8800, x253.  The ...

Westfield Announces New AddamsFest, Celebrating The Addams Family Roots in Town

Something for everyone at weekend-long festivities; offerings include family activities, art exhibit, films, beer garden, trunk-or-treat, masquerade ball and more.

Mark your calendars … if you dare. On Oct. 26-28, Westfield, NJ will be transformed by a uniquely exciting and all-together enlightening experience: AddamsFest. This town-wide celebration, honoring Westfield native ...

Book Illustrators to be Featured at the Scotch Plains Library

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Many titles on The Great American Read list have had multiple covers over the years, and we are often captivated by illustrations inside our favorite books. On Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7:00 p.m., illustrators Stephen Gardner and Dennis Dittrich, of New Jersey City University, will discuss the history and process of book illustration, with sketches to go along with ...

Track and Field: Union Catholic Graduate Sydney McLaughlin Signs With New Balance

October 15, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. --  Union Catholic graduate Sydney McLaughlin, who turned pro in June after one of the greatest one and done seasons in NCAA Track and Field history, announced on Monday that she has signed a contract with New Balance.

McLaughlin, who became the youngest U.S. track and field athlete to compete in the Olympics in 44 years when she advanced to ...

Nominations Open for 2019 Union County Women of Excellence Awards

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union County Freeholders have announced that nominations are now being accepted for the 27th annual Women of Excellence awards. The awards celebrate women who have made a powerful impact on life in Union County.

“Today it is more important than ever to raise awareness about the influence of women in every sphere of the Union County community, from business ...

Fanwood Mayor Mahr Addresses Governor’s Conference on Housing and Economic Development

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr was a featured panelist at the recent Governor’s Conference of Housing and Economic Development in Atlantic City, NJ. Mayor Mahr shared Fanwood’s success in attracting investment, new business and more housing options.

The conference was organized to showcase how communities can and should work across boundaries to develop partnerships that ...

Rally Against Hatred and Racism Planned at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Tuesday

October 16, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Borough Council and attendees of the governing body's meeting showed their support of our local, diverse community in a photo taken Monday evening.

Students at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School have organized an event to address issues of hate and racism on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the SPFHS auditorium. The forum is a ...

Scenes from the Candle Lighting for World Peace in Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, Fanwood Presbyterian Church pastor David Janke, and the monks from the Dhammakaya Meditation Center (257 Midway Ave.)  and others participated in a Candle Lighting for World Peace on Saturday night.  

"(It was an) extremely moving and beautiful evening for the candlelight ceremony for world peace in the ...

Student Rally Addresses Hateful Graffiti at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School

October 18, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Following an incident of racist and anti-Semitic graffiti being spray-painted onto the back wall of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (SPFHS), student leaders organized a rally to condemn hateful acts and  encourage the understanding and embracing of diversity.

Among the audience, which filled about one-third of the high school auditorium, were Scotch Plains ...

Scotch Plains Board of Ed Election Election Field Down to Four Candidates as Foley Withdraws

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The field will be down to four at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education (BOE) candidates forum on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. following the withdrawal of Sean Keagan Foley.

Foley, a psychotherapist at Resolve Community Counseling Center and Executive Director at Union County Young Democrats, announced his decision via ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education Candidates Night on Tues, Oct. 16

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- A candidates forum for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education contenders will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the BOE offices on Cedar St. (behind Evergreen School). 

Five contenders, including three incumbents and two newcomers, vie for the three seats to represent Scotch Plains on the SPFK12 Board of Education. No Fanwood ...

Sample Ballots for Scotch Plains and Fanwood Voters Now Available Online

October 16, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi reminds voters that they can view and download sample ballots for all 21 municipalities in Union County Clerk on and through the Union County Votes app, a free download for all mobile devices.

“The website and app offer a convenient way for voters to familiarize themselves with their ballot, even before they ...

Five Questions With… Andrew Bondarowicz

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- TAPintoSPF continues its profiles of this year's Scotch Plains Township Council candidates. This week's interview is the third in the series.

Name: Andrew Bondarowicz
Current Occupation: Attorney, Adjunct Professor, Business Executive
Education: BA, Rutgers University – Political Science/Human Ecology. MS, Rutgers University Bloustein School of ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education Candidates Night on Tues, Oct. 16

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- A candidates forum for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education contenders will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the BOE offices on Cedar St. (behind Evergreen School). 

Five contenders, including three incumbents and two newcomers, vie for the three seats to represent Scotch Plains on the SPFK12 Board of Education. No Fanwood ...

Friday, Oct. 12 Is National Gumbo Day

October 11, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- A zesty, stew-like dish is celebrated on National Gumbo Day, observed annually on October 12.

According to, gumbo originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century. The dish typically consists of a stock flavored with Cajun spices, meat or shellfish, okra, filé powder (a thickener), and the "holy ...

The Dessert Ladies Sweeten The Day

STIRLING, NJ -- The Dessert Ladies first began sweetening the area in 2010. For the first 2 years and before buying an initial commercial kitchen, Geraldine Keogh, CEO, and her partners Lindsey Smith and Nina Byron were baking out of their own homes. In 2012, they opened the doors to their headquarters in Stirling, NJ. The new space was a catalyst to the growth of their ...

Chick-fil-A Unconfirmed as Tenant for Sears Site at Route 22 and Terrill Road

WATCHUNG, NJ -- Chick-fil-A restaurant would not confirm reports that it would open a new location at the shopping center being built at the former Sears at the intersection of Route 22 and Terrill Road.

“We are always evaluating potential new locations in the hopes of serving existing and new customers great food with remarkable service," said Jackie Jags, a spokesperson ...

UPDATE: Route 22 Reopened After Accident in Scotch Plains Closed Roadway on Weds.

October 17, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- U.S. Route 22 and Terrill Road have reopened following a motor vehicle accident involving a box truck, according to TAPintoWarren. Expect delays in the area.

The crash closed Route 22 near Scotch Plains-Watchung border, causing delays this morning. Terrill Road northbound was closed at Front Street.

More details to follow as they become available.

Hidden in Plain Sight - DEA Agent Teachers Scotch Plains-Fanwood Parents Where Children Could Be Hiding Drugs

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Special Agent Timothy P. McMahon of New Jersey's Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), staged an interactive presentation for parents at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School to show where teens can stash drugs... Hidden in Plain Sight... on Monday evening. 

Some of the innovative places that kids hide drugs include a hallowed out book, a bottle of ...

Scotch Plains Police Seek Further Information About Bias Graffiti, Up to $1,000 Reward

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains police continue to seek information that leads to an arrest and prosecution of the suspect(s) responsible for the biased graffiti Incident at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.

"If anyone has any information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect(s) in the biased graffiti incident at the SPFHS on Oct.

Cancer Survivors Win At Westfield's 10th Annual 'Pink Out'

October 14, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — As important as the match was for both Westfield and Union Catholic, the cause both teams played for put the volleyball result in the back seat Saturday. 

Union Catholic captured a three-set win in a likely preview of the upcoming Union County Tournament final. But the Scotch Plains win wasn’t the main event at Westfield High School's ...

Knights of Columbus to Host Wine Tasting Event on Oct. 19

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Knights of Columbus will host their annual Wine Tasting event on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2400 North Ave., on the Westfield/Scotch Plains border.

Tickets are $30.00 per person. (Group rate: Buy 5 tickets and get sixth ticket free.) For further information, ...

Westfield House Foreclosed, Mom With Breast Cancer Rides ‘Roller Coaster’; GoFundMe Set Up to Help

WESTFIELD, NJ — The 54-year-old single mom and longtime Union County resident didn’t think her life would get worse after her home in Westfield was foreclosed on.

Then Annie Vann-Ashkenazi, a mother of four, got the call from Overlook Medical Center.

“Two days after I got here, I received a call from Overlook Hospital that changed everything,” Vann-Ashkenazi, 54, ...

Union Catholic to Host 5K Spooktacular Race on Sat, Oct. 27

October 15, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic High School will host its 8th Annual 5K Spooktacular Run on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 9:00 a.m.

Registration fee is $25 if received by Oct. 20 ($30 after October 20 and on race day).

T-shirts will be handed out to the first 250 entrants. Post-race food and refreshments will be available.

There will also be a 1 mile ...

Scenes from 3rd Annual Play for P.I.N.K. Breast Cancer Walk in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains participated in its 3rd annual Play for P.I.N.K. two mile (actually well over three mile) benefit walk for breast cancer research on Saturday morning.

This year marked a record-best for participation as 150 local residents rallied together for the cause despite the morning rain showers.

Among those who participated were Mayor Al Smith, ...

Play for P.I.N.K. 2-Mile Walk to Benefit Breast Cancer Research, Health & Wellness Fair in Scotch Plains on Sat, Oct. 13

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The 2018 Play for Pink Two Mile Walk to help fight breast cancer will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, with a morning check-in starting at 8:30 a.m. on the Alan Augustine Village Green. After the walk there will be a Health & Wellness Fair open to the public on the Village Green. 

Sign up before October 13th to enjoy a reduced registration fee of $15 for ...

Hundreds Gather for Fifth Annual Union County Day of Prayer at St. Bart's in Scotch Plains

October 16, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Hundreds gathered at St. Bartholomew of the Apostle Church in Scotch Plains on Tuesday, Oct. 11 for the fifth annual Union County Day of Prayer, which featured speakers from the Sikh and Hindu faiths for the first time in the event’s history.

With the theme "Striving to Make a Beloved Community," the evening delivered a variety of messages centering on ...

Scenes from the Candle Lighting for World Peace in Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, Fanwood Presbyterian Church pastor David Janke, and the monks from the Dhammakaya Meditation Center (257 Midway Ave.)  and others participated in a Candle Lighting for World Peace on Saturday night.  

"(It was an) extremely moving and beautiful evening for the candlelight ceremony for world peace in the ...

Congregation Beth Israel to Hold Tot Shabbat Services

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will hold Tot Shabbat services on designated Friday evenings and Saturday mornings throughout the year. 

These interactive services are especially designed for young children, ages 0 – 5 years old, along with their families. Tot Shabbat services, which are free and open to the community, celebrate Shabbat ...

Cross-Country: Union Catholic Girls Edge Westfield at Union County Conference Championships

October 17, 2018

CLARK, N.J. -- In a clash of state powers, NJ #10 ranked Union Catholic, despite the absence of its top runner, edged No. 8 Westfield for the girls Watchung Division title at Tuesday's Union County Conference Championships at Oak Ridge Park.

It was the first year ever that the meet was held at Oak Ridge. It was previously held at Warinanco Park in ...

Boys Soccer: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Clinches Division in 1-1 Draw With Elizabeth

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD — Before each season, Scotch Plains-Fanwood always sets forth three goals. The first is to win its conference, then the Union County Tournament, and ultimately, Group 4. 

The Raiders have steamrolled their way towards the first goal this fall, and despite not running the table in doing so, still achieved it on Tuesday. 

Scotch Plains-Fanwood (15-0-1) ...

Volleyball: Union Catholic Rolls to Ninth Straight Victory

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- The Union Catholic volleyball team continued its hot streak when the Vikings defeated Millburn for its ninth straight victory on Monday.

UC, ranked No 4 in the state, defeated a very strong Millburn squad, 25-19 and 25-13. Millburn, now 12-3, came into the match as the leaders in the Super Essex Conference's  Liberty Division.

The Vikings, now 16-2 on ...

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Hit-And-Run Reported Near Holy Trinity School in Westfield

October 16, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – Police are looking into a potential hit-and-run involving a 17-year-old struck in a crosswalk near Holy Trinity School on Monday.

The youth was not injured in the morning incident during which the driver of a Jeep SUV gave the signal for the teenager to cross, but then struck the youth’s backpack as she was exiting a parking lot on Watterson Street near Rahway ...

What to Do If Your Child Is Bullied

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. 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 ...

Red Flags in New Relationships

The first stage of dating begins with a sense of excitement and eagerness to learn about each other. Many of us enter into a relationship with the hope that this “may be the one.”

There are many internet dating services that make promises of finding the right partner for you. This can certainly happen and for a few, it’s been a very successful way of finding “the ...

Scotch Plains Republican Candidates Support School Safety and Mental Wellness Initiatives

October 13, 2018

Dear Editor:

School shootings, bullying, opioid addiction, and suicide are realities that we must unfortunately deal with all too often these days.  Accounts of these problems appear in the news media every day.  

On October 2, 2018, over 300 parents, Board of Education members, teachers, police chiefs and children listed to the compelling story of Dianne ...

Phobias – What Do You Fear?

October 14, 2018

While doing research on phobias, I expected to find the usual ones such as fear of spiders, clowns, water, and driving over bridges. However, I was amazed at the number of phobias out there, the odd names that they have and the specific fears mentioned.


For example, did you know that some people fear peanut butter sticking to the roofs of their mouths? ...

Fall Open House at Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) on Oct. 21

October 17, 2018

METUCHEN, NJ - Have you thought about a private school education for your son? 

Then it is time to take a tour and get a look into the day-to-day activities of students at the Saint Joseph High School Open House in Metuchen on October 21, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Meet the students, faculty, parents and administrators that make up the Saint Joseph High ...

Upcoming Events


Thu, October 18, 10:00 AM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

The Great American Read Discussion at Scotch ...

Arts & Entertainment


Thu, October 18, 10:30 AM

First United Methodist Church Westfield, Westfield

FUMC Westfield Pumpkin Patch



Thu, October 18, 4:00 PM

Westfield Neighborhood Council, Westfield

Halloween Costume Sale ($5 per costume)

Giving Back