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NJ Festival Orchestra Wows Holiday Concert-Goers in Westfield

December 10, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — The New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s “Return of the Three Holiday Tenors” earned a standing ovation Saturday night at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield.

 A nearly packed house came out despite the snow to hear the symphony orchestra with choir students from Franklin Elementary School and renowned tenors Cody Austin, Cameron Schutza and ...

Celebrate the New Year with New Jersey Festival Orchestra

On Sunday, Dec. 31, at 7 p.m., under the baton of Maestro David Wroe, New Jersey Festival Orchestra again presents one of New Jersey’s most popular New Year’s Eve musical celebrations. This year’s performance, Puttin’on the Ritz, offers a special discount tickets for kids under 18 and promises a superb review of American stage, screen and television musicals that will ...

Learn to Make a Felt Coffee Cozy at the Scotch Plains Public Library

On Friday, Dec. 15 at 10:00 a.m. at the Scotch Plains Public Library, learn a simple blanket stitch while you create an adorable felt sleeve for your coffee cup.

Space is limited. Advanced registration is required to ensure plentiful supplies.

To register, go to www.scotlib.org, email library@scotlib.org, call (908) 322-5007 x 204 or stop by the Reference Desk. The Scotch Plains ...

Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Celebrates New Location Downtown

December 4, 2017

WESTFIELD, N — The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce marked the move to its new office at 212 Lenox Ave. in Downtown Westfield Saturday with a grand opening celebration.

Representatives from the Downtown Westfield Corporation, Mayor-Elect Shelley Brindle, Garwood Mayor Charles Lombardo and past executive directors of the GWACC joined members and ...

Scenes from Small Business Saturday in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Holiday shoppers supported area establishments in Scotch Plains-Fanwood on what has become known as Small Business Saturday, a nationwide effort to encourage people to patronize local enterprises.

Many of the merchants offered special promotions to entice shoppers to visit. Fanwood hosted a Pop-Up Store on South Martine Ave. (in the former Be Craftful location) ...

Shave Cave Opens in Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Borough of Fanwood today officially welcomed the Shave Cave, a full-service barber shop, located on South Avenue next to the post office in the space vacated by DeFrancesco Realty.

The Shave Cave is owned by Tommy Disporto of Garwood and is open 7 days a week. The renovations took four months, according to Disporto, who had a soft opening on August 14.

Joined by members ...

Scenes from the Scotch Plains Mayor's Gala 2017

December 10, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- More than 230 local residents turned out on Friday evening for the 27th annual Mayor's Gala at the Shackamaxon Country Club while raising money for the historic Frazee House. 

Emceed by David Webb Mangan, a radio host on SiriusXM Patriot 125, the event honored local residents for their commitment to volunteerism:  

Vincent Losavio, Male ...

Fanwood 'Christmas House' Welcomes Santa, Raises $ for NJ Institute for Disabilities

FANWOOD, NJ -- Santa visited the "Christmas House" at 83 Paterson Road in Fanwood on Saturday evening to give out over 100 wrapped gifts to little boys and girls and to raise money for NJ Institute for Disabilities. The display will be lit until January 8, 2018, including 30+ hours straight from Christmas Eve to Christmas Night.

Santa's visit was ...

Terrill Middle School Announces 1st Quarter Honor Roll

December 10, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Terrill Middle School has announced its honor roll for the first marking period of the 2017-18 school year.

Grade 8 – High Honor Roll

Andrew Abrantes; Mary Adekunle; Aditya Aggarwal; Alice Bachman; Janet Bai; Ryan Beauregard; Kai  Bobrow; Julia Bonhote; Meagan Bourke; Marin Brace; Aislinn ...

Register Now for Spring 2018 Continuing Education Classes at Union County College

CRANFORD – The Office of Continuing Education at Union County College has posted the spring 2018 brochure of classes offered for adults and seniors, as well as youth ages 11-18. Programs run from January through mid-May, and online registration is now available. The Continuing Education Department offers a variety of courses for certification, professional development, career ...

Former MLB Player Conducts Baseball Clinic at Wardlaw+Hartridge

EDISON, NJ -- Former Major League baseball player and batting coach Milt Thompson conducted the inaugural Wardlaw+Hartridge Baseball Clinic on Dec. 2 at the school’s campus in Edison.

The clinic included a morning session for middle school players and an afternoon session for high school players.

The former outfielder and World Series winning batting coach provided instructions on ...

Morano Gelato Launches December and Holiday Flavors

December 5, 2017

Morano Gelato is launching its December and Holiday range, which includes seasonal flavors such as white chocolate peppermint, sugar cookie, ginger, gingerbread, holiday spice, and the Italian Christmas classic Panettone.  Please check our Facebook or Instagram pages to see which flavors are appearing on a given day, and stop in for a taste of the season!

Morano Gelato is located ...

Houdini Pizza Offers Holiday Special

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In celebration of the holidays, Houdini Pizza Laboratory (25 South Avenue, Fanwood) is offering customers  20% off their next online order when they use the promo code: GIFT.

Houdini Pizza Laboratory is open Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m. and Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Closed Mondays). Call (908) 288-7118 ...

Spice Bazaar Brings North Indian Dining to Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ – Spice Bazaar opened recently at 114 Quimby St., bringing a unique North Indian dining experience to downtown Westfield.

Owners Kanika Vij and Simran Bakshi aim to celebrate Indian cuisine through the combination of traditional dishes and modern dining ideas. They expressed their excitement about presenting this restaurant to ...

FOUND: Missing Person Billy Hannam Is Safe

December 9, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ -- Janet Dillon, who has led efforts to find Billy Hannam, a 2008 graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, reports that he has been found. 

Hannam had been missing since Friday, Dec.1. Dillon, with whom Hannam lives in Plainfield, posted on Facebook today.

Billy has been found and he is safe. That is all the info I can share at this ...

Scotch Plains and Fanwood Police to Conduct Car Crash Simulation for HS Students on Tues, Dec. 12

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains and Fanwood Police Departments and emergency personnel will conduct a simulation drill involving a car accident that will be staged on Happel Court on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.

Presented along with the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) students from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, the Municipal Alliance Committee, and the ...

Police Activity Closes Area of Watchung Square Mall

WATCHUNG, NJ - The area around Walmart on Route 22 has been closed down and blocked off due to police activity on Thursday afternoon. Avoid the area.

TAPinto will provide updates as they become available. 

Fanwood 'Christmas House' Welcomes Santa, Raises $ for NJ Institute for Disabilities

December 10, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- Santa visited the "Christmas House" at 83 Paterson Road in Fanwood on Saturday evening to give out over 100 wrapped gifts to little boys and girls and to raise money for NJ Institute for Disabilities. The display will be lit until January 8, 2018, including 30+ hours straight from Christmas Eve to Christmas Night.

Santa's visit was ...

Fanwood Luminary Sale Begins

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary club has begun selling Luminaries at the Fanwood Department of Public Works Building on Manfra Way off North Ave. (across from the Fanwood Public Library). The sale dates are December 9, 10, 16, 17, and 23 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 in all ...

Holiday Home Decorating Contest Raises Donations for Local Food Pantries

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains and Fanwood residents are invited to participate in a Holiday Home Decorating Contest to benefit local food pantries from Dec.10 through Jan. 1, 2018. 

Prizes will be awarded to the best-decorated home courtesy of Grillestone, Fabio's Bistro and Soul Bowls!

Click here to participate in the contest or to vote on the ...

YETI MMA Offers Free Boxing and Self-Defense Classes for Female Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Seniors

December 9, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- YETI MMA is offering free boxing and self-defense classes for all female Seniors at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.

Interested students can stop by Yeti MMA (2507 Route 22 West, Scotch Plains) to register. Students are required to sign a waiver and show school ID in order to participate.

Yeti MMA is located at 2507 Route 22 West in Scotch ...

Union County College to Host Healthcare Job Fair on Dec. 13

PLAINFIELD, NJ – If you are interested in working in the healthcare field, visit Union County College’s Plainfield Campus (232 East Second St.) on Dec. 13, 2017.

A Healthcare Job Fair will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in UCC's Logos Building. This employment opportunity is being hosted by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training ...

Fanwood Presbyterian Will Wrap Christmas Gifts in Return for a Donation for Puerto Rico

December 4, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Presbyterian Church (74 S. Martine Ave.) will host a Christmas gift wrapping fund raiser to support the Puerto Rico hurricane relief efforts on December 10, 16, and 17, 2017.

"Bring your unwrapped gifts and we will wrap them for you."

The gift wrapping will be held at Fanwood Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 10:30 a.m. until ...

Temple Sholom to Host Chanukah-Themed “Lego Night” on Dec. 14

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Temple Sholom (1925 Lake Avenue, Scotch Plains) will host a Chanukah-themed version of its popular “Lego Night” on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

“We’re pleased to once again host this very special event,” said Suzanne Lyte, chair of Temple Sholom’s Membership Committee. “In Hebrew, the word ...

Track and Field: Union Catholic Grad Sydney McLaughlin Makes Stunning NCAA Debut

December 9, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- Sydney McLaughlin, who graduated from Union Catholic last spring, didn’t waste any time making her presence felt on the college level when the legendary star made a stunning NCAA debut for Kentucky on Friday night at the Hoosier Open at the University of Indiana.

The 18-year-old McLaughlin, a 2016 Olympian, burned up the 200-meter banked oval with a sizzling time of ...

Swimming: Union Catholic Sinks Dayton in Season Opener

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union Catholic co-ed swim team opened its season with an impressive win over Dayton as the Vikings won all but two of the events on the way to a 120-50 victory on Thursday at the Jewish Community Center in Scotch Plains.

Junior Kate Fuhrmann, the Union County 50-meter freestyle champion last year, turned in a sensational performance for UC by winning the 100 freestyle ...

Former MLB Player Conducts Baseball Clinic at Wardlaw+Hartridge

EDISON, NJ -- Former Major League baseball player and batting coach Milt Thompson conducted the inaugural Wardlaw+Hartridge Baseball Clinic on Dec. 2 at the school’s campus in Edison.

The clinic included a morning session for middle school players and an afternoon session for high school players.

The former outfielder and World Series winning batting coach provided instructions on ...

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New Mass Transit Map for Union County Residents and Visitors

November 30, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Just in time for the holiday  travel season, the Union County Freeholders remind residents and visitors that the new Union County Transit Map is available free online, and printed copies are free on request.

The map displays all bus and rail routes and connections in the county. It was developed as part of the 2016 Union County Transportation Master Plan in ...

79 Arrests Made in Massive Child Trafficking and Pornography Sting

December 2, 2017

TRENTON, NJ – Arrests of 79 targeted sex offenders and persons possessing child pornography have been made in a massive operation that stretched from New Jersey to California,  NJ Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced on Friday..

“Operation Safety Net,” a nine-month, multi-agency child protection initiative, was led by the New Jersey Regional ...

What Home Buyers and Sellers Need to Know About Today's Market

Nationally, the average time it takes to sell a house has dropped from 11 weeks five years ago to three weeks today according to CNN Money report (11/27/2017).  "The inventory shortage and the growing economy and job creation has increased the interest in home buying," said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for NAR (National Association of Realtors). "There is just not enough ...

Tax Reform Is a Lose-Lose for the Republicans

November 29, 2017

To the Editor:

Many of us are aware that Congress is in the process of trying to simplify and reduce the tax burden on us tax payers. However, the bill that the house just passed and the one in the Senate does not do that.  In addition, the Senate is trying to do away with the Individual Mandate.

The tax bill deletes most of the deductions we use, in fact only mortgage and charity ...

What Home Buyers and Sellers Need To Know About Today's Market

December 5, 2017

Nationally, the average time it takes to sell a house has dropped from 11 weeks five years ago to three weeks today, according to CNN Money report (11/27/2017).  

"The inventory shortage and the growing economy and job creation has increased the interest in home buying," said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for NAR (National Association of Realtors). "There is just not ...

Open House at All Saints on Sun, Dec. 17

December 10, 2017

All are invited and welcome to the All Saints' Episcopal Church Open House.

Join us on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 12:00 noon for hot cider, freshly baked cookies, and beautiful music. All Saints' has been your community church for over 150 years--come and see our rich history, vivid stained glass, and celebrate the season with us.

Meet our rector, the Reverend Susanna Cates, and find ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, December 10, 9:00 AM

American Legion Post 3, Westfield

American Legion Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Food & Drink Giving Back

Sun, December 10, 9:00 AM

Congregation Beth Israel, Scotch Plains

Blood Drive at Congregation Beth Israel

Giving Back Health & Wellness Religions And Spirituality

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Sun, December 10, 1:00 PM

Martin Wallberg American Legion Post 3, Westfield

Christmas Party

Food & Drink Giving Back