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Wardlaw+Hartridge Announces Spring Musical from March 2-4

February 18, 2018

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School is pleased to present its first musical in the new Berry Performing Arts Center - Urinetown. The show will run at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 2-3 with a matinee finale on March 4 at 3:00 p.m.

Leading players include CJ Stueck of Scotch Plains, Kallie Schildge of Westfield, Mayah Nissim of Scotch Plains, ...

Terrill Middle School Performs Between Periods at NJ Devils Game

NEWARK, NJ -- Terrill Middle School was one of only three high school bands that played between periods at New Jersey Devils' games last year to be invited back in 2018. 

The band, comprised of 7th and 8th graders, played rock classics such as In The Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett and Rolling on the River by Ike and Tina Turner. (See video below.) 

"They ...

Smithereens Bandmates Reunite and Play Show Honoring Scotch Plains Music Legend Pat DiNizio

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two of the founding members of the Smithereens reunited at New Brunswick's Court Tavern on Saturday, Feb. 3, to pay tribute to the late Pat DiNizio, the band’s lead singer, who died in December.

The concert, titled “Blood & Roses: The Court Tavern Memorial Tribute to Pat DiNizio,” featured 15 of the alternative band’s hits from over the ...

Hellenic Therapy Center Seeking P/T Clinician

February 13, 2018

Hellenic Therapy Center is seeking mental health providers who have training and clinical experience with children, teens, adults, couples and families. Minimum requirements include Master’s degree and professional licensure in New Jersey, LPC, LCSW, LMFT, PhD. Experience in family systems preferred. Part-time availability during the day and evening hours which can lead to full-time ...

TAPinto.net Sets All-Time Monthly Traffic Record With More Than 2.3M Pageviews In January 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In January 2018, TAPinto.net set an all-time record for the most traffic in any single month since its inception 9 years ago.   

From Jan. 1, 2018 to Jan. 31, 2018, TAPinto registered 913,468 readers and 2,328,707 page views, up from 799,995 readers and 1,934,413 page views during the same period a year ago. 

"Since Facebook relegated news ...

TAPinto.net Named Partner of the Year by NJ News Commons

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -  TAPinto.net has been named Partner of the Year by NJ News Commons, a network of more than 230 news organizations across New Jersey.  The award goes to a journalist or news organization that showed overall excellence in their work for 2017.    

Joe Amditis, Associate Director of the Center for Cooperative Media, said TAPinto won the award ...

Shady Rest to Reopen, Offer Tours of Inside Renovations on Fri, Feb. 23

February 17, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The third and final phase of the renovations at the Scotch Hills Country Club's Shady Rest clubhouse (820 Jerusalem Rd.) are now complete.

The Township of Scotch Plains will celebrate the reopening of the Shady Rest on Friday, February 23, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., and the public is invited to attend and tour the newly renovated building.

Camille Douglas of Scotch Plains Appointed to the Union County United Way Board of Trustees

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – United Way of Greater Union County has announced the two newest members of the organization's 2017-18 Board of Trustees: Camille Douglas of Scotch Plains and Amanda Parrish Block of Summit.  

Camille Douglas, a longtime Scotch Plains resident, brings extensive credentials as an experienced executive and advocate for empowering women. She is the ...

Six Scotch Plains-Fanwood Students Named to Dean's List at Clemson

February 18, 2018

CLEMSON, SC -- Local students have been named to the Dean's List at Clemson University for the fall 2017 semester. They are:

Isabella Anna Bernardo of Fanwood, whose major is College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities
Robert M. Nugent of Fanwood, whose major is Microbiology
Tyler Costas O'Brien of Scotch Plains, whose major is Industrial Engineering
Lindsay Rebecca ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood School Superintendent Issues Letter to Parents in Aftermath of Florida Shootings

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood K12 School Superintendent Dr. Margaret Hayes has issued a letter to parents in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Dear Parents,

We are deeply saddened by the tragic events that have taken place in recent weeks at schools across this nation and most ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Earn Scholarship Finalist Standing

EDISON, NJ -- The National Merit Scholarship Program has determined which of the 16,000 semifinalists named in September 2017 have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2018.

Wardlaw+Hartridge seniors Jennifer Guo and Suraj Chandran of Edison received their Finalist certificates ...

Rift Among Scotch Plains and Fanwood Democrats Over County Chairmanship

February 18, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Union County Freeholders Christopher Hudak and Al Mirabella joined former Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover in calling on Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, acting Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC), to remove their images from her new campaign video.  

Hudak, who lives in Linden, Mirabella, who ...

Mahr Calls for Voting Machines at Union County Democratic Committee Meeting on Feb. 21

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Acting Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC), Colleen Mahr, is calling for the use of voting machines at the February 21 county committee meeting that will determine the next Chair of the UCDC. 

The February 21 meeting will begin at 7:00 and take place at the Grand Centurion in Clark. Mahr is the Acting Chair of the County Committee and ...

Wall St. Journal Features Fanwood's Mayor Mahr Among Women Reshaping NJ Politics

FANWOOD, NJ -- In an online version of a Wall Street Journal story that will appear in print on Wednesday, reporter Kate King examined the rise of women in New Jersey politics and highlighted Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr's campaign for Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chair. against two male candidates.

To get more women elected to state government, they need to tackle a ...

Jade Isle's Closing in Scotch Plains Postponed Due to Customer Response

February 18, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The sudden announcement that the venerable Jade Isle restaurant (158 Terrill Road in Scotch Plains) would close on Sunday evening caught many of its fans by surprise. As a result, longtime customers flocked to the eatery this weekend for one last meal. 

Not wanting to disappoint those who wanted to stop in a final time, owner Jack Lee has postponed the ...

After 47 Years of Operation, Jade Isle Set to Close Its Doors in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The iconic Jade Isle Restaurant located at the corner of Terrill Road and Second Street in Scotch Plains will close its doors forever after its last day on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. A phone call to the restaurant on Saturday confirmed that the Jade Isle's long history would come to an end tomorrow.

Jade Isle has served a menu of traditional Chinese and Polynesian dishes ...

Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Annual Pancake Breakfast on Sun, March 4

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 4, 2018, from 8:00 to 12:00 at its building located at 1916 Bartle Ave. This event is hosted by the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Auxiliary, which raises funds for the volunteer squad. 

All-you-can-eat pancakes, coffee and sausages are offered for just a $5.00 per person entry ...

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense Will Meet on Tues, Feb. 20, at LaGrande Park Building

February 17, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- Following the mass shooting in Florida this week, the Union County Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7:00 p.m. at the LaGrande Park Building  in Fanwood.

"Every life cut short by gun violence -- that somehow becomes a statistic -- is tucked away in our hearts, never to be lost," wrote Patti ...

Scotch Plains Ranked Among Top 50 Safest Cities in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY -- Scotch Plains ranks 47th among the safest cities in New Jersey, according to a recent report published by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, a trade association of security professionals that advocates for safe communities and home safety. 

"I am extremely proud of the work that the men and women of the Scotch Plains Police Department have done in making ...

UPDATE: Scotch Plains Police Continue to Search for Suspects in Carjacking at the Scotchwood Diner

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Police are still searching for the suspects who carjacked a vehicle in the parking lot of the Scotchwood Diner (1928 Route 22) in Scotch Plains around 12:30 a.m. today, according to a statement issued by the Scotch Plains police department..

Patrol units responded to a report of a carjacking at the diner and upon arrival met the victim, a 43-year-old male ...

Scotch Plains Teen Visits NFL Pro Bowl Thanks to Make-A-Wish® and Jersey Mike’s Subs

February 18, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, - Among the many wishes granted this year through the annual Jersey Mike’s “Month of Giving” campaign with Make-A-Wish was Scotch Plains resident Kyle Brainard's visit to the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida, in January.

Kyle, who has courageously battled a critical illness always had an admiration for his NFL heroes. The chance to experience a ...

Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Annual Pancake Breakfast on Sun, March 4

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 4, 2018, from 8:00 to 12:00 at its building located at 1916 Bartle Ave. This event is hosted by the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Auxiliary, which raises funds for the volunteer squad. 

All-you-can-eat pancakes, coffee and sausages are offered for just a $5.00 per person entry ...

JCC to Host Free Special Needs Symposium Featuring Disability Advocate and Stand-up Comedian Pamela Schuller

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – The JCC of Central NJ (1391 Martine Ave.) will present Pamela Schuller, an internationally known disability advocate and stand-up comedian, along with experts on children with special needs on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

This program has been organized in honor of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) by ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 15, 2018

Guest Column

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The ...

High School Student Says ‘It’s Almost Normal to Juul Here’ - Trend Grows in Westfield, Scotch Plains-Fanwood and Elsewhere

Editor’s note: This story about the rise in teen e-cigarette use, written by Westfield High School student Greta Frontero, originally ran in the Jan. 8 edition of WHS student newspaper Hi’s Eye.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 12th-grade Westfield High School female said she doesn’t bring her Juul to school, but will use someone else’s if the opportunity ...

As Flu Hits Scotch Plains-Fanwood Area, Urgent Care Beefs Up Staff, Pharmacists Find Solution to Tamiflu Shortage

WESTFIELD, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Health has reached out to local schools to inform administrators and teachers of the severity of this year’s flu virus. According to Laura Scanlon, the public health nursing supervisor at the Westfield Regional Health Department, the message from the DOH was clear: “It’s serious and in some cases can cause ...

JCC to Host Free Special Needs Symposium Featuring Disability Advocate and Stand-up Comedian Pamela Schuller

February 9, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – The JCC of Central NJ (1391 Martine Ave.) will present Pamela Schuller, an internationally known disability advocate and stand-up comedian, along with experts on children with special needs on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

This program has been organized in honor of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) by ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week: Swimming's DeeDee Maizes and Wrestling's Sam Wustefeld

February 19, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- This week's co-winners of Joint Motion Physical Therapy's Athlete of the Week are Ivy League-bound seniors: girls swimming's DeeDee Maizes and wrestling's Sam Wustefeld.

DeeDee Maizes

As a freshman member of the girls swim team that won the State championship in 2015, DeeDee Maizes and her teammates know what it takes to win ...

Girls Basketball: Union Catholic Will Play In Game To Support Childhood Cancer

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union Catholic varsity girls basketball team is honored to be playing in the Gold-Out game at Bernards High School for the third straight year, a game that will raise money and awareness for Childhood Cancer.

The event, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m, is called the “Gold-Out’’ game because gold is the awareness color for Childhood Cancer.

FSPY Flies at Bronze Championships; Girls Take First Place Overall

PERTH AMBOY, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA swim team made a strong showing at the 2018 YMCA Bronze Championship Meet held on February 10-11 at the Raritan Bay YMCA in Perth Amboy, with the FSPY Girls taking First Place Overall at the meet.

The two-day event was open to swimmers with qualifying “Bronze” times from 16 Ys across Northern New Jersey. Over 50 FSPY swimmers, aged ...

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Sinai or Sanctuary?

 

 

And in the beginning, G‑d was homeless, and so G‑d asked His people to set Him up with some digs. Where does it say that? Well, nowhere, actually. But it does say that G‑d instructed Moses to tell the people, “They shall make for Me a Sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.”

Now the question is, was G‑d really homeless? ...

Former Cranford Mayor Endorses Nick Scutari for Democratic Chair

February 17, 2018

Dear Editor:

Having Senator Scutari lead the (Democratic) party would certainly put Cranford in a good position for resolving the issues we face such as gun control, flood mitigation and public safety.

Union County is made up of urban and suburban communities, that we need to protect. The stronger our communities are, the stronger the diversity and our being connected will be.

Senator ...

Being Alone on Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2018

Valentine’s Day is a day filled with Hallmark cards, chocolate covered strawberries, red roses and special dining.  It’s a day to express our love and affection to those close to us.  Some of us have expectations that this day will be blissful, we may even receive that diamond ring that represents engagement or marriage.

Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful time if ...

Girls Basketball: Union Catholic Will Play In Game To Support Childhood Cancer

February 18, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union Catholic varsity girls basketball team is honored to be playing in the Gold-Out game at Bernards High School for the third straight year, a game that will raise money and awareness for Childhood Cancer.

The event, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m, is called the “Gold-Out’’ game because gold is the awareness color for Childhood Cancer.

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Tue, February 20, 1:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Book Club @ Scotlib: The Japanese Lover by Isabel ...

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Tue, February 20, 6:00 PM

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Congregation Beth Israel, Scotch Plains

Course on Biblical Interpretation Taught by ...

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