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Scotch Plains Public Library Presents, “The Shannachie of Glendunbun Ballybeg: Traditional Celtic Tales”

February 25, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Storyteller David Emerson will retell the colorful and ancient tales of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Cornwall in a presentation on Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. that will “warm, tickle, or chill the heart” at the Scotch Plains Library. This program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Registration is recommended.

David Emerson of History on ...

Poems Are Wanted for Fanwood Carriage House Poetry Prize

FANWOOD, NJ – The Carriage House Poetry Series and the Fanwood Shade Tree Commission are sponsoring the 2018 Carriage House Poetry Prize with a first prize of $300 plus publication of the winning poem in the autumn edition of Tiferet Journal.

Poets are invited to enter one or two poems – 40 lines or less each. There is a $5.00 entry fee for each contestant. Poems must be previously ...

Union County Magnet High School to Hold Silent Auction

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A great night out with family and friends for just $10.  And we provide dessert and coffee/tea.

Please come to the Magnet High School PSA Silent Auction on Friday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Union County Vocational Technical School in Scotch Plains (West Hall Cafeteria). 

Tickets are only $10. You can then bid on over ...

Edison Heating and Cooling: Springtime Is The Best Time for an A/C Upgrade

February 25, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The warm weather is, hopefully, just around the corner and, according to Edison Heating and Cooling owner Mike Iarrapino, now is the time to ensure that air condition units are working efficiently.  

“People who have systems over 15 years old should consider replacing them before the hot weather. You want to have your AC system checked and replaced ...

Hellenic Therapy Center Seeking P/T Clinician

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 ...

2018 Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Honorees

February 25, 2018

UNION, NJ -- Union County Freeholders Alexander Mirabella, Sergio Granados, and Bette Jane Kowalski presented resolutions to the 2018 Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal John McPartlan, General Chairwoman Kathleen M. Holmes, and Parade Adjutant Pam Joyce congratulating them on the 22nd annual parade. T

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22nd Annual Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Steps Off March 10

UNION, NJ—Twenty-one years after the first Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade stepped off on Morris Avenue the tradition continues on Saturday, March 10 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, John McPartlan of Scotch Plains, will lead the march of bagpipe and ...

Terrill Middle School Announces 2nd Quarter Honor Roll

February 25, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- TerrillMiddle School has announced its Honor Roll for the second marking period of the academic year.

8th Grade High Honor Roll
Andrew Abrantes, Mary Adekunle, Aditya Aggarwal, Alice Bachman, Janet Bai, Meagan Bourke, Marin Brace, Avery Burman, Anthony Cerino, Joshua Chan, Ava Chin, Victoria Cirillo, Sofia Ciullo, Colin Clarke, Amelia Collins, Griffin ...

UPDATED: Park Middle School Honor Roll

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Park Middle School has submitted the revised, final Honor Roll for the second marking period of the academic year.

Grade 8 Distinguished Honor Roll
Kaitlyn Acevedo, Olivia Alvarez, Thomas Baylock, Stephanie Brown, Kaelin Cunningham, Lila Dasi, Ashley DeFrancesco, Francesca DiLollo, Lily Dimon, Riley Dwyer, Alexa Fazio, Emily Friscia, Charles Garrett, Evan ...

Scotch Plains and Fanwood Police Launch Middle School 'Cops & Kids' Program

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains and Fanwood Police Departments have partnered with the SPFK12 school district to again host the SP-F PAL Cops and Kids afterschool program at Terrill Middle School on Tuesday afternoon.

In the program, students from 5th to 8th grade engage in a variety of activities, including a version of dodge ...

Union County Democratic Committee Vote: And the Winner is...

February 22, 2018

CLARK, NJ – The vote for the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chairmanship came to a conclusion Wednesday night when 748 committee members from the county’s 21 municipalities descended on the Gran Centurions in Clark to vote for their new party leader.

State Senator Nick Scutari walked away with a 412-341 victory over Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr in a battle that had ...

Judge Rules in Favor of Open Ballot in UCDC Chair Election: A Win for Nick Scutari

ELIZABETH, NJ -- Just one day before the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) convention to elect a new County chair, Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis ruled in favor of State Senator Nick Scutari, who made the case that UCDC bylaws call for an open ballot.

Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, the acting Chair of the party, advocated the use of voting machines when committee members ...

Union County Democratic Committee Election: Who Are The Scotch Plains and Fanwood Voters?

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- After weeks of campaigning following the resignation of Jerry Green as Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chair, the two leading candidates, Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and State Senator Nick Scutari of Linden, will soon find out who will lead the party.

The outcome will be decided by 800 elected Democratic party members: two from each voting district ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast

February 23, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Rotary Club will host their first Pancake Breakfast at the newly renovated Scotch Hills Country Club in Scotch Plains. The event will take place on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and the price will be $10 per person. Pancakes, eggs, ham, turkey sausage, coffee, tea, and juice will be served and there will be prize ...

Hamantash Bake at the Torah Center

WESTFIELD, NJ -- The Union County Torah Center - Chabad will be hosting a Hamantash Bake at its center, 111 Laurel Place, Westfield, on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 11:30 a.m.

Participants will learn the techniques and skills for making hamantashen. They will be putting on aprons, preparing the dough, choosing from a variety of fillings and taking home their very own created delicious ...

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

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 ...

Train Uncoupling Causes Traffic Backup Near Scotch Plains

February 25, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/CLARK, NJ -- Clark police are reporting that Westfield Ave. near Terminal Ave. is blocked due to a train incident. 

According to police, the closure is due to a train's being stuck at the railroad crossing due to a mechanical issue. Scotch Plains Fire Department has been dispatched.

TAPintoSPF will continue to monitor this story.

Bear Sighting in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains police are advising residents to keep small animals and children indoors in the area near Glenside Ave. and Deerpath following reports of a bear sighting.

The bear was last seen heading into Watchung Reservation

Polcie warn not to attempt to feed or approach the bear. If you see it, call Scotch Plains police to report the location by using the ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL Presents Checks to the Fanwood and Scotch Plains Rescue Squads

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Police Athletic League (PAL) presented the Fanwood Rescue Squad with a donation of $1,000 for the squad’s support of PAL football games last year.

Pictured, left to right, Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo who is on the PAL board; Councilwoman Kathy Mitchell; PAL President Shawn Johnson; PAL Board Member and football coordinator ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL Presents Checks to the Fanwood and Scotch Plains Rescue Squads

February 24, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Police Athletic League (PAL) presented the Fanwood Rescue Squad with a donation of $1,000 for the squad’s support of PAL football games last year.

Pictured, left to right, Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo who is on the PAL board; Councilwoman Kathy Mitchell; PAL President Shawn Johnson; PAL Board Member and football coordinator ...

Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad’s First Female Member -- A Scotch Plains Resident -- Retires After 45 Years

WESTFIELD, NJ — Recently honored for 45 years of volunteer service to the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, Marie Keller reminisced about her experience as the first-ever female member of the squad.

In the early 1970s, Keller and her husband, Bill, were raising their three sons and one daughter in Westfield. Keller had always enjoyed helping people and was looking for somewhere to ...

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

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 ...

Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad’s First Female Member -- A Scotch Plains Resident -- Retires After 45 Years

February 24, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Recently honored for 45 years of volunteer service to the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, Marie Keller reminisced about her experience as the first-ever female member of the squad.

In the early 1970s, Keller and her husband, Bill, were raising their three sons and one daughter in Westfield. Keller had always enjoyed helping people and was looking for somewhere to ...

Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of elementary school student Daniela Genaro after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials said it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's passing."

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Breaking News: Elizabeth Schools Report One Student Has Died from Flu Virus

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth School District has reported that a student has died from the flu.

“It is with great sadness that I must report to you that the Elizabeth School District has lost one of its own,” Elizabeth Superintendent of Schools Olga Hugelmeyer wrote in a letter to parents over the weekend. (The full letter follows below.) Grief counselors will be ...

Girls Track and Field: Union Catholic's 4x400 Wins Record 4th Straight Title at Meet of Champions

February 25, 2018

TOMS RIVER, NJ -- The Union Catholic girls, one of the most dominant track and field programs in recent state history, added to its remarkable legacy with a historic victory in the 4x400-meter relay at Saturday's NJSIAA Meet of Champions at the Bennett Center.

When UC sophomore Leena Morant crossed the finish line to put the finishing touches on the victory in ...

Wrestling: Cannon, Wustefeld Advance to State Finals in Atlantic City

UNION, NJ -- Senior captains Jack Cannon and Sam Wustefeld will advance to the State championships held in Atlantic City next weekend following their performances in the Regional tournament held on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Union High School.

Wustefeld, who has lost only one match this season became a two-time Regional champion. He won the 195-lb. weight class by defeating Scott Fernandes of ...

Girls Swimming State Finals: Moorestown Defeats Scotch Plains-Fanwood by Narrow Margin, 91-79

EWING, NJ -- In a meet between No. 1 seeded Scotch Plains-Fanwood and No. 2 seeded Moorestown, the Quakers overtook a Raiders lead half-way through the 400 meter Freestyle Relay to win their first State championship since 1995 in an dramatic 91-79 victory.

Moorestown's Emily Wisniewski, who won the 200 IM and 500 Freestyle, and teammate Holly Robinson, who touched first in ...

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Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

February 19, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of elementary school student Daniela Genaro after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials said it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's passing."

In a second letter ...

The Missing Moses

A seemingly dubious distinction belongs to this week’s Parshah, Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20–30:10). It is the only reading in the Torah — from the first Parshah of the book of Exodus (in which he is born) until the end of the book of Numbers — where the name of Moses is not mentioned. Tetzaveh’s opening words are V’atah ...

Congratulations to UCDC Chairman Nick Scutari

February 23, 2018

Dear Editor:

First, congratulations to Chairman Nick Scutari. I look forward to working alongside him as 1st Vice Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee. 

For the last three weeks, this campaign for UCDC Chair displayed the power we have and the voice we share. You are the leaders, citizens and activists who are helping shape our future. What you do in your hometowns and ...

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 ...

Scotch Plains Public Library Presents, “The Shannachie of Glendunbun Ballybeg: Traditional Celtic Tales”

February 25, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Storyteller David Emerson will retell the colorful and ancient tales of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Cornwall in a presentation on Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. that will “warm, tickle, or chill the heart” at the Scotch Plains Library. This program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Registration is recommended.

David Emerson of History on ...

Upcoming Events

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Sun, February 25, 10:00 AM

Camp Riverbend, Warren

Camp Riverbend Open House

Arts & Entertainment

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Wed, February 28, 1:00 PM

Mountainside Borough Hall (Recreation Room), Mountainside

Hearts for Hope; Create a moment of joy to those ...

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