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Joseph Varela Crowned Mr. Spiffy at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School

December 15, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Fifteen senior boys competed for the coveted title of Mr. Spiffy High in the annual contest produced by Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School DECA on Friday, Dec. 1. Joseph Varela walked away with this year's crown.

"It was an awesome event," said Varela in an interview with TAPintoSPF. "Once the lip-sync portion was over, I knew ...

Scotch Plains Public Library to Celebrate NOON Year’s Eve

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Public Library will once again celebrate a new year with a Count Down to Noon party on Friday, Dec. 29, at 11:15 a.m.

Open to families with children of all ages, this year’s event will include crafts, live music with JP Arthur, and another attempt at a successful balloon drop! Registration is required and can done on the library’s ...

NJ Intergenerational Orchestra's Annual Family Holiday Concert on Dec. 17

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra will continue its 2017-2018 season with the annual Family Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 17. The performance will begin at 3:00 p.m.  at New Providence High School near downtown New Providence, and will feature performances from all three of NJIO’s orchestral ensembles, as well as the special ...

New Opportunity for Women Business Owners in Union County

December 16, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ--The Union County Freeholders remind women business owners that they may be eligible for discounted loans offered by the Union County Economic Development Corporation.

UCEDC has been named the exclusive New Jersey lending partner for discounted loans available to women-owned businesses, through a grant from the Tory Burch Foundation Capital Program. The program is ...

Fanwood Business Roundtable Plans 2018 Schedule of Downtown Events

FANWOOD, NJ – Fanwood’s redevelopment consultant Liz Jeffrey and more than a dozen local business owners met for the year’s final Fanwood Business Roundtable on Thursday evening at the Fanwood Grille (34 S. Martine Ave.) to plan for upcoming events that will drive foot traffic to local establishments.

“We plan on enhancing Fanwood’s events for 2018, such as Ladies ...

Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Celebrates New Location Downtown

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 ...

Santa Claus Comes to Town in Fanwood

December 16, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- In a trial run of his Christmas Eve journey, Santa Claus made his way through Fanwood escorted by volunteers from the Fanwood Fire Department, Rescue Squad, and PBA Local 123 on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Accompanied b, Santa went door-to-door, delivering presents to good little girls and boys.

The beloved Santa Parade through Fanwood brought awe and smiles across ...

Third Annual Menorah Lighting in Scotch Plains on Tues, Dec. 12

SCOTCH PLAINS,  NJ -- The Scotch Plains Business and Professional Organization and the Township of Scotch Plains will host the third annual Menorah Lighting on Tuesday, Dec.12, at 6:00 p.m. at the Alan Augustine Village Green (430 Park Avenue).

The Chabad of Union County will preside over the lighting. Festivities will include a Gelt Drop of thousands of chocolates, a ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Love Camp Read-A-Lot

December 16, 2017

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison enjoyed 90 minutes of reading and fun at the inaugural Camp Read-A-Lot, a night to celebrate literacy and good books, on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

The school’s All Purpose Room was transformed into a camp site for children and parents to bring chairs and sleeping bags to read with the Lower School community. Silvia Davis of Metuchen, ...

Joseph Varela Crowned Mr. Spiffy at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Fifteen senior boys competed for the coveted title of Mr. Spiffy High in the annual contest produced by Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School DECA on Friday, Dec. 1. Joseph Varela walked away with this year's crown.

"It was an awesome event," said Varela in an interview with TAPintoSPF. "Once the lip-sync portion was over, I knew ...

Distracted Driving Simulated Accident 'Hits Home' For SPFHS Students, First Responders

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Distracted driving can emotionally scar anybody’s life. Just ask those involved with Tuesday’s simulation at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.

A chillingly realistic demonstration was put on by the police, paramedic, and fire departments of both Scotch Plains and Fanwood in addition to the school’s DECA club. The purpose of the presentation ...

Morano Gelato Launches Birthday Club

December 16, 2017

Morano Gelato announces its Birthday Club - come in and sign up to receive a complimentary cup of gelato on (the month of) your birthday, up to age 15. 

Sign up by December 21 for a chance to win a gelato cake from our cake freezer for Christmas!

Morano Gelato is located at 116 Elm Street in Westfield, and is open from noon until 10 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; ...

Judge Rules Addams Tavern in Westfield Must Close for Now, Starting Friday

WESTFIELD, NJ — A judge has ordered Addams Tavern at 115 Elm St. downtown to close as of Friday, Dec. 15, and not re-open without further court order.

Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis wrote that the court is convinced based on the testimony of four expert witnesses that the building is not compliant with the applicable building code, and that the court finds that there is ...

Fanwood Grille Introduces Catering Menu

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In time for holiday gatherings and other upcoming events, The Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave., Fanwood) has introduced a catering menu that includes continental breakfast and full breakfast options, as well as appetizers, lunch and dinner items.

"I found that many of the catering menus in the area had extravagant food with expensive prices to ...

Clark Target Evacuated

December 14, 2017

CLARK, NJ –  Holiday shoppers heading to Target on Central Avenue in Clark on Thursday arrived to find the store closed to the public as emergency responders and utility employees worked inside. 

The store was evacuated for a short time around noon on Thursday  to check for carbon monoxide.  According to Police Chief Pedro Matos a couple of employees working in ...

Distracted Driving Simulated Accident 'Hits Home' For SPFHS Students, First Responders

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Distracted driving can emotionally scar anybody’s life. Just ask those involved with Tuesday’s simulation at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.

A chillingly realistic demonstration was put on by the police, paramedic, and fire departments of both Scotch Plains and Fanwood in addition to the school’s DECA club. The purpose of the presentation ...

FOUND: Missing Person Billy Hannam Is Safe

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 ...

Santa Claus Comes to Town in Fanwood

December 16, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- In a trial run of his Christmas Eve journey, Santa Claus made his way through Fanwood escorted by volunteers from the Fanwood Fire Department, Rescue Squad, and PBA Local 123 on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Accompanied b, Santa went door-to-door, delivering presents to good little girls and boys.

The beloved Santa Parade through Fanwood brought awe and smiles across ...

Scotch Plains Honors CASA Volunteers

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith and the Town Council declared Tuesday, Dec. 12, as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County Day during a town hall ceremony this week.

Several Scotch Plains residents who are active volunteers with CASA attended in support of the dedication, including: Carmen Ayala, Jennifer Brady, Sheri Glover-Flanagan, Linda Jenkins-Davis, ...

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 ...

Scotch Plains Honors High School Student-Athletes at Council Meeting

December 15, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Township Council recognized the accomplishments of several SPFHS student athletes for their recent achievements. Among those honored were:

Cross Country First Team All-County

Ben Fleischer
Brandon Garcia
Maddy Bord


Boy's Soccer First Team All-County

Michael Ferrara
Brogan Quigley


Girl's Soccer ...

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

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 ...

Scenes from the Scotch Plains Menorah Lighting

December 13, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A record crowd braved freezing temperatures to experience Scotch Plains Township's third annual menorah lighting on Tuesday evening. 

The event was led by Rabbi Avrohom Blesofsky of the Chabad of Union County, which is located in Scotch Plains, Rabbi Levi Block of the Union County Torah Center (Westfield), and Rabbi Howard Tilman of ...

Happy Hanukkah from TAPintoSPF

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Although Hanukkah, "The Festival of Lights," is considered a “minor” Jewish holiday, it is a popular celebration among Jewish families across America.

 

According to ReformJudaism.org, when the Maccabees entered the Temple in Jerusalem to reclaim it from the Greeks, they immediately relit the ner tamid (eternal light), which ...

St. Bart's Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec. 16

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The annual Christmas Concert at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church in Scotch Plains will take place on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7:00 p.m. 

More than 40 members of the music ministry of St. Bartholomew Parish will perform a blend of familiar carols, contemporary songs, and surprising arrangements accompanied by a chamber orchestra and band.  Songs include "Oh ...

Hockey: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Suffers First Loss of Season, Falls 6-1 to Montclair

December 17, 2017

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Sooner or later, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood ice hockey team was going to have to come back down to earth. That time came Saturday night, as the Raiders suffered their first loss of the season.

Playing in their second game in as many nights, the Raiders (4-1-3) fell behind early and could never recover against a strong Montclair team. The Mounties ended the Raiders’ ...

Track & Field: Union Catholic Excel on Opening Day with 9 Victories

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union Catholic boys and girls track and field teams got off to a great start in its season opener on Friday night by picking up nine victories and several personal best performances at the St. Tim Lawrence Invitational at the New Balance Track and Field Center in New York.

In the girls competition for UC, Sydney Tucker won the 55 dash in 7.61, Jerika Lufrano captured ...

Boys Basketball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Dunks Colonia, 53-32, in Season Opener

COLONIA, NJ -- Following up on their strong season last year, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys basketball team started off the season with a decisive win over Colonia, 53-32, on the road.

The Raiders opened the game on a 14-2 run and never looked back. Senior Tommy Drubulis pumped in 13 points. Lamont Cruse added 10 points. Justin Guy score nine points in his varsity debut, as did Dwight ...

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Scotch Plains Mayor's Gala Raised $20K for Frazee House

December 11, 2017

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank all who attended and participated in the Scotch Plains Mayor’s Gala at Shackamaxon Country Club this past Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.  In addition to the over 230 attendees who honored five great volunteers, the Gala also raised over $20,000 for the Frazee House restoration.

A special thanks goes to the 2017 Mayor’s Gala Committee ...

Endings Are Necessary

December 11, 2017

The truth is that we often do not do endings well. Although we need them for good results to happen in life and for bad situations to be resolved, the reality is that most of us often avoid them. Endings are not only part of life; they are a requirement for living and thriving both professionally and personally. 

In business, endings are absolute necessities for a turn-around or ...

Morano Gelato Launches Birthday Club

December 16, 2017

Morano Gelato announces its Birthday Club - come in and sign up to receive a complimentary cup of gelato on (the month of) your birthday, up to age 15. 

Sign up by December 21 for a chance to win a gelato cake from our cake freezer for Christmas!

Morano Gelato is located at 116 Elm Street in Westfield, and is open from noon until 10 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; ...

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Open House, Scotch Plains

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