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Scotch Plains Fireworks Postponed to Sunday, July 3

July 2, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Due to impending rainstorms, the Scotch Plains Township Fireworks scheduled for today (Saturday) have been rescheduled until Sunday, July 3, at Shady Rest Golf Course on Jerusalem Road and Plainfield Ave. The announcement was made by Township officials and the Scotch Plains police department earlier today. 

Please keep in mind there will be heavy pedestrian traffic in ...

Scotch Plains Announces Summer Entertainment Schedule

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains has announced entertainment activities for the Fourth of July weekend:

Comedy On The Green
Time: Thursday, June 30... 8 p.m. show time
Location: Alan Augustine Green (430 Park Ave.)

There will be three comedians for the event:

Linette Palladino
Linette Palladino has been a performer all her life. She played the French horn, ...

CAU Community Players Celebrate Ten Years with The Wizard of Oz June 24-26

What makes theater irresistible to those who perform? Beyond the lights, music and thrill of embodying a character, it’s the energy of creating art as a team.

Teamwork is making magic possible for The CAU Community Players tenth anniversary show, and they promise to delight audiences with a classic: The Wizard of Oz runs June 24, 25, and 26th, streaming live at 7 p.m. Tickets ...

Gas Prices in New Jersey Drop Slightly Heading into Holiday Weekend

July 1, 2022

NEW JERSEY — The price of gas in New Jersey is heading down as the Fourth of July weekend arrives.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded is $4.85, according to AAA. That's down 2 cents from yesterday and 9 cents from last week. Drivers are paying $1.71 more than this time last year.

AAA says the Energy Information Administration reported the demand for gas decreased each ...

Ribbon Cut for Root to Rise Yoga Flow in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Root to Rise Yoga Flow (2015 Westfield Ave.), a newly established business in Scotch Plains, had its ribbon-cutting ceremony with Scotch Plains Mayor Josh Losardo and other officials last weekend.

Open seven days a week, Root to Rise Yoga Flow offers classes for all skill levels and ages, virtually and in studio. 

Suzanne Pinto, owner of the business, has over 20 ...

Gene Jannotti, CEO of Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Receives NJBIZ ICON Honor

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Gene Jannotti, CEO of GWACC (Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce), received the NJBIZ ICON Honor Award at a breakfast on June 28, 2022, at The Palace at Somerset Park. This award recognizes New Jersey business leaders over the age of 60 for their notable success and demonstration of strong leadership both within and outside of their chosen field.  ...

Scenes from Scotch Plains' Fourth of July Fireworks

July 4, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains hosted its Fourth of July fireworks event on Saturday to celebrate America's 246th birthday.

The event was held at Shady Rest Country Club and brought in a crowd that rivaled some of the largest in history.

Historic Frazee House in Scotch Plains Receives $337k in Funds for Restoration

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Mayor Josh Losardo andTownship Manager Al Mirabella joined members of the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary and Union County Officials for the 245th Anniversary Observance of the Battle of (The) Short Hills and the presentation of a historic $337K check from the NJ Historic Trust Preservation Fund on Sunday, June 24.

With the outside restoration of the ...

Nettingham Middle School Announces Honor Roll for 4Q

June 28, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Nettingham Middle School has announced its Honor Roll for the fourth quarter of the 2021-22 academic year. Congratulations to the Honor Roll students.

8th Grade Distinguished Honor Roll
Elizabeth Adegboyega, Sophia Birck, Justin Bogdan, Reid Buehler, Christopher Chesky, Tess Coffey, Jacob Cristobal, Gabriella DeBrito, Timothy DeMatteo, Sienna DelCorsano, Brandon ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Announces Honor Roll for 4Q

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School has announced the Honor Roll for the 4th quarter of the 2021-22 academic year. Congratulations fo all the Honor Roll students.

Grade 12 High Honor Roll
Bridget Abbott, Liam Abbott, Mary Adekunle, Aliyah Adkins, Olivia Alvarez, Ryan Au, Vincent Augello, Alice Bachman, Michael Banic, Rachel Barattucci, Madelyn Bauman, Thomas ...

Rutgers Will Raise Tuition 2.9% as Part of New $5.1B Budget

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers students will see a 2.9% increase in tuition and fees after the university’s Board of Governors approved a $5.1 billion budget for the 2022-23 academic year.

According to the school, tuition and fees account for more than 28% of university revenues, and help fund academic programs and university services, including academic advising, library services, ...

Popular Westfield Restaurant Chefs Banged up in Saturday Crash, DWI Suspect Charged

June 28, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Old Havana Cuban Cuisine in downtown Westfield is asking customers to be patient with its limited staff in the coming days after its chefs were injured in a crash involving a suspected drunken driver Saturday night.

Restaurant owner Patricia Sommer told TAPinto Westfield that the three chefs were driving home when they were struck at North Avenue West and Edgewood Avenue, ...

Fanwood Larder Stresses Being the 'Closer Grocer'

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Larder has, since its beginning in 2019, sported the tagline "The Closer Grocer." Nearly three years later, with gas prices averaging more than $5 a gallon, that promise has never been more significant to the Fanwood-Scotch Plains community.

With the worst of the pandemic seemingly behind us, soaring prices for food, fuel and just about everything else ...

With Gas Prices at $5+ per Gallon, 'The Closer Grocer' in Fanwood Emphasizes Both Location and Quality

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Larder has, since its beginning in 2019, sported the tagline "The Closer Grocer." Nearly three years later, with gas prices averaging more than $5 a gallon, that promise has never been more significant to the Fanwood-Scotch Plains community.

With the worst of the pandemic seemingly behind us, soaring prices for food, fuel and just about everything else ...

VIDEO: Shoplifters Haul $50K in Merchandise from Clark Target

July 2, 2022

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Target store was the scene of a shoplifting haul worth more than $50K this week according to police.

In a release to the public on Friday, the Clark PD said two suspects, a male and female, stayed in the store’s restrooms until after closing on Tuesday night before emerging into the store dressed in vests impersonating overnight employees.

The duo then ...

Tips to Prevent Financial Fraud After Scotch Plains Resident Scammed for Six-Figures

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Earlier this month, a Scotch Plains resident reported a fraud to the police. The victim made an online purchase for several hundred dollars that they attempted to cancel. They were told the transaction went through and needed to make the payment. During the course of conversation, the victim was convinced to send several hundred thousand dollars via wire ...

Fanwood Police Remind Drivers to STOP for Pedestrians at Crosswalks

FANWOOD, NJ --Those signs in the middle of crosswalks that say 'STOP FOR PEDESTRIANS IN CROSSWALK' really mean it, as 89 drivers found out Tuesday on Midway Avenue in Fanwood.

The Fanwood Police Department have launched an education program to remind drivers that they have to stop when pedestrians are trying to cross the street in a marked crosswalk and must wait until they have ...

Workers and Employers Benefit When They Hire People with Disabilities

June 29, 2022

ELIZABETH, NJ — Something about Jack Esposito’s job makes him excited to be there every day. From the music and cheers booming through the stadium to the way the lights flicker when a player hits a home run, his love of baseball makes the position a natural fit.

Esposito has been working as a janitor at the Somerset Patriots Baseball TD Bank Ballpark for eight years. He is one ...

Know The Signs of Stroke: Fanwood Rescue Squad

July 3, 2022

FANWOOD, NJ -- Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. Sadly, many people do not recognize the signs and symptoms of a potential stroke and this often leads to significant delays emergency care.

Always remember that “time is brain” and delays in care can lead to serious long term deficits that are often life changing. The ...

Overlook Medical Center Earns National Award for Quality and Safety in the Operating Room

SUMMIT, NJ – Overlook Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, recently received the Center of OR Excellence (CORE) Award by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

The award recognizes Overlook’s surgical units for measured improvement in every aspect of surgical patient care. For patients and their families, this signifies exceptional care through ...

Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Pastor Father Michael Ward Celebrates 25th Annversary

July 3, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Church hosted 25th anniversary celebration of Father Michael Ward’s priesthood and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Feast on Sunday, June 26. It began, naturally, with the noon mass as parishioners gathered to celebrate the Eucharist and to reflect on Father Mike’s homily. 

“The most uplifting part was the ...

Scenes from the Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL Social

July 1, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  The Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL hosted a thank you to all the coaches and parent volunteers at the Stage House Tavern on Saturday, June 25.

The PAL Social, which was held celebrated,under sunny and warm skies over the outdoor lounge area at the Tavern, had been postponed over the past two years due to COVID, according to Bruce Moran, ...

Union Catholic Boys Win 4xMile at Nationals; Tie State Record

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The Union Catholic boys got the New Balance National Championships off to an electrifying start by winning the boys 4xmile and breaking the New Jersey state record on Thursday night at historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

The foursome of junior Caudell Cajuste, senior Myles Plummer, senior Shane Brosnan, and sophomore Jimmy ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Track Garners All-American and Other Accolades

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood track team had multiple members named as All-Americans at the New Balance Nationals, as team of Julia Jackson, Grace Kennedy, Jenai Berry, and Danielle Most took fourth-place in the country competition of the 4x400, as Jackson also won third-place nationally to be named an All-American in the 400m.

Jackson, Kennedy, Berry, and Most ran a ...

VIDEO: Patriotic Group Hangs Flags on Parkway, Baseball Field Ribbon Cutting, Residents Awarded for Art and Police Academy Graduation

July 1, 2022

NEW JERSEY - A group of patriotic residents hang flags on a Garden State Parkway overpass ahead of July 4th. Plus, a new baseball field ribbon cutting. Also, two residents are awarded for their art contributions. And, a police academy graduation.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank and Bag Up ...

VIDEO: Cornhole Champions, Firefighters Save Ducklings, Teachers Honored for Fellowship Graduation and Gearing Up for July 4th

NEW JERSEY - A town crowns cornhole champions. Plus, firefighters rescue stranded ducklings and reunite them with their mother. And, several teachers honored for their fellowship graduation. Also, one town gears up for a massive July 4th celebration. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland ...

VIDEO: Stevens Student Recognized by NASA, Police Department Celebrates 138 Years, Union County College Renamed and 6th Graders L.E.A.D.

NEW JERSEY - A Stevens Institute of Technology student is recognized by NASA. Plus, a police department celebrates 138 years. And, Union County College gets a new name. Also, 6th graders graduate from the L.E.A.D. program. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank and Bag Up ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Signs Record $50+ Billion State Budget, Republicans Concerned About Increasing State Spending

June 30, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed the $50.6 billion fiscal year 2023 budget on Thursday at Cranford High School.

"The priorities of this budget are the priorities of our families," Murphy said. "At the top that list is affordability."

Among the provisions in the budget:

$2 billion ANCHOR property tax credit for homeowners and a rebate for ...

New Jersey Business & Industry Association President Optimistic About the Future, Says Current Business Climate 'Frustrating'

TRENTON, NJ — When thinking of the future for businesses in New Jersey, Michele Siekerka is confident and hopeful.

"I’m always a glass half full person and very optimistic," Siekerka, the President and CEO of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) said. "I believe for every challenge there’s an opportunity.  It depends on how we ...

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Says This Is 'As Big a Week as We've Had in a Long Time'

TRENTON, NJ — It's a big week for Tom Bracken and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

"This is a week that's been building since the beginning of COVID," Bracken, the organization's President and CEO said. "This is the week where we'll know what kind of resources will be allocated to really helping what's broken."

New Jersey's state budget ...

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Torah Thought for the Week: Houses or Households?

This week’s parshah recounts the dramatic mutiny against Moses, led by his charismatic cousin, Korach. As great as Moses was, Korach succeeded in attracting hundreds of followers and mounted a serious challenge to Moses’ and Aaron’s authority.

Korach was a powerful, aristocratic member of the tribe of Levi; a man with oversized ambitions. But his ...

Union County Celebrates Plastic Free July by Asking Residents to "Take the Challenge"

The Union County Board of County Commissioners and Union County Clean Communities would like to encourage residents to celebrate and participate in Plastic Free July!

"Finding ways to go plastic free is easier than you think and residents can certainly do a lot on a personal level to help save the environment,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “The information ...

Mount St. Mary Academy Euro Challenge Winners Visit European Delegation

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The victors of this year’s Euro Challenge competition – Zoe Daly of Piscataway, Victoria Fekete of Livingston, Lillian Del Rossi of Union, Charlotte Jotz of Scotch Plains, and Akshaya Karanam of Woodbridge, Katie Ferris of Westfield, and Gwen Oakley of Maplewood – traveled to Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 13, where they were celebrated ...

The Disease to Please

The Disease to Please is a learned behavior that occurs when we take care of others’ needs at our own expense.  If you are this type, you do too much, too often for others, almost never say “no” rarely delegate, and inevitably become overcommitted.  These self-defeating patterns take a toll on your health and on your relationships.  It is driven by the excessive ...

Accepting Your Child Just the Way They Are

June is typically a happy month for most of us—a time of year where all sorts of celebratory milestones are enjoyed. Our kids are out for summer break or graduating; we’re attending family weddings; the weather is enjoyable, and we look forward to the start of summer. June is also LGBTQIA+ —lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (or queer), intersex, ally (asexual), ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Year: Scotch Plains-Fanwood's Julia Jackson and Isaiah Nathaniel

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Raiders track star, Duke commit Julia Jackson, and MIT-bound lacrosse player Isaiah Nathaniel have been named the Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Year.

Julia Jackson has redefined sprinting and created a legacy for Scotch Plains-Fanwood track. She holds the school records in both indoor and outdoor individual sprints ranging from the 55 to the 400 as ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Boys Volleyball's Nick Schmidt

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys volleyball's Nick Schmidt was named to first-team All-State for his efforts and performance during the season, becoming the first individual in program history to be recognized for the honor. For this achievement, Schmidt is this week's Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week.

"Nick has done everything right when it comes ...

Union County OKs $95K to Settle Suit Claiming Prisoner Denied Prayer, Harassed

June 30, 2022

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners has authorized $95,000 to resolve claims that a prisoner at the county’s since closed jail was kept from exercising his faith and harassed because of his Muslim religion.

Last week, the commissioners approved the settlement on the advice of the county counsel, who disputed the claims lodged in the complaint and ...

Rebecca Eugene Honored with S.T.A.R Performance Award

June 25, 2022

RAHWAY, NJ - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway nursing assistant Rebecca Eugene is a healthcare hero, honored for her kind and attentive care.

A patient, who described herself as “the worst patient ever,” wrote saying that she was calmed and soothed by Eugene, who was kind and patient.  “Few people possess the considerate, unselfish, loving heart that she ...

Find What Makes You Happy at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Make this the summer of YOU with classes and programs at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA. This summer, the Y is excited to offer a variety of programs for youth, teens and adults, including sports, swimming, gymnastics, dance, health and fitness options and so much more.

From June 12 through Father’s Day, June 19, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA will offer a $0 ...

Happy Fourth of July Fanwood

July 1, 2022

Dear Editor,

Happy July 4th weekend! Our friends in Scotch Plains are offering fireworks again Saturday evening at the Shady Rest Golf Club. They promise to be spectacular. Note that our Borough offices are closed Monday, July 4th.

I want to thank our Recreation Commission and Recreation Director Bob Budiansky for all the hard work that went into the Party in the Park this past Tuesday.

Healthy Cooking Returns to RWJ Rahway Fitness & Wellness

June 30, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ  – Healthy cooking returns to the RWJ Rahway Fitness & Wellness Center with a Sensational Summer Salad program held in the center’s newly remodeled demonstration kitchen.

The free program is July 19 from 6 pm to 7:30 and features Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes ...

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Tue, July 19, 12:00 AM

Scotch Plains

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Wed, July 20, 7:00 PM

Union County Torah Center - Chabad, Westfield

Screening of ‘They Survived Together’

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Sat, July 30, 8:00 PM

Hertell Gardens, Westfield

An American AND Paris