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Scotch Plains Band, The Broadcasters, Return to the Somerville Summer Stage July 31

July 29, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Broadcasters, a four-piece cover band from Scotch Plains, are featured on the Summer Stage on Division Street Saturday, July 31.

The Broadcasters originally formed in 2004, All four original members were from Scotch Plains. They have been performing at local venues and events throughout Somerset and Union County over the past 15 years playing classic to current ...

Turnpike Authority to Rename GSP Service Area after Judy Blume of Scotch Plains

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that the state will rename nine Garden State Parkway service areas after iconic New Jerseyans, including Judy Blume, who grew up in Elizabeth and lived in Scotch Plains on Winding Brook Way from 1960 to 1972. 

"Just what I've always wanted," Blume posted on Facebook. "I'm pleased and honored. Thanks, New ...

'Tik Tok Famous': Scotch Plains-Fanwood Resident Has 3 Million Followers on Popular Social Network

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – If you have not heard of Tik Tok, you must be living in a cave... or you're simply over age 34.

The popular social media platform now boasts close to 80 million monthly active users in the U.S., of which 60% are female and 40% are male.Sixty percent of users are between 16-24, and 80% are between the ages 16-34, who spend an average of 52 minutes ...

Edison Heating and Cooling: The Benefits of Routine HVAC Maintenance

July 25, 2021

EDISON, NJ –  Edison Heating and Cooling offers new and existing customers the option to purchase a maintenance contract and, according to owner Mike Iarrapino, there are various benefits for routine HVAC maintenance. 

"Routine check-ups and maintenance are key to ensuring your comfort systems are performing at their best," Iarrapino said, ...

Murphy Signs Legislation to Provide $135 Million in Small Business Relief

Brings EDA Total to More than $700 Million in Direct Small Business Relief Since the Start of the Pandemic

TENAFLY, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation (S-3982) Wednesday that provides additional aid to small businesses as New Jersey continues to recover from the pandemic. The bill provides $135 million to small businesses throughout the state and will be administered by the ...

New Jersey Is 2021's Worst State to Start a Business: WalletHub Study

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey was ranked as the worst state to start a business, according to personal finance website WalletHub's annual list of the Best and Worst States to Start a Business. Nearby Connecticut (No. 49) and Pennsylvania (No. 43) also ranked in the bottom ten, while neighboring New York came in at No. 22. Texas placed as the best state to start a ...

Scotch Plains and Fanwood Police to Host National Night Out

July 30, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ --  After no event last year due to COVID-19, National Night Out will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 3, on the Alan Augustine Green in Scotch Plains from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to dusk at Fanwood's LaGrande Park.

The event is expected to feature the Scotch Plains Police Department with the S.W.AT. team, Patrol, Motorcycles, ATVs, and more. The ...

'Tik Tok Famous': Scotch Plains-Fanwood Resident Has 3 Million Followers on Popular Social Network

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – If you have not heard of Tik Tok, you must be living in a cave... or you're simply over age 34.

The popular social media platform now boasts close to 80 million monthly active users in the U.S., of which 60% are female and 40% are male.Sixty percent of users are between 16-24, and 80% are between the ages 16-34, who spend an average of 52 minutes ...

Candidates for Scotch Plains School Board Announced

July 29, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Six candidates from Scotch Plains are in the field for the three open seats on the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education this year on Nov. 2. Residents are allowed to vote for up to three candidates to serve the three-year term positions.

Incumbents:

Karen Kulikowski
Tonya Y. Williams
Debora Brody

Challengers:

David Levine
Michael R.

Explore the Night Skies with Astrono-Educator Bob Reichman at the Scotch Plains Public Library

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Public Library invites all community members to explore the skies with astrono-educator Bob Reichman on two separate nights in August. Reichman is an active member of the NJ Astronomical Association and a Qualified Observer at the Paul Robinson Observatory in High Bridge.

On Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 7:00 p.m., Reichman will present “Our Place in ...

Scotch Plains Students Graduate from Tufts University

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Tufts University announced the names of two Scotch Plains residents among the approximately 1,500 undergraduate students degrees in disciplines ranging from the sciences and engineering to the humanities and fine arts during its online degree conferral ceremony commemorating the accomplishments of the Class of 2021.

The local graduates from the School of Arts and Sciences ...

Candidates for Scotch Plains School Board Announced

July 29, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Six candidates from Scotch Plains are in the field for the three open seats on the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education this year on Nov. 2. Residents are allowed to vote for up to three candidates to serve the three-year term positions.

Incumbents:

Karen Kulikowski
Tonya Y. Williams
Debora Brody

Challengers:

David Levine
Michael R.

Public Welcome to Enjoy Music, German Food, and Fun at the Deutscher Club in Clark

July 15, 2021

CLARK, NJ — Throughout the year, the Clark-based Deutscher Club hosts a variety of special events open to the public. 

This month, the Deutscher Club, a private social club on Featherbed Lane, will host a Mercedes Biergarten featuring a mini car show and live music from Bernie's Orchestra on Friday, July 23. Tthe cost is $5 per person. Additionally, on Saturday, ...

Scotch Plains and Fanwood Police to Host National Night Out

July 30, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ --  After no event last year due to COVID-19, National Night Out will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 3, on the Alan Augustine Green in Scotch Plains from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to dusk at Fanwood's LaGrande Park.

The event is expected to feature the Scotch Plains Police Department with the S.W.AT. team, Patrol, Motorcycles, ATVs, and more. The ...

Clark Target Evacuated Monday Morning

CLARK, NJ - There was a rush on Target Monday morning, but unlike Black Friday, people were heading out of the store instead of in. According to Clark officials, alarms began ringing just before 6:30 a.m. due to elevated carbon monoxide readings in the store. 

Clark Fire Chief, Frank Cerasa said 60 employees and contractors were evacuated from the store.  There were no reported ...

Scotch Plains Junior Police Academy Graduates 17 Cadets at Stamler Police Academy

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Junior Police Academy held its 2021 cadet graduation last Friday at the John H. Stamler Police Academy. The 17 cadets, comprised of 11 boys and six girls, was the tenth class in the history of the academy, which returned after a hiatus of several years. 

The program was a paramilitary style junior police academy built to instill discipline, ...

Nominate a Scotch Plains or Fanwood Non Profit for Valairco Cares $500 Giveaway; Deadline July 31, 2021

July 29, 2021

MANVILLE, NJ -- Make your vote count! Nominate your favorite charity or non-profit to win Valairco Care's next giveaway of $500. Voting deadline July 31, 2021.  Click here to nominate your charity or nonprofit.

In honor of Valairco Heating and Cooling's 50th anniversary, Valairco created Valairco Cares donating $500 to a charity or non-profit in the ...

Regina O’Connor of Fanwood Takes Oath as CASA Youth Volunteer

ELIZABETH, NJ — The latest class of community members to step up and train as advocates for Union County foster youth have taken their oath before a Union County Superior Court Judge and are now ready to be matched to their case as the newest volunteers with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County. Regina O’Connor of Fanwood is among them.

The nonprofit, which ...

Portion of Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League Fall Registration Will Help Ailing 12U Player

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – Registration is officially open for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League's 2021 Fall recreational league.

For the Fall 2021 recreation season, 10% of the registration fees will go directly to supporting 12U player Jacob Benedicto, who is currently fighting a rare form of cancer, Rhabdomyosarcoma.

"We wanted to do something special to give ...

CAU Advocates Recognize Disability Pride Month and the Anniversary of the ADA

July 28, 2021

ROSELLE, NJ - July 26 marks the 31st anniversary of The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, a landmark piece of legislation that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations and access to government programs. July is also celebrated as Disability Pride Month.

Advocates at Community Access ...

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center Ranked No. 1 Hospital in NJ for Fourth Straight Year by U.S. News & World Report

 MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System announced on Tuesday that Morristown Medical Center was ranked the number one hospital in New Jersey for the fourth year in a row by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021-2022 Best Hospital rankings. The medical center is one of the top acute care hospitals in New Jersey to be nationally ranked, and ...

Morristown Medical Center Receives Reverification from the American College of Surgeons as a Level 1 Trauma Center

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has been reverified as a Level I Trauma Center through 2024 by the Verification Review Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes Morristown Medical Center’s dedication to providing superior care for the most seriously injured patients. This marks the ...

Hundreds Attend Union Catholic's Sydney McLaughlin Watch Party in Scotch Plains

July 31, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A large gathering of Union Catholic students, parents, teachers, alumni, volunteers, and members of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood community came out to watch local legend Sydney McLaughlin hurdle her way into the semifinals in the 400 hurdles at the Olympics in Tokyo on Friday. 

The high school set up two large screens to show the former Gatorade Athlete of ...

Union Catholic's Mike McCabe Named NJ Girls Track & Field Coach of Year by The USTFCCCA

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mike McCabe, Union Catholic's head track and field coach, added to his legacy as one of the premier high school coaches in the country when he was once again chosen by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as the New Jersey's girls track and field Coach of the Year for this past season.

This is the seventh year that the USTFCCCA has ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Girls Volleyball Defeats Westfield for Summer League Title

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Top seeded Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls volleyball team beat Westfield 18-25, 25-21, 15-10 to win its first ever summer league crown. Both squads had dominated the competition, each going 25-5 during the summer season and were ranked 1st and 2nd heading into the season-ending tournament. Scotch Plains-Fanwood defeated Mother Seton Regional while ...

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What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

Are you preparing to return to work? NJ TRANSIT is ready for you.

NEW JERSEY — The pandemic resulted in a unique work-from-home model for many New Jersey residents, with a “new normal” evolving as infection rates decline.

While some employers may intend to keep remote work options in place, a growing trend reveals many companies transitioning back to in-person workplaces.

Roadways already show evidence of rush-hour congestion as workers ...

Quitting Can Be Winning

I will begin by quoting a recent Instagram message by Justin Bieber.

“Nobody will ever understand the pressures you face! I know we don’t know each other but I’m so proud of the decision to withdraw.  It’s as simple as – what does it mean to gain the whole world but forfeit your soul.  Sometimes our no’s are more powerful than our ...

Afraid to Put Your Guard Down? Learn How To Establish Healthy Boundaries

Learning how to set personal boundaries and how to implement those boundaries is a topic that can either make or break a relationship. According to the dictionary a boundary is defined as “a line that marks the limits of an area; a dividing line.” In psychology, personal boundaries do just that. Boundaries help us clearly define our limitations and expectations for both ourselves ...

Parenting a Teen with Panic Disorder

The life of a teenager is filled with challenges and pressures – which can be complicated even more if they have panic disorder. And as a parent, it can be difficult to know how to help your child deal with this anxiety disorder.

Panic attacks can happen to anyone, and they are the main symptom of panic disorder. These sudden and repeated events, which last for several minutes or longer, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Earns National, Academic Lacrosse Recognition

Kevin Yan of Plainfield is a quick study whose relentless work ethic continues to pay dividends on the lacrosse field. 

The recent Wardlaw+Hartridge graduate first picked up a lacrosse stick in the spring of his sophomore year. Just over two years later, Kevin has been selected as an Academic All-American and also will be representing the Chinese U-19 national team at the World Lacrosse ...

Daniel Anderl - Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk Attracts 1,000+ Participants, Raises $100K+ for Scholarships

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The original goals of the Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, July 17, in honor of Daniel Anderl were 500 participants and $100,000 for scholarships at St. Joseph High School. However, organizers announced that the event had more than double the number of participants, who included Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy and Daniel's parents, Mark Anderl and ...

The Never Ending Voice

When the Ten Commandments are repeated in the Torah as part of Moses' review of the Israelites' 40 years in the wilderness, Moses describes how G‑d spoke those words in "a mighty voice that did not end" (Deuteronomy 5:19). One of the explanations offered by Rashi is that Moses is contrasting G‑d's voice with human ...

How Have We Survived?

What is the biggest miracle of our generation? The fall of Communism? The peaceful political transition in South Africa? That Fidel Castro still runs Cuba?

Surely for us, indisputably, the greatest miracle of all must be that after the Holocaust the Jewish people picked themselves up and rebuilt Jewish life and Jewish communities. Is there anything more extraordinary than that Jews who were ...

Promises, Promises...

I have always been intrigued by the traditional way in which diamond merchants seal a deal. They shake hands and say “Mazel and Brocha” (“good fortune and blessing”). Once those few words have been said, the deal is done and it has all the power of a legal, contractual transaction.

It is a tribute to the diamond fraternity that in their industry, a word is a ...

What Is Your Bottom Line?

This week's Parshah (Torah reading) is the Parshah of Pinchas the Zealot: the courageous young priest who stood up against idolatry and immorality and, in the end, saved Israel from a devastating plague.

While Pinchas' radical response made him a hero worthy of having a Torah section named after him, we wouldn't ...

In Season: The Best Ways to Cook NJ Sweet Corn

July 28, 2021

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey sweet corn is in season until the beginning of September. Take advantage of this local summer veggie by eating it as soon as possible after it’s picked — the sugar turns to starch as it ages.

For storage, keep fresh corn on the cob in the husk in the fridge. Once you’re ready to enjoy your corn, remove the husk and silk, wash it and try one of ...

The Secrets Behind the Deliciousness of NJ Summer Tomatoes

NEW JERSEY — For many who call the Garden State home, summer tastes like the first bite of a ripe, juicy Jersey tomato plucked fresh from a roadside farm stand or local farmers market.

But for every delicate tomato dripping with flavor we devour on the spot or place ever so carefully in our canvas bag to bring home from the market, we struggle to understand its secrets. What makes the ...

NJ to Allow Profit From Home Baking as Entrepreneurs Learn New Rule’s Nooks, Crannies

NEW JERSEY — Bakers in the Garden State who have been longing to make cookies, cakes and other baked treats from home and legally sell them for a profit are another step closer to achieving their goal.

The New Jersey Public Health Council recently approved the state Department of Health’s rule change to allow for the sale of home-baked goods and ...

New Jersey Date Night: Take a Stroll on the Boardwalk

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Living in New Jersey, be it as a couple or a single, isn’t always easy. We deal with the traffic and most of the time we’re victorious at finding parking places at the mall. But with whatever not-so-great things we’re faced with as New Jerseyans it all looks a little less bad … ...

5 Cool Tips to Prevent Heat-Related Illness

You’re finishing up your afternoon walk on a scorching 90-degree day when you feel a little dizzy. You check your pulse. It’s faster than normal. You’re sweating, and you feel a cramp in your left leg. Should you head indoors?

Yes, says Alexander Sarenac, MD, an emergency medicine physician with Atlantic AdvancED Urgent Care. “These are all signs of a health condition ...

With Evictions Looming, Union County to Distribute $16.6M in Federal Rental Aid

July 24, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Landlords will be able to apply for federal funds to pay for up to 12 months of their tenants’ unpaid back rent and utilities starting Monday, the county announced.

It comes amid pending legislation in the statehouse that if approved would end New Jersey’s moratorium on evictions this fall.

The first round of CARES Act dollars going to rental relief in ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Staff Announcements

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- As we continue moving forward, we have some exciting staff announcements:

Jennifer Donahue has moved into the role of Senior Program Director, overseeing Healthy Living, Wellness and Sports. Jennifer was previously our Health and Wellness Director who oversaw our group exercise classes and Wellness Center, among other responsibilities.

Donna ...

Fanwood Has Established a Sewer Bill Appeal Process

July 30, 2021

Dear Editor:

I am aware that there is concern among some of our citizens about the new sewer utility bills that went out this week. We have established an appeals process for those households billed under Tier 3 who are disputing the amount of water usage their bills are based on. Click here for more information.
 
I’m pleased to announce the return of our beloved street ...

Union County “2022 HEART Grant” Applications Now Available

July 30, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Applications for the 2022 Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program are now available for Union County non-profit organizations, individual artists and scholars for projects related to local history, the arts and humanities.

The HEART Grant Program was created to encourage a thriving environment for the arts and cultural activities. This ...