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NJ Lottery: Westfield Supermarket Sold $10,000 Ticket Tuesday

January 13, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — For the second time in two weeks, a Westfield food store has sold a winning New Jersey Lottery ticket worth thousands.

There was one third-tier prizewinning ticket New Jersey Lottery Ticket sold for the Tuesday, Jan. 11, drawing that matched four of the five white balls and the Gold Mega Ball drawn winning the $10,000 prize. That ticket was purchased ...

Local Chorus Hosts Free Singing Workshops

Sing in 2022! Join the Hickory Tree Chorus for free singing workshops every Wednesday in January, from 7 to 9 pm. The Chorus rehearses live with masked, fully vaccinated members and guests in Stirling, NJ or via Zoom, depending on weather and covid protocols.

The chorus sings a variety of music, including old-fashioned love songs, Broadway, Disney, Beatles, and more in a ...

Oscar Winning-Actress Anne Hathaway Films New Movie in New Jersey

SOUTH AMBOY, NJ -- South Amboy or Southie?

Anne Hathaway stars in a film based on the 2015 novel, Eileen, by Ottessa Moshfegh, a New England-based fiction writer. Set in Massachusetts around Christmastime 1964, the story centers on a depressed 24-year-old woman who is trapped between two roles: taking care of her alcoholic father and working at a boys' prison. Eileen gets through her ...

New Jersey Ranked No. 10 in New 'Best & Worst States to Raise a Family' Study

January 11, 2022

NEW JERSEY -- The reasons people choose to move include career transitions, better schools, financial challenges or just a change in setting. Wants and needs don’t always align in a particular state, though. For instance, a state might offer a low income-tax rate but have a subpar education system. Conversely, New Jersey is a higher taxed state known for its good schools.

When ...

Wonder Launches Service in Scotch Plains Monday, Jan. 10

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Wonder – an exciting new kind of home dining experience that combines the convenience of delivery and the quality of dine-in – is expanding its service to Scotch Plains. Offering an amazing experience and exceptional food, Wonder offers delicious, restaurant-quality dishes that are cooked on ...

Cold Weather Efficiency and Safety Tips from Edison Heating and Cooling

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – With the freezing temperatures upon us, Edison Heating and Cooling advises home and business owners that it is important to ensure heating systems are up and running properly. 

“Ensuring that your home is airtight and that your heating system is running properly and efficiently is key when it comes to maintaining a warm and safe home throughout the long, ...

Services for Seniors in Scotch Plains-Fanwood on MLK Day of Service

January 17, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Among the many events during the MLK Day of Service on Monday were two service projects that targeted seniors.

Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Church in Scotch Plains put together 100 box lunches and delivered them to seniors in the community. The church also hosted food collections at its pantry. Meanwhile, All Saints Church hosted board games and lunch for ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Celebrates MLK Day of Service

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood began its 13th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service with an online opening ceremony Monday morning. 

Multiple guests spoke on th virtual forum, including, Scotch Plains-Fanwood superintendent Joan Mast, Malcolm V. Nettingham (son of Malcolm E. Nettingham, who had Park Middle School renamed for him), Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, and ...

Fanwood Students Named to Holy Cross' Fall 2021 Dean's List

January 16, 2022

WORCESTER, MA -- A total of 1,375 students were named to College of the Holy Cross' Dean's List for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2021-22 academic year. The following Fanwood, NJ students made the list:

Liam Christman, member of the Class of 2023, majoring in English
Aidan Christman, member of the Class of 2024, majoring in Classics

The ...

Fanwood's Mia Cimino Named to Wheaton College Dean's List

WHEATON, IL -- Wheaton College student, Mia Cimino of Fanwood, NJ, was named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2021 semester.

To earn Dean's List honors at Wheaton, an undergraduate student must carry 12 or more credit hours and achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher on the 4.0 scale.

Wheaton College is a coeducational Christian liberal arts college noted for its rigorous ...

Two Scotch Plains Students Make Dean's List at DeSales University

CENTER VALLEY, PA -- DeSales students made the Fall 2021 Dean's List. To qualify for Dean's List, a student must have a minimum 3.50 GPA on no fewer than 12 credit hours.

Two Scotch Plains students earned this achievement:

Julia Verardi, majoring in Criminal Justice
Kevin Lenahan, majoring in Criminal Justice

DeSales University, in Center Valley, PA, is a private, ...

Savory Spice Shop in Westfield to Close After More Than a Decade

January 10, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Savory Spice Shop in Downtown Westfield will close on Jan. 25, its manager, Marty Silverman, announced on Facebook Sunday.

The store specializing in spices, herbs, extracts and other cooking products opened in 2010 with then-owners Jackie Mittelhammer and Becky Solheim running the shop. Six years ago, after the sisters left and the store reverted to corporate ...

Wonder Launches Service in Scotch Plains Monday, Jan. 10

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Wonder – an exciting new kind of home dining experience that combines the convenience of delivery and the quality of dine-in – is expanding its service to Scotch Plains. Offering an amazing experience and exceptional food, Wonder offers delicious, restaurant-quality dishes that are cooked on ...

Surreal Creamery Makes for a Sweet Addition to Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Custom-made ice cream and milkshakes, along with bubble teas, lattes, slushies and jasmine fruit teas are all on offer at Surreal Creamery, a new shop that opened in Downtown Westfield this week.

For 8-year-old Isabella Lopes, of Westfield, it was all about the “monster cookies and cream,” a blue colored ice cream laden with marshmallows and bits of ...

Meet The Leaders: Fanwood Police Director Michael Bramhall

January 18, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- TAPintoSPF is beginning this year's Meet The Leaders series, a string of stories that feature profiles of governmental leaders, including their roles and responsibilities in both Scotch Plains and Fanwood. This week's profile is Fanwood Police Director Michael Bramhall:

Age - 54
Marital Status - Married
Education - B.S. in ...

Meet The Leaders: Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- TAPintoSPF is beginning this year's Meet The Leaders series, a string of stories that feature profiles of governmental leaders, including their roles and responsibilities in both Scotch Plains and Fanwood. This week's profile is Scotch Plains Chief of Police, Ted Conley:

Age - 52
Marital Status - Married
Education - ...

Tips from the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad on COVID Fatigue

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- People are tired. Tired of being afraid, of wearing masks, of hearing the word 'COVID'. Many of us thought the pandemic would be over by now, but no, it’s still here, and it’s draining our physical and mental resources.

Pandemic fatigue is real. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines it as being “demotivated” and exhausted with the ...

Services for Seniors in Scotch Plains-Fanwood on MLK Day of Service

January 17, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Among the many events during the MLK Day of Service on Monday were two service projects that targeted seniors.

Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Church in Scotch Plains put together 100 box lunches and delivered them to seniors in the community. The church also hosted food collections at its pantry. Meanwhile, All Saints Church hosted board games and lunch for ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Celebrates MLK Day of Service

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood began its 13th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service with an online opening ceremony Monday morning. 

Multiple guests spoke on th virtual forum, including, Scotch Plains-Fanwood superintendent Joan Mast, Malcolm V. Nettingham (son of Malcolm E. Nettingham, who had Park Middle School renamed for him), Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, and ...

Veterans Benefits Information Session and Membership Drive to be Held at Rahway's American Legion Post 5

RAHWAY, NJ — As part of a community outreach initiative and in an effort to expand services to the approximately 15,000 military veterans in the county, the Union County American Legion will be conducting a membership drive and information session this week in town.

Those representing the American Legion at both the state and county levels will be available during the ...

Atlantic Health System and Vouched Partner to Improve Digital Access to Health Care

January 18, 2022

Collaboration part of Atlantic Health System’s Venture Studio

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Increased access and cybersecurity have never been more important to the delivery of care than in today’s health care environment. To help improve the patient experience while offering enhanced online safety, Atlantic Health System, a nationally recognized leader in innovative and high-quality ...

Where Will You Go for Your 2022 First Day Hike?

NEW JERSEY — Every New Year's Day, free and guided hiking events are offered in state parks across the U.S. It's the perfect way to introduce individuals and families to both the outdoors and a healthy lifestyle. Due to COVID-19, many organized First Day Hikes in 2021 were canceled. In 2022, activities are scheduled to include traditional hikes, self-guided hikes and trail ...

Summit Health Urgent Care in Westfield Shuts Temporarily. Here Are Other Options

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Summit Health Urgent Care Center in Westfield will be temporarily closed beginning Tuesday, the company announced.

In a statement posted to Facebook, Summit Health said the closure was so that the company could preserve its ability to staff its sites.

“Our urgent care centers in Berkeley Heights, Florham Park and Livingston are open to continue serving ...

St. Bartholomew Academy to Host Open House for Jan. 30, 2022

January 8, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. Bartholomew Academy will host an Open House on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, from 11:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Open House kicks off Catholic Schools Week and is a great opportunity for prospective parents to tour the school, meet and visit with faculty and parents and learn more about the curriculum standards and mission of the Academy. The Open House will begin in the ...

'Twas The Night Before Christmas in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- It was calm and quiet across Scotch Plains and Fanwood on Christmas Eve. A few visitors stopped to see the animal display outside the Scotch Plains Municipal Building. The Nativity Scene outside St. Bartholomew Church was lit in all of its splendor.

In Fanwood, Greg Rosers' famed Christmas House was lit for viewing throughout the night. Roser, who orchestrates ...

Congregation Beth Israel Honors “Man of the Year” and “Youths of the Year”

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Dr. Michael Margolin, Aaron Perrotta and Abbie Sapira, members of Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains, were honored as “Man of the Year” and “Youths of the Year” respectively at the Northern New Jersey Region of the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs dinner, held at Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael in Springfield, on Dec. 19, 2021.

Dr. Margolin, ...

Girls Basketball: Mendham Downs Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 42-37

January 19, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Raiders had plenty of chances against Mendham but were unable to seize the opportunity on Tuesday as the visitors downed Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 42-37, in a tough, but low scoring, game. 

The Raiders led at the end of the first quarter, 11-8, but fell behind when they scored only four points in the second quarter. Mendham took a 19-15 lead into the second ...

Track and Field: Union Catholic's Brosnan, Gunsiorowski, Weber Break School Records, Givan Wins

NEW YORK -  The Union Catholic track and field record book took a beating on Sunday as multiple marks were broken at the Molloy Stanner Games at the New York Armory.

Shane Brosnan, Kaleigh Gunsiorowski, and Evan Weber all smashed school records, and Nick Givan won a race to highlight the action for the Vikings.   

The Harvard-bound Brosnan, coming off an ...

Union Catholic Held a College Signing Ceremony for Olivia Magliacano, Kenny Doherty, and Aniyah Charles

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic held a college signing ceremony at the school on Wednesday for softball star Olivia Magliacano, lacrosse standout Kenny Doherty, and track and field standout Aniyah Charles. Magliacano is headed to Caldwell University, Doherty to St. Joseph in Connecticut, and Charles will be attending Mt. St. Mary's in Maryland.   

OLIVIA ...

VIDEO: Promising COVID-19 News in New Jersey, Kids Helping Kids & Honoring a Hero

January 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — There's new promising news that the COVID-19 surge in New Jersey is slowing. Plus, generous kids are using their hearts to help other kids. Also, one community prepares to honor a local hero, as he celebrates a milestone.

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

Now in New Jersey ...

VIDEO: Weeks After Giving Birth, Mom Dies of COVID-19; Teen Helps Girls & The Environment

NEW JERSEY — A community is remembering a New Jersey mother of four who died of COVID-19, just weeks after giving birth.  Plus, a high school freshman is going green and helping other girls at the same time.  Also, a little bit of luck changes 'lost' to 'found.'

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

VIDEO: Remembering Teenage COVID-19 Victim, City's Milestone and Restoring History

NEW JERSEY — As one New Jersey community mourns a COVID-19 victim, another is recognizing a new milestone.  Plus, a legendary figure in Trenton reflects on decades of service.  And a community spends months restoring history.

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

Now in New Jersey Powered ...

Governor Phil Murphy Sworn In for Second Term

January 18, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — “Were all the votes counted?” joked Josh Murphy, as he and his siblings introduced their father during his inauguration for second term as 56th Governor of New Jersey. 

After the small roast from his four children and a speech from his wife and First Lady Tammy Murphy, Governor Phil Murphy took the podium following Chief Justice Stuart Rabner ...

Gov. Murphy Allocates Funding for School Security Systems in Dozens of Districts

NEW JERSEY — Dozens of New Jersey school districts will receive more money to help upgrade their security systems. 

Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that appropriates a total of $5,150,531 from the “Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act” to provide grants for school security projects in 60 New ...

Former Senator Loretta Weinberg Looks Back on 30 Years in Public Service

TEANECK, NJ — “It’s great to see you, even though you look a little bit like Nanook of the North," said now former Senator Loretta Weinberg to First Lady Tammy Murphy with a smile and sparkle in her eye. “I’m really glad to see you out and about.”

Those were Weinberg’s opening remarks at the bill signing for The Freedom of Reproductive Choice ...

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How to Survive Virtual Learning…Again

Due to the surge in Omicron COVID cases, several NJ schools have gone virtual…again. Meaning, for some of us, the New Year is off to a chaotic start…again. 

This time around, we kind of know what to expect as we attempt to juggle careers, remote learning, and sick family members. So, why then does it seem harder for some of us? 

Well, we’re worse for wear. The ...

Teen Addiction to Smartphones Creates an Imbalance in Their Brain Chemistry

Ah, winter break. Kids are home from school, and parents have some vacation time allowing families to spend quality time together. However, it’s also primetime opportunity for arguments to ensue between parents, tweens, and teens. So, if tensions are high in your house, you’re not alone.

All that family togetherness can be an eye-opening experience, which may be prompting you to ...

Teaching Our Kids How to Self-Soothe Is a Critical Life Skill We Don’t Teach Well—and We Need To

In January 2020, a docu-series aired on YouTube called “Justin Bieber: Seasons.” Bieber has been a favorite teen idol since his debut album was released in 2009 at just 15-years old. Now, 27, the singer has opened up about his struggles with mental health. 

During the documentary, there was mention of “havening”—a technique Bieber uses to calm himself down in ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Earns Eagle Scout Ranking

EDISON, NJ -- It took longer than expected, but Matt Piccoli of Somerset, a junior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, is proud to be following in his father’s footsteps as an Eagle Scout.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge student was on track to achieve this milestone about two years ago, but then the pandemic put everything on hold. He had planned for his project to take place in the ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle Schoolers Enjoy Serving as Teachers for the Day

EDISON, NJ -- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison enjoyed the opportunity to share their passion and expertise as a teachers for the day on the final day of classes before Winter Break. The day began with a special Middle School breakfast and was followed by three rotations of offerings, giving the students opportunities to attend multiple sessions.

Topics ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Named to CJMEA Bands

EDISON, NJ -- On Saturday, December 12, Luke Tan of Edison, a sophomore at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, auditioned for the CJMEA Region High School Bands and Orchestra at J.P. Stevens High School in Edison. Out of 30 percussion students in grades 9-12, Luke achieved the second highest audition score on battery percussion and the highest score for timpani, earning him the solo ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Attend Diversity Leadership Conference

EDISON, NJ -- Four Upper School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison participated in a Student Diversity Leadership Conference in December. The weeklong online conference was an enlightening experience for W+H students Gbemi Olarewaju of Piscataway and Annie Gu, Phyllis Liu and Krishna Patel, all of Edison. 

The SDLC was part of the National Association of Independent ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Musical Cast List Announced

EDISON, NJ -- The Performing Arts Department at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison has announced the cast list for the upcoming musical Shrek Junior. Auditions and callbacks were held Dec. 5 and a busy rehearsal schedule began with virtual sessions on Jan. 2 and 3. The Middle School musical is scheduled to be held Saturday, Feb. 12 with performances at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Berry ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week: Scotch Plains Girls 4x200 and 4x400 Track Team

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Whatever is in the water fountain at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, keep giving it to the girls track 4x400 team, because they cannot stop winning.

One spring track season removed from being state champions in the 4x400, the returning trio of Julia Jackson, Grace Kennedy, and Jenai Berry, along with new member Keira Kelly, have once again ...

Saint Joseph Pins Woodbridge, 61-9, on Senior Night

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph wrestling continued its dominance on the mats with a 61-9 victory over visiting Woodbridge on Senior Night. After the match, head coach Michael Carbone discussed the impact of his seniors on the program:

Seniors

Aidan Pierce
"Aidan has been a four-year starter for the Falcons but unfortunately had his season end early due to a shoulder injury. Aidan ...

SJHS Hockey Hits Historic 800th Game and 200th Win in Same Night

METUCHEN, NI – It was a milestone day all around for St. Joseph High School’s hockey team on January 12 when the team completed its 800th game as an athletic program for the school. Making the night even more special coach Ryan Carter won his 200th game as head coach of the team.

Carter and Coach Kolodney are foundations in the hockey program at Saint Joseph high school as they are ...

SJHS Announces Seniors of the Month

METUCHEN, NJ - St. Joseph High announced their seniors of the month recently.  This month featured Mekai Matthews and Anthony Wright.

Mathews is a resident of Somerset, NJ and a proud member of the graduating Class of 2022 at St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen. Since attending St. Joseph’s, Mekai has come to embrace the importance of servant leadership in academics, ...

Wrestling: Saint Joseph (Metuchen) Downs Sayreville, 62-15

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) dominated Sayreville War Memorial High School, 62-15, at Sayreville on Wednesday, January 12. The Falcons scored victories in all but two matches.

"The mentality we wanted to have going into this year was that we're going to wrestle for six minutes," Saint Joseph (Metuchen) wrestling coach Mike Carbone said.

Falcons Soar at Wrestling Quad in Toms River

TOMS RIVER, NJ -- The Falcons soared in Saturday's quad vs. Piscataway, Toms River East and Marlboro. Zachary Beadling, John Whitacre, Nico Calello, Giovanni Alejandro, Sebastian Blumberg, Evan Mendez, and Andrew Bouchard each won three matches, as Saint Joe's was the big winner of the day. 

The Falcons are now undefeated against five opponents and are 2-0 in GMC - White ...

Bill Tracy Named Head Coach at Saint Joseph High School

METUCHEN, N.J. — Bill Tracy, a former New Jersey Coach of the Year and one of the most respected high school football coaches in the state, has been named the head football coach at Saint Joseph High School.Tracy will be the fourth head coach in Falcons football history, following Rich Hilliard, who stepped down after the 2021 season. Tracy, 53, was the 2013 Star-Ledger ...

Cranford Police Rescue a Chicken from the Road

January 16, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ — Yes. You read that right!

Early Friday evening, Cranford Police Officer Thomas Bell rescued a chicken from the road.

"Why did the chicken cross the road? Apparently to create a traffic hazard on Centennial Avenue during rush hour tonight," the Cranford Police Department announced on social media.

The chicken was given to animal control while the owners ...

New COVID-19 Rules for Assembly Session, Speaker Coughlin Tests Positive

January 10, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — A busy week in Trenton as new members of the Assembly will be sworn-in. 

With cases of COVID-19 still rising rapidly in New Jersey, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin announced that all attendees of the Assembly session and reorganization ceremony will be required to show proof of a negative test regardless of their vaccination status. 

“The pandemic ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains Y partners with American Red Cross to Host Community Blood Drive

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Sunday, Feb. 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the YMCA, 1340 Martine Ave., in Scotch Plains.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org with sponsor code Fanwood-ScotchPlains.

January is also National Blood Donor ...

Expansion Plans for the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA in 2022

This coming year marks our Y’s 75th anniversary, and I’m most excited about our upcoming building project and the opportunities it will provide to our community. The plan is to add two new fitness studios for spin and yoga; expand our Wellness Center on the first floor and the second floor mezzanine, which will allow us to add more equipment; add in seating for pool viewing (Pool 2) ...

In My Bahamian-American Household, Mr. Sidney Poitier Was Revered Like a Greek God

January 9, 2022

Dear Editor:

I would like to express what Mr. Sidney Poitier meant to many of us in the Bahamian American community.

Sidney Poitier, the first Black Man to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, passed away on January 6 at the age of 94. There are many reasons why people mourn celebrities. Some of us relate to their life’s story or become inspired by their ability to connect with ...

Track and Field: Union Catholic's Brosnan, Gunsiorowski, Weber Break School Records, Givan Wins

January 18, 2022

NEW YORK -  The Union Catholic track and field record book took a beating on Sunday as multiple marks were broken at the Molloy Stanner Games at the New York Armory.

Shane Brosnan, Kaleigh Gunsiorowski, and Evan Weber all smashed school records, and Nick Givan won a race to highlight the action for the Vikings.   

The Harvard-bound Brosnan, coming off an ...

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