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Gen. George Washington Turned 47 in Central NJ Living the Good Life

February 22, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - While there is no evidence of a birthday celebration for George Washington in 1779, the General did attend a few parties in central New Jersey around the time of his 47th birthday on Feb. 22 that year.

Details are provided in a video posted on YouTube, as part of a virtual President's Day celebration hosted by Valley Forge National Historical Park, narrated by ...

JFSCNJ HEART Grant Virtual Concert Series to Begin February 22 @ 1 PM

JFSCNJ HEART Grant Virtual
Concert Series to Begin February 22 @ 1 PM
Anthony Tabish to Be Featured Entertainer

 

Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey (JFSCNJ) will be presenting the first virtual concert in a yearlong monthly concert series featuring vocalist Anthony Tabish on Monday, February 22, @ 1 PM Via Zoom. This FREE program is made possible in part by a 2021 HEART ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Sophomore Earns Silver Key Award

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD-- Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sophomore Tessa Going has been awarded a Silver Key Award by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization that reaches out to students pursuing art and writing. This organization provides scholarships and recognition to young people who might not be recognized for creative achievements in every ...

Electric Car Dealer Slated for Space of Shuttered Vine Ripe Grocery in Westfield

February 19, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — An electric car dealership is anticipated to come into the space once occupied by a specialty grocery store that closed in 2019.

Last week, the town council approved a license for Karma of Westfield to operate at 430 North Avenue East.

“The owner is very excited. This is a new car dealership that is going into the Vine Ripe space,” said Town Administrator ...

Raritan Valley Raritan Valley Line Mayors’ Alliance Applauds Changes for Gateway Hudson River Tunnel Project Funding

RARITAN VALLEY, NJ -- The Raritan Valley Line Mayors’ Alliance is cheering the news from Washington about the long-delayed Gateway Hudson River tunnel project. The Biden Administration has reversed a policy by former President Trump that did not allow either New York or New Jersey to use loans borrowed from the federal government as part of each state’s funding commitment to the ...

Sad Day for Scotch Plains: Florence Ravioli Closes and Community Mourns Death of Iconic Store's Former Owner

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains community is mourning not only the closure of Florence Ravioli on Park Avenue Saturday, but also the death of Ralph Losanno, whose grandparents founded the business in 1943 and moved it to Scotch Plains in 1968.

It's a double hit for fans of the iconic Scotch Plains store, which Losanno ran for many years. Florence and Raphael Losanno emigrated ...

COVID-19 Emergency Food Distribution on Feb. 27 in Scotch Plains

February 24, 2021

Produce will be distributed on a first come-first served basis at drive-up event in Scotch Plains.

The Union County Commissioners will hold a drive-up food distribution event for Union County residents to aid those affected by COVID-19 on Saturday, Feb. 27, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Union County Vocational Technical School (1776 Raritan Rd, Scotch Plains). Food will be ...

Free Guided Nature Walks for Seniors at Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center

Popular series returns to Watchung Reservation in March; masks and social distance required for COVID-19 prevention.

Weather permitting, Union County’s free series of guided nature walks for seniors age 55 and up will resume beginning at 11:00 on Wednesday, March 3, at the Trailside Nature and Science Center in the Watchung Reservation, located at 452 New Providence Road in ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District Approves Social Justice Initiative for Administrators and Educators

February 25, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education (BOE) has approved a $30,000 professional development and training program to be conducted by Khyati Y. Joshi, co-founder of the Institute for Teaching Diversity and Social Justice, which has offered multi-day professional development programs for educators since 2007. 

Dr. Joshi is a professor of education ...

Murphy Announces $29.5 Million to Support College Students Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Gov. Announces Two Initiatives: Opportunity Meets Innovation Challenge Grants ($28.5 Million) and Hunger-Free Campus Grant Program ($1 Million)

TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy and Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges announced that $29.5 million in federal funding will be available to New Jersey’s institutions of higher education amid the ongoing COVID-19 ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Seniors Eligible to Apply for $1,000 Vocal Music Scholarship from Local Chorus

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Hickory Tree Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is pleased to offer the $1,000.00 Diane Cecala Memorial Scholarship to a musically talented high school senior woman interested in pursuing a career in vocal music.

Rehearsing in Stirling, New Jersey, we are dedicated to teaching, singing, and performing four-part, a cappella harmony. Hickory Tree ...

Sad Day for Scotch Plains: Florence Ravioli Closes and Community Mourns Death of Iconic Store's Former Owner

February 14, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains community is mourning not only the closure of Florence Ravioli on Park Avenue Saturday, but also the death of Ralph Losanno, whose grandparents founded the business in 1943 and moved it to Scotch Plains in 1968.

It's a double hit for fans of the iconic Scotch Plains store, which Losanno ran for many years. Florence and Raphael Losanno emigrated ...

Closing Time in Scotch Plains Returns to 2:00 a.m.

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – With word that the state is lifting its 10 p.m. closing time mandate for restaurants and bars, the Township of Scotch Plains is reverting to its ordinance with a 2:00 a.m. closing time.

The township ordinance went into effect Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, just in time for Super Bowl Sunday.

Earlier this week, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that indoor ...

NJ Raises Gym and Restaurant Capacity Limit from 25% to 35%, Ends 10:00 p.m. Curfew

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Raising Indoor Capacity Limits from 25% to 35% for Certain Businesses

Executive Order Also Ends Statewide 10 p.m. Curfew for In-Person Indoor Restaurant Service, and Adjusts Gathering Limits for Religious and Political Activities, Wedding Ceremonies, Funerals, and Memorial Services 

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy has signed ...

Madison Hill Road in Clark Closed During Wednesday Morning Rush After Dump Truck Flips

February 24, 2021

CLARK, NJ - Parts of Madison Hill Road were closed Wednesday morning after a dump truck flipped shortly after 6:00 a.m. according to Fire Chief Frank Cerasa. The truck's load was strewn across the roadway, leading Clark Police to close the road to traffic while clean up took place. 

Cerasa said the area of the accident was very icy, so the FD was awaiting salt trucks from the county.

Scotch Plains PBA Golf Outing Raises Nearly $22,000 for Autism New Jersey

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Members of the Scotch Plains PBA  Local 87 presented a check for $21,700, a figure representing the proceeds from the PBA's 35th Annual Children’s Charities Golf Classic, to Autism New Jersey on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. The golf outing was held on Sept. 28, 2020, at Shackamaxon Country Club.

"This year our PBA chose Autism New Jersey as the ...

Fanwood Police Promote Three Officers to the Rank of Sergeant

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood police department celebrated the promotions of three officers to the rank of sergeant on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. Mayor Colleen Mahr administered the oath of office to the following three officers:

Officer Thomas Chisholm, who has been an officer with the Fanwood Police Department for nine years. Holding the bible for Sgt. Chisholm was his mother, ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Seniors to Receive Gifts on the 21st of Each Month Through Graduation Day

February 22, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Every month will be Black Jack for the Class of 2021.

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood PTA Senior Committee plans to deliver surprise gifts to each member (about 400 total) of the Senior Class on the 21st of every month from now until graduation. 

The seniors received their first gift this weekend past Sunday, Feb. 21st.  February's gifts were ...

Cub Scouts and Families Bring Snow Fun and Smiles to Patients at Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLANS, NJ – The recent snowstorm provided an opportunity for local children and families to bring smiles to the patients at the Center for Hope in Scotch Plains.

Volunteer Coordinator Stacy Kaplan and Lisa Simonetti, a Center for Hope volunteer, talked about having local children build snowmen outside patients’ windows for them to enjoy. Kaplan put out ...

Scotch Plains PBA Golf Outing Raises Nearly $22,000 for Autism New Jersey

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Members of the Scotch Plains PBA  Local 87 presented a check for $21,700, a figure representing the proceeds from the PBA's 35th Annual Children’s Charities Golf Classic, to Autism New Jersey on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. The golf outing was held on Sept. 28, 2020, at Shackamaxon Country Club.

"This year our PBA chose Autism New Jersey as the ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Expands Wellness Center Hours

February 15, 2021

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS – The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Wellness Center will now be open until 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Reservations are no longer needed at the YMCA Wellness Center but are suggested during our peak hours – Monday through Friday from 6:15-7:15 a.m. and 7:30-8:30 a.m. Reservations for only these times can be made on our Registration Page under “Acuity ...

NJ Human Services to Expand Availability of Medication that Supports Recovery from Addiction

New Program Will Increase Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment that Aids in Recovery from Opioids

TRENTON, NJ  –  Medicines proven to help people recover from opioid dependency will soon be available during longer, non-traditional hours under a $4 million grant program announced today by Human Services Acting Commissioner Sarah Adelman.

As part of the Murphy ...

COVID-19 Vaccine Guide: What Scotch Plains-Fanwood Residents Need to Know

UNION COUNTY, NJ — As of Sunday, 1.34 million COVID-19 vaccine shots had been administered in New Jersey through hospitals, pharmacies, community health centers, government-run clinics and state run “mega-sites,” New Jersey's COVID-19 dashboard shows.

Those shots included 984,737 first doses and 355,862 second doses, according to the state data, which shows that in ...

NJ Easing Restrictions for Religious Gatherings, Live Sports, Entertainment Venues

February 22, 2021

NEW JERSEY — “Good trends,” as Gov. Phil Murphy put it Monday, will allow New Jersey to expand its COVID-19 gathering limits.

The changes go into effect immediately. Religious services at churches, mosques and other houses of worship will be allowed to run at 50% capacity.

Also in effect, two parents/guardians will be allowed to attend indoor and outdoor college ...

Westfield Mayor Brindle Visits Holy Trinity, Brings Proclamation of Catholic Schools Week

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Students at Holy Trinity School in Westfield greeted a special visitor on Thursday, Feb. 4: Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle, who came bearing a gift: a Proclamation of Catholic Schools Week and honoring Holy Trinity's history dating back to 1916 in the town.

The mayor read the proclamation over the school's intercom and then visited the classrooms. The children in the ...

Track and Field: Bonn and Givan Lead Union Catholic to Strong Season Opener

February 22, 2021

TOMS RIVER, NJ -- The Union Catholic track and field teams opened its season on Saturday with several strong performances at a Watchung Division Pod Meet at the Bennett Center.

The top two finishers in each event automatically qualified for the Union County Series Championship on March 21 at the Bennett Center.  

The Vikings dominated the hurdles as sophomore Alexandra ...

Boys Swimming: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Season Preview

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys swimming this week begins a season like no other previously. Not only is the season delayed because of COVID, but the weather has also disrupted the team’s practice schedule.

“To be perfectly honest, the snow has been more of an issue right now than COVID. I think we have lost more practices days due to weather this year ...

Girls Swimming: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Season Preview

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Late February is usually tournament season for high school swimming, but with COVID-related realignments of sports schedules, Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls swimming will begin this week. 

Under normal circumstances, 2021 would have been a year in which the Raider girls had a legitimate shot at a state championship. The current juniors and seniors were major ...

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When Adult Children Move Back Home

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- Covid-19 pandemic put more generations under the same roof, and more parents are now helping their adult children financially. Young adults are returning to their parents’ homes due to disruptions in their jobs, closures at colleges, and change in living arrangements and health brought on by the pandemic.

No one expected Covid-19.  Many parents were living the ...

Spring Will Be Here in 37 Days

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- Spring is coming … in 37 days!  What a year it has been! We have been cooped up during winter Covid-19 and now the added stress of the snowfall certainly hasn’t helped any one of us.

The good news is that we have only 37 more days to go and we will be in spring 2021!  37 days are doable for anyone. The month will go very quickly; we are half way ...

What Is People Pleasing?

As you were growing up you may not have learned how to take good care of yourself. In fact, much of your attention may have been in taking care of others or on just getting by. "People Pleasing" is a term that refers to taking care of others’ needs rather than taking care of ourselves.

People often confuse “people pleasing” with being unselfish and make ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Celebrate Lunar New Year

EDISON, NJ-- This year’s Lunar New Year festivities at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison took on a different look but retained the festive atmosphere of the annual school tradition. The event took place Friday, Feb. 12 in the Berry Performing Arts Center in front of a small socially distanced audience but was viewed by others at school on a livestream.

Juniors and seniors entered ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Second Graders Provide Valentine’s Cheer to Seniors

EDISON, NJ-- The students in Miss Ellen Colandrea’s second grade class wanted to share some love with the residents of the Complete Care Woodlands senior facility in Plainfield for Valentine’s Day. Following guidelines outlined by Ms. Terry Miller, Director of Therapeutic Recreation, the children created Valentine bear bags and filled them with candy and positive messages written ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Boys Off To Fast Start in Gold Division

EDISON, NJ-- The boys’ varsity basketball team at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison has opened the 2021 season with five consecutive victories and is off to a 6-1 start overall, including 6-0 in the GMC Gold Division. Last week’s 60-57 triumph over Timothy Christian was the closest margin for the Rams, who lost at Pennington before bouncing back with a 63-31 rout of East ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Model UN Team Excels at Bergen County Conference

EDISON, NJ-- The W+H Model UN Team had a successful showing at last week’s AMUN XXII Conference hosted by Bergen County Academies. A coalition of 31 W+H students represented individuals and countries from around the world. Club advisor Cristian Fernandez saluted his students for their preparation and called the event “a wonderful success.”

Delegates participated in debates ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Report Weather in Spanish

EDISON, NJ-- Lower School Spanish students in the second, fourth and fifth grade classes were assigned to report the local weather as an opportunity to use their Spanish in a real life situation and for them to review what they had studied in previous years. 

The young weather reporters embraced this new opportunity to provide information including the day, season, temperature and weather ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge First Graders Zoom with Meteorologists

EDISON, NJ-- First-grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison culminated their recent study unit on weather with a virtual field trip and Zoom session with meteorologists Stephen Shiveley and Trent Davis from the National Weather Service Tampa office. 

The professional meteorologists shared a presentation about extreme weather. They talked about hurricanes, blizzards and ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Boys Basketball's Damon Schumann

After averaging 10 points per game over the course of his team’s three-game winning streak, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Boys Basketball’s Damon Schumann is this week’s Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week.

In three consecutive victories for the boys against Hillside, New Providence, and Roselle, Schumann posted 7, 17, and 6 points in each game ...

Put “Choose to Reuse” on your 2021 To-Do List

Union County residents who are seeking ways to help the environment this year can start by bringing reusable grocery bags to the supermarket, and skipping single-use bags.

“Switching to reusable grocery bags is a simple but effective way for everyone to help cut down on waste and litter pollution, and start getting into the ‘Choose to Reuse’ habit,” said Union County ...

NJ Cookbook Author Shares Her Favorite Hamantaschen Cookie Recipe for Purim

February 21, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Jewish festival of Purim is almost here, which means it’s time for hamantaschen! 

The traditional triangle-shaped cookies have a reputation of being a little dry, but Shannon Sarna, cookbook author and editor of The Nosher, swears by the recipe below.

The South Orange mom of three said her children love getting creative while helping ...

Cheers! Celebrate National Drink Wine Day New Jersey Style

NEW JERSEY — Raise a glass! Thursday, Feb. 18, is National Drink Wine Day.

New Jersey oenophiles have plenty to celebrate, including more than 60 wineries right here in the Garden State.

Wine has been made in New Jersey since before the American Revolution, but thanks to changes in state laws that made winemaking more feasible as a business here, it’s during the last two decades ...

Try This at Home: NJ Chefs Stream Virtual Cooking Classes to Your Kitchen

NEW JERSEY — The pandemic has not only provided people with a want to learn, as many scroll through TikTok and Instagram to see the latest buzzy recipe; but it also shed light on the need to learn to cook. With uncertainty clouding the future, many began to feel that a recipe repertoire consisting of toast and cereal would not cut it in the months ahead.

A Bloomberg report ...

With Options for In-person PT Limited by the Pandemic, this New Jersey Rehabilitation Provider Used an App to Help Patients Find What They Needed

As the COVID-19 virus began to arise in communities throughout New Jersey, Atlantic Health System worked quickly to adapt and implement new methods in order to continue to deliver safe, exceptional care to patients.

While the health system was able to deploy telemedicine alternatives for many situations, there were many settings that still relied on in-person care – rehabilitation ...

Community Conversations: COVID-19 and Communities of Color

Every community has felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but none more so than communities of color. On the latest Community Conversation from Atlantic Health System, Dr. Christina Johnson, a family medicine physician with Atlantic Medical Group and community health advocate, shared some of the ways communities of color have been disproportionally impacted by COVID-19 and what viewers need ...

Union County Vo-Tech Superintendent Shines a Light on Students as Commissioners Support Grant Applications

February 19, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — An accomplished group of Union County Vocational-Technical high school students were recognized at Thursday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting during which the board approved $12 million in grant applications in support of the school.

Students from across the county studying subjects as diverse as allied health professions, information technology, ...

Gen. George Washington Turned 47 in Central NJ Living the Good Life

February 22, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - While there is no evidence of a birthday celebration for George Washington in 1779, the General did attend a few parties in central New Jersey around the time of his 47th birthday on Feb. 22 that year.

Details are provided in a video posted on YouTube, as part of a virtual President's Day celebration hosted by Valley Forge National Historical Park, narrated by ...

Looking Forward to Spring

February 24, 2021

Dear Editor:

As we move out of February, I am sure I’m not the only one looking forward to leaving the snow and cold weather behind. Before we do, however, I want to again thank our women and men serving the town at the Department of Public Works for the terrific job they did throughout what meteorologists are saying will end up as one of the top five snowiest Februarys on record.

Free Guided Nature Walks for Seniors at Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center

February 23, 2021

Popular series returns to Watchung Reservation in March; masks and social distance required for COVID-19 prevention.

Weather permitting, Union County’s free series of guided nature walks for seniors age 55 and up will resume beginning at 11:00 on Wednesday, March 3, at the Trailside Nature and Science Center in the Watchung Reservation, located at 452 New Providence Road in ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, March 1, 10:00 AM

Scotch Plains Public Library--Virtual Branch, Scotch Plains

Virtual New Book Preview at Bagels & Books

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Thu, March 4, 7:30 PM

Congregation Beth Israel, Scotch Plains

Virtual Interactive Cooking Experience With ...

Food & Drink

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Mon, March 8, 7:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library--Virtual Branch, Scotch Plains

Evening Book Club at the Scotch Plains Library: A ...

Arts & Entertainment Education