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B Street Band to Headline 4th Annual Rockin’ for Autism Festival in Fanwood on April 28

February 18, 2019

FANWOOD, NJ – Rockin’ For Autism also announced that its fourth annual music festival will be headlined by The B-Street Band, the original Bruce Springsteen tribute band, on Sunday, April 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at La Grande Park in Fanwood).

The B-Street Band first performed as “Backstreets, a Tribute to the Boss” on May 19, 1980, in Asbury ...

New Jersey Festival Orchestra Brings Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ to Life in Westfield Feb. 23

WESTFIELD, NJ — Everything seems ordinary for Floria Tosca until she becomes jealous of a blond-haired woman in a painting that her lover Mario Cavaradossi created.

Tosca questions Cavaradossi’s love for her. Although Cavaradossi says Tosca is the only one he loves, she isn’t quite convinced.

Then come more twists and turns in the couple’s lives, including a visit ...

Broadway Stars Visit Cast of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School's Production of 'Mamma Mia'

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The cast of the upcoming Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (SPFHS) Repertory Theatre production of Mamma Mia! learned from the masters as Broadway stars Michele Pawk and John Dossett, who played Donna Sheridan and Sam Carmichael in the Broadway production of the hit musical, worked with them in rehearsing songs and scenes.

Later, there was a ...

Mark Di Ionno Joins TAPinto as Featured Columnist

February 19, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- TAPinto.net CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro has announced that Mark Di Ionno will be joining TAPinto as a columnist with his first piece published today. Di Ionno, who wrote for the Star Ledger, is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for commentary and author of five acclaimed books including his latest novel, “Gods of Wood and Stone.”

“We’re ...

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For' List for 11th Year Running

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System -- parent company of Summit's Overlook Medical Center -- once again has been named to Fortune’s '100 Best Companies to Work For', the 11th consecutive year Atlantic Health System has earned a spot on the prestigious annual list. The Morristown-based company, a leading provider of healthcare in New Jersey, was slotted in the 87th ...

Mayors Approach State Senators to Push for Better Service on Raritan Valley Line

NEW JERSEY -- The Raritan Valley Mayors Alliance of towns in four counties have joined together and are working with NJ State Senators on several issues important to people using the Raritan Valley Line trains. The primary goal is getting a one-seat ride into New York Penn Station during peak hours but the RVL Mayors Alliance are also pressing for the return of the off-peak direct ...

B Street Band to Headline 4th Annual Rockin’ for Autism Festival in Fanwood on April 28

February 18, 2019

FANWOOD, NJ – Rockin’ For Autism also announced that its fourth annual music festival will be headlined by The B-Street Band, the original Bruce Springsteen tribute band, on Sunday, April 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at La Grande Park in Fanwood).

The B-Street Band first performed as “Backstreets, a Tribute to the Boss” on May 19, 1980, in Asbury ...

Frazee House Update on Thurs, Feb. 28

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Frazee House Committee on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6:00 to 9:00  p.m. at the Scotch Hills Country Club (820 Jerusalem Road, Scotch Plains) will detail the progress that has been toward restoration of the historic Frazee farmstead to its appearance during the American Revolution.

Attendees will learn of the ...

Terrill Middle School Announces Honor Roll for the Second Marking Period

February 20, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Terrill Middle School has released its honor roll for the second marking period. 

Grade 8 Distinguished Honor Roll
Benjamin Abrams, Olivia Aiere, Emma Alchus, Alana Beardsley, Elizabeth Bedatsky, Eric Botney, Chloe Burfeindt, Isabella Calamusa, Yaritza Catalan-Ledezma, Alec Choi, Bridget Davis, Isabella DeCrosta, Nishaan Desai, Kate Eng, Marco Facao, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists

EDISON, NJ -- The National Merit Scholarship Program has determined which of the 16,000 semifinalists named in September 2018 have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2019.

 

The selection of some 7,500 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of Finalists is now ...

Winter Weather Advisory for Weds, Feb. 20, Schools to Close Early in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The SPFK12 School District has announced that all Scotch Plains-Fanwood schools will have a single session day on Wednesday, Feb. 20, due to the forecasted storm, which is due to roll into the area in the afternoon. The snow is expected to transition into a wintry mix with accumulations of 1-3 inches of snow and ice.

Dismissal Times:

Elementary ...

Scenes from Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith's 75th Birthday Fundraiser

February 8, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith celebrated his 75th birthday with a large crowd of bi-partisan friends and supporters on Wednesday, Feb 6, at the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad. 

The event also served as a fundraiser. Smith was elected in 2016 and is expected to run again when his term expires in 2020. 

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A Valentine’s Day Guide to Shopping in Downtown Westfield

February 6, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Victoria’s Secret location on East Broad Street may be gone, but there are still plenty of options for those people looking to treat their loved ones on Valentine's Day.

The Downtown Westfield Corporation, representing businesses in the town’s special improvement district, offered these options for Valentine’s Day gift ...

Customers Say 'Oui' to French Onion Soup at The Fanwood Grille

FANWOOD, NJ -- Onion soup has been popular as far back as Roman times. Throughout history, onion soup was considered as a food for poor people, since onions were plentiful and relatively easy to grow.

Classic French Onion Soup -- made from beef broth, and caramelized onions with bread baked gruyere cheese on top -- dates back to 18th century Paris. The ...

Whole Foods Recalls Produce That Could Be Tainted with Salmonella

SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY -- Satur Farms, a Whole Foods vendor based in Cutchogue, NY, has voluntarily recalled its Baby Spinach and Mesclun with the specific lot numbers listed below because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. 

This retail product is packed in plastic clamshell containers with Satur Farms brand name in 5 oz., 10 oz., and 16 oz. sizes. Look ...

Scotch Plains Promotes Firefighters, Recognizes Heroics of Tyler Bowman at Council Meeting

February 21, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains promoted two of its volunteer firefighters to battalion chief and four to the rank of captain and also swore in six new members at its Council meeting on Tuesday evening. 

Battalion Chiefs

Daniel Biglin
Joseph Rodrigues

Captains

William Bowman
Dennis Hercel
Robert Villegas
Michelle ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL Cops and Kids Program at Park Middle Returns

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL hosted its 3rd annual "Cops & Kids" Intramural Program, for students in 5th-8th grade at Terrill Middle School on Tuesday, Feb. 19 (the rain date from Feb. 12).

"We had 68 kids - a great turnout! Our goal is to get kids to participate in some lightly-competitive programs with their friends and the police ...

Prosecutor: Westfield Man Had Over 4,000 Child Pornography Files

WESTFIELD, NJ – Authorities have recovered more than 4,000 files depicting children in sexual acts from a local man’s electronics, the Union County Prosecutor said Wednesday.

Officers arrested Gregory L. Brown at his home in the 300 block of John Street -- which intersects Jerusalem Road near the Scotch Hills Country Club -- on Wednesday morning and charged him with first-degree ...

Padulsky Recognized by Fanwood Council for 'Go Red' Efforts

February 21, 2019

FANWOOD, NJ -- Bruce Padulsky of Little Hearts Big World CPR Instruction who, with his wife Melissa, organizes the annual Go Red for Women Heart Health fair held this year at the JCC in Scotch Plains.

The Padulskys give incredible amounts of their time to this event which has helped educate the community of the dangers of heart attack in women.

Bruce is also a Fanwood volunteer ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Casino Night on Friday

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club will hold a Casino Night Fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 22, at 6:00 p.m. at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains.     

Tickets $85 per person and include a buffet dinner and $100 in casino play money. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and gaming begins at 6:30 p.m. All attendees must be at ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS DECA Contributes $3,000 from Mr. Spiffy Contest to Help Homeless

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Senior officers of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s DECA met with Frank Damico, the operations manager of Bridges Outreach in Summit. Mr. Damico spoke to the students about the role of marketing in not-for-profit entities and the need of organizations to engage young adults in charitable endeavors.

The students learned how Bridges Outreach works to connect ...

Registration Now Open for St. Bart's 5K Annual Run in Scotch Plains on March 30

February 19, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Registration is now open for the annual St. Bart's Academy 5K, which will be held on Sat., March 30 at 9:30 a.m. It is the first 1st event in Scotch Plains to qualify for a Mayor’s Medal

This event is for all ages and there is something for everyone! Event fees are $25 for adults. Fees include race registration, t-shirt, bag with giveaways, and ...

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For' List for 11th Year Running

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System -- parent company of Summit's Overlook Medical Center -- once again has been named to Fortune’s '100 Best Companies to Work For', the 11th consecutive year Atlantic Health System has earned a spot on the prestigious annual list. The Morristown-based company, a leading provider of healthcare in New Jersey, was slotted in the 87th ...

Talking to Your Teen About Stress: How Parents Can Restore Calm

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains-Westfield Here 2 Help Mental Health Coalition will offer its second library forum aimed at providing useful information regarding common stress and anxiety concerns.The second presentation will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Scotch Plains Public Library. 

Entitled “Talking to your Teen ...

Cold Advisory: How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

January 29, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- With extremely cold weather in the forecast, New Jersey American Water reminds customers to take necessary measures to prevent frozen household pipes:

Protect your home by wrapping exposed pipes with insulation and eliminate sources of cold air near any waterlines. (Seal draft windows and plug drafts around doors). 
Allow a small trickle of water to run ...

Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, Responds to Defrocking of Theodore McCarrick

February 16, 2019

NEWARK, NJ -- Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, issued a statement on Saturday following the defrocking of the Theodore E. McCarrick, the one-time Archbishop of Newark and Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, D.C.

Today the Holy See announced that Theodore E. McCarrick has been dismissed from the clerical state. The decree impacts not only the Archdiocese of Newark, ...

Theodore McCarrick, Former Archbishop of Newark, Removed from Ministry by Pope Francis

NEWARK, NJ -- The Vatican announced on Saturday that Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, formerly the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, has been defrocked. It is believed to be the first time an American archbishop has been removed from the ministry following accusations of sexual abuse. 

According to the Catholic Standard, The Vatican announced that the 88-year-old ...

Archdiocese of Newark: Two Former Scotch Plains Priests Among 63 Accused of Sex Abuse

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Newark Archdiocese on Wednesday released a list of 63 priests “credibly accused” of sexual abuse. Among those listed on the website of the Archdiocese of Newark are two priests who at one time served in Scotch Plains. One of the priests has been removed from the ministry, and the other is deceased, according to the published list.

The ...

Boys Track & Field: Brown Wins 3 Golds, Reilly Grabs 2 Golds to Spark Union Catholic to 2nd Place at State Championships

February 19, 2019

TOMS RIVER, N.J --  The Union Catholic boys track and field team, led by triple gold medalist Elijah Brown and double-winner Conor Reilly, put together a sensational performance when the Vikings placed second at Saturday's NJSIAA Non-Public A Track and Field Championships at the Bennett Center.

The Vikings gave defending champion Christian Brothers Academy all ...

Girls Basketball: Union Catholic Shows Lots of Heart in Loss to Plainfield on Senior Day

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- The Union Catholic girls basketball team showed a lot of heart when it came from way behind before falling to Plainfield, 51-46, on Senior Day on Monday.

Before the game, the Vikings honored senior guard Jamie Bonaccorso and senior forward E'Lana Kovacs for their contributions and commitment to the program.

Plainfield got off to a fast start, taking a ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete(s) of the Week: Wrestlers Brandon Bowles and Zach Zimmerman

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- This week the Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week goes to the Raiders' two District 16 wrestling champions, Brandon Bowles (113 lbs.) and Zach Zimmerman (195. lbs.)

Bowles, a sophomore who was the No. 1 seed, defeated Felix Lettini of St. Peter`s Prep in an action-packed match that went into overtime. In the end, he won a 5-3 decision, to ...

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Star of ‘Cara’s Cucina’ to Host Groundwork Elizabeth Gala Feb. 27

February 16, 2019

Cara Di Falco, star of “Cara’s Cucina,” will host Groundwork Elizabeth’s WinterGreen gala Feb. 27 at the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.

A nonprofit founded in Elizabeth in 2003, Groundwork Elizabeth builds sustainable communities in Elizabeth, NJ and in nearby Union County communities with urban agriculture initiatives, youth programing and more.

“So ...

‘Cooked & Uncorked’ Festival to Showcase NJ Firefighters’ Culinary Talents

These firefighters don’t just put out flames — they use them to make duck confit-stuffed ravioli with bacon and English pea puree. That’s how South Orange Local 24 won the gourmet category during last year’s Cooked & Uncorked food and wine festival, which is coming up for the 9th time this month on Feb. 25 in Edison, NJ.

Hosted by the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual ...

New Jersey Date Night: Cupid’s Singles Throw-Down

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

Sometimes Cupid has an off day with his marksmanship. Maybe his arrow hit you once or twice, however it didn’t go deep enough to stick long-term. Or maybe you just haven’t been it the right place at the right time for Cupid to get the perfect aim. Regardless, the singles who’ve yet to ...

10 Ways to Enjoy Maple Sugaring in New Jersey This Month

February marks the annual maple sugar harvest in New Jersey. We found 10 places where you can learn the sweet truth behind this local treat.

Maple sugaring has been around since Native Americans began taking sap from the trees. The activity has evolved throughout the centuries from shooting arrows at a tree to drilling a hole into the trunk with a spile, which is a small, wooden ...

How Union County Supports Immigrants, Residents 60 and Up

February 9, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ – Union County officials are considering initiatives designed to benefit immigrants and residents 60 and older.

There are around 2 million immigrants in New Jersey, comprising just over one-fifth of the state’s population, the most recent Census Bureau estimates available show. We Are One New Jersey helps some of these immigrants navigate the American ...

Being Alone on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a day filled with Hallmark cards, chocolate covered strawberries, red roses and special dining. It’s a day to express our love and affection to those close to us. 

Some of us have expectations that this day will be blissful, we may even receive that diamond ring that represents engagement or marriage.

Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful time if ...

How Can I Build a Better Relationship with My Child?

One way to help children belong is to focus on building positive relationships with them. Strong positive relationships can go a long way toward helping children learn to cooperate and be responsible. Four ingredients of strong relationships are:

Showing respect,
Having fun,
Giving encouragement,
Showing love.

Parents often complain that their children do not respect them. Yet ...

Can I Change My Partner?

Couples oftentimes look to change the “other.” 

“If only” the other would make these changes, or do as I say, our relationship would be great. We tend to focus on the other. We tend to focus on changing the other. We tend to focus on the other’s negative behavior.

Couples like to report what their spouse/partner is doing and how they are ...

Boneparth: When I Was Your Age

Last month, I wrote about inflation. Riveting stuff, I know. However, in that column I twice used the phrase, “When I was your age…”, a line that has been used by older generations the world over to express, often with disdain, how the times have changed. Then, it hit me like a double shot of espresso. I’ll likely find myself using the same expression on the young ...

Girls Basketball: Union Catholic Shows Lots of Heart in Loss to Plainfield on Senior Day

February 19, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- The Union Catholic girls basketball team showed a lot of heart when it came from way behind before falling to Plainfield, 51-46, on Senior Day on Monday.

Before the game, the Vikings honored senior guard Jamie Bonaccorso and senior forward E'Lana Kovacs for their contributions and commitment to the program.

Plainfield got off to a fast start, taking a ...

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