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Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth to Host “First Swing” Free Golf Clinic for People with Physical Disabilities and Veterans

September 19, 2021

The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites persons with physical disabilities and veterans to participate in the “First Swing” golf clinic on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Learning Center located at Union County’s Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth.

Admission is free but pre-registration is required at ...

Veteran Entertainer Andy Cooney to Headline South Amboy Irish Fest Sept. 25

SOUTH AMBOY, NJ -- He’s been on the Irish American music scene for as long as anyone can remember. Entertainer Andy Cooney started his professional career in the mid-1980s at age 17 playing in Kennedy’s as a piano player. Bandleader Paddy Noonan heard about the young musician and hired him. Eight years and four albums later, he went out on his own at age 27 and has been a regular ...

Fanny Wood Day Takes Place in Downtown Fanwood This Sun, Sept. 19

FANWOOD, NJ -- Hosted by the Borough of Fanwood, Fanny Wood Day returns this Sunday, Sept. 19, from 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m., with a variety of food and craft vendors and a wide array of kids' activities such as a trackless train, and numerous kiddie rides at the south side train station parking lot on South Ave in the Kids Zone. Free activities with the Fanwood-Scotch ...

Advertiser of the Week: Hellenic Therapy Center

September 19, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Hellenic Therapy Center treats individuals, couples and families. Family systems work suggests that therapy based on family-systems principles is more likely to produce desired lasting change than working solely with individuals. The goal of family systems therapy is for family members to understand and accept their individual responsibility in the emotional functioning ...

Fanwood Businesses Named 'Union County Small Business Champions' for Resilience During Pandemic

FANWOOD, NJ -- Two Fanwood business have been honored as "Small Business Champions" by Union County for their resiliency during COVID. 

 

Sean Flannery and Frank Pascale of Sheelen’s Crossing bar and bistro and Melissa Padulsky, owner of Little Hearts, Big World CPR & First Aid instruction, were honored for their ...

Advertiser of the Week: JCC of Central NJ

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The JCC of Central New Jersey is a not-for-profit social service agency committed to serving both the Jewish community and the community at large.  Our mission is to provide social, recreational, educational and cultural programs and humanitarian services for individuals and families through all phases of life.  We are committed to affirming and ...

Impact 100 Garden State Virtual Meet & Greet

September 19, 2021

Impact 100 Garden State Virtual Meet and Greet

Wed., Sept. 22, 2021 at 8 p.m.

Connect with like-minded women to make a real impact in our communities! To date Impact 100 Garden State, a dynamic group for collective giving, has granted $2.4 million to area nonprofits. Join our fun, fast Meet and Mingle on 9/22 at 8 p.m. RSVP to member@impact100gardenstate.org to receive a Zoom invitation.

Scenes from the Kramer Manor Block Party in Fanwood-Scotch Plains

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Kramer Manor community celebrated its history and diversity in Fanwood and Scotch Plains with a block party on Saturday afternoon. Attendees included current residents and former residents who returned to be part of that celebration. 

The festivities included a DJ, games for children, food catered by Felton Jones of Savory Selections with an assist from ...

Union Catholic Principal Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Boy Scouts

September 16, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic Principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, received another very prestigious award when she was honored as a recipient of a Union County Lifetime Achievement Award by the Boys Scouts of America during an awards dinner at the Shackamaxon Country Club on Tuesday.   

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to those who exemplify in their daily life the ...

“One Small Step: The Voyages of Apollo” at the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In a presentation called “One Small Step: The Voyages of Apollo,” amateur astronomer Alan Witzgall will present a program on the journey of the first manned spaceflight to land on the moon at the September meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at the Shady Rest Clubhouse ...

'Smooth Sailing' During Freshmen Orientation at Mount Saint Mary Academy

WATCHUNG, NJ - Sixty-eight members of the Mount Saint Mary Academy Class of 2025 enjoyed an exciting assortment of activities on the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 8, during Freshmen Orientation.

They met in Mother Mary Patrick Gymnasium to receive their special t-shirts with the theme "Smooth Sailing" and signed a life preserver. Next, they engaged in ice breaker activities ...

Kups For Kancer Lemonade Stand Returns Sunday For Fannywood Day

September 16, 2021

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Jam Kancer In The Kan Foundation's "Kups for Kancer" Lemonade Stand and fundraising initiative will return this Sunday as part of Fanwood’s “Fanny Wood Day” celebration.

After being canceled last year due to the pandemic, the "Junior Jammers'" Annual Lemonade Stand will once again take place on Sunday, Sept. 19, from ...

Westfield Wonder’s Food Truck Expansion Renews Talk About Regulation, Competition

Wonder also offers low-cost delivery options for area restaurants.

WESTFIELD, NJ — On its website the cell phone app food delivery service describes itself as being in “stealth mode” prior to a “public launch,” but in Westfield Wonder’s operations have been anything but stealth-like. The food trucks have become ubiquitous over the past year, staging in ...

Thieves Steal Catalytic Converters from Cars in Scotch Plains

September 15, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains police department's most recent blotter was filled with multiple reports of thefts of catalytic converters from cars locally. 

On Saturday, Sept. 11, thefts of catalytic converters were reported on the 200 block of Willow Ave. and on Elm Court. On Sept. 13, a resident on Hunter Ave. also reported the theft of a catalytic converter. All of ...

Student Hit by Vehicle on Westfield Ave. Medevaced from Scotch Plains-Fanwood for Treatment

SCOTCH PLAINS -- A student walking across Westfield Ave., in between Westfield Road and Evergreen Boulevard, was hit and seriously injured Monday afternoon shortly before 3:00 p.m. According to several eyewitnesses at the scene, the boy was conscious when emergency responders arrived. 

The student was medevaced by helicopter from a field at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School for ...

From Terrorist Attacks to Floods, Firefighters Union President Reflects on 20 Years Since 9/11

September 11, 2001 was sunny with a bright blue sky. It was a Tuesday.  

I was a rookie Firefighter who reported to work that morning. We had just received delivery of our new Squad and all personnel were at Station 2 training on the new apparatus. Being the rookie I was sent to pick up bagels for my tour. While driving back, the music on the radio was interrupted by a news flash ...

Somerset Patriots Host Online Auction to Raise Money for Ida Flood Relief

September 19, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots, the New York Yankees Double-A affiliate, are hosting an online fundraiser through MiLB Auctions to benefit those affected by Tropical Storm Ida in Central New Jersey. 

The auction will run through 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26.

Net proceeds from the auction will benefit the Somerset Patriots Children’s ...

Clark's Deutscher Club Holding Hurricane Ida Disaster Relief Collection Drive

CLARK, NJ – While Ida left as quickly as she arrived, her aftermath is still evident throughout Clark Township. The Sept. 1 storm caused massive damage and, two weeks later, many residents are still drying out. 

In an effort to help those in need, the Deutscher Club is hosting a Hurricane Ida Disaster Relief Collection during its annual Deutscher Tag (German Day) ...

Kups For Kancer Lemonade Stand Returns Sunday For Fannywood Day

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Jam Kancer In The Kan Foundation's "Kups for Kancer" Lemonade Stand and fundraising initiative will return this Sunday as part of Fanwood’s “Fanny Wood Day” celebration.

After being canceled last year due to the pandemic, the "Junior Jammers'" Annual Lemonade Stand will once again take place on Sunday, Sept. 19, from ...

Looking to Better Manage Medication Regimes? Twin City Pharmacy Can Help

September 14, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Managing medication regimens for yourself or a loved one can be time-consuming, confusing, and stressful, especially for those with multiple prescriptions taken at different times of the day. 

At Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical in South Plainfield, however, a team of expert pharmacists are available to help. 

Through medication reconciliation, ...

Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical Now Providing COVID Testing 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Returning to school and the workplace can be stressful and so can deciphering one's symptoms. 

"Between COVID-19 and the Delta variant along with common respiratory viruses that tend to occur this time of year, and the seasonal flu, it may be difficult for one to know what one has," said Linda Chiu, PharmD at Twin City Pharmacy & ...

Congregation Beth Israel to Hold Blood Drive

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Men’s Club of Congregation Beth Israel will sponsor a Blood Drive on Sunday, Sep.12, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Scotch Plains synagogue.

The blood drive will be run by Vitalant, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers. The drive is open to community members 18 years or older.

All blood donors are ...

Somerset Patriots Host Online Auction to Raise Money for Ida Flood Relief

September 19, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots, the New York Yankees Double-A affiliate, are hosting an online fundraiser through MiLB Auctions to benefit those affected by Tropical Storm Ida in Central New Jersey. 

The auction will run through 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26.

Net proceeds from the auction will benefit the Somerset Patriots Children’s ...

Boys Soccer: DiDario, Minniti, and Pita Spark Unbeaten Union Catholic to Victory over Brearley

KENILWORTH, NJ -- Brandon DiDario, Daniel Pita, and Michael Minniti all scored goals to spark the undefeated Union Catholic boys soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Brearley on Thursday.

DiDario got the Vikings (3-0-1) on the board first when he headed in a corner kick from Pita in the first half.

After Brearley tied it 1-1, UC scored two unanswered goals in the second ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League (SPFBL) Travel Registration Now Open

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Registration for the 2022 Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League (SPFBL) travel baseball season is now open.

Kids that play travel must be registered and play in the SPFBL Recreation league (Recreation registration is mandatory for the Spring only). Travel is Spring & Summer with an Optional Fall program. (A reminder from SPFBL: Travel families' ...

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Finding the Sweeter Side of Unprecedented Times

In March of 2020, life decided to hand lemons to students across the country and beyond, leaving millions of us in a scramble; we searched far and wide for ingredients needed to make lemonade out of an unforeseen scenario. For most of us, whether we were in the second grade, secondary school, or beyond, the remedy to our anxieties was simple: distraction. Perhaps the first few weeks of quarantine ...

How to Remove Spotted Lanternfly Eggs

What are Spotted Lanternflies?

Spotted Lanternflies were first spotted in the United States in 2014 in Pennsylvania. Since 2014, they have spread to more than seven states, including New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Spotted Lanternflies are an invasive species having the potential to cause devastating damage to vegetation and agricultural businesses.

The Uncertainty of Not Knowing

Many of us are feeling the anxiety of not knowing what is coming our way.  The current Covid-19 pandemic has heightened uncertainty over the economy, employment, finances, our government, relationships and of course our mental and physical health. It is natural to want to feel safe.  The fear of uncertainty can leave us very stressed, depressed and anxious.

Managing our anxiety ...

Dropping Off Kids at College – Learning How To Adjust

 

Whether your kid is a freshman entering college for the first time or returning to college, there are so many emotions we experience as parents.  There are differences in a parent’s reaction to the departure of a first child, an only child or even the last child. Feelings of sadness, anxiety and depression are normal and expected responses. 

It is a new phase in ...

New Jersey Date Night: Make the Grape Escape to Garden State Wineries

September 18, 2021

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

Thoughts of wine typically take your mind straight to Italy, France or Napa Valley. It’s understandable, but if you want to experience a mind-blowing date filled with beauty and flavor you should start thinking about New Jersey vineyards. 

Our state has many wineries from which to choose and most ...

It’s Apple Picking Season in NJ! How to Pick the Best Apples

NEW JERSEY — September is here, which means it’s apple picking season in the Garden State.

If you’re visiting one of New Jersey’s many pick-your-own farms for apples this season, use these tips to come home with the very best fruit:

First, get to know the varieties you’re picking. The color of a ripe apple will depend on that variety, so find out from the farm ...

Morristown Medical Center Surgeons 1st in U.S. to Use Minimally Invasive Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT) With Advanced Imaging for Flexible Scoliosis Correction

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center fellowship-trained scoliosis surgeon Jason E. Lowenstein, MD, leads the only surgical team in New Jersey to use a new, FDA-approved tethering system for minimally invasive scoliosis surgery that provides for flexible spinal deformity correction and faster healing. The team is also the first in the nation to use a new type of portable CT ...

Are You Ready for the Great New Jersey Bag Ban?

On May 4, 2022, shoppers in Union County and throughout New Jersey will be in for a shock when they go to check out their groceries at the supermarket. Not a single-use paper or plastic shopping bag will be in sight.

It’s all part of a new state law aimed at cutting down on waste, litter and pollution. Plastic bags get most of the blame, but single-use paper bags are also notorious for ...

Arrest Made in Wednesday's Fatal Shooting of Delivery Driver in Plainfield

September 11, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A 26-year-old Plainfield man has been arrested and charged with the fatal shooting of a delivery driver subcontracted by Amazon on the 200 block of Garfield Avenue in Plainfield on Wednesday. Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Plainfield Police Department Officer–in-Charge Captain David M. Guarino announced the arrest on Friday at a press ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Celebrates Welcoming Week from Sept. 10-19

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS -- This Welcoming Week, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA will join Welcoming America, other YMCAs and organizations nationwide to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to communities and bring together all residents in a spirit of unity. 

Held from Sept. 10-19 this year, Welcoming Week elevates the growing ...

Free 7th Grade Initiative Program Returns to the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Y this Fall

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is excited to bring back its free 7th Grade Initiative Program for incoming 7th graders residing in Scotch Plains, Fanwood, and Clark beginning September 7, 2021. The Y is also offering a bonus for 8th graders who were unable to participate in the program last year.

The 7th Grade Initiative Program – which runs Sept. 7, 2021-June 30, 2022 – ...

Our Signature Street Fair Is Back with More Fun, More Food and More Live Music Than Ever Before

September 17, 2021

Dear Editor:

The return of Fanny Wood Day is upon us! After a break last year due to the pandemic, our signature street fair is back with more fun, more food and more live music than ever before. Sunday’s event will be downtown from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The main stage, made possible by Union County, will be right at South and Martine.

The opening ceremony will feature a presentation ...

Turn Around, Don’t Drown

September 6, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- When Tropical Storm Ida recently tore through our area, over 25 people in New Jersey died, mostly from drowning. Although some of these deaths couldn’t have been prevented, others could, especially those that occurred on our roads. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is ...

Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth to Host “First Swing” Free Golf Clinic for People with Physical Disabilities and Veterans

September 19, 2021

The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites persons with physical disabilities and veterans to participate in the “First Swing” golf clinic on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Learning Center located at Union County’s Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth.

Admission is free but pre-registration is required at ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, September 20

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Southside Recycling Pickup

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Tue, September 21

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Northside Recycling Pickup

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Tue, September 21, 1:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library (Virtual), Scotch Plains

Afternoon Book Club at the Scotch Plains Library: ...

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