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Year in Review: 2020 in Arts & Entertainment

December 27, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- As 202o comes to a close and 2021 begins, TAPintoSPF is taking a look at the biggest stories of 2020. Today, we revisit the top Arts & Entertainment stories of the year.

Legendary Baller and Scotch Plains Resident Black Jack Ryan's Story Told in New Biopic
Watch Goo Goo Dolls Singer Live from Westfield in Benefit to Fight Hunger
VIDEO: Scenes from ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS 2020 Pop & Holiday Performance Is an Online Musical Treat

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Still in the mood for holiday music? You're in luck. 

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Choir Department debuted the 2020 Pop & Holiday Performance on Tuesday, Dec. 22, on spfk12.org, Raider News and YouTube.

SPFHS Choral Director Jan Allen, and Megan Fernandez, Las Cantadoras Director, have worked together to compile a program of ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Real Estate Market Is Still Hot -- Even in the Winter

January 15, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – As it has impacted everything about life since last March, the coronavirus pandemic has caused a seismic shift in the New Jersey real estate markets. The virus led to an exodus from New York City and places like Hoboken and Jersey City to suburban areas like Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Plainfield, and South Plainfield.

City dwellers found that they could get ...

IRS Reminds Taxpayers to Make Final Estimated Tax Payment for 2020

WASHINGTON − Taxpayers who paid too little tax during 2020 can still avoid a tax-time bill and possible penalties by making a quarterly estimated tax payment now, directly to the Internal Revenue Service. The deadline for making a payment for the fourth quarter of 2020 is Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

Income taxes are pay-as-you-go. This means that by law, taxpayers are required to pay most of ...

Small Businesses Can Benefit from SBA's Changes to the PPP Lending Program

NEW JERSEY -- The newly issued guidelines on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lending overseen by the SBA and the U.S. Treasury Department will better target New Jersey's small businesses, especially those owned by minorities or located in low income areas.

The Economic Aid Act makes it possible for hard-hit businesses to get second loans from the PPP lending ...

Scotch Plains BSA Troop 104's Luke Checchio Receives James E. West Fellowship Award

January 15, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Luke Checchio, a BSA Troop 104 Life Scout walking the trail towards Eagle, has been recognized by the local scouting community for his contributions to scouting both in the present and future.

A Scotch Plains native, Checchio has received the James E. West Fellowship Award, named for the First Chief Scout Executive. The award recognizes one's commitment ...

In Honor of Black History Month,JCC Presents Three Films Focusing on The Black-Jewish Partnership for Social Justice

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Beginning on Saturday, Jan. 23, the JCC will stream three extraordinary films that explore the relationship between the Jewish and Black communities. These true stories illuminate the Jewish-Black alliances that helped shape the Civil Rights Movement.

“As a community agency, we must use our voice to take a stand against racism, discrimination and ...

First Day of In-Person Learning in 2021 at Scotch Plains-Fanwood Schools Brings Joy to Students, Teachers, Parents, and the Superintendent

January 14, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- It was a "first day" unlike any other in the history of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood SPFK12 school district. Typically, this rite of passage occurs in September with kids dressed in shorts - some of whom are clinging to their parents. But this year, of course, is different. The kids are in coats and more than ready to see their teachers and their ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Students Named to Muhlenberg College's Fall 2020 Dean's List

ALLENTOWN, PA -- Congratulations to the Muhlenberg College students and Muhlenberg College School of Continuing Studies students who were named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2020 semester. Students with a term GPA of 3.50 or higher were recognized for this academic achievement.

Local students include:

Francesca Jones of Scotch Plains
Gabrielle Klausner of Scotch ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Students Can Now Apply for Adele DeLeeuw Scholarships

PLAINFIELD -- High school seniors wishing to apply for the Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship for students planning to study  art, poetry, writing, journalism or engineering, should obtain applications now from their school guidance office.

To date, the Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship Fund, a fund of the Plainfield Foundation, has provided over $1.3 million in scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 ...

Steinhardt, a Trump Supporter, Drops Out of GOP Gubernatorial Primary Race

January 13, 2021

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Doug Steinhardt, chairman of the New Jersey Republican Party and candidate in the 2021 GOP Gubernatorial Primary, has dropped out of the race just one month after launching his campaign.

The abrupt announcement boosts the likelihood that Jack Ciattarelli, a Hillsborough resident and former state Assemblyman who kicked off his campaign one year ago, will win the GOP ...

Suman Dahiya-Shah Appointed to Serve on Scotch Plains Council

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The Scotch Plains Township Council has appointed Suman Dahiya-Shah, an IT professional in the pharmaceutical industry, to fill the vacant seat on the five-member governing body. Dahiya-Shah, a Democrat, was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Josh Losardo when he was sworn-in as mayor on Jan. 1, 2021.

“We are pleased to welcome Suman ...

Year in Review: 2020 in Food

December 29, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- As 2020 comes to a close and 2021 begins, TAPintoSPF is taking a look at the biggest stories of 2020. Today, we revisit the top Food stories of the year.

Head of Pantagis Company Apologizes, Confirms Closure of Snuffy's in Scotch Plains
Scotch Plains' Iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Wedding Hall Abruptly Closes, Leaves Couples in the Lurch, Owes ...

Old Man Rafferty's in New Brunswick Closes For Now

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Old Man Rafferty’s, a downtown restaurant that has served savory French onion soup and overstuffed reubens to generations of theatergoers, Rutgers students and Johnson & Johnson’s workers, has closed its doors.

Owner Mark Jakuboski said the landmark restaurant on Albany Street, like many other eateries and small businesses in New Brunswick and beyond, ...

Bareburger: Upscale Hamburger Restaurant and Bar Opens in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — The wait is over for an upscale hamburger restaurant and bar.

The Bareburger location at 126 Central Ave. in Westfield is open for business, the chain announced on Instagram. Patrons could be seen dining at the establishment Friday evening.

In 2018, Bareburger purchased the unused liquor license from the former Jolley Trolley Bar & Grill, which had closed in ...

Car Driven by 93-Year-Old Fanwood Woman Crashes Into UPS Store on Rte. 22 in Scotch Plains

January 15, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A vehicle crashed into the front door of the UPS store located at 2560 Rte 22 East, Scotch Plains, on Friday, Jan. 15, at approximately 10:04 a.m. Scotch Plains police responded and found a 2016 Green Subaru on the sidewalk in front of the building with heavy front end damage.

The driver was identified as a 93-year-old Fanwood woman who was not injured, according ...

Meet Chang Yaramothu, a Member of the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ  -- Members of the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad are your neighbors. Our organization consists of men and women, teenagers and senior citizens, who devote their time to helping others.

When did you join the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad? How old were you?
I joined in May 2008 when I was 16 years old.

What inspired you to join?
When I was younger I wanted to pursue ...

Murphy Denounces Anti-Semitic 'Jerks' at Capitol Siege, Says Trenton Is Prepared Following Threat of State Capitol Protests

NEW JERSEY — The threat of Trenton protests on Jan. 17 looms, following a massive insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., last week. Gov. Phil Murphy and Colonel Pat Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said Monday that state authorities are prepared and on high alert.

“We need to bat 1.000 every day. To the governor's point [we] will ...

Scotch Plains BSA Troop 104's Luke Checchio Receives James E. West Fellowship Award

January 15, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Luke Checchio, a BSA Troop 104 Life Scout walking the trail towards Eagle, has been recognized by the local scouting community for his contributions to scouting both in the present and future.

A Scotch Plains native, Checchio has received the James E. West Fellowship Award, named for the First Chief Scout Executive. The award recognizes one's commitment ...

Scotch Plains Councilwoman Stamler Named as a Board Officer for NJ Sharing Network Foundation

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler has been named as Board Secretary of the NJ Sharing Network Foundation, which helps increase the number of lives saved through innovative research, family support, public awareness, and education about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Stamler, who was appointed Deputy ...

GoFundMe Page Raises Over a Half-Million Dollars for Family of South River Native Brian Sicknick

SOUTH RIVER, NJ -- A GoFundMe page set up for the family of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick has raised more that $545,000 as of Sunday evening, Jan. 10, 2021. To contribute to the page, click here. 

Officer Brian D. Sicknick tragically lost his life on January 7th, 2021 following injuries sustained during the events at the United States Capitol on Wednesday, January 6th.

Scotch Plains Councilwoman Stamler Named as a Board Officer for NJ Sharing Network Foundation

January 14, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler has been named as Board Secretary of the NJ Sharing Network Foundation, which helps increase the number of lives saved through innovative research, family support, public awareness, and education about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Stamler, who was appointed Deputy ...

Edison Heating and Cooling Offers HVAC Tips to Reduce COVID-19 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging throughout New Jersey, HVAC professionals are constantly looking at ways to help reduce the spread of the virus indoors. 

According to Mike Iarrapino, founder and owner of Edison Heating and Cooling, boosting fresh air, regulating humidity, and improving air purification in a home and/or business can all play a ...

Did You Gather for the Holidays? You May Not Yet Know if You Got COVID

FANWOOD, NJ — People with COVID-19 can catch the virus and not show symptoms for up to two weeks, meaning that they may not yet know if they caught it at a New Year’s gathering, health officials said.

Westfield Regional Health Officer Megan Avallone told NJ Spotlight News, a partner of TAPinto.net, that many people are unaware of coronavirus’ two-week incubation period and so ...

Year in Review: 2020 in Religions and Spirituality

December 26, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- As 2020 comes to a close and 2021 begins, TAPintoSPF is taking a look at the biggest stories of 2020. Today, we revisit the top Religion stories of the year.

Cantor Matt Axelrod of CBI in Scotch Plains, Appears in HBO Series 'The Plot Against America'
Archdiocese of Newark Will Close 10 Catholic Schools
St. Bartholomew Academy in Scotch Plains ...

Scenes from the Live Nativity at IHM in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) youth group presented a living Nativity on Sunday, Dec. 20, with teens playing the roles of Mary and Joseph, shepherds and the magi.

Alongside the actors were sheep, goats, Dominique the donkey, and an alpaca. 

Immaculate Heart of Mary is located at 1571 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains. 

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Living Nativity at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scotch Plains on Sun, Dec. 20

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) youth group will present a living Nativity on Sunday, Dec. 20, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The performers will do a retelling of the Christmas story, complete with live animals and a manger.

Immaculate Heart of Mary is located at 1571 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains. Visit https://ihmparish.net.

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Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Issues Guidance for Winter Sports Season

January 11, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Following the Jan. 2 beginning of winter sports practices and the anticipated return to hybrid instruction at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Jan. 19, principal Dr. David Heisey has issued guidance on the return of athletics, including rules for athletes, coaches, and spectators (none allowed).

Dr. Heisey wrote that "indoor sports are going to have ...

Girls Soccer: Union Catholic's Layden and Gunsiorowski Honored by NJ Girls Soccer Coaches Assocation

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic soccer stars Christina Layden and Kaleigh Gunsiorowski were recently recognized for their impressive play this past season by the New Jersey Girls Soccer Coaches Association.

Layden, a senior striker, and Gunsiorowski, a sophomore midfielder, were awarded Sectional Recognition Awards after leading the Vikings to an 8-4-2 record this past fall.

Dynamic Athletes Launches Fitness and Training Program for Scotch Plains-Fanwood Athletes

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- There is a hot buzz spreading around Scotch Plains and Fanwood during this cold and harsh time of the year.

Dynamic Athletes, a fitness and training program under the guidance of a local youth coach and trainer in our community, is being spread around our towns in an effort to keep our student athletes fit and sound physically during a not-so fit and sound time our ...

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How to Live with Uncertainty

SCOTCH PLAINS-- 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 feeling very stressed, depressed and ...

HOPE

We have all been through a challenging 2020 and some of us have lost loved ones during the pandemic.  

Let’s be hopeful that this New Year the Covid vaccine and   the federal help for businesses and the unemployed it will bring us good health, safety and prosperity. 

From our family at The Hellenic Therapy Center to yours, we wish you Happy Holidays and a Healthy ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Running Food Drive for MLK Day

EDISON-- In celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison is holding a food drive. Although the pandemic has prevented the school from hosting its fourth annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on campus, the school remains committed to supporting his dreams of friendship, peace, love, equal opportunity and unity.

W+H families will ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Winter Teams Begin Practice

EDISON-- The basketball and cheer teams at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison began practice on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Middle School basketball players worked out in Plumeri Gym from 3:15-4:15, with Upper School athletes taking the courts afterward. Cheer teams in both divisions conducted their practice sessions on the stage in the Berry Performing Arts Center. All athletes wore masks ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Young Alumni Share Experiences on College Day

EDISON--Seven recent graduates from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison participated in a virtual panel discussion on Zoom and answered questions about the college process and their transition from high school on Young Alumni College Day. Separate discussions with W+H juniors and seniors were moderated by Chris Teare, Director of College Counseling, and Sarah Honan, Associate Director of ...

New Jersey Date Night: Get Comfortable at These Good Old-Fashioned Diners

January 14, 2021

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

A new year is upon us and optimistically one may believe that the possibilities are endless. Granted we just came off a year so horrific that it makes Divorce Court look better than Disneyland, so it’s reasonable to be a little trepidatious. But then again, aiming for the positive is a mindset that ...

Mocktails are the Key to Enjoying Dry January — Try Ginger ‘Mock-jito’ Recipe

NEW JERSEY — Every January for the past three years, Shivam Patel voluntarily trades in a beer for a bottled water at his favorite Jersey dive bar. Patel is one of many who participate in Drynuary, or Dry January, abstaining from alcohol for the entire month in an effort to be healthier.

Originating in the UK as an advocacy campaign, the wellness trend started with just 4,000 people ...

New Salad Dressing Recipes to Perk Up Your Healthy Meals

There’s nothing like a nice crispy salad to make eating well feel like fun, but the right dressing can mean the difference between so-so and spectacular.

Below, gather a few ingredients together and whip up some easy new dressings that will make your salads sing:

Zingy Lemon Vinaigrette: In a jar, combine one part lemon juice with two parts olive oil. Add a dab to a spoonful of ...

Restaurant Workers Share How You Can Help Business Survive This Winter

NEW JERSEY — Restaurant staff are up against more than the flood of holiday reservations and takeout orders this winter. A rise in New Jersey coronavirus cases and temperatures too low for most outdoor dining are creating the perfect storm in an already tough year for the state’s eateries.

We asked people in the restaurant business how patrons can help their local spots weather ...

Deer Hunt Opponents Protest at Plainfield's Cedar Brook Park

January 10, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Organized by the Animal Initiative Committee, a group of concerned residents gathered at the entrance to Cedar Brook Park Sunday to sign a petition and protest a deer hunt that is currently underway in Plainfield.

In 2018, the last time a hunt was conducted at the Cushing Road Retention Basis, hunters took ten deer.

Then, at a council meeting in September 2019, ...

Murphy Orders U.S. and NJ Flags to Be Flown at Half-Staff on Jan 11 in Honor of Officer Brian Sicknick

January 9, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered that all U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff on Monday, Jan 11, 2021, in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick of South River, who died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol when it was under siege on Jan. 6.

In a statement, Murphy said: 

“United States Capitol Police Officer ...

In Fanwood and Scotch Plains, While We Often Disagree, We Resolve Our Disagreements with Words

January 8, 2021

Dear Editor:
 
The insurgency we witnessed at our Nation’s Capitol this week was a shattering display of disregard for the important values that bind us as a nation. This horrific and violent riot has left death and injuries in its wake. Those who stormed the Capitol, came to usurp President-Elect Joe Biden's victory and their actions were fueled by the words of our current ...

Faith

January 5, 2021

This time of year is important for many reasons.  Not only due to the holidays but also the start of the new year.  Many will reflect on the past, as well as the future and many will do so through the prism of faith.

Faith can mean different things to different people. For many, it is religious, but not for all. People will cling to what they need to get through these ...

A Plant-Based Dinner Is Good for Your Health and the Planet

January 15, 2021

RAHWAY, NJ -- Cutting down on meat is good for your health and the planet. And it can be simple and delicious.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway's Diane Weeks, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, will show you how to prepare a plant-based dinner that's satisfying and most important, delicious.

Ms. Weeks, who is known ...

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