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JCC to Host Virtual Meet and Greet with Alina Adams, author of 'The Nesting Dolls'

November 14, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS--  The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Central New Jersey, located in Scotch Plains, NJ will be hosting a virtual book read and meet and greet with author Alina Adams for her book "The Nesting Dolls". 

The Nest­ing Dolls reflects on three gen­er­ations of a Sovi­et Jew­ish fam­i­ly in 1930s ...

‘Witty as Ever’: Westfield ‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Met Alex Trebek in His Final Months

CULVER CITY, CA — A Westfield native was among the “Jeopardy!” contestants to interact with the show’s host, Alex Trebek, in the final months before his death Nov. 8 at 80.

Daniella Regencia, 32, now an attorney living in Santa Barbara, California, appeared on the show Wednesday night in an episode recorded about two months earlier.

“He seemed just as ...

Culdesac Players Brought Hamilton to Life Outdoors in Fanwood (Video)

FANWOOD, NJ -- COVID has shut down Broadway and theaters across the country, a determined group  of young local theater performers, the Culdesac Players, brought their performance outdoors and presented Hamilton: The Musical on Byron Place in Fanwood last weekend.

The Culdesac Players group was founded by (soon-to-be) 13-year-old Grayson Kelly, who started this theater ...

Houdini Pizza in Fanwood Closes After Staff Member Tests Positive

November 23, 2020

FANWOOD, NJ -- Houdini Pizza Laboratory (25 South Ave, Fanwood) announced Monday that it would close for an undetermined period of time after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

"A staff member who worked over the weekend tested positive, so in an abundance of caution, we are closing," said owner Joe Mortarulo, who also runs Darby Road Pub, which had to close earlier in the ...

Fanwood to Celebrate Small Business Saturday

FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr and members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) will set up a welcome table for shoppers at the South Ave Plaza next to Railside Café from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. They will be greeting shoppers and handing out the American Express Shop Small shopping bags filled with promo items from Fanwood businesses and a complimentary raffle ...

Lord & Taylor Redeveloper Presents to Westfield Council

WESTFIELD, NJ — What exactly is next for 11 sites in downtown Westfield — including a vacant movie theater and an expansive department store that is going out of business — remains to be determined, but town officials have approved a general plan for what they will allow to be put in those spots.

Last week, the town council approved 8-1 a redevelopment plan for the properties ...

GoFundMe Set Up for Former Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Teacher Stricken with MS

November 15, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- A GoFundMe page has been set up for popular former Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS physical education, health and psychology teacher Sandy Kling, who taught at the high school for nearly four decades. 

Ms. Kling taught Physical Ed. (individual and team sports, and modern, ballroom, folk and square dancing), Family Life Education (sex ed, drug ...

Fanwood's Famous Christmas House Brings Joy, Raises $ for NJ Institute for Disabilities

FANWOOD, NJ – Despite the 70-degree weather earlier this week, Greg Roser was preparing for the holiday season.

"Fanwood's Famous Christmas House" display at 83 Paterson Rd is evolving and is more than 50% complete. Roser undertakes the annual fundraising effort as  memorial to Rosemary "Rosie" Merced, a former co-worker who died from cancer earlier ...

Clark Schools Switch to Full-Remote Learning Starting Monday Nov. 30

November 20, 2020

CLARK, NJ — Clark schools superintendent Ed Grande announced Friday that schools will go to full-remote learning the week following Thanksgiving break. Starting Monday, Nov. 30, all students will participate in four-hour days through Friday, Dec. 4. 

Grande said in light of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the community and the state along ...

Poll Finds Mixed Views on Remote Learning in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY -- A new statewide poll found that New Jersey families want a better remote education experience for their children who have been forced to forego in-person learning as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The poll, conducted by Global Strategy Group on behalf of JerseyCAN and the New Jersey Children’s Foundation, also identified stark racial and income disparities in access ...

Murphy Announces New Jersey Schools' Learning Models

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported on Wednesday the latest breakdown of school learning models in the state of New Jersey. 

According to the governor, 99 school districts are doing in-person instruction, 529 are offering hybrid in-person/remote instruction, 145 are doing remote instruction (including Scotch Plains-Fanwood), and 38 are using a combination of ...

Scotch Plains Democrats Celebrate 2020 Election Victory

November 22, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Democrats celebrated the certification of their victory in the Nov. 3 election on Saturday at the Jerseyland Community Center.

Many Union County Democratic leaders attended the celebration, including State Senator Nick Scutari, the county chair of the party, newly elected Freeholders Angela Gerretson and Lourdes Leon, Assemblywoman Linda Carter, and Union ...

Tom Kean Concedes 7th Congressional District Election to Incumbent Tom Malinowski

NEW JERSEY (7th Congressional District) -- State Sen. Tom Kean Jr. has conceded the 7th Congressional District election to Democratic incumbent Tom Malinowski, who will be sworn to a second term in the House of Representatives in January 2021. A section of Scotch Plains (above Route 22) falls under the 7th District.

Down by more than 11% on Election Night, Kean and his supporters held out ...

Scotch Plains Mayor-Elect Losardo, Mayor Smith Both Thank Supporters as Election Officially Ends

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- More than two weeks after Election Day, Scotch Plains officially has a winner in the races for Mayor and Council. On Wednesday, Nov. 18, Mayor Al Smith and Councilman Ted Spera conceded the election, while Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo and Councilwoman-elect Ellen Zimmerman claimed victory.

After Mayor Smith announced his concession, Scotch Plains Mayor-elect Joshua G. Losardo ...

Houdini Pizza in Fanwood Closes After Staff Member Tests Positive

November 23, 2020

FANWOOD, NJ -- Houdini Pizza Laboratory (25 South Ave, Fanwood) announced Monday that it would close for an undetermined period of time after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

"A staff member who worked over the weekend tested positive, so in an abundance of caution, we are closing," said owner Joe Mortarulo, who also runs Darby Road Pub, which had to close earlier in the ...

Addams Tavern in Westfield is Back Open After COVID-19 Closure

WESTFIELD, NJ — A popular restaurant and bar in Downtown Westfield has reopened for business following its closure due to an employee’s positive coronavirus test.

Addams Tavern was among four establishments in the Harvest Restaurant Group located in Union and Morris counties to temporarily close last week after employees at each location tested positive for coronavirus.

Downtown ...

Restraining Order Closes Chick-fil-A Drive-Through on Route 22 in Union

UNION, NJ – The Chick-fil-A on Route 22 in Union has been ordered to close its drive-through until further notice.

In a lawsuit brought against the Chick-fil-A by its neighbor Pita Shack, LLC, a temporary restraining order has been put into place against the fast food restaurant, which “may be dissolved upon two (2) days notice per the reasons set forth in the record”, but ...

Scotch Plains Couple Serves Together To Save Lives

November 20, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- For more than 30 years, one of the ways lifelong residents Robert and Joanne Gurske have been actively contributing to their community is as members of the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad. Married for 46 years with two children, the two have always believed in the importance of helping others. 

“I grew up on Mountain Avenue, and when I’d hear that siren, ...

Fanwood Police Welcome New Officer, Carlos Gonzalez, Jr.

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Police Department welcomed its newest member, Officer Carlos Gonzalez, Jr., who was sworn into on Monday, Nov. 16, alongside his family members, by Mayor Colleen Mahr and members of Fanwood Borough Council.

"We are excited to add another officer to the ranks of the Fanwood Police Dept,  especially an experienced officer like Gonzalez," said ...

Two Stabbing Victims at Clark's CityMD after Assault Tuesday Evening

CLARK, NJ – CityMD employees called for emergency responders after two individuals entered the facility with stab wounds on Tuesday evening according to police.

Officials said an adult male and a juvenile male arrived at the walk-in clinic just before 7:00 p.m. with non-life-threatening injuries to their extremities after an assault on the Clark Commons’ property. Both victims ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Athletic Booster Club Wreath Sale

November 21, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Support for Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS student athletes does not end because of the pandemic. 

The SPFHS Athletic Booster Club this week launched its membership drive and its holiday wreath fundraiser.  The sale lasts until Wednesday, Nov. 25.

The purpose of the Booster Club is to promote and support the athletic programs at Scotch ...

'Kindsgiving' to Provide Meals to Scotch Plains-Fanwood Residents Who Are Alone or Immunocompromised

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Due to the pandemic, many people – especially seniors and those who are immunocompromised – may be alone this Thanksgiving. A community coalition aimed at brightening the holidays is hosting the first-ever Scotch Plains-Fanwood "Kindsgiving" this year to provide hot meals and some cheer to those unable to see their loved ones.

The group ...

GoFundMe Set Up for Former Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Teacher Stricken with MS

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- A GoFundMe page has been set up for popular former Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS physical education, health and psychology teacher Sandy Kling, who taught at the high school for nearly four decades. 

Ms. Kling taught Physical Ed. (individual and team sports, and modern, ballroom, folk and square dancing), Family Life Education (sex ed, drug ...

About Four in 10 New Jerseyans Won’t Get COVID-19 Vaccine, Poll Finds

November 19, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Between 36% and 47% of New Jerseyans say they will “probably” or “definitely” not get vaccinated against COVID-19, with response rates varying depending on how the question is asked, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

Among individuals reluctant to get vaccinated, 80% cite a concern about side effects, and 82% cite the need for more ...

Chelsea Senior Living Cites Strict Safety Protocols as Reason for Near-Elimination of COVID Infections Among Residents and Staff

FANWOOD, NJ -- Chelsea Senior Living has conducted more than 23,000 COVID-19 tests of residents and staff since June 1st, nearly eliminating infections in its 21 assisted living residences.

As the nation reels under the rise in infections and hospitalizations this fall, Chelsea has maintained a steady level of zero community spread among residents and employees. A handful are believed to have ...

Free Flu Shots Available in Union County on Nov. 19

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- A series of flu shot drives have been scheduled in communities throughout Union County to help ensure that everyone has access to a free seasonal flu vaccine. This is especially important for the elderly and for residents who do not have health insurance.

The free flu shot drive is open to Union County residents age four and up. Appointments are required, and ...

'Youth of the Year' Award Bestowed on Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Junior

November 2, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Rebecca Strug, a junior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, has been named a "Youth of the Year" by the Northern New Jersey Region of the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs Inc.

Rebecca won the award through the Men's Club of Congregation Beth Israel (CBI), which names one exemplary teen each year for the distinction. The ...

St. Bartholomew Academy in Scotch Plains Names New Principal

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. Bartholomew Academy is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Kimberly Harrigan to serve as Principal beginning Monday, Nov. 2, 2020.

Ms. Harrigan has been the Principal of Visitation Academy in Paramus since 2013. A product of Catholic schools herself, from grammar school to college, Ms. Harrigan brings to St. Bartholomew Academy a love of the Catholic faith and a ...

UPDATED: Girls Soccer: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Wins State Regional Tourney, 4-0, Over Toms River North

November 22, 2020

TOMS RIVER, NJ -- They are the champions!

The battle in the NJSIAA Regional Final between Scotch Plains-Fanwood and Toms River North was a scoreless battle through the first half of the game and 27 minutes into the second half when a Holly Nelson header found the back of the net off a free kick from Leah Klurman to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead.

Several minutes later, the floodgates opened, ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Boys Soccer 2020 Recap: A Season Unlike Any Other

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- To say that the 2020 boys soccer season was unique would be an understatement.

For starters, it marked the first time in almost five decades that Tom Breznitsky was not coaching on the sidelines. Fifteen student athletes from the 2019 team graduated.  It was a new team with a new coaching staff. Then, the pandemic wrecked havoc on pre-season ...

Field Hockey: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Suffers Tough Loss to Southern Regional in State Finals

STAFFORD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood field hockey team made history by making it to the state final for the first time in its program history. The team, which has only had a varsity program for four years, lost to No. 1 seed Southern Regional today by the score of 2-0.

In the first quarter Southern started off strong and sent a pass through the Scotch Plains-Fanwood ...

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The COVID Thanksgiving

Many families are trying to come up with new ways to celebrate Thanksgiving.  This year the pandemic is creating some very difficult decision-making for families. We’ve been in isolation for seven months and therefore the urge to getting together with family and friends is stronger than years before. Many people are craving connection. The Centers for Disease Control and ...

The Importance of Self-Care During The Pandemic

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 ...

Halloween and COVID

Whether we're ready or not, the 2020 holiday season is upon us. Usually, this is a stressful time of year—except this year…we are also contending with a worldwide pandemic. During the height of the tri-state lockdown, we could have never imagined that we'd still be contending with such a formidable, contagious, devastating threat. Yet, here we are, trying our best to find a ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Explore Aerodynamics 

EDISON-- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School offered abbreviated two-day after school STEM workshops focused on aerodynamics in the first two weeks of November. Under the guidance of Mrs. Andrea Barnett, Middle School science teacher and Science Department Co-Chair, pondered the question of how the program could offer a hands-on STEM program that would be safe during the pandemic and accessible to both ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Excited To Perform Virtual Fall Play

EDISON-- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison is pleased to present One Stoplight Town as its virtual fall play this year. This full-length play was written by playwright Tracy Wells and the W+H thespians will be the first to produce this new title and premiere the show on Friday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

One Stoplight Town is a story about people from a town so small that you might drive ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Receives Introduction To Disc Golf

EDISON, NJ-- Tim Head of Cranford, fifth grade teacher and Middle School coach at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, provided a tutorial on disc golf to sixth and seventh grade students in their physical education class. Mr. Head demonstrated some pointers on throwing and putting techniques and explained how to navigate from tee to tee on the school’s new 9 hole "Gold" ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Fourth Graders Explore and Learn Outdoors

EDISON, NJ-- The fourth-grade classes of Mrs. Ellen Ritz and Mrs. Lisa Greenberg at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison took advantage of the beautiful November weather and ventured outdoors for a day of fall fun and exploration on Nov. 6. Some called it a “Staycation” and others described it as a “Fall Fun Day.”

 It was a day of bonding and informal ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Soccer Standout Signs Letter Of Intent To Wagner College

EDISON, NJ-- Bella Wysocki of Rahway, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, made it official this afternoon by signing her official National Letter of Intent to attend Wagner College and continue her outstanding soccer career.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge senior is by far the school's all-time leading scorer with 104 goals. She has also distributed 47 assists in 68 career games for ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge School Sets Three Virtual Admission Information Sessions

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison is holding three Virtual Admission Information Sessions – two on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. or 7 p.m. and one on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. Each session provides an opportunity to meet our Head of School, Division Heads, teachers, students and the Admission Team. 

Wardlaw+Hartridge is a coeducational, college preparatory day school enrolling ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Boys Soccer Goalie Graham Kois

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- With a win in the county tournament semifinals last week and posting a clean sheet in his last two games against Oratory Prep and in the state tournament quarter-finals on Nov. 17 versus New Brunswick, Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys soccer goalkeeper Graham Kois is the Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week.

Despite a rough start ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Girls Tennis Team

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls tennis team was expecting a good season, but going 11-0 and winning the State Sectional title vs. Middletown South was a spectacular end to an unusual season. For their achievement, the girls tennis team are the Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week. 

Anna Szczuka at first singles, Diya Nainwal at second singles, Diya Nainwal at ...

Union County Freeholders Remind Residents of Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges residents to download Recycle Coach to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free app is designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County residents and ...

Union County’s New #SmashItDontTrashIt Campaign Makes New Green Energy from Old Halloween Pumpkins

Union County residents can put their Jack o’ Lanterns to good use after Halloween by participating in Union County’s new Pumpkin Recycling Program. The pumpkins will be collected by Union County and other local governments and brought to an organic waste recycler in Elizabeth, where they will be transformed into green energy.

“The Pumpkin Recycling Program is an easy, ...

NJ Restaurants Look to ‘Bubbles’ to Stay Afloat This Winter

November 22, 2020

In a normal winter, Mhairi Robertson tries to fill the seats inside Bistro La Source, a swanky French restaurant in Jersey City. This year, she’s trying to fill bubbles.

Robertson, the manager of the restaurant, says the six plastic dining bubbles situated in the restaurant’s parking lot is an essential part of their business plan, as indoor dining is currently capped at 12 ...

How to Make the Most of Your Downsized Thanksgiving Dinner (Recipe Included)

With the coronavirus pandemic surging forward, threatening to stomp all over our traditional get-together with relatives, Thanksgiving for many of us is going to be a lot quieter this year.

The CDC recommends that people avoid large gatherings and instead celebrate the holiday with the members of their household. As a result, a shorter guest list could require a few changes to the ...

New Jersey Date Night: Meet Me for Happy Hour

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

Regardless of our relationship statuses, we’ve experienced a lot of unusual in 2020. From searching for paper products to seeking election resolution, New Jerseyans have been through the wringer. 

As we round the corner to concluding the year that can’t end soon enough, couples and ...

As Thanksgiving 2020 Approaches, NJ Sees Bigger Demand for Smaller Turkeys

NEW JERSEY — Vincent Losavio may have to do something he hasn’t done in his 54 years as a butcher: turn down a turkey order.

Losavio, owner of John’s Meat Market in Scotch Plains, said that as Thanksgiving approaches, his business is seeing an increased demand for smaller turkeys than in prior years, impacting his supply. On weeks where he would normally place orders for ...

Worried about Memory Decline? Screening Can Ease Your Mind

Memory loss can be scary. People often ignore worrisome changes in thinking and behavior as they age, but it’s important to find out what is causing the changes. If you are among the 10% of seniors who develop Alzheimer’s disease, you can learn about treatments to slow its progression and manage symptoms.

As a cognitive neurologist who helped develop Atlantic Health ...

Community Conversations: The Road to Recovery

For some individuals who have COVID-19, recovering from the virus can take weeks or months of battling various symptoms. On this Community Conversation, Dr. Steven Sheris, SVP, Physician Enterprise, Atlantic Health System, shares how the Atlantic COVID Recovery Center helps patients on their journey to recovery.

 

Addams Tavern in Westfield is Back Open After COVID-19 Closure

November 23, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — A popular restaurant and bar in Downtown Westfield has reopened for business following its closure due to an employee’s positive coronavirus test.

Addams Tavern was among four establishments in the Harvest Restaurant Group located in Union and Morris counties to temporarily close last week after employees at each location tested positive for coronavirus.

Downtown ...

The Art of Water: A Charity Auction All About Relaxation

November 21, 2020

Dear Editor:

In recent times, finding a chance to relax has been challenging. People miss the activities they love and want to continue seeking comfort, relaxation, and stress relief.

MissionCleanWater a local nonprofit, working to bring clean drinking water and sanitation to underserved communities has created a unique opportunity to bring back some of your favorite activities. They have ...

Union Catholic's Student Movement Against Cancer and Student Council Raise $1,333 During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

November 20, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic’s Student Movement Against Cancer (SMAC) and Student Council came together in October to bring more awareness and raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The school held four Pink Out tag days, and opened up a virtual dedication wall that spread hope and love to our community, with the purpose of celebrating those who have fought and ...