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Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band Plays Drive-In Concert at Union County VoTech in Scotch Plains

September 21, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ —B Street Band, the ever popular Bruce Springsteen tribute band, played a free “drive-in concert” at the Union County VoTech campus on Raritan Road in Scotch Plains on Sunday, evening that had attendees honking in the dark.

Emcee Brian Remo encouraged the audience to honk their horns and flash their lights in appreciation of the performance since the ...

Scotch Plains Weekend (Oct. 2-4) Schedule Announced

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Weekend returns, socially distanced, October 2-4 outside the Municipal Building on Park Ave. 

Friday, Oct. 2: Family Movie Night featuring the spooky classic Beetlejuice is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a socially distanced movie under the fall sky.  

Saturday, Oct. 3: Play for P.I.N.K. Rose Checchio Walk to Wipeout ...

Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee Golf Outing

UNION, NJ - The 2020 Molly Maguire's golf outing, benefiting the Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, will be held Thursday, Oct. 8.

The outing will be held at Galloping Hill Golf Course, beginning with lunch at 10:30 a.m.  A shotgun start begins at noon.  The event includes golf giveaways and prizes.  A cocktail hour will be held from 5:00 - 7:00 ...

Advertiser of the Week: Union Catholic High School

September 20, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic Regional High School prepares a diverse student body to fulfill their college and career goals by cultivating the students' achievement of academic standards of excellence within a value-centered environment, strong in its commitment to their core values and to the establishment of a community of faith and love in the Catholic tradition. 

Within a ...

Garden State’s Farmers Struggle with Impact of COVID-19 on Agricultural Industry

Those that sold to supermarkets fared better than those that relied on restaurants and schools

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Third-generation farmer Eric Hensel says in March he took what he was growing in his ...

Up to 40,000 NJ Unemployment Claims Still Backlogged

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Rockaway resident Alfred Cararo waited weeks for New Jersey’s Department of Labor to pay his unemployment claim.

“Just to not hear ...

A Look at the Future Scotch Plains Library; Plans Unveiled by Township

September 21, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The current Scotch Plains Library is a 14,000 sq. ft. building built in the mid 1960s that, according to the Township, is no longer capable of meeting the community’s needs. Use of the Library has increased over the years, and it has become a community resource center operating well beyond its capacity.

A new 25,000 sq. ft. library has been proposed with a ...

Did You Hear The Scoop? Newcomers Group to Meet Sept. 26

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ --The  Scotch Plains - Fanwood Newcomers group is very happy to announce its first in-person event of the year! 

The group will be having social distancing gathering to get everyone together. Please join us on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 4:00 p.m. at Scoops! The event will be outdoors. Free ice cream cone tickets for members will be ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School's Virtual Back-to-School Night Will Be Sept. 29

September 22, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s virtual Back-to-School Night program is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 29. The presentations will be conducted virtually by using the Google Classroom as the vehicle for facilitating the evening. 

To get into the Google Classroom, parents log into their student’s school issued email by using the year of ...

As More Teachers Stay Out of Classrooms, Schools Struggle to Find Substitutes

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There’s been a shortage of substitute teachers for years, but the pandemic has made the situation even worse, according to Richard Bozza, the ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District Taking Steps Toward Safe Reopening of Buildings

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Dr. Joan Mast, superintendent of Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District, sent a letter to parents and employees updating them on the steps being taken by the SPFK12 District to safely reopen school buildings for in-person learning.

"Over the last several weeks, our teachers and administrators have been focused on creating a warm and ...

How Do I Vote This Year?

September 16, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- There is a lot of misinformation going around about how and when New Jersey will vote this year. All registered voters will receive a Vote by Mail Ballot. The County Clerk must have them in the mail by October 5, so if you're already registered, you should receive it by the end of the week of Oct. 5. 

How do you return your ballot? There are several options ...

NJ Election 2020: Register to Vote, Track Mail-In Ballots With New Online Portal

NEW JERSEY — Less than two months from Election Day, Gov. Phil Murphy this week announced a new website will allow New Jersey residents to register to vote and track their mail-in ballot all while on the go or from the comfort of their home.

“This online form is safe and secure, and can be accessed anywhere – whether from a library computer or your smartphone,” ...

Black Drop Coffee Opens in Downtown Scotch Plains

September 19, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- For a long time, one of the knocks on downtown Scotch Plains is that "you can't even get a cup of coffee there." That complaint is no longer valid as Black Drop Coffee on Park Ave. (across from Darby Road) opened this weekend. 

Black Drop bills itself as "Downtown Scotch Plains solution to coffee, specializing in high-quality coffee and espresso ...

Scotchwood Diner Welcomes Back Customers Indoors, Offers 20% Eat-In Discount on Labor Day Weekend

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- It has been nearly six months since the Scotchwood Diner (1928 Route 22 East) has been able to serve its customers indoors, but that will change on Friday, Sept. 4, when the iconic diner will be able to serve customers at 25% of its indoor capacity. 

In celebration of its indoor return, the Scotchwood Diner will be offering a Welcome Back Discount of 20% ...

Restaurants in Scotch Plains-Fanwood May Resume Indoor Dining at 25% Capacity on Fri, Sept. 4

TRENTON, NJ -- Restaurants that would normally have been packed on summer nights today learned that just in time for the start of Labor Day Weekend, the unofficial close of the season, indoor dining may resume on Friday, Sept. 4. Eateries may only allow 25% of their capacity indoors, Gov. Phil Murphy announced via Twitter on Monday morning. 

Restaurants statewide will be able to open ...

Man Charged in Connection with Theft and Long-term Neglect of Elderly Fanwood Woman

September 17, 2020

FANWOOD, NJ -- A 52-year-old man has been arrested and charged with neglecting and stealing nearly $90,000 from an elderly Fanwood woman in his care over the course of nearly four years, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced Thursday.

Castor A. Toro, 52, known around town as Joe, is charged with second-degree theft, second-degree theft by deception, and third-degree ...

Meet Scotch Plains's Newest Police Officer: Valerie Aguirre

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Valerie Aguirre was officially sworn in as the newest Scotch Plains police officer at an outdoor ceremony (to accommodate social distancing requirements) on the steps of the Municipal Building prior to the regularly scheduled Scotch Plains Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15. 

Aguirre was born in Edison and grew up in Woodbridge. A graduate of ...

Chilling Video: Four Gunmen Unleash Hail of Bullets Near Rutgers in New Brunswick; 2 Dead

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A chilling video shows four men emerging from a car with guns drawn and unleashing a hail of bullets that left two dead and six injured early Sunday morning.

In the video provided to TAPinto New Brunswick, the shooters can be seen emerging from the four-door sedan with hoods pulled down in front of their faces. They open fire in the direction of 32 Delafield Street, ...

Union Catholic's Isabela Allen Celebrates Grand Opening of Her ''Story Stroll''

September 20, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Isabela Allen flashed an ear-to-ear smile as applause rang out from a large group of family, friends, and Union Catholic faculty who gathered for a very special ceremony on a sun-splashed Friday afternoon at Jerseyland Park in Scotch Plains.

A host of officials attended including Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo, Deputy Township Mayor ...

Imagine Launches Support Program for Nurses

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss announced the expansion of its virtual group support programs with one designed to help nurses dealing with the stressors of healthcare work during Covid-19.

Imagine, which serves more than 2,000 individuals annually and is nationally recognized for its work helping bereaved children and their families, offers its Peer Support ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Inducts New Officers

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- New Rotary President Julie Murphy was sworn in by Rotary District 7475 Governor Ann Walko, for the 2020-2021 Rotary year on August 12, 2020. The Rotary year began on July 1, however, due to the Coronavirus, the ceremony was postponed and held via Zoom rather than in-person. The following officers were also inducted: Deanna Dell-Bene: ...

Overdose Deaths in NJ May Hit Record High

September 20, 2020

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Through July, deaths are up 17% as stress from lockdown, COVID added to pressures addicts faced

Experts warned that drug and alcohol addictions were ...

Twin City Taking Part in State-Run Naloxone Giveaway September 24-26

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical is once again participating in a state initiative to combat the opioid crisis. From Thursday, Sept. 24 through Saturday, Sept. 26, the Park Avenue pharmacy will distribute free Naloxone (i.e Narcan) to community members, no questions asked. 

“This is such an issue right now and the more we can do things like this and ...

Imagine Launches Support Program for Nurses

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss announced the expansion of its virtual group support programs with one designed to help nurses dealing with the stressors of healthcare work during Covid-19.

Imagine, which serves more than 2,000 individuals annually and is nationally recognized for its work helping bereaved children and their families, offers its Peer Support ...

Congregation Beth Israel to Hold Free Services and Events for Rosh Hashanah

September 3, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will offer a combination of virtual and in-person socially-distant services and events in celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The synagogue’s Family Service and its Community Shofar Blowing are both free and open to non-members.

From Sept. 8 through Sept. 17, Congregation Beth Israel will hold a ...

Golf: Scotch Plains Native John Pak Honored as Low Amateur at 2020 U.S. Open

September 20, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Although he didn't win the tournament and was back in the pack when the tournament ended, Scotch Plains native John Pak left Winged Foot Golf Club with some impressive hardware.

The former Raider fired a final-round 74 and finished 18-over par at the 2020 U.S. Open and was the only golfer among the 13 amateurs competing who was able to make the cut.

Pak Struggles During 3rd Round Saturday at the U.S. Open, Drops in Standings

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- After becoming the only amateur to make the cut for weekend play, Scotch Plains native John Pak struggled on Saturday as he shot a +9 and dropped to tie for 59th place at the U.S. Open Championship at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, NY. He will play again on Sunday and will hope to improve on Saturday's performance.

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Matt Wolff is atop the ...

Pak Plays On! Scotch Plains Native Makes The Cut at the U.S. Open (VIDEO)

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains native John Pak finished Round 2 tied for 33rd place and was the only amateur and the only player from the New York metropolitan area today to advance.

Patrick Reed finished at the top spot with -4, followed by Bryson DeChambeau at -3. Harris English, Justin Thomas, and Rafa Cabrera-Bello finished in a three-way tie for third at -2.

The ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Peer Leadership Retreat Enjoys New Look

EDISON, NJ 00 For three days, the 12 newly appointed senior peer leaders at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison moved the program’s annual opening retreat a little closer to home – right on the W+H campus!

Normally, the kickoff to the Peer Leadership program resides on the wooded property of the Fairview Lakes YMCA in upstate NJ. However, this year our team building and ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Kicks Off School Year with Convocation Ceremony

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison officially opened the 2020-2021 school year with its 138th Convocation Ceremony. This year’s ceremony was held virtually in a webinar presented to the full W+H community.

The processional included members of the Upper School Student Council carrying their class flags, which were placed on the stage of the Berry Performing Arts Center.

Union County Launches Virtual Wildlife Wednesdays Program

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the popular “Wildlife Wednesdays” program is returning next Wednesday, September 23 with “NJ Natives” a program focusing on wildlife original to the garden state, such as the spotted turtle and garter snake.  New programs will continue to run each Wednesday through the end of October, with a new starting time ...

Union County: Helping You Recycle Right

Recycling has been mandatory in New Jersey since 1987 but questions continually arise about recycling.  The Union County Bureau of Recycling wants residents to Recycle Right so here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Q:  What is ACCEPTABLE in my curbside bin?

A: Recycle all empty plastic bottles coded #1 & # 2, aluminum & steel (tin) cans, glass ...

How Sweet! Check Out These NJ Honey Farms During National Honey Month

September 17, 2020

NEW JERSEY — September is widely recognized as National Honey Month. This month typically marks the end of the honey collection season for beekeepers across the US.

You don’t have to be arms deep in a beehive to appreciate the thick, golden stuff that makes everything sweeter. The Garden State has a number of bee and honey farms that produce high-quality, local raw ...

New Jersey Date Night: San Gennaro Festival, DIY Style

As each New Jersey summer comes to a close, one sure thing that takes away the sting from saying goodbye to hot, sunshine-filled days is attending a San Gennaro Festival. This celebration, lasting 11 days in Manhattan and with smaller-scaled celebrations in our state, is a food-fest of Italian flavor. Peppers and sausage and zeppolis reign supreme with their tempting aromas in the ...

Community Conversations: Take Charge of Your Health

September is National Preparedness Month, so now is the time to take charge of your health. On the next Atlantic Health System Community Conversation, Scott Lauter, MD, MBA, FACP, FHM, Chief Medical Officer, Atlantic Medical Group and Faith Goldman, MD, Atlantic Breast Associates - Branchburg share some crucial information and answer your questions about the screenings and examinations you should ...

CentraState Healthcare System and Atlantic Health System Seek Expanded Partnership

Systems sign Letter of Intent to build upon successful clinical affiliation

Building on a history of successful collaboration to improve the health of residents across northern and central New Jersey, CentraState Healthcare System and Atlantic Health System have signed a Letter of Intent to create a unique model for health system co-ownership. Upon completion of this expanded ...

Atlantic Medical Group ENTs Overcome Pandemic Challenges by Facing Them – Head-On

As health care providers throughout New Jersey passed the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and sought to resume care, they were faced with the task of finding new ways of doing so while protecting patients and their own team members.

For otolaryngologists, better known as ear, nose and throat specialists, or ENTs, this was a bit more challenging. These are physicians whose very work means ...

Community Conversation: When Will High School Sports Resume?

The school year is about to begin, but what's the latest when it comes to school sports? On this Community Conversation, Damion Martins, MD, medical director of Sports Medicine for Atlantic Health System, team physician for the New York Jets and a leading voice in the reopening of sports activities, answers your questions about what student-athletes and parents can expect this fall ...

Westfield High School Goes Remote After 6 Students Test Positive for COVID, Superintendent Says

September 16, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School is switching to all remote learning for the next 14 days after six high school students tested positive for coronavirus, the superintendent said Wednesday.

The students contracted the virus as a result of exposures outside of school, and none of the cases appear to be connected to each other, Superintendent Margaret Dolan said in her update addressed ...

97-Year Old Newark Resident Receives Golden Broom for Sweeping Property Every Day for 53 Years

September 21, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Newark Department of Public Works officials and neighbors of a longtime South Ward community member made a show of what it means to keep Newark clean on Tuesday when the group surprised the 97-year-old woman with a golden broom for her efforts to brighten up her neighborhood. 

Rain, hail, sleet or snow, since moving to Newark in 1967, family and friends say ...

How Has Lockdown Affected Your Relationship?

COVID-19 has reshaped our personal relationships. Life in lockdown has forced us to live in close proximity to one another and balance work, children, homeschooling and finances during an already stressful time. On the other hand, social distancing has isolated us from our friends, family, communities and activities that we once enjoyed.

Although we are beginning to see some sense of what use ...

School Tensions and the Strain on Families and Couples

The challenges of figuring out school this year have created tension in many families. Couples may have a difference of opinion; one parent may want remote learning while the other wants in-person learning. Is socialization (and the potential risk of spread) the best bet, or is being safe at home (and isolated) the better option? 

No matter how challenging these negotiations are for ...

Speaking with Purpose and Not from a Place of Reactivity

Have you ever had the experience when you’ve spoken too soon and then it’s way too late to reverse what’s just been said? Do you regret how you handled that situation? Perhaps you were too reactive and responded in an emotional way?

Speaking with purpose and not from a place of reactivity takes practice and an awareness of Self. We have all had knee-jerk ...

Scotch Plains Coronavirus 6-Month Update

September 19, 2020

Dear Editor:

This week marks two anniversaries, one somber and one hopeful. March 20th is the six-month anniversary of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Scotch Plains. In the 185 days since then, we have had a total of 358 confirmed cases. Putting it into perspective, that’s the equivalent of over one infected person for each of the 345 streets in our town, and we have likely ...

Honoring a Man Who Lives a Life of Service: Scotch Plains Rescue Squad's Dan Sullivan

September 12, 2020

The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad wouldn’t exist without its volunteers who answer calls day and night, on weekends and holidays. One of these volunteers, Daniel Sullivan, is now being recognized for all he does for his community. Mayor Al Smith will issue a proclamation naming Dan the Scotch Plains Male Volunteer of the Year at the town council meeting on September 15. The actual award ...

Union County Announces COVID-19 Emergency Drive-Up Food Distribution, September 26

September 22, 2020

The Union County Freeholders announced the County will hold an emergency drive-up food distribution for residents to aid those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, Sept. 26, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Kean University (1000 Morris Ave, Union). The distribution will take place in the parking lot located at the intersection of North Ave. and Morris Ave. The food distribution will ...

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Sat, September 26, 8:00 AM

Scotch Plains

Scotch Plains Farmers Market



Sun, September 27, 1:30 PM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

An Afternoon of Colonial Handicrafts



Tue, September 29, 7:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library (Virtual Branch), Scotch Plains

“Book of the Little Axe” Discussion Group at ...

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