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Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Students Perform at NY Fashion Week

February 14, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- On most days, you will find teens hovering over their social media or recording their next Tik Tok. This was not the case for Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School students Aliyah Daniel, Abigail Earp, Valdon Daniel, III, Ananda Daniel, and professional dancer Lauriane Nabet

They all had an experience of a lifetime on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, when ...

Would the Westfield Rialto Theatre Work as a Performing Arts Center?

WESTFIELD, NJ — Both the town of Westfield and the owner of a 97-year-old movie theater, which closed abruptly six months ago, are working to convert the landmark location into a performing arts center.

Westfield had sought a grant to hire a consultant to study what the best use for the theater space could be. However, Mayor Shelley Brindle this week said that grant opportunity fell ...

Fred Rossi Will 'Tell Jersey Stories' at Scotch Plains Library on Feb. 13

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- If you like history and trivia and New Jersey, you'll want to stop by the Scotch Plains Library on Bartle Ave. on Thursday, Feb. 13. Journalist Fred T. Rossi will be talking about some of the stories in his new book, Jersey Stories: Stories You May Not Have Heard about People and Events in New Jersey History.

 

Among the stories he will talk about ...

Gather Your Records Before Preparing Tax Returns

February 15, 2020

As taxpayers are getting ready to file their taxes, one of the first things they’ll do is gather their records. To avoid refund delays, taxpayers should gather all year-end income documents before filing a 2019 tax return.

It’s important for folks to have all the needed documents on hand before starting to prepare their return. Doing so helps them file a complete and accurate tax ...

Build Your Business with Relationships: Leadership, Sales, Inclusion, and More

Whether it’s leadership, sales, inclusion, culture, change, or customer service, building a business is all about relationships. That is the theme of the fourth annual Union County Means Business Networking Breakfast, featuring internationally known leadership coach Tony Chatman. All Union County business owners, managers and entrepreneurs are welcome to attend.

Limited seating is ...

Would the Westfield Rialto Theatre Work as a Performing Arts Center?

WESTFIELD, NJ — Both the town of Westfield and the owner of a 97-year-old movie theater, which closed abruptly six months ago, are working to convert the landmark location into a performing arts center.

Westfield had sought a grant to hire a consultant to study what the best use for the theater space could be. However, Mayor Shelley Brindle this week said that grant opportunity fell ...

African American History Month Program at Scotch Plains Library on Feb. 27

February 16, 2020

The public is invited to an African American History Month program, to be held on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7:00 p.m. at the Scotch Plains Public Library. Why Wench Betty’s Story Matters: The Murder of a New Jersey Slave in 1784, will be presented by Public Scholar Sue Kozel. Registration is not required for this program.

While the powerful ideals of freedom and liberty seemed to have ...

Meet the 2020 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal

UNION, NJ – Michael McNany has always been proud of his Irish heritage and the values of family, community, service and generosity that come with it.  On March 14, the 24th Annual Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade will step off onto the streets of Union with McNany as Grand Marshal.

"It's quite an honor to have been selected as the Grand Marshal of the 2020 Union ...

NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation Names Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Teacher as 2020 Teacher of the Year

February 16, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Since 2018, the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation has recognized one teacher in the state who has made valuable contributions to the teaching of the Vietnam War Era. 

Rebecca DiBrienza, a social studies teacher at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, has been selected as the Foundation's Teacher of the Year for her work ...

Education Enrichment Foundation (EEF) of Scotch Plains-Fanwood Hosts 11th Annual Leadership Training Conference

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Education Enrichment Foundation (EEF) of Scotch Plains-Fanwood hosted its 11th annual Leadership Training Conference (LTC 100) on Feb. 8-9, 2020. 

Over 100 student delegates, recommended by the faculty of Park Middle School, Terrill Middle School, and St. Bartholomew Academy (grades 5 – 8), participated in the event. The event was held at ...

Students from Scotch Plains-Fanwood Receive Accolades from Fairleigh Dickinson University

MADISON, NJ -- Students from Scotch Plains and Fanwood at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Florham Campus in Madison, NJ, have been named to the Dean's List and Honors List for the Fall 2019 semester.

The following students have been named to the Dean's List:

Thomas Drubulis of Fanwood
Julia Bonaccorso of Scotch Plains
Maria Del Sordi of Scotch Plains
Hope ...

Fanwood Mayor Mahr Leads Celebration of 100 Years of Women's Suffrage

February 9, 2020

UNION, NJ -- Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Elizabeth Councilwomen Patricia Perkins-Auguste co-hosted a breakfast attended by 200 women from across Union and Essex Counties to celebrate and acknowledge that women have only had the right to vote in America for 100 years on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Galloping Hill Golf Course.

The event attracted elected officials and their ...

Scenes from Mayor Al Smith's Birthday Party Fundraiser

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith, a Republican who is seeking his second term this November, celebrated his 76th birthday on Jan. 29, with a birthday party/fundraiser that attracted a bipartisan crowd.

During his brief remarks, the mayor trumpeted his efforts with the Mayor's Wellness Program, and the movement that has taken place in downtown redevelopment.

"We are about to ...

Scotch Plains Democratic Committee Unanimously Selects Josh Losardo for Mayor; Ellen Zimmerman for Township Council

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The Scotch Plains Democratic Committee unanimously nominated Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo to run for Mayor and long-time community volunteer Ellen Zimmerman to run for Township Council. Losardo and Zimmerman will run on the Democratic line on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020.

“I am immensely grateful to the Scotch Plains Democratic Committee for its ongoing ...

Winter Restaurant Week Returns February 23 - 28!

February 15, 2020

CRANFORD, NJ -- The Downtown Cranford Winter Restaurant Week is back this February!

From Sunday, Feb. 23 through Friday, Feb. 28, diners can enjoy prix fixe dinner menus at a number of downtown restaurants. There are options for everyone's tastes, from casual to fine dining, from Greek cuisine to Irish, Italian, American, Mexican, and more. Diners can look over the ...

Scotch Plains Council Approves Use of Hedge Property for Darby Road St. Patrick's Festival

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Council has once again approved the use of the Township's hedge property and a portion of the municipal parking lot for Darby Road's annual St. Patrick's Day Festival.

Restaurateur Joe Mortarulo was invited to the microphone to discuss details of the event, including the hours of operation. On Friday, March 13, and Saturday, ...

Questions Linger Over Apparent Closure of Westfield's InnovAsian Taco Restaurant

WESTFIELD, NJ — Plants block the entryway of the restaurant’s doors, and more greenery in the window is turning brown.

A sign on the door states that InnovAsian Taco at 106 Quimby St. is “closed.” And while a logo on the door indicates the eatery participates in the online food delivery service Grubhub, searches of the website yield no references to InnovAsian ...

Scotch Plains Police Search for Hit-and-Run Driver Following Incident at Terrill Middle School

February 10, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains police are looking for the driver responsible for a hit-and-run incident on Thursday, Feb. 6, on Terrill Road during morning drop-off at Terrill Middle School between 7:10 and 7:25 a.m.

The car is believed to be a white, four-door Jeep Wrangler, and according the Rich Broski's Facebook post, the driver person rammed his wife's ...

Scotch Plains Police Investigate Bias Incident

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains police are investigating what a bias incident on Coles Avenue that appears to have targeted a mixed race couple.

"The incident was reported on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. The complainant reported that sometime overnight someone had used soap to write the "N word" on a window of their vehicle," said ...

Scotch Plains PBA Donates $11K+ to Never Say Never Foundation; Charity Helps Amputees, Including Local Boy

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In September, Scotch Plains PBA 87 raised more than $11,000 at its annual charity golf outing, which picks a children's charity of some type. The money generated by the 2019 event is going to the Never Say Never Foundation, a Florida-based organization that helps amputee kids and athletes strive to reach their full potential. The foundation puts on one of the ...

Education Enrichment Foundation (EEF) of Scotch Plains-Fanwood Hosts 11th Annual Leadership Training Conference

February 16, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Education Enrichment Foundation (EEF) of Scotch Plains-Fanwood hosted its 11th annual Leadership Training Conference (LTC 100) on Feb. 8-9, 2020. 

Over 100 student delegates, recommended by the faculty of Park Middle School, Terrill Middle School, and St. Bartholomew Academy (grades 5 – 8), participated in the event. The event was held at ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School's 'Cabaret for a Cause' Raises $2,500+ for Children's Specialized Hospital

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Brava! to the organizers of Cabaret for a Cause at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

"I am thrilled to announce that our Cabaret for a Cause concert raised over $2500 to donate to the Long Term Care Unit of the Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside," said SPFHS Choral Director Jan Allen.

Senior Gabrielle ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Rotary Club to Host Casino Night on Feb. 29

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club will host its annual Casino Night on Saturday, Feb. 29, at Shackamaxon Country Club, in Scotch Plains. 

The evening includes hors d'oeuvres, a buffet dinner and dessert with a cash bar. There will be many tricky tray prizes.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the gaming begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person ...

Food Can Heal in Scotch Plains on Feb. 23

February 15, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Community Wellness Center of All Saints Episcopal Church, in conjunction with the Scotch Plains Mayors Wellness Campaign, will host a tasty discussion on the healing power of what we eat on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 2:00 p.m. at All Saints. 

 

A plant-based diet has proven to be a key element in overall fitness for mind, body, and spirit. Hear ...

This Is Your Brain on Social Media

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Since inception, smartphones and social media sites have played a huge impact in our daily lives. We scroll, post, "like," and comment, for hours each day. We have shortened our attention span and have stared at the screen while sitting and eating with our loved ones and closest friends, keeping our attention focused on what is on the screen, rather than the ...

Should Scotch Plains-Fanwood Day Cares, Pre-Schools Post Vaccination Rates?

WESTFIELD, NJ — Local health officials are considering a mandate that pre-schools and day care centers make their immunization rates more widely known.

While the Westfield Board of Health -- which covers Fanwood, but not Scotch Plains -- has yet to put the proposal in writing, its members on Feb. 3 discussed mandating that the institutions post their vaccination rates online ...

Scenes from St. Bartholomew Academy's '70 Years of Dance' Celebration in Scotch Plains

February 2, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- As part of its year-long 70th anniversary celebration, St. Bartholomew Academy in Scotch Plains hosted a "70 Years of Dance" celebration in which students dressed up and danced to music from the 1950s all the way until today's hits. 

St. Bartholomew Academy (SBA) is a Catholic elementary school with grades pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade. The ...

Former Scotch Plains-Fanwood Star Pitcher Helps Lead Villanova to Historic Win

February 16, 2020

PHOENIX, AZ -- Former Scotch Plains-Fanwood standout pitcher Danny Wilkinson, along with a former foe (Cranford HS grad Gordon Graceffo) combined on a three-hitter as Villanova stunned No. 3 ranked Arizona State (ASU), 2-1, in what might be the biggest win in program history on Saturday, Feb. 15.

The New Jersey natives held ASU to just one run. In his career appearance, Danny ...

Scenes from Scotch Plains-Fanwood Wrestling Senior Day 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School wrestling squad took time on Saturday morning to honor the members of the Class of 2020. 

Josh Barros
Nick Johns
Robert Mehorter
Nolan O'Connor
Camden Ricci
Bobby Root
Noah Samms
Vicky Savoca (statistician)

Coach Marc Fabiano recognized each athlete, who was escorted by a family member(s). Scotch ...

Girls Track: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Wins 1st Ever State Sectional Title

TOMS RIVER, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School girls track team, for the first time in school history, has won the NJSIAA North II Group III State Sectional Winter Track & Field Championship at the John Bennett Indoor Sports Complex in Toms River.

The girls took the lead with a 1-2 finish in the 400 Meters by Julia Jackson and Jenai Berry and remained in the top ...

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NJ Chefs to Take the Challenge at Girl Scout Cookie Cook-Off

February 14, 2020

Can’t get enough Girl Scout Cookies? Then head to the third annual Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Great Cookie Cook-off next month in Scotch Plains, where New Jersey chefs will compete to see who can best incorporate the perennial treats into dishes both sweet and savory.

The fundraiser will be held at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains on Thursday, March 12. Jackie ...

Can New Jersey Really Call Itself the Pizza Capital of the World?

New Jersey’s official state Twitter account, @NJGov, set off a “pizza war” a few days ago when — just in time for National Pizza Day — it proclaimed the Garden State the “official pizza capital of the world.”

But is it, though? Is it really?

As everyone knows, pizza got its start in Italy. In Naples, to be exact, according to food historian Ken ...

Food Network TV Show Features Media-Savvy NJ Girl Scout

This story first ran on TAPinto Hillsborough.

Tune in to the Food Network Monday night, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. to catch Olivia Altidor, an eighth-grader at Hillsborough Middle School, in front of the camera with other Girl Scouts as bakers whip up desserts made with Girl Scout cookies.

You'll see her working with the contestants, offering advice on how to create a dessert ...

New Jersey Date Night: The Steaks are High for Valentine’s Day

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

When it comes to the Valentine’s Day date, the stakes are high because of the importance we place on the perceived “most romantic” date night of the year. Even though we should approach every date night with the same vigor, Valentine’s Day seems to bring the most pressure to ...

Michael Cetrulo’s Newest Restaurant to Open in Montville

This story first ran on TAPinto Montville.

MONTVILLE, NJ — Ever since TAPinto Montville broke the news of the new owner of the former Montville Inn, Michael Cetrulo’s vision for his new restaurant Locanda Vecchia last June, food-lovers have been asking, “When is it going to open?” Locals are salivating to make reservations for Montville’s ...

Taking a Moment: How a Sock Donation Rolled Up Into an Experience with Somerset County’s Working Poor and Homeless

It was right around noon on Friday, Jan. 17, and the three ladies in the kitchen worked as quickly as they could to prepare before clients would begin filing through the rear doors of Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Somerville, looking for a hot meal.

The Samaritan Homeless Interim Program, also known as SHIP, has been serving meals to anyone who needs one since 1984. It has served ...

Morristown Medical Center Earns Five-Star Rating from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center is one of only two hospitals in New Jersey to earn the prestigious five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Hospital Compare Program, the latest recognition for a hospital ranked number one in the state by U.S. News & World Report.

The CMS five-star rating, which is the highest possible, is the ...

Atlantic Health System Earns Gold Recognition on the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index

Atlantic Health System has been designated Gold level on the American Heart Association’s Workplace Achievement Index for the second year in a row, marking a great achievement in the well-being journey of its more than 17,000 team members.

The unique well-being programs at Atlantic Health System are just one of the reasons Atlantic Health is a great place to work. Focused on caring for ...

From the Hospital to the Field

It's Super Bowl week, so get ready for the big game with a look at the important role the NFL and football have played in the life of one, special Atlantic Health System patient! On the latest AtlantiCast, see this once-in-a-lifetime experience thanks to Atlantic Health and our partners the New York Jets.

 

 

Can Cervical Cancer Be Prevented?

Q:  Can cervical cancer be prevented?

A:  A recent international study of 66 million men and women under age 30, published in 2019 in The Lancet medical journal, found that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine significantly reduced precancerous changes in the cervical cells of girls and young women.  Another recent study found that the ...

Overlook Nurse and Pockets of Light Present the Gift of Time for Those who Experience Infant Loss

SUMMIT, NJ – JANUARY 2020 – A nurse at Overlook Medical Center recently helped present parents who deliver stillborn babies with something she wished she had when she delivered her own – more time.

On January 15, Christine Casadonte, RN, who has worked in the hospital’s emergency department since 2010, presented her colleagues in Overlook’s labor and delivery ...

NJ Human Services Invests $170K in Union County to Fight Opioid Epidemic

February 8, 2020

$7.87 Million in New Investments in Innovation Awards to Counties, Life-Saving Naloxone for Police and Libraries, and the 844-ReachNJ Addiction Treatment Hotline

(TRENTON) –  New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today announced several new steps in the Murphy Administration’s work to combat the opioid epidemic in New Jersey, including:

Awarding ...

NJ Teen Reported Dead After Six-Story Fall from The Vessel in Hudson Yards in NYC

February 3, 2020

NEW YORK -- The body of a young man who was found on the ground near The Vessel, a sculpture at Hudson Yards in Manhattan, was identified as that of a 2019 Ridge High School graduate.

According to a published report in the New York Post, 19-year-old Peter DeSalvo of Basking Ridge did not survive a drop from the sixth floor of the structure on West 33rd Street in Manhattan Saturday evening ...

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 you ...

Red Flags in Dating

The first stage of dating begins with a sense of excitement and eagerness to learn about each other. Many of us enter into a relationship with the hope that this “may be the one.” There are many internet dating services that make promises of finding the right partner for you. This can certainly happen and for a few, it’s been a very successful way of finding “the ...

Taking What Others Say Personally

Warren Buffett is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist, who is the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.  He is considered one of the most successful investors in the world and is considered the fourth wealthiest person in the world.

A recent quote of his states “You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to ...

We Reject Hatred

February 4, 2020

To the Scotch Plains Community:

We react with anger and despair over the news this weekend that a member of our community was targeted with racist hatred, which was soaped on the window of their private car, parked at their own home. We cannot be silent.

Last year, the Town Councils of Scotch Plains and Fanwood, led by Mayors Al Smith and Colleen Mahr, along with the Board of ...

African American History Month Program at Scotch Plains Library on Feb. 27

February 16, 2020

The public is invited to an African American History Month program, to be held on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7:00 p.m. at the Scotch Plains Public Library. Why Wench Betty’s Story Matters: The Murder of a New Jersey Slave in 1784, will be presented by Public Scholar Sue Kozel. Registration is not required for this program.

While the powerful ideals of freedom and liberty seemed to have ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, February 18, 1:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Afternoon Book Club at Scotch Plains Public ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Wed, February 19, 6:00 PM

Mountainside Elks Lodge #1585, 1193 Route 22 East

Wednesday Night Dinner - Chicken Murphy

Food & Drink

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Thu, February 20, 7:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Cookbook Club at the Scotch Plains Library

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