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Scotch Plains Public Library Adds Film Streaming Service

March 26, 2019

With Kanopy, Scotch Plains Public Library Patrons Will Have Free Access to more than 30,000 Films

Starting April 1, the popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy will be available for free from Scotch Plains Public Library. Scotch Plains adult resident card holders in good standing will be able to access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films by visiting the library's web site.

Jewelry Club to Make Book Origami Earrings @ the Scotch Plains Library

​On Monday, April 8 at 10:00 AM, artists of all skill levels are invited to join local artist Perthea Brown to make Book Origami Earrings; see the library’s website for the supply list. Participants can also bring their own projects to work on alongside this ever-popular group. Registration is required.

For more information or to register, go ...

Comic Book Illustrator Course in Fanwood Given by Former Marvel Artist Bob Budianski

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Community Art Workshops and the Life Drawing Studio Group present a free Comic Book Illustration class for adults & youth (middle school and up). on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 7:30–9:30 PM

Former Marvel artist Bob Budiansky will teach the basics of how to draw comic books. All art materials will be provided.

Please note that space is limited and ...

Wawa Receives Preliminary Site Plan Approval in Plainfield for South Ave. Location

March 22, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Almost 100 residents and business owners turned out on Wednesday to voice their opposition to a proposal that was before Plainfield’s Planning Board for preliminary and final site plan approval to construct a Wawa food market that would include fueling stations. The meeting had been adjourned on March 7, and was moved to the larger venue at the high ...

Fanwood Announces 2019 Events Calendar

FANWOOD, NJ – Fanwood has released its 2019 Community Events Calendar, which includes annual favorites, including the Easter Egg Roll (April 13), Rockin’ for Autism (April 28), Memorial Day Parade (May 27), Ladies Night Out (June 6), Party in the Park (June 25), Fan Jam Music/Food Truck Fest (June 30), National Night Out (August 6), Fanny Wood Day (Sept. 15), Halloween Parade (Oct.

Union Catholic Will Host Fifth Annual Business Networking Luncheon on April 11

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  Union Catholic High School will host its 5th annual business networking luncheon on Thursday, April 11, at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains. The program will feature a panel discussion moderated by Joe Connolly, WCBS Newsradio 880 Business Reporter.

“UCBNL offers area businesses and not-for-profit organizations a valuable opportunity to network, ...

Deadline for 'Hometown Heroes' Banner Program on March 31

March 25, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The local "Hometown Heroes" banner program honoring Scotch Plains and Fanwood veterans will accept new applicants only until Deadline: March 31, 2019. 

The program will be limited to the first 100 applicants who meet the eligibility requirements. This will be the final chance to participate in the Banner Program.  

St. Bartholomew ...

National Vietnam Veterans Day Is Friday, March 29

NATIONAL -- National Vietnam War Veterans Day on March 29 honors the men and women who served and sacrificed during the longest conflict in U.S. history.     

On March 29, 1973, combat and combat support units withdrew from South Vietnam. Generations later, veterans of this war are gaining the respect that was not so freely given upon their return. Involving five Presidents, ...

Radio Personality Joe Nolan Returns to Alma Mater, Holy Trinity School in Westfield

March 21, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Veteran radio traffic reporter and longtime Westfield resident Joe Nolan returned to Holy Trinity School to cut the ribbon at the new gym on Wednesday, March 20, and shared stories of his experience with current students.

Nolan, a member of the high school class of 1976, the last class to graduate when Holy Trinity still ran a high school program, toured his alma ...

UnitedHealthcare Health Bee Competition at Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- From fitness tips to science facts, Union County middle school students will focus their brainpower on health as they compete in the UnitedHealthcare Health Bee at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (1340 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains) on Wednesday, March 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Since the fall, students have been preparing for the Health Bee, ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood School Budget Will Total $91 Million for 2019-20 Academic Year

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District unveiled its 2019-2020 budget totalling slightly more than $95 million at the Board of Education (BOE) on Thursday, March 15, meeting. The budget, prepared by district's business administrator Debbie Saridaki, includes a 2 percent increase in spending, but no special options that could have put the total above ...

Deadline for Filing Primary Petitions with Union County Clerk Is April 1

March 13, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The deadline for filing a petition to run in a June Primary Election is Monday, April 1, 2019. Candidates who are interested, should register with the Union County Clerk's Office. 

Voters who wish to apply for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot can do so at two locations:

Office of the Union County Clerk 
Union County Courthouse - Election Division 
2 Broad ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary to Host Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on April 13

March 26, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club will host its pancake breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, April 7, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Scotch Hills Country Club's Shady Rest Clubhouse (820 Jerusalem Road).

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children between 6-12 years old. Children under 6 eat for free. 

All proceeds benefit the Frazee House. For ...

St. Patrick's Day Lunch at Knights of Columbus on Sun, March 17

SCOTCH PLAINS/WESTFIELD, NJ -- Knights of Columbus Council 1711 (2400 North Ave. on the Scotch Plains/Westfield border) will host its popular St. Patrick's Day Lunch on Sunday, March 17, starting at 12:00 noon.

"For just $6, you can receive a meal that includes corned beef sandwiches and the fixings," says Bruce Moran, a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus.

Rocko’s Ice Cream in Fanwood to Reopen for Spring Season on Sat, March 16

FANWOOD, NJ -- The signs of spring are abound as the last traces of March snow have melted and the daffodils what stuck their heads out of the ground. Another sign of the changing season is the return of Rocko's Ice Cream (38 South Martine Ave.) in Fanwood.

"I'm really looking forward to having the kids come back now that the weather is nicer," said owner Brandon ...

Scotch Plains Police Nab Daytime Burglar

March 26, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains police responded to a home on a report of an attempted burglary at a home on Sleepy Hollow Lane on March 24, at 8:15 a.m. 

Upon their arrival, the suspect had fled the area but officers on scene were able to broadcast a suspect description. Officer Andrew Gitto located the suspect on Rahway Rd. fleeing the area on a bicycle. The suspect ...

Car Overturned on South Ave. in Scotch Plains on Monday Afternoon

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- An overturned car tied up South Avenue early Monday afternoon. The black Mercedes, with what appear to be New York license plates, hit a parked car on the side of the roadway near the Westfield DPW Building not far from the Scotch Plains-Westfield border. 

The driver had minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital, according to Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted ...

Fire at Clark Commons ULTA Beauty Store

CLARK, NJ - The Clark Fire Department responded to a call at ULTA Beauty in the Clark Commons early on Monday afternoon. Upon arrival, the FD found customers and employees rushing out of the store after a fire was discovered in an outlet in the floor according to Fire Chief Frank Cerasa. One employee of ULTA said the store had an odd rubber smell all morning leading up to the ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary to Host Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on April 13

March 26, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club will host its pancake breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, April 7, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Scotch Hills Country Club's Shady Rest Clubhouse (820 Jerusalem Road).

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children between 6-12 years old. Children under 6 eat for free. 

All proceeds benefit the Frazee House. For ...

Deadline for 'Hometown Heroes' Banner Program on March 31

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The local "Hometown Heroes" banner program honoring Scotch Plains and Fanwood veterans will accept new applicants only until Deadline: March 31, 2019. 

The program will be limited to the first 100 applicants who meet the eligibility requirements. This will be the final chance to participate in the Banner Program.  

St. Bartholomew ...

Janice Pettiford of Fanwood, Coleen Coffey and Margaret Van Heek of Scotch Plains Sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocates

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Janice Pettiford of Fanwood and Margaret Van Heek of Scotch Plains were among 25 new volunteers sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) this week.

Volunteers from 10 Union County municipalities as well as towns in Bergen, Essex and Monmouth counties have been sworn in by Superior Court Judge Richard Wischusen to advocate for Union County youth ...

Registration Open for St. Bart's 5K Annual Run in Scotch Plains on March 30

March 23, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Registration is now open for the annual St. Bart's Academy 5K, which will be held on Sat., March 30 at 9:30 a.m.    

This event is for all ages and there is something for everyone! Event fees are $25 for adults. Fees include race registration, t-shirt, bag with giveaways, and continental breakfast after the race. The course is USATF-certified ...

Scenes from the UnitedHealthcare Health Bee at Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A team from Newmark Middle School won the 2019 UnitedHealthcare Health Bee Wednesday night in a spirited final round at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA. The victory earned the school funding for its health and wellness programs.

 

UnitedHealthcare awarded Newmark Middle School $1,000 grand prize. Carl H. Kumpf Middle School earned second place and a ...

Union Catholic to Host Health & Wellness Expo Sun, March 31

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. --  The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) will present the second Trinitas Regional Medical Center Health and Wellness Expo on Sunday, March 31, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Union Catholic High School (1600 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains).

The Expo is free to all attendees and has plenty of free parking.

Trinitas will be providing nutrition advice ...

Congregation Beth Israel to Hold Community Seder on First Night of Passover

March 26, 2019

Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will hold a community Seder on the first night of Passover, Friday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m.  The Seder is open to both members and non-members of the synagogue. Rabbi Howard Tilman of Congregation Beth Israel will lead the family-friendly seder.

Congregation Beth Israel is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue, serving Scotch Plains, Fanwood, ...

Radio Personality Joe Nolan Returns to Alma Mater, Holy Trinity School in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Veteran radio traffic reporter and longtime Westfield resident Joe Nolan returned to Holy Trinity School to cut the ribbon at the new gym on Wednesday, March 20, and shared stories of his experience with current students.

Nolan, a member of the high school class of 1976, the last class to graduate when Holy Trinity still ran a high school program, toured his alma ...

St. Bart's in Scotch Plains Celebrates The Feast Day of St. Joseph

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. Bartholomew Church celebrated the Feast of Saint Joseph on Tuesday, March 19, with a St. Joseph's table filled with breads and desserts.

In Italy and in many Italian-American communities, the Feast of Saint Joseph (San Giuseppe) is an important celebration. St. Joseph is credited with preventing a famine in Sicily during the Middle Ages when people prayed for ...

Draymond Captures FSPY’s Men’s Basketball League Championship

March 26, 2019

In the decade that the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Men’s 30+ Basketball League has been in existence, one man has seen it all, and has, just about, done it all. So, it would be fitting that as the league anointed its 10th anniversary titleholder on March 24, this dominant force would have his arms wrapped around the championship trophy.

Championship Game
Winning team: Draymond  ...

Baseball: Erik Dial Takes Over as Head Baseball Coach at Union Catholic

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. --  Becoming a head baseball coach has been a long-time dream for Erik Dial. And just like many of the balls he threw when he was a star pitcher, he mixed in a few curves on his journey to finally fulfilling that goal.

Dial has taken over the reigns as head baseball coach at Union Catholic this season from Dr. Jim Reagan Jr., who stepped down after compiling a record ...

Anthony Ashnault, NCAA National Champ, Returns to Rutgers

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Anthony Ashnault stepped off the bus and onto the pavement of the parking lot in the back of the College Ave .Gym, put his hands up in the air, and smiled from ear to ear.

Fans greeted Ashnault, a South Plainfield native who just captured the 2019 149-pound NCAA wrestling championship for Rutgers, Nick Suriano (133 lb. champ), and the Scarlet Knights coaching staff ...

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New Jersey Date Night: Tropical Getaways, No Passports Necessary

March 25, 2019

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

Warm weather is only weeks away, but residents of New Jersey know that it’s really a few weeks too many.  A lot can still happen before spring kicks in; big snowstorms, heavy winds and temperatures that make you think your new next-door neighbors will be a family of penguins. If we haven’t ...

Chow Down for Charity: Jersey Mike’s Will Donate 100% of Proceeds Wednesday

Whether it’s a Chipotle Cheese Steak (#43), Original Italian (#13), or any other one of your favorite Jersey Mike’s sandwiches, the shop will give 100% of proceeds from your order to a local charity of its choosing this Wednesday, March 27, during the company’s annual Day of Giving.

Each of the 78 Jersey Mike’s Subs shops in New Jersey is participating, partnering ...

In Westfield, NJ, a Dream to Help People Live Better Through Food at Fettle + Fare

Opening a new restaurant is rarely an easy task, and for Fettle + Fare owner Amanda Vargas, who has multiple sclerosis and is legally blind, the journey to create her shop in Westfield, NJ, was extra challenging. 

It was here that she created a space that is more to her than a place to find tasty, nutritious food. It’s a symbol of growth and helping others ...

New Jersey Date Night: A Little Irish Luck

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

Everyone has a St. Patrick’s Day story. Maybe yours involves being stuck in parade traffic with your date and just one bottle of water, or maybe it was being stuck in a pub with just your sixth glass of green beer. If St. Patrick’s Day can leave behind so many great stories, then it only ...

Union Freeholders: Poll Workers Sought, United Youth Presents, Augie Eosso Awardee

March 18, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Board of Elections is seeking bilingual election poll workers for this year’s primary and general election.

Freeholder Christopher Hudak explained the position requirements during Thursday night’s freeholder board meeting. Applicants must live and be registered to vote in Union County, Hudak said.

There is a payment of $200 a day for both ...

Top 10 Signs You're Having an Emotional Affair... Is It Cheating?

An emotional affair is when you turn to a friend or co-worker for emotional (not physical) intimacy. The seduction is that this person gives you what you feel that your spouse does not: support, ego boosts, playfulness, empathy, flirting, and understanding.

This relationship begins in a very innocent way, yet you may begin to share more with this person than with your spouse. You know you ...

How to Cope with College Rejections

It is that time of year when students are receiving either their acceptance or rejection letters from colleges.  Every senior student that I have seen thus far is extremely stressed awaiting the news. Some have already received their responses, while others are on a wait list.

It is important to recognize that rejection letters are out of your control. Many schools are ...

The Prom as a Source of Stress

The Prom can be one of the most exciting times for your teenager but at the same time one of the most stressful. It can also be very stressful for parents as they prepare themselves to accept that their teenager is graduating and soon going away to school, while planning a weekend away after prom night. 

Going to the Jersey Shore for the weekend or somewhere overnight has become more ...

Why We Choose The Wrong People

Have you ever been in a romantic relationship where you wonder how this person is very much like your ex-boyfriend/girlfriend?  How did I not see this coming?  How did I choose the same person once again?  Do you wonder why you choose a certain type?  Perhaps, you choose an aggressive personality or even a very passive type of person or even a person who drinks too ...

Winter Doldrums? Don't Worry, Spring is Coming!

After the holiday rush is over and winter has really set in, we begin to experience the winter blues. According to the Mayo Clinic, “reduced sunlight can cause a drop in serotonin that may trigger depression.” Some experience (SAD) seasonal affective disorder which is a type of depression that’s related to changes in the seasons.

Some typical signs of winter blues ...

Parental Advisory Warning: Live Your Goals, Not Theirs

While out on *paternity leave*, my wife DM’ed an article from The Cut titled “How Much Money Means You Don’t Have to Worry?” by Caragh Poh. Poh pens a captivating story about what it was like growing up in a lower-middle class family, knowing that she was not necessarily poor, but at the same time, she never had enough to be comfortable.

I particularly enjoyed how ...

Revaluation in Fanwood Will Appraise Properties to Determine Fair Value

March 23, 2019

Dear Editor:

I invite Fanwood residents to join me for a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, April 2 to discuss the upcoming Revaluation Program that will be undertaken for the Borough. Fanwood is one of 14 Union County towns and 32 towns in new Jersey that were identified as in need of updated property valuations.

The last revaluation of Borough residential and commercial property was done 32 ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Parents Support the SPFEA

March 19, 2019

Dear Editor:

Our beloved teachers and support staff have been working without a contract since June 2018. Lets show our support by making Wednesday, March 20th "SPF Parents Support the SPFEA Day"!!!

Ways to show support:

Wear Red -- Teachers across the district wear "Red for Ed" each Wednesday. Dress the family in red to show the love.
Send your child into ...

Women in Government Participate in Panel at Union County College

March 26, 2019

CRANFORD – In celebration of Women’s History Month, Union County College hosted a “Women in Government” panel comprised of six women serving as elected officials Union County at the state, county, and municipal level. Participating on the panel were Union County Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski, Freeholder Rebecca Williams, Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz, and ...

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Tue, March 26, 11:15 AM

JCC of Central New Jersey, Scotch Plains

Musical Theater and Film with Professor John ...

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Tue, March 26, 6:00 PM

Colleen Fraser (County Clerk) Building, Westfield

CASA of Union County Information Session

Giving Back

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Tue, March 26, 7:00 PM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

Public to Presentation on Gateway Project March ...

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