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Radio Personality Joe Nolan Will Visit Alma Mater Holy Trinity, Present at Westfield Library on March 20

March 18, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Veteran radio traffic reporter and former Westfield resident Joe Nolan will return to Holy Trinity to cut the ribbon at the school's new gym on on Wednesday, March 20, at 2:00 p.m. Nolan was a graduate of the former Holy Trinity High School in Westfield and later honed his broadcasting skills at Seton Hall University's radio station.

Later on March ...

10 Surprising Facts About St. Patrick's Day

NATIONAL -- As March 17 rolls around, roughly half of American adults gear up to wear something green, decorate with images of shamrocks, and make plans with family and friends, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).

Among consumers under the age of 35, about 70 percent planned to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the NRF reports. Over 80 percent of adults said wearing green would ...

Moonglowers Jazz Festival on Friday, March 22

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The 22nd annual Moonglowers Jazz Festival will be held at Scotch Plains Fanwood High School on Friday, March 22. 

The night will be filled with jazz music performed by 10 high school bands from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including the SPFHS Jazz Band and The Moonglowers. 

Performances will begin at 5:00 pm, and the evening will ...

The 5 C’s of Effective Marketing for Job Seekers at Scotch Plains Library

March 18, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Many job seekers miss the boat with their marketing messages, trying hard to inform the reader or listener and finding that no one cares! Developing an effective marketing message is one of the most important things you can do to move your job search and career forward. There is so much more to it than just the words themselves.

Career expert John Hadley will ...

Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Meeting Will Discuss Jade Isle Property

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) will hold a special Town Hall meeting on Thursday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Auditorium (667 Westfield Rd) to discuss the redevelopment process for Tier 2, Phases 4 & 5 (East Second Street) and Block 204, Lot 5 located in Tier 3, Phase 6 (Jade Isle property).

The Town Hall ...

Senator Scutari Introduces Legislation on Raritan Valley One Seat Ride

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- State Senator Nicholas Scutari has introduced legislation that would require NJ Transit to conduct a feasibility study on restoring the one-seat ride from the Raritan Valley Line to New York City.

“The loss of the one-seat ride to Manhattan has been felt throughout my district and surrounding counties,” said Scutari (D-Middlesex/Somerset/Union). “The ...

Scenes from the St. Patrick's Day Lunch at Scotch Plains Knights of Columbus

March 17, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS/WESTFIELD, NJ -- Knights of Columbus Council 1711 (2400 North Ave. on the Scotch Plains/Westfield border) held its annual St. Patrick's Day Lunch featuring corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, cole slaw and desserts on Sunday, March 17. 

Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, a member of the Knights of Columbus, was among the attendees. 

The ...

Scenes from the Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Amid pipe bands, Boy Scouts, seeing-eye puppies and leprechauns on stilts, if was a member of the Irish order of the Sisters of Mercy, Union Catholic principal Sister Percylee Hart, who was the toast of the town (and the county) at the 23rd annual Union Catholic St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 16. 

Sister Percylee led a large contingent of ...

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

March 15, 2019

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 ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Schools Superintendent, Dr. Margaret Hayes, Announces Retirement

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Dr. Margaret Hayes, who has served the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District for the past 17 years, including the last 13 as superintendent, announced her retirement at the Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Thursday, March 15. Dr. Hayes will stay through the end of the year with her final date being July 31. 

"I've been in this ...

Author George O'Connor to Visit Terrill Middle School on Mon, March 18

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- New York Times bestselling author, illustrator and cartoonist George O'Connor will be this year's author visitor at Terrill Middle School on Monday, March 18, 2019. 
 
O'Connor is a Greek mythology buff and a classic superhero comics fan. His mission is to remind us how much today's pantheon of superheroes (Superman, ...

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 ...

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

March 16, 2019

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 ...

Groupon Makes Good on Deal for Shuttered Westfield Restaurant

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Italian restaurant on Elm Street announced its final closure last Tuesday, but seven days later, Groupon hadn’t gotten the message.

As of Tuesday morning, the e-commerce marketplace was still selling Groupon deals to the restaurant. The deal: $33 for $50 worth of food, marked down from an initial offering of $35, the website stated.

By Tuesday afternoon, and ...

Scenes from Cops & Kids at Terrill Middle School

March 14, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains and Fanwood police reported record turnout for the second week of the Cops & Kids program at which local officers from both departments interest with middle school students in lightly competitive sports.

"Cops and Kids has really taken off," said Scotch Plains Sgt. Jerry Brown, who is well known in the schools after having served as ...

Fanwood Police Expand 'Operation Watch'

FANWOOD, NJ --The Fanwood Police are expanding "Operation Watch," a police/community video partnership that operates on a voluntary basis with homeowners, neighborhoods, and business owners who own private video security systems that record public areas. These areas include roads, sidewalks, and parking lots.

"We encourage both businesses and residents to register ...

Winter Storm Warning for Fanwood-Scotch Plains; School Cancelled Monday in SPFK12 District

FANWOOD, NJ -- A winter storm warning is in effect for the Union County area for the potential of five to eight inches of snow to fall between Sunday evening and Monday morning.

Expect a combination of snow and freezing rain likely after 3:00 a.m. with low temperatures around 31 degrees and wind chill values between 25 and 30, according to the National Weather Service. Winds could gust as ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students’ Variety Show Lifts Senior Citizens

March 14, 2019

EDISON, NJ -- Wardlaw+Hartridge Upper School students brightened the spirits of the senior citizens at the Care One facility with a variety show on March 3. 

Performers included Krishna Patel of Edison, Matangi Melpakkam of Piscataway, Jerry Zhang of Edison, Kallie Schildge of Westfield, Pooja Nandhyala of Edison, Katherine Hernandez of Elizabeth, Ananya Murlidharan of Edison, Izabel ...

Homefirst Hosts an Evening of Thanks to Honor Community Philanthropy

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services will host its annual Evening of Thanks on April 10, 2019, 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.at the Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains to honor the contributions of four community philanthropists. 

This year’s honorees are:

Benjamin Serna, Homefirst Hero
Armando Guerra, NJ Governor of Lions Club ...

Scotch Plains Fanwood Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Students Fundraiser

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- On Saturday March 30th and Sunday March 31st, the Scotch Plains Fanwood Scholarship Foundation will once again roll out its signature fundraiser Dollars for Students but this year with a different twist. 

Once again the Foundation will partner with high school students. However, this year students won’t be knocking on your door; they will ...

Overlook Celebrates 'National Hospitalist Day'

March 16, 2019

SUMMIT, NJ - Atlantic Health System's Overlook Medical Center recently celebrated the nation's first 'National Hospitalist Day', which recognizes the talented, dedicated 'hospitalists' -- a term that refers to physicians whose practice emphasizes providing care for hospitalized patients.

'Hospitalists' focus on the unique aspects of a ...

Atlantic Neuroscience's Memory Loss Forum Tackles All Aspects of Dementia as a Disease

SUMMIT, NJ – Often friends and family worry that a loved one who is forgetting words or losing their car keys is in the beginning stages of dementia – it could be normal aging.   

That became clear at Atlantic Neuroscience Institute’s second memory loss symposium, “A Day to Remember: A Conference for Those Living with Memory Loss,” held at Overlook ...

Tips to Get Healthy and Fit During National Nutrition Month

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NY -- March is National Nutrition Month, perfect time to get healthy and fit for the warmer months. The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA wants to help you on your path to wellness by offering the following healthy living tips from their in-house registered dietitian Donna Peart.

First, take stock of where you are right now. What changes do you need to make for a healthier ...

10 Surprising Facts About St. Patrick's Day

March 17, 2019

NATIONAL -- As March 17 rolls around, roughly half of American adults gear up to wear something green, decorate with images of shamrocks, and make plans with family and friends, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).

Among consumers under the age of 35, about 70 percent planned to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the NRF reports. Over 80 percent of adults said wearing green would ...

'Ashes to Go' at The Chelsea in Fanwood Really Went on Ash Wednesday

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Chelsea at Fanwood assisted living residence offered an “Ashes To Go Drive-Thru” on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

From 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m., Father Duncan Johnston of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Westfield, imposed ashes to anyone who drove up to the Chelsea’s breezeway at 295 South Avenue.

Drivers and passengers were not required to leave their ...

'Ashes To Go' Drive-Thru for Ash Wednesday at The Chelsea in Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ -- Even you’re in a rush on Ash Wednesday, you can get your ashes 'on the go.' The Chelsea at Fanwood is offering an Ashes To Go Drive-Thru from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6.

Just drive up to the Chelsea’s breezeway at 295 South Avenue in Fanwood, roll down the window and receive ashes from Father Duncan Johnston of St. Paul’s ...

Basketball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL Team Wins JBA Championship Over Green Brook

March 17, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The 8th Grade Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL basketball team won the JBA (Jersey Basketball Association) Championship this past weekend over Green Brook. The game, held at St. Joseph's of Metuchen, resulted in a 46-39 victory for SPF.

"We are so proud of the hard work these boys have put in over the past four months,"  coach Matt Kalafat ...

Union County College Women’s Basketball Team Qualifies for National Championship

CRANFORD –The Union County College (UCC) Women’s Basketball Team is heading to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Championship Tournament from March 19 to 23, in Harrison, Arkansas.

On March 10, the team competed in the NJCAA Women’s Basketball District N Championship Tournament defeating Lackawanna College by a score of 69-64 ...

Union County College Women’s Basketball Team Qualifies for National Championship

CRANFORD, NJ –The Union County College (UCC) Women’s Basketball Team is heading to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament from March 19 to 23, 2019 in Harrison, Arkansas.

On March 10, the team competed in the NJCAA Women’s Basketball District N Championship Tournament defeating ...

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

March 17, 2019

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 ...

9-Year-Old Livingston Boy to Compete on FOX’s ‘MasterChef Junior’

This story first appeared in TAPinto Livingston.

Matthew Smith, a 9-year-old Livingston, NJ, boy with talent enough in the kitchen to stand opposite Gordon Ramsay, will appear on Season 7 of “MasterChef Junior” on FOX when it premieres on Tuesday, March 12, at 8 p.m.

Smith said his interest in the culinary arts began quite early in life. His aunt gifted him a ...

New Jersey’s Anthony Bourdain Food Trail in the Works

Fans of Anthony Bourdain eagerly wait to learn how some of his favorite New Jersey restaurants will honor the late star.

The New Jersey Assembly approved a resolution in January designating 10 Garden State restaurants to be on the “Anthony Bourdain Food Trail,” so chosen because they were featured in an episode of “Parts Unknown” four years ago, ...

Find Restaurant Week Events in New Jersey During March 2019

In many New Jersey communities, it’s become an annual event.

Restaurants large and small participate in restaurant weeks, which are held throughout the year and often take place for more than just a week. Business districts hold these events to bring patrons into town to shop and dine out, hoping to bring more people into town and increase the vibrancy of the community with special ...

Radio Personality Joe Nolan Will Visit Alma Mater Holy Trinity, Present at Westfield Library on March 20

March 18, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Veteran radio traffic reporter and former Westfield resident Joe Nolan will return to Holy Trinity to cut the ribbon at the school's new gym on on Wednesday, March 20, at 2:00 p.m. Nolan was a graduate of the former Holy Trinity High School in Westfield and later honed his broadcasting skills at Seton Hall University's radio station.

Later on March ...

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 ...

Why Your Teen Should Join Private School Clubs

A private school education gives students the knowledge and skills they need to excel in college, but your child could be gaining even more from their secondary school career. By joining clubs and after-school activities, your son will enrich his learning with a variety of new experiences. 

Here are some of the many benefits of getting involved in ...

Boneparth: College Education is the New Timeshare

“Laws of nature do not make exceptions for nice people. A bullet has no conscience; neither does a malignant tumor or an automobile gone out of control. That is why good people get sick and get hurt as much as anyone.”  ― Harold S. Kushner, When Bad Things Happen to Good People

For a few years now, I’ve been assisting an elderly client (a retired public ...

Our Houses of Worship Are a Place of Sanctuary and Security

March 15, 2019

Dear Editor:

The Scotch-Plains Fanwood Ministerium reaches out to our Muslim siblings in this time of pain and sorrow. 

We hope for the day when our entire world will be safe, but we imagine that our houses of worship, especially at the times of holy gatherings, are always a place of sanctuary and security.

We pray for the peace of the members of the Muslim community of ...

The 5 C’s of Effective Marketing for Job Seekers at Scotch Plains Library

March 18, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Many job seekers miss the boat with their marketing messages, trying hard to inform the reader or listener and finding that no one cares! Developing an effective marketing message is one of the most important things you can do to move your job search and career forward. There is so much more to it than just the words themselves.

Career expert John Hadley will ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, March 18, 11:15 AM

JCC of Central New Jersey, Scotch Plains

Journey From Johannesburg Written and Performed ...

Arts & Entertainment Travel

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Mon, March 18, 6:00 PM

Colleen Fraser (County Clerk) Building, Westfield

CASA of Union County Information Session

Giving Back

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Wed, March 20, 7:00 PM

Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield

Hale Series Speaker: Joe Nolan "Holy Trinity to ...

Arts & Entertainment