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New Jersey Festival Orchestra Brings Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ to Life in Westfield Feb. 23

February 17, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Everything seems ordinary for Floria Tosca until she becomes jealous of a blond-haired woman in a painting that her lover Mario Cavaradossi created.

Tosca questions Cavaradossi’s love for her. Although Cavaradossi says Tosca is the only one he loves, she isn’t quite convinced.

Then come more twists and turns in the couple’s lives, including a visit ...

Broadway Stars Visit Cast of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School's Production of 'Mamma Mia'

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The cast of the upcoming Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (SPFHS) Repertory Theatre production of Mamma Mia! learned from the masters as Broadway stars Michele Pawk and John Dossett, who played Donna Sheridan and Sam Carmichael in the Broadway production of the hit musical, worked with them in rehearsing songs and scenes.

Later, there was a ...

'Sweetheart Night' Poetry Reading in Fanwood, Feb. 19, Will Feature Gretna Wilkinson

FANWOOD, NJ – The Carriage House Poetry Series invites the public to attend a free event on Tuesday, Feb.19 at 8:00 p.m., featuring distinguished poet Gretna Wilkinson in the Kuran Arts Center on Watson Road, off North Martine Avenue, adjacent to Fanwood Borough Hall.

The reading marks the start of the 2019 season of the Carriage House Poetry Series with the annual “Sweetheart ...

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For' List for 11th Year Running

February 16, 2019

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System -- parent company of Summit's Overlook Medical Center -- once again has been named to Fortune’s '100 Best Companies to Work For', the 11th consecutive year Atlantic Health System has earned a spot on the prestigious annual list. The Morristown-based company, a leading provider of healthcare in New Jersey, was slotted in the 87th ...

Mayors Approach State Senators to Push for Better Service on Raritan Valley Line

NEW JERSEY -- The Raritan Valley Mayors Alliance of towns in four counties have joined together and are working with NJ State Senators on several issues important to people using the Raritan Valley Line trains. The primary goal is getting a one-seat ride into New York Penn Station during peak hours but the RVL Mayors Alliance are also pressing for the return of the off-peak direct ...

Dawn McDonald of Scotch Plains Among Union County 'Women of Excellence'

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Dawn McDonald of Scotch Plains, is among the recipients of the 2019 Women of Excellence Awards. Eleven Union County women were cited for their outstanding contributions at the Jan. 24 meeting of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

“For 27 years, the Freeholder Board has recognized women among us who lead, serve, and inspire. Today it is more important ...

Frazee House Update on Thurs, Feb. 28

February 11, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Frazee House Committee on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6:00 to 9:00  p.m. at the Scotch Hills Country Club (820 Jerusalem Road, Scotch Plains) will detail the progress that has been toward restoration of the historic Frazee farmstead to its appearance during the American Revolution.

Attendees will learn of the ...

Fanwood Recreation Opens Registration for Summer Camp on Weds, Feb. 6

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Registration for the Fanwood Summer Park Program opens this coming Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 10:00 a.m. The program will run for 8 weeks, Monday through Friday, from June 24 until August 16.

The Park Program will consist of two sessions: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. The program serves children entering Grades K-6 in the fall of 2019. You can register ...

NJ Senate President Tours ‘Maker Space’ at Union County Vo-Tech’s Magnet High School

February 17, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney visited the Union County Vo-Tech campus on Wednesday to discuss the critical importance of the vocational-technical education bond act approved by voters last November. The Securing Our Children's Future Bond Act spurs economic growth, creates access to high-paying jobs and meets the needs of New Jersey’s ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Students Named to Dean's List at Rochester Institute of Technology

ROCHESTER, NY -- The following local residents made the Dean's List at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) for the 2018 Fall Semester:

Jack White of Scotch Plains, who is in the engineering exploration program.
Adam Glod of Scotch Plains, who is in the mechanical engineering program.
Jacob Ultzhoffer of Scotch Plains, who is in the mechanical engineering ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Announces 2nd Quarter Honor Roll

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School has announced its honor roll for the second marking period of the 2018-19 school year.

Grade 12 High Honor Roll

Angela Arvizzigno, Katyana Avila, Aubrey Bagdonas, James Bagdonas, Julia Barnes, Patricia Bolivar, Laura Brady, Thomas Brown, Drew Burfeindt, Kyle Burton, Kara Bush, Michelle Cagnassola, Gianna Calligy, Peter Canevari, ...

Scenes from Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith's 75th Birthday Fundraiser

February 8, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith celebrated his 75th birthday with a large crowd of bi-partisan friends and supporters on Wednesday, Feb 6, at the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad. 

The event also served as a fundraiser. Smith was elected in 2016 and is expected to run again when his term expires in 2020. 

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A Valentine’s Day Guide to Shopping in Downtown Westfield

February 6, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Victoria’s Secret location on East Broad Street may be gone, but there are still plenty of options for those people looking to treat their loved ones on Valentine's Day.

The Downtown Westfield Corporation, representing businesses in the town’s special improvement district, offered these options for Valentine’s Day gift ...

Customers Say 'Oui' to French Onion Soup at The Fanwood Grille

FANWOOD, NJ -- Onion soup has been popular as far back as Roman times. Throughout history, onion soup was considered as a food for poor people, since onions were plentiful and relatively easy to grow.

Classic French Onion Soup -- made from beef broth, and caramelized onions with bread baked gruyere cheese on top -- dates back to 18th century Paris. The ...

Whole Foods Recalls Produce That Could Be Tainted with Salmonella

SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY -- Satur Farms, a Whole Foods vendor based in Cutchogue, NY, has voluntarily recalled its Baby Spinach and Mesclun with the specific lot numbers listed below because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. 

This retail product is packed in plastic clamshell containers with Satur Farms brand name in 5 oz., 10 oz., and 16 oz. sizes. Look ...

Prosecutor: Westfield Man Had Over 4,000 Child Pornography Files

February 13, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – Authorities have recovered more than 4,000 files depicting children in sexual acts from a local man’s electronics, the Union County Prosecutor said Wednesday.

Officers arrested Gregory L. Brown at his home in the 300 block of John Street -- which intersects Jerusalem Road near the Scotch Hills Country Club -- on Wednesday morning and charged him with first-degree ...

Condolences from Linden Mayor Following Death of Meaghan Crilly, $10,000 Reward Offered for Info on Hit-and-Run Driver

FANWOOD, NJ -- Following the death of Fanwood resident Meghan Crilly, Derek Armstead, the Mayor of Linden, is calling for the hit-and-run driver of the car that hit the 35-year-old teacher to turn himself in. 

For those who don’t know, Meghan died from injuries she sustained in a hit & run accident in Linden . We are pleading for the driver to come forward. There is a $10,000 ...

Scotch Plains Fire Department 150th Anniversary Fundraiser on Feb. 28

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — This year, the Scotch Plains Fire Department marks its 150th anniversary and has planned a big celebration in June.

On Feb. 28 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., the SPFD will host a fundraiser at the Stage House Tavern, 1099 Route 22 in Mountainside. Tickets are $35 per person or $65 per couple. The price includes buffet dinner and one free drink ticket. To purchase ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS DECA Contributes $3,000 from Mr. Spiffy Contest to Help Homeless

February 13, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Senior officers of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s DECA met with Frank Damico, the operations manager of Bridges Outreach in Summit. Mr. Damico spoke to the students about the role of marketing in not-for-profit entities and the need of organizations to engage young adults in charitable endeavors.

The students learned how Bridges Outreach works to connect ...

Date for 2019 Rockin' for Autism in Fanwood's LaGrande Park Announced

FANWOOD, NJ -- The fourth annual Rockin' for Autism -- an all-day event at LaGrande Park featuring bands, food trucks, merchants, Sheelen’s Crossing beer garden, tricky tray, silent auction and much more -- will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The event has been organized from its inception by Mallory Banks, a Scotch ...

Frigid Temperatures Keep Blood Donors Away, Cause Blood Shortage. Donate in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Frigid temperatures and wide spread flu are making it harder for New York and New Jersey communities to maintain their critical blood supply.

Cancelled blood drives and reduced donor turnout throughout January have resulted in substantially fewer blood donations than what is needed to meet the needs of patients in the hospitals served by New York Blood Center.

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For' List for 11th Year Running

February 16, 2019

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System -- parent company of Summit's Overlook Medical Center -- once again has been named to Fortune’s '100 Best Companies to Work For', the 11th consecutive year Atlantic Health System has earned a spot on the prestigious annual list. The Morristown-based company, a leading provider of healthcare in New Jersey, was slotted in the 87th ...

Talking to Your Teen About Stress: How Parents Can Restore Calm

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains-Westfield Here 2 Help Mental Health Coalition will offer its second library forum aimed at providing useful information regarding common stress and anxiety concerns.The second presentation will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Scotch Plains Public Library. 

Entitled “Talking to your Teen ...

JCC Offers Cancer Exercise Training and Recovery Fitness Classes

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The JCC of Central New Jersey (1391 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains) is now offering cancer exercise training and recovery fitness classes led by Wellness Director Deborah Price.

Cancer Recovery Fitness

Current session:
Tuesdays • January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26 • 5:45 - 6:30 p.m.
Next session: ...

Cold Advisory: How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

January 29, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- With extremely cold weather in the forecast, New Jersey American Water reminds customers to take necessary measures to prevent frozen household pipes:

Protect your home by wrapping exposed pipes with insulation and eliminate sources of cold air near any waterlines. (Seal draft windows and plug drafts around doors). 
Allow a small trickle of water to run ...

Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, Responds to Defrocking of Theodore McCarrick

February 16, 2019

NEWARK, NJ -- Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, issued a statement on Saturday following the defrocking of the Theodore E. McCarrick, the one-time Archbishop of Newark and Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, D.C.

Today the Holy See announced that Theodore E. McCarrick has been dismissed from the clerical state. The decree impacts not only the Archdiocese of Newark, ...

Theodore McCarrick, Former Archbishop of Newark, Removed from Ministry by Pope Francis

NEWARK, NJ -- The Vatican announced on Saturday that Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, formerly the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, has been defrocked. It is believed to be the first time an American archbishop has been removed from the ministry following accusations of sexual abuse. 

According to the Catholic Standard, The Vatican announced that the 88-year-old ...

Archdiocese of Newark: Two Former Scotch Plains Priests Among 63 Accused of Sex Abuse

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Newark Archdiocese on Wednesday released a list of 63 priests “credibly accused” of sexual abuse. Among those listed on the website of the Archdiocese of Newark are two priests who at one time served in Scotch Plains. One of the priests has been removed from the ministry, and the other is deceased, according to the published list.

The ...

Wrestling: Bowles, Zimmerman of Scotch Plains-Fanwood Crowned District 16 Champions

February 16, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – Sophomore Brandon Bowles (113 lbs.) and senior Zach Zimmerman (195 lbs.) were crowned champions on Saturday at the 2019 District 16 wrestling tournament held at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.

"I am so excited to have won the championship at my first District tournament," Zimmerman said after the match. "I am happy to show people that hard ...

FSPY Swimmers Excel at the YMCA Bronze Championship Meet

PERTH AMBOY, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) Swim Team had a strong showing at the YMCA Bronze Championship Meet, held February 9 and 10 at the Raritan Bay YMCA. Swimmers ages 9-18 with YMCA Bronze qualifying times were eligible to compete at this meet. Many FSPY swimmers finished in the top 16 in their events across all age groups.

9-10 Age Group

Ashlyn D’Souza ...

Girls Basketball: McNulty Erupts For 23 Points to Spark Union Catholic to Victory over Union

UNION, N.J. --  Erin McNulty exploded for a game-high 23 points and Madison Johnson scored 14 points to lead the Union Catholic girls basketball team to a 51-38 victory over Union on Friday afternoon.

McNulty, a sophomore, was on fire from long range, hitting four three-pointers in the game for the Vikings, who improved to 9-9 on the season. Johnson scored all 14 of her points on seven ...

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Star of ‘Cara’s Cucina’ to Host Groundwork Elizabeth Gala Feb. 27

February 16, 2019

Cara Di Falco, star of “Cara’s Cucina,” will host Groundwork Elizabeth’s WinterGreen gala Feb. 27 at the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.

A nonprofit founded in Elizabeth in 2003, Groundwork Elizabeth builds sustainable communities in Elizabeth, NJ and in nearby Union County communities with urban agriculture initiatives, youth programing and more.

“So ...

‘Cooked & Uncorked’ Festival to Showcase NJ Firefighters’ Culinary Talents

These firefighters don’t just put out flames — they use them to make duck confit-stuffed ravioli with bacon and English pea puree. That’s how South Orange Local 24 won the gourmet category during last year’s Cooked & Uncorked food and wine festival, which is coming up for the 9th time this month on Feb. 25 in Edison, NJ.

Hosted by the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual ...

New Jersey Date Night: Cupid’s Singles Throw-Down

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

Sometimes Cupid has an off day with his marksmanship. Maybe his arrow hit you once or twice, however it didn’t go deep enough to stick long-term. Or maybe you just haven’t been it the right place at the right time for Cupid to get the perfect aim. Regardless, the singles who’ve yet to ...

10 Ways to Enjoy Maple Sugaring in New Jersey This Month

February marks the annual maple sugar harvest in New Jersey. We found 10 places where you can learn the sweet truth behind this local treat.

Maple sugaring has been around since Native Americans began taking sap from the trees. The activity has evolved throughout the centuries from shooting arrows at a tree to drilling a hole into the trunk with a spile, which is a small, wooden ...

How Union County Supports Immigrants, Residents 60 and Up

February 9, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ – Union County officials are considering initiatives designed to benefit immigrants and residents 60 and older.

There are around 2 million immigrants in New Jersey, comprising just over one-fifth of the state’s population, the most recent Census Bureau estimates available show. We Are One New Jersey helps some of these immigrants navigate the American ...

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 ...

How Can I Build a Better Relationship with My Child?

One way to help children belong is to focus on building positive relationships with them. Strong positive relationships can go a long way toward helping children learn to cooperate and be responsible. Four ingredients of strong relationships are:

Showing respect,
Having fun,
Giving encouragement,
Showing love.

Parents often complain that their children do not respect them. Yet ...

Can I Change My Partner?

Couples oftentimes look to change the “other.” 

“If only” the other would make these changes, or do as I say, our relationship would be great. We tend to focus on the other. We tend to focus on changing the other. We tend to focus on the other’s negative behavior.

Couples like to report what their spouse/partner is doing and how they are ...

Boneparth: What is Investor Amnesia?

What’s your earliest memory? Mine is visiting my grandparents in New York. I must have been about four or five at the time. It’s all very hazy, but I vaguely remember rooms with those wooden paneled walls, eating Corn Flakes for breakfast, trying Juicy Fruit gum for the first time and these little animal stampers from our excursion to the Bronx Zoo.

While snuggling on the couch ...

Before Passing New Laws, Get Rid of Old Ones That Don't Make Sense

February 4, 2019

Dear Editor:

I am amazed at how much my local supermarket offers. It’s evident the owners have carefully curated each aisle to maximize the experience and ensure I would be back. 

But while it had the freshest of everything, I still sometimes leave disappointed.

I recently asked a helpful employee to direct me to the wine aisle, as I wanted to pair some steak with a nice red.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Mary Poppins, Jr. Comes to Terrill Middle School

February 17, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Audiences’ favorite practically perfect nanny will take center stage in the Terrill Middle School Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Spring Musical, Mary Poppins Jr., from March 1st through 3rd. 

Mary Poppins, Jr. tells the tale of a magical English nanny, who is blown in by an east wind to 17 Cherry Tree Lane in London and into the lives of George ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, February 18, 7:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Evening Book Club @ Scotch Plains Public Library

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Tue, February 19, 9:00 AM

Unity Bank, Union

Workshop: Get Your Business Online

Business & Finance

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Tue, February 19, 2:00 PM

The First Baptist Church of Westfield, Westfield

The Zubovas Piano Duo of Vilnius, Lithuania.

Arts & Entertainment