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Wardlaw+Hartridge School Hosts Gingerbread House Festival Dec. 14

December 12, 2018

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison is hosting its second annual Gingerbread House Festival on Friday, Dec. 14, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Join us and decorate your gingerbread house and take it home to display your artistic ability! To register, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WHGingerbreadFestival2018

We provide the gingerbread house, decorating material, ...

Annual Christmas Concert at St. Bartholomew's on Dec. 15

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church (2032 Westfield Ave, Scotch Plains) is proud to present the 16th annual Parish Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The adult and children's choirs will perform with a chamber orchestra, a contemporary band, and special guests in the beautiful acoustics of the church. Local bluegrass group Dollr ...

Public Invited to Free Concert in Westfield

The public is invited to attend a free concert given by The Musical Club of Westfield on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 1:30 p.m. This is the December offering in year-long series of events sponsored by the Musical Club and will be held at the First Baptist Church of Westfield located at 170 Elm Street in Westfield, NJ.

The concert will begin with Angelsong, written in 2014 by noted contemporary ...

Counseling Service ‘The Runaway Fork’ Opens in Downtown Westfield

December 14, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Michele Smith, a licensed mental health counselor and owner of The Runaway Fork celebrated the grand opening of her new office at 66 Elm St. Thursday with family, Mayor Shelley Brindle, representatives from the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Westfield Corporation.

“Part of my passion is to help people heal their relationship with food ...

Fanwood Downtown Business Update

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood's Downtown Redevelopment consultant Liz Jeffery met with small business owners at Railside Cafe on November 28 to update them on the most recent business developments in the borough and to collaborate on enhancing business support.

Jeffery reported that one of the most prominent vacant spots in town may soon see some activity. The owners of the former A&P ...

Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Holidays, Looks Forward to 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — About 100 people gathered at Shackamaxon Country Club Wednesday for the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual holiday party, where several long-time members were honored and local business people had the opportunity to network while enjoying dinner and music.

“This is the largest event we’ve had in four years,” Executive ...

Fallen Heroes Remembered at National Wreaths Across America Day in Scotch Plains

December 15, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Historic Scotch Plains Baptist Church Cemetery (333 Park Ave. at Grand St.) hosted the local Wreaths Across America program in which wreaths are placed at veterans’ graves. The effort began in 1992 at Arlington National Cemetery and has expanded to 1,400 locations in all 50 U.S. states.

"The United States of America was founded on the ...

Fred Rossi Honored by Scotch Plains Council

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Veteran reporter Fred Rossi of the Scotch Plains Times was honored at Tuesday evening's Council meeting in recognition for his two decades of coverage on Town Council meetings and local events.

Pictured from left to right: Councilman members John Del Sordi, Jr., Elizabeth Stamler, Ted Spera, Fred Rossi (center), Mayor Al Smith, and Councilman Andrew ...

Board of Ed Honors Longtime Attorney Casper P. Boehm, Park Middle School Blue Notes Perform

December 15, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The SPFK12 School District honored School Board Attorney Casper P. Boehm, who has served the BOE since 1976 at its final meeting of 2018 on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

During his 42 years of service, Boehm attended public meetings, provided verbal counsel and written opinions and was responsible for conducing legal business for the BOE.

Also at the meeting, the ...

Scotch Plains Fanwood Scholarship Application Available Dec. 17

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fanwood Scholarship Foundation is pleased to invite all high school seniors and college students residing in Scotch Plains and Fanwood to apply for the many scholarships available through the Foundation. 

Some awards are need-based, while others have different criteria for selection, such as the intent to pursue an education ...

Superintendent Peter Capodice Retires from the Union County Vocational-Technical School

UNION, NJ – Family, friends, public officials and colleagues came together at a retirement celebration for Peter Capodice, former Union mayor and Superintendent of the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools (1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains).

Capodice, 67, joined the UCVTS District in September 1999 as the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary. Shortly thereafter he ...

Judge Gives Addams Tavern in Westfield Green Light to Reopen

December 7, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Nearly a year after being shut down over building code violations, Addams Tavern has gotten a state court’s approval to reopen.

The popular restaurant has all the government approvals needed to reopen, Town Attorney Thomas Jardim said Friday.

“There appear to be remaining issues as to drainage of rainwater and one issue with respect to ADA ...

Duck Donuts Set to Open in Clark Friday

CLARK, NJ – After a long wait and much anticipation, Duck Donuts is opening their doors to the public on Friday, Dec. 7.  The Clark store is the fifth location in New Jersey.

Duck Donuts starts with a warm made-to-order vanilla cake donut. After leaving the fryer, donut enthusiasts get to create their own donut combination by choosing from a variety of glazes, toppings and ...

Morano Gelato Westfield Closes

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Morano Gelato Westfield has closed its store at 116 Elm Street as plans to continue with a partner in an expanded format did not materialize. There are currently no definitive plans to reopen at this time.

For more information, please reach out to info@moranogelato.com.

Morano Gelato continues to operate its company-owned stores in Hanover, New Hampshire and ...

Police Seek Help Locating Missing Woman Last Seen at CVS in Scotch Plains

December 10, 2018

WATCHUNG, NJ - Police are seeking help from the public locating a woman missing since Dec. 6.

A missing person investigation is underway into the disappearance of Helen Kim, 47 of Route 22 West, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Watchung Borough Chief of Police Joseph Cina.

Kim walked away from her residence and was ...

Safety Tips During The Holiday Season from Fanwood Police Chief Trigo

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Part of the fun of the holiday season is shopping to find a gift for a child or special someone that will brighten their day when the package is open.

Amid the hustle and bustle, holiday shoppers may inadvertently let their guard down and do things they normally would not do. For instance, leaving a newly purchased gift in the back seat of a car where it ...

Scotch Plains Fire Dept. Makes Rooftop Rescue at YMCA

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fire Department was dispatched to the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA on around 8:45 pm on Friday, Nov. 23, to rescue of a worker on the roof who tore his ACL after slipping on the icy roof, fell under the HVAC unit that he was repairing, and injured his other knee while trying to get up and out.

Scotch Plains firefighters from Engine 1684 ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Send Cards to Detention Camp

December 14, 2018

EDISON, NJ -- Middle and Upper School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison created Christmas cards to send greetings and positive thoughts to adolescent immigrants who have been detained for several months at the Tornillo detention camp in West Texas after fleeing violence in Central America.

The facility, which was supposed to be temporary, houses 2,400 currently and the ...

Fanwood Seniors Club Annual Holiday Luncheon

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Seniors Club annual holiday luncheon on Monday, Dec. 10, featured live entertainment by the SPF High School Moonglowers and a fabulous menu of prime rib, salmon and chicken picatta at Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance in Scotch Plains.

In existence for more than 60 years, The Fanwood Senior Club meets several times a month to offer senior citizens ...

Scotch Plains Police Toy Drive a Big Success This Year

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains police department's toy drive was very successful in 2018. The following organizations were the recipients:

Saint Bartholomew’s Church, which distributes directly to 13 Scotch Plains families in hardship. The remainder of the gifts go to Newark for distribution thru the Archdiocese.
The Evangel Church, which distributes the toys evenly ...

Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith Awards Mayor's Medal to Local Runners

December 15, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith awarded the Mayor's Medal to recognize those who ran or walked in at least three of the four 5k races in Scotch Plains this year at Tuesday evening's Council meeting. 

Those races included:

St. Bart's 5K 
YMCA's United for a Cause 5K
Patrick's Downtown Race to Summer
Union Catholic's 'Spooktacular' ...

Counseling Service ‘The Runaway Fork’ Opens in Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Michele Smith, a licensed mental health counselor and owner of The Runaway Fork celebrated the grand opening of her new office at 66 Elm St. Thursday with family, Mayor Shelley Brindle, representatives from the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Westfield Corporation.

“Part of my passion is to help people heal their relationship with food ...

Warning for Older Drivers: New Medications Often Result in Drowsiness, Says Fanwood Pharmacist

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ --  New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that nearly 50 percent of older adults report using seven or more medications while remaining active drivers. An evaluation of the medications people take found that nearly one-in-five older drivers use medications that the American Geriatrics Society says should be avoided because they have very ...

Annual Christmas Concert at St. Bartholomew's on Dec. 15

December 11, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church (2032 Westfield Ave, Scotch Plains) is proud to present the 16th annual Parish Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The adult and children's choirs will perform with a chamber orchestra, a contemporary band, and special guests in the beautiful acoustics of the church. Local bluegrass group Dollr ...

Scenes from the Menorah Lighting in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Business and Professional Organization and the Township of Scotch Plains hosted the 4th annual Menorah Lighting on Monday evening on the Alan Augustine Village Green to commence the first night of Hanukkah. The Chabad of Union County presided over the lighting.

Mayor Al Smith, Deputy Mayor Ted Spera, Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler, Council-elect Josh ...

Menorah Lighting in Scotch Plains Will Take Place Monday, Dec. 3

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association and the Township of Scotch Plains will host its fourth annual Menorah Lighting on Monday, Dec. 3, at 6:00 pm. The event includes a chocolate gelt drop and holiday latkes.

Festivities will include a light show and refreshments. The Chabad of Union County will preside over the lighting. The event ...

Boys Basketball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Drops Season Opener to Colonia, 53-39

December 15, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Colonia jumped out to a 19-2 first quarter lead against Scotch Plains-Fanwood and never looked back as the Raiders dropped their home opener, 53-39, on Friday evening. 

Luke Valeriano led all scorers with 24 for Colonia, while teammate Chad Baker scored 15 points, including an emphatic second quarter dunk.

Jayson Williams pumped in 16 points for ...

Wrestling: South Plainfield Dominates Scotch Plains-Fanwood in Season Opener

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Raiders could not have drawn a tougher opening match when they took on wrestling powerhouse South Plainfield at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Friday evening. 

The Tigers, ranked No. 1 in the GMC and looking to win their fourth consecutive state title, dominated the Raiders, 67-6. Several of South Plainfield's wrestlers qualified for ...

Swimming: Scacifero and Kaniuka Win Two Races to Spark Union Catholic to Victory over Johnson

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- James Scacifero and Julian Kaniuka each won two races to help the Union Catholic swim team remain undefeated with a 125-45 victory over Johnson on Thursday night at the Jewish Community Center in Scotch Plains.

Scacifero, a senior, won the 100 freestyle in 59.24 and the 200 freestyle in 2:10.52 and Kaniuka, a freshman, won the 50 freestyle in 24.14 and the ...

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The Clark Community Comes Together After Loss of Young Resident

December 14, 2018

CLARK, NJ – The death of 20 year old Michael Sot sent waves of shock and sorrow through the Clark community and beyond recently.  Social media lit up with words of disbelief, despair and cries for justice.  

The authors and outlets were different but the message was the same. Sot was too young, a great son, brother, friend, student.  People repeatedly lamented ...

How to Deal with Difficult Family During The Holidays

Family get-togethers are not always easy. Many of us dread having to participate in some of the social events that take place during this time. We may begin to experience stress knowing that our gathering will involve some relatives or immediate family which we really do not like. 

We may feel the tension building as we think about in-laws and/or relatives who have such strong ...

What Happens When Your College Student Returns

The return of the college student during the holiday season is a very exciting time.  Many of our youngsters have been away at school for the first time and are eager to come home to visit with their family and friends.

College students who return home are usually not the high school graduate that you dropped off at college. They have experienced independence while at school. Once ...

Are You Afraid To Put Your Guard Down?

Learning how to set personal boundaries and how to implement those boundaries is a topic that can either make or break a relationship.   According to the dictionary a boundary is defined as “a line that marks the limits of an area; a dividing line.” In psychology, personal boundaries do just that.  

Boundaries help us clearly define our limitations and expectations ...

Grieving During the Holiday Season

Grief is a normal and natural reaction to the death of a loved one. Most of us are not prepared for the long journey of grief which is sometimes devastating, frightening, and often lonely. We may think, do, and say things that are very unlike us. There seems to be no respite, no end to the intense feelings that we experience. These feelings can be even more intensified during the holiday ...

Boneparth: Saving for Your Child's Future

As young parents, many of us spend a lot of time, money and energy having and raising children. After all, family planning is what brought me and my wife to our beautiful town of Westfield. But, what about planning for things once our kids grow up? I am glad you asked because there are a number of things we can do as parents to help save for their future, whether it’s a college education, ...

Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Tip of the Month: Keep Safety A Priority This Holiday Season

December 7, 2018

Decorating for the holidays can be a lot of fun and something many of us look forward to doing every year. After all, how often can you have a real live tree in your house?

Besides the Christmas tree, some of us also fill our homes with poinsettia plants, mistletoe and holiday candles. The bright red leaves of the plants, the red and white berries of the mistletoe (not to mention the kissing ...

Blue Christmas at FUMC Westfield

December 15, 2018

Blue Christmas - A Service of Remembrance and Hope​

 First United Methodist Church Westfield will be holding a Blue Christmas service on Friday, December 21st at 6:30 PM. This service is a recognition that the holiday season is not always bright and merry for all.  

Memories of grief, loss, and separation can overwhelm us.  As such, we invite all who are ...

Upcoming Events

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Sun, December 16, 12:00 PM

Fanwood Department of Public Works, Fanwood

Rotary Luminary Sale

Giving Back

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Sun, December 16, 2:00 PM

Scotch Plains

IHM Lessons and Carols

Religions And Spirituality

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Sun, December 16, 2:00 PM

Main Church, Scotch Plains

IHM Advent Lessons and Carols

Religions And Spirituality