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See a Genuine “Deserted Village” Come to Life, October 16 and 17

October 14, 2021

Enjoy seasonal and historical activities for all ages at the Deserted Village of Feltville in Union County

The Deserted Village of Feltville will once again host an annual open house featuring colonial games, cider pressing, an archaeological activity and guided tours as part of Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend event this Saturday and Sunday, October 16 and 17, from noon to ...

Unforgettable Fire Wins First Episode of Clash of the Cover Bands

FANWOOD, NJ -- Unforgettable Fire, a band that pays tribute to U2's Bono (Anthony Russo), The Edge (Mick Normoyle), Adam Clayton (Fanwood's own Craig Kiell), and Larry Mullen Jr. (George Levesanos) emerged victorious in the first episode of E!'s new competition show, Clash of the Cover Bands, on Wednesday evening.

The theme of the evening was "Stadium Rockers" ...

Fanwood Resident and Unforgettable Fire Compete on E!'s 'Clash of the Cover Bands' on Weds, Oct. 13

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood resident Craig Kiell, the bassist in U2 tribute band Unforgettable Fire, will perform with his bandmates on E!'s Clash of the Cover Bands, a new competition show that premieres on Wednesday, Oct. 13, on the cable network.

The show will be hosted by Stephen "tWitch" Boss, the 2008 runner-up on So You Think You Can Dance and Ellen DeGeneres's ...

Comic Book Store in Scotch Plains Temporarily Closes After Car Slams into Building (VIDEO of Crash)

October 19, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A Little Shop of Comics, the popular comic book store in Scotch Plains, is temporarily closed after a car smashed into the storefront, causing structural damage early Saturday morning.

At approximately 1:47 a.m. on Oct. 16, a vehicle sped through the intersection of Front Street and Park Avenue, knocked over a streetlamp, and slammed into the front of ...

Advertiser of the Week: Chelsea Senior Living - Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ -- For over 30 years, Chelsea Senior Living has remained dedicated to fulfilling our mission:

To provide a comfortable, safe, and secure home for those who need help with the activities of daily living, in a caring atmosphere of respect and dignity.

We achieve this mission through a comprehensive approach of personalized support and integrated care. Every resident is ...

Latino-Owned Businesses Revenues Outpaced Non-Latino-Owned Firms in 2020-21, According to Biz2Credit’s Annual Study

NATIONAL/NEW JERSEY – Average annual revenue for Latino-owned businesses ($258,251) in 2020-21 was $82,535 lower than their revenues the previous year ($340,787), a 24.2% decline, according to the annual Biz2Credit Latino-Owned Business Study. The analysis also found that average annual revenue for Latino-owned businesses was $45,435 greater than for non-Latino-owned companies ...

Play Theater’s 'Haunted Car Wash' Features Screams, Soap, and Silliness Weekends in October

October 19, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Halloween haunts are often filled with cobwebbed coffins and jump scares, but a new seasonal partnership between Scotch Plains’ Play Theater and Westfield’s Team Car Wash will send you screaming (or giggling) while your car gets clean.

Play Theater, a performing arts program for kids, has joined forces with Team Car Wash located at 215 South Avenue East in ...

A Sincere Pumpkin Patch in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood's summer-like weather did not dry up the towns' passion for pumpkins this weekend.

Scotch Plains and Fanwood celebrated Four Centuries in a Weekend on Friday and Saturday, and a big part of the festivities focused on the Pumpkin patch at the historic Frazee House on Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary ...

Scotch Plains BOE: Five Questions with Michael Gromek

October 20, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The latest in TAPintoSPF's series of profiles of Scotch Plains Board of Education candidates: Five Questions With... Michael Gromek.

Current Occupation: Police Lieutenant
Education:  BA – Kean University, Master of Arts – Seton Hall University
Family (including # of children who attend(ed) SPFK12 schools: My wife and I live in Scotch Plains ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood SPFK12 District Hosts BOE Candidates Night

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fanwood PTA Council hosted the Board of Education Candidates Night on Tuesday, Oct. 12. Six candidates are vying for three open seats for Scotch Plains: Deborah Brody, Dr. Karen Kulikowski, Dr. David Levine, Timothy John Mehl, Tonya Williams and Michael R. Gromek, who was not present. There are no open Fanwood seats for ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools Celebrate Newly Tenured Teachers/Staff

SCOTCH PLAINS -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education recognized 21 teachers and support staff for achieving tenure during a celebration at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Thurs., Oct. 14. 

“We are very proud of all the teachers and staff receiving tenure,” superintendent of Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools Dr.

Tomato Tradition in Scotch Plains

October 12, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- You can call it an annual "Rite of Fall." For the past three decades (and then some), members of the Italian American community have made and jarred their own tomato sauce after the locally grown plum tomatoes have ripened. 

There's a process: crush, cook, press, and jar. 

The group made 28 bushels of tomatoes -- that's 112 pecks, for those ...

Scotch Plains Council Calls for Liquor License Reform to Help Spur Redevelopment

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- It is no secret that New Jersey has some of the most archaic liquor license laws in the nation, limiting business growth and downtown revitalization throughout the state.That is why the Scotch Plains Council approved a resolution on Oct. 5, in which the municipality is joining the Liquor License Reform Alliance through Downtown New Jersey, a statewide advocacy ...

Scotch Plains Police Chief Issues Warning After Home Invasion in Westfield

October 20, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains police chief Ted Conley has issued the warning below following a violent home invasion that occurred on Longfellow Avenue in Westfield (near the Scotch Plains border) on Tuesday. 

Westfield police reported a very serious incident involving a home invasion that occurred yesterday afternoon, just before 2:00 p.m.!

The incident took place on the ...

Suspect Remains at Large in Violent Westfield Home Invasion, Authorities Say

Police are seeking security footage that may aid in the investigation.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A suspect wanted in connection with a violent home invasion remains at large, prompting increased police patrols in Westfield, authorities said Wednesday.

The home invasion in the 400 block of Longfellow Avenue -- not far from the Scotch Plains border -- left one person injured Tuesday ...

Westfield Police Investigating in the Area of Longfellow Ave. Tuesday Afternoon

WESTFIELD, NJ — Authorities are seeking residents' security footage in connection with an ongoing investigation in the 400 block of Longfellow Ave., near the Scotch Plains-Westfield border, police said Tuesday afternoon.

Westfield Chief Christopher Battiloro, who is on the scene, described it only as a "non-specified police investigation" but said authorities ...

Southside Johnny to Headline Pig Gig 6 at Italian American Hall in Scotch Plains on Sun, Oct. 24

October 8, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS -- The legendary Southside Johnny will headline Pig Gig 6, a benefit for the Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation, which will be held on Sun., Oct. 24 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Italian American Club in Scotch Plains.

Occurring for the sixth year, the Pig Gig will have multiple musical performers throughout the event:

Blue Americana
The Lonesome Pines
James ...

Scotch Plains' Charlie Newman to Have Number Retirement Ceremony Friday Night

SCOTCH PLAINS -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood football program will host a number retirement ceremony Friday night to commemorate a resident who spent much of his life giving back to others.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s High School will retire Charlie Newman's number 72 at halftime of the Raiders’ home game against Linden. Newman held many roles nationally and locally to ...

Free Meditation and Group Therapy Program for Union County Teens at Fanwood Meditation Center

October 12, 2021

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- As mental health issues like anxiety and depression continue to rise among adolescents in Union County, The Dhammakaya International Meditation Center (257 Midway Ave., Fanwood), in collaboration with licensed psychotherapist Sean Foley, have created a free mental health program designed to increase the wellbeing of teenagers.

Beginning November 6, a ...

Scotch Plains Recognizes International Stuttering Awareness Day

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Mayor Josh Losardo and the Township Council issued a proclamation during Tuesday’s council meeting recognizing Oct. 22 as International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) in the township.

First observed in 1998, International Stuttering Awareness Day celebrates people around the world who stutter and brings awareness of stuttering acceptance.

Scenes from the Annual Rose Checchio Walk in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains hosted its annual Rose Checchio Play for PINK Walk, co-chaired by Margaret Heisey and Beth Hornstein, to raise money and awareness for breast cancer awareness.

The event held under beautiful weather conditions attracted hundreds of walkers for a 3.2 mile walk through the north side of Scotch Plains. Participants included members of the Checchio family, ...

Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis at St. Bart's Academy in Scotch Plains

October 5, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Students at St. Bartholomew Academy in Scotch Plains celebrated of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Monday, Oct. 4. Fr. John Paladino, pastor of St. Bart's Church, visited the school to bless the (stuffed) animals in the classroom.

St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and environment, is credited with setting up the first live ...

Seventh Annual Day of Prayer Returns to Union County on Oct. 6

ELIZABETH, NJ - As the nation continues to reckon with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the seventh annual Union County Day of Prayer will serve as “A Memorial Service to Those in Our Memory” on October 6.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield and is sponsored by Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council and Community ...

Union County COVID Remembrance Set for Westfield Wednesday Night

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council is scheduled to host a memorial service for the victims of COVID-19 Wednesday night.

The memorial to be held in the parking lot of the Parish Community of Saint Helen, 1600 Rahway Avenue, Westfield, starts at 7 p.m., the UCICC announced.

Names of loved ones who died during the pandemic will be read aloud and ...

Scenes from Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL Football - Week 6

October 20, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- A thrilling victory by the seventh grade B team Raiders highlighted the first home night games in the history of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL on Saturday, Oct. 16.

The SPF PAL B team Raiders held off Morristown by a score of 12-6 when the Morristown quarterback was tackled just a few yards short of the end zone on the final play of the game.

Here are the ...

Boys Soccer: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Tops Summit, Wins Sixth in a Row, 3-1

SUMMIT, NJ -- Seniors Ethan Koseoglu and Isaac Tu scored each found the back of the net, and junior David Feliu added a goal as Scotch Plains-Fanwood topped Summit, 3-1, as the Raiders won their sixth straight game. 

Goalie Graham Kois made five saves, including a highlight reel stop on a shot well above his head. 

Miguel Sanchez scored Summit's only ...

Girls Volleyball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Celebrates Senior Day

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School girls volleyball program honored its six graduating seniors on Friday, Oct. 15. .Coach Adrienne Stack, along with the juniors and sophomores, spoke about the contributions of each of the players.

Co-captain Tory Cirillo has been a four-year player and anchor of the defense. Fittingly, she broke the all-time school record for digs in ...

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So Much More Than the "School on the Hill"

“The school on the hill.” A statement we hear quite frequently when we tell people we go to Mount Saint Mary Academy. For many, that is all they know about our school – until they come to our unquestionably informative annual Open House. Hosted this year on October 17th our Open House is a great way for prospective students and families to learn about, and experience, our ...

NJ TRANSIT’s Mobile App Upgrades: Keeping Riders in the Know

NEW JERSEY – With more and more riders returning to public transportation, NJ TRANSIT’s recent changes to mobile apps literally represent well-timed upgrades.

Smartphone users can readily appreciate the ease of information available at their fingertips. A few swipes on the mobile app replace the need for paper schedules and more.  The mobile app is available on both Google ...

How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs

Have you ever been swarmed by a bug and noticed a strange and unpleasant smell?

You probably encountered a stink bug.

Chances are, if you have a stink bug infestation, your nose will let you know and you'll want to get rid of the problem as soon as possible. 

Keep reading to learn more about how to get rid of stink bugs. 

Understanding Stink Bugs

Whether you already ...

When Adult Children Move Back Home

The COVID-19 pandemic put more generations under the same roof, and more parents are now helping their adult children financially. Young adults have returned to their parents’ homes due to disruptions in their jobs, closures at colleges, and change in living arrangements and health brought on by the pandemic.

No one expected COVID. Many parents were living the empty nest days when ...

Anxiety Can Be Contagious

There are two types of anxiety, acute and chronic.  Acute anxiety occurs on a daily basis.  Examples are the reactions we get to stressors such as being late for a meeting, a child waking up with a cold/illness, sitting in traffic, missing a train/bus, etc.  Chronic anxiety is more of a background of anxiety that we carry with us.  Much of this type of anxiety is programmed ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Embrace Spirit Week Themes

EDISON -- Students in all three divisions at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison enjoyed a week of daily themes to celebrate Spirit Week from Oct. 4-8.

Upper School students engaged in a week of friendly competition and the seniors prevailed with the class championship in a narrow 160-140 victory over the juniors thanks to solid performances each day. Daily themes included Color Day ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Community Enjoys Return of Fall Fair and Homecoming Day

EDISON -- The community of parents, students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and friends at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison enjoyed fun, food and games as Fall Fair and Homecoming Day returned on Oct. 7 after a one-year hiatus.

This year’s event was held outdoors at the back of campus with volunteers from the Parents’ Association, Booster Club and W+H student body ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Named National Merit Scholar Semifinalist

EDISON -- The College Counseling Office at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison announced that senior Aarush Dharayan of Edison has been named a semifinalist in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation was presented to Aarush, who is pictured with Dr. Bob Bowman of Scotch Plains, Upper School Head (left) and Andrew Webster of Edison, Head of School.

Aarush ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Upper School Fall Play Announces Cast List

EDISON -- The Performing Arts Department at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison announced the cast list for its fall play – These Shining Lives – with performances set for November 12-13 in the Berry Performing Arts Center.

Leading players include Rose Kassam of Scotch Plains as Catherine Donohue, Naischa Puri of Edison as Charlotte Purcell and Krishna Patel of Edison as ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Senior Earns College Board National Recognition

EDISON -- Feisal Kiiru of Edison, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, is one of 32,000 students from across the country to earn academic honors from the College Board’s National Recognition Programs! These National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Elects Student Government Officers

EDISON -- The Middle School at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison elected its Student Government Executive Board officers and Homeroom Representatives last week. Congratulations to the following students:

Executive Board: CJ Strauss of Westfield and Braelyn Brandl of Plainfield – Co-Presidents, Alyssa Ji of Edison – Vice President, Duaa Noor of Colonia  – ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week: Scotch Plains Girls Tennis Team

SCOTCH PLAINS -- It has never happened before at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. This year, the girls on the tennis team wanted to change that.

The Raiders are state champions for the first time in school history after defeating a pair of opponents on Thursday afternoon. But, how did they get there this week?

After 48 years, the Raiders captured their first state sectional ...

Saint Joseph High School Inducts the 2021 Class into its Athletics Hall of Fame

METUCHEN, NJ -- NBA superstar Karl-Anthony Towns and Brandon Bielak, a pitcher for the Houston Astros, were among the honorees for Saint Joseph High School's Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2021. The event was held at the Metuchen Golf and Country Club in Edison on Fri., Oct. 8.

The list of inductees included:

Craig Belunes ‘77 - Wrestling
Brandon ...

Saint Joseph High School Homecoming Game was held on Saturday, Oct. 9

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) welcomed alumni, family, and friends back to the campus to celebrate our third annual homecoming game.

Many Falcons returned to the flock, and their support helped that the varsity football team beat New Brunswick by score of 38-14. On the field, quarterback Christian Solino was 19-for-28 for 229 yards and 3 TDs and one INT. He ...

New Jersey Date Night: Frighteningly Great Halloween Destinations

October 16, 2021

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

October brings us candy, trick-or-treaters and a great opportunity for our date to hold our hands a little tighter. Halloween is upon us and what better way to celebrate the spooky season than to visit one of New Jersey’s many Haunted Houses? From eerie hayrides to disturbing hallways, a haunted ...

There’s More Than One Way Cook a Pumpkin

Whether you’re hitting the pumpkin patch or shopping at the supermarket, you’re bound to find a bounty of pumpkins this time of year.

Ready to start cooking? Baking or steaming then pureeing your own pumpkin is a great way to get what you need for homemade pies, breads, soups and more.

Tip: Don’t use big, hollow Jack-o-Lantern pumpkins for cooking — they don’t ...

Healthgrades Recognizes All Atlantic Health System Medical Centers for Hallmark Specialties


All five Atlantic Health System medical centers were honored for delivering high-quality care and superior outcomes across multiple specialties in the Healthgrades 2022 Report to the Nation, released today. Among the national and regional recognitions, Morristown Medical Center became the only hospital in the nation to achieve 2022 Specialty Excellence awards in each of the following ...

How to Recycle Right in Union County

Recycling has been subject to statewide rules in New Jersey since 1987, but questions continually arise about recycling. The Union County Bureau of Recycling and Planning wants to help residents learn the rules and “Recycle Right.” Here are answers to four of the most frequently asked questions we receive about recycling in Union County:

Q: What is ACCPTABLE in my curbside ...

Suspect Remains at Large in Violent Westfield Home Invasion, Authorities Say

October 20, 2021

Police are seeking security footage that may aid in the investigation.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A suspect wanted in connection with a violent home invasion remains at large, prompting increased police patrols in Westfield, authorities said Wednesday.

The home invasion in the 400 block of Longfellow Avenue -- not far from the Scotch Plains border -- left one person injured Tuesday ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Brings Back Its Annual Fall Harvest on Sun, Oct. 24

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is excited to bring back its annual Fall Harvest event for 2021! Reservations are not required to access the event, which is free and open to the community.

The event is scheduled for Sunday, October 24 from 12-3pm, with a rain date of Saturday, October 30 from 12-3pm. The event will be held solely outdoors this year in the YMCA’s parking lot, 1340 Martine ...

Find Something for Everyone at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA This Fall

This Fall, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is offering a variety of programs for youth, teens and adults. Whether you’re interested in sports, swimming, health and fitness, weight loss, or looking to join a community of individuals with similar interests, the Y has you covered during its upcoming Fall 2 session.

The session runs Nov. 1 - Dec. 23, 2021, and online registration kicks ...

Let’s All Step Up to Spare Children from Gun Violence

October 20, 2021

Dear Editor: 

Our nation has come a long way since the days when gun violence was associated almost entirely with known criminals and gang-related street violence. School shootings have become so commonplace that they rarely make headlines, and it seems that our youth are at risk no matter where they go, whether it’s a sporting event, a birthday party or a neighbor’s ...

Mount Saint Mary Academy Announces Women at the Well Initiative

October 20, 2021

Arianna Salerno '22, the Student Council Executive Board's Director of Communications at Mount Saint Mary Academy, recently shared details about plans for the Mercy Girl Effect project. The board also made a special presentation about the project to members of the Mercy Guild this month.

"The 2021-2022 Executive Board has been hard at work since June of 2021. The Mercy Girl Effect ...

Upcoming Events


Thu, October 21, 7:30 PM

Holy Trinity RC Church, Westfield

Steve Angrisano Concert

Arts & Entertainment


Fri, October 22, 10:00 AM

Scotch Plains Public Library (Virtual Program), Scotch Plains

Virtual Balance Awareness Classes with Yasmin ...

Arts & Entertainment Education Health & Wellness Home & Garden


Fri, October 22, 8:00 PM

All Saints' Episcopal Church, Scotch Plains

Rupert Wates in Concert - Singer, Songwriter, ...

Arts & Entertainment