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Introducing the Plainfield duCret Center of Art

December 5, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Saturday's open house in Plainfield kicked off an evolution at the duCret School of Art, which celebrated its rebranding as the duCret Center of Art.

Executive Director Timothy O’Connor said for many years, the main focus at duCret was its position as a post-secondary art school. But the COVID-19 pandemic made it clear duCret was much more as it hosted concerts ...

NJFO’s Holiday Concert in Westfield Next Weekend to Feature Three Holiday Tenors

WESTFIELD, NJ — The New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s holiday show, “The Three Holiday Tenors,” returns Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield.

From traditional to pops, choral favorites, renowned tenor fare and Broadway classics, the NJFO’s annual concert is popular with people of all ages.  

“We have one completely fresh ...

Joe Domingues Crowned Mr. Spiffy High at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Joe Domingues used his walk and his charm to win the coveted title of Mr. Spiffy High at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Friday, Dec. 4, 2022.

Domingues and seven other contestants from the Class of 2023 -- Ryan Cawley, Austin Lorenzetti, Matt Nervi, Robert Princepe, Andrew Smith, Guy Varela, and Keith Yeager -- competed in ...

Staying Healthy During the Holidays – Tips from RWJBarnabas Health Experts

December 8, 2022

NEW JERSEY – With the holidays quickly approaching, residents throughout the state are gearing up for travel, the return of indoor gatherings, and long-overdue celebrations that may have been put on hold for two years due to the pandemic.

The timing of the holidays, however, combined with the current uptick in both the flu and RSV cases along with emerging variants of COVID-19, ...

Popular Food Truck 2 Much Sauce Opens Storefront in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS and PLAINFIELD, NJ -- It started with an old food truck purchased from a junkyard in Washington, New Jersey. After an initial investment of $2,000 and $20,000 in repairs, partners Elijahwon Edwards and Kyle Briggs found rapid success with their food truck selling what they describe as "comfort food." Edwards brought the culinary finesse, while Briggs' experience ...

Savory Selections Catering Now Open for Business at Former Roti Shop on E. Second St. in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Savory Selections Catering, the family-run business owned by Felton Jones and Jill Jackson Jones, officially opened its doors to the public on Saturday, Nov. 26, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Scotch Plains Mayor Josh Losardo and other township officials. 

A lifelong local resident, Jones creates "Traditional no frills, no fuss good ...

John's Meat Market in Scotch Plains Gets Festive for the Holiday Season

December 7, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Many businesses are getting festive for the holiday season by putting Christmas decorations around the inside of their shops. While seeming like just a cute decoration, three vintage plastic Santa Claus faces at John's Meat Market have a story behind them, according to Vinnie Losavio.

The three Santa heads can be seen as soon as you walk into the famed ...

Scenes from the Scotch Plains Tree Lighting

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains held a great outdoor party to kick off the holiday season at the Alan Augustine Green on Sunday, Dec. 4. The event featured horse-drawn hayrides, face-painting, a gingerbread house contest, hot cocoa courtesy of the Scotch Plains fire department, visits with Santa, and, of course, the lighting of the town's Christmas tree. 

Mayor Josh ...

Nettingham Middle School Announces Honor Roll for 1Q

December 6, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Nettingham Middle School has announced its Honor Roll for the first quarter of the 2022-23 academic year. Congratulations to all the Honor Roll students!

8th Grade Distinguished Honor Roll 
James Allen, Nathan Atienza, Jude August, Andrew Balagot, Sanjith Balaji, Ava Baumbach, Amanda Birck, Benjamin Bouverot, Asher Carpien, Kevin Chen, Carly Chichester, ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District Ranks No. 33 in the State in Niche.com Report

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- In its 2023 rankings of the Best School Districts in New Jersey, Niche.com rated the Scotch Plains-Fanwood SPFK12 district No. 33 of 243 districts statewide and No. 5 in Union County. 

Scotch Plains-Fanwood District's Overall Niche Grade: A

Academics: Grade A
Diversity: Grade B
Teachers: Grade A
College Prep: Grade A+
Clubs & ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Announces Honor Roll for 1Q

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School has announced the Honor Roll for the 1st quarter of the 2022-23 academic year. Congratulations to all the Honor Roll students.

Grade 12 High Honor Roll
Benjamin Abrams, Isha Agni, Olivia Aiere, Emma Alchus, Hasan Ali, Matt Andrej Apostol, Caitlin Applebee, Diego Arcila, Naa Dei Ashie, Andrew Bartley, Ryan Baumgartner, ...

Popular Food Truck 2 Much Sauce Opens Storefront in Scotch Plains

December 6, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS and PLAINFIELD, NJ -- It started with an old food truck purchased from a junkyard in Washington, New Jersey. After an initial investment of $2,000 and $20,000 in repairs, partners Elijahwon Edwards and Kyle Briggs found rapid success with their food truck selling what they describe as "comfort food." Edwards brought the culinary finesse, while Briggs' experience ...

Savory Selections Catering Now Open for Business at Former Roti Shop on E. Second St. in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Savory Selections Catering, the family-run business owned by Felton Jones and Jill Jackson Jones, officially opened its doors to the public on Saturday, Nov. 26, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Scotch Plains Mayor Josh Losardo and other township officials. 

A lifelong local resident, Jones creates "Traditional no frills, no fuss good ...

Poison Control Center Tips on Preventing Illness this Holiday Season

Getting sick from eating contaminated food is common. Contamination can occur at any point from food production to preparation, whether at a restaurant or at home. Each year, an estimated 48 million Americans get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die of food poisoning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



In New Jersey, the New Jersey Poison Control ...

Scotch Plains Police Nab Bronx Trio for Stealing Packages

December 2, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A teenager and two young adults from the Bronx were arrested for allegedly stealing packages from residence in Scotch Plains, according to the Scotch Plains police blotter. 

Anderson Baez Perez, 18, and Jani I. Nunez DeLeon, 23, were both charged with theft and receiving stolen property, and Alberto Ribota, 20, was charged with possession of ...

Scotch Plains Police Traffic Advisory

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Raritan Road will be closed today 2 in locations to all traffic. From Ashbrook Drive to Terrill Road this morning and from Lake Avenue to Lamberts Mill Road this afternoon.

These roads will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Scotch Plains Police Department advises all residents to plan alternate routes accordingly and stay safe.

Shooting in Scotch Plains Sunday; Victim Survives Shot to the Chest

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains police officers responded to a report of shots fired at a building on the 1700 block of East Second St. Sunday morning, according to a press release from Scotch Plains police.

Sgt. Jason Everitt, Off. Damian Serafin, and Off. Vincent Conti arrived first at the scene and located a 41-year-old male later identified as Bilal L. Williams, walking in the ...

The 2022 Big Holiday Toy Drive in Scotch Plains/Fanwood

December 7, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education, along with the Rotary Club of Fanwood-Scotch Plains, will help to sponsor The Big Holiday Toy Drive for 2022. Donations will be accepted from now until the day of December 19. Drop-off locations are listed below.

All donations will be going towards families enrolled in the free & reduced lunch program. Any ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Wrestling Team Rakes for Seniors

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- 

Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS wrestling coach Marc Fabiano believes it's important for his athletes to give back.

"Since I grew up in town, Coach (Jesse) Martinez lives in town, and Coach Scholz has been a part of the athletics/teaching side for 25 years, we are big believers in helping and giving back to the community.," Fabiano told ...

The JCC of Central NJ Announces New Isaac and Helaine Heller Financial Assistance Endowment

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – In partnership with the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ (JCF), the Jewish Community Center of Central NJ has been gifted a $2 million endowment from the family of Isaac and Helaine Heller (z''l) to provide ongoing financial assistance to JCC members in need. In recognition of the gift, the JCC has named its scholarship program in memory of ...

Sobriety Tips for The Holidays

December 2, 2022

NEW JERSEY -- For many of us, the holiday season is a time for celebration and cheer, spending time with friends and family, at get-togethers and parties. Especially after COVID lock-downs, such gatherings are a welcomed deviation from normal routines.

However, for those in recovery, holiday parties and other events can present anxiety and stress. The challenge becomes how to enjoy ...

RWJBarnabas Health Facilities Nationally Recognized by Healthgrades for Quality Across Specialty Care Areas

WEST ORANGE, NJ — RWJBarnabas Health received 32 awards and recognitions from the Healthgrades 2023 Specialty Excellence Awards for superior clinical performance in numerous specialty care areas, including cardiac, critical care, and surgical care.

 

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center was named one of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary ...

NJ Ranks Among Top 10 Least Obese States According to Wallet Hub

NEW JERSEY -The state of New Jersey ranks among the top 10 least obese states in the nation, according to a study released on Monday, November 14 by WalletHub. The study was titled "2022's Most Overweight and Obese States in America," which included all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

New Jersey ranked 40th on the overall list, while neighboring New York was ranked ...

Catch Union County Torah Center-Chabad's Chanukah Show on Comcast Channel 96

November 30, 2022

The Union County Torah Center proudly brings you a fantastic Chanukah show to be aired on Sunday Dec. 18 at 5 p.m., Monday Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesday the Dec. 20 at 5 and 7 p.m. and Wednesday Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., all on Comcast Cable Channel 96. 

All Saints Episcopal Church and Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Host Community Thanksgiving Celebration in Scotch Plains.

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- All Saints' Episcopal Church and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (IHM) served people who do not somewhere to go this Thanksgiving at a combined Community Thanksgiving celebration on Sunday, Nov 20, at All Saints.

The IHM youth group helped serve the meal, and platters of leftovers went to the vets who live at Valley Brook.

"Thank you to everyone ...

All Saints Episcopal Church and Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Offer Combined Thanksgiving Celebration in Scotch Plains.

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and All Saints Episcopal Church are combining forces to offer a Thanksgiving meal for people who might not have a place to go.

To those who do not have a Thanksgiving table to sit at, we invite you to ours! All Saints' Episcopal Church and Immaculate Heart of Mary will be hosting a "family style" dinner. We invite you ...

Winter Sports Preview: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Boys Basketball

December 8, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood basketball will look to turn up the notch as a basketball program heading into the 2022-23 season. After a 12-8 season and a state tournament appearance, the Raiders will look to make this year’s campaign more successful.

“We want to compete in the conference, counties, and state tournament and to have a very positive, ...

Scenes from the Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL Banquet

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL celebrated its successes on the field in 2022 and the careers of executives Shawn Johnson, president of the organization, and longtime VP Bruce Moran. The event was held at the Italian American Club in Scotch Plains and honored the graduating eighth graders and the other youth teams in the program.

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Police Athletic ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Native James Brown Writes Book on Soccer Family Legacy

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains native, and two-time high school state champion with the Raiders, James Brown has written a book about his family's soccer legacy -- which includes the first goal scored in the World Cup by his grandfather in 1930.

Mud, Blood, and Studs: One Family's Legacy in Soccer and Rugby Across Three Continents details the Brown ...

New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Begins Following Court's Ruling

December 6, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's black bear hunt began Tuesday afternoon, following a ruling by the Appellate Division of the state Superior Court.

After lasting for three hours on Tuesday, the hunt will be open from 12 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday December 7 through Saturday, December 10.

The hunt was reinstated last month and was then stopped last week following a court ...

New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Halted Following Judge's Ruling

TRENTON, NJ — Just days before it was set to begin, a judge has stopped New Jersey's black bear hunt.

Three animal rights groups, including the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, claimed a loophole was used to reinstate the hunt and went to court.

State Appellate Division Judge Lisa Rose announced the decision Wednesday. In her ruling, bear hunt opponents have until Friday ...

New State Law Requires Schools to Submit Digital Maps to Law Enforcement

TRENTON, NJ — Starting in the 2023-24 school year, all schools in New Jersey will have to submit digital maps of their campuses to law enforcement.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed S-2426 into law Wednesday. It requires the information to be submitted next year and updated regularly with copies given to designated law enforcement.

"We have seen, time and time again, public mass shootings ...

Union Catholic's Andrew Benvenuto and Aria Hicks Signed Their NLI's on Tuesday

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic's Andrew Benvenuto and Aria Hicks signed their National Letters of Intent during a special ceremony at the school on Tuesday.

Benvenuto, a lefty pitcher, signed with Moravian University, and Hicks, a soccer star, signed with George Mason University.   

Benvenuto is coming off a sensational junior season. 

Mixing a sharp breaking ...

Union Catholic Bowling Team Opens Season With Victory Over Roselle Catholic

LINDEN, NJ -- The Union Catholic bowling team, which received a career-high game from Nick Grippo and a team-high series from David Dudas, opened its season with a dominating victory over Roselle Catholic on Monday at Jersey Lanes.

The Vikings swept all three games and had the most total pins to earn a 7-0 victory.

Grippo, a sophomore, rolled a career high 174 in the third ...

Try 4 New Ways to Trim Holiday Waste This Year

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the amount of trash generated by American households can jump an average of 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Union County residents can help reduce excess waste at home by exploring new opportunities to conserve resources.

“Cutting down on waste at the source is important, and we also want to make sure that ...

Is it Wise to Be Giving Advice to Others?

We usually like to give advice because we want to be helpful. It also makes us feel very good when we can do something for someone else. We may think we have more wisdom in a particular situation and know that we have experience and know better. Our intentions are good when we set out to help others, however, how is this perceived by them?

Inserting ourselves in other people’s problems ...

The Return of the College Student During the Holiday

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 and once they are ...

The Importance of Self-Care During The Holiday Season

As you were growing up you may not have learned how to take good care of yourself. In fact, much of your attention may have been in taking care of others or on just getting by. People Pleasing is a term that refers to taking care of others’ needs rather than taking care of ourselves.

People often confuse “people pleasing” with being unselfish and make comments such as ...

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 season.

Wardlaw+Hartridge Second Graders Celebrate Culture on Heritage Day

The second grade classes celebrated heritage and culture with a series of events on Friday, Dec. 2. The day began with a Lower School assembly in the Berry Performing Arts Center and continued with students visiting the second grade classrooms to learn more about the many heritages represented by the second-graders. Parents attended an afternoon presentation in Lower Snowdon.

Dressed in attire ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Visit the United Nations

Students enrolled in the Global Scholars Program at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison visited the United Nations on Nov. 17. After a train commute from Metro Park to NYC, the students and chaperones Nicole Nolan and Jason Murphy completed the security check-in and began to explore the UN.

Guided tours took the students to many different exhibits, including portraits of worldwide events, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Excel at Model UN Conference

Six delegates from the Model United Nations team at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison represented the school at Empire MUN, a national level conference hosted by New York University in New York City from Nov. 17-20. Accompanied by club advisor Cristian Fernandez, the students intensely debated topics from pharmaceuticals to Hawaiian Annexation, and it was an enjoyable experience for everyone ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Sixth Graders Impress Sharks in the Tank

Drawing inspiration from the reality TV show "Shark Tank," sixth-grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison came up with a new product or service they could bring to market. They designed prototypes, created marketing plans, and ultimately presented their ventures to a panel of faculty and staff members acting as the sharks.

Students who received the most investments in ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Provides Everlasting Entertainment

The Middle School at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison entertained audiences during the Nov. 18-19 weekend with a wonderful musical production of Tuck Everlasting. Students and faculty loved the Friday matinée show and parents, families and friends enjoyed the two Saturday performances.

Emily O’Neill of Garwood as Winnie Foster and Anousheh Nazir of Somerset as Jesse ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Community Competes in Girls on the Run 5K Race

An eager group of young runners, along with energetic parents and faculty members, braved the elements and represented The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison at the annual Central Jersey Girls on the Run 5K race in Somerville on Nov. 20.

More than two dozen runners from the W+H community participated in the race. Highlights included GOTR coach Nicole Nolan of Bridgewater winning the 40-49 ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week: Girls Soccer Honorees

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Although the Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls soccer team (12-3-6) did not reach its goal of winning a title when the Raiders lost, 2-1, in OT against Chatham in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 Final, a number of individual athletes have been recognized for their play this fall. This week's Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week: Soccer's Henny Barbosa, Graham Kois, Giovanni Marra, and Luca Passucci

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Although they came up short of their goal of a championship this fall, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys soccer team had another successful season in 2022 with an 11-5-2 record. Along the way, they handed Westfield, the eventual NJSIAA Tournament North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 champions, their only regular season loss in the first ever high school match ...

Hospital, Arts Organization and Community Gather to Share Life and Cultural Experiences

There was a stuffed bear named Pinky, won at a boardwalk game as a child, and a small handmade bowl - both filled with memories of loved ones more than anything else.

There were items of celebration and tragedy – a bandhej saree that a breast cancer survivor has used to tie her memories to one another; and a wooden panel from the door of a synagogue in Slovakia, that now sits on a home ...

In Replica Cattle Car, Westfield Students Learn About Holocaust

December 7, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Footprints on the floor of the replica wooden cattle car show how closely people were crammed inside similar looking cars as they were shipped to concentration camps.

Throughout the day Tuesday, about 300 students at Westfield High School entered that freight car and connected with the torments of the Holocaust through the exhibit stationed on the school's front ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Hosts 26th Annual First Frost Invitational Meet

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) hosted its 26th annual First Frost Invitational Meet on Sunday, November 13 at Raritan Valley Community Center. Over 600 swimmers representing nine swim teams throughout New Jersey participated in this single-day meet. 

The meet, under the leadership of Shannon Frank (Meet Director), Simon Lee (Meet Referee), Taewoo Chung (Entry Coordinator) and the ...

Fanwood Mayor Invites Residents to Annual Holiday Event on December 4

December 2, 2022

Dear Editor,

A sure sign of the holidays is the arrival of Santa Claus to Fanwood! Join me this Sunday, December 4th, for our annual holiday event on the North Avenue lawn of the historic train station and library starting at 3:00 PM. Santa arrives to hear the wishes of our children followed by our tree lighting at 5:00 PM. This year our tree is decked out in all new lights which is sure to be ...

Two Atlantic Health System Hospitals Earn 2022 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Outstanding Quality and Safety

December 8, 2022

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, two Atlantic Health System hospitals were named Top Hospitals nationally by The Leapfrog Group. Morristown Medical Center was named a Top Teaching Hospital, and Chilton Medical Center was named a Top General Hospital.

Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, December 10
07:00 PM — 09:00 PM

The Presbyterian Church, Westfield

NJ Festival Orchestra presents The ...

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Sun, December 11
11:00 AM — 01:00 PM

Home Depot, Garwood

Menorah Workshop at Home Depot

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Wed, December 14
01:30 PM — 03:00 PM

The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, Westfield

Afternoon Concert with Holiday ...