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NJ Festival Orchestra Brings Broadway Back to Westfield

June 13, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Don’t wait until fall to celebrate Broadway’s return! Get a jump-start right here on Saturday, June 26, when NJ Festival Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro David Wroe, brings Broadway back with a rousing outdoor performance of favorites from the Great American Songbook. 

Back to Broadway promises a superb review of songs from great Broadway shows.

Got a Child Who Likes Trains? Renowned Model Train Display Reopens in Union County

UNION COUNTY, -- The Union County Commissioners is reopening of The Model Railroad Club, Inc. on Saturday, June 12. The exhibit will be open to the public every Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the A. Paul Mallery Model Railroad Center, located at 295 Jefferson Ave. in Union Township. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of an enormous HO ...

Watch New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra's Free, Live-Streamed Concert Sun, June 13

The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra will hold its first concert in over a year this Sunday, June 13th, at 3 pm. This concert will be live-streamed for our audiences. 

YouTubeLive link:  https://youtu.be/BLB624syGVw. or view at njio.org.

Five different ensembles will be playing works by Mozart, Parry, Holst, Handel, Hayden, and Vaughan Williams. Our ...

Take the TAPintoSPF 2021 Reader Survey: We Want to Hear From You

June 13, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Local news is more important than ever. To fulfill our mission of providing our readers with objective, daily, local news, we’re conducting a survey on what our readers think about TAPinto and how they engage with the news. We invite you to take our 2021 Reader Survey.   

Your feedback is important to us and helps us improve the ...

Scotch Plains to Move Forward with Adopting Downtown Redevelopment Plan This Summer 

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Downtown redevelopment is moving forward in Scotch Plains with the planned introduction of the first downtown redevelopment plan in more than three decades targeted for July. However, the redevelopment may occur without Advance Realty, the conditionally designated developer, that the Township selected in early 2019.

Related: Scotch Plains to Review Downtown ...

Union County to Honor Small Business Champions

Union County recognizes the contributions of small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Union County Commissioners have announced that nominations are now open for the Union County Small Business Community Champion recognition program. Businesses nominated for the program will receive a certificate of achievement and will be featured on the Union County Means Business ...

Fanwood Welcomes Seniors Citizens Back With Indoor Picnic

June 14, 2021

FANWOOD, NJ — Most of Fanwood’s government and departments turned out Monday to welcome our seniors to an indoor picnic, a first gathering of the borough's Seniors Club in almost 15 months.

In a sign of post-pandemic normalcy, all senior residents of Fanwood were invited to the Forest Road Park recreation building for a buffet sponsored by the Borough and served by members ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Senior Send-Off Car Parade Route Changes for June 17

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Senior Committee has organized the second annual Senior Send-Off Car Parade for the Class of 2021 on Thursday, June 17, at 4:00 p.m.

"We are hoping to get community (friends etc) out on to the parade route to cheer on our seniors, who will be riding in their cars with their parents/guardians," said ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Senior Send-Off Car Parade Route Changes for June 17

June 14, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Senior Committee has organized the second annual Senior Send-Off Car Parade for the Class of 2021 on Thursday, June 17, at 4:00 p.m.

"We are hoping to get community (friends etc) out on to the parade route to cheer on our seniors, who will be riding in their cars with their parents/guardians," said ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Lines Westfield Road with Class of '21 Senior Portraits

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Residents can see the smiling faces of members of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Class of 2021 along Westfield Road.

The tradition started in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic threatened to cancel graduation. Now, lawn signs honoring the graduating class seem to have become signs of the times.

About 400 students will graduate this year. TAPintoSPF ...

Scotch Plains Fanwood High School Seniors Receive Alumni Association Scholarship Fund

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The Scotch Plains Fanwood High School’s Alumni Association is now accepting donations for their ‘Brick Walk Project’.

Bricks purchased from the past few years will be installed as blanks in the Alumni Walk, which is located on the side entrance of the high school’s property up to the football stadium; the path Scotch Plains-Fanwood graduates ...

Murphy’s Pandemic-High Ratings Ease; High Marks on Handling of the Pandemic Continue, Taxes Still a Sore Spot

June 10, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — More than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Murphy’s once-skyrocketing ratings have now returned to pre-pandemic levels, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Forty-seven percent of residents currently have a favorable impression of the Governor (down from 54 percent in October 2020), while 36% have an unfavorable one (up from 28 percent).

Scotch Plains Democrats Host Fundraiser for Matt Adams's Campaign for Township Council

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Democrats held a fundraiser at Jerseyland Community Center on Sunday, June 6, for Councilman Matt Adams, who is running unopposed to be the candidate for this November's municipal election against presumed Republican candidate Deanna Dell-Bene. 

 

The winner in November will fill Josh Losardo's unexpired Council seat that he ...

Scotch Plains Republicans Host Fundraiser for Deanna Dell-Bene's Campaign for Township Council

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains Republicans held a fundraiser for their candidate, Deanna Dell-Bene who is running to be the candidate for this November's Township Council election against Democrat Matt Adams, who is filling in the unexpired Council seat that Josh Losardo won in 2018. He vacated that seat when he was sworn in as mayor on Jan. 1, ...

Fanwood and Scotch Plains Police Run the Special Olympics Torch Run

June 11, 2021

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Fanwood and Scotch Plains police officers took part in this year’s Special Olympics Torch Run, a statewide, daylong marathon along 26 separate routes, involving 3,000 New Jersey police officers. The annual event raises funds and awareness for the Special Olympics.

This year’s route took officers through downtown Fanwood along South and Martine Avenues, ...

Scotch Plains Fire Dept, Deegan Roofing Aid of Elderly Man Swindled by Scammer

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- When the Scotch Plains fire department responded to a call for help on May 28 in the pouring rain, they were disheartened to arrive at the home of John Mulligan, who told them a man posing as a roofer knocked on his door, told him the roof needed repairs, and then took his money without doing the work. Adding insult to injury, the scammer went on the roof and pulled off a few ...

Exxon Gas Station on Route 22 in Scotch Plains Robbed at Gunpoint

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Exxon gas station located at 1800 Rt. 22 reported an armed robbery on Thursday, June 3, according to the Scotch Plains police blotter. 

 

At approximately 8:00 p.m., a male dressed in all black wearing an orange ski mask entered the store armed with a handgun and demanded money. The suspect fled the scene on foot with cash as well as a cash register ...

Register Now for the Community Access Unlimited Walkathon, June 21-26

June 12, 2021

ROSELLE, NJ - Registration is now open for the Community Access Unlimited virtual Ira Geller Walkathon.  

The Community Access Unlimited virtual Ira Geller Walkathon runs the week of June 21-June 26. On June 26, individuals living near Warinanco Park in Roselle are invited to walk, run or roll in the park. Registration details are available ...

Fanwood and Scotch Plains Police Run the Special Olympics Torch Run

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Fanwood and Scotch Plains police officers took part in this year’s Special Olympics Torch Run, a statewide, daylong marathon along 26 separate routes, involving 3,000 New Jersey police officers. The annual event raises funds and awareness for the Special Olympics.

This year’s route took officers through downtown Fanwood along South and Martine Avenues, ...

Scenes from the Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament at Ashbrook Golf Course in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Knights of Columbus held its annual golf outing on Monday, June 7, at Ashbrook Golf Course in Scotch Plains. 

Golf outing organizer Bruce Moran said that this year's event was the most successful ever.

"There were 107 golfers and 180 sponsor signs this year," Moran said. "Without the help of our many sponsors, the event would not have raised ...

Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: About One in Six New Jerseyans Say They Won’t Get COVID-19 Vaccine

June 4, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — While 73% of New Jerseyans say they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and another 10% say they will likely get a shot, there are still 16% who remain unwilling to take the vaccine, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

The large number of Garden State residents getting vaccinated is a drastic change from the widespread vaccine ...

Atlantic Medical Group Opens New Office for Pediatric, Family Medicine in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Atlantic Medical Group, Atlantic Health System’s network of physicians, today opened a new office location in Scotch Plains, bringing together some of the network’s local board-certified providers in pediatric and primary care under one roof.

Atlantic Medical Group’s Pediatrics at Scotch Plains and Family Medicine at Scotch Plains offer a convenient ...

Caring Contact Announces New Executive Director

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Caring Contact, the Westfield-based crisis hotline and listening community, has named Mary Claire Givelber as Executive Director, taking over from Janet Sarkos. Ms. Givelber had been Caring Contact’s Director of Community Engagement since 2017 and a trained listener on the crisis line for the past three years. 

Her previous professional experience includes work ...

Cardinal Tobin to Celebrate Memorial Day Mass at St. Gertrude Cemetery

May 30, 2021

COLONIA and RAHWAY, NJ — The Archdiocese of Newark just announced that Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, will celebrate a Mass commemorating Memorial Day within the new Chapel Mausoleum of the Resurrection at St. Gertrude Cemetery and Mausoleum in Colonia, NJ, on Monday, May 31, beginning at 11 a.m. St. Gertrude is located at 53 Inman Ave.

The Mass ...

Track and Field: Union Catholic Girls Win 6th Straight Non-Public A State Title, UC Boys Place Third

June 14, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union Catholic girls added to its remarkable resume and solidified its status as one of the greatest programs in state history with the most dominating performance in meet history when the Vikings racked up a record 189 points to runaway with its sixth straight State Non-Public A Track and Field title on Saturday in Neptune.

UC's boys also had a very ...

Scenes from Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Signing Day and Senior Athlete BBQ; Martin and Lyght Honored as Athletes of the Year

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School celebrated all of its senior athletes and congratulated those who will be continuing their academic and athletic careers in college on Wednesday, June 9.

Originally planned as an outdoor barbeque, the threat of thunderstorms moved the events inside. The athletes who are competing in college were recognized on the stage of the ...

Westfield 15-Year-Old Swimmer Wraps Memorable Week at Olympic Trials

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s Clare Logan had a week to remember at the Olympic Trials held in Omaha, Nebraska.

Logan, a 15-year-old member of the Westfield Area YMCA Devilfish, competed Monday night in the B final in the 50-freestyle.

“Going to the Olympic Trials was definitely one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and is something I will never forget,” ...

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Helping Children Cope with the Loss a Parent to COVID

SCOTCH PLAINS NJ-- The pandemic has taken a toll on a scale that none of us has experienced in our lifetimes. Individuals and families have had to deal with loss and grief in addition to the extreme anxiety and stress we have all experienced. And the high mortality rate among prime-age adults, many of whom are parents, has left an unprecedented number of children to cope with the death of one or ...

Identifying Mental Illness in Children

Living with a child who has mental illness can be one of the most challenging life experiences for a parent.  No parent wants to acknowledge or accept that their child may have a mental illness. We may dismiss some of the warning signs and believe that their acting out is more of a behavioral issue than an illness. You might reason that every child displays childhood behavioral ...

Coronaphobia: What Is It and How Can We Combat It?

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- How are we doing one year after the pandemic? How have we weathered this stressful journey? In an effort to comfort and relate to one another, we often use the phrase, “we’re all in the same boat.” But, that’s not necessarily true—we are in the same storm, but not the same boat. Some of us may be ship-wrecked, some of us may be lost at sea, and ...

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 ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Earn Instrumental Accolades

EDISON, NJ -- Shourya Chhabra of Roselle Park and Luke Tan of Edison, students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, recently performed with the Region Jazz Band Dizzy Gillespie Virtual Ensemble. Students who participated in this performance were accepted through a stringent audition process in the spring. Both Shourya and Luke were featured as soloists.

As a result of receiving the top ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Third Graders Share United States Presentations

EDISON, NJ -- States from all over our great nation were on display at last week’s Third Grade States Presentations, held outdoors under the AP Room Tent at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison. Faculty, staff and students visited the displays and learned about many states and their customs and traditions from expert guides who were dressed to represent their state.

The assignment ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Inducted into Cum Laude Society

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison inducted 14 new members into the Cum Laude Society in a ceremony held Friday, June 4 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Andy Webster, Head of School, Dr. Bob Bowman, Upper School Head, Dr. Corinna Crafton, Middle School Head, Christine Cerminaro, Dean of Students, and Upper School faculty members Nicole Nolan, Don Kluizenaar, Liz Rooney and ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Enjoy Live Return of Field Day

EDISON, NJ -- Students in Grades PreK-5 at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison enjoyed an afternoon filled with fun, games, laughs and friendly competition as the beloved tradition of Field Day returned as a live event on the rear athletic fields. Lee Nicholls, Physical Education Department Chair, orchestrated the event with help from a dedicated group of faculty and student ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Entertain at Cookin' Cabaret

EDISON, NJ -- There’s nothing like live entertainment and Upper School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison provided plenty of it at last Thursday’s 12th annual Cookin’ Cabaret. A limited audience of students, parents, faculty and staff enjoyed 90 minutes of performances including poetry, vocals, instrumentals and dance. 

This was a special evening indeed, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Earns Prestigious RPI Medal

EDISON, NJ -- Aarush Dharayan of Edison, a junior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, recently received the Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Medal, a merit scholarship awarded to exemplary high school students. The merit scholarship has a guaranteed value of $120,000 for each medalist who is accepted at RPI. Interest in attending RPI is not part of the selection criteria.

RPI ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Volleyball's Nate Sta Rosa

This past week, Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys volleyball won their third consecutive Union County title (with a COVID break in 2020), in large part due to the clutch play of Nate Sta Rosa. For his leadership and outstanding play, he is this week's Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week. 

In the championship game against Union, Sta Rosa, a senior, came up big with 16 ...

St. Joseph (Metuchen) Wins GMC County Tournament, 2-0, Thanks to Strong Pitching, and RBI Squeeze Play

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- St. Joseph (Metuchen) won the GMC Conference Championship over South Brunswick on Sunday, June 6, 2021 in East Brunswick. Andrew Goldan started and pitched 6 2/3 brilliant innings before being removed for reaching the 110 pitch limit. He gave up just two hits. Colin Leyner closed out the game with a strikeout for St. Joseph.

Jack Kern executed a squeeze ...

Restaurants Offer Entertainment, Outdoor Spaces to Bring Back Diners

June 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Indoor dining is back at full capacity in restaurants around the Garden State. But while some diners have been eager to get back inside, many have gotten out of the habit, and some still eye gathering maskless indoors with trepidation.

To woo diners back, some restaurants are turning to enhanced outdoor spaces, live entertainment and good old-fashioned fun.

Khris Raina, ...

New Jersey Date Night: A Revolutionary Trip to Bordentown

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

Making a day of a date is a great way to create memories with your love, but when you choose to spend that time in Bordentown, it’s guaranteed to go down in relationship history. New Jersey has many historical towns and Bordentown, settled in 1682, is a true standout. Here you can visit the Clara ...

Seasonal Recipe: Make Our Quick Lemon-Basil Pesto

Grab some fragrant fresh basil at the store or farmers market, or pick some from your garden, for this zippy summer recipe.

This simple no-cook sauce is great on pasta or pizza. Try it on fish or chicken, or mix some into mayonnaise for a flavor-packed sandwich spread.

If you have leftover pesto, freeze it in an ice cube tray for future use.

Lemon-Basil Pesto:

1 cup packed fresh basil ...

Cool Drinks to Crave on Hot Summer Days

Now that the unofficial start of summer is here, get ready to cool off with these refreshing cold drinks:

Pineapple Mint Water: Float a few slices of pineapple and a handful of mint in a pitcher of water. Let stand in fridge at least an hour before serving.

Cold Brew Iced Coffee: Insanely easy and more flavorful than pouring hot coffee over ice. Watch how to make it with no special ...

Community Conversations: Living with Scoliosis

Does your child have scoliosis? Do you know what the signs are? Find out on the next Community Conversation where Jason Lowenstein, MD, medical director of Atlantic Health System’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, shares how it’s diagnosed and explains why early identification is key to treating spinal deformity.

 

CLEAR and Atlantic Health System Partner to Empower Patients With Digital Proof of Vaccination

Atlantic Health Patients Now Able to Link Vaccination to CLEAR’s Health Pass

CLEAR and Atlantic Health System have partnered to empower patients with the ability to access and share their proof of COVID-19 vaccination through CLEAR’s digital vaccine card and Health Pass. Using the free CLEAR app, vaccinated patients now have the option to create a digital version of their paper ...

The Heat is On. Your Sun Protection Should Be, Too

The temperatures are up, and I think it’s safe to say, summer’s back – at least in whatever form it exists in 2021.

Truth be told, summertime is not my favorite season. It’s the heat, but more importantly, the sunburns.  The biggest question I get in the office around this time is “what kind of sunscreen works best?”  There’s no ...

Atlantic Health System Welcomes New Trustees and Board Leaders

Atlantic Health is sharing exciting changes to the leadership and composition of its Board of Trustees. The integrated care delivery system, which serves 4.9 million people in 11 counties across New Jersey and Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce its new chair, Robert E. McCracken and vice chair, Gita Rothschild, Esq.  The system also welcomes new trustees: Jeanine D. Liburd, Arthur ...

Community Conversations: Treating Brain Tumors

If you think brain tumors are too rare to affect you, think again. Currently, 700,000 people in the United States are living with one. On this Community Conversation, physicians from the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center explain the newest advancements in treatment options.

 

 

Parents, the Time to Talk about Mental Health is Now

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month.  It cannot be overstated how important mental health is to us all, especially our kids.  If this was not already clear, then the pandemic certainly has made it so.  Everywhere you look, someone is talking about the toll that the pandemic has taken on the mental health of our kids due to their lack of time in school and the inability ...

Union County Vaccinations by Town: See How Scotch Plains and Fanwood Compare

June 12, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — As of Friday, just over half of all Union County residents have been immunized with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but where you live plays a significant role in how well vaccinated your community is, state figures show.

While the rate of people partially or fully vaccinated stands at 55.1% countywide, COVID-19 immunization rates vary widely by town, with the ...

Randolph BOE Votes to Remove Names of All Holidays on School Calendar; Everything to be Called 'Day Off'

June 11, 2021

RANDOLPH, NJ -- The Randolph Board of Education voted unanimously to remove the names of all holidays from the school calendar, and plans to simply call everything "Day Off." The decision shocked those who were left in attendance, after many others had walked out or been asked to leave by security from a raucous public audience that had reached 125 people at one ...

Make Summer Spectacular at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is excited to offer a 9-week program session in the Summer of 2021! The Y is continuing to increase its offerings and has programs for youth, teens and adults, including swim lessons, sports, healthy living programs and fitness classes. 

The Summer Session will run from June 28 to August 29, 2021 and online registration for programs begins Monday, June 14 at ...

Popular Little Sprouts Preschool Camp Returns to the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA

Great summers start at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA, and this year, the Y is bringing back its popular half-day Little Sprouts Preschool Camp for kids ages 3-5.

After a hiatus last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the camp is back and better than ever!

Little Sprouts is the perfect opportunity for preschool-aged children to experience camp for the first time. Held Monday through Friday ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Calls on the Community to Put Children’s Safety First

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- From June 7-11, The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA will participate in the Five Days of Action, a week designed to raise awareness and inspire adults to take action to protect children from sexual abuse.

Throughout the week, the Y will be providing information and resources on its social media accounts and encouraging local residents to join in its efforts to make the ...

Water Safety Should Be Top of Mind as Summer Kicks Off Next Weekend

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA wants to ensure that water safety doesn’t get lost as summer kicks off Memorial Day weekend and we look to return to a sense of “normalcy.”

As temperatures rise, kids will want to cool off, whether that is in home pools, community pools, ponds, lakes, rivers, streams, or oceans. And that means the risk of drowning is as prevalent as ever. For ...

An Update on Scotch Plains Recycling

June 12, 2021

Dear Editor:

I have been receiving inquiries about our new recycling contractor and the reliability of its pick-up schedule.

I asked the Township Administration to work with the contractor to address any concerns. In response, I was informed that the recycler will now be picking up everyone’s recycling once a week, rather than once every other week. This will be done, I was assured, ...

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