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Young Elizabeth Salsa Dancers Performing in America's Got Talent Quarterfinals

August 5, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — Two young salsa dancers from Elizabeth have made it to the live quarter-final round of America’s Got Talent.

Twelve-year-old Simon Ruiz and ten-year-old Maria Lopez have been dancing together for three years. They met at the Quimbara Dance Studio in Elizabeth and instantly became friends and dance partners.

Simon and Maria have competed at dance ...

Scotch Plains Public Library to Host Virtual Golden Girls Trivia on Tuesday, August 18

Picture it! Scotch Plains, 2020...

Test your knowledge of the classic ’80s sitcom, The Golden Girls, in the library’s first ever virtual trivia event for adults. This program will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Advanced registration is required, in order to receive the link.

Participants can register to play solo or on behalf of a team. The library ...

The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra is Staying Connected in Its Video Chat With Charles From Vienna

The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra is Staying Connected in Its Video Chat With Charles From Vienna

The 100th anniversary season of the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra (PSO) has been cut short as a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic. Although we may not gather in person to perform for our valued audience, we are eager to stay connected through our innovative virtual offerings.

The PSO ...

Lord & Taylor Bankruptcy Comes as Westfield Sets up for Site Redevelopment

August 3, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — The parent company for Lord & Taylor has filed for bankruptcy protection — the latest indicator of financial distress for the owner of an expansive department store on North Avenue.

The online fashion brand Le Tote — which purchased the chain of Lord & Taylor stores in 2019 — filed for bankruptcy in federal court Sunday, indicating that it has ...

In ‘A Loss for the Community,’ The New Jersey Jewish News Ceases Publication

NEW JERSEY — Jewish homes in South Orange and Maplewood, and across New Jersey, have been opening their mailboxes each week for generations, and receiving news of interest about the Jewish world around them in the New Jersey Jewish News: from the hyper local — such as start times for holiday services at different synagogues and who is memorialized in the obituaries — to local, ...

Murphy Adds $15M to New Jersey's Small Business Grant Program

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – April Scelsa’s story mirrors those of thousands of small business owners whose nail salons, coffee houses and nutrition supplement boutiques wouldn’t have been able to re-open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic without a little help.

Scelsa used money she got from the New Jersey Economic Development Agency (NJEDA) to purchase masks, gloves, ...

Saint Bart's Festival, a Highlight of the Scotch Plains Calendar, Canceled Due to COVID-19 Concerns

July 30, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- For the first time since its inception in 1974, there will be no Italian Festival at St. Bartholomew Church on Labor Day Weekend in Scotch Plains. 

The sad news was reported to TAPintoSPF by John Lestarchick, a member of St. Bart's festival committee, and Paul Raphael, the president of the local chapter of UNICO, the Italian American service ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Mourns The Loss of Margaret Trigo, Wife of Longtime Police Chief

FANWOOD, NJ -- Margaret A. Trigo (nee Bucco), 56, of Scotch Plains, peacefully passed at her home surrounded by her loving family early Sunday morning.

The Visitation will be at the Rossi Funeral Home (1937 Westfield Ave. Scotch Plains) from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Masks are required and social distancing must be practiced. The Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m. on ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Elementary School Parents Launch Petition Supporting 5-Day In-School Single Sessions

August 5, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- A group of parents of elementary school students have started an online petition in hopes of achieving 5-day in-school sessions when the academic year begins in September. The petition follows the announcement of the SPFK12 District's hybrid plan on Sunday that spelled out that students would be separated into "A" and "B" groups and would ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood SPFK12 District Announces In-Class Instruction Schedule for Its Hybrid Model

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- In a letter to parents, Scotch Plains-Fanwood SPFK12 district superintendent Dr. Joan Mast unveiled the planned schedule for in-class instruction in the fall. 

The hybrid model will utilize a cohort structure to reduce the number of students in a classroom at any given time to maximize social distancing and to lower the number of individuals with which ...

Union Catholic Students Earned AP Scholars Awards

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Twenty-three recent graduates of Union Catholic and 14 rising seniors at the school have earned AP Scholars Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams during this past school year.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement program recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams. 

Andrew ...

Jessica's Café in Plainfield Offers Outdoor Dining, Fresh Summer Specials

July 30, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Jessica's Café & Wood Fired Pizza, a rare gem that recently celebrated one year in Plainfield, has a refreshed summer menu with dishes that include local ingredients, and outdoor tented seating for dining rain or shine.

Bring your BYOB, and try some of our new dishes like crab cakes, gazpacho, and roasted beet salad, or enjoy traditional menu items like ...

Scenes from the Scotch Plains Farmers Market

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- It was a beautiful but hot day at the Scotch Plains Farmers Market on Saturday, July 25.

The market's farmers and other vendors offered a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and fresh brewed coffees in a socially distanced atmosphere. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily ...

Frizzled NJ: Fried Ice Cream Pops up in Place of Westfield Fusion Taco Shop

WESTFIELD, NJ — The space that housed an innovative taco restaurant for a brief time is now home to a popup fried ice cream shop.

Sidewalk signs in front of InnovAsian Taco, 106 Quimby St., show that it is home to Frizzled NJ, which is offering an assortment of fried ice cream and fried Oreos for the summer.

Frizzled NJ staff member Dan Chung said the shop, which has been open for ...

List of Street Closures in Scotch Plains

August 5, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains police department has issued a list of road closures due to the storm:

ChipLou Lane - live wires and branches on the ground

Dogwood Dr. between Golf St. and Shackamaxon Dr. - trees and wires on the ground

William St (200 block) between Rt 22 and Mountain Ave. - wires across the roadway **impassable**

Jackson ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Residents Still Without Power

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- PSE&G is still working to restore power in Scotch Plains, Fanwood, and throughout the state following the damage caused by Isaias. According to the PSE&G Storm Outage website, there are still 21,891 residents of Union County (10.61% of its customers in the county) who are still without power.

"Our crews are assessing, clearing and repairing ...

Fallen Tree Blocks Route 22 East in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A fallen tree on Mountain Ave. is slowing traffic on Route 22 East in Scotch Plains. 

Police are on the scene now, and traffic is being turned back for now due to electrical work. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter ...

Center for Hope Hospice Bids Fond Farewell to 30-Year Volunteer, Betty Swisher of Fanwood

August 5, 2020

Brought Weekly Communion to Patients at Scotch Plains Hospice Residence

SCOTCH PLANS, NJ – For 30 years, Betty Swisher of Fanwood brought weekly communion to hospice patients at the Center for Hope’s Scotch Plains residence. She would seek out those who wanted to receive communion and spend time talking to them, singing and often, laughing. On Tuesday, July 21, it was the ...

Nominations Sought for the 2020 Scotch Plains Mayor’s Charity Gala (COVID-19 Version)

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- This year, the Township of Scotch Plains Mayor’s Gala will again honor a male and female volunteer of the

year in addition to a volunteer organization of the year. Nominations are now open and everyone is encouraged to nominate a special person or organization. In a twist to this annual event, awardees will be honored on Scotch Plains Day, October ...

Smash Kids Cancer 2020 Live Music Concert on Saturday August 1

FANWOOD, NJ -- Smash Kids Cancer is hosting a live music concert performed by talented youths in the local area. All donations will benefit pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

 Tune in to Facebook Live on Saturday, August 1st, from 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. to watch the show. Online donations can be made ...

Food Safety After Isaias' Power Losses: What to Keep, What to Toss

August 5, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Since Tropical Storm (or Hurricane, depending on the news outlet) Isaias has taken out power for thousands of Union County residents who have been left with no refrigeration. has a chart for determining how long foods will stay fresh and usable after a power outage.

According to the site: "Your refrigerator will keep food safe for up to ...

Plans in the Works to Increase Capacity of NJ’s Contact-Tracing Corps

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With nearly 90 new COVID-19 cases linked to young people who attended house parties at several Jersey Shore communities — and the potential exposure of hundreds more — state ...

Union Catholic's 5K Will Raise Money For COVID Relief Programs

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  The Union Catholic 5K will provide a fantastic fundraising opportunity for a great cause and will add a virtual component when the 10th annual event is held on Saturday, September 19, race director Edward Thornton has announced.

Thornton said the fundraising opportunity will be available for every runner who participates, and that all of the proceeds from the race ...

In ‘A Loss for the Community,’ The New Jersey Jewish News Ceases Publication

August 1, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Jewish homes in South Orange and Maplewood, and across New Jersey, have been opening their mailboxes each week for generations, and receiving news of interest about the Jewish world around them in the New Jersey Jewish News: from the hyper local — such as start times for holiday services at different synagogues and who is memorialized in the obituaries — to local, ...

Union Catholic Track Legend Stars in Gatorade TV Ads Shown on ESPN, Elsewhere (VIDEO)

August 2, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- If you thought you saw a familiar local face in Gatorade TV ads during the Red Sox-Yankees game on ESPN last name, you were right. Former Union Catholic track star and 2016 Olympic hurdler Sydney McLaughlin is featured in a current series of Gatorade ads entitled, "Ready to Play Anything," that celebrate the return of sports.

In the last few months, ...

Union Catholic Distance Running Star Myles Plummer Motivated to Have His Best Cross-Country Season

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Myles Plummer flashed a huge smile when he was done with his workout on the sun-splashed track at Union Catholic this past Monday morning.

It was the first official summer practice for the Union Catholic cross-country team, and the rising junior distance running star was ecstatic to be back with his teammates doing what he loves.

"It felt amazing,'' ...

Scotch Plains Fanwood Soccer Club to Hold Free Clinics

Scotch Plains Fanwood Soccer Club to Hold Free Soccer Clinics on July 31st and August 7th

Scotch Plains Fanwood Soccer Club (SPFSC) is proud to announce that it will once again be hosting free soccer clinics for players born in 2013 and 2014 via their Diamond Academy program.

SPFSC's Diamond Academy is a technically focused training program designed to prepare players for the next level ...

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Virtual Wildlife Wednesdays for Children in Union County

The Union County Freeholder Board is pleased to announce a new virtual education initiative aimed at teaching children about animals and the important role they play in the environment. 

Wildlife Wednesdays kicks off on Wednesday, July 22nd with a program entitled “Frogs, Toads and Turtles” which will explain the difference between frogs and toads and turtles and ...

Libby’s Lunch: Foodies Flock From Near and Far for One Last Bite

August 1, 2020

PATERSON, NJ — Some 30 cars filled to capacity the two parking lots that surround Libby’s Lunch on McBride Avenue.

Word was out Monday evening that Libby’s Lunch — a restaurant long known for its chili dogs — would be closed permanently by the end of the week. Customers had come for one last chance to say goodbye to Libby’s.

“The food is what makes ...

New Jersey Date Night: Life’s a Beach in Avalon

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

A little seaside road trip makes for a perfect date and Avalon provides an unforgettable backdrop. You can enjoy everything from shopping to surfing and, of course, outdoor dining in this affluent shore town on Seven Mile Island.

Besides checking out the exquisite real estate, you and your date can ...

Opinion: For Our Family with Food Allergies, the Pandemic Got So Much Scarier

We are that family. You know, the one with the kids who have a combined count of over 30 severe food allergies. You can see our previous NJ Flavor story, “11 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Families with Severe Food Allergies,” here.  

We are the family that was used to weekly allergic reactions due to ever-changing and surprisingly hidden ingredients, even in foods ...

Community Conversation: What We Now Know About Coronavirus

Every day more and more crucial information about COVID-19 surfaces. So what’s the most important guidance for you and your family? Join Jason Kessler, MD, on our Community Conversation, as he separates fact from fiction when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Union County Law Enforcement Leaders Discuss Use of Force Amid Calls for Reform

August 5, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Police use of force, deescalation training, and law enforcement officers’ broader roles in communities they serve are part of a local dialogue that comes amid national calls for reform in policing.

At a virtual panel discussion on July 29, Union County law enforcement experts answered pre-submitted questions on use of force policies and discussed how to ...

Auction Features 200-Year-Old Clock Crafted & Built in NJ

August 4, 2020

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Central Jersey auctioneer Joe Bodnar received an email last month reading “The Barnes family clock needs to find a new home.”

Nearly 200 years old, built and crafted in New Jersey by a respected colonial-era clockmaker, the tall case clock will be sold by Bodnar as part of a two-day, 500 lot online auction Aug. 5 & 6,

Dated ca. 1825, the clock has been ...

COVID and the College Experience

Whether your kid is a freshman entering college for the first time or returning back to college, there are so many emotions we experience as parents. There are differences in a parent’s reaction to the departure of a first child, an only child or even the last child. Feelings of sadness, anxiety and depression are normal and expected responses. It is a new phase in life for ...

Taking What Others Say Personally

Warren Buffett is an American business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is considered one of the most successful investors in the world and is ranked among the world's wealthiest people.

A recent quote of his states: “You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is ...

Handling The Uncertainty of the Return of School in the Fall

Many of us are feeling the anxiety of not knowing what is coming in the fall for our children. In the spring, educators and students across the world were forced to suddenly shift to virtual classrooms. No one was prepared for this and parents were forced to turn their homes into classrooms and workplace stations.

Some districts have decided to have classroom instruction in ...

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 ...

Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center Recognized for Environmental Sustainability by HealthTrust

August 5, 2020

SUMMIT, NJ -- Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center has again been recognized for its accomplishments in environmental sustainability with the 2020 Member Recognition Award from HealthTrust, a purchasing and performance improvement organization that serves hospitals, health systems and other health care provider locations.

Overlook received HealthTrust’s award for Social ...

Upcoming Events


Thu, August 6, 7:30 PM

Scotch Plains

Special Zoning Board Meeting



Sat, August 8, 8:00 AM

Scotch Plains

Scotch Plains Farmers Market

Food & Drink


Tue, August 11, 1:30 PM

Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, Clark

Clark Blood Drive - Urgent Need!

Giving Back Health & Wellness