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Free Drive-Up Screening of “The Croods – A New Age”, April 23 at VoTech Campus in Scotch Plains

April 12, 2021

Event at UC Vo-Tech in Scotch Plains; COVID-19 safety rules apply

The Union County Board of County Commissioners announced today that there will be a free Drive-Up screening of “The Croods – A New Age” at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Campus, located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains on Friday, April 23. Parking begins at 7:00 p.m. and the movie will begin ...

Scotch Plains Public Library to Host Virtual Vegetable Cookbook Club on April 15

On Thursday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m., join the Scotch Plains Public Library’s Cookbook Club to celebrate the arrival of spring by focusing on vegetables!  Use the library’s cookbook collection or a resource of your choosing to select a vegetable recipe for a main dish, side dish, or dessert.  Prepare the recipe at home and meet on Zoom to discuss the results.  ...

Scotch Plains Author Robert Constant's 'Hello Grandma!' Wins Literary Award for Children's Books

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- "I totally forgot I submitted. I was in shock when I won!"

Scotch Plains-based author Robert Constant's marketing plan for his latest children's book was derailed by COVID, but a recent award is giving his book new life. 

Hello Grandma!, Constant's second children book recently was named the Bronze/Third Place winner in the 2021 Feathered ...

Elizabeth Native Powers Up PSEG Nuclear Plants for Newark, All New Jersey

April 13, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — When Judy Rodriguez was a sophomore at Elizabeth High School, her history teacher gave her a key piece of information that would empower her, then one day power New Jersey.

"She gave us an aptitude test, and the result for me was that I would be good at the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Her reaction was 'You should try for ...

Edison Heating and Cooling: Check and Replace Cooling Units Before Summer Hits

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Signs of spring are slowly popping up throughout New Jersey which means the hot and humid days of summer – and the non-stop running of home and office cooling systems – are just around the corner. 

According to Mike Iarrapino, owner of Edison Heating and Cooling, spring is the best time of year to have units checked and, if necessary, ...

Medical Aesthetics Practice Debuts in Westfield, Former 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Star on Hand

WESTFIELD, NJ — The nurse practitioner and CEO of a medical grade skincare practice performed a procedure she’s not accustomed to Thursday.

Flanked by her husband and Mayor Shelley Brindle, owner of FACE Aesthetic Artistry Jennifer DeMaio cut the ribbon at the opening of her new practice on North Avenue West while local business leaders, friends, family and clients looked ...

Scotch Plains Neighborhood Celebrates Gia the Dog's Birthday

April 9, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- It's been a ruff year.

That's why Scotch Plains resident Antonia Palumbo decided to hold an outdoor celebration for her dog Gia's second birthday on Wednesday, April 7. 

On a beautiful, sun-soaked day, Gia -- and 13 of her closest four-legged friends -- enjoyed an afternoon of fun and dog-friendly cake.

"It was a very special ...

Fanwood Mourns The Loss of Ken Blom

FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Borough Council of Fanwood expressed their deepest sympathies to the family of Ken Blom, a valued and beloved member of the Fanwood public works team who passed away suddenly on Easter Sunday.

Blom was a fixture at many Fanwood events which he helped make possible through his friendly professionalism. He staged a demonstration of ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Students Named Gettysburg College Dean's List

April 14, 2021

GETTYSBURG, PA -- Gettysburg College has announced its Dean's Honor List for the Fall 2020 semester. The following students whose semester averages were 3.6 or above were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement: 

Samantha Anastasiou of Scotch Plains
James Harcourt of Fanwood
Maria Schmidt of Scotch Plains
Dylan Weinstock of Fanwood

Students with a ...

Teachers and Students at Community Access Unlimited Strive for Success During Autism Acceptance Month

ELIZABETH, NJ - Michael Adamowsky says he didn’t plan it, but he has found his purpose in life through teaching.

After completing his master’s degree in accounting and starting a career at Community Access Unlimited, Adamowsky found that the accounting position didn’t suit him, and he didn’t like sitting at a computer all day. He decided to become more directly ...

Vaccination Event for Educators Tues, April 6

Mobile Vaccine Operation At Warinanco Park in Roselle Will Run From 1-8 p.m.

UNION COUNTY, NJ----The Union County Board of Commissioners today announced the County will hold a mobile clinic to vaccinate educators and school personnel on Tuesday, April 6th from 1-8 p.m. at Warinanco Park in Roselle.

Any educator or school personnel wishing to receive a vaccination must ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Food Truck Festival Rolls Into Town on May 2

April 13, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Food Truck Festival will roll into town on Sunday, May 2, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will take place at the high school's Westfield Road entrance with a social distancing layout. Face masks will be mandatory.

The Food Truck Festival is a fundraiser for the Class of 2021. The event is scheduled ...

Scotch Plains, Fanwood Restaurants Could Benefit from $35M Aid Package Signed by Murphy

Legislation is Part of a $100 Million Relief Package for New Jersey Small Businesses

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ  – Gov.Phil Murphy today signed into law A-5444, which provides $35 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for restaurants throughout New Jersey. The bill provides aid to a particularly hard hit sector of New Jersey’s economy and is part of a five-bill, $100 million ...

Scotch Plains Public Library Hosts A Home Barista Experience with Black Drop Coffee

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Public Library will host a virtual program presented by local business Black Drop Coffee, on Thursday, April 8, at 7 p.m. 

Black Drop founder Melody DeGaetano is a Registered Dietitian who brings science and nutrition to the work of creating delicious drink experiences. Together with Michael Bonavita from their local roaster Good Life Coffee, ...

Summit Police Thwart Attempted Abduction of 19-Year-Old

April 12, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - Quick action on the part of City of Summit Police Department officers resulted in the thwarting of an attempted abduction over the weekend, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Summit Police Chief Andrew Bartolotti jointly announced Sunday.

Shervon James, 33, of the Vauxhall section of Union Township has been charged with first-degree kidnapping. 

The ...

New State Data Reveals Number of Police Use-Of-Force Incidents in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from Scotch Plains and Fanwood, is now publicly available as part of a new statewide dashboard that debuted Tuesday.

The Use of Force Dashboard tracks more than 3,000 New Jersey use-of-force cases from October through February as part of a “beta” test dashboard created by state Attorney ...

Fanwood Mayor Mahr Swears-in Two New Police Officers

FANWOOD, NJ — Fanwood’s newest police officers were sworn in today by Mayor Colleen Mahr during ceremonies outside Borough Hall on Tuesday, April 6.  They are Christopher Eckerson, most recently of the Kean University Police Department, and Christopher Piniero, formerly with the Gibbsboro Police Department in Camden County. Both officers had family members and other ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Food Truck Festival Rolls Into Town on May 2

April 13, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Food Truck Festival will roll into town on Sunday, May 2, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will take place at the high school's Westfield Road entrance with a social distancing layout. Face masks will be mandatory.

The Food Truck Festival is a fundraiser for the Class of 2021. The event is scheduled ...

Union County Emergency Food Distribution in Scotch Plains April 17

Produce will be distributed on a first come-first served basis at drive-up event in Scotch Plains

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union County Board of County Commissioners will hold an emergency food distribution event on Saturday, April 17, at 8 a.m. at Union County Vocational Technical School (1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains). It will be a drive-up only event. 

The food ...

Vaccination Assistance for Scotch Plains-Fanwod Seniors

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club and Housing With Hope are helping secure appointments for senior citizens in our area. 

The Rotary Club and Housing With Hope have secured appointments with a local pharmacy in Watchung to get seniors 65 years or older vaccinated starting April 9, with more appointments in the following week. 

If you know of a senior ...

Spring into Fitness, Fun and Friends at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA

April 14, 2021

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is excited to announce the expansion of its offerings and will be holding an 8-week program session this Spring. The session will run from May 3 to June 27, 2021, and online registration for programs begins Monday, April 19 at 9:00 a.m.

This is the Y’s first full 8-week program session since its closure last March due to ...

Community Donates $40.3 Million to Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center Expansion, Renovation

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Community members have contributed more than $40.3 million toward the critical renovation and expansion of  Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute and Goryeb Children’s Hospital, significantly exceeding the initial campaign goal of $38.5 million, announced the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center.

Jennifer L. Smith, ...

How to Battle Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidal Thoughts During the Pandemic

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted just about every aspect of life: shutting down businesses, closing schools, instituting remote learning, limiting social interactions, and preventing activities, such as sports, from taking place. While government leaders and the CDC report on the physical toll the pandemic is having, COVID is having a serious impact on mental ...

Happy Passover from TAPintoScotch Plains-Fanwood

March 27, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- TAPintoSPF wishes a Happy Passover to our readers who are celebrating the holiday. 

Passover (Pesach) commemorates the Israelites' liberation from slavery in Egypt, as told in the book of Exodus. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us ...

‘Work of The Whole Parish’ Brings 4,000 Families a New Church in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — While they won’t be coming into the new worship space all at once, the 4,000 families of The Parish Community of Saint Helen will be returning to a church that has been rebuilt from the ground up — literally.

A ribbon cutting for the 15,700-square foot space is set for Monday, following a years-long initiative to rebuild and add onto the church building ...

Girls Volleyball - NJ State Sectionals: Top Seeded Scotch Plains-Fanwood Sweeps Woodbridge

April 14, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls volleyball team defeated Woodbridge 25-13 and 25-16 to advance into the NJ State Sectional semifinals in Group 3.  

The Raiders were paced by senior star and co-captain, Adelina Berisha, who stuffed the stat sheet with 8 digs, 12 kills, and 7 service points along with 4 aces. Fellow co-captain, ...

Swimming: Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA Swim Team Placed 5th at the NJ YMCA National Festival

VOORHEES, NJ -- With the cancellation of the YMCA National Championship this year, a YMCA Swimming Festival was held for those swimmers who have met the YMCA National Qualifying times at the National Aquatic Center in Voorhees from April 8th to 11th. The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) swim team had 23 swimmers who competed at the festival and the team finished 5th overall out of the 17 NJ ...

Almost Ready to Play Ball: Booth Field Gets a Much Needed Upgrade Before Opening Day

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- While Major League baseball's 2021 Opening Day took place on April 1, preparations at Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League's Booth Field were required before the first pitch could be thrown on Monday, April 12. 

The Township of Scotch Plains provided the netting and the manpower to install it after learning from league president Chris Bates and other ...

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Losing a Child ~ Losing a Friend

The loss of a child is like no other. Losing a child to a tragic accident is grief that lasts a lifetime.  It can be difficult to know what to say or do when someone you care about is grieving.  You may be afraid of intruding, saying the wrong thing, or making the person feel worse. 

While you cannot take away the pain of the loss, you can provide some needed comfort and ...

One Year After the Pandemic: Are We Experiencing Coronaphobia?

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, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Set For Timely Symposium

EDSION, NJ-- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison will host its Upper School Symposium – “Inclusive Communities - Race and Identity” – on Wednesday, April 14. The daylong event will feature keynote speakers, presentations, workshops and breakout discussions moderated by an impressive group of guests.

Danielle Belton, newly appointed editor of The Huffington Post, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Eighth Graders To Address Race, Climate Justice

EDISON, NJ-- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison will host an Eighth Grade Summit – “Race and Climate Justice” – from Monday-Wednesday, April 12-14 with the students also participating in the Upper School Symposium on the final day of the event.

Early this school year when it became clear that the traditional eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C. would not be ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Accepted to All-Region Jazz Band

EDISON, NJ-- Congratulations to freshman Luke Tan of Edison and eighth-grader Shourya Chhabra of Roselle Park, students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, for receiving recognition for their musical talents during Spring Break. Both W+H students were accepted into the Region Jazz Band Dizzy Gillespie Ensemble through video audition on March 25. A large number of students auditioned this ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Gymnast Ella Burgio

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- After a strong showing this season with multiple second and third place finishes and helping her team to reach a record of 7-1, this week’s Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week is freshman gymnast Ella Burgio.

Ella has started off high school gymnastics career with a bang; she has racked up a few podium finishes for herself on both the bars ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Girls Winter Track & Field Team

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- After a stellar performance at both the Union County Championships and the Spring Thaw Meet in Metuchen, as well as having a few members earn All-County and All-Conference Honors, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls winter Track & Field team are this week’s Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week.

Julia Jackson won the Union County Championship in the ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: SPF Girls Volleyball's Adelina Berisha

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood Volleyball Senior Adelina Berisha helped Coach Adrienne Stack reach her 200th career win last week, and reached a milestone of her own on Wednesday, March 31, by notching her 500th kill, thus earning honors as this week’s Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week.

Berisha started her senior season with an ...

Saint Joseph HS Grad Marc Johnstone Signs with Washington Capitals' Affiliate South Carolina Stingrays

METUCHEN, NJ -- The South Carolina Stingrays, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and AHL’s Hershey Bears, have signed former Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) hockey star Marc Johnstone.

Johnstone, who scored over 100 points during his career at St. Joe's and graduated among the school's top 5 scorers of all time, recently finished his senior season ...

New Jersey Date Night: The Best Brunch Spots

April 11, 2021

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

Most couples are conditioned to think that romance only can be found after 7:30 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday. But those in the know realize that intimate moments aren’t found in only one or two specific windows of time: there are no restrictions on when it can be found.

One Date Night time ...

NJ Restaurants to Customers: Don’t be a No-Show, Especially Now

NEW JERSEY — No-shows have always been an issue for restaurants, but with pandemic restrictions limiting seating, these days the effects can be devastating.

Restaurant owners have a plea for patrons who can’t make their reservations: Just call and cancel.

“In previous years, busy days for us were a logistics challenge,” said Chris Migton, executive chef at Chez ...

‘M’ is for Mutz: Hoboken Deli Featured on Sesame Street

This article originally appeared on TAPinto Hoboken.

HOBOKEN, NJ — Even Cookie Monster knows: If you need mutz, you head to Hoboken.

On the recent Episode 5119 of Sesame Street (PBS), resident foodies Cookie Monster and Gonger needed to get some mozzarella cheese for a caprese salad order at Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck.

Of course Cookie Monster already ate all the ...

Atlantic Health System Marks 13th Consecutive Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For®’ List

In a year like no other, Atlantic Health System has overcome unprecedented challenges to deliver innovative, high-quality care while maintaining an award-winning workplace. For the 13th consecutive year, the integrated care delivery system has once again been named to Great Place to Work® and Fortune’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number ...

Atlantic Health System Vaccinates More Than 11,000 Teachers Against COVID-19

In an effort to help local school districts safely resume in-person instruction, Atlantic Health System has partnered with more than 120 school districts and individual schools to administer COVID-19 vaccine to more than 11,000 of their faculty and essential support staff. The vaccination appointments for teachers and staff are just part of the more than 280,000 doses administered by Atlantic ...

Atlantic Health System Oncologist Explores Role of Vitamin D in Treating Colorectal Cancer

Can vitamin D effectively treat colorectal cancer that has spread in the body? The answer is, we don’t know, but preliminary research has shown some promise.

Atlantic Health System is part of a nationwide phase 3 study on vitamin D’s impact in treating patients with stage 4 colorectal cancer. It will involve more than 1,000 patients enrolled through the spring of 2022. Participants ...

Atlantic Health System Medical Centers Named Top Hospitals in New Jersey

Morristown Medical Center named number one hospital in NJ with more than 350 beds

Chilton Medical Center named number one hospital in NJ with less than 350 beds

Atlantic Health System’s medical centers lead the way when it comes to hospital reputation in New Jersey according to the latest ranking from renowned health care research and information company Castle Connolly.

Morristown ...

Union County OKs $16.75M to Plan, Design New Government Complex in Elizabeth

April 11, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners will provide $16.75 million to the Union County Improvement Authority to plan and design a new county government complex in Elizabeth. The county is still in negotiations to select a developer for the project.

The two buildings are planned for the site of the county’s motor vehicle services division at 61-99 West Grand St. County ...

A Bittersweet Day for One Fanwood Family

April 12, 2021

Dear Editor:

I was pleased to read the article about the Union County “Mobile” COVID-19 Unit bringing vaccines to residents in Scotch Plains on April 6. I thank Pastor Shawn Wallace and his wife, Clarita for opening up St. John’s Baptist Church so 225 people could receive the coveted COVID vaccine. My 87-year-old father was to be one of those 225 people at St. John’s on ...

Scotch Plains Public Library to Host “The Strange Science of Smell” with Dr. Robert Pellegrino of the Monell Chemical Senses Center

April 14, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- How does your sense of smell actually work? Is it true that humans’ sense of smell is weak compared to that of animals?  Why does COVID-19 so often bring a loss of the sense of smell, and what is it like to live without it?

While the mechanics of hearing, touch and vision have long been understood, only in the twentieth-century did scientists begin to really ...

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