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Scotch Plains Fanwood High School Music Teacher Jan Allen Is Optimistic for Upcoming Year

August 17, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Music Department at Scotch Plains Fanwood High School is home to a variety of choirs and musical talents, such as the yearly musical. This past academic year proved to be challenging with the coronavirus pandemic and regulations, but Jan Allen, the music teacher at SPFHS, is optimistic for the new school year to begin.

“This past year was a little ...

Scotch Plains Fanwood Historical Society Announces Four Centuries in a Weekend Program

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Osborn Cannonball House Museum (1840 Front Street, Scotch Plains) will once again be part of the Four Centuries in a Weekend celebration in Union County on Saturday, Oct. 15, from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 16, from noon to 5 p.m. 

Step back in time to experience the simple joys of childhood as costumed tour guides will provide visitors ...

Photo Exhibit at Plainfield Public Library Highlights Local Peaceful Protests of 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — An opening reception was held for an exhibit, A Fight for Change, at the Plainfield Public Library that features photography by Kalani Jimenez-Mackson. The artist's work documents peaceful protests in May and June 2020 in Plainfield, Edison, Scotch Plains, Clark and Newark following the murder of George Floyd and in the midst of a global pandemic.

Head of Local ...

New Jersey Ranked 2nd Best State to Live in 2022: Study

August 15, 2022

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey was ranked as the 2nd "Best State to Live in" for 2022, according to a new study conducted by WalletHub. The personal-finance website ranked the 50 states by using 52 different categories, from housing costs and income growth to education rate and quality of hospitals. 

While New Jersey did rank below average in affordability and economy, the state ...

BISC Pottery Studio Becomes a Fiery Addition to Scotch Plains Small Business Scene

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The newly opened BISC Pottery Studio, located at 1738 East Second Street, brings a new groove to Scotch Plains’ small business scene.

After attending her first Raku festival at the Visual Arts Center of NJ, owner Sharon Barker fell in love with the art of ceramics. Barker continued to attend pottery classes and eventually evolved to be a class monitor ...

It's a Blowout in Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood welcomed its newest business, The Blowout Lab (232 South Ave. across from the train station) on Wednesday, August 10.

Owners Nicole Russo and Dana Califano bring blowouts, updos, dry styles, braids and bridal styles to their bright, new shop in our business district

"Nowhere around here is there a business like this," said Mayor Colleen Mahr.

St. Bart's/UNICO Italian Festival Music Schedule in Scotch Plains

August 16, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Among the highlights of the annual St. Bart's/UNICO Italian Festival on Labor Day Weekend is the selection of musical acts that will grace the main stage. This year, some popular favorites will return. 

Friday, Sept. 2, at 7:00 p.m.

Wolf Creek


Bringing the very best of Country, Southern & Classic Rock, Wolf Creek has been ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Marks 75th Anniversary with $2M Capital Campaign, Plans to Expand

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- As the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA celebrates 75 years of serving our community this year, the organization is planning for the future. Accordingly, the organization has launched a $2 million capital campaign, 75 and Beyond.

The Y's goal is to raise $2 million to help fund a building expansion that will benefit the children and families in ...

Scotch Plains Fanwood High School Music Teacher Jan Allen Is Optimistic for Upcoming Year

August 17, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Music Department at Scotch Plains Fanwood High School is home to a variety of choirs and musical talents, such as the yearly musical. This past academic year proved to be challenging with the coronavirus pandemic and regulations, but Jan Allen, the music teacher at SPFHS, is optimistic for the new school year to begin.

“This past year was a little ...

Scotch Plains School District Calendar 2022-23

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The first day of school in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood SPFK12 district is just three weeks away on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022.

The calendar dates that parents and students will want to mark, including Spring Break and other days off from school are listed below.



School Holiday
Day of the Week
Month and Date


First Day of ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Students Graduate from Fairleigh Dickinson University

MADISON, NJ -- In Commencement exercises on May 18, 2022, FDU conferred more than 2,400 degrees, ranging from associates to doctorates, on graduates at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The following Scotch Plains and Fanwood residents were among the graduates:

Jacob Anglin of Fanwood
Isabella Corsaro of Fanwood
Brian Nigro of Fanwood
Elias Vitoroulis of Fanwood
Julia ...

La Bendita Mexican Restaurant Moving from Plainfield to Westfield

August 14, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Plainfield’s loss is Westfield’s gain when it comes to a restaurant offering authentic Mexican cuisine.

La Bendita is moving from its now closed location in Plainfield to Quimby Street in Westfield. A formal opening is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 15, according to Downtown Westfield Corporation. It will be La Bendita’s first day open in Westfield, ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood UNICO Is Bringing A Little Bit of Country to Scotch Plains!

Join the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Chapter of UNICO at its first-ever Country Night! 

The festivities take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Scotch Plains Italian-American Hall, located at 1976 Valley Ave., beginning at 6 p.m. For only $75 per person, attendees will be treated to boot-stomping country music performed by the well-known local band Wolf Creek, and a delicious feast ...

Savory Selections Catering Opens in New Scotch Plains Location

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Popular local catering company Savory Selections has opened in a new location at 1731 East Second Street in Scotch Plains. Owners Felton Jones and Jill Jackson Jones hosted a Saturday afternoon "pop-up" to celebrate the company's branching into retail. For those who stopped by, it was a just a taste of what is to come.

Jill Jackson Jones ...

Fanwood Police to Crosswalk Safety Stops

August 13, 2022

FANWOOD, NJ -- They call it "Pedestrian Decoy detail."

Fanwood police will set up a pedestrian crosswalk education stop on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the intersection of South Martine Ave. and Trenton Ave., which is a busy pedestrian crossing when schools are in session. Police will pull aside vehicles that do not properly follow the rules of the road for ...

Summit Man Found Unresponsive Outside Train Station Dies

SUMMIT, NJ - A 35-year-old Summit man found unresponsive and lying on a bench outside the Summit train station has died, the city has announced.

The Summit Police Department responded to a report of an unconscious man at a bus stop outside the Summit train station at approximately 2:50 a.m. today (Aug. 12). Upon arrival, officers found an unresponsive male lying on a bench and ...

High End Vehicle Thefts, Burglaries Continue in Westfield, Police Say

WESTFIELD, NJ — The latest reminder for Westfield residents to secure their cars comes in the thefts of three high-end vehicles in the town, a car burglary and an attempted vehicle theft amid a trend of rising vehicle property crimes, according to police.

A BMW X7 valued at about $90,000 was reported stolen from a resident’s driveway at about 3:20 p.m. July 23, police said. The ...

‘Good Tidings’ Is Answer to Clark Business's Prayers

August 9, 2022

CLARK, NJ  – A Clark-based company has pledged its time, expertise, and resources to ‘answer the prayers’ of a fellow business struggling to keep its doors open.  

Last month, David McKenna, owner of Good Tidings, stepped up to help fellow Clark business owner Erika Dent after learning that she was considering closing Erika’s Cucina, the deli ...

Scotch Plains Girl Raises $1,400 for The Valerie Fund with Lemonade Sale at Willow Grove Swim Club

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains resident and Willow Grove pool member Kristina McKeon was recognized for her charitable efforts after raising $1,400 for the Valerie Fund. On July 29, 2022, McKeon presented her donation to Valerie Fund representative Leah Delpiano.

For what initially was as a simple lemonade stand, McKeon raised $358 and the amount she raised was matched by Willow Grove ...

Ron Shovlin Honored by Play for P.I.N.K.

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Ron Shovlin and his family have long valued leveraging their business, Shovlin Mattress Factory, to support the community and causes they're passionate about. This year, he is honored to have been recognized during the 22nd Annual Golf & Luncheon at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains and received the Play for P.I.N.K Humanitarian ...

Westfield Health Officer on Monkeypox: 14 Cases in Union County, 175 in NJ

August 4, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — When the director of the Westfield Regional Health Department updated the local Board of Health on monkeypox cases Monday, there were 13 confirmed and probable cases in Union County and 155 cases statewide.

By Wednesday, those numbers had risen to 14 cases in Union County and 175 across New Jersey with the majority clustered in northern counties, according to the state ...

Rutgers Diver Savana Trueb Visits YMCA Youth Camp to Teach Water Safety

Athlete spoke to young campers at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Rutgers Diver Savana Trueb visited the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA's Splash Camp to discuss water safety with the Y's campers on Friday, July 22.

This summer, there have been over a dozen accidental drownings in New Jersey. In response, the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance, Trueb, and ...

Water Company Urges Conservation in Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Other Towns

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- A voluntary conservation notice has been issued as of Wednesday, July 20, for New Jersey American Water customers in Fanwood and Scotch Plains to reduce water usage.  The water company urges residents to voluntarily limit all non-essential water use until further notice.

Water conservation is suggested in Clark, Cranford, Dunellen, Edison, ...

Services Announced for Longtime Union Catholic Faculty Member Sister Ann Sullivan

August 9, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Sister Ann, a beloved member of the Union Catholic faculty for 29 years, passed away on Monday, Aug. 8.

A viewing and a funeral mass will be held for Sister Ann Sullivan, SSJ, a beloved member of the Union Catholic Community, on Friday, Aug. 12 at St. Joseph Villa in Flourtown, PA. The viewing will be held at 9:30 a.m. with the funeral mass to follow at 10:30 a.m.

Is There More to Life Than This? Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scotch Plains to Host “Alpha” Sessions

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In a world of isolation, anonymity, and keyboard-warriors, Alpha offers content and guidance for churches, ministries, and individuals to create a space for honest and open conversations about life’s biggest questions. Everyone is welcome, and no questions are off limits.

Alpha is a place to connect with other people who are open to exploring life, faith, and ...

Former Scotch Plains-Fanwood Pitcher Zac Zaller Will Play for Lycoming College in School's New Baseball Program

August 15, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Zac Zaller continues his collegiate baseball career by transferring to Lycoming College from Union County College after earning his two-year associates degree in Business Administration. The right-handed pitcher is now a part of the inaugural season of Warriors baseball , which has been reinstated at the Williamsport, PA, school for the first since the 1970s.

Zaller has ...

JCC’s Barracudas Swim Team Hosts Meet the Coaches Night Monday, Aug. 8

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The JCC of Central New Jersey has three swim programs. The Barracudas Swim Team (ages 5 - 18) is the competitive team; the Mini-Barracudas (ages 5 - 8) introduces children to the swim team program, and the IntraCudas (ages 8 - 18) is the intramural program. The Barracudas are beginning their 22nd season competing in the New Jersey JCC-YMHA Swim League.

On ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League (SPFBL) 11U Team Wins NPGL Summer League Championship

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League (SPFBL) 11U Raider Select team won the 2022 New Providence Green League (NPGL) Summer League Championship. The team ended the season on a five-game winning streak.

Roster

Brayden Bates
Brendan Rabe
Cain Lambert
Charlie Dursee
Cooper Rekemeier
Dante Castronuovo
Dean Moloney
Griffin ...

COVID-19 Test Mandate Ends for Unvaccinated Teachers, Child Care Workers & State Workers in New Jersey

August 15, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Monday lifting requirements that school employees, child care workers and state employees who aren't vaccinated against COVID-19 must undergo regular testing.

Executive Order 302 applies to school districts and child care settings immediately and to state contractors as of September 1, 2022.

The decision follows updates ...

Christine Todd Whitman:  A Former Governor in the Present Tense, Staying Relevant 

TEWKSBURY TOWNSHIP, NJ — Former Governors of New Jersey have a tendency to mimic what General Douglas MacArthur said in his farewell address, that “old soldiers never die, they just fade away.”

The New Jersey State Constitution doesn’t allow Governors to be elected forever, limiting them to two terms. So, past Governors generally go into a world of big ...

Sen. Joseph Lagana Discusses School Safety Legislation, Says Students Must Be Protected

PARAMUS, NJ — Sen. Joseph Lagana has three main inspirations for wanting to keep New Jersey's children safe at school.

"I try to use my real-life experience and apply it to my job as a legislator," Lagana (D - District 38) told TAPinto. "And part of (that) is being a father and having three kids."

When he takes his daughters — who are headed into ...

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Back to School Doesn’t Always Mean College: Apprenticeships Bring Opportunities for Well-Paying Trade Careers

If you’re the parent of a recent high school grad, it may seem like everyone on your Facebook feed is sending their child to college this month.  But if your kid isn’t shopping for new sheets or a mini fridge for his or her dorm room, don’t be discouraged.  There are alternative paths to a rewarding and high-paying career in the trades that don’t involve college ...

Union Catholic Art Teacher Attends AP Summer Institute for AP Art History

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Rebecca Schroppe, Union Catholic’s art teacher, had a great experience recently when she attended the Silver State AP Summer Institute for AP Art History at Liberty High School in Clark County, Nevada. 

The AP Summer Institutes offers the most thorough professional learning available for AP educators. Attendees engaged in 30 or more hours of content-rich ...

Let Atlantic City Entertain You This Summer!

Are you ready for some play time this summer? There’s still a lot of time to enjoy blissful beach days, poolside cabanas, vibrant nightlife, and amazing attractions for the entire family in Atlantic City, NJ. Regardless of who you are or how you like to play, the sand, surf, and sizzling entertainment are all just a short drive away. Whether you’re ready for nonstop excitement or ...

Sixty-One Mount Saint Mary Academy Students Named AP Scholars

WATCHUNG – Mount Saint Mary Academy is pleased to congratulate the 61 students recognized by the College Board as AP Scholars. The 2022 AP Exam results allowed 25 students to be named as AP Scholars with Distinction, 15 students were named as AP Scholars with Honors and 21 students were named as AP Scholars. 

The College Board recognizes AP Scholars with Distinction as those ...

Dropping Off Our Kids At College – Learning How To Adjust

Whether your child 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 ...

Nurses at Cornerstone Hospital in Union County Seek Better Pay, Benefits

August 13, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Nurses working at Cornerstone Behavioral Health Hospital in Berkeley Heights came to Thursday's commissioner board meeting dressed in the protective gear they wear while caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic to seek help in securing fair wages and benefits in their next union contract.

Those who spoke are employed by the county and perform their ...

New Monkeypox Vaccine Sites Announced in New Jersey

August 13, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey has announced five new monkeypox vaccination sites in Hudson, Middlesex, Morris and Passaic counties. The locations are for residents without a confirmed exposure who think they may have been exposed or are at a high risk for having been exposed to the virus.

There are 293 confirmed or probable monkeypox cases in New Jersey, as of August ...

A Glimpse at the Fanwood Library Rebuild

August 5, 2022

Dear Editor:

 

My thanks to all who came to visit with our first responders on the National Night Out on Tuesday. I am so proud of our police, fire and emergency medical services. They were fantastic hosts for this annual event celebrating their bond with our community.

 

Our next big public event is Fanny Wood Day on September 18. We can use some volunteers and encourage ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood UNICO Is Bringing A Little Bit of Country to Scotch Plains!

August 10, 2022

Join the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Chapter of UNICO at its first-ever Country Night! 

The festivities take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Scotch Plains Italian-American Hall, located at 1976 Valley Ave., beginning at 6 p.m. For only $75 per person, attendees will be treated to boot-stomping country music performed by the well-known local band Wolf Creek, and a delicious feast ...

Upcoming Events

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Sun, August 28, 9:00 AM

Train Station-south side, Fanwood

JC's Fanwood Flea Market & Collectibles

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Sat, September 10, 7:00 PM

Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center (Old Carriage House), Fanwood

Bryan Hansen Band and Patrick Collins in Concert ...