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Football Weekend at Scotch Plains Public Library

January 19, 2019

Got Football?

The “empty” weeks between Championship Sunday and the Super Bowl can present a challenge to football fans. With these folks in mind, Scotch Plains Public Library has planned a Football Weekend to help fans and loved ones get through the break.

It wouldn’t be the Super Bowl without delicious snack foods-but is it possible to enjoy your favorites without ...

Billy Wilkins Launches New Single, 'Better Than You

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Local talent Billy Wilkins has released his latest single, “Better Than You” to iTunes, Spotify, and Apple Music. (Click here to listen to a snippet.)

"I’m very excited for this one. The bulk of the song was recorded in Seaside Heights last summer with my good friend and producer John Flynn," Wilkins said in an interview with ...

Rutgers Student from Scotch Plains Turns Microorganisms Into Works of Art

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A doctoral student in ecology and evolution is turning microorganisms into art, and her hobby into a powerful tool for genomics studies at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Scotch Plains native Julia Van Etten’s Couch Microscopy Instagram page has attracted close to 18,000 followers in a year and a half, thanks to her breathtakingly detailed videos and photos of ...

Edison Heating and Cooling Offers Cold Weather Efficiency and Safety Tips

January 20, 2019

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – With the freezing temperatures upon us, experts state that several key factors play an important role in maintaining a warm and safe home throughout the long, cold winter. 

“Maintenance is keep when it comes to your home running safely and efficiently,” said Mike Iarrapino, owner of Edison Heating and Cooling. “Ensuring that your home is air ...

Job Search at your Fingertips: How to Research Like an Expert

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Whether you are making a list of target companies or preparing for interviews, you must do your homework. Go beyond Google to set yourself up for success. 

On Monday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m., join the Career Networking Group at the Scotch Plains Public Library to find out how to use library resources and mine industry and business databases to maximize your job ...

Fanwood Development & Business Update January 2019

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood's Business Redevelopment consultant Liz Jeffery reported on the progress being made in the Borough's downtown area on Monday, July 7, 2019.

Station Square at Fanwood (35 townhome style rentals with 7 affordable units)

Building 1 (8 units) is fully occupied.
Building 2 (8 units): four apartments are rented, 3 moving in mid-Jan, 1 other in ...

New Jersey Rates Near The Bottom of 2019’s Best States to Retire: WalletHub

January 19, 2019

NEW JERSEY, NJ -- With almost 25 percent of all American adults having no retirement savings or pension, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on “Best States to Retire” list for 2019. To the surprise of few people, New Jersey ranked among the most worst, landing at No. 46 among the 50 states of the U.S.

WalletHub compared every state across 46 key metrics. The ...

Tips for Driving in Snow and Ice in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Winter storms, bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In fact, about 46 percent of all crashes involving bad weather take place in the winter.

AAA analyzed bad weather and crashes over a five-year period. The study found ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Medalists at DECA District Competition

January 18, 2019

UNION, NJ -- Congratulations to the Scotch Plains-Fanwood DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) members who competed at a district competition on Friday, Jan. 4, at Kean University. 

Forty-seven students qualified for the State competition in March to be held in Atlantic City. A special recognition goes to the following first place winners: 

Nicole Alvarez in ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Students Attend Model UN Convention

HERSHEY, PA -- Seventy-four Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School students, accompanied by their Model U.N. Co-Advisors, Erin Sassaman and Brooke Oels, spent the weekend of Jan. 4 to 6, 2019, engaged in discussion and deliberations at the Model U.N. convention in Hershey, PA. 

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School received recognition as Outstanding Delegation. Meghan Sheey and ...

Night of Music at Terrill Middle School

During the evening of January 9, 2019, Terrill Middle School’s 5th grade vocal and instrumental music students put on a wonderfully entertaining concert.  Ms. Fernandez, Mr. Shore and their students collaborated to offer a memorably harmonious program that continues the Scotch Plains-Fanwood tradition of musical excellence! is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free ...

Try Protein Bites at K Primary Care & Nutrition Center Open House

January 19, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - K Primary Care & Medical Nutrition Center invites you to their Open House on January 25 and 26 from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. at 571 Central Ave., Suite 104, in New Providence. 

They will sample their new protein bites in three different flavors: Mocha Almond Eye-Openers, Cashew Almond Dreamers, and Walnut Oat Lovers. 

Made fresh with ...

Fanwood's Football Fans Flock to Nick's to Get Wings for the Big Game

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fans flock to chicken wings during football's championship game -- especially in Fanwood. 

Since Nick’s Pizza opened for business six years ago its owners have strived to make the items on their menu to the best of their ability. They now think they have achieved what many customers have called “the best wings in town.”

“We’re very ...

Trader Joe’s Releases 10th Annual Customer Choice Awards

WESTFIELD and NATIONAL -- Trader Joe’s, the popular supermarket featuring organic, vegan and everyday items -- and "Two-Buck Chuck" wines -- has released its 10th annual Customer Choice Awards, a list of favorite products by category. 

Overall, the top entree was Mandarin Orange Chicken, followed by Cauliflower Gnocchi and Chicken Tikka ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL Cops and Kids Program for 5th - 8th Graders Returns Feb. 12, March 12

January 20, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL will host its  3rd annual "Cops & Kids" Intramural Program, for students in 5th-8th grade.

"The idea is to get kids off of their video games and participate in some lightly-competitive programs with their friends and the Police Officers who serve their community," says Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley, ...

Snow Removal Guidelines for the Borough of Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ -- As a friendly reminder to all Fanwood residents, please take note of the Borough’s snow removal guidelines in anticipation of inclement weather this weekend.

The Fanwood Department of Public Works (DPW) snow removal guidelines are as follows:

Vehicles should be removed from streets during snowfall to help ensure streets are thoroughly plowed.
Snow must be ...

Scotch Plains Police Promote Luke Fugett and Brad Belford, Honor Richard Sopko for Military Service

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Before a packed Council chambers, Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley held promotion ceremonies for Lt. Matthew Fugett and Sgt. Brad Belford on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building. The department also honored officer Richard Sopko, who has been called for deployment, for his continued military service.

Lieutenant Luke Fugett
Lt. Fugett ...

10th Annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday

January 19, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fanwood Martin Luther King Day of Service will be held Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, with the opening program and volunteer fair beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (1340 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains).

The community is invited to attend the event, which celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Now in its 10th year, the ...

Union County Offers Assistance Guide for Federal Employees Impacted by Gov't Shutdown

UNION COUNTY, NJ --Union County  today announced an online assistance guide for Federal employees who are experiencing hardship due to the prolonged government shutdown.

The guide can be accessed at  and contains location information on:

food pantries, soup kitchens and diaper bank sites
drop-off box locations for those wishing to ...

Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Annual Pancake Breakfast

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ  - The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00  p.m. at its building at 1916 Bartle Avenue  Seating is available on both the first and second floor. This event is hosted by the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Auxiliary, which raises funds for the volunteer squad. 

All-you-can-eat ...

Flu Shot Information for 2019 from Fanwood Board of Health

January 20, 2019

FANWOOD, NJ -- The 2018-19 flu season runs through March and this year’s strain is expected to be particularly virulent. The Fanwood Board of Health, in association with the Westfield Regional Board of Health, would like to remind area residents that there is still time to get their annual influenza vaccination.

The shots are widely available and often covered by insurance.

Westfield 5K in Tamaques Park Will Honor 19-year-old Who Died in 2017 House Fire

WESTFIELD, NJ – Jake Tooley was 19 when he died in a house fire.

Since the 2017 blaze, the community has rallied around his family, which also lost their puppy in the flames that destroyed the Prospect Street home.

Sam Tooley, Jake’s now 26-year-old brother, subsequently formed the Tooley Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit founded in his brother’s honor. The ...

Tips for Driving in Snow and Ice in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Winter storms, bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In fact, about 46 percent of all crashes involving bad weather take place in the winter.

AAA analyzed bad weather and crashes over a five-year period. The study found ...

Track and Field: Union Catholic Boys Win 3 Events, Finish Second at State Relays

January 20, 2019

TOMS RIVER, N.J. -- The Union Catholic boys put together several impressive performances and won three events when the Vikings placed a very strong second at Thursday's Non-Public A Relay Championships at the Bennett Center.

UC, which scored in eight of the nine events, won the shuttle hurdles in 31.13, captured the 4x400 in dramatic fashion in 3:27.04, and finished first in the team ...

Wrestling: Linden Tops Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 36-33

LINDEN, NJ -- In a close match, Linden edged Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 36-33, on the road on Friday night. 

Anthony Robinson (132 lbs.), Zach Zimmerman (220 lbs.), and Eddie Smith (285 lbs.) pinned their opponents.


106 lbs.
Nick Sanchez  Linden, won a 7-3 decision over Joey Larmore, Scotch Plains-Fanwood.

113 lbs.
Brandon Bowles  Scotch Plains-Fanwood, ...

Track & Field: Union Catholic Girls Win 5th Straight State Relay Title in Record-Breaking Fashion

TOMS RIVER, NJ -- The Union Catholic girls left no doubt that they are still the top program in the state after putting together the most dominant performance in meet history at Thursday's Non-Public A Relay Championships at the Bennett Center.

For the second straight year, the UC girls won all six races races on the track on the way to its fifth straight title as the ...

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Family-Friendly Chocolate Festival Coming to New Jersey Jan. 27

January 19, 2019

Attention chocoholics: The Chocolate Expo is coming to the Garden State Plaza in Paramus, on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Now in its 11th year, organizers claim that it’s America’s largest chocolate festival.

Local, regional and international vendors at the expo will offer tastings and sales of gourmet chocolates, baked goods, ...

Forget Pita: Falafel is in Everything

Falafel, that tasty vegetarian Mediterranean street food made from chickpeas, isn’t just for pitas anymore. It’s showing up in sub sandwiches, salads, chips, pizzas – even soup.

Why is it so popular?

“It’s vegetarian and a hearty add on,” said David Delinko, owner of The Salad House of Somerville, where customers can get warm pieces of ...

New Jersey Date Night: Keep the Ball Rolling

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

There are two things we can count on happening when the clock strikes twelve on New Year’s Eve. One is that a big shiny ball will fall on Times Square, signifying the beginning of a … well, new beginning. The other is that we have 365 days ahead of us with which to plan really great ...

Recipe: Pressure Cooker Mushroom Risotto with White Wine and Parmesan

There are some things pressure cookers do really well, and risotto is one of them. No more standing over the pot stirring and stirring and stirring!

Once the lid is on, set it for 10 minutes and come back to a creamy, savory side dish, perfect for chilly days.

This recipe goes great with seafood or chicken.

Pressure Cooker Mushroom Risotto with White Wine and ...

Code Blue in Effect, Union County Looks to Add Shelter in Elizabeth

January 19, 2019

In Union County, the 2018 Point-in-Time Count Found 459 Homeless Persons

ELIZABETH, NJ – With the proposed addition of a shelter to the roster of places the homeless can go during freezing temperatures, Union County government is looking out for its homeless population.

The “Code Blue Emergency Shelter Initiative” is designed to “prevent death and injury among ...

What Affects One, Affects All in the Family System. 

Family systems theory is a theory of human behavior that views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Members of the family are intensely connected emotionally.  What affects one, affects all in the family system. 

For example, when family members get anxious, the anxiety can escalate by spreading from one ...

Dealing With Betrayal During The Holiday Season

Learning that your partner has cheated on you is one of the worst betrayals you can experience.  Finding out about this betrayal during the holiday season is even more devastating especially when there are children involved.

How can one cope with such a betrayal when the holiday season is geared toward all kinds of festivities with family involvement and gatherings?

How to cope with ...

Boneparth: Patiently Waiting – From Cooking Stock to the Markets

Immediate gratification is not a Millennial thing, it’s an everyone thing. No one likes to wait, which is why you can pay extra not to. Retailers offer next day shipping, amusement parks offer fast passes to cut the lines and don’t even get me started on instant coffee (if you can call it coffee). We’re a society that wants things yesterday and the 100 million plus and ...

Tiny Tim Board Thanks Community for Fundraising Support

January 16, 2019

Dear Editor:

The members of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Tiny Tim Fund  Board would like to thank all residents who participated in the annual Carol Night event in December and made it a successful fundraiser for the organization.

In addition to the residents who shared holiday spirit and solicited donations on that evening, donations from groups and individuals continued to be sent in ...

Uniform Construction Code Courses offered at Union County College

January 20, 2019

CRANFORD – The Office of Continuing Education at Union County College is offering Uniform Construction Code courses this semester for individuals interested in construction and licensure. These programs have been approved by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.

Building Inspector I.C.S. is a 75-hour hybrid program which provides students with the educational information on ...

Upcoming Events


Mon, January 21, 9:30 AM

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA, Scotch Plains

Scotch Plains Fanwood MLK Day of Service

Giving Back


Mon, January 21, 11:00 AM

Immaculate Heart of Mary Nazareth Center - Behind Main Church, Scotch Plains

"Soup'er" Senior Bingo - CANCELLED

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink


Fri, January 25, 9:00 AM

K Primary Care & Nutrition Center, New Providence

Try Protein Bites at K Primary Care & Nutrition ...

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