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Union Catholic Offering Several Summer Camps and Programs

May 14, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic will be hosting several Summer Camps and Workshops this summer.

Here's a look at what's being offered, and how to get additional details, and registration information. 

The summer programs being offered are a Speech & Debate Program, Theatre Master Classes, Art Journaling Program, Young Entrepreneurship Program, Financial Literacy ...

Free Drive-Up Movie “Black Panther” at VoTech Campus in Scotch Plains on May 28

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union County’s seasonal series of drive-up movies continues on Friday, May 28, with a screening of The Black Panther at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. This event is free and open to Union County residents only. Pre-registration is required in order to reserve a spot.

To register online visit ...

Union County Presents Free "Shadows of the 60's" Drive-In Concert

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce that the Motown tribute band Shadows of the 60’s will headline a free, live drive-in concert at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield.

The event is free, but registration is required online in advance to reserve a spot. Reservations will be available on a first come, first serve basis ...

Scotch Plains' Bond Rating Shows the Township on Strong Financial Footing

May 11, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In an affirmation of Scotch Plains' strong fiscal position, Moody’s has given the Township a Aaa bond rating, the highest rating assigned by the company. It is only awarded to 10% of municipalities in New Jersey.

This top rating from an independent agency underscores the creditworthiness of Scotch Plains as an issuer of bonds, signifying the ...

Westfield at Bottom of WalletHub List for Worst Small Cities for Starting a Business

WESTFIELD, NJ — A new ranking out from the website WalletHub puts Westfield last in a nationwide list of 1,337 “Best & Worst Small Cities to Start a Business,” but not everyone agrees with the website’s analysis.

Local business owners on Monday offered varied views on the findings, while Mayor Shelley Brindle decried the list as unfair, and Republicans seeking to ...

Scotch Plains Town Leaders Meet with Merchants, Share Ideas for a Stronger Business Climate

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- As part of NJ Local Government Week, Mayor Josh Losardo, members of the Township Council, as well as municipal administration and emergency responders, hosted a Business & Economic Development Roundtable with local business owners on Tuesday morning.

The purpose was to provide an update on downtown redevelopment and further strengthen the ties between the Township ...

Five Women from Scotch Plains-Fanwood Among the 2021 Union County SHero Award Recipients

May 14, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- Five women from Scotch Plains-Fanwood are among the 2021 Union County SHero Award recipients. The contributions from all of these women helped to better the community during the COVID-19 crisis.

Elaine Coupe (Scotch Plains) is the Director of Community Outreach for St. Bartholomew Church. During the pandemic, Coupe volunteered to put together the Scotch Plains ...

Scotch Plains Public Library to Host Balance Awareness with Yasmin Ofek

On Friday mornings in May at 10 a.m., join the Scotch Plains Public Library via Zoom for a different approach to exercise! Older adults in particular are encouraged to join these classes, which are designed to address the loss of balance and strength that can occur with age. Yasmin Ofek's instruction integrates principles from the Feldenkrais Method, which emphasizes moving with ...

National TV Segment on Fox & Friends Examines Scotch Plains-Fanwood School Reopening

May 13, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fox News morning show Fox & Friends shined a national spotlight on the school reopening situation in Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Thursday morning.

Danielle Wildstein and Vicki Dembiec, two of the parent leaders of a lawsuit filed to force the SPFK12 district to open full days for five days, appeared on the morning show along with their attorney, James ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Schools to Reopen for Full Day Sessions

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- In a video sent to parents of children in the SPFK12 school district, superintendent Dr. Joan Mast shared what she called "positive news" with the community.

Elementary students will be back for full day sessions, starting on Monday, May 17.
Middle school student will return for full say sessions, starting on Wednesday, June 2.
Scotch ...

Union Catholic Graduate Fabiana Pierre-Louis, N.J. Supreme Court Justice, Spoke at Her Alma Mater

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- The students in Kim Donnelly’s Law classes at Union Catholic were treated to a very special guest on Monday when Union Catholic graduate Fabiana Pierre-Louis, sworn in as the first black female justice on the New Jersey Supreme Court last summer, spoke to them via Zoom.

Justice Pierre-Louis, a 1998 graduate of UC, shared her remarkable journey and experiences ...

What You Need to Know About Voting in The Scotch Plains and Fanwood Primary Elections on June 8

May 9, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Voters will have a choice to vote by mail or in-person in the June 8 primary election, but drop boxes are here to stay, county officials said. Whichever way voters decide to cast their votes, the registration deadline is May 18.

Since Gov. Phil Murphy announced the primary election will be mostly in-person, Union County Board of Elections Administrator Nicole DiRado ...

Diabetes Friendly Meals

May 11, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- So many people with diabetes tell us that they don't know what to eat. Or that they restrict foods like fruit or vegetables from their diets. Or they are tired of making different meals for the family. 

We think we can help. Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator Diane Weeks will be showing you some simple and delicious meals that are so good, everyone will ...

COVID-19 Emergency Food Distribution at VoTech Campus in Scotch Plains on May 22

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union County Commissioners reminds residents of the emergency food distribution events for Union County residents May to aid those affected by COVID-19. The next distribution in Scotch Plains will be Saturday, May 22, at 8:00 a.m. at Union County Vocational Technical School (1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains).

The food distributions are open to all Union ...

At Long Last, Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices & Ice Cream Opens in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — The waiting was the hardest part.

Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices & Ice Cream of Westfield opened this weekend, more than a year later than originally anticipated due to the pandemic.

A crowd of fans big and small lined up on the corner of Central Avenue and Park Street opening day, May 1, for a long-awaited taste of Ralph’s ices, ice cream, smoothies ...

Police Investigate Report of Attempted Sexual Assault on Glenside Ave.

May 11, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit reports that police are investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault perpetrated by an unknown actor posing as an Uber driver who was transporting the victim from New York City to Pennsylvania.

The driver, described as a white male with a beard, reportedly exited Rt. 78, stopping on Glenside Avenue. The victim was able to escape from the vehicle ...

Missing NJ Baby Found After Amber Alert Issued, State Police Say

Updated at 3:51 p.m.

NEW JERSEY — Following an Amber alert issued Monday, authorities have found an infant reported missing, state police said.

"Chinna Payne, a 2-week-old baby girl, of East Orange, N.J. has been safely located," state police said in a Facebook post.

Police had said the child last seen in East Orange with a 27-year-old man.

Weighting 7 ...

Union County Expanding Regional Dispatch Center

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will expand its Emergency Services Regional Dispatch Center in Westfield, allowing more towns the option to use its services for fire, EMS, mutual aid and first responders. 

At Thursday’s virtual Board of County Commissioners meeting, commissioners awarded a $3.28 million contract to H&S Construction and Mechanical Inc., of Elizabeth, for ...

New Jersey Blood Services in Scotch Plains Leads in Fight Against Emergency Blood Shortage

May 9, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Every day, patients rely on blood transfusions and the transfusion of red blood cells, platelets and plasma to stay alive.  But blood and blood products cannot be manufactured; they can only come from volunteer donors.  

Blood products also typically have a short shelf life – ranging from five to 42 days, so constant replenishment is needed.  

There ...

St. Bartholomew The Apostle Church in Scotch Plains Honors Single Mothers with "Appreciation Bags"

Scotch Plains, NJ – St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church in Scotch Plains celebrated Mother’s Day by distributing 70 “appreciation bags” to single moms as a way of honoring the sacrifices they make for their children. The church’s Community Outreach division gave 30 of these bags to single mothers in need who frequent its food pantry. The rest were sent to ...

Scotch Plains' Jonah Leske Collects Sports Equipment for Underprivileged Youth Programs

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Park Middle School student Jonah Leske is an avid sports fan who is doing his part to help support the Leveling the Playing Field, a nonprofit organization that donates used equipment to underprivileged sports programs.

Jonah currently plays soccer and baseball for the Scotch Plains Fanwood Soccer Club and the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League. He has a great passion ...

New Jersey Blood Services in Scotch Plains Leads in Fight Against Emergency Blood Shortage

May 9, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Every day, patients rely on blood transfusions and the transfusion of red blood cells, platelets and plasma to stay alive.  But blood and blood products cannot be manufactured; they can only come from volunteer donors.  

Blood products also typically have a short shelf life – ranging from five to 42 days, so constant replenishment is needed.  

There ...

Young Stroke Victim Triumphs Thanks to Overlook Neuroscience Institute's Care

SUMMIT, NJ - Nearly 800,000 Americans each year suffer a stroke, an acute condition that can prove devastating for many, and fatal for one in six victims.

Thanks to the unparalleled expertise at Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center and Atlantic Neuroscience Institute in Summit, then 26-year-old Joe Slota outcome was one of hope, success, and triumph over a condition that ...

Fanwood Recognizes National Nurses Day

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Chelsea assisted living residence in Fanwood celebrated National Nurses Day on Thursday, May 6, with lunch for the nurses who have worked so hard to keep their residents safe during the pandemic.

Pictured, left to right, are nurses Andrea Cassese, Sandy Venezia, Executive Director Annette Watson (RN), and Health Services Director Michelle Elie-Valcin. Working at the time the ...

Boys Volleyball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Bounces Westfield, 2-0, in Dominating Performance

May 13, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- On Senior Recognition Day, Scotch Plains-Fanwood honored its graduating players in a pre-game ceremony and then thoroughly dominated Westfield in straight sets (25-8, 25-5) on Wednesday afternoon. 

Nathaniel Sta Rosa, a senior, led the Raiders with 5 kills and 7 aces, junior Amir Johnson had 4 blocks, and Nick Schmidt contributed 18 assists, 7 service points ...

Baseball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Downs Westfield, 4-3, in Nail-biter

-SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- In a battle of the No. 4 and 5 seeds in the Union County Tournament, Scotch Plains-Fanwood defeated Westfield, 4-3, in an exciting game at the Raiders home field. 

Just a day after a 12-1 beating at the hands of Cranford, the state's No. 1 ranked team, the Raiders bounced back against their arch rivals.

Seniors Dallas Lorenzetti went 3-for-3 with a ...

Baseball: Cranford Hits 5 Home Runs, Beats Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 12-1

CRANFORD, NJ -- Cranford flexed its muscles at the plate and backed up its No. 1 ranking as the Cougars defeated Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 12-1 on Tuesday. 

Cranford's Marcus Johnson, a senior, went 3-for-3 with two home runs, a triple and five RBI, while Ryan Jaros, Limeira and Antonio Silva each homered and drove in two runs as the home team put 12 runs on the board in the first ...

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Mothers and Young Adult Daughters

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- A mother/daughter relationship is one of the most important ties each will have in her lifetime.  Many women have difficult relationships with their mothers and daughters, even when they want good relationships.  A mother may wish her daughters happiness, yet --- from the point of view of her daughter, she acts quite opposite.  A mother may describe her ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Wins DAR Good Citizen Award

EDISON, NJ-- Taliyah Williams of Rahway, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, was among three local high school seniors to receive Good Citizen Awards from The Westfield Chapter of The Daughters of The American Revolution (DAR).

Each school selected one Good Citizen from their senior class based on Dependability (truthfulness, loyalty, punctuality), Service (cooperation, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Scholars Deliver Capstone Presentations

EDISON, NJ-- Twelve seniors in the Class of 2021 at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison shared their research and findings on a variety of pertinent topics in last week’s Capstone presentations in the Center for Global Learning. This project, a requirement to graduate with the Global Scholars Program diploma, involves many components including a written paper, action research ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Participate in Read-a-thon

EDISON, NJ-- Lower School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison capped a three-week read-a-thon in April with some impressive numbers. The students logged 20,438 minutes of total reading. Fourth-grader Josh Culver of Colonia led all students with 1,368 minutes, which is nearly one full day! Total donations reached $4,130 and the proceeds will go toward a fund to diversify Lower ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Enjoy Middle School Spirit Week

EDISON,NJ-- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison are celebrating their own divisional Spirit Week from May 3-7. Students are having a blast embracing daily themes to begin the home stretch of this unprecedented school year in style.

The week kicked off with Match a Friend Monday on which students joined up to four friends with matching outfits. Teachers joined the ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Release Butterflies in Garden

EDISON, NJ-- The Junior Kindergarten class at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison concluded its lifecycle unit by releasing their Painted Lady butterflies in the Lower School garden on April 28. Early Childhood students learned about the lifecycles of ladybugs, chickens, frogs and the butterfly. 

“We received our butterflies as caterpillars and watched them form chrysalis as they ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Wins Golf Course Design Contest

EDISON, NJ-- Claire Lu of Edison, a freshman at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, captured the essence of her signature sport to win the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) Great Junior Golf Design Challenge of 2021. She designed a par-5 hole and named it hOle. Claire’s design was selected as the best of more than 85 designs sent in, and she is recognized as the top ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Baseball's Ryan Jones

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- It would be nearly impossible for Raiders outfielder Ryan Jones to be any hotter at the plate than he is right now. In three games during the past week, he amassed 10 hits for a .435 batting average, with 6 RBI and 9 runs in 3 games this week. For his production, speed, and stellar defense, he is this week's Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week: Scotch Plains Fanwood's Girls Track Team

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- With every passing week, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls track athletes seem to reach new milestones, and the past several days have been no exception. With another head-turning performance at the 31st Blue Devil Classic at Kehler Stadium in Westfield, the SPF track stars are this week’s Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week.

Corinne ...

Sayreville's Brandon Bielak, Saint Joseph HS Grad, Pitches Against the Yankees

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Brandon Bielak, a Sayreville native who played his high school baseball at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen), took the mound for the Houston Astros against the Yankees Tuesday evening in a hostile Yankee Stadium, where fans released their anger over Houston's sign-stealing scandal became public following the 2019 ALCS.

Bielak had the thrill of ...

New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

May 13, 2021

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

There’s always something growing in New Jersey, be it excitement for warmer weather or the flowers in everyone’s yard. Celebrating springtime in the Garden State requires a garden date. We have so many options at our fingertips — possibilities guaranteed to inspire romance and ...

Find Your Green Thumb: NJ Experts Offer Tips for Starting a Kitchen Garden

NEW JERSEY — They don’t call this The Garden State for nothing.

Want to bring out your inner green thumb this season? There’s no better time than now to get started on a kitchen garden.

“There is no mastery of gardening, you just get better at guessing,” said Bloomfield’s L. Be. Sholar, who offers gardening tips on her blog, Farm-Based ...

More Breweries Join NJ’s ‘Shot and a Beer’ Program to Encourage COVID Vaccinations

NEW JERSEY — Need another reason to get your COVID-19 vaccine? Now you can get free beer at more than 30 New Jersey breweries just for getting your shot during the month of May.

The number of breweries participating in New Jersey's “Shot and a Beer” program, which began this month in partnership with the Brewer's Guild of New Jersey, the Governor's ...

NJ has America’s Best Pizza, Food & Wine Says. But You Already Knew That

NEW JERSEY — Food & Wine magazine made waves this week when it declared New Jersey the No. 1 pizza state in America and proclaimed that New York is No. 3. In the No. 2 spot? Connecticut.

You can read the article, in which the author recommends “The Best Pizza in Every State,” here.

MORE: Pizza in High Demand During Pandemic, NJ Restaurant Owners Say

New Yorkers ...

Community Conversations: AFib, Heart Health and Stroke Prevention

People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) are five times more likely to have a stroke than the average person. In this Community Conversation, Atlantic Medical Group cardiologists Timothy Mahoney, MD, and Michael Katz, MD, answer your questions on managing AFib and reducing your risk of stroke. See all of Atlantic Health System's Community Conversations ...

Do or Do Not? Parenting the Star Wars Way

Two very important events occurred in 1977. One, I was born.  Two, Star Wars came out. I’ll let you contemplate which was more important, but I am willing to concede that my birth may not be number one.

Thirty-five years later when I found out that my wife was pregnant, one of the first things to enter my mind was...what order to show my child the Star Wars movies? I ...

Atlantic Health System Celebrates 25 Years of Building Healthier Communities

25 years after establishing one of the first integrated health care systems in New Jersey, Atlantic Health System has become a nationally recognized leader in the delivery of high-quality, innovative health care.

Founded in 1996 through the merger of Morristown Memorial Hospital, Overlook Hospital, Mountainside Hospital, and soon after, the General Hospital Center at Passaic, Atlantic Health ...

Community Conversations: Vaccine Updates and Variant Testing

Approximately 4 million people in New Jersey have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine! On the next Community Conversation, Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO, and Steven Sheris, MD, SVP, Physician Enterprise, Atlantic Health System, discuss New Jersey’s new eligibility guidelines and Atlantic Health System’s vaccine program along with the ability to rapidly screen ...

A Springtime Reminder

Finally, it’s Spring!  Thank God the winter is over!  Bring on … well, whatever outdoor activities we can safely practice these days!

But first…let’s talk a little about two important medical topics that are related to April and one another.  Of course, I am talking about oral cancer and immunizations.

That’s what you were going to guess, ...

Community Conversations: Summer Safety and Fun for Kids

Preparing children for a healthy summer of activity starts now! On this Community Conversation, pediatrician Sarah Nielsen, MD, has some must-see information on childhood health and safety, whether they are at home or at camp, including the latest news about COVID-19 and children.

Learn more ...

Lawsuit: Prisoner Was Denied Medicine, Beaten by Staff at Union County Jail

May 13, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A man incarcerated at the Union County Jail is suing the county with claims that the staff there denied him medication for a severely painful condition and then beat him mercilessly.

While in court papers the county denies the allegations, Michael David Ivancich claims in the federal lawsuit he was forced to go without necessary prescription ...

Missing NJ Baby Found After Amber Alert Issued, State Police Say

May 10, 2021

Updated at 3:51 p.m.

NEW JERSEY — Following an Amber alert issued Monday, authorities have found an infant reported missing, state police said.

"Chinna Payne, a 2-week-old baby girl, of East Orange, N.J. has been safely located," state police said in a Facebook post.

Police had said the child last seen in East Orange with a 27-year-old man.

Weighting 7 ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains Y Hosts Nursing Students Focused on Community Health

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA has partnered with Seton Hall University’s College of Nursing to host 19 senior undergraduate students majoring in nursing. Throughout the month of April, the students have been working on the clinical portion of their community health class and have been interning at the Y.

The nursing students have been working – at a ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA and PTA Team up for Virtual 'United For A Cause 5K'

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA and the Scotch Plains-Fanwood PTA Council are partnering up to host the United For A Cause 5K and 1-mile Fun Run, held virtually this year.  

The virtual run will take place between May 5 and 12, 2021. Proceeds benefit the Y’s LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program for cancer survivors and fund a Scotch Plains-Fanwood High ...

An Update on Scotch Plains Recreation

May 14, 2021

Dear Editor:

 

Spring has sprung and there are a lot of exciting updates happening within the Recreation Department.  

 

You may remember last year when we were promoting the Parks Master Plan Survey to get feedback from residents. I am pleased to share that at Monday night's Recreation Commission meeting, Brandstetter Carroll Inc., completed and presented the ...

Union Catholic Offering Several Summer Camps and Programs

May 14, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic will be hosting several Summer Camps and Workshops this summer.

Here's a look at what's being offered, and how to get additional details, and registration information. 

The summer programs being offered are a Speech & Debate Program, Theatre Master Classes, Art Journaling Program, Young Entrepreneurship Program, Financial Literacy ...

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Sun, May 16, 12:00 AM

Virtual, Westfield

Greta's Run

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Mon, May 17

Scotch Plains

Southside Recycling Pickup

Government

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Mon, May 17, 7:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library (Virtual Branch), Scotch Plains

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