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Why Someone Paid Scotch Plains-Based Musician Billy Wilkins $10,000 to Sing 'WonderWall'

August 8, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains native Billy Wilkins is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter of indie, rock, and pop music. Growing up performing in New Jersey bars from a young age, Billy has carved out a living taking requests and playing them for fans on the Internet.

Which song has been most often requested? WonderWall by Oasis. In fact, the musician says fans have asked for it ...

Owner of Ahrre's Coffee Shop in Westfield Discusses What it’s Like to Be on Reality TV

WESTFIELD, NJ — When he signed up for a dating app, he had no idea it would lead to a date with reality television.

But Ahhre Maros’ foray into online dating soon led to him being on Lifetime’s “Five Guys A Week,” a show where five men vie for the affection of one woman over one week.

“I got an email from a casting company saying we hear you’re ...

Look What's Happening at the Fanwood Library!

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Library reconstruction project takes a giant step forward in September with a planned move into temporary quarters at the historic Fanwood Train Station building on North Avenue. The Fanwood Museum will house scaled-down library services, while the current library building is demolished to make way for a brand new facility.

Earlier this year (April), ...

Businesses Can’t Afford to Miss the Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities

August 2, 2022

ELIZABETH, NJ — Workers with disabilities were disproportionately affected by the pandemic, losing thousands of jobs in the vulnerable service, production and transportation industries.

From March to April 2020, the number of employed working-age people with disabilities fell by 20% (950,000 people), while the number of employed working-age people without disabilities decreased ...

Portal Bridge Project That Will Improve Rail Travel Between Newark, New York Breaks Ground

KEARNY, NJ — Construction of a new portal bridge that would expand rail travel between Newark and New York City moved one step closer to reality Monday when New Jersey officials and transit leaders broke ground on the new project.

Shovels in hand, Gov. Phil Murphy was joined by U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, and ...

Minuteman Press Westfield Wins Top Marketing Award at World Expo 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ – Minuteman Press Westfield, owned and operated by father and son team Jim and Seamus Mooney, won the Top Marketing Award at the Minuteman Press International World Expo 2022. Bringing together Minuteman Press franchise owners with vendors, special guest speakers, and staff, the Minuteman Press World Expo was held at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas, from July 27 ...

‘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' DOGust Celebration Promotes Adoption

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains hosted its second annual DOGust event, which celebrated canines and promotes pet adoptions on Wednesday, Aug. 3.

The event at Jerseyland Park is a universal, three-hour birthday party for adopted & rescued dogs. 

Scotch Plain-Fanwood Students Named to Kean University's Dean's List

August 7, 2022

UNION, NJ -- More than 2,500 students were named to the Spring 2022 Dean's List at Kean University. Selection to the Dean's List is based on successful completion of at least 12 credits with a grade point average of 3.45 or higher.

The following local students made the list:

Moustafa Amer of Scotch Plains is a junior majoring in Physical Education and Health - Teacher Education ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Students Named to Tufts University Dean's List

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Tufts University recently announced the Dean's List for the Spring 2022 semester. Dean's List honors at Tufts University requires a semester grade point average of 3.4 or greater.

Among the local students earning dean's list honors are:

Seun Adekunle of Scotch Plains, Class of 2025;
Melanie Litwin of Scotch Plains, Class of 2023;
Briana ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Residents Graduate from Montclair State

MONTCLAIR, NJ  -- Montclair State University congratulates the following undergraduate students from Scotch Plains and Fanwood who completed their academic degrees in May 2022.

Paige McKeown of Scotch Plains;
Anna Piekutowski of Scotch Plains;
Tristen DesRosiers of Scotch Plains;
Bryce Moore of Scotch Plains;
Gianna Strzalkowski of Scotch Plains;
Brogan Quigley of Scotch ...

Savory Selections Catering Opens in New Scotch Plains Location

August 6, 2022

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 ...

First Option Juice Hub and Salad Bar Special in Scotch Plains (Aug. 1 through 6)

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- First Option Juice Hub and Salad Bar (1832 E. 2nd Street, two doors down from CVS) has announced its weekly special for the week of Monday, Aug. 1 through Saturday, Aug. 6.

Customers will get 15% off Green Modern Avocado Smoothies, when they mention TAPintoSPF.

First Option helps individuals achieve and sustain a healthy lifestyle while providing the ...

New Jersey Extends Outdoor Dining Options Until Nov. 2024

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy signed a new law Wednesday that extends outdoor dining in New Jersey until November 2024.

"There are restaurants and bars and growing numbers of breweries that are still relying on the outdoor dining spaces they were allowed to create to get themselves back financially to where they were pre-pandemic," Murphy said. "We want to see them ...

Scotch Plains Police Bid Farewell to Retiring Lt. Luke Fugett

August 8, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains police held a clap-out for retiring Lt. Luke Fugett upon completion of 25 years of service to the township. He officially retired August 1, and both on and off-duty officers from Scotch Plains and other local police agencies were on hand for his walk out and last radio broadcast.

Lt. Fugett was born and raised in Elizabeth -- Elizabeth, West Virginia, ...

Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Commentary on Scotch Plains Police Aug. 15

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) on Monday, Aug. 15, will examine all aspects of the Scotch Plains Police Department's policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The Scotch Plains Police Department must comply with NJSACOP LEAP standards in order to achieve accredited ...

Five Cars Broken into in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains police report that five cars in the township were broken into Friday during daytime hours in the areas of Hill Road, Shackamaxon Drive, and West Broad Street.

The police remind residents to be on alert and lock the doors of their motor vehicles and do not leave any keys or fobs in their cars. Call the police if you see anything ...

‘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, ...

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

July 24, 2022

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 ...

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

August 4, 2022

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 ...

9/11 Families Slam Trump and Saudi-Funded LIV Golf Tournament in Bedminster

BEDMINSTER, NJ -- 9/11 survivors and victim family members slammed former President Trump for hosting the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tournament at Trump's National Golf Course in Bedminster Friday morning. 

Members of the group 9/11 Justice put together the press conference outside the Clarence Dillon Library, a little more than two miles down the road from Trump National Golf Course ...

New Jersey's Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs Receive $10 Million in Funding

August 9, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) are getting a big financial boost.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin announced Monday the programs, which help and support victims of violence, will receive $10 million in federal American Recovery Plan (ARP) funds.

“The Paterson Healing Collective is pleased to ...

State Parole Board Chairman Talks About New Grant to Help Offenders with Substance Use Disorder

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's State Parole Board is teaming up with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care to help offenders struggling with substance use disorder, both before and after their release.

"We're confident that this is something that could be life-changing to a lot of people," State Parole Board Chairman Samuel J. Plumeri, Jr. told TAPinto.

Groundbreaking for New Portal North Bridge Project over Hackensack River

KEARNY, NJ — A project to replace the Portal North Bridge, which has been the cause of countless commuting nightmares for many over the years, is moving forward. When it's complete, rail delays due to marine traffic in the Hackensack River will be a thing of the past.

"Today, we take the next great step of putting shovels in the ground so that this bridge can finally become ...

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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 ...

Avoid Heat Exhaustion this Summer

Increased activity in the summer could result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke, a cascading condition that can cause permanent disability or death. 

Older people, those struggling with health issues and young children are most susceptible to heat exhaustion as well as athletes who wear helmets and heavy uniforms during summer practices. But Atlantic Health System sports ...

Summit Resident Stabbed Multiple Times During Sunday Night Altercation; Suspect Arrested After Brief Chase on Foot

August 8, 2022

SUMMIT, NJ - A 26-year-old Summit man is currently listed in critical condition after suffering multiple stab wounds during an altercation Sunday night, according to the Summit Police Department. The suspect was later captured and arrested after a brief foot chase.

The Summit Police Department, responding at 11:20 p.m. Sunday night (Aug. 7) to a report of a fight in ...

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 ...

Why Cutting Tariffs Will Help NJ Companies Like Mine

July 27, 2022

As the cost of basic commodities and goods continues to climb, everyday Americans are paying the price. Following years of pandemic-related stagnation, runaway inflation has made a bad situation worse for the American economy. High rates are hurting American consumers and small businesses, and we need policymakers to take action.

In March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that ...

Three Atlantic Health System Hospitals Receive Five-Star Rating by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in Updated Hospital Quality Star Rating

August 5, 2022

NEW JERSEY -- Atlantic Health System has announced that three of its hospitals recently earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the highest ranking offered by the federal agency. Collectively, Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center and Newton Medical Center account for three of New Jersey’s only four hospitals to achieve this ...

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