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'Fix You', Coldplay Tribute Band, to Play Drive-In Concert at VoTech in Scotch Plains on Nov. 7

October 27, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Union County Freeholder Board is proud to present “Fix You,” a highly regarded Coldplay tribute band, live in concert at the Union County Vocational-Technical School campus, located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.

The concert is on Saturday, Nov. 7, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will become available online ...

Union County Present Beatles Tribute Band at Drive-in Concert at VoTech Campus in Scotch Plains on Sun, Nov. 1

UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Union County Freeholders present a unique Beatles tribute band, The Weeklings, live in concert at the Union County Vocational-Technical School  (UCVTS) in Scotch Plains on Sunday, Nov. 1.  An opening act to be announced later will go on at 6:00 p.m., and the Weeklings will take the stage at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available online ...

Free “Casper” Drive-Up Screening at VoTech Campus in Scotch Plains on Oct. 30

The Union County Freeholders have announced that there will be a free Drive-Up screening of “Casper” at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Campus, located at 1776 Raritan Rd, Scotch Plains, on Friday, Oct. 30, at 7:00 p.m.

Parking begins at 6:00 p.m. Due to space limitations, advanced reservations are required. To register, go ...

Head of Pantagis Company Apologizes, Confirms Closure of Snuffy's in Scotch Plains

October 27, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Steve Pantagis, who described himself as the director of the Pantagis corporation, contacted TAPintoSPF on Tuesday to confirm that, despite the assertions of Nick Pantagis last week, the iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance catering hall has closed its doors forever. 

"I'm calling on behalf of my company and eight board members to confirm that ...

QuickChek in Scotch Plains to Close Thursday; New Convenience Store Expected in Its Place

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The QuickChek store (1928 Westfield Ave. in Scotch Plains) will close tomorrow evening, according to employees of the convenience store.

None of the Scotch Plains staff have lost their jobs. Current employees of the Scotch Plains store have been relocated to other QuickCheck stores in the area, including the one located at 572 North Ave. (near the intersection of ...

Deadline Looms for Scotch Plains and Fanwood Businesses to Apply for NJ EDA Grants

TRENTON, NJ – The deadline looms for pre-registration for Phase III of the NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA)’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Grants. Business owners must pre-register by Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 5:00 p.m. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis

The NJ EDA will award a total of $70 million in federal CARES Act funding to small businesses.

How Scotch Plains Will Use $65,000 in County Funds to Improve Scotch Hills Country Club

October 28, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains resident Eric Fellen called into the Scotch Plains Township Council meeting on October 20 to question the $65,000 price tag for protective netting upgrades at Scotch Hills Country Club. Fellen commended the town for its efforts to improve things in the community and then asked about the cost for the netting.

"Sixty-five ...

Scenes from Scotch Plains-Fanwood's First Friday Night Lights Game

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, was a day that Scotch Plains-Fanwood players, coaches, school administrators, alumni, and fans had long dreamed of: the first ever Friday night home game. 

Since 2020 is a year when nothing seems to be normal, it wasn't exactly the way Raiders supporters had envisioned it. Because of social distancing measures, the home ...

Poll: 75% of Scotch Plains-Fanwood Parents Prefer a Hybrid School Model

October 23, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- According to a survey sent to parents on October 8, 2020, 75% of the 3,094 families in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood SPFK12 school district that responded to the district's questionnaire chose hybrid learning, while 25% opted for virtual learning. 

The results were reported in a letter sent by superintendent Dr. Joan Mast to parents of students in ...

Holy Trinity Celebrates World Peace Day

WESTFIELD -- World Peace Day is observed each year around the world on Sept.21. The UN General Assembly established the International Day of Peace in 1981, and two decades later, in 2001, unanimously voted to designate the day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

Students at Holy Trinity School in Westfield celebrated in several meaningful ways. Third grade students made artwork pieces ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education Honors Newly Tenured Teachers and Staff

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education was proud to recognize 47 teachers and support staff on achieving tenure during its meeting of Oct. 15, 2020.  

Dr. Joan Mast, superintendent of Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools, said that each person receiving tenure should be very proud and that receiving tenure demonstrates the hard work, commitment and ...

Trump Truck Parade in Scotch Plains and Fanwood Draws Both Cheers and Jeers (VIDEO)

October 24, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Several hundred trucks -- but nowhere near the 700-1,000 anticipated -- rolled through several Union County towns, including Fanwood and Scotch Plains on Saturday showing their support for President Trump. 

The motorcade was led by a police escort (to keep the parade moving) and featured trucks, cars and motorcycles with flags, sometimes with vulgar ...

Trump Truck Parade Set to Roll Through Scotch Plains and Fanwood on Way to Bedminster on Saturday

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Residents might want to allow for some extra drive-time on Saturday morning, as a political truck parade anticipated to draw “high attendance” plans to roll through the town.

Organizers of the “Trump Truck Parade” announced on their website that they will leave from the AMC Mountainside 10 on Route 22 in Mountainside at 10 a.m., before ...

Head of Pantagis Company Apologizes, Confirms Closure of Snuffy's in Scotch Plains

October 27, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Steve Pantagis, who described himself as the director of the Pantagis corporation, contacted TAPintoSPF on Tuesday to confirm that, despite the assertions of Nick Pantagis last week, the iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance catering hall has closed its doors forever. 

"I'm calling on behalf of my company and eight board members to confirm that ...

Alfonso's Owner in Scotch Plains Retires, Passes Business on to Peterpaul Family

SCOTCH PLAINS-- Alfonso's Pizzeria's long time owner Angelo Zanfardino has stepped away from the business he owned and ran for over 50 years and, according to the new owners, will be retiring to Rehoboth Beach, DE.

The pizzeria/restaurant is owned and operated by the Peterpaul family, siblings Frank, Anthony and Michelle, who are known in town as the owners of ...

Fundraiser for Cash-Strapped Vicki’s Diner a ‘Life Changing’ Boost for Owners

WESTFIELD, NJ — A shining chrome exterior, booths and a bar-like countertop, Vicki’s Diner is a quintessential New Jersey diner.

And thanks to generosity of its customers, it is here to stay.

Helen Rentoulis, 55, along with her husband, Peter, 60, have owned and operated the diner for 21 years. When the prolonged closure of the restaurant during the pandemic put it at risk ...

Trump Truck Parade: Scotch Plains and Fanwood Police Issue Traffic Advisories for Saturday

October 23, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood and Scotch Plains police have issued a traffic advisory in advance of the planned Trump Truck Parade on Saturday, Oct. 24. The convoy is scheduled to pass through Scotch Plains, Fanwood, and several other towns in Union County. 

The parade route will enter Scotch Plains from Clark, go along Lamberts Mill Road, turn left on Raritan Road ...

Clark Police Searching for Vehicle Suspected in Tuesday's Hit-and-Run Death

CLARK, NJ -- The Clark Police Department is searching for a red or maroon 1992-2004 Chevy S-10 or GMS Sonoma suspected to have been involved in the hit-and-run death of 82-year-old James Leinbach on Tuesday morning.

According to police officials, the vehicle was spotted during a review of surveillance video in the area.

"The vehicle should have damage to the ...

Fanwood Police Department Promotes Marc Gottlick to Lieutenant

FANWOOD,NJ -- Fanwood Police Department has promoted Marc Gottlick to the rank of Lieutenant.

Surrounded by his family and his colleagues, Lt. Gottlick was sworn in by Mayor Mahr prior to the Borough Council  meeting on Monday evening. Lt. Gottlick was raised in Fanwood and is married to his wife Jennifer, they have two sons named Ethan and Jackson. He has spent the ...

Cynthia Evans and Suzanne Staszak-Silva of Scotch Plains Named as Advocates for Local Foster Youth

October 24, 2020

Elizabeth, NJ (October 14, 2020) — Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County has added five new child advocates to its roster, including Cynthia Evans and Suzanne Staszak-Silva of Scotch Plains. The newly trained volunteers were sworn in by Judge Marc R. Brown via Zoom and Judge James Hely logged in to offer congratulations and thanks.

“I am drawn to this advocacy ...

Food Drive at Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL Football Sunday Will Help Fill Cupboards at IHM Pantry

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Families who will be attending the Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL football games at the high school field this Sunday, Oct. 25, are asked to please contribute to the food pantry that  is sponsored by the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (IHM) in Scotch Plains.

"The Scotch Plains Fanwood PAL will be assisting the wonderful efforts and program that ...

SAGE Eldercare Recipient of 'Valairco Cares' $500 Giveaway: Nominate Your Favorite Charity by Oct. 31

SUMMIT, NJ -- Valairco Heating and Cooling presented SAGE Eldercare a $500 donation as part of their Valairco Cares program. Valairco President Kevin McHugh and founder Richard Valenti presented their 9th Valairco Cares giveaway to Marianne Kranz, Meals On Wheels Director and Amy Stuart, Community Program and Volunteer Coordinator.

SAGE Eldercare in Summit ...

In-Person Spousal Bereavement Program at RWJ Rahway Fitness & Wellness in Scotch Plains

October 27, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- An in-person spousal bereavement support group will begin Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 10:30 .m. at the RWJ Rahway Fitness & Wellness Center (2120 Lamberts Mill Road, Scotch Plains).

The group, which is professionally run by a hospice-trained nurse, will meet every Wednesday until the first week of January. The program, which is free, is run by Robert Wood Johnson University ...

Halloween Health and Safety Steps from NJ Department of Health

TRENTON – Trick-or-treating tips, options for distributing candy, and protocols for outdoor activities are among the health and safety guidelines urged by the New Jersey Department of Health in its guidance to help kids (and adults) celebrating Halloween amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For all activities, social distancing, mask wearing, hand ...

Small Parties, Family Gatherings Driving Up COVID-19 Case Count

With daily diagnoses at levels not seen since early summer, administration says it has to count on honor system to ensure compliance in small groups.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit

Gov. Phil Murphy and state public ...

Law Mandating Flu Shots for Health Workers Doesn’t Allow Religious Exemptions

October 19, 2020

Some nurses and other caregivers say they’re being forced to choose between their beliefs and their careers.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit

As of January 2020, health care workers in New Jersey were required to ...

Boys Soccer: Scenes from Scotch Plains-Fanwood Senior Night 2020

October 28, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD-- Scotch Plains-Fanwood soccer recognized the seniors on the boys varsity team with a ceremony under the lights following the Raiders’ game vs. Bergen Catholic on Wednesday.

Players were announced and greeted their families on the field for photos. They also received tokens of appreciation. 

Kieren Adams
Gabe Bachman
Chris Colasanti
Matthew ...

Girls Soccer: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Ranked No. 1 Seed in County Tournament, Gets Back on Track with 3-0 Shutout of Watchung Hills

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood (7-1) and ranked 8th in the state by, has been named the top seed in the upcoming Union County Tournament. The co-defending champions Westfield and Cranford were seeded No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. 

In this abbreviated soccer season, the tournament's first round games are scheduled to be played on Saturday, Oct. 31, and the ...

Boys Soccer: Bergen Catholic Defeats Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 3-1, on Raiders Senior Night

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys soccer team faced off against a powerful Bergen Catholic squad on Tuesday, putting a damper on the first ever night game ever held at Wexler Field and the team's Senior Day.

The boys played hard and looked good on the field, though Bergen Catholic's offense proved to be too much to handle as the Raiders fell 3-1 to the ...

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How Has The Coronavirus Impacted Our Children?

The coronavirus pandemic has been associated with many mental health challenges. Research has shown that there has been an increase in substance abuse, mental disorders, and suicidal ideation. Moreover, symptoms of anxiety disorder and depressive disorder has considerably increased in the United States during April-June of 2020. 

Covid-19 has reshaped our relationships, our daily ...

Losing a Pet: How You and Your Child Can Cope

Animals provide companionship, acceptance, emotional support and unconditional love. If you understand this connection between human and animal, then you understand that coping with loss and grief of a pet is no different from when a person you love dies. 

It’s natural for family and friends to express sorrow for your loss for a human, unfortunately, many people do not ...

Doing It All in Your Relationship

Do you ever wonder whether you are doing more than your partner in the relationship? Do you, in fact, know that you are doing more in the relationship than your partner? 

Thinking that relationships need to be split 50/50 may not always be realistic however, the other extreme is taking it all on you. Responsibilities usually fall upon the parent who is most available. Although it may ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Participate in Global Group

Students in Mrs. Nicole Nolan's Global Citizenship class at The Wardlaw + Hartridge School in Edison participated in the first of three hosted student discussions from Global Education Benchmark Group on October 21. This initial discussion was titled, "Our Shared Pandemic Experience." The conversation included students and teacher moderators from China, Russia, India and the United ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Community Embraces Virtual Camp Read-A-Lot

Lower School students, parents and teachers from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison spent much of last weekend finding creative ways to engage in appreciating their favorite books in the first virtual edition of Camp Read-A-Lot. The event, organized by Silvia Davis, Lower School Head, was designed to motivate children and adults alike to spend time reading over the weekend.

Parents, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge School Enhances Learning with Owl 360 Camera Systems

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison enhanced its virtual classroom experience with the installation of Owl 360° cameras in more than 50 classrooms last week. The Technology Department installed Owls in classrooms of all three divisions.

According to the Owl website, “Any classroom becomes a hybrid classroom with the Meeting Owl, the smart conference camera that captures 360° ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Earns Eagle Scout Distinction


For Alex Caiola of Westfield, the decision to create a fitness trail at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison for his Eagle Scout project became a no-brainer. The W+H senior considered other options but wound up with several solid reasons to build something useful on the W+H campus.

 “I have been at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School for many years, and I ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge School Receives Top Ranking in Middlesex County

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, a coeducational, college preparatory day school enrolling 455 students in Prekindergarten through grade 12, earned the No. 1 rating among all Middlesex County private schools in the 2021 Best Schools in America rankings released by Niche. This marks the second consecutive year in which Wardlaw+Hartridge has earned this distinction.

Wardlaw+Hartridge also ...

Wildlife Wednesdays Programs For 2020

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is reminding residents that the popular, free “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will conclude its 2020 programming over the next 2 Wednesdays.

October 21st’s program “Reptiles and Gators” will feature an alligator and lizards, including a blue tongue skink and bearded dragon.  The October 28th’s Halloween-themed Insects and ...

Update: Union County Wildlife Wednesdays Program Moved to 6 PM

The Board of Chosen Freeholders wishes to remind residents that the popular “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will continue to run each Wednesday through the end of October, with a new starting time of 6:00 PM.

“Union County is striving to bring educational programs directly to our children that may not be accessible to everyone during these challenging times, and Wildlife ...

Hanging on by a Thread, Some NJ Restaurateurs Fear the Worst This Winter

October 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY — During the typical holiday season, hundreds of thousands of dollars flow through the Rail Yard Tavern in Fairlawn.

From Thanksgiving to New Years, hundreds bustle in and out of the restaurant every weekend. By this time, its 186 seats are reserved months in advance for Christmas parties, one of the most lucrative times of the year. 

But not this year.

“We ...

New Jerseyans Say ‘Cheese!’ (But Hold the Dairy) with Vegan Cheese

Is plant-based cheese really cheese? Well, sort of. But instead of dairy from cows, sheep or goats, vegan cheesemakers are making it with plant milk, nuts, tapioca and even rice.

There are many different methods to make vegan cheese nowadays. The easy way? Using a plant-based milk base (from foods like cashews or almonds) and adding a few thickening agents and seasonings.

Plant-based ...

Murphy Vetoes Bill to Reimburse Restaurants for Indoor Dining False Start

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday vetoed a bill that would have appropriated $30 million in federal monies to reimburse restaurants owners who expended funds in anticipation of reopening for indoor dining July 2 — an opening the governor canceled two days before it was set to occur.

While in his veto statement Murphy said New Jersey government is meeting ...

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 dish, perfect for chilly days.

This recipe goes great with seafood or chicken.

Pressure Cooker Mushroom Risotto with White Wine and Parmesan

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Community Conversations: #AskHer

Are you ready to #AskHer? Join Atlantic Health System in asking the women in your life if they have had their annual mammogram. On the next Community Conversation, breast surgeon Rebecca Yang, MD, Atlantic Breast Associates, and Lydia Nadeau, Executive Director, Atlantic Health System Cancer Care, discuss mammograms and how you can #AskHer!


Atlantic Health System Earns Most Wired Recognition

Adding to its reputation of clinical excellence, Atlantic Health System today received recognition for its use of innovation and technology in care delivery as it was named a certified level 8 organization by CHIME Digital Health Most Wired for 2020. As a level 8 organization, Atlantic Health System was recognized for applying core and advanced technologies into its clinical and business programs ...

Generations Come Together in a Love Story for the Ages - in the Age of COVID

Laura Fraenkel walked over to her grandfather in the tea light-illuminated room, and held out her hand.

On her finger was a wedding band – originally her grandmother’s – which, moments before, her husband Daniel slid onto her finger as they exchanged vows and tied the knot in front of their closest family members.

“Does this look familiar to you?,” she asked ...

Jets and Atlantic Health System to Fight Pediatric Cancer as Part of the “Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer” Campaign


The New York Jets and Atlantic Health System are continuing their fight against pediatric cancer as part of the NFL and American Cancer Society's “Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer” campaign. Prior to kickoff at 8:20 p.m. for our game on October 1, four children who are undergoing or have completed treatment at the Valerie Center at Goryeb ...

Union County Will Be First in NJ to Offer COVID-19/Flu Test at Kean's Free Drive-Through Test Center

October 27, 2020

New COVID-19/flu test to be offered free at Union County Drive-Through COVID-19 Test Center, which expands testing hours on Nov. 2

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The free Union County Drive-Through COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University will be the first such facility in New Jersey to offer a new three-panel swab test that produces results for the COVID-19 virus, Influenza A, and Influenza B ...

Cuban Pete's in Montclair Locked After Repeated Violations of Murphy's Executive Order

October 28, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - After scoffing at the Governor's Executive Orders and repeatedly allowing patrons to continue to dine inside, the owner of Cuban Pete's is now locked out of his business. 

On Monday morning, Montclair Police changed the locks on the doors of Cuban Pete’s restaurant, locking out the owner and workers. This was after three violations of the Executive ...

We Want It to Be 'The Roaring Twenties' for Scotch Plains, Not Ten More Years of Deliberation and Delay

October 28, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, -- President John F. Kennedy famously declared that, “a rising tide lifts all boats” when discussing economic opportunity and growth. This is the exact philosophy that we’re pursuing with our downtown redevelopment plan.

Just like President Kennedy’s bold tax cut plan broadened the tax base and thus lowered individual tax rates to create jobs and ...

Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Auxiliary: Serving Outside of the Ambulance

October 20, 2020

Scotch Plains, NJ - If you’ve attended a Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Pancake Breakfast, Scotch Plains Day, or National Night Out, chances are you’ve seen energetic and welcoming people in snappy, patched blue shirts…serving food, giving out prizes, and handing out information about the Rescue Squad. These happy faces belong to the Squad Auxiliary, a vital organization that ...

Girls Soccer: Rouba, Layden, Gunsiorowski Lead Union Catholic to Fourth Straight Win, 2-0, Over ALJ

October 28, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Nadine Rouba, Christina Layden, and Kaleigh Gunsiorowski all sparkled for the Union Catholic girls soccer to spark the surging Vikings to their fourth straight victory, a 2-0 win over Johnson on Tuesday.

The Vikings improved to 5-1-2 with the victory. Johnson fell to 3-5.   

Gunsiorowski, a sophomore, gave UC a 1-0 lead three minutes into ...

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Thu, October 29, 11:00 AM

Frazee House, Scotch Plains

The Great Pumpkin Patch

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Thu, October 29, 7:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library (Virtual Branch), Scotch Plains

Scotch Plains Public Library Presents “A New ...

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Sat, October 31, 8:00 AM

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Scotch Plains Farmers Market