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New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra Presents Music Theory Classes

July 3, 2020

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra is proud to present a series of classes on Music Theory, at both the beginner and advanced levels. Presented by Liam Keller, this series of four classes will take place on Wednesday July 8, 15, 22, and 29, with the “Intro to Music Theory” class at 7:00 pm and ...

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra Presents Music Theory Classes

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra is proud to present a series of classes on Music Theory, at both the beginner and advanced levels. Presented by Liam Keller, this series of four classes will take place on Wednesday July 8, 15, 22, and 29, with the “Intro to Music Theory” class at 7:00 pm and the “Music ...

The Astonishing True Story of the Kopp Sisters at Scotch Plains Public Library

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- This year’s summer reading theme is Imagine Your Story. Join us via Zoom on Thursday, July 9, at 7:00 p.m. to learn how bestselling author Amy Stewart brought a little-known true story from New Jersey’s past to life.

Amy Stewart's Kopp Sisters novels, starting with Girl Waits with Gun, are based on the true story of three extraordinary women: Constance, ...

Irish Business Association Donates $6,000 in COVID-19 Support

July 1, 2020

CLARK, NJ -- The Irish Business Association (IBA) of New Jersey has donated $6,000 to four local organizations to support their COVID-19 efforts. The association donated $2,000 to the nonprofits Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services and Community Access Unlimited and $1,000 each to the Trinitas Health Foundation and Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services of Elizabeth ...

Taxpayers Should File by July 15 Tax Deadline; Automatic Extension to Oct. 15 Available

WASHINGTON ― The Department of the Treasury and IRS announced the tax filing and payment deadline of July 15 will not be postponed. Individual taxpayers unable to meet the July 15 due date can request an automatic extension of time to file until Oct. 15.

Due to COVID-19, the original filing deadline and tax payment due date for 2019 was postponed from April 15 to July 15.

The IRS ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Spots Still Available for Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Summer Camp

July 3, 2020

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is gearing up for an unforgettable summer camp experience this year, and there are select spots available for campers entering kindergarten through sixth grade.

The Summer Camp program will be held from July 6 through August 28 at the Y’s main building at 1340 Martine Ave. in Scotch Plains. Camp will run Monday through ...

Scotch Plains Parks and Playgrounds Now Are Open

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In accordance with Gov. Phil Murphy's Executive Order No. 157, all Scotch Plains playgrounds have now reopened. Effective at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 2, 2020, playgrounds are permitted to be open to the public. 

The Scotch Plains Rec Department reminds residents to:

Wear face masks while using parks and fields,
Maintain 6 feet social ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Students Make University of Delaware Dean's List

July 2, 2020

NEWARK, DE -- Twenty-five (25) students from Scotch Plains-Fanwood have been named to the University of Delaware Dean's List for the Spring 2020 semester.

Caroline Babis of Scotch Plains
Madeleine Bebout of Fanwood
Gianna Cassara of Fanwood
Sydney Clasen of Fanwood
Paige Crandall of Scotch Plains
Mikayla DeLorenzo of Scotch Plains
Emma Duggan of Scotch Plains
Lauren Eck of ...

Park Middle School Announces Honor Roll for the Fourth Marking Period

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Park Middle School has announced its honor roll for the final marking period of the academic year.

8th Grade Distinguished Honor Roll
Haley Acevedo, Hannah Alber, Alexander Allegra, Sarah Alnasseri, Sana Anand, Max Aponte, Keira Baerson, Hannah Baik, Alex Baker, Brian Bartley, Amanda Baylock, Hana Berisha, Anastasia Berk, Karina Borysiak, Isabella Capati, Grace ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Residents on James Madison University President's List and Dean's List for Spring 2020

HARRISONBURG, VA -- James Madison University has announced that the following students from Scotch Plains-Fanwood made the President's List for the spring 2020 semester. Students who earn president's list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of 3.900 or above.

Callie Ciarrocca of Scotch Plains
Jamie Sjonell of Scotch Plains

James Madison ...

Scenes from the Scotch Plains Democratic Campaign Fundraiser

July 3, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Democratic Committee held a "Meet the Candidates" fundraiser on July 1st at Jerseyland Community Center, 783 Jerusalem Road, Scotch Plains.

The event assembled local Democratic elected officials, family, friends, and supporters. Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo, who is running for Mayor, and Council candidate Ellen Zimmerman were the guests ...

NJ Restaurant Industry Association Slams Murphy for Reversal, Governor Explains Indoor Dining Pause

June 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - Under fire from struggling restaurant owners from across the state, Gov. Phil Murphy at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Tuesday reiterated the reasons he suddenly decided to put a pause on limited indoor dining that was scheduled to begin on Thursday, just ahead of the Independence Day holiday weekend.

The growing list of relaxed social and economic restrictions ...

Cranford Restaurant Pairings Palate + Plate Closes Permanently

CRANFORD, NJ — Pairings Palate + Plate announced on social media that the restaurant has permanently closed due to hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have been blessed to have spent the last 10 years as a part of the Cranford community where our family of friends has ever increased and become more closely intertwined,” read the Instagram post by ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Crash Ties Up Route 22 in Watchung

July 3, 2020

WATCHUNG, NJ -  A crash on Route 22 at the intersection in front of Watchung Square Mall is tying up traffic in the area on Friday afternoon. The crash is at the traffic light near Home Depot. 

Avoid the area.

Fanwood Road Closures on Mon, June 29

FANWOOD, NJ -- South Martine Ave. between West Broad Street, Scotch Plains and Coriel Ave. in Fanwood are closed in both directions until approximately 10:30 a.m.

Additionally, North Martine Ave. between South Ave. and Midway Ave. will be shut in both directions from 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. for an ongoing resurfacing project.

Detour signs will be posted and ...

Scotch Plains Fire Department Hosts Car Show on July 2 at St. Bart's

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fire Department (SPFD) will host an outdoor car show on Thursday, July 2, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the St. Bart's parking lot (2032 Westfield Ave.)

Admission is free and there will be SPFD equipment on display.

 

SPFD reminds residents to continue practicing social distancing and to try to remain at least six feet apart from each ...

Positively SPF: 14-Year-Old Scotch Plains Girl Organizes Food and Personal Hygiene Drive

June 28, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Anushka Dalal, a 14-year-old rising freshman at the Wardlaw+Hartridge School, conducted a charity drive over the last two weeks benefiting the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation and the VA Lyons Women’s Trauma Unit & PTSD Ward. Anushka collected over two carloads of food, snacks, and personal hygiene items for distribution to both organizations.    

The ...

Scotch Plains' Center For Hope Reports How Lockdown Protocols Have Ushered in the New Face of Hospice Care

Hospice and Palliative Care Provider Notes that Strict Adherence to Guidelines Has Kept Staff and Patients Free from Coronavirus Exposure

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – As the COVID-19 pandemic hit New Jersey and the governor issued stay-at-home orders, the Center for Hope Hospice and Palliative Care immediately went on strict lockdown to keep patients, their families and Center staff safe.

Freeholders, County Manager Raise $10,000+ for YWCA of Union County in 'Haircut Challenge

Freeholder Chair Mirabella, Vice Chair Estrada, Freeholders Hudak and Granados, and County Manager Oatman had hair cut to raise funds to assist victims of domestic violence

UNION COUNTY---Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella and Freeholder Vice Chairman Angel Estrada, Freeholders Christopher Hudak, Sergio Granados and County Manager Ed Oatman raised more than ...

Spots Still Available for Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Summer Camp

July 3, 2020

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is gearing up for an unforgettable summer camp experience this year, and there are select spots available for campers entering kindergarten through sixth grade.

The Summer Camp program will be held from July 6 through August 28 at the Y’s main building at 1340 Martine Ave. in Scotch Plains. Camp will run Monday through ...

Will Summer Crowds at the Jersey Shore Unleash a New Wave of COVID-19?

Beachgoers seek normalcy after long lockdown, but not without misgivings about pandemic

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 njspotlight.com.

On a warm afternoon at Seaside Heights, Nick Amoresano allowed himself a trip to the beach for the ...

Backlog of Complaints Raises Questions About NJ’s Ability to Inspect Long-Term Care Facilities

Special to TAPintoSPF. 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 njspotlight.com.

New Jersey regulators are facing a backlog of 4,000 nursing home complaints, including 700 that are considered “high priority” and some that ...

Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains Installs New Officers and Board of Trustees

June 15, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains held an installation ceremony on Friday, June 12, to welcome its new Officers and Board of Trustees and to thank its outgoing leaders. The ceremony was held virtually during its Friday evening Shabbat services, which were broadcast live through the synagogue’s Facebook page.

Aaron J. Kessler of Scotch Plains was installed as ...

St. Bartholomew Academy in Scotch Plains "Claps Out" Sister Elizabeth as She Retires as Principal

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Friends, family, students, faculty, and members of the Scotch Plains fire, police and rescue squads participated in a 20-minute mini parade through St. Bartholomew Academy's parking lot to say thank you and bid farewll to Sister Elizabeth Calello, who is retiring. 

"Oh my God," said the clearly appreciative Sister Elizabeth said as car after ...

Union Catholic Makes Great Additions to Coaching Staff

June 23, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic has made two tremendous additions to bolster its coaching staff by hiring Tim Mooney as an assistant cross-country coach, and UC graduate Jackie Dyer as an assistant girls basketball coach, UC Athletic Director Dace Luciano recently announced.

Both coaches come to UC with outstanding resumes.  

During a coaching career that has spanned five ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Spring Sports Senior Tribute: Boys Lacrosse

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – TAPintoSPF is honoring the Class of 2020 with a series of senior profiles honoring the athletes who did not get to play their spring sports seasons due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Today, we will highlight the Boys Lacrosse team, led by Coach Nick Miceli, whose team had big expectations that they unfortunately never had the chance to fulfill.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL 2020 Raider Football Camp

SPF PAL 2020 RAIDER FOOTBALL CAMP
LOCATION:​ Ponderso Park, 1600 Cooper Road, Scotch Plains
DATES:​  Monday, July 13 – Thursday, July 16

               *RAIN DATE/MAKE-UP DATE: FRIDAY, July 17

CAMP HOURS:  Drop off/check in at 8:45 a.m. / Pick up at 12:00 p.m.

AGES: Entering grades ...

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Union County Residents: Make One Change

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is asking county residents to join a global initiative to reduce their plastic waste during the month of July, and hopefully long after.  Plastic Free July is a world-wide movement that encourages people to become part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can all have cleaner streets, oceans and beautiful litter-free ...

Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

“Union County ...

7 Ways to Enjoy Fresh Mint This Summer

July 3, 2020

Anyone who has ever planted mint knows it can grow like a weed.

If you’ve got oodles of the herb, from your garden or the market, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. Here are a few of our favorites on hot summer days:

Stir chopped mint into softened cream cheese for a new bagel spread.

Toss it in your pitcher for mint water. You can combine it with fruit, such ...

New Jersey Date Night: Restaurants with Great Outdoor Dining

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

“Come out, come out wherever you are!” were Glinda’s famous words 81 years ago, and they’ve never been more applicable to New Jersey now. People have lots of reasons to come out in June; not only is it Pride Month but also we now can enjoy a date night in an actual restaurant, ...

Dining Outdoors in NJ? What Restaurant Workers Wish You Knew

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that indoor dining may resume on July 2, limited at first to 25% capacity. Until then, and even afterward, outdoor eating continues to be a big part of restaurant service.

Keeping this in mind, we asked restaurant owners and workers what they want the public to know after their first week re-opened for outdoor dining.

The biggest ...

Community Conversations: How to Stay Safe this Summer

Is your family ready to enjoy summer – safely? On this Community Conversation, Atlantic Health System’s Christopher Zipp, DO, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Morristown Medical Center, and a physician with Atlantic Medical Group shares some important tips on summer safety, and why, as we coexist with COVID-19 – if you don’t have a family doctor – you ...

Community Conversations: Important Guidelines for Returning to Sports and Activities

After the last few months it’s understandable we’re itching to restart our old fitness routines or get back to the sports activity we love. But there are some important guidelines to know before hitting the gym or the playing field. During this Community Conversation, Matthew Martinez, MD, Director, Atlantic Health System Sports Cardiology Program, Morristown Medical Center and Damion ...

Returning to Care in the 'New Normal'

As communities throughout New Jersey return to a “new normal,” it is more important than ever that patients know Atlantic Health System has resumed care for planned surgeries, treatments and check-ups and that they can depend on us to keep them safe.

Learn more from Atlantic Health System caregivers in the television commercial linked below, appearing here as well as select ...

Community Conversations: Anxiety, Uncertainty, and Coexisting with COVID

Are you feeling afraid or anxious due to COVID-19 or social and economic uncertainty? There are some powerful tools to help you cope during this stressful time. Join Peter Bolo, MD, Chairman Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Overlook Medical Center, for a discussion about the importance of maintaining your mental and behavioral health as we coexist with COVID.

 

Community Conversations: Let’s Get To Work!

Are you looking to take the next step in your career? Is your company searching for the right talent to deliver on its mission? On this Community Conversation, Nikki Sumpter, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Atlantic Health System shares how you can prepare to maximize your success as we return to work in the ‘new normal.’

 

Atlantic Health System and Kent Place Students Team up to Help Protect Vulnerable Population During COVID-19 Pandemic

As COVID-19 emerged throughout communities in New Jersey, a group of students in Summit dedicated to exploring ethical issues within society found the opportunity to put their learnings into action, with the help of medical ethics experts at Atlantic Health System.

When the health system, a longtime advisor to The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School for Girls in Summit, identified ...

Lawsuit Claims Bullying, Sex Assaults Led to Westfield Student’s Suicide

June 24, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — The parents of a Westfield High School sophomore who died in 2018 have filed a lawsuit claiming the school district allowed their son to be subjected to repeated bullying, including sexual assaults and racially explicit slurs, that eventually led to his suicide.

The parents of Carthoris “Carter” Uziel filed the suit in Superior Court in Elizabeth last week.

Newark Ousts Christopher Columbus From Washington Park In Dark of Night

June 27, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — The clamor of djembe drums and laughter danced in the air as a small group gathered in Washington Park late Thursday night. Above them, the source of their joy swung from a crane - Christopher Columbus. 

After years of contention, the statue of the 15th-century explorer, which was dedicated in 1927 as a gift from the Italian-American community, was ...

Children Should Have Rights in Divorced Families

Divorce can be a difficult time for a family. Not only are the parents learning new ways of relating to each other, but they are finding new ways to parent their children. When parents divorce, the effects of divorce on children can vary. Some children react to divorce in a natural and understanding way, while other children may struggle with adjusting to the new normal.  

No matter how ...

Adjusting to the Single-Life Post Divorce

Navigating through a divorce can be very challenging, especially if it has been a long-term relationship. Although length of relationship sometimes does not matter, it’s the intensity of the relationship and how invested you were that does. Oftentimes we linger on in a marriage even knowing that it no longer serves us.

When children are involved, we may feel that we are the cause ...

Where There's a Will There's a Why

Why do certain people find satisfaction in Judaism while others are bored stiff? Why is faith exciting for some and irrelevant for others, a joy for one guy and an absolute burden for the next? One fellow cannot imagine going to work without first putting on his tefillin and the other hasn't seen his tefillin since his bar mitzvah 40 years ago. This woman ...

Fourth of July Message from Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith

July 3, 2020

Dear Editor:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Powerful words written by an imperfect man, Thomas Jefferson. Words that are true throughout time. Words that have allowed us as a country to guide our journey to become ...

Keeping Our Minds and Bodies Healthy

June 21, 2020

During this pandemic, the focus has been on keeping our bodies healthy, which is a priority. There are many guidelines to help us to do just that, including wearing masks, washing our hands, and maintaining social distancing. But, what about our mental health? Studies have shown that depression, anxiety and suicides are now at an all-time high.

Many factors contribute to these increases, ...

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra Presents Music Theory Classes

July 3, 2020

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra is proud to present a series of classes on Music Theory, at both the beginner and advanced levels. Presented by Liam Keller, this series of four classes will take place on Wednesday July 8, 15, 22, and 29, with the “Intro to Music Theory” class at 7:00 pm and ...