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Last Minute Gift Ideas

Be Craftful's fast selling accessories and personalized water bottles.
Be Craftful's toy storage bin.
Be Craftful's whimsical goldfish bib
Be Craftful necklaces
Cap art at Be Craftful
Nick's Pizza gift cards
Air hockey game at Be Craftful
Mara's Cafe gift basket
Mara's coffee
Unique, hand-crafted gifts
John's Meat Market

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- It creeps up fast. Last-minute shoppers in Scotch Plains and Fanwood need not look further than their own back yard for gift ideas for the children and adults on their lists.

For youngsters, Be Craftful (250 South Ave. entrance on Martine) has a range of items popular with younger kids.

For foodies: gift certificates from Nick's Pizza, Mara's Cafe (250 South Ave.), O'Brien's on the Green (Clark, NJ), Just Farmed or John's Meat Market, NJ's best butcher.

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For anyone: gift certificates from Able Body SpaFitness Inc., or something holiday-themed from Enchantments.

Read more about special offers in the TAP into SPF 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

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Westfield Family Continues ‘Summer of Kindness’ with Infant Clothing Drive

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield mom and teacher Sara Liptack is continuing her family’s “Summer of Kindess” with an infant clothing for Furniture Assist, an organization in Springfield that helps formerly homeless people, veterans, the elderly, fire victims, refugees and people fleeing domestic violence.

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Dear Editor:

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Upcoming Events


Mon, July 23, 8:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

View the Night Sky at the Scotch Plains Public ...

Arts & Entertainment Education


Wed, July 25, 6:00 PM

JCC of Central NJ, Scotch Plains

The JCC’s Barracudas Swim Team Meet the Coaches ...



Wed, July 25, 7:00 PM


Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza