Arts & Entertainment

Scenes from Moonglowers' Victory

62a704eb96c3c6c4660d_Moonglowers__2015_-_The_Winners_and_Still_Champions.JPG
The winners and still champions: The 2015 Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Moonglowers. Credits: via Julie Murphy. Photos by Guibai Liang and Sharon Tong.
465645bf2accd463d60a_Moonglowers_2015_take_the_stage.jpg
Moonglowers take the stage at the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education's Division II State Championship on Saturday, April 25  Credits: via Julie Murphy. Photos by Guibai Liang and Sharon Tong
8033e3f26ddb5b7b7b94_Moonglowers__2015_Saxophones.jpg
The Moonglowers successfully defended their state title on April 25. Credits: via Julie Murphy. Photos by Guibai Liang and Sharon Tong.
4d6234d2738379ca3fd7_Moonglowers__2015_Mr._T.jpg
Mr. T doing his thing. Credits: via Julie Murphy. Photos by Guibai Liang and Sharon Tong
588dd6b8b7fc12bd9c60_Moonglowers_2015_-_Alex_and_Mr._T.jpg
Alex Karakis and Mr. T
68ea22eca66f652653e5_Moonglowers__2015_Billy_Wilkins.jpg
Guitarist Billy Wilkins Credits: via Julie Murphy. Photos by Guibai Liang and Sharon Tong
a7bacdfb70ec3b1e9c56_Moonglowers__2015_trumpet.jpg
Trumpet solo Credits: via Julie Murphy. Photos by Guibai Liang and Sharon Tong
02fdf7289b2755be7fe1_Moonglowers__2015_percussion.jpg
Percussion Credits: via Julie Murphy. Photos by Guibai Liang and Sharon Tong
62a704eb96c3c6c4660d_Moonglowers__2015_-_The_Winners_and_Still_Champions.JPG

PRINCETON, NJ -- The Moonglowers, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School's award-winning jazz group, continued their winning ways this weekend in Princeton, where they won thethe New Jersey Association for Jazz Education's Division II NJ State Championship.

"The band is selected to perform without reading music. I told them being prepared this well insures confidence," said instructor Vincent Turturiello (AKA "Mr. T"), who was among several music teachers across America nominated for Grammy Award consideration this year. "Show it when you take the stage and let the audience hear it when you perform. Music comes from the heart."

In addition to taking the overall title, the Moonglowers saxophone section also won the award for Best Saxophone section. Senior pianist Alex Karakis won the Rick Kerber Scholarship, which is awarded at the NJAJE State Finals to the Best Soloist who is a senior who will be pursuing music in college. In the fall, Alex will attend the Manhattan School of Music for Jazz Arts Piano Performance. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Sex Toys, Gay Jokes, Nepotism, Frat-Boy Pranks; Mountainside P.D. Out of Control Says Lawsuit

May 19, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – In a 46-page complaint packed with allegations of harassment involving sex toys, official misconduct, nepotism, hazing, double-dipping and other egregious behavior, five Mountainside police officers and a female employee are suing the borough in state Superior Court.

The complaint, filed by officers Jeffrey Stinner, Christopher Feighner, Richard Latargia, Thomas ...

Penguin Exhibit Opens at Turtle Back Zoo

May 8, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — African penguins have officially joined the giraffes, lions and hyenas in the African Adventure at the Turtle Back Zoo, bringing all of the zoo’s animals from the largest continent into the same area.

Local dignitaries joined Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. in opening the new Shores of Africa Penguin Exhibit on Friday afternoon.

"Our penguins ...

Capitalist or Communist?

Karl Marx may have been the pioneer, but many other Jews were also involved in the struggle for communism, particularly in the early days of the Russian revolution. Personally, I don’t think that we have any apologies to make for this phenomenon. Having suffered unbearably under successive oppressive regimes, many of those political activists genuinely thought communism would be better ...

The Facts About Vaping

May 13, 2018

Dear Editor:

The recent public discussion about vaping and “Juuling” that occurred at our high school really opened the eyes of a lot of parents who may have been clueless about what their kids are doing to themselves. There is a lot of conflicting and confusing information available online, on YouTube and social media about the so-called benefits of vaping vs. smoking ...

Ask Maria: When Should We Step in to Rescue Our Children?

May 8, 2018

Dear Maria: 

My husband and I have been very child-focused most of our lives. We have always put our children first. Many times we have stepped in and rescued and we think it's starting to cause issues. Do you think this parenting style is damaging and what are the consequences of our behavior as they mature? How do we stop it?

Thanks so much!

ANSWER:

As parents, we all have ...

Terrill Middle School Students to Raise $ to Support Lifeline Animal Rescue This Weekend

May 18, 2018

WATCHUNG, NJ -- This weekend is National Pet Adoption Weekend at PetSmart. Lifeline Animal Rescue out of Warren, NJ will be having a bake sale fundraiser at PetSmart in Watchung this Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, from 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. each day. 

A group of local students from Terrill Middle School in Scotch Plains have been volunteering with Lifeline, a feline ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_52535bd96cf6928a9c9d_autism_-_patriots

Sun, May 20, 1:00 PM

TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater

Fanwood Community - Autism NJ Day at Somerset ...

Sun, May 20, 2:00 PM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

History of Silhouettes & Craft for Children

Other