Police & Fire

Scotch Plains JCC Deemed Safe After Bomb Threat

Bomb-sniffing dogs were brought to the JCC on Wednesday morning. Credits: John Mooney
Chief Conley Ted Conley is briefed by Officer Anthony Gialanella of Union Co. K-9 Squad at the JCC. No bomb was found. Credits: John Mooney
The JCC in Scotch Plains was evacuated Wednesday morning due to a bomb threat. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Police officer answers questions from people attempting to enter JCC parking lot Credits: John Mooney
JCC of Central NJ in Scotch Plains Credits: John Mooney

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Jewish Community Center of Central New Jersey was closed for a short time after preschool began there Wednesday morning due to a bomb threat. A bomb squad swept the building for explosives and no bomb was found, according to Lt. Jeff Briel of the Scotch Plains Police Department.

“This is another in a series of bomb threats to JCCs up and down the East Coast,” Briel noted.

The incident began when a worker at the JCC was notified of the threat, he said.

Sign Up for E-News

“The employee of the JCC called Union County 911 and they were told to evacuate the building,” he said. “Scotch Plains police assisted with the evacuation. The bomb squad swept, and the building is safe.”

Children and staff were allowed to re-enter the building once the building was deemed safe.

The JCC serves people of all ages and is home to exercise facilities, an art studio, senior programming and an early childhood education center that serves infants through kindergarten. 

Sometime before 9:20 a.m., the entrance to the JCC was closed and the building evacuated. Students and their teachers stood outside as dogs from the Sherriff’s K-9 unit arrived.

The building was re-opened at about 10 a.m. and children were returned to their classrooms.

TAPintoSPF.net is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Westfield Gets $15K Grant for Inclusive Playground Equipment for Children with Disabilities

March 16, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains will receive a $25,470 grant, while Fanwood will get a $15,000 award from the “Level the Playing Field” grant program from Union County, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced Thursday.

The program was designed to help every Union County municipality provide inclusive playgrounds to children with ...

The Day After

Some years ago, the United Nations held the International Summit on Sustainable Development, here in Johannesburg. The Summit was a great success. One wonders, though, whether all the wonderful decisions and resolutions that were adopted were ever implemented. In other words, were they themselves sustainable?

Good ideas and worthwhile projects are suggested regularly. The question is, do they ...

How to Stay Connected to Your Partner After a Newborn

March 11, 2018

Life changes instantly once we have a newborn.  It is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences a couple can have. It brings joy and a newfound commitment to the relationship and now to a family of three. Grandparents, family and friends are eager to get involved with helping and visiting. Responsibilities increase, expenses increase and privacy decreases. Our routine ...

"You're the Star Tonight" Special Needs Prom at St. Bart's on May 5

March 18, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- "You're the Star Tonight" Prom will be sponsored by the St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church (2032 Westfield Ave.) and the YMCA and held on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. This night is for "Special Needs Young Adults" from the ages of 14-21. The night will be a full blown prom with red carpet walk up, music, dancing, ...

Upcoming Events


Sun, March 18, 10:00 AM


Camp Riverbend Open House


Sun, March 18, 2:00 PM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Maple Sugar Sunday


Sun, March 18, 3:00 PM

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield

Crescent Concerts Presents Annual Festival of ...

Arts & Entertainment