Scotch Plains/Fanwood Top Stories

January 23, 2019

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Borough of Fanwood, Township of Scotch Plains, and Scotch Plains-Fanwood Ministerium have partnered to help all local federal workers affected by the government shutdown. The Ministerium consists of representatives of houses of worship and community leaders who meet ...

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ROSELLE, NJ – The Scotch Plains-Fanwood hockey team took time to acknowledge the contributions of its senior members prior to the Raiders’ game against Watchung Hills on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Warinanco Rink. In his remarks, Coach Matt Gunther honored the following members of the Class of ...

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SPRINGFIELD, MA -- The 8th Grade Boys FSPY travel basketball team played in the annual Jr. Hoop Hall Championship Tournament in Springfield, MA, and were the 2019 8th Grade Boys Travel Basketball Champions.  The Raiders went 4-0 beating teams from CT, NJ, and MA, on the way to winning the finals ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Officers responded to a burglary alarm at the T-Mobile store at 1943 Rt. 22 West  in Scotch Plains on Sunday, Jan. 20, at about 7:15 a.m.   Several cell phones were stolen, according to the Scotch Plains Detective Bureau. The burglary is currently under investigation, ...

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FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Nearly 1,000 local youth and adults participated in the 10th annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 21.  Billed as a "Day On, Not a Day Off," the event provided opportunities for volunteers to participate in a range of different service ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – With the freezing temperatures upon us, experts state that several key factors play an important role in maintaining a warm and safe home throughout the long, cold winter.  “Maintenance is keep when it comes to your home running safely and efficiently,” said Mike ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL will host its  3rd annual "Cops & Kids" Intramural Program, for students in 5th-8th grade. "The idea is to get kids off of their video games and participate in some lightly-competitive programs with their friends and the Police ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The 2018-19 flu season runs through March and this year’s strain is expected to be particularly virulent. The Fanwood Board of Health, in association with the Westfield Regional Board of Health, would like to remind area residents that there is still time to get their annual ...

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NEW JERSEY, NJ -- With almost 25 percent of all American adults having no retirement savings or pension, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on “Best States to Retire” list for 2019. To the surprise of few people, New Jersey ranked among the most worst, landing at No. 46 ...

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TOMS RIVER, NJ -- The Union Catholic girls left no doubt that they are still the top program in the state after putting together the most dominant performance in meet history at Thursday's Non-Public A Relay Championships at the Bennett Center. For the second straight year, the UC girls won all ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fanwood Martin Luther King Day of Service will be held Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, with the opening program and volunteer fair beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (1340 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains). The community is invited to attend ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- As a friendly reminder to all Fanwood residents, please take note of the Borough’s snow removal guidelines in anticipation of inclement weather this weekend. The Fanwood Department of Public Works (DPW) snow removal guidelines are as follows: Vehicles should be removed ...

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UNION, NJ -- Congratulations to the Scotch Plains-Fanwood DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) members who competed at a district competition on Friday, Jan. 4, at Kean University.  Forty-seven students qualified for the State competition in March to be held in Atlantic City. A special ...

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WESTFIELD and NATIONAL -- Trader Joe’s, the popular supermarket featuring organic, vegan and everyday items -- and "Two-Buck Chuck" wines -- has released its 10th annual Customer Choice Awards, a list of favorite products by category.  Overall, the top entree was Mandarin Orange Chicken, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – With Raider Nation in full force cheering them on, Scotch Plains-Fanwood turned in a thrilling game but came up just a point short at the end after battling back from a double-digit deficit early in the second half time. The Blue Devils held a three-point lead with ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Local talent Billy Wilkins has released his latest single, “Better Than You” to iTunes, Spotify, and Apple Music. (Click here to listen to a snippet.) "I’m very excited for this one. The bulk of the song was recorded in Seaside Heights last summer with my good friend ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A bright spot for Scotch Plains-Fanwood's rebuilding season is this week's Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week, Jayson Williams.  On January 5, Williams hit the shot of the season -- if not the young century with his last second buzzer-beater against Union (see ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – It won't always be like this, but the Scotch Plains Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, had a Kumbaya feel to it as State Assembly Speaker Chris Coughlin, Assemblyman Jim Kennedy, and Assemblywoman Linda Carter -- all Democrats -- heaped praise on Republican Mayor Al Smith for ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A doctoral student in ecology and evolution is turning microorganisms into art, and her hobby into a powerful tool for genomics studies at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Scotch Plains native Julia Van Etten’s Couch Microscopy Instagram page has attracted close to 18,000 ...

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HERSHEY, PA -- Seventy-four Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School students, accompanied by their Model U.N. Co-Advisors, Erin Sassaman and Brooke Oels, spent the weekend of Jan. 4 to 6, 2019, engaged in discussion and deliberations at the Model U.N. convention in Hershey, PA.  Scotch Plains-Fanwood ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Before a packed Council chambers, Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley held promotion ceremonies for Lt. Matthew Fugett and Sgt. Brad Belford on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building. The department also honored officer Richard Sopko, who has been called ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- In their first home meet since the winter break, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls swim team turned in another strong performance as they defeated Oak Knoll, 113-57, at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The Raiders won all the relays, in addition to ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys swim team dominated in its return to the pool following winter break with a 114-54 win over Oratory Prep at the Fanwood Scotch Plains-YMCA on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Daniel Donaldson had another big day, winning the 50 Freestyle and 100 ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – State Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) will attend the Scotch Plains Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7:00 p.m. This will be his third stop during the month of January to take action against hunger. Coughlin is partnering with Mayor Al Smith to raise ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School has partnered with Victory Road, which is bringing its High Performance Leadership Development Program OAR 360 to student-athletes at the school. (OAR stands for “Optimize Athlete Readiness.”) The seminar, is being offered to two ...

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FANWOOD, NJ – If someone offered you a position that has a significant amount of responsibility and very little pay, would you take it? If you are newly sworn-in Fanwood Councilman Jeff Banks, the answer is yes. “One day in December, I ran into (Councilman) Tom Kranz at breakfast. He told me ...

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UNION, NJ – Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s Zach Zimmerman was the runner up in the 195 lb. weight class at the Union County Tournament (UCT) at Union High School on Saturday. Zimmerman was the only Raider to make the finals at the tournament. He lost a hard fought 5-2 decision to Westfield’s Brendan ...

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Dwight “Doc” Gooden Will Be The Special Guest Speaker CLARK, NJ – The Union County Baseball Association will induct four new members into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame at the organization’s 83rd annual Hot Stove League Dinner on Sunday, Feb. 10, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at The Gran ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Winter storms, bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In fact, about 46 percent of all crashes involving bad weather take ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – The Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys varsity swim team had a runaway victory at Elizabeth on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. Alan Shao won the sprint events (50 and 100 Freestyle), while Ethan Morrobel took both the distance events (200 and 500 Freestyle). Daniel Donaldson had a big day, ...

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