Scotch Plains/Fanwood Top Stories

May 25, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- On Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced via Twitter that New Jersey had 965 new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, pushing the state total to 155,092. Among those cases, 2,755 are in hospitals, 719 are in critical or intensive care, and 540 are on ventilators. He also reported 16 ...

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Scotch Plains, NJ -- Scotch Plains honored its fallen soldiers with a ceremony at the township's war memorial this morning Vietnam veteran Joe McCourt led the ceremony with remarks from fellow vet Ralph Checchio and Mayor Al Smith. The 2020 Grand Marshal from Scotch Plains was ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood honored its fallen soldiers with a traditional ceremony delivered in a somewhat unconventional manner.  Mayor Colleen Mahr led the ceremony and introduced 2020 Grand Marshal Patrick Moore, an active duty US Army major, who recently returned from a tour in Iraq. The publc ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Sunday, May 24, via his Twitter account that New Jersey had 1,065 new confirmed positive cases of COVID19, bringing the state total to 154,154. Of those cases, 2,857 are in hospitals, 760 are in critical or intensive care, and 639 are on ventilators. The ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo honored members of his department who went above and beyond the call of duty during the past 12 months at the Fanwood Council's video meeting last Monday, May 18. "I appreciate the Borough Council recognizing the officers' efforts," Chief Trigo ...

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NJ Human Services Issues Guidance Making Clear Long-Term Care Facility Residents Are Entitled to Their Checks TRENTON, NJ –  Department of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today released guidance making clear that individuals with Medicaid coverage who reside in long-term care ...

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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. Title: “Searching for a ‘New Normal’ in New Jersey’s Public ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Farmers Market reopened on Saturday, May 23, with social distancing rules in place. Masks are required and people in line at vendors must stay six feet apart. Many longtime JerseyFresh™ farmers -- including Ort Farms, Asprocolas Acres, and Corner-Copia -- ...

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KENILWORTH, NJ -- In observance of Memorial Day, Scouts and Adult Leaders from Scotch Plains-Fanwood BSA Troop 104 joined dozens of other area volunteers to place over 300 American flags at the headstones of veterans at Graceland Memorial Park in Kenilworth. “This was a great opportunity for our ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Memorial Day schedule for Scotch Plains and Fanwood includes traditional wreath-laying ceremonies that are able to be expanded with the easing of some social distancing restrictions, as well as bell-ringing throughout the towns at 3:00 p.m. to remember the fallen ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood's Glenn Stuart of B Street Band will be among the performers of the NJ Shore Musicians Online Music Festival that takes place Memorial Day Weekend (May 23-25) on Facebook Live.  The event has assembled a lineup of the best local Jersey Shore musicians, each of whom will ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Fearing an economic calamity, Gov. Phil Murphy says he is "burning up the phones" as he calls on members of congress for support of in securing "much-needed direct federal aid to states." "It’s the only way to ensure that our first responders, health care workers, and educators ...

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Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club Plays Key Role in Supplying Needed Items WESTFIELD, NJ  -- Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield has taken a leadership role during this Covid-19 crisis to supply hundreds of needed items to area hospitals, according to Lori Arena, RN, Holy Trinity ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Although the march along Park Ave. in Scotch Plains and Martine Ave. in Fanwood won't take place on Memorial Day 2020, the parade committee is honoring two grand marshals for this year:  Alphonse Fantini, who proudly says he is "100 and a half years old," was born on ...

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TRENTON, NJ --  Fire up the grills for your Memorial Day BBQ. Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his Friday press conference that he is signing a new Executive Order lifting the limit on outdoor gatherings from 10 to 25 individuals. The governor reminded people that social distancing must be ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Freeholder Board approved a budget that will not increase county taxes — the first time in nearly 20 years — to ease financial pain for residents and business owners caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  The 2020 budget, which was unanimously passed Thursday ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- During the daily COVID-19 press conference in Trenton on Thursday, Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Department of Labor Robert Asaro-Angelo reported that the state’s unemployment rate has hit 15.3%.  Gov. Murphy, who is coming under increasing pressure from small business owners to reopen ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Since Memorial Day gatherings are prohibited under Gov. Murphy's social distancing guidelines, Scotch Plains and Fanwood have sought alternative methods to their fallen heroes. While the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade was canceled, Scotch Plains will host its ...

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TRENTON, NJ – The head of the state's Department of Labor said Thursday that the measures enacted to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 have resulted in the state’s unemployment numbers soaring to their highest recorded levels. Robert Asaro-Angelo said that the state’s unemployment rate ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Despite the pandemic leading to the cancellations of many large events and gatherings, Westfield High School senior Alexis Hammer is still holding out hope for an in-person graduation ceremony this year. Hammer, the senior class president, published a letter, which she sent to ...

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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 officials said universal COVID-19 testing has now been ...

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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. Not all legislators, some Democrats included, are happy that Gov. Phil ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- While the traditional events such as the Memorial Day Concert and Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25, were canceled, the towns have devised alternative ways to their fallen heroes. Mayor Colleen Mahr and (fewer than ten) local officials and veterans will ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - The Scotch Plains Recreation Commission at its Monday, May 18, meeting on Zoom (and broadcasted on Facebook live unanimously) voted to cancel the Department’s 2020 Summer Camp programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The programs, held at Brookside and Green Forest Parks, had ...

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Biden leads Trump by double digits in 2020 match-up in New Jersey NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 54% of registered voters in New Jersey agree that the state should replace its July primary election – usually an in-person endeavor – entirely with voting by mail, according to ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced today at his daily COVID-19 press conference that beginning Friday, May 22, New Jerseyans will be able to take a self-administered, self-swab COVID-19 test at seven Walmart locations across the state in Burlington, Flemington, Garfield, Howell, Kearney, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Terrill Middle School has announced its honor roll for the third marking period of the academic year. 8th Grade Distinguished Honor Roll Nathan Arnold, Riley Atkins, Olivia Augello, Nyla Bartholomew, Madeline Beauregard, Laura Benko, Cameron Bloodgood, Saidy Bober, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FAWOOD, NJ -- Graduation season is upon us and that means celebrating your graduate’s accomplishments and honors.  TAPinto Milestones gives you an easy and affordable way to honor your graduate.  You can submit a note of congratulations, highlight achievements and submit photos.  Your ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press conference on Tuesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, along with the State Division of Consumer Affairs, has authorized the more than 18,000 licensed pharmacists  to administer FDA approved or authorized COVID-19 tests ...

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TRENTON — Gov. Phil Murphy and State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan announced on Tuesday an Administrative Order authorizing in-person sales to resume at car dealerships, motorcycle dealerships, boat dealerships, and bike shops, by appointment only and with social distancing measures in place. The ...

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