Fanwood Library's First Sundays Return with Pizza Day on Oct. 2

September 25, 2016

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Memorial Library will host Pizza Day at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 2, when children and their families are invited to a pizza-themed story time and craft. Then at 2 p.m., everyone is invited for pizza tasting and a tutorial on making the perfect pizza dough led by Nancy Kipping. All ages are invited.

In November, director Dan Weiss's ...

Scotch Plains Public Library presents Voices from the Margins: Connecting Our Stories

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- As part of our nation’s continuing conversation about the American Experience, Scotch Plains Public Library invites the public to participate in Voices from the Margins: Connecting Our Stories, a series of book discussions, films and events. The series will run from October 6, 2016 through June 19, 2017. Partnering with the library for this project are Social ...

Thousands Expected to Attend Westfield’s Festifall Street Fair Sunday

WESTFIELD, NJ — The 2016 Westfield FestiFall street fair, sponsored by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, is set to take place Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. 

Tens of thousands are expected to arrive from all around to enjoy the annual event, which will close off downtown streets to cars to make way for pedestrians, vendors, rides, ...

Solid Brass Opens Crescent Concerts’ 35th Season with “Sound the Trumpet, Strike the Drum” on Sept. 25

PLAINFIELD, NJ -- The exciting Solid Brass Ensemble opens Crescent Concerts’ 35th Season at the Crescent Ave. Presbyterian Church in Plainfield on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 3:00 pm. 

Founded in 1982, Solid Brass is recognized by audiences and critics alike as one of the premier brass groups in the country.  The eleven members of the ensemble are some of the ...

JukeBox Trivia at Molly Maguires Begins Sept. 22

CLARK, NJ -- Molly Maguires (1035 Central Ave., Clark) will host Fun Juke Box Trivia Night during its Sunset Dinner hours (4:00 - 7:00 p.m.) on Thursday Nights, beginning Sept 22.

The trivia contest begins at approximately 5:15 and features Top 100 and popular hits mainly from the 60's, 70's and 80's. It's a chance to win prizes, have ...

Scenes from the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Marching Band Competition

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Eleven of the state's top marching bands performed at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Saturday night at the school's annual Marching Band Competition at the varsity football field. 

The top prize of the evening, the Mayors' Trophy, presented by Mayor Kevin Glover of Scotch Plains and Mayor Colleen Mahr of Fanwood, went to West Orange. As host ...

Westfield Memorial Library to Host Musical Performances by Andy B.AND and Marlene VerPlanck

WESTFIELD, NJ -- The Westfield Memorial Library (550 East Broad Street) will present the Andy B.AND on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 2:00 p.m., and Marlene VerPlanck as part of the Weiss Family Jazz Series on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7:00 p.m.

The Andy B.AND performance will be by Andy B, aka Andy Bernstein, who is the singer, percussionist, harmonica player, and primary songwriter ...

Marching Bands Battle Tonight at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The 18th annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood Marching Band festival tonight assembles nine of the bands in the state to compete at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School's varsity field. The performance schedule is as follows:

Time                 Performers

6:00 ...

Valencia School of Music to Host Open House on September 18

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Valencia School of Music led by long-time music instructors Jose Valencia and Kelly Bennett will host an open house for aspiring musicians and their families on Sunday, September 18 at 37 Elm St. (Second Floor) between Butcher Block Burgers (formerly Amuse) and Mojave Grill in Westfield from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.  

Attendees will have an opportunity ...

Scenes from the Scotch Plains Cruisin' Car Show and Concert by Memphis Rain

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains hosted its final Cruisin' Car Show of 2016 on Thursday with a live concert featuring "Memphis Rain."

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Star Trek: 50th Anniversary at the Scotch Plains Public Library

September 12, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Public Library will welcome Paul Cirillo of AstronomyNJ on Monday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m.,for a look back at the original Star Trek TV series, which premiered 50 years ago this month in 1966.

Cirillo will share intriguing facts about the show and the cast, including the impact it had on the scientists and explorers of today. After ...

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben (Penguin, 2016)


Think Space Mountain in Disney World, which you ride in complete darkness. It's the only roller coaster in the world that I will ride on because I can't see all the scarey dips and whirls coming at me in the inkiness. Riding Space Mountain is the best analogy that I can think of for reading Harlan Coben's hottest best seller ...

‘Bathing in Moonlight’ Recalls 1950s Cuba

PRINCETON, NJ – Although this  play by Nilo Cruz is set in 2015, reflecting both Cuba and Miami, the theme is closer to struggles at least 30 years earlier. 

A priest who falls in love would more likely become an Episcopalian or even a Unitarian. So this dichotomy makes the whole premise less than believable. It’s really “The Thornbirds” revisited.
Raul ...

Letting the Jean-ie Out of the Bottle

Sometime between the end of last spring and the beginning of this fall, someone snuck into my closet and shrunk all my jeans.  I tried to convince my husband that we had a problem with the dryer, but since all of his jeans still fit, it was a hard sell.  Without thinking it through, he scoffed and suggested that maybe it wasn't the jeans – maybe it was ...