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Santa Claus Comes to Town (Fanwood)

December 17, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- Continuing a tradition that goes back for decades, Santa Claus rode through the Borough of Fanwood on Saturday, Dec. 15, spreading Christmas cheer and delivering presents to children. 

Santa was escorted by members of the Fanwood Fire Department, the Fanwood Police Department and Rescue Squad.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Inducts Four New Members to Its Hall of Fame

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School (SPFHS) inducted four new members into its alumni Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Dec. 11.


After Laura Swidersky, head of the SPFHS Alumni Association, congratulated the honorees, Principal Dr. David Heisey welcomed the graduates back and told them that they "will be forever young with their plaques on ...

Fallen Heroes Remembered at National Wreaths Across America Day in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Historic Scotch Plains Baptist Church Cemetery (333 Park Ave. at Grand St.) hosted the local Wreaths Across America program in which wreaths are placed at veterans’ graves. The effort began in 1992 at Arlington National Cemetery and has expanded to 1,400 locations in all 50 U.S. states.

"The United States of America was founded on the ...

Fred Rossi Honored by Scotch Plains Council

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Veteran reporter Fred Rossi of the Scotch Plains Times was honored at Tuesday evening's Council meeting in recognition for his two decades of coverage on Town Council meetings and local events.

Pictured from left to right: Councilman members John Del Sordi, Jr., Elizabeth Stamler, Ted Spera, Fred Rossi (center), Mayor Al Smith, and Councilman Andrew ...

Union Catholic Principal Sister Percylee Hart, Named Grand Marshal of County's St. Patrick's Day Parade

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. --  Union Catholic Principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, has been named Grand Marshal of the 2019 Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which​​​​ is scheduled for Saturday, March 16. 

Sister Percylee has been the Principal of Union Catholic since 1980 and has been the catalyst for every major advance that the school has made in the past 38 ...

Fanwood Tree Has Been a Labor of Love for Nearly Three Decades

FANWOOD, NJ -- Neighbors in Fanwood are celebrating the return of the giant Christmas tree -- decorated with 13,000 lights -- at the home of Dave and Connie Roth at the intersection of Corielle and Second Street.

"This tree is a sight to see. The wonder is my child’s eyes when he sees the tree every year. It brings the whole holiday season back to what ...

Santa Visits Fanwood's 'Christmas House'

FANWOOD, NJ -- Crowds of kids young and old lined up in front of the Roser house (AKA "The Christmas House") on Paterson Road to see the annual display and to visit with Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 8th.

Greg Roser and his family light up their house every year at their own expense to raise money for the NJ Institute for Disabilities. This year, their goal is to raise ...

New Director Says JCC in Scotch Plains Is Poised for Growth

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Newly appointed JCC of Central New Jersey executive director Mike Goldstein has taken over a successful organization and believes it is poised for more growth.

"When it comes to programming, we are top notch," said Goldstein in an interview at his office at the JCC. "We have best-in-class pre-school, after-school and camp programs, vibrant teen ...

Safety Tips During The Holiday Season from Fanwood Police Chief Trigo

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Part of the fun of the holiday season is shopping to find a gift for a child or special someone that will brighten their day when the package is open.

Amid the hustle and bustle, holiday shoppers may inadvertently let their guard down and do things they normally would not do. For instance, leaving a newly purchased gift in the back seat of a car where it ...

Hundreds Attend Clark Vigil Honoring Michael Sot

CLARK, NJ – The glow of holiday lights stood in stark contrast to the solemn crowd gathered to remember and mourn Michael Sot on Tuesday evening. The crowd came together to pray, cry, reminisce, reassure and support each other after the loss of one of their own just hours before.

Jackie Caplette, Christine Greenbush, Joe Sortino and Caleb Bain worked together with the township to ...


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