Third Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration in Scotch Plains on June 30

June 23, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS -- On Saturday, June 30 (rain date July 1st) the Township of Scotch Plains will host its 3rd Independence Day Fireworks at the Scotch Hills Golf Course. This year’s celebration will feature a performance by The Scotch Plainsmen, a talented group of musicians who have performed as the backup band for our own Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens during his ...

Five Scotch Plains Students Participate in American Legion Jersey Boys State

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - 838 high school rising-seniors from New Jersey are attending the 73rd session of American Legion Jersey Boys State (ALJBS) held annually at Rider University.


Local participants in the prestigious program this week are:

Ben Kuperschmid, Scotch Plains, Legion Post #209
Jack Pedersen, Scotch Plains, Legion Post #209
Zander Reyes, Scotch Plains, Legion ...

Scotch Plains to Host Father's Day Golf Tournament on June 17

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains will host its first-ever Father’s Day Weekend Golf Tournament on Sunday, June 17 at the Scotch Hills Country Club.

The nine-hole tournament will take place through the weekend, Friday, June 15, through Sunday, June 17. Participants can play with two to four players per group, and all nine-hole scores must be submitted ...

Thurman and Ruby Simmons, Guardians of John Shippen's Legacy, Featured in New York Post

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- For the past three decades, Thurman and Ruby Simmons of Scotch Plains have fought to preserve the legacy of John Shippen, America's first professional golfer, who was the resident pro at the Shady Rest Golf Course (now called Scotch Hills) until his death in 1968. 

As golf's U.S. Open returns to Shinnecock Hills on Long Island this weekend, attention ...

The JCC’s Camp Yachad Wins Top National Award from the JCC Association of North America

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – As the summer months are just weeks away, Camp Yachad, the day and travel camp at the JCC of Central NJ in Scotch Plains, is busy training its staff for another great summer. 

A few weeks ago at the JCC Association’s Biennial Conference, Camp Yachad was recognized for its excellence in talent management and professional development.

This is a great ...

Hailey Rachko of Scotch Plains Climbs Mount Everest, Raises Money for Childhood Cancer Research

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- When Hailey Rachko, a 2015 graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, reached her goal of climbing to the base camp of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain and raising more than $5,500 for charity through an organizaiton calledChoose a Challenge, which pairs challenges with causes.

Q&A with Hailey Rachko

How much money did you raise?

I ended ...

Scenes from the 8th Grade Dances at Park and Terrill Middle Schools

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Eighth graders at Park Middle School and Terrill Middle School dressed to the nines for their end of the year celebrations. 

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Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee Launches Visual Preference Survey

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) has launched a visual preference survey to gather input from the community on architectural themes preferred for downtown. The survey offers six different conceptual architectural design options submitted by SPDRC members and Harbor Consultants, the Township’s consulting planner. Participants are asked to ...

Memorial Day Parade in Scotch Plains-Fanwood Honors Fallen Heroes

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The annual Memorial Day Parade marched through downtown Scotch Plains into Fanwood on Monday. Groups included bands, veterans and active military and community groups. 

The parade begins at the Scotch Plains gazebo and heads south on Park Ave., eventually turning into Martine Ave. and concluding at La Grande Park. is Scotch ...

Scenes from Memorial Day in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains hosted its annual Memorial Day remembrance at the Alan Augustine Green gazebo on Monday morning.

Mayor Al Smith and emcee Bob Lacosta introduced Colonel Konstantine Zoganas of the U.S. Marine Corps, who served as the grand marshal of the 2018 Memorial Day Parade. is Scotch ...

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DWC Thanks Everyone for a Successful Yoga on Quimby Event

June 16, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ -- The first event of Downtown Westfield Corporation's new 'Second Sundays' series kicked off with Yoga on Quimby Sunday, June 10. 

Quimby Street was closed off and designated for pedestrians only for several hours Sunday for the Wellness in the Street free yoga class. Kika Stretch Studio opened up the event by leading a light opening stretch, and Satsang ...

Outstanding Citizens Honored at the Boy Scouts of America 2018 Union County Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council honored local community members at the annual Boy Scouts of America Union County Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner that was held on the evening of Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Pantagis Renaissance in Scotch Plains. This year’s honorees were Catherine Flynn, Paul Harbaugh, Ana Liranzo, Mayor Colleen Mahr, ...

Refugee Assistance Partners of NJ to Host World Refugee Day Event

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Refugee Assistance Partners (RAP) of New Jersey will host a World Refugee Day program on Wednesday, June 20, at 7:00 p.m. at Willow Grove Church (1961 Raritan Rd, Scotch Plains). 

RAP, a non-profit, volunteer organization of Union County, recognizes and salutes the tenacity and gifts, skills and talents of refugees worldwide. 

“We recognize the ...