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BBQ Celebrates Scotch Plains-Fanwood Veterans at Jerseyland Community Center

May 16, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- St. Bart's Veterans Committee hosted a barbeque at Jerseyland Community Center in Scotch Plains to celebrate and thank local veterans, who included WWII, Korean War and Vietnam vets, on Sunday, May 16. 

Elaine Coupe, director of community outreach at St. Bart's, welcomed the veterans and thanked them for their service. Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and ...

Kan Jam Raises $35K+ for Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League 12U Team and Cancer-Stricken Teammate

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Jamming for Jacob Kan Jam event at Ashbrook Country Club in raised more than $35,000 for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood 12U Blue baseball team, which will play in Cooperstown this summer, and their teammate Jacob Benedicto, who was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

"We continue to be awed and amazed by the incredible ...

Scenes from the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Junior Prom

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- In another sign of  return to relative normalcy, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School held its junior prom last night at Forest Lodge in Warren, NJ. Here are some scenes.

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Memorial Day Travel Expected to Rebound in 2021

WAYNE, NJ  — AAA expects a significant rebound in the number of Americans planning to travel this Memorial Day weekend. From May 27 through May 31, more than 37 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home, an increase of 60% from last year when only 23 million traveled, the lowest on record since AAA began recording in 2000.

The anticipated strong increase ...

Five Women from Scotch Plains-Fanwood Among the 2021 Union County SHero Award Recipients

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- Five women from Scotch Plains-Fanwood are among the 2021 Union County SHero Award recipients. The contributions from all of these women helped to better the community during the COVID-19 crisis.

Elaine Coupe (Scotch Plains) is the Director of Community Outreach for St. Bartholomew Church. During the pandemic, Coupe volunteered to put together the Scotch Plains ...

VFW Patriot Path Honors Two St. Bartholomew Academy Students in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. Bartholomew Academy eighth-grade students Justin Klein and Anthony Kwiatkowski were honored for their participation in the Veteran of Foreign Wars, Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest.

On Friday, May 7, 2021,Joseph McCourt of VFW Memorial Post 10122 in Scotch Plains-Fanwood, the chairman of the contest, presented the students with a Certificate of ...

JCC's Camp Yachad Celebrates its 30th Year in 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Spread the sunshine!

If you believe in the magic of summer camp, JCC of Central Jersey invites you to support Camp Yachad and spread your sunshine! 

The suns will shine year-round on the Camp Yachad campsite fence!* The JCC invites its members to purchase a sun in order to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Camp Yachad and support the JCC.

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Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Food Truck Festival Raises $12,000 for Class of 2021 Senior Events (VIDEO)

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- In a year that has often featured disappointments for the Class of 2021, one annual tradition that returned as a smashing success was the Food Truck Festival, which helps raise money for end-of-the-year activities for seniors. 

This year's Food Truck Festival raised a record $12,000, which was generated by admission to the event and a percentage of ...

JCC of Central NJ in Scotch Plains Receives Kean University Diversity Council's Fritz Jonach Upstander Award

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Diversity Council on Global Education and Citizenship at Kean University has recognized the JCC of Central NJ (JCC) as a 2021 Fritz Jonach Upstander award recipient for the agency-wide work it has done to ensure that the JCC – a community center in Scotch Plains, NJ – upholds their commitment to inclusion and diversity. 

The mission of the ...

Saint Bart's Festival, a Highlight of the Scotch Plains Calendar, Will Return for Labor Day 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Things are tutto bene in Scotch Plains with the announcement today that the Saint Bart's Festival will return for Labor Day Weekend 2021.

Paul Raphael, president of the Scotch Plains chapter of UNICO, the Italian-American service organization, and a member of the festival steering committee, told TAPintoSPF that plans are in the beginning stages for the popular ...

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Mothers and Young Adult Daughters

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- A mother/daughter relationship is one of the most important ties each will have in her lifetime.  Many women have difficult relationships with their mothers and daughters, even when they want good relationships.  A mother may wish her daughters happiness, yet --- from the point of view of her daughter, she acts quite opposite.  A mother may describe her ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Girls Roll to Sectional Golf Title

EDISON, NJ-- The undefeated girls’ golf team at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison captured the Central Jersey sectional championship in dominant fashion on May 10. Freshman Sarah Shao of Green Brook shot an impressive 4-under-par round of 67 to capture the individual title and lead the Rams, who advanced to next week’s Tournament of Champions.

W+H won the team title by 45 ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Second Graders Share Original Work in Poetry Café

EDISON, NJ-- April is National Poetry month, and throughout the month second grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison read, studied and wrote various poems. Typically, the second graders hold a “Poetry Cafe” where they perform in front of a live audience of family members. However, due to COVID restrictions this year, the students took their performance to ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Wins DAR Good Citizen Award

EDISON, NJ-- Taliyah Williams of Rahway, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, was among three local high school seniors to receive Good Citizen Awards from The Westfield Chapter of The Daughters of The American Revolution (DAR).

Each school selected one Good Citizen from their senior class based on Dependability (truthfulness, loyalty, punctuality), Service (cooperation, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Scholars Deliver Capstone Presentations

EDISON, NJ-- Twelve seniors in the Class of 2021 at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison shared their research and findings on a variety of pertinent topics in last week’s Capstone presentations in the Center for Global Learning. This project, a requirement to graduate with the Global Scholars Program diploma, involves many components including a written paper, action research ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Participate in Read-a-thon

EDISON, NJ-- Lower School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison capped a three-week read-a-thon in April with some impressive numbers. The students logged 20,438 minutes of total reading. Fourth-grader Josh Culver of Colonia led all students with 1,368 minutes, which is nearly one full day! Total donations reached $4,130 and the proceeds will go toward a fund to diversify Lower ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Enjoy Middle School Spirit Week

EDISON,NJ-- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison are celebrating their own divisional Spirit Week from May 3-7. Students are having a blast embracing daily themes to begin the home stretch of this unprecedented school year in style.

The week kicked off with Match a Friend Monday on which students joined up to four friends with matching outfits. Teachers joined the ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week: Boys LAX's Chase Alber and Mikey Kloepfer

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Two of the reasons why Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys lacrosse now boasts an impressive 9-3 record has been the play of the team's top scorers Mikey Kloepfer and Chase Alber, this week's Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week.

Kloepfer has tallied 33 goals and 17 assists for 50 total points. Alber has amassed 32 goals and 15 assists for a total ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Baseball's Ryan Jones

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- It would be nearly impossible for Raiders outfielder Ryan Jones to be any hotter at the plate than he is right now. In three games during the past week, he amassed 10 hits for a .435 batting average, with 6 RBI and 9 runs in 3 games this week. For his production, speed, and stellar defense, he is this week's Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the ...

Sayreville's Brandon Bielak, Saint Joseph HS Grad, Pitches Against the Yankees

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Brandon Bielak, a Sayreville native who played his high school baseball at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen), took the mound for the Houston Astros against the Yankees Tuesday evening in a hostile Yankee Stadium, where fans released their anger over Houston's sign-stealing scandal became public following the 2019 ALCS.

Bielak had the thrill of ...

6 Tasty Ideas for Your Next Backyard Party

May 16, 2021

As the weather turns warmer and more people become comfortable getting together, it’s a great time to plan an outdoor party.

Here are six ideas for your next gathering, with tasty suggestions for what to serve:

Movie Night: Set up the projector, place out some comfy seating and have individual boxes of movie candy ready. For something fancy, put out bowls of truffled popcorn: ...

New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

There’s always something growing in New Jersey, be it excitement for warmer weather or the flowers in everyone’s yard. Celebrating springtime in the Garden State requires a garden date. We have so many options at our fingertips — possibilities guaranteed to inspire romance and ...

Find Your Green Thumb: NJ Experts Offer Tips for Starting a Kitchen Garden

NEW JERSEY — They don’t call this The Garden State for nothing.

Want to bring out your inner green thumb this season? There’s no better time than now to get started on a kitchen garden.

“There is no mastery of gardening, you just get better at guessing,” said Bloomfield’s L. Be. Sholar, who offers gardening tips on her blog, Farm-Based ...

More Breweries Join NJ’s ‘Shot and a Beer’ Program to Encourage COVID Vaccinations

NEW JERSEY — Need another reason to get your COVID-19 vaccine? Now you can get free beer at more than 30 New Jersey breweries just for getting your shot during the month of May.

The number of breweries participating in New Jersey's “Shot and a Beer” program, which began this month in partnership with the Brewer's Guild of New Jersey, the Governor's ...

Women’s Mental Health Hit Hardest during COVID Pandemic

We have all been adjusting to the reality that COVID is an infectious disease, but we now know that it is also a profound chronic stressor with serious implications for mental health. These stressors are impacting mental health for all of us, but women, and especially women of color, have been hit the hardest.

Recent studies have shown that one in ten women have had to quit a job due to a ...

Community Conversations: AFib, Heart Health and Stroke Prevention

People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) are five times more likely to have a stroke than the average person. In this Community Conversation, Atlantic Medical Group cardiologists Timothy Mahoney, MD, and Michael Katz, MD, answer your questions on managing AFib and reducing your risk of stroke. See all of Atlantic Health System's Community Conversations ...

Do or Do Not? Parenting the Star Wars Way

Two very important events occurred in 1977. One, I was born.  Two, Star Wars came out. I’ll let you contemplate which was more important, but I am willing to concede that my birth may not be number one.

Thirty-five years later when I found out that my wife was pregnant, one of the first things to enter my mind was...what order to show my child the Star Wars movies? I ...

Atlantic Health System Celebrates 25 Years of Building Healthier Communities

25 years after establishing one of the first integrated health care systems in New Jersey, Atlantic Health System has become a nationally recognized leader in the delivery of high-quality, innovative health care.

Founded in 1996 through the merger of Morristown Memorial Hospital, Overlook Hospital, Mountainside Hospital, and soon after, the General Hospital Center at Passaic, Atlantic Health ...

Community Conversations: Vaccine Updates and Variant Testing

Approximately 4 million people in New Jersey have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine! On the next Community Conversation, Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO, and Steven Sheris, MD, SVP, Physician Enterprise, Atlantic Health System, discuss New Jersey’s new eligibility guidelines and Atlantic Health System’s vaccine program along with the ability to rapidly screen ...

A Springtime Reminder

Finally, it’s Spring!  Thank God the winter is over!  Bring on … well, whatever outdoor activities we can safely practice these days!

But first…let’s talk a little about two important medical topics that are related to April and one another.  Of course, I am talking about oral cancer and immunizations.

That’s what you were going to guess, ...

Lawsuit: Prisoner Was Denied Medicine, Beaten by Staff at Union County Jail

May 13, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A man incarcerated at the Union County Jail is suing the county with claims that the staff there denied him medication for a severely painful condition and then beat him mercilessly.

While in court papers the county denies the allegations, Michael David Ivancich claims in the federal lawsuit he was forced to go without necessary prescription ...

Missing NJ Baby Found After Amber Alert Issued, State Police Say

May 10, 2021

Updated at 3:51 p.m.

NEW JERSEY — Following an Amber alert issued Monday, authorities have found an infant reported missing, state police said.

"Chinna Payne, a 2-week-old baby girl, of East Orange, N.J. has been safely located," state police said in a Facebook post.

Police had said the child last seen in East Orange with a 27-year-old man.

Weighting 7 ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains Y Hosts Nursing Students Focused on Community Health

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA has partnered with Seton Hall University’s College of Nursing to host 19 senior undergraduate students majoring in nursing. Throughout the month of April, the students have been working on the clinical portion of their community health class and have been interning at the Y.

The nursing students have been working – at a ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA and PTA Team up for Virtual 'United For A Cause 5K'

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA and the Scotch Plains-Fanwood PTA Council are partnering up to host the United For A Cause 5K and 1-mile Fun Run, held virtually this year.  

The virtual run will take place between May 5 and 12, 2021. Proceeds benefit the Y’s LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program for cancer survivors and fund a Scotch Plains-Fanwood High ...

Who Teaches the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Teachers?

May 16, 2021

Dear Editor:

"GA Republicans are not human beings," tweeted Dr. Khyati Joshi, a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, on March 26, 2021. 

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District recently contracted with Dr. Joshi to provide training to teachers, with the stated goals of preventing bullying and achieving an inclusive, cohesive educational community, free from ...

What Patients Know About Their Implanted Coronary Stents: Not Enough, According to Morristown Medical Center Study

May 17, 2021

To be Presented at American College of Cardiology 70th Annual Scientific Sessions, Study Led by Dr. Jordan Safirstein Suggests Keeping Stent Info on Smartphones 

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Fewer than half (48%) of patients receiving a heart stent, or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), had the provided stent card with them when surveyed at a later date, according to researchers at ...

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Tue, May 18

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