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Fanwood Author Tom Kranz Releases New Sci-Fi Book

May 15, 2022

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood resident Tom Kranz has announced the release of a new science fiction novel, Moon Rescue: Escape from the Dome. The story is cautionary tale of a future Earth ravaged by climate change and a lunar refuge in trouble.

"Unfortunately, our warming planet provides lots of possible scenarios for the future," Kranz said. "I ask in this story whether we ...

Former Marvel Comics Editor and Fanwood Resident Inspires Students at Art Class

FANWOOD, NJ -- A 20-year veteran of Marvel Comics whose work lives today in Transformer, Ghost Rider and Sleepwalker, intructed a roomful of about 40 aspiring comic book artists sat at the Forest Road Park recreation building to get lessons in pencil drawing, 3D shapes, and the basics of making comic book characters come to life. 

The instructor was Fanwood’s own Recreation ...

Memorial Day Weekend Event Schedule for Scotch Plains-Fanwood Updated

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- After a two-year absence, the Memorial Day Parade returns to Fanwood and Scotch Plains on May 30, 2022. Vietnam veteran Ralph Checchio, longtime Memorial Day Committee chairman, will serve as this year’s grand marshal. The parade is the highlight of a long weekend of celebration honoring our servicemen and women, past and present. The schedule of ...

Fanwood's 'Ladies Night Out' Returns in June 2022

FANWOOD, NJ -- Ladies, circle Thursday, June 2, from 6-9 p.m. on your calendars to mark the return of Fanwood's "Ladies Night Out" event at the Plaza between Fanwood Crossing I and Fanwood Crossing II Buildings on South Ave.

Attendees will enjoy music, mingling, and shopping to support our local merchants.

Enjoy browsing Fanwood businesses that will be open ...

Scenes from Y Healthy Kids Day in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA welcomes hundreds of children for a day of fun and learning at Y Healthy Kids Day on Saturday.

Under beautiful weather, kids rode a trackless train, jumped in bouncy houses, blew bubbles, hula hooped, and learned about healthy snacks. A good time was had by all. 

For 30 years, Healthy Kids Day has celebrated kids’ mental ...

Scenes from 'Take Your Child to Work Day' in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Children followed in the footsteps of their parents on "Take Our Daughters And Sons to Work Day" in Scotch Plains on Thursday, April 28. 

The kids, who enjoyed the day off from school, received a first-hand experience of what it is like to be a police officer, firefighter, first responder and DPW worker. They got to play in a police car, take a ride in ...

Longtime Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL Volunteer Honored

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Long-time Scotch Plains resident Mark Johns received a plaque of appreciation from the Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL for his commitment and service working the grill in the snack bar at the high school during PAL football games in the fall.

Johns' volunteer efforts were cited with his presentation during a recent SPF PAL Board of Governors meeting.

"Mark ...

Union Catholic Students Set Guinness World Record for the Most People Simultaneously Watering Plants

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- More than 50 members of the Union Catholic Community helped set a World Record for the most people simultaneously watering plants on Friday. Union Catholic is now the home of two world record holders.

Last summer, Sydney McLaughlin (UC Class of 2017), broke the world record in the 400-meter hurdles when she won the gold medal in that event at the Olympic Games in ...

'A Walking Tour of Titanic' Presentation by Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood on Apr. 26

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- One hundred ten years ago, the world was shocked as the largest and grandest ocean liner of its day sank on its maiden voyage after colliding with an iceberg. 

Capturing the imagination of millions for over a century, get an inside look at R.M.S. Titanic as never seen before during a presentation at the Shady Rest Golf and Country Club (820 Jerusalem Rd.) on ...

Scotch Plains Road Work Begins Weds, Apr. 20

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Township announced on Tuesday that road closures will begin on Wednesday, Apr. 20 and last until Friday, Apr. 22.

According to the township, road work will be done on Terrill Rd. between Cooper Rd. and Kevin Rd.

Delays are expected.


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African American Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBH Transaction with St. Peters

New Brunswick, NJ – Access to quality medical care in New Jersey is vital to underserved populations. That's why the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (“AACCNJ”) announced its support for the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New Brunswick, which will lead to the creation of New ...

RWJBarnabas Health, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Vision to Create NJ’s First Premier Academic Medical Center Gets State Approval

New Brunswick, NJ – RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System (“Saint Peter’s”) announced that the State of New Jersey has approved their transaction to create New Jersey’s first premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) located in New Brunswick.

“This is a tremendous milestone in a years-long ...

Don’t Forget to B.Y.O. Bag Starting Wednesday, May 4

On Wednesday, May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, supermarkets will not hand out any free, single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Customers will have to bring their own shopping bags, or purchase them at the supermarket.

Other retail stores and restaurants can continue to provide free paper shopping bags, but they will not be allowed to ...

Mount St. Mary Class of 2022 Future Athletic Plans Revealed

On the morning of May 12, Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung revealed the names of additional Class of 2022 student-athletes who have expressed their intent to further their athletic careers at the collegiate level. The following students were honored by Denise Materia, Director of Athletics and Assistant Directress (Student Life), S. Lisa D. Gambacorto, RSM, Ed.S. (Directress) in Mother Mary ...

Is An Emotional Affair Cheating?

An emotional affair is when you turn to a friend or co-worker for emotional (not physical) intimacy.  The seduction is that this person gives you what you feel that your spouse does not: support, ego boosts, playfulness, empathy, flirting, and understanding. This relationship begins in a very innocent way, yet you may begin to share more with this person than with your ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Seniors Earn GMC Sportsmanship Awards

EDISON, NJ -- Athletes and teams from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison often receive recognition for outstanding sportsmanship. Earlier this spring, W+H seniors Zain Zaidi of Edison and Izabel Korycki of Colonia represented the school at the 21st Annual Greater Middlesex Conference Sportsmanship Banquet.

Zain and Izabel were selected as the W+H recipients and honored along with ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Girls Repeat as Sectional Golf Champions

EDISON, NJ -- The girls’ golf team at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison continued its march to perfection by repeating as Central Jersey sectional champions Monday at Stanton Ridge Golf and Country Club.

W+H defeated runner-up Bridgewater-Raritan by 24 strokes in the sectionals. Sophomores Sarah Shao of Green Brook and Claire Lu of Edison each shot 77 to finish tied for third ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Receives RPI Medal

EDISON, NJ -- Sarah Honan, Co-Director of College Counseling at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, presented the RPI Medal to Loveleen Sindhar of Carteret at the Upper School meeting this week. 

RPI Medal recipients must be ranked within the top 10 percent of their class, excel in advanced math and science courses, have completed chemistry, biology, lab-based physics, and at ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Provide Wonderful Music at Spring Concert

EDISON, NJ -- Students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison provided a wonderful 90 minutes of musical entertainment at last Thursday’s Upper School Spring Concert in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Four ensembles performed a variety of complex pieces, many of which featured vocal and instrumental solos.

The Concert Band and Jazz Band played flawlessly under the direction of ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Seniors Share Research in Capstone Presentations

EDISON, NJ -- Twenty-three seniors at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison recently shared their research and findings on a variety of pertinent topics in Capstone presentations in the Oakwood Room. This project, a requirement to graduate with the Global Scholars Program diploma, involves many components including a written paper, action research and a presentation in front of students and ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Inducted Into World Language Honor Societies

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held its annual World Language Honor Societies induction ceremony on April 28 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Parents, faculty and friends joined in the festivities, which began with a breakfast in the PAC lobby.

Hua Liu, World Language Department Chair, delivered the welcome, which was followed by the Introduction to the Honor ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Golf's Andrew Yu

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Andrew Yu is a hole-in-one player for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood golf program.

The senior has finished as the leader in scores for almost all of the matches for the Raiders this season, once again showcasing he is the true No. 1 of this year's unit. For his season long performance, Yu is this week's Joint Motion Therapy Athlete of the Week.

"Andrew is ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Softball Team

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood softball has not had this many wins in over two decades, and has now captured the Union County-Valley division title in a year demonstrating a drastic program turnaround. For becoming Union County-Valley champions, and for their season-long performance, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood softball team has been selected as the Joint Motion Physical ...

Saint Joe's Salutatorian DaSilva: Campus 'Felt Like Home'

METUCHEN, NJ - The second that Matthew DaSilva stepped foot on the campus of Saint Joseph High School five years ago he immediately felt something special. From his first campus tour to his time as “Freshman for a Day,” DaSilva knew the choice was easy. He was going to spend the most formative years of his life at Saint Joe’s.

Sure there were other private schools in ...

Facing the unknown – What parents can tell kids when answers fail

A wise therapist once told me, “David, no matter how much you think you can, no one can predict the future. So stop trying and making yourself crazy in the process.” Excellent advice, especially considering my future predictions tend to veer into sometimes frightening territory.

Predictions are like opinions, everyone has one. When I signed on for parenthood, I tried to anticipate ...

Chick-fil-A Grilled Over Plans for Route 22 Restaurant by Springfield Planning Board

May 9, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The application to build a Chick-fil-A restaurant on the site of the current Barnes & Noble bookstore on the corner of Hillside Avenue and Route 22 West has been carried to the next Springfield Board of Adjustment meeting on June 21.

On April 27, the board heard more testimony from representatives of the applicant, who intends to have the Barnes & Noble ...

YMCA and PTA team up for Colors for Courage 5K

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA and the Scotch Plains-Fanwood PTA Council are coming together this year to host the 'Colors For Courage 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run'. The event will be held in-person on Sunday, May 22 at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA, with the 1-Mile Fun Run beginning at 9:00 a.m. and the 5K beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Participants can register for ...

Fulfillment of Scotch Plains' Fair Share Housing Settlement Relies on Downtown Redevelopment

May 16, 2022

Dear Editor:

Over the past few years, many residents in Scotch Plains, including myself, have expressed concerns to the town council regarding how the overdevelopment of our town will impact schools, infrastructure, services, and traffic. We’ve requested on multiple occasions that our town council and downtown redevelopment officials speak with our legislative representatives to lobby ...

Union County to Receive 2022 NACo Achievement Award for First Proprietary County-Run COVID-19 Lab in the Nation

May 17, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Union County will receive a 2022 NACo Achievement Award, acknowledging the groundbreaking partnership between the County and Kean University, forming the first proprietary, County and academic run COVID-19 testing lab in the nation. NACo – the National Association of Counties – has awarded Union County with three 2022 Achievement Awards in total.

“Since ...

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