Community Life

May 6, 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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Elizabeth Mulvaney, better known as Beth, a beloved longtime teacher in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood school district, passed away at age 61 on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Overlook Hospital surrounded by loved ones. Mrs. Mulvaney was born on January 19, 1960, and raised by ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS –– A grove on the site of the historical Frazee House will serve as a solemn place to memorialize township residents who died from complications of COVID-19. The township is planning to plant Kwanzam Cherry trees in memory of residents who the community has lost. The tree was ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Social Justice Matters, Inc. (SJM) is inviting K-12 student artists in Union County to create designs for the organization’s 2021 Juneteenth celebration. Designs should reflect this year’s SJM Juneteenth theme – Roots and Wings: The Art and Tradition of Storytelling and the ...

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FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Robert F. Kruthers, 94, of Fanwood, who helped thousands of people as a member of the Fanwood Rescue Squad since 1957, died overnight at Overlook Hospital on Saturday, April 24th, 2021.  The Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 28, at the Rossi Funeral Home, 1937 ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Melvin Cranston Smallwood, a Scotch Plains resident, entered into eternal rest at age 82, on April 23, 2021. Born on August 6, 1938, to Elmer G. Smallwood and Gladys Ward Jackson in 1956, he graduated from South Side High School. He later attended Upsala College in ...

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FANWOOD, NJ-- The Fanwood Pharmacy (246 South Ave Suite 104, Fanwood) sold one of four third-tier prizewinning tickets sold for the Friday, April 23, drawing that matched four of the five white balls and the Gold Mega Ball drawn winning the $10,000 prize. Fanwood Pharmacy owner Mit Patel, said: ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- On Monday, May 31, Memorial Day ceremonies in Scotch Plains and Fanwood will pay tribute to American military personnel of all wars who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives in service to their country. However, out of an abundance of caution, due to ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A series of attacks against Asian Americans nationwide has spawned a movement to "Stop Asian Hate" in communities all across the country. About 100 people attended a rally on Saturday, April 17, that was organized by Rutgers Preparatory School’s Global Outreach Club. The event ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Rutgers Preparatory School’s Global Outreach Club has planned a rally and vigil to honor victims of recent violence against the Asian-American community on Saturday, April 17, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Scotch Plains’ Alan Augustine Green next to the Municipal Building (430 Park ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- It's been a ruff year. That's why Scotch Plains resident Antonia Palumbo decided to hold an outdoor celebration for her dog Gia's second birthday on Wednesday, April 7.  On a beautiful, sun-soaked day, Gia -- and 13 of her closest four-legged friends -- enjoyed an ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Borough Council of Fanwood expressed their deepest sympathies to the family of Ken Blom, a valued and beloved member of the Fanwood public works team who passed away suddenly on Easter Sunday. Blom was a fixture at many Fanwood events which he helped ...

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will begin providing nationwide financial assistance for funeral expenses, in an amount up to $9,000 per funeral, for deaths related to the coronavirus to help ease some financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. The policy was ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains observed Vietnam Veterans Day with a brief wreath-laying ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial in downtown Scotch Plains on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. March 30 is observed as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, according to the PA Department of Military and Veterans ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- You see them all around town. There are pups everywhere, as many Scotch Plains residents rushed out to adopt, foster or buy a pooch during the many long months of the pandemic. While Scotch Plains is thrilled to welcome all its new four-legged friends, they do need to be ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Borough Council took part in the #stopasianhate National Day of Action and Healing on March 26 by delivering flowers to the 12 Asian American-owned business in town.  The flowers were purchased locally at the Fanwood Larder and included a ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Recreation Commission came up with a unique way to have an Easter celebration as a drive-by event on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at the historic Fanwood train station. Families could drive up, enjoy a greeting by the Easter bunny, then have treats delivered right through ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — If you don't know Bo, you haven't been on social media recently. Bo, a 6-year-old black dog who lives in Plainfield with Craig and Sheila Jackson, went missing around ten days ago. He made his way to Fanwood and Scotch Plains, and people across the two towns posted sightings in ...

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During a typical year (meaning pre-pandemic), more than 52% of Americans plan some type of celebration of St. Patrick's Day, and more than 82% of celebrants will wear green, according to WalletHub. Overall, billions of dollars typically are spent on clothing, flags, green carnations, dining, and, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Justin James “JJ” Cunningham passed away on March 4, 2021, at the age of 22. A 2017 graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, JJ participated in cross country, winter and spring track as a long distance runner.  His hobbies included camping, hiking, playing video games, ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood resident Aisha Glover was recently recognized as one of the Future of Black America’s Top 50 by pocstock media, a content agency that champions diversity and inclusion in media and strives to accurately reflect the robust experiences of people of color. Glover is VP of ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ-- Terence Downey of BSA Troop 104 is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s newest Eagle Scout. Terence started scouting in 2014 and earned First Class Rank within his first year and mainly served as Troop Quartermaster or Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. He later went on a 50-mile canoe ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- It was nine years ago when Roy Salazar met Pamela Jimenez in Summit through a mutual friend, as they were all heading to a party.   There was an instant bond, sparks flew, and the East Second Street couple are now the proud parents of two children, 10-year-old Ethan and ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS-WESTFIELD, NJ -- Robert F. Barrett, 82, lived a rich life. His early years were filled with formal training as a Jesuit, he earned a B.S. in Physics and followed that up with a Master’s in Finance (NYU), and significant post graduate studies in the fields of law, and physics at ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- While many high schoolers have embraced the pandemic as a time to sleep in and play video games, one Scotch Plains teenager is using the time to flex his entrepreneurial muscles. Ben Pritzker, 16, a high school junior, created a business to address the needs of families ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - The Scotch Plains Recreation Department has announced plans for its spring Easter celebration with the “Easter Bunny Egg Drop 2021."  The at home event will feature a drive-by visit from the Easter Bunny and goodie bag delivery.  “We want to encourage families to 'hunt at ...

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This story is part of Loved and Lost, a statewide media collaboration working to celebrate the life of every New Jersey resident who died of COVID-19. To learn more and submit a loved one's name to be profiled, visit lovedandlostnj.com. WESTFIELD, NJ — Dedication and social justice resonated in ...

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