Community Life

December 9, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- Neighbors in Fanwood are celebrating the return of the giant Christmas tree -- decorated with 13,000 lights -- at the home of Dave Roth at the intersection of Corielle and Second Street in Fanwood. "This tree is a sight to see. The wonder is my child’s eyes when he sees ...

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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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Business and Professional Organization and the Township of Scotch Plains hosted the 4th annual Menorah Lighting on Monday evening on the Alan Augustine Village Green to commence the first night of Hanukkah. The Chabad of Union County presided over the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith and Santa Claus rode up high to light Scotch Plains Township's Christmas Tree on Sunday, Dec. 2, in front of the Municipal Building on Park Ave. Although rain canceled the horse-drawn carriage rides, the celebration continued despite the damp weather. The ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr and Santa Claus helped welcome the holiday season on Sunday, Dec. 2, at the North Side of the Fanwood Train Station, where the historic station building was opened to the public. The celebration included carols performed by singers from Scotch ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association and the Township of Scotch Plains will host its fourth annual Menorah Lighting on Monday, Dec. 3, at 6:00 pm. The event includes a chocolate gelt drop and holiday latkes. Festivities will include a light show and ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Department of Public Works continues its fall leaf pickup program. The following streets are scheduled for the week of Dec. 3: North Side – Forest Road/Westfield Avenue to Mountain Avenue – including Cole Avenue neighborhood. South Side – Farmingdale to Lake section ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- One of Fanwood’s most beloved traditions, the Santa Parade, takes place on Saturday, Dec. 15 (rain date Dec.16), when Santa Claus, accompanied by volunteers from the Fanwood Fire Department, Rescue Squad and Police Department will deliver presents to our good little girls and ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- For those looking for a Christmas tree, the Fanwood Lions Club and Fanwood Fire Department are hosting the annual Christmas tree sale at LaGrande Park! Sales begin Saturday, Dec. 1, at 9:00 a.m., and continue on the following schedule: Thursdays & Fridays: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.; ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Chapter of UNICO swore in Michael Abate as its newest member at the organization's November meeting. UNICO is the largest Italian-American service organization in the United States. The organization's objectives are to promote the image of ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The famous "Christmas House" in Fanwood, located at 83 Paterson Road, is being lighted for the holiday season again this year.  Visitors can stop by the "Christmas House" from now through January 8th to enjoy the lavish display of lights. There is no charge, but donations are ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School (SPFHS) will induct four new members into its alumni Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Dec. 11.   The 2019 inductees are: David Blitzer '87, partial owner of the New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia 76ers, Jamie Novak '90, ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood’s holiday season officially begins when Santa Claus arrives in town on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to meet Santa under the big tent on the lawn in front of Fanwood’s North Ave. Train Station and enjoy an afternoon of seasonal music, holiday crafts and ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains invites residents to a Hometown Holiday Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. featuring a horse drawn carriage rides, a petting zoo, hot chocolate and donuts, cookie decorating, face painting and a visit with Santa!  Santa ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The local community is mourning the death of Rev. John J. Lester Jr., 85, of Fanwood, formerly of St Bartholomew the Apostle Church, Scotch Plains, who died peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Born and raised in Jersey City, Fr. Lester was assigned to St. Bartholomew the ...

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NEW JERSEY — This won’t be a typical Thanksgiving weather-wise as New Jersey braces for record cold temperatures starting Wednesday and extending into Friday. AAA Northeast urges motorists to make sure their car is ready to start and run in the extreme cold we’ll be facing in the coming ...

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FLORHAM PARK, NJ — AAA predicts that more than 54 million Americans, including more than 1.3 million people in New Jersey, will travel 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday. That figure is a 4.8 percent increase from the nearly 51 million that traveled last year. The 2018 ...

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ELIZABETH/ROSELLE, NJ – Warinanco Park is going to the dogs.  Union County residents -- and their canine friends -- are invited  to the opening of the Warinanco Dog Park on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1:00 p.m. The new dog park is located behind the Warinanco Sports Center (GPS: 1 Park Drive in ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Puleo International, a third generation family owned manufacturer and distributor of unique handcrafted holiday décor items, is opening their doors to the public for their 14th Annual Christmas Sale. Puleo’s Warehouse sale rings in the holiday season much like Christmas ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Department of Public Works continues its fall leaf pickup program. The following streets are scheduled for the week of November 19: Northside: Plainfield Ave. to Crestwood Section and Ascott Rd. to Stocker Lane Southside: Shady Lane towards West Broad St. This ...

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LATHAM, NY -- Scotch Plains resident John Guittard, who is assigned to the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, has received a promotion to the rank of Captain in the New York Army National Guard. Capt. Guittard's promotion was announced by Major General Ray Shields, Adjutant General for the State of ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood’s holiday season officially begins when Santa Claus arrives in town on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to meet Santa under the big tent on the lawn in front of the historic North Ave. Train Station and enjoy an afternoon of seasonal music, holiday crafts ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. Bartholomew Church hosted over 160 veterans and their families for a celebration of Veteran’s Day on Sunday, Nov. 11. The vets in attendance were participants in the “Hometown Heroes Banner” program from Scotch Plains and Fanwood. The program was completely funded by local ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Township honored veterans on Nov. 11 with ceremony that included the laying of wreaths at the Veterans Monument on Park Ave. and remarks by town officials and members of American Legion Post 209 and VFW Post 10122. Among the participants who laid wreaths for ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Borough of Fanwood honored veterans on Nov. 11 with ceremony at Fanwood Memorial Library on Sunday, Nov. 11.  During her remarks, Mayor Colleen Mahr welcomed some of the new faces who came to the annual ceremony. Among them were Richard Wood and his grandchildren, who traveled ...

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WEST POINT, NY -- Scouts from Scotch Plains-Fanwood BSA Troop 104 braved driving rains and sub-freezing temperatures as they camped out in upstate New York before visiting the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Veterans Weekend. The Scouts were given a guided tour of the campus by a cadet ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ --  American Legion Post 209 and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFM) 10122, will conduct the annual Veterans Day ceremony on Sunday, November 11 at 11:00 am with the laying of wreaths at the Veterans Monument at Park Avenue and Front Street in Scotch Plains. At  12:00 Noon ...

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