Community Life

May 30, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Has this quarantine led you to re-discovering your local parks: In particular, the little known gem known as Brightwood Park? You may have noticed some improvements that were part of Malcolm Kahora’s Eagle Scout Project completed last fall. Malcolm, son of Sheila ...

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Scotch Plains, NJ -- Scotch Plains honored its fallen soldiers with a ceremony at the township's war memorial this morning Vietnam veteran Joe McCourt led the ceremony with remarks from fellow vet Ralph Checchio and Mayor Al Smith. The 2020 Grand Marshal from Scotch Plains was ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood honored its fallen soldiers with a traditional ceremony delivered in a somewhat unconventional manner.  Mayor Colleen Mahr led the ceremony and introduced 2020 Grand Marshal Patrick Moore, an active duty US Army major, who recently returned from a tour in Iraq. The publc ...

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KENILWORTH, NJ -- In observance of Memorial Day, Scouts and Adult Leaders from Scotch Plains-Fanwood BSA Troop 104 joined dozens of other area volunteers to place over 300 American flags at the headstones of veterans at Graceland Memorial Park in Kenilworth. “This was a great opportunity for our ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Memorial Day schedule for Scotch Plains and Fanwood includes traditional wreath-laying ceremonies that are able to be expanded with the easing of some social distancing restrictions, as well as bell-ringing throughout the towns at 3:00 p.m. to remember the fallen ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Although the march along Park Ave. in Scotch Plains and Martine Ave. in Fanwood won't take place on Memorial Day 2020, the parade committee is honoring two grand marshals for this year:  Alphonse Fantini, who proudly says he is "100 and a half years old," was born on ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Since Memorial Day gatherings are prohibited under Gov. Murphy's social distancing guidelines, Scotch Plains and Fanwood have sought alternative methods to their fallen heroes. While the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade was canceled, Scotch Plains will host its ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- While the traditional events such as the Memorial Day Concert and Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25, were canceled, the towns have devised alternative ways to their fallen heroes. Mayor Colleen Mahr and (fewer than ten) local officials and veterans will ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - The Scotch Plains Recreation Commission at its Monday, May 18, meeting on Zoom (and broadcasted on Facebook live unanimously) voted to cancel the Department’s 2020 Summer Camp programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The programs, held at Brookside and Green Forest Parks, had ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Hometown Heroes have returned to Fanwood.  Banners honoring fallen heroes, as well as veterans, and active duty military have been put up by the Fanwood DPW on Martine Ave., North Ave., South Ave., and Tillotson Road (near the Fanwood Memorial Library). Banners honor ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Charles H. Newman, (Charlie), age 63, lost his valiant fight against cancer while surrounded by family and friends on May 13, 2020. Charlie’s life changed forever after he broke his neck at age 16 in a high school football game. Despite being rendered a quadriplegic, he ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Hometown Heroes have returned to Scotch Plains.  Banners honoring fallen heroes, veterans, and active duty military have been put up by the Scotch Plains DPW on Park Ave. and along other streets of town in what has become a popular pre-Memorial Day tribute. You can find ...

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Special to TAPintoSPF. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. For the bulk of the 41 municipalities stitched up and down the Atlantic ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Celebrations of motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, but the modern precedent for Mother's Day is the Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.” In the UK and parts of Europe, on Mothering Sunday, children would bring their mothers ...

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FANWOOD, NJ – The meme of competing cat and dog editorials in which the cat writes America Needs to Get Back to Work, and a dog writes Why Not Work from Home Forever? has made its way around the internet and caused a few chuckles along the way. But how are cats and dogs responding to the ...

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The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary has been in the forefront of the area's response. On Friday, the Rotary Club helped provide over 200 care packages to the residents of Richmond Towers Senior Living apartments in Plainfield. The effort was led by Rotarian Deanna Dell Bene, who coordinated the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Westfield's Tamaques Park is opening up again on Saturday, but if you think getting there is going to be a walk in the park, think again.  While the park is open to walkers and hikers, cars are prohibited. “The Westfield Police Department will maintain a constant police ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Following the announcement by Gov. Murphy on Wednesday that lifted the order closing state and county parks, the Township of Scotch Plains will reopen access to municipal parks for "passive recreation" on Saturday, May 2, at 9:00 a.m.     Playgrounds, rest rooms, ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Two Fanwood police officers who responded to a call for help after a little boy, 4 1/2 year old Luke Haight, fell off his scooter and briefly lost consciousness. Fortunately, the boy was wearing a helmet at the time. "The doctor (pediatrician) said he suffered a slight concussion, ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy during his daily press conference on Monday, April 27, announced his vision, “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health,” to restart New Jersey and put the state on the road to recovery. Gov. Murphy outlined six key principles and benchmarks ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- When Jim Weyand found out that help was needed in the battle vs. COVID-19, he didn’t hesitate to join the frontlines. Weyand, the Athletic Trainer at Union Catholic and a 2012 graduate of the school, said that Atlantic Health System reached out to Athletic Trainers a few ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- When Filomena Fernicola was born on April, 19, 1919, World War I was being fought in Europe, President Woodrow Wilson was in the White House, Charlie Chaplin was the world's biggest film star, and Prohibition was ratified. Born and raised in Newark, "Aunt Fil" is a first ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- It started as a comment exchange on Facebook between two women who had never met and blossomed into an effort that has both supported local businesses and thanked heroes on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus. Every day since March 27, Laurie Gallahue and ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Add the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade to the ever growing list of events in the area that have been canceled.  Out of an abundance of caution, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade Committee has decided that this year’s Memorial Day concert and ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Katherine Hollenback, an engineering and technology teacher at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School wanted to help protect healthcare workers on the frontline of the COVID 19 pandemic. She found that Protective Face Shields were needed by doctors and nurses, and using her ...

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Explaining the importance of social distancing to elementary school age children can be challenging. The youngest of them may not understand why they cannot play with their friends. “The best way to break the news about school closings or canceled activities is by reframing it as a good thing ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- As part of its part of its Community Policing efforts, the Fanwood Police Department has instituted a "Senior of the Day" program during the month of April. "Seniors play a key role in the vitality of our neighborhoods, networks, and lives," said Dianne Howarth, assistant to Chief ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ --  When Fanwood resident Maggie Savoca found out about FLAG (Front Line Appreciation Group), she saw an opportunity to help medical workers on the front line in the battle against COVID-19 and established an FLAG-SPF chapter.  In other towns, the organization has set ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- Residents of Scotch Plains and Fanwood put a candle in the window to honor essential workers, including first responders, doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, and others who can't call in sick and can't work from home.  Check with TAPintoSPF for continuous LOCAL ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Leave an extra light on or place a candle in the window to light the way for all our essential workers this Sunday, April 5. "This is a special project that we are presenting in appreciation of essential workers," said Scotch Plains Deputy Mayor Josh ...

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