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Union Catholic Graduate Fabiana Pierre-Louis, N.J. Supreme Court Justice, Spoke at Her Alma Mater

May 11, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- The students in Kim Donnelly’s Law classes at Union Catholic were treated to a very special guest on Monday when Union Catholic graduate Fabiana Pierre-Louis, sworn in as the first black female justice on the New Jersey Supreme Court last summer, spoke to them via Zoom.

Justice Pierre-Louis, a 1998 graduate of UC, shared her remarkable journey and experiences ...

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 ...

Terrill Middle School Announces Honor Roll for the Third Marking Period

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Terrill Middle School in Scotch Plains has announced its third quarter Honor Roll. Congratulations to all the Honor Roll students!

8th Grade Distinguished Honor Roll
Elizabeth Agnello, Shana Amsellem, Thomas Bastable, Christopher Bell, Matthew Benedetto, Emma Blair, Grace Burke, Isabella Caldwell, Reese Carberry, Caitlin Carter, Linxiang Chen, Samantha Cohn, ...

Scotch Plains Fanwood High School's Erika Bretz Wins Daughters of The American Revolution Good Citizen Award

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- The Westfield Chapter of The Daughters of The American Revolution (DAR) recently presented the DAR Good Citizen Awards to three area high school seniors: Erika Bretz from Scotch Plains Fanwood High School, Taliyah Williams from the Wardlaw-Hartridge School, and Aidan Berman from Westfield High School. 

Each school selected one Good Citizen from their senior ...

Park Middle School Announces 3rd Quarter Honor Roll

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Park Middle School has announced its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2020-21 academic term. Congratulations to all the honor roll students!

8th Grade Distinguished Honor Roll
Keziah Acedieu, Morgan Barbossa, Matteo Barcellona, Abigail Bender, David Bolivar, Isobel Bruce, Emma Carinhas, Grace Cawley, Jenna Cerchio, Emma Chan, Hannah Charnock, Ethan Cukrow, ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District Mourns the Passing of Beloved Teacher, Beth Mulvaney

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 Arthur and Anne Coffey in Bronx, New York. Her family moved to Park Ridge, New Jersey, ...

Decision Day at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- Saturday, May 1, is National College Decision Day in the United States, which means the time has come for high school seniors to make their final decisions on what college or university they want to attend for the next four years.

Decision Day is a deadline the Class of 2021 has been preparing for since their junior year in high ...

5th Grader from Terrill Middle School in Scotch Plains Is Among Union County Arbor Day Poetry Contest Winners

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Julia Pappalardo, a 5th grader at Terrill Middle School in Scotch Plains, has been named on of the winners of the Union County's annual Arbor Day Poetry Contest.

One winner was chosen for first, second, and third place at each grade level.  The winners are invited to attend a virtual awards ceremony on April 29th at 7:00 p.m., and will be ...

U.S. News Releases 2021 Best High Schools in America List: Find Out How Scotch Plains-Fanwood Rated

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- U.S. News & World Report has come out with its 2021 Best High Schools of nearly 24,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, which has a total enrollment of 1,559 students and 114 full-time teachers, is ranked 62nd within New Jersey. The Advanced Placement (AP®) participation rate is 56%. The ...

Scotch Plains Resident Wins National Merit Scholarship

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains resident Pranav Muralikrishnan, a student at Union County Vo-Tech, was named as one of the winners of the National Merit ADP Henry Taub Memorial Scholarship.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) released the names of the first group of winners in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program on April ...


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Mon, May 17, 7:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library (Virtual Branch), Scotch Plains

First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in ...

Arts & Entertainment Education Religions And Spirituality


Tue, May 18, 1:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library--Virtual Branch, Scotch Plains

"The Good Earth" Book Club at the Scotch Plains ...

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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 ...

Is Your Family Very Involved in Your Life?

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- If you have ever watched the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, known as the Portokalos family, then you can certainly understand what it’s like having an overbearing family. The family is very large, loud and intrusive. The movie was released in 2002 and the premise of the movie is basically about a woman named Toula  (Nia Vardalos) who is unmarried at ...

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 ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Release Butterflies in Garden

EDISON, NJ-- The Junior Kindergarten class at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison concluded its lifecycle unit by releasing their Painted Lady butterflies in the Lower School garden on April 28. Early Childhood students learned about the lifecycles of ladybugs, chickens, frogs and the butterfly. 

“We received our butterflies as caterpillars and watched them form chrysalis as they ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Wins Golf Course Design Contest

EDISON, NJ-- Claire Lu of Edison, a freshman at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, captured the essence of her signature sport to win the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) Great Junior Golf Design Challenge of 2021. She designed a par-5 hole and named it hOle. Claire’s design was selected as the best of more than 85 designs sent in, and she is recognized as the top ...

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 ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week: Scotch Plains Fanwood's Girls Track Team

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- With every passing week, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls track athletes seem to reach new milestones, and the past several days have been no exception. With another head-turning performance at the 31st Blue Devil Classic at Kehler Stadium in Westfield, the SPF track stars are this week’s Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week.

Corinne ...

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 ...

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

May 8, 2021

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 ...

NJ has America’s Best Pizza, Food & Wine Says. But You Already Knew That

NEW JERSEY — Food & Wine magazine made waves this week when it declared New Jersey the No. 1 pizza state in America and proclaimed that New York is No. 3. In the No. 2 spot? Connecticut.

You can read the article, in which the author recommends “The Best Pizza in Every State,” here.

MORE: Pizza in High Demand During Pandemic, NJ Restaurant Owners Say

New Yorkers ...

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, ...

Community Conversations: Summer Safety and Fun for Kids

Preparing children for a healthy summer of activity starts now! On this Community Conversation, pediatrician Sarah Nielsen, MD, has some must-see information on childhood health and safety, whether they are at home or at camp, including the latest news about COVID-19 and children.

Learn more ...

Police Investigate Report of Attempted Sexual Assault on Glenside Ave.

May 11, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit reports that police are investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault perpetrated by an unknown actor posing as an Uber driver who was transporting the victim from New York City to Pennsylvania.

The driver, described as a white male with a beard, reportedly exited Rt. 78, stopping on Glenside Avenue. The victim was able to escape from the vehicle ...

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 ...

Scotch Plains Mayor’s Wellness Series Set to Begin

May 7, 2021

Dear Editor:

It’s that time of the year again when we eagerly get back into shape, after a long winter and plenty of pandemic time in the house.  

I am pleased to kick off the Mayor’s Wellness Series, which is set to begin in Alan Augustine Park (next to town hall) on Saturday, May 15 at 9:30 a.m. For those who are new to the series, it is free, it is fun, and it is a ...

RWJ Rahway Opens Newly Renovated Medical/Surgical Unit

May 12, 2021

RAHWAY, NJ -- Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway opened its newly renovated 3E with a host of patient-focused amenities that include a family lounge and nourishment station for visitors, flat screen TVs in each room, large bathrooms and in-room work stations for the clinical staff to keep them close to the bedside.  

The new unit, whose renovation was halted during ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, May 12, 12:00 AM

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA, Scotch Plains

United For A Cause 5K

Giving Back Health & Wellness


Wed, May 12, 7:00 PM

Scotch Plains

Downtown Redevelopment Committee Meeting


Thu, May 13, 12:00 AM

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA, Scotch Plains

United For A Cause 5K

Giving Back Health & Wellness