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'Buy a Vet a Burger' for a Memorable Memorial Day Picnic

May 20, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - There’s a jar sitting on a counter at John's Meat Market at 389 Park Ave. in Scotch Plains with a sign, “Buy a Veteran a Burger! for Previously Homeless Veterans.” The sign raises a lot of questions: What Veterans? Why a burger? How will they get their burgers? 

The answers to those questions and more arrived via email this week

The ...

'Color Run' Honors Late Scotch Plains-Fanwood Middle School Teacher

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The first annual Dave Cilio Color Run at Nettingham Middle School was held on Friday, May 13, to celebrate the life of the phys. ed. teacher who passed away in July 2021.

Over 50 volunteers joined Nettingham students and staff as they took laps at the field outside the middle school, as participants were covered by colored powder while running laps ...

Shane Sheppard Memorial Tournament Held in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Shane Sheppard was remembered again by his family and many friends, as the eighth annual Shane Stephen Sheppard Memorial Softball Tournament was played under sunny skies on Sunday, May 1, at Jerseyland Park in Scotch Plains.

Shane Sheppard, a 2008 graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, and an athlete while growing up, passed away in March 2014.

The annual ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Relay for Life Set for May 20

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School will host its annual Relay For Life on May 20, lasting from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

According to its website, Relay For Life is the world's largest volunteer-based fundraising event. For more than 36 years, communities across the world have come together to honor and remember loved ones and take action for lifesaving change.

The ...

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 ...

Center for Hope to Honor Thomas Sharkey, Jr. at May 12 Fundraising Gala

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care is holding its annual fundraising gala on Thursday, May 12, at 6:00 p.m. The honoree is Thomas Sharkey, Jr., a long-time board member of the non-profit organization and leader in the wider community. The event will be at The Primavera Regency, 1080 Valley Road in Stirling.

All proceeds will benefit the Center for ...

Nominate Favorite Charity or Non Profit for Valairco Cares $500 Giveaway; Deadline April 30, 2022

MANVILLE, NJ - Make your vote count! Nominate your favorite charity or non-profit to win Valairco Care's next giveaway of $500. Voting deadline April 30, 2022. Click here to nominate your charity or nonprofit.

The most recent winner was Visions and Pathways.Bridgewater based Visions and Pathways has been helping abused, neglected, homeless, missing and at risk youth since ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL Donates to Scotch Plains and Fanwood Rescue Squads

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Police Athletic League (PAL) made donations to the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad and the Fanwood Rescue Squad for their support during football season last fall.

Each organization received $1,000 for their weekly service throughout the season.

"Rescue Squad personnel are on hand for every game on Sunday mornings and afternoons to ...

Girls from Scotch Plains and Cranford Create Blue and Yellow Bookmarks, Raise $ for Ukraine

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- One Scotch Plains girl is going on an international mission… and she is doing so one stitch at a time.

Ten-year-old Ella Burke wants to spread kindness, and her efforts to do so are going worldwide. The fifth grade Nettingham Middle School student, since learning about the war in Europe, has been raising money to benefit Ukrainian citizens by ...

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New Brunswick Mayor Cahill Urges Approval of RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – New Brunswick Mayor James M. Cahill has thrown his support behind the transaction between Saint Peter’s HealthCare System (“Saint Peter’s”) and RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”), which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick.

“Today, New Brunswick residents in need ...

NJ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey ("SHCCNJ") threw its support behind the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and St. Peter's HealthCare System, which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick. 

In a letter to the Federal Trade ...

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 ...

Gabriella Vivona Qualifies for National Gymnastics Competition

WATCHUNG – Chatham resident Gabriella “Ella” Vivona has qualified for the National Gymnastics Championships which will be held in Des Moines, Iowa this June. This is the second consecutive year that she has been selected for this honor.

“I am very excited for this because I will be able to compete with in harder routines while being with my team,” said Ella, ...

How To Change When It Feels Impossible

As a mental health and pain management coach, I spend a lot of time talking to my clients about managing chronic pain, chronic illness, and mental health struggles like depression, anxiety, grief, ADHD, bipolar disorder, etc. 

In the process, I often hear, "I want to change Christina, but I just can't." My response is always, "well…you get to decide that." ...

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 Announces Class Officers for 2022-2023

EDISON, NJ -- Annie Gu of Edison, a junior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, will lead the student body as senior class president in the 2022-2023 school year after winning the Student Council election. Annie, who took over the leadership from outgoing president Shiv Tickoo of Scotch Plains earlier this month, will be joined by Gbemi Olarewaju of Piscataway and Adam Eisdorfer of ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Shine at Middle School Spring Concert

EDISON, NJ -- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison provided more than 90 minutes of musical entertainment at last week’s Spring Concert in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Nine ensembles performed under the direction of Choir Director Sharon Byrne, Performing Arts Department Chair, and Band Director Rick Fontaine.

Highlights of the show included the ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Girls Repeat as State Golf Champs

EDISON, NJ -- Consistency, depth and determination propelled the girls’ golf team at The Wardalw+Hartridge School in Edison to its second straight state team championship at Raritan Valley Country Club on May 16. After falling behind by a few strokes early, the Rams remained steady and did not panic as weather conditions began to deteriorate with a storm coming. Fueled by a balanced ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Young Students Lead Entertaining Journey at Concert

EDISON, NJ -- Students in Pre-K through Grade 1 at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison took the audience on a safari, through a book and to a farm during Tuesday’s entertaining Early Childhood Spring Concert. 

Lower School music teacher Shannon Sari’s students shared stories and songs about animals through performances of Pole, Pole by Ella Jenkins, assorted ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Receives DAR Good Citizen Award

EDISON, NJ -- Gurinder Singh of Carteret, 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 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 ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Girls LAX's Trish Gillen

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Trish Gillen is a force on the Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls lacrosse offense. The senior is perhaps the main factor in controlling time of possession while also serving as one of the Raiders' most pivotal attackers. For her performance this season, and for scoring 15 goals in her past four games while recording her 100th career draw control, Gillen is this week's ...

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 ...

Saint Joe's Valedictorian Credits Extracurricular Activities for His Academic Success

METUCHEN, NJ -- There was very little doubt in Aayush Agnihotri’s mind when it came to choosing where he wanted to attend high school. Aside from the wide array of academic offerings and extracurricular activities, there was a deeper connection to Saint Joseph High School that only a select few understand - the legacy connection. 

After seeing his older brother, Aniket (Saint ...

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 ...

The facts are clear about prostate cancer – and what you can do about it

Prostate cancer is dangerous – right? The disease remains the number one solid organ cancer diagnosis among men in the United States, with more than 248,000 newly diagnosed cases each year. Yet while there can be great differences in how prostate cancer affects each patient, there’s little debate that it is important to monitor for the disease.

Urologist Naeem Rahman, MD, part of ...

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 ...

New Jersey Warns of Price Gouging During Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage

May 19, 2022

NEWARK, NJ —New Jersey's Acting Attorney General and the Division of Community Affairs (DCA) are warning customers and merchants statewide about price gouging and any fraud dealing with the sale of baby formula in New Jersey.

“The current baby formula shortage may have scammers and unscrupulous vendors coming out of the woodwork to take advantage of parents at a vulnerable ...

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 ...

We Hope People Suffering from Severe Mental Illness Get Help Before They Make Horrific Decisions

May 18, 2022

Dear Editor:

My colleagues join me in sharing our horror and frustration about the shooting in Buffalo, New York, over the weekend.  

Learning the victims’ names and ages, and more about their productive lives, which were so violently cut short, has only compounded our sorrow. Learning that intolerance, bias and racism played a part in why this crime occurred, coupled ...

SJM Will Feature Educational, Entertainment and Sports Events for Juneteenth

May 21, 2022

Social Justice Matters, Inc. (SJM), along with the towns of Scotch Plains and Fanwood, will mark Juneteenth 2022 with educational, entertainment and sports activities around the theme “In Solidarity, We Are One.”

The broad range of events, open to all, will take place on Saturday, June 18, from 1-8 p.m. at Shady Rest Golf and Country Club.

Events will include music, Juneteenth ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, May 21, 10:00 AM

Marina Waterfront Park, Carteret

Sea Scout Open House

Arts & Entertainment Education Other

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Sun, May 22, 9:00 AM

301 Clark Street, Westfield

Greta's Run for Imagine

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