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Overturned Car Closes Intersection of Forest Road and Westfield Ave. in Scotch Plains Monday Afternoon

May 16, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A car accident overturned near the corner of Forest Rd. and Westfield Ave. (near Fresh Mart) in downtown Scotch Plains on Monday afternoon and closed off the road around 5:00 p.m.

A witness who did not want to be identified said that the car sped around the corner and hit a parked car, then flipped and landed upside down.

Scotch Plains fire ...

Name of Late Somerset County Detective to Be Engraved on National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Late Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Detective James Yeager is finally having his name engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, in Washington D.C., with a ceremony set for May 19 as part of National Police Week.

It has been 22 years since the detective died during an on-duty motor vehicle accident July 10, 2000.

Yeager, according to a release, ...

Scotch Plains Man Stabs Roommate and Flees, Later Caught by Westfield Police

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A Scotch Plains man who argued with and then stabbed his roommate fled from the scene on the south side of town and was nabbed by Westfield police on Lamberts Mill Road, according to the Scotch Plains police blotter.

Nelson Sanchez, age 48, of Scotch Plains was arrested and charged with possession of weapons for unlawful purpose and assault on Friday, May ...

Woman Accused of DUI Assaults Scotch Plains Police Officers

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A Raritan woman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, obstruction of justice, driving under the influence, and refusal to submit to a breath test on Apr. 26, according to the Scotch Plains police blotter. 

Jennierose Kessing-Saunders, 38, also had an active warrant out of Branchburg, NJ, and a fugitive ...

Tours Return to the Fanwood Police Department

FANWOOD, NJ —The Fanwood Police Department welcomed its first tour in a couple of years this week when Cub Scouts from Den 4, first graders from McGinn and Coles Elementary schools, and some of their parents came to visit.

The Scouts got a guided tour of a police vehicle by Officer Sean Hoffman who demonstrated some of the gear and outfitted the kids with riot helmets and shields.

Fanwood Swears in New Police Officer

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood swore in its newest police officer, Daniel Hudspith, at the Borough Council’s agenda meeting on Monday, May 2.

Hudspith, a resident of the Long Valley area of Washington Township in Morris County, has six years of law enforcement experience, most recently in Pennington. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in sociology and is an active reservist with the U.S.

Scotch Plains Police Youth Academy Opens Registration

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Police Department has announced it has opened enrollment for its Youth Police Academy.

Available for Scotch Plains-Fanwood students graduating 5th - 8th grade, the academy teaches middle schoolers several aspects of law enforcement.

In addition to receiving basic training in police procedures, criminal investigations, and first aid, students ...

Westfield Police Warn of Bear in Park Near Scotch Plains Border Wednesday

WESTFIELD, NJ — There’s a bear in Brightwood Park, Westfield police said Wednesday afternoon.

In a Nixle alert at 12:29 p.m., Westfield police told the public of the sighting in the park located on the border of Scotch Plains.

“Use extreme caution if in the area and report any such sighting to the Westfield Police Department immediately,” police ...

SAAD and AAA to Prevent Marijuana-Impaired Teen Driving

NEW JERSEY -- AAA Northeast and Students Against Destructive Driving (SADD) have partnered to educate youth on the risks of marijuana-impaired driving as more states legalize recreational marijuana. The primary focus of the partnership is the delivery of peer-to-peer education by SADD’s student leaders utilizing a curriculum developed by AAA northeast called Shifting Gears: The Blunt Truth ...

Fanwood Car Accident Shuts Down Martine Ave.

FANWOOD, NJ -- A car accident occurred in Fanwood around noon on Friday. The collision caused a road closure on Martine Ave., between La Grande Ave. and South Ave. No one involved in the accident was hurt, according to authorities.

"The driver was checked by EMS but was not injured," Fanwood Fire Chief John Piccola said.


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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 ...

Mount St. Mary Class of 2022 Future Athletic Plans Revealed

On the morning of May 12, Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung revealed the names of additional Class of 2022 student-athletes who have expressed their intent to further their athletic careers at the collegiate level. The following students were honored by Denise Materia, Director of Athletics and Assistant Directress (Student Life), S. Lisa D. Gambacorto, RSM, Ed.S. (Directress) in Mother Mary ...

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 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 ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Girls Repeat as Sectional Golf Champions

EDISON, NJ -- The girls’ golf team at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison continued its march to perfection by repeating as Central Jersey sectional champions Monday at Stanton Ridge Golf and Country Club.

W+H defeated runner-up Bridgewater-Raritan by 24 strokes in the sectionals. Sophomores Sarah Shao of Green Brook and Claire Lu of Edison each shot 77 to finish tied for third ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Receives RPI Medal

EDISON, NJ -- Sarah Honan, Co-Director of College Counseling at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, presented the RPI Medal to Loveleen Sindhar of Carteret at the Upper School meeting this week. 

RPI Medal recipients must be ranked within the top 10 percent of their class, excel in advanced math and science courses, have completed chemistry, biology, lab-based physics, and at ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Provide Wonderful Music at Spring Concert

EDISON, NJ -- Students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison provided a wonderful 90 minutes of musical entertainment at last Thursday’s Upper School Spring Concert in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Four ensembles performed a variety of complex pieces, many of which featured vocal and instrumental solos.

The Concert Band and Jazz Band played flawlessly under the direction of ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Seniors Share Research in Capstone Presentations

EDISON, NJ -- Twenty-three seniors at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison recently shared their research and findings on a variety of pertinent topics in Capstone presentations in the Oakwood Room. This project, a requirement to graduate with the Global Scholars Program diploma, involves many components including a written paper, action research and a presentation in front of students and ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Inducted Into World Language Honor Societies

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held its annual World Language Honor Societies induction ceremony on April 28 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Parents, faculty and friends joined in the festivities, which began with a breakfast in the PAC lobby.

Hua Liu, World Language Department Chair, delivered the welcome, which was followed by the Introduction to the Honor ...

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 ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Softball Team

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood softball has not had this many wins in over two decades, and has now captured the Union County-Valley division title in a year demonstrating a drastic program turnaround. For becoming Union County-Valley champions, and for their season-long performance, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood softball team has been selected as the Joint Motion Physical ...

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 ...

Facing the unknown – What parents can tell kids when answers fail

A wise therapist once told me, “David, no matter how much you think you can, no one can predict the future. So stop trying and making yourself crazy in the process.” Excellent advice, especially considering my future predictions tend to veer into sometimes frightening territory.

Predictions are like opinions, everyone has one. When I signed on for parenthood, I tried to anticipate ...

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 ...

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 ...

Fulfillment of Scotch Plains' Fair Share Housing Settlement Relies on Downtown Redevelopment

May 16, 2022

Dear Editor:

Over the past few years, many residents in Scotch Plains, including myself, have expressed concerns to the town council regarding how the overdevelopment of our town will impact schools, infrastructure, services, and traffic. We’ve requested on multiple occasions that our town council and downtown redevelopment officials speak with our legislative representatives to lobby ...

Union County Recognizes Community Action Month

May 17, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union County Board of County Commissioners have determined that the County will observe May 2022 as National Community Action Month.  Throughout the month of May, Union County will work in partnership with Community Action Agencies across the country to host events and activities.

“Community Action Agencies have enhanced the lives of hundreds of people in ...

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Wed, May 18, 7:00 PM

McGinn Elementary School, Scotch Plains

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