Bear Sighting in Scotch Plains

April 27, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains police report that there has been a black bear sighting in the area of Mountain Avenue and Henry Street, not far from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. It appears to be heading toward Route 22.

The SPFK-12 school district has alerted parents that school will begin at its regular time. 

The bear is running through yards and the neighborhood.

Union County College Foundation to Establish Law Enforcement Scholarship Fund

CRANFORD – One of the new campaigns for the Union County College Foundation is to establish the Union County College Law Enforcement Scholarship Fund. Once endowed, this scholarship will provide financial support for active and retired police officers and their children.

Police officers are a vital part of the safety and well-being of the towns of Union County. The College is the top ...

Car Flips on La Grande Ave. in Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ -- A car driving west on La Grande Ave. in Fanwood hit a tree and flipped over at about 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. 

EMS services took the driver of the vehicle to a local hospital for treatment. According to witnesses, his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. No further details about the condition of the 60-year-old driver are available at this time.

La ...

Scotch Plains in Need of Volunteer Firefighters; Information Night Scheduled for Mon, May 8

Scotch Plains, NJ - The Scotch Plains Fire Department is seeking volunteer firefighters for the upcoming year.

In cooperation with the recently-accredited Scotch Plains Police Department, the Fire Department is in need of volunteers. All interested persons are invited to attend the Fire Department's upcoming Information Night on Monday, May 8, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Station ...

NJ State Police 2017 Trooper Youth Week Applications Available

NEW JERSEY - The New Jersey State Police Trooper Youth Week is an educational program that presents simulated law enforcement programs for both male and female students who have completed their junior year and are entering their senior year of high school.

The first Trooper Youth Week summer program was in 1965 when the New Jersey State Police saw an opportunity to develop a program to attract ...

Morning Crash on Garden State Parkway Causes Extensive Delays for Northbound Commuters

CRANFORD, NJ – A morning accident on the Garden State Parkway resulted in extensive delays and lane closures for northbound commuters. According to the NJ State Police’s Twitter, the accident took place at exit 137 on the parkway. No other details are being released at this time.  

Helicopters were reported above the scene, no official word on the cause of the ...

Special Delivery: Scotch Plains Woman Gives Birth in Car on I-78

SUMMIT, NJ - A 27-year-old Scotch Plains woman gave birth in a vehicle on the shoulder of Highway 78 East, at mile marker 45.8 near Summit, April 6 at 8:26 a.m. (VIDEO link here)

Olivia Cummings had gone into labor earlier in the morning, and was being driven to the hospital by her friend, Lashanie Watson, when it became apparent that Cummings was about to give birth. Watson pulled off the ...

UNICO Celebrates Scotch Plains Rescue Squad's 80th Anniversary

PLAINFIELD, NJ -- At its annual meeting on Tuesday, March 28, UNICO, the Italian American service organization, made a special donation to the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad #scotchplainsrescuesquad at Giovanna's in Plainfield.

The flag artwork was created by Ernie Hernandez in honor of the squad's 80th anniversary this year. Hernandez, a recently retired Scotch Plains ...

Fanwood Police Launch Citizen/Business Security Program

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Police Department wants to partner with residents and business owners to help solve crime and keep the community safe. Registering your business or personal surveillance camera with the Citizen/Business Security Program may help deter crime and assist the police in its overall crime prevention strategy.

"Fanwood Police are committed to its partnership ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL Launches Middle School Intramural Program

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL today launched its "Cops & Kids" Intramural Program for 5th to 8th graders. Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith was also in attendance while raising awareness for the Mayors Wellness Campaign.

"We’ve undertaken this program to get kids off their video games and participate in some lightly competitive programs with their ...

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