Diwali Celebration in Fanwood on Oct. 15 at Forest Road Park

October 15, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- A group of New Providence residents will share the traditions of Diwali, The Festival of Lights, Sunday, October 15, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Forest Road Park in Fanwood

"It's an open event for people who believe in celebrating Diwali and for people who would like to know and enjoy a different festival our way," says organizer Richa Gupta.

Scenes from Knights of Columbus Wine Tasting Fundraiser

SCOTCH PLAINS/WESTFIELD, NJ -- The Knights of Columbus held its annual wine tasting event  at the Westfield Knights of Columbus Council Hall, 2400 North Ave. on the Westfield/Scotch Plains border, on Friday, Oct. 13.

Proceeds from the event will go to the PAL Mack Fund and the Council's Welfare Fund for the ill and disabled.

The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal benefit ...

Congregation Beth Israel Celebrates Sukkot in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Volunteers from the Men’s Club of Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains built the synagogue’s Sukkah (booth) on Sunday, Oct. 1, in preparation for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

In keeping with tradition, the volunteers erected the Sukkah on the synagogue’s outdoor patio to replicate the temporary huts that their ancestors dwelled in while ...

Union Catholic's Open House Draws Standing Room Only Crowd

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- There was lots of energy and excitement buzzing all around the Union Catholic campus during Open House, which attracted a standing room only crowd on Wednesday night.

As the crowd walked into the auditorium, they were greeted by the piano playing duo of Union Catholic sophomore Andrew Palacio and junior Scarlett Zheng, and right before the presentation began, UC’s ...

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Natasha Hastings Visits Union Catholic

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Natasha Hastings, one of the top 400-meter runners in the world, delivered a very inspiring and uplifting message to the Union Catholic cross-country teams before they went out on their training runs on Saturday morning.

Hastings, who won gold medals on the 4x400 meter relay for the U.S. in both the 2008 and 2016 Olympics and has captured nine World Championship gold ...

Union Catholic's Mendoza, Falconer, and Tennant Honored by National Merit Scholarship Program

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic seniors Janessa Mendoza, Colleen Falconer, and Sara Tennant were honored during a ceremony at the school on Monday for receiving a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The Letter of Commendation was awarded to Mendoza, Falconer, and Tennant for their outstanding performances on the 2016 Preliminary SAT.

High school students ...

Congregation Beth Israel Celebrates High Holidays

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Fourth grader Yael Klieger was the youngest congregant to blow the shofar during Rosh Hashanah services at Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains.

Prior to the Jewish High Holidays, Yael also had visited all the classes in the synagogue’s religious school to demonstrate how this ancient instrument is sounded.

Yael is shown here with her own shofar, practicing ...

Union Catholic to Host Fall Open House on Oct. 4

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic will offer an overview into its unique approach to a faith-based education when it hosts its Fall Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

The Open House is open to all students and their families who are interested in learning more about Union Catholic, a premier Catholic High School recognized for its focus on innovative technology in the classroom and a ...

IHM in Scotch Plains Will Host Casino Night on Sat, Nov. 4

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Immaculate Heart of Mary in Scotch Plains will hold a Casino Night on Saturday, Nov. 4 at IHM's Nazareth Center (1571 Martine Ave.). 

The cost for the event is $75 per person, which includes buffet dinner, beer, wine, and “funny money” to play casino games for prizes. All the gaming tables (Black Jack, Texas Hold ‘Em, Roulette and ...

St. John's Baptist Church Hosts Back to School Community Fair

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. John's Baptist Church hosted its annual Back to School Community Fair on Saturday, Sept. 9. 

Young members of the community received free school supplies and enjoyed music, food and fellowship at the landmark church in Scotch Plains. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on ...

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Union Catholic's Shen, Lee and Mendoza Earn Perfect Test Scores

October 22, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic students Jianping Shen and Clayton Lee achieved perfect scores on portions of the SAT, and classmate Janessa Mendoza earned a perfect score on a portion of the ACT.

Shen, a senior, received perfect scores on the math portion of the SAT both times he took the test this past summer. 

Lee, a senior who lives in Scotch Plains, received a perfect score on ...