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Holy Week Services at Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in Scotch Plains

April 15, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) parish in Scotch Plains has announced its Holy Week schedule:

Good Friday (April 15):

Outdoor stations of the Cross at 12 Noon
Veneration of the Cross at 3:00 p.m.
Living Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday (April 16):

Morning Prayer at 8:30 a.m.
Blessing of the Easter Food at 12 ...

Scotch Plains' Temple Sholom to Host 'Holla for Challah' Event May 7

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Temple Sholom of Scotch Plains announced its implementation of their inaugural 'Holla for Challah', which will be hosted at the temple (1925 Lake Ave.) on Saturday, May 7, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public by reservation.

During the first-ever event at the temple, participants will mix and braid a challah to take home ...

Saint Bart's Athletes Honored at Newark Basilica

NEWARK, NJ -- Max Yaeger and Alex Landazabal of Saint Bartholomew Academy were recognized at the CYO Sports Recognition Mass at the Sacred Heart Basilica in Newark last weekend. Volleyball coach Pam Sawicki, was also honored.

Congratulations to the eight graders, sports teams, and coaches that represent Saint Bart's.

St. Bartholomew Academy (SBA) is a Catholic ...

Congregation Beth Israel to Hold Community Seder on First Night of Passover

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will hold a Community Seder on the first night of Passover, Friday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. The Seder is open to members of the community.

Rabbi Howard Tilman of Congregation Beth Israel will lead the family-friendly Seder, with readings, songs and celebrations for all ages and backgrounds.

The Community Seder will be strictly ...

Scotch Plains Teen Elected to BBYO Board at BBYO International Convention

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Over 100 Greater Jersey Hudson River Region B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO) teens joined thousands of other teens, educators, thought and business leaders, celebrities, political figures, and philanthropists from around the world at BBYO International Convention 2022, the first in-person gathering of its size in the Jewish community. Held over ...

Drive-thru Ashes-to-Go in Fanwood for Ash Wednesday

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Chelsea at Fanwood offered drive-thru “ashes to go” on Ash Wednesday (Mar. 2) as a convenience to anyone in the community seeking to take part in the religious activity.

The ashes were imposed by Father Duncan Johnson of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield. People drove up to the Chelsea’s breezeway door and Father Duncan imposed ...

Registration Open for Summer Academy at Mount Saint Mary 

WATCHUNG, NJ – Mount Saint Mary Academy is currently accepting registrations for its 2022 Summer Academy Enrichment and Sports Program. Open to rising sixth through eighth grade girls, the two-week program, which features half and full-day options, is designed to empower girls to try new things in a safe and fun atmosphere.

"We welcome all middle school girls to come and meet our ...

Meet The Leaders: Q&A with Rabbi Howard Tilman, Congregation Beth Israel

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- TAPintoSPF's Meet The Leaders series features profiles of leaders in the community, including their roles and responsibilities in Scotch Plains-Fanwood. This week's profile is Rabbi Howard Tilman of Congregation Beth Israel.

Age: 37
Family: Married; Two kids

Ziegler School of Rabbinic ...

'Ashes to Go' at Chelsea in Fanwood on Ash Wednesday, March 2

FANWOOD, NJ -- Even you’re in a rush on Ash Wednesday, you can get your ashes to go. The Chelsea at Fanwood is offering an "Ashes To-Go Drive-Thru" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

Just drive up to the Chelsea’s breezeway at 295 South Avenue in Fanwood, roll down the window and receive ashes from Father Duncan Johnston of St.

Meet the Leaders: Q&A with Reverend Susanna Cates, Pastor of All Saints Episcopal Church in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- TAPintoSPF's Meet The Leaders series are a string of stories that feature profiles of leaders in the community, including their roles and responsibilities in both Scotch Plains and Fanwood. This week's profile is All Saints Episcopal Church reverend Susanna Cates

Age: 47
Family: Husband, five children, and ...


Mount Saint Mary Academy Receives Mercy Girl Effect Award

May 10, 2022

Ruth Anne Munroe, Director of Campus Ministry and Student Council Moderator at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, reported that the Mercy Girl Effect Award has been presented to the Academy’s 2021-2022 Student Council Executive Board.

“Each year, the five-member board is challenged with a Mercy Girl Effect project that raises awareness about ethical issues that affect the human ...


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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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Holt Surpasses 100 points For Season in Union Catholic Victory

May 19, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Catherine Holt surpassed 100 points for the season when she scored five goals and added two assists to lead Union Catholic to a 12-7 victory over Paramus Catholic on Tuesday in Paramus.

Holt, a sophomore, now has 74 goals and 27 assists for a total of 101 points this season. She also raised her career totals to 92 goals and 30 assists for a grand total of 122 ...

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Fri, May 20, 7:30 PM

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Sea Scout Open House

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301 Clark Street, Westfield

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