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Volleyball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Wins Fourth Straight County Title with 2-0 Victory over Union

May 19, 2022

UNION, NJ -- It's a four-peat.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood defeated Union 2-0 (25-19, 25-22) to win the school's fourth straight Union County Championship on Wednesday, May 18, at Kean University. Tim Ennis had 11 kills and 2 blocks, Nick Schmidt added 24 assists, and Zach Chung led with 21 digs and 7 service points to pace the Raiders. 

"We didn't play as crisp as ...

Boys LAX: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Pummels Hanover Park, 19-5, Advances in State Tournament

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- No. 1 seed Scotch Plains-Fanwood (15-3) captured a first round victory over No. 16 Hanover Park (8-11) in the first round of the NJSIAA, North Jersey, Group III state tournament on Wednesday, 19-5.

Mikey Kloepfer (3 goals) and Aidan Fairweather (3) were the leading scorers of 11 Raiders who found the back of the net. Other multi-goal scorers for Scotch ...

Baseball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Victorious on Youth Day

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood (5-12-2) mercied Becton (7-14) in five-innings on Scotch Plains-Fanwood Youth Baseball Day, 10-0. Ricky Watt and Jaden Carpien led the Raiders with two RBIs each while Evan Doyle and Jack Burke combined on a no-hitter. Doyle earned the victory as starting pitcher. 

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Youth Baseball League (SPFYBL) ...

Wild Walk-Off: Union Catholic Baseball Scores 4 in 9th, Defeats Brearley in Union County Tourney

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic scored four in the seventh in wild walk-off win over Brearley in Union County Tournament on Tuesday. Down by three runs in their final at-bat, the Vikings did what they've done all season. They battled back!

Trailing 7-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning vs. Brearley in the first round of the Union County Tournament, Union Catholic completed ...

Swimmers Honored at Fanwood Council Meeting for YMCA National Placements

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood residents Aislinn Mooney and Bridget Davis were recognized by Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Borough Council on Monday, May 16, for their athletic performance in the swimming pool and their academic and community service achievements on dry land. Both girls swim for the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) and their respective high schools. 

Aislinn Mooney, a senior at ...

McKenna Surpasses 100 Career Goals to Highlight Union Catholic's Victory on Senior Day

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Kyle McKenna surpassed 100 career goals when the Union Catholic boys lacrosse team celebrated Senior Day with a 10-3 victory over Parsippany on Thursday in Scotch Plains.

McKenna, a senior who came into the game with 96 career goals, scored his fourth goal of the game with 3:54 left in the third quarter to give him 100 career goals. McKenna, UC's ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Sports Roundup

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- A wrap-up of last week's Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sports results:

Boys Volleyball
Overall Record: 25-1
Last week's results: (W) 2-0, vs. Hillside (1st Round, Union County Tournament)... (W) 2-0, vs. Elizabeth (Semifinals, UCT)

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Advances to County Finals
The affair with Union will be the third time the two ...

Baseball: Stagaard's Slam Ties Game in 7th, But Union Beats Scotch Plains-Fanwood in Extras

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Zach Stagaard hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game, 5-5, but Scotch Plains-Fanwood allowed 2 unanswered runs in extra innings to fall in the first round of the Union County Tournament.

Union's Aiden Baiardi plated the go-ahead run with an RBI-double in the top of the eighth inning as 10th-seeded Union downed the Raiders, ...

Boys LAX: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Hammers Howell, 15-8, as Kloepfer Scores His 100th Goal

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood erupted for 7 unanswered goals in the second quarter of the game to defeat Howell, 15-8 at soggy Wexler Field on Saturday.

Mikey Kloepfer scored four times -- including his 100th career goal -- and had two assists for the Raiders. Jake Monroy had a hat trick along with two assists. Alexander Lo stopped 9 shots. Sandro Frias, a senior, ...

Baseball: Scenes from Scotch Plains-Fanwood Senior Day

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood baseball program celebrated its Senior Day on Thursday prior to its game against Livingston.

Scotch Plains-Seniors were hot at the plate. Ryan Beauregard led the Raiders with four RBIs via a grand slam, his fourth home run of the year. Zack Stagaard finished with a team-high four hits, including two doubles, and he drove in two runs. Max ...


Union Catholic Smashes Several Records, Sweeps Union County Conference Titles

May 16, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union Catholic track and field squads once again displayed its remarkable firepower and depth by smashing several records on the way to sweeping the Watchung Division titles at the Union County Conference Championships on Friday at Gov. Livingston.

This latest sweep comes a week after the surging Vikings also captured both the boys and girls team championships at ...


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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 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 ...

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 ...

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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