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Flash Flood Watch Issued for Parts of Union County Wednesday Afternoon into the Evening

September 7, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A flash flood watch is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through late Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service. The flash flood watch is in effect for portions of northeast New Jersey, including the following counties: Union, Essex, Bergen, Passaic, and Hudson.

According to the National Weather Service, a cold front will produce a ...

Fanwood Flood Update

FANWOOD, NJ -- After Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency for New Jersey last night, the Borough of Fanwood's police, fire, rescue squad, and public works crew worked throughout the night to mend the damages from Hurricane Ida.

The only road closure left in Fanwood is Willoughby Rd. at Midway Ave due to a downed wired. The intersections remain blocked off.

Route 22 ...

List of Flooded Roads in Scotch Plains-Fanwood from Tropical Storm Ida

SCOTCH PLAINS./FANWOOD, NJ -- Heavy rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ida has overwhelmed numerous roads in Fanwood and Scotch Plains.

According to the Borough of Fanwood, roads that are impassable or closed (as of 10 p.m.) include:

Westfield Road from Morse to Evergreen
Side streets off Westfield Road
North Ave at the Fanwood Library
Russell Road between Watson and ...

Stay Off The Roads: Scotch Plains and Fanwood Officials

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Flash flooding has caused numerous flooded roadways throughout Scotch Plains, including: 

Route 22 West @ Union Avenue
West Broad between Hetfield and White Oak Road
Westfield Road between Morse and Evergreen Avenue

Fanwood advises that the following roads are flooded:

Most of Westfield Road, 
North Ave at the Fanwood ...

Tornado Watch in Effect Until 1 a.m. Thursday: National Weather Service

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — A tornado watch and flash flood warning has been issued for Bergen County, in addition to Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union counties.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 1 a.m. Thursday and a flash flood warning for the area until 7:45 p.m. tonight.

At 5:54 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain moving north ...

Remnants of Tropical Storm Ida Expected to Hit Scotch Plains-Fanwood. Here’s a Storm Preparedness Guide

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — In preparation of the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flash flood watch throughout New Jersey. The storm is expected to hit Wednesday night into Thursday with heavy rainfalls equaling five inches, scattered thunderstorms and high wind gusts. Combining that with the previous wet conditions Scotch Plains-Fanwood is ...

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Finding the Sweeter Side of Unprecedented Times

In March of 2020, life decided to hand lemons to students across the country and beyond, leaving millions of us in a scramble; we searched far and wide for ingredients needed to make lemonade out of an unforeseen scenario. For most of us, whether we were in the second grade, secondary school, or beyond, the remedy to our anxieties was simple: distraction. Perhaps the first few weeks of quarantine ...

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The Uncertainty of Not Knowing

Many of us are feeling the anxiety of not knowing what is coming our way.  The current Covid-19 pandemic has heightened uncertainty over the economy, employment, finances, our government, relationships and of course our mental and physical health. It is natural to want to feel safe.  The fear of uncertainty can leave us very stressed, depressed and anxious.

Managing our anxiety ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Explore Outdoors During Trips

EDISON -- Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison embarked on separate adventures during a one-day class trip day on Friday, Sept. 17. 

The sixth grade, led by coordinator Andrea Barnett and fellow advisors Susan Thompson and Tamica Van Dunk, visited Duke Farms in Hillsborough. Upon arrival, the group began the trip with a game of ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Wins Junior Golf Tourney Title

EDISON -- Claire Lu of Edison, a sophomore at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, played three solid rounds to prevail in the AJGA (American Junior Golf Association) tournament at Normanside Golf Club in Albany, NY earlier this month.

Claire opened the tourney with a 2-under par round of 68 to take the lead, but fell a stroke behind after a 4-over par 74. She repeated her stellar opening ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Eye Middle School Electives

EDISON, NJ -- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison explored a variety of electives during this week's Electives Tasting Rotation. The robust list of extracurricular offerings includes Art, Chess, Film Forum, Newscast, Origami, Robotics, Scrapbooking, Literary Magazine, Newspaper and STEM.

Students selected four electives of interest to them and met with the ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Football's Anthony Robinson

SCOTCH PLAINS -- Don’t blink when Anthony Robinson is in the backfield… or anywhere on the turf at Tyson Perry Field.

Rushing for 420 yards and three touchdowns with the Raiders in the past three weeks, the senior has electrified the Scotch Plains-Fanwood faithful. For his outstanding start of the season, Robinson is the first Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the ...

Karl Anthony Towns, Brandon Bielak Lead Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) Hall of Fame Class

METUCHEN, NJ -- NBA superstar Karl-Anthony Towns and Brandon Bielak, a current pitcher for the Houston Astros, are among the honorees for Saint Joseph High School's Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2021. A ceremony and dinner reception will take place at the Metuchen Golf and Country Club in Edison, NJ on Fri., Oct. 8 from 5 to 9 p.m.

The list of inductees includes:

Craig ...

Easy Fall Cocktails to Celebrate the Start of the Season

September 25, 2021

NEW JERSEY — The air is turning cooler, the days are getting shorter and pumpkin spice is everywhere. Now’s the time to get into the autumn spirit with these easy cool-weather cocktails you can make at home.

Pumpkin Spice White Russian: Over ice, combine 2 oz. vodka, 1 oz. pumpkin spice liqueur, 1 oz. coffee liqueur and 1 oz. cream.

Maple Old Fashioned: In a ...

New Jersey Date Night: Make the Grape Escape to Garden State Wineries

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Thoughts of wine typically take your mind straight to Italy, France or Napa Valley. It’s understandable, but if you want to experience a mind-blowing date filled with beauty and flavor you should start thinking about New Jersey vineyards. 

Our state has many wineries from which to choose and most ...

Community Conversations: Back to School

Children have headed back into the classroom, so be sure to check out this Community Conversation with pediatrician Walter Rosenfeld, MD, chair of Pediatrics at Goryeb Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Health for Atlantic Health System, who shares what parents need to know as their kids return to in-person learning, how we’re helping make schools safer and the ...

Are You Ready for the Great New Jersey Bag Ban?

On May 4, 2022, shoppers in Union County and throughout New Jersey will be in for a shock when they go to check out their groceries at the supermarket. Not a single-use paper or plastic shopping bag will be in sight.

It’s all part of a new state law aimed at cutting down on waste, litter and pollution. Plastic bags get most of the blame, but single-use paper bags are also notorious for ...

Work on $1.45M Union County Gov’t Complex to Continue as Lawsuit Stalls 2nd Phase (Updated)

September 23, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state appellate court ruling is allowing the previously halted first phase of construction on a new $145 million government complex in Elizabeth to proceed, but the next phase is on pause amid a Wayne-based company’s lawsuit claiming the county skirted New Jersey’s public bidding laws.

An attorney for the Union County Improvement Authority said ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Celebrates Welcoming Week from Sept. 10-19

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS -- This Welcoming Week, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA will join Welcoming America, other YMCAs and organizations nationwide to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to communities and bring together all residents in a spirit of unity. 

Held from Sept. 10-19 this year, Welcoming Week elevates the growing ...

Free 7th Grade Initiative Program Returns to the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Y this Fall

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is excited to bring back its free 7th Grade Initiative Program for incoming 7th graders residing in Scotch Plains, Fanwood, and Clark beginning September 7, 2021. The Y is also offering a bonus for 8th graders who were unable to participate in the program last year.

The 7th Grade Initiative Program – which runs Sept. 7, 2021-June 30, 2022 – ...

Greeting The Start of Fall in Fanwood

September 24, 2021

Dear Editor:

We greet fall this week with another great public event that I hope you’ll attend. Our first ever Fanwood Health Fair takes place Sunday in the South Avenue train station parking lot. Come and meet our local medical practitioners and take advantage of free health screenings, giveaways and a raffle. Information is below.

Speaking of great public events, I couldn’t be ...

Union Catholic's Michael Mahaffey Making Big Impact in Classroom and Community

September 25, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In Union Catholic's latest installment of Feature Friday, the spotlight shines on junior Michael Mahaffey.

Mahaffey, who lives in Scotch Plains, is very close to completing his Eagle Scout Project, he's a two-sport athlete, a Student Ambassador, an Honor Roll student at Union Catholic, and last year he advanced to the Grand Nationals in Declamation ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, September 27, 7:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Scotch Plains Public Library to Host “How to ...

Arts & Entertainment Education Health & Wellness Home & Garden

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Mon, September 27, 7:30 PM

Scotch Plains

Planning Board Meeting

Government

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Tue, September 28, 7:00 PM

Scotch Plains Municipal Building, Scotch Plains

Scotch Plains Council Candidates' Debate

Government