Why Are Stinging Insects So Aggressive in the Fall?

During the early summer months, hornets and yellow jackets rarely come out and sting people. So why do they become so aggressive during the late summer and fall? The reason has to do with how they spend their time in the summer versus what they’re doing in the fall!

The Life of A Stinging Insect

Most stinging insects are social, meaning they start and build a new colony every year ...

The Athlete of the Week: Jason Garwood Boys’ Soccer Center Back

The South Plainfield Boys’ Soccer team had a tremendous week.  The Tigers went undefeated with two wins, both over GMC Conference rivals.  The boys’ defeated Metuchen 1-0 and then went on to defeat St. Thomas Aquinas 10-0.  The Tigers start the season 2-0 for the year.  The team is led by junior captain Jason Garwood.

Jason’s defensive skills helped ...

The Athlete of the Week: Damian Mbeele Football Wide Receiver / Defensive Back

The South Plainfield Football Team record currently stands at 1-1.  The Tigers showed heart and played with determination in their tough loss to North Plainfield.  Senior Damian Mbeele has been a staple for the Tigers this season.

Damian has been a leader for the South Plainfield Football Tigers this year. He's an unselfish player that always puts the team first. He is a two-way ...

Bengivenga & Wolak: “We’ll continue to ‘get it done’ for South Plainfield”

September 15, 2021

Saying that results count, Councilman Rob Bengivenga and Councilman Joe Wolak, kicked off their campaign, this week, by saying their platform will focus on how to keep South Plainfield heading in the right direction and continue to get it done for our hometown. 

Bengivenga is proud of the borough’s record, but said they are focused just as much on talking about the future.  ...

Bengivenga Wolak Issue Statement Regarding Ida.

The remnants of Hurricane Ida caused record flooding, widespread damage, and rescues that we have never experienced in South Plainfield.

“It is devastating to see the widespread damage that Hurricane Ida has caused from Louisiana to South Plainfield,” commented Councilman Rob Bengivenga.

“Roads that never flooded looked like rivers. Unfortunately, many of our homes, cars ...


Atlantic Highlands – Christopher Nicholas Malvone, 64, passed away on Friday, September 10, ...
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Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor from John Farinella in support of Doug Chapman, Sharon Miller, and John Farinella for re-election to the South Plainfield Board of Education on November 2, 2021

September 15, 2021

Dear Friends of the South Plainfield Public Schools:

On behalf of my two colleagues, Doug Chapman and Sharon Miller, I am proud to inform you that “WE-THREE”- Douglas Chapman, Sharon Miller, and John Farinella- have decided to seek re-election as a unified team for the three South Plainfield Board of Education seats that you will be voting on this Election Day, November 2, ...

Sai Datta Peetham school supplies

The Sai Datta Peetham was founded by Mr. Raghu Sarma Sankaramanchi, in February 2014,  based upon four pillars for the Peetham are ANNAPRASADAM, Satang, Charity and Educational Sponsorship for deserving students.  The Peetham is founded based on the preaching of Shiridi Sai Baba which is based on the SDP‘s main mission to feed the hungry and to help the needy and donating the ...

Community Happenings

Fairview Cornhole Organization Hosting 9/11 Memorial Blood and Platelet Drive 

September 10, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ –  The South Plainfield-based Fairview Cornhole Organization (FCO) is hosting a 9/11 Memorial Blood and Platelet Drive on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the American Legion Chaumont Post 243 on Oak Tree Avenue. 

"Right now, there is a massive blood shortage in the United States," said Joe Sorrentino, commissioner of FCO. "One donation ...

Suburban Woman’s Club Welcomes You

The Suburban Woman’s Club of South Plainfield is welcoming new members. Enjoy creative fund raisers, interesting activities while participating on standing committees, informative monthly programs, and share in the camaraderie of women whose efforts enhance the community. The club meets at 1:00 PM on the first Thursday of each month, September through June, at the ...

From the Borough - The Red Cross will be in town Sept 7th

The American Red Cross will be in storm damaged areas tomorrow at approximately 11:00am distributing water, snacks and cleaning supplies.

New Jersey Mobile MVC in East Brunswick Next Week

September 3, 2021

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The mobile Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) will be in East Brunswick on 9/8 and 9/10.

The "Agency-on-Wheels" can assist with the following items; Driver's Licenses, Non-Driver Identification Cards, Registrations, REAL ID (only if ID is expiring within the next 6 months), License Plates, Placecards, and Examination Permits.  Appointments are required ...

Senior Living Communities: More and More It's About the Boomers

On today’s episode of Looking Forward, we’re going to focus on trends, opportunities, and the future of senior living communities. We’re also going to hear some great tips on how you or someone in your family can choose the right senior living community. When we discuss the topic of senior living, we’re more and more speaking about where the baby boomers live or want to ...

News Journalism, Part 2: COVID's Impact, Career Opportunities, News Media Outlets, Where to Get Responsible News, and More!

Hi everyone. In Part 2 of this two-part series-- Part 1 was published last week-- we’ll discuss such things as: what impact COVID-19 is having on news journalism, how news journalism might change in the future, what opportunities there might be for those interested in pursuing a career in news journalism, and which media outlets our guest expert thinks are the best to turn to for, in ...

South Plainfield Recycling Groundskeeper

South Plainfield Recycling Groundskeeper – The Borough of South Plainfield is looking for a full-time and part-time Groundskeeper to work at both the recycling center and at the Borough Compost.

Candidates shall maintain a valid NJ driver’s license. Customer service or landscaping experience is preferred. Please send resume to: Borough of South Plainfield, 2480 Plainfield Avenue, ...

Morristown Medical Center Surgeons 1st in U.S. to Use Minimally Invasive Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT) With Advanced Imaging for Flexible Scoliosis Correction

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center fellowship-trained scoliosis surgeon Jason E. Lowenstein, MD, leads the only surgical team in New Jersey to use a new, FDA-approved tethering system for minimally invasive scoliosis surgery that provides for flexible spinal deformity correction and faster healing. The team is also the first in the nation to use a new type of portable CT ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, September 18, 9:00 AM

South Plainfield

Flea Market - Vendor Show


Sat, September 18, 11:00 AM

Wesley United Methodist Church, South Plainfield

Wesley Festifall

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, September 18, 12:00 PM

Marquis “Bo” Porter Sports Complex, Newark

Newark Beth Israel's Alma Beatty Health & ...

Health & Wellness


Sat, October 2, 9:00 AM

Clark Public Library, Clark

Outdoor Vendor and Craft Fair



Tropical Storm Ida Clean Up

South Plainfield – The Borough is currently picking up debris from Tropical Storm Ida. All debris needs to be brought to the curb before Saturday September 18, 2021. The Borough urges residents to call the Department of Public Works at 908-755-2187 to make an appointment and get on the pickup list. The Borough has contracted with a waste hauler that will be picking up debris on Saturday ...

The Series of The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2016)

Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2017)

Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2018)

Anne of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2019)

Katheryn Howard: The Scandalous Queen by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2020)

Katherine Parr: the Sixth ...

Movement, Meditation, and Nature: 5 Tips to Alleviate Stress

Stress has a negative impact on our mental and physical health. It can cause various physical ailments like headaches, stomachaches, tight muscles, fatigue, and even high blood pressure. Mentally, stress can make it difficult to concentrate or create memory problems.

But in our busy society run by the pressure of work, family, and the need to do more, how do we alleviate stress?

There are ...

Fall Flavors: Cooking With the Season’s Bounty

With spring and summer on their way out, it’s time to start looking ahead to fall, and one of the best parts of this time of year is cooking with all the great seasonal fruits and vegetables that thrive in these cooler months.

If you’re unsure what’s in season in September or don’t know what to do with the piles of produce-lining grocery store shelves, look no further.

Get Creative and Enjoy The Outdoors With These Summer Crafts

Doing outdoor crafts is a fun way for older adults to be active and stretch their imagination. After spending a long winter indoors, stepping outside to soak up the summer sun and complete some new projects helps you get natural vitamin D and feel a sense of accomplishment. It can also boost your spirits and engage your mind. If you need some ideas, here’s a list of easy outdoor ...

Easy, Crowd-Pleasing, and Seasonal: 5 Side Dish Recipes for Fall

September brings with it a host of fresh produce: grapes, apples, leeks, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, and so much more! There are tons of delicious, in-season fruits and veggies ripe for whipping up mouth-watering side dishes. If you’re wondering how you’ll incorporate seasonal produce into your fall meals, here are a few of the best recipes for your ...

Say Goodbye to Summer With a Blowout Bash

As summer wraps up, it’s tempting to transition to cozy fall gatherings right away, but don’t move too quickly! Having a “goodbye summer” party is a great way to celebrate the last fresh, vibrant colors, sounds, and flavors of summer with your friends and family. So pull out the last of your summer décor and try these tips for making the most of your final summer ...

5 Tasty, Healthy Food and Wine Pairings

Light salad or grilled salmon make for delicious dishes perfect for the warm evenings of summer. Plus, those long summer days leave even more time for designing the ideal dinner. The hardest part may not be collecting the recipes or the cooking—and definitely not the eating—but rather finding the perfect wine to drink along with it!

If you’re looking to wow a partner, family, ...

Feeling Stuck? Here Are 5 Ways To Find Motivation

Are you having trouble finding motivation in your life? There may be a change in your daily routine, or you could be going through a stressful time. There are many reasons you may be in a rut and unable to complete even the simplest tasks.

Don’t get down on yourself! Here are a few tips on how to find that inner motivation and complete your to-do lists.

Time Management

The first ...

Prep Your Home for Winter With These Easy Fall Tasks

There’s nothing quite like the weather in autumn. With the heat of summer finally breaking, it’s time to start enjoying more time outdoors and keep the windows open. With favorable weather, it’s easy to forget the cold and dark nights of winter looming ahead.

Luckily, there are several steps you can take during the fall to help prepare your home for the harsh conditions of ...

Patchy, Brown Grass? What To Do About Dead Spots In the Yard

Everyone wants a lush green lawn for summer barbecues and romping by children and four-legged friends. So what do you do when your yard starts looking brown or patchy?

Start by identifying the underlying issue behind the dead spots in your grass, and then the repair is pretty straightforward! These lawn care tips will help you recover dead spots and leave your yard looking fresh and ...

Press Releases

RWJ PHysical Therapy Scotch Plains Moves to RWJ Rahway & Carteret

September 9, 2021

Due to damage from Hurricane Ida, Physical Therapy at RWJ Rahway Fitness & Wellness Center in Scotch Plains has moved to RWJ Rahway Hospital and the RWJ Rahway Fitness & Wellness Center in Carteret.

“While we remediate and rebuild, our patients can continue to receive great care and treatment with our therapists,” said Jennifer Soares, Manager of Physical Therapy at the ...

RWJ PHysical Therapy Scotch Plains Moves to RWJ Rahway & Carteret

Due to damage from Hurricane Ida, Physical Therapy at RWJ Rahway Fitness & Wellness Center in Scotch Plains has moved to RWJ Rahway Hospital and the RWJ Rahway Fitness & Wellness Center in Carteret.

“While we remediate and rebuild, our patients can continue to receive great care and treatment with our therapists,” said Jennifer Soares, Manager of Physical Therapy at the ...