2nd Annual North Plainfield Community Leaders Reception Held

October 22, 2016

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Earlier this month, the Plainfield YMCA, in conjunction with the North Plainfield branch of Unity Bank, hosted its 2nd Annual North Plainfield Community Leaders Reception. The evening reception was attended by North Plainfield Mayor, Michael Giordano Jr., members of the City Council, local area clergy and local representatives from the fire and police departments, Education ...

Meet NPHS Senior and TAPinto Intern Victoria Kisling

(Editor’s Note: This year, three North Plainfield High School seniors – Heather Hernandez, Victoria Kisling, and Amaiana Sajjad – will serve as interns for TAPinto North Plainfield, Green Brook & Watchung. Each month, they will conduct research and interviews and write articles which will be published by TAPinto; their first assignment was to write a ...

Absentee Ballots of North Plainfield Residents Among Those Returned to Voters

October 20, 2016

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Throughout Somerset County, mail-in ballots, including those of several North Plainfield residents, have been returned to voters rather than delivered to the county election board.

“This is terrible,” said resident Theresa D’Amore, whose ballot has been returned to her twice since mid-September. “I’ve never had a problem before in all ...

WHRHS Board of Education Hears Update on Lead Testing in Warren

WARREN, NJ - Business Administrator Timothy Stys and Director of Operations/Buildings and Grounds Roland Juliano updated the Watchung Hills Board of Education on the status of lead testing at the school at its last meeting on Oct 5.

Testing should begin soon they said.

“The bottom line is this process is very involved; Roland has a very good beat on it,” said Stys.

North Plainfield School Raise Awareness During National Bullying Prevention Month

October 21, 2016

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – October is National Bullying Prevention Month and in North Plainfield, various awareness events and initiatives have taken place throughout the school district during both the Week of Respect and Violence Awareness Week.

“These weeks are important in raising awareness early in the school year, that schools must be emotionally and physically safe places where ...

John Ferguson, Principal of North Plainfield's East End Elementary School

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Fresh out of college, John Ferguson applied for a teaching position with the North Plainfield School District. He went in for the interview, met with the supervisor as well as the superintendent that very same day, and late that evening received a call offering him a job as an eighth grade social studies teacher. Ferguson figured the position would a ...

Adopt-A-Family Program to Aid Needy Residents

October 23, 2016

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Somerset County Freeholder Director Patricia Walsh, a former mayor of Green Brook Township, has announced the seventh annual Adopt-A-Family program that will help provide Thanksgiving meals for needy families, and extended thanks the hundreds of donors who have given generously in prior years.

“We often hear that people want to help others within their own ...

Domestic Violence Awareness Event Honors Victims, Celebrates Survivors

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Dozens of wooden silhouettes symbolizing county residents who lost their lives to domestic abuse were surrounded by candles and prominently displayed outside the Vermeule Community Center the evening of Oct. 6 while inside, attendees gathered to remembered those lost and to celebrate those who survived.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and, each year, ...

Democrat Frank Righetti Seeking Re-Election to North Plainfield Borough Council

October 24, 2016

(Editor’s Note: Three at-large council seats are up for grabs in the Borough of North Plainfield this November. Democrat incumbents Keiona Miller, Frank Righetti and Frank ‘Skip’ Stabile are seeking re-election; the Republican challengers are Robert Fisher, Gary Lewis, and Henry Stoner. TAPinto North Plainfield will be publishing profiles on those candidates who responded to ...

Green Brook Issues Juvenile Curfew for October 30-31

October 25, 2016

GREEN BROOK, NJ ­– In an effort to address incidents of vandalism that have occurred in recent years, the Township of Green Brook and the Green Brook Police Department announced on Monday that a juvenile curfew will be in effect on Sunday, Oct. 30 and Monday, Oct. 31. Under the curfew, juveniles 18 years of age and under will be restricted from being in any public place – ...

North Plainfield Police Chief Offers Halloween Safety Tips

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Halloween can be a fun holiday for kids, but a worrisome one for parents. Concerns about children's safety – whether they are out in the neighborhood or back home with bags of loot – can darken the day more quickly than a black cat. But not to worry! To make Halloween a treat, follow these safety ...

WHRHS Board of Education Approves New Fencing Coaches, Including Warren's Douglas Clark

October 24, 2016

WARREN, NJ - Three new fencing coaches were approved at the last meeting of the Watchung Hills Board of Education for the 2016-17 winter season.

The district has been interviewing since last spring when they were informed that last year's coaches had elected not to coach this season.

Rocco Iacovone was approved as head coach of boys' fencing, Douglas Clark was approved as head ...

North Plainfield Boys Soccer: Garcia's Late Goal on Penalty Kick Vaults Canucks over Franklin 2-1

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Even though the cutoff date for the state tournament-spot deciding powerpoints was a few days ago, there was still a lot on the line when the North Plainfield High School boys soccer team took their rain-soaked home field this morning to match up against Franklin High School.

A win would mean two conference victories in a row for the Canucks (13-2), which would go a long ...

RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns Comes to The Meadowlands

October 21, 2016

SECAUCUS, NJ – Next week, RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns debuts in New Jersey after sold-out events in New York and Los Angeles, and tickets are on sale to the public online now (!  With four dates to see this iconic fall event, RISE will bring out the Halloween spirit in visitors of all ages, indoors at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, from October 27 – ...

Stafford Harvest Festival This Weekend at Manahawkin Lake Park

STAFFORD, NJ -  The Stafford Township Harvest is this Saturday, October 22 from 12 to 5 p.m.  There will be hayrides, craft vendors, food vendors, Halloween parade, scarecrow making, costume contest, jalapeno eating contest, pumpkin picking and a wine festival.  

There will be a bonfire at dusk and a movie in the park following the bonfire on Saturday.  The raindate is on ...

The Seashell Resort & Beach Club Announces David’s Dream and Believe as their 20th Annual Striped Bass Fishing Derby Charitable Recipient

BEACH HAVEN, NJ - The Seashell Resort & Beach Club is currently preparing for their 20th Annual Striped Bass Fishing Derby that will be taking place at the end of the month. Each year the event proceeds benefit charities.  

Last year's event brought in 76 registered boats and about 300 anglers. Not only were some really big striper's weighed in, but they ...

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West End’s Week of Respect

October 17, 2016

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – During the Week of Respect - October 3 through October 7, 2016 – West End School worked to teach students about empathy, respect, acceptance and personal responsibility. While kindness is important every week at West End School, but this year’s Week of Respect provided the students with important lessons to carry forward.  

West End ...

A Track Record of Success

October 21, 2016

My name is Bob Morrison and I am running for reelection to the Watchung Hills Regional Board of Education.

When I ran for office three years ago I was very clear about what I hoped to contribute through my service to the community. These were my goals:

High Quality, Well Rounded Education for EVERY Student

Open Communication and Transparency

Fiscal Responsibility, Accountability and ...

North Plainfield Citizens for Community Rights Meeting Nov. 3

October 24, 2016

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The next meeting of the North Plainfield Citizens for Community Rights (NPCCR) will be Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at the North Plainfield Community Center, 614 Greenbrook Road at Clinton Avenue.

The guest speaker will be George Kneisser from the New Jersey Citizens for Property Tax Reform. If you are concerned about the inaction and empty promises of our “State ...

Rotary Club Welcomes New Members

October 25, 2016

Many people seek a way to help others and prefer to do that with other like-minded people, rather than individually. Two such people recently found the ideal way to achieve that goal.

Rick Smiley, City Administrator for the City of Plainfield, and Fred Wasiak, Associate Executive Director at the YMCA, are now members of the world’s greatest service organization, Rotary ...

The Great Pumpkin Certified 5K Run and Family Walk

October 20, 2016

WATCHUNG, NJ - The annual Watchung Hills Regional Municipal Alliance fundraiser Certified 5 K run and walk will be held at WATCHUNG LAKE, Mobus Field, Brookdale Road, Watchung, NJ 07069, Saturday November 5th, 2016. Registration opens 8:00 am, the start time is 9:00 AM.

The entry fee before October 14, 2016 is $20.00 for the run and $12.00 for the walk. After October 14 the prices are ...

AP and SAT Scores Rise at WHRHS: Board Hears "State of the District" Update in Warren

October 24, 2016

WARREN, NJ -  “State of the District” updates were presented to the Watchung Hills Board of Education at the last meeting and for the first time, heads of each department discussed their highlights and goals for the 2016-17 school year. 

“We have a number of members from our district leader team as well as supervisors and directors here," said ...

AP and SAT Scores Rise at WHRHS: Board Hears "State of the District" Update in Warren

WARREN, NJ -  “State of the District” updates were presented to the Watchung Hills Board of Education at the last meeting and for the first time, heads of each department discussed their highlights and goals for the 2016-17 school year. 

“We have a number of members from our district leader team as well as supervisors and directors here," said ...

2016 WHRHS NEWS Extended School Year Program

WARREN TWP. – Reporting out from last summer’s Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) Extended School Year (E.S.Y.) program, WHRHS Special Services teacher Amita Lluveres says the response from 20 to 25 students to the proverbial start-of-school-year question, ‘What did you do over the summer?” is: An enviable list of memorable living/learning experiences, both inside ...

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Mother Seton Regional High School, Clark

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Valley View Middle School Yard Sale Fundraiser

Sat, October 29, 6:00 PM

St. Stephen Orthodox Church, South Plainfield

St Stephen Annual Tricky Tray

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Open House at Mother Seton High School in Clark

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Is There a Conspiracy to Stick Nails in Tires?

Here’s the Sitch …

A customer recently brings her tire to a dealership for repair after finding a nail lodged into the rubber. She gets that it’s her fault and the Service Tech Dude fixes the tire. Three weeks later, the customer returns, this time waiving her hands wildly, wondering why the “check tire pressure light” had come on, forcing her to return to the ...

Crestwood Lake by Mark R. Vogel

Crestwood Lake by Mark R. Vogel (Create Space Independent Publishing Platform, 2015)

It's that time of year when the sun sets early and the rustle of autumn leaves scattering across sidewalks in the dusk makes us hurry to get inside our cozy homes. The goblins of our imaginations lurk among the jack o' lantern lit darkness. This is the time of year when readers, who love the masters of ...

Somerville: Galleryon Main Hosts Antiques Appraisal Day Oct. 23

October 20, 2016

SOMERVILLE, NJ –  Gallery on Main, an art gallery and antiques shop in the downtown shoppint/restaurant district will hold its second Antiques Appraisal Day on Sunday, Oct. 23, from noon-3 p.m. 

The appraisals will be conducted by Ashley King and William D'Anjolell, both members of the Pennsylvania Antiques Appraisers' Association. 

Refreshments will ...

23 Cent Gas Tax Increase Signed into Law; Senator Bateman Launches Repeal Effort

TRENTON, NJ - State Sen. Kip Bateman (R-Somerset, Middlesex, Mercer, Hunterdon) said he will introduce legislation to repeal the 23 cent-per-gallon gas tax increase that was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie late Friday afternoon.

Bateman made the announcement shortly after Christie signed the bill. South Plainfield's three State representatives,

“Through this ...

Straight Talk: Investment Banker Candace Straight Talks about Women on Wall Street and Her New Movie EQUITY. This is Not Your Average Chick Flick

October 24, 2016

UNION, NJ - Women from all walks of life joined together to hear Candace Straight give an insider’s view on the making of the recently released movie, Equity, and learn from her years of experience as a businesswoman, leader, and entrepreneur on Wednesday, October 19. The meeting, held at Maplecrest Ford Lincoln of Union, was a collaboration between Mustang Sally’s Now, B.I.G.

New Brunswick: Community Rallies, Marches For An End To Domestic Violence

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – With her head covered in a veil of lace, and gowned all in white, she was dressed for what is supposed to be the happiest day of a woman’s life. One look at the bruises on her face, however, quickly rewrote any narratives of happily ever after.

Fortunately, Kalisse Horne, 19, of New Brunswick, is not one of the countless women for whom domestic violence begins ...