"Welcome Neighbor" - Traveling Art Exhibit Stops Off in Somerville

January 12, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission is hosting an art exhibition that highlights 17 different indigenous-art traditions by New Jersey artists at the Somerset County Adminstration Building, 20 Grove St. through Jan. 26.

Text panels accompanying the artworks provide information on the origins, influences and general cultural context of each ...

North Plainfield’s Historic Stained Glass Illuminates in Ken Lombardo’s ‘Lights of Washington Park’

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Friends of the Vermeule Mansion and the Fleetwood Museum, along with assistance from the Washington Park Historic Association, recently published a book highlighting the most distinctive stained-glass windows in the Borough of North Plainfield and surrounding communities.

The work of author and photographer Ken Lombardo, "The Lights of Washington ...

Johanna’s Creations Frames Memories for Any Occasion

January 4, 2017

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - If you experience frustration in finding a unique, meaningful gift for someone, this local framer just might have a solution for you.  Johanna’s Creations can create a gift of beautifully framed art, photography or objects, for you or your special person.

When you visit her shop, you will be personally greeted by Johanna Salvemini, who meets with you ...

Jared Cook Crowned Mr. Canuck 2017, Matthew Cabrera and Ka-Ron Dock Named Runners Up

January 16, 2017

(Editor's Note: Victoria Kisling is a senior at North Plainfield High School and an intern for TAPinto North Plainfield.) 

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Every year, North Plainfield High School's (NPHS) Parent-Teacher Organization and Project Graduation Committee host the Mr. Canuck Male Pageant. This year’s event took place the evening of Jan. 6 in the high school-middle school ...

North Plainfield and Watchung Libraries Host Harry Potter Night Programs

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Almost two decades ago, a young boy emerged from a cupboard under the stairs and walked right into the hearts of millions of people. Today, with over 400 million copies of the books sold worldwide, Harry Potter still has a strong presence in readers of all ages.

“Harry Potter continues to be popular, especially with the release of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed ...

Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) Seeks Nominations for 2017 Hall of Fame

January 14, 2017

WARREN TWP. -- Nominations are open for candidates for the eighth class of Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) Hall of Fame.

Suggestions for alumni, administrators, faculty or staff, as well as those who have contributed to the high school community, will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.

A committee of administrators, teachers and former graduates — some already ...

Local Law Enforcement Weight In on New Jersey’s New Bail Reform Laws

January 11, 2017

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – As of Jan. 1, a change in the New Jersey criminal justice system will eliminate cash bail as well as speed up criminal trails.

While the New Jersey Bail Reform Act, part of a state constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2014, allows judges to deny bail to the most dangerous defendants, it also now enables many criminals to legally remain out of ...

At Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical, Medical Equipment and Supplies are Readily Available

January 11, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical has been serving the community for more than 44 years and prides itself on being ‘today’s modern pharmacy with old fashioned values.’

In addition to being a full-service pharmacy for prescriptions, vaccinations, and other everyday items such as vitamins and other everyday health care items, the Park Avenue ...

NJ Lawmaker Stands Up for Painted Blue Line Police Tributes on Roadways

January 15, 2017

TRENTON, NJ – Assemblyman Erik Peterson, R-23rd introduced a resolution in the State Assembly Tuesday objecting to a recent Federal Highway Administration ruling that would require towns to paint over the honorary blue lines in front of police departments, municipal buildings, and down main streets intended to support local law enforcement. 

“It seems that, yet ...

Package Theft Arrest Made in North Plainfield

January 14, 2017

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The North Plainfield Police Department announced that an arrest was made on Jan. 11 in connection to a package theft that occurred on Rockview Avenue earlier this month. 

According to police, officers spotted the suspect on a side street about to steal another package and made an arrest. The suspect, who is ssumed innocent until proven guilty in a ...

North Plainfield Offers Smoke Detector and Battery Replacement Assistance Program

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Each year, the Borough of North Plainfield’s Fire Prevention Bureau is available to help senior citizens and residents in need of smoke detector and battery replacement assistance.

Through the Senior Smoke Detector and Battery Replacement Program, which has been offered for the past 25 years, fire personnel will visit an individual’s home and ...

WHRHS Wrestling: Warriors Take Second in SCT Team, Three Warriors Place First

January 16, 2017

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ  – Watchung Hills took second place in the Somerset County Wrestling Tournament on Saturday behind Bound Brook who won its sixth-straight Somerset County Tournament team title with 211.5 points. Watchung Hills had three champions and totaled 167 points. 

Watchung Hills had six wrestlers in the finals and four in the consolation round. The ...

Hackettstown Tops North Plainfield, 70-64, in Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase

SKILLMAN, N.J. - Sometimes a game is more than just a game, and not just the level of importance such as a playoff matchup; But in life.


In the Coaches Vs. Cancer Showcase at Montgomery High School in Skillman, N.J., the North Plainfield High varsity basketball team took the court against Hackettstown. And although the Canucks fell to the Tigers 70-64 behind 19 points, including 10 ...

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Alex Sabatell of North Plainfield Named to Dean's List

January 7, 2017

BURLINGTON, VT -- Alex Sabatell of North Plainfield, NJ, has been named to the Champlain College Dean's List for the Fall 2016 semester.

Students on the Dean's List have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the semester. Sabatell is majoring in Broadcast Media Production.

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, ...

North Plainfield Police Seeking Public’s Help in January Package Theft

January 10, 2017

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The North Plainfield Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect involved in a package theft earlier this month.

According to police, at approximately 4 p.m. Jan. 6, the suspect walked up to a Rockview Avenue residence and stole package that had been delivered and left on a front porch.

The suspect is described as a black male ...

Nicholas J. Dimakos to Speak on Handling Contested Guardianships

January 15, 2017

Nicholas J. Dimakos, an Associate of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will speak on the role of the court-appointed attorney at “Handling Contested Guardianships.”  Sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section and the NJSBA Senior ...

Somerville Elks Host Jack's Kids Fundraising Tailgate Party Jan. 7

January 4, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The non-profit Jack's Kids Committee of the Somerville Elks still has a few spots left for its 3rd annual Tailgate Party in the parking lot of the Elks Lodge, 375 Union Ave., Bridgewater.

Spots can be reserved for $25 by calling Jim Daley, tailgate organizer at (908) 303-9335 or by email at

Tailgating begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 4 ...

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Sat, January 21, 1:00 PM

St. Luke's Church, Gladstone

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Library System Announces Programs Celebrating Black History

“As an important center for education and discovery, our Library System encourages learning through different avenues, such as music, literature, and art,” said Carolann DeMatos, SCLSNJ director of marketing and public relations. “From the end of January through the beginning of March, our libraries are offering a wide variety of wonderful programs focused on Black History. We ...

Falling by Jane Green

Falling by Jane Green (Berkley, 2016)


Every now and again I just love a mindless romance novel, and I've been a huge fan of Jane Green's since her first book, Jemima J: A Novel About Ugly Ducklings and Swans. Despite being classified as “chick lit,” the character and plot of Jemima J. has stayed with me for sixteen years after first reading it because the story ...

The Mommy’s Review - Hidden Figures

The new movie Hidden Figures is now open in theaters nationwide, and I urge all parents out there to take your children to see it. It is a wonderful film with a wonderful message, not to mention a great endorsement of all things related to STEM.

Hidden Figures brings us to Langley, VA in the 1960s, just as NASA is preparing to launch its first Americans off of the planet and into the unknown.

Hillsborough Army Vet Takes Care of His Brothers-in-Arms

January 7, 2017


SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  - James Ball, a young Army vet who lives with his wife and 1 ½-year-old-son Mason in Hillsborough, helped to organize and coordinate a packing event Saturday with the volunteers of Operation Shoebox New Jersey Saturday at Lincoln Tech.

A group of 40 students, staff and volunteers worked to assemble 300 personal care packages for US troops deployed ...

Janurary Snow Obscures Somerset County's Summer Playground

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Snow belongs on ski slopes and bunny trails, or blanketing suburban front lawns where the kids can spend hours making bulbous snowmen.

Perfect together.

Nor would the snow look out of place this weekend when the Giants play the Green Bay Packers at legendary Lambeau Field in frigid Wisconsin. Snow and footbal ar, synonymous in Green Bay, where temperatures at game ...

College Club welcomes Mark Di Ionno Star-Ledger columnist and Author

January 10, 2017

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The College Club of Fanwood-Scotch Plains welcomes lifetime newspaperman and a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist in news commentary, Mark Di Ionno to share stories about his journalism career on Monday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at The Chelsea (295 South Ave, Fanwood).

Di Ionno is a columnist, editor as an author of award-winning nonfiction books about New Jersey with a ...

Body Found in Rahway River ID’d as Popular Cranford High School Teacher

CRANFORD, NJ — The body of a Cranford man discovered in the Rahway River Saturday morning has been identified as Joseph Dugandzic, 52, of Cranford, a teacher at Cranford High School, Union County Police said in a statement Saturday afternoon.

Union County Police discovered Dugandzic's body in the shallow waters of the Rahway River off South and Centennial Avenues around 9 ...