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North Plainfield’s Holiday Decorating Contest Prompts Community

December 8, 2016

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

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - This year, the Borough of North Plainfield Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring its first ‘Best Holiday Decorated Home’ contest. The town-wide contest is open to all homeowners, however, pre-registration is ...

RVCC Student Artists Hold Annual Holiday Art Show & Sale

BRANCHBURG, NJ - Raritan Valley Community College’s Visual and Performing Arts Department will present its annual Holiday Art Show and Sale, Dec. 5-9 and Dec. 11.

The show will be held in the Art Gallery (lower level, College Center) at RVCC’s Branchburg campus, Dec. 5-9 and will move to the College’s Nash Theatre lobby on Dec. 11.

Gallery hours ...

Johanna’s Creations Frames Memories for Any Occasion

December 6, 2016

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 ...

Puleo International Kicks off 'Most Wonderful Time of the Year' with Warehouse Sale Beginning Nov. 18

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Puleo International, a third-generation family owned manufacturer and distributor of unique handcrafted holiday décor items, is opening doors to the public for its 12th annual Christmas Sale. Puleo’s Warehouse sale rings in the holiday season much like Christmas music in late November. The doors open Friday, Nov. 18 and sales run thru Dec. 12. The warehouse ...

An Interview With North Plainfield High School Principal Dr. Jerard Stephenson

December 1, 2016

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – For the past 11 years, Dr. Jerard Stephenson has been dedicated to serving the students of North Plainfield and, since 2014, has held the position of high school principal.

Stephenson, a married father of three and a veteran of the United States Army, served two years of active duty along with an additional five years with the Army National Guard and ...

Military Ties, NJROTC Involvement Strong at North Plainfield High School

(Editor's Note: Heather Hernandez is a senior at North Plainfield High School and an intern for TAPInto North Plainfield.) 

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ ­­– November is Military Family Appreciation Month – a time to celebrate military families and to honor the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of service members. At North Plainfield High School, there are ...

Cookie-Palooza: Old-Fashioned Swedish Spritz Cookies

November 30, 2016

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A family favorite for generations, as a child this recipe seemed to involve an entire afternoon of mixing, coloring, pushing through the cookie press, baking, and decorating. As it is with many other experiences from childhood, the reality as an adult is a bit different: these cookies are actually very simple and easy to make. With today’s unique ...

Cookie-Palooza: Hello Dolly Cookie Bars

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Bar cookies like Hello Dollies are a great activity for families with younger children, the kids simply layer the assembled and measured ingredients. Aside from chopping nuts and removing hot cookie sheets from the oven, the children can most certainly declare "I did it myself!"

This recipe for Hello Dolly Cookie Bars comes to us from the editors at TAPinto ...

Patriots Path Council Honors TAPinto Founder for Service

December 9, 2016

BRIDGEWATER NJ - The Patriots Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America honored TAP into founder and publisher Mike Shapiro on Wednesday at its 2016 Toast to Scouting Awards Dinner at the Raritan Valley Country Club.  Shapiro was one of five recipients.

The Patriots Path Council, which serves Central and Northern New Jersey, presents the award to those who exemplify in their daily life ...

North Plainfield Fire Personnel Ditch the Razor for No Shave November

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Members of North Plainfield Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 2958 and Local 2983 last month ditched their razors last month and pledged their support to the Long Hill Township Police Department’s No Shave November fundraiser. The month long effort raised just shy of $3,500 and will benefit programs funded by the American Cancer Society, Prevent Cancer ...

Borough of North Plainfield Officially Kicks Off 2016 Holiday Season

November 29, 2016

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

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Borough of North Plainfield officially kicked off the 2016 holiday season on Nov. 27 with the arrival of Santa Claus and the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Vermeule Community Center. The annual event featured fun for residents of ...

Irvington Man Arrested with 500 Decks of Heroin in Blue Star Drug Bust

December 3, 2016

WATCHUNG, NJ – Watchung Police and members of the Somerset County Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force arrested Waleed L. Hosley of Irvington on possession of heroin and crack cocaine.

In a joint statement released by Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Acting Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Watchung Borough Chief of Police Joseph R. Cina the ...

Plainfield Man Charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine

December 7, 2016

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Rojhaun S. Gray of Plainfield was arrested in the Blue Star Shopping Center on Route #22 for allegedly possessing 20 grams of crack cocaine said Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Acting Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Watchung Borough Chief of Police Joseph R. Cina.

According to Acting Prosecutor Robertson, the Somerset County ...

North Plainfield PBA Local #85 Seeking Toys, Gifts for Families in Need

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – North Plainfield PBA Local #85, in its continuing effort to give back to the community, will be collecting and distributing toys and gifts to local families in need this holiday season.

“This year, we are reaching out to the schools and hoping they can provide us with individuals or families from town who are in need and can use a little help this ...

Somerset Patriots Name Marc Schwartz As Radio Broadcaster

December 5, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that Marc Schwartz has been named the radio broadcaster for the 2017 season.

Schwartz was hired as the Somerset Patriots’ Media Relations Manager in November of 2014 and will also continue in that role with the team throughout the year.

"I am beyond excited to begin the next stage of my career as the Somerset Patriots' new ...

Thanksgiving Day Rout: North Plainfield Canucks Upend South Plainfield Tigers 39-21

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - It’s safe to say that the North Plainfield High School football team and the South Plainfield High School football team were in completely different places mindset wise as they took the field for their annual Thanksgiving Day rivalry game.

The Tigers (8-3) entered their home field on a four game winning streak and were one week removed from the win that earned them ...

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Water Main Break in Warren May Impact I-78 and WHRHS School Day

December 5, 2016

WARREN, NJ - A water main break under I-78 in Warren Township may impact the evening commute Monday and impact school openings on Tuesday, especially at Watchung Hills.

The township is hoping to be able to repair the break Monday evening.  However, should the break be more extensive than anticipated, the township may have to shut off water which could impact opening school on time ...

Patricia (Pat) M. Vargo of Bayville, NJ (formerly of South Plainfield)

December 3, 2016

Patricia (Pat) M. Vargo of Bayville, NJ (formerly of South Plainfield) passed away peacefully on December 1, 2016. She was born in Orange, NJ, in 1933 to the late Mary and Irving Freeman.  After graduating North Plainfield High School, she married and raised her family in South Plainfield.  Pat was active in many community activities, including PTA President and started a local Marine ...

East End Principal John Ferguson and Wife Gigi Renew Vows in Honor of 26th Wedding Anniversary

November 30, 2016

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – East End Principal John Ferguson and his wife Gigi recently celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary and on Nov. 25 renewed their vows in a private ceremony held at St. Michael’s Church in Lyndhurst before celebrating with family and friends.

“Gigi is an amazing person. The last 26 years have been the best years of my life,” said ...

Unity Bank Presents North Plainfield PBA with $2,500 Donation as Part of its 25th Anniversary Celebration

December 9, 2016

Unity Bank recently donated $2,500 to the North Plainfield Policemen's Benevolent Association (PBA) as part of its 25th anniversary celebration. The North Plainfield PBA was selected for the donation because the organization is one of Unity’s oldest customers. Unity Bank President & CEO James A. Hughes (left) presented a check to Officer Dan Conceicao of the North Plainfield PBA.

North Plainfield Recreation Announces Holiday Decorations Contest

December 2, 2016

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Department of Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a town-wide holiday decorations contest for all North Plainfield residents. "Best Holiday Decorated Home"

 The Recreation Department will judge all entries from 12/20 to 12/22. First, second and third place gift cards will be given to the winners. First place is $100, 2nd place is $75 and 3rd ...

Mother Seton High School Honors Veterans

December 4, 2016

The Parents’ Guild of Mother Seton High School is dedicated to pairing all their activities with a community outreach embedding the school’s mission statement of personal growth and service to others nurturing a richly, diverse community.  The annual Pocket Book Bingo, a very successful fundraiser, added a request for participants and students to literally thank New Jersey ...

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Christmas Day Service at St. Francis

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Hear the stories of “Women in Art” at the Library

Most people are familiar with the names of Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Frida Kahlo and their unforgettable works of art that changed the world. But what about the female artists whose art has been overlooked or dismissed throughout history?

SCLSNJ’s Warren Township Library branch, located at 42 Mountain Blvd. in Warren Twp., will welcome art historian Sue Altman to speak ...

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philiippa Gregory (Touchstone of Simon and Schuster, 2016)

 

When one reads an historical novel by Philippa Gregory, s/he is transported magically through the power of words to that era. Given the turbulence of the recent political scene in America, returning once again to the complicated and violent Tudor reign helped me to escape the ugliness of the ...

The Mommy’s Review - Dear Evan Hansen

I want to tell you everything about Dear Evan Hansen, the new Broadway musical that just opened at The Music Box theater. But I also want to tell you nothing about Dear Evan Hansen, because I don’t want to spoil anything. Let’s see how I can do this…

Dear Evan Hansen is about an anxious, painfully shy high school senior whose therapist wants him to write encouraging letters ...

Girl Scout Gold Award Project Seeks Books for Children’s Specialized Hospital

December 2, 2016

WARREN, NJ– Watchung Hills Regional High School Senior Allison Horvath of Warren Township, a Girl Scout with Troop 65896 is pursuing her Gold Award, a project to hold a book collection to fill new book racks in waiting rooms of all Specialized Children’s Hospital in nearby Mountainside, and other satellite locations including Clifton.

Troop 65896 meets at ...

Jubilee Kicks Off the Holiday Season in Downtown Somerville

SOMERVILLE, NJ - It’s a magical time of the year, and Downtown Somerville is the place to be for family friendly fun plus great holiday shopping and dining. Festive music in the air, a warm glow lights up shop windows, and the delicious aroma of the area’s best cuisine will be the backdrop for Santa’s arrival at the Division Street Plaza for the annual Downtown Somerville ...

Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp on City's Redevelopment

November 30, 2016

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Jill Horner of Comcast Newsmakers spoke with Mayor Adrian O. Mapp of Plainfield about redevelopment and public safety at the annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities (NJLM) conference in Atlantic City earlier this month.

Topics included the $30 million mixed use redevelopment project in the Fourth Ward, which has not seen redevelopment activity in ...

Bodnar Auctions Unlocks Time Capsule of Museum-Quality New Jersey Americana Collected by Navy Seal

EDISON, NJ - A museum-quality sale of New Jersey Americana accumulated over a lifetime by a former Navy Seal will be sold at no reserve during Bodnar Auction’s Dec. 3 sale at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center.

Separate and apart from the Navy Seal’s collection are 46 vintage maps from a separate estate, including 19th-century maps of Somerville and ...