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Chinese New Year Celebration to Be Held February 4 in South Plainfield

January 21, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ ­– The South Plainfield Public Library and South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission, through a partnership with Buddha's Light International Association - New Jersey Chapter (BLIA-NJ), will sponsor a Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 4. The free event will take place at the South Plainfield Senior Center from 12 to 3:30 p.m. and feature ...

Green Brook’s Mike Saverino Receives Second Canine Companions Assistance Dog

GREEN BROOK, NJ – Canine Companions for Independence – a national non-profit organization providing highly trained assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities – is proud to announce that Green Brook resident Mike Saverino recently received his second assistance dog from the organization.

Saverino was matched with Webster, a 2-year-old yellow lab/golden retriever ...

Nomination Deadline is Jan. 27 for Outstanding Citizen Award Nominees

January 17, 2017

BRIDGEWATER - NJ - The Somerset County Business Partnership is seeking nominees for the 67th Annual Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award, Somerset County’s most significant individual recognition honoring the most dynamic contributors to the County’s quality of life.

The Business Partnership Citizen of the Year recognition, to be held this year on Thursday, May 4 at the ...

North Plainfield High School Winter Guard Gearing Up for Competition Season

January 20, 2017

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

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – North Plainfield High School’s (NPHS) Varsity Winter Guard athletes are back in motion, spinning flags and dancing in hopes of a great season. Winter Guard is similar to Color Guard, which runs in the fall similar, except these ...

Janine Gregory, North Plainfield’s New Supervisor of English Language Arts/Literacy

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Janine Gregory joined the North Plainfield School District in August 2016 as supervisor of English Language Arts/Literacy and Library/Media Studies and, over the past six months, has been working to develop a fresh and modern curriculum for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. A resident of Greenwich Township, NJ, Gregory brings to North Plainfield close to 20 ...

Somerset County ‘Buy One, Bring One’ Food Collection January 20

January 18, 2017

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Somerset County Freeholder Patricia Walsh has announced that the first 2017 ‘Buy One, Bring One’ (BOGO) collection of food for Somerset County families and individuals in need will be held on Friday, Jan. 20. The program has collected more than 30 tons of donations since it began in July 2010.

Donations of canned or boxed items can be dropped in ...

Winter Storm to Bring High Winds and Heavy Rains

January 22, 2017

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The National Weather Service has issued three different weather advisories for North Plainfield and Somerset County. The advisories are for a winter storm that is barreling up the east coast with damaging winds and torrential rains.

Somerset County is under a storm warning, high wind warning and fog warning. The high wind warning has been issued ...

Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship Open to North Plainfield and Watchung Area Students

January 17, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Adele DeLeeuw was a well-known author of children's books, a prominent Plainfield resident and champion of the city, and someone who took a special interest in young people.

Later in her life, DeLeeuw had no immediate survivors, so she set aside a portion of her estate for a scholarship program to be administered by the Plainfield Foundation.  She stipulated in her ...

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

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 ...

Crisis Listening Line to Offer Suicide Prevention Training and Volunteering Opportunities

January 22, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Are you a good listener? Do you want to make a difference in the life of someone in crisis?

Crisis listening line Caring Contact will offer Excellence in Listening training beginning March 20 at the First Baptist Church at 170 Elm Street in Westfield. Classes run for three hours one night a week, plus one full weekend, ending June 12.This award-winning training enables ...

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 ...

A Fine Blue Line - Senate, Assembly Leaders Defend Police Tributes

January 17, 2017

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Last fall, towns across New Jersey painted blue lines on sections of roadways in support local law enforcement. Last month, however, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHA) ruled that the honorary blue lines – such as the one painted on Somerset Street in the space between the double-yellow lines – are ...

Package Theft Arrest Made in North Plainfield

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 ...

WHRHS Boys Basketball: Salton Wins 100th and Warriors Bounce North Hunterdon, 69-60

January 21, 2017

ANNANDALE, NJ - Noah Allen scored a game high 20 points to lead the Warriors over North Hunterdon on Thursday, 69-60.

Down 15-8 after the first, the Warriors outscored the Lions 20-14 in the second to come within one. A 25-17 fourth quarter sealed the win for Watchung Hills.

Dan Pilsbury added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, Ryan Keller sunk 15 points, Mike Hopwood chipped in 9 points ...

WHRHS Girls Basketball: Warriors Fall to North Hunterdon,51-44

WARREN, NJ - Watchung Hills dropped one to North Hunterdon on Thursday, 51-44. 

Junior Julia Cunningham paced the Warriors with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Jess Santo finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. Alyssa Killeen pulled down 11 rebounds. But the Lions started strong and the Warriors never caught up.

Kristina Harrel led North Hunterdon with 17 points and Maria ...

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Designer Bag Bingo Event on Friday, January 27th

January 20, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield High School Baseball Parent Association is sponsoring Designer Bag Bingo on Friday, January 27th at the South Plainfield Senior Center located at 90 Maple Avenue.  The ticket price is $30.00, which includes 12 Bingo Games Sheets (1 Bingo Card for each Game) Tickets are non-refundable.

Bingo Markers MUST be used for all games, they are being sold ...

Where's the Replacement?

January 17, 2017

To the Editor:

As a chair of the Rare Disease Congressional Caucus, Congressman Leonard Lance has been a strong advocate for those who have been stricken with uncommon health issues and last year helped to pass the 21st Century Cures Act. Yet on Friday, Congressman Lance voted to take away the health insurance of those very souls he claims to be on the side of.

The Affordable Care Act makes ...

Local Residents Named to The University of Scranton's Fall 2016 Dean's List

January 19, 2017

SCRANTON, PA -- Local residents were among the more than 1,500 students named to The University of Scranton's Dean's List for the 2016 fall semester. The Dean's List recognizes students for academic excellence. A student must have a grade point average of 3.5 or better with a minimum number of credit hours during the fall semester to make the Dean's List.

The students ...

Green Brook Recreation Baseball Registration

January 18, 2017

Green Brook Baseball Families,

Spring Recreation Registration is Open! Please register ASAP for the Spring Recreation Program as registration for Majors and Minors will be closing on February 9th. Do not miss out on a fun season of Baseball!

2017 Spring Rec Programs ...

Business Partnership & North Plainfield School District Establish Student Mentoring Program

January 20, 2017

Explanatory Workshop Wednesday, January 25, 2017

 BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Business Partnership has entered into a unique arrangement with the North Plainfield School District, establishing a program to prepare high school seniors for employment opportunities upon graduation.

 Working with the local business community, the program will provide employers with the ...

NPCCR Meeting February 2, 2017

January 16, 2017

The next meeting of the North Plainfield Citizens for Community Rights (NPCCR) will be Thursday 2 February, 7:00 PM, at the North Plainfield Community Center, 614 Greenbrook Road.

Our guest speaker will be Robert Graham.  Mr. Graham will conduct a seminar instructing you on how to file a property tax appeal.  Please bring the most current green card you received from the borough ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, January 28, 2:00 PM

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Discover Music

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Tue, January 31, 7:00 PM

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Thu, February 2, 7:00 PM

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NPCCR Meeting February 2, 2017

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Tue, February 28, 7:00 PM

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SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch, Bound Brook

Spring Into Meditation

Health & Wellness

Sat, April 15, 2:00 PM

SCLSNJ's Bridgewater Library branch, Bridgewater

Walt Whitman: "The Good Grey Poet" (adults)

Arts & Entertainment

The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews (St. Martin's Press, 2016)

 

Having just passed the winter solstice, dreams of summer, warm beaches, suntan lotion, and the shussh of the ocean lapping the shore are very much on the minds of beach lovers. It is only five months until Memorial Day kicks off the summer season. If you are looking for a novel to titillate your summer musings, Mary ...

Art Course in Somerville Pays Homage to the Colored Pencil

January 22, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – This is an art course with no brushes, no watercolors or acrylics, but the end results burst with vibrant colors and images.

Artists are invited to explore "The Unexpected: Colored Pencil, " a five-week course with artist and instructor Susan Antin that will be held Monday nights beginning Jan. 23-Feb. 20, 6-8:30 p.m. at Verve Bistro and Lounge, 18 E. Main ...

Determined Ciattarelli Kicks Off GOP Gubernatorial Campaign, Vows to Beat Cancer

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – GOP gubernatorial candidate and state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli minced no words when he greeted hundreds of supporters at his kick-off reception last night, just two weeks after a Statehouse press conference where he announced that he was undergoing radiation and recovering from a Nov. 15 operation for throat cancer.

Standing behind the podium in the ballroom at the ...

Union County College President McMenamin Elected Vice Chair of Middle States Commission on Higher Education

January 21, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – Union County College President, Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin, was elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), and began her term in January 2017.  She has been serving as a commissioner with MSCHE since 2014.  As Vice Chair she will provide policy leadership to the organization’s ...

Mother Seton Students Achieve National Merit Scholar Commendation

CLARK, NJ – In recognition of outstanding academic achievement on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), two Mother Seton Regional High School seniors received “Commended Student” status through the National Merit Scholarship Program, the school recently announced.

“The student body of Mother Seton is doubly blessed with two outstanding scholars this ...