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Plainfield Cabinet Salaries Set For Mapp’s New Term

February 24, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Mayor Adrian O. Mapp made some changes in his cabinet for his second term, naming Carlos Sanchez to be city administrator and Jazz Clayton-Hunt to serve as both chief of staff and director of communications.

Sanchez, formerly the deputy city administrator for Economic Development, will receive $135,000 as city administrator in charge of three departments mandated by ...

Union County Democratic Committee Vote: And the Winner is...

CLARK, NJ – The vote for the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chairmanship came to a conclusion Wednesday night when 748 committee members from the county’s 21 municipalities descended on the Gran Centurions in Clark to vote for their new party leader.

State Senator Nick Scutari came away with a 412-341 victory over Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr in a battle that had become ...

Protesters Gather at Congressman Lance's Office to Demand Gun Control After Parkland Shooting

WESTFIELD, NJ — Protesters gathered outside of Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office Wednesday to rally for gun law reform and to hold a vigil after the recent Parkland, Florida, school shooting. The Westfield Activist group Westfield 20/20 organizes weekly protests outside of Congressman Lance’s office but, to many, this protest felt different.

Black History Month: A Choral Evensong Celebration at Plainfield's Grace Episcopal Church

February 24, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Black History Month celebrations continue in Plainfield on Sunday at Grace Episcopal Church.

Those in attendance will be treated to gospel music with Ray & Emerson, and a piano recital.    The Rev. Ricardo Sheppard, born in Trinidad & Tobago, will be the guest speaker during the dinner.

The evening is sponsored by Women of Grace, and the Choral ...

Plainfield Week in Review: BOE Addresses Safety Issues, Scutari Wins UCDC, and More

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Did you miss any of this week’s top news stories on TAPinto Plainfield? Click on the headlines to catch up:

Jade Isle Farewell Extended a Week

Elizabeth Schools Report One Student Has Died from Flu Virus

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8 Things to do in Plainfield This Weekend: Feb. 23-25

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Looking for something to do this weekend in and around Plainfield?  Here are some ideas to get you motivated.

A student art exhibit will be held at Plainfield High School on Friday at 5 p.m.  There will also be food and vendors.  For more information, visit www.plainfieldnjk12.org.

The Union County Magnet High School, at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Present Creative Movement Showcase

February 25, 2018

EDISON, NJ -- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison who participated in the first Creative Movement class presented their work in a showcase on Feb. 14 in the Berry Performing Arts Center.

W+H partnered with The Mason Gross Masters in Dance Education Program to offer a Creative Movement class to teach students how to express themselves and their creative ideas ...

Plainfield Week in Review: BOE Addresses Safety Issues, Scutari Wins UCDC, and More

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Did you miss any of this week’s top news stories on TAPinto Plainfield? Click on the headlines to catch up:

Jade Isle Farewell Extended a Week

Elizabeth Schools Report One Student Has Died from Flu Virus

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Another Holiday, Another Encounter with Marine Life along Jersey ...

8 Things to do in Plainfield This Weekend: Feb. 23-25

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Looking for something to do this weekend in and around Plainfield?  Here are some ideas to get you motivated.

A student art exhibit will be held at Plainfield High School on Friday at 5 p.m.  There will also be food and vendors.  For more information, visit www.plainfieldnjk12.org.

The Union County Magnet High School, at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch ...

Downed Wires Near Plainfield Public Library Cause Traffic Delays Tuesday Morning

February 20, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Police Division advised residents to avoid West 8th Street near the Plainfield Public Library on Tuesday morning due to a fallen tree and downed wires that caused traffic delays in the area. 

Residents were asked to avoid the area while crews worked to resolve the issue.

UPDATE: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense Will Meet on Tues, Feb. 20, at Forest Road Park Building

FANWOOD, NJ -- Following the mass shooting in Florida this week, the Union County Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7:00 p.m. at the Forest Road Park Building in Fanwood. (NOTE: This is a change of venue from LaGrande Park).

"Every life cut short by gun violence -- that somehow becomes a statistic -- is tucked away in our ...

Third Defendant Charged in Connection with 2016 Plainfield Murder

Acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced on Friday that a third person has been charged with murder and related weapons offenses for his role in the 2016 shooting death of innocent bystander Willie Lee Major in Plainfield in 2016.

Francis E. Lockley, 29, was taken into custody Friday and charged in connection with the death of 37-year-old Major.

Shortly after 6:45 p.m. on ...

Dunkin Donuts Approved for Abandoned Checkers Location on Rt.22 in Springfield

February 24, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Longtime Springfield residents Mr. and Mrs. Sailesh Patel of Hillside Avenue were approved for a drive through Dunkin Donuts at 30 Route 22 in Springfield. They are doing business as Soni Realty LLC. 

The site currently has an abandoned Checkers' restaurant on the property. Safety was a concern of Board members at the meeting Tuesday night. The meeting ...

Plainfield Week in Review: BOE Addresses Safety Issues, Scutari Wins UCDC, and More

February 24, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Did you miss any of this week’s top news stories on TAPinto Plainfield? Click on the headlines to catch up:

Jade Isle Farewell Extended a Week

Elizabeth Schools Report One Student Has Died from Flu Virus

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Another Holiday, Another Encounter with Marine Life along Jersey ...

Plainfield Senior Romey Talley Scores 1,000th Career Point

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ – Plainfield High School senior Romey Talley scored his 1,000th career point a few minutes into the third quarter in the Cardinals basketball game at Bernards High School on Thursday night.  The moment was marked with a break in the game to honor and congratulate Talley.

“This is a huge milestone,” Coach Jose Rodriguez said. “There’s a ...

8 Things to do in Plainfield This Weekend: Feb. 23-25

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Looking for something to do this weekend in and around Plainfield?  Here are some ideas to get you motivated.

A student art exhibit will be held at Plainfield High School on Friday at 5 p.m.  There will also be food and vendors.  For more information, visit www.plainfieldnjk12.org.

The Union County Magnet High School, at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch ...

Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority Reorganizes

February 13, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority, which provides solid waste and sewer services to the city, held its annual reorganization Tuesday, selecting Commissioner Miguel Edghill as chairman.

Also serving for a year are Commissioner Henry V. Robinson as vice chairman, Commissioner Michelle Graham-Lyons as treasurer and Commissioner Robin Bright as secretary. The board also ...

Third Annual Long Beach Island Job Fair Set for Saturday, March 31

SURF CITY, NJ - Need a job this summer? Look no further. Shore Fire Grille again has teamed up with local businesses in the area for a special summer 2018 Job Fair event. 

The Third Annual LBI Job Fair will take place Saturday, March 31.  pril 15.  Employers will be looking to hire help for the summer season on busy Long Beach Island.  The event will be held at the ...

Jade Isle Farewell Extended a Week

February 19, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The sudden announcement that the venerable Jade Isle restaurant (158 Terrill Road in Scotch Plains) would close on Sunday evening caught many of its fans by surprise. As a result, longtime customers flocked to the eatery this weekend for one last meal. 

Not wanting to disappoint those who wanted to stop in a final time, owner Jack Lee has postponed the ...

After 47 Years of Operation, Jade Isle Set to Close Its Doors in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The iconic Jade Isle Restaurant located at the corner of Terrill Road and Second Street in Scotch Plains will close its doors forever after its last day on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. A phone call to the restaurant on Saturday confirmed that the Jade Isle's long history would come to an end tomorrow.

Jade Isle has served a menu of traditional Chinese and Polynesian dishes ...

As Our Parkland Community Comes Together...

February 20, 2018

PARKLAND, FL - While Marjory Stoneman Douglas was the setting for the tragedy of last week, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the person, was a civic-minded journalist who devoted her life to preservation and civil rights. 

The events of the past week have left our Parkland community devastated but determined to bring forth hope and optimism for the future.  We have been left asking ...

Scotch Plains Teen Visits NFL Pro Bowl

SCOTCH PLAINS, - Among the many wishes granted this year through the annual Jersey Mike’s “Month of Giving” campaign with Make-A-Wish was Scotch Plains resident Kyle Brainard's visit to the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida, in January.

Kyle, who has courageously battled a critical illness always had an admiration for his NFL heroes. The chance to experience a ...

TAPinto Paterson Series: Black History Month. James Henderson’s Supersized Impact on Paterson

In honor of Black History Month Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly and TEAM HOPE are recognizing African Americans that have made an impact in the community and beyond.

TAPinto Paterson is proud to bring these stories to our readers.

James Henderson owned and operated McDonald’s stores in Paterson for 20 years, during which time he built a reputation as a hard-working and charitable ...

Senator Cory Booker To Connect With Activists in Live Stream Q&A Hosted by Action Together New Jersey

February 24, 2018

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ, – Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) will discuss legislation before Congress, update activists on key issues, and take viewers’ questions in a Facebook Live event on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m., hosted by Action Together New Jersey (ATNJ).

The event is the first in a planned series designed to connect activists with politicians and officials, giving them an ...

Plainfield Week in Review: BOE Addresses Safety Issues, Scutari Wins UCDC, and More

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Did you miss any of this week’s top news stories on TAPinto Plainfield? Click on the headlines to catch up:

Jade Isle Farewell Extended a Week

Elizabeth Schools Report One Student Has Died from Flu Virus

¡HOPES CAP, Inc. Ofrece Preparacion de Impuestos GRATIS en su Communidad!

Another Holiday, Another Encounter with Marine Life along Jersey ...

Union County Democratic Committee Vote: And the Winner is...

CLARK, NJ – The vote for the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chairmanship came to a conclusion Wednesday night when 748 committee members from the county’s 21 municipalities descended on the Gran Centurions in Clark to vote for their new party leader.

State Senator Nick Scutari came away with a 412-341 victory over Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr in a battle that had become ...

Overlook Medical Center Awarded Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission

February 23, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ -  Overlook Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, recently earned the Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission, a certification program which recognizes hospitals that are committed to achieving integrated, coordinated and patient-centered care for mothers and their newborns.

Established in 2015, Perinatal Care Certification is awarded for a two-year ...

Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of Daniela Genaro who attended Nicholas LaCorte - Peterstown School No. 3 after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials say, it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's ...

Elizabeth Schools Report One Student Has Died from Flu Virus

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth School District has reported that one student has died from Influenza (Flu).

“It is with great sadness that I must report to you that the Elizabeth School District has lost one of its own,”  Elizabeth Superintendent of Schools Olga Hugelmeyer wrote in a letter to parents over the weekend. The Superintendents letter is ...

Don’t Blame Hurricanes for Most Big Storm Surges in Northeast

February 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Hurricanes spawn most of the largest storm surges in the northeastern U.S., right? Wrong, according to a study by Rutgers University–New Brunswick scientists.

Extratropical cyclones, including nor’easters and other non-tropical storms, generate most of the large storm surges in the Northeast, according to the study in the Journal of ...

Plainfield Council Approves Dudley House Contract

February 12, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Over objections from some residents Monday, Plainfield’s City Council approved the first step toward converting Dudley House to a transitional home for veterans.

Council members Joylette Mills-Ransome, Steve Hockaday, Barry Goode, Rebecca Williams and President Charles McRae voted “yes” for a $54,000 contract with the engineering firm Pennoni Associates Inc.

Black History Month: A Choral Evensong Celebration at Plainfield's Grace Episcopal Church

February 24, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Black History Month celebrations continue in Plainfield on Sunday at Grace Episcopal Church.

Those in attendance will be treated to gospel music with Ray & Emerson, and a piano recital.    The Rev. Ricardo Sheppard, born in Trinidad & Tobago, will be the guest speaker during the dinner.

The evening is sponsored by Women of Grace, and the Choral ...

Travels Idea - You Feel Like Freezing Your Beachballs Off this Saturday? - It’s a Polar Bear Plunge Benefiting the Special Olympics New Jersey

February 22, 2018

TAPintoTravels – On Saturday, Feb 24, an anticipated 7,000 people will brave the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean, participating in the annual Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside Heights, all to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics New Jersey. This Plunge is especially noteworthy because it is the ...

Save the Date - the New York Auto Show - MAR 30 – APR 8

TAPintoTravels - The New York International Auto Show is only a month away.  This has been a New York tradition, since 1900.  

Visitors come from all around world to enjoy the premier auto event.  For the TAPinto community, it is just a local trip across the rivers.

TAPintoTravels was there last year and we will provide coverage this year. Visit here for the ...

Guess What Google Decided to Do - Hint - They Bought Chelsea Market

TAPintoTravels - Google just doubled down on New York City with a cool $2 billion plus purchase of Chelsea Market.

Google already purchased its New York City - Chelsea Headquarters in 2010 for nearly $1.8 billion.  

Chelsea Market is a New York landmark known now for its food court and high profile tenants.  The corporate tenants already include Google as ...

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Plainfield's Mayor Mapp: The Youth are Setting Examples for All of Us

February 23, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - I am so inspired and moved by the courage and leadership being shown by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students who lost their friends and classmates in one of our nation's most horrific school shootings just over one week ago. These students have taken an unspeakable tragedy and turned it into a powerful and positive force for change. Their efforts are inspiring a ...

Statement by Mayor Colleen Mahr

February 23, 2018

First, congratulations to Chairman Nick Scutari. I look forward to working alongside him as 1st Vice Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee. 

For the last three weeks, this campaign for UCDC Chair displayed the power we have and the voice we share. You are the leaders, citizens and activists who are helping shape our future. What you do in your hometowns and participating in the ...

Senator Cory Booker To Connect With Activists in Live Stream Q&A Hosted by Action Together New Jersey

February 24, 2018

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ, – Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) will discuss legislation before Congress, update activists on key issues, and take viewers’ questions in a Facebook Live event on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m., hosted by Action Together New Jersey (ATNJ).

The event is the first in a planned series designed to connect activists with politicians and officials, giving them an ...

Plainfield ofrece vacunas gratuitas para personas sin seguro o con seguro insuficiente

February 21, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - La Ciudad de Plainfield ofrece vacunas gratuitas para quienes no tienen seguro o están asegurados.

El programa está patrocinado por el Departamento de Salud de Nueva Jersey y el Programa de Vacunas para Niños (VFC). Las vacunas están disponibles los martes de 1 a 5 p.m. y los jueves de 9 a.m. a 1 p.m. en el Edificio Anexo del Ayuntamiento, 510 ...

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How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 15, 2018

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating, leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The school shooting ...

Rapps Pharmacy: What You Need To Know About The Flu

There seems to be no end in sight for the current flu season which has touched every part of the country, and right here in New Jersey.  Rapps Pharmacy, an independent, full service, and locally owned Plainfield neighborhood pharmacy, offers these tips:  

As influenza virus activity increases and is likely to continue circulating for upcoming weeks, the Centers for Disease Control ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

Prayers the Devil Answers by Sharyn McCrumb

Prayers the Devil Answers by Sharyn McCrumb (Altria, 2015)

 

Years later, after the tragedy, someone remembered the Dumb Supper and what had happened there. That was the cause of it, they said, because the ritual wasn't a game after all. It really was magic, but magic has rules, and she broke them. Even when they call it a 'senseless tragedy,' people always try to find a ...

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper with Danny Pellegrino (St. Martin's Press, 2017)

It's hard to go on a serious diet, one on which you expect to be successful and maintain a loss. Fortunately, in his new book Super Carb Diet, Bob Harper has given the weight watching world a sensible new diet plan to help achieve a healthy weight.

Harper, host of NBC's popular show The Biggest Loser, ...

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs (Bantom,2017)

How does a writer of a beloved series like Harry Potter or Temperance Brennan break out of their readers' expectations and try something new? For J.K. Rowlings it was the novels penned under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith; books about a maimed and very flawed private detective with the unlikely name of Cormoran Strike. For Kathy Reichs, it is the ...

Drama by Raina Telgemeir

Drama by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic, 2012) (target audience, Young Adults)

 

When my daughter, Shauna, was six years old, we took her to see her first Broadway production; a revival of The Wiz starring Stephanie Mills. I knew that it was the last time Mills could get away with playing Dorothy, and I impressed upon Shauna that seeing this show was a special moment in her life. As a ...

The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory

The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory (Touchstone, 2017)

Yesterday my cousin, the daughter of my mother's sister, called me from California where she lives, and hit me up for money. This is not the first time she has asked me for money, and not the last, I am sure. She grew up the daughter of a privileged family and cruised to Europe frequently when she was a child. Her wardrobe came from ...

The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb

The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb (Atria Books, 2017)

 

Sharyn McCrumb is, quite simply, an American gem, and one of my favorite authors. From her books set in Appalachia with strange characters who remind us of our pioneer past, to St. Dale, a masterpiece about the legendary car racer, Dale Earnhardt in McCrumb's NASCAR series, McCrumb's poetic language and attention to ...