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Plainfield Revives Popular Latino Festival

August 18, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A popular festival celebrating Central American Independence Day will return to Plainfield in September, with strict rules for noise and alcohol consumption to address residents’ complaints over past festivals.

Nightclub owner Edison Garcia received permission to hold the event in two city-owned parking lots behind his club, Faraones, on Sept. 16 and 17. Although he ...

Plainfield SID Family Fun Night Canceled

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield SID Family Fun Night event planned for tonight has been canceled due to the inclement weather.

The rain date is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 25th.

Free Shakespeare in the Park in Westfield Aug. 31 to Sept. 1

WESTFIELD, NJ --Troupe of Friends and the Westfield Recreation Dept. will present three free performances of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 31, September 1 and 2 at 8:00 p.m. in Mindowaskin Park in downtown Westfield.

 

The play, directed by Joseph Penczak, follows the murderous path Macbeth carves out in order to become King of ...

Three Who Missed Filing Deadline for Plainfield Board of Ed Seats File Suit Against Union County Clerk

August 19, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The deadline to file the appropriate paperwork for positions on the School Board was Monday, July 31st by 4:00 p.m. in the Office of the Union County Clerk in Elizabeth.  Three potential candidates from Plainfield attempted to submit minutes after the deadline passed, but were denied.

MORE:  School Board Petitions Due July 31

Plaintiffs Eric J. Andrews, ...

Plainfield Native Donates School Supplies for Local School Kids

PLAINFIELD, NJ –  No matter that Ms. Patricia A. Fields left Plainfield some time ago, she still returns home every year, at various times during the year, to provide donations to schools, community groups, agencies, families, and more.

Fields, a former executive, who through the Family Care Development Fund at AT&T and Lucent Technologies, provided millions of dollars to fund ...

History Cards for Kids...And Yes, Maybe Their Parents, Too

UNION COUNTY, NJ - So what do we tell the children?...about the past, that is.

After a successful pilot program at the Deserted Village last fall, Union County’s Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs is rolling out a History Trading Card series for youngsters to learn more about the history of the people and events that shaped Union County -- and the country --we know ...

Plainfield Revives Popular Latino Festival

August 18, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A popular festival celebrating Central American Independence Day will return to Plainfield in September, with strict rules for noise and alcohol consumption to address residents’ complaints over past festivals.

Nightclub owner Edison Garcia received permission to hold the event in two city-owned parking lots behind his club, Faraones, on Sept. 16 and 17. Although he ...

Daily Parking Rates at Fanwood Train Station Will Rise in September

FANWOOD, NJ -- Daily parking rates at the Fanwood South Side Train Station parking lot will be increased to $6, effective Friday, Sept. 1.

If you have any questions about the rate hike, call Fanwood Borough Hall at 908-322-8236.

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Frank Guzzo of Fanwood Honored for 42 Years of Service to Union County

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders congratulate Frank Guzzo of Fanwood on his retirement after 42 years of service with the county. For 27 years, he has served as Union County’s Director of the Department of Human Services.

Mr. Guzzo has lead the county’s largest government service unit with a staff over 800 and is the longest ...

Video: Keep Kids Safe on Snap Chat with Help from Union County Sheriff's Office 

August 18, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Parents and kids all over are using the app “Snap Chat,” but are you sure it’s safe? Did you know that there are features in the app that allow someone to follow you or your kids? It’s called “Snap Map” and it allows users' friends to see their exact location. 

Snap Chat can be fun when used with caution, according to ...

Family of Fallen Police Officer from Somerville Will Benefit from Somerset Patriots Golf Tournament

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – A portion of the proceeds raised by the Somerset Patriots during the team's 18th Annual Golf Classic at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station on Monday, Sept.11th will be donated to the family of fallen Summit police Det. Matthew Tarentino.

Tarentino, a lifelong resident of Somerville, was killed in a three-car collision on Route 78 May 30 while driving to ...

Car Jumps Curb in Afternoon Crash in Roselle

ROSELLE, NJ - An early afternoon crash left one car jumping the curb at the intersection of  East 5th Ave. and Pine Street on Wednesday. 

Roselle police and fire units were at the scene where an SUV and a car collided and the car jumped the curb. 

Authorities said no injuries were reported. 

 

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10U Little League Troopers From Elizabeth Become Mid-Atlantic Baseball Champs

August 15, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elmora Youth Little League Troopers made team history Friday when they became Mid-Atlantic Regional champions, but fell short in gaining the top tournament title.

MORE: State Little League Champs in Elizabeth Need Help Getting to Regionals

The team’s wins come after an outpouring of financial and moral support which helped get them to the 9-10 Little League ...

Rutgers Names Football Practice Complex After Star Alumnus

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The Scarlet Knights have a new castle.

Rutgers University's athletics department revealed its upgraded Marco Battaglia Practice Complex August  6, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Busch Campus. The facility—named for the former Rutgers tight end, who was an All-American and Big East Offensive Player of the Year—will serve the football ...

City of Plainfield Reminds Public of Skate Park Rules

PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Tuesday, Aug. 1st, the City of Plainfield opened its 7,000 square foot skateparks.

RELATE:  Ribbon Cutting, Grand Opening of Plainfield’s First Skatepark

Some of the rules and regulations of the Madison Avenue Skatepark include:

The facility is a 'skate at your risk' skatepark
Hours are from dawn to dusk
Users age 10 and under must wear ...

Cinemark Theater and Two Anchors Receive Approvals from Watchung Planning Board to Replace Route 22 Sears

August 16, 2017

WATCHUNG, NJ - Plans for a theater and two of the stores in the new shopping center that will replace Sears and Sears Auto Center on Route 22 and Terrill Road received approvals at Tuesday night's Watchung Planning Board Meeting. The next meeting, where final approval on the cinema is expected, is scheduled for Sept.19.

HomeSense and Sierra Trading Post are the two ...

Before Trump Broke Up Biz Council, Johnson & Johnson CEO Resigned

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The head of Johnson & Johnson decided to step down from President Donald Trump's Manufacturing Council today, prior to its disbandment, according to the company.

Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO of the New Brunswick-based Johnson & Johnson, announced his exit in a statement, following reports published yesterday, Aug. 15., which said he planned to remain ...

Fanwood Development and Business Update: Young's Paint Property Sold

FANWOOD, NJ – Fanwood’s redevelopment consultant Liz Jeffery provided her monthly update to the Borough Council at its meeting on Monday evening.

Public plaza expansion: A construction contract was awarded to A Team Concrete in July. Construction of the pedestrian plaza behind the Martine Ave. stores will commence shortly.

Fanwood Crossing: Following the departure of the Bath ...

New Jersey's Peach-'Perfect' Season to Yield Nation's Second Biggest Crop

August 19, 2017

TRENTON  –  It's been a peachy-keen summer for farmers in New Jersey.

On track to harvesting about 8 million more pounds of peaches in 2017 than in the previous year,  the Garden State is headed to become the second-highest peach producer in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s August Crop Production Forecast for 2017.

Based on ...

Plainfield Healthy Community Network to Host Free Tasting Event at Isabelita Market

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A free healthy food tasting event will take place at Plainfield's Isabelita Market this Thursday, Aug. 17th, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm, as a part of the New Jersey Healthy Corner Store Initiative.  This initiative connects corner store owners and neighborhood partners with resources to access fruits, vegetables, and other healthy food options.

Fresh fruit, yogurt, and ...

Celebrate National Prosecco Day on Aug 13th

PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Sunday, Aug. 13th, raise a glass to celebrate National Prosecco Day.

Prosecco comes from the village of the same name, in a suburb of Trieste, Italy, while Champagne, also in the sparkling wine family, is produced in France.

The main grape in Prosecco is called Glera, and it dates back to Roman times.  Prosecco can also be made with Perera, Bianchetta, and Verdiso, ...

Plainfield Native Donates School Supplies for Local School Kids

August 18, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ –  No matter that Ms. Patricia A. Fields left Plainfield some time ago, she still returns home every year, at various times during the year, to provide donations to schools, community groups, agencies, families, and more.

Fields, a former executive, who through the Family Care Development Fund at AT&T and Lucent Technologies, provided millions of dollars to fund ...

Summit's Family Promise Joins NJ Housing Advocates on 'The Hill'

WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders from several Family Promise New Jersey Affiliates recently joined more than 450 affordable housing advocates in Washington, DC on for NJ Hill Day, imploring congress to take a stand against looming housing cuts. Directors Geleen Donovan (Union County), Kate Duggan (Bergen County), and Colleen Duerr (Hunterdon County) represented Family Promise in advocating for ...

Family of Fallen Police Officer from Somerville Will Benefit from Somerset Patriots Golf Tournament

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – A portion of the proceeds raised by the Somerset Patriots during the team's 18th Annual Golf Classic at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station on Monday, Sept.11th will be donated to the family of fallen Summit police Det. Matthew Tarentino.

Tarentino, a lifelong resident of Somerville, was killed in a three-car collision on Route 78 May 30 while driving to ...

Plainfield Board of Education Ballot Positions Announced

August 15, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The ballot positions for the Plainfield Board of Education seats have been determined.  There are six candidates vying for three three-year seats. 

Ballot positions are as follows:

Timothy A. Priano
Tera Phipps
Avania Richardson-Miller
William A. Contreras
Aisha Eustache
Harry M. Watson, Jr.

RELATED:  Six Candidates to Run for ...

Get Vote-by-Mail Ballots on Time By Registering Now, County Clerk Says

UNION COUNTY, NJ - College students and others who plan to be out of state are being encouraged by the County Clerk to apply now for a vote-by-mail ballot.

“Exercising the right to vote is always important, and in this election cycle New Jersey voters will decide on a new Governor for the first time in eight years,” said Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi in a statement. “Make ...

Trump Supporters Greet Fair Goers

AUGUSTA, NJ – People driving to the New Jersey State Fair or points north in Sussex County on Saturday were greeted by a rally of Trump supporters.  Peacefully holding posters, Trump and American flags of all sizes, about 30 people stood on the side of the road at the well-traveled intersection of Route 15, Route 206 and Ross Corner Sussex Road.

Many passers-by honked their horns ...

Keeping it Fresh from the Garden to the Table

August 16, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - You spent the summer weeding, watering and tending to your vegetable garden. Now all your effort has paid off with a bountiful harvest.  Maximize the flavor and nutritional value of your homegrown vegetables with proper harvesting and storage.

For the freshest flavor, always prepare and serve vegetables immediately after harvest. But let's face it, most of us ...

NJ Not In The Dark Historically For Aug. 21 Eclipse

MONTVILLE, NJ – The United States will be experiencing a solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, which New Jerseyans can view partially– if the weather cooperates.

If you lived in one of the 14 states the eclipse is crossing with its 70-mile wide path, you’d be all set.

But if you utilize safety glasses to view the event between 1:23 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., and most especially at ...

Plainfield Healthy Community Network to Host Free Tasting Event at Isabelita Market

August 14, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A free healthy food tasting event will take place at Plainfield's Isabelita Market this Thursday, Aug. 17th, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm, as a part of the New Jersey Healthy Corner Store Initiative.  This initiative connects corner store owners and neighborhood partners with resources to access fruits, vegetables, and other healthy food options.

Fresh fruit, yogurt, and ...

NJ Poison Center Reports Increase in Wild Mushroom Poisoning

NEWARK, NJ - The New Jersey Poison Center at Rutgers NJ Medical Center is reporting a sharp increase in wild mushroom poisoning, with 15 cases reported statewide since July 24.There has been a wide range in the ages of those affected, from 15 months to 75. 

The center warns against ingesting wild mushrooms, whether growing in your garden, on your lawn or in the wild.Several of these cases ...

U.S. News Announces 2017-18 Best Hospitals in New Jersey and Nationally

NEW JERSEY -- U.S. News & World Report has released its annual list of Best Hospitals in the U.S. and in each state. According to the magazine, the analysis reviews hospitals' performance in clinical specialties, procedures and conditions. Scores are based on factors including survival, patient safety, and nurse staffing, among others. The rankings also looked at treatment of specialties ...

Christie Administration Rejects New Federal Plan to Explore Waters Off New Jersey for Gas, Oil

August 18, 2017

TRENTON, NJ — The Christie administration has gone on the federal record opposing plans that would permit natural gas and oil exploration off the coast of New Jersey.

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin submitted formal comments on August 16 to federal officials affirming the state’s “steadfast opposition to natural gas and oil exploration in ...

How Rutgers Alumni are Bringing Quail Back to New Jersey

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Outside Rutgers Gardens and a few other choice spots, this city and its high-rise apartment buildings and busy streets seemingly bear little connection to New Jersey's vast woodlands. Yet from this urban center, Rutgers University has managed to impact the wildest stretches of the state.

Just look at the Northern Bobwhite Quail.

Not long ago, the lack of young ...

Three Who Missed Filing Deadline for Plainfield Board of Ed Seats File Suit Against Union County Clerk

August 19, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The deadline to file the appropriate paperwork for positions on the School Board was Monday, July 31st by 4:00 p.m. in the Office of the Union County Clerk in Elizabeth.  Three potential candidates from Plainfield attempted to submit minutes after the deadline passed, but were denied.

MORE:  School Board Petitions Due July 31

Plaintiffs Eric J. Andrews, ...

Former Edison Police Officer Facing More Charges

EDISON, NJ – Former police officer Michael Dotro is facing even more charges after allegedly tampering with a witness in one of the criminal cases pending against him, prosecutors said Thursday.

In a press release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, officials said Dotro, 40, of Manalapan, is now charged with witness tampering and conspiracy to commit witness tampering ...

5 Men Plead Guilty in Violent Robbery at Elizabeth Scrap Metal Yard

ELIZABETH, NJ - Two men late last week pleaded guilty in connection to a violent 2014 robbery at an Elizabeth scrap metal yard, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Wednesday.

Rafael Clemmons, 30, of Irvington, admitted to first-degree kidnapping, while Sharod Saunders, 43, of Newark, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery. Three other men pleaded guilty in the case earlier ...

Cinemark Theater and Two Anchors Receive Approvals from Watchung Planning Board to Replace Route 22 Sears

August 16, 2017

WATCHUNG, NJ - Plans for a theater and two of the stores in the new shopping center that will replace Sears and Sears Auto Center on Route 22 and Terrill Road received approvals at Tuesday night's Watchung Planning Board Meeting. The next meeting, where final approval on the cinema is expected, is scheduled for Sept.19.

HomeSense and Sierra Trading Post are the two ...

Members of Westfield Community Gather for ‘Stand with Charlottesville’ Vigil

August 13, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Nearly 150 people attended a “Stand with Charlottesville” vigil at Westfield’s Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial Sunday night. The Westfield event —  one of many held Sunday after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, ended in violence — was organized in a matter of hours by Lydia Kaplan and Pam Brug, members ...

Last Minute Ideas to Entertain the Family this Weekend

August 18, 2017

After last week’s dreary weekend, we are all looking forward to the nicer weather this coming Saturday and Sunday. Avoid the crowds at the shore and instead opt to attend one of the following family-friendly activities in the North Jersey area. Most of the events are free or inexpensive—ideal for those trying to save money after a jam-packed summer.

Canal Day Musical and Craft ...

NJ Not In The Dark Historically For Aug. 21 Eclipse

MONTVILLE, NJ – The United States will be experiencing a solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, which New Jerseyans can view partially– if the weather cooperates.

If you lived in one of the 14 states the eclipse is crossing with its 70-mile wide path, you’d be all set.

But if you utilize safety glasses to view the event between 1:23 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., and most especially at ...

Cathay Pacific replacing 777 with new A350 service to Newark Liberty International Airport October 29

SAN FRANCISCO, -- Cathay Pacific Airways announced that its daily flight from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Hong Kong will switch from a Boeing 777-300ER to an Airbus A350-900 beginning October 29.

One of 16 A350-900s delivered to the airline since its launch in 2016, the aircraft features a refreshed Business Class cabin as well as new ...

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A Tour of Boston with the Freewalkers

This past weekend I made a quick trip to Boston to participate in a walk around the city with some of the folks from the Freewalkers walking group.  You may recall that the non-profit organization is one of the recipients of donations made towards my 2018 walk.

On Friday morning, four of us piled into a minivan in New Jersey, and headed up to Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, where we ...

Freeholders Get Earful As Roselle Residents Question Financing For Mind and Body Project

August 19, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - About 20 people raised concerns about the financing for the Roselle Mind and Body Complex during the public comments portion of last night’s Union County Freeholders’ meeting.

The project includes a new school, community center, library and more in the borough.

The opportunity to speak was nixed last week when a freeholders’ special meeting vote regarding ...

Prosecutor's Fugitive is Flemington Woman

August 15, 2017

FLEMINGTON, NJ – The County Prosecutor has named a woman whose last known address was in the borough as his Fugitive of the Week.

In a press release, Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III seeks the public’s help in finding Meghan Crawford.

Crawford, 33, has been charged with narcotics possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. A warrant for her arrest was issued July 31 after ...

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp's Statement on the Tragedy in Charlottesville

August 14, 2017

First and foremost, my heart and my prayers go out to the victims in Charlottesville, and in particular, to the family of Heather Heyer, who was murdered for standing up against racism, antisemitism, and hate. This unconscionable act of domestic terrorism demands that those of us who reject bigotry not only condemn it, but that we take action. Those who traffic in racial hatred count on the ...

Singers Invited to Join the Crescent Choral Society

August 19, 2017

Plainfield - The Crescent Choral Society is currently welcoming new singers for its 2017-18 season.  All parts are open and singers of all ages are invited to join the Society for its 36th season.  The Society’s new Artistic Director, Dr. Deborah Simpkin King, will conduct the opening concert, “Basically Brahms,” featuring Brahms’ German Requiem and selections ...

Making NJ an affordable place we can all call home

August 10, 2017

As many residents in Union County, and across the state, are aware, New Jersey's constitution prevents municipalities from using zoning powers to discriminate against lower income residents, and requires that every community provide a reasonable opportunity for affordable homes to be built. Mount Laurel, as this doctrine is known, has been the law of the land for over 40 years, and has helped ...

Plainfield's Rapps Pharmacy, Delivering Wellness Right to Your Front Door

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Rapps Pharmacy is an independent, full service, and locally owned neighborhood pharmacy that has been operating in downtown Plainfield since 1956.

Rapps Pharmacy serves a very diverse community, specializing in innovative mental healthcare, and serving clients with mental behavioral health disorders, substance abuse disorders and developmental delays throughout the state ...

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware (Scout Press, 2015)

Think Hitchcock. Think old-fashioned psychological thriller. Think good writing. If you have read and loved The Woman in Cabin 10, Ware's most recent novel, you will enjoy her first publication, In a Dark, Dark Wood.

Leonora Shaw, a crime writer, awakens, bruised and befuddled in a hospital bed. Frightened and confused, Nora tries ...