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Plainfield ABC Board Suspends Three Liquor Establishments

September 19, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Alcoholic Beverage Control Board took disciplinary action at its meeting on Tuesday, suspending three liquor establishments for infractions.  It is the first time the board has taken such action since it was created by the city council in 2017.

Jersey Liquors, operating a bar at 440 Watchung Avenue, will have its license suspended for one day ...

Audit Finds Plainfield Fiscally Fit

PLAINFIELD, NJ - For the second year in a row, Plainfield’s auditors found only one item needing improvement.

“I am very pleased with the audit report. It reflects the result of all the hard work of the entire team here in the City to strengthen our financial affairs,” Finance Director Ron West said.

Download the 2017 Audit Synopsis.

In the first year of Mayor Adrian O.

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: September 17-23

PLAINFIELD, NJ - TAPinto what's going on in and around town this week.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield meetings and events.

MONDAY

Storytime with Ms. Rosa at 6 p.m. at the Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Ave.
Boys soccer:  a home game vs. Central HS-Newark, at 4 p.m. at Hub Stine.
Girls volleyball:  away at AL Johnson, 4 p.m.
Girls ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: September 17-23

September 16, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - TAPinto what's going on in and around town this week.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield meetings and events.

MONDAY

Storytime with Ms. Rosa at 6 p.m. at the Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Ave.
Boys soccer:  a home game vs. Central HS-Newark, at 4 p.m. at Hub Stine.
Girls volleyball:  away at AL Johnson, 4 p.m.
Girls ...

Friends of the Fanwod Library Host 32nd Fall Book Sale This Week

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Friends of the Fanwood Memorial Library will host their 32nd Fall Book Sale from Sept. 20 to 23, 2018. Remaing donation days are Monday, Sept. 17 and Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Browsers at the sale easily find books by subject matter: history, romance, classics, art, cookbooks, politics, crafts, science, parenting, children, and general fiction. In addition to hardbacks ...

A Busy Saturday on TAP in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - There is something for everyone in Plainfield on this upcoming Saturday.  Root for the Cardinals at their home opener game, learn about different cultures at the Hispanic Heritage Month event at the library, and more.

Start your day with Queen City Pride, and give back to your community.  The group will be cleaning up on East 2nd Street at Johnston, starting at 8 ...

South Plainfield Police Search for Wells Fargo Bank Robber

September 17, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -  Authorities are searching for a man wanted in connection with a bank robbery in South Plainfield last week and have released an image of the suspect.

On Thursday, September 13th, at around 1:25 p.m. a man described as a black male approximately 5’7” tall weighing 150 lbs entered the Wells Fargo Bank located at 2325 Plainfield Ave.  He was dressed ...

Turn in Unwanted Guns for up to $250 Each

Union County residents with unwanted guns in their possession can turn them in for up to $250 each at either of two locations, in Elizabeth and Plainfield on Saturday, Oct. 27.  Anyone turning in a gun may do so anonymously.

“Gun buyback events have safely taken hundreds of guns off the streets and out of our homes and neighborhoods. Buybacks also help raise awareness about the risk ...

Pedestrian In Critical Condition After Being Struck on Route 22 Early Sunday; Plainfield Resident Charged

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – A 24-year-old Mountainside resident is in critical condition at University Medical Center in Newark after being struck by a vehicle while walking on Route 22 in the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 9.

Police gave the following account of the incident:

At about 1:09 a.m. Sunday, a 24-year-old Mountainside resident was walking along Route 22 East, near the ...

Bus Safety Bills Continue to Make Their Way Through NJ Legislature

September 17, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – A series of school bus safety bills that aim to improve bus safety and accident response, make bus drivers and company’s more accountable and require every student to carry an identification card at school-sponsored, off-campus activities cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Friday. The bills are sponsored by Senator Joseph Lagana, Senate ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: September 17-23

PLAINFIELD, NJ - TAPinto what's going on in and around town this week.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield meetings and events.

MONDAY

Storytime with Ms. Rosa at 6 p.m. at the Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Ave.
Boys soccer:  a home game vs. Central HS-Newark, at 4 p.m. at Hub Stine.
Girls volleyball:  away at AL Johnson, 4 p.m.
Girls ...

State Board of Education Postpones Vote on PARCC Rollbacks

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Board of Education postponed a controversial proposal to cut back on standardized tests in certain grades and subjects, just minutes before it was set to vote on the plan.

The decision put off the vote was a setback to Gov. Phil Murphy, who campaigned on eliminating the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment on ...

Scenes from Fanny Wood Day

September 18, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- With bright sunshine and unexpectedly high temperatures, the 23rd Fanny Wood Day celebration attracted large crowds for the annual street fair showcasing the best of downtown Fanwood.

The festival attracts a wide variety of vendors and food trucks, while also providing the opportunity for local non-profit organizations to get the word out about their good ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: September 17-23

September 16, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - TAPinto what's going on in and around town this week.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield meetings and events.

MONDAY

Storytime with Ms. Rosa at 6 p.m. at the Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Ave.
Boys soccer:  a home game vs. Central HS-Newark, at 4 p.m. at Hub Stine.
Girls volleyball:  away at AL Johnson, 4 p.m.
Girls ...

Football: Union Tops Plainfield 42-12

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Cardinals football team had trouble moving the ball in the team's home opening game against the visiting Union Farmers.

Union scored three touchdowns in the first quarter, and another in the second.  Isaiah Stewart (2) scored two touchdowns, and Jalen Carter (#10), Ricardo Casas (#40), Jacqu'e Cook (#4), Christian Murrell (#25), and Ahmirr Robinson ...

Phoenix Academy Wraps Up its Kiddie Soccer Season

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Members of the Phoenix Academy preschool's kiddie soccer team played their final game of the season.

Anita Fultz, Director and Owner, said kiddie soccer is "a great enrichment program for our students."

Phoenix Academy is located at 1353 South Avenue.  For more information, call 908-412-0312 or visit ...

Plainfield ABC Board Suspends Three Liquor Establishments

September 19, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Alcoholic Beverage Control Board took disciplinary action at its meeting on Tuesday, suspending three liquor establishments for infractions.  It is the first time the board has taken such action since it was created by the city council in 2017.

Jersey Liquors, operating a bar at 440 Watchung Avenue, will have its license suspended for one day ...

Seminar for Entrepreneurs to be Held in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The New Jersey Business Owners Alliance, a non-profit organization, will sponsor an event in Plainfield on Sept. 26 for entrepreneurs who want to start their own business.

Attendees will learn how to create a business plan, utilize social media, and learn about tools and resources.

The event is appropriate for both new business owners, and those looking to take their ...

New Development Hearing for Plainfield's South Avenue

PLAINFIELD, NJ - As a 212-unit, $52 million project nears completion on South Avenue, the Plainfield Planning Board has set a hearing on possible redevelopment of nine nearby properties extending to the city’s Terrill Road border.

The Planning Board will consider the matter at its meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Ave. 

The properties ...

Jazzy Vegetarian Reveals The Secret Of Pumpkin Spice

September 11, 2018

Pumpkin spice, or pumpkin pie spice, is a combination of warm spices originally blended to create the spice blend for pumpkin pie. From time to time a “food journalist” will get their knickers in a twist and write ad nauseam about the final product not containing any pumpkin. ARGH! Keep in mind that spaghetti sauce does not contain any spaghetti and cake frosting does not contain any ...

MS-13 Member Admits to Killing Plainfield Man

September 18, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ - A Somerset County man has admitted to fatally shooting a 22 year-old Plainfield resident, Andres Chach, in 2011, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced on Tuesday.

Jose Romero-Aguirre, a.k.a. “Coñejo,” 32, a North Plainfield resident and member of the Plainfield Locos Salvatrucha (PLS) clique of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang, ...

Gilbert Out, Johnson Will Challenge Armady in Plainfield

September 12, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Two Plainfield residents, Brenda L. Gilbert and Ronald Johnson, Jr., had met the Sept. 4 deadline for Independent candidates to submit new nomination petitions to fill a vacancy for the general election.

But the County Clerk's office received a timely challenge to Gilbert’s petition, and on Wednesday confirmed that Gilbert will not appear on the ballot for the Nov. 6 ...

Plainfield: Two File to Challenge Armady

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Two Plainfield residents met the Sept. 4 deadline for Independent candidates to submit new nomination petitions to fill a vacancy for the general election.

The County Clerk's office has confirmed that Brenda L. Gilbert and Ronald Johnson, Jr. will be on the ballot for the Nov. 6 election.

MORE:  Armady Chosen for Plainfield Council Seat

Election Day 2018: How ...

Plant Easy Care Daffodils Now for Added Spring Beauty

September 17, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Daffodils have a cheery presence in the spring garden and are a surefire way to chase away the winter blues. These fall-planted bulbs are also reliable perennials that require no maintenance and are not bothered by deer or other pests. The National Garden Bureau declared 2017 the Year of the Daffodil, and with the fall planting season right around the corner, now is the ...

Blink Fitness, a FEEL GOOD EXPERIENCE™ in Downtown Plainfield

September 13, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Blink Fitness officially opened on Thursday in downtown Plainfield, located just above Supremo Supermarket on Front Street.  Filled with eager staff in blue shirts, the designated “mood lifters” welcomed guests and prospective members. According to Blink, "We believe that exercise isn’t about looking good, it’s also about how it makes you feel.

Prostate Cancer Awareness Event at Plainfield's City Hall

PLAINFIELD, NJ - September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and an event to heighten awareness among residents about the need to get tested will be held on the plaza at Plainfield City Hall.

Lenny Cathcart, the event organizer, spoke at the Aug. 13 city council meeting, and asked the administration to partner with him.  "I'm trying to bring more awareness to men about ...

Suicide Awareness Event on Sept. 20 in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Caring Contact, a crisis hotline that serves northern and central New Jersey, presents an evening with Wendy and Steve Sefcik, whose son, T.J., died by suicide in 2010 at the age of 16 while suffering from depression.

The Sefciks will share his and their story at a presentation being held at a home in Scotch Plains on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 ...

2018 PMUA Eric C. Watson Environmental Fair Draws Crowd in Plainfield

September 8, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The air was crisp and rain held off for the annual Eric C. Watson Environmental Fair at Plainfield's library park.  The event drew a crowd of residents from across the city.

Kids jumped in bounce houses, folks lined up for burgers, dogs and empanadas, and everyone had the chance to learn about green initiatives and to have fun.

Check out our photos from this ...

New Development Hearing for Plainfield's South Avenue

September 16, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - As a 212-unit, $52 million project nears completion on South Avenue, the Plainfield Planning Board has set a hearing on possible redevelopment of nine nearby properties extending to the city’s Terrill Road border.

The Planning Board will consider the matter at its meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Ave. 

The properties ...

Plainfield Planning Board Allows UCC Project Reduction

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Pleading higher than budgeted bid results, Union County College Facilities Director Robert Hogan asked the Plainfield Planning Board Thursday to approve a scaled-down plan for new facilities. While Hogan and the board traded vows of support for the Plainfield campus, the board insisted the money gap could be filled somehow, but Hogan stood his ground. Finally a board majority ...

Holy Savior Homecoming Event September 22

September 18, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy (HAS), located at 149 South Plainfield Avenue, will hold its first Homecoming Community Event on Saturday, Sept. 22. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school parking lot and feature fun activities for the whole family. Alumni, along with members of the community and current students and their families, are invited to ...

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Wed, September 19, 12:00 PM

South Second Stree, Plainfield

Ribbon Cutting at Second Street Youth Center

Education

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Wed, September 19, 3:00 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Kid's Movie: Coco

Arts & Entertainment

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Wed, September 19, 6:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Teen Board Game Night @ ScotLib

Arts & Entertainment Education Home & Garden

NJ Education Commissioner Discusses PARCC Changes, Plans for New Statewide Assessment at Joint Assembly & Senate Education Committee Hearing

September 17, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – With changes slated for the PARCC test as part of the plan by the Murphy administration to transition to a different statewide assessment, the Assembly and Senate Education committees held a joint hearing on Monday to hear from the commissioner of education about the proposed changes to ensure they do not interfere with the delivery of education in the state.

The ...

To the Plainfield City Council, on Charter Changes

September 10, 2018

Dear City Council Members:

I am writing to you in advance of the 9/11/18 final reading and public hearing on MC2018-22, the proposed ordinance amending the Municipal Code based on the changes made to Plainfield Charter (1968).  I have attached an exhibit showing my four “buckets” of concern about the amendments. As you know, I believe that they were inadequately presented and ...

Paterson Train Station to be Dedicated to City Resident Killed in 9-11 Terrorist Attack

September 10, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Paterson resident Kenneth Patrick Lira reported to his job on the 107th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2011 like he had so many times before. Hours later he would be one of nearly 3,000 lives lost following the terrorist attack which brought both structures crashing down.

On Tuesday, local and New Jersey Transit officials will gather at ...

Featured Business: PNC Bank's Virtual Wallet® Program available at Plainfield Branches

PNC Bank, conveniently located in downtown Plainfield on Front Street, and on South Avenue near the Netherwood train station, offers both consumer and retail banking services to its customers.

PNC is ranked 9th on the list of largest banks in the United States by assets. It is the 5th largest bank by number of branches, 6th largest by deposits, and 4th largest in number of ATMs, and ...

'Age of Innocence' captures Wharton's 1870s New York

‘Age of Innocence’ captures Wharton’s 1870’s New York

By LIZ KEILL

PRINCETON, NJ – Leave it to author Edith Wharton to decode the lives of staid, wealthy New Yorkers as she does so hauntingly in her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “The Age of Innocence.”

Douglas McGrath adapted the novel for a stirring, 95-minute production at the McCarter Theatre ...

'Brick City' takes on high school angst

‘Brick City’ takes journey through high school angst

By LIZ KEILL

UNION, NJ – Premiere Stages at Kean University presents a new play by Nicole Pandolfo. “Brick City” is an exploration of two seniors in high school and their search for meaningful lives, while their teacher/mentor, Veronica, is also turning her life around.

There are a number of loose ends in ...

The Clean 20 by Ian K. Smith, M.D.

The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation  by Ian K. Smith, M.D. (St. Martin’s Press, 2018)

 

Dr. Ian K. Smith has written a delightful and easy to digest new book, The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation. Unlike many diet books that are mired in technical language that become not only a bore but a chore to read, Smith’s writing style is not ...

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham (Dell, 2018)

Three law students, Todd Lucero, Mark Frazier, and Zola Maal, are about to start their final semester of the not so prestigious Foggy Bottom Law School in Washington, D.C. However, the shocking suicide of their friend, Gordy, who has been driven to a very dark place by discoveries that he has uncovered during an investigation of Foggy Bottom, leads ...

Gods of Wood and Stone by Mark Dionno

Gods of Wood and Stone by Mark Dionno (Touchstone, 2018)

 

The two protagonists of Mark Dionno’s brilliant first novel are as different as two men could be in most facets of their lives. Joe Grudeck is a recently retired pro-baseball player, on his way to the Hall of Fame; Horace Mueller is a blacksmith who works at a village which re-enacts life in 19th century America. However, ...

The Outsider by Stephen King

The Outsider by Stephen King (Scribner’s, 2018)

He’s the Boogeyman who hides under your bed or in your closet when you are a child. Sometimes he lurks in the dark attic of your home, so it’s a place that you avoid at night. He is Big Foot who skulks the woods in Alaska, or he is Grendl, brought to his demise by Beowulf. He is the Golum, a monster in Jewish lore. He is the ...

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffen

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffen (Ballentine Books, 2018)

How much is “too much” to give our children when raising them today? When we buy them the latest pair of sneakers, a cell phone when they are ten years old, or give them an expensive car when they turn seventeen, what are we teaching them about the value of having to work for something they think that they want so that ...

Camino Island by John Grisham

Camino Island by John Grisham (Dell, 2017)

John Grisham is a very good story teller. His writing style is engaging, characters are usually well draw. But, somehow Camino Island, published in 2017, falls short of the rest of Grisham's work, and seems amateurish.

The novel begins with the heist of five precious manuscripts by F. Scott Fitzgerald from the Firestone Library at Princeton ...