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Plainfield Week in Review: Dudley House, UCDC Endorsements, State of the City, and more

February 17, 2018

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

Letter to the Editor:  Is It Time For PMUA To Clean House?

Yamakaitis endorses Mayor Colleen Mahr for Chair and 
Mayor Armstead for Vice Chair

Bernice Paglia: Plainfield City Council Votes Monday on Cabinet, Vet Home Contract

Union County ...

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense Will Meet on Tues, Feb. 20, at LaGrande 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 LaGrande Park Building  in Fanwood.

"Every life cut short by gun violence -- that somehow becomes a statistic -- is tucked away in our hearts, never to be lost," wrote Patti ...

VIDEO: Plainfield Mayor Mapp Delivers State of the City Address

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp addressed residents at his State of the City address at Washington Community School on Thursday, outlining initiatives for 2018.  He also summarized a few of the highlights gleaned from Plainfield Vision 2025. 

"In 2017, the city of Plainfield opened more businesses and added more jobs to the local economy.  We attracted more ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: Feb 19-25

February 18, 2018

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

MONDAY

Presidents' Day - City Hall is closed, along with the library and schools, and there will be no PMUA garbage pickup.  Banks and the post office are also closed.  New Jersey Transit will operate on a holiday ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Dudley House, UCDC Endorsements, State of the City, 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:

Letter to the Editor:  Is It Time For PMUA To Clean House?

Yamakaitis endorses Mayor Colleen Mahr for Chair and 
Mayor Armstead for Vice Chair

Bernice Paglia: Plainfield City Council Votes Monday on Cabinet, Vet Home Contract

Union County ...

Plainfield: Black History Month Events Continue into Second Half of February

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Black History Month celebrations continue into the second half of February in Plainfield.  Here's a look at some that will take place at the library, in the public school district, and at the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield (FUSP).

Friday, Feb. 16 - FUSP will host "The Harlem Renaissance" at 7 p.m.  Take a walk through history through spoken word, ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: Feb 19-25

February 18, 2018

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

MONDAY

Presidents' Day - City Hall is closed, along with the library and schools, and there will be no PMUA garbage pickup.  Banks and the post office are also closed.  New Jersey Transit will operate on a holiday ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Dudley House, UCDC Endorsements, State of the City, 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:

Letter to the Editor:  Is It Time For PMUA To Clean House?

Yamakaitis endorses Mayor Colleen Mahr for Chair and 
Mayor Armstead for Vice Chair

Bernice Paglia: Plainfield City Council Votes Monday on Cabinet, Vet Home Contract

Union County ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Earn Scholarship Finalist Standing

EDISON, NJ -- The National Merit Scholarship Program has determined which of the 16,000 semifinalists named in September 2017 have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2018.

Wardlaw+Hartridge seniors Jennifer Guo and Suraj Chandran of Edison received their Finalist certificates ...

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense Will Meet on Tues, Feb. 20, at LaGrande Park Building

February 17, 2018

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 LaGrande Park Building  in Fanwood.

"Every life cut short by gun violence -- that somehow becomes a statistic -- is tucked away in our hearts, never to be lost," wrote Patti ...

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 ...

Overnight Carjacking at the Scotchwood Diner on Rte. 22 in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Police are searching for the suspects who carjacked a vehicle in the parking lot of the Scotchwood Diner (1928 Route 22) in Scotch Plains just before 1:00 a.m. today, according to Breaking News Network (BNN).

Police arrived and were told that two male suspects, who reportedly did not display a weapon, took a white Toyota Camry from the victim and then sped away ...

Rabid Raccoon Reported in Mountainside

February 16, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — The Westfield Veterinary Group and Wellness Center today warned clients Friday and posted on their Facebook page that a raccoon in Mountainside has been confirmed to have rabies. 

“Please be very careful with your pets and be sure that they are up to date on their rabies vaccinations,” it said. “If you should ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: Feb 19-25

February 18, 2018

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

MONDAY

Presidents' Day - City Hall is closed, along with the library and schools, and there will be no PMUA garbage pickup.  Banks and the post office are also closed.  New Jersey Transit will operate on a holiday ...

Wrestling: Plainfield's Cruz and Chajon Place Second, Pineda Third

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Plainfield wrestlers finished eighth overall in the team competition at the District 13 tournament hosted at SPFHS on Saturday, Feb. 18.  

Plainfield’s Johnny Cruz (120 lbs.) and Christian Chajon (285 lbs.) placed second in their weight class, while Walter Pineda (138 lbs.) placed third.

Jack Canon (152 lbs.) and ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Senior Signs National Letter of Intent

EDISON, NJ -- Mia Reyes of Piscataway, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, has made it official: she will continue her soccer career at Haverford College next year.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge soccer star signed her official national letter of intent at a press conference with family, friends and coaches in attendance on Feb. 14. Mia, who will graduate with 30 goals and a W+H record ...

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 ...

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

February 17, 2018

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 ...

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

February 17, 2018

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 ...

A Night that Shined

PARSIPPANY, NJ - Lines of cars, buses and limousines waited patiently in a 3/4 mile long line to drop off over 600 special prom guests at Parsippany's Liquid Church location.  There were strobe lights in the air, a long red carpet and a long line to make a grand entrance for each special guest.

"This is the first time we can bring our NJ locations under one roof now that we ...

Cranford Teen Raises Money for Liam's Room One Lollipop at a Time

CRANFORD, NJ – Four years ago, Cranford’s Audrey McMahon received chocolate melts and chocolate molds as a Christmas gift. Unbeknownst to all involved, that gift would soon help many other children and their families.

McMahon, 13, decided to put her chocolate equipment to good use by making and selling chocolate lollipops. Her first year, she donated the proceeds to St.

Union Man Admits to Fatal Stabbing of Father Last Year

February 6, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ - A Union man has admitted to stabbing his father to death last year, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Tuesday.

Jeffrey Adams, 21, pleaded guilty Monday before state Superior Court Judge William Daniel to a single count of first-degree aggravated manslaughter in connection with the death of 59-year-old Michael Adams.

At approximately 11:45 a.m. on ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Dudley House, UCDC Endorsements, State of the City, and more

February 17, 2018

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

Letter to the Editor:  Is It Time For PMUA To Clean House?

Yamakaitis endorses Mayor Colleen Mahr for Chair and 
Mayor Armstead for Vice Chair

Bernice Paglia: Plainfield City Council Votes Monday on Cabinet, Vet Home Contract

Union County ...

U.S. Senate: Former Celgene CEO Bob Hugin Announces Republican Candidacy to Challenge Menendez

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Elks Club in Springfield on Tuesday was the setting for Bob Hugin of Summit to announce his candidacy as a Republican for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Bob Menendez.

The former CEO and Chairman of Celgene, Hugin resigned from the company on February 5 as executive chairman.  The crowd of over 100 was largely enthusiastic party ...

Wall St. Journal Features Fanwood Mayor Mahr Among Women Reshaping NJ Politics

FANWOOD, NJ -- In an online version of a Wall Street Journal story that will appear in print on Wednesday, reporter Kate King examined the rise of women in New Jersey politics and highlighted Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr's campaign for Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chair against two male candidates.

To get more women elected to state government, they need to tackle a ...

At Westfield High School, Student Says ‘It’s Almost Normal to Juul Here’

February 14, 2018

Editor’s note: This story about the rise in teen e-cigarette use, written by Westfield High School student Greta Frontero, originally ran in the Jan. 8 edition of WHS student newspaper Hi’s Eye.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 12th-grade Westfield High School female said she doesn’t bring her Juul to school, but will use someone else’s if the opportunity ...

Plainfield YMCA offers 5 easy tips for American Heart Month

Plainfield YMCA offers 5 easy tips for American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, and as a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving the nation’s health, the Plainfield YMCA offers the following tips from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help families in the City of Plainfield and surrounding communities reduce the amount of sodium in ...

Paterson Firefighter Opens Up About Struggles, Urges Other not to Suffer in Silence

PATERSON, NJ- Not a week goes by when a tale of heroism and bravery on the part of firefighters isn’t told in this publication.

Indeed, for them, running into a burning building is as natural as running out of one is for the rest of us. That became apparent again on Monday when members of the Paterson Fire Department responded to a fire at 268 Main Street which led to the eventual total ...

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 Under Winter Weather Advisory

PLAINFIELD, NJ – The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory beginning Wednesday Feb. 7 from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for Plainfield and Union County

Mixed precipitation is expected, and total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, with localized amounts up to 5 inches, and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch are expected.

The ice will result in difficult ...

Travel History: Did you know Great Swamp Almost Became a Jetport? See the Documentary Screening

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Although the history may be unknown to many current residents, the still-natural setting of Bernards Township and a neighboring chunk of Morris County is all due to a hard-fought battle by citizens and area politicians that began in 1959 when the Port Authority of New York announced plans to build a 10,000-acre jetport in the Great Swamp.

The ...

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.

Plainfield City Council Votes Monday on Cabinet, Vet Home Contract

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp has named his cabinet for his second four-year term and seeks City Council consent on Monday, Feb. 12.

The meeting is 8 p.m. in Municipal Court, 325 Watchung Ave.

Mapp is asking advice and consent to these appointments:

Carlos N. Sanchez as city administrator.
David L. Minchello as Corporation Counsel.
Ronald E. West as director of ...

Plainfield’s Dudley House To Become Vet Home

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A city-owned Plainfield building that formerly housed men in recovery from substance abuse is now slated to become a transitional home for veterans.

The City Council will vote Monday on a resolution to award a $54,000 contract to Pennoni Associates Inc. to oversee renovations to the former Dudley House on Putnam Avenue. Funded in part by a New Jersey Department of Community ...

Six Arrested, Including Clergy, at ‘Clean Dream’ Sit-In at Congressman Lance’s Westfield Office

February 6, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six protesters, including four clergy members, who were holding a sit-in at Congressman Lance’s office in Westfield to support dreamers were arrested Monday, according to Westfield police.

The Rev. Ann Ralosky and Rev. John Rogers of First Congregational Church in Montclair, Rabbi Elliott Tepperman of B’nai Keshet in Montclair, Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz of ...

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

February 13, 2018

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 ...

TAPinto Travels Local Spotlight - Edison NJ

TAPintoTravels - For the Township of Edison, Sunday was a historic anniversary.  It was the birthday of Thomas Alva Edison.

Most people may not be aware that Edison was named in honor of the famous inventor.  

From his main laboratory in the Menlo Park section of town, Edison invented such revolutionary products as the the phonograph, a stock ticker, the ...

Disney's Animal Kingdom Welcomes Baby Hippo

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - A Nile hippopotamus was born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in January.

This was the first hippo born at the park in 13 years, marking another success for the dedicated and highly trained team of Walt Disney World animal care experts.

The mother hippo, Tuma, and her mate, Henry, were chosen to breed through the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is overseen by ...

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National FFA Week in Union County

February 18, 2018

Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados, Vice Chairman Bette Jane Kowalski and Freeholder Alexander Mirabella present a resolution to Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Superintendent Peter Capodice, National FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America ) advisor and horticulture instructor Bonnie Baldasare and FFA members Colleen Clarke of Rahway and David Tohon of Linden designating ...

Why I'm Running for UCDC Chair

February 17, 2018

My vision for Union County includes you. On February 21st, I need your vote so we can build the future of our Party together. 

Vote Colleen Mahr for Union County Democratic Committee Chair, this Wednesday at 7:00PM, Grand Centurion, 440 Madison Hill Rd, Clark, NJ. Details to follow via regular mail. 

 

 

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A Night that Shined

February 12, 2018

PARSIPPANY, NJ - Lines of cars, buses and limousines waited patiently in a 3/4 mile long line to drop off over 600 special prom guests at Parsippany's Liquid Church location.  There were strobe lights in the air, a long red carpet and a long line to make a grand entrance for each special guest.

"This is the first time we can bring our NJ locations under one roof now that we ...

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 ...

'American Hero' explores with powerful performances

‘American Hero’ pulses with tension, clashing emotions at George Street

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNWICK – The issue of social injustice makes its way into “American Hero,” the second play in a trilogy by Christopher Demo-Brown.

Armand Schultz as Rob is to receive a medal of honor for his heroic actions during the Iraq war. Although he lost the use of his legs, he ...

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 ...

Maisie Dobbs by Jacquelline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (Soho Press, 2003)

In the song “The Schuyler Sisters” from the Broadway musical Hamilton, sister Angelica sings, “ I've been reading 'Common Sense' by Thomas Paine. So men say that I'm intense or I'm insane, You want a revolution? I wanna a revelation . . .” because she and her sisters are “looking for a mind ...