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

February 22, 2018

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.

Judge Rules in Favor of Open Ballot in UCDC Chair Election: A Win for Nick Scutari

ELIZABETH, NJ -- Just one day before the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) convention to elect a new County chair, Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis ruled in favor of State Senator Nick Scutari, who made the case that UCDC bylaws call for an open ballot.

Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, the acting Chair of the party, advocated the use of voting machines when committee members ...

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

February 22, 2018

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 ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: Feb 19-25

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 ...

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

February 22, 2018

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 Board of Ed Addresses Safety Issues After Parkland Shooting, and More

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Board of Education's business meeting on Tuesday began with a moment of silence for the victims of the Parkland, Fla. shooting, and Interim Superintendent Ronald Bolandi expanding upon what the district is doing to address safety concerns.

"We've had a number of meetings in the district with administrators, police, and we are definitely on top of ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: Feb 19-25

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 ...

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 ...

2018 LGBTQ Roundtable Comes to Hamilton Stage in Rahway

February 21, 2018

RAHWAY, NJ - Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados and Freeholders Bruce H. Bergen and Alexander Mirabella welcomed Christian Fuscarino of Garden State Equality to the 2018 LGBTQ Roundtable meeting hosted by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders at the Hamilton Stage in Rahway.

They were joined by Union County Department of Human Services Director Debbie-Ann Anderson, ...

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

February 22, 2018

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 ...

Wrestling: Plainfield Sends 3 to NJSIAA District 13 Tournament

PLAINFIELD, N.J. – The Plainfield High School wrestling team will send 3 grapplers to Saturday’s NJSIAA Individual Wrestling District 13 tournament at Union High School.

Senior Christian Chajon (285 lbs.), who is the No. 5 seed in his bracket, finished the season 32-6.

Junior Johnny Cruz (120 lbs.) finished the season 26-12, and Senior Walter Pineda (138 lbs.) finished ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

February 22, 2018

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 ...

Judge Rules in Favor of Open Ballot in UCDC Chair Election: A Win for Nick Scutari

ELIZABETH, NJ -- Just one day before the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) convention to elect a new County chair, Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis ruled in favor of State Senator Nick Scutari, who made the case that UCDC bylaws call for an open ballot.

Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, the acting Chair of the party, advocated the use of voting machines when committee members ...

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 ...

Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

February 19, 2018

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 ...

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

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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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Upcoming Events

Fri, February 23, 8:30 AM

Honor Ridge Academy, Clark

Workshop for Parents & Educators: Reducing ...

Education Giving Back

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Fri, February 23, 6:30 PM

Union County Vocational Technical Schools, West Hall Cafeteria, Scotch Plains

Union County Magnet High School Silent Auction

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink Giving Back

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Fri, February 23, 7:00 PM

First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, Plainfield

Black Love Matters: A Celebration of Love!

Health & Wellness

Caregiver Conference Sunday, February 25th

February 22, 2018

Caregiver Conference

 to take place Sunday, February 25 at JFSCNJ

“Caring for A Loved One While Being Mindful of Your Own Needs”

Jennifer L. Rutberg, MSW, Guest Speaker

Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, (JFSCNJ) a non-sectarian health and social service agency, will be hosting a Caregiver Conference called, “Caring for a Loved One While Being Mindful of Your ...

The Definition of Insanity

February 21, 2018

There is a quote, attributed to various people, including Albert Einstein that states, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”, that is fitting for our current election for Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chair.

There is no shortage of polling data related to the functioning of our Federal, State and Local ...

Cops Called for Two People Shouting Racial Slurs During ‘Black Panther’ in Sparta

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night after a drunken woman and her boyfriend interrupted a screening of the movie “Black Panther” by shouting racial slurs, according to a witness and police.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including ...

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 ...

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

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

Los servicios estarán disponible en los siguientes lugares:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Habrá disponible ayuda con la aplicación para números de ITIN y también habrá Auto
Preparación de ...

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 ...