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Plainfield Weekend Update: March 25-26

March 24, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ – No matter the time nor the day, you can find something to do in and around Plainfield this weekend, whether it's learning a bit of history, shopping for some baubles, or yelling, "BINGO!" for a good cause.

Here's a look at what's on tap. 

Saturday, March 25

Starting at 9:00 am, Dairy Queen of Plainfield will hold another bike ...

Small Business Tax Workshop on Tues, April 4 at Kean University (SBDC)

UNION, NJ -- The Small Business Development Center at Kean University (SBDC) is offering a “Small Business Tax” workshop on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Learn directly from the New Jersey Division of Taxation the various State tax-related responsibilities and how to handle them, directly for the N Division of Taxation. The workshop will provide tips and ...

Community Empowerment Expo at Plainfield High School

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield school district, in partnership with the Greater Central Jersey Clergy Association, will host a Community Empowerment Expo on Saturday, March 25th.

The event will include exhibitors specializing in job and career development, and the health and education fields.  Attendees will receive actionable information, and the expo will feature ...

VIDEO: Hikers Meet Mountain Bikers in Public Comment at Union County Freeholders Meeting on March 23

March 24, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Freeholders regular meeting on March 23rd attracted a large crowd who were there to comment on the county’s plan to allow mountain bikes in Watchung Reservation.

Chairman Bruce Bergen gave a short statement before allowing anyone to speak, indicating that in February 2016, the board had adopted a Trails Master Plan to bring up to seven miles of dual use ...

VIDEO: Union County Freeholders Recognize Westfield Family for 'Wall of Love'

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Freeholders held their regular meeting tonight, and a special resolution was introduced to recognize and commend Westfield residents Valerie Latona and David Contract for building their "Wall of Love".

Latona had posted her first “Love trumps hate” sign before the Presidential election, and it was vandalized.  Her family put up a ...

Township Hears Resident's Concerns; Nixes Plans for Trails in Kennedy Reservation

UNION, NJ – In advance of the second community meeting to discuss the Kennedy Reservation proposal, Tapinto Union has learned the Township will not be moving ahead with plans to add walking and bike trails and a dog park within the Reservation.

“The purpose of the first community meeting was to listen to and hear our residents' concerns,” said Township of Union Mayor ...

Suspect in Israel Detained in Connection with Calls Threatening JCCs in U.S.

March 23, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Multiple news media are reporting today law enforcement officials in Israel have detained a Jewish American teenager in connection with multiple phone threats to Jewish Community Centers across the United States. 

According to the New York Times, an Israeli  judge has ordered the suspect, who has not been charged, to be held until at least March 30 ...

Pedestrian Hit by Bus on Route 22 Mountainside

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Police and EMS responded this afternoon to a pedestrian who "was struck in front of the movie theater" on eastbound Route 22. 

According to the initial report from Breaking News Network (BNN), the pedestrian was hit by a bus and possibly "pinned under the bus." The report was received just before 4:30 p.m.

Two more reports from ...

Straphanger Fatality at East Orange Station

EAST ORANGE, NJ - There was a fatal accident earlier today at the East Orange Station. According to firefighters and other emergency personnel on the scene, witnesses they spoke to reported that a young man was spotted siting on the tracks and was struck by an eastbound train. Any additional information, including the name of the victim has yet to be released. 

Morris & Essex line ...

'Futból de Sala' and Condors of Plainfield at YWCA (VIDEO)

March 23, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - On March 11, Organización Cultural Comunitaria, or Cultural Community Organization, hosted an indoor soccer tournament (termed “futból de sala” in Spanish) at the Young Women’s Christian Association of Plainfield and North Plainfield on East Front Street.

The Organización Cultural Comunitaria was created by local resident Oscar Arboleda ...

Wardlaw-Hartridge Swimmers Named to All-Division Teams

EDISON, NJ -- Five varsity swimmers from The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison were named to the Greater Middlesex Conference All-Division teams. Pictured, from left: Armaan Kapoor of Millburn, Zach Brown of South Plainfield, Logan D'Amore of Scotch Plains and Kelly Lawrence of Scotch Plains. (Not pictured: Jason Yin of Scotch Plains.)

Two W-H swim records were set in the pool this ...

Holy Trinity JV Basketball Teams Win Championship Titles

WESTFIELD, NJ -- The Holy Trinity junior varsity basketball teams finished their seasons with championship titles in both the Morris Catholic League and the Union County CYO League.

This was the first year that Holy Trinity School played in the Morris Catholic League. During the playoffs, the Holy Trinity 5th/6th grade girls basketball team defeated St. Elizabeth 18 to 13 and St. Vincent ...

Small Business Tax Workshop on Tues, April 4 at Kean University (SBDC)

March 24, 2017

UNION, NJ -- The Small Business Development Center at Kean University (SBDC) is offering a “Small Business Tax” workshop on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Learn directly from the New Jersey Division of Taxation the various State tax-related responsibilities and how to handle them, directly for the N Division of Taxation. The workshop will provide tips and ...

Community Empowerment Expo at Plainfield High School

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield school district, in partnership with the Greater Central Jersey Clergy Association, will host a Community Empowerment Expo on Saturday, March 25th.

The event will include exhibitors specializing in job and career development, and the health and education fields.  Attendees will receive actionable information, and the expo will feature ...

Workshop on Financial Exploitation and Elder Abuse Prevention at Richmond Towers in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Central Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
will partner with AARP and the Richmond Towers Resident Association in Plainfield to provide a Financial Exploitation and Elder Abuse Prevention Seminar.

The April 15th seminar aims to:

Promote prevention of elder abuse by raising awareness of common forms of financial abuse, predators, and ...

Freeholder Board Offers New “Union County Kids Dig In” Garden Grants for Schools

March 22, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Young gardeners now can get their hands dirty with the new “Union County Kids Dig In” garden grant program for schools in Union County, sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Schools with students in grades pre-K through 12 are eligible to apply for a Union County Kids Dig In grant, which are funded through the Union County Open Space, ...

Snow Day? Bake Some Irish Soda Bread

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Okay, I'll admit it.  I grew up hating Irish soda bread.  Too dry.  Not good toasted. Weird shape.  People brought it to my house every St. Patrick's Day, and I graciously accepted it and tried to palm it off on my guests.  I made sure that everyone had some to take home.  Oy, such a generous hostess!

I finally learned to make it ...

Scenes from the Fanwood Irish Festival

FANWOOD, NJ -- Day 1 of the Fanwood Irish Festival took place at the South Avenue Train Station parking lot..

The event, which continues on Sunday, included Irish music, dancing, food, crafts and lots of fun.

Tickets  are $7 at the event. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Boosters. Sponsors for the event are: ...

Plainfield Now Presents Screening of 'Hidden Figures'

March 25, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield Now will hold a screening of Hidden Figures, the story of African-American female mathematicians who play a vital role in the early years of the United States space program.

On Saturday, April 1st, the movie will be shown in the Westry Horne Auditorium at Plainfield High School at 12:00 pm.  ADD THIS EVENT TO YOUR CALENDAR

Plainfield Now is a 501(c)(3) ...

Westfield’s Lederman Family to Appear on ‘George to the Rescue’ Saturday

WESTFIELD, NJ — This Saturday’s episode of NBC’s home improvement show “George to the Rescue” will feature the Lederman family of Westfield. Darren Lederman died after a battle with Leukemia last March, leaving behind his wife, Stacey, and children Emma and Noah.

“George to the Rescue,” starring George Oliphant, provides house renovation ...

Plainfield Weekend Update: March 25-26

PLAINFIELD, NJ – No matter the time nor the day, you can find something to do in and around Plainfield this weekend, whether it's learning a bit of history, shopping for some baubles, or yelling, "BINGO!" for a good cause.

Here's a look at what's on tap. 

Saturday, March 25

Starting at 9:00 am, Dairy Queen of Plainfield will hold another bike ...

Westfield’s Lederman Family to Appear on ‘George to the Rescue’ Saturday

March 24, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — This Saturday’s episode of NBC’s home improvement show “George to the Rescue” will feature the Lederman family of Westfield. Darren Lederman died after a battle with Leukemia last March, leaving behind his wife, Stacey, and children Emma and Noah.

“George to the Rescue,” starring George Oliphant, provides house renovation ...

Plainfield Weekend Update: March 25-26

PLAINFIELD, NJ – No matter the time nor the day, you can find something to do in and around Plainfield this weekend, whether it's learning a bit of history, shopping for some baubles, or yelling, "BINGO!" for a good cause.

Here's a look at what's on tap. 

Saturday, March 25

Starting at 9:00 am, Dairy Queen of Plainfield will hold another bike ...

VIDEO: Union County Freeholders Recognize Westfield Family for 'Wall of Love'

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Freeholders held their regular meeting tonight, and a special resolution was introduced to recognize and commend Westfield residents Valerie Latona and David Contract for building their "Wall of Love".

Latona had posted her first “Love trumps hate” sign before the Presidential election, and it was vandalized.  Her family put up a ...

Westfield’s Lederman Family to Appear on ‘George to the Rescue’ Saturday

March 24, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — This Saturday’s episode of NBC’s home improvement show “George to the Rescue” will feature the Lederman family of Westfield. Darren Lederman died after a battle with Leukemia last March, leaving behind his wife, Stacey, and children Emma and Noah.

“George to the Rescue,” starring George Oliphant, provides house renovation ...

Freeholder Board Offers New “Union County Kids Dig In” Garden Grants for Schools

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Young gardeners now can get their hands dirty with the new “Union County Kids Dig In” garden grant program for schools in Union County, sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Schools with students in grades pre-K through 12 are eligible to apply for a Union County Kids Dig In grant, which are funded through the Union County Open Space, ...

Plainfield Schedule for New Jersey American Water's Annual Water Main Flushing

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield residents may experience low water pressure or temporary water discoloration as New Jersey American Water undergoes its annual cleaning of its water distribution system. 

The start date for the Plainfield area is April 10th, and will run through May 12th.

The full release from New Jersey American Water follows:

Download the full New Jersey schedule by ...

Freeholder Board Offers New “Union County Kids Dig In” Garden Grants for Schools

March 22, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Young gardeners now can get their hands dirty with the new “Union County Kids Dig In” garden grant program for schools in Union County, sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Schools with students in grades pre-K through 12 are eligible to apply for a Union County Kids Dig In grant, which are funded through the Union County Open Space, ...

Workshop on Financial Exploitation and Elder Abuse Prevention at Richmond Towers in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Central Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
will partner with AARP and the Richmond Towers Resident Association in Plainfield to provide a Financial Exploitation and Elder Abuse Prevention Seminar.

The April 15th seminar aims to:

Promote prevention of elder abuse by raising awareness of common forms of financial abuse, predators, and ...

Where Homeless People and Addicts in New Brunswick Can Seek Help Right Now

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – When you’re in the depths of addiction or homelessness, finding a path out might seem difficult.

A few weeks ago, TAPinto New Brunswick published a story about a couple whose shared heroin addiction put them on the streets. The story of Chelline and Rick sparked intense online conversations and reached thousands of people.

But it also begged an important ...

Union County’s Mobile Paper Shredding Program Will Visit Scotch Plains, April 1st

March 24, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will host its first paper shredding event of 2017 is scheduled for Saturday, April 1 at the Union County Vocational Technical Schools campus at 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. 

The event will conclude before 1:00 p.m. if the shredding trucks reach capacity.in Scotch ...

Recycle Unwanted Electronic Equipment at E-cycling Event in Scotch Plains, April 29th

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The County of Union will sponsor a recycling event for electronic equipment on Saturday, April 29.  County residents can get rid of unwanted computers, televisions and other electronic equipment in an environmentally proper manner.

The special E-cycling event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the campus of Union County Vo-Tech Schools located at 1776 Raritan ...

VIDEO: Hikers Meet Mountain Bikers in Public Comment at Union County Freeholders Meeting on March 23

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Freeholders regular meeting on March 23rd attracted a large crowd who were there to comment on the county’s plan to allow mountain bikes in Watchung Reservation.

Chairman Bruce Bergen gave a short statement before allowing anyone to speak, indicating that in February 2016, the board had adopted a Trails Master Plan to bring up to seven miles of dual use ...

Plainfield Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Illegally Sharing Confidential Information with a Tow Company

March 16, 2017

A Plainfield Police Officer has admitted to unlawfully accessing and sharing motor vehicle registration information with a friend, the co-owner  of a local tow company, to enable that company to seize title to an abandoned vehicle, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced today.

Christopher Donovan, 37, pled guilty to third-degree Computer Data Disclosure before State ...

Plainfield Man Admits to Fatally Beating Infant Son

A Plainfield man has admitted to killing his infant son nearly four years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday.

Michael Bell, 39, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single count of aggravated manslaughter.

On May 10, 2013, Plainfield Police Division patrol units traveled to Bell’s home on Lee Place to find 4-month-old Zion Bell suffering from serious ...

Suspect in Israel Detained in Connection with Calls Threatening JCCs in U.S.

March 23, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Multiple news media are reporting today law enforcement officials in Israel have detained a Jewish American teenager in connection with multiple phone threats to Jewish Community Centers across the United States. 

According to the New York Times, an Israeli  judge has ordered the suspect, who has not been charged, to be held until at least March 30 ...

10 Surprising Facts About St. Patrick's Day

According to a WalletHub survey, more than 52% of Americans plan some type of celebration of St. Patrick's Day, and more than 82% of celebrants will wear green. Overall, $4.6 billion will be spent on dining, flags, clothing, and, of course, beer. Guinness estimates that more 13 million pints of its stout will  be consumed. While those facts might not be surprising, the following likely ...

Willow Grove Church in Scotch Plains Features Special Music and Service Projects During Lent

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Willow Grove Presbyterian Church of Scotch Plains invites the community to come to worship services and participate in local service projects during the season of Lent.  Each week the Sunday worship at 10:00 am will include special music that invite people to reflect on their spiritual journeys.  A new service opportunity for all ages will be an opportunity to serve ...

Plainfield and Netherwood Commuters, NJT Operating on Holiday Schedule on March 15

March 14, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield and Netherwood commuters, New Jersey Transit has issued a Raritan Valley line alert for Wednesday, March 15th.

Rail service will operate on a President's Day schedule Wednesday March 15, 2017. Service may operate west of Dover on the Morris & Essex Line and west of Bay Street on the Montclair Boonton Line.

Trains do not operate from Jersey Avenue on the ...

Blizzard Predicted to Come Our Way

PLAINFIELD , NJ – Don’t put away your snow blowers. Winter isn’t through with us yet.

According to National Weather Service, Plainfield is in the path of a blizzard scheduled to begin early Tuesday morning and will continue throughout the day into evening with predicted accumulations of 12 to 18 inches with winds 20 to 30 mph and gusts of 40 to 50 mph. Wind chills ...

Sightseeing in Seattle

SEATTLE, WA - In the summer of 2016, my husband and I traveled to Peru with five of our friends.  We hiked the Inca trail, with the end goal of basking in the beauty of Machu Picchu. The REI tour we took and the guides we had left a lasting impression.  So when we heard that Edwin, our lead guide was going to receive an award as one of the best guides of 2016, some of my traveling ...

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Gubernatorial Candidate Ciattarelli Gets a Win at the Union County Republican Convention

March 23, 2017

Union, NJ - Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli won the endorsement of the Union County GDP for governor at the Union County Republican Convention.  He received 113 votes to Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno's 92 votes.  Both candidates arrived before “gavel down” and did their best to meet as many of the voters as possible.  No other gubernatorial candidate’s name ...

Second Fetus Found in Three Weeks in Newark at Passaic Valley Sewer

March 22, 2017

PATERSON, NJ - The Essex County Prosecutor's Office was on the scene on Wednesday in Newark at the Passaic Valley Sewer (PVS) investigating a second fetus found in just the last three weeks.

Earlier this month, on March 2, the office launched an investigation after a fetus was found in one of the grates. That investigation is still ongoing.

Paterson is the biggest stakeholder in the ...

Negative Feedback Regarding Watchung Reservation Bike Trails

March 15, 2017

To the Editor:

Reflecting on the overwhelming negative feedback on March 7, 2017 at a Union County open meeting to permit mountain biking within the Watchung Reservation, as well as the negative comments at the March 9, 2017 Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting, this feedback would suggest that serious consideration be given to the following:


According to the 49 Union ...

Rotary Club of Plainfield-North Plainfield: Last Chance to Purchase Wine Tasting Dinner Tickets

March 25, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Rotary Club has announced that this is the last week to place your ticket order for their Annual Wine Tasting Dinner. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 5, at Giovanna’s Restaurant in Plainfield. South Plainfield resident Shirley Weaver Thompson will receive the 2017 Service Above Self Award at the dinner.

“We thank those who have made their ...

Snow Blows

There is nothing quite so blissful as a snow day.  

 

The quiet beauty of gently falling flakes swiftly accumulating on the trees and lawns and roadways preventing any sort of travel to work.   Those two magic words:  School Closure.  Knowing that all there is to do is look out the window from your warm house and watch the clean cold blanket of winter stop all ...

Without Mercy by Jefferson Bass

Without Mercy: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson Bass (Harper Collins, 2016)

In James Patterson's Master Class, an online course which I recommend highly to aspiring authors, Patterson talks about the validity of writing with a partner. Patterson notes several well respected creative teams like Lennon and McCartney, Simon and Garfunkle, and explains that combining the creative juices of two ...

Murder on the Orient Express

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ streams along in sizzling suspense

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, NJ – Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, “Murder on the Orient Express,” has received a terrific stage adaptation by Ken Ludwig. He’s taken a few liberties with the numerous characters, but has tightened the story line so that it all works seamlessly.

Ludwig ...