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Plainfield Week in Review: Sumo at Netherwood Opens, Yates on HPC Agenda, Plainfield Vision 2025 Begins, and More

September 24, 2017

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

Seniors and Caregivers Invited to Discuss Service Needs for Union County

Eight Now on Nov. Ballot for Plainfield Board of Ed Election

Rev. Joyce Scheyer Joins Grace Episcopal Church Plainfield as Priest-in-Charge

Fighting Addiction-Prevention Links ...

Plainfield Symphony: Renowned Pianist Robert Taub in 98th Season Opener

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Music director Charles Prince and the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra welcome internationally acclaimed pianist Robert Taub to open the PSO’s 98th season with Brahms and Schumann:  Best Friends.

Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, NJ
Pre-concert talk with ...

Hillsborough Author Continues Crusade to Perpetuate Legacy of Doris Duke and Her Estate

PLAINFIELD, NJ  - Hillsborough author Rikki Lynn Hauss will continue her campaign to perpetuate the legacy and lifestyle of heiress Doris Duke and the demolition of the Duke mansion along the Raritan River during the Tri-County History Fair Saturday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Plainfield Public Library.

A day of discovery, resource sharing, raffles, and an opportunity to speak ...

Two Plainfield Vision 2025 Listening Sessions on Tap this Week

September 24, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The city-wide initiative to bring together residents and stakeholders continues this week.  Two Plainfield Vision 2025 listening sessions will occur on Monday and Wednesday, and the public is invited.

Approximately fifty people attended the Health, Human & Social Needs session on Sept. 20th.  On Sept. 25th, the public is invited to Plainfield High School at 7:00 ...

Plainfield Public Schools Report Less Bullying Incidents for 2016-2017 School Year

An overall decrease of 20% in cases since 2011, the report shows

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield Public Schools reported fewer bullying incidents in 2016-2017 than in 2011-2012, according to Denise Shipman, the Bully Prevention Coordinator for the Plainfield School District, who presented the findings, at the Board of Education meeting on Sept. 19th.

“The confirmed incidents of ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Sumo at Netherwood Opens, Yates on HPC Agenda, Plainfield Vision 2025 Begins, 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:

Seniors and Caregivers Invited to Discuss Service Needs for Union County

Eight Now on Nov. Ballot for Plainfield Board of Ed Election

Rev. Joyce Scheyer Joins Grace Episcopal Church Plainfield as Priest-in-Charge

Fighting Addiction-Prevention Links ...

Two Plainfield Vision 2025 Listening Sessions on Tap this Week

September 24, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The city-wide initiative to bring together residents and stakeholders continues this week.  Two Plainfield Vision 2025 listening sessions will occur on Monday and Wednesday, and the public is invited.

Approximately fifty people attended the Health, Human & Social Needs session on Sept. 20th.  On Sept. 25th, the public is invited to Plainfield High School at 7:00 ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Sumo at Netherwood Opens, Yates on HPC Agenda, Plainfield Vision 2025 Begins, 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:

Seniors and Caregivers Invited to Discuss Service Needs for Union County

Eight Now on Nov. Ballot for Plainfield Board of Ed Election

Rev. Joyce Scheyer Joins Grace Episcopal Church Plainfield as Priest-in-Charge

Fighting Addiction-Prevention Links ...

Plainfield Vision 2025: Initial Listening Session Draws Engaged Crowd

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield Vision 2025, the city-wide planning and community engagement initiative that will be used to create a blueprint for the future of the city, kicked off on Wednesday evening at Hubbard Middle School.  The theme of the night was Health, Human and Social needs. 

The session began with an explanation of the evening's activities by Facilitator Diane ...

Two Plainfield Vision 2025 Listening Sessions on Tap this Week

September 24, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The city-wide initiative to bring together residents and stakeholders continues this week.  Two Plainfield Vision 2025 listening sessions will occur on Monday and Wednesday, and the public is invited.

Approximately fifty people attended the Health, Human & Social Needs session on Sept. 20th.  On Sept. 25th, the public is invited to Plainfield High School at 7:00 ...

Child Struck by Car Saturday Evening on Plainfield's Grant Ave Sustains Minor Injuries

PLAINFIELD, NJ - According to the Plainfield Police Division, at approximately 7:40 p.m. on Saturday evening, officers responded to the 400 block of Grant Avenue regarding a child who was struck by a car.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a two-year old child entered the roadway and was struck by a car that was traveling on Grant Avenue.  The child sustained minor injuries and was ...

Hillsborough: Children's Singer/Songwriter Faces Child Pornography Charge

 

NEWARK, NJ – Eric. S. Komar a township resident, music teacher and singer/songwriter who performs for children at synagogues, Jewish community centers, camps and conventions nationwide was arrested at his home Tuesday and charged with receiving and distributing images of child sexual abuse, according to Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick.

 Komar, 46, was arrested ...

Rutgers Football hit with NCAA sanctions, escapes harsher penalties

September 23, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - As the Rutgers football team prepares for its game today against the University of Nebraska, the talk among the faithful is a two-year probation period for the struggling program.

The NCAA's Division I Committee on Infractions panel ruled the university failed to monitor its football program, the NCAA announced Friday afternoon.

The penalties fell short of ...

Plainfield Parks & Rec Department Offering Youth Wrestling and Basketball Programs

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The City of Plainfield's Division of Parks and Recreation will be offering Youth Wrestling and Basketball programs, beginning in October.

The Youth Wrestling program will start on Monday, Oct. 16th and matches will take place on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Plainfield High School, 950 Park Avenue.

The program is open to boys and girls ages ...

The Family of Holmdel Student Jack Bailey Clarence Dowd Share Personal Letter to All Who Mourn With Them

HOLMDEL, N.J. - The family of Jack Bailey Clarence Dowd requested that TAPinto Holmdel and Colts Neck share the following letter from the family. It is reprinted here in its entirety at their request to this publication and they ask that you share it with all who are mourning with them:

 

"We wanted to reach out to all those grieving with us and sending their love and prayers. I ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Sumo at Netherwood Opens, Yates on HPC Agenda, Plainfield Vision 2025 Begins, and More

September 24, 2017

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

Seniors and Caregivers Invited to Discuss Service Needs for Union County

Eight Now on Nov. Ballot for Plainfield Board of Ed Election

Rev. Joyce Scheyer Joins Grace Episcopal Church Plainfield as Priest-in-Charge

Fighting Addiction-Prevention Links ...

Job Search at your Fingertips: How to Research Like an Expert

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Whether you are making a list of target companies or preparing for interviews, you must do your homework. Go beyond Google to set yourself up for success. 

On Monday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m., join the Career Networking Group at the Scotch Plains Public Library to find out how to use library resources to maximize your job search research results. Learn how to ...

Plainfield Development: Sumo Grand Opening Held on Thursday Evening

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield's Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and members of the administration held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday evening for the Sumo Enterprises mixed-use property across from the Netherwood train station. 

There are 31 units, with 19 two-bedrooms  and 12 one-bedroom rental units; ten units are on each floor, with one on the first floor for a superintendent.  ...

Jazzy Vegetarian Reveals The Secret Of Pumpkin Spice

September 23, 2017

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Pumpkin Spice is everywhere, in lattes, in cookies, and just about other every imaginable item in the grocery store. There are even rumors coming out of London that Pumpkin Spice will be joining a Spice Girls reunion concert, but that sounds more like an internet legend than anything else.

Pumpkin spice, or pumpkin pie spice, is a combination of warm spices originally ...

‘Bestfield’ Shopping, Book Signing Event in Westfield Benefits Boys & Girls Club of Plainfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — A special back-to-school “Bestfield” shopping event was held at Downtown Westfield’s  Athleta Thursday night, featuring a book signing by Laurie Gelman, author of the bestselling novel “Class Mom.”

Anne Laird, owner of The Town Book Store, said that she nearly sold out her 75 copies of the book.

“What I really love about this is ...

Plainfield Healthy Community Network to Host Free Tasting Event at Canela Grocery

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A free healthy food tasting event will take place at Plainfield's Canela Grocery this Wednesday, Sept. 13th, 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 will be available ...

Plainfield Couple Creates GoFundMe Page to Collect Donations for Hurricane Maria Ravaged Island of Dominica

September 24, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Conrad Linton and Farah Pidgeon, a couple in the Netherwood Heights section of Plainfield, are on a mission to help family, friends and residents of the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica that was devastated by Category 5 Hurricane Maria last week.

The Commonwealth of Dominica, the Nature Island of the Caribbean, is made up of tropical rain forests and natural springs, with a ...

Imagine Offers Support Groups for Caregivers

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- Imagine is offering support groups for adult caregivers under 60 who are living with a family member’s chronic or terminal illness. The groups are safe spaces in which people can express their feelings, and gain support from fellow caregivers. 

The criteria for participation includes: caring for any person with a diagnosis of physical illness, injury or ...

Union County Daughters of Ireland Raise More Than $3,500 with Cranford Bar Crawl

CRANFORD, NJ – Union County’s women of Irish descent are coming together to build relationships, network and raise money for young women of Irish heritage.

Two Clark women, Kate Mooney and Lori Connolly, teamed up last April to start the Union County Daughters of Ireland. They were inspired by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, a group of which Mooney’s father is a proud ...

Eight Now on Nov. Ballot for Plainfield Board of Ed Election

September 19, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - An order to show cause was filed by three petitioners to seek a determination of the court that their petitions submitted for the Plainfield Board of Education election be accepted.  They had been denied by the Union County Clerk's office due to a late filing time stamped two minutes after the deadline. 

Eric J. Andrews, Terence J. Johnson and Cameron E. Cox ...

Voting Block: In downtown Newark, the 2017 NJ governor's race looms large for the state's largest city

Chike Uzoka may not be running for governor of New Jersey. But when you watch him walk down his home stretch of Halsey Street, the main vein of downtown Newark's pulsating revival, you would think that he's the mayor of the state's largest city. 

With a natty gray hat perched just right and a megawatt smile, Uzoka high-fived his way down Halsey Street between Bleeker Street ...

Imagine Offers Support Groups for Caregivers

September 23, 2017

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- Imagine is offering support groups for adult caregivers under 60 who are living with a family member’s chronic or terminal illness. The groups are safe spaces in which people can express their feelings, and gain support from fellow caregivers. 

The criteria for participation includes: caring for any person with a diagnosis of physical illness, injury or ...

Plainfield Vision 2025: Initial Listening Session Draws Engaged Crowd

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield Vision 2025, the city-wide planning and community engagement initiative that will be used to create a blueprint for the future of the city, kicked off on Wednesday evening at Hubbard Middle School.  The theme of the night was Health, Human and Social needs. 

The session began with an explanation of the evening's activities by Facilitator Diane ...

Fighting Addiction-Prevention Links Receives National Grant to Support Recovery Services

ROSELLE, NJ--A national $600,000 Building Communities of Recovery (BCOR) grant has been secured by Prevention Links to bolster its recovery support efforts. The grant comes through the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

In 2016, President Barak Obama signed into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act or CARA. This is the first major federal addiction legislation in 40 years ...

Freeholders Join Students at Opening for Union Co. Vo-Tech’s Law and Justice Mini Academy

September 12, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union County Freeholders joined students, teachers and administrators of the Union County Vocational Technical in marking the opening of the new Law and Justice Mini Academy, a four-year program designed to prepare students for careers in public service, law, and criminal justice and as proactive citizens.

“We are proud of our investment in our award-winning ...

Plainfield Development: Sumo Grand Opening Held on Thursday Evening

September 23, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield's Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and members of the administration held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday evening for the Sumo Enterprises mixed-use property across from the Netherwood train station. 

There are 31 units, with 19 two-bedrooms  and 12 one-bedroom rental units; ten units are on each floor, with one on the first floor for a superintendent.  ...

Plainfield's Yates House Seeks Approvals for Expansion

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The current owner of a Plainfield mansion once slated for expansion as a nursing home is now seeking its expansion to house homeless military veterans.

Formerly known as Abbott Manor in the long-running nursing home controversy, the Yates House for Military Veterans at 810 Central Avenue is on the Sept. 26 agenda of the Historic Preservation Commission and the Oct. 4 agenda of ...

Once Historic, Plainfield Site Is Now Just History

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield City Council took action Monday (Sept. 11) to remove an 18th Century Terrill Road structure off the local historic sites registry for a good reason: It no longer exists.

Years of efforts to save the Lampkin House, also known as the Dolbeer-Ware House, came to naught and it was demolished.

MORE:  Terrill Road House: A Lesson on Early Architecture?

In a ...

FOSH 18th Annual Blessing of the Animals to be Held on Oct. 1

September 22, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Friends of Sleepy Hollow, or FOSH, will hold its 18th Annual Celebration of Animals event Leland Avenue Park at Cook School in Plainfield.

Join them on Sunday, Oct. 1st, starting at 1:30 pm,  with blessings starting at 2:00 pm.  Representatives of local religious and spiritual traditions will be available to offer blessings for all animals.  

Please ...

Yankee Matt Holliday Speaks About Baseball, Faith at the Presbyterian Church at New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday came to New Providence on Saturday morning and spoke to a gathering at the Presbyterian Church.

Holliday sat in front of a packed sanctuary in the church, which included seating in the balcony, and talked about his career, his family life and his religious faith. 

He also answered questions from the audience, and ...

Willow Grove Church offers Worship, Picnic, and Hurricane Relief Collection at La Grande Park in Fanwood

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Willow Grove Presbyterian Church invites everyone from the community to come to the Annual Fall “Worship in a New Key” service and Picnic in the Park on Sunday, Sept. 24, under the pavilion at La Grande Park in Fanwood.

The day begins with an informal contemporary worship service starting at 11:00 a.m. Following the service will ...

United Airlines to begin limited service to Puerto Rico Sunday, Normal Operation to Dominican Republic

September 23, 2017

CHICAGO IL - United Airlines begins limited service to Puerto Rico with one flight scheduled to San Juan (SJU) Sunday September 24. Normal operations are expected to return on Monday September 25.

Normal service has already resumed to Punta Cana (PUJ), Santo Domingo (SDQ), and Santiago (STI) in the Dominican Republic. Service has also resumed to Providenciales (PLS) in the ...

10 Top Spots For Apple Picking In Northern New Jersey

Mmmmmm.....apple pie, apple pancakes, apple butter, apple cake....Make yours with the freshest of apples by picking your own this Fall in Northern New Jersey!  Team Nest Builder notes that prime New Jersey apple-picking season runs now through October 31st, so round up your friends and family and head to one of these top spots to get pickin’!

Note: As weather ...

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Get Involved with Downtown Plainfield Alliance

Revitalization of Plainfield has been a talking point for Plainfielders and the surrounding communities for decades, and has been attempted in several stages over time from the 1950s forward. As Plainfielders, we all know the potential of our downtown. Downtown Plainfield is the largest downtown west of Newark, with over 40 blocks. We have a battle that no other downtown near us has - decay - and ...

Philly Fun with the Freewalkers

Jenn's Journey North took a southbound turn to Philadelphia. This past weekend was spent attending events that celebrated the East Coast Greenway, and it didn't hurt that the celebrations included some of my favorite Freewalkers, too.

The East Coast Greenway is the nation's longest biking and walking route.  Their River Relay is a 25th birthday party, with events running from ...

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Clark Historic Archives to be Unveiled to Public During Special Event

September 24, 2017

CLARK, NJ — On Friday, Sept. 29, Clark Township’s Online Historical Archives will be revealed during a special presentation at the Clark Library. The collection includes books, historic photos, yearbooks and images of old newspapers.  

The public is invited to join the Clark Library Board of Trustees, Friends of the Clark Library and other town officials at this ...

First Responders Pull 35 Swimmers from Perilous Ocean Waters on One Beach This Weekend

September 24, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — Despite a swimming ban on Belmar beaches triggered by dangerous rip currents, 35 persons were pulled this weekend from the rough surf by first responders, according to authorities.

Although there were no serious injuries reported, ocean rescues on September 23 and 24 kept the all-volunteer Belmar Water Rescue Team and Belmar First Aid Squad, as well as the police department, ...

Plainfield's 21st Century

September 25, 2017

In August, my running-mate, Tera, and I had the pleasure of attending Plainfield's 21st Century Summer Learning end-of-camp celebration. 

It was so refreshing to see some incredible things our students have accomplished in STEAM. Congratulations to all the students who participated- their performance & science projects were simply AWESOME.

We were truly blown away with the ...

Hurricane Relief Concert this Sunday, October 1

September 25, 2017

Show features impressive lineup of R&B, House, and Rap artists, including Aly-Us, Pamela Long, Allure, Judah Priest and Rahway’s Ny’a, to run from 5-8 p.m., sponsored by Union County Freeholders and City of Rahway

 

RAHWAY, NJ---The Union County Performing Arts Center is presenting the Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert, featuring a card of nationally known, ...

What You Should Know about Equifax Data Breach

September 16, 2017

Have you ever applied for a car loan, credit card, lease or mortgage? You may be among the 143 million Americans whose private data was exposed during a recent breach at Equifax – one of our nation’s top three credit reporting agencies. It’s outrageous that Equifax waited more than a month to inform consumers about this hack. And it’s unconscionable that some executives ...

Sam Shepard's 'Simpatico' takes off

Sam Shepard’s “Simpatico” has a forceful workout at McCarter Theatre.

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, NJ – If you’re at all familiar with the works of Sam Shepard, you know that he writes about gritty, unforgiving characters in what appear to be hopeless situations.

In “Simpatico,” we learn that Vinnie and Carter are former partners in a race horse ...

The Hall Mills Murder Case by William Kunstler

The Hall-Mills Murder Case (The Minister and the Choir Singer) by William Kunstler (Rutgers University Press, 1964

At the end of Brown Avenue in Lavalette, NJ sits an ancient, gloomy, gray house. Flanked by contemporary beach homes, this brooding edifice stands out as a relic of a former era. My friend, Cathy noted to me that this house has a notorious history. “It was once owned by ...