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Plainfield YMCA Announces Fall Casino Night Event

July 19, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Back by popular demand, the Plainfield Area YMCA announces its Fall 2017 Casino Night fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, October 21. The fun-filled event will raise funds to benefit its many Youth Development and Emergency Housing Programs, and will take place at 7:00 pm at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Admission is $100 per person, which includes music, food, an open ...

Celebrate National Dance Day at the Plainfield Public Library

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Public Library will be hosting an event to celebrate National Dance Day with the New Jersey Tap Ensemble on July 29.

Launched in 2010 by  “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day is observed on the last Saturday in July.  The day was created as a way to increase ...

Coming Soon: Jamaica Flag Raising Ceremony in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Union County Chapter of the Jamaica Organization of New Jersey will celebrate the 55th anniversary of independence with a flag raising ceremony at Plainfield's City Hall on July 29 at 2:00 pm.

The Middlesex County Chapter of the Jamaica Organization of New Jersey will alo mark the country's 55th anniversary with a flag raising ceremony at Franklin ...

School Board Petitions Due July 31

July 16, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi reminds people seeking School Board positions in their municipality that the deadline for filing their nominating petitions is Monday, July 31, before 4:00 p.m. in the Office of the Union County Clerk, 2 Broad Street, Room 113, Elizabeth, NJ 07207.

“Service on a school board is an enriching ...

Union County College Foundation to Raise Funds for “Close the Gap” Campaign

CRANFORD, NJ -- The Union County College Foundation will host its 2nd Annual “Close the Gap” Cocktail Reception on July 19 in the Victor M. Richel Student Commons on the Cranford campus. The campaign supports the UCC's strategic initiative to help shrink the growing achievement gap that exists for African American students and will also provide financial assistance to ...

Rutgers Unveils Plans for “Groundbreaking” Adult Autism Center

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A first-of-its-kind center for adults with autism is slated to take root on Douglass Campus, where the closed Corwin houses now stand, according to a Rutgers University official.

Frank Wong, the school’s executive director of facilities, planning and development, introduced general plans for the Adult Autism Center last night, July 10, at the New ...

Cranford Township Committee Centers on School Concerns during Hartz Mountain Presentation

July 19, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – Concerns about Cranford’s schools loomed on the minds of residents and the Cranford Township Committee on Tuesday evening as they listened to a presentation by Hartz Mountain Industries. The presentation was similar to the one given by Hartz Mountain Industries on Thursday night.

The benches of the room were filled and the walls were lined with concerned residents ...

Coming Soon: Jamaica Flag Raising Ceremony in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Union County Chapter of the Jamaica Organization of New Jersey will celebrate the 55th anniversary of independence with a flag raising ceremony at Plainfield's City Hall on July 29 at 2:00 pm.

The Middlesex County Chapter of the Jamaica Organization of New Jersey will alo mark the country's 55th anniversary with a flag raising ceremony at Franklin ...

Fighter Jet and Coast Guard Helicopter Respond to Somerset Hills Airspace Heard Over Warren

BEDMINSTER NJ - An errant aircraft over Bedminster drew a military response, according to law enforcement reports.

A single engine Cessna entered restricted airspace over the Trump National Golf Course, triggering a response from a fighter jet and a Coast Guard helicopter on Saturday.  The pilot of the aircraft allegedly failed to acknowledge commands to indentify themselves and to ...

Motorcycle Driver Wanted for Eluding Police in Roselle Park and Elizabeth

July 19, 2017

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Roselle Park Police are looking for help to identify the driver of a motor cycle that eluded them and put numerous drivers at risk. 

According to police, at approximately 12:15 pm on Tuesday, July 18, officers attempted to pull the driver over due to the motorcycle not having a visible registration (license plate). Police say, the driver ignored the marked patrol ...

Union Man Sentenced to Three Years for Racially Charged Threats Against Neighbors

UNION COUNTY, NJ – A Township of Union man has been sentenced to three years in state prison for making racially charged threats of physical and sexual violence against a pair of neighbors earlier this year, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Friday.

Glenn Miller, 59, of Kimberly Road had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree bias intimidation.

As ...

Gun Buy Back Program to be Held in 3 NJ Cities July 28-29

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A two-day gun buy back event will take place in three New Jersey cities on July 28 and 29 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm as a part of the New Jersey Statewide Gun Amnesty Program.

The three events will take place in:

Camden, at the Antioch Baptist Church at 700 Ferry Avenue
Newark, at the Greater Abyssinian Baptist Church, 88 Lyons Avenue
Trenton, at the Friendship Baptist ...

Sydney McLaughlin of Union Catholic Repeats as Gatorade Athlete of the Year

July 13, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In a career filled with historic performances, Union Catholic’s Sydney McLaughlin added one final piece of history to her legendary high school track and field career when she became the first athlete, male or female, to win the Gatorade National Athlete of the Year in consecutive years when she received that honor on Tuesday night at the Ritz Carlton in Los ...

Free Tennis at Plainfield's Hannah Atkins Courts Starts July 10

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Sure, Wimbledon is being played across the pond, but Plainfield's Hannah Atkins tennis courts will be the place to be, starting Monday, July 10.

Free tennis takes place Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Hannah Atkins playground is located at 508-52 West 3rd Street.

For more information, call the Plainfield ...

Did You Know You Can Contribute Articles to TAPinto Plainfield?

July 18, 2017

TAPinto Plainfield is an all-online, objective, newspaper serving residents, organizations, and businesses in Union and the surrounding areas. We are part of the TAPinto network of more than 60 locally owned and operated online hyperlocal news sites with more than 6 million readers.

The TAPinto team would like to feature news about Plainfield from you, too!  

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PMUA Responds to Plainfield City Council Questions, Concerns

PLAINFIELD, NJ - In its Joint Agenda Session on Monday, July 10, the Plainfield City Council pressed Daniel Mejias, Executive Director, and CFO Duane Young of the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority for an explanation of its rates for Plainfield residents, and requested a cost analysis between the city and other municipalities it currently services.

President and Councilwoman-at-Large ...

Gateway Hudson River Tunnel Project Inches Ahead

WASHINGTON --The draft text of the fiscal year 2018 U.S. Department of Transportation Appropriations Act includes $900 million in new funding for the Gateway Hudson River train tunnel project.

Tens of thousands of commuters on the Raritan Valley Line, including Plainfield and Netherwood, will benefit from the project, with fewer delays and a smoother ride into and back from ...

DIGinto New Brunswick: Stage Left Steak Stakes Its Claim—In More Ways Than One

July 19, 2017

Note: This column is the first in a monthly series called DIGinto New Brunswick. The Hub City has a rich and diverse culinary scene, its menus constantly changing. I’ll be doing the leg work at your favorite spots and some hidden gems, sampling various dishes at one New Brunswick restaurant every month and reporting back on which food is worth your taste buds’ time. So sit back, ...

Jersey Freshcipes Grilled Jersey Corn with Garlic Chili Butter and Lime

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  The 'Jersey Freshcipes' contest is the hottest thing in the kitchen this summer. TAPinto caught up with contest winner Melissa Raho of Behind the Plates who served up Grilled Jersey Corn with Garlic Chili Butter and Lime.

Corn is at its peak in the Garden State from around the Fourth of July through Labor Day making it the perfect 'must ...

Stepping Up to the Plate, Summit Readies to Host Ninth Annual Restaurant Week July 20-30

SUMMIT, NJ - It's so big that it is a week that will last 10 days.

Summit’s Ninth Annual Restaurant Week will begin Thursday, July 20 and run through Sunday, July 30, and feature more than .30 restaurants and food shops offering prix fixe menus and specials. Restaurant Week will begin with a 'Kick-Off Night' July 20, which will include live music throughout downtown from 6-9 ...

Plainfield YMCA Announces Fall Casino Night Event

July 19, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Back by popular demand, the Plainfield Area YMCA announces its Fall 2017 Casino Night fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, October 21. The fun-filled event will raise funds to benefit its many Youth Development and Emergency Housing Programs, and will take place at 7:00 pm at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Admission is $100 per person, which includes music, food, an open ...

Retired Firefighter Shares Journey of Building Playgrounds in the Wake of Tragedy

ELIZABETH, NJ - A retired Elizabeth firefighter who experienced kindness from school children in Mississippi paid it forward in a big way: by building 26 playgrounds dedicated to Sandy Hook shooting victims.

Bill Lavin, former Firefighters’ Mutual Benevolent Association president, spoke at the Elizabeth Main Branch Library last Wednesday to tell the story of his non-profit ...

Volunteers Needed to Assemble Care Packages for US Troops Overseas

 

BRIDGEWATER, NJ  - Volunteers are needed to assemble personal care packages that will be shipped to US troops deployed around the world on Saturday, July 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark.

The Somerset Patriots and Operation Shoebox New Jersey will host the event; members of the Patriots are expected to help out packing boxes.

Volunteers will form an assembly line and ...

Union County Offers Sun Safe Precautions and Free Skin Cancer Screenings

July 12, 2017

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents to participate in the 2017 “Choose Your Cover” program, a statewide skin cancer screening, awareness and educational initiative taking place on Saturday, August 5 in Clark.

To promote sun safety and help reduce the risk of skin cancer, the Chronic Disease Coalition of Middlesex and ...

A Reconnections Program for Recently Incarcerated Individuals Available in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Reconnections Program provides assistance to individuals who were recently incarcerated, and is available at the One Stop Career Center in Plainfield.

"The Reconnections Program is a Union County prisoner re-entry initiative.  It's a partnership between the Urban League of Union County, the United Way of Greater Union County, the County of Union and the Union ...

New Brunswick Children’s Hospital Named Among Best in U.S.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The Healthcare City is once again living up to its name.

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ranked among the country’s best medical center for kids in a new list compiled by U.S. News and World Report. Specifically, the hospital earned the 39th spot for its urology program.

This is the fifth time the ...

Union County Mosquito Control Spraying for Wednesday, July 19

July 19, 2017

Please be advised, Union County Mosquito Control will be spraying for Adult Mosquito tonight, Wednesday July 19, 2017 between the hours of 7:00 P.M. and 12:00 A.M. (Weather Permitting). Check below and see if you Municipally is on the list. Any  questions or concerns, please contact the Bureau of Mosquito Control at 908-654-9873.

 

Municipalities 

Clark – Sweet ...

The Nation's First Trail Blaze For National September 11th Memorial Trail Unveiled

RANDOLPH, NJ- The entrance to the Patriots Path portion of the Randolph trail system received the prestigious recognition of marking the country’s first Trail Blaze along the new September 11th National Memorial Trail.  

“Today we are most proud of the fact that we play a role as a small part of the 1,300 mile national September 11th Memorial Trail,” said Randolph Mayor ...

Plainfield Man Sentenced to Twenty Years for Aggravated Manslaughter

July 14, 2017

A Plainfield man has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison for being responsible for the 2013 shooting death of a 21-year-old, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Friday.

Lavarr Nowell, 25, must serve at least 85 percent of that sentence before the possibility of parole under the terms set down Friday by state Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim, who labeled the death of ...

Ribbon Cutting Held for Westfeld’s New 70-Unit Apartment Building on Central Ave.

July 11, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday to celebrate the completion of a new 70-unit luxury apartment building at 333 Central Ave. in Westfield. In attendance were executives from The Hampshire Companies, Claremont Companies, Circle Squared Alternative Investments, project investors and Westfield officials including Mayor Andy Skibitsky.

“We’re excited ...

Plainfield's FUSP 'Second Friday Film Series' Movie, Discussion on July 14

July 8, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Loving Story will be the feature film in the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield's Second Friday Film Series.

The documentary highlights the story of an interracial couple living in Virginia in the 1950's, and the landmark 1967 Supreme Court case in 1967, Loving v. Virginia.  The ruling by the Court:  state bans on interracial marriage were ...

TAPinto Travels Suggestions for Weekend Fun

July 12, 2017

July is one of the hottest months of the year in New Jersey and the festival scene is scorching as well. Most townships hold their community fairs throughout the summer months to draw the most crowds. Go early and stay late at any of these fun-filled events this coming weekend.

Touch-a-Truck

Boys and girls alike always have a ball at touch-a-truck events. The South Plainfield Lions Club is ...

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park to Celebrate 60th Anniversary

BARNEGAT LIGHT, NJ — Events showcasing the historic and natural significance of the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park will highlight the 60th anniversary of landmark lighthouse on Monday, July 10.

Located on the northern tip of Long Beach Island, the park will host the celebration from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., featuring talks by the Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, guided tours of ...

TAP into Some Weekend Fun with the Family - July 6-9

TAPintoTravels - With the state back open for business, we no longer have to worry about being turned away from state-run parks and recreational sites. If your weekend plans were ruined due to the shutdown, make up for lost time by visiting one of the area’s most anticipated upcoming weekend events.

97th Annual Carnival

The town of Califon in Hunterdon County is hosting ...

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The Best Sad Day

When you don’t have to adhere to a train schedule or work a nine to five job, it’s easier to make spontaneous vacation plans.

Since I was braving a trip back to Maine in June to mark one year since the accident, I decided to add an extra week to my excursion.  I would knock off two more states in my bucket list quest to hike a part of the Appalachian Trail in every state.

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12-Year-Old Elizabeth Girl Identified as Sandy Hook Beach Drowning Victim

July 19, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - A 12-year-old city girl was pulled from the water at Sandy Hook beach on Sunday and later died, an official said.

Bianca Palma was pulled from the water by lifeguards on duty and was taken to Monmouth Medical Center where she died Monday morning, National Park Service spokeswoman Daphne Yun told TAP. 

Yun did not know the circumstances of Palma’s ...

US Will Reimburse Somerset County for Trump Visits

July 20, 2017

WASHINGTON - New Jersey Rep. Lance (R-7th) has confirmed that the United States Secret Service has designated Bedminster a priority for presidential protection – allowing law enforcement and other protection-related costs eligible for reimbursement by the federal government. 

“Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and the excellent law enforcement personnel in New ...

Our Children, Our Legacy, Our Responsibility.

July 17, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Growing up should be a magical time in a young person's life. It is a time when one shouldn't have to worry about bills, about providing food, about where to live, about major responsibilities. Childhood should be carefree and full of the wonder of life as the mysteries of nature and life are unfolded through learning.

Unfortunately, many of our young people do not ...

"Shall We Begin?" Winter Comes to Westeros on Game of Thrones

July 19, 2017

Considering Game of Thrones fans waited 448 days for the premiere of the shortest season to date, many were disappointed by the anticlimactic nature of Sunday’s episode. But the way I see it, Ed Sheeran cameo aside, the show writers did everything right: enemies were destroyed, crucial information was revealed and the stage was set for absolute chaos in Westeros.

For the first time ...

Get to Know The Plainfield Music Store

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Just steps away from the downtown train station in the heart of Plainfield’s business district is The Plainfield Music Store. Founded in 1951, the store is now owned by Plainfield local, Victoria Griswold, a classically trained pianist. The store offers a  vast resource and archive of sheet music from many publishers and is a favorite source for Plainfield and regional ...

Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812---theatre review by Shauna Evans

Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet --- Review by Shauna Evans

(Note: Shauna Evans is guest writing Beth's Books this week. Evans, a Special Education teacher at the Schor Middle School in Piscataway is known for her long time column with the on-line magazine, Examiner, where she reviewed the television phenomenon “American Idol” for several years. Now working on her first ...

'Skeleton Crew' hits home

UNION, NJ – Premiere Stages, in its quest for new, richly layered plays, is now presenting “Skeleton Crew” by Dominique Morrisseau.

The playwright had her play “Follow Me to Nellie’s” work shopped at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut several years ago. That was followed by s fine production at the Kean University ...