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Plainfield Fire Chief Title in Jeopardy

July 15, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp’s proposal on July 9 to abolish the title of Fire Chief echoed a move about a decade ago to abolish the title of Police Chief.

It was in June 2007 that Police Chief Edward Santiago saw the plan on then-Public Safety Director Martin Hellwig’s Power Point presentation, with no prior warning that his job was on the line.

City Council passes resolution honoring Donald Van Blake

PLAINFIELD, NJ - At Monday's City Council meeting a resolution was approved honoring the life and legacy of Donald Van Blake who passed away on June 5, 2018 at the age of 96 years. 

The resolution reads:

COUNCILMANIC RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE & LEGACY OF DONALD VAN BLAKE

WHEREAS, The City Council of the City of Plainfield takes this moment to remember and honor ...

Plainfield Zoning Board Wants Traffic Study at Armory Site

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Traffic and parking loomed as concerns Wednesday when Plainfield’s Zoning Board discussed an expansion of programs at the former Armory building.

HOPES CAP Inc. sought approvals to increase the number of Early Head Start children and staff at the site, from 270 to 362 students and from 76 to 95 employees. Architect Adrian Melia described changes to the interior ...

Unforgettable Day at Fanwood's 2nd Annual FanJam

July 9, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- Thousands of Fanwood residents and visitors flocked to LaGrande Park for an afternoon of music, food, beverages, and activities for kids at the second annual Fanwood Summer FanJam.

Unforgettable Fire, which features hometown hero Craig Kiell who lives walking distance from LaGrande Park, headlined the show. Other performers included The Allan Grant Band, Zero ...

The Chain That Saved the Colonies

PLAINFIELD, NJ –- The Historical Society of Plainfield will host a lecture entitled “The Chain That Saved The Colonies” on Sunday, July 15 at 2 p.m. at the Drake House Museum.   The lecture will given by Donald “Doc” Bayne.

“Many New Jersey residents are not aware of the Great Chain that spanned the Hudson River at West Point during the American ...

Fanwood Ready to Rock Summer FanJam Music and Food Truck Festival on Sun, July 8

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood will host the second annual Summer FanJam food truck and live rock music festival at LaGrande Park on Sunday, July 8, from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Run by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) with contributions from local Fanwood sponsors, the Summer FanJam will feature live music from several bands, including Unforgettable Fire, ...

NJSACOP to Assess Plainfield Police; Public Comment Welcome

July 16, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will examine all aspects of the Plainfield Police Division’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services on July 22, according to Public Safety Director Carl N. Riley.

“Verification by the team that the Plainfield Police Division meets the ...

Police Investigators Seek Public’s Help in Fatal Crash

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Police Department and Middlesex County Prosecutors Office are looking for the public’s help in the July 4, 2018 fatal motorcycle accident that killed 28 year-old Jessica Montes of Piscataway.

According to police, the accident occurred at approximately 4:50am as the vehicle Montes was a passenger lost control and crashed on New Brunswick ...

Dunellen Man Arrested in Plainfield for Obstruction, Resisting Arrest

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Officers from the Plainfield Police Division responded to a report of a disorderly person at a business in the 100 block of Watchung Avenue on Thursday around 10:50 a.m.

According to a press release from Plainfield Police, officers observed a customer actively involved in a dispute inside the establishment with an employee upon their arrival.

When the customer observed the ...

Mother and Son Graduate from Union County College Together

July 4, 2018

CRANFORD - For Ana Amaya and her son, Roberto, May 23, 2018 marked the completion of a dream when they both crossed the stage at Union County College’s Commencement, and receive their Associate Degree. They both describe their time at UCC as “a great experience” and are particularly thankful to have served as academic tutors in the College’s Academic ...

New Restaurant Buys ‘Pocketed’ Westfield Liquor License

July 14, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council approved the transfer of a liquor license to Westfield Hospitality LLC for its Westfield Fish & Brew Company during the council's meeting Tuesday night. The license had been bought from Jeffrey’s when it closed in 2014 and remained unused, or “pocketed,” by that owner until now.

Though the restaurant does not ...

Tee times, Pairings Announced for Start of U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Baltusrol

July 14, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The USGA U.S. Junior Amateur Championship starts Monday, July 16, and the pairings for the first two rounds of the 71st edition were recently announced.

Monday and Tuesday tee times will be played on the 7,280-yard, par-71 Upper Course and at the 7,313-yard, par-70 Lower Course at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Monday, Tuesday tee times & pairings

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17 Fascinating Facts About Rutgers Athletics

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For all the critics of the athletics program at New Jersey’s largest public university, there are more than a dozen reasons to cheer for successes of the sports programs and teams on the playing fields, in classrooms and beyond.

Here are 17 on the field and off the field things this took place this past academic year at Rutgers University:

1. Rutgers had four ...

RU Ready for Rutgers Football? Tickets on Sale Next Week

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - There's a lot of promotions planned this fall as part of the Rutgers football season.

Single game tickets go on sale Thursday, July 12, with seven home games. There's matchups against Big Ten East opponents Michigan and Penn State, and a first-time cross divisional meeting with Northwestern.

If football is not your thing, there's plenty ...

Downtown PNC Bank celebrates its new location

July 12, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - PNC Bank previously located at the corner of 2nd and Park Ave, celebrated its new location at 211 W Front Street with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new state of the art branch offers a modern open concept design, differing from the more traditional bank branches and its former location with less formal teller windows and more open meeting space and interior ATM machines.

On ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - TAPinto Plainfield has one primary focus.

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It might not always look that way. After all, most of our articles aren't really about you, but things TAPinto editors think you care about. Such as what the county Freeholders are doing. What's happening in downtown Plainfield, or in the schools. And the biggest upcoming events, too.

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Newark Lures Amazon With $1 Billion Payroll Tax Incentive

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon will get a payroll tax break at a cost of $1 billion to the city should the company open its second headquarters here.

It’s one of two ordinances that were approved by the Newark City Council council to sweeten the deal for the corporate giant and stand out among other locations vying for Amazon’s so-called HQ2.

“The City Council has brought Newark a ...

It's the Third of July, Chris Fritz and the Impulsives Lead Tuesday's Night Entertainment Opportunities on Long Beach Island and in Stafford

July 3, 2018

LONG BEACH ISLAND –Tuesday entertainment headlines with a free concert from 7-9 p.m. at Bayview Park in Long Beach Township.  Chris Fritz and the Impulsives are performing  Visitors are reminded to bring a beach chair, a cooler to enjoy the concert and beautiful sunset at the bay. 

Here is the list of Tuesday',s additional entertainment options in Stafford ...

Piscataway Man Sentenced to 66 ½ Years for Murder of Raritan Woman

July 6, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Christopher Koller, 41, of Piscataway was sentenced Thursday to 66 ½ years in a New Jersey state prison for the murder of Beth Bezek, a 31-year-old Raritan woman, said Middlesex County Prosecutor, Andrew C. Carey.

The sentence was imposed after Koller was found guilty by a jury on March 27.

During his trial, prosecutors said Bezek was ...

Natural Pain Relief is as Close as Your Garden

July 11, 2018

Busy schedules, over indulging, and strenuous summer activities can lead to sore muscles, indigestion and headaches. When searching for pain relief, look no further than your own garden or your local farmer’s market. These five foods fresh from the garden – or pot – are packed with super pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory power.

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Infuse mint into your tea or ice water ...

Summer Care for Perennial Gardens

Keep your perennial gardens looking their best throughout the hot summer months with a bit of midsummer grooming and care. Investing time midseason means you’ll be enjoying beautiful gardens now through the end of the growing season.

Start by deadheading, removing faded flowers, to improve the plants’ overall appearance. It won’t extend bloom time on all perennials, but will ...

Natural Pain Relief is as Close as Your Garden

July 11, 2018

Busy schedules, over indulging, and strenuous summer activities can lead to sore muscles, indigestion and headaches. When searching for pain relief, look no further than your own garden or your local farmer’s market. These five foods fresh from the garden – or pot – are packed with super pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory power.

Mint
Infuse mint into your tea or ice water ...

Tree Keepers workshop coming to Plainfield

July 2, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Many neighborhoods in and around Plainfield are still cleaning up from the effects of stormy weather experienced in late Spring. Protecting the remaining landscapes and providing the best care can be a daunting task. To help educate residents, The City of Plainfield’s Shade Tree Commission is sponsoring a workshop by the New Jersey Tree Foundation’s Tree Keeper. The ...

Plainfield Zoning Board Wants Traffic Study at Armory Site

July 12, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Traffic and parking loomed as concerns Wednesday when Plainfield’s Zoning Board discussed an expansion of programs at the former Armory building.

HOPES CAP Inc. sought approvals to increase the number of Early Head Start children and staff at the site, from 270 to 362 students and from 76 to 95 employees. Architect Adrian Melia described changes to the interior ...

Plainfield Head Start Program Seeks Expansion Approvals

Plans to open a Head Start program in the former Plainfield Armory date back several years, but now the provider is asking Zoning Board approval to expand.

According to a legal notice, HOPES CAP Inc. wants to expand an Early Head Start School from 20 classrooms, 270 children and 76 staff members to 26 classrooms, 362 children and 95 staff members on the former Armory site at East Seventh ...

Westfield to Hold 3-Day ‘AddamsFest’ Celebrating Charles Addams and His Creations This Fall

July 16, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s creepy. It’s kooky. And it’s taking over Westfield from Oct 26 to 28. AddamsFest, a town-wide celebration honoring Westfield native Charles Addams and his most famous creations, The Addams Family, will be a destination event this fall with family-friendly activities, lectures, exhibits and film screenings, the town announced Thursday.

Watch the ...

Morristown Happenings: Things to Do in Morristown This Weekend; July 13 - 15

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Jump for joy....it's the weekend! Don't let Friday the 13th scare you away, there are lots of fun things to do in and around town this weekend! Have a great weekend everyone!

 

Friday July 13

Spirit Animals Glassblowing Class; Morris County School of Glass; 9am - 11am

Mini Summer Camp: Woodsy Walkers; Great Swamp (Chatham); 10am - 11:30am

Tyke ...

Belmar Parasail: Soar Into Summer with a High-Flying Adventure Along the Beachfront

BELMAR, NJ — As Belmar finally basks in picture-perfect weather, it may be time to check off a summer activity on your bucket list. And for many, parasailing is one of those “must-do” experiences.

At Belmar Parasail, the season is in full swing, offering boat trips from the Belmar Manutti Marina to the beachfront where passengers are lifted 500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean ...

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Creating a Dynamite Job Portfolio

July 16, 2018

The job market continues to change, as does the way we look for work. This Workshop examines the value of presenting yourself as a complete package by using a resume as an introduction to an employer and backing it up with a portfolio presented at the interview.

How You Will Benefit:

Learn how to brand yourself and define yourself using descriptive language.
Explore the essential ...

Plainfield BOE Member on Naming of the New School

July 12, 2018

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – I, Carmencita Pile, an elected Plainfield School Board member presented this during the Plainfield School Board monthly business meeting to the public and to the board after being recognized by Plainfield School Board President Mr. Richard Wyatt.

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 12:10PM an email was sent from the Plainfield School District's Postmaster that ...

Police Investigators Seek Public’s Help in Fatal Crash

July 15, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Police Department and Middlesex County Prosecutors Office are looking for the public’s help in the July 4, 2018 fatal motorcycle accident that killed 28 year-old Jessica Montes of Piscataway.

According to police, the accident occurred at approximately 4:50am as the vehicle Montes was a passenger lost control and crashed on New Brunswick ...

La Guerra contra los Inmigrantes- Cuando es Demasiado?

July 15, 2018

"Primero, vinieron por los comunistas, y yo no hable- por que no era comunista.

Después, vinieron por los sindicalistas, y yo no hable- por que no era sindicalista.

Después, vinieron por los judíos, y yo no hable- por que no era judío. 

Después, vinieron por mí- y no hubo nadie para hablar por mí."

Este dicho por el ...

Mayor Mapp:  El Programa de Verano de los Jóvenes

El lunes, 9 de julio, nuevas caras alumbraran las oficinas de la Alcaldía. Nuestro Programa de Verano de los Jóvenes por fin comienza, y otra vez los empleados tendrán la oportunidad de ser mentores de un nuevo grupo de jóvenes.

El Programa de Verano de los Jóvenes corre por seis semanas todos los años y les da la oportunidad de empleo y experiencia a ...

Featured Business: Studio 15 Young Plainfield Entrepreneurs Expand Business Once More

“What you see behind me is a life-changing project for myself that I have been working on since January 2017, nearly two years, discreetly; not sharing much about it with anybody. I've had plenty of reasons to give up on this truck; I purchased it pretty much from the ground up from Rashine Mobile, another local city entrepreneur. The truck had no steering column, no computer; it ...

'Servant of Two Masters' exudes foolish fun

‘Servant of Two Masters’ makes for foolish, frivolous fun

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ –Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters,” in a rousing translation and adaptation by Bonnie J. Monte, has the outdoor audience at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey laughing and clapping all the way through.

The yearly production, held at the amphitheatre on the ...

Lucia, Lucia by Adriani Trigiani

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2003)

 

If a summer romance novel is what you are craving to read as you sit by the pool or beach, Adriana Trigiani's Lucia, Lucia is a perfect choice. Set in 1950 New York City, the novel is about a young woman, Lucia Sartori, who is determined to have a career and be able to support herself, an unusual choice for a girl who was ...

The Anatomy of Escape by Mike Blue

The Anatomy of Escape: An Unconventional Adventure by Mike Blue (Available on Amazon)

 

Imagine that you could just say, “Chuck it,” and walk away from the bonds that keep you tied to what Mike Blue, author of The Anatomy of Escape: An Unconventional Adventure, defines as the restrictive Work-Consume-Die cycle. To most of us, becoming what Blue terms “a ...

The Death of Koko the Gorilla

Koko's Kitten, Koko's Story, The Eduction of Koko all by Dr. Francine Patterson

 

Last night when I heard about the death of Koko, the lowland gorilla who was educated to communicate through American Sign Language by Dr. Francine Patterson, I went numb with grief. I have followed the life of Koko, her two gorilla companions, Michael and Ndume, as well as Dr. Patterson for forty ...

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow, 2018)

 

A friend, whose opinion on literature I respect greatly, reported to me recently that she had just finished reading A.J. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Of it she said, “I wish I hadn't finished it,” which I interpreted to mean, “It was so good I'm sorry that I finished it.” ...

When the Men Go Off to War by Victoria Kelly

When the Men Go Off to War by Victoria Kelly (Naval Institute Press, 2015)

Victoria Kelly's first published volume of poetry, When the Men Go Off to War, is a wonder in that poems can be written so beautifully about the subject of war. Each poem is a jewel, polished and colorful, glittering with elegant imagery, and rich in emotional wallop. The book, divided into three sections, ...

The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2005)

            The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani, a New York Times best selling author, was recommended to me by a young woman who actually came from the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania, the place where the novel is set. “The author did such a wonderful job of describing how the town actually is,” said the young lady.