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Plainfield Week in Review: Mapp Says City is Budget Neutral, SSYC STEAM Presentation, Summer Soiree, and more

August 18, 2018

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

Plainfield’s Ecuadorians celebrate at flag raising ceremony

10th Annual School Supply Drive by Plainfield's Netherwood Heights Neighbors Underway

Save the Date for Plainfield’s Senior Swim Soirée

Free Sports Physicals at ...

Plainfield Pedestrian Mall to Get Vault Closure, Sidewalk Repairs

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Before people can enjoy a pedestrian mall for shopping and strolling Plainfield’s North Avenue by the main train station, vaults under the sidewalks must be secured. To that end, the City Council approved a $27,000 contract on Aug. 13 with Pennoni Associates for design work on vault closure and sidewalk repair.

The city received a $594,000 grant from NJDOT last year for ...

More on Plainfield's August City Council Meeting

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield's City Council meeting on Monday began with Mayor Adrian O. Mapp addressing council members, insisting the expansion of city departments will not add any additional costs to the city budget.  He also called objectors “purveyors of misinformation.”

VIDEO:  Plainfield Mayor Defends Restructuring as “Budget Neutral”

Additional ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: August 20-26

August 19, 2018

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

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Watchung Reservation Sensory Trail, a 0.3 mile loop with a central gazebo.  The interpretive signage includes two talking kiosks highlighting the natural and human history of ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Mapp Says City is Budget Neutral, SSYC STEAM Presentation, Summer Soiree, 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:

Plainfield’s Ecuadorians celebrate at flag raising ceremony

10th Annual School Supply Drive by Plainfield's Netherwood Heights Neighbors Underway

Save the Date for Plainfield’s Senior Swim Soirée

Free Sports Physicals at ...

What’s on TAP this Weekend in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - There's something for everyone in Plainfield this weekend, from barbecues to games to sporting competitions. Where will we see you?

It's a Family Fun Day at Hannah Atkins Park on Saturday starting at 11 a.m., sponsored by the Bridget Rivers Civic Association, Project Hope Plainfield, and Sisters of Solomon.  Lunch will be served at noon, and there is a book bag ...

UPDATED: Public's Help Sought to Locate Plainfield Resident Who May Be Missing

August 20, 2018

UPDATE:  Hank has been found, and is home safe!

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Relatives of Plainfield resident Conrad Sauer, who also goes by the name Hank, are asking for the public's help in locating him. They have not heard from him since this morning, and are concerned as it's reported that he suffers from dementia.

Sauer lives in the Netherwood Heights section of the city.

Anyone ...

North Plainfield Man, 24, Fatally Stabbed, Reward Offered for Information

NORTH PLAINFIELD, A 24-year old North Plainfield man was fatally stabbed over the weekend and an investigation is underway, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and North Plainfield Chief of Police William Parenti announced on Monday.

The victim has been identified as Nelson Noe ...

Assault in North Plainfield, Police Seek Public’s Assistance

NORTH PLAINFIELD - Police say one person was assaulted on Grove Street early Sunday morning, and anyone who lives in the area and has home surveillance is asked to contact authorities.

Anyone with any information regarding an assault that occurred on Grove Street in North Plainfield  in the early morning hours of 2:30-3 a.m. on Sunday is asked to call North Plainfield Police ...

Union County College Partners with Warren County Community College to Train Students as Physical Therapist Assistants

August 20, 2018

PLAINFIELD – Union County College (UCC) and Warren County Community College (WCCC) have established an agreement to provide students at WCCC with the opportunity to earn their Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Associate degree from UCC. UCC's President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin was joined by WCCC's President Dr. William Austin to sign a Memorandum of ...

Help a Plainfield Teacher: Ms. Urquizo, Evergreen Elementary

UPDATE:  This project has been fully funded!

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Today's teacher being featured in the TAPinto Plainfield spotlight series is Ms. Urquizo of Evergreen Elementary School.

The series is focusing on local teachers who need a little help funding classroom projects they've posted on DonorsChoose.org.

You first heard about Mrs. Hutchinson of Hubbard Middle School, and ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: August 20-26

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

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Watchung Reservation Sensory Trail, a 0.3 mile loop with a central gazebo.  The interpretive signage includes two talking kiosks highlighting the natural and human history of ...

Police Officers’ Use of Force Deemed Legally Justified

August 20, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ -  An investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office has deemed Police Officers’ "Use of Force" during a July 2016 vehicle pursuit, legally Justified. 

According to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office (UCPO), an investigation into the use of deadly force on July 9, 2016, by a Union County Police corporal and two Elizabeth Police ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: August 20-26

August 19, 2018

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

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Watchung Reservation Sensory Trail, a 0.3 mile loop with a central gazebo.  The interpretive signage includes two talking kiosks highlighting the natural and human history of ...

Could NJ Surpass Nevada and Become the Top U.S. Sports Betting Market?

New Jersey’s Director of Gaming Enforcement says goal is to become top US sports betting market, but how realistic is that goal?

David Rebuck, the ever-optimistic Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, made a bold proclamation last week when he told Gambling Compliance [paywall] that his goal is for New Jersey to be the top sports betting market in ...

Plainfield Football Coaches to Hold Meet & Greet

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Cardinals football coaches are planning a meet and greet session on Thursday, Aug 16 at the high school.

 

For more information, contact Varsity Head Football Coach Tucker by calling 908-917-0139 or emailing ctucker@plainfield.k12.nj.us.

 

Meet in the school’s cafeteria, at 950 Park Avenue.

Plainfield Pedestrian Mall to Get Vault Closure, Sidewalk Repairs

August 17, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Before people can enjoy a pedestrian mall for shopping and strolling Plainfield’s North Avenue by the main train station, vaults under the sidewalks must be secured. To that end, the City Council approved a $27,000 contract on Aug. 13 with Pennoni Associates for design work on vault closure and sidewalk repair.

The city received a $594,000 grant from NJDOT last year for ...

Could NJ Surpass Nevada and Become the Top U.S. Sports Betting Market?

New Jersey’s Director of Gaming Enforcement says goal is to become top US sports betting market, but how realistic is that goal?

David Rebuck, the ever-optimistic Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, made a bold proclamation last week when he told Gambling Compliance [paywall] that his goal is for New Jersey to be the top sports betting market in ...

Port Authority Bus Terminal To Test New Security System Next Week

NEW YORK, NY - Commuters into the Port Authority Bus terminal on Monday will be part of a pilot to test a new security system, one that will try an identify suicide vests and other improvised explosive devices, according to a release from the agency.

The Port Authority will launch the pilot test next week on the new security system designed to help law enforcement professionals .

The ...

Help a Plainfield Teacher: Ms. Urquizo, Evergreen Elementary

August 20, 2018

UPDATE:  This project has been fully funded!

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Today's teacher being featured in the TAPinto Plainfield spotlight series is Ms. Urquizo of Evergreen Elementary School.

The series is focusing on local teachers who need a little help funding classroom projects they've posted on DonorsChoose.org.

You first heard about Mrs. Hutchinson of Hubbard Middle School, and ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: August 20-26

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

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Watchung Reservation Sensory Trail, a 0.3 mile loop with a central gazebo.  The interpretive signage includes two talking kiosks highlighting the natural and human history of ...

Help a Plainfield Teacher: Mrs. T., Washington Elementary School

PLAINFIELD, NJ - TAPinto Plainfield is continuing its spotlight series focusing on local teachers who need a little help funding classroom projects they've posted on DonorsChoose.org.

Yesterday we told you about Mrs. Hutchinson of Hubbard Middle School.  In just a few short hours her project was funded!  Today, we present Mrs. T. from Washington Elementary School.  Her ...

Elizabeth Man Sentenced to 148 Years for "Reign of Terror"

August 17, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man was sentenced to a total of 148 years in state prison after being convicted for 60 crimes, Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas Jr. announced Thursday.

Rasheed Powell, 43, was sentenced by state Superior Court Judge Robert Kirsch on who described Powell’s crimes as collectively constituting an “incomprehensible ...

Westfield’s Mayor Speaks About Issues at Police Department

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle spoke about the Westfield Police Department during her update at Tuesday night’s town council meeting, saying that a car crash involving a police captain's daughter and the abrupt retirement of Chief David Wayman on Aug. 1 were unrelated, and that an investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office into ...

Plainfield Man Sentenced to 17 Years for Armed Crime Spree

NEWARK, NJ - A Plainfield man has been sentenced to 204 months in prison for robbing seven banks, and attempting to rob an eighth bank while brandishing a firearm, committing one carjacking and attempting to commit three additional carjackings, and taking a hostage at gunpoint while fleeing, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

Marlon Peek, 42, previously pleaded guilty before U.S.

Plainfield Education Association Sponsoring Board of Ed Candidates Forum

August 7, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Education Association, or PEA, is sponsoring a candidates forum featuring those residents who are running for open Board of Education seats.

Nine members of the community filed for three three-year seats:

Alma Blanco
John C. Campbell - incumbent
David Graves
Emily E. Morgan - incumbent
Melba Mullins
Rebecca Perkins
Timothy A. Priano
Harry M.

Heat Advisory in Effect for North Eastern New Jersey Through Thursday August 16

August 15, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for much of North Jersey starting today at noon and continuing through 6 p.m. Thursday Aug. 16. 

The heat index is expected to reach the mid to upper 90s during this time period. 

A Heat Advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees for two or ...

Opioid Prescriptions Cost Paterson Doctor Medical License

NEWARK, NJ- A Paterson based podiatrist who was sentenced to 36 months in prison earlier this year for defrauding Medicare and private insurance companies out of $3 million has had his podiatric license suspended for five years following a complaint that was filed against him by the State of New Jersey for prescriptions he issued to patients for painkillers and other drugs.

According to a ...

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory Through Tuesday Aug 7

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Northern New Jersey through Tuesday August 7.

A Heat Advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to 104 degrees for any length of time.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health ...

More than 1 Million Oysters Now Growing in ‘Castles’ at Bottom of Raritan Bay

August 19, 2018

LEONARDO, NJ — Oyster castles have found a new home at the bottom of the Raritan Bay near Naval Weapons Station Earle.

These concrete oyster “homes” were placed underwater last week as part of the NY/NJ Baykeeper’s ongoing effort to construct the first “living shoreline” in New Jersey’s portion of the Raritan Bay.

About 1.5 million juvenile oysters ...

Bateman Secures $9.7M for NJDEP Projects

TRENTON, NJ  - Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer)appropriating $9.703 million from corporate business tax revenue to the NJ DEP for state capital and park development, preservation, conservation, and recreation projects has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy..

“New Jersey is blessed with some of the ...

Home Teardowns a Common Part of Real Estate Expansion Cycle

August 6, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ  — It is something that has happened to many who live in suburban communities with increasing frequency over the last decade: You're driving around a familiar neighborhood when all of a sudden you notice something that always was there is not there anymore. That quaint, cozy home down the street or around the corner is now gone, replaced by a massive hole in the ...

Fall River, MA: Battleships, Destroyers and Submarines

August 18, 2018

A walk on a gray summer day was filled with maritime history in Fall River, Massachusetts. 

Bicentennial Park

Start at Bicentennial Park, which features an impressive replica Iwo Jima monument that overlooks the Taunton River.  The park pays homage to veterans, with names inscribed on bricks near the monument. 

Then walk along the paved path that runs along the waterfront ...

Temporary Suspension Scheduled for Newark Airport Monorail Service

NEWARK, NJ - The train that connects passengers to terminals in Newark Airport will shut down from Saturday night to Sunday morning for maintenance.

The AirTrain Newark will close from 8 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday. The Port Authority will provide free shuttle buses between Newark Liberty International Airport’s rail link station,  Terminals A, B and C, and the P2, P3 ...

Branson, MO: Country Fun in the Ozarks

BRANSON, MO — Live shows, water sports, Silver Dollar City amusement park — Branson, Missouri, in the Ozarks has it all. Here’s what to know before you go:

Table Rock Lake

This man-made lake is the area’s biggest attraction, with 800 miles of shoreline. Its cold, clear water is perfect for fishing, boating and swimming. 

Showboat Branson Belle offers ...

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Mon, August 20, 4:00 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Bleep Lab

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Wed, August 22, 6:00 PM

Emerson Community School, Plainfield

PEA Board of Education Candidates Forum

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Salvation Army, Plainfield

Back2School Block Party

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Freeholders Hold Ribbon Cutting for County’s First Sensory Friendly Trail at Watchung Reservation

August 20, 2018

WATCHUNG RESERVATION (MOUNTAINSIDE), NJ---The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders today cut the ribbon on the Watchung Reservation Sensory Trail, the first of its kind in the county and the most extensive one in the nation. The trail is accessible to all residents, allowing them to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings at the Trailside Nature and Science Center.

“We continue to ...

BREAKING (Video): Paterson Firefighters Perform Daring Rescue at Great Falls

August 18, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- For the second time in a weekend members of the Paterson Fire Department performed a successful rescue at the Great Falls.

Click here for video.

According to a Facebook post by Mayor Andre Sayegh, Paterson Firefighter Justin Angelica and members of Paterson Rescue 2 pulled a man who was clinging to the rocks to safety.

Speaking to TAPinto Paterson after the rescue ...

Ecuador Independence Day Celebration to be Held in Plainfield

August 10, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Celebrate Ecuador's Independence Day Friday evening on the plaza in front of Plainfield's City Hall.

August 10, 1830 marks the country's Independence Day, and highlights the cultural diversity of the Ecuadorian people.  It is also known as El Primer Grito de Independence.

The Plainfield festivities on Aug. 10, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., will include 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 ...

People I've Known and Been: Little by Little by Rich Little

People I've Known and Been: Little by Little by Rich Little (Dog Ear Publishing, 2015)

 

Rich Little is a national treasure; a living encyclopedia of movie stars, comedians, and former presidents all wrapped into one dynamic package. Recently, my husband and I had the good fortune to see Little perform at the Tropicana in Las Vegas, where he has been doing his uncanny ...

The Outsider by Stephen King

The Outsider by Stephen King (Scribner’s, 2018)

He’s the Boogeyman who hides under your bed or in your closet when you are a child. Sometimes he lurks in the dark attic of your home, so it’s a place that you avoid at night. He is Big Foot who skulks the woods in Alaska, or he is Grendl, brought to his demise by Beowulf. He is the Golum, a monster in Jewish lore. He is the ...

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 ...

Camino Island by John Grisham

Camino Island by John Grisham (Dell, 2017)

John Grisham is a very good story teller. His writing style is engaging, characters are usually well draw. But, somehow Camino Island, published in 2017, falls short of the rest of Grisham's work, and seems amateurish.

The novel begins with the heist of five precious manuscripts by F. Scott Fitzgerald from the Firestone Library at Princeton ...

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 ...