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Talk of Expungement, Licensing, and more at Plainfield Marijuana Legislation Town Hall

October 18, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The city's administration held a town hall with a panel of experts to discuss marijuana legislation and medical expansion regulations on Wednesday at Plainfield's Washington Community School.

There are currently six treatment centers in New Jersey, in Bellmawr, Cranbury, Egg Harbor, Montclair, Secaucus and Woodbridge.  In July the New Jersey Department of ...

Watson Coleman Leads Congressional Call for Mnuchin to Cancel Saudi Arabia Trip

WASHINGTON, DC — In a letter sent today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) led 11 members of the U.S. House of Representatives urging Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin  to cancel plans to attend Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative conference in light of concerns that the Saudi government is responsible for the alleged murder of journalist Jamal ...

Plainfield's City Council Removes South Ave. East Redevelopment Plan from Consent Agenda

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Tuesday's City Council meeting began by recognizing a Plainfield institution, and led to a resolution being removed from the consent agenda after comment by a resident. 

The meeting kicked off with Ann Swain and her family's Swain Galleries being honored "as a contributor, promoter, and treasurer of art" since 1868.  The gallery, located at 703 ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: October 15-21

October 14, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - TAPinto what's going on in and around town this week.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield meetings and events.

MONDAY

Plainfield High School ninth graders and their parents will take part in a special reading event with Nic Stone, author of the book Dear Martin, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.  Read more.
The Associated Humane Societies ...

“Four Centuries in a Weekend" at the Drake House Museum in Plainfield

Plainfield, NJ –  The Historical Society of Plainfield/Drake House Museum will participate in Union County’s “Four Centuries in a Weekend,” Oct. 20 and 21, from noon - 5 p.m.

On Saturday, there will be a special performance by the New Jersey Field Music Group who will be performing fife and drum dressed in authentic uniforms from the Revolutionary War era. Weather ...

Saturday in Plainfield, Where Will We See You?

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Start your Saturday in Plainfield running a 5K around town, and after the sun sets, enjoy the sounds of Wagner at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church.

The 8th Annual Plainfield-Queen City Historic 5K Walk/Run for Life is a USATF-sanctioned event that kicks off at 8 a.m. at city hall, 515 Watchung Ave.  The one-mile walk will start at 9 a.m., and the certified 5K ...

Police Say Dirt Bike Involved in Fatal Accident in Plainfield was Stolen

October 15, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - According to the Plainfield Police Division, the life of 24-year old Shawn D. Murkey was tragically cut short when he rode a stolen dirt bike without a helmet or lights, and careened into a telephone pole on Oct. 11.  The bike had been reported stolen on Aug. 22 by a city resident.

The police note that Murkey also had a suspended driver’s license, but even a valid ...

New Acting Fire Chief Appointed in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Friday evening, a post on the city's official Facebook page announced the appointment of Deputy Chief Michael McCue to the position of Acting Fire Chief in Plainfield.

The announcement came after now former Fire Chief Frank Tidwell shared on social media that he had been demoted and suspended.

Read the full release:

The City of Plainfield has appointed Deputy ...

Dirt Bike Fatality in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Units from the Plainfield Police Division responded to the 100 block of Stelle Ave. on Thursday at approximately 2:04 a.m. on the report of a motorcycle accident.  Upon arrival, police located a 24-year old male with life-threatening injuries. 

Investigation revealed that the as of yet unidentified Plainfield resident was traveling west on Stelle Ave. while riding an ...

Plainfield Board of Ed, Part 1: Interim Superintendent Bolandi Returns

October 17, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Interim Superintendent Dr. Ronald Bolandi, who has been out due to a medical issue, was at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting and provided an update on district affairs in Plainfield.

"I’m back temporarily.  I’m starting to ease myself back into the school district.  I don’t know if the doctor agrees with it, but I’m ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: October 15-21

PLAINFIELD, NJ - TAPinto what's going on in and around town this week.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield meetings and events.

MONDAY

Plainfield High School ninth graders and their parents will take part in a special reading event with Nic Stone, author of the book Dear Martin, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.  Read more.
The Associated Humane Societies ...

Saturday in Plainfield, Where Will We See You?

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Start your Saturday in Plainfield running a 5K around town, and after the sun sets, enjoy the sounds of Wagner at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church.

The 8th Annual Plainfield-Queen City Historic 5K Walk/Run for Life is a USATF-sanctioned event that kicks off at 8 a.m. at city hall, 515 Watchung Ave.  The one-mile walk will start at 9 a.m., and the certified 5K ...

Hit-And-Run Reported Near Holy Trinity School in Westfield

October 16, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – Police are looking into a potential hit-and-run involving a 17-year-old struck in a crosswalk near Holy Trinity School on Monday.

The youth was not injured in the morning incident during which the driver of a Jeep SUV gave the signal for the teenager to cross, but then struck the youth’s backpack as she was exiting a parking lot on Watterson Street near Rahway ...

Scenes from the 8th Annual Plainfield Queen City Historic 5K Walk/Run for Life

October 14, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Despite some rain, the Plainfield Queen City 5K Run/Walk kicked off outside city hall on Saturday morning.  The high school band fired up the crowd, followed by a Zumba® warm-up for participants.

Founder Darryl Clark said, "The registrations were excellent.  We actually got more than we expected.  But I think the rain kept some people from coming ...

South Plainfield – North Plainfield Thanksgiving Day Tradition Comes to an End

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - After this season, the annual Thanksgiving Day football game between South Plainfield and North Plainfield will be no more.

Due to the NJSIAA’s playoff schedule changes, a new “Bowl Game” was added to act as a group semifinal between two sectional title winners. Those games are slated to be played either Nov. 23 and 24 or Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

Saturday in Plainfield, Where Will We See You?

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Start your Saturday in Plainfield running a 5K around town, and after the sun sets, enjoy the sounds of Wagner at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church.

The 8th Annual Plainfield-Queen City Historic 5K Walk/Run for Life is a USATF-sanctioned event that kicks off at 8 a.m. at city hall, 515 Watchung Ave.  The one-mile walk will start at 9 a.m., and the certified 5K ...

Talk of Expungement, Licensing, and more at Plainfield Marijuana Legislation Town Hall

October 18, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The city's administration held a town hall with a panel of experts to discuss marijuana legislation and medical expansion regulations on Wednesday at Plainfield's Washington Community School.

There are currently six treatment centers in New Jersey, in Bellmawr, Cranbury, Egg Harbor, Montclair, Secaucus and Woodbridge.  In July the New Jersey Department of ...

Plainfield Music Store to Close

PLAINFIELD, NJ - An institution in town, the Plainfield Music Store has announced that it will be closing its doors for good.  The last day of business will be Saturday, Oct. 27.

Founded in 1951, and currently owned by Plainfield local Victoria Griswold, a classically trained pianist, the store has offered a vast archive of sheet music from many publishers, and has been a favorite source ...

Dollar General Opens for Business in South Plainfield

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  - Dollar General has opened its doors in South Plainfield at their newest location, 138 South Plainfield Avenue.  The store prides itself on providing value to customers as a general store that carries high-quality, frequently used products at a lower price than traditional grocery stores.

“We’re really excited to be open,” said Manager of the ...

Friday, Oct. 12 Is National Gumbo Day

October 11, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- A zesty stew-like dish is in the spotlight on National Gumbo Day, observed annually on October 12.

According to NationalCalendar.com, gumbo originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century. The dish typically consists of a stock flavored with Cajun spices, meat or shellfish, okra, filé powder (a thickener), ...

Food Recall: FRESH TO YOU, Breaded Chicken Tenders w/ BBQ Sauce

WASHINGTON, DC – Canteen/Convenco, a Middletown, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,778 pounds of ready-to-eat breaded chicken tender products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products may contain milk (whey), a known allergen, that was not ...

Chick-fil-A Unconfirmed as Tenant for Sears Site at Route 22 and Terrill Road

WATCHUNG, NJ -- Chick-fil-A restaurant would not confirm reports that it would open a new location at the shopping center being built at the former Sears at the intersection of Route 22 and Terrill Road.

“We are always evaluating potential new locations in the hopes of serving existing and new customers great food with remarkable service," said Jackie Jags, a spokesperson ...

Extended Hours at Plainfield Clerk’s Office on Oct. 16 for Voter Registration

October 15, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - If you want to vote in the General Election on Nov. 6 and are not yet registered, Tuesday, Oct. 16 is your last chance to do so.  The Plainfield City Clerk's office has scheduled expanded hours to accommodate last minute registrants.

The City Clerk's office, located on the first floor of City Hall at 515 Watchung Ave., can assist residents with the ...

Union County: ‘Hackers’ Won’t Get Westfield, After $1.9M Voting Machine Purchase

WESTFIELD, NJ – Candidates on the “ballot” Monday included Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent and Swamp Thing, as Union County officials showed residents the workings of a new voting machine at the Town Hall.

But this November, voters casting ballots in this undecided town in the hotly contested Seventh Congressional District race for Rep. Leonard Lance’s seat will pick real ...

New Vote Tabulation System for Union County Announced at Freeholders Meeting in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A resolution for $1.9 million for a new vote tabulation system by ES&S was approved at the first Union County Freeholders mobile meeting on Thursday, held in Plainfield's municipal court.

Nicole DiRado, an administrator from the Office of the Board of Elections, said that although the machines will not be in use in most parts of the county until 2019, they will be used ...

NJ Division of Wildlife Reminds Drivers: Be Cautious on Roadways as Deer Mating Season Begins, Days Get Shorter

October 12, 2018

NEW JERSEY - The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife is reminding motorists to drive with extra caution and watch for deer during the mating season (the rut) as darkness arrives earlier.

The rutting season runs from late October into mid-December. During this period deer are more apt to suddenly run onto roadways. The increased deer activity is more likely to occur in the very early ...

Start an Indoor Garden with Kitchen Scraps

The pantry is full of fall favorites like squash, onions and potatoes, but busy schedules may have you finding a few things growing in the back of your cupboard. With little effort and a pinch of creativity you can grow these into a very imaginative indoor garden.  

Kids and adults love to watch kitchen discards grow into new plants. According to KidsGardening.org, a national nonprofit, ...

Passenger Who Flew to Newark Could Have Exposed Others to Measles: Health Officials

October 4, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health said any person who was in Newark Liberty International Airport on Sept. 28, 2018, between 5:30 and 10:30 a.m. may have been exposed to measles.

Someone flying from Tel Aviv in Israel had the highly contagious infection and arrived in Terminal B at the airport, the department said. The person, whose name was not released, may have traveled ...

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Thu, October 18, 6:00 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Anti-Bullying Youth Forum: Stand Up Speak Out

Education

Fri, October 19, 12:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Friday Films @ ScotLib: Bless Me, Ultima

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Fri, October 19, 3:30 PM

Hubbard Middle School, Plainfield

3rd Annual Car Wash Fundraiser at Hubbard Middle ...

Community Calendar Education

Annual Designer Bag Bingo Event at Holy Savior Academy

Holy Savior Academy will be hosting its 2nd Annual Designer Bag Bingo on Saturday 10/13.   There will be 10 Bingo Games, small basket raffle and a 50/50. 

For each bingo game, you will be given 3 chances to win! 

“Last year was a tremendous success and we are looking forward to building on that momentum, “ says Cindy Trunell, co-chair of the ...

Fall Open House at Saint Joseph High School in Metuchen

October 18, 2018

METUCHEN, NJ - Have you thought about a private school education for your son?  Then it is time to take a tour and get a look into the day-to-day activities of students at the Saint Joseph High School Open House in Metuchen, New Jersey, on October 21, 2018 from 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. 

Meet the students, faculty, parents and administrators that make up the Saint Joseph High ...

I Support Ron Johnson for the Citywide Councilman-at-Large Seat

October 8, 2018

To the editor,

I am supporting Ron Johnson's independent candidacy for the citywide Councilman-at-Large seat in the general election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

For many years Plainfield has had to endure a discouraging interaction of two Democratic factions at war with one another.  Four to three majorities on the City Council, standing in opposition to whatever Administration ...

TAPinto Freelance Reporter Killed While Walking on Route 10

October 16, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ - Lindsay Ireland, a reporter who worked for several TAPinto.net sites and the Daily Record, died early Oct. 14 after being struck by a vehicle in Randolph, police said.

The incident took place on Route 10 in the early morning, said Randolph police  Lt. Christopher Guiliani said that the Ireland,  26, of Randolph, was struck and killed by Victor Retana, 30, ...

Plainfield Offers Emergency Assistance Programs / Plainfield Ofrece Programas de Asistencia de Emergencia

October 5, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The city of Plainfield offers financial assistance to residents in need who can provide appropriate documentation.  These programs are accessible through Plainfield Action Services.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is available to qualifying households, providing for a one-time payment for back or first month's rent.  The current lease and eviction/past ...

'Other Desert Cities' unfolds with family secrets

‘Other Desert Cities’ unfolds with family secrets at Chatham Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

CHATHAM, NJ – “Other Desert Cities,” the stirring drama by Jon Robin Baitz, revolves around a family’s loyalties and deceptions in a tony Palm Springs household. “Other Desert Cities” refers to the signs along the exit ramps on the California freeway.

The ...

‘The Color Purple’ flashes by with verve at Paper Mill

‘The Color Purple’ flashes by with verve at Paper Mill

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – This Tony-award winning musical caught audiences up in its stunning story of African American life in the deep south over a 40 year period, from 1909 until 1949.

Based in the novel by Alice Walker and a screen adaptation several years ago, the story centers on Celie (Adrianna Hicks), who ...

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Anchor Books, 2013)

 

Crazy Rich _________________. Fill in the blank with almost any ethnicity on the face of the earth, and the story will probably be similar from culture to culture. At the economic apex of every society one can expect to have the wealthiest, most self-indulgent, controlling people. When taken from that point of view, even though ...

The Race to Save the Romanovs

The Race to Save the Romanovs by Helen Rappaport (St. Martin’s Press, 2018)

On July 18, 1918, amidst the backdrop of the First World War and violent revolutions occurring within Russia, the entire Imperial Romanov family was executed while in captivity. As the 100th anniversary of the horrific murder of the Imperial Family approached in the summer of 2018, author Helen Rappaport felt ...

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin (Bantam, 2016)

 

Just a few months ago I published a Retro-Review of In Cold Blood, written by one of the greatest 20 century American authors, Truman Capote. For those of us who remember seeing the more than eccentric writer, who was chased by the demons of self-loathing his entire life, on late night television in the 1960s and 70s, ...

The Clean 20 by Ian K. Smith, M.D.

The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation  by Ian K. Smith, M.D. (St. Martin’s Press, 2018)

 

Dr. Ian K. Smith has written a delightful and easy to digest new book, The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation. Unlike many diet books that are mired in technical language that become not only a bore but a chore to read, Smith’s writing style is not ...

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham (Dell, 2018)

Three law students, Todd Lucero, Mark Frazier, and Zola Maal, are about to start their final semester of the not so prestigious Foggy Bottom Law School in Washington, D.C. However, the shocking suicide of their friend, Gordy, who has been driven to a very dark place by discoveries that he has uncovered during an investigation of Foggy Bottom, leads ...

Gods of Wood and Stone by Mark Dionno

Gods of Wood and Stone by Mark Dionno (Touchstone, 2018)

 

The two protagonists of Mark Dionno’s brilliant first novel are as different as two men could be in most facets of their lives. Joe Grudeck is a recently retired pro-baseball player, on his way to the Hall of Fame; Horace Mueller is a blacksmith who works at a village which re-enacts life in 19th century America. However, ...

Third Annual Lincoln of Wayne Car and Bike Show Raises Money For First Responders

October 10, 2018

WAYNE, NJ - The third-annual Lincoln of Wayne Black Label Car & Bike show raised money for first responders including the Wayne Fire Department, Wayne EMS and the Wayne PBA.

"Every event we put on over the course of the year is always a fundraiser, so today we raise money for the community that supports us all year long.. that's our first responders," said Lincoln of Wayne ...