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Plainfield Academy for the Arts & Advanced Studies to Hold “Arts Day”

December 4, 2016

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Academy for the Arts & Advanced Studies, or PAAAS, will hold an "Arts Day" on Saturday, Dec. 10th as part of their open house and recruitment initiative for students for the upcoming school year.

The open house, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., will feature Studio Classes, Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance, Jazz Band, Piano, Vocals, Graphic Design, TV ...

Longtime Scotch Plains Library Director Meg Kolaya Passes Away

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Early this morning, Meg Kolaya, a beloved member of the Scotch Plains community passed away after enduring a two-year battle with brain cancer.

Kolaya served the community as Director of Scotch Plains Public Library from 2002 up until her retirement in 2015.  During her tenure, she transformed the library into a hub of community activity, tripling program ...

See the Owls Presented by The Raptor Trust at Springfield Free Public Library Saturday

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – There will be a special event that will take place in the Donald B. Palmer Museum, which is in the Springfield Free Public Library Saturday, December 3 at 11 a.m.  The Raptor Trust presents All About Owls.  It is a family friendly program that includes real owls and is meant for families with children in the second grade and higher. 

From the program, ...

Plainfield Agenda Fixing Session Meeting on Dec 5th

December 2, 2016

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The next Agenda Fixing Session Meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Court/Council Chambers located at 325 Watchung Avenue in Plainfield.

To access a copy of the agenda online, click AGENDA.  To download a copy, click 12-5-16 Agenda Fixiing Session. 

Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp on City's Redevelopment

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Jill Horner of Comcast Newsmakers spoke with Mayor Adrian O. Mapp of Plainfield about redevelopment and public safety at the annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities (NJLM) conference in Atlantic City earlier this month.

Topics included the $30 million mixed use redevelopment project in the Fourth Ward, which has not seen redevelopment activity in ...

Union County Clerk Advises Travelers on New Passport Photo Rules

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Travelers needing new passports and applying Nov. 1 or after that date must remove their eyeglasses for their passport picture according to a new U.S. State Department rule, says Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi. 

“If you already have a valid passport and you are wearing your glasses in your photo, or if you submitted a passport application by Oct. 31, you ...

Breaking: Plainfield Active Homicide Investigation

December 2, 2016

PLAINFIELD, NJ - According to law enforcement officials, there is an active Homicide Task Force investigation into an incident Thursday night in Plainfield. There is a single adult male shooting victim. 

More information will be released as it is provided.

Shots Fired Incident Near Everett Place in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - According to law enforcement, shots were fired Monday night in the Everett Place neighborhood in Plainfield.  Non-life threatening injuries were sustained.  More information will be released as it is provided.

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Update from Plainfield Police Division:  At approximately 8:45 p.m. Monday night, Nov. 30th, officers responded to the area ...

Plainfield Police Recommendations on Avoiding Package Delivery Thefts

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The holiday shopping season is moving into high gear, kicking off with Black Friday, and followed by Cyber Monday, which, according to Adobe, totaled $3.07 billion in 2015, a 16% increase over the previous year. 

The Plainfield Police Division shares some package delivery safety tips to protect your purchases:

Install a video surveillance system
Choose a shipping ...

Football: Westfield Defeats Plainfield, 30-14, at Annual Thanksgiving Day Game

November 24, 2016

PLAINFIELD, NJ – It took more than a quarter for either team to score, but the Westfield High School varsity football team struck first in the 112th annual Thanksgiving Day football game as they defeated their cross-county rival the Plainfield Cardinals. Westfield’s 30-14 victory extended their state-best winning streak to 24 games and marked their 60th win in the rivalry game that ...

Union Catholic 2016 Gymnastics Season Concludes

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union Catholic School Girls Gymnastics Team finished its dual meet schedule with a 2-7 record win a season high team score of 98.3. The team is graduating three seniors and are looking forward to next season with strong underclassmen.   

At the NJSIAA Union County Championships, Union Catholic took the sixth team spot and sophomore Hope ...

Plainfield Vikings Seek Community Support to Get to National Competition

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Vikings are proud to announce that its cheer, dance and step teams have won local and regional competitions, and will be headed to the American Youth Cheer National Competition in Lakeland, Florida in December. 

According to Patricia Collins Roach, Board Secretary, the girls on the teams range in ages from five to 18, and are an exciting group of ...

Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp on City's Redevelopment

November 30, 2016

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Jill Horner of Comcast Newsmakers spoke with Mayor Adrian O. Mapp of Plainfield about redevelopment and public safety at the annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities (NJLM) conference in Atlantic City earlier this month.

Topics included the $30 million mixed use redevelopment project in the Fourth Ward, which has not seen redevelopment activity in ...

Union County Clerk Advises Travelers on New Passport Photo Rules

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Travelers needing new passports and applying Nov. 1 or after that date must remove their eyeglasses for their passport picture according to a new U.S. State Department rule, says Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi.

 The new rule only covers passport applications submitted on or after November 1.

“If you already have a valid passport and you are wearing your ...

Westfield Trader Joe’s to Re-Open Dec. 2, Sign Reads

WESTFIELD, NJ — “Good news!” a sign at Trader Joe’s in Millburn reads. “Our Westfield New Jersey store will have a grand re-opening on Friday, December 2. 8 a.m.”

It was good news for fans of the grocery store, and good news for Downtown Westfield businesses. Trader Joe’s, considered an anchor store in Downtown Westfield, was demolished this ...

Cookie Palooza: Brenda's Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cranberries and Pecans

December 3, 2016

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Drop cookies are holiday favorites because they are so easy.  And, of course, delicious!

Ingredients:

Measure all of your ingredients first, and have them assembled on your workspace. 

2 1/4 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup butter

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

2 cups chocolate chips

Raw cranberries and pecans ...

Trader Joe’s in Westfield Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Amid cheers from employees and customers, the Downtown Westfield’s newly re-built Trader Joe’s opened Friday morning at 8 a.m.

The previous building was demolished this in February after its roof collapsed during January’s blizzard.

“It’s so great to be home,” store manager Casey Latsko said as he greeted people ...

Cookie-Palooza: Old-Fashioned Swedish Spritz Cookies

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A family favorite for generations, as a child this recipe seemed to involve an entire afternoon of mixing, coloring, pushing through the cookie press, baking, and decorating. As it is with many other experiences from childhood, the reality as an adult is a bit different: these cookies are actually very simple and easy to make. With today’s unique product ...

Plainfield Academy for the Arts & Advanced Studies to Hold “Arts Day”

December 4, 2016

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Academy for the Arts & Advanced Studies, or PAAAS, will hold an "Arts Day" on Saturday, Dec. 10th as part of their open house and recruitment initiative for students for the upcoming school year.

The open house, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., will feature Studio Classes, Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance, Jazz Band, Piano, Vocals, Graphic Design, TV ...

Plainfield Offers Something for Everyone on Saturday, Dec 3rd

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Make plans to stay in town on Saturday, Dec. 3rd because Plainfield has something to offer everyone.  House tours, concerts, and Christmas fun and shopping abound.

The Plainfield Symphony's 'Homes for the Holidays' house tour kicks off the day, showcasing eight historic homes.  The tour starts at 966 Hillside Avenue, and features the Carriage House ...

Plainfield Lights Up the Season at City Hall with 'Holiday Lights' Event

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The holiday season kicks into high gear with Plainfield's 'Holiday Lights' event, taking place on Thursday, Dec. 1st. at City Hall.

The festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. and Santa will arrive at 6:30 p.m. to delight children of all ages.  Families will receive a complimentary photo sponsored by the Plainfield Education Association.

City Hall is located ...

See the Owls Presented by The Raptor Trust at Springfield Free Public Library Saturday

November 29, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – There will be a special event that will take place in the Donald B. Palmer Museum, which is in the Springfield Free Public Library Saturday, December 3 at 11 a.m.  The Raptor Trust presents All About Owls.  It is a family friendly program that includes real owls and is meant for families with children in the second grade and higher. 

From the program, ...

Giving Tuesday Remembers the Hungry at the Holidays

HILLSIDE, NJ – The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, which feeds thousands of hungry New Jerseyans every year, has launched a new campaign, with help from a generous donor, to promote Giving Tuesday, the national day of charitable giving, Nov, 29.

This anonymous donor has issued a $25,000 Giving Tuesday Matching Gift Challenge. On Nov. 29 only, every gift to the FoodBank will be doubled ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains Service League Thrift Shop Holiday Hours Announced

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Service League Thrift Shop, (1741 E.2nd St., Scotch Plains), will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 22 thru Friday, Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving The shop will reopen Saturday, Nov. 26, at 10:00 a.m. for the "'Black Saturday Sale." Every department will have items specially priced for holiday gift giving.

Tuesday, ...

Free ALZ/ Dementia Caregiver Support Group this Friday

December 1, 2016

ELIZABETH, NJ - Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, a non-sectarian health and social service agency, will host an Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiver Support Group on Friday, December 2, at 1:00 p.m. The group is free and open to Alzheimer’s/Dementia caregivers in the community and is run in accordance with the Alzheimer’s NJ guidelines.  Participants are welcome to join ...

Training Session on How to Administer Narcan to Take Place at Plainfield City Hall

PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Wednesday, Nov. 30th, a free training session for residents will take place at Plainfield City Hall to learn how to use Narcan to revive someone who is in danger of overdosing on opiates. 

Narcan, also called naloxone, is an antidote administered to save someone who has overdosed on heroin or other opioids, and participants will learn how to properly use it to reverse ...

Black Men Rise - A Run for All Lives 5K in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - On a brisk, sunny morning outside the Plainfield Library, Pastor Paul Dean sat down with TAPinto Plainfield to discuss Black Men Rise - A Run for All Lives, a 5K unity run that will take place in Cedar Brook Park on Friday, Nov. 25th.

Pastor Dean, who grew up in the Bronx in New York, had been exposed to gang life as a young man.  Now, he is both a Police Chaplain and a ...

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Holy Trinity School Spotlight - Kindergarten

At Holy Trinity School, Kindergarten is cool!  In Kindergarten, students learn the fundamental skills necessary to thrive in a school environment. The Holy Trinity Kindergarten is a full-day, faith-based program focused on reading readiness, language development, math, and science concepts.   Students also take part in several special classes each week that include music, library, ...

Chris Brown Named President at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties is proud to announce the appointment of Chris Brown to President of the 21-office real estate brokerage headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey. Previously serving as Executive Vice President and General Sales Manager, Brown is a member of the company’s ownership team along with Bill Keleher, Seymour and Nancy Litwin, and Steve Janett.

Upcoming Events

Sun, December 4, 10:45 AM

North Plainfield

Sunday Morning Worship

Religions And Spirituality

Sun, December 4, 1:30 PM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Gingerbread Sunday

Other

Tips for Managing Stress During the Holidays

December 4, 2016

Crisis hotline listeners are available to help with problems big and small this holiday season

Well, you made it through Thanksgiving – and the election. Now it's time to relax and enjoy the holidays – the decorations, the music, the good will. Right? Well, maybe not.

If you are like many people, you already are feeling stressed over the holidays – impending family ...

Getting a Handle on Thanksgiving

This year, on our National Day of Thanks, I would like to express my gratitude for having hands.

We typically don’t thank our body parts because they seldom leave us.  Most of us have not experienced unfortunate accidents or suffered the horrible consequences of war; tragic events  which might cause us to lose a limb.  

Most of us take our fingers and hands and elbows ...

My Epic Beauty Fails

One day as I was looking around a high-end cosmetics store for a new lipstick, a “beauty expert” approached me and said that I was so stunning I should forget the lipstick, and get a lip plumper instead. At first I wondered why I needed a lip plumper if I was already so stunning. But then I thought, “Now here is someone wearing a badge that says, ‘beauty expert,’ so ...

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (Scout Press, 2016)

Self doubt can be paralyzing. More importantly, the source of self doubt can be even more disturbing and debilitating. In the case of travel writer, Lo Blacklock, a violent home invasion right before the biggest opportunity of her career, leaves her physically and emotionally battered. On edge and sleep deprived, Lo has a destructive ...