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Assembly Votes to Rename Part of Route 27 as Jerry Green Memorial Highway

June 24, 2018

TRENTON, NJ  – The New Jersey General Assembly approved legislation, 77-0, Thursday sponsored by Jamel C. Holley, Linda Carter, James Kennedy and Annette Quijano to designate the portion of the State Highway Route 27 in Union County as “Jerry Green Memorial Highway” in honor of the life-long career in public service of the Assemblyman who represented Legislative ...

Murphy Signs Bill Ending Child Marriage Championed by Westfield’s Fraidy Reiss and Unchained at Last

WESTFIELD, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill Friday that bars individuals under the age of 18 from marrying or entering a civil union. It was a major win for Fraidy Reiss, founder Westfield-based Unchained At Last, a nonprofit dedicated to helping women and girls in the US to escape or resist arranged/forced marriages and rebuild their lives.

This makes New Jersey the second ...

Plainfield Planning Board Approves Elmwood Square Project

A proposal to put 58 new apartments on Plainfield’s old Elmwood Gardens site won unanimous Planning Board approval Thursday.

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Attorney Brian Schwartz called on architect Stephen Schoch and engineer Greg Domalewski to describe the $17.5 million project and answer board questions, which ranged from traffic patterns to what countertops will be made of. The 2- and 3-bedroom ...

3 Historic Plainfield businesses hold Summer Art Sales

June 20, 2018

Three local longtime Plainfield establishments are holding Summer sales that you will not want to miss:

The Plainfield Music Store is kicked off its Annual sale with 30% of all items in their store, from sheet music to music books and other musical-themed items. The store is one of the last remaining sheet music stores in NJ for all instrument types.  The sale continues throughout the ...

Union County’s Free Summer Arts Concert Series Launches this Friday, June 22

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra kicks off Union County’s 57th annual Summer Arts Festival series of free outdoor concerts sponsored by the Freeholder Board with an evening of Broadway favorites, beloved opera overtures and more on Friday June 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

Attendees are also invited to bring a mat or beach towel and join in a free Union County Get ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: June 18 - 24

Here are a few of the activities happening in the City of Plainfield this week: 

Monday

Combined Regular City Council Meeting 7 pm at the Municipal Courthouse on Watching Avenue. Click here to view meeting agenda: See agenda 
Plainfield Public Library: Band Lab from 4-5 pm for ages 11-17. Learn about the free online Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) BandLab. Create beats, ...

Fatal shooting in Plainfield under investigation

June 24, 2018

TAPinto Plainfield received this release from the Union County's Prosecutor's office:

PLAINFIELD, NJ  A shooting that left a man dead and a woman seriously injured in Plainfield overnight is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Sunday.

The deceased victim has been identified as Michael Welsh, 34, of Plainfield.

Plainfield ...

Update on Motor Vehicle incident on Hillside and Prospect Ave

The Plainfield Police Department has provided an update regarding yesterday's motor vehicle accident. According to the updated press release:

"On Friday, June 22, 2018, shortly before 4:00 pm a vehicle was traveling north bound on Hillside Avenue at a high rate of speed. The 38 year old male driver lost control prior to the intersection of Prospect Avenue. The vehicle struck two ...

Linden Man Arrested After Explosion in Cranford

CRANFORD - On Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 7:06 p.m. the Cranford Police Department received
information that an explosion was heard in the area of Raritan Road and Summit Terrace. Through
a joint investigation with the Union County Prosecutor's Office and Linden Police Department, the
Cranford Police Department Detective Bureau identified a suspect through surveillance video ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Class of 2018 Graduates at Commencement

June 24, 2018

EDISON, NJ -- Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held its 135th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 8 under a giant tent on the back athletic fields.

The Class of 2018 marched in, led by valedictorian and class president Suraj Chandran of Edison and vice president Cathy Bi of Edison carrying the class flag. The program began with the Star-Spangled Banner and a welcome from Dr. Bob ...

Plainfield Senior's whirlwind effort lands him at top University in New Jersey to study Music

Plainfield, NJ – Three months ago Eddy Veliz, 18, a senior at Plainfield High School had no plans to attend college, didn’t know what the SAT was, and had no idea that a conversation with his teacher would land him at a top-ten university to study music.

In March Dr. Johanna Amaro, an English as a Second Language/Language Arts Teacher, asked her senior class what their post-high ...

Moments in American History or Moral Ethics?: Two Things You May Have Never Learned Before

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - New Jersey is not exempt from the historically charged issue of the burial of Africans. Even today, many New Jersey residents are totally unaware of the existence of slavery and the role of slavery in this colony and state.

On a small plot of land near downtown Bedminster lies the unmarked graves of an undetermined number of Americans from the post-Revolutionary War ...

Linden Man Arrested After Explosion in Cranford

June 22, 2018

CRANFORD - On Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 7:06 p.m. the Cranford Police Department received
information that an explosion was heard in the area of Raritan Road and Summit Terrace. Through
a joint investigation with the Union County Prosecutor's Office and Linden Police Department, the
Cranford Police Department Detective Bureau identified a suspect through surveillance video ...

Track & Field: Union Catholic Girls Break State Record in Shuttle Hurdles

June 17, 2018

GREENSBORO, N.C. --  The Union Catholic girls, running in the fastest shuttle hurdle race in U.S. high school history, broke its own state record by running 58.30 to place fourth at the New Balance Nationals on Saturday at Aggie Stadium on the campus of North Carolina A&T.

UC's 58.30 broke the state record of 58.38 that it set at the 2015 East Coast Relays in Randolph ...

Darby Road Celebrates World Cup Excitement, Even Without U.S., Italy and Ireland

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- While the game the rest of the world calls "football" is the most popular sport in most countries except the U.S., the 1994 World Cup hosted here remains the tournament with the highest ever attendance (3,568,567). The '94 tournament lifted a growing sports to new heights.

This year will bring something totally different. The 2018 World Cup takes place ...

Bring Dad Out to the Ballpark for Father's Day

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots will host a Father’s Day celebration on Sunday, June 17th at TD Bank Ballpark. The 1:05 pm game will feature several Father’s Day promotions and events, highlighted by a pre-game Dads & Kids Catch.

All fathers and children in attendance are encouraged to participate in the pre-game Dads & Kids Catch, which will take place from ...

New Board Will Manage Plainfield’s Special Improvement District

June 16, 2018

Plainfield’s June 18 City Council meeting agenda includes seven mayoral nominees to the newly-created Central Business District Advisory Board that will govern a management corporation for the Special Improvement District.

Besides reflecting Plainfield’s well-known diversity, board members span a range of professions, from dentist to developer, plus favorite food ...

Plainfield YMCA Building to be Sold at Public Auction on August 1

Union County, NJ . - AuctionAdvisors announced that it has been engaged by the Plainfield YMCA’s Board of Directors to commence an accelerated marketing campaign, which will culminate in the public auction sale of the YMCA’s building located at 518 Watchung Avenue, in downtown Plainfield, New Jersey.

Since 1923 the Plainfield YMCA has called this building home, but like so many ...

North Plainfield Mom Maggie Grabko Gets Life-Saving Liver Transplant, Warren Fundraiser Set for Sunday

June 18, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Maggie Grabko, a North Plainfield mom of two, underwent a successful liver transplant on June 13, according to an update on the family’s GoFundMe page by her husband, Shawn Grabko. The Watchung Hills Elks are hosting a fundraiser, the Maggie Grabko Dinner and Music Fundraiser, at 1 Elks Trail in Warren on June ...

New volunteers to speak up for abused Union County children

Elizabeth, NJ (June 12, 2018) — Among the latest class of community volunteers to complete child advocacy training and take their oath from Superior Court Judge James Hely to become Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County are residents of Cranford, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Linden, Roselle, Summit, Union, Westfield and Winfield.

Volunteers with CASA serve as extra eyes and ...

Holy Savior’s 7th Annual 5K and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk - A Success

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  - Blue skies and sunshine blessed the participants of Holy Savior’s 7th Annual 5k and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk on Saturday June 2nd as over 150 people took part in the event to raise funds for Holy Savior Academy, located at 149 South Plainfield Avenue in South Plainfield.

“Holy Savior Academy is truly part of the South Plainfield community, from ...

Plainfield Woman Admits to Animal Cruelty    

June 22, 2018

A Plainfield resident has admitted responsibility for neglect that resulted in the deaths of multiple puppies, according to both the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

Suzie Bourdouvales, 38, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree animal cruelty. The plea was entered earlier this week before state Superior ...

Middlesex County man charged with death of Plainfield resident by auto

The Middlesex County man charged with leaving the scene of a fatal pedestrian strike that took place in Plainfield nearly two months ago has been additionally charged with second-degree death by auto after it was determined that speed and alcohol both played a factor in the incident, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Friday.

Lavar B. Jones, 37, of South Plainfield is ...

Suspect Charged in Hit-and-Run Killing Plainfield Man Flees Country

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A 36-year old suspect charged in the hit-and-run death of a Plainfield pedestrian on May 15 has fled the country, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Charges have been filed against Mario Infante of New Street in Plainfield following an investigation by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and North Plainfield ...

Healthy Plainfield launches Aunt Bertha in Plainfield

June 22, 2018

Several local Plainfield service providers and community organizations gathered today at the Plainfield Library to participate in Healthy Plainfield’s launch of Union Connects “Aunt Bertha”, an online platform that connects providers with the community. Aunt Bertha has recently been launched in 4 NJ counties: Mercer, Hunterdon, and Cumberland and Union counties.

Aunt Bertha ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: June 18 - 24

Here are a few of the activities happening in the City of Plainfield this week: 

Monday

Combined Regular City Council Meeting 7 pm at the Municipal Courthouse on Watching Avenue. Click here to view meeting agenda: See agenda 
Plainfield Public Library: Band Lab from 4-5 pm for ages 11-17. Learn about the free online Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) BandLab. Create beats, ...

Help give Stephon the gift of sight

Plainfield, NJ - Stephon Roach is a 10 yr old Plainfield resident who was diagnosed at the age of 6 months with Optic Nerve Hyploplasia (ONH), an underdevelopment of the optic nerve in one or both eyes. ONH results in vision loss at varying levels, visual field impairment and color vision loss and is the leading cause of blindness in children.

Stephon’s  grandmother, Pat ...

Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

June 19, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that plastic bags and other excluded items cannot be recycled through their local curbside pick-up programs.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate compared to other counties in our state, and we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Every ...

Plainfield Planning Board Approves Elmwood Square Project

June 22, 2018

A proposal to put 58 new apartments on Plainfield’s old Elmwood Gardens site won unanimous Planning Board approval Thursday.

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Attorney Brian Schwartz called on architect Stephen Schoch and engineer Greg Domalewski to describe the $17.5 million project and answer board questions, which ranged from traffic patterns to what countertops will be made of. The 2- and 3-bedroom ...

Second HPC public meeting addresses residents questions

PLAINFIELD, NJ – Tuesday night, Members of the Historic Preservation Commission presented their proposal for expansion of 2 of Plainfield’s 6 historic neighborhoods.  Approximately 50 people attended the presentation at the duCret School of Art and were given an overview of the Commissions plan to expand the Van Wyck Brooks and Netherwood Heights historic districts by a total of ...

Plainfield YMCA Building to be Sold at Public Auction on August 1

Union County, NJ . - AuctionAdvisors announced that it has been engaged by the Plainfield YMCA’s Board of Directors to commence an accelerated marketing campaign, which will culminate in the public auction sale of the YMCA’s building located at 518 Watchung Avenue, in downtown Plainfield, New Jersey.

Since 1923 the Plainfield YMCA has called this building home, but like so many ...

What do TSA officers want travelers to know?

June 20, 2018

RICHMOND, VA  – You come to an airport checkpoint hoping to catch your flight and arrive at your destination safely and on time. Seems simple enough, but sometimes something you weren’t expecting comes up at the checkpoint and it slows you down.

Meet Deborah Simms and Ryan Seymour, Transportation Security Administration officers at Richmond International Airport (RIC).

TSA prepares for a record-breaking summer travel season at Newark-Liberty International Airport

NEWARK, N.J. — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is preparing for another record-breaking travel season this summer, as 243 million passengers and crew are projected to come through security checkpoints nationwide between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Last summer, TSA screened more than 239 million passengers and crew during the summer travel period, which included four of ...

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New Jersey Launches NJ ABLE Accounts to Help Individuals with Disabilities Save for Expenses

June 24, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson on Monday announced the launch of a major new program to help individuals with disabilities become more independent and better thrive in their communities.  

With the newly launched NJ ABLE program, individuals with disabilities can save tax-free for eligible expenses such as education, housing and ...

Get Empowered to Help Prevent Suicide

June 9, 2018

Dear Editor:

Over the past week social media and the news have been filled with stories and articles encouraging people to seek help if they’re in emotional distress. There have been countless articles about the need to break the silence around the topic of mental health and suicide, and I am encouraged by the support people are extending to others.

Often, the death by suicide by ...

Murphy Signs Bill Ending Child Marriage Championed by Westfield’s Fraidy Reiss and Unchained at Last

June 23, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill Friday that bars individuals under the age of 18 from marrying or entering a civil union. It was a major win for Fraidy Reiss, founder Westfield-based Unchained At Last, a nonprofit dedicated to helping women and girls in the US to escape or resist arranged/forced marriages and rebuild their lives.

This makes New Jersey the second ...

SRO'S - ENSEÑANDO POR EJEMPLO

June 17, 2018

Hay un grupo de oficiales de policía que les dan un servicio a nuestra comunidad de una manera notable. Todos los días estos hombres y mujeres se levantan, van al trabajo, y aseguran que nuestros hijos aprendan en un ambiente seguro. Los llamamos Oficiales de Recursos Escolares, pero son mucho más. 

Si llegas a la oficina de los Oficiales de Recursos Escolares en la ...

Empleando Nuestra Juventud 

Querido Plainfield, 

Todos esperan el verano; los días son más calientes y largos, y la madre tierra se pone su mejor vestido mientras las frutas se maduran en el sol y las flores ondean un alegre "hola". La gente comienzan los paseos de la playa o piscina, y las juntas de barbacoa en los patios son necesarios en los fines de semanas.

Aquí en la ciudad de ...

Meet Toran Smith: Union County All Star

June 18, 2018

Plainfield resident, Toran Smith, age 16, has been selected to play on the 2018 Union County underclassmen all star team.  On June 10th, the Union County All-Stars played against the Hudson County All-Stars at Kean University.  Smith played third baseman. 

Smith, a junior at Union County Vo-Tech magnet high school, is a Junior infielder on the Plainfield Cardinals Varsity ...

'Half Time' delivers with sterling cast

MILLBURN, NJ – The Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a smashing new production of “Half Time” to round out its current season.

With actress Georgia Engel in an engaging performance, the cast also features Donna McKehnie, Andre De Shieilds and Lilias White, among a host of other talents.

The musical centers on an effort to have seniors perform a dance number during ...

'Half Time' lights up Paper Mill stage

‘Half Time’ turns the tables on aging in gleeful production

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – The Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a smashing new production of “Half Time” to round out its current season.

With actress Georgia Engel in an engaging performance, the cast also features Donna McKehnie, Andre De Shieilds and Lilias White, among a host of other ...

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.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin's Press, 2018)

            What is the “final frontier” on the Earth's surface? Many people would say Alaska, the 49th state, which was added to the United States fifty years ago. Once one has traveled to that remote land, it is impossible to forget the magnificence of the terrain and beasts. Floating by ship in Glacier Bay, surrounded by ...

The Man in Room 306 at the Luna Stage, West Orange, NJ

            The Luna Stage, a Jersey theater gem, chose to revive its 1995 world premiere drama, The Man in Room 306, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the slaying of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Starring Jamil A.C. Mangan as Dr. King, this 90 minute production portrays Dr. King in the last hours of his life as he struggles to write a speech for the Poor ...

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead Books, 2017)

 

I wanted to like Into the Water by Paula Hawkins because I had enjoyed her previous novel, The Girl on the Train, which was a suspenseful thriller. However, when I finished reading the first part of the Into the Water, I realized that I had not absorbed anything that was happening in the story. I blamed myself for not paying ...