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Plainfield's Linda Carter Elected to Fill LD22 NJ State Assembly Seat

May 22, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - The Democratic Municipal Committees within the 22nd Legislative District, which includes Union, Middlesex, and Somerset counties, met on May 19 at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.  The committees voted to elect Union County Freeholder Linda Carter to fill the LD22 NJ State Assembly vacancy caused by the passing of longtime Assemblyman Jerry Green.

Carter said at a ...

New Jersey State Motor Vehicle Commission Returns to South Plainfield

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A new state Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) opened its doors in South Plainfield on Monday, just one week shy of a year since the borough’s former agency closed its doors. The office, located at 5000 Hadley Road, will provide in-person services to residents of the borough and the surrounding communities six days a week. 

“I would like ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: May 21-27

PLAINFIELD, NJ - TAPinto what's going on in and around town this week.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield news and events.  There's something for everyone!

MONDAY

A special public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in municipal court, 325 Watchung Ave. to amend the 2018 municipal budget. Download the amendments.
Boys volleyball:  a home match ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: May 21-27

May 20, 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.  There's something for everyone!

MONDAY

A special public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in municipal court, 325 Watchung Ave. to amend the 2018 municipal budget. Download the amendments.
Boys volleyball:  a home match ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Board of Ed Fills Seat, Budget Passage, Bike Races, 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 Mayor Mapp: A Cultural Renaissance

Ashley Davis - Lessons From My Mother

Plainfield Settlement Coincides with Budget Passage

Postal Letter Carrier's Food Drive for Star Fish Food Pantry in Plainfield

Queen Latifah Delivers ...

Video: Friends of the NJ Festival Orchestra Present 37th Tour of Notable Homes in Westfield

WESTFIELD — Despite rainy weather, participants showed up by the carload to visit some of Westfield’s most distinctive properties featured on this year’s Tour of Notable Homes, presented by the Friends of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, on Saturday.

“It’s a much better turnout despite the weather,” said tour co-chair Michele Pierce. “The legacy ...

Video Shows Woman Ripping Off Tip Jar at Westfield YESTERcades, Manager Says

May 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Footage from security cameras at YESTERcades of Westfield shows a woman stealing the new game fund/employee tip jar from the counter at 2:10 a.m. (closing time) Sunday morning, according to manager Fred Logue, who shared screenshots of the video.

There was probably about $70 in the jar at the time, according to Logue, who said he reported the theft to Westfield ...

Plainfield Man Found Shot to Death Outside of Local Gentleman's Club in Elizabeth

ELIZABETH, NJ - Authorities are investigating the death of a Plainfield man who was found dead in the parking lot of Angels Gentleman's Club in Elizabeth over the weekend.

According to Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan, officers responded to the 400 block of  Spring Street in Elizabeth at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 19  to find the body of a man who had been ...

Plainfield Police, Union County SWAT Team Negotiate Surrender After Almost 6-Hour Standoff

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Patrol units from the Plainfield Police Division responded to a home in the 1400 block of Coolidge Street on Wednesday around 6:45 p.m. in an attempt to arrest an individual on an arrest warrant for violation of restraining out of Mercer County, according to Police Director Carl Riley.

Upon arrival, officers observed the suspect, Edward Lindsay, outside a family ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: May 21-27

May 20, 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.  There's something for everyone!

MONDAY

A special public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in municipal court, 325 Watchung Ave. to amend the 2018 municipal budget. Download the amendments.
Boys volleyball:  a home match ...

SSYC launches 50th Yr Anniversary with Alumni BBQ

Rain did not deter the South Second Street Youth Center (SSYC) from hosting its Alumni BBQ which was held indoors of the South Second street location. Alumni and friends of the center gathered to enjoy traditional BBQ fare, music and to share stories of their past at the center. Also in attendance were members of the Board of the SSYC Foundation, Mayor Mapp, City Council members and Plainfield ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Board of Ed Fills Seat, Budget Passage, Bike Races, 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 Mayor Mapp: A Cultural Renaissance

Ashley Davis - Lessons From My Mother

Plainfield Settlement Coincides with Budget Passage

Postal Letter Carrier's Food Drive for Star Fish Food Pantry in Plainfield

Queen Latifah Delivers ...

Close to 700 Riders Take to the Streets for 15th Annual Tour de Elizabeth

May 21, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - Approximately 700 cyclists of every skill level took to the streets for the 15th annual Tour de Elizabeth that rolled throughout the city on Sunday morning. 

This year’s tour that is open to all ages, was a 15-mile recreational tour of the City of Elizabeth’s historic neighborhoods, beginning and ending at City Hall.

Members of the Elizabeth Police ...

Scenes from the New Jersey State Bicycle Championships in Plainfield

May 21, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The New Jersey State Bicycle Championships event was held in Plainfield for a third year in a row.

The races were held in the downtown area, and TAPinto Plainfield was there to capture some of the excitement.

 

In addition to the many bicycle races, local food vendors were on hand, serving up tasty fare as a part of the Taste of Plainfield.

On Tuesday, Mayor ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: May 21-27

PLAINFIELD, NJ - TAPinto what's going on in and around town this week.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield news and events.  There's something for everyone!

MONDAY

A special public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in municipal court, 325 Watchung Ave. to amend the 2018 municipal budget. Download the amendments.
Boys volleyball:  a home match ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Board of Ed Fills Seat, Budget Passage, Bike Races, 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 Mayor Mapp: A Cultural Renaissance

Ashley Davis - Lessons From My Mother

Plainfield Settlement Coincides with Budget Passage

Postal Letter Carrier's Food Drive for Star Fish Food Pantry in Plainfield

Queen Latifah Delivers ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Board of Ed Fills Seat, Budget Passage, Bike Races, and more

May 19, 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 Mayor Mapp: A Cultural Renaissance

Ashley Davis - Lessons From My Mother

Plainfield Settlement Coincides with Budget Passage

Postal Letter Carrier's Food Drive for Star Fish Food Pantry in Plainfield

Queen Latifah Delivers ...

Plainfield SID Changes Approved

PLAINFIELD, NJ - An ordinance to restructure management of Plainfield’s Special Improvement District won final City Council approval Monday and will take effect in June.

The vote was 5-1, with Councilwoman Diane Toliver voting “no” and Council President Charles McRae and members Joylette Mills-Ransome, Rebecca Williams, Steve Hockaday, Barry Goode voting “yes.” ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Possible Pedestrian Mall, Board of Ed Interviews, 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:

Joylette Mills-Ransome: My Work as a Councilwoman

Bernice Paglia:  Site of Former Plainfield Businesses Up For Redevelopment Study

Meet Cameron E. Cox

Last weekend:  Scenes from a Weekend in Plainfield

Traffic Stop in Roselle Park ...

Scenes from the New Jersey State Bicycle Championships in Plainfield

May 21, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The New Jersey State Bicycle Championships event was held in Plainfield for a third year in a row.

The races were held in the downtown area, and TAPinto Plainfield was there to capture some of the excitement.

 

In addition to the many bicycle races, local food vendors were on hand, serving up tasty fare as a part of the Taste of Plainfield.

On Tuesday, Mayor ...

Video: Bike Races, Taste of Plainfield on Sunday

PLAINFIELD, NJ -  The city will host the New Jersey State Bicycle Championships for the third year in a row this Sunday, in conjunction with the Taste of Plainfield, highlighting a number of eateries in town.

According to advisories issued by the Plainfield Police Division, residents should expect delays and road closures in and around the downtown between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

At a ...

Plainfield Vikings Holding Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Coaches for the Plainfield Vikings are hosting a Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 12, and you're invited.

The 1st Annual Plainfield Vikings Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast will include all you can eat pancakes, eggs, grits, and more, all for just ten dollars per person.  Children two years and younger are free.

The event will take place at the ...

A.J. Perri Helping Veterans in Need - Again

May 19, 2018

TINTON FALLS, NJ – A.J. Perri is back helping veterans in need – this time launching a search for veterans and their families through a partnership with ABC-TV.

As part of the A.J. Perri Cares Program, a lucky New Jersey veteran and their family will receive air conditioning/heating relief this summer.

"They fought for our country, and their families sacrificed," said ...

President of Plainfield Y to Receive Signature United Way Award at Annual Event

UNION COUNTY, NJ - United Way of Greater Union County will present Ravenell Williams, President and CEO of the Plainfield YMCA, with the 2018 Dell Raudelunas award at its 2018 Annual Celebration event on June 13.

Williams has held this position at the Plainfield YMCA for nearly ten years; however, his career with the organization spans over 40 years, beginning as a Program Director for the ...

Travels Charity Spotlight - Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit Parkland Cares and the Jason Taylor Reading Room, May 17

PARKLAND, FL - Parkland Cares will hold a Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 17 at Parkland Golf & Country Club, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Jason Taylor Reading Room and Parkland Cares.  The event is presented by StevenDouglas and former NFL player and Hall of Famer Jason Taylor will be in attendance.

Howard Dvorkin, CPA, is chairman of Debt.com and a 30-year ...

Hillsborough Man Sentenced for Bribing Doctors in $100M Test Referral Scheme

May 20, 2018

NEWARK, NJ – Five individuals including a Hillsborough resident  were sentenced Friday for bribing doctors in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running and elaborate scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), of Parsippany, its president and numerous associates, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Doug Hurley, 38, of Hillsborough and Kevin ...

Election 2018: Attention Candidates Running for Public Office

May 20, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - TAPinto invites all candidates to submit statements and other content, as well as to become advertisers on TAPinto South Plainfield. Below are the TAPinto Election Policies:

Candidate Statements

Candidates participating in the primary election can submit a maximum of one candidate statement per week (including photos)from August ...

Plainfield League of Women Voters Forum Scheduled for May 30

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield League of Women Voters will hold a municipal election forum on Wednesday, May 30 at Emerson Community School.

Ashley Davis and incumbent Diane Toliver are running for a four-year term for the First Ward City Council seat. 

Cameron Cox, who recently won a seat on the Plainfield Board of Education, faces Joylette Mills for the Second & Third Ward ...

Plainfield: PDCC Discusses Succession Plans for Key Positions

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Democratic City Committee met on Tuesday evening to discuss the process for filling the LD-22 vacancy after the passing of Assemblyman Jerry Green in April, and potentially for a Union County Freeholder position.

Chairman Adrian O. Mapp led the PDCC meeting, and opened with a moment of silence for Green.

MORE:  Plainfield's Assemblyman Jerry Green Is ...

Video: Friends of the NJ Festival Orchestra Present 37th Tour of Notable Homes in Westfield

May 13, 2018

WESTFIELD — Despite rainy weather, participants showed up by the carload to visit some of Westfield’s most distinctive properties featured on this year’s Tour of Notable Homes, presented by the Friends of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, on Saturday.

“It’s a much better turnout despite the weather,” said tour co-chair Michele Pierce. “The legacy ...

Join the Plainfield Rescue Squad for EMS Week Events

May 19, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Rescue Squad will lead two events to celebrate National EMS Week, bringing together medical personnel and residents from across the city.

The two events will take place at the Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Ave, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Cadets of the Rescue Squad will host EMS for Children Day on Wednesday, May 23.  Young participants should be ...

Hold on to The Light - May 19 in Flemington to Promote Mental Health Awareness

FLEMINGTON, NJ – An event to promote mental health awareness will be held at the old Historic Courthouse on Main Street in Flemington.  Click here for more information.

"Hold on to the Light” is sponsored by Safe Harbor Child Access Centers and Hunterdon Central High School’s Strides Against Stigma organization. It will be held May 19 from 6 to 10 ...

Funnel Cloud Appeared over South Plainfield in Tuesday's Storm

May 16, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A line of heavy thunderstorms roared through South Plainfield on Tuesday with a resident capturing a funnel cloud twisting down west and north of Spring Lake Park. The photo captures the funnel cloud which can be seen in the  left-hand side of the photo.

The photo captures a school bus driving by, and the South Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department building. So far ...

Union County’s Mobile Document-Shredding Event on May 19

UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced a free mobile paper-shredding event for personal documents will take place on May 19.

“Union County’s mobile document shredding events help residents fight identity theft by providing a secure, affordable way to dispose of confidential documents,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “As part ...

Podcast: The Royal Wedding Through the Eyes of a Brit

May 18, 2018

In our May 18 podcast, Giles Bootheway, a British citizen who teaches at St. Bonaventure University, shares his thoughts on the Royal Wedding with TAPinto Greater Olean Co-editor Richard Lee.

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Goethals Bridge to New Jersey to be Closed Friday Night through Sunday

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Goethals Bridge to New Jersey will be closed to all traffic beginning 9 p.m. Friday, May 18 until 9 p.m. Sunday, May 20. 

The Eastbound to NY will remain open. Officials said the closure is necessary to construct the entry and exit ramps for the new westbound span.

At 9 p.m. Sunday night, the westbound span is expected to open in its final configuration, three ...

Travels Charity Spotlight - Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit Parkland Cares and the Jason Taylor Reading Room, May 17

PARKLAND, FL - Parkland Cares will hold a Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 17 at Parkland Golf & Country Club, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Jason Taylor Reading Room and Parkland Cares.  The event is presented by StevenDouglas and former NFL player and Hall of Famer Jason Taylor will be in attendance.

Howard Dvorkin, CPA, is chairman of Debt.com and a 30-year ...

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You Meet the Most Amazing People on the Trail

The weather cooperated this weekend, so I went for more than one hike. After all, there are only just over fifty days before my walk to Maine commences, so why not.

This Saturday, some friends dragged me away from housecleaning (thank you!) for a quick jaunt through Watchung Reservation.  While we were there, we ran into two individuals from Westfield; the cosplayers introduced themselves ...

Go Take a Walk

Friday, March 30 was Take a Walk in the Park Day, so I did.  I really didn't have an excuse to not do so; the sun was shining, I had the day off, and I had no plans for the rest of the day.  So after a session with Abbe, my trainer at LifeTime Fitness, I made the short trip to Lake Surprise in Watchung Reservation. 

As I made my way around the lake, it was easy to see how ...

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Tue, May 22, 3:30 PM

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Bilingual Storytime with Ms. Jai

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Tue, May 22, 4:00 PM

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Story Makers

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Holy Savior Cheerleading Squad Takes Season by 'Storm'

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy’s (HSA) ‘Biddy’ Cheerleading Squad, the Storm,  recently completed their 2017-2018 season with a first place win in their division at Cheerfest. Held May 12 at Six Flags Great Adventure, the annual multi-state competition featured teams from throughout New Jersey. 

“This cheer season has been such an ...

County of Union to Fly Rainbow Flag for the First Time on June 4

May 21, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to announce that the rainbow flag will fly for the first time at the Union County Courthouse in recognition of June as LGBTQ Pride Month. A public Pride Flag Raising Ceremony event is planned for Monday, June 4 at 1:00 P.M. on the steps of the historic Union County Courthouse on Broad Street in ...

Peru Claims 1-0 Victory Over Colombia as Soccer Legends Show Off Skills in Paterson

May 20, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- During their playing days Carlos Valderama and Julio Uribe led their teams to victory in some of the largest soccer stadiums across the globe. On Saturday, the men, known better as “El Pibe” and Uribe, brought their talents to Paterson’s Baurele Field.

The rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the nearly 500 fans who turned out to watch these beloved players ...

La campaña alimentaria anual de los carteros está lista para el 12 de mayo en todo el país

May 11, 2018

WASHINGTON, 2 de mayo de 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- La Asociación Nacional de Carteros (National Association of Letter Carriers, NALC) llevará a cabo la 26ª edición anual de su campaña alimentaria el sábado 12 de mayo.

La campaña alimentaria Stamp Out Hunger® es la más grande con duración de un día en todo ...

School’s Out: Your Exclusive Summer Getaway Guide

May 22, 2018

Summer... a time to do whatever you please without having the stress of school or work.

But like many others, you may find yourself unsure of how to spend your summer days. So, if you’re looking for something cool to do when it’s hot, consider these ideas:

Get Cultured: Metropolitan Museum of Art: If you’re fascinated with art of all sorts from classic to modern, then this ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Steve Lenox of TAPinto Paterson

This week's feature will focus on TAPinto Paterson's franchisee, Steve Lenox. Find out how the current owner of a public affairs firm went from a former State Director for Senator Frank Lautenberg to a proud TAPinto franchisee for New Jersey's third largest city.

 

Q. When did you join TAPinto.net?

I joined TAPinto.net in September, ...

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

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 ...

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (Citadel Press, 1970)

 

How does a reviewer do justice to a book called “the great American novel”? I first read Johnny Got His Gun during the Viet Nam war, when young people, nationwide, were protesting fighting in a war that was a senseless waste of life; a war in which the United States had no business participating.

The Truth About My Reading

The Truth About My Reading

I didn't get my Composition and Literature teacher at Montclair State College at all. A crusty old man with a dour disposition, Mr. Smith always seemed angry and rude. He appropriately intimidated freshmen, even me, an English major, who found this common core course beneath my dignity. Frankly, as a graduate of Highland Park High School, and a survivor of Mrs.

The German Girl

The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa (Washington Square Press, 2016)

For each of the twelve million victims murdered during World War II there is a gutwrenching story to be told. I have read hundreds of memoirs, biographies, plays, and novels that recount the stories of the martyrs; some are exceptional, some are fair. The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa, an award-winning journalist, ...