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4 Hillsborough Students' Posters Displayed at United Nations Conference

February 18, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Several senior students in the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School were selected as poster winners at the 18th Annual CTAUN Conference 2017 entitled, “The Refugee Challenge of the 21st Century,” held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

The 12 SCVTHS students, including ...

Wardlaw-Hartridge Students Celebrate World Languages Week

EDISON, NJ -- Students in all three divisions at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison celebrated World Languages Week with a series of activities.

Lower School students in grades 1-5 wore class specific colors and recited poems in Spanish during a program on Feb. 15 in Lower Snowdon. Senora Maria Hinestroza, Lower School Spanish teacher, planned the assembly and her students were very ...

The Tuskegee Airmen Screening with Special Guest at Plainfield's Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church Feb 18

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Christian Education & Nurture Committee presents The Tuskegee Airmen at Plainfield's Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church on Saturday to celebrate Black History Month.

The Tuskegee Experiment, as it was called, stemmed from the NAACP challenging segregationist military policies in 1939.  This lead to a public campaign to integrate the armed ...

Pro-Obamacare Protests Continue in Westfield at Congressman Lance’s Office

February 9, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 100 people protested outside of Congressman Leonard Lance’s office on North Avenue for the fourth Wednesday in a row this week to urge Lance to vote “no” to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Several brought signed petitions.

The rally was one of several “vigils to save health care” that evening ...

Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp Delivers 2017 State of the City Address

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Mayor Adrian Mapp delivered his State of the City Address to residents on Wednesday, touching on a number of topics.

Mapp began the presentation with an award for an individual from each of the Wards in the city:

1st Ward - Nelson Santana, for his help in improving the business district
2nd Ward - Mary Burgwinkle, for her civic engagement, her passion for ...

Plainfield City Council Feb 6 Agenda Fixing Session

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield City Council Agenda Fixing Session will take place at 7:30 pm in the City Hall library, located at 515 Watchung Avenue.

A copy of the agenda may be downloaded here:  AFS_2.6.17.pdf

Saturday Night Fire Breaks Out in Plainfield in Area of Putnam Ave and Webster Place

February 18, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A Saturday night fire broke out in the area of Putnam Avenue and Webster Place.  Fire trucks were on hand, with the smell of smoke in the air.

It's been confirmed that there were no injuries.

As TAPinto Plainfield gets additional information, this story will be updated.

 

Plainfield Fire on West 4th Street Sunday Evening

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A fire broke out on the 600 block of West 4th Street in Plainfield near Corona Grocery on Sunday, Feb. 12th. 

Multiple engines were on hand, as well as Plainfield Police and the Rescue Squad.

This article will be updated if further information becomes available.

Wrestling: Plainfield Sends Thirteen to District 13 Tournament in Scotch Plains on Saturday

February 17, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield High School wrestling team will travel to Scotch Plains on Saturday to compete in the District 13 wrestling tournament.  It is the first time SPF will host the event. Participating schools are A.L. Johnson (Clark), Elizabeth, Linden, Plainfield, Rahway, St. Peter's Prep, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Seton Hall Prep, and Summit.

The NJSIAA awarded Scotch ...

Wardlaw-Hartridge Students Raise Over $2,000 for Hoops for Heart Charity

EDISON, NJ -- Lower School students at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison raised $2,221 for the Hoops for Heart charity, which increases awareness and funding for victims of heart disease and stroke. The fund raising leaders from grades 1-4 are pictured with Dawn Francavilla of Somerset, Director of Student Life, and Club Interact member Rohan Arvindh of Edison. From left: Noah Evans of ...

First Tee of Plainfield One Day Golf Camp Over Holiday Weekend

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A day off from school means a day of fun playing golf with the First Tee of Plainfield.

This one day golf camp on Monday, Feb. 20th is for children ages 7-16.  Golf activities will take place from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, and all campers will receive lunch and a snack. The camp costs $99, and you can register online here.

Monday's forecast is calling for warm weather, ...

Shirley W. Thompson to Receive Rotary Club Award

February 13, 2017

North Plainfield, NJ  — The Rotary Club of Plainfield-North Plainfield is pleased to announce that South Plainfield resident Shirley Weaver Thompson will receive the 2017 Service Above Self Award at the club’s 18th Annual Wine Tasting Dinner. The event will be held on April 5 at Giovanna’s Restaurant in Plainfield, and is a fundraiser for the club’s scholarship ...

United Way Searches for Rising Star in Greater Union County

ELIZABETH, NJ--United Way of Greater Union County is searching for a Rising Star professional in Greater Union County, North Plainfield, or South Plainfield to be recognized at its 2017 Annual Celebration! An Evening of Inspiration, on June 15, at the Westwood in Garwood.

Anyone can nominate a young professional; however, the nominee must live and/or work in those areas, ...

EZ Ride Awarded $5,000 Mini-Grant to Support Access to Healthy Food in Plainfield

February 14, 2017

Plainfield, NJ – EZ Ride, a NJ Healthy Corner Store award recipient, will use grant funds to encourage local food stores in Plainfield to carry healthier grocery items and more fresh produce.

This comes on the heels of its Healthy Community Network Grant last year that promoted walking and biking to school, and more.

On Wednesday, Feb. 15th, EZ Ride will be hosting a free string ...

Tips for Big Game Party Hosts and Party Goers

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -Today, the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots will meet in Houston, Texas for the most anticipated football game of the year: Super Bowl LI. Whether you’re gathering at someone’s home for a party or watching the game at a restaurant or bar, AAA urges fans to plan ahead by designating a sober driver or arranging for alternate transportation.

“The ...

Somerset Patriots National Anthem Auditions Set For Saturday, March 11th

February 17, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots, along with Magic 98.3 FM and WCTC 1450 AM will host National Anthem Auditions on March 11 from 12:00 Noon to 4:00  p.m. at the Bridgewater Commons Mall. 

The event will be a fundraiser designed to benefit Operation Shoebox New Jersey, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to collecting donated supplies to ship care packages to U.S.

The Tuskegee Airmen Screening with Special Guest at Plainfield's Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church Feb 18

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Christian Education & Nurture Committee presents The Tuskegee Airmen at Plainfield's Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church on Saturday to celebrate Black History Month.

The Tuskegee Experiment, as it was called, stemmed from the NAACP challenging segregationist military policies in 1939.  This lead to a public campaign to integrate the armed ...

Register for Plainfield's duCret School of Art Winter Session

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Registration for the Winter Session at the duCret School of Art in Plainfield is open. 

Starting Saturday, Feb. 18th, an 8-week or 16-week program for teens in Advanced Techniques will begin.

(12 - 15 YRS) 9:30 am - 11:30 am.  Teens gain better understandings of the visual arts field under a wide variety of mediums, from drawing and painting, to photography and ...

Rutgers Football Players Assist at Operation Shoebox New Jersey Packing

February 18, 2017

 

MANVILLE, NJ  - More than 300 volunteers helped Operation Shoebox New Jersey commemorate its 12th anniversary Saturday by packing  1.200 personal care packages that will be shipped to United States military personnel stationed around the world.

Several members of the Rutgers football team came to help, as did several other groups, including the Boy Scouts, Troop 193; Girl ...

Party Dress Sale in Westfield will Benefit The Paul Jackson Fund

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Paul Jackson Fund will hold a party dress sale for teens in Westfield on Saturday, Feb. 25, featuring new and gently used dresses at bargain prices. Money raised will help provide financial support to families in crisis because of a catastrophic illness or disability.

Prices range from $15 for short dresses to $20 for gowns.

“This is a wonderful ...

Wardlaw-Hartridge Middle School Families Provide Community Service

EDISON, NJ -- Middle School students at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison continued their community service program by volunteering at The Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside on Feb. 11. Students and their families stocked shelves, organized supplies and prepared food packages at the warehouse.

The mission of the CFBNJ is to "fill the emptiness caused by hunger with food, ...

Grow a High Yield Vegetable Garden This Season

February 16, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Spend less time and money while growing a bounty of flavorful vegetables this growing season. Increase your harvest, even in small garden spaces, with proper planning and easy care, high yielding vegetables.

A productive garden starts with a plan, but choosing the best vegetables to grow and where to plant them can be overwhelming.

You can break out the graph paper ...

EZ Ride Awarded $5,000 Mini-Grant to Support Access to Healthy Food in Plainfield

February 14, 2017

Plainfield, NJ – EZ Ride, a NJ Healthy Corner Store award recipient, will use grant funds to encourage local food stores in Plainfield to carry healthier grocery items and more fresh produce.

This comes on the heels of its Healthy Community Network Grant last year that promoted walking and biking to school, and more.

On Wednesday, Feb. 15th, EZ Ride will be hosting a free string ...

6 Inexpensive Things to do in Plainfield this Valentine's Day

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Still not sure what to get your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day?  TAPinto Plainfield has a few ideas for you that won’t break the bank.

According to the National Retail Federation, U.S. consumers will spend a total of $18.2 billion on their valentines in 2017; on average, an individual will spend $136.57.  Candy (49.7%), an evening out (36.6%), flowers ...

Imagine Open House at New Center in Mountainside

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, has moved into a dedicated home of its own at 244 Sheffield Street in Mountainside and invites the public to an Open House on Feb. 22 to see and learn more about Imagine. Sessions are 7:30 – 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Imagine is a free, year-round grief support ...

Talks on Climate Change in NJ, Salamanders and Hydroculture Slated In ‘Option Green’ Series Presented by Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission

February 18, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK – Why did the salamander cross the road? How much is New Jersey’s climate changing? How do you grow plants without soil?

Talks on these topics will be featured in the “Option Green” Speakers Series co-sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission and East Brunswick Public Library this spring at the library, 2 Jean Walling Civic ...

Union County Freeholders Sponsor New Round of Community Garden Grants for 2017

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the 2017 Union County Means Green Community Garden Grants program is now accepting applications for matching grants to start a community garden, or to expand or improve an existing community garden in Union County.

The new round of funding follows on the success of the 2016 Union County Means ...

Alaska the Last Frontier. Discover the Majestic Beauty of our Largest and 49th State.

February 16, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Traveling in Alaska is like traveling in no other place on earth. Alaska has its own time zone. It is four hours earlier than the East Coast of the United States, one hour earlier than the West Coast of the United States. You can explore Alaska by cruise ship, air or driving.  Once there you can take the Alaska Railroad to discover the beauty and what Alaska has to ...

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Holy Trinity School Spotlight - PreK4 and PreK4+

A day in the Holy Trinity School PreK-4 and PreK-4Plus program is always exciting! The PreK -4 year old program at Holy Trinity Mountainside Campus is based on the knowledge that a child’s early years are ones of tremendous development – physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual. The curriculum challenges the child to develop through experience with language, mathematics, ...

Real Estate News You Can Use

INVENTORY…INVENTORY…INVENTORY!!!  Where is it??  The 2016 recap of sales statistics for our local communities indicated inventories were at close to historical lows for many towns.  Well, here is what has happened in the past month and where we stand today.  The weather has been mild thus far which is prompting a steady and growing “Spring Market” ...

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Sun, February 19, 9:00 AM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

The Museum of Uncut Funk Presents "Funky Turns 40"

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, February 19, 10:45 AM

North Plainfield

Sunday Morning Worship

Religions And Spirituality

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Mon, February 20, 9:00 AM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

The Museum of Uncut Funk Presents "Funky Turns 40"

Arts & Entertainment

Urban Legends Exposed: City-Dwelling Peregrine Falcons Offer a “Rare Wildlife Reality Show” in Union County

February 15, 2017

Union County, NJ – Thanks to a new partnership between the Union County Freeholder Board and the nonprofit Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, students, scientists and other wildlife enthusiasts all over the world will have more opportunities to study a pair of rare peregrine falcons that have made their nest on the roof of the historic 17-story Union County Courthouse Tower, ...

Talks on Climate Change in NJ, Salamanders and Hydroculture Slated In ‘Option Green’ Series Presented by Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission

February 18, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK – Why did the salamander cross the road? How much is New Jersey’s climate changing? How do you grow plants without soil?

Talks on these topics will be featured in the “Option Green” Speakers Series co-sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission and East Brunswick Public Library this spring at the library, 2 Jean Walling Civic ...

Sixteen local at-risk youth celebrate finding stability

February 18, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ -

Sixteen local at-risk youth this week celebrated finding stability and security as they marked their first full year as members of the Transitional Opportunities Program of Community Access Unlimited (CAU).

The Transitional Opportunities Program (TOP) provides housing, life skills training and other support services to youth aged 13-21 being served under the Department of ...

A Heartbreak Kid

It hurts.

 

She was sobbing pretty hard when she said it, so it came out more as a halting stutter.  It hu . . . hu . . . hu . . . rts. 

 

My arms were wrapped around her and her head was buried in my shoulder as she cried.  She was just a little girl the last time I comforted her like this.  Now she is a young woman.  

 

With a broken ...

The Ripper's Time by Mark R. Vogel

The Ripper's Time by Mark R. Vogel (CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2016)

 

What if we could turn the clock back to 1888, knowing what we know about profiling the characters of serial killers, DNA evidence, analysis of fibers left behind at a crime scene, and lifting fingerprints from surfaces that once were deemed impossible to obtain? Would we be able to identify capture, and ...

George Street’s ‘American Son’ Stirs Raw Emotions in Complex, Provocative Drama

Anyone who has the opportunity to head to George Street Playhouse will be stunned, shaken and haunted by “American Son,” this beautifully written play by Christopher Demos-Brown. 

Directed by David Saint with a distinct sense of the heartache and emotion that takes place, it is superbly performed by four fine actors.

Suzzanne Douglas is familiar to George Street audiences ...