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Somerville: Works by Artist with Autism Featured at Gallery on Main

April 29, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Gallery on Main is commemorating National Autism Awareness Month with an exhibition of artwork by James Hogarth, an artist with autism.

Hogarth is the featured guest at a meet-and-greet and sale of his artwork at Gallery on Main, 30 West Main St., from noon-3 p.m. on Sunday, April 30.

Original pieces as well as note cards and prints of Hogarth’s artwork will be ...

Saturday's Rockin for Autism Will Feature Local Bands

FANWOOD, NJ -- To commemorate Autism Awareness Month, and raise awareness of and funds for autism related services, Fanwood will host the second annual Rockin’ For Autism on Saturday, April 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at LaGrande Park (Rain date April 30). 

This year's event will feature the following scheduled ...

Plainfield Symphony Orchestra Season Finale: Impressions of Ravel

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Spend your Saturday night listening to the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra as they conclude their 2016-2017 season. 

This season finale performance, Impressions of Ravel, will be held at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, located at 716 Watchung Avenue, at 7:00 pm.

Immediately following the performance, an After-Party event will honor Peter and Libby Price for their ...

Plainfield's Hubbard Middle School Holds Car Wash Fundraiser

April 29, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Students at Plainfield's Hubbard Middle School will hold their 1st Annual Fundraising Car Wash.

On Friday, May 5th, stop by the school from 3:30 to 6:00 pm for a car wash sure to leave your vehicle sparkly and clean.  The cost?  Just five dollars!

Proceeds benefit the 8th grade promotion activities.

Hubbard Middle School is located at 661 West 8th Street,

Wardlaw-Hartridge Community Supports Mudslide Victims

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw-Hartridge School hosted a very successful Latin Fiesta All-School Fundraiser to raise money for the victims and the families devastated by the mudslides and flooding in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. The W-H community enjoyed a night of great food, music and fun in the AP Room.

Event organizers Dawn Francavilla, Yolanda Reyes and Maria Hinestroza extend their heartfelt ...

Dr. Young-Thomas Named Trustee of Union County College

CRANFORD – At the April 25, 2017, meeting of the Union County College Board of Trustees, Dr. Karen Young-Thomas was sworn in to serve as a new Trustee. Dr. Young-Thomas, of Roselle, is the CEO of The Marion P. Thomas Charter School in Newark, NJ. Union County College Board of Trustees Chair Victor M. Richel welcomed Dr. Young-Thomas to the meeting and initiated her swearing in. She was ...

Plainfield Shade Tree Commission Celebrates Arbor Day

April 28, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The sun peaked out just in time for the City of Plainfield’s Arbor Day celebration on the steps of the Plainfield YMCA, the 2017 recipient of this year’s plantings.  The celebration began at 11:00 am, with opening remarks and a reading of the Arbor Day Proclamation by Plainfield’s Mayor Adrian O. Mapp.

In addition to many residents and pre-school ...

Franklin Township: Middlesex County Freeholders Decide to Intervene on Williams/Transo Gas Compressor Station

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – In response to calls from concerned citizens and environmental activists, the Middlesex County Freeholders recently announced they will file a motion to intervene on the controversial gas compressor station 206, which is proposed to be constructed in Franklin Township. 

"I have instructed the county counsel to proceed with the appropriate intervenor ...

Leaders Meet to Protest Proposed Elimination of Community Development Block Grants

ELIZABETH, NJ – Sheriff Joseph Cryan looked out from the podium at Saint Joseph’s Social Service Center on Division Street and declared, “The budget isn’t about the numbers. It’s about the people.”

The budget Cryan, who is currently running for state senator, is referring to is the proposed federal budget where President Trump is seeking to slash funding for ...

Bear Spotted in Westfield’s Mindowaskin Park Friday

April 29, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Several residents have reported seeing a black bear in Mindowaskin Park Friday evening. The bear was said to have climbed up a tree, and has since climbed back down and moved on.

“It was in the area,” Westfield Police Chief David Wayman said Saturday. “It is unknown where it is now.”

The bear may be the same animal seen earlier in the week in ...

Edison: Thief Steals Good Samaritan’s Laptop While He Rescues Unconscious Woman From Train Tracks

EDISON, NJ –  The old saying “no good deed goes unpunished” proved true for a Piscataway man Friday morning when, after rushing in to save a woman who fainted and fell on the train tracks, he came back to find that someone stole his backpack, containing his computer.

“This theft, perpetrated in the midst of such a selfless good deed, is nothing less than appalling ...

Cops: Serial Burglar Arrested in Westfield was About to Strike Again

WESTFIELD, NJ — Jon Rincom of Roselle was looking to burglarize a home in Westfield April 12 when cops arrested him and charged him in connection with two past Westfield home burglaries, according to Westfield Police.

Plainclothes officers in undercover cars were monitoring the area proactively under the direction of Westfield Police Chief David Wayman, according to Sgt.

Plainfield's Boys Tennis to Compete in Union County Championship Finals

April 27, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield High School Boys Tennis Team will compete in the Union County Tennis Championship Finals at the Van Blake Courts at Hub Stine Field on Friday, April 28th.  The team is undefeated this season under Coach David Cheung and Assistant Coach Karl Deane.

Hub Stine Field is located at 1410 Randolph Road, and the tournament will be held from 9:00 am to 4:00 ...

Charity Softball Game in Scotch Plains Halted by Volunteer Umpire's Death

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The local community is mourning the death of Scotch Plains resident Mike Ruzek, who suffered a heart attack on Sunday while serving as a volunteer umpire at a charity softball game held at Brookside Park.

"Mike was a faithful supporter of local sports," said longtime friend Bruce Moran. "The community is saddened and shocked at his ...

Greta’s Run 5K Honors Memory of Westfield Teen, Raises Money to Help People with Special Needs

WESTFIELD, NJ — Almost 1,000 people participated in the fourth annual Greta’s Run in Westfield Sunday. The 5K run, walk, roll and fundraiser for people of all abilities is held in memory of Greta Schoenemann, a Westfield High School student who died 2002 after a large tree branch fell on her during lunch.

“Greta was a beautiful person inside and out,” Greta’s ...

Houdini Pizza Laboratory in Fanwood Serves Magic on a Plate

April 28, 2017

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Harry Houdini had the rare ability to make the impossible seem effortless and became the greatest magician of all-time. We share this level of commitment and a remarkable flavor for life with Houdini.

The original Houdini Pizza opened in Ridgewood, Queens, not far from Houdini's final resting place. It features a wood-burning brick oven  that produces ...

PLAINFIELD: What You Need to Know if You Ride NJ TRANSIT

PLAINFIELD, NJ - If you ride the train from Plainfield or Netherwood into New York, Amtrak is instituting changes that are going to impact your NJ TRANSIT commute.  Officials have announced plans to fast-track infrastructure work that will likely cause commuters additional delays. 

In an April 27th release, Amtrak outlined initiatives to improve New York Penn Station that will ...

Plainfield's Muhlenberg Hospital Redevelpment Plan Reviewed

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield's Planning Board met at the duCret School of Art to review the JFK Muhlenberg Hospital Redevelopment Plan on Monday evening.

Chairman Ron Scott Bey explained to the crowd of about thirty residents that only the plan would be vetted to determine the types of uses for the Muhlenberg site.  He noted that the plan would then have to go to City Council members, ...

Houdini Pizza Laboratory in Fanwood Serves Magic on a Plate

April 28, 2017

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Harry Houdini had the rare ability to make the impossible seem effortless and became the greatest magician of all-time. We share this level of commitment and a remarkable flavor for life with Houdini.

The original Houdini Pizza opened in Ridgewood, Queens, not far from Houdini's final resting place. It features a wood-burning brick oven  that produces ...

NJ State Bicycle Championships Event Returns to Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The New Jersey State Bicycle Championships will return to Plainfield's Queen City for a second year, with races on Sunday, May 7th that leave from City Hall.

All levels can participate, from professional cyclists to amateur riders.  A public safety challenge will include Plainfield police, firemen and other public safety officials, and juniors and kids will be able to ...

Rockin for Autism Music Festival on April 29 Will Be a Food Fest, Too

FANWOOD, NJ -- To commemorate Autism Awareness Month, and raise awareness of and funds for autism related services, Fanwood will host the second annual Rockin’ For Autism on Saturday, April 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at LaGrande Park (Rain date April 30). 

This year's event features a wide variety of food and beverage vendors, each of which will donate ...

Westfield Community Invited to Participate in Edison School Community Day May 6

April 29, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Volunteers of all ages will have the chance to help with more than 15 hands-on service projects during the Second Annual Edison Intermediate School Community Day, taking place May 6 from 10 a.m. until noon at EIS.

Opportunities will include projects such as writing letters to the troops, making lunches and care kits for homeless people, making ...

Moms Helping Moms Foundation's Mother's Day Dollars for Diapers Campaign

NEW JERSEY -- This Mother’s Day, join Moms Helping Moms (MHM) in our fight to lessen the burden for NJ Moms who struggle to provide diapers for their children. Diaper need is the challenge to provide babies with clean, dry diapers. For some, purchasing diapers for a baby can be huge cost and burden. A baby ...

Union County NANBPWC Awards Ceremony Includes Plainfield Honorees

GARWOOD, NJ - The Union County Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. held its 45th Annual Founder’s Day luncheon on April 22nd at the Westwood in Garwood.

The 2017 recipients included:  

Man of the Year was awarded to Ravenell Williams, IV, President/CEO of the Plainfield Area YMCA.
Eldridge Hawkins, II, CEO and founder ...

Vote-By-Mail Ballots Available May 1

April 25, 2017

Union County, NJ -- Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi has announced that Vote-By-Mail ballots will be available beginning on Monday, May 1st for the 2017 Primary Election.  This year’s Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 6.

“New Jersey will select its first new governor in eight years this November, and the June 6 Primary Election is a ...

Former Long Hill Township Mayor Gina Genovese to Run for Governor, Property Tax Reform at Center of Campaign

Former Mayor Gina Genovese, an experienced property-tax reform advocate, lifelong New Jerseyan, and longtime business owner announced on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, that she is running for governor of New Jersey.  

“I am running for governor to speak to and represent the over 50 percent of residents struggling to pay their property taxes. I am running for governor this year to force ...

Ballot Positions Selected for June 2017 Plainfield Democratic Primary Election

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Earlier today, April 17th, the drawing for Democratic ballot positions in the June 2017 primary election was conducted by the County Clerk’s Office in Union County.

Democratic Party candidate Phil Murphy, running for Governor, will appear in Column A.  The slate of Union County Democrats, including Freeholders, will also appear in this column.

Distressed Homeowners Can Find Guidance at Free Foreclosure Presentation

April 24, 2017

Property owners currently in foreclosure and those trying to avoid it, are invited to attend a free educational presentation, “Foreclosure: Moving From Fear To Positive Action.  Panel members representing state and county agencies will provide information and guidance to these homeowners, including identifying freestate and county resources that are available to them.

The program ...

Plainfield YMCA Held Its Healthy Kids Day®

April 29, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Area YMCA welcomed kids of all ages to its Healthy Kids Day® on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.  The community event was meant to inspire parents and children to stay active by featuring a variety of activities that stimulate the mind and move the body.

The event was well attended by area residents who enjoyed swimming in the pool, jumping in a fun ...

Healthy Food Tasting Event at Isabelita Market in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - EZ Ride, in partnership with the Plainfield Health Department and Rutgers Snap-Ed, will host a health screening at Isabelita Market in Plainfield.

Get your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose level checked, and learn more about healthy eating through The Healthy Corner Store Initiative, which connects corner store owners and community partners with the resources ...

Plainfield: Muhlenberg Hospital Redevelopment Plan on Planning Board Agenda

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield's Planning Board will meet on Monday evening to discuss the JFK Muhlenberg Hospital Redevelopment Plan that was prepared by Heyer, Gruel & Associates of Red Bank, NJ.

In a public meeting in early March with members of the Joint Land Use boards, Carlos Sanchez, the Director of the Office of Economic Development, stated that in 2014 the land was declared an ...

Plainfield Shade Tree Commission Celebrates Arbor Day

April 28, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The sun peaked out just in time for the City of Plainfield’s Arbor Day celebration on the steps of the Plainfield YMCA, the 2017 recipient of this year’s plantings.  The celebration began at 11:00 am, with opening remarks and a reading of the Arbor Day Proclamation by Plainfield’s Mayor Adrian O. Mapp.

In addition to many residents and pre-school ...

Plainfield 2017 Arbor Day Celebration

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A celebration of trees will take place at Plainfield's City Hall on April 28th.  Arbor Day, celebrated on the last Friday of April, was first observed in 1872 in Nebraska, an idea originated by Julius Sterling Morton of Detroit.

Here in Plainfield, the Shade Tree Commission invites residents to its 2017 celebration at 11:00 am.  This year's Arbor Day planting ...

Debate Over Bike Trails in Watchung Reservation Continues at Union County Freeholders Meeting

ELIZABETH, NJ — Debate about the possible addition of trails for mountain biking in Watchung Reservation continued at Thursday night’s Union County Freeholders meeting. The county had asked for input regarding the trails in February, which sparked an outpouring of people into the subsequent board meetings.

A resolution regarding mountain biking had appeared on the agenda for ...

Legal Battle Over Westfield Stop & Shop Expansion Moves Forward

April 20, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A years-long legal battle over the proposed expansion of Downtown Westfield’s Stop & Shop could be over by September, town attorney Russell Finestein told the Westfield Town Council during this week’s conference meeting.

A superior court judge’s decision in the summer of 2015 to dismiss the case against the expansion was appealed that ...

How about Enjoying New York this Weekend?

April 28, 2017

TAPinto Travels is going to switch it up for you this weekend, because we have been forgetting the best visit of them all:  New York City and State.  Here are three activities that are guaranteed not to disappoint.

If you liked Hunger Games -- and we're not talking about your New Year's diet -- then you probably always wanted to shoot a nifty bow and arrow like Katniss ...

NJ State Bicycle Championships Event Returns to Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The New Jersey State Bicycle Championships will return to Plainfield's Queen City for a second year, with races on Sunday, May 7th that leave from City Hall.

All levels can participate, from professional cyclists to amateur riders.  A public safety challenge will include Plainfield police, firemen and other public safety officials, and juniors and kids will be able to ...

Invite to Design Your Own APP Contest

Technology is just as important as money when it comes to a business idea. You can get a loan to start a new business and hire developers if you do not know how to create an app for your idea. But not everyone qualifies for a loan, and not everyone is connected to someone who is skilled in app building. But what if you had the opportunity to give your idea to someone who could make your app ...

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Plainfield and World War One

One hundred years ago on April 6, 1917, the United States formally entered World War One, the Great War, also known as "the War to end all wars.” The war’s impact on the City of Plainfield and surrounding area was huge.

Plainfield was a recruiting center, and many young men from the area joined the fight. The mode of transportation to duty assignments was by the railroad, and ...

An Evening with Friends of the East Coast Greenway

Only recently did I start this column, so let me take a quick moment to catch you up if you are new here.  I am writing this column to document my walking journey from New Jersey to Maine in 2018 along the East Coast Greenway, which runs 3,000 miles from Calais, ME, near the Canadian border, all the way to Key West in Florida. My walk will average around 450 miles.

I will travel on foot ...

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Rumors of Poisoned Animals Spread After Two Dead Deer Were Found in Kenilworth

April 24, 2017

KENILWORTH, NJ- Rumors of poisoned animals are spreading after a post in the Union County Lost Pets Facebook Group showed a photo of two dead deer on a Kenilworth street. The resident who posted the photo also claimed that there was a dead cat in the same area.

According to comments on the Facebook page, the animals were found on Michigan Avenue and the deer show no major signs of ...

PATH station in Newark's South Ward takes a step forward

April 29, 2017

The long awaited arrival of a PATH station in Newark's South Ward took a step forward today when the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey authorized $57 million in planning funds for the first phase of the PATH system extension to Newark Liberty International Airport.

"The Port Authority is committed to making critical investments in a transportation network that supports ...

Plainfield's Mayor Mapp: The Importance of Teachers

April 29, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - No one ever enters the teaching profession because they are promised big paydays and short workdays. In fact, it's pretty much a guarantee that it will be exactly the opposite. Day after day, month after month and year after year; there is a remarkable group of people who get up and go into classrooms all across our nation and they shape minds and change lives.

Was there ...

Plainfield's Swain Galleries Offers Unique Spring Gifts

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Swain Galleries, located in the heart of Plainfield, is fully stocked with new and exciting gift items just in time for Mother's Day, end of the school year's Teacher Appreciation Day, and Graduation, too.

On a recent visit, I found the most magical gift, a miniature display of a garden shed, complete with tools and gardening accessories made from tissue and ...

The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg

The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg (Random House, 2016)

 

What happens to us when we die? Does everything stop and our bodies just turn to dust? Or do our souls continue to exist in some ethereal form? Are we able to see what happens to our loved ones; are we reunited with those who have gone before us? This is just one of several intriguing themes that the delightful Fannie ...