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Spotlight on Norman Rockwell at Scotch Plains Public Library Gallery

November 21, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - During the month of December the Scotch Plains Public Library will feature Spotlight on Norman Rockwell in its gallery. This exhibit focuses on the man behind some of the most iconic paintings of 20th century Americana, featuring pieces on loan from the collection of Colonia resident Jack Cassidy.

Items on display will include displays of Rockwell's work signed by the ...

Celebrate the Season at Warinanco Park, Dec. 3

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union County Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Recreation invite you to celebrate the holiday season at the Warinanco Sports Center on Sunday, December 3.

Kick off the season with family and friends at the newly modernized facility in Warinanco Park from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Skate on the new ice rink ($4 for skate rental), visit with Santa and skate ...

Plainfield Resident at Pingry Performs in School Play

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - A Plainfield resident was recently part of the Pingry School production of Sophocles, "Antigone," performed by the drama department from Nov. 9 through Nov. 11.

Performing in the play Calvary Dominique, of West Orange; Joshua Thau, of Bound Brook; Mary Kovacs, of Lebanon; Nina Srikanth, of Bridgewater; Aashiya Jaggi, of Warren; Megan Pan, of Short Hills; ...

What’s Happening at Holy Savior Academy

November 22, 2017

Editor's Note - The articles below were written by students at Holy Savior Academy

HALLOWEEN – Nick R.

Holy Savior Academy celebrated Halloween in many different ways this year:  parties, parades and crafts are just a few of the activities the participated in.  There was a Halloween parade where all of the children gathered around and walked outside of the school into ...

Waldy Arias Honored by Plainfield BOE

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Board of Education recognized senior scholar athlete Waldy Arias, a student at Plainfield High School, for his National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Campbell University on a scholarship at its meeting Tuesday

Arias, an accomplished scholar and athlete, was honored with a Certificate of Achievement.  It was presented on behalf of the Board of ...

Plainfield Board of Ed Honors Arias, Talks Charter Schools, and More

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Board of Education President Emily Morgan began Tuesday's session by saying that meetings would now open with the reading of the mission statement of the district. 

"The Plainfield Public Schools, in partnership with its community, shall do whatever it takes for every student to achieve high academic standards.  No alibis, no excuses, no ...

Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts Panel of Influential NJ Legislators

November 22, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A panel of five state legislators created a prevailing air of equanimity as 90 members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and guests gathered at Shackamaxon Country Club Tuesday morning for networking at a breakfast and an hour-long panel discussion on current state concerns. Hosted by the GWACC, Republicans and Democrats put their heads together to ...

Bloomfield recognized by NJ League of Municipalities for Innovation in Governance

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - Bloomfield was recognized for Innovation in Governance today at the New Jersey League of Municipalities Annual Conference.  Bloomfield received an Honorable Mention for the 'Open Public Records Portal.'

The awards were established to highlight exemplary local government programs that provide provide innovative and practical approaches to solving ...

Award-Winning Documentary on Saving the Great Swamp Airs on NJTV Wednesday, Nov. 15

CHATHAM, NJ - New Jersey residents can set their DVRs to see the award-winning documentary, Saving the Great Swamp - The Battle to Defeat the Jetport"  at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 on NJTV when it makes its television premiere.

The documentary was shown to the public for the first time on Dec. 3, 2016 in the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown.

NJTV will also ...

Body Discovered at Flemington Walmart Store

November 21, 2017

RARITAN TWP., NJ – The body of a man found in a bathroom at the Walmart store here was that of a store employee, Raritan Township Police Captain Kevin Donovan said Tuesday.

The man had a medical issue, Donovan said, and appears to have died from natural causes.

The man had been working in the store earlier in the day on Monday, Nov. 20,  Donovan said. When he did not return home ...

Armed and Dangerous Man Sought- Elizabeth Police Ask the Public for Assistance

ELIZABETH, NJ--Elizabeth police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating an armed and dangerous man wanted on multiple arrest warrants and according to officials all of the warrants are for violent crimes.

Police have identified the man as William Valentin, 42, Valentin is of Puerto Rican descent, muscular build, with hazel eyes and black hair, approximately 5'05" tall, ...

'Coffee with a Cop' at Plainfield's Gumbo House & Grill

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Police Division invites you to join officers for Coffee with a Cop this Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Gumbo House & Grill.

Grab a cup of coffee or tea, a tasty pastry, and join the conversation.  This informal event will take place from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, and will give residents the chance to ask members of Plainfield's Police Division questions ...

Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall Brings Opioid Discussion to Union County

November 22, 2017

Union County residents are urged to join the conversation on the opioid epidemic gripping the state and nation at a Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall Series hosted by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.

Organized with the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the series focuses on the link between prescription drug dependency and heroin abuse and examines the ...

New Brunswick native, longtime boxer, wins global title in Atlantic City

November 23, 2017

ATLANTIC City, NJ - New Brunswick native and longtime professional boxer Jorge “King” Diaz won the global Fecarbox Title this past weekend. Jorge now stands in the World Boxing Council’s Top 15 Title

The ​match on the evening of November 18 in Atlantic City went on for eight rounds against professional boxer Adam Lopez, according to Jorge, and it become one of his ...

Football: Westfield Tops Plainfield in 37-7 Win on Thanksgiving

WESTFIELD — It took a quarter for Westfield to heat up on a chilly Thanksgiving morning, but once the Blue Devils found their scoring ways, they couldn't be stopped.

In the annual Westfield versus Plainfield Thanksgiving Day football game, the Blue Devils exploded for five touchdowns and a safety to hold off the Cardinals, 37-7. Westfield’s state-best winning streak ...

Waldy Arias Honored by Plainfield BOE

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Board of Education recognized senior scholar athlete Waldy Arias, a student at Plainfield High School, for his National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Campbell University on a scholarship at its meeting Tuesday

Arias, an accomplished scholar and athlete, was honored with a Certificate of Achievement.  It was presented on behalf of the Board of ...

Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts Panel of Influential NJ Legislators

November 22, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A panel of five state legislators created a prevailing air of equanimity as 90 members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and guests gathered at Shackamaxon Country Club Tuesday morning for networking at a breakfast and an hour-long panel discussion on current state concerns. Hosted by the GWACC, Republicans and Democrats put their heads together to ...

Brooklyn Company Moving to Paterson, Creating 50 Jobs

TRENTON, NJ- The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has approved a 10-year, $3,869,000 grant that will allow the Yoland Corporation, a Brooklyn-based manufacturer, to move its headquarters to Paterson.

Yoland, which has a contract with the US Defense Department to manufacture illumination parachutes and other textiles for the military, will receive the award thanks to the Grow New ...

AAA's November 13 Survey shows New Jersey gas prices up five cents

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - In it's weekly survey of gasoline prices, AAA reports that the average price of a gallon of gasoline in New Jersey is up five cents over last week. 

Today's average is $2.59. It is 11 cents higher than a month ago ($2.48) and 33 cents higher than this same time last year ($2.26).

Gas prices are on the rise throughout the region as well. The average price ...

There's a Place at the Table for Everyone in Plainfield on Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Thanksgiving is here, but not everyone will be able to spend time and share a meal with family and friends.  However, no one should be alone, so if you or someone you know needs a place to go, here are some options available in Plainfield.

FUSP, or the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, is offering a free Thanksgiving dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for anyone who ...

Thanksgiving Fun Facts & Trivia

Turkey or ham? Perhaps a turducken?

Whichever traditional centerpiece you go with this Thanksgiving, there’s a chance it wasn’t served during the first holiday dinner in 1621. Historians believe the Plymouth Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe shared lobster, rabbit, nuts, carrots, eggs, and dried fruits during the original three-day celebration.

For 154 years, Thanksgiving would ...

Try this Pumpkin Bread Pudding Recipe From Caprial Pence instead of Pumpkin Pie this holiday season

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Back in the 1990's I discovered Caprial Pence on PBS. She has owned a few restaurants, was honored by the James Beard Foundation, and has authored several cookbooks including American Bistro Fare.

One of my favorite American Bistro Fare recipes, and one that I have made several times (so much so that I no longer need the recipe) is Pumpkin Bread ...

Westfield Family Gives Away 7,000 Pounds of Turkeys for Thanksgiving

November 23, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Brothers James Ward and John Ward gave away about 7,000 pounds of turkeys this Thanksgiving to people who may not otherwise have been able to afford them. It’s a family tradition that has grown over the years, according to James Ward.

The brothers operate and manage apartments, including senior housing. Twenty years ago, when they heard that some of the ...

Second Annual Walk for a Cure Diabetes in Plainfield on Saturday

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Gentlemen Making Changes, a non-profit organization, will host the 2nd Annual Walk for a Cure Diabetes Walk-a-thon at Plainfield's Hub Stein Sports Complex on Saturday, Nov. 25.

The purpose of the event is to advocate for diabetes awareness, and to raise funds in support of changing the impact that diabetes has on so many lives.  Almost one in ten, or 30.3 million ...

YMCA Achievers Learn About the Gift of a Lifetime in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Last Wednesday at the Achievers’ weekly workshop at the Plainfield YMCA, over 30 students had the opportunity to learn firsthand about one of New Jersey’s life-saving organizations, NJ Sharing Network.

Located in New Providence, NJ Sharing Network has been saving and enhancing lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation for 30 years.

Community ...

Plainfield Mayoral Rematch Shows Same Outcome

November 13, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - In the 2013 general election, Mayor Adrian O. Mapp overcame challenger Mustapha Muhammad, 5,234 to 1,061. Plainfield's official results for 2017 show Mapp similarly won a second four-year term by 5,677 to 1,502.

For this year, Mapp first had to win a Democratic primary over political newcomer Henrilynn Davis Ibezim, former Citywide at-large Councilwoman Rev. Tracey L.

ADVISORY: Plainfield Area Street Paving, Plan Alternate Routes Starting Monday, Nov. 20

November 17, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Police Division has issued an advisory pertaining to traffic interruptions due to streets around the city that are in the process of being paved.  This advisory is effect Monday, Nov. 20 through Friday, Nov. 24  between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Weather permitting, the following streets will experience interruption daily beginning this Monday through ...

Holiday Craft Fair at duCret in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The duCret School of Arts in Plainfield will be holding a Holiday Craft Fair.

On Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. you can score some handcrafted gifts, from greeting cards, art, jewelry, quilts, plates and more, for those on your shopping list.  The school is located at 1030 Central Avenue in Plainfield.

Vendor opportunities are available; call the ...

Teens Spruce up Union County’s “Floating Wetlands” in Watchung Reservation

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - A group of student volunteers took to the water to help pitch in for the environment. As part of Union County’s Adopt-a-Park Program, earlier this fall the group rowed out to spruce up a “floating wetlands” demonstration project at Surprise Lake in the county’s Watchung Reservation, and they also helped repair a section of trail.

“The wetlands ...

Second Annual Walk for a Cure Diabetes in Plainfield on Saturday

November 23, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Gentlemen Making Changes, a non-profit organization, will host the 2nd Annual Walk for a Cure Diabetes Walk-a-thon at Plainfield's Hub Stein Sports Complex on Saturday, Nov. 25.

The purpose of the event is to advocate for diabetes awareness, and to raise funds in support of changing the impact that diabetes has on so many lives.  Almost one in ten, or 30.3 million ...

YMCA Achievers Learn About the Gift of a Lifetime in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Last Wednesday at the Achievers’ weekly workshop at the Plainfield YMCA, over 30 students had the opportunity to learn firsthand about one of New Jersey’s life-saving organizations, NJ Sharing Network.

Located in New Providence, NJ Sharing Network has been saving and enhancing lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation for 30 years.

Community ...

Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall Brings Opioid Discussion to Union County

Union County residents are urged to join the conversation on the opioid epidemic gripping the state and nation at a Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall Series hosted by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.

Organized with the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the series focuses on the link between prescription drug dependency and heroin abuse and examines the ...

New Trails May Be in the Future for Madison's Summerhill Park

November 20, 2017

MADISON, NJ – Changes may be coming to Summerhill Park on Ridgedale Avenue per a funding recommendation submitted Monday to the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders. 

Madison would receive more than $40,000 to construct new trails inside the park, where the Villa Lorraine estate once stood. Trail grants would also be awarded for projects in Morris, Hanover, Jefferson and ...

Teens Spruce up Union County’s “Floating Wetlands” in Watchung Reservation

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - A group of student volunteers took to the water to help pitch in for the environment. As part of Union County’s Adopt-a-Park Program, earlier this fall the group rowed out to spruce up a “floating wetlands” demonstration project at Surprise Lake in the county’s Watchung Reservation, and they also helped repair a section of trail.

“The wetlands ...

9 Things to do in Plainfield This Weekend: Nov. 11-12

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The temperatures are frigid, but if you dare to venture out, here are nine things to do around Plainfield this weekend.

SATURDAY

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Union County Adopt-a-Park program and members of the North Plainfield Shade Tree Advisory Board are holding a clean up in Green Brook Park.  Meet at the intersection of Parkview Avenue and Clinton Avenue in ...

Armed and Dangerous Man Sought- Elizabeth Police Ask the Public for Assistance

November 21, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ--Elizabeth police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating an armed and dangerous man wanted on multiple arrest warrants and according to officials all of the warrants are for violent crimes.

Police have identified the man as William Valentin, 42, Valentin is of Puerto Rican descent, muscular build, with hazel eyes and black hair, approximately 5'05" tall, ...

Plainfield HPC Plans Historic District Expansion

November 14, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Historic Preservation Commission is proposing expansion of two Plainfield historic districts and expects to hold public hearings in 2018.

As explained by HPC Chairman William Michelson, the process will involve the HPC first, then the Planning Board and finally passage by ordinance of the expansions. Plainfield has six residential historic districts, but only the Van Wyck ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: November 13-19

November 12, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Here's a look at what's on TAP this week in and around the city.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield, NJ news and events.  It's going to be a busy week!

Also, be sure to check out our EVENTS calendar page.  New events and activities are always being added, and you, too, can contribute.  Just look in the upper right corner of our ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Salary Increases, Veterans Day, 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:

A Stroll Through Echo Lake Park

Franklin Township Police Officer Arrested by State Troopers for Armed Robbery

HOPES CAP, Inc. to Further Adult Education in Plainfield.

"The Battle of the Badges" on the Ice at the New Warinanco Sports ...

9 Things to do in Plainfield This Weekend: Nov. 11-12

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The temperatures are frigid, but if you dare to venture out, here are nine things to do around Plainfield this weekend.

SATURDAY

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Union County Adopt-a-Park program and members of the North Plainfield Shade Tree Advisory Board are holding a clean up in Green Brook Park.  Meet at the intersection of Parkview Avenue and Clinton Avenue in ...

Three Health Safety Tips During Long Flights

November 22, 2017

During my 18-hour flight from JFK Airport to Cambodia, two thoughts entered my mind. The first thought was, ‘How in eartham I going to pass the time, crossing multiple time zones, in a cramped position within this massive Boeing 777-ER aircraft?!’  My immobilized and uncomfortable posture led to my second thought: ‘What can I do to prevent or ...

1.3 million New Jerseyans Expected to Travel for the Thanksgiving Holiday: AAA

50.9 million expected to travel nationwide, highest travel volume since 2005

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AAA forecasts 50.9 million Americans -- including nearly 1.3 million in New Jersey -- will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday.

The 2017 Thanksgiving weekend will see the highest travel volume since 2005, when 58.6 million Americans left their ...

AAA's November 13 Survey shows New Jersey gas prices up five cents

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - In it's weekly survey of gasoline prices, AAA reports that the average price of a gallon of gasoline in New Jersey is up five cents over last week. 

Today's average is $2.59. It is 11 cents higher than a month ago ($2.48) and 33 cents higher than this same time last year ($2.26).

Gas prices are on the rise throughout the region as well. The average price ...

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Support the Downtown on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25

Another shopping season is upon us here in Plainfield and shops downtown are open for business. Plainfield has a unique mix of mom-and-pop stores that offer trendy name brand clothes and shoes that compete with mall traffic and Cyber Monday deals, perfect for anyone looking for a bargain. The importance of spending locally has never been more critical as retailers and restaurants struggle to ...

A Stroll Through Echo Lake Park

This past Sunday, I joined the Freewalkers for its Stroll & Roll walking event.  Freewalkers Yohana Maria and Risa Olinsky organized the festivities, now in its second year. 

The walk, designed to be family-friendly, and for people of all ages and abilities, began in Echo Lake Park, another gem in the Union County Park system.  The four-mile round trip trek also cut ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, November 25, 8:00 AM

Hub Stine Sports Complex, Plainfield

2nd Annual Walk for a Cure Diabetes

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Sun, November 26, 10:45 AM

North Plainfield

Sunday Morning Worship

Religions And Spirituality

Scotch Plains Public Library to Host Harry Potter Events for Teens in December

November 22, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- December is an exciting month for Harry Potter fans at Scotch Plains Public Library.  

On Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6:00 p.m., teens in grades 5-12 are invited to YA Chat Club to discuss all things Harry Potter. Talk about favorite books, movies, characters, and houses with Scotlib’s new teen librarian, Dana.

Do you long to be a student at Hogwarts? Then come ...

Canadian Aquaculture Giant Gobbles Up Last American Bait Fish Grinder as Major Decision Looms

November 10, 2017

In case you haven’t heard, a multinational fish farming company (Cooke Inc.) has made a deal to purchase Omega Protein Inc. and take them into the private sector. While the ink is not dry on this deal, it is obvious that the American fishing community will not be part of this new portfolio. There is no doubt that new, private ownership will continue to disregard the needs of the ecosystem ...

32 Students Withdraw From Fair Lawn School District Due to Residency Fraud

November 23, 2017

FAIR LAWN – After a 2016 district-wide investigation found 168 possible cases of residency fraud existed in Fair Lawn, 32 students have withdrawn from the district, Board of Education statistics show.

Mike Shansky, the director of the Community School who presented the results as part of the District Residency Program explained to a small crowd of residents on Nov. 16 that the district ...

Affordable Housing Program Helps Older Americans Make The Rent

November 10, 2017

While Barbara Ross’s income places her below the poverty line, she isn’t one of the nearly 2 million households with older adults in dire need of affordable housing. Thanks to a little-known federal program, Ross, 64, is able to afford a one-bedroom apartment in Plainfield, N.J.

Through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) “Section 202 Supportive ...

The Two Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman

The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman (St. Martins Griffin, 2016)

 

Author Lynda Cohen Loigman states, “The Two-Family House is a story I thought about for at least ten years before I ever wrote a word. I spent countless hours over a full decade thinking about how Rose, Helen, Abe, and Mort would behave in difficult situations, and how they would feel when faced with ...