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WallynZavy's Autistic Kids Can Do! Invites Plainfield To Go Bowling

June 20, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - WallynZavy's Autistic Kids Can Do! Inc. of Plainfield is accepting registrations for its summer bowling play dates.

This family fun series will take place at Stelton Lanes, 1665 Stelton Road in Piscataway, NJ on Thursdays in July, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  The $8.00 price includes bowling game and shoe rental per child.

For more information or to sign up, contact ...

Plainfield Continues LGBT Pride Month Celebration with “Five Husbands” Theatrical Reading

PLAINFIELD, NJ – On Friday, June 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm, the City of Plainfield will continue its celebration of LGBT Pride Month with a staged reading of the comedy Five Husbands, written by Award-winning playwright and Plainfield resident B.V. Marshall, under the direction of Rodney Gilbert. The presentation will take place in the Parish Theater at the First Unitarian Society of ...

Afternoon Tea Event Held by Plainfield's Van Wyck Brooks Historic District Group

PLAINFIELD, NJ - On a beautiful Sunday afternoon on June 11, the Van Wyck Brooks Historic District held an afternoon tea event at the classic historic home of Plainfield's Ahrre Maros.

Expert Sharon Levy was on hand to educate guests in two separate seatings about the different kinds of tea, whether fine leaves are better than thicker ones, and why you shouldn't use a mug to drink your ...

Kent Place School Graduates Plainfield Resident at 123rd Commencement

June 22, 2017

On Sunday, June 4, the Class of 2017 graduated at the 123rd Kent Place School Commencement. Among the 71 members of the Class of 2017 is Lena Anglin of Plainfield.

Kent Place is the only non-sectarian girls' day school in New Jersey, and provides a rigorous and fulfilling education for more than 600 students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. They also offer a coed Junior Pre-Kindergarten ...

Plainfield Public Schools Graduation of the Class of 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Plainfield Public Schools Class of 2017 graduated over 400 graduates who attend three institutions within the District.

Students graduated from the Barack Obama Academy for the Academic & Civic Development, the Plainfield Academy for the Arts & Advanced Studies and Plainfield High School.

More than 70 percent of the students have declared post secondary ...

Wardlaw-Hartridge School Students Graduate at 134th Commencement

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw-Hartridge School held its 134th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 16 under a giant tent on the back athletic fields.

The Class of 2017 marched in, led by Allison Haley of Colonia and Neha Chhabra of Edison carrying the class flag. The program began with the Star-Spangled Banner and a welcome from Dr. Bob Bowman of Scotch Plains, Assistant Head of School ...

Congressman Lance Speaks at American Legion Jersey Boys State

June 19, 2017

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) returned to the place where he started his political career Sunday, the podium at American Legion Jersey Boys State.

The 1969 delegate of the nationwide government-in-action program spoke to the nearly 1,000 rising senior boys at Rider University, professing his love for the program that launched his government ...

"Hope will Never Be Silent": LGBTQ Pride Flag Raised in Middlesex County

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - On June 12, 2016, 49 men and women were murdered in the Pulse night club in Orlando, Florida in a terrifying and bloody mass shooting that targeted members of the LGBTQ community.  "Terrorist" is a term sometimes used without meaning anymore, yet it denotes the intention of someone not only to kill,l but also to create a culture of fear.  It is an ...

Prosecutor’s Office: Piscataway Man Charged with Killing Brother

June 23, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ – A township man, Jahneel Stevenson, 21 has been charged with the June 16 shooting death of his brother, Henry Stevenson, Jr., 24, also of Piscataway, said Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Scott Cartmell of the Piscataway Police Department.

On June 22, Stevenson, the accused was charged with murder, possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon ...

Authorities Requesting Assistance from Public in Solving Plainfield Homicide

Investigators are requesting assistance from the public in identifying and locating one or more suspects in a homicide that took place last month in Plainfield, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park and Plainfield Police Director Carl Riley, announced jointly Thursday.

The Prosecutor’s Office today is releasing two surveillance video clips depicting the vehicle used ...

Plainfield Man Found Guilty of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Weapons Offense

A Union County jury has returned convictions on two of three charges against a Plainfield man accused of robbing a fast-food restaurant in Scotch Plains in 2015, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Wednesday.

Thomas H. Outland, 49, was convicted on charges of second-degree conspiracy to commit robbery and fourth-degree possession of an imitation firearm but was acquitted on ...

Union County Freeholders Approve Agreements on Oak Ridge Park Recreation Facilities, But Some Residents Object to Recreation Project Expansions

June 23, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ—An amended shared services agreement with the Union County Improvement Authority and a use and maintenance agreement with Union County College, both having to do with the Oak Ridge Park Project, were unanimously approved by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Thursday.

According to Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen of Springfield, the agreements would further ...

Two Records Set at Rotary Club of Plainfield-North Plainfield Track and Field Meet

Plainfield, NJ — Hundreds of young athletes gathered under partly sunny skies and cool temperatures for the 90th Annual Rotary Track and Field Meet, held June 7 at the Hub Stine Athletic Complex in Plainfield.

The Rotary Club’s meet has been held annually since 1924, with three year break during World War 2 and several meets cancelled due to weather. Started as an organized meet ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: June 12-18

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Here's a look at what's on TAP this week in and around the City of Plainfield.

Monday, June 12

The Plainfield Democratic City Committee reorganizes tonight at 7:00 pm.  Open to the public, the meeting will take place at 35 Watchung Avenue. 
Both Freshman and Varsity Football team members begin mandatory mini camps from 3:30 to 6:00 pm at Plainfield ...

Habitat of Plainfield & Middlesex County Announces Resignation of CEO

June 18, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Board of Trustees of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County announces Rev. Jeremy Montgomery’s departure as the President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 7, 2017.

“The last seven years as the executive at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County have been a time of great excitement, affiliate ...

"Surf the Sidewalk"in Surf City Opens Up Saturday

SURF CITY - The newly formed Surf City Business Cooperative will kick off a special event that will be held throughout the summer called “Surf The Sidewalk."  The initial event will be this Saturday June 17.

The cooperative will hold the event every Friday through December. The group seeks to promote and stimulate tourism and commerce in Surf City.  The group has great ...

NJ TRANSIT Service Changes During AMTRAK Summer Repairs

NEW JERSEY -- In advance of the upcoming Amtrak track work at Penn Station New York (PSNY) during July and August, NJ TRANSIT has published new weekday rail schedules to assist commuters in navigating the service changes and making their travel plans.

To accommodate AMTRAK’s track repairs in July and August in New York, NJ TRANSIT will implement service changes weekdays only between ...

Mara's Cafe Fanwood to Host "Summer Splash" Charity Wine and Chocolate Tasting on July 27

June 23, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- Mara's Cafe and Bakery Fanwood will hosting a charity wine and chocolate tasting on Thursday, July 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

All proceeds will be donated to Inroads to Opportunities, a 501 (C)3 not for profit organization which helps 400+ individuals with disabilities within the Union County each year. Vendors will include Carol's Creative Chocolatez and Wines ...

Do You Have a Favorite Jersey Fresh Recipe?

TRENTON, NJ — There’s nothing better on a warm summer day that a fresh cold Jersey tomato with a little salt or a handful of blueberries taken right from the bowl. But if you are also creative with Jersey Fresh produce, here is your chance to share it with your fellow New Jerseyans.

The state Department of Agriculture has kicked off its 2017 Jersey Freshcipes contest for the best ...

Slow Fire: The Beginner’s Guide To Barbecue by Dr. BBQ Ray Lampe | Book Review

NUTLEY, NJ - Burgers, Franks, and the occasional Steak are not barbecue. Before everyone gets their knickers in a twist and posts endless comments let’s go over some of the basics.

Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Steaks are grilled, outdoors. Since barbeque is traditionally cooked outdoors that’s where barbeque somehow evolved to mean most any cook out, even ones that are catered by ...

Mara's Cafe Fanwood to Host "Summer Splash" Charity Wine and Chocolate Tasting on July 27

June 23, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- Mara's Cafe and Bakery Fanwood will hosting a charity wine and chocolate tasting on Thursday, July 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

All proceeds will be donated to Inroads to Opportunities, a 501 (C)3 not for profit organization which helps 400+ individuals with disabilities within the Union County each year. Vendors will include Carol's Creative Chocolatez and Wines ...

Union County Honors Brigadier General Edward Crystal of Scotch Plains

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen, Vice Chair Sergio Granados and Freeholder Alexander Mirabella on Thursday presented Edward J. Chrystal, Jr of Scotch Plains with a resolution congratulating him on his promotion to Brigadier General in the New Jersey National Guard.

They were joined by General Chrystal’s wife Georgette.

Brigadier ...

Summer Food Service Program Event Launches at Plainfield's Hannah Atkins Playground

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A community event aiming to inform families about the City of Plainfield's free Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will take place at Hannah Atkins Playground on Wednesday, June 21 from 3:30 to 7:00 pm.

In 2016, less than twenty percent of the 428,909 children who qualify for free and reduced-priced meals participated in the food program across the state of New ...

Plainfield, Tips to Stay Cool During the Hot Months of Summer

June 23, 2017

It's officially summer and the Department of Public Affairs and Safety would like to remind all city residents that extreme heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods. People who are at greater risk from the effects of heat include children and senior citizens.   Here are a few tips for keeping safe in extreme heat: 

Do NOT leave children ...

Outdoor Trends that Add Value to Your Home

June is here and it’s time to get outdoors plant your annuals, barbeque on that new grill or host a patio party. But if your outdoor area isn't pleasing to look at, now is the time to get it in shape. Here are a few trends you'll want to focus on to give you the best value and punch to your outdoor space.

Indoor/outdoor living 

Outdoor living isn't just ...

Work in Concert with Nature to Manage Garden Pests and Mosquitoes in the Landscape

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A garden filled with flowers, birds, bees and butterflies is a sight to behold. These winged beauties add color, sound and motion to our gardens. Plus, they help maximize a garden’s productivity by pollinating plants and managing plant-damaging pests.

But what about those unwanted visitors to the garden? The aphids, mites and cabbage worms that feed upon our plants ...

Trader Joe's Recalls 'Grainless Granola' over Listeria Concern

June 21, 2017

Trader Joe's is issuing a recall for 'Trader Joe's Grainless Granola' over potential contamination Listeria monocytogenes.

The lot being recalled has 'Best By' dates from 032018 to 041018. The SKU on the product is SKU# 56307.

All potetially affected product has been removed from store shelves and has been destroyed. No illnesses have been reported to ...

Free Alzheimer’s /Dementia Support Group Friday

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, a non-sectarian health and social service agency, will be hosting an Alzheimer’s Support Group, through Alzheimer’s New Jersey, on Friday, June 16, at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, 140 Mountain Avenue, Westfield, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.   

The free program is open to Alzheimer’s/Dementia ...

Free Healthy Food Tasting, Health Screening at Plainfield’s Rudilcia Market

PLAINFIELD, NJ— EZ Ride, The Plainfield Health Department, and Rutgers SNAP-Ed are partnering with Rudilcia Supermarket to host a free event for residents that features health screenings, nutrition education, and a fresh fruit smoothie tasting. The event will take place on Thursday, June 15 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm at Rudilcia Supermarket located at 846 East 2nd Street and is made possible due ...

Expert Gardeners Share Tips on Growing a Successful Vegetable Garden

June 14, 2017

The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County are on a mission to help gardens flourish all over Union County, and this summer they are offering a free Vegetable Garden Series of classes and garden tours available to all gardeners from beginner to expert. The series is held in the Union County Demonstration Garden.

The Demonstration Garden, located in Union County’s Watchung Reservation ...

Plainfield Man Found Guilty of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Weapons Offense

June 21, 2017

A Union County jury has returned convictions on two of three charges against a Plainfield man accused of robbing a fast-food restaurant in Scotch Plains in 2015, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Wednesday.

Thomas H. Outland, 49, was convicted on charges of second-degree conspiracy to commit robbery and fourth-degree possession of an imitation firearm but was acquitted on ...

“Warehoused” Film Screening June 20 For World Refugee Day

In honor of World Refugee Day on June 20, 2017, Refugee Assistance Partners NJ (RAP) will host a public screening of the film, “Warehoused.”  An estimated 12 million people live in refugee camps worldwide, and only 0.1% are resettled, repatriated, or integrated into normal society each year.  Only an extremely small percentage of this number are admitted for resettlement ...

Top Musicians to Perform at Juneteenth Celebration

June 16, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The organizers of Community Juneteenth have announced the lineup of performers to appear at a free Juneteenth program to be held at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church on Monday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m.

Well-known vocalist Stephen Fuller will be joined by Fred Fischer on keyboard, guitarist Liz Fischer, and the Plainfield UCC Church Choir. As a lead vocalist, Stephen Fuller has ...

World Refugee Day Candlelight Service at St. Bartholomew's Church in Scotch Plains on June 20

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- World Refugee Day is designated at June 20 by the United Nations.  

In an effort to bring awareness to the plight of the refugee, St. Bartholomew will host a Candlelight Service in partnership with the new Refugee Ministry. Bishop Manuel A. Cruz of the Archdiocese of Newark, a Cuban refugee himself, will lead the service in ...

Weekend Suggestions To Entertain the Family

June 21, 2017

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Are you ready to celebrate the end of the school year? Many area schools are concluding for the summer, making kids primed to party. If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend with the family in New Jersey, you must make time to check out the following local events.

 

Montville 4th of July Celebration

The city of Montville is ...

A Trip to Woodstock, Vermont

WOODSTOCK, VT - While planning a trip to Woodstock, VT, it was a pleasure to learn that former Plainfield residents Rick and Kathy Terwelp, who had lived in the Netherwood Heights section of town, are the owners of a quaint New England bed and breakfast.

The Terwelps have owned The Jackson House Inn since 2010, and a stay here provides visitors with the opportunity to stroll through ...

"Surf the Sidewalk"in Surf City Opens Up Saturday

SURF CITY - The newly formed Surf City Business Cooperative will kick off a special event that will be held throughout the summer called “Surf The Sidewalk."  The initial event will be this Saturday June 17.

The cooperative will hold the event every Friday through December. The group seeks to promote and stimulate tourism and commerce in Surf City.  The group has great ...

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An Anniversary of the Heart

Over the course of the past week, life has presented a rollercoaster of emotions, from sadness and longing to inspiration and awe.  

I completed my last full day of work, and am officially laid off, hence sadness for not seeing colleague friends every day.  It’s a strange feeling to not have to be somewhere at nine o’clock each weekday.  The alarm still goes off each ...

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Union County Freeholders Approve Agreements on Oak Ridge Park Recreation Facilities, But Some Residents Object to Recreation Project Expansions

June 23, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ—An amended shared services agreement with the Union County Improvement Authority and a use and maintenance agreement with Union County College, both having to do with the Oak Ridge Park Project, were unanimously approved by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Thursday.

According to Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen of Springfield, the agreements would further ...

Second Belmar Girl Dies Four Days after Being Pulled from Ocean

June 21, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — The second girl who was pulled from the ocean off the Belmar beach of June 15 has died.

Emily Gonzalez Perez, 12, was on life support for four days before succumbing on June 19 to injuries suffered during the tragic swimming incident, which also claimed the life of her 13-year-old cousin, Mitzi Hernandez-Nicolas. Both girls were students at Belmar Elementary School.

Over ...

The Banking Industry is the Frontline for Protecting the Elderly from Financial Abuse

June 10, 2017

Older Americans are increasingly becoming targets for fraud and financial exploitation. Persons over the age of 50 control more than 70% of the nation’s wealth. Many seniors do not realize the value of their assets (particularly homes that have appreciated markedly).*

Fraudsters target older Americans because they may be experiencing cognitive decline, limited mobility or other ...

Plainfield: Welcome to Summer

June 24, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - It's that time of year when we fire up the grill, gather our family, friends, and neighbors, get the burgers and hot dogs sizzling, and soak up the unique warmth and camaraderie that is synonymous with summertime.

Plainfield is a special place to be in the summer, and we have much to anticipate. From the 4th of July Parade to National Night out, Movie Nights in the Park, ...

One More Trenton Raid?

June 20, 2017

June is budget month in Trenton; the Governor and state Legislature are seeking to balance the budget in a challenging fiscal situation. Unfortunately, environmental funds top the list of places to find“extra” money to balance the budget.

Just a few months ago, with strong bipartisan support, the state Legislature acted to give voters the opportunity to protect natural resource ...

Get to Know The Plainfield Music Store

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Just steps away from the downtown train station in the heart of Plainfield’s business district is The Plainfield Music Store. Founded in 1951, the store is now owned by Plainfield local, Victoria Griswold, a classically trained pianist. The store offers a  vast resource and archive of sheet music from many publishers and is a favorite source for Plainfield and regional ...

“Prepare, Prepare” is Advice for Would-Be Homeowners

You are still bursting with pride that you were able to get your Federal income taxes filed on time.    Now you want to move on to your next goal: buying a home.  So …. Wait !   Before you file all that paperwork away there are some steps you can  take to make use of all your great tax preparation work.

Although the mortgage process has always required ...

Keeping Sam by Joanne Phillips

Keeping Sam by Joanne Phillips (Mirrorball Books, 2015)

 

I belong to a great on-line book service called Bookbub, which daily sends a list of very inexpensive and free titles to download on the Kindle. A lot of the books are junk, but some are classics, and a few give an introduction to an author with whom I am unfamiliar, and sometimes very pleased to find. Such is the case with ...