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The Week Ahead in Plainfield: April 23-29

April 22, 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.

MONDAY

Budget deliberations continue, with Public Affairs & Safety / Economic Development on the agenda.  The meeting takes place in City Hall Library at 7 p.m., 515 Watchung Ave.
Baseball:  a home game vs. Union, at 4 ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Assemblyman Green Passes, City and Board of Ed Budgets, 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:

The Passing of Assemblyman Jerry Green:

Plainfield's Assemblyman Jerry Green Is Dead at Age 79
Scutari Mourns Loss of Assemblyman Jerry Green
Rep. Watson Coleman Statement on Jerry Green
Greenwald Statement on the Passing of Assembly Speaker ...

Plainfield's Mayor Mapp on Assemblyman Green's Passing

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp released a statement on the passing of Assemblyman Jerry Green.

 I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Assemblyman Jerry Green. 

For decades his advocacy on behalf of Plainfield has been a driving force for change and progress.  He also lent his voice and considerable support to other municipalities across Union ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: April 23-29

April 22, 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.

MONDAY

Budget deliberations continue, with Public Affairs & Safety / Economic Development on the agenda.  The meeting takes place in City Hall Library at 7 p.m., 515 Watchung Ave.
Baseball:  a home game vs. Union, at 4 ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Assemblyman Green Passes, City and Board of Ed Budgets, 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:

The Passing of Assemblyman Jerry Green:

Plainfield's Assemblyman Jerry Green Is Dead at Age 79
Scutari Mourns Loss of Assemblyman Jerry Green
Rep. Watson Coleman Statement on Jerry Green
Greenwald Statement on the Passing of Assembly Speaker ...

New Brunswick Ciclovia opens 2018 Season

NEW BRUNSWICK  – New Brunswick Ciclovia will open its 2018 season on Sunday, April 22 for another fun day of open streets and active living for all. 

Now in its fifth year, New Brunswick Ciclovia is a family-friendly event that emphasizes healthy living and community building by opening our streets and offering programming for all to enjoy. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., more ...

Plainfield Serial Burglar Admits to Multiple Break-ins

April 21, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ - A serial burglar has admitted to eight crimes taking place in five different Union County municipalities over the course of six months in 2016 and 2017, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Friday.

Dawud Ward, 24, of Hillside Ave. in Plainfield, pleaded guilty earlier this week to one count of first-degree robbery, five counts of third-degree burglary, ...

Wednesday Morning Fire in Plainfield Displaces Family of Seven

PLAINFIELD, NJ - According to a statement from the Plainfield Public Safety Director's office, shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, Plainfield's Fire Division, along with Patrol units, responded to the 600 block of New Street on a reported structure fire.  

The residence was occupied by a family of seven at the time.  All occupants were safely evacuated, with no injuries ...

Plainfield Police Respond to ShotSpotter Alert in 600 Block of Berkman Street, Find 17-Yr Old Victim

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A ShotSpotter alert sent units to the 600 block of Berkman Street at approximately 10:05 p.m. on Monday, according to Plainfield Public Safety Director Carl Riley.

Arriving units located a 17-year old male with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.  The individual, who was uncooperative with police, was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Plainfield ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: April 23-29

April 22, 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.

MONDAY

Budget deliberations continue, with Public Affairs & Safety / Economic Development on the agenda.  The meeting takes place in City Hall Library at 7 p.m., 515 Watchung Ave.
Baseball:  a home game vs. Union, at 4 ...

Plainfield Students Invited to Meet Pope Francis in Rome

A religious pilgrimage to celebrate a new movement within their church in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Oliver Corona and Christian Menjivar, both 16 and students at Plainfield Public School’s Barack Obama Academy for Academic & Civic Development (BOAACD), will meet Pope Francis in Rome.

The students were invited by their church, Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Assemblyman Green Passes, City and Board of Ed Budgets, 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:

The Passing of Assemblyman Jerry Green:

Plainfield's Assemblyman Jerry Green Is Dead at Age 79
Scutari Mourns Loss of Assemblyman Jerry Green
Rep. Watson Coleman Statement on Jerry Green
Greenwald Statement on the Passing of Assembly Speaker ...

Northside Kitchen Wins ‘Best Bite’ at Westfield’s Sandwichfest

April 22, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Northside Kitchen’s fried chicken sandwich beat sandwiches from nine other local restaurants to win “Best Bite” by popular vote at Sandwichfest Sunday. Northside Kitchen is located at 760 Prospect St. in Westfield.

More than 400 ticket holders each had a chance to taste 10 sandwiches and vote for their favorite, according to Rory Chadwick, one of ...

New Brunswick Ciclovia opens 2018 Season

April 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK  – New Brunswick Ciclovia will open its 2018 season on Sunday, April 22 for another fun day of open streets and active living for all. 

Now in its fifth year, New Brunswick Ciclovia is a family-friendly event that emphasizes healthy living and community building by opening our streets and offering programming for all to enjoy. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., more ...

Union County Freeholders Mark "Autism Awareness Day" with Red Bulls

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders present A Day Out with the New York Red Bulls, marking "Autism Awareness Day" on Saturday, April 21.

Join the County's Office for People with Special needs by purchasing a ticket for the game.  A percentage of proceeds will be donated to charities that benefit or support those with autism.

Tickets are $25 and include a $10 food ...

Baseball: Plainfield Blows Out Hillside 12-0

HILLSIDE, NJ - The Plainfield Cardinals improve to 2-2 with their shutout win over Hillside on Wednesday.

The Cardinals will travel to Elizabeth on Friday to face the Minutemen at 4 ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: April 16-22

April 15, 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.

MONDAY

Design Your Own T-Shirt, Part I, at 4 p.m. in the computer lab at Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Ave.
Baseball:  4 p.m. away game at Abraham Clark
Softball: 4 p.m. away game
Co-ed Golf:  at home, 4 p.m. vs.

Bill to Reinstate Expired UEZ in Plainfield, Other Cities, Heads to Governor’s Desk

TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Eliana Pintor Marin, Raj Mukherji and Reed Gusciora to reinstate until Dec. 31, 2023 each urban enterprise zone that has expired, and require a report on the effectiveness of the program, was approved Thursday by the Assembly, and will head to the governor’s desk.  Expired UEZs include Plainfield, Bridgeton, Camden, ...

Plainfield Vets Home Plan At Zoning Board​ Tonight​

PLAINFIELD, NJ - After months of hearings by ​Plainfield's Historic Preservation Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment, plans for a veterans’ home in the Van Wyck Brooks Historic District go back to the Zoning Board tonight (April 11). The meeting is 7 p.m. in City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Ave.

From a Jan. 24 TAPinto Plainfield report: “The case has ping-ponged between ...

Northside Kitchen Wins ‘Best Bite’ at Westfield’s Sandwichfest

April 22, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Northside Kitchen’s fried chicken sandwich beat sandwiches from nine other local restaurants to win “Best Bite” by popular vote at Sandwichfest Sunday. Northside Kitchen is located at 760 Prospect St. in Westfield.

More than 400 ticket holders each had a chance to taste 10 sandwiches and vote for their favorite, according to Rory Chadwick, one of ...

Video: ‘Sandwichfest’ in Westfield this Weekend Will Benefit Local Charities

WESTFIELD, NJ — This Sunday, from noon until 4 p.m., head to The James Ward Mansion in Downtown Westfield to taste sandwiches from some of the area’s best-loved restaurants and vote for your favorites.

Proceeds from the event will go to Greta’s Run (benefiting people with special needs) and A Birthday Wish (benefiting children in foster care).

Participating restaurants ...

Rock ‘n’ Joe’s in Westfield May Re-Open Next Week, Owner Says

WESTIFELD, NJ – Rock ‘n’ Joe’s in Downtown Westfield is tentatively set to re-open next week following an electrical fire on Saturday, according to owner Lincoln Chaudry.

The small fire was caused by an electrical short in the ceiling. According to Chaudry, the fire department needed to break through part of the wall and the ceiling to find the spark before dousing ...

Free Tasting, Health Screening & Raffle Event at Plainfield’s Rudilcia Market on Wed.

April 16, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - EZ Ride, the city of Plainfield, and Atlantic Health are partnering with Rudilcia Market to host another free event for residents that features health screenings, nutrition and health information.

Market customers who attend will get a coupon for a free healthy snack or drink, and will have an opportunity to win one of two baskets filled with healthy snacks and lifestyle items ...

Union County Freeholders Mark "Autism Awareness Day" with Red Bulls

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders present A Day Out with the New York Red Bulls, marking "Autism Awareness Day" on Saturday, April 21.

Join the County's Office for People with Special needs by purchasing a ticket for the game.  A percentage of proceeds will be donated to charities that benefit or support those with autism.

Tickets are $25 and include a $10 food ...

Riedel Wine Tasting Event to Benefit the Boy Scouts of America Programs

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Boy Scouts of America and volunteer co-chairs, Dawn and Rich Buchanan of Fanwood will host a Riedel Wine Tasting on Tuesday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Masker's Barn located in the Watchung Reservation in Berkeley Heights, NJ.

Guests will enjoy great wines using Riedel wine glasses, learn more about wines, how to pour them, the effect wine glasses have and how to ...

Newark Man Sentenced to 18 Years for Killing Plainfield Woman

April 16, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ - A Newark man responsible for the 2005 strangulation death of a Plainfield woman has been sentenced to 18 years in state prison for the crime, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced on Monday.  

Dorian Gillon, 52, must serve at least 85 percent of that term before the possibility of parole under New Jersey’s No Early Release Act.

MORE:  ...

Plainfield Tax Preparers Charged with Tax Fraud

NEWARK – Two Plainfield tax preparers were arrested on Friday on charges of filing scores of fraudulent tax returns, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

Samuel Davis Jr., 52, and Kyna Felder-Ruiz, 35, both of Plainfield, were indicted by a federal grand jury on April 11, 2018.

Davis is charged with conspiring to aid and abet the filing of more than 70 false tax returns, seven ...

Former Gov. Florio, gun violence activists, offer blueprint

NEW BRUNSWICK - Former Gov. James Florio recalls a curious detail about his 1974 Congressional run in New Jersey’s 1st Legislative District: He had the support of the National Rifle Association. 

In today’s political climate, a nod from the gun lobby for a Democratic candidate who supports gun control is unthinkable. But 40 years ago, it was not a big ...

5K Walk for Autism and Disability Awareness at Plainfield High School

April 23, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - WallynZavy's Autistic Kids Can Do! and Plainfield Public Schools/SEPAG presents the Annual 5K Walk for Autism and Disability Awareness on Saturday, April 28.

WallynZavy's Autistic Kids Can Do! is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization created by Taleana Williams Hurst, providing support and resources for families who have autistic and special needs children through a ...

Due to Popular Demand, Union County Offers More CPR Classes

ROSELLE PARK, NJ -  Due to popular demand, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders have announced that two additional CPR training classes have been added in May. Three sessions were previously scheduled in April and are already fully booked.

All classes are open to the general public.

“I encourage all Union County residents to learn basic first aid and emergency ...

Plainfield: Organization for Recovery Offering Narcan® Training Sessions

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Organization for Recovery will be hosting five Narcan®, or naloxone, training sessions on a first come, first serve basis in Plainfield.

According to @UCPONJ, the Union County Prosecutor's Office's Twitter account, there have been 67 police-administered naloxone deployments in the county year-to-date.  Seventeen have been in Union, 11 were in Linden, and six ...

Residents Encouraged to Participate in Annual Rahway River Cleanup

April 19, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – The Rahway River Watershed Association will conduct its annual Rahway River cleanup in celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, April 22.

Residents are encouraged to volunteer as they work in teams to clean up and collect debris from sections of the river.

“This is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and if you haven't participated in an event like this before, ...

Plainfield Under Flash Flood Warning Monday Morning

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the area until 11:15 a.m.

A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.

According to the National Weather Service, excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage ...

Plainfield: FUSP Earth Day Fair on April 21

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, or FUSP, presents an Earth Day Fair on Saturday, April 21.  Twenty-two million people observed the first Earth Day, demonstrating support for clean air and water, in 1970.

Plainfield's FUSP event celebrating Mother Earth will feature arts and crafts, with bulbs and plants for sale.  There will be eco-friendly information ...

Plainfield ZBA Hearing On Yates House Continues May 2

April 12, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - It was Yates House versus Dudley House Wednesday in testimony at Plainfield’s Zoning Board of Adjustment.

While the Yates House for Military Veterans was seeking approvals for a 25-unit home at 810 Central Avenue, the city took steps to convert a former substance abuse facility on Putnam Avenue into a transitional setting for veterans in need of various services. Both ...

Plainfield Students Invited to Meet Pope Francis in Rome

April 21, 2018

A religious pilgrimage to celebrate a new movement within their church in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Oliver Corona and Christian Menjivar, both 16 and students at Plainfield Public School’s Barack Obama Academy for Academic & Civic Development (BOAACD), will meet Pope Francis in Rome.

The students were invited by their church, Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in ...

Travels Jersey Shore Seal Sighting on Spring Lake Beach

April 23, 2018

SPRING LAKE, NJ — Another seal came ashore — this time at the jetty on the south end of Spring Lake's beach.

Photographer Nancy Orlowski was walking the beachfront when she spotted this seal at about 3 p.m. on April 18 and took these real-time animated photos. It’s not known whether it returned to the ocean.

On April 12, a harp seal made its way onto Belmar's Fifth ...

Local Travels - Lifehouse, Andy Grammer, and Creedence Clearwater Revisited to Perform for 2018 NJ Balloon Festival

READINGTON, NJ – Balloons may be the main attraction at the annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, but music also takes center stage here.

The festival will be held July 27 through July 29 at Solberg Airport and this year’s main music attractions have been announced.

On Friday evening, Andy Grammer will perform. His debut album featured the platinum singles ...

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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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Equine Rescues Can ID Their Horses Through Operation Chip

April 22, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) will be expanding its Operation Chip program to equine rescues wishing to chip horses in their care.

“We have seen a wonderful response to the Operation Chip program with equine organizations hosting Operation Gelding clinics and applying for microchips to be placed into the stallions getting gelded,” said UHC Director ...

Politics IS Government in Union County

April 22, 2018

After Bruce Patrson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting freeholder I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered. A the the April 19 meeting I answered with these comments.

After ten years of following government in Union County I conclude ...

Fallen Officer Identified. ‘A Sad Day for Paterson’ as Police Officer Loses Life in Car Accident

April 23, 2018

UPDATE- Several sources familiar with Sunday’s tragic accident have identified the fallen officer as Tamby Yagan, a 13-year veteran of the Paterson Police Department.

PATERSON, NJ- On what Paterson Superior Officers Association President Mason Maher called “a sad day for Paterson” a city police officer lost his life on Sunday after being involved in a motor vehicle ...

Blood Drive en Plainfield High School el viernes

April 12, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Un esfuerzo de sangre se llevará a cabo el viernes en Plainfield High School en asociación con la Cruz Roja Americana.

¿Alguna vez se ha preguntado qué le sucede a la pinta de sangre que dona?

Según la Cruz Roja, la donación se almacena en refrigeradores helados hasta que se transporta a un centro de la Cruz Roja y se escanea en una ...

Springtime Advice from Rapps Pharmacy

April 17, 2018

It may not feel like spring, but that spring weather is right around the corner and so is allergy season!  Here is some friendly advice from Rapps Pharmacy, your neighborhood pharmacy:

Combating the Allergy Season

As seasons change and pollen counts rise, more and more people clash with the aggravating symptoms of seasonal allergies. Beginning in February and lasting into early summer, ...

Featured Business: NJ Printing & Embroidery LLC

Featured Business: NJ Printing & Embroidery LLC

Nestled in the heart of Plainfield is NJ Printing & Embroidery, a family-owned business providing digital screen printing and embroidery for custom shirts, caps and other items.

The company also offers custom printed business cards, fliers, banners and storefront vinyls, and can provide expert graphic art design upon request.

Eric ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

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, ...

The Skin Collector

The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver (Grand Central, 2014)

Jack the Ripper. The Boston Strangler. The Texas Watchtower Killer. The Zodiac Killer. The Angel of Death. The Butcher. BTK. The police and the press have a long history of dubbing serial killers with names that catch the attention of the public, usually having the effect of instilling greater fear and selling more print media so that ...

Queen Mary and the Cruiser

Queen Mary and the Cruiser by David A. Thomas and Patrick Holmes (Naval Institute Press, 1997)

“Had the forenoon watch and after eating went out onto the fo'c'sle. Just arrived at the top of the ladder by the PO's heads when the wave hit me---waist high---and knocked me over. Looking astern---through the bulkhead door which was open, saw the stern of a ship sticking up out of ...

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Random House, 1965)

 

In Cold Blood is, quite simply, the grand-daddy of true crime writing, dubbed by Capote, himself, as the first non-fiction novel (although Norman Mailer argued the point when he published The Executioner's Song in 1979.) The conditions under which I read In Cold Blood for the first time were pretty weird, which was another ...