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Friday, Dec. 2: Road Closures in Plainfield

December 1, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Police advise residents on the following road closures around town for Friday, Dec. 2. It is suggested residents plan alternate routes, and expect delays in these areas.

East Front St. / Reeve Terr. 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
East 2nd St. from Terrill Rd. to Hillcrest Ave. 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
West Front St. from Clinton Ave to Grant Ave ...

Deadline Extended: Real ID for Air Travelers Delayed 2 Years

December 5, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC — The Department of Homeland Security has announced an extension of the Real ID deadline by two years. The deadline is now May 7, 2025. Travelers will now have more time to meet the security standards established by the Real ID Act.

As required by the law, following the enforcement deadline, federal agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), will ...

Deadline to File for New ANCHOR Property Tax Relief Program Extended

TRENTON, NJ -- The State of New Jersey is extending the application deadline and expanding eligibility for the new ANCHOR property tax relief program and will embark on an aggressive advertising and marketing campaign to make sure every eligible New Jerseyan takes advantage of the sizable relief, announced Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Nicholas Scutari, and Assembly Speaker Craig ...

Raucous Crowd Sparks Rutgers Men's Basketball Team Past No. 10 Indiana

December 4, 2022

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The Rutgers men's basketball team used a 19-0 run in the second half on Saturday sparked by freshman guard Derek Simpson to take down Indiana, ranked 10th in the Associated Press poll, 63-48.

Rutgers (6-2, 1-0 Big Ten) rode the energy of the Jersey Mike's Arena crowd in the second half, as Simpson scored eight consecutive points during the deciding ...

C. Vivian Stringer’s Top Five Most Memorable Moments

PISCATAWAY, NJ — On Sunday, Rutgers will mark C. Vivian Stringer Day with a dedication ceremony to name the Jersey Mike’s Arena basketball court for the Hall of Fame coach. Prior to the noon game vs. Ohio State, there will be a brief ceremony at 11:50 a.m. with an additional recognition at halftime.

The date will be added to a list of countless other memories ...

School Board Recognizes Accomplishments of Plainfield Lady Cardinals Volleyball Team

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Lady Cardinals' volleyball team was recognized at Tuesday's school board meeting for its achievements during the 2022 fall season. In addition to the team's performance on the court, varsity members were honored for receiving the United States Marine Corps and the American Volleyball Coaches Association, or USMC/AVCA, team academic award — ...

Sobriety Tips for The Holidays

December 4, 2022

For many of us, the holiday season is a time for celebration and cheer, spending time with friends and family, at get-togethers and parties. Especially after COVID-19 lock-downs, such gatherings are a welcomed deviation from normal routines.

However, for those in recovery, holiday parties and other events can present anxiety and stress. The challenge becomes how to enjoy the holidays while ...

New Jersey Department of Health Encourages Flu Shot, COVID-19 Boosters Ahead of Holidays

TRENTON — With the arrival of the holiday season,  the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) is encouraging everyone 6 months of age and older to get their annual flu shot and COVID-19 booster when eligible. Residents are also urged to take precautions as other respiratory illnesses, including Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV), continue to ...

Tips to Keep Your Pets Healthy and Safe on Thanksgiving

While Thanksgiving involves delicious food for humans, it can be tempting to give our furry family members some holiday treats off the table. However, many foods can be harmful, and sometimes even toxic, to your pets.

Below are some safety tips for how to keep your pet healthy during holiday festivities:

Say NO to Turkey Treats: While it may be tempting, do not give your pets turkey on ...

Introducing the Plainfield duCret Center of Art

December 5, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Saturday's open house in Plainfield kicked off an evolution at the duCret School of Art, which celebrated its rebranding as the duCret Center of Art.

Executive Director Timothy O’Connor said for many years, the main focus at duCret was its position as a post-secondary art school. But the COVID-19 pandemic made it clear duCret was much more as it hosted concerts ...

It's A Wonderful Life Returns to the Silver Screen Dec. 18 and 21 for its 75th Anniversary

New Jersey — Frank Capra's 1946 film "It's A Wonderful Life" is returning to theaters this holiday season for its 75th anniversary: Dec 18 and Dec 21!

Now considered Capra's best work, the movie initially bombed at the box office. After its copyright lapsed, it fell into the public domain. This led it to television broadcasts without licensing or royalty ...

Avenel Liquor Store ‘Holdup Man’ Pleads Guilty

December 4, 2022

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — A Union County man has pleaded guilty to his role in gunpoint robberies at over a dozen liquor stores, including the 2018 holdup at the Wine Chateau in Avenel.

Jaime Fontanez, 45, of Elizabeth, pleaded guilty in Newark federal court last week to a slew of conspiracy and robbery charges, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Among the liquor stores hit was Wine ...

Plainfield's Popular Food Truck 2 Much Sauce Opens Storefront in Scotch Plains

December 6, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS and PLAINFIELD, NJ -- It started with an old food truck purchased from a junkyard in Washington, New Jersey. After an initial investment of $2,000 and $20,000 in repairs, partners Elijahwon Edwards and Kyle Briggs found rapid success with their food truck selling what they describe as "comfort food." Edwards brought the culinary finesse, while Briggs' experience ...

Plainfield Residents Among Graduates of “Water UP!” Training Program

PLAINFIELD, NJ — New Jersey American Water, in partnership with Apex Solutions Group, hosted a graduation ceremony Tuesday for its second cohort of Water Utility Pipeline (Water UP!) training program. Thirteen individuals, predominately from Plainfield, completed 11 weeks of field training and classroom studies where they learned about the water utility industry and New Jersey American ...

Plainfield, Shop Small on Small Business Saturday®

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Have you started your holiday shopping? Need a few more things to complete those wish lists? Consider shopping small at a Plainfield area business on Small Business Saturday®, Nov. 26.

The "business holiday" was created by American Express in 2010, and has been co-sponsored by the U.S Small Business Administration since 2015, to show appreciation for and to ...

Kraft Heinz Foods Company Recalls 2,400 Pounds of Oscar Mayer Ready-To-Eat Ham and Cheese Loaf Products

December 6, 2022

The Kraft Heinz Foods Company is recalling 2,400 pounds of Oscar Mayer Ham & Cheese loafs due to possible cross-contamination with under-processed products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Tuesday.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “Est. 537V” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The ...

James Farms Frozen Raspberries Recalled Due to Possible Health Risk

James Farm frozen raspberries have been recalled due to the potential Hepatitis A contamination, announced Exportadora Copramar. Approximately 1260 cases of the recalled product were sold through Restaurant Depot/Jetro locations in New Jersey, New York Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware.

The products being recalled are:

James ...

Pass The Gravy and Some Thanksgiving Knowledge Around The Table This Year

Turkey, ham, tofurkey? Whichever traditional centerpiece you go with this Thanksgiving, there’s a chance it wasn’t served during the first holiday dinner in 1621.

Culinary historians believe the Plymouth Pilgrims and Wampanoag Native Nation shared lobster, rabbit, nuts, carrots, eggs, and dried fruits during the original three-day celebration.

In 1784, Ben ...

Volunteer Tennis Coach Conducts Toy Drive for Students at Plainfield School

December 4, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Students at Cresthaven Academy, a K-8 charter school located in Plainfield, will receive some extra holiday cheer this season thanks to a toy drive run by Charlotte Gajewski.

A Warren resident, Gajewski is a volunteer tennis coach at the school. She keenly observed a need among the young children, and decided to conduct a toy drive within the tennis community at the ...

Netherwood Neighbors Collecting Toiletries for Plainfield Park Hotel Residents

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Another one of the Netherwood Heights Neighborhood Association's holiday giving initiatives is its annual collection of new toiletries for residents of the Park Hotel.

Consider donating items such as shampoo, soaps, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and even socks.

Items can be dropped off at 1151 Gresham Road through Dec. 18. For more information, visit the website at ...

2022 Holiday Pet Drive for Plainfield Area Humane Society

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Netherwood Heights Neighbors Association is once again collecting items for four-legged friends during the 2022 holiday season. Donations will benefit the Plainfield Area Humane Society. The PAHS organization provides programs on pet care and responsible ownership in addition to caring for stray, abandoned and unwanted animals.

Requested pet food and cleaning ...

Ride-Share Drivers' Sexual Misconduct History Would be Reported Under Proposed Law

December 4, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Senator Linda Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer) is pushing legislation that would require transportation network companies (TNC) such as Uber or Lyft to share information concerning a driver’s sexual misconduct history.

The legislation, which is aimed at holding ride-sharing drivers accountable for their actions, passed the Senate Transportation ...

Plainfield Mayor Co-Signs 'Cities for Action' Letter Urging Congress to Enact Protection for Dreamers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Cities for Action, a coalition of almost 180 U.S. mayors and county executives who advocate for pro-immigrant federal policies and who launch programs and policies at the local level, sent a bipartisan letter Tuesday urging members of Congress to enact permanent protections for Dreamers during the lame duck session. Plainfield's Mayor Adrian O. Mapp was one of over 70 ...

Official General Election Results for Plainfield BOE, Council Provided by County Clerk

November 23, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Official results for the November 8 General Election are now posted on the Union County Clerk's website.  There is no change versus the unofficial results for Plainfield candidates posted on election night.

These official results show the top three board of education candidates garnered the following number of votes:

Shonte Smith — 19.61%, or 3,937 ...

Growing Easy-Care Aloe Vera, Nature’s Burn Ointment

December 5, 2022

Grow your own burn ointment by adding Aloe vera to your indoor plant collection. This succulent has been used for centuries to treat superficial burns, cuts, sunburns, and more.

The gel inside the leaves is the medicinal part of the plant. Just cut away the outer part of the leaf and use just the gel on the problem areas. Make sure to remove the latex plant sap located between the ...

New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Begins Following Court's Ruling

December 6, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's black bear hunt began Tuesday afternoon, following a ruling by the Appellate Division of the state Superior Court.

After lasting for three hours on Tuesday, the hunt will be open from 12 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday December 7 through Saturday, December 10.

The hunt was reinstated last month and was then stopped last week following a court ...

Protestors Voice Opposition to Bear Hunts in New Jersey

PARAMUS, NJ — Protestors voiced their opposition to bear hunts in New Jersey on Route 17 Northbound early on Saturday afternoon.

Approximately 20 to 40 protesters were demonstrating at the event.

Conditions were rainy and windy. Several news outlets were in attendance covering the protest.

Bear hunts were banned in the state in 2018 but reinstated beginning December 5. A ...

New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Halted Following Judge's Ruling

TRENTON, NJ — Just days before it was set to begin, a judge has stopped New Jersey's black bear hunt.

Three animal rights groups, including the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, claimed a loophole was used to reinstate the hunt and went to court.

State Appellate Division Judge Lisa Rose announced the decision Wednesday. In her ruling, bear hunt opponents have until Friday ...

Try 4 New Ways to Trim Holiday Waste This Year

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the amount of trash generated by American households can jump an average of 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Union County residents can help reduce excess waste at home by exploring new opportunities to conserve resources.

“Cutting down on waste at the source is important, and we also want to make sure that ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Excel at Model UN Conference

Six delegates from the Model United Nations team at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison represented the school at Empire MUN, a national level conference hosted by New York University in New York City from Nov. 17-20. Accompanied by club advisor Cristian Fernandez, the students intensely debated topics from pharmaceuticals to Hawaiian Annexation, and it was an enjoyable experience for everyone ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Sixth Graders Impress Sharks in the Tank

Drawing inspiration from the reality TV show "Shark Tank," sixth-grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison came up with a new product or service they could bring to market. They designed prototypes, created marketing plans, and ultimately presented their ventures to a panel of faculty and staff members acting as the sharks.

Students who received the most investments in ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Provides Everlasting Entertainment

The Middle School at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison entertained audiences during the Nov. 18-19 weekend with a wonderful musical production of Tuck Everlasting. Students and faculty loved the Friday matinée show and parents, families and friends enjoyed the two Saturday performances.

Emily O’Neill of Garwood as Winnie Foster and Anousheh Nazir of Somerset as Jesse ...

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Wed, December 07
07:00 PM — 09:00 PM

Zoom, Plainfield

Plainfield Zoning Board

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Sat, December 10
10:30 AM — 12:00 PM

Zoom, Plainfield

Untold Stories of the American ...

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Sat, December 10
12:00 PM — 02:00 PM

The Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Plainfield

Holiday Meal for the Community

NJDOE Acting Commissioner Visits Plainfield Public Schools

December 5, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, Ed.D., Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education visited Plainfield Public Schools’ DeWitt D. Barlow Elementary School and Maxson Middle School.

Accompanied by the district’s administrative team, Mr. Darryl Palmieri, Interim Executive County Superintendent, Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, Board of Education Member, Vice ...

NJ Man Killed in Massachusettes Apple Store Tragedy

November 23, 2022

BOSTON, MA – Monday was a calm, blue sky day, until out of that blue sky came tragedy that claimed the life of a Wayne Township resident and sent more than a dozen people to the hospital.

According to a statement given by Plymouth County, Massachusetts District Attorney Tim Cruz, who called the incident "unthinkable," a 2019 Toyota 4Runner, apparently driven by ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Participates in Downtown New Jersey Panel

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro recently took part in a panel discussion at Downtown New Jersey's annual conference, called "Destination Downtown." The panel focused on local news and public relations and how both impact local businesses.

Shapiro and other professionals discussed how to implement a public relations campaign to promote ...

How TAPinto’s Email Marketing Opportunities Can Help You Reach a Large Local Audience

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Email marketing is the tried-and-true strategy of sending emails to engage with your business’s prospects and customers.

It’s the most direct and effective way of connecting with your audience and converting them into customers.

According to Constant Contact, the average return on investment (ROI) on email marketing is $36 for every $1 spent.

In fact, ...

TAPinto Showcases Industry-Leading Support System for Owner/Publishers

WESTFIELD, NJ — Jackie Lieberman was one of TAPinto's first owner/publishers and in the 10 plus years since she first became part of the TAPinto family, local news and digital marketing have evolved considerably, but one crucial aspect has stayed the same: the industry-leading support provided by TAPinto to its owner/publishers.

TAPinto Westfield is part of a network of ...

Livid by Patricia Cornwell

Livid: A Scarpetta Novel  by Patricia Cornwell. (Grand Central, 2022).

 

It has been a long time since I thought about Aristotle’s Poetics and his idea that unity of time, place, and action make for the best theatrical drama. But Aristotle’s classic approach to writing superior works popped  into my brain when reading Livid, the 26th installment in the Kay ...

Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan

Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan (Ballantine Books, 2022)

 

Mad Honey is a modern tale of star crossed lovers that has a twist that the reader doesn’t see coming. 

The boy is Asher McAfee, a sensitive, young man who has joined his mother in her escape from her abusive cardiothoracic surgeon husband, back to his Mom’s hometown, Adams, New ...

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray (Berkley, 2021).

It is rare that I get excited about a book these days. I find that so many novels are formulaic, predictable, and lack character development that I don’t invest in or remember the characters in the book. However, The Personal Librarian, written by the team of Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher ...