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Gov. Murphy Tests Negative for Coronavirus 4 Times But Will Continue Virtual Briefings 

October 26, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Five days after Gov. Phil Murphy suddenly left a briefing in Camden County over concerns of having the coronavirus, he said this afternoon he has not been symptomatic and tested negative four times since last Monday.

First Lady Tammy Murphy, who entered a voluntary self-quarantine with the governor last week, has tested negative three times.  

Still, ...

Gov. Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency as New COVID-19 Cases Jump

RED BANK, NJ — As the state's count of new coronavirus cases reached its highest daily level since May, Gov. Phil Murphy extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus — the ninth consecutive time.

“Today’s new COVID-19 case count marks our highest daily figure since May,” said Murphy in an October 24 ...

$14M in New Covid-Relief Funds to Help NJ Residents Get Back to Work Available

BLACKWOOD, NJ — Over 1.6 million people in New Jersey have filed for unemployment benefits since mid-March when the coronavirus pandemic began to ravage the state.

Looking to help individuals out of work, as well as employers unable to hire more people due to the financial impact of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy announced $14 million of new workforce development funds ...

Saturday: Students in Plainfield Public Schools Can Get Tested for COVID-19 / Pruebas de COVID para Estudiantes de las Escuelas Publicas de Plainfield

October 28, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Public Schools District will provide COVID-19 testing for students only on Saturday, October 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Plainfield High School. The tests will be administered in the Stelle Avenue parking lot, and is open to all students in all grade levels.

Students should register online, and provide their insurance information by October 30.

Plainfield Cardinals Football Schedule Altered as Team Must Quarantine

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A letter from Myrna Dyson, the district's nursing supervisor, was sent to parents and guardians of Plainfield Cardinal football players to inform them that a player on South Plainfield's team tested positive for COVID-19; the two teams met on Friday, October 23. Plainfield's players must now quarantine for 14 days, and practice may resume on November ...

Union County COVID Drive-up Test Center First in NJ to Also Test for Flu

The new test will also offer faster results.

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s drive-up COVID-19 testing center at Kean University will be the first in New Jersey to also test for the influenza, officials said.

Starting Monday, Nov. 2, the drive-through testing center at Kean University will offer three-panel swab test that produces results for the COVID-19 virus, Influenza A and ...

Plainfield Man Charged in Old Bridge Turnpike Shooting

October 26, 2020

SOUTH RIVER, NJ — Shots fired on Old Bridge Turnpike last week outside the Kilamanjaro Bar and Grille have led to the arrest of Bryant King, 26, of Plainfield, by the South River Police.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Mark Tinitigan of the South River Police Department announced today that King man was arrested and charged in connection with a South River shooting ...

It's Halloween Week at the Plainfield Public Library

October 25, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Public Library is offering some fun - and socially distanced - Halloween activities this week. Crafts will be available via curbside pickup, and videos can be viewed on the library's YouTube channel.

Monday, 10/26: Scary Stories and Craft with Ms. T
Tuesday, 10/27: Scary Stories with Ms. Jailene, in English and Spanish
Wednesday, 10/28: Cooking ...

Plainfield Virtual History Programs on Voting & Ghostly Sightings

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Public Library, in conjunction with the Historical Society of Plainfield, is sponsoring two events, including "When Women Lost the Vote" and "Haunted Transportation: Ghostly Sightings." These virtual events are free, but registration is required.

"When Women Lost the Vote"

Highlights include the millions of American women ...

Can You Help? Hubbard Middle School Teacher Wants to Provide Students with Books

October 27, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Ms. Chamberlain is a teacher at Hubbard Middle School in Plainfield whose DonorsChoose.org campaign TAPinto Plainfield has chosen to highlight today. According to her campaign, 768 students will be reached, with over three-quarters of them from low-income households.

Ms. Chamberlain says her goal is to have culturally diverse titles available to students ...

Two Schools Announce Listening Sessions in Advance of Plainfield's Nov. 9 Opening

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Public Schools district will welcome students back into classrooms on Monday, November 9, for in-person and hybrid instruction. Two schools have announced listening sessions for parents in advance of the reopening to learn more about what to expect.

Dr. Frank Asante is inviting parents of Emerson Community School students to join a Zoom meeting on ...

Holy Trinity Celebrates World Peace Day

WESTFIELD -- World Peace Day is observed each year around the world on Sept.21. The UN General Assembly established the International Day of Peace in 1981, and two decades later, in 2001, unanimously voted to designate the day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

Students at Holy Trinity School in Westfield celebrated in several meaningful ways. Third grade students made artwork pieces ...

Union County COVID Drive-up Test Center First in NJ to Also Test for Flu

October 28, 2020

The new test will also offer faster results.

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s drive-up COVID-19 testing center at Kean University will be the first in New Jersey to also test for the influenza, officials said.

Starting Monday, Nov. 2, the drive-through testing center at Kean University will offer three-panel swab test that produces results for the COVID-19 virus, Influenza A and ...

Plainfield Cardinals Football Schedule Altered as Team Must Quarantine

October 28, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A letter from Myrna Dyson, the district's nursing supervisor, was sent to parents and guardians of Plainfield Cardinal football players to inform them that a player on South Plainfield's team tested positive for COVID-19; the two teams met on Friday, October 23. Plainfield's players must now quarantine for 14 days, and practice may resume on November ...

Boys Soccer: Plainfield Falls to Elizabeth 3-0

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Elizabeth Minutemen boys soccer team scored three goals in the first half to top Plainfield’s Cardinals in a home game Tuesday.

Andrew Gamero, Kelvin Gyamfi, and Steven Zuniga each scored a goal, and Kevin Lopez, Andy Alvarez, and Jacoby Calvo doled out assists.

Plainfield takes on Scotch Plains-Fanwood at home at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October ...

Rutgers Football Defeats Michigan State in 2020 Season Opener

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Behind a dominant defensive effort and an opportunistic scoring attack, Rutgers football (1-0, 1-0) downed Michigan State (0-1, 0-1), 38-27, on Saturday afternoon in East Lansing to open the 2020 season. The Scarlet Knights – who never trailed in the road matchup and limited the Spartans to just one trip inside the red zone – scored 21 points off ...

Head of Pantagis Company Apologizes, Confirms Closure of Snuffy's in Scotch Plains

October 27, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Steve Pantagis, who described himself as the director of the Pantagis corporation, contacted TAPintoSPF on Tuesday to confirm that, despite the assertions of Nick Pantagis last week, the iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance catering hall has closed its doors forever. 

"I'm calling on behalf of my company and eight board members to confirm that ...

Iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Wedding Hall Abruptly Closes, Leaves Brides in the Lurch, Owes Township $380,000+, Yet Owner Denies Business Has Closed

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Colonia native Kelli Capurso, 23, was, like any bride, looking forward to her wedding reception. She married her husband, Anthony, in August 2019, but postponed her reception until 2020 until after he returned from his deployment with the Marines. COVID put a wrench into their plans, and the couple had to cancel their celebration at one catering hall and booked instead ...

Bars, Restaurants Given Expansion on Liquor Permits as COVID Climb Continues

NEW JERSEY — Bar and restaurant owners across New Jersey will be able to toast this week to the latest expansion on liquor license permits - initially triggered to help businesses weather the coronavirus pandemic while serving outdoors. 

“For many of our residents having the ability to serve liquor to their customers beyond their normal premises has been meaningful. In ...

Head of Pantagis Company Apologizes, Confirms Closure of Snuffy's in Scotch Plains

October 27, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Steve Pantagis, who described himself as the director of the Pantagis corporation, contacted TAPintoSPF on Tuesday to confirm that, despite the assertions of Nick Pantagis last week, the iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance catering hall has closed its doors forever. 

"I'm calling on behalf of my company and eight board members to confirm that ...

NJ Family Pleads for Kidney Donor to Save Ailing 7-Year-Old

October 27, 2020

JERSEY CITY, NJ - A family is desperately searching for a donor to help save the life of a young boy with severe kidney disease.

"My seven-year-old son, Modak, is in need of a kidney donor," say Nirmesh Kumar. "His kidneys are functioning at 6.5%."

Modak, a 2nd Grader at Golden Door Charter School in Jersey City, was initially diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome in 2018.

10th Annual Plainfield Queen City Historic Walk/Run Goes Virtual

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Remember when there were in-person events? Well, that's not stopping organizers of Plainfield's Queen City Historic Walk/Run for Life, now in its tenth year. The 5K run and 1-mile walk goes virtual, and times can be recorded through Saturday, November 21.

This year, according to organizers, participants have the option to choose their own course, be it outside or ...

Eagle Scout Project Beautifies Plainfield's Drake House Grounds

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Last week you heard about Christian Estevez, who grew up in Plainfield, and is a member of Troop 73 in Westfield. He has been working on his Eagle Scout Service Project at the Drake House, where he and his fellow troop member have been improving the grounds of the museum. Plants were planted, a bench was placed, and the refreshed sign was hung on Sunday.

Estevez told ...

Appeals Court Allows Public Disclosure of New Jersey Police Misconduct History

October 22, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - An appeals court has ruled that New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal can release the names of all law enforcement officers who have received major professional discipline in the state, a plan that was announced this past summer following widespread national protests for police reform and social justice after the death of George Floyd. The court decided that the ...

In NJ’s All-Mail Election, Black and Latino Voters Have Doubts But Are Still Casting Ballots

October 27, 2020

Despite fear of voter fraud, young adults are excited to be taking part in election process.  

“This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. This article is available for reprint under the terms of Votebeat’s republishing policy.”

Voters across the state have already ...

League of Women Voters Explain Public Question #1: Constitutional Amendment to Legalize Marijuana

In addition to voting in statewide, county and local elections by November 3, New Jersey residents will be asked three public questions, including whether the state Constitution should be amended to legalize marijuana.

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey offers an objective perspective of this question, including reasons for voting yes and no.

Question on the Ballot:

Do you ...

Advocacy Groups Speak at League of Women Voters "RBG’s Legacy Rally" in Plainfield (Video)

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The non-partisan League of Women Voters of New Jersey held "RBG's Legacy Rally" Saturday at duCret School of Art in Plainfield as a part of the national Women's March 2020. Organizers estimated 300 were in attendance to hear from voices defending gender, racial and economic justice, and speakers relayed quotes from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in line with ...

Extend your Enjoyment of Nutritious Pumpkins

October 24, 2020

Pumpkin is not just for dessert.  Consider using this low calorie, flavorful vegetable, botanically classified as a fruit, in any of the courses of your fall or holiday meals.

The beta carotene that gives pumpkin its orange color is an important antioxidant.  Increasing the beta carotenes in your diet can reduce the risk of developing some cancers and provide protection against heart ...

Guard Your Gourd: How To Keep Squirrels From Eating Your Pumpkins

GLEN ROCK, NJ — Is your perfectly-carved pumpkin being ravaged by local wildlife?

As Halloween draws closer, families are putting out jack-o-lanterns to celebrate, but, unfortunately, many of those pumpkins are being quickly devoured by squirrels.

If you don’t remember this being a problem in the past, there’s a lot of speculation as to why squirrels are foraging for food ...

Current Foliage Conditions Across the Garden State for Oct. 16 from the NJ DEP

October 16, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -  New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection released the current fall foliage map for the Garden State and things are starting to look colorful.

Forests in the Northwest corner of the state, including the area near High Point State Park and Waywayanda State Park are at peak color. The southern portion of Sussex County is near peak. 

Northern NJ along ...

Applicants Seek Final Site Plan Approval for 1052 E. 2nd St in Plainfield

October 24, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The agenda for Plainfield's Planning Board November meeting is posted on the city's website, and members are scheduled to hear from applicants Atul Sethi and Pavneet Sachdeva for their project at 1052 East 2nd Street between Netherwood and Garfield avenues.

The applicants initially met with the board in February, seeking to convert the existing one-story masonry ...

Plainfield Planning Board Approves Project in Cleveland Ave. Arts and Culture Subdistrict

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Members of the Planning Board unanimously voted Thursday to grant Applicant PL Downtown Plainfield, LLC (2020-22) preliminary and final site plan approval, with conditions, to demolish existing vacant buildings and construct a six-story mixed use development at Cleveland Avenue. Located between East 4th and East 5th streets, retail space will be on the ground floor, and ...

City of Plainfield Plans Property Auction on Oct. 21

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The City of Plainfield plans to hold a property auction on Wednesday, October 21 outside City Hall. The bid package identifies properties that are non-conforming with respect to the bulk requirements of their respective zoning.

The majority of the properties are vacant land starting at $5,000; a two-family house and a commercial building are also included. Details in the ...

The Mount Olive Baptist Church in Plainfield Receives Resolution Commemorating 150th Anniversary

October 17, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Mount Olive Baptist Church in Plainfield, founded on October 12, 1870, is celebrating a milestone of 150 years. New Jersey Assemblywoman Linda S. Carter presented a resolution Saturday to note how the church has helped members become caring and compassionate citizens over the course of its storied history.

“It is a blessing to have survived as a cornerstone ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Participate in Global Group

Students in Mrs. Nicole Nolan's Global Citizenship class at The Wardlaw + Hartridge School in Edison participated in the first of three hosted student discussions from Global Education Benchmark Group on October 21. This initial discussion was titled, "Our Shared Pandemic Experience." The conversation included students and teacher moderators from China, Russia, India and the United ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Community Embraces Virtual Camp Read-A-Lot

Lower School students, parents and teachers from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison spent much of last weekend finding creative ways to engage in appreciating their favorite books in the first virtual edition of Camp Read-A-Lot. The event, organized by Silvia Davis, Lower School Head, was designed to motivate children and adults alike to spend time reading over the weekend.

Parents, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge School Enhances Learning with Owl 360 Camera Systems

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison enhanced its virtual classroom experience with the installation of Owl 360° cameras in more than 50 classrooms last week. The Technology Department installed Owls in classrooms of all three divisions.

According to the Owl website, “Any classroom becomes a hybrid classroom with the Meeting Owl, the smart conference camera that captures 360° ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Earns Eagle Scout Distinction

 




For Alex Caiola of Westfield, the decision to create a fitness trail at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison for his Eagle Scout project became a no-brainer. The W+H senior considered other options but wound up with several solid reasons to build something useful on the W+H campus.

 “I have been at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School for many years, and I ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge School Receives Top Ranking in Middlesex County

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, a coeducational, college preparatory day school enrolling 455 students in Prekindergarten through grade 12, earned the No. 1 rating among all Middlesex County private schools in the 2021 Best Schools in America rankings released by Niche. This marks the second consecutive year in which Wardlaw+Hartridge has earned this distinction.

Wardlaw+Hartridge also ...

Wildlife Wednesdays Programs For 2020

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is reminding residents that the popular, free “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will conclude its 2020 programming over the next 2 Wednesdays.

October 21st’s program “Reptiles and Gators” will feature an alligator and lizards, including a blue tongue skink and bearded dragon.  The October 28th’s Halloween-themed Insects and ...

Update: Union County Wildlife Wednesdays Program Moved to 6 PM

The Board of Chosen Freeholders wishes to remind residents that the popular “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will continue to run each Wednesday through the end of October, with a new starting time of 6:00 PM.

“Union County is striving to bring educational programs directly to our children that may not be accessible to everyone during these challenging times, and Wildlife ...

Hanging on by a Thread, Some NJ Restaurateurs Fear the Worst This Winter

October 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY — During the typical holiday season, hundreds of thousands of dollars flow through the Rail Yard Tavern in Fairlawn.

From Thanksgiving to New Years, hundreds bustle in and out of the restaurant every weekend. By this time, its 186 seats are reserved months in advance for Christmas parties, one of the most lucrative times of the year. 

But not this year.

“We ...

New Jerseyans Say ‘Cheese!’ (But Hold the Dairy) with Vegan Cheese

Is plant-based cheese really cheese? Well, sort of. But instead of dairy from cows, sheep or goats, vegan cheesemakers are making it with plant milk, nuts, tapioca and even rice.

There are many different methods to make vegan cheese nowadays. The easy way? Using a plant-based milk base (from foods like cashews or almonds) and adding a few thickening agents and seasonings.

Plant-based ...

Football: Defense, Turnovers Lead St. Joseph Past Westfield, 20-3

WESTFIELD, NJ — The St. Joseph of Metuchen football team capitalized on a pair of interceptions and used an aggressive defensive performance to improve to 2-0 and get past Westfield, 20-3, on Saturday afternoon in the Blue Devils’ home opener at Gary Kehler Stadium.

St. Joseph, coming off a 17-12 victory over Elizabeth last week, was stout on the defensive end all game. Westfield, ...

Funk Salsa Urban to Perform Live, Drive-in Concert in Union Township, Nov. 8

October 28, 2020

Drive-in event will observe COVID-19 prevention rules.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that Funk Salsa Urban (F.S.U.), will be live in concert at Kean University, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union Township. The event is drive-in only, in order to conform to COVID-19 prevention rules.

The concert is on Sunday, November 8 starting at 6 PM. Tickets will ...

Black Lives Matter, So Let’s Take Action on School Choice and Legalization

October 15, 2020

Dear Editor:

Black Lives Matter So Let’s Take Action on School Choice and Legalization

This November voters are facing what many experts call the most important election of their lifetime, and I agree. On the ballot we have candidates and constitutional questions which can ultimately make a huge difference in Union County’s diverse minority communities.

Support candidates ...

In NJ, Lakewood Tops State for Rate of COVID-19 Infections

October 19, 2020

Cases are on the rise statewide, but in Lakewood the number is growing faster

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Since September, daily coronavirus infection rates in the state have been on the rise, confirming officials ...

Saturday: Students in Plainfield Public Schools Can Get Tested for COVID-19 / Pruebas de COVID para Estudiantes de las Escuelas Publicas de Plainfield

October 28, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Public Schools District will provide COVID-19 testing for students only on Saturday, October 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Plainfield High School. The tests will be administered in the Stelle Avenue parking lot, and is open to all students in all grade levels.

Students should register online, and provide their insurance information by October 30.

Senior Freeze Deadline Extended

October 25, 2020

We are very pleased that on October 22, 2020, the New Jersey Treasurer’s office extended the Senior Freeze filing deadline from November 2, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  This is a welcome development because many seniors were scrambling to meet the original date. 

Nevertheless, there is still a need for applications to be prepared as soon as possible.  The Treasurer’s ...

Shakespeare Theatre Takes on Shaw in Three Scintillating One-acts

Florham Park, NJ - There’s nothing like the theatrical commentary of George Bernard Shaw to explore love, lust and over-the-top intrigue to make for a stimulating evening.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey offers another romp at its outdoor location at the Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory in Florham Park.The three one-act plays were broken up into five segments. “Village ...

The Guardian by John Grisham

The Guardians by John Grisham. (Dell, 2020)

“Duke Russell is not guilty of the unspeakable crimes for which he was convicted; nonetheless, he is scheduled to be executed for them in one hour and forty-five minutes.”

Are you hooked? I am.

When I taught Creative Writing, one of the first lessons on writing prose was, “You have to capture the reader in the first paragraph ...

Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland

Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland (Simon & Schuster, 2020)

 

Month and Year: August 1926

Event: At the age of 21, the tenacious Trudy Ederly, a 1924 Olympic gold medalist in the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay,  became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. Ederly, a Jersey girl, made it from the shores of France to the British Coast in 14 hours and ...

Too Much and Not Enough by Mary Trump

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump, Ph.D. (Simon & Schuster, 2020)

 

I admit it. I couldn’t wait to get my copy of Too Much and Never Enough by President Donald Trump’s niece, Mary Trump. Mary, whose father, Fred, was Donald’s  older brother, was shunned by her grandfather and cut out of the ...

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Supports New Jersey Tenants During COVID-19 Housing Crisis

October 28, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Cathy Keenan, Executive Director of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ), joined TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur to discuss the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund's Housing Stability Project Grant.

Keenan described the work of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF), which was established after the COVID-19 pandemic, and which has raised over $37 million from over ...