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FEMA Has Opened a Disaster Relief Center in Elizabeth. Everything You Need to Know About FEMA Aid.

September 16, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officially opened a Disaster Relief Center (DRC) in Elizabeth on Thursday, September 16. The DRC is located at the O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Center on 618 Salem Avenue. The building is a Quonset hut, adjacent to one of the Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth’s buildings: the O’Donnell-Dempsey ...

Next Pop-Up County Event to Provide Help to Residents Affected by Ida in Plainfield

Update: Due to the expectation of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, located at 716 Watchung Avenue in Plainfield.

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Union County residents who have been affected by Hurricane Ida can receive assistance at a pop-up event at City Hall in Plainfield, 515 Watchung Avenue,l this Friday, September 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ...

Union County SNAP Recipients are Eligible for Hot Meals in September

Special disaster nutrition assistance is in effect through September

SNAP (the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients in Union County are eligible for special disaster food assistance now through September 30. The special assistance was applied for and received by the New Jersey Department of Human Services after FEMA issued a Major Disaster Declaration for counties ...

Protect Yourself During Flu Season -- Get Your 2021 Flu Shot

September 18, 2021

Free Flu shots available for Union County residents, starting Sept. 23., Plainfield site set for Oct. 7

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Residents are encouraged to get their seasonal flu shot as soon as possible this year. Free flu shots will be dispensed at clinics run by the Office of Health Management at locations throughout Union County beginning on Thursday, September 23. A site will be set up ...

Looking to Better Manage Medication Regimes? Twin City Pharmacy Can Help

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Managing medication regimens for yourself or a loved one can be time-consuming, confusing, and stressful, especially for those with multiple prescriptions taken at different times of the day. 

At Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical in South Plainfield, however, a team of expert pharmacists are available to help. 

Through medication reconciliation, ...

'Go Gold' for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month; The Brooke Healey Foundation Making a Difference

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. "Childhood Cancer is the number one disease killer in children, yet is consistently underfunded," said Steve Healey, co-founder of The Brooke Healey Foundation. Less than four percent of the federal budget for cancer research is dedicated to pediatric cancer. "Awareness leads to action and will ...

Save the Date for the Plainfield Fire Prevention Fair

September 17, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Fire Prevention Week, sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association since 1922, and a national public health observance since 1925, is celebrated annually. This year's FPW campaign is Learn the Sounds of Fire SafetyTM, and after a year off due to COVID-19, the Plainfield Fire Department Bureau of Fire Prevention will participate in the national ...

Scenes from Plainfield's 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Marking 20 Years

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Members of Plainfield's Rescue Squad, Fire and Police Departments, city officials and residents gathered in front of City Hall on Saturday morning to reflect on the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks, to remember the victims, and to honor the service of the first responders.

Just about everyone remembers where they were on that sunny Tuesday ...

Arrest Made in Wednesday's Fatal Shooting of Delivery Driver in Plainfield

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A 26-year-old Plainfield man has been arrested and charged with the fatal shooting of a delivery driver subcontracted by Amazon that took place on the 200 block of Garfield Avenue in Plainfield on Wednesday. Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Plainfield Police Department Officer–in-Charge Captain David M. Guarino announced the arrest on Friday ...

Scenes from Plainfield's House Music Festival

September 18, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's House Music Festival, held to raise awareness about prostate cancer and to stress the importance in getting tested, took place in Cedar Brook Park on Saturday, featuring music spun by DJs for House Heads and others who were up for a day of listening to music with friends and families. There was sunshine — it was hot — food trucks, shopping, and, ...

Save the Date for the Plainfield Fire Prevention Fair

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Fire Prevention Week, sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association since 1922, and a national public health observance since 1925, is celebrated annually. This year's FPW campaign is Learn the Sounds of Fire SafetyTM, and after a year off due to COVID-19, the Plainfield Fire Department Bureau of Fire Prevention will participate in the national ...

Linden to Host 2nd Annual Polish Heritage Festival

LINDEN, NJ — The City of Linden will host its 2nd Annual Polish Heritage Festival on Saturday, September 18, from 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade located at 400 North Wood Avenue.

Residents are invited to enjoy the beer and wine tent, live music, authentic Polish food, Polish vendors, Polish crafts and children’s activities.

For more ...

Plainfield Public Schools Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

September 19, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15, to observe "the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America." The Plainfield Public Schools district has activities lined up to celebrate these ideals, too, with three scheduled events.

On ...

Plainfield Resident Named to President's List at Georgia State University

ATLANTA, GA — Jasmine Simmons of Plainfield was named to the President's List at Georgia State University for the summer 2021 semester.

To be eligible for the President's List during the summer semester, degree-seeking students with a minimum Georgia State University cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 must earn a 4.0 GPA for the semester and complete at least 6 semester ...

Plainfield Resident Named to President's List at SNHU

MANCHESTER, NH — Plainfield resident Erica Moore has been named to Southern New Hampshire University's summer 2021 President's List. Eligibility for the President's List requires that a student accumulate an academic grade point average (GPA) of 3.7-4.0 and earn 12 credits for the term.

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private, nonprofit institution with an ...

Scenes from the Kramer Manor Block Party in Fanwood-Scotch Plains

September 19, 2021

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Kramer Manor community celebrated its history and diversity in Fanwood and Scotch Plains with a block party on Saturday afternoon. Attendees included current residents and former residents who returned to be part of that celebration. 

The festivities included a DJ, games for children, food catered by Felton Jones of Savory Selections with an assist from ...

RU Football Defeats Delaware, 45-13

September 19, 2021

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers football (3-0) defeated Delaware (2-1), 45-13, on Saturday afternoon at SHI Stadium. The Scarlet Knights cruised to their first 3-0 start since 2012.

Quarterback Noah Vedral went 21-for-26, including a 62-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Sanders and 28-yard touchdown toss to wide receiver Bo Melton. Vedral recorded ...

Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth to Host “First Swing” Golf Clinic for People with Physical Disabilities and Veterans

Persons with physical disabilities and veterans to participate in the “First Swing” golf clinic on Saturday, September 25, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Learning Center located at Union County’s Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth.

Admission is free but pre-registration is required at www.ucnj.org/opdsn-reg.

“The First Swing golf clinic provides an ...

HS Football: Everything You Wanted to Know About the NJSIAA Playoffs...and Were Afraid to Ask

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - It is September 14, the NFL has finished its first weekend of football, the NCAA has already had its shocking upsets and near-misses, and everyone in the state should have played at least one high school game already. 

Which, in New Jersey, the state known for its laid back patience, means people are already speculating on the NJSIAA playoffs. So, before we start ...

Newark Tapped as U.S. Headquarters for Renowned Tech Startup Program

September 18, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – Princeton-based venture capital firm and tech startup development leader SOSV is planning to house part of its industry-leading services in Newark, bringing with it thousands of jobs and investment in companies to the city.  

Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Thursday SOSV intends to form a new entity, HAX, LLC, building upon ...

Five Plainfield Businesses Recognized as Small Business Community Champions

​Union County Commissioner Board recognizes contributions of small businesses during COVID-19 pandemic

The Union County Board of County Commissioners announced that more than 100 businesses in all 21 municipalities have been nominated for recognition in the Union County Small Business Community Champion program.

The program is designed to celebrate the role of small businesses in supporting ...

Looking to Better Manage Medication Regimes? Twin City Pharmacy Can Help

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Managing medication regimens for yourself or a loved one can be time-consuming, confusing, and stressful, especially for those with multiple prescriptions taken at different times of the day. 

At Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical in South Plainfield, however, a team of expert pharmacists are available to help. 

Through medication reconciliation, ...

Plainfield Neighborhood Group Meets Goal for Back-to-School Backpack Collection

September 9, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Sleepy Hollow Neighbors held a backpack collection over the past month to benefit the United Family & Children's Society of Plainfield, an organization with a focus on mental health, adoption, foster care, and services for 175 de-institutionalized adults in a local residential healthcare facility.

The neighborhood group's goal was to raise enough money to ...

'Go Gold' for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month; The Brooke Healey Foundation Making a Difference

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. "Childhood Cancer is the number one disease killer in children, yet is consistently underfunded," said Steve Healey, co-founder of The Brooke Healey Foundation. Less than four percent of the federal budget for cancer research is dedicated to pediatric cancer. "Awareness leads to action and will ...

Plainfield Girls Part of G.L.E.A.M. Mentoring Program

WESTFIELD, NJ — Juniors Kyra Gallagher, a Westfield resident attending Newark Academy, and Sofia Keri, a Scotch-Plains resident attending Kent Place School, are empowering young girls through a nonprofit they founded in the midst of the pandemic last summer.

Girls Learning Empowering Aspiring with Mentors, or G.L.E.A.M, provides mentorship to underprivileged girls in grades ...

Keep Gardening After the First Fall Frost

September 16, 2021

There is nothing worse than frost in the forecast and a garden full of vegetables not quite ready for picking. Use some simple strategies to extend the growing season and keep enjoying garden-fresh vegetables.

Fortunately, some vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and Brussels sprouts tolerate frost and even taste better after a slight chill. Most of these can tolerate ...

Plainfield Recycling Pickup Suspended as Ida Cleanup Continues

September 7, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — In case you missed it, the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority reminded residents that this week's recycling pickup is suspended as the company continues its bulk pickup collection for those who have been impacted by Hurricane Ida.

The email sent out Tuesday evening noted the PMUA — along with Department of Public Works — will return to scheduled ...

'Let's Roll' - NJ Resident Todd Beamer Helped to Retake United Flight 93 on September 11th, 2001

September 11, 2021

CRANBURY, NJ -  On September 11th, 2001 a Cranbury resident was one of the many brave passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 who tried to take control of the hijacked plane and crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Todd Beamer had lived in Cranbury for a year with his wife and two children before being killed in the crash.

Beamer was born in Flint, Michigan in 1968. He graduated ...

All NJ Flags Will Fly at Half Staff on Saturday in Observance of 20th Anniversary of 9/11

NEW JERSEY — All flags will be flown at half-staff on Saturday, September 11, in observation of the 20th Anniversary of 9/11.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the 2001 terrorist attacks, stated officials. Seven hundred fifty were from New Jersey.

"Twenty years ago, hundreds of New Jerseyans left home for the last time,” said Governor Murphy. “Their ...

Royal Caribbean to Set Sail from Bayonne Again

September 6, 2021

BAYONNE, NJ — Royal Caribbean has announced that they will resume cruise service out of Cape Liberty in Bayonne.

While initial reports indicated an August return, The Oasis of the Seas is said to be preparing to return to service after nearly a nearly 17-month hiatus with the first trips featuring a series of seven-night trips to the Bahamas through the end of ...

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What are Spotted Lanternflies?

Spotted Lanternflies were first spotted in the United States in 2014 in Pennsylvania. Since 2014, they have spread to more than seven states, including New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Spotted Lanternflies are an invasive species having the potential to cause devastating damage to vegetation and agricultural businesses.

Are You Ready for the Great New Jersey Bag Ban?

On May 4, 2022, shoppers in Union County and throughout New Jersey will be in for a shock when they go to check out their groceries at the supermarket. Not a single-use paper or plastic shopping bag will be in sight.

It’s all part of a new state law aimed at cutting down on waste, litter and pollution. Plastic bags get most of the blame, but single-use paper bags are also notorious for ...

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New Jersey Date Night: Make the Grape Escape to Garden State Wineries

September 18, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Thoughts of wine typically take your mind straight to Italy, France or Napa Valley. It’s understandable, but if you want to experience a mind-blowing date filled with beauty and flavor you should start thinking about New Jersey vineyards. 

Our state has many wineries from which to choose and most ...

It’s Apple Picking Season in NJ! How to Pick the Best Apples

NEW JERSEY — September is here, which means it’s apple picking season in the Garden State.

If you’re visiting one of New Jersey’s many pick-your-own farms for apples this season, use these tips to come home with the very best fruit:

First, get to know the varieties you’re picking. The color of a ripe apple will depend on that variety, so find out from the farm ...

The City of Plainfield Announces its House Music Festival For Prostate Cancer Awareness 2021

September 17, 2021

House Music Festival for Prostate Cancer Awareness

PLAINFIELD, NJ — On September 18, 2021, the City will host Plainfield’s Second House Music Festival for a Cause, raising awareness for Prostate Cancer. Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed form of cancer among men as well as the second leading cause of death for men. A study conducted by The National Cancer Institute ...

Conflicts of Interest In Abundance (R289-21)

September 12, 2021

Dear City Council Members,

On Monday, September 13th, you are being asked to vote on employing Lerch, Vinci & Higgins as the City's Financial Consultant, to provide accounting services and manage audit and control for the Finance Department (R289-21).  I recommend voting NO on this hire.

The City Council is tasked with providing oversight to City affairs and, presumably, ...

NJ Veteran Desperately Seeks Kidney Donor by November 20

September 5, 2021

MARLTON, NJ — A Burlington County man and his family are asking for a kind, generous and healthy person to help to save his life.

Mark Klayman, who lives in Marlton, is in desperate need to find a kidney donor, and time is literally running out. He has been diagnosed with End Stage Renal Failure and also has diabetes and high blood pressure. Because of his ...

Plainfield Public Schools Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

September 19, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15, to observe "the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America." The Plainfield Public Schools district has activities lined up to celebrate these ideals, too, with three scheduled events.

On ...

Plainfield Recycling Pickup Suspended as Ida Cleanup Continues

PLAINFIELD, NJ — In case you missed it, the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority reminded residents that this week's recycling pickup is suspended as the company continues its bulk pickup collection for those who have been impacted by Hurricane Ida.

The email sent out Tuesday evening noted the PMUA — along with Department of Public Works — will return to scheduled ...

From Terrorist Attacks to Floods, Firefighters Union President Reflects on 20 Years Since 9/11

September 10, 2021

September 11, 2001 was sunny with a bright blue sky. It was a Tuesday.  

I was a rookie Firefighter who reported to work that morning. We had just received delivery of our new Squad and all personnel were at Station 2 training on the new apparatus. Being the rookie I was sent to pick up bagels for my tour. While driving back the music on the radio was interrupted by a news flash that ...

'Year One' Captures Tensions of a Changing Society

UNION, NJ - After two years of closure, Premiere Stages on the campus of Kean University has re-opened with a stirring production of Erik Gernand’s play, “Year One.”

The time is 1933, the place, a city in Germany.  As Germany rebuilds after the devastation of World War I, a close-knit family is caught up in the possibilities of new life under the Weimar Republic. The ...

The Series of The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2016)

Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2017)

Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2018)

Anne of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2019)

Katheryn Howard: The Scandalous Queen by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2020)

Katherine Parr: the Sixth ...

Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague by Maggie O'Farrell

Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague by Maggie O’Farrell (Vintage Books, 2020)

In a style reminiscent of the great American naturalist, Gene Stratton Porter, one of the most popular authors of the early 20th century, Maggie O’Farrell’s  expressions of the world around us are more like poetry rather than prose. One has the sense in reading this magical story of a woman linked to ...

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth (St. Martin’s Press, 2020)

 

The title of Sally Hepworth’s seventh novel, The Good Sister, is intriguing. How does one define a “good sister?” Is she one who is loyal, caring, and empathetic? Does she look after the welfare of her siblings, no matter what the cost  to her? Or, are we deceived sometimes, to think that the ...

George and Rick by Alex Gino

George by Alex Gino (Scholastic, 2015)

Rick by Alex Gino (Scholastic, 2020)

 

Issues of gender identity have been prominent in the news recently. New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate, Jack Ciattarelli, revealed to a group of parents that if elected, his administration would not allow the teaching of gender identity and sexuality to kindergartners. He added, ...

To the Dickens with Dickens

With so much emphasis being placed on STEM today, Language Arts (formerly known as English) has become less significant in the school curriculum. Grammar, punctuation, spelling, and vocabulary are touched on, but not emphasized as they used to be. Even cursive writing has been dropped from many school districts.

When I started teaching in 1972 the basics were covered in the freshman and ...

Community Organizations Launch Free Tutoring for Newark NJ Students This Week

September 13, 2021

NEWARK, NJ---TAPintoTV spoke with Jared Taillefer, the Executive Director of Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, Rev David Jefferson of Metropolitan Baptist Church, and Destiny McFarlane, the Tutorial Manager of the Newark Unites Program, about the Newark Unites Tutoring Program which launches this week.

The Newark Unites Tutoring Center provides free, high dosage tutoring and academic support ...