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Plainfield City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Deer Management

November 12, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield's City Council will hold a public hearing on deer management, according to an email sent by the City Clerk on Monday.  The notice states that interested persons will be given an opportunity at the Nov. 19 combined council meeting to voice their concerns on deer management throughout Plainfield.   

Results from a Union County deer control ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: November 12-18

PLAINFIELD, NJ - TAPinto what's going on in and around town this week.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield meetings and events.

MONDAY

The Plainfield Public Library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.  The City of Plainfield will be also be closed.

TUESDAY

The school board will hold a work and study session, meeting in the ...

HOPES CAP Inc. and Landmark Developers North Ave project gets ZBA approval

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield's Zoning Board delivered a final decision on the HOPES application to expand its previously approved project that would increase the number of classrooms to house students from 20 with 270 children and 76 staff members, to 26 classrooms with 362 children and 95 staff members.

In July, issues related to traffic had derailed a hearing because board members ...

9 Things to do in Plainfield this Weekend

November 16, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Welcome to the weekend!  Here's a look at things to do in Plainfield, from holiday craft fairs, to music by bands and a symphony, and more.  Where will we see you?

 

SATURDAY

The Emerson Theater Group is holding its 2nd Annual Pre-Holiday Bazzar / Flea Market, featuring gift items, food, apparel, jewelry, face painting, and more.  There will be ...

Plainfield Battle of the Bands on Saturday

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Friends and Families of the Plainfield Bands will present their inaugural Battle of the Bands event on Saturday, and you're invited.  All of the proceeds benefit the Plainfield High School Marching Band.

The organizers are made up of individuals that provide support and assistance to the students and staff of the Plainfield High School Marching Band throughout the ...

International Children’s Choir Visits Scotch Plains on Nov. 25 to Tell Refugee Stories

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Children of the World choir will perform at Evangel Church (1251 Terrill Rd, Scotch Plains) on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 7:00 pm. This is just one of the many stops on their 2018-2019 Refuge + Strength tour, which will take them all over the U.S. telling stories of refugee children/families and raising awareness of the ...

Woman Dies After Vehicle is Hit by NJ Transit Train in New Providence; Snow Storm Wreaks Havoc on Roadways

November 16, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A vehicle traveling on Union Avenue was struck by the NJ Transit Gladstone Line train at the intersection of Union and Rose avenues in New Providence on Thursday evening around 6 p.m. after leaving the Murray Hill Station.

The female driver was brought to Morristown Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to reports by NJTPD.  The identity of ...

38 Parents Arrested for Delinquent Child Support Payments

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Sheriff's officers made 38 arrests over a three-day period in an effort to collect delinquent child support payments.

Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano said the sweep occurred Oct. 23-25 and involved 41 Sheriff's Officers, operating in teams, who served outstanding warrants and made arrests. Those arrested owed a combined total of almost ...

Plainfield: Sunday Night Homicide Under Investigation

The fatal shooting that took place in Plainfield Sunday evening is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced on Monday.

The victim has been identified as 45-year-old Benjamin Nord of Plainfield.

Plainfield Police Division patrol units responding to a report of a shooting on the 400 block of Liberty Street found Nord there suffering from gunshot wounds, ...

Plainfield Battle of the Bands on Saturday

November 15, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Friends and Families of the Plainfield Bands will present their inaugural Battle of the Bands event on Saturday, and you're invited.  All of the proceeds benefit the Plainfield High School Marching Band.

The organizers are made up of individuals that provide support and assistance to the students and staff of the Plainfield High School Marching Band throughout the ...

Plainfield School Cancelations for Thursday, Nov. 15

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Public School district has announced that all Thursday after school programs and activities have been canceled.

Additionally, Cresthaven Academy will have an early dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

National Signing Day: Plainfield Senior Toran Smith to Attend Coppin State University

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield High School senior Toran Smith on Wednesday signed his letter of intent to attend Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD.

Smith said, "I am happy for the support that my mother, my father, my brother, my sister, my coach have given me. I am just glad that you have been with me in my journey, and I am excited about this next chapter in my life with baseball ...

Atlantic EMS Worker Injured in Fiery Westfield Crash

November 13, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – An ambulance worker was rushed to the hospital after injuring an arm during a fiery crash on Central Avenue early Monday morning, authorities said.

A 2015 BMW 540 sedan crossed the double-yellow lines while driving north near Clover Street at 12:23 a.m. and crashed into the ambulance coming in the opposite direction, police Sgt. Michael Walsh said on Tuesday.

The ...

9 Things to do in Plainfield this Weekend

November 16, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Welcome to the weekend!  Here's a look at things to do in Plainfield, from holiday craft fairs, to music by bands and a symphony, and more.  Where will we see you?

 

SATURDAY

The Emerson Theater Group is holding its 2nd Annual Pre-Holiday Bazzar / Flea Market, featuring gift items, food, apparel, jewelry, face painting, and more.  There will be ...

Rutgers Coach C. Vivian Stringer Notches 1,000th Win

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer recorded her 1,000th victory as the Scarlet Knights team Central Connecticut State 73-44 on Tuesday at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway. 

Stringer, who is already enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, became the sixth women's head coach in NCAA history to join the elite 1,000 career ...

National Signing Day: Plainfield Senior Toran Smith to Attend Coppin State University

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield High School senior Toran Smith on Wednesday signed his letter of intent to attend Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD.

Smith said, "I am happy for the support that my mother, my father, my brother, my sister, my coach have given me. I am just glad that you have been with me in my journey, and I am excited about this next chapter in my life with baseball ...

Amazon Officially Announces Pick For HQ2

November 14, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon today announced its picks (yes plural) for its second headquarters, and it wasn’t Newark.

The corporate giant selected Long Island City and Arlington, Va. for the company's new headquarters. The company also selected Nashville for a new operations center, which will handle fulfillment and transportation.

Newark was one of 20 finalists named by the company ...

HOPES CAP Inc. and Landmark Developers North Ave project gets ZBA approval

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield's Zoning Board delivered a final decision on the HOPES application to expand its previously approved project that would increase the number of classrooms to house students from 20 with 270 children and 76 staff members, to 26 classrooms with 362 children and 95 staff members.

In July, issues related to traffic had derailed a hearing because board members ...

NJ Assembly Republicans Implore Democrats to Consider Refunds for Stranded NJ Transit Commuters

TRENTON, NJ – N.J. Transit riders have faced incessant delays and poor service over the course of the year, and that has led many to come to the same conclusion as some Republican lawmakers: commuters deserve refunds.

“New Jersey Transit needs to be held accountable,” said Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-Morris).  “The problems seem to be getting worse ...

Four Duncan Hines Cake Mixes Recalled for Health Risk

November 7, 2018

Dunkin Hines is recalling four varieties of its cake mixes due to a potential presence of Salmonella.  In a company announcement, Conagra Brands announced that it is working with health officials in connection with a positive finding of Salmonella in a retail sample of Duncan Hines Classic White cake mix that may be linked to a Salmonella outbreak that is ...

Dairy Queen of Plainfield Preparing for Final Bike Giveaway of 2018

November 14, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Save the date for Dairy Queen's final bike and helmet giveaway of the year for those in need.  This Plainfield event is always popular, and bikes go quickly. 

Owners Donna and Rich Albanese say the work is rewarding.  "The smiles and lives we touch are too numerous to count.  The positive stories are amazing.  One family who received bikes at ...

Plainfield Residents Seeking Donations for 'Project Blanket'

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield residents launched Project Blanket, an initiative to benefit homeless individuals around the train stations in Plainfield, New Brunswick and Newark Penn Station.

The group is collecting new and fairly used blankets, as well as new travel-sized toiletries for both men and women through Friday, Nov. 16.  Monetary donations can be made using Cash App: ...

Plainfield Musical Club's 2018 Scholarship Benefit Concert at FUSP

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield's First Unitarian Society is supporting the Plainfield Musical Club with producing the 2018 Scholarship Benefit Concert at the historic church.

Celebrating its 126th year of remarkable music making, the Plainfield Musical Club will present a lively concert of classical music and jazz at FUSP on Nov. 11. at 4 p.m., 724 Park Ave.

The concert will feature club ...

Somerset County Grand Jury Indicts 6 Plainfield Suspects in Murder

November 16, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A Somerset County Grand Jury has indicted five men and one woman for the murder of Nelson Noe Garcia-Lopez, 24 of North Plainfield, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The indictments for murder and related crimes were returned on Nov. 13 against:

- Oscar Ivan Baquendo-Martinez, 23, West 4th Street, Plainfield;

- Patricio M.

Union County Residents Can Plan Ahead for Vote-By-Mail

November 13, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi reminds residents that a recent change in state law provides for ballots to be sent automatically to Vote-by-Mail users, unless they have opted out.

Voters who have received a Vote-by-Mail ballot can opt out by completing a form and sending it to the County Clerk. To obtain a downloadable form, visit the County Clerk’s ...

Armady Tops Johnson, Incumbents Sweep Board of Ed in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Unofficial results are in for Plainfield for the 2018 General Election, with residents casting their votes for Elton Armady, Joylette Mills-Ransome, and Ashley Davis for City Council seats.  The Children First slate swept the race for seats on the school board.

Armady beat out Ronald Johnson, Jr., 7,788 votes to 1,829, in what Mayor Adrian O. Mapp called a failed ...

Who's on the Ballot, and Where to Vote in Plainfield on Nov. 6

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout New Jersey for today’s General Election.  Plainfield voters will cast votes in statewide and county races, and will select new City Council members, three 3-year term Board of Education members and one person for a 1-year unexpired term on the school board. 

Voters will also be asked one public question ...

Blood Drive at Plainfield High School / Plainfield High School Donación de Sangre

November 13, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - According to the American Red Cross, a decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel.  A blood drive will be held at Plainfield High School on Friday, Nov. 16 to help keep blood supplies strong.

The drive will take place in the North Building Bilingual Academy's second floor auditorium, ...

Can YOU be a Match and Save a Life?

ELIZABETH, NJ - Help is needed! Learn how you can help save a life. Be the Match Bone Marrow Registry Drive - sponsored by BetheMatch.org will be held at 11 a.m. this Wednesday, November 14, at the Trinitas Regional Medical Center Café, located at 255 Williamson St., Elizabeth.

Brandon Dillagard, an 8-year-old New Jersey resident, is one of many local patients searching for a ...

Masjidullah Plainfield Hosts Domestic Violence Workshop

PLAINFIELD, NJ – Masjidullah Plainfield's Resident Imam Khalil Aziz hosted a workshop on Oct. 21 to educate the community at large on domestic violence, and to engage in a deeper discussion about domestic violence and abuse in the Muslim community.

Domestic violence and abuse occurs in every community regardless of race, religion or ethnic background. Every nine seconds a woman is ...

Photos: Best Places for Fall Foliage in Somerset Hills and New Jersey

November 15, 2018

SOMERSET HILLS, NJ - Fall foliage has been at its peak the last few weeks in the Somerset HIlls region, and TAPinto is sharing some of the best local places enjoy the autumn foliage.

Best New Jersey Foliage Places (from TAPinoto.net and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection website)

Stokes State Forest - At an elevation of more than 1,500 feet above sea level, ...

Out and About in Plainfield This Weekend: November 9-11

PLAINFIELD, NJ - There is a bevy of activities - dinner and dancing, art, wildlife, and more -  from which to choose this weekend in and around Plainfield.  Where will we see you?

FRIDAY 11/9

A Domestic Violence Awareness presentation by the Union County Rape Crisis Center, the Union County YWCA, and the Plainfield Police Department will be given at  7:30 p.m. at Mount Olive ...

Luxury Apartments Near Completion in Somerville

November 12, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – SOMA, an upscale new rental building alongside the NJ Transit Raritan Valley Line, is on pace to make a late 2018 debut, according to its developer Sterling Properties.

Construction is nearly complete on the luxury four-story building which will feature a mix of 69 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments and amenities steps from Somerville award-winning ...

International Children’s Choir Visits Scotch Plains on Nov. 25 to Tell Refugee Stories

November 15, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Children of the World choir will perform at Evangel Church (1251 Terrill Rd, Scotch Plains) on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 7:00 pm. This is just one of the many stops on their 2018-2019 Refuge + Strength tour, which will take them all over the U.S. telling stories of refugee children/families and raising awareness of the ...

Masjidullah Plainfield Hosts Domestic Violence Workshop

PLAINFIELD, NJ – Masjidullah Plainfield's Resident Imam Khalil Aziz hosted a workshop on Oct. 21 to educate the community at large on domestic violence, and to engage in a deeper discussion about domestic violence and abuse in the Muslim community.

Domestic violence and abuse occurs in every community regardless of race, religion or ethnic background. Every nine seconds a woman is ...

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Kosher Food Isn't Boring

November 15, 2018

Just ask the more than 300 exhibitors at Kosherfest, the world's largest kosher-certified trade show held on Nov. 14 and 15 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.

Jackie Lieberman spoke with representatives from the leading innovators in the industry, including Manischewitz — a household name that's based right here in the Garden State. While ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, November 17, 9:00 AM

Emerson Community School, Plainfield

Emerson Theater Group 2nd Annual Pre-Holiday ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Sat, November 17, 7:00 PM

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield

The Gershwin Songbook with the Plainfield Symphony

Arts & Entertainment

Giving Back, Giving Strength

November 16, 2018

For more than 30 years, Union County residents have gained personal growth through community service as volunteers with the Union County Rape Crisis Center. New volunteers are welcome to join now and receive a free training course that qualifies them to serve with the Rape Crisis Center as confidential advocates for victims of sexual violence.

The Rape Crisis Center began in 1984 as a ...

Politics as Usual in Plainfield

November 8, 2018

Plainfield election is over, and it would appear that it will remain politics as usual.   The council remains one mind and the school board plods along with the incumbents.   Mayor Mapp's statement of, "....a failed experiment...."   (to have an alternative for a council seat) was puzzling.

I thank this candidate, as well as the independent ...

Off-Duty Flemington Cop Saves Choking Man

November 15, 2018

FLEMINGTON, N.J. – It happened when he was off-duty, and he only told a few people.

But there were witnesses in the restaurant, and one of them called TAPinto.

“I wasn’t looking for praise,” said Greg Zytko, a Flemington police officer.

What the officer was looking for was lunch with his family at Chick-fil-A in Phillipsburg around 1 p.m. Nov. 6.

As they were ...

Blood Drive at Plainfield High School / Plainfield High School Donación de Sangre

November 13, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - According to the American Red Cross, a decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel.  A blood drive will be held at Plainfield High School on Friday, Nov. 16 to help keep blood supplies strong.

The drive will take place in the North Building Bilingual Academy's second floor auditorium, ...

Rapps Pharmacy: Be Prepared for the Flu Season

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The flu season may not be in full swing yet, but don’t be caught off guard. Pharmacy experts at Rapps Pharmacy have important information to help you to prepare for the season.

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death.  The best way to prevent ...

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine, 2013)

Jodi Picoult is the Law and Order author of our times. She uses stories “ripped from the headlines” as seeds for her plotlines and, thus, presents readers with a framework in which to discuss important societal issues, such as school shootings, teen suicides, and organ transplants. Picoult’s writing is compelling, and many of ...

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena (Penguin, 2016)

 

For those readers who love thrillers, Shari Lapena’s The Couple Next Door, has the elements of a fine one. After all, stories about baby kidnappings are gripping as aficionados of the genre know. If the cops don’t get the stolen baby back within the first few hours of the kidnapping, chances are, the baby is dead ...

The Liberators

The Liberators: America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust by Michael Hirsh (Bantom Books, 2010)

 

“It was bad. It was very, very bad,” said Jay Dakelman, a medic with the 3rd Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He was describing to me the first moment that he stepped into a concentration camp, somewhere in Germany, during the final months of World War II. Jay ...

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Anchor Books, 2013)

 

Crazy Rich _________________. Fill in the blank with almost any ethnicity on the face of the earth, and the story will probably be similar from culture to culture. At the economic apex of every society one can expect to have the wealthiest, most self-indulgent, controlling people. When taken from that point of view, even though ...

The Race to Save the Romanovs

The Race to Save the Romanovs by Helen Rappaport (St. Martin’s Press, 2018)

On July 18, 1918, amidst the backdrop of the First World War and violent revolutions occurring within Russia, the entire Imperial Romanov family was executed while in captivity. As the 100th anniversary of the horrific murder of the Imperial Family approached in the summer of 2018, author Helen Rappaport felt ...

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin (Bantam, 2016)

 

Just a few months ago I published a Retro-Review of In Cold Blood, written by one of the greatest 20 century American authors, Truman Capote. For those of us who remember seeing the more than eccentric writer, who was chased by the demons of self-loathing his entire life, on late night television in the 1960s and 70s, ...

NeedQuest Hosts Thera-Palooza Special Needs Event for Families and Providers

November 13, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Thera-Palooza, a special needs therapy fair, was held here recently at the Hilton Garden Inn. 

“Thera-Palooza is an experiential event for families with loved ones with special needs,” said Leslie Crowe, the founder of NeedQuest, a local directory of special needs resources, and the organizer of Thera-Palooza. “At this event, we are bringing ...