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The Week Ahead in Plainfield: January 21-27

January 20, 2019

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 and the Plainfield Public School district will be closed.
The Plainfield Area Club of Frontiers International invites the public to its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast ...

Union County Offers Assistance Guide For Federal Workers Affected by Shutdown

County also announces drop off sites for diapers and feminine hygiene products; residents encouraged to make financial contributions to Community Food Bank of NJ

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced on Friday an online assistance guide for Federal employees who are experiencing hardship due to the prolonged government shutdown.

The guide can be accessed at ...

Plainfield's Planning Board Reorganizes for 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield's Planning Board held its first meeting of 2019, and reinstalled Ron Scott Bey as Board Chairman.  Horace Baldwin will serve as Vice Chair.

There was only one application on Thursday's agenda, and the applicant, Anthony Flagg II, did not appear.  Flagg is seeking an amended subdivision approval at 301-303 Hillcrest Ave.  In December the board ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: January 21-27

January 20, 2019

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 and the Plainfield Public School district will be closed.
The Plainfield Area Club of Frontiers International invites the public to its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast ...

Plainfield's Drake House Museum Closed on Jan. 20 Due to Inclement Weather

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Historical Society of Plainfield's Drake House Museum will be closed on Sunday, Jan. 20. due to inclement weather.

It was at the Drake House that George Washington consulted with his officers during and after the Battle of Short Hills that was fought across the entire Plainfield area.  Be sure to make plans to visit at a later date.

The Drake House Museum is ...

Rutgers Student Turns Microorganisms Into Works of Art

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A doctoral student in ecology and evolution is turning microorganisms into art, and her hobby into a powerful tool for genomics studies at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Julia Van Etten’s Couch Microscopy Instagram page has attracted close to 18,000 followers in a year and a half, thanks to her breathtakingly detailed videos and photos of diatoms, algae, ...

North Plainfield Police Department to be Assessed by NJLEAC

January 15, 2019

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Police Chief William G. Parenti announced on Monday that a team of assessors from the New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission “NJLEAC” will arrive in the Borough of North Plainfield on Sunday, Jan. 20. 

The assessors will re-examine all components of the Police Department’s policies, procedures, management, operations, and support ...

Authorities Investigating Serious Crash on Route 22 in North Plainfield, Seek Public’s Help

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Authorities are investigating a three-vehicle crash on Route 22 on Saturday morning and are requesting the public’s help.

Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to the area of Route 22 East and West End Avenue, North Plainfield, New Jersey to assist the North Plainfield Police Department in investigating a ...

South Plainfield Police Search for Suspects in Krauszers Burglary

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Police are asking for the public’s help in capturing two male suspects in the burglary of Krauszers located at 488 Oak Tree Road. According to the police, at approximately 11:00pm on January 8, 2019 two male suspects forced entry into the Bollywood Dance Studio and then cut through the wall to enter Krauszers. The operation took over three ...

Plainfield's Special Education Parent Advisory Group to Hold Open House

January 20, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Public Schools Special Education Parent Advisory Group (PPS-SEPAG) will hold an open house for parents, providing an opportunity to network and learn more about how to become an advocate for their children.

Michelle Parello, Parent Advocate, is coordinating the event. 

"We would love for our special needs families whose children are attending school ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: January 21-27

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 and the Plainfield Public School district will be closed.
The Plainfield Area Club of Frontiers International invites the public to its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast ...

Plainfield’s PAAAS Robotics Team Places during Finals at Liberty Science Center Qualifier

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Plainfield Academy for the Arts and Advanced Studies' Robotics Team, The Deceptibots, attended the First Tech Challenge Qualifier at the Liberty Science Center on Saturday, Jan. 12.  As the only robot to use a servo motor to optimize precision, the team's robot was able to perform consistently well during the qualifying matches -- ranking #1 out of 24 ...

In Memoriam: Clarissa Leigh Lyons, SPFHS Grad

January 20, 2019

Clarissa Leigh Lyons, age 28, passed away on Saturday morning Jan. 19, 2019 at her home in Ocean, NJ. 

 

Clarissa was born in Annapolis, MD, and lived in Bowie, MD. She later moved to Scotch Plains, where she graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from the University of the Sciences in ...

Plainfield Y.E.S. League Teams Compete at Basketball Hall of Fame Tournament

January 20, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, MA - The Plainfield Youth Empowerment for Success (Y.E.S.) basketball league took three travel teams this weekend to Springfield, MA to compete in the 10th annual Eastbay Presents Jr. HoopHall Championships, and two of the three teams won titles.

Micah Gordon, son of Plainfield Varsity Coach Mike Gordon, went 2 for 2 with titles after playing with his rightful age group for ...

Boys Basketball: Union Catholic Tops Plainfield, 78-64

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Cardinals (6-6) fell to Union Catholic (9-2) at home on Thursday evening, 78-64.

Tyejuan Taylor scored a team-high 19 points, and Jamarques Lawrence added 13 more for Plainfield

Joshua Cordoba, who scored 8 points, had 14 rebounds; Taylor pulled down 7 rebounds.

The Cardinals will play at Franklin High School on Saturday at 1 ...

Girls Basketball: Plainfield Routs Rahway 51-13

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Cardinals easily defeated the Rahway Indians at home on Saturday. 

Natasha Dirati-Onyango had a game high 17 points, and 20 rebounds.  J’Daah Wyatt-Doyle contributed 15 points to the win.

Uloma Nwaka had 6 points for Rahway, and Anissa Crumpton added 4 more.

The Cardinals play at New Providence on Monday at 7 ...

Plainfield Recycling Changes Dominate PMUA Board Meeting

January 10, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority commissioners assembled on Thursday for the first committee meeting of the new year.  One of the topics discussed was the recently implemented dual-stream system for collecting recyclable items, now in its second week.

The first collection of plastics and bottles occurred on Jan. 2, and according to Executive Director Eric ...

Perdue Chicken Nuggets Recalled

January 19, 2019

Qunicy, MA – Stop & Shop has announced a recall by Perdue Foods, LLC of approximately 68,244 pounds of ready to eat chicken nugget products.  The action comes after three people filed complaints of finding wood in the food according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

The nuggets were produced on October 25, 2018: 22 oz plastic bag packages of frozen ...

Union County Offers Assistance Guide For Federal Workers Affected by Shutdown

January 18, 2019

County also announces drop off sites for diapers and feminine hygiene products; residents encouraged to make financial contributions to Community Food Bank of NJ

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced on Friday an online assistance guide for Federal employees who are experiencing hardship due to the prolonged government shutdown.

The guide can be accessed at ...

Plainfield to Hold Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance Events

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Take a look at some upcoming events in Plainfield that will honor and remember the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, Plainfield's Omicron Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity will hold its annual family-friendly event at Hubbard Middle School, 661 West 8th Street, from 1 to 3 p.m.  This year's theme is "Humanity Tied Up ...

Plainfields' Unico Announces Italian-American Monthly Movie Series At South Plainfield Public Library

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ---The Plainfields’ Chapter of UNICO today announced that it will be sponsoring a monthly series of Italian and Italian-American movies to be shown—free to the public—at the South Plainfield Library.

The first movie, "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" featuring Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren (1963) will be shown at the South Plainfield ...

NJ Supreme Court Dismisses More Than 780K Minor Municipal Court Warrants

January 17, 2019

TRENTON, NJ— If you have an outstanding arrest warrant for a municipal court case issued before 2003, your case may have been dismissed.

The New Jersey Supreme Court today dismissed over 780,000 minor municipal court warrants that have gone unresolved for 15 years or more. One of the cases dismissed dates back to 1976.

The order comes after a report by a three-judge panel recommended ...

Three Sentenced for Plainfield Killing of Jose Disla-Cordero

Three people who stood trial and were convicted for their roles in the fatal shooting of a Plainfield man in his home a little more than five years ago have been sentenced to a combined total of 140 years in state prison, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Friday.

Alejandro Lopez, 30, Mayrenid Hidalgo-Bautista, 31, and Rodney Rosario, 33, were sentenced Friday morning ...

New Party Primary Nominating Petitions

January 9, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield's Municipal Clerk, Abubakar “AJ” Jalloh, provided information from Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi on Wednesday that nominating petitions must include a candidate's email address.

Senate Bill No. 1974, adopted in July of 2018, requires that nominating petitions must now contain a functioning email address for each candidate. Jalloh said ...

Union County Clerk Launches “I Voted” Art Contest for Students in Grades 5-12

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi is pleased to announce the launch of the first annual Union County Clerk “I Voted” Sticker Design Art Contest for students in grades 5-12. All Union County students in public, private and home schools are invited to participate.

“The tremendous outpouring of interest in the 2018 midterm election cycle demonstrates that today’s voters ...

How to Brighten Your Home with Houseplants that Bloom

January 15, 2019

Brighten your indoor décor with plants that bloom. Whether growing traditional favorites, flowering tropical plants, or annuals moved inside for winter; their colorful flowers are sure to elicit smiles and months of enjoyment. Just provide the right growing conditions and sufficient light and you will be enjoying months of indoor color.

You may have enjoyed an initial burst of color ...

Houseplants 101

Lift your spirits and improve your indoor environment by taking part in the indoor gardening movement. An apartment or home filled with tropical, succulent and flowering plants can provide beauty, extend your garden season, improve air quality and create a peaceful environment to de-stress.

Though some may find indoor gardening a bit intimidating, don’t let past failures or the thought ...

Plainfield's Special Education Parent Advisory Group to Hold Open House

January 20, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Public Schools Special Education Parent Advisory Group (PPS-SEPAG) will hold an open house for parents, providing an opportunity to network and learn more about how to become an advocate for their children.

Michelle Parello, Parent Advocate, is coordinating the event. 

"We would love for our special needs families whose children are attending school ...

Plainfield Rescue Squad Teaches Local Youth Hands-Only CPR

PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Saturday members of the Plainfield Rescue Squad visited Masonic Stone Square Lodge #38, established in 1887 to dispense charity, promote family values and endeavor to significantly aid in the uplifting of humanity, to teach local youth and lodge elders Hands-Only CPR. 

Timothy Lowe, Sr., Sue Kessen, and Thalia Mercado of the Plainfield Rescue Squad, along with ...

Help is On the Way: Hackensack Meridian Health Steps Up for Furloughed Federal Employees and their Families

Hackensack Meridian Health Waives Co-Pays and Deductibles for Emergency Care for Furloughed Federal Employees and Families

EDISON, NJ ― In a meaningful stance to ease financial worry for thousands of area residents, Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest health network, announced today that it will waive co-pays and deductibles for emergency visits at all network hospitals and ...

Look Up: Total Eclipse of Supermoon Visible Tonight

January 20, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ – Sunday night, January 20 at approximately 11:41 p.m. a total eclipse of the moon will be visible, weather permitting.  Because the moon will nearly be in perigee, or the closest to the earth in its orbit, it will be a “supermoon.”

According to Spaceweather.com, in perigee the moon appears nearly eight percent wider than the average full moon.  ...

NJ Law Banning Smoking at Public Beaches and Parks starts Today

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation signed last summer prohibiting smoking at public beaches and parks in New Jersey goes into effect today. The bill, S-2534, updates the “New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act of 2006.”

According to the American Lung Association, more than 480,000 people die from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, making it the leading cause of preventable death ...

Plainfield Recycling Changes Dominate PMUA Board Meeting

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority commissioners assembled on Thursday for the first committee meeting of the new year.  One of the topics discussed was the recently implemented dual-stream system for collecting recyclable items, now in its second week.

The first collection of plastics and bottles occurred on Jan. 2, and according to Executive Director Eric ...

Plainfield to Hold Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance Events

January 16, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Take a look at some upcoming events in Plainfield that will honor and remember the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, Plainfield's Omicron Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity will hold its annual family-friendly event at Hubbard Middle School, 661 West 8th Street, from 1 to 3 p.m.  This year's theme is "Humanity Tied Up ...

MLK Remembrance Service at Plainfield's Rose of Sharon Church

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Greater Central Jersey Clergy Association invites the public to attend a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance event.

The annual worship service will be held on Sunday, Jan. 20 at Rose of Sharon Community Church, and will begin at 4:30 p.m.  The host Pastor is Bishop Laverne M. Ball.

The guest speaker will be Pastor Reginald McCray of Plainfield's Mt. Zion AME ...

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Family-Friendly Chocolate Festival Coming to New Jersey Jan. 27

January 19, 2019

Attention chocoholics: The Chocolate Expo is coming to the Garden State Plaza in Paramaus, NJ, on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Now in its 11th year, organizers claim that it’s America’s largest chocolate festival.

Local, regional and international vendors at the expo will offer tastings and sales of gourmet chocolates, baked goods, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Attend Teen Health Seminar

January 19, 2019

EDISON, NJ -- Students from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison attended a Teen Health Seminar at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. The overall goal of this very important program is to educate the students about health issues and hospital career choices.  

The first half of the program encompassed a series of lectures by physicians, nurses, and ...

Garden State Film Festival Accepts 'One Last Cup', A Short Film by Busy Local Filmaker Christopher Boncimino

January 14, 2019

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ - If he filmed an autobiography, Filmmaker Christopher Boncimino's might be titled "A Busy Man". His Short Film 'One Last Cup' was just accepted by the Garden State Film Festival. In addition, this Filmmaking student is part of the next generation of sci-fi programming with "Arthur Futuro". It is quite a story.

Christopher Boncimino is a ...

Plainfield: Aprende más sobre nuevo Woodland escuela primaria

January 12, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Un evento de apertura al público a cargo de la Autoridad de Desarrollo de
las Escuelas del Estado de Nueva Jersey para informar a la comunidad sobre la nueva escuela
primaria Woodland. La escuela será construida en la esquina de la East 7th St. y la Central St.
con una extensión de 13,28 acres que es de propiedad del Distrito Escolar de Plainfield.

Los ...

Featured Business: Storm's Automotive

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Having car troubles, or just in the market for a new mechanic?  Keep it local and get to know Storm’s Automotive, located right here in the Queen City.

Anthony Smith, owner of Storm’s Automotive, opened his business in 2014 in his backyard, and later located it at 230 E. 3rd Street in Plainfield.  When asked why Plainfield, Smith responded that it is his ...

Tony's Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Tony’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani (Harper and Collins, 2018)

When I was a teenager, dancing in my room to “Dancin’ Machine” by the Jackson Five or “Jungle Boogie” by Kool and the Gang, my father would, on occasion, poke his head into my room and query, “What are you listening to?” I knew that I was in for “the lecture,” how young people ...

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming by Michelle Obama (Crown Publishers, 2018)

Becoming by former First Lady, Michelle Obama, is an autobiography that exudes the grace of a woman who exemplifies everything that a female can aspire to become in today’s world. Throughout the book, Obama follows the theme that she sets out in the early chapters; the theme of “becoming.”

The chapters are organized into ...

The Clean 20

The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation  by Ian K. Smith, M.D. (St. Martin’s Press, 2018)

 

Dr. Ian K. Smith has written a delightful and easy to digest new book, The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation. Unlike many diet books that are mired in technical language that become not only a bore but a chore to read, Smith’s writing style is not ...

Who Knew? 10,001 Household Solutions by Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Who Knew? 10,001 Household Solutions by Bruce and Jeanne Lubin (Castle Point Books, 2018)

 

“What’s this book?” my friend, Linda, asked me picking up my new copy of Who Knew? 10,001 Household Solutions by husband and wife writing team,  Bruce and Jeanne Lubin.

Linda was paging through the volume already and commenting on how interesting and helpful the book ...

All the Stars in the Heavens

All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani (Harper, 2015)

 

When I was a little girl, before there was colored television, sometimes I would watch a show where a beautiful, mature lady would enter a room through French doors, and greet her tv audience. The woman wore spectacular gowns that clung to her  curvy shape and sported big satin bows in the back. Her cheeks were like ...

The Real Lolita: the Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman (Harper Collins, 2018)

Who would have thought that the “nymphet” of Humbert Humbert’s perverted fantasies in the famous Vladimir Nabokov novel, Lolita, published in the United States in 1958, was influenced greatly by an infamous kidnapping case that took place in Camden, ...

Toxic Stress Causes Lifelong Adverse Effects on New Jersey’s Youngest and Most Vulnerable Children

January 11, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- Dr. Arturo Brito was recently a guest on Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato, where he discussed the effects of toxic stressors on children from the ages zero to three, and how New Jersey lawmakers are helping to combat this critical issue.

Toxic stressors, explained Dr. Brito, are those stressors that can be persistent, chronic and severe. Infants and young children exposed to ...