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Assembly Speaker Coughlin Unveils Sweeping Bill Package Tackling NJ Hunger Crisis

September 24, 2018

Bills Discussed During Press Conference at Community FoodBank in Hillside; Legislation Aims to Help Over One Million Residents Facing Food Insecurity

TRENTON, NJ – Building on the promise to strengthen food security in New Jersey, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin Monday discussed the hunger gap faced by many families in the state while unveiling a comprehensive legislative bill plan ...

Planners Find South Avenue East “In Need of Redevelopment”

PLAINFIELD - Plainfield’s Planning Board agreed to declare a busy section of South Avenue “in need of redevelopment” Thursday, setting the stage for the governing body to order a redevelopment plan.

Dubbed South Avenue East, the nine lots at South Avenue’s Terrill Road border are currently occupied by several restaurants, a shopping center, and other businesses. Shawna ...

Second Street Youth Center Cuts Ribbon on New Facility in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Despite Wednesday's heat, a crowd gathered at Second Street Youth Center (SSYC), the innovative new early childhood education and community youth center featuring 14 state-of-the-art classrooms, a playground, and a 1,000 square foot aquaponic urban farm and agricultural education center, for its ribbon cutting ceremony.

SSYC is an anchor institution in ...

Plainfield Symphony Orchestra Opens 99th Season with “Passion and Poetry”

September 23, 2018

PASSION AND POETRY – STEVEN SCHESCHAREG, ADAM HERSKOWITZ AND OTHALIE GRAHAM, GUEST SOLOISTS 

Plainfield, NJ – The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey’s oldest community orchestra, will present “Passion and Poetry,” its 99th season opener, on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  Led by the orchestra's internationally acclaimed Music ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: September 24-30

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

It's the Easy Reader Book Club with Ms. J. in the Children's Room at the Plainfield Public Library.  At 3:30 p.m., 800 Park Ave.
An information session for a Cisco training program will be held at the Union ...

Union County's “Four Centuries in a Weekend,” Includes 3 Plainfield Sites

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Union County’s annual public heritage event, “Four Centuries in a Weekend: A Journey through Union County’s History,” will take place on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21 from noon to 5:00 p.m.  The tour includes three sites in Plainfield:  duCret School of Art, the Drake House Museum, and the Quaker Meetinghouse.

Sponsored ...

South Plainfield Police Search for Wells Fargo Bank Robber

September 17, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -  Authorities are searching for a man wanted in connection with a bank robbery in South Plainfield last week and have released an image of the suspect.

On Thursday, September 13th, at around 1:25 p.m. a man described as a black male approximately 5’7” tall weighing 150 lbs entered the Wells Fargo Bank located at 2325 Plainfield Ave.  He was dressed ...

Turn in Unwanted Guns for up to $250 Each

Union County residents with unwanted guns in their possession can turn them in for up to $250 each at either of two locations, in Elizabeth and Plainfield on Saturday, Oct. 27.  Anyone turning in a gun may do so anonymously.

“Gun buyback events have safely taken hundreds of guns off the streets and out of our homes and neighborhoods. Buybacks also help raise awareness about the risk ...

Pedestrian In Critical Condition After Being Struck on Route 22 Early Sunday; Plainfield Resident Charged

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – A 24-year-old Mountainside resident is in critical condition at University Medical Center in Newark after being struck by a vehicle while walking on Route 22 in the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 9.

Police gave the following account of the incident:

At about 1:09 a.m. Sunday, a 24-year-old Mountainside resident was walking along Route 22 East, near the ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: September 24-30

September 23, 2018

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

It's the Easy Reader Book Club with Ms. J. in the Children's Room at the Plainfield Public Library.  At 3:30 p.m., 800 Park Ave.
An information session for a Cisco training program will be held at the Union ...

Second Street Youth Center Cuts Ribbon on New Facility in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Despite Wednesday's heat, a crowd gathered at Second Street Youth Center (SSYC), the innovative new early childhood education and community youth center featuring 14 state-of-the-art classrooms, a playground, and a 1,000 square foot aquaponic urban farm and agricultural education center, for its ribbon cutting ceremony.

SSYC is an anchor institution in ...

Rutgers President Barchi Staying 2 More Years

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University President Robert Barchi has agreed to continue in that position for two more years, university officials said.

Members of the university board of governors asked him to remain at least two more years, and he agreed, officials said.

“Bob Barchi has been a remarkable leader for Rutgers,” board president Sandy Stewart said.  He said ...

In Westfield, Former NBA Star To Tell Story of Addiction, ‘Rebound’

September 24, 2018

Former NBA point guard Chris Herren struggled with addiction throughout his career, but has since recovered and is telling his story to audiences throughout the country.

Herren, who was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999, then traded to the Boston Celtics a year later, has made it his mission to educate youths on the dangers of substance abuse.

On Tuesday, he will do so in ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: September 24-30

September 23, 2018

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

It's the Easy Reader Book Club with Ms. J. in the Children's Room at the Plainfield Public Library.  At 3:30 p.m., 800 Park Ave.
An information session for a Cisco training program will be held at the Union ...

Register for 8th Annual Plainfield Queen City Historic 5K Walk/Run

PLAINFIELD - Lace up those sneakers, the 8th Annual Plainfield-Queen City Historic 5K Walk/Run for Life event is set for Saturday, Oct. 13, and registration is open. 

The USATF-sanctioned event kicks off at 8 a.m. at city hall.  The one-mile walk will start at 9 a.m., and the certified 5K walk/run will start at 9:30 a.m.  All walkers and runners are officially timed, and awards ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: September 17-23

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

Storytime with Ms. Rosa at 6 p.m. at the Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Ave.
Boys soccer:  a home game vs. Central HS-Newark, at 4 p.m. at Hub Stine.
Girls volleyball:  away at AL Johnson, 4 p.m.
Girls ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: September 24-30

September 23, 2018

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

It's the Easy Reader Book Club with Ms. J. in the Children's Room at the Plainfield Public Library.  At 3:30 p.m., 800 Park Ave.
An information session for a Cisco training program will be held at the Union ...

Planners Find South Avenue East “In Need of Redevelopment”

PLAINFIELD - Plainfield’s Planning Board agreed to declare a busy section of South Avenue “in need of redevelopment” Thursday, setting the stage for the governing body to order a redevelopment plan.

Dubbed South Avenue East, the nine lots at South Avenue’s Terrill Road border are currently occupied by several restaurants, a shopping center, and other businesses. Shawna ...

Plainfield ABC Board Suspends Three Liquor Establishments

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Alcoholic Beverage Control Board took disciplinary action at its meeting on Tuesday, suspending three liquor establishments for infractions.  It is the first time the board has taken such action since it was created by the city council in 2017.

Jersey Liquors, operating a bar at 440 Watchung Avenue, will have its license suspended for one day ...

September Starts Soup Season for the Fanwood Grille

September 21, 2018

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Having won the title of Best Soup in New Jersey from food website The Daily Meal, the Fanwood Grille has expanded the availability of its award-winning soups to the Scotch Plains Farmers Market this fall.

Among the soups that the eatery has sold at the market are its famed lobster bisque and New England clam chowder, the popular chicken noodle soup, and ...

Jazzy Vegetarian Reveals The Secret Of Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin spice, or pumpkin pie spice, is a combination of warm spices originally blended to create the spice blend for pumpkin pie. From time to time a “food journalist” will get their knickers in a twist and write ad nauseam about the final product not containing any pumpkin. ARGH! Keep in mind that spaghetti sauce does not contain any spaghetti and cake frosting does not contain any ...

MS-13 Member Admits to Killing Plainfield Man

September 18, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ - A Somerset County man has admitted to fatally shooting a 22 year-old Plainfield resident, Andres Chach, in 2011, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced on Tuesday.

Jose Romero-Aguirre, a.k.a. “Coñejo,” 32, a North Plainfield resident and member of the Plainfield Locos Salvatrucha (PLS) clique of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang, ...

What Is Public Question No. 1?

September 24, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Besides being able to vote for school board, City Council and other candidates, all those registered by Oct. 16 can have their say on one public question that benefits schools. The general election is Nov. 6.

Public Question No. 1 is called “Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act” and would allow the state to issue $500 million in bonds for purposes ...

Gilbert Out, Johnson Will Challenge Armady in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Two Plainfield residents, Brenda L. Gilbert and Ronald Johnson, Jr., had met the Sept. 4 deadline for Independent candidates to submit new nomination petitions to fill a vacancy for the general election.

But the County Clerk's office received a timely challenge to Gilbert’s petition, and on Wednesday confirmed that Gilbert will not appear on the ballot for the Nov. 6 ...

Plant Easy Care Daffodils Now for Added Spring Beauty

September 17, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Daffodils have a cheery presence in the spring garden and are a surefire way to chase away the winter blues. These fall-planted bulbs are also reliable perennials that require no maintenance and are not bothered by deer or other pests. The National Garden Bureau declared 2017 the Year of the Daffodil, and with the fall planting season right around the corner, now is the ...

Rutgers Profs study the Medical Use of Bear Drool

September 22, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It is not the easiest thing to get, and something the average person has never thought about, but scientists have found a medical value in, of all things, saliva from East Siberian brown bears.

Scientists from Rutgers, working with others in the field, have used bacterium from the wild animals to see if it inhibits harmful bacteria, according to study published online ...

Blink Fitness, a FEEL GOOD EXPERIENCE™ in Downtown Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Blink Fitness officially opened on Thursday in downtown Plainfield, located just above Supremo Supermarket on Front Street.  Filled with eager staff in blue shirts, the designated “mood lifters” welcomed guests and prospective members. According to Blink, "We believe that exercise isn’t about looking good, it’s also about how it makes you feel.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Denies Permit Application For NESE Pipeline Project, Citing “Deficiencies”

September 25, 2018

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection recently denied Transco/Williams, the permit application necessary for advancing the construction of the Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline project.

The Northeast Supply Enhancement project (NESE) is a fracked gas pipeline that would potentially run from Raritan Bay in New Jersey to a pipeline offshore ...

Colorful Vines and Groundcovers for the Fall Garden

Create a colorful and fragrant fall finale in your garden with groundcovers and vines. Blanket the earth with hardy groundcovers that add seasonal interest. Then direct your eye skyward with vines climbing on trellises, fences and arbors.

Add a cloud of fragrant beauty with the white flowers of sweet autumn clematis. This vigorous vine quickly covers arbors and trellises, providing a colorful ...

Planners Find South Avenue East “In Need of Redevelopment”

September 20, 2018

PLAINFIELD - Plainfield’s Planning Board agreed to declare a busy section of South Avenue “in need of redevelopment” Thursday, setting the stage for the governing body to order a redevelopment plan.

Dubbed South Avenue East, the nine lots at South Avenue’s Terrill Road border are currently occupied by several restaurants, a shopping center, and other businesses. Shawna ...

New Development Hearing for Plainfield's South Avenue

PLAINFIELD, NJ - As a 212-unit, $52 million project nears completion on South Avenue, the Plainfield Planning Board has set a hearing on possible redevelopment of nine nearby properties extending to the city’s Terrill Road border.

The Planning Board will consider the matter at its meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Ave. 

The properties ...

Holy Savior Homecoming Event September 22

September 18, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy (HAS), located at 149 South Plainfield Avenue, will hold its first Homecoming Community Event on Saturday, Sept. 22. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school parking lot and feature fun activities for the whole family. Alumni, along with members of the community and current students and their families, are invited to ...

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Upcoming Events

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Wed, September 26, 4:00 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

"I Can" Storytime with Ms. T.

Arts & Entertainment

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Wed, September 26, 6:00 PM

duCret School of Art, Plainfield

Seminar for New Entrepreneurs

Business & Finance

Union County College Has Three Students Named 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise

September 24, 2018

CRANFORD – Union County College students Isabel Castillo of Elizabeth, David Valle of Linden, and Brandan Williams of Plainfield, have each been named as Phi Theta Kappa 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars and will each receive $1,000 scholarships.

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) members offset educational expenses while ...

What Is Public Question No. 1?

September 24, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Besides being able to vote for school board, City Council and other candidates, all those registered by Oct. 16 can have their say on one public question that benefits schools. The general election is Nov. 6.

Public Question No. 1 is called “Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act” and would allow the state to issue $500 million in bonds for purposes ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: September 24-30

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

It's the Easy Reader Book Club with Ms. J. in the Children's Room at the Plainfield Public Library.  At 3:30 p.m., 800 Park Ave.
An information session for a Cisco training program will be held at the Union ...

Featured Business: PNC Bank's Virtual Wallet® Program available at Plainfield Branches

PNC Bank, conveniently located in downtown Plainfield on Front Street, and on South Avenue near the Netherwood train station, offers both consumer and retail banking services to its customers.

PNC is ranked 9th on the list of largest banks in the United States by assets. It is the 5th largest bank by number of branches, 6th largest by deposits, and 4th largest in number of ATMs, and ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Anna Sandler and Fred Smith of TAPinto SOMA

This issue of TAPinto Featured Franchisee highlights TAPinto South Orange and Maplewood with the site's owner Fred Smith and lead editor Anna Sandler. Check out the interview to find out how owning and operating a TAPinto site came at the most opportune time for these NJ residents.
 
Q. When did you join TAPinto.net?
I first joined TAPinto in 2014 as a sales and ...

‘Buried Child’ draws on chilling family secrets via Shepard

‘Buried Child’ draws on chilling family secrets via Shepard

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – The dysfunctional family, with its dark, disturbing secrets, is at the heart of Sam Shepard’s “Buried Child.”  The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents a taut, insightful production, under the direction of Paul Mullin.

The actors live in their roles as ...

'Age of Innocence' captures Wharton's 1870s New York

‘Age of Innocence’ captures Wharton’s 1870’s New York

By LIZ KEILL

PRINCETON, NJ – Leave it to author Edith Wharton to decode the lives of staid, wealthy New Yorkers as she does so hauntingly in her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “The Age of Innocence.”

Douglas McGrath adapted the novel for a stirring, 95-minute production at the McCarter Theatre ...

'Brick City' takes on high school angst

‘Brick City’ takes journey through high school angst

By LIZ KEILL

UNION, NJ – Premiere Stages at Kean University presents a new play by Nicole Pandolfo. “Brick City” is an exploration of two seniors in high school and their search for meaningful lives, while their teacher/mentor, Veronica, is also turning her life around.

There are a number of loose ends in ...

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, ...

The Clean 20 by Ian K. Smith, M.D.

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 ...

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham (Dell, 2018)

Three law students, Todd Lucero, Mark Frazier, and Zola Maal, are about to start their final semester of the not so prestigious Foggy Bottom Law School in Washington, D.C. However, the shocking suicide of their friend, Gordy, who has been driven to a very dark place by discoveries that he has uncovered during an investigation of Foggy Bottom, leads ...

Gods of Wood and Stone by Mark Dionno

Gods of Wood and Stone by Mark Dionno (Touchstone, 2018)

 

The two protagonists of Mark Dionno’s brilliant first novel are as different as two men could be in most facets of their lives. Joe Grudeck is a recently retired pro-baseball player, on his way to the Hall of Fame; Horace Mueller is a blacksmith who works at a village which re-enacts life in 19th century America. However, ...

The Outsider by Stephen King

The Outsider by Stephen King (Scribner’s, 2018)

He’s the Boogeyman who hides under your bed or in your closet when you are a child. Sometimes he lurks in the dark attic of your home, so it’s a place that you avoid at night. He is Big Foot who skulks the woods in Alaska, or he is Grendl, brought to his demise by Beowulf. He is the Golum, a monster in Jewish lore. He is the ...

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffen

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffen (Ballentine Books, 2018)

How much is “too much” to give our children when raising them today? When we buy them the latest pair of sneakers, a cell phone when they are ten years old, or give them an expensive car when they turn seventeen, what are we teaching them about the value of having to work for something they think that they want so that ...

World-Class Vocal Groups Mentor Young Singers at Jersey Harmony Explosion

September 22, 2018

WEST CALDWELL, NJ - This year's Jersey Harmony Explosion, a festival where professional acapella and barbershop performers bring their talents and expertise to aspiring singers, was hosted at James Caldwell High School in West Caldwell, NJ.

"I loved hearing all the barbershop quartets sing for us. I found that was completely inspiring," said Christina Freeman, a participant ...