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Plainfield Residents Make University of Rhode Island Dean's List

January 31, 2023

KINGSTON, RI — The University of Rhode Island announced its Fall 2022 Dean's List, and it includes residents from Plainfield.

Lucia Furfaro-Rodriguez and Ben Rosen have fulfilled the requirements to be included on the Dean's List:

Full-time students who have completed 12 or more credits for letter grades which are GPA applicable during a semester and achieved at least a 3.30 ...

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

ATLANTA, GA — Plainfield's Jasmine Simmons was named to the President's List for the Fall 2022 semester at Georgia State University, an enterprising urban public research university and national leader in graduating students from widely diverse backgrounds.

To be eligible for the President's List, degree-seeking students must have earned a GPA of at least 4.0 for a minimum of ...

Plainfield Residents Named to Fall 2022 Deans List at The University of Scranton

SCRANTON, PA - Plainfield siblings were among more than 1,600 students named to The University of Scranton's Dean's List for the 2022 fall semester.

The Dean's List recognizes students for academic excellence. A student must have a grade point average of 3.5 or better with a minimum number of credit hours during the semester to make the Dean's List. The list includes ...

Plainfield Road Pattern Change at East 5th Street Coming

February 3, 2023

PLAINFIELD, NJ — An advisory was issued by the Plainfield Police Department to alert residents about a changing road pattern on East 5th Street between Roosevelt and Watchung avenues.

Effective February 13, East 5th Street will change from a one-way street to a two-way street.

 

Friday, Feb. 3: Road Closures in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Police Department advises residents on the following road closures around town for Friday, Feb. 3. It is suggested residents plan alternate routes, and expect delays in these areas.

Hillcrest Ave. from East 3rd St. to George St. 7 AM — 3 PM
Leland Ave. from East Front St. to North Plainfield border 7 AM — 4 PM
Carlisle Terr. from ...

Thursday, Feb. 2: Road Closures in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Police Department advises residents on the following road closures around town for Thursday, Feb. 2. It is suggested residents plan alternate routes, and expect delays in these areas.

George St. from Hillcrest Ave. to Harvey Pl. 7 AM — 3 PM
10 block Leland Ave. to North Plainfield border 7 AM — 3 PM
Carlisle Terr. at East 2nd St. 7 ...

Gov. Murphy: Over $38 Million Awarded through Lead Remediation and Abatement Grant Program

February 2, 2023

MARLTON, NJ — Governor Murphy and Lieutenant Governor Oliver announced Wednesday the award of more than $38 million in funding to nonprofits and local governments across New Jersey through the Lead Remediation and Abatement Grant Program. Plainfield, one of 20 agencies to receive the funds, has been awarded $1.6 million; the council voted at its Jan. 23 meeting to accept the grant to ...

When are Plainfield Historic Preservation Commission Meetings Held in 2023?

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Members of the Historic Preservation Commission held their reorganization at the Plainfield Performing Arts Center Tuesday where they voted for Lawrence Quirk to act as chairman of the HPC in 2023, while William Michelson will assume the vice chair position.

The board also finalized its 2023 calendar; members will convene at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month ...

When are Plainfield Zoning Board Meetings Held in 2023?

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Members of the Zoning Board of Adjustment held their reorganization at the Plainfield Performing Arts Center Wednesday where members voted to reinstall Alejandro Ruiz as chairman. Nancy Jordan was selected to act as vice chair, replacing Robert Graham, who is now a councilperson representing the First Ward.

The board also finalized its 2023 calendar; members will convene ...

Rutgers Gives Pikiell a One-Year Extension. How Does it Affect His Retention Bonuses?

February 4, 2023

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers men’s basketball coach Steve Pikiell has received an additional one-year extension on top of the one he signed a year ago.

This will keep Pikiell at Rutgers through the 2030-31 season, when he will be paid $4.25 million. Thursday’s announcement brings the total contract extension terms he agreed to last year to $30.8 million over the next ...

Plainfield QTN News Student Writer Sums Up Senior Night

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield QTN News Student Writer Tania Alvarado provides her view of Senior Night on January 30, which highlighted the Cardinal senior athletes who have competed in swimming, basketball and cheerleading.

Alvarado also summed up the competition between the Cardinals and Piscataway, the basketball game that included a packed gym filled with passionate fans.

Here's ...

Boys Basketball: Elizabeth Defeats Plainfield 60-36

ELIZABETH, NJ — Elizabeth notched a home game win against Plainfield Wednesday, with the Cardinals falling to the Minutemen 60-36.

The first quarter saw the teams running neck and neck, but the Cardinals headed into halftime behind by 20 points, and they couldn't recover in the second half.

Kanye Brown scored 16 points for the Cardinals, adding 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal.

Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Additional Batch of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 Issued

January 31, 2023

SHELTON, CT — Edgewell Personal Care Company announced Jan. 27 it has expanded its voluntary nationwide recall of three batches of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 to the consumer level outlined in the table below. One additional batch has been added to the original recall announced on July 29, 2022.

A review found some samples of the product contained trace levels of ...

February 1 Begins American Heart Month

NATIONAL — Each year more than 600,000 Americans die from heart disease. The number one cause of deaths for most groups, heart disease affects all ages, genders, and ethnicities. Risk factors include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, and excessive alcohol use.

In 2004, the American Heart Association launched Go Red for Women with the goal of raising awareness and ...

Open Enrollment for "Get Covered New Jersey" Ends Jan 31

TRENTON — New Jersey residents shopping for 2023 health coverage through Get Covered New Jersey can now start purchasing plans announced Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance Commissioner Marlene Caride. Open enrollment ends January 31, 2023.

Open Enrollment is on the state’s Official Health Insurance Marketplace, Get Covered New ...

The duCret Center of Art: Summer Camp Registration for Kids and Teens

January 25, 2023

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The duCret Center of Art is excited to announce Summer 2023 camp for Kids and Teens this July. The camp will offer a wide range of art classes and activities for children and teens ages 8-16 to explore their creativity and develop their artistic skills.

The camp will be led by experienced instructors who will guide the campers through various projects, from drawing and ...

Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Play Theater Presents 'Damn Yankees'

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD / PLAINFIELD, NJ — Since 2013, Play Theater has provided classes, workshops, performance opportunities, and theatrical productions, primarily for kids from Scotch Plains and Fanwood.

In its 10th Anniversary season, Play Theater presents its winter musical, Damn Yankees, on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 28th at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. in its new home at the ...

Enjoy "All That Jazz" at the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra's Annual Free Family Concert

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra, in the midst of its 103rd season, presents its annual free family concert, "All That Jazz," on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. It will feature a first-time collaboration with young musicians from the Plainfield Academy for the Arts and Advanced Studies (PAAAS) and their director, Gregory O. Williams. Maestro Charles Prince will lead ...

Westfield’s Chinese Community Celebrates Lunar New Year with Magic, Dance

January 29, 2023

GARWOOD, NJ — Magic, dance, food and drink where the highlights of a Lunar New Year Celebration hosted by the Westfield Area Chinese American Association Saturday night.

The event at the Westwood in Garwood celebrating the Year of the Rabbit marked the first time since the pandemic community members gathered in person for the annual Lunar New Year celebration.

The festival bridged ...

Queen City Pop-Up Shop Entrepreneurs Showcase their Businesses at 'from HERE'

January 27, 2023

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Thursday's Queen City Pop-Up Shop featured small business owners who are participating in the Plainfield-based accelerator program at 'from HERE.' It's the first of three such events to shine a spotlight on entrepreneurs who focus on safety, literacy, coding, content creation and branding, and so much more. The pop-up shops are sponsored by The Plainfield ...

New Jersey Is 2023's 2nd Worst State to Retire: Study

NEW JERSEY — In addition to figuring out when to retire, a good question to ask is where. Finding the best states to retire can be difficult without doing lots of research. Even in the most affordable areas of the U.S., most retirees cannot rely on Social Security or pension checks alone to cover all of their living expenses.

Personal finance site WalletHub released a study ranking the ...

Jessica's Cafe in Plainfield Makes Yelp's 2023 Top 100 U.S. Restaurants List

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield’s very own Jessica’s Café made Yelp's Top 100 Restaurants 2023, ranked 40 out of the top 100 dining spots across the country. This year's list is the 10th anniversary of rating the most popular restaurants according to Yelp users.

Jessica’s provides its guests with authentic wood-fired pizzas, and a rotating menu utilizing ...

Allergy Alert Issued for Three Cases of Back to Nature® Fudge Mint Cookies

February 2, 2023

Three cases of Back to nature Fudge Mint Cookies have been voluntarily recalled, announced B & G Foods. The recall was initiated after the company was notified that an ingredient supplied by a third party ingredient supplier was contaminated with peanut, an allergen not declared on the cookie box label.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanut run the risk of serious or ...

Alergy Recall: Drizzilicious Mini Rice Cakes and Drizzled Popcorn Recalled

Several batches of Drizzilicious branded mini rice cake bites, and drizzled popcorn products have been recalled due to undeclared peanut residue, announced Snack Innovations Inc of Piscataway.  The recall is voluntary and was initiated by one of the company's ingredient suppliers after they discovered undeclared peanut residue in one of the sub-ingredients used in the process of making ...

SkinnyDipped® Issues Allergy Alert on Limited Number of Dark Chocolate Nut Products

SkinnyDipped® is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of SkinnyDipped® Dark Chocolate Cocoa Almond 3.5oz and SkinnyDipped® Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Cashew 3.5oz due to an undeclared peanut allergen in an ingredient from a raw material supplier. The products were sold at Target, Amazon, Whole Foods, Walmart, Thrive Market, Safeway and Albertsons.

People who have an allergy ...

Operation Warm Provides Free Coats for Children at Plainfield's Barlow Elementary School

January 25, 2023

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Students at Barlow Elementary School in Plainfield were surprised Tuesday as representatives from Operation Warm distributed free coats to first-, second- and third-graders at the school. The children were treated to high quality coats manufactured by the non-profit organization.

One by one, the children approached tables set up with colorful coats. Volunteer teachers, ...

Central Jersey Lawmaker Helped Plant The Seed to Grow Farmers' Revenue

February 3, 2023

TRENTON, NJ — It took more than a year to germinate, but a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Roy Freiman (Somerset, Middlesex, Mercer, Hunterdon) and Ray Mukherji (Hudson) has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy that will allow commercial farms to host special occasion events like weddings, lifetime milestone celebrations, and other social or cultural events on preserved farmland.

State ...

Testing Leftover Seeds for Viability For Your 2023 Plainfield Garden

February 3, 2023

NUTLEY, NJ - The beginning of a new year finds many gardeners preparing for the growing season ahead. Clearing space to start seeds indoors, inventorying seeds and supplies, and ordering seeds, plants, and more are usually part of the process.

While organizing, you may uncover seeds from past seasons. Do not discard these just yet. When seeds are stored properly, many can last from one to five ...

Grow Tasty and Nutritious Leafy Greens Indoors

Boost the flavor and nutritional value of winter meals by growing a container of greens indoors. Plant, tend and harvest greens for garden-fresh flavor now and throughout the year.

Green leafy vegetables are healthy sources of carbohydrates, typically rich in fiber and nutrients, while also being low in fat and calories. Many of these vegetables can help reduce the risk of stroke, anemia, high ...

Essex Edwina Predicts Six More Weeks of Cold Weather and the Eagles Winning the Super Bowl

February 2, 2023

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that Essex Edwina, Essex County Turtle Back Zoo’s resident groundhog, saw her shadow and is predicting another six weeks of colder weather. Essex Edwina made her prediction during Turtle Back’s annual Groundhog Day Celebration.

With the County Executive at the announcement are Turtle Back Zoo Animal ...

Second Egg Spotted in Duke Farms Eagle Nest Jan. 23

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — Mother Nature has delivered again, with the second Bald Eagle egg of 2023 spotted in the nest at Duke Farms mid-afternoon on Monday at 3:05 p.m.

The first egg was seen early Saturday morning, Jan. 21.

A pair of nesting American Bald Eagles returned to their nest atop an 80-foot Sycamore tree at Duke Farms earlier this year, poised to continue a ritual witnessed ...

$1.1 Million for Upgrades Coming to Wildwood Boardwalk

February 3, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.1 million grant to the city of North Wildwood, New Jersey, for reconstruction of three blocks of boardwalk space., announced U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.

“We thank the U.S. Department of Commerce and our congressional delegation for their continued commitment to New ...

Under New Law, E-ZPass Will Now Have to Check Customer Accounts Prior to Issuing Violations

February 4, 2023

NEW JERSEY — A new law (S-646/A-823) signed by Governor Murphy on February 2, will now require the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and South Jersey Transportation Authority to check the E-ZPass database before sending a violation notice in the mail. 

Under the new law, motorists traveling on the NJ Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway and the Atlantic City Expressway won't be ...

Bill That Would Force Telemarketers to Explain Why They're Calling in 30 Seconds Advances in Trenton

TRENTON, NJ — A bill that would require telemarketers to identify themselves and what they're trying to sell in the first 30 seconds of the call has advanced in Trenton.

“New Jerseyans should know who they’re talking to on the phone and what’s being sold to them by telemarketers,” Sen. Jon Bramnick (R - District 21), one of the primary sponsors of the ...

Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs in New Jersey Receive $10 Million Federal Grant

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs (NJHVIPs) received a big boost on Friday, in the form of $10 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds.

The programs launched three years ago using federal money with the mission of ending cycles of violence across the state by helping victims and their families.

“These innovative violence ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Musicians Qualify for All-Region Band

On Saturday, January 28, several Middle School students from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison auditioned for the CJMEA Intermediate Region Music Ensembles at Community Middle School in Plainsboro, NJ. Eighth-grader Anushka Patchigolla of Edison was accepted into Symphonic Band on clarinet, seventh-grader Angel Lu of Westfield was accepted into Symphonic Band on trombone, eighth-grader ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Making an Impact in Plainfield

The Upper School’s Plainfield outreach programs are going strong and growing at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison. The afterschool programs at Barlow Elementary and Jefferson School run Mondays through Thursdays from 2:45-4 p.m. W+H students work with students in the after school programs on homework and skills support. Current participants include Sreeprada Arumilli of Edison, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Selected to All-State Band

Luke Tan of Edison and Sophia Fontaine of Somerville, students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, who earned the opportunity to perform with the New Jersey All-State Band. The W+H students auditioned for the All-State High School Bands and Orchestra at J.P. Stevens High School in Edison on Jan. 21. 

Sophia was accepted into the Wind Ensemble on euphonium and Luke was accepted into ...

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Wed, February 08
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Monumental: Oscar Dunn & His Radical ...

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Sat, February 11
10:00 AM — 03:00 PM

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For the Culture Health & Resource Fair

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Mon, February 13
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Nursing Home Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday with Police Parade and Senate Honors

February 2, 2023

Plainfield, NJ — On January 17, 2023, a resident of AristaCare at Norwood Terrace celebrated her 100th birthday in a memorable way, surrounded by friends, family, and community members. The day was filled with a police parade, formal congratulations from the Senate and General Assembly, and a birthday celebration that was nothing short of extraordinary.

The parade was led by Lt. Ron ...

Demanding Police Reform-Tyre Nichols

February 2, 2023

A routine traffic stop should never end in murder. The tragic death of Tyre Nichols is yet another indication that attempts for reform have failed. Our representatives must enact legislation to end police violence and the toxic police culture we are plagued by. As their badges say, they are sworn to “protect and serve”. Unfortunately, some have chosen to violate the sacred laws that ...

New Jersey Political Leaders React to the Murder of Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour

February 2, 2023

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Elected officials across party lines have expressed their sorrow and outrage at the shocking murder of Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour, a Republican who took office a little over a year ago on January 1, 2022.

Governor Phil Murphy
“I am stunned by the news of Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour’s murder last evening in an act of gun violence. Her ...

TAPinto Named a 2023 Top Franchise by Franchise Business Review

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto was recently named a Top Franchise for 2023 by Franchise Business Review. This is the 18th annual ranking of the 200 best franchise opportunities as rated by franchisees.

"TAPinto is honored to be recognized as one of the top 200 franchises in the United States," TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro said. "The fact that this ...

Strange Fruit by Lillian Smith

Retro Review:

 

Strange Fruit by Lillian Smith. Brown Thrasher, 1944.

Strange Fruit

By Abel Meeropol

Southern trees bear a strange fruit

Blood on the leaves and blood at the root

Black bodies swinging in the Southern breeze

Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees

 

Pastoral scene of the gallant South

The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth

Scent of ...

An Elephant and Piggie Biggie, Volume 5

 An Elephant and Piggie Biggie Vol.5. By Mo Willems. Hyperion, 2022.

 

With so many wonderful childrens’ books on the market today, it is quite a task to find just the right one for the special little ones in your life. Mo Willems, renowned writer, animator, voice actor, and childrens’ book author, is my go-to when I am searching for a new book to share with my three ...

Livid by Patricia Cornwell

Livid: A Scarpetta Novel  by Patricia Cornwell. (Grand Central, 2022).

 

It has been a long time since I thought about Aristotle’s Poetics and his idea that unity of time, place, and action make for the best theatrical drama. But Aristotle’s classic approach to writing superior works popped  into my brain when reading Livid, the 26th installment in the Kay ...